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About me: I’m a nice single guy, 6’2, 175lbs, pretty fit (have lost a hundred pounds since my college days), white, baldie and beard, age 33, a liberal redneck from South Dakota living in Jersey City. Got my own private place, only roommates are a big silly dog and a mean little cat. I got a good job. I start singing after glass of wine #3. I’m funny (whaddya call a fish with no eyes? A fsh!). Great kisser with a 7” dick. I’ll text you back within a reasonable amount of time. I initiate dates, and usually I got a plan too! I can hold a conversation about anything. Really chatty. I cook for myself and keep a clean place and I’m very handy around the house and I garden so I always got fresh flowers in my place and basil to go with my chicken. I’m a history buff who is working with an artist to self publish a comic book about romans fighting zombies.
About You: Please don’t contact me if you’re a gay dude, or an underage girl, not gonna reply. Sorry. Other than that I’m really not picky. If you are a reasonably attractive single woman, I want to hear from ya!
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2020.09.17 00:02 TeamTeSPA The Overwatch Collegiate Championship is back!

Fall 2020 Overwatch Collegiate Championship

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Welcome to the Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Preseason, where you and 5 of your classmates can fight against other schools in preparation for the Regular Season in the Spring!
Unlike the previous years, this year’s Preseason is separated into two splits. Split 1 is a 512 single elimination bracket. Split 2 is currently undergoing a format change and more information will be announced soon!
Sign up now for a chance to win a part of the $28,000 Scholarship prize pool!

Requirements

  1. Be at least a part time college student in the United States or Canada
  2. Join up with 5 other students from your school
  3. Play!

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Prizing

Place Scholarship Amount Per Player (USD) Additional prize for each of the team’s three players, provided by Steelseries
1st $2,000 Apex 5 Keyboard, Sensei 310 mouse, Arctis Pro Wireless headset, Qck XXL Mousepad
2nd $1,000 Apex 3 Keyboard, Sensei 310 mouse, Arctis Pro Headset, Qck Heavy Medium Mousepad
3rd-4th $500 Apex 3 Keyboard, Sensei 310 mouse, Arctis Pro Headset, Qck Heavy Medium Mousepad
Disclaimer: This list includes incomplete teams and is up to date as of 9/16/2020 at 12:00 pm PT - if you see your school on this list and want to sign up, try contacting the team leader through Blizzard Battle.net or Discord (these may be linked under “Aliases” on the team’s page). Even if they have other members in mind, you may be able to round out their roster! For more information regarding eligibility, check out the tournament rules page. For additional help and support, please join the Tespa Compete Discord Server or reach out to us at [email protected].

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2020.09.13 23:25 TeamTeSPA Fall 2020 Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Preseason

Fall 2020 Overwatch Collegiate Championship

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Welcome to the Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Preseason, where you and 5 of your classmates can fight against other schools in preparation for the Regular Season in the Spring!
Unlike the previous years, this year’s Preseason is separated into two splits. Split 1 is a 512 single elimination bracket. Split 2 is currently undergoing a format change and more information will be announced soon!
Sign up now for a chance to win a part of the $28,000 Scholarship prize pool!

Requirements

  1. Be at least a part time college student in the United States or Canada
  2. Join up with 5 other students from your school
  3. Play!

Useful Links

Prizing

Place Scholarship Amount Per Player (USD) Additional prize for each of the team’s three players, provided by Steelseries
1st $2,000 Apex 5 Keyboard, Sensei 310 mouse, Arctis Pro Wireless headset, Qck XXL Mousepad
2nd $1,000 Apex 3 Keyboard, Sensei 310 mouse, Arctis Pro Headset, Qck Heavy Medium Mousepad
3rd-4th $500 Apex 3 Keyboard, Sensei 310 mouse, Arctis Pro Headset, Qck Heavy Medium Mousepad
Disclaimer: This list includes incomplete teams and is up to date as of 9/16/2020 at 12:00 pm PT - if you see your school on this list and want to sign up, try contacting the team leader through Blizzard Battle.net or Discord (these may be linked under “Aliases” on the team’s page). Even if they have other members in mind, you may be able to round out their roster! For more information regarding eligibility, check out the tournament rules page. For additional help and support, please join the Tespa Compete Discord Server or reach out to us at [email protected].

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2020.09.02 22:43 qofhell1 You Just Can't Make This Shit Up

Almost 30 years ago, I was born to the picture perfect family. A father, who was the only pastor in the small town. A mother, who was the perfect pastor's wife. And two brothers who had been born a year apart, but the youngest was 7 when I as born. It was the perfect town as well, white picket fences, picturesque houses. Everyone knew everyone, and they knew if you missed church Sunday morning and why you missed church. My childhood, was the perfect childhood growing up to anyone looking in from the outside, but for anyone that grew up in a small southern town in the bible belt? You know it is anything but perfect if you're even a little bit different from those around you.

My life was normal up until I was 14. That's when my life began to change because I was no longer the perfect pastor's daughter. But I could never tell my parents why. I wasn't gay, I think when my parents finally found out they would have preferred I was gay. I dated one of the guys on my high school's football team. My parents were of all things negotiating a marriage for me and Bret Holliston. Because where I grew up arranged marriages were very much a real thing. It was such a real thing that my parents had bought my brother's wives for them. To continue the picturesque family image our town was known for. Now, don't get me wrong I thought Bret was a nice guy, but there wasn't a single part of me that wanted to marry him. To spend my life with him. To have children with him which would have been expected of me.

The Saturday after I'd turned 18, my life went upside down in a moment that was actually one of the most freeing moments of my life. I was caught with my girlfriend of 4 years, having sex. I was yanked out of that barn with her nothing covering us but blankets as we were ridiculed and shamed by the church elders, my parents included. My father told me I had an hour to gather what I wanted from his house and I was never to return. The town mayor, one of the Deacons of the church told me I was to leave town and never come back or he would find a way to have me arrested and I would do time in jail to pay for my sins here on Earth. Nora, my girlfriend was told the same thing by her father and the mayor. We went our separate ways, we packed our bags, we got in our cars and she went South eventually landing in Wichita Falls Texas where she eventually married a nice young lawyer and happily has a few children now almost 10 years later.

I went north where I eventually landed in Rapid City, South Dakota. A town with history, a military base near by, and was very much dependent on the tourists through out the year. One thing I hadn't prepared myself for was the sudden feeling of not knowing how I was going to survive. Where I was going to sleep. When I was going to eat. Before I'd left my grandmother had stopped me and given me an envelope of cash, but I knew without a source of income I was going to be in a lot of trouble really quick. I slept in my car, slept in the homeless shelter and worked day labor for awhile until I met a nice man at one of my day labor jobs. He lived in town, but due to his job he traveled a lot. And if I wanted a safe place to stay I was welcome to use his pullout couch. It would be safer than in my car. Or at the homeless shelter. I started staying in his apartment on his couch and when he returned a couple of weeks later he had a job lined up for me. It was as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. Not a glamorous job, but it paid well and was the start of my upward climb with life again. I was 18 and beginning my life free from the pressures that I'd grown up with. I had the opportunity to be my best self whatever that may be. Starting with being able to openly have a girlfriend without fear of repercussions, but that is another story, for another day.
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2020.08.31 19:01 autotldr U.S. sees 35K new COVID cases

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Aug. 31 - New COVID-19 cases in the United States declined to about 35,000 on Sunday - the lowest figure in more than a week - and the national total surpassed 6 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 6.002 million cases and 183,100 deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins data.
New cases rose by nearly 2,000 over the weekend, and Saturday saw one of the state's highest single-day totals to date.
Apart from Minnesota, other states in the Midwest like Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota have seen recent surges in cases - and record deaths were recorded in Hawaii, Idaho and Oklahoma.
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2020.08.30 20:22 Kingofearth23 Anonymity by State/Country: Comprehensive Global Guide III

Ever since i started playing regularly, i've researched anonymity in places. Here is what i have for each state plus a bunch of other countries. If anything is outdated or incorrect, please comment.
United States
Alabama: No current lottery. Source: https://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Lottery-bill-other-legislation-is-likely-dead-in-Alabama-legislature-569059451.html
Alaska: No current lottery/Not Anonymous. "Unlike most other states, Alaska doesn’t have a state-sponsored lottery." Source: https://www.lotterycritic.com/lottery-results/alaska/ Alaska does permit charities to run lotteries, the largest one is Not Anonymous. Source: http://www.lottoalaska.com/
Alaska's governor has proposed a bill to create an official Alaska State Lottery. Source: https://apnews.com/78cacca5137f6b47e41be2de37600044
American Samoa: No current lottery. Source: https://simonsblogpark.com/onlinegambling/simons-guide-to-gambling-in-american-samoa/amp/
Arizona: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner for all wins of $100,000 and over. Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/arizona-becomes-latest-state-shield-lottery-winners-names-n995696
Arkansas: Not Anonymous/Other entities unclear. "Winner information is subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A winner who receives a prize or prize payment from the ASL grants the ASL, its agents, officers, employees, and representatives the right to use, publish (in print or by means of the Internet) and reproduce the winner’s name, physical likeness, photograph, portraits, and statements made by the winner, and use audio sound clips and video or film footage of the winner for the purpose of press releases, advertising, and promoting the ASL". Source: https://www.myarkansaslottery.com/claim-your-prize
California: Not Anonymous/Only individuals can claim. “ The name and location of the retailer who sold you the winning ticket, the date you won and the amount of your winnings are also matters of public record and are subject to disclosure. You can form a trust prior to claiming your prize, but our regulations do not allow a trust to claim a prize. Understand that your name is still public and reportable”. Source: https://static.www.calottery.com/~/media/Publications/Popular_Downloads/winners-handbook-October%202018-%20English.pdf
Colorado: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. “As part of the Open Records Act, we are required to release to the public your name, hometown, amount you won and the game you played. This information will be posted on coloradolottery.com and will be furnished to media upon request.” Source: https://www.coloradolottery.com/en/games/lotto/claim-winnings/ Source: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/01/15/in-colorado-and-other-states-lottery-winners-can-keep-names-secret/
Connecticut: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via a trust or LLC, "Certain information about our winners is public information: Winner's name and place of residence, date of claim, game played, prize amount won, and the selling retailer's name and location. While most winners claim prizes using their individual names, some winners come forward using other legal entities (i.e., trusts, business partnership) to claim their prizes. In those instances, the Lottery will promote the win using that legal entity's name. For more information about such instances, please consult your personal accountant or legal advisor.” Source: https://www.ctlottery.org/Content/winner_publicity.aspx
Delaware: 100% Anonymous if requested by winner. "Many winners have chosen to remain anonymous, as allowed by state law, but their excitement is yours to share!" Source: https://www.delottery.com/Winners and https://www.delottery.com/FAQs
DC: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via a trust or LLC. Anonymous question is not directly answered on lottery website. "In the District of Columbia, specific lottery winner information is public record." However, a Powerball Jackpot win was claimed via a LLC in 2009. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/04/AR2009050402008.html
Florida: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via LLC. "Florida Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide the winner's name, city of residence, game won, date won and amount won to any third party who requests the information; however Florida Lottery winners' home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential." Source: http://www.flalottery.com/faq
The Florida Lottery allows trusts to claim it, however winner information is still released in compliance with the law. A $15 Million jackpot was claimed by an LLC. Source: https://www.fox13news.com/amp/consumehit-the-lottery-remain-anonymous-not-in-florida Source: http://flalottery.com/pressRelease?searchID=199128
Georgia: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner for all prizes over $250,000. Source: https://www.stl.news/georgia-governor-signs-bill-allowing-lottery-winners-remain-anonymous/121962/
Guam: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://www.kuam.com/story/11218413/guamanian-wins-big-in-sportsbingo-but-has-yet-to-claim-2m-prize
Hawaii: No current lottery. Source: https://www.kitv.com/story/40182224/powerball-or-mega-millions-lottery-in-hawaii
Idaho: Not Anonymous."By claiming a winning lottery ticket over $600, winners become subject to Idaho’s Public Records Law. This means your “win” becomes an offcial Idaho public record. Your full name, the town where you live, the game you won, the amount you won (before and after taxes), the name of the retailer where you bought the ticket, and the amount the retailer receives for selling the ticket are all a matter of public record." Can seek anonymity if you have specific security concerns (rarely granted). Source: https://www.idaholottery.com/images/uploads/general/winnersguideweb.pdf
Illinois: Not Anonymous/Anonymous if requested by winner for all wins over $250,000 however info will be released to a FOIA request. "However, Murphy also cooperated with the Illinois Press Association in adding an amendment that ensures that Freedom of Information Act, an act designed to keep government agencies transparent by allowing the public to access any public record by request, supersedes the privacy law, according to attorney Don Craven, the press association’s legal counsel." Source: https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Hidden-riches-Big-lottery-winner-in-Beardstown-13626173.php
Indiana: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via LLC or trust. "Indiana law allows lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous, with the money being claimed by a limited liability company or legal trust." Source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-indiana-mega-millions-winners-20160729-story.html
Iowa: Not Anonymous/Can use a trust to claim but information will be released. "When you win an Iowa Lottery prize of $600 or more, you have to fill out a winner claim form that includes your name, address and Social Security number before you can claim your winnings. Iowa law makes the information on that claim form public, meaning that anyone can request a copy of the form to see who has won the prize. We redact sensitive information, such as your Social Security number, from the form before we release it, but all other details are considered public information under Iowa law (Iowa Code Section 99G.34(5)." Source: https://www.ialotteryblog.com/2008/11/can-prize-winne.html.
For group play, "Prizes can be paid to players who play as a group. A check can be written to an entity such as a trust or to a single individual." Source: https://ialottery.com/pages/Games/ClaimingPrizes.aspx
Kansas: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. "Kansas is one of a handful of states that does not have this requirement. If you win a prize in Kansas, you may request that your identity not be released publicly." Source: https://www.kslottery.com/faqs#faq-8
Kentucky: Anonymity appears to be an option. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website. But multiple instances of winners claiming anonymously have been reported in the news. "Kentucky Lottery spokesman Chip Polson said the $1 million Powerball winner claimed the prize on May 15 and the Mega Million winner claimed the prize on May 12. He confirmed that both players wanted their identity to remain a secret." Source: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2017/05/19/two-1-million-lottery-winners-who-bought-tickets-louisville-want-privacy/101870414/
Louisiana: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. "Under the Lottery's statute, all prize payment records are open records, meaning that the public has a right to request the information. Depending upon the amount won and public or media interest in the win, winners may NOT be able to remain anonymous. The statute also allows the Lottery to use winners' names and city of residence for publicity purposes such as news releases. The Lottery's regular practice is not to use winner information in paid advertising or product promotion without the winner's willingness to participate. Source: https://louisianalottery.com/faq/easy-5#35 Source: https://louisianalottery.com/article/1050/the-williams-trust-claims-share-of-50-million-powerball-jackpot
Maine: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. "In the event that Maine does have a Mega Millions winner, he or she can opt to remain anonymous — but Boardman says that’s never happened. “What a winner could do in Maine is they could file their claim in the name of a trust, and the trust becomes the winner. So that’s how a winner could claim their ticket anonymously,” he says." Source: https://www.mainepublic.org/post/lottery-official-reminds-mainers-they-re-exceedingly-unlikely-win-16-billion-jackpot
Maryland*: Not Anonymous by Law, Anonymous in Practice. "However, the legal basis for this anonymity in Maryland is thin. The Maryland Lottery does not advertise that lottery winners may remain anonymous, but it posts articles on its website about winners and notes those winners who have “chosen to remain anonymous:” Source: https://www.gw-law.com/blog/anonymity-maryland-lottery-winners
*"Please note that this anonymity protection does not apply to second-chance and Points for Drawings contests run through the My Lottery Rewards program. Those contests are run as promotions for the Lottery. As such, they are operated under a different set of rules than our draw games and scratch-off games. The rules of participating in our second-chance and Points for Drawings contests state that winners' identities are published."" Source: https://www.mdlottery.com/about-us/faqs/
Massachusetts: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust "Lottery regulations state that a claimant's name, city or town, image, amount of prize, claim date and game are public record. Therefore, photographs may be taken and used to publicize winnings." Source: https://www.masslive.com/news/2018/05/lottery_sees_increase_in_winne.html
Michigan: Not Anonymous for Powerball and Mega Millions/100% Anonymous if requested by the winner for all other winners over $10,000. "Winner Anonymity. Michigan law requires written consent before disclosing the identity of the winner of $10,000 or more from the State lottery games Lotto47 and Fantasy 5. You further understand and agree that your identity may be disclosed, and that disclosure may be required, as the winner of any prize from the multi-state games Powerball and Mega Millions." Source: https://www.michiganlottery.com/games/mega-millions
Minnesota: Not Anonymous. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website but lottery blog states "In Minnesota, lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. A winner's name, city, prize amount won and the place that the winning ticket was sold is public data and will be released to media and posted on our website." Source: https://www.mnlottery.com/blog/you-won-now-what
Mississippi: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. "In accordance with the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, the Mississippi Lottery will not disclose the identity of the person holding a winning lottery ticket without that person's written permission." Source: https://www.mslotteryhome.com/players/faqs/
Missouri: Not Anonymous. "At the Lottery Headquarters, a member of the Lottery's communications staff will ask you questions about your win, such as how many tickets you bought, when you found out that you won and what you plan to do with your prize money. This information will be used for a news release. You will also be asked, but are not required, to participate in a news conference, most likely at the store where you purchased your winning ticket." Source: http://www.molottery.com/whenyouwin/jackpotwin.shtm
A Missouri State Legislator has submitted a bill to the State House to give lottery winners anonymity. Source: https://www.kfvs12.com/2020/02/25/mo-house-considers-legislation-protect-identity-lottery-winners/
Montana: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. "In Montana, by law, certain information about lottery winners is considered public. That information includes: the winner's name, the amount won and the winner's community of residence. Winners may choose to claim as an individual or they may choose to form a trust and claim their prize as a trust. If a trust claims a lottery prize, the name of the trust is considered public information. A trust must have a federal tax identification number in order to claim a Montana Lottery prize." Source: https://www.montanalottery.com/en/view/about-faqs
Nebraska: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via LLC. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website but a winner created a legal entity to claim anonymously in 2014. "Nebraska Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said with the help of a Kearney lawyer, the winner or winners have created a legal entity called Carpe Diem LLC." Source: https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/m-nebraska-powerball-winner-to-remain-anonymous/article_a044d0f0-99a7-5302-bcb9-2ce799b3a798.html
A Nebraska State Legislator has now filed a bill to give 100% Anonymity to all winners over $300,000 who request it. Source: https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/anonymity-for-lottery-winners-bill-would-give-privacy-to-those/article_1cdba44d-c8bb-5971-b73f-2eecc8cd4625.html
Nevada: No current lottery. Source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/heres-why-you-cant-play-powerball-in-nevada/
New Hampshire: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via a trust. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website but a winner successfully sued the lottery and won the right to remain anonymous in 2018. Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/03/12/winner-of-a-560-million-powerball-jackpot-can-keep-the-money-and-her-secret-judge-rules/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bec2db2f7d2c
New Jersey: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.nj.com/politics/2020/01/win-big-you-can-claim-those-nj-lottery-winnings-anonymously-under-new-law.html
New Mexico: Not Anonymous. “Winners of $10,000 or more will have name, city, game played, and prize amount and photo on website.” Can seek anonymity if you have specific security concerns (rarely granted). Source: https://www.nmlottery.com/uploads/FileLinks/82400d81a0ce468daab29ebe6db3ec27/Winner_Publicity_Policy_6_1_07.pdf
New York: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via a LLC. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website but per Gov. Cuomo: "For the past 40 years, individuals wishing to keep their name and information out of the public view have created LLCs to collect their winnings for them." Source: https://nypost.com/2018/12/09/cuomo-vetoes-bill-allowing-lotto-winners-to-remain-anonymous/
North Carolina: Not Anonymous. "North Carolina law allows lottery winners' identity to remain confidential only if they have an active protective order against someone or participate in the state's "Address Confidentiality Program" for victims of domestic violence, sexual offense, stalking or human trafficking." Source: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article54548645.html
North Dakota: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.kfyrtv.com/home/headlines/ND-Powerball-Winners-Have-Option-to-Remain-Anonymous-364918121.html
Northern Mariana Islands: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.nmsalottery.com/game-rules/
Ohio: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website but appears to have an anonymous option. "The procedure from there was a little cumbersome. I needed to create two separate trusts. One trust was to appoint me, as the trustee on behalf of the winner, to contact the Lottery Commission and accept the Lottery winnings. The secondary trust was set up for me as trustee of the first trust, to transfer the proceeds to the second trust with the winner as the beneficiary. This enabled me to present the ticket, accept the proceeds, and transfer it to the winner with no public record or disclosure." Source: https://www.altickcorwin.com/Articles/How-To-Claim-Lottery-Winnings-Anonymously.shtml
Oklahoma: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust or LLC. In accordance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act and the Oklahoma Education Lottery Act, the name of any individual, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association, limited liability company, or other legal entity, and their city of residence will be made public. Source: https://www.lottery.ok.gov/playersclub/faq.asp Source: https://oklahoman.com/article/5596678/lottery-winners-deserve-some-anonymity
Oregon: Not Anonymous. "No. Certain information about Lottery prizes is public record, including the name of the winner, amount of the prize, date of the drawing, name of the game played and city in which the winning ticket was purchased. Oregon citizens have a right to know that Lottery prizes are indeed being awarded to real persons. " Source: https://oregonlottery.org/about/public-interaction/commission-directofrequently-asked-questions Can seek anonymity if you have specific security concerns (rarely granted). Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3353432/Man-living-Iraq-wins-6-4-million-Oregon-jackpot.html
Pennsylvania: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. Source: https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/trust-that-won-powerball-no-relation-to-manheim-township-emerald/article_29834922-4ca2-11e8-baac-1b15a17f3e9c.html
Puerto Rico: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/puerto-rico-powerball-winner-claims-prize-chooses-stay-anonymous-n309121
Rhode Island: Not Anonymous/Anonymous if requested but all info is subject to FOIA. "While the Lottery will do everything possible to keep a winner's information private if requested by the winner, in Rhode Island and most other states, this information falls under the Freedom of Information Act, and a winner's name and city or town of residency must be released upon request." Source: https://www.rilot.com/en-us/player-zone/faqs.html
South Carolina: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Anonymity or who can claim is not addressed on lottery website but appears to have an anonymous option based on prior winners. Source: https://myfox8.com/2019/03/15/the-anonymous-south-carolina-winner-of-the-largest-lottery-jackpot-is-donating-part-of-it-to-alabama-tornado-victims/
South Dakota: Not Anonymous for draw games and online games/100% Anonymous for Scratchoffs if requested by the winner. "You can remain anonymous on any amount won from a scratch ticket game. Jackpots for online games are required to be public knowledge. Play It Again winners are also public knowledge." Source: https://lottery.sd.gov/FAQ2018/gamefaq.aspx.
Tennessee: Not Anonymous/Can use a trust but info subject to open records act. Anonymity is explicitly noted as not being allowed on the official lottery website. Source: https://www.tnlottery.com/faq/i-won
However if it is claimed via a trust then the lottery will not give out your information unless requested to do so. "The TN lottery says: "When claiming a Lottery prize through a Trust, the TN Lottery would need identity documentation for the grantor and all ultimate beneficiaries. Once we are in possession of these documents and information, records are generated. If a formal request is made by a citizen of Tennessee, the Trust beneficiary's name, city and state must be made available under the Tennessee Open Records Act." Source: https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/in-tennessee--can-a-lottery-jackpot-be-claimed-whi-2327592.html
Texas: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner for $1 million or more IF the winner claims it as an individual AND chooses the Cash option. Not Anonymous if claimed by a trust or LLC or if the winner chooses the Annuity option. Source: https://www.txlottery.org/export/sites/lottery/Documents/retailers/FAQ_Winner_Anonymity_12112017_final.pdf
Utah: No current lottery. Source: https://www.lotterycritic.com/lottery-results/utah/
Vermont: Not Anonymous/Anonymous via trust. “The name, town and prize amount on your Claim Form is public information. If you put your name on the Claim Form, your name becomes public information. If you claim your prize in a trust, the name of the trust is placed on the Claim Form, and the name of the trust is public information.” Source: https://vtlottery.com/about/faq
Virginia: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner for prizes over $10 million. "A new law passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by the Governor prohibits the Virginia Lottery from disclosing information about big jackpot winners." "When the bill goes into effect this summer, the Virginia Lottery will not be allowed to release certain information about winners whose prize exceeds $10 million, unless the winner wants to be known." Source: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/virginia/new-virginia-law-allows-certain-lottery-winners-to-keep-identity-private/291-c33ea642-e8fa-45fd-b3a4-dc693cf5b372
US Virgin Islands: Anonymity appears to be an option. A $2 Million Powerball winner was allowed to remain anonymous. Source: https://viconsortium.com/virgin-islands-2/st-croix-resident-wins-2-million-in-latest-power-ball-drawing/
Washington: Not Anonymous/Can use a trust but info subject to open records act. "As a public agency, all documents held by Washington's Lottery are subject to the Public Records Act. Lottery prizes may be claimed in the name of a legally formed entity, such as a trust. However, in the event of a public records request, the documents forming the artificial entity may be released, thereby revealing the individual names of winners." https://www.walottery.com/ClaimYourPrize/
West Virginia: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner for prizes over $1 million and 5% of winnings remittance. "Effective January 1, 2019, House Bill 2982 allows winners of State Lottery draw games to remain anonymous in regards to his or her name, personal contact information, and likeness; providing that the prize exceeds one million dollars and the individual who elects to remain anonymous remits five percent of his or her winnings to the State Lottery Fund." Source: https://wvlottery.com/customer-service/customer-resources/
Wisconsin: Not Anonymous/Cannot be claimed by other entities. "Pursuant to Wisconsin’s Open Records law (Wis. Stats. Secs. 19.31–19.39), the Lottery is required to disclose a winner’s name, likeness and place of residence. If you win and claim a prize, the Lottery may use your name, likeness and place of residence for any purpose without compensation to you.
Upon claiming your prize, you waive any claims against the Lottery and its representatives for any and all liability which may result from the disclosure or use of such information." "The original winning ticket must be signed by a single human being. For-profit and non-profit entities, trusts, and other non-human beings are not eligible to play or claim a prize." Source: https://wilottery.com/claimprize.aspx
Wyoming: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. "We will honor requests for anonymity from winners. However, we certainly hope winners will allow us to share their names and good news with other players." Source: https://wyolotto.com/lottery/faq/
Other countries
Australia: 100% Anonymous if requested by winner. "The great thing about playing lotto in Australia is that winners can choose to remain anonymous and keep their privacy, unlike in the United States where winners don't have such a choice, and are often thrown into a media circus." Source: https://www.ozlotteries.com/blog/how-to-remain-anonymous-when-you-win-lotto/
Bahamas: No current lottery. Source: https://thenassauguardian.com/2013/01/29/strong-no-vote-trend-so-far-in-gaming-referendum/
Barbados: Not Anonymous. "No. Barbados Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. The Barbados Lottery mandates the winner’s name, address, game won, date won and amount won be provided; however Barbados Lottery winners' home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential." Source: https://www.mybarbadoslottery.com/faqs
Brazil: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.lotterycritic.com/lottery-results/brazil-lottery/
Canada: Not Anonymous. Every provincial lottery corporation in Canada requires winners to participate in a publicity photo shoot showing their face, their name and their municipality. Can seek anonymity if you have specific security concerns (rarely granted). Source: https://consumers.findlaw.ca/article/can-lottery-winners-remain-anonymous/
Carribbean Lottery Countries (Antigua/Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Maarten/Saba/St. Eustatius, and Turks/Caicos): Not Anonymous. "No. Caribbean Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. The Caribbean Lottery mandates the winner’s name, address, game won, date won and amount won be provided; however Caribbean Lottery winners' home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential." Source: https://www.thecaribbeanlottery.com/faqs
China: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Must appear in a press conference and photo but allowed to wear disguise. Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/01/22/china-lottery-winners-mask/22108515/
Cuba: No current lottery. Source: https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/society-cuba/cuban-traditions/lottery-the-national-game-infographics/
EuroMillions Countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and UK*): 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.euro-millions.com/publicity
*United Kingdom: Excludes
*Caymen Islands, and Falkland Islands: No current lottery. Source: https://calvinayre.com/2018/11/02/business/cayman-islands-move-illegal-gambling-doesnt-address-real-issue/ Source: https://simonsblogpark.com/onlinegambling/simons-guide-gambling-falkland-islands/amp/#lottery-falkland-islands
*Anguilla, and Turks & Caicos: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.thecaribbeanlottery.com/faqs
EuroJackpot Countries (Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands*, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden): 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.euro-jackpot.net/en/publicity
*Netherlands: Excludes
*St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.thecaribbeanlottery.com/faqs
Fiji: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://fijisun.com.fj/2012/11/08/3m-lotto-win-here/
Georgia (Kartvelia): Anonymity appears to be an option. "2.9.1. Prizes and Winners. Each Bidder shall provide details of:....how winners who waive their right to privacy will be treated;" Source: https://mof.ge/images/File/lottery/tender-documentation.pdf
Guyana: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/05/16/winner-says-he-was-too-busy-to-collect-78m-lotto-prize/
India*: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35771298
*: Only available in the states of Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram. Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/lottery-mizoram-nagaland-sikkim-kerala-975188-2017-05-04
Indonesia: No current lottery. Source: https://apnews.com/45eb94ff1b1132470a7aa5902f0bc734
Israel: Not Anonymous by Law, Anonymous in Practice. “[A]lthough we have this right, we have never exercised it because we understood the difficulties the winners could encounter in the period after their win. We provide details about the winner, but in a manner that doesn’t disclose their identity,” Dolin Melnik, then-spokesperson for Israel’s Mifal Hapayis lottery told Haaretz in 2009." Source: https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-the-israeli-lottery-gives-winners-masks/
Jamaica: Not Anonymous. First initial and last name of winner was released but winner was allowed to wear a mask for photo. Source: https://news.e-servicis.com/news/trending/lottery-winner-takes-prize-in-scream-mask.1S/
Japan: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/08/business/japans-lottery-rakes-declining-revenues-younger-generation-gives-jackpot-chances-pass/#.XRYwVVMpCdM
Kenya: Not Anonymous. "9.1 When You claim or are paid a prize, You will automatically be deemed to grant to O8 LOTTO an irrevocable right to publish, through all types of media broadcasting, including the internet, for the purposes of promoting the win, Your full name (as well as Your nick name), hometown, photograph and video materials without any claim for broadcasting, printing or other rights" Source: https://mylottokenya.co.ke/terms-conditions
Malaysia: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://says.com/my/news/a-24-year-old-malaysian-woman-just-won-more-than-rm4-million-from-4d-lottery
Nagorno-Karabakh: Not Anonymous. Source: http://asbarez.com/120737/artsakh-lottery-winner-claims-car-prize/
New Zealand: 100% Anonymous if requested by winner. Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10383080
North Korea: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.nknews.org/2018/11/north-korean-sports-ministry-launches-online-lottery/
Northern Cyprus: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://www.pressreader.com/cyprus/cyprus-today/20181124/281590946615912
Oman: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: http://www.omanlottery.com/
Philippines: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.rappler.com/nation/214995-ultra-lotto-winners-claim-winnings-pcso-october-2018
Romania: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://www.thelotter.com/win-lottery-anonymously/
Russia: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: http://siberiantimes.com/otheothers/news/siberian-scoops-a-record-184513512-roubles-on-russian-state-lottery/
Samoa: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/191796/samoa%27s-lotto-winner-still-a-mystery
Saudi Arabia: No current lottery. Source: https://www.arabnews.com/police-arrest-lottery-crooks-victimizing-expats
Singapore: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/did-you-win-here-are-results-of-136m-toto-hongbao-draw
Solomon Islands: No current lottery. Source: http://www.paclii.org/sb/legis/consol_act/gala196/
South Africa: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/powerball-results/powerball-winner-r232-million-found-lottery-details/
South Korea: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: https://elaw.klri.re.keng_mobile/viewer.do?hseq=38378&type=sogan&key=5
Sri Lanka: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/01/31/where-do-all-the-lottery-winners-go/
Taiwan: 100% Anonymous if requested by the winner. Source: http://m.focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201806250011.aspx
Trinidad and Tobago: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://trinidadexpress.com/news/local/student-wins-the-million-lotto/article_3f3c8550-570d-11e9-9cc3-b7550f9b4ad4.html
Tuvalu: No current lottery. Source: http://tuvalu-legislation.tv/cms/images/LEGISLATION/PRINCIPAL/1964/1964-0004/GamingandLotteries_1.pdf
United Arab Emirates: Not Anonymous. Source: https://www.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/shojith-ks-in-sharjah-uae-wins-abu-dhabi-duty-free-big-ticket-4-million-jackpot-rejects-calls-2032942
Vatican City: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/12/04/popes-white-lamborghini-up-for-raffle-winner-gets-trip-to-rome/
Vietnam: Anonymity appears to be an option. Source: https://ampe.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnamese-farmer-identified-as-winner-of-4-million-lottery-jackpot-3484751.html
Windward Lottery Countries (Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): Not Anonymous. "Prize winners asked to do so by Winlot must give their name and address, and satisfactory establish their identity. All winners of the Jackpot (Match 6) prize will be photographed. Note that Winlot and CBN reserve the right to publish the names, addresses and photographs of all the winners." Source: http://www.stlucialotto.com/snl/super6_rules_regs.php
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2020.08.26 01:10 Henry1502inc Seen some pretty depressing posts on here, here's a success story:) (I hit the tinder dating lottery)

Ok so this post has 3 parts, my story, my strategy, and my advice to you all, mostly guys. 6ft, 25 years old black guy, slim build (used to be incredibly in shape), used to have more money than I knew what to do with, traveled, and pretty dry humor. Lives in Northeast USA.
My story So during lockdown, I matched with a couple girls while watching 90 day fiance. Met up with one (had fun, no sex, period), chemistry was on point, but trust and insecurities on her end killed it. Although she's always left the door open for me even as she flies to and from DC and SF frequently. Matched with another girl (2) who just rejoined tinder, her first day back, and we just clicked. Not going to lie, I was still playing the field, I assumed she was too because a lot of women from my experience do despite saying otherwise. Anyway, matched with a couple more, chemistry's there for most. Damn, having quality options is stressful as fuck as a guy. You go through weeks, months of drought, and boom, a bunch of women show up out of nowhere suddenly interested. If you don't pick one fast enough, they all drop you all at the same time, it's like they are all synced up, its soooo weird and unfair. Personally I don't know how some guys manage to have multiple people on rotation. It's like a full time job. Anyway girl 3 and I are planning a trip to LA and Phoenix deep into lockdown and then my money dries up from the stock market, I was really hoping NY would go down in flames and NVDA (Nividia, semiconductor company) would print gold. I timed it wrong and lost 90%. Girl 2 is even more interested in me now for some reason. We get really close. Turns out last guy really hurt her, and I was there at the right place and time, and listened. She ends up really trusting me. --I'm talking bout setting up joint investment accounts (she gave me her social security number, she could find out mine). She has access to the account which has all my money in the account. TD Ameritrade kept asking, dude are you sure you trust her lol, she could cash out and disappear with you're money. In this account, my profits have shot up. I'm a lot more conservative now that I know she can see my losses. --I'm talking bout, her offering to pay for everything to see me. --I'm talking bout her telling me when she found out she had a trust fund, the exact dollar amount, and when the split payments become available (27 yrs, 32 yrs, 37 yrs). She said just be honest and treat her good. --I'm talking bout her offering a 3sum with her female best friends who are all down. --I'm talking bout her offering her bank info and i'm like nahh i don't need it now lol (I made $1200 last monday on the stock market with nvda, I was complaining and asking if i can send her my profits so i don't overspend, she was like want my bank and routing info to wire it into. I was sooo taken back with how comfortable she is with me). Honestly, at this point, I really trust her. She's learned to compromise with my quirks (depression/lack of communication especially when I have a bad market day). I'm learning to deal with her very "real" life with some off the wall depression and other issues. She's the type of person you would have never guessed because they always seem so happy. We're not even in an official relationship... she's tried unsuccessfully by giving me ultimatums lol. She's kind of ok with it now, but I'm sure that'll change when covid fears go away.

Strategy Tinder Plus works in the sense that it puts you in front of new women before the avalanche of guys can penetrate her screen. You're basically paying for speed, options, and visibility. If you can afford it, boosts and super likes seem to work for me, less now than before. It speeds up matches as well.
Coffee Meets Bagel used to be the best OLD app 5 years ago but now they basically try to extract as much money out of guys as possible. For example, you can pay like $5 to send a girl a single rose pedal (6 i think completes an entire flower), but most women on the app often have over 100+ guys in line already, there's no guarantee she will even see you're grand gesture, or that she will match with you. 99% chance you lose all you're money.
Bumble had so much promise. As a guy we should all want bumble to succeed. They never will but we can dream. The problem with bumble is, after you swipe right on every women, you'll get 4 matches. The two woman you're least attracted/interested in will be the ones who message and put in real effort........... Maybe 1/2 you find attractive will send you a half ass hey message. Every. Single. Time. But usually they expire without a conversation going anywhere. I guess this is what a lot of women mean when they say quantity isn't always the best thing.
Hinge is pretty chill. A lot of women on the app surprisingly use it for hookups (please don't flood the app), a lot actually are open to some kind of relationships, it's refreshing. Not to sound like an asshole here but the app doesn't seem to have the most attractive base. I think it's largely where I am, because my god Pittsburgh is popping. As a normal guy, hinge may be you're best bet. I would pay a pretty penny to know what percentage of their base filters based on race and other characteristics but wouldn't admit it in person.
My advice This is going to go against what many people think but please don't give a fuck when you're on tinder or most of these apps. I feel like some of you are overthinking things a lot and stressing yourselves out. Find a good boilerplate message that isn't used to much, with fillers to swap out names, and you're on you're way. Claim ignorance if people say they've heard it before lol. I can't tell you just how many times coming in aggressive, not caring, or messaging with a tinge of assholeness has worked.
Keep you're bio short and simple. 5 things about yourself. 3-4 pics of yourself, 1 of you doing something or with friends. Steal (borrow) a dog. Claim you're terrible ex stole you're dog and xbox when ya'll split. Now you both have a common enemy (you're ex and her ex's). Shamelessly use everything to you're advantage. If you have a prestigious job, find a way to say it in you're profile. If you're in grad school, put that shit in, you've got vision and are going places! Put you're salary/income if you make a lot, trust me it works, if it's high enough for you're age and location, its the equivalent of saying you're a Harvard Alum, people sit up and take you slightly more seriously. Ex: $100k salary for a 22 yr old guy in Ohio is a flex. $150k for a 27 year old in SF? You might as well be homeless, $300k TC or GTFO (I'm joking, not really, coastal cities are expensive af).
Stop putting women on a pedestal, they are just people. Look we've all been there, especially if shes beautiful. But you would be surprised how much goodwill you get from some really attractive women for having the balls to approach, not say something stupid, not try to buy her, stand you're ground and not be a push over. For ex: I'll go out looking like a bum (it helps to have a Mercedes), approach a woman saying something dumb like, "let me guess, you are an overworked grad student?" If she's interested, she'll give you 20 seconds to shoot you're shot. Next thing you know, you're taking about her program, and how she just got back from xyz country, and has been in the peace corp or teach for america.
Don't be clingy. This one took me too long to understand. Say you meet someone you're interested in, the initial contact/conversation went well, don't linger. Give out you're contact, tell her to have fun with her friends and go do you. She will reach out and circle back if she's interested. If she's not, you at least got done whatever you wanted to and didn't waste you're time putting all you're eggs in one basket.
Honesty and directness does sometimes work.
Avoid people who don't want meetup within a week or two. The longer you spend talking without meeting, the greater the chance you'll never meet or you two won't work out. Honestly, if a woman want's to meet you, she will see you same day, and definitely same week. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you or is an outlier. Women who are extremely busy but interested will turn you down but will say I am free these days around these times. That's the key difference. If they aren't interested, they won't give you a chance. Chances are they're talking to someone else and or meeting up with another guy. Same rule applies during Covid. Seems like women in super liberal areas are the last holdouts. I remember complaining to my friend in Miami about women not wanting to meetup, she was confused because everyone in Miami gave 0 fucks, and were meeting up at bars/restaurants that everyone knew were open illegally. If you ask some women in DC and SF to meetup somewhere you'll get a lecture about how we're in a pandemic..... You do realize it takes at best 18 months to rush a drug, most usually take 10+ years before hitting the market. Are you really telling me you'll be the only person not meeting anyone for 18+ months while most of the country is going on as usual? (I disagree with how some southern states are handling covid/reopening).
Lastly dating for some guys in my opinion is wayyyy harder. But some of you complaining are a bit unbelievable. Like I sit back and think, man you white guys have it soo much easier than everyone else on these apps. Many women on these apps absolutely treat you guys better and prioritize over other groups. I've seen a run of the mill average white guy, getting bodies thrown at him, whereas say a black guy gets crickets. Unless said black guy embraces/fits the stereotype which is incredibly annoying. Or said black/latino/asian guy lives/visits an area where they are seen as a unicorn. For me, Newfoundland Canada, god's best kept secret gift to the world. Next is Tennessee, Iowa/South Dakota, small town America, and Bali.
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2020.08.23 04:17 iAmDiabeeto My Dream Girl Ghosted Me. (M23) Sorry for long read, I tried to keep it short.

To start off, we first dated in 7th grade and broke it off when I moved away. Like 4 years later she found me on FB, and we connected right away. She was beyond amazing and after a year or so I for sure thought that I had found the perfect girl, my dream girl. We connected so easily and we agreed with eachother on pretty much almost everything. We moved around a lot, young and broke, but I followed her everywhere, and I would do ANYTHING for her (still would…) and we ended up in KS for a while. I helped her reconnect with her parents in SD by pushing her to just respond to them and in Kansas I decided she was definitely the one, and asked her to marry me.
After she had reconnected with her parents, she got home sick. So I happily followed her back home, and we moved in with my mom while I look for work, then we eventually moved into her parents who lived 6 hours away, and I of course happily followed. I eventually found a good job back where my mother lived, and found us a decently cheap house to move into. Long story short, our house flooded and we started having problems after problems, and our relationship started to get some cracks. We found a new place, but insurance refused to pay and we had to restart, and the rights just kept getting worse and worse, until she argued me on EVERYTHING I said.
Eventually I got to the point where I didn't want my relationship to fall apart, so I decided go just let her do her own thing, and agree with HER on everything. Which she hated more. I finally came to the sad realization that for the better of us, I might have to let her have a break from me, in order to save my relationship forever, because with the path it was going down now, it wasn't going to last. So I packed up a very small amount of belongings, left her with everything else we had re-aquired, and took my shattered life down to live with my family in CO. A year goes by and I've drowned myself in work, but couldn't have a single day / night without thinking about her.
My mother eventually Booked us cruise tickets to Mexico for Christmas, and since she was best friends with my EX she invited her to. Christmas came and I flew down to Alabama, and there was my EX, sitting there and my heart melted. She asked me if we could get back together (even if just for the time we were down there) and of course, I said yes. I swear I fell for her even harder, and she meant more to me then ever. Eventually she flew back up to South Dakota, and I flew back home to Colorado. We were great as hell at first, but eventually over 5 months the pain of a long distance relationship started to come out, I know we both worked really hard but it just seemed to be to much for her.
I ended up deciding to fly back down to Alabama to help my brother with his business, and informed her I would be gone for a few months, and I would like to drive up to see her again before I fly down, in which she refused, blaming this Coronavirus. So I agreed and flew down to Alabama, a little hurt but okay. After I get down there and we start growing more distant, she ends up finding my brothers Nude on Reddit and felt the need to tell me, "I don't want to make you mad, but it was impressive" and also sent my best friend a picture of her jugs, and it shattered me.
But I know things happen, and I know things can be great again and that this is just a small bump in the row, and she might just be going through something. I tell her when I get back to Colorado, I'd like to come back up and see her again. She agreed and I was so happy again. Things can finally start to be mended. Just a few weeks until I get home and we're settling plans on getting a hotel and everything, and She just… stopped talking to me… I said no big deal I love her too much to care, so I'd just send her a nightly message saying how amazing she was and blah blah blah, until I tried calling her one day and realized I was blocked.
My phone number, and on all social media. It shattered me. Every single plan I had for the future was for her, because she meant to much to me. She'll sometimes unblock my phone number, but I text her on and off every few days, to let her know how awesome she is, and to just ask why she would just stop talking without an explanation. I can't get her out of my head. I think about her constantly no matter how hard I distract myself. I literally dream about her almost every night.
I did get drunk a few times and have sent some dirty texts wondering how she could do that, and to literally please just say anything to me. Let me know if you're done done, or what I need to expect. And I can't get ANYTHING. It's been a couple months and I just… I can't do it. Sure there's more fish in the sea and whatever, but I had found my fish. And ALL I want is her. Idc about anything, I just want her again and I hold nothing against her, and just want to see her smile again. And I just want to be happy again. I love her so much… like… ffs just NOTICE me…. What am I supposed to do?
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2020.08.23 04:05 iAmDiabeeto She Ghosted Me… I Desperately Need… Something… (Long Read. Sorry)

M23
To start off, we first dated in 7th grade and broke it off when I moved away. Like 4 years later she found me on FB, and we connected right away. She was beyond amazing and after a year or so I for sure thought that I had found the perfect girl, my dream girl. We connected so easily and we agreed with eachother on pretty much almost everything. We moved around a lot, young and broke, but I followed her everywhere, and I would do ANYTHING for her (still would…) and we ended up in KS for a while. I helped her reconnect with her parents in SD by pushing her to just respond to them and in Kansas I decided she was definitely the one, and asked her to marry me.
After she had reconnected with her parents, she got home sick. So I happily followed her back home, and we moved in with my mom while I look for work, then we eventually moved into her parents who lived 6 hours away, and I of course happily followed. I eventually found a good job back where my mother lived, and found us a decently cheap house to move into. Long story short, our house flooded and we started having problems after problems, and our relationship started to get some cracks. We found a new place, but insurance refused to pay and we had to restart, and the rights just kept getting worse and worse, until she argued me on EVERYTHING I said.
Eventually I got to the point where I didn't want my relationship to fall apart, so I decided go just let her do her own thing, and agree with HER on everything. Which she hated more. I finally came to the sad realization that for the better of us, I might have to let her have a break from me, in order to save my relationship forever, because with the path it was going down now, it wasn't going to last. So I packed up a very small amount of belongings, left her with everything else we had re-aquired, and took my shattered life down to live with my family in CO. A year goes by and I've drowned myself in work, but couldn't have a single day / night without thinking about her.
My mother eventually Booked us cruise tickets to Mexico for Christmas, and since she was best friends with my EX she invited her to. Christmas came and I flew down to Alabama, and there was my EX, sitting there and my heart melted. She asked me if we could get back together (even if just for the time we were down there) and of course, I said yes. I swear I fell for her even harder, and she meant more to me then ever. Eventually she flew back up to South Dakota, and I flew back home to Colorado. We were great as hell at first, but eventually over 5 months the pain of a long distance relationship started to come out, I know we both worked really hard but it just seemed to be to much for her.
I ended up deciding to fly back down to Alabama to help my brother with his business, and informed her I would be gone for a few months, and I would like to drive up to see her again before I fly down, in which she refused, blaming this Coronavirus. So I agreed and flew down to Alabama, a little hurt but okay. After I get down there and we start growing more distant, she ends up finding my brothers Nude on Reddit and felt the need to tell me, "I don't want to make you mad, but it was impressive" and also sent my best friend a picture of her jugs, and it shattered me.
But I know things happen, and I know things can be great again and that this is just a small bump in the row, and she might just be going through something. I tell her when I get back to Colorado, I'd like to come back up and see her again. She agreed and I was so happy again. Things can finally start to be mended. Just a few weeks until I get home and we're settling plans on getting a hotel and everything, and She just… stopped talking to me… I said no big deal I love her too much to care, so I'd just send her a nightly message saying how amazing she was and blah blah blah, until I tried calling her one day and realized I was blocked.
My phone number, and on all social media. It shattered me. Every single plan I had for the future was for her, because she meant to much to me. She'll sometimes unblock my phone number, but I text her on and off every few days, to let her know how awesome she is, and to just ask why she would just stop talking without an explanation. I can't get her out of my head. I think about her constantly no matter how hard I distract myself. I literally dream about her almost every night.
I did get drunk a few times and have sent some dirty texts wondering how she could do that, and to literally please just say anything to me. Let me know if you're done done, or what I need to expect. And I can't get ANYTHING. It's been a couple months and I just… I can't do it. Sure there's more fish in the sea and whatever, but I had found my fish. And ALL I want is her. Idc about anything, I just want her again and I hold nothing against her, and just want to see her smile again. And I just want to be happy again. I love her so much… like… ffs just NOTICE me…. What am I supposed to do?
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2020.08.22 17:02 String-music pussy priest

it was never a name that didn't give pause: Pussy Priest. this was the greatest vr dating app. well, that was its official category but Pussy Priest was more than that.
typical society is unbearably cold. male vets outnumber female vets, the group they much prefer for romantic investment, 4 to 1. additionally, many femvets prefer to be involved solely with other female vets, if anyone. the vets are weird and not having any luck assimilating back into society. they were broken, their cynicism and all of their defense mechanisms were broken; they were vulnerable and awkward to be around. soon they were lonely.
thus a program was produced in the virtual reality pornography laboratories of California (which during the war finally had 'the big one' and separated from the mainland making it ideal for secretive research) so that every vet can have a companion. scripts are obtained directly from the client via surreptitious recording of their personal electronic devices. it seems like they conjured the perfect partner into their life.
inevitably this technology is addictive/substitutive for one dealing with the ultimate ptsd. and of course as lovetech catches on, non-vets want to try it so knock-off companies spring up with versions of the femvet algorithm modified for the randy crowd. (the female algorithm is 5x more popular than the male. users of both often say the male algorithm is actually more realistic, which isn't as much fun.) the top provider of this service is Pussy Priest. they have the most immersive program yet.
soon, most men and women are deeply addicted to virtual reality sex to the point that a case is taken to the highest court in the land, but it is ruled that Pussy Priest and others are not in violation of any law and virtual reality addiction is different than addiction to drugs or alcohol. As people become more and more accustomed to having it their way all of the time in their virtual reality habit, actual human interactions, such as romantic involvement between nonvet males and females becomes essentially impossible. as technology has made manual labor obsolete, unemployed/unemployable men spend a sizeable amount of their time in their virtual worlds. eventually, it is put forth that the unemployed could just be set up with VR machines in some place out of the way like south dakota so that is what is done. increasingly, technicians (most of the jobs left involve tending to the machines) join the unemployed as they are phased out and their licenses expire.
the Pussy Priest is a singular program. top-of-the-line competitors are fun. some like Velma and CoolRodney have expensive gadgets which are compatible with the pleasure centers of the human body. but Pussy Priest is almost universally preferred because it feels real. this is not to say it is realistic; it is definitely not and no one wants it to be. it is number one because it transcends recreation. pussy priest is a better 'person' than you. but only slightly. this makes desire for pussy priest sustainable. no one thought to program duality into their depraved vr sex toys, the coding of moral code. other companies like Shidex, EthiccEros and Shamor caught on but Pussy Priest was ahead of the field in other ways and besides they never quite got the balance between licentious and conscientious right.
being with Pussy Priest always feels uncertain. Pp doesn't exist for the client. Pussy Priest seems to have things going on, seems to have direction and focus, thus the user is always in the position of catch up, trying to win, trying to keep, holding on, trying to impress, hiding flaws. but of course, there is not an ounce of cruelty in the Pussy Priest character, so it is not obvious how skewed the dynamic is, and Pussy Priest is never more than a single step ahead, always attainable but never attained. be certain that this was deliberately done. this element of insecurity is magnified exponentially between the body and the mind of one succumbing to addiction to virtual reality. Pussy Priest addicts have less and less ammunition, less and less of what they admire in their vr mate. vr is lateral to the physical world meaning you are never cooler in virtual reality than you are in physical life. experience creates cool but lovetech is a secondary experience because it creates itself based on recordings of your physical life. Pussy Priest relationships always reach the stage where there is nothing to talk about. physical life experiences become minimal and insignificant the more time is spent using vr, which soon becomes almost all of the time. the relationship cannot be tended to enough, the buds in the garden yield perpetual sprouts, sickly, brown, dying, thirsty.
unlike relationships bound to physical limitations, Pussy Priest is a computer program meaning that if a user gets tired of Jessica's b-cup, they can dump Jessica and meet Sonya and her c-cup and red hair or Jazzmine and her ebony skin or Fred and his cock. dumping Jessica Sonya Fred and Jazzmine is the only moment in which the addicted user is as cool in PP as they are in physical life. there is always a phase in which the jaded user is addicted to dumping vr mates and deviating from the previous one as wildly as possible before this too becomes tiresome and they settle on one mate to awkwardly fail with, interminably. curiously this vr mate is often an opposite sex version of the user. the beauty of the Pussy Priest never fades. perhaps this beauty even increases as the physical world becomes more foreign. the context of sexual desire in vr changes from excitement, curiosity, experimentation, youthful folly to sadness, muted hatred, abasement.
it is a shame how the Pussy Priest case was handled in court. of course it wasnt revealed that nearly everyone would end up in the most heinous codependent relationship, slaves to their maimed&mangled libido, that this was actually the intention. there was evidence that this was already happening but none of the lawyers or judges or even jury members had ever been 19 year olds from broken homes clinging to other 19 year olds from broken homes, for example. no one who was in a position to expose Pussy Priest for what it is had any recollection of how it feels to be sublimely vulnerable with another person. these were people who were used to things proceeding in an orderly predictable fashion. these were people accustomed to safety in their love lives, safety being the principal trigger of their libido. these were people who didn't take addiction seriously, save for as a scary buzzword during election season. they hired experts on addiction to persuade the jurors, not addicts but experts on addiction. these were people who were not well-versed in metaphor. this case was not taken seriously. Roxy Music or Trent Reznor could have told you that love is a drug.
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2020.08.21 01:39 Yum3k0_S4n My Number 1 Fan

Massachusetts
Let me start off by saying that I am, by no means, famous. I still don’t know what is happening to this day. I am currently hiding somewhere in California where I hope that they won’t be able to find me. Right now, hiding in the big states is the only thing I can do, as I have to stay safe in numbers by hiding among the sea of people in big cities.
There is no telling what may happen to me if I were to be found, and just how far these psychos would take things. I don’t even know how many of them are in it on this, and the only thing I could do now is to report it to the police, and anonymously share it on the internet to raise awareness. Whatever is going after me is definitely not human.
Well, I guess it’s useless if I keep ranting about my current situation. I should start by telling you what happened on that Wednesday.
I’m from the small, but densely populated state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts is where the good jobs, good schools, and a city where it’s hard not to be decently rich. I have a nice house between the cities of Boston and Hartford. I received the daily mail there, and it was ads for grocery stores, and 10% off coupons that I find pretty useless unless you absolutely are addicted to bananas, apples, and pickles. There are a few envelopes from companies trying to get customers, and a few things about my healthcare. I saw that there was one envelope that had my name handwritten in flawless cursive on the back, and the return address was from somewhere in rural Texas. I opened that letter.
Dear Mr. J
We are the biggest fans of your works! We just want you to know that we love seeing you out there and doing these amazing things. We aspire to be like you one day.
-Your fan club (J’s Fanclub)
All of a sudden, I had a fan club? I figured that this was cool, and that I am actually known somewhere. However, the thing is that, I don’t work in the music, writing, humanitarian, or showbiz industry. I have absolutely no idea what it’s about because I’m just a normal person like everyone else. My job is within a large company, but it’s not enough to get fame of any sort. I thought that the sender simply sent this letter to the wrong person, and some celebrity probably has the same name as me.
The thing that stumped me was that, if you were to send fan mail to a celebrity, wouldn’t you have to research their address, and make sure that you are sending it to the right person? I shouldn’t disclose my name right now, but Massachusetts doesn’t have a whole lot of celebrities, and the ones that share a similar name with me are nowhere near this state. I figured that this was simply a mistake from a kid who simply missent a letter to their favorite artist. Well, I guess I was wrong.
The next day, there was more mail for me, and this time, there were 3 of them from my “fan club”. 2 of the letters were in rural Texas, and the 3rd one was from Bakersfield, California. The letters were along the lines of, “Hi, we’re your biggest fans,” or “Thank you for inspiring me!” Now, it can’t be possible for multiple people to mistake me for a celebrity right? Especially, when there are literally none living around me, and my name isn’t even out there. This is when I felt that something was off. This isn’t enough for me to go up to the police with, but it is enough for me to stay alert and expect more letters.
Another strange thing was that there was something I had previously overlooked on the first letter. There was a website for the fan club.
The link was handwritten in red ink, and I grabbed my laptop to search it up. The website itself looked so professional, and there were buttons that trigger animations that let you access different parts of it. The homepage had a white and blue aesthetic and it had my name everywhere. The front had, “Welcome to J’s Fan club” in huge bold font. There were no pictures of me, just my name, and my middle initial.
No matter how nice all this is, and how non-threatening this all seemed, I just can't get over how creepy this is. I literally live alone, and I don’t do any work that involves the media, or getting my name known. Yet, there are people in these random places in the middle of nowhere who somehow know who I am, and what I do.
I figured that everyone, or at least many people have fan clubs like these, and they simply don’t know about it.
Well, the more I thought about that idea, it made less and less sense and it looks like I’m the only one who is somehow famous without ever being famous?
I’m supposed to fly to New York for the weekend and have a little vacation there because my job is off for 4 days due to holidays. I packed my bags that day, and flew down to a hotel in the big city of NYC, Times Square.
Prior to leaving, I put up a sign up on my door to let the UPS, FedEx, or the mailman know that I’m out of town and to stack any mail that I have. I have alerts on my phone for whatever comes to my house in Massachusetts, and I know exactly what is at my doorstep.
Now, I kept checking that website, and nothing happened there during my vacation. However, I received dings for things from the delivery people that a package has arrived at my door. I got on the plane and turned off the Wi-Fi on my phone, so I could sleep this whole thing off. It was a 2-3 hour flight, and I felt more or less okay again.
Well, that is until I found the stacks, and stacks of things that were sent to my house. I approached the pile of things, and my phone blew up because I was reconnected to Wi-Fi. There were 17 notifications on my phone which was sent to me in the 2-3 hours that I was on the plane. They were all packages addressed to me from Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and North Carolina. They were t-shirts, and hoodies, and pillowcases that are from the website.
There were probably 20 letters in the mailbox, and there was practically nothing but letters in there. After doing the painstaking job of unboxing all the packages, I took a look on the website, and my blood ran ice-cold.
There were about 30 photos of me from my trip to NYC, and it wasn’t like I was just off to the side, or a quarter of my face in the corner. I was in the middle of each picture, and 20 out of the 30 are taken from probably within a foot or so away from me. The photos were of me at Broadway, the subway, the Twin Tower memorial, and on a boat to see the Statue of Liberty.
I looked at the bottom of the page and it said, “Did you enjoy your trip?”
I took this down to the police station, and they told me that they were going to put my neighborhood on high surveillance. However, for me, I didn’t feel like that was enough to stop this from happening.
There was no way that this is an accident now. This is intentional stalking, and harassment. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, but I have to do something about this. Or else it would never end.
Florida
You know, I love waking up on winter mornings in slippers, pjs, and a nightcap. When the birds are chirping at 6 AM, but you fall back to sleep for another hour.
This morning was just that. I took a shower, and put on some comfortable clothes to start my day. I was in a good mood, and I thought that today was just one of those days.
Well, I guess that would be too good to be true. I was right.
I entered the living room and I froze on the spot in absolute terror.
There, on the TV stand, were 5 Polaroid cameras, with a bunch of film on the floor. When I picked up the pictures, I could feel my blood go cold, and I started to break out in a cold sweat.
There were about 50 fucking photos of me sleeping all scattered on the floor. Most of them were close-ups, and the rest were from the backyard window.
Of course, they used the damn backyard window to get in. There are no cameras there, and I rushed to the Boston Police Department and demanded to see the street footage after showing them the photos of me being taken.
After checking that I have had a similar complaint recently, they let me check the camera footage from last night. Sure enough, my backyard was one of the blind spots, and seeing that no one appeared on the footage at all during the night, I assumed the culprits escaped through other small blind spots that the cameras couldn’t catch.
I thought that this whole thing would stop after the few dozen packages and letters that I got, but no, they decided to enter my fucking house, and snap photos of me in my sleep.
That was the last straw.
I packed my shit, and I was ready to leave the state. Where am I supposed to go? I plan to stay down at my mother’s property in Florida for a while. My parents are divorced, and life has taken them both on separate paths.
My mom and dad had both written me into their wills to inherit property after they die, and when they died, I get to rent those places out to tenants to make extra money. My dad has a separate place that I inherited and both are able to be rented. However, both houses are vacant, so I was able to escape Boston, and head down to sunny Miami-Dade.
My mom’s house was a little bigger, and with a basement. I unpacked, but I didn’t fully unpack knowing that anything may happen. However, I felt a little more at home since my mom’s house is actually where I grew up. I only moved to Massachusetts because I was fortunate enough to get accepted into their top university to study law, and journalism.
The previous tenants moved out the month before, and they cleaned the area thoroughly before leaving. I placed half of my belongings in the right areas, and by that time, night fell. I grabbed some tea by the counter, and sat there in silence with my thoughts. That moment was short-lived though.
I got my laptop to watch a few videos on Youtube and get my mind off of it, but the tab to the fan club website was still open. I saw that the website was updated, and that there were now multiple pictures of me on the website. I realized that there was more than just the homepage. There was a section called “Photos” which I clicked on.
My eyes widened as I saw that there were probably 500 or so photos of me. A lot of them were recent, including the ones of me when I slept. However, there were pictures of me from kindergarten, and 8th grade which I never knew existed. These photos all had one thing in common.
They were all taken without my knowledge.
Not a single photo had me looking at the camera. I was the center of all the photos, but I never knew that I was being photographed at that moment. In the ones from my childhood, my parents are always in the background, so it can’t be them.
This fan club is not a new thing.
It has always been around.
I just never found out about it, and neither did my parents.
My website surfing stopped abruptly, as I heard some faint tapping on the windows of my mother’s house.
“Hey there,” I heard. I jumped up, and I stared in the kitchen window that was locked with the blinders closed.
“Can I get an autograph?” the voice continued.
“What the fuck, please leave me alone.” I tried to tell them off, and that's when I heard another voice coming from the backyard door.
“Why though? We’re your number 1 fans,” a woman said. I rushed to that door and locked both locks.
“Why won’t you let us in?” that woman said.
I heard tapping from the kitchen window, then the backyard door, then came some more tapping from the front door.
“We tried to tell you with those pictures we took.” The voice from the front door sounded like a teenager, and I decided to lock all the windows, doors, and entrances. Anything that I was able to lock, I locked.
“Leave me alone, please,” I repeated, “What do you want from me? I’m not famous, nor am I well-known. Why are you so obsessed with me?!”
“You are special,” came a 4th voice.
“Just get the fuck away from me!” I was yelling. I called the police at that moment, and in the panic, I bumped my hip into the table. A mug fell off, and shattered into pieces. I was so frantic that I could barely even get a grip on the phone.
“Are you trying to call the police on us?” Another voice, the voice of a man, came through the wall.
“Fuck yes I am, now leave me alone, or in the next 10 minutes I will have you all arrested.
“We came such a long way to find you,” said the woman in the backyard.
“I DON’T GIVE A SHIT!” I was screaming at the top of my lungs. “Go back to Texas, or North Dakota, or wherever the fuck you’re from! Just leave me alone!”
“We came for your autograph, don’t you know?”
“I’m not giving out any autographs, and I will have every one of you sick fucks in jail for this!” I dialed 911 and called the Miami police, and they would be there in 8 minutes.
I heard a ding from my laptop, and I saw that the website was updated. Now, there were even more photos, but as I scrolled to the bottom, I screamed out loud.
There were 5 new pictures of me from tonight that were probably taken a few seconds ago because it showed me calling the police.
The thing that scared me was that the picture was taken inside my house.
They were inside my fucking house.
“Don’t you get it Mr. J? You are special. We simply wanted an autograph for all of us. However, I wished that we didn’t have to do all this, or what we are about to do.”
That’s when I heard the tapping on the windows get progressively louder, until they were basically pounding on the windows of the house.
The banging was so loud that I rushed to get the basement keys. I took my laptop, phone, wallet, car keys into the basement, and I locked up all my valuables in a compartment.
That’s when I heard the glass on the windows of the house shatter.
I heard the splintering of the wood on the front door.
I then heard footsteps progressively getting faster, and that's when I realized that I had no time to lose.
I ran like a madman, into the basement, and locked both locks. I put old furniture against the door to secure it.
Above the basement, the sound of glass breaking, furniture and other things being moved. I heard the door getting broken down completely, and there were footsteps right above me. I put my hands over my mouth and tried not to cry. The footsteps paced up and down the stairs. I can also hear the clicking of Polaroid cameras, and snippets of conversation among the fan club members.
I opened the laptop to see even more photos posted of me drinking tea in the living room just a half hour before, and pictures of the basement door. There was no stopping them. They came from all over the country just to stalk me, and break into my house.
This isn’t cool anymore.
This is a signal, and a message.
All of the pictures, the mail, the packages, and the gifts were telling me something. The thing is that I can’t out-run these people.
They are my “fans,” but fans aren’t supposed to do these things. Fans aren’t supposed to take pictures of you without permission and idolize it when the person isn’t looking. Fans aren’t supposed to be breaking in and threatening the idol. Most importantly, fans aren’t supposed to chase the idol across the country and hunting them down just to get 1 fucking autograph. That simply is not normal. Actually, I guess the phrase “not normal” is a huge understatement in this case.
This is an obsession, but not just any obsession. This is on a scale where people have no limits to what they would do to satisfy their insatiable thirst to get what they want.
Finally, I heard the sound of sirens. The police were here. The members rushed out the door, and I looked out of the peephole to see that they were in the car, and had sped off. The police were here a minute later, and I removed the furniture barricades, and walked out the door.
The police asked me what they looked like, but I couldn’t give them anything on appearance because I shut the blinds, and I can’t see them. However, the police did have extra cameras for us, and the neighborhood surveillance was upgraded due to this incident, and our street will be highly monitored.
However, that wasn’t enough.
I was done with this shit. The only thing is that, I have no idea just how far these people will go, and at this rate, the possibilities are endless.
Nevada
I decided to tell the police how things happened, and asked them to shut down the website. They ended up their department that dealt with internet/virtual crimes, and it was shut down the next day.
I only have one last place left, and that’s my dad’s place. My dad was a good dad, but it was the tight money, and his mental illness or disability that prompted the divorce. I do get sad sometimes thinking about it because I would get nostalgic when I see the house and think of the good times I had with my dad over the summer further north in Carson City, Nevada.
I had to keep running though. Or else, who knows what these people will do to me the next time if I stay still. I hope these ‘fans’ of mine will know that, as long as they keep chasing me, I will always be able to run. The only problem is that I don’t know how long this would last, and just how long they can keep up.
I quit my job at my previous law firm, and had to settle down before I could re-apply for another law firm with similar standards.
I learned my lesson from the past few incidents and I decided to buy surveillance cameras for 2 sides of the house. It was one of those that also had microphones on the outside to let you hear what's going on.
I put one in the front, and another on the side of the house that shows the part I am unable to see via windows. I could see the entire backyard without the assistance of a camera since the bedroom window shows the entire area. There is also an app that I downloaded so that I can check both cameras via phone.
I can’t rely on the police to look over the house for me since they don’t even bother to think about it until something actually happens.
This time, weeks went by without anything happening. When I realized that the whole thing had probably stopped, and that I can kick back a little.
During my stay here, I decided to buy a little wine, and beer for myself to relax and somehow forget about what happened these past few weeks and continue my normal life here in Nevada. Whenever I find it extremely hard to sleep, a few cans of beer would do it. I don’t drink to the point where I get drunk, and absolutely wasted, but enough to get me a little tipsy, so I can sleep. So I downed several cans of beer before I felt fuzzy and collapsed on my bed.
The next day, I opened the upstairs bathroom window a little, and immediately, a disgusting and putrefying smell came through the window. I had no idea what it was, but it was so bad to the point where I had to spray air refreshener everywhere and close the window. The entire outside of the house smelled like rotting meat, and I almost puked. I have no idea what’s out that window.
So, I decided to check out the situation for myself with my phone which connected to the camera.
I opened the camera, and saw nothing in the front of the house. However, I noticed that there was something that was just hanging off of the tall wooden gate that blocked off the backyard.
I zoomed in onto the wooden gate.
It was a human hand.
I frantically opened the next camera, and I screamed.
There were at least 30 people hiding at the side of the house, and the only reason I never saw them before was probably because the wooden gate was tall and blocked the view. Some were standing, and others were laying down. I didn’t recognize any of them.
However, when I zoomed in to get a better look, I finally understood why that part of the house smelled so bad, and I nearly fainted once again.
The ones laying down were rotting, stinking corpses. There were probably about 10 decomposing bodies lying on the floor, and what is even worse is that they seem to have been eaten in certain places. However, I did see that 5 other people who were lying down and were still alive, but injured in the leg. That part of the yard was trashed with chip bags, cans, and food remains.
There were huge chunks of flesh and meat missing from their abdomen and necks. There were also some decapitated with their heads half-eaten, and the inner parts of their brain and face are completely exposed. Most of these bodies have been mangled beyond human form.
There were 2 bodies that have nearly been reduced to bone. I also saw there were 2 pistols that were on the floor next to the bodies. These must have been the weapons used to kill 10 of the 30.
The most horrifying thing was discovered when I rewound the camera footage from last week to today.
The footage showed 30 people all standing at the side of the house, and they were all smiling, and waving at the camera which was on. They were wearing normal street clothes like t-shirts, jackets, and shorts or pants with my name painted on all of their clothing. Their expression remained unwavering. They just kept standing there, smiling with huge, wide grins, and staring at the camera.
This continued for even more time, and I think that these people were even there for longer than a week. No one noticed them as I never looked down there, and no one else can see that part of the property. I watched the footage as they continued to stand there for hours, which turned into days. Day after day, for a week, they were progressively looking more impatient, and they haven’t eaten anything ever since the beginning of the footage.
However, things began to change last night. I saw that after all the waiting, a man at the front looked at the rest of the 29, and told them that he needed to get something from his place.
He returned half an hour with 2 silencer pistols, and a knife. He pointed the gun at random people, and shot 15 of them in the legs with the pistols. He then walked over to the ones he shot, and shot 10 of them once again in the head, execution style.
The man then got the knife, and cut into the dead bodies, and began to eat. He chopped off the intestines, and stomach of a woman, and signaled the others to feast upon their fellow fan club members. This went on for hours, and they continued to eat the corpses.
The footage ended after I sped it up to the present. The 5 people alive were probably spared because the other members were full.
I guess the members remaining found out that I saw them, and they grinned at the camera.
Then, the man that killed the 10 last night walked up to the house wall and looked up at the camera. He grinned a huge grin, and I can see the dried blood on his face and clothes from last night.
“Hello there, Mr. J,” he said.
I just stood there, paralyzed with fear. I couldn’t move, but I can only look through the screen of my phone, and listen to him.
“I’m so sorry about all of this.” His voice was guttural, raspy, and it gave me chills every time he spoke. He was speaking very slowly, and he just continued to look into the camera, and talk.
“We came such a long distance just to find you,” he said. “We also have been standing here for so many days. Ever since you installed that camera, and almost never left the house, we had no choice but to stand here, and wait for your response. However, now that you have seen us, we are overjoyed.”
Some of the fan club members chuckled a little, and widened their grins.
“Please don’t run from us. We are, and always will be your number 1 fans. Aren’t you going to come out to meet us?” Hell no, I am not going to meet them, especially after the Florida incident.
“It’s such a shame that we had to do all of that just to get a few photos of you last time,” he said.
“We love you so much you know. We love you more than your parents have sometimes. You were so adorable as a baby and kid. Our fan club simply wanted to document that, and of course, we have always watched you since birth,” the man continued. “Now that we have found you, we just want to have some….fun with you.”
What happened next is something that I do not wish any other human being to see. I would not wish this sight on my worst enemies. Not even with months of therapy, can I get rid of the sight. It’s even hard for me to describe through words.
The man then grinned so widely that the sides of his lips nearly touched the sides of his eyes. He opened his mouth so wide that I thought that the top part of his face would fall off as it was probably hanging by the little skin he had between his ear and his neck.
I saw rows or sharp teeth, and blood still on his tongue, and all over his teeth. He then laughed the most demonic laugh that I have ever heard. It sounded as if Satan himself was laughing. Afterwards, he closed his mouth, and his grin faded away, and his mouth began to drip with blood. He cocked his head to the side, and walked closer to the camera. The members behind him advanced, and widened their mouths as well, showing their horrific features to me.
That’s when I knew that these things weren’t humans.
They are monsters that will do anything to get what they want, and they know no limits. They don’t care about who they have to hurt, or kill in order to get it. I grabbed my laptop, my suitcase, my phone, and all the valuables I had. I put it all in a bigger suitcase, and booked it to my car.
I heard footsteps getting closer as I jammed my keys into the car door, and locked all the doors as I got into the car. I tried getting the key into the ignition, but I kept missing. I muttered curses under my breath until I finally succeeded in getting the key into the ignition.
However, that’s when I realized that I was surrounded.
All 15 fan club members remaining were there at my car, and rocking it back and forth. I put my car into reverse, and ran over 3 of the members in the back. I switched the gear into drive, and I rode out of there with the 12 other members still chasing me.
I called the police over the phone to simply let them know about what happened. Apparently, the Carson City police already knew what had happened to me when I pulled into the station because I told the police in Florida about my dad’s property and I guess they decided to inform the departments in Nevada.
Now, all 3 places that I was able to escape to were found, and the police have been notified of all 3 incidents. I can’t go into New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, nor can I stay here in Nevada.
I had one choice left, and that was to hop hotels or rent until my mom’s place was fixed up, my dad’s place cleaned up. I also needed my street in Boston to be watched most of the time by the police.
I chose to rent a place somewhere in the big cities of California. If I rent, I wouldn’t be the only person that those things have to deal with since the landlords will definitely be around, or at least watching over the house in some way or form.
I don’t know what’s going to happen this time. I feel bad if they actually show up and my landlord would have to deal with it.
However, I guess that renting is the safest way.
This time, I didn’t take a plane. I drove all the way to the Golden State in my Lexus, and I took all my belongings.
I don’t know how many of those creatures are going to be where I was staying, but if there is one thing that I know about them, it’s the fact that they probably will find me. I might have to run away again to an even bigger city. I can only rely on California and it’s cities to keep me hidden.
I’ve been getting quivers all over my body, and I’ve had to go to the bathroom more often those days. The worst thing was probably when I developed insomnia because I was so paranoid.
I went to the doctors to check me out, and they recommended me to a psychologist. I was diagnosed with clinical anxiety, and I had to be put on meds for my insomnia and the constant bathroom breaks.
Those creatures caused me so many problems that I now have these health problems that can only be cured via therapy.
This time, I can only hope that they don’t find me, and pray to god for my safety which I know is never guaranteed. Especially when I have grinning demons who would do anything, just to stalk me, and satisfy their desires.
California
Now, when I got to California, I rented a highly surveilled 2 story residence that was owned by a very nice couple.
This time, I decided to unpack everything, and apply for a law firm. I trusted this place, and I to my surprise, things were actually fine. I got accepted for a job which meant that I was working once again. I went to therapy on the weekends, and I was thinking that I was finally going to have a normal life once again.
Well, even if I were to lead a normal life, I will never be able to forget what happened to me. Nor will I ever forgive the creatures who have caused me so much pain and distress.
A few weeks went by, and nothing happened. Around this time, I probably would have already been found. I checked my laptop, I saw that the website was long gone, and the stalkings seemed to have stopped.
After a couple months, I was living normally. My insomnia has faded away, and my law firm here actually paid me better than the one in Florida and Massachusetts.
I guess that all good things must come to an end one day. Why do I say this?
That would be because, one day, I was getting in my car when I noticed that there was something in the cup holders at the bottom of the interior car door.
I picked it up, and it was the back of a photo with some coffee stains on it.
Well, when I turned the photo over to see what it was, I could feel my stomach turn. I could feel my breakfast coming right back up my stomach and my esophagus.
The picture was of me in the living room with a cup of coffee. This picture was probably taken last week, and I have no idea how it ended up in my car’s cup holder.
The point is, they have already found me.
Just as I thought I could live normally, those motherfuckers had to come in and ruin it. IT hasn’t even been a year, and a few months is probably the longest I’ve gone this year without these creatures finding me.
I reported this to my landlords who contacted the police, but they hung up the phone and told me that the police said that a simple photograph wasn’t enough which I guess made sense to me. I kind of expected this because I never told the police in Nevada where I was going next, and it was definitely not within their boundaries to watch over me only when they have an entire city to watch. Maybe I’m depending a little too much on the police because some things are beyond their power to do.
So, I decided to buy a handgun. In California, they would have to make sure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands, but I had no criminal record, and it didn’t worry me. The gun itself cost a few hundred dollars which I can afford now that I’m working again.
Now I felt a bit safer knowing that I had a weapon at my disposal. I made sure to check in with my landlords, who agreed to let me keep it in the house.
Weeks went by without incident, until I got another letter in the mail. There was a piece of paper that was a missing persons flier which showed a missing man and woman. I put that on my bed, and put it in a box for scratch paper.
However, something else fell out. It was another damn letter, and it was with that same return address in rural Texas. I snubbed my nose, and read the letter.
The letter was literally only one sentence that said, “Don’t forget about us.”
Shit, I wish I could forget about them, but they just had to come back. They just absolutely needed my damn autograph and a fan meet & greet which I was absolutely not going to let happen after all they did to me.
As I was about to throw the envelope away, I realized that there was something else in the envelope.
It was a USB and there were the words “we love you,” written on the side. I took the USB, and plugged it into my laptop, and there was a video. It was kind of grainy, and the quality in general wasn’t very good either.
The video showed the person holding the camera running on the sidewalk, and taking all these turns through a neighborhood. The street signs didn’t show because it was nighttime when this happened, and I had no idea where they were.
The film then glitched, and showed the person jogging through a park. Another glitch later, they were back on the streets. After a fourth glitch, the screen went dark, and the video showed a tree in a front yard.
Then, the camera tilted up slowly.
When the video cleared up a little, I realized in horror that the filmer was filming me.
They were filming me behind the tree in the front yard, and I was sleeping.
The camera turned around 180 degrees, until I saw who was filming.
It was that thing from Nevada, and he looked directly into the camera lenses, waved goodbye, and the video ended there.
I don’t want to have to relive this shit for the 4th time, but these psychos are everywhere. I took this down to the police station, and that was enough for them to watch the neighborhood more closely. I know that I shouldn’t depend too much on the police for this, but it's’ the only thing that I can do. I also kept my gun closer to me as I know what to do if situations get dire.
It just keeps coming back, time after time.
Now, today was particularly windy here, and there were a bunch of leaves blowing against the backyard window. However, I noticed that there were no leaves being blown into the backyard. It was paper fluttering in the wind. There were a lot of them too, and I decided to clean it up.
All of these papers had the words “we miss you” written in red ink. This can’t be coincidence, can it? Right after I watched that video, this happened. Now, my paranoia is back, and this time, I don’t think any amount of sleep pills will help.
So, the only rational thing for me to do, was to get some more beer, and liquor. I came back home with some cans of Heineken, and some Tequila.
I took the shot glass, and tried to drink myself to sleep. I drank shot after shot until I felt that fuzzy feeling that allows me to sleep.
However, I kept going until I was 10 shots in. I ended my night like that, completely and utterly wasted. It’s been a long time since I’ve done this.
The next morning, I woke up, and thank god that I did this on a Friday as I would have been totally written up for being late. I woke up around lunchtime that day, but I do not regret drinking myself to sleep, because sometimes I do need to do it if I want to forget about those creatures.
I figured that I should also get coconut water for my hangover.
I got into my car once again, and this time, there was nothing out of the ordinary. Upon arriving home, I noticed that there was more mail. This time, there was a small box, and inside the small box were 20 USBs. Every one of them were videos of me drinking just last night. However, all of these people who recorded never showed their faces on film.
This time, I decided that I would confront them because they seem to be coming in smaller numbers than last time, and this time, I have a weapon. I fixed a new sleep schedule which allowed me to stay up later.
I carried my pistol with me, and loaded it. I waited for all the people to arrive. However, instead, I saw the landlords arrive home, and walk through the door.
They didn’t say anything to me and got upstairs.
I finally saw them, a group of 5 people came by, and stood behind the tree. After they knew that I had seen them, they stepped out of the shadows, and grinned at me. I pulled my gun out, and pointed it at them with shaky hands.
“Are you going to shoot us?” one of them said. “We’re your biggest fans.”
“If you step foot in this house, I will pull the trigger.” I threatened them.
“Do we really have to step foot in that house to get a closer look at you?” That same member replied. “Look behind you.”
I turned around and saw absolutely nothing behind me. However, when I looked up, I saw the landlords staring down at me, then giving that same wide grin that the other members were giving me.
I realized then, that I have been duped all this time.
The landlords were members, how could I have not seen that? The pictures of me in the living room, and the fact that they are never home when I am.
“We finally found you after all this time. Who knew that you would pick our house?” the woman said. That’s when I remembered the missing persons flier that showed that man and woman that I got when I received the letter.
I dug through all my scratch paper, and I was horrified to see that the date they went missing was 2 days before I moved in. Their residence was this exact house that I have been living in for 3 months. This missing man and woman were the real landlords.
The couple that were staring and grinning at me from the 2nd floor are fakes.
“What did you do to these people?!” I yelled at the couple.
“You know Mr. J, we have admired you for a long time, and we came from Texas after we heard that you were going to rent this place. About that other couple, we had to….get rid of them before your arrival, because how else are we going to meet you when they’re in the way?” The woman crooned with a smile, and the man just stood there grinning at me. “When you got here, I found it hard to hold back my excitement and I had to try so hard to keep my composure. We had to wait until the others got here. Now that all of us are here, can we get your autograph?”
“No, please, go away! Stay back! You’re all psychos!” I grabbed my gun and pointed it at all of them. I backed into my room, and locked the door. I began to unpack, and by the time I shoved everything that I had into a suitcase, I looked under the crack of the door.
They were all there.
There were so many of them that I hid in the closet that had 2 sliding doors, and planned to make a run for it. I heard them slowly break down the door into the room, and they scattered all over the room. I watched through a crack in the closet door, and I saw that they were all looking at the closet. They all advanced towards me, and once they opened the closet door.
That’s when I did it. I sprinted through the entrance without looking back and I got my keys, and got into my car in record time. However, the members were fast, and one of them got on top of my car, and started pounding the roof. I hit the gas, and put the car on reverse, then switched it to drive very quickly so that the creature would fall off.
I decided to then grab the gun, open the window, and try to shoot off the creature. I missed all my shots, but they must have scared it enough for it to get off. I got the hell out of there.
I was so mad, and frustrated that I can never breathe without these things watching me. I drove to a faraway hotel, and booked a room for a week. That’s where I am now. It’s been 3 days since this happened, and it’s not stopping.
These creatures aren’t stopping, and they will sacrifice their own just to get what they want and satisfy their twisted goals. They are monsters, and they are not of this earth.
However, even though I am in hiding, and scared for my life, there is one thing that I have kept in my mind that keeps me going and running.
They can find me, but they can never have me in their grasp, because I can run, I can hide, and do whatever it takes because I don’t quit or stop.
I’m a survivor.
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2020.08.16 01:07 hidey-ho-neighbor Choices and Race: Schrodinger's Brown Friend

This is Part 1 of an ongoing series on race in Pixelberry's Choices game.
Edit: A few people have pointed out to me that I have incorrectly referred to Hispanic/Indigenous/Latinx communities in this post. I am keeping the mistakes here for other people to understand where I messed up, and I will be more mindful of using proper labels in the future!
So there's a thought experiment known as "Schrodinger's Cat", where (in a short explanation by someone who is not a physicist) a theoretical cat is placed in a radioactive box, and the cat is simultaneously alive and dead, because you have no way of knowing one way or the other. You have to rely on deductive reasoning, which can't be proven because again, the cat is in a box and out of your view.
In Choices, there are a number of love interests whose ethnicities cannot be known for sure, because it is always variable. You cannot argue that a character is black, because for someone else, that character is white, and vice-versa--well, not always.
At the time of this post, Pixelberry has made 22 love interests that are race-customizable. This is an interesting way to work around the "diversity issue", because it means that players can directly choose how many people of color are in their game. In effect, it's a way to put the responsibility on the player, and not the company, but we'll get to that later.
I've noticed recently that for almost every single race-variable love interest, there's always a white or white-passing counterpart, but there is never a guarantee that a different ethnicity will be included. Here is a list of every race-variable love interest, and their ethnic options:
Adam McIntyre, America's Most Eligible-Latinx, Black, White
Mackenzie Harris, America's Most Eligible-Latinx, Black, White-Passing
Simon/Ava Montjoy, A Very Scandalous Proposal-East Asian, Black, White
Clint Covington, Baby Bump-White, East Asian, Black
Adrian Raines, Bloodbound-White, Black, Latinx
Edward Mortemer, Distant Shores-East Asian, White, Latinx, Black
Rory Silva, High School Story: Class Act-Black, White-Passing, Latinx
Marco Di Vicenzo, Hot Couture-White, Black, East Asian
Ava Lawrence, My Two First Loves-White, Black, Latinx (NB: Although she is not a confirmed love interest as of posting, common theory is that she will be, so I have included her)
Mason Jennings, My Two First Loves-White, Black, Latinx
Noah Harris, My Two First Loves-East Asian, Black, White (NB: There is a theory that Noah is white-passing, and not white. I will be continuing this post under assumption that he is white)
Sam Dalton, The Nanny Affair-Latinx, Black, White
Nik Ryder, Nightbound-White, Black, East Asian
Hayden Young, Perfect Match-East Asian, Black, White
Ian/Ina Kingsley, Queen B-East Asian, Latinx, White
Logan, Ride Or Die: A Bad Boy Romance-Latinx, White, Black, East Asian
King Liam, The Royal Romance/Heir-East Asian, Black, White
Hunter Fierro, The Royal Masquerade-White, East Asian
Kayden Vescovi, The Royal Masquerade-Latinx, Black
John Somerset, The Unexpected Heiress-White, Latinx, Black, South Asian
Dakota Winchester, With Every Heartbeat-Latinx, White, Black, East Asian
Cassian Keane, Witness: A Bodyguard Romance-White, Latinx, Black, South Asian
When you break down the race options, it's as followed:
White/White-Passing: 21 out of 22 (offered 95% of the time)
Black: 20 out of 22 (offered 91% of the time)
Latinx: 14 out of 22 (offered 63% of the time)
East Asian: 12 out of 22 (offered 54% of the time)
South Asian: 2 out of 22 (offered 9% of the time)
In all but one single case, every love interest can be white or white-passing. However, that's not the case with every other romantic option. Over 40% of the time, East-Asians are cut from the ethnic choices. South Asian representation has only been included 9% of every romantic option we have. People who are Middle-Eastern or Central Asian, such as myself, are not even included. Realistically, everyone knows that there is no feasible way for PB to include every single ethnicity option that their fanbase may be a part of, but if that's the case, why is it that almost aways, a white or white-passing option is included at the expense of a minority?
By choosing this model, Pixelberry allows for the option of diversity at the cost of an option for white uniformity. This allows the company to bill itself as all-inclusive, while still catering to the tastes of those who would prefer a majority-white cast, either consciously or unconsciously. They can focus most of their efforts on appealing to the interests of their white audience, while still giving fans of color content they cannot easily find elsewhere.
In effect, a white character is white until they are not, and a brown character is brown until they are not. This means that when someone claims a story has racist tropes, PB can point at the race-customizable love interest and argue otherwise, while still advertising that character as white. This character is Schrodinger's Brown Friend--simultaneously white and a person of color at once.
Race-Variable Love Interests are featured in 25 covers. Of those covers, 19 feature the love interest as white or white-passing. 9 feature a visibly non-white love interest. The 9 that do are:
America's Most Eligible, book 2
Distant Shores
My Two First Loves
The Nanny Affair
Perfect Match
Perfect Match 2
Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance
With Every Heartbeat
Witness: A Bodyguard Romance
Of those nine, 4 feature a brown love interest. 3 feature an East-Asian love interest. 1 features a black love interest ( check out my hecka pretty pie chart ).
This means that out of 22 race-variable love interests, only 41% are actually advertised as people of color, versus the 86% of love interests that are advertised as white or white-passing. Essentially, love interests of color are secondary to themselves.
So how do we fix this? Pixelberry has multiple options to go forward with, if they want to change this: 1. Decrease the number of white race-variable love interests. 2. Increase advertising and covers of non-white race-variable love interests. 3. Allow for the inclusion of more racial options in love interests. 4. Create more love interests of color who have the narrative importance of white love interests in other stories.
My personal favorite option is the last one. By doing this, Pixelberry creates a truly more diverse story setting, and allows people of color to have concrete and deeply written representation. But ultimately, any of these options could help close the racial gap.
TLDR: Race-variable love interests are problematic and flawed attempts at diversifying Choices.
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2020.08.01 12:10 jagsfanski Offseason Review Series: Jacksonville Jaguars

Before anything, I just want to preface by saying that I am filling in some huge shoes by following the legendary u/JaguarGator9. I am NOT a typical writer nor do I have any experience in analysis, I just wanted to take a stab at analyzing and writing about my favorite team that has been terrorizing my happiness for 15+ years. So, apologies in advance if there are some incorrect points made.
Also gotta give a shoutout to u/PlatypusOfDeath for continuing to run this series and for the formatting help! Also a thanks to u/flounder19 for directing me towards the thread where half of the info comes from and my bro u/MikeFanto4 for giving me the positive reinforcement through the writing of this. With that being said, hope y'all enjoy!

Jacksonville Jaguars

AFCS

2019 Record: 6-10 (4th in Division)

Coaching Changes

Fires:

Tom Coughlin – VP of Football Operations/Dictator: This will be discussed in the news section. Please hold.
Jon DeFilippo – Offensive Coordinator: It never really occurred to me until recently (give me a break Jags fans), that the firing of Flip was most likely directly related to Foles (even more so once he got hired by Chicago as QB coach). Once Foles was gone, Flip wanted out and they ultimately “mutually agreed to part ways”. While according to fans it would’ve been nice to see the other coordinator go, it shows that the front office “admitted” their mistake and decided to move on from the experiment.
Scott Milanovich – QB Coach: Milanovich took a job as the HC of the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. Before his 3-year stint in Jacksonville, he was the HC of the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL where he won the Grey Cup in 2012 and was also named Coach of the Year.

Hires:

Jay Gruden – Offensive Coordinator – The once HC of the Washington Football Team, Gruden comes into the organization bringing experience in molding younger quarterbacks. A big help is the fact that GM Dave Caldwell brought in a few players familiar with his scheme to assist in adjusting the other players to the playbook. Of all the OC candidates, Gruden is best fit for Minshew’s playstyle due to his West Coast Offense.
Ben McAdoo – Quarterbacks Coach: Brought in to replace Milanovich, McAdoo also brings HC experience to the team. Even though his time in the Giants organization is best left to be forgotten, his experience as an OC and QB coach makes him a prime candidate. He spent two seasons in Green Bay working with Aaron Rodgers and also helped the Giants to the 6th best scoring offense in the NFL in 2015.
Denard Robinson – Offensive Quality Control Coach: Not really a huge hire, but a nice reunion. Former QB turned RB, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson, continues his time in Duval as an assistant. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 draft as an “Offensive Weapon” but played primarily at RB during his time as a player.

Free Agency/Trades

Players Lost/Traded

Player Position New Team Compensation
Nick Foles QB Bears Compensatory 4th round draft pick
Calais Campbell DE Ravens 5th round pick
A.J. Bouye CB Broncos 4th round pick
Marcell Dareus DT Free Agent
Marqise Lee WR Patriots 1 yr / $1,047,500
Jake Ryan ILB Free Agent
Cedric Ogbuehi RT Seahawks 1 yr / $2,300,000

Key Losses:

Nick Foles: After signing him to a MASSIVE 4-year contract worth $88 million, with $51 million guaranteed, the Jaguars thought they had their man in Super Bowl MVP Big Dick Nick. However, that did not live long since Foles broke his left clavicle during a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark. Once he was replaced by Bomb-Chuckin’ and Mom-Fuckin’ Gardner Minshew II, he was basically left as an afterthought in the Jaguars fanbase…..until the bye week. He was named the starter for the rest of the season and was severely disappointing in his limited time as it, thus resulting in him being benched after 3 games. In his time as a starter, he completed 77 passes for a completion percentage of 65.8%, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, with a passer rating of 84.6. He was largely disappointing in his time here but left the door open for Minshew Mania. Foles was traded to the Bears for a 2020 Compensatory 4th round pick AND took parts of his massive contract and helped us start the return from cap hell. D+ for his play, B for the trade return.
Calais Campbell: I’m like, really upset about this one. I remember exactly where I was when I found out that this glorious human was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 5th round pick. Chump change for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award recipient. After being signed to a 4-year deal worth $60 million with $30 million guaranteed in 2017, the man proceeded to become the Mayor of the Defensive Line Formerly Known as Sacksonville. Amassing 31.5 sacks, 77 QB hits and 44 TFL in his 3 years on the team; not only was he a force on the field, he was very much involved in the Phoenix and Jacksonville communities. In 2019, Campbell won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award – given to the NFL player that best demonstrates outstanding community service and excellence on the field. His charity, CRC Foundation, has been helping young people with critical life skills since 2009. Adding to that, he has also hosted many holiday shopping sprees, the JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp and has spent countless hours speaking encouragement to children in area schools. The fact that the Jaguars let him go for a 2020 5th round pick says a lot about what the teams feels about their cap situation. A for play, D- for trade return.
A.J. Bouye: Bouye was signed in 2017 as a free agent from Houston. His final season on the Texans is what attracted the Jaguars the most, landing him a 5-year contract worth $67.5 million with $26 million guaranteed. In his time with the team, he accrued 8 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and allowed just a 64.4 completion percentage when thrown to since 2018. 2017 was by far his best season opposite Jalen Ramsey in which they formed one of the most feared duos that year. He saw significant drop off in the 2 years to follow, leading to the team wanting to move in a different direction. He was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2020 4th round pick and saving over $11 million from his remaining contract. B for play, C+ for trade return.
Marcell Dareus: Dareus was traded from the Bills to the Jaguars mid-season 2017 for a 2018 6th round pick to help solidify the lone run-defense weakness in what was a near impeccable defense. Although his stats don’t show it, (2.5 sacks, 45 combined tackles, 4 TFL and 5 QB hits) when healthy, he was a stud in the run game. The Jaguars ultimately decided not to pick up his 2020-year option and he remains a free agent. A team struggling in the run game could pick him up for cheap and I’m not 100% sure why he hasn’t been signed by a team yet. Dave Caldwell has said he is open to bringing him back on a separate deal, but hasn't acted on it yet. C

Players Signed

Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Tyler Eifert TE Bengals 2 years $9,500,000
Joe Schobert ILB Browns 5 years $53,750,000
Chris Thompson RB The Washington Football Team 1 year $1,400,000
Al Woods DT Seahawks 1 year $2,500,000
Rashaan Melvin CB Lions 1 year $1,750,000
Mike Glennon QB Raiders 1 year $1,187,500
Rodney Gunter DE Cardinals 3 years $18,000,000
Aaron Lynch OLB Bears 1 year $1,100,000
Cassius Marsh DE Cardinals 1 year $1,047,500
Lerentee McCray OLB Jaguars 1 year $1,047,500
Tyler Shatley C Jaguars 1 year $1,512,500
Keelan Cole WR Jaguars 1 year $3,259,000
Brian Price DT Jaguars 2 year $1,815,000
Yannick Ngakoue DE Jaguars 1 year TAG $17,788,000
Source: Spotrac.com
 
Notes
Tyler Eifert: Going into the offseason, the biggest hole in an already lackluster offense was the Tight End position. The Jaguars drafted Josh Oliver in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft to help with that, but he went down with a hamstring injury in the preseason and a back injury during the regular season which limited him to 3 games. James O’Shaughnessy was one of Minshew’s favorite targets but went down with an ACL injury early on as well. Tyler Eifert comes in already familiar with Jay Gruden’s offense. The Jaguars are taking a risk in signing Eifert if they expect him to play even close to his 2015 production (52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns). However, if he stays healthy and can play even half as good, that’s a massive upgrade over what our Tight End group has produced over the past 5+ years. A 2-year contract worth $9.5 million filled with incentives should give Eifert the motivation to stay healthy and contribute immediately. But if he doesn’t produce as expected, the team should be able to release him with little cap hit. C+
Joe Schobert: Schobert from the Cleveland Browns could be considered the teams’ “marquee” free agent, signing a 5-year, $53.75 million contract with $21.5 million guaranteed. He comes into a linebacker corps that hasn’t had a true MLB since Posluszny retired. This addition allows Myles Jack to move to weak side and gives the opportunity for competition at strong side. Schobert gives the Jaguars a leadership type figure in an already incredibly young defense. Since Telvin Smith retired and decided to be stupid (more on that later on) and Poz choosing to hang up the cleats as well, there hasn’t been someone that could command the defense; Jack tried previously but had probably his worst year to date. Schobert solidifying the middle also gives Jack the opportunity to use his athleticism on the outside. Schobert is top 10 in pass coverage, but still needs to improve in the run game (which is something the team has struggled in for years). I feel like this is a boom-or-bust signing, but am cautiously optimistic. B+
Chris Thompson: Leonard Fournette is still this team’s workhorse back. Rumors started spreading that he would be traded prior to the draft, which ultimately fell flat. Just because the Jags are going to rely on Fournette even more, doesn’t mean that Minshew doesn’t need as many weapons as possible. This is another signing that works well with Gruden’s offense since he had played for him in Washington. This also gives Minshew another weapon out of the backfield. On the other hand, this is another signing that is based solely on whether he can stay healthy or not. A one year, prove-it deal worth $1.4 million is smart on the teams end because when healthy, Thompson can still have the capability to make plays. B
Rodney Gunter: A Calais Campbell clone? Probably not, but a man can dream right? The DE from Arizona signed a 3-year deal worth $18 million to pretty much help rotate through his old position, though. He hasn’t really shown much as a pass rusher (11 sacks in 5 years) but will probably be a rotational piece mostly used in run downs. C
Rashaan Melvin: With the departure of Bouye, the team looked thin at the position prior to the draft. The Jags also hit a homerun with their previous CB signing from Detroit, DJ Hayden. Melvin comes in on another one-year deal to compete with last years UDFA surprise, Tre Herndon for the CB2 spot opposite CJ Henderson. In his 4 years with Detroit, Oakland and Indianapolis, he posted 4 INT and 41 Passes Defended and 2 FF. This puts some competition in camp (if there is one) with experience vs. potential. B-
Al Woods: Caldwell goes in again on defense and signs the large run-stuffer from Seattle on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The loss of Marcel Dareus put a large hole in the already weak run defense and Woods helps plug it back in with a decent resume stuffing the middle. This gives the Jags a nice rotation between him, Abry Jones and Davon Hamilton. B EDIT: As of posting this, Al Woods has opted out of the 2020 season.

Draft

After trading away Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, AJ Bouye and Nick Foles, the Jaguars ended up with a total of 12 draft picks (most in franchise history).
 
Round Number Player Position School
1 9 (9) CJ Henderson CB Florida
1 20 (20) from Rams K’Lavon Chaisson DE/LB LSU
2 10 (42) Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado
3 9 (73) DaVon Hamilton DT Ohio State
4 10 (116) Ben Bartch OL St. Johns (Minn.)
4 31 (137) from Broncos Josiah Scott CB Michigan State
4 34 (140) from Bears Shaquille Quarterman LB Miami
5 12 (157) from Ravens Daniel Thomas S Auburn
5 20 (165) from Rams (Fowler trade) Collin Johnson WR Texas
6 10 (189) Jake Luton QB Oregon State
6 27 (206) Tyler Davis TE Georgia Tech
7 9 (223) Chris Claybrooks CB/Return Specialist Memphis
 

Analysis

C.J. Henderson: There was a lot of speculation as to who Caldwell was going to draft with the first of 2 first round picks. Was it going to be an OL? WR? QB?(for some reason). Dave ultimately went with the heir to the Ramsey throne. Gone are the days of back injuries and in are the days of another Florida school product. This man is 6-foot 204lb and is extremely good in coverage, which is something that the team needs in replacement of Ramsey. One glaring weakness in his game is his tackling, which seems like there is some hesitation and looks to often miss open field tackles. He immediately fills the CB1 role that was previously held by surprise UDFA Tre Herndon. B
K’Lavon Chaisson: Alright, I’ll address the elephant on the team now. Yannick Ngakoue is not playing another down for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I was a believer that they could strike a long-term deal and keep the talented pass rusher but NOOOOO, he just had to beef with the owner’s son and ruin any chance, but I digress. The first of the Rams 1st round picks from the Jalen Ramsey trade yields the replacement for the other man who really wants out. The LSU product brings an incredible motor and raw talent. He has all the physical tools you could need in a DE/LB at 6’3” and 254lbs but has a high ceiling if he works on his technique. A line edged by Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson sounds relentless to me. A-
Laviska Shenault Jr.: There was plenty of WR talent deep in this draft class and I feel like the Jags found a secret weapon in the Colorado prospect. Despite dealing with numerous injuries and not the best quarterback play, he was still able to produce over 2000 scrimmage yards through his SO and JR seasons. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be able to line up all over the field. Gruden will be able to set him up at WR, RB and even Wildcat QB if he’s feeling frisky. At 6-2 220LB, Minshew has versatile target that has the chance to produce really well if he can stay healthy. B+
DaVon Hamilton: The 6-4, 320lb DT was a wall in the center of the Buckeye line. He amassed 6 sacks, 28 tackles (9.5 for a loss) with 1 forced fumble in his redshirt senior season. Hamilton was drafted to help shore up the middle once held up by Dareus, but also now partially manned by Al Woods. His specialty is in the run game, which is something the Jags desperately need. B
Ben Bartch: The Smoothie King comes to Duval. Everyone knows the story of Bartch’s insane smoothie recipe that helped him gain 86lbs. Coming out of DIII St. John’s in Minnesota, he dominated competition enough to earn him a spot at the Senior Bowl. Even though he doesn’t have much experience against NFL caliber competition, Bartch has the tools necessary to grow in the league and become a serviceable backup or eventually challenge current starting RG, AJ Cann. B-
Josiah Scott: On the smaller end of the spectrum (5’9”, 185lbs), Scott has had to overcome his size with speed and knowledge. He’s too small to be anything more than a slot corner; but he can be great depth behind DJ Hayden and helpful in the run game. The Jags lost a lot in the CB department, so I understand the depth pick. C+
Shaquille Quarterman: Quarterman was a 4-year starter and a captain while at Miami. Caldwell really wanted to shore up the run defense this offense and this pick doesn’t stray away from that narrative. He may not be the best in the pass game since he has limited speed, but on running downs he could be very helpful and a leader in the locker room. B
Daniel Thomas: I’m actually a fan of this pick solely for depth purposes. The best backup safety on the team is Andrew Wingard, so any help at the position is good. In his time at Auburn, he notched 5 interceptions, 199 total tackles and forced 3 fumbles. B
Collin Johnson: I feel like Johnson will be an asset in the red zone. His large stature at 6’6”, 220lbs+ will be great for jump-balls. The Jags receiving corp. has almost every kind of receiver you would need except for a big bodied guy to get up after 50/50 balls. While I’m not happy it took Dave this long to get more help for Minshew besides Shenault, this isn’t the worst consolation prize. C+
Jake Luton: Caldwell has had a history of selecting a QB in the 6th round. So, I’m not surprised by this pick. But the question is: will he be another Minshew, or a Tanner Lee? The Oregon State Beaver threw for 42 touchdowns to 11 interception in 3 years there. My money is on him being a camp body or not making the roster at all. D
Tyler Davis: Davis started his career at UConn as a Quarterback but switched to WR as a sophomore and ended up a TE before transferring to Georgia Tech as a TE. His receiving stats leave a lot to be desired but has some strength in run-blocking. In an already crowded position group, he’ll have to really show off to make the final roster. D+
Chris Claybrooks: Caldwell and Marrone both agreed that Claybrooks was drafted for returning purposes. Supposedly running a 4.25s 40 in a video sent to every NFL team, he has the speed to make a difference on special teams. In his time returning kicks at Memphis, he returned 11 for 338 yards for an average of 30.7 – a much higher average than the 24.2 yds/rt the Jaguars did in 2019. B+
 

UDFA

Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State; Doug Costin, DT, Miami (OH); Nathan Cottrell, RB, Georgia Tech; Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State; Nate Evans, LB, Central Florida; Tavien Feaster, RB, South Carolina; Josh Hammond, WR, Florida; Amari Henderson, CB, Wake Forest; Ross Matiscik, LS, Baylor; Steven Nielson, OL, Ohio; J.R. Reed, S, Georgia; James Robinson, RB, Illinois State; Marvelle Ross, WR, Notre Dame College; Connor Slomka, FB, Army; Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, OL, Missouri; Kobe Williams, CB, Arizona State; Brandon Wright, K, Georgia State.

Other Offseason News that Affected the Team

 
Oh my word…..there was so much that happened. I wish I had enough time to go into full detail on everything, but new job has my time extremely limited. I’ll unfortunately have to stick with short synopses on these.
 
Tom Coughlin Fired
The Tom Coughlin era 2.0 is finally over. The Jaguars have had enough of his dictatorship and days after the NFLPA sent a warning letter to players to stay away, they relieved him of his duties. A few of the grievances included:
  • Fining Dante Fowler Jr. $700k for not rehabbing in Jacksonville
  • Nearly forcing Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith to participate in voluntary workouts
  • Fining Fournette for sitting while inactive during the 2018 finale
But wait! There’s more! Not only did he have a number of grievances filed against him, he:
  • Gave Blake Bortles a deal averaging $18m a year, only to be released
  • Signed Nick Foles to a deal worth $88m, and wouldn’t let it go when it was proven he wasn’t the guy
  • Other general day-to-day nuances that make him an overall unlikable person
 
Now that he’s gone, the clocks have gone back to normal time and hopefully the morale of the team improves greatly. This is also a final chance for Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell to show that a major factor in the teams lack of recent success can be directly attributed to the Tom Coughlin culture.
 
Telvin Smith arrested
Oooooh boy……what to say about this one. Former 5th round pick out of Florida State turned top MLB in the NFL arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He retired in 2019 stating that he needed to focus on his family and health. Smith first met the girl in the summer of 2019, recently after she turned 17; and in their 2-month time together, they had sex multiple times in Smith’s car and home. Adding onto that, Smith offered the underage girl $200 to keep quiet, $100 of which she ultimately took. He was released on $50,003 bond. DON’T.FUCK.KIDS.OR.TEENS.PEOPLE.
 
Yannick Ngakoue
I don’t really know where to start this since so much has happened. Yannick Ngakoue is trying to pull a Jalen Ramsey and tweet himself out of Duval County. Ngakoue has been (and still is) very open about his displeasure towards the organization. Since late 2019, he has tweeted numerous times about wanting to be traded, even calling out Tony Khan (son of owner Shahid Khan) on the site. The team franchise tagged him and tried shopping around. Their asking price was a MINIMUM of a first round pick, but the Twitter tirade ruined basically any chance of that return. There was an offer that included a Pro Bowl player recently, which was declined since the player “didn’t fit their system”. People are split between whether he plays if he doesn’t get traded or sitting out the season, which I guess we’ll see once (if) the season commences.
 
No 5th year option for Fournette
Just like Ngakoue, the former 4th overall picks’ relationship with the front office has not been the most ideal. He was one of the many players that filed a grievance against the team for the fine for sitting on the bench in 2018 while inactive, which he got back. The Jaguars decided not to pick up his 5th year option, which would’ve netted Fournette $8.43 million. This means that, unless an extension is made, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. The team will most likely not extend him beyond this season since they were even trying to get rid of him this offseason. They had discussions with teams about moving him, but no deal was done. Caldwell ultimately decided that Fournette will stick around and be the RB1 for the 2020 season but has not made any mention of beyond that. This is a contract year for him, and he wants to prove that he was worth the 4th overall selection.
 
COVID-19
As most of you may know, the Jacksonville Jaguars have another name: The London Jaguars
But in all seriousness, it’s been seeming to the general public that the team will move to London; especially after this year when Khan moved a second home game to Wembley Stadium. The reasoning behind the move is to increase local revenue. The front office believed that the reasoning behind the low revenue was the local market, not the product on the field. No one, not a single fan took this piece of news positively. It seemed like it was doomed from the start, something that could only be slowed down by say a…..pandemic? (un)Luckily so, one such pandemic happened. Creating an international travel restriction and preventing any NFL teams from playing in London. When the season does start, the home games, which would’ve been vs. the Lions and Browns in non-consecutive weeks, will actually be played at home. In other COVID news, former Jaguar great Tony Boselli contracted the Coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU for five days. Things got so bad that he was hooked up to two IVs and needed oxygen to help his breathing. Luckily, he was able to recover mostly and was released on March 30.

Projected Starting Lineup with Camp Battles

Positions won in a camp battle italicized
QB- Gardner Minshew: This is Gardner Minshew’s team in 2020. After a promising rookie season, added weapons and a more workable scheme, Minshew should solidify himself as the quarterback of the future - given he slows down on the turnovers.
RB- Leonard Fournette: In a contract year after his 5th year option was declined, he will be running with a chip on his shoulder. The team looks to run him as much as possible before he leaves.
TE- Tyler Eifert, James O’Shaughnessy: Free agent signing Eifert will fill the starting role as long as he is healthy. I think O’Shaughnessy beats out Josh Oliver for the TE2 spot due to last years chemistry with Minshew.
WR- D.J. Chark Jr., Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Laviska Shenault Jr.: This group is easily the strength of this offense. Chark looks to build on a really nice 2019 season, Westbrook and Conley weren’t bad as WR2 and 3, but they weren’t spectacular either. I added Shenault as well because he will be put in at a bunch of different positions.
LT- Cam Robinson: Robinson battled through an ACL injury in 2018 which basically sent his development back over a year. He’s been inconsistent in his time playing, playing well during some games but slacking big time in others.
LG- Andrew Norwell: The coaching staff is still sticking by the second highest paid guard in the NFL, even though he hasn’t been playing like it at all. He missed time in 2018 with a foot injury and has been battling through that since. But ultimately needs to play even remotely like the former 1st team all-pro in order to provide some return on his contract. He has been arguably the worst lineman on an already weak line.
C- Brandon Linder: One of the more underrated lineman in the league. Linder has been a consistent leader on the offense since being drafted in the 3rd round in 2014.
RG- A.J. Cann: Cann is just one of those guys where you kinda forget about him until he has a terrible game and then you remember that he’s actually not good. I’m considering this one a battle because I feel like rookie Bartch can snag a start or two during the season.
RT- Jawaan Taylor: After dropping to the Jags in the second round of last years’ draft, Taylor has lived up to expectations. While having the typical rookie growing pains, he was extremely solid playing against pro-level talent.
DL- Josh Allen, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan/Rodney Gunter, K’Lavon Chaisson: A group that is primed to surprise people. The Good Josh Allen is already a forced to be reckoned with, Abry Jones is a solid piece with some rotational help, Taven Bryan is only getting better at the run while Gunter will help with the pass rush. Finally, 1st round pick K’Lavon Chaisson comes in with an incredible motor to help with the loss of Ngakoue.
LB- Myles Jack, Joe Schobert, Quincy Williams: Myles Jack is on his 3rd position, so hopefully this will unlock his full athletic potential. Schobert will command the defense up the middle and drop into coverage. Quincy did not play well last year as a rookie. I hope he is able to progress this season or we might be in trouble there.
CB- C.J. Henderson, Rashaan Melvin, D.J. Hayden: 9th overall pick Henderson gets the start at the CB1 position. Melvin and Tre Herndon are going to be battling for the CB2 spot, but I give the nod to Melvin solely because he has more experience. D.J. Hayden is another underrated player in the NFL and is quietly one of the top Nickel corners.
S- Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson: Ronnie Harrison has been really coming into his own over the past season and will only get better. Jarrod Wilson played fairly well in 2019 and was exercised his option during the offseason.
K- Josh Lambo: Lambo is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL today. Hitting over 94% of his kicks since coming to Jacksonville (while also leading the NFL in 2019 with 97.1% FG made).
P- Logan Cooke: Cooke is top 10 in yards/punt and has no need to worry about losing his job.
KR- Chris Claybrooks: The 7th rounder from Memphis was drafted specifically to return kicks, hopefully he brings the spark that the team desperately needs on ST.
PR- Dede Westbrook: Westbrook was 14th in the NFL in punt returns, he hasn’t been great in the field, but he also hasn’t been terrible.

Schedule Predictions

Week 1: IND (L) – Philip Rivers has had our number over the years (7-2, 24 touchdowns to 5 interceptions); and a team that’s a QB shy from competing now has the Jaguars literal kryptonite. I have my faith in the young defense, but Rivers will probably have a field day. 0-1
Week 2: @TEN (W) – Huh, no annual TNF Titans-Jaguars trash bowl? 2020 is really a weird year and I don’t like it. Here’s hoping that at least one trend sort of-continues: a split in games. The Jags revamped run defense slows down Derrick Henry for a game and CJ Henderson gets his first career pick off of Tannehill. Minshew is going to be the deciding factor in this game. 1-1
Week 3: MIA (W) – If it’s Fitzpatrick, it’s a loss. But I believe Tua takes the job early in the season(maybe?) and has his typical rookie growing pains. One of which is losing to a bad team that you shouldn’t lose to. 2-1
Week 4: @CIN (W) – Just like Tua, Burrow is set to have his growing pains. But this isn’t one of those games. The first overall pick goes into a shootout with The Man, The Myth, The Legend but comes up short due to a questionable play call in the final seconds. 3-1
Week 5: @HOU (L) – Even though Houston no longer has DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson is still able to work through the Jags D to come up with the win. 3-2
Week 6: DET (L) – Matthew Stafford has a really good week and Jeff Okudah outmatches his top 10 counterpart in another close game that comes down to game management experience. 3-3
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: @LAC (W) – Even though Jacksonville isn’t typically good on the west coast, they’re facing a team manned either by Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert. If they’re facing the latter (I’m sticking with a first round rookie start), then they’ll pull off a win they shouldn’t have. 4-3
Week 9: HOU (L) - Just like week 5, Watson goes off again while Brandon Cooks has 150+ yards receiving. Minshew attempts a 4th quarter comeback and brings it close, but ultimately falls short. 4-4
Week 10: @GB (L) - Aaron Rodgers is obviously unhappy with the drafting of Jordan Love and is on a mission to prove that he’s still got it in the league. Even though the rest of the roster is lacking pieces, you can never count out Rodgers. Especially when it’s against lower competition. 4-5
Week 11: PIT (L) – I feel like this could be the start (or continuation) of a decent non-divisional/former divisional rivalry. Big Ben is back and has a good back in James Conner. Besides JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron, there isn’t anyone that inflicts fear in secondaries. This game could go either way, but I’m giving the nod to Pittsburgh in a close match. Their defense has enough to slow down our offense, but our defense lacks the “star-power” against their offense to really make up for it. 4-6
Week 12: @CLE (L) – Chubb is good, Beckham is good, Landry is good, Hooper is good. Unfortunately I don’t see us being close in this one. 4-7
Week 13: @MIN (L) – Minnesota, at this point, is looking towards the postseason and will not hold back. Thielen and Cook will carry their offense to 3 touchdowns while the Jags offense falls flat this week. 4-8
Week 14: TEN (L) – The split game. Again….WHY NO TNF?! The Jaguars come into the game tired and eliminated, while the Tacks come into the contest nearing a berth and are hungry for a win. Derrick Henry is Derrick Henry and just runs train. 4-9
Week 15: @BAL (L) - I may be biased but I’m not delusional. 4-10
Week 16: CHI (W) – I’m basing this off my prediction that Foles will outplay Trubisky and stays healthy. Foles plays better than Trubisky, but that’s not saying much. Henderson is able to keep Allen Robinson at bay; and while Khalil Mack will be effective, his impact will be kept to a best-case scenario. 5-10
Week 17: IND (W) – Indianapolis already clinched a playoff spot and is resting their starters for their inevitable 1st round elimination. So, the Jags will win in semi-convincing fashion against a team starting backups. 6-10
Final Record: 6-10. I genuinely believe this team has improved overall despite the major losses throughout the defense. There are going to be a lot of close games, especially if more players opt-out of the season. I feel like many of these games could steer in either direction. Besides Baltimore, Minnesota, Houston and Green Bay, of course. The ceiling of this team could push .500, but the floor could really bottom out at 1 or 2 wins. This team is extremely young and still needs to mesh. Depending on next years draft picks (looking at you, Rams. Please suck, thanks), this team is poised for a huge jump in the near future. This isn’t a full rebuild, it’s a partial one. I do not see this team making the postseason this year, but they could definitely play party-pooper to a couple of teams.

Schemes

Jay Gruden – Gruden utilizes a West Coast Offensive scheme. This scheme was created by Bill Walsh in the 60’s when he worked for the Cincinnati Bengals as the QB coach. This offense relies heavily on shorter throws spread out throughout the field, eventually opening the top up for the occasional long ball. The use of a mobile QB and a variety of receivers can really help spread out the defense as well and easier for him to make throws.
Todd Wash – Although there have been rumors of a scheme change, and the signing of certain players seem to suggest the same, Todd Wash is still sticking a base 4-3 defense. One of the more common schemes, it involves four down linemen consisting of a nose tackle, a defensive tackle and two ends. Behind the linemen are 3 linebackers: The Mike, Will and Sam linebackers. The Mike, or middle, will line up behind the nose tackle and covers the A gap. The Will, or weak, lines up on the side not containing the TE and covers the B gap on that side. The Sam, or strong, lines up on the side of the Tight End and will contain the C gap on that side. The secondary will always have two CB’s, a SS and FS; the CB’s will cover the receivers, the FS will line up deep on the side of the weakside linebacker and the SS will do the same on the opposite side.
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2020.07.25 19:38 clme The evolving controversy over mandatory masks - some notes on the scientific, legal, and psychological dimensions

UPDATED ON AUGUST 23, 2020
I would like to address the two-pronged idea that (a) wearing cloth masks might help and (b) it certainly won't hurt...So no harm, and maybe some benefit, right? Instead of jumping to this conclusion, I think we should consider this issue in its broader context, bearing in mind that it is unwise to mandate something over which there is active and ongoing controversy within the scientific community itself (i.e. the issue is far from being settled, with evidence foagainst cloth masks all over the place, with just as many studies showing that they may be ineffective or actively harmful (e.g. making other health issues worse) as studies showing some modest efficacy.

1. Aspects related to scientific evidence and cross-country variability in cloth mask policies

One cannot pick up a random study on mask use and present it as justification. Because the topic of masks has become morally-loaded ("Do the decent thing, and wear a mask"; "Be a good human and protect the vulnerable"), we must be aware of people's tendency to "often choose morality over hard evidence" and control for it. We need to look at the totality of available evidence, to see the general patterns that emerge, the outliers, and the variance in the quality of the research designs involved. We need to keep in mind Carnap and Hempel's total evidence rule, lest we jump to silly conclusions . We also need to keep in mind that because of mob pressure, there is an asymmetry as to which science gets publicized and which science gets banned and overlooked. We know that researchers like Michael Osterholm who expressed reservations about masks have been harassed by the pro-mask crowd. The science one gets to see these days on social media is the science approved by the mob - there are very clear signs of pervasive COVID-19 related censorship. Overall, the available scientific and policy evidence indicates that mandating or even just formally recommending to the general public to wear a cloth mask in nonhealthcare settings is NOT a good idea:

2. Psychological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of mandating cloth masks

People seem very quick these days to ask to (a) make mandatory whatever they happen to support or encourage, (b) ban whatever they happen to dislike or hate, and (c) consider themselves morally superior to those who disagree with them, and taking this so far so as to label them "evil" (or in our context, either evil or covidiots or both). This constellation of propensities is the essence of the authoritarian personality...the one that made possible the rise of the likes of Stalin and Hitler. Please be on alert whenever you hear others or yourself uttering the words "mandatory", "ban", and "evil"...that is the beginning of a very slippery slope.
From a legal standpoint, mask-wearing can be construed as a form of medical treatment, and most jurisdictions have legislation requiring informed consent for any and all forms of medical treatment. Mandating masks is a violation of your guaranteed right to informed consent for medical treatment. This means that it is one thing to personally believe that masks work and that they should be recommended, and quite another to loudly insist that they should be made mandatory.
The topic of masks has turned us against one another. Many of us feel humiliated, degraded, and robbed of our sense of human dignity by being forced to wear a cloth mask. Masks scare people unnecessarily. They create an atmosphere of doom and gloom, thereby enabling acquiescence to (and justification for) the dangerous rise of authoritarianism and the police state. This chilling description of how the police state works in Melbourne, Australia, as of August 2020, should drive the point home. To prove that you are a good or decent human being, you are supposed to do your share and wear a mask:
The most clever thing that these governors did was to build the morality of “loving your neighbor” into the use of this stupid facial accessory. Most people, if only concerned about themselves, would not comply. “I’ll take my own risks.” But with the “my nose rag protects YOU” mentality in place, they’ve given every citizen who complies the high moral ground and an astronomical sense of self righteousness. If you don’t wear the diseased diaper on your face, you are a cretin, a hateful murderer, a walking leprous pustule distributing your filth all over the environment... and therefore it doesn’t matter how I treat you. It really was a brilliant move and very effective. (Redditor kepc897)
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I think the biggest factor is cognitive dissonance. In many (if not most) cases, the reason that people "wear the mask" is because they're afraid, either of the virus, or of "getting in trouble," or of being socially stigmatized / shamed, or even more benignly just of the extra attention they're apt to receive (or that they might feel like they're receiving) as a result of not conforming (e.g., being the only one without a mask in a particular store). So they wear the mask. But the story they tell themselves is not "I'm wearing this because I'm a scared, conformist little bitch." That's not very flattering. So instead they convince themselves they're wearing the mask because they're virtuous, they're responsible, and they care about others' safety. When they see someone else not conforming, on some deep level it triggers feelings of envy and inadequacy because they're seeing someone who isn't afraid. Demonizing that person is a way of reinforcing the story they're telling themselves. (Redditor Capt_Roger_Murdoch)
The interesting point about this collective test we each have to pass, is that it is visible to all. That guy doesn't wear a mask! Let's shame him! The visibility of it all - reminiscent of asking Jews to wear the yellow star in Nazi Germany - makes it easy to single out the enemy within. Redditor thartal has brilliantly captured the spirit of it all with his tongue in cheek "We must kill them before they kill grandma!". The whole exercise of identifying the bad apples among us has the added benefit of giving us someone who can conveniently (and self-servingly...) be blamed and punished: it is easier to punish anti-maskers than to punish the government for how it handled the pandemic, or Mother Nature for the pandemic itself. Meanwhile, the virus does what viruses do, in utter disregard for our security theater and risk rituals therein. Indeed, a sociological analysis of face masks as a risk ritual pointed out that the behavior is counterproductive, to the extent that it fuels anxiety instead of staving it off:
These risk rituals...are more likely to embed rather than resolve the anxieties around which they are organised, even creating a ‘spiral of anxiety’ (Crawford 2004: 505). Existential health risk anxieties are not easily managed and this also goes to the heart of the problem of responsibilisation. Individuals are made rhetorically responsible for problems over which they actually have little control, making the assumption of responsibility as illusory as the protective effects of the rituals that can accompany them... In the abstract, people endorse mask‐wearing as a social act but in reality the imperative of self‐protection predominates.
Note carefully the ingredients of the charade of "science-informed policy"...to fight COVID-19(84). SARS-CoV-2 is less lethal than we thought: for every 1,000 infected, less than 7 people have died, i.e. overall IFR under 0.7%, with two important attributes: heavy age-stratification and rapid decline in fatality rates due to ongoing progress in treatment. This updated scientific understanding of the true level of risk is incongruent with actively spreading an atmosphere of hysteria and panic by wearing a mask (with or without the Fauci-endorsed goggles). Pro-maskers hope to help crush the "curve", whereas anti-maskers hope to help flatten the fear:
Wearing [a mask] for show makes me complicit in something I know not to be true (not the reality of the virus, but rather the wisdom of the broader public health strategy since March). It plays into a hysteria that I will not be a part of or endorse. I want people to see I'm not scared to perhaps give them a bit more courage, as well. (Redditor PlayFree_Bird)
Note that being anti-mask is not a selfish or anti-social stance: anti-maskers have ethics and values, just like pro-maskers do, but in their ethical system they rank higher the importance of:
  1. Flattening the collective feamass hysteria
  2. Affirming the central value of normal human relations: "mask wearing is degrading our human relations: that which made human life worth saving in the first place...Face masks efface us"
  3. Defending civil liberties/fighting government overreach
  4. Respecting only evidence-driven public policy (i.e. refusing to be part of a charade)
The latter point has two aspects to it: (4.a.) some anti-maskers are aware that we do not have any strong evidence that cloth masks for the general public in nonhealthcare settings are effective (hence mandating them undermines the integrity of the scientific enterprise, basic respect for facts, and the principle of effectiveness in public health policy); (4.b.) other anti-maskers argue that even if masks were known to be effective, using them would be counter-productive because the best strategy is to get faster to herd immunity by encouraging low-risk demographics to live normally. Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard Medical School professor of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety, has spoken to this issue on 8th August 2020:
As a society we should appreciate young adults who help generate herd immunity by living normal lives and keeping society afloat. Thank you, thank you, thank you. When people throw misguided complaints at you, falsely claiming that you are endangering others, remember that the opposite is true.
Professor Udi Qimron, Head of the Department of Immunology at Tel Aviv University, said the same on 16th August 2020:
I would also ask children and young people to take off their masks.
Going out in public without a mask can be a scientific, political, and moral statement that many of us choose to make even at the risk of being bullied by the pro-mask cult. Genuinely selfish people would find it less costly to just wear the damned mask, even if they didn't believe it works.
Contrary to a widespread, but misguided opinion, mask mandates are not a solution to reducing the economic damage wrought by lockdowns. The darker, insidious, long-term psychological and social damage induced by mask-wearing is becoming increasingly apparent even here among Redditors. In short, masks dehumanize (see here 1 and here 2). To illustrate some of the facets of this process:
Forcing the healthy - especially children - to hide their faces in public has devastating psychological and sociological effects that go way beyond mere “inconvenience.” Your overall sentiment is commonly expressed - masks will help us get back to normal by assuaging people’s fears! This is an inversion of the truth. Masks foment terror. They perpetuate an atmosphere of fear, tension, and dread. Definitionally. Widespread mask wearing is dystopian and societally toxic in the extreme. Deny this obvious reality at your great peril. (Redditor WestCoastSurvivor)
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Yes, it’s dehumanizing. It sows further distrust in society. Now people are not able to partake in the most basic human connection: sharing a smile, or any facial expression for the matter. Beyond that, the symbolism of masks revolves around disease, germs, contamination, etc. Healthy people wearing masks is just another way to further atomise and divide people, as if that weren’t bad enough already. Overall, the enforcement of masks feels more overreach. This whole fiasco has been characterized by overreach, tyranny and totalitarianism. Wearing a mask is a sign of submission as well as legitimization of a situation that I believe is greatly overblown. I don’t want to play this game at all. (Redditor FlakyDebt)
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The concern I have with the way masks are mandated is that by mandating masks, we are setting up a scenario where people are taught to be afraid of other people. People are seen as “potentially infected” and people are now seen as something you need to stay away from. This creates a depressing social atmosphere and undercurrents of fear that I’m worried won’t entirely disappear for a bit even when the mask wearing is no longer mandated. (Redditor blueberryshoes_ )
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The issue is mandatory mask wearing by law. The issue is not whether it's effective at improving health outcomes. The problem is that it's not the role of government to prevent (or reduce) all bad things from happening. Making ice cream illegal would arguably improve health outcomes as well but our society values individual freedom of choice. If people choose to wear masks, I'm fine with them doing so. I'm not okay with the government mandating mask wearing, regardless whether it "works". (Redditor mrandish)
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A mask, a muzzle, a sign of submission. Who are we submitting to? The virtuous. Who are the virtuous? Those who submit. How do you recognize the virtuous? By the mask. It's a tight tautology. A cave-man ideology. (Redditor horsemintfoxglove)
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For many of us it is not just the mandate to wear a mask (a "minor inconvenience" apparently) and the implied loss of freedom that irks, not just the discomfort of wearing one that pains us, not just the newness or strangeness that causes such a visceral reaction, or our frustrations at being told to accept incomplete and constantly developing science as long established fact - rather, it is the loss of identity, the loss of natural social signalling, the very loss of our public social intimacy with each other that is striking many of us to the absolute core. We are so naturally inclined to respond to human faces that we see them in walls and clouds; we yearn for them on a deep, primitive, visceral level. To a huge extent, we ARE our faces. Erasing our faces is dehumanising...Many people are scared of the impact of the virus on human life and angry at those who refuse to subscribe to masks, or at least join in unwillingly. But those of us reacting in all kinds of ways against the masking of humanity are also scared and angry. We are scared of losing that precious contact with our own and others' humanity, scared of losing what it is to be human. Scared, ultimately, of losing many of those things that make life worth living as a human being in the first place. (Redditor FrazzledGod)
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The "wear a mask" agenda became fishy to me when they changed it from "mask" to "face covering", and started saying that even a bandana or a scarf or a cut up t shirt will do. Mandating medical-grade masks would make sense. Obviously, there is zero scientific or medical precedent for wearing a bandana on your face to stop disease spread. So then, the question becomes, why are they so insistent on pushing this agenda that you must hide your face? I think the answer is simple - they want people to be dehumanized in the eyes of their fellow man. Instead of seeing each other as fellow human beings with whom there is an emotional or physical connection, they want us to see each other as bioweapons, and they want us to think of ourselves as being bioweapons also. People are a lot easier to manipulate and to pin against each other when they are afraid of themselves and each other. Absolutely disgusting, and it's unbelievable how many people just lap it right up without questioning it when it's framed as a "public health crisis". (Redditor ashowofhands)

3. Looking ahead

In the not-too-distant future technological progress will likely lead to high-quality masks that will actually work. But they will work not only to contain viral particles, but also to dehumanize us. And that's why, even in that future when the science of mask-making will be perfected, many of us would choose not to wear one. But given that the current situation has set up a political precedent for authoritarianism and the curtailment of personal freedoms in the name of public health, the open question remains: will we still be allowed to choose?
What can one do about all this?
PS: Thank you for the platinum, kind stranger!
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2020.07.09 08:41 Justwonderinif Golden State Killer Timeline I

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2020.07.09 03:29 Justwonderinif Golden State Killer Timeline I

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2020.07.04 05:00 autotldr Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr.'s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 35%. (I'm a bot)
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.
Guilfoyle, who has been dating Trump Jr. since 2018, is a member of the Trump 2020 campaign and a vocal surrogate of President Trump.
Citing a "Person familiar" with what happened, Haberman reported that Guilfoyle "Was never was with POTUS, and neither was Don Jr., who tested negative."
NEW - Kim Guilfoyle, girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top campaign official, tested positive for coronavirus in SD ahead of attending Mt Rushmore event, according to a person familiar w what happened.
In a reply to her original tweet, Haberman added that neither Guilfoyle nor her boyfriend accompanied Trump on Air Force One to South Dakota.
The positive test from someone deep within Trump's personal inner circle presents an embarrassing and inconvenient contradiction for Trump, who earlier this week downplayed the pandemic and said it would "Just disappear" and it comes amid a massive spike in Covid-19 cases across dozens of states that fueled the country to a single-day record of more than 55,000 new coronavirus cases.
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2020.07.01 17:00 Inkblot9 Conference changes for 2020–21

It's July 1st, and you know what that means: time for the annual conference changes list! Thanks to Sir_Superman for letting me take over this year, and for helping fill in some things I missed.
Schools with football (including those adding or dropping it) are in bold. Note that I'm not including schools that have canceled football or other fall sports for 2020, since those presumably are temporary changes.

Division I

Seven schools are in the process of reclassifying to Division I. Their projected completion dates (after which they become eligible for the postseason) are as follows:
Future changes: Bethune–Cookman and Florida A&M from MEAC to SWAC; North Carolina A&T from MEAC to Big South. St. Thomas (MN) is applying for a waiver to reclassify from Division III to Division I beginning in 2021; if this is accepted, UST will join the Summit League, but no football destination has been announced.

Division II

Six schools are in the process of joining Division II. Their projected completion dates (after which they become eligible for the postseason) are as follows:
Future changes: Anderson (SC) adding football (2024; South Atlantic); Ashland from GLIAC to GMAC (2021); Converse adding men’s sports (2021; Conference Carolinas); Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke from Peach Belt to Conference Carolinas (2021; UNCP football unaffected).

Division III

Several schools are in the process of joining Division III. Beginning with this year's entrants, the provisional membership process lasts only three years instead of four. However, under the old system it has been common for schools to obtain a waiver to skip a year (usually the third year). Because of that, these projected completion dates are tentative:
Manor is beginning an exploratory year and likely to enter provisional membership next year.
Future changes: Iowa Wesleyan from SLIAC (UMAC football) to NAIA (2021); Louisiana College from ASC to NAIA (2021); Macalester football from MWC to MIAC (2021); Mary Baldwin adding men’s sports (2021; USA South); Pine Manor is absorbed Boston College and drops sports (2021); St. Mary's (MD) from CAC to NEAC (2021); St. Norbert from MWC to NACC (2021); St. Scholastica from UMAC to MIAC (2021); St. Thomas (MN)from MIAC to likely Division I (2021); Southern Virginia from CAC (ODAC football) to USA South (2021).

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Future changes: Columbia (SC) adds men’s sports (2021); Iowa Wesleyan joins from D3 (no conference affiliation announced); Johnson & Wales (FL) closes (2021; currently in Sun Conference); Louisiana College joins from D3 (will likely join SSAC with football in the Sooner); Mount Marty adds football (2022; GPAC).

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2020.07.01 14:35 rusticgorilla Coronavirus: The "war time" president surrenders the nation

I’ll post these separately from Lost in the Sauce when necessary. There is a separate mailing list for those who just want these coronavirus posts emailed.
Housekeeping:

The surge

Dr. Fauci testified yesterday: "We are now having 40,000+ new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn this around. So, I am very concerned." (video)
Keep in mind, VP Pence said on Friday, June 26, that all 50 states "are opening up safely and responsibly" (video) and claimed that “we flattened the curve. (video).

Arizona

Daily confirmed coronavirus cases (date reported on):
  • June 29: 3,079 new cases
  • June 28: 3,858 new cases
  • June 27: 3,591 new cases
  • June 26: 3,428 new cases
  • June 25: 3,056 new cases
Inpatient beds and ICU beds in use continued to hit new records. As of Sunday, 84% of current inpatient beds and 88% of ICU beds were in use for COVID-19 and other patients. Arizona's state health director on Monday declared that hospitals could activate "crisis care standards" that guide the allocation of scarce resources to patients based on factors such as their likelihood for survival.
Positive test rate 11.7% according to the state data and 23% according to a coronavirus data aggregator, Covid Act Now.
Republican governor Doug Ducey has ordered bars, movie theaters, gyms, and water parks to shut down for at least 30 days. “Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” he said.

Florida

Daily confirmed coronavirus cases (date reported on):
  • June 29: 6,012 new cases
  • June 28: 5,409 new cases
  • June 27: 8,424 new cases
  • June 26: 9,557 new cases
  • June 25: 8,813 new cases
The rate of positive new tests has increased during that time period. It was at 13.67% on Sunday, the most recent date available.
Florida changed the way ICU beds are reported: Now, hospitals will report only those who are receiving an "intensive level of care," rather than the number of patients in intensive care unit beds. This could undercount the number of ICU coronavirus patients.
  • About 76 percent of the state’s hospital beds and about 79 percent of adult intensive-care unit beds were occupied Friday. Availability of beds, however, varies at the county level.
About a quarter of all patients admitted to Miami’s main public hospital over the past two weeks after going to the emergency room for car-crash injuries and other urgent problems have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Six-hour lines formed in Jacksonville over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to get drive-through tests.
Much of Florida’s new surge in cases appear to follow from the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants, and other social activities. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, announced Friday that the state is ending onsite consumption at bars, effectively moving the state back to an earlier phase of reopening. Jacksonville, where the Republican National Convention is slated to be held in August, is planning to institute a city-wide mask order.

Texas

Daily confirmed coronavirus cases:
  • June 29: 6,975 new cases
  • June 28: 4,288 new cases
  • June 27: 5,357 new cases
  • June 26: 5,742 new cases
  • June 25: 5,707 new cases
The rate of positive new tests has increased during that time period - from 11.7% on June 23 to 13.7% on June 28 (state dashboard). Austin health officials last week saw the highest rate of positive coronavirus tests of any metro area in the nation.
The 25-county region around Houston reported 2,042 beds occupied by all ICU patients, the highest total since the pandemic arrived in the city in March. The number of regional ICU patients has increased for eight consecutive days, rising by nearly 50 percent. The region’s base capacity of ICU beds is 2,202, with a surge capacity of 2,644.
  • In several counties in the state, hospitals and local officials are seeking to boost hospital capacity, seeking venues such as convention centers and stadiums that could potentially act as temporary ICU wards.
However, hospitalization data is in question in Texas: “Texas Medical Center hospitals stopped updating key metrics showing the stress rising numbers of COVID-19 patients were placing on their facilities for more than three days...When the charts reappeared, eight of the 17 original slides had been deleted — including any reference to hospital capacity or projections of future capacity.” Governor Abbott had expressed displeasure to hospital executives with negative headlines about ICU capacity.
On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would roll back some of the state’s reopening plans, closing bars and reducing the capacity for indoor dining. Meanwhile, some city and county leaders are asking Abbott for the authority to roll back business reopenings and implement local stay-at-home orders.

Trump ignores it all

Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the Tulsa arena that were intended to establish social distance between attendees during his June 20 rally. When Trump took the stage on Saturday evening, the crowd was clustered together and attendees were not leaving empty seats between themselves.
Consequences of the rally: Dozens of Secret Service agents will be quarantined as a precaution following President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa. At least eight campaign staffers connected the event tested positive for the coronavirus. Donald Trump’s reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and a group of campaign staffers are also in quarantine after attending the rally. Even a reporter at the event, who wore a face mask and practiced social distancing, tested positive in the following days.
Pence defended Trump’s drive to hold rallies with sparse public health measures by invoking freedom of speech and the election. During the first coronavirus task force briefing in months, a reporter pointed out that experts stress the importance of social distancing and warn about the threat of crowds, asking how the Trump campaign can justify holding rallies in spite of this consensus. Pence responded:
Pence: "The freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the US, and we have an election coming up this fall."
The Trump campaign wants to galvanize his base in part by continuing to urge the country to reopen faster… The president’s campaign advisers believe it comes down to getting a bigger proportion of the smaller group of people who love Trump to turn out than the larger group of voters who express tepid support for Biden.
Trump is planning a massive fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 3, despite environmental and public health concerns. Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said “we won't be social distancing” at the event and masks are optional. South Dakota’s coronavirus rate is 720 confirmed cases per 100,000.
  • Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump's July 3 visit. The groups view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to Indigenous people.
  • Trump has long shown a fascination with Mount Rushmore.Gov. Noem said in 2018 that he once told her straight-faced that it was his dream to have his face carved into the monument.
After abandoning North Carolina due to required precautions like social distancing and masks, the RNC convention moved to Jacksonville - which now is requiring face masks, too. However, it is not clear if the mayor will require the convention attendees to wear masks. At the president’s rally in Phoenix last week, many attendees didn’t wear masks despite a city order to do so.
  • A poll by the University of North Florida found that 58 percent of Jacksonville voters surveyed oppose the RNC convention, and 42 percent support it. Seventy-one percent said they were concerned the coronavirus would spread due to the convention, and 65 percent said they worried about “social unrest,” the poll showed.
Amid record-breaking coronavirus cases, the Texas GOP is moving forward with plans to hold their in-person convention in Houston next month (July). The state party chair made it clear last week that any mask-wearing would be optional.
  • The situation has created what union leaders say is a potentially perilous situation for workers at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, which is connected to the convention center and expects to see an uptick in guests during the convention.

Funding and equipment

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters unveiled a report detailing delays by the Trump administration in distributing $175 billion in coronavirus relief funds to hospitals. Nearly three months after the CARES Act, about $72 billion, or 41%, of the funding approved by Congress to support hospitals has still not been distributed. The delays, Peters said, has led to layoffs and furloughs of healthcare workers during the pandemic.
The Indian Health Service, which purchased Chinese-made KN95 masks from a former Trump White House official through a $3 million contract, is now trying to return the masks but facing resistance… The masks it bought from former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Zach Fuentes do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for use in health care settings.
A company created by a former Pentagon official who describes himself as a White House volunteer for Vice President Mike Pence won a $2.4 million dollar contract in May — its first federal award — to supply the Bureau of Prisons with surgical gowns.
Abbott Labs paid the husband of a White House Communications Director $400,000 while the White House promoted its coronavirus testing equipment. Political lobbyist Matt Schlapp, married to Mercedes Schlapp, worked with Abbott for two years, but was recently fired for controversy over racially insensitive comments. Trump promoted Abbott’s tests even as the FDA warned it was inaccurate.
Top Trump fundraiser Eric Beach sought to cash in on the pandemic by selling N95 masks at a marked up price. Four days after Trump feuded with 3M about the distribution of N95 masks, Beach - who had no experience in supplying medical goods - formed a company selling marked up masks with a 10% commission.
Gilead announces $3,120 price tag for Covid-19 drug remdesivir developed with $70 million in taxpayer support… “Allowing Gilead to set the terms during a pandemic represents a colossal failure of leadership by the Trump administration."
  • The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of remdesivir, leaving none for the UK, Europe, or most of the rest of the world.
Fear mounts Trump may pressure FDA to rush Covid-19 vaccine by election…
Trump keeps saying Obama left him ‘no ventilators.’ The number is 16,660. Most recently, on June 18, Trump said: “When we came here, you had very few ventilators in this country. … The cupboard was empty, and we filled up the cupboards.”

Anti-mask push

Evidence

Countries that quickly resorted to widespread mask-wearing had far lower death rates and shorter outbreaks, according to a new study. “It wasn’t just by a few per cent, it was up to a hundred times less mortality. The countries that introduced masks from the very beginning of their outbreak have had hardly any deaths.”
Coronavirus cases seem to be rising in states with relaxed policies on wearing masks… In the 11 states that mandate wearing masks in public — including New York, Illinois, and Michigan — new cases have fallen by 25% over the last two weeks. States that require masks only for employees of certain businesses have seen a 70% increase, on average, in new cases.
The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said that if 95% of Americans wore masks in public, it would prevent 33,000 deaths by October 1. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown.
A federal mandate to wear masks would slow the spread of the coronavirus enough to save the economy from losing 5 percent of its value, according to a Goldman Sachs study. "We argue that a national face mask mandate could partially substitute for renewed lockdowns," analysts wrote.

Ignorance

Trump has stressed from the beginning — and repeatedly — that wearing masks is voluntary. He has declined to be photographed publicly wearing one. He also has repeatedly ridiculed Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for using a mask. Two weeks ago, Trump went so far as to suggest that masks could be counterproductive:“Masks are a double-edged sword,” he said. “People touch them. And they grab them and I see it all the time.”
Every single Republican on the House coronavirus subcommittee turned up to a Friday meeting without wearing a mask, prompting Chairman Clyburn to issue a statement that he will not grant speaking time to any members not complying with the mask rule. “My Republican colleagues’ refusal to wear masks is perplexing because you have asked repeatedly to hold in-person hearings, and you assured me that this could be done safely,” Clyburn wrote.
  • Video from Friday: Rep. Jamie Raskin on Rep. Jim Jordan: "People tease our friend Mr. Jordan about never wearing a jacket... That's a fashion statement. But when he doesn't wear a mask and interacts with other people in the legislative assembly, it's dangerous. That is a public health menace."
  • A day earlier, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ripped Jim Jordan for not wearing a mask. Video: "I find it incredibly disrespectful that you have been sitting here next to the chairman without wearing a mask. You're putting other people's lives and their families in danger." (Nadler's wife has cancer.)
  • Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), a former physician, led the charge against face masks at the meeting, saying we have an “irrational fear” of the coronavirus. Green also said he could “cite many other professionals” who advised against protective face coverings; Green did not proceed to cite any such professionals. Short clip and long clip.
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert also rarely wears a mask on the House floor, often talking with aides and lawmakers at length while not maintaining a social distance. Asked about his choice not to wear a face covering, Gohmert replied: “If I get it I'll wear a mask."
Speaker Pelosi called on the CDC to issue a federal mandate on wearing masks. “The president should be an example. Real men wear masks, be an example to the country, wear a mask,” Pelosi said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s not about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting others.”
North Carolina lawmakers held a 2 a.m. vote to undermine the Democratic governor’s requirement that face coverings be worn in public. It’s normally illegal to wear masks in public in North Carolina because of a 1950s law targeted at the KKK. “We purposefully took out a provision that would have made it legal, and that just seems wrong to me in the middle of a pandemic,” Democratic Sen. Natasha Marcus of Mecklenburg County said.
  • Republicans insisted they weren’t trying to force people to forgo masks to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, but rather want to avoid them being mandated. “We’re trying to work out that middle ground to where individuals can feel free to wear masks and can feel free of penalties and of being forced to wear masks,” Republican state Sen. Ralph Hise said at 3 a.m. Friday.
Citizens across the country appeared before local boards to denounce plans to require face masks in public. Perhaps the most extreme objections were raised in Trump’s new home county, Palm Beach, Florida. Most appeared to believe that masks were harmful to a person’s health. “I’d like to say, in the beginning, God formed man out of the earth and breathed his breath in him and he became a living soul...Where do you derive the authority to regulate human breathing?” one woman asked.

Testing

Since boasting at the Tulsa rally that he ordered staff to slow down testing, Trump has tripled down in numerous interviews and tweets. At a speech in Wisconsin on Thursday, Trump said: "If we didn't wanna test, or if we didn't test, we wouldn't have cases. But we have cases because we test." Later on Fox News, Trump again said "if we didn't do testing, we'd have no cases." Testing, he repeats, finds even a "kid with the sniffles" or people who didn't know they were sick. "Maybe they weren't. But it shows up in a test."
  • Over subsequent days his “people” insisted that he was joking. However, asked to clarify whether he had merely been kidding, he told reporters Tuesday: “I don’t kid.” He went on to complain that testing was catching people who “aren’t sick or very little.” As if those who are “very little” sick will cease to be contagious if the world refuses to acknowledge their contagiousness.
Fact check: To understand why increased testing does not explain the rise in covid-19 cases, we have to look not just at the number of tests each state is doing, but at the positivity rate of those tests. In combination, those two metrics give a sense of whether infections are rising, declining or holding steady. And in too many states, the dispiriting answer is that the virus is racing ahead of public health measures to contain it. States are finding more cases relative to the amount of tests they are conducting - indicating the increase in cases is not due to more testing.
Days after arguing that testing should be slowed down, the federal government tried to do just that by pulling funding for more than a dozen drive-through testing sites across five states at the end of the month. Due to widespread outrage and pleading from Republicans, the Trump administration restored funding for give drive-thru testing sites in Texas, but only for two additional weeks. The federal government is still set to end funding in late June for six sites spread across four other states: Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
As Trump pushes states to reopen and reduce testing, measures to protect him from the virus are being scaled up. Everyone around him is [regularly](cnn.com/2020/06/26/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-protocols/index.html) tested, all areas his visits are scrubbed and sanitized, and staff maintain a close accounting of who comes into contact with the President to enable proper contact tracing should someone test positive.
  • Op-Ed: “If Trump is cutting funds for coronavirus testing, he should start at the White House.” Reopen the White House, just as Trump wishes to reopen the economy… Alternatively, of course, rather than practicing what he preaches, Trump could preach what he already practices.
Arkansas governor calls on Trump to invoke Defense Production Act to increase testing capacity… Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson: "We've doubled the amount of our testing nationally. We've got to double it again… I really think we need to look at a greater use of the Defense Production Act so that we can make sure that supply keeps up with the demand that we know is going to continue growing."
Coronavirus contact tracing is ‘not going well,’ Dr. Fauci says… CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield testified that about 27,000 or 28,000 people are doing contact tracing work across the country, but acknowledged we need about 100,000 tracers total. Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden thinks the country will need even more, up to 300,000.

Miscellaneous

Stories that didn’t fit in previous sections…
  • The Trump administration is focused on the death total, as it has not greatly increased per day. Pence even bragged about it on Friday. There are two problems: (1) It is a lagging indicator and will take about 3 weeks to reflect changes. (2) While the bulk of new cases are younger people (varies by region), this is nothing to be celebrated. Covid-19 can cause chronic health issues that may never resolve, debilitating even those under 40 for an unknown period of time. This fact makes the administration’s continuing case to destroy the ACA even more egregious. Furthermore, without the ACA’s protections, Covid-19 could be treated as a pre-existing condition.
  • The European Union will open its borders to visitors from 15 countries as of Wednesday, but not to travelers from the United States, Brazil or Russia.
  • The White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from some appearances that he has requested to do in recent weeks, according to two people familiar with the matter. White House aides have argued that television interviewers often try to goad Fauci into criticizing the president or the administration’s approach, and that Fauci is not always good about “staying on message,” in the words of a senior administration official.
  • Amid threats and political pushback, public health officials are leaving their posts. Politicizing public health has put a target on health workers who are resigning after being publicly attacked by business groups, citizens, and elected officials.
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