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A week in your favorite firearm dealer's not-so erotic life *or* FC's tale of two grandmas! 9/18/2020

2020.09.19 04:19 fcatthepanerabread A week in your favorite firearm dealer's not-so erotic life *or* FC's tale of two grandmas! 9/18/2020

Friday 9/11/2020 to Friday 9/18/2020
I won't do the play by play. It's more fun to just amalgamate the highlight reel of the week.
Emails!
Subject: Sig P226
Message: Will trade for RAS-47?
FC: Sure. What do you propose?
I have a century arms RAS47 that has 30 total rounds through it. Magpul furnishing blk on blk.
FC: Right, you told me that earlier. Shipped or picked up? What value do you put on your trade?
Meet in person I’m in Lafayette. Value 900-1000.
FC: Okay, so I'm supposed to give you asking price for what reason? I have to resell that gun, so I'm supposed to buy it from you for $900 and sell it again for $800?
I was looking for a straight trade so you’d only have to sell it for what your asking for the Sig, or more if you're good at your job. AK's are definitely a hotter demand item right now. I’d prefer if you could text me (number)
(Editors note: FC does not text. Only drug dealers do business via text message.)
FC: Let me get this right. You want a straight trade so I only have to sell it for what I'm asking for the Sig. I have to do the work of selling two guns so I can make the same money?
You can sell an AK for more then the Sig in the current market. I’m just stating how easy it is for you to break even worse case scenario.
FC: There's a lot of gun guys in the breaking even business. I'm not one of them. Plus, if it's so easy to sell an AK, why don't you sell it and bring me cash?
It’s a trade so your only selling one anyways. Plus all will sell a lot faster... I’m not a dealer I don’t have people walking in looking for guns. Whatever easy sale and flip for ya but your loss bud
FC: Selling an Sig 9mm plus selling an AK is two guns. You must have gotten that common core math. I'll tell you what. You think it will sell fast? Bring it over here and leave it with me. I'll tag it and put it out at $1200 and when it sells, I'll have a 226 ready for you.
(No response)
Subject: Sig P220 on Gunbroker
Message: your ad says $1200 with CCL. arkansas ccl is reciprical with louisiana will you honor that?
FC: Picking up in person? No. Reciprocal for carry not for anything else like NICS exemption.
are you a federal firearms dealer ?
FC: No I am not.
(Editors note: I'm a manufacturer)
if i can l can legally hold own and carry any firearm concealed on my body or in my vehicle , then the rest is just cash exchange between to citizens , i can legally have own and carry the p938 , there is nothing not legal , we cN do a orivate bill of sale photograph my dl and ccl incase soneonencommits a crime , i can have a truck full of guns all legal, i just have to do the background check again to be able to pick up at an ffl , nit requred to register or anything like that
(Editors note: I delete the message)
Subject: Glock 17 Gen 5 MOS $775
Message: Is that price for real?
FC: No, that's wrong. I'll fix it right now.
(I change it to $875 on the website)
LOL o shit he raised it another $100, sorry man that petty ass shit doesn’t bother me. Honestly it just makes u look like a fucking joke. You’re the problem with dealers, it’s hard to find glocks this month so let’s jack the price up $300 and try to rob someone that doesn’t know shit about guns. Adam Kennedy FF/PM (name of his fire department and department phone number, sent from his department email)
(I google his name and email. He's got a low serial number HK Mark 23 for sale for top dollar.)
FC: I sold 10 at the gun shows for top dollar, this is my last one. Nobody's getting stock. If you want a $625-650 gun, I've got plenty of those but Glocks are selling for top dollar and then some right now. For instance, if you had a low serial number Mark 23 with everything that nobody could get - wouldn't you want top dollar for it too?
I had a mk23 preban with original woodland operators bag, and original Wilcox attachments (well all but the IR) and I put it on the forums. I let people out bid themselves not post it for an absurd amount/hundreds above MSRP just because they are hard to find. The point is I’ve been in guns since around 2012, met some really genuine people and what sets that site apart is people seem to have a mutual respect for each other. I understand that you have a business and have to make a profit but if you can’t separate the two and not price gouge the absolute fuck out of very common items just because you feel you can. Then maybe that site isn’t the best place for you, 95% of the people on that site are individuals and when a business comes along and does that it’s a slap in the face.
FC: So, you accept that you want top dollar because your merchandise is hard to find and are willing to accept the fact that the harder something is to find - the more people are willing to pay for it. You do it, and it's okay. I do it and I'm trying to rob someone? That's called moving the goalposts where I come from. Like it or don't like it, check gunbroker and all the other dealers - everyone's getting top dollar. I just did a show last week where I was $975 on Gen 5 19's, $775 on 43X's and $700+ on all gen 3 guns. The dealer across the aisle from me had Gen 5 34's at $1000. We're in business to make money, and people are willing to pay these prices because they're so hard to find.
How do I accept that?? When I sold the mk23 I posted it for a set very fair price, people offered me more because they wanted it. And top dollar would be MSRP or close to, top dollar is NOT hundreds above MSRP. Let me ask you this, does Glock charge you more (the dealer) because they are selling a shit load of them and they are “hard to find??” Does what you pay for glocks as a FFL change as drastically as the prices you are charging based off the market?
FC: You wanted, and got as much money for your rare hard to find product as you could? That's called getting top dollar! The new ford bronco is going to sell for above MSRP. For THOUSANDS more. are you going to call Ford and complain about that? Of course not.H Hundreds above MSRP is what guns are selling for right now. If you had some for sale, are you telling me you'd sell them for hundreds less than you could? I have not gotten a wholesale gun in stock in months, I have been buying guns at retail to resell. Glock does not set prices and distributors have nothing to sell me - so your question is entirely ridiculous. Do you remember the last time around 7 or 8 years ago when Colt 6920's were $2500 and SCAR 17's were $5000? That was nowhere near MSRP and I didn't hear anyone complaining. Since you don't seem to like it at all, I suggest you leave public sector employment and try to run a business and pay the bills with no product coming in wholesale.
(Editors note: FC used to be a public servant. FC used to work in the fire department. FC knows that you can get in deep shit for sending profanity laced emails on city email account with email signature. I forward the email to his department chief with a polite message tactfully reminding him that all emails sent to a city email are preserved as public records.)
Subject: Noveske lower
Message: Would you be willing to do a one for one trade? I have a NIB Anderson lower. I’m specifically looking for one of a few specific brands of lower and Noveske happens to be one.
FC: So I'm supposed to trade you even up and sell an anderson for more money? BTW. CTD got lowers back in this morning. They're andersons and they want $199 for them but I don't think I'm going to be able to get that price.
(No response)
Phone calls!
A: Guy wants a folding bracestock. I ask him if he wants a brace or a stock. He does not know the difference. I ask him if he's building an SBR. He says he's building an SBR, specifically an SBA3. I die a little inside.
B: Guy calls looking for 100 rds of 38 special for his colt python. Drives up in his tesla and hands me a ritz calrton titanium black card. $75/100 okay? No problem. He asks if I have any more at that price. I tell him as much as he wants.
C: Endless calls for 9mm and 380 ammo.
D: Guy calls me asking for a Glock 43X. He comes in and looks. I tell him $775 as he's holding an Amex. I say I'll do better for cash. $775 out the door. He says deal. Comes back the next week with $575 cash and I look at him funny. I paid $550 for the gun retail but he owns the Chickfila 20 miles up the road and gives me a stack of be our guest chicken sandwich coupons. I begrudgingly accept.
E: Lady calls me she's headed to the range in a few hours. She needs 500 rds of 40S&W and some 380.
Me: I got it. 500 rounds of 40 - $350
1: $350?
Me: $350.
1: No, no no!
Me: Yes, yes, yes.
1: It can't be $350! That's $350! That just can't be!
Me: Welcome to 2020
1: Well the 380 ammo is cheaper right?
Me: Not really. You're looking at $65 a box.
1: No, no no!
Me: Nobody's got ammo right now and we're getting top dollar. That's the price, feel free to shop around.
She never calls me back.
F: Guy calls me asking about my Federal 115gr 9mm. Cheapest on Ammoseek is $57 a box. I don't want to be that high so I price it at $55/box. He says how much for the case. I tell him 55 times 20. He's bad at math so I tell him that's $1100 for it all. He calls me an asshole. I tell him everyone's asking me to get 9mm ammo so I'm buying it retail and marking it up. He tells me not to buy it at retail and hangs up on me.
G: The gun club president calls me. the club needs a new 5.56 upper. I ask why. Someone shot 300 blackout through the old one and destroyed it. I tell them I don't have any uppers. I have complete rifles. Cheapest is $900 for an S&W sport M&P. I can hear his jaw dropping.
There's other miscellany but you get the gist of it.
NOW here's the meat and potatoes you've wanted! The tale of the gun show!
Friday 9/11/2020
I take inventory. I'm down to about 350 guns in stock and I pack as much as I can and get it ready for the show. I've got some Sigs left, a handful of Glock and a mishmash of everything else. I head to bed early knowing full well the next show will be a good one. I bought a bunch of Glock 43X's retail.
Saturday 9/12/2020
I pull chocks at 615AM. This show is about an hour down the road from my house, the last time I was there I sold nothing all weekend, broke my oakleys and vowed never to return.
This time is gonna be different, I said to myself.
At 7AM I walk in and I start loading into the show. It's a small venue in the middle of MAGA country. Everyone wearing red hats and trump train shirts.
In a few hours the doors will open and we are off to the races. I will do hour blocks instead of my previous play by play for simplicity.
9AM: Slow start, the show is spread out across TWO buildings so they route people into the other side and it takes them about 30 minutes to make their way into the big room. First sale of the day is my last Sig 365. For $700. It takes an hour and a half to get his background check back.
10AM: Guy points at an FNS 40C and wants a deal. I make him a deal at $525 cash out the door. He says he'll come back and think about it a bit.
I sell a shield for $500.
I sell a Glock 43X for $775.
I sell a Glock 43 for $700.
For some reason everyone is calling me Daniel. It takes me an hour to realize it's because I'm wearing a gray Daniel Defense polo.
11AM: FNS40 guy is back. He says it's a deal. I hand him a clipboard. he hands me an already filled out 4473 like another dealer rejected his sale. It's folded over on the long side and I tell him to fill out my form in front of me.
10 minutes later he hands me the pre filled out folded form thinking that I'm stupid.
You gotta be shitting me. I park his ass in a chair hand him a pen and tell him to start writing.
He fills it out. I enter in his background check and it does not come back right away. He gets antsy.
12PM: FNS 40 guy wants his money back. I refund it and keep $100 for me. I grab my tablet and someone has swiped right on my bumble. We begin chatting and I ask her if she wants to go to dinner. She's a little older, in her 40's and works for a bank. What the hell, why not.
Someone asks me what it takes to suppress his beretta 92. I tell him he needs a threaded barrel. They run $250. Someone overhears me and brings by his S&W 5906 and expects me to get a threaded barrel for $250.
Guy asks me to bring the threaded barrel tomorrow. I say sure.
1PM: Lady comes by and asks me if I have any 5.7's. She's on the phone reading down my inventory. I ask her if the gun is for her or her friend. She says for her. I show her the 5.7 on the table and roll my eyes a bit.
2PM: 5.7 lady comes by with her butch lesbian lover. She tells me its a deal and I hand her the clipboard. She fills everything out with lots of errors. I get her background check in and I tell her $1375
Her jaw drops. She was looking at the FNS 9mm for $575 next to it and didn't think that 5.7 pistols were $1375. She coughs reeking of weed. I void the sale.
Guy walks up asking me for 70% silencers. I just laugh.
3PM: Another guy comes over asking me if I got a 5.7. I tell him yes. He says he's got $1000 right now for a 5.7. I tell him I'll take $1000 as a down payment. He laughs and is adamant that I take this $1000 for a 5.7 tagged at $1375.
I ask him if he's got cash and all his ID and everything. He's on the phone it's actually for a friend of his. I ask him if his friend can get here before the show closes at 5. His friend has no CWL so his wife has to buy it but he's going to pay for it.
This guy is barking up the wrong tree. I go back and help someone else. He's looking at a Springfield XD I've brought and asks me if I'm making any deals. I tell him we're not doing a lot of discounting at the show. He shrugs and says he tried.
Another guy asks me for a Glock 43X. I walk him over to the stack and show him the tag at $775. He scoffs at me and walks away.
4PM: Show starts slowing down. I write up a Sig P238 Tribal and a P938 BRG for some customers at $700 each. I write up a S&W M&P15 sport for $900 as my last sale of the day. The lady was super nice and understanding when I pointed out the errors on her 4473.
5PM: Time to go home! I dump off some transfers to another dealer and hit the road. It's an hour to get back home.
6PM: I take a shower, shave and get to the restaurant for dinner.
7PM: I'm at the restaurant waiting at the table and I discover that the woman that said she was in her 40's is actually a 58 year old grandma of 2. Someone shoot me. She says she's not that hungry and proceeds to order soup, salad, a martini, an espresso and dessert. She's ordered $65 in F&B to my $35 steak. This was a complete waste of an evening.
My depression worsens and not even a bowl of mint chocolate chip can break me out of this funk. My will to live is eroding by the minute. I fall asleep at midnight and set my alarm for 747AM. I make a mental note to move up my therapist.
Sunday August 16th
747AM. Wake up, take a swig of orange juice and run down to the deli and grab a sandwich and get down to the show. I grab a threaded barrel for a Beretta 92 on my way down. Note: The guy never shows up for that barre.
10AM: Get to the show and uncover my tables and get cranking. It's a slow start to the day. My first sale is a Springfield XD. The show goes on and I write up an FNS for someone. The customer writes the check out payable to HK NO COMPROMISE.
I look at them confused.
FC: Why is this check made out to HK?
1: That's what it says on your shirt, HK NO COMPROMISE - that's the name of your company, right?
FC: sigh
11AM: Guy wants a can without a tax stamp. 5
12PM: Someone walks over. Points at my stack of silencers
1: I can't pick one of those up here!
FC: You got two arms don't you?
1: I mean I can't buy one here!
FC: If you got money you can buy one!
1: You're a real smartass you know that!
FC: Beats being a dumbass!
The peanut gallery laughs at our exchange.
1PM: Guy wants to buy a Walther P22. Fills out the front sheet of the 4473. Satisfied with his answer, he turns the page along the perforation, rips it off and proudly hands the top sheet to me.
I die a little bit inside.
2PM: 7 different husband/wife combos ask me for shield EZ pistols. I write up my last M&P 15 sport I brought to the show for $900. It's a good day! I debated bringing another but I figured selling two for the weekend would be plenty.
3PM: The lady that bought that S&W M&P15 yesterday? She wants another one. I have three left on the shelf. I take her money and tell her I'll meet her at the show next week and she says no problem and does all her paperwork. u/throwawayfire343 's coronavirus infected ass shows up and needles me on a gun.
1: How much do you want for this $150 gun?
FC: About 350
1: really
FC: Gimme $200 and fill the goddamn form right
1: deal!
I take his money and wrap up a few other folks and get ready to pack up and head home. He does the form right much to my chagrin.
4PM: Show is closed. I start packing up. I snag 500 rds of 9mm off the dealer across the show. He started with a full pallet. Most of it is gone. Price? $500/thousand. I am packed up and on the road in a little under an hour.
5PM: Homeward bound........I wish I was........HOMEWARD BOUND..............
I hit the truck stop for some diesel and a cold fountain drink.
630PM: I get back to my desk and dump off a fucking STACK of 4473's. I make a bank drop for the cash and I unload and head back home. I'm starving, I go grocery shopping and grab some comestibles. I cook myself dinner and head home.
Monday September 14th
10AM: My back is out and my depression is worse than ever. I don't know what hurts more, my back or my brain. I head in and get my 4473's worked on from the show.
11AM: Guy asks me to get some 9mm ammo for him held until after work. No problem. He says he'll be here at 445 after he gets out off at 430. He works around the corner.
12PM: Lunchtime. It's Chicken Bacon Ranch day at the market. I'm starving. I grab my keys and get ready to leave when I get a call from a lady from the gun club. She wants one of my last Sig 938's. I tell her to come by, I'll delay lunch for her.
1PM: Laura shows up and spends 45 minutes with me trying to decide on which 938 she wants. She has no intention of shooting this gun she just wants one in case antifa shows up. She leaves and says she will come back in 45 minutes. Great, I can go to lunch now.
2PM: It try to go to lunch. I am not successful. Laura calls me asking me more questions and tells me she has another friend wanting the same gun. I tell her I will put my lunch on hold and she can come on by.
She and her friend debate Sig 938's for a while and each of them buy a gun. I got a twofer! Woo! This calls for a celebration called lunch.
3PM: I get a call from a semi regular. This guy buys a gun or two a year. He's getting his concealed license and does not want the government to know he's buying guns. So he's sending his wife in to do the 4473 for his birthday present, a Wilson CQB 1911 they've purchased off gunbroker. I tell him great, send her over and I'll get her paperwork done. I get ready to go to lunch. The phone rings, Laura and her friend want more of my time. Fine. I will put my lunch on hold. Come on over.
4PM: Laura and her friend come over and Laura suggests that I give each of them a few Sig 938 7 rd pinky extension mags for free since they just bought two guns. I look at them in great pain.
Women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. I'm sorta in a woman hating mood after this week but I don't want to take it out on them. I explain politely that NOBODY is getting free goods right now. if you want mags, I have three left. They spent 25 minutes arguing with me and then they decide to buy all three mags. Great. Terrific. I'm going to lunch now. Your business is appreciated now GTFO. The guy that wanted me to reserve 9mm ammo for him? Yeah he no showed.
5PM: Beef jerky lunch time. I get my keys and get ready to walk out the door. The wife of Wilson Combat buyer is running errands and can be over here. Sure, come on down. I'll be here. She does all her paperwork and we talk for 2 hours about how autistic you all say I am and how not autistic she says I am. Nice lady. She brought me gummy bears. I tell her I am clearly on the spectrum because I behave and think exactly like her autistic son. She fails to believe me.
7PM: I can finally go have lunch! I go to the Olive Garden for lunch.
815PM: I get home from the OG. This is not going well. My colon does not like the pasta and breadsticks. I spend the next hour and a half making three trips to the throne. This fucking week. And it's only sunday. God damn.
I take a tylenol PM and sleep it off.
Tuesday September 15th
10AM: I get in and start catching up on vendor calls and paperwork.
11AM: UPS rolls in with a wilson and some piece of shit suppressor from some company. I call Lisa and tell her that the package is here and she can pick it up anytime. She says she will be right over.
12PM: Lisa gets her gun and thanks me with some things she got at walgreens. Red hots, and pens. I laugh. I tell her it's fine. She's confused. Her autistic son always liked Red Hots and pens.
1PM: I swing over to the deli and it's Monday. They have hot browns today. I love a hot brown. I grab one and check in on facebook telling the world of my discovery. So many great job poopin memes and comments ensue.
2PM: I call the guy who's got the el cheapo 556 can. He's pissed. That can was supposed to be sent to another dealer across town. I tell him his options.
A: I can do his form 4 and charge him my hourly.
B: I can ship it back to the vendor and charge him my hourly.
C: I can ship it to the dealer across town and charge him my hourly.
He's PISSED and tells me to do the forms for him. I tell him email me all the info and I'll get it done. I get an email in GMAIL CONFIDENTIAL MODE.
What's CONFIDENTIAL MODE? It's a self destructing email you can't reply to, forward or cut and paste from - which makes this useless since I have to cut and paste all the info he's given me. I tell him I need the data in a different format. He yells at me about PII and stuff and I offer to do the form 4 in front of him. He relents and emails me what I need. It's missing a birthday. No biggie. I email him a draft and he says it looks lfine.
3PM: The guy comes by and he's pissed at the vendor and takes it out on me. I tell him if he does not want to do the forms from me, I can send it to the dealer across town. He's mad as hell and I've discounted my rate to $100 as a goodwill gesture.
1: You're charging me $100?
FC: Yes
1: But you're not doing anything.
FC: Here's the checklist.
1: The other place did my photos, fingerprints and everything and charged me $100.
FC: Great. I'm not spending $8000 on a fingerprint scanner to make it back $100 at a time.
1: So you're not doing anything.
FC: I did these forms correctly as you asked.
1: But you didn't even do my fingerprints! Or my passport photos! What the hell am I paying you for?
FC: Why'd they send the item here/
1: Hell if I know! You should call them and find out!
FC: You want me to call them?
1: Well you dealers have a special phone number and email. They won't answer my calls or my emails.
FC: What makes you think they're going to answer mine?
1: You're a dealer! You have a special back office phone number to reach them that I don't have, right?
FC: Are you kidding me?
1: No! You all have that special communication system that the public has no access to!
FC: Gimme your $100 and get these forms reviewed, I've got another customer to help in a bit.
1: You mean I gotta mail it out too! The other place did that for me!
FC: You want me to mail it? I'll mail it. Get the prints done, get the photos taken and get the form filled out and I'll mail it.
1: The other place answered all the questions for me!
FC: I. DON'T. CARE.
1: I am really upset about all this you're charging me the same money and you're doing no work!
FC: You want this can?
1: Yeah
FC: Then follow my instructions.
He pulls out three credit cards with damaged magnetic stripes that won't work. I manually key the card and I'm now working for $96.50 dealing with the biggest pain in the ass I've seen since operation machinegun salvage in 2019.
4PM: I have to go to fedex to drop off today's orders. 1000 rds of 22 leave the building for $189.48. A bunch of mags to the west coast and a Sig P220 are leaving.
5PM: Make it to Fedex where I say hi to Cathy and the gang. I swing by the market on the way home and grab some shredded romaine and a thin cut top sirloin.
545PM: Now I told you this story was a tale of TWO grandmas. Here's the second. I get a call from my attorney buddy Eddie, my partner at the consulting company. He got a call from a lady needing help with some ATF Forms. He knew it wasn't his area of expertise and wanted to know if I could do it. I said send the details my way. He tells me it's an older lady and to expect an email. Moments later I get an email from him.
Subject: Forms for Karen Witherspoon
Message: Will, attached is ATF correspondence from ATF to Karen, I think you can fix this. Thanks!
I look at the attachment.
NOTICE OF TAKING DEPOSITION DUCES TECUM - State of Louisiana vs Billy Bob Ray Thibodeaux
FC: Eddie, I got your deposition notice not the ATF forms
Eddie: Whoops
FC: If that's the worst thing that happens this week it's not a bad week.
Eddie: She knows you're charging her I didn't give her a price.
FC: Lemme look at it and see what we got.
6PM: I call Karen and ask her some details. Her husband was a former licensee/SOT and left a machinegun behind when he died. She did ATF Form 5 and got some errors and needs help fixing it. Just as I'm on the phone with her Eddie emails me the packet.
It's bad and riddled with errors. Out of 20 fields that all need to be filled out correctly, 12 are wrong. And not a little wrong. A LOT wrong.
I won't get into it here but I might in a separate post.
ATF wants the forms back at their facility in 30 days. The mailing date was 2 weeks ago. Which means these forms need to be corrected RIGHT THE FUCK NOW and sent out. Oh and she's got no fingerprint cards.
I tell her that I can drop everything I'm doing this evening, go over everything with a fine tooth comb and have this done in a few hours and I can drop them off tomorrow. She says if I can make a house call that would be good since she has furniture movers coming to empty their house in the morning. I tell her no problem. $350 and I'll see her tomorrow.
I run down all the forms and fix everything. I do a public records search and pull court filings for the probate and print them off and enclose them as ATF requested.
$350 for basically an hour's worth of work isn't bad. There's a steak/bottle of wine split for Eddie in there since it was his lead.
8PM: I call Karen back and tell her I've got everything done but ATF needs a copy of the will. She says she has it. I got everything else they asked off the clerk's website. She's super impressed. I tell her there's a reason Eddie called me.
9PM: Time to cook dinner. My phone is about to die. Just as I plug it in I get a call from u/fat_italian_stallion
He NEVER calls me unless something's up.
We had a quick chat over the weekend at the gun show that went something like this
FC: So that's how I got catfished by a grandma on bumble
FIS: LOL that is epic bad. I'm in New Orleans for a week on vacation with the gf
FC: The psycho one?
FIS: You know it.
FC: If you need bail money let me know
FIS: I just might!
That was Sunday morning. It's tuesday night. My phone dies as I try talking to him. I switch to my landline and call him.
FC: What up?
FIS: I need a solid
FC: How bad is it this time?
FIS: Can I sleep at your house tonight? She went nuts again and attacked me.
FC: I told you not to get invovled with her didn't I?
FIS: She's hot!
FC: You know I'm like 3 hours away from you right?
FIS: Yeah I got a half tank of gas.
FC: Go fill it, here's the address. See you around midnight. You hungry?
FIS: Starving.
FC: I was getting ready to fix dinner. I'll see you at midnight. Get here when you get here.
9PM-1145PM: I fix up the guest suite and prepare dinner. I run to the Target near my house since they close at 10 and grab a few more things. I get back just before 10 and I prepare to fire up the grill and get a steak going, salad and a fresh ravioli dish drowned in Rao's tomato basil sauce is on the menu. Steak hits the fire at 1130 and is resting by 1145. I plate everything and have it on the table at midnight.
1145PM: I get some spare towels and hotel soaps and shampoos. I head out to the driveway and turn on all my lights and leave the garage door open. I set a lawn chair up and crack open a large bag of boom chicka pop poprcorn and await the arrival of one u/fat_italian_stallion
1204AM: u/fat_italian_stallion rolls up. I've got guns and roses "Used to love her" playing on the ipad
FC: sup?
FIS: Long day.
FC: Dinner's on the table. Lets eat.
Wednesday September 16th
We eat and go to sleep. fat_italian_stallion does not know I have slid my spare ipad into the guest suite on the nightstand.
Did you know you can set an alarm on an ipad to instead of making a noise to play a song?
757AM: The ipad alarm wakes up fat_italian_stallion. The song? A little band called Confederate Railroad blasting "I like my women a little on the trashy side." He'll have to tell you the rest of the story.
9AM: I chat with fat italian and we chat a bit skipping breakfast. He has decided to leave this godforsaken state and put some miles between him and the psycho. I don't blame him one bit.
10AM: Breakfast! I throw on a charcoal canali and hit the chickfila drive thru for some breakfast chicken biscuits. I head to my desk and get some paperwork and some calls done.
11AM: I get a call from my attorney buddy Sam. He wants to know how many laws his client who has sent in a Form 1 and not notified the CLEO has broken. I explain I was just having that debate with someone on the internet! It's not a big deal but still kinda a big deal. Our consensus is that it's not count one on the indictment but it could be count five or six.
12PM: Lunchtime. I'm not hungry so I skip lunch. I head to meet with the grandma with the MG and I go over all her new forms that she needs to get fixed with fingeprint cards and my notes. She's super appreciative and gives me $350 in cash. She can't find the will. I call her attorney that I know and he's not picking up. I tell her see if she can get an original copy of the will from the clerks office or from the attorneys office, they normally have a copy.
I ask her what plans she has for the gun. I mean, what's a grandma supposed to do with a registered Colt M16?
All her husbands friends wanted it and they all offered her the same amount so she didn't need it and decided to sell it. She's taking the $5000 she's getting and going on an Alaskan cruise with the grandkids after the world calms down. I shrug. She should have called me.
2PM: Back at my desk, I call the judge's chambers that's doing the probate. Judge Smith LOVES the 308 that I got him a few years ago and is super pleased with my services since he didn't tell the wife about his purchase and I had just gotten a damaged case of 308 PMC Bronze that I made him a hell of a deal on that UPS wrote off. I tell the JA that ATF probably isn't going to call but in case they do just be ready. She's super glad that I told her ahead of time so she can be ready.
Judge Smith is retiring in a few months and he's got some time in the schedule so she patches me through and we catch up for a little bit. I am told that they're going to try to do a COVID compliant socially distanced retirement disrobing party but it's all up in the air. I say if you all need someone to bring potato salad to let me know. As a stalwart of the legal community for many years, lots of folks know the judge so it's well deserved after 20+ years on the bench. As I am also well known in the legal communty the least I can do is show up with a bottle of red for the guy that's signed hundreds of form 4's for me over the years.
3PM: I ship out a few more pistols and sell an M1A scout squad to a guy in California. Not a bad day.
4PM: I'm done for this week. Between the gun show and getting catfished and everything I've earned some time off. I think I'm gonna take the rest of the week off. The phone rings and a guy wants some 9mm ammo. I sell him 500 rds at $375 plus shipping.
Thursday September 17th to Friday September 18th: I wrote this for you all to read.
PS - and this is how you do a "week in the life" thread, you fucking imposter. https://www.reddit.com/guns/comments/i759qj/a_week_in_the_life_of_your_favorite_firearm/
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2020.09.18 18:22 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 2 - Los Angeles Rams (1-0) at Philadelphia Eagles(0-1)

Los Angeles Rams (1-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)
The 2020 Philadelphia Eagles season didn’t have the start they were looking for week 1 as they opened the season without their starting LT, RT, RG, RB, DT and WR and struggled against the Washington Football team to open their season with a loss. Luckily they will get two of those starters back this week in running back Miles Sanders and RT Lane Johnson. Both will be welcome additions as the Eagles struggled to block anyone against the Football Team both on the line and from the running back position. Additionally, getting a running game going will greatly help slow the pass rush which will be impressive as the Rams posted one of the best pressure rates last week led by All-Pro Aaron Donald. Hopefully Doug Pederson learns from his mistakes of last week and gets Carson moving with some designed rollouts and mixes up his play-calling more to establish the run. If Doug tries to do the same thing as last week it will be a long day for Carson and Donald will feast. On the other side of the ball, Schwartz had Slay follow McLaurin last week and it worked as Slay shut McLaurin down, but that is more difficult this week as the Rams have two talented receivers in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. The Eagles will need to see how Maddox holds up on the outside with a bigger challenge this week. With the struggles of the Eagles offense and their injuries on that side of the ball, the Eagles will need their defenses to limit the quick scoring Rams offense or it will be a long day. Should be a good test for the Eagles to rebound after falling flat out of the gate last week. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10L00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 62°F
Feels Like: 62°F
Forecast: Clear. Clear throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 0%
Wind: Northeast 10 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Even
OveUnder: 45.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 0-1, Los Angeles 0-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Monday’s game to a national audience. Kevin Kugler will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Spielman will provide analysis. Laura Okmin will report from the sideline.
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Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Rams Radio
Rams Radio J.B. Long will handle the play-by-play duties and former pro bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew will provide analysis. D'Marco Farr will report from the sidelines.
National Radio
N/A
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Rams Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 98 (Streaming 825) SIRI 156 (Streaming 818)
XM Radio XM 231 (Streaming 825) (Streaming 818)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 231 (Streaming 825) SXM 386 (Streaming 818)
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Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Football Team 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 27 17 +10 1W
Eagles 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 17 27 -10 1L
Cowboys 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 17 20 -3 1L
Giants 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 16 26 -10 1L
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the Los Angeles Rams (Philadelphia Eagles lead series, 22-19-1)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 21, 1937 at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA. Cleveland Rams 21 Philadelphia Eagles 3
Points Leader
Philadelphia Eagles lead the Los Angeles Rams (843-842)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-0 against the Rams
Sean McVay: 0-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Sean McVay: Pederson leads 2-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Rams: 1-0
Jared Goff: Against Eagles: 0-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Jared Goff: Wentz leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Rams: 2-0
Record @ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Rams lead Eagles 5-4-1
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 21 - Rams No. 09
Record
Eagles: 0-1
Rams: 1-0
Last Meeting
Sunday, December 12th, 2018
Eagles 30 - Rams 23
Nick Foles filled in for the injured Carson Wentz, taking up his spot under center after three months without game action. Foles promptly recaptured the magic, passing for 270 yards and confidently leading the Eagles to a 30-23 win over the Rams on Sunday night with plenty of help from his defense and his playmakers. Foles got plenty of help from his running game as Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns and rookie Josh Adams ran for another score as the Eagles (7-7) kept their playoff hopes quite viable with a gritty victory over the Rams (11-3), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay's tenure.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday December 10th, 2017
Eagles 43 - Rams 35
Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury and Jake Elliott kicked the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 3:45 left for the Philadelphia Eagles, who beat the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 in a thriller Sunday to clinch the NFC East title.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/16/18 Eagles Rams 30-23
12/10/17 Eagles Rams 43-35
10/05/14 Eagles Rams 34-28
09/11/11 Eagles Rams 31-13
09/07/08 Eagles Rams 38-3
12/18/05 Eagles Rams 17-16
12/27/04 Rams Eagles 20-7
12/01/02 Eagles Rams 10-3
01/27/02 Rams Eagles 29-24
09/09/01 Rams Eagles 20-17
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Rams Rams
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 2 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Rams Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 34 42 57.1% 270 2 3 72.5
Goff 20 31 64.5% 275 0 1 79.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Scott 9 35 35 3.9 0
Brown 18 79 79.9 4.4 2
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Goedert 8 101 101 12.6 1
Woods 6 105 105.0 17.5 0
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Sweat 1 3
Donald/Floyd/Brockers 1.0 3
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 10 5 5 0.0
Fuller 8 5 3 0.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
N/A 0 0
N/A 0 0
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 5 268 62 53.6 50.2 3 0 0
Hekker 3 142 58 47.3 40.7 2 0 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 2 1 50.0% 38 2/2
Sloman 3 2 66.6% 35 2/2
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
NA 0 0 0 0 0
Webster 1 20.0 20.0 40 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Raegor 2 6 3.0 6 0 2
N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Rams Stat Rams Rank
Total Offense 265.0 29th 422.0 5th
Rush Offense 57.0 30th 153.0 6th
Pass Offense 208.0 T-21st 269.0 8th
Points Per Game 17.0 T-23rd 20.0 T-19th
3rd-Down Offense 35.7% 23rd 52.9 8th
4th-Down Offense 0.0% T-17th 100.0 T-1st
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 50.0% T-18th 40.0% T-25th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Rams Stat Rams Rank
Total Defense 239.0 1st 380.0 22nd
Rush Defense 80.0 5th 136.0 22nd
Pass Defense 159.0 3rd 244.0 20th
Points Per Game 27.0 T-21st 17.0 T-8th
3rd-Down Defense 27.8% 5th 25.0% T-3rd
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-19th 33.3% T-17th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 75.0% T-20th 50.0% T-9th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Rams Stat Rams Rank
Turnover Diff. -3 31st -1 T-19th
Penalties Per Game 3.0 T-2nd 5.0 T-8th
Penalty Yards Per Game 20.0 T-2nd 34.0 6th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - In a near-reversal of the previous season's opener, the Eagles scored the first 17 points, only for the Washington Football Team to then shut their offense out for the remainder of the afternoon. Meanwhile, Washington's offense scored 27 unanswered points, and the defense sacked Carson Wentz eight times, recorded two interceptions, and forced three fumbles. With the loss, Philadelphia's six-game winning streak against Washington was snapped dating back to Week 14 of the 2016 season, and the Eagles lost the first game of the season since 2015.
Rams - Playing their first game ever in their brand-new home at SoFi Stadium, the Rams held off the Cowboys in a close battle of NFC contenders. Receiving the opening kickoff (from former Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein), Los Angeles drove 75 yards in seven plays, with Malcolm Brown scoring the new stadium's first touchdown on a 1-yard run. Rookie kicker Samuel Sloman missed on his first field goal attempt, a 29-yard try that bounced off the left upright near the end of the first quarter, but later was successful on field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the second quarter. However, Dallas took a 14-13 halftime lead as Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scored on both a touchdown run and a touchdown reception. The Rams reclaimed the lead as Malcolm Brown (who finished with a team-high 18 rushes for 79 yards) scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run midway through the third quarter to put Los Angeles ahead 20-14. Zuerlein converted a 33-yard field goal late in the third quarter, but it would be as close as the Cowboys would get. Rookie safety Jordan Fuller led the Rams with eight total tackles, including a key tackle of Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb on a fourth-and-3 play at the Rams' 9-yard line, just one yard short of a first down to kill a Dallas scoring drive.
Connections
Rams QB Jared Goff and Eagles QB Carson Wentz were selected 1st and 2nd in the 2016 NFL draft after both teams traded up.
Eagles S Rodney McLeod played for the Rams from 2012-16.
Eagles CB Nickell Robey-Coleman played for the Rams from 2017-19.
Eagles LB coach Ken Fajole was defensive coordinator of the Rams for three seasons from 2009−2011.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz went to Stanford (2009-13) and is from Orange County, CA.
Eagles Director of Sports Performance Ted Rath worked for the Rams from 2017-2019 as their Strength and Conditioning Coach (2017) and Director of Strength Training and Performance (2018-2019).
Eagles Special assistant to the general manager Connor Barwin played for the Rams in 2018.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Rams
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) DT Aaron Donald (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) CB Jalen Ramsey
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lovato (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
General
Referee: Brad Allen
Philadelphia has produced a 22-19-1 (.536) record in the all-time series vs. Los Angeles. The Eagles own a 6-game winning streak against the Rams, scoring 30+ points in 5 straight contests.
Philadelphia is 15-8 (.652) in home games vs. Los Angeles, with victories in each of the last 2 such meetings (last: W, 34-28 on 10/5/14 at Lincoln Financial Field).
The Eagles are 23-9 (.719) at home in the regular season under head coach Doug Pederson, which marks the 5th-best home winning percentage in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New En-gland (.818, 27-6), Baltimore (.758, 25-8), Kansas City (.758, 25-8) and New Orleans (.727, 24-9).
Philadelphia has captured all 4 of its home openers with Doug Pederson at the helm (since 2016). Pederson is one of only two head coaches in Eagles history to win each of their first 4 home openers with the team, joining Joe Kuharich (1964-67).
In Week 1 at Washington, Philadelphia allowed only 239 total yards (80 rushing, 5th; 159 passing, 3rd), which were the fewest by any defense in the NFL during kickoff weekend. The Eagles limited Washington to just 27.8% (5-of-18) on third downs, which was also the 5th-best mark in the league.
Draft Picks
Eagles Rams
WR Jalen Raegor RB Cam Akers
QB Jalen Hurts WR Van Jefferson
LB Davion Taylor OLB Terrell Lewis
S K’Von Wallace S Terrel Burgess
OT Jack Driscoll TE Brycen Hopkins
WR John Hightower S Jordan Fuller
LB Shaun Bradley LB Clay Johnston
WR Quez Watkins K Sam Sloman
OT Prince Tega Wanogho G Tremayne Achrum
LB/DE Casey Toohill
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Rams
S Will Parks DT A’Shawn Robinson
DT Javon Hargrave OLB Leonard Floyd
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
CB Darius Slay
S Sean Davis
WR Cody Latimer
CB Kendell Fuller
RB JD McKissic
G Wes Schweitzer
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Rams
S Malcom Jenkins DE Dante Fowler Jr.
CB Ronald Darby RB Todd Gurley
RB Jordan Howard WR Brandin Cooks
WR Nelson Agholor LB Cory Littleton
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai S Eric Weddle
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
RB Darren Sproles WR Jojo Natson
DT Timmy Jernigan WR Mike Thomas
LB Nigel Bradham LB Clay Matthews
QB Blake Bortles
Milestones
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (99) needs 1 passing TDs for 100 career passing TDs.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6322) needs 145 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR *Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (51) needs 3.5 sacks to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (48) needs 2.5 sacks to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27) needs 1 sack to move up to 19th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DT Darwin Walker
Rams WR Cooper Kupp (2636) needs 28 yards to move up to 16th on the Rams all-time receiving list passing WR Carroll Dale
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WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Pressure Rate
It doesn’t take advanced stats to know that Wentz spent most of Sunday under significant pressure. Washington sacked him eight times behind a makeshift offensive line that struggled to contain the Football Team’s pass rush. The Eagles allowed a 34% pressure rate Sunday, according to ESPN Next Gen Stats. That was the third-worst in the NFL. Five different Washington players generated at least four pressures. And it doesn’t get any easier against the Rams. The Cowboys allowed a 40.5% pressure rate Sunday night in their loss to the Rams, which was the second-worst mark of Week 1. And a big reason for that was Rams star Aaron Donald. Donald — the six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro and two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year who has 44 sacks over the past three seasons — posted a 28.6% pressure rate on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott himself. He pressured Prescott 10 times for 35 pass rushes and finished with four tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and four quarterback hits. According to Next Gen Stats, Donald’s pressure rate over the past three seasons is 13.5%, 13.9% and 14.6%. The Eagles offensive line is going to have to be ready or it is going to be another long Sunday for Carson Wentz.
Matchups to Watch
Carson Wentz vs. Himself
I note this matchup not to downplay the Rams and what they bring to the table, but to note that Wentz had plenty of mistakes that ultimately cost us the week 1 matchup. Change nothing of the game last week, bad OL, questionable scheming especially in the second half, Carson Wentz playing better wins us the game. Things were bad around him and he actively made them worse at times. These two things can be true: Wentz cost us the week 1 game and he should bounce back because he is a really good QB. This isn't the sky is falling, #TankForTrevor blurb, it's simply acknowledging the biggest change from week 1 to week 2 that would aid in a victory - Carson Wentz returning to form. There was also a lot of good last week, namely the first half! Check out the first TD throw to Ertz. Short, compressed field where he needs to make a snap decision and he comes off his first read (JJAW) and hits Ertz for 6. This is a great play by Wentz where he showed how good he is capping off a great drive. We need more of this consistency. Wentz was even missing on staples of the offense. He was erratic in the pocket and regularly off target. I love hero ball, I hate when QBs play scared, but better urgency and avoiding negative plays in the pocket would go a long way in smoothing out the rough edges of his game. It's infuriating to have some of the same issues he had in year 3 continue in year 5. Regardless, Wentz is a really good QB, so he should be expected to bounce back from a bad game every QB has once in a while. It just needs to happen quickly so the Eagles don't fall behind in the young season. This Rams secondary has a phenomenal CB in Jalen Ramsey and a really good young safety in John Johnson III; they aren't slouches. Wentz needs to be better and it would be surprising if he isn't.
Eagles (downright) Offensive Line vs. Aaron Donald and the Rams Pass Rush
Washington may have a better, deeper defensive line but they don't have Aaron Donald. He is so good he lifts a pass rush up to the top tiers of the league on his own given his dominance and versatility. Donald isn't just a Defensive Tackle; he'll line up inside and outside while wrecking every part of the OL he can along the way. Just look at what Baldy has in his review for him this week. This is a problematic matchup for Philly given their patchwork offensive line. Even though there were positive things some of the new guys did, they made a lot of mistakes, and will continue to do so in their young careers. The last time the Eagles played the Rams in 2018, Philly held Donald to 2 total pressures in probably his most ineffective game during the course of his DPOY season. The difference between that Eagles OL and this one is the health. Philly won't have a healthy Brandon Brooks; while they'll have Lane Johnson again it'll be in his first start of the season, he's coming off a late summer ankle procedure. So his effectiveness is still TBD. JP, who also played in that game, has also declined a considerable amount since then. One player returning to the field Sunday that should also give the Eagles a boost in pass protection is Miles Sanders. Not only is Sanders the best runner on the team, he's also the best pass blocking running back on the team. This alone won't stop Donald, but it should help. This defensive front from the Rams can get pushed around in the run game (more on that later) but can absolutely get after it in the pass rush department. Dallas doesn't have the line it used to either and Dak was under pressure at a roughly 42% rate, among the worst in week 1. The return of Lane Johnson should increase the effectiveness of this OL a considerable amount but given the new parts there will still be an adjustment period. This unit needs to come together quickly and the coaching staff needs to actually focus their game plan on helping their OL much more so than they did in week 1. Otherwise, expect Donald and his homies to bring the pain up front.
Eagles Pass Rush vs Rams OL
Even with some of the sustained injuries on this roster, the Eagles still have a formidable pass rush and flashed it quite a bit in week 1. The box score stats are highly deceiving in this area as Washington shifted their game plan quite a bit as the game went along. Philly pressured Haskins at a 30% clip last week. That number isn't great considering the state of Washington's offensive line. However, Haskins had the quickest time to throw in the NFL in week 1 with an average time to throw of 2.13 seconds. It's extremely difficult to pressure QBs when they get the ball out that quickly. Last week, Jared Goff was 8th in the NFL in this category, which will present some challenges for the Eagles. Dallas pressured Goff at a 20% clip last week, which is a horrendous number. Goff is a good QB and will slice you up if you don't get to him. But when you do, oftentimes he's effectively standing in quick sand as he was a bottom 8 QB under pressure (by Rating) in 2019. It's imperative this defensive front plays well this week. We already saw Malik Jackson return to form, now we need Fletcher Cox. Philly should get Brandon Graham (concussion) and Derek Barnett (hammy) back this week which should increase the effectiveness of the pass rush. Josh Sweat has also shown tremendous growth in year 3 having the best game of his career this past Sunday with TY McGill flashing in limited snaps. This offensive line from the Rams underwent a mini make-over this offseason but still has some question marks up front. This will be a real test for them as the Eagles pass rush is much more formidable than the one Dallas offers. Furthermore, this is a defensive staff that has consistently gotten to Goff of late. Given the changes on both squads, this is a good measuring stick game in the trenches.
Eagles Coverage vs Rams Receivers
Jim Schwartz had Sean McVay's number in their most recent matchup in 2018 so I am curious to see who gets the upper hand this time around. The Rams have a really good WR room with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and Josh Reynolds. They also have a good tight end in Tyler Higbee. Philly has their work cut out for them this week as the Rams are much deeper than Washington. The Rams passing attack was predicated on the short, quick game with a lot of motions and play action last week. Carson Wentz led the NFL in Average Intended Air Yards while Jared Goff was last. Goff's Average Intended Air Yards were 4.3 per attempt with roughly half his passing attempts coming within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. Getting the ball to Goff's first read and out of his hands quickly is key as he can be an adventure when he is forced to hold onto the ball. McVay is really good at disguising what the Rams will do running multiple plays out of similar looks. Lastly, their receivers are great at getting quick separation and great getting yards after the catch. The defensive game plan for Philly in the secondary should look quite different this week than it did last week. There isn't one receiver the Eagles can key on for Slay to take away. I'd bet Schwartz moves him around quite a bit but with Woods as the primary recipient of special attention. Slay looked every bit as good as you'd expect last week and that's a huge addition to this secondary. One area of concern I have for Philly is the middle of the defense. This Eagles LB group is among the worst in the NFL in coverage; McVay is going to look to attack that relentlessly all game long. He did the same thing to Dallas last week. It was encouraging to see Rodney McLeod bounce back after a poor 2019 as he was every bit as spry as he once was. The rest of the middle of this defense leaves a lot to be desired. Either way, this is a deeper Rams receiving room, with a creative play-caller, and a better passer than the Eagles just faced. There was a lot of good to take from the defensive performance last week but they face a significant test Sunday in the Rams.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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2020.09.18 09:44 XMG_gg XMG Gaming Laptops: First Steps & Troubleshooting

So you got yourself an XMG Gaming Laptop laptop, huh?

Congratulations! :-)
Follow this handy guide to go through your first steps and some commonly recurring questions. This guide is pretty long and might look frightening on first look, but please note:

+++ BREAKING: Fix "No Speaker" issue on XMG FUSION 15 +++

Windows Update has recently brought us a "No speakers, no sound" issue on XMG FUSION 15. Please read all about the solution in this post. This should only be a temporary condition and solved soon by pulling the incompatible driver from Windows Update. Update: incompatible driver has been pulled on May 19, 2020. New driver going to be rolled out shortly.

Now, moving on to the actual content of this thread:

I unboxed my XMG Laptop – what are my first steps?

1. If you purchased with Windows.
When building our laptops, we always make sure to install the latest firmware and drivers. If you purchased with Windows, all drivers will already be installed and you can pretty much start working. NVIDIA updates their driver pretty often, so they might already have a new driver out. Open up GeForce Experience, log into your account and see if the app offers any driver updates.
2. If you purchased without operating system.
Your SSD will be empty, but your firmware will be up to date. Even if you purchase without operating system, we will already have updated the latest BIOS and latest Thunderbolt firmware. Now it’s time to install Windows and install our drivers.
If you don’t have your own Windows install media at hand, you can get the latest official version from here. The drivers for your XMG Laptop will be on a USB thumb drive in your shipping box. If you want to make absolutely sure that you’re getting the latest drivers, download them each by each from our download portal. Both sources will include a PDF file that will guide you through each step. The only tricky step is the Audio driver, where you’ll have to do a specific install and reboot sequence. This is explained in detail in the PDF file.

++ Troubleshooting (all models) +++

The following items might apply to any XMG or SCHENKER model. In fact, they might also apply to laptops from other brands. Further down below, you'll find a section that is more specific to individual models.

My battery life is less than it should be / I have high Idle power consumption / my dGPU is not turning off.

Battery life and power consumption are closely interconnected. If your system consumes too much power – even in Idle – your battery life will suffer.
Preliminary: check your CPU usage, sorted by tasks
Your first look should be into Windows Task Manager, tab "Details" and then sort by "CPU" usage. You should know that your CPU has multiple cores and threads. For example, on i7-9750H (6 cores, 12 threads) if one single-thread task is running at 100%, it translates to "only" 8% CPU load in Task Manager (100 divided by 12 = 8.33). 8% might not look like much at first glance. But in reality it's one core that is running at maximum speed, taking almost as much power as if all cores would run at the same time. This is because the CPU would boost a single core to much higher speed than it would boost all cores together.
In other words: CPU usage values in Task Manager can be misleading, especially if some broken or badly programmed software is going rogue on a single thread. Do the math!
So, on a 6 core CPU, if you have any process in Task Manager constantly running at 8%, something is off. Please identify which task it is, and either end it right there it or uninstall the related software altogether.
Another way to check is to separate the Task Manager CPU activity graph into logical cores. Check these two screenshots:
In my example you can see one core in the middle was almost maxed out for a short amount of time. Thanks to the nature of Turbo Boost, this core would induce a boosted clock speed, leading to almost maxed-out power consumption and high temperatures. This is not always immediately visible because most programs would keep jumping from core to core, so you always see individual spikes to 100% on single core. You can try this yourself by using Prime95 and running it on only 1 thread.
All systems nominal? CPU is nice and idle? Check the dGPU status.
If you don't have any rogue tasks clogging up you CPU but your Idle power consumption is still off the charts, it might be because your NVIDIA GPU (dedicated GPU, dGPU) is not turning itself off.
Under the system of NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid), all common Windows apps are run on the Intel UHD Graphics (integrated GPU, iGPU) by default and the dedicated GPU (dGPU) should turn itself off when it is not needed. This removes the dGPU from the power source but it also saves power on the CPU side, because the CPU can turn off the PCI-Express x16 dGPU connection and thus achieve lower sleep states in each CPU cycle. This system can be disturbed in a number of ways, leading to higher power consumption which in turn leads to lower battey life.
1. Check which system monitoring tools you are running in the background
Some system monitoring software intentionally wakes up the dGPU. Keeping such software running in the background will inevitably lead to higher power consumption. We will keep a list of tools here which do and which do not keep the dGPU awake.
Does not keep the dGPU awake Keeps the dGPU awake
CoreTemp AIDA64 (only when “Sensor” pane is open)
HWiNFO64 ASUS GPU Tweak II
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility CPUID HWMonitor
NVIDIA Control Panel MSI Afterburner
Speccy NVIDIA GeForce Experience
TechPowerUp Real Temp NVIDIA Inspector
ThrottleStop NZXT CAM
Windows Task Manager Open Hardware Monitor
TechPowerUp GPU-Z
XMG Control Center (only when “System Monitor” pane is open)
Please check if any of the programs on the right side of the table is running in the background on your machine. If they are, please remove them from Startup in the Task Manager.
Some of the programs on the left side of the table might wake up the dGPU once for a few seconds during initialization. But according to our testing, they won’t keep the dGPU awake during normal operation.
If you want to see, whether or not your dGPU is awake or not, the best bet is to use the “Sensors” function in HWiNFO64 and keep an eye on the GPU Temperature of your NVIDIA GeForce card. If the temperature reads 0°C, the dGPU is sleeping. With a right click on the Temperature value, you can even set up an alarm in form of a sound file, notification popup or logfile entry if the temperature reaches a value ≥ 1.
2. If external monitor is connected, dGPU will be awake.
Both HDMI and USB-C/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt are connected directly to the NVIDIA GeForce card. This dedicated connection gives the XMG FUSION 15 the power to drive very high resolutions, refresh rates and to support G-SYNC and FreeSync on external screens. The trade-off: the dGPU will always be awake as soon as an external monitor is connected. Rendering can still happen on the iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics) - but the dGPU will always be "awake" to deliver the pixels to the screen.
3. The choice of running apps on iGPU vs. dGPU has to be done in Windows Graphics settings now.
Microsoft is taking over the NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) control from NVIDIA. On latest Windows builds and NVIDIA drivers, the NVIDIA driver now shoes a very small warning notification:
Windows OS now manages selection of the graphics processor. Open Windows graphics settings
If you notice that certain apps wake up the dGPU, please see if you can assign them to the internal graphics in this new Windows setting dialogue. Please note that the aforementioned benchmark and system monitoring apps apps will override/ignore this setting anyway. But it should work fine for most if not all productivity apps and games.
4. Every app is running on dGPU as soon as external monitor is connected? No.
NVIDIA’s Control Center has a hidden function called “NVIDIA GPU Activity” which supposedly shows which app is being rendered on the dGPU. You can find it by enabling "Display GPU Activity Monitor Icon in Notification Area".
Unfortunately, this function is not accurate when using an external monitor. As soon as you have an external monitor connected, the notification window shows every newly launched app as if it’s being rendered on the dGPU, even though it is not. This has been confirmed by our NVIDIA contacts to be a general issue that affects all laptops with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) of every brand.
It does not look as if NVIDIA has any plans to resolve this issue. Therefor, the “NVIDIA GPU Activity” will continue to show inaccurate information and should rather not be used at all.
5. dGPU does not go back to sleep after disconnecting external screen while browser is open
If you launch your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) while you are connected to an external screen, the browser’s hardware acceleration will use the dGPU. This happens despite the fact that you are forcing that app to run on Integrated Graphics. If the browser keeps running after you connect the external screen, it will keep the dGPU awake.
Even sending the laptop to Standby and waking it up again won’t change that fact. The dGPU will only go back to sleep after you close the specific app that triggered this behaviour.
This seems to affect every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) – not only XMG laptops.
We have filed a report with NVIDIA and we are awaiting their feedback.
Here is a short list of apps that are affected and not affected by this issue:
Affected Not affected (Control Group)
Google Chrome Microsoft Word
Mozilla Firefox notepad.exe
Microsoft Edge
This might also affect other apps if they are secretly using the dGPU for Hardware Acceleration. But so far, the 3 major browsers are the only apps we have confirmed to trigger this behaviour.
According to what we heard, NVIDIA does not seem to have any plans to fix this issue on a fundamental basis.
Workaround #1: Restart your Browser
Close your browser and launch it again after disconnecting from the external screen.
Workaround #2: Disable Hardware Acceleration in Browser
You can find this in the Settings menu of your Browser.
Workaround #3: Disable and re-enable the dGPU instead of closing your Webbrowser
Download here: dGpuCycle Script.zip
Written by Notebookcheck user ‘Stepon’ (source). You can open the script with Notepad to read the source code.
After disconnecting the external screen, run this Batch Script with Admin privileges. The script will disable and re-enable the dGPU in Device Manager. During that moment, your browser will drop the Hardware Acceleration from dGPU and go back to iGPU. Chrome will flicker for a fraction of a second. If you play any videos on your browser while running the script, you might have to restart playback by jumping to a different point in the video timeline.
With some programming skills can be further automated to always run in the background.
6. Same as above, but for most if not all apps that use a browser engine underneath.
The browser hardware acceleration issue applies to apps that are using a browser engine to create their GUI. If you launch such an app while you're connected to an external monitor, they will use the dGPU for hardware acceleration and won't let go of it until you either close the app or manually disable the dGPU. The most popular such apps are:
The most widespread framework for such apps is Electron, but it's not limited to that. For example, Spotify uses a different implementation, based on Chromium browser engine.
We are not aware of any way to disable hardware acceleration on these apps. Disabling hardware acceleration in your browser won't affect those apps. The only workarounds are:
As with other root causes in this section, this seems to apply to every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus. We have asked NVIDIA to comment in April 2020.
7. Outdated Killer Wi-Fi driver increasing power consumption.
We had a report where an outdated Killer Wi-Fi suite caused high background CPU load. If you are using a Rivet Networks Killer Wi-Fi module, please download and install the latest drivers here.
8. Missing NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers keep the dGPU awake?
We have a report from a user who made a custom install of NVIDIA drivers and unselected the NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers because he thought we won't need them. In this case, not having those drivers will cause the main driver to not shutdown the dGPU when searching for those two drivers. We were not able to reproduce it but we'll leave it in this guide for future reference. Solution: reinstall NVIDIA drivers and include every driver, even the optional ones.
9. Outdated Windows and firmware?
If you haven’t already, make sure you are running the latest Windows updates and the latest BIOS. Some major Windows milestones (also called “Redstone” updated) need to be triggered manually by opening Windows Updates, then “Checking for updates”. Under “Optional updates”, there might be a “Feature update” which you can initiate with “Download and install now” (screenshot).
10. Third party PCIe/NVMe SSD preventing CPU from sleeping?
We had recently a few reports on budget SSDs from smaller brands preventing the CPU from reaching C8 sleep states, severely cutting battery life. If you upgrades your SSD yourself with a model that is not listed in our online shop, please consider to swap it out, re-install Windows from scratch and try again. If you found your SSD to be the culprit, please share the product name with us.
11. Corsair iCue Software causes +10W power consumption?
We have seen this report from multiple users. This one was the first:
I spent a week trying to figure out why the processor on my Fusion 15 was consuming so much power when idle (around 10W!). My battery life was absolutely abysmal at about 2.5 hours on a full charge. I thought I had ruled out the iCue software because I closed the app completely, but it turns out only a complete uninstall will allow everything to return to normal so it must have been the mouse driver itself rather than the iCue software.
Source
We haven't checked it ourselves but any kind of hardware-related 3rd party software could potentially cause power saving issues on any system.
12. Epic Games Launcher running on dGPU
First reported here]. Solution is in the top reply to that thread.
13. Paint 3D causes the dGPU to stay 'ON' by running in the Background, even after Reboot
This seems to be a real issue based on a bug from Microsoft. Check this thread for details.
14. Other reason? Cannot reach CPU Package C8 Residency? Please take part in our survey
Please read this post for an introduction into CPU Package C8 Residency states. The post includes a link to a survey to collect analytical data from users who just can't get their power consumption down despite already having implemented all prior suggestions.
15. Dig deeper? Check out this amazing in-depth guide about Windows power saving optimization and C-States.
Written by user Che0063 on Notebookreview in 2018 and constantly updated into 2020, this guide is a deep dive into all things C-States.
You can find a PDF copy (pulled on 2020/05/26) of this guide here.

Random short spikes in lag and stutter

Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes.
Taken from this post:
Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes. See this picture of task manager cumulative CPU time. Funny you already mentioned that it stopped working, as I experienced the same thing.
Solution (TL;DR):
Uninstall Intel DSA for now. You can do this via the windows Apps and Programs, or if it fails for any reason, download the official Uninstaller from the intel website.
[...]

My laptop randomly wakes up from Standby.

1. Firmware solution for Wake-up 3 hours after entering Sleep/Standby. (XMG FUSION 15 only)
There was an issue with the NVIDIA USB-C driver which caused the laptop to wake up exactly 3 hours after entering Standby. The laptop was trying to transition into Hibernate (Suspend to Disk) but failed to do so. This issue is resolved in BIOS 0062 and beyond.
2. Disable Wake timers (applies to any PC and Laptop)
Depending on your Windows configuration, there might be certain task schedules (including Windows Updates) which prompt the laptop to wake-up from Sleep or Hibernate. To check on these issues, please read this article. The most common solution is to disable the “Allow wake timers” option for both “plugged in” and “on-battery”. Please note: this setting depends on each power profile and your laptop has three of them: Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast. Please switch to each of these profiles and modify “Allow wake timer” in the Advanced settings in Windows power options for each one of these.
3. Check the Wake-up cause
There is a simple command that will tell you the reason why your laptop woke up for the last time. Usually this is something like "Power Button" or "Lid Opening", but in your case it might point to a different driver or Windows component. Find "Command Prompt" in Start Menu and type:
powercfg -lastwake 
This command does not need Admin right. Please copy it by marking the output text and pressing Enter. The marked text from the Command Prompt windows is now in your clipboard and can be pasted into a text file or message box. Alternatively you can take a picture and report back to us.

My laptop needs a long time to boot up.

Cold Boot and Wake-up from Hibernate should not take much more than 12 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the login screen wallpaper. If your laptop takes much longer, please consider the following options.
1. Enable “Fast Boot”.
Enabling “Fast Boot” in BIOS is a requirement to use Microsoft’s “Hybrid Boot” technology which saves a lot of time on Cold Boot. Before shipping, we always enable “Fast Boot” in all XMG laptops – but it might get disabled by user operation. On some models, it might also get disabled during BIOS Reset. To make sure, you have “Fast Boot” enabled, follow these steps:
(the location of the "Fast Boot" option might be slightly, depending on your model)
2. Flash firmware again
You can clearly seperate the boot process between BIOS time and Windows time. Everything that happens before you see the XMG boot logo is BIOS time. On XMG FUSION 15, it usually takes about 7 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the XMG boot logo for the first time. If this time period is much, much longer in your case, the root cause might be in hardware or firmware.
One potential solution was found in this post. This user already had a system with Thunderbolt Firmware NVM v56. But based on a hunch, he just tried to update the same firmware again and it instantly fixed his long BIOS time.
It makes kind of sense. VBIOS, Thunderbolt... those are large, complex and kind of external components that are initialized in the very early steps of the the BIOS. If anything is stalling there, you won't see the boot logo because the BIOS hasn't even attempted yet to start talking to the SSD.
Rule of thumb: if you have long BIOS time before you see the XMG logo, please consider to flash the BIOS and the Thunderbolt Firmware again.
Now, let's look at various Windows-based causes:
3. Clean up TEMP folders
Taken from this post.
Found out, during each boot Windows (namely it's ProfSvc service) takes everything you have in users/yourprofile folder and writes over those files. I suspect it's changing some meta data in the files. Probably edditing read/write premissions. But it goes one by one. And logon process waits for it to finish. As long as your computer is relatively clean, this operation takes a second or two. But when Visual Studio update "forgets" 160 000 files in your AppData/Temp folder, it results in 35 secs of profile loading during boot. All I needed was to empty the Temp folder and the bootups are back in normal!
You can either clean the Temp folders manually or use a software like CCleaner. Please beware, we would only recommend CCleaner to clean temp files, but don't clean the Windows Registry. It's usually safe to do but it can sometimes lead to false positive situations and side-effects.
4. Riot Games 'Vanguard' might block one of our drivers
If you have game titles from Riot Games installed, the software 'Vanguard' might be blocking the 'inpoutx64.sys' driver on some of our systems. This driver is related to the Control Center. We have heard of one single case where the presence of Vanguard lead to a significantly increased boot-time. In other cases however, it had no effect despite getting the 'Vanguard has blocked' message in Windows.
We will share this information with our ODM to see if our signed inpoutx64.sys/dll can be whitelisted. Meanwhile, please consider disabling or uninstalling Vanguard to see if it improves your boot time.
5. Consider a clean reinstall
It might be inconvenient, but if you have any boot times that are wildly longer than above reference data, please consider a clean Windows installation. 'Clean' means deleting the system partitions on your SSD in the first step of the installation procedure. Before you do this, you should backup all important data on external storage.
6. Other causes.
If your system still takes a long time to even display the XMG boot logo or to boot into the Login prompt, there might be another issue at hand. Please make sure to update your BIOS, load setup defaults, enable “Fast Boot” again and make sure that your Windows and drivers are up to date. Please also consider to follow the generic advice in this article.
There is currently no other known systematic issue that prevents our laptops from doing a fast boot or fast wake-up. If you cannot resolve the issue on your machine, please consider to backup your data and do a clean Windows re-install.
7. Discussion
For XMG FUSION 15 we have opened a dedicated tread about expected boot times after a clean install. Please move all relevant discussion to this thread:
Thank you!

My microphone does not sound right

(I might be using Discord)
First, please make sure you increased the microphone gain to 100% and added the +20dB boost.
Now, some apps including Discord put additional processing on the microphone, including echo and noise cancellation. This can have a negative effect on microphone audio quality. Please see if you can disable all such options from your chat application and from the Realtek Control Panel.

I have random Bluescreens

Bluescreens can have a number of reasons. Sometimes, the error message or driver reference can already point at a root cause. If there are too many possible root causes, here are some generic tips.
How to use MemTest86 to test my RAM
Follow these steps:
PRO TIP: If you have MemTest86 errors, you can try to open your laptop and test both memory modules individually. Remove one module and run the test again. If the errors only show on one of the modules, try the same module again in the other (empty) RAM slot. If the module shown errors when run individually in both of the RAM slots, it might be indeed faulty.
If the RAM modules are actually not faulty, it can sometimes also help to just remove and replace (reseat) them. Sometimes, if they are not properly connected, they might also prompt random errors including iGPU graphics artifacts.

+++ Troubleshooting XMG FUSION 15 (2019) +++

The following items apply only to XMG FUSION 15. Please check first if your issue is covered under the general section above. The latest BIOS and Control Center update can be found in this thread.

My speaker sound is underwhelming / I cannot get Soundblaster Connect running.

Sound Blaster Connect is an important app to improve the experience of the audio system. It can increase volume (SmartVol) and Bass of the speakers.
1. Reinstall Audio drivers in the proper sequence
Normally, when all pre-requisites are met, Soundblaster Connect should install automatically from Windows. You can then find it with a simple search for “Sound Blaster” in the Windows Start menu. If Sound Blaster Connect is no where to be found or if it only shows an empty screen, please follow the sequence precisely:
If you are connected to the Internet, the system will now automatically install "Sound Blaster Connect" from Microsoft Store. This might take a few minutes or more. When in doubt, reboot once more after the Soundblaster-Creative_Audio_Effects.

My touchpad sometimes does not react.

This is a very rare issue that we have encountered a few times. For some users we have fixed it by replacing the laptop. The root cause is not entirely clear yet but there have been a few successful workarounds.
Solution #1: Set Touchpad to “Most Sensitive”
Find the “Touchpad” settings in Windows Start menu and change the sensitivity setting to “Most Sensitive”. Please report via PM with your order number if this fixes the issue for you.
Solution #2: Reinstall BIOS and Control Center
We have reports from users who got rid of any Touchpad issues by reinstalling the BIOS and Control Center. Please get the appropriate downloads from our Download Portal.

My CPU shows high activity in idle while having devices connected to USB-C port.

We are currently tracking an issue where users have reported >10% CPU usage in Idle while having certain devices connected to the USB-C port.
Current Workaround: Disable Automatic Sleep on Thunderbolt controller
Device Manager > System devices > Thunderbolt Controller > Power Management > Disable "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"

I’m unable to turn off my keyboard backlight during boot.

Normally, if you disable the keyboard backlight in Control Center using the slider switch, it should also be disabled during Reboot, Cold Boot etc. We had one report of a rare issue where this settings was not applied to firmware anymore. If you encounter this issue, please click the “Restore” button in Control Center to reset all you Keyboard Backlight settings. Then, try again to disable the Keyboard Backlight and reboot.

My keyboard backlight is not turning on anymore.

We had a few reports of keyboard backlight not being able to turn on anymore. If you encounter this issue, please reset your BIOS settings.

I cannot access my BIOS Setup (F2) anymore.

This is another very rare issue that was only reported once so far. If you cannot access your BIOS Setup, you cannot do a BIOS Reset anymore.
Solution: Remove CMOS Jumper from Mainboard and Reboot
The mainboard of XMG FUSION 15 has a jumper to control the BIOS Reset. In order to reach this jumper, you will need to remove the bottom case of the laptop. This is as easy as removing the 10 screws on the bottom side and then simply lifting the bottom cover away from the laptop.
The jumper is located next to the WiFi module
If the jumper is removed, the laptop will show a special menu after on boot which will allow you to reset the BIOS Settings to Default.
After having done this Reset, please place the jumper again it it's original position, connecting pins "1" and "2" as seen in the "Top View" picture linked above.
Now, please see if you can now get back into BIOS Setup with the F2 key during boot.

My external USB mouse sometimes stops moving.

We have some reports from USB gaming mouse with ≥1000Hz polling rate that sometimes stop working when used together with USB hubs, both on USB-A and USB-C (Thunderbolt).
Please install the latest official drivers from your mouse vendor and see if you can reduce the polling rate to 500Hz to see if it makes any difference.

My system consumes about 1~2% battery in Standby/Sleep mode

This is normal and also affects both XMG FUSION and XMG NEO series with opto-mechanical keyboard. Reason: the keyboard consumes slightly over 1W even in standby, because it is still firing up the Infrared barriers for every individual switch. This is to make sure that the keyboard can wake the system from standby. This translates to a power consumption (witch charger, measured at wall socket) of up to 1.8W in Standby if the battery is already fully charged. Due to a hardware design constraint, the power of the keyboard switches cannot be turned off, unless the system is sent to Hibernate (S4) or Shutdown (S5).
Workaround: use Hibernate. By default, Standby automatically transitions into Hibernate after 180 minutes. You can shorten this timespan in the Advanced Power Options in Windows (Screenshot). You have to do this for each of the Performance Profiles that you use (Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast). Before that, you have to enable Hibernate in this menu.

I would like to improve my DPC Latencies.

For guaranteed low DPC latencies, please check out our SCHENKER Audio Editions. For all other models, we're going to collect a number of tips here over time.

I have issues with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 adapters on XMG FUSION 15

XMG FUSION 15 (2019, XFU15L19) had a bit of a shaky history with some USB-C adapters and Thunderbolt Docking Stations. It seems like the most serious issues have been ironed out with BIOS 0064 and Thunderbolt Firmware-Update NVM v56. If you plan to use USB-C port and you purchased your laptop before May 2020, please make sure to update your firmware as explained in this thread:
If you are still not sure which USB-C peripherals to buy, please check out our list of validated products in this thread:
Thank you!


That's all, folks.

For more FAQ on XMG, SCHENKER and Bestware, please check our FAQ Page: https://bestware.com/faqs/
If we find more commonly asked questions (especially ones that are specific to popular models), we will add them to this guide.
If you have any questions or issues that are not covered in this guide, please reply in the comments below!
// Tom
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2020.09.18 08:42 BarneyBuckley History of Gamera

History of Gamera

Gamera
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In this particular article I will be explaining the origins of Gamera as well as how he came to be. I will be talking about the company that first created Gamera and how it was sold to other companies all the way up to what is happening today.
Gamera is a gigantic flying Terrapin that was created by Daiei Motion Picture Company and now is owned by Kadokawa Pictures and Publishing Company. Gamera first made it on the screen in 1965 and was created simply because of the success of his counterpart and more popular monster they call Godzilla who has been on the screen a little bit low living Gamera. Godzilla started out in 1954. It was the 1960s when the “Monster Boom gained its popularity in Japan as both of these monsters are Japanese icons.
During the 1970s Gamera did attain some prominence on what is called UHF television stations that would feature these movies every Saturday morning as a Saturday matinee type movie. Gamera is a gigantic turtle that door in the Showa Series he stood at 60 m tall and door and the Heisei series he was 80 m tall. To describe Gamera even more Gamera possesses a pronounced sagittal crest on the top of his head and his mouth was filled with gigantic tea with two gigantic fangs protruding from his lower jaw or tusks.
Gamera in the Showa Series was a titanic, firebreathing, prehistoric species of tortoise or Terrapin. Gamera fed off of the petroleum-based materials that were on the planet at that time as he consumed it in order to breathe fire and fire at the Jets that would attack him. It is also known that Gamera has the capabilities of flying were Godzilla does not. By consuming the petroleum he is capable of extracting his legs in and they would ignite with flames coming out of all four legs as he propels himself spinning into the air.
Now we will talk about the original classic 1965 movie it begins showing bombers from the USSR or Russia as they are being intercepted by American fighters over the United States airspace in the Arctic. As we all know this sets off cataclysmic explosions that release Gamera from the ice and he goes on a rampage and at the end of the movie he is lured into this bay where the top of the bay is closed up it is a rocket and he is sent off into space.
Gamera has become a legacy as the Daiei Company who owned Gamera went on to create a lot of movies for the Showa Series. The next one after the original classic would be Gamera vs. Barugon which came out in 1966 and then Gamera vs. Gyaos in 1967, Gamera vs. Virus 1968, and Gamera vs. Guiron 1969, Gamera vs. Jiger 1970, Gamera vs. Zigra 1971, and finally the super cheesiest of all Gamera movies it is called “Gamera: Super Monster” which came out in 1980.
For me the movies were really good until after Gamera vs. Gyaos 1967 and then they got silly and super child friendly until Heisei Series. However that would all change for the company that created Gamera The Daiei Motion Picture Company would go bankrupt. This particular company was a product of government efforts to reorganize the film industry during World War II in order to rationalize its resources and increase control over the medium. It was then that the government plan to combine all the film studios into two companies, Masaichi Nagata, an executive at Shinkō Kinema, pressed hard for an alternative plan to create three studios. His efforts won out and Shinkō Kinema, Daito Eiga, and the production arm of Nikkatsu (the Nikkatsu theaters did not take part in the merger) were merged in 1942 to form the Dai Nippon Eiga Seisaku Kabushiki Kaisha, or Daiei for short. The novelist Kan Kikuchi served as the first president, with Nagata continuing as an executive. Daiei's studios were located in Chofu, Tokyo and in Uzumasa in Kyoto.
Nagata became president in 1947 and, apart from a brief period when he was purged by Occupation authorities, remained in that position until 1971. Under his reign, Daiei produced Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) and entered it in the Venice Film Festival, where it won the grand prize and became the first Japanese film to win an international award, thus introducing Japanese cinema to the world. Daiei also produced Teinosuke Kinugasa's Gate of Hell (1953), the first Japanese color film to be shown abroad, earning both an honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Daiei also produced such renowned films as Mizoguchi's Ugetsu (1953) and Sansho the Bailiff (1954), as well as Jokyo (which was entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival). On the popular front, Daiei was also known for such successful film series as the Zatoichi films starring Shintaro Katsu, the Sleepy Eyes of Death series featuring Raizō Ichikawa, the Gamera movies, and the Daimajin Trilogy. Daiei also produced many television series such as Shōnen Jet.
In its heyday, Daiei featured such talent as the actors Raizō Ichikawa, Shintaro Katsu, Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Machiko Kyō, and Ayako Wakao; the directors Kenji Mizoguchi, Kon Ichikawa, Yasuzo Masumura, and Kenji Misumi; and the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa.
Like some other film studios, Daiei had its own professional baseball team in the 1950s, the Daiei Stars, which later became the Daiei Unions. These teams eventually became the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Now let us talk about the bankruptcy of the Daiei Motion Picture Company it was back in 1971 when they tried to stay alive I teaming up with Nikkatsu and another motion picture company however with the combination of both motion picture companies it was just not enough. Because in 1971 they would declare bankruptcy and it would be the members of the union who however succeeded in getting Yasuyoshi Tokuma, the president of the publishing house, Tokuma Shoten, to revive the company in 1974.
This particular version of the Daiei motion picture company would go on to be making only a small number of films, some of which were big budget spectaculars like the international coproduction “The Go Masters” which came out in 1982 and the ever popular and ever loving “Shall We Dance?” Which came out in 1996 and later in the United States this movie would be re-created using Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon and a very popular cast. This movie turned out to be a very good movie both versions of this movie are very good in their own way. After all the films were produced it would soon be after the passing Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Daiei Film Co. He died on September 20, 2000 in Tokyo, Japan and the company was sold to the Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co.
In November 2002, Chairman Maihiko Kadokawa announced that Daiei Film Co. would merge with the company’s own film division, Kadokawa Pictures to form Kadokawa-Daiei Film Co. Ltd. it was during the time that when Yasuyoshi Tokuma, owned the Daiei company he would go on to create the three movie set of the Heisei Series Gamera movies as they are respectively titled “Gamera: Guardian of the Universe” (1995), “Gamera vs. Legion” (1996), and the last movie to speak of is “Gamera vs. Iris” (1999) and these particular movies were directed by Shesuke Kaneko who also directed the Godzilla film “GMK” which came out in 2001 for the Toho company. It is these three movies that puts Gamera back in the game with special effects as well as storyline and acting that surpasses any Godzilla film out there. It was these three movies that were critically acclaimed by the Japanese people.
In November 2002 when the company was purchased by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co. they would create another Gamera movie however they would go back to the Showa Series and this particular movie is very kid friendly and altered in a way that it upset a lot of Gamera fans. This movie even though it was child friendly the Gamera in this movie did not look like any Gamera most people recognize. The worst part about it is that this Gamera did not have a signature roar. Another key note is they change the origins of Gamera as he is capable of exploding which to me did not make any sense however he has to consume a red rock in order to go through changes to become the Gamera that we all know he can be he cannot do this without that red rock. They tentatively name this new Gamera “Toto” he does in fact fight a monster they call “Zedus” this is a gigantic lizard like monster with a big long purple top. To me this monster is not really a worthy competitor to what Gamera has fallen in the past. However it is very accommodating that he fights a tiny Gamera which in this case he does. This movie failed in a lot of ways as it is coming from the triple threat they gave Gamera a dark and eerie presence to a child friendly presence. This particular point is what most fans did not care about the movie.
Here is some more interesting facts about Gamera and the company that created him. In 1966 the movie that was released in America as Gamera the invincible is the original 1965 classic that was directed by Noriaki Yuasa and this story was written by Nisan Takahashi it quickly became a favorite to the children who love watching Gamera fight monsters. Like I mentioned above there was a total of seven films that was produced from 1965 to 1971 and the eighth entry was slated for a 1972 release this is where the loss projects come into play and this is a movie that never came to be and this is because the company was in the bankruptcy stage before being picked back up in 1974 they had to scrap this movie because of it. The movie was called “Gamera vs. Garasharp” which would have come out in 1972 but was forced to cease production because of the bankruptcy. This particular movie would have been about Gamera fighting a snake like creature that had the hood of a cobra and the snake body with antennas on its head.
As I mentioned before the company would go on to produce the Heisei Series of Gamera movies but for all that they wanted to produce another movie that would actually come out in 1980 it was called “Gamera: Super Monster” the filmmakers at this time were forced to make this film simply because of the contracts for one more Gamera film that was owed to the original Daiei company. It was an unfortunate event that when creating this film it was mostly stock footage with new scenes of a brand-new Gamera flying. It was when the production of the film began that Yuasa saw how poorly Tokuma was handling things and knew that Gamera could have never come back from the film. So he had Takahashi rewrite the ending to where Gamera was killed at the end.
Last but not least let us talk about some upcoming and future films for Gamera fans. It was noted in that on March 2014 “Anime News Network reported that a new Gamera production is planned, with no date specified however it is planned to be released sometime in 2015. Some rumors and speculations have risen on the Internet and here are some in my humble opinion something that do not like to hear.
It is said they will change Gamera’s form now what that means is they might completely alter the look of Gamera and honestly I am not sure that is a smart thing unless they change his looks to the point that you still recognize him like they do with the Godzilla suits.
Another thing they are going to change is his origins and they did that in the last movie called “Gamera Little Brave” which came out in 2006 and that in my opinion was not a good thing for the way they portrayed Gamera in this movie it would have been okay for kids but I did not personally care for the way they handled it. Assuming they are going to change the origin in this movie I hope it has something interesting to which will not be a bad thing I think the worst thing that gets to me is a going to change the looks of Gamera I am not sure how to handle that, but we will have to wait and see.
The last keynote that I want to mention is I have heard rumors and speculations that Kadokawa Pictures are thinking about removing Gamera and the fact that he flies and I hope this is just a rumor because honestly in my opinion this would be the most stupid thing they have ever done. Keep in mind it is the 50th anniversary movie for Gamera so for them to create a film they need to completely alter the entire franchise of Gamera give us a completely different Gamera that we could be pleased with, and again we will have to wait and see how they do this!
Now this particular article is based on some trivial facts and understanding of what Gamera is and how he was created and what companies owned him and what the companies went through all the way up to today with also updates on the new Gamera movie for his 50th anniversary and I am hoping they will do this well. I hope you enjoy this article!
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2020.09.18 01:15 Phalinx666 Looking for PC to run Cyberpunk on Max

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Mostly Gaming and MAYBE streaming (single PC setup)
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
~ $3000
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Would like in time for new WoW xpack and Cyberpunk. Let's say Mid October?
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
(Disclaimer, I haven't bought a new PC in over 10 years and haven't built one in over 12, I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to the latest and greatest parts other than GeForce 3080 is the new hotness. I don't even have a SSD yet)
I need a decent tower that isn't all RGB rainbow barf. Prioritize airflow and cooling. I need to upgrade to Windows 10 (not sure if home or pro is better for gaming), I currently have a 60hz, 1ms, 24" Acer monitor. I'd like to be able to do 4K gaming with highest fps possible with a single 3080 setup. I'd like an Intel CPU (I hear 10th editions are what you want because motherboards are changing to something new?) No idea about I-7 or 1-9, I assume I want the highest GHz possible for gaming? I'm a NVIDIA fan so for GPU, seems the obvious choice would be a 3080 from EVGA (but I assume these will be on backorder for a LOOOOOONG time as they've just been released today?) Motherboard I have no idea about, I guess one that will allow me to run a 3080 with a powerful CPU but also allow me to upgrade for years down the line. Power Supply needs to support a 3080 and also power future possible upgrades. And I'm completely ignorant when it comes to SSDs. I currently have 2x 1TB HHDs from Western Digital. I assume I wasnt a very fast 1TB SSD to run the OS and games I play the most on, with a backup 2+TB HDD to store media and less played games? I'm sure 2TB SSDs are crazy expensive, honestly in the dark when it comes to storage in modern PCs. I currently have a Sound Blaster sound card which I enjoy over the motherboard audio, def need to upgrade. And I would like Liquid cooling for the CPU. I'm good on speakers, mouse, and keyboard.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
I'm in Rochester, NY. I ordered my last PC from IBuyPower which shipped from CA. I'm sure there are better building sited much closer to home these days, just not aware of the best. Not sure what Microcenter is. On the fence about ordering a pre build PC vs building my own. I know where all parts go but I'm clueless when it comes to optimizing, overclocking, or messing around in BIOS.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I'd use my Razer Blackwidow Keyboard with my Razer Deathadder mouse.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
I've overclocked my current CPU after having it for 5 years. I'm not comfortable with messing around in BIOS so if I were to order a pre build PC, would hope it would come optimized for the best gaming experience.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
I'm a huge INTEL / NVIDIA / EVGA fan. My main goal is to be able to run Cyberpunk 2077 on Max or as close to it as possible and have a PC that will semi future proof me without having the shell out a ton of $$
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
I have a 100/10 wired internet connection
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Currently have a Thermaletake case that has a few blue LED fans in it. I would like windowed but doesn't have to look like the RGB rainbow barf that many modern cases are going to. Customizable LEDs would be cool, but not if they cost a ton, I want to focus on the monitor and not have crazy lights on the side of my desk distracting me. Color - Black. Prefer airflow and cooling above all, as long as the fans are quiet.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Currently running Windows 7 Pro, I need to upgrade to Windows 10, not sure if home or pro is better for gaming. I see IBuyPower has USB backup versions in case you need to reformat or reinstall.
As I said above, I've been out of the PC building for over 10 years and haven't kept up on it. I don't know what's currently best, building vs buying pre built. I can build my own but don't have the knowledge to properly optimize the system through bios. I can order pro build, but you risk it getting damaged in shipping, and extended waiting periods due to COVID. Then again this could be the case buying parts from Newegg especially if I'm wanting a 3080 or 3070. Honestly all I'm really looking for is the best bang for my buck that will allow me to run Cyberpunk at or near Max and not have to spend over $3000. If that means waiting until 2021, I can wait.
Thank you for your time and assistance! Much appreciated!
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2020.09.17 20:07 Rumored17 Refutations for Every Main Pro-Pit Argument

1."It's all how you raise them."

And more:
• ⁠Lockwood, R. A. N. D. A. L. L. (2016). Ethology, ecology and epidemiology of canine aggression. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour & Interactions with People,, 160-181.
• ⁠Abrantes, R., Site, A., Camp, S., Diving, F. A. Q., Camp, G. P., Pages, M., ... & User, C. C. (2016). Aggressive Behavior—Inheritance and Environment.
• ⁠van den Berg, L. I. N. D. A. (2016). Genetics of dog behavior. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People, 5, 69.
• ⁠O'Neill, D. G., & Packer, R. M. (2016). The First Canine Behavior and Genetics Conference: Summary and recommendations for future directions in canine behavioral science. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 16, 6-12.
• ⁠Sørensen, M. (2016). Breeding aggression: Review of recent literature concerning the influence of genes on aggressive behaviour (Doctoral dissertation).
• ⁠Schilder, M. B., van der Borg, J. A., & Vinke, C. M. (2019). Intraspecific killing in dogs: predation behavior or aggression? A study of aggressors, victims, possible causes and motivations. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.
These studies all show that genetics play a large role in dog behavior. Most are related to Pit Bulls or aggression, but some just show that there are noticeable differences between dog breeds based on their breed. Here are some anecdotal sources to support the claims that Pit Bulls are born with a tendency to be aggressive:
In addition, "it's all how you raise them" goes against the very existence of dog breeds. If someone is arguing this, they are saying a Labrador Retriever will have the same instincts as a Border Collie, which will have the same instincts as a Doberman, which will have the same instincts as a Great Pyrenees, which will have the same instincts as a Dachshund, etc. This is observably and demonstrably false. Humans created different dog breeds with different temperaments and physical and behavioral traits through selective breeding. This is why dog breeds exist, this is why breed standards exist, this is why people can reasonably and accurately predict how a dog will act based on breed. Are there exceptions? Of course. However, that is just what they are- exceptions. Different dog breeds have different traits and tendencies dependent on what they were selectively bred for.

2. "Chihuahuas are more aggressive."

This is just a disingenuous attempt to derail the conversation. Even if Chihuahuas are more aggressive, they don't/can't kill people. If Chihuahuas were as large as Pit Bulls, perhaps this would be a conversation worth having- seeing as this is not the case, there is no argument to be had here.
I try to emphasize that the issue with Pits is how many people and pets they kill. Pit Bulls are not just biting people- they are killing, severely maiming, and mauling people. There is a huge difference, and it is important to recognize many Pit fanatics will try to lump in all dog bites with the maulings Pit Bulls are responsible for. They are not the same. This is similar to the "Labs bite more" argument- again, we are not just talking about bites. Keep the discussion focused on severe maulings, maimings, and deaths, because that is what BSL targets.
From 1982-2020 no Chihuahua has ever killed anyone. This source breaks down attacks by breed, child or adult victim, and death or maiming.

3. "There's no such thing as a Pit Bull." and "Pit Bulls can't be identified."

A good way to avoid even getting to this apologist bingo point is by using the phrasing "Pit Bull type dogs" as opposed to Pit Bulls. However, you can also just explain that "Pit Bull" is an umbrella term for four closely related dog breeds- the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bully. The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are actually so similar they can be dual registered as an AmStaff with the AKC and a APBT with the UKC. Until recently, most dog DNA tests would not even separate AmStaff from APBT due to the extreme similarities. This is also just another deflection technique- everyone knows what someone means by "Pit Bull" just as everyone knows what someone means by "Golden Retriever." This is what "pit bull" means legally.
Now, because "Pit Bull" does refer to 4 dog breeds rather than one, Pit apologists will often cry "well of course 4 dog breeds will kill more people!" but keep in mind that these 4 dog breeds have killed more people than 300+ other dog breeds combined. The Pit Bull umbrella kills more people than every other group or type of dogs and more than every other dog breed combined.
Regarding Pit Bulls being unidentifiable:
Pit Bulls have just as many obvious identifying characteristics as other dog breeds. There is no reason to believe Pit Bulls suffer from misidentification more than other dog breeds. There is reason to believe Pit Bulls are intentionally mislabeled as other breeds when in shelters, however. In addition, when discussing fatal Pit Bull attacks specifically, more often than not there are photos of the Pit Bulls involved so anyone can verify for themselves if they were Pit Bull type dogs. Genetic testing is not required for breed identification- anyone who argues this is being disingenuous. Another point is that we are constantly inundated with Pro-Pit propaganda; there is simply no way we can have Pixar shorts such as Kitbull and a new Dodo video every week about Pit Bulls and still be expected to believe the average person cannot visually identify a Pit Bull.

4. "Pits are no more dangerous than other dogs."

The statistics also support our side here- Pit Bulls have killed more people than all other dog breeds combined. Pit Bulls are not the largest, nor the strongest dogs out there. They do not have the strongest bite force. They are more deadly than other dog breeds because humans selectively bred them to be as deadly as possible. They are deadly due to the nature of their attacks and the behavioral traits they display when attacking such as gameness and a bite style mentioned in some of these studies, along with their physical traits.

5. "It used to be Dobermans, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds that people wanted to ban!"

Pit Bulls have killed more people than those three breeds ever did, even at the height of their popularity, even combined. There is also no evidence supporting this claim, and in fact, quite a lot of evidence showing it's completely false.
It is important to note as well that none of these breeds have an entire lobby supporting them. They do not have communities dedicated to attack victim harassment, misinformation, and lies, unlike the Pit Bull has. Something interesting to consider is the bias online when looking at these breeds and other restricted breeds vs pages about Pit Bulls. Wikipedia in particular is very obviously being manipulated by Pit Bull fanatics.
None of this manipulation is occurring on the pages for Dobermans, Rottweilers, or German Shepherds. These three breeds never reached anywhere close to the level of suffering and carnage Pit Bulls are responsible for. There has never been a concerted effort to ban these breeds, although some are targeted by apartment restrictions due to insurance issues. There is also no lobby supporting the misinformation and misrepresentation of these breeds.

6. "Dogsbite.org is biased and unreliable."

Dogsbite is completely open and transparent about their data collection strategies. They provide identification photographs and have all of their citations publicly listed. Citations and Photographs
Here is a challenge I like to give to people who claim Dogsbite is unreliable, although I have yet to receive a legitimate response:
Have you actually looked into dogsbite.org yourself? You do know that dogsbite tracks every fatal dog attack, regardless if it's a Pit or not? It appears anti-Pit because most fatal dog attacks are done by Pits. They're not only posting Pit attacks- there are just so many more fatal Pit attacks than other breeds it appears they are. Here's a proposal for you: Go to 2020 and late 2019, a time frame for which news reports are still abundantly available all over the internet, and fact-check ANY FOUR DOG-BITE FATALITIES OF YOUR CHOOSING, two where the killer dogs are said to be pit/mixes, and two cases where the killer dogs are not said to be pit/mixes:
  1. Did DogsBite accurately name the person killed?
  2. Did DogsBite accurately summarize the circumstances in which the person was killed?
  3. Did DogsBite accurately identify the breed(s) of the killer dog(s)?
  4. Did DogsBite provide a photo or photos of the killer dog(s) so you can judge for yourself what type of dog(s) you think did the killing?
DogsBite and Wikipedia both provide links to news stories about these fatal attacks. If you don't want to use the news links provided by DogsBite, then use the ones on Wikipedia that cover the same stories. DogsBite also provides links to autopsy reports, police reports and 911 calls, so you can compare these primary sources with the summaries on the DogsBite page and assess whether those summaries are accurate.

7. "Human aggressive Pit Bulls were culled!"

This is a myth. While human aggression was not something that was typically selectively bred for it is a myth that most human aggressive Pits were culled. That was not the case, and it still is not the case today. One look at shelter descriptions of Pits with bite histories and severe aggression issues shows these dogs are not being euthanized, and there are several instances of Pit Bulls who have killed people being bred.
There's no evidence whatsoever that dog fighters routinely destroyed human-aggressive dogs and refused to breed them. u/NorthTwoZero wrote at length about why it's a myth here, and this blogger put together a documented list of famously human-aggressive fighting dogs who not only weren't "culled" but were bred so often that they produced over 1,200 known, registered offspring:
"The man-biters were culled and the pit bulls were not bred for human aggression myths were created from thin air, complete fabrications. There is not a sliver of truth in the myth that dogmen culled man-biters. Not only weren't human aggressive pit fighters NOT culled, but a talented man-biter was heavily bred, his stud services were in high demand and the stud fees commanded a premium. The progeny of man-biters are still sought out long after he or she has passed away. This Italian game-dog website lists their choice for the Best Ever fighting dogs, three of the five are known man-biters and the other two trace their origins to the others on their "Best" list. Some famous man-biters have their own facebook fan pages. If you happen to be a 10x winner with 3 kills and scratching on the carcass, people tend to overlook a little thing like the danger she poses to people and she is also likely to be nominated for the cover of this month's International Sporting Dog Journal. Some famous man-biters not only have a facebook fan page, they have their own promotional merchandise too."

8. "Pit Bulls were nanny dogs!" or "Pit Bulls were America's dog!"

First, I usually ask questions that demonstrate out how absurd that claim is. What is a nanny dog? What duties does a nanny dog perform? Why would a dog type be called a "Pit Bull" if it nannied? Where does the name "Pit Bull" come from? Why is it necessary for Pits to have such large, gaping mouths and extremely muscular bodies if they were nannies? Then here is some actual info:
The first appearance of the term "Nanny Dog" dates from a 1971 NYT interview with the then president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, Lillian Rant, who called Staffordshire Bull Terriers "nursemaid dogs" for no apparent reason (other than to attempt to re-brand fighting dogs as family pets).
BAD RAP shared a link. It's Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that there was never such thing as a 'Nanny's Dog'? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls (see link for details about vintage photos). While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog - A recipe for dog bites!
Regarding Pits being "America's dog": Bronwen Dickey (author of incredibly biased and unscientific book "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon") and other pit bull advocates argue that pit bulls were historically beloved in the U.S. until the dogs became associated with urban people of color in the 1970s, so Pit Bull stigma is really about being racist toward black and brown people.
But pit bulls were not historically beloved in the U.S. nor were they popularly regarded as a positive symbol of plucky can-do spirit. Joseph Colby, in his lifetime one of the world's leading authorities on the Pit Bull Terrier, wrote in 1936 that "The general public is under the impression that this breed is carnivorous, vicious, and, fed on a diet of raw meat, will devour a human being" and "When the pit bull terrier was introduced into America, he was more commonly found to be owned by prize fighters, saloon keepers and habitues, sporting men and the like. From the start the breed earned an unjust reputation due to his fighting ability and the character of the owner. To this day he is still trying to live down an unjust and undeserved reputation."
Sometimes Pit people will randomly mention how Sergeant Stubby, a decorated war hero dog, was a Pit Bull. He was not. Primary (contemporary) sources most often describe Stubby as a Boston Terrier or Boston Terrier mix (this breed was sometimes called the Boston Bulldog). He is sometimes said to be a Bull Terrier (the egghead dogs) mix but he obviously resembles a Boston Terrier significantly more than a Bull Terrier. Stubby is never said to be a Pit Bull in primary sources.

9. "Pit Bulls scored 2nd highest on temperament tests and better than most family dog breeds!"

This is always referring to the ATTS, or the American Temperament Testing Society. It is refuted thoroughly in the BanPitBulls FAQ, but this is what I usually say as well:
The test was developed to test working dogs, specifically dogs meant for schutzhund work. It has never been, nor ever purported to be about testing companion animals or a breed's suitability as family pets. Scoring actually favors dogs that bite, in some cases. Breed specific temperament, aggression, and each dog's training is taken into account when scoring. This means that if a relatively untrained Lab bites a "threatening stranger" it will score far lower than a German Shepherd that bites a "threatening stranger." According to the ATTS itself, "95% of dogs who fail do so because they lack confidence" NOT because they bite. Dogs that exhibit avoidance behaviors will fail. Dogs that bite do not automatically fail. The ATTS also states that comparing scores with other dogs means nothing- the pass/fail rates cannot be compared. Different dog breeds that behave the same exact way on the test will get hugely different scores due to the fact they take inherent breed tendencies into consideration. The test is not designed to test for breed aggression, according to the ATTS website. It is more of a test of bravery for individual dogs. Timid dogs will always fail. Dogs that bite will not always fail. If anything, you could argue that the reason Pits have a high passing rate is because they bite or show aggression, although that is speculation and not proven. Either way though- the test does not test breed aggression, passing rates cannot be compared, and the test absolutely does not test for suitability as a family pet. More info here: What the ATTS is really showing.
It is also worth mentioning that the only dogs that participate in the ATTS testing are dogs brought in by their owners- it is not a random sample or scientific study of any kind. Considering the evidence showing the existence of an actual Pit Bull lobby, it would not be a reach to say these results have been intentionally manipulated (if they did even matter, which they don't).
Also, a controlled temperament test found that 13 percent, or one out of seven, pit bulls tried to bite or attack during a one hour test simulating a neighborhood walk. One out of seven pit bulls tried to bite in the span of just one hour compared to only one out of 70 golden retrievers. Note that this study was funded and authored by anti-breed ban activists: They found "no significant difference" between breeds when the definition of aggression was watered down to include even whining or crying. But pay close attention to Table 5 on page 138: out of all the breeds tested, pit bulls were markedly the worst when it came to the percentage of dogs that reached a more serious level of aggression.

10. "It's racism for dogs!"

Humans are not dogs, and dog breeds are not analogous to human races.
In addition, one cannot compare a race of people to a breed of dogs for a multitude of reasons. Dog breeds were selectively, intentionally bred for specific characteristics and traits by human beings. Humans created dog breeds based on what physical and behavioral traits we wanted them to have. (Spaniels for flushing, retrievers for fetching prey/birds without damage, livestock guardian dogs such as Great Pyrenees for protecting livestock, Huskies for endurance and energy, Pointers for pointing, etc. Different dog breeds have different behavioral tendencies because humans selectively bred them to have those tendencies). Dogs also do not suffer from cultural differences, institutionalized racism, or socioeconomic disparities. Humans are also not as heavily influenced by our instincts as dogs are. Dogs behave based on their instincts and training. Humans behave mainly on their "training." Humans also have far more complex thought processes and the ability to make complex decisions. Dogs do not. You could go on and on but that is the basic overview there- dogs were selectively bred and rely mainly on their instincts. Humans were not selectively bred and are capable of making complex and rational decisions.
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2020.09.17 15:30 JamesTDH I want to be true to myself, but I think that may end my marriage

tl,dr: Anyone got experience of prioritising or needing kink over a long term vanilla relationship?
I've re-written this several times. At first I hoped for advice, maybe help to make a decision, but the more I wrote, the more I realised this is my decision to make, I can't pass that buck to some folks on the internet.
So instead, I'm hoping to hear of some similar experiences, or the process that others have gone through me before.
I've been married for 15 years, and we were going out a few years before that. I was 23 when we met, nervous, shy and lacking confidence. Much of this was caused by me having really troubles with understanding and accepting myself.
I knew I was submissive, and the only real female domination information I had was the pretty horrific mainstream porn and press visualisations. You know, the whip-wielding, leather-clad dominatrix berating her slave as "a piece of dirt not fit to lick her boots". And that's really not a healthy place to be. I thought I wanted that dominatrix. And by extension, I wanted to be treated like a piece of shit. Bye-bye self esteem!
I was disgusted with myself. I tried to purge it from my mind, but time after time I'd fall back into fantasies, bury myself in them, find release and comfort, and come out the other side feeling shame, and hate for myself. I was a nice, polite, well brought up guy, with a horrible rotten core inside.
20 years ago the only contact with a dominatrix seemed to be through the ads in the back of a pornmag. Were there munches? Were there supportive communities? Maybe, but i was a nice young man, and had no idea where to find any of that. So any sort of dominatrix seemed out of reach, and nothing more than a 1 hour play session in a pretty horrible environment.
So i gave it up, put it on the list of "unobtainable dreams", and moved on. I found a wonderful woman, a few years older, definitely confident, a pretty take-charge kind of woman. I guess I hoped she would be kind of dominant by nature. I didn't ask for kink at the time, I wasn't sexually experienced, and I certainly wasn't confident talking about anything like that. I tried. I tried several times, but I was scared to say the words, and she didn't want to hear them. so we dated, settled in together, married and have been pretty happy.
As time went on, I realised i couldn't leave my urge to submit behind, and obviously the dear old internet suddenly made information, discussion and access to kink a much easier thing.
Somewhere along the way I did have some proper talks with my wife, trying to explain what I wanted, what I thought I needed. But I wasn't much good at it, mainly because it's hard to sell an idea that you yourself have shame over.
I mentioned there was lots of info and discussion on the web; notice I didn't say "good" info and discussion. There was plenty of stuff that hit my kink buttons, but drove my self-disgust to new levels too. Things got tougher for me.
I don't know whether it came from reading something, or my own clever idea, but I decided to try to live a submissive life at home, even if my wife wasn't living the dominant one. My wonderful idea was to submit to her and serve her until she got used to the idea and grew to like it. I was desperate, depressed, lost and horny. We all grab at straws at that stage. It was a pretty shitty idea for many reasons, not least the complete non-consent element for my wife. But I figured "hey, this is all to make her life easier" , so sure it must be fine. What an arse.
So short term I made more effort as I cooked and looked after the house, cared for her, leapt to answer her requests or made extra effort to please her. I went with her choices, her favourite food, her favourite day out, her pick of colour for the new curtains... whatever, I gave her the lead. She kind of liked it, and it certainly helped me, I felt I was being the good sub I wanted to be.
Long term i really fucked up. I knew what I was doing, she didn't. Power exchange is an exchange. Yep, I know, that shouldn't be the hardest concept to grasp, but I really missed the point. My wife didn't know that I was making this effort, and therefore didn't know that everything had swung in her favour. She wasn't doing it deliberately or knowingly. Fast forward a few years, and she isn't dominating me, she has just dismissed me from the process. I screwed up the balance in our relationship. She fell out of the habit of speaking politely to me, often doesn't share decisions, often overrules my decision if there is a choice... and she doesn't know it. It's just habit. A habit I lead her to. We had one or two more talks through all this, but without much progress. When she found the bag of cuffs and toys I used for self bondage she got angry, we talked, we kind of tried a session, without much prep. It was raw; I enjoyed it, it was my first real experience of a Dom/sub session; but she scared herself. She thought she might have done real harm to me while I was helpless to stop her. I kind of knew from my self bondage sessions that none of the gear was actually strong enough to hold me if I really struggled, so I didn't have that fear. But it was all done in the negative mindset of shitty dominatrixes.
This was all through a period when she was working very hard and very successfully, bringing in most of the money too. But the job was becoming all consuming, with little time, and less energy for home life or us as a relationship. I did everything I could to support her, knowing her job, her commitment to it, and the money it brought in was important.
So a couple of years ago I was really screwed up. I was coming apart, ground down to nothing by the constant attrition of being treated a bit crap virtually all the time, and realising I had got things very badly wrong. She had the chance to step down from her job, and move on to something new. For once, rather than help her make the best decision for her, I told her that for me, and for us, I really thought she needed to take the break. My work had picked up, and I could pay the bills for a while. She agreed, and I thought we were going to have a real chance to build things back up.
Sadly, some very bad crap occured at her work; she wasn't responsible for any of it, but her commitment to the job meant she took it very personally. It did an awful lot of mental damage. Any chance to build our relationship back up disappeared, and everything we have had for the last two years has been trying to build her back up to healthy again. She has been too broken for me to challenge her with my problems too.
When I did have some time, I tried to look after myself too. I reached out for regular sessions with a kink-aware therapist, and to communities on the web, trying to get my head around what i wanted, and what i needed. I found some good help, I found a much healthier view and understanding of power exchange, and a great friend too.
(In the end, I got to the point of pretty much stopping my counselling sessions because the therapist and I agreed I needed to talk to my wife as my next step, but I didn't think she was well enough for me to add another challenge. My wife has made it perfectly clear that I have been the strength and the safe place to guide her through the last 2 years, and I didn't want to take that away from her.)
I stopped seeing Dom vs sub as being Perfection vs piece of shit; and started to see it as two different roles. Yes, 1 has some sort of superiority over the other, but that comes from the role, not from the nature of the person themselves. There's nothing to stop me being a good sub. I can use all my strength, all my intelligence, all my energy and care to be the best sub I can. I can be fricking awesome. And you know what, I am fricking awesome. Vanilla me has always been held back by the unhealthy thoughts of being submissive. When I realise that actually my submission can make me even better, then I no longer want to disassociate from that kink. I want to be me. All of me. There isn't vanilla me and kink me. It's all one thing, and the more i accept that, the better I can be at all of it.
So here we are now.
I've found my mojo, I've found the version of myself that I like, and that I want to live my life being the best I can be. I want to care for some, be dedicated to them, give them everything I can. I just want someone to understand that, and accept it. I spent so many years as half a person, hiding, hating, fleeing my sexual and relationship needs. Now I have found a way to be whole. That is honestly how I feel. And I want that for the rest of my life. I don't want to be stifled and broken and hidden any more.
And now it's all come to a head.
Due to the work issue for her, and potential future work stuff for me, we're looking at some major life changes now. A possible long term move to another country, and that involves re-mortgaging, and giving me part ownership of her house. (We've both contributed to it, but whilst I was working on the house as well as part time employment, it was her salary that paid the mortgage) I love her, she is one of those very rare soulmates, and I always wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.
But right now I'm struggling. I don't want to lead her merrily off to the other side of the world, or take possession of part of the house and immediately dump a relationship breaking issue on her. Fuck, I don't want a relationship breaking issue at all, but I fear it's what i've got. I've certainly got to deal with this first. I've put this off for too long, all the time we've been trying to help her recover from the mental battering she took.
I've tried 2 conversations in the last week, both at suitable times, and when there was a good introduction.. The first was to open up the idea that we needed to talk, and that I had issues that I wanted to bring up. I thought that one went okay at the time. The second one I tried to explain more, to talk about the mental health issues I had had, how I had tried to manipulate our relationship in an unhealthy way, and that I felt I had found a way to be happy with myself, in a way that actually built myself up. This one she listened to, but it finished dead stop when she changed the subject. She made no comment on anything I said really. Just moved on to something else mid conversation.
I think I come back to that silly idea of silent submission. I'm trying to tell her my biggest fears and needs, and she doesn't even rate it as worth asking questions or getting involved. I am literally expecting this to be the reason I leave her, and she seems to think I'm talking about missing out on a bit of hobby time, like missing a 7am tee off time. I know it's unfair to hit her with this sort of issue from nowhere. It's like opening up the 1st round of an international trade negotiation by threatening all out thermonuclear war. I don't know how to get her to take this seriously, to hear what i'm saying, without threatening to walk out the door.
I'm certainly not saying she has to take part in my kink, or indulge me, but I want her to realise that this is life changing huge for me. If I don't change my relationship, i know I will slowly get worn away to nothing but a bitter, angry, sad, horrible version of myself over the next 10 years, and that will ruin our marriage just as much as anything i do now. I need to do the best I can for her to see the importance of this for me.
So originally I was going to ask for advice - "What should I do?". But it's pretty clear that this is our situation, and I need to keep talking to her, and then decide the right thing for me.
Instead, I want to ask for people's experiences. Has anyone else found themselves leaving a vanilla relationship because they needed kink in their life? Has anyone else had these conversations and made it work, or found a way through?
'cos I'm losing right now...
J.
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2020.09.17 02:33 DaBaTaKa Round 1 Applications vs. Round 2 Applications

Hello all,
I've received good information here in the past, and I'd like to get some more information from you!
I'm currently going through the process of putting together applications, and as I'm sure you're all aware, many of the Rd 1 app dates have either passed, or are almost here. Then, we'l be in the round 2 for a few months
Generally speaking, how much worse is it to apply in Round 2 vs. Round 1? Does it show a relative lack of interest (which isn't the case for me! it's just been an insanely busy few months - bought a house, got married, etc.)
I've seen some articles on the internet talking about how it depends on your demographic - are you overrepresented or not.
As a white male working for a pretty big-name chemicals manufacturing company with a chemical engineering degree from a decent state school, do I qualify as "over represented"?
Thanks in advance for any responses.
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2020.09.16 13:11 TechiesFun First year (almost) of home ownership costs (CAN - Ontario)

Good Day PF, just thought I would share my journey in home ownership with everyone who may be interested, I feel we have been pretty successful navigating our first year, and had no issues with our jobs or anything through out COVID. Ww bought in November just before COVID hit, we went with a slight fixer-upper Semi-detatched - 416k - (30 year mortgage at 2.8% and we had 20% down)
Age of both of us - 30/34
Start off with Household expenses/required monthly costs:
Required:
  • Mortgage - $1371.05
  • Property Tax - $440 (1.2% - highest in Ontario pretty much)
  • Insurance - $170(car) + $63 (house)
  • Transit - $50 - Gas - $500 - Train to work - Myself - work from home Wife - Train into city (close drive)
  • Gas (heating/water heating) - $96 (Averaged over last 10 months)
  • Power - $73 (avearge over 7 months)
  • Water - $55 (Average over 6 months)
  • Internet - $76.67
  • Phone - $87 (Me) + $87 (Wife) (used to be 50 each ut we recently upgraded phones and decided to tack on the 0% financing of the phones ovr 2 years instead of paying upfront)
  • Food - $600 (We eat good and healthy - shop at No frills (Cheaper canadian supermarket) but it can honestly fluctuate from $400 to $600 depending what we want, i just over budget)
  • Netflix - $14
  • Steam Game - $6
Total - $3688.05
Discretionary * Booze/Alcohol - $100 (might be a bit less since COVID, as we decided to lose weight during, which meant cutting back on beer significantly)
Expenses - Grand Total - $3788.05
I also like to keep track of how close we are to surviving on bare minimum with a single income
  • Deficit with only wife's income = (-$238.05)
  • Deficit with only my income = (-$770.05) (not including my bonus + 2 extra pay) ($-270.05 - bonus/extra pay)
Note:I do not include many of our discretionary expenses as I believe this budget is what we would cut down to if push came to shove ever. These are just the mostly cant live without, ideally, if disaster struck and we both lost our jobs, and what we budget the E-fund for.
Savings (active savings after a pay cheque in deposited - you will understand further below)
  • 400 monthly in TFSA - Doing this as we took longer term on mortgage (30 year) with slightly more interest but reduced payments - saving the difference and then some (difference was only 100$ a month is more is better (25 year would have been 2.6% vs the 30 year we took at 2.8%)
  • Current Efund - $11000 (Usually at $15000 or roughly 4 months worth as that iis what I feel comfortable with, but we had some more recent expenses (expected mostly) below and working on replenishing it
Current Take home per month = $3018 (Myself) + $3550 (Wife)
Left over after above spending/savings - $2379.96 ($28559.40 yearly)
Savings Not included in take home above
  • Myself - Pension 1% of pay (before what is taken above) - guaranteed Income Pension based on years of service
  • Myself - 3.5kish a year - Share Purchace plan - Doing up to what they will match (took out an RSP loan (first time home buyer) to get my down payment to 20$ (21k or so) - and using this to repay it by selling quarterly and dumping in money when I can - already paid back $4500 - government allows up to 10 years, but should have it done in 4/5
  • Wife - $500ish a month towards Pension - Same as Mine's above, guaranteed income based on years of service
Things of note in budget
  • Myself Paid Bi-Weekly (2 extra pay a year) - 3k per year for as the biweekly payments
  • Myself ~3k for bonus
  • Wife paid monthly (so no extra pay to be expected in budget)
Big Expenses so far in 2020 (some expected and some not expected when we bought the house)
Expected/completed so far
  • New Sump Pump/Pit/other things related - $3500
  • New Roof - $3800
  • New Soffet/gutter (1 side of the house) - $1100
  • Installing baffles and insulation into roof - (Taking it from R-5ish to R-60 - Canada cold) - Expected cost to be ~1000 - doing it all myself (700ish square feet attic)
  • Removed all old Mouldy drywall and studs from basement - ~ $300
  • New (to us) Car - $500 (Gift from family thankfully)
  • Reseeding Parts of back lawn - $200 (large portions needed done and seed+soil is kinda pricey - this is proably underestimated)
  • New Shed+Platform - $200 (got the shed for free and built platform out of 2x4)
Unexpected/luxury * Sewer line root blockage - $2500 * New King bed + King sized bed frame - $1600 * New Queen bed frame (for old mattress to be placed in a bedroom) - $300 (ikea)
Total - $14600
Big Expenses for 2021
Expected/planned
  • New Windows/Doors - 7 - 10k installed (hiring professionals
  • New Siding on house (just half the house) - 3 or 4k - (hiring professionals)
  • New Deck/Patio - Price to be determined (going to complete ourselves)
Big Future Expenses (no date determined)
  • New Kitchen - full reno and gut/cutting out walls - No Price (expecting 30k+ potentially)
Anyways, if you got through all that feel free to share comments where you think we can improve, living in the GTA is one of the more expensive areas in Canada, and just thought this might help people considering home ownership at least in the area (property tax was the biggest shock to us, although we were still fairly prepared for how high it was)
We are thankful enough to have already paid off our student loans (16k and 12k respectively) and have no other credit we need to pay monthly except for the mortgage.
we are also Kid free, which cuts down on may of the child care expenses I see in here.
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2020.09.16 12:14 Rndom_Gy_159 The "rip 2080ti users" meme just doesn't make any sense: An retroactive analysis.

It seems that the general internet at large has an incredibly short memory, and forgets that the X70 class GPU is always the most exciting card because it almost always matches or beats the previous X80/X80ti/Titan tier cards. Let's take a look at previous generations cards and their relative performance.
Curr GPU Name Curr Rel Date Curr Rel Price Old GPU Old Rel Date Old Rel Price Time Diff Price Diff $ Price Diff % Perf Diff (new vs old)
RTX 3070 Oct 15 2020 $500 RTX Titan Dec 18 2018 $2500 27 months $2000 20% ~0.9x
RTX 2080ti Sep 20 2018 $1200 ($1000) 25 months $700 ($500) 40% (50%) ~1.1x
RTX 2070 Oct 17 2018 $600 ($500) Titan X Pascal Aug 16 2016 $1200 22 months $600 ($700) 50% (40%) ~0.95x
GTX 1080ti Mar 10 2017 $700 17 months $100 ($0) 85% (100%) ~0.9x
Titan Xp Apr 6 2017 $1200 16 months $600 ($700) 50% (40%) ~0.85x
RTX 2070 Super Jul 9 2019 $500 Titan X Pascal Aug 16 2016 $1200 35 months $700 40% ~1.04x
GTX 1080ti Mar 10 2017 $700 28 months $200 70% ~1x
Titan Xp Apr 6 2017 $1200 27 months $700 40% ~0.94x
GTX 1070 Jun 10 2016 $380 Titan X [Maxwell] Mar 17 2015 $1000 15 months $620 40% ~1.1x
980ti Jun 2 2015 $650 12 months $270 60% ~1.12x
GTX 970 Sep 19 2014 $330 OG Titan Feb 18 2013 $1000 17 months $670 30% ~1x
780ti Nov 7 2013 $700 12 months $370 45% ~1x
GTX 770 May 30 2013 $400 GTX 680 Mar 22 2012 $500 14 months $100 80% ~1.05x
There's a couple of things to note.
The only reason why we think the 3070 is so good is because the 2070(S) was so bad. Both the 1070 and the 970 were utterly amazing cards that Turing failed to deliver in the same way. Turing took forever to come out and it has been out for ever. Getting the same or 10% extra performance for the X70 class card for half the price of the previous 15 month old GPU is a steal.
If you bought a 2080ti within the past year and paid under $1000, then you should feel as bad about your purchase as if you bought a 980ti (or Titan X) on release and the 1070 just came out. And, if you bought a 2080ti on release, you're laughing all the way on the top of the charts for the past two years. and if you bought a 1080ti on release, congrats on buying such a good gpu that nvidia will never make that same mistake again
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2020.09.16 07:46 amrutaf BTL Marketing

Below the line marketing generally refers to marketing practices making use of forms of promotion that do not involve the use of mass media, where, in a firm’s use of an advertising agency in pune, there is usually no commission charged by the advertising agency, and thus the expense typically appears ‘below the line’ on the ad agency’s bill to the firm.
Whenever a startup, or a small businesses, begins advertising, it begins with below the line marketing. Below the line marketing activities include comparatively low cost methods which are targeted towards a specific audience, and the communication is meant to reach directly to the customer. Most top companies use a combination of both – Above the line as well as below the line marketing.
If you have read my post on above the line marketing, you will notice that ATL marketing involves television, radio, newspapers or use of other such mass media where the shelf life is very low. Compared to that BTL marketing has a larger shelf life. But it ultimately depends on the skill of the marketer, and the strategy that he uses to execute his BTL marketing plans.
Various tools of below the line marketing:
  1. Internet marketing
One of the favorites tools of marketing nowadays, considering the mass level penetration of the internet. In fact till date, many marketers are confused whether internet marketing can still be considered as below the line.

2. Outdoor advertisements

Outdoor advertising has been used since ages in the field of marketing. In fact, where outdoor advertising mainly involved large billboards, they have now moved to using large televisions or pixel screens in public areas like restaurants, parks etc.

3. Sales promotions

Ever noticed how E commerce companies have boomed in the last decade because of the word “SALE”. Every other month there is a sale. If not by one E commerce company, then by another. And each of them are at loggerheads on who can sell cheaper.

4 Pamphlets, brochures, paper inserts

The list of paper material which can be used for BTL marketing is huge. You can use visiting cards, flyers, pamphlets, banners, brochures, paper inserts, anything and everything that your mind can think of.
To read more about click here BTL agencies in Pune.
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2020.09.15 23:29 Rumored17 Refutations for Every Main Pro-Pit Argument

1."It's all how you raise them."

And more:
• ⁠Lockwood, R. A. N. D. A. L. L. (2016). Ethology, ecology and epidemiology of canine aggression. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour & Interactions with People,, 160-181.
• ⁠Abrantes, R., Site, A., Camp, S., Diving, F. A. Q., Camp, G. P., Pages, M., ... & User, C. C. (2016). Aggressive Behavior—Inheritance and Environment.
• ⁠van den Berg, L. I. N. D. A. (2016). Genetics of dog behavior. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People, 5, 69.
• ⁠O'Neill, D. G., & Packer, R. M. (2016). The First Canine Behavior and Genetics Conference: Summary and recommendations for future directions in canine behavioral science. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 16, 6-12.
• ⁠Sørensen, M. (2016). Breeding aggression: Review of recent literature concerning the influence of genes on aggressive behaviour (Doctoral dissertation).
• ⁠Schilder, M. B., van der Borg, J. A., & Vinke, C. M. (2019). Intraspecific killing in dogs: predation behavior or aggression? A study of aggressors, victims, possible causes and motivations. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.
These studies all show that genetics play a large role in dog behavior. Most are related to Pit Bulls or aggression, but some just show that there are noticeable differences between dog breeds based on their breed. Here are some anecdotal sources to support the claims that Pit Bulls are born with a tendency to be aggressive:
In addition, "it's all how you raise them" goes against the very existence of dog breeds. If someone is arguing this, they are saying a Labrador Retriever will have the same instincts as a Border Collie, which will have the same instincts as a Doberman, which will have the same instincts as a Great Pyrenees, which will have the same instincts as a Dachshund, etc. This is observably and demonstrably false. Humans created different dog breeds with different temperaments and physical and behavioral traits through selective breeding. This is why dog breeds exist, this is why breed standards exist, this is why people can reasonably and accurately predict how a dog will act based on breed. Are there exceptions? Of course. However, that is just what they are- exceptions. Different dog breeds have different traits and tendencies dependent on what they were selectively bred for.

2. "Chihuahuas are more aggressive."

This is just a disingenuous attempt to derail the conversation. Even if Chihuahuas are more aggressive, they don't/can't kill people. If Chihuahuas were as large as Pit Bulls, perhaps this would be a conversation worth having- seeing as this is not the case, there is no argument to be had here.
I try to emphasize that the issue with Pits is how many people and pets they kill. Pit Bulls are not just biting people- they are killing, severely maiming, and mauling people. There is a huge difference, and it is important to recognize many Pit fanatics will try to lump in all dog bites with the maulings Pit Bulls are responsible for. They are not the same. This is similar to the "Labs bite more" argument- again, we are not just talking about bites. Keep the discussion focused on severe maulings, maimings, and deaths, because that is what BSL targets.
From 1982-2020 no Chihuahua has ever killed anyone. This source breaks down attacks by breed, child or adult victim, and death or maiming.

3. "There's no such thing as a Pit Bull." and "Pit Bulls can't be identified."

A good way to avoid even getting to this apologist bingo point is by using the phrasing "Pit Bull type dogs" as opposed to Pit Bulls. However, you can also just explain that "Pit Bull" is an umbrella term for four closely related dog breeds- the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bully. The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are actually so similar they can be dual registered as an AmStaff with the AKC and a APBT with the UKC. Until recently, most dog DNA tests would not even separate AmStaff from APBT due to the extreme similarities. This is also just another deflection technique- everyone knows what someone means by "Pit Bull" just as everyone knows what someone means by "Golden Retriever." This is what "pit bull" means legally.
Now, because "Pit Bull" does refer to 4 dog breeds rather than one, Pit apologists will often cry "well of course 4 dog breeds will kill more people!" but keep in mind that these 4 dog breeds have killed more people than 300+ other dog breeds combined. The Pit Bull umbrella kills more people than every other group or type of dogs and more than every other dog breed combined.
Regarding Pit Bulls being unidentifiable:
Pit Bulls have just as many obvious identifying characteristics as other dog breeds. There is no reason to believe Pit Bulls suffer from misidentification more than other dog breeds. There is reason to believe Pit Bulls are intentionally mislabeled as other breeds when in shelters, however. In addition, when discussing fatal Pit Bull attacks specifically, more often than not there are photos of the Pit Bulls involved so anyone can verify for themselves if they were Pit Bull type dogs. Genetic testing is not required for breed identification- anyone who argues this is being disingenuous. Another point is that we are constantly inundated with Pro-Pit propaganda; there is simply no way we can have Pixar shorts such as Kitbull and a new Dodo video every week about Pit Bulls and still be expected to believe the average person cannot visually identify a Pit Bull.

4. Pits are no more dangerous than other dogs.

The statistics also support our side here- Pit Bulls have killed more people than all other dog breeds combined. Pit Bulls are not the largest, nor the strongest dogs out there. They do not have the strongest bite force. They are more deadly than other dog breeds because humans selectively bred them to be as deadly as possible. They are deadly due to the nature of their attacks and the behavioral traits they display when attacking such as gameness and a bite style mentioned in some of these studies, along with their physical traits.

5. "It used to be Dobermans, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds that people wanted to ban!"

Pit Bulls have killed more people than those three breeds ever did, even at the height of their popularity, even combined. There is also no evidence supporting this claim, and in fact, quite a lot of evidence showing it's completely false.
It is important to note as well that none of these breeds have an entire lobby supporting them. They do not have communities dedicated to attack victim harassment, misinformation, and lies, unlike the Pit Bull has. Something interesting to consider is the bias online when looking at these breeds and other restricted breeds vs pages about Pit Bulls. Wikipedia in particular is very obviously being manipulated by Pit Bull fanatics.
None of this manipulation is occurring on the pages for Dobermans, Rottweilers, or German Shepherds. These three breeds never reached anywhere close to the level of suffering and carnage Pit Bulls are responsible for. There has never been a concerted effort to ban these breeds, although some are targeted by apartment restrictions due to insurance issues. There is also no lobby supporting the misinformation and misrepresentation of these breeds.

6. "Dogsbite.org is biased and unreliable."

Dogsbite is completely open and transparent about their data collection strategies. They provide identification photographs and have all of their citations publicly listed. Citations and Photographs
Here is a challenge I like to give to people who claim Dogsbite is unreliable, although I have yet to receive a legitimate response:
Have you actually looked into dogsbite.org yourself? You do know that dogsbite tracks every fatal dog attack, regardless if it's a Pit or not? It appears anti-Pit because most fatal dog attacks are done by Pits. They're not only posting Pit attacks- there are just so many more fatal Pit attacks than other breeds it appears they are.
Here's a proposal for you:
Go to 2020 and late 2019, a time frame for which news reports are still abundantly available all over the internet, and fact-check ANY FOUR DOG-BITE FATALITIES OF YOUR CHOOSING, two where the killer dogs are said to be pit/mixes, and two cases where the killer dogs are not said to be pit/mixes:
  1. Did DogsBite accurately name the person killed?
  2. Did DogsBite accurately summarize the circumstances in which the person was killed?
  3. Did DogsBite accurately identify the breed(s) of the killer dog(s)?
  4. Did DogsBite provide a photo or photos of the killer dog(s) so you can judge for yourself what type of dog(s) you think did the killing?
DogsBite and Wikipedia both provide links to news stories about these fatal attacks. If you don't want to use the news links provided by DogsBite, then use the ones on Wikipedia that cover the same stories. DogsBite also provides links to autopsy reports, police reports and 911 calls, so you can compare these primary sources with the summaries on the DogsBite page and assess whether those summaries are accurate.

7. "Human aggressive Pit Bulls were culled!"

This is a myth. While human aggression was not something that was typically selectively bred for it is a myth that most human aggressive Pits were culled. That was not the case, and it still is not the case today. One look at shelter descriptions of Pits with bite histories and severe aggression issues shows these dogs are not being euthanized, and there are several instances of Pit Bulls who have killed people being bred.
There's no evidence whatsoever that dog fighters routinely destroyed human-aggressive dogs and refused to breed them. u/NorthTwoZero wrote at length about why it's a myth here, and this blogger put together a documented list of famously human-aggressive fighting dogs who not only weren't "culled" but were bred so often that they produced over 1,200 known, registered offspring:
"The man-biters were culled and the pit bulls were not bred for human aggression myths were created from thin air, complete fabrications. There is not a sliver of truth in the myth that dogmen culled man-biters. Not only weren't human aggressive pit fighters NOT culled, but a talented man-biter was heavily bred, his stud services were in high demand and the stud fees commanded a premium. The progeny of man-biters are still sought out long after he or she has passed away. This Italian game-dog website lists their choice for the Best Ever fighting dogs, three of the five are known man-biters and the other two trace their origins to the others on their "Best" list. Some famous man-biters have their own facebook fan pages. If you happen to be a 10x winner with 3 kills and scratching on the carcass, people tend to overlook a little thing like the danger she poses to people and she is also likely to be nominated for the cover of this month's International Sporting Dog Journal. Some famous man-biters not only have a facebook fan page, they have their own promotional merchandise too."

8. "Pit Bulls were nanny dogs!" or "Pit Bulls were America's dog!"

First, I usually ask questions that demonstrate out how absurd that claim is. What is a nanny dog? What duties does a nanny dog perform? Why would a dog type be called a "Pit Bull" if it nannied? Where does the name "Pit Bull" come from? Why is it necessary for Pits to have such large, gaping mouths and extremely muscular bodies if they were nannies? Then here is some actual info:
The first appearance of the term "Nanny Dog" dates from a 1971 NYT interview with the then president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, Lillian Rant, who called Staffordshire Bull Terriers "nursemaid dogs" for no apparent reason (other than to attempt to re-brand fighting dogs as family pets).
BAD RAP shared a link.
It's Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that there was never such thing as a 'Nanny's Dog'? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls (see link for details about vintage photos). While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog - A recipe for dog bites!
Regarding Pits being "America's dog": Bronwen Dickey (author of incredibly biased and unscientific book "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon") and other pit bull advocates argue that pit bulls were historically beloved in the U.S. until the dogs became associated with urban people of color in the 1970s, so Pit Bull stigma is really about being racist toward black and brown people.
But pit bulls were not historically beloved in the U.S. nor were they popularly regarded as a positive symbol of plucky can-do spirit. Joseph Colby, in his lifetime one of the world's leading authorities on the Pit Bull Terrier, wrote in 1936 that "The general public is under the impression that this breed is carnivorous, vicious, and, fed on a diet of raw meat, will devour a human being" and "When the pit bull terrier was introduced into America, he was more commonly found to be owned by prize fighters, saloon keepers and habitues, sporting men and the like. From the start the breed earned an unjust reputation due to his fighting ability and the character of the owner. To this day he is still trying to live down an unjust and undeserved reputation."
Sometimes Pit people will randomly mention how Sergeant Stubby, a decorated war hero dog, was a Pit Bull. He was not. Primary (contemporary) sources most often describe Stubby as a Boston Terrier or Boston Terrier mix (this breed was sometimes called the Boston Bulldog). He is sometimes said to be a Bull Terrier (the egghead dogs) mix but he obviously resembles a Boston Terrier significantly more than a Bull Terrier. Stubby is never said to be a Pit Bull in primary sources.

9. "Pit Bulls scored 2nd highest on temperament tests and better than most family dog breeds!"

This is always referring to the ATTS, or the American Temperament Testing Society. It is refuted thoroughly in the BanPitBulls FAQ, but this is what I usually say as well:
The test was developed to test working dogs, specifically dogs meant for schutzhund work. It has never been, nor ever purported to be about testing companion animals or a breed's suitability as family pets. Scoring actually favors dogs that bite, in some cases. Breed specific temperament, aggression, and each dog's training is taken into account when scoring. This means that if a relatively untrained Lab bites a "threatening stranger" it will score far lower than a German Shepherd that bites a "threatening stranger."
According to the ATTS itself, "95% of dogs who fail do so because they lack confidence" NOT because they bite. Dogs that exhibit avoidance behaviors will fail. Dogs that bite do not automatically fail.
The ATTS also states that comparing scores with other dogs means nothing- the pass/fail rates cannot be compared. Different dog breeds that behave the same exact way on the test will get hugely different scores due to the fact they take inherent breed tendencies into consideration.
The test is not designed to test for breed aggression, according to the ATTS website. It is more of a test of bravery for individual dogs. Timid dogs will always fail. Dogs that bite will not always fail.
If anything, you could argue that the reason Pits have a high passing rate is because they bite or show aggression, although that is speculation and not proven. Either way though- the test does not test breed aggression, passing rates cannot be compared, and the test absolutely does not test for suitability as a family pet.
More info here: What the ATTS is really showing.
It is also worth mentioning that the only dogs that participate in the ATTS testing are dogs brought in by their owners- it is not a random sample or scientific study of any kind. Considering the evidence showing the existence of an actual Pit Bull lobby, it would not be a reach to say these results have been intentionally manipulated (if they did even matter, which they don't).
Also, a controlled temperament test found that 13 percent, or one out of seven, pit bulls tried to bite or attack during a one hour test simulating a neighborhood walk. One out of seven pit bulls tried to bite in the span of just one hour compared to only one out of 70 golden retrievers. Note that this study was funded and authored by anti-breed ban activists: They found "no significant difference" between breeds when the definition of aggression was watered down to include even whining or crying. But pay close attention to Table 5 on page 138: out of all the breeds tested, pit bulls were markedly the worst when it came to the percentage of dogs that reached a more serious level of aggression.

10. "It's racism for dogs!"

Humans are not dogs, and dog breeds are not analogous to human races.
In addition, one cannot compare a race of people to a breed of dogs for a multitude of reasons. Dog breeds were selectively, intentionally bred for specific characteristics and traits by human beings. Humans created dog breeds based on what physical and behavioral traits we wanted them to have. (Spaniels for flushing, retrievers for fetching prey/birds without damage, livestock guardian dogs such as Great Pyrenees for protecting livestock, Huskies for endurance and energy, Pointers for pointing, etc. Different dog breeds have different behavioral tendencies because humans selectively bred them to have those tendencies). Dogs also do not suffer from cultural differences, institutionalized racism, or socioeconomic disparities. Humans are also not as heavily influenced by our instincts as dogs are. Dogs behave based on their instincts and training. Humans behave mainly on their "training." Humans also have far more complex thought processes and the ability to make complex decisions. Dogs do not. You could go on and on but that is the basic overview there- dogs were selectively bred and rely mainly on their instincts. Humans were not selectively bred and are capable of making complex and rational decisions.
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2020.09.15 18:28 belfastbiker Haven't measured in months and months. It'd tripled.

*I've tripled. Dammit.
I'm very overweight (usually 275-330 lbs, but recently, let it get up to 362 lbs, I've had success but it comes and goes, I'm at 346 lbs again on the way down), and used to measure my glucose as a precaution, and have yearly doc checks also.
Reading were between 4.5 and 6 mmo/l, depending on when I measured. That's about 80 to 110 mg/DL. Meh, but nothing to write home about.
I found my old glucometer, the test strips are well out of date, but just tried it twice, been about 90mins since I ate, and I get a couple readings around 20 mmo/l, about FOUR times my typical reading.
I've been locked down since March, and I struggle HUGELY with fatigue now, I fall asleep at my desk 20 times a day. I pee more and drink more, water. Eyes are a little worse too.
Obviously, you're the internet, and I'm gonna phone my doc first thing tomorrow, but I realise this is a bad sign, can you talk to me about diabetes type 1 vs 2 likelihood?
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2020.09.15 08:37 SwimsWithDolphin 3200g APU + Asrock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC = no bios/uefi graphics?

So I can't for the life of me figure out what this issue is with this. New build for a family member. Mainly just internet browsing and photoshop work so I decided we would use one of the Ryzen apu's instead of cpu plus discrete graphics. I figured the issue was not up to date bios but it's still not working on 4.10 which is quite new.
I had to throw in an old GPU to install windows because I couldn't get any hdmi output from the mobo (didn't try DP.. no cable on hand). Got everything all setup and after the bios update tried switching the graphics setting to onboard vs discrete and still get no output. However once I get past post and windows loads it shows up just fine via the mobo hdmi connector and no gpu installed.
Not a huge deal as the family member will never need to get into the bios but I on the other hand might need to if they ever need me to service it.
Am I missing something? Anybody experience the same thing?
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2020.09.14 23:39 xxMissDemonxx God why does romance on tv or just anywhere have to suck so much!? (Warning, Long rant!)

Ok so I'll admit this is first time seeing, and posting on this sub. Honestly, I'm not sure where else to post this other than probably unpopularopinion but I feel like no one would really understand.
Now I'm not necessarily aromantic but I feel like the way people always have to portray romance is so fucking cringe. I understand that we're sexual creatures that are meant to reproduce and all, but dear god why does society always have to shame people for not dating someone? Or not being in a romantic relationship? It's like your seen as some sort of weird nasty hermit or something, idk.
Anyways, to my point of the title. I'm so sick and tired of looking at shit romance in every fucking movie/tv show! (Ok not every single entertainment piece, but you get my point) I feel like if I was say I hate romance in the entertainment world anywhere else on the internet, I would end up getting circlejerked. Look I'm all for romance and all, but like, I feel like so many people don't even understand what romance even is.
Let me explain...
Lack of chemistry/reasons as to why people love each other:
This is a huge one! Why!? Just why!? Does almost every protagonist have to just fall in love with some ugly random woman/man who isn't even all that likable as person because said romance, right? Plus the fact that I feel like every time there's some unjustifiable romance on screen it's the most cringe scene(s).
Example; Anybody watch "The Sopranos" Season 4? Well if you haven't, and you're into mafia themes you'll probably like it. I once made a statement saying how I hated the Carmella x Furio romance. To me personally the way it goes down is just so awkward, uncomfortable, and just downright cringe worthy. I get that it forwards the story of how Carmela was getting fed up with her shit mafia boss husband who cheats on her all the time, and never gives her any romantic attention. But the way it plays out feels so wrong that I get a dirty feeling from it, rather than a more wholesome feeling. Worst part about about is, the romance stems out of nowhere!
I also remember watching an old movie about some married couple. In this married couple, the wife whose a marriage counselor, has parents who are trying to get a divorce because obviously they don't love each other anymore. But get this! This stupid woman-child bitch (Yes this is necessary, she's a disgusting character!) literally goes out of her way to do everything in her power to stop her parents from divorcing! She's so disgusting, that even the two patients who are clearly not happy with each other, she has to literally try to keep them together! Why? Because it's about what SHE wants and not what's best for the people around her. But later on in the movie they end up divorcing and they're happy! You would think that grown woman, who is a license marriage counselor would understand that some people just aren't meant to be together if they're not happy. Not only that, but in the almost ending of the movie, in an ultimate attempted to stop the divorce of her two parents. She poisons her father by switching his pills with another type of pills that almost kills him! I'm dead serious! So her husband finds out, and of course he leaves her sorry ass calling her a narcissistic selfish person, which is exactly what she deserves. The absolute worst of it all, is the crappy ending. The parents end up getting back together because apparently the mother now all the sudden loves him again because apparently him almost dying in the hospital. And the husband magically starts to miss his narcissistic woman-child wife, and gets back with her and has a baby.....fucking just sad...(Sadly I don't remember the name, sorry :( )
Most romantic movies end up just being terrible. And it's not just with entertainment either. People seem to think that just because two people look cute together, or give the cliche googly eyes, that somehow that's enough to warrant good romance.
And there are plenty of others as well. Disney is the biggest Villain of this....but we'll get to that later. Hell, even Twilight is just depravingly disgusting, don't even get me started on that movie.
People don't understand that REAL actual love comes from respecting each others personality traits, and understanding what human flaws you're willing to put up with. What I mean is, it's all about what you want, and don't want in a person. I'm not saying look for MMrs perfect, there's no such thing as a perfect person, and you're not perfect either....so just remember that. Love takes-
-Time -Development -Empathy (Not positivity, I'll explain later) -Sacrifice -Honesty -Etc
People may say "That's a lot!" well...yeah? What do you expect!? Relationships aren't easy, they're not something that just becomes true love forever. I don't understand why people always say "You need someone in your life", "Let them take care of you", etc, etc. People shouldn't have to be there for you 24/7. People shouldn't have to take care of you, simply because you're too incompetent to have independence. Relationships shouldn't be a phase of you being a Queen Sheba, constantly using other people just for your own personal gain.
A lover should be able to have empathy not positivity. I'm not saying not be positive. I'm saying, that the person who loves you, should be able to understand your problems, treat you like you're a human being. It takes a sheer level of modesty and humbleness for a person to want to understand human pain, and human empathy. I'm also so sick of people confusing lust over love which brings me to my next point...
Encouragement of bad relationships, included with a misunderstanding between lust vs. love.
As this title reads. I've seen so many post on shit subs like relationship_advice where every comment is either "break up with him/her! Clearly they're abusive pieces of shit!" Even though the person only did a minor thing that didn't even warrant a whole break up. OR you end seeing comments bashing the hell out of the OP for simply trying to get legitimate advice on something serious. I understand that people got problems, but that sub is a fucking joke and a half.
Anyways, this is another thing that irks my damn nerves. Why do people always feel the need to defend bad behavior!? Like guys, I get people are imperfect and have their own personal problems, but they're not excuses for shitty treatment toward other people who they're in a relationship with. Why is it always that we have to be forced by parents/friends/family/etc to date someone? I get that it's nice to meet people, but Jesus am I tired of the whole "You must be weird if you don't have someone in your life.".
  1. Not everybody is that lucky to find someone for themselves yet.
  2. People are going to through multiple amounts of people before they find the right one.
  3. Romantic relationships aren't for everyone.
  4. Domestic abuse happens, and people need to time heal for themselves.
  5. People have a right to focus on themselves first before going into a relationship.
  6. etc.
Like I just wish people would lay off. Young teenagers/adults need time to figure out what they want in life, plus the fact love hurts. Love isn't easy, and sometimes you have go through a lot before things set in place naturally.
I blame companies like Disney. Simply because in every romance it's the same old thing, girl meets boy, instant love. Now technically I should be blaming society on this as you know all the reasons why. Listen I LOVE old Disney movies! See I'm more than fine with stuff like that because it's not meant to be realistic in any way shape or form. So it only makes sense that lust would take over. Speaking of lust, people also don't understand that Lust leads to Love.
Disney is all Lust! Ok don't believe me? I'll prove with a simple question....What about/why does Ariel love Eric? (The Little Mermaid). Take that minute to really think about it.....any ideals other than he's handsome?.....Yep that's right! There's no other reason why Ariel loves Eric other than the fact he's cute! Sorry Ariel, but I guess just like you told your own father, "You don't even know him!"
Yes she did explore, and she discovered a whole new world. But at what cost? She damn near sacrificed her entire kingdom just to get to some guy who probably could've become an abusive piece of shit, could've been someone she would just hate over time. Look, I'm not trying to paint Disney in a bad light...or am I :p
All I'm trying to say is, I know I said sacrifice is needed in a relationship, but there's a clear difference between doing things for someone you love, vs giving up your entire life for someone you haven't even met and got to know.
I have a friend whom I probably shouldn't call friend, who is very childish and has that terrible teenage girl mentality. Now I know I'll get some shit for it, but I'm going to say it anyways. Anybody know those cringe young girls who get an orgasm over shit like Twilight? Justin Bieber? etc? I'm not disrespecting the fact the young children and teens are going to have shit taste, we had shit taste at one point. But does anybody get that disgusting feeling in the bottom of your stomach when you see all those cringe people getting off on Twilight with Edward? Like...just...ew...
My friend is basically this person who goes online constantly meeting a bunch of guys, and I'm sure you can guess the rest. She isn't a slut or anything, but she's just a person with too many problems mentally. Sad part about it is, the two guys she was talking to recently blocked her....yea...... Had another girl I knew always going around dating men who'd she just have sex with, then after a while there'd be an argument, then a break up. Her family and me and other friend would try to tell her to focus on herself. To this day, she still goes around getting with guys who are trash people.
Jesus....I didn't realize just how much I wrote in this post. Honestly, I don't understand this whole obsession with fake romance, and everything else. I don't know if anybody else understood where I was coming from with this but I guess I felt like talking about something.
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2020.09.14 14:24 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (9/7/2020 to 9/13/2020)

Okay I don't know shit about the army but my friend is in basic combat training and I haven't talked to him since he left in mid July, he sent me a text message while in training with a picture of his camp address and said send mail. Probably a dumb question but is it normal to send some food or snacks or do I just send him a letter?
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So been in for three years, and was checking my ERB, and noticed I'm a few days past my AGCM eligibility date. And was just wondering how does that whole thing work? Is it automatic, or does your COC actually decide last minute, 'eh fuck it, hes not getting this.'
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Does the army allow testosterone injections?
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How likely is it to join the 173rd out of basic? Or how can I boost my chances?
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What can you do if battalion S1 continues to fail to update your ERB despite numerous attempts to have items added to it?
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Can you join infantry when youre not in the best shape? I can run 3 miles(not fast), i can do prob 25-30 pushups, no clue how many sit ups. Im seeing a recruiter soon, and i want to do infantry. I just dont know if im going to be cut out for infantry
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My wife and I have both made the swap to active duty from reserve. I’m currently at reclass until mid November, she reports to Carson permanently on 5 Oct. She’s currently being told that she can’t take our daughter? I don’t know if the Army just isn’t tracking that I’m on training orders, but any advice here would be nice. She’s a bit freaked out by this. Thanks.
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Does Civil Affairs require airborne qualification as part of the training pipeline? As far as I can tell, Psyops does but I can’t find that info on CA.
Also, anyone who’s gone through CA training recently—what are the expectations when it comes to rucking? I’ve been idly considering trying out for a while, but rucking is my worst physical event.
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11 weeks away from having my first child.
Currently “deployed”. Stil haven’t been given the word on if my packet is approved to go home using my paternity leave. Also, as I was discussing with my wife and looking at flights (policy states it’s at my expense to fly home) we realized and panicked because I don’t have a passport.
Will travel orders and my ID suffice?
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I'm a 28 year old prior service reservist trying to reenlist active duty. I'm especially interested in 18Xray and am in shape, speak German and Russian, and have a bachelor's in international relations. My question is, since my recruiter is trying to push me to reenlist in my old MOS and I'd rather not continue being an 89A, is 18X an option? I have less than 48 months active duty, I was in the reserve for 6 years but only ever did ATs and drill weekends. I'm not sure how the PSBR affect me is all.
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Does AIT Count for Post 9/11?
I’m a army reservist and just finished a 22 week AIT school back in February. Now I’m going to college and I’m wondering if I qualify for Post 9/11 GI bill? I did some research and if AIT does count then I qualify for 50% . Also what other time counts towards the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
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Prefacing this with, I understand it's my life, my choices, my career path I just think some people here might be able to give me perspective.
I'm 25, I graduated college with a 2.6 gpa and a degree in Information Technology. I recently got a spot in my cities Police Academy (3rd biggest department in the country) and it has a lot of pathways if I were to pass that interest me (Aviation, SWAT, Criminal Intelligence), ultimately I want to be a federal agent or work for the United States Diplomatic Security Service.
However, I also grew up watching things like band of brothers and have a best friend in the Army Infantry and I feel like I'm missing out on my younger years to take the opportunity to join the army. I would love to enlist in the infantry and go jump out of planes and do battle drills, but my friend told me unless you're in the SOF community not a whole lot is going on and I'd be better off joining the national guard infantry to get my dose of the "hooah life" (sorry if that sounds ignorant). I really just want to go infantry so I can live out of a backpack with the boys and deploy and live that life thats portrayed but he says that is far from reality. Does anyone here have experience going from Mil to LEO (specifically infantry) or LEO to Mil? Or does anyone have experience with the guard and could give their opinion if the NG Infantry gave them the fulfillment they're looking for while also being a civilian police officer? I realize I haven't even started the academy but I don't want to be a waste of a spot if my heart isn't in it. Thanks for any insight anyone would like to provide.
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I was looking for some workout programs to get into shape for basic. I was wondering what y’all recommend.
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If you are writing a memo, do you need to refer to yourself in 1st or 3rd person?
For example,
"SPC white-35 requests that he moves from _____ to _____"
"I request that I move from ______ to ______"
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Hi everyone, I just have some questions as I’m pretty nervous right now.
I haven’t consumed marijuana in 106 days as of today. I’ve been going to the recruiter every week for drug tests but they’re all showing positive. I’ve also been taking at home tests every day and a few days ago they started showing negative (with a very faint line).
I went to the recruiter today for a test and it showed positive. My recruiter told me that he is sending me to MEPS next week anyway because “there is no way anything is in your system after this long”.
I’m extremely nervous, being in the Army is all I want in my life and I’ve made many changes over the past 4 months to be better and stronger for service. I really don’t want my military career to be over before it even starts, what should I do? He wants to send me to MEPS on Monday (6 days from today) and I really don’t want a positive test. Should I try to postpone it until I get a negative test in the office?
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So I’m a 29year old mom of 3, currently enrolled at community college. Need advice on joining. I been on the fence and need help if I should just jump already. I been wanting to join the army since forever but when I got pregnant at 18 then 2 times right after I had to put my plans on hold. Now that they are older and don’t need their butts wiped by me anymore the army has been on my mind pretty much everyday now. Does age play a big part? Is it to late? I actually don’t even feel or look 29years old. I think this is something that I will beat myself up about later in life if I don’t join but at the same time I keep telling myself it might be to late.
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Intelligence/medical MOS where you don't end up behind a desk?
Hey community! I'm trying to figure out what MOS i should go with and i would appreciate your help.
I'm drawn to Intelligence and the medical field and they seem to be a good balance of brains and 'fun' but I will be miserable if i end up with a desk job or something really mondane. As in the real kind of miserable. I'm not an adrenalin junky but i need some sunlight and a challenge.
Caught my eye: 35M,35F,35L,35W,68W. I excluded the rest of both series because they seemed too indoorsy.
Spent the last few days trying to do some research and realized i have a chance of ending up behind a desk/doing nothing in every one of these jobs so i'm just looking for some insight about these or others that I might of missed.
If it makes any difference i'm in my late twenties,AA,Good Asvab.
Apologies for formatting/typos i'm on a broken phone
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So I ship to fort sill on the 22nd this month as a 68c (nurse). My recruiter has been telling me that the only way to enter as an e-2 is with college credits (my school wasn't on the approved list) or with referrals (that's not going to happen) online information seems dated or scattered rather. I found and was told by another recruiter that finishing the future soldier classes and passing a pt test will get one rank to e-2. However my recruiter seems disinterested in pursuing this. I tried searching here and a couple other places and can't find any concrete info. Any recruiters know how I could skip the decreased pay as an entry e-1 and enter as an e-2 since this is ... Borderline a deal breaker for me entering.
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Has anyone gotten a medical waiver for Airborne while having screws in their bones? I read somewhere it may be difficult to get cleared for airborne if you have retained hardware - plate & screws in my wrist.
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I am considering enlisting into the Army, I currently have 30 college credits and I am an Eagle Scout. Does anyone know what type of bonuses or advancements I may receive? Also, I am a year away from completing an engineering associates degree, would it be worth completing before I enlist?
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Hey guys, shipping to Benning soon. Can anyone who has been to basic since the Covid era began give me some insight into how the quarantine will be? I’ve got my ranger handbook, small unit tactics, land nav and some pleasure books packed, will they let me keep these during quarantine? How about PT, is there anywhere to run/workout during quarantine. I’ve been training hard as a motherfucker because Im on an 18x contract and don’t want to lose my gains, although I’m aware this might happen a bit during basic anyway. Any insight is appreciated, thanks!
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AGSU issue
I have everything but the long sleeve shirt so I am in quite a predicament when it comes to wearing the uniform; and you cant order stuff online right now without ordering the "full package" (coat ect) so if anyone has access to a base with shirts for sale I am happy to buy one from you. Looking for a 17 34/35 long sleeve. Willing to pay for time and cover cost ect.
Thanks!
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Is Madigan iPerms open up?
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68w questions
Background: I am currently an E-5 in the Army reserves. My current MOS is 88n and I will have 3 yrs TIS in April 2021. I wish to reclass and go active once my contract is up in 2024 (hopefully sooner if I can get a conditional release).
I am interested in several MOSs and am trying to learn as much as I can before I go active. One of which is 68w.
1) what is AIT like? Especially as an e-5 MOS-T.
2) what can I expect as an e-5 after AIT and once I reach my duty station?
3) what is the school for the identifier Nationally Registered Flight Paramedic (68wF2) like?
4) if I ever chose to try something like special forces, would this help me? Especially with something like 18d.
5) once I transition out, hopefully after a full 20yr career, would this be a good mos for something like a flight paramedic for a hospital?
Feel free to answer as many or as few as you like. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Earned a USCG Meritorious Team unit Award while I served in the Marine Corps Reserve. The award was not allowed on the Marine Uniform. Is it authorized to wear on the Army uniform? I was looking up AR 670-1 but couldn't find anything on awards from different services aside from badges. I will most likely have to reattend basic training and would like to wear it on my uniform during graduation.
Thanks!
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Just checked my PPW and it says I'm no longer promotable. It shows INELIGIBLE: APFT and does not have a score for APFT. Mine should not be expiring any time soon.
Is this an Army-wide error or just my unit?
Thanks in advance!
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I need to ship my POV to Fort Bragg. Is there a vehicle terminal nearby that can receive my car and hold it until I arrive?
If it matters, POV shipment is not authorized in my orders - I will be shipping at my own expense.
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Howdy, does anyone have insight on how the permanent party barracks at Fort Hunter Liggett is? Any information about this fort as a permanent party member would be great as well
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Currently starting the commissioning process and I have a few questions that my recruiter didn’t know the answer to (he said he would ask someone above him but I have yet to hear back).
I am graduating university in August 2021. Assuming I complete all of my paperwork, MEPS, and interviews by December of 2020, and get selected to go to OCS (I’ve been told this could take as long as 6 months from the point I finish all of the paperwork), would I probably be going to basic as soon as I graduate university?
If that is the case, after basic, how long does it typically take until OCS starts? I tried searching for this online and I found a post saying it could b 12 months, is that true ? What do you do between graduating basic and going to OCS, and could it really be that long of a time period ?
Thank you.
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Hi guys, I should probably preface this by saying I’m in the Guard. I’m currently attending college and I just graduated AIT. I would really love to do SF in the Guard but I know that in addition to being physically stupendous, I also have to be mentally mature. As I don’t wish to go to selections every year until I get selected (if ever), should I drop a packet the moment I get a chance or is there a recommended maturity level other than the minimum 21 that you would recommend? I don’t think I’m very immature, but I’m also aware that I am not the most mature person out. Also is there any schools that anybody recommend I push for before I drop a packet? The PT portion hasn’t been much of a problem. I’ve been following HTK’a Elite Operator plan (Fantastic if anybody else is interested). Anyway sorry for asking so much. Any help is appreciated!
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First time on this sub. Is there an MOS for Research & Development in small arms and infantry field gear? Like testing camouflage uniforms effectiveness, rifle effectiveness. I'm looking to get experience in research, as I'm a Psychology major.
Also, what's the MOS for Infantry room clearing? I've heard the term, "breaching".
I'm probably using incorrect terminology but I just started researching to get in the Army. Sorry.
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Does anyone know if 12N's are required to wear some type of saftey shoe on Active Duty?
I'm prior service with a training date to reclass. I don't want to waste money on aftermarket boots if they will not be used much, but definately prefer them over standard issue.
Thanks in advance.
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Hi, currently in the NG looking to become an officer in the reserves. I talked with a recruiter today about looking to branch either aviation or intel, and he said there is no way to guarantee either of these branches, only to go to OCS and compete for slots via the OML. Is this true for the reserves? Would this be true for the guard?
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Is there any consequence for getting lasik from a civilian doc? AD.
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I got offered a job from the army for a Financial Management Technician. I’m assuming that would qualify as a civilian job but I would still do combat training for 10 weeks. Is combat training the same as boot camp? Would I have to live on base for combat training? What an I getting myself into? I would be enlisting.
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Hey been intrested for quite some time in joining the army ever since I was in high school but my mother really held me against joining because I was her only family. Now im 24 and feel like I may be too old.
My main reason for joining is to build myself up again and just maybe have some more purpose in life.
I have some college under my belt and I have my comptia A+ certifications and a background in IT. But im really not sure if i could get in shape like I used to... i tried taking a physical test to become a park ranger which is the same test as the police physical test but i only had 2 weeks to get in shape for it and unfortunately I failed by 5 sit ups. Tbh the next part of the test was the run and I barely was able to do that in practicing only doing 1.5 miles in 12 mins.
And then I dont know where I would be most useful or where I would best fit in as job in the army.
Thinking about going down to my local recruiter and asking them more and seeing if I could be acceptable enough for the army.
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Hello all, fresh 27 year old. Was thinking of joining since I was 18 and as I get older I don’t want to regret not serving my country. Bachelors degree and masters courses under my belt and was employed as a teacher prior. I’m physically fit and played decently high level basketball my whole life up until the pandemic.
Three questions: 1.is 27 years old going to be a hinderance in any way shape or form? 2. What are the pros and cons of enlisted vs officer 3. If I’m married what kind of things are out there to help the family out? Such as after basic would I go back to living with them? Etc
Thanks
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Dumb question.
What goes in the “major command” spot on a USAR Form 107-R?
Edit: I’m in the Army reserves, so would it just be “USAR?”
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Looking to change MOS to 25N or 35T.
If you are currently filling, have trained in, or work closely with e4 positions within those ranks please help me out here:
  • What kind of experience do you get from it?
  • What kind of things do you walk out of AIT knowing or with certifications in?
  • What are civilian applications for each of these?
Got TS and looking into getting training that would help me move into the sys admin world, or just tech in general.
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I know that my promotion from E-1 to E-2 is “automatic”, but does that mean that it’s already happened since I hit my 6 months TIS at the beginning of this month? I just graduated airborne school so no one here has really told me anything about it and as I don’t have my CAC pin yet I can’t check. I ordered a couple fresh sets of OCPs with E-2 sewn on, and I’m curious if I’m authorized to wear the rank yet or if I have to wait until my CoC gives me the go ahead when I get to my unit.
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Hi guys, I’m currently already enlisted but I have a friend who I’ve been talking to who is interested in joining. Basically he’s given me a whole lot of reasons why he can’t join but the one that’s been bothering me the most is that he claims that his mother needs to sign a slip saying he can enlist because he’s the last of his lineage. Now I smell bs but I’m not a recruiter so I don’t know if that’s true. If I could get any recruiter’s input I would appreciate it.
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Anyone knows how there doing basic know that’s my only question?
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So, a little back story.
I’m 26 years old, married (for a few years now), and I feel like at this point in my life it’s the best decision I can make for my future and my family’s. We live in a very poor, rural area in the south, with very limited opportunities. I’m a college dropout who has worked nothing but soul crushing, back breaking jobs to this point in my life (high school janitor, cement factory, metal factory, chemical factory, rail yard grunt, pizza delivery driver and gas station attendant. I’m tired of feeling as if I have no purpose and the jobs obviously aren’t fulfilling. I desperately want to go back to school but not take out a shit ton of student loans, would like to take advantage of TA while enlisted, and the GI when out. As far as MOS goes I would love to do public affairs/journalism/photography as those are passions of mine. Would like to stay the fuck away from anything maintenance considering that’s what I’m trying to get away from. Wife is very supportive and we have been together long enough that we aren’t really sweating any challenges it will bring (for now lol), she’s a nurse so we both see it as a great opportunity for me to get ahead and her as well considering we could hopefully bank her pay and live off of my pay and BHA.
We already own our home (an RV we live in lol I’m not as white trash as it sounds) so the only debt we have is her car. Any advice or thoughts would be great! BTW, considering army due to wanting to have a guaranteed job in contract (Been told army is only branch that can do so)
*feel free to recommend an MOS, Which MOS to stay away from, tell me why to considestay away from said MOS
*if you think I should consider another branch, feel free to say so
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What’s the status update with that TikTok Lieutenant?
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So this is probably a bit random, but I've been looking over the internet and have found many mixed responses, most of which are 6+ years old now, I'm considering enlisting next year and I was looking into infantry, but I wear glasses and I don't think I'm interested in eye surgery, I was wondering what the common options are when deployed, I can only find answers for what they give you while in basic training, do you have a specific pair or prescription for when your deployed and just get the option of wearing your regular glasses any other time while you're not? I apologise if this is a stupid question I'm just having issues finding a response for the options when it comes to eyeglasses.
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Is this still true? https://www.stripes.com/news/fort-sill-s-dining-facility-is-the-first-to-offer-troops-a-100-percent-plant-based-entr%C3%A9e-at-every-meal-1.568203#.X11-NNWsV6k.reddit
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Hey guys, I'm a E3 91B in the reserves, been in almost 2 years. I'm bored at my Unit, I'm tired of being in the reserves, being surrounded by unmotivated people and not ever doing my MOS. I wanted to get some insight on what it was like being infantry. I'm a really hard worker, and an upbeat person. I don't LOVE early mornings but I can do it with a smile on my face, and a hella lot of motivation. My last PT test was a few weeks ago and scored 293. I only hit Marksman on my last rifle qual, but it was the first I've even touched a rifle in over a year, I qualified expert at basic. I qualed the first time unlike most of the platoon. I run 4 times a week, and do pushups/pullups/core daily, and I've never fallen out of a ruck. The only thing is I get a bit of anxiety, but if I find I'm really good at something it gives me a lot of confidence and helps me overcome that. That's generally why I'm so active, gives me more confidence to overcome my anxiety. I'm just wondering, would infantry be a good choice for someone like me? Is it not what it's cut out to be? I just want a life that has more meaning than what I do in the reserves. I still work hard, and always embrace the suck, but everything I do feels so futile. I try my best to learn the battle drills they're teaching us, but when I look around and nobody else is paying attention or clearly in any shape to deploy, I feel like I'm wasting my time. I want to walk up the stairs without hearing my battle buddies huffing and puffing, I don't want to finish every run alone. I want to be part of a team of champions. I want to see things that less than 1% of people ever get to see or experience. I also really really want to go to airborne school. Just any insight on combat arms would be great, again I've never done any active time aside from initial entry training and really don't want to get ahead of myself.
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I have a question regarding retirement options. I understand there is a new blended retirement that incoming soldiers who enlist after 2018 must opt into. I wonder, if you enlisted in the army before 2018 and are returning as a prior service do you get to stay with the other retirement plan, or do you have to opt into the blended?
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My spouse is collecting unemployment. Would me enlisting affect her unemployment?
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does tricare cover contacts? my eyes suck. instead of getting glasses can I just get contacts?
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Hey everyone, I wanted some opinions regarding some thoughts of enlisting. I currently have my ADN and am a practicing RN, I have 3 years of ELevel 1 Trauma under my belt and have taken care of most everything imaginable. My family has a long military background with my half uncle being a Green Beret, I am borderline about to enlist as 18x in hopes of landing 18D. I have a strong passion to serve my country and follow in the footsteps of my family. Anyone have any experience with any situation of this sort? Tips? Give me your downright honest thoughts.
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Dumb question (current newbie soldier) - when you are on post in civilians what do you do during flag raising?
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Graduating in early November but ACT says I don't report to my unit until early January. I have airborne school in my contract which I assume means I'll be attending that school somewhere in between this time. My question is, are they going to send me pretty quick after I graduate, am I going to be spending my christmas at airborne school or am I sticking at AIT until I get a school date?
Obviously nobody here is my S-1 but I'm trying to get some sort of idea from others who may have been in a similar situation.
Also, I’ve read you can have your POV at airborne school, can anyone confirm if this is true?
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What is life like as a 12B combat engineer, what does your day consist of and what are some civilian jobs you can get once you get out?
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I attempted to commit suicide when I was 9 years old. I have no recollection of the incident. Is there any way I could get into the army having this in my medical history
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I've been living in the us for eleven years now, im 22, I have always wanted to join the army, and do my part to become part of something bigger than me, unfortunately the two times I've asked questions, both times were the same answer, I couldn't join because of my illegal status in the us, I've heard stories of seargents who joined without papers, and some army guys I've had talked to say it is possible talking to the right people, hopefully I found them here.
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I'm about to go on a deployment (within the states) for a year. Before I do, I'm going to premob in Texas. I've heard a lot of people get sent home here for numerous reasons.
I have a rash that has been on and off haunting me. As of recently its acting up bad. Im fairly certain its psoriasis rosea. Is this something that could disqualify me from deployment? Also im thinking I should get it treated before I go to dull it down again like I have in the past. If I do, and get on meds, will the meds disqualify me from deploying? I heard meds get people sent home a lot.
What are other thinks that get people the boot to back home? Cavities? Allergies (latex?). Thanks in advanced!
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Hello,
I am 29. I’ve done a great deal of research around why one should/shouldn’t join the army right now, especially under this administration.
While I really have no desire to serve under poor leadership I do believe that this opportunity will help me get closer to my new career goal of working at a federal agency.
Currently living in New York. Meeting with a recruiter soon. I still have a lot of questions about what I’m getting myself into by committing to joining only because it’s a big commitment. I guess I think of worse case scenario.. would I get deployed to go fight? I’m terrified of that idea especially under a wreckless president.
Is it too late in life to consider a move to the army at 29 years old? Also, my background is in marketing. Would I be leveraging this skill set in the army until my term of service is over? Hoping for a term of service no longer than 2 to 3 years so that then I can go apply for a federal agency job.
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2020.09.14 14:24 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (9/7/2020 to 9/13/2020)

Okay I don't know shit about the army but my friend is in basic combat training and I haven't talked to him since he left in mid July, he sent me a text message while in training with a picture of his camp address and said send mail. Probably a dumb question but is it normal to send some food or snacks or do I just send him a letter?
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So been in for three years, and was checking my ERB, and noticed I'm a few days past my AGCM eligibility date. And was just wondering how does that whole thing work? Is it automatic, or does your COC actually decide last minute, 'eh fuck it, hes not getting this.'
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Does the army allow testosterone injections?
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How likely is it to join the 173rd out of basic? Or how can I boost my chances?
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What can you do if battalion S1 continues to fail to update your ERB despite numerous attempts to have items added to it?
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Can you join infantry when youre not in the best shape? I can run 3 miles(not fast), i can do prob 25-30 pushups, no clue how many sit ups. Im seeing a recruiter soon, and i want to do infantry. I just dont know if im going to be cut out for infantry
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My wife and I have both made the swap to active duty from reserve. I’m currently at reclass until mid November, she reports to Carson permanently on 5 Oct. She’s currently being told that she can’t take our daughter? I don’t know if the Army just isn’t tracking that I’m on training orders, but any advice here would be nice. She’s a bit freaked out by this. Thanks.
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Does Civil Affairs require airborne qualification as part of the training pipeline? As far as I can tell, Psyops does but I can’t find that info on CA.
Also, anyone who’s gone through CA training recently—what are the expectations when it comes to rucking? I’ve been idly considering trying out for a while, but rucking is my worst physical event.
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11 weeks away from having my first child.
Currently “deployed”. Stil haven’t been given the word on if my packet is approved to go home using my paternity leave. Also, as I was discussing with my wife and looking at flights (policy states it’s at my expense to fly home) we realized and panicked because I don’t have a passport.
Will travel orders and my ID suffice?
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I'm a 28 year old prior service reservist trying to reenlist active duty. I'm especially interested in 18Xray and am in shape, speak German and Russian, and have a bachelor's in international relations. My question is, since my recruiter is trying to push me to reenlist in my old MOS and I'd rather not continue being an 89A, is 18X an option? I have less than 48 months active duty, I was in the reserve for 6 years but only ever did ATs and drill weekends. I'm not sure how the PSBR affect me is all.
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Does AIT Count for Post 9/11?
I’m a army reservist and just finished a 22 week AIT school back in February. Now I’m going to college and I’m wondering if I qualify for Post 9/11 GI bill? I did some research and if AIT does count then I qualify for 50% . Also what other time counts towards the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
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Prefacing this with, I understand it's my life, my choices, my career path I just think some people here might be able to give me perspective.
I'm 25, I graduated college with a 2.6 gpa and a degree in Information Technology. I recently got a spot in my cities Police Academy (3rd biggest department in the country) and it has a lot of pathways if I were to pass that interest me (Aviation, SWAT, Criminal Intelligence), ultimately I want to be a federal agent or work for the United States Diplomatic Security Service.
However, I also grew up watching things like band of brothers and have a best friend in the Army Infantry and I feel like I'm missing out on my younger years to take the opportunity to join the army. I would love to enlist in the infantry and go jump out of planes and do battle drills, but my friend told me unless you're in the SOF community not a whole lot is going on and I'd be better off joining the national guard infantry to get my dose of the "hooah life" (sorry if that sounds ignorant). I really just want to go infantry so I can live out of a backpack with the boys and deploy and live that life thats portrayed but he says that is far from reality. Does anyone here have experience going from Mil to LEO (specifically infantry) or LEO to Mil? Or does anyone have experience with the guard and could give their opinion if the NG Infantry gave them the fulfillment they're looking for while also being a civilian police officer? I realize I haven't even started the academy but I don't want to be a waste of a spot if my heart isn't in it. Thanks for any insight anyone would like to provide.
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I was looking for some workout programs to get into shape for basic. I was wondering what y’all recommend.
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If you are writing a memo, do you need to refer to yourself in 1st or 3rd person?
For example,
"SPC white-35 requests that he moves from _____ to _____"
"I request that I move from ______ to ______"
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Hi everyone, I just have some questions as I’m pretty nervous right now.
I haven’t consumed marijuana in 106 days as of today. I’ve been going to the recruiter every week for drug tests but they’re all showing positive. I’ve also been taking at home tests every day and a few days ago they started showing negative (with a very faint line).
I went to the recruiter today for a test and it showed positive. My recruiter told me that he is sending me to MEPS next week anyway because “there is no way anything is in your system after this long”.
I’m extremely nervous, being in the Army is all I want in my life and I’ve made many changes over the past 4 months to be better and stronger for service. I really don’t want my military career to be over before it even starts, what should I do? He wants to send me to MEPS on Monday (6 days from today) and I really don’t want a positive test. Should I try to postpone it until I get a negative test in the office?
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So I’m a 29year old mom of 3, currently enrolled at community college. Need advice on joining. I been on the fence and need help if I should just jump already. I been wanting to join the army since forever but when I got pregnant at 18 then 2 times right after I had to put my plans on hold. Now that they are older and don’t need their butts wiped by me anymore the army has been on my mind pretty much everyday now. Does age play a big part? Is it to late? I actually don’t even feel or look 29years old. I think this is something that I will beat myself up about later in life if I don’t join but at the same time I keep telling myself it might be to late.
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Intelligence/medical MOS where you don't end up behind a desk?
Hey community! I'm trying to figure out what MOS i should go with and i would appreciate your help.
I'm drawn to Intelligence and the medical field and they seem to be a good balance of brains and 'fun' but I will be miserable if i end up with a desk job or something really mondane. As in the real kind of miserable. I'm not an adrenalin junky but i need some sunlight and a challenge.
Caught my eye: 35M,35F,35L,35W,68W. I excluded the rest of both series because they seemed too indoorsy.
Spent the last few days trying to do some research and realized i have a chance of ending up behind a desk/doing nothing in every one of these jobs so i'm just looking for some insight about these or others that I might of missed.
If it makes any difference i'm in my late twenties,AA,Good Asvab.
Apologies for formatting/typos i'm on a broken phone
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So I ship to fort sill on the 22nd this month as a 68c (nurse). My recruiter has been telling me that the only way to enter as an e-2 is with college credits (my school wasn't on the approved list) or with referrals (that's not going to happen) online information seems dated or scattered rather. I found and was told by another recruiter that finishing the future soldier classes and passing a pt test will get one rank to e-2. However my recruiter seems disinterested in pursuing this. I tried searching here and a couple other places and can't find any concrete info. Any recruiters know how I could skip the decreased pay as an entry e-1 and enter as an e-2 since this is ... Borderline a deal breaker for me entering.
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Has anyone gotten a medical waiver for Airborne while having screws in their bones? I read somewhere it may be difficult to get cleared for airborne if you have retained hardware - plate & screws in my wrist.
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I am considering enlisting into the Army, I currently have 30 college credits and I am an Eagle Scout. Does anyone know what type of bonuses or advancements I may receive? Also, I am a year away from completing an engineering associates degree, would it be worth completing before I enlist?
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Hey guys, shipping to Benning soon. Can anyone who has been to basic since the Covid era began give me some insight into how the quarantine will be? I’ve got my ranger handbook, small unit tactics, land nav and some pleasure books packed, will they let me keep these during quarantine? How about PT, is there anywhere to run/workout during quarantine. I’ve been training hard as a motherfucker because Im on an 18x contract and don’t want to lose my gains, although I’m aware this might happen a bit during basic anyway. Any insight is appreciated, thanks!
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AGSU issue
I have everything but the long sleeve shirt so I am in quite a predicament when it comes to wearing the uniform; and you cant order stuff online right now without ordering the "full package" (coat ect) so if anyone has access to a base with shirts for sale I am happy to buy one from you. Looking for a 17 34/35 long sleeve. Willing to pay for time and cover cost ect.
Thanks!
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Is Madigan iPerms open up?
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68w questions
Background: I am currently an E-5 in the Army reserves. My current MOS is 88n and I will have 3 yrs TIS in April 2021. I wish to reclass and go active once my contract is up in 2024 (hopefully sooner if I can get a conditional release).
I am interested in several MOSs and am trying to learn as much as I can before I go active. One of which is 68w.
1) what is AIT like? Especially as an e-5 MOS-T.
2) what can I expect as an e-5 after AIT and once I reach my duty station?
3) what is the school for the identifier Nationally Registered Flight Paramedic (68wF2) like?
4) if I ever chose to try something like special forces, would this help me? Especially with something like 18d.
5) once I transition out, hopefully after a full 20yr career, would this be a good mos for something like a flight paramedic for a hospital?
Feel free to answer as many or as few as you like. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Earned a USCG Meritorious Team unit Award while I served in the Marine Corps Reserve. The award was not allowed on the Marine Uniform. Is it authorized to wear on the Army uniform? I was looking up AR 670-1 but couldn't find anything on awards from different services aside from badges. I will most likely have to reattend basic training and would like to wear it on my uniform during graduation.
Thanks!
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Just checked my PPW and it says I'm no longer promotable. It shows INELIGIBLE: APFT and does not have a score for APFT. Mine should not be expiring any time soon.
Is this an Army-wide error or just my unit?
Thanks in advance!
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I need to ship my POV to Fort Bragg. Is there a vehicle terminal nearby that can receive my car and hold it until I arrive?
If it matters, POV shipment is not authorized in my orders - I will be shipping at my own expense.
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Howdy, does anyone have insight on how the permanent party barracks at Fort Hunter Liggett is? Any information about this fort as a permanent party member would be great as well
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Currently starting the commissioning process and I have a few questions that my recruiter didn’t know the answer to (he said he would ask someone above him but I have yet to hear back).
I am graduating university in August 2021. Assuming I complete all of my paperwork, MEPS, and interviews by December of 2020, and get selected to go to OCS (I’ve been told this could take as long as 6 months from the point I finish all of the paperwork), would I probably be going to basic as soon as I graduate university?
If that is the case, after basic, how long does it typically take until OCS starts? I tried searching for this online and I found a post saying it could b 12 months, is that true ? What do you do between graduating basic and going to OCS, and could it really be that long of a time period ?
Thank you.
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Hi guys, I should probably preface this by saying I’m in the Guard. I’m currently attending college and I just graduated AIT. I would really love to do SF in the Guard but I know that in addition to being physically stupendous, I also have to be mentally mature. As I don’t wish to go to selections every year until I get selected (if ever), should I drop a packet the moment I get a chance or is there a recommended maturity level other than the minimum 21 that you would recommend? I don’t think I’m very immature, but I’m also aware that I am not the most mature person out. Also is there any schools that anybody recommend I push for before I drop a packet? The PT portion hasn’t been much of a problem. I’ve been following HTK’a Elite Operator plan (Fantastic if anybody else is interested). Anyway sorry for asking so much. Any help is appreciated!
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First time on this sub. Is there an MOS for Research & Development in small arms and infantry field gear? Like testing camouflage uniforms effectiveness, rifle effectiveness. I'm looking to get experience in research, as I'm a Psychology major.
Also, what's the MOS for Infantry room clearing? I've heard the term, "breaching".
I'm probably using incorrect terminology but I just started researching to get in the Army. Sorry.
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Does anyone know if 12N's are required to wear some type of saftey shoe on Active Duty?
I'm prior service with a training date to reclass. I don't want to waste money on aftermarket boots if they will not be used much, but definately prefer them over standard issue.
Thanks in advance.
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Hi, currently in the NG looking to become an officer in the reserves. I talked with a recruiter today about looking to branch either aviation or intel, and he said there is no way to guarantee either of these branches, only to go to OCS and compete for slots via the OML. Is this true for the reserves? Would this be true for the guard?
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Is there any consequence for getting lasik from a civilian doc? AD.
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I got offered a job from the army for a Financial Management Technician. I’m assuming that would qualify as a civilian job but I would still do combat training for 10 weeks. Is combat training the same as boot camp? Would I have to live on base for combat training? What an I getting myself into? I would be enlisting.
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Hey been intrested for quite some time in joining the army ever since I was in high school but my mother really held me against joining because I was her only family. Now im 24 and feel like I may be too old.
My main reason for joining is to build myself up again and just maybe have some more purpose in life.
I have some college under my belt and I have my comptia A+ certifications and a background in IT. But im really not sure if i could get in shape like I used to... i tried taking a physical test to become a park ranger which is the same test as the police physical test but i only had 2 weeks to get in shape for it and unfortunately I failed by 5 sit ups. Tbh the next part of the test was the run and I barely was able to do that in practicing only doing 1.5 miles in 12 mins.
And then I dont know where I would be most useful or where I would best fit in as job in the army.
Thinking about going down to my local recruiter and asking them more and seeing if I could be acceptable enough for the army.
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Hello all, fresh 27 year old. Was thinking of joining since I was 18 and as I get older I don’t want to regret not serving my country. Bachelors degree and masters courses under my belt and was employed as a teacher prior. I’m physically fit and played decently high level basketball my whole life up until the pandemic.
Three questions: 1.is 27 years old going to be a hinderance in any way shape or form? 2. What are the pros and cons of enlisted vs officer 3. If I’m married what kind of things are out there to help the family out? Such as after basic would I go back to living with them? Etc
Thanks
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Dumb question.
What goes in the “major command” spot on a USAR Form 107-R?
Edit: I’m in the Army reserves, so would it just be “USAR?”
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Looking to change MOS to 25N or 35T.
If you are currently filling, have trained in, or work closely with e4 positions within those ranks please help me out here:
  • What kind of experience do you get from it?
  • What kind of things do you walk out of AIT knowing or with certifications in?
  • What are civilian applications for each of these?
Got TS and looking into getting training that would help me move into the sys admin world, or just tech in general.
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I know that my promotion from E-1 to E-2 is “automatic”, but does that mean that it’s already happened since I hit my 6 months TIS at the beginning of this month? I just graduated airborne school so no one here has really told me anything about it and as I don’t have my CAC pin yet I can’t check. I ordered a couple fresh sets of OCPs with E-2 sewn on, and I’m curious if I’m authorized to wear the rank yet or if I have to wait until my CoC gives me the go ahead when I get to my unit.
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Hi guys, I’m currently already enlisted but I have a friend who I’ve been talking to who is interested in joining. Basically he’s given me a whole lot of reasons why he can’t join but the one that’s been bothering me the most is that he claims that his mother needs to sign a slip saying he can enlist because he’s the last of his lineage. Now I smell bs but I’m not a recruiter so I don’t know if that’s true. If I could get any recruiter’s input I would appreciate it.
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Anyone knows how there doing basic know that’s my only question?
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So, a little back story.
I’m 26 years old, married (for a few years now), and I feel like at this point in my life it’s the best decision I can make for my future and my family’s. We live in a very poor, rural area in the south, with very limited opportunities. I’m a college dropout who has worked nothing but soul crushing, back breaking jobs to this point in my life (high school janitor, cement factory, metal factory, chemical factory, rail yard grunt, pizza delivery driver and gas station attendant. I’m tired of feeling as if I have no purpose and the jobs obviously aren’t fulfilling. I desperately want to go back to school but not take out a shit ton of student loans, would like to take advantage of TA while enlisted, and the GI when out. As far as MOS goes I would love to do public affairs/journalism/photography as those are passions of mine. Would like to stay the fuck away from anything maintenance considering that’s what I’m trying to get away from. Wife is very supportive and we have been together long enough that we aren’t really sweating any challenges it will bring (for now lol), she’s a nurse so we both see it as a great opportunity for me to get ahead and her as well considering we could hopefully bank her pay and live off of my pay and BHA.
We already own our home (an RV we live in lol I’m not as white trash as it sounds) so the only debt we have is her car. Any advice or thoughts would be great! BTW, considering army due to wanting to have a guaranteed job in contract (Been told army is only branch that can do so)
*feel free to recommend an MOS, Which MOS to stay away from, tell me why to considestay away from said MOS
*if you think I should consider another branch, feel free to say so
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What’s the status update with that TikTok Lieutenant?
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So this is probably a bit random, but I've been looking over the internet and have found many mixed responses, most of which are 6+ years old now, I'm considering enlisting next year and I was looking into infantry, but I wear glasses and I don't think I'm interested in eye surgery, I was wondering what the common options are when deployed, I can only find answers for what they give you while in basic training, do you have a specific pair or prescription for when your deployed and just get the option of wearing your regular glasses any other time while you're not? I apologise if this is a stupid question I'm just having issues finding a response for the options when it comes to eyeglasses.
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Is this still true? https://www.stripes.com/news/fort-sill-s-dining-facility-is-the-first-to-offer-troops-a-100-percent-plant-based-entr%C3%A9e-at-every-meal-1.568203#.X11-NNWsV6k.reddit
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Hey guys, I'm a E3 91B in the reserves, been in almost 2 years. I'm bored at my Unit, I'm tired of being in the reserves, being surrounded by unmotivated people and not ever doing my MOS. I wanted to get some insight on what it was like being infantry. I'm a really hard worker, and an upbeat person. I don't LOVE early mornings but I can do it with a smile on my face, and a hella lot of motivation. My last PT test was a few weeks ago and scored 293. I only hit Marksman on my last rifle qual, but it was the first I've even touched a rifle in over a year, I qualified expert at basic. I qualed the first time unlike most of the platoon. I run 4 times a week, and do pushups/pullups/core daily, and I've never fallen out of a ruck. The only thing is I get a bit of anxiety, but if I find I'm really good at something it gives me a lot of confidence and helps me overcome that. That's generally why I'm so active, gives me more confidence to overcome my anxiety. I'm just wondering, would infantry be a good choice for someone like me? Is it not what it's cut out to be? I just want a life that has more meaning than what I do in the reserves. I still work hard, and always embrace the suck, but everything I do feels so futile. I try my best to learn the battle drills they're teaching us, but when I look around and nobody else is paying attention or clearly in any shape to deploy, I feel like I'm wasting my time. I want to walk up the stairs without hearing my battle buddies huffing and puffing, I don't want to finish every run alone. I want to be part of a team of champions. I want to see things that less than 1% of people ever get to see or experience. I also really really want to go to airborne school. Just any insight on combat arms would be great, again I've never done any active time aside from initial entry training and really don't want to get ahead of myself.
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I have a question regarding retirement options. I understand there is a new blended retirement that incoming soldiers who enlist after 2018 must opt into. I wonder, if you enlisted in the army before 2018 and are returning as a prior service do you get to stay with the other retirement plan, or do you have to opt into the blended?
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My spouse is collecting unemployment. Would me enlisting affect her unemployment?
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does tricare cover contacts? my eyes suck. instead of getting glasses can I just get contacts?
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Hey everyone, I wanted some opinions regarding some thoughts of enlisting. I currently have my ADN and am a practicing RN, I have 3 years of ELevel 1 Trauma under my belt and have taken care of most everything imaginable. My family has a long military background with my half uncle being a Green Beret, I am borderline about to enlist as 18x in hopes of landing 18D. I have a strong passion to serve my country and follow in the footsteps of my family. Anyone have any experience with any situation of this sort? Tips? Give me your downright honest thoughts.
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Dumb question (current newbie soldier) - when you are on post in civilians what do you do during flag raising?
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Graduating in early November but ACT says I don't report to my unit until early January. I have airborne school in my contract which I assume means I'll be attending that school somewhere in between this time. My question is, are they going to send me pretty quick after I graduate, am I going to be spending my christmas at airborne school or am I sticking at AIT until I get a school date?
Obviously nobody here is my S-1 but I'm trying to get some sort of idea from others who may have been in a similar situation.
Also, I’ve read you can have your POV at airborne school, can anyone confirm if this is true?
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What is life like as a 12B combat engineer, what does your day consist of and what are some civilian jobs you can get once you get out?
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I attempted to commit suicide when I was 9 years old. I have no recollection of the incident. Is there any way I could get into the army having this in my medical history
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I've been living in the us for eleven years now, im 22, I have always wanted to join the army, and do my part to become part of something bigger than me, unfortunately the two times I've asked questions, both times were the same answer, I couldn't join because of my illegal status in the us, I've heard stories of seargents who joined without papers, and some army guys I've had talked to say it is possible talking to the right people, hopefully I found them here.
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I'm about to go on a deployment (within the states) for a year. Before I do, I'm going to premob in Texas. I've heard a lot of people get sent home here for numerous reasons.
I have a rash that has been on and off haunting me. As of recently its acting up bad. Im fairly certain its psoriasis rosea. Is this something that could disqualify me from deployment? Also im thinking I should get it treated before I go to dull it down again like I have in the past. If I do, and get on meds, will the meds disqualify me from deploying? I heard meds get people sent home a lot.
What are other thinks that get people the boot to back home? Cavities? Allergies (latex?). Thanks in advanced!
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Hello,
I am 29. I’ve done a great deal of research around why one should/shouldn’t join the army right now, especially under this administration.
While I really have no desire to serve under poor leadership I do believe that this opportunity will help me get closer to my new career goal of working at a federal agency.
Currently living in New York. Meeting with a recruiter soon. I still have a lot of questions about what I’m getting myself into by committing to joining only because it’s a big commitment. I guess I think of worse case scenario.. would I get deployed to go fight? I’m terrified of that idea especially under a wreckless president.
Is it too late in life to consider a move to the army at 29 years old? Also, my background is in marketing. Would I be leveraging this skill set in the army until my term of service is over? Hoping for a term of service no longer than 2 to 3 years so that then I can go apply for a federal agency job.
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2020.09.14 12:29 arjunchauhan0674 Looking for Sex Partners, get the best Guntur call girls for you

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2020.09.14 07:02 InternetFreedomIn Watch the Watchmen Series Part 2 : The Centralised Monitoring System

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The Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) is an ambitious surveillance system that monitors text messages, social-media engagement and phone calls on landlines and cell phones, among other communications. It has been set up by the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) and is operated by the Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) cells under the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Like the NATGRID, the CMS has also been developed by the government to strengthen the security structure of the country.

History

Post the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, a need was felt for greater coordination between law enforcement and security agencies. CMS is one of the multiple projects that the government initiated in 2009 in order to fill the gaps in India’s internal security structure. The project was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on 16th June 2011 and the pilot project was completed by 30th September 2011.
The estimated budget for the project was 400 crore INR however the actual cost of the project is said to be higher.
The project, which was first envisaged in 2009, was delayed multiple times and finally operationalised in 2013 however the implementation is being done in phases.

What is CMS?

CMS aims to automate the process of lawful interception & monitoring of telecommunications. Before CMS, law enforcement agencies had to approach individual telecom service providers (TSP) for interception of communications of targets such as suspected terrorists or criminals. However, CMS aims to remove or bypass the middle man, i.e., TSPs, and allow the law enforcement agency to monitor the target through a central system.
In order to bypass the TSPs, the CMS was provided unfettered access to the existing Lawful Interception Systems (LIS). LIS was a frequently used uniform platform for law enforcement agencies to track and gather cell and internet records. All service providers in the country were required to have LIS installed in their premises. Interception through LIS happened by interception requests which were made by law enforcement agencies to the Nodal Officers of the TSPs. However, under the CMS, the TSPs were made to integrate the LIS with Interception Store & Forward (ISF) servers. These servers are connected to the Regional Monitoring Centres (RMC) of CMS allowing them direct access to all intercepted data of the TSPs. these RMCs can be accessed directly by any participating law enforcement agency through the CMS, surpassing the need to contact TSPs and essentially automating the entire process. Whereas before the government had to request that user information be monitored and turned over to the authorities, under CMS the Indian government can “tap into communications at will without telling the service providers.”
On August 7, 2013, in response to a parliamentary question the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora stated that the envisaged salient features of CMS are as follows:
  1. Direct Electronic Provisioning of target number by a Government agency without any manual intervention from Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) on a secured network, thus enhancing the secrecy level and quick provisioning of target.
  2. Central and regional database which will help Central and State level Law Enforcement Agencies in Interception and Monitoring.
  3. Analysis of Call Data Records (CDR) to help in establishing linkage between anti-social /anti-national elements.
  4. Research and Development (R&D) in related fields for continuous up-gradation of the CMS.
The participating law enforcement agencies of the CMS are:
  1. Intelligence Bureau (IB)
  2. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  3. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
  4. Research & Analysis Wing (RAW)
  5. National Investigation Agency (NIA)
  6. Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)
  7. Enforcement Directorate (ED)
  8. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
  9. Directorate of Signal Intelligence
  10. Commissioner of Police, Delhi

What are the privacy concerns surrounding CMS?

Interception through CMS will thus be done by these agencies directly without any need to approach individual service providers.
On August 7, 2013, in response to a parliamentary question the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora stated:
“To take care of the privacy of citizens, lawful interception and monitoring is governed by the section 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 read with rule 419A of Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2007 wherein oversight mechanism exists in form of review committee under chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary at Central Government level and Chief Secretary of the State at the State Government level. The same mechanism is applicable for the interception under the CMS Project also. Additionally, there is an inbuilt mechanism of check and balance as Security Agencies/Law Enforcement Agencies cannot provision the target and the provisioning agency cannot see the content.”
In the absence of a data protection law in India and without any intermediaries in place, the process through which interception would be done under the CMS lacks transparency. This means that the general public will not know if and when a person’s data has been intercepted. It would also be difficult to ascertain whether there was a valid reason for this interception. A practice of mass surveillance could be adopted wherein large groups of people have their data intercepted without a valid reason. Since these interception authorisations will be done by the government agencies internally, there will be no way of knowing about them and whether they were done for a valid reason, let alone questioning or challenging them.
The prevailing legal regime regarding privacy can thus be reduced to the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Justice K.S. Puttaswamy vs Union of India (2017 10 SCC 1) which states that any justifiable intrusion by the State into people’s right to privacy, which is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution, must conform to certain thresholds which include legality, necessity, proportionality and procedural safeguards.
The threshold of legality requires that the intrusion must take place a defined regime of law i.e. there must be an anchoring legislation, with a clear set of provisions. The CMS does not have any anchoring legislation and thus fails to meet this threshold.
The threshold of procedural safeguards requires that there is an appropriate independent institutional mechanism, with in-built procedural safeguards aligned with standards of procedure established by law which are just, fair and reasonable to prevent abuse. As stated above, the CMS has an in-built mechanism of check and balances. While we can appreciate the spirit of this measure, it is not sufficient to quell any privacy concerns as there is no independent oversight. Independent oversight is necessary to ensure that invalid interception requests are not authorised by law enforcement agencies.

Surveillance laws in India and a need for reform

The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, deals with interception of calls under Section 5(2), and the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, deals with interception of data under Section 69. Under both laws, only the government, under certain circumstances, is permitted to conduct surveillance. Security of the state is a common reason under both the provisions pursuant to which the government can issue orders for surveillance. However, it was felt that these provisions lack procedural safeguards which would ensure that they are used by the government in a justified manner. Thus, the government enacted specific rules [ rule 419A of Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2007 and the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009] under which orders for interceptions of communication can only be issued by the Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and orders for the interception, monitoring or decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource can only be issued by the Union Home Secretary or State Secretaries in charge of the Home Departments. However, as can be seen above the Government has now authorised upto ten agencies for purposes of interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource under the IT act.
The present surveillance architecture in India is thus too weak and can be seen to be prone to mass surveillance. Hopes were set on the upcoming Personal Data Protection Bill to provide some level of protection however as the draft stands currently, Clause 35 of the Bill empowers the Central Government to exempt by an order, ‘any agency’ of the government from all or any provisions of the data protection law if it is in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state, friendly relations, public order and to prevent incitement to the commission of an offence.
It is our view that these existing exemptions are too vague and broad and must be narrowly tailored. A complete chapter on surveillance reform needs to be inserted in the present PDP Bill. Government agencies responsible for carrying out surveillance and interception as part of their law enforcement functions must be clearly identified, notified, and bound by the provisions of the Bill. In addition to a stronger data protection law, India also needs a separate legislation to regulate surveillance by the government to ensure that state sponsored mass surveillance does not become a reality in India.

Who will ‘watch the watchmen’?

This look into CMS is the second part of IFF’s new series called Watch the Watchmen. Through this series we aim to look into and analyse the looming surveillance technology threats in India.

Important Documents

  1. Watch the Watchmen Series Part 1 : The National Intelligence Grid dated September 2, 2020 (link)
  2. Essential Features of a Rights Respecting Data Protection Law dated February 28, 2020 (link)
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2020.09.14 05:46 randomthrowaway58264 An Unexpected Conclusion [Coming Out]

Disclaimer that the main conclusion to this story happened a few months ago during summer, I have just now gotten around to writing this up...
So I’m gay, but I haven’t been sure for very long. I’m currently 15 but have questioned my sexuality since age 10 or 11, and I’ve pretty much known I’ve been LGBT since then. I’ve spent much of the last years inside my head, on the internet, and here looking for other’s info to help figure myself out.
I went years telling myself I was bi. I held on to anything that could clue into straightness in an attempt to have a reason to be closeted. In 6th grade I had the tiniest “crush” on a girl, but looking back I wasn’t blind and realized she was attractive and I liked her personality. I really just wanted to have an answer when the inevitable crush question comes up with friends. While closeted, many nights have been spent in my head debating who I am, if I’m in the wrong, and although never enough to harm myself I’ve had (let’s just say) very dark thoughts.
Fast forward to 8th grade. I’m nearing the end of middle school and I have a run in with a girl, reject her and feel awful about it. Later in the year, right before Valentine’s Day a girl who I’ll call “Beth” asked me to the dance. I accepted, knowing what I was in for since she has been crushing on me for years. The year before we had an awkward interaction at another dance (which involves me dissociating most of the time and ended with an awkward hug). We go to the dance, it’s fun albeit awkward and nerve wracking. And I go home. Within the next months of school we go out together, give gifts to eachother, hang out, try to be romantic, and so on. Nevertheless, something feels off. We are giving a ton of our beings to the relationship while not feeling much of the benefit. It takes us forever to even have a little cute kiss, and he didn’t go far in the way of affection. This relationship goes on through the school year and through my freshman year.
Near the end of this period, though, I reevaluate myself. Our relationship is nearing an entire year and I’m gripping with the fact I have dedicated a year to someone who deserves love, and was betraying myself in the process. We have our anniversary, go about our lives, all while I come to term with the fact that I’m gay. I wrestle with this, when do I come out? How do I plan? Who first? Is it easier just to end it all? How do I word it? Do I give an emotional speech? Do I just say the words?...
I build up the courage and wait for my sister to come home so I could tell her. The next day I tell my supportive aunt and they help me plan for when to break up. I plan a date, placed right after a major event for my girlfriend so I don’t mess with her stuff by doing it at a bad time. I feel nervous, but also reassured in a concrete plan. And then... Quarantine.
This completely derailed my plans. Now I had no deadline of when to finally tell that I’m gay. I spend a few more months batting in own head of what to do, I quarantine and spend some alone time to self reflect, I listen to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda on audiobook for therapy and I wait it out while doing online school. Eventually, the school year ends and my family travels to our lake house. During the car ride my dad is asking me why I haven’t been talking to my girlfriend very much, and if we’re still together. My dad gets it from me that I’m breaking up and tells my mom over the phone when she asks. I avoid the question, telling her I’ll say why when I get there, and eventually we get there. My mom was already there, and was waiting outside to see me. She asks the a question along the lines of “why are you breaking up with Beth”. And I answer... “because I’m gay”. She immediately looks shocked, and tells me it’s ok, I get emotional and teary eyes, and inform the rest of my close family. First when my dad when he didn’t hear the first time, then my brother and his close friend.
Much of the night involves asking me my plans on breaking up, my family reassuring me and my mom worrying over grandchildren. I spend some time getting used to being out, while my girlfriend is still keeping contact with me over the phone. At this point lying is excruciating. But I have to wait to do it in person. Soon afterwards, I return home, and I plan to meet with her in person. My reasoning at the time being that it was my birthday and she was giving me a soft. We choose to meet outside my house, and in possibly the most nervous minutes of my life I await her arrival. She shows up, and gives me my gift. I tell her that I am gay, and at this point was shaking from nervousness and nearly tearing up. She ended up telling me how proud she was of me, although I didn’t believe her at first. We sit down in my front lawn and talk, about the end of the school year, memes, coming out, and so on. I asked her if she suspected, and she said yeah, as I really didn’t try to hide it very well. She also suspected that I was going to break up, so I felt some relief in knowing that I wasn’t catching her off guard. We have already came out to each other as bi, but she informs me that she is wondering if she is just a lesbian. So in the end we came out to each other.
Since then, we really haven’t talked. I’m awkward when it comes to reigniting conversations, and the summer had us separated from crossing paths. Over the summer she has put in her bios on social media that she is lesbian, confirming the irony of our relationship. She also has adopted a new sense of style and has been more open about herself online, and I feel really proud of her for doing so.
Now that the school year is back, I have told a few more people that I’m gay, and I’m opening up about it as it comes up. I hope that I can help myself be more confident within the school year, and be more social with others. I also hope to reconnect to Beth, and see if we want to stay friends, and maybe reconnect with people I have grown apart with. Along with everyone else, I feel somewhat robbed from a lot of my high school experience, but I hope now that I’m more open with myself I can make the rest of it a blast.
Tl;dr: knew I was not straight for years, but still ended up dating a girl for a year and a half. Recently, I have came out to my family and some friends, broken up with mentioned girl, and she has since came out as a lesbian. In conclusion, a lesbian and a gay boy unknowingly dated each other for a year and a half.
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