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2020.11.28 15:09 throwawayfamily2012 Guidance and Help on Family Issues?

Hi everybody,
I stumbled upon this reddit after doing some googling about families falling apart.
I'm 25, I left university 2 years ago, and I'm in a wonderful relationship with my partner of 10 years. Ever since my Mum started caring for her parents in 2013, my extended family and my family completely drifted apart.
All the way through my life, right up until the age of about 21/22, my nuclear family (Mum, brother and me) were EXTREMELY close to my extended family. My auntie and uncle, three female cousins, their children, and my other male cousins that stem from my other auntie and uncle. I grew up with my auntie and uncle and cousins, we spent years and years of quality time together. They were a huge part of my life and I cared for them all so very deeply. We spent every special occasion together, birthdays, Easters, Christmas etc.
When my Mum started caring for her parents in 2013 (she is one of three sisters), things started to take a turn for the worse. She become my Nan's full time carer, and my mum was very resentful of the other sisters for not helping as much with the caring. This was over a period of six years up to 2019. Bare in mind, Auntie 1 who I grew up with was seemingly very close to my Mum before all this, and Auntie 2 was always a little mean and not as friendly with them. My mum was also in the most difficult financial situation by a long margin. My grandparents would always help her out financially, and my grandparents left a house to each of the sisters.
On top of this, they wanted to also gift the house they were living in to my Mum for the years of quality care that she provided. My mum refused, because she knows how greedy and vindictive the other sisters are, and didn't want to upset the peace. Fast forward in time, my Nan dies in 2015 and my Mum started to care for my Grandad because he took a turn for the worse after falling at the funeral home when my Nan died. Up until 2018 she cared for him at home. After this, he went into a care home in 2018, and my Granddad told her to continue using her card if she needed money for shopping etc. My Mum moved into her parents house for a while, by PERMISSION from the other sisters and lived rent free for around a year. The sisters weren't happy with this because they wanted Mum to pay rent to pay for his care bills - even though he could afford it anyway, they were just trying to build a nice cash kitty for when he dies.
My mum and one of my aunties (the one I grew up with) were powers of attorney, and my other auntie has always been slightly outcast due to her greedy nature, along with lots of backchatting and bitching about other family members behind their back, so wasn't PoA. When they went through the finances, they found out that my Mum had spent a reasonable sum (around £17000) over the course over 13 months - nothing at all extravagant, food shopping, bills etc. She didn't knowingly spend so much, she was in a very deep dark patch and was just plodding along as she had done since 2013. If I thought my Mum did anything dishonestly, I would admit it - I wholeheartedly do not think she did.
Since then, the family has simply crumbled due to my Mum spending the money, and now we essentially have nothing to do with the extended family. Auntie 1 and Auntie 2 are now closer than ever, and I see photos on Facebook of EVERYBODY (20+ people) from where they got together last boxing day etc and me and my brother weren't invited.
I feel a lot of pain and loss from losing my family. I know that the way they treated my Mum was completely wrong, I know that they clearly aren't the caring, kind, wonderful people that I thought they were, but it's still really really hard. On top of this, my nuclear family is nowhere near as stable a before. I don't have a bedroom in the house because my Mum moved in to the house her parents gave her, my brother has grown up, my Mum is depressed and my whole world is completely different to the world I was living in back in 2013.
I know this is a long post, but I would really appreciate some guidance and advice from people who have experienced something similar and dealt with the grief. I struggle to grieve, and I just don't know what to do. I would appreciate any advice.
Thanks guys.
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2020.11.26 09:55 mikiagrawal1 I bought a $69 bidet attachment for my toilet in an effort to be more eco-friendly and hygienic - and now I can't imagine not having one

I bought a $69 bidet attachment for my toilet in an effort to be more eco-friendly and hygienic - and now I can't imagine not having one
Originally published on businessinsider by Jessica Defino March 23 2019
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Tushy
  • Tushy offers affordable, decor-friendly bidet attachments that turn virtually any toilet into a bidet (a device that sprays your behind clean, FYI) for under $70.
  • Founded by entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, Tushy is about more than cleanliness. It's also an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to toilet paper, seeing as the average American family spends $500 - or two trees' worth of TP - on flushable paper per year.
  • Using a bidet also helps prevent UTIs, yeast infections, and hemorrhoids. As a devoted fan, I can honestly say it makes you feel so much fresher and cleaner than wiping.
"If a bird pooped on you, would you wipe it off with paper, or wash it away?"
The words of Miki Agrawal, the founder of Tushy, a company that sells $69 bidet attachments, haunted me for days.
After listening to Agrawal wax poetic about the benefits of a good bidet spray via one of my favorite wellness podcasts, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I needed - no, deserved - a bidet of my very own. She made it sound so necessary. So eco-friendly. So healthy.
Still, when I finally clicked "Add to Cart" on the White Bamboo Tushy Classic (arguably the most fashion-forward toilet accessory in existence), I braced myself for the embarrassment I'd feel when the package arrived and my husband spotted it. After all, installing a bidet in my bathroom was pretty much equivalent to admitting that I actually, you know, use the bathroom - something I've been able to all but hide from him throughout dating, engagement, and marriage.
Let me backup a bit: Are you familiar with bidets?
As Tushy describes it, a bidet is "a device that sprays your bottom clean." Popular in European and Asian countries, bidets look a little different depending on where you go - in Japan, bidets are usually built right into the toilet. In France, bidets are typically separate basins situated next to the toilet. With Tushy, any toilet can become a bidet. "I am half Japanese and half Indian, and through both cultures I grew up with bidets, so I have known about them for a really long time," Agrawal tells Business Insider. "I always thought Japanese bidets were way too expensive and I also did not want to spend money adding a French bidet next to my toilet, not to mention in my rental apartment that had no space for it." She ended up getting a Chinese bidet attachment - a Valentine's Day present from her then-boyfriend-now-husband, natch - but it was "ugly and looked like a medical device."
"It was then that I had the ding ding ding moment to create a modern, affordable, designer bidet attachment for the American consumer - a product that both was a 100% upgrade from using dry paper that only smears, and one that aided in fighting the deforestation of trees getting flushed down the toilet every year," Agrawal explains. Thus Tushy was born.
Read more*:* The best bidets you can buy
When my own Tushy arrived, I asked my husband to help me install it and braced myself for some light mocking - but I was shocked on two accounts. For one, installation was super easy; it requires no plumbing experience and barely any tools, and takes only five minutes. I totally could've done it myself (and I'm clueless when it comes to this kind of stuff). And two, my husband didn't laugh*.* He was certifiably jealous, and ordered one for his own bathroom that same night.
Yup, we're a two-Tushy household now.
Why? Besides the fact that I just feel cleaner using Tushy, it's truly a healthier, more hygienic option than wiping. "With Tushy, you're cleaning up the mess instead of wiping it around," Agrawal says. "Using a Tushy bidet drastically reduces the likelihood of hemorrhoids, UTIs, and yeast infections, and can prevent anal fissures."
On top of that, using a bidet is just plain better for the environment.
"The average American uses 57 sheets of toilet paper per day," the founder shares, noting that the environmental factor was a driving force behind the development of Tushy. "A single roll of toilet paper takes 37 gallons of water [to make]. In a year, a family of four spends upwards of $500 on toilet paper - and cuts down two trees." Do the math: That's 15 million trees per year destined to end up in the sewer. "With Tushy, toilet paper use is reduced by 80%" - you still need a little to pat dry - "and water waste is less than a pint per week," according to Agrawal. "It quickly pays for itself."
It does take a little getting used to, though.
For the first couple weeks, I found myself wiping, then remembering I had a bidet, before it became second nature to spray clean. And be warned: The sensation is, uh, strange in the beginning. Luckily, Tushy is equipped with a handy lever that controls the angle of the stream (so you can hit the right spot, every time) and a knob that controls the pressure (so you can start small).
Read more*:* 9 cheap solutions for people who want to waste less and wean themselves off single-use items
Tushy FacebookToday, I can't imagine not using a bidet, and I boast the benefits of bidet-ing to anyone who will listen. Thanks to my loud-and-proud advocacy, my husband, my mom, and many of my friends are converts too.
"I am getting approached either in person or via social media every day from people who love their Tushy bidet and share with me that it has completely changed their lives," Agrawal shares. "They feel more confident, clean, and conscious regarding their health and the environment."
If you don't want to take her word for it, just check out the reviews (powered by a third party) "It's cut paper consumption in my house in half, and now I feel slighted using other peoples' toilets," says one of them.
Tushy's attachments fit all standard, two-piece toilets and some one-piece toilets, so long as you have a flexible hose connection. All you have to do is unscrew the seat, place the Tushy on top, and connect to water - that's it.
I have the Tushy Classic, $69; but you can upgrade to the Tushy Spa, which is temperature controlled, for $99. At checkout, you can add the brand's environmentally conscious bamboo toilet paper to your order as a monthly subscription.
"We have some other amazing products launching soon," the founder reveals, hinting at a travel bidet designed for going on the go. Once it launches, I'll be first in line to purchase - because honestly, once you're the proud owner of a Tushy, you'll never want to use a non-Tushy toilet again.

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Tushy is a bidet startup which aims to replace toilet paper, Tushy was founded by Miki Agrawal
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2020.11.23 19:15 moxej584 Black Friday Reddit

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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: HEADPHONES AND AUDIO

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones: $350 $278 at Best Buy
The Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones, some of the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, are seriously discounted at $72 off with this Black Friday deal.
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JLab Audio Studio ANC Wireless Headphones: $59.88 $39.88 at Walmart
Save $20 - These JLab Bluetooth headphones are half off during Walmart's early Black Friday sale. With the noise cancellation on, the manufacturer boasts you'll get 28 hours of playtime. They charge via Micro USB.
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JBL Live 300 true wireless earbuds: $149.95 $74.95 at Amazon
Save $75 on these JBL true wireless earbuds, which come with up to 20 hours of battery life, ambient aware and TalkThru modes, and sweat resistance.VIEW DEAL

Jabra Elite Active 65t true wireless earbuds: $139.99 $119.99 at Best Buy
Save $20 - These fantastic, sports-friendly earbuds have $20 off in this early Black Friday deal. Designed for athletes, the earbuds are sweat-resistant and feature a built-in motion sensor that lets you track fitness efforts.
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Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $199.99 at Amazon
Save $49 - Under $200 for the AirPods Pro is by far one of the best prices we've seen for the state-of-the-art noise-canceling AirPods Pro. They normally cost $249, so that's $49 off the MSRP and, currently, one of our best Black Friday deals.VIEW DEAL

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: $299.99 $169.99 at Best Buy
Save $130 - Best Buy has the best-selling Beats Solo Pro on sale for a record-low price of $179.99 for Best Buy members. The wireless headphones provide an impressive 22-hours of battery life and are available in Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Red.
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JBL Live 650BTNC noise-cancelling headphones: $199.99 $99.99 at Best Buy
Save $100 on these stellar wireless headphones, which come with active noise cancellation, up to 30 hours of battery life, and a dynamic sound that belies their cheap price.VIEW DEAL
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Bose QC35 II: $349.99 $199.99 at Walmart
Save $50 - Bose is no stranger to great comfort and impressive sound quality, and the Bose QC35 II doesn't fall far from the tree. These wireless headphones also boast two levels of active noise cancellation, a 2-microphone system, and are on sale for a massively low $99.99.
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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: GAMING AND CONSOLES
PS5: Where to buy the PlayStation 5 right now
If you're here for a PlayStation 5 deal, you'll likely be disappointed. The console is out now, but a lot of retailers are out of stock in the US and they're particularly hard to come by right now. Use the link above for our article running down all the latest PlayStation 5 stock, but it's more a case of finding a console rather than looking for a discount.
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Xbox Series X: Where to buy Microsoft's next-gen console
Xbox Series X deals are currently hard to find, but you may be able to find one using our guide above that shows you the latest retailers to have stock of the next-gen console. You're unlikely to get a discount as it's so new, but hopefully we can put you in touch with a retailer that has stock of the Xbox Series X.VIEW DEAL
Xbox Series S: Where to buy Microsoft's cheaper new console
The Xbox Series S stock isn't commonly available right now, but we've put together a guide to the retailers that have the cheaper next-gen console in stock. Use the link above to put you through to the latest retailers with the console, but be warned that you're unlikely to get a discount if you can even get a console at all.VIEW DEAL
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Nintendo Labo - Robot Kit: Nintendo Switch: $59.99 $39.97 at Amazon
Save $20 - If you're looking for the perfect gift for your kids, the Nintendo Labo is a great one to go for. This cardboard construction kit connects to their Switch and allows them to control a giant robot on the TV. It's a neat idea that challenges their creativity and rewards them with a new game to play at the end of the day.
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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: CAMERA AND DRONES
GoPro Hero 9 Black $449 $399 at Amazon
Save $50 - It's only a couple of months old, but GoPro's latest action camera has already received its first discount – and this likely to be the cheapest the Hero 9 Black is going to get before Christmas. It's the most versatile action camera we've seen, with 5K video recording, 10m waterproofing and a handy new front-facing screen.VIEW DEAL
Fujifilm X-T200: $799.95 $499.95 at B&H Photo Video
Save $300 - This beginner-friendly mirrorless camera offers superb value in this XC15-45mm kit lens bundle. The X-T200 combines excellent image quality from its 24.2MP sensor with a sharp 3.5-inch rear touchscreen and an attractive retro design. This deal is for the Silver version, but you can also get its Dark Silver and Champagne Gold versions for the same price.
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Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III: $749.99 $649 at Amazon
Save $100 - This is one of the best compact cameras you can buy today. The G7X Mark III combines a large 20.1MP 1-inch sensor with a versatile 24-100mm lens and some powerful video features, including 4K video recording, a 3.5mm mic input and YouTube livestreaming.VIEW DEAL
Sony ZV1: $798 $698 at B&H Photo
Save $100 - The best compact camera for vloggers currently on the market, the ZV1 has only been available for a few months so it's great to see reductions already. You get 4K video recording, a flip-out screen, a dedicated microphone and 3x zoom.VIEW DEAL
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Fujifilm X-T3 and accessories kit: $1,499.95 $999.95 at B&H Photo
Save $500 - Although now a generation old, the Fujifilm X-T3 is still an extremely capable camera for stills shooting. Right now, you can get a great $500 off this X-T3 bundle, which comes with a spare battery and memory card. If you've been thinking about picking up one of these fantastic cameras, now's the perfect time. VIEW DEAL

Nikon Z50 + twin-lens kit: $1,346.95 $1096.95 at B&H Photo
Save $250 - We were very impressed with Nikon's APS-C mirrorless Z-series camera. With this twin lens kit deal, you have the perfect package for travel, everyday and walkabout shooting. It would also make a superb present for somebody just starting to get serious about their photography.VIEW DEAL
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Sony A7R II (body only): $1,798 $1,298 at Adorama
Save $500 - Now that the A7R is in its fourth generation, you can get some amazing deals on the older models, such as this A7R II. Don't be put off by it not being the latest - you still get a superb camera that gives you excellent resolution and a host of other goodies in this full-frame firebrand.
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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: SMART HOME
Blink Mini security camera: $34.99 $24.99 at Amazon
Save $10 - You can score a rare $10 price cut on the all-new Blink Mini Smart security camera at Amazo's Black Friday sale. The indoor HD camera works with Amazon Alexa and alerts your smartphone whenever motion is detected.
Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote: $29.99 $17.99 at Amazon
Save $12 - The all-new Fire TV Stick Lite gets a first-time price cut in this early Amazon Black Friday deal. For just $17.99, the streaming player allows you to enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and features an Alexa voice remote.
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All-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote: $39.99 $27.99 at Amazon
Save $12 - You can get the all-new Fire TV Stick on sale for just $27.99 in this early Amazon Black Friday deal. The streaming player allows you to enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and features an Alexa voice remote.
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Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote: $49.99 $29.99 at Amazon
Save $20 - Stream your favorite content in 4K resolution with HDR too with the 4K Fire TV Stick that's on sale for just $29.99. The streaming player includes an Alexa voice remote so you can use your voice to control your TV.
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Ring Peephole Cam Smart video doorbell: $129.99 $69.99 at Amazon
Save $60 - For a limited time, you can get the Ring Peephole Cam on sale for a record-low price of $69.99. The Alexa-enabled doorbell allows you to monitor your door from anywhere and is designed to replace your peephole with no wiring or drilling required.
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Fire TV Cube: $119.99 $79.99 at Amazon
Save $40 - For a limited time, you can get the powerful Fire TV Cube on sale for $79.99. That's a $40 discount and the lowest price we've found for the hands-free 4K streaming player that's Alexa compatible.
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Roku Premiere: $40 $24 at Amazon
The Roku Premiere is a step up from the company's basic Roku Express and offers 4K HDR streaming for just a few bucks more. Offering the same free channels, TV shows and movies as its cheaper sibling, it's still a phenomenal deal.VIEW DEAL
Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit + Echo Dot (3rd Gen): $239.98 $119.99 at Amazon
Save $119.99 - There's an $80 discount on the Ring Alarm 5 piece Kit - and you'll receive a free 3rd generation Echo Dot at Amazon's early Black Friday sale. The Ring Alarm includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and a range extender.
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Fire TV Recast: $229.99 $129.99 at Amazon
Save $100 - The Fire TV Recast is a DVR that allows you to watch and record your favorite shows at home with no monthly fees. The Alexa-enabled device is currently on sale for $129.99.
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Ring Video Doorbell 3: $199 $139.99 at Amazon
Save $60 - Amazon has the all-new Ring Video Doorbell 3 on sale for $139.99. That's the lowest price we've found for the Ring 3, which now includes improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and dual-band WiFi connectivity.
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Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Echo Show 5: $289.98 $149.99 at Amazon
Save $139.9 - Amazon's Black Friday deal includes a $50 discount on the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and a free Echo Show 5. You can connect your Alexa-enabled Ring doorbell with your Echo device so you can see and talk to visitors completely hands-free.
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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus: $229.99 $159.99 at Amazon
Save $70 - The rarely discounted Ring 3 Plus gets a $70 price cut in this early Amazon Black Friday deal. The Alexa-enabled doorbell now features 4 extra seconds of video to show you what happened before motion was triggered, so you'll always know who's at your door.
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Ring Video Doorbell Pro: $249.99 $169.99 at Amazon
Save $80 - For a limited time, you can get the Ring Video Doorbell Pro on sale for a record-low price of $169.99. The Ring Pro features advanced motion detection and works with Amazon Alexa to send alerts to your Echo devices.
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Ring Floodlight Camera with Echo Show 5: $338.99 $189.99 at Amazon
Save $149 - A fantastic bundled deal, you can save $60 on the Ring Floodlight Camera and get a free Echo Show for a total savings of $149. The Ring Floodlight Camera works with Alexa so you can see and talk to visitors with your compatible Echo device.
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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation: $39.99 $18.99 at Amazon
Save $20 -Prime Day is back - you can get this tiny voice-powered speaker for just $18.99 and invite Amazon into your home multiple times. The compact smart speaker works with Amazon Alexa to play music, answer questions, and control compatible smart home devices.
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All-new Echo Dot (4th gen): $49.99 $28.99 at Amazon
Save $21 - The all-new Echo Dot is getting a first-time price cut at Amazon bringing the price down to just $28.99. The compact smart speaker works with Alexa to play music, answer questions, and control compatible smart home devices.
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Google Nest Mini: $49 $29 at Walmart
Save $20 - If you're looking for a compact smart speaker, Walmart has the Google Home Mini on sale for just $29. The 2nd generation speaker works with the Google Assistant to play music, check the weather, and control other smart home devices using just your voice.
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Google Nest Hub $149 $89.98 at Walmart
For a limited time, you can get the Google Nest Hub for $89.98. The smart hub display can control smart home devices (like the Nest) and works with the Google Assistant to display photos, make calls, show the news, and more.
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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: HOME AND KITCHEN
Bella Pro Series 4.2-qt. Analog Air Fryer: $59.99 $29.99 at Best Buy
Pick up a cheap air fryer deal at the Best Buy Black Friday sale. The Bella 4.2-qt air fryer allows you to air fry, broil, bake, roast, and reheat with little to no oil so you can enjoy your favorite fried foods with less guilt.
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Insignia 6qt multi-function pressure cooker: $59.99 $29.99 at Best Buy
Save $30 - At half price, this Insignia 6qt pressure cooker is sure to be a popular buy this Black Friday at Best Buy. Although a fairly common sale item, we don't normally see price cuts quite this low, so we definitely think it's a great pick-up if you're looking for an appliance that's really useful for easy to prepare meals.
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Dyson Ball Animal 2: $499.99 $299.99 at Best Buy
Save $200 - If you're interested in a traditional upright vacuum, you can get the Dyson Ball Animal 2 on sale for half off at Best Buy. The multi-floor vacuum features a self-adjusting cleaner head and the ball technology allows you to navigate furniture and obstacles with a simple turn of the wrist, for precise cleaning.VIEW DEAL
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iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum: $499.99 $300 at Best Buy
Save $200 - The Roomba 960 comes Wi-Fi-enabled and was designed with homes with pets in mind. Powerful suction and a high-efficiency filter traps mold, pollen, and dust mites along with dust, dirt, pet hair, and other large debris.
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Farberware 3.2 Quart Oil-less Multi-Functional Fryer: $99 $49.88 at Walmart
Save $49 - Get the best-selling Farberware Fryer on sale at Walmart for $49.88. That's a $39 discount for the 3.2-quart fryer that allows you to cook your favorite fried foods with less oil.
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Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker:$99.95 $79.99 at Amazon
Save $20 - Get the best-selling Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini on sale for just $79.99 in this early Amazon Black Friday deal. The pressure cooker combines nine popular kitchen appliances in one and includes 13 one-touch programs.
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Ninja Mega Kitchen System 72-Oz. Blender: $199.99 $99.99 at Best Buy
Save $40 - The top-rated Ninja Mega Kitchen System blender is on sale for $159.99 at Best Buy. The 72-oz blender includes a 64-oz. round bowl that doubles as a food processor and two 16-oz. single-serving blender cups with built-in blades for smoothies, milkshakes and more to go.
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THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY VACUUM DEALS
Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead: $499.99 $428 at Amazon
Save over $70 on this cordless stick vacuum cleaner from Dyson. It comes with up to 60 minutes run time, a direct drive motorhead for powerful cleaning, and a fully sealed filtration system traps 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 micronsVIEW DEAL

Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal: $599.99 $485 at Amazon
Save $115 - This fantastic Black Friday Dyson deal sees the Cyclone V10 Animal slashed by $115. A torque drive cleaner head drives bristles deep into the carpet to remove ground-in dirt, while a 60-minute runtime gives you enough time to vacuum your whole home on a single charge.VIEW DEAL
Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum: $199 $98 at Walmart
Save $101 - The Black Friday deals period is always a good time to pick up a new vacuum cleaner at a discount. Shark claims this one picks up over 99.9% of dust and allergens around your home – there's also a separate brush roll for picking up pet hair.
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Shark IQ Robot RV1000 WiFi Vacuum: $394 $199 at Walmart
Save $195 - One of Walmart's online-only headline deals is $100 off this robot vacuum, if you're looking for a more convenient way to keep your home tidy. Check out our best robot vacuums list for buying recommendations in this area.
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BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Upright Vacuum: $259.99 $239.99 at Amazon
Save $20 - Perfect for pet owners, Amazon has the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser vacuum on sale for $239.99. The upright vacuum includes specialized pet tools to reach to clean up all that pesky pet hair.
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iRobot Roomba E5 Robot Vacuum: $379.99 $249 at Amazon
Save $130.99 - Tired of vacuuming the floors? So were we until we got a robot vacuum. These robot helpers sweep up the mess in your house and then head back to their cradle for a good night's rest. Their High-Efficiency Filter traps 99% of cat and dog allergens, while the 3-stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and dust on the floor.
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Roomba i3+: $599.99 $399.99 at Amazon
The Roomba i3+ combines both affordability and advanced features with a self-emptying dustbin built into its charging base, making it the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it robot vacuum. Now, with $200 off over at Amazon, it's more affordable than ever.VIEW DEAL
THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: MATTRESSES
Nectar Memory Foam Mattress: from $798 $499 + $399 of free gifts at Nectar
Save up to $800 - This is the best Black Friday deal for mattresses, in our opinion - it's incredible value. Nectar's premium, medium-firm memory foam mattress is extremely comfortable and supportive, and we found it to be very good at regulating our temperature throughout the night. Right now, there's up to a $400 discount on the mattress and you'll get $399-worth of free gifts added to your order too, including luxury sheets, pillows, and a mattress protector. It also comes with a huge 365-night risk-free trial, so you can try it safely in your own home, and a lifetime guarantee. VIEW DEAL
Tempur-Pedic Cloud mattress: from $1,699 $1,189.30 at Tempur-Pedic
Save up to $720 - This 30% discount on Tempur Pedic's most affordable mattress, the Tempur-Cloud, is the best offer we've seen on it all year. The high-end foam mattress is soft on top and firm underneath, and will adapt to your weight, shape and temperature to give you tailored support. A king size now costs just $1,679.30, reduced from $2,399 - that's better than last year's Black Friday deal last year, and great value for money.VIEW DEAL
Saatva Classic Mattress: from $999 $784 at Saatva
Save $275 - When to comes to luxury hybrid mattresses, the Saatva classic innerspring mattress is top of the class. It's made from eco-friendly foams, and boasts a cushioning Euro pillow top, with an extremely durable dual steel coil support system at its heart. The flagship Saatva Classic comes in your choice of soft, medium firm or firm, and there's a 180-night risk-free trial too. There's currently an unheard-of $275 discount when you spend $1,000 - that's better than last year's best Black Friday deal, which only cut $150 off the price. VIEW DEAL
Cocoon Chill mattress: from $730 $470.18 at Cocoon by Sealy
Save up to $409 - This luxury memory foam mattress has a premium stretch-knit cover that's infused with a proprietary 'phase change material' to keep your body cooler at night. Underneath, responsive memory foam cushions your joints and supports your spine, and there's a durable foam base too. There's currently a 35% discount on the Cocoon Chill in the Black Friday sale - that's the biggest ever.VIEW DEAL
Allswell Luxe Mattress: from $395 $316 at Allswell
Save up to $169 - Allswell's mid-range hybrid mattress is made from individually wrapped coils, which help isolate movement (great if you have a restless partner), and premium memory foam. With this early Black Friday deal you can save 20% by adding discount code: GOBBLE10 at checkout. You can also use the same code on the high-end Allswell Supreme mattress, too, which now starts from $580, down from $725.VIEW DEAL
Purple Mattress: from $599 $574 at Purple
Save up to $300 - The Purple mattress famously uses a unique gel grid and layers of foam to deliver flexible, tailored support. Lots of people love it - it averages an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 25,000 user reviews on the Purple site. This Black Friday deal gives you up to a $100 discount on the flagship Purple mattress, and you can also save another $200 by bundling pillows, sheets and a mattress protector with your mattress order. VIEW DEAL
Helix Midnight Mattress: from $600 $500 + 2 free pillows Helix
Save up to $150: Helix's most popular mattress is a medium firmness, and combines memory foam with coils for improved support and airflow. There are several different Black Friday deals available on it, depending on how much you spend. The baseline offer gives you a $100 discount and two free pillows - just add code BLACKFRIDAY100 at checkout. However if you spend over $1,250, you can get a $150 discount with code: BLACKFRIDAY150.VIEW DEAL
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2020.11.22 18:50 GreatMajesty I am alive. I will survive.

I’ve been ruminating regarding my ex and the experiences we shared, including the difficult end. I decided I would just write hear because my friends and family have be exhausted by my lamentations (Okay, some of them would probably listen, but I still don’t want to burden anyone.)
I wasn’t good in the relationship. If I’m honest, I can admit that I could have been a better person with her. I’m nothing close to the mistakes and negative behaviors I committed during the relationship. I hid things from her, like how much weed I smoked, the amount of porn I watched and when I would see my friends (including when two people I thought were my friends gave me too much acid. It was fucking awful. Worthy of note, the only drugs I’ve done are acid about 4 times, Shrooms 4 times and smoked weed regularly and drank very seldom). I talked to other girls and flirted with them. I never physically cheated, but if we are all honest, emotionally cheating is still cheating. She knew I would hide things from her and I would become cold, distant and angry when she wanted to talk about it. Really I was often cold, distant and angry. I believe this lack of emotional expression was a result of using porn as my coping mechanism since I was 14. Whenever I was depressed or sad, I would masturbate. It’s really hard to be honest about this stuff to complete strangers, but there are some here who will recognize the love and desire to be accepted in my words.
During the relationship, I was depressed. This came from a lack of purpose and meaning. I didn’t get to see my friends as she did not want me around people who were not good or didn’t share my values. After I reconnected with people, I recognized she was right about it all, but still I needed to experience these faulty friendships firsthand. Her desire to isolate me made me want to maintain shit relationships and not recognize the shitty people I was around. They were my mistakes to make. I’m not blaming her because I allowed it to happen, but I internalized this and began to resent her as a result. But I still loved her, and we of course had more good than bad times. This thought leads me to what might have contributed to her negative behaviors in the relationship.
Early on in the relationship, we had an abortion. We are both pro-choice and felt we needed to “live the lives ahead of us” (Both 20 at the time). We are both still pro-choice, but this abortion hurt both of us deeply. I was going to support her decision with her body regardless of my own desires, and both of us were leaning to terminate the pregnancy. I truly do regret it happening, and it absolutely destroyed her. We both promised that we would have children together and have them live the most incredible, loving lives as a way of honoring our child that never came to be. We lived together after knowing each other for a year and a half and dating for 3 months (yes, young love and young mistakes).
She was also depressed during the relationship. After one of our first big fights, she locked herself in a room and cut herself. It was a deep cut, and she claimed it was a lapse in judgment. In the moment, she wanted to end her life, but one very deep cut made her want to live. I think it was this moment that I stopped communicating what I was feeling and started talking to other girls for emotional gratification. This was 5/6 months into the relationship. Another issue for her was the control her mother exerted over our relationship. Whenever there was a complication or my ex behaved in a way outside her mother’s expectations, her mother would threatened to repo the car and cut her off from financial support. My ex was very inconsistent with her jobs during our relationship, as a result I primarily supported us financially in a job that was the furthest occupation from fulfilling. She was in school, while I dropped out because of indecision. I think this also contributed to my distance, pot usage, and general discussions with other girls (these girls either were annoyed by me or they wanted to sleep with me). Either way, they meant nothing, but my ex stopped trusting me even less in the relationship when she found out I was in contact with other women. This mistake completely made her tighten her grip on my life, but I should have been transparent and open regarding it all. Instead I doubled down and just hid things from her and engaged in gaslighting. I was so fucking naive and petty. She really tried to love me, but she was also toxic in her resolve to keep me from others and would hack into my social media to keep tabs on me. This was even before I was talking to anyone else. Ultimately, I should have cut out all people who made her feel uncomfortable or made her doubt my sincerity in love for her.
These were all the bad things. But the good outweighed the bad. We pushed each other to pursue what we loved. We read and did yoga together. She stood by me through my depression and helped me reignite my desire to learn. I supported her when her grandfather passed and she felt she has no friends. For a while, I was her only friend, but I stood by her as she began to recognize her worth and made some friends. We spent hours laughing and smiling whether it was watching meme compilations, watching anime, going to Thursday dinners with her family, playing video games or just discussing books and movies. She was my best friend and I was hers. When I went back to school last fall, I was depressed and my coping mechanism was weed usage. The porn had stalled our sex life and she felt I was uninterested or found her unattractive. (I told her about my porn addiction early on in the relationship. I relapsed around 5 months into our relationship and struggled with it, even til this day. I was so ashamed I couldn’t even bring myself to tell her about my weakness/bullshit.)
And speed up to earlier this year. I was truly making the changes I needed to be better. Stopped smoking weed and stopped engaging in the addictive porn behaviors. I cut out all the women who takes to me and I stopped pursuing them. I wanted to do it on my own, so I was still not transparent with her, but I truly was getting on the right track. But it was too little, too late.
I felt her slipping and then one night in January 31st, she just never came home. Went out with people from her work (she graduated from school in Dec 2019, and got a steady job that January for the first time in a few years), and she never called me or anything. I started blowing up her phone and she consistently forwarded me and then blocked me. Completely ghosted me that night. She spoke to me again after I called her grandmother, with whom I had an excellent relationship. Her grandmother told me my ex didn’t feel she could communicate with me, and that I was more concerned with pot than growth. She told me my ex never had an opportunity to party or go out with friends. That this was just her embrace of a new life with a new job and friends. She had the job for less than a month, but she already traded me for them, or at least that’s what I thought.
A few days later, my ex was extremely apologetic, and she was undergoing mental breakdowns and panic. I told her everything, the porn, the weed, the other girls and how I was stopping all the bullshit for her. She said the apartment we had held a lot of trauma, so she wanted to have a break and some space. She lived with her grandma. After a couple of weeks of this, I asked if she was seeing anyone, as most breaks are because one person wants to see someone new. She said no, and that she would never do that to me. I just kept blaming myself, but I stayed on a path that was best for us and our future. No porn, no drugs or alcohol, just growth. I apologized to her for all the bad things I did, and so did she. I thought I was beginning to rectify my mistakes.
Just before the lockdown, I found out she was seeing someone else. She cheated on me. One night she stayed over and was sexting him as we cuddled in bed (me thinking we were making progress). She left her Facebook messenger open on the laptop, and when I opened it and logged in, the screen already displayed their conversation. I was blindsided and devastated. When I confronted her, she said it meant nothing and it was out of loneliness. I accepted this and still desired to make it work. We got locked down, and she refused to see me. She was playing animal crossing with this guy, and I was blowing up her phone. They were in a relationship on Facebook, but when I left her alone and began to accept the reality it was over, she messaged me stating that she can’t stop drinking and she misses me.
She didn’t know what was wrong with her and that she wanted to be with me. This was mid-March. Over the course of the next few weeks, we had to move out of our apartment. Since January, she left me there and refused to pay any bills or rent because she would only seldom spend time there. I accepted this as fair as I was guilty and regretful over all the bullshit in the past. She worked with this new guy and when she would become distant, I would blow up her phone, pleading and rebuke her for cheating and still engaging in conversation/interactions with him. She said my blowing up her phone was why she kept going back to him. The stress made her go back to him as it was like an “addiction”. She said they only were in a relationship on Facebook because he wanted to do so. That she will end it with him after quarantine because it would be easier as he will get a new job. I believed her. All the while, I kept telling her that I would leave her alone if she wanted me too and I would let her go. She said that was dumb and She wanted a life with me. Mid-April, she said it was over and I needed to leave her alone. It was Easter and she spent the whole day with him. They discussed it and decided she needed to cut things off with me. Sadly, I accepted this and was resolute in my desire to leave her be. The very next morning she called me crying and begging for me back. I was sad, but I did just that. But she still didn’t cut it off with him and told me to wait as she publicly was with him and privately with me. I listen to her. She would bounce from screaming at me to leave her alone to pleading with me to be with her for the rest of our lives. This happened for about a month. One weekend after she refused to come see me, we weren’t speaking with each other. I got really hammered and called her only to find out she blocked me everywhere. She had just ghosted me. This person I was with for four years, just ghosted me completely. After I kept reaching out to her through email and other methods, she demanded I let her go or else. So I accepted it and left her alone. She really ended it this time.
I went a few weeks without talking to her. I made up a pathetic reason to reach out, and she responded that she was pregnant with his baby. She was keeping it. She said she couldn’t go through “it” again. “It” being the pain and anguish from when we got an abortion. I was even more devastated. She blocked me everywhere again. She gave my a half-assed apology. “Sorry, I didn’t mean for it to happen like this, but it did.” This was late May. A few weeks after this, she added me back on Snapchat. By this point, I started therapy and on the advice of my therapist, I explain to my ex that I’m willing to work on things, but if she doesn’t want to be with me, then we need a clean cut. I explained that if the child was born early than anticipated, then I would pursue a pregnancy test. She responded and was livid. She stated I was just trying to make their life together harder and that she didn’t mean to add me, she thought I was someone else because my display name was her one of her friends (this was bullshit, I think her new guy saw my message and she lied to make up for it). I told her “I want you to be happy”. She responded, “We are very happy”. She was cold and explained she and he rarely fought, and if they did, it was civil and resolved. They were a much better match, she explained. As I responded about how I loved her, she blocked me again.
A week later, I sent her message on her Twitter as she unblocked me on a few forms of social media again. I stated that if she wanted to be with me, then I would work with her (I know all my desires and requests for working on the relationship are delusional, but that’s what I felt.) But if she didn’t, then she needed to let me go because I know she has a new life and family on the way. I want a family and life, but I can’t do that while I still think it’s possible with her. I wanted her to tell me one last time that there was no chance for us. If this was the case, she need to leave me alone and let me go. She ignored this message, and immediately tweeted than she and her bf were meeting with a realtor. I don’t know if she read my message, but I think she did. I didn’t mean any of it. I still wanted her in my life and wanted her to bother me. It was essentially self harm just talking to her. This was late June.
Fast forward to now, I’ll often go a week or few without checking her social media, but it is always self-destructive. They are engaged, they bought a house and she goes to the gym I used to go to. I think they might live in the town she and I lived in. She had previously said to me multiple times, that she wanted to leave that town and go somewhere new. Periodically she would shit on me on Twitter, but that has ceased. She would talk about how happy she was to be in a relationship based on growth and willing the other to be better. Her effort was finally matched, she said. It’s been awhile since she said stuff like that too.
It’s been 6 months since she officially ended it. I still have delusional thoughts of getting her back or wondering if she even misses me like I miss her. Most of all, I wish she would give me a sincere apology regarding what happened. Something that would show remorse for how she left me or display some form of respect or adoration for what we shared. She hasn’t reached out to me since June, and I have not reached out to her. I really fucking miss her and what we had. I really do want her to be happy and for everything to work out for her, but part of me wants it to blow up in her face. That she ends up with this relationship failing and her missing me and reaching out, at least to apologize. I feel like an awful person for hoping a partial unhappiness for her. Because she deserves joy and happiness. I’m not sure what will happen. Either way I think I still have hope and that’s what kills me. I still yearn for her to be my best friend and partner again. I know I need to stop checking her social media. I have to let her go.
A couple of questions and a general desire for advice: Do monkey branched relationships/relationships starting from cheating last?
Does she miss me?
I last told her she also had to let me go, she ignored my message, but does that and the guilt from how it ended and her cheating keep her from reaching out?
Most people say dumpers only reach out once their new relationship fails. In anyone’s experience, is this true?
If anyone has experienced something similar to this, what happened and can you give me advice/show solidarity with me?
Any advice/comments in general are welcome.
If you ever see this, B, listen to “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean. Nothing but love from me here.
If you somehow read all of this, reader, then I thank you for your management to listen to my pain and experience my experience. Life is so fucking hard, but it’s easier with people who care. I love you, and I hope we both find ways to love ourselves. My mantra through all of this is how I’ll end it. This mantra came from a book called “How to Survive the Loss of a Love”.
I am alive. I will survive.
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2020.11.22 18:48 GreatMajesty I am alive. I will survive.

I’ve been ruminating regarding my ex and the experiences we shared, including the difficult end. I decided I would just write hear because my friends and family have be exhausted by my lamentations (Okay, some of them would probably listen, but I still don’t want to burden anyone.)
I wasn’t good in the relationship. If I’m honest, I can admit that I could have been a better person with her. I’m nothing close to the mistakes and negative behaviors I committed during the relationship. I hid things from her, like how much weed I smoked, the amount of porn I watched and when I would see my friends (including when two people I thought were my friends gave me too much acid. It was fucking awful. Worthy of note, the only drugs I’ve done are acid about 4 times, Shrooms 4 times and smoked weed regularly and drank very seldom). I talked to other girls and flirted with them. I never physically cheated, but if we are all honest, emotionally cheating is still cheating. She knew I would hide things from her and I would become cold, distant and angry when she wanted to talk about it. Really I was often cold, distant and angry. I believe this lack of emotional expression was a result of using porn as my coping mechanism since I was 14. Whenever I was depressed or sad, I would masturbate. It’s really hard to be honest about this stuff to complete strangers, but there are some here who will recognize the love and desire to be accepted in my words.
During the relationship, I was depressed. This came from a lack of purpose and meaning. I didn’t get to see my friends as she did not want me around people who were not good or didn’t share my values. After I reconnected with people, I recognized she was right about it all, but still I needed to experience these faulty friendships firsthand. Her desire to isolate me made me want to maintain shit relationships and not recognize the shitty people I was around. They were my mistakes to make. I’m not blaming her because I allowed it to happen, but I internalized this and began to resent her as a result. But I still loved her, and we of course had more good than bad times. This thought leads me to what might have contributed to her negative behaviors in the relationship.
Early on in the relationship, we had an abortion. We are both pro-choice and felt we needed to “live the lives ahead of us” (Both 20 at the time). We are both still pro-choice, but this abortion hurt both of us deeply. I was going to support her decision with her body regardless of my own desires, and both of us were leaning to terminate the pregnancy. I truly do regret it happening, and it absolutely destroyed her. We both promised that we would have children together and have them live the most incredible, loving lives as a way of honoring our child that never came to be. We lived together after knowing each other for a year and a half and dating for 3 months (yes, young love and young mistakes).
She was also depressed during the relationship. After one of our first big fights, she locked herself in a room and cut herself. It was a deep cut, and she claimed it was a lapse in judgment. In the moment, she wanted to end her life, but one very deep cut made her want to live. I think it was this moment that I stopped communicating what I was feeling and started talking to other girls for emotional gratification. This was 5/6 months into the relationship. Another issue for her was the control her mother exerted over our relationship. Whenever there was a complication or my ex behaved in a way outside her mother’s expectations, her mother would threatened to repo the car and cut her off from financial support. My ex was very inconsistent with her jobs during our relationship, as a result I primarily supported us financially in a job that was the furthest occupation from fulfilling. She was in school, while I dropped out because of indecision. I think this also contributed to my distance, pot usage, and general discussions with other girls (these girls either were annoyed by me or they wanted to sleep with me). Either way, they meant nothing, but my ex stopped trusting me even less in the relationship when she found out I was in contact with other women. This mistake completely made her tighten her grip on my life, but I should have been transparent and open regarding it all. Instead I doubled down and just hid things from her and engaged in gaslighting. I was so fucking naive and petty. She really tried to love me, but she was also toxic in her resolve to keep me from others and would hack into my social media to keep tabs on me. This was even before I was talking to anyone else. Ultimately, I should have cut out all people who made her feel uncomfortable or made her doubt my sincerity in love for her.
These were all the bad things. But the good outweighed the bad. We pushed each other to pursue what we loved. We read and did yoga together. She stood by me through my depression and helped me reignite my desire to learn. I supported her when her grandfather passed and she felt she has no friends. For a while, I was her only friend, but I stood by her as she began to recognize her worth and made some friends. We spent hours laughing and smiling whether it was watching meme compilations, watching anime, going to Thursday dinners with her family, playing video games or just discussing books and movies. She was my best friend and I was hers. When I went back to school last fall, I was depressed and my coping mechanism was weed usage. The porn had stalled our sex life and she felt I was uninterested or found her unattractive. (I told her about my porn addiction early on in the relationship. I relapsed around 5 months into our relationship and struggled with it, even til this day. I was so ashamed I couldn’t even bring myself to tell her about my weakness/bullshit.)
And speed up to earlier this year. I was truly making the changes I needed to be better. Stopped smoking weed and stopped engaging in the addictive porn behaviors. I cut out all the women who takes to me and I stopped pursuing them. I wanted to do it on my own, so I was still not transparent with her, but I truly was getting on the right track. But it was too little, too late.
I felt her slipping and then one night in January 31st, she just never came home. Went out with people from her work (she graduated from school in Dec 2019, and got a steady job that January for the first time in a few years), and she never called me or anything. I started blowing up her phone and she consistently forwarded me and then blocked me. Completely ghosted me that night. She spoke to me again after I called her grandmother, with whom I had an excellent relationship. Her grandmother told me my ex didn’t feel she could communicate with me, and that I was more concerned with pot than growth. She told me my ex never had an opportunity to party or go out with friends. That this was just her embrace of a new life with a new job and friends. She had the job for less than a month, but she already traded me for them, or at least that’s what I thought.
A few days later, my ex was extremely apologetic, and she was undergoing mental breakdowns and panic. I told her everything, the porn, the weed, the other girls and how I was stopping all the bullshit for her. She said the apartment we had held a lot of trauma, so she wanted to have a break and some space. She lived with her grandma. After a couple of weeks of this, I asked if she was seeing anyone, as most breaks are because one person wants to see someone new. She said no, and that she would never do that to me. I just kept blaming myself, but I stayed on a path that was best for us and our future. No porn, no drugs or alcohol, just growth. I apologized to her for all the bad things I did, and so did she. I thought I was beginning to rectify my mistakes.
Just before the lockdown, I found out she was seeing someone else. She cheated on me. One night she stayed over and was sexting him as we cuddled in bed (me thinking we were making progress). She left her Facebook messenger open on the laptop, and when I opened it and logged in, the screen already displayed their conversation. I was blindsided and devastated. When I confronted her, she said it meant nothing and it was out of loneliness. I accepted this and still desired to make it work. We got locked down, and she refused to see me. She was playing animal crossing with this guy, and I was blowing up her phone. They were in a relationship on Facebook, but when I left her alone and began to accept the reality it was over, she messaged me stating that she can’t stop drinking and she misses me.
She didn’t know what was wrong with her and that she wanted to be with me. This was mid-March. Over the course of the next few weeks, we had to move out of our apartment. Since January, she left me there and refused to pay any bills or rent because she would only seldom spend time there. I accepted this as fair as I was guilty and regretful over all the bullshit in the past. She worked with this new guy and when she would become distant, I would blow up her phone, pleading and rebuke her for cheating and still engaging in conversation/interactions with him. She said my blowing up her phone was why she kept going back to him. The stress made her go back to him as it was like an “addiction”. She said they only were in a relationship on Facebook because he wanted to do so. That she will end it with him after quarantine because it would be easier as he will get a new job. I believed her. All the while, I kept telling her that I would leave her alone if she wanted me too and I would let her go. She said that was dumb and She wanted a life with me. Mid-April, she said it was over and I needed to leave her alone. It was Easter and she spent the whole day with him. They discussed it and decided she needed to cut things off with me. Sadly, I accepted this and was resolute in my desire to leave her be. The very next morning she called me crying and begging for me back. I was sad, but I did just that. But she still didn’t cut it off with him and told me to wait as she publicly was with him and privately with me. I listen to her. She would bounce from screaming at me to leave her alone to pleading with me to be with her for the rest of our lives. This happened for about a month. One weekend after she refused to come see me, we weren’t speaking with each other. I got really hammered and called her only to find out she blocked me everywhere. She had just ghosted me. This person I was with for four years, just ghosted me completely. After I kept reaching out to her through email and other methods, she demanded I let her go or else. So I accepted it and left her alone. She really ended it this time.
I went a few weeks without talking to her. I made up a pathetic reason to reach out, and she responded that she was pregnant with his baby. She was keeping it. She said she couldn’t go through “it” again. “It” being the pain and anguish from when we got an abortion. I was even more devastated. She blocked me everywhere again. She gave my a half-assed apology. “Sorry, I didn’t mean for it to happen like this, but it did.” This was late May. A few weeks after this, she added me back on Snapchat. By this point, I started therapy and on the advice of my therapist, I explain to my ex that I’m willing to work on things, but if she doesn’t want to be with me, then we need a clean cut. I explained that if the child was born early than anticipated, then I would pursue a pregnancy test. She responded and was livid. She stated I was just trying to make their life together harder and that she didn’t mean to add me, she thought I was someone else because my display name was her one of her friends (this was bullshit, I think her new guy saw my message and she lied to make up for it). I told her “I want you to be happy”. She responded, “We are very happy”. She was cold and explained she and he rarely fought, and if they did, it was civil and resolved. They were a much better match, she explained. As I responded about how I loved her, she blocked me again.
A week later, I sent her message on her Twitter as she unblocked me on a few forms of social media again. I stated that if she wanted to be with me, then I would work with her (I know all my desires and requests for working on the relationship are delusional, but that’s what I felt.) But if she didn’t, then she needed to let me go because I know she has a new life and family on the way. I want a family and life, but I can’t do that while I still think it’s possible with her. I wanted her to tell me one last time that there was no chance for us. If this was the case, she need to leave me alone and let me go. She ignored this message, and immediately tweeted than she and her bf were meeting with a realtor. I don’t know if she read my message, but I think she did. I didn’t mean any of it. I still wanted her in my life and wanted her to bother me. It was essentially self harm just talking to her. This was late June.
Fast forward to now, I’ll often go a week or few without checking her social media, but it is always self-destructive. They are engaged, they bought a house and she goes to the gym I used to go to. I think they might live in the town she and I lived in. She had previously said to me multiple times, that she wanted to leave that town and go somewhere new. Periodically she would shit on me on Twitter, but that has ceased. She would talk about how happy she was to be in a relationship based on growth and willing the other to be better. Her effort was finally matched, she said. It’s been awhile since she said stuff like that too.
It’s been 6 months since she officially ended it. I still have delusional thoughts of getting her back or wondering if she even misses me like I miss her. Most of all, I wish she would give me a sincere apology regarding what happened. Something that would show remorse for how she left me or display some form of respect or adoration for what we shared. She hasn’t reached out to me since June, and I have not reached out to her. I really fucking miss her and what we had. I really do want her to be happy and for everything to work out for her, but part of me wants it to blow up in her face. That she ends up with this relationship failing and her missing me and reaching out, at least to apologize. I feel like an awful person for hoping a partial unhappiness for her. Because she deserves joy and happiness. I’m not sure what will happen. Either way I think I still have hope and that’s what kills me. I still yearn for her to be my best friend and partner again. I know I need to stop checking her social media. I have to let her go.
A couple of questions and a general desire for advice: Do monkey branched relationships/relationships starting from cheating last?
Does she miss me?
I last told her she also had to let me go, she ignored my message, but does that and the guilt from how it ended and her cheating keep her from reaching out?
Most people say dumpers only reach out once their new relationship fails. In anyone’s experience, is this true?
If anyone has experienced something similar to this, what happened and can you give me advice/show solidarity with me?
Any advice/comments in general are welcome.
If you ever see this, B, listen to “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean. Nothing but love from me here.
If you somehow read all of this, reader, then I thank you for your management to listen to my pain and experience my experience. Life is so fucking hard, but it’s easier with people who care. I love you, and I hope we both find ways to love ourselves. My mantra through all of this is how I’ll end it. This mantra came from a book called “How to Survive the Loss of a Love”.
I am alive. I will survive.
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2020.11.22 18:47 GreatMajesty I am alive. I will survive.

I’ve been ruminating regarding my ex and the experiences we shared, including the difficult end. I decided I would just write hear because my friends and family have be exhausted by my lamentations (Okay, some of them would probably listen, but I still don’t want to burden anyone.)
I wasn’t good in the relationship. If I’m honest, I can admit that I could have been a better person with her. I’m nothing close to the mistakes and negative behaviors I committed during the relationship. I hid things from her, like how much weed I smoked, the amount of porn I watched and when I would see my friends (including when two people I thought were my friends gave me too much acid. It was fucking awful. Worthy of note, the only drugs I’ve done are acid about 4 times, Shrooms 4 times and smoked weed regularly and drank very seldom). I talked to other girls and flirted with them. I never physically cheated, but if we are all honest, emotionally cheating is still cheating. She knew I would hide things from her and I would become cold, distant and angry when she wanted to talk about it. Really I was often cold, distant and angry. I believe this lack of emotional expression was a result of using porn as my coping mechanism since I was 14. Whenever I was depressed or sad, I would masturbate. It’s really hard to be honest about this stuff to complete strangers, but there are some here who will recognize the love and desire to be accepted in my words.
During the relationship, I was depressed. This came from a lack of purpose and meaning. I didn’t get to see my friends as she did not want me around people who were not good or didn’t share my values. After I reconnected with people, I recognized she was right about it all, but still I needed to experience these faulty friendships firsthand. Her desire to isolate me made me want to maintain shit relationships and not recognize the shitty people I was around. They were my mistakes to make. I’m not blaming her because I allowed it to happen, but I internalized this and began to resent her as a result. But I still loved her, and we of course had more good than bad times. This thought leads me to what might have contributed to her negative behaviors in the relationship.
Early on in the relationship, we had an abortion. We are both pro-choice and felt we needed to “live the lives ahead of us” (Both 20 at the time). We are both still pro-choice, but this abortion hurt both of us deeply. I was going to support her decision with her body regardless of my own desires, and both of us were leaning to terminate the pregnancy. I truly do regret it happening, and it absolutely destroyed her. We both promised that we would have children together and have them live the most incredible, loving lives as a way of honoring our child that never came to be. We lived together after knowing each other for a year and a half and dating for 3 months (yes, young love and young mistakes).
She was also depressed during the relationship. After one of our first big fights, she locked herself in a room and cut herself. It was a deep cut, and she claimed it was a lapse in judgment. In the moment, she wanted to end her life, but one very deep cut made her want to live. I think it was this moment that I stopped communicating what I was feeling and started talking to other girls for emotional gratification. This was 5/6 months into the relationship. Another issue for her was the control her mother exerted over our relationship. Whenever there was a complication or my ex behaved in a way outside her mother’s expectations, her mother would threatened to repo the car and cut her off from financial support. My ex was very inconsistent with her jobs during our relationship, as a result I primarily supported us financially in a job that was the furthest occupation from fulfilling. She was in school, while I dropped out because of indecision. I think this also contributed to my distance, pot usage, and general discussions with other girls (these girls either were annoyed by me or they wanted to sleep with me). Either way, they meant nothing, but my ex stopped trusting me even less in the relationship when she found out I was in contact with other women. This mistake completely made her tighten her grip on my life, but I should have been transparent and open regarding it all. Instead I doubled down and just hid things from her and engaged in gaslighting. I was so fucking naive and petty. She really tried to love me, but she was also toxic in her resolve to keep me from others and would hack into my social media to keep tabs on me. This was even before I was talking to anyone else. Ultimately, I should have cut out all people who made her feel uncomfortable or made her doubt my sincerity in love for her.
These were all the bad things. But the good outweighed the bad. We pushed each other to pursue what we loved. We read and did yoga together. She stood by me through my depression and helped me reignite my desire to learn. I supported her when her grandfather passed and she felt she has no friends. For a while, I was her only friend, but I stood by her as she began to recognize her worth and made some friends. We spent hours laughing and smiling whether it was watching meme compilations, watching anime, going to Thursday dinners with her family, playing video games or just discussing books and movies. She was my best friend and I was hers. When I went back to school last fall, I was depressed and my coping mechanism was weed usage. The porn had stalled our sex life and she felt I was uninterested or found her unattractive. (I told her about my porn addiction early on in the relationship. I relapsed around 5 months into our relationship and struggled with it, even til this day. I was so ashamed I couldn’t even bring myself to tell her about my weakness/bullshit.)
And speed up to earlier this year. I was truly making the changes I needed to be better. Stopped smoking weed and stopped engaging in the addictive porn behaviors. I cut out all the women who takes to me and I stopped pursuing them. I wanted to do it on my own, so I was still not transparent with her, but I truly was getting on the right track. But it was too little, too late.
I felt her slipping and then one night in January 31st, she just never came home. Went out with people from her work (she graduated from school in Dec 2019, and got a steady job that January for the first time in a few years), and she never called me or anything. I started blowing up her phone and she consistently forwarded me and then blocked me. Completely ghosted me that night. She spoke to me again after I called her grandmother, with whom I had an excellent relationship. Her grandmother told me my ex didn’t feel she could communicate with me, and that I was more concerned with pot than growth. She told me my ex never had an opportunity to party or go out with friends. That this was just her embrace of a new life with a new job and friends. She had the job for less than a month, but she already traded me for them, or at least that’s what I thought.
A few days later, my ex was extremely apologetic, and she was undergoing mental breakdowns and panic. I told her everything, the porn, the weed, the other girls and how I was stopping all the bullshit for her. She said the apartment we had held a lot of trauma, so she wanted to have a break and some space. She lived with her grandma. After a couple of weeks of this, I asked if she was seeing anyone, as most breaks are because one person wants to see someone new. She said no, and that she would never do that to me. I just kept blaming myself, but I stayed on a path that was best for us and our future. No porn, no drugs or alcohol, just growth. I apologized to her for all the bad things I did, and so did she. I thought I was beginning to rectify my mistakes.
Just before the lockdown, I found out she was seeing someone else. She cheated on me. One night she stayed over and was sexting him as we cuddled in bed (me thinking we were making progress). She left her Facebook messenger open on the laptop, and when I opened it and logged in, the screen already displayed their conversation. I was blindsided and devastated. When I confronted her, she said it meant nothing and it was out of loneliness. I accepted this and still desired to make it work. We got locked down, and she refused to see me. She was playing animal crossing with this guy, and I was blowing up her phone. They were in a relationship on Facebook, but when I left her alone and began to accept the reality it was over, she messaged me stating that she can’t stop drinking and she misses me.
She didn’t know what was wrong with her and that she wanted to be with me. This was mid-March. Over the course of the next few weeks, we had to move out of our apartment. Since January, she left me there and refused to pay any bills or rent because she would only seldom spend time there. I accepted this as fair as I was guilty and regretful over all the bullshit in the past. She worked with this new guy and when she would become distant, I would blow up her phone, pleading and rebuke her for cheating and still engaging in conversation/interactions with him. She said my blowing up her phone was why she kept going back to him. The stress made her go back to him as it was like an “addiction”. She said they only were in a relationship on Facebook because he wanted to do so. That she will end it with him after quarantine because it would be easier as he will get a new job. I believed her. All the while, I kept telling her that I would leave her alone if she wanted me too and I would let her go. She said that was dumb and She wanted a life with me. Mid-April, she said it was over and I needed to leave her alone. It was Easter and she spent the whole day with him. They discussed it and decided she needed to cut things off with me. Sadly, I accepted this and was resolute in my desire to leave her be. The very next morning she called me crying and begging for me back. I was sad, but I did just that. But she still didn’t cut it off with him and told me to wait as she publicly was with him and privately with me. I listen to her. She would bounce from screaming at me to leave her alone to pleading with me to be with her for the rest of our lives. This happened for about a month. One weekend after she refused to come see me, we weren’t speaking with each other. I got really hammered and called her only to find out she blocked me everywhere. She had just ghosted me. This person I was with for four years, just ghosted me completely. After I kept reaching out to her through email and other methods, she demanded I let her go or else. So I accepted it and left her alone. She really ended it this time.
I went a few weeks without talking to her. I made up a pathetic reason to reach out, and she responded that she was pregnant with his baby. She was keeping it. She said she couldn’t go through “it” again. “It” being the pain and anguish from when we got an abortion. I was even more devastated. She blocked me everywhere again. She gave my a half-assed apology. “Sorry, I didn’t mean for it to happen like this, but it did.” This was late May. A few weeks after this, she added me back on Snapchat. By this point, I started therapy and on the advice of my therapist, I explain to my ex that I’m willing to work on things, but if she doesn’t want to be with me, then we need a clean cut. I explained that if the child was born early than anticipated, then I would pursue a pregnancy test. She responded and was livid. She stated I was just trying to make their life together harder and that she didn’t mean to add me, she thought I was someone else because my display name was her one of her friends (this was bullshit, I think her new guy saw my message and she lied to make up for it). I told her “I want you to be happy”. She responded, “We are very happy”. She was cold and explained she and he rarely fought, and if they did, it was civil and resolved. They were a much better match, she explained. As I responded about how I loved her, she blocked me again.
A week later, I sent her message on her Twitter as she unblocked me on a few forms of social media again. I stated that if she wanted to be with me, then I would work with her (I know all my desires and requests for working on the relationship are delusional, but that’s what I felt.) But if she didn’t, then she needed to let me go because I know she has a new life and family on the way. I want a family and life, but I can’t do that while I still think it’s possible with her. I wanted her to tell me one last time that there was no chance for us. If this was the case, she need to leave me alone and let me go. She ignored this message, and immediately tweeted than she and her bf were meeting with a realtor. I don’t know if she read my message, but I think she did. I didn’t mean any of it. I still wanted her in my life and wanted her to bother me. It was essentially self harm just talking to her. This was late June.
Fast forward to now, I’ll often go a week or few without checking her social media, but it is always self-destructive. They are engaged, they bought a house and she goes to the gym I used to go to. I think they might live in the town she and I lived in. She had previously said to me multiple times, that she wanted to leave that town and go somewhere new. Periodically she would shit on me on Twitter, but that has ceased. She would talk about how happy she was to be in a relationship based on growth and willing the other to be better. Her effort was finally matched, she said. It’s been awhile since she said stuff like that too.
It’s been 6 months since she officially ended it. I still have delusional thoughts of getting her back or wondering if she even misses me like I miss her. Most of all, I wish she would give me a sincere apology regarding what happened. Something that would show remorse for how she left me or display some form of respect or adoration for what we shared. She hasn’t reached out to me since June, and I have not reached out to her. I really fucking miss her and what we had. I really do want her to be happy and for everything to work out for her, but part of me wants it to blow up in her face. That she ends up with this relationship failing and her missing me and reaching out, at least to apologize. I feel like an awful person for hoping a partial unhappiness for her. Because she deserves joy and happiness. I’m not sure what will happen. Either way I think I still have hope and that’s what kills me. I still yearn for her to be my best friend and partner again. I know I need to stop checking her social media. I have to let her go.
A couple of questions and a general desire for advice: Do monkey branched relationships/relationships starting from cheating last?
Does she miss me?
I last told her she also had to let me go, she ignored my message, but does that and the guilt from how it ended and her cheating keep her from reaching out?
Most people say dumpers only reach out once their new relationship fails. In anyone’s experience, is this true?
If anyone has experienced something similar to this, what happened and can you give me advice/show solidarity with me?
Any advice/comments in general are welcome.
If you ever see this, B, listen to “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean. Nothing but love from me here.
If you somehow read all of this, reader, then I thank you for your management to listen to my pain and experience my experience. Life is so fucking hard, but it’s easier with people who care. I love you, and I hope we both find ways to love ourselves. My mantra through all of this is how I’ll end it. This mantra came from a book called “How to Survive the Loss of a Love”.
I am alive. I will survive.
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2020.11.20 19:47 michaeldave25 Weekly Discussions Post: November 20th - November 26th 2020

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Getting Started
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Elastos In A Nutshell Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 1
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Elastos and Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 1
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*New Elastos In A Nutshell: Carrier Network Part 3
Spotlight Series 1: Elastos Runtime aka Trinity aka Elastos Browser
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Spotlight Series 3: Elastos Hybrid Consensus and Finality of Blocks
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World Economic Forum Selects Elastos Foundation for Global Innovators Community
Elastos now available to trade on Uniswap: ELA bridged via ShadowTokens
ShadowTokens Beta Version Goes Live
FilDA Alliance AMA
ShadowTokens, a cross-chain bridge between #ETH and #Elastos’ ETH sidechain is going live soon.
Elastos Bi-Weekly Update – 06 November 2020
Watch how Trinity Native is going to work
elastOS: Launch on iOS
elastOS Version 1.3.0 Android Release
Elastos Bi-Weekly Update – 23 October 2020
The latest version of ELA Wallet, Version 1.4.6, has been released on iOS.
Elastos Community Joins Filecoin + DeFi Focused, FilDA Alliance
ELA is now listed on Bittrex Global
ELA Wallet Android Version 1.4.6 Upgrade Announcement
Elaphant Team Releases DeFi Roadmap
The Trinity-Native Toolchain was able to build the elastOSFeeds dApp as a native android app
Elastos Bi-Weekly Update – 09 October 2020
Elastos and Chainlink Q & A Video
Elastos 3-Year Anniversary Updates
Ethereum's Rising Gas Fee Hurts DeFi and the Ethereum Ecosystem Itself
Elastos Carrier WebRTC SDK Release
Elastos 2020 Dive Deep - Interview with Kiran Pachhai
Elastos Releases DeFi Roadmap Following Chainlink Integration
DID, the W3C Verified decentralized identifier
Top 5 Enterprise Blockchain Solutions in 2020
Ethereum Sidechain is coming to elastOS, enabling smart contracts to be executed directly within the app.
Next Up: Trinity-Tech' s Zhilong Tang presents Hive, the Elastos Smartweb's one-stop shop for decentralized storage services.
The Ledger compatible Elastos Light Wallet v1.0.0 upgrade includes support for Cryptoname, consolidate function, spending password, saved wallets, and bug fixes.
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Elastos Financial Report – First Half 2020
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Five Defining Features to Build the New Generation Internet
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Song Sjun from the Elaphant Team shares his opinion on the CR Council and how to handle the ELA Fund
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elastOS: New Strategic Direction
The CR ETH Task Force has joined the Ren Alliance
Elastos Ecosystem Terminology: A Beginner’s Guide
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Elastos DID Sidechain Upgrade and Java SDK Release
Elastos Ethereum Sidechain Live For Public Use
The Blockchain Ledger is Not a True Account Book
Elastos: Behind the Blockchain
Elastos Smartweb is a Computer
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ETH and NEO Sidechains to Open for Whitelisted Partners and Developers
The Elastos Foundation Joins W3C and DIF
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Supernode Setup Automation Script
Elastos Team Structure
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2020.11.19 18:08 DTG_Bot This Week At Bungie 11/19/2020

Source: https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/49853
This week at Bungie, the Crow has found a new nest.
Hello, and welcome to the second TWAB of Beyond Light. We’ve got a bit to cover today, so we won’t spend too much time on introductions. Season of the Hunt kicked off proper on Tuesday. If you haven’t jumped in just yet, we have some wonderful web lore to get you prepared. I wasn’t mentally prepared for part 2...

IMMOLANT PT. 1 // IMMOLANT. PT 2

TWO DRINK MINIMUM

Wrathborn Hunts have begun. We still have the Deep Stone Crypt Raid, The Dawning, Trials of Osiris, Iron Banner, and more to look forward to over the course of the Season.
First stop: The raid.

On Your Marks. Get Set. Raid.

Season of the Hunt isn’t the only thing making its grand entrance this week. At 10 AM PST on Saturday, November 21, the Deep Stone Crypt will become available.
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We’ve talked through Contest Mode, shown off some fancy rewards, but we wanted to get in a final reminder before the show begins.
World First Verification Timeline
Once the raid has been conquered, we will announce that the activity has been completed from @Bungie on Twitter. After this, our teams will start diving into the data to verify that the first completion was clean. Our hope is to be able to announce the winners shortly after World first, but we want to ensure our validation efforts are sound. Ultimately, our goal is to have a post congratulating the winning team on Monday, November 23.
Contest Mode Reminder and a Quick Stasis Update
Full details on Contest Mode can be found in the This Week at Bungie – 10/15/2020 article.
Quick bullets that all should be aware of:
  • Contest Mode will cap all players at 20 Power below each encounter for 24 hours.
  • Artifact Power will be disabled during Contest Mode.
  • Your team’s Power Cap goal is 1230 for all the encounters.
  • Being above 1230 will not provide any additional advantage in the final fight.
Earlier this week, an issue was discovered where Stasis was doing large (and we mean insanely huge) amounts of damage to bosses. The team worked at lightning pace to develop a fix for Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.0.0.3, thus preventing impact to the upcoming raid! We have a few more notes on general Stasis balancing later in the TWAB, so keep reading if you want to know more! This may not be a piece of Contest Mode, but we wanted to make sure to call this out for those who may have seen an interesting video or two over the last few days.
There Will Be Loot
Now, it wouldn’t be a race if there wasn’t something on the line. While many of you may have seen these rewards on our Instagram or even a preview on the Bungie Store website, we wanted to make sure to show these off in a TWAB before the raid released!
World First Raid Title (don’t call it a belt)
The first Fireteam of 6 to complete the Deep Stone Crypt raid will be declared World First by Bungie from @Bungie on Twitter after verification from our analytics team. Official rules can be found here.
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Day 1 Raid Emblem
Complete the Raid within 24 hours with Contest Mode active (by 10 AM PST on Nov 22) to unlock this unique emblem.
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Jacket Quest: Parka Edition
Complete the raid by 9AM PST on December 1 to unlock the Bungie Rewards Deep Stone Crypt Raid Jacket for purchase.
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Additionally, there are two deadlines that players should be aware of:
  • Deadline to Claim Reward Code: December 31, 2020 9 AM PST
  • Deadline to Purchase: December 31, 2020 11:59 PM PST
For additional details, please refer to your Bungie Rewards page, or the Bungie Store pre-order page.
Now, only a few questions remain...
  • Have you gotten your Power high enough?
  • Do you have your raid team assembled?
  • Are you prepared for battle?
  • …and for those of you who may not be racing, who will you be watching?
See you Saturday. It’s going to be a blast.

Securing the Entrance

Our Security team has been working on a variety of projects to sharpen our tools for cheat detection. In the coming weeks we’ll begin rolling out a new security measure for newly created accounts on PC. Our hope is that this deters some players from breaking the Code of Conduct.
For a quick explanation of what’s coming, our friends from the Security team will be taking the stage to walk you through the process of SMS verification.
What is SMS verification?
Bungie is implementing a quick account validation step for free-to-play players who want to access our high-stakes PvP modes in Destiny 2 on PC. Free-to-play accounts (PC only) will need to link and verify a cell phone number to their accounts via Bungie.net before being able to access those activities.
What activities are high-stakes?
Trials of Osiris, Iron Banner, and Competitive PvP playlists are examples. As this feature rolls out, we will be looking to how it can grow, and potentially expanding it to alternate activities in the future.
Why are we doing this?
Unscrupulous players can negatively impact everyone’s gameplay experience and undermine the hard-earned achievements of others. Bungie takes the threat of cheating seriously. We will continue implementing systems to help verify that accounts engaging in Destiny 2 activities are honoring our Code of Conduct and Terms of Service.
What do you need to do?
If you are a free-to-play Destiny 2 PC player you will receive a notice in-game the first time you try to access a protected activity. This will provide you with a “Verify Now” link to follow to Bungie.net and process your SMS linking. When you enter your cell phone number and request a verification code you will receive a quick text message with “Bungie Code: ######”. Once you enter that code on the Bungie.net page to complete your verification process you can sign back into the game to get immediate access to the activity you want to play.
Once this feature is live, free-to-play PC players will see an image in-game which will walk them through the signup process.
For announcements regarding this security rollout, please follow @BungieHelp on Twitter. We will also release some help articles over the next week to give full details on the upcoming feature!
As a reminder, if you encounter any players that you suspect of cheating or breaking our terms of service, please use the in-game report tool and submit a report using our contact form on Bungie.net.

Game2Give 2020 Fundraising Campaign – Light Keepers

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Over the years, this community has proven time and time again that gaming does good. You've acted as Guardians of the world, providing aid to people in need, no matter the challenge. We’re excited to announce our next initiative, partnering with Game2Give, starting on December 1! Without further ado, we’ll pass the mic over to the Bungie Foundation to run us through this wonderful event.
Bungie Foundation: Gear up for our second annual Game2Give charity event in support of the Bungie Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, benefitting sick kids across the country. We invite the Bungie Community to join us in celebration of what we can accomplish together through games and giving.
Starting today, we invite all of our Bungie Community members to sign up to host your own Destiny 2 fundraising stream between December 1 and December 13. We have some incredible prizes for you all at various fundraising milestones.
On Giving Tuesday, December 1 at 10 AM PST, we’ll be kicking off a 24-hour streaming marathon with some of your favorite influencers from a variety of channels including Twitch and Facebook Gaming. We’ll have featured live streams taking place throughout the entire 2-week campaign, so be sure to follow us @BungieLove to receive the latest information!
We are excited to share the sweet prizes we have to thank our donors for their amazing contributions to help kids. Check them out:
Donation Incentives
  • A $25 donation will earn you the 2019 Mist Blossoms Emblem and Gilded Shell Exotic Ghost.
    • If you missed them last year, this is your chance to get your hands on them!
  • A $50 donation will earn you the above items, plus the new Light Keepers Emblem.
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  • A $100 donation will earn you the three items above and will enter you to win an item from the Bungie Prize Pool. Prizes include GameStop/EB Games gift cards (U.S. and Canada only), Destiny 2: Beyond Light Digital Deluxe Editions, and Destiny 2: Beyond Light Physical Deluxe Editions.
Best of all, 100% of donations go directly to the charities. All in-game digital incentives will be automatically redeemed via donors’ Bungie.net ID and will appear in the Destiny 2 Collections tab on or after Tuesday, December 1.
This year, we have also partnered with the online fundraising platform Omaze. Gamers from around the world can enter for their chance to win $20,000 to create the ultimate gaming rig and support this fundraising initiative! More details will come leading up to our campaign’s launch.
As we head into the holiday season, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for each and every one of you, who continue to bring smiles, joy, and hope for Little Lights everywhere. We hope you see yourself reflected in this mantra and hold it dear.
We are Light Keepers
Those who dare to ignite hope in the face of uncertainty
By our united, global passion we protect those in need
Making a lasting difference for the Little Lights around the world
We are Light Keepers
Love,
The Bungie Foundation
We’re also planning a few other goodies for you to unlock throughout the event when reaching certain donation milestones. Stay tuned for the full Game2Give 2020 article planned for December 1!

Tuning the Darkness

It’s not often that an entirely new subclass makes its entrance into the ecosystem of Destiny 2. The team has been hard at work over the last year building abilities and Supers powered by the Darkness. Enemies around the solar system are shaking in fear of your Stasis powers, including your fellow Guardians in the Crucible.
Depending on when this article goes live, a hotfix may or may not be in the wild. We have some notes from the development team on what’s changing in Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.0.0.3.
Development Team: We have seen a lot of feedback on Stasis since Beyond Light launched last week. We’ve heard it’s a ton of fun to use, but certain aspects of this new subclass can be frustrating to go up against (looking at you, Shadebinder Warlocks). We have a few minor tweaks planned to go out in Hotfix 3.0.0.3 this week. Our goal here is to do some early tuning to rein Shadebinders back in while still maintaining their overall efficacy and power fantasy.
Stasis Changes:
  • Stasis Breakout Damage reduced (110->90hp).
    • Adjusted the curve that reduces breakout damage using resilience.
    • Increased the damage reduction effect resilience has so that higher tiers of Resilience are more valuable.
    • Caps out at 90 Resilience.
  • Penumbral Blast (Stasis Warlock Melee) projectile speed reduced by 20%.
  • Penumbral Blast (Stasis Warlock Melee) range reduced (was 28m now 16m).
  • Winter Wrath (Stasis Warlock Super) duration reduced (30s -> 24s).
  • Winters Wrath Light Attack (Stasis Warlock Super) cost reduced (5% per burst -> 4.5% per burst).
  • Cold Snap seeker speed reduced by 23%.
Against Guardians:
  • Cold Snap freeze duration lowered (4.75s -> 1.35s).
  • Ice Flare Bolts freeze duration lowered (4.75s -> 1.35s).
  • Penumbral Blast (Stasis Warlock Melee) freeze duration lowered (4.75s -> 1.35s).
  • Winters Wrath Heavy attack (Stasis Warlock Super) no longer affects players who are not encased.
With all that said, we believe strongly in the “cosmic ice” wizard fantasy in PvE so we’re trying to target changes where we can towards the PvP experience specifically. With Stasis we’ve tried to push the sandbox in new directions and that increases the likelihood we introduce something spicier than normal.
When it comes to crafting new abilities, we believe the risk of shipping something a little hot is better than playing it safe and shipping something that doesn’t get you excited. As always, we’re going to be using data, playtesting, and feedback to help refine our direction and we’re going to keep responding. This will not be the last change to Stasis this Season. As we get closer to future changes, we’ll make another appearance in the TWAB for a patch note preview.
Thanks for playing, and we’ll see you out there in the wild.

Let’s Talk Loot

Since Beyond Light launched, we’ve been working through a whirlwind of feedback. What feels good, what needs work, and most importantly, how are you feeling? Today, we’ll be talking through a bit of player feedback concerning loot, and some short term plans the development team is working on.
Development Team: As Beyond Light has launched we've been tracking your feedback around loot, particularly weapons, and wanted to take a moment to let you know how we are processing it. Today we're going to talk mostly about the short-term, with more information to follow in the future around the long-term as we work through those problems.
Infusion caps are intended to help keep Destiny 2 evolving and ensure that every release the new rewards are exciting and relevant to the meta. However, we agree with your feedback that there’s currently not enough variety in the world loot weapons available to players this season.
To that end we are adding back in a selection of weapons that will help alleviate this issue. We will also be watching to see how the landscape changes with the addition of weapons from Season 12 and this week’s Raid launch. We also agree that getting near-cap weapons from random world drops is frustrating. Thus, we are removing those from the pool, and are weighting drops more heavily towards newer weapons.
Here’s a list of adjustments to the world loot legendary weapons pool you’ll see with our November 24 hotfix:
  • Remove all legendary weapons that hit their infusion cap at the end of this season
  • Add all of the Seventh Seraph weapons from Season 10
  • Add all of the Season 11 seasonal and planetary reprisal weapons
  • Weight drop chances so the newer an item is, the more likely it is to drop.
While we are not yet ready to dive into the long-term strategy yet, we are listening to feedback and watching how the player build landscape evolves over these first few weeks of Beyond Light, and incorporating that feedback as we plan out future Seasons.
Feedback never stops, and we’re always excited to hear how you’re feeling about Destiny 2. Keep it coming.

Bashing Some Bugs

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This last week has been a whirlwind. New content, new bugs, and new investigations. Destiny Player Support has a full report of what’s we’ve found, and what we’re still on the hunt for.
This is their report.
HOTFIX 3.0.0.3
Today, November 19, maintenance for Hotfix 3.0.0.3 will begin. Below is a timeline of events:
  • November 19, 8 AM PST (1600 UTC): Destiny 2 maintenance for Hotfix 3.0.0.3 begins.
  • November 19, 8:45 AM PST (1645 UTC): Players will be removed from activities and won't be able to log back into Destiny 2 until 9 AM PST when Hotfix 3.0.0.3 will be available.
  • November 19, 9 AM PST (1700 UTC): Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.0.0.3 has begun rolling out across all platforms and regions. Players will now be able to log back into Destiny 2. Ongoing maintenance is expected to conclude at 10 AM PST.
  • November 19 10 AM PST (1800 UTC): Destiny 2 Maintenance is expected to conclude.
HUNT OR BE HUNTED
This week, Season of the Hunt activities and story content unlocked for Season Pass owners. In order to access the Season intro mission, players should make sure to have completed the initial Forsaken and Shadowkeep story missions, which are free to all players.
Players should also make sure to have space in their quest inventory prior to interacting with Spider or the Crow in order to acquire Seasonal quests.
For more information on Season of the Hunt, please follow this link to our Season of the Hunt Guide.
ARTIFACT PICKUP
We are currently investigating an issue causing players who acquired the Seasonal Artifact before completing the full New Light Tower introduction to be blocked from progressing in the Season of the Hunt story and missions.
New Light players should be sure to complete the full Tower introduction prior to picking up the Seasonal Artifact from Zavala’s office.
We are continuing to monitor for reports of veteran players encountering this issue. If you believe you've been impacted by this issue and are not a New Light player, please report to the #Help forum.
DESTINY ADD-ONS
Players who encounter issues with their Season Pass, expansions, or Beyond Light Character Boost are encouraged to view our Purchased Destiny Add-Ons Help article for information and troubleshooting steps they can take. Click here for more information.
PC MIGRATION AND BATTLE.NET LOGIN ENDING SOON
Beginning on December 1, 2020, at 9 AM PST, logging in using Blizzard Battle.net accounts will no longer be possible on Bungie.net or the Destiny Companion app, nor will users be able to migrate their Battle.net account to Steam.
Users who only have a Battle.net account linked to their Bungie profile are strongly encouraged to either link another platform to their profile, or to perform PC migration to Steam (unless you already have a Destiny 2 Steam account). Click here for more information.
KNOWN ISSUES
While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:
  • We’ve identified an issue where the Vanguard strike Playlist difficulty was unintentionally set to 1100 Power.
    • We are developing a fix to reduce the Recommended Power of Vanguard strikes Playlist to 1050.
  • The Exo Stranger’s weekly challenge is mistranslated in languages other than English – players need to defeat combatants with or affected by Stasis off of Europa.
  • Sparrows on Europa are not properly despawning.
  • Meleeing as a Titan while using the Stasis subclass can result in a visual of multiple rapid punches.
  • The lift tubes in the Warden of Nothing strike can close before all fireteam members are successfully through.
  • The lift tubes in the Warden of Nothing strike fully drain Super energy.
  • The Warsat Heroic Public Event in the Mothyards of the Cosmodrome doesn’t count completions for objectives.
  • Yellow subtitles will appear as white even when the yellow option is selected.
  • The Braytech RWP Mk. II no longer appears as owned in Collections for some players.
  • High value target reward chests do not grant the proper amount of Glimmer.
  • The holograms on the Stella Incognita bond and Bond of Last Departure ornament bounce aggressively.
  • The eyes on the Phenotype Plasticity Mask no longer glow red.
  • Adored cannot be reacquired from Collections.
  • In-game PlayStation friends lists are missing large amounts of online friends.
  • Player heads may not render when inspecting players in the Tower.
  • Later Crucible rounds may display an inaccurate round timer.
  • Vest of the Great Hunt clips through the Moonfang-X7 Cloak.
  • The Titan Shiver Strike and Glacial Quake melee have inconsistent hit registration.
  • Reaching Power Level 1200 may result in a “New Adventure” popup even though Adventures are no longer available.
  • An incorrect amount of Orbs of Power may drop than what is displayed to have dropped when defeating enemies with a Masterworked weapon.
  • In Survival, players may not enter into overtime when both teams have an equal amount of lives remaining.
  • PlayStation Remote Play controls may no longer function for some players.
  • Mida Mini-Tool and Drang cannot accept ornaments for their Baroque versions.
  • Fallen Empire and Stasis Fragment quests can be purchased even with a full quest inventory.
  • Participant kill audio plays in the Crucible even when not involved in a player kill.
  • An increase in ARUGULA errors for players completing the Beyond Light campaign.
  • In the Insight Terminus strike, Kargen will continuously perform ground slams and not allow players to progress past the conflux space.
  • Combat Drill bounties say they require Clash kills, but actually requires kills in Elimination.
  • Players may be directed to reacquire the Seasonal Artifact from Zavala’s office when they already have it in their inventories.
  • The Garden of Salvation and Crown of Sorrow Warlock armor sets are not visible in Collections.
  • The Unsecured/Outcry ship has the rocket engine effects floating behind the ship model.
For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum.

Always Watching

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We’ve been spending a lot of time over the last week and a half watching players reacting to live events, expansion launches, and more. There have been a few moments where we were watching players taking advantage of some interesting bugs, too. Don’t worry, we aren’t keeping a naughty or nice list. You’re all still winners in our hearts.
Well, sort of. The actual winners for MOTW put out some fun videos that creep me the hell out. Festival of the Lost may be over, but there are still echoes of darkness reverberating through our Creations page.
Movie of the Week: Truth
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Movie of the Week: The Curse of Bad JuJu
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Movie of the Week: Risen (Warning – Strobing Lights/Imagery)
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If you’d like a chance at our new MOTW emblem, make sure to submit your content to the Creations page on Bungie.net. Tag it with #MOTW, and please credit everyone who contributed to the video in its description.

An Artistic Touch

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I will always have great appreciation for those with a green thumb, but even moreso for those with a green thumb for art. These skills are earned through hours, days, weeks, months, and years of practice… but I will always be amazed at the pieces we see shared throughout our community. This week, we have an amazing take on Beyond Light, and more.
Featured Art: Go Beyond the Light
GO BEYOND THE LIGHT! Hope you like my Beyond Light poster! ❄️👾🖌#Destiny2 #BeyondLight #destinythegame #DestinyArt #xbox #XboxSeriesX #SeriesX #PlayStation #ps5 #Halo #Commission pic.twitter.com/vz7powNNPp
— jack 🎨 (@jackdrawss) November 14, 2020
Featured Art: Immolant Pt. 2
🔥☀️ IMMOLANT PT.2 ☀️ 🔥
//In that last moment she seemed
as wholly luminescent as the Sun,
and I wished to be so brave.//#Destiny2 #destinythegame #DestinyArt pic.twitter.com/cvnrsPUXKL
— StellarStateLogic ❄️🧊🥶 { Comm.: Full 3/3 } (@PedanticAuspice) November 17, 2020
Featured Art: Europan Fireteam
ローンチおめ!(再掲) pic.twitter.com/I31Q2e3ARk
— 𝙏𝘼𝙈𝘼𝙈𝙄❄️ (@tmaaaaa3) November 11, 2020
If you have any Destiny inspired art, make sure to tag it with #DestinyArt on Twitter, Instagram, or whatever image hosting site you use! Each week, we pick a few and grant unique emblems to their creators.
I’ll admit, this TWAB has been somewhat difficult to write. Don’t get me wrong, what’s said above is incredibly important! Charity initiatives to help those in need, the upcoming raid race, new security measures, and Stasis tuning are great things to see. It’s always a fun time collaborating with the various teams of Bungie to get you a weekly dose of information.
That said, I’m just itching to get back into the game. It’s about time for me to go hunting. See you next week.
...wait, I'll more than likely see you on Saturday for a raid race. Either way, I hope you are in good health, and wish you a good weekend.
Cheers,
-dmg04
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2020.11.19 05:39 aldansgarden I'm not sure if I should invite my husband's father to meet our baby.

The trigger warning is for my husband's passing; he unexpectedly passed away 11 weeks ago. I was 30 weeks pregnant at the time. Our son was born just over a month ago.
I am going to try to keep things as brief as possible so you don't have to read through a thousand pages, but I am going to go into my husband's family dynamic and then my own, and then ask my question.
My husband's family dynamic:
My husband's parents got a contentious divorce when my husband and his twin sister were adults because my husband's father decided to announce that he was having an affair by bringing his pregnant, much younger, affair partner to my husband's twin sister's wedding. This was the last time my husband spoke to his father. When we got married in 2019, he sent us a card and a check, which I believe my husband did cash (but I can't remember specifically.)
My sister in law has 4 kids now and her kids do have a relationship with their grandfather. Considering it was her wedding that he did that at that does speak volumes to me. Their mom also remarried, and it seems to be harmonious as long as nobody talks about anybody else. My father in law lives nearby, but my mother in law lives pretty far away in a different state so she won't meet the baby yet due to Covid, although she did Facetime him.
Mine:
I was raised by my father alone from the age of five. My mom left our family on a spiritual journey after getting involved with a new age religious group. A few years later she contacted my dad and let him know that she was safe and that she hoped she would come back someday (that's how he told me the story, anyway, I don't really remember it), but that's the last time anyone ever heard from her. Eventually, my father and my mother's family went through the process of having her declared legally dead 6 years ago, I was a teenager and I don't remember the specifics.
Don't get me wrong, I think my dad did a good job raising me, but the whole experience for me was very strange. It was my first real experience with grief, which affected my ability to grieve my husband (this whole experience has been surreal in and of itself), but it also affects the way I view what a family dynamic is and the way I perceive family relationships.
My father in law recently reached out to me on Facebook expressing that he would like to meet the baby (either digitally or in person depending on my comfort) and I really don't know. I asked my sister in law what she thought, and her feelings were that my husband would probably decline. He was very stubborn like that :) but my loyalty to him also says that I should probably comply with that wish, especially because I don't really have any frame of reference for family dynamics.
I'm hopeful that you nice people will have some advice for me. Any will be appreciated.
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2020.11.18 19:59 Lunistar 100th Sale after 1 Year on Etsy

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I sell handmade mala necklaces and partner with manufacturers to sell polished crystals after a disastrous experience polishing my own. I joined Etsy in August 2019 and received my 100th sale this morning!
Over the first few months, I noticed how important photographs are and improving mine definitely gave me a boost in clickthroughs. I think the new video feature will work great, too! I've had a few customers ask for videos already.
I also started posting on Instagram earlier this year with a brand profile and using popular tags with the link to my store in my bio. I had a lot of traffic from Instagram when I continuously did that, but the algorithm has been tricky lately and I've stopped posting.
The most beneficial thing I did was paid advertising on Facebook and Etsy over 7 days. I found that Etsy has a better return for me because I had significantly more impressions on Etsy at $1/day compared to Facebook.
Something I want to stress for everyone selling on Etsy: DO YOUR OWN MARKET RESEARCH. A lot of my pricing reflects my time and material cost, but if another store is selling a similar item at double the cost, then I am severely undercutting myself. KNOW YOUR WORTH and then add tax!
Thank you all so much for this community! It's given me motivation to continue working on this little corner of Etsy for myself.
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2020.11.18 11:26 BlockDotCo How Nigeria plans to adopt Blockchain and generate $10 billion by 2030

Link to original article: https://techpoint.africa/2020/11/17/nigeria-adopt-blockchain-2030
Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is taking steps to develop a framework for the adoption of Blockchain technology in various sectors to generate $10 billion in revenue by 2030.
The Director-General for NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, revealed some nuggets at a stakeholder meeting held on Monday, November 10, 2020.
Abdullahi referred to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) prediction that Blockchain will contribute $1.76 trillion to the global gross domestic product (GDP), stating that he wants Nigeria to be strategically placed to capture the economic benefits that will come through the adoption of Blockchain.
He argued that the presence of a vibrant and youthful tech-savvy population in Nigeria would put Nigeria in pole position to reap the rewards of Blockchain adoption.
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Upon reading this, some questions come to mind. How will this work? What does “adoption” mean in this context? Will Blockchain be used in government processes? How will it affect entrepreneurs?
While the DG’s discussion did not reveal much, we can summarise the government’s framework and road map for Blockchain adoption thus: “regulation, skills and capacity building, innovation, investment, and international competitiveness and collaboration.”
When we dive a little deeper, things don’t appear so straightforward.

The big deal with Blockchain

Blockchain is perhaps one of the most exciting innovations in recent years. With multiple potential use cases in several industries, experts project a massive growth in the next decade.
PwC, in its report, tagged “Time for trust: How blockchain will transform business and the economy” stated that the massive growth in the Blockchain industry would be driven by an acute need to win trust in the digital world.
“Businesses are rethinking their operations and are discovering not only is blockchain technology key to delivering trust, but it’s an opportunity open to all,” said Steve Davies, Partner and Global Blockchain Leader, PwC UK.
According to PwC, as companies and individuals increasingly embrace remote work, online meetings, contactless payments, and other digital processes, the need to build trust and prevent fraud, data loss, or misuse has become important.
At Techpoint Build 2020, Eric Annan of KubitX likened the potential of Blockchain technology to the Internet which gave birth to giants like Google and Facebook. For him, building unique solutions around Blockchain technology in Africa could birth the next Facebook.
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PwC has identified five major use cases that will generate the most revenue in the next ten years:

The current outlook in Nigeria

In Nigeria, a lot has been said about Blockchain’s massive potential. Still, for now, the focus has mostly remained on one of its most popular use cases: cryptocurrencies or to narrow it further, Bitcoin.
Tracxn, a global database platform, estimates that as of April 2020, there were at least 34 Blockchain startups in Lagos with an overwhelming majority being payments startups or exchanges. Just 3 out of 20 Blockchain startups we previewed were not in the payments sector.
A 2019 survey of 70 startups by a Blockchain Nigeria user group shows the same to be the case all over Nigeria.
Since then, several other crypto-based startups have launched to serve what appears to be a rapidly growing market.
Blockchain analysis company, Chainalysis asserts that Nigeria has the 8th highest crypto adoption in the world, and its young population, according to a report by Luno, ranks highest in crypto adoption.
A report by Usefultips stated that in October 2020, Nigeria traded $32.3 million worth of Bitcoin, 247% higher than South Africa and 303% higher than Kenya which recorded $9.3 million and $8 million respectively.
One could attribute this to the trend which emerged following a government clampdown on #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.
There’s no clear regulation guiding the use of cryptocurrencies in Nigeria. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria, has released a statement of intent to classify digital assets and securities, while the Central Bank of Nigeria remains noncommittal.

Nigeria’s Blockchain plan

The Nigerian government says it wants to bring regulatory oversight, stimulate innovation, encourage trust and security, and promote investment opportunities and job creation.
The strategy to achieve this is built on six key initiatives.
To establish a Nigeria Blockchain Consortium
A consortium expected to drive the initiatives set out in the framework and also consider how to apply Blockchain in the public sector. NITDA says membership will be drawn from what it terms key stakeholder groups, government agencies, and private operators.
To strengthen the regulatory and legal framework for Blockchain
Among other things, NITDA wants to build a regulatory instrument and a legal framework that will provide clarity and certainty for emerging technologies. While it claims it wants to promote innovation, it will be judged on its approach and the outcome of its actions.
To provide a national digital identity
Several of the Nigerian government’s initiatives are seemingly tied to providing digital identity for every Nigerian, and the success of the Blockchain framework will also be connected to what seems to be a puzzle for the government.
To promote Blockchain digital literacy and awareness
The ICT regulator insists that more people should be educated about Blockchain in Nigeria. A move it says will require a widespread partnership between sectors: public, private, and education.
To create Blockchain business incentive programmes to support SMEs and startups
NITDA believes that widespread Blockchain adoption can be achieved starting from public sector adoption with policy incentives for SMEs and startups.
Establish a national Blockchain sandbox for proof of concepts and pilot implementation
A Blockchain sandbox framework for developers and non-developers to innovate and test run their ideas without fear of breaches and sanctions. Among others, key regulators — NITDA, CBN, SEC, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) — will champion the National Blockchain Sandbox.

The big picture

Recent global events have shown the need for a more diversified economy in Nigeria, one that is not reliant on crude oil.
The government has mostly focused on agriculture, and many experts from other sectors have pointed out how their respective sectors could be key to the diversification of the Nigerian economy.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has been vocal about the central role ICT will play in diversifying the economy, and NITDA’s latest framework for blockchain adoption falls within that bigger ministerial vision.
As Chris Ani, CEO of Digital Abundance, explains, several factors need to be in place before the Nigerian government can come close to regulating the blockchain sector in the county. He narrows down to issues around data and digital identity, and proper education on the inner workings of Blockchain technology in Nigeria.
While the present Blockchain framework portrays a more measured and calculated approach, the main issues of digital identity and digital literacy are age-old problems that remain unsolved.
However, besides plans to generate revenue, things get more interesting.
The ICT regulator emphasised the need for regulatory oversight to, among other things:
While there are some positives to be drawn from the framework, it raises a lot of questions and leaves a lot to be desired. For one, industry players have expressed the need for a more active role in coming up with any regulation that affects the sector.
According to Fejiro Hanu, CEO of Patricia, when this happens, policies that foster innovation can be implemented effectively, and we will have less of what happened with ride-hailing companies in Lagos Nigeria.
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2020.11.18 09:56 cheekykia A biased review of Chch Mexican food

Californian immigrant here- as a fun project my partner (also a Californian immigrant) and I decided to eat at every Mexican restaurant in Chch over the past year and a half. We obviously miss Mexican food, and thought we might as well try to see what we could get in our new home. Surely it would be better than 10 years ago when as a student here I went to a Mexican place in Queenstown and the tortilla chips were Doritos straight out of the bag. Mexican cuisine has definitely gained traction sicne then, although there is certainly "Kiwi Mex," which tries but really just doesn't do it for us personally. We generally tried to lower our expectations, and as a result we were pleasantly surprised. Honestly we thought we would be ubiquitously disappointed, but we've found some gems and I thought I'd share. Certainly some of these places will satisfy the cravings we get if we don't want to try making things ourselves, and that's all we were going for. Hope this is informative and helpful, although these opinions are totally our own and y'all may think differently :)
The two best places are as follows:
#1- El Taquito- THIS IS THE REAL DEAL FOLKS. They don't have a permanent storefront, but had a pop up at Two Thumb Brewery one night and we happened to be there. We almost cried it was so good. Homemade corn tortilla tacos, sumptuous meats, pickled onions, and cilantro (coriander). We got their business card, and they also do tamales if you preorder. PLEASE PATRON THIS ESTABLISHMENT. They are at the New Brighton Seaside market most Saturdays. Link to the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ElTaquitoMexi
#2- Mexicano's- yum!! Both kiwimex and more traditional style tacos were quite tasty, excellent chips, solid guac, and THEY HAVE REAL HOT SAUCE. El yuccateco for those curious folks.

Below is a list of all of the other places we have been to and our thoughts. If I've missed anywhere PLEASE let me know so we can rectify the situation.
Sit down restaurants:
Chiwahwah- pretty good actually! Want to try nachos next time, achiote chicken was delicious, meh ceviche, pretty good cocktails
Sun Dog- it's primarily an American-style diner (OMG THE THICKSHAKES ARE AMAZING) but they have a few Tex-mex items. We had burritos and were quite happy, and they're true to Tex-Mex form.
Caribe- little high- not quite the right flavors but still very tasty, fabulous tamarind aquas frescas and quesadillas, good burritos.
El Camino Bar and Grill- Papanui- delicious Tex Mex style large tacos, especially the fish tacos. Good homemade chips, meh salsa. Also thought the meats were generally good. Ok chimichanga, but has turmeric?? Go for taco Tuesday with 2 for $10
Mexico!- disappointing, half the menu was Spanish food and the other half seemed like KiwiMex
Headless Mexican- Sumner- about as good as Pepe's but way more expensive. Salsa, guac, chips, and steak are excellent. Funky lemon chicken. Nice ambiance, but not quite worth going out of your way.
The Flying Burrito Bros- pop up inside Cuban restaurant in CBD- It was pretty good, but kind of expensive and the burritos were pretty small. Liked their margaritas. Totally fine but I think there are better places.
Alvarados Mexican Cantina- Litchfield st, CBD- PERMANENTLY CLOSED 2019. We didn't get here before it closed.

Quicker bites:
Pepe’s Mexican Grill- chain with locations in Belfast, Hornby, Riccarton- best quick Mexican! Totally surprising. We went to the one in Riccarton.
Zambrero- chain with locations in Tower Junction, Upper Riccarton -pretty good! Very fresh, not authentic spices. The NZ Chipotle- we went to the one in Tower Junction.
Habaneros Urban Mexican Grill- CBD. Pretty typical of NZ nothing special.
El Rancho- Riverside market- liked their chicken burrito, not so excited about the beef or pork.
Mexicali Fresh-surprisingly okish! Good taco salad but black bean spices off, good barbacoa. Almost authentic spices
Chilando Mexican Taqueria- The palms mall. Pretty disappointing.
Mad mex- northlands mall; Pretty disappointing.
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2020.11.17 21:16 songokussm Possible?

My Partner and I are not married, but would be if she would not loose her disability benefits. We have been together since December of 2003. We had a ceremony in 2007. I will be referring to her as my wife in the post, as that is how i view her. Please do not take offense.
Unfortunately, I reached a zero attachment (feelings) point. I am unsure when it happened. I have been working on the decoupling process for years, but am unable to find a way to separate our lives.
I am 35. I have a Masters and work 50 per week, plus another 10-20 on side jobs. I started my employment at 14 and have been employed since. Our seven year old comes with me on the side jobs. My parents divorced when I was 10 years old, as my father was abusive (emo/phy). I was emancipated at 16. I have been employed full time ever since.
I am an introvert. The thought of making friends, or going to a large event, feels me with anxiety. The thought of dating again, is utter nightmare fuel. I had one girl friend in high school. My wife was my second. We met sophomore year in collage. Both women approached me. I have two best friends. The first i met on world of warcraft, back in 2003. The second is my older brother. I have zero desire to make more.
My wife is 36. She has a GED, obtained at 18. She attempted collage, but was unable to be successful. She was born visually impaired. She had a horrible upbringing. She was conceived through rape. She was abused at every level, by her mother's revolving door of partners. Her mother forced her to attend public school, instead of the blind school. The public school did not have the resources to help her with her disability. This combined, with moving 8 times in during high school, has caused her to be educationally and socially stunted.
At 18 she worked at Walmart as a janitor, for 8 months. At 22, she worked as a maid in a hotel, for two months. Seven years ago, we had our first child. Two years ago, we had out second/final child. She provides the care for our children. Outside of these, she has not worked.
At the age of 20, she was diagnosed with social anxiety, and depression. When our second was born, she was diagnosed with postpartum depression. She really changed during event. I took every other week off (a total of four weeks) from work to help. Her grandmother came down, stayed five days and left due to how difficult the new baby was. My parents alternated weeks. At around four months, screaming stopped and sleeping started. This was when she was diagnosed with postpartum. Over the next nine months, i took her to every mental health provider i could find. Even obtained a four page list from my insurance carrier. After 60 some (not joking) appointments, we finally found someone who would take her on. Most places said they did not have the training to help her or were not taking on new patients. It did not help. Most of the psychologists responses where, 'you gotta let it go', 'just get over it', 'your letting this control your life'.
In February of 2019, she tried to kill herself. I took her to the Psychiatric Crisis Center. They said they were unable to help, because she is not addicted to any drugs, did not physically farm herself or someone else. My only option was to go to the hospital, where they pumped her stomach (snail poison). that was it. no followup. no support. nothing.
My main reason for decoupling is, the consonant emotional drain. She does not enjoy her life. She does not like cooking, cleaning, and hates laundry. She does these items, because there is no other option. She lost interest in her hobbies (cosplay), when she didn't place in several events. Even in the amateur first timers category, there are people with real skill. To be blunt, no one, including myself, could tell who she was. So she feels like she has no purpose or skills and only exist for the children. She does not like this.
Secondary reason is the child rearing. I am the one who teaches our kids anything. Folding laundry, cooking, school work, room organization, etc. She interacts with them, but it is only to play or scold. My style is to enforce the positive actions, and down play the negative ones. For example, when the seven year old puts away her clothes, we share a desert. The two year old even puts away unused toys. My wife is able to teach. I actually haven't found anything she is unable to do, besides long distance tasks (reading/navigation/identification).
The last reason is hygiene. She doesn't dress up. She doesn't brush her teeth. The house is not clean. Dishes are only done with they have to be. She was feeling randy a few weeks ago, and i turned her down, due to her body odor. She had no issues taking a shower. She couldn't even remember when the last one was. The smell was still there. It was coming from her mouth. She had to have three teeth removed.
I looked into childcare (before covid) in order to free up her time and separation planning. Unfortunately, the cost is insane. It would be half of my paycheck. If she were to find full time employment, at minimum wage, her income would not cover the care. This whole point is moot as she has zero interest in working. My parents will not provide regular day care. One, maybe two days a month.
Outside of me, she has no support. She has no friends. She has two relatives still alive. Her sister is in an care facility for the mentally challenged. Her Grandmother lives 300 miles away in a retirement home and has major health issues. Her case worker says, that housing assistance is 12-15 months out.
She has no interest in going to church or volunteering at the school, or creating a Facebook mommy party. Her only social time is shopping with my mother, or sisters, or family events. Which usually happen every fri, sat, and sun.
A more recent concern is my own mental heath. I feel myself being overly aggressive. I am angry constantly. My sleep cycle is garbage. I dread going home. The only positive i get anymore is working and playing with my kids. This is not how i want to live.
I am trapped. My kids are not receiving what they should. I can not find a way for her to survive, without me. My wish is for her to thrive. I cannot find a way for me to thrive with her.
So, masters of reddit. How do i create a situation, where we both can find peace, happiness, and love, in separate dwellings?
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2020.11.17 20:15 pederovski1990 $Gny The Hidden Patented Data And Ai Ecosystem check it out , $ocean run incoming

GNY - “Genie” Ticker - $GNY
https://www.gny.io/
GNY - “Genie” Ticker - $GNY
Gny.io GNY introduces machine learning to pre-existing blockchains, offering smart APIs that bridge to Ethereum, to Asch, to Lisk and any developer working with their universal system. With GNY Centre, GNY brings its own dedicated blockchain that can host side chains, offering a powerful set of tools to launch and host your own project from conception to implementation in the most developer friendly environment built around artificial intelligence .
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⭐Official Patent for GNY blockchain ML technology https://be1d7c5c-71df-49eb-9450-d28863aafb5d.filesusr.com/ugd/cddf32_a1d9b826a4d24378bbcf49123f11a0c3.pdf
⭐️ Technical Whitepaper: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cddf32_25fa71e039144e929f35d5515caf5597.pdf
⭐️ Usecase Whitepaper: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cddf32_9b720e29e30544d1b750aea11bf34446.pdf
⭐️ Blog: https://www.gny.io/blog
⭐️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/gny_io
Here's a video that explains our exciting new approach to unlocking hidden value in your data safely, affordably, and securely https://youtu.be/hzEZkTtFnNI
GNY's target market are enterprise companies and governments looking to utilize machine learning and cutting-edge ai to improve and streamline infrastructure and solve current problems across a very large variety of sectors. It has almost limitless usecase .
The token utility is as a credit system to allow developers, and actors from various enterprises such as retail, insurance etc. access the GNY tech. Tech that makes it the world’s first decentralised machine learning, data capture and analysis platform, using secure blockchain technology.
One example of the token in use is where new Dapps launched on the system will require the lock up of a certain quantity of GNY tokens belonging to the Dapp producer.
GNY has two core business models: open API integration, and custom business and social impact solutions. GNY’s advantage is its ability to analyze and leverage data despite enormous volume and complexity, Every new action is automatically tracked and incorporated into the updated model based on transactions, social media, and CRM data collected and ingested.
If an email goes out on Tuesday evening, and particular sales are closed based on that email, GNY reinforces the pathway of correlations that drove that email.
Where a sale was not closed, support becomes somewhat less strong for the pathways that drove the recommendations that did not produce a sale. For example, let’s say Beyonce wears a stylish leather jacket her latest video. A skilled marketer of that jacket knows to start promoting sales of that jacket to segments of Beyonce’s fan base on social media based on historical segmentation (location, age, income bracket, past purchase history). Individual results from this marketing push may be analyzed individually; say women in their 30’s purchase more than those in their 40s, but the correlations between trends remains unutilized For example within 10 days Genie learned that women aged between 23-35 in Houston responded more to Facebook Advertisments, and women aged between 28-35 in Los Angeles responded more to Instagram. Recommending the jacket for purchase to young women is easy for marketers, but GNY empowers them to find the optimal message, for every customer, in every market in real time.
$GNY Circulating Supply = 200m Total Supply 400m ICO Price = 0.8c-10c , ATH = $0.223c ( 26th May 2019 ) Coin Paprika Chart
MC at time of Writing = 10m USD ( GNY reached a market cap of 37M USD on 6th December 2019 ( ATH Mc was 44.6m USD ) Current Market caps of similar projects = Fet - Fetch AI = 32m USD , AGI = 42m USD , Ocean Protocol = 200m USD
BitMart = GNY/BTC
Uniswap = https://info.uniswap.org/token/0xb1f871ae9462f1b2c6826e88a7827e76f86751d4
Hotbit GNY/BTC , GNY/USDT
⭐️ GNY have live software available for purchase on amazon marketplace - https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B082LPSPTY
⭐️ GNY - an article on GNY / Big Data / AI /Machine Learning And Covid 19 from Forbes mentioned along side Ocean Protocol = https://www.forbes.com/sites/oluwaseunadeyanju/2020/06/19/how-decentralization-could-alleviate-data-biases-in-artificial-intelligence/
⭐️ GNY’s Mainnet will launch this winter 2020 ( Test net has been live since February 1st 2020 )- https://www.gny.io/post/gny-s-head-of-blockchain-talks-gny-testnet-mainnet-and-consensus
⭐️GNY - Child Rescue Coalition is excited to partner with GNY to enhance the robust platform on which tens of thousands of law enforcement officers rely. CRC extensively utilizes blockchain, and the partnership with GNY will greatly enhance the product offerings. This will lead to the increased rescue of victimized children and further the mission of Protecting Innocence Through Technology.
⭐️GNY Mentioned in yahoo finance = https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gny-launches-machine-learning-tool-160000907.html
Soon GNY will be unveiling their latest Demo of Fully Decentralized Machine Learning; working with a real-world usecase. Their previous demo responded to the global pandemic of Covid-19, and showed how researchers could set up a private blockchain (i.e. a sidechain) to run comparative analysis of daily Covid-19 mortalities from individual US cities.
The GNYDataplace is the next big step for the whole ecosystem, a new market on investment into AI and Machine learning Data creation. So you can invest into pools that produce AI data and make revenue streams from long term data creation. Useful Data production is the future.
Here is where we are at with development of the data place :
Proposal stage set out and accepted ✅ Technical feasibility of product completed ✅ Coding design goals set ✅ Coding currently in development stage now ✅ Website build begins dec 2020☑️ Launch DataPlace Spring 2021☑️
Its a great opportunity to see $GNY at such a low market cap with mainet so close when many other Ai ML and Data projects mentioned above are still in beta or test net. The potential usecases for the GNY machine learning platform are limitless and with mainnet just around the corner the future is looking bright for Gny.io
Telegram @GNYioBlockchain
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2020.11.17 01:12 ElementGeek 11/16 - COVID-19 Latest Daily Update

City officials are working closely with partners at the state and federal levels, as well as partners in Norwalk, to monitor and respond to COVID-19, the 2019 novel Coronavirus. Statewide updates can be found online at ct.gov/coronavirus. Mayor Rilling provided the following Norwalk-area specific updates regarding COVID-19 coronavirus as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020:
“We continue to have to close the testing line down earlier at Vets Park than we’d want to simply because there are not enough providers to handle the demand. We cannot have cars backed up onto the street throughout the day. I commend our officers for safely and efficiently moving traffic through the park, and I know the Day Street Community Health Center is providing testing as quickly as they can and are hiring to bring more staff to Norwalk,” Mayor Rilling said. “I hope the public will join us for this informative Town Hall on Thursday night. With the rate of cases and spread of COVID-19 in the community, I know residents, families, students, and staff, are eager to hear from us. Please tune in to hear the latest updates on COVID-19 and how we are working to keep residents and children safe.”
Members of the public are encouraged to sign-up for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Alert Notification System at norwalkct.org/codered. Updates on City services, hours, and community resources will be routinely published at norwalkct.org/citynews. The latest health updates can be found at norwalkct.org/coronavirus.
Read the full update here.
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2020.11.16 18:22 datarockets Validate Idea before developing an MVP

Entrepreneurs are known to run into dozens of ideas on a daily basis, if not more. While most of them seem to border on absurdity in the beginning, it is often difficult to determine whether or not they would work out in the long run. That’s why the best way of ensuring your idea is worth developing is to learn at the fastest possible pace and have the willingness to try out different experiments.

How’s this helpful?

- Avoid wasting time and resources on something that’s certainly not worth it.
- Learn proactively and pivot your idea at a much quicker pace.
- Validate your product idea without actual budget/coding skills.
- Answering all the questions posed in this guide means it can serve as a worthwhile investor deck. Couple this with running some experiments and you’re well poised to raise money from investors!
- Most critically, it provides a credible framework to separate good ideas from bad ones.

Value Proposition

What important truth does your idea uncover that is not mainstream?
The following would be a business version of this question: what is that valuable company that nobody is building? Every correct answer is necessarily a secret: something important and unknown, something hard to do but doable (by Peter Thiel).
It is important for your idea to reveal some unknown, unconventional truth in order to create something of value. Something nobody chooses to talk about aloud, but will become evident to all after it’s unraveled.

Define fundamental value assumptions

At datarockets, we classify three kinds of assumptions:
Let’s begin with the basics: the value assumptions!
What are your fundamental value assumptions? How does it help to resolve real-world problems?
On the basis of the previous chapter’s statement, it’s best to define the fundamental value assumptions and experiment with them in the fastest possible manner. Leap of faith assumptions is another popular term for fundamental value assumptions.
If your leap of faith assumptions are not true, the whole idea is not viable. This means that if your failed assumption won’t end up ruining the whole idea, then it’s not vitally important to begin with, thus implying that it can no longer be your fundamental value assumption.

Growth evaluation

Does your idea grow with the advancements of supporting technologies (durability)?
Before taking the next step, confirm whether a new, upcoming technology won’t kill your promising idea.
Ex: If you’re intending to develop a startup that teaches people how to drive vehicles, it may make sense to assume that with the advance of self-driving cars your business might get destroyed.

Existing Solutions Research

Has anyone implemented your idea / tried to implement it before?
Although a typical process begins with communicating with people whose pain points will be addressed with your product/service, it makes a lot of sense to first research your idea and determine if similar services/solutions are already available in the market. After ensuring that the competition is not excessively intense or your idea provides breakthrough value with its uniqueness, it’s time to proceed further.
Find communities that may potentially be facing the problem you’re looking to resolve. Ask how they’re currently dealing with it and if they’d be interested in trying out your way.
More often than not, other people may already be solving the problem you plan to solve. They may be doing that using some tricks or manual solutions. Identify and talk to them about how they tackle such challenges, what is it that they struggle with, and whether or not they’d like to explore your way of doing that.
Based on who your target audience is, join Facebook groups where your target audience is likely to assemble, gather feedback from your own network, or even consider talking to people on the streets.
Remember, whenever you wish to solve someone's problem or fulfil an unmet need in the market, the first step is to get people to stop using other solutions or make changes in lifestyles. After ensuring the problem is worthy of being solved and something that people wouldn’t mind paying for, you’re ready to take the next step.
Why do you think your solution is better?
After taking the above steps, focus on the advantages and the distinguishing features of your solutions that set them apart from others. List them in a logical order and then explain why people will find more value in your solution. What value will it bring to them?

Market Analysis

Previously, we’d been assessing and validating our Value Assumptions. Ensuring the viability of your idea was their core purpose. Unfortunately, merely having a good idea to create a long-term profitable product does not suffice. Think about the different ways in which you make money out of your solution via Market Analysis and Business Model Assumptions.

Define your potential target market

Narrow down your potential target market. Who is your ideal customer? Why should they pay for your solution?
Targeting everyone essentially means that you’re not targeting anyone in particular. Concentrating on the appropriate target market is a good approach because it lets you maximize your returns on the time, money, and energy you’ve invested. Secondly, it’s far easier to conduct experiments in a narrow market.
Try and define specific groups you wish to target with your service/product alongside their potential sources of revenue. Depending on your idea, you can even group them by job, interests, demographics, etc. Ensure that your target audience will be able to buy your products as the revenue source of each target will be different.
Now, there are some industries where people are very unlikely to pay for additional services. As a case in point, the probability of people paying to use social media for communication purposes is very low. In such scenarios, use your discretion and prepare a draft of your monetization strategy. While it needn’t be your final blueprint, it will greatly simplify your task by helping you select more attractive markets.
Use Google Trends/Semrush to see how many people google solutions for the problem you are trying to solve
Tools like Google Trends or Semrush give you an accurate picture of just how many people are seeking solutions to the problem you’re attempting to resolve. Most importantly, such tools allow you to check who these people are, know what their trends are, and provide a reasonable accurate estimate of the size of your target market.
Reach out to five well-known people in the market and ask for feedback on your idea
After gathering the necessary information based on the previous steps, select a market (or a couple of them) that seems most promising. The next step in this phase is to gather feedback from specific groups of people relevant to your market. Doing this will give you plenty of actionable insights and the opportunity to further examine your idea from different perspectives.

Create a portrait of your target audience

In this phase, try to be as specific as possible about all relevant attributes of your target audience that describe them/their lives accurately and narrow them down further - age, gender, interests, position, personality, daily schedule, reading patterns, etc.
Regardless of whether you describe a person or a company, depending on your sales model (B2B or B2C), the approach will remain unchanged. Consider the example from the "1-Page Marketing Plan" book.

Conduct target user interviews

According to Eric Migicovsky, a Y Combinator partner, the best firms are those whose founders establish a direct connection with their users. If you happen to be a founder, consider talking directly to the users of your product or solution.
In his talk, Eric cites a useful example of a structure that can be used to hold your user interviews. After tailoring the structure based on our needs and priorities, this is what we’ve come up with:
  1. What makes the problem difficult for them?
  2. When did they last face it?
  3. What have they done to solve the problem?
  4. What are the things about existing solutions that they don’t like?
  5. How much would they pay to resolve the problem?

Business Model Assumptions

List your business model assumptions (based on the assumptions on what you assume your customers are going to pay and how much)
After defining the problem to be solved, doing user interviews and knowing more about the target audience, it’s now time to brainstorm ways of monetizing your product.
It’s a good idea to first get better informed about various types of business models before jotting down your assumptions about how your customers would be paying and how much. Put every idea on your mind on the table. Consider these two examples:
  1. I assume users will pay $15 per month to gain unlimited access to music on my platform (Subscription-based model)
  2. I assume concert managers will not mind paying $50 to promote their event on my platform if I implement advertising. (Ad-based)

Growth Assumptions

List your growth assumptions (what is your plan to rope in new users and how much cost would that involve)
To survive and thrive, it’s critical to ensure your product grows smoothly and plan out ways in which you’ll attract new users or enter into new deals (partnerships). You’ll have a far better picture of your future marketing investment by writing down all possible growth hacking and marketing ideas. (prepare to get startled by the fact that budgets for marketing are often bigger than those for development purposes ;))
Does your growth engine generate new users from the actions of existing users? List out your acquisition loops.
Getting new users effortlessly without spending any money is always a pleasant feeling. In that context, consider exploring acquisition loops which will make a great addition for your monetization strategies.
The core idea behind acquisition loops is as follows: The more users you have, the more users are attracted.
You can implement acquisition loops in the form of referral programs (e.g. Airbnb and Uber offer free coupons/rides for each referred user) or content loops that are user-generated (Reddit, social networks, etc.).
Natural acquisition loops are extremely important when you’re planning to execute an Ad-based business model, because the average revenue per user (ARPU) of ad-based models are lower in comparison to let’s say SaaS. That's why they must acquire new users cheaply to generate sustainable profits and reap massive profits.
What’s your assumed revenue source? How would your profits/expenses grow as the number of customers grows (scalability assumption)?
Needless to say, it’s not easy to accurately predict your expenses and profits. Some startups have funding to cover their expenses for two years or so until the venture starts making profits. If that’s not your case, pay close attention to this aspect and foresee your potential scalability issues and expenses.

Competitor Analysis

High-level SEO analysis
This step needs us to continue working with product positioning and simultaneously address several key questions:
  1. How many people are interested in this?
  2. How difficult is it to rank on the first page of Google?
  3. What keywords should I use to promote my product or service?
As you begin to answer these questions, it will become crystal clear that some keywords are more popular as compared to others. Some find it really hard to attain a high ranking on Google. Here, our objective is to compare word combinations that translate your business model to identify keywords with a balanced volume and keyword difficulty (KD).
Utilize tools like Semrush, Ahrefs Keyword Finder, Google Ads Keyword tool, etc. to collect the information about Volume, CPC, KD, and leading websites that rank by these keywords.
Competitor overview
Competitor overview is an extremely important step to undertake before proceeding further and it requires you to gather information about your competitors’ users, business models, revenue, etc. We this guide, we want to draw your attention to three attributes:
From these characteristics, it’s clear that you’ll compare your value proposition with your competitors and know what your unique selling proposition is.
Learn more about your competitors
Usually, you’ll get more insights from personal interaction with your rivals than from conducting a basic competitor overview. It’s a good idea to reach out to them and know more about how their business is shaping up and the struggles they’re going through. Some effective ways of doing this include:

Experimental Plan Definition

Until now, you’re likely to have collected several interesting ideas of business models as well as growth assumptions. Now is the time to get them tested.
How are you going to test your business and product positioning assumptions?
Let’s face it. It’s not viable to build MVPs for every different assumption. Do the smart thing, instead. There are many tricks that you can implement to test ideas without actual development. We covered some of them in our blog post on the Lean Startup approach:
Where can you find your early adopters?
Now you must locate people who’re facing the problem you plan to solve and get them to test your product/solution. They will not only give you valuable feedback, but also spread the word. By now, you should know how to find them because you’ve already talked to them in the Value Proposition stage.
How are you going to collect feedback?
Put differently, how will you communicate with your early adopters?

Experimenting

Experimentation time! At this stage, you would have every information you need to test the assumptions and begin data collection to identify your product positioning and go-to-market business model.
After launching your demo videos/ landing pages, go ahead and collect some data. Not every idea is explained in the same way, so you may want to quickly run a couple of Google ads to see people’s reaction to various keywords for product positioning.
Putting the metrics on the table will let you see what experiment turned out to be the most successful. Although we offer to check these metrics, it’s your call on whether or not to make changes in this list:
You may also want to check this helpful guide on Startup Metrics.

MVP Scope Definition

If you’ve successfully reached this stage, congratulate yourself for making good progress! You now have a very good reason to believe that your idea is worth developing. Time to define the scope of work by preparing for MVP building:
  1. Define your go-to-market business model**.**
  2. Conduct interviews with customers who have signed up. Ask about their expectations and top-3 features they’re looking to implement in the product. Match their expectations with your pricing model.
  3. Do a cross-analysis of the interviews in order to find out most desirable features. Consider writing simple User Stories.
  4. Predict revenues for 100/1000/10000 paying customers and calculate your business model’s unit-economics
  5. Obtain estimates on the numerous features and determine the ones you wish to include in the MVP. Make it a point to only include the most important features that help validate your key assumptions. You can always add the rest at a later stage. Ensure that your budget for MVP is less than 30k-40k.

Conclusion

Yeah, it does look like a long, tedious process. But here’s the good news for you! You can test your ideas quickly and effectively after gaining some experience.
Another piece of good news: if you happen to fail at any stage, there’s no reason to be upset about it, because it basically means that you successfully prevented your money from being wasted on developing a product that was likely to fail in the first place. Sometimes, a back-up option for a not-so-strong idea is to pivot it and repeat the cycle.
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2020.11.15 00:14 Undefined2020 WHAT "TRUMAN SHOW"?? 😜 Research & operation with alchemy, esoterism & occultism; Forced Artificial Telepathy, Quantum Entaglement, the Bible, the mind, "A.I." technology, consciousness - multi-faceted & interdisciplinary with psychological operations, social engineering & mind programming

Fortunately, my master's degree was in an interdisciplinary science, combining Psychology, Business Administration, Service Science & Informatics. Simply, I have an unique eye for studying complex sciences. However, the topic of "Gang Stalking" & "Targeted Individuals" is extremely complex as well as complicated as human mind, heart & soul is involved & abused for science, experiments & operations. I'm in a difficult position as a type of "whistleblower" for this targeting program. However, I am aware that my story or testimony isn't necessary reprentative of the majority of testimonies, which only could be good as most have the notion that the online targeting community is infiltrated & a mere propaganda portal to further the exposing & mind programming of a target. Though I want to expose them anyway I can - if you play by their game rules, you'll never get anywhere or beat them. More than that, right information must be put out there as to contrast their propaganda. However sad the fact is, I am convinced the targeting community is playing the same "game" & different people that post daily (probably from several accounts) do so with the specific objective to reach a specific target's mind - I know this to be a fact. So, if you see post that look strange or even "normal" for a targeting community, especially in Reddit, know that most of those post (& comments) are custom made to affect a particular target (i.e. expose information, force artificial telepathy, intution experiments & so on). Most perpetrators operate from dossiers & in those dossiers are all online activity a target has, especially in online forums. It's a part of "Hybrid Warfare" mixing psychological, information, cyber & spritual operations, in one community. Hence it is complex & complicated by design.
This particular post is 4100+ words long, or 7 A4-pages.
Regarding my story & testimony, I know one of their goals with targeting a person for years, decades or a lifetime, is that the target becomes a WITNESS to what the powers behind the targeting do. As they withhold information, they also intentionally expose hard-to-know truths about the world to a target hence being in my position knowing difficult truths, hidden knowledge & confirmed information, it is a thin line between doing what THEY WANT which is exposing THEIR TRUTH, & doing what is RIGHT which is exposing the REAL TRUTH - they don't want to be connected to the truth by name because it's ugly & yet another reason they protect their identity & operate hidden (cowards). Obviously, they subject a target to heavy psychological & informational operations as well as mind programming. At the end of the day, I have my personal story with what I've observed - & a story becomes immortal when shared (which, ironically, is one of their goals).
As I said, they work in psychological tricks - "don't share your story because you look crazy" (reserve psychology). In fact, they want targets to VOLUNTARILY go to mainstream media but also to the police, to church, to mental hospital & so on. Remember: the society IS their operation field - they know exactly how society works & probably want to see how society reacts to a target's testimony. I know - it's beyond a twisted version of "Truman Show" but it is what it is. It might be a very powerful state-backed CULT specialized in psychological operations & social engineering targeting already vulnerable people for conversion, modification, exorcism, experiments linked to Bible as well as experiments in spirit science, theosophy, anthroposophy, quantum physics & so forth. OR it might simply knows a very ambitious interdisciplinary brain-mind-oriented research project aimed to explore the mind, conscioussness, quantum entanglement or mind-computer relations. There has to be a larger agenda that motivates society, state, churches & a target's own social circle to join in the targeting for years.
Me posting my story online is an act of war against them because what I am exposing is their true nature. It's not only about the story - it's meant also to be educational so if any of you would like sources of information I think are helpful, valid or genuine, let me know. I posted some references at the end.
I know may of you can't accept the fact that the TI/GS-program is linked to the highest levels of society social engineering, & this includes False Flags, Black Operations & Organized Crime. On one level (BASE LEVEL - FORMAL LEVEL (dealing with authorities, legala ctivities), this is done by a formal group coordinating the "Gang Stalking" between parties be it family, friends, authorities, society agents, media, social media, strangers & so on, on another level it's FAR (FAR FAR) more sinister. This other level (SECRET LEVEL - INFORMAL LEVEL (dealing with shadow government, illegal activities)) is where the clandestine Black Operations happen which include high-level psychological warfare, information warfare % cyber warfare as well as terrorist attacks. It's a double game - they do it on BASE LEVEL as something innocent enough for, ultimately, a "good purpose (serving the greater good; end justifies the means) while using the OTHER level to simply facilitate further operations on the SECRET LEVEL. Imagine how well-thought the operation is, based in deception yet I am convinced the SECRET LEVEL is actually getting exposed at a increasingly faster pace this year which I play a central part in.
I know it might be hard for you to believe me especially if you have been told the group behind this is "good" somehow, maybe a CULT such as Jesuits or authority doing some science experiments, research or religious operations for the glory of God/Jesus or for the advancement of science & knowledge (about Quantum Entanglement, the Bible, Spirit Science, Artifcial Telepathy, neuroscience & so on). Even so, know that these scientists, researchers & operatives have a mindset of "for the greater good" meaning they're willing to sacrifice a few persons (targets) - one major reason it's openly secret on BASE LEVEL is because technically it's as UNETHICAL OPERATION that breaks laws, personal freedom rights, causes real psychological damage & so on.
On BASE LEVEL, anything goes as to motivate & recruit civilian informants & agents (online & offline) to send subliminal & non-subliminal messages through behavior. As typical per "Gang Stalking", neighbours, employers, landlords, authorities, politicians, coworkers, local store employees & so on are recruited - by that it could simply mean to do or say something one or few times, however more probably to shift their attitude against a target & treat the target in a certain way (often negative). Hence my personal conclusion that the BASE LEVEL is operated by a formal group that derives authority from a formal & official organization that obviously in some way is undoubtably connected to the goal of the "Gang Stalking".
The ugly reality I've been trying to show you for the last two months, & since I officially declared war on the group behind this, is that the group behind the "Gang Stalking" is linked to False Flags, Black Operations & Organized Crime. Most likely, no one of us can do anything about it - it's the "Beast System" alive) & that's the point: they WANT us targets to KNOW about this ugly reality. Aside from targeting False Flags such as Aaron Alexis, Myron May & Gavin Long, I am convinced that the group is linked to terrorist attacks against churches, & most recently the Notre Dame church in Nice, France. Some of you think it's SUPERNATURAL, however, I can only say fo certain it's SUPERHUMAN. Superhuman means they use advanced technology & weapons that are almost God-like, such as the basic "A.I." they deployed against me a few months before Snowden revelations that coincided with my 25th birthday. The "A.I." is a version operating of the principles described in the Netflix documentary "The Great Hack" (2019) & was used by the far-right Christian coalition for Trump to ultimately win the 2016 US-election.
As a target, through their psychological operations, they intentionally let you know these facts & experience their psychological operations against me. Even so, I can't prove it beyond doubt, & that's why they do it in the first place - PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. I can liken it to how global social engineers (Black Magick) openly & in your face show you what they're going to do - PREDICTIVE PROGRAMMING. One example is Madonna's 2019 Eurovision performance where her dancers wear gas mask with the backdrop of a destroyed society + the lyrics + the whole show's artistic influence was heavy occultic & inspired by "Illuminati" themes + it was done in Israel which is the key for Madonna's own practices in esoteric Jewish mysticism KABBALAH. Key insight for all of you; The "Gang Stalking" ITSELF is a Black Operation (False Flag) - the target audience or individual don't know who the ultimate organizers are & the goal is obviously of destructive nature. It's intentionally blamed on a wrong party by the media or authorities or remain unknown & up for public discussion. I must be insistant on the fact; IT IS A BLACK OPERATION. Related to Madonna's performance, it could also have an aspect of BLACK MAGICK. Interestingly, for an unknown reason, the targeting community is overrepresented by African-Americans - all the targeting facilitated False Flags were African-Americans (Aaron Alexis, Myron May & Gavin Long). Also, many early community leaders were African-Americans such as Derrick Robinson of FFCHS which proved itself to be disasterous for targets recieving help from FFCHS. Even today, a search of "Targeted Individuals)" on Youtube shown majority of new videos published have African-Americans - these are mere facts & not opinions. I haven't heard any valid explanation to this obvious overrepresentation.
The big pink elephant in the targeting community is "Illuminati". In my analysis, Illumanti is a brand. It is used for multiple purposed, one is to discredit conspiracy theorists in mainstream media. However, it is honestly used in alternative media & conspiracy community to describe forces that govern behind the scenes. In out context of "Gang Stalking", Illuminati is the ones at top of the society social engineering --top of Pyramid-- that is ultimately responsible for BOTH levels of the organized stalking - BASE LEVEL & SECRET LEVEL. My own term for the particular network behind all of this is CULT MIND TERRORIST NETWORK simply because they focus on "Mind Warfare" which means targeting the MIND, HEART & SOUL. It is probably based of psychological warfare research linked to US Army officer & PsyOp specialist Dr Michael Aquino that also is heavy into occultism & Satanism, founding "Temple of Set some 50 years ago. He authored the book "MindWar" & his main thesis is to flood society with & use heavy psychological operations to make friendly & enemy become non-aggresive - suppress the (free) will to fight against the sponsor of the psychological operations. In broader scope, Free Will is something considered to be the greates gift of God aside from Jesus, & Covert/Overt Mind Control is inherently Satanic.
As an anonymous online user, I can only give you my word & swear on my life that what I've told you I'm truly convinced of -- especially about that all of this is linked to TERRORISM. As I know that most of you know "Gang Stalking" is real, you must listen to me regarding what this operation truly is, how wide it is, how dangerous it is & how sinister it is. There's no way that the one responsible for the "Gang Stalking" don't know that they're linked to INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. They probably operate through deception of what they are & manipulation of public belief system such as Christianity. No person of true faith would in any way assist a TERRORIST NETWORK that, without a doubt, is responsible for countless murders, terror attacks, suicides & various forms of lifes lost. As a target that sees the truth, it's sad to see how this openly operates in society without being exposed, but it's because it's protected by a old & solid formal network such as Freemasons & Jesuits, & is state-backed probably by CIA/NSA. Freemasons are by far the most talked about culprit behin it all, however, this is much larger than one single network but Freemasons are literally everywhere by influence so the center of power isn't in the network or fraternity but in the organizations Freemasons are in. However, Jesuits too, or whatever secret society or church - they all seem to support the targeting agenda, at least at BASE LEVEL.
All of that said, I truly believe there are good people in the targeting community online - even those who participate in the experiments & operations against me based of, what seems, religious topics. mirroring, artificial telepathy & mind programming. However, real targets are few & even fewer speak up. Knowing what I know & am convinced about, typically a person in my position would probably keep silent for the rest of their life. I am not an average person - my bakground is complex & complicated. For example, I've experience real war by an enemy vastly superior (NATO 1999) & I survived. I've been under attack in various ways by the Western society as a result of the media propaganda war in 90s & 00s facilitated by Western Deep State against Serbian Christians, meaning I have been persecuted all my life for being a Serb & also Christian especially in Sweden which is heavily infleunced by Western propaganda & philosophy.
On that topic, Sweden's governemt (not the Swedish population) is generally leftist & actually very pro-Islam & thus its society is anti-Serb/Christian (there are more domestic reasons for this which I won't cover here) which has lead Sweden today to have systemic societal problems with No-Go Zones & high crimes rates due to disasterous integration failures & segregation. Sweden has been a strong Christian country historically, today it's Atheist. In fact, I believe Islam will overtake Christianity in a decade or two. Furthermore, Swedes are dealing with a future take-over (say 50 years) of Swedish culture & as a ethnic majority by Islam & Muslims due to the high level of immigrants from Muslim countries - Swedes procreate much less than a typical immigrant does. Seeing it from a global perspective, Sweden has an infamous reputation for being the experiment playground for the global social engineers. Again, remember, these are mere facts & not opinions. Sweden also has a strong Freemasonic presence with its own Grand Lodge, as well as presence of other old secret societies which most of them are from Judeo-Christian origins (facts) such as Knight's Templars.
Case in fact on how Sweden is influenced by outside forces: look how Sweden was played by the US to catch Julian Assange & Julian was never charged. Mind you, in Stockholm 2011, Julian Assange was set-up by a feminist Christian nun named Anna Ardin that had an one-night stand with Julian. It seems she got jealous when she found out Julian had another one-night stand a few days later with a younger woman. Anna convinced the young woman to together go to the police to meet a police officer Anna knew as to make Julian take a STD test & that somehow ended up being a report on sexual assault. Instead of withdrawing it to save Julian's freedom, they pushed it for almost a decade. Ironically, Sweden is home of the highest levels of journalistic & media freedoms as well as human rights & civil rights. Maybe as Freemasons control the US they easily influence Sweden due to the strong Freemasonic presence?
They're using technology, New Age ideas, spirituality & religion to mind program & then social engineer real targeted individuals through; keep in mind that programming & social engineering HAPPENS ALL THE TIME against the public (the actual system already exist irrelavant to targets), & this is only hypertargeting against a few individuals:
By programming I mean information exposed to the target by force, that otherwise wouldn't be in a targets focus or environment. One example of this is the exposing of how harassment works & how people are easily corrupted & turned against you, then if a target is lucky enough to find out the name of the targeting program, also being exposed to all the information being put out online related to "Gang Stalking" & "Targeded Individuals" online - including information about the Bible, advanced weapons & technology, secret societies, CIA/NSA history & so on. Not to mention the "A.I." that as deployed against me at the same time in 2013 to in fact expose me to certain information online through my PC & smartphone - that "A.I." in actuality is Information Warfare that works with the same principles as described in the Netflix documentary "The Great Hack" (2019) - Cambridge Analytica used big data on US voters to create small group psychological profiles which they used social media advertisment & social media operations to affect the voter for Trump's advantage. In effect, the A.I. was used to win the 2016-US election for the right-wing Christian coalition for Trump, backed by billionaries such as Robert Mercer & done through companies such as Palantir (Peter Thiel) & Cambridge Analytica. Palantir in particular is rumoured to have predictive algorithms & access to Facebook & Twitter which two are has been use against me to mind program & reflect my thoughts to me. Also, Palantir has a long history with working with the CIA & NSA especially at the start of the company.
Every voter got hypertargeted with specialized advertisements & social media posts in so far as to swing their opinion to the Republican vote & against the Democratic candidate - they CREATE A SPECIALIZED REALITY FOR A SMALL GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL, this is in their full power already in 2013. I told people about this, yet they used it in 2016 election & in 2019 the public finally understood what I was talking about prior to Snowden revelation. Even FBI's James Comey helped Republicans win by his own manipulation of media by stratgetically using FBI's investigation on the Hillary e-mails in the last weeks priorelection day. It was, indeed, a co-ordinated effort reminding me what they do to real targets. This is the system targets are subjected to - the "Beast system".
Actually, it's "Information Warfare" at its core as technical information warfare includes hijacking accounts (hacking, convincing or paying the account holder), pages (create new ones or take over existing) & groups (inflitrate with fake accounts) online to use to send messages to the target for influence or manipulation (especially when the target is isolated & only have the Internet as contact to outside world). This is what the "A.I." is. Moreover, most account holders willingly agree to post or even give the login details to the perpetrator organization as to post specific posts at specific times. This is the essence of social media warfare (information warfare). By allowing them to access your account, you're accomplice to a major federal crime. They seek INFORMATION DOMINANCE against a target. More than this, they seek to have the target under contanst influence through subliminal & non-subliminal messages in media, social media, friends, family, various society agents & so on.
This "Forced Artificial Telepathy" aspect is facilitated by the above Psychological, Information & Cyber operations tactics. It may be an offshoot of CIA's secret-now-public experiment on Extre-Sensory Perception (ESP) know as "The Project Stargate" (see video in links). The program also includes Remote Viewing, which is a mind version of alleged technology that exist for "Remote Neural Monitorin" which is heavily propagated by some individuals in the targeting community. Regarding the topic of all the theories in the community, some say it's the spying, mind reading & mind controlling is all done by human mind powers as others say it's all technology based. Some say it's demons, other say it's undercover agents. Some say it's Freemasons, others point to the US government directly. Some say it's DEW, others say it's demons. Some say it's V2K by human operators, other says either it's mental illness or just natural, in fact, 10-15 percent of human population, scientifically concluded, hear some voices in their head. V2K & sounds coming from external surce are obviosusly easier to disprove & prove than from the inside - there are many ways a person can send sounds through the air. Microwave auditory technology can create a sound only for a person to hear, however, this must be done in line of sight. Sometimes, I wonder if my owon targeting is vastly different from an "average" target because I never got any V2K, DEW or alike. Only the social media operations as I describe above attempting to send me subliminal & non-subliminal messages which is a form of attempt to project thoughts (information) into my head & start up conversations which, of course, they track & even facilitate.
Regarding mirroring, reflecting & mimicry, why are they basically "cloning" & projecting my mind, or mirroring me as a person? By they I mean people that obviously been recruited into the psychological operation. One particular case I can't forget which is Edward Snowden. The overt operation & mirroring has been the case since, obviously, Edward Snowden revelations in June 2013 coinciding with my 25th birthday. I identified with Snowden on many levels personally & professionally, besides that he & I are into systems administration (at the time of revelation I was academically studying it), &, of course, both are passionately against the U.S. military-intelligence community' practices! Reading his Wikipedia, Snowden claims he did two IQ tests & scored 140+ both times - well, so did I when I was a teenager! Also he suffered from a bodily disease as a teenager, so did I! & so on. Today, Snowden is going to apply for Russian citizenship because his wife is pregnant, so soon he'll be a fellow Slav thus a brother - Serbs & Russians are blood brothers, comrade! For Mother Russia! Seriously, this tactic applied before Snowden & after, of course, by my business partners, friends & strangers mirroring me both online & offline. These are just some of their tactics which is probably used for programming myself or others.
If you read thus far, it informs me that you're highly interested in my story & my targeting. Most of you are perpetrators or spectators of targeting, so I just want to make this very clear: the targeting program is a part of a clandestine (CULT MIND) TERRORIST NETWORK of the highest society social engineering schemes. They intentionally expose a target to certain information & experiences many times over, point is that a target internalize it & somehow changes or uses it. I simply use it to expose the "Beast System" which it actually is, but in formal & more official terms it's the Western Deep State & Shadow Government influenced by occultism, esoterism & alchemy though secret societies (i.e. Freemasons, Jesuits) doing society-wide legal & illegal experiments, research & operations.
Thanks for reading!
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I would like to highly recommend these links to all targets but also to those who don't know about targeting (I never link to anyone's testimony as evidence or proof, nothing personal):
AETHEREAL - THE BATTLE FOR HEAVEN AND EARTH - (BIBLICAL COSMOLOGY DOCUMENTARY): https://youtu.be/ax6ytIWlIY4
Exposing covert psychological operations in targeteing in 2016 movie (use EU country by VPN if in US): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTZkO9EbipY&fbclid=IwAR1jNSbP1fKV8xXdjXPFQ-uo4JJrUn3NKsLZvGSYvuHomldqMh1LEgRO9Gg
Targeting program exposed in Edward Snowden documentary "CitizenFour" 2014: https://youtu.be/2x_-XpCHM8M
Ted Gundeson affidavit from 2011: https://www.rlighthouse.com/uploads/1/0/3/6/103654024/ted_gunderson_affidavit.pdf
Online PsyOps in the targeting community: https://exposinginfragard.blogspot.com/2013/12/online-psyops-and-perception-management.html
A primer on V2K vs Mind-Reading technologies: https://exposinginfragard.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-primer-on-v2k-vs-mind-reading.html
The Gangstalking Program Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp9eCoJkC0c&feature=youtu.be
FREE WILL: A TIs greates asset, often hardest to employ: https://proparanoid.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/free-will-a-tis-greatest-asset-oft-hardest-to-employ/
The US Army's secret paranormal soldiers - The Stargate Project: https://youtu.be/RBghgXSya2Y
Testimony gang stalking whistleblower: https://youtu.be/IsY9vbGY1Rg
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2020.11.13 13:02 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 28: ALAIN JOHANNES

There are two kinds of artists in this world: those who go by their own name, and those who go by a stage name.
There is, of course, no real difference in the quality of the artists. You have absolute superstars like Bono of U2, Sting of The Police, and Slash of...uh...look, between you and me I'm pretty sure Slash just kind of materialized when some cocaine touched a bit of greasy hair, which then regenerated a-la Wolverine into the... “entity” we all know and love today.
At the same time, you have artists who have taken the name they were given at birth and made it truly their own. While I'm sure there is a non-zero amount of people named Chris Cornell, there will only ever be one Chris Cornell. Same with our own Joshua Homme - both of these artists have taken actions such that their name overshadows what is written on their birth certificate. Anyone can have a name, but they are the name.
This week's artist is a member of the latter category. He is a man who has become so legendary with his guitar work that his name alone incites visions of steel strings and soaring arpeggios. He has delved into many different genres. He is a solo artist and a member of several different bands. He has played on many stages for many faces, and his work may even be in your home right now without you knowing it.
He is also a man who knows how to say goodbye really, really slowly.
That's right. This week's featured artist is Alain Johannes.
About Them
Okay, let’s get technical. His name is Alain Johannes. Alain Johannes Mociulski, to be exact. So yeah, it is his name, he just kinda...shortened it. So pfft to all you akschually folks out there. And yeah, Chris Cornell was born Christopher Boyle, but he adopted the name Cornell before he was famous so suck it.
To his great surprise, Johannes was born in Chile in 1958. He found his way to the USA as quick as he could. By the late 1970’s he was attending Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. It was here that he formed his first band, Chain Reaction. Like a lot of high school bands, they changed their name. The second moniker was Anthem. The third was the edgier Anthym. The final name of the project was What Is This?, which was basically the reaction that they tended to get from first time listeners.
It was at Fairfax High School that Johannes uncovered his amazing talent.
No, he was not completely gifted at something cool, like magic. Nor was he a Jimi Hendrix level Guitar player (though he totally was the front man, singing and wielding the axe). While I assume he was able to walk and chew bubblegum and hum a tune all at the same time, that alone does not merit mention on this list.
Nope. His amazing talent was to attract amazing talent.
I am not fucking kidding. The list of people this guy has played with and the sheer number of projects he has been in is just staggering.
See, in high school, his band had one local kid that kept hanging around at shows. He was outgoing and engaging and everyone liked him, but he couldn’t sing for shit or play an instrument. What Is This? let the kid be their roadie, and act as their hype-guy (kinda like the herald Paul Bettany played in A Knight’s Tale).
That kid's name was Anthony Kiedis, who went on to form Red Hot Chili Peppers. He still can’t sing for shit, but god damn is he a good front man.
It gets better.
The band’s bass player, Todd Strassman, wasn’t cutting it. Did What Is This? find a new bass player? Fuck no. Why would you find a bass player when you can get a trumpet player? I kid you not, that is exactly what happened. They recruited some funny looking trumpet playing kid from the school band to play bass instead of Strassman. The kid, Michael Balzary, yeeted his trumpet and quickly took to the new instrument and joined the band.
If the name Michael Balzary is not familiar to you, it is because you know him better by his stage name: Flea.
So before he’d left High School, Johannes had no-shit helped to launch the careers of two of the members of RHCP.
After some modest success on the club circuit, What Is This? collapsed. Johannes formed a new band called Walk The Moon. It was here that he met his future wife, singer and keyboard player Natasha Shneider. The two bonded immediately. When Walk The Moon ended, Shneider and Johannes stuck together and formed a new band called Eleven.
Once again, Johannes attracted incredible talent to his band. Midway through the recording of their third album, their drummer, Jack Irons, quit to go work with (get this) Pearl Jam. His replacement in the studio?
Matt Cameron. Matt FUCKING Cameron, the human metronome, who played all the asymmetrical and complex rhythms of Soundgarden (and would, incidentally, go on to be a permanent fixture behind the kit in Pearl Jam too -- the dude is a drumming god.)
So when Eleven started to tour, they were already connected to west coast rock royalty.
Eleven would eventually put out five albums, all with modest success. Though they never hit the big time, they were a much sought after opening act. Through Cameron, Eleven got to tour with Soundgarden in the ‘90s. They also toured with Pearl Jam. They then toured with the newly formed band from the desert, Monarchical Ruling Class From Prehistoric Times. It is pretty safe to say that wherever he went, Johannes was able to make friends and influence people on his journey.
As they had done a bunch of their own recording for their own band’s albums, and had created a home studio called 11AD, both Johannes and Shneider became renowned for their production work. This, coupled with their connections to music, assured them of future projects when Eleven came to an end.
What did the couple replace that band with?
Chris MOTHERFUCKING Cornell.
Because they toured together, Cornell knew and liked Johannes and Shneider. They were part of the production team and are credited artists on his breakout solo record, Euphoria Mourning. Cornell could have chosen anyone to work with; he chose them. That album produced songs like Can’t Change Me and Flutter Girl and the haunting When I’m Down.
That smash hit wasn’t the end of it. Johannes and Shneider also helped to record No Doubt’s Return of Saturn in 2000, that band’s follow up to their smash hit Tragic Kingdom. To be chosen to help with that project was another amazing acknowledgement of their deep connections to the music scene.
Because Eleven had opened for Queens, Johannes and Shneider were invited out to Rancho de la Luna to join in the fun on The Desert Sessions 7&8 in 2001 and then again on 9&10 in 2003. Those recording sessions went so well that Johannes and Shneider were invited to help our favorite band record their breakout 2002 album, Songs for the Deaf. Both Shneider and Johannes are credited on that record.
Even better, Johannes went on to become the band’s bass player and recorded Lullabies to Paralyze in 2005 with them. He and Shneider were part of the band’s touring lineup in support of that album, and Josh specifically acknowledges Johannes in the live recording Over the Years and Through the Woods. And while Johannes would help engineer and mix Era Vulgaris in 2007, Mikey Shoes replaced him on bass for the band.
But that didn’t slow Johannes and Shneider down. They helped write the song Who’s In Control for the godawful Halle Berry movie Catwoman. Johannes joined Brody Dalle (Josh’s future wife) in her post-Distillers band Spinnerette.
In fact, things were going pretty fucking great for Johannes and Shneider until she died of cancer on July 2, 2008.
Not to put to fine a point on it, but that fucking sucked.
Josh would post online about it:
On July 2nd, at 11:11 am, Natasha Shneider passed away. She ended her time in this Life with the style and poetry that she lived all the days previous, crossing over while held in the arms of her closest and dearest. No words can encapsulate the unwavering strength she provided, adversities she overcame, the talents she possessed & nurtured, the sharpness of her wit nor the beautiful complexity of her intellect. We are so thankful for her influence & the gift of her friendship…Now is all we have. May you all make the most of it.
Johannes was a man who had lost his spark, his right hand, his partner. He grieved openly and publicly. But he was also a man with incredible friends who were there for him during his grief. He was drawn into projects like Eagles of Death Metal as a performer. He helped to engineer the Arctic Monkeys album Humbug (the same one Josh produced). He joined the side project Ten Commandos with Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden. And as we all know, he was the touring rhythm guitarist for the incredible super group project Them Crooked Vultures.
Yeah, you can clearly see that our boy Josh took great care of Johannes when he needed it the most. That is no mistake on Josh’s part, and was no doubt greatly appreciated by Johannes.
Our Chilean hero also worked with an absolute all-star list of artists on the Dave Grohl project Sound City. If you recall from this post, the Sound City players included Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Rick Springfield, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac, our hero Josh, John Fogerty, Scott Reeder of Kyuss, Trent Reznor of NIN, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, all the members of Foo Fighters, and SIR PAUL FUCKING MCCARTNEY.
Jesus.
I guess if you tour with John Paul Jones then working with one of The Beatles is within the realm of possibility.
What also needs mentioning is that while he has been an avid and active performer, producer, engineer and contributor to others’ work, Johannes has been an active musician in his own right.
In fact, Johannes’ work has even met ears who may well never know who wrote it. He has been a VERY significant artist for the Ghost Recon series of games (which fittingly take place in South America). Here, the Latin roots of his style poke fully into the sunlight, not unlike how my neighbor Greg's willow tree has sent its roots under my fucking fence.
Greg is a douche. Just saying.
But unlike the whomping-wannabe, Johannes’ work is very welcome. As you'd expect from video game music, it's all instrumental and carries a central tune, designed to play without distracting the player. It's worth a listen. The eponymous track off of Wildlands could stand on its own in any album.
The album Spark, released in 2010, is sadness dressed in bright clothes. In many ways, it’s him working through his emotions - this is not the spark of a firework, but the spark of a lighter in a quiet room. Endless Eyes, the opening track, sets the scene with a high-tempo lament of love lost. Castanets and Chilean vigor guide the listener along a tale of someone who feels that he's being watched by lots of people at once. Return to You is a love song where there's only hope. All the singer can do is hope for the best and put on a happy face. Fortunately, there's a lot of hope to go around.
Speechless drops the up-tempo facade. Slow, vibrating guitar work tells a story of loneliness and lament. Make God Jealous is, in his own words, "a song inside some improv". I can't say much more than give it a listen; he holds nothing back. Spider is a beautiful example of evocative instrumental work; it's easy to picture the small, spindly legs of an arachnid when listening to this piece. Oh yeah, and it's also sad.
Sensing a theme here?
Slow, deliberate notes dominate The Bleeding Whole. This is a song where Johannes flexes his vocal prowess while also depressing the listener. Gentle Ghosts is a return to the up-tempo sadness that this album opened with; it is a song about the desires of a man who has lost much, and is struggling to hold on to the ghosts of what once was. Spark ends in an antithesis to the introductory song; if Endless Eyes is an up-tempo tune about loss, Unfinished Plan is a slow song of acceptance.
Oh, and Unfinished Plan is also the title of his autobiographical movie. It is totally worth your time.
I say this without exaggeration: the story of much of the rock music you know and love has been shaped in part by the contributions of Alain Johannes, and I bet you never knew it.
Links to QOTSA
C’mon, man, don’t be a Greg. You know the connections already.
Their Music
Let It Gnaw - jazzy chorus
Endless Eyes - Live on a Boat
Make God Jealous - a song inside an improvisation
Hallowed Bones
If Morning Comes - praise to the omnipresent floating head of Alain Johannes
Long Slow Goodbye - “This is Mr. Alain Johannes”
A Trick With No Sleeve
Centipede
Dead in Love - Desert Sessions Vol 9: Alain provides vocals, mandolin, and even some flute
Making A Cross - From the Desert Sessions Vol 8. Alain’s back on vocals for this one
You Might Forget - Off of Ten Commandos. A classic Alain Johannes tune with amazing guitar and vocal work.
Aware - From Ten Commandos. A hell of a track with Alain on vocals and guitar.
Them Crooked Vultures Live at Rockpalast 2009 - A full TCV concert, about 90 mins long and 100% worth your time. Alain’s contribution is undeniable, and I mean, everyone else in this band is just dripping with skill, so you can’t go wrong.
Alain Guitar Solo, Them Crooked Vultures (Live) - Exactly what’s on the can. This dude is just an absolute wizard on the guitar.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands - The full soundtrack. Funnily enough, if you go to Chile today, this music plays at full volume in the background at all times.[Citation Needed]
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/Soundgarden
/RedHotChiliPeppers
/FleetwoodMac
/NIN
/beatles
/GhostRecon
….you get the point. This guy has been everywhere.
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