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(Spoilers Published) Byron and Morgarth

2020.09.18 03:45 ajninomi (Spoilers Published) Byron and Morgarth

Alright, this is a long one and it might sound kinda far-fetched AT FIRST but bear with me here. There's a lot foofevidence and I haven't seen this theory anywhere before, but I think I've figured out the identities of the two hedge knights who appear with Shadrich in service to Littlefinger at the end of AFFC. Personally, I believe that Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen is Howland Reed, come to rescue Sansa Stark, but that isn't necessary to understanding the main idea here, although it adds some supporting evidence. These two links, by u/theRockefellers and u/M_Tootles will get you acquainted with that theory if you aren't already. I don't agree with everything they say, but I do think Howland=Shadrich; and I have some new insights to add but everyone is tired to death of HR=? theories so I'll put my thoughts at the end of this post. Again, Howland=Shadrich isn't necessary to agreeing with the central idea of THIS post which is;
Edric Dayne, Lord of Starfall and Pello of Tyrosh aka Greenbeard have assumed the names Byron the Beautiful and Morgarth the Merry while they search for Arya and Sansa Stark.
EDRIC DAYNE
Last seen in POV: pissing Arya off by bringing up a possible love interest of Eddard Stark (Ashara Dayne). Arya runs off into the arms of the Hound later that day and is never recaptured by the BWB, although they later will hear she was alive with the Hound at the Inn of the Crossroads before 'the Hound' commits the atrocity known as the Rape of the Saltpans (where Arya was last seen heading).
Last probable location: by Beric Dondarrion's side when he gave his life to Catelyn Stark/Tully and raised her from the dead. I don't think he would've left Beric before he died (Edric is Beric's squire), but he has left Lady Stoneheart's group by the time we see them in Merrett's epilogue in ASOS. I doubt Beric kissed Catelyn without knowing he was going to die, and so he probably said some last words and/or did a final action (like knighting his squire?) before his death. The point of Edric's potential knighting/Beric's final death is that it frees Edric Dayne, the young Lord of Starfall, to leave the main group of the BWB. This might be his first chance to choose his own path. And, if he doesn't just leave on his own, the BWB/Lady Stoneheart and Edric's motivation's might align.
It seems clear that Areo Hotah will be the reader's first person POV of Starfall (Gerold Dayne is heading there, with Hotah and crew following), so Edric's story will probably continue somewhere else.
Motivation
Given that he feels guilty over angering Arya (he apologizes profusely but Arya doesn't want to hear it), logically he might go looking for her (or failing at that, another Stark daughter). This is supported by the fact that when Lady Stoneheart captures Merrett Frey, the BWB is looking for the Hound and Arya.
Edric Dayne (newly made knight?) could easily have volunteered to go on one of these BWB missions, or he could set out on his own adventure with the same goal. His motivation could be guilt over his interaction with Arya, loyalty to the BWB, loyalty to his namesake's troubled family, questions about that family, a crush on Sansa, his desire to be a hero, he wants to give Lady Stoneheart peace, or all of the above. There are a lot of reasons to suspect that he could looking for a Stark.
So the motivation is there, but why do I think he is Byron the Beautiful?
Character Description
They physically and temperamentally match. Byron is young, tall, elegant, has long blonde hair, is capable of dancing (Alayne I TWOW), and his eyes are never mentioned. He only says three words to Alayne, but waited all night to see her, and he kissed her wrist before leaving. Edric Dayne is 'shy, good-natured, and very polite', he has a crush on Sansa (see below), and he's a trained squire/knight (ASOIAF Wiki). Edric can also likely dance, read, and write (he is a lord and has been the heir for his whole life while being fostered at Blackhaven).
Both Byron and Edric are young knights (or squires who could fake it), both have blonde hair of the same length. Byron's thick blonde hair hangs "well past his shoulders" (ASOIAF Wiki), while Edric Dayne's blonde hair is long enough that when talking about his helm off he says:
"But when I take it off, my hair gets soaked and sticks to my helm and in my mouth" (Arya VIII ASOS)
By the end of AFFC, Edric Dayne's hair would've grown to beyond his shoulders, he could have grown another inch or two, and he still matches Byron's description. Additionally, Sansa has "vivid blue" eyes, and so Edric/Byron's "dark blue" eyes might not register enough to be described in her POV (contrasted with to his striking hair). GRRM could also be omitting certain distinguishing details in his description (where it makes sense) to hide identities. This fits with my parallel hypotheses; Howland Reed is Ser Shadrich, crannogmen generally have orange/red hair, Bowen Marsh is a crannogman (Ole Pomegranate), and Jojen's hair color is never mentioned (unlike Meera's) because it is similar to Bran's (auburn).
Finally, all members of House Dayne who are described in the story are attractive, tall, and have long hair. Ashara is tall and beautiful, with 'long dark hair tumbling around her shoulders' (The Kingbreaker ADWD). Gerold 'Darkstar' Dayne is 'handsome' with collar length, silver hair (ASOIAF Wiki). His height is never mentioned but he carries a longsword, which means he's at least not really short. Also, Arianne thinks he is attractive, and she seems to like tall guys (Arys Oakheart, Daemon Sand). Arthur Dayne, Sword of the Morning, beloved by all, was almost automatically not short and ugly. Look at how other ugly people are treated in this story; they are distrusted, and looked down at by the nobility. Think Brienne, Tyrion, Tyland Lannister after the Dance of Dragons. It makes sense that Arthur Dayne, the most famous knight of the last 100 years, was the perfect image of knighthood; tall, attractive, strong and noble.
Edric Dayne is most likely tall and attractive even though Arya doesn't mention it. Again I think GRRM is hiding distinguishing details here in a reasonable way, Arya isn't super interested in boys at the time she's with Edric, and the whole sharing a name with her recently-executed father might be distracting. We actually see this when Edric Dayne is first seen during the Hound's trial and Arya is thrown when hearing Beric call out "Ned". So why is GRRM being coy with Edric's hair length, attractiveness, and height? Might those details make Edric's identity just a little too obvious for the reader (Daynes are already mysterious) if Edric is going to go undercover at some point?
Byron the Beautiful's "thick blond mane cascaded down well past his shoulders" (Alayne II AFFC). Similar phrasing with Ashara's hair and Byron's...and:
"The three knights bowed and withdrew, though the tall one with the blond hair kissed her hand before taking his leave." (Alayne II AFFC)
The tall, blonde, long-haired, young, elegant, attractive knight says very little. Yet he kisses Sansa's wrist immediately after meeting her, after waiting most of the night with LF and his companions for Sansa to make her way down the Giant's Lance. And then he takes his leave with no other words. Byron's kiss of Sansa's hand, when compared to his few spoken words ('Dutiful and beautiful' is literally all he says) have always struck me as either very shy, overly polite, or a secret signal to his fellow 'hedge knights'. Funnily enough, Edric Dayne (polite, shy, crushing on Sansa, and can recognize her) makes sense for all three reasons.
Here's what he says to Arya, describing the Hand's tourney:
"Were you at the tourney? I saw your sister there. Ser Loras Tyrell gave her a rose" (Arya VIII ASOS)
So Edric knows what Sansa (and Arya) look like, has a reason to search out Stark girls, has recently disappeared in the Riverlands, and doesn't need to return to his castle for the reader to see Starfall in a POV. Someone who looks like him recently appeared in the company of Sansa, by way of Gulltown (port) and Littlefinger. How would Edric know to search out Littlefinger? Someone on his team could've told him, or he could've had an epiphany himself...
Edric mentions to Arya that he saw Loras give Sansa a rose, but why bring this up? Is Edric a little jealous of Loras? That makes sense, Sansa is cute, they are the same age, he remembers the rose, and Daynes and Starks have some interesting history. But there's another reason that GRRM brings this moment back to the our minds.
Immediately after Loras hands Sansa that rose, Littlefinger talks to her for the first time. He's clearly been standing there for a hot second or two when Sansa notices him. Edric already mentioned that he saw the rose being handed over, could he have seen the creep standing behind Sansa right after and noticed their odd conversation? Maybe that means nothing at the time but pops back into his head when he hears about that same creep marrying Sansa's aunt, that same aunt immediately dying, and Littlefinger then being named Lord Protector of the Vale of Arryn. Edric doesn't even need to hear that Littlefinger has a bastard daughter until later down the line, he knows that Littlefinger is suspicious, he was creeping on Sansa, and he has a lot of power in the Vale. Thats a good place to look for a Stark daughter after the Arya trail goes dead in Saltpans...
Why the secrecy
He is accompanied by two 'other louts/gallant knights', and they are friendly with each other (a team?). So who are his teammates? And why are they hiding their identities?
Littlefinger would absolutely be suspicious if the Lord of Starfall rolls into the Vale of Arryn for 'no reason', especially when he's accompanied by a random Tyroshi (see below). I also suspect he is accompanied by the mysterious Lord of Greywater Watch, an obvious Stark ally (see below below) which would certainly not help. But, would Littlefinger recognize Edric?
Edric Dayne was not at court in King's Landing for very long and the squire of a Marcher Lord is not someone Littlefinger is sure to recognize, especially with all the people there at the time, and after all the growth (physically and mentally) Edric has done with the BWB. But Littlefinger knows that Beric was the leader of the BWB for a while and if he were to make the connection between his hedge knights and the the outlaw group, or Beric's squire he would have turned them away or worse. But Littlefinger hired them, so their plan worked. It makes sense that Edric would be under an assumed name if he were in the Vale.
Now, remember the line where Byron/Edric kisses Alayne's hand to mark her as Sansa for his companions:
"..though the tall one with the blond hair kissed her hand being taking his leave." (Alayne II AFFC)
On top of marking Alayne as Sansa for his team, the other interesting thing about this line is that it implies another tall man in the room (otherwise why specify the hair color of Byron). Who is the other tall man?
PELLO OF TYROSH, aka GREENBEARD
If you'll permit me to get meta for a moment, the most important thing to notice about Greenbeard is that George RR Martin forgot about him before. While a somewhat comical note, I'm very confident that GRRM would make a point not to do this again, especially after introducing a 'replacement' Tyroshi sellsword character that he spends time developing in ASOS. Greenbeard is a prominent member of the BWB when Arya is traveling with them. He is the leader of the group before they reconnect with Beric. Greenbeard is the boss over such distinguished members as Lem Lemoncloak(Richard Lonmouth), Harwin, Tom O'Sevens, and Anguy the Archer. This character isn't just going to disappear.
Last seen in POV Greenbeard (Pello of Tyrosh) and the Mad Huntsman of Stoney Sept are given a the Hound's gold and sent on a mission 'South of the Mander' to feed the famine starved people of Stoney Sept. They seemingly leave right after the Hound's trial.
Last probable location After obtaining food somewhere south, where war hasn't annihilated crops and livestock, Greenbeard and the Mad Huntsman would return to the Stoney Sept area to give food out to the commonfolk. More than enough time has passed since Greenbeard and the Huntsman were sent by Beric for them to get food, bring it to Stoney Sept, and distribute. The Mad Huntsman was not a main part of the BWB, as since he is responsible for that town, I think he would just stay in Stoney Sept, where he and Greenbeard maybe hear news of Lady Stoneheart. Point is, the Mad Huntsman and Greenbeard probably split ways after the food mission, and Greenbeard can now do whatever he wants, rejoin with the BWB, stumble across/go find Edric Dayne, search for a Stark girl. He's unaccounted for somewhere in the Riverlands last we can reasonably guess and that time is somewhere in the beginning/middle of AFFC
The journey that Greenbeard and the Mad Huntsmen go on 'south of the Mander' isn't even necessarily where they are heading, Beric says this to the Hound and he could be lying to protect his allies. Greenbeard just needs to get to a place with food for sale, and then bring it back to Stoney Sept where the Mad Huntsman will presumably be in charge of distribution (it is his town). Thats a lot of responsibility, but the timeline is long enough that Pello can leave with the Hound's gold, come back with food, get to the Riverlands, meet Edric, and take a boat to Gulltown (probably from Dunskendale or Maidenpool(?)). There are weeks to spare, and if you want to explore this for yourself, the ASOIAF timeline is what I used. Dates are estimates but the timeline gives you a good basis.
Motivation
So Greenbeard definitely has had time to get back to the Riverlands. He is also a ex-member of the BWB and we know the BWB is searching for the Hound and the Stark girls. He has shown a proclivity to help the common people, and he dislikes Lannisters and the Hound. So his prior goals are similar to the current BWB goals, why has he left? Maybe he doesn't agree with the extreme violence, wanton cruelty, and vengeance-driven actions of Lady Stoneheart. He's likely to have similar goals but probably doesn't agree with the means. Suppose on his way back from Stoney Sept, or after leaving the BWB Greenbeard hears about the Rape of the Saltpans by 'the Hound' and started heading that direction where he runs into Edric Dayne at the Inn of the Crossroads, or Saltpans itself. Or Edric went looking, couldn't find Arya or the Hound, returned to the Inn at the Crossroads, or the hollow hill at the same time as Greenbeard, and they set off together. There are lots of reasons/possibilities for these two friends/former teammates to join up together. These two characters are two of the top three listed under Beric's old band in the appendix of AFFC, it makes sense they might team up on a mission (The Mad Huntsman clearly prioritizes Stoney Sept above all else). I also think Pello might want to protect Edric, who just lost his foster father and knight.
But could this Tyroshi named Pello aka Greenbeard really be Morgarth the Merry?
Remember that Edric is still only 12 or 13 years old, and only just maybe became a knight. Even though he's lord of an ancient house, or maybe because of that, I don't think Edric Dayne is alone on his quest, nor would the BWB be that pleased with him setting off alone. I don't know if Greenbeard is back by the time Catelyn is raised, but at some point Greenbeard separates himself from the main BWB group (evidenced by appendices) and goes his own way. But these two ex-BWB characters have similar goals, are in the same general place, and could be drawn together by the same clue; rumors of the Hound and Arya and the atrocity at Saltpans. I've already stated why I think he won't be forgotten, but it makes sense for him to join up with another prominent ex-BWB member (Edric Dayne) and reappear in one Stark girl's storyline, just like they disappeared from another.
So Greenbeard's motivation seems to be; help the commonfolk and or the downtrodden (food for Stoney Sept), maybe protect the newly 'orphaned' Edric Dayne (the old BWB members like him), maybe find a Stark girl and get her to her family (Arya escaped last time after her dropped her with Beric). He and Edric could also want to give Lady Stoneheart peace by bringing her a daughter so Catelyn can crown her daughter and let go of life (hence LS playing with Robb's crown). All sorts of reasonable, logical, possibilities for two prominent ex-BWB members whose whereabouts are unknown and who have similar goals to join forces. Greenbeard might even be along for the ride because rescuing Sansa is what Edric wants to do, who knows? But thats not all!
Character Description
Greenbeard is also physically and temperamental match for Morgarth the Merry.
Pello of Tyrosh was familiar with Arya Stark, constantly joking with her, calling her a 'golden squirrel', and tickling her under the chin. Seems like a pretty jolly, or merry, fellow. He seems to be well regarded by the BWB (he's a leader), just like Edric Dayne (Anguy says he's a good due). Greenbeard is a formidable fighter and a large man, being described as taller and bigger than Lem Lemoncloak, another experienced soldier and Big Dude (ASOIAF Wiki). Greenbeard has also been in Westeros for some time, as remarked by Tansy (the brothelkeeper of the Peach in Stoney Sept):
'"Greenbeard, is it? Or Greybeard? Mother take mercy, when did you get so old?" (Arya V ASOS)
These line both identifies Pello's beard as green and grey (salt and pepper minus the dye), and it tells us that Pello has been soldiering in Westeros for enough time that his beard has begun to noticeably grey. He might not be a knight, but he's definitely interacted with knights long enough to pass for one. Especially one rough around the edges like a hedge knight named 'Morgarth the Merry'. Greenbeard has a thick green and grey beard, and he could easily disguise his identity as a Tyroshi by washing out the dye, giving him a salt and pepper beard:
"Greenbeard stroked his thick grey-and-green whiskers..." (Arya III ASOS)
In Sam's Oldtown AFFC chapter, we hear about some Ironborn reavers trying to disguise themselves as Tyroshi sailors by dying their beards, but none of the Ironborn speak Tyroshi. Perhaps this is an allusion to how easy it would be for a Tyroshi who was familiar enough with Westeros and Westerosi to do the opposite and blend in? Greenbeard isn't mentioned to have an accent and he's very familiar with Westeros.
Another note; Greenbeard (like most of the BWB and other soldiers) drinks commonly in Arya's chapters, especially while hanging out at the Peach, and what is a common characteristic of drinkers? A red, broken-veined, nose.
"Morgarth is burly with a thick salt-and-pepper beard. He has a red, bulbous nose with broken veins and large, gnarled hands
Morgarth is a burly (large) man, with big, gnarled (well-worn) hands, a black and grey beard, and a drinker's nose. Sounds similar to Greenbeard? Big dudes have big hands, and the implication of another tall man in the room when Sansa meets the hedge knights can mean Morgarth. Littlefinger and Shadrich, are short and Byron don't make sense in context. Drinking reddens your nose, and a Tyroshi who had spent a lot of time in Westeros could wash the dye out of his beard (making it salt and pepper rather than grey and green) and pretend to be a Westerosi hedge knight. If the dye doesn't come out, he could just cut the green ends. Thick beard doesn't mean long. Also there is a theme in Sansa/Alayne chapters regarding dye as a disguise, and then that dye running out. How poetic would it be for a Tyroshi to blend in by washing out his dye to help rescue Sansa?
Pello of Tyrosh is already friends with Edric Dayne, would have a reason to search for Arya (BWB member, hates the Hound, wants to help Edric), and he in missing in the Riverlands. He fits the physical description and he a joking, laughing dude. Just the sort to be called 'the Merry'
Other than the physical description, MorGARTH the Merry brings to mind Garth the Green (or Garth Greenhand). Pello of Tyrosh, the Greenbeard, journeys to the Mander (the land of Garth the Green) and now returns with a name symbolizing Garth; Mor(e)-Garth.
Garth the Green is also related to the Isle of Faces (his oldest descriptions match the greenmen on the Isle of Faces), and this also connects to the idea that Howland Reed is Ser Shadrich, as Howland is the only known living visitor to the Isle of Faces. But again, Howland=Shadrich is not required to believe Edric=Byron and Pello=Morgarth.
That said, Howland Reed being the third member of the crew fits with everyone's motivations, explains how they were sure Sansa was in the Vale (if HR came from the IOF), and potentially explains the cooperation between the BWB under Lady Stoneheart and crannogmen that Danwell Frey mentions late in AFFC (Jaime IV AFFC).
Wrapping up Byron and Morgarth
Alright so Byron the Beautiful is Edric Dayne and Pello of Tyrosh aka Greenbeard is Morgarth the Merry. These two ex-BWB members have separated from the main BWB group, are prominent characters that wouldn't be forgotten, and have reasons to search out the Stark daughters. Edric recognizes Sansa, and his kiss marks her for his teammate(s). Both characters fit the physical descriptions and temperamental descriptions of the two mystery hedge knights (Byron and Morgarth) and Edric might have reason to suspect Littlefinger in Sansa's disappearance (creepy Littlefinger at the Hand's tourney). You can stop reading now or, if you aren't tired of this idea, I have some hopefully new idea about Howland Reed=Shadrich, why I'm sure HR isn't in the neck, and the timeline around the trio of hedge knights.
HOWLAND REED
I strongly believe Howland Reed is Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen. The arguments laid out in the earlier links should be read if you want a full understanding on the likelihood of this secret identity, but in a few notes, Howland Reed is known to be:
Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen:
The earlier posts by u/M_Tootles and u/theRockefellers do a better job explaining the link between crannogmen and red hair than I can in this space, but I think its important to remember that crannogmen are discriminated against, and their height cannot be the only distinguishing factor, there are too many other short groups for that to be the major distinguishing factor. I think having crannogmen often be gingers matches well with their discrimination, being called 'bog DEVILS' by the ironborn, being closer to the old gods and COTF (touched by fire, like the wildings), and the only non-Reed crannogman we've met is Bowen Marsh, the dude always described as a red pomegranate, and not just for his red face.
Timeline
I think Howland Reed left Greywater Watch for King's Landing at the same time he sent Jojen and Meera to Bran and Rickon. He got to King's Landing, where he stayed for a while, perhaps creating a subtle, but potentially recognizable (to a Northerner) hedge knight identity. He was almost certainly trying to get access to Sansa, but she's a 'guest' in the Red Keep. After Sansa's disappearance, Howland is finally able to access the Red Keep with the flood of other people to watch Tyrion's trial by combat. Once in the Red Keep, he can get to the godwood's heart tree to "talk to the tree" and see that Sansa meet with Dontos Hollard. He would also see Ned's conversation with Cersei. Here is Meera's story about her father for proof this is possible:
"...he could breathe mud and run on leaves, and change earth to water and water to earth with no more than a whispered word. He could talk to trees and weave words and make castles appear and disappear." (Bran II ASOS)
So Howland 'talks to the tree', and hears or sees those conversations had in front of the heart tree. He recognizes, or is able to puzzle the identity of Dontos Hollard, and the former location of house Hollard, outside Duskendale. Lo and behold, there's Shadrich, on the road to Duskendale. Shadrich/Howland warns Brienne about the danger of people like Ser Creighton Longbough and Ser Illifer the Penniless (who rip apart a silver trout(!) for dinner) and are lying about their pasts. Unfortunately for Howland, the Duskendale/Hollard idea is a dead end, but the most likely place to discover additional knowledge, the Isle of Faces, is nearby for the first time since Howland came back from Robert's Rebellion. Howland has been there before, and he has time to go back again before reappearing in the Vale. This could be where Shadrich/Howland Reed discovers the location of Sansa Stark.
Maybe at the Isle of Faces he can look through the weirwood moon door and see Littlefinger and Alayne during the Lysa moondoor scene? There would probably be something useful he learns at the IOF. Edric could give a basic description of Sansa to Howland, he recognizes her from his tree-TV, they both know of Littlefinger's creepiness, and the trio might feel thats a pretty good lead to track down.
How does the team come together
Howland is brave enough and daring enough (he went to the IOF before) to attempt this rescue mission on his own, and we do see him basically on his own along the road to Duskendale. But by the time we see him as Shadrich in Sansa's company, he's had to hear about the fall of Winterfell, the deaths(?) of Bran and Rickon, the disappearance of his children, the Red Wedding, and don't forget the death of his liege lord, war friend, and fellow secret keeper. What else could encourage Howland to get find allies? Probably losing the trail, and the best place to pick it back up with be the Isle of Faces.
The last time Howland visited the Isle of Faces, he rowed his boat back to intersect with the Stark's at the tourney of Harrenhal. This happened right after he left the Isle of Faces and he stumbled into a band of allies and the most important political event of the last 100 years. Suppose something similar happens again? GRRM loves parallel stories from different points in hostory. Edric Dayne, Lord of Starfall, and Pello of Tyrosh are camping on the banks of the God's Eye and looking for a Stark girl. Howland Reed paddles up from the Isle of Faces, and just so happens to know where a Stark girl is, needs allies if he wants to best Littlefinger, and he might know something secret about House Dayne from his interactions with Arthur Dayne and Ashara Dayne at the Tower of Joy and Starfall. Personally I think Howland married Ashara, but thats for another post, though that fact could have significance if/when Howland convinces Edric and Pello to join him.
So Howland Reed, Edric Dayne, and Pello of Tyrosh meet on the shores of the God's Eye, head to a port with fake identities (odd throuple), hop a boat to Gulltown, and get themselves hired by Littlefinger and transported to Sansa Stark. Why do I think Howland Reed isn't at Greywater Watch?
Howland, not home
Why do I think Howland Reed has left the neck? Well when Jojen and Meera are talking to Bran in the godswood at Winterfell and trying to get Bran to talk about his dreams, there is a curious line from Jojen:
'"You are the winged wolf, Bran," said Jojen. "I wasn't sure when we first came, but now I am. The crow sent us here to break your chains."' (Bran IV ACOK)
and then this one from Meera:
'Meera Reed hung the net from her belt. "When Jojen told our lord father what he'd dreamed, he sent us to Winterfell."' (Bran IV ACOK)
While Meera and Jojen were sent by Howland to Winterfell to find and help the winged wolf, they didn't know who the wolf was. This is important because the options at Winterfell are only Bran and Rickon, but there is another potential winged wolf in chains, Sansa, and she's in Kings' Landing. Arya is missing, Robb has an army around him, and Jon is beyond the Wall. Howland would probably prefer to send his kids to the supposedly safer location, Winterfell, and go try to find and help Sansa himself. If Jojen didn't know who the winged wolf was, how did he know where the winged wolf was? Howland is the one who sends them to Winterfell, is Howland getting greendreams too? No, Meera pointedly says he doesn't have that power. So Howland is probably making an educated guess where the winged wolf could be, based on the Stark sigil and the location of the Stark kids.
It's is important to note that Howland sends his kids away for an unknowable amount of time, where they could potentially journey beyond the Wall and be exposed to a ton of danger. He's not just twiddling his thumbs in the Neck waiting for Meera and Jojen to solve the mystery of the chained, winged wolf, or for someone to come to him and ask for all his secrets. Howland Reed is doing the logical, brave, and helpful thing and is going to help Sansa, who is obviously in danger, after his son has a greendream of a chained wolf.
There is another clue indicating Howland isn't in Greywater Watch. Again, in that scene where Jojen is asking Bran about his dreams in the godswood, Bran tries to change the subject by asking Meera about lizard-lions. Here's the exchange between Bran, Meera, and Jojen:
"Bran made a nervous smile. "I'm tired of talking about crows. Let's talk about wolves. Or lizard-lions. Have you ever hunted one, Meera? We don't have them here."
Meera plucked her frog spear out of the bushes. "They live in the water. In slow streams and deep swamps
Her brother interrupted. "Did you dream of a lizard-lion?"
"No," said Bran. "I told you..." (Bran IV ACOK)
This is the only time in the entire story that Jojen interrupts Meera (and I'm pretty sure the only time he ever interrupts anyone), so why does he do this? Why does he need to know if Bran dreamed of a lizard-lion? Well Bran's dreams clearly have meaning, and Jojen seems worried that Bran saw a lizard-lion in his dream, could Jojen be worried Bran had a greendream about a lizard-lion? Jojen and Meera are currently safe at Winterfell and Jojen is never worried about his own mortality, so it only makes sense he would be worried about another Reed, his father or mother. I don't think he would be worried if they were safe in the Neck, so maybe one of them has left the Neck and Jojen is worried for their safety. Jojen calms right back down when Bran says he hasn't dreamed of a lizard-lion so the whole interaction seems inconsequential, but I think it was a hint HR has left the Neck. It's likely Howland is the one who left, as he's been known to do that before and it makes sense for him to be gone looking for Sansa if he sent his kids north.
I also want to note that Meera says lizard-lions (Reeds) live in 'streams' and 'swamps' which are blue and brown, the same colors forming the background of Ser Shadrich's shield. I always wondered why there was brown not green representing the lands Shadrich says he's crossed. I think his sigil is supposed to catch Sansa's attention and make her think 'old gods/the Neck' but that hasn't happened yet. Meera also says she learned her fishing from her father, and she multiple times catches silver trout, the Tully sigil (Bran ASOS). Could her father be hunting down the most Tully-like Stark, Sansa?
But what do you guys think? Are Byron the Beautiful and Morgarth the Merry really Edric Dayne and Pello of Tyrosh? Is Ser Shadrich of the Shady Glen actually Howland Reed? I want to hear your questions and debate this! Thanks for reading
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Question 1: Favorite Baseball Player and Why
Dylan
Growing up every day with Chipper and Andruw Jones in the Braves lineup for the first like 15-20 years of my life was special, Chipper in particular. Acuna is catching up fast, though.
I asked for one player though, not your entire Barves lifestory
Bnavis
Jake Arrieta, his rise really mirrored the cubs, and that 2015 season was incredible.
Arrieta can pound a bag of dicks for being absolute shit
Ruairi
Barry Bonds. He was the greatest hitter of all-time and it isn't even up for discussion. He was a hall of famer before the "alleged" steroid use and became the greatest player of all-time after. The man would get one pitch in the strike zone to hit every night and he would hit it for a home run everytime. No batter has ever been feared the way Barry was feared, not even close. Everyone can say they hate Barry Bonds and don't respect him or whatever crap they want to spew out, but the truth is, when he came up to bat, literally everyone stopped what they were doing to see what he would do, and then when he'd hit a massive home run, everyone would be in awe of his insane abilities.
Barry Bonds is lowkey one of my favorite players, this is valid reasoning.
Polelover
David Ortiz. Self-explanatory.
Fuck the Red Sox
Bgro
Jason Kendall bc he was a leadoff catcher and gritty as hell. He refused to ever sit out a game even though he played such a demanding position.
Kendall was one of my favorite Pirates to watch, glad to see someone else is a big Kendall fan
Jiggy
matt kemp, restored my love of the game. in his prime he was incredible and he seemed to be having a blast playing. oh and i'm hyper vain and he dated rhianna while being the best player in the sport and i think that's cool as fuck.
Kemp should have won MVP over Braun. Fuck Ryan Braun
Rose
Frank Thomas? Frank Thomas is just a mythical figure of childhood for me. The 2006 A's were an extremely formative team for my baseball fandom and Frank Thomas was probably the first time a player I was already aware of outside of the A's became relevant to the A's, and having him play for Oakland felt like being blessed by a god. Objectively or statistically there are more dominant hitters than Frank Thomas in history but in my mind he's the most impeccable hitter of all time.
I forgot that Big Hurt was an A. Thomas was a fun player to watch
Cory
Rickey Henderson. Unbelievable talent with a rare skillset, combined with a cool "hometown hero" story, long career, endless mythology and great stories.
Yankees Legend Rickey Henderson
Wharble
Vladimir Guerrero for teaching me that strike zones are merely suggestions
It's a shame his son took that lesson the opposite way
Iama
Mariano Rivera, just a great feeling when he would come into the game and lock it down. ice cold blood in the veins, and a great team player and ambassador for the game.
There will never be another as good as Mo when it comes to locking down a game
+3 Ruairi, +2 Rose, +1 Jiggy
-3 Pole, -2 Dylan, -1 Bnavis
Question 2: Favorite High School Story
Dylan
We used to pay "high stakes" Call of Duty at my friend tommy's basement. We played gun game on black ops. if you lost you got fingered in your butthole
Kinky
Wharble
that time in high school I went to Edinburgh to perform a musical for some Scots
Did you play the bag pipes?
Pole
9th grade a bunch of us gathered in the school library the first night of winter break and binged the lord of the rings movies. Extended editions, of course.
Thats a good way to spend a night
Iama
Four Loko Night, many shenanigans were gotten up to and the night culminated in ejecting flaming pumpkins off a bridge into a gorge
And this is how states burn to the ground
Bnavis
me and a couple guys got onto the very top roof of the palmer house hilton, managed to avoid a bunch of security. got good pictures
Sounds like a blast
Jiggy
probably driving to a city of 30k people in the middle of buttfuck nowhere, getting piss drunk and doing Too Much Molly for one person. we did all this shit and it's like 1:30, walk to a dominos and wait outside for our shit. all of a sudden this dude comes up to us and asks us if we were the ones that catcalled his gf (we were not) to which one of my buddies said "nah but i wish i would've." dude gets in his truck and chases us down streets of moose jaw saskatchewan for thirty minutes as we run for our lives while smoking grape flavored cigarillos. we get separated, i lose my phone, sleep on a merry-go-round in a park in october (so like it's 25 degrees at best) and walk to a starbucks to find a stranger that'll let me use their laptop to contact my friends bc i don't know their numbers, forgot my facebook password, forgot my gmail password to reset it, end up on this middle aged man's 15 year old dell laptop for forty minutes trying to figure out how to contact my friends while still fucked up, eventually a dude i partied with happened to walk past and i ran outside and got him to call dan, dan picks me up and we drive back home and eat pizza hut
Holy shit
Ruairi
Oh boy strap in for this one. So it's freshman year of college. I live in the dorms. I'm single and have next to no experience with girls/parties. It's Halloweekend (the weekend of Halloween so very many parties at SDSU). Unfortunately, I was not in a frat so I was not allowed in any frat parties, so I had to party in the dorm. Anyway. My roommate went to his gf football game (she was a cheerleader for a community college 30 minutes away) so I was just hanging out in my room with the door open to talk with anyone from my floor that wanted to hang. This girl from the floor below me (that I had just met a few days ago and showed off my baseball knowledge to in the study room) walks by my room and stops. She says hi and comes in and I'm talking with her. She has a bottle of cranberry juice and vodka and offers me some. Obviously, I accept. She says she has a full bottle of vodka in on her floor and she'll bring it up to party with me. A really attractive girl wants to hangout with me on Halloween while she is dressed up and wants to get me drunk? Hell yea! So she goes down to her floor and I wait for her to come back. But then about 20 minutes have gone by and she has not come back, leaving me to believe she had bailed :(. So I go across the hall to my friends room to drink and play super smash bros. About an hour or two goes by and I've had some shots just vibin on the floor. A few of the girls who went out to a party had come back and I was hanging out with them. Then the girl from the floor below came back with friends and was trashed. She was in our study lounge puking in the trash so I was in there taking care of her and helping her out. I was just rubbing her back and getting her water while holding her hair. There was a weird dude on our floor who was into her also trying to help but it was super weird and uncomfortable with him there because well as I said he was weird and creepy. After an hour, one of my other friends said Chase and Diego were letting people in their room (now these kids didn't talk much to anyone, except Chase. Me and him were boys). So I went over to their room to see what was poppin' because this was a moment of a lifetime. Chase was a little drunk but Diego was smashed and so was his gf. Total in the room it was me, Chase, Diego, his gf, a dude name Kayvon, and two other girls, Leah and Katie. I was just hanging out talking with everyone and then the three girls were talking about french kissing. Leah hadn't ever frenched so the other girls wanted to show her how. So they passed each other around like a bong just frenching it up. I was dumbfounded. This is what college is??? I'd seen videos but I didn't think they were real. Diego was getting super into his gf making out with these two other girls, kinda hyping them up. Once they had stopped frenching, Katie and Leah left the room. Diego started to get the spins and tried to lay down on his bed. Then he vomited on himself. Me, already experienced with vomit in the evening, tried to help him out and get him up and to the bathroom or at least the trashcan. I did what I could but then his gf was acting all crazy and yelling at me to get out of the room, so I did. I returned to the cute drunk girl on the couch, as I told her I would be gone for just a few minutes (it was really about 20-30). She was super excited to see me again. At that point, she asked me to watch the World Series with her, as the Mets and Royals were going to play Game 5 (I believe) on the Sunday (the next day). I told her of course I would and that I'd be watching in that very study lounge. After a little while longer, I told her she needed to go to bed so I walked her down to her room while the weird creepy dude followed us. I wasn't going to let him walk her to her room because frankly I didn't trust the dude. Got her to her room, said good night, and that was the end of that. I went back to my room and told my roommate and his gf about the eventful night I had. Jumping back to earlier in the story, cute girl said she had returned to my room about 30 minutes later but she couldn't get the vodka from her floor because some dudes had taken it. I had left my room at that point so she ended up going out to the party instead since I wasn't there. I did end up dating that girl for a decent amount of time, but that's for a different survey.
Ruairi remains the undisputed king of storytelling
Rose
was homeschooled for most of high school and didn't go to college. i'm not gonna get balls but at least be gentle with taking balls away
Rose you are a treasure, no ball loss for you
Cory
Frosh year. My roommates and I had a couple dorm floor mates who either only have weekday meal plans, or no meal plan at all. So we started casually stealing them some non-perishable goods to last them over the weekend. Through natural progression, this slowly turned into us creating an entire klepto organization that eventually fed most of our dorm house. We had a few tricks. One was bringing sports bags in with us - they would make you check backpacks at the door, but since sports bags might have expensive equipment, they let you take them in. So we'd just stuff them full of gallon bags of cereal, bagels, etc. Our dining hall had a patio area, where at night, you could see in from the outside, but not vice versa. We would load up our plates with one type of food, grab a gallon or two of milk, a tray of cookies, etc., saunter out to the patio, bag/pack everything up, and then toss it over the railing to our Outside Man down below, who would then take it back. At the end of the year, the dining hall had a program where you could return anything you "walked off accidentally" with with no repercussions, so we went to collect and tally any cups/bowls/plates/silverware we'd liberated, and found ourselves with two full boxes of stuff. Fearing *some* sort of repercussions from the sheer volume of stuff, we waited until the DH was closed one night, climbed over the railing, and left the boxes on a patio table.
This is amazing
Bgro
I jumped out the window of the classroom once just to prove to a friend how oblivious our teacher was. I then walked in through the front door, greeted said oblivious teacher, and sat back down at my desk. She was very confused.
Classic
+3 Ruairi, +2 Cory, +1 Jiggy
-3 Dylan, -2 Iama, -1 Bnavis
Question 3: Favorite Vacation You Took
Wharble
does the scotland one kinda count as a vacation? if so, that one, if not, fuck idk I've only ever been to Vegas or Mexico on vacations so imma go with one of the 14 times I went to Mexico
I would love to go to Mexico
Pole
Winter 2010, we went to a resort in Turks & Caicos. Joe Girardi was there too. He and my mom are best friends now.
Pics or it didnt happen
Iama
lake house in new hampshire with all my cousins, just waterskiing, swimming, and hanging out by the water every day for a week
That sounds fantastic
Bnavis
italy, rome's cool as fuck
Another high effort answer from Bnavis.
Jiggy
when my sister lived in vancouver i flew there and then we drove from vancouver to tijuana together and camped on beaches and shit
I've always wanted to camp out on a beach, that sounds dope
Ruairi
Well, since my brother and I played baseball year round from elementary school through high school, we didn't take many/any vacations. So I will have to say the only real vacation I've taken is my trip to Texas a few weeks ago. It was amazing getting to see my best friend with our other best friend. Shot real guns for the first time. Went to the beach a couple of times and the water was so warm, it was amazing. Had Texas BBQ and it was to die for. It was super cool being in a somewhat small town since I've grown up in San Diego/Temecula for my whole life and haven't lived in a farm-like town. It was a super cool experience and I would easily risk getting coronavirus to do it again.
Thats pretty dope, small towns are always fun to go to
Rose
my favorite 'vacation' ever was actually recent. i dogsit for my sister sometimes when she goes somewhere and get to spend a week or so getting paid to relax at her apartment in san francisco with her dog and drinking and eating good food. it's nice because it's not touristy, i'm not staying at a hotel or anything, it's more like dipping my toes into living in a big city for a week or two and then getting to return to my normal life afterwards. my 'favorite vacation' was when i was there for over a week last year just chilling with no responsibilities other than taking care of her dog
The best vacations are the ones where you do absolutely nothing
Cory
New Zealand, September 2019. Gorgeous land all-around, really good (and cheap) beer, fun time exploring with friends, Lord of the Rings shit everywhere, good beer, very nice populace.
Thats dope, New Zealand is on my must visit list
Dylan
All my friends and I rented a house in Hatteras in the Outer Banks a few years ago. Massive house, right on the water, perfect water. Took a lot of acid, listened to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew while the mosquitoes ate my body apart while the sun went down.
Thats pretty dope
Bgro
Backpacking around Europe for a month with my buddies when I was 17. We visited 8 countries, sleeping in hostels and trains.
That is the dream, glad you got to live it
+3 Ruairi, +2 Rose, +1 Bgro
-3 Bnavis, -2 Pole, -1 Wharble
Question 4: You are now Commissioner of MLB, what changes do you make? (For time constraints I am going to post the top 3 answer and bottom 3 answers as many of these are similar)
Iama
negotiate things with the unions to make sure i can do the following fire rob manfred from any position he may hold (also joe west, cb bucknor, angel hernandez, and laz diaz) fix the minor league wage system so players make a living wage; also adjust the prearb/arb/fa system for better fairness abolish the dh and/or maintain the al/nl system abolish bad extra inning rules and/or robot umps, if they have been implemented bring back the bullpen car more doubleheaders bring back disco demolition night
Love all of these except getting rid of the DH
Bnavis
very slowly turn baseball into blurnsball from futurama
No
Jiggy
  1. no interleague 2. no divisions, just leagues 3. 12 games against each league opponent, 168 game schedule (until expansion, see 9; after expansion this will become 165 games, 15 against each league opponent) 4. al dh, no dh in nl 5. top 3 make playoffs in each league, 1 gets a bye. 2v3 in a best of 7, winner vs 1 in a best of 9, best of 11 world series (i realize it's not fun viewing but it gets the best result) 6. fines for anyone who tries to institute unwritten rules or whatever the fuck, promote the shit out of guys like tatis/tim anderson that make the game fun 7. no baserunner on 2nd rule 8. legalize steroids 9. expand to 38 teams, play one season. bottom 7 in each league go down to make a 24 team mlb and a 14 team mlb2, following this, use the english promotion/relegation system but with 4 from each league now. so effectively, bottom 4 in the al automatically go down, top 3 from al-mlb2 automatically come up and then a playoff of 4v7 and 3v6 from mlb2's al (best of 3 round 1, best of 5 round 2) to determine the fourth team that rejoins the majors. 10. create a more fun environment at the game. music throughout the game, including during play, also every team has a small waterpark at the ballpark 11. encourage players to have cool cleats why is trevor bauer the only one taking advantage of this 12. go back to pre-2017 balls
Jiggy gets it
Rose
make the wild card a 3 game series played in 2 days (games 1 and 2 as a double header,) expand to 32 teams (portland and montreal/charlotte/nashville,) universal DH (i don't mind both leagues having different rules but universal DH is probably the pandemic induced rule that makes the most sense to keep,) execute Alex Bregman on live TV, don't kill the minor leagues, don't do any other dumb bullshit, sit back and watch the money stack
Yes absolutely bring back the Expos, fuck Ass Bergman
Wharble
pay the minor leaguers, institute a salary floor, institute something resembling a RFA system instead of arb, ban Rob Manfred from baseball idk I'm tired
Go back to bed bud
Pole
Overhaul the free agency system to disincentivize service time manipulation. Add a salary floor for teams.
Ok
+3 Jiggy, +2 Rose, +1 Iama
-3 Bnavis, -2 Pole, -1 Wharble
Question 5: You have been signed by the WWE! Congratulations! What is your In Ring Name, Gimmick, and Finisher
Wharble
Thiccums, whatever vince gives me, and either the spear or the clothesline from hell
Show some creativity and own your own gimmick. Jobber status for you
Pole
I am The Ogre. I come out in full Shrek cosplay. My finisher is the GET OUT OF MY SWAMP.
:corynod:
Iama
Wrath-Hog Bounty Hunter Bearhug Life Force Squeezer
So do you hunt other wrestlers? Are you a hunter for an authority figure? As of now you are a Jobber
Bnavis
just give me minus points for this
SAY NO MORE, -3 BALLS
Jiggy
Chicken Bryan Kane's little brother, thus making me the Undertaker's grandson The Carraba's Crusher - honestly it'd just be ember moon's eclipse bc it's the coolest shit
Only issue, Kane is already Undertakers brother so you would also be Undertakers brother. That said maybe we can bring Taker out of retirement for a one off with you
Ruairi
Ring Name: The Notorious Ruairious. Gimmick: I am a Northern Irishman who uses a wicked head butt to stun and knock out opponents. I have swagger, but am very humble. I throw off my opponents by complimenting their bodies rather than trash talking them. Finisher: I get the opponent on the ground and do a jig over them, as my kicks knock them unconscious.
This is a dope gimmick, would likely book you to face Sheamus for 3 months before going for the WWE Title.
Rose
Ring name is Anne Phibian, my finisher is a Frog Splash and my gimmick is that i am extremely into frogs and i brutally beat down opponents and share Frog Facts with the audience on the mic while they are incapacitated
Instant top heel in the Women's division. Would book you to face Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania for the Women's Title.
Cory
The Mortician (Cory *Graves*). My gimmick would be crawling my up through the bottom of the ring to start each match. We would then have to wait for the mat to be repaired before beginning the match. Finisher: The Scalpel - I run back and forth between the ropes a few times, gaining momentum, eventually bouncing off, going into a horizontal pencil dive motion, and kicking my opponent square in the chest.
I can see some good feuds between you and The Fiend Bray Wyatt. Could be a good wrestlemania match.
Dylan
Bitch, I'm Big Pepsi I'm sponsored by Pepsi Co. to deliver the sweet taste of Pepsi products to the world, BY FORCE The Baja Blaster - I yeet a full cup of MTN DEW Baja Blast (tm) into my opponent's eyes before hitting them with a shoryuken from street fighter
I dig it. Will book you as a main eventer before having you job to Roman Reigns and then banish you to the midcard forever
Bgro
My ring name is "El Ratoncito Miguel" which translates to "The Little Rat, Miguel". My gimmick is that I always pretend I'm not actually there to fight, I'm just lost and looking for directions. I insist way beyond a humorous amount of time that I'm really not a wrestler and you must have me mistaken and how do you get to Union Street. Then, when everyone's going home and the lights are turned off, that's when I attack. My finisher is called Open-Face Slap, where I run to one side of the ring and then charge full speed at you and open face slap you.
Instant Top Chicken Shit Heel. You can win the WWE Title on a fluke before losing it at Mania to someone like Daniel Bryan
+3 Bgro, +2 Ruairi, +1 Rose
-3 Bnavis, -2 Wharble, -1 Iama
Question 6: Here have a ball
+1 to everyone who said thank you
No balls to everyone who said ok
No one told me to go fuck myself so no one loses a ball
Question 7: One of these has to go what do you get rid of.
+1 Balls to everyone for correctly choosing a seafood based item
Question 8: Penguins are...
+1 Ball to everyone who said Badass
No Balls for those who said "they aight"
No one loses a ball
Question 9: Society has completely collapsed, what do you do to survive.
Wharble
bold of you to assume I'd make it out of a societal collapse
Wonderful spirit Wharble
Pole
Hoard some precious resource so I can trade it for other things that I need.
Smart
Iama
the world is my oyster
But what are you doing to survive
Bnavis
kill myself, i'm not a fool. i wouldn't survive a day in the wild
Just excellent effort from Bnavis
Jiggy
honestly i wish i had a nice plan for you but i know i wouldn't make it. just hangout with my gf for as long as possible and do enough mdma to forget about our impending doom
Understandable
Ruairi
I have a co-worker who has a full survival shelter with many guns. I go to him to survive.
Good move
Rose
i don't believe in my ability to survive alone in an apocalyptic scenario so i would determine if i'm reasonably close to a costco. if i think i'm close enough i believe a society of about 200-300 people could survive in a barricaded costco for several months at least without issue, and i will try to get a footing there. if i can't make it to something like that i will seek out the strongest most prepared looking person in my neighborhood and pray they show mercy.
Good to have a plan
Cory
Hoard gasoline and water (a la The Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road). If that doesn't work out, I would travel from settlement to settlement, bard-style, recanting happenings from neighboring settlements and regaling folks with song.
That man making the best of a bad situation
Dylan
Go to the basement of the newspaper office downtown. Literally nobody ever goes there, and there's no easy way down there without a pass. Also has a showeshittespace. Also has a secret tunnel to the building across the street if I need to bail.
Not bad
Bgro
Now that society has collapsed, I work as a software developer to survive.
In a post-apocalyptic society I dont think we will need software
+3 Cory, +2 Rose, +1 Dylan
-3 Bnavis, -2 Wharble, -1 Iama

Question 10: This question comes from my wife: What should I make for dinner upon the completion of survey results
Everyone gets a ball for leaving some awesome recipes.
Question 11: What is your happiest memory?
Wharble
that's an incredibly personal question that I will not answer because it will make me emotional!
Ok
Pole
that one time i homered in little league
Was it a moon shot?
Iama
watching the 09 world series win with my dad
That was an amazing year
Bnavis
being held by someone who loves me dearly
True
Jiggy
honestly last new years me and gf and a few friends went to a rave and got drunk/did a fuckton of ecstasy and danced our asses off then went to this little hidden rooftop in downtown saskatoon that i stashed a few bottles of tequila and some cigarettes on and danced and smoke and drank up there and yelled at strangers on the street until like 4 then got an uber home, passed out, and then made a fuckpile of waffles and watched horror movies in the basement all new years day it was so fucking fun
Thats fucking awesome
Ruairi
Oh man this is a tough one. There are two that stand out in my mind, but I'm not sure which one to go with. I will tell another story about the cute girl I mentioned earlier in this survey. So this was a few months later (4 or 5). We started dating shortly after that Halloween night for the record. We spent pretty much everyday together since we lived just a floor apart and quickly became best friends. Anyway, it was a few months later and we were in her room. It was a Friday and I didn't have class until 1 on Fridays. We were making out on her bed and at one point she stopped and just looked at me. She started crying and I was confused so I asked her what was wrong. Through a cracked voice she says "I love you." It was the first time anyone had ever told me they loved me in that way and I had been thinking about telling her that I felt the same way leading up to this day but was too scared to. When she said it, I was then able to say it, which surprised her because I wasn't a very open person back then. It's one of the best feelings to have someone you love tell you that they love you back. And even though we aren't together anymore, the memory is still a good one for me, because it reminds me that I can be loved and I can feel love for someone, even in times when those things don't seem possible.
This brought a tear to my eye my dude
Rose
it feels slightly underwhelming to call it my happiest memory because it didn't last in the end but i think the most undeniably happy thing i can think of is entering my first real romantic relationship as a teenager. a lot of that time of my life i was fighting with depression and a genuine and significant romantic relationship was a realization that i could be deserving of love from other people and that i could connect and relate to another person in ways i was afraid i wasn't capable of.
This fucking hit me hard because I've been there
Cory
Camping with my brother and parents. Usually our trips involve some amount of shouting and fighting, even the really good ones. But this trip, we just spent three wonderful days in the wilderness, enjoying nature, eating good campfire foods, laughing and playing board games. Some catchphrases were spawned while playing those games that my family still quotes to this day.
That's awesome, I'd give anything to have that kind of time with my family again
Dylan
I went to a concert with a friend of mine that had just left the company we had worked for. She was in a relationship but she asked me to go with her because she had an extra ticket. It was a great time, really fun, great vibes. Didn't realize at the time that would be the person I'd be living with about 3-4 years later. Don't know if it's my happiest memory but it makes me really happy, know what I mean?
Thats awesome dude
Bgro
Either various moments on my solo bike trip across the country where I just felt total tranquility and satisfaction near the end of my trip OR this one time when my first nephew was like one and I was his favorite person and I took him out for a walk. He was distracted and I walked a little ahead of him and when he turned and noticed me a little further away, we made eye contact, he grinned a wide smile and then ran to me arms wide open for a hug. Kids do that kind of stuff all the time to people they know and trust but I've never felt such pure unadulterated love as I have from that kid in that moment. There is no artifice or conditionality in that sort of love. It felt good to be the cause of that someone else's sheer joy and seeing his face light up when he saw me, thats a memory that always brings me happiness.
:blobheart:
No one loses a ball for this round
+3 Rose, +2 Bgro, +1 Ruairi

Ok lets tally up the results......
TIED FOR FIRST WITH 16 BALLS: ROSE AND RUAIRI
SECOND WITH 9 BALLS: CORY
TIED FOR 3RD WITH 8 BALLS: BGRO AND JIGGY
4TH: IAMA 0 BALLS
5TH: DYALAN -1 BALLS
6TH: POLE AND WHARBLE -3 BALLS
AND YOUR BIGGEST LOSER IN DEAD LAST WITH -11 BALLS BNAVIS!!!
Lottery will be done and posted with out first round. Thank you for your time you wonderful people
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2020.09.17 03:04 Thegreatsnook Season 5 recap- Spoilers

Actually, it may not be necessary to mark things a spoiler for a TV show from the 90s but I did anyway.
This season the show really starts to take off and a lot of things happen. Here are some of the highlights in a somewhat chronological order.
  1. We meet Lucy Knight. She is just adorable. She spends the entire season with Carter and the number of times she walks in to him and spills things on him is too numerous to count. They are total opposites, yet the show wants us to believe they belong together.
  2. Peter's son Reese is basically deaf. This arc goes all over the place during the season. In the finale Peter finds out that Carla is now married and planning on taking Reese to Germany. Peter basically kidnaps him from the babysitter as he can't stand to lose his son.
  3. Doug's arc is an absolute nightmare. He gets the job as as a pediatric emergency attending and then proceeds to break all sorts of federal and state drug laws. Probably committed Medicare fraud, and manages to drive Weaver crazy and even Greene is at his wits end. On one hand we are supposed to believe that Doug is the "bad boy" who is doing the correct thing for his patients and somehow we are supposed to ignore how he is abusing the trust of others. Eventually things blow up and bye bye Doug he leaves to head to the Pacific northwest.
  4. Weaver is insufferable and we spend most of the season hating her guts. She wants the ER Chief job and proceeds to annoy the crap out of everyone. They did soften her up later in the season to the point that you can almost like her.
  5. Carter is still being punished by his family and isn't taking any of his trust fund money. He works as an RA at the medical school. Lucy is supposed to help chaperone a Halloween party, but instead things get out of control, she gets wasted and they have a medical emergency when some of the students OD. Carter gets kicked out as an RA and very comically ends up renting a room from Weaver.
  6. Corday almost kills a patient when she gives him 100 times the dose of a medicine.
  7. We have a nice Christmas miracle episode where one boy dies to save a girl who needs a liver and they both happen to have the same blood type.
  8. Amanda Lee- What a hoot. They hire her to be the ER attending and she is doing a great job. Everyone seems to like her. However, she turns out to be a fraud and isn't even a real doctor. She also turns out to be crazy and was stalking Dr. Greene. Eventually she locks him in the MRI room, goes on a rant and then disappears.
  9. Romano- We finally get to meet him. Wow, what an ass, but I love him. He immediately sets Peter and Corday at each other as they are fighting for fellowships and surgery times, etc. He gets accused of sexual assault by Maggie (not really used this season) and to get in good with Anspaugh he agrees to be the temporary ER chief. I think they had to introduce him as they needed a villain and Kerry just wasn't it.
  10. Carol- Her left fest with Doug continues. No more talk about marriage, although they appear to be living together. It isn't clear where as the house seems very nice as opposed to the hellhole Carol had purchased.
  11. Doug and Carol What drove Doug out was the two of them were helping a mom who had a son with a terrible disease and was going to die imminently. Doug breaks all sorts of rules to help the mom as the kid is in so much pain. When the kid dies, the father accuses Doug of murder. Anspaugh and Romano are furious with Doug, Carol, and Mark and Kerry for trying to cover things up. Doug goes to the pacific northwest and Carol stays in Chicago.
  12. Disaster episodes- A staple of ER. We have a snow plow slice a school bus in half, but somehow end up on top of it. Not quite as good as the chemical fire episode from season 4, but enjoyable.
  13. Peter goes on vacation- Peter goes to the south to be a visiting physician as he needs the money. It almost seems like this was made in 2020. Lots of racism and showing the suffering of poor rural black people.
  14. Carter- On a ride along the ambulance is being attacked by an angry mob who were mad that they were trying to save a white slum lord. In a mad dash to escape Carter ends up running over one of the protesters. Later on a white paramedic gets killed in a drive by and everyone knows they were really looking to kill Carter.
  15. Mobalaga- We are introduced to a Nigerian janitor who was a torture victim. This arc gets kind of crazy as everyone thinks he stabbed his wife when he finds out that the Army gang raped her, Turns out she tried to kill herself.
  16. Jeanie- As if being HIV+ isn't bad enough she now has Hepatitis C. Throughout the season she dates a couple of people, but it is always awkward. By the end of the season she is with a cop.
  17. Disaster episode two- The hospital has a power outage and the back up generators fail also. Total Chaos.
  18. FBI- The FBI come rolling up with a woman who is shot. She is obviously either a stripper or prostitute. They treat her and take her to an undisclosed location. Then the real FBI show up and ask about her. God bless the writer for this plot.
  19. Final episode- I've already mentioned some of the things that happened. Here are a couple more. Carol is pregnant with twins. She faxed Doug. He calls her, but isn't coming. Corday and Greene start to get serious. It wasn't that great of season finale.
  20. One last point. I believe that twice in the episode people were in car accidents and the cops wanted blood alcohol tests. I believe in both cases they were .09. I have a feeling this season came out around the time that most states were changing the legal limit from .1 to .08. I can't help but think that somehow this was a public service message to stop drunk driving.
  21. Peter gets the Trauma fellowship and we are led to believe that Corday is taking the cardio-thoracic fellowship and will get to stay in the country.
On to season six.....
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2020.09.15 20:13 ThrowRABadMom1 I Resent My Child and I Need Help Moving Past This

I'm here asking for advice on how to be better at being a mom. I feel I am really failing at this.
Background: I'm 34, in a long term relationship. I never wanted kids. My partner is older with adult kids (his wife passed away). No kids suited our lifestyle. A distant relative of my partner's wife (she's not blood related) had a then-8 year old girl that we would sometimes keep. I will call her "D." Her mom is a drug addict, always moving, getting arrested, etc. I enjoyed getting D on some weekends and taking her shopping and giving her some stability and enjoyment in life.
After several months of this, her mom approached me saying she was in trouble with Social Services ("DSS") and needed to appoint someone as D's "protector" until Mom could take some parenting classes. I was told it would be a few weeks. Well, that turned into months. Mom would not go to the parenting classes, and I later learned part of her plan to get D back was to pass 3 consecutive drug tests, which she wasn't able to do. During this time, there was lots of turmoil. D missed her mom, of course. My life was turned upside down. We made it through, though, and I felt good knowing D had a good place to stay and someone who cared for her. Around 11 months into this, DSS asked me if I would consent to be D's legal guardian. If I didn't, D could continue to stay here if I was ok with it, or could be put in the foster care system. Seeing it as a choice between giving D a stable life or going to foster care, I consented to be her legal guardian. We went through months of waiting, her mom wouldn't be served the papers, then she wouldn't show up for court. I finally received guardianship and we began moving on with our lives.
This worked for a while. However, the continued arguments with her mom, the stress over the court dates, the stress of my job, the uncertainty of it all, the change in my life that I didn't really want - it took a toll on me and I guess I broke down. I couldn't go to work, or the grocery store, or pretty much anywhere. I just wanted to be home. That was over a year ago. I've survived due to my dad and partner supporting me financially. I should mention that D is now 12.
Ever since this "break," I've had a hard time dealing with D. I think I subconsciously resent her and blame her for this. I find any reason to fuss at her. I think it would be good to give examples:
-She recently got lice, as most kids do at her age. I blamed her and made her feel bad that I had to spend $30 for the treatment.
-I received $500 for my birthday. I saved it, knowing something may happen. I ended up spending it all on D's back to school clothes and supplies. D is very picky about her clothes. I made sure to ask her if she was sure she liked outfits before purchasing. Now she refuses to wear some of it. I'm mad that I spent my birthday money on stuff she won't wear.
-I bought her a nice flat screen tv for Christmas 2 years ago. She rearranges her room a lot. She broke the TV by moving it so much (she dropped it). This made me pretty mad and I fussed at her a lot about it.
-I have been verbally abusive to her in the past, saying mean things. D will lie, and when I catch her, I've told her she lies just like her mom. How horrible is that to say to a child, yet I've done it.
I feel that I'm no better than her bio mom. I'm damaging her too, but in different ways. This child deserves people who love her, and I don't know if I can give her that. I can't just give her up - she'd go to foster care and I don't want that for her. I don't know how to be better though. I can't afford to go to therapy for this, and even if I did, I'm scared if I told them these things, they'd report me and take her. Deep down, I want to give her a good life, but part of me hates her for changing my life so much. I don't even like to look her in the eyes anymore, because I can't stand to look at her. How can I be a good mom when a small part of me hates her? That's terrible of me. I don't know what to do, guys. I'm at the end of my rope. Please give me advice on how to be better to her, to not resent her for this, to not hate her.
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2020.09.13 05:55 Able-Presentation234 Theory: Ruth stole the Hand of Omega. Spoilers for Series 12.

Basically this is a theory which attempts to explain how the Ruth Doctor's TARDIS can be disguised as a police telephone box, but goes a little power mad along the way and attempts to connect some serious dots. TLDR; The Ruth Doctor stole the Hand of Omega from Gallifrey, not the First Doctor. She hid it in London 1963, where her TARDIS became stuck in the shape of a police telephone box then later the First Doctor tracked the Hand of Omega there, where his TARDIS became restuck in the shape of a police telephone box.
So first of everyone, most people seem to agree that the Ruth Doctor must be the original owner of the Doctor's TARDIS. We can use the TARDIS' claim in The Doctor's Wife, to argue that she recognised the Doctor and allowed herself to be stolen. We can consider the business with Clara and the First Doctor in The Name of the Doctor to be the result of the Great Intelligence altering history in that story. This last point is not entirely satisfactory but is the lesser conclusion of two evils.
In Logopolis then, I believe, it's stated that the TARDIS' chameleon circuit was being repaired when the First Doctor stole it. Note that in Meanwhile in the TARDIS Scene 1 the Doctor indicates that technically the chameleon circuit still works, the actual fault is that it keeps deciding a police box is the perfect way to blend in to every destination. If this was also the original fault with the Ruth Doctor's TARDIS then it seems reasonable that after the unfinished repair work done on Gallifrey, this fault would be retriggered by the First Doctor's TARDIS arriving in London 1963, where a police box really would be the perfect way to blend in. The only thing left to explain is the coincidence of the Doctor arriving in London c.1963 twice, once as the Ruth Doctor and the second time in An Unearthly Child.
The theory then is that the Ruth Doctor was hiding the Hand of Omega when she first visited London 1963, and that the First Doctor returned to this location later tracking the Hand of Omega's signal. To flesh out this theory, consider Gat's gun in Fugitive of the Judoon. The Ruth Doctor stole Gat's gun and programmed it to backfire against whoever tried to use it, as a safety precaution should Gat find her. We can then speculate that the Ruth Doctor similarly stole the Hand of Omega, incase the Division came looking for her, and hid it in London 1963, hiding it just well enough that only another Time Lord could find it. The Hand of Omega was then programmed to backfire against whoever tried to use it in the hope that this would destroy the Division, but instead ended up destroying the Daleks as seen in Remembrance of the Daleks. When the First Doctor found it, he worried about other renegade Time Lords (such as the Master) potentially finding this device and so he arranged to have it properly hidden in an unmarked grave since carrying the device with him in the TARDIS provided too high a risk of being tracked by the Time Lords.
Furthermore we can speculate that the Nemesis statue was similarly stolen by the Ruth Doctor, remembering Lady Peinforte's claim that the statue had told her a secret about the Doctor dating back to the dawn of Time Lord society which we now know can only refer to the Timeless Child, connecting up with the idea that the Nemesis statue had met the Ruth Doctor.
This seems to satisfactorily explain how Ruth's Doctor can have a TARDIS disguised as a police telephone. There are maybe a few questions left.
  1. Why did the Ruth Doctor's TARDIS's chameleon circuit break in the first place, given that it would have been new at the time (as stated in the script)? One possible explanation is that the Doctor herself and the TARDIS both survived an accident at the time they left Gallifrey. This is implied when Gat states that the Time Lord had already held a funeral for the Doctor and believed her to be dead. Note also that none of the Judoon were able to recognise the Ruth Doctor on sight so we can infer she has regenerated since leaving. We can speculate then that the Ruth Doctor and the TARDIS survived an accident, she regenerated and the TARDIS' chameleon circuit was damaged amongst other circuitry like the navigation system. Immediately after this accident she escapes to Earth London, 1963 to leave a trap at the end of her trail, should any clever Time Lord realise how she survived, her TARDIS becomes stuck as a police telephone box and then she goes into hiding.
  2. Why did she possess the Hand of Omega/Nemesis statue/Gat's gun at the time of this accident? Maybe this accident took place while fighting in the war against Morbius. Note her medal for distinguished service. It also seems fitting that the Time Lords going to war against Morbius for trying to break the Time Lord intervention policy would finally make the Timeless Child/Doctor question working for the Division.
  3. Why do we not see the Ruth Doctor in The Name of the Docto in River's records / in The Eleventh Hour etc? I've seen others explain this. The scar tissue seen in that episode is said to the fraying wound in time caused by the damage to time by the Doctor's travels. Prior to the First Doctor running away, he had lived on Gallifrey for 236 years which we can assume is enough of a stable period of time to act as a buffer to prevent the tear in time from ripping any further, which is why Clara only sees as far back as the First Doctor leaving Gallfirey. (For EU fans, IDK how to explain the EDAs or Orbis, give it your best go. Also I guess its worth thinking about the 900 years on Trenzalore at the other end of this tear.) The others could be explained by suggesting that after Fugitive of the Judoon, the Ruth Doctor hid from the Time Lords in the post 10,000,000 AD period of history (funnily enough most of history is passed this point), stated in Frontios to be beyond the Time Lords limits and where the Master hid from the Time Lords during the Time War. This would leave little trace of her (eventually his) adventures in the time periods frequented by the Doctor in Classic and New Who. If we further assume that the Timeless Child did not take up the name Doctor until after she ran away then this appears to resolve this issue.
  4. What about the First Doctor stealing the Hand of Omega in Lungbarrow/The Beginning (for EU fans)? For this theory I'm only building on TV series details but I'll have a go. The package is only implied to be the Hand of Omega in The Beginning (maybe it's just the Doctor's fancy hovering suitcase). Unfortunately I imagine it's probably name dropped in Time and Relative or Quinnis or one of the short trips in which case alternate timeline/the Doctor has a fancy hovering suitcase called the Hand of Omega which mustn't fall into the wrong hands or else everyone will know his crossdressing secret (remember the women's clothes reference from The Woman Who Fell to Earth) /s. Lungbarrow is already difficult to square with everything we learned in the Timeless Child, so I would assume it is very much set in a different timeline/universe or just a distorted retelling of the Timeless Child story. Also I guess The Gallifrey Chronicles and The Abandoned present some problems with different accounts for the original TARDIS owner. Different timelines or maybe the TARDIS had more than one previous owner. Maybe Marnal and Marianna are both past incarnations of the Doctor? /s.
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2020.09.13 01:20 Spleen_McQueen Series of Theories Part 4: Kendrick's Mission

Part 1: It's levels to it
Part 2: Kung- Fu Kenny/ Gemini/ Two Lives
Part 3: "I put on repeat, Kanye's touch the sky!"

Part 4: Kendrick's Mission

RECAP:
We’ve established several ideas that run through Kendrick’s discography in the previous posts. Number one was “levels” and how Kendrick has alluded to numbering his projects and a finality in his work at level ten. The second post was about how Kendrick has always had Kung-Fu Kenny by his side, that he has always fought an internal battle and how that duality reflects on the entire world. I also talked about the idea going further and his duality becoming a second life. The third post highlighted the recurring imagery of planes, ufos and the sky as well as Kendrick comparing himself to an alien or angel. I concluded that most of these ideas were about reaching the top, the peak of the industry and reaching another plane of existence.
INTRO:
In this post I’ll be researching what Kendrick’s purpose is and what he plans to do once he reaches the top. As I’ve said, he is trying to reach the top/ sky/ clouds and perhaps he already has, figuratively. Here, I’m trying to figure out exactly what Kendrick is trying to do with this power, what he plans to teach the world. Kendrick is a part of our new generation and he knows he has to do his part in trying to make this world a better place to live. This is his movement and it's called HiiiPower.
So I’ll be highlighting anything that mentions Kendrick’s purpose/ mission/ plan.... what he intends to do to change the world. I’ll also be mentioning moments where Kendrick alludes to changing things, pushing boundaries as it builds onto the legitimacy of this theory.
Let’s begin.
Note: It gets spicier at Level 4.

Minor City Hub Threat/ Level 1

And it takes a young nigga like me to push the limit No gimmick, this is real homie I wake out of my sleep, sweat drippin' off my face and cheek I swear to God, death callin' for me
-TRACK 12
At 16 he is already saying he is going to push the limit. He mentions Death is calling for him, we will see more of that throughout.

Mapped out the whole game to reroute it ‘Cause look here boo you fucking with a champion K Dot the don, moving the blocks you on Taking a spot of shawn, I'm on top your own Industry remember me, cause I so crazy
-PUT THAT ON SOMETHING
Kendrick wants to change the music industry.
I got some plans, to stack riches
Own 76′s like a Philadelphian
You don't know but now I'm focused like camera lens
-BIGGIE
Focused on getting rich.
You wanna witness the livest nigga existin' Then come and pay me a visit, you have to pay for admission I'm on my mission to conquer my competition
-GO DJ
Before he can change things, he has to establish himself as the best. You have to pay to visit him/ aka pay for his music.

Training Day/ Level 2

Where the pump at
Thinking of a master plan
Mothafucker Im a master mind
Im a 18 year old dollar sign
Im a one man tragedy
Im Columbine
Shit you already know what im about
-One Shot Kill
So Kendrick’s already got a plan in mind… He says he is a one man tragedy but then doubles down and says he is Columbine. Which is actually a two man tragedy. This links up with the Kung-Fu Kenny post and the idea of him having two lives.

Let them sell his soul
Put his body on retail
If we do dirt
And you tell
We gon’ put you under dirt
He was a good person
He was down to earth but now he down to earth
Chillin with the worms and the insects his brother gon’ be next
His mother gon’ be after him kill the family tree
If they fuckin with him and that him is me
-One Shot Kill
So here Kendrick is basically saying that he is going to sell his soul and put himself up to sell (his music). Like the last lines I highlighted, Kendrick alludes to his eventual death.

When the lights get dark
And everybody quiet, know its my part
I might start a riot
The main event
- Blame God
Later on, I'll talk about a possible controversial action that Kendrick might commit.

“When I do it, it won't be nothing right after I'm done
When I ruin niggas' careers, put you niggas in tears
Get you pom poms, you better off, cheer for me”
- BEST RAPPER ALIVE
Again, part of his mission is to destroy his competition.

This business got too many villains
Superman is back
The cape ain't red, it's black
That's a trench coat
And the note for your information if we was dead this reincarnation
Watch your heads
-Never Die
The business is the music industry and Kendrick is here to save it. The reincarnation builds on my second post about his two lives.

I am the truth, no lie about it
Bring my testimony when I walk in that booth
Walking the thin line between love and hate, I defend mines
Join them when it comes to their crunch time, I never fold
I love pressure, that's why I apply so much on niggas thinking they better
I am a clutch shooter, I am a sharp shooter
And it's great enough to hear the butterfly moving
- PROTOTYPE
Kendrick says he is the truth, hopefully he can bring the truth to the world as well. The pressure line builds on his constant drive to rise to the top. Last line could be a giveaway that Kendrick had a loose idea of To Pimp A Butterfly.

I know I'm walking the path of greatness, no compass
Not Atheist, but the bars reside with Satan
- I FEEL IT
Kendrick knows he’s doing what he must but also saying that the raps he writes are sinful. Could be a shot at the nature of the industry or the idea that he must “write his wrongs.”

Maybe I give you the funk
George Clintion bring by the sentence
like I got a english major in it
- GOOD MORNING AMERICA
“Now if I give you the funk, you gon’ take it....We want the funk!” -King Kunta
More possible evidence to show that he has these things planned.

C4/ Level 3

With a bible and a reverend I use my mouth as a weapon Bullets rip through your mid section
- Phone Home
Kendrick is weaponizing his lyrics, using them as a tool. The bible has lessons to show us just like each of his albums.
Show me where your fans is so they can see the real
I'm sick and electrifying, that's double ill
Me feel like me will be a legend like Will was a legend
But I'm not an actor, put that in my will
-Phone Home
"Tryna be a fucking legend, the man of mankind" - HiiiPower

Kendrick Lamar EP/ Level 4

Now everybody just bow to the greatness, or die in the matrix
Your hereby dating, my destiny's waiting
My itinerary is very hectic
I break records on every record, I'm truly reckless
-Thanksgiving

I'm live, come to the harvest, welcome the artist
Whose lyrics out of the orbit, more than the hardest rapper
To hit the market and market myself as a shooting target
With offers that got me up in these offices often
Boo-yaa, who ya? No one, I've done situated myself, I ain't lying
Be sure to be friend cause my foes die five times
The good kid from the mad city
Holding a cereal box instead of a Glock
In a 1992 Cadillac that I got from my pops
Transmission slipping, but I ain't tripping, swallow my pride
-Thanksgiving
Kendrick is here to bring us the best lyrics in the game, to infiltrate the offices in tall towers and solidify himself as the best. I mentioned this before but “foes die five times” could be them dying from each of his albums, from section.80 to his next one. GKMC was already on his mind here. Transmission slipping could also be a reference to the common "phone" theme in his music.

Vanity, they say that it can damage me
So do I really want it?
If I didn't, I guess I'm a cool cocaine connect
That means I'll be frontin'
Cooking in a laboratory, hoping I can tell a story
That the whole world can feel, like the ones that came before me
Knowing that I'm misunderstood
So I gotta get my point across like a snitch would
-Let Me Be Me
He’s coming to the terms here that he must give in to the vices of the industry. He then states that he’s planning to tell a story that everyone can understand. I think he intends to do that and already has to an extent… but I think the full picture/ story will be shown with his next album.

Give me vanity, give me Kurt Cobain sanity
Give me a city where Channel 7 newscasters cameras be
Give me horror like Amity, no, give me the charts
And if you ever renege, I'll still give you Kendrick Lamar, this is me
And that's love
-Is It Love?
Kenny is asking for Kurt Cobain sanity alluding to more “suicidal weakness”. He is asking for all the attention so he can talk to the world. Even through all this he will still give us his true self and the most important message, love.

Malcolm X mind state, if I raise the crime rate
It's a legitimate reason why
I put on repeat Kanye's "Touch the Sky"
But I'll be looking past that I'm tryna touch God
My heart to the heavens, the rebel of the reverend
Y'all married to the game well I'm 'bout to crash weddings
I put a lot of pain in the shit I write
If you going through something, this the shit you recite
This is bigger than life, this is Kendrick Lamar
This is Jimi Hendrix guitar on tour, bonjour, I mean war like that!
Yeah, straight like that
-Celebration
He’s here to cause some chaos, to fuck up the music industry (the game) and to give us something to listen to when in pain. This is bigger than life...

When I kick it and pump mine, I've got to be a prophet
I've gotta make a profit big enough to have a thirty pound wallet
-Thanksgiving
In order to become a prophet he’s also gotta make that profit to have a large enough voice.

I found myself losing focus at a Sunday service
Embarrassed so I start questioning God, "What is my purpose?"
He said to live the way he did, that's all he want from me
Spread the word and witness, he rose on the first Sunday
-Faith

And I'm the God MC, join my diocese
Free your mind, don't mind society
And finally, everyone got their own problems
Everything is subject to change like broken dollars
-P&P
Join his movement, his secret society...

Overly Dedicated/ Level 5


But little did they know, I’m tryna' change the rules
That we’ve been confined to, so the corporate won’t make decisions
Uppity bitches, handling business
Killing our dreams, stealing our vision
The Heart Pt.2
Since he’s not happy with the industry, he’s gotta change it himself.

Have you ever felt like, like you never get life?
Like you never did right, sort of like a black sheep?
Tryna get away from the world's stereotype
Barbed wire got a barricade on your destiny
-Barbed Wire
Kendrick probably feels like he’s going against the world trying to accomplish his dream.

What is HiiiPoWeR?
HiiiPoWeR is the way we think, the way we live
See it’s known today that the human race is nothing
No morals, no standards
What we’re about to do is raise the level of expectations
No, you don’t have to have a lot of money
You don’t have to be rich
But you will be rich in mind and spirit
Some say it’s as big as a crew, some say it’s as big as a gang
HiiiPoWeR, we stand for it as if it’s as big as a religion
-Cut You Off
HiiiPower’s mission statement. The lines “My heart is rich, my heart is famous” from GOD. suggest that he has reached that goal himself, now it’s time for him to help us become rich in mind and spirit. (Which he has already imo)

Sometimes we lose focus, planning our own demise
Forgetting the big picture and making it wallet size
So to what is important in my life, I apologize
I promise to stay faithful, focused and sanctified
We all get distracted, the question is
Would you bounce back or bounce backwards? Would you not know
How to act or take action? It’s just a part of life
And if your vision’s impaired, you probably lose it all tonight
-Growing Apart (To Get Closer)
Kendrick seems to foreshadow his own downfall a lot and I think that downfall is represented in DAMN. as the album starts with life being taken. Also DAMN. represents mainstream music more than any of his other albums, hence, “making it wallet size,” as Kendrick is focused on making money in DAMN. In the end he still keeps himself faithful and focused to learn what he must do to better himself.

I'll make an album that'll put a smile on Malcolm
Make Martin Luther tell God I'm the future for Heaven's talent
No tarot card reading; I'm foreseeing you niggas vanish
Not only from the rap game, I'm including the planet
-Ignorance is Bliss
His next album could be the one to put that smile on MLK. After he does this his competition will be gone, off the EARTH.

Or everything getting shot, for nothing
Leave you in shock, coughing up blood and mumbling
Watch, the plans of a young man sponsor
-ROTC

But lately, I've been thinking 'bout taking chances to brighten
My future financially, so please don't be mad at me
I gotta do what I gotta do, no shit
So I tell my nigga front me, let me put it on the strip
Then give it back when I think about the consequence, shit
-ROTC
Kendrick knows he has to go commercial to have the finances he needs for his family. He knows there are consequences to doing this.

And if our record never break, I still won’t break my promise
I promise to keep it honest
Secret society all we ask is trust
-The Heart Pt.2
"It's a secret society
All we ask is trust (All we ask is trust)
All we got is us
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty" He’s keeping it real to the end no matter what.

And all we lack is communication like service sucks
The people scared of annihilation when Kingdom Come
-The Heart Pt.2
There are other mentions of phones throughout his music and the new music video behind the scene picture enlighten us on its meaning in the future. Dissect Podcast has guessed that it’s him trying to connect to God and his family and I agree that it could be that.

Section. 80/ Level 6


Fire burning inside my eyes, this the music that saved my life
Y'all be calling it hip-hop, I be calling it hypnotize
Yeah, hypnotize, trapped my body but freed my mind
What the fuck are you fighting for? Ain't nobody gon' win that war
My details be retail, man, I got so much in store
-Fuck Your Ethnicity
I believe the hypnotize line means that he believes his music can change the minds of others. And that it can free one’s mind. His details, his life, are retail (at the store) as he puts his life into his music.

So don't you mind how much the cost is, penny for my thoughts
Everybody, please hold up your wallets
Yeah man, I'm the mailman, can't you tell, man?
Going postal, never freeze up, when I approach you
That's starstruck and roast you, oh my
HiiiPower
-Fuck Your Ethnicity
Kendrick says he is the mailman, akin to the upcoming line “Im just a messenger." A messenger of God. He’s saying that you will be starstruck when he approaches because he is coming from the sky... as a star. “Every n***** is a star.” This also lines up with my previous post of him reaching the sky.

I'm just a messenger, yeah, I know life's a bitch, get the best of her
Put them 3's up, they notice that we up, HiiiPower
And the power in the people and if they don't believe us
They'll die
Wizard
-Fuck Your Ethnicity

In the daily superstition that the world is 'bout to end
Who gives a fuck? We never do listen
'Less it comes with a 808 (A melody and some hoes)
-ADHD
Kendrick knows the power of music. He will try to use his own music to bring some change.

As I open this book and then burn up some of this reefer
My plan is to figure out the world and escape all my demons
I'm dying inside, I wonder if Zion inside the heavens
-Kush & Corinthians
Kendrick is trying to escape his demons, which he kinda did in DAMN as he dissected all his wickedness and weaknesses. He is trying to better himself and become the man he needs to be.

To the meaning of life, what's my purpose?
Maybe this Earth is ain't a good place to be
How far is heaven? Let's see
Is it in the clouds like they said it would be?
I wonder when I die will he give me receipts?
I wonder will the eyes of the Lord look at me?
-Kush & Corinthians
Kendrick is trying to find his purpose and has figured out that the world and its pleasures aren’t the best. In DAMN we hear the words “WHAT HAPPENS ON EARTH STAYS ON EARTH.” As Kendrick figuratively dies in DAMN he is leaving Earth and going up to heaven to figure out his judgement.

Come to our show, you can see the diversity
Unify the people, they gon' peep it universally
We might not change the world
But we gon' manipulate it, I hope you participatin'
-Ab-Soul’s Outro (Ab-Soul)
This is basically another mission statement of the hiiipower movement. To unify. They are going to try to manipulate the culture and industry to achieve this perhaps.

Started HiiiPower because our generation needed a generator
In a system meant to disintegrate us
And all we do is assist them
We're not victors, we're victims
The bigger picture isn't developed yet
-Ab-Soul’s Outro (Ab-Soul)
Another Ab-Soul line. Stating that we are all cogs in a system. Hiiipower and TDE might be trying to expose that idea to the world. The big picture will be seen as time progresses… maybe it will be seen/ heard with Kendricks next project. As an interview from 2018 suggested, Kendrick might be writing long-form. As the interview asks itself what themes are recurring we here are bringing them to light and analyzing them to see what this long-form story can be about.

You know what all the things have in common?
Only half of the truth, if you tell it
See I spent twenty-three years on the earth searching for answers
'Til one day I realized I had to come up with my own
I'm not on the outside looking in
I'm not on the inside looking out
I'm in the dead fucking center, looking around
You ever seen a newborn baby kill a grown man?
That's an analogy for the way the world make me react
My innocence been dead
-Ab-Soul’s Outro
Throughout his music and life, Kendrick is looking for the truth, his purpose. He is looking at it from every angle and he is ready to bring that knowledge to the people.

If you don't leave with nothing else tonight,
you will leave with knowing yourself
You will leave knowing that you represent
something thats bigger than all of us
Our family
-Ab-Soul’s Outro

Visions of Martin Luther staring at me
Malcolm X put a hex on my future, someone catch me
I'm falling victim to a revolutionary song, the Serengeti's clone
-HiiiPower
So here we have Kendrick saying that the greatest of black leaders are influencing him in his life. Just as they fell, Kendrick might also fall, hence him asking someone to catch him… as he falls victim to bringing a revolutionary song. Any leader of a revolution puts themself in a vulnerable state. Kendrick knows that so in order to survive this revolution he also needs to form a migration. The Serengeti region in Tanzania is home to one of the largest migrations.

Enough to drive a man insane, I need a license to kill
I'm standing on the field full of land mines
Doing the moonwalk, hoping I blow up in time
Cause 2012 might not be a fucking legend
Tryna be a fucking legend, the man of mankind
-HiiiPower
Kendrick knows the industry is tough and that he to blow up in stardom soon as he is hoping to become “the man of mankind.”

And everything on TV just a figment of imagination
I don't want plastic nation, dread that like a Haitian
While you mothafuckas waiting, I be off the slave ship
Building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs
HiiiPower
Kendrick is building his own religion and stories.

I mean the shit is, Huey Newton going stupid
You can't resist his HiiiPoWeR
-HiiiPower
Another comparison to a black leader. This time the co-founder of the Black Panther party. For him to say that this movement is “Huey Newton going stupid” means that his ambitions are greater.

GKMC/ Level 7

They say conversation rule a nation, I can tell
But I could never right my wrongs
'Less I write it down for real, P.S
-Poetic Justice
Perhaps Kendrick is trying to lead that conversation. He knows he has has to write down all wrongs in his music, which he essentially has.

Every time I write these words they become a taboo
Makin' sure my punctuation curve, every letter here's true
Livin' my life in the margin and that metaphor was proof
I'm talkin' poetic justice, poetic justice
If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room
Would you trust it? I mean, you need to hear this
Love is not just a verb, it's you lookin' in the mirror
Love is not just a verb, it's you lookin' for it, maybe
-Poetic Justice
He’s saying that what he says isn’t accepted by the industry and world usually as he spits the truth and keeps it real more than most. He lives his life outside the mainstream and is here to bring justice with his words. Even though he is from a dark place, he is as beautiful as a flower… he questions out trust in him since he is not from a great place. In the end he says Love is not just a verb but something that you can find in yourself. I think that the message of love might be the ultimate message of Kendrick’s, akin to many religions and such.

All my innocence while ignorin' my purpose to persevere
As a better person; I know you heard this and probably in fear
-Good Kid
His mission is to become a better person, as he has said before… his mention of fear is interesting as in FEAR he states:

“Searchin' for resolutions until somebody get back
Fear, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
And I can't take these feelings with me, so hopefully they disperse
Within fourteen tracks, carried out over wax
Wonderin' if I'm livin' through fear or livin' through rap
Damn”
You could maybe break this down as him trying to become a better person by letting go of the feelings he lays out on DAMN and leaving the Earth. As FEAR continues his cousin says that he must return to the original commandments to not feel chastised.

Mass hallucination, baby
Ill education, baby
Want to reconnect with your elations?
This is your station, baby
-Good Kid
Most media is trash. If you wanna hear the truth and find happiness, this might be music for you.

I blow up every time we throw up a record
Depending on what you expecting, I'm sure it's bigger than your religion
Perfected by niggas that manifested music to live in
-Compton
Kendrick knows he gets bigger and levels up with every record. As the music oprogresses TDE has created music to withstand generation and to live through.

A smart man if I keep my feet planted
To the earth 'cause the people that hurt can understand it”
-Now or Never
what happens on earf….

For you to hear Kendrick persevere
Defenses I feel relentless
Ambition with a clear vision
Takin' off I ain't takin off these Pistons
I'm takin' off on the inner me - you're distance
Came across me, how much it'll cost me
To get you out my business
I said a planet is a short term goal, no sky is the limit
-Now or Never

To Pimp A Butterfly/ Level 8


I said Hiiipower, one time you see it
Hiiipower, two times, you see it
Hiiipower, two times, you see it
Conversation for the entire nation this is bigger than us
-Grammy 2016 performance (untitled 05)
His first big mention of HiiiPower since his Section. 80 days.

I can attempt to enlighten you without frightenin' you
If you resist, I'll back off quick, go catch a flight or two
But if you pick destiny over rest in peace
Then be an advocate, tell your homies especially
To come back home
-Momma
His message includes advocating going back to one’s roots.

I can see
Your defense mechanism is my decision
Knock these walls down, that’s my religion
-These Walls
Kendrick’s religion, his movement and mission is to knock out the walls of the industry.

It's such a shame they may call me crazy
They may say I suffer from schizophrenia or somethin'
-Blacker the Berry
I don’t know if he has done something yet that would make people say this but I think he could be foreshadowing something in the future. Or it could be about the last couple lines of the song.

Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
Been feeling this way since I was 16, came to my senses
-Blacker the Berry
He made his first mixtape at 16. Has he been formulating his story all this time?

This plot is bigger than me, it's generational hatred
It's genocism, it's grimy, little justification
-Blacker the Berry

Dreams of reality's peace
Blow steam in the face of the beast
Sky could fall down, wind could cry now
Look at me motherfucker I smile-
-I (live)
Kendrick have a dream!”

Finna run into a building, lay my body in the street
Keep my money in the ceiling, let my mama know I'm free
Give my story to the children and a lesson they can read
And the glory to the feeling of the holy unseen
Seen enough, make a motherfucker scream, "I love myself!
-I (single)
This is the basis of this post. He is here to give a story, to teach us lessons. One of the biggest lessons is to learn to love yourself. He says that he will run into a building and lay his body on the street in the future to free himself… this is something I’ll be talking about in the next post.

Let these words be your Earth and moon, you consume every message
As I lead this army, make room for mistakes and depression
-Mortal Man
This. This. This. Even though you consume his message and understand it, its ok to still make mistakes.

When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?
When shit hit the fan—
(one two, one two)
When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?
When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?
-Mortal Man
Kendrick seems to be untrusting that people will take his words seriously… and from what he has alluded to, his actions. Will he do something that might make him a controversial figure?

You wanna be remembered that delivered the message
That considered the blessing of everyone
This your lesson for everyone, say;
-Mortal Man
“I prophesied on my last song, you laughed at me” Kendrick says in The Heart Part 4 two years after the release of TPAB. Mortal Man is basically a cliffhanger, he ends up trying to find out the answers with Tupac but is left hanging, leading to DAMN where he has to win the battle within himself before he is ready to escape his demons and finally deliver the message of God.

Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant
Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations
That the caterpillar never considered, ending the internal struggle
Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different
They are one and the same
-Mortal Man
He is trying to tell us that everyone has an internal struggle that reflects in the world. The good and the bad go hand in hand. When you know this, you have the ability to grow and heal. Maybe the world and society as a whole can do the same.

DAMN./ Level 9


And Nazareth gon' plead his case
The reason my power's here on earth
Salute the truth, when the prophet say
-DNA

Tell me when destruction gonna be my fate
Gonna be your fate, gonna be our faith
Peace to the world, let it rotate
Sex, money, murder—our DNA
-DNA
Kendrick is saying that the world rotates around sex, money and murder, leading to our demise. As we have seen, Kendrick wants to change the status quo. “Peace to the world” could be him saying goodbye to it. Also another allusion to his eventual death.

I can feel it, the phoenix sure to watch us
I can feel it, the dream is more than process
I can put a regime that forms a Loch Ness
I can feel it, the scream that haunts all logic
-FEEL
Kendrick is putting together a movement, a religion, a team that will form a Loch Ness, or rather a myth, a story. This is in line with a lot of my other analysis of previous lyrics in the post.

It’s a secret society
All we ask is trust (All we ask is trust)
All we got is us
-LOYALTY
He needs to trust his team and the people around him. The HiiiPower movement is part of TDE’s dna and each other is all they've got in the crazy journey they’ve gone on. As I pointed out before he has mentioned the secret society before.

I promise to keep it honest
Secret society all we ask is trust”- The Heart Part 2
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
10-4, no switchin' sides
-LOYALTY
He’s telling other members of TDE and his cause that there is no going back. That they have to stay loyal to him.

How they look at me reflect on myself, my family, my city
What they say 'bout me reveal if my reputation would miss me
What they see from me would trickle down generations in time
What they hear from me would make 'em highlight my simplest lines
-FEAR
I think he is going to give us and the future generations something that will last forever.

Fear, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
And I can't take these feelings with me, so hopefully, they disperse
Within fourteen tracks, carried out over wax
Searchin' for resolutions until somebody get back
Fear, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
And I can't take these feelings with me, so hopefully they disperse
Within fourteen tracks, carried out over wax
Wonderin' if I'm livin' through fear or livin' through rap
Damn
-FEAR
So far we have established that his plan is to persevere and become a better person. In these lines he says that he can’t take these feelings with him as he is probably leaving this Earth to become that better person. He is leaving his past life and leaving it with the music. I believe that a new Kendrick will emerge in the next record. The Butterfly with beautiful wings.

All my innocence while ignorin' my purpose to persevere
As a better person; I know you heard this and probably in fear” -Good Kid
For the cause, I done put blood on sword
Everything I do is to embrace y'all
Everything I write is a damn eight ball
Everything I touch is a damn gold mine
Everything I say is from an angel
-GOD
He’s bringing us the word of God, ya’ll.
Conclusion:
So with this post, we were looking for a plan/ mission in Kendrick’s music. The point of all this is to connect all his discography to a larger narrative. Well what's the end goal?
Well there are a couple things. First off, Kendrick wants to reach the top, get rich (something we've established int he last post) and break down the walls of the music industry to change how things are done and change expectations… effectively destroying his competition. His mission also includes bettering himself and escaping his demons which he has effectively done in DAMN. I believe. The last big part of his plan is to bring a revolution/ movement to the world. Something that he alludes to as he says “I’ll make an album that’ll put a smile on Malcolm.” We can gather that Kendrick believes he is here to deliver a message to the world, something that could heal the whole generation if we listen.
Now, my theory is now that Kendrick has figuratively been killed on DAMN and left his feelings on this Earth, he is ready to reach the clouds/ heaven in order to talk to God and become the best person he can be. Once he has done that he can effectively help bring change to the world with his story.
I’d like to believe that this revolutionary song/ album will be the next one since DAMN seemed to be a cliffhanger of sorts. Kendrick delved to the darkest pits of himself in that album, he “wrote his wrongs.” He won his internal struggle. Now he can help the struggle the world faces as a whole. In my eyes, Kendrick has already helped out the world, but all these lyrics point to something greater.
With all this in mind, I will be expanding more on the “death/ downfall” of Kendrick in the next post. His music is filled with a ton of foreboding about his death and destruction like we even saw in this post. But something that has not been talked about is HOW he will “die."
If you read all this thank you for taking the time. It will only get even crazier from here on out, but as you can see I do not conjure up claims/ theories without the supported evidence/ lyrics.
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2020.09.08 00:31 botanisty [Germany] Postdoc in plant evolution (closes 18 Sep 2020)

https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/universitaet/administration/verwaltung/dezernat2/personalabteilung/bewerbestellen/wissenschaftliche-stellen/fb17-0033-wmz-180920-englisch.pdf
At the Faculty of Biology, Plant Cell Biology, the research group of Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing offers a third party financed position for a Research Assistant (Postdoc) to be staffed for 32 months, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is full-time with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 100 %). The tasks include scientific services in research. Duties within the DFG priority programme 2237 MAdLand (Molecular Adaptation to Land: plant evolution to change) encompass the generation and analysis of mutants in the model organisms P. patens and M. polymorpha, as well as project coordination. On top of that the scientific and administrative support of the research group and priority programme is part of the duties. The position will be filled by a temporary contract that is limited to the period which is necessary to gain further scientific expertise (such as the preparation for a subsequent qualification period). Within the entrusted tasks the opportunity for independent scientific work to obtain further personal qualification is given. The limitation of the contract complies to § 2 Abs. 1 WissZeitVG. The successful applicant will hold an MSc-degree or equivalent in biology, a PhD in plant molecular biology and will have experience in with bryophyte cultivation, molecular biology and microscopy. Experience with confocal microscopy, phylogenetic methods, with the model organisms mentioned above and in terms of project management are benefitial. We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualification. Applicants with children are welcome – Philipps-University is certified as a family-friendly university. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualification. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.
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2020.09.07 13:56 life-finds-a-way Snapshot of the Subreddit: September 2020

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Highest numbers in subscriptions to date. We used to average half of what we saw in August, and that started maybe a week or so into the month. You can take a look here.
Otherwise, we are down in uniques and pageviews but at a level still higher than any most months. We are out of a clear heavy-hitter drama that would increase those two metrics. May through about July could be contextualized through major dramas that aired. Now is a bit of a weird period until something else takes off.
We are heading into Fall/Winter, where we see an increase in traffic. What will that mean for us given our record growth at a different time (than what we're used to)? Stick around to find out!

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2020.08.30 01:37 andytgerm Watch-Along Guide: Robert Zemeckis

I always feel pretty excited when a March Madness series is about to start. I love when the Blankies Zig and Zag and choose an underdog to get behind. Bobby Z gonna be a long one, of course, but where are you going these days? And won't it be nice to have a constant presence for the next few months? And, most exciting of all, we will get to Talk The Walk 2020. A final note that many of these will likely change as we pass through an extended period of time in streaming rights cycles, I will do my best to keep the list up to date. (And if you run a streaming service, please consider putting expiration dates on your whole catalog to take the guess work out so I don't have to double check every one of these every month, it would be a great service!)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand: Not available digitally. It is pretty readily available on physical media, both on Criterion and previous editions. Check your local library!
Used Cars: Free with ads on TubiTV. Purchase/Rental on Amazon/Apple/GooglePlay, etc.
Romancing the Stone: Purchase/Rental on Amazon/Apple/GooglePlay, etc.
Back to the Future: Coming to Netflix 9/1. Airing on WGN America 8/31 7pm, Syfy 9/6 9pm and 9/7 6:29pm, and E! 9/12 6pm and 9/13 3:30pm. Available for Purchase/Rental on Amazon/Apple/GooglePlay, etc.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Streaming on Disney+. Purchase and rental on Amazon/Apple/GooglePlay, etc. Also the Blu is less than $6 on Amazon right now and it's freakin' Roger Rabbit!
Back to the Future Part II: Coming to Netflix 9/1. Airing on WGN America 8/31 at 9:30pm, Syfy 9/7 at 4:02pm and 9pm, E! 9/12 at 8:30pm and 9/13 at 6pm. Purchase/Rental on Amazon/Apple/GooglePlay, etc.
Back to the Future Part III: Coming to Netflix 9/1. Airing on WGN America 9/1 at 12:00am, Syfy 9/7 at 1:30pm and 11:29pm, and E! on 9/12 at 11pm. Purchase/Rental on Amazon/Apple/GooglePlay, etc.
Death Becomes Her: Streaming on HBOMAX/HBO apps. Purchase/Rental in the usual places.
Forrest Gump: Streaming/In Rotation on STARZ. Purchase/Rental in the usual places. Also available on 4K disc.
Contact: Streaming on HBOMAX. Purchase/Rental in the usual places.
What Lies Beneath: Streaming on Showtime through the end of November. Available on library-based Hoopla service.
Cast Away: Streaming on HBOMAX/other HBO services and in rotation on HBO channels. Purchase/Rental on the usual places.
The Polar Express: Purchase and rental on most of the usual places.
Beowulf: Streaming on Showtime through 8/31. Available on HD DVD on physical media, just sayin. Purchase/Rental on most of the usual places.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: Streaming/in rotation on STARZ. Coming to Disney+ November 6th. Purchase/Rental on most of the usual places. 3D Blu Ray only $74 on Amazon (c'mon Griff you know you're gonna).
Flight: On the TNT App with cable login, airs on TNT 9/10 at 12:00am. Purchase/rental on most of the usual places.
The Walk: On the FX NOW app with cable log in, airing on FXX 9/3 at 9:30am, FXM 9/9 at 3pm. Purchase/Rental on most of the usual places. THIS 3D Blu Ray a much more reasonable $20 on Amazon.
Allied: Purchase/Rental on the usual places.
Welcome to Marwen: Streaming on CinemaxGo, in rotation on Cinemax channels. Purchase on most of the usual places. Not rentable until September 1st for some reason?
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2020.08.27 13:32 travel_ali Resources for travel in Switzerland.

Not a single trip report, but more of a collection of experience and lessons from many trips. I don't think I have posted this here before, it might be useful in this very long planning period.
Most of my travel here as day or week long trips has been solo travel. This is probably as safe and easy a solo destination as you are going to get. People hiking or biking across the country by themselves is commonplace, eating isn't a group thing like in some countries, and other than maybe a few activities that require a booking with a minimal group size you won't find yourself excluded from anything. I have never had any problems (though as a white male it might be easier for me to avoid them, I can't speak for other demographics).
The only real factor for me regarding solo travel here has been that if you really want to meet other travelers then it will be much easier at a hostel in a more popular area (ie Interlaken/Luzern/Zermatt) than if you go off to other forms of accommodation in the lesser known regions. There are hostels all over the country, but many (especially the YHAs) tend to attract domestic Swiss tourists of various ages rather than an international scene.
The Swiss are not going to embrace you like a family member, but are friendly in their own way. I have never had a problem getting help (even without a mutual language), sharing tables at relaxed places like mountain restaurants is quite standard (once all the empty ones are partially occupied), and sometimes they will be very chatty in a way that still surprises me sometimes. Speaking the local language makes it much easier to get talking with people, but English often works everywhere (too well given that I still have issues getting people to talk to me in German sometimes).
Disclaimer:
  • I am in no way linked to, get paid by, or benefit from anything I do on here in any way whatsoever (sadly nobody has even tried to bribe me with gifts or luxury hotel stays). This is purely for my own amusement.
  • I will also try and update or correct posts as I or others spot mistakes, but there could still be errors.
  • This is mostly aimed at English speakers, those who speak the local languages will have far more options.
  • I live in the German speaking area so I am very heavily biased to the sights and culture there just through my daily experience.
  • I am a little insufferable at always wanting to be different, so I tend to be a bit harsher on populafamous places than unknown ones. You should try and mentally correct for that.
My own guides
More travel related:
  • Travel in Switzerland in general in two posts: new (mostly specific thoughts on places), and old (more general information on the country as a whole).
  • Imgur album/info posts: This is the larger one which has detailed info/links and is still slowly evolving, and I also have this older one which is more basic and locked. This is a list of popular posts on social-media and what they actually are.
  • More detailed blogs on more major tourist spots: An overview of the tourist spots in general (link), and Jungfrau region (Lauterbrunnen/Grindelwald/Mürren/Wengen) (link), and Luzern/Rigi/Pilatus (link), and Gruyères (link), and the St Beatus caves (link), and Zermatt (link).
  • Cheap/affordable travel in Switzerland: link
  • When to visit/what conditions to expect: link
  • Transport in Switzerland: link.
  • Scenic train rides: link.
  • The most beautiful villages: link.
  • Hiking in Switzerland: link.
  • Cycling and mountain biking in Switzerland: link
  • Winter in the Alps for non-skiers: Link.
  • Visiting the UNESCO sites in Switzerland: Link.
  • The trip taken by JRR Tolkien that inspired parts of the Hobbit/LOTR: Link.
  • Unique/interesting Swiss festivals: link, with a sidepost on the surreal madness that is Fasnacht.
  • Swiss food and drink: link.
  • An idiots guide to buying a Swiss Watch: link.
Responses to often posted topics:
  • Are there any ugly places in Switzerland (yes): Link
  • Misc. points like why is the grass so perfectly mowed in photos and so on; link.
  • Lauterbrunnen FAQ: link.
  • Blausee: link.
  • Gelmerbahn, the “high-speed rollercoaster; link
  • Villa Vals, the underground “hobbit” house: link
More living related:
Misc tips:
  • Swiss vs European power plug adapters - not always compatible! If you have an EU plug it might not fit into a Swiss socket, but newer ones should do (roughly speaking when the two prongs are 4mm or less in diameter, and 14mm apart they should work in both the EU and Switzerland).
  • Cable cars typically stop running at around 5pm (but can be until 10pm or so if it is servicing a village like Mürren). This is especially deceptive in summer when it stays light until much later. Check when the last run is, the internet is full of stories of people who found themselves with a long walk down in the dark.
Internet - practical
Many of these also have a phone app version which is worth having.
General:
  • My Switzerland. The official and very extensive tourism website. Just about any information you could possibly need about anything is on here.
  • Wikivoyage. A bit hit and miss: the overview and coverage for places like Zürich is fantastic, but many places are lacking in useful or any info.
  • Local tourist areas all have their own websites. Usually in both summer and winter versions, giving you info on: conditions, what is open, ideas for what to do, etc:. Eg: Jungfrau region, Zermatt, Appenzell, and so on.
Transport:
  • You can get regional travel passes which cover all transport and cable cars in specific areas (Eg: the Jungfrau region, or the Tell pass around Luzern). Likewise there are endless passes for museums etc in each region.
  • SBB. The website (and also app) for the train network covering buses, boats, and cable cars too. Timetables, ticket info, and pass info. It is sometimes better to look up the timetable for seasonal things like cable cars and boats on their own websites (eg: BLS boats on Brienzersee, or cable cars in the Aletsch region) as when they don’t run the SBB just gives a vague “can’t find the connection” notice. They do various travel passes, though it is best to carefully calculate your planned routes or figure out if it is worth it It is worth looking for the off-peak “super saver” tickets which limit you to a certain train but can cut the price in half (and if you have the half-tax this cuts the price again, to as much as 75% off).
Accommodation
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will offer a guest card in many tourist areas including free/discounted local transport and activities. Typically this is just in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away (eg for Interlaken), but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton.
  • Aside from the standard options for finding rooms you might also want to look into other options such as https://alp.holidaybooking.ch/?language=en, and https://www.rooms.ch/ . Many smaller independent options (especially farms and rural hotels) are not on Booking.com etc and you will have to find them by trawling around on google maps. This could help if you really want to stay in a certain area but everything is booked out, but many of them have a very basic setup so you might need to phone up or fill in a form on their website.
  • Another option that might be worth considering is the Swiss Hotel Card, a 99CHF per year subscription that offers half priced hotel rooms. This is limited to participating hotels and doesn’t apply during the high season, but could easily pay for itself with just a single night or weekend. I have yet to try this, but the range of locations looks like it could be quite good for domestic travellers.
  • For more rural hut and farm based accommodation: https://bnb.ch/ , and https://www.bauernhof-ferien.ch/ , and https://www.myfarm.ch/en/accommodation , and https://naturfreunde.ch/haeuse . Some like myfarm.ch offer the chance to sleep on straw in a barn.
  • Alpine huts are run by a few different organisations. The SAC website is the best starting point.
  • Camping. Standard campsites: www.tcs.ch , www.camping.ch , and www.sccv.ch. In addition there are a few websites where you can officially find a small patch to pitch up on a farm https://www.nomady.ch/ , and on myfarm.ch too.
  • Wild camping is complex. The best way to sum it up is "Prohibited but tolerated under conditions". This SAC page has the most official guidelines. There are some pointers for the ideal situation (the more you follow the better): above the treeline, with the community / landowner’s permission, not in a protected area, single tent, set up as the sun goes down and dismantle at dawn, no fire/noise/disturbance/litter. Wild camping has increased in popularity in recent years, iconic spots like Seealpsee are having problems with numbers, so try and pick a less known spot.
Weather:
Maps:
  • Switzerland Mobility. Detailed map showing all official routes for hiking/biking/skating…. With lots of short and long suggested routes. If you sign up for the (paid) Pro version then you can plan routes on the map with detailed height information and pretty good time estimates. for example.
  • map.geo.admin.ch (mobile app - Swisstopo). The official govt map is amazing. Quick to load and use on desktop or mobile. You can toggle useful overlays like hiking paths (in some ways better than Mobility above as the levels are shown and the contrast makes it much clearer), and just about anything else from geological features to ski runs, you can even switch to historic versions of the map going back to the mid 1800s and watch the country grow. It will even convert any section you like to PDF for easy saving and printing. All for free.
  • When actually out and about I tend to use Maps.me on my phone which has rather good coverage of the footpath system and addresses/businesses. That said it does have some big gaps in some areas. I wouldn’t use it for advanced routes, but to check my position and where a certain side path might take me it is mostly very useful. The directions feature sometimes gives good advice and sometimes decides that a perfectly good bit of path can’t be used and that you should take a 3 hour detour. The time calculator does not take height change into account, so do not trust that either.
Internet - culture
Books
  • Swiss Watching - Diccon Bewes (2010). Switzerland seen through British eyes. A very readable and enjoyable introduction to the history, people, politics and areas of the country by someone who has lived there for years. Ideal reading as a traveller. There are some over generalisations but given the scope and size it mostly does a good job. If you read anything about Switzerland make it this. He also has a Google-talk video which is basically a condensed version of the book
  • Slow train to Switzerland - Diccon Bewes (2013). The author retraces the first Thomas Cook tour of Switzerland and shows how much has changed since then and by the rise of trains and tourism. A very interesting read for the history and travel ideas.
  • Around Switzerland in 80 Maps - Diccon Bewes (2015).Yet another Diccon book, though this is much more history and culture than travel based. At a large 33x23cm it isn’t travel friendly either, but it is beautifully done with a range of well reproduced images and interesting information. It is accessible and interesting to everyone, but I would say this book is most enjoyable to those who already know the Swiss landscape, history and culture to some extent already. The TedX talk that he does on the subject is rather good.
  • The Bergli publisher, which Diccon is part of, have quite a few light hearted books about Swiss culture and Switzerland.
  • How the English Made the Alps - Jim Ring (2000). A history of how the development of tourism, climbing, and winter sports played a major role in the development of the Alps. Not just Switzerland, but it is a major focus of the book.
  • A Tramp Abroad - Mark Twain (1880). FREE EBOOK. Satirical and absurd account of his travels in Europe. The Swiss part is often hilarious. As above is interesting to see just how much the country has changed since then. Several places such as Weggis-Rigi and Zermatt-Riffelberg have Theme walks in the approximate places where he walked himself. A tramp in this sense is to walk, not the homeless person as most people other than the Kiwis might assume.
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem - Arthur Conan Doyle (1893). FREE EBOOK. A quick and easy read of Holmes' "final" adventure ending at the Reichenbach falls by Meiringen. He oversells the waterfall somewhat though I must say.
  • The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (1924). Inspired by and set in a Davos mountain health retreat. No comment as have yet to read it.
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri (1881). FREE EBOOK. The classic kids book which seems to be something of cliché and sales-device these days (for a start you can visit a fake Heidi house in Heidi village). It is only partly happy alpine adventures, and often rather painfully moralistic. Read until she is put on a train to Frankfurt and that should be enough.
  • William Tell - Friedrich Schiller (1804). FREE EBOOK. Performed every year in Interlaken amongst other places. Frankly it is really blood boring - the whole thing can be summed up that the Swiss are good christian brothers, and the Austrians are utter wankers.
  • Bill Bryson passes through in his 1991 book “Neither here nor there”. While still mostly a good read, being almost 30 years old the info is rather outdated in parts. The country has become much more lively since then for a start.
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse - John McPhee (1984). A very out-dated but in some ways interesting read looking at Swiss military thinking and culture back in the 80s. The attitudes and situation are very different now over 30 years later. This is only really worth it if you really want to learn about that bit of Swiss history. It also commits the cardinal sin of having numerous bits of French scattered about the book but with no translation provided, which is really bloody annoying.
If your German is good then:
  • Von Casanova bis Churchill - Barbara Piatti (2016). A series of articles about famous visitors to Switzerland.
  • The publisher Emons does local Krimis. If you like a nice murder or two to go with your hiking spots. The quality is good enough but the writing is not going to win any literature awards.
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2020.08.25 03:42 LittleSeraphim A Crusader’s [Reunion] [OC]

It's been a minute since I posted here, life's been crazy and I had a few mental breakdowns. I'm better now, though without a job I have a lot of time to write so here is my latest, for the See you in category. Also HFY is 7 years old now, time sure flies.

***

“I’ll see you in hell Killer.” The human gurgled, blood leaking from between her lips. She smiled, even though she was dying with a bayonet through her stomach that pinned her to the ground, her eyes still sparkling with malice.
“Not likely beast.” Alfreid spit back, the sharp crack of his musket ending the woman mid laugh, her red hair fluttering as the bullet exited the back of her skull. The dead body stopped, the breathing, the laughter, just ended, but those cold ice blue eyes remained gazing up into Alfreid’s soul even as he moved on.
The beeping of an alarm clock pulled Alfreid from his slumber. Looking around his bedroom, his lovely wife at his side the elf let out a sigh of relief. ‘How many years has it been now?’ The elf looked over at the calendar and realization washed over him.
“Ah.” The date was marked and circled, his tired mind beginning to work once again. Slapping the alarm clock, the elf stepped out of bed and moved towards his shower. ‘It’s already been three hundred years?’ The elf felt his hip ache as he stepped over the small ledge that kept the shower’s water from spilling across the bathroom floor. Alfreid was old, even by elven standards and he felt it. ‘Unfortunately for that raving heathen, I’ve already been promised a place in the halls of my ancestors.’ Alfreid thought, reassuring himself that the nightmare was nothing more than a fleeting memory. He had them every year on the eve of the remembrance ceremony and after the first twenty years he’d just grown to accept it.
“Dear, what would you like for breakfast?” His lovely wife called having gotten up without a sound. She was a hundred years younger then him but at 600 she was no spring chicken. Both of them were nearing the end of their lifespan and at best Alfreid had maybe fifty years left.
“Cereal and an orange.” Alfreid called, not wanting a full stomach for the ceremony. Being in front of so many people always made her nervous. The ancient chuckled to himself, ‘I was a knight in the armies of the fourth crusade. With musket and sword I fought through every battle. Witnessed the moment when the back of the ancient evil was broken and witnessed the last of their kind put to the torch.’ The memory of a dozen humans screaming in agony as flames consumed them flickered across his mind, his ears flicking as he pushed the thought away. ‘I suppose in old age one truly does grow more sentimental.’ Alfreid though, drying himself and moving to the kitchen to join his wife.
The TV was already on, the news anchor droning on about the importance of remembering those who’d died to claim these lands. To push back the darkness that had taken so many innocent souls and consumed them. Another memory flicked across Alfreid’s mind, pulling the ancient back into the past.
Alfreid looked out from the wooden palisade that’d been erected to protect the soldiers of the fourth crusade. Dozens of such forts had been built to protect the elves from the horrors that the humans had unleashed into the night. Movement caught Alfreid’s attention and he quickly opened the shutter on a lantern to reveal a group of wounded elves. They leaned on each other, staggering as they moved with dried blood clotting around fatal wounds. “Open the gate we’ve got survivors!” Another soldier shouted and Alfreid unconsciously drew his musket, pulling the hammer to full cock.
It was a good thing he did as the moment the gap in the walls opened, the wounded soldiers screamed and rushed the wooden doors. Fear pounded within Alfreid’s chest, he recognized several of the men. They’d been knights, honorable men who’d fought alongside him but had fallen in the last battle. Alfreid flinched as he pulled the trigger, his shot missing and throwing up dirt and dead grass. The twelve dead elves burst through the gate, tearing at everyone in their path. An elf screamed as rotted teeth sank into his neck sending a spray of blood that reached Alfreid even on the palisade.
“Dammit!” Alfreid drew his sword and jumped down to the ground, trusting his armor to protect him from the animated corpses. More gunshots broke out, thick white smoke beginning to fill that air and Alfreid realized with horror that despite tearing huge junks of flesh out of their bodies, the bullets did little more than stagger the corpses.
“Dear, Dear!” A gentle hand jostled Alfreid’s shoulder, his wife rescuing him from memories. “Are you alright?”
“Yes, I’m fine.” Alfreid noticed the news was gone, the tv black and silent. “Thank you dear.” Alfreid smiled at his beloved wife, trying to ease her concern.
“This happens every year, you really sure you want to attend? You’ll be the only veteran this time. The others have already passed on to the halls of our ancestors.” The concern on his wife’s face had lessened but it was still visible.
“I’m fine dear, so long as I’m alive I want to honor my comrades, friends who died in battle. Don’t worry, I’ve never went for the crowds or the accolades.” Alfreid chuckled and wiggled his ears at his wife, her frown slowly turning into a smile at the sight.
“I wasn’t worried about that.” Rolling her eyes she picked up the empty bowls of cereal and placed them in the sink. “We better catch the bus or we’ll be late.”
“Indeed.” Alfreid stood up and followed his wife outside. The bus stop was only a few hundred feet from his house, though it was still on his property. The ancient had climbed the social latter from humble squire to duke of one of the new territories liberated from the ancient enemy. Where there had once been towns and hamlets belonging to the cursed ones, now stood glittering metropolises of steel and glass. Magic had been beaten back from the world, destroyed by the supremacy of black powder and the rational might of science.
A rush of warm air announced the arrival of a bus that came to a gentle stop alongside the two elders. The door opening just a few feet in front of them despite neither of them having arrived at the bus stop.
“Come on in you two.” The young driver smiled at them and waved. He was less than a hundred years old, born just after the invention of the telephone. His generation were industrious despite their age, pushing technology even further than any who’d come before. They were the future of elven kind, having put boots on the moon before realizing it would have been easier with miniaturized computers and then inventing them.
“Thank you.” Alfreid walked aboard, holding the railing to steady himself, his lethal grace long replaced by arthritis.
With a sharp hiss, the bus’s suspension raised back up and its engine rumbled to life. Alfreid looked over the vast farmland that surrounded his home and smiled. His eyes caught sight of a hill and he trembled, memories of battle worming their way to the surface. Cannons roared, balls of iron skipping across the wet ground throwing up mud and blood. The thunder of guns was answered by the howling screams of magic that tore souls from bodies and melted flesh from bone. Humans broke from the treeline en masse, their shields unable to protect them from the hail of lead unleashed by the crusaders. Half their number fell before they even reached the line of battle but as the two sides clashed, everything broke down into a fierce melee. Swords flashed in the sun as elven steel clashed with whatever cursed metals the human blades were forged from.
Elves cut down by those evil blades rose to their feet screaming wildly before tearing into their former comrades. Alfreid was used to this by now, everyone was. With a well aimed slash he removed the head from the corpse’s body ending the fell magic that animated it. The humans fought like the demons they were but against full plate, gunpowder and discipline they were beaten back. Their magic exhausted they would be forced to retreat only to find themselves run down by heavy cavalry. Alfreid looked around at the wounded, human and elven alike and grimaced. He hated this part, any major wound meant the elf was dammed. Even if they should recover they wouldn’t, they’d die then come back as ravening abominations.
“We’ve arrived.” Alfreid blinked, the smoke covered battlefield vanishing, replaced by a scenic park in the middle of a large city. Skyscrapers towered around the ancient elf and he stood up slowly, his wife silently keeping a worried eye on him. As the decades turned into centuries she’d grown used to this, every year the same thing would play out. Tomorrow her beloved, somewhat goofy husband would replace the shell of an elf that now stood in front of her. But secretly she always worried, ‘what if he didn’t come back? What if he stayed lost in his memories?’
Stepping back out into the bright summer sunshine the two ancients walked through the bustling sidewalks, moving through the crowd. The park’s many entrances had police standing around, helping direct the crowd inside in an orderly manner. One officer, recognizing the two quickly made his way over to them with a smile.
“Hello again you two, would you mind following me? The crowd is really excited this year, there’ll be an eclipse during the ceremony after all.” The elf explained motioning at the many people wearing dark cardboard framed shades atop their head.
“Sure, lead on.” Alfreid remembered his first eclipse, a chill running down his spine and he shook his head. It had been proven, nothing but superstition. The moon orbited the sun according to the laws of gravity, an eclipse was just the moon crossing in front of the sun. It happened every other year somewhere on the planet and the only impact it had was wowing the young and panicking local wildlife.
Walking through a temporary gate, Alfreid was led behind a large stage where the others who would take part in the ceremony were standing. The current governor of the city, the elected official that had replaced the now ceremonial position of duke smiled at Duke Alfreid.
“Hello again Alfreid, how are you holding up in this heat?” The younger elf offered a hand. He was three hundred years old, middle aged and it showed. He was perpetually calm, still caught up in etiquette two hundred years out of vogue. Still his mannerisms had a certain charm and his quick wits and wise stewardship had kept in office more often than the competition.
“Doing just fine, in fact it’s nice.” Alfreid rolled his shoulders, the joints popping and creaking but no pain assaulted the ancient. “See?”
“Wow I actually heard that.” The officer who’d escorted Alfreid looked at the old elf with a mix of admiration and surprise. “I keep forgetting you’re not just any old elf.”
“No need to put me on a pedestal, I’m just a normal old man you can find anywhere.” Alfreid chuckled and looked towards the priests, the last vestiges of superstition left in elven culture. They communed with the ancestors, named those destined for the grand halls and kept the dead in their graves. Science had encroached on most of their ancient duties, healing claimed by doctors, council for wounded hearts handed off to psychiatrists and therapists. Just like the nobility, they’d been relegated to mostly ceremonial rolls, just another example of elven progress to Alfreid’s eyes.
“Hello Alfreid, looks like you’re the only veteran left.” An old priest chuckled, he’d been overseeing this ceremony for the last hundred years and taken part in every ceremony for the hundred years before that.
“Don’t mourn them, they’ve all moved on to the halls.” Alfreid replied smiling at the priest who nodded in agreement. The priest had been born just before the start of the fourth and final crusade however it had ended before he reached adulthood, a fact he was immensely grateful for.
“Well looks like it’s time, let us be punctual gentle elves.” The governor clapped his hands and led the group out of the back room and out onto the stage. In front of them tens of thousands of eyes stared back, elves, dwarves even lizard kin and Orcs all in attendance. The other races, bitter enemies in Alfreid’s distance childhood, had joined hands in friendship after the ancient foe’s final defeat. The mutual blood spilled side by side washing away the ancient enmities.
Alfried took his seat just behind and to the right of the podium, his navy blue dress uniform covered in medals older than most of the audience. The governor, stepped in front of the microphones and cameras, news crews getting ready to film the largest remembrance ceremony in history.
“Today we are gathered here to remember and celebrate those who gave their lives for-” The governor stopped, looking to his left as the priest who’d overseen the ceremony for the last two hundred years broke into a coughing fit. Once he’d recovered, the governor began to continue. “We are here to remember and celebrate those who gave their lives for a brighter future.” The governor paused, looking into the cameras and sweeping his eyes across the audience. “We also come together to recognize those who shouldered the heavy burden of survival. The knights who faced down the madness of the enemy then built the foundations of the very city we now call home. Those who pushed past those dark days to carry all of us into this brighter future.”
Alfreid noticed the daylight dim slightly and glanced up, momentarily forgetting the age old lesson of not looking at the sun. The ancient’s eyes watered and he quickly returned his sight to the ground but not before his brain registered the moon starting to make its way across the sun. ‘It’s just the moon passing in front of the sun.’ Alfreid reminded himself, the fears of his childhood and even midlife fighting against the knowledge of his later years.
“And so as we celebrate the day, let us pay our thanks to those that went before. Let’s celebrate the living and venerate the d-” Everyone felt a sudden chill as the last edge of the sun hid behind the moon. A ring of fire framed the pitch black orb that hung in the sky. Day went to twilight, the wind beginning to pick up across the venue.
“THEY COME!” The priest that had been coughing stood to his feet and shrieked, before collapsing to the ground, blood pouring from his eyes, nose, ears and mouth. Alfreid reached for his ceremonial sword, decades of training, centuries of service reasserting themselves in an instant.
“Hey killer.” Everyone, even the cameras turned to look at the owner of the calm yet cruel voice, seeing a woman in pitch black armor burning with arcane runes written in fire that tore at the minds of all who looked upon them. The cursive writing seemed to flow and move across the black gore spattered armor. Red hair, slick with blood ran down the woman’s head, reaching her shoulders and continuously dripping fresh ichor onto her armor. “You sure lived a long time killer.”
“You!” Alfreid’s eyes went wide with horror as a pair of ice blue eyes held him firmly in their gaze. She was warped, twisted by fell magics but he could recognize her, after all he would never, could never forget. “How?”
“After we conquered hell we got bored. You sure took a long time reaching us so we decided to bring hell to you. Happy reunion, Killer.” A crown of black flame ignited atop the woman’s head as a shrieking howl screamed out from the heavens. Flames erupted from the heart of the moon, opening up to reveal a burning pupil in the middle of the black eye ringed with flames that hung in the sky above. “Now get ready to die.”

***

“Hey sis, where did mom go?” A young girl with a bullet wound through her chest asked, sitting upon a flaming couch.
“She said she was going to go for a walk, maybe say hi to an old friend.” The boy replied grabbing the shrieking remote and turning on the news, his arm falling off midway through the motion. “Dam, I’ll need to redo the stitches again.” The two children were so distracted they missed the news segmented that briefly showed their mom rampaging through a burning elven city. “Okay it’s back on.”
“Look, new hell cats were born in town! They’re so cute!” His sister cried out, the section on local news now discussing the once fearsome, now tamed animals, that had hunted human souls across the nine hells. Apparently the female in the local zoo had given birth to a full litter, all baying for the souls of elves, whatever those where.

Why do elves and dwarves always get the magic? I say to hell with that! Hope you enjoyed reading. If you liked this, I've written some other stuff that you can find here.
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2020.08.22 13:53 finnagains Comcast and NBC Universal’s Peacock: A strange bird - 31 July 2020

Do we need yet another television network/movie studio/cable station conglomerate turned into a streaming service whose perhaps major contribution is to put its back catalogue online?
This question is prompted by the conservative cable network Comcast’s launching of Peacock, its entry into a crowded field. The name summons up the NBC logo and is designed to invoke fond memories of that network which Comcast bought to combine with the Universal film studio to challenge the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, AppleTV+ and HBO Max in what is becoming an increasingly polluted field.
These “hyperconglomerates,” media giants combining telecommunications, satellite systems, and digital delivery and transmissions, are often reactionary in nature. AT&T, the parent company of HBO Max, called “the most Republican of any publicly traded company” has long pushed for increased business deregulation and deeper tax cuts. Comcast, now spreading its tentacles across the world with its acquisition from Rupert Murdoch of the main European satellite service Sky, only recently withdrew from the think tank ALEC which promoted the murderous and racist stand-your-ground laws and is involved in a voter ID campaign to disqualify Black voters.
The answer to the question of Peacock’s relevance, given what has been proposed to anchor the channel so far, is a resounding no. The streaming service flagship series is Brave New World, based on the Aldous Huxley dystopian novel. Peacock is using the old cable model of trying to make a splashy debut with a high-powered series which will conceal the fact that most of the content, as is always true on cable channels, is not new but simply cable-ready reruns of old shows and movies. A major draw here is The Office whose, at times, brutally honest look at corporate culture has made it one of the most watched shows in the world. The show ran on NBC but at this moment is still lodged in Netflix and won’t premiere on the streaming service until January 2021.
There will supposedly be an Office reunion episode which is designed to make viewers remember the magic of the highly satirical and often hilarious series. However, if the 30 Rock reunion is any indication, what it will do instead is evoke anger as viewers of the 30 Rock “reunion” thought they were tuning into an hour-long, double-the-length, episode of the series and instead got what was predominantly an extended infomercial for Peacock with some bits from the series sprinkled around the promos.
Instead of fond memories, the show might have made viewers question how hard-hitting or edgy 30 Rock, whose title celebrates NBC’s corporate headquarters, ever was to begin with. The series was always made up more of slight jibes rather than actual pokes at the industry. It didn’t bite the hand that fed it in the way that actual satires of the industry such as The Larry Sanders Show or Episodes did. Instead it sprinkled magical fairy dust over a network that had been largely out of touch since The Office ended, perennially caught between the aging conservative heartland audience of CBS and the hipper, female, urban and sometimes progressive audience of ABC. For the better part of a decade it has not been able to make up its mind what it was, while frequently blandly floating between the two poles.
The stellar program on the network at the moment is Seth Meyer’s Late Night. His segment “A Closer Look” (available on YouTube) has become, in the COVID lockdown, much harder hitting at it pounds away at Trump, Senate Republicans and police and paramilitary strong-arm tactics in the streets. Increasingly grabbing the spotlight, though, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protest, has been one of its writers, Amber Ruffin, whose recounting as a Black woman of her daily humiliating and intimidating experiences with the police was a series highlight.
Brave New World or Cowardly Old One?
The funniest and baldest satirical moment on network TV this season was Seth and Amber’s faux “trailer” for White Savior, a sendup of trash like The Green Book where Meyer’s white guy constantly appears to take the credit and get the attention for the hard work Ruffin’s characters carry out. At the end of the bit it’s Meyer’s liberal sitting on the bus who invites Ruffin’s Rosa Parks to “take a seat” next to him, hogging the limelight in her challenging of racial inequality. Amber Ruffin’s show on Peacock is being rushed into production and, given the lack of quality material on the service so far, it can’t come fast enough.
Getting Huxley completely wrong
Which brings us to Brave New World (soon available on Sky in the UK), a soft-focus gauzy mess of a show that gets Huxley completely wrong, turning his criticism of the way technology in the wrong hands is capable of promoting conformity into instead an Ayn Rand-, Trump-like paean to narcissistic and suicidal individualism. There is indeed a way the novel could be effectively updated in the digital age to talk about how all experience is being flattened by monopolistic entities like Amazon and by streaming services like Peacock. But that might be hitting too close to home.
Instead the series has the ultra-rich mainly worried that they can’t have multiple dates with the same lover as monogamy is outlawed, replaced by titillating soft-focus orgies. Outside this Valley of the Dolls shtick are the poor who live in the Savage Lands in a kind of Mad Max broken-down world. But here, too, their major concern is not that they have no food, shelter or employment, but that they have “lost their individuality,” whatever that means. The satire and description of a devastated world with a rich urban center and an utterly left-for-dead periphery, one where our world is heading, is much sharper and accurate in the teen dystopia movie series The Hunger Games. Compared to it, this version of Huxley doesn’t even have the heft and weight of Netflix’s version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Far more effective and affecting is Peacock’s other revival, the second film of the long-running USA series Psych, titled Lassie Come Home (available on Prime Video in the UK). USA is owned by NBC, as the major network’s owned many of the prime cable channels, but did not own up to that fact, making it appear that cable was a land of plenty divorced from network television when in fact it was dominated by it.
The heart of Psych, a series about a fake psychic detective, was always the repartee between the bumbling would-be Sherlock Holmes Shawn Spencer (James Roday, who co-wrote the film) and his number two, sidekick Gus (the African-American actor Dulé Hill). There is certainly an uncomfortable element to the unequalness of the bantering, with Shawn always coming up with his own names for Gus, barely addressed in the follow-up film as Gus now gets to choose which name Shawn comes up with for him he can tolerate. But their playfulness and knowledge and reveling in the more obscure and degraded back alleys of pop culture can be infectious.
The second film follow-up to the series is built around affectionately honoring a member of the cast, Timothy Omundson, who played Lassiter, the hard-edged official police foil to Shawn and Gus’s lackadaisical but ultimately always more effective sleuths. Timothy Omundson in Lassie Come Home
Omundson had a stroke and was unable to be a part of the first film. This second film is written around him with the stroke, explained in the film as the result of a gun battle, resulting in his actual inability to speak in the former stern voice of the character and his physical paralysis, incorporated into the film. The last sequence has him overcoming both in a way that is touching and heartfelt, a tribute to working with the disabled, who themselves are beginning to demand a place on network television and at the center of modern life.
The sincere, warm sentiment of the cast and writers for the actor and his condition comes through strongly in the series and makes it, in a moment of authenticity, everything the promo hucksterism of the 30 Rock reunion and the misguided banality of Brave New World are not. There is a long way to go before Peacock spreads its wings and displays its colorful plumage—or for that matter even justifies its existence.
Leftwinger
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2020.08.21 22:59 Quirky-Motor EXTENSIVE two-part write up on the murder of Laci Peterson… is there really reasonable doubt? The prosecution case Part 1 of 2.

Hello everyone, today I decided to share a long form write-up that I have been working on for some time. I hope you enjoy. Other detailed and lengthy write ups about a variety of crimes can be found on my reddit profile - https://www.reddit.com/useQuirky-Motor
So...I read almost every book regarding the murder of Laci Peterson and the trial of her husband Scott Peterson. This is what I found.
During lock down I watched some documentaries about the story which I previously knew nothing about, and then decided to dive deep into the case. At first, I felt bad for Scott Peterson. It really seemed like the guy was hounded by the media and did not get a fair trial, even if he was guilty as sin. But instead of jumping to conclusions about his involvement, I decided to do some research and then read every book I could on the case. I read books from different perspectives. Books that touted Scott’s innocence as well as those which condemned him, I wanted a complete a picture as possible. Here is what I found.
Overview of the case- Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci and his unborn son, Conner in 2004. In 2020 it was announced that Peterson may get a new trial which prompted this piece. The most intriguing part about this case is that there was no “smoking gun.” Nearly all the evidence was purely circumstantial, which in a court of law is just as valid as physical evidence.
According to the Prosecution: Scott Peterson killed his pregnant wife Laci Rocha Peterson on either the evening of the 23rd of Dec. 2002 or the morning of the 24th of Dec. via a non bloody method such as smothering,or strangling. Then took her to the Berkeley Marina ninety miles away from their home and dumped her body from his new fishing boat that was unregistered, bought with cash, and unknown to his family and friends. Five months after Laci went missing, her torso and the remains of her son washed up on the shores of the San Francisco bay only 1-2 miles from where Scott was fishing that fateful day. She had no hands, head, arms, or feet. The prosecution believes that Laci’s body was weighed down with concrete anchors which caused only her torso to surface.
According to the defense: Scott Peterson last saw his wife on the morning of the 24th before he left for his warehouse where he did some work and then took his new boat, which they claim some people did know about, to the Berkeley Marina to go fishing for approximately one hour before driving back home to find his wife missing. His wife’s body was found near the spot he went fishing either through pure happenstance or because the real killers wanted to frame Scott.
Background
Scott Peterson was born to Lee and Jackie Peterson in San Diego, California in 1972. He was the youngest of seven children, four of whom he grew up with and was dotted upon because he was the baby of the family. By the time Scott was born his family was well off, although they hadn’t always been so. Scott attended private high school and played golf, even attending Arizona State University to play the sport on a scholarship. After a while Scott returned to California to attend community college and then eventually Cal Poly to study Agricultural Business. While in college he worked as a waiter and met a fellow student, Laci Rocha in 1994. By 1996 the couple moved in together. Laci graduated in 1997 with an ornamental horticulture degree and the couple married. Scott later returned to school and graduated in 1998. During this time Scott had a slew of affairs, one of which Laci apparently knew about. The couple did various jobs including owning a sports bar before moving back to Laci’s home town of Modesto. In 2000 with the intention of starting a family, the Petersons bought a home in a nice neighborhood. Laci went to work was a substitute teacher and Scott began work selling fertilizer for a European company called (ironically) TradeCorp. USA.
After 18 or 24 months of infertility the couple conceived their first child, a boy in May 2002 who was due on Feb. 10th 2003. Laci would disappear on December 24th, only six weeks before Conner’s due date.
Laci Rocha was born in Escalon, CA in 1975 to Dennis and Sharon Rocha who were dairy farmers. She has a brother, Brent who is four years her senior. At age two Laci’s parents split and she lived primarily with her mother. Soon afterwards, Sharon met her longtime boyfriend Ron Grantski who became like a step father to Laci. Her father Dennis remarried as well resulting in Laci’s younger sister, Amy Rocha. Laci was described as a talkative and vivacious person who wanted to be a mother and housewife more than anything. She loved entertaining and gardening and she always wore a smile. By the time she disappeared she had been with her husband Scott for eight years and was excited to have a baby.
According to court reports at the time of Laci’s disappearance, money was tight. Both Scott and Laci spent money freely and they had little expendable income and less than $2000 in savings. This was not a fact that was well known to friends and family, however.
Individuals of the case:
Sharon Rocha- Laci’s mother Dennis Rocha- Laci’s father
Ron Grantski- Sharon’s long-term boyfriend and Laci’s step dad
Brent Rocha- Laci’s brother Amy Rocha- Laci’s ½ sister
Lee and Jackie Peterson- Scott’s parents
Spurlock, Evers, Gonzalez, Brocchini, Grogan, Buehler– Modesto PD officers and detectives
Mark Geragos- Scott’s attorney Matt Dalton- lawyer on Scott’s legal team- fired by Geragos
Evidence used by the prosecution (and defense)
Below is a collection of the evidence the prosecution (and defense) gathered during the investigation. Police were first called to the scene of 523 Covena Avenue at 5:15 pm after a report that a woman, Laci Peterson, who was 8 months pregnant had gone missing. While some officers went to search the park near the Peterson home, other officers were dispatched to the home to do a walk-through of the house and speak to the husband of the missing woman, a 30-year-old man named Scott Peterson. Scott told officers that he left the home in the morning and that his wife, Laci who was watching Martha Stewart at that time, was planning on walking the dog a Golden Retriever named McKenzie, doing some grocery shopping, and baking gingerbread that day before they were due at her parents’ home for Christmas eve dinner. He said that Laci was wearing black pants, a white top, and her diamond earrings, diamond necklace, and a gold and diamond watch.
Scott said he worked for a while and then went fishing at Berkeley Marina, between Oakland and El Cerrito, California, before coming home at 4:45 pm and finding his wife gone. He did some cleaning and other things before calling his mother in law Sharon at 5:17 pm. He explained that Laci wasn’t home. She told him to check with neighbors and call Laci’s friends. By 5:32 pm Scott called back and said that she wasn’t there. Sharon decided to go to the park where Laci usually walked the dog. At 5:45 pm Ron Grantski called 911 to report Laci missing. Officers went to search the park where Laci walked the dog, other officers went to the Peterson home to walk through the scene and talk to Scott.
Information gathered December 24th
· Scott told officers that Laci was going to be walking the dog when he last saw her but according to her OBGYN, her yoga teacher, and the neighbors Laci had not been walking due to her advanced pregnancy. Amy Krigbaum and Tara Venable who lived across the street had not seen Laci walking the dog for weeks.
· Scott checked his cell phone voicemail at 10:08 am but then did not use his phone from 10:08-2:15 pm. Scott never told Laci his plans to go fishing and did not call her to let her know his plans or that he had left the area.
· After Scott’s famous “hey beautiful” call at 2:15 pm, he NEVER called Laci’s cellphone even after knowing she was missing
· Scott returned home to an empty house, Laci’s car in the driveway, and a dog in the backyard with a leash on and instead of calling Laci he…
  1. Dumped a bucket of mop water and placed that and the mops outside
  2. Took off ALL of his clothes including a sweater and put them in the washer and started the machine.
  3. He ate a snack
  4. He showered
  5. Then he called Laci’s mom, then checked with neighbors, then Laci’s step dad called the police
· When patrol officers came to the house, they noticed a variety of things which seemed off about the home. The scene was so strange that the officers called their sergeant who agreed that homicide needed to be contacted. Below is a thorough explanation.
By 6 pm the patrol officer, Evers, called for a detective as he believed the story to be more than a typical missing person report. He found two mops and an empty but damp bucket outside the door. It also appeared that the floor had been recently mopped. The sidewalk was wet. Scott explained that he dumped the bucket when he got home. In the bathroom, Laci’s curling iron was on the counter. There was an open bottle of ranch dressing on the kitchen counter, as well as the pizza box from the night before. There was also an open phone book on the counter, it was flipped to a full-page ad for a criminal defense attorney. Evers also found a bunched-up rug by the back door, which he described as looking like something heavy had been dragged over it. As soon as he noticed it, Scott straightened it out- it was never photographed. There was no evidence of a break-in and Laci’s jewelry and purse were untouched. Evers asked Scott to explain the morning again. Scott replied “I was fishing” and gave his parking receipt to the officer Spurlock despite not being asked to. He then had this conversation with Spurlock- who loves fishing.
Spurlock: What did you go fishing for?
Peterson: no answer
S: what did you use for bait?
P: first a pause… “some type of silver lure”
S: where do you keep your fishing stuff?
P: I keep it at my company’s storage facility.
P: later approached Spurlock and said “sturgeon”
· Scott explained to the officers that he made a morning decision to fish because it was too cold to golf (it was in the 40s) but instead of leaving right away he did work at the warehouse before fishing, even though he knew he had errands to run before dinner.
· He explained to the officers that he called Laci’s cell at 2:15 pm but never after that time despite coming home to an empty house with Laci’s car still in the driveway. The officers went outside to talk to their superiors as they arrived and the men relayed their findings to Sergeant Duerfeldt. The patrol officers were concerned that:
  1. Scott had no answer for what he was fishing for or what bait he used
  2. Scott produced the receipt for fishing without being asked
  3. The fact that Scott did not call Laci at any point after he realized he was missing
  4. The fact that Scott did not report Laci missing- Ron Grantski did
  5. Scott cleaning himself and his clothes before calling Sharon
  6. Open phone book ad for a criminal defense attorney
  7. The bunched-up rug near the back door
Duerfeldt decided that the patrol officers were correct- homicide detectives needed to be contacted. Scott’s family and supporters have used this to show that Modesto PD “rushed to judgement” and focused on Scott from the beginning. Modesto PD claims that they simply followed the evidence. Despite calling homicide, other officers continued to search La Loma park and canvassed the neighborhood looking for Laci. The K-9 unit was brought in to search the park and the surrounding area.
· Once homicide detective Al Brocchini arrived at the scene, he noticed several other strange things in the house such as the fact that Scott claimed to be fishing for sturgeon, but he was using incorrect bait for that fish, not to mention sturgeon was not in season.
· Brocchini also noticed an impression on the bed that was about five feet long that he thought was odd, as it was shaped like a wrapped-up body. Pictures were taken of that impression. Picture here- http://photos1.blogger.com/blogge1548/2104/1600/P37i.jpg
· Scott was seen loading three, 4’ tall patio umbrellas in to his truck in the morning according to a neighbor, but he never dropped them off at the warehouse like he told police he was going to. The umbrellas were all wrapped in individual tarps. The neighbor observed this between 9:20-9:40 am.
· An empty tarp was found among the patio umbrellas in the bed of Scott’s truck
· Scott told investigators they could search his warehouse but that it would be hard because there was no electricity. A later search warrant determined that was a lie- the warehouse had electricity including overhead fluorescent lights. No power outages had been reported.
· Concrete debris was found in Scott’s boat and the bed of his truck
· A small cut on Scott’s knuckle was observed
· Scott left the home between 9:30-10 am, (phone records show it was closer to 10) but the neighbor Karen Servas the neighbor found the Petersons’ dog wandering in the street with a leash on at 10:18 am, meaning that if Laci was alive when Scott left, Laci disappeared in a very short time frame.
· Scott bought a boat with cash ($1400) on Dec. 9th despite money being tight
· Scott did not register the boat
· Scott’s family or his friends Guy Miligi or Greg Reed did not know about the boat
Peterson supporters say someone did know about the boat, Bruce Peterson (no relation) knew! This is the man Scott bought the boat from.
· The boat was unused until the day of the 24th
· Scott did not make a morning decision to fish- On the 20th of Dec. he bought a two-day fishing license for Dec. 23rd-24th
· Scott did not know what he was fishing for that day
· Scott claimed later to be fishing for sturgeon which was out of season and illegal to fish for in Dec.
· Scott did not open the lures he had bought for fishing. They remained unopened in his truck
· Scott went fishing 90 miles away from his home even though he had plans for that evening and errands to run
· Scott passed nine other places he could have fished and instead went to Berkeley marina where he fished for less than one hour before leaving
· Scott took a 3 hour round trip to the marina and only fished for one hour
Picture of Scott’s boat https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/boat-owned-by-scott-peterson-is-towed-from-a-parking-garage-news-photo/51120067
Information gathered December 25th
· During Scott’s interview he denied that he and Laci had marriage issues and told the detective that neither of them had had affairs
· Scott referred to Laci exclusively in the past tense during his first interview
· Scott asked Brocchini for the numbers of grief counselors even though Laci had only been missing for a few hours.
· When Brocchini pointed this out Scott said “I will need those numbers” for Laci’s family.
Here is the whole conversation:
As Peterson left the interview, he turned to Brocchini and had this conversation.
SP: “The only question I have is… what about resources available? You saw my mother in law tonight, um anyway…”
B: “what do you mean?”
SP: “Counseling and that kind of thing. Can you give use the numbers or do I have to search…”?
B: “I can give you those numbers I just don’t know, you probably aren’t going to get any answers today…”
SP: “yeah of course and there is not a need to call if we find Laci in the next days”
B: “yeah I agree I will get you those numbers.”
SP: “I will need them”
B” Ok I will get you the number for victim services (Laci had only been missing for 6 hours)
· Neighbors Tara Venable and Amy Kirgbaum tell the police on December 25th that the curtains of the Peterson home were drawn all day on the 24th- unusual if Laci was home. They also told police they were sad for Laci because the husband was away so much for overnight trips. They also said they had not seen Laci walking for “quite some time.”
· Neighbor Karen Servas put the Petersons dog away on the morning (10:18 am) of the 24th but did not see any other suspicious things in the neighborhood that morning. Karen also talked to Scott on the evening of 24th when he was looking for Laci and Scott told her he spent the day golfing, not fishing.
· According to Ron Grantski, Scott left the Dec. 25th press conference for Laci because he did not like reporters asking questions about him.
· On Dec. 25th Scott was interviewed a 2nd time this time by detective Grogan. The detective had accosted Peterson as he left the press conference. Scott refused a polygraph- which was within rights but others see as suspicious.
· After the interview Scott called Brocchini and asked an update on the search for Laci. Scott asked “Have you used cadaver dogs yet? Brocchini replied “Cadaver dogs are used for sniffing out dead bodies, have you given up hope on finding Laci alive? Scott did not reply. Laci had been missing for less than 24 hours at this point.
· This was the only time Scott ever contacted law enforcement to inquire about his missing wife.
Information gathered December 26th
· On the 26th Laci’s friends, Stacy and Lori were interviewed. Stacy thought it was strange that on Christmas day, Scott was vigorously vacuuming and re-vacuuming the laundry room area.
· Stacy’s boyfriend was a retired highway patrolman and during all the searches, Scott was carefully avoiding him, specifically.
· Both Stacy and Lori in separate interviews believed Scott was responsible for Laci’s disappearance. Both women also confirmed that Laci had stopped talking walks or walking the dog in early December.
· On the 26th in the afternoon the Medina family who lived across the street from the Petersons returned home to find their home ransacked. The Medinas left their home at 10:32 am on the 24th and did not return until the 26th in the afternoon, so the robbery occurred sometime in between those two times. The burglars stole a safe, some money, and some other valuables.
Information gathered December 27th Search warrants are executed on Scott’s home, business, and both vehicles
· When served the search warrants Scott said to Brocchini “Where’s the trust?”
· Investigators find the umbrellas that Scott said he was going to store at the warehouse, as well as the tarp coverings in the back yard of the Peterson home spread across several sheds.
· They also found the empty tan tarp and boat cover which were in Scott’s truck on the 24th. Both items had been placed under a leaky leaf blower in the garden shed. The items were so soaked with gasoline they had to be dried out for two days.
· The gas smell was so strong it delayed the use of a cadaver dog at the property for two days. Even after 48 hours the scent of gasoline confused the dogs and they were unable find anything.
· Some of the jewelry Scott said Laci was wearing was found in her jewelry box.
· The shoes Scott said Laci wore on walks were found in the home.
· The comforter was seized as it had two drops of blood on it near the end of the bed. The blood was later determined to be Scott’s.
· On the walls of the home Scott had four diplomas framed and displayed, three of them were fake. One of the diplomas was a bachelors in religious studies which Scott purchased on December 16th for $269.70 from phonydiplomas.com. Scott later explained it was a gag gift from Laci, but the diploma was purchased using Scott’s credit card and addressed to him in the mail. It is thought Scott wanted to show the diploma to his girlfriend, Amber Frey, as Amber wanted to go to school to study divinity.
· A sniffer dog was given some of Laci’s clothing and followed the scent into the middle of the street, rather than down the sidewalk indicating that Laci most likely left the area in a car, not on foot.
· In Scott’s boat a rusted pair of pliers with a black hair stuck to them were collected. Later testing showed the hair was consistent with Laci’s hair. MtDNA tests showed the hair belonged to a relative of Sharon Rocha.
· At the warehouse the cadaver dog hit on boat and boat trailer but not anywhere else such as outside the building.
· At Scott’s warehouse, debris from dry concrete and a water pitcher with concrete debris on the bottom is found.
· On the ground and boat trailer were four round circular impressions made of concrete residue. The rings were exactly the same size as the concrete anchor Scott had made for his boat.
When asked Scott was unable to produce the bucket he used to make the anchor he had in his boat. Scott denied making other anchors and provided three different explanations to what happened to the rest of the dry concrete, 1) he threw it away 2) he didn’t know what he did with it 3) he dumped it into a hole in his driveway (which was deemed unlikely at court by both defense and prosecution experts). Scott apparently bought 90 lbs of concrete to make one 8 lbs. anchor.
· Neighbors at Scott’s work Mr. Prater and Ms. O’Donnell were interviewed. Prater said he never talked to Scott but he saw Scott toting a bag of concrete into the warehouse on Dec. 20th. A receipt showed Scott purchased a 90 lbs bag of dry concrete mix.
· O’Donnell explained that Laci had used the bathroom in her warehouse unit on Dec. 20th or 23rd. The police thought this was to prevent Laci from seeing Scott’s boat. Further, the warehouse was so full it was difficult to get to the bathroom in Scott’s warehouse.
· Scott’s computers, both home and work, were seized and it was determined that Scott had been looking up tidal activity in the area of the Berkeley Marina as early as Dec. 8th.
· The home computer was also searched. On the morning of the 24th the computer was used to access The Gap website and look at a woman’s scarf. There was a pop-up ad for a sunflower umbrella stand, and then finally Scott’s personal email was accessed. This happened from 8:40-8:45 am.
· The same day as the search warrant, a woman called a rape crisis line to report that she was sexually assaulted a week or so prior. The woman claimed she was abducted by a group of people in a brown van who assaulted her as part of a satanic ritual. They also told her they were going to commit and Christmas murder that “she would read about in the papers.” This woman never made a police report as far as I can tell, but the rape counselor turned this info over to Modesto PD. The police found the people and van in question and processed the brown van for evidence, surprisingly no evidence of any crime was found in the van. When the police were done with the vehicle the family never returned for it and Geragos bought the van, but he never found anything or used the van at trial- leading spectators to believe that the van held no evidentiary value.
Amber Frey
When exploring this case, it is hard to overlook the character of Amber Frey. On December 29th 2002 a woman named Amber Frey called the Modesto PD and reported that she has been having a romantic relationship with Scott Peterson. Investigators were intrigued and interviewed her on December 30th 2002. Amber had first met Scott in November 2002 through her friend Shawn Sibley. Shawn Sibley met Scott at a work conference in early November 2002. One day after the conference a group of conference-goers had drinks in the hotel bar and watched a baseball game on TV. While goofing around at the bar Scott, who no one knew was married, asked Shawn Sibley what he should put on his name tag to help attract women. She thought about it for a moment and then said he should put “I'm rich” on his name tag. Scott said he was going to put H.B short for horny bastard. At this point some of the people with Shawn and Scott left thinking the conversation was getting too flirty. Shawn and Scott hung out for several more hours but Shawn was wearing an engagement ring and told Scott that she was in a committed relationship. Scott was not wearing a ring. The next day at the conference Shawn and Scott exchanged business cards and Scott went on his way. He called Shawn a couple weeks later and asked if she had any friends who would want to meet up with him. Shawn thought about it and later suggested her friend Amber.
Shawn Scott talked on the phone several times but Scott never mentioned that he was married. In mid-November Scott first met Amber Frey. Amber was a 26-year-old single mother of a toddler who worked as a massage therapist near Fresno, California about an hour's drive from Modesto. From their first blind date on, Scott acted like a perfect gentleman buying Amber flowers and he even got a private dining room for them for their first date. While some Scott supporters will try to tell you that Amber and Scott's relationship was not very serious and the Amber and Scott went on only four or six dates, this is not exactly true. Amber and Scott did only see each other six times but each time was a multi-day visit.
Their first date was a whole weekend together at a hotel where Scott bought champagne and strawberries; Amber said she felt like the perfect man had walked into her life. By the second date Amber was impressed that Scott was making her dinner and buying her daughter gifts. He also picked up Amber's daughter from daycare, helped the young family get a Christmas tree, and talked about meeting members of Amber's family.
Throughout their entire relationship Scott lied, not just about being married but about what he did for a job and other things as well. Scott made it seem like he was some sort of international businessman whose job took him around the world. He told Amber that he could not spend the holidays with her because he was going to go on a hunting trip, and then going to Maine for Christmas, Paris and Brussels for New Year’s, and then Guadalajara, Mexico for work. None of these things were true.
In early December Shawn Sibley heard from an acquaintance that Scott Peterson was married. Shawn was so shocked that she called Scott and demanded to know if he was married. Scott eventually calmed her down and said that he had been married in the past. Shawn was furious and said she would call Amber and tell Amber that Scott was married but Scott begged Shawn not to do this and insisted that he would tell Amber himself. That was on December 8th the same day Scott began looking at tidal activity on his computer.
On December 9th Scott went to Amber's home and told her that he had something very serious to discuss with her. He cried and Amber could not calm him down. After a while he finally explained that he had not been truthful with Amber. He then told Amber that he had “lost” his wife and this would be his first holiday season without her. He expressed that he never told Amber about this because it was such an upsetting situation. When Amber said she wasn't mad at Scott for telling her this, he was suddenly relieved and seemed so happy that Amber now knew the truth. Amber pressed “you are not married currently, right?” And Scott said "no, not currently" after this Amber never pressed him for details. After all she didn't want to make a guy upset or make him talk about such a traumatic experience. Amber admitted that she was not clear on whether or not this meant Scott’s wife had died or that she had left him.
On December 14th both the Petersons and Amber had Christmas parties that they were supposed to attend. Scott told Laci that he could not go to the Christmas party because his boss has had unexpectedly flown in from Europe but in reality, he was going to Amber Frey's Christmas party. In pictures that later became famous, Laci attended a Christmas party alone that evening while her husband went to Amber's boss's formal Christmas party where he was photographed with Amber.
After this Amber and Scott did not talk for a while because of Scott’s “extensive travels”. On December 29th a friend of Amber's called to inform her that a guy with the same name as her boyfriend was accused of causing his wife’s disappearance in Modesto. After some internet research Amber decided to call the task force and told the story that is detailed above. The recorder was put on to Amber cell phone and Amber agreed to record her conversations with Scott for the next several weeks and talk to Scott the next day December 31st.
With the recording device in place, Scott who was at a vigil for his missing wife answered a call from Amber and the two were on the phone for 70 minutes. During this conversation Scott told Amber that he was at the Eiffel Tower celebrating New Year's with his friends Pasqual and Francois. He laughs and tells Amber about all the cool things he has been doing in France, surrounded by mourners worried sick about Laci. On the opposite of the line Amber sounds like she is about to cry.
In other conversations Scott told Amber things such as he wanted to get a vasectomy because he was so adamant about not having any children. He even said that if Amber did want more children and that would be a breaking point for their relationship. He said the only child he could ever think of having in his life was Amber's daughter Ayiana.
These phone calls went on for several weeks even after Amber was revealed by the media to be Scott's girlfriend. About a week after the New Year’s call, on January 4th, Scott told Amber that he was the man who had a wife missing. When Amber presses Scott about it by saying things like “you told me you lost your wife and now your wife is missing how am I supposed to believe you about anything?” Scott replied by saying things like “I can't talk to you about that.” Or “I can’t tell you about that right now.” Amber did not get a confession or any vital information out of Scott but her recorded conversations went to show Scott’s motive and character. Their conversations continued until February 19th. Scott also made other odd statements such as Laci’s baby was not his and that "never cheated on you, Amber." After this line, she said "Never cheated on me? Scott you're married! Explain that one to me!"
Amber ended up being a very good witness for the prosecution. Her attorney Gloria Allred coached her on how to act on the stand. Amber did a superb job of telling the jury that she was not here to explain whether or not Scott killed Laci and Conner; she was there simply to explain what she knew and her role as it possibly pertained to motive. She did not fall apart on cross-examination and she came across as a sweet, naive girl who'd been tricked by Scott Peterson not at all like the homewrecker the media painted her as. Peterson told Amber a variety of things during the recorded conversations. One of the things he told Amber is that he wanted to tell her the whole story but couldn't. Whether this was because he knew he was being surveilled or because he did not want to tell Amber the truth is unknown.
Amber was announced to be Scott’s girlfriend on January 24th 2003. The police did not want to make this announcement but National Enquirer had discovered the story so MPD decided to announce the information before the press could leak it.
Car evidence
Another suspicious thing that Scott did was on three different occasions Scott rented a vehicle and drove to the Berkeley Marina where he would get out of his car look around but never stay for more than two minutes. The police observed Scott making these trips three different times in two different rented cars while they were surveilling him. While Scott supporters have always said that this was to look for witnesses who may have seen him at the marina that day, the police said that they believed Scott was looking to see whether or not Laci’s body had surfaced. Scott's family will also tell you that he had to rent these cars for work. One time Scott rented a truck, but the other times he rented a Lincoln town car. So, unless Scott was selling fertilizer out of the back of a rented car, he had no reason to get these cars except for to disguise himself. The days he went to the marina were January 5th, 6th, and 9th.
No longer missing- Conner and Laci found April 13th and 14th
Laci and Conner were found in the same area but separately on different days, Conner on April 13th and Laci on April 14th. Laci was badly decomposed; barnacles were on her bones and most of her organs except parts of her uterus were gone. There was a large hole in her womb from decomposition. Conner was somewhat decomposed but he was fully intact. The medical examiner thought this was because he was protected inside of Laci until her uterus decomposed expelling him into the bay. The medical examiner could find no cause of death for Laci and ruled that Conner died due to his mother’s death at approximately 33 weeks gestation. Conner seemed to be inside of Laci until shortly before he was found. The medical examiner explained to the jury that Conner most likely floated out of his mother’s abdomen due to gasses building up in her body. Additionally, his umbilical cord was torn, not cut or clamped and he had no injuries of any kind. He was not even bruised. Further, Laci’s cervix was closed indicating she had not given birth recently. The ME also explained that there was 28 cm worth of tape around Conner’s torso, head, and shoulders. It is not a nice neat bow but rather a tangled length of tape or twine. To me it actually looks like the remains of a plastic shopping bag. Laci had no discernible cause of death and Conner’s death was ruled to be because of Laci’s death. *more details about this are in the defense section.
Finding and identifying the bodies is what triggered the arrest of Scott Peterson.
Fleeing the scene
One of the most made-for-tv parts of this story is how Scott was arrested. Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego where his parents lived. When Scott was apprehended he had dyed his hair and beard blonde, was carrying his brother's ID as well as $15,000 worth of American cash, copious amounts of Mexican currency, 4 cellphones, a knife, extensive survival gear, a tent, a shovel, water purifying equipment, a gun, Viagra pills, and all of this clothes. When asked if Scott dyed his hair, he told everyone that the hair had become bleached from swimming in the pool. When asked why he had $15,000 on him Scott said that Jackie had accidentally made a withdrawal of $15,000 and gave him the cash. His family has also claimed that Scott was using his brother's ID in order to get a discount at a local golf course however, Scott had never been scheduled to play at that golf course. Additionally, why would a man who has enough money to accidentally get $15,000 out of the bank need to use his brother's ID to get several dollars off a golf game? It is speculated that at the time that Scott was arrested he was planning on fleeing to Mexico. Scott's family will tell you that Scott only had enough things in his car to go on a camping trip however, a full inventory would show that Scott had pretty much everything he owned packed into the car. Scott was booked into the county jail and charged with double murder on April 18th, 2003.
Scott’s lies, conversations, and explanations
Ron Grantski arrived at the Peterson house on Dec. 24th after searching the park and approached Scott. “Did you get in a game of golf this morning?” “No, it was too cold I went fishing instead” replied Scott. “what were you fishing for?” asked Ron. Scott said nothing.
On Dec. the 24th, Scott sauntered over to Sharon who had just finished scouring the park for Laci and said “You know if they find blood anywhere that doesn’t mean anything. I’m a sportsman. Just look at my hands, I could drop blood anywhere.” A searcher promptly reported the statement to police.
On December 28th, Scott told detective Grogan that they may find blood Scott’s truck because he cut himself all the time and bled on the door of the truck. Grogan thought it was weird that Scott had an explanation for such a minor thing without being asked.
Scott claimed that he had his brother’s ID when arrested so he could get a local’s discount at Torrey Pines golf course, even though he had no reservations to play golf there.
Scott gave one media interview after news about Amber broke. Scott said on national TV that he told the police about Amber during his first interview. This was a complete and utter lie. Scott did not tell the police about Amber until January after the police showed him the pictures they had of Scott with Amber. Further, he said on national TV that Laci knew about his affair with Amber and the “nothing could break us apart.”
Throughout the case Scott lied about everything. He even lied about things that had no relevance to case. He lied to neighbors about fishing that day. He lied about not having a second debit card. He lied about his affairs and whether or not Laci knew about them. He lied about his cars and phone calls he did not make. Scott also had a history of lying, for example he told his girlfriend Janet Ilse that he had traveled extensively through Africa but this was not accurate and served no purpose. He lied to dish network about moving abroad. He lied about buying his house with cash.
Scott’s other affairs
Another thing that needs to be discussed is Scott's affairs. Many people seem to think that Amber Frey was the only affair Scott had while he was married to Laci Peterson. This is a misconception. Scott had at least four affairs while he was married to Laci. These affairs were sometimes casual and sometimes serious. Scott dated one woman, Janet Ilse for 5 months and told her he wanted to meet her family. Janet actually walked in on Scott in bed with Laci when she tried to surprise him one day. Janet had no idea that her boyfriend was married. Another woman a girl named Michelle had been dating Scott but she said they had only gone on a couple of dates. Scott also briefly saw another woman named Katy. Another unnamed woman had a one night stand with Scott in Las Vegas and then of course there was also Amber Frey. What we can learn from these affairs is the fact that Scott was a chameleon. Scott dated many women and always seemed to morph into whatever they needed. One of Scott’s mistresses was a “health nut” when Scott was dating her, he began hiking and running and doing other healthy endeavors. When Scott dated a vegetarian, he gave up meat. When Scott was dating Amber, he decided to pretend he had a degree in Divinity. It is critical to remember that Scott made all of these transformations while married to Laci and was able to hide his actions pretty well. Finally, when Scott was dating and married to Laci, he was able to be, at least from the outside, a perfect husband and doting father. Of course, being an adulterer does not mean that you are a murderer but it does give some insight into the type of person that Scott was and I think it's important as it shows us that Scott could morph into whoever he wanted to be for a short time.
TO BE CONTINUED with rest of the prosecution case and then the defense case
Here is a wiki link for the case. A complete list of sources is in part 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Laci_Peterson
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2020.08.17 22:45 Blacksmith_Andre What should i do? I'm at my wits end...

To preface, i've been dating a girl Lets call her "B". for like 2 years now. We've been engaged for about 9 months. And have been living together for about a year.
B and i met at work, had so much in common, and i fell hard for this girl (i've since changed jobs) And eventually her lease was up with her sister and brother in law "S" and "T" and she wanted to move in with me.
At the time, i was living with my grandmother. I"m 26 and have been living with them pretty much all but 5 years of my life. They adoped me, i got out on my own after high school, made some bad choices, they needed help and i needed help. It's a long story. Anyways, Grandpa died 2 years ago, and up til then i was helping take care of him, and helping with the bills and stuff. Then after he died, my grandma really needed help with the bills, so i figured B could move in, and instead of supporting her sister who wouldn't get a job, could instead pay a fraction of that just helping with groceries and utilities a little bit. And paying my grandma for gas for taking her to and form work (20 minutes there and back twice a day)
She never paid anything. Not a dime. Then after 4 months, said she has to move out, because my grandmother is too imposing, because she likes to clean for us while i'm at work (she is so used to caring for other people because of my grandpa being codependent, and it got her mind off of things when she had stuff to do, like yeah, it's a little weird to be 25 and your grandma still does your laundry, but i understand. so i didn't make a fuss about it. And she needed me there to help out.
we're almost done with that part.. sorry guys. Anyways we moved out, got a place with her sister and brother in law because they were living with T's mom who was about to move in with her new husband and they can't afford a place on their own since S won't work. We found a place we could afford that is pretty nice, and things went to shit. S and T are alcoholics, they eat our food, don't pay for internet, drink any alcohol we bring into the house, and fight all the time, and always ruin our day by trying to start fights with us. T is abusive, and used to beat the shit out of S a couple years ago, and did some crazy shit that almost got S killed, along with my fiancees younger siblings (he was blackout drunk he says)
My fiance gets mad at them sometimes, but also gets mad if i bring it up. And defends them. We got into an argument where i almost moved out a couple months ago, and her whole family knew becasue S told everyone and blew everything out of proportion. My Fiance has a tendency to get verbally abusive when she's mad at me. She is very insecure and irrational, and will try to hurt me. She makes low blows, and tries to cut deep. And i've got dozens of recordings of her verbally abusing me.
I've said some less than nice things back a couple of times, but they were true, i said i quit having sex with her recently because she has a yeast infection (she asked in an argument if i'm not sleeping with her because i'm cheating) and i was honest. She freaked out, caused a huge scene, blamed it on me, and never brought it up again, then snuck around and bought monostat and vagisil like i didn't know what she was doing at walmart.
Her family doesn't like me because of this. And one time she kept trying to start a fight, and i wanted to get away from her. She says "all couples fight, you're going to have to fight" and i said no, i don't have to and i don't want to, i'll talk when you've calmed down and i'm not so anxious (social anxiety, and childhood trauma cause me to get really nervous when people are yelling at me for seemingly no reason) and when shes doing that, her sister will also do the same thing and they corner me and berate me. I don't want to say anything back though.
This weekend, i went to see my grandma and do some work for her neighbor, and i was gone for 6 hours while she hung out with S and her younger sister M. And everything was fine, i got home and cleaned the room and took a shower. Also let me add that she never cleans. our room is a mess constantly with rotting food hidden in the closet and dozens of empty cans and bottles and just clutter everywhere. And she won't let me clean or do my laundry, she says i can't do it right and she'll have to go do it again after me. And it's started many fights just because i needed clothes and did laundry. It's like it hurts her ego or something.. And so after i got home i was up there in the room for like 2 hours because i cleaned the closet, hung all the laundry that was sitting in the floor for 2 weeks. Cleaned up all her messes, cleaned the bathroom (this all takes her like 2 weeks to complete all of, and everythign else gets messy by the time she's done with one thing. And she always has an excuse as to why she can't clean. so instead she will sit down and watch netflix all day saying her tooth hurts or something.
Anyways, i cleaned. She got mad, berated me, etc. I told her "im not going to fight with you, i just did what needed to be done, i'm hot and tired, i had a bad day, and i wanted to relax and shower and clean up a bit" Then we went downstairs, i made some dinner, ate, and sat down to watch TV. Meanwhile her younger sister M was shooting me dirty looks the whole time. Earlier that day i got some bad news about a family members health, and some possible elder abuse towards my grandma, so i wasn't in the most talkative mood, on top of being hot and sore from working in a shop all day, so while they were sitting there watching the 100 hottest dudes on youtube and saying which ones they'd fuck, i was talking to my cousin and consoling him about his best friend who just died in a car crash.
Fiance got mad at me outside, mad because for the last month i've spent 3 days spending time with my cousin (who is basically a brother to me) before he went back to school far away. And seeing my grandmother. And she says i spend too much time with them, and it's not fair because she doesn't get to see hers as much as me. And made a huge deal out of it. When i got inside i broke the news to her that i took off this friday to go finish the work i've already been paid to do, we need all the extra money we can get, because i'm trying to help her get a car and her license (she's 22)
She got PISSED and went upstairs, and spent 30 minutes berating me and making fun of me while i played music through my headphones and tried to drown her out (i recorded it all) And then i started gathering some things so i could go stay at my grandmothers and get away from the drama. And she started screaming about how i abuse her (never have) and i used to physically abuse my grandmother (never happened) and said i was pushing her, and abusing her dog (i opened the bathroom door and the door touched the dogs foot, and it didn't hurt it at all) And all kinds of crazy shit.
Then her siblings were outside the door listening, because i said "give me the ring" it's my grandmas ring. And she did, and i said "i can't stay here, i'm leaving, i'm having the internet transferred to my grandmothers, youll need to get service turned on before monday so you can work from home" I work from home too so i need it. And her family started FREAKING OUT on me. Because they use the internet the most and don't pay for any of it. I had to get the unlimited plan because all they do is stream on like 9 devices all day between the 4 of them (excluding me) and her little sister comes over on the weekends and uses our internet all weekend because they dont have internet at her moms.
My blood pressure was so high after i packed that i was disoriented, and i sat downstairs for a while, and eventually decided to just sleep on the couch. But my Fiance decided to come try to talk things over, and basically said "yeah i guess i overreacted but you should have communicated to me that you had a bad day, so it's pretty much your fault" And this is going to continue to happen. over and over and over again.
I love her, and she didn't used to be this way. I blame it on her being physically abused as a child, by a parent. Along with her older sister. I think it's some how made her the way she is. I could be wrong. But it seems like that she craves control. She finally has someone she can be in control of, and anytime i challenge that control she goes ballistic.
What should i do or say? I don't want it to be over with. But i fear that may be the only option.
Edit: i used to have my own small business doing woodworking, and blacksmithing. Mainly as a hobby, but it was nice to bring in extra cash. And i was passionate about it, and loved doing it. Now she gets mad if i even take 10 minutes to sharpen my kitchen knives, or water my plants, or take out the trash, or do ANYTHING that isn't me constantly being around her doing whatever she wants to do. So there is no way in hell i could go back to my hobbies or passions. It's making me hate life.
Sorry for being long winded i've had no one to talk to about this. And i've been wanting to get it off my chest. Sometimes i wish i was dead. I'd never off myself, but sometimes i have thoughts that it would be better than this. And it scares me. Thanks to anyone that read this. Just typing this kind of cleared some things up for me. Thanks for any advice in advance.
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2020.08.12 00:10 BlueLegiion Making our own Time Capsule. Need ideas PLEASE!?!

So thanks to this year being the worst year in my existence... Lost my job due to CoronaCovid, lost my grandmother due to CoronaCovid, had to home school my two kids which has quite literally been the hardest thing I have ever had to do etc etc... Anyway it's been a $h1t year, not just for me but for alot of people and I wanted to do something positive to mark this year. I turned 40 years old this year and I have very fond and nostalgic memories of the 1980s and 1990s - these were the decades of my childhood and I fondly remember them. I remember the crazy TV programmes like TMNT and He-Man, the Atari and Sega systems I owned and played. My hobbies and riding my bike alot etc and because of my nostalgic feelings I've started collecting 80s memoriabilia. It got me thinking that I wish I made a time capsule when I was a kid so as part of my two kids home schooling we started writing up a plan for a Time Capsule. The plan is (so far) to make a physical and digital time capsule that we will keep safe until the year 2054 when my kids will roughly be the same age I am now. We're not going to bury it as it's not guaranteed that it'll survive the ravishes of time and weather and there is no guarantee we will live here in 30 years. We're going to secure the contents in a couple paint tins and keep them secure in a box in our loft with a promise not to open until the agreed date. I know they'll stick to the agreement, they're good kids.
Anyway, I need ideas for the capsule. I want the contents to be really nostalgic for now. I want it to scream 2020s (whatever that will be). I remember everyone thought the 1980s was a rubbish decade in the 90s and now the whole world has gone 1980s mad with the likes of Stranger Things on TV and the reinvention of 80s music.
Other than writing a letter to our future selves what else can we do that really cool and unusual. We don't want to use online 'time capsule' services. If it doesn't fit in a paint tin we don't want to do it.
Thanks for reading and commenting ☺️
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2020.08.11 23:48 Knusperfrosch Please stop claiming "But water negates the golden touch!": Greek & Roman myths about King Midas vs Hawthorne's story for kids (essay/rant)

Forgive me the lengthy rant, but I've grown sick and tired of seeing Fortnite fans in online forums repeat the same misinformation over and over: "But in the Greek myths, water removes the Golden Touch!" uttered with utter conviction (usually escalating from "a river" to "any flowing water" to "any water at all!"). Can we please stop with this nonsense? Unless you want to claim that Fortnite's Midas, richest man in the world, leader of Ghost, spy agency mastermind and mad scientist, has never taken a shower or a swim in his life, despite owning a yacht. /sarcasm
Allow me to give a summary of the (often times contradictory) stories about King Midas from Greek and Roman legends and contrast them with the invention of a 19th century American writer:
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE:
The story of King Midas accidentally turning his daughter Marigold to gold and then be told to bathe in a river in front of his palace and sprinkle its water on his daughter to wash the curse off, was never part of the original Greek myth about King Midas of Phrygia. It was invented out of thin air by 19th century American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne for his book of educational moralist fables for children, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (published 1851)!
I assume Americans are more familiar with that child-friendly fairy tale of redemption which fictionalized the mythical figure of King Midas into a 19th century eyeglasses-wearing "antique king" who drinks coffee out of china cups and eats potatoes off china plates, so they mistakenly think it dates back to antiquity. Hawthorne's short story, clearly written for children, can easily be found online in full length (as it pre-dates American copyright laws).
In Hawthorne's version, King Midas loves gold and already has a treasure room full of it, but isn't satisfied. One day he is visited by some nameless stranger who offers him the gift of the Golden Touch so he can get all the gold he desires. He starts turning his glasses, books, cups and the roses in his rose garden to gold. When his daughter comes to him crying about how the flowers in the garden have all gone yellow and hard like metal, he hugs her, turning her to gold. He prays for a way to save her, and the mysterious stranger pops up against and tell him to go to the river that flows outside his palace. So, no, even in Hawthorne's story it's not simply "any (flowing) water" that negates the curse.
THE GREEK & ROMAN LEGENDS:
There were at least three real historical King Midases of Phrygia (a region in what is now Anatolia in today's Turkey). A King Midas who ruled Phrygia in the late 8th century BC is documented from Greek and Assyrian sources.
For the mythical King Midas of Greek and Roman legend, the Golden Touch turned into a curse because the wish for the gift had been asked in greed. According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle (in his Politics), King Midas prayed to the gods for this gift, then found everything he touched turned to gold and he died of starvation and thirst and that was it. Nothing mentioned about a river or daughter there.
Herodotus referred to a wild rose garden at the foot of Mount Bermion (in the Hellenistic kingdom of Macedonia, where he places the early Phrygians before their migration to the Balkans) as "the garden of Midas son of Gordias, where roses grow of themselves, each bearing sixty blossoms and of surpassing fragrance". That's probably where Hawthorne got the rose garden from.
According to the Greek politician and writer Xenophon (in his Anabasis), King Midas wished to become as wise as the satyr Silenos (the teacher of Dionysos/Bacchus, god of wine and madness), so he set up a trap to catch the satyr by putting wine into a forest spring; Silenos drank of it and fell asleep, and Midas demanded as the price for releasing Silenos that Dionysos should grant him a wish, which the god agreed to.
According to the Roman poet Ovid (in his Metamorphoses, Book XI) and other Roman poets like Hyginus and Claudian, Silenos just got blind drunk (as satyrs are prone to do), fell asleep in Midas' rose garden, and when he was found King Midas treated him royally. After eleven days he brought Silenos back to Dionysos in Lydia, and the grateful Dionysos offered Midas a wish as reward, at which point Midas wished that everything he touch turn to gold... which went as badly as expected. According to Ovid and Hyginus, Midas begged Dionysos to save him from starvation and Dionysos told him to bathe in the river Pactolos... a river which in antiquity was already famous for being rich in gold and electrum, so Ovid basically invented a backstory for that river! Incidentally, the river Pactolos ran through the antique city of Sardis (aka. Sardes, Sardeis) in Lydia, the city where another king famous for his legendary wealth reigned: Croesus. Croesus father, Alyattes of Lydia, claimed King Midas as the mythical forefather for his dynasty.
According to Ovid (in his Metamorphoses, Book XI), after King Midas got rid of the results of his imprudently-worded wish, he lived on only to stumble into more mishaps. He left his palace, now hating the sight of wealth and splendor, and went to live in the wilderness to study music under the poet Orpheus. Unfortunately, he allowed himself to get roped into becoming the judge of a contest of musical skill between two gods of music, the Olympian god Apollo and the satyr Pan. This did not end well, because when Midas granted the victory to Pan, the king was cursed again by an angry Apollo to have the ears of an donkey. (Although according to Hyginus, the minor mountain god and king of Lydia Tmolus was the judge and Midas was the mortal audience.)
Midas was mortified and tried to hide the furry ears under a pointy Phrygian cap, but his barber found out. The barber tried to hide the secret by digging a hole at the river and whispering it into it, but the river reeds whispered it back for all to hear. Some writers claim Midas then killed himself by drinking poison, which seems like a bit of lore poached from the death of a historical King Midas:
Around 700 B.C. the historical Cimmerians (a nomadic Indo-European tribe whose homeland lay in the Ukrainian steppes, in the region of the Caucasus mountains and along the shores of the Black Sea) invaded Urartu, a vassal state of the Assyrian Empire to the south. When Assyrian armies under King Sargon II pushed the Cimmerian invaders back, they rode westwards into Anatolia and conquered Phrygia in 695 B.C. The Phrygian king Midas drank poison rather than face capture and torture at their hands.
According to Flavius Philostratus (in Life of Appolonius of Tyana) King Midas' ears were already pointy because he had a satyr in his bloodline. Make of that what you will.
The whole theme about "a king with donkey or horse's ears, whose barber tries to keep the secret by whispering it into a hole or a well, but the secret is betrayed when plants (usually river reeds, or a tree) that overheard it are fashioned into a musical instrument (a flute, or a harp) that sings out the king's secret" turns up with only slight variations in legends from Central Asia (Mongolia), from Ireland (twice!) and from Brittany. Make of that what you will.
CLOSING THOUGHTS and SPECULATION:
As for Hawthorne's invention of a daughter named Marigold: "Marigold" certainly wasn't a name of a daughter of any King of Phrygia. It's is the English common name both for the European plant Calendula officinalis and for the similar-looking flowers of the genus Tagetes with several species of orange and yellow flowers. Tagetes was originally native to Mexico and South-America, but is now found worldwide in various cultivars. Tagetes erecta, the Aztec marigold or Mexican marigold, was regarded as the flower of the dead in pre-Hispanic Mexico, similar to the lily in Europe, and is still widely used in the Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebrations.

Considering that 1) Epic had Fortnite's Midas name his yacht the Marigold, 2) there's a weird fanged skull wearing a crown of flowers among his extensive tattoos which could be a reference to the sugar skulls and flowers of the Mexican Day of the Dead, 3) the Aztecs brought blood sacrifices to the sun, 4) Oro looks like the skeleton of a Spanish conquistador and 5) Oro's gold chain and tabard form the symbol of a bleeding sun, I had seriously expected Epic would do something more with that. But sadly Epic never bothered to give us any canon explanation as to the origin of Midas's Golden Touch superpowers. Or his connection to Oro that they so massively hinted at to hype the Oro skin. They didn't even give us a skin style for Midas of his younger self, the statue of himself on his Yacht that depicted him with two eyes and wearing glasses. :(
In the end, the name Marigold wasn't a Chekov's Gun plot device, it wasn't even a MacGuffin, it turned out to be merely a wink and nod to the Hawthorne story? I don't know.
I'm honestly angry about all the wasted storytelling opportunities, now that the Fortnite creative team has effectively thrown Midas to the sharks in the lamest way possible after they used him as a plot device to get their map changes. (How to ruin a character in just 10 seconds. Congrats.)
So many questions about Midas left unanswered:
Why did Midas turn Lynx, his own agent, into a statue when she trespassed on his secret lair, and how can her helmet also be on his trophy wall?
What was the deal with Midas hunting unnatural/supernatural (evil) creatures, like Chaos Agent, Big Chuggus, Black Knight, Scratch, Astro Assassin, A.I.M., Beastmode Rhino, Tomatohead and Beef Boss (remember the creepy cult of Tomato Temple?) and the Molten(?) Battle Hound. And why did he take out Alpine Ace and Burnout? Anything we should know about them? I would far more have expected Omega's helmet to be on that wall.
Or the core question: Just how old exactly is Midas, a guy who dresses like a 1920s librarian and owns a phonograph/gramophone? I get the feeling he is far older than he looks.
I just hope if Epic ever does anything more with Midas, if they give him proper voicelines that are not affected by the Loop's "muting", they get a British voice actor or at least a voice actor who can do a convicing Queen's English accent (like Ryan Stewart from NewScapeProductions who does a perfect Midas voice). Come on, Epic, Midas himself already checks all the boxes for "James Bond villain" (Goldfinger, Blofeld, and Scaramanga the Man with the Golden Gun, not to mention the orbital laser Goldeneye) and the Spy Games of Ch2S2 had so many references to James Bond, the British Spy-Fi TV series 'The Avengers', and Kingsman: The Secret Service, making Midas American would be sacrilegious. Just ask Matthew Mercer to do a British accent, please.
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2020.08.09 14:34 k0ks3nw4i Is This Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Both, or Neither? A Review of The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Have you heard about the Stillmind? The One Who Gathers? They traded food for information, rallied curious crowds to make mass pilgrimages into the strange lands to see if they could find out more. Someone in this apartment had scrawled The One with a Middle but No Beginning in charcoal over where the bed should have been. Ory touched the tail of one smudged letter softly, powdering his fingertip in dark gray. Those few left with shadows were just the opposite, he thought. All beginning, no middle. Middle had become an ever-shifting, never-ending apocalypse.
Peng Shepherd’s debut novel, The Book of M, came highly recommended to me by many members of my book club, and I can certainly see why. The novel has a killer premise: one day, in a market in India, a man’s shadow disappeared. It enraptured the world, gluing people to the 24-hour news cycle. Then more and more people began losing their shadows, and after a few days, the delight turned into horror as the shadowless—as they would come to be called—started losing their memories too. Their amnesia, which progresses without rhyme or reason, can cause them to forget anything from their own name to their ability to breathe.
The story follows the perspective of 4 characters: a nameless man who suffered from extensive retrograde amnesia through the regular way (i.e. traumatic brain damage); an Iranian archer and Olympic hopeful named Naz; and finally, Ory and Max, a couple who had survived for 2 years in a hotel deep in a forest where they were attending a wedding, right when the Forgetting reached a pandemic pitch. The resulting book is a unique blend of dystopian fiction and fantasy. I had initially thought it might be science fiction and there are parts of the book that certainly flirted with that aspiration, but science and The Book of M never got past their meet cute, and the book totally stood sci-fi up on their first date.
The best way to explain my feelings on this book is to bring up something SFF author Jo Walton wrote on the nature of science fiction (and fantasy):
In science fiction, the world is a character, and characters have to change and so the world has to change, or at the very least be interrogated and examined and seen all around the way a character would be. The author has to have thought about why things work that way. The reader doesn’t have to be given the answers, but the answers, the world answers, need to have been in the author’s mind, and it’s quite clear when they are not, because the world will not be consistent in a way that would fit with their being an explanation. And really, we SF readers expect an actual explanation at some point. Sometimes the explanation is deeply disappointing. There are a lot of books out there with questions that are much more interesting than their answers — a whole lot of Sheri Tepper, for instance, or Dan Simmons’s Hyperion series. But we expect these questions to be answered.Whereas in genre LitFic, those world questions are just scenery, and the whole structure of what [Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life] is doing isn’t for anything, or it’s for creating emotional resonance in the reader — which it does really well. Having resolved the emotional plot, she thinks the reader will be happy — and she’s right, the reader of women’s fiction and of LitFic will be happy, but the SF reader will be asking “Wait, what was this all about? What was the point? Why was she going through all these versions of her life? Did I just read a whole book and you’re not even going to give me the answer? What was it all for?” —Genre Pacing: A question from Goodreads (2018), an essay by Jo Walton
I don’t believe in spoiling books, and I won’t reveal the plot details of what happens in The Book of M or how it ends, but I believe that reviews need to help readers decide if the book in question is one they would enjoy—and to manage expectations so they would not be disappointed at the end of an almost 500-page book. So, to rip the band-aid off here, The Book of M does not explain anything. There are no explanations offered on why shadows began disappearing, or how shadows relate to memory. There is also no consistency to how the Forgetting works, particularly how the loss of memory relates to reality-bending powers that the shadowless would come to acquire. When a character in the story forgets that a marketplace exists, the marketplace and everyone in it just disappears. Yet, when individuals forget that they need to breathe or eat to survive, they die instead of rewriting reality into one in which they do not need these vital functions to live. How Ms Shepherd chose which seems to depend on which outcome would bring the most dramatic tension. This may not bother people who are unfamiliar with sci-fi and fantasy, but in reality, we readers of SFF understand more than most that extra care often has to be exercised when magic is part of world-building. Because without rules or consistency, magic just becomes a writer’s get-out-of-jail-free card for any adversity the characters’ face.
Now, I don’t want to get into a soft magic versus hard magic debate, and I do believe great works of fantasy can feature soft magic, but an issue that I personally have with The Book of M is how it walks and talks like a world that have rules, and when its rules changed, it seemed like it may have an answer why. But it really doesn’t. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, mind you. It simply means that it may not be a satisfactory read for those who are accustomed to authors who thought about the structure of their worlds beyond their service to the story and plot.
Life After Life is a literary novel and it is deeply unsatisfactory as science fiction because it grabs a shiny tool from science fiction’s toolbox and waves it around as if it were meaningful and then just drops it. But it’s a wonderful novel with a level of characterisation and literary excitement that you only see in the very best SF. —Genre Pacing: A question from Goodreads (2018), an essay by Jo Walton
Similar to how Ms Walton felt about Life After Life, The Book of M features excellent character writing that really gets to the core of what these characters are about. It was easy for me to get fully invested in Max’s, Ory’s, and the nameless amnesiac’s journey, though I felt that Naz’s story peaked in the first act, and she was just waiting around in the wings until she became relevant again in the book’s final chapters. Max and Ory’s story form the emotional spine of the book, and I particularly enjoy Max’s first-person perspective as she continuously talks into a tape recorder about her feelings and experiences, all while her grasp on her memories slackens progressively inch by heartbreaking inch. I often imagine her sounding like the narrator of the supernatural horror podcast Alice Isn’t Dead who is also on the road and missing a spouse. Jasika Nicole’s voice is soothing and mellow, with an undercurrent of sorrow and regret—perfect for Max.
In spite of the book’s length, it is decently paced with only the merest sag in the middle, and Ms Shepherd is a deft hand at employing every trick in a creative writer’s utility belt in getting me to turn page after page late into the night. She often begins a chapter or passage by telling you something shocking or unexpected had happened, before going into the how and why. Also, I could tell she had a lot of fun imagining a world twisted by the power of the shadowless’ misrememberings, and gave us imagery that are dreamlike, bizarre and borderline Lovecraftian, like this,
“Did you know that now the crocodiles are the size of cruise ships? But they’re lit up like them too, and you can hear the music from a mile away. They’re probably in more danger of extinction now than they were before, even though they are a hundred times more terrifying. Probably the only thing they can catch is one another.”
This,
In the dirt behind us, tiny little lightbulbs the size of grapes were pushing slowly through the earth, unfurling like new crops. Farther back, a carved porcelain teacup the size of a freighter sailed silently past the sky like a cloud, its smooth, rounded lip tilted at a graceful angle.
Or this,
I was holding perfectly still, under the spell of that feeling, just watching my shadow. It was looking back at me, in the same pose, waiting. Then I saw it tilt its head ever so slightly to the side, all by itself. There was a moment of coldness, like the entire room had dropped twenty degrees. I tried to take a breath, but I couldn’t move. Then it was gone.
Ms Shepherd also drew a lot resonance from our cultural fascination with shadows, both literary and mythic, and her references ranged from Zero Shadow Day, J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and the Rigvedic tale of the Hindu sun god Surya, and his consorts Sanjna, and Chhaya. Chhaya is the goddess of shadow, and her name in Sanskrit literally means shadow too. That is amusing to me because the Malay word cahaya (which I am familiar with) is derived from it, and yet, cahaya means light, which is the opposite of a shadow. What was I trying to say with that trivia about cahaya? I don’t know but it sure sounds profound—maybe something about reflections and opposites? And that is how I feel about the literary subtext underlying The Book of M. For example, there are ideas derived from the apocryphal saying “an elephant never forgets” and there were spooky happenings that seem to suggest the existence of a pachydermic hive mind, but that never really went anywhere either. And at one point, a character is able to converse with animals, though that kinda petered out too.
In fact, with the exception of the vedic story, everything about the nameless amnesiac’s journey felt vaguely unsatisfying to me, and it bothered me right from the very beginning when he was flown to India by his doctor to meet the first man who lost his shadow and memories—with the hope that a conversation between the two would spark some sort of psychological breakthrough while they were hooked up to electrodes. As a medical practitioner, I must say that seemed all too unrealistic and cartoonish to me. Also, I wondered about the dearth of physicists in the process of unravelling The Book of M‘s central mystery. Where are the Neil DeGrasse Tysons and Brian Coxes—the hard science boffins that would be all up the shadowless people’s well-lit wazoos, measuring photons and whatnot?
Another aspect that Ms Shepherd shines in is when she explores the different ways people cope in a world in which most people have lost their shadows and memories, while society have utterly collapsed because not enough people remember how it works. People naturally bunched up into their little ideological Mad Max-style tribes, clinging onto whichever shred of belief or hope that sounded rightest to them because the absence concrete answers in the face of uncertainty will send all of us to the lap of whichever fiction that gives us the most comfort. Some tried to treat the Forgetting like an infectious disease, instituting quarantines and even exterminating the “infected”. Some may see as part of a divine plan, and build cults around it. It’s the same reason why there are people who believe that COVID-19 is caused by 5G cell towers—because those are infinitely easier to destroy than a faceless, formless, planet-spanning virus.
When I read the ending of the book (which I’ll admit, got me good), I immediately understood why so many reviewers of this book on Goodreads said that they thought they would give this book 5 out of 5 stars when they started, but ultimately ended up giving it a more middling score. I actually found the one-two punch of the intended conclusion to be devastatingly powerful, and it does pay off the vedic stuff narratively, even if it remained disinterested in the philosophical questions the book raised: What makes a person? Is it our memories or our bodies? The book seems to shrug its metaphorical shoulders and then went off to fly a deathkite. Nevertheless, I still think this is a tremendously written work (considering that this is a debut) but it could stand to lose a hundred pages or so of fat. I for one am excited that The Book of M had been optioned for TV, and I can’t wait to see that scene with the Statue of Liberty. If you have read this book, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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2020.08.09 14:00 k0ks3nw4i Is This Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Both, or Neither? A Review of Peng Shepherd’s The Book of M

Have you heard about the Stillmind? The One Who Gathers? They traded food for information, rallied curious crowds to make mass pilgrimages into the strange lands to see if they could find out more. Someone in this apartment had scrawled The One with a Middle but No Beginning in charcoal over where the bed should have been. Ory touched the tail of one smudged letter softly, powdering his fingertip in dark gray. Those few left with shadows were just the opposite, he thought. All beginning, no middle. Middle had become an ever-shifting, never-ending apocalypse.
Peng Shepherd’s debut novel, The Book of M, came highly recommended to me by many members of my book club, and I can certainly see why. The novel has a killer premise: one day, in a market in India, a man’s shadow disappeared. It enraptured the world, gluing people to the 24-hour news cycle. Then more and more people began losing their shadows, and after a few days, the delight turned into horror as the shadowless—as they would come to be called—started losing their memories too. Their amnesia, which progresses without rhyme or reason, can cause them to forget anything from their own name to their ability to breathe.
The story follows the perspective of 4 characters: a nameless man who suffered from extensive retrograde amnesia through the regular way (i.e. traumatic brain damage); an Iranian archer and Olympic hopeful named Naz; and finally, Ory and Max, a couple who had survived for 2 years in a hotel deep in a forest where they were attending a wedding, right when the Forgetting reached a pandemic pitch. The resulting book is a unique blend of dystopian fiction and fantasy. I had initially thought it might be science fiction and there are parts of the book that certainly flirted with that aspiration, but science and The Book of M never got past their meet cute, and the book totally stood sci-fi up on their first date.
The best way to explain my feelings on this book is to bring up something SFF author Jo Walton wrote on the nature of science fiction (and fantasy):
In science fiction, the world is a character, and characters have to change and so the world has to change, or at the very least be interrogated and examined and seen all around the way a character would be. The author has to have thought about why things work that way. The reader doesn’t have to be given the answers, but the answers, the world answers, need to have been in the author’s mind, and it’s quite clear when they are not, because the world will not be consistent in a way that would fit with their being an explanation. And really, we SF readers expect an actual explanation at some point. Sometimes the explanation is deeply disappointing. There are a lot of books out there with questions that are much more interesting than their answers — a whole lot of Sheri Tepper, for instance, or Dan Simmons’s Hyperion series.
But we expect these questions to be answered.Whereas in genre LitFic, those world questions are just scenery, and the whole structure of what [Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life] is doing isn’t for anything, or it’s for creating emotional resonance in the reader — which it does really well. Having resolved the emotional plot, she thinks the reader will be happy — and she’s right, the reader of women’s fiction and of LitFic will be happy, but the SF reader will be asking “Wait, what was this all about? What was the point? Why was she going through all these versions of her life? Did I just read a whole book and you’re not even going to give me the answer? What was it all for?”
—Genre Pacing: A question from Goodreads (2018), an essay by Jo Walton
I don’t believe in spoiling books, and I won’t reveal the plot details of what happens in The Book of M or how it ends, but I believe that reviews need to help readers decide if the book in question is one they would enjoy—and to manage expectations so they would not be disappointed at the end of an almost 500-page book. So, to rip the band-aid off here, The Book of M does not explain anything. There are no explanations offered on why shadows began disappearing, or how shadows relate to memory. There is also no consistency to how the Forgetting works, particularly how the loss of memory relates to reality-bending powers that the shadowless would come to acquire. When a character in the story forgets that a marketplace exists, the marketplace and everyone in it just disappears. Yet, when individuals forget that they need to breathe or eat to survive, they die instead of rewriting reality into one in which they do not need these vital functions to live. How Ms Shepherd chose which seems to depend on which outcome would bring the most dramatic tension. This may not bother people who are unfamiliar with sci-fi and fantasy, but in reality, we readers of SFF understand more than most that extra care often has to be exercised when magic is part of world-building. Because without rules or consistency, magic just becomes a writer’s get-out-of-jail-free card for any adversity the characters’ face.
Now, I don’t want to get into a soft magic versus hard magic debate, and I do believe great works of fantasy can feature soft magic, but an issue that I personally have with The Book of M is how it walks and talks like a world that have rules, and when its rules changed, it seemed like it may have an answer why. But it really doesn’t. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, mind you. It simply means that it may not be a satisfactory read for those who are accustomed to authors who thought about the structure of their worlds beyond their service to the story and plot.
Life After Life is a literary novel and it is deeply unsatisfactory as science fiction because it grabs a shiny tool from science fiction’s toolbox and waves it around as if it were meaningful and then just drops it. But it’s a wonderful novel with a level of characterisation and literary excitement that you only see in the very best SF.
—Genre Pacing: A question from Goodreads (2018), an essay by Jo Walton
Similar to how Ms Walton felt about Life After Life, The Book of M features excellent character writing that really gets to the core of what these characters are about. It was easy for me to get fully invested in Max’s, Ory’s, and the nameless amnesiac’s journey, though I felt that Naz’s story peaked in the first act, and she was just waiting around in the wings until she became relevant again in the book’s final chapters. Max and Ory’s story form the emotional spine of the book, and I particularly enjoy Max’s first-person perspective as she continuously talks into a tape recorder about her feelings and experiences, all while her grasp on her memories slackens progressively inch by heartbreaking inch. I often imagine her sounding like the narrator of the supernatural horror podcast Alice Isn’t Dead who is also on the road and missing a spouse. Jasika Nicole’s voice is soothing and mellow, with an undercurrent of sorrow and regret—perfect for Max.
In spite of the book’s length, it is decently paced with only the merest sag in the middle, and Ms Shepherd is a deft hand at employing every trick in a creative writer’s utility belt in getting me to turn page after page late into the night. She often begins a chapter or passage by telling you something shocking or unexpected had happened, before going into the how and why. Also, I could tell she had a lot of fun imagining a world twisted by the power of the shadowless’ misrememberings, and gave us imagery that are dreamlike, bizarre and borderline Lovecraftian, like this,
“Did you know that now the crocodiles are the size of cruise ships? But they’re lit up like them too, and you can hear the music from a mile away. They’re probably in more danger of extinction now than they were before, even though they are a hundred times more terrifying. Probably the only thing they can catch is one another.”
This,
In the dirt behind us, tiny little lightbulbs the size of grapes were pushing slowly through the earth, unfurling like new crops. Farther back, a carved porcelain teacup the size of a freighter sailed silently past the sky like a cloud, its smooth, rounded lip tilted at a graceful angle.
Or this,
I was holding perfectly still, under the spell of that feeling, just watching my shadow. It was looking back at me, in the same pose, waiting.
Then I saw it tilt its head ever so slightly to the side, all by itself.
There was a moment of coldness, like the entire room had dropped twenty degrees. I tried to take a breath, but I couldn’t move. Then it was gone.
Ms Shepherd also drew a lot resonance from our cultural fascination with shadows, both literary and mythic, and her references ranged from Zero Shadow Day, J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and the Rigvedic tale of the Hindu sun god Surya, and his consorts Sanjna, and Chhaya. Chhaya is the goddess of shadow, and her name in Sanskrit literally means shadow too. That is amusing to me because the Malay word cahaya (which I am familiar with) is derived from it, and yet, cahaya means light, which is the opposite of a shadow. What was I trying to say with that trivia about cahaya? I don’t know but it sure sounds profound—maybe something about reflections and opposites? And that is how I feel about the literary subtext underlying The Book of M. For example, there are ideas derived from the apocryphal saying “an elephant never forgets” and there were spooky happenings that seem to suggest the existence of a pachydermic hive mind, but that never really went anywhere either. And at one point, a character is able to converse with animals, though that kinda petered out too.
In fact, with the exception of the vedic story, everything about the nameless amnesiac’s journey felt vaguely unsatisfying to me, and it bothered me right from the very beginning when he was flown to India by his doctor to meet the first man who lost his shadow and memories—with the hope that a conversation between the two would spark some sort of psychological breakthrough while they were hooked up to electrodes. As a medical practitioner, I must say that seemed all too unrealistic and cartoonish to me. Also, I wondered about the dearth of physicists in the process of unravelling The Book of M‘s central mystery. Where are the Neil DeGrasse Tysons and Brian Coxes—the hard science boffins that would be all up the shadowless people’s well-lit wazoos, measuring photons and whatnot?
Another aspect that Ms Shepherd shines in is when she explores the different ways people cope in a world in which most people have lost their shadows and memories, while society have utterly collapsed because not enough people remember how it works. People naturally bunched up into their little ideological Mad Max-style tribes, clinging onto whichever shred of belief or hope that sounded rightest to them because the absence concrete answers in the face of uncertainty will send all of us to the lap of whichever fiction that gives us the most comfort. Some tried to treat the Forgetting like an infectious disease, instituting quarantines and even exterminating the “infected”. Some may see as part of a divine plan, and build cults around it. It’s the same reason why there are people who believe that COVID-19 is caused by 5G cell towers—because those are infinitely easier to destroy than a faceless, formless, planet-spanning virus.
When I read the ending of the book (which I’ll admit, got me good), I immediately understood why so many reviewers of this book on Goodreads said that they thought they would give this book 5 out of 5 stars when they started, but ultimately ended up giving it a more middling score. I actually found the one-two punch of the intended conclusion to be devastatingly powerful, and it does pay off the vedic stuff narratively, even if it remained disinterested in the philosophical questions the book raised: What makes a person? Is it our memories or our bodies? The book seems to shrug its metaphorical shoulders and then went off to fly a deathkite. Nevertheless, I still think this is a tremendously written work (considering that this is a debut) but it could stand to lose a hundred pages or so of fat. I for one am excited that The Book of M had been optioned for TV, and I can’t wait to see that scene with the Statue of Liberty. If you have read this book, you know exactly what I am talking about.
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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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2020.08.08 23:31 Eki75 Remembering Agnès, Arthur, Thomas, Anne, and Benoît

Remembering Agnès, Arthur, Thomas, Anne, and Benoît

Benoît, Arthur, Thomas, Anne

Agnès, Arthur, Thomas, Anne, and Benoît

Who are the victims? The police reviewed countless testimonies to better understand their personality, their centers of interest, their daily life. In appearance, they evoked a classic family portrait of the Nantes bourgeoisie. An ordinary family, loving, united, appreciated, happy.

Agnès
The mother, Agnès Dupont de Ligonnès, 48 ​​years old, was a deeply religious woman. Supervisor within the Blanche-de-Castille Catholic school complex in Nantes, she substituted for teachers from time to time. She diligently attended the church of Saint-Félix, participated in a prayer group, and gave her time to help others.
“She was looking after a child with autism,” says a parishioner. “On the outside, she had a bit of an old-fashioned appearance, but fairly modern in spirit,” as a neighbor describes her, she is portrayed as “a smiling, charismatic, pleasant, caring lady by many of her children at the school.” Friends of the children say that she “had a fairly demanding, even authoritarian, mother hen side. She was always on their backs.” Others put it into perspective: “She was eager to give them a good education… to open them up a little to the world… to everything.” “She wasn’t too rigid, though” tempers a relative. With all of her teens at home, she sometimes had concerns. When she learned, for example, that Arthur was using marijuana, she handled the problem with calmness. “She was not into authoritarianism. She favored dialogue and reasoning.”
Coming from a “good family,” Agnès Dupont de Ligonnès was born Agnès Hodanger on November 9, 1962, in Neuilly-sur-Seine. She spent her youth in Versailles with her parents, Nicole, a stay-at-home mother, Daniel, a food manager, surrounded by her three brothers, Guillaume, Étienne, and Bertrand. A student at the Notre-Dame-du-Grandchamp private Catholic high school, she followed a secretarial course of study. Not very passionate about her studies, she fell madly in love with a young man, Xavier, known as “Xav,” also from Versailles, “charmer and destroyer of girls.”
The honeymoon period of their relationship lasted for a moment, but then the rupture struck. Her fiancé decided that he preferred another woman and he left for the United States with only a backpack. Agnès Hodanger found herself alone at the age of 24 and had to face the death of her mother following cancer. “It was a big blow. Agnès dropped everything to take care of her,” recounts a family source discreetly.
Later, she met François, with whom lived for a short time. Arthur was born of their affair on July 7, 1990 in Versailles. Agnès was raising this child alone because François never wanted to be a father. He also left her, moving from Versailles for Toulouse, where he worked as a delivery driver. Between baby bottles and naps for the newborn, Agnès devoted herself to restoring porcelain in her workshop in Versailles. An art lover, she cultivated another passion: photography.
Agnès with baby Arthur
Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès reconnected with Agnès after returning from his American journey. She succumbed, “because she always had him in her heart,” confides a relative. He adopted Arthur. They never left each other apart from a brief separation in the mid-2000s.


Arthur
Arthur, the eldest, aged 20, was studying computer BTS at the Saint-Gabriel-Saint-Michel institution in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre in Vendée.
In the Ouest-France newspaper, the school director, Patrick Rabiller, recalls a student “particularly charitable and deserving. He had been here for five years. He passed a baccalaureate in electronic engineering and was preparing for an engineering school.” On weekends, Arthur would leave his Vendée accommodation and return to Nantes to work in a pizzeria a stone’s throw from the family home from Friday evening to Sunday noon. The “handsome kid,” as he is sometimes known, multiplied his female conquests, liked to go out, and was known to be very charismatic. In the months before the tragic incident, he had been dating a young girl.
Arthur
Not always stable, Arthur is described by those around him as “hyperactive, with a strong character: a little messy, a little talkative, a little hot-headed.” He liked to put his exploits with his friends on YouTube. On a video posted on October 21, 2010, we see him having fun spitting fire and then taking a flashback in his face! He had got into some trouble in his youth - bike theft, suspension of his driving license – but he had since committed to a project: “He was planning to leave Vendée at the end of the year. He had found a work-study diploma in Nantes. And “he was in a hurry to be financially independent.”



Thomas
Thomas, 18, was passionate about music - jazz in particular. He was enrolled in the second year of musicology at the Catholic University of the West, in Angers.
Thomas
During the week, he stayed in a room at the Saint-Aubin foyer. He played guitar, piano, and drums and practiced regularly in a group with friends. He liked to go out from time to time to the cinema or to have a drink, especially at the Snooker, a bar he frequented near the Angers train station. He participated in student evenings. At the same time, he took driving lessons to prepare for his driving test. On the sentimental level, “he had a girlfriend at the start of the year, but it didn’t last long,” observes an acquaintance. “Tom was shy, joking, always in a good mood,” they all agree. “He had a fairly pale face and fragile health.”




Anne
Anne, 16, was a pupil at Lycée La Perverie in Nantes. A musician, she practiced the piano. She played tennis on Wednesdays and loved dancing. She was invested in a parish group of high school students in Saint-Félix. On Saturdays, she used to go to mass at 6:30 p.m. and studied part of the Bible until 10:45 p.m. In 2011, she planned to travel to Madrid to participate in WYD (World Youth Days), a large gathering of young Catholics in August.

Arthur, Anne, and Thomas
A babysitter in her spare time, this beautiful young girl with sparkling eyes and a slender figure, posed from time to time for mail-order catalogs, just to make some pocket money. Her friends saluted her “humility” and her “top model physique.”



Benoît
13-year-old Benoît was enrolled in European fourth grade at La Perverie middle school in Nantes. An excellent student, he studied Latin and Greek, played several musical instruments, notably drums, and was an accomplished sportsman. He liked rollerblading. He was a choir boy at Saint-Félix church. Like his brothers, his sister, and his mother, he was a fan of the Internet and often exchanged Facebook messages.

Benoît and Anne

Thomas and Benoît

Anne and Arthur

Benoît, Anne, Thomas, Arthur in 2004
Benoît, Anne, Arthur, Thomas

Agnès, Arthur, Thomas, Anne and Benoît: these five names are now associated with the five bodies found on April 21, 2011 under the terrace of 55 boulevard Schuman.
These bodies identified by the investigators were the subject of an autopsy with numerous analyzes and samples, DNA in particular. Five days after these autopsies, on April 26, 2011, a burial permit was issued. Despite the opportunity which is given to them, no member of the family, neither on the Hodanger side nor on the Dupont de Ligonnès side, will view the bodies.
Everything was now moving very quickly, and even too fast for some observers: “In my twenty-five-year career, I have never seen such haste to issue a burial permit. For an unsolved murder, it can sometimes take several weeks,” argues a man in black dress, frankly. Accustomed to the courts and courthouses, the man is Parisian lawyer Mr. Stéphane Goldenstein.
That same day, Tuesday, April 26, a silent march in tribute to the family was organized in Nantes on the initiative of relatives. The call, relayed on social networks, is launched from the top of the Cours des Cinquante-Otages (“Path of the Fifty Hostages”) in the city center down to Boulevard Schuman. Armed with a white flower, they were 450 Nantes residents, class friends, family friends, acquaintances, and neighbors, moved and upset, paying tribute to the victims.
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According to the obituary published in Le Figaro, the Hodanger and Dupont de Ligonnès families report the “tragic death” of the mother and her four children. “The religious ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the Saint-Félix church, in Nantes,” specifies the text body, ending with: “No flowers or wreaths.”
On the day of the funeral, the crowd was large. Between 1,000 and 1,200 people crowded the church dedicated to Saint-Félix, who was bishop of Nantes in the sixth century. The ceremony was placed under high police protection: a special security detail was deployed throughout the neighborhood and traffic was prohibited on all adjacent streets for the whole day.
Radio, TV, and print media people from all over France covered the event, “parked” in a more distant area. At the request of the family, which issued a press release calling on the media to “respect their pain and that of their loved ones,” journalists were not allowed to enter the church. A speaker was erected to broadcast mass to those outside.
In the freezing silence, the victims’ coffins arrived at the end of the morning in five black mortuary vans.
At 2:30 p.m., the emotion invaded the whole country and even throughout Europe, since Spanish, Italian, and Swiss journalists are present. The death knell rings. Classmates from Arthur, Thomas, Anne, and Benoît have a white rose in their hands.
Shortly before the ceremony, the family of the victims, grouped aboard a bus, is greeted by Father Jozan at the entrance to the church.
Mass begins with poignant testimonies from family members: “Do not be afraid. Believe in the strength of life and love [...]. Do not hate. The life of others does not belong to anyone.” Then classmates of the four children give their eulogies - in sorrow and pain. “How much laughter, tears, shared responsibility,” a girlfriend of Anne recalls through tears.
The crowd included the mayor of Nantes, Jean-Marc Yrault. The religious service, which the family wanted traditional and short, was punctuated with songs. Musician friends of Angers played in memory of their friend, Thomas. Then came the blessing of the bodies, to which the hundreds of people who have been unable to enter the church are invited.
At the end of the ceremony, the funeral convoy takes the direction of the Nantes crematorium, where the bodies are cremated before the burial of the funeral urns, organized two days later in Noyers-sur-Serein in the Yonne.
In this medieval village, a new religious office is organized by the Hodanger family. The Journal of Saône-et-Loire detailed the event: “The uncle of Agnès Dupont de Ligonnès is the only speaker, speaking alone on behalf of the shaken family to the two hundred people present this Saturday morning in the church of Noyers-sur-Serein. His voice quivering and weakened by emotion, he received the support of Guillaume, the brother of Agnès. The farewell mass to the five victims of the Nantes massacre continued with a walking procession.” The family was in awfully bad shape. They were experiencing sadness at the height of the pain. “We have lost all reasoning. We are broken,” says Étienne Hodanger, refusing to speak about the investigation.
The village, united around this well-known family, was in shock. The links woven by the Hodanger family in this charming town date back to the beginning of the 20th century when Agnès’ grandfather, Hamza Abbas, medical practitioner of Egyptian origin, renowned in Cairo (he was the personal doctor of the royal family), invested there for his retirement. He bought a property, which all his descendants then took advantage of.
When she came to Noyers, one month each summer, Agnès, always accompanied by her children, stayed with her cousin and two of her brothers who lived there. The husband, Xavier, joins them, but never stays very long. Among the community, they keep the memories of the young people “who went to swim and go boating on the Serein with other teenagers.” It was the enchanted time of their summer break. It was a time to relax in this haven of peace. There, they shared the small joys of village life: a bike ride, a walk, a picnic, large lively dinner tables, a drink at the local café.” Many sweet images are shared by the people present at the funeral, those who accompany the funeral urns of Agnès, Anne, Arthur, Thomas, and Benoît, who now rest in the family vault of the Noyers cemetery - a place of remembrance still visited today. Each year, people from all across France come and meditate there. The emotion is still there - lively and tenacious.

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2020.08.07 22:00 SeinfeldVirus The Virus: Jerry dates a nose-exposer, George lies about his covid status, and David Putty says 'all lives matter.' FULL EPISODE BELOW

SEINFELD - “THE VIRUS” AN ORIGINAL SPEC SCRIPT
By: David Gill
8/1/2020
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SCENE 1 INT. JERRY’S APARTMENT - DAY JERRY AND GEORGE ARE SEATED ON JERRY’S COUCH
Jerry: You met a woman on Tinder?
George: Had to happen eventually.
Jerry: So, you swipe her, she swipes you?
George: That's generally the way it works, yes.
Jerry: How soon after the lockdown do you two plan on going out?
George: We're going out tonight.
Jerry: YOU'RE GOING OUT TONIGHT? What are you, crazy? Doesn't
she care that there's a worldwide pandemic?
George: Well, it's not really worldwide anymore, and... she
already had it.
Jerry: What do you mean she already had it?
George: She had it - got over it.
Jerry: She got over it?
George: Yeah, but she said it was a rough couple of weeks. She's
got antibodies and everything.
Jerry: But what about you? You don't have any antibodies. Isn't
she worried about you?
George: I, uh [scratches head] told her I had it.
Jerry: YOU DID WHAT?
George: I told her I had it in March and that I was
asymptomatic.
Jerry: Oh you're symptomatic alright!
George: It's just that she's so pretty and she swiped on me,
Jerry. Nobody pretty ever swipes on me. It's just my luck, a
beautiful woman swipes on me and we're in the middle of a
pandemic.
Jerry: You're crazy! You're gonna get yourself killed!
George: No, there's like a 99.7 percent survival rate. I take a
bigger risk every time I cross the street.
Jerry: But what about your parents? If you give it to them,
it'll kill ‘em.
George: That gives me an idea!
Jerry: You’re going to kill your parents?
George: NO, I’M NOT GOING TO KILL MY PARENTS! intentionally. The
Yankees just announced that anybody who tests positive gets six
weeks off. Paid leave, Jerry! Whether they have symptoms or not.
Steinbrenner is so freaked out about the covid he doesn’t want
anyone who tests positive setting foot in Yankee Stadium.
Jerry: Let me see if I have this straight: you are willing to
expose yourself to the single greatest public health threat in
modern American history... just so that you can get some time off?
George: And maybe some sex.
Kramer [enters]: who’s having sex?
Jerry: NOBODY is having sex!
George [to Jerry]: I still don’t think you should have let him
in the pod.
Kramer: Of course I’m in the pod. I live across the hall.
George: Well it makes me very uncomfortable. Nobody knows what
it is you... do. You’re probably not following the protocols.
Kramer: I’m washing my hands. I have hand sanitizer. See?[Kramer
pulls out sanitizer, attempts to squirt it on his hands, squirts
his eye, reaches up to cover his eye, squirts sanitizer on the
floor, reaches for a towel, and falls to the ground] [from the
floor, whimpering] I’m listening to the CDC!
Jerry [to Kramer still on the floor]: Even after the whole pig
man coverup? Listen, you going to the protest?
Kramer[standing up]: I don’t think so.
Jerry: You don’t think so? Why not?
Kramer: That’s just what they want you to do. Go to the protest.
So they can capture your identity with facial recognition — then
you’re in the system, Jerry.
Jerry: What system?
Kramer: THE system. Jerry, once you’re in there, they got you.
Jerry: They got you how?
Kramer: Well, you’re in the system.
Jerry: I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT SYSTEM!
Kramer: That’s how they want it.
Jerry: Who’s ‘they’?
Kramer (chuckling): Don’t be naive, buddy, “They” are.
Jerry: Well I’m going.
Kramer: You’re going to the protest? [laughs] You?
Jerry: Yeah, me, what about me?
Kramer: Jerry, those pigs are gonna eat you alive!
Jerry: Oh come on, Kramer, it won’t be that bad. This is
America.
[The two exchange a look]
Jerry: Maybe I better borrow that motorcycle helmet you conned
out of Newman.
Kramer: Now wait a minute. I’ve never seen you go to a protest
before. You hate crowds.
Jerry: Well it’s just Trump, he makes me so mad!
Kramer: That’s not it.
Jerry: That is it! I mean come on ‘person, woman, man, camera,
tv!’ And he’s such a phoney baloney.
Kramer: No, no, no. You don’t care about politics. There’s a
woman in this. Out with it, Mochungus. What’s the young lady’s
name?
Jerry: What’s in a name? I didn’t know your name for years,
Cosmo!
Kramer: C’mon, out with it.
George: Now I want to know too.
Jerry ...It’s Karen, ok?! Are you happy now?
Kramer [laughing]: Does she want to speak to the manager?
Jerry: NO SHE DOESN’T WANT TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER!
George: What’s her story?
Jerry: I met her on Nextdoor. We both hate the same person who
never cleans up after their dog when it goes to the bathroom by
that tree out front.
George: The tree that smells like pee?
Jerry: No, one down from the pee tree. The tree with the hedge
around it.
Kramer: Did you just say the dog goes to the bathroom?
Jerry: I did. I find the whole process repulsive. Most of the
dog walkers clean up after their dogs, but there’s this one
person, they never clean it up. I mean there’s a new one there
everyday. And here’s the thing, nobody’s ever seen them.
George: How do you know it’s the same dog?
Jerry: She’s been taking pictures.
George: Who’s been taking pictures?
Jerry: The woman on Nextdoor, Karen. She takes pictures of them,
each day, like a record, and they’re all the same.
George: They’re all the same?
Jerry: I wouldn’t imagine they’re identical. Frankly, I have no
interest in viewing the evidence. But I’ll tell you she makes a
convincing case that they all come from the same dog.
George: A convincing case based on pictures you haven’t even
looked at?
Jerry: Well, she possesses other, physical attributes, that have
been reported to have influenced men’s decision making processes
in the past.
Kramer: A ghost pooper.
Jerry: Not a ghost pooper Kramer, this person is an agent of
fecal disorder. A person so callous and deranged that they’ve
lost even the basic decency required to clean up their dog’s
excrement, undermining the very social contract that undergirds
our society.
Kramer: Oh, it undergirds it?
Jerry: Yes, it undergirds it.
George: Yeah, you’re going to a protest to impress a woman who
takes pictures of dog turds, and I have a problem!
Jerry [to Kramer]: Can you just get me the helmet?
SCENE 2
EXTERIOR CAFE - DAY
JERRY AND KAREN SEATED AT AN OUTDOOR CAFE, MASKED. KAREN’S NOSE IS EXPOSED.
Karen [to the waitress]: I’d like to speak to the manager.
Jerry [looking pained]: So we’re going to the protest on Friday?
Karen: Absolutely.
The manager [a white woman, approaches the table]: What seems to
be the problem?
Karen: I’m sorry to bother you, but I just noticed that more
than half your waitresses are black.
Manager: I’m sorry?
Karen: Your staff, they’re too diverse.
Manager: Too diverse?
Karen: Too diverse. Statistically speaking white people make up
roughly half the population, but more than half of your staff
today appear to be people of color.
Manager[exasperated]: I’ll see what I can do.
Jerry’s inner voice: Who is this awful woman, and why am I so
attracted to her?
SCENE 3
EXTERIOR DIFFERENT CAFE - DAY
GEORGE AND MARLENE ARE SEATED AT AN OUTDOOR TABLE. NO MASKS.
Manager [standing at the table]: I’m sorry we require all of our
customers to wear masks.
Marlene: I have a medical exemption [reaches for purse] you see
I had the Coronavirus. It was terrible. I almost died.
George: Me too.
Manager: Oh I’m so sorry. That’s ok. I don’t need to see
anything. I’ll bring you both some nice, warm tea. On the house.
George: On the house. Wow.
Marlene: That’s so nice of you. [to George] Once they find out I
had it, everyone treats me so nicely. It’s like I’ve made some
great sacrifice or something. But you know about that, right?
George: I always wanted to make a sacrifice. But of course you
have to actually have something before you can give it up.
[snorts, then grows serious] I feel like, because I was
asymptomatic, it wouldn’t be right to flaunt my encounter. I try
not to mention it to people.
Marlene: That’s very big of you. The other day I got a free meal
at Mendy’s after the manager heard about my ordeal.
George: A free meal at Mendy’s? That’s amazing! [He leans in]
Marlene [coughing into elbow]: I’m sorry.
George [leaning in further]: That’s ok.
SCENE 4
EXTERIOR CAFE - DAY
JERRY AND KAREN ARE PACKING UP AND PREPARING TO LEAVE THEIR TABLE
Jerry: I just think it’s a little bit much to ask the manager
over to the table to complain that there aren’t enough white
people working here.
Karen: Jerry, I’m only being fair.
Jerry’s inner voice: I hate this woman.
Jerry [watching the woman get up from the table, when she turns
to him, he smiles]: Your mask... it’s [gestures] your nose, it’s
showing.
Karen: Oh, of course. [pulls up mask - turns away for a moment -
when she turns back, her nose is again exposed]
SCENE 5
EXTERIOR DIFFERENT CAFE - DAY
GEORGE AND MARLENE STILL SEATED AT TABLE
Marlene: So I had a fever of 104. I was literally hallucinating.
I thought my grandma was going to climb out of my remote control
and murder me. And the headache. You wouldn’t believe the
headache. It was like my head was being crushed in a vice.
George [pulling away a little]: What’d that last, a couple of
days?
Woman: Two weeks of the worst agony you can imagine. I wished I
was dead.
George: I’ve wished I was dead.
Woman: No, for real. And the vomiting.
George: Vomiting?
Woman: I never thought it would end. And now I’ve got nerve
damage.
George [pulling back further]: Nerve damage?
Woman: The doctors, they just don’t know. But what about you?
What’s your prognosis?
George: My prognosis? Good prognosis, really good prognosis.
It’s almost not even a prognosis, it’s so good. A “prognosis,”
that’s something for sick people. What I got is better than a
prognosis.
Woman: So you’re ok?
George: Better than ok.
SCENE 6
INT. JERRY’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
ZOOM CALL: JERRY AND KRAMER IN JERRY’S APARTMENT, ELAINE AND GEORGE ARE SEEN ON THEIR LAPTOP SCREEN
Jerry: David Putty said ‘all lives matter?
Elaine: Yep.
Jerry: No!
Elaine: Yessiree bob.
Jerry: Surely he must’ve been joking.
Elaine: Oh no, get this, he said (imitates Putty) ‘Of course all
lives matter, what’s so controversial about that? I don’t care
if you’re white, brown, black, or purple. I love everybody.’
Kramer: He sounds nice. What’s the matter with that?
Elaine: It’s idiotic Kramer! THERE ARE NO PURPLE PEOPLE!
Kramer: My friend Bob Sacamano’s uncle was purple. He ate a bad
rutabaga when he was a kid. He was like a smurf.
George: Weren’t smurfs blue?
Jerry, Elaine, Kramer: SHUT UP GEORGE!
Jerry: So what did you do?
Elaine: I changed the subject. I didn’t want to get into a whole
thing. It’s not like he said ‘no lives matter.’ What’s the big
deal?
Jerry: What’s the big deal? You’re dating someone who refuses to
acknowledge systemic racism. That’s the big deal. I bet he
listens to Joe Rogan. Does he listen to Joe Rogan, Elaine?
Elaine: Maybe a little. He says he likes the drug stuff.
Jerry: And?
Elaine: ...and the Musk interviews.
Jerry: See! You’re just a tweak away from dating Ben Shapiro!
For god sakes, Elaine, he doesn’t watch Fox, does he?
Elaine: You don’t suppose... he wants to...
Jerry: Make America great again?
Elaine [shuddering]: Why do you care so much?
Jerry: Who says I care? I don’t care.
Elaine: It sure seems like you care. What about your date? What
are Karen’s political beliefs?
Jerry: I don’t know. We didn’t get into politics.
Elaine: OK, well, I gotta go.
[Jerry and Kramer remain on Jerry’s couch]
Kramer: Are you gonna see her again?
Jerry: I don’t know. She’s driving me crazy. She’s a nose
exposer.
Kramer: A nose exposer?
Jerry: A nose exposer! She exposes her nose. She’s got the mask,
she’s wearing the mask, but there’s the nose, peeking out.
Kramer: Peeking out?
Jerry: Yes, peeking out, hello, it’s like a nasal burlesque
show.
Kramer: So you don’t like her nose?
Jerry: Fine nose, great nose, really a very nice nose, BUT I
DON’T WANT TO SEE IT. Not now. Maybe when the infection rate
goes down.
Kramer: But Jerry, that nose is forbidden fruit! This woman is
teasing you with the greatest sensual tool at her command, and
you’re gonna refuse that?
Jerry: Kramer, you know how I feel about mucus! But this woman
is so attractive I can’t even think straight. Get this, she
noticed that less than half the waitresses at the restaurant
were white and she... she...
Kramer: She what?
Jerry: Oh, nevermind.
Kramer: She noticed less than half the waitresses there were
white and she what, Jerry?
Jerry [mumbling]: she might have asked for the manager.
Kramer: She asked to speak to the manager?!
Jerry: She may have, yes. So what? You know that isn’t a very
nice stereotype.
Kramer: Jerry, listen to me very carefully. You are messing with
the forces of nature. Cut your losses and get out. Do you
remember, three years ago_
Jerry: I think so.
Kramer: Do you remember the woman I met at the ceramics
workshop... Whose name was...
Jerry: Karen! Hey didn’t she key your car?
Kramer: She did more than that. She keyed my heart, Jerry. She
dragged that jagged key through my entire life. I had to change
my phone number because of her, twice. My mother had to change
her phone number! [Pauses] You know by focusing on race, your
Karen’s really missing the bigger picture. I mean it doesn’t
matter who works there. They all have the value of their labor
stolen by the owner, who’s probably chomping on a cigar in the
back room, laughing at them.
Jerry: Have you been watching Left Tube again?
Kramer: Jerry, it all boils down to simple class warfare. The
proletariat are being stepped on.
Jerry: You don’t even know who the proletariat are, do you?
Kramer: They’re the workers. Like us.
Jerry: You haven’t had a job in thirty years!
Kramer: Jerry, don’t let your bourgeoisie entitlement blind you
to the systematic oppression of the capitalist machinery. You
may get up on your little stage and make your little jokes. But
out there, it’s like...
Jerry: A jungle?
Kramer: Yeah. You know you better give me Karen’s Twitter.
Jerry: You’re not gonna slide into her DM’s are you?
Kramer: No, I’m not gonna slide into her DM’s. I’m just gonna
make a little video and tag her to make sure she watches it.
What’s Putty’s Twitter? I’ll tag him too.
SCENE 7
MONTAGE OF PUTTY AND KAREN’S APARTMENTS - NIGHT
PUTTY AND KAREN IN THEIR OWN APARTMENTS, CLICKING ON KRAMER’S VIDEO.
Karen [reading a youtube video title]: “Karl Marx and Baseball”?
Putty clicks on the link and sits back, eating popcorn
robotically. Kramer appears on their screens, a cheap backdrop
displays a series of sensationally anti-capitalist images:
pollution, factory workers, miners, cubicle slaves. Severe
Soviet music segues into the crack of the bat and Kramer appears
in Left Tube garb]
Kramer: Did you know Karl Marx hated baseball? [Reaction shot:
Karen and Putty look shocked and confused] That’s right.
America’s pastime. ‘That’s crazy,’ you’re probably saying to
yourself. I mean did they even have baseball way back...
whenever Karl Marx was... born? But they did, and when Karl Marx
was a kid, he played baseball with the other kids in the
neighborhood. In... wherever he grew up. But that’s not the point.
The point is that Karl Marx was always the last one picked on a
team... [Putty is shown taking notes, Karen is clearly unswayed]
SCENE 8
JERRY’S APARTMENT - DAY
JERRY AND GEORGE SEATED ON JERRY’S COUCH
Jerry: So you like her?
George: I’m scared to death of her. I don’t know what I was
thinking Jerry! I sat right next to her. Now I could have it.
She coughed Jerry!
Jerry: I told you you were crazy.
George: Give me something to smell.
Jerry: What do you mean, something to smell?
George: I need something to smell. I can’t smell anything.
Jerry [goes to cupboard and opens it]: I have triscuits. Do
triscuits have a smell?
George [grabs the box of triscuits from Jerry and rips it open]:
I think triscuits have a smell! [George puts his nose deep into
the box]
Jerry: Well?
George: I can’t smell anything! You better smell, maybe
triscuits don’t have a smell. [shoves box towards Jerry]
Jerry: Oh no! I’m not putting my face anywhere near that
cardboard deathtrap after your maskless romp through the TB ward
with Typhoid Mary last night!
George: Then give me something else to smell.
Jerry: You know you really ought to be self-isolating.
George: I thought about it, but I interact with so few people I
didn’t think it would really make a difference.
Jerry: What about me? You might infect me.
George: You? Psshhh. You’d be fine.
Jerry: You don’t know that, George.
George: You could’ve been infected by the nose exposer. I have
viral deniability.
Jerry: Viral deniability?
George: Yeah, viral deniability. You could've gotten it from
her. You don’t know it was me. SCENE 9
ELAINE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
ELAINE AND PUTTY ARE SEATED ON ELAINE’S COUCH
Putty: It’s systemic oppression, babe.
Elaine: Yeah, David, I get that, but, I’m STARVING! I just want
to order some food. Can we get GrubHub now?
Putty: You know they exploit their workers, right?
Elaine: Yes, David, I know. Everything is exploitation. It’s a
wonder people even get up in the morning. CAN WE ORDER SOME FOOD
NOW?
Putty: Sure, babe, as long as it’s vegan.
Elaine: Since when are you vegan?
Putty: Since today. Kramer’s video really opened my eyes. You
think those farm animals want their babies stolen? [Elaine looks
confused] Capitalism is the virus, Elaine. It’s all about our
bottom line. Because we’re dead inside.
Elaine [reaching for the remote and turning on the TV]: Ooh it’s
time for Ari Melber.
Putty: Ari Melber is a pig Elaine, a capitalist pig!
Elaine: Well then we better not try to steal his babies... The
Indian place on the corner is vegan. Go grab us something from
there. Then you’re the only one getting exploited.
SCENE 10
JERRY’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
JERRY AND KRAMER SEATED ON JERRY’S COUCH, ELAINE ON SCREEN IN
ZOOM MEETING
Elaine: I couldn’t listen to him anymore. He is driving me
crazy. He’s like... a Young Turk!
Kramer: What’s wrong with that?
Elaine: What’s wrong with that? He’s too far left!
Kramer: Too far left?
Elaine: Way too far left! He’s like.. like.. Jimmy Dore!
Kramer: Jimmy Dore is a moderate, Elaine.
Elaine: I just wanted him to stop saying ‘all lives matter.’ I
didn’t want Leon Trotsky reminding me of every little incident
of exploitation. I wanted an Ari Melber, Kramer. Not Bill Ayers.
Kramer: Typical liberal. You think you can pay lip service to
progressive ideas while you fritter away your life blissfully
unaware of the struggle. You know you both make me sick.
Jerry: What did I do?
Kramer: You sit up here with your button-down, plastic fantastic
lifestyle. You only go to a protest to impress some girl taking
pictures of dog turds on Nextdoor! Look at you, you're NIMBYs!
Why don't you just move to the suburbs already!
Jerry: I am not a NIMBY. I don't even have a backyard!
SCENE 11
JERRY’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
JERRY AND GEORGE ARE SEATED ON JERRY’S COUCH
George: Well now I gotta get tested!
Jerry: You went on a date with a disease vector, what did you
expect would happen?
George: I didn’t think it through. You know I’ve never once in
my life thought something through. Now they’re going to put that
big q-tip up my nose. You know I can’t handle that! It’s right
next to the brain, Jerry. What if I sneeze, right when it’s in
there? That could kill you. Has that killed anyone?
Jerry: Relax, no one has died from sneezing while the big q-tip
was in their nose.
George: Well I don’t think I can do it. Sit in that line of
cars. It’s like the White Castle drive through at two a.m. on a
Saturday night.
Jerry: Sunday morning.
George: Whatever! But there’s nothing to look forward to. You
wait and wait to get to the front of the line and they come at
you all garbed up like those evil scientists in “E.T.” And then
WHAM, up the nose...
Jerry: With a rubber hose. But you gotta do it. Listen, if it
scares you so much, I’ll go with you. You know I’m taking a big
risk letting you stay in the pod.
George: You’re kicking me out of the pod now?
Jerry: Where’s your hand sanitizer?
George [reaches for the sanitizer]: I left it at home.
Jerry: You don’t have your hand sanitizer, you’re out there
dating maskless in the middle of the pandemic. Are you going to
see her again?
George: We’re supposed to go for a walk later. You know she
lives right around the corner from here. What about you? Are you
going to see Karen again?
Jerry: I don’t know. This woman is driving me crazy. She’s so
attractive physically, and yet so unattractive in every other
way.
George: We should double date.
Jerry: Double date, during a pandemic? Is that a good idea?
George: No, see, we get tested together, we make sure they get
tested. If we’re all negative, we can form a new pod, like
Biosphere 2.
Jerry: Right, because locking ourselves into romantic
commitments has worked out so well for us in the past.
SCENE 12
ELAINE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
PUTTY AND ELAINE ARE IN HER APARTMENT EATING INDIAN FOOD IN THE
LIVING ROOM
Putty: Food is good. Why do all the colonized countries have the
best food? Did we choose which countries to colonize based on
who had the best food?
Elaine: Well it’s a mystery for the ages. Got any plans this
weekend? Maybe we could Netflix... and chill.
Putty: Sure babe. But I’m going to Central Park on Saturday.
Elaine: Central Park on Saturday, why?
Putty: To protest team picking?
Elaine: What?
Putty: Picking teams. It’s not fair. Just cause you’re the best
player, you get picked first? If you stink, you get picked last?
How does that help your confidence?
Elaine: I don’t suppose it does. But doesn’t that seem like a
funny thing to protest? I mean there are bigger problems in the
world.
Putty: It’s a plenty big problem. Capitalism makes everything
into a competition.
Elaine: Baseball IS a COMPETITION, David.
Putty: Yeah, but it doesn't have to be.
Elaine: You got a better idea?
Putty: Yeah, maybe an adult could divide the kids into teams of
equal skill.
Elaine: That’s failed everywhere it’s ever been tried!
Putty: Those weren’t real tries, Elaine! That was just a bunch
of parents bossing their kids around.
Elaine: That’s what you’re proposing! Parents telling kids which
team they’re on.
Putty: I’m saying the parents can look at the kids’ abilities
and put them on the team that needs them the most.
Elaine: It’ll never work.
Putty: It will so work.
Elaine: Just look at Venezuela.
Putty: Venezuela has some of the best baseball players in the
world!
Elaine: Are we talking baseball or politics?
Putty: I don’t even know anymore. Forget this, I’m out of here!
SCENE 13
JERRY’S APARTMENT - DAY
JERRY AND GEORGE ARE SEATED ON JERRY’S COUCH
George: My phone just buzzed. It’s the results. It has to be. I
shut off all my other notifications.
Jerry: What about Tinder?
George: I left that one on. Just in case.
Jerry: Oh, my phone is buzzing too!
[They both reach for their phones]
George: Ok, let’s look together.
Jerry: Alright, we’ll put our finger on the notification in
3-2-1.
[They press their phones]
George: Wait wait, I didn’t put my thumb on the thing!
Jerry: Hurry up. It’s opening... opening.
George: Ok I’m there too.
Jerry [stabbing at his phone with his finger]: Test results!
Circle spinning circle spinning circle spinning...
Jerry: Negative - yes! Georgie Boy, what’d you get?!
George [despondent]: Negative.
Jerry: Alright, that’s great news!
George: Yeah, great news.
Jerry: What? You’re upset that you don’t have it now? You were
scared to death! You thought it was going to kill you.
George: I guess I just hoped that somewhere along the way I had
caught it. Why can’t I be an asymptomatic carrier? Couldn’t I
get lucky just this one time?
Jerry: You are lucky, George. You avoided catching a deadly
disease. Even after you purposefully set out to contract it.
George: Let’s text the girls, maybe they got their test results
back too.
Jerry: Just promise me you’ll wear a mask this time.
George: Sure, but what kind?
Jerry: How about one of those disposable surgical masks? Simple,
clean, shows you care but that you’re not vain about it.
George: No, no good. I don’t like the way those feel, and my
glasses always fog up.
Jerry: Did you try the trick?
George: What trick?
Jerry: The glasses trick. It’s on a YouTube video or something.
It was in my feed.
George: Well? What’s the trick?
Jerry: Oh, I don’t know. I don’t wear glasses.
George: Thanks a lot.
Jerry: I figured it’d be in your feed too. I mean you wear
glasses.
George: Well you could’ve tagged me.
Jerry: No, I don’t like tagging people.
George: Why not?
Jerry: I don’t know. I feel like I’m pointing. ‘Look at this!’
‘Look at that!’ I don’t want to be demanding. I hate when people
tag me.
George: It’s true. The only thing worse is the mention.
Jerry: Hate the mention.
George: I mean you have to click on it immediately.
Jerry: Nobody likes to be mentioned. If someone came up to you
and said, ‘oh, your name was mentioned at dinner last night’ how
would you feel?
George: Not good.
Jerry: You’d be scared out of your mind!
George: You could’ve sent me the link.
Jerry: I know, but the link was on Facebook, and our last
conversation was on Instagram, and I didn’t want to switch
because we were having a good discussion about Judge Judy in
that thread.
George: Hey, do you think she really is drunk on power?
Jerry: How could she not be? But let’s keep that on Instagram.
What about a bandana?
George: A bandana?
Jerry: For your mask.
George: A bandana. Yeah, that’s what Bruce Springsteen would
wear, right? I always thought he was cool. [Pauses] But if I
wear a hat and sunglasses, with the bandana I’ll look like the
invisible man. That’s no good.
Jerry: No, it’s not.
George: What about a homemade mask?
Jerry: You mean one you make for yourself?
George: No, like one that a loved one makes for me.
Jerry: Do you have any loved ones? What about your mother? Could
she make you one?
George: My mother doesn’t sew.
Jerry: OK, well, where could you get one?
George: I could buy one.
Jerry: You want to buy a mask that looks like it was made for
you by someone who loves you?
George: Yeah.
Jerry: George, we’re going out with them in 48 hours.
George: I could order it from Amazon.
[Kramer bursts through the door]
Kramer: You’re not ordering anything from Amazon!
George: Kramer, I have to. If I don’t get a homemade looking
mask in the next 48 hours I’ll lose all credibility with a
beautiful woman.
Kramer: Listen to yourself! You’re a tool, George. A perfectly
functioning cog in the machine.
George: Is it so bad to be a cog, Kramer?
Jerry: A cog Kramer?
George: Is it? What’s so bad about it? All my life I’ve been
trying to fit in. What if I am a cog? At least I’m doing
something.
Kramer [leans into George]: You’re lining the pockets of the
wealthiest man on Earth. You’re taking money from the struggling
mom and pop mask shops right here in this neighborhood. You’re
denying basic dignity and workplace rights to his employees, all
for the sake of your precious convenience, George.
George: Well when you put it like that it sounds terrible.
Kramer: How else can it be [makes popping sound] put?
George: I don’t know. Lots of ways... Alright. Fine. I’ll try to
find a mask at one of the shops around here.
SCENE 14
EXTERNAL CENTRAL PARK BASEBALL DIAMONDS - DAY
LITTLE LEAGUE GAME. EVERYONE MASKED. PUTTY TALKING TO DADS AND COACH.
Putty: I’m surprised you’re playing during the pandemic.
Coach: We didn’t want to, but some woman threatened to sue the
league if we didn’t. Oh sh#t! Here she comes!
[Karen approaches, nose exposed]
Karen [to Putty]: Excuse me, what are you doing?
Putty: Excuse me, I’m talking to these folks about picking
teams.
Karen: What about it?
Putty: It’s not fair.
Karen: You’re just mad because Karl Marx was always the last one
picked!
Putty: Where’d you hear that?
Karen: From some stupid internet video.
Putty: That video was so not stupid!
[Karen and Putty proceed to get into a heated debate]
SCENE 15
EXT. CENTRAL PARK WALKING PATH - DAY JERRY AND GEORGE MEET UP IN THE PARK. GEORGE IS WEARING A ROLLING STONES FACEMASK EMBLAZONED WITH LIPS AND TONGUE LOGO. HE LOOKS RIDICULOUS. JERRY IS WEARING A DISPOSABLE SURGICAL MASK. Jerry and George meet up in the park. George is wearing a Rolling Stones facemask emblazoned with lips and tongue. He looks ridiculous. Jerry has a disposable surgical mask.] Jerry [motioning to the facemask]: What the hell is that?
George [muffled]: It was the last mask they had.
Jerry: What?
George [pulling mask down]: It was the last one they had!
Jerry [laughing]: You look ridiculous!
[Karen walks up, slightly disheveled]
Jerry: Hey, what happened to you?
Karen: I owned a lib. [Jerry looks confused]
Jerry: I missed you yesterday at the protest. Where were you?
Karen: I was there. Where were you?
Jerry: I was on the north side of city hall.
Karen: Oh, I was on the west side of city hall.
Jerry: The west side? But that was where the Trump rally...
[Marlene walks up with her dog]
George: Hi! This is Jerry.
Jerry: Hi. This is Karen.
[after an odd moment everybody nods rather than shaking hands]
Jerry [to Marlene]: What’s your dog’s name?
Marlene: This is Charlie! He’s a good boy.
[Charlie wanders away from the group]
Karen [to Jerry]: So wait, you were with the protesters?
Jerry: And when you said you were going to the protest, that
meant that you were going to the COUNTER protest?!
[Both Karen and Jerry shudder]
George: Um, your dog is looking for a place to do his business.
Did you bring a bag or something?
Marlene: Oh no, I never bring a bag anymore. When I was
suffering from covid the smell made me nauseous.
Karen [watching the dog, her face dawning with recognition]: I
know that dog! You! It’s you! It was you all along. And I have
the proof! [She looks around the park desperately, and runs down
a park ranger] Excuse me, sir! I’d like to speak to the manager
of the park!
CREDITS ROLL
SCENE 16 - FINAL (CREDITS ROLLING)
INT. JERRY’S APARTMENT - DAY
JERRY AND KRAMER ARE SEATED ON JERRY’S COUCH. GEORGE AND ELAINE APPEAR ON THE LAPTOP SCREEN VIA ZOOM CALL
Elaine: So what happened?
Jerry: Well, when the police showed up, Karen was screaming
about the dog turds, just going out of her mind. Turns out she
fits the description of someone who assaulted a guy over by the
baseball diamonds a half an hour earlier. So they hauled her
away.
Elaine: GET OUT! That was Putty over by the baseball diamonds!
He said some crazy Karen attacked him. He had to get six
stitches. So he bought a gun, drank a six pack, and explained to
me why Jordan Peterson thinks I should clean my room for two
hours.
George: Karen assaulted Putty?! Over what?
Elaine: He said he was going over there to protest team picking.
Jerry: Team picking?
[Jerry and Elaine stare at Kramer]
Kramer [looks uncomfortable]: It’s inherently unfair. It’s why
Karl Marx hated baseball.
END OF EPISODE
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