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New SR+ in the SC for four days, return today or hope for the best?

2020.09.19 13:10 cayman40 New SR+ in the SC for four days, return today or hope for the best?

As the title reads, my new SR+ has been at the SC since Tuesday morning. With great anticipation after a 55 day wait, I picked up the beautiful machine Sunday afternoon. After close inspection and no visible flaws noted it was time to take her home. On the drive home however an invisible flaw appeared in the form of two notifications:
Power limited - OK to drive Use Mobile App to schedule service
Power reduced Exiting and re-entering vehicle may restore operation
As foretold by the notifications, 63 mph was the top speed. A quick return to the SC was made and after a settings check and reboot the messages disappeared only to return once on the expressway. Since the car was OK to drive and it was Sunday, I decided make the best of it and enjoy the vehicle and the beautiful day and think about it tomorrow. Monday morning I scheduled an appointment on the app and was given a date of October 6th. This of course totally unacceptable. A call to my rep. was made (thank you Tiffany) and soon after had an appointment for 8:30 the next morning. The car has been there since. Daily I receive a text stating a tech is working on it and they will inform me when they have found the cause. In the meantime I was given a 2014 S P85D loner to drive and while nice and very quick, I prefer the Model 3 I own--but do not yet have possession.
So Model 3 owners and other enthusiasts, my question is: What is your take on this? Do you think Tesla will honor the seven day return policy starting with the day I get it back? Although the odds are against it, I have an underlying fear this particular unit may have a serious issue as evidenced by the length of time at the SC. What would you do?
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2020.08.23 11:44 OneSilverRaven Raven Reviews: Huniepop, The Best Example of What a Visual Novel Can Do Wrong.

TL;DR
Huniepop is the perfect storm bad visual novel and the example I point to when someone asks me to explain how to tell a good novel from a bad one at a glance. The experience of playing it is an exercise in frustration for an experienced visual novel reader and a terrible representative for an inexperienced reader. The rest of this review is me picking apart every aspect of the game in detail and arguing why it serves as such a great example despite the fact it does not qualify for the title of a “true” VN.
A WORD ON VISUAL NOVELS
If you were to search for Huniepop on VNDB you would be met with this screen, displaying that the game had once been considered, but was removed at some point after its inclusion. Following the link posted in the notice, you come across this thread which seems to broadly favor the ultimate decision to remove it.1 Another link leads you to this screen, where the database firmly sets guidelines for what may be added to the collection and in no uncertain terms Huniepop fails to meet them. This review is not an argument that Huniepop be considered a visual novel nor is it meant to say anything about VNDB as I'm sure the majority of people reading this (myself included) respect the thorough nature of the site and its authority. What I do intend to do however is use Huniepop as an example in place of a more traditional novel2 because despite not qualifying for the genre it manages to embody every single pitfall a poorly presented novel could fall into.3
Before I explain however it's important to note that Huniepop is a well known game and mainstream in a way that more “traditional” visual novels are not. Meaning that whether or not we like it Huniepop is a representative of the visual novel genre to the mainstream world.
Poll a random gamer about their favorite visual novel and you're likely to get one of three responses. That they have never heard of the genre, that they don’t play dating games, or a minority that will list one of the few popular titles. Dangan Ronpa, Gyakuten Saiban, 999, and Doki Doki Literature Club! are the ones I hear most often.4 Now an astute observer familiar with these titles will immediately notice that they all share a feature with Huniepop and each other that I think is key to understanding their mass appeal, and that is that they all hybridize the visual novel style with another genre of game. Dangan Ronpa and 999 are puzzle solving mystery games with game play dotted between novel sections. Phoenix Wright is a different breed of puzzle game but follows the same format. Doki Doki is the closest to a “traditional” VN but mixes heavily with horror elements and meta game play so the point still stands. Clearly, mainstream audiences more readily adopt VN’s that provide some kind of game play element.5
Because of their popularity this relatively small pool of games is what we have to draw from when talking about how Visual Novels are perceived by people unfamiliar with them. Overwhelmingly to an outside observer this genre would look to be composed of sexualized (Doki Doki, Dangan Ronpa to an extent,) simple (Puzzle games don’t exactly require twitch reflexes, just patience and time,)6 anime art games with a disproportionate amount of romance themes.7 Not a bad description for Huniepop if it was necessary to give it one so short. I think it's a good idea to keep in mind that the western idea of what a VN is typically about was the mindset behind this game's creation. The author of the game has even openly voiced that he does not believe Huniepop should be considered a visual novel at all.8
That being said it’s hard to ignore the parallels. Strip away for a moment the lack of actual text (the NOVEL portion of this visual novel) and you’ll be hard pressed to point out a significant difference between this game and one of the earlier examples.9 Sure the gameplay is different but “puzzle” is a wide genre. The art styles vary but that is true between any two games and even the 999 trilogy went from 2D to 3D between titles and that didn’t disqualify them. Huniepop actually has a few ADVANTAGES over some of these games with a wide variety of outfits for the heroins and a huge amount of CGs dwarfing Doki Doki and 999’s numbers. If you wanted to be purely objective then yes, Huniepop is not a visual novel, but it shares a lot in common with the genre and those similarities are fascinating to look at when judging its quality.
IF WE COULD READ A BOOK IN ONE PAGE
I have always maintained that the most important single feature of a visual novel is the title screen. Writing, which one can argue is more important broadly, can have good and bad moments and be incredibly inconsistent with even the best novels in this genre having individual scenes far below par.10 I can’t recount how many times a good novel has had a protagonist that brought down multiple scenes they were in.11 Art is divided into multiple sub-groups so I think it's unfair to lump every visual aspect together. Backgrounds, sprites, CGs, chibis, if all of these are bad then a novel is unlikely to gain much of a readership but if one or two suffer for the others there is a good chance it can be overlooked. Doki Doki had very simple sprites and backgrounds but made up for it with strong animations and clever use of audience expectations to use their sprites creatively. 999 has downright HIDEOUSLY choppy art in its first installment and subpar character models in later games (as well as almost no CGs in the second game and none in the third)12 but used its assets sparingly and spread out its best looking moments to compensate. Point being, as long as the writing and art isn’t so bad you can hardly look at it and enough of it is of a quality to catch a reader you can get away with focusing on a few points over others when necessary.
Without a doubt though your title screen is one of those points that needs to be top of the priority list. A bland or uninteresting title screen is a red flag larger than the banner on the Kremlin during the October parade. Why? Because it's the first thing you see, it sets the tone for the entire rest of the novel. The old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover” exists because it is ridiculously simple to take a single look at something and let that first impression color your view of the entire work. Perhaps the saying is correct, but it can't be helped that this first screen sets expectations and a catching or interesting title presentation can make or break a reader's interest in what follows.
Let’s look at an example from one of the greatest western VNs Katawa Shoujo and the subtle way it plays with your expectations.13 Upon booting up the game you see this image. Which is relatively plain. The three features are the central canvas like space, the isolated options in the lower corner, and the game’s symbol in the upper corner. The eye is drawn to the center of the screen where the negative space causes a reader to search for something to latch onto. The option text is simple and uninteresting so the only real object to engage with is the heart. If you had never heard of Katawa Shoujo before starting this game it's easy to see this heart at the edge of all this negative space and take away that symbol as the only feature. This actually primes you for the novel you are about to read because Hisao, the protagonist, is only moments away from a heart attack, which will become the major defining feature you as the reader will see him as until he is fleshed out over the course of the novel's entire length.
Katawa Shoujo then slowly introduces the reader to the idea that the heroines Hisao meets, who he first describes and views as extensions of their disabilities, are not defined by the features they possess but the people that they are. In line with this as you complete more chapters the title screen shows a branching group of pictures stemming from that first title card of act 1. These reminders of your story with each route fill the once negative space with a bouquet of deeper memories. The theme of Katawa Shoujo is ultimately that people are more than the surface level we can see and making judgements on one trait, one object, like the heart in the corner is ignoring that more lies below the surface then being “The blind girl” or “the girl with no arms” or “the guy with arrhythmia.”14
Doki Doki Literature Club also has a great example of a title screen because it hides the horror elements the game is eventually going to spring and the twist that this novel is going to be unconventional in plain sight for a careful observer. The first thing I noticed when first reading this novel and something that a new reader would probably never guess is that there is no “extras” option, which means there is no gallery. Now this isn’t exactly something to be worked up about, I can name dozens of novels that don’t immediately allow access to the game’s extras. But normally the option is left on the title screen grayed out (Katawa Shoujo, Muv-Luv Alternative, Aokana: Four Rythems Across the Blue) not absent entirely. Secondly, the game's name has a tell that will definitely go over the head of someone unversed in Japanese culture, but the O in each Doki are pushed together to form an 8. This is an unlucky number in Japan like 13 would be considered unlucky in America. If you notice that detail you can probably also figure out that Doki Doki, the Japanese sound word for a heartbeat, has a double meaning as both a fluttering heart and a nervous heartbeat. The inclusion of unlucky 8 points the reader’s interpretation to the negative connotation, the game is literally telling you on the first screen “be prepared for unfortunate nerve racking events.” Combine this with the lack of an extras option and you can deduce rather easily that this otherwise cutsie looking VN is going to pull some tricks on you.
Now obviously I don’t expect that everyone who picks up a given novel is going to over analyze the title screen like I do. I doubt most people notice they are making judgments about a novel that early in the experience. But from an author's perspective you have to assume that your reader IS going to be that picky about your game and so they put a lot of effort in to showcase the worth of this highly visual medium right from the start.
Huniepop opts to do a very common style of title called an ensemble shot where all the important characters are on screen in a group. Lots of novels do this from Muv-Luv to Kindred Spirits on the Roof, not uncommon at all, but just like how a careful observer will notice the detail in the Doki Doki logo an experienced novel reader will immediately see a problem in this particular picture. That being the sheer number of people on the screen. In total Huniepop has 9 characters present on the title shot and that is well over the average number for a romance focused game where typically there are only 3-5 routes.15 Now I used Kindred Spirits as an example of another ensemble shot which has an ungodly 16 characters16 but that is the exception rather then the rule as EVERY character in the game is included and Kindred Spirits follows a unique story telling style that doesn't fit cleanly into the normal progression of traditional VNs.
Almost always ensemble shots showcase only the heroines of a novel and cut out any that aren’t romance options. Suki to Suki to de Sankaku Ren'ai actually goes a step further and despite having two characters that are both options for menu voices (something else usually reserved for romanceable heroines only) and two ecchi scenes apiece included only the four main route heroines in their ensemble shot. Muv-Luv also follows this trend with three ensemble shots on its title screens featuring the six main heroins and neglecting the two characters that play critical roles in the story despite the fact they also have one ecchi scene apiece, which hilariously is half as much as five of the heroins and equal to the sixth but that's neither here nor there.17
Just by counting the number of people on screen a reader can infer one of two things is almost certainly true. Either this novel is going to be lengthy, as many as 30 hours minimum and up to 100+ hours if properly paced.18 Or the characters in this novel aren't going to be given nearly enough time to be fleshed out because the novel simply has too many people19 to properly explore them all. Given the remaining details of the title card, the spinning pink background behind the logo and the floating shapes that invoke the same feeling as looking at a box of store brand marshmallow cereal my money would be on the later.
BECAUSE MAGIC IS UNIMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE USED TO GET YOU LAID
For the sake of argument let's say you either didn’t notice or didn’t care about the pretty big warning sign I just pointed out and decided to start a new game. After selecting a save file and a gender the player is immediately thrown into the games potentially longest string of connected dialogues but for this section I’m only going to focus on the scenes you’re FORCED to do. The story opens with the reader’s character approached by a woman at a bar who berates you for several sentences about your inability to properly socialize while you demonstrate that you have just learned the English language and are having trouble remembering the difference between thank you and good morning.
Without warning you are forced to make several choices in a row that all effectively say the exact same thing and then the woman leaves. The next morning in your bedroom a lingerie model set to appear in Katy Perry's reshoot of California Girls wakes you up and you rightfully tell her that sleep is a gift bestowed by the gods and you are not going to be roused by what is clearly an illusion. Disregarding your valid skepticism the protagonist from the worlds sluttiest magical girl anime takes you on a date.
This brings us to the screen you will be staring at for roughly 70% of the time you play this game, but I’m actually going to skip over it just to finish the tutorial so table that for now. After your game play demonstration the Good Witch of the West’s rebellious daughter returns you to your room, gives you your menu screen and presents you with the only choice that has literally any bearing on your play through. Which place sounds like the best spot to pick up chicks? Now I, as a twenty something man, have attempted at least once to engage with a woman in all of these locations, but something tells me this games targeted demographic of horny high schoolers that strangely like doing puzzles they paid a ten spot for more than using google to find free videos have not. How many people actually chose the park on their first play through?
This brings us to the one and only thing that I can compliment about this game unapologeticly so prepare your angry comments. The introductory scenes for the various characters, while admittedly rushed and simplistic, are generally really good. Some are better than others, but the worst one of the bunch Kyanna still gives you the bare minimum to get a sense for their character and in a better novel that actually cared enough to flesh out these girls this would be a pretty good opening. I like the circular nature where meeting one girl leads to the next and essentially gives us two introductions to each character as we see them interact with one of the other flat pieces of cardboard we’re supposed to pretend are people.
Oh shoot didn’t quite have enough positivity to make it to the end of that paragraph did I?
Yeah these characters are all terrible and exist solely for player gratification. I can boil them down to one word each and I bet you’ll have no trouble guessing which one I’m referring to. In fact let's test that out shall we?
Asian, Tsundere, Shy, Cougar, MILF, Black, Nerd, schoolgirl, Neko, Alien, Slut, and dominatrix.
Think you got 'em all? Of course you did because as far as the game is concerned these single words are all these characters are. In a way this game is disturbingly meta because the protagonist treats these people in a way that seems almost clinically designed to mirror how you the player were always going to treat them.20 You ask superficial questions about them (Age, weight, height) and then answer those questions when prompted. No, actually, you have the OPTION to ask superficial questions about them because talking to the heroines is literally optional, there is a steam achievement for completing the game without ever doing it once. You have the OPTION to buy them things, from the insultingly basic preferred items that literally just cater to whatever fetish the character was made to fill to general food items and alcohol that force them to talk to you more and romance easier. And of course you have the OPTION, but are really forced to take them on dates.
But I’m still not ready to talk about the dates yet so let's switch topics.
HOW TO FAIL AT AESTHETIC DESIGN
Let's talk about the music. There are twenty three tracks in this game and all of them are forgettable garbage. One of those tracks is the opening theme and if you ever played this game with headphones you know EXACTLY what the opening notes of that song sound like because it was the last thing you heard before going deaf for three hours. For anyone who hasn’t had their hearing destroyed follow this link and you’ll see what I’m talking about, they set this theme about three times as loud as it should have been and what makes it worse is they put it over that off putting title screen to make this game as unappealing as possible! Of the twenty two remaining tracks two of those only play in your character's bedroom during and after the romance game. That leaves twenty tracks of music, not an bad amount. So when do those play? Well you might get a clue by looking at the titles, with such riveting names as Dagwood Park, University Campus, Fitness Club, and my personal favorite Hot Springs, because Onsen was apparently too complicated a word.
They all just pertain to the location they’re named after. No variety, no variation, and each time you return to the location they loop from the beginning so I hope you enjoy the first thirty seconds or so of these two and a half minute tracks because that's the part you’re going to hear.
You know what was one of my favorite parts of Katawa Shoujo? Something I always remembered even years after I read the story. The two rattles at the beginning of Kenji’s theme Out of the Loop. Kenji is insane by the literal definition, he has undiagnosed paranoia and is going to kill someone if not properly medicated21 but I was never upset to see him because this song loop always made me chuckle. The game is self aware enough to tell you Kenji is clearly wrong about everything he says by using his own theme to show the motif. He’s out of the loop, disconnected, thoughts rattle around his brain but nothing worth knowing. Now Kenji is actually one of the more interesting characters in Katawa Shoujo and much deeper then his introduction might lead you to believe but that's a topic for another day. What I wanted to illustrate is that music in a visual novel is one of the most important details you need to get right in order to have a good play experience for your reader.
Authors of films, TV shows and VNs don’t give characters their own themes because it's just tradition and saves time when you can copy paste someone's theme over every scene they’re in. They do it because music is an ingrained and easy to access part of human culture and can have a huge variety of effects when we hear it. Everyone knows what a “wild west” song sounds like. Everyone knows what jazz, and classical, and eastern music sounds like and if you don’t think you do you actually do but just can’t think of an example. I can play just five seconds of organ music and everyone who can hear it will immediately start thinking about vampires and cheesy cartoons about Gothic horror. When you are planning your musical accompaniment for a visual novel it is imperative you understand what you are trying to SAY with your choices and where they play. When I’m in the forest with the shy girl I should not be hearing the same music as when I’m in the forest with the obnoxious party girl. Going to a club with Cougar should not be the same as going with MILF because the atmosphere of the scene is completely different. I should not be thinking “I am at Lusty’s Nightclub with girl X.” I should be thinking “I am at a club with this girl who is _.” But when the music is always the same no matter what girl I bring it makes the place feel static and lifeless and the heroins uninteresting.
Another problem with Huniepop is the terrible UI which just bogs down the whole game. Granted, everything is straightforward and easy to understand, but the damn thing takes up three quarters of the screen! Now maybe you’re a speed reader and don’t care much for background art and fine details and if so i guess you can skip to the end of this section this complaint isn’t for you but for everyone else everything about this UI is chunky in the worst possible way. Of the six options on the screen at any given time the only two that REALLY need to be there are “talk” and “go on date” and the rest are just shortcuts to your menu. Now I'm not opposed to shortcuts, far from it, I love them, but that's what key binding is for. All you do by forcing these options on the screen is cater to the lowest common denominator of players and give the game a claustrophobic feel. It makes me wonder why you even bothered making the backgrounds at all if you were so ashamed of them you just had to shield as much as possible from view after the static sprite slides into place and we get half a second to look at the art. That is when the entire screen isn’t taken up by the glorified pachinko board which I’m still avoiding but I’ll get to it don't rush me next topic!
A SILENT CHARACTER TRAGEDY
So if I’m being honest everything I've said so far is kind of superficial. So the title screen isn’t great and the intro was hilariously rushed with unfunny jokes and the music is lame and the UI is chunky. Big deal, why do I care enough to talk about it? Well the truth of the matter is that Huniepop commits a cardinal sin that I think more people need to be cognizant of, and when I first realized why this game had always felt kind of off in my mind, I knew I had to say something. It’s not revolutionary to say Huniepop is a bad VN, or even a bad game. But those arguments have come to overshadow a bigger issue, one that affects people in the real world every day. This game at its core is fundamentally dismissive of the fact that your character is taking advantage of these girls and ultimately abandons them.
Now I know what that sounds like, I can already hear people calling me out as an SJW and laughing at the fact that I even brought this up in the first place. Visual Novels aren't exactly known as pillars for social equality and far more often than not the mistreatment of women isn’t even a thought that enters the head of the author or reader. These novels are after all works of fiction, and contain scenarios that could (hopefully) never take place in real life. But I’m not talking about every visual novel. As far as i’m concerned art is something that should never be censored regardless of its subject matter with even and perhaps especially the most despicable and depraved acts being showcased. As vile and terrible as it may be to commit sexual and physical crimes in reality a book is nothing more than a book, and it is up to the individual reading it to process the morality of its contents.
I don’t care if the other lessons that can be learned from this game go completely ignored or if everything else I've said here gets forgotten. If you take one thing away from this now eight page and climbing review, take this sentence. If you never sat down and thought about what is going to happen after you put down Huniepop for the last time to the girls in the story, then Huniepops message to you was the disgusting idea that it was a fun game to deceive twelve people into sleeping with you through lies, manipulation, and sometimes debatable force. Let's break it down.
Aiko is a gambling addict who at least dislikes her job and giggles when you give her Japanese objects playfully calling you “so racist.” Admittedly she is probably the one least affected by your actions and I don’t have a bunch to say about her but you are definitely not a healthy choice for her to date or have sex with or whatever you want to call your relationship because you’re not solving any of the issues she’s dealing with, you just make her laugh and look cute.
Audrey is a drug addict who is failing her classes, abuses others, and at best has a tenuous circle of friends who all call her a bitch behind her back. When you take her virginity she tries to open up to you but falls back on her aggressive personality because she can’t force herself to be vulnerable like that. She’s self destructive, lonely, and on a life path to a terrible future.
Beli is a shy girl with body image issues and given the fact her two interactions when you meet her are with older women probably finds it difficult to relate to her peers. She’s easily pressured, a lightweight, and it is going to absolutely break her heart when you reveal to her you’re seeing other people. More than anyone else in this roster she thinks the two of you are going steady and it is simply deceitful to pretend that's what's happening and lie to her face.
Jessie is a single mom who turned to porn to support her daughter and earned her daughters ire instead of her love. She hooks up with random men, like you, because it’s what she knows how to do. She’s a chain smoker, and probably also an alcoholic. Now unlike Aiko where her gambling addiction is literally debilitating and Audrey who is a serious hard core drug user Jessie isn’t that bad. Any one of these vices isn’t enough to mention, but all together it shows she has incredibly self destructive behavior. Again, not as bad as Audrey, but if she truly wanted Tiffany to forgive her and rekindle their relationship don’t you think she would have stopped smoking and doing the porn shoots? I don’t think she’s still going because she wants to, but because she can’t stop herself.
Kyanna is a single mother who you drag out to clubs and outings, keeping her away from her child, and reintroduce to alcohol knowing she has a history of substance abuse at parties. Now unlike some of the other girls Kyanna is going to be just fine when you leave, she’s got herself together and a good stable life, but you are absolutely not a good influence on her and only going to cause problems for her and her child.
Lola… alright you got me Lola is probably going to do okay. But pretty much every single dialogue option you have with her is a straight up lie unless you’re asking for her measurements.
Nikki is an introvert who at first pushes you away but eventually warms up to you to the point she poses sexually on her bed just to get your attention. The pleading nature of that text makes me shiver as this girl who complains about her small chest to you THE NIGHT YOU’RE ABOUT TO HAVE SEX is trying her hardest to get you to like her. She wants you to see her sexually so badly she throws her caution aside and goes all out just to have you cheat on her with her abusive friend that drug her to a club against her will.
Tiffany is the saddest story for me because she is on the exact same path as her mother and doesn't even know it. She’s hypersexualized, choosing to wear a fetishistic schoolgirl outfit, sending you panty shots she pretends her friend took without her knowledge, calling you a perv as she sends you nudes, just all kinds of stuff she hates her mother for. As far as we know she has no contact with her father so she’s basically going solo through college and here you come, lying to her face when she asks you if you’re seeing other people. Too afraid to ask you to go steady, too lonely to dump you when you can’t be faithful. I can only imagine what she’ll say when she finds out who you’re cheating on her with…
Celeste is literally an outsider to your planet and I will never be convinced your relationship with her isn’t rape. Her species experiences heat, she doesn't know your mating rituals, and she's literally a prisoner on Earth. This is rape. Point blank, no arguments, you rape her, I don’t give a damn if she’s smiling.
Kyu is a nymphomaniac and is definitely going to lose her job at some point. She’s got the whole gambit honestly with body dysmorphia, drug addiction, porn addiction, an abrasive sarcastic personality brought on by attachment issues and to top it all off she knows she’s in a video game about dating girls for sex so that can’t possibly be fun. Hell I’d turn to drugs too at that point.
Momo is a child. She’s literally 6, younger if we convert that to cat years. She has the mind of a child, she talks like a child, she's a child. This is pedophilia. Not even Loli just straight up pedophilia.
Venus is the literal god of love and seducing her is a feat of unimaginable consequences. I literally can not even begin to fathom what it would do to the world but I can tell you one thing. The fact that she was not always the god of love means somone else had that position before her and I can’t think of a better way to lose your job then to be reported for having sex with a minor, which is absolutely what you are to her being 2% her age.
Do I think the author intended any of these things to be taken this seriously? No of course not, but I think that's kind of the point. I don’t think ANYONE is taking this seriously because this game is a bad clone of bejeweled. And to be honest I’m not that upset about it either, at least not in this specific game, but I think it's worth thinking about because how many other visual novels have you played where you didn’t bother to think about what came next for the characters? Games that took themselves far more seriously than this one? If you’re reading this and I've somehow struck a chord with you maybe you should consider thinking back on some of the stories you’ve read and asking yourself to analyze them a little deeper. Or not, because that's hard and no fun.
Alright fine let's get the damn bubble pop out of the way.
NO, I AM NOT GOING TO REFER TO IT AS CANDY CRUSH
The main focus of Huniepop is on courting girls through seducing them with bejeweled. You play bejeweled to do this. It’s bejeweled.22
What am I supposed to say about it? This is a game 50 something moms play before they get their kids from tap recital. This game is literally one step up in complexity from PONG. Yeah I know there's Alpha mode23 and it gets harder and you have to use date gifts and alcohol and and and-
Yeah I don’t care.
I’ll admit the number of mechanics makes it more interesting then vanilla bejeweled because at least you have to kind of think around what each girl responds to and the passion mechanic is nice I guess but once you have everything unlocked it's really just a matter of picking one strategy that works and brute forcing your way forward. I appreciate that there isn’t a time limit because I like to play games planning several moves ahead, but that all goes out the window for the bedroom scenes which are awkward at best and distractedly off putting at worst.
You know what really gets me though? Why bother censoring this game. If little Timmy gets on dads steam account and buys a porn game for ten bucks little Timmy can learn to google the porn hub compilation of the sex scenes. It's different when the novel is otherwise child friendly like If my Heart Had Wings, still stupid but at least understandable, but we all know why people are playing this game and its not for bejeweled! So why bother? Why even go through the dance? They didn’t even patch out the scenes; you just have to rename the file and everything unlocks. Literally, look it up.
Anyway I guess that's all I have to say about it. For something that takes up so much of the game it certainly isn’t much to talk about.
It’s just fucking bejeweled.
WHY THIS GAME IS WORTH TALKING ABOUT
So at this point i’m eleven pages exactly into this review and god knows how many footnotes but I wanted to quickly summarize my thoughts before putting this review to bed. Obviously a reader can not be expected to have access to all the information about a novel before reading it, and most of my criticisms about Huniepop require that someone have at least started the game to notice them. Usually by that point you’ve already invested your time and money into acquiring the novel and its quality is unimportant. But even if they have your money I hope that referencing the things Huniepop so catastrophically failed at lets you figure out you’ve got a bad experience coming in time for a refund or at least lets you get out before wasting too much time.
I know I said at the top of this review that Huniepop is not a visual novel and I still believe that. But I can’t say there is no possible version of this game that I wouldn’t consider making the grade. If the developers had focused less on mass appeal and made the story longer. If there had been more effort put into the presentation. If they had just given the girls one or two more sprites each and replaced the dialogue options with structured conversation there could have been a real hidden gem here. I want to leave on that note. Imagine what this game could have been if they had spent a few months altering things about the flaws I pointed out. Maybe this game would have made it on the exceptions list.
If you have 10 dollars you really hate looking at and want to set a bar for yourself at the low point of what a visual novel can be then give Huniepop a try. Everyone else, just stay in bed.
FOOTNOTES
  1. This thread is actually genuinely hilarious because a user named Usagi goes on an absolute RANT about Huniepop not making the cut. I honestly recommend it to anyone in need of a laugh this is GOLD.
  2. Traditional as in standard formatting but also in general genre expectation.
  3. Or at least the ones I care about the most.
  4. Obviously this list isn't exclusive and my sample size is highly biased toward western gamers but you get what I mean.
  5. For the purpose of this review i'm going to ignore the fact that making choices is definitely a game play element because 99% of a traditional visual novel is non-interactive but VNs are absolutely still games I will not dispute that.
  6. Again this is a generalization if you're some kind of quick draw Sudoku solver don't fill the comment section with a rant about fast paced puzzle games you're hobby is valid calm down.
  7. This might be because the mainstream often confuses dating simulators with visual novels (which honestly I can't blame them for their is a LOT of crossover) but nonetheless it IS something the genre is known for and participates in.
  8. Originally I intended to provide a link to a tweet from the creator supporting this but it has since been deleted so unfortunately I can not. I pinky promise i'm right though so you have to trust me.
  9. Ya know, except that those novels are actually GOOD.
  10. Why Kindred Spirits needed to tell the story of Tsurogermine running from her teacher from TWO perspectives i'll never understand. I literally just saw it from Yuna's perspective and she has more information then you I don't need to know why you said GAH instead of AH.
  11. Takeru from Muv-Luv Extra anyone? Honestly couldn't stand that selfish prick till halfway through Unlimited and he didn't win me over till Alternative.
  12. If you want to get really technical the second game in the trilogy had a lot of CGs that just showed the posed character models but I hardly think that counts. Its not something worth arguing about but I personally don't count them.
  13. That isn't a controversial statement is it? I mean it doesn't exactly have a bunch of competition.
  14. If I ever feel brave enough I'll do a full review of that game to really delve into the themes but some great reference videos can be found on YouTube if you're curious.
  15. This is just in my experience and doesn't include "joke" or "bad end" routes. Numbers may vary but this is a good standard estimate.
  16. Kindred Spirits actually does a pretty good job of dividing those characters into groups and presenting them as units rather then individuals which helps to mitigate that number but still 16 is HUGE for a visual novel even harem games don't usually have that many.
  17. Yes, I am aware that Mikoto is not a valid romance option in Extra and saying that Muv-Luv has three title screens is kind of misleading but that isn't the point of this review and honestly not a huge deal.
  18. This estimation of time is taken from average novel lengths and my personal time to read them, it's only an estimation and not to be taken as a statement of fact.
  19. Especially when we count the unlockable characters.
  20. Namely, as disposable.
  21. Let me know if you got the reference, I'm curious.
  22. A game that can be found for FREE I might add.
  23. No joke their are half a dozen Steam guides on how to best beat Alpha mode and apparently it goes all the way up to lvl 100 which is INSANE! Who would play that much Huniepop that is like hours of work!
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2020.08.20 21:18 WizardMama WATCH LIVE 2:30 PM - Governor John Bel Edwards COVID-19 Press Conference

LINKS TO WATCH

Summary

Storms - Edwards is wearing a ridiculously bright Tiffany blue tie. - Addresses the possibility of two named storms in the Gulf of Mexico by next week. - The team at GOSHEP is monitoring the systems and encourage to do likewise. - Tropical Depression 13 is expected to enter the Eastern Gulf next week and become a hurricane before landfall. - Anytime there is a storm forecast to enter the Gulf we should pay attention. - Tropical Depression 14 is moving westward towards Yucatan forecast to become a tropical storm presently with the most recent cone including a portion of Coastal Louisiana covering from Central Coast on westward. - GOSHEP will coordinate with OEP leaders in the regions of our state. - Check emergency supplies and check needs related to the pandemic. Think about what you would need to do if a hurricane impacts your area and you need to get by the first couple of days without any assistance. - Pay attention to local officials and monitor the situation. - Go to GetAGamePlan.org
COVID Updates - Today we report 1,034 new cases off of 14,722 tests. - Based on the number of tests conducted in August we believe we will have tested 500k-600k tests by the end of the month, which is more than 2x-3x our monthly goal of 200,000 tests. - Thanks to everyone who is involved in testing. - Having more testing allows us to know more about what COVID is like in Louisiana and what it is doing. - As of August 14th, our statewide positivity rate is 8.77% which is better than what it has been for quite some time. - At a minimum, you want to be below 10%. - The state is currently yellow for case positivity rate but remains in red-state for new cases as defined by the CDC. - All of this indicates we are moving in the right direction. - 4 of the state's 9 regions are testing below 10%. - We are seeing improvement in the state and every region of the state. - However, gains have been modest and are very fragile and can be lost. Worried about being more mobile with K-12 and college campuses opening. More people will be coming into contact with one another than we have seen since early March. * It is more important than ever that people follow all of the restrictions and mitigation measures that are in place. * Encourage parents to pay close attention to their children's health especially if they are partaking in in-person education. * Tomorrow 40 out of our 69 school districts will be open. * No district is open for all in-person instruction, some are virtual only and others are hybrid. * School kids should not go to school if they are sick. - Sadly we are reporting 28 additional deaths, today includes first death in Tensas parish. - Hospitalization continues to decline with 73 fewer patients reported than yesterday. Today is the biggest drop in hospitalization we have seen in a long time. - Sadly, today we report 28 new deaths. - If we stayed on the same trajectory that we were on July 27th before we got to the 1,600 we would have more than a thousand people hospitalized in the sate than we currently do. * Mitigation measures are working and the numbers are coming down. - Some of you may have seen the results of the seroprevalence study that Ochsner did in a 5 parish area of the capital region. 2,100 adults were tested between July 15-July 31st. Of those 2,100 people who were tested simultaneously for the virus or the antibodies, results showed that 60% of those who tested positive for the virus were asymptomatic. * This makes for a challenging situation because asymptomatic people will be less likely to be tested or know they have it. * Everyone must act as if they have it and follow the mitigation measures. * If you take the percentage of people who were asymptomatic but positive for COVID-19 and extrapolate to the 5 parish area... there were 10,000 people within 5 parishes who were asymptomatic but carrying the virus and contagious during the testing time. * This is why we need to follow the data and science to keep people safe, out of the hospital, and out of the graveyard. It really is that simple. * Another standout from the study was that the symptom that had the strongest correlation to testing positive for the virus was the loss of taste and smell. - Yesterday JBE sent a letter to FEMA to ask to request an increase in the cost-share of federal assistance provided to the state for this public health emergency. * As we have been responding to COVID-19 we have now exceeded the monetary cost threshold to move from the 75/25 match to a 90/10 match. It does have to be approved by the President and that approval must be requested, which we have done. It is the FEMA funding that comes from the disaster relief fund which allows us to pay enhanced unemployment benefits that allowed us to go over that threshold. We know should know more soon. - Reminder to business owners that we want to help you to navigate the implementation of safe practices during this time so please visit opensafely.la.gov and read the entire document to know how it pertains to your business type. * Information on spacing, crowd management, sanitation practices, mask requirements, how to ask customers to wear a mask, and those sorts of things. * Info for non-traditional organizations as well (example churches). - There is a lot going on 2 storms, a virus, unemployment assistance we have to get out. - We plan to have the next conference on Tuesday at 2:30 but storms may change that plan.

Questions

Can you explain the turn regarding LSU's reverse of-course to begin publishing test results? Can you expand on what your administration is advising universities when it comes to testing results and what should be reporting in regards to rest results.
Yesterday there was a meeting and Dr. Billioux was there so I'm going to ask him to come up. My instructions to the Dept. of Health and Dept. Education is to be as timely and transparent as we can be with the accurate reporting of data. We believe that granular reporting should come from the insertions himself. I was not in the meeting but Dr. Billioux was and he needs to earn his pay so I'm going to ask him to come up.
Dr. Billioux The decision by LSU or any other university before that meeting was without the input from us. That was their own decision. Our biggest interest is understanding where our cases are and if there is a pattern or a risk in which we see cases linked. [That way] we are intervening as early as possible to protect more people from being exposed to cases. So the information we are looking for is really about on-campus students. It will be a challenge for us to handle them in the same way that we would a business where you are talking about a single building or multiple floors. On-campus you are talking about on-campus, off-campus, sprawled outbuildings, basically a variety of places that can be associated with an outbreak. So we focused on understanding the cases that are developing in association with on-campus students, which is what we will be focused on in our reporting. We want information from the universities in aggregate about what they are finding in regard to cases. At any time they have lots of virtual students, and many universities at this time are emphasizing off-campus education/off-campus virtual classes. So there is a theoretical possibility than a LSU student who is living at home with their parents in Lafayette develops COVID as a result of community spread there and that is different to us than someone who develops it living in downtown Baton Rouge attending LSU.
Do you have more specific information in regards to where outbreaks are happening on campus?
Keep in mind this is all still under the umbrella of contact tracing. Any positive result will still trigger a contact tracing outreach and we may find out through a call that they are a student on campus. So there is bidirectional sharing between campuses and us. It is not a single process. We want to maintain a good relationship so at the end of the day we are quickly identifying anything that can be a risk to the students of the public.
Sen. Cassidy tested positive via rapid testing can you expand on the importance of rapid testing?
I won't speak about anyone specific, but rapid tests are a really important part of our armory. Rapid testing is great because it is deployable in a variety of settings and you get an answer very quickly between 15 minutes or less. However, it comes with some limitations. Usually, they are conducted one at a time, and due to the nature in the manner they are run, it may not be as sensitive and may give some false negatives. In some cases, it may give a wrong result due to the wrong administration. For instance, Gov. Dewine had a positive rapid result and when they did a lab PCR test they found it was negative. It does not mean it should not be used, but rather that it should be used in the right context. Often with rapid tests, depending on how high risk an individual is, we recommend follow-up testing as well.
LSU said they had testing surge sites on campus that are similar to the federal ones we saw. Are there any federal testing surge sites where people can get tested without symptoms in Louisiana?
In general just like we have been working with universities with their plans to reopen we have also been talking to them about their testing strategies. We continue to adhere largely to the CDC guidance which says you want to test people who have symptoms or have a reason to be tested such as exposure versus conducting population-wide testing. However, we know universities may want to test a subset of their population to see if there is spread on their campus to allow them to intervene earlier. We offer to answer any questions we can and to give them our policy recommendation but ultimately what they deploy is up to their own decision. Complexities on whether the testing is being done in a diagnostic capacity or surveillance capacity also come into play in regards to payment.
Federal surge sites are currently up and running across the New Orleans area with two new additional sites opening tomorrow. They are available for anyone to come and be tested. Currently, all of our community testing sites accept people who want to be tested. We do not have a policy that states only people with symptoms should be tested and to turn away anyone, unless they run out of testing supplies. So both federal and community testing sites are open to the public to get tested.
In regards to testing in the K-12 schools will there be a universal reporting system for all districts
From our standpoint, we want to be as transparent as we can and this includes higher education and K-12 schools. However this is complex because there are both private and public schools and information on which children may be absent (and thereby not exposing other students or faculty) in which the school would know and we would not. We only have information on test results. So we believe the schools have the best way of assessing what is going on a daily basis in that school. We want to support schools and have bidirectional communication so when we know about a student who may have tested positive we inform them and visa versa. The earlier we have this information the earlier we can intervene and avoid school closures. It is certainly a risk when we have spread without us being able to share this information.
Is there a minimum amount of information we request for the schools to report?
All positive tests are mandatorily reportable to the LDH regardless if they are schoolchildren or anyone else. Right now we are working with the Dept. of Education to build that bidirectional relationship. They don't want to wait to know if they had a student who tested positive. So if we have the information they don't, we want to share that information with them so they can make decisions about other people in the classroom. They know their communities better than we do and we want to make sure they have been communicating with parents and we want that great communication to continue.
Governor JBE
Do you have a date the $300 unemployment payments will begin to flow
No, other than next week as soon as possible. The first $375 million dollars has been transferred and we are updating our system to make sure it properly identifies who is eligible for the enhanced payment. My instructions for the workforce committee were to have it available as soon as possible. I can commit to next week but I would like to believe it would be earlier in the week.
More SEC schools are releasing guidance as far as capacity. As of Tuesday, you said you hadn't received any plans from schools have you received anything from LSU yet?
I had a great meeting yesterday morning with officials at LSU in the athletic department. We had a great discussion. I did not receive a formal plan but they told me all the things they are thinking about--the CDC guidelines they are implementing, and what that would look like on the game day. It was really a case of getting me up to speed with what they are planning. With the first home game being Sept. 26 when we will beat the Mississippi Bulldogs, that plan would have to be approved 2.5-3 weeks before that for them to be able to implement it. There is a little bit of time left for them to refine the plan and get it to me. I anticipate having the plan in the next 10 days.
So to clarify you anticipate having directions 2-3 weeks before gamely on Sept. 26th? I do expect there will be a decision made in the next 10-12 days and an announcement shortly after. This is true of everything we do in the state of Louisiana. Any decision you make in early September as for what is going to be in place on Sept. 26/later in the month is a preliminary tentative decision. Because every day you continue to get new data and you make a decision based on what that data is like and try to determine where you think you will be when that plan is implemented, but you continue to make refinements based on additional data so I just want to caution people that if you hear something at the beginning of the month of what it will look like at the end understand that is always subject to change. That is what makes this so difficult. This is why I spend so much time telling you I cannot decide what will happen next week until it is next week.

Closing Remarks

Mod note: This is the second press conference he has not mentioned being a good neighbor
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2020.08.13 06:58 colorcodedcards "Someone help. I need help": Where is Monica Renee Bowie––a 34-year-old woman who was abducted in the parking lot of her upscale apartment complex in Atlanta, GA on the night of July 5, 2007?

Hi everyone! I'm back again with another lesser-known case––this time from Atlanta, GA. I want to give a quick s/o to u/Beardchester for the writeup they did on this case three years ago which gives a good initial outline of the case.
"A go-getter from the first day she learned to walk"
Monica Renee Bowie grew up in a middle-class neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side with her mother, brother, and two sisters. She was close with her family and strove to set a positive example for her siblings by excelling in school–– “if you sat with Monica, she would wow you,” recalled her cousin, Lateshya Ellis. After graduating from Perry Traditional Academy, she enrolled in the accounting program at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where she was chosen as the class valedictorian in 1996.
The ambitious Bowie was enchanted by the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and decided to relocate there in 2003. She got an apartment with her friend Danyell Sparks and the pair took full advantage of all the activities the city had to offer. Bowie first worked as a stripper for six weeks after her arrival in Atlanta but she had since redirected her attention to starting her own legitimate business.
Brenda Watkins, the manager of the Blue Flame, the club where Bowie worked, recalled her as a “nice girl, real nice.” She said that while Bowie primarily “kept to herself,” she was also “very ambitious”––Watkins was not sure if Bowie started stripping to invest in another business or not but she noted that she came in the club on occasion to “pass out new music from new artists.” Her first venture, Go2girls, was a hip-hop production company and she later opened LaCoca Wear Clothing, a boutique off Metropolitan Avenue.
Bowie had come a long way since her arrival in Atlanta––she successfully got two businesses off the ground and had found a good group of friends. “She didn’t allow negative things around her. That was her. She was a go-getter from the first day she learned to walk,” said Bowie’s mother Linda Howard. Sure enough, in 2006 Bowie moved out of the apartment she shared with Sparks and into her own place in the Berkshires at Lenox Place, an upscale building in an affluent area of Atlanta.
Her attorney described her as “a nice, happy, upstanding member of the Atlanta community” who had no issues aside from her “unfortunate brush with the law.”
This “unfortunate brush” was in fact Bowie’s first and only run-in with the law. On June 20, a police officer spotted her boyfriend Shernotta Walters standing in a Campbellton Road parking lot when he “smelled a strong odor of marijuana.” Walters was asked to identify his car in the parking lot which was subsequently searched by the officer who discovered marijuana, cash, and a firearm inside. Bowie had allowed her boyfriend to borrow her car and upon hearing that he would be arrested, she went to retrieve her vehicle. According to her attorney, she got to the scene and explained the situation to the officer who then arrested her alongside Walters. Bowie denied ownership of both the weapon and drugs found inside the car. Griggs said that the charges against his client were later dismissed in Fulton County Magistrate Court. Walters remained in the county jail, however, since possession of a gun was a violation of his parole.
Timeline
34-year-old Monica Bowie left her DeKalb apartment complex in the afternoon of July 5, 2007 to drive across town for an appointment with her attorney, Gerald Griggs. The two discussed her case and Bowie appeared to be in good spirits. Griggs said that “nothing was out of the ordinary”––Bowie was “smiling and laughing” and did not seem to have anything troubling her. She headed back home from his Decatur office around 4 p.m., ready to continue what seemed like just another day.
Later that evening, Bowie went out on the town and returned home later that night. A friend dropped her off in the parking lot at around 11pm. Around the same time, Brian Butler––a man who lived on the second floor of the complex––was working at his computer when his focus was interrupted by “loud shrills” which lasted about 30 seconds. “She was screaming ‘Someone help. I need help. Help me,” he told a reporter. Other witnesses told police that they saw a 2002 burgundy Mercury Sable speed away from the complex at about 11:10 p.m. but none reported seeing Bowie being put into the vehicle. The car had apparently been parked in the same spot earlier that day. Police were also given physical descriptions of two suspects by witnesses––a heavyset black male with a beard, possibly 20-30 years old and a small, dark-skinned black male in his late 20s-early 30s.
Multiple calls came in to 911 from the complex and police responded within minutes. Investigators quickly verified the witness reports and concluded an abduction had taken place––the parking lot showed clear evidence of a struggle. A woman’s green jacket, jewelry, a manila folder, a broken perfume bottle, a container of chicken wings, eyeglasses and two broken fingernails were found scattered in the parking lot. Papers found at the scene also bore Bowie’s name. The fingernails were sent to the crime lab for analysis but I could not find any information about the results of these tests if they were in fact conducted. The car was recovered in West Atlanta the day after the abduction and police noted that it was badly burned.
A bizarre twist in the case––one which I haven’t seen mentioned in other writeups––occurred nearly two weeks after Bowie disappeared. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County district attorney informed reporters that an investigating grand jury indicted both Bowie and Walters on July 10. She said that Bowie was indicted on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one could of possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a license. When Bowie’s attorney was asked by a reporter if he wanted to respond to the charges against his absent client, Griggs was dumbfounded.
“That’s a surprise to me,” he said. “At this point our contention would be that the police have no evidence whatsoever linking my client to possession of any illegal substance. She was not the driver of that car, she was not in control of that car.”
Bowie’s mother Linda Howard then joined Griggs inside his Decatur office, staring down the small gaggle of reporters interested enough to show up. To Howard, the press conference was akin begging on her knees for media attention––the abduction of her daughter wrecked her emotionally and she couldn’t talk about Bowie without crying. Under normal circumstances she would have been able to talk about her daughter for hours but this time was different. This time Howard had to put her grief and trauma on public display––without it there was no hope of solving the case.
“Once the media stops, it’s hard to start it again,” Howard explained.
Bowie’s mother knew media exposure would be critical in solving her daughter’s case but she could not get anyone to cover it outside of Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Being the hometown of CNN headquarters, Howard assumed the broadcaster might be interested in the story only to be rebuffed. “I went to CNN personally and I couldn't get past the elevator,” Howard said. “I’ve been waiting for someone to call me back.” Without a way to secure a wider audience, the family focused on spreading awareness locally by holding prayer vigils and press conferences, posting fliers, and conducting door-to-door searches. Unfortunately, nothing came of their efforts––police largely remained at square one and had only concluded that Bowie probably knew her kidnappers and that her abduction was related to illegal drug activity.
Suspects
Shernotta 'Rico' Walters was ruled out as a suspect relatively quickly due to the fact that he was in jail at the time of Bowie’s disappearance. Law enforcement did consider him due to his prior criminal record and alleged involvement in drug dealing however no evidence was found that supported his involvement. From the beginning, Bowie’s family did not believe Walters was involved in her abduction but police understandably needed to investigate. Walters’ attorney, Dennis Scheib, told reporters that police questioned his client about the abduction. The pending charges against Walters was an obvious potential motive, but Scheib said that Bowie had “told [him] she would testify for him.” Police have named two suspects in connection with the murder.
27-year-old Lonnie Bennett was pulled over by police responding to the 911 calls while he was leaving the parking deck at the Lenox Apartments. The police incident report stated that Bennett was observed “coming out of or near” Bowie’s apartment after the alleged kidnapping, although it is unclear from news sources if the officer saw this and decided to pull him over or if that information was garnered from later witness interviews. In any case, the officer found a “large paper bag” in Bennett’s car which contained a “large amount” of cash, although police declined to specify exactly how much money there was. While Bowie’s attorney said that she did not know Bennett, he confirmed that he was “an acquaintance of Shernotta Walters.”
The second potential suspect identified by police was 24-year-old Jasper Devron Keels. Keels was arrested by DeKalb County police on Saturday and charged with theft for stealing the car used in the abduction as well as drug possession. Police said that Keels borrowed the car from an acquaintance on July 4 but instead of returning the vehicle to its owner, Keels abandoned it and set it on fire. The acquaintance, later identified as Tyrone Crawford, reported the vehicle as stolen the following day. Keels’ connection to the kidnapping was unclear from the beginning, as he was not thought to have known Bowie and police strongly suspected that Bowie knew her abductors.
“We are trying to see whether he has any connection to the kidnapping, but at this time we have not been able to make that link,” DeKalb County police spokeswoman Keisha Williams told reporters on July 17. “He’s not a suspect. Are we trying to connect him? Yes. But he’s not a suspect.”
In April 2018, Keels was arrested alongside another man following a traffic stop in Covington. A patrol officer spotted a gray Chrysler Pacifica travelling east U.S. Highway 278 and thought it looked similar to a BOLO (be on the lookout) put out by authorities in reference to multiple armed robberies and requested additional assistance. The two officers pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver and passenger who gave them fake names. The driver then abruptly hit the gas and floored it, prompting a high-speed chase. The occupants slowed down and then parked the car before both the driver and front seat passenger jumped out and ran across the median but the pair was quickly apprehended. Officers later identified the driver as Keels and charged him with giving a false name, felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, obstruction of officers, possession of cocaine, and driving with a suspended license.
As of 2020, no one has been charged with Monica Bowie's abduction and her family is still searching for answers in her case.
Questions:
  1. Who abducted Monica and why? If it was in relation to a drug dispute, how did she become involved? Was she collateral damage?
  2. To me, the fact that Monica’s own attorney wasn’t aware that a grand jury indicted his client on charges he thought were dismissed seems weird. I don’t necessarily know if it is related but how is it even possible for these proceedings to happen without the knowledge of the defendant’s attorney? Is it possible that the perpetrators knew of this indictment and silenced her for some reason?
  3. It has now been over seven years since Monica was abducted. Where is she? If she is dead, why hasn’t her body been found? I didn’t find any unidentified bodies matching her description in Atlanta, but there was one interesting potential match I found that I would love to get other people’s thoughts on––
The Elmore County Jane Doe (NamUs #UP5011) was found by a homeowner doing work on his property in Titus, AL on July 22, 2007. The man told police that he had rarely visited the property since 1991 and found the woman’s partial skeletonized remains while gardening. The body was wrapped in a green tarp tied with 72 feet of rope and buried in a shallow grave. Lime was also found at the scene which officers assumed was used to conceal the smell (it is a bit unclear if there was lime on the body as well).
[here is side-by-side comparison]
Due to the presence of the lime, authorities were unable to provide a specific estimated date of death but guessed that she died sometime between 1950 and 2007 (no postmortem interval could be established). Jane Doe’s ethnicity is listed as ‘uncertain’ on NamUS but the Doe Network also notes that she is probably black. Although the reconstruction shows her with short hair, the description notes that she actually had long, dark brown hair. Because only partial remains were discovered, the medical examiner was not able to provide an exact height but estimated she stood at around 5 feet tall.
There are a few striking similarities between Doe and Bowie, the close resemblance of Doe’s sketch to Bowie being the most notable one. The context in which Doe was found is also really interesting. If Bowie was killed by her abductors in Atlanta and then her body was transported to Titus in the car (perhaps in the trunk), it would make sense to wrap her in something to prevent her DNA from being found inside. Even if they planned on destroying the car from the beginning it would make sense to take extra precautions to prevent her DNA or hair from getting in the car in the first place. Additionally, the location Doe was found is only a 3-hour drive from Bowie’s apartment, meaning the person(s) transporting her body would have had plenty of time to drive there, dispose of her, drive back to Atlanta and burn the car (crossing state lines would also help throw off investigators further).
One thing that does not match up between Doe and Bowie is the height––Doe is estimated to be 5’0” while Bowie was 5’4”. I do know that the remains were incomplete which could throw off the height estimate but without knowing exactly which bones were recovered it is difficult to assess. The second point of contention is the stage of decomposition. Bowie was abducted on July 5 and the remains discovered on July 22 which seems like a pretty narrow window of time for a body to decompose so significantly. Finally, Bowie wore braces at the time of her abduction and it does not say anything about Doe wearing braces (it does say that dental records are available for comparison so perhaps there is additional information not listed in the profile).
Sources
Tiffany Cochran, “Friends Vow to Find Missing Woman,” 11 Alive News, July 20, 2007.
Juanita Cousins, “Abduction of woman suspected,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 9, 2007, pg. B5.
Man charged in July abduction of woman,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 14, 2007, pg. D5.
Jeff Mays, “Missing Atlanta Woman Monica Bowie Was Violently Kidnapped,” News One, November 7, 2013.
Andisheh Nouraee, “Monica Bowie kidnapping falls through cracks: Frustrations voiced for relative lack of media coverage,” Creative Loafing, July 25, 2007.
S. A. Reid, “Victim's lawyer shocked by abduction,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 11, 2007, pg. D7.
––– “Woman’s screams go unheeded in DeKalb abduction,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 10, 2007, pg. B3.
Marty Roney, “Body found in shallow grave,” Montgomery Advertiser, July 23, 2007, pg. 1A-4A. [part 1, part 2]
Jeffrey Scott, “Mom turns to media for help in case: Woman taken from DeKalb complex remains missing,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 14, 2007, pg. B3.
Jonathan Silver, “Vigil focuses on missing woman,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 17, 2007, pg. B1-B2. [part 1, part 2]
Larry Stanford, “Possible robbery suspects arrested after traffic stop,” Rockdale-Newton Citizen, April 2, 2018.
Deborah Todd, “Arrest made in Bowie kidnapping,” New Pittsburgh Courier, September 19, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
––– “Missing coverage for missing people,” New Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
––– “Pittsburgh native kidnapped in Atlanta,” New Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
Jodi Weigand, “Pittsburgh native who lives near Atlanta is missing,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 14, 2007.
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2020.08.09 08:39 Grampong Honeybee

Honeybee
Honeybee
Could you imagine where our lives would lead?
While I KNEW I would write this Snippet one day, I NEVER thought my Narrative would unfold like THIS, especially with a truly Soul-ripping twist I NEVER noticed until only minutes before the End over a decade later.
I try to avoid too much of my Life bleeding into my Snippets (some is unavoidable, since I write from my Experience). Not this Time, this Snippet shines the spotlight directly on the single biggest part of my Life (other than myself, of course), my Lifelong Love Honeybee.
A Lifelong Love is a very special type of Love, and each Life has room for only ONE Lifelong Love (but that one is FAR from guaranteed). There can only be ONE Love who meets you as a young adult, and continues with you on your Path for decades as together the two of you learn about each other and Reality, and then blaze a Path together into the Future hand-in-hand through births, deaths, jobs, burnt dinners, drunk relatives, and all the other Joys and Pains that Life brings.
For me, that Lifelong Love is Honeybee, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Lifelong Love has been sans pareille. She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love in History.
She was my Honeybee, and I was her Honeybee. What we are now to each other in this Impossible Year, and what we will be going forward, remains to be determined.
One Hundred Magickal Hours
On October 15th, 1987, I was home on leave, playing bridge at the local college when two of my buddies had to go to class, and Honeybee decided to Sit Down Beside Me, began talking, and started a Discussion with me. This was our first Moment together. She was a young beautiful brilliant cultured refined six foot blonde dressed in a true vision of late Reagan America with hairspray, Bass Weejuns, natural fibers, glasses with HUGE frames, shoulder pads, and more hairspray. Her Consciousness was blazing, and our Discussion added subject after subject such as why Bork had to be borked, to the impact of fire on the beginnings of civilization, welfare reform, etc. We were jumping from topic to topic, never losing the other, and both of us were having a great time.
An hour later, she had to go to class, but said she would return afterwards and we could continue our Discussion then if I was still here. My other buddy decided to take off and asked I wanted to come along. I said “Nah, she’s really smart and really cute. It’s worth an hour to see if she comes back.”
It’s obvious what happened an hour later.
Honeybee and I just kept our Discussion going hour after hour, topic after topic getting added, over dinner, driving around, back to her place and we talked until we fell asleep. OK, we did a few things OTHER than talking, but that was really just as offshoot of the talking (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ask Honeybee for her side if you want).
DC, the OG Road Trip
Friday evening, Honeybee had a road trip planned with a girlfriend of hers to Washington, DC, so I figured that this was going to be the last day I would spend with Honeybee before I had to return to base Monday. Coincidentally (synchronistically?), the driver had to bail so she drafted me into driving (IMO, more than a fair trade for few extra days with Honeybee).
This Road Trip set the standard for the many hundreds to follow.
Honeybee had her Violent Femmes tape, so we sang Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone. The radio added I Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison, Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston, I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany.
Everyone had a great time popping around DC for a couple days, Honeybee and I keeping that Discussion rolling. I found a treasure, a Magentalane album by Klaatu at a record store which would add many songs to our NEXT Road Trip like Mrs. Toad’s Cookies – Klaatu and our favorite to hear when we are almost Home, Magentalane – Klaatu
Black Monday
Honeybee was back in class Monday, and I needed to leave Monday evening. Honeybee and I realized that we had something Real and something VERY SPECIAL, but we lived 800 miles apart at the time. We agreed that we would try to see each other as much as possible, and when in the same city we were each other’s priorities, but otherwise we would live separate Lives and inform the other if there was “Something they needed to know,” which meant another Relationship which was rising in seriousness and a potential threat.
During our discussion, we noted that the stock market was crashing and had been the end of last week and this day would be called Black Monday. We laughed when we noticed that it started tanking roughly the same time Honeybee sat down to start our Discussion. We joked that us getting together had crashed the stock market.
The Honeybee Team Supreme
Together, Honeybee and I formed a Partnership capable of absolutely ANYTHING. Where I was weak, she was strong, and vice versa (and our strengths overlapped FAR more than they gapped).
My mental condition which Honeybee and I deduced as around the Asperger’s/Dyssemia area of the autism spectrum (we always refer to it as simply “Dyssemia”). My Dyssemia is inextricably linked to so many of my greatest strengths and weaknesses. While I have phenomenal intellectual capabilities, an Exceptional Memory which functions much like “Flashbacks” where I remember by reliving my Experiences with that information (both Good and Bad), and Math as my primary language, these abilities are achieved through a trade-off leaving me always an Individual, unable to join a Group or Consensus, and totally lacking in ANY “common sense”, lol.
Honeybee, OTOH, has her own set of phenomenal intellectual capabilities, her own Exceptional Memory which functions differently than mine (she considers mine “better”), fantastic language skillz, with a strong connection to and understand of the Consensus.
Honeybee can process data and multitask better than anyone, period. Watching her at full speed is an amazing sight. My specialties are pattern recognition, Gnosis, and penetrating focus. As individuals, we were Phenomenal. As the Honeybee Team Supreme, we were Transcendent.
Honeybee was the Yin to my Yang. We made an unbeatable Partnership, and proceeded to start taking Reality by storm.
Honeybee
I can't imagine how my life would be
If all your gravity did not hit me
Oh, don't you see?
Darling, my honeybee
Transplants
After spending a few years finishing college and taking the first few steps into the outside World, Honeybee and I recognized that we were “deadended” in our current location and decided to relocate. I wisely agreed with her when she suggested Central Florida because “If people save for a year or two to spend a week there, it’s GOT to be a good place to live.” And it hasn’t just been been a good place to live, it’s been SPECTACULAR!!! Honeybee made another of her great calls which possibly saved our Lives.
Honeybee and I packed every item we owned (and her cat who had adopted me as his hero) from The Old Apartment into a U-Haul and drove to the horizon to start our new Life without ANY idea where we were going to Live other than “Central Florida”. We were poster candidates for “Fools Rush In”, but Honeybee and I pulled it off yet again. We were truly The Honeybee Team Supreme, and nothing was impossible for us.
It was Just Like Heaven
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the stars
That we never really owned as ours
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s Greatest Hits
Honeybee and I have shared so many truly spectacular Moments over our decades together. Here’s a sample of the highlights.
Travel
Honeybee and I took our first Road Trip the day after we met, and we never stopped until we recently parted.
The Honeybee Team Supreme does Road Trips RIGHT. The vehicle barely stops, bathroom breaks try to fit in gas stops, prepack food, we have it down after MANY hundreds.
Songs are chosen for singalongs, especially to stay awake driving. We started with our playlist from that OG DC trip and have added so many more like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John, Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf, One Headlight – Wallflowers, etc.
The Honeybee Team Supreme has been knocking out “Must Sees” for our Babybees as we enjoy them ourselves. A partial list:
Grand Canyon St Louis Arch NYC Washington DC Monument Valley Pike’s Peak Garden of the Gods Graceland Petroglyph National Monument Monticello Salt Lake City Yellowstone
We watched one of the very final Dreams Come True Fireworks performances from the top of the Contemporary Resort while eating unlimited sushi with an open bar as part of our hundreds of trips to Disneyworld.
Movies
Honeybee and I shared our Love of movies from the very beginning of our Conversation. We were both surprised we shared the same 40 year old black and white movie as our favorite: Holiday Inn. I had discovered it wrapping Christmas presents with my mother, as did Honeybee, so we naturally made this a Honeybee Team Supreme tradition.
We debated the “proper” ending for movies like Pretty in Pink, tossed themes back and forth, and were our own Honeybee Team Supreme version of Siskel and Ebert.
Honeybee and I Loved going to the movies, and 1999 the peak for us. Virtually every time we saw a movie, it was either phenomenal or fun. That was a GREAT year with Honeybee. Look at the movies we saw:
10 Things I Hate About You 13th Warrior American Beauty American Pie Any Given Sunday Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blair Witch Project Being John Malkovich Boys Don't Cry Cider House Rules Dick Dogma Election Eyes Wide Shut Existenz Fight Club For the Love of the Game Go Green Mile Iron Giant House on Haunted Hill Last Night Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Matrix The Mummy Never Been Kissed Notting Hill Office Space Payback Magnolia Man on the Moon Mystery Men She's All That Sixth Sense Sleepy Hollow South Park Star Wars Episode I Stigmata Summer of Sam Talented Mr. Ripley Tarzan Thomas Crown Affair Topsy-Turvy Toy Story 2 Wild Wild West The World Is Not Enough
And just seeing the movies doesn’t cover the whole “movie experience”, because so many times our friends would add some of the best parts (like “Heavily Implied” taking on new meaning after American Beauty)
We Love Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and similar movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Wish You Were Here, Adaptation, etc. We Love classic movies, art movies, animation, etc.
Let’s just say Honeybee and I Love movies a LOT (and have a thousand discs still to watch).
Television
Honeybee and I were First Fandom for Reality TV, watching the OG Real World. While MOST Reality TV is beyond the Pale for us, we have passed this on to our Babybees. As a Hive, we watch Big Brother, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, and similar shows and analyze the competitors and the competition (our Babybees are VERY astute).
Theatre
Live theatre has always been a special treat for Honeybee and me, and something we truly savor. Some of our favorites:
A spectacular performance of Fuenteovejuna at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC in one of their rare non-Shakespeare plays.
An incredible college performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes of Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the Annie Russell Theatre where the audience selection of the ending gave a lesser player a chance to shine, and boy did he.
So many local and community theatres like Manhattan South Studio Theatre, with productions like The Brady Bunch (The Second Coming of Jan), the Glass Jar, and countless others. Those shows took on additional special meaning when we knew the actors or writers.
The UNFORGETTABLE (unless you were my friend who slept through the whole thing) most self-indulgent FIVE hour Sherlock Holmes play EVER (with two intermissions). The second intermission included a police scene with a dead body in the middle of the road (we concluded the body was someone trying to RUN as fast as possible away from the Play, and that he was in better shape since he wasn’t going back inside for the rest), and ended with the announcement “IF anyone wants to go back in and watch, we will be starting soon.” We ALL rolled at the “IF”.
And, of course, Bandstand on Broadway.
Sports
My family’s relationship with Sports runs very deep and very wide. Honeybee jumped right in and she did a great job.
While I’m not sure she’s EVER understood the point of showing up to a spring training game over an hour early (“Why watch them bat when it doesn’t count?”), Honeybee REALLY enjoyed the one spring training game we NEVER saw. We met a few of my cousins before the game at the team’s hotel bar for a drink. Much like that Lays Potato chip, ONE drink is NOT possible when 1980 American League Rookie of the Year Super Joe Charboneau is buying using the Indian’s team expense account (Go Joe Charboneau for SURE). And when Super Joe is buying the drinks, getting you drunk, and telling story after story of his exploits, you never make it to the game. Those stories start with the famous ones that surfaced his rookie year, like drinking beer through a straw through his NOSE, him fixing that nose when it was broken using pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s, and doing his own dental work, but they don’t end there. Honeybee and I both agree, once in their Life, everyone should have Super Joe get them drunk (it’s not to be missed).
Honeybee and I went to a LOT of sporting events, but my favorite Moment with her concerning sports was a Moment she took the initiative and Planned herself for me.
For Christmas in 2002, Honeybee gave me two tickets for us to see the North Carolina Scholastic Classic on January 20, 2003. That meant I was FINALLY going to get to see Lebron James play in my alma mater’s Green and Gold Irish jersey (Honeybee gave me one of those the next year). So Honeybee and I made another of our patented Road Trips, and I was not disappointed to see in person the phenomenon my brother told me could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year of high school. LeBron did the IMPOSSIBLE, he successfully DEFENDED a 3 on 1 fast break (no human being should be able to do that). After I saw that, I turned to Honeybee and said “If he doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t lose his head, he can make a run at surpassing Jordan, because LeBron is drawing from the largest skill set I’ve ever seen with a perfect body.” Honeybee agreed and still does.
Concerts
Honeybee and I saw so very many great concerts together, there’s no way to do them justice. The best part for me was ALWAYS that I was sharing the experience with Honeybee (she ALWAYS makes even the most bland Experience wonderful for me).
We watched Crosby, Stills, and Nash open for the Grateful Dead at Three Rivers Stadium after wandering around for hours with the Deadheads (and we still have out tie-dye t-shirts).
Lifehouse, Everclear, and Matchbox Twenty performed a triple bill where a Joyous Art Alexakis who stole the entire show from Rob Thomas’ homecoming by having security chase him and his wireless guitar up and down the stairs of the Orena.
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel rocked the House of Blues
We jammed to Experimental Jazz at the Disney Institute, countless concerts at Disneyworld (we skipped most because they didn’t fit our schedule well), etc.
Ushered in 2000 with Blue Meridian at the Have A Nice Day Cafe.
We stood right in front of the stage on Pleasure Island while Modern English sang Melt With You for food, followed by World Party in the rain.
Honeybee had to drag me away from Steve Kilbey of The Church when he was was too busy talking to me about my business and playing the “Proud Poppa” showing off his daughter’s artwork from college to remember to get ready for the concert in a tiny club.
Roger Daltrey delivered Tommy backed by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom in a performance Roger KNEW he had in him and had always wanted to give, and he gave that performance of his Life (we were so glad he didn’t “Die Before He Get Old” for Honeybee and I to have yet another of our Moments).
Our LAST concert was March 7, right before concerts went away, when we watched Michael Stanley Strike Up the Band One FINAL Time from the first row of the orchestra pit (if Honeybee and I never see another concert together, that was a Moment I’ll be happy to go out on).
People
The people who have crossed Honeybee’s and my Path, and walked with us for a while, demonstrate some SERIOUS “strength through diversity”.
Honeybee and I have yet to find people we don’t like (other than rude hurtful people, of course), and we have socialized across the entire social spectrum. We’ve gone out to dinner with couples who were having their version of our “smothered chicken”, we’ve joked with billionaires over which loge they watched the baseball team they own, we’ve watched Super Bowls and NBA Finals with hoop friends from pick-up games on the playground, we’ve plot doctored books and had the authors dedicate the book to us in thanks, etc.
Many interrelated circles of friends grew around the Honeybee Team Supreme, we had friends of all sorts. Honeybee and I struggled to figure out if we could fit TWO days at home a week into our social callendar.
Look around
We made a garden of the love we found
So many reasons I would fight to stay
You're the courage when I fade
Take a look at what we've made
Marriage
In 1996, I was working on our finances, and I shared with Honeybee that we would save about $3,000 if we were married, she got one of those looks of hers on her face, and I asked “Do you want to?” Not the most romantic or greatest of proposals, but she accepted anyway.
That great group of friends we assembled came together and threw us a FABULOUS Wedding, a bit Fandango style. We did everything backwards, a formal brunch followed by the ceremony in a beautiful rose garden. The reception was at a friends’ house, and then the after-reception of pizza and beer at yet another friends’ house around the block. Special people who shared a special day with us.
Missing were any rings. Honeybee is VERY particular about jewelry. She doesn’t like men wearing jewelry, so I have NEVER worn a wedding ring, at her request. As for her rings, at the time we could not justify the Engagement Ring she wanted, a 1 ½ carat emerald cut ring. I promised that ring to Honeybee, and she will have it, even if I have to give it to her at the finalization of the divorce as a “Thank you for having BEEN my wife” Ring rather than an Engagement Ring.
That silly ring, it wasn't meant to be
Luckily you saw in me
Something I couldn't see
”My Mind Is Gone, Is It EVER Coming Back!?!”
In late 2003, we succeeded in becoming pregnant with our first Babybee. The Collaboration we had been Planning and Loving toward had reached a new stage. still remember making special note of one of those Moments with Honeybee in early 2004 when we were Pregnant with our son. I brought her breakfast in bed (coffee for decades was standard, with extras like breakfast often added), and found her crying. I asked in a panic what was wrong, and Honeybee sobbed out, “My Mind is gone, is it EVER coming back!?!” All these strange Feelings and Emotions were taking over her Mind and Body, and she could tell that she was changing and becoming different than she had been before we got Pregnant.
I laughed and explained to her that those changes were her Body and Mind changing to give Birth to Babybee and become a Mommybee. I said that those changes were going to be in place until we decided to stop having children and breastfeeding, which was planned after our second child in about 5 years. That brought more tears from Honeybee and more laughter from me.
I NEVER should have been laughing, because I was horribly wrong about her Mind returning in 5 years. That wonderful incredible beautiful Mind she had shared with me for almost 20 years NEVER returned to what she shared with me before getting pregnant.
I NOW see the Moment of which I made that special note was NOT simply one of those tender Husband/Wife Moments that they look back on fondly (as Honeybee and I did so many times with this Moment, each of which now carries a touch of ash to me). No, this was the Honeybee I met in 1987, that incredible brilliant beautiful young woman to whom I instantly Bonded and Loved, with whom I started “officially” cohabiting in 1990, sweated out Midwest winters with windows open on a third floor of a Victorian house turned into a VERY cheap apartment (we did go out to dinner once a week for smothered chicken for under $20 total, tip included), packed every single one of our belongings into the back of a U-Haul to drive a thousand miles without a CLUE of where we were going to Live in 1993 (at once the Greatest and most Foolish thing we EVER did), started a business based on sharing my Love with others, launched her career and proudly watched her climb the corporate ladder saying “Farewell” to me, HER Honeybee
The Honeybee I Knew and Loved was actually saying “Goodbye” to me, and I didn’t Know it. I didn’t realize that my Honeybee I had Known and Loved for 16 years was leaving me, and from then on gradually my Loving Partner Honeybee would being replaced one tiny piece at a time by Mommybee, who does NOT Love me (or even understand I’m human) and sees me only as a resource for our Babybees.
I NEVER should have laughed, I should have been crying right alongside her. Now, I’ll be doing a LOT of crying not by her side waving Goodbye to my wonderful Honeybee in the Past who left me all those many years ago, but I never Knew she had gone. I’ve got a LOT of mourning to catch up on.
I’m giving you a horribly belated Goodbye now, Honeybee.
I’ve missed you so very much, especially these last few years. I’ve been so terribly Lost and Lonely without you (Mommybee abandoned our Discussion years ago, and you’ve only chipped in every so often since). I’m sorry I didn’t give you a proper Goodbye at the Time, but I didn’t Know you were going away Forever. We BOTH thought you were coming back. I didn’t even Know you were still Gone until last month. I really didn’t, Honeybee. Honest.
Such a fool
I took your love and I bent all the rules
You took the blow and didn't let it show
Stuck around to let me know
Built a family of our own
Male Light and Female Void
How could the Honeybee Team Supreme have missed such a crucial element, which eventually derailed their entire Plan? The answer is found in a VERY strange place.
Honeybee and I enjoyed exploring some of the most obscure areas of Reality in hope of finding Art and Artists. One of the most UNIQUE and GREATEST examples of Art we EVER found was the comic series Cerebus done by Dave Sim. IMO, Cerebus is the Finnegan’s Wake of comics and Sim is hands down the greatest living comic Artist. Sim’s 26 years of constant work on Cerebus produced that Artistic Alchemy where the Art and the Artist merge (which Sim later takes religious and visionary, producing an even MORE idiosyncratic work).
For all their magnificence, Sim and Cerebus are marred by what is a fatal flaw in most people’s eyes: Sim does not think or believe the genders are equal, and expresses his views in a strangely ham-fisted way which regularly melts down.
Honeybee and I LOVED extracting those parts which were Outrageous, and those parts which Sim had hit Truth (he has HUGE amounts of BOTH). Sometimes Outrageous and Truth were the same, as often happens in Art.
Here’s a summary of Sim’s system:
The Thinking Reasoning Male Light is Seminal Energy, while the Feeling Emotional Female Void is an Omnivorous Parasite.
The Male Light and Female Void can be combined by marriage into a Merged Permanence, with the components now called Merged Light and Merged Void. When Kids come Merged Light becomes Family Man.
All these Voids can be combined into a “Greater Void Wife and Kids” Omnivorous Engine, which serves the Vaginal Bottom Line. The Omnivorous Engine drives society through Lesser Void of White Collar Make-Work Programs.
The Female Void is essentially a black hole of resource need “For the Kids”, based on an Emotional and Feeling level. The Male Light cannot win on the Thinking and Reason level, as those are higher.
Many people see Sim’s Female Void as an Evil Woman, and dismiss him as a misogynist.
I’ve stripped as much of Sim’s “Simness” out of his system as I can. Here are some original sources for those who wish to read for themselves (insert all trigger warnings here): Male Light and Female Void, Reads, Tangents.
Mommybee
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s mistake is to think we were already a Merged Permanence which had avoided the Female Void issue. Honeybee is a Brilliant and Conscious woman, NOT a Female Void. We had been the Honeybee Team Supreme for almost 20 years, and no Female Void issues. We Knew the Female Void existed, but we thought we had the Female Void beat.
We were wrong. We were messing with Mother Nature, and it’s NOT nice to mess with Mother Nature.
We had not anticipated Mommybee being a Female Void and slowly robbing Honeybee of her Consciousness, leaving only Mommybee the Feeling Female Void.
When I joked with Honeybee when we were pregnant with our first Babybee, I had a general idea of the process, but the parts I missed were crucial. Emotion, Feeling, and Thought are progressive levels of abstraction, and the higher rests on the lower, with Thought supported by Feeling supported by Emotion.
My wonderful Conscious Honeybee had those three perfectly balanced, but when we got pregnant, Mommybee the Female Void which needs to provide for her Babybees ABOVE ALL ELSE disrupted her balance and Mommybee started to take over for Honeybee. As long as Honeybee and Mommybee agreed, all was well, but if they disagreed, Mommybee would win with Feeling and degrade Honeybee’s Consciousness a piece more.
I had NO idea that Mommybee was doing this until last month, so I kept executing the Plan which Honeybee and I had developed over 20 years. When Mommybee would criticize me and overrule me, I thought that was Honeybee, so I would try to Reason with her, explain that I was doing as we had Planned. Mommybee, the Female Void, saw Reason as a THREAT to her Babybees, and fought Honeybee’s Reason, and Honeybee played the rope in a Tug of War between me and Mommybee over her Babybees (a war I had NO CLUE was happening).
I am horrified that I was DESTROYING Honeybee when I was trying to follow the Plan the Honeybee Team Supreme had decided years earlier. But this Tug of War has been going on for 16 years, and Mommybee is clearly in control, with only little glimpses of Honeybee surfacing every so often.
Honeybee has lost her Consciousness, leaving Mommybee in charge until Mommybee can stop worrying so much because the Babybees are fully raised. That’s another five to ten years of Mommybee before there is much chance of Honeybee returning on a regular basis.
MAYBE.
What If?
Neither Honeybee nor I knew that us finally having the children to whom we so looked forward and had planned and worked for 15 years would unleash Mommybee and set in motion a process that eventually stole my Honeybee from me just like Alzheimer’s had taken my mother, one piece of her fabulous Mind disappearing at a Time until that incredible woman I Love so greatly was unrecognizable and GONE.
But if we HAD Known, would we have changed things (I would have changed how much I appreciated those days with just me and Honeybee, and then been prepared to adjust to Mommybee rather than blindsided)?
Other than being forewarned that Honeybee was going to transform into Mommybee, and preparing for that change, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING we would have done differently. Honeybee wanted me for her Love, her Partner, and the Father of her Babybees. She would have been incomplete without her Babybees, and I would NEVER want her incomplete for me to selfishly spend more Time with Honeybee, regardless of the Pain fulfilling our Dream of Babybees has caused me. Neither of us would have wanted anyone else to be the Father of her Babybees.
And I would never trade a Moment I got to spend with Honeybee for all the Pain and Suffering which Mommybee later inflicted upon me.
Soulmates
While Honeybee and I are Lifelong Loves, I thought for certain that we were also Soulmates, Ride together until one Dies, just like my parents with my father adding months to my mother’s Life through sheer force of Will and an eyedropper to feed her (and expert medical and legal skillz). In retrospect, I really should have paid MUCH more attention to how much Honeybee enjoyed For No One by the Beatles (she’s NEVER “needed” me, our Team Supreme was based on “Love” and “want”, NOT “need”) and the precedent of HER parent’s marriage, who separated and divorced when Honeybee and her brother were the same ages as our Babybees.
While Honeybee intended to be my Soulmate, Mommybee is NOT my Soulmate, she is a Female Void who has slowly taken over my Honeybee, one piece at a time.
Mommybee wants all my Resources and me to be happy just handing them over. I disagree, and that provokes Mommybee to attack me as if her Babybees’ Lives depend on it. Our differing POVs on this point DESPERATELY needs to be solved, but no solution is “pretty”.
Babybees
When I look at the Babybees which Honeybee and I Planned, Worked, and Loved so very hard to bring into Reality, I see that our efforts exceeded even our wildest Dreams. Our Babybees are absolutely spectacular, even more beautiful and brilliant than Honeybee and I could have ever Hoped. They are each special in their own ways, taking after Honeybee and I, yet adding their own unique spin. I could not be more proud of myself, Honeybee, Mommybee, and the Babybees in making this Collaboration a such a roaring success.
There will be NO Cat’s in the Cradle for me. I was with my Babybees CONSTANTLY with only a few hours off at a time until Mommybee decided to leave with our Babybees last month. I will always know that I was there during ALL their important formative years, because I’ve changed more diapers, driven to more sporting events, spent fewer days away from the Babybees, etc.
I even added my own new special touch to their education, riffing off Socrates, and taking his method to the next level. Instead of me focusing on pouring information and knowledge into our Babybees Minds by using questions to teach THEM, I let them teach ME their next lesson while I “played dumb”. This allowed me to focus their teaching attention at the exact point they needed to Know next, while giving them great confidence in their abilities to observe Reality and draw proper conclusions. I have helped them assemble models of Reality unlike ANY before them, totally unique and custom fit to THEM in new ways they found for themselves.
I look forward to the great Paths that will unfold before them. Those Paths will be Magickal and Marvelous. These Babybees of Honeybee and mine are truly special.
I just REALLY wish Honeybee and I could celebrate them. Or that I could celebrate them with Mommybee and our Babybees, rather than just watch their magnificent glory from a distance, which is what I anticipate happening.
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the scars
That we never really owned as ours
One First Date
So, what’s next for me?
I’m going to Disneyworld, of course. What else would make any sense?
My Plan is to try and see what, if ANY, health dynamic might begin to be established between Mommybee and myself, now that I realize I am no longer married to Honeybee. Some sort of effective dynamic needs to be established because I’m going to be co-parenting with Mommybee for years, regardless of anything else.
Mommybee has agreed to take a day off her very important job (it really is, I’m very proud of how fantastically Honeybee/Mommybee’s career has progressed and I’m proud of the bits of help I’ve given her here and there, she’s a truly incredible woman) and leave the Babybees at her home so the the two of us can have a CHANCE to spend a day at Disneyworld as a couple like we we used to decades ago (the entire family tried a few weeks ago and didn’t make it long).
But I also have a Hope.
I’ve asked Mommybee to stay at her home with the Babybees this time and let me have the day with Honeybee.
I’m counting this as that “First Date” Honeybee and I always joked about NEVER having. At this point, I just want one day and one date with Honeybee, and this might be the LAST and ONLY chance I ever have.
I’m going to try and have a Moment with Honeybee and tell her how much I Miss her and I Love her. I Know now not to use those Facts and Logic which Honeybee Loves so much, but Mommybee despises when they conflict with her and her Babybees’ desires. I’ll focus on all those great Feeling and Emotions Honeybee and I had in the Past (and there were SO very many, and they were SO very great).
I’ll NEVER be able to fit all I want to say to Honeybee into a single Moment, even if we manage to stretch that Moment the entire day. But there is one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL tell Honeybee.
“You’re the one. You’re the ONLY one.”
She’s my Honeybee, and I am her Honeybee.
She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love EVER.
For Crying Out Loud, I Love you, Honeybee.
And if our world comes tumbling down
I never could forgive myself for leaving out
You're the one
You are the only one
Won't you decide?
Won't you decide?
I want you to soar
Don't doubt anymore
(Little by little, we meet in the middle)
Won't you decide?
(What's your name?)
Won't you decide?
Snippet Playlist Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow, Sting Breakeven – The Script Circles – Post Malone Don’t Speak – No Doubt Far Away – Nickelback Happier – Marshmallo Here Come Those Tears Again – Jackson Browne Here’s Where the Story Ends – Sundays How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind In My Life – Beatles It’s All Coming Back to Me – Meatloaf My Immortal – Evanescence Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters The Reason – Hoobastank Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan She’s Gone – Hall and Oates Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John Traces – Classics IV True – Spandau Ballet When We Were Young – Adele Winner Takes It All – ABBA Wonderwall – Oasis
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2020.08.06 14:42 Grampong Honeybee

Honeybee
Honeybee
Could you imagine where our lives would lead?
While I KNEW I would write this Snippet one day, I NEVER thought my Narrative would unfold like THIS, especially with a truly Soul-ripping twist I NEVER noticed until only minutes before the End over a decade later.
I try to avoid too much of my Life bleeding into my Snippets (some is unavoidable, since I write from my Experience). Not this Time, this Snippet shines the spotlight directly on the single biggest part of my Life (other than myself, of course), my Lifelong Love Honeybee.
A Lifelong Love is a very special type of Love, and each Life has room for only ONE Lifelong Love (but that one is FAR from guaranteed). There can only be ONE Love who meets you as a young adult, and continues with you on your Path for decades as together the two of you learn about each other and Reality, and then blaze a Path together into the Future hand-in-hand through births, deaths, jobs, burnt dinners, drunk relatives, and all the other Joys and Pains that Life brings.
For me, that Lifelong Love is Honeybee, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Lifelong Love has been sans pareille. She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love in History.
She was my Honeybee, and I was her Honeybee. What we are now to each other in this Impossible Year, and what we will be going forward, remains to be determined.
One Hundred Magickal Hours
On October 15th, 1987, I was home on leave, playing bridge at the local college when two of my buddies had to go to class, and Honeybee decided to Sit Down Beside Me, began talking, and started a Discussion with me. This was our first Moment together. She was a young beautiful brilliant cultured refined six foot blonde dressed in a true vision of late Reagan America with hairspray, Bass Weejuns, natural fibers, glasses with HUGE frames, shoulder pads, and more hairspray. Her Consciousness was blazing, and our Discussion added subject after subject such as why Bork had to be borked, to the impact of fire on the beginnings of civilization, welfare reform, etc. We were jumping from topic to topic, never losing the other, and both of us were having a great time.
An hour later, she had to go to class, but said she would return afterwards and we could continue our Discussion then if I was still here. My other buddy decided to take off and asked I wanted to come along. I said “Nah, she’s really smart and really cute. It’s worth an hour to see if she comes back.”
It’s obvious what happened an hour later.
Honeybee and I just kept our Discussion going hour after hour, topic after topic getting added, over dinner, driving around, back to her place and we talked until we fell asleep. OK, we did a few things OTHER than talking, but that was really just as offshoot of the talking (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ask Honeybee for her side if you want).
DC, the OG Road Trip
Friday evening, Honeybee had a road trip planned with a girlfriend of hers to Washington, DC, so I figured that this was going to be the last day I would spend with Honeybee before I had to return to base Monday. Coincidentally (synchronistically?), the driver had to bail so she drafted me into driving (IMO, more than a fair trade for few extra days with Honeybee).
This Road Trip set the standard for the many hundreds to follow.
Honeybee had her Violent Femmes tape, so we sang Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone. The radio added I Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison, Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston, I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany.
Everyone had a great time popping around DC for a couple days, Honeybee and I keeping that Discussion rolling. I found a treasure, a Magentalane album by Klaatu at a record store which would add many songs to our NEXT Road Trip like Mrs. Toad’s Cookies – Klaatu and our favorite to hear when we are almost Home, Magentalane – Klaatu
Black Monday
Honeybee was back in class Monday, and I needed to leave Monday evening. Honeybee and I realized that we had something Real and something VERY SPECIAL, but we lived 800 miles apart at the time. We agreed that we would try to see each other as much as possible, and when in the same city we were each other’s priorities, but otherwise we would live separate Lives and inform the other if there was “Something they needed to know,” which meant another Relationship which was rising in seriousness and a potential threat.
During our discussion, we noted that the stock market was crashing and had been the end of last week and this day would be called Black Monday. We laughed when we noticed that it started tanking roughly the same time Honeybee sat down to start our Discussion. We joked that us getting together had crashed the stock market.
The Honeybee Team Supreme
Together, Honeybee and I formed a Partnership capable of absolutely ANYTHING. Where I was weak, she was strong, and vice versa (and our strengths overlapped FAR more than they gapped).
My mental condition which Honeybee and I deduced as around the Asperger’s/Dyssemia area of the autism spectrum (we always refer to it as simply “Dyssemia”). My Dyssemia is inextricably linked to so many of my greatest strengths and weaknesses. While I have phenomenal intellectual capabilities, an Exceptional Memory which functions much like “Flashbacks” where I remember by reliving my Experiences with that information (both Good and Bad), and Math as my primary language, these abilities are achieved through a trade-off leaving me always an Individual, unable to join a Group or Consensus, and totally lacking in ANY “common sense”, lol.
Honeybee, OTOH, has her own set of phenomenal intellectual capabilities, her own Exceptional Memory which functions differently than mine (she considers mine “better”), fantastic language skillz, with a strong connection to and understand of the Consensus.
Honeybee can process data and multitask better than anyone, period. Watching her at full speed is an amazing sight. My specialties are pattern recognition, Gnosis, and penetrating focus. As individuals, we were Phenomenal. As the Honeybee Team Supreme, we were Transcendent.
Honeybee was the Yin to my Yang. We made an unbeatable Partnership, and proceeded to start taking Reality by storm.
Honeybee
I can't imagine how my life would be
If all your gravity did not hit me
Oh, don't you see?
Darling, my honeybee
Transplants
After spending a few years finishing college and taking the first few steps into the outside World, Honeybee and I recognized that we were “deadended” in our current location and decided to relocate. I wisely agreed with her when she suggested Central Florida because “If people save for a year or two to spend a week there, it’s GOT to be a good place to live.” And it hasn’t just been been a good place to live, it’s been SPECTACULAR!!! Honeybee made another of her great calls which possibly saved our Lives.
Honeybee and I packed every item we owned (and her cat who had adopted me as his hero) from The Old Apartment into a U-Haul and drove to the horizon to start our new Life without ANY idea where we were going to Live other than “Central Florida”. We were poster candidates for “Fools Rush In”, but Honeybee and I pulled it off yet again. We were truly The Honeybee Team Supreme, and nothing was impossible for us.
It was Just Like Heaven
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the stars
That we never really owned as ours
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s Greatest Hits
Honeybee and I have shared so many truly spectacular Moments over our decades together. Here’s a sample of the highlights.
Travel
Honeybee and I took our first Road Trip the day after we met, and we never stopped until we recently parted.
The Honeybee Team Supreme does Road Trips RIGHT. The vehicle barely stops, bathroom breaks try to fit in gas stops, prepack food, we have it down after MANY hundreds.
Songs are chosen for singalongs, especially to stay awake driving. We started with our playlist from that OG DC trip and have added so many more like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John, Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf, One Headlight – Wallflowers, etc.
The Honeybee Team Supreme has been knocking out “Must Sees” for our Babybees as we enjoy them ourselves. A partial list:
Grand Canyon St Louis Arch NYC Washington DC Monument Valley Pike’s Peak Garden of the Gods Graceland Petroglyph National Monument Monticello Salt Lake City Yellowstone
We watched one of the very final Dreams Come True Fireworks performances from the top of the Contemporary Resort while eating unlimited sushi with an open bar as part of our hundreds of trips to Disneyworld.
Movies
Honeybee and I shared our Love of movies from the very beginning of our Conversation. We were both surprised we shared the same 40 year old black and white movie as our favorite: Holiday Inn. I had discovered it wrapping Christmas presents with my mother, as did Honeybee, so we naturally made this a Honeybee Team Supreme tradition.
We debated the “proper” ending for movies like Pretty in Pink, tossed themes back and forth, and were our own Honeybee Team Supreme version of Siskel and Ebert.
Honeybee and I Loved going to the movies, and 1999 the peak for us. Virtually every time we saw a movie, it was either phenomenal or fun. That was a GREAT year with Honeybee. Look at the movies we saw:
10 Things I Hate About You 13th Warrior American Beauty American Pie Any Given Sunday Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blair Witch Project Being John Malkovich Boys Don't Cry Cider House Rules Dick Dogma Election Eyes Wide Shut Existenz Fight Club For the Love of the Game Go Green Mile Iron Giant House on Haunted Hill Last Night Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Matrix The Mummy Never Been Kissed Notting Hill Office Space Payback Magnolia Man on the Moon Mystery Men She's All That Sixth Sense Sleepy Hollow South Park Star Wars Episode I Stigmata Summer of Sam Talented Mr. Ripley Tarzan Thomas Crown Affair Topsy-Turvy Toy Story 2 Wild Wild West The World Is Not Enough
And just seeing the movies doesn’t cover the whole “movie experience”, because so many times our friends would add some of the best parts (like “Heavily Implied” taking on new meaning after American Beauty)
We Love Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and similar movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Wish You Were Here, Adaptation, etc. We Love classic movies, art movies, animation, etc.
Let’s just say Honeybee and I Love movies a LOT (and have a thousand discs still to watch).
Television
Honeybee and I were First Fandom for Reality TV, watching the OG Real World. While MOST Reality TV is beyond the Pale for us, we have passed this on to our Babybees. As a Hive, we watch Big Brother, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, and similar shows and analyze the competitors and the competition (our Babybees are VERY astute).
Theatre
Live theatre has always been a special treat for Honeybee and me, and something we truly savor. Some of our favorites:
A spectacular performance of Fuenteovejuna at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC in one of their rare non-Shakespeare plays.
An incredible college performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes of Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the Annie Russell Theatre where the audience selection of the ending gave a lesser player a chance to shine, and boy did he.
So many local and community theatres like Manhattan South Studio Theatre, with productions like The Brady Bunch (The Second Coming of Jan), the Glass Jar, and countless others. Those shows took on additional special meaning when we knew the actors or writers.
The UNFORGETTABLE (unless you were my friend who slept through the whole thing) most self-indulgent FIVE hour Sherlock Holmes play EVER (with two intermissions). The second intermission included a police scene with a dead body in the middle of the road (we concluded the body was someone trying to RUN as fast as possible away from the Play, and that he was in better shape since he wasn’t going back inside for the rest), and ended with the announcement “IF anyone wants to go back in and watch, we will be starting soon.” We ALL rolled at the “IF”.
And, of course, Bandstand on Broadway.
Sports
My family’s relationship with Sports runs very deep and very wide. Honeybee jumped right in and she did a great job.
While I’m not sure she’s EVER understood the point of showing up to a spring training game over an hour early (“Why watch them bat when it doesn’t count?”), Honeybee REALLY enjoyed the one spring training game we NEVER saw. We met a few of my cousins before the game at the team’s hotel bar for a drink. Much like that Lays Potato chip, ONE drink is NOT possible when 1980 American League Rookie of the Year Super Joe Charboneau is buying using the Indian’s team expense account (Go Joe Charboneau for SURE). And when Super Joe is buying the drinks, getting you drunk, and telling story after story of his exploits, you never make it to the game. Those stories start with the famous ones that surfaced his rookie year, like drinking beer through a straw through his NOSE, him fixing that nose when it was broken using pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s, and doing his own dental work, but they don’t end there. Honeybee and I both agree, once in their Life, everyone should have Super Joe get them drunk (it’s not to be missed).
Honeybee and I went to a LOT of sporting events, but my favorite Moment with her concerning sports was a Moment she took the initiative and Planned herself for me.
For Christmas in 2002, Honeybee gave me two tickets for us to see the North Carolina Scholastic Classic on January 20, 2003. That meant I was FINALLY going to get to see Lebron James play in my alma mater’s Green and Gold Irish jersey (Honeybee gave me one of those the next year). So Honeybee and I made another of our patented Road Trips, and I was not disappointed to see in person the phenomenon my brother told me could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year of high school. LeBron did the IMPOSSIBLE, he successfully DEFENDED a 3 on 1 fast break (no human being should be able to do that). After I saw that, I turned to Honeybee and said “If he doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t lose his head, he can make a run at surpassing Jordan, because LeBron is drawing from the largest skill set I’ve ever seen with a perfect body.” Honeybee agreed and still does.
Concerts
Honeybee and I saw so very many great concerts together, there’s no way to do them justice. The best part for me was ALWAYS that I was sharing the experience with Honeybee (she ALWAYS makes even the most bland Experience wonderful for me).
We watched Crosby, Stills, and Nash open for the Grateful Dead at Three Rivers Stadium after wandering around for hours with the Deadheads (and we still have out tie-dye t-shirts).
Lifehouse, Everclear, and Matchbox Twenty performed a triple bill where a Joyous Art Alexakis who stole the entire show from Rob Thomas’ homecoming by having security chase him and his wireless guitar up and down the stairs of the Orena.
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel rocked the House of Blues
We jammed to Experimental Jazz at the Disney Institute, countless concerts at Disneyworld (we skipped most because they didn’t fit our schedule well), etc.
Ushered in 2000 with Blue Meridian at the Have A Nice Day Cafe.
We stood right in front of the stage on Pleasure Island while Modern English sang Melt With You for food, followed by World Party in the rain.
Honeybee had to drag me away from Steve Kilbey of The Church when he was was too busy talking to me about my business and playing the “Proud Poppa” showing off his daughter’s artwork from college to remember to get ready for the concert in a tiny club.
Roger Daltrey delivered Tommy backed by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom in a performance Roger KNEW he had in him and had always wanted to give, and he gave that performance of his Life (we were so glad he didn’t “Die Before He Get Old” for Honeybee and I to have yet another of our Moments).
Our LAST concert was March 7, right before concerts went away, when we watched Michael Stanley Strike Up the Band One FINAL Time from the first row of the orchestra pit (if Honeybee and I never see another concert together, that was a Moment I’ll be happy to go out on).
People
The people who have crossed Honeybee’s and my Path, and walked with us for a while, demonstrate some SERIOUS “strength through diversity”.
Honeybee and I have yet to find people we don’t like (other than rude hurtful people, of course), and we have socialized across the entire social spectrum. We’ve gone out to dinner with couples who were having their version of our “smothered chicken”, we’ve joked with billionaires over which loge they watched the baseball team they own, we’ve watched Super Bowls and NBA Finals with hoop friends from pick-up games on the playground, we’ve plot doctored books and had the authors dedicate the book to us in thanks, etc.
Many interrelated circles of friends grew around the Honeybee Team Supreme, we had friends of all sorts. Honeybee and I struggled to figure out if we could fit TWO days at home a week into our social callendar.
Look around
We made a garden of the love we found
So many reasons I would fight to stay
You're the courage when I fade
Take a look at what we've made
Marriage
In 1996, I was working on our finances, and I shared with Honeybee that we would save about $3,000 if we were married, she got one of those looks of hers on her face, and I asked “Do you want to?” Not the most romantic or greatest of proposals, but she accepted anyway.
That great group of friends we assembled came together and threw us a FABULOUS Wedding, a bit Fandango style. We did everything backwards, a formal brunch followed by the ceremony in a beautiful rose garden. The reception was at a friends’ house, and then the after-reception of pizza and beer at yet another friends’ house around the block. Special people who shared a special day with us.
Missing were any rings. Honeybee is VERY particular about jewelry. She doesn’t like men wearing jewelry, so I have NEVER worn a wedding ring, at her request. As for her rings, at the time we could not justify the Engagement Ring she wanted, a 1 ½ carat emerald cut ring. I promised that ring to Honeybee, and she will have it, even if I have to give it to her at the finalization of the divorce as a “Thank you for having BEEN my wife” Ring rather than an Engagement Ring.
That silly ring, it wasn't meant to be
Luckily you saw in me
Something I couldn't see
”My Mind Is Gone, Is It EVER Coming Back!?!”
In late 2003, we succeeded in becoming pregnant with our first Babybee. The Collaboration we had been Planning and Loving toward had reached a new stage. still remember making special note of one of those Moments with Honeybee in early 2004 when we were Pregnant with our son. I brought her breakfast in bed (coffee for decades was standard, with extras like breakfast often added), and found her crying. I asked in a panic what was wrong, and Honeybee sobbed out, “My Mind is gone, is it EVER coming back!?!” All these strange Feelings and Emotions were taking over her Mind and Body, and she could tell that she was changing and becoming different than she had been before we got Pregnant.
I laughed and explained to her that those changes were her Body and Mind changing to give Birth to Babybee and become a Mommybee. I said that those changes were going to be in place until we decided to stop having children and breastfeeding, which was planned after our second child in about 5 years. That brought more tears from Honeybee and more laughter from me.
I NEVER should have been laughing, because I was horribly wrong about her Mind returning in 5 years. That wonderful incredible beautiful Mind she had shared with me for almost 20 years NEVER returned to what she shared with me before getting pregnant.
I NOW see the Moment of which I made that special note was NOT simply one of those tender Husband/Wife Moments that they look back on fondly (as Honeybee and I did so many times with this Moment, each of which now carries a touch of ash to me). No, this was the Honeybee I met in 1987, that incredible brilliant beautiful young woman to whom I instantly Bonded and Loved, with whom I started “officially” cohabiting in 1990, sweated out Midwest winters with windows open on a third floor of a Victorian house turned into a VERY cheap apartment (we did go out to dinner once a week for smothered chicken for under $20 total, tip included), packed every single one of our belongings into the back of a U-Haul to drive a thousand miles without a CLUE of where we were going to Live in 1993 (at once the Greatest and most Foolish thing we EVER did), started a business based on sharing my Love with others, launched her career and proudly watched her climb the corporate ladder saying “Farewell” to me, HER Honeybee
The Honeybee I Knew and Loved was actually saying “Goodbye” to me, and I didn’t Know it. I didn’t realize that my Honeybee I had Known and Loved for 16 years was leaving me, and from then on gradually my Loving Partner Honeybee would being replaced one tiny piece at a time by Mommybee, who does NOT Love me (or even understand I’m human) and sees me only as a resource for our Babybees.
I NEVER should have laughed, I should have been crying right alongside her. Now, I’ll be doing a LOT of crying not by her side waving Goodbye to my wonderful Honeybee in the Past who left me all those many years ago, but I never Knew she had gone. I’ve got a LOT of mourning to catch up on.
I’m giving you a horribly belated Goodbye now, Honeybee.
I’ve missed you so very much, especially these last few years. I’ve been so terribly Lost and Lonely without you (Mommybee abandoned our Discussion years ago, and you’ve only chipped in every so often since). I’m sorry I didn’t give you a proper Goodbye at the Time, but I didn’t Know you were going away Forever. We BOTH thought you were coming back. I didn’t even Know you were still Gone until last month. I really didn’t, Honeybee. Honest.
Such a fool
I took your love and I bent all the rules
You took the blow and didn't let it show
Stuck around to let me know
Built a family of our own
Male Light and Female Void
How could the Honeybee Team Supreme have missed such a crucial element, which eventually derailed their entire Plan? The answer is found in a VERY strange place.
Honeybee and I enjoyed exploring some of the most obscure areas of Reality in hope of finding Art and Artists. One of the most UNIQUE and GREATEST examples of Art we EVER found was the comic series Cerebus done by Dave Sim. IMO, Cerebus is the Finnegan’s Wake of comics and Sim is hands down the greatest living comic Artist. Sim’s 26 years of constant work on Cerebus produced that Artistic Alchemy where the Art and the Artist merge (which Sim later takes religious and visionary, producing an even MORE idiosyncratic work).
For all their magnificence, Sim and Cerebus are marred by what is a fatal flaw in most people’s eyes: Sim does not think or believe the genders are equal, and expresses his views in a strangely ham-fisted way which regularly melts down.
Honeybee and I LOVED extracting those parts which were Outrageous, and those parts which Sim had hit Truth (he has HUGE amounts of BOTH). Sometimes Outrageous and Truth were the same, as often happens in Art.
Here’s a summary of Sim’s system:
The Thinking Reasoning Male Light is Seminal Energy, while the Feeling Emotional Female Void is an Omnivorous Parasite.
The Male Light and Female Void can be combined by marriage into a Merged Permanence, with the components now called Merged Light and Merged Void. When Kids come Merged Light becomes Family Man.
All these Voids can be combined into a “Greater Void Wife and Kids” Omnivorous Engine, which serves the Vaginal Bottom Line. The Omnivorous Engine drives society through Lesser Void of White Collar Make-Work Programs.
The Female Void is essentially a black hole of resource need “For the Kids”, based on an Emotional and Feeling level. The Male Light cannot win on the Thinking and Reason level, as those are higher.
Many people see Sim’s Female Void as an Evil Woman, and dismiss him as a misogynist.
I’ve stripped as much of Sim’s “Simness” out of his system as I can. Here are some original sources for those who wish to read for themselves (insert all trigger warnings here): Male Light and Female Void, Reads, Tangents.
Mommybee
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s mistake is to think we were already a Merged Permanence which had avoided the Female Void issue. Honeybee is a Brilliant and Conscious woman, NOT a Female Void. We had been the Honeybee Team Supreme for almost 20 years, and no Female Void issues. We Knew the Female Void existed, but we thought we had the Female Void beat.
We were wrong. We were messing with Mother Nature, and it’s NOT nice to mess with Mother Nature.
We had not anticipated Mommybee being a Female Void and slowly robbing Honeybee of her Consciousness, leaving only Mommybee the Feeling Female Void.
When I joked with Honeybee when we were pregnant with our first Babybee, I had a general idea of the process, but the parts I missed were crucial. Emotion, Feeling, and Thought are progressive levels of abstraction, and the higher rests on the lower, with Thought supported by Feeling supported by Emotion.
My wonderful Conscious Honeybee had those three perfectly balanced, but when we got pregnant, Mommybee the Female Void which needs to provide for her Babybees ABOVE ALL ELSE disrupted her balance and Mommybee started to take over for Honeybee. As long as Honeybee and Mommybee agreed, all was well, but if they disagreed, Mommybee would win with Feeling and degrade Honeybee’s Consciousness a piece more.
I had NO idea that Mommybee was doing this until last month, so I kept executing the Plan which Honeybee and I had developed over 20 years. When Mommybee would criticize me and overrule me, I thought that was Honeybee, so I would try to Reason with her, explain that I was doing as we had Planned. Mommybee, the Female Void, saw Reason as a THREAT to her Babybees, and fought Honeybee’s Reason, and Honeybee played the rope in a Tug of War between me and Mommybee over her Babybees (a war I had NO CLUE was happening).
I am horrified that I was DESTROYING Honeybee when I was trying to follow the Plan the Honeybee Team Supreme had decided years earlier. But this Tug of War has been going on for 16 years, and Mommybee is clearly in control, with only little glimpses of Honeybee surfacing every so often.
Honeybee has lost her Consciousness, leaving Mommybee in charge until Mommybee can stop worrying so much because the Babybees are fully raised. That’s another five to ten years of Mommybee before there is much chance of Honeybee returning on a regular basis.
MAYBE.
What If?
Neither Honeybee nor I knew that us finally having the children to whom we so looked forward and had planned and worked for 15 years would unleash Mommybee and set in motion a process that eventually stole my Honeybee from me just like Alzheimer’s had taken my mother, one piece of her fabulous Mind disappearing at a Time until that incredible woman I Love so greatly was unrecognizable and GONE.
But if we HAD Known, would we have changed things (I would have changed how much I appreciated those days with just me and Honeybee, and then been prepared to adjust to Mommybee rather than blindsided)?
Other than being forewarned that Honeybee was going to transform into Mommybee, and preparing for that change, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING we would have done differently. Honeybee wanted me for her Love, her Partner, and the Father of her Babybees. She would have been incomplete without her Babybees, and I would NEVER want her incomplete for me to selfishly spend more Time with Honeybee, regardless of the Pain fulfilling our Dream of Babybees has caused me. Neither of us would have wanted anyone else to be the Father of her Babybees.
And I would never trade a Moment I got to spend with Honeybee for all the Pain and Suffering which Mommybee later inflicted upon me.
Soulmates
While Honeybee and I are Lifelong Loves, I thought for certain that we were also Soulmates, Ride together until one Dies, just like my parents with my father adding months to my mother’s Life through sheer force of Will and an eyedropper to feed her (and expert medical and legal skillz). In retrospect, I really should have paid MUCH more attention to how much Honeybee enjoyed For No One by the Beatles (she’s NEVER “needed” me, our Team Supreme was based on “Love” and “want”, NOT “need”) and the precedent of HER parent’s marriage, who separated and divorced when Honeybee and her brother were the same ages as our Babybees.
While Honeybee intended to be my Soulmate, Mommybee is NOT my Soulmate, she is a Female Void who has slowly taken over my Honeybee, one piece at a time.
Mommybee wants all my Resources and me to be happy just handing them over. I disagree, and that provokes Mommybee to attack me as if her Babybees’ Lives depend on it. Our differing POVs on this point DESPERATELY needs to be solved, but no solution is “pretty”.
Babybees
When I look at the Babybees which Honeybee and I Planned, Worked, and Loved so very hard to bring into Reality, I see that our efforts exceeded even our wildest Dreams. Our Babybees are absolutely spectacular, even more beautiful and brilliant than Honeybee and I could have ever Hoped. They are each special in their own ways, taking after Honeybee and I, yet adding their own unique spin. I could not be more proud of myself, Honeybee, Mommybee, and the Babybees in making this Collaboration a such a roaring success.
There will be NO Cat’s in the Cradle for me. I was with my Babybees CONSTANTLY with only a few hours off at a time until Mommybee decided to leave with our Babybees last month. I will always know that I was there during ALL their important formative years, because I’ve changed more diapers, driven to more sporting events, spent fewer days away from the Babybees, etc.
I even added my own new special touch to their education, riffing off Socrates, and taking his method to the next level. Instead of me focusing on pouring information and knowledge into our Babybees Minds by using questions to teach THEM, I let them teach ME their next lesson while I “played dumb”. This allowed me to focus their teaching attention at the exact point they needed to Know next, while giving them great confidence in their abilities to observe Reality and draw proper conclusions. I have helped them assemble models of Reality unlike ANY before them, totally unique and custom fit to THEM in new ways they found for themselves.
I look forward to the great Paths that will unfold before them. Those Paths will be Magickal and Marvelous. These Babybees of Honeybee and mine are truly special.
I just REALLY wish Honeybee and I could celebrate them. Or that I could celebrate them with Mommybee and our Babybees, rather than just watch their magnificent glory from a distance, which is what I anticipate happening.
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the scars
That we never really owned as ours
One First Date
So, what’s next for me?
I’m going to Disneyworld, of course. What else would make any sense?
My Plan is to try and see what, if ANY, health dynamic might begin to be established between Mommybee and myself, now that I realize I am no longer married to Honeybee. Some sort of effective dynamic needs to be established because I’m going to be co-parenting with Mommybee for years, regardless of anything else.
Mommybee has agreed to take a day off her very important job (it really is, I’m very proud of how fantastically Honeybee/Mommybee’s career has progressed and I’m proud of the bits of help I’ve given her here and there, she’s a truly incredible woman) and leave the Babybees at her home so the the two of us can have a CHANCE to spend a day at Disneyworld as a couple like we we used to decades ago (the entire family tried a few weeks ago and didn’t make it long).
But I also have a Hope.
I’ve asked Mommybee to stay at her home with the Babybees this time and let me have the day with Honeybee.
I’m counting this as that “First Date” Honeybee and I always joked about NEVER having. At this point, I just want one day and one date with Honeybee, and this might be the LAST and ONLY chance I ever have.
I’m going to try and have a Moment with Honeybee and tell her how much I Miss her and I Love her. I Know now not to use those Facts and Logic which Honeybee Loves so much, but Mommybee despises when they conflict with her and her Babybees’ desires. I’ll focus on all those great Feeling and Emotions Honeybee and I had in the Past (and there were SO very many, and they were SO very great).
I’ll NEVER be able to fit all I want to say to Honeybee into a single Moment, even if we manage to stretch that Moment the entire day. But there is one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL tell Honeybee.
“You’re the one. You’re the ONLY one.”
She’s my Honeybee, and I am her Honeybee.
She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love EVER.
For Crying Out Loud, I Love you, Honeybee.
And if our world comes tumbling down
I never could forgive myself for leaving out
You're the one
You are the only one
Won't you decide?
Won't you decide?
I want you to soar
Don't doubt anymore
(Little by little, we meet in the middle)
Won't you decide?
(What's your name?)
Won't you decide?
Snippet Playlist Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow, Sting Breakeven – The Script Circles – Post Malone Don’t Speak – No Doubt Far Away – Nickelback Happier – Marshmallo Here Come Those Tears Again – Jackson Browne Here’s Where the Story Ends – Sundays How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind In My Life – Beatles It’s All Coming Back to Me – Meatloaf My Immortal – Evanescence Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters The Reason – Hoobastank Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan She’s Gone – Hall and Oates Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John Traces – Classics IV True – Spandau Ballet When We Were Young – Adele Winner Takes It All – ABBA Wonderwall – Oasis
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2020.07.05 20:18 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters D-F in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters D-F of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
D-F
d’abo, Henri & Tatiana: John Henry Erland d’Abo is the grandson of the 9th Duke of Rutland (more info on what these titles all mean can be found here: https://www.debretts.com/expertise/essential-guide-to-the-peerage/what-is-the-peerage/). Tatjana is his wife. Henry is the chairman of Wilton Payments Ltd, a private company that helps with financial intermediation. He and Christopher O’Neill are the primary shareholders of the company. O’Neill is Tatjana’s half-brother, a British-American financier, and husband to Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
d’abo, Mrs. Jennifer: British entrepreneur who passed away in 2003. d’Abo was once married to Peter Cadbury from the family of the famous chocolate company. Peter did not work for the company, but he and Jennifer d’Abo had a son together. Their son, Joel Cadbury, became owner of the Groucho Club, a watering hole often frequented by famous people. Three years after Cadbury sold the club, their website became the center of a child pornography scandal (link to story: https://www.sott.net/article/242698-Groucho-Clubs-website-forum-hit-by-child-pornography-scandal)
D’Alessie, Carman: This name turned up no results, however, we can safely assume that this is actually Carmen D’Alessio, the international nightlife guru who helped spawn Studio 54 and other famous clubs. She is a party legend with countless celebrity ties.
d’Arenberg, Prince Pierre: Family lineage can be traced back 1000 years. European royalty. Extremely wealthy not because of his ties to nobility, but because his mother, Margaret Bedford, was an heiress to Standard Oil (Exxon).
d’Uzes, Jacques De crussol: The 17th Duke of Uzes. Not much else found on him. Margaret Bedford married into his family shortly after her divorce with Prince Charles Auguste Armand d’Arenberg, father of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg.
Dabbagh, Amr A.: A wealthy businessman/investor from Saudi Arabia. Dabbagh recently faced corruption charges but settled with the Saudi Arabian government. Has ties all around the world, as he is a member of and/or serves/served on the boards of the World Economic Forum, London Business School, Cleveland Clinic, Jeddah Economic Forum, Harvard Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East, etc.
Dahl, Sophie: ‘90s-’00s model-turned-author and maternal granddaughter of famous author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc.) Dahl has been seen in photos with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Darrin, Drake: Not much information found. Darrin runs an investment group out of Greenwich, Connecticut. Lived about a mile away from Epstein in NYC.
Dartmouth, William: The 10th Earl of Dartmouth. Member of the European Parliament from 2009-2019. Became a stepbrother of Princess Diana when his mother embarked on a 2nd marriage with Diana’s father, John Spencer.
Davies, Jeff: Most likely refers to the current CFO for Legal & General Group. Davies was once a senior partner at Ernst & Young.
Davies, David & Linda: Sir David Davies is a wealthy banker and businessman with deep connections. A family friend introduced him to David Rockefeller back in the ‘60s, which helped him get his start. Linda, daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian tycoon, is his second wife. They were married for over 20 years but are now divorced.
Davis, Michael: A current partner at N3 Media, Davis has had many jobs. He started out working at CAA, one of the top agencies in the world. Check out this list of celebrities and athletes that they represent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Creative_Artists_Agency_clients). Davis then went on to produce movies and TV shows before transitioning to digital media.
Day, Nick and Heather: Not much to be found on these two. There are several articles that speak of their ranch in Kenya. Apparently, it is a fairly popular spot where people stay to get some rest and solitude.
de Andrade, Marcelo: An international banker (not the serial killer) who lives within one mile of Epstein’s mansion in NYC. de Andrade was married to Lisa Bjornson, a successful banker and higher-up at J.P. Morgan Securities back in the ‘90s.
de Baecque, Patrick: de Baecque has his hands in online news media (lefigaro.fr) in France. de Baecque was named Director of Sales and Operations at Dolead in 2017. Dolead is a company that is involved with online marketing.
de Cabrol, Milly: A high-end interior designer based out of NYC.
De Cadenet, Alen: Alain de Cadenet is one of Epstein’s many Formula One contacts. Someone here probably knows more about de Cadenet, but he used to be a racecar driver and now works for ESPN and the Speed Channel as a host.
de Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine: A French princess who used to have a penchant for partying. The only daughter of Charles Henri, 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine was one of 500 guests invited to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday back in 2000. Hermine got in a motorcycle crash a month ago that put her in a coma.
De Georgiou, Anouska: A former British Playboy model who claims that Epstein groomed and raped her as a teenager when she met him in the 1990s. Her experience with Epstein is detailed in this article (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9974171/anouska-de-georgiou-jeffrey-epstein-rape-claims-nbc-playboy/). She speaks about how Epstein was able to lure her into the life as a young girl.
De Soto, Fernando: Very difficult to pinpoint. Best guess is that this is the Head of Real Estate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Madrid, Spain. I could be wrong, but this is the one that made the most sense.
Dedieu, Jean & Paulette: Nothing found.
Del Bono, Luca: Co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism.
Dell, Adam: Brother of Michael Dell (Founder of Dell Technologies and 27th ranked richest person in the world in Forbes’s BS rankings that discount the elite families). Adam is a venture capitalist who has a baby with Padma Lakshmi.
Deluca Dina & Fouard Chartuuni: Fouad Chartouni is the president of Kensico Properties, a real-estate holding company in New York. Chartouni and his brother own the Lowell Hotel in New York. The Lowell is a high-end 5 star hotel that caters largely to film executives, fashion design CEOs, publishing CEOs, and financial CEOs. Madonna lived there for nearly a year after breaking up with Sean Penn. Dina Deluca is Chartouni’s wife. She used to work as an assistant in film and television, but now focuses on her DDC28 brand of bath and beauty products.
Derby Earl / Cntess Cass & Ted: Edward Stanley (known informally as Teddy) is the 19th Earl of Derby. Caroline Stanley is Ted’s wife. She was a socialite during the ‘90s and is the daughter of Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke.
Derby, Ros & Jonathan: No info found.
Di Vita, Charlotte: Best known for her handcrafted teapots, di Vita started off as a volunteer who helped raise funds to help poor people, most notably in Kenya, Thailand, and Brazil. She helped locals grow food and even helped build 3 schools (37 teachers, 1100 students) through a charity, Trade plus Aid, in Bawku, Ghana, in 1995.
Dickenson, Debbie: Supermodel and actress. Sister of the more famous Janice Dickinson.
Dickinson, Janice: One of the most successful models of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dickinson has been occasionally labeled as the first ever supermodel. Opened her own modeling agency in 2005. Ironically, she accused Bill Cosby of raping her back in 1982 and wrote about it in her memoir. When called to the stand during Cosby’s trial, Cosby’s lawyer pointed out the differences between Dickinson’s testimony and her account of the incident in her memoir. Dickinson said that her accusations of Cosby raping her while under oath were the absolute truth, while she took “poetic license” with some of the details in her memoir.
Dietrich Marc Antoine and Cath: Baron Marc-Antoine de Dietrich is a businessman. He resigned as director of Vossloh Cogifer in 2011.
Dietrich, Paul & Laura: Paul is Chief Investment Officer of Fairfax Global Markets LLC. They manage investments for private investors, retirement funds, and private institutions.
Dimbelby, Johnathan: Jonathan Dimbleby is a famous British reporter, political radio and television show host, and author.
Diniz, Pedro: Former Formula One driver and businessman. Now runs a large scale organic farm in Brazil.
Dixon, Alexandra: No info found.
Djerassi, Dale: Film producer and private investor who was married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister, Isabel, from 1984-1989.
Dolbey, Alex & Suzie: Suzie Dolbey (nee Murray-Philipson) is the daughter of the recently deceased Robin Murray-Philipson, who was the descendant of the Viscounts Elibank. Alex Dolbey has been the director of several management and investment companies.
Donne, Alegra: Couldn’t find much except a bunch of pictures of her hobnobbing at fancy parties. Actual name is Maria Allegra Donn.
Dori: Dori Cooperman is a socialite blogger who is friends with Alex von Furstenberg, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, among others. Daughter of Edwin Cooperman, former Chairman of Travelers Bank Group. Used to work for the famous publicist, Lizzie Grubman, who has represented Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. Cooperman is known for getting into trouble due to issues with drugs and alcohol.
Dorrit: Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli jewellery designer, editor, and businesswoman who married into royalty. Dorrit was the First Lady of Iceland from 2003-2016 after marrying President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in 2000. Although Moussaieff claims that Epstein only had her phone number because they “lived on the same street in London sometime between 1978 and 1983,” the Daily Mail published a picture of her and her husband, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Doss, David & Christy Prunier: David Doss has worked as producer and/or executive producer on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Oprah in Africa, Primetime (with Diane Sawyer), Anderson Cooper 360, and Live PD. Doss now serves as senior VP of news programming for Al Jazeera America. Christy Prunier is a former Hollywood exec and founder of the Willa brand of beauty products.
Douglas, Diandra: Actor Michael Douglas’s first wife.
Dr. Eli Wiesel: Most likely Elie Wiesel, the famous Holocaust survivor and Jewish author of Night**. Wiesel was accused of sexual assault in 2017 (source:** https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891)
Drax, Jeremy: Founder of Parham Holdings, a London property operation.
Dreesmann, Bernard: Executive Chairman of Morleys department stores in London.
Driver, Minnie: Famous movie and television actress.
Dubb, Anthony V.: Dub is an investment banker and founder of Indigo Capital, LLC.
Dubbens, Peter: Peter Dubens is a British Internet entrepreneur and investor. Founder of Oakley Capital.
Dubin, Glen: Glenn Dubin is a billionaire hedge fund manager. There is a great article detailing Dubin and his wife’s relationship with Epstein here: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/glenn-dubin-epstein-questions). Summary of the article: Dubin was the first one accused by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre. Rinaldo Rizzo, Dubin’s chef, testified that sexual activities occurred between Dubin and a 15-year-old girl, which led to him and his wife quitting as personal chefs of the Dubins. Dubin’s wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, dated Epstein for a long time before she married Dubin. The couple was so close with Epstein that even after Epstein was convicted in 2008 and officially a registered sex offender, they invited him to Thanksgiving dinner and wrote a letter to his probation officer that they trusted him around their children, who were all minors at the time. Multiple sources say Epstein was actually their children’s Godfather, but a spokesman for the couple denies it. Glen Dubin and Epstein helped each other with their business ties, as well. Dubin also had other ties with Epstein (personal friends with Les Wexner and others). Dubin and his wife are definitely major players in the Epstein saga.
Dubin, Louis & Tiffany: Louis Dubin is a real estate developer specializing in upper-middle class condominiums. Has sold luxury condominiums to the likes of Charles Bronfman, who has ties to the Clintons, Wexner, and whose family were in the NXIUM cult. Tiffany Dubin is the stepdaughter of the now deceased billionaire, A. Alfred Taubman, the owner of Sotheby’s, a famous auction house in NYC that often hosts parties for the rich and famous.
Dubin, Peter: Epstein is/was a moron. This is the same Peter Dubens listed just above.
Duchess of York: Former wife of Prince Andrew. Mother of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie. God knows the stories she could tell. Rumor has it her toes still look like prunes to this day.
Ducrey-Giordano, Francisco: Likely the owner of General Vegetables out of Italy. No further info found.
Duesing, Paul: An interior architectural designer who has worked on luxury and personal resorts all around the world. Duesing claims Epstein tried to hire him to work on Epstein’s home on Epstein’s private island back in 2002, but Duesing declined because he didn’t like Epstein. Says he doesn’t even know how Epstein got his number in the first place. Perhaps it was Duesing’s ties with the royal family. He tells stories of getting the Queen Mother drunk, being close with Lord and Lady Lloyd, working on the home of Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi, Princess Diana’s boyfriend who died in the car crash with her.
Duke of York: Prince Andrew, the toe-sucking pedophile (allegedly), himself. Photographed with victims, Epstein, and Maxwell many times over. His reputation has been completely crushed.
Dunbar Johnson Miranda & Steph: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of the New York Times Company. He oversees the strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. He also spent 12 years working at The Financial Times. Miranda Dunbar-Johnson is Stephen’s wife. She serves on The Paris Committee, which “plays a crucial role in increasing Human Rights Watch’s visibility in France.” David de Rothschild is on the honorary committee.
Dunne, Griffin: An actor, producer, and director best known for his role as Jack in An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Dunne, Philip & Dominice: Philip Dunne is a Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 2005. Domenica is his wife.
Duong, Anh: An artist, actress, and model best known for her self-portraits and her portraits of art collectors and influencers. As a model, Duong has worked for Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfield, Moschino, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
Durso Luigi: Luigi d’Urso was a noble and Italian railroad executive who died in 2006. His grandfather was the 9th Duke di Cassano. His mother was the great-granddaughter of George Clymer, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and signee of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. d’Urso was also married to French designer and model Ines de la Fressange.
Duthie, John & Charlotte: John is primarily a television director based out of London. Duthie also won some poker tournaments against some of the world’s best players in the early 2000s. His wife, Charlotte played a big role in Sir James Goldsmith’s political career as a member of the Referendum Party back in 1997. Goldsmith received 3.5% of the vote in Putney, a constituency located in London.
Dzhabrailou, Umar: Umar Dzhabrailov is a Russian politician and advisor to Sergei Prikhodko, the current First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet. Dzhabrailov was rumored to be romantically linked to Naomi Campbell, supermodel and one of the main suspects in Epstein’s underage sex scandal, in the early 2000s. Dzhabrailov, a supremely wealthy businessman, ran for president in 2000, garnering 0.1% of the vote as an Independent. Dzhabrailov was a partner in Russia’s Radisson Hotel along with American entrepreneur Paul Tatum. After their falling out in 1996, Tatum was shot and killed. Some think Dzhabrailov was responsible while others think he was set up.
Ecclestone, Bernie: A billionaire British business magnate and former chief executive of Formula One Group. Ecclestone has faced some minimal controversies for tax evasion, bribery, and saying that Hitler was a man who was “able to get things done.” Disgustingly enough, Ecclestone, at the age of 89, became a father to his first son, Ace, on July 1, 2020.
Eckon, Paul: Paul Ekon is an international investor and venture capitalist who allegedly fled South Africa in the mid-90s because he was being investigated for links to a gold-smuggling syndicate. Has strong ties to South Africa, including being a personal friend of former president, Thabo Mbeki.
Edsel, Lucinda: No info found.
Edwards, Andrew & Tracy: Unsure. There was an Andrew Edwards and Tracy Edwards on linkedin who have a background in finance, but it is not conclusive whether or not they are the ones listed here or if they are even married. There is also a Tracy Edwards who is a former British sailor who used to work as a Project Manager for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and now teaches children of Internet safety and online reputation. This would be a far more interesting connection, but I cannot find anyone by the name of Andrew with a relevant relationship to her.
Ellan, Johnathan: No info found. Given his email, likely an employee of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm that is widely known for their luxury hotels. Starwood also specializes in real estate and energy.
Elias, Brian: A Miami Beach attorney.
Eliasch, Johan & Amanda: Johan is a Swedish billionaire businessman whose company, Gethal, was fined for alleged deforestation of the Amazon in 2008. The charges were dropped. Amanda is his ex-wife.
Elingworth, Charlie & Amanda: Charles Ellingworth is an author, businessman, and director of several real estate companies, most notably Cadogan Group, which owns most of the property in Chelsea, an affluent area in Central London.
Elizabeth: Not enough info.
Ellenbogen, Eric: An entertainment exec of Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dreamworks) and former CEO of Marvel Enterprises.
Ellingworth, Mr. & Mrs.: Charlie and Amanda listed just above.
Elliot, Ben: Current Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK and nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s current wife). Elliot is also co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism. Epstein has several ties to this group. Elliot’s spokesman has said that Elliot never met Epstein. However, Elliot has been a dinner guest of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York.
Elliott, Gail & Joe Coffey: Gail Elliott is an English fashion designer and former model. Joe Coffey is her husband and co-owner of their fashion brand, Little Joe Woman.
Ellison, Mandy & Ralph: Ralph Ellison is a pharmaceutical executive and investor. He was CEO of DOR BioPharma Inc., now known as Soligenix Inc. a company focused on treating rare diseases. Soligenix came under scrutiny two years ago when they were accused of ripping off stockholders.
Elwes, Anabel: Not much information to be found on Annabel Elwes, although it is clear that she runs in elite circles. Back in 1997, Elwes organized the Hong Kong handover party in order to aid the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Guests included Anthony de Rothschild (eldest son of Evelyn de Rothschild); James Hewitt (former cavalry officer who revealed that he had an affair with Princess Diana while she was with Prince Charles. Possibly the biological father of Prince Harry, if rumors are to be believed); actress Isla Fisher of Wedding Crashers fame; socialite Tamara Beckwith; and Bassam Debs (listed in the Panama Papers).
Epstein, Ed: An investigative journalist and friend of Epstein. Denies any knowledge of Epstein’s penchant for underage girls.
Erba Noona: Noona Smith-Petersen is a public relations executive who has worked for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Tod’s. She now owns her own PR firm. Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Espirito, Santo, Manuel and Ros: Manuel Espirito Santo is likely an heiemployee of the Portuguese banking cartel, Espirito Santo, which received a major bailout in 2014.
Estlin, Jean-Marc: Jean-Marc Etlin is a banker and current partner in CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest private equity and investment advisory firms.
Estrada, Juffali, Christina: Christina Estrada is a former Pirelli Calendar model and ex-wife (2001-2014) of Saudi billionaire heir and businessman, Walid Juffali. She received a £75 million settlement after their divorce.
Evans, Chris: Not the Captain America Chris Evans, but the UK television host and radio DJ. Evans has been rumored to often “flash” people at work (source: https://www.insider.com/police-build-case-on-chris-evans-sexual-assault-claim-2016-7). The BBC has also refused to investigate claims from an ex-Top Gear presenter that Evans “grabbed her breasts and touched himself.” When Evans was 35, he married 18-year-old pop star Billie Piper. They eventually separated and divorced years later.
Eveheart, Angie: Angie Everheart was one of the most well-known models of the 1990s. She has accused Harvey Weinstein of masturbating in front of her.
Faber, David: Due to the London area phone number listed, this is likely the former Conservative member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. His maternal grandfather, Harold Macmillan, was Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963. As of 2010, Faber was to become head of Summer Fields, his former prep school. Summer Fields, an exclusive all-boys prep school, has come under scrutiny in the past. Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s wife), has claimed that Summer Fields was “a hotbed of the sorts of things that are coming out now,” according to this article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812235/Tom-Parker-Bowles-former-headmaster-dismisses-food-writer-s-claims-old-primary-school-hotbed-impropriety-complete-rubbish.html) from the Daily Mail published in 2014. Parker Bowles went on to claim that one master would join naked boys in the shower.
Faber, Sally & Brook Johnson: Charles “Brook” Johnson is a millionaire UK businessman and polo player. His wife, Sally Faber was a weather girl in the 1980s and former wife of former David Faber (listed above). They live next door to Prince Charles in Highgrove.
Faibairn, Charlotte: Charlotte Fairbairn is an author who has worked in the arts, politics, and journalism. Most importantly, she is the eldest daughter of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (1933-1995), a Scottish politician and former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher, who was posthumously accused of child molestation and sexual assault against an adult female. Sir Nicholas’s name was allegedly on a list of VIPs who attended parties at an underage boys brothel in the 1980s with Cyril Smith, another British government official and alleged serial sex offender. More info can be found on both here: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sir-nicholas-fairbairn-child-abuse-scandal-link-1531718 and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Smith
Fairfax, The Hon Rupert: Hon. Rupert Alexander James Fairfax is the son of Thomas Brian McElvie Fairfax, 13th Lord of Fairfax of Cameron. Rupert is currently Managing Director of Fairfax Saddles, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2018. This is the highest business award in the UK.
Fairweather, Natasha: A well-known literary agent who was the literary editor of The Moscow Times and writereviewer for the London Times and The Economist.
Fairweather, Ms. Catherine: Former travel editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Porter. Married to photojournalist Don McCullin. McCullin co-wrote The Palestinians with Jonathan Dimbleby, another Epstein associate listed above.
Fairweather, Ambassador & Lady: Sir Patrick Fairweather is a retired British diplomat. He worked as Ambassador to Angola (1985-1987), Italy (1992-1996), and Albania (1992-1996). Lady Maria Fairweather was a linguist and professional interpreter who once helped out Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin when the official interpreter disappeared at a crucial moment just before the commencement of the G7 Summit.
Fakhre, Armado & Jasmine: Amado Fakhre is the British-Argentinian Founder and former CEO of Coral Capital, a Havana-based investment group best known for its joint venture partner in Havana’s upscale Saratoga Hotel. Fakhre was arrested for corruption and Coral Capital was forced to shut its doors in Havana. Fakhre was interrogated for 20 months in a Cuban safe house and eventually got sentenced to 5-7 years for bribery, but did not have to serve any time. No explanation has been given. Jasmine is his wife.
Fakhre, Danny & Christine: Danny Fakhre is the Chairman of Kochii Oil out of Australia. Christiane is his wife.
Fall, Meredith: No info found.
Fallah, Mrs: Likely Gina Fallah, mother of Christina Fallah. Gina’s father was Reza Fallah, an Iranian businessman and political advisor.
Fallah, Ms. Christina & Jon Robe: Christina Fallah is an interior designer and owner of Christina Fallah designs.
Falletans, Olivier de: Managing partner at Bryan, Olivier, & Co., a mid-market investment bank in Technology. Olivier comes from a family of nobility dating back to at least the 13th century.
Fanjul, Pepe: Jose “Pepe” Fanjul is a billionaire businessman involved in sugar and real estate. Vice Chairman and President of Flo-Sun. “Pepe” is a Republican. He was one of the largest contributors to George W. Bush’s campaign, is an ardent supporter of Marco Rubio, and co-hosted a large fundraiser for Donald Trump. His older brother, Alfonso Fanjul Jr., is a Democrat and was a co-chair of Bill Clinton’s Florida campaign, further proving that POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP IS A CROCK OF SHIT.
Faulkner, Terence & Cornelia: Terence Faulkner is Chairman of Leathams PLC, a London-based food distributor. Cornelia is Terence’s wife. She is Director of Leathams and a specialist decorator.
Feeley, Fiona: An interior designer at Atelier Designs.
Fekkai, Frederic: A French celebrity hairstylist.
Feldman, Andrew: Orthopaedic surgeon in New York City.
Felix, Helena: Not much to be found on Helena. She was possibly the director of an investment firm called Edenhaven Limited. Her husband, Peter, was an oral surgeon. He passed away in 2011.
Fell, David & Anne: Nothing much found here. After a lot of digging, it turns out that David Fell lives in an apartment at 1177 Avenue of the Americas, a real estate holding of Larry Silverstein, owner of the World Trade Center who (allegedly) took out insurance on the WTC just before 9/11.
Ferragamo, Leonardo & Beatrice: Leonardo is the son of Salvatore Ferragamo, the creator of Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A., an Italian luxury goods company specializing in shoes, leather goods, and watches.
Ferranti, Hugo: Hugo de Ferranti is an art dealer. He is also a Director for Action on Addiction, a UK-based charity for people with drug and alcohol addiction issues. Kate Middleton has served as patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.
Ferry, Brian: Bryan Ferry is a singesongwriter and the owner of Studio One recording studio in London. In the 1970s, he was the frontman for the British rock band, Roxy Music.
Fiennes, Martin: The heir apparent to the Baron Saye and Sele, a title of peerage in England. Lives in Broughton Castle. Cousin of actor Ralph Fiennes.
Fiennes, Martin: Same person.
Fiennes, Ralph: Famous actor. Cousin of Martin Fiennes. The fact that Epstein knows so many people in this family is troubling.
Fiennes, Suzzana: A British artist who works exclusively with Prince Charles. Susannah is the twin sister of Martin Fiennes and cousin of actor Ralph.
Fifer, Chuck: Not positive, but could be actor Chuck Pfeiffer, who is a close friend of Oliver Stone and was in Wall Street with Michael Douglas. However, it could be someone else. Pfeiffer didn’t have much of an acting career.
Figg, Christopher & Charlotte: Christopher Figg is a movie producer and CEO of Piccadilly Pictures. Figg is best known for producing the first 3 Hellraiser movies, Trainspotting, Dog Soldiers, Heidi, Coriolanus (directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes), We Need to Talk About Kevin, and many others. Charlotte is his wife.
Finch Charles: A failed director who became a talent agent for William Morris. Oversees a private equity finance unit called Finch Asia and is Chairman of Dean & Deluca (66 stores nationwide). Most notably, Charles Finch is known to host extravagant, A-list laden parties at Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival, pre-Oscar parties, and pre-BAFTA parties. There is an in-depth article from the Hollywood Reporter about Finch and his Cannes parties here (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-charles-finch-ultimate-cannes-party-host-you-need-know-1001847). Regulaoccasional guests of his Cannes parties included: Harvey Weinstein, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner (accused of sexual abuse by 6 women, including actress Olivia Munn and actress/model Natasha Henstridge), Mick Jagger, and Netflix bigwig Ted Sarandos. Finch’s pre-Oscar and pre-BAFTA parties have attracted the likes of Jeff Bezos, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Margot Robbie, Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones, music mogul who has been accused of nefarious sexual endeavors), Tracee Ellis Ross, and others Finch is the son of famous actor Peter Finch (A-list actor from the 1960s-1970s, best known for his role in the movie Network, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor) and Yolande Turner (actress). A deeper look into Finch’s parties and connections would definitely prove interesting.
Finklestein, Howard: Finkelstein is a public defender in Broward County, Florida. In Florida (and some other states), public defenders are elected, not appointed.
Firyal Princess: Jerusalem-born Jordanian princess who was once married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal. Firyal was named an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Princess Firyal launched the International Hope Foundation in 1994 for the benefit of homeless and street children. Firyal holds positions with several museums (The Louvre, The Tate, MOMA, and Guggenheim), as well as positions with Columbia University, New York Public Library, United Nation Association, and International Rescue Committee.
Fisher, Dan: Given the address listed (Trump Tower), it is possible that this is a former lobbyist (https://www.citizen.org/news/36-former-lobbyists-working-trump-clear-conflicts-interest/) and current Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office, however I am unable to confirm this information with 100% certainty.
Flick Mook: Likely Friedrich Christian Flick, known as Mick Flick. The Flick family was a billionaire coal and steel conglomerate that was accused of war crimes during the Holocaust. Flick’s grandfather financially supported the Nazi Party and used 48,000 forced laborers from the concentration camps, many of whom died due to the conditions. Grandfather Flick was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg and served 3 years of his 7-year sentence. Mick (Mook) sold most of his holdings in the ‘80s and retired a billionaire.
Foman, Bobby & Jeanette: Robert Q. Fomon currently works as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley. He specializes in wealth management. He used to be an Assistant Director at Bear Stearns (owned by Chase), one of the investment banks that went under as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. His father is. Robert M. Fomon, Jeanette is his wife. D-F continued below....
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2020.06.17 23:12 JLMaynor-Author [First Contact: Volume 1 - WarpStar] Chapter 24

[Chapter 23] [Index] [Chapter 25]
Chapter 24
“The family is the first essential cell of human society.”
~Pope John XXIII
What a beautiful sunny day, he thought. He looked down, his bare feet rustling through the grass, the trees swaying in the wind all around him, children playing joyfully on this warm day. He looked up, and the sky is filled with the distant sight of the various Space Stations orbiting the planet. But something is different, not right. A Cluster of small objects are in the sky that shouldn’t be. Lights flashing, explosions! It was a battle in space. We are being invaded! Within seconds the largest of the 12 visible space stations explode, reigning fire in the sky. Then another, and another. Within minutes all twelve stations had fallen from the heavens in a fiery manner. What was this? Panic, chaos. Screams, the children were all crying and screaming for their mothers! An object starts to descent into the atmosphere, then another, and another. They are heading straight down, not slowing down but accelerating! What could this be? Impact. Blinding light. Massive energy waves, annihilating everything in its path. Impact. Impact. A wave of heat and energy washes over him, his flesh being melted from his bones instantly. He’s on a ship now, and a Space Station. Another planet. He was everywhere, and everywhere there was scramming crying. Mass Annihilation. Military personnel, civilians, women, children, there was no discrimination in this carnage. Everyone and everything was being wiped away from existence. The crying, screams of pain, agony, cries for help, “Save us, save my child’ was all he could hear. More light. More fire. Everywhere, everything. There was no escape. A blue-skinned alien appeared, laughing, smiling, in pure joy as everything else around him burned.
John woke up sweating, panting from his nightmare to the sound of his comm unit buzzing. He sat up, completely naked, and answered the call. “Hello?”
“Who is it? Its 6 A.M. tell them to go away; I want another round in before work!” said a naked woman lying in John's bed next to him.
He fluffed her off, got up, and walked to the kitchen. This was not a conversation he wanted to have next to his new friend he met at the bar last night.
“Hey, Char! What’s up?”
“Oh nothing, how’s home treating ya?” Charlene Carr said on the other end of the comm unit.
“Beautiful as ever, remind me again why we do what we do?” he gave off a sudden laugh being as playful as he can.
“Because it's glorious!” Charlene chuckled back
They spoke back and forth for several hours, John completely forgetting he had a friend lying in his bed until she walked past him fully clothed, said some profanities attacking his character, then stormed off. John didn’t care; he had just met her the night before The woman was just a random person in his life. A dot in the spectrum of the universe to him. She was just a night of fun. The one person he truly cared about, was on the other end of his comm unit, the only one he wants to talk to, and to be with. But he can’t tell her. Relationships between military personnel are accepted; however, it still is highly frowned upon if it is between a superior officer and a subordinate. They would surely split them apart if he started dating his best friend, his soul mate.
Several hours had passed, it was now a tad past noon. Charlene had invited John to her house for lunch before the event, they were both nervous for the same reason, yet neither of them could let the other know how they felt. John had hoped on a military transport from Traverse City, Michigan to Miami, Florida, then a cab to her place. The total time for the trip only took about 35 minutes, just long enough for him to get prepared to meet her parents.
Charlene opened the door, expecting to see John. She was right, but she was instantly embarrassed. This was only supposed to be a quick lunch before the convention, so she was standing in front of John, in bare feet, shorts, a tank top that was left an inch of her midriff showing. Her athletic body shined in this view. She hadn’t bothered getting adequately dressed for lunch, It was a hot summer Florida day, peaking 100 degrees. She will sweat all day later in full uniform when she goes to the convention. John was, however, in a full Navy dress uniform.
“Why the hell are you in dress?” Charlene snapped quietly at him, feeling ashamed of her clothing choice. John loved it; she never looked so beautiful. He had wished her fiery red hair was down instead of up in a ponytail; however, she was still stunningly beautiful either way.
“I had a quick brief from Admiral Collins, and I came straight here from there.” He lied. John had no military meetings in any way that day. He dressed up to impress. Who? He didn’t know.
Charlene’s father snuck up behind her, startling her, eyeing her friend who was at the door.
“Well, who do we have here?” he had said, putting his arm out to greet his new guest.
“John, sir, it’s a pleasure to meet you!” John grabbed the hand and shook with strength.
“Antonio Carr, the pleasure’s all mine….. Captain” Antonio noticed the command pip on Johns uniform and gripped his hand as hard as he could. “Shall we?”
“Whos there!” A young girl yelled out as she ran from a room. “Hi, mister, you look handsome!” she blushed as she walked up to John.
“Well hello there, I’m John it’s a pleasure to meet you!”
“Hehe..he..he.. I’m Bethany, Charlene's cousin,” the young girl gave John a pretty impressive salute.
“I’m sorry, she's been dying to meet you” Char was a bit embarrassed.
At 13 years old, Bethany Carr was awe-struck at John. She had always heard her cousin talk about him, but never been in the presence of such a legend. "Here! I want you guys to meet my friend!" is all she could muster out of her excited frame, stuttering the words faster than she could think of them. Taking Johns hand in hers, she bolted down the hall towards her room, hoping just to be dragging along the unwitting Capitan, but dragging her big cousin along as well.
"Woah," John nervously let out along with a slight chuckle as he shot a concerned look towards Charlene, who only returned with an evil grin. Being dragged down the hallway of the Carr residence, Charlene just laughed as she knew the uncomfortable position her adolescent cousin had put her Commanding Officer in. The Floridian house was not a large one; the hallway only passed by two other bedrooms before coming to what appeared to be the smallest in the house. Hot pink, Hello Kitty posters, and various other pictures of the latest boy band filled the room, overtaking the natural architect of the home.
"I was never this young!" Charlene spilled out, almost embarrassed to admit she enjoyed more girly flaunting than what was on display in front of her now.
"I bet you were younger!" John teased with a smirk and a poke at her ribs.
"Hey, Look here!" Bethany cried out before Charlene had a chance to retort Johns minor flirty comment.
John and Charlene both reluctantly looked at Bethany's pet hamster in a rather elaborate Hamster cage in one corner of the room. The little guy was chowing down on half an Apple, enjoying his meal while three gigantic humans watched in enjoyment.
"Hey, Look! It's Chester Apple-Muncher, Lester Cornhut's not so loved cousin!" Charlene blurted out, prompting an uncontrollable explosion of laughter from John and herself. Annoyed by the inside joke between the two, and the apparent insult to her pet, Bethany crossed her arms and pouted, shouting out "His name's Skippy!"
John and Charlene were silenced, looked at each other for a long few seconds, trying so desperately to hold in an outburst, but failed. They were exploding in uncontrollable laughter exponentially more potent than the first. "Oh, man!” John wiped a tear from his eyes, “theres going to be one pissed off beer can!" The laughter grew ten-fold as John collapsed to the floor, unable to control himself, as Charlene produced tears unable to show restraint.
"Grrrrraaaaan!!!" Bethany shouted, running out of her room, upset and unable to understand the inside joke of the hamster named Skippy, who should be Lester Cornhuts, cousin.
The tour was cut short when Amelia called everyone to the dinner table to enjoy a quick lunch. Char never had a moment to change from her lack of clothing, completely forgetting the awkward sense John must be having still wearing full dress while everyone else was in regular civilian attire. Antonio never let the uniform out of his sight, examining it bit by bit, getting ever so frustrated at John’s politeness. Watching his daughter be wholly lost in his spell, his anger for the fancy captain intensified.
“So, they just hand out Gold wings now?” Referring rudely and sarcastically to Johns set of wings. “I remember those used to be earned, not given.”
“Dad!” Charlene yelled out, spitting out a portion of her sandwich.
“Ya! Who did you kill to get them?” Bethany added.
“Beth!” Char shot an evil look to her cousin, face flustering red.
John didn’t know what to think, and just sat there and nodded his head.
“Capitan, huh?” Antonio turned to his daughter with a slightly disgusted look on his face. “You invited your Commanding Officer over ?” he shouted.
“Antonio!” Amelia stood up and shouted. “Have some respect for your daughter and her friend!”
“Friend? Ha!” he yelled, laughing.
“You better stop right there before you say something you regret!” Amelia stated, shaking her finger. Bethany just stuck her tongue at John, still upset over Chester Apple-Muncher.
Standing up and putting on his Dress hat John just simply replied, “I apologize, it appears I may have overstayed my welcome. `Mam, I hope you have a nice evening, and Sir, have a nice day. And you have a wonderful evening, little one!” John said as he walked out.
“See what you did now? You should be ashamed of yourself!” Amelia was embarrassed for her family over what her husband had said to their guest.
“What I did? This rotten military of ours now lets its C.O’s to take advantage of their crew so they can now screw whoever they want!” Antonio Carr shouted out.
“Why would someone want to ‘screw’ someone else? Wouldn’t that hurt?” the innocent Bethony asked, only getting a slight laugh from Char.
John stopped for a moment; he heard that remark. He was meant too. He continued walking out the door, angry but choosing not to say anything. Now was not the proper time to defend his, or Char’s honor.
Charlene came running out, holding back her tears. Her military training and pure anger for her father were holding them back. “John, I’m sorry.”
“Char, I’ll see you at the Convention” is all John said as he hoped in his cab.
1700 Event Opening.
The Crowd was huge; several thousand people had shown up to attend what is being called, the biggest unveil in human history. Corporations from across the Federation are representing their brand new product here. General Electric, Olympic Aerospace, General Motors, to name a few of the big names.
John and Charlene walked from booth to booth, never mentioning the events that transpired earlier that day, checking out what ‘new’ civilian technology has to offer. They had noticed several technologies that the Federation Navy already had employed. Tech 4 Repulserlift Technology, Anti Grav Plating, Solid Holographic Systems, but out of all of them, John was curious to know what Char was unveiling. She wouldn't tell him; it was part of the fun she said to herself. Always teasing each other about it, her discipline was strong. She even refused to give it up after John tackled her and pinned her in a classic choke.
1800 The Big Unveil.
Sitting down in the Officers row in the center of the seats, John enjoyed the view overlooking the central presentation area. Char was standing by one of the large objects covered in a black tarp, what appeared to be a fighter of some sort. The only reason to request a demonstration from a top Federation pilot was to showcase some advanced civilian aircraft; John was still guessing as to what this was.
“Ladies and Gentleman,” the announcer shouted “I am Augustus Packmeier, Senior V.P. of Research and Development for Olympic Aerospace Industries. I am pleased to introduce to you today a groundbreaking new technological Achievement!”
Augustus went on to explain in great biased detail, why his company is the leader in the industry, then Introduced something unexpected. A fully functional neural interface for small spacecraft. John had heard rumors of such a device, and he had expected to see the Navy experiment in it before the civilian population got ahold of it. Still, this time it seems the private market beat the military to the punch.
The neural interface directly connects the user's mind, via a small contact node on the skull, directly to the computer system on the craft. The direct link would significantly reduce reaction times since all the pilots had to do was to think what they wanted, no longer waiting for the lag of the human muscles to react to the commands of the brain.
1900 The Test Flight
Charlene Carr, 24-year-old ace pilot. Flying a brand new aircraft for a private company, John would have lost that bet if anyone would have put him to it. Charlene could not believe how the interface made her feel; she never felt freer and in control of her life. The aircraft reacted quicker than she could move her arms to imitate moving a flight yolk, or stick. John and her father were watching in amazement as she showed off her skills. Looping around, banking from left to right, quicker than any typical pilot ever could. Antonio was proud to see her daughter in her natural environment, showing off to the world her skills, John falling ever more in love with her and hating himself for it. Wishing he could be up there with her or away from the event. Forcing his feelings deep down inside, where they belong, so they never surface.
“You love her, don’t you?” An unknown man said just inside John’s hearing.
“What?” startled, John looked behind him to find a man in his 50’s, full civilian clothing, looking oddly familiar.
“Walk with me; I have something that might interest you.”
Antonio glanced down for a moment to watch John and a strange man walk away from the flight. He had no idea what this was about; he didn’t care. He wanted to keep an eye on her commanding officer, feeling the need to protect his daughter from horrible men that would use her, in this case, her skills. He feared John is using Charlene’s amazing flight skills to advance his career. At least it was a better option than Tiffany’s ex-husband, who beat her until she almost died one night. Antonio would still accept a career shark over a monster like that.
“What is this?” asked John as he was lead to a tree a reasonable distance from the crowd.
“Capitan John Henderson,” the illusive man replied.
“Do I know you?”
“No, but I know you.”
“I don’t have much time so whoever you are, get to the point.” John had a bad vibe from the situation and was not in the mood to play any sort of mind games, trying to cut right to the chase on who this person was and what he wanted.
“Good, I don’t have much time,” he replied, “Here, you need to examine this data.” The man handed John a portable data drive as he searched the area around him, trying to find some elusive threat.
“What's on it?”
“Proof,” trying to explain as quickly as he could.
“Proof of what ?”
“Of the massive lie and coverup the Federation is doing. I can't tell you much, the first thing you need to know is the Republic is not dormant, they are about to strike. very soon.”
The Russian Republic has not made a play for the Sol system, or any other Federation territory for some time. Only minor skirmishes here and there have popped up over the last few years. Many have speculated they were planning a major offensive, while others believe the Republic is finally tired of the fighting.
“And second,” the man continues, “The Federation has had contact with the Sumerians before.”
“What?” John was surprised. No one should know that name yet, the Federation was planning on going public with the news that first contact had finally been established, and a representative from the planet Sumeria had been talking to them. The Federation has not yet gone public, and no one should know that name.
“Why are you telling me this?”
“I have my reasons.”
“What the hell is going on here?” Antonio Carr shouted as he interrupted the meeting.
John turned his head, surprised to find Charlene's father, interrupting a potentially vital intelligence meeting for the Federation.
“You need to go back,” yelled John, as he turned back to the Illusive man, he was nowhere to be seen.
“Son of a Bitch!” yelled John, “What the hell is your problem?” John could no longer hold back his anger towards the man. He had just disrupted a potential intelligence op for a threat to the Federation.
“My problem is you, sneaking off making deals out back here, what did he give you? Its Snap-five Isn't it?”
SNAP-five seems to be the current drug of choice for kids and heavy drug users; it is known to cause massive hallucinations.
“Are you out of your mind?” John shouted, not holding back. “I could have you arrested right now!”
The argument was promptly interrupted when three loud bangs were heard in the distance. Thinking the worst, they looked up towards Charlene’s fighter. She’s still skipping and hopping about. Off in the distance was 5 Fireballs descending the sky and heading this way.
“What the hell?” Shouted a confused Antonio.
While grabbing his comm unit and activating it, John started calmly giving orders, a tribute to his military training. “Henderson to WarpStar, I need intel on my location, five unknown contacts about 200 klicks out, entering atmo, descending fast.”
Antonio Carr just observed the man in front of him, going from kid to military leader in his eyes in a split second.
“Unknown boogies,” replied someone on the other end. “Classification unknown, meteoroid ruled out, space debris ruled out. They are emitting E.M. signatures, non-natural objects.”
“What are they, John?” Antonio asked
“I’m not sure,” Replied john while keeping his eyes on them.
1930. The Attack
It came out of nowhere. She quickly banked left to find herself almost colliding with an unknown aircraft. No, spacecraft! Char had no idea what was out there, and they were not even appearing on her sensors. Within seconds these five unknown crafts started opening fire on the crowed. Firing at anything and everyone, without discrimination of who or what was down there destroying other projects from the other companies. Two of the unknown assailants noticed Charlene's aircraft banking wide to come to the assault and broke off, heading right towards her.
Watching in horror, Antonio Carr was powerless to help his daughter. He wanted so desperately to help, but he had to let go. She was in the military, and it was her job to protect him. Banking up, down, left then right, she twisted and turned her fighter every way possible, dodging energy blast after energy blast, only coming within a hair of getting hit every time. She caught the attention of three out of the five, trying to chase her down, firing at every direction they could, missing every time. Charlene was able to predict the trajectory of each bolt and find a way to squeeze between each blast. She was powerless; however, she had no weapons if something was not done quickly, no matter how maneuverable the ship, how skilled the pilot, only by chance she will fall from the sky.
John was watching, and this is it. ‘This’ is the damned Republic attack that guy just warned me.’ His mind was running wild with the thought. He had to do something, Charlene had no defenses.
“Henderson to WarpStar, I need air support at my location Immediately.”
~Static~
“What the hell?” John looked at his Communicator. ‘Unable to establish connection’ read on display.
“What does that mean?” Antonio asked.
“They are jamming Communications; no one knows what is happening!”
“You got to do something! That’s my daughter up there!”
He was right, John had to do something, or thousands of innocent lives will be lost. Then, it came to him. Communications may have been jammed, but to jam, every signal would take a power source so massive, it would have been detected on the ground long before it was active. These fighters had to be the one jamming the signals. If a fighter blocked out ten different sets of frequencies, there was only a handful that could be useful.
“Betsy!” Shouted John
“Your girlfriend is going to help?” Antonio asked, hoping to get more than one answer with one word.
John changed a few settings on his comm unit, and pointed it to the sky in a precise location.
“Betsy, do you read?” John Asked.
“Loud and clear Capitan,” the A.I Betsy replied.
‘Oh great,’ Antonio thought, ‘Another crew member under his spell.’
“Initiate Protocol, Alpha Charley, Seven Seven Three, Authorization, Pie Theta Henderson Twelve,” John sputtered in his Comm unit.
‘What the hell is he doing?’ Antonio couldn’t figure out what John was planning.
“Command accepted, unable to execute, command override in place. WarpStar control lock inplace”
“Override Protocol, Theta Nine, Authorization Henderson Two Two Fifteen”
“Command Accepted, attempting to hack dock controls.”
Betsy managed to hack the WarpStar computer, overriding the fighter lock in place. She opened the Bay doors and flew out without any restraint. Within seconds, she locked position and began her descent as quickly as she could.
Charlene managed to get two of them to follow her over the Ocean, at least here when they fired, there would be no casualties performing various maneuvers to attempt to trick her two friends. It did not take Charlene long to notice something about her two ‘friends’ that gave her quite the advantage. They were not very skilled, and they seemed to have never flown together as a unit before. Both of them had no idea of the others flight style, capabilities, or weaknesses. Both were competing with each other for the kill shot, neither of them skilled enough to predict any of her movements. ‘Sloppy,’ Charlene thought as she maneuvered into position to use this discovery to her advantage.
It did not take long for her to get her first opportunity. She noticed several times the two almost collided with each other, from an apparent lack of experience. She took it, with a roll to the left, and a quick roll to the right she commanded a rapid ascent with her mind, and the plane rose quickly to the stars. She couldn’t hold it for long; this aircraft was just that, an Aircraft. They were not designed to exit the atmosphere in any way.
Banking from left to right, avoiding any shot fired at her, she made her move. At almost two thousand feet until her altitude ceiling, she began her trap. In a standard maneuver like this, she would set herself up to complete a loop, and bank backward. Carr, however, commanded her stick to go down instead of up. One of her pursuers predicted the move. However, the second did not. The one that predicted the move quickly followed suit, banking downwards while the other pilot attempted to bank up to complete a loop. The second Republic pilot was new to the art of aerial combat strategies and had not much training in the simulators, or in real-world environments. He was a farm duster for the rice fields of China; his youth brain told him to follow his pray in a backward loop maneuver, not considering the advanced tactics of the Federation pilot would counter and break the maneuver and bank downwards. The young farm duster quickly saw his mistake, as his Russian partner’s fighter promptly came into view right above his cockpit, and both ships collided with each other, sending them down into the Ocean in a fiery ball.
The horror, blasts of energy, was ripping through buildings, massacring women and children all around them. Antonio Carr watched in disgust as this nightmare unfolded around him. He had lost sight of his daughter in the sky; he saw her fly towards the Atlantic Ocean, bringing three of the assailants with her. When things couldn’t get any worse, he noticed another fireball coming down from the sky. ‘More of them?’ he thought. This day couldn’t get any worse as a bolt of superheated plasma struck around a hundred feet from him, dirt, gravel, and grass rained in the sky came upon Antonio and John as they braced to protect themselves from the heated mess.
Grabbing John’s arm, Antonio yelled through this chaos “Come on, we got to get out of here.”
“Not yet!” John shouted as the fireball got closer to them. Within seconds the fireball slowed to a crawl, shedding the red-orange glow once surrounding it and emerged as a fighter, unlike the attackers. Antonio was confused as it came close, swung around both of them, and came down to a landing right in front of him.
With a confused look on his face, Antonio watched as the cockpit opened up, with no one to greet them. John hoped in, and pressed a few buttons. “Better get back to your Family, ill take it from here” inputting a few more commands into the computer he throttled up the engines and put on his helmet while the cockpit closed and sealed. A second later, the fighter lifted off the ground and shot straight into the air. Antonio Carr could not shake the awe he just witnessed, as John had somehow called down a military attack fighter and hoped in. Joining in the fight, aiming to help protect the citizens in danger, and more importantly, save his daughter.
“Alright Betsy, lets prep for atmospheric combat” John quickly pulled up on his yolk, sending power to the chemical atmosphere thrusters forcing the fighter to push 6 g’s.
“Weapon systems charged, targeting computer online. Systems are active,” Betsy chimed in calmly, knowing her existence was in direct danger. “Captain, one of the attackers, have noticed we have entered the field and has matched our climb.”\
“Alright, let's see what he's capable of” John quickly pushed hard down on the yolk, putting the fighter into a straight nose dive, altimeter now fast-moving down from forty six thousand feet.
The X-401 military fighter known as ‘Betsy Ross’ quickly flew past the first Republic attacker, shaking him up on the pass. The Russian pilot promptly recovered and began to follow John as the pair got closer to the surface of the planet. John strategically angled toward the remaining two, who was still actively assaulting the fair, watching his speed begin to approach dangers velocities.
“Warning, Airspeed too fast. Slow down,” the flight computer that John had neglected to disable so Betsy could have full control chirmed in Johns's ear.
“Sir, I recommend slowing.”
“Not yet, get a lock on those two and arm the missiles.”
“Approaching fifteen kilometers to targets, missile lock established.”
John did not need to respond, he quickly fired two birds and yanked on the yolk, pitching up and slightly to the left, attempting to maneuver around the area.
Energy weapons had played a dominant role in military weapons in the current period, being preferred to the older kinetic style weapon systems. In aireal and sea combat, however, kinetic weapons still played a role that energy weapons could not. When the pilot wanted to shoot a target on the move, and not chance hitting any collateral objects if the target had maneuvered out of the way, an energy shot could not adjust hits course. A missile could. John had banked on the idea that once he launched his two birds, the Republic pilots would notice a clear lock on them and attempt to outmaneuver the missiles, evading their way outside of the danger zone for the civilians. Even if John did not score any hits, he still succeeded in luring them away from the area.
John did not score any hits; both pilots quickly evaded the missiles and launched countermeasures, detonating the weapons safely causing no harm to any party. This had put a big target on John as he attempted to lure them towards the Ocean, where he could easily engage battle at zero risk to any civilian population. John's plan worked like a charm.
“Warning!!” Asshole Steve shouts in John's ears. “Missile lock, Evade, Evade, Evade, Evade.”
“Sir”
“I know Betsy, shut up I'm working” John rolled and dove, quickly avoiding two missiles from hitting his small ship.
“Sir”
“Betsy!! I know!!” John shouted while pulling hard on the yolk, banking hard to the right, avoiding laster blast after blast unsuccessfully.
“Sir, I have another incoming contact.” ‘Shit,’ John thought as he continued to fail to dodge the thousands of plasma blasts from the three fighters aggressively pursuing him, unable to make hard maneuvers in the atmosphere of a planet.
“Alpha One, this is Alpha two. Need a hand?” a familiar voice chirped over the communication systems. It was Char. ‘Oh no’ Johns stomach sank. She was piloting a defenseless aircraft: no weapons, no shielding, and no armor plating. John's shields were holding, but wouldn’t take much beating for long. She would be unable to withstand this abuse. “Negative Alpha Two, proceed to containment zone, and secure” John gave the order over the comm.
“With all due respect, John. No”
“Excuse me, Ensign?”
“No uniform, Off duty. No orders. Now, let's get these guys to swim with the fishes!”
Char’s disobedience gave John mixed emotions. Instantly anger flooded him, but quickly subsided as he realized she was right. They both were off duty at the time, and she did not have to follow his orders. Then it hit him, she is going to attempt to save John at all costs, and he could not allow her to put herself in that kind of danger with absolutely no protection or a way to defend herself. At most, she could do is provide bait. “Negative Alpha Two” John repeated “proceed to containment zone” John did the only thing he knew would put her out of danger, climb. “Betsy, activate the sublights.” The fighter powered down its atmospheric chemical thrusters and engaged the small fusion generator, pumping out trillions of ions out of its two feeble engines, providing enough thrust to rocket the ship upwards to exit the atmosphere. Two of the fighters followed suit, matching Johns climb to engage without the confines of an atmosphere while the other banked left and downward to engage Charlene.
“Shit, Alpha Two you have a boogie on your pursuit.”
“Alpha One aye, will handle, take care of your friends” static came over the comms as the two drifted outside of comm range from the jamming as Johns view quickly turned from a blue haze to black. The two Republic pilots were no match for John once he reached space, the agile 401 fighter took no time in maneuvering behind the two and eliminating them with a few blasts from the plasma cannons. The pilots did not have time to process the black sky as their craft melted from the insane temperatures of the plasma bolts.
“Missile Lock. Evade Evade Evade Evade” Asshole Steve shouted in Char’s ears as her neural link began to get hot on her head from over excessive use. Banking left to right, up and down, avoiding shot after shot from the plasma cannon of the Republic fighter char quickly saw her target. A small island off of the coast of Cuba. A quick evasive flyover of the island revealed any form of obvious life did not inhabit it, and Charlene chose this as her target.
“Too close Evade Evade” Asshole Steve never seemed to shut up as Char’s heart beat faster and faster by the second, first degree burns forming on her scalp from the connections of the neural link unable to safely process Char’s commands at the speed she needed them. She narrowly avoided a missile as she wished she could dump E.M. jammers from the belly of her aircraft, but she had none on this civilian flying deathtrap. Three hard banks later, she had an idea, and she executed it without thought. She knew where the one last assailant was, quickly following her tail dumping ungodly amounts of wattage and superheated plasma in the atmosphere attempting to strike down its target. Char immediately targeted her sensors on the missile, and the rocket alone. She was flooding it with electromagnetic pings with increasing frequency and intensity. Hoping to overcome the missile's sensors, she banked one last time, as the flying death shaft flew past her, and collided with the Ocean.
Char saw her opportunity. This would be it, and she would never get another one. Time to execute her most daring and bold plan she ever has. Banking towards the assailant, she began to rush towards him at full power. Playing a game of aerial chicken, dodging and avoiding thousands of bolts of plasma hurled towards her while her neural link began to melt the flesh off her skull. The moment she passed the Russian, she banked hard towards the sky. The Russian was no fool; following her, he saw his opportunity to end his target finally. This would be it, and she could not exit the atmosphere, the craft was not designed for it, while his was. When she shot downwards towards the surface, he began to panic. Following suit, both fighters began barreling towards the tiny island just off the coast of Cuba, bolts of superheated plasma being thrown from the pursuer to the pursue, dodging every blast sent her way.
“Too low. Pull up!! Pull up!” Asshole Steve was at it again. Ignoring him, Char attempted to push the throttle as hard as she could, trying to gain more speed out of the already maxed out aircraft, avoiding the smell of burnt hair and flesh as she continues to prevent the blast of plasma after the other.
“Too low, terrain. Pull up! Too low, terrain. Pull up!” Asshole Steve finally gave her the words she was looking for. The warning sound as she approached the three thousand feet warning. She was in a dangerous position. Rocketing at terminal velocity towards the Earth, she had very little time to act and pull up. Using all her might, she sent the command to the neural link to give the aircraft everything it had to pull up.
“Arrrrrrrrgggghhhh!” Char screamed in a combination of pain and struggled as fear ripped through her bones, and her flesh and hair caught fire from the overused neural link. The Republic fighter was not so lucky. Unable to compensate in time, the plane barreled right into the island, creating a massive fireball and shockwave as the fusion engines exploded. Unfortunately for Charlene, she was focusing everything on doing the climb to pull her out of her nose dive, she was unable to maneuver, and a plasma bolt scored a direct hit on her fuselage right at her port wing assembly.
“Eject! Eject! Eject!” Asshole steve screamed as Char was quickly put into a port side spin, the wing ripping off from the metal hosing hold after being melted from the hull. Barreling at Mach 5, Char knew she couldn’t simply escape. She had to take whatever was coming for her; even if she were going at a much slower speed, the constant spinning would throw her seat straight into the Ocean, spelling a quick death for the young pilot.
She traveled 120 miles spinning all in the span of a few seconds before impacting with the Ocean, a few miles outside of Key West. The cockpit was designed from an alloy of metals found in the asteroid belt, making it one of the sturdiest planes in the air, which is the only reason Charlene survived the impact. The rest of the aircraft crumbled like a can on impact, protecting the pilot but knokcking her unconscious from the force. Several tourists visiting the Florida keys saw the impact and quickly contacted the coast guard. Unknowing to the onlookers, it was a useless gesture as John had already made his descent back into the atmosphere, and witnessed the entire event. Panicking, he quickly maneuvered Betsy over the wreck, threw the 401 in hover mode and opened the cockpit, and jumped into the water to swim over to the burning wreckage to save his friend. Coast Guard rescue craft quickly swarmed the area as John pulled a limp Charlene Carr from the cockpit, her glasses broken and missing most of her hair with third-degree burns all over her scalp. Tears formed in his eyes as he held her, waiting for the EMT’s to lower their craft to pick her up. She was alive, but barely, opening her eyes for a quick second noticing a teared John holding her, screaming for help to get there faster all she could muster was “Did we do it, are the civilians safe?” before she slipped into a coma. Olympic Aerospace gained a lot of respect from John after this, for building the most sturdy cockpit known.
The Carr family sat in horror as they watched the news feed tell the story of the Federation military fighter hovering over a crash sight, a man jumping from the fighter into the waters to save the crash victim. The news had no idea who they were, but the Carr family knew. They watched as John jumped into the burning wreckage and pulled a near lifeless Charlene Carr from the wreckage and help put her into the ambulance. She was their daughter, sister, aunt. He was a stranger to them, a man who, at one point, was a degenerate, now a hero. Antonio Carr couldn’t be angry at any of them at this moment. John saved his daughter, and his daughter saved hundreds of lives today at the risk of her own. As they sat crying, Antonio never felt more pride in his life as he watched his daughter fight for hers.
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2020.06.07 05:43 poorcinderelly Some books by Black authors everybody should check out!

This is BY NO MEANS a comprehensive list, just some recent releases (as in, released in the last year or two) as well as a couple upcoming releases! Also, many of these authors have other novels that are fantastic, but I tried not to repeat any authors so this post wouldn't be too long (which it is so long lol). So do check them out further! And please, please, please do add any other reccs, particularly from midlist authors!

Light-hearted stories (for the most part, some deal with heavy themes at times but these are mostly happy, heartfelt, and tender!):
I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest -
When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast—two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.
Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud -
Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She's excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she's definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who's an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming...and undeniably cute. Zora can't ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother's big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora's not sure it's something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that's like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender -
Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle....
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite -
When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…
You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?
Actually, a lot.
Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I'm spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a "spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.
All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.
You know, typical drama. But it's nothing I can't handle.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo -
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi -
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson -
Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert -
Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She's always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?
Duke Crenshaw is do done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band's first paying gig tonight.
Only problem? Duke can't vote.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn't spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right. And that's how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva's missing cat), it's clear that there's more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk -
It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.
Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.
Now, Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex–best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding new friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett -
Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She's making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she's HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.
Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real--shy kisses escalating into much more--she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she's positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she's terrified of how he'll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.
Simone's first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on...

Stories dealing with tragedy/heavy topics and themes (may handle triggering topics so be advised) -
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi -
There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson -
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.
As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
This is My America by Kim Johnson -
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - (this one isn't terribly triggering or sad, his other novels tend to be heavier, but the subject matter is about death and grief so I put it under this category!)
Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this wry, gritty novel from the author of When I Was the Greatest.
Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s got a crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.
Light It Up by Kekla Magoon -
A girl walks home from school. She's tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She's hurrying.
She never makes it home.
In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed an unarmed thirteen-year-old girl. The community is thrown into upheaval, leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counter demonstrators.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed -
Los Angeles, 1992
Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.
Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.
As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.
With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?
Girls Like Us by Randi Pink -
Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.
Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.
In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.

Fantasy/scifi/magical stories -
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow -
Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she's also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.
But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she's also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow -
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.
Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.
Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.
Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown -
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko -
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood.
That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn -
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
A Phoenix First Must Burn -
Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.
Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy -
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina's long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne--because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.
When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye--and it isn't just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa's death or her own.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron -
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .
(ETA: links to the Goodreads of all books listed!)
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2020.05.27 16:37 kande13 Q&A with Dro & KK How is Sales Changing

How is Sales Changing? Wow – we are getting this question A LOT from sales leaders lately and appropriately so because the answer is YES sales is changing – BIG TIME. There are a lot of fears and unknowns out there which is common during times of change. Today on Q&A with Dro & K we will talk about what these changes mean to us as sellers, leaders and managers. We will discuss why it is so important to have your MIND right to be poised to succeed in sales today. We need to use the changes and the data to our advantage - for example, the research unequivocally shows that a sales manager who coaches at least 50% of the time is 230% more likely to have a strong salesperson working for them! 230%!! Join us as we talk about changes in sales, coaching conversations, buyers, role of sales engineers and more! Shout outs to Mark Cuban and Tiffani Bova!
Isidro (“Dro”) and Kristin (“KK”) and are both sales development experts and sales leaders at Baker Communications. Dro & KK work with clients of all sizes from businesses with sales teams as few as 10 and as many as 40,000. They provide innovative and real-world selling strategies that have helped sales organizations all around the world. Their approach to sales is based on data driven enablement and helping sellers understand their own sales competency and capability so that they can drastically improve their speed of learning. Their approach is centered around selling to customers outcomes and helping customers to better serve their customers and successfully and constantly deliver results. Their mission is to always be adding massive value!
If you are a sales manager or executive looking for answers to these questions, email Dro & KK ( [kanderson @ bcicorp.com](mailto:[email protected]) and [iiturralde @ bcicorp.com ](mailto:[email protected])for a no-cost, no obligation consultation:
  1. What is the revenue potential of our current sales team?
  2. Does sales management have the desired impact on our sales teams?
  3. Do we have the right people in the right roles; and which people are best suited for our future?
  4. What are our current sales capabilities; and can we meet our revenue goals?
  5. Where should we focus to drive revenue fast?
  6. How viable is our forecast?
  7. Who is likely to succeed working in a virtual environment?
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2020.04.02 21:51 brooklynthegoat My downfall

Hi everybody, I just want to explain why I might not be alive for a lot more time.
My name is Brooklyn, I was born in Wisconson in 2008 December 29th. I am currently 11 years old and I legally do not have parents. But let me just explain why..
I was living in Wisconson (where my grandpa and grandma live) and most of my family lives there. I don’t know what my parents were think but then I moved to Florida at age 4/5. I attended elementary school on the beach for up until 4th grade. I was bullied for being a teachers pet in kindergarten to 2nd grade. And then when I went to third grade I met a girl , Alana. We had a cringey popular group but I had fun. I joined an after school group that my group went to from around 2-6. I think it was something oaks. I had a lot of fun and a lot of drama when I was there. But then I’m 4th grade my group split and Alana moved schools. One thing I didn’t mention was dating Alana. I’m pretty sure we broke up and I moved to another school in Naples for 4th grade. I was an outcast. I havent mentioned Tiffany or Freddy either.. damn. But Tiffany was my dads ex and my ex nanny. And Freddy was my friend, I thought.. When I went to 4th grade, I fell in love with a girl, I won’t say her name and I hope she still thinks about me atleast sometimes. I will call her A. But we had a lot of fun and drama, I had other people but let’s just talk about her, Fuck do I miss her eyes. She had reddish brown hair and the most beautiful eyes, I need her but if I don’t have her my life falls apart. But back to the story. I met a guy to get over her, this bitch that dated me for 8 months and put me off for everything saying that he had a ducking soccer game. Really bitch even on valentines? When I offered to take you to Red fucking lobster. Fuck you. But I don’t want to talk about it much. A couple months into the year I got in trouble for wearing makeup because so was insecure and got forced to not wear it. I got bullied and eventually became suicidal constantly thinking about how to end it. This other guy said he liked me and we talked and then we dated for around 3 days until he said it was a prank. He embarrassed me in front of the class and I went home and cried to my mom, I still love you mom it’s not your fault that you’ll be bringing flowers to my grave, by the way chrysanthemums might be nice but I don’t get what I want, And then Tiffany came back to be my nanny and just my nanny. Finally I had my bestfriend, and now I don’t even miss you. We were a bit wealthy, we had a four wheeler and Freddy my old handyman would take me on rides almost everyday and we would go at speeds that made my eyes water. We would go to the gas station and all over. I miss you Freddy. And then Tiffany and Freddy left us before I had the chance to tell Akira how I felt. And made a false rape report, that doesn’t look to fake anymore. I still hate you dad, fucking rapist. Then we moved to Arizona, where I am right now and me and Akira would call everyday and she finally got a phone for her birthday. That was one of the happiest days of my life. She pulled her first all nighter with me and we had a lot of fun. And then her parents didn’t allow me to speak to her. My mom ran away with me and my brother. Around 2 weeks we were gone until she sent us to my asshole sisters house. Fuck you Nikole. We spent a long time there until she sent us back to our dads. She was supposed to help my mom. When we got back to our dads I was not okay, not in the slightest. I wanted my mom and my bestfriend and help. Just help, I posted things to try to get me out of there but social media didn’t get the message and thought it wasn’t real. And then at the 3 month mark (I think) with my dad I finally texted my mom and told her so can’t stay there. The next day I ran away and saw my mom. I cried, I wish I could see her now. And got taken away by child protective services. And I relapsed last night, so I don’t know if I should end it now. I think I should. I need an opinion.
-Brooklyn
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2020.03.23 20:15 SubjectGrowth Does this post by my FB friend make ANY sense?

I have a friend on FB who posted a long argument that the only reason we are seeing more prevalence of this thing is because we are testing more. I simply don't know enough to debate him but everyone thinks he's right (it's fb of course). Can anyone read this and tell me if there's anything to this?

I have been trying to avoid pretty much all discussions about COVID-19 on social media because I talk to some of the top viral and microbial experts in the US for my job in genetics 👨‍🔬 and mindless comments from expert clickbait readers stress me out so it usually just isn’t worth it…
I do have a couple personal thoughts on our current viral situation that might be interesting to some people so I figured I would share.
Basically, I want to explain (rant about) why I think the data that seems to be driving a lot of the fear is actually pretty useless! I do think that we should respect the dangers that COVID-19 brings, just like we respect the dangers that any viral infection brings. I don’t however think that it warrants the current panic situation and social distancing that is very quickly driving us into an economic depression. Let me try to explain:
-Sapir-Whorf Theory or Linguistic Relativity basically talks about the idea that our language can influence our thought process. A simple example of this would be the way we describe colors… When you are a child and learn the color “blue”, all shades of blue are just called “blue” until a new shade of blue is introduced into their vocabulary. A more modern example could be the color “Tiffany Blue”. The physical color we now call “Tiffany Blue” has pretty much always been around but until the Tiffany store made it part of our vocabulary, we just called it “Blue”.
-Now let’s apply that idea to our current viral situation. In health, we basically just group things together by symptoms so in this case the COVID-19 symptoms are nearly identical to the common flu. Right now, there are probably several hundred different viral strains that we all just categorize as “The Flu” including previous Coronavirus strains. Because these symptoms are soooo common (especially during “Flu Season”) we don’t usually get any testing done to identify the specific strain causing the symptoms, we just categorize it as “The Flu” and move on. So for us, up until December 2019 all “shades” of “The Flu” were pretty much just called “The Flu”…and then we learned a new word… “COVID-19”.
-As far as I know, there is no way for us to tell that COVID-19 wasn’t around before December 2019…?
-We didn’t have a way to test for it and we could’ve very easily just assumed it to be the common flu since the symptoms are so similar and it wasn’t part of our vocabulary yet. This flu season, the CDC estimates we saw ~8,000,000 cases of “The Flu” per month between October 2019 and March 2020 and only half of those cases actually went to the doctor’s office for it. Of that half that went to the doctor, I could only assume that just a handful of those visits actually got some testing done to identify the viral strain causing the symptoms. The majority just made an assumption, and gave general flu recommendations. We can use these numbers to create a quick hypothesis.
-If there was an estimated ~8,000,000 flu symptom cases per month and 50% of those made doctor visits for their symptoms. Lets assume even 50% of those doctor visits did some testing to identify viral strains in their patients. That would still leave about ~6,000,000 flu symptom cases per month that could have actually been COVID-19 cases (Hindsight is 2020 we’ll never know what strain was driving those flu symptoms for sure now). If we estimate that just 5% of those undiagnosed flu symptom cases could’ve been COVID-19 that would mean that there could’ve been ~300,000 cases of COVID-19 per month even prior to December 2019.
-Now I’m not saying that these numbers are anywhere close to what is real but what I am trying to explain is that we are using some date after December 2019 as a reference point that basically represents “Patient 0”. From that “Patient 0” date they are generating charts that show this really fast infection rate which is driving a lot of our fears and driving the idea that we need social distancing to slow things down.
-My problem is that these charts don’t truly represent “Infection Rate” in any way, and what I think they actually reflect is the rate at which we are able to actually test for COVID-19. Just check out the CDC’s total specimens testing page (image attached to post) and you will see that our ability to test for COVID-19 shows a sharp increase in rate only since the end of February. Because our testing is soo limited, these “Infection Rate” charts are further skewed because we are only testing those people that have the highest likelihood of a confirmed infection, creating a sort of confirmation bias for the results.
This post is getting pretty long 😅, so to sum things up:
-2020 most likely wasn’t the first COVID-19 infection in the US, that’s just when we started testing for it.
-I think these charts that people are sharing that show a scary high speed “Infection Rate” that is driving our social distancing and economic destruction are ACTUALLY just showing the rate that we are able to test for COVID-19 and therefor there is less need to panic about infection rate speed and much more need to panic about our health care system failures.
-Social distancing and lockdowns that are going to destroy our economy are pointless. No matter what we do, the numbers are going to rise and look scary because our ability to test is going to increase at an exponential rate and that’s really what these charts are showing.
-With such limited testing, of course the death rate looks high right now!!! Confirmation Bias…
-Many people are comparing this against the flu, the only way that works for either side is if you normalize the data. For example, since we are only testing the hospitalized, most likely, or high priority cases of COVID-19, you have to limit the flu data to the same parameters to get some kind of comparable data… CDC says there are ~100,000 US flu cases in the hospital each month and ~8,000 deaths from the flu each month. If we used these (more similar to COVID-19 data numbers) the death rate of the flu is more like 8% and much higher than COVID-19! Test 100,000,000 flu symptom cases for COVID-19 over the next 2 years and then we will START to have some comparable data…
-I predict that there will be a vaccine or treatment created and driven down the throats of as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. At the same time our testing ability will increase... Assuming the death rate doesn’t climb as fast as our ability to test people (not likely), the listed COVID-19 death rate will decline to numbers that aren’t very scary at all. This decline in death rate percentage will be attributed to whatever vaccine or treatment is introduced and sold to us, and not attributed to just… better… data… science...
Rant over…. Sorry for the hard to follow sentences and poor grammar above… 🤓🤓🤓 Hopefully it provided some new food for thought tho!
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2020.03.16 15:01 Fwoggie2 Covid-19 update Monday 16th February

Virus statistics


Region Today Saturday % change in 48 hours
Global 164,837 142,320 +15.8%
China 81,077 81,021 +0.7%
Italy 24,747 17,660 +40.1%
Iran 13,983 11,364 +23.0%
South Korea 8,162 8,086 +0.9%
Spain 7,753 4,231 +83.2%
France 5,380 3,640 +47.8%
Germany 4,838 3,062 +58.0%
USA 3,774 2,174 +73.6%
Switzerland 2,200 1,125 +95.6%
UK 1,376 802 +71.6%
Netherlands 1,135 804 +41.2%
Norway 1,077 750 +43.6%
Sweden 992 775 +28.0%
Belgium 886 599 +47.9%
Denmark 864 801 +7.9%
Austria 860 504 +70.6%
Japan 780 675 +15.6%
All other countries with under 750 identified infections not listed. Total countries infected worldwide = 146, an increase from Saturday of 17 (although the Guardian says it's 156 countries). Source: The WHO dashboard (Link), except for USA where I'm using the John Hopkins University dashboard (Link). (Personal note: Western countries infection counts are increasing each day much faster than Asian countries but that may be due to cultural differences or it may be that they're doing my testing, if anyone can shed light on this please do).
Reminder, these are identified case counts and medical experts are reporting this virus has a long incubation period with people being infections despite displaying no symptoms; the true infection figures are likely to be much higher.

Virus highlights

UK Elderly could be quarantined for four months in 'wartime-style' mobilisation to combat coronavirus - ITV reports (link) that people over 70 will be instructed by the government to stay in strict isolation at home or in care homes for four months, under a "wartime-style" mobilisation effort by the government likely to be enforced within the next 20 days. It is part of a series of measures being prepared by the prime minister, health secretary, chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser to prevent the health service from "falling over" and to save lives as Covid-19 becomes an epidemic in the UK. The article doesn't mention it, but 18% of the UK are over the age of 65 (office of national statistics link)

US small businesses say coronavirus is starting to cause supply-chain squeezes and lost sales - CNBC reports (link) that new data from the National Federation of Independent Business show that the current effects may be limited, but worries are big. The group found that 74% of small businesses say they are not yet impacted by the pandemic, while 23% say they are being negatively affected. Just 3% report positive impacts. The group polled a random sample of 300 of its 300,000 members on Tuesday and Wednesday from employers with up to 120 workers. Of those who said they were not being impacted, nearly half anticipate the outbreak to affect their business if the virus spreads to or more broadly within their immediate area over the next three months. It gives the example of a small skin care company of 5 which is already facing losses of $10k USD.

Supply Chain Expert Tells Tucker What Coming Shortages Americans Should Know About, And It’s Not Toilet Paper - Fox news had Daniel Stanton on over the weekend (link). Forget about toilet paper shortages, that'll pass. Worry instead about disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, the hospital masks. "We need more of those than what we would normally consume,” he said. “For those things, we need to be increasing capacity, maybe creating some new supply chains, and in a lot of cases, we are dependent on foreign manufacturing and long-distance transportation to get those supplies.” Stanton said the U.S. could experience an inability to make several products Americans “want to buy” in the coming weeks. Axios echoes this (link), pointing out that that some food producers could find themselves without enough employees to manufacture, deliver and unpack groceries. The U.S. imports a lot of food from China, where factories are currently closed — meaning a possible supply chain challenge. Phil Lempert, a California-based food industry analyst, told the Washington Post "We’re going to have two-, three-, four-month lag time until those factories get back up to speed.”

Understanding how virus outbreaks go exponential - the Washington Post has an interesting (not behind its paywall) article here about how viruses spread and how effective quarantines can (or can't) be. If you're into exponential outbreaks explained in laymans terms, this is for you.

Other virus news in brief: The Guardian live blog unless otherwise stated)
- Multiple major airlines parking the majority of their fleets - American Airlines has suspended nearly all long haul internationals (It will continue to operate one flight daily from Dallas-Fort Worth to London Heathrow, one flight daily from Miami to London and three flights per week from Dallas to Tokyo Narita only), Virgin Atlantic is cutting 80% of its routes, British Airways is still realising details.
- Multiple stock markets are yet again suffering a major downward sales plunge (Market Insider link). At time of writing (13:05 UK time), Dax (Germany): -9.72%, Cac 40 (France) -11.12%, FTSE 100 (UK): -7.66%, ASX 200 (Australia, now closed) -9.72% , Hang Seng (Hong Kong) -4.02%, Nikkei 225 (Japan): -2.46%. Update 14:01, the Dow Jones has been open for 30 minutes now and is down over 10% at time of writing, the NASDAQ is down 11%.
- Spain enters near total lock down for 15 days: All non-essential shops, along with bars, restaurants and cinemas are closed, with residents only able to leave their homes individually and for specific reasons such as to shop for food or medications.
- Tube passengers in London are down 20%
- Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have closed their borders for the next fortnight and shut down restaurants and entertainment venues. The UAE has not yet followed suit, but will stop granting entry visas from Wednesday
- Woolworths (major supermarket chain in Australia) is opening shops an hour early for the exclusive use of the elderly and vulnerable to give them a chance to get the supplies they need (there are calls in several other countries on social media to follow suit)
- The Netherlands announced the imminent closure for 3 weeks of most public places such as cafes and restaurants which prompted lengthy queues outside "coffee shops" for people to stock up on weed
- Multiple infectious disease experts around the world are criticising the UK for its herd immunity approach to the virus
- Lots of Parisians are ignoring official advice to stay at home; authorities may soon forcibly apply a quarantine as a result
- The coronavirus outbreak has caused China more economic damage than the global financial credit crunch in 2008 (more on that one here). NZ Prime minister Adern is saying the same thing (link) is likely to be the case for New Zealand too.
- After the UK health minister over the weekend announced the latest government steps on a right-wing national broadsheet paper (which put the article behind a paywall sparking lots of cross comments on social media), the government has agreed to start doing daily briefings
- Abigail Disney (the granddaughter of Roy Disney, co-founder of the Disney empire) has criticised crowds gathering at Disneyland in Florida on twitter in rather colourful language (the park is now closed until the end of the month as is the one in Paris)
- Nagoya's hospitals have reached capacity for coronavirus patients causing an overspill into other cities and prefectures
- Multiple major retailers are following Apple's leads and closing their stores, for example Nike on Sunday said it will close stores in Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand from March 16 to 27.
- LVMH (Owner of Tiffanys, Louis and Vuitton and Moet) is to manufacture 12 tonnes of alcohol hand gels and donate them to French hospitals free of charge
- Multiple cruise ships struggling to find port that will let them dock due to cases on board (more on that one here)
- There is a shortage of key ingredients that are needed to make testing kits in Australia - The Australian Medical Association told the Guardian on Monday that some jurisdictions had failed to properly stockpile a common reagent critical in the testing of coronavirus, creating supply issues because of the huge demand on Australian laboratories due to Covid-19 (link).
- Air Tahiti set a new record for a domestic flight for its flight from Tahiti to Charles De Gaulle over the weekend. Normally the flight stops over in LAX but due to new restrictions was unable to do so, so went non stop. The 15,715km flight (9,765 miles) took 16:15.
- New toilet rolls arriving in the US - Dr Daniel Stanton (well known in supply chain circles) pointed out that Solaris Inc (a major manufacturer) is bringing more in - 3.25m came in through one single port in the last week alone (linkedin link)

Supply chain specific news

MSC deploys largest containerships to transpacific - The 23,756 teu MSC Mia is to be deployed to the Transpacific tradelane reports Seatrade Maritime (link). One of the largest container ships in the world, Alphaliner said in its weekly newsletter that it believes the deployment was made in a move to address equipment shortages in the US caused by the large number of blanked sailings following Chinese New Year and the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) which saw much of Chinese manufacturing closed in February. “Since front-haul cargo volumes have collapsed and only relatively few containers from China arrive in Europe and America with cargo, there is currently not enough container equipment to accommodate European and American export cargo,” the newsletter said.

American and European ports suffer record low container equipment availability - Splash247 reports (link) that available containers at many major ports around the world outside of China stand at record lows, according to new data published today. The massive box imbalance brought about by the trade war and then the coronavirus sees Chinese ports rammed full of boxes waiting to move, while carriers are urgently deploying extra tonnage to other hubs where equipment shortages are now at their lowest levels ever. Container xChange, launched in 2018, runs its own Container Availability Index (CAx), which forecasts supply and demand in container logistics for most of the biggest port locations for the coming three weeks. The index works whereby above 0.5 indicates a surplus and below 0.5 indicates a deficit of containers. Container availability at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the US, and at Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp are now at their lowest levels recorded. Worst hit is Los Angeles, a location that is well known for its normal surplus of equipment. Instead of having a bigger surplus – last year’s CAx values for 40DCs ranged from 0.52 to 0.99 – the port is at an all-time low with a CAx value of 0.08 for 40DCs this month. (Personal note, 40 DC = 40 foot dry cargo container, i.e. the equivalent of 2 TEUs, twenty foot equivalent units)

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EDIT 16:00
1) Apologies for the date whoopsie in the headline, can't change it.
2) Several asked if they can send me $/£/€ via Patreon (in some cases because I've saved them time or money, others for no reason at all). I don't need the cash (that's lovely though) but food bank charities are getting really hit hard with all this panic buying. Please consider giving whatever you'd have given me to a foodbank charity instead:
UK: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
France: https://www.banquealimentaire.org/
Germany: https://www.tafel.de/
USA: https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Canada: https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
Australia: https://www.foodbank.org.au/
Spain: https://www.fesbal.org/

(If you have a better food bank link than the ones above, please do highlight it).
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2020.02.12 12:18 eudaimmoniac The Goddess, The Childhood Friends, Suzuki Ichirou, The Harem & 17-50

[The Goddess, The Childhood Friends, Suzuki Ichirou, The Harem & 17-50]

[Bach-sama’s Prelude in C Major, BWV 846]
Heya! Since my team just finished a project, now I have some “free-time”. I want to give some love to [Death March] before spending the rest of the week watching some 60s movies. I’m thinking of movies with soundtracks by Henry Mancini-sama, like [Breakfast at Tiffany’s] or [Days of Wine & Roses]. Treating my eyes with some Audrey Hepburn-sama sure is tempting but I’m also in the mood for depressing & sad movies. Yep, I’m trying to combine weeb culture with some hipster culture, perhaps I’ll turn into a complex being like [Collective Satou]. Oh, by the way the Prelude in the title is very popular, you guys should try to watch the eccentric Glenn Gould-sama’s rendition of it on YouTube.

[17-50]
Let’s talk about it a little bit. So, do you guys like it? I like it. Even though the flags are kinda lacking & the delivery is not that good, I like that the writer is trying so hard to be consistent. If he’s really familiar with coding (programming) & gal-ge (dating simulators & visual novels) then I’m not so surprised with his obsession in continuity through flags & routes.

[Things that Caught My Eyes in 17-50]

[Today’s Main Topics]
I’d like to talk about the goddess, the childhood friends, Suzuki Ichirou & the harem since glimpses of revelations are already on the horizon. I’m not exactly the main plot kind of guy but my reading experience on Sousetsuka today is tempting me to write about those things. I spent more time reading the comments than reading the chapter itself. LOL it truly surprised me.

[The Distant & Probably Long Forgotten Intermission]
I want to talk about the intermission from the 6th volume of the WN. I’m sure people still remember it since we also have the butchered version of it in the LN & the manga but surely many details from the WN’s version are long forgotten. This is the intermission where Satou had a [Daydream] (check out Daydream by Tatsuro Yamashita-sama, it’s a really good song).

[The Childhood Friends]

[The Goddess & The Childhood Friends]
To me, this is the most confusing & annoying part of this story. Were those childhood friends parts of the goddess? If yes then all is good. If not then that’s where the story becomes weird. So, the goddess possessed or influenced those mikos to get close to Ichirou? That sounds devious.

[The Goddess]
She’s a mystery since we don’t know what Ichirou truly thought of her. She could be just some stalker god to Ichirou. But, for the sake of a happy & normal story, I really hope they’re really a married couple. Also, I doubt all this bizarre parallel universe godhood stuff would happen if it’s only a one sided decision by the goddess without Ichirou’s approval.

[The Goddess’ Loli Body]
This is also a mystery to me. Why a loli body? Her dialogue with Satou during his fight with Dog-Head isn’t helping as well. I’m way too lazy to check the kanji but I remember she said that she especially created “this figure” to save him from the demon lord or something like that. “This figure”? CMIIW judging by the narrative, she was talking about her own figure which is the loli body that the Dog-Head misunderstood as Parion’s figure. Parion is literally a loli, whereas the goddess is more like Arisa, not a [True Loli]. Why did she pick that appearance? To deceive the demon lords & the gods? To prove that she’s really dead or currently missing in action to the other gods? Or is that her true appearance? Why is it the same as the girl in the painting?

[The Harem & The Childhood Friends]
Now this is just a hypothesis I read somewhere on Sousetsuka (to the original inventor, thank you LOL). I used to shrug off this hypothesis but now I think this scenario isn’t so bad. Basically the idea is the girls (including the childhood friends) are all part of the goddess. Since the current isekai world feels so artificial to me, this hypothesis is growing on me because this way, the girls won’t just be some random puppets that accidentally fell in love with Ichirou in another world. If not then what the heck? They’re simply some girls he met on his journey to reach his wife then.

[The Goddess’ Attitude towards the Isekai (the Current World)]
She acts like she doesn’t care. Truly haughty like she would probably say “hmph this world’s not really my problem, i got my japans to think about”. This gives off an impression that the current world is an artificial world. Either created by her, by Ichirou or by both of them. I honestly doubt the existence of any creator god. Probably the creator god is the creator of the game that Ichirou & his childhood friend played (the creator indirectly became a god through association? LOL). In case of the manga/LN, the creator god would be Ichirou himself then, since he’s the one who created the doujin game.

[The Concept of Gods or Deities]
Well, still, creator god could be somewhere out there. As in the real emperoempress of the multiverse. But, we don’t have enough info on this. It hugely depends on the concept of gods according to the writer. Perhaps he’s the type to think that gods are created by humans. Transcendental beings are created as personifications of all the faiths & hopes of humans or conscious beings in every world. Welp, as much as I love to discuss this, I’m pretty sure Death March subreddit isn’t the right place LOL.

[The Lolicon Suzuki Ichirou]

[Dog-Head & the Lolicon]
I read some confusing infos about him on Sousetsuka. All I want to say is that there’s no doubt that he’s a reincarnated Japanese, he has purple furs. He’s around during the Lalakie era, the [Floating Castles] era. Purple & reincarnated mean he’s a product of the Demon God, a pawn to cultivate god’s fragments, to sharpen it in order to kill the other gods. Lalakie & the [Floating Castles] were also the products of conspiracy by the Demon God in order to gain divinity from the people. So, it makes sense for the isekai-ed Dog-Head to fight the people on those castles. People on those castles were most likely believers or associates of the Demon God, judging from the techs & the painting. After all the fighting, Dog-Head became a demon lord and then most likely the Demon God manipulated him, again. He made him his apostle in order to free the people from the binds of the pillar gods. This is what he believed for thousands of years. He even still believed that when he met Satou. Poor him. He’d be so disappointed to know that his boss was scammed by the lamest god Zaikuon & killed by a loli.

[The Goddess & The Lolicon]
Some people believe that the lolicon is the one that the goddess truly cares about but I think this is highly unlikely since the goddess already had a relationship with Ichirou prior to meeting his lolicon version. So, most likely the goddess just encountered one lolicon while she’s meeting all the Ichirous through her mikos. No special relationship or attachment with that lolicon. We don’t see any special care or treatment from the goddess to that lolicon in the first place, except maybe she gave him that power to reincarnate Japanese.

[Was the Young Man from the Intermission a Lolicon?]
Now this is an interesting scenario, especially if you’re a believer of “the goddess is forever a loli” & “she only loves that lolicon”. This I’m not so sure because what’s the point of this story then? Excluding the “lessons to godhood” part, isn’t this a story about “foiling demon lords & demon god’s plan”? If she only loves the lolicon, why not hang out with & support him instead? What’s the point of all the Satous & the childhood friends? If the lolicon was truly corrupted by let’s say Parion or other lolis, why not transport him back to Japan instead? She doesn’t want to kill him so it’s a feasible & cheaper option to send him somewhere far away. Even if he still has his divinity, he won’t be able to use it to teleport him back to the isekai world where he’s a demon god with many believers. So, I just don’t understand why some people could be so certain with their reasoning. I’m the type that always doubts my own thoughts btw LOL.

[The Goddess & The Other Gods]
Just like she thinks lightly of the current isekai world, she also thinks lightly of the other gods. Her attitude truly gives off a feeling that something about this world is just not normal. She simply dismissed the other gods as kids. She basically doesn’t care about anything other than Ichirou so far. Another proof is when she used Aze as her medium like she doesn’t really care & when Zaikuon went rampage. Basically, she doesn’t see any of the other gods as threats & she just leaves that world for Satou to handle. Well, if the lessons to godhood narrative is the truth then I’m not so surprised. Either she’s just a haughty & cheeky goddess or she just has that much faith that Ichirou will be just fine & do the right thing.

[Goblin King Demon Lord & the Lolicon]
This one is also confusing because his back story is scattered around like 7 to 10 volumes. I’m way too lazy to verify this guy. If it’s for cute girls then I’ll do it happily. This guy with fake Kansai accent is just not my taste. Also some details from faraway chapters tend to be wrong or retconned in future chapters as well, it’s just that much annoying. Anyway, some confusing info that I read was this guy is the first of all demon lords & his existence was even earlier than the Demon God himself. This is weird because I’m sure that this guy is also a reincarnated Japanese. He has purple hair & he’s using fake Kansai dialect. If he’s earlier than the lolicon then who summoned him? Also, he has this stupid devotion to the Demon God whom he called his lord, just like Dog-Head & Touya. He’s certainly deceived by the lolicon just like the others.

That’s all I have for now. Feel free to share your thoughts. I’ll give my reply to all the comments in all posts once I have the time & in the mood for it LOL. Please forgive me, answering questions about my hobbies tends to be time consuming for me.
Let's just see what's gonna happen about 2 weeks from now.
Thank you very much for your kind attention nanodesu!
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2020.01.28 00:53 clearliquidclearjar TALLAHASSEE EVENTS 1/28 - 2/3

There’s another list of all the regular stuff that happens every week, so don’t forget to check for all your karaokes, trivias, and so on. There are also links to all of Tally’s theater options, both stage and independent cinema (from fancy to cult).
The Leon County Public Libraries host classes, clubs, and events all the time. All ages, all locations. Check the calendar here.
TUESDAY, 1/28
WEDNESDAY, 1/29
THURSDAY, 1/30
FRIDAY, 1/31
SATURDAY, 2/1
SUNDAY, 2/2
MONDAY, 2/3
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2019.12.29 16:10 wkchan1 I just want to share with you all...

Hey! This is going to be a long story, but I hope you can give it a little read. :)
I just want to make a post about the meaning of neopets to me, as a young person that suffers from multiple sclerosis. I want to apologise in advance that my English isn't the best as it isn't my mother tongue and that my vision isn't good. So sometimes it results in typos.
My name is Yuko, and I'm a final year medical student. I'm 23 this year and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year.
I started playing neopets when I was around 9 to 10. The reason why, was that I developed some neurological symptoms which prevented me from being able to go to school for a while and my neopets was very popular at school at the time, so a friend recommended it to me.
Back then, I had some difficulties controlling my eye muscles, meaning that I wouldnt be able to move my eyes in the ways I wanted them to, and I started developing some vision loss at that time as well (did not understand why back then. Eventually found out that it was due to optic neuritis - the inflammation of the nerve that supplies the eyes). Now I am completely blind in one eye and have about 20% vision in the other.
Despite of not having had a diagnosis, my symptoms got a lot worse really rapidly. I started developing sharp, intermittent pain in my face and began to lose control over part of my tongue. At one point, one side of my face dropped and I am still trying to do physio to regain some muscle control, despite I was told that it would not likely come back.
Over the years, I have struggled not only with my physical symptoms but also my self esteem. I isolated myself from friends and neopets was the only thing that kept me going. My pets at the time were the only things that I put all my time into. During the times of being more and more ill, I started teaching myself the syllabus for GCSE and Alevel exams and eventually managed to get into university and I cannot be more pleased.
At times when I was at my lowest, I would have thoughts of ending it all. This sort of feeling lingered for years and I felt like no one understood. I don't know another person who suffers from MS and while everyone my age was out enjoying their youth, I was in bed most of the time due to my disability. I would spend hours on neopets as it became my safe space.
In June 2014, i was crossing the road and was hit by a car going at a high speed, as part of my vision, especially the central part, was diminishing so I did not see the car coming. The injury has actually left me paralysed from neck down and that was the summer before I was about to start med school. I felt defeated and was actually trying to take my own life. One day I woke up to a present from the post. It was a hand drawn cloud jub jub which I had as my first ever pet on neopets, done by my best friend. I was going to overdose that day but I dropped my plan. I never imagined that neopets would be the thing that made me remember what it's like to feel simple happiness. It was the thing that kept me going.
Since then, I have been really keen to attend physiotherapy sessions. I told my therapist that my goal was to regain some muscle control in my hands so I could play Neopets! It made her laugh but guess what, it's been 5 years and I finally did it! In early December, I regained some small muscle control in my right hand and I have been getting back into things like writing and playing neopets again! 😊 I honestly haven't felt so happy for years since I became partially paralysed.
Although I'm still wheelchair bound, I am able to type, play neopets and write my medical exams now with visual aids.
When I got my diagnosis last year, I was devastated. I know that my multiple sclerosis will only get worse and its not curable, I am still really keen to make the most of every day. Every day since I have been able to move my right hand, I have been doing all my neopets dailies. I even regained access to one of my old accounts which I set up with my best friend, Tiffany (who drew me the cloud jub jub) back then. It's a wonderful feeling seeing that despite some changes, a lot of things on neopets have remained the same. I also found reddit this month because of a meme from here that my friend sent to me. I started going on some of the first dates in my life.
Thanks for reading my post. I just want to tell you all that I'm so grateful for everyone who has been so nice to me on reddit, and also one of my neofriends who I met through the forum on neopets when I was only young, as she messaged me a couple of times wondering where I'd gone, when I wasn't able to use my hands at all and couldn't play. She's in this sub reddit too. If you see this, Aimee, I hope you know how glad I am to have a great neofriend like you. One day when I'm able to, I'll come visit you like I said I would in Philadephia.
Lastly, if anyone ever needs someone to speak to, I'm always here for anyone to dm. I honestly understand how it feels to really wish there's someone who could just hear you out. I'm here for you all, like how many of you have been here for me since I have been on Reddit and trying to live like a normal person again.
I'm not sure if this is allowed as I'm completely new to reddit, but I just wanna say feel free to add me as a neofriend :) my username is kikicwki
☺️
Yuko
Tl;dr: I'm a girl with multiple sclerosis, and I just want to say that I'm so grateful for neopets and for all of you for getting me through the toughest days in my life.
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2019.12.18 20:48 SpaceGeneralAmerica Trash Disposal

It's a hard job, getting rid of trash. Way harder than a lot of you people realize. For one thing, you often have to make sure your knife is sharp enough to slice through a person's neck. If it isn't, you risk them staying alive long enough to get help. I would just stab the knife right into the neck, but... well, it makes a huge mess.
Oh, I'm sorry, I should introduce myself. You may refer to me as... hmm... let's go for... Justice Bringer? Nah, that's corny as hell. I mean, sure, I bring justice upon the trash of the world, but still, Justice Bringer? 'Look out! It's Justice Bringer!' Like that would inspire fear in people. That's what I want to do, bring fear to the trash in our society.
That's it. I know what you can call me. The Fear Bringer. Catchy, uh? The Fear Bringer's coming to get you, kids, so be good! Little edgy, but hey, I'm not cutting myself on it. Ha! God, I crack myself up sometimes.
Anyway, as you've probably figured out, I go around killing off people who are trash. People who won't be missed by society. You know, bigots, pedophiles, druggies, whores, murderers, rapists, drunk drivers, crooked cops. Okay, I haven't killed at least two of those. Yet, mind you. Go ahead and guess which, it'll be fun.
You're probably wondering why I do what I do. Well, it started back in high school. I came from a broken home. Dad drank, mom was a hooker, and I'm pretty sure that one of her clients is my real father. Not that I care much. Now, as I said, it all started in high school. No, I didn't kill my mom and her husband and then became a vigilant cleaning up society in the only way it can be. Not yet, anyway.
See, at my school, there was this one kid, Karen Summers. Real bitch. Typical mean girl, captain of the cheerleading squad. Basically, 'prettiest girl in school that every jock wants to stick their dick in.' Now, I wasn't a jock, but I was interested in her. She was hot, and hormones, man, they are a hell of a thing.
I asked if she'd go out with me. She turned me down. Didn't even try to be gentle just went, "I'm sorry, I'm already dating someone." Fucking bitch. I knew she wasn't, I'd seen her behind the school riding two different cocks. So, she'll accept that but won't agree to date someone as nice as me? Okay, pissed me off, but that's not why I killed her, I'm not some crazed yandere.
No, I killed her because she got pregnant. Yup. That's why I killed her. Like hell I was letting her give birth to a child and raise more white trash. It took me a while to realize she was trash, and the event which tipped me off was when she tried to, I shit you not, demand every student come to her baby shower. And I mean demand. Like, she felt entitled to every single person in school showing up to a party where they'd do drugs, drink alcohol, have sex, make some new babies that'd be as trashy as their parents. As if I'd let Karen get away with that.
So, I showed up to the party. Hey, she wanted everyone to attend. I wasn't set on killing her yet mind you, but I had been thinking about it. What finally tipped the scales, you ask? What made me kill a pregnant teenager?
She was doing cocaine. Bitch was pregnant and doing cocaine. I saw her snorting it up her nose. That was how I finally realized I couldn't let this trashy little whore continue what she was doing. She couldn't keep on being such a hard-drinking party girl and popping out more hard-drinking party girls contaminating this society of ours.
I bought a... I forget the name, but I bought a date rape drug. Of course, someone was selling it there, these were a bunch of drunk teens celebrating a girl's baby shower. I poured the whole bag into a red plastic cup of wine, yeah, it was that kind of party. Her boyfriend had a cup exactly like it. I switched it with mine when he wasn't looking - drunk, you see - and then I proceeded to suggest that the proud father should give the mother of his child a drink. Naturally, he offered her his. She was too drunk not to turn it down and drank it all in one chug.
It took less than an hour for the drug to kick in. She reacted so badly to it, might have been allergic. Had a seizure and choked on her own vomit. When nobody was looking, I picked up my empty cup and replaced it with the cup of the father currently panicking over the prone form of the mother of his child. I admit the man has good taste in booze.
Killed the party, let me say. Everyone was crying, sobbing, the father was demanding who had done this. When the paramedics arrived and carried Karen's body away under a tarp, I watched. My first ever trash disposal, and it was incredibly cathartic. I'd made society a cleaner place. Taken out two pieces of trash in one go. Two birds, one stone.
The father, his name was... Jack Garland, yeah, he got blamed for what happened when they found traces of the drug in his cup. I'd been wearing gloves, so no fingerprints to track me down. That's how you get away with murder.
Then a girl came forward, saying that she'd seen him put something in Karen's drink, even testified that she'd seen him do it on other occasions. Legal system did its thing, put Jack behind bars where's he's still rotting. No, last I heard, he got killed in a brutal bathroom fight over some soap. Ha! Funny joke, right?
Anyway, this girl who came forward enjoyed all the fame of having put a dangerous rapist behind bars, but I knew her for what she was. A lying piece of white trash. Her name was, let me think, Tiffany, yeah, that's it, Tiffany. I couldn't stand Tiffany soaking up all the spotlight and fame for something she didn't do. Hell, I was the one who'd taken out the trash, not her! I couldn't tell anyone, of course, as nobody would understand why I'd done it. They'd call me crazy and throw me in jail with Jack, who'd probably strangle me to death if he got the chance.
But I couldn't let Tiffany get away with this. I couldn't let more trash walk around with no repercussions. But I had to wait. If another girl died so soon after Karen, it would be suspicious as fuck. So, six months go by. And this time, I realized what I needed to do. I didn't need to kill Tiffany. Just humiliate her, utterly.
High school kids love parties, and I waited for Tiffany to host one before making my move. I waited until Tiffany had drunken enough that she had to go to bed while kids downstairs kept partying. I went upstairs, took off her clothes, then covered her in my cum. It was great, dripping it over her bra and panties and hair. Even smeared some of it on her lips. She looked so fucking stupid when I finished. Didn't wake up once. Melatonin's a hell of a drug, kids. Large enough dose, boom, they don't wake up for anything.
Once that was done, I took pictures of her sprawled out on the bed, nearly naked, covered in another person's semen. Then I got a towel and cleaned her up, so as not to leave evidence. I would have been thorough, but well, I didn't have much time before I was caught. Which I wasn't. I left with the towel and burned it.
The next day, an anonymous email sent the whole school pictures of Tiffany, in bra and panties, covered in semen. She never recovered from the jeering of her former friends. Cum Dump, they called her. Last I heard, she's doing drugs and getting beaten up by her pimp. She'll die soon, and it pleases me to know I set her on that path. More trash taken care of.
I didn't get rid of any other trash until I'd graduated from high school. I won't dwell on what happened to my parents, just know, my house burned so beautifully. Never traced back to me, and the guys who did do it, a pair of nihilists, had no idea anyone was in the house when it burned. They'd just gotten an email about how there was a place they could turn into modern art, show society how filthy it is, and BAM! Both get convicted of manslaughter while the poor orphan cries their eyes out.
Life went on relatively normal for a while, but even though my parents had been disposed of, I couldn't stop thinking about the fact they were the reason I was alive. I had come from the same trash I hated so much. Well, half of it, I guess.
That was when I had the spark of realization of what I was put on this earth to do. To clean up the trash. To get rid of it. And hey, how can anyone disagree? I'm doing society a service! For example, just the other day, in my apartment building, a guy was accused of molesting someone's daughter. Not enough to convict, and there's some reasonable doubt, but I had to make sure. I waited until he was out for a walk. I followed him until he reached a park bench, sat down, and began crying. His life was pretty much over even if he was innocent.
Not that I know for sure, mind you. When I disposed of him, I did so in perhaps the most cunning way I'd ever devised. Still freaking out about it, it was simple. I waited until he was walking back in a crowd, followed after him, and when he was at a crosswalk, just on the edge, all it took was one push and a speeding bus. End result? A bloodstain on the road. One less piece of trash in the apartment. One less suspected pedophile to worry about.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking. "You monster! How dare you kill so many people! What gives you the right to do this?!"
Ask yourself this: do you approve of trash being disposed of? I've read plenty of stories on here where a person is killed, but it's brushed off because they're awful people, like, say, a cheater, a crooked cop, a pedophile, a schoolyard bully-
Oh! That reminds me! I was at the playground yesterday and saw these kids picking on one little girl. Their dad was laughing his ass off at them. Guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree. So, anyway, I looked for their car. Wasn't hard to find, as theirs was the only one with a baby seat in it. Mother was sleeping in the front seat. Baby wasn't, though they didn't make much of a fuss. It was a newborn.
I admit, when I saw that newborn, I almost turned away. But I couldn't. He'd end up like his siblings, I was sure, a worthless bully trash heap.
Thank God there were no cameras, cause it made cutting the brakes so easy. Hey, I come prepared for anything.
Later on, I read an article about an entire family killed in a tragic accident coming back from a day at the playground. And smiled. God, I love my work.
So, to resume, let me ask you, do you people approve of when a cheating boyfriend gets his heart torn out, an attempted rapist is eaten by a werewolf, a bigoted bully killed by a unicorn, an abusive father drowned in a puddle or burned alive? Do you approve when you read about that? If so, why don't you approve of what I've done? I'm mean, if I'm not mistaken, it's humanist to get rid of the trash of society.
And those who help the trash. Not proud of what happened, but it had to be done. This misguided priest was advocating for the rehabilitation of criminals. I hired someone to hack his computer, then gave the police a tip-off. They found tons of child porn on his laptop. Naughty, naughty boy, eh? But hey, this is what happens when you try and fix the trash. It's impossible, and far easier to just dispose of them.
So, I hope none of you will be thinking to yourselves after reading this that you should think about trying to stop me. After all... I never told you my name. I could be a man. A woman. Black, Asian, white, Native American, Martian, and hey, you don't know where I live.
I could be anywhere. Watching. Waiting. I am the Fear Bringer, after all, and I bring fear to the trash and all who help the trash.
And hey, don't judge me for being a humanist, okay?
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2019.11.30 18:25 bigbear0083 Wall Street Week Ahead for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019

Good Saturday morning to all of you here on wallstreetbets. I hope everyone on this sub made out pretty nicely in the market this past week, and is ready for the new trading week and month ahead.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019.

Markets may get a boost from cheery Black Friday consumer sentiment, seasonal strength - (Source)

Stocks have had a bang-up year so far, and they’re heading straight into the month that is often the best of all.
The S&P 500 is up more than 25% for the year. Thanksgiving week was technically positive for the market, with the small cap Russell 2000 breaking out, joining other indexes in an uptrend.
Stocks, however, were lower Friday in sluggish trading after the Thanksgiving holiday. Through Wednesday, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 had all popped to new record highs, with consumer discretionary and tech names leading the market higher this past week. The Russell 2000 is not yet back to its highs, but it pushed above its previous 52-week high, in a healthy sign for the overall market.
In the coming week, investor focus will move more intently to the topic of trade, and that is what will make or break the rally at year-end.
President Donald Trump has promised that a preliminary trade deal with China is close, but there still is no agreement and the Dec.15 deadline for new tariffs is getting closer. Trump’s signing of legislation Wednesday supporting the Hong Kong protesters drew a negative reaction from Beijing and adds more uncertainty to trade talks.
The health of the economy is also a factor for markets, and there is some key data, with the ISM manufacturing report on Monday followed by the government’s all-important monthly jobs data on Friday.

Best month of year

2019 has turned out to be a very good year for the market, with the Jan. 1 to Thanksgiving Day period the 14th best for the S&P 500 since 1928, according to Bespoke. The 25.5% gain in the S&P 500 was the best for the period since 2013, and now the market enters a typically strong period.
“December is the best month of the year. The S&P is up 1.6 percent on average. It also has the highest frequency of advances, up 76% of the time,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. December is also the least volatile month of all, but it could see some bumps.
“The market tends to go through a mid-December low, which then represents a good buying opportunity, at least through the end of January,” Stovall said, adding he thinks the decline would be no more than 5%. “I don’t think we need a big pullback or a correction. A mid-single digit decline would be sufficient.”
Stovall said 2019 was set up to win because of the way the year started, following the sharp sell-off last December. When the months of January and February are higher, the S&P 500 has an average total return of 24%, according to data going back to 1945. If the following year does not see have a similar double gain in January and February, it still does fairly well with a normal average return of 8% to 9%, he said.
The market’s performance for the entire year also bodes well for a positive move into year-end, according to Bespoke. Since 1928, when stocks are up 20% or more by Thanksgiving, like this year, the S&P 500 usually ends the year even higher, with an average gain of 1.8% between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, Bespoke noted.

S&P Sub-industry sector performance

Stovall also looked at sector performance for December, going back to 1995 and found that some of the worst performing S&P sub-industry sectors were retail oriented and are highly dependent on good holiday sales. On average, computer and electronics retailers were weakest, off 4.5%, followed by leisure products off 2.2% and department stores, off 0.9%. Specialty stores and apparel and luxury goods were also among the 10 poorest performers.
While 87% of the sub-industry sectors were positive, the top performer was homebuilding, up 4.5 %, followed by home improvement retail.
“You want to buy now what nobody wants to own,” said Stovall, noting the market is forward pricing so investors are looking ahead to building activity picking up in spring and summer when they dip into homebuilders. Companies that sell fertilizers also do well in December.
Stocks on Friday closed out their best monthly performance since June. The S&P 500 was up 3.4% to 3,140, and the Dow closed Friday at 28,051, up 3.7% for the month of November.
Technology was the best performing sector for the month, gaining 5.2%. That helped drive the Nasdaq up 4.5% for the month to 8,665.
Biotech was also a top performer, helping lift the Russell 2000, which gained 4% in November to 1,624. The IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF was up 11% for the month.

Trade tensions

The big risk to the market in December is the outcome of trade talks, but economic reports will be important as investors continue to assess whether the Fed was right in ending its rate cuts.
The economy has shown some signs of picking up, and a string of improved data has led economists to look for better growth in the fourth quarter. But the critical driver of growth continues to be the consumer, so holiday sales will be an important indicator to watch.
Employment data remains the most important of the economic reports, since a strong labor market is crucial for consumer confidence and spending.
Economists expect the economy added 183,000 jobs in November, according to Refinitiv. The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, even with the negative drag of 46,000 striking GM workers and the reduction of 17,000 federal government jobs, due to the end of temporary employment for Census workers.
“For the employment report, we think one factor that is likely to result in a slightly stronger headline payroll number is the fact we will now count the GM workers that were on strike,” said Barclays economist Pooja Sriram. “We estimated 36,000 to 40,000 were left out of the report in October. We think they’re to be counted as part of the November report. Much of that is going to be seen in private payrolls and especially in manufacturing payrolls.”
In October, ISM manufacturing activity improved, and even though it remained in contraction, some economists said the slowdown may be showing signs of bottoming.
The ISM index is expected to be at 49.4, still shy of 50, which shows expansion, but better than October’s 48.3. “We still think it’s going to be a sub-50 print,” said Sriram.
October’s durable goods report showed a surprise gain in business investment when economists had expected to see contraction.
Sriram said the speed of decline in manufacturing has certainly slowed, and she is watching the data closely. “I don’t think we’re comfortable saying we bottomed,” she said.
OPEC and Russia hold meetings in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, and analysts expect them to extend their production cutting agreement. However, Russia may seek to change the rules for how it counts its petroleum output, so the meeting may not be as predictable as expected, some analysts say.

This past week saw the following moves in the S&P:

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Major Indices for this past week:

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Major Futures Markets as of Friday's close:

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Economic Calendar for the Week Ahead:

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Sector Performance WTD, MTD, YTD:

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Percentage Changes for the Major Indices, WTD, MTD, QTD, YTD as of Friday's close:

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S&P Sectors for the Past Week:

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Major Indices Pullback/Correction Levels as of Friday's close:

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Major Indices Rally Levels as of Friday's close:

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Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for this week:

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Here are the upcoming IPO's for this week:

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Friday's Stock Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Next Week's Economic Indicators - 11/29/19

Even with a holiday and a shortened session Friday leaving no US releases in the past 48 hours, it was a very busy week for economic data with 36 releases in the first three days. Most of this data came in stronger than expected or above the prior reading where there were no forecasts. While the bulk of the week's data was strong, manufacturing data, namely from the regional Fed indices, was mixed. We started off with a weaker Chicago Fed National Activity Index on Monday. The index fell from -0.45 last month to -0.71 rather than the expected improvement to -0.2. The Dallas Fed's index was also out on Monday and it improved more than expected as well as versus the prior month. On Tuesday, the Richmond Fed's gauge on manufacturing was also worse than expected. On the bright side, other manufacturing hard data like durable goods came in much stronger than both the previous month and consensus forecasts. Housing data was also solid this week with better than anticipated home price growth shown in two of the three indicators: the quarterly Home Price Purchase Index, FHFA, and Case-Shiller (only the Case-Shiller index was weaker than expected, albeit up from the prior month). The second release of third-quarter GDP was the most notable indicator of the week with a much stronger than expected reading which showed the economy grew by 2.1% QoQ versus estimates of a 1.9% growth rate.
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We kick off December with another busy few days next week. Final November Markit and ISM numbers will kick off the week on Monday. While Markit is not expecting any change from the preliminary readings, ISM is expected to improve to 49.2 which would still be a contractionary print. In hard manufacturing data, later in the week we will see final durable and capital goods numbers for November. Vehicle sales figures will be the only release on Tuesday followed by the service counterparts to Markit and ISM indices on Wednesday as the rest of the week's main focus will be on labor data. After a surprisingly strong release last month, Nonfarm Payrolls is again expecting a strong print showing 190K jobs created in the month of November.
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Stocks To Be The Most Thankful For

Below is a list of the 25 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tops the list with a gain of more than 100%. While no other S&P 500 stocks have yet to double this year, another semi name, Lam Research (LRCX) has come close with a gain of 99%. Xerox (XRX), MarketAxess (MKTX), and Target (TGT) have also all risen more than 90%.
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Apple (AAPL) is the 19th best performing stock in the list above. But because of its trillion+ dollar market cap, Apple's (AAPL) 69% gain has a much bigger impact on the overall stock market than all of the other stocks that have seen a bigger price move this year. In fact, of the S&P 500's 25% price gain this year, Apple has accounted for 2.24 of those percentage points (or roughly 9%).
Instead of looking at simple year-to-date price change, below is a list of the stocks that investors should be most thankful for this year because of their contribution to the S&P's gains. Right behind Apple (AAPL) in first is the other trillion+ dollar company -- Microsoft (MSFT) -- which has accounted for 1.7 percentage points of the S&P's 25% gain. After AAPL and MSFT are Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN). Together these five mega-caps account for 25% of the S&P's move higher this year. While this group of companies has been vilified in 2019 for a number of things, they're certainly still delivering for the stock market in a big way.
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S&P 500 Industry Group Breadth Running Strong

The S&P 500 may be hitting record highs at a pace of more than once every other day, but would you believe that there are still Industry Groups trading below their 50-day moving averages? The chart below shows the rolling percentage of Industry Groups trading above their 50-DMAs over the last several years, and the current reading stands at 91.7%. Over the last five years there have been numerous periods where a higher percentage (and even 100%) of Industry Groups traded above their 50-DMAs, and the most recent was back in July.
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So which are the two outlier groups that are still below their 50-DMAs? Well, when everyone seems to be taking an offensive posture in the market, it's only natural that defensive sectors would be lagging, and two of the most defensive-oriented sectors in this yield-hungry world we live in are Utilities and Real Estate. Even these two groups, though, are only about 1% below their 50-DMAs, so all it will take is one or two good days for these groups to get them back over the hump. On the upside, Health Care Equipment & Services is the furthest above its 50-DMA at 7.72%.
The S&P 500 as a whole is currently just over 4% above its 50-DMA. What's interesting to note here, though, is that just 9 of the 24 Industry Groups are further above their 50-DMAs while 15 are not above their 50-DMAs by as much as the S&P 500. In terms of YTD returns, the S&P 500 is currently sitting on a gain of more than 25% YTD. Leading the way higher this year, Tech Hardware (Apple) has rallied just under 48%, while Semis are up just over 40%. Behind these two leaders, four other Industry Groups are up over 30% YTD. While there is no downside on a YTD basis, Energy has been the biggest laggard and is just barely hanging on to a YTD gain. If Energy can't hang onto a YTD gain in a year where the S&P 500 gains more than 25%, Energy investors may need to wear paper bags over their heads.
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Technology Sector P/E Highest in Ten Years

As equities run to all-time highs, valuations are at a fairly interesting point. As shown in the chart below using data from our Daily Sector Snapshot included with our Morning Lineup and The Closer, most sectors' valuations are at the upper end of the past ten years' range. Four sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Utilities, and Technology all have trailing P/E ratios in the 90th percentile or higher of the past ten years' readings.
Since the S&P 500 established its first all-time high since July on October 28th, Health Care and Financials have been two of the strongest performers rising 6.68% and 4.35%, respectively. Despite these runs, both of these sectors still have reasonable valuations relative to the past decade. For Financials, the current trailing price-to-earnings ratio is in the 42nd percentile of all days of the past ten years. No other sector has such a low reading although Materials and Energy are on the lower end relative to other sectors. On the other hand, Utilities and Technology have some of the highest valuations of the past ten years with the current P/E in the 97th and 99th percentiles, respectively.
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As shown in the chart below, most of the last 9-12 months has seen valuations for Utilities consistently in the uppermost range of the past ten years as investors chased yield in a low interest rate environment. But as risk-free rates have risen more recently, valuations for Utilities have pulled back a bit as price has slid. While there have been other periods in the past ten years where Utilities' P/E ratio was similarly elevated, arguably only 2016/2017 saw it remain at the upper end of the ten-year range as consistently as has been the case this year.
For Technology it is a whole different story. The P/E for the sector got crushed this time last year and after plummeting to the 31st percentile, it is has rebounded to the highest levels of the past ten years. The only other time that the sector traded at a similar premium relative to the past decade's range was back in early 2018.
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Thanksgiving through Santa Claus Rally Trade

Everyone is talking about yearend seasonal strength this year, but it’s not news to us. 2019 has been tracking historical seasonal market patterns quite closely this year and that suggests it is likely to continue to track it.
Our good friend Larry McMillan (@optstrategist) trades seasonal yearend strength with the Russell 2000 from the close the day before Thanksgiving through the end of our Santa Claus Rally (the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the New Year).
So here we have run the numbers from 1979 when the Russell index data begins comparing R2K to the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is the best performer up an average 3.1% (median 3.2%) with an 80% win ratio up 32 of the last 40 years. Last year was the worst and it’s been down 3 of the last 5 years.
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Giving Thanks for the U.S. Consumer

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for solid consumer confidence, even though it has wavered in recent months.
Consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in November, according to preliminary Conference Board data. Even though the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has dropped from its economic cycle peak, consumer sentiment is still historically elevated, as shown in the LPL Chart of the Day.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the U.S. consumer’s resilience over the past year as other parts of the domestic economy have weakened amid global headwinds. Strong consumer spending has helped the economy grow at a 2% average rate over the past two quarters, despite drags on growth from business spending, inventories, and trade.
“Consumer sentiment has been largely immune from global headwinds,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “We expect consumer spending to power economic growth through next year, so we’d like to see consumer confidence pick up more with signs of trade progress.”
Consumers have several reasons to be optimistic. Employment is the primary driver of consumer health, and the U.S. labor market has been resilient. Wages are growing at a healthy rate, and consumers are reaping the benefits of tax cuts and record-high stock prices. As long as the job market stays solid and inflation remains in check, we feel good about consumers’ prospects.
Still, there are growing signs of concern. While survey respondents have remained optimistic about present conditions, their outlook on future conditions has soured, according to the Conference Board. If consumers are feeling less confident about the future, they may be less inclined to spend and invest. That loss of confidence in the outlook could lead to economic weakness over time if consumers step back.
Overall, we would need to see more significant deterioration in consumer confidence before we would start to worry about the economic outlook.

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Here are the most notable companies (tickers) reporting earnings in this upcoming trading week ahead-
  • $CRM
  • $DG
  • $ULTA
  • $COUP
  • $MRVL
  • $WDAY
  • $ZS
  • $RH
  • $OKTA
  • $TIF
  • $CRWD
  • $KR
  • $CLDR
  • $DSX
  • $WORK
  • $BMO
  • $ZM
  • $CPB
  • $FIVE
  • $QTT
  • $DOCU
  • $MIK
  • $TD
  • $YJ
  • $LE
  • $AVAV
  • $RY
  • $SNPS
  • $HQY
  • $DCI
  • $BIG
  • $GSM
  • $SIG
  • $SMAR
  • $GIII
  • $HOME
  • $HRB
  • $DLTH
  • $TLYS
  • $ZUO
  • $GEF
  • $JW.A
  • $GMS
  • $EXPR
  • $ZUMZ
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Below are some of the notable companies coming out with earnings releases this upcoming trading week ahead which includes the date/time of release & consensus estimates courtesy of Earnings Whispers:

Monday 12.2.19 Before Market Open:

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Monday 12.2.19 After Market Close:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 Before Market Open:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 After Market Close:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 Before Market Open:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 After Market Close:

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Thursday 12.5.19 Before Market Open:

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Thursday 12.5.19 After Market Close:

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Friday 12.6.19 Before Market Open:

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Friday 12.6.19 After Market Close:

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Salesforce $162.89

Salesforce (CRM) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.66 per share on revenue of $4.44 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.69 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.65 to $0.66 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 8.20% with revenue increasing by 30.90%. Short interest has decreased by 48.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.4% above its 200 day moving average of $154.54. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 25, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,252 contracts of the $162.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 4.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 3.7% move in recent quarters.

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Dollar General Corporation $157.36

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:30 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.38 per share on revenue of $6.91 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $1.39 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.52% with revenue increasing by 7.67%. Short interest has decreased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 14.0% above its 200 day moving average of $138.01. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 574 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.3% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.1% move in recent quarters.

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ULTA Beauty $233.86

ULTA Beauty (ULTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.17 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 61% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 1.83% with revenue increasing by 8.33%. Short interest has increased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 7.5% from its open following the earnings release to be 23.5% below its 200 day moving average of $305.86. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 22, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,992 contracts of the $200.00 put expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 9.9% move in recent quarters.

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Coupa Software $153.49

Coupa Software (COUP) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.06 per share on revenue of $96.50 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.10 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 70% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.05 to $0.08 per share on revenue of $96.00 million to $96.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 53.85% with revenue increasing by 43.06%. Short interest has increased by 74.3% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 26.1% above its 200 day moving average of $121.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 29, 2019 there was some notable buying of 679 contracts of the $172.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 9.8% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.1% move in recent quarters.

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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. $26.37

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.17 per share on revenue of $660.23 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.19 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.15 to $0.19 per share on revenue of $640.00 million to $680.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 55.26% with revenue decreasing by 22.42%. Short interest has increased by 25.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 9.4% from its open following the earnings release to be 9.5% above its 200 day moving average of $24.08. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 15, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,289 contracts of the $29.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 6.6% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 1.8% move in recent quarters.

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Workday, Inc. $179.12

Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $918.63 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.40 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 64% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for revenue of $918.00 million to $920.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 640.00% with revenue increasing by 23.61%. Short interest has increased by 5.2% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.1% below its 200 day moving average of $188.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 18, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,895 contracts of the $160.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.4% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 26.0% move in recent quarters.

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Zscaler, Inc. $52.13

Zscaler, Inc. (ZS) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.34 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.03 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 75% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.00 million to $90.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 200.00% with revenue increasing by 41.14%. Short interest has increased by 110.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 7.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 18.7% below its 200 day moving average of $64.13. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 there was some notable buying of 2,720 contracts of the $47.00 call expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 14.2% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 15.2% move in recent quarters.

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RH $205.59

RH (RH) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:15 PM ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.21 per share on revenue of $675.57 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.35 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 27.75% with revenue increasing by 6.13%. Short interest has increased by 14.1% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 32.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 49.3% above its 200 day moving average of $137.69. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. Option traders are pricing in a 13.0% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 16.2% move in recent quarters.

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Okta, Inc. $129.78

Okta, Inc. (OKTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus estimate is for a loss of $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.45 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is ($0.10) per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for a loss of $0.13 to $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.00 million to $144.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 220.00% with revenue increasing by 35.87%. Short interest has increased by 25.4% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 0.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 17.2% above its 200 day moving average of $110.74. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 549 contracts of the $170.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.3% move in recent quarters.

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Tiffany & Co. $133.80

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:40 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.85 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 10.39% with revenue increasing by 2.73%. Short interest has decreased by 38.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 69.6% from its open following the earnings release to be 36.1% above its 200 day moving average of $98.28. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Thursday, November 14, 2019 there was some notable buying of 3,427 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, February 21, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 0.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.5% move in recent quarters.

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DISCUSS!

What are you all watching for in this upcoming trading week?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great trading week ahead wallstreetbets.
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2019.11.30 18:24 bigbear0083 Wall Street Week Ahead for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019

Good Saturday morning to all of you here on stocks. I hope everyone on this sub made out pretty nicely in the market this past week, and is ready for the new trading week and month ahead.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019.

Markets may get a boost from cheery Black Friday consumer sentiment, seasonal strength - (Source)

Stocks have had a bang-up year so far, and they’re heading straight into the month that is often the best of all.
The S&P 500 is up more than 25% for the year. Thanksgiving week was technically positive for the market, with the small cap Russell 2000 breaking out, joining other indexes in an uptrend.
Stocks, however, were lower Friday in sluggish trading after the Thanksgiving holiday. Through Wednesday, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 had all popped to new record highs, with consumer discretionary and tech names leading the market higher this past week. The Russell 2000 is not yet back to its highs, but it pushed above its previous 52-week high, in a healthy sign for the overall market.
In the coming week, investor focus will move more intently to the topic of trade, and that is what will make or break the rally at year-end.
President Donald Trump has promised that a preliminary trade deal with China is close, but there still is no agreement and the Dec.15 deadline for new tariffs is getting closer. Trump’s signing of legislation Wednesday supporting the Hong Kong protesters drew a negative reaction from Beijing and adds more uncertainty to trade talks.
The health of the economy is also a factor for markets, and there is some key data, with the ISM manufacturing report on Monday followed by the government’s all-important monthly jobs data on Friday.

Best month of year

2019 has turned out to be a very good year for the market, with the Jan. 1 to Thanksgiving Day period the 14th best for the S&P 500 since 1928, according to Bespoke. The 25.5% gain in the S&P 500 was the best for the period since 2013, and now the market enters a typically strong period.
“December is the best month of the year. The S&P is up 1.6 percent on average. It also has the highest frequency of advances, up 76% of the time,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. December is also the least volatile month of all, but it could see some bumps.
“The market tends to go through a mid-December low, which then represents a good buying opportunity, at least through the end of January,” Stovall said, adding he thinks the decline would be no more than 5%. “I don’t think we need a big pullback or a correction. A mid-single digit decline would be sufficient.”
Stovall said 2019 was set up to win because of the way the year started, following the sharp sell-off last December. When the months of January and February are higher, the S&P 500 has an average total return of 24%, according to data going back to 1945. If the following year does not see have a similar double gain in January and February, it still does fairly well with a normal average return of 8% to 9%, he said.
The market’s performance for the entire year also bodes well for a positive move into year-end, according to Bespoke. Since 1928, when stocks are up 20% or more by Thanksgiving, like this year, the S&P 500 usually ends the year even higher, with an average gain of 1.8% between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, Bespoke noted.

S&P Sub-industry sector performance

Stovall also looked at sector performance for December, going back to 1995 and found that some of the worst performing S&P sub-industry sectors were retail oriented and are highly dependent on good holiday sales. On average, computer and electronics retailers were weakest, off 4.5%, followed by leisure products off 2.2% and department stores, off 0.9%. Specialty stores and apparel and luxury goods were also among the 10 poorest performers.
While 87% of the sub-industry sectors were positive, the top performer was homebuilding, up 4.5 %, followed by home improvement retail.
“You want to buy now what nobody wants to own,” said Stovall, noting the market is forward pricing so investors are looking ahead to building activity picking up in spring and summer when they dip into homebuilders. Companies that sell fertilizers also do well in December.
Stocks on Friday closed out their best monthly performance since June. The S&P 500 was up 3.4% to 3,140, and the Dow closed Friday at 28,051, up 3.7% for the month of November.
Technology was the best performing sector for the month, gaining 5.2%. That helped drive the Nasdaq up 4.5% for the month to 8,665.
Biotech was also a top performer, helping lift the Russell 2000, which gained 4% in November to 1,624. The IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF was up 11% for the month.

Trade tensions

The big risk to the market in December is the outcome of trade talks, but economic reports will be important as investors continue to assess whether the Fed was right in ending its rate cuts.
The economy has shown some signs of picking up, and a string of improved data has led economists to look for better growth in the fourth quarter. But the critical driver of growth continues to be the consumer, so holiday sales will be an important indicator to watch.
Employment data remains the most important of the economic reports, since a strong labor market is crucial for consumer confidence and spending.
Economists expect the economy added 183,000 jobs in November, according to Refinitiv. The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, even with the negative drag of 46,000 striking GM workers and the reduction of 17,000 federal government jobs, due to the end of temporary employment for Census workers.
“For the employment report, we think one factor that is likely to result in a slightly stronger headline payroll number is the fact we will now count the GM workers that were on strike,” said Barclays economist Pooja Sriram. “We estimated 36,000 to 40,000 were left out of the report in October. We think they’re to be counted as part of the November report. Much of that is going to be seen in private payrolls and especially in manufacturing payrolls.”
In October, ISM manufacturing activity improved, and even though it remained in contraction, some economists said the slowdown may be showing signs of bottoming.
The ISM index is expected to be at 49.4, still shy of 50, which shows expansion, but better than October’s 48.3. “We still think it’s going to be a sub-50 print,” said Sriram.
October’s durable goods report showed a surprise gain in business investment when economists had expected to see contraction.
Sriram said the speed of decline in manufacturing has certainly slowed, and she is watching the data closely. “I don’t think we’re comfortable saying we bottomed,” she said.
OPEC and Russia hold meetings in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, and analysts expect them to extend their production cutting agreement. However, Russia may seek to change the rules for how it counts its petroleum output, so the meeting may not be as predictable as expected, some analysts say.

This past week saw the following moves in the S&P:

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Major Indices for this past week:

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Major Futures Markets as of Friday's close:

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Economic Calendar for the Week Ahead:

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Sector Performance WTD, MTD, YTD:

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Percentage Changes for the Major Indices, WTD, MTD, QTD, YTD as of Friday's close:

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S&P Sectors for the Past Week:

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Major Indices Pullback/Correction Levels as of Friday's close:

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Major Indices Rally Levels as of Friday's close:

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Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for this week:

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Here are the upcoming IPO's for this week:

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Friday's Stock Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Next Week's Economic Indicators - 11/29/19

Even with a holiday and a shortened session Friday leaving no US releases in the past 48 hours, it was a very busy week for economic data with 36 releases in the first three days. Most of this data came in stronger than expected or above the prior reading where there were no forecasts. While the bulk of the week's data was strong, manufacturing data, namely from the regional Fed indices, was mixed. We started off with a weaker Chicago Fed National Activity Index on Monday. The index fell from -0.45 last month to -0.71 rather than the expected improvement to -0.2. The Dallas Fed's index was also out on Monday and it improved more than expected as well as versus the prior month. On Tuesday, the Richmond Fed's gauge on manufacturing was also worse than expected. On the bright side, other manufacturing hard data like durable goods came in much stronger than both the previous month and consensus forecasts. Housing data was also solid this week with better than anticipated home price growth shown in two of the three indicators: the quarterly Home Price Purchase Index, FHFA, and Case-Shiller (only the Case-Shiller index was weaker than expected, albeit up from the prior month). The second release of third-quarter GDP was the most notable indicator of the week with a much stronger than expected reading which showed the economy grew by 2.1% QoQ versus estimates of a 1.9% growth rate.
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We kick off December with another busy few days next week. Final November Markit and ISM numbers will kick off the week on Monday. While Markit is not expecting any change from the preliminary readings, ISM is expected to improve to 49.2 which would still be a contractionary print. In hard manufacturing data, later in the week we will see final durable and capital goods numbers for November. Vehicle sales figures will be the only release on Tuesday followed by the service counterparts to Markit and ISM indices on Wednesday as the rest of the week's main focus will be on labor data. After a surprisingly strong release last month, Nonfarm Payrolls is again expecting a strong print showing 190K jobs created in the month of November.
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Stocks To Be The Most Thankful For

Below is a list of the 25 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tops the list with a gain of more than 100%. While no other S&P 500 stocks have yet to double this year, another semi name, Lam Research (LRCX) has come close with a gain of 99%. Xerox (XRX), MarketAxess (MKTX), and Target (TGT) have also all risen more than 90%.
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Apple (AAPL) is the 19th best performing stock in the list above. But because of its trillion+ dollar market cap, Apple's (AAPL) 69% gain has a much bigger impact on the overall stock market than all of the other stocks that have seen a bigger price move this year. In fact, of the S&P 500's 25% price gain this year, Apple has accounted for 2.24 of those percentage points (or roughly 9%).
Instead of looking at simple year-to-date price change, below is a list of the stocks that investors should be most thankful for this year because of their contribution to the S&P's gains. Right behind Apple (AAPL) in first is the other trillion+ dollar company -- Microsoft (MSFT) -- which has accounted for 1.7 percentage points of the S&P's 25% gain. After AAPL and MSFT are Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN). Together these five mega-caps account for 25% of the S&P's move higher this year. While this group of companies has been vilified in 2019 for a number of things, they're certainly still delivering for the stock market in a big way.
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S&P 500 Industry Group Breadth Running Strong

The S&P 500 may be hitting record highs at a pace of more than once every other day, but would you believe that there are still Industry Groups trading below their 50-day moving averages? The chart below shows the rolling percentage of Industry Groups trading above their 50-DMAs over the last several years, and the current reading stands at 91.7%. Over the last five years there have been numerous periods where a higher percentage (and even 100%) of Industry Groups traded above their 50-DMAs, and the most recent was back in July.
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So which are the two outlier groups that are still below their 50-DMAs? Well, when everyone seems to be taking an offensive posture in the market, it's only natural that defensive sectors would be lagging, and two of the most defensive-oriented sectors in this yield-hungry world we live in are Utilities and Real Estate. Even these two groups, though, are only about 1% below their 50-DMAs, so all it will take is one or two good days for these groups to get them back over the hump. On the upside, Health Care Equipment & Services is the furthest above its 50-DMA at 7.72%.
The S&P 500 as a whole is currently just over 4% above its 50-DMA. What's interesting to note here, though, is that just 9 of the 24 Industry Groups are further above their 50-DMAs while 15 are not above their 50-DMAs by as much as the S&P 500. In terms of YTD returns, the S&P 500 is currently sitting on a gain of more than 25% YTD. Leading the way higher this year, Tech Hardware (Apple) has rallied just under 48%, while Semis are up just over 40%. Behind these two leaders, four other Industry Groups are up over 30% YTD. While there is no downside on a YTD basis, Energy has been the biggest laggard and is just barely hanging on to a YTD gain. If Energy can't hang onto a YTD gain in a year where the S&P 500 gains more than 25%, Energy investors may need to wear paper bags over their heads.
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Technology Sector P/E Highest in Ten Years

As equities run to all-time highs, valuations are at a fairly interesting point. As shown in the chart below using data from our Daily Sector Snapshot included with our Morning Lineup and The Closer, most sectors' valuations are at the upper end of the past ten years' range. Four sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Utilities, and Technology all have trailing P/E ratios in the 90th percentile or higher of the past ten years' readings.
Since the S&P 500 established its first all-time high since July on October 28th, Health Care and Financials have been two of the strongest performers rising 6.68% and 4.35%, respectively. Despite these runs, both of these sectors still have reasonable valuations relative to the past decade. For Financials, the current trailing price-to-earnings ratio is in the 42nd percentile of all days of the past ten years. No other sector has such a low reading although Materials and Energy are on the lower end relative to other sectors. On the other hand, Utilities and Technology have some of the highest valuations of the past ten years with the current P/E in the 97th and 99th percentiles, respectively.
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As shown in the chart below, most of the last 9-12 months has seen valuations for Utilities consistently in the uppermost range of the past ten years as investors chased yield in a low interest rate environment. But as risk-free rates have risen more recently, valuations for Utilities have pulled back a bit as price has slid. While there have been other periods in the past ten years where Utilities' P/E ratio was similarly elevated, arguably only 2016/2017 saw it remain at the upper end of the ten-year range as consistently as has been the case this year.
For Technology it is a whole different story. The P/E for the sector got crushed this time last year and after plummeting to the 31st percentile, it is has rebounded to the highest levels of the past ten years. The only other time that the sector traded at a similar premium relative to the past decade's range was back in early 2018.
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Thanksgiving through Santa Claus Rally Trade

Everyone is talking about yearend seasonal strength this year, but it’s not news to us. 2019 has been tracking historical seasonal market patterns quite closely this year and that suggests it is likely to continue to track it.
Our good friend Larry McMillan (@optstrategist) trades seasonal yearend strength with the Russell 2000 from the close the day before Thanksgiving through the end of our Santa Claus Rally (the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the New Year).
So here we have run the numbers from 1979 when the Russell index data begins comparing R2K to the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is the best performer up an average 3.1% (median 3.2%) with an 80% win ratio up 32 of the last 40 years. Last year was the worst and it’s been down 3 of the last 5 years.
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Giving Thanks for the U.S. Consumer

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for solid consumer confidence, even though it has wavered in recent months.
Consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in November, according to preliminary Conference Board data. Even though the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has dropped from its economic cycle peak, consumer sentiment is still historically elevated, as shown in the LPL Chart of the Day.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the U.S. consumer’s resilience over the past year as other parts of the domestic economy have weakened amid global headwinds. Strong consumer spending has helped the economy grow at a 2% average rate over the past two quarters, despite drags on growth from business spending, inventories, and trade.
“Consumer sentiment has been largely immune from global headwinds,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “We expect consumer spending to power economic growth through next year, so we’d like to see consumer confidence pick up more with signs of trade progress.”
Consumers have several reasons to be optimistic. Employment is the primary driver of consumer health, and the U.S. labor market has been resilient. Wages are growing at a healthy rate, and consumers are reaping the benefits of tax cuts and record-high stock prices. As long as the job market stays solid and inflation remains in check, we feel good about consumers’ prospects.
Still, there are growing signs of concern. While survey respondents have remained optimistic about present conditions, their outlook on future conditions has soured, according to the Conference Board. If consumers are feeling less confident about the future, they may be less inclined to spend and invest. That loss of confidence in the outlook could lead to economic weakness over time if consumers step back.
Overall, we would need to see more significant deterioration in consumer confidence before we would start to worry about the economic outlook.

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Here are the most notable companies (tickers) reporting earnings in this upcoming trading week ahead-
  • $CRM
  • $DG
  • $ULTA
  • $COUP
  • $MRVL
  • $WDAY
  • $ZS
  • $RH
  • $OKTA
  • $TIF
  • $CRWD
  • $KR
  • $CLDR
  • $DSX
  • $WORK
  • $BMO
  • $ZM
  • $CPB
  • $FIVE
  • $QTT
  • $DOCU
  • $MIK
  • $TD
  • $YJ
  • $LE
  • $AVAV
  • $RY
  • $SNPS
  • $HQY
  • $DCI
  • $BIG
  • $GSM
  • $SIG
  • $SMAR
  • $GIII
  • $HOME
  • $HRB
  • $DLTH
  • $TLYS
  • $ZUO
  • $GEF
  • $JW.A
  • $GMS
  • $EXPR
  • $ZUMZ
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Below are some of the notable companies coming out with earnings releases this upcoming trading week ahead which includes the date/time of release & consensus estimates courtesy of Earnings Whispers:

Monday 12.2.19 Before Market Open:

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Monday 12.2.19 After Market Close:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 Before Market Open:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 After Market Close:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 Before Market Open:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 After Market Close:

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Thursday 12.5.19 Before Market Open:

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Thursday 12.5.19 After Market Close:

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Friday 12.6.19 Before Market Open:

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Friday 12.6.19 After Market Close:

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Salesforce $162.89

Salesforce (CRM) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.66 per share on revenue of $4.44 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.69 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.65 to $0.66 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 8.20% with revenue increasing by 30.90%. Short interest has decreased by 48.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.4% above its 200 day moving average of $154.54. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 25, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,252 contracts of the $162.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 4.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 3.7% move in recent quarters.

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Dollar General Corporation $157.36

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:30 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.38 per share on revenue of $6.91 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $1.39 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.52% with revenue increasing by 7.67%. Short interest has decreased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 14.0% above its 200 day moving average of $138.01. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 574 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.3% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.1% move in recent quarters.

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ULTA Beauty $233.86

ULTA Beauty (ULTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.17 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 61% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 1.83% with revenue increasing by 8.33%. Short interest has increased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 7.5% from its open following the earnings release to be 23.5% below its 200 day moving average of $305.86. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 22, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,992 contracts of the $200.00 put expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 9.9% move in recent quarters.

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Coupa Software $153.49

Coupa Software (COUP) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.06 per share on revenue of $96.50 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.10 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 70% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.05 to $0.08 per share on revenue of $96.00 million to $96.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 53.85% with revenue increasing by 43.06%. Short interest has increased by 74.3% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 26.1% above its 200 day moving average of $121.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 29, 2019 there was some notable buying of 679 contracts of the $172.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 9.8% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.1% move in recent quarters.

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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. $26.37

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.17 per share on revenue of $660.23 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.19 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.15 to $0.19 per share on revenue of $640.00 million to $680.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 55.26% with revenue decreasing by 22.42%. Short interest has increased by 25.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 9.4% from its open following the earnings release to be 9.5% above its 200 day moving average of $24.08. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 15, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,289 contracts of the $29.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 6.6% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 1.8% move in recent quarters.

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Workday, Inc. $179.12

Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $918.63 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.40 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 64% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for revenue of $918.00 million to $920.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 640.00% with revenue increasing by 23.61%. Short interest has increased by 5.2% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.1% below its 200 day moving average of $188.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 18, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,895 contracts of the $160.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.4% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 26.0% move in recent quarters.

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Zscaler, Inc. $52.13

Zscaler, Inc. (ZS) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.34 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.03 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 75% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.00 million to $90.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 200.00% with revenue increasing by 41.14%. Short interest has increased by 110.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 7.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 18.7% below its 200 day moving average of $64.13. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 there was some notable buying of 2,720 contracts of the $47.00 call expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 14.2% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 15.2% move in recent quarters.

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RH $205.59

RH (RH) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:15 PM ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.21 per share on revenue of $675.57 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.35 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 27.75% with revenue increasing by 6.13%. Short interest has increased by 14.1% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 32.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 49.3% above its 200 day moving average of $137.69. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. Option traders are pricing in a 13.0% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 16.2% move in recent quarters.

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Okta, Inc. $129.78

Okta, Inc. (OKTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus estimate is for a loss of $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.45 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is ($0.10) per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for a loss of $0.13 to $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.00 million to $144.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 220.00% with revenue increasing by 35.87%. Short interest has increased by 25.4% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 0.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 17.2% above its 200 day moving average of $110.74. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 549 contracts of the $170.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.3% move in recent quarters.

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Tiffany & Co. $133.80

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:40 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.85 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 10.39% with revenue increasing by 2.73%. Short interest has decreased by 38.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 69.6% from its open following the earnings release to be 36.1% above its 200 day moving average of $98.28. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Thursday, November 14, 2019 there was some notable buying of 3,427 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, February 21, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 0.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.5% move in recent quarters.

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DISCUSS!

What are you all watching for in this upcoming trading week?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great trading week ahead stocks.
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2019.11.30 18:21 bigbear0083 Wall Street Week Ahead for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019

Good Saturday morning to all of you here on StockMarket. I hope everyone on this sub made out pretty nicely in the market this past week, and is ready for the new trading week and month ahead.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019.

Markets may get a boost from cheery Black Friday consumer sentiment, seasonal strength - (Source)

Stocks have had a bang-up year so far, and they’re heading straight into the month that is often the best of all.
The S&P 500 is up more than 25% for the year. Thanksgiving week was technically positive for the market, with the small cap Russell 2000 breaking out, joining other indexes in an uptrend.
Stocks, however, were lower Friday in sluggish trading after the Thanksgiving holiday. Through Wednesday, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 had all popped to new record highs, with consumer discretionary and tech names leading the market higher this past week. The Russell 2000 is not yet back to its highs, but it pushed above its previous 52-week high, in a healthy sign for the overall market.
In the coming week, investor focus will move more intently to the topic of trade, and that is what will make or break the rally at year-end.
President Donald Trump has promised that a preliminary trade deal with China is close, but there still is no agreement and the Dec.15 deadline for new tariffs is getting closer. Trump’s signing of legislation Wednesday supporting the Hong Kong protesters drew a negative reaction from Beijing and adds more uncertainty to trade talks.
The health of the economy is also a factor for markets, and there is some key data, with the ISM manufacturing report on Monday followed by the government’s all-important monthly jobs data on Friday.

Best month of year

2019 has turned out to be a very good year for the market, with the Jan. 1 to Thanksgiving Day period the 14th best for the S&P 500 since 1928, according to Bespoke. The 25.5% gain in the S&P 500 was the best for the period since 2013, and now the market enters a typically strong period.
“December is the best month of the year. The S&P is up 1.6 percent on average. It also has the highest frequency of advances, up 76% of the time,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. December is also the least volatile month of all, but it could see some bumps.
“The market tends to go through a mid-December low, which then represents a good buying opportunity, at least through the end of January,” Stovall said, adding he thinks the decline would be no more than 5%. “I don’t think we need a big pullback or a correction. A mid-single digit decline would be sufficient.”
Stovall said 2019 was set up to win because of the way the year started, following the sharp sell-off last December. When the months of January and February are higher, the S&P 500 has an average total return of 24%, according to data going back to 1945. If the following year does not see have a similar double gain in January and February, it still does fairly well with a normal average return of 8% to 9%, he said.
The market’s performance for the entire year also bodes well for a positive move into year-end, according to Bespoke. Since 1928, when stocks are up 20% or more by Thanksgiving, like this year, the S&P 500 usually ends the year even higher, with an average gain of 1.8% between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, Bespoke noted.

S&P Sub-industry sector performance

Stovall also looked at sector performance for December, going back to 1995 and found that some of the worst performing S&P sub-industry sectors were retail oriented and are highly dependent on good holiday sales. On average, computer and electronics retailers were weakest, off 4.5%, followed by leisure products off 2.2% and department stores, off 0.9%. Specialty stores and apparel and luxury goods were also among the 10 poorest performers.
While 87% of the sub-industry sectors were positive, the top performer was homebuilding, up 4.5 %, followed by home improvement retail.
“You want to buy now what nobody wants to own,” said Stovall, noting the market is forward pricing so investors are looking ahead to building activity picking up in spring and summer when they dip into homebuilders. Companies that sell fertilizers also do well in December.
Stocks on Friday closed out their best monthly performance since June. The S&P 500 was up 3.4% to 3,140, and the Dow closed Friday at 28,051, up 3.7% for the month of November.
Technology was the best performing sector for the month, gaining 5.2%. That helped drive the Nasdaq up 4.5% for the month to 8,665.
Biotech was also a top performer, helping lift the Russell 2000, which gained 4% in November to 1,624. The IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF was up 11% for the month.

Trade tensions

The big risk to the market in December is the outcome of trade talks, but economic reports will be important as investors continue to assess whether the Fed was right in ending its rate cuts.
The economy has shown some signs of picking up, and a string of improved data has led economists to look for better growth in the fourth quarter. But the critical driver of growth continues to be the consumer, so holiday sales will be an important indicator to watch.
Employment data remains the most important of the economic reports, since a strong labor market is crucial for consumer confidence and spending.
Economists expect the economy added 183,000 jobs in November, according to Refinitiv. The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, even with the negative drag of 46,000 striking GM workers and the reduction of 17,000 federal government jobs, due to the end of temporary employment for Census workers.
“For the employment report, we think one factor that is likely to result in a slightly stronger headline payroll number is the fact we will now count the GM workers that were on strike,” said Barclays economist Pooja Sriram. “We estimated 36,000 to 40,000 were left out of the report in October. We think they’re to be counted as part of the November report. Much of that is going to be seen in private payrolls and especially in manufacturing payrolls.”
In October, ISM manufacturing activity improved, and even though it remained in contraction, some economists said the slowdown may be showing signs of bottoming.
The ISM index is expected to be at 49.4, still shy of 50, which shows expansion, but better than October’s 48.3. “We still think it’s going to be a sub-50 print,” said Sriram.
October’s durable goods report showed a surprise gain in business investment when economists had expected to see contraction.
Sriram said the speed of decline in manufacturing has certainly slowed, and she is watching the data closely. “I don’t think we’re comfortable saying we bottomed,” she said.
OPEC and Russia hold meetings in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, and analysts expect them to extend their production cutting agreement. However, Russia may seek to change the rules for how it counts its petroleum output, so the meeting may not be as predictable as expected, some analysts say.

This past week saw the following moves in the S&P:

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Major Indices for this past week:

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Major Futures Markets as of Friday's close:

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Economic Calendar for the Week Ahead:

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Sector Performance WTD, MTD, YTD:

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Percentage Changes for the Major Indices, WTD, MTD, QTD, YTD as of Friday's close:

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S&P Sectors for the Past Week:

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Major Indices Pullback/Correction Levels as of Friday's close:

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Major Indices Rally Levels as of Friday's close:

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Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for this week:

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Here are the upcoming IPO's for this week:

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Friday's Stock Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Next Week's Economic Indicators - 11/29/19

Even with a holiday and a shortened session Friday leaving no US releases in the past 48 hours, it was a very busy week for economic data with 36 releases in the first three days. Most of this data came in stronger than expected or above the prior reading where there were no forecasts. While the bulk of the week's data was strong, manufacturing data, namely from the regional Fed indices, was mixed. We started off with a weaker Chicago Fed National Activity Index on Monday. The index fell from -0.45 last month to -0.71 rather than the expected improvement to -0.2. The Dallas Fed's index was also out on Monday and it improved more than expected as well as versus the prior month. On Tuesday, the Richmond Fed's gauge on manufacturing was also worse than expected. On the bright side, other manufacturing hard data like durable goods came in much stronger than both the previous month and consensus forecasts. Housing data was also solid this week with better than anticipated home price growth shown in two of the three indicators: the quarterly Home Price Purchase Index, FHFA, and Case-Shiller (only the Case-Shiller index was weaker than expected, albeit up from the prior month). The second release of third-quarter GDP was the most notable indicator of the week with a much stronger than expected reading which showed the economy grew by 2.1% QoQ versus estimates of a 1.9% growth rate.
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We kick off December with another busy few days next week. Final November Markit and ISM numbers will kick off the week on Monday. While Markit is not expecting any change from the preliminary readings, ISM is expected to improve to 49.2 which would still be a contractionary print. In hard manufacturing data, later in the week we will see final durable and capital goods numbers for November. Vehicle sales figures will be the only release on Tuesday followed by the service counterparts to Markit and ISM indices on Wednesday as the rest of the week's main focus will be on labor data. After a surprisingly strong release last month, Nonfarm Payrolls is again expecting a strong print showing 190K jobs created in the month of November.
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Stocks To Be The Most Thankful For

Below is a list of the 25 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tops the list with a gain of more than 100%. While no other S&P 500 stocks have yet to double this year, another semi name, Lam Research (LRCX) has come close with a gain of 99%. Xerox (XRX), MarketAxess (MKTX), and Target (TGT) have also all risen more than 90%.
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Apple (AAPL) is the 19th best performing stock in the list above. But because of its trillion+ dollar market cap, Apple's (AAPL) 69% gain has a much bigger impact on the overall stock market than all of the other stocks that have seen a bigger price move this year. In fact, of the S&P 500's 25% price gain this year, Apple has accounted for 2.24 of those percentage points (or roughly 9%).
Instead of looking at simple year-to-date price change, below is a list of the stocks that investors should be most thankful for this year because of their contribution to the S&P's gains. Right behind Apple (AAPL) in first is the other trillion+ dollar company -- Microsoft (MSFT) -- which has accounted for 1.7 percentage points of the S&P's 25% gain. After AAPL and MSFT are Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN). Together these five mega-caps account for 25% of the S&P's move higher this year. While this group of companies has been vilified in 2019 for a number of things, they're certainly still delivering for the stock market in a big way.
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S&P 500 Industry Group Breadth Running Strong

The S&P 500 may be hitting record highs at a pace of more than once every other day, but would you believe that there are still Industry Groups trading below their 50-day moving averages? The chart below shows the rolling percentage of Industry Groups trading above their 50-DMAs over the last several years, and the current reading stands at 91.7%. Over the last five years there have been numerous periods where a higher percentage (and even 100%) of Industry Groups traded above their 50-DMAs, and the most recent was back in July.
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So which are the two outlier groups that are still below their 50-DMAs? Well, when everyone seems to be taking an offensive posture in the market, it's only natural that defensive sectors would be lagging, and two of the most defensive-oriented sectors in this yield-hungry world we live in are Utilities and Real Estate. Even these two groups, though, are only about 1% below their 50-DMAs, so all it will take is one or two good days for these groups to get them back over the hump. On the upside, Health Care Equipment & Services is the furthest above its 50-DMA at 7.72%.
The S&P 500 as a whole is currently just over 4% above its 50-DMA. What's interesting to note here, though, is that just 9 of the 24 Industry Groups are further above their 50-DMAs while 15 are not above their 50-DMAs by as much as the S&P 500. In terms of YTD returns, the S&P 500 is currently sitting on a gain of more than 25% YTD. Leading the way higher this year, Tech Hardware (Apple) has rallied just under 48%, while Semis are up just over 40%. Behind these two leaders, four other Industry Groups are up over 30% YTD. While there is no downside on a YTD basis, Energy has been the biggest laggard and is just barely hanging on to a YTD gain. If Energy can't hang onto a YTD gain in a year where the S&P 500 gains more than 25%, Energy investors may need to wear paper bags over their heads.
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Technology Sector P/E Highest in Ten Years

As equities run to all-time highs, valuations are at a fairly interesting point. As shown in the chart below using data from our Daily Sector Snapshot included with our Morning Lineup and The Closer, most sectors' valuations are at the upper end of the past ten years' range. Four sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Utilities, and Technology all have trailing P/E ratios in the 90th percentile or higher of the past ten years' readings.
Since the S&P 500 established its first all-time high since July on October 28th, Health Care and Financials have been two of the strongest performers rising 6.68% and 4.35%, respectively. Despite these runs, both of these sectors still have reasonable valuations relative to the past decade. For Financials, the current trailing price-to-earnings ratio is in the 42nd percentile of all days of the past ten years. No other sector has such a low reading although Materials and Energy are on the lower end relative to other sectors. On the other hand, Utilities and Technology have some of the highest valuations of the past ten years with the current P/E in the 97th and 99th percentiles, respectively.
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As shown in the chart below, most of the last 9-12 months has seen valuations for Utilities consistently in the uppermost range of the past ten years as investors chased yield in a low interest rate environment. But as risk-free rates have risen more recently, valuations for Utilities have pulled back a bit as price has slid. While there have been other periods in the past ten years where Utilities' P/E ratio was similarly elevated, arguably only 2016/2017 saw it remain at the upper end of the ten-year range as consistently as has been the case this year.
For Technology it is a whole different story. The P/E for the sector got crushed this time last year and after plummeting to the 31st percentile, it is has rebounded to the highest levels of the past ten years. The only other time that the sector traded at a similar premium relative to the past decade's range was back in early 2018.
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Thanksgiving through Santa Claus Rally Trade

Everyone is talking about yearend seasonal strength this year, but it’s not news to us. 2019 has been tracking historical seasonal market patterns quite closely this year and that suggests it is likely to continue to track it.
Our good friend Larry McMillan (@optstrategist) trades seasonal yearend strength with the Russell 2000 from the close the day before Thanksgiving through the end of our Santa Claus Rally (the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the New Year).
So here we have run the numbers from 1979 when the Russell index data begins comparing R2K to the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is the best performer up an average 3.1% (median 3.2%) with an 80% win ratio up 32 of the last 40 years. Last year was the worst and it’s been down 3 of the last 5 years.
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Giving Thanks for the U.S. Consumer

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for solid consumer confidence, even though it has wavered in recent months.
Consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in November, according to preliminary Conference Board data. Even though the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has dropped from its economic cycle peak, consumer sentiment is still historically elevated, as shown in the LPL Chart of the Day.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the U.S. consumer’s resilience over the past year as other parts of the domestic economy have weakened amid global headwinds. Strong consumer spending has helped the economy grow at a 2% average rate over the past two quarters, despite drags on growth from business spending, inventories, and trade.
“Consumer sentiment has been largely immune from global headwinds,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “We expect consumer spending to power economic growth through next year, so we’d like to see consumer confidence pick up more with signs of trade progress.”
Consumers have several reasons to be optimistic. Employment is the primary driver of consumer health, and the U.S. labor market has been resilient. Wages are growing at a healthy rate, and consumers are reaping the benefits of tax cuts and record-high stock prices. As long as the job market stays solid and inflation remains in check, we feel good about consumers’ prospects.
Still, there are growing signs of concern. While survey respondents have remained optimistic about present conditions, their outlook on future conditions has soured, according to the Conference Board. If consumers are feeling less confident about the future, they may be less inclined to spend and invest. That loss of confidence in the outlook could lead to economic weakness over time if consumers step back.
Overall, we would need to see more significant deterioration in consumer confidence before we would start to worry about the economic outlook.

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Here are the most notable companies (tickers) reporting earnings in this upcoming trading week ahead-
  • $CRM
  • $DG
  • $ULTA
  • $COUP
  • $MRVL
  • $WDAY
  • $ZS
  • $RH
  • $OKTA
  • $TIF
  • $CRWD
  • $KR
  • $CLDR
  • $DSX
  • $WORK
  • $BMO
  • $ZM
  • $CPB
  • $FIVE
  • $QTT
  • $DOCU
  • $MIK
  • $TD
  • $YJ
  • $LE
  • $AVAV
  • $RY
  • $SNPS
  • $HQY
  • $DCI
  • $BIG
  • $GSM
  • $SIG
  • $SMAR
  • $GIII
  • $HOME
  • $HRB
  • $DLTH
  • $TLYS
  • $ZUO
  • $GEF
  • $JW.A
  • $GMS
  • $EXPR
  • $ZUMZ
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Below are some of the notable companies coming out with earnings releases this upcoming trading week ahead which includes the date/time of release & consensus estimates courtesy of Earnings Whispers:

Monday 12.2.19 Before Market Open:

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Monday 12.2.19 After Market Close:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 Before Market Open:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 After Market Close:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 Before Market Open:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 After Market Close:

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Thursday 12.5.19 Before Market Open:

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Thursday 12.5.19 After Market Close:

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Friday 12.6.19 Before Market Open:

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Salesforce $162.89

Salesforce (CRM) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.66 per share on revenue of $4.44 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.69 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.65 to $0.66 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 8.20% with revenue increasing by 30.90%. Short interest has decreased by 48.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.4% above its 200 day moving average of $154.54. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 25, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,252 contracts of the $162.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 4.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 3.7% move in recent quarters.

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Dollar General Corporation $157.36

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:30 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.38 per share on revenue of $6.91 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $1.39 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.52% with revenue increasing by 7.67%. Short interest has decreased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 14.0% above its 200 day moving average of $138.01. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 574 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.3% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.1% move in recent quarters.

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ULTA Beauty $233.86

ULTA Beauty (ULTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.17 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 61% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 1.83% with revenue increasing by 8.33%. Short interest has increased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 7.5% from its open following the earnings release to be 23.5% below its 200 day moving average of $305.86. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 22, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,992 contracts of the $200.00 put expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 9.9% move in recent quarters.

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Coupa Software $153.49

Coupa Software (COUP) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.06 per share on revenue of $96.50 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.10 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 70% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.05 to $0.08 per share on revenue of $96.00 million to $96.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 53.85% with revenue increasing by 43.06%. Short interest has increased by 74.3% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 26.1% above its 200 day moving average of $121.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 29, 2019 there was some notable buying of 679 contracts of the $172.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 9.8% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.1% move in recent quarters.

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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. $26.37

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.17 per share on revenue of $660.23 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.19 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.15 to $0.19 per share on revenue of $640.00 million to $680.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 55.26% with revenue decreasing by 22.42%. Short interest has increased by 25.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 9.4% from its open following the earnings release to be 9.5% above its 200 day moving average of $24.08. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 15, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,289 contracts of the $29.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 6.6% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 1.8% move in recent quarters.

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Workday, Inc. $179.12

Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $918.63 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.40 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 64% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for revenue of $918.00 million to $920.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 640.00% with revenue increasing by 23.61%. Short interest has increased by 5.2% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.1% below its 200 day moving average of $188.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 18, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,895 contracts of the $160.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.4% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 26.0% move in recent quarters.

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Zscaler, Inc. $52.13

Zscaler, Inc. (ZS) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.34 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.03 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 75% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.00 million to $90.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 200.00% with revenue increasing by 41.14%. Short interest has increased by 110.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 7.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 18.7% below its 200 day moving average of $64.13. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 there was some notable buying of 2,720 contracts of the $47.00 call expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 14.2% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 15.2% move in recent quarters.

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RH $205.59

RH (RH) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:15 PM ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.21 per share on revenue of $675.57 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.35 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 27.75% with revenue increasing by 6.13%. Short interest has increased by 14.1% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 32.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 49.3% above its 200 day moving average of $137.69. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. Option traders are pricing in a 13.0% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 16.2% move in recent quarters.

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Okta, Inc. $129.78

Okta, Inc. (OKTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus estimate is for a loss of $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.45 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is ($0.10) per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for a loss of $0.13 to $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.00 million to $144.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 220.00% with revenue increasing by 35.87%. Short interest has increased by 25.4% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 0.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 17.2% above its 200 day moving average of $110.74. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 549 contracts of the $170.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.3% move in recent quarters.

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Tiffany & Co. $133.80

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:40 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.85 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 10.39% with revenue increasing by 2.73%. Short interest has decreased by 38.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 69.6% from its open following the earnings release to be 36.1% above its 200 day moving average of $98.28. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Thursday, November 14, 2019 there was some notable buying of 3,427 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, February 21, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 0.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.5% move in recent quarters.

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DISCUSS!

What are you all watching for in this upcoming trading week?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great trading week ahead StockMarket.
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2019.11.04 13:15 exploretoapp Things To Do: November 4th to 10th

Here's our usual list of events to kick off your week! We also post things to do ideas on our app (iOS, Android, Website) and Instagram

Monday November 4th
Canada International Dance Convention - ZKB 3rd Edition @ Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto East 11 AM
Tiffany Young - Magnetic Moon North American Tour @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
4th Ave @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
The Office Trivia 7.1 @ Hemingway's 6 PM
Gulfer / Spirit Was (LVL UP) / Sean Henry / Group Therapy @ The Baby G 7 PM

Tuesday November 5th
Double Derby Night @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 7 PM
Conan Gray: The Comfort Crowd Tour @ REBEL 7 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
bea miller - sunsets in outerspace tour @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Chilean Wine & Food Festival @ Royal Ontario Museum - Peter F. Bronfman Hall 7 PM
Dayramir Gonzalez + OKAN CD Release @ Lula Lounge 6 PM
Bonfire Night British film & food fest @ The Grand Gerrard Theatre 6 PM
Mumiy Troll @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 7 PM
Amber Run @ Horseshoe Tavern 7 PM

Wednesday November 6th
Mythology Mixology: Rubens and the Art of Storytelling @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 7 PM
mxmtoon: the masquerade tour @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Xiang Yue Shi Nian @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 7 PM
Judge John Hodgman Live @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toronto BlaBla Language Exchange @ The Raq 8 PM
Hot Docs Podcast Festival 2019 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 6 PM
International Strength and Speed Challenge @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 7 PM
Jade Bird @ Mod Club Theatre 7 PM

Thursday November 7th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Greek Arabia @ Aga Khan Museum 7 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vegas Golden Knights @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Alestorm, Aephanemer & Lutharo @ The Opera House 7 PM
Solomun ▴ CODA @ CODA 10 PM
Toronto premiere of Winterland @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 6 PM
Mimico LP Release w/ Vallens, Bart at The Monarch @ Monarch Tavern 8 PM
Metric - Live at the Funhouse - An Acoustic Recording Event @ City of Toronto 7 PM
City Moguls: The Runway Show 2019 @ City of Toronto 7 PM
TQFF 2019: Stonewall 50 (Toronto Queer Film Festival) #tqff19 @ OCAD University 7 PM
Gallery and Exhibition Opening: NEW CIRCADIA (adventures in mental spelunking) @ City of Toronto 7 PM
Blue Hawaii • Stacey Sexton • Maggie @ Bambi's 9 PM
Small Cures Art Show + Auction @ City of Toronto 6 PM
Neo Soul Paint Night @ City of Toronto 8 PM
The Football Ramble Live @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM

Friday November 8th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Marc Anthony Opus Tour 2019 @ Scotiabank Arena 8 PM
Roger Sanchez @ Nest Toronto 10 PM
Samson and Delilah Screening @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 8 PM
Chromeo [DJ Set] ▴ CODA @ CODA 10 PM
Owen Pallett at Longboat Hall at The Great Hall - Two Nights! @ The Great Hall Toronto 8 PM
The Irishman @ TIFF 11 AM
MAGFest presents: Game Over Toronto! @ Junction City Music Hall 8 PM
Redemption Past vs Present @ REBEL 10 PM
鬼 Oni Girls Night Market 鬼 @ See-Scape 7 PM
Toronto Halloween Hangover Party @ Fiction Night Club 10 PM
BODY FARM @ Tangled Art + Disability 6 PM
Salsa All Stars @ Dovercourt House 8 PM
Black Midi, Fat Tony @ Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave 9 PM
Studio 10 x Soul Space Presents: Remix for Remix @ Smiling Buddha 8 PM
Whole Life Expo 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre 4 PM

Saturday November 9th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos @ Harbourfront Centre 11 AM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Drumcode Showcase ▴ Toronto @ City of Toronto 9 PM
Undie Run 2019 - Toronto @ The Citizen 12 PM
Forgotten Rebels at Lee's Palace @ Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave 8 PM
Trance Sessions 3 Year Series- John Askew (All Night Long) @ ONE LOFT 10 PM
Pokey LaFarge at the Drake Hotel - Two Nights! @ The Drake Hotel 8 PM
Pale Lips w/ Prancer, Terrastray @ Monarch Tavern 8 PM
Gaga Workshop @ Canada's National Ballet School 4 PM
What A Girl Wants: Britney & Christina Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre 10 PM
2SQTBIPoC Arts & Zine Fair! @ Toronto Media Arts Centre 12 PM
Yellow Claw at Forbidden City @ City of Toronto 10 PM
Hannah Wants - North American Tour @ CODA 10 PM
BIJOU - Crown Fall Tour at NOIR @ NOIR inside REBEL 10 PM

Sunday November 10th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos @ Harbourfront Centre 11 AM
Gaga Workshop @ Canada's National Ballet School 4 PM
The Cinematic Orchestra @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Gioli & Assia, Jody Wisternoff, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Tinlicker @ Evergreen Brick Works 3 PM
PuppyYoga @ One King West Hotel & Residence 12 PM
Trinity Bellwoods Apple Pie Contest @ The Opera House 2 PM
Idan Raichel Piano-Songs - Roy Thomson Hall @ Roy Thomson Hall 8 PM
Afro-Caribbean Vegan Holiday Market @ The 519 12 PM
Sunday Scene: Michèle Pearson Clarke @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 2 PM
The Eco Lifestyle Market - Holiday Market @ The Great Hall Toronto 10 AM
Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 1 PM
Juke Ross @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
MEC Toronto X POW Season Opener @ City of Toronto 7 PM

Ongoing Events
Toronto Stompbox Exhibit @ City of Toronto On until November 10th
3rd Monday Nights Free @ Royal Ontario Museum On until March 16th
Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market - Thursdays @ Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market On until December 20th
The Rocky Horror Show (Live) @ Lower Ossington Theatre On until November 17th
Chrysanthemum Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory @ Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory On until November 11th

Our picks and ideas
Best Thrift Shops Toronto's best prices for vintage clothing
Toronto Spas The best place to relax and escape the hustle
Date Night Hassle-free date ideas
Fun Things to Try Because life is too short
Toronto's Weed Stores High-quality bud from licensed retailers
Freebies & Discounts Living in the city is expensive, we can all use a break sometimes
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2019.08.16 08:18 OldmanRevived i saw two movies (The Angry Birds Movie 2, Good Boys)

first up was The Angry Birds Movie 2
not only has the new “Angry Birds” movie been released on a date coinciding with the ten year anniversary of the popular app, but it also has a cooperative tie-in video game for the PlayStation VR system. isn’t that something? a game based off of a movie that is itself based off of a game.
i didn’t get a chance to see the first “Angry Birds” movie, but thanks to this one, i don’t have to. opening dialogue passages give you every inch of information that you need: Red (Jason Sudeikis) was originally a bitter outcast in the realm of Bird Island. but, after saving the townspeople from the dangers of their rivals over at Pig Island, he accumulated a legendary status. the pigs eventually rebuilt their refuge, and now the two sides are in constant battle, propelling whatever wacky, spontaneous objects they can gather. Red maintains security for all incoming threats with his two pals Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride).
one morning, the leader of the pigs, King Leonard (Bill Hader) notices a giant ice ball flung from a mysterious isle nearby. this is known as Eagle Island, a frozen wasteland run by Zeta (Leslie Jones). frustrated with her surroundings, she plans to occupy the two lands by forcing the inhabitants to evacuate. Leonard rushes over to Red, attempting to bring a truce to the birds and pigs. Red agrees, but only with the fear that his reputation will disintegrate and send him back to square one. they recruit Chuck, Bomb, and the Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) who hides an insecurity of his own.
for engineering expertise, they come to Chuck’s sister, Silver (Rachel Bloom), whom Red met earlier at a speed-dating session. thus bringing the will they, won’t they scenario where the audience has to guess if the two birds will be touching beaks. but enough of that. their real goal is to infiltrate the eagle base and save the two islands from mass destruction.
there’s also a cute little aside featuring three little hatchlings, who share the traits of pronouncing R’s as W’s and having eyes as big as flying saucers. they plan to act in a play using three eggs, all of which are future little sisters. as luck would have it, the eggs drift away in the sea, making them set sail in a wild goose (scratch that, egg) chase.
i was delightfully amused throughout most of this. but, being me, i couldn’t help the analytical confusion to non-trivial aspects that came to mind. why do the birds need to fling themselves from sling shots? aeronautical functions don’t seem to apply in this universe, maybe because the wings are opposable. i also found it a bit odd how the birds procreate different colors, sizes and breeds, yet the pigs are stuck with the same genetic code.
but i’m getting way too ahead of myself. kids aren’t going to give a hoot one way or the other about the economics of bird and pig culture. the movie still provides a thoroughly energetic story along with tactical animation. the leads are equally composed to the secondary characters, which have the voice talents of Sterling K. Brown, Awkwafina, and Tiffany Haddish.
while not completely gambling full praise, “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is a jolly, innocuous family picture that has enough laughs in store for everyone. yes, that means it'll even keep the parents from drifting off to sleep. for a movie based on an app, it’s better than it has any right to be.

next up was Good Boys
i can't remember the last time i literally laughed out loud during a comedy. that's not to say if i don't laugh, i don't find the movie funny. it's just that there haven't been any in the last couple years to gain that sort of reaction from my diaphragm. that all changed today. there's a scene in "Good Boys" that made me laugh so uncontrollably it was almost humiliating.
the sequence takes place in a fraternity house, and it's chock full of small lines that provide no context but all context at the same time. when the kids start shooting a paintball gun at the frat guys, one member enters the room and ecstatically says "She dropped the charges!" before getting hit. we all know what charges he's talking about.
i have no idea what came over me. the timing, the way that small piece of dialogue was transmitted, the fact that it was all said and done within a millisecond and never mentioned again, that's just what true comedy is. here is a movie that knows repetition is not key, and that it shouldn't take one clever gag and continuously rub your nose in it. the duration of each joke is always on target, never being short enough to not have a payoff or long enough to lose our interest. "Good Boys" returns to the feeling of therapeutic laughter. you don't feel the filmmakers lighting up a sign and telling you when to react. for once, they let the jokes flow naturally, and you'll know when the big ones hit you.
the movie is centered around three young boys: Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams). best friends since childhood, they've formed a revolt known as the Bean Bag Boys, keeping an affinity for delinquent trends. like any grade school kid, they have runarounds with snot nosed bullies. the most respected ruler is Atticus, an aviator-wearing punk who pressures them into completing dangerous conquests, such as taking a few sips from a stolen beer bottle. these kids haven't quite caught up to civility yet, which is proven by their misinformed talks on sex ed.
Max is invited to a "kissing party" being thrown by the popular group of kids, and quickly starts to panic due to his inexperience with girls. eager for some pointers, the boys attempt to spy on a teenage couple using a drone. once that plan backfires and the drone gets confiscated, the boys set off an odyssey of ridiculously bad decisions to win it back. this involves some accidentally stolen drugs, awkward encounters with the cops, and chase pursuits with teenage girls.
Tremblay, Noon, and Williams are wildly gifted young performers. all three of them have no struggle adapting to the material, as their feeble-mindedness is pulled off with a certain naivete. we were all sixth graders once, and the movie's persistence in folly is sure to draw back unwanted memories. it's easy to forget how kids can extract wisdom from their own strong stupidity at that age. we learn not because of what parents or teachers told us, but because our mistakes were prevalent for making more complex decisions.
i mentioned earlier how it's been a while since i laughed at a comedy, but it's also been a while since i've seen a movie where kids act like real kids. restriction doesn't perform its job like it used to. nowadays, they can swear without the risk of having their mouths washed with Lifebouy soap. they can access any or all inappropriate websites with the tap of a finger. the one thing they still can't figure out is how to open a vitamin bottle.
"Good Boys" is downright hilarious while also having a heart beneath the veneer of dirty talk. producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have successfully made a vulgar romp fest for unsheltered kids who will probably end up seeing it anyway. i don't think it'll live up to the same cult status as "Superbad," but it doesn't exactly need to in order to be a good movie. you judge it based on how hard you laughed, and i can only hope that you laugh as hard as i did.
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