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2020.11.13 06:20 SWGalaxysEdge ** Fri 11/13 - Christmas TV listings - ALL CHANNELS **

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Christmas at Dollywood Today, 12:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A New York City event planner heads to Tennessee after hearing about an opportunity to produce a Christmas celebration taking place in Dollywood, but she gets paired with the operations leader who does not want any help with the party.
Christmas Bells are Ringing Today, 12:00 AM / HALLMV 84 A photographer returns to her home in Cape Cod, Mass., in order to celebrate Christmas and her fathers wedding, but although she is anxious to revisit her past memories, she finds new meaning in her photography and falls in love.
For the Love of Christmas Today, 12:00 AM / BET J 107 A couple that has lost touch with peace, love and the gift of giving finds their marriage is strengthened after a homeless family in need appears on their doorsteps and demonstrates to them the true meaning of love and Christmas.
Rock N' Roll Christmas Today, 12:00 AM / UP 145
Staging Christmas Today, 12:01 AM / LIF-E 38 A 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.
You Better Watch Out Today, 1:35 AM / FLIX-E 118 A troubled individual finds that his entire life has been affected by the terrible moment when he discovered the truth behind Santa Claus and Christmas, and his life-long obsession soon turns horrific when he embarks upon a bitter spree of murder.
Royal Christmas Today, 2:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A prince has no intentions of following the customs of marrying into royalty after he falls for a seamstress, but his queen mother has her own plans for him and does not what him to break away from the traditional marriage and keep the royal lineage.
A Christmas Miracle Today, 2:00 AM / HALLMV 84 When her boss steals her idea for their magazine's cover story, a magazine assistant goes in search of a Christmas miracle to write about with the help of her son and the staff photographer.
Grounded for Christmas Today, 2:06 AM / LIF-E 38 A pilot reluctantly agrees to allow her arrogant co-worker to stay at her parents house when all flights in Cleveland are grounded due to a winter storm, but the pair are forced to feign being a couple when her former boyfriend arrives for a party.
Christmas Land Today, 4:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A businesswoman inherits a Christmas village and tree farm from her grandmother, and after revisiting the run-down attraction with the town's handsome lawyer, she begins to reconsider her plans for the property and her future
Christmas with Holly Today, 4:00 AM / HALLMV 84 Mark, 6-year-old Holly's uncle and guardian, owns a coffee shop in Friday Harbor and continues to run into Maggie, who just came to the town she spent her summers in as a young girl to open her own magical toy store after being left at the altar.
You Better Watch Out Today, 4:35 AM / FLIX-W 115 A troubled individual finds that his entire life has been affected by the terrible moment when he discovered the truth behind Santa Claus and Christmas, and his life-long obsession soon turns horrific when he embarks upon a bitter spree of murder.
Scoot and Kassie's Christmas Adventure Today, 5:54 AM / PLEX-E 391 A young girl and her friends get into the holiday spirit and organize a Christmas concert benefiting children in need, but when two thieves attempt to crash the event and steal the donations, it's up to the girl and her dog to catch the crooks.
A Dream of Christmas Today, 6:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A young woman who is not satisfied with her marriage meets a Christmas Angel who grants her wish to be single again, but after she finds the unmarried life isn't all she hoped it would be, she goes on a quest to win her husband back.
Just In Time for Christmas Today, 6:00 AM / HALLMV 84 A woman from a small town faces a dilemma when accepting a job offer at a prestigious college means leaving her loved ones, but she gets some help with her choice when a magical messenger offers her a chance to see her life three years in the future.
A Perfect Christmas List Today, 8:00 AM / LIF-E 38 A woman reluctantly returns home for the holidays after discovering that her grandmother's health has declined, and embarks on a Christmas adventure with her aloof mother and a charming physician as per the request of her recovering grandmother.
Christmas Town Today, 8:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A woman decides to leave her old life behind in Boston and to set sail on a new chapter in her career and personal life, but a detour to a different town leads her to make new and unexpected discoveries about the heart and family.
Catch a Christmas Star Today, 8:00 AM / HALLMV 84 After a renowned pop music icon gets back together with her high school sweetheart, she soon encounters resistance from her record label and the media, and she must decide if true happiness or album sales are more important to her.
The Christmas Consultant Today, 10:00 AM / LIF-E 38 When a stressed mother decides to hire a popular consultant to help her juggle her family and work life during the busy holidays, she soon comes to the conclusion that she's made a great decision when he takes over her household at Christmas.
Romance at Reindeer Lodge Today, 10:00 AM / HALLMV 84 When two people refuse to participate in any Christmas events, they decide to spend the holiday at a ranch, but their plans are ruined after they realize that they are stranded at a Christmas-themed destination filled with holiday cheer
Pound Puppies - I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve Today, 10:00 AM / D-KIDS 102 The holidays have arrived and the Pound Puppies are faced with an overwhelming arrival of puppies in need of homes to call their own; Rebound steps up to the challenge with a plan that may pull the puppies through just in time for Christmas.
Felix the Cat Saves Christmas Today, 10:00 AM / STRZFK 274 The Professor and Rock Bottom are plotting to ruin Christmas by creating the world's largest blizzard, and it's up to Felix the Cat and Poindexter to journey to the North Pole and save Christmas with the help of Santa Claus.
The Middle - Not So Silent Night Today, 10:30 AM / FAM-E 52 When the Hecks decide that they would rather stay at home and watch a church service on television rather than going out to a church on Christmas Eve, a series of unfortunate events occur and their ideal Christmas Eve becomes a night of calamities.
The Middle - Thanksgiving VIII Today, 11:00 AM / FAM-E 52 Frankie decides that April is not good enough to be with Axl and does anything she can to keep her out of the annual family Christmas photo; Frankie must fight for Axl's attention when he announces that he will be spending Thanksgiving with April.
The Middle - A Very Marry Christmas Today, 11:30 AM / FAM-E 52 Sue tries to keep a holiday secret as the Christmas season rapidly approaches; Brick begins to hide from the three neighbor kids after he agrees to watch them; Mike doesn't know what to do when Bill Norwood gives him a Christmas gift.
Bad Santa 2 Today, 12:00 PM / MTV-E 66 Willie Soke and his sidekick, Marcus, make plans to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve, and along the way, they encounter Willie's mother, a cheery boy, who evokes Willie's humanity, and a proper lady with a heart of gold.
Our Christmas Love Song Today, 12:00 PM / HALLMV 84 When a popular country music star is accused of plagiarizing her holiday single, she returns home to spend Christmas with her estranged family and reunites with an old flame, where she learns what is truly important in life
The Middle - The Christmas Miracle Today, 12:30 PM / FAM-E 52 Due to questions of his faith, Axl tells Frankie and Sue that he is not going to church for Christmas services; the Glossner kids continue to ruin Mike's inflatable snowman; Brick tries to wrap his first Christmas present.
Christmas Lost and Found Today, 2:00 PM / LIF-E 38 An event planner leaves New York behind and heads to Chicago to spend Christmas with her family, but her holiday break takes a disastrous turn when she accidentally throws out the family Christmas ornaments her grandmother gifted her.
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe Today, 2:00 PM / HALMRK 68 An 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.
A Godwink Christmas Today, 2:00 PM / HALLMV 84 When a St. Louis antique appraiser accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, her aunt invites her to her Nantucket home near Martha's Vineyard, but while there, she meets a charming inn owner and begins to fall in love with him.
The King of Queens - Noel Cowards Today, 3:00 PM / CMTV 45 Carrie's automobile breaks down at the worst possible time, and Arthur attempts to ease the situation by purchasing a car for his daughter and son-in-law that closely resembles a clown car and is incapable of surpassing speeds of 50 mph.
Twinkle All The Way Today, 4:00 PM / LIF-E 38 When a snow storm threatens to ruin a wedding at the exclusive Snowview Lodge, a wedding planner turns to the co-owner of a Christmas décor and house-lighting company for help ensuing the ceremony runs smoothly as he works with a high-profile client.
Christmas in the Air Today, 4:00 PM / HALLMV 84 When a successful professional organizer meets a widower toy designer, with two young children, who only has 12 days to present his new toy line for Christmas, she helps get his life and his business in order and he helps her to embrace life.
A Very Charming Christmas Town Today, 6:00 PM / LIF-E 38 A travel and lifestyle blogger heads to a small Danish town in California to write about their extravagant Christmas celebration, but she clashes with the local community coordinator assigned to give her a tour of the village.
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater Today, 6:00 PM / HALMRK 68 After an assistant gives her final notice, she gets drawn into helping the younger brother of her wealthy boss as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew through the Christmas season.
The Family Stone Today, 6:15 PM / HBOC-E 205 A successful businessman brings his straight-laced and uptight fiancée home to meet his free-thinking, high-spirited and rebellious family for Christmas, but he runs into problems after he tries to give her the heirloom wedding ring
The Big Bang Theory - The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis Today, 7:00 PM / WMOR-DT 12 / IND / HDTV Leonard is consumed by jealousy when his handsome and smooth research partner begins dating Penny; after Sheldon receives a Christmas gift from Penny, he enlists Howard and Raj to help him find her an appropriate gift in return.
Last Man Standing - My Name is Rob Today, 7:00 PM / CMTV 45 Eve decides that Christmas at The Baxters is the perfect time to introduce her new boyfriend Rob to her father and family; Mike begins to question Rob after finding out a secret about him; Mandy asks Kristin to drop hints to Kyle about her presents.
Christmas on the Vine Today, 8:00 PM / LIF-E 38 On Christmas vacation a marketing executive works on an assignment to help a family-owned winery struggling to stay afloat, and along with the stubborn winery owner, she tries to save the business from being acquired by a giant wine corporation.
One Royal Holiday Today, 8:00 PM / HALMRK 68 A woman offers a stranded mother and son shelter during a blizzard, but after she learns that they are a royal family, she decides to show the prince how Christmas is celebrated in her hometown and encourages him to open his heart.
A Bramble House Christmas Today, 8:00 PM / HALLMV 84 When a young man discovers that his recently deceased father left $50,000 to his nurse, for her to open a bed and breakfast, he goes undercover to investigate the reason why she was given his family's money, and discovers her noble intentions
Malcolm in the Middle - Christmas Today, 8:30 PM / FUSE 109 The boys destroy all the ornaments on the family's Christmas tree leading to Lois demanding that they begin to act on their best behavior or else she will cancel the entire holiday and they won't get any of their presents.
Finding John Christmas Today, 9:00 PM / HALLDRMHD 1124 / HDTV After a journalist observes a strange man doing good deeds, a woman believes that the wanderer could potentially be her brother who had previously disappeared, and with assistance from a holiday angel the pair attempts to locate the individual.
The Family Stone Today, 9:15 PM / HBOC-W 212 A successful businessman brings his straight-laced and uptight fiancée home to meet his free-thinking, high-spirited and rebellious family for Christmas, but he runs into problems after he tries to give her the heirloom wedding ring
Reunited at Christmas Today, 10:00 PM / HALMRK 68 When a family comes together for Christmas, a woman accepts her boyfriend's proposal in front of all of her loved ones, but when the woman admits her true feelings, her new fiancé finds himself forced to play out a façade during the holiday.
Cranberry Christmas Today, 10:00 PM / HALLMV 84 A separated couple feign marital bliss on national television in order to help their town's Christmas festival, and their business, but their rekindled love is soon complicated by some new opportunities.
A Carol Christmas Today, 10:00 PM / UP 145 An egomaniacal talk show host who has made it her mission in life to be a heartless diva, is visited by familiar ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and given the opportunity to redeem herself before it's too late.
Last Christmas Today, 10:00 PM / HBOZ-E 206 A young woman who appears to have an endless amount of bad luck decides to accept a job working as an elf in a year-round Christmas store, but after a man enters her life and her life starts to change, she wonders if it's all too good to be true.
How I Met Your Mother - Symphony of Illumination Today, 10:00 PM / WFTS-DT2 629 / LAFF / HDTV Robin receives a bit of shocking news and decides to hide it from the gang instead of sharing it with them; Marshall gets in the Christmas spirit by hanging decorations on the house in the suburbs with a little help from his neighbor.
Snowed Inn Christmas Today, 10:03 PM / LIF-E 38 When two polar-opposite employees volunteer for the same writing assignment, a snowstorm forces their airplane to land in Santa Claus, Ind., where they have to set aside their differences to save the town's historic inn.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Today, 11:45 PM / HBOZ-E 206 After accidentally burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree, Harold and Kumar embark on a quest to find the perfect replacement in New York City, but along the way, they run into all types of trouble blocking their path
A Christmas Switch Today, 11:58 PM / UP 145
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2020.11.13 04:23 BearLair64 Sunrise in Aztlan (Page 1 of 3)

Marisol squinted and raised her hand to protect her eyes as the doors to the enclosed trailer rig opened and midday sunlight spilled into the dark interior of the space. They had been riding for over eighteen hours and she and the other women were hot, tired, thirsty and hungry. There was an ice chest with bottled water containers just outside the truck box. She assisted several of the other, “girls” as they climbed down to take a look the new den of horrors that surely awaited them.
Many of the women were barely sane after the months or years they had been used as sex slaves, transported at irregular intervals, sold or traded among various criminal enterprises. Marisol had been at it for about three years as best she could tell. Her uncle had sold her to a broker, and she’d been told that she would go to the USA and live with a family while she completed school and would have a promising career waiting for her... To a fourteen-year-old with a sketchy education, who had lived a hand to mouth existence, anything that amounted to regular food, clothing, and shelter sounded good…
As soon as the broker turned her over to the transporter, the horror began. After days of terror, misery, and pain, as he and his thugs abused her, her mind teetered on the edge of insanity, but she chose to fight back, at least in her soul. Her determination and native wit had allowed her to survive the heinous acts committed upon her body over the past few years. She was taught how to be a, “proper hostess” and how to please customers and constantly promised that the money she made from them would one day purchase her freedom. She’d realized early on that it was a lie; yet a few days past, her, “boyfriend” the manager of the cantina where she was forced to ply her trade, told her that she had finally earned enough. She would be set free after one last transport and set up with a group of other women to be trained in job skills.
Here she was, confused and in strange company. None of the women in the trailer really knew one another. Now, a few older women in cotton shifts with tasteful embroidery at the neck and hems shepherded the new arrivals into a plain building, back out of the sun and into a cool interior. She hadn’t seen much of the outdoors between the truck and the building, just high canyon walls with a spread of greenery and buildings between them. Her grasp of geography was very limited, so she had no idea where she was.
The women in the embroidered dresses conducted them up a flight of stairs and into a dormitory. There were twenty women, ten sets of bunk beds, and four showers on that floor but it didn’t take terribly long for Marisol and her nineteen companions to get clean and to change into very plain, natural cotton shifts. Four of the women in the more ornate dresses led them downstairs to a dining hall where there was a meal and drinks set out for them. The food was plain but of decent quality and sufficient quantity to satisfy their needs. They were finally ushered into a break room in the back of the building adjacent to the dining hall.
The eldest of their escorts gained their attention and spoke in the upper-class central Mexican dialect of Spanish, “We welcome you to our facility. We are here to help you. There is no need for you to work or serve in any way until you are selected for a job. We will interview each of you and help guide you to the best employment… honorable work or for some of you, and if you like, an honorable match with a working man. Those of you with children will be reunited with them once you are placed. They will receive the best of care until then.
“You may use any of the recreation facilities in this room and you are free to roam around anywhere inside. You are forbidden to leave the building unless one of our guides is with you. This city is strange to you and would not be safe. So, ladies, relax until we come to get you for your assessment.”
**** * ****
The next day, when she awakened just after sunrise, Marisol noted that there were now only nineteen women in the barracks, including herself; she enjoyed arithmetic and noticed numbers more than did most people. That night, as they prepared to sleep, she counted eighteen. It gave her an uneasy feeling. Marisol had been very fortunate in that she had no children from whom to be separated. Several of the women were frantic about theirs. Now that she thought about it, the two who were gone had been the most demonstrative, and had begged to be allowed to see their babies. By the third day, it was apparent that the group had been losing members steadily; two per day by her count.
She worked up the nerve to ask one of the women who served their meals and essentially directed their days of leisure, what had happened to the missing women. “They have moved on to their training programs for new jobs. We screen two of you each day to determine where you will be placed. Relax. Enjoy your time and be calm. We have provided the nice TV, movies, games, and many magazines. You are now past all of the grief and sorrows and will soon be free to make your own life.”
The words may have been intended to sound comforting, but the woman delivered them as rote; coldly and efficiently as she had clearly done countless times before she had broken them to Marisol. That afternoon she finished her shower and dressed in a fresh cotton shift, they’d been told to bathe and change every day. It was actually quite refreshing, so she didn’t mind; she felt that each shower washed away a little more of her anguish and humiliation. As she left the shower room, she saw one of the hostesses, who silently beckoned her to come downstairs and to the front of the building. She did as she was bid, she had been conditioned to do so for the past few years.
Once they were downstairs, the woman handed her a nice cool glass of papaya juice, her favorite drink, which Marisol downed gratefully. Then the kindly, quiet woman beckoned for her to step outside and said softly, “It is okay when you are with one of us”. She once again had to shield her eyes from the brutal rays of the sun as they left the building, though it was sinking fast toward the horizon. The dorm was well-lit but fluorescent mortal bulbs could not compare to the power of Sol Invictus… she’d heard that name from her village priest when he’d spoken of some ancient people.
The woman gently took her by the arm and guided her around the side of the building and into a warren of other similar buildings and structures, all of them at least a few stories tall and set closely together. Marisol remained docile and complied with the older woman’s instructions as her wits dulled and she slipped into a compliant frame of mind. At least until they turned a last corner. She did not balk at continuing, she rather stopped in shock at what lay before her now, sunlight adjusted eyes and foggy brain…
…It was a pyramid, with its lower levels built out from the back wall of the box canyon. A stepped pyramid with four wide levels at exact intervals as the structure rose. At the end of the last passageway between the buildings, they met with a man who escorted another male, in simple cotton clothing. The escorts placed Marisol to one side and the wiry young male beside her and silently indicated that they should walk together toward the pyramid. As they left the final set of buildings and entered a plaza, a man and a woman, each in bright, Pre-Columbian native costume took over the escort duties. The pair of escorts remained absolutely silent as they flanked Marisol and her equally glassy-eyed companion and guided them straight ahead to the foot of the enormous structure. A pair of new escorts awaited and turned to flank her and her companion as the initial two escorts fell behind and took over the vigil at the foot of the structure. At the next major, “step” where the pyramid broadened, another couple awaited; each was more elaborately festooned with feathers, shells, beads, and metallic decorations and took over the front position as the previous pair took over their levels until they reached the foot of the last platform and stood before the stairs that mounted to the apex.
They began the final ascent and she saw that at the top awaited a large, dull block of black stone. On the other side of the altar stood a… man? She wasn’t sure, at first, his costume was so elaborate that it hid his body and a mask obscured his features. A mask at once ferocious and beautiful. She’d seen the image before… in one of the magazines in the barracks! She hadn’t been able to read much of the article that went with it, but this image had graced the cover. One of the other women had told her that it was an image of an ancient Aztec Sun and War God, Huitzilopochtli (“wee-tzee-pock-t-lee” she slowly pronounced in her head).
She stared in awe at the face before her. She had been feeling strangely calm and detached since she’d finished the papaya juice... She looked on in fascination at the sights below her, a throng of people had silently gathered at the base of the pyramid. They began to chant and then to dance in a slow rhythmic manner, each one bedecked in bright costume; it was beautiful with the myriad of colors that swirled and sparkled and further bedazzled her inhibited senses. People were located all around what she now recognized as a central plaza, among a labyrinth of structures carved into the canyon walls or built separately from stone and mud brick. From various points in and around the plaza, musicians joined in the music and drummers pounded out a cacophony.
The couple who had led her up the last flight of stairs to the altar gently guided her to sit and then lay back supine upon the basalt stone; they guided the young male to lie beside her but with his head in the opposite direction. They then took positions at either end of the block. Marisol looked on in fascination as the music rose to a crescendo and the man in the exquisite mask stepped up to her and her companion on the altar and forcefully sang what was clearly a prayer. He held a beautifully gleaming knife that was made of what looked to her like black glass… “obsidian” she recalled the name from her childhood, that priest who’d taught her and the other children the little that they knew of the world… Yes… The knapped stone glittered, lovely and bright in the waning sunlight…
**** * ****
Kelly’s wizened receptionist ushered in the large young man who carried a company issued “go bag”. No company name or logo, just plain, shades of grey gear, like an old black and white movie. Defense Management and Technology Solutions Incorporated needed no logos; no brands… He would later find that he was truly past being branded as any mention or image of him, and there had been many, had been wiped from the internet. It was the first time in a few years that he’d been free of stigma, free to just live, as a normal person…. Within reason of course… I work for a super-cool international corporation with ties to intelligence communities from all over the world, he thought as he passed into the manager’s office.
Kelly was seated at her desk and two men were seated with her, there was an empty chair dead center in front of her desk, obviously intended for him. “Bjorn, right on time.” Kelly greeted the latest member of the DMT Solutions field agent team to begin On the Job / Field Training. “I’d like you to meet your team leader for this mission, Art.” The burly, dark hued man, who was seated next to her desk stood and shook hands. “This other gentleman is your mentor, Silvio.” Silvio stood, he was a hair under six feet, lean and wiry, a vulpine predator. His grip was like steel, though he didn’t try any macho BS, he was just strong. Bjorn took his chair and assumed an alert, listening posture.
**** * ****
Art and Silvio led their newest team member down to the first level of the corporate office. “We’ll meet the rest of the team and brief everyone. Bjorn, you are in training, but you are expected to carry your weight. You should fully participate in the briefing, you heard it firsthand, same as we did. That said, it would be best to remain silent unless you notice something we forgot, or you have a question or point to make. Silvio is your mentor and he’ll frog you on the leg or slap you on the back of the head if you start to say something stupid.” He winked as he said the last.
Silvio grinned up at his young apprentice, a strapping young man with a well-groomed short beard and longish, wild hair. He had to look up slightly, since the, “cub” was around 6’6”. “Don’t worry Orsetto (bear cub), I won’t hit you… hard!” He laughed in a friendly way and Bjorn was satisfied that he had properly identified the hint of an accent as Italian.
Bjorn remained silent rather than speak and be confirmed an inexperienced fool. He was hardly loquacious in any case but he had worked hard to be good natured or to at least project a non-threatening image; to set aside silly comments that had earlier in his life caused him to become angry and put him at risk for an, “episode”. He looked down at his mentor / field trainer and gave a brief nod, “Thanks.”
“Oh, you are going to have to learn to talk and be friendly on this assignment cub. Can’t have you look so grim all the time.” Bjorn gave his broadest, most friendly grin. “Better.” declared Silvio as they reached their destination, Room 342, “Only a little frightening”.
Inside was a circular table around which sat four other figures. Art, the team leader entered first and in his booming voice, that matched his burly frame, proclaimed, “New meat! Get up and greet… Bjorn, the bear cub…”
All four figures rose. The first on the right, a twenty-something woman said simply, “Pearly Gates”.
The second person announced that his name was, “Jim Bui (“bwee”), superbad redneck hero and purveyor of fine knives… no relation to The Alamo guy.” Considering that he was a short, gracile man who appeared to be from Southeast Asia, Bjorn thought his claim may have been made in fun, though he wore an impressive looking knife at his side. Not as big as the much larger cub sported, it was a veritable short sword, but still, he enjoyed discussing cold steel with fellow aficionados.
Next was “Daisy” she claimed she was named after a brand of BB gun but was in actuality a lethal weapon.
The last team member to introduce himself was young, medium built and rather handsome except for a few scars on the left side of his face and… Bjorn looked on in astonishment, the young man wore a short sleeved tee shirt and his complete left arm had clearly been replaced with a prosthetic that was unlike anything he’d ever seen. It was cobalt blue but looked for all the world like a flesh and blood arm. He smiled shyly and said, “Jay Bird, I do the heavy lifting.” He flexed the cobalt arm. “I’m part of, ‘Defense Management’ these days but I started on the, ‘Technology Solutions’ team of DMT Solutions Inc as a Bio-tech patient. Never thought such a thing would be possible. Maybe it’s not, it is totally experimental but amazing, an actual cyborg arm, like I’m in some graphic novel…” He trailed off and looked in wonder at his arm as though it was the first time that he’d seen it and learned its capabilities. His smile broadened, “I’m happiest to meet you. I just finished field training and will be glad to have someone new to pick on for a change.”
Art looked at the young man askance, “You don’t get to mess with anyone new-dick. Bjorn is here for training, he ain’t the newest member of…” He dragged out the last and looked around expectantly, as with a long-played game, until the entire team roared out as one, “Los Diablos Tejanos!”.
Bjorn nodded, “’The Devil Texians’, what they called the Texas Rangers during the Mexican War in the late 1840’s. Are you all from Texas or…”
Art barked out a laugh, “Nope! We just talked about cool, badassed names and Jim Bui here suggested it. He’s from El Paso but we let him stay on the team anyway. Oh, and Jay worked down near Houston but he’s originally from LaLa Land.”
There was more light banter but within a few minutes, Art put on his, ‘game face’, “Alright everybody, time to settle down for briefing. Next assignment is going to be a challenge. It will require some undercover work and our client is Congresswoman Morales, via BLM. Our contact there is, Newberry.” There were groans from a couple in the room.
Art cut off the objections, “Yep, get over it. This one is important.” Everyone settled down instantly. They were mostly, Type A personalities; ‘A’ as in, “Assertive” but they were also a well-trained team of professionals. Art began, “In a nutshell, people who are being trafficked over the border are disappearing and we don’t know what is happening to them. A few days ago, the congresswoman’s daughter, Reyna went missing while visiting Galveston. She hasn’t shown up at any of her usual haunts and there has been no ransom demand, nor any word for that matter. Of course, the alphabet agencies are working on it, so we have some decent intel that links Reyna to the other disappearances.”
“So how is this BLM instead of ICE or Homeland?” Jim Bui asked.
Art nodded in acknowledgement of the good question, “Because while we don’t know for sure, the trails seem to lead from the cities into the wilderness out west in the Four Corners Region, onto federal land. We’ll have to work in some pretty sketchy places and may have to do some things that will seem pretty callous but if we can develop or take an informant… we can get to the bottom of it.
“Oh, one thing,” he added, “The reason they’ve contracted us is that while law enforcement can file charges, we can actually get the girl as freelancers, and maybe we can find out what is happening with the disappearances and put a stop to it. Bottom line, no one hears from these folks once they pass into Four Corners. We have information that the disappearances are connected with the Aztlan movement, apparently not such a dead group after all and possibly tied to an ancient cult.” He raised a hand, “Before you ask, I’d consider at least one of those to be rumor and the other speculation. However, we’ve all seen people do some weird stuff, and since weird is what we do,…” From there, he gave out assignments and the briefing began in earnest.
**** * ****
Shortly before they landed in Houston, Pearly Gates, seated next to Bjorn, asked, “You speak any Spanish?”
Hablo poquito, comprende mas.” Bjorn rumbled. Something about Pearly Gates put him off a little. A “seething” quality, as if she was always on edge. Then it hit him, like I was before my initial training with Brain! Wonder if she has, “episodes?” He wasn’t about to ask at this juncture. They’d made the flight in relative silence and he was a little surprised when she’d asked him the question.
She nodded at his response, “Good, we all speak some, Daisy has it as a first language, and it will be useful on this mission. I’m fluent, so I’m your instructor when we are not doing other work. Silvio is pretty fluent, but he thinks in Italian when he tries to think in Spanish… comes out weird sometimes. After Art, Silvio is next senior on the team, then me. As you know, DMT Solutions is a meritocracy. Time on and the experience that comes with it are valued but above all, performance is the metric that is most valued.”
The landing process was smooth; easy in a company aircraft to get past any security measures. They picked up vehicles and heavy gear and made their way to their assigned company house. Each had his or her own room in a reasonably nice neighborhood. They also had an apartment in a less savory part of town, near the Ship Channel to do any work that required them to give out an address or take in and hold or interrogate any contacts. A neighborhood where no one responded to or called authorities about screams or other loud noises.
They met in the dining room and shared a meal and their first onsite planning meeting. Silvio and Bjorn would work the first attempt at renting, leasing, or buying girls. Jay and Jim would try if the first two failed. They didn’t expect any real trouble, the transactions were normal for the area around the port. Strangers were not as unusual as in other parts of the city. The information they had indicated that a particular club owner was either directly involved or would likely know who was. From there, it was a matter of following the food chain until they had the transporters they needed.
Pearly Gates and Daisey would do the interview work. Art would… supervise. If local contacts were needed, he’d develop them and represent the company should the need arise. He was essentially the logistics manager for the mission and the final arbiter when plans and information had need of reconciliation.
**** * ****
Bjorn found a parking space under a light and spaced a little way from parked vehicles to either side. Silvio looked at him. “Why here?”
Bjorn knew that the question wasn’t meant to change his mind or confuse him, Silvio just wanted to gauge his thinking. “This SUV is pretty nice, a late model, a potential target for thieves. We are more likely to encounter those than need to have darkness for subterfuge. Plus, we don’t know the area and based on the condition of the parking lot, we don’t want to have to flee to a darkened space to get to our transportation if things go all the way wrong. Plus, we have room to drive away without running into other vehicles or objects.”
Silvio nodded, “Good. What potential problems can you see?”
Bjorn looked around the lot and at the buildings. “First, we can hear the bass of the music thumping even through our closed windows with the air conditioning fan up. It will be really loud inside, so we’ll have to communicate with signals or close contact. Second, there are security staff at the entrance. Shabby but they are pat searching people for weapons. Not thoroughly but one has a wand style metal detector. Third, that new looking board fence contains a house or similar structure; a couple just stopped at the gate and spoke to someone inside, who let them through. Not a problem if we hire a girl but that means we’d have to go through and…”
Silvio nodded, “Yes, we’d have to use the girls. Maybe not necessary, depends on who all is present tonight. We may be able to just buy some outright. Not likely though, since they don’t know us… yet. Keep your role in mind though. I’m the player, you’re the bodyguard, the tough guy. First, we get past security and take a look to see if el dueno is here tonight. Should be, it’s Saturday nigh… oops, no, Sunday morning, so he should be if our information is good.”
They turned on their monitoring equipment and conducted sound checks. The rest of the team was nearby, ready for a rescue if needed. They carefully crossed the parking area, which was full of potholes. He’d observed as he watched the, ‘security’ staff check people that they never reached toward or searched the groin, so, they’d placed their small handguns along the zipper line of their trousers. If the metal detector wand even worked, it would sound in that area anyway. These guys didn’t look too interested, just earning their keep. To facilitate the process, Silvio slipped one a $20 bill. With, no problemos, they entered, “La Quetza Cantina” and immediately passed a wall with a painted plumed serpent outlined in blacklight paint… it glowed and gave them a sinister stare. Better artwork than one would have expected in this part of town. Bjorn considered as they entered the club proper.
Silvio led them to the bar and ordered a drink. Bjorn stood by him, looking around with menace for any potential threats to his “boss”. This had the advantage of being part of his true mission as well as what he needed to project. Several customers took note of the exceptionally large, hirsute young man, el oso (the bear), but none decided it would be a good idea to bother him or el zorro (the fox), whom he was clearly guarding. The musica thumped on and started to, “clop” as the DJ decided it was time for a, “cumbia!”, which he shouted, echoed by many drunken voices in the crowd.
They made their way to a table, where Silvio sat and leaned back in a relaxed manner and Bjorn sat and remained upright and clearly on duty… There he was, in plain sight, an older man who wore gaudy jewelry, an ugly white, searsucker suit, and a nice fedora with a bright plume that extended from the band on one side, seated on a dais equipped with a long table. His goons stood, one near el dueno and one at the opening in the rail around the dais, the gateway to an audience with, “the great and powerful one”. About then, a, “hostess” approached Silvio and asked him if he’d like some company. He agreed and she sat in the chair next to him and moved it very close.
She said something in his ear, and he looked toward Bjorn, made a face, and shook his head. Clearly, only the boss was worthy of female companionship, the help was… well, helping, doing his job. They spoke back and forth for a few moments and Silvio slipped her a large tip. She got up and approached the bartender. He in turn approached the goon at the rail opening. The goon approached el dueno, who listened intently and frowned in thought as he looked toward Silvio, who inclined his head respectfully. After a moment, the older man on the dais nodded and the rail goon waved for Silvio and Bjorn to approach, “his majesty, the owner of this ‘fine’ establishment”.
After introductions and pleasantries, they eventually got down to business. Silvio pleaded the case that he was trying to get set up again after some unfortunate tangles with other criminals and some thinning of his associates by law enforcement. He needed some girls to get going again. Maybe he could even lease a few, understanding that they would have to go back to La Quetza’s owner or wherever he designated. The big shot agreed to consider the offer and said that he’d let them know by the following Friday…
**** * ****
There was plenty to do during the next week, while they awaited their next appointment. They researched the players and who would be the most likely to be connected with the transporters to, “nowhere” after taking on a high-risk target like a congresswoman’s daughter. Pearly Gates kept her promise and drilled Bjorn every spare moment in Spanish. There wasn’t much time to enjoy the nice house before it was time to meet with el dueno. He had a proper name but apparently no one had used it since he’d taken over as owner of La Quetza.
**** * ****
This time, the real security staff met them and ushered them to the dais. The old man was seated and showed them no courtesies. This time he wore a hideous lime green suit and a light blue beret, that once more sported the plume. He looked for all the world like a Mexican Leprechaun. It was hard for Bjorn to hold back a smile… at least until the goon from the front entrance and the one who had charge of the rail entrance began to crowd him. About that time, he saw Silvio tense and raise his chin toward the little man who was clearly so full of self-importance. The gesture was a challenge. Everyone on the dais knew it.
Bjorn had let the two men get close on either side of and a little behind him. He feinted forward, as if he intended to attack their jefe but abruptly stopped as the two large men surged forward and grabbed at his arms. He stepped back and used his elbows to strike them both in the solar plexus. He turned into the one on the right as he delivered a hammer fist to his jaw, then, continued in his turn, stepped forward, and used his elbow to strike the other in the jaw. He kept turning in another full spin and stomped a foot on each and then turned, planted his feet, and pushed both to flip backwards over the rails. The personal guard stepped forward as his compatriots hit the floor and Bjorn pivoted and grabbed the man’s gun hand in his own massive paw and crushing grip. He used a palm heel strike and slammed into the goon’s chin and then a second strike shattered his nose. Before the man could crumple in place, Bjorn stepped back and used the grip on his now limp and empty gun hand to whip him around and over the rail to land heavily on top of his two associates.
As his first line of defense fell and his personal guard engaged with Bjorn, the owner of the club started to rise but Silvio was on him. He saw that the little man had a large pistol, which he was in the process of drawing from under the table. He pointed it toward Bjorn, the obvious threat but Silvio took hold of his gun arm and raised it, even as he fired. The explosion from the barrel was barely audible over the eardrum punishing thumping of the music but the long flash from the barrel was very clear to anyone who dared gaze at the occupants of the dais. Silvio kept twisting the little man’s arm and then used his own palm strike to break the man’s elbow. El dueno pissed himself and all but collapsed. Silvio, however, had a new plan for the little king of turds and owner of shite…
Bjorn shook slightly, his blood was up, and he feared that, “an episode” was about to take him but he managed to remain focused on the tasks at hand. They had surprisingly little trouble getting out of the cantina and the parking lot. He drove them to their designated rendezvous point at an abandoned industrial building near the port. They met with the rest of the team and the arrogant little man, who was king in his own world but nowhere else, told them everything he could. It didn’t take much persuasion, he was in tremendous pain and when the women pointed to the wetness at the front of his pants and pretended to laugh, he was completely humiliated. In the end, he set them up with a contact. He indeed knew the transporters who took care of girls who were used up or who caused problems and who maybe had been looking for a special treat to kidnap… They took him to the crappy apartment and set up a watch on him until they had confirmed his information was accurate, and then they tied up his loose end.
**** * ****
Silvio led Bjorn through the process of flushing a now useless turd into the Gulf of Mexico; his information was confirmed, so there was no need for him and he’d been likely to want revenge or worse yet, pass on intel to his superiors. Bjorn turned to his mentor once the body had properly sunken. “So, do we do things this way often?”
Silvio looked up a little surprised. “Well, no but this piece of crap tried to shoot you. Don’t tell me you have sympathy for him.”
Bjorn shook his head, “No, I just wondered about the frequency of the necessity.”
Silvio shrugged, “Depends on the assignment and on the targets. Doesn’t happen most assignments… well, at least not collateral damage or intelligence sources. When we take out a piece, the other bricks have to shift.”
Bjorn nodded and passed the bottle of hand sanitizer he’d just used to his trainer, “That’s what I thought. By the way, I never thanked you, you saved my life when he pulled that big pistol.”
Silvio waved him off as he took his turn to clean his hands, “All in a day’s work brother. Besides, if he’d used something more practical, and without a safety, he’d have been just a hair faster. I’d need a new trainee and Art would be unhappy with me for losing the one I had.”
They shared a grin and made their way back to the big house to regroup with Los Diablos Tejanos.
**** * ****
“We have eyes on him,” Daisy’s voice intoned over the earbud. “Just like the man in the wet green pants told us: handlers, truck, lead and drag cars. Driver and partner just loaded the last of the cargo and they are shipping out west.” She and Jay were on overwatch with the target. The other two vehicles would follow on as back-up in case there were any problems. Their biggest concern was that they had bad information and that these girls would ship no further than San Antonio, Austin, or El Paso, yet they’d have to chance the long drive.
There was indeed a stop in San Antonio but only to add some more women to the convoy of misery that once again wended its way westward. In El Paso, they dropped off a few and added a few. The drive to El Paso had been the longest and most desolate of Bjorn’s young life, through the empty lands west of the Pecos. Then they headed into New Mexico and turned northwards. The convoy made another stop in Albuquerque. This time they dropped off a few of their unwitting passengers but didn’t pick up any new ones. Then it was north again, into the Navajo Reservation Lands.
**** * ****
It was Daisy’s turn to drive as the sun sank to their left. Jay took a turn to rest and snooze in the passenger’s seat, the long-sleeved shirt he perpetually wore in public removed and folded neatly on his lap. The new arm didn’t react much to temperature changes but his natural one was hot inside the sleeve, so he’d opted for comfort. Daisy glanced at the bio-tech marvel and wondered how real it felt to the young man. He’d been some kind of police officer before and served in the armed forces before that. From what he’d told them, a mutated feral hog had taken off his arm and scarred his features. He should not have survived but he’d managed to fight his way through the critical exsanguination and cling to life… in a coma for weeks. Pretty amazing stuff. He’d survived Iraq without a scratch, only to get wrecked while working as a campus cop. A PIG nearly eaten by a pig, she chuckled to herself.
She had to slow as the convoy turned into a truck stop to refuel. She drove past them and used the car entrance. She notified the rest of her own convoy, about a mile behind her that they were making a pit stop. She nudged her companion, “Jay Bird, wakey wakey, we’re making a refuel stop.”
He looked up blearily, checked their surroundings, then his phone. “Kinda soon, don’t you think? They just filled up when we made the turn at Albuquerque.”
Daisy realized that they had indeed made a fairly recent stop, “Maybe there’s mechanical trouble.” She reasoned.
“Maybe one of them needed to take a deuce.” Jay offered.
“Nasty!” she poked him in his special arm. It flexed like any mundane arm but looked so weird to her with that bright shade of blue. “Maybe we should call you, “Blue Jay”.
She pulled up on the other side of the store building and tried to keep an eye on the big rig, which was pulled up next to the truck fueling station. She saw one of the other cars parked near the front entrance of the store where two men had gotten out and begun to stretch. One of them yawned. Where’s the other car? She asked herself…
“Hey chica, why don’t you turn off your engine and step out here for a little talk. You wanna know what we’re doing, where we’re goin’, eh?” Daisy looked over her left shoulder, Dang! She admonished internally, classic trap; watch one too intently and the other gets the drop on you. This one indeed had the drop on her, his pistol already in hand and pointed in her direction. Jay dropped his seat back as he drew his own pistol to fire through the back, driver side window at the tough. His move startled the other gangster, who had slithered up to the passenger side of the car.
Jay’s pistol was equipped with a sound suppressor, so the noise was bearable, and the shattering of the window glass was not intense. He’d taken out the thug who threatened Daisy, who now started to draw her own weapon, when the man behind Jay, fired through the open passenger side front window and struck Jay’s left leg, just above the knee. His next two rounds struck the center console and the dash in turn. They were not silenced and the roar set Daisy’s head and ears ringing as she came online and pressed her trigger. The back, passenger’s side window shattered, and glass spalled in every direction as her rounds hit him in the left side of his pelvis at the femoral artery. He was out of commission and would soon bleed out and die.
Daisy turned to Jay, “We’re getting out of here! Hang tight, put pressure on that wound.” She threw the car in gear and started to back out of the space when the windshield burst inward, and several rounds passed between them. Two more struck the seat next to Jay’s left shoulder; he was too focused on the agony in his knee to notice.
Daisy put the car back in Park. The second convoy car had pulled in behind them and the occupants had exited and circled to the front of her car. They were trapped…
**** * ****
When Silvio and Bjorn turned into the lot, it took them a moment to locate the car with Daisy and Jay. Art, Pearly Gates, and Jim turned into the truckers’ entrance and searched the other side of the building. Silvio slowed the car and parked it as though they were customers getting fuel. Both men could see two thugs that loaded Daisy into the trailer of the big rig. They couldn’t see Jay. The thugs piled their two dead friends, one of them still in the process of dying, into the trunk of the car that was parked behind Daisy and Jay. One hopped into that one and the other ran to the car that the two dead gangsters had been driving. The entire convoy left the lot and again headed north.
Art exited the store, gun in hand but down at the side of his leg. He stopped to check on Jay. He looked up as Silvio and Bjorn approached from one side and Pearly Gates and Jim from the other. He looked at Jim, “Get a tourniquet or whatever is needed on Jay, you and Pearly Gates get him outta here and contact a cover team to meet you at the hospital. Albuquerque is the closest.” He looked at Silvio and Bjorn, “You two, back in the car, we’re now the solo trail vehicle.
Pearly Gates objected, “Boss, Jim can take care of the medical issue, you may need me.”
Art shook his head, already making to move toward the car where Silvio and Bjorn had already plopped into their seats, “Still got clean-up on Daisy’s car and potential witnesses. I know she’s your friend, but we can’t let this get outta hand. There’s still a chance we can get back on their tails and find the final destination. Go help Jim, that’s where you’re needed most. We’ll get Daisy. If there’s time and we can all regroup, we will.”
**** * ****
They sped down the road for a few miles before Art admonished Silvio to slow some. They didn’t want to blast past the slavers. His big fear was that they’d stop in some out of the way location to question Daisy. They’d likely assumed she was law enforcement, maybe Border Patrol or ICE but they would want to make sure; she could even be from a rival outfit. Criminals needed information and intelligence as much as did the good guys.
It was another hour before they spied the trail car. They’d almost decided to backtrack and look for signs that the rig had turned off the highway, though that was unlikely. Apparently, they’d decided to keep going until their next regular stop. The surrounding darkness did not actually help, since the necessity of using headlights ensured that their car would be noticed if the bandits looked behind. Art reasoned that they would more likely be looking out for red and blue lights since they’d just fled a loud shootout and had bodies tucked away in the trunk of one of their cars.
They made it up to a small town and turned northwest towards the Four Corners Region. Before they reached the state line junctions, the taillights shifted, and the convoy turned into a rest stop. This was where it would get dangerous…
**** * ****
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Christmas Cookie Challenge - Picture-Perfect Christmas Tomorrow, 12:00 AM / FOODTV 56 The cookie makers assemble spectacular cookie mosaics, then the cookie masters arrange decorated cookies into a single image worthy of display in the Louvre Museum, infused with cheery liqueurs like kirsch, creme de menthe, anisette and blue curacao.
Christmas Getaway Tomorrow, 12:00 AM / HALMRK 68 When a travel writer's boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, she decides to spend her holiday vacation alone, but when a mishap causes her to be forced to share a cabin with a widower and his family, an inconvenience turns into romance.
A Welcome Home Christmas Tomorrow, 12:01 AM / LIF-E 38 While 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 Cookie Challenge - Christmas Mischief Tomorrow, 1:00 AM / FOODTV 56 Eddie Jackson tasks the cookie makers with creating Christmas character masks made of cookies, then Eddie asks the cookie makers to create delightful 3-D cookie displays capturing the adventures of a mischievous elf in the workshop to win $10,000.
A Husband for Christmas Tomorrow, 1:00 AM / UP-HD 1317
Christmas Cookie Challenge - Christmas Vacation Tomorrow, 2:00 AM / FOODTV 56 Five bakers are challenged to create cookies that are perfect for a Christmas in the tropics, then the cookie makers must make an entire train out of cookies for the display challenge; Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira serve as judges.
Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2 Tomorrow, 2:00 AM / HALMRK 68 Aiden and Darcy get ready to celebrate their second Christmas together, but an unexpected guest arrives and ends up uniting everyone for an unforgettable holiday as they fight to try and save their beloved community center
Looks Like Christmas Tomorrow, 2:01 AM / HALLMV 84 Two single parents battle for control of the Christmas holiday at the middle school their children attend and learn a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas, and they also wind up opening themselves to the possibility of a new romance.
A Christmas Wish Tomorrow, 2:04 AM / LIF-E 38 After some encouragement from her sister, a young woman decides to write down her hearts greatest desire and place it in a wooden wishing box at the park, but she questions which man she is meant to love when her wish is granted.
2 Broke Girls - And The Loan For Christmas Tomorrow, 3:00 AM / TBS 23 Max and Caroline obtain a bank loan for their cupcake business so that they can begin mass-producing promotional T-shirts to peddle at upscale boutique shops, and the diner gang poses in Chestnut's barn for a Christmas decorating contest.
Christmas Cookie Challenge - Bright Lights, Big Cookies Tomorrow, 3:00 AM / FOODTV 56 Eddie Jackson challenges the five cookie makers to use classic cookie cutters to make dazzling designs, then the competitors use edible stained glass to make cookie versions of traditional Christmas decorations like trees, wreaths and lanterns.
Annie Tomorrow, 3:01 AM / ENCORFM 378 A spunky girl who lives in an orphanage is chosen to spend the Christmas holidays with a billionaire who grows to love the child, and wants to adopt her, but her true happiness may be jeopardized by the scheming headmistress of her orphanage.
Christmas at Cartwright's Tomorrow, 4:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A single, jobless mother looks for work to help make her daughter's Christmas a happy one, and with help from an angel, she finds a job as a department store Santa, leading her to a love interest that she believes can be the one for her.
A Godwink Christmas Tomorrow, 4:01 AM / HALLMV 84 When a St. Louis antique appraiser accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, her aunt invites her to her Nantucket home near Martha's Vineyard, but while there, she meets a charming inn owner and begins to fall in love with him.
Christmas at the Chateau Tomorrow, 4:30 AM / SHOWOM 244 A 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.
Family Matters - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Tomorrow, 5:00 AM / TBS 23 When Stefan promises Laura that he is here to stay, she is forced to reconsider the future of her relationship with Curtis, which leads to a difficult decision, and while Carl and Steve are searching for a Christmas tree, they get lost.
A Christmas Miracle Tomorrow, 6:00 AM / HALLMV 84 When her boss steals her idea for their magazine's cover story, a magazine assistant goes in search of a Christmas miracle to write about with the help of her son and the staff photographer.
Scorpion - Wreck the Halls Tomorrow, 6:00 AM / TVGC 178 Team Scorpion encounters gun-runners while on a mountain getaway sans electronics for Christmas Eve, and they must save Ralph after he is kidnapped during their escape attempt; Tim decides what his future with Team Scorpion will be.
Annie Tomorrow, 6:01 AM / WAM-W 389 A spunky girl who lives in an orphanage is chosen to spend the Christmas holidays with a billionaire who grows to love the child, and wants to adopt her, but her true happiness may be jeopardized by the scheming headmistress of her orphanage
The Mistle-Tones Tomorrow, 7:00 AM / FAM-E 52 A girl with a very talented singing voice creates her own musical singing group around Christmas after being shocked and upset when she auditions and doesn't get the part to join a musical group that her late mother started years before.
The Jeffersons - Father Christmas Tomorrow, 7:00 AM / TVONE 146 George and Tom find themselves reminiscing about a Christmas from their past in which they had one of their most unforgettable moments in life with their fathers, as they bond with one another while decorating their tree.
Christmas at the Chateau Tomorrow, 7:30 AM / SHOWMW 252 A 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.
12 Gifts of Christmas Tomorrow, 8:00 AM / HALMRK 68 A painter in need of work becomes a successful businessman's personal shopper, and when they team up to make his Christmas purchases, he tries a new approach to gift-giving and she uses her artistic abilities in an unexpected way.
Lucky Christmas Tomorrow, 8:00 AM / HALLMV 84 A single mother finds her luck getting worse when her winning lottery ticket is in her car that is stolen, but one of the men who stole the car winds up falling in love with her and has a change of heart from the plan they devised for the ticket.
My Best Friend's Christmas Tomorrow, 8:00 AM / SHOWOM 244 When a woman returns home for the holidays hoping to reconnect with her high school sweetheart, she meets his new girlfriend, so to escape the embarrassment, she and her best friend fake their own holiday romance, but her fake feelings turn real.
Prancer Returns Tomorrow, 9:00 AM / FAM-E 52 When an eight-year-old boy finds a baby reindeer, he believes that it is one of Santa Clau's reindeer, named Prancer, and he wants to return him to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve, thus teaching his family the true meaning of Christmas.
Holly Day Tomorrow, 9:00 AM / SHO3XE 243 An uptight businesswoman who has spent her life thinking only of herself is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, present and future over the Christmas season as they shine on a light on her behavior and encourage her to change her ways.
Sweet Mountain Christmas Tomorrow, 10:00 AM / LIF-E 38 When a freak snowstorm strikes, a country music star finds herself trapped in her Tennessee hometown, where she was treated cruelly as a child, and is forced to confront the family she left behind as she participates in a local Christmas concert.
A Christmas Detour Tomorrow, 10:00 AM / HALMRK 68 Two passengers with clashing personalities cross paths again in their airport hotel after their flight is forced to change course and must find a way to work together so that she can reach her destination in time for her wedding.
The Christmas Train Tomorrow, 10:00 AM / HALLMV 84 A journalist travels on a train to get from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in time for Christmas, while on the way, he meets a variety of characters, including a renowned movie producer, a screenwriter, his assistant, and a mysterious woman.
My Best Friend's Christmas Tomorrow, 11:00 AM / SHOWMW 252 When a woman returns home for the holidays hoping to reconnect with her high school sweetheart, she meets his new girlfriend, so to escape the embarrassment, she and her best friend fake their own holiday romance, but her fake feelings turn real.
Forever Christmas Tomorrow, 12:00 PM / LIF-E 38 A reality television producer is assigned to work on a holiday-themed series about a mysterious man who enjoys a year-round celebration of Christmas, but when she feels a romantic interest in him, she feels a newfound sense of the Christmas spirit.
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe Tomorrow, 12:00 PM / HALMRK 68 An 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.
Christmas in Montana Tomorrow, 12:00 PM / HALLMV 84 A woman goes to Montana to help a resistant man save his ranch before the holidays, and her time on the ranch helps restore her faith in Christmas just in time for a miracle.
Holly Day Tomorrow, 12:00 PM / SHO3XW 251 An uptight businesswoman who has spent her life thinking only of herself is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, present and future over the Christmas season as they shine on a light on her behavior and encourage her to change her ways.
Living Single - Doctor in the House Tomorrow, 12:35 PM / VH-1E 62 Charles doesn't like the people that he works with because he feels they are snobs, so when he receives an award for his work, he is hesitant to attend the ceremony; Max uses her Christmas money to buy a massage chair but won't let anyone use it.
NCIS: Los Angeles - Cancel Christmas Tomorrow, 1:00 PM / WXPX-TV 17 / ION / HDTV The team tracks down a smuggler after an alleged North Korean spy is fatally poisoned and hit by a truck carrying Christmas trees; Kensi and Deeks attempt to include their mothers in their holiday plans; Granger is not cheerful about the holidays.
Little House on the Prairie - A Christmas They Never Forgot Tomorrow, 1:00 PM / UP 145 Laura and Almanzo, Mary and Adam, and Hester Sue come to Charles and Caroline's already-full home for Christmas Eve, and a blizzard traps them all, leaving them to pass the time by telling stories about Christmases in other years and places.
The Christmas Aunt Tomorrow, 2:00 PM / LIF-E 38 Two weeks before Christmas, a woman returns home to care for her niece and nephew while their parents are away, and she reconnects with her childhood best friend who helps her restore the kids' faith in Santa and their love for Christmas.
Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday Tomorrow, 2:00 PM / HALLMV 84 A book editor must work with a former rival in order to help a potential writer find her way, and he reminds them about the Christmas spirit and the value of community.
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Tomorrow, 2:20 PM / HBOF-E 204 A young boy who proves himself to be extremely resourceful sneaks away from home on Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with his newly divorced father and his rich girlfriend and attempts to protect the mansion from thieving villains.
A Puppy for Christmas Tomorrow, 3:00 PM / UP 145
The Nightmare Before Christmas Tomorrow, 3:10 PM / FAM-E 52 The king of a macabre town that celebrates Halloween every day of the year finds himself bored with the dullness of the holiday, but when he happens upon a jovial town in a repetitive Christmas, he comes up with a misguided plan for his own village.
Christmas Unwrapped Tomorrow, 4:00 PM / LIF-E 38 An ambitious reporter is given a career-changing opportunity when she is assigned to profile a man who uses mysterious funds to donate Christmas presents for the town every year, insisting that Santa Claus has always been his financial backer.
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater Tomorrow, 4:00 PM / HALMRK 68 After an assistant gives her final notice, she gets drawn into helping the younger brother of her wealthy boss as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew through the Christmas season.
Cranberry Christmas Tomorrow, 4:00 PM / HALLMV 84 A separated couple feign marital bliss on national television in order to help their town's Christmas festival, and their business, but their rekindled love is soon complicated by some new opportunities.
Last Man Standing - My Name is Rob Tomorrow, 4:30 PM / WGNAMER 18 Eve decides that Christmas at The Baxters is the perfect time to introduce her new boyfriend Rob to her father and family; Mike begins to question Rob after finding out a secret about him; Mandy asks Kristin to drop hints to Kyle about her presents.
Christmas in Paris Tomorrow, 5:00 PM / UP 145
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Tomorrow, 5:20 PM / HBOF-W 211 A young boy who proves himself to be extremely resourceful sneaks away from home on Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with his newly divorced father and his rich girlfriend and attempts to protect the mansion from thieving villains.
Annie Tomorrow, 5:51 PM / ENCORFM 378 A spunky girl who lives in an orphanage is chosen to spend the Christmas holidays with a billionaire who grows to love the child, and wants to adopt her, but her true happiness may be jeopardized by the scheming headmistress of her orphanage.
A Welcome Home Christmas Tomorrow, 6:00 PM / LIF-E 38 While 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 at the Plaza Tomorrow, 6:00 PM / HALMRK 68 With the holiday season approaching, an archival historian in a declining relationship gets hired to create an exhibition to honor the history of an event, and she ends up working with a decorator and soon finds herself falling in love.
The Family Stone Tomorrow, 6:15 PM / HBOC-E 205 A successful businessman brings his straight-laced and uptight fiancée home to meet his free-thinking, high-spirited and rebellious family for Christmas, but he runs into problems after he tries to give her the heirloom wedding ring.
A Ring for Christmas Tomorrow, 7:00 PM / UP 145 / New Twenty-five days before Christmas, a spoiled young woman gets cut off financially, but when she discovers she will inherit a massive trust fund when she gets married, she sets out to find herself a man who will marry her in less than a month.
The Bernie Mac Show - Road to Tradition Tomorrow, 7:30 PM / ASPIRE 180 When the kids refuse Bernie's old-school holiday tradition and obsess with gift-getting, Bernie decides to cancel Christmas altogether.
A Very Charming Christmas Town Tomorrow, 8:00 PM / LIF-E 38 A travel and lifestyle blogger heads to a small Danish town in California to write about their extravagant Christmas celebration, but she clashes with the local community coordinator assigned to give her a tour of the village
Christmas with the Darlings Tomorrow, 8:00 PM / HALMRK 68 After an assistant gives her final notice, she gets drawn into helping the younger brother of her wealthy boss as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew through the Christmas season.
Christmas in Evergreen Tomorrow, 8:00 PM / HALLMV 84 When a local veterinarian wishes for a romantic holiday, she suddenly meets a businessman and his daughter stranded at the airport, but when the daughter makes a wish of her own on a snow globe, an unexpected romance ensues.
Holiday Wars - Santa to the Rescue! Tomorrow, 8:00 PM / FOODTV 56 / New Host Raven-Symone challenges the five teams of cake and sugar artists to imagine what happens outside of the North Pole when one magical night, Santa Claus steps in to save the day, then judges Shinmin Li and Erin Acevedo will pick the winning team.
Annie Tomorrow, 8:51 PM / WAM-W 389 A spunky girl who lives in an orphanage is chosen to spend the Christmas holidays with a billionaire who grows to love the child, and wants to adopt her, but her true happiness may be jeopardized by the scheming headmistress of her orphanage.
Married by Christmas Tomorrow, 9:00 PM / UP 145
Christmas with Tucker Tomorrow, 9:00 PM / HALLDRMHD 1124 / HDTV A grieving teenager whose father has just passed away from a tragic accident spends time at his grandparents' Kansas farm, where he forms an unbreakable bond with a special dog who helps him to turn his mourning into a love for life.
The Family Stone Tomorrow, 9:15 PM / HBOC-W 212 A successful businessman brings his straight-laced and uptight fiancée home to meet his free-thinking, high-spirited and rebellious family for Christmas, but he runs into problems after he tries to give her the heirloom wedding ring.
The Big Bang Theory - The Santa Simulation Tomorrow, 9:30 PM / TBS 23 During a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Sheldon begins to revisit some of his old Christmas memories; Penny, Bernadette and Amy decide to try and find a woman for Raj and ask him to join them for their heralded ladies' night.
Two and a Half Men - On Vodka, On Soda, On Blender, On Mixer! Tomorrow, 9:55 PM / TVLAND 49 Walden decides to help Jenny get a second date with a one-night stand; Alan's girlfriend's ex-wife begins to hit on him; Jake gives Alan a Japanese delicacy for Christmas; Walden's household begins to ring with questionable Christmas carol lyrics.
One Royal Holiday Tomorrow, 10:00 PM / HALMRK 68 A woman offers a stranded mother and son shelter during a blizzard, but after she learns that they are a royal family, she decides to show the prince how Christmas is celebrated in her hometown and encourages him to open his heart.
The Christmas Bow Tomorrow, 10:00 PM / HALLMV 84 A promising musicians lifelong dream is put on hold by an accident, but she reconnects with an old family friend, and his young cousin, while recovering at home during the Christmas holiday, she finds love in someone who believes in her.
A Storybook Christmas Tomorrow, 10:03 PM / LIF-E 38 An event planner enlists the help of a nanny to look after her niece as she struggles to keep her business afloat and give her niece a Christmas to remember, but she is caught off guard when she realizes the nanny she hired is a handsome man.
A Ring for Christmas Tomorrow, 11:00 PM / UP 145 Twenty-five days before Christmas, a spoiled young woman gets cut off financially, but when she discovers she will inherit a massive trust fund when she gets married, she sets out to find herself a man who will marry her in less than a month.
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2020.11.02 12:53 modeshapes My Story, a 50-Year-Old Married Man (TW: Sexual coercion, substance abuse, abortion, open marriage)

TW: Sexual coercion, substance abuse, abortion, open marriage.
My Story, a 50-Year-Old Married Man
My wife knows pieces of the following story but not all of it. I can’t trust her with all of it. I would rather have strangers on the internet judge me. I fear that if I were to lay all of the following out for her, that she would blame me. After all, I made the initial mistakes which set me up for a lifetime of failure as a sexual being. And she has suffered some consequences as well.
At 18 years old, a girl coerced me into having sex with her. This was how I lost my virginity. We had been spending time together as friends, drinking, skipping classes, and being generally irresponsible. We were both a mess. I never made any sexual overtures toward her. She pursued me, however. I was reluctant at first but she was persistent. I told her I didn’t have a condom. She said she didn’t like them and that condoms were “scratchy.”
She tried to get me to penetrate her, raw, but I would not stay hard. She really wanted to get me to fuck her. I realize now that my “masculine script” was telling me not to turn down my very first sexual encounter.
I was eventually able to get hard. I was scared to come inside her but she wanted me to. I know it was stupid and reckless but I didn’t want to disappoint her, I suppose.
We had a brief sexual affair and then I broke up with her. She made this as difficult as she possibly could, guilt tripping and gaslighting me with all of her might. After winter break she came looking for me and told me she was pregnant. She wanted to keep the baby but somehow I eventually persuaded her to have an abortion. I sold my prized Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar to pay for it.
We took a Greyhound bus to a clinic in a town maybe 90 minutes away for the procedure. We went the night before and I got us a hotel room. She started reading erotica out loud and teasing me in the hotel room and eventually coerced me into having sex with her again that night, which I instantly regretted.
The next day I took her to the clinic and waited in the waiting room. The entire experience was awful. And it was very hard to break contact with her after the whole thing was over but somehow I did it.
Not surprisingly, I didn’t rush out to meet any new girls after that. I got stabilized on antidepressants (because a depression diagnosis happened in the middle of this for me as well) and kept my nose in the books all that semester.
I went two whole YEARS before even asking a girl out again. I ended up in a relationship that lasted maybe the better part of one year. For part of the time we were long-distance. Given our shaky compatibility, the only reason I can think of for having been loyal to her even with an ocean between us is that females terrify me. That girl, a sweet and lovely person, eventually came out as lesbian after we parted ways.
Needless to say, I once again swore off sexual relations of any kind for a long while. I took a semester’s leave of absence from school for my depression and was convicted on a DUI. My family performed an intervention on me and I agreed to go to rehab for 30 days. After the rehab stint I spent a few months in a halfway house in a new town. Near the end of that time, the daughter of an addiction counselor took a liking to me and seduced me. I was very happy about this at first -- she was beautiful and treated me so lovingly. I still think of her with great fondness nearly 30 years later.
But I had almost no relationship skills. I was a 23-year-old by this point who had hardly anywhere near the normal amount of experience with women, and the experience I’d had so far was bad. I moved back to my home town and we were long-distance for a while. I wasn’t at all prepared to sustain a relationship with her, so I broke up with her making the excuse that I needed to concentrate on my sobriety. I think I believed this at the time, but it was really just that I had no clue.
Again, I stayed away from any sexual relations for a long time. I played in rock bands. Girls would drop blatant hints for me. I would interpret any woman throwing herself at me as someone I need to avoid. After all, I figured anyone who is actively pursuing me has to have some shit seriously wrong with her. I passed up an untold number of opportunities out of caution and just plain fear. I had no idea what to do with any sexual signals, so I consistently ignored them.
Eventually, and this is a good five years since any sexual activity whatsoever, a woman started guitar lessons with me at the teaching studio where I worked. She came onto me strong and invited me back to her house to watch a movie, which I of course declined. Apparently, this turn of events disappointed her so deeply that, in a moment of partially feeling bad for her and partially realizing that I never get any action ever, I changed my mind.
I ended up dating that girl for a few months and she was a complete trainwreck who would abuse and guilt me for all kinds of reasons. I went car shopping with her and ended up teaching her how to drive stick shift. I don’t know how either of us survived that. I felt so stressed out while with her that I lost a lot of weight and became rail thin. She confessed to bouts with eating disorders, drugs, alcohol, and suicide attempts. I extricated myself from that mess before long thankfully, but it reminded me all too much of my very first sexual relationship of nine years prior.
18 to 27 had been mostly a sexual desert, punctuated by brief unions with a total of four partners.
Not surprisingly, I went back once again to being done with women. For another two whole years.
But two years seems to be my threshold for finally deciding I’m lonely enough to give it a try. So I eventually did start dating again. I met my wife during this period. I suppose she demanded little enough of me that we were able to fall into a contented groove for a sustained period. We moved in together and got married when we were together nearly two years.
I’m still married to her 19 years later, but it’s not a happy-ever-after.
When we had been married about nine years, and our son was about four, my wife asked for permission to see other men. You heard that right. To open our marriage.
Our sex life always had its problems but I would chalk it up to the exhaustion and stress of having a young child. My wife decided she needed something different. I told her I didn’t know how I would feel but that I would trust her with this decision. I thought this meant it would open me up to some new experiences as well.
What actually happened was that she had a series of flings and a few more serious affairs while I mostly stayed home. I went on a few dates, but when I did I caught serious enough jealousy from her that I didn’t take anything further. My wife almost certainly slept with more men while married to me than I have slept with women in my lifetime.
A little over six years ago, my wife was breaking up with the last serious boyfriend I remember her having. We had been in therapy for our sexual problems and were doing monthly scheduled sex as a last-ditch measure to save our sex life. I had no interest in being physical with a woman who was intensely grieving the loss of another lover. I told her we didn’t need to hold to our scheduled appointment that month. I then stopped initiating sex completely. Though our marriage was now closed again, we did not ever resume any physical intimacy.
It has been a fully sexless six years. In the time between then and now she has maybe once or twice complained in a general way about a lack of romance between us. I lost my attraction to her. I don’t touch her anymore. I stopped holding her hand. We give each other a peck goodnight but that is the only time we kiss.
Sex is the ultimate physical demonstration of vulnerability to another person. It’s a primal way of demonstrating love and experiencing closeness. I have lost the ability to share that with my wife, completely.
Why hasn’t she asked me for a divorce? I guess it must have something to do with the facts that I’m still a loyal and responsible person, a good father, and have been the principal breadwinner ever since our child was born. Plus, this is the USA, and my full-time employment is what provides my family with healthcare. But that’s a whole separate discussion.
I don’t ask her for a divorce because 1) I don’t want to kick her off the health insurance. 2) We get along on a day-to-day basis and we don’t fight. 3) I don’t see myself starting another relationship anyway. I have no vision for where I might go from here.
I’m 50 years old. Most of my life is behind me now.
Writing this brings up a lot of shame for me. I had been incredibly stupid in an unfortunate encounter as an 18-year-old, and it now looks like this set me up for a life of hardship and scarcity, sexually speaking. My experience with being manipulated and coerced has negatively impacted my ability to trust any woman.
My lizard brain doesn’t think first of sexual pleasure. It immediately assesses the dangers and liabilities and instructs me not to act. I am sure that women over the years have read my behavior as submissive or passive or disinterested, but actually it’s the deep tissues inside my skull insisting that it’s the best thing for both of us to not even touch.
Not that I think this is all bad -- I probably did avoid a lot of additional trouble and heartache. But I also lost a lot of life and a lot of experience in the process.
Writing is how I get clarity. Sharing is how I get feedback and possibly some kind of validation. Am I to blame for how my life has gone? Maybe this entire exercise is whiny and selfish. But I have definitely felt stuck for a long time, and maybe someone else out there can relate.
Thanks for reading.
TL;DR: Sexual coercion as my first sexual experience set me up for a life of hardship, pain and sexual scarcity.
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2020.11.01 14:26 SevEpx I'm going to recommend you movies you might have not seen

Since everyone is asking for a recommendation, I thought I might suggest some movies to watch for you, peeps. While not for everyone, these are very much excellent movies worth your time:
Fish Story (2009) Fisshu sutôrî - JAPAN
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1244666/
A comet is about to hit the world and kill everyone. A couple of dudes in japan are talking between themselves and listening to some music. They put on the record from some unknown Japanese punk band - and they say how the song "Fish Story" is going to save the world.
Now what goes next is a super weird and wonderful collection of stories full of action, drama, comedy, and... well, music. That is all you really need to know.
Castaway on the Moon (2009) Kimssi pyoryugi - KOREA
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1499666/
For all of the vengeance and thrillers that day have, sometimes it's super refreshing to find a story as delightful as here. What starts as a suicide quest quickly turns into a unique "Cast Away" story - Yeah, unique, this is Korea we are talking about.
If you need a movie that will make your day brighter in these dark times - Fish story and Castaway on the moon are perfect films for that.
Matando Cabos (2004) - MEXICO
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380538/
If you are looking for dark comedies, Matando Cabos is your gem - it follows a group of teens embroiled in a kidnapping involving a retired wrestling legend and a parrot. And things get weirder... and funnier.
Mientras duermes (2011) Sleep Tight - SPAIN
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1437358/
If you need a thriller that will make you unease - Sleep Tight is what you need. It's the movie that might trigger you paranoia moments but also feeling that someone is watching you all the time. It's the movie that functions completely based on the atmosphere and the performance of the male lead - Luis Tosar, an excellent actor (who has seen Celda 211 knows what I am talking about).
Wheels (1998) Točkovi - SERBIA
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0189153/
Super fun and weird story when one person needs to make unplanned rest in the hotel due to rain. What he doesn't know is that a hotel is a meeting place for all sorts of characters. Add to it that there is also a murderer on the loose somewhere in the country, and you have yourself a story that is mystery, comedy, drama with a hint of surrealism - think of it as Serbian Hateful Eight. Not nearly as produced, bloody and expensive as the latter, but the heart is there, and it's very much a product of the country that doesn't exist anymore.
C'est la vie! (2017) Le sens de la fête - FRANCE
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5699154/
This is from the duo that brought you the beloved french movie The Intouchables (2011). The premise is quite simple - it's about the wedding but from the perspective of the stuff. And it seems like not a single person in the team is normal. Beyond that - the groom is also demanding prick. It's cheerful, it's funny, it's a movie best watched with your partner or family.
Ink (2009) - USA
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071804/
I wanted to include this movie because it's a super low budget, but the heart is there, it has an intriguing story. Fight scenes, as well as music (created by the director), are very well done.
The story follows a mysterious creature, known as Ink, who steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
Now it looks... cheap... and it is - the budget was only $250,000, but it's used wonderfully here. Not a masterpiece, but might be worth your time. If you are into weird stories and creativity.
BONUS:
Confessions (2010) Kokuhaku - JAPAN
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1590089/
I am just throwing this in as this is a Korean vengeance movie but in Japanese style. And most of you know about it.
That would be it for this time - if you've seen these ones - you are an awesome person and I want to hang with you.
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2020.10.21 15:29 Maxvelgus Euro follows rouble's example. Forecast for EURUSD for 21.10.2020

Euro follows rouble's example. Forecast for EURUSD for 21.10.2020
The European Commission’s first issuance of bonds as part of common debt and the capital flow to the European markets support EURUSD bulls. Let’s discuss that and make a trading plan.

Fundamental forecast for euro for today

Money controls the world. Everything seems to be against the euro: the second wave of COVID-19 in Europe, the S&P 500’s retracement, the worsening of the eurozone’s economy and the ECB’s hints at monetary policy softening. Nevertheless, the EURUSD jumps up like a scalded cat. If the reason is the Chinese yuan that has reached its 27-month high against the USD, then why aren’t the Australian and the NZ dollars consolidating? Australia’s and New Zealand’s shares in Chinese exports are higher than the eurozone’s one. As it turns out, it’s carry trade that should be blamed for the euro’s rise.
The story that occurred to the Russian rouble is still fresh in our minds: carry trade made it the best Forex performer in 2019. USDRUB’s fall looked paradoxical too. The state of the Russian economy left much to be desired, trade wars slowed down the main partners’ GDP and the Bank of Russia dropped the key rate to stimulate inflation. It’s the latter factor that made non-residents buy out governmental bonds in expectation of a rise in price. A similar story appears to be happening in Europe now.
The European Commission made the first issuance of 10-year and 20-year bonds as part of common debt on 20 October. The sale will finance the EU’s coronavirus-relief programs. The issuance volume amounted to €17 billion, and that’s just a beginning. The fund’s total volume is €750 billion. The mass media once presented those bonds as an alternative to treasuries. That was one of the factors in the EURUSD’s summer rally. I think it’s a mere flow of capital from the USA and developing countries to Europe. Buying EM bonds doesn’t seem to be a good idea amid global GDP’s potential slowdown in Q4. Europe’s periphery is another thing. Greek, Italian and Portuguese bonds look tasty. That lowers their spreads, in comparison with German ones, and points to smaller political risks. Hi, Russia-2019!

Yield spreads in European and German bonds


https://preview.redd.it/3p1xf8ol5gu51.jpg?width=560&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8743f58ef1a5d2ca226c89acc76bf2234c6edb5c
Source: Wall Street Journal.
The more the ECB speaks about softening monetary policy, the more actively non-residents buy out European bonds, hoping for a price rise in the future. Obviously, German bonds have no room for growth, but the periphery still offers some earning opportunities. By the way, EURUSD’s 3-month swap spreads became negative in August. That means the Americans can make profit from both a rise in price in EU bonds and hedging.
The risk of a Blue Wave in the USA aggravates the situation. Joe Biden’s victory and the Democrats’ takeover of the Congress will unblock $4-5 trillion in fiscal aid. That will increase the volumes of Treasuries issuance and drop their price. Investors need an alternative urgently, and they find it in Europe.

Trading plan for EURUSD for today

How long will the euro continue growing, considering the growth isn’t fundamentally backed up? The rouble’s last year example says that everything is possible. The EURUSD’s quotes can be rising up to the ECB’s meeting on 29 October. Then a sale-out may follow. I recommend staying outside the market for a while.
For more information follow the link to the website of the LiteForex
https://www.liteforex.com/blog/analysts-opinions/euro-follow-roubles-example-forecast-for-eurusd-for-21102020/?uid=285861726&cid=62423
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2020.09.14 18:12 kittymercadoo Can I Sue Italian Landlord in the United States? (reposting from r/legaladvice)

Hi everyone, I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I'm getting desperate and figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I'm an American student in Italy, and I'm having landlord troubles.
Back in August 2019, I rented an apartment from this lady who told me she's a US-Italian citizen. My partner (German citizen) was moving in with me, but she insisted that he couldn't be put on the lease and emphasized that she only wanted non-EU citizens, especially Americans.
My boyfriend handled collecting the keys from her when I was in the USA getting my visa in order and doing the initial inspection of the apartment, and he handled most of the problems we had with the apartment and she had no problem. When we gave the keys back, the first thing she did was get angry and hint that I was being unprofessional by sending him to do the final inspection with her as I was in the middle of finals.
When we were signing the lease, my only proof of income was my savings account and student loan package. Before, I'd told her we'd probably find a different apartment because we might have trouble paying for it (both students) without a roommate or subletting, and she agreed that this would be okay.
After giving the apartment back, she insisted that she was being generous for not suing us for subletting.
A few months before moving out, we told her that we were having money problems due to the pandemic (I could no longer work as an English tutor with the lockdown) and asked if we could try using the deposit for the last month of rent. She told us to pay half of the month and to leave early.
Within a week of moving out, she doubled back and said she would have to keep the other half of the rent from the deposit. I agreed and sent her my banking information for the remainder of the deposit.
After normal usage of the apartment (chipping paint, a water stain on a desk, the dirty carpets that she'd left us when we moved in), she began insisting that there was severe damage to the apartment and that she would have to keep the entire 2000 euro deposit. Additionally, she's charging us 300 euro for cleaning fees (she was angry that her bookshelf was not dusted and that the garden attached to the apartment that she refused us access to had grown weeds) because she insists that the entire apartment needs to be deep-cleaned.
After agreeing to all of her outrageous costs, she sent me a spreadsheet in which the amount leftover was 400 euro (after she "graciously" agreed to waive costs such as repairing a water stain?). Rather than say anything about it, I patiently waited for it to hit my account and be done with the entire situation. According to our contract, she had until August 31st to send me the remainder of the deposit back.
It's two weeks later, and I've received nothing. I sent her an e-mail asking about the deposit, and she claimed that there were new discovered damages last week (two months after we moved out) and said, "really, if you think I owe you something name an amount". I mentioned the costs that she herself had calculated and asked for the original copy of all invoices and receipts for the damages that she supposedly needs to get repaired, and mentioned that I was disgruntled because surely such a development must be communicated immediately.
She responded that I was being aggressive and said that she will wait to have the cost of these damages assessed. I knew nothing about these damages nor were they signed for on a document in which she recorded all damages and then had us sign off on upon returning the keys. For all I know, she could have made them herself in the two months that she was back in the apartment and is now billing me for them.
She's insisting that she doesn't need to pay me the deposit because of the subletting which she agreed to.
I've never missed a rent or bill payment either, and she is additionally insisting that she should keep the deposit because she claims that her credit has been ruined by a bill that went unpaid for 12-months (a bill that I was never notified of and that is not in my name).
The cherry on top, of course, is that we're in the middle of a global pandemic and I can't help but feel like I've turned into another young student scammed by a landowner in Italy. I've heard about it happening in a myriad of horror stories, and lawsuits in Italy over things like this can take a really long time.
Is it worth pursuing a civil lawsuit? Since I paid with an American bank account and we both possess American passports, can I bypass the Italian law-system headache altogether by suing her in an American court? Do I even have legitimate grounds to sue under, say, entrapment (convincing me to sublet and then threatening to sue for illegal subletting), because of her refusal to return my deposit after collecting the keys to the house early, or really anything at all that will get my my deposit back?
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2020.09.14 18:11 kittymercadoo Can I Sue Italian Landlord in the United States?

Hi everyone, I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I'm getting desperate and figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I'm an American student in Italy, and I'm having landlord troubles.
Back in August 2019, I rented an apartment from this lady who told me she's a US-Italian citizen. My partner (German citizen) was moving in with me, but she insisted that he couldn't be put on the lease and emphasized that she only wanted non-EU citizens, especially Americans.
My boyfriend handled collecting the keys from her when I was in the USA getting my visa in order and doing the initial inspection of the apartment, and he handled most of the problems we had with the apartment and she had no problem. When we gave the keys back, the first thing she did was get angry and hint that I was being unprofessional by sending him to do the final inspection with her as I was in the middle of finals.
When we were signing the lease, my only proof of income was my savings account and student loan package. Before, I'd told her we'd probably find a different apartment because we might have trouble paying for it (both students) without a roommate or subletting, and she agreed that this would be okay.
After giving the apartment back, she insisted that she was being generous for not suing us for subletting.
A few months before moving out, we told her that we were having money problems due to the pandemic (I could no longer work as an English tutor with the lockdown) and asked if we could try using the deposit for the last month of rent. She told us to pay half of the month and to leave early.
Within a week of moving out, she doubled back and said she would have to keep the other half of the rent from the deposit. I agreed and sent her my banking information for the remainder of the deposit.
After normal usage of the apartment (chipping paint, a water stain on a desk, the dirty carpets that she'd left us when we moved in), she began insisting that there was severe damage to the apartment and that she would have to keep the entire 2000 euro deposit. Additionally, she's charging us 300 euro for cleaning fees (she was angry that her bookshelf was not dusted and that the garden attached to the apartment that she refused us access to had grown weeds) because she insists that the entire apartment needs to be deep-cleaned.
After agreeing to all of her outrageous costs, she sent me a spreadsheet in which the amount leftover was 400 euro (after she "graciously" agreed to waive costs such as repairing a water stain?). Rather than say anything about it, I patiently waited for it to hit my account and be done with the entire situation. According to our contract, she had until August 31st to send me the remainder of the deposit back.
It's two weeks later, and I've received nothing. I sent her an e-mail asking about the deposit, and she claimed that there were new discovered damages last week (two months after we moved out) and said, "really, if you think I owe you something name an amount". I mentioned the costs that she herself had calculated and asked for the original copy of all invoices and receipts for the damages that she supposedly needs to get repaired, and mentioned that I was disgruntled because surely such a development must be communicated immediately.
She responded that I was being aggressive and said that she will wait to have the cost of these damages assessed. I knew nothing about these damages nor were they signed for on a document in which she recorded all damages and then had us sign off on upon returning the keys. For all I know, she could have made them herself in the two months that she was back in the apartment and is now billing me for them.
She's insisting that she doesn't need to pay me the deposit because of the subletting which she agreed to.
I've never missed a rent or bill payment either, and she is additionally insisting that she should keep the deposit because she claims that her credit has been ruined by a bill that went unpaid for 12-months (a bill that I was never notified of and that is not in my name).
The cherry on top, of course, is that we're in the middle of a global pandemic and I can't help but feel like I've turned into another young student scammed by a landowner in Italy. I've heard about it happening in a myriad of horror stories, and lawsuits in Italy over things like this can take a really long time.
Is it worth pursuing a civil lawsuit? Since I paid with an American bank account and we both possess American passports, can I bypass the Italian law-system headache altogether by suing her in an American court? Do I even have legitimate grounds to sue under, say, entrapment (convincing me to sublet and then threatening to sue for illegal subletting), because of her refusal to return my deposit after collecting the keys to the house early, or really anything at all that will get my my deposit back?
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2020.09.12 18:25 mb2canalseeker JUST THE POEM AND A MAP (No Books or Specialized Knowledge Required)

THE POEM SOLUTION (THE CHEST LOCATION)
· Began the chase in June 2019
· Solved the poem on 09/11/2019
· Emailed solution to Fenn on 10/04/2019
· Went BOTG on 10/11/2019, but turned back due to trespassing laws
· Emailed solution to Cowlazars and Kpro on 10/15/2019
· Reached out to landowner, Michael Hogg, in late 2019 who initially expressed interest, but later became unresponsive
· Decided to take the risk and planned to go BOTG on 05/29/2020 (would've planned to go sooner, but WY quarantine laws were in effect until early May and my search partner and I wanted to make sure the weather wouldn't be a factor), but search partner’s flight was cancelled due to COVID
· Rescheduled our flights for 07/17/2020, but chest was found
· Posted the solution on several FF FB pages in June 2020 under Susan Stanners (alias)
Preamble
FF has stated that there are 9 clues in the poem and that all one needs to find the chest location is the poem and a good map. These are indeed true. The poem takes you to a spot about 0.25 acre in size. You need to be BOTG to identify a likely second blaze (likely a marked tree) which will lead you right to the chest. The solution includes 9 named geographic locations. In order to arrive at the solution, you follow the directives given in the poem. Each directive is mostly used two-fold: 1) to work in the poem, and 2) to follow clues on a map. FF said that the first clue is WWWH so the poem must tell you where that must be. And with that, the solution…
Stanza 1
There are no directives in this stanza. FF was quoted as saying, “Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that it key. The treasure may be discovered sooner than I anticipated.” FF craftily gave the keyword in plain sight. The “treasure” mentioned in the quote has a double meaning: the chest itself and the keyword. What FF said about the “word that is key” (keyword) and first clue is true. You need the keyword to “unlock” or solve the first clue which FF has said is WWWH. The purpose of stanza 1 is to hint at the keyword which is “treasure” since it is “bold”. Why “treasure” and not “treasures”? The second stanza’s “it” refers to the keyword which is singular, therefore, “it” is “treasure” and not “treasures”.
Stanza 2
“Begin it where warm waters halt”
This is a directive. As FF has stated, this is indeed the first clue and is crucial to proceeding. Since the line instructs the reader to “begin”, you must work in the poem AND the map.
POEM: The “it” in “Begin it where warm waters halt” refers to the keyword “treasure”. After all, “treasure” is being described in the preceding stanza. You must then grid the poem, use the word “treasure”, and take it down starting from the “t” in “halt”.
● This is not new. Sam Smith is the searcher who solved this portion of the poem.
● FF was quoted as saying that he was “limited by my ability” when asked about your choice of using the word “halt”. He was limited by using a word that ends with “t” to accommodate the “t” in “treasure”.
MAP: This will come later as I complete the instructions in stanza 2.
“And take it in the canyon down.”
This is a continuation of the directive since there is no period after WWWH.
POEM: After beginning the word “treasure” with the “t” in “halt”, you take the rest of the word “treasure” (“reasure”) down in the poem. However, you must start at or “put in” below the home of Brown which is the first line of stanza 3. You then shift the subsequent lines, a la a cryptex, until the word “treasure” appears downward in the poem starting from “halt” (Figure 1). The message that is generated after taking the word “treasure” down is: try the wheel wy which refers to Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (Figure 2, Google Earth).
● Again, Sam Smith is the searcher who solved this portion of the poem.
● Shifting the lines is not messing with the poem as all words, spaces, and punctuation are preserved. After all, FF did say he “felt like an architect drawing that poem”. He also said to “get back in the box” hinting at the grid.
● “There’ll be no paddle up your creek,” instructs you not to use this line.
● The Big Horn Medicine Wheel is where you can find WWWH, but it is not the literal WWWH. So what is the literal WWWH? Many have given up on Big Horn Medicine Wheel as the starting point because they failed to link a literal WWWH to it. However, this is in fact, the correct starting point. WWWH refers to Five Springs Creek (springs = waters) which ends (halts) northerly in the Five Springs Basin directly SE of the wheel. Literal WWWH = the northerly terminus of Five Springs Creek (1st clue, Figure 3, Google Earth).
● How do you know Five Springs Creek is warm? Page 189 of the geological survey, “Thermal Springs in the United States”, published by the United States Department of the Interior, records the water temperature of Five Springs Creek as being “warm” (boxed in Figure 4). Further, Five Springs Creek is described as being “several springs” which is why the creek is “waters” and not water. These observations CONFIRM that Big Horn Medicine Wheel, WY is the correct starting point. FF likely referenced this survey to coin the phrase WWWH.
MAP: So from Big Horn Medicine Wheel, there are several “canyons” you can go down. Which one? Where to go from here?
“Not far, but too far to walk.”
This is not a directive. However, it does tell you where to go from the wheel. You must use the Big Horn Medicine Wheel as a compass. Using true north as 0 degrees, the search continues in the direction of 242 degrees (or 242°) which is SW (Figure 5, Google Earth). Use Google Earth to draw a line from the center of the wheel in this direction. Following this line takes you down Five Springs Basin (canyon) to the home of Brown (Figure 6, Google Earth). Five Springs Basin = canyon down (2nd clue).
● FF uses many synonyms for the words in the poem with canyon being one of them. One synonym for canyon is basin.
● One can contend that 0 degrees is the mathematical 0 degrees which is true west. However, as seen at the 5:30 mark in this video FF describes north as being 270 to 0 to 90 degrees indicating that true north is 0 degrees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StlJL10sgCs
● One can argue that you continue in the direction of 24° and not 242°. However, this path takes you away from the Rocky Mountains and the search area.
● FF said that searchers have correctly guessed the first two clues, i.e. Five Springs Creek and Five Springs Basin.
“Put in below the home of Brown.”
This is a directive. So where is the home of Brown? You are not exactly told how far to go…only that it is too far to walk.
POEM: This line was already used to solve for WWWH.
MAP: To locate the home of Brown, you follow the 242° line (zooming in and out on Google Earth) until you reach the first landmark: Hoodoo Ranch, i.e. marrying the map to the poem (Figure 7, Google Earth). hoB = Hoodoo Ranch (3rd clue).
The home of Brown is a namesake to George Brown (http://www.codyenterprise.com/news/people/article_d588dfe2-2089-11e3-b43a-0019bb2963f4.html). George Brown was a Cody legend and a friend of FF. He was the same age as FF and passed away in 2013. He was a live-in manager at Hoodoo Ranch for over 40 years and has a great-grandson named Forrest.
● But didn’t FF say that “no specialized knowledge is required”? Yes, but you did not need to know anything about George Brown before choosing Hoodoo Ranch as the hoB. Hoodoo Ranch was chosen as a possible hoB since it was the first location that fell in the path of the 242° line drawn from the wheel. Hoodoo Ranch is confirmed as the hoB using the subsequent clues in Stanza 3. I researched Hoodoo Ranch only after confirmation.
● Didn’t FF also say that “the treasure is not associated with any structure”? Yes, but technically, a ranch is not a structure.
Stanza 3
“From there it’s no place for the meek, The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Just heavy loads and water high.”
Stanza 3 does not include a directive…it never tells you to do anything. The entire stanza is descriptive and used to confirm the hoB. “From there” refers to “From the hoB” or in other words, “From the hoB, you’ll see…”. Lines 1 and 2 and lines 3 and 4 are separated by a semi-colon because lines 1 and 2/lines 3 and 4 each represent a slash mark of an “X” (as in “X” marks the spot”…“X” marks the location of hoB, not the chest location).
“X” Slash 1
The beginning of “X” Slash 1 is No place for the meek = Monster Lake Ranch (4th clue, and yes, the same ranch that Kanye West purchased in late 2019). The end is ever drawing nigh – “the end” refers to the end of “X” Slash 1 and “ever drawing nigh” refers to the line of evergreen trees or vegetation that travels SW or left (nigh) from Monster Lake Ranch (Figure 8).
“X” Slash 2
The beginning of “X” Slash 2 is There’ll be no paddle up your creek = Dry Creek (5th clue). Just heavy loads and water high – “just heavy loads” refers to the quarries near Cody which include Pat O'Hara Gypsum Quarry Number One and Big Horn Gypsum Company Quarry, and “water high” refers to Buffalo Bill Reservoir (6th clue, high = north of Dry Creek) (Figure 9). The quarries are not considered 1 of the 9 clues since the poem is referring to multiple quarries. This is different than WWWH where a singular creek is described as “waters”.
Stanza 4
“If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,”
This is not a directive. “If you’ve been wise” refers to Sage Creek that runs along “X” Slash 1 (zoom in on “X” Slash 1 on Google Earth to find Sage Creek); “and found the blaze” refers to the white/yellow mountain crest that is “X” Slash 2 (Wyoming BLM map calls this Cedar Ridge). So basically this essentially means “If you’ve found the ‘X’” (Figure 10) – If you’ve been wise = Sage Creek (7th clue) and found the blaze = Cedar Ridge (8th clue). Many searchers have mistakenly concluded that the blaze is the last clue. However, it is only the 8th clue.
“Look quickly down, your quest to cease.”
“Look quickly down” is a directive.
POEM: “Look quickly down” refers to looking down at Stanza 5.
MAP: “Look quickly down” refers to look directly (quickly) south (down) from the hoB. Going south, you find Rush (quickly) Creek. “Your quest to cease” refers to the quest of finding two C’s (“to cease” or ΩΩ). Look quickly down = Rush Creek (9th clue).
● Google Earth identifies this creek as Rush Creek. However, MapQuest identifies it as Short Fork Meeteetse Creek. In this regard, Mapquest is not a “good” map.
“But tarry scant with marvel gaze,”
This is a directive.
POEM 1: “Tarry scant with marvel gaze” has two uses in the poem. First, as what most searchers think, it means not to delay. So after looking quickly down at Stanza 5, the poem is telling you not to delay in the stanza, i.e. don’t spend any time there since there are no clues. However, you will need Stanza 5 to work “Just take the chest and go in peace” (see below).
POEM 2: The second use of “tarry scant with marvel gaze” focuses on the word “tarry”. Synonym for the word “tarry” include scramble, jumble, or shuffle. So you tarry or shuffle the words “scant with marvel gaze” in the poem as shown in Figure 11. Note: The message only appears if the word “marvel” ends up as the last word (Figure 11).
MAP: Related to POEM 1, you need to just take the chest and get the hell out of there since the chest is located on private property (this will be revealed later).
“Just take the chest and go in peace.”
This is a directive.
POEM: It’s been established that you’re not supposed to spend any time working on Stanza 5. The only thing the poem tells you to do with stanza 5 is “just take the chest and go in peace”. This sounds familiar because a similar instruction was given with the word “treasure”. This is one of the reasons why FF said that the poem gets easier after WWWH. In this instance, you begin the word “chest” at the “c” in peace and take it down in stanza 5 (Figure 11). So the only function of stanza 5 is to reveal the message once you go in peace with the word “chest”.
The message that is generated after taking the word “chest” down is: hole at eye. So you know that from “Look quickly down”, the next location is Rush Creek, but the creek is over 5 miles long. The message is telling you the chest location is at a valley (hole as in Jackson Hole) in the middle (eye) of the creek. If you search Rush Creek, WY, USA in Google Earth, it’ll zoom in on the creek with two pins labeled Rush Creek. Located near the middle of these pins is a valley that comes from the north bisecting Rush Creek. If you zoom in on this junction, you’ll see this (the chest location, Figure 12, Google Earth). Also, the chest location is quickly down (directly south) of the hoB (Figure 13, Google Earth).
Stanza 5
Nothing. This stanza exists just to work the word “chest”.
Stanza 6
“So hear me all and listen good,”
This is a directive, but the only one that doesn’t involve working in the poem or on the map. The line is meant to confirm the chest location. The words “hear” and “listen” refer to the ear-shaped portion of the creek next to the cluster of the trees (chest location) (Figure 14, Google Earth). The shape of the ear is one of the reasons why FF “think kids have an advantage”. That portion also resembles two C’s (the quest) and ΩΩ which is the colophon FF uses at the end of his books. Using Google Earth Pro, the ear-shaped portion of the creek has looked the same since 1994 (25 years ago).
“Your effort will be worth the cold.”
By "your effort will be worth the cold", you have to cross Rush Creek to get to the chest location which is on the other side of the creek from the trail. You need to be BOTG to confirm the chest location and retrieve the chest. On page 388 of the Wyoming Surface Water Classification List, Rush Creek (tributary to Meeteetse Creek) is classified as 2C (warmwater fishery) (Figure 15). Knowing this, there is an understanding to FF’s reference to T. S. Eliot's poem, Little Gidding":
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
In your exploration, you will arrive where you started, i.e. start at warm waters (Five Springs Creek) and arrive/end at a different warm water (Rush Creek).
“If you are brave and in the wood,”
“If you are brave” was the only part of the poem I couldn’t figure out. However, the line is not crucial to know the chest location. Being “brave” may refer to being brave enough to trespass. The word “wood” can be defined as and refers to a small cluster of trees. The chest is likely associated with one of the trees (a lodgepole pine…see epilogue below) which is likely marked (2nd blaze?) somewhere “in the wood” once you cross the creek (circled area in Figure 14). The chest is located at the base of the marked tree when you look quickly down from the blaze on the tree.
“I give you title to the gold.”
Unknown and not important in determining the chest location. No one but the finder knows what this means.
Remarks
● The 9 clues are nine named WY landmarks:

  1. Literal WWWH – Five Springs Creek
  2. canyon down – Five Springs Basin
  3. home of Brown – Hoodoo Ranch
  4. no place for the meek – Monster Lake Ranch
  5. no paddle up your creek – Dry Creek
  6. water high – Buffalo Bill Reservoir
  7. if you’ve been wise – Sage Creek
  8. and found the blaze – Cedar Ridge
  9. look quickly down – Rush Creek
FF said he didn’t realize there were 9 clues until after he wrote the poem. Similarly, you won’t know there are 9 clues until you have solved the poem.
● The chest location is on private property which is why nobody will “accidentally stumble” on it. The parcel is owned by Hoggs Black Diamond Cattle LP. A history of the property shows that the Hoggs have owned the parcel for quite some time (even before the chest was supposedly buried). Before the Hoggs, the parcel has been privately owned by multiple owners since its patent in the 1920’s.
● I imagine when FF hid the treasure, he rented a car in Cody, drove south on the 120 highway, and exited off of Meeteetse Creek Road. FF then traveled west through multiple parcels of private property and then south to a clearing past the Spring Creek oil fields. He then parked at this clearing and headed east on a walking trail that runs parallel to Rush Creek toward the chest location. The trail is on relatively green and flat terrain – easy for an 80-year-old man to traverse. The distance between the clearing and the chest location is about ¾ mile. Two round trips would equal three miles. Obviously, the reason why I didn’t get the chest in October was because of trespassing laws. Once I decided to go back and risk it, my search partner and I planned the trip to minimize the chances of getting caught. One of the things we did was reserve a 4x4 truck to drive on this trail rather than hike on it to save time (would’ve saved us approximately an hour).
● At its closest point, the trail FF traversed is about 200 ft from the chest location. FF did say “there isn’t a human trail in very close proximity to where I hid the treasure.” But when asked by someone to define “close proximity” and “very close proximity”, his answer was ambiguous: https://www.altereddimensions.net/2015/forrest-fenn-hidden-treasure-millions-dollars-hidden-gold-jewels-clues-treasure. FF stated that “each ‘close proximity’ is different, relative, and site-specific.” In my opinion, I don’t believe the trail (200 ft) is considered to be in very close proximity to the chest location. The 200-ft searcher likely used this trail and passed by the chest location.
Epilogue
FF has described the spot as such: “If I were standing where the treasure chest it, I’d see trees, I’d see mountains, I’d see animals, I’d smell the wonderful smells of pine needles and pinion nuts, sagebrush, and I know the treasure chest is wet.

  1. The animals FF is referring to are cows belonging to Hoggs Black Diamond Cattle LP (you can zoom in at the supposed parking spot and see many of them).
  2. The chest is wet because it’s located at the base of a tree near and south of the creek.
  3. It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains”. There are tons of sagebrush surrounding the chest location. Pine trees indigenous to NW Wyoming include the lodgepole, ponderosa, and whitebark. Judging from the chest photo that was posted in June 2020, the chest was likely hidden at the base of a lodgepole pine tree (Pinus contorta) since two-needled fascicles are observed on the ground. The needles and cones of a lodgepole pine possess star-like features (Figure 16).
I've emailed FF several times, but he emailed me back once. On 07/23/2020, I emailed him the following:
"Hello Mr. Fenn,
I just found out that you and the finder decided to reveal the state in which the chest was hidden...Wyoming. Given that my solution is correct, I'm not surprised, but, on behalf of the search community, I would like to thank you. I think it would ease the minds of many.
Hope you and Peggy are doing well.
Sincerely,
XXX"
FF wrote back: "Thanks XXX. f"
R.I.P FF
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2020.09.03 18:00 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 28, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • Lots of news… next week. There’s some negotiations happening that could make the basis of the biggest story of the year, but nothing’s concrete yet so… Yeah. Turns out to be a bit smaller at this stage than Dave's been led to believe right now.
  • Interest in Wrestlemania this year looks way down compared to last year. And it’s nothing to do with the Clash. The first Wrestlemania had media all over it, from newspapers to big magazines. The second got a lot of press as well, a lot driven by its major celebrity involvement. Wrestlemania 3 didn’t get a lot of national press, but it was the most successful financially and a lot of Michigan/Ontario papers spent a lot of time on it. This year? Practically nothing. No news coverage, no broad interest by the general public, nobody on the bus talking about the show. PPV means Wrestlemania won’t be a bomb, but it’s not going to be the giant blockbuster Dave anticipated at hitting over $25 million. He still thinks worst case scenario they gross $19 million, but the lack of buzz is going to affect WWF going into the summer.
  • Billy Jack Haynes and Don Owen’s war for Oregon is the biggest story this week, as two of Owen’s biggest stars just quit on him. Rip Oliver and Mike Miller are presumably jumping over to start with Haynes when he gets going, along with rumors of Kevin Kelly, Chavo Guerrero, Big Bubba, and J.T. Southern. Tom Zenk and Curt Hennig got offers as well, with the latter being billed as appearing for Owens already.
  • Over on Pro Wrestling this Week, their angle is that Paul E. Dangerously purchased controlling interest in the show and is doing a hostile takeover. Guess the ECW Invasion on Raw wasn’t Paul’s first invasion angle. The show for Wrestlemania weekend will see Paul fire Gordon Solie, Joe Pedicino, and Bonnie Blackstone, and Solie getting fired on air could make the show a collector’s item (well, I can’t find it online so it might actually be). Watch this Danger Zone, because Paul gives a really good early career promo here.
Watch: Paul E. Dangerously announces his hostile takeover of Pro Wrestling This Week
  • Dump Matsumoto’s final televised match, which aired March 6 in Japan, did a monster 13.2 rating. No doubt that sticks around as the second highest rated wrestling show of the year barring something absolutely amazing and unforeseen happening. Extra impressive, the show aired on a Sunday afternoon out of prime time. The main event saw Dump and Yukari Omori, also retiring, go against the Crush Gals to a no contest where all of them bled buckets. Chigusa Nagayo then grabbed the house mic and requested an impromptu exhibition teaming with Dump, one of her biggest rivals in her career. To Dave’s knowledge they have never teamed together. They went against Lioness Asuka and Omori for five minutes until tv time ran out, with a double pin happening at the bell where both Crush Gals were pinned by Omori and Dump. It’s pretty much tradition in joshi retirement shows that the retiree gets to be put over one last time by their friends and rivals.
  • This week’s syndicated ratings report (for the week ending February 21) have WWF in 6th place and Crockett in 8th. WWF is at a 9.9 in 245 markets while Crocket’s got a 7.9 in 177 markets, both dropping over a point since the previous week’s report. GLOW has joined in with POWW, AWA, and Pro Wrestling this Week’s syndicated package, so that should probably go back up to the top 15 going forward. A note in Sports, Inc. magazine about WWF ad rates means WWF should be grossing between $15.6 and $18 million this year in pure advertising revenue. Crockett stands to gross around $10 million.
  • Dave’s hoping to be able to get preliminary ratings info for the recent Saturday Night’s Main Event this issue. It should give a sense on how the general public reacted to The Main Event. If ratings are down a lot, it means that the general public probably got turned off by the whole business with the belt sale and referee twin magic. Ratings for the syndicated shows the week after the Main Event were very good because everyone wanted to know what happened, but the week after that saw a 1.2 drop. So we’ll see if this is a trend.
  • Syndicators have already ordered 52 episodes of Learning the Ropes, the tv show Crockett’s going to be involved with. It starts in September and a lot of the Crockett main event guys are going to be involved playing themselves. Don’t worry - it’s only going to get the one season, so just 26 episodes exist.
  • So last week Dave reported about Andre choking Duggan and Duggan bleeding from the mouth, and it really shows the difference between NWA and WWF. Andre accidentally hit Duggan’s lip, which led to Duggan’s tooth cutting his lip and he bled a lot. There was talk of Vince ordering a re-shoot because of how much blood. In the NWA, if there were a similar happening, they’d be ecstatic about all the blood and certainly wouldn’t consider a reshoot. No word on if they will reshoot, but we should know by next week.
  • [WWF] The Killer Bees have been asked to turn heel. They did an angle during the lumberjack match in Philadelphia on March 12 where they attacked Hogan during his match with DiBiase. Of course, Hogan beat all three up.
  • Demolition have been doing jobs everywhere, which Dave thinks is a good hint that they win the titles at Wrestlemania. WWF’s booking policy on tag teams has always been to have the future champions job relentlessly until they win, and this looks like more of the same.
  • [Oregon] Curt Hennig was supposed to wrestle here on March 5, but his back and neck prevented him from working. The AWA Title was held up here pending a Hennig vs. Grappler match, but with Hennig out they subbed in the Assassin as his representative. Assassin beat Grappler, so Hennig is now the “new” AWA World Champion in Portland. Yeah, this is astonishingly dumb.
  • [Memphis] About the only stuff going on right now of any interest is about the Gilberts. Dave watched the past couple weeks and credits Eddie and Missy Hyatt for breathing some life into the promotion, but there’s nothing on the undercard to really support it. Eddie threw fire on March 19, burning Randy Hales after he expressed frustration with the Gilberts trying to take over. Eddie came out for a match and lost via countout because he was arguing with Hales.
  • The closest to anyone or anything of consequence happening in Central States was the Midnight Rockers were announced to replace the Rock & Roll Express for their March 17 show. They no-showed.
  • [WCCW] The March 20 Star Wars show only drew 2,500 fans and started 15 minute late. It then ended at 11 pm (4:45 total length) because they spent so much time delaying between matches. The Simpsons now have both sets of tag titles, Hayes beat Parsons by DQ, Chris Adams beat Terry Taylor by countout when Taylor walked out after getting beaten absolutely bloody, and Kerry retained the world title against Terry Gordy when the referee, despite a ref bump, said he did in fact see Gordy throw Kerry over the top rope. They must make their refs out of tougher stuff in Texas. The Thunderdome cage match in the main event was absolutely bloody, but Dave’s coverage does not make clear who won.
  • WCCW showed the concert attack on the syndicated show and it came off great. One snag: while the wrestlers brawled, the band just kept playing like nothing had happened. The story so far, at least what they’re pushing, is that Buddy Roberts got drunk and ruined the concert and Hayes won’t speak with him because of it. Meanwhile, Terry Gordy, who came back on March 20, claims to have heard two conflicting stories about Buddy’s drinking. So that’s a fun angle.
  • Not much going on in New Japan, but they’re pushing a tag team of pirates. One of the pirates is Bob Orton, playing Billy the Pirate. Billy wrestled Inoki on the live Nagasaki tv show on March 4 which drew a 10.5 rating, the company’s highest since December.
  • Lots of results from All Japan, not a lot of news except for building a big Budokan Hall show for March 27. Tenryu and Hansen will have a rematch for the PWF Title while Brody challenges Jumbo Tsuruta for the International Title. Also appearing during that time period will be Big Bubba Rogers for a four-week tour before he starts with WWF, Tom Magee, and Jimmy Snuka.
  • Here’s the real scoop with All Japan - rumor has it that somewhere down the road, possibly as early as the summer, they plan to unify the singles titles. That will probably be Tsuruta vs. Tenryu, based off current titleholders. The countdown to the Triple Crown Title begins.
  • All Japan did a worked shoot take on the Choshu-Maeda shoot on March 5. It was designed to fool smart fans into thinking there’s potential for real violence in Hansen vs. Tenryu on March 9. Tenryu and Hara did a double enziguiri to Hansen, then Tenryu sold his ankle like he kicked too hard while Hansen collapsed, “knocked out.” He sold it super well while Terry Gordy got involved to throw them out so it wouldn’t be obvious why they weren’t trying to get the pin. About 45 seconds later, Hansen groggily finds his feet and goes absolutely nuts, diving through the ropes onto Tenryu and starts beating him with everything he can find and the match goes to a double countout. After everyone else is taken to the back following the brawl in the stands, Hansen roughs up an official and grabs the mic and says “Nobody potatoes me!” which even had Dave fooled for a bit. Tried to find video on youtube, no luck, but this sounds amazing.
  • TV tapings for the dates after Wrestlemania have been taped, so here be spoilers. Ted DiBiase wrestled both tapings without the belt, so he didn’t win. Savage wasn’t on either taping, and about every other wrestler in the tournament except Hogan (gone for the summer) and Bam Bam (who blew out his knee and may not make Wrestlemania) showed up as a non-champion, so that clinches it for Savage. Also AP Wire picked up the bit from WWF Magazine about WWF Champion Randy Savage. So the two biggest events of the year, WWF has had the news media give away the results. The line in the magazine wasn’t a WWF plant, but a genuine error that made it to print. Beefer also appeared without the belt and Honkeytonk with, while Jimmy Hart had his hair covered, so there’s that result. And Strike Force appeared with the titles, so Dave concedes that he was only 1 for 3 in predicting the big title matches. Not so fast, Dave - you'll get up to 2/3 when the show happens.
  • [WWF] They’re trying to reboot Ted DiBiase a bit. Heenan’s going to continue being Andre’s manager and they’re going to focus on portraying DiBiase as a good wrestler, not just a chickenshit who pays off the referee to win. They realized fans weren’t taking Ted seriously as a top tier wrestler, which really hurt his drawing power, which should have been much more given the level of push, gimmick, and ability he has.
  • Also coming up after Wrestlemania will be a feud between Rick Rude and Jake Roberts. Rude’s gimmick is going to be kissing a planted woman in the audience each night, and on a tv show he’ll kiss Jake’s wife, which will set up the feud. Dave finds it amusing how in the old days they did everything they could to portray the wrestlers as single out of fear of losing women as fans and groupies.
  • Several closed-circuit sites for Wrestlemania are being closed due to poor advance sales. WWF is now going on record that closed-circuit is the past and ppv is the future. Dave’s talked to people all over the country this week and it seems people just aren’t into the tournament concept. Maybe this is where Vince’s reputation for hating tournaments stems from?
  • [AWA] Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond won the AWA tag titles from the Midnight Rockers at the Vegas tapings on March 19. Adrian Adonis no-showed the taping, along with more than a half dozen others, including a new manager they were bringing in from Florida called Diamond Dallas Page. Well, that's sure a way to make your rewind debut with a bang.
  • [AWA] Stan Kowalski won’t be in to manage, apparently, but to do “Big K’s Corner.” Should be as entertaining as Paul E.'s Danger Zone is, just like Baron Von Raschke is as entertaining as Takada.
  • [AWA] Verne even had a GLOW tag match featuring Queen Kong, Hot Rod Andi, Malibu Doll, and another Dave didn’t catch the name of. Correction from last week: Kong didn’t wrestle as Mount Fuji in GLOW, but as Mathilda the Hun. Anyway, Dave quips that yes, this is indeed wrestling for serious fans, no gimmicks like the NWA and WWF. There was another women’s match between Debbie Combs and Olympia which was awful, since Olympia still doesn’t know what she’s doing. It was originally supposed to be Madusa vs. Olympia for the title, and then changed to a number one contender’s match, but that seems to have been tossed out since Madusa was in Debbie’s corner with her arm in a sling to cover for the real reason she was out: cosmetic surgery the results of which are fairly obvious.
Watch? Debbie Combs vs. Olympia
  • AWA’s world title build up to the March 19 Hennig vs. Wahoo McDaniel match sure was a rollercoaster. Zenk was supposed to have a non-title match at the February taping and a title match at this one, but he quit the day before the taping. Two weeks of promos hyping the match up after the non-title match that never happened, including hyping up how good Zenk looked at the shows he didn’t appear on. Then the commentators talk about how Wahoo now has the title match, because “as everyone saw, Hennig injured Zenk” and have since claimed it was a broken arm or leg. Not even World Class has gone so far as to claim that everybody saw something that never actually happened.
  • Remember two weeks ago when Stampede had its best match ever? They did it again on March 12 but even better. Owen and Bruce teamed with Benoit, Pillman, and Jason the Terrible against Steve DiSalvo, Makhan Singh, Jerry Morrow, Great Gama, and Johnny Smith in an elimination cage match. Supposedly this was a five star classic to be sure. Another match in Edmonton that never made tv and thus is impossible to find.
  • More on Paul E. taking over Pro Wrestling this Week. They’re going to announce this week that he takes full control on June 1.
  • The New York Times ran an article on Thunderbolt Patterson and his new career as a blue collar labor organizer in Atlanta.
Read: Ex-Wrestler Fights in a New Arena
  • Saturday Night’s Main Event drew a 10 rating and 30 share. It’s a good rating, but definitely lower than previous ones and shows that The Main Event didn’t really add to their viewing audience. In the Bay area specifically, the show only managed a 5.5 rating, while in Dallas it was a 4.
  • There’s talk of Jerry Jarrett working with Mike Graham to open a Florida promotion and they’ve already talked about getting Gordon Solie to do tv. Jerry does not appear to open a Florida promotion until 2002, when he opens up TNA.
  • Bruno Sammartino did a candid interview about WWF on a Pittsburgh radio show. Dave’s hoping someone who taped it can send him the tape so he can hear it.
  • Ted DiBiase is now using the cobra clutch as his finisher.
  • Billy Jack Haynes’ new promotion has a name: The OWWF. That’s the Oregon-Washington Wrestling Federation, and they’ll also be running a wrestling school starting April 4, with Brad Rheingans and Haynes as coaches.
  • Blackjack Mulligan won a legal case where he was sued for punching a business partner during an argument in 1986. His defense was that it was self-defense, and the jury believed him. Mulligan’s lawyer was so good he even got the accuser to say he felt sorry for Mulligan. As part of the proceedings, evidence turned up that recent bad business deals and a heart attack have pretty much kept Mulligan out of wrestling and even put him in such bad straits that he may lose his house.
  • Two readers write in suggesting Dave start a letter-writing campaign so fans can put pressure on cable companies to show the wrestling they want to see, like New Japan or All Japan Women, and ditch wrestling they don’t want (like Financial News Network running NWF). Dave says rather than tell people what to write and organizing it the way these two are suggesting, he’ll start getting network addresses and publish those so fans can voice their genuine opinions if they choose to. Dave thinks writing to FNN, ESPN, or Tempo and requesting a specific show or thanking them for running a show they do run could have some influence if readers do this in numbers. As for The Nashville Network, which does sports all day Sunday and was brought up as an option by one letter, the owner doesn’t want any wrestling on his station. You’re gonna have to wait for ECW to hit TNN in 1999, fellas.
  • We’re a week out from Clash and the NWA has only announced four of the matches for the show.
  • Dave saw the NWA’s March 16 show in San Francisco, which drew surprisingly well at 4,500 fans who were very enthusiastic for the show. Nothing spectacular here, even the FlaiSting match only gets 2.5 stars. The night before they were in Reno for their first show out there and drew so poorly that you can probably expect them not to come back.
  • The new TBS Sunday show for NWA has the wrestlers excited because they get a nice bonus for appearing. The main event participants split a $7,500 bonus, which is huge if you’ve got a singles main event, and the semi-main splits $2,500. The show will be called NWA Main Event, and will have a three match format with interviews and become the new C show of Crockett’s syndicated package. The bonuses should especially keep the heels happy despite being asked to do jobs on tv, at least in theory. Dave predicts a lot of good matches and mostly disqualification finishes.
  • NWA is planning a July ppv Great American Bash with Flair vs. Luger, but that’s in the 60-day window before WWF’s August show. Ted Turner’s supposed to clear athe ppv market up for them, so we’ll see how that goes and we can probably expect a free WWF countershow on USA at that time.
  • [NWA] The Fantastics had a match against the Midnight Express that went 37 minutes and took up basically the entire episode of NWA Pro from this week. It looked like a heated match from what Dave saw on TBS, and he puts over how hard the Fantastics are working to get over. Dave would rather watch guys like the Fantastics who may not quite be the best but bust their asses to give you action than more talented guys won ego trips who don’t give you anything. The Fantastics vs. Midnights might just be the best series of matches going on in North America right now.
Watch: NWA Pro March 26, 1988
NEXT WEEK: Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions, Crockett in negotiations with Ken Mantell of World Class, Magnum T.A. gets physical on tv again, and more
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2020.08.06 05:23 pearpressure12 Rebooking Kushida In NXT (Part 1: Breakout and NXT Title Chase)

Kushida, the result of what would happen if Marty McFly was Japanese and knew how to kick your head off, reattach it and kick it off again, a stable of the Junior Heavyweight Division in New-Japan Pro Wrestling, came to NXT in 2019 just before Wrestlemania 35 and was directed to the Black and Gold brand. This was seen as a positive at the start. The dream matches that could be had, the storylines that could’ve been perfect for him, the title reigns that would have been on the same level as his NJPW title reigns. However, it never seemed to start for poor Kushida. His run in NXT isn’t bad but it’s been such a letdown compared to what it could have been. Triple H stated himself he wanted Kushida for quite some time. Well, from how he’s been used, it looks like he wanted Kushida so New-Japan couldn’t have him. So, WWE has had their turn, now I’m having a crack at it.
So, rather than having Kushida debut early after his signing, let’s save it for a little bit. We want him to have a proper breakout. Hint, hint.
26th June 2019 (NXT TV) Kushida is announced as a part of the NXT Breakout Tournament instead of Boa (sorry Boa). Kushida takes on Jordan Myles in the first match of the first round. After a stellar bout with both men proving how good they are (and they are both incredible), Kushida just picks up the victory after applying the Hoverboard Lock and forcing Jordan to submit. Kushida advances to the semi-finals.
24th July 2019 (NXT TV) Kushida faces Angel Garza in the semi-finals of the Breakout Tournament. Both men are smaller, more agile and more technically sound than most others. So, naturally the match these two have is quite a high level bout. Angel shows off his incredible athletic ability between the ropes as Kushida shows off what made him a massive star in Japan in the first place. This match could go either but it goes to the Time Splitter after his hits Angel with the Back To The Future driver. Kushida is going to the finals against the winner of Cameron Grimes and Bronson Reed at NXT Takeover Toronto 2
10th August 2019 (NXT Takeover Toronto 2) Yep, I think this match should take place on Takeover itself. Not just a piece on NXT. It’s something that’s been built for a few months, it deserves a bigger pay off. Kushida V.S Cameron Grimes. Second match of the night and an absolute delight of a bout. These two men put everything out there for this victory. Grime shows what made Trevor Lee a name in the first place but Kushida outsmarts and outpaces Cameron at every step. In the end, after both men has done counter after counter and hold after hold, Kushida locks in the Hoverboard Lock. Grime fights his damned hardest to get out but isn’t able to, eventually submitting to Kushida. Kushida breaks out as the new big star of NXT and getting a guaranteed NXT Title Match for the near future.
21st August 2019 (NXT TV) Kushida comes out and announces the following. “Adam Cole. On September 18th, when NXT goes live on USA, I want that NXT Title. I’ll see you then”. Plan, simply, to the point.
28th August 2019 (NXT TV) Undisputed Era come out with Adam Cole leading. “At Takeover, Johnny Gargano and I went to war. A war that was never in question a sure victory for me. So now I am undisputedly the top guy in NXT, I now must focus on Kushida. First things first, congratulations on winning the Breakout Tournament. I was watching and I was impressed. That being said, it’s stupid that someone as new as you are is already getting an NXT Title match. But fine, I’ll just have to set you back as soon as you walk through the door”.
Later on that night, Kushida takes on Dexter Lumis. The victory is never in question for Kushida but Dexter shows off what he has in this match to near success. Kushida wins with the Hoverboard Lock and is ambushed by O’Reilly, Fish and Strong after the bell sounds. Cole enters the ring and tells the rest of Undisputed Era to set Kushida up for the Last Shot. Coles plans are fulfilled as Kushida is laid out heading into their match on September 18th.
11th September 2019 (NXT TV) Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish are in action against Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan and a mystery partner. After everyone else makes their entrance, it’s revealed to be Kushida, returning after the assault from the Era weeks ago. This match is high paced, high impact and high levels of enjoyment. O’Reilly, Fish, Burch and Lorcan are a great meshing of talent to begin with and adding Strong and Kushida will hopefully be welcome additions. After failed interference from Adam Cole, Kushida taps out O’Reilly with the Hoverboard Lock. Kushida stares down Cole after the bell, eyeing the NXT Championship.
18th September 2019 (NXT TV) Live from Full Sail University, your Main Event of the evening. After winning the Breakout Tournament, Kushida challenges Adam Cole for the NXT Championship. Conspicuous by their absence is the rest of Undisputed Era, but it’ll make more sense later. Anyway, Kushida V.S Cole is a brilliant match while it lasts. Kushida looks like he could get it every turn but Cole shows off why he’s the top of the NXT men’s division. Kushida takes Adam to the limit and vice versa. But finally, as Kushida gets the final bit of advantage he needs, Strong, Fish and O’Reilly show up to disrupt the match, jumping up on the ring apron and yelling at the referee. The ref starts telling Strong to get off the ring apron while ReDragon of UE hits the High-low (or whatever they call it) onto Kushida, followed by Cole propping him up for the Last Shot and nailing it to get the pinfall victory. (Sidenote, yes, I’ve had Kushida lose early in his NXT run, but it does protect Kushida in the loss due to it taking three people to take him out. This is a good thing, I promise).
That’ll do it for part 1. Part 2 and 3 coming soon. But so far, what do you think?
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2020.07.22 12:48 TessaBissolli A close examination of the story. Part 25: The symbols.

In the first 21 parts, I explored how the story, when superficially seen, makes sense, but when we look carefully, the apparent narrative crumbles into nonsense. But far from believing this is bad writing, I believe is proof of the real story we are being told underneath the illusions.
The second kind of analysis, examines the elements we have underneath the facade, including some connecting elements that actually tell a remarkably consistent story. In part 23, I looked at the geographic clusters and the connections they formed.
This part deals with the show's use of symbols. Symbols are tough to analyze because unlike words, their meaning is not fixed, immutable. Just like flowers had meanings in Medieval and Victorian times, and numerous symbols (such as a hand position, for example) are used in paintings, heraldry and tombstones, symbols still work to create links between characters, or subtly remind us of an idea, without openly saying it, like a secret language. But even if we are not aware of them, subconsciously they create a link.
For the victorians sending a coltsfoot meant "Justice shall be done.", while we still send roses meaning love in some parts of the world. Red calls attention to symbols:
You must be Samuel! What a pleasure. What a garden. I love daffodils..... They say gifting a bouquet of daffodils ensures happiness, while presenting just one means bad luck is on the horizon.
A perfect example is this symbol: ❤️ It is a heart symbol, and has become a symbol of loving or liking something or someone. Real hearts look nothing like it. In reality, it could be a representation of a butterfly, or the leaves of a redbud tree, or buttocks. But we nowadays read it as like or love.
The heart shape, by a modern definition, is an ideograph used to express the idea of the “heart” in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the core of emotion, affection, and love. It refers mostly, but not only, to romantic love.
So which symbols are being used repeatedly? Water, fire, mirrors , musical instruments (especially pianos) & record players. And my own plaid (tartans). One symbol is not used often, but it has been significant: American flags.

Water 💧

For example, Red has been associated with water. We frequently see him meeting people by water: rivers, ponds, pools, fountains. He has innumerable stories about fish and fishing, swimming, encounters with sharks, etc. He speaks of being Popeye the sailor man, talks about wanting to be the captain of a ship. He has shipping business, etc.
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The man who captured him and tortured him for 10 days was codenamed Seaduke. His symbol is a nautical compass, seen in the escape shipping container and as his seal. Constantin mentions a house by the water where he once held a gun in Red's mouth. RR was a Naval Officer.
When added, it is staggering. What does it mean? Does it mean Red is RR, who was a Naval officer? We do not have a clear answer. Each one has to make their mind as to what it means, if anything. What we could not deny is a prevalence of water symbols surrounding Red.
Certain characters are shown too near water, ships, or fishing. For example, when we see Cooper at his office, a photo of him fishing is clearly seen.
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Tom bought a boat, and in the promo pictures of season 3 he is shown wet. We learn he was taken at the beach, and he and Liz talk about going to a beach where they will be safe. Scottie is also shown with a large picture of water. The Reddingtons had a beach house, so did the Hargraves, and Katarina chose Cape May for a suicide.
Red and water are frequently thought as opposing elements, and is curious that fiery Katarina is shown choosing water for killing the identity, and watery Red is shown with severe burns by fire.
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Fire🔥

Katarina is seen as a fiery character, like Liz, a woman with a temper, like Dom:
RED TO DOM ABOUT LIZ: She had your temper.
We have a fire that is at the core of the events in the past, a turning point where things went wrong, and we have had a number of burns that remind us constantly of fires, including the burn on Liz's wrist, which matches Tom's symbol in the box.

We even have one characters who is identified as NOT being who he said he was for the lack of burns on his back, while we have Red with deep burns in his entire back.

Another symbol is musical instruments 🎹 for grief.

Including record players.
musical instruments as symbol of loss and grief (not necessarily death)
I first noticed the abundance of pianos:
What clicked it for me was a cello in Berlin's house (the one where he had Naomi prisoner) and then we have the scene in the record store in The Scimitar, which went with an unused scene in which Red was talking with Berlin's daughter about music and Rivera and Rostropovitch, and it is clear that she plays the cello. So music was a symbol of grief, Berlin kept a cello to remind him of his daughter. Musical instruments are seen where there is grief and loss.
Also record players:
Record players seem to precede violence or death, or be about the grief induced by losing someone to death or absence. While piano lessons seem to predict bad things happening:

Mirrors create multiples and illusions

This show has a lot of shots in mirrors. I mean a lot of them. Sometimes entire scenes are shot in mirrors or through revolving doors, or through screen doors.
A parallel is essentially a mirror situation. You will be hard pressed to find any episode without a parallel, most have many.
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Mirrors are often used by magicians to create illusions, things we see in one place but are not there.
Mirrors create reflections, essentially doubles or multiples, and in a show where identity, and doppelgängers abound, there are a vidid reminder to look for parallels, doubles, and illusions.
Think about the doubles, decoys, namesakes, and repeat names in several variations of them (11 Katarinas, 12 Alexanders, 16 Annas, 27 Charles, 12 Christophers, 12 Elizabeths, 14 Franks, 25 Johns, 16 Nicholas, etc.)
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There are so many doppelgängers or doubles, a mirror image that serve as decoys or protection, as in:
  1. Fake Zal Bin Hasaan: The man Red follows the trail to the motel, only to discover because of the lack of burns in his back that he is not the real Hasaan. His double's job was to protect the real Hasaan.
  2. Fake Djinn AKA Alice. She was the front of the operation, protecting the identity of Nasim Bakhash, the real one.
  3. Fake Liz: Liz uses a double to escape Red’s surveillance via Ezra. While Ezra was watching the double, Liz escaped via another door. Bilocation.
  4. The Troll Farmer used virtual doppelgängers to create multiple sightings of Red and Liz. Digital doppelgängers.
  5. Red puts the his own tracker on Zamani to mislead Ressler, creating a digital doppelgänger, a digital decoy.
Or sever as alibis or fake deaths, to allow someone to get away with a crime
  1. The Alchemists's dead doppelgängers allowed his clients to continue to live free. Some became DNA doubles too.
  2. Raleigh Sinclair AKA The Alibi, created the doubles so his clients could commit crimes and be in two places at once.
  3. Bastian Moreau used Koehler to make himself into a passable double of a target.
  4. in Redemption, Indépendance USA was a factory for doppelgängers to execute false flag operations in the USA (disguised attacks as domestic terrorism).
Or specific tasks:
  1. Gregory Devry AKA Fake Red: His job was to help repair Red’s reputation which had been damaged by rumors he was an FBI informant. A dear friend with a terminal illness fit the bill.
  2. Sinclair created a fake Garvey to kill Mosadek, eliminating two birds with one stone. The double committed the murder, but the real one was left being hunted.
Or name, MO, appearance and nickname doppelgängers.
  1. Nora Mills AKA Lord Baltimore was using the identity of her twin sister Rowan. Twins is the extreme form of a nature's double.
  2. Bobby Jonica hid the death of Mako Tanida’s brother to use his identity to run Tanida’s empire, a name doppelgänger.
  3. Fake Berlin: there were two men whose relationship is not known, who had a revenge pending on Red. Both using the nickname Berlin, both called Milos : Milos Pavel Kinsky and Milos Kirchhoff, both former KGB.
  4. Katya in the Sumer Palace, was a visual doppelgänger of Nanny Kate, even dressed as Kate.
  5. Ilyas Surkov’s death was hidden to continue to use his name as a false flag, another dead doppelgänger.
  6. Fake Deer Hunter: the original killer's wife killed him, and then took the MO to disguise her own agenda.
We have a few characters reflected in angled mirrors that create multiple reflections.
Constantin Rostov and Fakerina (Who used the name Constance Drucker) are seen reflected in three mirrors, creating triples of themselves.
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At the time Liz is openly lying to Red, and he knows it, Liz is showed reflected on a mirror, a two faced liar.
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When Red ges to see Tom, he sees a reflection of himself.
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When Liz finds the fulcrum, the scene in shot in the seam of a mirror, showing us a fractured Liz.
a scene shot in a mirror with a seam creates a fractured image

Plaid for deception

This was a revelation for me, a few years ago in a rewatch, a lot of plaid being used. But it was with Tom that things started to click. At first I thought Tom was using plaid to convey some hipster thing. Like it was part of the Tom Keen persona, the geeky schoolteacher. But when I looked carefully, I noted he was not wearing plaid at all in the first episode.
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He was not even wearing them after Liz found the box, when he comes back home. It was after he realized that Liz had found it, that he started wearing them, and after he leaves in the Pavlovitch Brothers, he never wears them again, unless they are part of a costume for a persona, an identity (like Reggie). When Tom reads the report, in the train station, when he steals a bag to find clean clothes, he also finds glasses and a plaid shirt, and he rejects both, a highlighted moment.
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Think of Aram. He worn plaid first when he was being set up as Louis Coogan, and then again with Janet, before he was aware who she really was. So plaid is not necessarily related to the person wearing, as that person might be the perpetrator or a victim of deception. Or sometimes, just be there.
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There are places littered with plaid, for example the cabin where Charlene had assignations with her neighbor: plaid curtains, plaid blankets, plaid garments. Red has plaid blankets in his flat in Bethesda and in the cabin, and Dom has them in the house.
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Think about a couple of characters who wear plaid in almost every single appearance: Red and Dom. Red almost always wears a plaid vest, and Dom has even a plaid robe.
I had been able to predict situations using plaid. A lot of people make fun of the plaid, others believe it.
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Make your own mind, but do so in a rewatch, when you can track them.
good questions posed by plaid

American flags🇺🇸

They appear often, but only three characters have been introduced by a flag, and that is notable:
Red, Cooper and Scottie.
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Is this a hint of what side are they?
What is certain is that the introductory banner has flags.


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see the entire series:
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2020.07.04 08:51 DamirKac The German ambassador to Georgia is tired of mediation in the negotiations, and the Georgian opposition is tired of the German ambassador

The German ambassador to Georgia is tired of mediation in the negotiations, and the Georgian opposition is tired of the German ambassador
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“Mr. Rurua is not mentioned in the agreement of March 8, this is obvious, everyone can read it, I am surprised that this is a subject for discussion between the parties,” said German Ambassador to Georgia Hubert Knirsch last week. “..It is important to say that if these constitutional changes are approved, and I hope that it will be so, those who supported them in parliament will deserve praise,” Hubert Knirsch also noted, encouraging the ruling party. Everyone perfectly understood that the “Georgian Dream” did not need the votes of the “National Movement” and “European Georgia” for the adoption of constitutional amendments in the third reading. Nevertheless, the Mishists, apparently believing that the ambassadors and the rest of the progressive West would be on their side, again and again threw tantrums on the topic: either you release Rurua or nothing will happen. The paradox is that before that no one had ever remembered Rurua before, and few knew about it at all, but by flirting with the opposition, the “Georgian Dream” revived it to some extent, as it revived the illusion that there is some kind of Georgia “United opposition”, the opinion of which must be taken into account, because it is extremely important for progress. In general, Hubert Knirsch was simply tired of the lengthy negotiations, which was clearly hinted at by the ruling party: they say, take everything into your own hands. True, he paid for it, because the stubbornness of the opposition grew into complete rudeness. One of the leaders of “European Georgia” Giga Bokeria publicly stated how he “sympathizes” with the German ambassador for being “in such an unpleasant situation”. According to him, the German ambassador looked as if he “got lost in the translation, and then was forced to apologize.” The leader of the "Labor Party", Shalva Natelashvili, said that the German ambassador is funded by the Ivanishvili regime, and called on the German government to "withdraw the shameful ambassador." It's time to make excuses and “Dream.” “It is our duty to apologize to the German ambassador on behalf of the country for the irresponsible and unethical statement of our citizen,” the party said in a statement. “In the recent period, the radical opposition leaders attacked their Western partners, and their anti-Western campaign, are taking on increasingly alarming forms and scales. We think that the deeper the radical opposition will enter the political crisis, the more aggravated its irresponsibility, and this will cause some damage along with it and the country. Therefore, we believe that such an irresponsibility requires an immediate response. ... Some kind of culmination of the anti-Western campaign were made by their leaders, Shalva Natelashvili and Giga Bokeria, insulting statements in response to a comment by the German ambassador, who grossly violated elementary norms of politeness and ethics. The insulting statements of Bokeria and his wife were further aggravated by Natelashvili, who grossly insulted not only the German ambassador, but also the German people. That state, which since the 90s has stood guard over the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and makes a significant contribution to the realization of our European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Here we want to note that the statement of Natelashvili offends not only the German people and the German state, but first of all the Georgian society, ”the statement emphasized. Of course, it was expected that many of Saakashvili’s supporters could not help but respond to Knirsh’s statement. But the statement of the “cheap clown” and Labor leader Shalva Natelashvili, for the first time in the modern history of the country, touched the competence of the German ambassador. It should also be recalled that Shalva spoke verbally against President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. And this man is now in the forefront of Saakashvili’s supporters! Maybe, at least now the West will understand which snake "warmed on its chest." He will understand how long and sticky their tongues are and what they can afford. There are claims to the ruling party. If she is so principled, why didn’t she also apologize to Ilham Aliyev for what the clown Shalva Natelashvili said about him? After all, he is now not just a “jester from the Labor Party,” he is one of the leaders of the promising “united opposition”. Again, “Dream” fear of Western opinion? Is it true that right before the elections, its leaders will run to all the ambassadors of the USA, the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany in order to ask their opinions?
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2020.06.23 23:45 amainwingman A Truly Friendly Neighbour? China's Motivation Behind the Belt and Road Initiative in its Periphery

A Truly Friendly Neighbour? China's Motivation Behind the Belt and Road Initiative in its Periphery
Hey guys, I recently completed an internship and was asked to write a research paper. Here is a highly shortened version of what I wrote. It concerns China's motivations for pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative, especially in its periphery in Southeast and Central Asia. Don't worry, this isn't yet another neocon/hawkish "China is imperialist now please increase our defence budget" take, rather I look at why China is pouring trillions of dollars into infrastructure in Asia. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try and answer them to the best of my ability!
A Truly Friendly Neighbour?
President Trump continues to abandon allies in Southeast Asia with reckless disregard for geopolitical realities. The President claims he does so because America’s allies have, for too long, unfairly benefited from the US led world order without contributing significantly to its running. But retreating from America’s role as leader of the global international order will facilitate China’s encroaching influence. This is most evident in China’s periphery, where its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will continue to bring its neighbours, be it by carrot or by stick, into Beijing’s increasingly inescapable orbit.
A closer look at President Xi Jinping’s “project of the century,” reveals this concerning reality for the West. The BRI, a Sino-centric push to build infrastructure and increase trade, cultural and diplomatic relations between China and nations signed up to it, is not quite yet a Chinese push for creating a new world order, but it does aim to protect China’s core interests and security, even when those interests directly clash with the West’s.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has never been transparent. So it is something of a surprise that, in 2011, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a white paper outlining its core national interests. These include, “state sovereignty, national security, territorial integrity and national reunification, China’s political system … and overall social stability, and … sustainable economic and social development.” The BRI, particularly on China’s doorstep, first and foremost is aimed at securing these core interests. This underpins three identified motivations behind China’s pursuit of the BRI, namely, taking advantage of geopolitical opportunities, creating a Sino-centric regional order and facing up to China’s domestic challenges.
Looking at data from the American Enterprise Institute for Chinese BRI investments, suggests that there is no overarching geographic strategic intent behind the BRI. There are no regions that receive an inordinate amount of Chinese investment. Instead, what we see is China taking advantage of geopolitical opportunities wherever they appear.
BRI Investments as a Percentage of Nominal GDP
Map of BRI Investments as a Percentage of Nominal GDP
(Just a quick note here on the data from AEI. While it was the only comprehensive source I could find on BRI investments throughout Asia, the data classified any Chinese investment in Asia (expect in Japan, Taiwan and India) as a BRI investment if it happened after 2013, when Xi announced the "One Belt One Road" initiative, the precursor to the BRI. This isn't to disparage the data, more so it's to highlight actually how tricky it is to define what the BRI is. So don't take my data here as gospel truth, but rather just a broad brushstroke painting of BRI investments in Asia.)
Three examples highlight this clearly. In Laos, there is a potentially lucrative energy resource in the Mekong River which would help China achieve energy independence. Dependence on foreign nations for energy has been interpreted by China as a vulnerability according to one expert on energy security. Energy independence will further China’s national security as Chinese machines of war will be less vulnerable to easily interrupted fuel supply lines, and a reliable flow of energy is vital to sustainable economic and social development. By investing in, and running, hydroelectric dams along the Mekong through its BRI, China is guaranteeing access to Laotian energy resources.
BRI investments in Cambodia have given Beijing the diplomatic capital to build a naval base. By building such a base in the Gulf of Thailand, China is hoping to increase its national security by strong-arming its neighbours out of reliance on America and towards submission to Beijing through overwhelming military presence. A naval base in Cambodia would also solidify Chinese military access to the South China Sea, which Beijing views as its territorial waters, to the chagrin of the West.
China also strongly believes that, “underdevelopment generates insecurity and instability.” As China keeps pouring money into Kyrgyzstan, Beijing believes that potential ethnic unrest will be quelled, increasing national security. Chinese investments have also ‘bought’ silence from Kyrgyzstan on China’s mass detention of Uyghurs, protecting what China views as its fragile social stability from damaging external criticism.
If China is to overthrow the current Western led liberal international order, it must first create a viable alternative in its own region. The evidence suggests that China is currently pushing for a regional order rather than a global one. The multilateral organisations it has created, like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation are more regionally focused. Brookings has called this an “illiberal ‘sphere of influence’ in Asia.” Crucially, Chinese investments are perceived as more receptive to local needs in the Asia-Pacific compared to Western or international aid and investments, according to the Lowy Institute, suggesting a regional shift towards China.
Greater economic and diplomatic ties between China and nations signed up to the BRI, in the form of infrastructure investments, leads to deeper ties, binding these nations to China, according to Nadége Rolland of the National Bureau for Asian Research. In enhancing cooperation between itself and its neighbours, Beijing is laying the foundations for a regional alternative to the Western led liberal international order that follows what Rolland calls the principles of the “Community of Common Destiny.”
These principles, building “partnerships” rather than alliances, “‘common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable’ security” focused on Asia, economic “win-win” cooperation, respecting “cultural diversity” (or, more cynically, accepting different political systems) and concern for the environment, all help China pursue its core interests. By building a regional order that follows these principles, China hopes to do so through the BRI.
The first two principles obviously focus on China’s national security. Economic cooperation and concern for the environment both focus on sustainably developing China both economically and socially. Respecting “cultural diversity” is often interpreted as a thinly-veiled call from Beijing for other nations, namely the US, to respect what it views as its sovereignty in places like Tibet and Hong Kong, regions that continue to cause issues for Beijing. This, in turn, safeguards China’s “national reunification.”
China will face vexing domestic challenges in the next decade. Part of Beijing’s calculus behind pursuing the BRI lies in tackling these challenges. Developing its Western provinces, by increasing their trade with external partners through the BRI, will reduce instability in these historically restive regions. This will help to achieve what China calls its “national reunification” and protect its “social stability,” even if this means imprisoning millions of ethnic minorities and sponsoring the mass migration of Han Chinese into historically diverse regions.
As domestic demand for Chinese infrastructure wavers, China is deploying the BRI to use up the overcapacity it has in its traditional industrial sectors by creating external demand for these industries. Doing so will help Beijing reduce its capacity in the medium term, while its increased diplomatic and economic ties will help China internationalise its fledgling financial sector, which is key for China to continue its sustainable economic development.
The CCP faces a challenge of legitimacy that threatens its leadership of the world’s second largest economy. Xi and the CCP leadership believe in the “doctrine of ‘performance legitimacy,’” which states that the CCP derives its legitimacy from economic performance. If China’s economy stalls, the CCP will begin to crumble. Some argue that this is not true and that Beijing is too preoccupied with the fall of the USSR. This is irrelevant. As long as Xi believes it is the case, he will continue to pursue policies that provide China’s absurd economic growth, which the BRI has fostered.
A rising China threatens American and Western interests in the Asia-Pacific. President Obama realised this and employed his Pivot to Asia to counter the threat. If President Trump wants the world to perceive him as strong against China, he needs a more nuanced understanding of China’s flagship project and its motivations. Abandoning long standing American allies to China suggests an unsurprising lack of that very same nuance.
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2020.06.21 06:48 Beginning_Reality Can you not ?

Shippers are upset, we get it, but can they just keep on shipping their nonsensical ship and stay in the sipweb ? They're so not helping. Everybody gets it, can they just at least realize that Microsoft are back at it ? The character they tried to use to harass Melina (even if he refused, like when he refused to say separatist stuff and all the crap), that disappeared right when Melina said she isn't coding anymore but which they started zombie-ing again right when she starts making software that run only on Linux distros... Can they get even more obvious ?
Like we get it, it's been discussed in a previous topic (the hypocrite indirects and how the "Unamericans" (quote from Microsoft ex-CEO) reject the American culture and Microsoft).
When M3lvin was a thing, they kept posting nasty harassment and insults about Melina on their character's tag on Tvmblr, for example, they kept pretending it was about the 15 year old girl, but the post was obviously about Melina, they were posting [email protected] like "She is only with him for the green card." How would an American girl need a green card ? They didn't even try to be smooth, they thought that by using someone else's name, pretending it was about the American 15 y o girl, they could not be sued in the future or whatever.
Melina even said a while later that she never went to Seattle, she doesn't know anyone who works at Microsoft and it's clearly not a personal vendetta and that she doesn't plan to go to the USA ever again in her life. Most Meliners consider the USA to be the scariest country on Earth and don't want to go there either. I mean, you can be shot by a police officer just because and then your partner will go to jail ! (See recent news about the women who was sleeping and shot dead by a police officer and her husband is in jail now somehow.)
Now allegedly Microsoft and their clown, with the zombie character and other molmols are apparently doing this again, indirects, using lookalikes or French words... Pretending to insult someone but making it obvious they're still after Melina.
Atm, a lot of [email protected] they're posting (either indirecting or straight forwardly) is claiming Melina would be with Karim Jawed only for his money. Kalina shippers are getting angry about this. But like, why ? 1. It's been talked about (maybe mainly in French, though ?) even a year ago, Microsoft will always turn stuff into nasty and sleazy stuff. They also hate women. 2. We all know Mélina doesn't pick her partners according to their money. Who cares about what those hateful Microsoft losers are posting ? They're doing this because Melina is coding and making software, but also because of where she lives.
I mean, everybody knows it : http://techrights.org/2019/09/25/microsoft-patent-troll-intellectual-ventures-gnome/ (The whole website is VERY interesting.)
Like, can you not ? Shippers need to at least listen to "antis" as they call us about how Microsoft and their clown are allegedly behind this and that they should be ignored ! Nobody wants to be associated with people like them : https://www.engadget.com/2017-12-25-amazon-microsoft-employees-sex-trafficking-sting.html !!!!!
Who cares if they indirect [email protected] and lies ??!!! If they're using French words to make it clear they're after Mélina. Report it. If the websites don't care, it becomes their problem and legal liability, not ours, not Mélina's !
Now about the person and their post being banned (by Reddit, not the mods of meovely), we do all believe it's odd. It doesn't make sense. Especially when Reddit is being called out for not banning hateful stuff. But this account, which didn't post anything hateful nor illegal gets banned, without being reported. Why ?
Maybe there are other reasons, though. This, we don't know. But it sure makes people believe that the (recently again) edits of our posts and stuff is done by a person with an admin account. But the fact it happens on FB and Twitter as well is just strange. Unless all those websites indeed gave an admin account to Microsoft staffers.
Also, I think I've read about former employees/admins who still had access to their admin account months after quitting, somewhere, but I can't find the link right now, I'll post it if I retrieve it. What if an ex admin is disgruntled or hate either Melina or Karim Jawed for whatever reason or just gets money from some company to delete or edit stuff ? I mean, see what they did on Tvmblr, deleting Melina's tag when she announced Meovely, just because she announced Meovely, while they refused to remove hate posts and illegal stuff on the L3afyish3re tag ? ([email protected] then owned Tvmblr and they're said to have been Microsoft's puppet since the early 2000's, so...)
This is also weird and we don't really dare to ask about what happened on Reddit in 2015, even if it has been brought up in the news recently again. Although, lots are surprised that even with what's going on in the USA, nobody is talking about Aaron Schwartz (1 of Reddit founders). If you haven't yet, read his story, it's really strange.
Anyway, can shippers just stop acknowledging Microsoft shills and molmols now ? It's like, we can't make shippers stop shipping Melina with Karim Jawed, whatever, but at least just ship in the sipweb and do happy stuff !!!
Nobody care about what Microsoft alleged shills and molmols are posting. Everybody is disgusted by their hatred of women in general anyway. It's not our culture. They're the people that make it worse. I mean, Reddit's main page (when logged out) is horrifying, and I'm not even talking about the gore and the spider pics, I'm talking about the news. Even during confinement and a pandemic, they still assemble and pass laws stating that women loose their right and that men control their body. [email protected] is not punished in their country (according to lots of news) but if a women wants to abort even after being [email protected], she will go to jail. This is literally the scariest country on earth. I wonder if Microsoft lobbies for this too.
Also, don't forget they hate the French too. The first molmol youtuber harassing Melina in her videos allegedly on behalf of Microsoft, in 2015, she mimicked Melina's picture, then commented, "oh no, I look like one of those French girls", with obvious contempt. But for Ytbe it's ok, and they don't care about the "hate speech" law. Whatever.
Karim Jawed seems to have a lot of enemies or people who don't like him also. Probably just because he's a coder and is said to own his own cloud computing whatever thingy company, making him a direct competitor of Microsoft Azure. There is also a bunch of obviously racist stuff.
Even on ytbe, along the years, there were stuff posted on posts about him (or about Ytbe anniversary, with his picture), we're still curious about why and who called him "not reasonable". We're curious about all the stuff posted about him. About who would want him gone (since it was posted by an anonymous source that he was partly paid in G00gle shares when he sold Youtube) ? Also what are yesterday's indirects about ? It's like they're hinting about "no comments". Did someone ask him about Kalina and did he answer that he has "no comment" about it ??? Or does it mean something else ???
Anyway, it seems that A LOT is going on in Silicon Valley : at Reddit and also at Youtube. Everybody is wondering why Tom (the guy from the theater) is crying. And other stuff.
Tl;DR : just do your thing and stay away from the hateful M$ alleged shills, they're literally paid to post hate and harass everybody that is a competitor of Microsoft or just living in a country they don't like.
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2020.06.16 11:13 ritis88 How to promote mobile games in Japan, Korea and China — and not to screw up

How to promote mobile games in Japan, Korea and China — and not to screw up
Asia is a real plum for app developers. Western markets have long since become oversaturated and growth has slowed, but the Asian market continues a trend of dynamic growth. The question is how to get on board.
In this article we’ll be talking about trends and methods of promoting mobile games and apps in Korea, Japan, China, and other Asian countries.
Here at Nitro, a professional text translation service, we turned to our friends at WeQ — a German company that specializes in app promotion and attracting quality audiences worldwide, which has direct partnerships with Huawei, Yahoo! Japan, and Tiktok. In preparing this article we were assisted by Ara Jo and Yu Ting Witzko, both of whom are not only well acquainted with the Asian market but were actually born and raised in Asia — Ara in Korea, Yu Ting in Taiwan.

What types of games are the most popular?

Games are tremendously popular in Asia: in 2019 the populace of the Asia-Pacific region spent over $70 billion on games, which currently accounts for half the global games market. Most of this revenue came from China, Japan, and Korea.
Here are the most popular mobile game genres by country:
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RPG is a popular genre in many Asian countries. Hyper-casual games are another high-interest category.
Chinese players are often fond of eSports games, and Shanghai and Hong Kong regularly host offline eSports matches. This is linked to China’s strong tradition of team play: the Chinese enjoy doing things as a group.

Dominant stores

In Western countries things are very simple: you have Google Play and the App Store, period. Asia, however, is a little different. For example, China has the App Store, but Google and all its services are prohibited. In place of Google Play (and accounting for 70% of the mobile market) there are around 400 local Android stores. Interestingly, each of these stores has its own focus, with some publishing games exclusively. Working with these stores is easiest through local publishers. More on that later.
In Japan the App Store dominates, while Google Play reigns supreme in Korea, but both countries also have alternative stores. For example, one of the biggest Android stores is Korea’s OneStore. Taiwan and Hong Kong have both the App Store and Google Play.
One way to stand out among other apps is through featuring. WeQ partners with Huawei and can arrange for featuring in Huawei’s store — the App Gallery — in the following categories: New Apps we Love, New Games we Love, and Top-Rated Apps.

User purchasing power

Japan is the most attractive country in terms of profits, with over 70 million smartphone owners, users who are ready and willing to pay (nearly half of all players spend money on mobile games), and a high ARPU (average revenue per user) — $200. Compare this to the ARPU in the USA ($72), China ($40), and South Korea — $108 (source Statista).
Interestingly, in Japan women spend money on games more readily than men, and so many companies create games and marketing campaigns that specifically target female consumers.
As with every country, players in Asia prefer the freemium model. However, users are willing to pay for quality apps and the ability to customize.
Speaking of purchasing power, it should be noted that many users in Asia are not accustomed to paying by credit card. In China people use WeChat Pay and Alipay for in-app purchases; in Vietnam the electronic wallets MoMo, ZaloPay, and VTCPay are preferred; and in Korea Kakao Pay was recently added as a payment option in the App Store.

Promotional channels

Social media

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*The messaging app Line is also popular in Indonesia and Thailand.
As you see, China has no Western platforms whatsoever: they are all blocked. But such is not the case in Taiwan and Hong Kong, as these are considered separate countries. The political relationship between mainland China and Taiwan and Hong Kong remains tense, and so China’s vastly popular WeChat app is not as widespread in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The main messengers in Asia are in fact super-apps in which users can not only communicate, but also post photos, play games, order food, send money, hail a taxi, submit credit applications, etc. It’s no wonder that users readily spend considerable time using them.
Most importantly, nearly the entire population of Japan, China, and Korea is concentrated in these super-apps, making them ideal platforms for promoting your apps. Their reach is out of this world: KakaoTalk is used by 93% of Koreans, Line by 91% of Taiwanese and 65% of Japanese, and WeChat by 78% of Chinese.
The broad functionality of local messengers makes them comparable to social networks. Although Western social networks do see use in the majority of Asian countries, local social networks are preferred. For example, Koreans use Facebook, but KakaoTalk and Line are far more popular. One exception is the ubiquitous YouTube, as well as Twitter, which is much loved in Japan.
Important! In Asia people are used to using their favorite social network to sign into apps. Korean users, for instance, will expect you to offer four options: Google, Naver, Kakao, and Facebook; while the Chinese will be looking for sign-in via WeChat or telephone number.

How to promote your app on super-apps?

You can advertise through influencers or create a corporate account and offer your followers coupons, in-app gifts, or fun stickers. Asian users like these so much that a cool sticker collection is a genuine motivation to follow you.
Typical stickers in the messenger Line
You can send out a mailing to your social networking followers. Whereas in the West companies usually collect email addresses and send out mass emails, in Asia it is easier to reach your users via messengers. You can also automate interaction with your subscribers using special tools such as China’s WeChatify. Also popular are various contests in conjunction with local holidays, the end of the school year, etc. Users receive perks in your app or service for participating, and your company gets free viral advertising. These kinds of events are important for user retention and monetization.
Each social network has its own nuances: before advertising on a network you need to determine whether its target audience is a good fit for you. For example, the Japanese view Facebook as a “working network” — the Japanese equivalent of LinkedIn. Instagram is popular among women under 30. The majority of Japanese Line users are people over 40, which is hardly surprising, the Japanese being an aging nation. And TikTok attracts school-age children and young people under 24, just like everywhere else in the world.

Search engines and blogging platforms

Major search engines offer advertising in the style of Google Ads. This kind of advertising is available from China’s Baidu, Korea’s Naver, and Japan’s Yahoo! Japan.
Then there are forums and blogging platforms: Naver Cafe and Naver Blog in Korea, Baidu Tieba (the Chinese Reddit), Zhihu (the Chinese Quora), Douban (the Chinese Medium), and Bilibili in China, and Gamewith and game8 in Japan. Incidentally, the Japanese love to pore over gaming websites in search of new arrivals, and they also typically pre-register for games.
You can select a well-known blogger and request them to review your game or app. You can also publish articles about your new game or app in gaming communities and on various forums. Using the online service Nitro you can translate your article into Korean, Japanese, or Chinese.
The least effective promotion channel is Instagram. For comparison, KakaoTalk is used by over 30 million Koreans, while Instagram has only around 3 million users. Even the Instagram accounts of mobile gaming giants like Netmarble enjoy little popularity.

Other kinds of advertising

In Japan and Taiwan pre-registration for mobile games is quite popular. https://www.yoyaku-top10.jp is the largest Japanese website for pre-registration campaigns. An effective approach is to plan publication in gamedev communities and on gaming websites, then add a pre-registration link. If you have not planned for this, you can always launch a paid campaign to drive traffic to your pre-registration webpage.
Your app can be one of those that comes preinstalled on new Android devices, so that interested users can easily download it just by tapping on the icon. WeQ can assist with this kind of advertising. You can also send push notifications to these users, encouraging them to open the app.

Offline advertising

In Asia, offline advertising of mobile games and apps is very widespread: ads can be seen every day in the subway, on buses, at bus stops, etc. Nor is offline marketing the exclusive domain of huge companies: this channel works for companies of all sizes, and it can be surprisingly affordable.
Why is offline advertising considered effective? Densely populated Asia is home to many metropolises, such as Taipei (Taiwan), Seoul, and Shenzhen. In Hong Kong alone the populace is almost 5 times more dense than in London! Naturally, advertisements in cities like these are seen by an enormous number of people.
In China promoters often frequent university campuses, handing out fliers with QR codes to download apps. Sometimes downloading the app from the flier earns the user in-app bonuses. The Chinese themselves tend to feel that when a developer invests in offline advertising, their app is likely to be of high quality.
Offline marketing is handled by a local advertising agency or publisher. WeQ recommends first evaluating the effect of online promotion before considering offline advertising.
We have yet to mention one vastly popular promotion channel: influencers. This channel deserves special attention.

Influencers: Asia’s most happening trend

Although influencers enjoy popularity in the West, in Asia this trend extends not only to apparel and cosmetics, but also to the gaming industry.
The influencer industry is seeing particularly large-scale growth in Korea and Taiwan. Well-known gamers promote games on YouTube, Twitch, and AfreecaTV (a Korean platform similar to Twitch).
Banners frequently combine a real-life celebrity with animated characters. Here, for example, is a campaign targeting players from Hong Kong, where a local celebrity advertises a new game from Chinese developer NetEase.
Source: https://lvup.hk/10718
Employing celebrities in advertising is so widely developed that sometimes offline events are even held, where role-playing games are enacted in which one of the main characters is played by the celebrity (of course, only AAA titles can afford advertisements on this scale).
Below is how a promo video hosted by a celebrity can look. Here we see a top Taiwanese model advertising a game from developer Gamamobi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZy9SRHQQsc
Naturally, the majority of developers cannot afford to hire celebrities to advertise their product. But there are numerous local micro-influencers who can create promotional content for you on platforms like China’s Bilibili (which specializes in anime and games), Korea’s Naver Cafe and Naver Blog, etc.
Hiring a local advertising agency is not a prerequisite for partnering with influencers. Considering the language barrier, however, it is easier to contact an agency or entrust WeQ with selecting an influencer. They offer a service for this very purpose: WeQ Influencer.

Do I really need a local publisher?

Usually, yes. For example, in China you can’t even release a game without a publisher, since you have to complete the complex registration process. Requirements at various stages include a knowledge of Chinese, a Chinese telephone number, and other hurdles. Bear in mind that although it is far easier to release a game in Hong Kong or Taiwan than in mainland China, you will still have to partner with a publisher. Even Chinese giant Tencent can’t release a game in Taiwan without a publisher’s assistance.
In Japan and Korea a local publisher is not mandatory, but such publishers can maintain your accounts on local social networks and suggest ideas for banners and promotions.

What about localization?

Although many educated users speak English, they still prefer apps in their native language. But localization raises numerous questions.
Traditional or simplified Chinese? WeQ recommends both options. The main thing is not to confuse the two: in mainland China simplified Chinese is used, while Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional Chinese. Although users in China understand traditional characters for the most part, reading them is unfamiliar and awkward. And natives of Hong Kong and Taiwan may actually be offended by the use of simplified characters (bear in mind the negative stance of Taiwan and Hong Kong toward mainland China).
Although it’s a temptation to stop at simplified Chinese (there are nearly 900 million users there, after all), Taiwan and Hong Kong are home to more financially reliable, “Western” users. This is why Wachanga, which has already translated its apps into 50 languages, added traditional Chinese and the Hong Kong dialect to their number.
What to translate? One approach is to begin by translating creatives, screenshots, and descriptions for the app page (a favorite tactic of Duck Rockets, which we covered in this article). Translating creatives is not complicated, and the results can surpass all expectations: for example, the CTR index for a Japanese creative from our client Narcade was 70%, compared to a mere 30% for the same creative in English. An easy way to translate short texts like this is to use Nitro: translations are not only quick, but also dependable, since they are handled exclusively by native speakers.
If you are getting frequently repeated questions or complaints in your app’s reviews, translate stock answers into key languages. Most importantly, do not use machine translation for these: it tends to fail miserably with East Asian languages such as Chinese and Japanese.
Is there anything that conflicts with Asia’s cultural norms? In our clients’ experience, most Asian users are fairly loyal. The biggest problems arise with the Chinese commission, which decides whether or not to give an app the green light. Standard taboos include blood of any color, skeletons, and even the slightest hint of “improper” moral values. For example, the studio Full HP had to redo a harmless pixelated man-fairy wearing a dress, transforming him into a properly attired Chinese manager. In Japan and Korea the character raised no eyebrows.
Important! The Chinese commission does not permit English words in apps — even the most basic, such as “winner.” All text must absolutely be in simplified Chinese.

App design and local culture

Asian apps differ strongly in style from what we are used to in the West. Typical elements include cartoon and anime characters, a youthful design (cute animals, enlarged heads), and a screen saturated with information. Apps tend to try to cram all the information into a single app screen.
Bilibili is a popular Chinese website with a typical Asian look and feel:
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For Japanese players the design is more important than the actual game. A sure-fire approach is to employ a cute anime style, because anime culture is incredibly widespread among all ages. Many Japanese games are based specifically on manga (comics), the best-known of which is Monster Strike — a game popular both in Japan and in Taiwan.
Numerous holidays are an excellent occasion for new events. On holidays people spend more time than usual using their smartphones, meaning that profits from in-game purchases increase several times over. Aside from the Lunar New Year (celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand), many Asian countries celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. China has the Dragon Boat Festival, Japan celebrates the Golden Week, and there are many other holidays besides.
The number 4 is considered unlucky in China, Korea, and Japan: the word for “four” sounds like the word for “death,” and is avoided. Likewise, in Chinese culture a name written in red signifies a curse, so the names of game characters should not be written in red letters. Lucky numbers are 8 in China and 7 in Korea. This may come into play in apps with games of chance.
In China a widespread tradition is to give money in a red envelope (hong bao), and in the WeChat messenger people can send each other virtual hong bao. You can employ this concept to create unique bonuses for your app. Incidentally, Japan has a similar tradition, but the Japanese use white envelopes.

Summary

  1. Every country has its own rules and preferences. First you have to scope out the market, evaluate it, and determine whether your app will fly.
Ara Jo, WeQ:
When developers come to us for app promotion and global expansion, first we advise them regarding which markets to focus on, given their app’s content and their target audience. We must absolutely have statistics for organic traffic and for Facebook and Google advertising campaigns. You have to understand the audiences your app will appeal to, and which audiences to target with your marketing campaigns.
  1. Once you’ve determined your target audience, decide whether you want to focus on attracting only quality users or whether you want to go for quantity. This will determine your strategy going forward.
  2. Develop a marketing strategy for conquering the new market. If you’re working with WeQ, they will help you create a step-by-step plan to attract users to your app.
  3. Be sure to translate creatives into the user’s native language. To keep the text from sounding stilted, use native-speaking translators, such as those at Nitro.
  4. Pay attention to design, sign-in with your users’ social networks, and the payment methods that are popular in the given country.
  5. You will probably need to enlist the support of a local publisher. The folks at WeQ can provide you with the contact information of publishers with whom they work.
  6. After advertising on Facebook and Google, start expanding your audience via local social networks and influencer advertising. Later you can bring offline advertising into play.
Our thanks to the ladies at WeQ for sharing this useful and interesting information about the Asian market! How about our readers — did you find it helpful? Is there another prospective country that you would like us to write more about?
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2020.06.13 10:49 A_Random_Jedi Gordon Freeman already has a personality. (theory)

Despite Valve saying that Freeman doesn't have a 'canonical' personality and with the existence of both Freeman's Mind and HLVR but the AI is Self-Aware (which are the 2 ways the community is inserting their own-made personalities into Gordon) a lot of people have declared one of these 2 'versions' of Freeman's personality as official (at least, to them, personally), I -- however -- will attempt to use information given to us by the series to interpret what Gordon's 'canonical' personality is actually like (if it even exists at all).
In HL1's prima guide, we are told that Freeman (in his childhood) had an affinity for science and was able to construct a butane-powered tennis ball cannon.
We are then told that he became obsessed with physics which was why he went to the University of Innsbruck (where he met Dr. Isaac Kleiner). He then attended MIT for a Ph.D in Theoretical Physics. (btw, Theoretical Physicists are incredibly smart as they are required to develop theories and calculate stuff juxtaposed to Experimental Physicists who experiment based existing theories and then get the results and process them)
Also, Gordon CAN talk. In fact, when he was recruited by Black mesa, he had to talk on the phone with a Black Mesa recruiter. This is according to the letters of acceptance he received from the recruiter who called himself or herself by the abbreviation of "L.M.". I don't know who this person is and I frankly don't care. Anyway, you can actually find these and read these papers in the manual for HL1's PS2 port.
In HL2, Alyx confirms this by commenting on his personality saying "Man of few words, aren't you?" This suggests that he is INTROVERTED (i.e. quiet but still possessing the ability to speak AND social skills) but NOT SHY (i.e. can't talk because of anxiety due to social anxiety or lack of social skills) or MUTE (i.e. not able to physically speak).
This is the complete opposite of Chell who was described by Glados as 'mute'. Confirming that -- yes -- she lacks the ability of speech itself. Meaning, even if she WAS extroverted (I don't know, really), she wouldn't be able to vocally communicate.
From all this pieces of information, we can conclude that: Gordon is an introverted GENIUS.
We are also told (by Eli in HL2) that Dr. Judith Mossman competed with Freeman to be recruited by Black Mesa. She wasn't accepted but Gordon was due to his experience at the Innsbruck University. In HL2, Dr. Breen also said that Freeman was skilled enough to be declared a contributor to the scientific progress but never became so as he instead was forced into the role of a "freedom fighter".
This info suggests that Freeman is a highly trained, skilled and competitive person who could've been one of USA's best scientists.
In HL2, Dr. Kleiner said that (paraphrasing) trouble follows Gordon. In HL1, Freeman also blew up a microwave casserole (which is canonized in EP2).
This suggests that Freeman is a playful troublemaker who likes messing around to playfully get a reaction out of people.
In EP1, Alyx tells the player that Gordon used to compete with Barney on unlocking Dr. Kleiner's door when he accidentally locked himself out.
This suggests that Gordon had been working for Black Mesa for quite sometime and was a VERY FRIENDLY PERSON to people in his small circle of friends.
In EP1, when Alyx made the Zombine joke, she seemed to be embarrassed and feeling awkward indicating that Freeman either didn't get the pun or flat out cringed so hard at it.
For the first option to be true, Gordon needs to be a shy person. Yet the fact that he messed with microwave casseroles and managed to make friends with a guard contradicts this.
Anyway, if this option is true then this means that Gordon is a painfully oblivious person.
For the second option to be true, Gordon must be introverted but not shy. This makes sense since he was able to become best friends with a guard and even got to know other scientists in the facility like Eli.
If this option is true then Freeman may be someone who HATES puns.
(I'm sure you guys have noticed I've been posting quite frequently, I'm sorry if I'm bothering you, I just like sharing theories and interpretations with this subreddit)
EDIT: Hey guys, here are some more additional personality/character traits that I've recently discovered.
((HALF-LIFE: ALYX SPOILER ALERT))
Gordon loves his nephew very much.
Evidence: Freeman has a picture of him in his locker.
Gordon knows how to use guns and explosives.
Evidence: The Hazard Course, every scientist operating in a HEV suit must go through this course.
Gordon survived the Black Mesa Incident with nothing but a crowbar.
Evidence: In HL:A, Russel said Freeman fought all the way through Black Mesa with nothing but a crowbar.
Also, in EP2, the G-Man said "when their (Vorts) only experience of humanity was a crowbar coming at them down a steel corridor".
Gordon is a decisive person.
Evidence: The G-Man said so in the final chapter of HL1.
Gordon doesn't like the G-Man.
Evidence: In HL:A, the G-Man said "a previous hire was unable or unwilling to perform the tasks laid before him".
Gordon likes to befriend families of his close friends.
Evidence: In HL2, Eli asked if Gordon remembered his wife Azian.
Also, in HL2, Alyx said that Gordon won't remember her. Suggesting that she and her mom had met Freeman before the BM Incident.
Gordon can be psychologically manipulated quite easily.
Evidence: In HL2, Dr. Breen said that Freeman is a pawn to those who control him.
This suggests that Freeman would completely trust someone he favored and obey any commands from said person.
Gordon is fascinated by conspiracy theories.
Evidence: In HL:Decay, if you enter Freeman's room, you can actually find the book "The Truth About Aliens by RH" on a nightstand.
Gordon is a hard-working individual.
Evidence: In OpFor, if you enter Freeman's office in the Lambda Sector Transport (which happens in the chapter "Friendly Fire"), you can see a picture of Gordon described as "employee of the month".
Gordon loves horror books.
Evidence: In his locker, you can find 2 novels. The 37th Mandala and the Orchid Eater both written by Marc Laidlaw himself.
Gordon is compatible with Colette as a romantic partner.
Evidence: 2 people with matching personalities and characteristics tend to like each other and connect easily.
Colette is childish and playful, hence why she sounds insanely maniacal (no one wants to pretend to be crazy during an alien invasion or any catastrophe in general, that'd be stupid) while Gordon is a playful troublemaker and most likely sound similar to Colette (if he were to speak).
That's a destructive but romantic match made in heaven.
Also, like Gordon, Colette is very destructive with the environment (at least, the best way I thought to play Decay was like that).
In addition, they are BOTH geniuses. Gordon has a Ph.D in Theoretical Physics while Colette has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering. Both these fields require some good critical thinking skills.
Alyx (on the other hand) is calm and collected, always taking things slowly and tactically (unless she's angry). Making awkward jokes, really passive (most of the time). She is the exact OPPOSITE of Freeman.
(not to mention, according to Randy Pitchford, Gina died in the BM Incident but Colette was taken or probably hired by the G-Man. so pretty much, Colette is in the same situation as Freeman)
Wouldn't it be cool for Colette to be a story-vital NPC (like Alyx in EP1 & EP2) in HL3? Imagine that, Freeman and Green pursuing the G-Man in a quest to save Alyx Vance while trying to discover the Borealis!
Freeman is close to Gina Cross. (ASSUMING THAT BLACK MESA IS CANON)
Evidence: In the beginning of Black Mesa, a guard said, "Say 'hi' to Dr. Cross for me." which is clearly the game's attempt at hinting romance between the guard and Dr. Cross.
Since Gina didn't work in the same portion of Sector C as Freeman, one must ask, "How can he deliver that message when he rarely comes across her?". The answer must be that he was most likely close friends with her and hung out with the scientist, same as how he was close friends with Vance and Kleiner.
Alternatively, he could've been dating her. The idea of Freeman being with Cross isn't actually 'alien' to Half-Life. According to HL1 devs in an interview, the character 'Gina' was intended to be Gordon Freeman's wife and that the game was supposed to be co-op. That is why the name 'Gina' is treated in the game and it's expansion packs to be the 'female' equivalent of 'Gordon'.
So in short, Gordon knew and was close to Gina. Were they just friends? Probably. Were they dating? Maybe. I don't care about that though.
What I do care about is the point that they were close to one another during the BM Incident.
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2020.06.08 03:20 Alturius Cock Carousel Riders are Poor Returns On Investment!

A recent post on WAATGM was flagged as a 'Cock Carousel Rider'. Here is a deeper analysis, though I'm only going to use her text as the sole basis for analysing her behaviour, because she could be any woman and every woman. Here is her 53 word text quoted verbatim:
"I just broke up ... well ... I just got broken up with. I thought I was going to marry him. It's frustrating. After being independent for so long, and going from place to place and man to man, I've finally come to a point where I'm ready to settle. And I can't."
First of all, I'm not vindictive. Whilst I respect her decision to make her own choices and mistakes, she does not get my sympathy. Her present predicament is all of her own doing, the results from her poor decisions in lifestyle and equally poor choices in men. This could all have been avoided had this woman chosen wisely from the beginning. She didn't! Instead she sowed to the wind and now finds herself reaping the whirlwind.
Playing the victim card, passing the blame to gain male sympathy
In her opening 3 sentences she is playing the victim card, blaming/shaming the man for the injustice of breaking up with her, and tries to win our sympathy by appealing to our protective nature.
"... I just got broken up with. I thought I was going to marry him. It's frustrating."
Reading between the lines, what she does not say is far more telling than what she does say. For a relationship with marriage on the near horizon, her text has the following omissions:
Therefore I think we can conclude that her talk about marriage is little more than a romantic self-delusion or idealised fantasy on her part. More likely, her mention of marriage was a smoke screen to disguise her time riding the Cock Carousel.
A further indicator that her prior relationships were casual is by her throwaway comment that she was ...
"... going from place to place and man to man"
The serial monogamist following the hypergamic dream of chasing 'hawt guys' that is promoted by proponents of toxic, progressive feminism, like Sherly Sandberg. This feminist recommends that women use dual mating strategies, hypergamy and monkey branching to give their sexual best to men who least deserve it, the cads, chads, chancers and jerks. Then when they become mere shells of their former selves, Sandberg advises them to marry a good man who will put her on a pedestal whilst she will offer him the dregs in return. It is all Take! Take! Take! No give!
During their transition between Riding the Cock Carousel and Settling Down, these women then internally rationalise their sexual history as "exploring their sexuality" to justify their choices and actions to both themselves and any future partners. This woman knows that her true sexual history is a red flag to any serious male that she wants to settle down with.
Red Flags
Research by David Buss and his colleagues independantly confirm that "the single best predictor of extramarital sex is premarital sexual permissiveness people who have many sex partners before marriage tend to be more unfaithful than those who have few sex partners before marriage." [D M Buss – The Evolution of Desire (2016), p108-109]
How much of this "going from ... man to man" was her deliberate, poor decision to 'monkey branch' to a more dazzling, 'hotter' male specimen with bigger biceps/income/status than her previous guy?
The phrase "… going from place to place ..." not only suggests a high number of men she's had casual sexual encounters with, but indicates that she pro-actively pursued these intimate liaisons.
Briffault's Law - Men are expendable! Especially in this woman's eyes!
Briffault's Law describes her 'monkey branching' behaviour in playing men off against each other and how she rationalises that it is time to move on to a male offering more benefits ('hotter') than her current partner. She admits she was "going from … man to man" and here is why:
"The female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association [relationship] with the male, no such association [relationship] takes place." [Robert Briffault]
Women are the sexual selectors. Buss summarises that "men are one long breeding experiment run by women." Robert Briffault provided the following additional observations that further illustrate this woman's mercenary attitude in mate selection:
A woman like this is quite happy monkey branching, switching horses (or penises to be more precise) on the cock carousel for whoever she perceives as a 'better' male, often indiscriminately selecting cads, chads, chancers and jerks over good men. She is selecting men to have sex with, based purely on 'looks'. She is not selecting men based on 'great personality' or 'good character'.
The Beginning of The End!
In her youth, she wielded the power to chose, deciding who she wanted to sex with and when to end things. Women are predominantly the ones who initiate the break up of a relationship. According to a 2015 study by the American Sociological Association, women initiated 69% of all divorces in the USA, and college-educated women initiated divorce at an eye-watering rate of 90%. However there comes a point when the tide begins to turn against her and more in favour of men, particularly the men that she dumped or rejected. She now finds herself at a significant disadvantage and on the receiving end of her own medicine, as the phrase "I've just got broken up with" indicates.
"I've finally come to a point where I'm ready to settle. And I can't."
The cock carousel has ejected her - She now finds herself too old, well past her prime and no longer has the pulling power or sex appeal to compete with her younger, more desirable rivals who are also seeking the same 'hawt' males that she is also still attracted to. As collaborating researchers Buss, Symons and Williams concur, the two most obvious observable cues to a woman's reproductive value are youth and health. [D M Buss – The Evolution of Desire (2016), p83]
"A woman’s physical attractiveness is a cardinal component of women’s mate value." [D M Buss & T K Shackelford - Attractive Women Want It All - Evolutionary Psychology, 2008. 6(1), p134]
Clelland Ford and Frank Beach discovered that youth and health are universally regarded as 'attractive' features in a woman. For men, female beauty is a combination of Youth and Health: facial symmetry, full lips, clear skin, smooth skin, clear eyes, lush hair, good muscle tone, plus high energy levels and a bouncy gait. [C S Ford & F A Beach – Patterns of Sexual Behaviour (1951)]
Unfortunately, as she ages, her youth, and hence beauty, passes her peak. Past this point her sexual market value and reproductive value are both in rapid decline in the eyes of those 'high value', 'high status' men that she still seeks. She faces serious competition from younger females entering the dating scene, as her 'ride' on the Cock Carousel has come to an abrupt end. The Wall Awaiteth!
Cad or Dad!
Researchers like David Buss, Todd Shackelford, Jeffry Simpson, Steve Gangestad, et al, concluded that women want high scores across the main 4 traits they look for in men; 'looks/genes';'resources'; 'parenting' and 'nurturing' … in the one man. The problem is that such men who score highly across all 4 traits are rare, and only exists as anomalies like Royal bachelors. Gangestad and Simpson conclude that the vast majority of women must therefore make trade-offs between the mutually exclusive 'good looks' (cad) or 'good resources' (dad) traits. It is an eitheor choice. Buss et al observed that Women DO want it all and will use "A Menu of Mating Strategies" to get it. These mating strategies includes "long-term mating, short-term opportunistic copulations, extra-pair copulations, and serial mating". Please see the article by D M Buss & T K Shackelford - Attractive Women Want It All:
https://labs.la.utexas.edu/buss/files/2015/09/attractive-women-want-it-all-2008.pdf
This woman does not want to compromise. She still wants both 'looks' and 'resources' from one man, so she rejected 90% of men. Many rejectees are good, caring, men. Instead this woman happily squandered sex on 'hawt' men, who often exhibit the dark triad personality traits - scheming, self-serving, poor quality men who lack empathy. Their looks, physique, extravagant and immediate resource displays aroused her. Gangestad warns that these 'hot' men avoid long term commitment to one woman, as they prefer many short term sexual conquests with many females.
The End Of The Line - Who Played Who?
"I've finally come to a point where I'm ready to settle."
Really? More like her poor life choices have dictated the outcome and she ran out of options for the above reasons. What she really meant to say was "I've played the cock carousel and am now ready to settle down". However the truth is that she has lost her place on the Cock Carousel. She did not chose to leave the Cock Carousel! This decision was forced on her, because she is now too old and lacking in beauty to attract hot males on the Cock Carousel. She has run out of options on the Cock Carousel, or more accurately, the options on the Cock Carousel have run her out.
"And I can't."
Does she mean "I can't" - because the 'hot' men she wants to settle down with either reject her or refuse to commit? Or, "I won't" - because she still insists on wanting it all and refuses to compromise? Either way, she now faces the double whammy of her declining beauty failing to attract 'hot' males, whilst facing serious competition from younger, more beautiful rivals.
No decent man, who knows his true worth, is ever going to waste time with this woman, based on her poor choices in lifestyle and men. She is forced to 'compromise' in a long term partner with so-so looks but good resources, whilst using a dual mating strategy - affairs with a 'hot' male.
Desperate Times – Desperate Measures
The good men that she now desperately seeks, have families or have decided that women like her are not good quality women. Exodus 32:23 summarises her predicament very well - "be sure your sin will find you out." [CORRECTION: This biblical reference is from Numbers 32:23 not Exodus] She cannot run from the consequences for her past actions and poor choices.
Her one and only hope is to consider men in the lower levels of the sexual market place. Date Down! Lower her expectations by reducing her list of demands. There are many good men there, but she rejected them whilst she was in her prime, purely because they were 'not hot enough', 'too short', 'biceps/pecs too small', 'no 6 pack abs', 'overweight', 'low income', 'working low status jobs' (often essential infrastructure jobs), 'geeks', 'socially awkward around women' or 'shy'.
Unfortunately, these good men that she rejected remember the sting of her rejection, so I'm afraid she has bridges to build. By 'bridges' I am referring to the major feat of engineering type bridges, to stand any chance of making a decent sized olive branch to hold out to these great men who she rejected primarily on looks alone. Good luck with that! Otherwise, if that sounds too daunting a task for her, then may I recommend Isle 12 - Cat Food and Ready-Meals-For-One at Walmarts for such an "independent" woman that she claims to be.
The juice is not worth the squeeze
She resents being forced to compromise and miss out on the 'hot' men she believes she deserves. Her resentment will be passed on to the man she compromises with. When considering the risks versus the rewards of even just dating this woman, she has a very poor ROI (Return On Investment), be it time, money, emotional or resources.
THIRSTY MALES BEWARE!
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