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TIL 10 things about Zoom software and its shadowy founder Eric Yuan

2020.09.19 08:05 secretymology TIL 10 things about Zoom software and its shadowy founder Eric Yuan

Having wondered about the readiness of Zoom (like the contact tracing contracts and pandemic protocols of Event201) to ’facilitate’ our current predicament, and never having heard of it until the lockdowns, I thought I’d delve further into its mysterious founder and foundation. A shallow skim revealed:
1) Founder was ‘inspired’ by Bill Gates:
When Eric Yuan was in his early 20s, he heard a speech from then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates about the promise of the internet, and Yuan decided he wanted to move from China to the US to be a part of the Silicon Valley tech boom.
Today, Yuan is the 49-year-old founder and CEO of videoconferencing cloud software company Zoom, which debuted on the Nasdaq exchange on Thursday in an IPO that currently values the company at more than $16 billion.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/18/zoom-ipo-bill-gates-speech-inspired-founder-to-move-to-us.html
2) Relationship with Gates (and Microsoft) not so friendly these days. Microsoft’s Skype pushing for pole position. Was Microsoft responsible for the “hacks”?
Zoom has been around since 2011, but many people discovered it for the first time as the novel coronavirus made social distancing a requirement and online meetings became more common.
But the company’s privacy and security isn’t up to par and hackers had a field day disrupting meetings with threats, homophobic and racist messages or by showing pornographic images, according to The Associated Press:
And that’s just to name a few.
On a newly created page on Skype’s website, Microsoft is promoting Skype’s features, which are similar to Zoom’s with better security.
https://investorplace.com/2020/04/zooms-missteps-are-an-opening-for-microsoft-stock/
3) For a man now apparently worth $17.7b, Wikipedia doesn’t seem to know - or want to reveal - much of Eric Yuan’s basic biography, his date of birth of even the name of his wife. Vagueness about his past typical rages to riches narrative (dreaming of leaving China, refused US visa 8 times etc) might suggest a fabricated or sheep-dipped person.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Yuan
4) Great sense of timing - In 2019, Zoom became a public company via an initial public offering, at which time Yuan became a billionaire. His wealth has increased during COVID-19 pandemic, as Zoom has benefited from the shift to online work and teaching.
The 50-year-old billionaire's net worth jumped 396.5% to $17.7 billion in 2020 so far, as the rest of the world suffers through an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Yuan
5) In April 2020, Citizen Lab warned that having much of Zoom's research and development in China could "open up Zoom to pressure from Chinese authorities." In June 2020, Zoom was criticized for closing multiple accounts of U.S. and Hong-Kong based groups, including that of Zhou Fengsuo and two other human rights activists, who were commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The accounts were later re-opened, with the company stating that in the future it "will have a new process for handling similar situations."
Zoom responded that it has to "comply with local laws," even "the laws of governments opposed to free speech." Zoom subsequently admitted to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government.
https://citizenlab.ca/2020/04/move-fast-roll-your-own-crypto-a-quick-look-at-the-confidentiality-of-zoom-meetings/
6) Zoom initially claimed to use "end-to-end encryption" in its marketing materials, but later clarified it meant "from Zoom end point to Zoom end point" (meaning effectively between Zoom servers and Zoom clients), which The Intercept described as misleading and "dishonest".
https://theintercept.com/2020/03/31/zoom-meeting-encryption/
7) Whereas Huawei is currently mistrusted, Governments, Intelligence and various topical agencies clearly aren’t too worried about Zoom’s connections to China and the likelihood of espionage:
“Yesterday, Forbes revealed U.S. agencies handling the coronavirus response had spent a collective $1.3 million on Zoom tech in just a few days at the end of March. Not only had the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spent hundreds of thousands on Zoom for COVID-19-related webinars and calls, but other government agencies had bought into the tech, too. That included the State Department and one organization that was the alleged victim of a major Chinese hack, the Office of Personnel Management, in a breach that saw the private data of 21 million Americans leak. The U.K. government is also a well-known user of the tool, hosting critical cabinet meetings over Zoom.”
This is Forbes though, the organisation that recently brought us the advice not to question anything we hear and warned that speaking English can spread COVID...
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewste2020/04/03/warning-zoom-sends-encryption-keys-to-china-sometimes/#83f3bde3fd94
8) Zoom employees apparently ranked themselves happiest in US:
“Job-listing site Comparably just released its annual ranking of major U.S. companies with the happiest employees, and Zoom was ranked No. 1! The Happiest Employees 2019 list was based on anonymous employee feedback submitted to Comparably about fair pay, perks, benefits, and work environment.
The list was peppered with leading technology organizations, including Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce, with social media platform LinkedIn and retail giant Costco ranking Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. But it’s no surprise that the company whose core mission is “Delivering Happiness” is atop the list of organizations with the happiest employees.”
Judging by some of the other companies on this list, I’m not convinced this information can be fully trusted.
https://blog.zoom.us/zoom-employees-happiest/
9) Alongside other questionable billionaires, Yuan is helping to “combat the health crisis and boost the economy”:
“Billionaires like tech tycoon Bill Gates; Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom; Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and a host of others are using their financial resources to help combat the health crisis and boost the economy.”
No further details provided here about the specifics of this valuable assistance...I would assume the article might be referring to the use of zoom technology to connect patients and doctors etc, but surely this could hardly be construed as altruistic.
https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/07/20/manny-villar-remains-philippines-richest-with-net-worth-at-p2829-billion-forbes
10) Not so great timing - The firm’s founder and CEO Eric Yuan has personally sold $38 million worth of shares already in 2020. He unloaded $10.5 million in January, $12.5 million in February, and $15.5 million in March, according to related SEC filings.
Strange timing. Can anyone explain why a man - and other major investors in Zoom - would do such a thing to his own company up until only days before the bonanza hit? Was he truly unaware of the goldmine awaiting him, or is this evidence of something more witting and nefarious?
https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2020/04/06/zoom-execs-sold-millions-stock-coronavirus-pumped-share-price/
Only just beginning, so there is definitely more to come here, as I delve deeper.
Please feel free to supply your own ZOOMachinations in the comments.
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2020.09.18 23:45 y_angelov Lessons from my recent relapse

Hey boys and girls! Today, I sadly broke a streak of 19 days. While I'm a bit disappointed, I'm not going to allow it to get me down. Instead, I'll look at what it taught me and, hopefully, some of you find this useful, too!
  1. Masturbation isn't the problem, the porn is I think this is a very important point to remember. Why? Because you shouldn't feel bad about masturbation. It's part of your sexual life and (\insert voice of Jim's dad from American Pie**) it's perfectly natural. Don't hate masturbation because you relapsed to porn, that's a quick start on a long way towards sexual dysfunction. I know I've been guilty of that, but the truth is that it is not the problem. The porn is. The porn messes you up. I mean, how many generations of people have lived on this earth before us? I bet the majority of them masturbated! Even animals masturbate! On the other hand, porn is relatively new, especially the high-speed internet one. Our brain simply isn't designed to cope with it. Hence, avoid it when possible. Ideally, stop it altogether. Simple as that. To go a step further, remove all sources of soft pornography, i.e. booty pics on Instagram, sexy clickbaity YouTubers or streamers, etc. Do it for a week or two and you'll get a fresh perspective on it.
  2. Funnel your sexual energy into something else Recently, I noticed that I've been able to handle masturbation/porn-watching urges by going on dating apps or simply chatting to girls, either online or face-to-face. Simply talking to them, thinking about going to dates, how I'm going to move forward with a specific girl seems to scratch that itch. The urge simply dissipates. Ideally, if you've got a FWB, you can call them. Over time, you learn to associate those urges with the girls that you're trying to chat up. One downside of this is that if you're going through a dry period, you kind of lose your method of dealing with your urges. This is precisely what happened with me today. After a few weeks of 2-3 dates per week, things flatlined a bit and an evening of boredom led to a relapse. P.S. I realise this may be more male-oriented, but I'm sure there could be a similar alternative for females.
  3. Find a use for your free time / learn how to be bored Stopping porn may open up quite a few hours in your week. You need to find stuff to fill that free time with. It doesn't have to be anything amazing, you don't have to be dedicated to developing yourself, it just needs to be something that'll keep you busy. Nothing more. You could push it and use it for something productive, but my point is that you just need to fill the time somehow. That leads me to my next point - learn how to be bored. One trigger, at least for me, is boredom. When I'm bored, I feel the urge to do something and that often leads me to pornography, one way or another. If you can be bored and are okay with just laying around resting, you'll have one more tool to fight this addiction with. Better to have that tool and never use it than not have it and need to use it, right?
  4. Use the change in your life to distance yourself from porn Take advantage of the changes in your life to slowly build a new lifestyle that does not involve porn. There's two main points to this. Firstly, the place where you live. I recently moved towns and started living in a new house. One important trigger and factor to habits is your location (read more in Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habits). For example, how often do you feel the urge to watch porn when you're alone in your room? Now, how often do you feel the urge to watch porn when you're grocery shopping? Or at work? Location is not everything, but it's a factor and sometimes it can be the main factor. Therefore, if your habit has been to watch pornography in your bed in house A, it will be disrupted when you move to house B. You can take advantage of that and use it to distance yourself from pornography even further. I really hope this makes sense. The second factor that change in your life may bring is new activities or people. Say, you started a new job. Use it! Start socialising with your co-workers more often, stay longer at the office, go to a cafe where you can do courses that are related to your work. You've started a new sport? Get on it! Train often and see if there's any communities you can join, any friends you can introduce to that sport, etc. Any little habit or activity that is productive and builds you up is a habit or activity that distances you from regular pornography use. I remember watching a TED talk on addictions and (I will probably butcher this) the main takeaway was that an addict's lifestyle revolves around the addiction. Luckily, porn is not a social activity unlike, say, shooting heroin (I'm basing this reference on Trainspotting so it's likely it's not a great example, but still) so it's hard to end up with a social circle and a lifestyle where you're being peer pressured to watch porn (unless you're part of some very, very weird social circle). If you are though, it may be a good idea to switch things up a bit! Social circle aside, there could be other aspects of your lifestyle that revolve around porn, or at least make it easier for you to consume porn. For example, do you spend your weekends at home playing computer games? It can literally take you 3 clicks from stopping a game to opening a porn site. The solution? Spend more time outside and less on the computer, thereby reducing the change you'd end up watching some big booties. You get my point.
  5. Appreciate the clarity that you gain by distancing yourself from pornography Finally, the clarity. Stopping porn does free up a big portion of your mental RAM so to speak or at least it did so with me. You suddenly have more time and more energy to do new things. Your thinking becomes more objective, you have a better control over yourself. Appreciate that. Even if it's only for a week, appreciate it. It's a week of your life that has gone well. You can be proud of it. You made it happen.
Anyway, that's what I learned (or remembered) by looking at the last few weeks. I hope you find it useful! What're some of your tactics to tackle pornography in your life or takeaways from reflecting on your pornography use?
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2020.09.18 23:16 MotionLawImmigration The USCIS Faces Lawsuit for Denying H-1B Visa Applications


Business immigration
The advanced socio-economic development of the US made it a world power when it comes to sectors such as technology, science, research, medicine, fashion, art, inter alia.
Due to the high standard and business competitiveness of the US, the local immigration system offers multiple alternatives for foreigners to gain work experience through visas for skilled workers. In addition to that, local companies, businesses, and projects also have the ability to request qualified foreign workers to come and legally reside in the country through immigration applications.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency in charge of processing business immigration applications.
It is important to emphasize that there are certain requirements that local companies and foreign workers must meet in order for the USCIS to approve the application.
Nowadays, the business immigration system is relatively slow due to measures implemented by the Trump administration during the health crisis generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, most work visas are suspended until 2021, according to one of the latest presidential proclamations that aims to protect the American population during the current juncture.
However, several restrictions have already been lifted and we are witnessing hoy business immigration services return to normal.
Do you need help with a Business Immigration Case? Contact Motion Law and follow experts’ advise.

Several companies sued the USCIS

Business immigration is essential for multiple sectors of the American market, primarily because in order for a company to request foreign workers, it must demonstrate that there are no trained personnel to fill the job position. Therefore, foreign workforce is indispensable for hundreds of companies and businesses to meet market demands.
In April 2020, several companies filed a lawsuit against the USCIS because multiple applications for employment visas were rejected by the immigration agency.
The applications were for market research analysts, who met all the requirements. Companies involved in the legal complaint are:
The lawsuit states that the USCIS is rejecting H-1B visa applications “routinely and unlawfully”. The companies claim that the immigration agency misinterprets the term “specialty occupation”and denies requests from market research analysts without solid arguments and ignoring compliance with the requirements by local businesses and foreign workers.
Stay up to date with the US’ immigration news. Visit our Blog section.

Judge gives green light to the plaintiffs

On Monday, September 14, 2020, a judge for the Northern District of California declared that plaintiffs may continue with the legal complaint despite the fact that the USCIS previously requested to dismiss the case.
The judge states that if the legal complaint is not resolved, these companies or others may face similar situations due to misunderstandings in business immigration applications.

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If you have any questions about an immigration issue or relating to a case you may have currently in progress, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Phone Consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.
Simply call Motion Law today at: (202) 918-1899.
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2020.09.18 22:18 MotionLawImmigration Judge States the DOS Is Omitting Verdict on Diversity Visas Motion Law Immigration

Judge States the DOS Is Omitting Verdict on Diversity Visas Motion Law Immigration

The controversy of the Diversity Visa Lottery amid the health crisis
Clearly, the sudden arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic forced governments around the world to create strategies to mitigate the impact of the health crisis.
On the one hand, governments had the primary task of protecting the health of the local population. On the other hand, they had to implement emergency measures to protect resources and prevent the economy from suffering devastating consequences.
For instance, one of the emergency measures implemented by most countries was to close borders to avoid:
  • The export and import of the virus.
  • Massive spread around the world.
In the case of the US, the Trump government suspended the migratory flow by banning the entry of foreigners for a considerable period of time and postponing the issuance of visas or permits for immigrants.
Nowadays, after more than three months, the local immigration system is finally returning to normal.
However, the Trump administration still has several measures in place, at least until 2021:
  • The issuance of work visas for qualified foreigners, although some restrictions have already been lifted for this measure.
  • The issuance of Green Cards or legal permanent residence.
There is a program related to the issuance of Green Cards called the Diversity Visa Lottery. Annually, this program randomly offers permanent legal residence to approximately 50,000 immigrants from different nations and they have the opportunity to come to the US through this lottery.
Before the massive outbreak of Coronavirus in the North American territory, thousands of immigrants had already won the Green Card through the 2020 visa lottery. However, they have not been able to come to the country due to policies of the Trump administration.

Court had already ruled in favor of winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery

Due to multiple lawsuits filed by immigrants who had previously won the Green Card through the visa lottery, a judge recently intervened and ruled in favor of immigrants.
Therefore, the Trump administration had the responsibility to issue the Green Cards for the winners of the 2020 lottery.
However, after this verdict, the Trump administration, through the Department of State (DOS), implemented a mandatory measure for the lottery winners to be able to come to the US.
Broadly speaking, the measure states that visa lottery winners must be in mandatory quarantine somewhere else before entering the US.

Judge removes this rule

The judge in charge of the case declared on September 14, 2020 that the DOS rule that forces visa lottery winners to be quarantined before entering the country violates his verdict and must be overturned.
The DOS has until September 30 to issue the necessary documentation, so that lottery winners can enter the country as soon as possible, disabling the mandatory quarantine rule.
Visit our Blog section to keep up to date with the latest immigration news.

Experienced immigration team

The Motion Law Immigration team is ready to guide you during and through your immigration journey in the US.
It is imperative to have the accompaniment of experts in these times of global crisis, mainly because multiple immigration policies have changed during the current juncture. We recommend this whether you are about to start an immigration process for the first time, or if you already reside in the US.
If you have any questions about an immigration issue or relating to a case you may have currently in progress, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Phone Consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.
Simply call Motion Law today at: (202) 918-1899.
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2020.09.18 20:18 MotionLawImmigration Immigration Fees About to Increase Motion Law Immigration

Immigration Fees About to Increase Motion Law Immigration

The USCIS downturn in revenue
The health crisis we are going through is unprecedented in the recent history of humanity, and it definitely changed the way we relate to our environment.
In addition to that, multiple sectors of society as we know it have also been substantially modified during the massive outbreak of Coronavirus around the world.
That is the case of the immigration sector in the US, which has been one of the most affected by the current juncture.
The alarming number of people infected with Coronaviurs in the North American territory forced the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to close its offices to the public for more than two months.
It is important to clarify that the USCIS is the entity in charge of receiving, reviewing and responding to immigration applications in the country. Hence, it is the lead agency of the local immigration system.
From the branches of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the USCIS is one of the few agencies that relies almost entirely on external fees that applicants must pay when submitting an immigration application.
Therefore, due to the closure of its offices and restrictions implemented by the Trump administration on the immigration sector, the USCIS suffered a devastating downturn in revenue during the health crisis, putting the salaries of its employees at risk, increasing waiting times for applicants and harming the local immigration system.
Motion Law keeps you up to date with the latest immigration news. Visit our Blog section.

Increase in immigration fees

One of the USCIS strategies to prevent the furlough of a large portion of its employees is to increase fees for most immigration applications.
In fact, the USCIS was already planning to increase rates for about eight months, but the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic expedited the process. The new prices and forms that must be filled will take effect on October 2, 2020.
In this way, the USCIS will be able to restore its financial stability and overcome the downturn in revenue that threatened the entire immigration system.
Yet there are hundreds of activists claiming that the increase in the USCIS application fees is just another attempt by the Trump administration to reduce immigration in the US.
It is better for you to follow the advice of experts if you need to submit an immigration application. Contact Motion Law’s team of experts.

How can you use this time wisely?

The increase in immigration fees is at least 20% in most applications, which certainly represents a substantial amount.
Therefore, we recommend for you to use your time wisely and prepare your immigration case as soon as possible. To achieve this goal, the best alternative is for you to seek reliable help from experts who are up to date with current immigration policies, who will guide you towards the success of your immigration application, and who can help you submit your request in the shortest time possible.
In this way, you can take advantage of current rates, following the guidance of experienced immigration attorneys.
If you have any questions about an immigration issue or relating to a case you may have currently in progress, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Phone Consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.
Simply call Motion Law today at: (202) 918-1899.
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2020.09.18 15:31 Infinity315 The case for $OLN

What does $OLN (Olin Corporation) and $VSTO do?
OLN produces chemical products, but most importantly they produce ammunition (it makes up about 10% of their business). From their website, they're the largest supplier of ammunition in the United States. They own Winchester. In addition, they're also one of the largest producers of bleach in NA; which can be used to sanitize things (hurray?). VSTO sells ammunition in addition to providing shooting ranges. However, I think VSTO is a bit overvalued rn. According to the price to book ratio, OLN is currently undervalued.
Hypothesis:
Olin and VSTO will go up in price due to fears arising from the 2020 presidential election. Trump Republicans will buy ammo and guns out of fear that the feds will take their guns if Biden wins. Especially if the protests are not quelled soon.
Supporting evidence:
1. It has been observed (supposedly) that conservatives/republicans are more fear-driven.
Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mind-in-the-machine/201612/fear-and-anxiety-drive-conservatives-political-attitudes
“Conservatives tend to focus on the negative … To many conservatives, the world may look like a much scarier place … Conservatives have a stronger physiological response to threats … Conservatives’ brains are more reactive to fear.”
2. Google trends indicate a spike in interest for ammo prior to elections.
Keep in mind this when reading the trend graphs (especially 2012):
” Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term.” - Google
2016 : (Notice how the states with the most interest voted red? Wyoming, Alaska, West Virginia, Montana)
2012 (keep in mind this is 2012; the supposed end of the world, however, it still indicates a spike in interest at November) :
(Red states again have the most interest: Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas)
2008: (Regions with most interest: Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana)
3. Google trends for BLM and Antifa for the past 12 months:
Notice the majority interest is from red states and not blue states? Why would red states be more interested in what is generally regarded as Liberal or blue groups than democrats and liberals? Trump Republicans are very much scared / hate these groups.
BLM: (Regions with most interest: Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana)
Antifa (Regions with most interest: Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana)
Chaz (Regions with most interest: Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Washington)
4. The stock market seems to follow a similar trend with spikes around November:
2016
2012
2008
5. The rhetoric Trump and his campaign is feeding his supporters:
“President @realDonaldTrump: “The rhetoric of Biden and the Radical Left puts your law enforcement in serious danger””
https://twitter.com/TeamTrump/status/1306777755082780674
“President @realDonaldTrump: “Biden will hand the left-wing mob the keys to your kids’ classroom"”
https://twitter.com/TeamTrump/status/1306771724113981442
Trump text: https://i.redd.it/usbcfmp0mpn51.jpg (ignore the right-hand side)
Trump supporters have remained steadfast in their support for Trump. Trump has captured the loyalty of ~40% of the voting population that seems like they will never give up on him
6. Biden’s Platform:
Things that would be most concerning for pro-gun people (in my opinion)
“Require background checks for all gun sales.”
“Reduce stockpiling of weapons.”
“End the online sale of firearms and ammunition.”
7. There are concerns of ammo shortages, I suspect this will only get worse as the election comes near.
Google trends for "ammo shortage"
Google trends for "ammo in stock"
"Why not VSTO / Federal Premium Ammunition?"
Google trends indicate that Winchester ammunition occupies more headspace than Federal Premium Ammunition, however, considering that there is an expected ammo shortage, go for it.
https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=Federal%20Premium%20ammo,winchester%20ammunition
My personal opinion:
Trump will likely increase the rhetoric, especially up until the very end of the election. The US is at it's greatest political divide since the civil war and the civil rights movement. This election will spark fear in both parties, potentially making some Democrats take up arms. Trump has also planted the idea that the election could be fraudulent in his supporters head's, meaning there is likely a significant portion of supporters who will stock up to "defend the constitution" or something like that. *****-----------------------------*****
Don’t skip this shit. If there is one thing you should not skip, it's this part.
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Should you trust me?
Full disclosure, I’m a university student in Canada. I probably know less about US politics than many Americans. I study Computer Science with a minor in Math, meaning guns, and US politics is a field I'm not 100% familiar with and am not an expert. I've never owned or shot a gun in my life and don't plan on doing so anytime in the near future. I'm pretty much completely removed from any and all gun culture. I’ve been trading for just under a 3/4 of a year now. I’m admittedly extremely inexperienced with trading and have lost a significant portion of the money I put in on stupid trades and COVID. I can only afford 2 contracts atm and my options level is not high enough for diagonals (balance is too low). Make of that what you will with this information. Don't complain if my stupidity causes you to lose money, you're choosing to listen to a stupid person.
Finally, the play (my position):
15/01/2021 $13 and $12 strikes. OLN
No positions on VSTO, the premiums are a bit much.
I look forward to a sober voice to double-check my work and ensure I'm right (or wrong). Advice is welcome.
Edit an addendum:
So I attempted to gauge the demand and the outlook for the chemical products that OLN sells. Here are my findings:
The significant drop in OLN at April correlates with the drop in demand / prices for their products in April.
PVC has gone up 35% since april, OLN produces PVC precursors
Sodium Hypochlorite prices have been flat since april
Potassium Chloride / Potash seems to be making a recovery since april
Outlook for Caustic Soda seems positive, the price has increased
The outlook for epoxy seems somewhat neutral to somewhat negative, according to ICIS
Akali Price index is slightly negative
I tried finding price charts from the same sites, but unfortunately some were too outdated or did not exist at all.
Note: I could not find the actual prices of what OLN is selling their products, but I believe that these charts could give some idea.
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2020.09.18 03:24 NamNguyen56 The last game of President Trump: Breaking the coup attempt of the Democratic Party and the enemy of the country

The last game of President Trump: Breaking the coup attempt of the Democratic Party and the enemy of the country

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The last game of President Trump: Breaking the coup attempt of the Democratic Party and the enemy of the country
The closer you get to the election day (November 3), you can feel the heat from all sides surrounded the ballot box, from the Democratic Party's push to vote by mail to the application of the military to the election. or not? It can be said that President Trump is facing a lot of pitfalls of the righteous "enemy" in the heart of the country.
But as a "warrior" of difficult space, it can be said that the current decisions and statements of President Trump have pushed "the opponent" into the situation ... do not know where to go. 2020: The Democratic Party's "n" coup attempt
In February 2020, after many failed "coups" since Trump entered the White House (January 2017), Democrats and other underground State forces plotted to "oust" President Trump. out of the White House with a "farce" or "farce", and it ultimately failed miserably.
When the "tricks" are applied based on both "subjective and objective" factors such as the Wuhan virus, shutting down the economy, destroying riot, abolishing the police ... counterproductive, more precise. is a huge failure again, now the Democratic "rulers" are openly talking about staging a "coup".
Starting with statements from the US Department of Defense to quietly guide public opinion that the military will not obey the orders of the President. All of the above statements are from former generals - most of them are those who served under former President Barack Obama, and helped "spread" by Big Media to the American public. In July 2018, CNN once "revealed" that a series of generals in the Trump administration were disobeying his requests. And CNN, New York Times ... try to "illustrate" so that the American people believe that the President of the United States cannot afford to become the most powerful man in the world. (first)
CNN opened up, Defense Secretary James Mattis - then among those "disobedient" top officials - is said to have made disparaging comments on President Trump on matters related to Syria and North Korea, with the comments "Mr. Trump understands these issues at the level of an elementary school student".
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman John Hyten, who is responsible for America's top nuclear command, said he opposes President Trump's order on a nuclear strike if that is " illegal". As for CNBC, incumbent Defense Secretary Mark Esper opposes the introduction of the Resurrection Act - allowing President Trump to deploy US troops in active service - in response to civil unrest caused by Antifa, Black Lives Matter caused in major cities across the US in May 2020. (2) As the riots intensified by domestic terrorist groups, with the "help" of the Democratic governors run earlier in June, Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared publicly announced in the media that the President should not invoke the Resurrection Act.
The left-wing media massively released this information, simultaneously interpreting and dissecting the Secretary of Defense's message: “Mr. President, don't tell us to do it, because we won't, And he knows what will happen after that.
All these "tricks" of the left-wing media have "breathed relay" for candidate Joe Biden to confidently assert to Fox News that the military will "escort [Trump] from the White House with an official dispatch." great ”if the president refuses to leave office. And yet, former Vice President Al Gore (under the Bill Clinton administration) also publicly agreed with this view of Joe Biden. (3)
You may think that this is just a "joking" comment of a "patient" with dementia, and of a "hideout" who always offers "renaissance" campaign policies to America. from inside the basement of the house he is in.
But Democrats are not accidentally "innocent" as you think. They have a methodical strategy to "brainwash" the American people step by step before "coup", even for Mr. Joe Biden "doze" to say innocuous statements as above. Democrats are not accidentally "innocent" as you think. They have a methodical strategy to "brainwash" the American people step by step before "coup". (Getty)
It is no coincidence that the Washington Post recently (September 3) published an article titled: "What's the worst that could happen ..." The article publicly outlined a scenario, in which "Trump won," the Democrats desperate and vice versa. (4)
They purposely leaked a summer story about a meeting of about 100 Democrats who were former "anti-Trump" Republicans and other underground powers. (following the devilish trend of billionaire George Soros) together "play the lottery" - outlined different options and results in the 2020 election.
The end result is an absolute victory of the current President Trump. However, Bill Clinton's former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta (who plays Joe Biden) refused to give in, pressuring states that Trump had won the Democratic nomination for the main vote. formula of the Electoral College, and is confident that the military will take care of the rest. (5) This
deliberately "leaked" report shows that, if there is "dispute" from the post-election tally, then "technocratic solutions, courts and dependence on elites comply by standards is not the answer ”. Which it promises, what will happen after the November elections will be "a street fight, not a war of riot.
The underground powers and Democrats have outlined a bold plan to topple President Trump if he is re-elected. (Getty)
That means Big Media has "confirmed" to the American public that the possibility of post-election rioting (if President Trump is re-elected) will occur. Add two other baselines that can't be ignored.
The first data is that on August 11, Representatives Elissa Slotkin (Michigan) and Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey) wrote an open letter to General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the letter, two Democrats urged General Mark Milley to deploy the 82nd Airborne Division to "escort" President Trump out of the Oval Office at 12:01 p.m. on January 20, 2021 for Joe Biden to "continue. The White House. (6)
The letter is the most obvious answer to the Democratic conspiracy right after candidate Joe Biden offered his "idea": If President Trump loses in the 2020 election (and if he refuses to give in ), then the Democrats may have to "ask" the military to escort him out of the White House.
The second data is that just about a month later, Hillary Clinton publicly declared that Joe Biden should not give in to the election "under any circumstances". (7) This does not sound like the "rhetoric" of a great politician, of a major political party.
All the above facts show that the Democrats are once again planning to "coup" President Donald Trump even if he wins over Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Why Big Media and the Citizen Party Owner openly conspired "coup"?
The answer is simple, because the Deep State forces know that, for this coup "conspiracy" to succeed, it must not seem like a conspiracy. And at all times, wherever they are, they need to instill in the minds of the American people and the world public that, illegally removing President Trump from his term is partly due to the "fault" of yourself: Fascist dictator, entrenched power etc and so forth
They "brainwash" the American people not to mind Joe Biden's "extravagant" statement, that President Trump will refuse to leave the White House when he believed he had won legally. But what they want to emphasize through the "firm" statement of Hillary Clinton that: Joe Biden should not lose under any circumstances.
The focus of the Democratic Party's coup "conspiracy" is by all means to exaggerate the risk of pandemic Wuhan virus, with the help of CDC, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Pharma to stop the people. The United States voted directly, which in turn led to voting by mail. This is a form to create conditions for Democrats to cheat votes and "buy time" to count votes.
The Deep State powers know that in order for this coup "plot" to succeed, it must not act like a conspiracy.
In early September, the Hawkfish analysis firm (backed Joe Biden) announced that there was a chance that President Trump would win a landslide match on election night (November 3), but could lose. after the Democrats tally their mail ballots.
Hawkfish's director, Josh Mendelsohn, said a possible scenario when President Trump holds a 408-130 electoral ballot on election night, but has only 15% of the vote. by mail is checked. But after all the votes were counted, the company predicted Joe Biden "eventually won a big, 334-204 win."
Mr. Mendelsohn said: “When every legitimate vote is checked and we reach the last day, which is the day after Election Day, reality shows what happened on the exact election night. as such. Looks like Donald Trump took the lead, and he basically won't win when every vote counts. "
Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said that Americans have to get used to thinking that the election results may take "weeks" to be confirmed after the vote (November 3), and "status "Civil unrest is possible."
Twitter announced that they will delete any tweet declaring victory before the election results are confirmed. Meaning Twitter indirectly confirmed, the platform would prevent President Trump's supporters from challenging the legitimacy of any delay in announcing winners.
The worst case scenario will result in some states having ambiguous votes. Then a fierce dispute will happen to the point where no one can accurately declare the winner. Of course, then a whole system of Underground State behind "back", will help Democrats declare Joe Biden final victory.
America "runs out" if Joe Biden and Democrats win.
As President Trump once warned, if Joe Biden wins, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will take over America. At the same time, many observers also found that America, under the leadership of Joe Biden, would follow a socialist model.
This should come as no surprise, given that Joe Biden has a close "history", with the CCP leaders, openly downplaying the threat from China as well as his "demographic" campaigning policies. always attaching special importance to high taxes, supporting abortion, similar to the socialist democratic model.
The dangerous thing is, if Joe Biden and the Democrats somehow "take over" the White House in this 2020 election, they will change the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, by canceling the Second Amendment. 2 (allowing Americans the right to own guns), opening up the border so that millions of illegal immigrants enter the United States, causing job "bleeding" and chaos.
At the same time, Democrats will keep all political dissidents - true Americans - silent. Under the mighty power of the Underground State, opposition Americans, patriotic Americans, and traditional rightists will be tightly censored.
Believers, Christians will be intimidated, beaten, and even executed by domestic terrorist groups such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and even executed, whose law (of the Democratic Party) will protect them in a favorable way. ethnic minorities. All Christian speeches will be "criminalized", and the Bible will be outlawed.
America is embraced by Marxist left-wing ideology. The riots over the past three months in the United States have demonstrated an ever darker outlook after the election, and show that the extreme left is a frantic, authoritarian, anti-American "sect."
The radical left "nurtured" and activated by the mainstream media, launched a violent communist revolution against America's values ​​of freedom and democracy.
Big Media, Big Tech has demonstrated dangerous lawlessness by censoring all speeches online, protesting the radical liberal's psychotic delusions. The ultimate purpose of this underworld is: Full power to rule, eliminate police and censor people with opposing views.
In the future, America is no longer a shore of Freedom, but becomes a country like the country the CCP is running: Disrespecting the law and upholding the "law of the forest". Every American election from now on will be easily manipulated, stolen, cheated, or altered with violence by leftists who hate America, and despise all Americans who love. True water.
President Trump - lonely warrior: "Quick quenching" violence
Of course, all the above actions are prevented by President Donald Trump.
The Politico newspaper reported that on September 10, President Trump threatened to "quell ... very quickly" the riots on election night (November 3), if the Democrats were dissatisfied. Street after his victory. (8)
The remarks were made in an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, in which President Trump was asked how he would react to riots if he was declared the winner. on November 3. (9)
We will take them down very quickly if they do. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do it, if we want to… "(Getty)
"We will take them down very quickly if they do," replied the President. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do it, if we want to ... Look, it's called rebellion. We just send, and we do it, very easily. I mean, it's very easy. I don't want to do it because there is no reason, but if we have to do so, we will do it and solve the problem within minutes ”.
President Trump appears to be referring to the National Emergency Act - a law dating back to 1807 - that allows the President to deploy troops in the country for enforcement in certain emergencies. In other words, President Trump is declaring that he will deploy his army to end the rebellions.
There have been many analyzes and comments after this statement of President Trump. One of them is that President Trump will introduce the Resurrection Act shortly after the election. This allows the President to invoke the executive powers of the Fourteenth Amendment, in which paragraph 3 states:
“Anyone who is a member of Congress, or an official of the United States, or a member of a state legislature, or an administrative or judicial official of any state has made a declaration. o swear to support the Constitution of the United States but participate in revolts or rebellions against the Constitution or assist or lie in enemies, cannot be a senator or a deputy in Congress, or a representative voters to elect the President and Vice President, or in charge of any civil or military agency of the United States or of a certain state. But Congress can with 2/3 votes of two-thirds of the members of each House to reject the above prohibition. (From vi.wikisource) (10)
The Fourteenth Amendment was approved in 1868, shortly after the Civil War. President Trump could use this Amendment to order the arrest of a series of traitors, while stripping Electoral College votes from states participating in an overt revolt against the United Nations. USA.
That means President Trump has the power to remove the powers of governors, mayors, judges, lawmakers or military leaders who have granted "aid or commissar" to the anti-insurgent / rebellion. back to the United States.
That also means Democrats Gavin Newsom (California), Kate Brown (Oregon), Jay Inslee (Washington) and Andrew Cuomo (New York), and many left-wing mayors like Ted Wheeler (Portland), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) and Bill de Blasio of (New York City) will be stripped of power.
President Trump will likely declare first that an illegal nationwide rebellion is in progress, and then deploy troops to quell the riots and restore the rule of law.
Extreme violence, and anarchy in Democratic-run states like this one, and likely to get even more intense shortly after the election, will give President Trump a rationale. it was justifiable for him to declare sending troops to these rebellious states.
u The 14th Judgment will allow President Trump to deprive mayors, governors, and MPs of the Democratic Party if riots do break out. (Getty)
This was not an act of "martial law" because President Trump remained at the helm of the country, and America was not run by a military general. Rather, the military is being deployed as a tool of the President to crack down on illegal rebellions.
Radical leftists are frantically burning, destroying, dismantling everything of America, from business to historic sites, harassing electoral sites, and deconstructing the foundation. the republic to replace the totalitarian socialist regime - will be abolished.
Of course, once the riots were abolished, this military deployment would cease, and the United States returned to a civil society. However, Underground State forces like Big Media and Big Tech will not sit and sit still once President Trump starts the Resurrection Act.
This "insane" faction will accuse President Trump of being a "military dictator" as they have long been attributed to him.At the same time, the Underground State forces will call on leftists to protest and rise. teach in the way that billionaire George Soros's Open Society Fund typically funds "color revolutions" that overthrow governments around the world.
His Open Society Foundation and other coalition organizations are the sponsors, supporters of the Democratic Party and radical liberal leftists, promoting racial wars, riots. , violence and revolution against America.
George Soros - the man behind many revolutions, riots overthrew the incumbent government worldwide, and profited to get rich through endless wars. (Getty)
George Eliason, investigative reporters of Americans now live in Ukraine, has connected the signs related to administration before Barack Obama with a wicked conspiracy to disturb and disrupt civil society America. This conspiracy is not only aimed at "overthrowing" President Trump from the White House, but also wants to open up a form of government in the line of atheistic communist socialism.
George Eliason released a report alleging that foreign terrorists were brought into the United States by conspiracy by former President Obama and CIA Director John Brennan. This shocking report indicates that the Obama administration "imported" foreign terrorists into the US in preparation for the Antifa / Black Lives Matter uprising, which caused chaos in US cities. (11)
So in recent months, domestic terrorists have been so strong that they shot and killed those who support President Trump, bombed gas bombs and destroyed federal government buildings. and attack the police. This is not difficult to predict that it will inevitably happen - to an even more intense extent - if President Trump is re-elected.
President Trump fully realized that a war against America had begun, and he decided to act decisively to protect America by "manipulating" the enemy when he declared that he would use legal military force and all executive powers of a commander in chief of the United States of America.
President Trump knew what was about to happen, and he molded the enemy by threatening to use the military to completely suppress uprising. (Getty)
President Trump's high-handed move
On August 23, just a day before the Republican National Congress began, President Trump held a major event welcoming the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allowing emergency use. patient's plasma level COVID-19 was healthy during treatment. A few hours later, it was reported that the Trump administration was considering speeding up the vaccine test to get it and roll it out before the November election.
After voicing out that Democrats could fake votes if they passed the election. Letter, President Trump continued to shock with a statement related to vaccines: "The underground State elements at the FDA are trying to prevent companies from testing vaccines. They are looking to delay vaccines until after election day. 3-11 ", Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter August 22.
According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is working to dramatically cut the time it takes to develop the coronavirus vaccine, with the goal of giving it enough doses for most Americans by the end of the year. Known as "Warp Speed", the campaign will bring together private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military to try to cut the vaccine development time to eight months. (12)
In a matter of weeks In the past, the Trump administration has actively promoted the supply of vaccines on November 1 across the United States. (13) So why choose November 1 to provide vaccines? The answer is: November 1 is important because it is only two days away from the election (November 3). The Warp Speed ​​campaign on the surface involved vaccines, but in reality President Trump was not really "on the hook" with Big Pharma - home to the notorious vaccine manufacturing corporations. And President Trump has relied on this campaign to preserve national security by sending troops in every major city in the United States in an attempt to restore the rule of law, arrest leftist terrorists and traitors.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order that allowed the Pentagon to mobilize US veterans and members of the reserve force, and the National Guard returned to work. Permanent reinforcement for soldiers participating in the Army's COVID-19 pandemic campaign. (14)
The Individual Ready Reserve includes veterans, and members of the Mobilization Reserve, who are considered out of the military and rarely re-convened. These reserves will be deployed as part of the national defense against the Antifa terrorist groups, the Black Lives Matter. All of this could explain why President Trump pushed for the supply of vaccines on November 1, in which the military was sent to the country to "distribute" the vaccine.
This appears to be an extremely daring plan, "based on" the scheming brains of extremist left-wing Democracy - as a way of distributing troops across the country on election day, to prepare for application of the Resurrection Act immediately following elections.
Simply put, President Trump is a President of Law and Order.
Along with the continuous wave of American Police Associations voicing support for President Donald Trump, it can be said that the Democrats are on the same path. In other words, the Democrats were sticking him on his back, and to put it more literally, they were dancing the "music" exactly as the "talented composer": Donald Trump.
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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."

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• ⁠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 19:50 MotionLawImmigration Issuance of Work Visas During 2020 Motion Law Immigration

Issuance of Work Visas During 2020 Motion Law Immigration

The Trump administration’s restrictions on work visas
The US immigration system offers multiple options for highly qualified foreigners to come to the country and work with local companies, which normally specialize in technology, science, research, engineering, inter alia.
However, despite the alternatives available for business immigration, the Trump administration decided to suspend the issuance of most work visas until 2021 due to the threat posed by the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The current administration of the US argues that, on many occasions, foreigners tend to take job opportunities that should be available to American citizens during the current juncture.
In addition to that, President Trump assures that this emergency measure helps reduce the current unemployment rate, which is the highest in the recent history of the US.
As expected, this governmental decision sparked controversy among the local population, mainly because there are multiple sectors of the market that greatly benefit from and, in some cases, depend on foreign workforce.
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Work visa figures – 2020

According to official figures, the issuance of work visas had already decreased considerably since January, 2020, before the massive outbreak of Coronavirus in the North American territory and before President Trump announced the restrictions, which happened in June.
Figures show that:
  • In February, 45,987 work visas were issued, a lower figure than in January, which was 61,095.
  • The figure dropped to 25,468 in March.
  • In April, the country was going through one of its highest peaks of contagion, which reduced the issuance of work visas to just 494.
  • President Trump announced work visa restrictions in June.
  • In July, this figure increased to 2,239.
Therefore, we can conclude that the reduction in business immigration happened even before the Trump administration restricted the issuance of work visas until 2021.
However, dozens of critics and activists say that the Trump administration is using the health crisis to reduce legal immigration, which has been its plan since the president took office in 2017.
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The DOS lifts some of the restrictions on work visas

Despite the Trump administration’s attempt to reduce the issuance of work visas, the Department of State (DOS) released a broad series of exceptions to work visa restrictions in August.
Therefore, it is very possible that business immigration will gradually return to normal during the rest of the year.
In addition to that, it is important to clarify that for a local company to be able to request a foreign worker, one of the requirements is to demonstrate that there are no trained personnel to fill the job in question. As a result, the reduction of work visas has tremendously affected dozens of American businesses that need foreign workforce to overcome the current economic crisis.

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2020.09.17 19:01 tshacksss Amazon and UPS Earnings play

Before starting this off, I believe RH has the wrong earnings date for Amazon, it will be 10/29, a Thursday and not 10/23, be aware before jumping in. The past three earnings of this year have all been on the 30th of the month, think the trend will hold true.
Amazon
-In the near future we will have Prime Day, it was delayed from July and is soon to be announced to be in October, I expect this to happen by the end of September
-Next up we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with Black Friday (in person shopping) being canceled throughout the country due to the Corona Virus, we are going to see an unprecedented number of people shopping online this year for deals, Amazon will benefit from this greatly
-Holiday season, self explanatory, Amazon will be shipping and delivering goods at levels not seen before. Keep in mind as well, as the weather gets colder, predicted more spikes in Corona, more than likely people will be shopping from home again.
-Reported back in April of 2020 Amazon had hired 100,000 new employees already this year and planned on another 75,000. Now, three days ago, they announced they are hiring another 100,000 to keep pace with the pandemic demand and holiday peak season
-AWS, with WFH being a huge factor now, more people have turned their businesses to AWS, an example of this would be zoom, one of the fastest growing tech stocks this year
-Memberships for Prime had reached over 150 million subscribers in Jan 2020 at $120 USD per year, with more people joining prime in the fourth quarter of 2019 than any quarter previously. I can only assume that that has held steady and more than likely increased during this pandemic as more people are shopping from home and/or want to have another streaming service because they are bored in their house.
-Analysts have an average price for the stock at $3725
This is the breakdown of revenue for Amazon back in 2018/2019 for reference.
I for sure missed some things for Amazon and I know I am brief on the AWS segment as that is their fastest growing segment for business, please feel free to add more in the comments. Amazon is on sale right now, lowest it has been since July 1st.
10/30 3500c
UPS (earnings late October)
I work in the transportation and manufacturing industry, see my DD on Fedex
- UPS announced that they will be hiring 100,000 workers for this peak season this year with a large number of those roles being turned into permanent roles
- Like Fedex, UPS has also hiked up their rates and added surcharges onto their package delivery
- If a package is delivered late, UPS has a policy that they give a full refund, but during corona that policy is not in effect
- UPS delivers 30-40% of all packages for amazon, and you have to think that during peak season that will increase as the workload is going to be that much more and UPS has more of a workforce to handle the surplus
- UPS holiday rate increase anyone? I just called my local UPS store to figure this out rather than waiting for a response, UPS has not released their rate/surcharge for the christmas season yet, but they told me there would be one. If someone that works at UPS corporate reads this, get that shit on your website you mongoloids, you are behind fedex.
-Fedex beat their earnings, an expected EPS of 2.69 and a beat of 4.87, as of now, UPS is below where they were when Fedex beat, now would be a prime time to get in
10/30 170c
Edit
Adding to the fire, this came out today.
"But the documents unearthed by American Oversight suggest Amazon is a lucrative client for the mail service. Amazon drove about $3.9 billion in revenue, and $1.6 billion in profit, for the USPS in fiscal 2019, according to multiple emails and financial statements obtained via open records laws. The Postal Service delivered 1.54 billion packages on Amazon’s behalf last year, about 30 percent of the company’s total volume in 2019, and deliveries and revenue increased this year, the documents also indicate. "
Since Dejoy royally fucked the USPS and USPS and amazon had to part ways, UPS and Amazon themselves will be delivering these packages going forward.
Edit 2, eBay just announced that they will be shifting their shipping from USPS to UPS
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2020.09.16 19:28 MotionLawImmigration Study Shows Immigrants are Essential to the Economy Motion Law Immigration

Study Shows Immigrants are Essential to the Economy Motion Law Immigration

The Trump administration’s arguments to restrict immigration
The immigration sector of the US has been substantially modified over the past three years. Since President Trump took office in 2017, one of his main purposes has been to reduce the number of foreigners entering the country annually.
The current administration of the US ensures that massive immigration, even through legal processes, can be tremendously detrimental to the local economy.
President Trump argues that immigrants tend to overuse social benefits, local resources, and that they take away job opportunities from American citizens.
Speaking specifically about the US employment sector, the Trump administration plans to continue reducing opportunities for skilled foreign workers and increasing restrictions for local businesses. With this, the current administration seeks to protect the jobs of the local population and encourage businesses to offer salaries only to American citizens.
Recently, the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic in the US gave the Trump administration the opportunity to implement emergency measures that considerably reduce the amount of work permits and visas issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
For instance, due to the current unemployment rate, President Trump announced that work visas will be suspended at least until 2021. This action plan aims to protect the local economy and employment during these times of global crisis.
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Recent study shows that immigrants are essential to overcome the current crisis

A recent study conducted by several experts from renowned universities investigates and analyzes the role of immigrants in the employment sector of the US.
The study is called “Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the United States” and it presents specific data from last decades that shows that immigrants constantly boost the economy and contribute to the country through entrepreneurship.
Some of the main findings are:
  • Immigrants create companies and businesses that offer 42% more employment for the local population, compared to American businesses.
  • They constantly create entrepreneurship projects that are not related only to medium and small companies, but to large industries that contribute to the socio-economic development.
  • Immigrants are 80% more entrepreneurial than the native population.
  • They represent a substantial percentage of the workforce in essential industries such as the US’ food supply chain, construction, agriculture, engineering, research, and technology.
One of the main conclusions of the study is that “Overall, the entrepreneurial lens suggests that immigrants appear to play a relatively strong role in expanding labor demand relative to labor supply, compared to the native-born population.”
It is important to clarify that immigrants not only bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the US, but also benefit local businesses that hire them through employment visas issued by the USCIS.
In order for a local company to request a qualified foreign worker, it must demonstrate that there are no trained local personnel to fill the job position. Therefore, dozens of critics argue that restricting business immigration is damaging multiple sectors of the local market.

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2020.09.16 02:48 flyinmacaronimonster Absentee voting begins in Indiana: Here's what you need to know

NOTE: GENERAL, BUT NOT HEIGHTENED RISK OF COVID-19 IS NOT A VALID EXCUSE TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL IN THE STATE OF INDIANA. IF YOU ARE NOT IN A HIGH-RISK CATEGORY OR DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER VALID EXCUSE, YOU WILL NEED TO VOTE IN-PERSON IN THIS ELECTION.
If you have not registered to vote, please do so as soon as possible. Voter registration ends on October 5. You may register to vote online using this link:
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2403.htm
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VALID EXCUSE TO VOTE ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL, SKIP TO THE "IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VALID EXCUSE" SECTION DOWN BELOW.
IF YOU HAVE A VALID EXCUSE
If you are at a heightened risk for COVID-19, including if you are 65 or older, or you take care of somebody in this category, you are allowed to request an absentee ballot.
Once you have received your ballot, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, fill out your ballot, and then MAKE SURE TO SIGN YOUR NAME IN THE CORRECT PLACE. Once you have done that, hand-deliver your ballot in-person to your County Election office. Drop-boxes are not available in Indiana. If you are returning it yourself, try to go as early as possible, at a time that is less busy.
ELECTION OFFICE LOCATIONS BY COUNTY:
MARION (Indianapolis): 3737 E. Washington St (NOT the City-County building downtown; located at the south end of the strip mall at E Washington and Sherman Dr)
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7675659,-86.1029102,3a,75y,215.03h,88.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOM16YTzYHO9f2DEe0JMFJw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
https://www.whas11.com/article/news/investigations/13-investigates/indianapolis-voters-will-have-more-opportunities-to-vote-in-person-and-by-mail-before-election-day/531-9ef2944d-8d5c-423e-b5c5-ed0df3fa8b71
https://www.indy.gov/activity/vote-by-mail-frequently-asked-questions
BOONE (Lebanon): County Courthouse at 212 Courthouse Sq in Lebanon
https://boonecounty.in.gov/Offices/Clerk/Election-Information
HAMILTON (Noblesville): Judicial Center at One Courthouse Square, Suite 106 in Noblesville
https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/220/Vote-Absentee
HANCOCK (Greenfield): County Courthouse at 9 E Main St, 2nd Floor in Greenfield
https://hancockcoingov.org/hancock-county-current-election-information
HENDRICKS (Danville): County Government Center at 355 S Washington St, #120 in Danville
https://www.co.hendricks.in.us/topic/index.php?topicid=46&structureid=51
JOHNSON (Franklin): County Courthouse at 5 E Jefferson St in Franklin
https://co.johnson.in.us/community-corrections/voter-registration/
MORGAN (Martinsville): County Administration Building at 180 S Main St, Ste. 001 in Martinsville
http://morgancounty.in.gov/clerk/elections/
SHELBY (Shelbyville): County Courthouse at 407 S Harrison St, Shelbyville
https://www.co.shelby.in.us/voter-registration/
If you cannot return your ballot yourself, you may have a close family member, a housemate, a legal guardian, or a power-of-attorney drop off your ballot for you. If you do, you will need to sign an ABS-19 form.
ABS-19 forms can be found here (BALLOT APPLICATIONS AND OTHER FORMS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT THIS LINK): https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/4564.htm
This would be a good option for people who are at high-risk for COVID-19 who does not want to go out, and has somebody available, that meets the criteria, that can drop their ballot off for them. IF YOU ARE HAVING SOMEBODY ELSE RETURN A COMPLETED BALLOT FOR YOU, PLEASE BE SURE TO ONLY GIVE YOUR BALLOT TO SOMEBODY THAT YOU TRUST.
Ballots need to be received by the County Clerk's office by 12 noon local time on Election Day (both in-person and by mail), though try and return your ballot as soon as you can, preferably well before Election Day.
You may not return a ballot to a polling place on Election Day.
IMPORTANT: Indiana has recently changed its signature verification process to allow for a cure process for mismatched signatures. So now, you will not only be notified about a signature mismatch, but you will also have a chance to correct it.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-lake-absentee-count-grows-st-0917-20200915-ggmiqg2xwneklk3l536zxfiscm-story.html
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VALID EXCUSE
If you do not have a valid excuse to vote absentee-by-mail, and need to vote in-person, try to vote as early as possible. Early voting (or, what is called “in-person absentee” voting) begins on Tuesday, October 6 and is available to all registered voters. The main site for early v Satellite early voting begins no earlier than the second week before Election Day. Start dates vary by county. To break it down by county:
MARION (Indianapolis): https://vote.indy.gov/
{main site at the City-County Building @ 200 E. Washington Street, W122 in Downtown Indianapolis [FREE PARKING]; satellite early voting expands to 5 more early voting sites around the outer perimeter of Indianapolis between Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, November 1}
BOONE (Lebanon): https://boonecounty.in.gov/Offices/Clerk/Election-Information
{main site at the County Courthouse @ 212 Courthouse Square in Lebanon; expands to 2 more additional locations between Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31 (not open on Sunday, October 25), including an additional 6 locations available on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30}.
HAMILTON (Noblesville): https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/1399/Vote-Early---In-Person
{TWO main sites initially available: one at the County Judicial Center @ One Courthouse Square in Noblesville, and one at the County Fairgrounds Annex Building @ 2003 Pleasant St in Noblesville; expands to 6 locations (3 in Carmel, 2 in Fishers, 1 in Westfield) available Wed-Sat between Wednesday, October 21 and Saturday, October 31}
HANCOCK (Greenfield): https://hancockcoingov.org/hancock-county-current-election-information
{main site at the County Courthouse Annex @ 111 American Legion Pl in Greenfield; expands to 3 locations available every day of the week (including Saturday and Sunday) between Monday, October 19 and Friday, October 30}
HENDRICKS (Danville): https://www.co.hendricks.in.us/egov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=4597
{main site at the County Government Center @ 355 S Washington St in Danville; expands to 5 locations available Wed-Sat between Wednesday, October 14 and Saturday, October 31}
JOHNSON (Franklin): http://co.johnson.in.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-General-VC-Flyer.pdf
{main site at County Courthouse @ 5 E Jefferson St in Franklin; expands to 4 locations between Wednesday, October 21 and Friday, October 23, and then 5 locations between Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31 (closed on Sunday, October 25)}
MORGAN (Martinsville): http://morgancounty.in.gov/clerk/elections/
{TWO main sites, one at the Election office in the basement of the County Administration Building @ 180 S Main St, Ste. 001 in Martinsville, the other at the First Christian Church @ 525 N Indiana St in Mooresville; one additional location (Monrovia Christian Church @ 710 Gordon St in Monrovia) open on Saturdays October 24 and October 31 between 8:00am and 3:00pm}
SHELBY (Shelbyville): TBD
It is possible that you MIGHT also be able to hand-deliver your ballot and/or application to the Indiana Election Division’s main office at 302 W Washington St, Suite 204 in downtown Indianapolis. This option, if available, would technically be available to any Indiana voter, not just voters in Marion County.
It is located in the massive State Government Center, South Building, which is located just to the west of the State Capitol Building, though, IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING GOING TO THE INDIANA GOVERNMENT CENTER DOWNTOWN INSTEAD OF THE COUNTY ELECTION SERVICE CENTER EAST OF DOWNTOWN, PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THEY MAY OR MAY NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO COVID-19.
You may also feel free to vote on Election Day if early voting is inconvenient for you.
If you have already requested a ballot but did not submit it yet, you can surrender your ballot in-person and vote at an early voting location or at a polling place on Election Day.
Make sure to have a valid photo ID with you when voting in person. Indiana has rather strict photo ID laws. Your photo ID needs to be valid to the date of the last general election, which is November 6, 2018. If you need to update your photo ID, do so as soon as possible. You can find a link to photo ID requirements in the links below.
Please be safe, and vote.
LINKS TO SOURCES
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm [GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ABSENTEE VOTING]
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2401.htm [VOTER ID]
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2624.htm [NO NEED TO SHOW ID TO VOTE ABSENTEE-BY-MAIL]
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2403.htm [REGISTER TO VOTE]
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/4564.htm [Ballot application, ABS-19 and other forms]
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/2020%20Election%20Administrators%20Manual.MovedPrimary.REVISED.June%2022%202020.pdf
https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/2020%20Election%20Calendar%20Administrator%27s%20Edition.Final.pdf
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-lake-absentee-count-grows-st-0917-20200915-ggmiqg2xwneklk3l536zxfiscm-story.html [SIGNATURE VERIFICATION]
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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 22:59 MotionLawImmigration Vermont Decides to Offer Stimulus Checks to Undocumented Immigrants Motion Law Immigration

Vermont Decides to Offer Stimulus Checks to Undocumented Immigrants Motion Law Immigration

Stimulus checks amid the health crisis
The stimulus checks are monetary assistance offered by the US government during times of economic crisis. It is well known that the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic generated not only a health crisis, but also an economic, social, and in many countries, a political crisis.
Therefore, the Trump administration decided to issue stimulus checks to provide relief to local families who lost their jobs due to the health crisis and who have no other source of income to support their families during the current juncture.
In recent history of the US, the last time the government offered stimulus checks was during the Great Recession, which took place between 2007 and 2009, but the amount does not compare to the stimulus checks offered during the massive outbreak of Coronavirus.
However, due to the stance of the Trump administration when it comes to immigration, thousands of foreigners have been unable to receive stimulus checks during the health crisis and many of them do not have stable jobs to support and protect their families.

The Trump administration proposes not to offer stimulus checks to immigrants

The current administration of the US has a strict and almost immovable opinion regarding illegal immigration. That is why when President Trump decided to offer stimulus checks to the American population, he proposed not to offer them to:
  • Undocumented immigrants currently residing in the country.
  • Mixed families made up of an American citizen and an undocumented immigrant, or both undocumented immigrants.
  • Children of mixed families with undocumented parents (either one or both of them).
Despite the government’s recommendations, each state has the power and the right to decide how it will distribute stimulus checks in its region.
Therefore, there are several states that decided to help undocumented immigrants during the current juncture.
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Vermont offers stimulus checks to undocumented immigrants

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Vermont House of Representatives decided to offer stimulus checks to undocumented immigrants during the current health crisis.
The local government allocated a total of $5 million for this round of stimulus checks, which will also include foreigners who do not have a legal immigration status.
By this, we mean that immigrants may apply for monetary aid if they:
  • Are Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) or Green Card holders.
  • Pay annual taxes, but do not have a social security number yet.
  • Are spouses of American citizens and jointly pay annual taxes.
  • Are parents of American citizens.
  • Earn 99,000 or less.
Vermont residents may request the stimulus check for up to $1,200 and minors have the right to request a total of $500.
One of the representatives stated: “That is to treat all Vermonters equitably, which is to say, fairly and justly, regardless of their circumstances.”
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What can we learn from this experience?

It is imperative to understand that the Trump administration does not agree to offer legal residency options to immigrants who cross the borders of the US without prior authorization.
Besides that, if we carefully analyze the history of the country, illegal immigration never brings positive consequences for foreigners or for the local economic system.
Therefore, the best alternative is to know the options you have to migrate legally. To achieve this goal, we recommend for you to follow the advice of experts in immigration matters, who will be able to guide you towards the success of your application.
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2020.09.14 23:27 ar_david_hh Sep/14/2020: \\ election fraud: BHK's factory \\ Kocharyan & $600m \\ foreign affairs: USA, RUS, AZE events, shots fired \\ economic freedom index \\ parliament grills wannabe judges \\ berries (lol) \\ music & culture \\ COVID \\ school begins \\ infrastructure \\ Yerevan's metro, buses, elevators

new election fraud charges against BHK / Cement factory

BHK party leaders were earlier charged with buying voters during the 2017 elections.
The new report says: // during the 2012 and 2017 elections, the employees of [Gagik Tsarukyan's] AraratCement factory were threatened with termination unless they joined the BHK party and recruited voters. Some of them paid bribes to residents. //
A felony case is launched. More info is being gathered. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027607.html

Robik Kocharyan's "$600 million investment in Russian company" / April 2016

Parliamentary security committee chief Andranik K. says they gathered 800 pages of facts about April 2016 battles. The investigation of the former government's handling of the job is over and will be finalized this month. The Parliament will then decide how to publish it.
 
Andranik K. continues: // Robert Kocharyan is successfully preventing the March 1st trial from entering the main fact-presentation stage. They're manipulating the court to delay the process.
When Kocharyan said he didn't have the $2m bail to get out, various oligarchs agreed to help him.
One of the donors was [Russian tech giant] SISTEMA's director Yevtushenko. Kocharyan has been a SISTEMA board member for years, which means he must have had his "share". The public needs to know these details.
 
Years earlier, Garnik Margaryan revealed that the Kocharyan family invested $600m in SISTEMA. It was not denied. There were overwhelming facts. Garnik Margaryan was later arrested and released.
We need to know where that $600m came from and how they were invested in SISTEMA. The March 1st court recently agreed to discuss Kocharyan's finances, but behind closed doors, which prevented the public from knowing details. //
https://factor.am/283490.html

19 years ago today...

Vladimir Putin arrived in Armenia to discuss Kocharyan's plan to give Russia/Russian companies some of the Armenian infrastructures in exchange for debt cancellation. The first deal was worth $100m.
https://youtu.be/wI46aX1pOnM?t=295

Don't miss Sunday news

Ինչպես պապն էր ասում ՝ գիրք չկարդացողը շան տղայա:
https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/is77j5/sep132020_news_postjuly_battles_in_tavush_borde

Armenia-U.S. relations

"Armenian-American Strategic Dialogue" is a new cooperation initiative that began in 2019. Its second session was held today. The two countries will outline new priorities for cooperation.
Justice Minister Badasyan discussed the anti-corruption and police reforms with the U.S. ambassador.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027535.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027589.html

Armenia-Russia relations

AM-RU soldiers used radio-electronic weapons to shut down "enemy drones" during a joint military drill.
"Shikla" units were used to locate and destroy the "drones" by using 23mm automatic guns, within 2.5km distance, and 1.5km altitude.
1,500 soldiers participated in drills which involved SU-25 jets and helicopters.
A group of Armenian soldiers flew to Russia to participate in the upcoming Caucasus-2020 military drills.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027596.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027624.html

Armenia-Egypt relations

MFA Mnatsakanyan visited Egypt, met their President and MFA, and discussed Turkey's destabilizing actions in the eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus.
"We have strong relations with Egypt dating back to centuries. Armenians living in Egypt are allowed to preserve their culture and language. They've made significant contributions towards the formation of Egyptian institutes."
Context: Greece and Egypt recently signed a maritime deal which angered Turkey.
"Armenia's goal is to provide physical security for Nagorno Karabakh population and to help with recognition of their right to self-determination."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027538.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027539.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027543.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027578.html

shots fired at the border

Armenian army fired shots to stop the Azeri army from conducting engineering work aimed at strengthening trenches. The army denied the Azeri govt's claims that the shots were fired at Azeri Aliyebli village.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195711

Azerbaijani government

... isn't happy that several Lebanese-Armenians settled in the Artsakh Republic. They contacted international bodies and OSCE.
https://factor.am/283576.html

Azerbaijani minorities

An ethnic Avar activist complained about ethnic discrimination by Azeri authorities. "They are stopping Avars for no reason and extorting more bribes than they do from ethnic Azeris. They won't let Avars start a business and have a normal life in [Azerbaijan's northern] Balakan region. We ask [international leaders] for help. We don't want conflict but they are leaving no choice."
https://youtu.be/yeZqaP8gu54

Azerbaijani air traffic control

... prohibited two Russian military planes from using Azeri airs to move back from Syria to Russia. The Russian planed had to divert and use Turkmen territories.
https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285113/

economic freedom index

Canadian Fraser ranks Armenia 18th out of 162 in terms of economic freedoms. It's up 9 positions from last time.
Hong Kong 1, Georgia 8, Armenia 18, Moldova 78, Azerbaijan 112, Venezuela 162.
https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/economic-freedom-of-the-world-2020.pdf
https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285087/

Parliament is Q&A-ing Constitutional Court nominees

Context: Constitutional Court has 3 vacant seats. The govt, the president, and the judicial branch have each nominated one candidate, who need to go through a Parliamentary Q&A and a secret-ballot vote before approval.
 
Opposition BHK and LHK will boycott the election process because they opposed the initial process that kicked out the 3 old judges and demoted HHK's Hrayr Tovmasyan. They also complained that none of the candidates met them one-on-one for talks.
 
The Q&A and appointment process will be monitored by the OSCE Human Rights division in cooperation with the Armenian HR Ombudsman.
 
The first candidate for Q&A is Yervand Khundukyan, nominated by the judicial branch. He was introduced to Parliament by a fellow judge.
The candidate said he doesn't support the proposed idea of merging the Constitutional Court with the Cassations Court.
"We the judges are generally conservative towards such changes. I'm against major reorganizations. The role of CC and Cassations currently differ from one another."
 
He wants CC to have more independent powers over interpreting constitutional norms, while at the same time to give Parliament the right to "respond" if CC rules something unconstitutional.
He was asked about his past activities and his role in the shutting down of opposition A1+ media outlet during the former regime.
During another Q&A session, Ind. MP Babajanyan got into a heated argument with the candidate and accused him of being generally "intolerant".
 
There were also personal questions about his sons' alleged "preferential" treatment in the military. He denied preferential treatment, saying the location of his son's service was chosen through the regular lottery system.
Meanwhile, the Corruption Prevention Commission will be vetting his past activities.
 
NGO chief Arthur Sakunts criticized the judicial branches' nominee, saying he has a questionable past and had 13 of his verdicts overruled by ECHR in the past.
"At one point Pashinyan said any judge who had a verdict overruled by ECHR should automatically resign. If this nominee is approved, it'll be a step backward from revolution's spirit."
 
The second candidate is Arthur Vagharshyan, nominated by president Sarkissian. He was presented to Parliament by the president's aide.
When asked to comment LHK's complaints that he didn't meet LHK for discussions, he said he wasn't aware that it was him who had to initiate such conversation. "Had I known that LHK wanted to talk, I would have contacted them."
 
The third candidate is Edgar Shatiryan, nominated by the government. He was presented to Parliament by Justice Minister for Q&A.
 
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https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195683

the world is stress-eating berries and pumpkin

Pashinyan: the exports of strawberries, blackberry, and currant (հաղարջ) has increased by 166% during the pandemic, reaching $5.5m turnover.
It's important to note that it's mostly produced in greenhouses which helps to develop that industry and make us less dependent on weather conditions.
The farmer doesn't have to wait to find out the size of the harvest. It's "you harvest what you plant".
Similarly, the exports of mushroom, pumpkin and spinach grew 62%, reaching $3.2m.
Flower exports rose 17%, reaching $3.9m.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027532.html

the world is producing music during the pandemic

Composer Tigran Mansuryan wrote two pieces during COVID. It'll be presented to the audience soon. The orchestra plans 50 performances dedicated to its 15th anniversary.
One of the new pieces, called "the sound of silence" is about the pandemic, and was written at the request of a German musician who launched an initiative to ask musicians around the world to compose a piece relevant to current times.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027611.html

the organizers of Dilijan concert won't be penalized

The new Quarantine rules are laxer and allow up to 60 people at a commercial concert. The police say yesterday's Dilijan concert met the requirements. Patrons wore masks, had their temperatures taken, etc.
Prime Minister's office criticized the police's decision, saying "you and I both saw that the safety measures weren't respected."
https://factor.am/283445.html
https://factor.am/283540.html

fight in Gyumri

Presumably a mask-related confrontation between the police and Gyumri resident let to a scuffle. Arms were twisted. A woman laid on the police vehicle to prevent it from leaving with the detainee.
https://youtu.be/AXEsaadSmkU

Russian Airoflot will resume flights to Armenia

on October 25th
https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285089/

schools resume after a lengthy pandemic break

The Emergency ended a few days ago and was replaced with less strict "Quarantine" which allows schools to operate under strict safety conditions.
Only first-graders were allowed to attend today, to prevent overcrowding. The rest will go tomorrow.
Thousands of teachers and students with chronic health problems will continue with online education.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027530.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027577.html
https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/ik4ge4/aug312020_news_archaeologists_examine_a_strange/?

new schools are being built

21 new preschools will open across Armenia on September 21st, says Education Ministry. The rural facilities will come equipped with the necessary furniture.
It is co-funded by the World Bank. 136 such facilities have been built since 2019.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027531.html

Infrastructure upgrades across Armenia

5 more seismic-proof schools were rebuilt across Armenia.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195750
 
Madina, Gegharquniq will have two subsidized projects to install lighting on all streets and to build an irrigation network.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027603.html
 
Chkalovka, Gegharquniq will have several streets and parks renovated by the end of this year, for the first time since the 1980s.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027604.html
 
Azatan's main road is being renovated. It connects to the M1 highway.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195753

NSS busts Gyumri officials with corruption

The NSS says: we found corruption in city-run "Yuri Vardanyan Sports Center" and "Hamalir Youth Sports Center".
Officials from these organizations hired 24 fake employees beginning in 2010 and embezzled $89,000 in salaries.
A felony cause is launched. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027553.html

Yerevan replaces more Soviet-era elevators

... in apartment complexes around the capital. 134 out of 3,500 have been replaced. 370 more this year.
"For comparison, only 20 were replaced in the period between Armenia's independence and 2018," flexed Municipality spokesman.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027592.html

Yerevan could reform its architecture department

Mayor Marutyan says they're thinking about abolishing the position of "chief Yerevan architect" to replace it with some kind of a committee.
Recently the chief architect Arthur Meschyan resigned after promising in 2018 to serve only two years.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027600.html

Yerevan's upcoming new 12-meter long buses...

... need to be purchased through an auction. None of the sellers met the requirement. A new auction will be held to buy the 100 buses.
As for the auction for the other 100 mini-buses, there is already a winner. Buses will arrive in 3 months.
There are also plans to buy medium-sized 9-meter buses.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027599.html

update: Yerevan's new metro station

Last month we learned that Mayor Marutyan scrapped the plans to have a private company built a bridge then a separate metro station with malls on top. Instead, the city plans to use public funds to pay a lot less and build a bridge with a metro station on top.
 
Today Marutyan confirmed that they discussed it with the federal government and decided that public funds will be used. It'll cost $35m for the feds. "The government has reassured that they have the money," said Marutyan.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027595.html

President Sarkissian met the British Science Association director..

... Lord Ara Darzi, an ethnic Armenian and a child of the Genocide survivor. Ara became the director last week. The two discussed Sarkissian's ATOM scientific initiative and possible cooperation in a program related to artificial intelligence.
Sarkissian then visited Cambridge's science center to eat free pizza because someone was doing a generous giveaway this sentence is fake news designed to test if you're still reading.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027591.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027619.html
https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/iod3a6/sep72020_news_electric_car_imports_skyrocket/

How this village in Armenia is keeping a 5000-year-old cheese-making tradition alive

https://www.insider.com/village-in-armenia-is-keeping-cheese-making-tradition-alive-2020-2?jwsource=cl

Grandmaster Levon Aronyan

Finished third in the online Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX competition held yesterday.
He scored 5.5 out of 9 after tying with Magnus and Kasparov but losing to Lagrave.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027527.html

Exhibition dedicated to composer Komitas

... was launched in the Romanian city of Georgen, aided by local officials and the Armenian community.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1027562.html
 
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Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 14, 2020
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2020.09.14 10:07 pizzatarian Xbox Series X S Info and FAQ

For the 9th generation of consoles, Microsoft will be releasing two: the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Xbox Series X:
According to Phil Spencer, "Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you."
Specs:
Reveal trailer and official store page.
Xbox Series S:
The Series S is, "an all-digital next-gen console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – in our smallest Xbox ever."
Specs:
Reveal trailer and official store page.
Here is a comparison chart that shows the similarities and differences in specs between these two consoles
Release Date:
Both consoles will launch on November 10th, 2020.
Price:
The Series X is $499US, while the Series S is $299US.
Here is a chart that shows the price for these consoles in a couple different regions.
Pre-Order
Next week, beginning September 22, you’ll be able to pre-order both Xbox Series X, our most powerful console ever made, and Xbox Series S, our smallest console ever delivering next-generation performance at a more affordable price.
– United States (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers
– Canada (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers
– UK (8AM BST): Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and other participating retailers
– Australia (8AM AEST): Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers
– New Zealand (8AM NZST): Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers
Across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, you can pre-order online starting at 9AM CEST at Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers. Retailers and availability may differ by country.
For in-store pre-order availability please check with your preferred retailer.
Pre-order is also available via the Xbox All Access program.
Xbox All Access:
For those that may not already know, this is program that lets you make monthly payments over a 2 year period for the console instead of having to buy it outright.
With All Access, the Series X is $34.99US/month, while the Series S is $24.99US/month. Keep in mind this also includes 2 years of Game Pass Ultimate.
For now, the Xbox All Access program will be available through select retailers in 12 countries, and will expand into other countries and retailers in 2021.
Subscriptions / Services:
Xbox Live Gold - this membership is required to access online multiplayer and parties, and it also includes Deals with Gold, Games with Gold, and Free Play Days. This is $60US for a year, but can sometimes be found on sale for around $40 from third party retailers; for example, CD Keys.
Just an FYI, as long as one account has an Xbox Live Gold membership and sets their account as the 'home' on their console, then they will be able to share their Xbox Live, purchased games, and downloaded games from Game Pass with all other accounts on that console. It's important to note the account can change their home console 5 times a year.
Game Pass is a subscription service, similar to Netflix but for games, that gives access to 100+ games including Microsoft's first-party games on their respective launch dates for $9.99US/month.
Game Pass Ultimate, which is a similar service, but it not only combines Xbox Live with Game Pass, but also includes Game Pass for PC, EA Play, xCloud, and exclusive perks in select games for $14.99US/month.
Games:
I'll start this section by first providing what I think is some important information. When it comes to Microsoft's first-party games and continuing support for the Xbox One, Matt Booty (Head of Microsoft Studios) said: "As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices."
According to Aaron Greenberg (GM, Xbox Games Marketing) though, "Future 1P titles are developed for Xbox Series X first. Not saying those games won’t ship on Xbox One, only that we are leading with Series X & each studio will decide what's best for their game/community when they launch."
With that all in mind, I'll list known games that will be available on the new consoles and PC, but I'll also point out that some could also appear on the Xbox One family of devices. Just like the Console Launch Exclusives could eventually go to the the PS4 / 5.
First Party:
Avovwed - A first-person role-playing game set in the Pillars of Eternity universe from Obsidian Entertainment.
Everwild - This is a new IP from Rare, which is "inspired by the beauty of the natural world around us."
Fable - A reboot of the fantasy franchise, and it is being developed by the second studio at Playground Games.
Forza Motorsport - The next entry in the Forza Motorsport series from Turn 10 Studios, which will introduce ray tracing alongside 4K, 60fps.
Halo: Infinte - A "spiritual reboot" of the franchise that was set to launch along the new consoles; however, it has now been delayed into 2021.
Hellblade II - The follow up to the acclaimed action-adventure game from Ninja Theory.
Project: Mara - Also from Ninja Theory. This will be a "real-world and grounded representation of mental terror."
State of Decay 3 - A sequel in the open-world zombie series from Undead Labs.
Third Party:
As Dusk Falls - Created by new studio INTERIONIGHT in partnership with Microsoft Game Studios, this is a "multi-generational story set in the American Southwest about resilience, sacrifice and how the mistakes of the older generation transmit to the younger".
Flight Simulator 2020 - From Asobo Studio, this is the latest iteration in the franchise. It's already been released on PC, and will eventually be coming to console. No official release date yet though.
Gears: Tactics - A strategy game developed by Splash Damage and The Coalition. This launched a couple months ago on PC, but will be available on console November 10th, 2020.
Possible timed exclusives:
Call of the Sea
CrossfireX
Second Extinction
Scorn
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
The Ascent
The Gunk
The Medium
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Montage of console launch exclusive [email protected] games.
FAQ:
Are the Xbox Series X S consoles backwards compatible with previous generations?
Like the Xbox One, these consoles will be BC to a certain extent. Phil Spencer stated, "It’s our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console."
They will also be BC with the 360 and OG Xbox games that have already been BC. Here is that list.
Will the BC team add more 360 and OG Xbox games to the program?
They haven't officially said if / when they will be adding more games. All that's known at the moment is they shifted their focus to ensuring compatibility with the new consoles.
How do I play BC games?
Digital titles that you own and part of the BC catalog should automatically show up in the "Game Library" on the console. For disc-based games, just insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive.
Will I keep my progress in BC games?
As long as your save has been uploaded to the cloud, then you should have no issue continuing from where you left off.
Will BC games be improved on the new consoles?
"The compatibility team has invented brand new techniques that enable even more titles to run at higher resolutions and image quality while still respecting the artistic intent and vision of the original creators. We are also creating whole new classes of innovations including the ability to double the frame rate of a select set of titles from 30 fps to 60 fps or 60 fps to 120 fps."
They also mention an HDR reconstruction technique that can automatically add HDR support to games, even 360 and OG Xbox games.
Note - Certain games will be optimized for these consoles, but that's up to the developers.
Is there a list of optimized games?
There is one a the bottom of this page. It also shows which games will use the Smart Delivery feature.
What is Smart Deliver?
A feature that allows you to purchase the Xbox One version of a supported title, and also get the Xbox Series X S version at no additional cost when it becomes available.
Will I be able to keep my profile / achievements?
Yes. Just sign in with your email and password and it should all sync up.
Can I use my Xbox One controllers on the Series X S consoles?
Yes, Xbox One controllers will work on the new consoles, and the new controllers will also work on an Xbox One console.
How about accessories?
Any officially licensed Xbox One accessory that connects to your console wired or wirelessly via USB will work on Xbox Series X. Additionally, any headsets that connects via your Xbox Wireless Controller’s 3.5mm port will also be supported.
What about the Kinect?
“There’s no way for Kinect to work,” confirms Spencer in an interview with The Verge. The rear of the Xbox Series X, just like the Xbox One X, does not include a dedicated Kinect port, and Microsoft won’t be supporting the USB Kinect Adapter it discontinued back in 2018 after killing off the Kinect in 2017.
Why is there no optical audio port?
Phil Spencer basically said it will not be included due to factors like space, cost, and usage.
Can I use my external HDD on these consoles?
You can use it to play OG Xbox, 360, and Xbox One games. You can also use it to store games optimized for these next-gen consoles. However, to play optimized games, you will need to either install them on the internal SSD or an expansion SSD.
How much is one of the expansion SSDs?
An official price has not been announced yet. Although, a rumor is suggesting $200+.
What is the Xbox Velocity Architecture?
It consists of four major components: the custom NVME SSD, hardware accelerated decompression blocks, a brand new DirectStorage API layer and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS).
What is Quick Resume?
This is a console feature that lets you basically switch between 4 games with virtually no loading.
How does loading times compare with current gen?
Here's a quick demo from State of Decay 2.
Do I need an Xbox Live Gold membership to watch apps like Netflix?
No, Microsoft removed that requirement years ago.
If I missed anything or mixed something up, then just let me know and I'll try to correct it asap.
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2020.09.14 04:24 pururill E2 to D10 visa

I wanted to share my experience getting the D10 visa.
You should always call 1345, the immigration hotline, yourself beforehand. I called several times because sometimes you get different information. You may need different documents depending on which immigration officer you get. Make an appointment on Hikorea.go.kr for after your contract ends but before your visa ends (your visa will likely end 1 month after your contract end-date).
*NOTE: EPIK is not currently accepting D10 visas due to COVID19. Even under normal circumstances, they make you do a visa run even on a D10. Why does EPIK make you do this? Technically you're working when you attend orientation which is not allowed on a D10 visa and EPIK doesn't give you the documents needed to apply for the E2 within Korea until later. The visa run doesn't apply for those working for hagwons or other public schools that are not through EPIK.
The point system doesn't apply if you're switching from an E2. Apply at the immigration office where your new address is. I mistakenly thought you had to apply at the office where you got your E2 visa because that's what I read online. I was still able to get it done that day but I had to report my change of address after. The D10 visa starts the day you apply for it at immigration and ends 6 months later.
Things you need:
-Application
Form #34: 통합신청서 (신고서). Check "change of status of sojourn."
-ARC and passport
I read you needed copies of these so I brought them but the officer didn't take them.
-Proof of residence
I brought the letter from immigration that said "this can serve as proof of address" but you can bring your contract as well. If you're moving to a new place, you'll need the "Confirmation of Accommodation/Residence" form and the documents related to your case and you need to file it in the office of immigration that covers your new address. You have 14 days to report your new address or you'll have to pay a fine. I filed at the wrong office so I couldn't change my address there. You can do this at the immigration office or the local community service center (구청 or 동주민센터).
-Job seeking form/Plan for seeking employment
Couldn't find it on Hikorea so I downloaded one from the Singapore embassy overseas.mofa.go.kr site. For the monthly plan section, I wrote that I would look online and apply to recruiters and listed a bunch of recruiting websites like Dave's ESL, Korvia, Facebook groups, etc. The officer read this carefully and asked me questions about it so be detailed and prepared, even if it's not exactly the plan you'll follow.
-130,000~134,500 KRW
30,000 for the ARC fee. There should be an ATM where you put your passport on and pay the fee. Keep the receipt to show your officer. You pay 100,000 at a booth. If you want it delivered, you'll have to pay 4500. Fill out the address form and give it to the booth attendant. They will give you the copy for you to show the immigration officer.
-Employment contract
They need to check that you finished your contract. I brought the original. The officer asked if they could keep it but I since it was the original, they checked the system and it was already on file so they didn't take it. You may need to bring a copy. If you quit your job, that's a different process and you need to call 1345 to ask.
Things you MAY need:
-Appointment receipt
방문예약 접수증. You'll need to make an appointment for busier offices (like any of the Seoul ones). Mine was pretty empty and even though I had an appointment, the booth for appointments was closed and I just took a number anyway. Give your appointment receipt if you made one otherwise they will mark that you missed an appointment.
-Bank statement proving you have 10,000,000 KRW
은행잔고증명서. When you get this done, they freeze your bank account so you can't use it for the day so ask for the report for the day before. The hotline said that Americans don't need this but I brought it anyway. The officer didn't ask for it.
-2 passport sized photos
I brought them but the officer said if I don't want to change my picture, they can just use the one on file. It depends on your officer.
Keep the receipt they give you. That's your temporary visa proof until you get your ARC. The ARC came in the mail 14 days after I filed. For changing your address: I had to file my change of address before then so I went to the gu office with the paper and they changed the address in the system and told me to come back when I got my card. Don't let them keep the documents as I did because you may get a different officer the next time you go. Luckily I got the same guy but it took some time to remind him who I was.
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