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2019 Season 4 - Release Notes

2019.08.31 22:10 justtijmen 2019 Season 4 - Release Notes

This season release includes FIVE new cars, TWO new tracks, V7 Tires for some cars, and a Beta-Test version of the New Damage Model for the Skippy. We have also added FIVE foreign language spotter packages, rendering and audio improvements, and a chassis-load of other enhancements to make iRacing the most realistic simulation on the market.
Some highlights include: • Audi RS 3 LMS • NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro - 2019 • NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang - 2019 • NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Supra • Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Lite (FREE!) • Kia Optima (now FREE!) • Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya • Fairbury Speedway • Friends List for the iRacing BETA Interface • Consolidated and updated the Block/Blacklist • V7 Tires have been added to a select set of vehicles • Beta-Test version of the New Damage Model for the Skip Barber Formula 2000 • New layered track temperature modeling • HDR Rendering linear format lighting • Lens/Solar Flare effect • A set of new crash sounds • A set of new flagman animations • French Spotter Package • German Spotter Package • Italian Spotter Packages • Portuguese Spotter Package • Spanish Spotter Package • Much more!
Full 2019 Season 4 Release details are below.
IRACING BETA INTERFACE:
iRacing BETA Interface
- The Friends List feature has been added to the iRacing BETA Interface! - - You can view your Friends List by clicking on the small tab at the bottom-right corner of the iRacing BETA Interface. The Friends List is divided into several distinct sections, including: Friends, Requests, and Blocked. - - The Friends section includes all members whom you are Following, and/or with whom you are Friends. - - The Requests section includes all members whom you have invited to be your friend, and members whom have invited you to be their friend. - - The Blocked section includes all members whom you have decided to blacklist. - - - Each section is sorted alphabetically, and is super-sorted by other factors, such as Online status, Following, and Favorite (Star) for ease of use. - - - Clicking on a member name for each list type provides you with several list-sensitive actions, such as: View Profile, Request Friend, Follow, Unfollow, Accept Friend, Cancel Friend Request, Block, Unblock, or Join Session. - - - Each entry in your Friends List also informs you as to what that Friend is doing at the moment, including; Offline, Idle, or Racing. The Friends List can also let you know when they were last online. - - - - For a Friend in a Session, you can jump into the same Session with them, provided you meet all the event criteria, using the Friends List! - - A Search box at the bottom of the Friends List can help you find new friends, new members to follow, or quickly find the person you are looking for in your own expansive Friends List. - - Members may now hide their Online Status (ie: appear Offline) from other members, by using an option in the Friends List settings menu. - - A member may now enable an option that disables ALL incoming Friend Requests. With this option enabled, this member may still send Friend Requests. - - A member that has Blocked you, or has disabled ALL incoming Friend Requests, may not be sent a Friend Request. You will receive an alert message if this is attempted.
- Your iRacing funds balance is now displayed in the iRacing BETA Interface near the top-right corner. Clicking on it provides easier access to the membersite to add additional funds.
- The official iRacing Twitter feed is now embedded on the Home page.
- Your locally installed setups for each selected car will now be listed in the iRacing BETA Interface when you choose to use Fixed Setups for a Session. You can then optionally upload setups to iRacing, for use by others in the Session. You can also delete any previously uploaded Setups.
- Various Up Next/Current Series updates and fixes, including: - - For the table view, the License Category of an event is now displayed within the License tooltip. - - For the table view, Series logos are now always visible. - - Inside the Tags dropdown menu, clicking on a tag's row now toggles the switch for that tag instead of requiring the user to click directly on the switch. - - Countdown timers for events now have consistent and improved black styling. When a countdown is within 10 minutes of starting, or has started and may be joined (ie: Practice), it now has a white outline.
- Various Leagues updates and fixes, including: - - League Owners and Admins can now set the League Owner’s Nickname and Preferred Car Number. - - League Owners and Admins can now delete Sessions from a League Season. - - When creating a League, the cost is now displayed with any applicable purchase taxes pre-calculated. - - The League Search modal window now remembers search criteria between searches, meaning you will no longer lose your search results if you inspect a League, and then go Back to browsing those results.
- For Time Attack, when you want to drive against someone in the Standings, this button now appears if the Time Attack Competition only has one track.
- Fixed an issue that could occur where viewing certain Results pages that caused the interface to enter an unusable state.
- Fixed an issue for the table view in My Teams where the Team Created Date was always today.
iRACING SIMULATION:
Membersite
- The Blacklist functionality has been consolidated and updated. - - The separate list for banned (ignored) spotters and the Blacklist have been merged into a single list. The control in the Settings panel for managing ignored spotters still works, but now shows this combined blacklist, and any changes are reflected in the blacklist available from the myRacers page (and vice-versa).
- The effects of blacklisting have been expanded. Blacklisted users: - - Cannot spot for you. - - Cannot join a session hosted by you. - - Cannot apply to a Team you own, though they can still be invited. - - Cannot apply to a League you own, though they can still be invited. - - Cannot send you a friend request. When blacklisting a current friend, that user is automatically un-friended. - - Cannot view your online status.
- A new option has been added to the iRacing membersite Settings panel that, when enabled, blocks ALL incoming Friend Requests from all Members. You are still able to send outgoing Friend Requests with this option enabled. - - This option is also natively available in the iRacing BETA Interface, via the new Friends List.
- The iRacing Membersite now features a Live Chat feature, as another way to contact Customer Support. - - You can find the Live Chat widget located in the bottom-right corner of the Membersite. - - - Clicking on the Live Chat widget will initially connect you to a BOT, who will gather some required information such as email address. Customer Support will then respond as available - if not immediately, then via email.
- Fixed an issue where the tracks for an Official Series’ current, previous, and next weeks must all be updated to be able to join a session in that Official Series. - - Now, each Session only requires the correct track for the correct week to be up-to-date. The "Test Car on Track" button in the Race panel will only switch to "Get Required Updates" if the content listed in the Race panel is not up-to-date, or there are system updates required.
Windows 7 SP1
- This is a reminder that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. At that time, iRacing will no longer support accessing the Membersite or running the Simulation on the Windows 7 operating system. - - If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Customer Support at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
Store
- Fixed an issue where disabled or unavailable store items were counting towards the 100% Club Discount requirement.
Cars
- Some older vehicles that currently do not have an active Official Series have had their names prepended with "[Archive]" to denote this status.
Simulation
- Fixed a bug where having an out-of-date intermediate content package (eg: "/tracks/charlotte") when using a piece of content inside that package's directory (eg: "/tracks/charlotte/2018/oval") would cause an Error 72.
Dynamic Track
- A new track temperature model has been added to the Simulation! - - This upgraded model now utilizes multiple layers beneath the ground to track temperature and moisture, as well as simulating three days of weather prior to an event start time for generating the track initialization. This track model also continues to run and generate data that will be used for additional sessions if there is a skip between sessions. The multi-layer approach means that temperature on the surface will behave more realistically. Also included is a more accurate interaction between water and temperature, which can result in the track being cooler than the ambient air temperature if the conditions are right. - - The end result compared to the previous Dynamic Track model should be that temperatures will likely be cooler in the morning and early afternoon, and warmer in the late afternoon. With the previous system, as the sun sets, the track temperature cools rapidly with the incoming solar energy gone. With this new model, the heat that is built up (especially if the skies have been clear) in the layers of earth below will work its way back up and warm the surface. Similarly, built-up heat from cars will last longer if a lot of laps have been driven. The layers allow a realistic recording of history that the old model simply could not. - - Think especially about a very short, mild rain shower -- in the old model, the track temperature would plummet and never come back up, even after all the water was gone. With the new model, heat is retained in the lower layers and the surface may regain some of the lost temperature. - - Also significant, when a session starts, the track temperatures are no longer calculated using the cloud conditions at the session start time. This meant if a session happened to start with the sun obscured, the track would have been unrealistically cool. In the new model, if the sun is out most of the time leading up to that moment, that will be captured and the track will still be hot but cooling off.
- The effectiveness of using a dirt cushion has been reduced.
V7 Tires
- The following vehicles now utilize V7 Tires: - - Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 - - Audi RS 3 LMS - - Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 - - Dallara F3 - - NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala - - Skip Barber Formula 2000
- A lot of work has been done on improving the modeling of the tread rubber compound for this release. We have been testing on more cars than the original Skip Barber Formula 2000, which is helping us to dial the tread compounds in. The vehicles for which we have added V7 Tires represent cars with a wide variety of tire constructions and compounds, and this will help us plan for the future.
- Temperature spreads across the tire are more accurate, although carcass probe temperatures read higher than they should, generally. This is because they are reflecting temperatures deeper into the tire than would be typical for a tire probe.
New Damage Model
- The New Damage Model is now available in a Beta-Test version for the Skip Barber Formula 2000!
- The New Damage Model system includes major changes to improve both collision and damage.
- The New Damage Model is currently only active when all vehicles in a Session have these required updates. In all other circumstances, the session will run using the classic damage system.
- The New Damage Model includes the following improvements: - - Collision shapes now closely match the vehicle shape and dimensions, and can deform appropriately when damaged. - - Damage due to impacts can loosen and even detach some vehicle parts. - - Wheel impacts can bend suspension, damage spring dampers, and break hub attachment points. - - Wheels can hang from remaining attachment points or detach entirely. - - Detached parts and wheels can impact and damage other vehicles. The parts will remain on track until they are out of a drivers' sight, when they will be cleared away. - - Vehicle wheel on wheel contact is more accurate and considers wheel spin and friction appropriately. - - All collisions with the track surfaces and environmental objects are now using a high resolution collision mesh. - - Impacts against detached car parts and wheels do not count toward incident penalties. - - Visual effects for debris and scrapes have been added and improved to support the New Damage Model. - - Sound effect processing for impacts and scrapes has been improved to support the New Damage Model.
- Please keep in mind, this very complicated feature remains under development, but we wanted to share our progress with you, and get your feedback on the system. For normal racing and in light to moderate contact conditions, drivers should expect the system to behave appropriately. High-speed vehicle on vehicle impacts are in need of some further development. Please feel free to experiment, and let us know what you think. And have fun!
Pit Stops
- NASCAR pit stop time deviation has been reduced slightly.
Rendering
- High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Rendering modes now use a linear format render target instead of a gamma encoded render target. - - The linear formats support mathematically correct additive lighting which improves the accuracy of things like brake lights, back fires, windshield reflections, glow and bloom effects, and many other items which cannot work correctly with a gamma encoded render target. Many of these items have since also been adjusted to take advantage of the linear format improvements.
- Improved the accuracy of the default gamma encoding/decoding in the DX11 shaders for better color reproduction and contrast.
- The Simulator now supports launching directly in windowed HDR16F modes on HDR10 displays. - - If HDR is enabled in the Graphics Options, and the Simulator is launched in windowed mode, it now checks the color space of the adapter output (the display) to see if it is HDR10. If so, it will launch using an HDR16F swap chain directly. Previously, one had to launch full-screen and then Alt-Enter back to a window to use windowed modes on HDR displays. If you have multiple monitors, it will check the adapter output that was specified during the graphics Auto-Configuration (see adapterIdx in app.ini or re-run the autoconfig to select/change the monitor to check).
- For Advanced Graphics Options, the video memory maximum footprint has been increased to 8GB (previously 4GB), and the system memory maximum footprint has been increased to 16GB (previously 8GB). - - Please note that the auto-configuration utility will still not recommend utilizing over 4GB of video memory.
- A custom lens flare/bloom effect has been added to the solar disk (the Sun) via a post process step.
- Improved the environmental reflections in shadow coverage.
- Further improved the ambient light calculations for vehicle cockpits.
- The dynamic shadow map system was altered for cockpit camera views to attempt to work around the flickering shadow maps that a few customers were experiencing.
- Adjusted the brightness of haze/fog so that it is proportional to the world’s illumination levels.
- Additional objects have been converted from using older shaders to the newer physically based versions of the shaders, including track cones which were suffering strange specular artifacts.
- Backfire effects have been updated and now emit HDR lightmaps for different appearance at night vs. day.
- Stadium lights and headlights have been adjusted to work better with HDR linear render target.
- Headlight flare\bloom effects have been updated for HDR linear render target formats.
- Internal windshield reflections have been updated for HDR linear render target formats.
- Camera flashes have been updated for HDR linear render target formats.
- Smoke textures and shader colors have been updated for HDR linear render target formats.
- HDR bloom effects have been replaced with a more effective version.
- Cameras affixed to the outside of a vehicle now have their motion blur amount capped at the same value as the interior car cameras.
- Fixed an issue with flickering dynamic shadow maps for cameras with a Field of View (FOV) larger than 165 degrees.
- Fixed an issue where some car shadows (the drop shadows under the car that mimic ambient occlusion) could appear to have jagged edges.
- Fixed an issue with motion blur where tire barriers would appear to have a halo effect when dust was nearby.
Audio
- A brand new set of crash, bash, pop, bang, and scrape sounds have been added and enabled for the New Damage Model.
- Sounds for tires rolling on asphalt have been improved.
Flagman
- A large variety of flagman animation updates have been completed for the following tracks: - - Daytona International Speedway (ALL) - - Las Vegas Motor Speedway (ALL) - - Martinsville Speedway - - Michigan International Speedway - - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Oval - - ISM Raceway - Oval - - Pocono Raceway - - Richmond Raceway - - Sonoma Raceway (ALL) - - Talladega Superspeedway - - Texas Motor Speedway (ALL) - - Watkins Glen International (ALL)
Pace Car
- New window glass shaders have been applied to all of the Pace Cars and the Pace Truck.
Spotter
- A brand new French Spotter Package has been added!
- A brand new German Spotter Package has been added!
- A pair of brand new Italian Spotter Packages have been added! - - Many thanks to both Marco Arcidiacono and Renzo A. Olivieri for their help with this package!
- A brand new Portuguese Spotter Package has been added! - - Many thanks to Guto Colvara for his help with this package!
- A brand new Spanish Spotter Package has been added!
- Audio samples for the "Aussie" Spotter Package have been updated.
- Audio samples for the "TJ and Steve" Spotter Package have been updated.
Paint Shop
- A new sponsor has been added to the Paint Shop! - - Jim Beaver eSports is now available as a sponsor in the Paint Shop.
Controls
- A second clutch is now available for use with all applicable vehicles.
Controllers
- Force feedback now slowly ramps up after entering the car to prevent DD wheels from snapping around.
- A new Fanatec API has been integrated.
- A new Logitech API has been integrated.
- Support has been added for mapping triggers individually for the latest wireless XBOX One controller with Windows 10 adapter.
Virtual Reality Headsets
- Fixed an issue where the Oculus Rift or other OpenVR headset stops rendering the track viewports when certain combinations of graphics options are active (such as Post Processing without HDR).
Loading Screen
- Some new loading screens have been added.
- Fixed an issue where the loading image was not scaling correctly if the aspect ratio was not square.
CARS:
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1
- This vehicle now utilizes the V7 Tire Model!
- Anti-Roll Bars are now adjustable.
- Baseline setup has been updated.
Audi R18
- 2019 Season 4 LMP1 BoP Adjustments: - - Re-fuel rate has been adjusted so it is equal to other LMP1 vehicles. - - Maximum regeneration power has been set to 400 kW.
Audi R8 LMS GT3
- 2019 Season 4 GT3 BoP Adjustments: - - Weight has been slightly reduced. - - Aero drag has been increased slightly. - - Front tire toe adjustments have been constrained to toe in only. - - Rear tire toe adjustments have been constrained to toe out only.
Audi RS 3 LMS
- NEW CAR! - - The Audi RS 3 LMS is now available for purchase! - - - TCR racing has exploded in popularity around the world over the past few years, and the Audi RS 3 LMS has proven to be one of the class's most popular cars. Utilized by drivers on four continents, the RS 3 LMS found success quickly after its debut and was voted "TCR Model of the Year 2018" among vehicles from 12 manufacturers. Light and quick, the Audi RS 3 LMS produces up to 350 horsepower from its turbocharged two-liter powerplant. Sequential shifting and a quick 0-60 time mean that this front-wheel drive touring car produces plenty of exciting action, no matter where or when it's racing. - - Add the Audi RS 3 LMS to your garage, by purchasing it from the iRacing store here:
- This vehicle utilizes the V7 Tire Model!
BMW M8 GTE
- 2019 Season 4 GTE BoP Adjustments: - - Weight has been moderately increased. - - Engine power has been increased slightly. - - Fuel consumption rate has been increased slightly. - - Aero drag has been reduced at low wing angles.
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1
- This vehicle now utilizes the V7 Tire Model!
- Aerodynamics have been adjusted slightly.
- Baseline setup has been updated.
Dallara DW12
- Oil cooling rate has been increased by 10%.
Dallara F3
- This vehicle now utilizes the V7 Tire Model!
- The yield limit for the sidepod collisions has been increased by 50%. - - This should eliminate floor and sidepod damage from small impacts, such as curbs at Mosport.
Dallara IR18
- Engine parameters have been adjusted so that it heats up more quickly with abuse during cautions, increasingly the likelihood of engine failure.
- Oil cooling rate has been increased by 10%.
- Lumirank panels have been replaced by the roll hoop number panels to match the real world vehicle.
Dirt Late Model
- (Super) - The aerodynamics of this vehicle are now slightly more affected by vehicle pitch.
- (ALL) - Vehicle softshadow edges have been adjusted slightly.
Dirt Midget
- Front tire tread pattern has been adjusted slightly.
Dirt Sprint Car
- (ALL) - Opponent car ride heights have been adjusted to keep the right-front tire above the track surface in Replays.
Dirt Sprint Car Non-Winged
- (ALL) - Tire tread pattern and rear suspension geometry have been adjusted.
Ferrari 488 GT3
- 2019 Season 4 GT3 BoP Adjustments: - - Aero drag has been slightly increased. - - Fixed an issue with aero drag downforce at Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans.
Ferrari 488 GTE
- 2019 Season 4 GTE BoP Adjustments: - - Aero drag has been slightly increased at low wing angles.
Ford GT
- This vehicle has been converted to use GGX shaders.
Ford GT - 2017
- 2019 Season 4 GTE BoP Adjustments: - - Weight has been slightly decreased. - - Aero downforce has been slightly increased at low wing angles. - - Brake sensitivity has been reduced slightly to prevent lockups at low pedal travel/pressure values.
Kia Optima
- This vehicle has been granted to all users, as new default content! - - The Kia Optima is now considered part of the iRacing default content, and is granted to all users, current and future, for free.
Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Lite
- NEW VEHICLE! - - The Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Lite has been added as new default content for iRacing, and has been granted to all members for free! - - - Get a taste of everything the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has to offer on iRacing with the Pro 2 Lite! This truck is built exactly like the real-world Pro 2 that competes in LOORRS, but with reduced horsepower to help you make your transition to short course off-road racing and learn the ins and outs of controlling these trucks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series trucks feature massive suspension travel, are built to traverse heavily rutted dirt and huge jumps, and can withstand heavy contact from other competitors. The biggest difference between the signature Pro 4 and Pro 2 classes is the amount of driven wheels. Pro 2 trucks are rear-wheel drive vehicles, presenting a unique set of challenges for drivers. Careful throttle control is the key to fast lap times.
Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Trucks
- (ALL) - Minimum fuel level has been set to 2.0 gallons.
Modified - SK
- The position of opponent car wheel hubs have been adjusted.
NASCAR K&N Pro Chevrolet Impala
- This vehicle now utilizes the V7 Tire Model!
- Fixed an issue where the front headlight decal was clipped from the texture file.
- The lower grill decal texture has been moved to the "car_decal" texture layer.
- Season setups have updated.
NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified
- The position of opponent car wheel hubs have been adjusted.
NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro - 2019
- NEW CAR! - - The NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro - 2019 is now available for purchase and use! - - - The NASCAR XFINITY Chevrolet Camaro is the final step on the stock car ladder to the NASCAR Cup Series Chevys, Fords and Toyotas raced in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series, the NASCAR iRacing Series and the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com. The Camaro has been updated with an all-new build reflecting the car and its performance in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Like its NASCAR XFINITY Series counterpart, the Camaro is powered by a 358 cu in (5.8 liter) pushrod V8 putting out 650-700 hp (450 hp with restrictor plates) and sports non-adjustable nose "splitters" and rear spoilers along with a variety of safety features including double frame rails aligning with front and rear bumpers to improve protection in side impacts. - - Add the NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro - 2019 to your garage, by purchasing it from the iRacing store here:
- Any user who purchased the car previously known as the NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro within the past 24 months has been automatically granted this vehicle for free!
NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang - 2019
- NEW CAR! - - The NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang - 2019 is now available for purchase and use! - - - The NASCAR XFINITY Ford Mustang is the final step on the stock car ladder to the NASCAR Cup Series Chevys, Fords and Toyotas raced in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series, the NASCAR iRacing Series and the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com. The Mustang has been updated with an all-new build reflecting the car and its performance in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Like its NASCAR XFINITY Series counterpart, the Mustang is powered by a 358 cu in (5.8 liter) pushrod V8 putting out 650-700 hp (450 hp with restrictor plates) and sports non-adjustable nose "splitters" and rear spoilers along with a variety of safety features including double frame rails aligning with front and rear bumpers to improve protection in side impacts. - - Add the NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang - 2019 to your garage, by purchasing it from the iRacing store here:
- Any user who purchased the car previously known as the NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang within the past 24 months has been automatically granted this vehicle for free!
NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Supra
- NEW CAR! - - The NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Supra is now available for purchase and use! - - - The NASCAR XFINITY Toyota Supra is the final step on the stock car ladder to the NASCAR Cup Series Chevys, Fords and Toyotas raced in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series, the NASCAR iRacing Series and the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com. The Supra has been updated with an all-new build reflecting the car and its performance in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Like its NASCAR XFINITY Series counterpart, the Supra is powered by a 358 cu in (5.8 liter) pushrod V8 putting out 650-700 hp (450 hp with restrictor plates) and sports non-adjustable nose "splitters" and rear spoilers along with a variety of safety features including double frame rails aligning with the front and rear bumpers to improve protection in side impacts. - - Add the NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Supra to your garage, by purchasing it from the iRacing store here:
- Any user who purchased the car previously known as the NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Camry within the past 24 months has been automatically granted this vehicle for free!
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (991)
- In-car engine sounds have been improved.
- New backfire sounds have been added for off-throttle, gear shifts, and ignition cuts.
Porsche 911 RSR
- 2019 Season 4 GTE BoP Adjustments: - - Weight has been slightly increased. - - Fuel capacity has been reduced to 99 liters, and fuel consumption and refuel rates have been adjusted to suit. - - Brake sensitivity has been reduced slightly to prevent lockups at low pedal travel/pressure values.
Porsche 919 Hybrid
- 2019 Season 4 LMP1 BoP Adjustments: - - Re-fuel rate has been adjusted so it is equal to other LMP1 vehicles.
- Vehicle sounds have been updated.
Radical SR8
- Season setups have been updated.
Skip Barber Formula 2000
- This vehicle continues to utilize the V7 Tire Model!
- This vehicle now utilizes the New Damage Model! - - Whenever this vehicle is in a session that only includes vehicles that are utilizing the New Damage Model, the New Damage Model will be active! Otherwise, this vehicle will fall back on the classic damage system.
Street Stock
- Braking has been converted to a hydraulic model.
Super Late Model
- Grill tape configurations have been set to "Race" and "Qual" options only.
[Archive] Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro
- This car, formerly known as NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro, has been renamed to make room for the next generation of NASCAR Xfinity cars!
- This vehicle has been granted to all users, as new default content! - - The [Archive] Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro is now considered part of the iRacing default content, and is granted to all users, current and future, for free.
- Any user who purchased this vehicle within the past 24 months has been automatically granted the new NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro - 2019, for free!
- Any user who purchased this vehicle more than 24 months ago has received $5.00 in iRacing Credits.
[Archive] Xfinity Ford Mustang
- This car, formerly known as NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang, has been renamed to make room for the next generation of NASCAR Xfinity cars!
- This vehicle has been granted to all users, as new default content! - - The [Archive] Xfinity Ford Mustang is now considered part of the iRacing default content, and is granted to all users, current and future, for free.
- Any user who purchased this vehicle within the past 24 months has been automatically granted the new NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang - 2019, for free!
- Any user who purchased this vehicle more than 24 months ago has received $5.00 in iRacing Credits.
[Archive] Xfinity Toyota Camry
- This car, formerly known as NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Camry, has been renamed to make room for the next generation of NASCAR Xfinity cars!
- This vehicle has been granted to all users, as new default content! - - The [Archive] Xfinity Toyota Camry is now considered part of the iRacing default content, and is granted to all users, current and future, for free.
- Any user who purchased this vehicle within the past 24 months has been automatically granted the new NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Supra, for free!
- Any user who purchased this vehicle more than 24 months ago has received $5.00 in iRacing Credits.
TRACKS:
Atlanta Motor Speedway
- (Rallycross Long) - The starting grid has been relocated.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
- Fixed an issue where the Astroturf surfaces at this track were not set to the correct surface type, resulting in no 1x penalties being given for driving on them.
Chicagoland Speedway
- Night lighting has been updated.
The Chili Bowl
- Fixed an issue where haze could appear at this indoor track.
Circuit of the Americas
- (Grand Prix & West) - A gain time checkpoint has been added on the runoff before the final turn of these configurations.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
- NEW TRACK! - - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, an asphalt road course, is now available for purchase! - - - Located just outside of Barcelona, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was built in 1991 and took over the Spanish Grand Prix the very same year. Many of the world's top race drivers have found themselves atop the podium at the unique circuit, including Michael Schumacher, who won the race a record six times, including four in a row from 2001-2004. The track requires drivers and teams to be on their A game at all times, as wind and weather can dramatically affect the strength of a given setup or tire compound. Barcelona mixes a long, fast front straightaway with flowing curves early in the lap and a number of heavy braking and even blind corners before heading back to the finish line. - - Add Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to your digital landscape, by purchasing it from the iRacing store here:
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
- (ALL) - The gain time checkpoints along the right-hander prior to the pit entrance have been adjusted slightly to keep cars off of the curb.
- (ALL) - Fixed a course cut from driving on the grass at the Bus Stop chicane.
- (ALL) - Grip on asphalt and astroturf runoffs has been reduced.
Darlington Raceway
- Fixed some visual popping issues with several towers.
Daytona International Speedway
- Fixed a gap in the fences at Turn 1.
- Exorcised a ghost grandstand crowd who were using camera flashes.
Daytona International Speedway - 2007
- (Rallycross Long) - The Start/Finish truss has been realigned with the actual Start/Finish line.
Fairbury Speedway
- NEW TRACK! - - Fairbury Speedway, a dirt oval, is now available for purchase! - - - Located in Fairbury, Illinois Fairbury American Legion Speedway is a banked quarter-mile oval known for hosting World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Sprint Car and Late Model action. FALS is one of the most popular dirt tracks in America, winning three DIRTcar Track of the Year honors and earning its way into iRacing after being voted in by a passionate fanbase. FALS' signature event, the Prairie Dirt Classic, has run for nearly three decades and takes place at the end of July. The season runs from May to September with weekly competition. - - Add Fairbury Speedway to your digital landscape, by purchasing it from the iRacing store here:
Kokomo Speedway
- The white tire barriers have been moved slightly, in an attempt to reduce the reported top-dominant racing strategies.
Mount Panorama Circuit
- Pit speed limit has been reduced slightly to remove an exploit during Qualification and Time Trials.
Phoenix International Raceway - 2008
- (Rallycross) - The pit lane wall has been extended in order to protect the pit exit and prevent an excessively wide race line.
- (Rallycross) - The Joker Lap wall length has been extended slightly.
- (Rallycross) - Some track grip has been removed from the Joker section to help reduce the likelihood of car rollovers.
Pocono Raceway
- Fixed an issue where a driver's pit crew and war wagon where sometimes not aligned to the same stall.
Silverstone Circuit - 2011
- (Grand Prix) - Fixed a gain-time checkpoint at the last chicane that was overlapping onto the red curbing.
- (ALL) - The last two pit stalls have been removed since they were challenging to enter.
Snetterton Circuit
- Fixed an issue with track geometry along the back straight.
Sonoma Raceway
- (Rallycross) - Additional gain time checkpoints have been added along the hill to try keep racers on track.
- (IRL, IRL 2007, & Long) - Animated pitstops have been enabled on these track configurations!
South Boston Speedway
- Fixed some visual issues including: - - An issue where a flagstand would pop into view when using LOW Detail settings. - - An issue where a building seen in Turn 1 could appear to be flashing. - - An issue where some bushes and trees were rendering in front of a fence instead of behind it.
Watkins Glen International
- Pit entrance barrels have been updated.
- Garage textures have been updated.
Wild West Motorsports Park
- The color of tire marks on the track surface have been adjusted slightly.
Final edits to be posted during deployment downtime.
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2019.04.30 22:49 CupcakePie S2: Ep3 Magic Mirror (Part 1)- an in depth, wildly looked at and moderately researched look [Major spoilers if you have not seen the episode yet]

I had to split this one post into two because it was too long.

Get ready folks! This is an in depth breakdown and look at the two episodes staring the C5. This is all about Episode 3: Magic Mirror. There are no real theories, but there are questions! Feel free to let me know if I have left anything out or not noticed something. And please enjoy all the linked screen shots lol

When I finish the one for episode 6 Mirror Mirror, I will link it here.

The title screen, the drawing of the C5 but now in a circle and not a line and it's wavy - at one point it looks like Jesse disappears from the picture, or blends in with Frenchs. Then they all disappear until it's only BBA. Then only Steve and French appear again. If I can take a video of it, I will.

The episode opens up at Prairies funeral.

It shows a picture of her with the dates 1987-2016. It zooms in on her face. Not sure what time of day, or what day this is. We don't see anyone else in the scene, this could be the day of only the viewing and maybe not the actual burial (if she's buried and not cremated?)

*Nighttime - Steve and Jesse are in a car speeding down an S curved road (speed limit 45). They made sure to note the [dog barking] in the captions. Maybe it's Axel since we haven't seen him since season 1, when he bit OA. The song Deterritory by Young Jesus is playing (check out my post on it here). He goes around a curve with guard rails (similar to Karim's dream, the road to the clinic, the road Hap left her on and the bus in Russia) . Jesse and Steve are looking forward, not smiling. The cops put on their siren. Jesse is adamant that Steve pull over and for some reason think they are "so fucked". The Cop says over the PA to turn the car off. He does, the music stops. Then Jesse says "What the fuck is he doing" as the cop walks over to the car. Is this Jesse's first time being pulled over? This actually seems pretty weird to me, unless Jesse is paranoid for some other reason other than speeding? Cop knocks on the window 4 times, a pause for Steve to roll it down, which he doesn't, and then 4 times again. He asks for his license. Steve's license is a vertical one (which shows he is younger than 21). Cop asks how much did Steve have to drink, he answers nothing and Jesse chimes in that they are coming back from a funeral. The cop says "Sorry about your friend, it was brave what you did. Drive safe, go straight home." He taps the top of the car 2 times and walks away. (very weird for being pulled over for speeding - not even a "do you know how fast you were going?" conversation.) Steve starts the car on (no music is playing though). Jesse says "that was lucky" and Steve says "Luck has nothing to do with it."

*Seems like it is the same night (night time). Buck is in his room on his laptop. He is wearing a watch, his head propped up in his hand. He is listening to Gwam by Rostam (Zal's brother) Check out the lyrics here. The door opens and this is the first time we have ever seen Bucks mom. He grabs his laptop to start typing something/turn the music off. His mom says to tag anything he wants to keep, the movers will be here tomorrow. She also says "I know you wanted to go to the funeral, but with everything that's happened moving is for the best. A clean start." She leaves and closes the door. Buck is working on a moving check list (but I cannot read what is on it) the lamp is on right next to him and puts down his laptop. Static starts buzzing. He looks over to his laptop and the lighting in the room has changed, it seems like the lamp is no longer on? But he never got up from his bed. Also you can see on his bedside dresser there is what looks (to me) like a gargoyle. The static continues and he gets up from bed to his dresser (a different lamp is on) to check his tablet (that is off) that is next to something wrapped in plastic, I have no idea what it is. Still in search of the static, he looks in the mirror and it ripples a bit, stops and then ripples again. He touches his hand to it and his cell phone vibrates. The time is 9:58 and Steve says he has a plan. He gives an address, that it's a surprise and to make sure French comes. This is in a group message, but French is not in the group, and it looks like there is only one other person in the group - possibly Jesse? Static is still buzzing and the mirror still looks like it's rippling when he puts the phone down. Mirror is definitely vibrating and they make sure to let you know in the captions.

*Night time: Assuming it is past 10:00pm the same night as the funeral.


French arrives at the house at 10629. He knocks 3 times and rings the doorbell 1 time. Angie opens the door and French says "So you're the surprise?" She says "Surprise!" He is wearing black, but she is wearing Maroon and a dusky dark green jacket. She walks him into the kitchen. Steve, Buck and Jesse are in there - all wearing black (could be really dark grey). I think Jesse is rolling joints. There is nothing but left over take out food containers everywhere. A domino's pizza box in front of Buck, a bowl of fruit, white Styrofoam containers, a bowl of popcorn, chinese food containers on the other counter by the oven. A bottle of wine by Jesse (that Angie offers to French as a drink) and many plastic clear cups. French asks why they are all there. Steve says he figured it all out and "We're just in a bad dimension is all." The convo is between French and Steve, but focuses on Buck and Jesse - there is a blue light coming from the wateice dispenser on the fridge (which in some scenes reflects off in a mirror behind Steve). Steve says they can jump to OA, he taught Angie the movements and they just have to do them "right now." French says "Prairie is dead Steve". Steve says she traveled, French said she didn't, and to move on. There is a bird cage behind Steves head on the wall (a piece of art, probably). Steve brings up the books saying just because she had the books under there doesn't mean what she told them isn't true. French says he doesn't want to argue. Steve says "Then don't. Own what happened." French says "Alright you want me to own what happened, Steve? Fine. We were all scared." (Jesse has something blue in front of him in the box) He said the gunman was there, the movements were weird. They confused the gunman he got distracted and got tackled. Buck interjects asking "How did she know to be outside the cafeteria at that exact moment?" French says the was mentally ill and on medication. Steve says French just doesn't want to believe because it's easier not to. Listing French's reasons: Good at school, has fancy scholarship and he'll be like "Barack Obama or some shit. You know it's a bad dimension but at least you've got a good seat in it and you don't wanna mess that up." French doesn't like this and says back "And you've got no seat in it. You've got nothing." Angie comes in to tell him to F off. Steve though says it's ok because he's wrong. "I've got everything. I've got you guys" And no one responds. Buck and Jesse turn their heads away. Steve says "she put me in charge of the movements" and French says "Even if I did believe in this I can't leave my brothers" Steve says "Got to college or another dimensions, either way your little bros are fucked." He turns his back and French slams Steve into the wall. Angie with some super strength or something pulls him off and throws him all the way across the island and into a chair. French leaves without saying anything. Buck says he has to go, his parents think he's at a goodbye thing with chorus friends. Jesse packs up his box of stuff (weed?) and says "yeah I should probably get going, too." -- Steve is now in Angie's room on her bed looking at the latop of OA's original video. He says they just need to recreate the video. She says it will get a lot of crazies, People think he should have been shot the moment he stood up. How do they screen them. Metal detectors? unless he has a plan, she's out. They hug.

*It's night time, Wheel of Fortune is playing on tv in the background. Going based on that they are still in Michigan for Prairie's funeral, it would be between 7:30 - 8:00pm (going based on Flint, MI CBS listings) . It is showing Prairies Funeral poster . BBA is sleeping on the bed of what looks like, to me at least, a hotel room bed.
1st man: Send one up. T.
2nd man: You know, there's six of 'em
1st man: Whoa!
(indistinct - it is now mixed in with random whispering) Something about 4,200 dollars.
I'd like to buy a vowel.
A deep voice says "Help me." (sounds like underwater noises)
We then see her dream - the same paper she looked at in Season 1 in Theo's room about the Incredible Mr. Limpet. The picture attached starts off with two children (a younger blond looking boy and brown haired girl that looks a bit older), and slowly the blonde hair boy disappears. A man says "help me" and a door creaks open. The man says "help me" again. She turns to see a man in the door frame, his arm up against the side. In a much much deeper voice he says "I need your help" . Betty says "Theo? Theo." It zooms in on her face and then her eyes are open in bed.
[applause on tv]
...thousand dollars .... Do next?
[contestant] I'd like to solve the puzzle.
[Host] Go ahead.
[contestant] Don't... let... the cat... out of the bag. The epsidoe that has this phrase (that I could find) is from Episode 5760: air date 5/8/13 ; Here is a blog that has all answers/information from that episode. That episode was rerun between Jun. 17 - 21. Of course, she could have been watching the Game Show Network or some rerun on a Saturday I couldn't find. I really wanted to try and pinpoint a day this could have been for the funeral.
EDIT: I found a clip from the actual show with this puzzle airing march 26, 2016 of wheel of fortune with not only THIS puzzle but the very same one used for where they use the word GO at Aunt Lily's for "only SAFE 4 BBA 2 Go" -
[host] Yeah.
Betty sits up in the bed and starts scratching her leg where her knee high's are. (She is wearing a watch). She looks at the tv, and it sounds like something might be saying "betttttyyyyyy" (I could be wrong!). She grabs her nose, she sees she's bledding and rubs her fingers together (gross, Betty). Whispers are talking pretty loud around her.

*Still night time, assuming it is still the same night as the funeral (probably in the AM) we see Bucks house, the front porch light is on, all other windows are dark and the front door is open. This is a very dark scene (as in there is not a lot of lighting) The gargoyle that was on the dresser in the previous shot earlier has moved (it was more to the right and to the back. Now it seems closer to the bed .)
Buck wakes up and clicks on his phone (thank you!! We can see!!) Static is buzzing. Even better, he does us a solid and turns on the flashlight and walks toward the mirror. He sees Rachel and is scared (aren't we all?) and looks at the bed behind him, which is empty. Then Rachel sings those 3 notes and appears clearer than before. Here are a few shots from it.

*Still assuming it is Night time - in the AM of the next day. Buck rushes in and barges into the room Steve and Angie are in. It looks like his shirt is a galaxy with different moon phases or different planets on it. The lamp is on in the bedroom.
Buck apologies and says "Sorry - the door was open." (does that mean just unlocked? Or actually open?) He tells Steve there was a woman in his mirror, she sang just like OA described. "I think it was Rachel.I kept hearing like this strange, buzzing sound in my room like.. bzzzz and I couldn't figure out where it was coming from. And I looked in my mirror and there she was.
Steve: You mean Rachel from --
Buck: Haps basement.
Steve is looking for his pants and Angie says the joke "Just because I'm in your pants doesn't mean I'm the keeper of your pants, 'cause we both wear the pants, Steve."
Steve ignores her and asks Buck "What did she say?"
Buck: She didn't say anything. She sang. That's how I knew it was her. They run out the door.

We are now to assume that today is the day after the funeral, also the day the movers are supposed to come.

Steve has on a maroon shirt, but puts his blue hoodie on top of it. They run down the street and it is daylight. Steve is telling Buck to come on and Buck says "I can't run that fast."

*Daytime - they are in Buck's house in front of the mirror. Steve is wondering if Rachel will only appear at night. Buck still has drawings on his wall - the diver from Season 1 and the screaming face. There are also two other pictures reflecting in the mirror. Steve asks if she looked scared.
Buck looks behind him and says "kind of. She was confused or upset. I'm not sure."
steve: Maybe OA is in trouble. I wonder why she came to you.
Buck: Maybe because I still leave my door open.
Steve looks up at Buck smiling and nodding his head saying he can't wait to rub this in French's face.

*Still day time - assuming it still the day after the funeral. French is in a library on his phone cropping a photo of himself. The screen is dirty and cracked. It's 1:07pm The case looks a yellow color to me. As he edits it, Buck sends a message for him to come over, he wants to show him something. It's now 1:09pm, and he never finishes the edit on his photo cropping and he just turns off the screen of his phone. He looks out the window to the large tree outside. He's wearing a dark Maroon long sleeve shirt.
Abel shows up and greets him as "Alfonso." He is wearing a dark green jacket, seems kind of thick.
French gets up to shake his hand, calling him "Mr. Johnson."
Abel: Please, call me Abel.
French: Thanks for meeting me here.
Abel: It was such a beautiful service. I'm so glad you were there to share it with us.
French: I am sorry we didn't really get a chance to talk.
Abel: We're talking now. Was there anything in particular that you wanted to speak about?
French: Well, um... I promised you that I'd prove that Prairie's story was true. But instead.... I proved the opposite.
Abel: I'm not sure I follow.
French: I, um... I broke into your house. But I was only looking for something that would help. Instead, I found an Amazon box under her bed. With books on Russian oligarchs, near death experiences, angels and, uh... the Iliad by Homer.
Abel starts to laugh: I was wondering what happened to those books. Her trauma counselor suggested we get them for her. He thought it might help if we accepted her story, and sat, talked about it around the table.
French: Okay. So this counselor, he didn't believe her either?
Abel: I'm not sure if was a question of belief.
French: Well, either the story she told is true or it isn't.
Abel: You think she lied?
French: Not intentionally. She was mentally ill, right?
Abel: If you think she used those books to make up her story... Well, I can tell you she was talking to you and your friends before she ever got them.
French looks shocked. As he walks out of the library his phone is vibrating.
Buck: I'm on my way home from practice. I need you guys to come over right away.
French walks out of the library and it really looks very lavender to me.

WAIT - why would he have practice "the day the movers" are coming to the house?

According to what we've read so far, Bucks mom told him "The movers are coming tomorrow." To me, that means everything is getting packed up to move - as in "it's moving day."

*Jesse is walking down the street, and it looks very grey he is listening to a meditation audiobook. meditation audio tape it does not matter what you have experienced over the course of the last 18 hours or so this meditation is a place for you to release everything that weighs you down. Choice occurrences... he takes out his headphones as French, Steve and Angie are all walking together. "Hurry up Jesse!" Steve calls as Mrs. Vu pulls into the driveway (light blue car). "I'm right here man," Jesse says.
Mrs. Vu: Hi Alfonso.
French: Hey, Mrs. Vu
Buck runs out of the car and past the open garage door to go through the front door of the house.
Mrs. Vu: Buck, you need to finish packing. We move in two days.
Buck opens the door without having to unlock it.
There is a for sale sign in the yard. See my post about it, here.
Buck: Come on, the surprise is in my room.
He closes the door.

*The scene is now in his room, but the vanity mirror is gone, but all the pictures that were around it/behind it are still there.
Buck: Mom, where's my mirror?
Mrs. Vu: We gave it to the Goodwill.
Buck: Why'd you take it? I needed it. Goodwill?
Mrs. Vu: I can't do this right now.
French, getting annoyed asks Steve to explain what's going on. Steve tells him that he saw and heard Rachel in the mirror. That she sang to him. French scoffs about it, Buck comes back up and says The he did see and hear her. He knows it was her.
French: Look, when I found those books under her bed, Buck, I was so upset. And when I looked in the mirror.. I thought I saw Homer stating back at me. You see, emotions can cause --
Buck: You thought she made up Homer's head wound because she'd been staring at yours all night (note, I went back all the way through season 1 and he gets the cut in episode 3 when fighting with Steve... Like Hap got his cut from fighting with Leon) . So you saw him. It was a trick of the brain. That was different. I was... visited.
French: Visited, okay... (smiling)
Buck: I'm not asking you to believe in OA. I'm asking you to believe in me. Something happened through that mirror.
Mrs. Vu comes into the room: I told you to tag whatever you wanted to keep. I'm not driving to Goodwill at this hour. (How late is it? It is still somewhat light outside the window in this scene.)
Steve offers to drive and she says about Buck: She's definitely not going with you. (remember in Season 1, Mrs. Vu calls Buck her SON and the dad gets mad about it).
French: I think we've all been through a lot recently. And this mirror's obviously important to Buck, Mrs. Vu. So.. how about I drive us to Goodwill?
Angie offers up her moms station wagon.
*They are driving and it is night time. They pull up to the back of the Goodwill to guys who are closing the dock doors. Steve gets him to stop.
French says: Our friends father gave away his vanity, but it was a mistake.
They find out that the piece is probably in Gary since they did not keep it. Before he shuts the door he says "Don't hang around here, it gets creepy at night."
Angie: Gary is like, two hours away.
Buck says it's important.
Jesse: Hey, what did she sing? Like, Steve told us Rachel sang to you. What was it?
Buck hums the notes (but is not humming BBA)
French: What three notes are those Buck?
Buck: B B A

*Still night time, but now seeing BBA in the hotel pool. The kids all show up there. She looks surprised to see them. The scene is now inside the hotel room, all the kids sitting on the bed. BBA is dressed. A phone rings in the background. French is on his phone (not talking on it, probably on Grindr) and Jesse is looking down. I am not sure if he is on a phone, I can't tell but one hand is on his leg.
BBA: How did Rachel know to call me BBA? How would she know that?
Buck: Maybe OA told her somehow.
French scoffs: That's ridiculous.
Angie asks if it's true, what does it mean. Steve says it means "Go with BBA" or "BBA knows"
BBA: Knows what?
Steve: Knows what to do.
BBA chuckles: I don't know what to do. Oh, it isn't good for you boys to be here, after the board hearing and all. Well, all that's happened.
Jesse is now looking up and his hands are clasped together.
BBA: Buck, you wouldn't play a trick on us like this, or...
Buck: No!
BBA: ... say something to get us all together? I mean, I wouldn't blame you. Not in the least. We're never gonna have anybody like OA in our lives ever again.
Buck: I didn't even know what the notes were until Jesse asked me.
Jesse: Yeah it's true.
Steve: Oh, come on, BBA, you know Buck doesn't lie. Just come with us to get the mirror. Obviously, Rachel wants to talk to you.
BBA: But my cousin Amy and Uncle Carl out West are expecting me. I'm taking the train. Uncle Carl isn't doing well. He probably doesn't have much longer. I've got my tickets already, see? Um... Grand Rapids to Chicago, Chicago to Redding. I was gonna drive, but driving isn't as much fun when it's just you. Thought I might meet some nice people on the train. (Steve is on his phone)
Steve: Look we can all drive together. Gary;s on the way to Chicago and we can drop you there after. Come on BBA.
BBA is contemplating it: Oh, gosh.

Next scene is daylight. This is the next day so there is now 1 day before Buck would be moving, or is this 1 day after the movers were supposed to come?


*We see Steve with his arm out of the car door. Buck is sitting behind Steve. Jesse is sitting next to Steve. French is next to Jesse. Jesse looks at French and French is looking sadly out the window.
They get to the Gary Goodwill. Steve says to split up, but Buck goes straight to the back and finds it. They all stand in the frame to be reflected in the mirror. They are all wearing very dark earthing tones - dark greens, browns, mustard yellows, deep grey and very navy blues.
Steve says when the sun goes down, Rachel will be back. When he turns his back though, Angie and French are actually standing right next to each other instead of at opposite ends like they were just seconds ago. BBA says she will call Amtrack about getting the next train and tells them that they need to call their parents.
Steve: Yeah, no problem, whatever.
BBA: Don't whatever me, Steven. I won't go through all that with your parents again.
Angie: Just screw his parents. We almost died. Everything's different now.
BBA: I'm not sure that's how everyone sees it that way, Angie.
Angie: Well, who cares how everyone sees it? We were there. (at this time, Goodwill Girl is standing behind them looking at clothes, hearing them talk. check out what IMDB has for her first and last name) When Steve stood up, or when you all did and then... (this is weird wording. Didn't they all stand up? how is there a "Steve or all of you"?) then the gun went off, I thought that --
French: It is weird. That she was right there in that exact spot. (he looks at Buck)
BBA: Almost like she drew the bullet into herself.
Buck: And away from us.
Steve: Look, we call our parents and we wait for dark. It's that simple.
Goodwill Girl [GG]: Uh, hey.
Buck: Can we stay here until dark?
GG: Um. No. Sorry, I, um... we close at 5. And you're not allowed to, but, um... you could stay with us. Me and my... my dad. Um... We-- we would be honored if you could stay with us.
BBA: Honored?
GG: I know who you are.
Steve looks very proud of himself and gets a really goofy smile on his face.

*They are carrying the mirror out of the Goodwill. Still day light.
French: Don't push so hard or I'll fall.
Steve (to Angie): That's what she said. (she laughs)
Jesse: Take it easy, Steve, it might be hard going down there. (they are going down stairs/steps).
Steve: She said that, too. (the caption is "all laughing") but Jesse moves himself behind Angie and isn't really laughing.
French: Wow, you two are made for each other.
They talk about how to get the vanity on the car. Steve makes jokes about having elastic arms. Angie asks if they can just take the mirror off, so they do and they put it on the top of the car. (Isn't it a station wagon? Would they have had no room in the big back space?) It's wrapped in navy blue cloth.
BBA is driving, Angie is in front by her. This time French is on the side Steve was on originally, Jesse in the middle and Steve behind BBA. They drive by a church.
Angie: Do you see all those little, like, peaks over the windows and doorways? Early churches stole that from the pagans, but they didn't realize that stuff was to remind you of a vag. So, every church in the country, like every church door, its just like, open vages, just like welcoming folks home (shes laughing).
BBA: That's blasphemous, Angie.
Angie: Well, only if you think God didn't create vaginas.

*They get to the church and decide to put the mirror up at the front of the pulpit area. Someone says "It's almost time."
BBA: You're sure it's ok, Sonja?
GG: Yeah, my dad will be thrilled. He's the youth pastor. Maybe we can invite our bible study group to come meet you all?
BBA: Oh, we'd love to thank your dad in person, Sonja, of course.
GG: Great. Bathroom's just down the hall. Use whatever you need out of the kitchen. Don't worry about replacing anything. It's just great having you all here. Let me know if you need anything more.
Jesse: Why are you being so nice to us?
GG: When I was little, I asked my dad why we let people sleep in the sanctuary. He said it was for any pilgrims of faith who might be passing through. Thats what you are, isn't it?

*Scene changes and Steve is lighting a candle in front of the mirror with Buck sitting there. He walks away there is a green light behind BBA. Buck says they just have to wait a little longer until the sun goes down. The camera pans to show French first, then Steve, then Buck, then Angie, then Jesse and BBA in the mirror. Camera changes to show them all huddled around it from behind. Church bells are tolling and Buck says to give it time. French gets up and leaves, you can hear the door close behind him right away. The camera goes to BBA and a train horn blares.

*I know it's dark but French is only wearing a button up shirt. In the next scene it shows him outside and he's wearing some blue looking jacket on. He's on his phone. His phone is at 58% but you cannot see the time on it. (Previously in the library he did not have the battery % on). He's looking at Grindr more than likely (I have never used the app so I'm not sure). He selects CuriousIncident. The train horn is still blaring. Almost immediately his phone alerts with a message from Curious saying "hey" It doesn't show him responding but the next scene he is taking off his glasses and putting them in his pocket as someone comes to pick him up in a blue car. A country song is playing (I can't seem to actually find the real song... "Stays the same... It's a year now That I play the same old love song," and it's 8:53pm .

They walk into the apartment of the CuriousIncident man. He locks the door behind them and they go up the stairs (reminds me of him going up the stairs to Prairies room).
Curious chuckles: Guess I should've cleaned up a little bit. French walks by some framed pictures - this one looks like it's a big question mark in the middle and then of course there is the framed knives he stops and looks at. He also has a deer head on his wall. He comes over and hands French a beer. He takes off his hat and says "no pressure" to French. They go in slowly to kiss. And then more kissing.

*Meanwhile, Jesse is doing something out of the ordinary. He has a knife and is prying open the tithe box at the church and stealing money. He has never shown any history of stealing (that I can remember? Let me know if there is something shown in Season 1 that he steals). His phone says it's 10:12pm . He goes to an app, but it does not show us what he's going to. All of a sudden he's in the alley way and he's got a lot of $1 bills. A man comes from across the way, around the corner and comes towards him. He has a two tone grey jacket on over a tan shirt.
Man: What d'you want?
Jesse: Uh, it's just... Uh, I just can't sleep. (Hap also had trouble sleeping and took pills for it). I have too much on my mind and I have nightmares all the time. (PTSD is a known cause for nightmares).
Man: Do you want Oxy?
Jesse: Oxycontin?
Man: Yeah. How much you got?
Jesse: Uh, it's 40. (Hands money to the guy and he starts to count it). Look, it's all there, okay?
Man: Yeah? (Looks up at Jesse and I guess chooses to believe him and stops counting. He starts digging in his bag)
Jesse: He, I won't, uh.... I won't go out of my skull on this stuff, right? 'Cause I just -- (starts shaking his head). [this says to me he was not suicidal. He just wanted help to sleep and stop whatever it was he was thinking about.]
Man: No, bro, you're good. Just... start with one. (Hands Jesse the drugs). You'll float. The man smiles and walks away back to where he came from and Jesse takes one of the pills dry. He sniffles and takes a deep breath.

*Scene changes back to French and CuriousIncident. French is in bed and the guy is making a milkshake with a blender and the stove says its 11:31pm . There is a lot of deer imagery in this place. By the bed, it looks like a picture with maybe 3-4 deer in it as well as the Deer head on the wall. French gets up to put his pants on. The guy is naked.
Curious: Hey, you don't have to get dressed yet. (walks over naked to hand French the milkshake)
French: I, uh... I have people waiting for me.
Curious: You gonna leave me standing like a naked idiot with these milkshakes?
French: Sorry. (Grabs milkshake and distant sirens are wailing in the background. He sits on the bed holding the glass). I'm just not sure when I'm supposed to leave.
Curious: There's no way to know. You just gotta feel it out. It's different every time.
They both take a drink.
Curious: Any good? (they both laugh and French puts his glass down - I guess the answer was no?) So, you got people waitin'? Is it friends? Family? (French is silent and clenching his jaw). You don't need to talk.
French: No, no, it's um... They're friends.... from school.
Curious: Yeah?
French: No, not really friends, I mean... No, of course we're friends now, but.. There was this woman.. who disappeared when we were kids. Got kidnapped or something.
Curious: Shit, that's awful.
French: Yeah. And when she came back... she wouldn't tell anyone what happened to her. Not even the FBI. But she told us. For some reason, she told us.
Curious: I just read that article. That blind girl.
French: I know, but she wasn't blind anymore. She... I don't know. I don't know if she was an angel or a liar or a schizophrenic. And now she's dead. She's dead... and we almost died with her.
Curious: Hey, I'm just sittin' here, brother, just listening. (this line seems to come out of nowhere... I can only guess it's because French was showing signs of being upset)
French: My friends.. they think that she's trying to send us some sort of sign. Through a mirror. A message.
Curious: A message from the other side? It's possible.
French: No, but it's not. It's just a mirror and they all think --
Curious: What do you think?
French stops to think for a few seconds: I think I'm ruining my future.
Curious kisses him again: If your people are serious about wantin' to see a sign... you'll need to talk to my Aunt Lily. She just moved to Nebraska, but it'll be worth the drive. She'll help you talk to your lost friend.
French: What is she? Like a psychic or something?
Curious takes his finger to tap either on or next to French while he's talking: You got your whole life ahead of you. Try to just... enjoy the view a little.

Scene changes back to inside the church. It is still nighttime - can we say it is near or after midnight at this point. French opens the door and comes back in. He closes the door behind him. Everyone is asleep in the pews. French walks down the middle and you can see a close up of the 5 stained glass windows. He takes off his jacket and sits down on the pew. As he starts to take off his shoe, static starts to buzz. The camera goes to the mirror but the image in the mirror is NOT one of the stained glass windows that was behind French. He looks around a little and then gets up to go towards the mirror. He walks to it and he is shown int he mirror and no stained glass windows except a ring at the top. If you have trouble seeing those, here is a brightened version of the two pictures. He doesn't see anything and gives up, backing away looking over to where maybe Steve is sleeping. He sits back down and in the captions it says [gasping breaths]. He lays down and the mirror is shown again with the same mystery stained glass window. Here are the windows in the church used for this scene. I have not seen the mystery window listed as one in that church. Each panel has something under it.

Read part 2 here
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2018.11.24 10:10 Mr-Sneezy909 Polar Express

Theory proposition:
How can the polar express go from Grand Rapids Michigan to the North Pole as it is 3254 miles (according to www.dateandtime.com)
  1. Assuming that the train travels at 70 mph the max speed of a Pere Marquette 1225 (this was confirmed by the film company as the real life version of the train that the fictional polar express was modelled after) it would take the train 46.5 hours to reach the North Pole
d=s x t. 3254=70 x t. 3254/70=t. t= 46.5 hours
  1. As we can see in the above image this magazine from the film is dated December 29 1956 but as the boy is reading it on December 24 it must be at least 1957.
Assuming that it took place on December 24 1957 the sun set at 17:13 pm in Grand Rapids (according to records) and they arrive at 23:55pm meaning they only had 6:42 mins to reach the North Pole putting a point in the against Column.
  1. The fastest train in the world at that time was the Jeumont-Schneider BB900 which has a top speed of 201 mph meaning that it would take that train 16.28 hours
    d= s x t 3254=201 x t 3254/201=t t=16.28 hours
Although during their journey they do travel down “Glacier Gulch” a 179 degrees drop which would speed it up substantially perhaps making it more achievable.
In conclusion I believe that using the fastest train available it could maybe be possible for this journey to happen in this timescale.
Thank you for reading it means a great deal as I have enjoyed your content since the early days
Merry Christmas and many thanks
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2018.11.07 14:32 waylandsphere PLA on Plair (3/3)

Phase 1 - earn PLA from tournaments, verifying matches, and participating in the tribunal system.
Phase 2 - also earn PLA from watching, participating, and lending resources to stream and video solutions.
Phase 3 - players can tap into cloud computing resources to rent, play, and stream video games with the combined computing power of the participants
The combined computing power element is key to phase 3 being feasible on the blockchain. At that point there will be decentralized nodes all contributing to the collective global computing power. There may also be something else that will eventually be in play which may or may not be alluded to in the Plair whitepaper here:
“Many features of the VeChainThor platform are applicable to the development of Plair, some of which are not currently in the public eye.”
https://plair.life/
As many folks who read/research are accustomed to with VeChainThor, there’s an abundance of goodness to be discovered from known information if one takes the time to read and re-read with further context. Cue MEC (Mobile Edge Computing):
“Abstract—The state-of-the-art mobile edge applications are generating intense traffic and posing rigorous latency requirements to service providers. While resource sharing across multiple service providers can be a way to maximize the utilization of limited resources at the network edge, it requires a centralized repository maintained by all parties for service providers to share status. Moreover, service providers have to trust each other for resource allocation fairness, which is difficult because of potential conflicts of interest. We propose EdgeChain, a blockchain-based architecture to make mobile edge application placement decisions for multiple service providers. We first formulate a stochastic programming problem minimizing the placement cost for mobile edge application placement scenarios. Based on our model, we present a heuristic mobile edge application placement algorithm. As a decentralized public ledger, the blockchain then takes the logic of our algorithm as the smart contract, with the consideration of resources from all mobile edge hosts participating in the system. The algorithm is agreed by all parties and the results will only be accepted by majority of the mining nodes on the blockchain. When a placement decision is made, an edge host meeting the consumer’s latency and budget requirements will be selected at the lowest cost. All placement transactions are stored on the blockchain and are traceable by every mobile edge service provider and application vendor who consumes resources at the mobile edge.”
https://medium.com/@vechainofficial/vechain-introduces-michigan-state-university-as-first-veresearch-participant-and-pioneering-the-mec-c8dec3015914
So Docomo (largest telecommunications/5g company in Japan) and VeChain are already in a partnership program (and would venture to say that Docomo aren’t the only ones who will participate in the MEC breakthrough). As noted in the EdgeChain paper:
“ As the market gets mature, there will be multiple 5G service providers (SPs) provisioning MEC services to cover the same area: bigger wholesale players will invest in infrastructure to actually build mobile edge base stations, while there will also be mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) renting resources from the former. These SPs can collaborate with each other in several ways for better utilization of the resources at the edge: virtual SPs have to place mobile edge (ME) applications on one of the rented edge hosts, preferably with lower cost, regardless of SPs. On the other hand, MEC base stations from different SPs can share resources with each other to process bursting requests. For encouraging SPs to enroll their eligible MEC base stations and hosts in resource sharing, it is common to give incentives to SPs for contributing their resources of the hosts for hosting edge applications. Following the changing demand of end users, certain types of edge applications need to be deployed on, migrated to, or removed from an edge host, in order to meet the service requirement. By deploying the edge applications at the right places, the edge application provider will save costs, while providing high-quality service with low latency to the end users. Meanwhile, the edge host will collect incentives for its resources effectively used.”
https://medium.com/@vechainofficial/vechain-is-chosen-for-the-ntt-docomo-5g-partner-program-3f89c8d95b4
“As partners, participants are able to construct their new services under the environment of 5G before 2020. Utilizing the characteristics of 5G(high-speed/capacity, low-latency, connecting several devices) it is now possible to enhance the quality of our services and create new ones.”
In addition to eSports betting now being a part of the equation along with everything previously outlined - I believe that having multiple 5G SP’s required for new low-latency high-quality services combined with MEC/EdgeChain will be key to achieving Plair’s Phase 3 goals. This is revolutionary. If you’ve paid attention and continually researched what VeChain is doing, then you know that literally everything is being connected by VeChainThor. The synergy, network effects, and plans firmly in place are more than enough proof for me to have zero doubt that all of this will happen (it’s already set just read voraciously in order to digest all of the information in order to see for oneself) and Plair is destined to become the permanent fixture as an industry behemoth and conduit for all gamers across the globe. PLA tokens will be the utility token that essentially transforms into gamer currency, and the plan from CEO Patrick Tang is brilliant. More will be revealed as the Plair visionary notes below. Here’s some pertinent insight from Patrick Tang’s AMA:
“ In your business model, how do you plan to make money and how much are you thinking you can make off a single user? The first thing Plair wants to do as a platform is to see that our users are taken care of. When we take care of our users Plair, as a business, will thrive. We plan on making money at the beginning by taking transaction fees for every tournament that is created. From there we will bring in sponsorship money with sponsors we have already built a relationship through our traditional eSports backgrounds once we get through Phase 1, which is shown in detail on our white paper. Phase 2 will bring in streaming and we will be able to make money off the content and money saved through decentralized computing as well as sponsorships for the content itself. Phase 3 will allow the community to build tools and games to run on Plair’s platform and utilize Plair’s token. Plair will announce our development and execution strategy at a later date for Phase 2& 3. Phase 2 and Phase 3 will have an additional white paper written before we begin development of their milestones. This tactic is used to protect pending intellectual property while we work on other solutions. The lifetime value of a single user has not yet been determined yet as nobody has ever built a platform like Plair. We will build a platform where users will stay put and be able to interact and transact with the Plair token over and over.”
The notion of yet to be revealed methods are reiterated as down-to-earth fearless leader Pat expounds upon Phase 3 highlights:
In your grand vision of the decentralized cloud, are games actually built on the blockchain or will you just propping up structures for players to play games by publishers like Halo or whatever? " It is both. We fully expect, and are building the tools for, a publishing company and dev team to fully build their games to distribute on Plair in a decentralized fashion. We also want to offer the ability for high performance rigs and server farms to service high-end gaming experience to users on low-end rigs. We will release a later whitepaper to explain this in much more detail in an attempt to protect our pending intellectual property.”
In my mind MEC/Edgechain, based on what the brilliant paper from now VeChain CTO and Chief Scientist Dr. Peter Zhou essentially means in the context of Plair, is that all of the things Plair aims to do in Phase 3 that some naysayers purport can’t be done - will be done. Think am wrong ? Check yo-self. Listen up to this part of the paper which wasn’t quoted in the VeChain Foundation Medium post about MEC/EdgeChain, but nevertheless can be found linked in the article (if one puts a little extra effort into finding and reading):
“The rapid advance of mobile edge computing (MEC) has been the last mile of enabling a shared, low-latency computational environment for multi-vendor mobile edge applications. MEC performs computing offloading, data storage, caching and processing, request distribution and service delivery from the mobile edge to end users [1]. Applications with low latency tolerance, such as augmented reality (AR), video streaming, and online gaming, can deploy their services on the edge hosts at a cost, to achieve lower latency and better user experience” “Applications with low-latency tolerance, such as augmented reality (AR), video streaming, and online gaming…..
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1801.04035.pdf
Bonus thoughts - PICC is now offering Virtual Insurance so it seems like there very well could be synergy between Plair and PICC in the future. This is admittedly speculation (but at the same time obvious to me). Keep in mind that we now know Plair has distribution contracts with multiple hardware providers in the industry, and Pat has already mentioned PLA tokens being used to purchase Nvidia video cards as an example (in addition to being able to buy gaming rigs et cetera) in the eCommerce store on Plair. Steam credits are exciting, and who knows - maybe even non-fungibles come into PLA ?! Gaming rigs are expensive. On Plair anyone will be able to buy gaming rigs with PLA tokens. VeChain ecosystem partner PICC is now set to offer virtual insurance. Doesn’t really sound like speculation to me. PICC is big. All of the signals from the gaming/streaming industry speak volumes. Combine that with insurance being offered by one of VeChainThor's giant partners, eSports betting integration, a product demo that indicates things are much further along than previously realized, massive partners within the established industry that are seeking to forge a new era, and ecosystem synergy galore - and it goes to eleven ! https://medium.com/@vechainofficial/peoples-insurance-company-of-china-picc-one-of-the-largest-insurer-globally-with-126-billion-2570c60fd7c7
“The launch of PICC’s virtual property insurance product is believed to be the beginning of continued bilateral cooperation between insurers and tech companies “
https://www.the-digital-insurer.com/dia/piccs-virtual-product-insurance/
Any Plair haters now ?! Shouldn't be, but good luck with that if so ! Am jumping in the ThorBlock PLA pool and y’all are welcome to join !
https://medium.com/plairlife/how-to-participate-in-the-plair-pla-token-sale-edc5c248c25c
PLA on Plair !
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2018.09.18 23:16 MRuchia Al Capone’s Vault Wasn’t Empty (Part 4)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 5
It’s become hard to close my eyes.
Even after my body crashed, as that river of adrenaline finally ran dry and my mind tumbled into the gaping chasm left in its wake. Even after my aching bones and empty muscles begged for sleep, it still took everything within me to shut down the computer, draw the curtains and turn off the light.
To be honest, I’m scared of what might happen if I do.
A primal state of hyper-awareness accompanies me now, and has done since the previous night, filling every passing second with a low key paranoia. Creaks in the adjacent rooms, cars passing in the distance, all the random sounds of the outside world have started to feel connected; as if each noise was part of an intricate web of conspiracy closing in around me. I can see how Walter became so paranoid in his 30 years of isolation. I’ve spent less than three days in this strange new world and I’m already jumping at shadows.
I’d spent the rest of the morning in the hotel; laying low, taking a brief rest and, most importantly, planning my next move.
As far as I was aware, at least two forces were on the lookout for me right now; the cops, looking to take me in concerning the murder of Ralph’s step-children, and Roger, who wanted Ralph’s journal and was clearly willing to do anything to get hold of it.
I briefly considered giving in; mailing the journal to Roger and hoping that he calls off his friends in the Police Department, that he rescinds whatever bullshit evidence links me to the crime. But hope wasn’t going to cut it anymore. There was no way I could trust the man to keep his word and, even if I could, I can’t sit back and ignore what’s happened in the past 24 hours.
Roger murdered my best friend, he’d killed at least two other people in the meantime and he’s dragged me into something I wanted no part in. There’s no way I could run and hide from this anymore. If I was going to get out of this situation, I needed to go on the offensive, and I had to move quickly.
I buy a few bags of potato chips, cashews, and two bottles of water from the hotel lobby. I snack idly as I wait for the afternoon to roll around. Then I get a bus into the city.
I realise taking any mode of transportation is a risk. I don’t know if my image has been passed around by the cops and I can almost feel the eyes of each passenger burning into me with every passing glance, but there’s no other way of getting back around Lake Michigan, and back to Chicago in time.
Once I get into the city, I take the essentials out of my bag; my remaining cash, the taser with one final cartridge, Ralph’s journal and my supplies for the day. Then I inconspicuously leave the bag in a public area, containing my reassembled phone, my credit card and a hastily scrawled pin number on some note paper.
It should be a bag thief’s dream, an unlocked phone and the credit card of some naive airhead. Giving it away will most likely fuck with my already bad credit rating but, if it gets used, it should hopefully send Roger in the wrong direction for a while.
After about twenty minutes, I stare back across the street to where I left my bag, finding it gone.
Looks like the criminal element of Chicago is still going strong.
Speaking of which...
It’s the early evening by the time I hit Roger's road. I stay off the street and pass through a small footpath behind the houses as I make my way towards Roger’s home. The sun has already gone down, a set of old street lights flickering on, barely illuminating the sidewalk.
I find a good spot on an idle backstreet, and keep watch on the Roger’s neat little home. Nothing exceptional happens for an hour or so, but I can tell he’s inside. Every so often, a light flickers on and off, and I get a vague sense of the man moving through his house. Occasionally, I see his shadow linger at the window for what feels like a little too long. A sudden pang of fear expands through my chest every time it happens, and I’m temporarily convinced that I’ve been noticed.
About an hour and a half into my silent vigil, I suddenly see the garage door start to rise up. Before it even finishes rising, a rental car pulls out with a sense of reckless urgency. The car swerves onto the road in an untidy arc, and I get the briefest glimpse of Roger, his hands gripped on the wheel as the driver’s seat passes beneath the streetlamps.
Judging by his speed, by the roar of desperation that echoes from the car’s engine as it rockets down the street, I can only assume that one of his contacts in the police has tipped him off, either about my card being activated or my phone being switched on somewhere in the wider city. It’s only a matter of time before they track down the person involved and realise I had nothing to do with it, at which point Roger could come straight back home.
In his hurry, Roger hasn’t even waited for his garage door to close fully. I watch as it starts to descend back to its original position.
That could be the best chance I get.
Throwing caution aside, I pull myself to my feet and sprint out of the alleyway. My footsteps hammer against the tarmac as I burst out onto the street and cross it as quickly as possible.
The garage door is already half closed by the time I make it to the driveway. Praying nobody is looking, with no time to conceal what I’m doing, I throw myself toward the floor, feeling the metal of the shutter dig against my back as I scramble into the dark garage. As soon as I’m inside, I hear the clack of metal, the hum of the shutter cutting out as it reaches the floor.
The room is cast into almost total blackness as I’m cut off from the outside world.
For a few moments, the room is silent, except for the sound of my recovering breath.
Picking myself up, I step quietly towards a faint rectangle of dark grey in the otherwise pitch black room, the translucent screen door that leads into the house, which is casting the slightest amount of moonlight into the room.
My breath catches in my throat as dark fabric brushes against my leg. Unable to see what it is, I rapidly back up to the screen door and swipe my hand across the adjacent wall, grasping for the lightswitch. Once I find it, and the dim sodium lights flicker on, I find myself staring at the same dark green covering that concealed Walter’s sedan in the forest. Beneath the cover lies that very same car, parked haphazardly in the back of the large garage, boxes, work tables and shelves pushed to the side to make room for two vehicles.
I don’t know why he brought it here, or how for that matter, and despite my best intentions, both those questions get the better of me. I step back across the room, lifting the hood of the car.
Despite Roger cutting them the previous night, the fuel lines are seemingly undamaged. In fact it looks like a brand new pair have been affixed. I can only assume Walter had a few spare parts in the cabin as a contingency against breakdown, which Roger was quick to take advantage of.
As I lower the hood, preparing to make my way into the house, I notice something on the back of the car. Resting on a small table near the covered trunk, I see a collection of used bandages, all of them stained with the cinnabar remnants of dried blood. A box of cleaning supplies sit on the table as well, bleach, ammonia, liquid soap and a bucket.
Roger has used the car to transport Walter somewhere. Maybe he thought I might have tipped the cops off about the cabin. Maybe I should have.
When I lift the cover off of the trunk, more evidence of last night’s disturbing events comes to light. The chassis is covered in blood. I can imagine Walter’s old, wounded body being forced against the car while Roger forced him inside. Finding the trunk unlocked, I brace myself for what I might find.
As I slowly lift it up, I’m relieved to find it empty.
Whatever he did with Walter, he ended up bringing the vehicle here, and it’s clear that he hasn’t finished the necessary clean up required before he dumps the car.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s getting desperate.
I make my way over to the interior garage door and try the handle. It gives way and, taking a deep breath, I carefully make my way into the hallway of Roger’s house.
Quickly and quietly, I travel room by room, looking for where the other two journals might be kept. It isn’t difficult work; the place is well organised and practically bare. Before I knew what kind of man Roger really was, I’d viewed this sparse decor as a stylistic choice. Now? It feels like the house of a man who has made an impermanent life for himself, who has lived his every day with the intention of moving on to better things and, consequently, invested nothing into the life he had.
The stairs creak as I make my way to the upper landing. Moving along the dark upper corridor, I push a door open to find the main bedroom. Moonlight streams in through the double windows, illuminating the room’s few notable features. As modest as the rest of the house, the bedroom contains nothing more than a plain double bed, a nightstand with a lamp and a cordless phone, a wall mounted TV and, straight ahead of the door, a large oak wardrobe… far bigger than someone with such minimalistic tastes would need.
Making my way over to it, I pull open the double doors to find a set of hanging clothes, a small set of draws and, set upon a shelf at eye level, a large electronic safe.
I take a breath, feeling the stillness of the empty house around me. Reaching an outstretched finger towards the safe, I press the 0 key. The screen immediately jumps into life, displaying a single zero, with three spare spaces remaining.
Now that I know how many numbers I’m working with, I press clear and consider my options.
Roger didn’t seem to have many people in his life, which means he doesn’t have too much of a reason to set a difficult combination to his personal safe. Even so, he’d likely stay away from birthdays or anything of public record. I don’t have much to go on, but if everything I’ve learned about Roger is true, there’s one date that’s more personal to him than any other, a single year that he’s been trapped in all this time.
1 9 8 6
Two doors open as I press enter. I hear an electronic hum as the safe swings slightly ajar, and a heavy slam as the front door to the house is thrown wide. Immediately after, I hear a set of thunderous footsteps making their way along the lower corridor, sweeping through the rooms with horrible efficiency.
Before I can even react, I hear the steps come back to the hallway, making their way towards the stairs as Roger’s angered voice echoes up through the otherwise silent house.
“It’s you isn’t it, you fucking bitch!”
With almost no time to think, I grab the phone from the nightstand and slam the bedroom door closed. I frantically examine the door handle, looking for a way to lock it from the inside. Finding nothing but an empty keyhole, with Roger making his way up the stairs, I sink to the floor. Pressing my back against the wooden door and bracing my feet against the base of the heavy double bed.
“You don’t think I got alarms on this place?! Just coz you can’t hear’em...” I hear Roger’s furious yet sickeningly vindictive voice from the upper landing
As I hear his footsteps start to reach me, I do something I never thought I would, in my current position as a wanted person.
“911, where is your emergency?”
“I need the police, please, help me, please? I’ve been abducted, I’m at a guy’s house..." I whisper Roger's address frantically down the phone. "I’ve locked myself in the garage but he’s... trying to kill me!”
I know I’m lying to the police, about what’s happening, about where I am in the house. It’s a lie that comes from deep at the back of my head, a calm voice that, unlike the rest of me, seems to know what it’s doing.
I watch the door handle twist repeatedly, then feel a sharp slamming against my back as Roger’s heavy boot slams into the door. The force knocks me forward, straining my muscles and causing my bones to rattle. I manage to hold firm, but I know I won’t be able to keep him at bay for long.
“Ok a car is being dispatched to your location now. Is this man armed?”
“Yes he- he had a gun please…”
The phone is knocked out of my hand as a secondary slam throws me forward, the door gives way once again as I just manage to kick my body back and brace it against the door.
I just need to hold out. It doesn’t matter if I’m bruised, broken or concussed as long as I can keep this door closed for long enough.
I hear Roger stepping back down the corridor, and manage to maintain my position just in time before he runs at the door with full force. The door slams into the back of my head, and I almost feel my kneecap give way as it fights to absorb the shock.
I don’t know how much more I can take but, mercifully, I receive the briefest respite as I hear Roger move back down the corridor and down the stairs.
Shortly after, I hear him lock the front door.
I don’t know what he’s planning to do, but I know it’s nothing good. Part of me is screaming to throw the bedroom door open and sprint outside, but I get a distinct feeling that’s what he wants me to do, and with the entrance locked, there’s no way I can make a break for the front door without him catching me.
Moving out of my position against the door, I run up to the windows and pull back on the handle. The window opens only slightly, a thin gap at the top of the frame, refusing to give way further even after I throw my whole weight behind it.
Listening for Roger’s not so distant footsteps, I run to the lamp on the nightstand. I grab the cord, ripping it from its socket and taking the now untethered object back to the window.
Taking two quick breaths, I hammer the base of the lamp against the windowpane. The metal hits the toughened glass surface and bounces back.
Before I can try a second time, I hear Roger storm back upstairs.
With nothing else to do, as I hear him complete his final strides towards the bedroom, I throw myself to the other side of the room and try to brace the door as best I can. Slamming my shoulder against the door at the same time he tries to force it open. I quickly sink down to the floor once more, my legs and back aching, my head throbbing, my thoughts fogged in the inky black grip of a burgeoning concussion.
I just need to hold out. For as long as I can, for the next few-
Roger throws his full weight against the door once more. The force hammers through the wood, shaking my entire body. I can feel myself growing weaker, and the darkly violent obscenities that reach me from the hallway serve as a harrowing preview of what awaits when I can’t hold the line any longer.
As he momentarily relents, I can hear a light clattering behind me, before a high pitched, dentist’s drill of a scream screeches through the door. Seconds later the source of the noise is revealed as a sharp gash appears around the top hinge of the door. The razor thin edge of a disc cutter spits sawdust into the room as Roger tears his home apart to reach me.
I press my chin down against my chest, trying to get my head away from the door, in case he decides to redirect the saw towards me. As I do so, I’m all too aware that he could still run that shredding, serrated blade down my back whenever he chooses.
I just need to hold out. For someone. For anyone.
My eyes fixed on the ground, tears forming in my eyes as the screaming continues behind me. I hear the first hinge fall to the ground, thudding softly against the carpet.
After a brief silence, the shredding begins again, and a cloud of sawdust is spat out around the second hinge. For the second time in two days, I get the overwhelming feeling that I’ve entered the final few moments of my life.
“This is the police! Open up!”
A young man’s voice echoes from downstairs, almost lost amid the sharp scream of the saw.
The buzzing stops. I attempt to catch my frantic breath as Roger falters. In the silence that follows, I can tell he wasn’t expecting this. I can almost feel him calculating his next move, weighing up whether he can afford to keep going, whether he should silence me before answering the door, whether he can afford to take that risk.
“If you make a noise, I’ll make you wish you were dead.” He whispers.
He moves away from the me, and quickly descends the stairway to answer the door. I choke back the gut wrenching panic that’s overtaken every fibre of my being, and try to focus on the next few steps ahead of me.
I hear the front door unlock and casually swing open.
I can’t wait for Roger to come back, but even now, I don’t know if I can surrender myself to the authorities. If the cop asks to look in the garage, where I told him I was hiding, I can maybe use the distraction to sneak down the stairs and out the front door.
I hear Roger making small talk with the cop, some muffled words, telling him nothing’s going on, discussing the precincts he’d worked in before retirement. I knew he’d be playing the ex-cop card. I can only hope it doesn’t hold water.
Sneaking over to the safe, I pull the door open to see a red and a blue journal lying in front of me. My heart in my throat, I pick both of them up, throw them into my bag and make my way to the top of the stairs.
“Well, like I said, I know you have to look into this stuff but I don’t think you’ve got the right place.” Roger says, effortlessly amiable when he needs to be. “I’ll let you know if I see anything suspicious.”
“I appreciate that, thank you.” The cop replies.
I can hear the door start to close.
“Oh, would you be able to open up your garage real quick?”
I approach the top of the stairs, trying to keep myself out of sight. The silence in the hallway below me is palpable.
“Sure.” Roger says, his voice a calm, deep lake.
I hear them move towards the inside garage door, as I creep slowly down the stairs. The pair make smalltalk as I inch closer and closer to the open entranceway.
I place a silent foot on the lower landing, as the officer switches on the garage light.
“What the f… this is Marshall I need-”
Two gunshots cut through the quiet night air. I sprint silently out into the front yard, afraid to see where either shot landed, praying that both slammed through Roger’s cold, dark heart. Even so, as a few shallow tears stream diagonally across my cheeks, I’m all too aware that I may have condemned an innocent man to die.
I sprint across the street and keep going until I’m at least five blocks away. By the time I allow myself to pull to a stop, three more cop cars have already streaked past me heading in the direction of Roger’s house.
It’s a long, paranoid walk to the next neighbourhood over, where I take the late bus to the outskirts of Rockford. After walking into town, I visit the bowling alley near by my father’s house, and make my way to the quiet backstreet on the other side of the building.
I spend the next six hours sitting in the cold, my back against the brick wall, waiting for the morning to arrive.
Once it does, I make my way over to my dad’s house, arriving just after he leaves to start his shift for the shop. I look around to see if the place is being watched. Seeing no one, I come in from a side street, using the spare key on my chain to let myself in.
It’s strange to be in my dad’s house again. Even though I was here 3 days ago, even though there are still leftovers in the fridge from the last time I visited, it feels like it’s been a lifetime. But after the last few days, the familiar smell of the place, and the comfortable silence within these four walls, is all I could ask for.
I suddenly realise how exhausted I am.
I walk upstairs, making my way into the comfort of my old room. I sit on my old single bed, far away from any of the windows, and start to type up the events that transpired the night before. Something about putting it all down is calming to me, as if I’m putting it all on the page just so I can turn it over.
After that I examine the other two journals.
One is Walter’s, which contains only one notable entry concerning Mr Souza (the same entry I transcribed from the old computer yesterday). Roger’s journal is entirely new, and seems to be the latest of the three.
I’ve typed up the most important entry for you guys.
In the early evening, almost the same moment as I type the final line on the journal entry, I hear dad’s landline ring. The noise scares me for some reason, as if the outside world were trying to encroach on my sanctuary. I sit back, calming myself down, letting it go to voicemail. Seconds after the call cuts out, the phone rings again… and again… and again.
Something’s wrong.
I make my way downstairs, listening to the phone’s ring go silent once more and, before the echoes of the previous call have even left the air, starting up once again.
My hand hovers over the receiver. I don’t want to answer, I know it isn’t wise, but if this whole thing isn’t over then I need to know.
“Hello Mr Ruchia, it’s Detective Morrison. I’m sorry to to bother you again but uh… well there’s been an incident concerning Michelle, do you have a moment?”
My blood runs cold. The voice on the phone is calm, reasonable, almost pleasant, but it’s also unmistakably familiar.
“Mr Ruchia?” Roger’s voice carries over the phone, waiting for me to reply.
I suddenly realise I’m breathing quickly, a sudden anxiety and fear carrying down the phone line. I don’t say anything, but I expect my silence has said enough.
“It’s you, isn’t it?” Roger’s tone shifts into a recognisable pattern of predatory disdain as he realises who he’s talking to.
“I knew you’d reach out to your dad eventually but I never thought you’d be dumb enough to go home.”
“I have your journals Roger.” I try to speak calmly down the phone. “You make everything go back to normal and I’ll-”
“Oh no. No, it’s too late for that.” Roger cuts across me. “You’ve fucked it up for the both of us, Michelle. No, there’s no going back now.”
I hear echoing footsteps as Roger changes location, followed by the heavy creak of an iron door, and then a brief rustling static as the phone is placed against someone’s ear.
It isn’t Roger’s voice this time. It’s Walter’s.
“... Please… Please.”
I didn’t know whether he’d survived the ordeal in the woods, but it sounds like he’s barely clinging on to life at the moment. I can hear the hours of brutal torment in his desperate, slurred speech. I can only imagine the horror, the sorrow that’s coursing through him right now; once again at Roger’s mercy, an expendable pawn in a psychopath’s game.
“You bring me the journals, tonight, and I’ll let him go.” Roger says. “If you aren’t here by midnight I will kill him, if you contact the police I will kill him, and if you try to fucking trick me I will kill the both of you and everyone you hold dear. Do you understand?”
I don’t know what it is. Whether it’s Walter, or Ralph, or the days of punishment I’ve had to endure at the hands of this man’s obsession, but I know I can’t run away from this any longer.
“Where?” I ask.
On the other end of the phone, I can almost sense Roger starting to smile.
Journal Entry; 1947
It all went wrong after Torrio left.
It wasn’t because Al couldn’t lead; the Boss was more than smart enough to head the Outfit. It wasn’t even the increasing violence that cut through the city like a carving knife in the years following Torrio’s secession.
In the end it was Mr Souza who brought down the great Al Capone. Though, maybe that ain’t too fair. While it may be true that Souza struck the final blow, it was already too late by then. Al was the architect of his own destruction, and I’m cursed to remember every second of it.
At first it was just disconcertion. See, Al had built his business on a firm understanding of people. That simple mixture of greed and fear, the desire for self-preservation, vice and convenience. The boss played humanity like an instrument, all our faults and failings just different sections in his grand orchestra.
But Souza, and the organisation he represented, played to an entirely different tune. Their motives were inscrutible, they couldn’t be bought or threatened or blackmailed and they had none of the traditions or honor that you’d find among the gangs. In Al’s increasingly disturbed mind, their unknowable levels of influence and their complete distance from humanity made them entirely unpredictable.
Next came the paranoia. Al started to see Souza everywhere, sensing his invisible hand in every successful advance the Outfit made. Eventually, even when things didn’t go our way, he suspected Souza’s involvement, believing that he was playing both sides in some intricate, sinister game.
The final stage was obsession. Al grew angry at the sight of Souza’s shadow lying over every aspect of his business. It made him erratic, violent, determined to be his own man. Over years of correspondence, whenever Souza encouraged caution, Al would take bold action. When Souza suggested someone be given responsibility, Al immediately lost all trust in them. A few members of the crew had met a brutal end simply because Souza happened to mention them in passing.
It all came to a head in 1929, starting with another meeting between Al and Souza, which the latter, for his own protection, had made a point of holding out in the open.
“They’re movin’ on us.” Al growls at the limey across from him. “They need to be taught a lesson.”
“Are you sure this is the time?” Mr Souza asks, like he has a hundred times before.
“I’m not gonna sit here and let Moran take another inch of my territory!” Al slaps his hand against the table, causing the coffee cups to shudder. “You aren’t in this game Souza. Don’t act like you know anything about it.”
Souza watches the ripples in his coffee smooth out. I can tell he’s considering his words carefully.
“While I don’t share your particular expertise, Mr Capone, I assure you, I know a great deal. Your erratic behaviour has been noticed, by your enemies and the wider public certainly but, more importantly, by the US government. You are becoming an unacceptable nuisance to them, and I’ve I have been forced to sacrifice my scientific impartiality more than once to keep them from your door.”
“Yeah well, what if I don’t need your help huh? How about that?”
“Honestly, that would be ideal, but your actions as of late have led us to believe otherwise. I have a lot riding on the success of our arrangement Mr Capone, and if we continue down this road, neither of us are going to get what we want.”
Al stares at Souza, his face hardened in contempt. The subject of membership had been brought up a few times in the past. Al had a whole load of reasons why he wanted to join; influence, resources, the answers to his questions about the order, and increasingly, the chance to gain the upper hand on Souza. Souza’s refusal to bring him into the fold has fueled a large part of his obsession with the man.
“Sounds like I’m embarrassing you.”
Al speaks the words with a kinda scornful pride. He’s happy about the idea of getting under Souza’s skin. Souza hears the tone in his voice and, for the first time, I see something in his usually unwavering expression; a flicker of annoyance.
Souza stands up to leave, his eyes fixed on Al as he does so.
“I have made assurances to the society that you have agreed to lie low. I would appreciate your compliance.”
He nods to Al and me before making his way down the street.
Al watches him as he rounds the corner. With a single word, or even just a wave of his hand, Al could send someone after Souza, and the man’s life would have ended there. He’s certainly angry enough to give the order.
I’d never seen this rage in Al without somebody gettin’ hurt.
In the end Al said one word, perhaps the only word he truly heard as Souza was speaking. Although Souza said it in his usual bored tone, Al spat it out with scorn.
“Compliance.”
In that moment, I knew the end was near.
In the next few days, Al did what Souza recommended. He laid low, making his rounds across the city and conducting his business like we used to under Torrio. Every so often across the week, he’d have a meeting with a few of his enforcers, whispering a couple’a sentences to them hear and there.
Despite the calm way he was approaching his work, I knew it was only temporary. There was no way he was going to simply follow Souza’s orders. He was his own man. He was Al Capone. And Al Capone would do what Al Capone would do.
Eventually the day rolled around; February 14th 1929.
Ever since the meeting with Souza, Al had been slowly concocting his plan for revenge. A strike against the North Side Gang and Moran, that showcased the very essence of Al Capone to the world; efficient, devious and brutal. He sent some of our enforcers to a North Sider property, dressed up in police uniforms. Thinkin’ it was a raid, the North Side gang followed their orders; listened to the cops as they were told to line up against the wall.
Their compliance killed them. That was the stinger. It was almost as if the hit was a some kinda poem, written in blood on a garage wall, penned by Al for Mr Souza; “This is what compliance looks like.”
The two met only a few days later. As it turns out, it would be the final time they spoke.
“Your precious public is out for blood.” Souza passes a copy of the Daily News to Al. The headline reads “Massacre 7 Of Moran Gang”, a picture of the crime scene hangs below it and, below that, a picture of Al. “The local government is answering the call.”
Al puts the paper to the side without reading it.
“This ain’t gonna last.”
“Things rarely do.” Souza muses.
A moment passes between the two. As much as Al wants to brush this aside, both men know the damage that’s been done, to the city, to Al’s reputation and to their contract.
“The incident has helped me reach my conclusion.” Souza continues. “While the criminal mind is unique, and capable of… exceptional feats, it is too prone to impulsive, selfish and violent behaviour. I was wrong to believe it held a place amongst our ranks. I am afraid your application has been rescinded.”
Al knew this was coming, I know he’s wonderin’ whether he can afford to let Souza leave this place. In the end his response comes as a warning.
“If you even think of takin’ a shot at us Souza-”
“I can assure you, we have no interest in doing so. In fact, we will be withdrawing all influence from your operations immediately.”
Souza puts on his hat, and gives me one last look as he makes his way to the door. Then, he turns, and looks to Al.
“Good luck Mr Capone.”
“What does he mean by that?” Al looks over to me as soon as Souza has departed. “What do you think he means Kid?”
I could tell Al was disturbed by Souza’s parting words, by the unknown implication they held. It turns out, we would come to learn what he meant almost immediately.
In the wake of the hit on the North Side Gang, Al received a summons from the Chicago grand jury, who had suddenly made a great deal of headway with their investigation of his business. Not long after, rumours came from Washington, that a team of government accountants were combing through his personal finances.
As political pressure on the boss increased, I finally understood the true extent of the political protection Mr Souza had afforded Al. In its absence, investigations started to come out of the woodwork, exploiting every inconsistency in the boss’ books, looking for any opportunity to bring him to account.
On March 27th, a month and a half after Souza severed their contract, Al was arrested outside the Chicago courthouse. It didn’t stick at first, but the arrest achieved what the government wanted. It demonstrated that even the great Al Capone was beholden to the law.
Merely three years later, the great Al Capone, the greatest criminal mind the world had ever known, was stitching shoes in Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary.
How I avoided the same fate, I’ll never know. But I quickly realised there was nothing left for me in Chicago. With the blessing of Ricca, I left the city that same year.
Today is February 16th 1947, exactly 18 years since I last saw Mr Souza.
The best thing about having a good memory is you can start writing your journal at any time in your life. I’ve been writing this journal, and those before it, since the end of January, feverishly putting down every detail of my time with Al.
The boss died three weeks ago. Unlike so many I’d seen in our business, Colosimo, Frank, O’Banion to name a few, Al spent his final moments in his home, lying in his own bed, surrounded by family.
He hardly recognized me when I visited. In fact, I debated not visiting at all. I’d seen a lotta stuff over the years that I wish I could forget and the image of Al, wasting away on his deathbed, wasn’t something I wanted to carry with me for the rest of my life.
Standing in that room, as the man I once knew passed in and out of consciousness, I was surprised when he called me over. I felt my eyes well up as I stepped towards him, as he muttered something in a tone too weak for me to hear.
“Sorry boss?” I asked, holding back tears as I leaned closer.
Al whispered one word to me, before drifting out of his own mind once again.
“Souza.”
I left that night. I didn’t sleep a wink on the five hour red eye from Florida, thinking about Al’s final half-lucid words to me. It was spoken like a warning, a vague confession that only I would understand.
By the time the plane’s wheels hit tarmac again, I think I understood too well.
Al’s health had begun to deteriorate as soon as he went to prison. One of the symptoms, that stayed with him even as the pneumonia took his life, was early onset dementia. As much as he’d grown to hate Souza, Al had always respected the principle of Omerta, vowing never to divulge anything about the strange organisation that used to operate in the tunnels beneath Chicago.
However, as his sanity fell away, as that disciplined silence started to erode, there was no telling what he might have let slip.
I wondered about Souza, whether he could could afford the secrets Al knew getting out into the world. And I wondered about those final ailments, seemingly natural but occuring in such quick succession; the debilitating stroke, the sudden pneumonia and the cardiac arrest that ultimately took Al’s life, all happening within four days of one another.
Perhaps someday, years from now, Souza would grow to mistrust me. He’s knows what I have in my head, that I remember every word he’s ever spoken to me, the face of everyone who entered those tunnels.
If he really killed Al to protect that knowledge, if he’s willing to do the same to me, then I can’t afford for the things I’ve seen to be lost to history.
And, after 27 years, that brings us to today.
If you are reading this entry, and the journals that preceded it, then you now possess a full knowledge of my time in the Chicago Outfit, day by day, week by week, exactly as I witnessed them. I will never need this diary. For as long as I live I’ll never have a reason to read it, but I hope that, someday, others might get the chance.
At the height of Al’s power, no one would have dared challenge him. Now people are coming out of the woodwork with stories, gossip and entertaining lies. That’s something I’ve come to learn; that the secrets buried at an empire’s height are more likely to be uncovered in its ruins.
I can’t come forward against Souza now, but maybe I don’t have to. Maybe I just have to hide what I know, protect the secrets I hold, and give Souza’s empire the chance to fall.
I’m going to put these journals somewhere they may never be found, somewhere they will rest for as long as fate allows. I may not live to see them be uncovered but as long as they remain in their hiding place, the truth will be alive.
It’s the least I can do, for humanity, for truth, and ultimately for my friend, Al.
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2018.08.11 02:01 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 07/08/2018 ] Best Off SKYRANGER, Houghton Lake/ MI

On July 8, 2018, at 0643 eastern daylight time, a Best Off Skyranger experimental light-sport airplane, N4329R, made a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Houghton Lake State Airport (5Y2), Houghton, Michigan. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area personal flight that was departing at the time of the accident.
According to the pilot, he did not observe any anomalies with the airplane or its engine during his preflight inspection and the fuel tank contained about 12 gallons of automotive fuel before the flight. The pilot did not observe any anomalies during his before-takeoff engine runup. The pilot reported that the takeoff roll, rotation, and initial climb from runway 16 was uneventful; however, as the airplane climbed through 150 ft above ground level the engine speed rapidly decreased from 6,200 rpm to 4,700 rpm. He verified that the throttle was full forward, the ignition switch was selected to "Both", the fuel valve was open, and that there was available fuel in the tank. The pilot also turned on the electric fuel pump. Despite the pilot's corrective actions, the engine continued to operate at a decreased power setting and the airplane was unable to maintain altitude. The pilot reported that there were trees ahead of the airplane's flight path, so he made a turn into the wind and maneuvered to land on a nearby golf course fairway. The pilot stated that the airplane had insufficient altitude and airspeed to flare normally, which resulted in a hard landing on the fairway. The pilot sustained multiple spinal injuries during the hard landing.
A postaccident examination was completed by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness inspector with the Grand Rapids Flight Standards District Office. The FAA inspector reported that both wings and the empennage sustained substantial damage during the forced landing. The engine, a Rotax 582, serial number 5544720, did not exhibit any crankcase or cylinder fractures. No oil leaks were observed on the exterior engine components. The engine remained attached to the fuselage mounts and firewall; however, the mounts and firewall had buckled during impact. The three-blade propeller remained attached to the engine and exhibited blade damage consistent with rotation at impact. The firewall-mounted oil reservoir contained ample engine oil. Two spark plugs, one from each cylinder, were removed and exhibited normal wear signatures. The remaining two spark plugs were damaged during the accident and were not removed. Both carburetors had separated from their respective induction tubes during impact; however, both carburetor throttle arms remained attached to the control cable that was continuous to the cockpit throttle. A partial disassembly of both carburetors revealed ample automotive fuel in their respective bowls. No contamination was observed in the carburetor bowls or the fuel screens. The FAA inspector rotated the propeller by hand and confirmed mechanical continuity of the internal drivetrain components. The dual electronic ignition system appeared undamaged. The postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal engine operation during the flight.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20180719X93611 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: CEN18LA280
Event Date: 07/08/2018 Location: Houghton Lake, MI Country: United States
Latitude: 44.326111 Longitude: -84.788333 Airport Code: 5Y2
Airport Name: Houghton Lake State Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N4329R Make: Best Off
Model: SKYRANGER Amateur Built: Yes Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: 1 Total Minor Injuries: Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: TAKEOFF Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 08/09/2018
http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180719X93611
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2018.07.25 06:34 JamminJay1986 Results from the Reddit Wooden Coaster Poll!

So thanks to everyone that participated. As with most polls of this nature, the rides that have been more ridden will get more upvotes. I wish I had a 2nd button where people could just say if they have ridden it or not, and then figure out a "winning percentage" but I have no such luxury. So keep that in mind when looking at the results that the best rides at the most visited parks will get voted to the top. Just for reference, in the spring we had a little survey which included a "which parks have you been to" question, here are the top votes from that question - https://i.imgur.com/MHo6fZq.png.
Another note, Reddit itself fuzzes the numbers so keep that in mind if you want to look back at the voting thread and they don't match the numbers below.
Double thanks to everyone that left reviews, we won't be using all of them here, but all are definitely appreciated.
So we'll start with the worst and work our way down to #1.

186. Predator at Darien Lake, -5 points

185. Wild Beast at Canada's Wonderland, -4 points

Review from 101gabed -
This ride sucks. That is not an opinion.

T182. Hurler at Carowinds, -3 points

T182. Underground at Adventureland, -3 points

Review from Cheeze_ball -
This coaster is simply boring. It fails as both a dark ride, and coaster. Like, why does it even exist?

T182. Pegasus at Mt. Olympus, -3 points

T180. Grizzly at California's Great America, -2 points

Review from sawdummy -
Most uneventful rollercoaster in history it's not even so rough I can get mad at it.

T180. Zeus at Mt. Olympus, -2 points

T178. Coaster Express at Parque Warner Madrid, -1 points

T178. Monstre at La Ronde, -1 points

Review from CheesecakeMilitia -
This attraction, once one of the tallest coasters in the world, never actually uses its full height for a drop and maintains a rather dull speed for most of its layout. That turns out to be a blessing, because it's rough enough to have you begging for mercy any time it does pick up speed.

T173. Regina at Tobu Zoo Park, 0 points

T173. Great Desert-Rally at Happy Valley Chengdu, 0 points

T173. Bandit at Movie Park Germany, 0 points

T173. Ghoster Coaster at Canada's Wonderland, 0 points

T173. Coastersaurus at Legoland Florida, 0 points

Everything with only 1 point I assume either had zero riders or people that didn't feel strong about it in any way.

T151. Wild Mouse at Luna Park Sydney, 1 point

T151. Zipper Dipper at EsselWorld, 1 point

T151. Cyclone at Nicco Park, 1 point

T151. Jungle Trailblazer at Fantawild Dreamland Hunan, 1 point

T151. Jungle Trailblazer at Fantawild Dreamland Henan, 1 point

T151. Jungle Trailblazer at Oriental Heritage Wuhu, 1 point

T151. Jungle Trailblazer at Oriental Heritage Ningbo, 1 point

T151. Auto BergBahn at Wiener Prater, 1 point

T151. Falken at Fårup Sommerland, 1 point

T151. Thunderbird at PowerLand, 1 point

T151. Anaconda at Walygator Parc, 1 point

T151. Timber at Walibi Rhône-Alpes, 1 point

T151. Scenic Railway at Dreamland, 1 point

T151. Antelope at Gulliver's Warrington, 1 point

T151. Tyrolean Tubtwist at Joyland Children's Park, 1 point

T151. Roller Coaster at Upper Clements Park, 1 point

T151. Twister II at Elitch Gardens, 1 point

T151. Kiddy Coaster at Playland Park, 1 point

T151. Wildcat at Frontier City, 1 point

T151. Teddy Bear at Stricker's Grove, 1 point

T151. Montaña Rusa at La Feria Chapultepec Magico, 1 point

Review by JamminJay1986
My only rides on this were in 2013, but it was by far the most painful coaster I've ever been on. The bottom of every drop just compressed my spine into a pancake. The hills provided some slight airtime though, not that you could notice through the pain.

T150. Cheetah at Wild Adventures, 1 point

T129. Montezum at Hopi Hari, 2 points

T129. Animal Coaster at Jawa Timur Park 2, 2 points

Review by spacemtfan
Just rode this gem and its a top 10 wooden coaster for me. Very smooth, neqrly untrimmed and just an incredible experience.

T129. Crazy Car Coaster at Wisata Bahari Lamongan, 2 points

Review by spacemtfan
Little weaker than Animal Coaster, but smoother. Sadly, you're only allowed one ride on it per wristband.

T129. Elf at Hirakata Park, 2 points

T129. Jungle Trailblazer at Oriental Heritage Shandong, 2 points

T129. Jungle Trailblazer at Oriental Heritage Fujian, 2 points

T129. Dauling Dragon at Happy Valley Wuhan, 2 points

T129. Wooden Coaster-Fireball at Happy Valley Shanghai, 2 points

T129. Jungle Dragon at Happy Valley Yubei, 2 points

T129. Hochschaubahn at Weiner Prater, 2 points

T129. Loup-Garou at Walibi Belgium, 2 points

T129. Rutschebanen at Bakken, 2 points

T129. Vuoristorata at Linnanmäki, 2 points

T129. Mammut at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, 2 points

T129. Robin Hood at Walibi Holland, 2 points

T129. Roller Coaster at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, 2 points

T129. Cannonball Run at Waterville USA, 2 points

T129. Cannon Ball at Lake Winnepesaukah, 2 points

T129. Dragon Coaster at Playland Park, 2 points

T129. Hawnted House at Camden Park, 2 points

T129. Lil' Dipper at Camden Park, 2 points

T129. Mighty Canadian Minebuster at Canada's Wonderland, 2 points

T110. Meteor at Little Amerricka, 3 points

T110. Timberhawk: Ride of Prey at Wild Waves, 3 points

T110. Classic Coaster at Washington State Fair, 3 points

T110. Hell Cat at Clementon Park, 3 points

T110. Cheetah at Wild Adventures, 3 points

T110. Arkansas Twister at Magic Springs, 3 points

Review from Imaginos64
The star of the park, however, is Arkansas Twister. I’m not even sure why I liked this woodie so much. It’s a simple out and back, nothing special, and it’s actually awe inspiring how terribly it tracks; this is especially noticeable on the turn around when every car on the train is moving in a different direction. There’s also one particularly rough spot after the turn around and an odd hill towards the end that seems like it should deliver airtime but instead the train just awkwardly pauses at the top. Despite that, I love this stupid coaster. There’s something simply endearing about it and its flaws aren’t severe enough to be a turn off, instead giving it an odd sense of personality, and I happily re-rode it many times.

T110. Blue Flyer at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 3 points

T110. Thundercoaster at TusenFryd, 3 points

T110. El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn, 3 points

T110. Wood Express at Parc Saint Paul, 3 points

T110. Fjord Flying Dragon at Happy Valley, 3 points

T110. Jupiter at Kijima Kogen, 3 points

T110. Scenic Railway at Luna Park Melbourne, 3 points

T110. Devil's Den at Conneaut Lake Park, 3 points

T110. Big Dipper at Camden Park, 3 points

Review by CheesecakeMilitia
This ride looks like it's falling apart (my seat cushion slid forward during the trim brake), but man is it smooth and true to that "living on the edge" dangerous fun that we so often associate with coasters but find difficulty experiencing after riding Fury 325 eighty times.

T110. Wolverine Wildcat at Michigan's Adventure, 3 points

T110. Zach's Zoomer at Michigan's Adventure, 3 points

T110. Outlaw at Adventureland, 3 points

Review by TheGerd44
Best woodie at Adventureland. It isn’t as big as tornado, but this one doesn’t injure you.

T110. Tomahawk at PortAventura, 3 points

T104. Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun, 4 points

Review at CookieSwagster
This thing is ridiculous, the first half is gorgeous but the second half of the ride just physically hurts, I hope I get to ride it again after the work is fully done.

T104. High Roller at Valleyfair!, 4 points

T104. Python in Bamboo Forest at Nanchang Wanda Theme Park, 4 points

T104. Cyclops at Mt. Olympus, 4 points

Review by Jaws_16
Who in the world would vote for this? It literally throws you onto the side of the trains the entire ride. Out of all the rides at mount Olympus this is by far the roughest and that's really saying something cause the coasters at this park are rougher than my grades come out looking.

T104. Heidi The Ride at Plopsaland De Panne, 4 points

T104. Wildcat at Lake Compounce, 4 points

Review by BimboTheJimbo
I love Lake Compounce but this ride was very rough and wasn’t thrilling

T92. Roar-O-Saurus at Story Land, 5 points

Review by JamminJay1986
This little ride should be called Bucking Bronco because every hill has crazy abrupt airtime. Definitely my favorite of the smaller Gravity Group coasters that I've been on thus far.

T92. Thunder Run at Kentucky Kingdom, 5 points

T92. Thunderhawk at Dorney Park, 5 points

T92. New Mexico Rattler at Cliff's Amusement Park, 5 points

T92. Tornado at Adventureland, 5 points

T92. Legend at Arnolds Park, 5 points

Review by JamminJay1986
The retracking by GCI did wonders for this ride, it's probably by far the smoothest coaster I've ever been on and has tons of floater airtime throughout. Definitely worth the multi-hour drive through the middle of nowhere to get here!

T92. Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Asterix, 5 points

T92. Woodstock Express at Carowinds, 5 points

T92. Cyclone at Lakeside, 5 points

Review by ThiefofToms
The station is absolutely stunning. The fixed lap bars are a blast from the past. Maybe not the best, but very worth it.

T92. Twister at Gröna Lund, 5 points

Review by z_o_o_m
The entire layout of this pier is crazy, and Gravity Group really nailed the construction of this ride, adding to the saturation of this already dense ride area. Plenty of pops of airtime and headchoppers galore, this ride is an experience unlike any other. Pretty location, too.

T92. Wood Coaster at Knight Valley, 5 points

Review by BinaryStrigoi
The ultimate terrain coaster. Literally built on a mountain. So glad I got to ride this during opening year.

T92. Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze, 5 points

Review by cbarge
Riding this thing is like riding a soda fountain or something, it seems stuck out of time. For the uninitiated, it burned down in 1923 and was rebuilt shortly thereafter, so even the rebuilt version is one of the oldest remaining wooden coasters. As of my last visit maybe ten years ago, the station brakes still operated with hand levers. The ride experience, as I recall, is a surprisingly smooth out-and-back, and especially so considering the hand-built nature of the ride and its impressive age. My favorite part as a kid was always the tunnel toward the end, and my uncle's attempts to scare the children seated around him by telling him that his restraints had come undone.

T87. Rollo Coaster at Idlewild & SoakZone, 6 points

T87. Silver Comet at Fantasy Island, 6 points

T87. Tornado at Stricker's Grove, 6 points

T87. Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park, 6 points

Review by Jcs290
The little things make this a kickass ride. The skunk tunnel. The flat not-a-trick-track track between the first two hills. The rebuilt turnaround. The funky s-turn coming out of the turnaround. The NAD trains. The old school lighted map in the station. The manual brakes. The hidden layout through the woods.
The whole point for this park to stay open and exist is to keep the Streak operating for another 80 years.

T87. Hoosier Hurricane at Indiana Beach, 6 points

Review by AirbossYT
Hoosier Hurricane was incredibly rough. It had the up-and-down shaking that gives you a headache. While the view of the park and river is pretty decent, the ride itself was awfully painful.

T81. Timber Terror at Silverwood, 7 points

T81. Cú Chulainn at Tayto Park, 7 points

T81. Sea Dragon at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 7 points

T81. Megafobia at Oakwood Theme Park, 7 points

T81. Rutschebanen at Tivoli Gardens, 7 points

T81. Little Dippper at Six Flags Great America, 7 points

T74. Stampida at PortAventura Park, 8 points

T74. Woodstock Express at Kings Dominion, 8 points

T74. Woodstock Express at Kings Island, 8 points

T74. Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom Amusement Park, 8 points

T74. Nickelodeon Streak at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 8 points

T74. Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend, 8 points

T74. Rampage at Alabama Splash Adventure, 8 points

T72. Coaster at Playland, 9 points

T72. Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Over Georgia, 9 points

T63. Kingdom Coaster at Dutch Wonderland, 10 points

Review by JamminJay1986
The first CCI really showed what they were capable of as a company in their very first design. Kingdom Coaster has tons of airtime, laterals, and a wonky layout on a simple "family" ride.

T63. Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park, 10 points

Review by Philmon11
Airtime through the entire ride, and the most insane ejector I’ve ever felt to this day.

T63. Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain at Indiana Beach, 10 points

T63. Tremors at Silverwood, 10 points

T63. Joris en de Draak at Efteling, 10 points

T63. T Express at Everland, 10 points

Review by MrBrightside711
Rooting for you!! This coaster is worth going to South Korea for. The never ending airtime machine. The baby of El Toro and Balder <3

T63. Comet at Waldameer, 10 points

T63. Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 10 points

T63. Balder at Liseberg, 10 points

T58. Judge Roy Scream at Six Flags Over Texas, 11 points

T58. Excalibur at Funtown Splashtown USA, 11 points

Review by JamminJay1986
Excalibur has it all. Ejector airtime, floater airtime, laterals, laterals and airtime at the same time, literally everything wrapped up nicely in this tight little package at a tiny park in Maine. At any other park it would be 30 places higher.

T58. Roar at Six Flags America, 11 points

Review by JamminJay1986
The oldest GCI with it's original trains, Roar is still a treat. It's full on twister with very little airtime to be found, but that's okay, since the entire ride is fast and furious from start to finish. I love this ride for what it is, but it's strange to look at and see what kind of company GCI has become in the 20 years since.

T58. Troy at Toverland, 11 points

T58. Boardwalk Bullet at Kemah Boardwalk, 11 points

Review by fedoraman59
This is one of the most intense wooden coasters I've done. The trackwork has helped it stay smooth, even if it is still quite rough. Its not rough in a bad way though, as it throws you around a lot with the quick transitions. Fantastic ride for sure.

T56. Roller Coaster at Lagoon, 12 points

Review by JamminJay1986
So GCI did a lot of trackwork on this old John Miller coaster, but they also replaced the trains with Millennium Flyers as well. The result is you have a coaster that doesn't know what it wants to be. The layout screams floater airtime, but the trains scream twister. These two things don't match and you get an unfortunate lackluster ride that shows it.

T56. Switchback at ZDT's Amusement Park, 12 points

Review by fedoraman59
Such a unique ride, with some great airtime and cool elements. Its my first introduction to the mini wood coaster concept, and it delivered pretty well.

55. Yankee Cannonball at Canobie Lake Park, 13 points

Review from Imaginos64
I may be biased as I was lucky enough to claim this classic as my first wooden coaster but Yankee Cannonball is a true gem in the coaster world, illustrating the amazing power of respecting the classics. Canobie Lake Park takes amazing care of this old PTC and their efforts pay off; Cannonball is glass smooth, beloved by all who visit, and by far the highlight of the park. It may just be a simple out and back but it warms my heart to see it preserved so well and held in such high regard when so many other classic woodies are not fortunate enough to get the same treatment. The ride itself is fun for all ages and I don't think I've ever seen someone get off without a smile on their face.

T53. Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 14 points

T53. Thunderbolt at Six Flags New England, 14 points

52. Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement Park, 15 points

Review by cool_beans7652
The little brother of mystic timbers and el Toro has really strong airtime, and lots of fun turns. Has the momentum of Mystic timbers in a smaller footprint. Great ride. In a park with free admission and the second oldest still operating steel roller coaster. Go out and ride it if your in the area

51. Cornball Express at Indiana Beach, 16 points

Review by AirbossYT
Cornball Express is awesome. The whole layout, including the station, is situated above the boardwalk, giving you amazing views both on and off of the ride. The ride itself is fantastic, loads of sustained floater everywhere.

50. Boss at Six Flags St. Louis, 19 points

Review by JamminJay1986
Full disclosure, I have not ridden Boss this year, but I did ride it a few times last year. I adore Boss, it's got such a strange and different layout, and such a level of intensity and out of control feeling that is completely off the charts and unexpected. It's not about airtime like most wooden coasters, it's just about doing everything BIG, with 4 giant hills to start the ride. With a fully retracked layout and new trains, this would be a top 10 ride no question.

T48. Wodan Timber Coaster at Europa Park, 20 points

T48. Coney Island Cyclone at Luna Park, 20 points

Review by JamminJay1986
The GCI retracking job did wonders for this ride. Before it was so unbearably rough and aggressive, but now its smooth, fast, but still maintains the aggressive portions. A must-ride coaster before due to it's history alone, is now a must ride due to the experience as well.

T44. Wildfire at Kolmården, 21 points

Review by (who else?) Thrill_Monster
Awesome setting, speed, airtime, laterals, and one of the best drops in the world. Butter smooth too. Better than El Toro, better than The Voyage, better than Lightning Rod.

T44. Great White at Morey's Piers, 21 points

Review by -HUSH-
Definitely one of the coolest drop tunnels as it sends you below the pier. Memorable for its unique location and views too.

T44. Giant Dipper at Belmont Park, 21 points

T44. Renegade at Valleyfair!, 21 points

Review by CheesecakeMilitia
This ride is king of the S-bends - even its first drop is an S-bend! It's also a definite candidate for the "GCI-est" of GCI's, with zero attempts at airtime, unrelenting low-to-the-ground speed, and nonstop laterals.

T42. Hades 360 at Mt. Olympus, 22 points

Review by lustigjh
Upvoted solely because I actually lost track of where up and down were supposed to be in the middle of the tunnel

T42. White Lightning at Fun Spot America Orlando, 22 points

Review by DaddyDebtless
Suprisingly good for being so small. Great airtime and layout. Extremely easy and fun to marathon.

T39. Wildcat at Hersheypark, 24 points

T39. Screamin' Eagle at Six Flags St. Louis, 24 points

Review by FrankWSFO
Such a classic that just hurls you forward. It really wasn't too bumpy and the beauty is something to be said for.

T39. American Thunder at Six Flags St. Louis, 24 points

Review by leegilley87
Best coaster wooden or steel at SFSTL, some of the best GCI airtime you’ll find anywhere.

38. Comet at Great Escape, 25 points

Review by mecca450
Double out and back. Great ejector air and floater air depending on where you sit. Fun laterals on the last turnaround. The pacing is pretty good.

T36. Flying Turns at Knoebels, 28 points

T36. Wild One at Six Flags America, 28 points

Review by GauntletVSLC
Fantastic classic out and back woodie. Has great airtime throughout, a nice whip off the turnaround in the back of the train, and one of the best finales of any wooden coaster!

T34. Mine Blower at Fun Spot America Kissimmee, 29 points

Review by sonimatic14
Relentless. Beautiful at night. Awesome first drop, awesome inversion, awesome overbanks, comfy trains, constant pacing, consistent airtime, compact layout.. recipe for a really kickass ride.

T34. Oscar's Wacky Taxi, 29 points

Review by quakduks
what an intense and excellent ride

33. Racer 75 at Kings Dominion, 30 points

Review by leegilley87
Love a good racing out and back woodie, and for being 43 years old, both sides are smooth as can be expected. It’s nothing mind blowing this day in age with rides like El Toro and Lightning Rod, but if all you want is a fun coaster , you really can’t beat classics like this.

32. Prowler at Worlds of Fun, 31 points

Review by JamminJay1986
The precursor to Mystic Timbers, Prowler has a fantastic out and back layout through the woods. It doesn't let up from the first drop with nonstop airtime and directional changes. There is one big airtime hill at the end that always catches me off guard with it's size. A night ride is a MUST if you ever make it out to Worlds of Fun.

31. Wicker Man at Alton Towers, 32 points

30. Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 33 points

29. Racer at Kennywood, 36 points

Review by MFORCE310
Best racing coaster in history? I think so. You decide.

28. Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure, 37 points

Review by JamminJay1986
A one note coaster, but that one note is absolutely incredible. An incredibly long coaster with just airtime hill after airtime hill. Every hill is as good as the last, until you hit that final awesome helix and into the brakes. Cedar Fair is putting a bit of work into it so it's smoother than it has been the past few years.

27. Racer at Kings Island, 38 points

Review by HeavyHitter406
Despite its age, this woodie definitely still packs a solid punch. Fun little drop (I recall I was almost standing up because I had given myself plenty of room under the lapbar, and the airtime was so strong — I was a little scared I would fall out!), and a solid racing experience. Fun laterals on the turnaround, but this section is also a negative because you’re so far away from the other train and don’t travel directly next to it on the way back. I also recall that not every hill on the return trip have any airtime. Overall, fun coaster that has far more positives than negatives

T25. Apocalypse the Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, 39 points

Review by LeeroyRocket
I wanted to like this one a lot more, but the trackwork ended up as terrible the two times I rode.
Maybe Magic Mountain will one day get bothered to maintain this ride.

T25. American Eagle at Six Flags Great America, 39 points

Review by HeavyHitter406
I’ve ridden this coaster forever as it’s at my home park, and have experienced almost every row on both sides. Pros: tall drop for a woodie, fantastic sense of speed on the way out, fun laterals in both helices. Cons: no matter where you sit, you will get very little airtime. It all starts with the drop, which gives zero airtime even in the back because of the profiling. It’s certainly steep enough to give air but it doesn’t. It’s basically how I imagine Goliath at MM feels: sliding down a ramp with no sensation of being pulled over. Then, some airtime on the outbound trip, and little if any on the way back. Again, this is endemic to basically all rows, even the back. Airtime isn’t necessary for a coaster to be good but when the majority of the layout is hills it’s pretty disappointing when you stay in your seat the entire time. Overall, it’s a good, but not great, wooden coaster

24. InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 43 points

T21. Raven at Holiday World, 45 points

Review by sonimatic14
Mini-Beast! I love all the drops, the quaint forest, the turn over the pond, and the fast and furious finale. My 3rd favorite woodie.

T21. Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce, 45 points

Review by BimboTheJimbo
I just love this ride and it’s scenery and thrill, and the air time hills are awesome

T21. Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, 45 points

Review by FrankWSFO
This rollercoaster is so important in that it pioneered more inventive wooden roller coaster design, leading to rides like Wildfire at Kolmarden and Lightning Rod at Dollywood. Although it may have been the first of RMC's ground-up rides and therefore what many would call the weakest, it packs a punch like nothing else I've been on. The drop seems to plummet forever, despite being only 162 feet, and it throws you around from side to side quickly, smoothly, and quite often. My favorite woodie in the world.

20. Grizzly at Kings Dominion, 46 points

Review by JamminJay1986
I've successfully memed a coaster into popularity! I love this coaster so much. The drop is fantastic, and the slow second turn is a nice break in pacing before the insanity of the rest of the layout. The tunnel will fuck you up if you're not ready for it and the second half of the layout has oodles of airtime. I hope it keeps thrilling for decades to come.

19. Viper at Six Flags Great America, 48 points

Review by HeavyHitter406
Along with American Eagle, Viper is another wooden coaster I’ve ridden many times over the years at my home park, in all of the rows (and backwards, too!). I share almost the same opinion of Viper as I do Eagle: good laterals, underwhelming airtime. I’m not sure if it’s because the ride has not aged well or not, but for the past several years when I have ridden Viper I have been distinctly disappointed by a lack of airtime where I remembered it before, namely on the first, third, fourth, and sixth hills. There is still good airtime on the second hill (part of the double-down) and the fifth hill. Though disappointing, Viper majorly redeems itself with outstanding laterals on the third and fourth turnarounds. For this reason, the ride is still very fun, but rather undhwerlming in sections where your mind expects to receive airtime and you remain in your seat instead.

18. Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer, 50 points

Review by elisej22
I love it. It's full of surprises and AMAZING airtime. A back row ride is something else.

17. Legend at Holiday World, 51 points

Review by sonimatic14
I love the theming! The station theming, the howl atop the lift. And the ride just gets better as it goes on. Fantastic first drop, great laterals as it dips and dives and curves with the terrain and between waterslides. That helix is something else, and the airtime at the end of the ride just left me breathless. My second favorite woodie!

T15. Gold Striker at California's Great America, 52 points

T15. Jack Rabbit at Kennywood, 52 points

Review by MFORCE310
All-time classic with a perfect double dip and stellar final drop.

14. Comet at Hersheypark, 55 points

Review by cardinalfan828
Lot of fun for a family coaster. It jumped off the tracks on every hill but wasnt rough. Great scenery going over the pond with views of Skyrush, Great Bear, and Superdooperlooper.

T12. Twister at Knoebels, 59 points

Review by Gunstar_Green
A surprisingly intense coaster (especially in wet weather) with fantastic lateral forces and a truly unique layout. Twister would probably be more well known if it didn't share a park with Phoenix.

T12. Thunderbolt at Kennywood, 59 points

11. Blue Streak at Cedar Point, 66 points

Review by HeavyHitter406
Before my trip to Cedar Point this year, I definitely would have upvoted this, but I received a pretty airtime-less ride this year whereas in the past year I was out of my seat on every hill. As such, I’m not sure if the coaster is not aging well or if I caught it on a bad day. Nevertheless, still a very fun and smooth woodie for its age, with a drop that’s very powerful for its size and gave surprising floater. If you get this on a good day, it is absolutely a very good wooden coaster.

10. Goliath at Six Flags Great America, 67 points

Review by AirbossYT
While Goliath is quite short, every element on it is awesome. The drop is one of the most intense drops I've experienced, the first turnaround is great for hangtime, the airtime hill is awesome, and the two inversions provide tons of hangtime. Of course, Goliath being at my home park, I wish it was longer, but for how long it is now, I think it's perfectly executed.

9. Ghostrider at Knott's Berry Farm, 73 points

Review by Imaginos64
I was excited to finally ride this last year, expecting it to be amazing after hearing all the hype, but I walked away feeling like it was good but not great. I appreciated the long layout with its CCI quirks but there wasn’t any incredible airtime or otherwise notable elements that elevated it above simply being “good”. It’s smooth, well themed, and a solid woodie for sure but certainly not in my top ten.

8. Thunderhead at Dollywood, 77 points

Review by z_o_o_m
I really have a thing for twister layouts. This one was probably my first favorite ride, and it's still up in my favorites today. The station fly-by is also a really neat part of the ride.
Review by fedoraman59
This is still my favorite GCI after first riding it in 2012. Great airtime, quick transitions, and relentless pace. One of GCIs masterpieces.

7. Voyage at Holiday World, 92 points

Review by Cheeze_ball
This coaster is insane. It's a relentless monster till the very end. Solid air on the way out, the best turnaround I've ever experienced, and the return trip is amazing; I love the triple down. This coaster lives up to its hype.
Review by MFORCE310
Obviously one of the very best. Killer speed the whole time somehow. Relentless layout. Can't say enough about it: 10/10.

6. Phoenix at Knoebels, 93 points

Review by CanobieCoaster
It's impossible not to be smiling when you hit the brake run on Phoenix. Every hill offers progressively stronger airtime and for a coaster this old, it runs impeccably smooth.
Review by Gunstar_Green
An iconic classic with a fantastic story of rebirth. Exceptionally well maintained, it's still thrilling riders over 70 years since it debuted as the Rocket in San Antonio. The airtime always leaves new riders stunned.

5. Lightning Rod at Dollywood, 100 points

Review by ChristopherJ2003
Most airtime I’ve ever gotten. This ride is simply phenomenal in every way. It’s smooth, the launch is great, gives tons of airtime, and all those crazy wave turns are awesome.
Review by CanobieCoaster
I had never ridden a coaster without a single moment of wasted track. And then I rode Lightning Rod. It's a non-stop, relentless airtime machine with a picturesque setting through the woods to boot.

4. Lightning Racer at Hersheypark, 114 points

Review by Gunstar_Green
It would still be great even if it were just a single coaster but the well designed ride interaction really ups the fun factor. One of my favorite rides at Hershey.
Review by dattmay
Such an underrated coaster (or coasters I guess). They got the dueling aspect so right with this ride and Hershey maintains it so well. A perennial favorite of mine even if the waterfall effect hasn't worked in well over a decade

3. Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, 117 points

Review by sonimatic14
Oh my. Fantastic theming is a great start, especially the shed! And the coaster just doesn't stop with the not too strong, not too weak airtime for the whole ride through a spooky forest over the rapids. Perfect pacing and butter smooth. I can just see the bio-luminescence and fireflies even though they aren't there. Awesome magical mystical coaster.
Review by spencer4991
It’s a great ride but tbh, the Shed was so lame that it kind of soured my experience a bit.

2. El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, 145 points

Review by Notorioushippo
Hands down the best wooden coaster I've been on, and one of the best coasters in general. This ride uses the sway of wooden supports to its advantage providing a fast, tight, and shockingly smooth ride. Anyone who finds themselves in Six Flags Great Adventure should ride this coaster. Don't be afraid to ride in the back either, you won't get whiplash.
Review by zberry7
Definitely my favorite wooden coaster to date. I guess I’m not so invested in the history of older wooden coasters, I just want a really good ride experience, and this ticks all my boxes.
Ejector time? Yes Amazing, tall drop? Yes Quick transitions? Yes Beautiful? Yes

1. Beast at Kings Island, 168 points

Review by HeavyHitter406
The Beast is a fantastic ride if what you are looking for in a roller coaster is a great sense of speed throughout and amazing terrain. On both accounts, you can’t get much better than the Beast. The slow second drop and the helix provide some great laterals, as well, which perfectly straddle the line between feeling out of control (in a good way) and being rough). The infamous night ride deserves the hype it receives and really cements this coaster as being far more than just a relic
Review by sonimatic14
Legendary. The speed, the forest, the length, the terror, the helix, the drops.. nothing else like it and it's just the best there is and ever will be in my mind.
Thanks again everyone who voted! A steel poll will be out in about a week!
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2018.07.02 22:59 goldvine_throwaway Konami Code

"Okay, bro, you look dead. Get a drink, get your ass back here, and carve out a little piece of real estate for yourself, if you can. We are doing forward lunges next,” shouted my trainer, Vera.
I hated my trainer, Vera.
I hated her short, pink, Instagrammable hair. I hated the huge tattoo of Rocky III villain, Soviet super-jock Ivan Drago, that dominated her left arm. I hated her voice and hated the way she yelled out orders with her hands on her hips like some kind of demented, super-buff Veruca Salt.
A couple of private sessions ago, Vera and I were still pretending to banter back and forth. I had requested training sessions from her specifically because I had developed an intense sexual crush on her from watching her around the gym. Now, drenched in sweat, knock kneed, and painfully aware of my doughy paunch, I just resented her, particularly her cloying insistence I be more assertive about “claiming my own space” on the gym floor.
“Maybe if I whip it out and piss all over one of these yuppies’ Adidas Ultraboost sneakers it will show them whose territory this is,” I muttered under my breath, hobbling over to the nearest fountain.
I’d just finished a set of burpees and my thighs and calves were quivering blobs of jelly. My hands felt gritty and numb from slamming repeatedly against the gym floor to get down in position. Before the burpees we had done a set of goblet squats that left my thighs in agony, and before *that* we had started off with two-handed dumbbell swings. My biceps and shoulders were shrieking at me. My breath was coming in raggedy, raspy bursts. I felt like I might puke. And god, I loathed lunges.
My gym was hip, sleek, cool. The walls were covered with floor to ceiling mirrors and all the cardio equipment came with television monitors and access to social media platforms so that the young tech professionals didn't need to need to neglect their Twitter timelines while they got their heart rates up, and there was row after row of weight machines and free weight stations and squat stations in the cavernous space. Twenty or thirty feet to my left, as I limped over to the fountain, several buff bros in bandanas and sloganed tee shirts were yelling encouragement to each other as they worked out on the enormous TRX station. “You got it bro, crank out four more for me!” yelled a swarthy, imposingly muscular man wearing a sleeveless tee shirt that said “Pain is Weakness Leaving Your Body” at his buddy, a trim but muscular dude with dark hair that was still moussed and styled as he did pull-ups.
I bent over and sucked down some lukewarm water from the fountain. The water tasted a little rusty--if you wanted the good stuff it started at 3.50 a bottle in the juice bar. I was hunched over awkwardly, and some water went down the wrong way and I had coughing spasms for what felt like a very long time. When I looked up, I saw this guy I’d heard some of the other dudes in the locker room call “Pusher” skulking in a shadowy corner between the fountain and yet another rack of kettlebells. Pusher was grinning at me.
Pusher was a white guy with close cropped, blond hair, and brilliant blue eyes a million blue miles deep.He was wearing an orange and blue Adidas tracksuit and a pair of pearl white on off-white Jordan 1 high tops, and he was staring at me with undisguised amusement.
I knew from locker room scuttlebutt that Pusher sold “supplements” of the grey and black market variety. My gym was full of vain, aging men with deep pockets, and so he made a mint selling high end steroids, designer nootropics, and HGH injection kits to 50 something lawyers trying to keep up with 20something third wives.
To my surprise, Pusher stepped toward me, smooth as silk,
and pushed a fat, black pill into my sweat-slick palm and gently but firmly pressed my fingers closed in a fist around it. “Take this,” he said with a grin. His voice was a rich baritone and his face was placid, amused--a cameo of cool guy-ness. Portrait of a drug pusher as prom king.
The pill felt slimy and warm against my hot flesh. I gingerly opened my fingers and looked down and saw spidery rivulets already running down my sweaty palm, as though the pill was beginning to dissolve right in my hand. At first the rivulets looked black, but the more i looked at them the more they looked shimmery, iridescent. The iridescence was hypnotizing, transfixing, and somehow making me feel a vertiginous and a little disoriented.
I had every intention of demurring on the pill, but then I looked him in the eyes again, and something i saw in them simply compelled me to scoop the pill into my mouth and wash it down hastily with all the water I could guzzle. It was the closest I had ever come to being on the wrong end of the ol’ “These are not the droids you’re looking for” trick. The taste was sickening--bitter and rancid like butter gone bad.
He winked at me. “In about a minute, your workout with Ivanka Drago over there is gonna get a lot more bearable. You’ll be doing handstand push-ups before you know it.”
I laughed outright, “Bro, I’ve never done a handstand in my life, let alone a handstand push up.”
In a blink, though, it occurred to me that that just a minute ago I had been gasping and wheezing but now my lungs felt full and strong. And my muscles, which had been tight and tremulous, now felt loose and replenished.
I felt powerful. I felt vast, as if, like the dead poet with a great beard once said, “I contain multitudes.” Everyone around me seemed to be moving in slow motion, but I was moving at double speed. The world was alive with colors, and I felt like every shadow wanted to tell me a secret.
My reverie was broken when Vera yelled over, “Okay dude enough pussyfooting around. Gimme some lunges!”
I looked at Pusher once more and even though his lips didn’t move it felt like I heard his voice in my head say “If you like this shit, dude, meet me at John Barleycorn after your workout. We should talk.”
My eyes must have gone agog because he looked at me and said, this time with his lips moving, “You heard me right. Go get ‘em, Tiger,” and then he winked and shuffled off.

“This shit is amazing. I can’t even believe how pumped I feel right now,” I was yelling across the table at Pusher. Even on a Wednesday night, John Barleycorn is crowded and loud.
I was so amped up that I was grasping the side of our table with whitening knuckles and clenching and unclenching my jaw compulsively. I’d blown through a set of lunges, and then, when I took my water break, I’d been so psyched that I’d tried to actually do a handstand push-up. I cranked out 15 of them effortlessly, strutted back over, and told Vera to hit me with her best shot. The next 20 minutes of training were brutal, and under normal circumstances the sets would have killed me, but the harder I worked the more psyched I felt.
Not only did I feel powerful and agile, but it felt like I could anticipate what was about to happen right before it happened. It felt like I could literally scan the brains of people around me, hear their thoughts. After the workout, Vera had asked me if I wanted to grab a drink or something, but I’d blown her off, telling her I had someplace important to be.
And of course, I did have someplace important to be. At that moment there was nothing more important to me than finding Pusher.
So we sat at a two person table on the bottom floor of John Barleycorn and sipped our drinks and I raved at him about how the pill made me feel--told him things he must have heard a million times by now as if they should have the full force of revelation for him that they did for me there and then, feeling these feelings for the first time. Pusher sat back coolly and looked at me. Our table was right beneath a shelf decorated by a huge model of a wooden schooner. Farther behind Pusher was a big decorative steering wheel from some kind of old boat and I imagined for a moment that I could create a yacht out of thin air, just with my thoughts, and use that wheel to steer it around Lincoln Park. I was out there, dude.
Luckily, a white knuckled white guy, sucking back a Stoli on the rocks and raving about how amped up he is doesn’t really stand out in a douche bro bar like John Barleycorn, where patrons are in and out of the bathrooms doing lines of Bolivian marching powder in semi-regular rotations like little clockwork coke fiends. The table next to us was occupied by three Chads and a Trixie, all in Vineyard Vines regalia, each slugging down a different microbrew beer. I used what now felt like Superman X-Ray vision to zero in on a pocket of white flecks beneath one of the men’s noses. I smirked at him, made a motion to him to wipe it off. He looked bewildered, cowed. He did as I had beckoned him to do.
Pusher looked over at them, winked at the girl in the bright blue Vineyard Vines whale logo tee shirt and the pink Cubs hat, and then did the trick again where he looked at me and seemed to beam a thought right into my head. “Be easy, man,” I heard him say although he was not actually talking, “Don’t act like too much of a clown. We wanna keep this shit low key for right now.”
My eyes went agog again. I patted the side of my head with the heel of my hand, like I was trying to clear my head after falling off a bicycle or something.
This time he actually talked, “It’s not in your imagination. I gave you some real good shit. We call it ‘Konami Code,’ and it is lit as fuck. I can hook you up again. I can even get you started making some real money by moving it yourself. But you can’t be a spaz and just start blabbing about this to everybody at the office tomorrow. Comprende?”
I did. I understood perfectly.

“You look a little stressed, buddy,” I said to Henderson, clasping my strong right hand on his stooped shoulder in an avuncular way. “Work getting to you?”
Henderson’s dark green polo was ludicrously wrinkled and hanging too loose on him. He had been overwhelmed with a project for the past month, and it was taking its toll. He clearly had been missing meals, and his shaggy brown hair and the big bags under his eyes told me he’d been neglecting sleep and basic self-care, too. It was what Pusher would call an opportunity for us to be “mutually beneficial,” since I could always use another customer and Henderson could sure a hell use a little KC in his system right now.
Six of my coworkers were buying from me regularly now, and the office was humming and throbbing with a kind of electric vitality. Because I controlled the Code, I was seen as the alpha in this souped-up monkey house; but I rarely used the drug myself, preferring to save it for special occasions.
In all candor, I didn’t care for some of the side-effects. Not only did Konami Code make me far more aggressive than I was comfortable with being, and not only did I wake up with king-hell hangovers after every use, but the pills also caused some bizarre side effects in the way I perceived reality. I would see anthropomorphic shadows at the blurry edges of my field of vision, and the shadows sometimes seemed to try to take experimental steps into being in my full line of sight (somehow I intuitively knew how to will my brain to banish them each time they did). Moreover, I was experiencing more and more frequent episodes of jamais vu--the sudden feeling that a mundane and familiar environment is alien and unfamiliar--by the 3rd and 4th times I dosed. The 5th time, when I had an episode of lost time and had to retrace my steps over the course of several hours based on the credit card receipts unceremoniously stuffed into the pants pocket of the suit I couldn’t actually remember buying, I decided Konami Code was going to be an occasional treat for me, at best.
Henderson looked at me with a plaintive look in his eyes. “I uh, I’ve been thinking about coming to see you.”
“Oh yeah?”
“Yeah,” he said, “I’ve heard you have something that might...help me.”
I winked at him. I put a fat black pill into his open palm and shut his fingers, just like Pusher had done for me.
“How much?” he asked, voice quivery.
“First time is free. After that, if you like it, we’ll talk. It’s reasonable. It’s a lifesaver. It’s….transcendent.”
“It’s a cheat code,” he said, smiling for what was probably the first time in weeks.
“You know it, bro. Take it fast, though. With plenty of water. Doesn’t taste great.”
A few hours later, I was standing in the lobby of the Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue with Pusher. Pusher was wearing a pair of orange Louis Vuitton slacks that looked baggy on him, and a white Burberry sweatshirt with an image of a huge black knight on a horse and wielding a lance on it. His black faced Movado museum watch was hanging loose on his arm, too, and overall Push looked pretty haggard.
“You okay man? You kinda look like shit,” I said.
“Thanks, bro. Appreciate it.”
“I’m concerned. I want my partner to be thriving,” I said, half-serious.
“Yeah. I’m halfass trying to kick, so I’m Jonesing a little bit is all. See, Supply is always hassling me to quit using. Says that when you kick the shit for a little while, once you’re at like the level I’m at, that’s when you start getting super strong. They call it “Transcending.” I call it “leveling up.”
“Of course you do,” I said with a laugh.
“Anyway, if he thinks I’m at least trying to kick he won’t give me as much grief.”
“What happens if you level up?”
Pusher shrugged sullenly. “Not sure. Not sure I wanna know. I guess you become part of Supply, but I have mixed feelings about that.”
“Why?”
“You’ll see when we meet him. I think it’s ‘Him,’ anyway.”
“Hey man, before we go down, I’ve been meaning to ask you. You’ve got this fucking god level product you’re moving. But you say I’m the only one at the gym you’ve hooked up so far, even though there are a lot of way richer dudes you’ve been dealing everything but the kitchen sink to for years. So how come you picked me?”
Pusher grinned. “You looked loyal. And you looked needy.”
“Gee, thanks.”
“I don’t mean you looked like a chump. You looked hungry. I wasn’t looking for someone to get hooked--that’d be easy to find. I can name 11 high net worth individuals I deal to just off the top of my head who would have become steady clients. But getting steady clients isn’t how you make money in the game. You find people who you think can move shit for you and you get them on your downline, working for you.”
I was nodding. I had been thinking about getting someone to start dealing for me too, although I’d have to go outside the office to do it. I had been thinking lately about how much our relationship reminded me of a pyramid scheme.
“I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you probably don’t even use that much. Unless you have a date with Ivanka Drago or something, right?”
I had started dating my trainer. To be more accurate, I had started fucking my trainer once or twice a week. And those were the only times I used anymore, and lately I’d used it less and less often for our rendezvous too, as it became less and less important to overwhelm her with my virulence and our scenarios became more comfortable.
I nodded again.
“But you’re needy-see you like being the center of attention at work, right? You like having what people need?”
“Exactly.”
“You’re exactly what I wanted. And you’ve probably been thinking about expanding your own operations too.” He motioned to an elevator and we strode across the seedy opulence of the lobby of the oldest standing grand hotel in Chicago side by side.
“Have you been reading my mind?”
“Sometimes,” he winked. “Another perk of overly decadent use is that psychic powers blink in and out, as you well know.”
A dowdy, pale woman, probably a tourist from Green Bay or someplace like that, overheard us as she walked past toward the concierge and scowled disapprovingly. She was wearing a white tee shirt with an American flag on it and a big cherry red MAGA hat. Pusher blinked at her twice, hard, and she tumbled right on her ass and got up, looking grumpy as a wet rat.
Pusher smirked.
The elevator stopped on the lobby and we got in. Pusher made sure we were alone, and then he quickly punched a sequence of floor numbers I couldn’t follow and then hit B for Basement three times.
“Oh great, the basement. I always knew you’d take me cool places.”
“Actually,” he said, “we are going down just a little bit farther.”

There was a terrible, mechanical noise--a grinding and a creaking and a humming--and then the elevator abruptly lurched neither up nor down but *backwards*, as though it were switching tracks.
“In many buildings built before 1930,” Pusher said, “the elevators can actually be programmed to go to a secret sub-basement level, if you know the code. The sub-basements were built specifically to accommodate the, uh, entities we are going down to re-up from. They’re very old, and very powerful, and although nobody is too sure exactly where they came from there’s pretty good reason to think they live in the center of the earth, which is actually hollow. Most of these sub basements are in very old cities like Philly and New York, but Chicago had a few. This, I hear, is the last easily accessible one in the whole goddamn city.”
“Jesus Christ, that is a whole lot to take in,” I said, as I felt us descend slowly.
“Yeah. Also, Supply is pretty ugly. So brace yourself.”
“What exactly does ‘pretty ugly’ mean?”
“It means brace yourself.”
The elevator ground its way all the way down, creaking and whining incessantly until it came to an abrupt halt so jarring I nearly lost my balance. The doors opened agonizingly slowly, and the scene I saw when my eyes adjusted to the much dimmer lighting had me wanting to jump back into the elevator and mash all the buttons until I was on my way back up. Pusher probably anticipated this response, because he pushed me semi-gently into the milieu, and I felt him say in my head “Be easy bro. Don’t spaz, it’s cool.”
The soi disant “sub basement” was actually a capacious cavern. The walls were rock, and savage looking stalagmites poked and protruded through the floor of the cave like the needles in Pinhead’s face, while equally nasty stalactites poked down from the ceiling.
I couldn’t tell where the greenish illumination in the cave was coming from, until it finally dawned on me that big gobs of greenish algae clumped on the cave walls were shedding their own light.
The most disturbing part by far, though, was the art adorning the walls.
As art, the cave paintings left a lot to be desired. They looked childish and furious--like the product of some demented delinquent with an eternity on his hands to throw an endless tantrum scribbling on his bedroom walls. But the effect they created chilled me to my bones. The artwork told tales and set scenes in crimson swoops and deep brown squiggles and blood black blobs and feverish yellow scratches. I couldn’t positively identify a single entity the artist or artists had been trying to depict, but I could piece together stories. Stories about huge, slimy, tentacled abominations wrapping their tentacles around helpless animals and eating them slowly. Stories about huge centipede-like insects being worshipped by anthropomorphic figures--one scene clearly showed three manlike things feeding a fourth hogtied cohort directly into the mandibles of a wriggling black bug. At the center of the largest unbroken wall directly in front of me, I saw the largest single image I could make out: the scene depicted a gargantuan, elongated, segmented insect that looked like a centipede or a millipede with a nauseatingly oversized stinger attached to its ass segment; and this creature had a whole human shaped critter in its mouth, head first, feet sticking out, being digested alive.
I felt sick and dizzy and wanted to sit down.
Pusher, who had obviously been down here enough to be immune to the vertiginous and disorienting effects of the green glow and deranged drawings, nodded toward a metal door in a far wall that I would have never even noticed. “That’s where Supply lives. I will go in, make sure it’s cool if you come in too, and then uh, just try to keep calm.”
“Fuck a duck,” I muttered.
“It’s a lot to take in,” Pusher said. He walked toward the door and knocked three times. The door swung open and then slammed shut the moment he was through, and thus my view of whatever was on the other side of the door was most mercifully occluded.
I was drenched in a cold sweat. My mouth felt like I was chewing on cotton and I had that battery acid taste of adrenal glands going apeshit in my mouth. The last thing in the world I wanted was to go into that room and see whatever it was that kept the supply chain moving along. I just wanted to go home and forget about all of this. I found a clear and fairly clean spot on the floor and sat down and shut my eyes and tried, with no success, to do some half-assed breathing exercises a childhood shrink had taught me to try to ward off panic.
Though I couldn’t see what was going on behind the metal door, I could hear plenty. I heard grotesque, sucking noises and sloshing noises and I heard what sounded like an argument in a language I couldn’t place. Pusher obviously did not speak the language very well either, based on how garbled and halting his end of the conversation was. Supply was fluent, and sounded furious. Supply’s voice sounded, more than anything, like the chirp of locusts in a dry season, interspersed with a high wild warbling like a cricket chirp turned up to 110 decibels.
At last both Pusher and Supply were silent for a long long time and then I heard Supply say, in a voice that sounded like cicada calls strung into syllables “New Pusher. Wait outside. You are not prepared to meet Supply.”
It froze my blood.
“Thank God,” I said through gritted teeth.

When Pusher came out, he looked pallid and shaky. He was sweating a little, and his eyes looked far off and haunted. He did not have a package with him.
“Jesus, dude. You okay?” I asked. I did not ask “Where’s the product,” although that was a major concern for me. I had hungry junky larvae to feed, back at the office after all.
He rubbed his short hair and winced. “Supply is cutting me off.”
I stared at him, confused and concerned.
He said, “Supply says it is high time for me to step up to become Supply, to level up; and it’s time for you to move up as a pusher. For you that’s hunky dory, you’re already ready, but for me that means I need to….detox.”
“So what happens to you when you detox? And where do I get Code to move?”
He swallowed hard. “Detox sucks. I tried it once and it broke me. But nobody gets anything until I, as that cockscuking centipede thing in there says, ‘Transcend.’ “
Pusher winced violently and his entire body spasmed. I got the distinct impression his buddy Supply was an expert mind reader and probably didn’t appreciate being called a cocksucker.
I sighed. I thought things over. I wasn’t happy, but Pusher was, more or less, my friend. I said, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”
“Yeah. There’s a lot you’re going to have to do to help me. I’m going to need you to come in and check up on me basically daily because I am going to get seriously sick.”
I grimaced. “How long is this going to take?”
“Fuck if I know. It takes as long as it takes.”

The last time I saw Pusher, at least the Pusher I had always known, I knew he was going to be in rough shape. After work, I swung by his penthouse and brought some wonton soup and some goldfish crackers, since those were two things he could sometimes keep down at this point.
Pusher buzzed me up wordlessly when I rang, and when the elevator doors opened onto his atrium I could see the place was trashed. The subway sized poster from a Sex Pistols show from 1977 was on the ground, face up, the glass on the frame smashed and the tip of a green and blue plaid umbrella stuck right into Johnny Rotten’s ugly, leering mug. Sconces dangled from the walls, wiring exposed. Tables and chairs were overturned and ripped to shreds. I wrinkled my nose, certain I could smell the tang of drying piss, like Pusher had been peeing in the corners of the room, perhaps marking his territory. I tried to convince myself it was only my imagination that the shadows seemed to be moving wrong.
Worst of all, the walls were covered with those same kinds of crude but starkly terrifying drawings I’d seen in the cavern beneath the Drake hotel.
Unlike the chaotic and scattershot paintings on the cavern walls, though, Pusher’s had a unified theme. A series of five large images painted in red and black and yellow flourishes on the previously immaculate white walls showed some kind of hideous insect creature slowly transforming into something recognizably human. It seemed like Pusher was trying to deal, artistically, with the agony and anguish of his detox, and that he was determined to have a happy ending.
It was this narrative that he had painted on his walls, more than anything else, that convinced me to stay even though warning bells in my head were going off like hey-go-mad. If Pusher could see light at the end of the tunnel, if he was working toward some kind of redemption, then I owed it to him to feed him some fucking soup and clean up a little while he struggled.
The lighting was somehow all wrong in the atrium, and as I walked down the hallway toward Pusher’s bedroom door, where I could hear something pacing and shambling around, the shadows I cast looked all wrong--long where they should be short, spiky where they should be round. Through some trick of the lighting, halfway down the hallway the shadow on the wall suddenly seemed to lunge at me and I threw myself breathless against the opposite wall, literally afraid of my own shadow. I dropped the bag with the soup and the crackers in it, but nothing spilled. I resolved to just check up on my friend and do my best to get him to eat a little something and then get out again.
The hallway, too, was completely trashed. The floor was littered with empty and half full bottles of Fiji Water and crushed tangerine Lacroix cans and Frito Lays and ghost pepper Doritos wrappers and the walls were smeared with something brown and crusty and I tripped over one of Pusher’s white on white Jordan 1 sneakers right in front of his bedroom door.
I started to knock on the door and stopped short. I was sure Pusher was in the room, and fairly sure he was alone, but I heard so much shambling and rumbling that I was suddenly loath to disturb him. It sounded like furniture was being moved around, like drawers were being opened and closed. I could hear what sounded like whispers, but I couldn’t make out any of the words.
Finally, I took a deep breath and felt sheepish. I’d come all this way, was I going to turn around now just because my friend was rifling through his drawers for clean underwear, or moving his bedroom furniture around?
I knocked. No answer, so I knocked again. This time I heard rapid, furtive whispering and then a voice that sounded like Pusher’s say, “Yeah who is it?”
“How many visitors do you get these days dude?” I said. “I have wonton soup and some crackers. Thought you might be, uh, hungry.”
“Okay bro. It’s unlocked,” said Pusher in a kind of sing-song voice. I felt a little uneasy, but was also inclined to cut him some slack since he had clearly been going through hell lately.
I pushed the door open and walked in. The room was very dark. Pusher had put in blackout curtains and the only illumination was a small Japanese lantern on the floor near Pusher’s bed. Pusher himself was slumped against the wall, on the floor next to the bed and sweating profusely.
“You look like shit,” I said.
“I feel it too dude. Come on in though. I think the worst is over.”
“I hope so,” I said. “You don’t look like you have too much left in you.”
Pusher was shirtless, dressed only in a pair of green Puma track pants with a white stripe. He had lost so much weight recently that his chest had sunken in, but his belly protruded in a round, nasty bump that made him look pregnant. I thought of cracking a joke about it, and thought better of it.
“So what’d you bring me?”
“Like I said, some wonton soup from Sun Lao down the street and some goldfish crackers. Nothing too exotic.”
Pusher grinned at me in a way that froze my blood. I remembered he was in the process of “transcending,” whatever that meant. If it meant wasting away until he was nearly disincarnated, I guessed he was doing a fine job of ascending. I reminded myself of his drawings in the other room, reminded myself he was a tough guy trying to hang on and move up in the world, and I reminded myself that I might have to go through something similar someday if I wanted to keep pushing the KC.
So instead of turning tail and running I moved toward him to offer him the bag.
“That’s right, come close. All the better to see you,” he said and I noticed how his eyes were buggy, and I clocked the purple pouches that had grown so pronounced underneath them they looked like bruises.
“You sleeping at all Push?”
“The Transcendent Mind sheds the need for sleep,” he said.
“Okay but it looks like your mind could probably still use it,” I said with a chuckle.
That was when I heard a wet, tearing sound like something ripping through a wet bag. I froze, dropped the bag, and tried to place the sound.
I smelled something foul and noticed a black, ichorous pool rapidly forming around Pusher, spreading out from under his ass. At first, I thought he had shat his pants, but then I saw two spiny, chitinous stalks protruding from his back and wiggling around in the air like a magician’s fingers going “ABRACADABRA.” I felt violently ill and the blood rushed to my head and I staggered backward.
Pusher’s face began to contort. At first it looked like two balloons, one on each cheek, being blown up on his face as his skin pullulated, stretched to the breaking point, and then I heard him starting to dry heave and saw his mouth open and close frantically, his throat bulging out like he was trying to scream but unable to make a sound.
I took another step backward and fell on my ass right next to the door.
Things happened pretty fast after that. Pusher’s cheeks broke open with that same sick, wet, ripping noise and two enormous mandibles protruded and began to clack hungrily. At the same time, I heard his jaw break and an entire head rocketed out from his unhinged jaw like a snake unhinging its jaw to swallow a water buffalo, but played in reverse.
It was then and there that I had a surprisingly detached, serene realization: The pictures I thought showed Pusher reining some beast in and transcending the process to become human again really should have been read from right to left. It all made so much sense that I had to laugh.
Now Pusher’s body was being ripped and torn to shreds as a grotesque insect exploded out from his human form, rendering his old flesh a travesty of muscle and tissue and fat. The walls were splattered with gleaming viscera and I looked around with a kind of lunatic wonder at my old friend’s organs now scattered carelessly on the floor. Most of his old head had landed near my feet, while I think part of a lung had flown all the way over to the door leading to his master bathroom. Either his liver or spleen had exploded leaving a trail of fetid black fluid on the floor.
I willed myself to look beyond the ravages of my friend’s obliterated flesh and blood and saw something so hideous I couldn’t even process it completely. From some angles the thing in front of my looked like a giant cricket because of its giant hind legs, which it was rubbing together to make an agonizingly loud and high pitched trilling noise that brought tears to my eyes. Most of its body looked like a huge millipede or centipede, with thousands of bristly little legs wiggling in all directions. But the head resembled nothing so much as the head of an earwig magnified hundreds of times. The eyes, though, the eyes were all Push--still a million blue miles deep, although now attached to stalks and roving wildly both directions at once.
I felt such fear and revulsion that I wished I’d had a little Konami Code on me. It might have given me the wherewithal to fight this abomination that had killed my friend, and get Pusher some kind of justice. But on the other hand, what if Pusher was still alive down there, somewhere?
I realized the thing was still a little dazed from the trauma of its violent emergence, transcendence, and that it was still trying to get its bearings. I lunged for the door and got it open, just in time to feel one of its tendril like legs lash against the back of my left calf which immediately froze up, swole, lost all feeling.
I staggered against the door, flung it open, and threw myself outside into the hallway, shutting the door behind me. It was a struggle to get to my feet, and it was with an overwhelming sense of relief I realized the big bug that had once been my best friend wasn’t dexterous enough yet to be able to use a doorknob with its skittering legs and front pincers.
Soaked head to foot in a cold sweat I hopped on one foot down the hallway, to the elevator in the foyer, and mashed buttons desperately until the elevator came. I heard furious, cacophonous banging and chirping and shrieking (I thought it must take time for the creatures to learn to approximate human speech) but then, just as the elevator “dinged” I heard one last furious, futile crash against the door and a loud but tremulous shriek in a high wild hum that sounded almost human, almost like Push, “Hey buddy, why don’t you get your ass back here so I can teach you how Transcendence really feels?””
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2018.07.02 18:44 goldvine_throwaway Konami Code

"Okay, bro, you look dead. Get a drink, get your ass back here, and carve out a little piece of real estate for yourself, if you can. We are doing forward lunges next,” shouted my trainer, Vera.
I hated my trainer, Vera.
I hated her short, pink, Instagrammable hair. I hated the huge tattoo of Rocky III villain, Soviet super-jock Ivan Drago, that dominated her left arm. I hated her voice and hated the way she yelled out orders with her hands on her hips like some kind of demented, super-buff Veruca Salt.
A couple of private sessions ago, Vera and I were still pretending to banter back and forth. I had requested training sessions from her specifically because I had developed an intense sexual crush on her from watching her around the gym. Now, drenched in sweat, knock kneed, and painfully aware of my doughy paunch, I just resented her, particularly her cloying insistence I be more assertive about “claiming my own space” on the gym floor.
“Maybe if I whip it out and piss all over one of these yuppies’ Adidas Ultraboost sneakers it will show them whose territory this is,” I muttered under my breath, hobbling over to the nearest fountain.
I’d just finished a set of burpees and my thighs and calves were quivering blobs of jelly. My hands felt gritty and numb from slamming repeatedly against the gym floor to get down in position. Before the burpees we had done a set of goblet squats that left my thighs in agony, and before *that* we had started off with two-handed dumbbell swings. My biceps and shoulders were shrieking at me. My breath was coming in raggedy, raspy bursts. I felt like I might puke. And god, I loathed lunges.
My gym was hip, sleek, cool. The walls were covered with floor to ceiling mirrors and all the cardio equipment came with television monitors and access to social media platforms so that the young tech professionals didn't need to need to neglect their Twitter timelines while they got their heart rates up, and there was row after row of weight machines and free weight stations and squat stations in the cavernous space. Twenty or thirty feet to my left, as I limped over to the fountain, several buff bros in bandanas and sloganed tee shirts were yelling encouragement to each other as they worked out on the enormous TRX station. “You got it bro, crank out four more for me!” yelled a swarthy, imposingly muscular man wearing a sleeveless tee shirt that said “Pain is Weakness Leaving Your Body” at his buddy, a trim but muscular dude with dark hair that was still moussed and styled as he did pull-ups.
I bent over and sucked down some lukewarm water from the fountain. The water tasted a little rusty--if you wanted the good stuff it started at 3.50 a bottle in the juice bar. I was hunched over awkwardly, and some water went down the wrong way and I had coughing spasms for what felt like a very long time. When I looked up, I saw this guy I’d heard some of the other dudes in the locker room call “Pusher” skulking in a shadowy corner between the fountain and yet another rack of kettlebells. Pusher was grinning at me.
Pusher was a white guy with close cropped, blond hair, and brilliant blue eyes a million blue miles deep.He was wearing an orange and blue Adidas tracksuit and a pair of pearl white on off-white Jordan 1 high tops, and he was staring at me with undisguised amusement.
I knew from locker room scuttlebutt that Pusher sold “supplements” of the grey and black market variety. My gym was full of vain, aging men with deep pockets, and so he made a mint selling high end steroids, designer nootropics, and HGH injection kits to 50 something lawyers trying to keep up with 20something third wives.
To my surprise, Pusher stepped toward me, smooth as silk,
and pushed a fat, black pill into my sweat-slick palm and gently but firmly pressed my fingers closed in a fist around it. “Take this,” he said with a grin. His voice was a rich baritone and his face was placid, amused--a cameo of cool guy-ness. Portrait of a drug pusher as prom king.
The pill felt slimy and warm against my hot flesh. I gingerly opened my fingers and looked down and saw spidery rivulets already running down my sweaty palm, as though the pill was beginning to dissolve right in my hand. At first the rivulets looked black, but the more i looked at them the more they looked shimmery, iridescent. The iridescence was hypnotizing, transfixing, and somehow making me feel a vertiginous and a little disoriented.
I had every intention of demurring on the pill, but then I looked him in the eyes again, and something i saw in them simply compelled me to scoop the pill into my mouth and wash it down hastily with all the water I could guzzle. It was the closest I had ever come to being on the wrong end of the ol’ “These are not the droids you’re looking for” trick. The taste was sickening--bitter and rancid like butter gone bad.
He winked at me. “In about a minute, your workout with Ivanka Drago over there is gonna get a lot more bearable. You’ll be doing handstand push-ups before you know it.”
I laughed outright, “Bro, I’ve never done a handstand in my life, let alone a handstand push up.”
In a blink, though, it occurred to me that that just a minute ago I had been gasping and wheezing but now my lungs felt full and strong. And my muscles, which had been tight and tremulous, now felt loose and replenished.
I felt powerful. I felt vast, as if, like the dead poet with a great beard once said, “I contain multitudes.” Everyone around me seemed to be moving in slow motion, but I was moving at double speed. The world was alive with colors, and I felt like every shadow wanted to tell me a secret.
My reverie was broken when Vera yelled over, “Okay dude enough pussyfooting around. Gimme some lunges!”
I looked at Pusher once more and even though his lips didn’t move it felt like I heard his voice in my head say “If you like this shit, dude, meet me at John Barleycorn after your workout. We should talk.”
My eyes must have gone agog because he looked at me and said, this time with his lips moving, “You heard me right. Go get ‘em, Tiger,” and then he winked and shuffled off.

“This shit is amazing. I can’t even believe how pumped I feel right now,” I was yelling across the table at Pusher. Even on a Wednesday night, John Barleycorn is crowded and loud.
I was so amped up that I was grasping the side of our table with whitening knuckles and clenching and unclenching my jaw compulsively. I’d blown through a set of lunges, and then, when I took my water break, I’d been so psyched that I’d tried to actually do a handstand push-up. I cranked out 15 of them effortlessly, strutted back over, and told Vera to hit me with her best shot. The next 20 minutes of training were brutal, and under normal circumstances the sets would have killed me, but the harder I worked the more psyched I felt.
Not only did I feel powerful and agile, but it felt like I could anticipate what was about to happen right before it happened. It felt like I could literally scan the brains of people around me, hear their thoughts. After the workout, Vera had asked me if I wanted to grab a drink or something, but I’d blown her off, telling her I had someplace important to be.
And of course, I did have someplace important to be. At that moment there was nothing more important to me than finding Pusher.
So we sat at a two person table on the bottom floor of John Barleycorn and sipped our drinks and I raved at him about how the pill made me feel--told him things he must have heard a million times by now as if they should have the full force of revelation for him that they did for me there and then, feeling these feelings for the first time. Pusher sat back coolly and looked at me. Our table was right beneath a shelf decorated by a huge model of a wooden schooner. Farther behind Pusher was a big decorative steering wheel from some kind of old boat and I imagined for a moment that I could create a yacht out of thin air, just with my thoughts, and use that wheel to steer it around Lincoln Park. I was out there, dude.
Luckily, a white knuckled white guy, sucking back a Stoli on the rocks and raving about how amped up he is doesn’t really stand out in a douche bro bar like John Barleycorn, where patrons are in and out of the bathrooms doing lines of Bolivian marching powder in semi-regular rotations like little clockwork coke fiends. The table next to us was occupied by three Chads and a Trixie, all in Vineyard Vines regalia, each slugging down a different microbrew beer. I used what now felt like Superman X-Ray vision to zero in on a pocket of white flecks beneath one of the men’s noses. I smirked at him, made a motion to him to wipe it off. He looked bewildered, cowed. He did as I had beckoned him to do.
Pusher looked over at them, winked at the girl in the bright blue Vineyard Vines whale logo tee shirt and the pink Cubs hat, and then did the trick again where he looked at me and seemed to beam a thought right into my head. “Be easy, man,” I heard him say although he was not actually talking, “Don’t act like too much of a clown. We wanna keep this shit low key for right now.”
My eyes went agog again. I patted the side of my head with the heel of my hand, like I was trying to clear my head after falling off a bicycle or something.
This time he actually talked, “It’s not in your imagination. I gave you some real good shit. We call it ‘Konami Code,’ and it is lit as fuck. I can hook you up again. I can even get you started making some real money by moving it yourself. But you can’t be a spaz and just start blabbing about this to everybody at the office tomorrow. Comprende?”
I did. I understood perfectly.

“You look a little stressed, buddy,” I said to Henderson, clasping my strong right hand on his stooped shoulder in an avuncular way. “Work getting to you?”
Henderson’s dark green polo was ludicrously wrinkled and hanging too loose on him. He had been overwhelmed with a project for the past month, and it was taking its toll. He clearly had been missing meals, and his shaggy brown hair and the big bags under his eyes told me he’d been neglecting sleep and basic self-care, too. It was what Pusher would call an opportunity for us to be “mutually beneficial,” since I could always use another customer and Henderson could sure a hell use a little KC in his system right now.
Six of my coworkers were buying from me regularly now, and the office was humming and throbbing with a kind of electric vitality. Because I controlled the Code, I was seen as the alpha in this souped-up monkey house; but I rarely used the drug myself, preferring to save it for special occasions.
In all candor, I didn’t care for some of the side-effects. Not only did Konami Code make me far more aggressive than I was comfortable with being, and not only did I wake up with king-hell hangovers after every use, but the pills also caused some bizarre side effects in the way I perceived reality. I would see anthropomorphic shadows at the blurry edges of my field of vision, and the shadows sometimes seemed to try to take experimental steps into being in my full line of sight (somehow I intuitively knew how to will my brain to banish them each time they did). Moreover, I was experiencing more and more frequent episodes of jamais vu--the sudden feeling that a mundane and familiar environment is alien and unfamiliar--by the 3rd and 4th times I dosed. The 5th time, when I had an episode of lost time and had to retrace my steps over the course of several hours based on the credit card receipts unceremoniously stuffed into the pants pocket of the suit I couldn’t actually remember buying, I decided Konami Code was going to be an occasional treat for me, at best.
Henderson looked at me with a plaintive look in his eyes. “I uh, I’ve been thinking about coming to see you.”
“Oh yeah?”
“Yeah,” he said, “I’ve heard you have something that might...help me.”
I winked at him. I put a fat black pill into his open palm and shut his fingers, just like Pusher had done for me.
“How much?” he asked, voice quivery.
“First time is free. After that, if you like it, we’ll talk. It’s reasonable. It’s a lifesaver. It’s….transcendent.”
“It’s a cheat code,” he said, smiling for what was probably the first time in weeks.
“You know it, bro. Take it fast, though. With plenty of water. Doesn’t taste great.”
A few hours later, I was standing in the lobby of the Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue with Pusher. Pusher was wearing a pair of orange Louis Vuitton slacks that looked baggy on him, and a white Burberry sweatshirt with an image of a huge black knight on a horse and wielding a lance on it. His black faced Movado museum watch was hanging loose on his arm, too, and overall Push looked pretty haggard.
“You okay man? You kinda look like shit,” I said.
“Thanks, bro. Appreciate it.”
“I’m concerned. I want my partner to be thriving,” I said, half-serious.
“Yeah. I’m halfass trying to kick, so I’m Jonesing a little bit is all. See, Supply is always hassling me to quit using. Says that when you kick the shit for a little while, once you’re at like the level I’m at, that’s when you start getting super strong. They call it “Transcending.” I call it “leveling up.”
“Of course you do,” I said with a laugh.
“Anyway, if he thinks I’m at least trying to kick he won’t give me as much grief.”
“What happens if you level up?”
Pusher shrugged sullenly. “Not sure. Not sure I wanna know. I guess you become part of Supply, but I have mixed feelings about that.”
“Why?”
“You’ll see when we meet him. I think it’s ‘Him,’ anyway.”
“Hey man, before we go down, I’ve been meaning to ask you. You’ve got this fucking god level product you’re moving. But you say I’m the only one at the gym you’ve hooked up so far, even though there are a lot of way richer dudes you’ve been dealing everything but the kitchen sink to for years. So how come you picked me?”
Pusher grinned. “You looked loyal. And you looked needy.”
“Gee, thanks.”
“I don’t mean you looked like a chump. You looked hungry. I wasn’t looking for someone to get hooked--that’d be easy to find. I can name 11 high net worth individuals I deal to just off the top of my head who would have become steady clients. But getting steady clients isn’t how you make money in the game. You find people who you think can move shit for you and you get them on your downline, working for you.”
I was nodding. I had been thinking about getting someone to start dealing for me too, although I’d have to go outside the office to do it. I had been thinking lately about how much our relationship reminded me of a pyramid scheme.
“I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you probably don’t even use that much. Unless you have a date with Ivanka Drago or something, right?”
I had started dating my trainer. To be more accurate, I had started fucking my trainer once or twice a week. And those were the only times I used anymore, and lately I’d used it less and less often for our rendezvous too, as it became less and less important to overwhelm her with my virulence and our scenarios became more comfortable.
I nodded again.
“But you’re needy-see you like being the center of attention at work, right? You like having what people need?”
“Exactly.”
“You’re exactly what I wanted. And you’ve probably been thinking about expanding your own operations too.” He motioned to an elevator and we strode across the seedy opulence of the lobby of the oldest standing grand hotel in Chicago side by side.
“Have you been reading my mind?”
“Sometimes,” he winked. “Another perk of overly decadent use is that psychic powers blink in and out, as you well know.”
A dowdy, pale woman, probably a tourist from Green Bay or someplace like that, overheard us as she walked past toward the concierge and scowled disapprovingly. She was wearing a white tee shirt with an American flag on it and a big cherry red MAGA hat. Pusher blinked at her twice, hard, and she tumbled right on her ass and got up, looking grumpy as a wet rat.
Pusher smirked.
The elevator stopped on the lobby and we got in. Pusher made sure we were alone, and then he quickly punched a sequence of floor numbers I couldn’t follow and then hit B for Basement three times.
“Oh great, the basement. I always knew you’d take me cool places.”
“Actually,” he said, “we are going down just a little bit farther.”

There was a terrible, mechanical noise--a grinding and a creaking and a humming--and then the elevator abruptly lurched neither up nor down but *backwards*, as though it were switching tracks.
“In many buildings built before 1930,” Pusher said, “the elevators can actually be programmed to go to a secret sub-basement level, if you know the code. The sub-basements were built specifically to accommodate the, uh, entities we are going down to re-up from. They’re very old, and very powerful, and although nobody is too sure exactly where they came from there’s pretty good reason to think they live in the center of the earth, which is actually hollow. Most of these sub basements are in very old cities like Philly and New York, but Chicago had a few. This, I hear, is the last easily accessible one in the whole goddamn city.”
“Jesus Christ, that is a whole lot to take in,” I said, as I felt us descend slowly.
“Yeah. Also, Supply is pretty ugly. So brace yourself.”
“What exactly does ‘pretty ugly’ mean?”
“It means brace yourself.”
The elevator ground its way all the way down, creaking and whining incessantly until it came to an abrupt halt so jarring I nearly lost my balance. The doors opened agonizingly slowly, and the scene I saw when my eyes adjusted to the much dimmer lighting had me wanting to jump back into the elevator and mash all the buttons until I was on my way back up. Pusher probably anticipated this response, because he pushed me semi-gently into the milieu, and I felt him say in my head “Be easy bro. Don’t spaz, it’s cool.”
The soi disant “sub basement” was actually a capacious cavern. The walls were rock, and savage looking stalagmites poked and protruded through the floor of the cave like the needles in Pinhead’s face, while equally nasty stalactites poked down from the ceiling.
I couldn’t tell where the greenish illumination in the cave was coming from, until it finally dawned on me that big gobs of greenish algae clumped on the cave walls were shedding their own light.
The most disturbing part by far, though, was the art adorning the walls.
As art, the cave paintings left a lot to be desired. They looked childish and furious--like the product of some demented delinquent with an eternity on his hands to throw an endless tantrum scribbling on his bedroom walls. But the effect they created chilled me to my bones. The artwork told tales and set scenes in crimson swoops and deep brown squiggles and blood black blobs and feverish yellow scratches. I couldn’t positively identify a single entity the artist or artists had been trying to depict, but I could piece together stories. Stories about huge, slimy, tentacled abominations wrapping their tentacles around helpless animals and eating them slowly. Stories about huge centipede-like insects being worshipped by anthropomorphic figures--one scene clearly showed three manlike things feeding a fourth hogtied cohort directly into the mandibles of a wriggling black bug. At the center of the largest unbroken wall directly in front of me, I saw the largest single image I could make out: the scene depicted a gargantuan, elongated, segmented insect that looked like a centipede or a millipede with a nauseatingly oversized stinger attached to its ass segment; and this creature had a whole human shaped critter in its mouth, head first, feet sticking out, being digested alive.
I felt sick and dizzy and wanted to sit down.
Pusher, who had obviously been down here enough to be immune to the vertiginous and disorienting effects of the green glow and deranged drawings, nodded toward a metal door in a far wall that I would have never even noticed. “That’s where Supply lives. I will go in, make sure it’s cool if you come in too, and then uh, just try to keep calm.”
“Fuck a duck,” I muttered.
“It’s a lot to take in,” Pusher said. He walked toward the door and knocked three times. The door swung open and then slammed shut the moment he was through, and thus my view of whatever was on the other side of the door was most mercifully occluded.
I was drenched in a cold sweat. My mouth felt like I was chewing on cotton and I had that battery acid taste of adrenal glands going apeshit in my mouth. The last thing in the world I wanted was to go into that room and see whatever it was that kept the supply chain moving along. I just wanted to go home and forget about all of this. I found a clear and fairly clean spot on the floor and sat down and shut my eyes and tried, with no success, to do some half-assed breathing exercises a childhood shrink had taught me to try to ward off panic.
Though I couldn’t see what was going on behind the metal door, I could hear plenty. I heard grotesque, sucking noises and sloshing noises and I heard what sounded like an argument in a language I couldn’t place. Pusher obviously did not speak the language very well either, based on how garbled and halting his end of the conversation was. Supply was fluent, and sounded furious. Supply’s voice sounded, more than anything, like the chirp of locusts in a dry season, interspersed with a high wild warbling like a cricket chirp turned up to 110 decibels.
At last both Pusher and Supply were silent for a long long time and then I heard Supply say, in a voice that sounded like cicada calls strung into syllables “New Pusher. Wait outside. You are not prepared to meet Supply.”
It froze my blood.
“Thank God,” I said through gritted teeth.

When Pusher came out, he looked pallid and shaky. He was sweating a little, and his eyes looked far off and haunted. He did not have a package with him.
“Jesus, dude. You okay?” I asked. I did not ask “Where’s the product,” although that was a major concern for me. I had hungry junky larvae to feed, back at the office after all.
He rubbed his short hair and winced. “Supply is cutting me off.”
I stared at him, confused and concerned.
He said, “Supply says it is high time for me to step up to become Supply, to level up; and it’s time for you to move up as a pusher. For you that’s hunky dory, you’re already ready, but for me that means I need to….detox.”
“So what happens to you when you detox? And where do I get Code to move?”
He swallowed hard. “Detox sucks. I tried it once and it broke me. But nobody gets anything until I, as that cockscuking centipede thing in there says, ‘Transcend.’ “
Pusher winced violently and his entire body spasmed. I got the distinct impression his buddy Supply was an expert mind reader and probably didn’t appreciate being called a cocksucker.
I sighed. I thought things over. I wasn’t happy, but Pusher was, more or less, my friend. I said, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”
“Yeah. There’s a lot you’re going to have to do to help me. I’m going to need you to come in and check up on me basically daily because I am going to get seriously sick.”
I grimaced. “How long is this going to take?”
“Fuck if I know. It takes as long as it takes.”

The last time I saw Pusher, at least the Pusher I had always known, I knew he was going to be in rough shape. After work, I swung by his penthouse and brought some wonton soup and some goldfish crackers, since those were two things he could sometimes keep down at this point.
Pusher buzzed me up wordlessly when I rang, and when the elevator doors opened onto his atrium I could see the place was trashed. The subway sized poster from a Sex Pistols show from 1977 was on the ground, face up, the glass on the frame smashed and the tip of a green and blue plaid umbrella stuck right into Johnny Rotten’s ugly, leering mug. Sconces dangled from the walls, wiring exposed. Tables and chairs were overturned and ripped to shreds. I wrinkled my nose, certain I could smell the tang of drying piss, like Pusher had been peeing in the corners of the room, perhaps marking his territory. I tried to convince myself it was only my imagination that the shadows seemed to be moving wrong.
Worst of all, the walls were covered with those same kinds of crude but starkly terrifying drawings I’d seen in the cavern beneath the Drake hotel.
Unlike the chaotic and scattershot paintings on the cavern walls, though, Pusher’s had a unified theme. A series of five large images painted in red and black and yellow flourishes on the previously immaculate white walls showed some kind of hideous insect creature slowly transforming into something recognizably human. It seemed like Pusher was trying to deal, artistically, with the agony and anguish of his detox, and that he was determined to have a happy ending.
It was this narrative that he had painted on his walls, more than anything else, that convinced me to stay even though warning bells in my head were going off like hey-go-mad. If Pusher could see light at the end of the tunnel, if he was working toward some kind of redemption, then I owed it to him to feed him some fucking soup and clean up a little while he struggled.
The lighting was somehow all wrong in the atrium, and as I walked down the hallway toward Pusher’s bedroom door, where I could hear something pacing and shambling around, the shadows I cast looked all wrong--long where they should be short, spiky where they should be round. Through some trick of the lighting, halfway down the hallway the shadow on the wall suddenly seemed to lunge at me and I threw myself breathless against the opposite wall, literally afraid of my own shadow. I dropped the bag with the soup and the crackers in it, but nothing spilled. I resolved to just check up on my friend and do my best to get him to eat a little something and then get out again.
The hallway, too, was completely trashed. The floor was littered with empty and half full bottles of Fiji Water and crushed tangerine Lacroix cans and Frito Lays and ghost pepper Doritos wrappers and the walls were smeared with something brown and crusty and I tripped over one of Pusher’s white on white Jordan 1 sneakers right in front of his bedroom door.
I started to knock on the door and stopped short. I was sure Pusher was in the room, and fairly sure he was alone, but I heard so much shambling and rumbling that I was suddenly loath to disturb him. It sounded like furniture was being moved around, like drawers were being opened and closed. I could hear what sounded like whispers, but I couldn’t make out any of the words.
Finally, I took a deep breath and felt sheepish. I’d come all this way, was I going to turn around now just because my friend was rifling through his drawers for clean underwear, or moving his bedroom furniture around?
I knocked. No answer, so I knocked again. This time I heard rapid, furtive whispering and then a voice that sounded like Pusher’s say, “Yeah who is it?”
“How many visitors do you get these days dude?” I said. “I have wonton soup and some crackers. Thought you might be, uh, hungry.”
“Okay bro. It’s unlocked,” said Pusher in a kind of sing-song voice. I felt a little uneasy, but was also inclined to cut him some slack since he had clearly been going through hell lately.
I pushed the door open and walked in. The room was very dark. Pusher had put in blackout curtains and the only illumination was a small Japanese lantern on the floor near Pusher’s bed. Pusher himself was slumped against the wall, on the floor next to the bed and sweating profusely.
“You look like shit,” I said.
“I feel it too dude. Come on in though. I think the worst is over.”
“I hope so,” I said. “You don’t look like you have too much left in you.”
Pusher was shirtless, dressed only in a pair of green Puma track pants with a white stripe. He had lost so much weight recently that his chest had sunken in, but his belly protruded in a round, nasty bump that made him look pregnant. I thought of cracking a joke about it, and thought better of it.
“So what’d you bring me?”
“Like I said, some wonton soup from Sun Lao down the street and some goldfish crackers. Nothing too exotic.”
Pusher grinned at me in a way that froze my blood. I remembered he was in the process of “transcending,” whatever that meant. If it meant wasting away until he was nearly disincarnated, I guessed he was doing a fine job of ascending. I reminded myself of his drawings in the other room, reminded myself he was a tough guy trying to hang on and move up in the world, and I reminded myself that I might have to go through something similar someday if I wanted to keep pushing the KC.
So instead of turning tail and running I moved toward him to offer him the bag.
“That’s right, come close. All the better to see you,” he said and I noticed how his eyes were buggy, and I clocked the purple pouches that had grown so pronounced underneath them they looked like bruises.
“You sleeping at all Push?”
“The Transcendent Mind sheds the need for sleep,” he said.
“Okay but it looks like your mind could probably still use it,” I said with a chuckle.
That was when I heard a wet, tearing sound like something ripping through a wet bag. I froze, dropped the bag, and tried to place the sound.
I smelled something foul and noticed a black, ichorous pool rapidly forming around Pusher, spreading out from under his ass. At first, I thought he had shat his pants, but then I saw two spiny, chitinous stalks protruding from his back and wiggling around in the air like a magician’s fingers going “ABRACADABRA.” I felt violently ill and the blood rushed to my head and I staggered backward.
Pusher’s face began to contort. At first it looked like two balloons, one on each cheek, being blown up on his face as his skin pullulated, stretched to the breaking point, and then I heard him starting to dry heave and saw his mouth open and close frantically, his throat bulging out like he was trying to scream but unable to make a sound.
I took another step backward and fell on my ass right next to the door.
Things happened pretty fast after that. Pusher’s cheeks broke open with that same sick, wet, ripping noise and two enormous mandibles protruded and began to clack hungrily. At the same time, I heard his jaw break and an entire head rocketed out from his unhinged jaw like a snake unhinging its jaw to swallow a water buffalo, but played in reverse.
It was then and there that I had a surprisingly detached, serene realization: The pictures I thought showed Pusher reining some beast in and transcending the process to become human again really should have been read from right to left. It all made so much sense that I had to laugh.
Now Pusher’s body was being ripped and torn to shreds as a grotesque insect exploded out from his human form, rendering his old flesh a travesty of muscle and tissue and fat. The walls were splattered with gleaming viscera and I looked around with a kind of lunatic wonder at my old friend’s organs now scattered carelessly on the floor. Most of his old head had landed near my feet, while I think part of a lung had flown all the way over to the door leading to his master bathroom. Either his liver or spleen had exploded leaving a trail of fetid black fluid on the floor.
I willed myself to look beyond the ravages of my friend’s obliterated flesh and blood and saw something so hideous I couldn’t even process it completely. From some angles the thing in front of my looked like a giant cricket because of its giant hind legs, which it was rubbing together to make an agonizingly loud and high pitched trilling noise that brought tears to my eyes. Most of its body looked like a huge millipede or centipede, with thousands of bristly little legs wiggling in all directions. But the head resembled nothing so much as the head of an earwig magnified hundreds of times. The eyes, though, the eyes were all Push--still a million blue miles deep, although now attached to stalks and roving wildly both directions at once.
I felt such fear and revulsion that I wished I’d had a little Konami Code on me. It might have given me the wherewithal to fight this abomination that had killed my friend, and get Pusher some kind of justice. But on the other hand, what if Pusher was still alive down there, somewhere?
I realized the thing was still a little dazed from the trauma of its violent emergence, transcendence, and that it was still trying to get its bearings. I lunged for the door and got it open, just in time to feel one of its tendril like legs lash against the back of my left calf which immediately froze up, swole, lost all feeling.
I staggered against the door, flung it open, and threw myself outside into the hallway, shutting the door behind me. It was a struggle to get to my feet, and it was with an overwhelming sense of relief I realized the big bug that had once been my best friend wasn’t dexterous enough yet to be able to use a doorknob with its skittering legs and front pincers.
Soaked head to foot in a cold sweat I hopped on one foot down the hallway, to the elevator in the foyer, and mashed buttons desperately until the elevator came. I heard furious, cacophonous banging and chirping and shrieking (I thought it must take time for the creatures to learn to approximate human speech) but then, just as the elevator “dinged” I heard one last furious, futile crash against the door and a loud but tremulous shriek in a high wild hum that sounded almost human, almost like Push, “Hey buddy, why don’t you get your ass back here so I can teach you how Transcendence really feels?””
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2018.06.19 21:02 Falconerelectronics THE HISTORY OF THOMAS EDISON’S LIFE

Our team at Falconer Electronics works with many entrepreneurs creating brand new electrical products that make our lives better. Perfecting a new product on the first try is extremely challenging if not impossible. It takes a great deal of patience and determination. Also, plenty of trial and error. Thomas Edison represents that tenacious entrepreneurial drive to reach success.
Therefore, we decided to dig deep into the life of Thomas Edison to show his massive accomplishments with New Product Development. Being in the electrical manufacturing sector, we dedicate a huge thank you to Mr. Edison’s relentless pursuit to light up the world.

Childhood📷

Nancy Edison gave birth to Thomas Alva Edison on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio and he was the youngest of seven kids. Edison only spent seven years in Ohio before moving to Port Huron, Michigan. In Port Huron, Thomas spent only three months attending school. This being the only formal schooling he had before homeschooling by his mother, a formal school teacher. While developing a great interest in experimenting he used pocket change to purchase inexpensive chemicals. Edison’s mind wanted to see the properties of the chemicals and compare them to the textbooks.

Growing Businessman?

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When Edison was eleven he sold his family garden produce in the market. By the age of twelve, he sold newspapers on the trains of Grand Trunk Railroad between Port Huron and Detroit. As his business grew, he hired boys as assistants on the trains. Also, he opened two small stores in Port Huron. He gained the nickname Al and all the trainmen called him that. Thomas transferred some of his chemicals to the baggage car of the train, along with a small hand printing press from Detroit. He had the first railway chemical laboratory and railway printing press. As a result, his paper “The Weekly Herald” had grown to 800 copies.
In 1862, at the young age of fifteen, Edison worked regularly an eighteen-hour workday. One afternoon, the baggage car ran over a rough piece of track. With Edison’s laboratory inside it jolted a stick of phosphorus to the floor. This started a fire in the car that took all the efforts of Edison and the train crew to subdue. When the train finally came to a halt, all his laboratory equipment and his printing press were thrown out on the platform. This accident led to be the cause of Edison’s hearing loss that came in the years following. He found that his deafness became an asset, and kept his sunny, kind and serene personality.

Opportunities

📷In August 1862 another incident occurred. A boxcar was being shunted, at considerable speed, to a side track. The station agent’s little son had been playing on this sidetrack. Edison on the platform saw the incoming danger. He jumped on the track and reached the child just in time to haul him clear. One front wheel of the car struck his heel and threw him with the child to the side of the track. Their faces and hands were cut, but no serious injury. On the following day, the station agent offered to teach Edison the Morse telegraphy, with a view to helping him secure a position as railway telegraphist. He accepted, and in a few months, taking lessons three times a week, he became proficient at the keys. For the following six years, Edison had a career of telegraphist.
As a result, Edison became part of the service of the Western Union Telegraph Company. This was through a number of cities in the middle west, and the south. He was a noted rapid and accurate operator, frequently overseeing to press work on night duty. He spent all his available leisure time in experiment and study.

Edison’s Entry into Inventing

In October 1868, when Edison was 21 years old, he applied for his first American patent to a vote recorder. This device📷 enabled the affirmative and negative votes of a seated voting assembly to be swiftly recorded and automatically totaled at the chairman’s desk. Edison was successful in demonstrating the invention at Washington. Unfortunately, there was no demand for a mechanism of this kind. Edison went back to his little workshop in Boston and gave up the career of a telegraphist changing entirely to the invention..
In 1869, Edison traveled to New York. One morning in New York, Edison was standing near a transmitter. It became suddenly deranged by an internal accident, causing all the indicators in the connected brokers’ offices to go bad. He knew the nature of the derangement and volunteered to correct it. He was able to restore normal operation quickly. This led to his being made manager of the system which he improved and was part of developing new inventions.
A few days after Black Friday, September 24th, 1869 when gold went to a high premium, he entered into the first recorded American firm of Consulting Electrical Engineers. After the successful sale of some of his inventions to the Western Union Telegraph Company, Edison opened machine shops at Newark, New Jersey. Also for invention and manufacture. He kept 50 workmen busy, and a night force as well. He was foreman, which meant living on the premises. Here he was part of developing a number of telegraph inventions. The quadruplex for sending and receiving four messages simultaneously over a single wire. Also the high-speed automatic telegraph. As a result, he took out nearly 120 American patents, almost all in electric telegraphy.

Adulthood

In 1871, Edison married Mary G. Stillwell and had three children, Marion E., Thomas A., and William L. Edison. In 1876, Edison moved his laboratory from Newark to Menlo Park, New Jersey where he could concentrate on inventing. This was the📷 year of the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia, where the new Bell telephone was first shown to the public. Edison produced a carbon-button transmitter. This virtually converted the telephone from an experiment to a commercially available apparatus. It was in his experimenting with the carbon transmitter that Edison coined the now well-known call word “Hello.” In 1877, Edison started developing the first stages of his phonograph or talking machine.
In 1878 he took up the problem of “subdivision of the electric light”. He found that a commercial incandescent lighting system would require its lamps to be connected “in parallel” not “in series.” After a number of failures, he made a successful lamp. It had a filament of a carbonized cotton thread, mounted in a highly evacuated glass globe, and sealed-in platinum-wire leads. In October 1879, his lamp glowed for 45 hours before breaking.
Edison decided to open a central incandescent lamp station in the center of the downtown business district with underground conductors. Due to Edison being his own chief engineer, the Pearl Street Station turned on its current to the lamps in the district of New York. The new incandescent lamps won popularity through their steadiness, coolness, freedom from combustion products, and reduced fire hazard. He saw the successful introduction of the incandescent lamp into factories. Also, homes would immediately admit the use of the electric motor for operating machinery and household power devices. One of these discoveries in 1883 was the “‘Edison effect”, a discharge that occurred in the lamps, when being overused.

The Final Years📷

Edison moved his laboratory from Menlo Park to New York City, after his wife’s death in August 1884. In 1886, he married MissMina Miller of Akron, Ohio. They made their home at West Orange, New Jersey. They had three children Madeleine, Charles, and Theodore.
Edison built a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. He started work there in October 1887. He perfected the phonographand made a long series of other inventions. This included thealkaline storage battery, the moving-picture camera, synthetic rubber, the telescribe, the magnetic ore separator, various improvements in manufacturing concrete and other chemical products, as well as many war inventions for the United States Government. At the time of his death on October 18, 1931, He had received 1,093 U.S. patents, a total still untouched by any other inventor.
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2018.02.12 01:21 911bodysnatchers322 Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 266 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • Day 113.4 Oleg Deripaska - Did Andy Go To His Yatch Parties - YouTube
    • It's day 113 part 4 and I think a lot of folks are seeing this connection between Marc Rich, Comey, Mueller, and anemic Haven Andy McCabe
    • This continual kind of defense that Marc Rich has got through the years the last 40 years, by the Clintons, Podestas, all of Podesta's Georgetown friends in the law business, and then the FBI, especially over the last 20 years
    • And the whole 1100 Giustra partners is starting to make a lot more sense, because as you've carved off let's see each one of these things of the Kremlin here, just for symbolism, is a business--
    • This is the SIFNET which is the first largest oil company that Oleg Deripaska got given
    • And then this is the aluminum concession that he's given he got that--given to him
    • And then you michelle gets--another piece over here let's say it's the copper--mines or whatever
    • And then Katsyv save us over here he gets the railroads etc
    • So you basically are de-Jeweling the Kremlin here, and just getting it out to these rich kids
    • These are Marc Rich kids
    • So I like to use the Kremlin as an example here
    • And really hand in hand and every one of these dole outs you've got Andrew McCabe
    • So now is Andrew McCabe the son of a Marc Rich?
    • Or we also know all like Deripaska did a was gotten in trouble with Nathan Rothschild for metal manipulation on metal markets manipulation
    • Marc Rich also got in a lot of trouble doing metal and markets manipulation
    • We know Marc Rich dabbled in oil embargoing, and illegal shipping of oil
    • We know all like Deripaska with SIFTNET is involved in that
    • So there's a lot of consistencies here where the FBI really kind of goes into business
    • They do become these get into a Strzok which is--special tactics--organized crime special tactics organized crime Russia's zone
    • That's what maybe it stands for
    • Maybe the Strzok shared drop boxes to just really kind of a continuation of Marc Rich, starting into probably about 1998, when--the BlackBerry kind kind of comes in in vogue, and it's really kind of had a good run of 20 years, basically prying off the Jewels--the encrust Jewels off these different--icons of russian wealth
    • And then selling them through different companies like Joule--a funny name funny coincidence there
    • Or different names like--Rus all for for Russian aluminum
    • SIFTNET met for whatever Rosneft for--another oil company
    • And just basically it's someone pocketing a thousand one hundred Jewels, shaking the bag, and then giving each kid in the court three or four or five of the different Jewels, and say, "hey name the company whatever you want, John Podesta"
    • [Podesta] says, "well I've got a great name I'll name it Joule because I can't think of any other names"
    • And that's really kind of the 40-year history of this
    • And it really does kind of tie everything together makes everything kind of easy to understand
    • Now is Rich the Israeli version of Rothschild?
    • We see the Rothschilds over and over again, with the Clintons
    • We see them over and over again, with the Riches--it doesn't really matter
    • I don't think is Marc Rich alive or dead, probably doesn't really matter
    • I thought that was me and everyone was chasing me and trying to kill me for stealing all their wealth, I'd just fake my death
    • And I'd go away
    • If I was the son and my name was Seth, I'd probably just do the same thing as well
    • I probably not show up a lot at the DNC I'd probably be only there long enough to play out some kind of narrative and then and then take a hike and take my Resources for the Future
    • We don't know any of those things yet
    • We do know that the people that are involved in this investigation like Laufhman are leaving as fast as possible
    • And we do know that the people like Gertler who have been intermediaries for ---storing this wealth, are having their wealth seized by this over seas foreign investment council
    • So they're--liquidating here as fast as they can
    • Gertler's just been the first one
    • And guys like loud men are like hey I'm out of here if you want me to try to seriously do a Russian investigation, no one's gonna think--we're being serious, because there's different people out on YouTube making videos, saying exactly what the solution is
    • And I'm supposed to sit here in the DOJ and look like a dummy
    • So a lot of stuff's coming together here
    • The Nathan Rothschild are interesting connections and more is going to start coming out
    • Now especially like guys like Paul Manafort Paul Manafort
    • if you want to look at his career with Oleg Deripaska, goes back from like 2005 to 2009
    • Actually I think all the way through through now I think Oleg Deripaska
    • So if you look at the indictment against Paul Manafort, you're gonna say, "well why didn't you indict Oleg Deripaska?"
    • And they're gonna try to make Oleg Deripaska not look like the best--a buddy and friend for the last 20 years of Andy McCabe
    • They're gonna be very very disappointed
    • There's just nowhere you can turn where you look at Andrew McCabe's career and you don't find Oleg Deripaska
    • Same thing with Paul Manafort at the end
    • And which in turn means wherever you're going to find them, you're going to find Podesta
    • So again, all the throwing of all the throwing of bricks at Trump, just have this kind of effect of taking bricks out of their own structure that's defending them and causing a collapse of their own structure
  • Day 113.4. Andy Has No Choice If He Was On Oleg’s Yacht - Accuse Trump - YouTube
    • It's time to flip a few more cards here on Andy Mcabe
    • This one thirteen point four
    • So old like Deripaska remember that Deripaska pointing the derringer at you--the pasta that gets up and points it at you?
    • Well turns out he has a yacht--it turns out that on that yacht, they've invited oligarchs, and people who've been given mining assets, and oil assets, natural gas rights, land...when the Soviet Union fell apart,
    • And one by one inviting them out to Oleg Deripaska's Yacht
    • And this has happened over the last 20 years with Andy McCabe
    • And remember those Freytag low light cameras are gonna come in really helpful, because what they're gonna do is they're gonna start taking films
    • They're gonna invite four girls--I don't know if they Pee or not on the the people in the low-light camera films or not
    • But they're going to have these films
    • And they're going to take the assets of these folks
    • And they're going to do that over a 20-year period of time
    • They're going to do that some of its gonna be transfers in business that Paul Manafort doesn't know about
    • Doesn't know why this person's transferring these assets
    • They're going to use fall metaphor to sort of an go-between, so they're not directly taking a lot of these assets
    • A lot of these funds are going to be going through this European Commission
    • This little foundation for a better brighter--Ukraine someday thing
    • I believe there's a person by the name of Inna
    • Inna, that's gonna be that key person, that's gonna be then funneling the money to Podesta Foundation, through the Ukrainian "bigger brighter better in the future someday hopefully" whatever the name of that foundation is
    • And Inna is going to be that key person
    • Kirsh, yeah I believe that's a nobility family from the old days in the Nazi era
    • But Inna Kirsch I think it's gonna be that go-between in a Berlin
    • But you're gonna see, again, what's the what's the mo?
    • Always accuse your opponent of what you do yourself
    • I'm not saying Andy was on the boat with all the girls
    • I'm not saying Andy was on the boat with all the girls, all like Deripaska partying with all the girls on the boat, not saying that
    • But I am gonna say: I expect Trump, and I expect Andy to be...
    • What do you do?
    • What's left if you're Andy?
    • You've got to attack--you have no choice, otherwise you're going down
    • So the next ones coming I'm sure it's gonna be something with Manafort
    • Something with--Oleg Deripaska
    • Are really you're gonna bring a twenty year buddy of Andy up and say he's got a one or two month relationship with Trump?
    • I don't--maybe somebody will believe that I'm not sure
    • But ask Andy about yachts
    • Ask Andy about Oleg's yacht
    • I think that's gonna come into play here
    • I think that's where they got the idea the the first peepee dossier
    • And they said well it's not salacious enough, we never got Trump on the boat, we never got him on the Freytag low-light camera
    • Well we'll have to have something salacious for people to remember
    • That's how Andy thinks
    • That's how Andy thinks
    • Why do real law enforcement...
    • How do I know this? Well there's a gal by the name of Jeannine Lindamueller and happened in Oregon when Andy wanted to move the JTTF into Portland
    • So I'm directly familiar with this whole modus operandi
    • You wait, it's coming
    • Andy, Oleg Deripaska, and the yacht
    • It's coming
  • Day 113.6. Cheftwan Cooking Up EB5 Bisa For Sanchez - YouTube
    • Day 113 part six
    • So there's a exchange in cheftwan, who comes up with these EB fives
    • So so I think what Anthony Weiner's doing is running these visas--these diplomatic visas
    • And then giving them to Hillary
    • And they are probably like a big year in big trouble if you have one of these, and you give it to somebody on the street--you get arrested
    • But if you do it in Congress, if you do it at Rayburn, and this is why I think they do it at Rayburn: it's protected under Speech and Debate
    • Anything can happen in an office and go between the Congressman and the person
    • And you are protected with Speech and Debate
    • So I give it to the Congressman
    • The Congressman immediately then gives it to the ambassador they're meeting with
    • And so I think Kislyak did a lot of this kind of work with the Russians with the Senators
    • And I think in the lower house, the house side, it was Imran and working on the Pakistani in the Pakistani inside
    • So I don't know if it's ambassadors up at the Senate with the Russians, and then the lower ambassadors kind of the Central and South America...with with Weiner
    • I'm not exactly sure
    • But anyway there's this guy named Sanchez that they're trying to get this visa for
    • And he says--talk to me before you talk to Sanchez
    • So it'll be interesting to see right around there 2010-2011 if there's any ambassadors to South America or Central America or Mexico
    • Or even I guess the islands Spanish-speaking islands like Dominican Republic that our name Sanchez
    • And then Anthony says something that's weird as I M A D, which is I don't know which what that means there's something after diplomacy pray diploma diplomatique or whatever that means
    • So or if it's I just don't know what I M A D means it if it means I am a DD I don't know if I I know I am
    • So anyway we'll we'll leave that out there for folks to probably figure out
    • I think the cheftwan interactions are going to be around this passport EB-5 type of thing
    • And I think that exchanges are going to be happening in offices, because then you're protected by speech and debate
  • Day 113.7. Think Tank Row, One Side Of the Street Anyway - YouTube
    • This is Day one oh no wait day 113 part 7
    • This is a little bit of a think piece
    • So careful careful warning warning think piece think piece
    • So this is the Brookings Institute this would be on the left of center, but the probably the foremost--the foremost think-tank in America
    • They do both economic forecasts...econometrics
    • That was kind of what I studied but I didn't like it was boring
    • And then they also do politics as far as like defense budget
    • Left up center
    • So we're gonna go down here, and I'll give you the last surprise right at the end
    • It's going to be a four-letter Union
    • Now think of all those four-letter unions and think of all those janitors you'd want to hire to help out--to help find a home
    • Now you're gonna remember Anthony Weiner had something called the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace see CEIP
    • That's Haqqani is in his messagebox
    • Haqqani the guy from Pakistan
    • Haqqani funnel think funnel right here Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    • They they cleverly sandwich it in between here and AEI American Enterprise Institute is kind of the right of Center
    • But they also do economics, they do national trade, and both of them AEI and I believe also Brookings do the nuclear inventory for stuff like non nuclear proliferation that that whole sort of thing
    • {{ 911bodysnatchers322: Important: AEI and Brookings were BOTH on the Continuity of Government Comission as well[1][2] -- both think tanks would have an interest in a COG military industrial junta because it would give them likewise unlimited consultancy for perennial war--and in the context of nuclear trade, COG would unfetter non-emergency nuclear regulations }}
    • ...And if you are diverting, you're diverting a lot of HEU, Bob highly enriched Uranium to wherever CANDU reactors all over the world
    • Audit time's not a good time
    • So anyway who--if there was a four-letter union--who would launder money through CEIP, but who who {{ owl }} look up top
    • SEIU
    • Hire a janitor today with war experience or is a mentally unfit
    • No I don't mean I didn't to say it that way
    • I meant that's the excuse--they're gonna do a lot of 8A small businesses--
    • They're gonna say hey, "we're here with the Navy", we're down at NAV SEA we want to hire these guys
    • They're--got what is what am I thinking of PTSD
    • We need to do an AA firm and they're going to put thousands of these things out there
    • Thousands of contracts out through SEIU
    • You're going to do the policy
    • You to do the policy over here of what we should be doing, whatever veterans program whatever, and then you're going to execute it right there
  • Day 113.8. At Turkish Embassy.- Gulen Going Back Soon? - YouTube
    • One 13.7
    • That Turkish embassy is quite beautiful
    • We're up a little ways from Dupont Circle
    • We came up Massachusetts Avenue which is Embassy Row
    • We went by the Luxembourg, Brazil I believe, a couple of others that we did recognize the flags to be honest with you
    • But this is a very impressive one here
    • We're heading toward 3067 Whitehaven so--Task Force made the joke that its Hillary Clinton's trick-or-treat route
    • Pay to play
    • Bang and bang a big knock knock knock knock trick or treat--knock knock
    • Revolution
    • General Grange
    • Small weapons and container ships
    • Or you can pay the freight
    • So anyway to do Trey Gowdy
    • {{ GOWDYMODE}} you can pay the freight
    • So anyway Erdrogan and Gule--there's some stuff happening there, I think
    • Are they gonna extradite? or
    • TF: I think Erdrogan has some paperwork
    • I think I think Gulen maybe not long for the United States from what we're hearing--
    • Out here with the guys parking the cars out here they know everything they know it all
    • No we really don't know but I mean we we are
    • We are presupposing that maybe in the next week some action is gonna happen with Gulen
  • Day 113.9. At Hillary, Throwing Thumbdrives Over Fence From British Embassy - YouTube
    • Wow coming up Whitehaven let me tell you it is a work
    • Hillary's house and Bill's house behind us
    • And I don't really want to go any closer
    • But Task Force: are we out of breath or what?
    • Coming up whitehaven was a hike straight up
    • And we came by the the Italian embassy which was monstrous
    • Unbelievable
    • We saw a lot of embassies I mean coming up but when you come over Rock Creek in that bridge it really changes it gets dark gloomy and everything gets big--
    • All the other embassies on the other side of Massachusetts are are kind of like friendly
    • But this is like--not friendly at all
    • So it looks like we might have Secret Service cut in front of us here
    • So okay, so anyway who knows maybe they're just going home?
    • {{ 911: nope, they pulled into driveway and then pulled back out }}
    • But yeah--we we really when you walk it it's really
    • So different then if you see it on a map first of all I'm completely out of breath going up all the way here
    • And it's the end of the road and there's Secret Service all over the place
    • And that's why I didn't wanna get too close to the house
    • But my takeaway is very gloomy very dark and very secluded
    • Rock Creek is spooky--and that's where that one girl from Fresno they never saw her again
    • I can't remember her name but anyway that's the report from 30 blank-blank Whitehaven at the top of the hill
    • We're not gonna give out the address of our almost president almost-president {{ 911 our almost but thank christ president }}
  • Day 113.10. British Embassy. Naval Observatory, Throw Me Those Freitag Codes, Mate! - YouTube
    • No Autocaptions
    • British embassy yet another hike up a hill
    • It's bigger than the Italian embassy--it's huge
    • Where those lights are are where the Craig Murray handoff happened
    • There's the Naval Observatory with the Eye of God
    • You could see how you could run over to the fence, hand the thumbdrive through the fence all the Freitag Codes
    • How many freitag codes could you fit on those sticks?
    • Thousands..hundreds of thousands
  • Day 114.1 George Toscas - Gangs For Security Expert? - YouTube
    • It's day 114 and Donald Trump jr. here tweeted out about this guy named George Toscas
    • He tweeted out this gateway pundit article that this George Toscas was the one who forced Comey to come to Congress and talk about the fact that they have received new information in the case if you remember and I'll go to the game a pundit article
    • They received stuff about a month before Comey went to Congress
    • They received stuff on September the 28th
    • September the 28th is the big date here
    • And this is where they get informed of Oh hundreds of thousands of emails oh boy that's not good--
    • This is what we're gonna do for six months out from the election
    • So it looks like--Strzok wants Lisa Page to go grab some kind of product
    • And I immediately thought of bleachbit or something to--destroy the hard drives they're going to be coming down
    • But anyway they say Toscas was now where the New York division has the Hillary Clinton Huma emails
    • So Toscas is aware and then oh who else knows? Andy is aware
    • Oh George called me tonight and it's like about a letter
    • Then Strzok says a letter to who?
    • And Lisa Page responds Congress
    • And then got it
    • F THEM
    • Oh boy we're gonna have to go to Congress on this this isn't good
    • This is forcing our hand here to go to Congress
    • So I started looking at saying where is this guy? George Toscas?
    • And it works for the office of boards and divisions and at the DOJ is divided into these offices
    • And then there's these criminal divisions that they're they're organized
    • So there's offices overseeing kind of staff across everything and then there's these criminal divisions in different parts of law
    • DOJ used to go after the Klu Klux Klan..
    • And then these divisions now over here are more famous now for where the guy just left Laufhman National Security Division
    • This is sort of the CIA infiltration into the DOJ in 2007
    • Really where we start with all the problems
    • Because as soon as National Security Division comes in it seems like all these other agencies and offices get turned toward gangs for security
    • And I'll go into that later
    • But it's you can take prisons and you can take your trustees in your prisons
    • And say hey guys you're the new gang leaders--and you you be responsible for managing your gang
    • We'll use ATF and overseeing your gang just in case anybody gets out of line
    • And will give everybody a DEA territory--
    • Just like the old British Raj used to do in India and different parts of the British Empire
    • here's your--Queen's Commission for for the drugs coming back and forth the opium the opium derivatives
    • I'm not saying the Klu Klux Klan traded in quinine and opiate based products yet, but I might get there
    • But anyway you can see that these are the this is the office they're in me justice contracting officers in the office of boards and divisions
    • OBD they call it
    • And these folks--contract straight out for the trustee program
    • So if you wanted to put all your Bureau of prison trustees and make them gangs for security, you'd run it right through office of boards and divisions
    • He is a lawyer--this guy George Toscas, and he has got remarkably little information
    • He was in Billings, Montana before he came to Virginia, which is interesting
    • By way of Chicago--just interesting very interesting how he made it - I made it
    • So I'll leave it there
    • But I think this George Toscas is going to be a bigger part of the story for this type of activity
    • For gangs for security gangs for security
    • G4S and trustees
  • Day 114.2 SoftLayer Chantilly, VA? All Operation Cassandra, $200M/mo - YouTube
    • This is Day 114 this is part two and the Internet is alive with SoftLayer
    • What is what it Q Anon mean with SoftLayer?
    • And if you check the IP address is used by Clinton email com
    • So that's the big the big takeaway there and then people are trying to geo locate it
    • They're headquartered in Dallas Texas, but they mapped to Chantilly Virginia the data center that was used by by SoftLayer
    • Well everyone knows Chantilly Virginia was where operation Cassandra was
    • And the reason I did the last video was to show the CIA infiltration about how you can use gangs for security by picking up these groups that are trustees, to be basically your kind of your organizer in different territories
    • And the best model to think of is Imran Awan here in this area
    • Basically, you establish a guy here, who's your trustee, and then as you get different candidates that want to come work for him, you come over
    • And you say, "Ok I want you to report to the SEIU office. I want you to fill out this resume"
    • You know Imran's got the resume all set up for let's say Jackson Heights New York
    • We're gonna get you--started with--the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    • Or we're gonna get you a cab, or whatever
    • But the idea here is you have a guy your man in Havana--this if it was Craig Murray it would be our man in Tashkent getting our Saipov truckers
    • But here--in Virginia it's going to be Imran Awan
    • Now you're gonna have people at every usually located around the community colleges
    • And this is kind of like a go-to guy
    • They used to call it like an ombudsman or whatever
    • This is going to be like that Henry guy in Los Angeles
    • They're gonna have the control and know who to talk to if anybody acts up
    • This is the way unions have been organized forever Union Foreman's with precincts...so
    • This is why SEIU is the perfect way to do this
    • And what you're gonna find I know this is going to be shocking and people are going to not believe this, but the SEIU--there was a program with inside the DNC called catalystm run by a guy named [Harold ICKES] I C K E S
    • And that program I believe is going to map directly into this Chantilly office of the DEA here, where this investigation was
    • And this is going to be operation Cassandra and the key here is you need to link all these offices together in some way
    • And you need to communicate with them
    • And then money needs to come from these areas from various activities
    • Let's say I bring people coming in from Pakistan, who don't really have any skills--can't drive a car whatever
    • I say well you're gonna go down to Lachine and you're gonna go down to Manitoba
    • And you're gonna be--those there's gonna be some girls there that are gonna have visitors every night
    • Your job is make sure those girls never get away and if they start to try to get away you got to stab them or hit them in the head or whatever make sure they don't leave
    • That's your job okay
    • So that's the low end and and--Omar starts with Rao in a apartment complex that's a real ratty like that
    • And they move their way up to kind of be more this kind of Ombudsman or local Foreman of the precinct and then they--move up the ladder to becoming a regional manager etc
    • That is operation that is operation Cassandra
    • How do you get the money now back to DNC?
    • Well you've got to go through the wires--you've got to go through communication
    • Now do you want to do that unencrypted you want to do that through something the NSA could easily see?
    • Or you want to have a softlayer, that looks like something else, that's kind of hidden
    • And then have all your communications kind of travel and the Navy--dark web the Navy Onion Router
    • The tor browser is The Onion Router--do you want that communications through the onion router? I think you do
    • Especially these kind of transactions right we're not talking about transactions that--you could talk to your grandmother about on the phone when you or when you go over for visits on Sunday
    • This is the onion router type transactions
    • So I believe that this SoftLayer was key in enabling the program from the DNC point of view is going to be known as the catalyst program
    • The program from the meetup spots if you will it's going to be the local union office--the SEIU office
    • The place where you intake people that are trying to get new jobs...and I believe that communication is going to be between these SEIU offices and the Hillary for America
    • Now I believe the main hub of activity in Washington DC is going to be the kind of--if you need a car or garbage truck driven on a train in front of a bunch of Congressional Congressmen you call--SEIU 32bj--
    • So each one of these also has kind of a dirty tricks unit as well
    • Unions have been doing this forever
    • But SEIU is really the--the dirtiest of the unions
    • So I know that's all very complicated but you have to have a communications layer
    • It's better to have a softlayer where it doesn't show all these IP addresses that are easily seen
    • It's better than you go underneath you use that Onion Router you use that Navy Onion Router
    • And you have a secure form of communications that people don't see
    • I don't think they fooled NSA though
    • I think NSA has the communications and they have the emails
    • And so if you scroll down here
    • Oh by the way I saw Joshua Utretsky
    • Josh Utretsky made a comment here if you don't remember him he's the guy who was took over for brief time at DNC for Bernie Sanders
    • So and I asked him, "hey Josh how are we doing on finding out if there was communications on the hour between the DNC and Hillary for America?"
    • How are we doing on that did you ever find out if there was any NGP van and information going from back and forth
    • And he hasn't answered me yet he hasn't answered me yet
  • Day 114.3 Awan Spy Ring in Congress To a Drug Ring in Congress - YouTube
    • This is Day 114 this is part three
    • We're gonna go from a spy ring in Congress to a drug ring in Congress
    • And I know nobody wants to hear that
    • But we are going from a spy ring in Congress to a drug ring in Congress
    • I had said before that there was a theft ring to enable that
    • No one believed me until the operation Cassandra stuff came out
    • Again, I'm gonna say that that is just a vehicle no pun intended to the drug ring in Congress
    • That's the big news here
    • So well do spy ring first
    • This article came out in The New York Times
    • Just a laughable article of just someone really trying to be a spy novel writer
    • It's a very simple story
    • The Russian here is all like Deripaska
    • The intermediary in in Germany is Inna Kirsch
    • And the the buyers here are the CIA, to basically have a cover story for how did we get these cyber weapons into the hands of the Awans
    • And I also believe the Russians that are in the cozy bears and the fancy bears
    • These tools leave signatures
    • You then have to explain how did that happen?
    • How did the Awans have this tool in Grand Rapids Michigan, to hack into Trump hotel?
    • How did that happen? They left a signature somebody had to give them that weapon how did they get a million-dollar weapon from the NSA here
    • This is where I got squared off on by one overanxious cop here, when I was trying to take a picture of the parking lot on Sunday at NSA in Fort Meade
    • I went 12 other cops are standing around me
    • I was a real threat with my cell phone
    • But anyway, this has to be explained
    • How did these people in Centreville how do these Russians and Centreville get these cyber weapons that we're leaving hacks
    • You have to explain it
    • And you've got to go to this New York Times and whoever your favorite writer is
    • I feel bad for Matt Rosenberg, because I'm sure he thinks he's writing a story that's true
    • {{ 911: Pay attention to winking roses or words meaning rose like rus ros roz gul or gulen }}
    • One other thing that comes up in this story is also that the NSA gave out 10 codes through their twitter account
    • Again, I say everybody laughed at me when I said Freytag codes through the Twitter and spent time on that
    • Now the New York Times confirms that that is indeed how this happened 10 different times
    • 10 different codes went out for 10 different cyber weapons you can read it in the new York Times
    • Now let's move to the spire of the drug ring in Congress
    • I hate to say this, but the spy ring is just to enable the drug ring
    • A spy ring is just to make sure that your drug ring isn't gonna get caught
    • The vehicle theft ring was a vehicle for the drug ring
    • The moneymaker the big money maker the--the dog here--the elephant in the room is Operation Cassandra
    • This is 200 million dollars a month the spy ring is going to help you intimidate everybody in Congress
    • So nobody will stop this operation
    • That's the idea both in the Senate and the house
    • You can make money on pay-to-play as well that's also good that was more James Comey as an idea
    • But this was Andy's operation with The Awans just has to be
    • Now I believe Joe Rago was on this case he was on the case with the drugs coming through Pakistan from I believe Russia
    • I believe Russia initially was VERO pharmaceuticals was a big part of this
    • India also was a part of it with generics
    • But then I believe Pakistan came up to speed
    • And a lot of the Boule di Juggis that in that land there that that Imran's dad got was dedicated specifically to labs for doing their own value add on that opium product
    • So how this all shakes out over time--with all these other spy stories
    • The central operation here and they
    • Again, this is where you have the soft layer communication system with all the different SEIU branches...is is this operation Cassandra
    • This is the story
    • This is the drug ring in Congress
    • This isn't a drug ring just in Chantilly, Virginia with SoftLayer, with a few SEIU bad actors out there
    • This is a structural, Navy Mason, fake cop, really weird DEA license, with DEA licenses, hiring truckers that are coming in from other countries, that have worked these other ratlines overseas, to run drug franchises
    • I know how unbelievable that sounds
    • I give that whole idea the name "Chinatown"
    • They'll kind of going back to the British Empire when that British Empire would set up different Commissions in different towns for people
    • And that that was their job
    • They ran drugs in that town
    • And they were expected to pay a Comey'ssion {{ 911: rofl }} Commission to the Queen
    • It's the same exact idea these guys are given all the heraldry, and all the pomp and circumstances, to run fake police forces
    • Again, if I hadn't seen it for myself
    • If I hadn't been squared off on by three guys
    • And if Task Force hadn't been squared off on by three guys
    • We wouldn't say it existed
    • If I hadn't seen the Chief of Naval Operations in our lobby at 5:30 in the morning, I wouldn't be saying what I am now
    • This is what they are protecting
    • Joe Rago was right on top of the story
    • And this will be the story of our time of our time
  • Day 114.4 Drug Ring in Congress - The Blackberry Twenty - YouTube
    • It's day 114 and for over a year I've had Andre Carson in the middle of my channel art here
    • And I've had this article from Heather Kagel from Politico about the 20 burglaries as the key part of my channel
    • And the three committees here Intel, House DHS, and foreign affairs have been the three key committees I focused on
    • These 20 burglaries
    • And I still think that's the key to the whole not only spy ring in Congress
    • But not only that it explained the theft ring the car theft ring in Congress but it also explains the drug ring in Congress
    • And now we're seeing a lot of obfuscation and parallel construction to try to cover for this drug ring
    • But essentially if we still if we get the initial capitol police report for these 20 burglaries, and we find out which Congressmen are the 20 burglaries we'll have the answer to the test
    • Now we have some clues from the Daily Caller article, which talked about the server
    • And then the 45 different folks that have worked for the Awans
    • So we have some clues--we can play some guessing games, but it would be better just to come straight out and say which 20 there were
    • That's exactly what my lawsuit tries to do: get to the truth rather than all this kind of parallel construction we're seeing now
    • The three key people an article came out here about Keith Ellison from Minnesota meeting with Louis Farrakhan and two other democrats
    • And the two other democrats are gonna be Greg Meeks who has JFK Airport in his area and then Andre Carson that I just mentioned
    • And this is going to be the funnel of getting money back into the Congress to fund the drug ring operations
    • And this is an operation that's going to be putting operatives bringing operatives in from mainly Pakistan ISI trained operatives
    • And putting them around the United States, mainly here in Washington DC, but also in New York, and also keep port cities, where--and I and I say I still say those key port cities are the same 20 cities of the same 20 Blackberries
    • So these different people that have carried the blackberry
    • That you carry the BlackBerry for certain length of time then you give it off to the next guy--you don't carry it forever
    • But then you become part of the conspiracy
    • And this is what we've got going in in our house
    • Now daily caller named about 45 of these folks that had passwords...
    • Other reports have said there was 33 that worked directly for the Awans
    • And then there was 12 that they had illegal access to
    • So we could argue about that
    • But again, when you get the Capitol Police report all this goes away
    • And I've again, I've asked for this as a writ of mandamus from Judge Contreras in my trial here
    • And if we get that and we won't have to do this guess work okay
    • So moving along you'll see this top trending story about this guy named Jonathan Winer
    • He's at DOJ--he's quitting
    • He also magically came up with a Blumenthal memo from Christopher Steele at the same time Blumenthal did
    • But he's an attorney, so he's covered
    • He's also this APCO story with Uranium One
    • He's the three million dollars given to the government of Russia, but it's all covered in an attorney-client privilege
    • But he was also at the State Department he has a big opinion piece out now in The Washington Times...saying how did Devin Nunes is really coming after me, and this is so bad and
    • Now he's Middle East Institute we talked about the Institute's yesterday is kind of a way of laundering information
    • And then of course Libya Libya Libya and his background with the State Department
    • And then you're gonna see he was spending with APCO which is kind of a--a funnel
    • So you get these weird stories, like the Weird Tales of Jonathan Winer coming up with this memo at the same time that Sid Blumenthal is coming up with it
    • But guess what? I'm Victoria Nuland--I didn't get it from Sid Blumenthal
    • I got it from my attorney right
    • I got it from my attorney and John kerry is gonna say this thing same thing: I didn't mishandled classified information I got it from Victoria Nuland
    • We we have a totally cleansed memo we don't have that dirty memo from my good friend Sid Blumenthal
    • What I like to do is look a little deeper--had no pun intended here for the Charleston Harbor deepening project
    • And look to Congressman that it may have supported Imran Awan for these ports deals
    • Because this is a way that you can use the Federal money to get money into your district
    • And in turn, support your drugs and weapons trade for the Awan Contra type trade
    • I'm not saying Jim Clyburn is involved in that
    • But I look more to this kind of thing where a lot of money is being spent in a Congressional district
    • The more than I look to these kind of parallel constructions which I see is more to confuse the public, right?
    • So and here if you want to see it
    • Again, the Wall Street Journal is talking about these three DNC chairman and Keith Ellison is the key guy here that's--funneling the money
    • They throw a Louis Farrakhan in here to be a lightning rod, to make it a black-white issue
    • It has nothing to do with Muslim Brotherhood or black/white
    • It's about Hezbollah Hezbollah funding a drug ring in Congress--no no more complicated than that
    • So you're gonna get see people like this Michael Kortan--he also resigned
    • I'm gonna say cheese--it's all these people at FBI resigning
    • All these people are in the Strzok page memos
    • But what really Michael Kortan did was he was a key organizer for SEIU, and he was a key representative of the Postal Workers Union
    • And again, you need hands and feet in all these different areas wherever your ports are you gonna need hands and feet
    • You could use Amazon people for private
    • Or you can use public SEIU employees if they're postal workers
    • >>>CONT
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2018.02.07 01:42 King_of_Anything [CONFLICT] Operation Wild Winter

From the Office of the President of the Northern Union

A Series of Unfortunate Events

By releasing classified information on circa-2017 United States weapons and combat doctrines to Russia, the Midwest has irreparably and irreversibly compromised Northern Union security as an American successor state. While the fusion of Royal Canadian and Northern Atlantic Commonwealth Armed Forces has provided some measure of insulation, the Northern Union Ministry of Defence cannot ignore that the Midwest has undermined our capability to contain our greatest rival. Ultimately, we see this as a direct violation of the bilateral non-aggression treaty signed between the Midwest and the Northern Union (inherited from Canada), and we have suspended all other agreements signed with the Midwest effective immediately.
The Northern Union has cast its support in favor of combat operations helmed by the United States, joining a NATO Coalition arrayed against the Midwestern nation. Our nation seeks to prevent further leaks of critical information, remove the threat of Midwestern aggression on North American soil (as demonstrated against nations like Cascadia), and reinforce continental security. Unfortunately, the vehicle chosen for the resolution of these threats is war.
As the largest combined-arms operation ever carried out by the Northern Union Armed Forces, Operation Wild Winter will involve all branches of the Northern Union Armed Forces, except the Northern Union Marine Corps.
May God have mercy on our souls.
~ Charles Duane Baker, Jr., President of the Northern Union

OPERATION WILD WINTER

Administrative Bureau of Cyber-Defence

Note: This will only occur after NU Model Air Army Reconnaissance is conducted.
Prior to NU Model Air Army Combat Operations, the Administrative Bureau of Cyber-Defence has been ordered to launch a large-scale cyberattack against the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. ABCD has been explicitly ordered to target the Midwestern Integrated Air Defence Network, civilian and military communications infrastructure, and energy infrastructure, with the objective of either disabling or destroying these systems in advance of Northern Union air operations. Even after combat operations begin, ABCD has been ordered to continue hammering the Midwest with rolling cyberattacks, keeping them off balance as much as possible. Newly-constructed Midwestern cyber infrastructure is to be countered repeatedly by the QUORUM Quantum Supercomputing Clusters, with Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar actively performing systems penetration and introducing custom-designed worms into active communications nodes.

NU Model Air Army & Air National Guard

NUMAA Operations Map (with intent to establish air superiority for both circles)
Air operations against the Midwest will be a coordinated effort jointly led by the NU Model Air Army’s WESAT and EASAT commands, with WESAT HQ handling missions in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and EASAT HQ focusing mostly on Michigan. Both Air Theatres have been offered to provide each other mutual support, with overlapping air coverage offering redundancies to ensure the success of this operation. The closest NUMAA staging areas are to the Midwestern border are UFB Winnipeg and UFB Borden. NU Model Air Army AAR planes will be responsible for keeping planes in the air, with mid-air refuelers allowing extended operations from both sites.
ARCAT and ATLAT have been ordered to provide additional support for these theatres, with their combat assets relocated and placed temporarily under EASAT control for the duration of this operation.

Reconnaissance and SIGINT Interference

Note: The RADARSAT Constellation and other CF-provided intelligence systems will be used to determine if Midwestern forces are moving south and east to reinforce fronts against the United States. When the United States renews its attack against the Midwest, the Northern Union will use this critical distraction to begin NU Model Air Army operations while the Midwest’s attention is diverted.
Prior to the ABCD cyberattacks, RQ-4 Global Hawks and A/AEW-4 Lookouts will conduct advanced reconnaissance across Michigan, northern Minnesota, and northeastern Wisconsin. Data gathered by these aircraft will be used supplement information gathered by RADARSAT and data provided from Columbian orbital intelligence constellations and IR BMEWS Arrays. To avoid raising suspicions even with the open skies agreement still in force, all aircraft have been ordered to avoid explicitly breaching Midwestern airspace, to instead remain over Northern Union territories and the Great Lakes near the Midwestern border. Identification of Midwestern Air Force concentrations, air defense systems, and army/national guard forces will be prioritized. These aircraft will also be used to provide SIGINT interference for the next stage of the operation.
Taking advantage of the open skies agreement, one hour before the scheduled ABCD cyberattack is scheduled to occur, RQ-4 Global Hawks deployed along the Midwestern border during the earlier Reconnaissance phase will penetrate deep into Midwestern territory, to gather as much intelligence about Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin-based forces, in a final attempt to complete a comprehensive intelligence picture. As the maximum speed of the Global Hawk is 629 km/hr, this will effectively allow full up-to-date intelligence coverage of the three states.

NU Model Air Army Totals (Reconnaissance and SIGINT)

Count Unit Type Role
18 A/AEW-4 Lookout Airborne Early Warning and Control
40 EQ-4B Global Hawk Surveillance and Communications UAV

Ensuring Air Superiority: Midwestern IADS, Airbases, and Ships

With the Midwestern Integrated Air Defence Network crippled by ABCD cyberattacks, advanced F-35A Block 9 aircraft outfitted with air-to-ground loadouts will take advantage of their low-observability to perform SEAD against Midwestern ground-based AAW installations, SAM launchers, air defence radars, mobile batteries, and IADS operations centers located via SIGINT and Satellite Intelligence reconnaissance. The exact number of F-35A Lightning II Block 9s chosen for strike missions will vary, optimized (with some redundancy for contingencies) for each target based on satellite intelligence and other reconnaissance data. Sorties of these fighter jets will be armed with decoys to flush out previously-undetected radar and SAM sites, jamming them with MALD-J airborne jammers, and targeting them with Columbian-provided APCMs, HSSW-Bs, homing Anti-Radiation Missiles (ARM), CHAMP missiles, Tomahawks, JSOWs, and other Stand Off Weapons. Using of a blend of older weapons systems with newer hypersonic ordnance and stealth missiles is a deliberate choice, allowing the NU Model Air Army planes to overwhelm the air defence network through saturation attacks. In the highest-risk sectors, these planes will be equipped with missiles with a long standoff range (e.g. the APCM), limiting their exposure to enemy AAW fire.
An explicit decision has been made to dismantle the IADS by hitting local and sector operation centers. By preventing the IADS from collating data from various sources, Midwestern air defence effectiveness should drop exponentially. Dismemberment of the IADS into individual air defense assets will allow the Northern Union Air Army to concentrate forces against each of these systems in turn, all the while escorting strike packages with enough EW and SEAD aircraft to make them difficult to engage by Midwestern ground systems.
While destruction of the Midwestern air defence network continues, simultaneous strike missions have also been authorized against the Midwestern Air Force and Air National Guard bases, prioritizing the elimination of runways and airplane hangars in devastating first-strike operations. Because the United States has successfully destroyed Battle Creek Air National Guard Base during prior operations, the following bases have been selected for dismemberment:
The Midwest deployed several combat vessels during its conflict against the United States. These ships include four Freedom-class Littoral Defence Ships, which are considered critical threats to Northern Union Air Superiority. NU Model Air Army aircraft with strike payloads have been ordered to treat these vessels as targets of opportunity, damaging or sinking them if the ships enter the Northern Union's Area of Operations.
Direct escort for the strike operations listed above will be provided by a combination of 6th-generation F-37 TIP 1s and the remaining F-35A Lightning II Block 9s, with these squadrons outfitted with air superiority loadouts. These planes will use their organic EW capabilities, high-energy laser systems, and XIM-185 Atlatl and XIM-187 Typical air-to-air missiles to protect the F-35As with strike loadouts from AAW weapons. The use of only low-observable aircraft during the air superiority phase is a deliberate choice, allowing entire wings and their escorts to evade detection until the last possible moment, maximizing success against critical ground targets.
AEW&C, ground targeting information, and additional reconnaissance will be provided by A/AEW-4 Lookouts and surviving Global Hawk UAVs, respectively, which will have moved up in support of air forces. The Argos netrocentric battlespace and its battlespace management artificial intelligence, Io, are capable of sifting through massive amounts of combat data, directing aircraft to zones of control where they're needed most. Io enables the Northern Union to operate a large number of planes in concert, acting as a director to ensure all planes remain fueled and protected during the scope of the operation, and pinpointing where each combat aircraft should be based on factors such as remaining fuel and onboard weaponry. These AEW&C aircraft are escorted by a dedicated squadron of F-23 Black Widows air superiority fighters with XIM-185 Atlatl and XIM-187 Typical air-to-air missile loadouts.
If Midwestern aircraft are identified as attempting to intercept any of the planes mentioned previously by Northern Union AEW&C aircraft, HALE UAVs, and/or the RADARSAT constellation, F/A-55 Peregrines will be scrambled from Northern Union airbases UFB Bagotville, UFB Cold Lake, and UFB Resolute Bay to assist. These hypersonic interceptors are capable of Mach 9.5, allowing even those stationed at Resolute Bay airfields from reaching the extreme limits of their 2300 nmi combat radius in under 22 minutes. (This also allows interceptor wings stationed in Quebec to be over Grand Rapids airspace in six minutes and 38 seconds.) Standard loadout for all Peregrines is the AIM/RIM/MIM-189 Widespread missile, a 700km-ranged standoff air-to-air weapon which can be launched by the aircraft while the plane is still traveling at hypersonic speed, limiting exposure to return fire. While not low-observable, the speed of these interceptors will allow each wing to concentrate against Midwestern air forces that are attempting to intercept (or are currently engaged with) Northern Union Air Superiority assets.

NU Model Air Army Totals (Ensuring Air Superiority)

Count Unit Type Role
252 F/A-55 Peregrine Hypersonic Interceptor
144 F-37 Warhawk II TIP1 6th-gen Air Superiority
24 F-23 Black Widow 5th-gen Air Superiority
336 F-35A Lightning II Block 9 6th-gen Multirole (mix of Air Superiority and strike loadouts)
40 KC-46 Pegasus Mid-Air Refueling
18 A/AEW-4 Lookout Airborne Early Warning and Control
40 EQ-4B Global Hawk Surveillance and Communications UAV

Protecting NU Airspace

While Air Superiority operations are ongoing, the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3Bs of the NU Model Air Army and the reserve F-35A Lightning II Block 9s of the Air National Guardsmen have been ordered to perform rotating overflights of Ontario and Manitoba, but will not be conducting combat sorties into Midwestern airspace. They are to be outfitted with XIM-185 Atlatl and XIM-187 Typical air-to-air loadouts, and have been instructed to interdict Midwestern aircraft attempting to breach Northern Union sovereign airspace. (If necessary, hypersonic interceptors will be diverted to assist them.)

NU Model Air National Guard Totals (Protecting NU Airspace)

Count Unit Type Role
192 F-35A Lightning II Block 9 6th-gen Multirole (air superiority package)
96 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3B 4th-gen Multirole (air superiority package)
5 KC-46 Pegasus Mid-Air Refueling

Northern Union Air Defence Network

To complement NU Model Air National Guard operations, a significant number of MEADS and THAAD batteries deployed in Manitoba and Ontario close to the Minnesota and Michigan borders and various population centers have been placed on alert alongside AN/SPY-8M Radar Vehicles, with orders to intercept Midwestern aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles violating Northern Union airspace. Several MEADS batteries have been ordered to adopt forward positions to maximize their spheres of protection, with several relocated near the city limits of Piney, Manitoba, Fort Frances, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Point Edward, Ontario and Windsor, Ontario. In conjunction with other MEADS batteries in more Northern positions, this will provide a layered air defence system against Midwestern counterattacks by air. To expedite operations, the units deployed closest to the Midwestern border will be airdropped.
(Note: Windsor, Point Edward and Sault Ste. Marie are close enough to the Midwestern border that MEADS batteries located at these sites will provide air defence umbrellas for Detroit, Port Huron, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, respectively.)

NU Model Air Army Totals (Northern Union Air Defence Network)

Count Unit Type Role
20 MEADS Battery Mobile Anti-Aircraft Warfare Ground Support
6 THAAD Battery Anti-Ballistic Missile Ground Support
20 AN/SPY-8M Vehicle Mobile Air Defence Radar Ground Support
13 C-17 Globemaster III Strategic Airlift
20 C-5 Galaxy Strategic Airlift
17 CC-130J Super Hercules Tactical Transport

Bombing Campaign

Note: Surviving F-37A TIP 1s and F/A-55 Peregrines from the Air Superiority Campaign will provide air-to-air escort and air intercept for the remainder of these missions. F-35A Block 9 aircraft may also be tasked for air supremacy operations, if not engaged in bombing runs. Air National Guard F-35s will continue their defensive patrols of Northern Union airspace. Once air superiority is achieved, Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3Bs previously deployed defensively, surviving F-35A Block 9s, and massed swarms of UAT-6 B Timber Wolf aircraft modified for electronic warfare are to be fitted for strike missions against Midwestern Army and National Guard assets in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, to cripple army and national guard forces across these combat theatres. The manned aircraft are to be deliberately screened during attack runs by massed swarms of Timber Wolf UAVs, in order to protect them from return fire from any ground-based anti-air systems that may have survived the previous phase.

Sinking the Midwestern "Navy"

Midwestern combat ships are to be treated as priority targets during this stage of the operation. If the Freedom-class LCSes are diverted to the Great Lakes from the Mississippi, they will be hunted down and destroyed if they attempt to enter Lake Michigan. All armed Midwestern vessels are to be considered hostile, and will be sunk with impunity.

Army and National Guard Bases

Precision JDAM strikes have been authorized against the following bases, with orders to prioritize destruction of military vehicles, vehicle bays, generators, ammunition lockers, and fuel depots to be prioritized:
Highway and railway infrastructure between these bases will also be targeted by air, to isolate each location and hinder attempts to regroup.

Communications and Energy Infrastructure

Communications networks servicing Midwestern bases that were hit by the ABCD cyberattack are to be destroyed by airstrikes before they can recover. Likewise, energy infrastructure such as power lines and substations leading to Midwestern bases are to be downed or destroyed, isolating surviving bases and slowing the Midwestern army’s ability to regroup.

Land Transportation Infrastructure

NU Model Air Army aircraft issued strike packages have been ordered to disrupt highway networks and railway lines across the breadth of southern Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Precision strikes have been authorized against roads, railroads, tunnels, overpasses, and bridges along the southern borders of these three states, aiming to isolate them from the rest of the Midwest. Extreme care has been taken to prioritize Michigan transportation infrastructure over the other two states.

Air-dropped Minefields

Using the GATOR mine system, the NU Model Air Army will deliver minefields across the southern borders all three states. 400 x Air Force CBU-89/Bs have been dedicated towards comprehensive mining of the southern Michigan border across highways and passable terrain. Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive 150 x CBU-89/Bs each, with these minefields to be randomly allocated along their southern highway networks. The 700 mines involved in this operation have been preset to self-destruct in 15 days. In keeping with the Ottawa Treaty, each CBU-89/B munition will have its 22 antipersonnel mines removed, replaced with an equivalent number of anti-vehicle mines.

Civilian Airports in Michigan

To hinder Midwestern logistics for reinforcements attempting to lift the occupation of Detroit, the runways of several civilian airports are to be explicitly targeted by comprehensive JDAM strikes, denying them as forward bases for surviving Midwestern Air Force aircraft and logistical resupply by air. Pilots tasked with the elimination of these runways have been ordered to exercise extreme care, with NU Model Air Army strikes ordered to avoid targeting commercial airliners, civilian cargo planes, recreational aircraft and terminals in order to minimize civilian casualties. Selected airports include:

Hampering Cross-Border Reinforcements

After strike missions against bases, roads, and airports are concluded, combat Air Patrols of UAT-6B Timber Wolf UAVs outfitted with anti-vehicle and anti-personnel strike ordnance supported by Global Hawk UAVs will be forward-deployed across the Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota air theatres. These UAVs are to be placed in autonomous patrol patterns close to the southern borders of each state, with orders to automatically attack and disrupt targets of opportunity entering their zones of control. Where possible, these UAVs have been authorized to engage Midwestern ground forces in an attempt to disperse force concentrations and blunt a counterattack. Additionally, these UAVs will also provide early warning against Midwestern forces, with NU Model Air Army jets scrambled with either strike or anti-air payloads depending on the type of resistance encountered by the UAVs. Lethal force has been authorized against Midwestern ground reinforcements attempting to cross into Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Air Support On-Demand

The Argos netrocentric battlespace allows NU Model Air Army aircraft to provide close air support to ground and naval forces on-demand. While the UAVs have been ordered to perform combat air patrols, they can be diverted to provide CAS for Army and National Guard units. Likewise, multirole aircraft with strike packages such as the F-35A Block 9 and Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3B can be diverted to provide precision strikes on targets identified by Army, Northern Guard, and Special Forces units.

NU Model Air Army Totals (Bombing Campaign)

Count Unit Type Role
252 F/A-55 Peregrine Hypersonic Interceptor
144 F-37 Warhawk II TIP1 6th-gen Air Superiority
24 F-23 Black Widow 5th-gen Air Superiority
336 F-35A Lightning II Block 9 6th-gen Multirole (mix of air superiority loadouts and strike packages)
96 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3B 4th-gen Multirole (strike packages)
8 AC-130H Spectre Close Air Support
500 UAT-6B Timber Wolf Strike UAV
40 KC-46 Pegasus Mid-Air Refueling
18 A/AEW-4 Lookout Airborne Early Warning and Control
40 EQ-4B Global Hawk Surveillance and Communications UAV
7 CC-130J Super Hercules Tactical Transport (for GATOR mine system)

Northern Union Special Forces

Seizing Michigan Airports

After the NU Model Army achieves air superiority, (see above), Northern Union Special Forces, consisting primarily of Canadian commando units operating out of UFB Borden, will take advantage of the ensuing chaos by taking and hold two critical airports. Coleman A. Young International Airport and Bishop International Airport have been selected for this operation, with orders to convert these locations into Northern Union forward operating bases for refueling and resupply of NU Model Air Army planes and NU Model Army forces.
Special Forces-operated RQ-4 Global Hawks will begin by deploying into forward reconnaissance positions deep within enemy territory. This will supplement information already gathered from the NU Model Air Army’s observation UAVs and RADARSAT, to ensure up-to-date information on enemy positions. The Global Hawks will also provide SIGINT interference for the next stage of the operation, with UAT-6 B Timber Wolf UAVs modified for electronic warfare performing SEAD and EW (using CHAMP missiles) against any Midwestern ground-based AAW installations/vehicles that have evaded destruction by NU Model Air Army planes. These UAV squadrons will provide a screen for special forces deployment via a mixture of Gyrfalcon paradrops and rapid MV-330 stealth rotorcraft to assist with capture and defence of the Detroit and Flint airports. With all special forces infantry equipped with Lorica Boreas powered exosuits, taking and holding these locations should not prove difficult. These units will constantly be resupplied by air, to prevent them from being overrun.
If further firepower is required, special forces vehicles and Powered Armor Infantry kits can leverage the Argos netrocentric battlespace as spotters, calling in fire support directly from artillery, multirole aircraft, UAVs, and even offshore vessels.

Relocating Air Defence Systems

Once both airports have been seized by special forces, rapid relocation of Northern Union MEADS batteries will occur. Two NU Model Air Army-operated MEADS batteries will be airdropped to each airport, for redeployment to undisclosed locations at the discretion of the Special Forces commanding officers on site. These four MEADS batteries will provide forward ground-based AAW defense against Midwestern aircraft, pushing the front line of the Northern Union’s air defence network forward into Michigan and allowing the NU Model Air Army to use them as forward operating locations and resupply points for combat aircraft.

Northern Union Special Forces Totals

Count Unit Type Role
5000 Commando Special Forces Infantryman (equipment listed below)
1000 SIR Platform Armed Auxiliary Robot
50 M1126 Stryker ICV Interim Armored Vehicle
50 Black Knight Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle
100 AV-28 Neptune Armored High Mobility Vehicle
25 IMAL Self-Propelled Anti-Air
25 AH-58 Kiowa Brave Unmanned Attack Helicopter
50 LS-1 Hera Multirole Helicopter
50 MV-300 Eidolon Rapid Transport Tilt-rotor
15 V-75A Gyrfalcon Heavy Transport Tilt-Rotor
10 RQ-4 Global Hawk Surveillance UAV
100 UAT-6B Timber Wolf Strike UAV

NU Commando Equipment

Count Equipment Type
5000 Lorica Boreas Exoarmor High-mobility Powered Armor (winter kit optional)
5000 M18 Main Battle Rifle
5000 XM50 Grenadier High-explosive Sidearm
2000 M90 Advanced Gauss Mortar
1250 M77 Anti-Materiel Rifle
500 W/ATG-1 Gatilda Anti-Tank Missile System
1000 AT-4 Recoilless Anti-Tank Weapon

NU Model Air Army Totals (Relocating MEADS and Resupply)

Count Unit Type Role
4 MEADS Battery Mobile Anti-Aircraft Warfare Ground Support
10 CC-130J Super Hercules Tactical Transport
3 C-17 Globemaster III Strategic Airlift
5 C-5 Galaxy Strategic Airlift

NU Model Navy

Having received permission from the United States to temporarily disregard Rush-Bagot, littoral defence vessels of the NU Model Navy will provide additional anti-air defence and land strike capabilities from the Great Lakes. The Determination-class Stealth Frigate, with dimensions explictly designed to transit the St. Lawrence Seaway, serves as the ideal naval asset for this operation. Still retaining their disguised radar signatures of civilian fishing trawlers, twelve MARLANT-commanded Determination-class frigates will quietly deploy to the lakes around Michigan, reinforcing the anti-air umbrella against Midwestern air attacks. Recently-upgraded with the RailSCORPIO point defence system, the Determination-class boasts both anti-air guided railgun capabilities and limited shore bombardment within a radius of 229 kilometers round the vessel. With all ships in the Determination-class boasting an upgraded Paladin Air Defence System, half of the VLS cells aboard each frigate have been quad-packed with CF-designed XIM-187 Typicals, offering between 120-170 km of anti-air protection. The remaining cells have been outfitted with the APCM-B missiles for surface combat and land strike operations. Captains of these vessels have been ordered to dominate maritime activity on Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie, and will actively engage any Midwestern combat vessels in the area (including the four Midwestern Freedom-class vessels if they attempt to enter Lake Michigan via the Mississippi). The Frigates have also been ordered to intercept Midwestern Aircraft entering their zones of control and to perform coastal bombardment of Army Units attempting to reinforce Michigan. Cooperative Engagement Capability provides these vessels flawless integration with Argos, allowing them to provide on-demand fire support for ground forces and extend the range of their missiles over the horizon as directed by NU Model Air Army AEW&C aircraft.
As a side note: these vessels will, when traversing the lakes and not engaged in combat actions, map underwater terrain with hull-mounted sonar, towed arrays, and AUVs. The resulting sonar sweep will provide a comprehensive understanding of the lakebeds of the Great Lakes, for further exploitation in the future.
After air and maritime superiority have been achieved, civilian Great Lakes freighters from Northern Union bulk cargo carriers such as Algoma Central Marine will he used to expedite resupply and reinforcement across rivers and lakes, taking advantage of Great Lakes trade routes and ports.

NU Model Navy Totals

Count Vessel Type Role
12 Determination-class Littoral Defence Stealth Frigate (AAW and naval strike loadouts)
[M] To Be Continued. NU Model Army order of battle exceeded reddit character limit.
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2017.09.17 19:23 Tupiekit Never built a computer before, need some help.

Hello, my Girlfriend and I are in need of a new desktop. Unfortunately we both have zero experience knowing which components are the best bang for our buck so we need some help.
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using. The primary purpose of this build is for my gf to use ArcGIS, and for me to use R Studio and SAS. We also are pretty big gamers in that we like to play Civ 5 and Skyrim. I myself would like to be able to play strategy games like the latest Total War games at max or close to max settings.
NOTE: while a nice gaming rig would be sweet, the primary use of this computer would be for the programs listed about, with sweet sweet gaming second.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Our budget is between $500-$700.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Within the next week or two.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
OS, tower, and monitor would need to be included. A budget ultra wide moniter would be nice, but I dont even know good ones exist
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Michigan: Grand Rapids area
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Just an old alienware keyboard from 06'.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
no
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Small SSD would be nice to help speed up the statistic and GIS programs.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
A microATX would be perfect since our apartment is small
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
no.
Extra info or particulars: None, thank you kindly for any help you can give us. We both dont know much about building computers.
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2017.09.07 18:22 Tupiekit Need help building a pc for gaming and programming.

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
The primary purpose of this build is for my gf to use ArcGIS, and for me to use R Studio and SAS. We also are pretty big gamers in that we like to play Civ 5 and Skyrim. I myself would like to be able to play strategy games like the latest Total War games at max or close to max settings.
NOTE: while a nice gaming rig would be sweet, the primary use of this computer would be for the programs listed about, with sweet sweet gaming second.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Our budget is between $400-$600.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy. a month or two from now.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc) OS, tower, and moniter would need to be included. A budget ultra wide moniter would be nice, if there are options for one.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Michigan: Grand Rapids area
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Just an old alienware keyboard from 2006.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
nope
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
A small SSD would be nice to help speed up the programs
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
A micro -ATX would be nice too since our apartment is pretty small.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes; windows 10
Extra info or particulars: None; thank you for the help.
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2017.05.11 07:09 BuddaMuta A Casual Fans Impressions of UFC 8-9

So yeah I've quickly come to realize this title is going to become very, very ironic as this series continues. None the less if you want to see the older posts here's links to UFC 1-4 and UFC 5-7.5

UFC 8: David vs Goliath February 16th, 1996

Stand Out Performance: Don Fyre. He relied almost exclusively on striking making him a breathe of fresh air at this point in the history of the UFC. On top of that he won the whole tournament in dominant fashion facing guys larger which included an incredibly fun main event. Fyre really comes off as a new elite tonight.
Fight of the Night: Don Frye vs Garry Goodridge
Overall Impression: Would watch again.

UFC 9: Motor City Madness May 17th, 1996

Stand Out Performance: Don Frye. Single handily saves this show from being absolutely worthless. His performance is actually worth tracking down.
Fight of the Night: Don Frye vs Amaury Bitetti
Overall Impression Don't Watch

As always if you want me to message you when the next post is made simply leave a comment. If you made it down this far thank you for reading

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2017.01.26 05:11 RedStoneSaint Old Man Needs Minecraft Monster.

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
In a word, Minecraft. My son plays and wants to start doing video of his games as well so thus we want this build to be primarily a gaming machine that is A) FAST and B) able to run the rich graphics found in texture packs and shaders. I play and so does his sister, so, we’ll be hooking this build up in our LAN as well as playing solo on online multiplayer survival servers. Since he wants to begin recording some of his gaming, I would imagine there are some requirements that need to be considered there too. I don’t know, and that is why I am here! .
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes? I’ve told him $450 would be his max budget for the machine, but between you and me, I’ll kick in an extra $100 if it makes a difference. I expect to pay for the monitor separately.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy. ASAP
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Just the Tower.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
I'm in Michigan just outside of Grand Rapids. I can reach a Microcenter in Detroit (3 hours east) or, a computer savvy friend in Chicago can go to the Microcenter there.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I will by reusing a Del 19 inch monitor and buying a gaming mouse separately but I am not particular, so recommendations are welcome.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU? No
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc) We use T-mobile hot spot for internet so any suggestions on how to max our wifi speed is welcome. No RAID just need a hopped up processor and graphics/video card.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components? A case big enough to accommodate the hardware and allow for good cooling. Space is not an issue. If I could get a case in electric blue he’d totally wig.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference? I will be getting Windows 10 separately
Extra info or particulars:
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2016.07.18 08:58 Channel_20_News_Net Exclusive Coverage of the Alliance War Talks. Day 2, Part 3.

Pearl beelined for Warnik, but was anchored by Mike.
Warnik stood and stared down Pearl. Half time show.
P:"In the name of our alliance, I want to clear the air."
W: "Then clear it."
P: "Some time ago, a clone Warnik broke from Anabel's control. What he said... concerns me, with relation to Laura," she gestured. "And myself."
W: "Which one? They'd rebel against her in anyway they could against her."
"May I...remind everyone, before we stray too far..." Creathian stood up. "That the possibility still stands to...well, lie." He waved his hands. "As of right now, these bounty hunters know she's here. Let's say the public announcement is to transport her to...say, the FCC, or to a Canadian settlement, or to...some location. We send a convoy, a decoy, in that direction to draw fire. In that situation, then, we transport Laura here to New Michigan." He turned over his two palms like scales. "On one side, yes, she may be in the midst of the war. On the other hand, New Michigan has an entire underground sector. Allow me to preference that it is very, very secure." He sat back down. "Besides-" The madman added. "-I don't expect too many of these battles to be fought on New Michigan territory. Too remote."
"I recommend the FCC," Pearl said. "Frankly, it's opposite the direction she's headed. Michigan is a ways West of here. You just have to curve around the Federal Republic."
D: "It'd take place on the shores of the Great Lakes if we even get that far. New Michigan may indeed be threatened if the Borson's manage to break out. I'd plan accordingly. And as for the FCC, that might fool most of the hunters but I'm picturing one enterprising young lad with a fishing net and a sawed off shotgun thinking 'if I were them, I'd send a decoy in the opposite direction' And I wouldn't want to run into that guy on the road."
"The FCC is almost too predictable..." Creathian muttered.
"Following of the Feast, then?" Jameson offered. I mean, she is paranoid and untrusting from what I've read... I doubt she'd go off with me. Perhaps too close, geographically, though. Though we ought to ask Kathy before we drop a Princess clone off."
Creathian weighed that option by bobbing his head. "That might work. We can say Salem was going along with her. It might bring unneeded heat to them, though. It wouldn't be her, just a decoy."
W: "Trockle isn't in here for a reason. We shouldn't disrespect him by continuing to scheme with him not here."
"Agreed," Pearl said. "Wait, why would Salem be going with her- oh, you mean meet her there," She laughed it off. "Right. Also," She got a little more stern, even as Wilcox held her back a bit.
"...right...meeting here there." Creathian laughed a little.
P: "Warnik, not long ago, a clone said something to me, about kidnapping and experimenting on Jessie and I to explore the mental Llink (the what?). The clone was summarily put down by Anabel June- for not acting on her orders. Those were its desires, through and through. So, frankly, it gives me every reason to not trust you, and certainly not to trust you with her well-being, nor trust that you don't experiment on the living. But. I'll hear you out." It implied heavily 'this had better be good.'
Warnik looked like he was thinking about it for a little bit, "Yes I think I was told about that. Some memories implanted. That one was using some loose interpretation of one of Anabel's rules to provoke you into attacking Anabel so we could more quickly advance our plans of making me and getting me out of her compounds."
She closed her eyes, then took a breath. "I still cannot in good conscience recommend your compounds for the mental state of Laura, given her past. As Jameson said, it might...bring back unpleasant memories. Still, that is all you meant by it?"
W: "Yes, I was trying to get you angry enough to attack Anabel, apparently it almost worked. As for my City, you should at least see it before judging it."
"Some other time," she dismissed him. At a squeeze from Wilcox, she diplomatically added, "I look forward to seeing it. That really was all there was to it? No actual intent?"
W: "I'm not going to lie and say I'm not interesting in the voice and it's mechanisms, but I'm not going to abduct anyone for that knowledge, nor torture anyone for it." Warnik pulled out his phone and loaded up some photos, "As you can see it's actually quite a lovely place, 30% of the area is green space, the buildings have nice architecture, and the sea life attracted by the artificial coral is plentiful."
Trockle walked back into the room and poured himself a drink.
L: "I see."
W: "Quite beautiful, have you ever been to the sea?"
L: "I have seen a large body of water, and I vaguely remember...something. I want to say 'yes,' but I can't remember."
Trockle turned to Laura. "Oh, we may have a way to reduce the pressure on you. I've invited Washington over - he writes multiple extremely popular comic book series. If he makes one about you, it would be a good way to get the word out that you're not Princess."
"Alright...." She said quietly.
Suddenly Davey's phone started buzzing. He stared at it for a few minutes, then closed it. "Mr. Trockle if you wanted ambrosia samples so badly you could have asked." He looked legitimately pissed.
Trockle looked at him quizzically? "Why would I want an extremely dangerous drug? We know its effects already, we have no use for the stuff. At this point we'd be more concerned about someone trying to replicate it and starting a drug epidemic here."
D: "You've already admitted to having agents in New Golgotha. You're telling me this man doesn't work for you?" He walked over and handed Trockle his phone.
Trockle looked at it. "We have no agent reporting as 'The Shrouded.'" He looked at Davey. "Our agents are assigned strings of letters and numbers, not cutesy nicknames."
D: "I mean granted, FR agents announcing their presence while on the job is less professional than I'd expect. You're telling me he has no connection with the Free Republic, this man who's been blackmailing foreign leaders in my city?"
T: "I have no idea who this man even is. Or if it is a man at all. And again, we have no interest in ambrosia samples, we don't exactly plan on making channelers of our own." He looked at Davey, he was clearly being honest. "And this 'The Shrouded' is far too unprofessional. Our agents don't brag about their exploits in the line of duty."
"Honestly that sounds more like an FCC name," Jameson said. "I hope Psycho is not involved."
Davey walked back and fell into his chair, still looking pissed but no longer at anyone in particular. "I believe you sir, and I'm sorry for my suspicion. The... Powerlessness of my position has me on edge." He looked at Jameson. "Psycho's the one being threatened to turn over ambrosia samples. This man claims he's holding 0230 hostage."
Trockle turned to Jameson. "Didn't 0230 die?"
D: "The Shrouded claims otherwise. Which means he's either an idiot or a sneaky S.O.B. that stole him out from under the AMR. Did you ever find the body?"
J: "Disappeared, assumed to be lost with the facility. No body was recovered, but... then again, there was nothing to recover. A gigantic, water-filled hole where he was. We assumed it killed him."
W: "What exactly happened?"
J: "We fired the cannon, that's what. That much power summoned all at once? The cannon couldn't handle all the output. We weren't sure what his upper limit was and took every precaution we had time for, but it wasn't enough. Well, or so we thought. At least the kid's alive."
W: "You thought over three times old world energy output wouldn't kill us all, and you powered it, WITH A CHILD!" Ooo good stuff.
J: "well when you put it that way."
Trockle nodded. "Yes...AMR does seem to be developing a disturbing tendency to build on the backs of forsaken children."
Jameson waved them off.
"This will be discussed later," Warnik promises, "For now I would like to reinstate the issue of the commander in chief of the combined army, I vote for the Free Republic's candidate."
D: "Same."
W: "That's three votes for the only named candidate, with half of the possible votes unless a candidate is put forth that can collect the vote of New Michigan, the FCC, and the American Remnant then a commander in chief has been decided."
P:"I second it."
W: "That's four votes out of six, do you two have someone else you'd like to vote for or can we close that issue and move onto other equally important issues, like how are we going to supply this army?"
J: "Trains. Uniforms are going to be tricky, but honestly I think it isn't going to be an issue."
T: "Our airships have significant carrying capacity as well, plus our convoys. However, we should pack light. We need to win quickly - we'll lose if this becomes a protracted war."
J: "Says you. Our siege engines are massive, the FCC's spies can sneak in and disable equipment. This is the Borsons' A-game, we're still ramping up our manufacturing despite rolling blackouts."
"Did you forget the part where they're manufacturing an army? Literally just building one. They'll be able to flood us in robot bodies if this goes on too long."
J: "Yes, and they'll run out of materiel and resources, long term. We must hit them fast and early, and yes, we can't let them reach a critical mass of it, but they cannot make an army from nothing."
D: "They won't have easy access to Minnesota resources once the war starts."
W: "I can supply for twice as many troops as I am putting in. A group of my scientists developed a new drug called, Berserker Rage that I can supply to any units willing to take it."
D: "Sentinels are forbidden from using combat drugs. But thank that."
"Ambrosia?" Warnik asks simply.
D: "Is not considered one. And isn't known to mix well with other drugs."
"We'll take them," Jameson offered. "Frankly, our frontline troops can be pretty godawful. Psycho's doing the best she can, but they're out of shape. The air quality, low value food from low-protein summer wheat, well, it fills bellies but doesn't make...well..." he gestured at Pearl, intending to show her physique.
Trockle shook his head. "We won't take any. If the name means anything, it doesn't suit our combat doctrines." He looked over at Jameson. "And we should discuss adding food to our trade agreement at some point. Not right now, but we could add fruits, vegetables and meat to your citizens' diet in the future."
W: "I'll send you a shipment and instructions on how to properly use and administer it then. It's best used at a unit level, and as long as care is provided the survival rate can be quite high."
J: "Yes. It is terribly ironic given the agriculture we do, but we will not be able to add them for another week or so. We were unable to freeze any or pick any in time for harvest last year- we did not make it a priority and we are now suffering for it. Economic recession has meant that purchasing it wholesale is not possible."
W: "I can provide an allege based nutrient bar, It tastes like dirt but it's healthy for you."
J: "We can't pay, and frankly to the military effort it will mean little. We'll take the pills as a replacement. In a month's time is the next real harvest, and we'll have sufficient losses combined with sufficient crops to last us a few years."
W: "Okay. How many pills do you want?"
J: "We have troops- a lot of jobless, untrained individuals. We're looking at... well, between us and Pearl's civilians, about two thousand foot soldiers, assuming we pull everything all at once- literally not a patrol officer left to wander the streets, no one to man the guns, the works."
W: "So two thousand pills? Just in case?"
J: "Well, I'm thinking a thousand per battle if it turns out to be protracted and we have survivors."
W: "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now I think two thousand pills for your units is enough. If we need more we can ship them in."
J: "Perfect," he said.
D: "I'll take those bars, about two thousand to start. And Jameson if you're having a food shortage our hydroponic gardens and meat farms don't follow seasonal cycles. We can get our surplus to you if you're in need of it."
W: "Okay, can I ask why you need them of you have those however?"
Trickle looked over. "Probably because they're more portable."
W: "True and they're hard to have go bad."
J: "Not a food calorie shortage, summer wheat has almost no protein. Short on fruits as well, but we have tons of grains."
W: "If you have the capacity you can process the wheat into gluten, sell that. You can get a product that's 98% protein that way. It'll eat into your wheat supply but it's better than nothing."
J: "Help on that front would be invaluable."
W: "It's actually a very straight forward process, you mix flour while running cold water though it that removes the starch and leaves you with a gluten mass that you can extract with an industrial centrifuge."
D: “We have farms of artificially grown beef and pork too. The animals literally never gain sentience, we just harvest the flesh as it grows. And yes, we would like the bars because they’re more portable. And also because the Borsons would notice if we started stocking up our own food supply. I want to mobilize as quietly as possible to minimize the chance of them catching on.”
W: "That's a possibility that would not end well."
D: “No it wouldn’t. Especially since they’ve already shown a capability to turn sentinels against the state. Which brings me to another issue I believe would be at least somewhat relevant to this council: We’ve been providing them with food until now. At the time I thought it would go to their civilian refugees but I’m betting there are no more civilians amongst them anymore. If we cut them off they’ll suspect something. So what I want to know is what their capabilities for sensing and resisting poisons would be.” He looks to Warnik.
W: Warnik clears his throat, "That would depend on the augments they have. Some might be as easily poisonable as a normal person, I've seen some use arsenic as a spice when cooking." Warnik looks at Pearl, "I know one of us has first-hand experience with their healing Augments."
Davey mulls this over. “In my younger days before the outbreak I was somewhat of a chemistry savant. Those skills were put toward more… recreational ends when they first manifested but… Have you ever heard of Boternulium Toxin B? It’s the poison they used to use in Botox injections."
W: "Yes, and that might work on those on the low to mid end of the spectrum, but the higher end and the robotic ones won't be effected."
“They wouldn’t have to be. Their numbers are already down and that means each of them probably functions as a miniature command node. Killing even the bottom 50% would probably destabilize their whole command structure. And they wouldn’t be able to just come back in new bodies because those would need nutrients to be grown. Nutrients we’d be providing for them. And this is quite possibly the deadliest chemical known to man, and possible also known to dolphins.”
W: "And humans used to use it to get rid of wrinkles."
D: “Yep” he chuckled. “Anyway, I believe it might be possible to bind the compound to the vegetable and animal matter we ship them in such a way that their filtration process wouldn’t remove it and that they would have a hard time detecting."
W: "That could be possible, it would be up to you to figure that out."
D: “I-I’d pretty much have to relearn a good chunk of that I knew back when. I’m rusty. But worse case scenario is they know I’m trying to stop them and they were already going to figure that out anyways. I’ll see what I can do.”
W: "That should help."
"Alright," Jameson said. "What else is on the agenda? We've discussed supply, commanders... troop capabilities?"
T: Yes. I can give a brief rundown. The Free Republic armed forces are mostly generalists. We can serve in multiple capabilities, but don't particularly specialize. Our focus has always been to cover our weaknesses. Our airships can provide close air support. The Erinyes are fast attack troops, very good at exploiting weaknesses in enemy lines. Our mobile artillery is capable, if not as powerful or long-ranged as the AMR's. As for our rank-and-file, they can perform multiple functions."
J: "You all know the AMR's heavy gun platforms. We have AMR Heavy Troopers-" Jameson's wrist flickered to life and he pointed at the wall. A projector lit up and the screen began to play their capabilities. A non-intelligent grapple hook, flamethrower, targeting systems that hooked into the rifles' sights, and steel chestplates and down the arms and tops of the legs to protect the most vital arteries and organs. A dark grey helmet matched the motif of the heavy troopers. Some had heavy cannon, others had heavy machine guns. "And Mobile armor," the projector changed to the mobile suits jumping and flying, their swords, guns, custom over-sized artillery, rapid-fire rifles firing from belts, and more. "we also have a navy- dated though it is, the shots are computer calculated and well-ranged. They have speed, power, punch, and can batten down the hatches well. They function well for AA, as well. Lots of flak and radar-guided point-defense gatlings." He continued. "A few submarines of our own," they were diesel-powered relics. "Functional for inserting operatives. Oh, and as Bolts discovered, an air-powered cannon, complete with FCC Wingsuits and parachutes for super-rapid behind-the-lines deployment."
D: “Didn’t we do this last last time?… Fine. I didn’t want to bring this up before the whole blood bond thing happened, but courtesy of Psycho, we’ve discovered that the ambrosia can be, well, modified to have some drastically different effects. So far we’ve identified five variants that the heretic Mathias’s bathtub genius managed to develop. One type increases reaction time and heightens reflexes, another essentially causes the user to secrete a thick skin of hyper-flammable material that can be ignited by the friction of rubbing one’s fingers. Essentially it gives the user limited pyrokinetic abilities. The third formula seems to provide the user with a sort of sixth sense. When Psycho was on it she reported being able to somehow sense infected life around her. Everything from zombies to half infected she could instinctively discern the exact location of. The fourth variant seems to act as a kind of biological flush command. It rapidly purges the body of toxins, including other ambrosia variants. Psycho reported that after ingesting this all her previous side effects and symptoms disappeared within moments. It also may have some limited regenerative properties similar to the traditional mixture, we’re still not sure. The fifth and final concoction we were able to identify appears to be a hyper-concentrated form of classical ambrosia. It would take a few drops of this to induce the same effects as drinking an entire vial of the regular potion. Well Psycho drank an entire vial of that stuff and we believe that’s what caused the explosion from earlier.” Davey paused. “What’s even more remarkable is that aside from the last version, Psycho was apparently able to use these without any of the negative effects that come with untrained people ingesting ambrosia. This leads us to believe that perhaps they could be utilized by anyone, although our testing is limited and Psycho is far from the average human…. There were other compounds listed by Mathias in the writings we confiscated from him, but they were either very limited in their usefulness or involved… unspeakable creation processes. We burned most of them after reading. Other than that recent development we have what few tesla suits we’ve managed to assemble, the arc ammo and technology, the drones, and perhaps some copies we’ll be trying to make of them soon. No telling how they’ll turn out yet or if they’ll even be done by the time the battle happens, but before it’s injury the Synod was very interested in amassing a feet of the things." He stood up. “And with that concluded, I’m going to have to ask that I be allowed to return to New Golgotha with my men. I also request, as per the alliance’s tenants, that I be allowed to launch an unprovoked assault on the church of the Zed god as soon as possible. The Borsons will get suspicious if we start mustering our forces and mobilizing without cause. This will give us an opportunity to do that and shut those monsters down.”
Pearl nodded.
Trockle nodded as well. "Be careful, they're working with Death Empress. Without a doubt she has modified the undead under their control. Expect their zombies to function like an army, not a mindless horde."
D: “That won’t matter. I guarantee it."
"I would not," Pearl said. "Mike? Could you talk to Davey about it? I will be right by your side," she said in her first open display of caring towards "Mike". Wilcox, you absurdly lucky son of a...
“Ever since the dissolution of the Synod, the city’s been in chaos. We’ve got sectarian rivalries coming up out of the woodwork now that they no longer have any representation. My people need something external to focus on before there’s a full blown schism. And I’m looking forward to ripping the wings off their so-called angel and feeding them to it.” Davey stopped suddenly, remembering that Laura’s still in the room.
Wilcox looked at Davey and Pearl, and nodded. "It won't be easy. Fighting Death Empress is...imagine every weakness a zombie has. They're stupid, often slow, uncoordinated. Against a horde you can use artillery and other heavy weapons and freely fire into it and kill tons, they won't take cover. When you go up against Death Empress...take all of that away." His hands trembled slightly. "In Manhattan, we had spitters functioning like veteran squads. Artillery that fired shells of corrosive acid. Tanks that would hide in buildings and burst out right at the worst time. And...." He shuddered at the memory, "Witches that don't need to be bothered to attack, that flit from shadow to shadow before they strike. And they still fight like undead. You can't break their morale. You can't cause them pain. You can't tire them out... She nearly took out Philadelphia with an army she gathered in two months. It's been another five since then." He took a deep breath. "The only weakness the army has is their leadership. Death Empress is a terrible general. But she's learning."
Davey looks at Wilcox with some notion of understanding forming behind his anger. “You and your men have suffered greatly at her hands. I mean no disrespect to their prowess or yours. But my sentinels aren’t just men. They’re stronger and faster than any unmodified human their size could be. Tougher too, especially with the new ambrosia variants we’ve discovered. One channeler can burn through witches with a wave of their hand. A channeler in tesla armor can shrug off spitter shots and start a cascade of balled lightning that runs from tank to tank. A squad of sentinels can pour fire into a mass, toss grenades into the opening as they take cover, and shift position by the time they poke their heads out. And you’re right Death Empress and her followers suffer from vanity and overconfidence. We’ll be a smaller force, sure, but they’ll have one brain amongst them. Maybe several if they’re lucky. We’ll have thousands… Right now, there are people all across the wildlands who have been suffering in the same way the Kanites have when Golgotha was destroyed, only with no chance at rebuilding or escaping. I can’t let that go. I promise not to waste our strength against them and be present when we all muster. But this has been going on for too long, and this round two’s been too long in coming." He turned to Trockle. “It seems I’m finally in a position to purchase those frenzy towers you offered a while ago. I’ll take four if you can spare them.”
Tsmk1 stared. She stepped away. Then further back- and then took off for the ledge and flew out.
D: “Ok, sort of expected that. My bad."
Pearl watched, then shook her head. "Not a wise choice of words. But you also must learn- this half infected is a terror."
Jameson sighed. "We almost lost our capital."
D: “Madam, I’m a terror. She is a mental patient with a daddy complex and…” He stopped. “Yes, I know. She wouldn’t of been able to do so much damage if it were otherwise. And I don’t necessarily believe I could kill her, just dent her strength and buy us time. Her friends crushed my city, murdered my people over an internet post, then turned someone I love into a vegetable for trying to protect us. Now she’s running lose on the country side. I have a pile of bones to pick with that woman, as does every last Kanite warrior. I don’t think it we’ll be an easy fight. In truth, I’d be disappointed if it was.”
Pearl bristled at two points as he spoke. But relaxed by the end of what he said.
"She's his daughter." Jameson said. "I tried to find a cure for it- that was the point. I'm still holding out hope that my daughter is out there somewhere. Or that we can reunite families, end this. Get your daughter cured, and the help she needs. Becker nearly succeeded."
D: “A minute ago, you were all claiming she was a monster, now you’re defending her?”
Trockle shook his head. "There is no going back for her. Not from what she's done. Even if she is cured...her crimes are too extreme. She doesn't just kill humans - she captures and farms them. She has to die - even if she surrenders, even if she is cured. Even if she wants to make it right."
Wilcox turned to Davey. "I didn't say don't fight her. Just that she's very, very, very dangerous, so be careful. There's no doubt she has new mutations in her ranks. And...she can make smart zombies. Her generals. I don't know if she's gotten better at that, has more smart ones under her control. He shrugged
Davey grinned. “We’ve got a half-infected leader too you know. And all her generals are smart. Not just a few. But yes… I understand your warning. But this needs to be done for our sake and the sake of her slaves."
J: "I see sentience. Deranged, monstrous sentience of a family member abandoned." He shook his head. "I pity her."
"I don't," Pearl said. Jameson didn't answer.
D: “There are allot of abandoned family members in the wildlands. But I can’t think of a single one that’s gone on a mass murdering spree because of it.”
"Princess, in her own way, Salem." Pearl said, surprising him.
Trockle spoke quietly. "...Miranda wasn't abandoned. Before the outbreak happened in earnest, we'd sent her to stay with my late wife's parents. They lived in seclusion, and were well fortified and armed - it was the safest place we knew.. By the time we got there, however, we discovered everyone was dead, zombies had gotten past the fortifications. We had discovered her severed finger and a bloody dress. We thought her dead. I didn't disown her until she had killed and eaten thousands. And-....Davey is right. People who were abandoned as children are unfortunately common. I wouldn't call them well-adjusted, but most are not mass murderers."
D: “Because. of. it.”
Trockle nodded. "Because of it. It is why I refuse to acknowledge her as my daughter. My daughter was a sweet girl - she is dead already. Death Empress merely inhabits her body. Had I found Miranda instead, had she not killed and tortured so many...I would do everything I could to make things right."
He turned back to the rest of the room. "Was there anything else we were going to discuss? I believe the rest of the details might be best left either to our generals, or in the case of new trade agreements and the like, for separate meetings."
“There is one. I’d send you the man I’ve picked as my general. but he’s in prison."
Trockle looked at him. "I heard about some trouble. I've already sent orders to release him and return his property. However, please do take care not to cause further trouble. My security forces get jumpy when a foreign mech suit starts destroying property. I'd rather we didn't have an incident."
Davey looked at Pearl briefly, then back at Trockle. “They were only doing their duty as body guards. I accept full responsibility for their actions and will pay the Free Republic for damages incurred when I have the chance."
Trockle nodded. "As long as we're on the same page." He stood. "Alright then, thank you all for coming. We have a plan, now we have to put it in motion. This is the most powerful alliance I can remember having been assembled since the outbreak - I fully believe that this war is winnable. I look forward to meeting with you again in better times, when peace has been restored, at least marginally."
Wilcox stood up and turned to the FCC leader. "Pearl, can I talk to you? In private." She nodded her assent, and he lead her out of the room, holding her hand.
Davey hurried off to meet his prison b*tches and get his stuff back on the train, I don't know.
Me? I think I'll have to leave the grand old Free Republic. At least for a little while. So look out wildlands. Handy Roy's coming.
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2016.06.02 17:30 rallymatt My new Grumman Tiger (Long)

A while back I posted a question to flying for suggestions on buying a first plane. I was looking at Tigers, Archers, 182's and DA40's. Full spectrum. hah.
I'm a film director and travel a lot. Most of the year actually I'm on the road. I had to get a PPL to satisfy my 333 requirement to fly drones, and bonus... If I could fly myself to maybe a couple of shoots a year, or to one of the many meetings 2-300 miles away. I'm pumped. Triple bonus. If I can get to a spot to camp with my wife and save 2 hours doing it, I am even more pumped.
At that time I was ST with like, 4 hours. No I am ST with 39 hours and a scheduled check ride. I flew a bunch of aircraft, and looked at tons more. Started settling in on finding a nice Arrow or Archer. Looked at tons of them. Some got really close. A nice Archer in Texas with a G430 and STEC 2 axis (sold before I could buy it). A what seemed like a nice Arrow here locally that was a bargain with a low time motor but dated avionics.... Ended up with some big questionable damage history (new wings, belly, glass, and NTSB report of a big crash into a field).
Then this Tiger popped up.
http://imgur.com/a/T6mlc
I had essentially given up on Tigers because they seemed harder to find a well-equipped one. This one had a G530, ADS-B via GDL-89, simple autopilot and a lower time motor. It was posted at 9am. I called at 10am and it was sold. Bummer. Put my name on a list in case something happened. It has some damage history from the early 80's. It's logged and repaired and has been flying with it since before I was born. I don't care.
One week later I get a call back. The buyer flaked out on pre-buy (uhh, why?!) and it was still for sale. I'm the first on the list. I put a deposit on it right then and then called the shop that had it for pre-buy.
Call the pre-buy shop and ask if I can finish the pre-buy and get the results. Apparently buyer 1 flaked because there was some hail damage, and he wasn't stoked on it. Do I trust that explanation? who knows. What else does this dude know that I don't. Anyway. Shop sends me copies of all the logs, and 200+ nice detailed photos of the aircraft from the prebuy. I go through them quickly and agree to finish the pre-buy and go one step further and pay to have an annual done. It's due in June anyway (this was early May).
In the meantime. I contact Excel aviation, who happens to be a Tiger expert, and ask if they are willing to go through the logs and photos with me for a fee. A few days later John from Excel calls back and spends a good 2 hours going through every photo. He's like the Tiger whisperer and has a few things that concern him. A cracked prop bulkhead he found via the photos, would like to see the baffles improved and some potential corrosion (FL and CA based plane originally). I ALMOST bail out on the entire deal since corrosion isn't that awesome. I have the annual shop do a secondary corrosion inspection as well as bore scope the motor (good). They are "confident" there is no corrosion anywhere. John from Excel agrees that it looks like a "good" Tiger, but I should consider having it treated with Corrosion-X or Boeshield in the future.
I had a lot of in-decision here at this point. I'd looked at a ton of planes. All had something crappy about them. This one has great avionics, lower time motor (680), and it's clean. There might be some issues in the future, but it still seemed like it was on top compared to a similar aircraft without the avionics, or a higher time motor. No plane is perfect in this price range, so whatever. Confirmed the deal and had the bank pay them.
Had to wait ~2 weeks because of my travel schedule and finally was able to fly down and get it last night. Plane was down in Indiana. I am in Grand Rapids, MI. Drove down with my CFI (I'm a student still, + it's a new plane). Did a thorough pre-flight. Double checked the logs. Pre-flighted again. Booted it up and spent 20 minutes going through the new (to me) avionics. The E.I Super Clock/Altitude gauge is pissed at me and won't shut up. So that was 10 minutes trying to figure it out. Still pissed sometimes though, gotta re-read that manual.
I had spent time on the G530 simulator so that was pretty comfortable. It also has a EI Fuel Totalizer, of which I had read the manual, but still took me a few to get it set in the cockpit.
Taxi'd around a bit to get the castering nose-wheel steering down. It's easy. Way crisper than the Archer steering I'm used too. I think people that don't like it are wrong. Hah.
Took off. Flew around Obama's TFR and got super stoked doing 148 ground speed after a squall line passed in beautiful Michigan evening conditions.
In flight. We found out it that it looks like the left aileron trim tab is bent, and it want's to roll hard to the left. So, gotta have that bent back. The autopilot does track the G530, sort of (century 1) which is rad. As long as I put it on the magenta line first. The left fuel tank gauge is a bit intermittent. Other than that. Flies oh so smooth and nice.
Love it.
Costs:
Plane: 58k
Pre buy: $300
Annual: $780
Insurance: $1180/annually
Hangar: Shared T-style $171/mo
Rental car to get down to Indiana: Free since I travel 300 days a year and have unlimited free days, hah.
MI Tax: $3,200
Title lookup: $40
I also bought a backup ipad, Faro G3 ANR and upgraded my Foreflight subscription to Pro. Didn't have to, but I wanted to.
TL:DR. Bought a 1976 Tiger. It's rad. Here are the photos: http://imgur.com/a/T6mlc
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2015.11.16 20:38 temporalhaze I just got out of the woods with a very unprofessional property management company. This is a heads up to anyone looking to move in GR.

Hey fellow GR friends. So long story short, I just washed my hands of a leasing company based out of Eastown named Pixie Properties. As the title entails, I'm typing this out as a heads up to anyone looking to move or relocate in Eastown, Heritage Hill and the surrounding areas. If this can help out even a handful of redditors, then it's served it's purpose.
I had found a really nice property in Eastown with a fully remodeled kitchen in the works, a quiet lower neighbor and a quiet/peaceful street. That's a rarity in itself with Eastown. Given that the house itself was ~90 years old, it was bound to have maintenance, and I was okay with that. My roommate and I had nothing but issues regarding our second floor space in Eastown. It wasn't the issues themselves, it was how they were handled by Pixie Properties. Listed below are several incidents in which we received quite poor service from Pixie.
Of the four separate landlords I’ve lived under since I’ve lived on my own, I've never had an awful experience until I involved myself with Pixie Properties. Pixie Properties is hands down the worst property management I have ever encountered in Grand Rapids. Living in a home is not supposed to be problematic and stressful because of landlords or management. Issues are supposed to be fixed promptly and correctly, and the service my roommate and I received during our lease with Pixie was unprofessional at best. People deserve better than what that company offers, especially in a city as nice as Grand Rapids.
I want to give you guys a heads up to stay away from Pixie Properties if possible, they're more of a headache than they're worth.
EDIT: There's a comment asking about other places I've rented and what I would recommend.
My first ever apartment after moving out of my mother's was in College Hill Apartments. I stayed there as a sublet for right around 11 months and it was fantastic, except, being a bass player I was definitely a louder tenant unfortunately. I think the majority of the tenants here were medical students/employees who worked all different shifts throughout the day and night, there was literally NO good time for me to write/practice/whatever. Aside from that my landlady and the complex itself were excellent, highly recommended for anyone with or without pets.
I saved up the money and moved to Eastown into the above mentioned house, then moved out this past August.
The current house I'm in is handled by Tanglewood Properties and 3 months in I'm very satisfied so far. The house is great, the landlord is very nice towards us and communicates in a timely manner, which I appreciate now more than ever. My roommates are some of my best friends, but as far as chores/cleaning, they don't do much and the house is very big for one person handle by themselves, so at this point I'd like to live on my own. Handling bills/cleaning and everything else is easier by yourself, in my situation at least.
I'm currently on the waiting list for Martineau Apartments downtown, which I'm really excited about. They're built for tenants that practice art and I plan on staying there for a long time.
I'm almost 25 and I've moved 4 times in 3 years, each time getting closer to what I want in a home. I've never been more excited to live in a place than I have Martineau, and I hope it lives up to my expectations.
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2015.07.29 16:32 vakira ~$1400 USD Gaming and multitasking PC

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Monitor
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build?
Do you have any specific case preferences?
Do you need a copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference for one or the other?
Thank you!
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2013.09.21 16:30 tabledresser [Table] IamA Deaf Girl (19) going to a hearing university! AMA!

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Any "oh shit, I didn't realize you could hear that" stories? Oh tons! I'm gonna lay out my favorite though.
By June I was fairly good at sign, and started to hang with my Deaf friend Alex a lot more. We went to a restaurant (I wore my HAs.) and we ordered in ASL. I usually throw them a "deaf accent" so they understand that I am still deaf, but can hear some. Alex is completely deaf, and the restaurant knows him. Well two patrons behind him were staring and talking about how stupid he must be because he can't hear. I looked straight at them and said "Excuse me, but he happens to in his sophomore year at UofM. He's a BioEngineering Major. If he is an idiot, then I should be in an adult care facility."
The look on their faces... priceless.
How can anyone think some must be stupid just because he can't hear. "How can you have kids when you are deaf?"
"With passion and patience, just like everyone else should."
Read the story I just posted.. haha I love these situations! I read it! :D.
What sound will you or do you miss most? How is dating? Do you have a significant other? Thanks! I miss hearing people's voices. No one appreciates what the tone and pitch of their voice says about them. When I can't hear them, I have to make up my own voices and try to match them with their apparent personality. Sometimes I am spot on, usually i'm not.
Dating is easier than I thought it would be! I do have what I guess I would consider an "SO". (We're exclusive, but not "official".) Oddly enough, we connected over my hearing. He was fascinated with the fact that I was going deaf. (This was a year ago!) He knows the alphabet, but I have gotten accustomed to reading his lips.
"Hey baby! I'm can make you moan so hard you'll make me deaf!"
"Can you read my lips? Would it be easier if they were against yours?"
"I'm blind. You're deaf. Wanna make a Helen Keller?"
Yes. These were all from the same person. xD.
What are your career goals? Communications, but I have a LOT of connections where I am right now and NONE at GU. I don't want to lose them.
Are you (still) friends with this guy (...or gal)? Oh yea! He's a really good friend! We aren't dating, but he is a good friend! :) He just loves one-liners and puns like I do. He's a really good person with a twisted sense of humor. I love him so much. :)
My boyfriend and I really want to learn sign language, and maybe to eventually become interpreters, particularly for young children in school. How was it making the transition into ASL? Was it hard to learn, having previously relied on verbal communication? It was not hard for me to learn, and I am still learning! I recommend ASLpro if money is tight, ASLDeafined if you can afford a little bit. :) Good luck with the interpreter goals! :D.
(Not meant to be offensive, but I have known some deaf/blind people who say random people specifically change around them..) Is it difficult communicating with people who don't know sign language? Look of confusion as I point to my hear and say "Sorry, i'm deaf." Other reactions (rare) include people who just start signing (awesome!!) and people who just plain ignore me. Neither of these happen often where i'm at. What was really funny was I had a classmate in my speech class who didn't realize I was Deaf, even though I signed my first speech. It just didn't click until she tried to get my attention this morning and someone told her. She was all like, "Wtf? Really! WOW!!" Laughs were had. It can be difficult, but I do read lips so it's not as bad. :) It's usually only 10 seconds of awkward before we find a way to communicate.
When people realize you're deaf, do they suddenly treat you differently? If so, how did they realize it, and how do they react? Look of panic as they decide how to talk to me.
If we ever met, the first two steps would probably be skipped entirely :P My vocal chords are just fine, and so is my hearing, but I have crippling anxiety that renders me speechless almost all of the time. That said I've always wondered if my communication with others would be any different depending on their hearing or speech abilities, because I'm not sure if people prefer signing or writing (assuming they can understand written language and so both are available options). I don't know sign language yet however, but I plan to pick it up sometime. How do you respond when someone begins writing or typing? I just sorta sit there and wait and smile. I understand, so I try to make it a little less awkward.
I only know the alphabet and would have to spell every word letter by letter if I were to try and sign anything :( Be careful if you do this around Deaf people! Some of them find it absolutely infuriating. (I try not to. It's not a big deal.)
My advice: spell out the main points of a sentence, not the whole thing.
"You want to go to the play?" should be "(point) W-A-N-T G-O P-L-A-Y?" It just makes it easier.
If the conversation goes on, do you continue speaking if you already were or does it turn into a text conversation between you and the other person? I imagine the latter would be more convenient for you. I continue speaking because it is more efficient. It takes more time for both of us to type everything out, rather than just one person. I also have the Dragon App on my phone, but it doesn't always work. :/
Welp, that didn't cross my mind. I guess this is how I know I've grown accustomed to typing! Lol. It's fine! I am here for enlightenment! :D.
Would a cochlear implant improve your hearing? Yes. But I am reluctant to get it due to my fear of surgery. I'd much rather wait to see if there is a way to do it naturally and within my budget. I am comfortable with being Deaf, so this is not a huge issue for me.
Can I ask what your fear is of surgery, exactly? The knowledge that in order to "fix" my hearing, they would have to drill two holes into my skull. Just knowing that a drill will be anywhere near my head, let alone inside it, just makes me want to pass out.
It's pretty standard. It wouldn't be bad after they knock me out, but until then I would probably be hyperventilating a lot.
Not to mention that, in the process of "fixing" your hearing, they could break your sense of taste. I have noticed my sense of taste being put off, and I'm not sure why that is. It's not bad, I just started liking meat a bit more. Nothing wrong with that!
I know if I get the surgery that I wouldn't be able to eat normally for weeks. Everything will taste like pennys. :(
If it helps you get your mind around it, you've already got holes there for your eyes nose and mouth, Two more isn't much :P. But that wasn't painful. I didn't need vicodin to go through with those holes...
Hello, I have a cochlear implant! To be honest so many areas in my life improved with the cochlear implant and it's something I'll have for the rest of my life. In comparison a 3 hour surgery, in which you won't feel any pain, is definitely worth the sacrifice. I am definitely considering it, but at this point in time I am just not in desperate need of it. Thank you for the positive words!
True enough i suppose. Maybe. I am comfortable right now with being deaf. My fear of surgery obviously sways my opinion, and I HATE going to the doctor more than twice a year. For the past 7 years I've been going twice a month. Being deaf, I don't have to give a shit. No hearing aid problems = no doctor.
Do you ever think you'l want to go through with the surgery? in 5, 10 or more years? Eventually I will be getting corrective surgery, but as of right now I will wallow in my fear of drilling holes in my skull. :)
I'm 6 weeks into my ASL class, and I'm so, so excited to see this. I'm glad you are excited! :D.
How often do you participate in your Deaf community, and how long do you think it took you to transition from deaf to Deaf? I participate as much as I can! I got to as many Deaf events that I can make time for, and hang out with the professor I TA for (ASL I) because he goes all the time. I honestly was Deaf before I was deaf, because I was so into the culture within a couple months (around March?), I went "deaf" in May.
Do you have any tips for learning ASL, and any fingewrist exercises (I find it difficult to make certain signs because I just can't hold my fingers in certain ways)? I played volleyball for 10 years, and I was the setter, so wrist exercises are simply about stretching them. Just start spelling random words you see on signs until your wrist hurts. Eventually you will gain more endurance for it! Also, a great stretch is to hold your arm straight out in front of you, palm up. Then, with your other hand, pull your fingers under your hand until you feel a stretch in your forearm. I do this one A LOT. As far as the fingers go? I still can't make my "m" and "n" right. :/ Takes time I suppose.
Do you miss being able to hear? I do miss it, but I only miss it when I have a memory attached to it. For example, I remember my mom's voice, but I can no longer hear it and it is heartbreaking sometimes. But I don't let it keep me down! :D.
I hear that deaf people are often seen as second-class citizens by the general public, since they are seen as disabled; do you feel this is true? They are definitely seen that way. Absolutely. I've had people ask me if I can drive, have kids, work, and even play sports. It is infuriating to me that some people truly believe that because I can't hear it means I would be a horrible parent. -_-
What is your view on cochlear implants and the use of hearing aids? They are useful, and should be used as a comfort. By this, I mean that if you are not comfortable with them then you shouldn't wear them. I am not comfortable wearing hearing aids anymore, so I don't wear them. No one should force you to get one, but it shouldn't be excluded as an option either. It's your decision. It doesn't make you any less "Deaf", just less "deaf".
finally, have you gotten a sign-name? I do have sign names! I have 3. My professional sign name is "J" that forms into an "A". So you would sign "J-A". (My name is Jenna.) The second one is my friend's choice: A "J", then "PENGUIN", because I have a vast collection of penguin items and wear black and white a lot. The third one is one that was given to me by a boy I dated. He drew a "J" with his pinky from the chin to the cheek. (Close to the sign for "cute". :3)
Sorry for all of these questions. I don't know very many deaf people, and I'm not sure how rude these questions would come across... I am happy to answer any and all questions! Ask more if you want! :D.
Thanks so much for your answers! I suggest going to Deaf events. In Michigan, there is an event next weekend called Deaf CAN Celebration. I am going! Link to deafcan.org
I actually have another question. I would love to get involved with the Deaf community (it's actually also required for my class), but I"m a little self conscious because I suck at ASL and because I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb when I'm attend Deaf socials. I'm trying, but I forget a lot of signs and when I get into situations where I blank. Do you have any suggestions on how to get involved even though I'm limited by my crappy signing and self-consciousness? Just explain that you are learning! Any decent person would be happy to "dumb down" the signs for you. I know I would. :)
Why did you start learning sign so late in life when you knew you were going deaf since age 10? They never told me when I would lose my hearing, or even if in the beginning. What I was told was that if I dropped orchestra and wore earplugs a lot and wore my hearing aids that my hearing shouldn't go down.
Four years later they told me I was missing a huge chunk. -_-
And to be honest, I didn't need to know sign until now. I had all my friends at my school and didn't want to transfer to MSOD because I would be even more of an outcast there. My adolescent brain just would not allow it. I regret that person.
So, to answer your question, I didn't really know when it was going to happen, and it didn't seem to go down so rapidly until it was too late. I sign fine now, and get told all the time that I look like I've been signing for years instead of months. :)
Thanks for answering my question. Sorry if I might have offended you, I know there are better ways to word that question. :p. I am not easily offended! All is good!
I once had a close friend in college that was deaf, and i even think she started losing her hearing around the same age as you. She always gave me crap about being able to play music as well as hear it. She would sit with her back against my amp whenever i played a show or just practiced at home. I'm not supposed to wear my hearing aids when I listen to/play music in an effort to preserve what I have left. I play piano, trumpet, drums, and french horn fluently. I prefer heavy metal stuff and rock. I can turn it up in my car and just let it blast the base through my vehicle.
With your hearing aids in can you still hear music fairly clearly? Or, like my friend, do you prefer to feel the music being played? Although i didn't ask which genre you preferred. I thought that was too easy a question. XP. To answer the question, I do prefer to feel it. :)
<--- former music major in college, though trumpet was my main instrument. So yes . . . you. I like you. I like you too! :D.
Have you ever had a really intense argument/conflict through ASL? Do you also mouth words when signing to supplement? Do you make annoyed or irritated sounds when signing? Just had one this morning. I was signing at a speed I didn't think possible. It was in public. My friend and I were just going at each other. We made up after I put her in her place. Ugh. /rant.
Anyways, emotion is the most crucial part of signing! I had a very... "disgruntled"... face whilst arguing in the middle of Zoup.
Just had one this morning. I was signing at a speed I didn't think possible. It was in public. My friend and I were just going at each other. We made up after I put her in her place. Ugh. /rant.
Anyways, emotion is the most crucial part of signing! I had a very... "disgruntled"... face whilst arguing in the middle of Zoup.
I probably made sounds when I slapped my hands around. I don't know if I grunted. Wasn't focused on it. I probably did. Lol
What was the argument about? Whether or not mustard should be put on bologna sandwiches.
You want to major in Communications, right? Why not a Deaf sitcom? You could have subtitles for the hearing audience. The facial expressions of Deaf actors would entertain even ignorant hearing people ... I see a potential hit! YES. YES. YES.
I'm deafinitely going to pitch this now.
Just don't do the stereotypical thing and cast Marlee Matlin. She's had her chance - there are probably hundreds of other talented Deaf actors waiting for their shot at the spotlight. You can't stop me from casting Sean Berdy. I would only allow myself to be his love interest. :3.
Are you involved with other deaf student/people? Also what do people who were born deaf think of you? I try my damned hardest, but there are not a lot of Deaf people my age were I am at in Michigan. The vast majority of my Deaf friends from this state go to Gallaudet University in Washington DC. I Skype them all the time! I also go to the Deaf events in Michigan a lot (Deaf-Con, Deaf CAN, etc.). The majority of my inner circle of friends are either somewhat fluent in ASL or are learning for me.
I've had mixed reactions. When I was first starting to sign I had a lot of Deaf people sort of go "Hey! You're deaf! Why does your ASL suck?" I haven't had too many people who believe I am not a "true Deafie", but it does happen. I don't associate with those people. Most of the people I encounter are fascinated with my story and how well I handled going deaf. They know just as well as hearing people that going deaf is a big deal and requires a lot of change, so they were supportive. :)
Thank you for an in depth answer! Absolutely! It's what I'm here for!
What made you choose a hearing university as opposed to a HoH university? I didn't lose my hearing until 5 months ago, and by then I was already done with my freshman year at my Uni. As I mentioned, I didn't start learning sign (I still have a LOT to learn, but I can keep up with a Deaf person now.) until January of this year. I felt that the best route education-wise was to simply have interpreters/CART services in class here.
I am considering transferring to Gallaudet, but my plans for my career are keeping me here.
I go to RIT, so obligatory plug for NTID. How's the assistive services at your school? Better than most. I use CART. (Live captions) The only problems I have are when the teacher is fast and asks questions. I try my best to answer them, but sometimes I get things mixed up or she has already moved on to another question. :/
Hey, were your hearing aids implants? I always wondered what the silence is like. Are there times where you appreciated it? No. My hearing aids were Dots by ReSound, and the ReSound Aleras. There isn't another hearing aid that I feel comfortable wearing. I can't swim with them. I play sports and shouldn't use them there. Half of my life I was already not wearing them. When it came time to replace them, I told my AuD I wasn't going to pay 3 grand for hearing aids that I don't want to wear.
Silence for the first time is almost maddening. You go from being able to hear every little thing, to needing to pay attention to every little thing. That little girl of the bike smiling is probably laughing. The man with the disgruntled look on his face is probably yelling at the manager. When I type out this answer the keys make little *clicks. Every person has a voice that I can no longer hear.
You have a beautiful mindset. People could learn alot from the way you view life. We take too many things for granted. One more question, you mention that you go to a deaf university. Is that just a uni that provides services to the deaf, blind, and mute? I mentioned that I go to a hearing university, but I have been to Gallaudet (may even transfer there!). Basically it is simply a campus that is filled with sign language! It is just like any other college. There are parties. There are the nerds. There are the engineering students that look a little off. They just move their hands instead of talk. :)
That actually sounds like a cool experience. I always found it amazing how we evolved to language and than sign language when we had too. It's beautiful that we created these words and signs that express how we can individually feel, yet relate to others. ASL is a beautiful language that is so reliant on emotions. When I become fluent, I will be so happy. :)
I've always want to make it with a Deaf Girl, how do I go about doing this? Start by learning how to sign the phrase "YOU ME BED NOW". Then fireman carry her to the bedroom. Make her sit there and ask for it to increase dominance.
But in all seriousness, it is the same way you get a hearing girl to sleep with you. You treat her nice and look attractive. Sorry! :/
Well my family from my mother side are all deaf but in different rate's its hereditary i think...is it the same for you?? does it effect you ?? plus most of them (cousins) are afraid of the implant. I am the only person in my family's history to ever need a hearing aid, let alone go deaf. My hearing is a result of a genetic "code" and has a chance at being passed on. The combination was always there in my family, it just never happened. Oh well.
My family has started to either learn sign or stop talking to me (outside of Facebook). I've really begun to learn who my true friends are through the process.
It is their decision if they don't want the implant! My opinion on it is that you need to do what is best for you. If you are not happy with HAs or CIs, then don't pay 5 grand to get them!
Does your university provide ASL translators for classes? Is it always the same one, and (if so) have you become friends with hehim? Yes! I use ASL interpreters and CART services. They go through a service in the county that provides them at a reduced cost for students. They do amazing work.
My CART (live captions) lady is named Lisa. She is super nice and attends all of my classes that aren't ASL related. (I am taking ASL III, and TA for two ASL I classes.) She records what everyone says the entire class, then sends it to me. :)
My interpreter is John. He is a huge flamer and a great person. He's actually only around 20, so we hang out some times. He only interprets for me when I go to events on campus like plays or public speeches and presentations.
I intend on baking them both cakes at the end of the year, to thank them. :)
Have your other senses improved/heightened since you lost your hearing? Yes! I am super sensitive as far as touch/sensual stuff. I can't wear lace. I have to have a soft bed or I can sleep. (High thread count.) I also noticed I am more prone to headaches and loss of balance. :/
The sensual is a plus though, if ya know what i mean! ;)
Why can't you wear lace? Does it itch? Unbearably so. It itches as if I was bitten by 1000 mosquitos. :(
HOW YOU DOIN? WHAT?!?!!?
He knew what you meant. I'm aware.
I participated in an activity where you are put in a 'house' with absolutely no light, making you effectively blind. I was surprised at the grace with which one could move(obviously most especially the people who are actually blind who were there!) once accustomed to the fact that you can't see anything, but also with the relative calm compared to being able to see(only being able to focus on a few things at a time, instead of all the crazy visuals we have to deal with normally). Honestly, I felt slightly jealous in a way. So, odd question, but do you find that anything has changed in this way(a positive way) for you since losing your hearing? I have done this exercise! It was so freaky. 0_0.
My life has changed. My personality has changed. I find that my patience toward people has increased, because they need patience to work with me. I feel more confident in what I say now that I have to actually think about it (I can't hear myself speak.).
Oddly enough, losing my hearing is deafinitely the best thing to ever happen to me. I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't, and I have no idea how my life would have turned out. A psychic once told me I would have been a massive bitch, so I'm gonna say I like this route better. ;_;
Hey I'm in high school and taking ASL! Do you have any tips? Thanks for doing this! PRACTICE.
Don't be the student that whines because she can't practice their ASL. Go to a Deaf Coffee or something and start chatting with the first nice person you see throw a sign, and explain that you are learning and would like to introduce yourself. I've had it happen numerous times to me, and I always feel special that more and more people want to learn sign! Just keep at it!
Also, a GREAT way to learn vocabulary is to learn how to sign songs! I know probably half my vocabulary from learning how to sign songs. I can do Hero by Enrique Iglesias, Call Me Maybe, Imagine by John Lennon, Your Song by Elton John, and We are the World. :)
Check out CaptainValor on youtube. YES.
Okay so let me start by saying I'm genuinely curious as to WHY you are learning ASL? What I mean is, you have such recent hearing loss... you already have speech and can write/type gramatically and all that. So in terms of communication (where finding other ASL users might be limited) you could prob get by with speaking and writing etc. Is it more of being Deaf in terms of being part of the community or as part of your identity? It is more in terms of being Deaf, I have to admit. I love the Deaf community, and feel at home with other Deaf people. It is the same reason bikers hang out with each other, or Tigers' fans, or the people at the Gamer's Guild. You share a part of your personality with those people.
In order to socialize with the Deaf community you usually need to learn sign. So, I did. :)
Have you ever played katawa shoujo? If so, did your condition affect how you felt about Shizune? If not, I really couldn't recommend it enough, it's text and picture based, so I'd assume it's right up your alley. I have never "heard" of this. I will look into it!
My questions: How did you deal with stuff when you realised you had a problem? Did it get worse over time slowly or did it go quite quick? Do your non-deaf friends use sign language with you, or do you hang out with some who can interpret or anything? My non-deaf friends (most of them) are starting to learn sign! I don't need an interpreter. That just makes it awkward. :/
Thanks for the reply and thanks for the offer. It does suck, cause apparently my hearing is getting worse over time. I would love to learn sign language myself, where did you learn, online or actual classes? Actual! I'm a COM major and ASL classes fit into my major! Getting credit for my degree AND learning a second language! ;)
Since you've became 100% deaf what is watching your favorite movies like? I mean the ones that you know all the words to? I'm 95% deaf, but 100% Deaf! :D I can still hear airplanes that are right next to me. And gun shots.
They are even better now, because the subtitles allow me to catch everything! :D I never misquote movies. EVER.
WHY IS THAT HAPPENING!? They are super dry and started chaffing. I'm going to the doctor about it on Tuesday.
AND I'M DEAF NOT BLIND THIS JOKE GETS OLD QUICKLY.
No No No the capital letters was because of the shock about bleeding nipples and not about you being deaf. Sorry if you took it otherwise. Oh. Lol. My bad.
I'm just gonna slip out of here...
Does everyone in Michigan hate Ohio? Yes. It is the only thing the Spart-shits and Wolverines agree upon: how much we fucking hate the Buckeyes. It's a fun rivalry!
Not true. Most Spartans don't mind the Buckeyes; whole enemy of enemy thing. We hate you both. :)
Cedar Point is really the only good thing about Ohio. So there is no blame there. Amen.
It would, but she wouldn't hear the same types of sounds. I'm losing my hearing, and could have the option of a cochlear. I'd rather hear nothing than distortions of the sounds I grew up with. Someone understands.
Have you started learning lip reading, and if so, how difficult is it to pick up? Yes! As my hearing degenerated I started "learning" how to read more and more. If I know you well enough, it is pretty easy because I can almost hear what you are going to say.
Strangers are hard. Also, people of different ethnicities have different lips. Bigger lips and lips that have facial hair are harder to read.
I can't imagine how hard reading the lips of someone with a 5+ year old beard would be. Oh god. My grandfather... AND he mumbles!
I've just grown accustomed to smile while reading his Italian face.
This is personal, and I know you said you don't really care about that kind of thing but I still feel kind of guilty asking. Losing your hearing so late in life, do you still speak normally, or more like someone who has been deaf since birth? I do speak normally. Sometimes my volume is wrong (soft when I want to be loud, and vice-versa), but my voice is the same as it was a year ago. I only use the Deaf accent when I go through drive-throughs so they understand why I pulled up to the window and not the intercom to place my order. :)
Would you consider dating a hearing person that could not sign (assuming you can lip-read and speak)? If so, what would be your concerns? If not, why not? I have never dated a Deaf person. Not that I wouldn't, I just haven't met someone who is my age and Deaf and in my area. :/
I am seeing someone now who can't sign. He know the alphabet, and he's trying, but I just don't want to drill him to death with sign. I feel slightly guilty that I am almost forcing him to sign. :(
I'm not usually concerned with anything other than communication. I feel like an airhead when I don't understand what people say. (I am not, for the record. I happen to be intelligent...)
It would be interesting to date someone who knows sign, but that is an experience for another time.
Ahaha, gaming the system, I like it! _^
Sorry if this has already been asked, but do you talk like a hearing person, and if you do, are people surprised that you are deaf when you tell them? I do talk like a hearing person. Yes, they are always surprised. "OH! You're deaf? Can you hear me?!"
Also, have you ever watched Switched at Birth on ABC Family? If so, do you think it portrays the lives of deaf people accurately? I've always been curious to see what deaf people think about that show. I LOVE Switched at Birth! I feel that it portrays it with impeccable accuracy. Everything that Daphne and Emmett went through was pretty much spot on, especially when it came to relationships. It does put strain on them, but it is not impossible. :)
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2012.09.18 11:28 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: IAM the owner of Zeus, the World's Tallest Dog! AMA!

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Okay, that´s a tall dog. Is there any reason he has such long legs? Was he a result of breeding to get those legs that long? (Not putting you guys into question, btw. Just maybe the last 5 generations have been fed giraffe blood or something). Is he a single species? Also, what is his favorite toy?. As far as we know, it was just luck of the draw. I don't believe the previous generations had been fed any giraffe blood, but I cannot say no for sure. :P His favorite toy would prolly have to be these rubber rings. Three of them connected together. He loves grabbing them and playing tug-o-war with himself and throwing them up and pouncing on them.
How big are the poops? Uhm, quite big. Y'know the normal sized doggie bags they have so you can pick up after your dogs? He takes about 2 or 3 of them.
How do people usually react to seeing him for the 1st time and what was the funniest? my reaction was something like this. Most people: "Holy crap/shit/fuck/jesus/crimini!"
I think the funniest was when we were in New York walking to Central Park, some guy stops dead when he sees Zeus and deadpans, "Holy fuck."
My dad's favorite is when some little kid saw Zeus and said, "Holy crap, look at that dog," while pointing at him and jumping up and down.
Would Zeus rather fight 1 horse sized duck, or 50 duck sized horses? Neither; he would probably want to play with the horse sized duck, and would run away from the 50 duck sized horses!
That's cute :) Now would you rather fight 1 horse sized duck, or 20 duck sized horses? Depends, do I get weapons? And if so, do they get weapons as well?
No weapons, that's cheating! Just gool 'ol fist to fi- uh, hooves? or flippers? I'd prolly go with the 20 duck sized horses, then. Though I don't know if I could fight them-- duck sized horses would be pretty friggen cool.
But just think about how cool one horse-sized duck would be! Throw a saddle on it and everything. It'd be pretty majestic. That is true, but the question was if I'd fight it. Not make it a pet. Though if that were the question, a horse-sized duck pet WOULD be pretty awesome.
Did you hang out with world's tallest mohawk guy? Yes we did and he was awesome.
Are there any health concerns which comes with Zeus' size? If so, what have you done to deal with them? There are many health concerns for Zeus and Great Danes in general. We're making sure to keep an open ear for health issues we or our vet may not have thought to look for.
As of right now though, he is perfectly healthy.
Have you thought about taping two plastic dog heads on either side of him and taking him as Cerberus for Halloween? Oh my god that is a fantastic idea!
Shitty proof of concept. Bahaha! Yes, good sir! Upvote for you!
How do other dogs interact with Zeus? Most dogs are either scared of him, or they love him. The ones that are more scared are smaller dogs. Zeus loves other dogs and as soon as he sees one, we're pulled over to meet them whether we want to or not!
The ones that are more scared are smaller dogs. Bahaha, touche.
So... every other dog on earth? Smaller dogs as in chihuahuas, terriers, etc.
My friend also has a great dane, which is at least 109 cm tall, (~42-43 inches), and when you walk into the house he maneuvers to your side and leans on you. I have ended up on the floor numerous times. He (the dog) also fell into the pool once while standing still. He is really clumsy, is your great dane clumsy as well? or is it just my friends? Oh yes, he's very clumsy. But it's so cute you can't help but go, "awww!" and then give him a hug. It also makes for a great laugh when he accidentally shoves someone on the ground from leaning on them.
Is he cuddly at all? (Oh please tell me he is. And then tell me I can come play with him because I desperately want to.) Very, very cuddly. And you can come to visit, sure! :P.
How much drool? Those lips are darling, but I imagine towels are involved after a drink. So. Much. Drool.
Yes, towels are definitely involved, especially when we have company over. We don't want him drooling all over them! Sure they love him, but probably not that much. XD.
Has Zues been (or is he going to be) a father of giant puppies? He has not, nor will he ever be. We did get him neutered when he was a puppy.
How big was Zeus as a puppy? Normal sized puppy, believe it or not. His Facebook page has a picture of me holding him a week or so before we took him home.
Does he have a dog house? Well, he has his own queen sized futon mattress he sleeps on, if that's what you mean.
Are there any extra precautions you have to take around your house to make it Zeus-safe? Not really... but we do have to keep all of our food either on top of the fridge or in the microwave or oven so he can't get to it.
Is it hard waking him or putting him in the car? Waking him, not particularly. You just have to say, "Zeuuus!" Until he gets up. As for getting him in the car, he loves car rides, so all you have to say is, "Wanna go for a ride?" And he's ready to go!
How does he ride in the car? I mean, does he take up the whole back seat, or do you drive a truck? I'm just curious how that might work out. We actually have a van that we took out the back seats. So he has the entire back to himself, wherein he is free to either lay down or stand up.
When did he started shooting up in size? Also is his actual body the same size as most great Danes? It looks like it's just his legs that are super long? :) he must be such a fun pet! I'd love a giant dog. Well, we really started noticing how tall he was when he was 10 months old--we took him back to meet his parents and he was already 6 inches taller than his father!
Where did you get him at? In other words, what is his origin story? We got him from a breeder in Lawrence, Michigan. My mom was talking to people she worked with about wanting either a Great Dane or an Irish Wolfhound. The Wolfhounds are very difficult to find in Michigan, so we were kind of leaning towards the Danes.
Come to find out, someone mom worked with just had a litter of Great Dane puppies! 15, to be precise! We went to look at them one day. Since mom chose the breed, dad could choose the color. There was this beautiful fawn colored Dane that dad wanted, but he was spoken for. The next dad wanted was the one with the most black. Thus, Zeus!
Did you ever hear about how the rest of the litter grew up? Are they also ridiculously large? As far as I know, we've only met two others from the same litter, and they're normal sized Danes. No idea how we got to be the lucky ones!
Has anyone ever tried to put a saddle on its back and ride it like a small horse? No one has ever tried, but we did put a saddle on him for Halloween last year and a doll on the saddle.
I'm not sure if this happens with all dogs, but they're obviously built different than horses and riding one could be potentially detrimental to their health. I know a friend's dog that had severe problems after an incident like this occurred. Oh yes, we never allow anyone to actually get on him and ride. We have had people hold up other animals/their smaller kids near his back to get a picture, but we've never allow them to actually put their weight on him.
I'm not saying I know better than you or anyone else in the realm of pet health, but just as a PSA I'd like to share my thoughts on the subject. Very good PSA announcement, though. Never really thought of it to say.
Can he run like a normal dog? He doesn't run like a normal dog, exactly. I've always said it's more of a lope. But if you meant the speed, yes, he can go as fast as our German Shepherd.
Your dog is adorable. How do other dogs react to or play with your dog in general? Does he like children? Other dogs are either afraid of him or they love him. It's mostly the smaller dogs who are afraid of him. As for playing, Zeus loves playing just like all the other dogs out there!
Zeus absolutely adores kids! I think it's because they're right at eye level with him. He loves licking their ears for some reason. :P.
Have you ever considered getting a cat who's chill enough to ride on his back? Because that would be awesome. We have not. Maybe that'll be my next project. Trying to get one of our cats close enough.
I heard about you and your dawg world news style. Whereabouts is Michigan are you? I Knew a great dane named Zeus when I was a kid, ate my fucking spy periscope. Hahaha. I'm sorry about your spy periscope!
We live in Otsego, Michigan. It's between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Did Good Morning America pay you? They didn't pay us, but they did pay for one night's stay in the hotel we stayed at.
What? Why did you guys choose to go then? I wouldn't see a point unless they covered traveling and stuff. Well, Guinness payed for gas there and back. Yes, we drove.
I'd like to lead my question by saying my jealousy for you is taller than your dog. The biggest challenge... I don't know! It's so great (harhar) owning him, he's just such a sweetheart! Probably the biggest for me is more of an annoyance.
That out of the way, what do you find is the biggest challenge of owning Zeus? I'm sure he's a huge sweetheart, but there has to be some difficulties to it no? When he drinks out of the faucet, he drools ALL OVER THE KITCHEN FLOOR. And I like to walk barefoot in my own house. So when I step on his drool/water it's slimy yet wet it's just... blech to me.
Have you been offered money for breeding? We have gotten offers for breeding, but we've had to decline as he has been neutered.
Does Zeus sit on the couch like a human? I've noticed this is a relatively common occurrence with dane owners. Yes he does! He especially loves doing this if there's someone to sit on.
Does he chase cats? :p. Well, we own two cats as well. He doesn't really chase them unless they're running away from our other dog. Then he gets in on the chase.
How does he feel about being the world’s tallest dog? Does he like it? Has his fame gone to his head and turned him into a demanding prima dogga? You know, he does not seem to care. I think the only thing he cared about was being able to sleep on mom and dad's bed!
Do you plan on saving his hair in order to clone him in the future? I, uhh... was not. Do you think this is something I should consider doing?
Roughly how many times a day do you get the "do you have a saddle for that horse" question? i only ask because i also have a great dane, and while she is nowhere near zeus' size i swear to god i have heard that joke 600 times already and she isn't even full grown yet. So many. It's impossible to count. Ever since he was a puppy!
Is there a funny joke about him you've heard once? Well, the first time we heard the, "is that a horse?" variation it was funny. We also did come across quite a funny Scottish lady while walking in Central Park who said, "Now that is a pony!" Coupled with her accent and facial expression, I about lost it.
Pancakes or waffles? Ooh, that's a hard one. I'm going to have to say waffles simply because I don't get them as often.
How awesome is he? Very, very awesome.
Does he have any skin conditions? As far as I know, no. However, let me double check with my dad (he's a vet tech), and get back to you for a 100% answer. :)
Fellow Great Dane owner here. Is that a horse? I can assure you that he is indeed a dog! :P.
How tall is he on his hind legs standing up? Over 7' tall. I believe the official measurement was 7'5".
I own a normal sized Great sane named "Dante" - He loves to lean on us when standing. Does Zeus do this? And thanks for the AMA btw! Yes, Zeus loves to lean! It always throws me off, even when I'm prepared for it. He's so heavy!
About how many pounds of food does zeus eat per week? Pounds is difficult to go by--we measure it by 10-12 cups of food a day. That translates to (roughly) about 6 pounds per day. Plus we give him two cans of wet dog food everyday, as well as eggs, cottage cheese and chicken, steak and hamburger when we cook some up for ourselves!
We're trying to help him put on a little weight since we are aware that he's a bit on the skinnier side, but we don't want him to put on too much--it'd be unwanted stress on his joints and bones.
Why did your family want a Great Dane? Was he responsibly bred (meaning a breeder that does health testing, usually a show breeder), backyard bred, or a rescue? Did your family save in advance knowing the possibility of large vet bills in such a giant breed, or are you being taken by surprise? My family wanted a Great Dane because my mom wanted a big dog. She did her research quite well and we were all very prepared for vet bills and such. We just weren't expecting him to get so big!
As for the breeder, I'm honestly not sure. I'm assuming he was responsibly bred--I know they gave him his first shots and got all the puppies tested for diseases and such--but I couldn't 100% say for sure.
Is he your first Dane? He's beautiful by the way! I come from a family of Dane lovers-we've had 7 of them in my 19 years of life. :) He is our first Dane! And thank you so much! I know we love Zeus so much, we'd recommend this breed to anyone!
I like how one picture is absolutely nothing but boobs, and yet not a single person has said a thing. Am I no longer on the internet? Actually, there have been quite a few comments on it. XD I completely forgot I had put that one in there--meant to delete that one and leave the one with me giving two thumbs up, but forgot. Oh well.
I know it's one of the less lighthearted questions but have any doctors determined what they expect his life expectancy to be? I know larger dogs like Irish Wolfhounds will only live 6-8 years typically. Yep, between 6-8 years unfortunately. As of right now, it hasn't gotten any shorter, but for such a big dog, I'm afraid it might turn out to be. :(
It is said that population of dog owners divide into two groups. The ones that sleep with their dogs and those who wouldn't admit it. Has he ever slept with you or is he too big to fit in your bed? He is definitely too big to sleep with any of us! But when my dad is out of town for the weekend or something, mom lets him sleep with her. Unless he starts having dreams. Because he kicks hard!
Have you on reddit before? Do you come here regularly I was a lurker for maybe three months or so before I made this account. This account was made maybe four-ish months ago?
I've been on at least once a day since I learned about it.
Hey! I have a 7month old female Mantle Great Dane. She is super awesome! I have heard many owners state that GD's are super relaxed and chill. How long does it take for GD's to get to the mature stage of their life? In other words, right now, our puppy is still very much in the puppy stage where she will every now and then refuse to listen to us. Running hotlaps in the living room, biting at the cat (playfully, but dangerously due to size), etc.. I have heard 12 months, is that about what you saw for Zeus? Yeah, about 12 or so months sounds about right. At least, that is what went on with Zeus. As he got bigger and older, he started to get more relaxed and chilled out.
Don't get me wrong though, sometimes he gets what we like to call the Zoomies--he'll run around our furniture a couple of times and play with his toys more than usual. That happens about once or twice a week.
I know this IAMA is a day old, but I'm really confused that no one asked about why your nametag says Wendy if your name is Miranda. Is Wendy a common nickname for Miranda that I just had never heard? Hahaha I'm sorry, I forgot to mention. While we were on Good Morning America, we were also on The Wendy Williams Show (thus the nametag), and Inside Edition.
Did I miss it? How tall is he? 44" at the shoulders. :)
Haha, we call those hotlaps. They have caused many spilled beers and injuries. Does zeus like beer? Ours hunts them down now. We can't even keep cans in the house now because she knows its a beer and she will bite it open. Zeus doesn't care much for beer, but he loves wine! He'll hunt that down. :P Though it hasn't gotten to the point where he'll attempt to open the bottle, thank goodness. XD.
He really is cute and adorable. The question I have is why are his nails so long? Doesn't it make it harder for him to walk? Thanks for sharing him with us. :) His nails are long because he's a big dog. :) We try to clip them maybe once every two weeks or so, but he absolutely haaates that, so sometimes we go a bit longer, but never more than three weeks.
Do you let small children ride him like a horse? Can I borrow him for a portrait with me in a velvet smoking jacket, pipe, and armchair to hang over mantle? First question, no we do not. Second question, only if I get to paint it. :P.
Let me guess, he gets his own queen sized bed? Queen-sized futon mattress, yes. XD.
Oh my goodness! I just saw pictures of your gorgeous dog this morning! How does it feel to cuddle with him? Like getting a great big hug? Yes, it is quite fantastic! He's the biggest teddy bear.
Sorry if you have answered this - did you have him from a puppy? Did you imagine he would get this big? Yes, we've had him since he was about 7 or 8 weeks old. We had absolutely no idea he would get so big!
I don't see it here...but how old is he? He will be 4 in November.
Does he have arthritis because of his size? I have a standard poodle and (obviously a much smaller dog than Zeus) and he seems to have pain because of his size and thinness. As of right now, he doesn't--the dog food we're feeding him is helping prevent it, and it will help when he eventually does get it. Hopefully he won't though. :(
What is the strangest thing Zeus is afraid of? Well, for the longest time Zeus was afraid of the measuring stick, which prevented us from being able to get a proper measurement the Guinness people needed.
I know that this is off topic but in your photos there is a man with a ridiculous mohawk - How does this man get through doors? He duck walks! It's quite funny, though I do feel a bit sorry for him though--his legs have got to hurt quite a bit for doing that!
I had a friend whose great dane was really tall and it hurt his neck/back to bend down to the floor to eat food out of dishes like a regular dog. So he actually had a table for his food and water bowls. He also liked drinking out of the bathroom sink because it was at his height. Does Zeus have anything like that? Oh yes! We have an elevated food bowl for him to use, and whenever Zeus is thirsty, he goes straight for the kitchen sink!
Was he called Zeus when he was a puppy? Yes he was! Dad and I thought it'd be hilarious to name him Tiny or Peanut when we got him, but mom wouldn't let us.
How much orange nail polish do you own? Quite a bit as it's my favorite color. Maybe four or five bottles?
Link to imgur.com. Yes! Perfect gif! Upvote for you, my good sir!
I'm sorry everyone has been doubting the way y'all feed him. That's ridiculous. My wife demands we get our own 'Zeus' now. You should! Great Danes are wonderful dogs!
What the heck is up with that one guys hair in your pictures He's Kazuhiro Watanabe, the World's Tallest Mohawk guy.
I also have a great dane, and he also has leg tremors when he stands. I think its just something that happens to certain great danes. Yeah, we've asked other Dane owners we've known/seen, and it's about 50/50 with Danes having the leg tremors.
Please check out the condition called Woobler disease. It is very common in Great Danes. He is an awesome looking dog, love him, pet him, cuddle him. We have looked into that disease, and are pretty sure he does not have it, but we make sure to keep checking for it whenever we have tests and whatnot done. Thank you so much for your concern!
I love Danes, yours is awesome. I am so envious, just keep checking. The food you are feeding him sounds perfect, their energy is so high. He is awesome. Thank you so much! And don't worry--we worry about him probably more than anyone else!
I made this when Zeus was posted on /pics not long ago! Edit: typo. That is fantastic! Can I have that!? :D.
A link to the facebook page would be appreciated. There's a hundred profiles with the name zeus. I was going to post the link, but I wasn't sure if it'd be against Reddit rules or not, so I didn't. But here's the link for you! :)
Link to www.facebook.com
I was going to post it in the original post, but I wasn't sure if it was against Reddit rules or not. But here it is! :)
About the weight issue: Please see that he doesn't put on too much weight. It's really not good for his leg joints. Especially at his size he'll most probably have difficulties with his legs later on in his life. Oh yes, we know, don't worry! :) We're very paranoid about that. We want to make things as easy as possible for him. Thank you so much for the concern, it means a lot. :)
Beautiful dog, but seriously all I can think is how much Slenderman would love him as a pet. I know right!? I'm just waiting for the moment Slenderman comes to my house to take him.
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