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I am 24 years old make $90,000, live in Boston, Massachusetts and work as a full stacks developer

2020.09.23 15:43 Darkchurchhill I am 24 years old make $90,000, live in Boston, Massachusetts and work as a full stacks developer

*mental health, drugs, body image and food discussed\*
Background: Hi, I am 24 years old and make $90,000, live in the Boston area (Cambridge/Somerville). I work as a full stacks developer and have a BS in computer science. Currently, I live with two housemates in a cute townhome apartment in a nice walkable neighborhood with lots of parks, restaurants, and amenities. I originally moved here from LA on a whim late last September despite not knowing anyone or having a place to call home. I was living with my parents after university and working in a job environment I hated. I was really depressed and overspent on clothes, beauty products, and going out like crazy to cope. Moving to Boston allowed me to feel in control of my life, and as of today, it’s been officially a year, which is crazy. I decided to put one up today to celebrate. I’ve always wanted to do a money diary, but was ashamed to do so when I felt like a mess.
Section One: Assets and Debt
Section Two: Income
Section Three: Expenses
Wednesday 16th
7:00am: The sun wakes me. I was hoping to sleep in more since I redownloaded tinder last night and stayed up till like 3am swiping and contemplating if this was the wrong decision for my mental and physical health. One of my matches messaged me to come over. I haven’t gotten laid since before the pandemic lockdown started. The sexual frustration has been real. I entertain the thought, but don’t reply back.
11:30am: On a zoom meeting with my boss, she asks us if we would like to start coming back twice a week to meet in person in October. I feel unsure about this, as I am still sketched out by public transit, but everything is still up in the air.
12:30pm: I eat leftover fried rice for lunch I made. I say fried rice but it mostly consists of vegetables. I still feel hungry afterwards, but I guess if I was going to be dating again I should lose some more weight so I can feel hot on my virtual zoom calls or wherever people do nowadays.
4:00pm: The work day is over early today. I hit up the guy on tinder who wanted to hook up. We make arrangements for him to slide through later this evening. He offers to come over to my place instead because he had something to do in Cambridge first anyways, and offers to bring drinks. We exchanged instagrams. I’m a little sussed out because he looks like the type who is really into themselves (like really into archival fashion RickOwens/Celine/YSL and has tons of edgy selfies). Whatever it’s just sex. I tell him it’s fine and that I have both wine and weed, and he sends me a little devil emoji.
5:00pm: I take the time to clean my room and make myself look presentable before planting myself onto the couch. I actually have no idea when he’s going to come, but I don’t want to message him again because if he doesn’t come through I want the satisfaction of him thinking I couldn’t care less. It’s toxic, I know, but in my lifetime I’ve been treated so badly by people I’ve given my heart to that sometimes I feel like my pride is the only thing I have left. Anyways, I wait by listening to female dating empowerment podcasts, hoping that some of the hosts’ confidence would rub off onto me.
7:00pm: I open a bottle of wine in anticipation and pour myself a glass.
10:00pm: No word from him, I guess I got stood up. Wow, only one day in and I’m already getting the full tinder experience. No surprises here though. I'm an adult. I can handle disappointment. I’m just really drunk now and alone.
11:00pm: Moody vinyls are now being played. I’m on the phone with friends, and three-fourths of my bottle of wine is gone. I check instagram only to see that the little weasel has unfollowed me so naturally I unfollowed him. I open tinder to unmatch him, but as I am doing so, his profile disappears. The prick beat me to it, and the petty side of me is annoyed. I think I’m just going to pass out. Honestly, I don’t hate this. The side of me who hates courting people has now overtaken my sex drive (the way it should be), and all forces are back to equilibrium. I’m only upset at how good of a job I did making myself look hot when there is no one here to appreciate it. The wine puts a spell on me, and I fall asleep to the muffled voice of my housemate calling his long distance girlfriend from the floor above me.
Total spent-$0
Thursday 17th
5:00am: I wake up and feel lots of shame. I swipe a bit, but there is no one I’m attracted to. It shouldn’t be this hard to get laid. I delete tinder from my phone. Ooof I’m glad my moment of weakness was short lived this time. I’m sorry y’all has to lay witness this to this dumpster fire.
7:00am: I check my emails. Three days ago, I applied for a new credit card with Chase and my application still hasn’t been approved. Weird, I have a good credit score and last year when I applied for my american express it took like a day. I am planning on spending $500 on a new synth (I am currently lusting over the Megafm by twisted electronics), and this card has a $200 cash back for the first $500 spent in the first 3 months. I google how long this process will take. Some say it takes about a week. I can wait. Guess you guys won’t be around to share my joy of blowing all my monies on synths.
11:30am: It’s avocado toast time. I need the carbs to combat the grogginess the wine left me feeling. It doesn’t taste great because I’m pretty sure my avocados are overripe, but oh well.
12:00pm: I check my credit card statement. My mom has made a $170 grocery store order with my credit card. I get 6% cash back on groceries and she wants to help me with getting cash back. The last time I saw her she gave me a few hundred dollars in cash to cover this. I don’t mind because I needed cash to buy merch at shows and stuff, and my bank doesn’t have any branches or atms in the Boston area. It’s kind of inconvenient now because everywhere has gone cashless, but I’m sure it’ll come into use when life resumes again or if I buy something off FB marketplace. $170
5:30pm: I make more fried rice and eat dinner. I make enough for lunch tomorrow as well.
8:23pm: I watch the The Real Story of Paris Hilton, her new documentary on youtube. The main opening song is Jesus and Mary Chain's Just like Honey. I remember how much I love this song and how much I would like to actually own it. I hop onto discog and search for a copy of the LP Psychocandy and buy it. I use leftover paypal credit in my account from when I sold some clothes on depop to cover the cost. $25.19.
10:00pm: Wow, the documentary was actually pretty sad. I always felt bad for Paris because of her leaked sex tapes when she was just a teen (and how the media painted her as the villain/slut for it), but was shocked to learn how she and countless other girls was drugged and abused by their boarding schools.
2:00am: I finish catching up on work and go to bed.
Total spent-$195.19
Friday
10:00am: Shoot I overslept. I log into work asap. I missed my daily 9:00am morning stand up, but my boss is usually pretty relaxed about these things. I still feel bad about it.
12:00pm: Eat fried rice for lunch. My friend messages me if I wanted to go record shopping with him. To be honest, I’ve been avoiding unnecessary in person retail shopping and don’t want to spend anymore money on records this month, but I also know he takes rejection super personally. He's insecure and always in his head that everyone actually dislikes him. It’s probably a little true because he does act like a brat sometimes, but I think it's due to severe depression. I tell him I’ll be down and justify the outing due to the record shop being near an asian grocer I like. I need groceries anyways and haven’t been to this store since pre pandemic.
4:30pm: I log out of work. Finally, the weekend.
5:00pm I take an edible and get ready to leave my home.
6:20pm I take the T to Central and pay with my pre loaded transit card. Back in March, I loaded $20 onto it and now I’m down to $4.80. I guess I have to reload it soon again. My friend informs me he’ll be late. I’m starting to feel high so I walk around and look at all the restaurants doing outdoor dining. My favorite place in Central is only doing takeout.
7:00pm: My friend arrives. We go to the record shop. I’m really high at this point. The tight aisles of the record shop makes me nervous.
7:30pm: My friend makes some big purchases, but I leave empty handed. We head over to the Hmart across the street. It’s nice to buy asian groceries. I stock up on veggies, enoki mushrooms, frozen gyoza, tofu, and even let myself get a few snacks. $68
8:00pm: One of my friends just messages me that Ruth Bader Ginsburg just passed. Truly devastating to hear. What a crazy election year.
8:30pm: I’m home and have the munchies. I snack on some of the things I bought, but it doesn’t fill my cravings.
9:45pm: I decide that I am ordering Mickey Ds. I call my housemate downstairs and ask him if he wants anything. He laughs and says no, causing me to doubt my order. However, he encourages me to order anyways, as he wants to mooch off some of my fries. I order fries and a mcChicken, and he sticks around downstairs like a seagull. $11
10:15pm: My food arrives. I know I will regret this tomorrow.
Total spent-$79
Saturday
8:00am: I regret ordering food last night. One of my friends once said to me “There is nothing you can eat that can make you feel as good as being skinny”. I’m not sure if I can agree with him, but it’s definitely true when it comes to fast food. My stomach hurts so bad. I distract myself by watching youtube in bed.
11:00am: I finally get up and call my mom. She informs me that one of my dad’s colleges passed from Covid-19 at age 40. That is so sad. It reminds me that getting laid can wait till next year. Rip my non existing sex life-- too soon for death jokes?
1:00pm: I work out in my living room (out of guilt for last night). I’ve been doing so well eating wise for the last few weeks and actually lost some of my quarantine weight. My only vice is that I love getting high, but I have no control when it comes to having the munchies.
2:00pm: The weather is starting to change, and it’s actually getting cold. It’s so strange. As a Calfornian, this time of year is usually the hottest. I pulled out a jacket I haven’t worn in a while. I find five dollars, a purple glittery gel pen, and an almost brand new pack of cigs in the pockets. What a score. I’m a seasonal social smoker, by that I mean that I only smoke when it gets cold and usually to meet new people in smoking pits at shows so I haven't touched a cig in months. To celebrate my finds and the changing of the seasons, I smoke one and it suppresses my post workout hunger.
4:00pm: I’m just watching tiktok on the couch, while snacking a little. I feel so guilty for being unproductive, but not enough to motivate myself to do something.
5:00pm: I move my ac unit from my room to the basement. Won’t be needing that for the rest of the year.
7:00pm: I make gyoza and hang out with my housemate playing video games (the newish Catherine reboot).
Total spent-$0
Sunday
4:45am: I fell asleep on the couch last night. I drag myself to the bathroom to take out contacts and brush my teeth. I close my window, climb into my bed, and go back asleep. It’s so cold.
11:40am: I wake up and check my messages. My other housemate is finally coming home after staying with his new girlfriend at her place for the last two months. He asks us what we want from Blue Ribbon, a bbq place we always get takeout from together. The house votes on one and a half chicken, a pint of burnt ends, slab of ribs, a quart of brisket, and a side of coleslaw. We split the cost three ways. $34
2:05pm: My housemate still hasn’t come home with food, but I’m hella hungry. Apparently he ordered from the wrong location and now has to go to another to pick up the food.
2:30pm: We eat bbq and then cake. My housemate accidentally missed my other housemate’s birthday, while he was gone living with his girlfriend so he brought makeup dessert.
3:30pm: We play video games (Smash ultimate) together for a few hours.
6:00pm: Everyone retires to their room except me. I sit on the couch and waste time on tictok. It sucks to be the only person in the house without a partner to call. I like being independent and openly acknowledge that I’m emotionally unavailable, but these last few months have made me question what I really need.
8:00pm: I go back to my room to get some work done.
12:30am: I feel lonely. I fall asleep to a documentary about Candy Darling.
Total spent-$34
Monday
8:00am: Wake up. Check my emails. I ordered a skirt from a seller on Thrilling (vintage clothing site) 3 weeks ago and it still hasn’t been sent out. I’m unhappy about this. I messaged Thrilling last week and the customer service rep reached out to the seller, and the seller said they will have it out by Saturday, but USPS tracking begs to differ. The item is still in pre shipment.
10:00am: I snack on blueberries as I work.
4:30pm: I log out of work. I eat BBQ leftovers for dinner and half a cookie. I open my 3rd la croix of the day. I’m down to only having two 12 packs. Will probably have to restock next week. I have a la croix addiction and go through 3-4 a day.
5:00pm: My housemate’s girlfriend swings by with a package from an online purchase he made (the one that just came back yesterday). He goes out to the driveway to meet her and tries to convince her to come in. She refuses because she’s self conscious of her quarantine weight. Big sad for me. I have yet to meet her and I was kind of looking forward to it. I haven’t interacted with another woman irl for a really really long time, and I really miss all my girlfriends in California. My housemate tells me that she said she’ll be willing to meet us once she loses weight first. I take that as I’ll never meet her.
5:30pm: I play video games with housemates to get in my daily socialization fix.
7:00pm: I practice playing banjo.
9:30pm: I do some more work before bed. Today was a standard boring day.
Total spent- $0
Tuesday
8:30am: I’m pleased that day’s are getting shorter and the sun is no longer waking me up at 5am everyday. I sleep next to multiple windows and the glare of the sun loves to hit directly where my pillows and head lie. While dressing I put on a bodysuit that I love, but I haven’t worn since college and a pair of Tripp raver pants. I can’t believe that up until I moved to Boston, I used to dress like this. There is so much side boob. Boston has made me so much more conservative in the way I dress, and I cover up. I put on a tight cardigan and am impressed with myself. Earlier this spring, this cardigan did not look good on me. Seems like my diet is working even though I did fudge up this weekend.
12:00pm: I eat leftovers for lunch and read today’s money dairy. The writer is similar to my age, which peaks my interest (also the mention of bumble in the title). I feel lonely. I need to stop thinking about dating apps. I can’t wait until it is safe to pick up men and women under dark lighting and liquid courage again.
4:30pm: I log out of work, and begin editing my money diary entries. It’s pretty therapeutic and feels like I’m talking to a group of new friends. There are a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes. I’m dyslexic so please bear with me.
5:00pm: I stir fry leftover rice, some leftover bbq meat, egg, broccoli, baby bok choy, and edamame. Dinner is ready. One of my housemates comes downstairs and also makes dinner and eats.
5:30pm: We play smash bros for a bit. I’m surprised our other housemate doesn’t come downstairs to join us. It’s been so long since he’s lived with us I forgot he always randomly falls asleep at weird times.
6:30pm: We retire to our rooms. I practice playing the banjo for a bit, while I chat with a friend through text.
9:15pm: Just doing some more work.
12:00am: Can't sleep so I exercise.
TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $308.19
Food + Drink $113
Fun / Entertainment $25.19
Other $170
Lastly, reflect on your diary! Spending wise, this is a pretty typical week for me post pandemic. Most days I don’t spend money, but once or twice a month I would drop quite a bit of money (usually $500-600) on hobby related things, like the synth I mentioned in this diary. My spending has dramatically increased during the quarantine because I need to find ways to entertain and stimulate myself. Pre-pandemic most of my discretionary spending was spent on day trips and going to shows, which is pretty cheap and added up to no more than $400 a month. I was hardly ever home and when I was it was to wind down so I invested way less into my hobbies. I also spent less on food. Since spending more time with my housemates, the idea of takeout has become more normalized for me (I used to eat out once or twice a month, now I get take out at least once a week).
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2020.08.31 08:46 ChrisKoleszar The Duxbury Chronicles "The Dumpster"

The Duxbury Chronicles
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“Rain fell on the roofs of the just and the unjust, the saints and the sinners, those who knew peace and those in torment, and tomorrow began at a dark hour.”
- Robert R McCammon, "Mine"
August 6th, 1982 was a day in Duxbury that no one liked to talk about. No one who is still around who remembers it anyway. It had been a hot one. Hot, humid, and most of all, wet. It had been that way all summer.
“Unnatural.” The old timers were wont to say.
By mid-summer rainfall all along the East coast had hit records not seen since the 20's. The nearby swamps and rivers had deepened. Dark, murky water encroaching onto lands normally dry. The Duxbury Bogs, and the North Hill Marsh Sanctuary in particular had been cause for concern.
By mid-July (Courtesy of the Bogs) Pilgrim's Highway had been flooded over. Blocking Mayflower Street all the way down passed East Street. Island Creek Pond, and the North Hill Sanctuary had joined forces. Turning the lands that divided them into one giant wilderness of muck, and water.
And by the end of July it looked like Cranberry Bog, and Pine Lake were on the verge of rising up high enough to join the other two. And submerge the whole damn area. It had been an ugly business already.
Homes in and around Pettibush Lane, Maple Pond Lane, and Evergreen Street had already been lost to flooding. And there had even been talk last weekend during the Duxbury Town Hall Council Meeting of the possible necessary evacuation of Tinker's Ledge Road if the rains kept up.
That had gotten people buggin'. Markus McDuff had leapt up, and shouted with the vigor of a man half his age. Declaring that “They'd have to drag his dead body” off his Apple Farm if they came to evacuate him.
There had been a grasshopper boom as well. Everyone said it was because of all the rain. The population thickened as one got further from the busier streets. Certain sections of the Whiton Woods were so thick with the little green insects that it was hard to describe in words.
One had to “see it, to believe it”. On some of the trails every step one took would literally be accompanied by a multitude of tiny springy sounds. As the brainless bugs leapt away from whatever giant passed them by.
They hadn't been the only insects to flourish in the unusually wet weather. The Cicadas had come out in force for the season as well. And they sang their summer songs with an unprecedented fervor. Every evening around dusk, they'd alight in the branches of the trees and chirp up at the brilliant shifting purple, and orange canvas in the sky.
In the trees all along Island Creek the insects seemed to be especially prevalent. There were certain sections of the creek where one would have to practically shout to be heard over the buzzing cacophony. It was, needless to say, not a good season for insectophobes.
Despite all the climate issues the “tourist” season (small as it was) did not seem to really suffer. Which had been quite a relief to the local business owners. And ever since August started it hadn't rained. As a result the general mood around town was brighter than usual.
But on this early afternoon, one resident's mood was especially chipper. Deputy Robert Maxwell was walking down Harrison street with a particular “pep” in his step. That was because he had just scored a dyno date with the town Betty!
A bodacious babe by the name of Mary Barbadino. She'd been the morning waitress at Alice's Restaurant for going on three years now. Bob had grown up in Duxbury, and had always liked Alice's. But it had become his pre-shift breakfast spot pretty much every day since he'd first laid eyes on Mary in that tight-fitting waitress uniform. Even on his days off.
He still couldn't believe his luck! Bob, at the ripe old age of thirty seven, was not exactly known for being a lady's man. He wasn't some hoser or anything. But he was no primo stud either.
And she'd approached him! He’d known that Mary had broken up with her boyfriend Marcus Greene four months prior. But he had never had the cajones to do anything about it.
The situation between Mary and Marcus was like a badly written movie. Marcus and his posse were the local tough guys. He and his crew always seemed to be getting into trouble. Be it a fight at the local bar, or a “domestic dispute” at one of their biker parties.
If it was true that in life everyone had a role to play. Then it was Marcus's destiny to be an asshole. That's not what had stopped him from making a move on Mary however. Bob was a Roller after all. He'd just been too chicken.
So this morning when Mary had come over with a cup of coffee in hand and slid into the empty seat across the table from him, he'd been struck speechless for a few seconds. The conversation had been quick, and direct. Mary talking, and Bob mostly nodding, and trying to keep his mouth from hanging open.
She'd wanted to know if he was interested in catching a movie after her shift. Bob would have watched the bunkest movie in the world with Mary. He'd quickly agreed, and the two had made plans to meet when she got off at five.
The Deputy made it to the corner, and took a right onto Washington Street. He was headed to Barry's Meats. The local butcher shop. Barry was legendary in the region for his kielbasa. And tonight after whatever movie they ended up seeing, he was going to surprise Mary with a better meal than Alice's had ever put on a plate!
He walked briskly. Passing Beaver Brook Lane, and making a mental note to stop at Snug Harbor Wine on his way back home. It was nearly 12:30, which gave him approximately four and a half hours to get dinner made, get dressed, and be back at Alice's.
He’d originally been scheduled to be on duty until six. And had agreed to meet Mary without giving it a second thought. After realizing his error, he'd been worried that the “boss man” wouldn't be accommodating to his sudden plans. But after he made it back to the Station, Sheriff Copper had been all to happy to give him the night off.
In truth Copper at first been as incredulous as Bob had initially been. But the Sheriff was a good (if not gruff) man. And with a hearty laugh had granted his request. Giving him a hard pat on the back, and leaving him with the wise words – “Happy hunting son!”, as he had walked out through the Station doors.
He swiftly passed by a group of children playing in Washington Park. Off in the distance a baseball game was going on. He vaguely remembered seeing a flyer earlier in the week stating that the Duxbury Dragons would be playing their first game of the season today.
Across the street loomed the Saint John's Evangelist Church. The ancient stone structure cast a long shadow across the street. Bob only gave it a cursory glance as he passed it by.
He was not a religious man. Though his Mother regularly attended. In truth the place had always kind of creeped him out.
He looked around. He didn't see the local Pastor, Father John anywhere. Which he ironically thanked God for. The short fat man was always lurking about somewhere in town. Always looking to “add to the flock” as he put it.
“Lurking.” No. That wasn't the right word for it. For all their brief encounters, and by all accounts Father John was a pleasant man. Known for his charity work, and volunteering at the local soup kitchen in fact. He felt like a dick for having the thought in the first place, and quickly pushed it out of his mind.
By the time he had crossed Freeman Place, and was walking alongside the monolithic structure of the Hudson Bank; His thoughts had once again returned to Mary, and what exactly he'd done to make this morning so different than all the countless others. He glanced to the left. Looking at his wavy reflection as he passed by the floor-to-ceiling windows of the massive building.
Well, he had started working out. In fact in the last two months he'd lost almost twenty pounds! A big part of that was the change up in his diet.
Egg whites and coffee for breakfast, instead of pancakes. Salad for lunch instead of a burger. Come to think of it. Hadn't Mary been the one to first suggest his change up in breakfast?
Or maybe it was his fresh new 'stache. At first he'd been hesitant to try and grow one. Stylized facial hair had never been his thing. But he quickly realized that it was totally choice. His mom said he looked like Tom Selleck...
Bob was enwrapped in these thoughts as he reached the corner. He wasn't looking in any particular direction. And only half heard the quick, panicked steps. Just before someone came sprinting around the other side of the building, and collided straight into him.
The Deputy was knocked off his feet. Landing hard on his back. He managed to keep his head from bouncing off the pavement. But for a few seconds he saw stars anyway.
“Bab!” He recognized Boston George's voice. He sat up, and attempted to bring the man into focus.
“Oh Babby thank Gad it's you!”
Bob began to slowly climb to his feet. But the skinny forty-something man was faster. He practically leapt up, and dashed over to the Deputy. Offering him a hand, and helping him to stand.
“We got a real situation here Babby!” The man was saying. His eyes darting around frantically. In that moment he looked like a rabbit that had just escaped a wolf.
Georgey McCabe, or “Boston George” as he was known by the locals, had gotten his name because of his heavy accent. And because well... He was from Boston. Which could be quite a big deal in some circles within such a small town.
He was a “born, and bread Irishmen of the Big City on a Hill”, as he was wont to say. Bob had never been, but he imagined that Georgey was a pretty accurate representation of the average Bostonian.
Boston George had moved to Duxbury from Beantown three years prior. He always seemed to have a lot of money. Though no one knew exactly what it was that he did.
He drove a candy apple red BMW M1. Almost always with the top down. Even in winter. Anywhere he went with it he drove like a man on his way to save the world.
Georgey had accumulated quite an impressive pile of tickets and citations since coming to Duxbury. But he always had the money to pay off his fines, and so had remained on the road.
“For now.” Sheriff Copper had said to Bob one night at the station.
Copper didn't like Boston George. Though Georgey seemed oblivious to the fact. He kept speeding. And the Duxbury Police Department kept profiting off his “stunt man” antics.
Bob had never ticketed Georgey personally however. He and the Irishmen had become some-time poker buddies shortly after his arrival. The Deputy liked to gamble once in a while. Georgey loved it. And the man had one hell of a poker face.
Over the last two years he'd taken far more of Bob's money than Bob had his. That was for sure. The man also liked to sometimes go out “day drinking” as he put it. And as he took in George's disheveled appearance, he began to suspect that was exactly what the man's afternoon activities had consisted of thus far.
The thinning hair on his head stuck out in tufts pointing in all directions. His Aloha shirt was only half tucked into his shorts. Bob realized that the man was also missing one of his flip-flops.
But there was a distinct panic in Georgey's eyes. A sort of wild terror that gave him pause. The man was talking he realized. Thickly accented words flowing out of his mouth a mile a minute. Though he had no idea what he'd been saying.
“Take a red Georgey!” Bob shouted, raising his hand in a silencing gesture as he did.
George fell quiet. For a few seconds all that could be heard was the chirping birds, and George's ragged breathing.
“What. Is the problem?” He didn't have time for this.
“There's-...” George gulped in a lungful of air. Trying to steady his voice. “There's some kind of manstah in the dampsta behind Bahn’s Maket. And I think it got Old Man Pete!”
“What?” Bob asked. Truly at a loss.
“Oh for Gad's sake Bab! I'm tellin' you that there's something in the damn dampsta behind Bahn's Maket! And I think it got Pete!” The man was quickly becoming hysterical.
“Okay. Okay.” Bob said. Raising his hand once again in a placating gesture. “So tell me what happened.”
“I was sittin' outside Lux Cafe. Out in one of the chairs on the patio. Just having a drink ya'know?”
At this Bob quirked an eyebrow. Georgey didn't seem to notice.
“Anyways, so I'm sittin' there out on the patio when I see Old Man Pete come out of his store, and go around to the back alley with a bag full of trash.”
Peter Barne's was the elderly owner of Barne's Market. The local Grocery Co-op. Pete was in his seventies, but had moved like a man half is age up until his wife Edna had passed last winter.
Since then Pete had developed a noticeable stoop in his stance. Now he walked with slow, pained movements. These days he seemed to look at the ground more than anything else.
In truth it pained the Deputy to see the old man slowly fall apart. Bob had known Pete since he'd been just a boy. He'd been known as “Old Man Pete” even back then. But in those days he’d sported a full head of gray hair.
“-So like after five minutes go by.” Boston George was saying. “I notice that Petey hasn't come back out from the alleyway yet. So I stat worrying that the poor old bugger's hurt himself or something ya'know? So I get up, and I go across the street to go check on him.”
Bob knew the area George was referring to well. It was called East Cove Plaza, and was consequently the only spot on Surplus Road that had any businesses on it. Four to be exact.
All located around one square block. Barnes Market, and the Red Herring Diner on one side of the street. East Bay Salon, and Lux Lounge on the other.
Up until a year, and a half ago there had only been three businesses. But Lux had opened up next to East Bay. It was this “new age” hippie cafe/bar. It was owned by this unbelievably sexy red-headed fox named Gretta Thompson.
She'd moved to Duxbury about two years ago. And after about six months had opened up shop. That was all he really knew about her. He'd never been in the bar. Though it had simultaneously become a hit with the younger locals, and an endless source of gossip for the elders.
“So what did you find when you went to go check on him?” Bob asked. Feeling a faint sense of apprehension as he did so.
“That's the thing Bab.” George said in a hushed tone. “There wasn't no one back there when I got up there. Just an empty alleyway with the dampstah in the back.”
“But I got this real weird feelin' Bab. This real weird feelin' that Old Man Pete was in that dampstah.” Georgey continued.
Bob already did not like where this was headed. Though admittedly he had absolutely no freaking idea where this was headed.
“So I get to like about ten feet away from the dampstah, and somethin's telling me. Somethin's telling me not to get any closer. So I call out Pete's name. Feeling a bit silly as I do, mind you.”
Bob smirked despite himself. Yes. Silly was one word for it.
“And just as I say his name there comes the sound of trash slammin' around. And I mean a loud sound! And the dampstah...” George trailed off as he gave a shudder. “The dampstah Bab... It jerked towards me!”
Bob raised an eyebrow.
“The dumpster jerked towards you?” The words just didn't sound right.
“Yeah Bab. And I mean like three *freakin*' feet!”
“So what did you do?”
At this George looked incredulous.
“What did I do?! I fackin' ran for my damn life! That's what I did Bab!”
“Okay. Okay.” Bob said. Raising his hands once again. “Let's go.”
“Go where?”
“Back to Barnes Market.”
“Back?”
“Yes.” He said. Pinching his nose. “Back to the Market.”
“But-.”
“Common Georgey.” Bob cut him off, and started walking...
Five minutes later they were moving down Surplus Road. Almost halfway to their destination. Up ahead loomed the wooden bridge that went over Bluefish River. The raging waters echoing off the surrounding trees that bordered the street on both sides.
Bob had kept up a brisk pace. Partly because he was worried for Old Man Pete. And partly because of his rapidly shrinking timetable. George to his credit, had kept up.
“Are you sure you don't want to call for backup Babby?” He half shouted over the thundering river, just as their feet met weather worn wood.
Bob glanced down at the rushing waters of the Bluefish as they clunked along. The river was normally more than a dozen feet below the bridge. On this day however was half that. If it got any higher, the city would have to close off the bridge.
“Not quite yet George.” He shouted back. “I think I'd like to check things out for myself before I go and do that.”
After another moment they were across the river and back on asphalt. With each step the thundering of the Bluefish faded.
Bob looked up at the looming trees on either side of them. The White Pines had grown more full, and lush than ever before. Bob gazed off into the shadows of the surrounding forest.
There was pretty much nothing for about the next quarter mile. Nothing but trees, and encroaching swamp water that is. Pretty much everything West of Tremont Street was flooded.
But thankfully the four businesses that made up East Cove Plaza had thus far been spared from the weather. Being located about a half mile East of Tremont, on the corner where Reynolds Way crossed Surplus.
As they walked, Bob reflected on the dumpster in question. It was a fifteen yarder if he recalled correctly. Situated between Barne's Market, and the Red Herring for the convenience of both businesses. With all the flooding it really wouldn't be too outlandish if a bear, or some other critter had made it's way down and jumped in looking for food.
They came to a flooded part in the road just as they hit the intersection of South Station Street. The water stretching all the way to the woods on both the right, and left. They wordlessly walked to the right.
Entering the edge of the woods, they used the rocks, and roots to keep their feet as dry as possible, as they made their way. The water stretched on down the street for a good twenty feet before relinquishing it's hold on the road.
Soon the surrounding forest gave way once again to a suburban sprawl. Up ahead in the distance stood East Cove Plaza. He felt an inexplicable twinge of apprehension at the sight of the buildings. And for about a second, he really did want to call for back up.
But what would he tell dispatch? Boston George thinks that there's a monster in the dumpster behind Barne's Market? Yeah. That would go over well.
After another moment of walking they had reached the front entrance of Barne's. The “now open” sign still hung in the window. Bob opened the door, and stepped inside. They were greeted by the refreshing coolness of the air-conditioned store.
“Mister Barnes?” Bob called out.
No answer. Save for the soft hum of the air-conditioning unit. Bob walked deeper into the store. Swiveling his head this way, and that, as he continued moving down one of the aisles.
“Pete?”
Again no answer. This wasn't good. Something was up.
“I'm tellin' ya he's not in here Babby.” Boston George said in a hushed tone from behind.
“Officer Maxwell?” Came a voice from the back of the store.
Both men turned to see Pete's nephew Doug Jenkins emerge from the back storage room. Doug was in his forties. He seemed to possess an endless supply of plaid shirts, and blue jeans that he wore no matter how high the temperature was. A nice guy. Though a bit slow.
“Hey Doug.” Bob said, with a wave. “I was just looking for Pete. Have you seen him?”
At this Doug shook his head.
“I was supposed to meet him here. We're going down to the dinner at Saint John's tonight. But I can't find him Bob.”
That last part carried with it a tone of worry.
“Don't worry Duggy.” Bob managed a smile. “We'll find him. I'm going to take a look around outside. Why don't you stay here in case he shows back up?”
Duggy nodded.
“Okay.” He said.
“Cool beans. Alright, me and Georgey here are gonna take a look around back. We'll meet you back here in ten minutes if we don't find him.”
And with that George, and Bob turned and walked back out. The sticky summer heat practically slammed into them as they stepped through the doorway. Together they walked in silence to the entrance of the alleyway.
They rounded the corner, and just stood there for a moment. The area was empty, save for the hulking form of the dumpster that stood in the back. It was a big, ugly thing. Standing about six feet high. And yeah. It was a fifteen yarder.
“There's no way Pete fell in there.” Bob thought to himself as he scrutinized the hunk of metal.
There was something off about it though. But he couldn't quite put his finger on what. At first glance it appeared the same as it always had.
It was just as rusty, and weather worn as ever. Still the same dirty green color, with the words "Patterson Waste Disposal" written in big white letters on it's beat up exterior. He was pretty sure that Boston George was right though. The Dumpster seemed like it was farther from the back wall than normal.
Maybe George had been partially correct. Perhaps some bear or something had wondered down and climbed in looking for food. Again considering the flooding it wasn't outside of the realm of possibility. After all the wildlife was known to wander into town from time, to time.
Bob moved cautiously forward and then stopped when he was about fifteen feet away. Some vague, primal instinct warning him not to get any closer.
He stood there in silence for a moment. Listening for any sign of movement from within the rusty metal structure. Nothing. Not a sound. He straightened, and let out a sigh. Jesus. He was being ridiculous.
Boston George was just buzzed. Pete Barnes had just gone out on some sudden errand, and forgotten to lock up. Yeah, that was it. He started to turn back to George when he noticed the shoe.
It was just lying there about three feet in front of the dumpster. It was black. That was about all he could tell from this distance.
But he knew. He just knew that it was a black Penny Loafer. And there was only one guy around here who sported those kind of kicks.
“Mister Barnes?” Bob called out toward the dumpster. Knowing full well how ridiculous he would look to his peers in that moment. He received no reply.
He took a few more cautious steps forward. Calling out again. Once again being answered with silence.
God what if he had fallen in?! As impossible as it seemed. What if Barnes had fallen in, and was lying broken and bleeding, right now, as he stood there like an idiot?!
“What's goin' on fellas?”
A voice suddenly asked from behind, causing both men to jump. Bob turned around only to see Christie Villarmarin's Pug like face. Christie was the “owner” of East Bay Salon.
What that really meant was that her husband, District Circuit Court Judge Troy Villarmarin; Had bought his incredibly unpleasant wife a business. So as to keep her out of his hair. And quite literally in someone else's.
“Everything alright Officer Maxwell?” She asked innocently.
Bob didn't really dislike people as a rule of thumb. It was not in his nature. But *God Damn* if Christie just didn't naturally piss him off.
She was one of the town gossip “ring leader's”. As his mother always put it. Christie had an affinity for other people's business. Her Salon only amplified her powers. Bob noticed a few of Christie's customers/cronies had gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Salon, and were watching their conversation with rapt attention.
And God Dammit if he didn't have time for this! It was going on 1:15 and he hadn't even made it down to Barry's yet! Christie was a shark, circling a piece of meat on a hook. But he wasn't going to give her one bite.
“Yes ma’am.” Bob said. Beaming. “We're just looking for Old Ma- Mister Barnes. I think he may have stepped out and forgotten to lock up.”
“Oh.” Was all Christie said. Mirroring the Deputy's smile right back at him.
For a moment the two just stood there, beaming their smiles at one another. Boston George looked back and forth between the two of them. Lifting an eyebrow in confusion at their “smile duel”.
“Why good afternoon everyone!”
The three turned to see Father John, standing with Sheriff Copper and Deputy David Quimby. The Priest was dressed in his usual black underwrap. He was carrying a cake with pink frosting in a big tupperware. The short, balding , round man wore his usual warm toothy grin.
“Bobby!” The Sheriff said in greeting, and began walking up.
“Great.” Bob thought.
Copper nodded at Christie.
“Ma’am.”
“Sheriff.” Christie smiled. This time the expression was genuine though.
Copper reached Bob and gave him a clap on the back.
“Don't tell me you got stood up?!” He said. Letting out a great bellowing laugh as he did.
“No Sheriff I-.”
“I'm just teasin' you Bobby.” Copper cut him off. “Ol' Duggy told me about Mister Barnes.”
Bob noticed Doug poking his head around the corner.
“I told the Sheriff you was looking for Pete.” He said.
“Thanks Doug.” Bob replied.
“Me and the boys here were just on our way down to get ready for the Church Cookout tonight.” Copper said with a grin.
He turned to face the others.
“Now this right here is a shining example of an outstanding Officer of the Law. Even off duty, right before a big date no less, we find Bobby here still ensuring the safety of our citizens.” He laughed once again. His big belly bouncing up, and down.
“A date?” Christie quirked an eyebrow at this.
“Shit.” Bob thought.
“Yes Deputy Maxwell.” Father John cut. Smiling up at Bob, who stood a full head taller than the man.
“You truly are a good man, aren't you? You know you are always welcome in God's house my son. Perhaps tonight you, and you're lady friend might stop by, and partake in the festivities?”
“Th- Thank you Father. We just might do that.” Bob lied.
“Tell ya' what Bobby.” Copper said. “Why don't you go run along, and let me handle finding Mister Barnes?”
Bob let out a sigh of relief.
“Thanks Sheriff. I owe you one.”
The Sheriff waved this off with a grin.
“Don't mention it Bobby. But before you go, do you have any leads?”
“Leads?” Bob asked, not understanding.
Copper laughed.
“Yeah ya'know?! Like any idea where Barnes might have got off to?”
Just then there came a brief, faint echo of shifting trash from within the big green dumpster behind them. Everyone turned.
“I don't know. But I noticed a shoe that looks like one of his beside the dumpster.”
“Um. So did you take a look?” Quimby asked.
Deputy David Quimby could have passed for Larry Wilcox's twin. He acted like it to. The all American high school football hero, turned cop. Every day on the job you'd think that Quimby was acting out an episode of Chip's Patrol.
The man was wearing his pump-action Mossberg 590 strapped to his back. Though of course he didn't need it. The Deputy almost always had the weapon on him. He thought in made him look tough. And in truth it really did help him get laid.
“I actually just got here a minute before you did.” He answered. “I was about to look. But George said that he thought there was some kind of animal in the dumpster. So I was... Assessing the situation before approaching.”
“Hah!” Quimby exclaimed in a clearly fake laugh. Slapping a hand across one knee. “Ya'll are scared of a racoon in a dumpster?!”
“It ain't no racoon Officer Quimby.” Boston George replied in a foreboding tone.
Christie Ackerman huffed.
Bob just ground his teeth. Partly because he couldn't think of an adequate retort. But mostly because the answer might very well be “yes”.
That's when Bob realized how quiet in had gotten. The near constant chirping of chickadees was suddenly absent. He tried to remember if he'd heard any birds when he'd first gotten to the neighborhood.
“Don't none of ya'll worry you're pretty little head's off.” Sheriff Copper said as he began walking down the alleyway. “The Sheriff's on the jo– Oh what in the Hell?”
The Sheriff looked over the other's shoulders. Bob turned. The small group of onlookers from the salon had been joined by a few curious younger folks from the cafe. They were now gathered in the middle of the road watching them.
“Alright!” The Sheriff shouted toward the street. “There ain't nothin' to see here people! We're just havin' a conversation, and ya'll are wastin' your time if you're hoping for some action.”
“And since ya'll are grown up's I don't think that I have to lecture you on how dangerous it is to be standing in the middle of the road. Now I suggest that ya'll git!”
A couple people shuffled their feet. But no one really moved. The Sheriff huffed, and turned back around to face the dumpster.
“Fine.” He said. And began walking.
“Sheriff.” Father John said. And Copper paused. “I'd be careful. The woods, and swamps are not far away. And there's no telling what may have crawled out of the bogs this time of year.”
The Sheriff smiled.
“Awe Father, you're concern for my well being is truly touching. But I'm a big strong man, and think I can handle some little woodland critter.” He winked, and continued moving forward.
Copper walked up to the dumpster while the others watched with trepidation. Everyone except Quimby. He was standing there with his hands on his hips. Smiling ear to ear. No doubt thinking about how he was going to tell everyone at the Station about Bob's newfound dumpster phobia.
The Sheriff made it to within a foot of the dumpster and looked in. Nothing happened. He turned around to face the others. A big shit-eating "I'm better than you grin" plastered on his face.
"Ya'see fellas." he said. "There ain't nothing to be afraid of."
"Are ya' sure sheriff?" Boston George asked hesitantly.
Copper shrugged, and turned back around. Stepping up to the lip of the dumpster, he stood on his tip-toes to get a better look.
"Whatever animal it was prob-." The Sheriff's words caught in his throat and his body froze up like a dear in headlights.
"Jesus, Mary, and Jose-!" Copper's words were cut short as the two hundred and thirty pound man was violently ripped off his feet. Simultaneously there came a small explosion of trash. Garbage whizzed by, and Copper's uniform billowed as if caught in a strong gust of wind.
The big man went up, and over the edge. Disappearing in a blur. He didn't even have time to scream. Everyone instinctively back-pedaled.
The group of onlookers that had gathered in the street quickly herded themselves back across to the sidewalk on the other side of the road. The smaller group that had been near the dumpster practically leapt backward to the lip of the alleyway.
Deputy Quimby shouted in surprise. Christie screamed, and Bob joined her. To the passerby it might have sounded like the two were having a "damsel in distress " screaming contest. If they had been Deputy Maxwell, to his credit, would have won.
"Oh my Gaaad! Oh my Gaaad!" Boston George was shrieking over, and over as he back-pedaled into the street. His hysterics were abruptly cut short as he was suddenly struck by Henry McDuff's truck.
Marcus's son hadn't even noticed Boston George until the man was rolling up onto his hood. The farmer panicked as George smashed into his windshield. Simultaneously jerking the wheel hard to the left, while slamming on the breaks.
A split second later the rusty, red pickup smashed into a car parked in front of East Bay Salon. George went rolling off and over the hood of the other vehicle. Falling over the other side, and disappearing from McDuff's view almost as quickly as he'd appeared.
The open bed of the truck had been literally overflowing with freshly harvested apples. Upon impact, the fruit erupted out of the bed like a volcano. Creating a small apple tsunami that rolled across the street.
The screeching of tires forced Bob's horrified gaze from the the spot where Sheriff Copper had recently occupied, to the street behind him. But only for a moment. Once he realized that it was just a car accident he quickly snapped his gaze back down the alleyway. Pulling out his service revolver as he did so. Carnivorous dumpsters taking precedence over car accidents.
For a moment everybody just stood there in silence. Then there came a great rumble from within the Dumpster that to Bob, sounded like a giant burping. At the same time several pieces of trash shot up high into the air.
The crowd took another collective step backward as the assorted debris came raining down. Clattering, and clanking to the ground between themselves and the alleyway. Glass shattered. Empty metal cans went bouncing across the pavement.
The smaller group at the edge of the alley raised their hands over their heads protectively as garbage came falling to the ground all around them. A big aluminum can bounced off Bob's shoulder. It didn't really hurt, but it did make him jump.
The last thing to land was the Sheriff's hat. The brim had a jagged tear that looked like a shark had taken a bite out of it. The sight of the hat was apparently Quimby's breaking point.
For a second later the man let out a howl that was one part terror, and one part war cry. He raised the Pump Action (which Bob only now realized the Deputy had unslung from his back) and the weapon “BOOMED!” deafeningly. It happened so fast that Bob hadn't even had time to shout at him to stop, or he could hit the Sheriff.
The buckshot struck the side of the Dumpster. Sending out a shower of sparks. But as far as Bob could tell it failed to penetrate the thick metal.
Quimby continued moving forward. Pumping his shotgun and firing over, and over. Howling like a madman all the while.
**AUTHOR'S NOTE*\*
Hi! To anyone who might be familiar with my writing style, you'll already know that I don't know how to write a "proper" short story. It's a character flaw.;)
Anyway if you made it this far and would like to read the rest. I'm going to have the remainder posted in the comments section below. Labelled as (PT A, B, C, ect) Anyway. hope you enjoy the rest!
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2020.08.08 00:54 mlf204 New Policy on University-Sponsored Campus Meetings, Events and Gatherings for the Fall 2020 Semester

Boston University Office of the Provost
DATE: August 7, 2020 SUBJECT: New Policy on University-Sponsored Campus Meetings, Events, and Gatherings for the Fall 2020 Semester
In light of the most recent public health guidelines, meetings, events, and gatherings this fall will be different than they have in the past. We are working hard to enable members of the BU community to come together in new ways and to continue to make life on campus rewarding, vibrant, and inspiring. We encourage you to continue to sponsor the kinds of special events that will make that possible.
We anticipate that most events this fall will be virtual. Any that are in-person will need to follow strict capacity limits, with pre-set furniture layouts that attendees will not be allowed to change in order to ensure safe physical distancing. We write today to outline the University’s policy for hosting meetings, events, and gatherings other than classes on campus during the fall 2020 semester. This policy replaces all previous guidelines about meetings or events and is effective beginning today, August 7, 2020.
Conditions for Hosting Meetings, Events, and Gatherings
In-person, on-campus meetings, events, or gatherings other than academic in-person classes are required to abide by the following conditions:
The use of the term “attendees” shall be defined as members of the Boston University community and specifically excludes the general public, campus visitors or guests. The event or gathering is permitted under the existing state or city regulation in effect at the time of the event. All state and city regulations in effect at the time of the event will need to be strictly followed. Events & Conferences will provide guidance to University departments regarding these city and state regulations; Student Activities will provide guidance to all registered student organizations and associations. In accordance with the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During the COVID-19 Pandemic, in-person, on-campus events may not be open to the general public. Visitor participation must be approved by the Dean of Students or by deans of the individual schools and colleges. A member of the sponsoring organization or department must be present at all events (held inside or outdoors) to strictly monitor the number of attendees and ensure that each attendee is maintaining a physical distance of no less than six (6) feet from other attendees and using a face covering or mask. Completion of event checklists (including site diagrams) will be required before space is confirmed for all on-campus events. All meetings, events, and gatherings in locations used as classrooms must use the setup of the room as is. Classroom furniture should not be moved within the room to create a different room setup, nor can it be moved out of the room (regardless of whether there is more furniture than needed). All outdoor events and gatherings will require the designated event area to be cordoned off with separate means of ingress and egress clearly identified. Additionally, for indoor and outdoor events and gatherings: When possible, registration or ticketing should be used, and attendee names verified upon entrance. All event attendees will be required to display a current, green status BU COVID compliance badge on a mobile device. More than the maximum number of attendees will be permitted to attend a multi-hour event provided they have registered for specific time slots, do not arrive more than five minutes prior to their start time, and attendees already at the event are cleared before the new cohort enters. In-Person Attendees
Rules for in-person programs and activities have been developed with guidance from state and local health and government authorities, and the University’s Medical Advisory Group. We will continue to make updates as these guidelines change.
No more than 25 members of the Boston University community may attend an in-person, indoor meeting, event, or gathering on campus. All event attendees will be required to display a current, green status BU COVID compliance badge on a mobile device.
In accordance with Massachusetts and Boston public health policies, outdoor spaces may be able to safely accommodate more in-person attendees and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Departments should coordinate their sponsored outdoor meetings, events, and gatherings with the staff at Events & Conferences. Student organizations and associations should coordinate with the Student Activities Office. All outdoor events currently require a City of Boston permit application and approval before proceeding. Please note that the city’s permit review and application process requires at least 30 days advance notice. We recommend planning meetings and other activities well in advance to allow members of the community to participate simultaneously, in-person and remote.
In-person access and participation in activities and programs is limited to Boston University students, faculty, and staff. Visitor participation must be approved by the Dean of Students or by deans of the individual schools and colleges. If you have questions about visitors, or if you are hosting visitors – guest speakers, prospective new members, programs of citywide interest – please consult with your individual school’s or college’s dean or the Student Activities Office.
Food Service
BU Dining Services will work with departments, student organizations, and associations to bring catered meals, boxed lunches, or snacks to your meetings, events, and other activities. Menus of hot and cold boxed meals and single-service, packaged snack items have been created for department and student events under the following conditions:
Catering must be contactless – all food and beverages will be placed in single-use containers. Catering staff, wearing proper personal protective equipment, will provide drop-off and set-up service only. There will be no waitstaff, and bar service is not permitted at any event. Catering staff will not provide and deliver more food than allowed by state and city regulations in a particular space. Residential dining halls will work with student organizations and associations to develop special menus that cater to particular student groups or to celebrate a holiday. Cultural student organizations may use non-University caterers, if deemed a better option. Non-University caterers will be expected to follow individual packaging guidelines, as well as all other Catering on the Charles regulations to ensure proper handling, temperature, and distribution of food on campus. In closing, we are aware that following these guidelines will require additional time and advanced planning for most individuals and organizations. Boston University’s highest priority, however, is to keep all members of our community safe during this unprecedented period. We look forward to a successful return to residential education this fall and thank you for working with us and for working together to help ensure our campuses remain safe places to learn, work, live, and gather.
Boston University Boston University Office of the Provost 1 Silber Way, 8th Floor, Boston MA 02215 617-353-2230 www.bu.edu/provost
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If the networks of the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence community and a slew of other U.S. federal agencies were running the software of a company with deep ties, not only to foreign companies with a history of espionage against the U.S. but also foreign military intelligence, it would — at the very least — garner substantial media attention. Yet, no media reports to date have noted that such a scenario exists on a massive scale and that the company making such software recently simulated the cancellation of the 2020 election and the declaration of martial law in the United States.
Earlier this month, MintPress News reported on the simulations for the U.S. 2020 election organized by the company Cybereason, a firm led by former members of Israel’s military intelligence Unit 8200 and advised by former top and current officials in both Israeli military intelligence and the CIA. Those simulations, attended by federal officials from the FBI, DHS and the U.S. Secret Service, ended in disaster, with the elections ultimately canceled and martial law declared due to the chaos created by a group of hackers led by Cybereason employees.
The first installment of this three part series delved deeply into Cybereason’s ties to the intelligence community of Israel and also other agencies, including the CIA, as well as the fact that Cybereason stood to gain little financially from the simulations given that their software could not have prevented the attacks waged against the U.S.’ electoral infrastructure in the exercise.
Also noted was the fact that Cybereason software could be potentially used as a backdoor by unauthorized actors, a possibility strengthened by the fact that the company’s co-founders all previously worked for firms that have a history of placing backdoors into U.S. telecommunications and electronic infrastructure as well as aggressive espionage targeting U.S. federal agencies.
The latter issue is crucial in the context of this installment of this exclusive MintPress series, as Cybereason’s main investors turned partners have integrated Cybereason’s software into their product offerings. This means that the clients of these Cybereason partner companies, the U.S. intelligence community and military among them, are now part of Cybereason’s network of more than 6 million endpoints that this private company constantly monitors using a combination of staff comprised largely of former intelligence operatives and an AI algorithm first developed by Israeli military intelligence.
Cybereason, thus far, has disclosed the following groups as lead investors in the company: Charles River Ventures (CRV), Spark Capital, Lockheed Martin and SoftBank. Charles River Ventures (CRV) was among the first to invest in Cybereason and has been frequently investing in other Israeli tech start-upsthat were founded by former members of the elite Israeli military intelligence Unit 8200 over the last few years. Spark Capital, based in California, appears to have followed CRV’s interest in Cybereason since the venture capitalist who co-founded Spark and led its investment in Cybereason is a former CRV partnerwho still has close ties to the firm.
While CRV and Spark Capital seem like just the type of investors a company like Cybereason would attract given their clear interest in similar tech start-ups coming out of Israel’s cyber sector, Cybereason’s other lead investors — Lockheed Martin and SoftBank — deserve much more attention and scrutiny.

Cybereason widely used by US Government, thanks to Lockheed

“A match made in heaven,” trumpeted Forbes at the news of the Lockheed Martin-Cybereason partnership, first forged in 2015. The partnership involved not only Lockheed Martin becoming a major investor in the cybersecurity company but also in Lockheed Martin becoming the largest conduit providing Cybereason’s software to U.S. federal and military agencies.
Indeed, as Forbes noted at the time, not only did Lockheed invest in the company, it decided to integrate Cybereason’s software completely into its product portfolio, resulting in a “model of both using Cybereason internally, and selling it to both public and private customers.”
Cybereason CEO and former offensive hacker for Israeli military intelligence — Lior Div — said the following of the partnership:
Lockheed Martin invested in Cybereason’s protection system after they compared our solution against a dozen others from the top industry players. The US firm was so impressed with the results they got from Cybereason that they began offering it to their own customers – among them most of the top Fortune 100 companies, and the US federal government. Cybereason is now the security system recommended by LM to its customers for protection from a wide (sic) malware and hack attacks.”
Rich Mahler, then-director of Commercial Cyber Services at Lockheed Martin,told Defense Daily that the company’s decision to invest in Cybereason, internally use its software, and include the technology as part of Lockheed Martin’s cyber solutions portfolio were all “independent business decisions but were all coordinated and timed with the transaction.”
How independent each of those decisions actually was is unclear, especially given the timing of Lockheed Martin’s investment in Cybereason, whose close and troubling ties to Israeli intelligence as well as the CIA were noted in the previous installment of this investigative series. Indeed, about a year prior to their investment in the Israeli military intelligence-linked Cybereason, Lockheed Martin opened an office in Beersheba, Israel, where the IDF has its “cyberhub”. The office is focused not on the sales of armaments, but instead on technology.
Marilyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin’s CEO, said the following during her speechthat inaugurated the company’s Beersheba office:
The consolidation of IDF Technical Units to new bases in the Negev Desert region is an important transformation of Israel’s information technology capability…We understand the challenges of this move. Which is why we are investing in the facilities and people that will ensure we are prepared to support for these critical projects. By locating our new office in the capital of the Negev we are well positioned to work closely with our Israeli partners and stand ready to: accelerate project execution, reduce program risk and share our technical expertise by training and developing in-country talent.”
Beersheba not only houses the IDF’s technology campus, but also the Israel National Cyber Directorate, which reports directly to Israel’s Prime Minister, as well as a high-tech corporate park that mostly houses tech companies with ties to Israel’s military intelligence apparatus. The area has been cited in several media reports as a visible indicator of the public-private merger between Israeli technology companies, many of them started by Unit 8200 alumni, and the Israeli government and its intelligence services. Lockheed Martin quickly became a key fixture in the Beersheba-based cyberhub.
Not long before Lockheed began exploring the possibility of opening an office in Beersheba, the company was hacked by individuals who used tokens tied to the company, RSA Security, whose founders have ties to Israel’s defense establishment and which is now owned by Dell, a company also deeply tied to the Israeli government and tech sector. The hack, perpetrated by still unknown actors, may have sparked Lockheed’s subsequent interest in Israel’s cybersecurity sector.
Soon after opening its Beersheba office, Lockheed Martin created its Israel subsidiary, Lockheed Martin Israel. Unlike many of the company’s other subsidiaries, this one is focused exclusively on “cybersecurity, enterprise information technology, data centers, mobile, analytics and cloud” as opposed to the manufacture and design of armaments.
Haden Land, then-vice president of research and technology for Lockheed Martin, told the Wall Street Journal that the creation of the subsidiary was largely aimed at securing contracts with the IDF and that the company’s Israel subsidiary would soon be seeking partnership and investments in pursuit of that end. Land oversaw the local roll-out of the company’s Israel subsidiary while concurrently meeting with Israeli government officials. According to the Journal, Land “oversees all of Lockheed Martin’s information-systems businesses, including defense and civilian commercial units” for the United States and elsewhere.
Just a few months later, Lockheed Martin partnered and invested in Cybereason, suggesting that Lockheed’s decision to do so was aimed at securing closer ties with the IDF. This further suggests that Cybereason still maintains close ties to Israeli military intelligence, a point expounded upon in great detail in the previous installment of this series.
Thus, it appears that not only does Lockheed Martin use Cybereason’s software on its own devices and on those it manages for its private and public sector clients, but it also decided to use the company’s software in this way out of a desire to more closely collaborate with the Israeli military in matters related to technology and cybersecurity.
The cozy ties between Lockheed Martin, one of the U.S. government’s largest private contractors, and the IDF set off alarm bells, then and now, for those concerned with U.S. national security. Such concern makes it important to look at the extent of Cybereason’s use by federal and military agencies in the United States through their contracting of Lockheed Martin’s Information Technology (IT) division. This is especially important considering Israeli military intelligence’s history of using espionage, blackmail and private tech companies against the U.S. government, as detailed here.
While the exact number of U.S. federal and military agencies using Cybereason’s software is unknown, it is widespread, with Lockheed Martin’s IT division as the conduit. Indeed, Lockheed Martin was the number one IT solutions provider to the U.S. federal government up until its IT division was spun off and merged with Leidos Holdings. As a consequence, Leidos is now the largest IT provider to the U.S. government and is also directly partnered with Cybereason in the same way Lockheed Martin was. Even after its IT division was spun off, Lockheed Martin continues to use Cybereason’s software in its cybersecurity work for the Pentagon and still maintains a stake in the company.
The Leidos-Lockheed Martin IT hybrid provides a litany of services to the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence. As investigative journalist Tim Shorrock noted for The Nation, the company does “everything from analyzing signals for the NSA to tracking down suspected enemy fighters for US Special Forces in the Middle East and Africa” and, following its merger with Lockheed and consequential partnership with Cybereason, became “the largest of five corporations that together employ nearly 80 percent of the private-sector employees contracted to work for US spy and surveillance agencies.” Shorrock also notes that these private-sector contractors now dominate the mammoth U.S. surveillance apparatus, many of them working for Leidos and — by extension — using Cybereason’s software.
Leidos’ exclusive use of Cybereason software for cybersecurity is also relevant for the U.S. military since Leidos runs a number of sensitive systems for the Pentagon, including its recently inked contract to manage the entire military telecommunications infrastructure for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In addition to maintaining the military telecom network, Cybereason is also directly partnered with World Wide Technologies (WWT) as of this past October. WWT manages cybersecurity for the U.S. Army, maintains DISA’s firewalls and data storage as well as the U.S. Air Force’s biometric identification system. WWT also manages contracts for NASA, itself a frequent target of Israeli government espionage, and the U.S. Navy. WWT’s partnership is similar to the Lockheed/Leidos partnership in that Cybereason’s software is now completely integrated into its portfolio, giving the company full access to the devices on all of these highly classified networks.
Many of these new partnerships with Cybereason, including its partnership with WWT, followed claims made by members of Israel’s Unit 8200 in 2017 that the popular antivirus software of Kaspersky Labs contained a backdoor for Russian intelligence, thereby compromising U.S. systems. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the alleged backdoor but did not mention the involvement of Unit 8200 in identifying it, a fact revealed by the New York Times a week later.
Notably, none of the evidence Unit 8200 used to blame Kaspersky has been made public and Kaspersky noted that it was actually Israeli hackers that had been discovered planting backdoors into its platform prior to the accusation levied against Kaspersky by Unit 8200. As the New York Times noted:
Investigators later discovered that the Israeli hackers had implanted multiple back doors into Kaspersky’s systems, employing sophisticated tools to steal passwords, take screenshots, and vacuum up emails and documents.”
Unit 8200’s claims ultimately led the U.S. government to abandon Kaspersky’s products entirely in 2018, allowing companies like Cybereason (with its own close ties to Unit 8200) to fill the void. Indeed, the very agencies that banned Kaspersky now use cybersecurity software that employs Cybereason’s EDR system. No flags have been raised about Cybereason’s own collaboration with the very foreign intelligence service that first pointed the finger at Kaspersky and that previously sold software with backdoors to sensitive U.S. facilities.

SoftBank, Cybereason and the Vision Fund

While its entry into the U.S. market and U.S. government networks is substantial, Cybereason’s software is also run throughout the world on a massive scale through partnerships that have seen it enter into Latin American and European markets in major ways in just the last few months. It has also seen its software become prominent in Asia following a partnership with the company Trustwave. Much of this rapid expansion followed a major injection of cash courtesy of one of the company’s biggest clients and now its largest investor, Japan’s SoftBank.
SoftBank first invested in Cybereason in 2015, the same year Lockheed Martin initially invested and partnered with the firm. It was also the year that SoftBank announced its intention to invest in Israeli tech start-ups. SoftBank first injected $50 million into Cybereason, followed by an additional $100 million in 2017 and $200 million last August. SoftBank’s investments account for most of the moneyraised by the company since it was founded in 2012 ($350 million out of $400 million total).
Prior to investing, Softbank was a client of Cybereason, which Ken Miyauchi, president of SoftBank, noted when making the following statement after Softbank’s initial investment in Cybereason:
SoftBank works to obtain cutting edge technology and outstanding business models to lead the Information Revolution. Our deployment of the Cybereason platform internally gave us firsthand knowledge of the value it provides, and led to our decision to invest. I’m confident Cybereason and SoftBank’s new product offering will bring a new level of security to Japanese organizations.”
SoftBank — one of Japan’s largest telecommunications companies — not only began to deploy Cybereason internally but directly partnered with it after investing, much like Lockheed Martin had done around the same time. This partnership resulted in SoftBank and Cybereason creating a joint venture in Japan and Cybereason creating partnerships with other tech companies acquired by SoftBank, including the U.K.’s Arm, which specializes in making chips and management platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
SoftBank’s interest in Cybereason is significant, particularly in light of Cybereason’s interest in the 2020 U.S. election, given that SoftBank has significant ties to key allies of President Trump and even the president himself.
Indeed, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son was among the first wave of international business leaders who sought to woo then-president-elect Trump soon after the 2016 election. Son first visited Trump Tower in December 2016 and announced, with Trump by his side in the building’s lobby, that SoftBank would invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 jobs. Trump subsequently claimed on Twitter that Son had only decided to make this investment because Trump had won the election.
Son told reporters at the time that the investment would come from a $100 billion fund that would be created in partnership with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund as well as other investors. “I just came to celebrate his new job. I said, ‘This is great. The US will become great again,’” Son said, according to reports.
Then, in March of 2017, Son sent top SoftBank executives to meet with senior members of Trump’s economic team and, according to the New York Times, “the SoftBank executives said that because of a lack of advanced digital investments, the competitiveness of the United States economy was at risk. And the executives made the case, quite strongly, that Mr. Son was committed to playing a major role in addressing this issue through a spate of job-creating investments.” Many of SoftBank’s investments and acquisitions in the U.S. since then have focused mainly on artificial intelligence and technology with military applications, such as “killer robot” firm Boston Dynamics, suggesting Son’s interest lies more in dominating futuristic military-industrial technologies than creating jobs for the average American.
After their initial meeting, Trump and Son met again a year later in June 2018, with Trump stating that “His [Son’s] $50 billion turned out to be $72 billion so far, he’s not finished yet.” Several media reports have claimed that Son’s moves since Trump’s election have sought to “curry favor” with the President.
Through the creation of this fund alongside the Saudis, SoftBank has since become increasingly intertwined with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), a key ally of President Trump in the Middle East known for his authoritarian crackdowns on Saudi elites and dissidents alike. The ties between Saudi Arabia and SoftBank became ever tighter when MBS took the reins in the oil kingdom and after SoftBank announced the launch of the Vision Fund in 2016. SoftBank’s Vision Fund is a vehicle for investing in hi-tech companies and start-ups and its largest shareholder is the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. Notably, Son decided to launch the Vision Fund in Riyadh during President Trump’s first official visit to the Gulf Kingdom.
In addition, the Mubadala Investment Company, a government fund of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), gave $15 billion to the Vision Fund. UAE leadership also share close ties to the Trump administration and MBS in Saudi Arabia.
As a consequence, SoftBank’s Vision Fund is majority funded by two Middle Eastern authoritarian governments with close ties to the U.S. government, specifically the Trump administration. In addition, both countries have enjoyed the rapid growth and normalization of ties with the state of Israel in recent years, particularly following the rise of current Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Jared Kushner’s rise to prominence in his father-in-law’s administration. Other investments in the Vision Fund have come from Apple, Qualcomm and Oracle’s Larry Ellison, all tech companies with strong ties to Israel’s government.
The Saudi and Emirati governments’ links to the Vision Fund are so obvious that even mainstream outlets like the New York Times have described them as a “front for Saudi Arabia and perhaps other countries in the Middle East.”
SoftBank also enjoys close ties to Jared Kushner, with Fortress Investment Group lending $57 million to Kushner Companies in October 2017 while it was under contract to be acquired by SoftBank. As Barron’s noted at the time:
When SoftBank Group bought Fortress Investment Group last year, the Japanese company was buying access to a corps of seasoned investors. What SoftBank also got is a financial tie to the family of President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.”
According to The Real Deal, Kushner Companies obtained the financing from Fortress only after its attempts to obtain funding through the EB-5 visa programfor a specific real estate venture were abandoned after the U.S. Attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission began to investigate how Kushner Companies used the EB-5 investor visa program. A key factor in the opening of that investigation was Kushner Companies’ representatives touting Jared Kushner’s position at the White House when talking to prospective investors and lenders.
SoftBank also recently came to the aid of a friend of Jared Kushner, former CEO of WeWork Adam Neumann. Neumann made shocking claims about his ties to both Kushner and Saudi Arabia’s MBS, even asserting that he had worked with both in creating Kushner’s long-awaited and controversial Middle East “peace plan” and claimed that he, Kushner and MBS would together “save the world.” Neumann previously called Kushner his “mentor.” MBS has also discussed on several occasions his close ties with Kushner and U.S. media reports have noted the frequent correspondence between the two “princelings.”
Notably, SoftBank invested in Neumann’s WeWork using money from the Saudi-dominated Vision Fund and later went on to essentially bail the company out after its IPO collapse and Neumann was pushed out. SoftBank’s founder, Masayoshi Son, had an odd yet very close relationship with Neumann, perhaps explaining why Neumann was allowed to walk with $1.7 billion after bringing WeWork to the brink of collapse. Notably, nearly half of SoftBank’s approximately $47 billion investments in the U.S. economy since Trump’s election, went to acquiring and then bailing out WeWork. It is unlikely that such a disastrous investment resulted in the level of job creation that Son had promised Trump in 2016.
Given that it is Cybereason’s top investor and shareholder by a large margin, SoftBank’s ties to the Trump administration and key allies of that administration are significant in light of Cybereason’s odd interest in 2020 U.S. election scenarios that end with the cancellation of this year’s upcoming presidential election. It goes without saying that the cancellation of the election would mean a continuation of the Trump administration until new elections would take place.
Furthermore, with Cybereason’s close and enduring ties to Israeli military intelligence now well-documented, it is worth asking if Israeli military intelligence would consider intervening in 2020 if the still-to-be-decided Democratic contender was strongly opposed to Israeli government policy, particularly Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. This is especially worth considering given revelations that sexual blackmailer and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who targeted prominent U.S. politicians, mostly Democrats, was in the employ of Israeli military intelligence.
Notably, Cybereason’s doomsday election scenarios involved the weaponization of deep fakes, self-driving cars and the hacking Internet of Things devices, with all of those technologies being pioneered and perfected — not by Russia, China or Iran — but by companies directly tied to Israeli intelligence, much like Cybereason itself. These companies, their technology and Cybereason’s own work creating the narrative that U.S. rival states seek to undermine the U.S. election in this way, will all be discussed in the conclusion of MintPress’ series on Cybereason and its outsized interest in the U.S. democratic process.
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2020.07.27 10:52 rhythmicdancer Check your accounts for yearly auto-billing dates

I hate yearly auto-billing. I really do.
I like being in control of paying my bills. Monthly auto-billing is fine, since it shows up on my credit card or bank account often enough that I recognize it. I only have one service that auto-bills monthly, and that's Netflix. Everything else I pay manually.
And then there's that one account – Zipcar – that I hardly use that doesn't allow me to opt out of its yearly auto-billing. I hardly use it, but I don't cancel it because it's a great service to have when I need it. So I keep it and it auto-bills me every year.
Well sometime last year I got two charges on my credit card, totaling about $146, from Zipcar. I saw them as red flags because they showed the city and state (Boston, Ma.). I immediately called my credit card company and told them they were fraudulent charges. I'm nowhere near that city or state, I said. They removed the charges.
Well tonight I re-opened my Zipcar account and noticed that I couldn't rent a car because I have outstanding charges. I paid them off right away because I need a car for this weekend.
The charges showed up on my credit card immediately, displaying again the city and state: Boston, Ma. That's probably Zipcar's headquarters, I thought. I Googled it to verify. Which is confusing because my credit card usually shows where I make a purchase, not the location of company headquarters.
A few minutes later I realized that my credit card showed the same thing last year. Zipcar, Boston, Ma. I looked at my bank account history, and lo and behold, there appeared those Zipcar charges that I thought were fraudulent. It's a good thing I didn't have to move heaven and earth to get those charges removed since they were immediate. (Not too long ago, you had to write a letter to the bank explaining why they had to remove a charge, and response took about two weeks.)
So lesson learned: after setting myself back about $410, I now write in my calendar the auto-billing dates. It's in my phone calendar, paper planner and refrigerator calendar. You know, just in case I forget. I still hate it, though.
So check those auto-billing dates, folks.
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2020.07.22 22:35 ozeor The real truth behind the firing of the Southern District of New York Attorney, Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell. A conspiracy that unfolded before our very eyes.

June 15th
Ghislaine Maxwell hired Wohl and his lobbyist colleague Jack Burkman to get NYDA Berman fired. The fact that she hired them is irrefutable, as the contracts have been leaked. Further these two individuals worked for Roger Stone in trying to discredit Muellar with the false rape allegations from two women. Jack Burkman is a longtime friend of Barr.
June 19th
Clayton suddenly comes up with an idea to become the SDNY DA out of the blue, even though he is the chairman of the SEC.
June 19th
Attorney General Bill Barr claimed that the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York had resigned, and announced his replacement on an interim basis by the current U.S. attorney for New Jersey—a man who served as Chris Christie’s defense attorney in the Bridgegate scandal and who seems ill-equipped to handle the Manhattan caseload.
That was a lie. A few hours later, the SDNY attorney, Geoffrey Berman, issued a public statement saying that he had not resigned, had no intention of doing so, and was staying on the job. Then, Saturday, Barr sent Berman a letter telling him that Barr had asked President Donald Trump to fire Berman—and that Trump had done so. That letter, too, may have been a lie. Shortly after it was published, Trump said that he was “not involved” in the Berman firing and that it was up to Barr. In something of a bind, Barr is allowing the SDNY deputy, an experienced prosecutor, to step into Berman’s role until the Senate can confirm a permanent replacement; Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In Manhattan, Berman oversaw an independent investigative office that pursued investigations Trump didn’t like — into Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, into Trump’s current lawyer Rudy Giuliani, into Trump’s inaugural committee, and more importantly he was the one leading the charge on Jeffery Epstien and Ghislaine Maxwell. Prosecutors said they kept a close eye on Maxwell's whereabouts in the year since Epstein was arrested and killed himself in jail, and that they only arrested her once the indictment was "ready."
July 2nd
With the indictment now ready, Acting Distract Attorney Audrey Strauss has the indictment executed and she is arrested quite easily since they have been keeping an eye on her whereabouts.
Berman and Strauss got Jeffery Epstien, that is a cold hard fact. Epstien died in jail, this had nothing to do with Berman or Strauss, they are not prison guards or have any say in how the prison is run. They indicted and charged both of them after long investigations, both had sealed indictments against them.
Indictments which take months to put together, one only needs to read the lengthy list of charges and information found in the original indictments to realize it was something in the works for months if not years. As soon as the indictment was finished, it was executed.
What do you think the new SDNY nominee would of done to the investigation? After all Jay Clayton has absolutely no experience being a federal prosecutor, he himself is self admitted golfing buddy of Trump. So why did they need to get the chairman of the SEC to suddenly quit his job and move to the SDNY DA position? Clayton told Trump and Barr on June 19th that he would like the SDNY job, and within the span of minutes? hours? Barr announced that Berman was stepping down. So the most powerful office of DA in the entire USA can be changed on a whim? It was given to someone who "requested" the job, within minutes or hours? None of this is odd?
"The Attorney General said that if I did not resign from my position I would be fired. He added that getting fired from my job would not be good for my resume or future job prospects. I told him that while I did not want to get fired, I would not resign," Berman told the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door interview.
It's pretty clear what has happened here, and the honesty of the situation is. This is the type of thing this conspiracy should live for.
Federal documents filed this month show a company linked to Maxwell had hired Wohl and Burkman to lobby on ‘issues relating to US DOJ, Senate Judiciary, House Judiciary,’ DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. Berman ultimately stepped down after Attorney General William 'Bill' Barr announced he would be resigned, but less than two weeks later, Maxwell was charged on July 2 as being part of Epstein's sex trafficking ring and taken into custody
A form filed with the US Senate by Burkman’s company, J M Burkman & Associates, on July 3 under the Lobbying Disclosure Act shows Wohl and Burkman were hired by 'Granite Realty LLC,' a frequent misspelling of Granite Reality - the company linked to Maxwell.
Maxwell bought the house through Granite Reality LLC, of 155 Seaport Blvd, Boston MA, the address of Nutter McClennen & Fish, a law firm which has previously acted for her. It is the same address on the disclosure form.
The form lists Burkman and Wohl as lobbyists for 'Granite Realty,' described as a ‘real estate company’, and indicates the pair will be lobbying over ‘Issues relating to US DOJ, Senate Judiciary, House Judiciary.’ Now we know that these two are clearly idiots and maybe lying about their representing Maxwell.
New York prosecutors say the firm is connected to Maxwell, with the LLC linked to her purchase of a New Hampshire house where she was arrested on July 2 - the day before Burkman’s lobbying disclosure was filed.
New Hampshire property records show Granite Reality paid $1,070,000 cash in December for the home, aptly named Tuckedaway. Maxwell used a fake name and the ‘carefully anonymized LLC’, set up just weeks before the purchase, to buy the house while she hid from law enforcement, prosecutors in her New York sex trafficking case said.
Wohl and Burkman told Spealman that Maxwell also used the secretive LLC to hire them as lobbyists around early June, the model claimed.‘Her company Granite Realty LLC hired them to first get rid of the US attorney Jeffrey Berman,’ the paralegal said, referring to the name of the company the way it was spelled on the document.
Fox News reported that Maxwell was “hiding out” in Paris, France, before she was ultimately arrested in New Hampshire. The same Fox news that edited the photo of Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell. Why is Fox news misreport on this? Also why is Fox News host Geraldo Rivera is loudly defending Ghislaine Maxwell, insisting that the case against her is “wobbly,” and accusing the judge of having merely caved to public opinion by denying bail.
Maxwell is alleged to be married to CEO Scott Borgerson of CargoMetrics, which specializes in maritime trade and shipping. Does that connection strike anyone as maybe a little odd for a known trafficker to be married to a CEO of a maritime trading company?
It gets worse, for those who say that Barr and Trump wouldn't do this. Well he has already done it before.
The firing earlier this year of Jessie Liu, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. By firing Liu, Barr and his team took control of the Washington, D.C., U.S. attorney’s office. Until they did that, the office was following up on various indictments and charges that had been brought against Trump’s associates. Once they seized control, Barr’s team intervened to short-circuit that process. They interceded in the sentencing of Roger Stone, and more recently, they have made an effort to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn. In both circumstances, career prosecutors were so outraged that they withdrew from the case, and some resigned from the Department of Justice altogether.
It's pretty clear what has happened here, and the honesty of the situation is. This is the type of thing this conspiracy should live for.
Another shipping company that specializes in maritime trade is the Foremost Group, the CEO's sister is Elaine Chao the Secretary of Transportation which regulates U.S. registered cargo vessels in the administration of President Donald Trump. Her husband is none other then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This is where it get's very interesting, you see under Jay Clayton as head of the SEC, the Chinese Communist Party have accelerated CCP’s worrying penetration of U.S. capital markets, by which it has raised by some estimates as much as $3 trillion or more to date, and its ambitions to secure a further $2-5 trillion over the next few years. Jay Clayton's non actions include the failure of the SEC under Chairman Clayton to: interpose objection to Thrift Savings Plan funds slated to be invested in malevolent Chinese companies; require material risk disclosure by PRC corporations sanctioned by the U.S. government; oppose preferential treatment in our capital markets for such corporations over their American counterparts; prevent wholly unvetted Chinese “A-Shares” from being traded in U.S. markets via Exchange Traded Funds; and stop dollar-denominated bonds from being offered here by Chinese “bad actors.”
Since Elaine Chao became transportation secretary, records show, the agency budget has repeatedly called to cut programs intended to stabilize the financially troubled maritime industry in the United States, moving to cut new funding for federal grants to small commercial shipyards and federal loan guarantees to domestic shipbuilders.
Her agency’s budget has also tried to slash spending for a grant program that helps keep 60 American-flagged ships in service, and has tried to scale back plans to buy new ships that would train Americans as crew members.
The Foremast group has extremely deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party
Does anyone for a second think that two powerful shipping companies with close ties to the Trump administration never interacted with one another? After all The US Department of Transportation, over which Chao presides, oversees every aspect of anything in this country that rolls, flies, or sails, including the Federal Aviation Administration; the Federal Highway Administration; pipeline safety; and, most significantly, the Maritime Administration.
Not only can Jay Clayton drop the charges against Maxwell, but he can also make sure that the Trump administration can continue to sell out the USA to the CCP.
https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1180481/download https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1291491/download
https://www.scribd.com/document/467773396/Bradford-NH-Property#from_embed
https://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=getFilingDetails&filingID=0AF0CFD6-45B7-4B62-8537-A0161DAD14F0&filingTypeID=1 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/why-bill-barr-got-rid-geoffrey-berman/613339/
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2020.07.09 08:28 Justwonderinif Tara Grinstead Timeline IV

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2020.07.02 00:40 Iskander_Khan The Farm (Part One)

I was never the romantic type.
But I don’t think you could blame me. Mom and Dad fought like cats and dogs, going through a messy divorce when my sister and I were still young.
I didn’t believe in ‘true love’. I didn’t think there was ‘the one’.
But that all changed when I met Sophie Norris.

I was a city kid.
I spent all my time hanging around Boston Common with my buddies, before we stuffed our faces with meatball subs up in the North End.
She was a country girl.
She spent all her time on the family farm out in Iowa, playing in the cornfields and eating lovingly home cooked meals.
She was a college student, and didn’t mind that I was a few years older. Nor did she care about my dead end job unloading ships at the harbour. We just clicked.

She was everything I wasn’t.
She was smart, patient, well read. She took an interest in the arts. She was beautiful, and the more we dated, the more I found myself catching feelings.
By the time summer came around, I couldn’t bear to go like three months without seeing her. So we arranged for me to drive out to Iowa to visit her and her family on their farm. I was ecstatic. Despite her progressive attitudes, she was in many respects a deeply traditional girl. So I knew the key to her heart was winning over her parents, and I was more than prepared to do that.

So when the day came, I packed my stuff, loaded up my car, and set off for Iowa.
It goes without saying that it was a long drive, nineteen hours in total with an overnight stop in a Detroit motel. It was tedious in the extreme, but the prospect of being reunited with her spurred me on.
She had given me an address and rough directions, but getting lost among the miles upon miles of cornfields was way too easy. I couldn’t call her to ask her to guide me in, she had warned me that the cell service in her area was spotty. So I drove up and down a stretch of road just south of Emmetsburg until I found someone to ask directions from.
They’d never heard of the Norris family farm, but told me they knew of an old dirt road near a place called Rush Lake. I thanked them, but they warned me it wasn’t the kind of place that strangers were welcome.
I wasn’t about to let that deter me though, so I set off in search of it, and eventually found the place they were referring to.

I immediately understood what they meant.
An old, hand painted, wooden sign told trespassers that they would be shot. Yet I drove down the dirt road anyway, telling myself that the rewards far outweighed the risks.
After about half a mile of trundling along that old, dirt road, I passed through an open wooden gate that lead to a big old farmhouse, a cattle shed and a huge red barn. Frankly, it was amazing that any strangers found themselves wandering onto that place at all. It was tucked away among the corn, a little slice of cloistered heaven, far away from prying eyes.
At first, I wasn’t sure I had the right place, not until I saw Sophie walk out onto the porch of the farmhouse, an expression of delight on her face. She ran up to the car as I climbed out of the driver’s seat, beyond excited to hug her for the first time in weeks.
“Alex, you made it, you actually came!” she chirped. Her voice quivered as she fought back tears and fell into my arms.
“Of course I did, I missed you too much”

We broke our embrace just in time for me to see her family congregating on the porch, and they were exactly what I expected from her descriptions of them.
Her barrel chested father, arms folded in his denim dungarees, looked on with vague suspicion, while her mother smiled warmly at the heart warming reunion.
But I didn’t quite expect her brother to be so huge. He was her junior by a number of years, and for some reason the image of him as a young boy had cemented in my mind. To see him now, with his frankly colossal stature, was rather intimidating.
“Come meet the family” she said, taking me by the hand and eagerly leading me towards the house.

It was early on the Friday evening when I finally arrived, just in time for dinner. And as Sophie’s Mom laid out a spread out roasted meats and vegetables, I made my introductions.
“Good to finally have you here”, Mr Norris said in a deep, gravelly voice, “we’ve heard an awful lot about you”.
“All good I hope”, I replied nervously.
“Glowing, but I told her, if something seems too good to be true-”
“Amos, don’t be so rude! This young man’s travelled a long way to be here” Mrs Norris exclaimed before turning to me, “I’m so sorry about my husband, he’s a man of many skills, but his socials are sourly lacking”.
“I get it, Ma’am, he’s just protective of his daughter”
“You see, Mona? The boy gets it”, he said before turning back to me “Sophie said you were a smart one. But how is it that someone so smart didn’t end up going to college?”
“Victim of circumstance, I suppose, family finances weren’t great”, I remained polite, but the question hit a nerve, “I guess I wanted to learn the value of hard work before I tried higher education, something that you obviously know all too well. You must have worked your butt off to be able to afford her college fees”.
It was a compliment engineered to make Mr Norris smile with pride, but nothing registered on his face.

Sophie didn’t have any loans, and wanted for nothing. I had a huge amount of respect for her father, long before I’d ever met him.
“So, Mr Norris, do you sell your produce directly to supermarkets, or are there like, distributors or something?” I asked.
Sophie’s Mom and Dad shot each other a look, before her Dad cleared his throat apprehensively.
“We’re not a selling farm, Son”, he began, “we’re purely subsistence out here. Let’s just say I’ve been lucky with a few investments I’ve made over the years. But enough small talk, finish your food, and I’ll show you around. You’ve got a lot of work to help me with tomorrow”.

I really did try to finish what was on my plate. I was half starved from the day’s long drive.
But there was something about the way the meat tasted, something slightly bitter and nauseating about it. I’ve never been a fan of liver, and I supposed that’s what it was. Being a subsistence farm, there was a good chance that they ate every single part of the animals they slaughtered.
But God help me if I offended them in the first hours of meeting them. So I ate as much as I could stomach, then made out like I was full.

There was only one reason why I found myself just slightly hesitant to visit Sophie on her family’s farm.
That was the fact that, as she had explicitly told me, her father would expect anyone willing to date or marry his daughter of being capable of working on the farm. In her words, a good farmhand showed diligence and fortitude, things that she too hoped to find in a potential partner, let alone what her father would expect of them.
I considered myself a hard worker, and working down at the harbour could be physically gruelling on occasion. But I knew it would pale in comparison to the kind of thing Mr Norris would have me doing.

The wakeup call came at 4:30am.
I thought I was hard core for getting up at 6:30 for workdays, but here was Sophie’s Dad, fresh as a goddamn daisy while the sun had barely even grazed the sky.
“Get up, Boy, we got work to do. Meet me at the cattle shed in fifteen minutes. We’ll see what you’re made of”.
It was extremely early, but that wasn’t why I was so tired. I’d hardly slept a wink, having felt terrible all night. I’d never really eaten liver before and I guessed it just didn’t agree with me.

So there I was, exhausted, stumbling towards a cow shed in the middle of rural Iowa, at a truly ungodly hour.
I lit myself a cigarette as soon as I walked outside, if I didn’t have time for a coffee, I sure as hell was getting a smoke in before work commenced. But as soon as Sophie’s Dad laid eyes on the lit butt between my fingers, he scowled.
“Sophie didn’t mention you were a smoker”
“Yeah, I –I’m trying to quit, she keeps pushing me to give up, you obviously brought her up to be-”
“Life is precious” Mr Norris interrupted, “a man should do everything in his power to give himself longevity. Give that thing to me”
I took one last drag on it before handing it over, watching as he walked over to a nearby trash can, stamped it out, and threw it away.
“Don’t smoke that crap on my farm again, Boy”
He struck me as the kind of man who could be very warm when he wanted to be. But in that moment, the look in his eyes struck the fear of God into me.

“Ever milked a cow before?” he said, after a long and uncomfortable silence.
“No, Sir”
“Well you’re gunna learn today”
As he led me into the cattle shed, the first thing that struck me was the smell. Thanks to an eighth grade field trip, I’d been around farm animal before, but I’d never smelled anything so awful in my entire life, a stench of rot and sour milk.
Mr Norris set up a stool near one of the cows, then proceeded to roll up his shirt sleeves. He told me to watch carefully, and for a few moments, I did, but my eyes were quickly drawn elsewhere.
I’d never seen a cow as sickly as that, ever.
She was skeletal. Her eyes were a milky white around the pupils. I watched in disgust as a fat, black housefly landed right on the soft, moist lining of her eye. She didn’t seem to react at all.
“Hey! I told you, pay attention”, Mr Norris suddenly growled.
“Yes, Sir, sorry, Sir”.
I turned my attention back to the milk pale that sat beneath the cow’s wrinkled udders, mapped by a web of black veins. What was in that milk pale looked wrong, it looked sour, like it had the consistency of yogurt. But I watched as Sophie’s Dad took a small metal ladle, scooped up a little of the thick, gooey liquid, and brought it to his lips with a wet slurp.
“Ain’t nothing like it, strengthens the bones. Here, try some”, he said, offering me the ladle.
“I’m good, thanks, maybe a little too early for me”
“Suit yourself” he said, taking another slurp before letting the ladle’s contents slide back into the pale with a sickening slosh. “Now go wash up and get yourself some breakfast, next I need you in the beet field”.

Back at the farmhouse, I found Sophie and her Mom preparing breakfast as I sat down at the kitchen table with her older brother.
“How you doin’, Big Guy, you sleep well?” I said to him. He gave me a cold stare, not saying a word in reply.
“Don’t mind him”, Sophie’s Mom chimed in, “he’s a quiet one, always has been”.
“Strong, silent type”, I said, “I like it”.
I turned back to him, but there was nothing behind his eyes. I raised a hand to give him a gentle wave, but he didn’t move, just stayed stone still as he waited for his breakfast.
Sophie but down a plate of scrambled eggs in front of me, but I found them just an unpalatable as last night’s meal. I tried to fill up with the toast that was stacked up on the table, but even that stuff I had to force down.
Yet what I found deeply disconcerting was that Sophie and her brother seemed to relish their meals, like they couldn’t taste anything amiss with them at all. And it’s not Sophie didn’t know good food, we had spent a lot of time in some of the finest restaurants in all of New England, probably the entire country, and she was quite the connoisseur.
I was barely finished eating before Sophie’s Dad poked his head into the kitchen.
“Enough rest. Beet field, five minutes”
I cleared my plate, apologizing to Sophie’s Mom that my appetite must just have been off, then trudged out to the beet field to meet her Dad.

“This one should be easy, even for a City Boy like you”, he said, kneeling among rows of neatly planted greenery. “You gotta get a good, firm grip of the leaves here, right at the stem, then twist as you pull ‘em out of the ground, see?”
He demonstrated his technique, and then left me to get on with the work.
Basket in hand, I knelt down into the dirt, pulling up beets just like he’d shown me. I was exhausted, barely paying attention to what I was doing, until pulling one particular beet left a stain on my hand.
I had to double check to make sure I hadn’t accidentally cut myself on something, the texture and the colour wasn’t like anything I’d ever seen from a beetroot, even down to how sticky it felt when I rubbed the juice between my fingers.
“What’re you staring at, Boy?” Mr Norris scared the hell out of me, having crept up from God knows where.
“Uh, are these things meant to leak like this?”
“Sometimes, when they’re fresh, sure”
“But, the colour -”
“Best goddamn beets in the entire county, not like that crap you find in your goddamn super-duper-marts”
“I mean, I suppose”
“Enough talk”, he said, picking up the full basket of beets before placing another empty one down next to me, “you’re going to pick another basketful, then you’re gunna come help me with the corn”
He turned and walked away, muttering something under his breath as he did so.
I picked my way along another row of the beets, trying to keep my mind off how peculiar they seemed. But as he was so quick to remind me, I was just a city kid, out here where I didn’t belong, working on something I was totally unfamiliar with. So who was I to question the quality of their produce?
I just kept my mind on Sophie, and carried on with the task at hand.

Around noon, I met Mr. Norris in the corn field.
“You did alright with those beets, now let’s see you with the corn”, again he demonstrated the proper technique for tearing off the ears, tossing them in a basket before leaving me to it.
It was considerably easier than pulling beets, the repetitive motions of which had left a dull ache in my shoulder. But just like the beets, I noticed something rather strange about this produce too. The husks that coated the corn itself felt like old, dry skin, the kind that forms on a cut or graze after it’s scabbed over.
But that wasn’t what freaked me out.
What had the hairs rising on the back of my neck was that I noticed something dark and black on one of the corn husks, in a very familiar shape. It appeared to be faded black ink, in the shape of a heart, one that looked just like an old tattoo.

Just then, I heard a rustling the cornfield behind me.
“Mr Norris, is that you?” I called out, but there was no reply. I turned, staring into the vast green ocean of tall, green stalks before me.
I took a few steps forward, trying to get a glimpse of whatever just made the noise, and felt my heart thump when I heard the same rustling, this time accompanied by a swaying among the tops of nearby corn stalks.
Someone, or something, was definitely in there, just feet away from me, just out of sight.
I moved along the rows with dreadful anticipation, when suddenly I saw them, a pair of black eyes, staring back at me from the shadows. As soon as that thing’s gaze met mine, it darted off through the corn field in the opposite direction, grunting as it went.
I had no idea what I’d just locked eyes with. But it was short, and covered in thick, dark hair. For a few moments after the distant rustling died down, a dreadful silence hung in the air, broken only by the sound of a gruff voice coming from behind me.

“You call for me, Boy?” it was Mr. Norris, haven’t almost frightened the life out of me for the second time that day.
“Jesus, I – I think I saw something in the field there”
“Saw what?”
“I don’t know exactly, I think it was a pig”
“We don’t keep pigs on this farm, Boy, only cows”
“Well, it certainly looked like a pig, only it was all covered in hair, this thick, black -”
“Will have been a wild hog, they break through the fences sometimes, eat up all our produce. But it’s not entirely a bad thing. I’ll get the shotgun and back head out into the fields later on tonight, might have some fresh meat on the table tomorrow”
“Yeah, must be a real problem trying to keep interlopers at bay, we have the same problem down at the harbour, only it’s not like we can use a shotgun to fix the situation”. I laughed, he didn’t. It was then that another thought came to mind, one that had a question attached.
“So, is all your stuff here organic, Mr. Norris?”
“Organic?” he threw the word back at me like it was in another language.
“Yeah, like, not using any nasty pesticides or anything like that”, it’d certainly explain why some of his produce was so – different.
“We don’t have that problem on this farm, Boy”
And that’s when it hit me. It was high summer; there should have been flies, bees, aphids and insects of all varieties buzzing around the fields. It dawned on me that I hadn’t seen or heard a single one, at any point in the day. I was just about to ask him another question when Mr Norris cut me off.
“Now come on, we’re just about done here, let’s head back to the house”
“But I’ve barely filled the fir-”
“I won’t tell you again, Boy, now come on”

I spent the remainder of the afternoon with Sophie, hanging out down by a stream which ran through the property.
Sitting in the grass and talking with her made me forget just how strange the whole day’s events had seemed. And besides, getting up at four thirty in the morning has a way of dulling your sense of perception.
When I was with her, I didn’t have a care in the world, and no amount of weird vegetables or cranky old farmers could change that.
“I don’t think your Dad likes me very much”
“That’s just his way, he’ll warm up to you in time, you just gotta prove yourself”
“Prove myself how?”
“You gotta show that you can be a part of this family. And I’ll be honest, that ain’t gunna be easy. But you’ll manage it, if you love me, you’ll find manage it”.
That was all I needed to hear. I did love her, more than I thought was ever possible. And in that moment, I was still prepared to do whatever it took to win her parent’s approval.

That evening after another dinner in which I forced down more of Mrs Norris’ terrible cooking, I decided to get an early night so I’d be ready for more hard labor the next morning.
Obviously, Sophie and I weren’t sleeping in the same bed, so I wished her goodnight and climbed the stairs to the guest room, where I fell asleep pretty much as soon as my head hit the pillow.
However, just a few hours later, I found myself awakened by a rumbling in my stomach. For the second night running, Mrs Norris’ home cooking had not agreed with me, only this time I had to sneak off the bathroom to empty my stomach as quietly as possible for fear of waking up the rest of the family.
But not all of them were sleeping, as I heard voices coming from downstairs as I crept back across the landing. It was Mr and Mrs Norris, having some kind of hushes disagreement in the kitchen.
“You can’t go out there Amos, you just – you just can’t!” Mrs Norris was pleading.
“You know I have to, one of them got out today, Sophie’s boy almost ran into it in the cornfield” implored her husband.
“Can’t you just leave them be, if – if it catches you out there, before you see it, it’ll-”
“Then I won’t let it”, Mr Norris interjected, “I’ve dealt with those things before, and I can do it again”
“Oh God, Amos, but – but what if?”
“Listen to me, woman, if that things escapes this farm, and the world outside finds out what we’re doing here, it’ll be the end of us, you know that!”
“I – I know, just please, I’m begging you, be careful out there”
“I will”
I listened as Mr Norris walked down the hall downstairs, hearing the distinct sound of him loading some kind of firearm as he walked. And as he walked out of the house, into the night, I crept back into bed, and lay there, knowing exactly what he was out there trying to hunt, but wondering just what the hell it really was.
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2020.06.27 02:06 baby_meatus Would anyone want to read the rest of this story? Should I turn this in to a book?

How would I expand this? I want to write a book.

Junior year of University, I was approached by M(atty)M(oe) he was goading me to apply to a community service organization, the Bonner program, which rewards students accepted with a $5,000 check. Reluctantly, I applied and shockingly I was accepted into the program, which also included the aforementioned scholarship. Upon receipt of the scholarship check I stood at my mailbox for about 10 minutes $5000 seemed like a small fortune to me, a check of $5000 was almost license to drink myself into oblivion, or throw my fraternity a party completely funded by yours truly.
Nervously, I walked over to the registrars office of Stetson University and said; "Ummm I believe you’ve made a mistake, this check does not belong to me…" They tell me in return, "No that’s your award for being accepted into Bonner."
My head was spinning from the absolute good fortune of doggedly pursuing the philanthropic streak in me, and heeding MMs advice. I was trying to decide what to do with the money; "I could throw my fraternity a party…I could invest it, but any investment right now is suicide…I could buy a motorcycle…" I decided to go with motorcycle, not immediate suicide, I would at least get an dopamine rush on a daily basis. I might even attract a few girls!
Side note: the 'investment option" would have been the best option, I was presenting the equity: SNA, to the board of trustees for purchase into the school endowment portfolio, at time of check receipt, SNA (Snap-On), the equity I was presenting, was trading around $30-35/share (it touched $29/share on the day I made my presentation). At time of writing SNA was trading at $183.59/share. Upon receipt of the scholarship money that was gifted to me, for my good deeds towards humanity, I could have bought 5000/35 = 142 shares of SNA, 142*183=~$30,000. Though no (not) sane 20 year old kid would want to lock their money up for eternity and buy stocks and bonds, that is for old people… like 25 year olds.
I went down to Deland Motorsports with my best friend to browse a few insane 'crotch rockets,' Id learnt that an I-4, or inline 4 cylinder, motorcycle would be vastly overpowered for a 'squid*. Accepting this, I decided on a , very powerful Suzuki SV650s, a sane choice for a "noob."
*squirrely kid
With the final signature of some loan document (stupidly I wasnt not paying very close attention to the verbiage, or amounts - pretty incredible for a finance major) a sudden Dopamine wave went through my body. Holy shit, I thought, do I own another motor vehicle? Im going to get so many girls(!) but I am dating JL… Perhaps her friends will badger her incessantly, and she'll cave and bring another girl into the mix.
None of that happened. Though I did hook up with one if the 'hottest' girls at Stetson, MC, and she specifically said: "you look so 'hawt' riding your motorcycle back from intramural Soccer games, shirtless." Which I interpreted as a flirtatious vote lauding the purchase of that death machine, exactly the type of thing I had in mind when making the purchase. Then there was CZ, Im fairly certain she didn’t have a sexual motivation activated by the motorcycle, this was just a girl who was 'thirsty.' The summer between Junior and Senior year I was selected (incredibly) for an internship with Morgan Stanley, I remember getting the call, in April 2007:
"Hello, could we speak with Nicolas Uppal?"
ohhhh shit what did I do now? "Speaking" I said
"Congratulations Nicolas! You’ve been selected to be a Junior Financial analyst with the GWMG group at Morgan Stanley! You have two options: Beverly Hills or Downtown LA"
All my friends and family can tell you how I was constantly professing to 'adore city life,' and how 'I felt empty if I did not see anything in the sky.' However, the option laid out in front of me required some deliberation, time I did not have. "Uh uh uh Beverly Hills" I blurted out.
"Excellent choice we will send you a confirmation email with the next steps included. Welcome aboard."
Holy sh!t, I thought, im a rising Senior and I already have employment plans.
I immediately called my mother, and let her know the great news.
"I hope you & BPJ approve of this." Quickly explain the Morgan Stanley tale.
"Bien sur que il va etre excite, et mois aussi!"
"Awesome, I have class, talk to you soon, love you."
And with that I thought my future was coming together. I putted around campus for the remainder of my Junior and Senior years, occasionally riding out to Daytona beach, thinking: "this is so cool thank god for this helmet though, I didn’t have the cash to buy one there! Im glad the dealer included one with the sale." That call came at the perfect time to fully let loose over spring break.
For Spring Break; I went to Key West with GA, EM, CF, and DS - we had a blast. I don’t think there was a 5-minute space when all 5 of us were not drunk or high. Then, GA and I had the brilliant idea of renting 49cc scooters and terrorizing Duvall St. We were wrong, Duvall St. terrorized us, EM got into a fight with a bouncer at some popular bar on the strip on Duvall St. EM destroyed him, he just sat on the entrance steps as all 5 of us stumbled in, then 10 minutes and 5 drinks later, we stumbled out, mounted our scooters and safely made it back to our motel, this episode only reinforced my feeling of being invincible.
The next day GA and I were racing on the mopeds around Key West, seeing some traffic up ahead I decided to ramp on to the sidewalk and ride on the sidewalk and 'bunnyhop' down off the sidewalk, thus ensuring my victory. GA pulled up next to me laughing his ass off, from that point forward it didn’t matter if we were drunk, high, or both - we were jumping off sidewalks. Amazingly, none of us went down, except for CF who gave the scooter too much throttle on the sand, lost the rear end and the scooter fishtailed out from underneath him in some sand. Schadenfreude, I thought. Good thing im (slightly) more skilled at riding scooters.
We then had our final night out, just got really drunk didn’t do anything to prepare for the ride back up to Dea(d)land, and await the final 2 months of school.
In the final 2 months of Senior year I attended Ultra Music Festival, I was so in to progressive house and was known around campus for my love affair with House music. In fact DS and I hosted a radio show called "Techno story time," where we would 'drop' the sickest track we had heard during the previous week, and between tracks I would tell an 'R'/'X' rated story of the debauchery. Looking back on this, I must've seemed like such a douchebag, literally kissing and telling whoever had the misfortune of tuning in. Ultra (UMF) was in Miami a 7 hour drive, too pusillanimous to take 'Brutus,' (I wanted to keep him in excellent condition, keep the mileage low) I decided to take the motorcycle.
I recall that going to Miami on a motorcycle was so draining, but as always I was able to overcome that challenge and arrive in Miami with time to spare. I crashed on JLs brothers couch at UM, what an awesome guy for putting up with a smelly, dirty guy who was banging his sister. Damn, in retrospect, I cant really forgive myself for breaking up with JL a year later
At Ultra Music Fest had an awesome time, I didn’t do any drugs, get drunk, or makeout/flirt/hookup with anyone else or smoke Cannabis (although you could smell the cannabis smoke 2-3 miles away). On the drive back, I decided to go as fast as I could (actually I just really really missed JL and wanted to get to Stetson sooner) I remember having the bike at 135 MPH (engine speed limit, were it not for that or I wouldve gone much faster - so that speed limiter was a good thing) for ~30 minutes on the long and boring interior highway FL91. 91 to I-4 to US 17 to JLs arms!
The final 2 months until graduation were essentially a self-imposed retirement; I had no projects due, no finals and before leaving to Ultra Fest '09 I had just given my bond presentation. I was a free man - with no employment lined up. The drawbacks of going to a small, unknown and not-well-connected-outside-of-Florida school were beginning to become apparent
During graduation, I don’t know why I was so somber, I stuck around after graduating for a few nights to party with the boys and be with JL before I departed towards the unknown of adulthood. Upon returning to Atlanta I just assumed that I would be able to 'crash' in my old room, without having a job. Luckily, about 4 months in to my joblessness my great friend from school KD was able to hook up an interview for me with his company, AT&T. I interviewed well, but I really think KD had it already arranged to have me hired, they just wanted to vet me. I interviewed and was subsequently hired to do some business analytics/data cleaning. While working at AT&T I did great work making fun of my superior AM, however, I was not entirely clear on my task. I know I was supposed to measure the times from product purchase to online implementation. Beyond that, However the work was a sinecure until I was hired by MS. We moved buildings, 1 block to a massive, wide open cubicle farm, there may have been ~1000 cubicles in that room - and my cubicle was positioned so that the screen of my computer was visible to everyone who walked in.
Despite being assigned to a less than desirable spot. I worked, not hard but I made sure I completed all my tasks. About 2 months into my 'shafting' I decided to fly to FLL, Ft. Lauderdale, to visit JL, I missed her so badly. I didn’t just miss the sex, I missed the affection, I missed the unconditional love. I had no idea what it was that drew me so close to JL, but I kept going to her. While I was visiting JL she suggested that we go to a dog racing track, having only been to one before, I went to a dog racing track in Daytona Beach with AGs dad and my BFF NB, I agreed the event was not too memorable. However, on the drive back from the track I received a call from the connection I made during my internship with MS, the Managing Director of HR, CNG.
CNG informed me of a position in Coral Gables, Miami FL working with one of her friends JFG. Since I was already in Naples, 90 miles from Miami, I replied with: "I can be there to interview in two days…" With that I experienced another endorphin rush, I ffelt like my future was being laid out in front of me, I just had to secure this job, work my ass off, endure a few years of menial pay until I am promoted to 'Associate' and pay for JL to move in with me. This was especially alluring to me because it seemed like my best friends were getting amazing jobs; RL (my best friend) was working at a PE shop in ATL, and my good friend MS was consulting with McKinsey in Dubai, then again they went to awesome schools Emory and Wharton, respectively.
After my interview with JFG I drove back to Naples for a night before flying back to Atlanta,. It finally felt like I was entering adulthood. I got the position in Miami, I then attempted to put in my two weeks at AT&T when I tried to put in my two weeks my supervisor, AM, said: "No need, you don’t need to come back tomorrow." So with that I was a free man for 2 months, it felt eerily similar to finishing Stetson. I set about organising my departure and move to Miami.
I quickly realised that I was too poor to remotely make a down payment on a condo sight-unseen, so I meekly implored JL to ask her brother, RL, to allow me to crash on his couch for '1 week at most.' I felt like such a bum, living in the UM dorms, working for MS but not having a place to call my own. I had to make a change, so I went around my office asking if anyone needed or knew of anyone who needed a roommate. Luckily, a friend of my then boss, JFG, also had an analyst on his team, RM. We met and quickly agreed to cohabitate an apartment.
Living with RM was fairly easy, he was a very agreeable roommate, I think I pulled the best hand out of the deal,I made sure I got the master suite of the apartment while paying 10% less than RM, I feel like an asshole thinking back on it - but capitalism makes you do things against your human nature. We got into an ok apartment if it were not for the recession of 08-09 we would have never been able to afford it.
About 2 months after I finalized living with RM, Ultra '11 was gearing up, knowing that I was not earning enough to afford a $230 ticket, I begged JL to buy the ticket for our 2 year anniversary. She did! I thought; oh man I love this girl so much, I cant wait to spend the rest o my life with her. My friends GA and DS also were at UMF '11, we had a blast. None of us got too high, drunk or messed up, and strangely I never got GA or EM back to my apartment even though it was 2 blocks from Bayfront park.
I recouped for 12 hours, slept off the alcohol and cannabis, and showed up for work that Monday, probably looking like shit. A few months later, I decided to look up my Boss during my internship, GD. When we connected he was so glad to hear from me, he was unsure if I had been hired. Two calls later he gave me two things: a task to test a Mercedes E55 AMG(we were both gearheads), a job offer in Beverly Hills. Having just the task to test drive the car wouldve been enough, but a job offer in LA? My mind began racing, I had a flexible start date so I was able to gradually close things out and speak with my portfolio manager. Although a favor was called in to get me hired, JFG had no qualms about letting me go.
A month later I went out for my birthday with KG, we werent dating but she had an enormous crush on me, infact she came to Stetson to visut me, much to the chagrin of Jenny. We went to a few small bars, and ended up at club LIV, it was there I met the most beautiful girl I ever laid eyes on, Viviane G. from Rio, much to my amazement she was in to me as well (probably because at the time I had a head of black hair, this made me look like a Brazilian model). Vivi (as I called her) and I hit it off we spent the rest of my time in Miami together, we never kissed, this is why I felt ok staying with Jenny.
Then, a car and yacht show, 1 block from my apartment spurred the motivation to call and break up with Jenny, strangely. I thought Vivi was the woman of my dreams, I didn’t take in to consideration everything Jenny, and her family, had done for me
I took 2 months to finish up in Miami, going out every night to get the last feel of Miami nightlife before I ventured out to the great unknown west. Once again, like in Miami, I arrived in LA and had to 'crash' on my moms good friend LDs guest bedroom, until I got my situation squared away. I was able to quickly secure an apartment 2 blocks from Hollywood Ave., with a view of the Hollywood sign. "Oh man," I thought "I must be the flossiest Stetson graduate right now." I soon came to learn that DS was in LA too, we linked up and I found my smoking/drinking partner while I was in LA.
Work in the Beverly Hills branch of Morgan Stanley was not overly intense, I was just working with a few extra figures. This increase in amount magnified any mistake I made, and I made quite a few mistakes, luckily these were only mistakes on internal reporting documents my managers (one in Beverly Hills and the other in Boston) were pretty cool with it, but still pointed these mistakes out. I remember the team assistant, AT, being so gorgeous, she was taken, or I wouldve been all over that, I wanted to marry her. There were three women that I wanted to marry: 1 - Vivi, 2 - Jenny, 3 - AT
About 2 months in to living in Los Angeles AT, told me about the website Thrillist. I thought "wow Thrillist is so cool, all these awesome events…wait whats thus 'Rental Car Rally?'" The more I read about it, the more I became supremely interested and thought, oh man my friend GA would be PERFECT as my co pilot. I kept thinking about all the hijinks we would get in to, and the speeding, and the (name your debaucherous activity here). GA flew out to LA, we secured a rental Camaro SS coupe and headed for the rally.
We get to the staging area and we see a flood of other cars, buses, and people dressed in ridiculous outfits "this is going to be too much fun!" we said to each other. As the staging process moves on we see some incredible car decorations, and at the end of the pre-rally warm up we are given the option to race on a circle track, being the speed demons that GA & I were, we A B S O L U T E L Y took full advantage of that option. There was no passing allowed, and a quarter track length between each racer. We stage in line - our turn comes up and I bury the throttle, the rear tires barely having grip as we rocket onto the track, I didn’t dare to go above 125 MPH sine I was unsure about the condition of the tires. As we finished what was essentially a penis-size competition, I decided to do an enormous burnout in the middle of the track. After that burnout we were off to the races.
The rally was set up as a series of checkpoints, you have to take a photo at each checkpoint for proof you were there. First checkpoint: LA Zoo. Going to a zoo during the day is interesting, and smelly. At night however, its frightening different sounds and screams from other ralliers in the distance, we took a photo and drove, withi the speed limits, o course, to the next check point. This checkpoint was an abandoned ski lodge, perfect for messing around on abandoned ski lifts. After the ski lodge, we vebtured out into the desert, we only had 1 checkpoint between the LA Zoo and Vegas, and that checkpoint was on the very western edge of Nevada, a brothel - GA said he had no interest in buyin their "product," I remarked to GA how sad I as that I didnt "dip my pen in Dutch ink" while I was in Amsterdam with KD, yet I too was leery of getting some western Nevada 'strange.' We terorized a few trailer parks, doing insane burnouts and leaving the trailer parkhood in dust.
GA and I get to the strip, our rental Camaro SS was filthy, but we gave no fuc*s. We pull up the crappy little off-strip motel, a motel that was likely used by the hookers around Las Vegas, toss our bags on the floor and crashed for about 4 hours. Our room was right be the Lima Bean shaped pool so we could hear the fellow ralliers horsing around by the pool. Greg gets up, looks out the window, tosses me a Natural Light and says; "the only way to detox is to retox muthaf*****!"
To which I replied :"that’s excellent, but first pack a bowl beforeI shower to get this wester Nevada hooker scent off me…"
We both get out to the pool and EVERYONE rom the starting line is there, they were all really really drunk. Since I was a little tired, and wanted to be on my game for gambling that night, I didn’t drink or smoke. The night rolled around and we rustled up some grub on the strip, then we went to MGM to gamble: "Im not putting more than $50 down for chips…"
"Cool, imma do $100, you broke bitch" GA said.
We decide to play some slots (yawn), some Roulette (yawn), then I said I wanted to play some BlackJack. We walked up to the black jack table, waited for the dealer to reshuffle, and jumped in. I felt really smart so I thought I could count cards, after a few hands I started to turn a $5 to $10 to $20 profit, leaving me with $50, the exact same as I started with I thought: "ok, I can quit now, or go for glory, and put 80% down…" Me being the dumb kid I was, I decided to put $40 down and risk it all.
"ohhhh the little piker thinks hes got game!?" The dealer said
"Ehhhh" I replied
The cards come out and I get a 9 and a King.
"I bet you want a hit…"
"Nah, the only hit im taking will be the hit of Cannabis I take after I win this hand"
"Ok kid"
The dealer got a 5, Queen. "I bet you want a hit…" I said in a snarky tone
He took a card, a 7.
I said: "Id like to close out, please"
"Awwww poor kid cant play!?"
"Id like to close out, please"
"Ok tough guy"
I take my chips, get them cashed, and wound up with $95. I turned to GA: "I see how this can get addictive, I turned a 90% ROI!"
"We both laughed, piled into the Camaro, and GA drove us back to LA. GA hung out with DS for an extra day in LA while I was at work - about a month went by before my portfolio manager GD told me I needed to get to Boston to meet the other half of the team, I had only spoken to AS & SG on the phone, trying to explain how to use my messed up spreadsheets. Upon the meeting I figured: "Im already in the North East, I will swing down to NYC to visit RL, RN & MS.
The first night we were itogether, we just went out, got drunk, went to MS' friends apartment, but she wasn’t home yet. So MS and I decided to sleep, on the loor, in front of her door in a fairly swanky Upper East Side apartment. Early that morning MS and I were both awoken by a securoty guard kicking our feet: "uhhhh whats goin on here?"
"oh, sorry we got locked out by our friend she didn’t come home last night, do you all have a lounge?"
"yep, to the right of the front desk"
"Awesome, thank you"
MS and I slept on couches (what a luxury until JP came home. We got cleaned up and I grabbed my bag and went to MS, RN, and RLs apartment. Except it was a 2-bedroom. RL has converted a narrow, but very tall closet into a bedroom/loft. RL and I had been friends since high school, so I felt ok asking him if I could toss my stuff in his room. It was Saturday night, so we all got cleaned up, grabbed a pizza ate in, and got hyped for Saturday night.
"Where should we go?" asked RN.
Me:"I really wanna go to Pacha near westside highway! I get a podcast every week by them, and they have awesome music!"
RN asks:"Ok, everybody cool with Pacha?"
MS:"I wanna hit a college bar, maybe we go there to pregame, then Pacha?"
Me: "yeah that sounds splendifferous"
We set out, at the college bar, I ended up taking 3 shots and I was done for, I cant remember a thing. I stumble up to the bar and ask or a Heineken. "Ohhh is that for me?" An unseen girl asked
"Sure, if we go home tonight."
"OK"
Not being able to believe my ears, I turned around and I see this really cuteAsian girl with her hand out.
"hmm youre pretty thirsty huh?"
"Like you wouldn’t believe" as she snatched the beer out of my hand
"Well maybe you can give me some private tutoring, so I do believe."
"Im a great teacher"
"Well, I kinda suck at school, anything you can do?"
"Well as far as sucking, I think we can work something out"
"well, Ill be sure to get you an extra juicy Apple"
"Sounds delicious"
We danced, occasionally kissing, and made our way back to RL, RN & MS' apartment. When we got there I realized I had no bed to sleep on, only a couch, but RL being the good friend he is said: "Y'all can sleep (wink) in my bed."
"The dungeon!? Yesssss. Thanks man."
So, this girl (didn’t and still don’t know her name) amble up the ladder, she was wearing a skirt and wanted to go first. "Ok I know where this is going…to the bed!"
"Aww cant we play teachestudent first?"
"Only if I get a taste of that Apple I brought you..."
The next morning was my flight out to LA at 4:56 PM, so I had time to grab brunch with the guys before I left. We ate on Chelsea Pier, I felt obliged to 'kiss and tell,' and extol them with my heroics. In retrospect, they probably didn’t want to hear it, I banged some random, probabky nasty girl on RLs bed. We finished lunch had some fun on Chelsea pier, and I flew back to LA. While back in Beverly Hills I was incredibly tire, but I took pride in recounting every detail to DV, knowing AT could hear. I stupidly thought: "if she hears how much fun im having, she might get jealous and want to hangout with me." I was such a devious little shit.
I finish telling DV just as GD walks in to hear the punchline; "…so I brought her back and got her on my friends bed!" GD walks to his station, with four screens (I used to think the ore screens you have the more of a boss you are, now I think the less you have to involve yourself with day-to-day, and intraday moves the more of a 'boss' you are) I can feel him staring at me smiling my ass of, he says "I WANT TO FU*KING HEAR!" So I launch into my tale (or should I say tail).
Later that week I called my father while biking to the gym. I called him because I made an error In the execution of a large fixed income trade, the price of the underlying security moved away from the price quoted, normally this would not matter since we had discretion over trading - meaning we would not need client approval. However, this was a trade for our largest client making a large fixed income purchase, so $.01 makes a big difference when the quantity purchased is in the millions. My father recounts this story to me as an almost emblematic admission of previous of apprehension towards him, and my subsequent of rectification.
As theNYC buzz began to wear off, I started going to bars around LA; SkyBar, and Viper Room one night my two buddies DS & DS, and I all agreed that we should go to Club Avalon, I was a huge electronic progressive house music aficionado so going to world famous club Avalon was *almost* as sweet as NYC with my bros. DS and I cohosted 'Techno Storytime' on the school radio, so we were super pumped to hear some much in the 110 - 130 BPM range.
Still feeling the nightlife buzz from NYC, I found myself able to easily to talk to girls. Doug and I were kinda wall flowers/club explorers, neither one of us has been to Avalon, but upon exploring it we both agreed, DS would love it too, we should start meeting there monthly. The night wore on, I found myself uninterested in paying $12.00 for a bottle if Heineken, so I started to hit on some women, DS and I had explored too much and I only had 30 minutes to seal the deal. So I got to work, quickly scored the number, but we got sidetracked talking about a subject I really, really enjoy; political analysis.
We talked political analysis I wish I could remember what she was saying, she was so on the ball, that awareness only increased my attraction to her. We talked for a bit, we went to the outside portion of the club, seeing her in the moonlight I thought; "shit, she is magnificent, screw AT if I land her. Her looks combined with her intellect make her a superwoman, exactly the type of woman I want carrying my seed. By this point 20 minutes had elapsed, and the club began emptying, "oh shit better seal th-"
"It was amazing talking to you, but I have to find my friends."
"Wait, maybe we…"
She was gone from my life, at least I had her number…
I moped back to DS, he asked me: "Howd it go man!?"
I started yelling that 'I couldn’t seal the f$%^ing deal!"
"Its cool man, this is a big city, im sure youll have other shots, lets catch a cab back to my crib, smoke a bowl watch a movie and forget about all this."
"Aight dude that sounds awesome."
So, we go out to the taxi area, DS and I just bullshitting, and he stop talking: "…so DS has this sick fader on his turn tab…. Wait, what was the name of the girl you were talking to?"
"Why? K(atie)A(ltman…)
"KATIE!!!!!!"
"D what the…."
"KATIE!!!!!!"
"Oh Shit that’s Katie!"
He yells -"KATIE!!!!!!"
She turns around as she is getting in to her cab, with her buddies. I sprint over to her cab wrench the cab door open, and ride with the back to their apartment in Laurel Canyon. From here, I don’t have a clear memory of what happened but I woke up in my bed the next morning. "Shit" I thought, did I walk back to Franklin from Laurel Canyon? Guess I don’t need to work out today! So I rolled back over and dozed for another 45minutes until I get a text from the girl who was sweating me at the gym, CS.
A little back story on CR; I was always checking her out, so was always pushing her massive chest out when I would walk by and she was on a machine. Then one day she walked up behind me while I was doing pushups, waited for me to finish me set… "ninety eight…ninety nine…one hundered, I don’t know I you were listening there I did 100 pushups, ha ha ha
"Is that rom a movie???"
"Anchorman!"
"Ohhhh, well lets see how you do with me riding yourback!"
"Wait what?"
CR straddled my back and plopped down. I pretended to not be able do any with her on my back. "Come on muscle man, make me ride you!"
"Um, im not sure I feel comfortable announcing to the gym that you want to fuck me"
"Who said that, that wishful thinking man…"
"How about we compare our wishes, what is a good night next week to take you to dinner?"
"Sunday night"
"Sunday!?!?"
"I am a nurse so I work weird hours, but next Sunday night, lets get take out, a bottle of wine and some…youre from India right?"
"Half"
"Ok, some Hindu Kush, sit on the beach in Santa Monica and share dinner."
"Whoa, yes ma'am!"
"Ma'am?"
"Southern thing, I tell you about on Sunday night."
"Can't wait" She said with a smile
I left the LA Fitness on Hollywood BLVD. next to the Chinese Theater in a dream state. Then I realized that Sunday night was 2 nights away! Shit I need to get wine and a ton of Hindu Kush! I secured the Hindu Kush (too much), but not the wine, I wanted to get Red, and White to give her the option. Since I has just moved into my new apartment, I didn’t have time to set everything up, so I didn’t have time to buy a cooler to chill the white wine; "I will have to buy it the night of."
I searched my room and couldn’t find any more bud, so I decided to Meet DS and DS for dinner, we wound up going to a bar too - oops! Needless to say I didn’t get to pick up the wine, or the Kush, id have to pick it up before the date, tomorrow. "Hey do you guys know I any dispensaries are open on Sunday??
"They arent, but our friend owns one, he'll sell to you."
"Awesome"
So, I contact DS and DS' buddy; I meet him and buy absolutely too much bud, and buy some gummies too, I swing back by my apartment on Franklin, drop off the dry bud" CR and I wont need that much, and get a call from DS, Ds and crew: "Yooo nuppal, were gonna go catch a movie, you down?"
"Yeah man lets do it!"
I quickly grab my backpack, remembering that I needed to pick up the wine, and knowing I needed to bring some bud. I hopped on my bike and roade over to East Hollywood to catch a flick with them. I pull up, get off the bike as theyre rolling up, I swing my backpack across, thinking im going to light up. I open the back pack… "Hey guys lets do this before…" Open the back pack a but more and reach in feeling for my bowl and the tupperware with the dry kush, and realizing that I hadnt unpacked the edibles that id bought. So, I skipped the dry bud and said: "hey guys I just bought these edibles, lets each grab some gummies and watch the movie…"
"Alright dude, but Edibles will hit when the movie is ending, but yeah man!"
So we take some gummies, and watch the movie. DS was right, the gummies did begin to take effect as the movie ended: "shit" I thought "Im gonna have to ride to Santa Monica while pretty high…no big deal, I hate riding high though." As Im riding down Sunset BLVD, heading west towards Santa Monica I happen to look up at the sky during a red light. The magnificence of a South-Western Southern California sunset is something everyone must enjoy, similar to the colors a Monet painting. I stared up at the sky for longer than the light was red, so people behind me became agitated. I quickly moved down Sunset blvd. at the famous (or infamous) intersection of Sunset Blvd. & Larrabee St. in West Hollywood.
Still mesmerized by the sunset, yet trying to focus, I see a clapped out For Expedition come from Larrabee, turning left onto Sunset the intended turn was in my path. I took a second to process "this is my path what the fuohhhh," going from euphoric joy to life saving maneuvers is not something they teach in MSF school, good thing I never went. After processing his intended trajectory I slammed on the brakes,
A part-time bartender at the Viper Room "didn’t see his red light due to sun" and was under assume every light is 'Green' for him. So he decided that even though there is traffic on Sunset, he would rather turn o make sure there was no traffic going in his intended direction on Sunset. I knew that grabbing too much front brake would send me headfirst into the pavement and his car, and into my coffin. So, I decided to overapply the rear brake, lay the bike down and hope for the best, I guess 'the best' of an inherently shitty situation did occur, I lived! However, while sliding through the Sunset & Larrabee intersection my back connected with the end of his passenger-side running board, my brand new Scorpion Exo-1000 hit the running board as well. Instantly knocked out. According to the report filed by the ambulance driver I was 'unresponsive' at the scene, but no external blood, save a bit of road rash were my jacket bunched up underneath my left arm, I suffered a 'severe' DAI brain injury (Diffuse Axonal Injury) and 26 brain bleeds.
Luckily, the ambulance ride was at most 8 minutes to Cedars-Siani Beverly Hills, this hospital was on my commute path to and from work, on Maple Dr. I always wondered what the building was, so much property in the heart of Beverly Hills however, this was NOT the method I intended to find out about this building. Must have been a funny scene in the office the next Monday. "Looks like Nick is late again" said AT
My dad gave me my first laugh post injury, we agree that laughter is the vanguard of healing mental and physical ailments.
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2020.06.11 18:35 IllustriousProgram5 $HMNU .039 huge news out! Still under radar!

So far hit .0515 today.
Human Unitec International Inc. Announces Binding Purchase Agreement for the Sale of the First of Six Grone Facilities for Forty Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($40,800,000)
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/human-unitec-international-inc-announces-152200683.html
Boston, Massachusetts--(Newsfile Corp. - June 11, 2020) - Human Unitec International Inc., (OTC Pink: HMNU) (HMNU) (The Company), is an International Project Financing, Development, and Asset Management Corporation focused on medical and wellness projects, renewable and recycle, alternative energy.
Website: http://www.hmnuinc.com
In June 2016, the Company acquired the renewable energy intellectual property for the GRONE. The Grone is a versatile waste sorting center that acts not only as a recycling center, but also a power plant aimed at eliminating the need for landfills. The modern landfill is a gross use of space and increasingly becoming a threat to the environment. The primary purpose of the Grone is to sort Municipal Solid Waste (metals, glass, plastic, textiles, paper, and bulky waste). The Grone separates each resource and allocates it to the proper recycling zone through an assembly line consisting of a 4-stage process. The waste is then used as fuel to maintain its perpetual power system. The power generated from the system can be used to power water desalination plants that offer fresh water to the respective community and revenue to the entities. Since 2016, the Company has been working with Health Target in completing the GRONE technology for commercial deployment.
On June 11, 2020, the Company has signed a Binding Purchase Agreement with Palladium Investments SA, of Lugano, Switzerland to build the first GRONE plant in Saudi Arabia.
The agreement provides for Palladium Investments SA to pay the Company a total of Forty Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($40,800,000) to be paid based on the scheduled milestones of the construction project. The initial payment of Eleven Million Three-Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars, ($11,350,000), shall be paid to the Company through an escrow account managed by the the law offices of Walter Zandrini Avocat in Lugano, Switzerland. The remaining Twenty-Six Million Euro is paid based on construction milestones and the remaining payment on or before the completion date, January 1, 2021.
The Company is negotiating an offer for the construction of the GRONE with CONSORZIO LEUKOS, Leukos of Milan Italy, is a mixed stable consortium or construction, engineering, and services consortium, founded in 2016.
The President, Fabrizio Bosticco announced that after four years of development and enhancement of the technology group the construction of the Grone plants are now reality. "We look forward to this new partnership to complete the first of the six GRONE facilities and are negotiating with other international partners for additional sales."
About HMNU:
HUMAN UNITEC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (HMNU) is a project finance, development, and asset management corporation, focused on medical and green energy projects, trading on Nasdaq OTC since 2009. HMNU owns and controls 100% of the assets and intellectual property acquired from MSK KINESIS CORP. (medical and wellness devices, exclusive commercial license for Life science natural wellness products). 100% ENERGY SELCO SRL (Owner of large Romanian wind energy real estate assets with licenses and permits to build and operate up to 73 GW of wind energy).100% GRONE Technology (Intellectual Rights to waste management technologies). ECOSMART Technology (revolutionary device for carbon emission reduction. The device is able to reclassify Euro1 and Euro 2 vehicles into Euro 4 and Euro 5 class vehicles and reduce consumption of gas and diesel). Land in Tocco di Casauria (PS) with rural real estate, classified to obtain permits and licenses to build 3GW of wind energy. Since 2017 HMNU has been supporting the MSK Kinesis Foundation operating with ESANGO, at the UN in New York for the health human rights of abused women. The foundation counts two missions in Congo and Liberia where almost 950 people have been assisted with MSK Kinesis medical equipment.
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2020.06.03 19:53 bursonify Rapid prototyping -- Excerpt from Single Stage to Orbit Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry by Andrew J Butrica

Rapid prototyping -- Excerpt from Single Stage to Orbit Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry by Andrew J Butrica
So I have been thinking and researching on 'rapid prototyping' and old/new space in general. As many here, I have been observing this spectacle presently demonstrated by the world's most popular aerospace company and scratching my head.
This 'move fast and break things' or 'rapid iteration' approach never made sense to me because the general trend in manufacturing during the last 30 years has been to transition to software prototyping/simulations for hardware applications such as cars or airplanes.(some of this cutting of HW R&D expenses contributed to the Boeing quality troubles of today)
For the interested, I stumbled upon this paper - APPLICATION OF RAPID PROTOTYPING IN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY for a short rundown on methods and case studies which also contains the below graph. (I suspect the 'aerospace' is 99% airplanes and jet engines.)
percentage use of Rapid Prototyping world-wide in 2011
It obviously made more sense back in 60ties through 90ties but even back then, this rapid iteration approach seemed more sensible and focused - building scale models for wind tunnels, or trying out manufacturing methods on parts of the assembly etc. These days, when whole jet liners can be assembled in a computer, I can't grasp what SpaceX could possibly 'learn' with these 'prototypes'. Even engine development I suspect, where they work with I believe a very hard to simulate/compute environment, have come a long way and computers give a good approximation of what to expect in the real world. I would be stunned if Aerojet or Energomash need the same amount of engines on average to blow up to 'get it just right' as 30 years ago.
Nevertheless, I got my hands on a copy of Single Stage to Orbit Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry by Andrew J Butrica. I haven't read it through because it's voluminous but wanted to share some good OC - a passage on the topic of rapid prototyping and some context to it. At first I wanted to do an executive summary style of post but as with good prose happens, I ended up highlighting A LOT of the text, so I just decided to reproduce the sub-chapters in their entirety including Bibliography and Kelly’s Rules (after Lockheed Skunk Works founder, Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson)) on the very end.
I will be glad for any inputs and remarks we can all learn from.
Enjoy!

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Single Stage to Orbit Politics, Space Technology, and the Quest for Reusable Rocketry
part III : The Space Ship eXperimental
chapter seven: The SDIO SSTO Program
p.122 - 144

The Weasel Works
McDonnell Douglas senior management initially had endorsed the firm’s bid for the SSTO program only lukewarmly, but once money appeared available to build the Phase II vehicle, they provided “good support” to put together a proposal.53 In order to undertake the daunting task of designing and building the Delta Clipper in only twenty-four months, the company formed the Rapid Prototyping Department. The term “rapid prototyping” came into vogue during the 1990s to identify new computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) methods.54 Beginning in 1995, “rapid prototyping” spawned a pair of journals, the Journal of Rapid Prototyping Technology Abstracts, and the Rapid Prototyping Journal, as well as numerous international conferences sponsored by such diverse groups as France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the European Optical Society (EOS), the Directorate General for Science, Research, and Development of the Commission of the European Communities, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (and its Rapid Prototyping Association), and the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).55
McDonnell Douglas, however, used the term to describe a certain management approach to manufacturing that integrated various computer-assisted activities as well as a number of other stratagems that included collocation of engineering, design, and manufacturing; small management teams; and reduced paperwork. The Rapid Prototyping Department merged “integrated product team development” from Total Quality Management (TQM)— which corporate McDonnell Douglas endorsed at the time—with characteristics of the “fast-track” approach, such as delegated decision-making, short management lines, and collocated team members.56 The firm’s “rapid prototyping” thus combined the essentials of a “fast-track” approach with TQM. In this sense, “rapid prototyping” signified a more general management system than the more limited, but more generally accepted, definition of “rapid prototyping.”
The term “fast track” is greatly overused. One can understand McDonnell Douglas’s “rapid prototyping” as an industrial version of the “faster, smaller, cheaper” style of project management practiced by the SDIO. “Fast-track” approaches were not new to the firm. The X-Shot, for example, dated back many years. Program Manager Marvin Mark in the St. Louis division used the X-Shot during a competition with Boeing for the YC-14 and YC-15. “We built two airplanes,” Pete Conrad, McDonnell Douglas manager and former astronaut, explained. “We just sort of drew a picture, and hammered metal, and drew some more pictures, and hammered some more metal. That was the X-Shot way of doing it, rather than trying to go through a full-blown program.” 57 Another appropriate term for McDonnell Douglas’s “rapid prototyping,” and one commonly used in the space and aeronautics industries, is “skunk works,” a generic term for shops managed in this fashion. The name derives from the popular name for Lockheed’s Advanced Development Project.
In an ongoing effort to capitalize on “rapid” or “fast” management styles, aerospace firms often created so-called advanced development offices. Boeing, for example, had and still has its Phantom Works. Because their existence and activities are usually classified, little is known about them. Lockheed’s Advanced Development Project has received the widest attention, particularly because of its self-promotion. The original “Skonk Works” appeared in Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” comic strip as a place where Appalachian natives combined skunks, old shoes, and other bizarre ingredients to concoct funky brews suited to a variety of purposes. The Lockheed “Skunk Works” has concocted such formerly secret aircraft as the U-2; the F-80 Shooting Star, the first aircraft to win an all-jet battle; the F-104 StarFighter; the SR-71 Blackbird; and the F-117A Stealth Fighter, famed for its performance in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.58
The pioneering effort of the Skunk Works in developing this management approach has received wide acceptance, but it is not necessarily accurate, because the nation’s major aircraft firms all have had special organizations at one time or another. Nonetheless, aerospace companies using a “rapid” or “fast-track” management style often call their shops skunk works, giving the term a more generic meaning. Thus, for better or worse, the Lockheed Advanced Development Project has become the quintessential “fast-track” shop. As such, its internal operating rules, called Kelly’s Rules 59 after Skunk Works founder, Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson, have come to define the “fast-track” management approach (see appendix).
The name “Rapid Prototyping Department” struck Max Hunter as lacking a certain “pizzazz.” He proposed instead the Weasel Works. “Weasels,” Hunter explained, “are lean, mean fast little animals. Weasels are exceptionally strong for their size. Weasels can change colors to Ermine white as appropriate (in winter). Weasels are clever—hence the common belief you can ‘weasel around’ anything. (sounds like our team!)”60 Despite its novelty, and alliteration, the name did not catch on. In fact, McDonnell Douglas never considered using the name.61
Although today everyone “knows” what a “skunk works” or a “fast-track” or a “rapid” management approach is, there is little agreement on what those terms actually mean. A common misconception is that large-scale projects carried out to meet urgent deadlines, such as the Manhattan Project that developed and built an atomic bomb during World War II, are examples of “fast-track” management. The management of the vast Manhattan Project, with operations spread across the country and similar high-priority, large-scale programs, had no more to do with “skunk works” shop operations than did NASA’s Apollo program to put an American on the Moon by the end of the 1960s.
Nonetheless, these large-scale projects did share one characteristic with Lockheed’s Skunk Works and many other urgent programs: an abundance of government underwriting. Often, in order to expedite a program, government agencies have funded special programs lavishly to resolve technical bottlenecks and to meet program deadlines. Examples abound. Max Hunter, for instance, while working for Douglas, built the Thor missile in only nine months. The project was not “aimed at low cost, specifically,” meaning substantial government underwriting facilitated its completion. Moreover, Douglas achieved this remarkable success without using the Skunk Works as a model.62
Unlike the Thor, Manhattan Project, and Apollo programs, the SDIO’s SSTO program required that McDonnell Douglas build its DC-X vehicle in twenty-four months without an “open checkbook.” The project, after all, was not a national priority, like a fighter aircraft or spy plane. Decisionmaking was delegated, management lines were short, and team members were collocated. Implementing a “fast-track” approach would help the firm achieve that daunting deadline within budget. McDonnell Douglas’s “rapid prototyping” also differed from the usual “fast-track” project in that it borrowed from Total Quality Management.
The Rapid Prototyping Department used “integrated product team development” that had been developed for commercial industry, not the classified world of the cold war. “Integrated product team development” integrated all of a project’s functions—such as analysis, design, procurement, testing, management, manufacturing, and cost control—into a “team” linked together by teamwide communications and a “commitment” to the project.63 “Integrated product team development” came from a movement in management theory called Total Quality Management (TQM) and associated with its founder, W. Edwards Deming.64 Deming’s management ideas, concisely contained in his “fourteen points for management,”65 failed to take root in his native country, the United States, but found a home in Japan. Japanese industry was still recovering from World War II, and the country had a wide reputation as a manufacturer of shoddy goods throughout the 1950s. Following adoption and implementation of Deming’s fourteen points, international regard for Japanese manufactured goods changed. “Made in Japan” was no longer a name for poor-quality merchandise, as Japanese consumer products, especially consumer electronics, infiltrated and dominated one market after another.
Once Japanese industry experienced a turnaround assisted by the adoption of Deming’s fourteen points, United States exports, which had enjoyed some success in foreign markets, began to suffer, starting around 1968. American industry began to ask itself whether or not it should consider adopting what it perceived to be Japanese management techniques. By the 1980s, the United States imported more goods than it exported, becoming more dependent than ever on foreign-made products. American industry then turned to Deming’s fourteen points and a host of management gurus who preached the gospel of “excellence,” “quality,” “Quality Circles,” and “teams,” based on Deming’s work.
Deming’s fourteen points and TQM, which is based on it, stressed the importance of manufacturing quality goods and of providing quality services. High-quality products and services would win a larger market share and would create more profits and more jobs. Deming and his TQM disciples made satisfying the customer the focus of management attention, but moved the locus of where this occurs from its traditional place, in sales and marketing, to the manufacturing process. Deming’s emphasis on managing the manufacturing process put his ideas in the same conceptual tradition as scientific management, also known as Taylorism after its founder, Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915). Scientific management also focused on the actual manufacturing process, on both labor and machinery, in order to increase efficiency and maximize profits. Both also measured human and mechanical activity and performed quantitative analysis of labor and production machinery. However, while scientific management introduced the efficiency expert, Total Quality Management brought industry the Quality Circle.66
In any case, both scientific management and TQM theories brought the attention of management to the production line. They were reminders (albeit unknowingly) that manufacturing is done in a shop culture. This is in contrast to most management theory, whose focus is on organizing and administering large organizations, namely, the modern corporation. Businesses have not ceased to grow in size and complexity, and professional managers have tried to achieve the forbidding task of maintaining order and sustaining growth simultaneously. As a consequence of attempting to deal with this ongoing expansion and increasing complexity, corporate organizations have acquired thicker and more convoluted hierarchical layers, and both paperwork and regulations have multiplied.67 A parallel growth in managerial and regulatory complexity also took place within the federal bureaucracy and was the target of President Reagan’s harangue that government had “overspent, overestimated, and overregulated.” It is within this context of bureaucratic size and complexity that the desirability of a “fast-track” approach becomes apparent.
Shops operating in a “fast-track” or “skunk works” mode are not new. They are, in fact, rather old, probably as old as shop practice itself. Indeed, the well-documented operation of Thomas Edison’s West Orange facility during the 1880s and later resembled that of a modern “fast-track” shop. Engineering, design, and manufacture all took place in the same building, with the thinnest levels of management and almost no paperwork.68 Within the aerospace industry, one finds early examples of collocating engineering and manufacturing. The original Douglas Space Division plant in Santa Monica, according to veteran employee Bill Gaubatz, had engineering and manufacturing operating side by side: “Our offices were right above the assembly line. Speaking of your construction work in the background: you heard the riveters going from morning to night.”69 By seeking (unconsciously) to recreate the manufacturing and engineering environment typified by Edison’s West Orange facility, or
even the early aviation industry, American firms have attempted to defeat the complicating levels of management and paperwork that are part and parcel of the rise of large corporate organizations both inside and outside the military-industrial complex. That was certainly the objective of the McDonnell
Douglas SSTO Rapid Prototyping Department.
The Rapid Prototyping Department came together in September 1991, a month after the firm won the Phase II contract, under the direction of Bill Gaubatz, program manager, and Paul Klevatt, deputy program manager. Klevatt set up the department after heading a team that had brainstormed ways to facilitate key processes. They concentrated on both computer software and electronic hardware and tried to maintain a high product quality while accomplishing all program milestones. Klevatt also had to convince management that these processes actually could be improved. While Klevatt ran the manufacturing and flight test operations, Gaubatz focused on keeping the program funded and dealing with other external concerns. McDonnell Douglas also planned to use the Rapid Prototyping Department for the subsequent SSTO program Phase III vehicle, the DC-Y. The DC-1 would be the fully operational model of the Delta Clipper, expected to be ready for fleet operation by 1998.70
The SSTO Rapid Prototyping Department reported directly to the vice president for Advanced Product Development and Technology (APD&T). It operated according to a number of simple rules that were typical of a “skunk works” shop. For example, key design decisions would take no more than five working days, though the goal was “always one day or less.” Computers executed engineering drawings and specifications, as well as hardware procurement, and department personnel would streamline the procurement of “catalog-type” parts and services. To meet the early delivery schedule for the DC-X, concurrent engineering became a requirement, not an idealistic design philosophy. Aerojet, a DC-X subcontractor, also used a rapid prototyping approach and small concurrent engineering teams. Both Aerojet and McDonnell Douglas electronically shared a common database of files. Employees, equipment, and decisionmaking were collocated within the same building. The vehicle would be built and integrated by about a hundred people. Klevatt and his team eliminated or reduced paperwork, though without the advantages of today’s more sophisticated electronic tools or software aids. Nonetheless, by the time the DC-X was built, they had reduced by 70 or 80 percent the amount of time it took to write software code.71

The DC-X
The DC-X built by McDonnell Douglas’s Rapid Prototyping Departmentwas an evolved version of the original concept. As described to the SDIO in December 1990, the full-scale single-stage-to-orbit vehicle (the DC-1) would take off and land vertically. It would be 111 feet (34 m) tall, have a base diameter of 35 feet (10.7 m), and weigh 58,005 pounds (26,366 kg) empty of fuel (669,413 pounds, 304,279 kg, with fuel). The one-third-scale DC-X was 39 feet (12 m) tall and weighed 22,000 pounds (10,000 kg) empty (41,630 pounds, 18,922 kg, with fuel).72 The greatest change from the original concept was the decision to replace the aerospike engine with a conventional bell nozzle engine.
Using the aerospike engine probably would have compromised the program schedule, or at least that is what Jay Penn’s team warned in the Aerospace Corporation review of the McDonnell Douglas single-stage-to-orbit vehicle. They suggested using a modified bell nozzle engine, such as the SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) or the RL-10 (built by Pratt & Whitney). This alternative would allow them to meet the program schedule, and they could upgrade or replace the vehicle’s engine later during the flight testing portion of the program. Meanwhile, they could use the modified engine to demonstrate many of the operability features that were a desired SSTO program goal.73
McDonnell Douglas independently came to the same conclusion as the Aerospace review. Indeed, all Phase I contractors concluded that the aerospike engine was far too risky and that it had no performance benefits over traditional bell nozzle engine technology, a technology that the industry and aerospace engineers understood better.74 The aerospike introduced a number of developmental and design complexities as well as program risks.75 “The bottom line,” Gaubatz recalled, “was that we could not convince ourselves that adapting the aerospike wasn’t a better Ph.D. thesis than a near-term solution. The promise it held for performance was always very interesting, but the added complexity and uncertainties didn’t make it a very good first choice.”76 NASA’s X-33 program later would more than demonstrate the difficulties of developing an operational aerospike engine and staying on schedule.
Instead of an aerospike, McDonnell Douglas chose a highly modified version of Pratt & Whitney’s RL -10 engine, which was based on their Centaur upper-stage booster.77 The choice was not just a technological decision. The firm performed extensive computational fluid dynamics analysis, as well as some wind tunnel testing, and considered results from prior studies. In addition, they could acquire the engines inexpensively. McDonnell Douglas learned that Pratt & Whitney had some available. The engine manufacturer was keen on supporting the project, so the two firms worked out an arrangement. McDonnell Douglas would borrow the engines from Pratt & Whitney, and the SDIO, through McDonnell Douglas, would pay for the engine modifications, which Pratt & Whitney’s Government Engines and Space Propulsion Division in West Palm Beach, Florida, carried out.78
Building the rest of the DC-X also involved using modified existing technology.No technology development took place, because the emphasis was on operations. Some items, such as welding rods and hinges, came from local hardware stores. Deutsche Aerospace of Munich, Germany, built the landing gear, and Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites, Inc., Mojave, California, was the contractor for the exterior graphite composite aeroshell. The DC-X navigated with a GPS receiver and used the Honeywell avionics system built for F-18 and F-15 fighter planes, as well as a Honeywell computer. McDonnell Douglas workers salvaged and modified pressure regulators and cryogenic valves from Thor missiles that formerly had been positioned in Europe against the Soviet Union, saving perhaps as much as six months of labor.79
Curiously, the fabricator of the tanks for the liquid oxygen and hydrogen was not an aerospace firm but Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI), located outside Birmingham, Alabama. The firm made large tanks for petrochemical works and had experience building large cylindrical aluminum containers for navysubmarines. With an eye to eventually building the full-scale vehicle, McDonnell Douglas wanted a company that could manufacture a 20-foot tank, although the DC-X required much smaller tanks.80 They made the tanks out of an alloy known as 2219 aluminum, although its use resulted in some welding difficulties.81 The DC-X launch site exemplified McDonnell Douglas’s success in achieving SSTO program operational goals.The Flight Operations Control Center at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, consisted of a compact, low-cost, 40-foot (12-m) mobile trailer that contained all necessary ground support equipment. Three people operated all the equipment and launched the DC-X, not the hundreds typical of rocket launches. Using liquid hydrogen, rather than kerosene or other more volatile rocket propellants, helped to simplify operations.82 Only one person oversaw the loading of propellants, while two others set up the flight plan. Just thirty-five people formed the launch preparation and turnaround crew.
The DC-X design allowed it to undergo a complete turnaround in three days. It eventually demonstrated a one-day turnaround (twenty-six hours) as well as the potential for an eight-hour turnaround.83 On-board monitoring also contributed to improve operations and maintenance. Sensors appraised the condition of critical subsystems and signaled the need to replace a component. Pete Conrad, the DC-X “flight manager,”84 insisted on aircraft-like launches. He had the DC-X design engineers meet the firm’s engineers who were designing a fully automated aircraft cockpit in order to learn more about aircraft methods.
Conrad was not new to the airplane world. After an astounding and colourful career as an astronaut, Conrad joined McDonnell Douglas in March of 1976, becoming vice president of commercial aircraft sales and later vice president for international marketing of all McDonnell Douglas products, including helicopters, fighter aircraft, and rockets. In 1990, he met Bill Gaubatz, who was managing the firm’s DC-X work. When Conrad heard that Gaubatz’s team was consulting with former astronaut John McBride, he said: “That’s rather silly. . . . You obviously have the wrong guy. I’d be more than happy to help.” Conrad joined the project and went on a hiatus from his other corporate duties.85
When McDonnell Douglas won the Phase II SDIO SSTO contract, Conrad realized that someone would have to fly the vehicle. “I remember very specifically telling Bill Gaubatz that I wanted to fly it, and be the ‘pilot,’” Conrad recalled. “At that point in time, I invented the term ‘flight manager’ for a very specific reason. . . . I renamed myself ‘flight manager,’ because I was managing the system. I wasn’t flying the system. The computer was flying the system.” “You’re going to get out to the end of the runway,” he explained, “and you’re going to run the engines up, and away you’re going to go.” After lighting the engines, flight control brought them up to 30 percent of power. If the computer said that all four engines were operating satisfactorily at 30 percent “we went to the flight mode and throttled up. It just flew off the stand.”86
On April 3, 1993, the DC-X rolled out, four months ahead of schedule, on budget, and ready for flight tests. This was in itself a major aerospace achievement. Also noteworthy was the software, which the subcontractor had developed and debugged on schedule too. Nonetheless, in the twenty months that had passed since McDonnell Douglas had won the SSTO Phase II contract, the world had changed, and the SDIO with it. Those changes had a major impact on the DC-X test flights and on the program itself, which was essentially over before the DC-X began to fly. With the changing New World Order came needs for new missile defense systems and leaner federal budgets.

Bibliography:
  1. William Gaubatz, interview by author, tape and transcript, October 25, 1997, Huntington Beach, CA, p. 33, NHRC.
54. For a discussion of rapid prototyping, see John Bruce, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (Norwalk, CT: Business Communications, 1993) and Chua Chee Kai and Leong Kah Fai, Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications in Manufacturing (New York: Wiley, 1996).
55. Rapid Prototyping Systems: Fast Track to Product Realization: A Compilation of Papers from Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing ’93 (Dearborn, MI: Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Cooperation with Rapid Prototyping Association of SME, 1994); Rolf-Jürgen Ahlers and Gunther Reinhart, eds., Rapid Prototyping: 10-11 June, 1996, Besançon, France (Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 1996); idem, Rapid Prototyping and Flexible Manufacturing: 16 June 1997, Munich, Germany (Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 1997); IEEE International Workshop on Rapid System Prototyping, Proceedings: Shortening the Path from Specification to Prototype (Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 1995).
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  2. Charles “Pete” Conrad, interview by author, tape and transcript, October 22, 1997, Rocket Development Company, Los Alamitos, CA, p. 5, NHRC.
  3. See, for example, the narrative by Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed (Boston: Little, Brown, 1994), as well as the less-biased work by Steve Pace, Lockheed Skunk Works (Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1992), and Jay Miller, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works (North Branch, MN: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, 1995).
  4. Rich and Janos, pp. 51-53, 111-112.
  5. Max Hunter, “The Weasel Works,” July 4, 1992, file 204, X-33 Archive.
  6. Gaubatz, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 62.
  7. Max Hunter, interview by author, tape and transcript, June 19, 1998, San Carlos, CA, pp. 18, 30, NHRC; idem, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 62, file 757, X-33 Archive.
  8. Gaubatz, “Rapid Prototyping,” 3:303-306; idem, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, pp. 62, 64.
  9. Much has been written about Deming, especially by his “apostles.” See, for example, Nancy R. Mann, The Keys to Excellence: The Story of the Deming Philosophy (Los Notes to Pages 133-137 243 Angeles: Prestwick Books, 1985); Mary Walton, The Deming Management Method, foreword by W. Edwards Deming (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1986); Andrea Gabor, The Man Who Discovered Quality: How W. Edwards Deming Brought the Quality Revolution to America: The Stories of Ford, Xerox, and GM (New York: Times Books, 1990); Rafael Aguayo, Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality (Secaucus, NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1990); and Frank Voehl, ed., Deming: The Way We Knew (Delray Beach, FL: St. Lucie Press, 1995).
  10. Deming, Out of the Crisis (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986), pp. 23-90.
66. A useful source is John Sheldrake, Management Theory: From Taylorism to Japanization (Boston: International Thomson Business Press, 1997).
67. This is the thesis put forth by Alfred DuPont Chandler, The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1977).
  1. On Edison’s West Orange laboratory and manufacturing plant, see Andre Millard, Duncan Hay, and Mary K. Grassick, Edison Laboratory: Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, New Jersey (West Orange, NJ: Division of Historic Furnishings, Harper’s Ferry Center, National Park Service, 1995).
  2. Gaubatz, interview, p. 6.
  3. Klevatt, interview, p.14; William Gaubatz and Paul Klevatt, “MDSSC Guidelines for Single-Stage-to-Orbit Rapid Prototyping Department,” September 1991, pp. 1-5, file 261, X-33 Archive (hereafter Gaubatz and Klevatt).
  4. Gaubatz, interview, p. 62; Klevatt, interview, pp. 7-9; Mark A. Gottschalk, “Delta Clipper: Taxi to the Heavens,” Design News, September 1992, n.p., photocopy, file 292, X-33 Archive; Leonard David, “Unorthodox New DC-X Rocket Ready for First Tests,” Space News, January 11-17, 1993, p. 10.
  5. Luis Zea, “The Quicker Clipper,” Final Frontier, October 1992, p. 4; McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, “Single Stage to Orbit Program Phase I Concept Definition.”
  6. Penn, “Comments on the SDIO Program.”
  7. Sponable, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 67.
  8. Gaubatz, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 67.
  9. Gaubatz, interview, p. 32.
  10. Payton and Sponable, p. 43. See also Virginia P. Dawson with Mark D. Bowles, The Development of Centaur: Upper Stage and American Rocketry (Washington, DC: NASA, 2003).
  11. Klevatt, interview, pp. 14-15. According to Jess Sponable, the air force did not own the engines. They came from the Pratt & Whitney production line before the government bought them, so they were actually the property of Pratt & Whitney. Sponable, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 67. Klevatt, interview, p. 15, confirms this.
  12. Klevatt, interview, pp. 16, 18, 20; Zea, p. 4; McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, “Single Stage to Orbit Program Phase I Concept Definition.”
  13. The rectangular-shaped, 2219 aluminum hydrogen tank was 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter and 16 feet (about 4.9 m) long. The conical-shaped, 2219 aluminum oxygen tank was 7 feet 10 inches (about 2.4 m) in diameter at its widest point and 9 feet (2.7 m) long. Paul Klevatt, comments on Butrica, “The Spaceship That Came in from the Cold War,” October 18, 2000, p. 2, file 858, X-33 Archive. 244 Notes to Pages 137 142
  14. Klevatt, interview, pp. 17, 21; Zea, p. 4; McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company, “Single Stage to Orbit Program Phase I Concept Definition.”
  15. Payton, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 68.
  16. Gaubatz, comments on “X-Rocket” monograph, p. 68.
  17. Gottschalk.
  18. Conrad, interview, p. 3.
  19. Ibid., pp. 4, 9.

Appendix:
Kelly’s Rules
  1. The Skunk Works manager must be delegated practically complete control of his program in all aspects. He should report to a division president or higher.
  2. Strong but small project offices must be provided both by the military and industry.
  3. The number of people having any connection with the project must be restricted in an almost vicious manner. Use a small number of good people (10 percent to 25 percent compared to the so-called normal systems).
  4. A very simple drawing and drawing release system with great flexibility for making changes must be provided.
  5. There must be a minimum number of reports required, but important work must be recorded thoroughly.
  6. There must be a monthly cost review covering not only what has been spent and committed but also projected costs to the conclusion of the program. Don’t have the books ninety days late and don’t surprise the customer with sudden overruns.
  7. The contractor must be delegated and must assume more than normal responsibility to get good vendor bids for subcontract on the project. Commercial bid procedures are very often better than military ones.
  8. The inspection system, as currently used by the Skunk Works, which has been approved by both the Air Force and the Navy, meets the intent of existing military requirements and should be used on new projects. Push more basic inspection responsibility back to subcontractors and vendors. Don’t duplicate so much inspection.
  9. The contractor must be delegated the authority to test his final product in flight. He can and must test it in the initial stages. If he doesn’t, he rapidly loses his competency to design other vehicles.
  10. The specifications applying to the hardware must be agreed to in advance of contracting. The Skunk Works practice of having a specification section stating clearly which important military specification items will not knowingly be complied with and reasons therefore is highly recommended.
  11. Funding program must be timely so that the contractor doesn’t have to keep running to the bank to support government projects.
  12. There must be a mutual trust between the military project organization and the contractor with very close cooperation and liaison on a day-to-day basis. This cuts down misunderstanding and correspondence to an absolute minimum.
  13. Access by outsiders to the project and its personnel must be strictly controlled by appropriate security measures.
  14. Because only a few people will be used in engineering and most other areas, ways must be provided to reward good performance by pay not based on the number of personnel supervised.
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2020.05.18 23:37 Billgatesdid911 What's open now [Phase: 1 out of 4] (?)

Hi everyone now that phase 1 of re-opening has started in Massachusetts there's been a number of people asking: "Is X, Y, Z open now?", so hopefully this thread will help you out.
Also, a small note to add. Within the next few weeks, this subreddit will grow pretty massively due to Reddit pushing out an update to connect Redditors with local information regarding coronavirus information based on their current location. Read more here. So how will this affect the subreddit? Depending on the influx of Redditors posting some rules might be modified so we can adapt.

Phase 1:

High-risk populations:
•High risk should work from home if possible, priority consideration for workplace accommodations

Gathering sizes:
•Gatherings of <10 people

Travel:
•Safer at home advisory
•All travelers to MA urged to self-quarantine for 14 days
•Lodging restricted to essential workers only

Worship:
On May 18 open with guidelines, outdoor services are encouraged

Business:
With restrictions, some capacity limitations, staggered start:

On May 18:
•Essential business
•Manufacturing
•Construction

On May 25:
•Lab space
•Officespace
•Limited Personal Services
–Hair
–Pet grooming
–Car washes
•Retail
–Remote fulfillment
–Curbside pick-up

On June 1:
•Office space: Boston

*Restaurant &Hospitality workgroup convened May 15 to develop procedures for opening.

Health and human services:
On May 18, hospitals and community health centers:

•Upon attestation can provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients and conditions

On May 25, additional health care providers:

•Upon attestation can provide same limited services as above

Recreation and outdoor:
On May 25, can open with guidelines:

•Beaches
•Parks
•Drive-in theaters
•Some athletic fields and courts
•Many outdoor adventure activities
•Most fishing, hunting, and boating
•Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations

K-12 Schools:
•K-12 school buildings will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Potential for limited exceptions to be announced at a later date.

•Remote teaching and learning should continue through the end of the 2019-20 school year. As previously announced. Schools should continue offering essential non-educational services. Examples include take-out and food delivery to students and families.

•Plans for the summer and 2020-21 school year are being developed and will be announced soon. We are developing plans for summer learning programs and the next school year and closely tracing the progression of the virus as part of the reopening process.

Transit:
•Riders are required to wear masks and must make efforts to distance. Riders are asked to avoid riding transit if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

•Employers are encouraged to stagger schedules and implement work from home policies to reduce demand, especially during rush hours.

•The MBTA will continue to take protective and preventative measures such as frequently disinfecting and cleaning vehicles and stations and providing protective supplies to workers

•Support the transit needs of essential workers and those returning to the workplace in Phase 1 while continuing with limited service to maximize employee and rider safety.

•Ramp up to a modified version of full service by Phase 3, although social distancing efforts will limit effective capacity onvehicles even after full service schedules are restored.

•Actively communicate public health guidance and schedule adjustments in-station, online, and over social media.
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2020.05.13 22:14 OkraMonk My notes on Governor Baker's press conference today 5/13

These are notes I took while watching today's press conference. They are not perfect or comprehensive, but rather a summary for anyone who couldn't watch. If you want to watch the recording of the press conference, it's available on youtube. All press conferences are broadcast live on www.mass.gov/covid19-updates (the page is usually updated with the time of the press conference some time in the morning).
Most hospitals are asking for donations of personal protective equipment such as N95 respirator masks, safety goggles and paper gowns.
The American Red Cross says it is facing a "severe blood shortage" because of canceled blood drives, and it's asking healthy individuals to donate blood, platelets or AB elite plasma.
Please consider donating to this fundraiser for the Greater Boston Food Bank, which is being run by The Paper Mouse (a gift shop in West Newton). The shop is matching donations up to $5000 in addition to donating 20% of their May revenue.
Notes in brackets [Example] are notes of my own and don't represent what was said in the press conference
Some general notes:
Testing and hospital update:
General remarks, including more info on expanding testing capacity:
Update on Community Tracing Collaborative:
Recovery and isolation sites:
Q&A for Charlie Baker
Q: May 18th is less than a week away. Talk about what you envision happening next week. Should the average person in MA expect their daily routine to change at all on Monday?
[He had a really long response to this, I’ve tried to summarize but if you want the full response go to the 16:00 minute mark on the video on the youtube recording]
A: Similar to other states and countries, this is going to be a phased reopening. We aren’t going to let every closed business open up on May 18th. People have gone through a lot of dislocation, discomfort, lost wages, a whole bunch of other things over the past 60 days to get to the point where the virus is contained enough and reduced enough that we can start to reopen. The last thing we want to do is reopen in a way that fires the virus up again. The folks who are going to reopen initially are the folks we think are going to be most likely to be successful in reopening and not further spreading the virus. That means the kind of organizations that don’t have a lot of close contact with customers, or the kind of organizations designed in such a way that executing a distancing strategy is relatively uncomplicated. We want to be able to sustain the reopening [i.e. not have to go back a phase or shut down]. We still have 3,000 people in hospital beds, almost 1,000 in the ICU, and we still have hospitals all over MA that are operating ICU capacities and COVID-19 capacities significantly beyond their normal operations.
Q: Can you give us a sense of the types of businesses you are talking about who would be part of a Phase I and who may not?
A: I’m not going to speak to this until we issue the report. And the main reason for that is that I want this to be done in a deliberate way. And you don’t do something in a deliberate way if you start leaking it out and issuing it out before you actually release the report. I don’t want the “starting gun”, so called, to go off today or tomorrow. I want it to go off on Monday. And I want it to go off in a targeted and phased way. Period.
Q: [couldn’t hear the question—this guy kept trying to ask the question again later and it had something to do with returning $52k in campaign donations from nursing homes?]
A: This virus has been profoundly difficult for long-term care providers in every part of the globe. Because of how long-term care providers operate and the population they’re serving, they spend a lot of time in extremely close contact (feeding, bathing, dressing people etc). Also, 60 days ago most people didn’t appreciate that many of the people carrying this virus were asymptomatic. In some ways, it was perfectly designed to create far more havoc and sorrow in long-term facilities than in almost any other place. This is not just true in MA but in any state and country with an outbreak.
Q: With high schools trying to figure out graduation plans, are you going to give an update on gathering sizes soon?
A: We are having conversations with folks in the K-12 community about the fall and also about graduation and will have a lot more to say about that on Monday.
Q: Do you think we’re going to get to a point where anyone can get tested whether they’re sick or not? Meaning universal testing, so anyone can get a test to feel safe?
A: We’re going to have a lot more to say about testing before the end of this week. I think it’s more likely to be a targeted testing program on the populations, industries, and individuals who are most at risk. That really would be where you want to focus testing. Remember individual behavior (hand washing, mask wearing, etc) is critical to containing the virus. We’re going to ramp tracing program up to contact people testing positive and their close contacts. We’re also going to significantly enhance testing program especially for those in high-risk areas and professions so they are being tested on a pretty regular basis so that if somebody does test positive we can do something about it.
Q: MA nurses association asking to put together .. for frontline workers…? [sorry, really couldn’t hear the question]
A: Ongoing conversations with a lot of folks in the healthcare community at all levels and continuing forward. Healthcare business will also have to go through a phased reopening process just like everyone else since they’ve changed a lot about how they operate to deal with COVID-19 and to go back to normal operation is going to require some pretty significant changes that will require input and guidance from a lot of folks including nurses.
Q: What would you say to public health officials and scientists who are saying May 18th is too early to ease restrictions and could endanger the sick and the elderly?
A: The reason for the May 18th release date for the report is because that’s when we will have the data we need to understand if we are trending in the right direction. Getting lots of advice from medical and public health experts on the advisory boards. Part of the reason why we want this reopening to be phased and to be a slow roll is because many people in the healthcare community have been clear that is the only safe way to go forward. We’re going to keep tracking the same things we’ve talked about for the past month as we go forward—positive test rate, what’s going on with hospitalizations, ICU, hospitals remaining in surge, etc. Across most of those categories we have made significant progress.
Q: 33 deaths reported yesterday—is that an anomaly? Further good news?
A: We track measures on 2- or 3-day averages usually because reporting can be a little “lumpy.” Don’t know why we had such a low number reported yesterday but death data have been going down on a 2- or 4-day weighted average. If you’re asking me if I think we’re going to have a number like 33 today I would answer probably not.
Q: Mentioned yesterday … why wait to make that decision until that very day? Why not extend it?
A: We want to go slow. You don’t go slow if you start making decisions and announcing decisions before you get there. We also said we wanted to make this decision on data. We’ve been tracking this stuff for the past few months, we’ve seen positive developments, but the numbers can also get worse unexpectedly. We want to have all the data we need to make this decision. We understand why people want to reopen and respect that, but we want to reopen in a sustainable manner and slow, phased implementation is how we can do that.
Q: Why not extend it?
A: Like I said we’ll talk more about that on Monday.
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One more note from me: The reporters have been pushing Baker pretty hard trying to get answers about Phase I and he was still emphatic about not releasing any more information until the 18th. If I had to guess I'd say this means that there's going to be a report released on the 18th but no one is going to reopen on the 18th, it's just going to be the report released and then starting Phase 1 soon after. Again, totally my own interpretation but he was clear that there will be no more news about who's included in Phase I until the report is issued on the 18th. It would naturally follow that if no one is finding out if they are in Phase I until Monday that they're probably not starting work that day.
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2020.05.07 20:06 ivedied My notes from Governor Baker's Press Conference today (5/7)

These are notes I took while watching today's press conference. They are not perfect or comprehensive, but rather a brief summary for anyone who couldn't watch. If you want to watch the recording of the press conference, it's available on youtube. All press conferences are broadcast live on www.mass.gov/covid19-updates (the page is usually updated with the time of the press conference some time in the morning).
Most hospitals are asking for donations of personal protective equipment such as N95 respirator masks, safety goggles and paper gowns.
The American Red Cross says it is facing a "severe blood shortage" because of canceled blood drives, and it's asking healthy individuals to donate blood, platelets or AB elite plasma.

Please consider donating to this fundraiser for the Greater Boston Food Bank, which is being run by The Paper Mouse (a gift shop in West Newton). The shop is matching donations up to $5000 in addition to donating 20% of their May revenue.

Notes in brackets [Example] are notes of my own and don't represent what was said in the press conference

Governor Baker
New Bedford Public Health Director Dimone Chaplin (Helping with contact tracing at the local level) [I hope i spelled their name correct]
Representative From the Community Tracing Collaborative on behalf of Partners in Health
Commissioner Barel [Definitely did not get her name right, i'm sorry :(]
HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders

Questions
Governor Baker

More Questions

Notes from me:
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2020.05.04 16:08 jonathanfrisby Dora Anne Mills - Not-So-Brief COVID-19 Update, Sunday May 3rd

https://www.facebook.com/dora.a.mills/posts/10222748744766014

Together, Stamping Out The Fires.
It has been over a week since I have been able to write a post. It turns out, my work has been much more complex and challenging in many ways during this re-opening phase than the closing down and ramping up for the pandemic a few weeks ago.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have been monitoring its spread in neighboring states and provinces as well as in Maine. Just as a raging forest fire can send a spark across the border to a neighboring state or country, this virus likewise does not recognize our borders, and can ignite a fire most anywhere there is travel. Given my job at MaineHealth, it has made sense for me to regularly monitor the pandemic in nearby areas as well as their responses to it, since these can easily impact us. More recently, I have been monitoring the re-openings in our neighboring states and provinces so as to share any lessons learned with my colleagues. I thought I’d share some of these gleanings with you.
First, it’s easiest to review what is in common. In places that neighbor us, as well as in Maine and the rest of North America, people living in long term care facilities, people 60 and older, and those with underlying conditions have been hit the hardest. However, most of the underlying conditions are very common, e.g. obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even being immunocompromised. For instance, • 42% of Americans are obese; • 9% have severe obesity (BMI>40, which is most highly associated with severe COVID-19); • 33% have hypertension; • 11% have diabetes; • 8% have asthma (about 2/3 of them have persistently severe asthma, which is more highly associated with severe COVID-19); • 6% have COPD; and • 3% are immunocompromised.
I mention these data since it seems common that people suggest one approach to this pandemic is for us to return to life as it was in January, and simply ask older people and those with high-risk conditions to self-isolate at home. Given how common these and a few other high-risk conditions are, there would not be enough eligible for the in-person workforce. And, we are still learning about who is at risk for severe disease from this novel virus.
Additionally, it is not uncommon that some younger or otherwise healthy people are hospitalized and/or have died from the virus. As a tragic example, Maine lost a 42-year-old firefighter several days ago to this disease.
Schools and nonessential businesses and services all closed in mid-March across this northeast area. Schools remain closed. The lifelines of most of these economies the last few weeks have been through a combination of transferring services to the internet, through finding creative ways to deliver services (e.g. curbside and no-contact home delivery), and through governmental assistance such as unemployment benefits.
Even with these lifelines, many economic engines have been disabled, especially those that rely on people traveling or congregating, such as tourism and restaurants. Where the virus has set ablaze the biggest fires (e.g. MA & NH), the economies seem hardest hit and reopening may be more complicated.
While there is much in common with how these neighboring states and provinces have closed, the impact of the pandemic and approaches to re-opening have also varied a great deal. Here are some summaries by state and province.
MAINE Maine seems to be flattening the curve, with overall downward trends and dramatic increases in doubling times of cases (from two to thirty-four days), a recent flattening and even decline in hospitalizations (from a high of 55 in mid-April to 33 today), and with relatively low death ratios. However, evidence of community transmission exists in four counties, and ongoing outbreaks are occurring, including in long term care settings across much of the state and at a large food processing plant in Portland with yet-to-be-determined community impact.
Maine started re-opening on May 1st, with the ability for health care to open up, prioritizing time-sensitive care, and for hair salons, pet grooming, drive-in theaters, golf courses, some state parks, auto dealerships, and car washes to open - all with social distancing and hygiene-related restrictions. Gatherings of 10 or more are still prohibited. People traveling to Maine must be quarantined for 14 days. As of May 1st, people need to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Additional business sectors will be able to open up in the coming days and weeks, as long as the pandemic maintains the criteria set by the White House.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Although New Hampshire has approximately the same number of people as Maine (1.3 million people), their case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths are much higher than Maine’s. For instance, as of Sunday, they have twice as many cases (2,518 vs 1,185); three times as many who are currently hospitalized (103 vs 33); and one and a half times as many deaths (86 vs 57). Most of this illness and death have occurred in the last three weeks, though the increases have generally slowed.
The vast majority - 80 - 91% of the cases, hospitalizations, and deaths - is occurring in the southern counties of Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford, that border Maine or are wedged between Maine and Massachusetts. This hot area is likely in part an extension of the Massachusetts pandemic fire, given the amount of commuter traffic between these counties and Greater Boston.
New Hampshire is just starting to open up. Their stay-at-home order was renewed starting Monday May 4th in a modified way to May 31st. Groups cannot congregate with more than 10 people. Leaving home is only allowed for essential services or visiting a parent, spouse, or child. Time-sensitive surgeries and procedures will be allowed starting Monday the 4th. Hair salons, golf courses, and drive-in theaters may open with modifications and requirements starting May 11th. Restaurants may serve outdoor dining starting May 18th, again with a number of requirements. No indoor dining will yet be allowed. All hotels and lodging are closed until May 31st except for emergency purposes for essential workers and vulnerable populations due to the pandemic. New Hampshire has been the hardest hit New England state when it comes to unemployment claims filed due to the pandemic. Further plans for re-opening are expected to be unveiled in the next couple of weeks.
VERMONT Pandemic activity in Vermont has been quite similar to Maine’s. They have flattened the curve quite well with early and strong social distancing mandates, which for the most part are still in place. Although they have had 897 cases, 10 are currently hospitalized, and 52 have died (all lower numbers than Maine), their case rate and death rates are higher. This is because Vermont’s overall population is less than half (46%) of Maine’s. They too have had a concentration of impact from the pandemic in their urban areas, especially Burlington.
Like Maine and New Hampshire, Vermont is also implementing a phased approach to reopening. Their stay at home order was renewed on May 1st through the 15th. Starting May 4th, some limited construction businesses will be allowed to open, in which no more than 10 are gathered and the work is primarily outdoors. Vermont requires out of state visitors to quarantine for 14 days. The public must wear face coverings when on public transportation, and are strongly encouraged to elsewhere. Restaurants and non-essential retailers are closed except for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery services. Hair salons and gyms remain closed. Future opening dates of these other business sectors have not been set.
MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have all been hit harder by COVID-19 than the northern three New England states. Massachusetts especially has been surging the last several weeks, and is considered one of the hardest hit areas of the U.S. It has seen over 68,000 confirmed cases. Almost 4,000 were hospitalized a few days ago, and although this number has decreased, over 3,600 are currently hospitalized. Tragically, over 4,000 have also died from this disease in Massachusetts.
Just to put these numbers into perspective, Massachusetts has five times the population of Maine, so if these numbers were in Maine, we would have approximately: • 13,200 cases (we have 1,185); • 720 - 800 hospitalized (we have 33); and • 800 deaths (we have 57).
Massachusetts hospitals have been full beyond their normal capacity. As a result, several alternate care sites were set up in convention centers in urban areas such as Boston and Worcester, and they have been used for COVID-19 patients, especially those who are homeless or are in prisons. With numbers of cases and hospitalizations down these last several days - both early indicators - it appears their surge may have peaked. But only four days ago, they recorded their one-day largest death toll - 252.
Like most other states, Massachusetts has been in a declared state of emergency since early-mid March. From March 23rd and until at least May 18th, gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited; non-essential businesses are closed, including restaurants; there is a stay at home advisory. Although face masks or coverings have been encouraged since early April, as of Wednesday May 6, they are required in public situations when social distancing may not be possible to maintain.
One in four workers in the state have filed for unemployment benefits, making it and New Hampshire the hardest hit in New England in this regard. Although state government is starting to formulate reopening plans, many, including prominent business leaders, recommend a slow reopening. The Massachusetts High Technology Council - comprised of leading business CEOs and health experts, just released their recommendations, linked to below. The Governor has convened a reopening advisory board, which is supposed to provide recommendations by May 18th.
RHODE ISLAND Rhode Island, which has a population of just over one million and less than Maine’s, has seen about 9,300 cases, 300 deaths, and currently has 333 hospitalized - all 5 - 10 times Maine’s counts. They continue with a stay at home order, and all nonessential businesses are closed, including restaurants (except for take-out and delivery). The famed Newport Jazz Festival as well as other festivals, parades, fairs, and carnivals are cancelled for the summer. On April 27th, a set of four phases for reopening was announced, with timelines to be determined. On May 1st, the Governor announced state parks would start to reopen in phases through May, with restrictions on parking and social distancing.
CONNECTICUT With close to 2,500 deaths so far, Connecticut has the 3rd highest death rate in the country, just after New York and New Jersey. It appears some of the reasons for this have to do with its proximity to New York as well as an older population (6th oldest state in the nation) and its population density (4th most densely populated state).
Since April 17th, people in Connecticut are mandated to wear a face covering when out in public when social distancing is not assured. Executive orders are in place until at least May 20th for people to stay at home, for food establishments to be closed except for take-out and delivery, and for all non-essential businesses to be closed, including gyms, movie theaters, and hair and nail salons.
CANADA Although Maine’s border with Quebec and New Brunswick has been closed since the U.S. - Canada border closed March 21st, and is expected to remain closed until at least mid-late May, there is some essential travel between the two countries. Interestingly, non-essential travel within Canada has been restricted, including between provinces such as between Quebec and New Brunswick as well as between some regions within provinces. This has been enforced by checkpoints. (This is not an option that is felt to be allowed in the U.S. under these circumstances, which is why no state has done it.) These travel restrictions may explain some of the factors contributing to lower impact of COVID-19 in Canada.
There is also a 14-day quarantine mandate for those who must enter a province, and the Canadian government’s website specifically states this quarantine also applies to snowbirds arriving home for the summer. Non-residential cottage owners are not allowed to travel to their seasonal homes in Quebec and the Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Schools and non-essential businesses have been closed, and those without pay across Canada have been given $2,000 per month income by the government.
QUEBEC Quebec Province has seen about 30,000 cases and over 2,100 deaths, with about half of each of these in Montreal. The regions bordering Maine (Estrie, Chaudiere-Appalaches, and Bas-Saint-Laurent) have seen in aggregate about 1,300 cases and 34 deaths.
Quebec announced a stepwise reopening of their economy, which begins on May 4th with the gradual lifting of inter-regional travel throughout May. Some businesses (with social distancing restrictions) will open May 4th, including some retail stores (but not malls) with some additional businesses such as construction to be opened May 11th. These business sectors in Montreal are scheduled to open a week later. Tourist sites, festivals, campgrounds, and non-essential lodging remain closed, with timeline and strategies awaiting a more comprehensive plan for reopening the province’s economy.
NEW BRUNSWICK New Brunswick has seen a total of 118 cases, all of whom are recovered, and therefore not contagious. They have seen no deaths due to COVID-19. As of May 2nd, they have been two weeks with no new cases. As a result, members of one household can gather with members of one other household. Churches can now hold outdoor services so long as congregants stay in their cars.
The Premier also announced that the reopening of New Brunswick would be done in four phases, with timelines for the phases beyond this first one to be determined at later dates, depending on disease progression. Currently, elective healthcare, daycares, restaurants, campgrounds, and offices are all closed.
The Premier also recently announced that he feels this is the time to re-tool several sectors, including assuring the province can produce its own food supply with its own workforce to the extent possible, and that health care can be delivered digitally on an ongoing basis.
Borders with other provinces are to remain closed for the foreseeable future, except the one with Prince Edward Island, which might open up in July, if the pandemic situation remains the same.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PEI has only seen 27 cases, no deaths, and only one new case in the last two weeks. PEI announced their four-phase re-opening plan on Friday. After being in a state of lockdown for several weeks, they will now allow some outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, golfing, and fishing, with a number of restrictions, including no more than five people being able to gather. Some non-urgent but time-sensitive health services will be allowed. Daycares will open, but only for essential workers. Restaurants and some limited lodging (B&Bs) are not allowed to open until mid-June, and then, only to PEI residents.
NOVA SCOTIA Nova Scotia has seen 963 cases and 31 deaths. One-third of the cases and 25 of the deaths have been in one long term care facility in Halifax. On Friday, Nova Scotia’s premier announced the lockdown would continue at least through May 17th, but that people could go outside for gardening, to some parks, and to golf ranges. Beaches and golf courses continue to be closed.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLITICS Listening to the news, it sometimes seems that public health and economic decisions have been mixing a great deal with political divisiveness, with some from the Right calling for quicker re-openings, and some from the Left asking for a slower pace. But reviewing these neighboring states and provinces, there seems to be much more unity than divisiveness among those making the policy decisions.
For instance, a quick examination of these six states and neighboring Canadian provinces does not reveal a strong association of political affiliation and these decisions. New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts are all led by Republican governors, whose policies on re-opening seem to vary little from the Democratic governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine. Some of the strongest statements about the need for a slow pace for re-openings have come from the Republican governors of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire as well as from some prominent business leaders (see links below). Additionally, the bipartisan set of northern New England governors have discussed publicly how they are coordinating some of their reopening efforts, are collaborating in the sharing of information, and are communicating regularly.
Even within Canada, the premier of Quebec, who is a centrist, is promoting a much quicker re-opening than his colleague in New Brunswick, who is a conservative. Nova Scotia’s premier is a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, and the PEI premier is a conservative. All three maritime premiers publicly are promoting a very gradual stepwise re-opening. Like the three bipartisan governors of northern New England, they also seem to be collaborating, communicating, and coordinating their efforts.
CONCLUSION We are living with a great deal of uncertainty, especially with a pandemic with a novel virus. The last pandemic this severe raged the earth 102 years ago. The virus does not see our state and countries’ borders. We have to recognize that areas such as southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, a few minutes’ drive from our border, are still confronting massive outbreaks. And even southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic, where the pandemic is still raging, are only a few hours’ drive away. While the pandemic seems to be smoldering in Maine, it only takes one spark to ignite its fire. This is something that seems to be well recognized across the area's policymakers, including those with the Canadian Maritime provinces, which continue to have closed economies and closed borders between them.
Clearly, there is no playbook as to how to reopen. But one thing is very clear. No matter how open or closed our states and provinces are, each of us as individuals needs to take responsibility to do our part to continue social distancing and not ignite any fires. While Maine and each of these neighboring states and provinces are under various emergency orders, they are only as effective as we the people are at implementing them.
What can we do? We can each become familiar with the new social distancing requirements for businesses and lend them a helping hand in complying (see Maine's criteria linked to just below). Most importantly, we can make sure we as individuals, our household members, and co-workers are practicing good social distancing: wearing a mask when appropriate in public; maintaining six feet distance; washing hands often; and not gathering inappropriately with others. These measures - to one degree or another - are likely a way of life until there is herd immunity achieved with a vaccine. They are also the most effective tools we currently have to fight this virus - to protect us who are carrying out these strategies and importantly, to protect those around us.
This pandemic is likely to threaten us for months if not several years. It is a bigger force than any one of us. However, I know that together, we can stamp out its fire.
Maine’s criteria for different sectors as they reopen https://www.maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists
A podcast of these posts, ready by my daughter is here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ch5zi-d66fd3…
42 year old Maine firefighter dies of COVID-19 https://bangordailynews.com/…/waldo-county-firefighters-de…/
ME plans to reopen Maine https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine
ME COVID data review https://www.maine.gov/…/Restarting_Maines_Economy_Slides_04…
ME daily COVID data https://www.maine.gov/…/infe…/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml
NH data and map https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
States with highest increases in unemployment due to pandemic https://wallethub.com/…/states-with-the-biggest-incr…/72730/
NH Governor Sununu reopening guidance https://www.governor.nh.gov/…/pre…/20200501-stay-at-home.htm
NH Governor Sununu remarks on opening up in a phased approach https://www.nhpr.org/…/gov-sununu-talks-plans-reopening-nhs…
VT May 1st executive order https://governor.vermont.gov/…/ADDENDUM%2012%20TO%20EXECUTI…
VT May 1st update on stay at home https://accd.vermont.gov/…/update-new-work-safe-additions-s…
VT May 1st update https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/p…/Covid-19-Daily-Update.pdf
VT COVID-19 data https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/co…/current-activity-vermont
VT Governor Scott remarks on re-opening https://governor.vermont.gov/…/governor-phil-scott-announce…
MA data https://www.mass.gov/info-detai…/covid-19-response-reporting
MA High Technology Council’s Reopening Recommendations http://www.mhtc.org/…/…/04/MHTC-COVID-19-Briefing-5.1.20.pdf
MA business leaders recommend slow reopening https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/business-group-recommends-slo…
MA Governor Baker remarks on re-opening https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/heres-what-governor-baker-ha…/
RI overview https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/new-england/rhode-island/…
RI reopening phases (no timelines yet set) https://reopeningri.s3.amazonaws.com/REOPENINGRI_4_27_20_12…
CT overview https://www.courant.com/…/hc-news-coronavirus-connecticut-d…
Canada data and by province https://www.canada.ca/…/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.ht…
Canada’s response https://www.canada.ca/…/2019-novel-cor…/canadas-reponse.html
Canada's reopening by province https://nationalpost.com/…/reopening-canada-provinces-ontar…
Quebec reopening https://www.quebec.ca/…/gradual-resumption-activities-cov…/…
New Brunswick update https://www.cbc.ca/…/covid-19-outbreak-roundup-pandemic-1.5…
New Brunswick data https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en.html
Premier of New Brunswick May 2nd press briefing https://www.cbc.ca/…/new-brunswick/no-active-cases-1.5553542
Premier of New Brunswick on retooling the economy https://www.cbc.ca/…/covid-19-new-brunswick-politics-higgs-…
PEI pandemic response https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19
PEI reopening plans https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/topic/renew-pei-together
PEI seasonal property owners FAQ https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/seasonal-properties-and…
Nova Scotia pandemic response https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Nova Scotia easing outdoor activities May 1st https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/nova-scotia-reopens-parks-and-t…
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2020.05.04 01:38 EleventhTry [EVENT] A Digital Future

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C.
 
Although the United States is home to several, if not most of the world's largest information corporations and Americans being one of the most avid users in the world of the internet, we lack behind severely among other OCED nations in several sectors. Notably, millions of Americans lack access to high-speed internet, and in some places, internet at all. As the arrival of globalization and the dominance of the information-age unravels, there is an ever increasing need for Americans to be online. A report by the Federal Communications Commission in 2022 shows that roughly 92.8% of all Americans are connected to the internet, although there are several million in this number who do not have access to high-speed internet. Although having updated the definition of broadband in 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has again called for a review of this definition among other existing policies on the books. New Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel to many is a breath of fresh air to several critics of the FCC, as well as to economic analysts, information companies, and middle-class Americans. However, her bold stances do render her as a threat to many internet providers not seeking the best interests of Americans.
 

5G

  Bringing to the city of Seattle a limited 5G commercial network was CenturyLink which had started plans for an implementation of this in 2018. Although, only about 1/3rd of the city is covered by the network, with CenturyLink promising to get the rest of the city covered by the end of 2024. The success of this large leap has showed the possibility of spreading further 5G networks into larger American cities, but that will have to wait for the future. Although, CenturyLink is not alone in the pursuit of 5G networks, as AT&T, Verizon, and Frontier Communications have promised the arrival of a 5G network in the city's with their HQ. All 4 companies have announced plans towards implementing national 5G coverage by 2036 with 3/5ths of the United States to be fully covered with 5G access by 2030.
 

Fiber

  Although hopes were cut for many when Google announced it would no longer expand Google Fibre, this has been recently reversed. CEO of Google Inc. Sundar Pichai announced after the arrival of the 5G network in Seattle that this would be reversed, as Google put out invitations across the country to several metropolitan areas to deploy the fiber. Google has begun deployment of cable in these cities, which will fully connect their respective metropolitan areas by 2026.
 
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  • San Jose, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • Houston, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Waco, TX
  • Toledo, OH
  • Washington, District of Columbia + New Columbia
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Miami, FL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Tallahassee, FL
 
This massive expansion will launch Google into being a much larger Internet Service Provider across the United States. Similarly, AT&T has announced their intentions to make further strides in the deployment of cable, planning to lay around 1,440 cumulative miles of fiber in the states of Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. This ambitious plan to bring cable has been funded by both AT&T and the cities that it will run through and connect. Existing plans to complete this put 2029 as the end date. Helping to combat the costs, all 12 of the recently mentioned states will be issuing grants for the deployment of the fiber cable, at a total cost of $19 billion. This is to be received from newly imposed state taxes on sodas and alcohol, and a newly leveraged nation-wide federal tax rate for cigarettes to be listed:
 
  • Helping to fund this package, the federal tax rate for cigarettes will be raised from $1.01 per pack to $1.42 per pack.
  • Tennessee will raise its tax on beer from $1.17 per gallon to $1.32 per gallon.
  • West Virginia and Ohio will raise its tax on beer from $0.18 per gallon to $0.74 per gallon
  • Wisconsin and Missouri will raise its tax on beer from $0.06 per gallon to $0.64 per gallon.
  • Michigan will raise its tax on beer from $0.20 per gallon to $0.85 per gallon.
  • Indiana will raise its tax on beer from $0.12 per gallon to $0.68 per gallon. State-wide institution of a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.
  • Pennsylvania will raise its tax on beer from $0.08 per gallon to $0.72 per gallon.
  • Arkansas will raise its tax on beer from $0.34 per gallon to $.0.99 per gallon. State-wide institution of a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.
  • Illinois will raise its tax on beer from $0.23 per gallon to $0.89 per gallon. State-wide institution of a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.
  • Kentucky will raise its tax on beer from $0.78 per gallon to $1.24 per gallon. State-wide institution of a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.
  • Ohio will raise its tax on beer from $0.18 per gallon to $0.68 per gallon. State-wide institution of a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.
  • Iowa will raise its tax on beer from $0.19 per gallon to $0.70 per gallon. State-wide institution of a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.
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FCC

 
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Jessica Rosenworcel publicly announced changes to existing guidelines following a 2021 Broadband Progress Report. These changes will move existing required download speeds for classification as broadband from downloads speeds of 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps to download speeds of 40 Mbps and upload speeds to 5 Mbps. Rules regarding net neutrality will be congressionally set to as they were in the Open Internet Order back in 2010 following an act proposed by Representative Kennedy III, (D-MA)
 
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