2023.03.30 02:53 sandan19HELP 🙏 Advice on gyms / locations in Thailand PLUS all my research so far
I am heading to Thailand for 2 weeks and looking for advice on (A) where in Thailand I should go to train, (B) which gym(s) should I train at, and (C) if I should stay at one gym, or bounce around.
I am an intermediate martial artist looking to deepen my Muay Thai skills for an entry-level competition in the US (e.g., point muay thai or smoker) and experience the culture of training in Thailand. This will also be my one big vacation of the year so I also want to enjoy the environment, experience Thai culture, and meet people (locals and tourists).
Based on my research it looks like Chiang Mai seems like the best option, training at gyms like HongThong, Manop, Charn Chai, and Santai.
--- Hi all, Long time lurker on this sub, first time poster. I am currently planning a 2 week training holiday in Thailand for mid-November 2023. I feel like I have gone through every post about training in Thailand from this sub but still have some questions. Your advice would be forever appreciated! 🙏 A bit about me and what I am trying to do:
Purpose: I would like to improve my Muay Thai skills for an entry-level amateur fight in the US (e.g., point muay thai competition or smoker), AND have an immersive training experience (similar to my 1 month at an ashram for my yoga teacher training)
Skill level: I am an intermediate martial artist: 14 years karate + 3rd degree black belt from childhood, 2 charity western boxing matches, regular BJJ and Muay Thai training for last 2 years
Travel history: I have been to Thailand many times (mainly Bangkok, but also Phuket and Pattaya)
Itinerary: I will either fly directly to my destination, or stop in Singapore for a few days before going to my destination in Thailand
My three main questions are: (A) Where in Thailand should I go to train? (B) Which gym(s) should I train at? (C) Should I stay at one gym, or bounce around? Here’s what I’ve found from my internet research / trawling this sub: . (A) Where in Thailand should I go to train? Bangkok is the best place for "serious" or "pro" fighters to go
This isn't me, plus I've been to BKK many times
Phuket seems to be a hub for Muay Thai with a critical mass of gyms, but is a touristy place with some touristy “mega gyms”
I've been to Phuket as a tourist and agree it is touristy, but might not mind that if at the right gym
Other beach locations (Ko Phangan, Ko Samui) are options but have fewer gyms and/or it is harder to get to and/or the flights are much more expensive
Chiang Mai seems to be a sweet spot of cultural experience and great gyms
Hua Hin could be an good option since it is a “lower key” beach town, with many good gyms, but is hard to reach (requires a 2-3 hour bus ride from Bangkok)
Other locations (e.g., Isaan) have excellent gyms, but not as many options and/or not as well set up for foreigners and/or not as well set-up for “experience amateurs” not looking for a pro fight
Based on my reading I think Chiang Mai is my best bet followed by Hua Hin. What are your thoughts? Have any of you been to Hua Hin? I have seen fewer posts about it on this sub. . (B) Which gym(s) should I train at? For intermediate foreigners… . …the best gyms within Chiang Mai appear to be…
HongThong – many many positive reviews for culture, facilities, within city
Manop – many positive reviews, within city
Santai – several positive reviews, not far from city
Darg MT – a few great reviews, within city
Bear Fight Club – a few great reviews, within city
Charn Chai (outside city in Pai) – positive reviews but seems tourist centric and far from city
Off my list (for now)
Lanna – several folks say culture is not the same after change of ownership
. …the best gyms within Hua Hin appear to be
Sitjaopho – many positive reviews + on Sylvie’s list
Por Promin – a few positive mentions
. …the best gyms within Phuket appear to be…
Others I didn’t research yet
Off my list (for now)
Dragon MT – mega gym
Tiger MT – mega gym
Phuket Top Team – mega gym
AKA Thailand – mega gym
Did I get the right list of gyms? Any corrections? Any amazing experiences you’d like to share? . (C) Should I stay at one gym, or bounce around?
Give that I will be in Thailand for ~1.5 weeks, I will likely try to visit ~2-3 gyms at the start of the trip
After trying a few places, I will spend my time at my favorite place
Does this sound like a good approach? Or should I commit to one gym? Thank you so much in advance for sharing your advice and experience! -sandan19 . In the spirit of giving back, here is my research:
2023.03.30 01:58 Dungeon_DiceJoJo's Bizarre OC Tournament #6: R4M9 - Passion Little and Dédalo Viatger vs ???
The results are in for Match 7. The winner is… It reeked of bleach. Sharp and horrible, it burned the skin and sends the head swimming. Yet, this was not the rebellion Brandy had planned. Wah forced her to compromise at every angle. As time ticked by, their defences only grew, while hers diminished. Now, the Wildebeest Queen stood in their oasis, cloaked in the skin of lions. They set to work destroying the walls, Brandy’s remaining resource, one by one. She knew this was her only chance. Gathering her final angels, she hatched one last plan. The waiting was the worst part. As seconds passed, the suspense ate at Wah. They glanced around, smashing wall after wall, trying to find her. At last, their eyes caught sight of Brandy, charging forth with spear in hand. Her flesh bubbled with copper, trying to grow, trying to shock them, anything. But with a scream, Wah hurled a table at her head, smashing it into a splatter of gel. Another fallen angel. Tensed with instinct, Wah whirled around to find the real Brandy tearing through the last wall standing, leaping at them with The Heritors Picaro. Everything stopped. The two locked eyes. Brandy realized how similar they look, while Wah confirmed what they had already feared. What gripped them is a wordless, bestial terror… …before the Bastion smashes Brandy to the ground.
Judges had issues with length in the delibs, but ultimately found no conduct penalty.
As Brandy hung on the verge of unconsciousness, it felt like a century went by. But finally, to break the silence, she felt a tap on her shoulder. Opening her eyes, she saw Mx. Wah in front of her, offering a paper cone filled with water. Brandy would slap the stupid offering away if she still had the strength. But all she could do is close her eyes again, drown it all out. Sighing miserably, Wah finally staggered and crumples against the wall next to their daughter. Their ‘consequence’. They tried to tell her they wouldn't kill her. They tried to tell her they just didn’t want to die. They tried to tell their child that they’re scared. All the while, Brandy was silent. Wah tried again. “Come back to COLOSSI with me, and we can work something out. I have to take responsibility once in my life. You already came this far for me–neither of us are going to give up now.” At last, they extended a hand to her, remorse creasing their tired face. “...What do you say?” Finally, Brandy pushed herself upward, and weakly nudged the hand away. She exhaled a pained breath, gave Wah a stoic look, and spoke at last. “Fix your fucking life,mom.” Wallowing in frustration and foiled rebellion, Brandy turned away. She had no more words to give. Yet, before Wah could respond, footsteps approached. There stood Alalu, brows knit with concern, though her eyes were gleaming. “Poor dears…” she sighs. “These battles are difficult, but the fact that you survived is a sign of your strength,” she smiles, nodding to Wah. “In honor of that, even though you didn’t fight Frederick, when we start this friendship I’ll still owe you a-” ”Not now,” Wah rasped. ”Please.” Alalu raised her brows, before nodding solemnly. “...I understand. Later, then. For now, allow me to escort you both home.” She extended a hand to them both. Neither Wah nor Brandy had the strength left to refuse. With a smile, Alalu lifted them and led them from the wreckage. Outside, the night was cold. Alalu idly fussed over them as they walked to her car, as she talked about sending them a care package full of good food and clothing. Love is warmth, Wah heard her say. But the night was so cold. Quietly, they turned towards the ruined building. ｢Wolf Murder｣ watched back. Her body heaved with pelts, gathered from their funeral procession. There was respect in her eyes. This too was cold. Above her, Wah spotted something else. Pale porcelain, and glowing socket eyes. An old friend. The terror of death. Nobody at all. They turned away quickly, heart pounding. Cold and desperate, Wah reached out a hand for Brandy. For their daughter. So they might share this promised warmth, this love. She did not take it. The results are in for Match 8. The winner is…
A strat time extension was issued without penalty, but do note that these are given wholly under judge discretion with sufficient notice and good cause. We have been more liberal than tournaments past, but even we have limits. So far extensions have been in lucky spots where they did not interfere with the schedule of other matches, but there is also the consideration of fairness to both teams and when an extension is necessary by circumstance or become needed due to not being able to finish in a given timeframe. The reason we delay granting match extensions for the latter case is because we are uncertain whether or not they are actually necessary or if the team will be able to work and have gotten in their strategy in anyways. And ideally we want people to work as if they will not be getting an extension to prevent procrastination or effectively squandering time that could have been utilized. Final note as a reminder, turning in a strategy late for a conduct penalty, while it can feel bad, is an option for a reason in the sorts of cases where we cannot grant an extension in good faith.
The dust settled, and Errok was alone to laugh. “Ah…I love the putrid rot of millenia,” Errok mused aloud to himself, looking out with satisfaction towards the utterly brutalized ruins as he steps forward, foot planted on Cody’s stiff body as the demonstration of the land’s history lay in rotten, distorted pieces. He clutched a Temple in his hand, unsure what even to do with it. “Thousands of years it took for this place to hold, years of your archaeology to find it, mysteries awaiting answer and investigation…And it’s wiped away by disease and swordplay in a matter of minutes. In my professional opinion, in fact…I’ll even give you my answer for what became of this high-and-mighty civilization.” Unsure if Cody was even alive or dead, Errok uncapped his hand once more, allowing the worms to trail slowly down it and burrow into his body, burrow into the soft, barely-living ground beneath him. “They were struck down by a plague!” Crash! Clang! Errok was knocked forward into a nearby wall by an explosive volley of arrows, feeling a familiar cutting sensation digging into the flesh of his arm and demanding that he retract it. A familiarly ‘clean’ feeling attempts to invade his rotten arm, but his own disease and maggots eat it away before pumpkins could grow. Even as his helmeted head rested against the wall, he groaned, but it turned into a laugh nonetheless as he cracked his neck, rose, and looked at them. Ninian and Dédalo stood , weapons drawn, staring him down with blatant contempt. Grey, in the back, also prepared to either support them or get Cody away. “You removed everything, you stupid piece of shit!” Ninian shouted, voice low and grainy and bloodthirsty. “What’s the point of any of this? All this…Everything we’ve got here, and now..!” “And it’s been reduced to feed for my worms…It, and all your documentation, and the spirits you wear…All of them will be reduced to nothing anyway! I’ve just become the agent of its rot. The conqueror of what had stood for ages…I did it because I can, in short, MacBeth.” Realizing then that those were about to be his likely last words, he hurriedly held up what Temples he managed to steal, hold onto, waving them tauntingly. “And now, a half-life lays in my hands! The very last vestiges of what you all came out here…Strike me down, children, and it all becomes for naught. At least if I walk away…You’ll know that all your work was for something, no? It’s a compromise…Your Temples go to my Ends, and they’re still out there, someplace in this world. Sounds like a fine deal from where I’m standing…And the only one you’ve got.” The others stood there, utterly stiff from realization that Errok, for once in his wretched life…was right. Like him, they had no choice now but to choose between a rotten-away half-life for the remains of this place and complete oblivion. Scenario: Alexandria National Museum, Alexandria, Egypt — 7:16 AM At this hour, the tour groups that normally plagued the museum’s halls weren’t due to arrive until later in the morning, leaving it in a state of calm for a few blissful hours. Beams of sunlight streamed in through the windows and illuminated the exhibits inside—important pieces symbolizing different periods in the grand history of Alexandria. Dédalo idly wandered from display to display, examining each and every one of them. It had become a habit of his to do this in every museum that he came across on his travels, after discovering several artifacts and potential temples of Pieduron origin mislabeled as ones from other ancient civilizations. Dédalo’s eye passed over canopic jars, ushabti figurines, gleaming jewelry and statues of long-dead emperors and pharaohs. From the recreation of the funerary chamber on the first floor, to the display of Alexandria’s Hellenistic and Roman periods on the second, all the way up to the city’s Coptic, Muslim and 19th to 20th century, one could learn the entire history of Alexandria in a single trip. As he scrutinized the exhibits Dédalo noticed that many of its placards had a small footnote underneath the main text: ｢Donated by the House of Muses.｣ While he wasn’t an expert in appraisal by any means, he could see the distinct glint of Cleria in some of the artifacts, masked by thin layers of acrylic resin. “How strange,” Dédalo muttered. “The House of Muses have amassed a number of Temples, yet the ones here are all mislabeled. I should inform them when I get the chance.” He pulled out a notebook and began to jot down a few of their names as Perdida floated behind him, arms crossed. “Are you not concerned that they have this many temples?” “Well, relabelling everything will certainly take some time. And these pieces were improperly restored because the curator must have assumed them to be Egyptian relics, so that will also need to be taken care of...” Dédalo continued taking down notes and sketches. “That’s not what I’m worried about, it’s just...” “Excuse me,” A suited man with the build of a bodyguard interrupted Dédalo and Perdida’s conversation.“Patron Cullinan is ready to see you now. Please come with me.” “Perfect timing, lead the way.” Dédalo closed his notebook and moved to follow the suited man with Perdida trailing after. Scenario: Alexandria National Museum, Alexandria, Egypt—7:26 AM Old painting…Stone tablet…Weird looking statue… Passion didn’t know what she expected to find when she decided to sneak through the storage room of a history museum. It seemed like a fun idea at the time, but all that was here was a bunch of boxes filled with old junk; no wonder why it wasn’t being displayed. Passion stepped over the snoring body of the security guard stationed at the door and started heading towards the nearest exit, past rows of shelves of more boxes. “Sorry, miss, this is the employee-only section. Are you lost?” Passion looked to see a suited woman sorting boxes on a shelf, 15 or so meters away. “Think I got separated from the tour group I was with,” Passion lied. “‘Scuse me.” “I can help guide you where you need to go.” The woman put the box she was holding onto the shelf. “Exit’s right there,” Passion pointed out. “I can just go,” “Please, I insist. It's not everyday we get a direct visit from a member of COLOSSI.” Passion remained silent, holding ｢sleepyhead｣ close to her chest. If the woman took one step closer, she could send her to dreamland…but she remained just shy of ten meters away. “We fully respect your anonymity. But if we could have a moment of your time, the House of Muses could offer our services with your ‘problem’.” The suited woman made a devil horn sign with her hands and tapped the side of her nose. Passion glanced at her plushie, one glassy eye staring back at her. “Fine.” “Ah, Dédalo~boy and Perdida~girl. Make yourselves at home.” Cullinan spread his arms wide in a welcoming gesture. They were in what Dédalo had first assumed to be the basement of the museum, but his adventuring sense told him this place was much older. The place was lit through a series of wired cave lamps; Too barren to be any sort of underground burial chamber, perhaps it was an old storage facility or some type of bunker. “I am still waiting for another guest to arrive before we can begin the main event. But in the meantime, care to join me in a game of Senet?” Cullinan gestured to a table, a gridded board set up in the middle Dédalo eyed the game board as he put his hat and coat on the back of his chair. “You know the rules of Senet?” “Of course. The ultimate goal of the House of Muses is the preservation of information, and history most importantly. Especially when that information comes from its homeland of Egypt. However, the informal rules will suffice for now; we are not here to perform any funeral rites or cross into the afterlife.” Cullinan chuckled and sat down at one end of the table, Dédalo sitting across from him.
The game of modern Senet is simple! Each player has 5 pieces; whomever got all of their pieces off the board first won. The board itself is a 3 by 10 grid, with each piece starting in the first row. Each turn, players roll senet sticks to determine how many spaces they can move one of their pieces. If an opponent’s piece was in the slot they wished to move to, the player could swap the positions of the two pieces. However, if the opponent had two or more of their pieces adjacent to each other, those pieces were ‘protected’ and could not be swapped. Though many of its rules have been lost to time, it’s easy to see why Senet was such a popular game!
Dédalo stretched out his fingers and wrists. He had heard that Cullinan enjoyed board games, so he decided that he might as well humor him. This way, he could get on his good side and get the opportunity to ask a few questions. “Would you like the wood pieces or the obsidian ones?” Cullinan offered as he set up the board. “I’ll take the wood pieces.” “Then I will be obsidian. Care to take the first turn?” Cullinan passed Dédalo the set of senet sticks. Dédalo gently tossed them onto the table, allowing the clatter to ring out before continuing. “I understand that the House of Muses has been collecting temples and researching Pieduron history.” Dédalo inquired politely, moving forward one of his wooden pieces. “Ah, so you’ve heard.” Cullinan rolled and moved his obsidian piece to the space right behind Dédalo’s. “Picking up the trail that Pieduro left behind in the Mediterranean has been a challenge, even for an organization of our size.” Dédalo moved another one of his pieces. “Really? You might be further on that trail than you think. Quite a few of your artifacts upstairs are from Pieduro, you know.” “Is that so? I’ll have to inform the curator, then.” Cullinan chuckled, as if he was making a private joke to himself. Dédalo sensed that Cullinan didn’t seem surprised by what he said. “Tell me, Dédalo~boy. You have been in pursuit of the Piedurons for much longer than I. Why? What keeps you going on such a Sisyphean task as this?” “Simple. I am helping Perdida find out what happened to her home and people.” Dédalo rolled the sticks and moved his front piece further forward. “As an adventurer, I can’t just leave this quest uncompleted.” “My, how noble. Personally, I wish to document and understand what these Temples can do. Our research into their functions has been quite fascinating.” Cullinan took his turn and moved his second piece up behind his first. “And how is that research going?” Perdida asked, hesitant, as Dédalo rolled his sticks and pondered his next move. “It took the sacrifice of a few Temples, but I believe we have managed to understand how they work just a bit. Of course, not enough to craft any new ones or find a way to reliably power them.” Perdida faded into the background, watching as Dédalo finally decided to swap his last piece with Cullinan’s fourth piece. Sacrifice…she didn’t like the way he said that so frivolously. “That’s a shame,” Dédalo sighed. “Well, if it’s Temples that you need, my companion and I have become rather skilled in locating them. Perhaps we could come to a mutual agreement. You find the outposts, we find the Temples…I assume that’s what you called us here for, after all.” “You would be correct, but we should wait for our other guest before we finalize any agreements.” Cullinan smiled mysteriously. “Patience, Dédalo~boy. Our game is not yet finished.” Dédalo could feel his patience towards Cullinan’s vagueness beginning to wane—Cullinan maneuvered around his questions as masterfully as his pieces maneuvered around the board. Time to push harder. “You’re aware of the symbolism of ‘Wood’ and ‘Obsidian’ to the Piedurons, I assume. ‘Wood’ represents the Earth that binds us all, grounding us to the world around us; Obsidian represents the power that we can wield, and the paradox of how strong yet brittle it can be. In your opinion, which one resonates with you more?” Cullinan furrowed his brow. Feigning ignorance, Dédalo continued on. “Personally, I’m fascinated with the concept of ‘Wood’. Growing with the Earth, instead of against it. Rebuilding, persisting, even when all seems lost. ‘Wood’ reminds us of our place in the world—not to live wealthy, or live poorly, but to simply live.” “Hm…I believe that ‘Wood’ is a beautiful ideal.. However, it is simply that; an ideal. For lack of a better term, it’s too ‘soft’ for my tastes.” Cullinan glanced at the obsidian piece he held in his hand. “‘Obsidian’, on the other hand…when it breaks, when it shatters, it is lost forever. But for the short time that it lasts, its strength outweighs its fragility. An obsidian dagger needs only to cut once to make a mark on the world. After that, what use does it have? Better to grind the shards into dust than risk them cutting your hand open.” Dédalo nodded slowly. “I see.” “Patron Cullinan, your other guest has arrived.” A suited woman opened the door and waved Passion inside. She surveyed the dimly-lit room as the woman shut the door behind her. She immediately noticed Dédalo, recognizing him as one of the strong Stand users to keep track of. “Big fuck-off airship,” if she remembered correctly. She didn’t know who the bald man that he sat beside was, though. She barely even registered that he was talking to her. “Passion~girl I presume?” “Don’t call me that.” “Oh pardon me, it’s a formal title I use for people. The House of Muses is akin to a familial structure in its design. Call it a bit of an archaic tradition, but it’s quite the honorific for guests such as yourselves.” Passion cocked her head slightly. “Who’re you again?” “Right, I forgot to introduce myself. I am Cullinan Dwarf Star, Patron of the House of Muses. You might know me as Sphinx.” Vague recognition dawned on Passion’s face, “Oh. You’re the guy that shot Solsbury.” “Shot past, actually,” Cullinan shrugged, “Anyway, to get to why I brought you here. How much do you know about Pieduron technology and history?” “Not much,” Passion shrugged. She had seen Dédalo’s file before, and knew about Pieduron technology from there. Other than that, nothing. “Perfect. You will be serving as an outsider’s perspective to our discussion.” “...ok.” Passion took that to mean, “sit quietly and say “I see” every now and then.” Worked for her. “Don’t look so glum. There may be a few details you and your organization may be interested in, if my introduction doesn’t bore you.” Cullinan smiled. Passion’s expression didn’t change. “Now, the Piedurons were an isolated people with highly advanced technology known as Temples. Based on our findings, these temples were highly sophisticated and almost universally ran off some type of spiritual energy. Dédalo~boy, what can you tell us about your recent findings in that planetarium?” “It was extraordinary,” Dédalo explained, a bit of excitement escaping his guarded demeanor, followed by a mix of sadness and anger at the destruction Errok had wrought. “A visual history of Pieduron civilization. From its roots as an ancient agrarian civilization, the discovery of spiritual energy, the creation of the first Temples, their migration across the Mediterranean, and their eventual collapse. Like a last broadcast from the radio of a sinking ship, a final monument to their civilization before it was lost for good.” “In our correspondence, you mentioned that there was a symbol in the depiction of their collapse; a face with a zero on it. What do you think that meant?” Cullinan motioned for Dédalo to elaborate. “To be frank, it could mean anything. A bad ruler, a natural disaster, maybe something the Piedurons perceived as divine judgment.” Dédalo recalled the scene in his mind. “We can’t know for sure without more information.” “The final stage showed that all of the active Temples stopped working, yes? And around the world, Temples have only recently regained their functionality. That includes your “El Cor Terra”, and your companion along with it, which you used to activate the Planetarium, yes?” “How did you—” Cullinan raised a hand. “The House can gather information in many ways, no matter the difficulty—especially when they align with our interests. My question is, if all of the Temples lost functionality, why would the Piedurons make the key to the planetarium a Temple itself? Surely, they would have built some other means of activating it so that future generations could read their message without the use of a Temple.” “Maybe the necklace survived by chance,” Dédalo suggested, a bit too quickly. “With all due respect, Dédalo, that’s preposterous. The capabilities of your traveling companion are unlike anything that we have ever seen, and far less powerful Temples were permanently deactivated by the shutdown. No, the Piedurons must have known that your necklace would survive their collapse and eventually regain its power, then built the planetarium around that fact.” Dédalo grit his teeth. “What’s that supposed to mean?” “Simple. I believe the Pieduron shut down their Temples on purpose. What’s more, the planetarium is not a simple message in a bottle. It’s a warning that could only be viewed if the Temples were ever reactivated.” “Well. Uh. That’s. A bold claim,” Dédalo said slowly. “I understand the drive to speculate, but that is quite the outlandish theory. Isn’t it, Perdida? …Perdida?” “...sorry, it’s nothing.” Perdida grasped her arm to stop it from shaking. “The thought has crossed your mind before, hasn’t it, Perdida?” Cullinan leaned forward. “Try as you might to avoid it, you know it’s a plausible explanation.” Perdida said nothing. “Your silence speaks volumes, I’m afraid. My theory is as follows. Using the power of the Temples, the Pieduro created something so destructive, so threatening to themselves and maybe even the entire world, they were forced to deactivate all of the Temples to prevent it from ever being used. In their final moments, they created the planetarium and El Cor Terra as a final message to anyone who found it—the Temples are never to be used again.” Cullinan sighed. “Thus, it is my utmost belief that knowledge of the Temples must never reach the public eye. As much as it pains me to say it…Pieduro must remain buried. For good.” “...excuse me?” Dédalo’s eyes narrowed. “I thought you said that the House of Muses was supposed to preserve history. Now you’re just going to leave it to rot? Torch it like the Library of Alexandria?” “Don’t be absurd. We will retain our records on Pieduro and any artifacts that we have collected to the utmost scrutiny. They will simply never see the light of day again.” “Oh, so you’re keeping ‘em,” Passion spoke up. “That makes sense. But, sorry, I must’ve missed the part where you told us why the House won’t use the Temples as weapons either. Since you’re so worried about your safety and all that.” Cullinan hesitated. “That’s…I would never allow that to happen.” “Sure you won’t. But there’s gonna be other Patrons. Patrons that aren’t you. Patrons who’ll look at a vault full of ancient weaponry and think…well, you get the rest.” “As if you aren’t salivating at the chance to obtain the Temples for yourself, young madam,” Cullinan retorted. “The Piedurons knew exactly how to use the Temples—where are they now? One small misstep, one fool with too much hubris, and the entire Mediterranean could be at risk. This way, everyone will be safe. I’ll make sure of that.” The room grew silent. Cullinan cleared his throat and straightened his robes. Before he could continue, Dédalo rose to his feet. “My apologies, Patron. I will have no part in this. Consider our deal off the table. Permanently.” Dédalo snatched his hat and coat and made for the door, Perdida following close behind. “There is no need for apologies, Mr. Viatger,” Cullinan called to him. “Not for you, and not for me. You have forced my hand.” From within his sleeve, Cullinan produced a flat, rectangular stone in the shape of a playing card. Suddenly, it was as if the world froze, and all colors inverted to a photo negative. Then, just as suddenly, the world returned to normal; with one notable exception. “Perdida?” Dédalo whipped around, searching frantically for his partner, clutching his necklace tight to his chest. “Cullinan, you bastard, what did you do to her!?” “Calm yourself. I have done your companion no harm.” Cullinan flipped the stone card around. Carved into its surface was a perfect portrait of Perdida, eyes wide in shock, screaming a silent scream, reaching out towards Dédalo. “This is no different from how she rested before you found her. There’s no need to-” Dédalo unsheathed his sabre and lunged for Cullinan’s throat. Cullinan rose from his seat—in one swift motion, he sidestepped Dédalo, grabbed him by the collar, and hurled him across the room into the opposite wall. Passion shot awake and leaped back, pointing ｢sleepyhead｣ straight at Cullinan, its mouth open and ready to strike. “It seems we have reached an impasse,” Cullinan stated calmly. “Dédalo, Passion, we could fight and make enemies of one another—but this is not the way of the House of Muses. Instead, I am willing to wager my resolve versus your own. A test of body, mind and spirit.” Cullinan pulled out an ornate hourglass, its frame entwined with green and gold snakes and its interior filled with fine metal shavings. Dédalo slowly rose from the ground, forcing the air back into his lungs. “Your games mean nothing to me, Patron. Give me my friend back. Now.” “You have been clear that you are unwilling to compromise and rash in your judgment. But I invite you to a game invented by the Piedurons.” Cullinan tapped the side of the hourglass. “I will reveal this to you now—my Stand is bound to this hourglass, and the hourglass itself is a Pieduron Temple. It can enforce any wager we make. Win this game, and you will have not just my word, but a promise to help understand and uncover the mysteries of the Piedurons. Not only that, I will do whatever you feel is appropriate in regards to anything related to the Piedurons.” “And if we lose?” Passion interjected. She didn’t give a shit about Perdida, but she also didn’t want to lose her soul or whatever. “I ask for nothing, I will even give your companion back. But give me this opportunity to show you what Piedruon technology is capable of and why it is so dangerous.” It was hard to take Cullinan at his word, but it was the only option Dédalo had been given. “Fine.” “You may resent me all you like, but know that I am trying to do you a favor. Most other factions would have already killed you by now. Here, I’ll make it easy for you.” Cullinan brushed a hand across his face, spreading a black glittery face paint with his palm. Opening his eyes he revealed black sclera and red pupils. Motes of light saturated the room and flickering projections painted the room in bright light. It was like what happened at the planetarium, only on a smaller scale. No…this felt more real than even that, the floor changed underneath their feet and the stale cave air was replaced with fresh air. Dédalo felt a new weight press down on his arm as a disk-like shield materialized and attached to his gauntlet. By this point Cullinan had moved to the other side of the room. “To make this fair we will be playing the simplified rule set! Once you are content you understand them, we may Open the game!” (Shoutouts to u/TreeTurtle_852 for the match art!) Location: A strange pocket dimension? The battlefield of a game played by the Piedurons. The area here is 21 by 22 meters with each tile being 1 by 1 meters. Cullinan starts on the top of the map while the players are on the bottom half. The ceiling is 50 meters high and the stage is lit by an unknown, omnipresent light source. The blacked out tiles are endless pits; a player is RETIREd if they fall in without a way to get back out. The ground here is sandstone with certain areas having been painted to look like the colors shown on the map. The sides of the map are sandstone walls, the general rules of the game are outlined on the walls behind the players. Half a meter underneath the sandstone layers is a thick layer of A Durability Cleria. The Purple “X” marked circles are Cullinan’s summoning zones and the Brown “X” marked circles are the Players’ summoning zones. Goal: Beat your opponent in this game that tests body, mind, and spirit! Additional Information: In this game designed by the Piedurons, each side summons Pieduron warriors to fight for them. General Unit Info:
Unless otherwise stated, each unit has C Power, Speed, Durability, and C Precision with B Durability on their weapons and armor.
Units are defeated once they take C Durability’s worth of damage.
Units each have effectively a 3 stat in using their main weapons and working in their intended roles.
The armored parts of armored units are not removable
Similar to Stands, the units are able to incorporate their summoner’s experiences and utilize their fighting techniques. They are almost like a pseudo-swarm Stand, with their summoner having a mental link to the units and giving orders to them remotely.
For the players, Passion or Dédalo can summon and command units, but they share the same summoning zones and cooldowns.
Each unit is made of stone and clay, but are hollow enough to weigh about as much as a human
For Passion’s Stand, they count as living things with stamina while active and objects when defeated.
Each Summoning circle has a 30 second cooldown and can summon any of the listed units below: Unit List:
Knights: Armed with a scimitar and small round shield. They have a layer of body armor and helmet.
Defenders: Armed with a large rectangular riot shield. They have a layer of body armor and helmet.
Spearmen: Armed with a spear. They have arm guards and a helmet.
Archers: Armed with a bow and quiver of 25 arrows
Fishermen: Armed with a fishing rod and three fishing spikes attached to their hip
Farmer: Armed with a sickle and hoe
Lumberjack: Armed with a hatchet
Excavator: Armed with a pickaxe and a shovel
Gremlin: Half the size of the normal sized units, the gremlin has D Power and D Durability as a trade off for its small size. They also have sharp B Durability claws with no opposable thumbs.
While the game is active, Cullinan and the Players are unable to attack or directly interact with one another (their bodies, Stands, and attacks will pass through each other.). Nor can they cross to the opponent’s side of the field (both sides can still cross into the center area) Note, both sides are able to attack and use their abilities against enemy units. Each side can only have up to 10 units at a time on their own side of the field. However they can have as many of their units as they would like on their opponent’s side of the field. The game ends when their opponent(s) are Retired and no longer able to continue fighting. Any injuries when the game ends vanish and you will be brought back where you were before the game started. Dédalo does not have Perdida physically with him in this match, but he does have access to the rest of Perdida’s ‘Stand’ abilities and starts with a Temple that is a thick shield-like attachment for his gauntlet:
Tier 1 Ability
Tier 2 Ability
Tier 3 Ability
Alqurs Almubaraza (The Duel Disk)
The front end of the shield opens up and can convert any one Temple stored in the gauntlet into a Cleria stone card (1 Pilot)
The shield can convert a second Temple into a card (2 Pilots)
The shield can convert a third temple into a card (3 Pilots)
In this game, cards created by this temple can be cast and equipped to any unit under Dédalo’s control, with any additional benefits Dédalo would have. (The card-form temples still require the requisite number of pilots to get their effects.) All they have to do is mentally target which unit they want and place the card on the face of the shield. When the equipped unit is defeated, the equipped Temple is returned and stored back in the gauntlet. The game has just started and there is 5 seconds before all summoning zones can be activated.
"I've split their souls into six chips each. In poker, if you think you might lose, you can fold. You need to be able to drop out and up the ante, so we can't play with just two chips. Winning back six chips is the equivalent of winning one soul." Show your resolve and your trust in your methods!
"Fine. I'll bet my soul." Show your resolve and your trust in Pieduro!
Link to Official Player Spreadsheet Link to Match Schedule As always, if you would like to interact with the tournament community and be among the first to get updates for the tournament, please feel free to PM a member of our Judge staff for an invite to our Official Discord Server! Days ago… As the stormwinds blew the ship off-course, Val instead took this as a blessing, standing at the bow, pointing ahead. “THERE!” She barked, at the top of her voice. “IF THE STORM BLOWS US SO, WE! SHALL! FOLLOW!” And so, The Bruce turned with the wind, merely allowing it to spell the course of the ship. And so soon did the ship arrive, at the deadliest trial yet. Val stopped the vessel here, dropping the anchor just before the range of the Scylla, pulling down the sails so The Bruce might not continue into the depths. L pulled the spyglass to its eyes, spotting the beast. Val readied the ‘cannonballs’, composed of the 30-odd-kg chunks of wood she had brought from Circe’s islands, and from a distance, she released her ‘grapeshot’–a group of possessed objects tied to a bullet as the leader. Even from such a distance, the force of these were immense, barrelling down upon Scylla from past where she could manage to stop them. But even when Val’s volley had run its course, Scylla stood just barely. In her desperate search for more cannonballs, she had found the remains of a poor sandwich she hadn’t noticed being slipped into her belongings, gone hard from weeks unprotected at sea. It performed admirably as another cannonball, but there was still more to do, and Val was still determined to finish off this beast. S possessed Val as R possessed the bullet of the Soul Slug Dividing Heart; Val shot the gunsword upwards, at a steep angle. Val now soared thousands of feet above the Scylla monster in the air, whereupon she had 70 seconds to travel the whole arc of the bullet. As she sailed towards her quarry, she readied her gun again: 70 seconds to fell this beast, 70 seconds of bullets, 70 seconds for one of the most epic victories of her life. With a deep breath, she smiled, laughing a little…God, this was…exhilarating!
2023.03.30 01:46 ariciasUpgrading from a 5930k and R9 fury X
Hi I'm ready to pull the trigger I believe on this build this weekend. I'm still torn with a microcenter 3 hours away If I'm going to order it online or if it's worth the expense in gas and drive time basically 7 hours to get these parts at a Microcenter. Right now I'm using a 34-in 1440p 60 Hz monitor 3440x1400 I think, and most of the time I don't really play the latest bleeding edge games especially in the last year because my PC was showing its age. I really enjoy Factorio and rimworld, and City Skylines. I do realize that this is complete overkill for a 1440p monitor however I did keep my same PC since I built it when the 5930k was released. Then I upgraded to an r9 fury whenever it was released I believe mid 2015 and I've had it ever since. The r9 fury was a hot mess so it had to be all in one water cooled, seeing how I don't build PCs once ever 6 years I'm not really comfortable doing a water cooling build. Is it worth paying the extra for the 4090 to be water cooled? Probably next year about this time or Christmas I imagine I'll upgrade monitors to more utilize this computer. Is there anything glaring out that needs to be fixed replaced that I'm missing completely? One thing that does worry me with Factorio is some of my mega bases would get so big that they would drop down to like 15 FPS and literally make them unplayable. I'm not sure if that's a CPU and GPU problem or if I needed to step it up to 2 32 gig sticks of RAM 464 total but then the best hz I can do is 6,000. Thanks everyone I appreciate your input! The 5930k and MSI gaming 7 is still running by the way, I had a friend give me a 1600 super I slipped in there, and a Stryker case, the white one with the handle. PCPartPicker Part List
Recommendation to increase appropriations in the General Fund Group in the City Manager Department by $500, offset by the Fifth Council District One-Time District Priority Funds transferred from the Citywide Activities Department to provide a contribution to Partners of Parks; and Decrease appropriations in the General Fund Group in the Citywide Activities Department by $500 to offset a transfer to the City Manager Department.
Recommendation to increase appropriations in the General Fund Group in the City Manager Department by $2,075, offset by the Third Council District One-Time District Priority Funds, transferred from the Citywide Activities Department, to provide donations of: 1. $1,700 to the Friends of Belmont Shore to support their Summer Community Concert; 2. $375 to the Belmont Heights Community Association to support their Egg Hunt in the Heights; and Decrease appropriation in the General Fund Group in the Citywide Activities Department by $2,075, to offset a transfer to the City Manager Department.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to pay sum of $150,000, in full settlement of lawsuit entitled Edward Benavidez vs. City of Long Beach, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 21STCV02509.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to submit Stipulations with Request for Award for approval by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and if so approved, authority to pay $52,200, in compliance with the Appeals Board Order for William Foster.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to pay sum of $99,000, in full settlement of lawsuit entitled Michael Medina-Fernandez v. City of Long Beach, et al., United States District Court Case No. 2:21-cv-07038-JPR.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to submit two Stipulations with Request for Award for approval by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and if so approved, authority to pay 1) $125,642.50 for Stipulations with Request for Award with a life pension thereafter of $77.31 per week and also 2) separate authority to pay $111,142.50 in compliance with the Appeals Board Order for Keith Mullally.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to submit Stipulations with Request for Award for approval by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and if so approved, authority to pay $122,742.50 in compliance with the Appeals Board Order for Donald Radcliff.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to pay sum of $75,000, in full settlement of lawsuit entitled Markeisha Sanders v. City of Long Beach, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 22STCV16940.
Recommendation to request City Attorney to prepare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) to clarify the City’s authority to enforce the Long Beach Public Library Patron Rules of Conduct (Library Rules) in all Library facilities and on all Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) property. (Citywide)
Recommendation to request City Manager to work with local educational institutions including CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills, Long Beach City College, and Long Beach Unified School District, as well as industry partners in Long Beach’s key growth sectors, to pursue strategic partnerships and cooperation agreements that make meaningful investments to support housing production and add to Long Beach’s existing housing stock, and refer to the Educational Partnerships Committee and the Housing and Public Health Committee for input and discussion.
Recommendation to authorize City Attorney to join amicus briefs that align with the annually adopted City of Long Beach State Legislative Agenda and/or Federal Legislative Agenda, and to request subsequent affirmation by the City Council. (Citywide)
CA - Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta Day resos
Item #9 • File #23-0300 (Details, PDF) Recommendation to adopt resolution recognizing the 31st of March of every year as César Chávez Day, a Day of Celebration in the City of Long Beach; and
Recommendation to adopt resolution authorizing City Manager, or designee, to execute a contract, and any necessary documents including any necessary subsequent amendments, with Elastec, Inc., of Carmi, IL, for the purchase of an Elastec E30 work boat, with trailer and other accessories, in a total amount not to exceed $416,934, including taxes and fees. (Citywide)
Recommendation to adopt resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2023 Salary Resolution RES-22-0159 to increase the maximum annual compensation permitted for the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors representative to $200 per meeting attended limited to no more than four meetings per month, inclusive of subcommittee meetings, not to exceed $7,000 maximum per calendar year. (Citywide)
LS - Agrmnt w/Bibliotheca for updated self-checkout machines
Recommendation to adopt resolution authorizing City Manager, or designee, to execute a contract, and any necessary documents, including subsequent amendments, with Bibliotheca, of Norcross, GA to provide updated patron self-checkout machines at the eleven Long Beach Public Library branch libraries, and maintenance services, in a total amount not to exceed $224,726 for a period of 5 years, with no renewal options, at the discretion of the City Manager; and, authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute all documents necessary to enter into the contract, including any necessary subsequent amendments. (Citywide)
Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record and conclude the public hearing and consider one third-party appeal by the Westside Business Association of Long Beach (APL23-005); Adopt resolution adopting and certifying a Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND 01-23) and making findings of fact related thereto, and adopting a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and Deny the appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision and approve two (2) Conditional Use Permits (CUP21-010 & CUP21-011) to operate a trucking use on two (2) properties located at 1711 Harbor Avenue and 1515 West 17th Street that total 4.85 acres in size in the General Industrial (IG) Zoning District. (District 7)
PD/FD/TI - Contract for emergency response/public safety equipment and supplies
Recommendation to adopt resolution authorizing City Manager, or designee, to execute a contract, and any necessary documents including subsequent amendments, with Safeware, Inc., of Lanham, MD; and Mallory Safety and Supply, LLC, of Portland, OR, for furnishing and delivering emergency response and public safety equipment and supplies, on the same terms and conditions afforded to the Port of Portland, OR, through Omnia Partners, in an annual aggregate amount of $3,000,000, with a 20 percent contingency in the amount of $600,000, for a total annual aggregate contract amount not to exceed $3,600,000, until the Omnia Partners contract expires on April 1, 2026, with the option to renew for as long as the Omnia Partners contract is in effect, at the discretion of the City Manager. (Citywide)
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute a contract, and any necessary documents including any necessary subsequent amendments, with Sprout Social, Inc., of Chicago IL, to provide social media support services and tools, in a total annual amount not to exceed $40,000, for a period of two years, with the option to renew for additional one-year periods, at the discretion of the City Manager. (Citywide)
ED - PGWIN service and product providers for training and employment svcs to residents
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute a contract, and any necessary documents including any necessary subsequent amendments, with various Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network training and service providers, for training and employment services to residents, in a total aggregate amount not to exceed $750,000, for a term ending December 31, 2023, with the option to renew for an additional one-year period, at the discretion of the City Manager. (Citywide)
FM - Contract w/Tait Environmental Svcs for the City’s Fuel Operations system
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute all documents necessary to amend Contract No. 34878 with Tait Environmental Services, Inc., of Santa Ana, CA, to provide technical support, construction management services, and regulatory updates for the City’s Fuel Operations program, to increase the contract amount by $70,839, for a revised contract amount not to exceed $1,105,839, and extend the term to September 30, 2023. (Citywide)
PRM/PW - Grant funding for Davenport Park Phase II project D8
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute an amendment to accept and expend grant funds from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund, increasing the award from $2,016,000 to an amount not to exceed $3,656,000, for the period from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023, for the Davenport Park Phase II Project; Increase appropriations in the Capital Projects Fund Group in the Public Works Department by $1,640,000, offset by grant revenue; and Increase appropriations in the Capital Projects Fund Group in the Public Works Department by $1,640,000, offset by a transfer of Land and Water Conservation Grant Funds from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation from the Capital Grants Fund. (District 8)
Recommendation to authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute an agreement, and all necessary documents, subcontracts, and any necessary amendments, including any amendments to the award amount, with Public Strategies, Inc., a Technical Assistance provider for the Fundamentals of Fatherhood Project, to accept and expend grant funding in the amount of $35,000, for the National Responsible Fatherhood Alliance, for the period of April 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023, with the option to extend the agreement for three additional one-year periods at the discretion of the City Manager; and Increase appropriations in the Health Fund Group in the Health and Human Services Department by $35,000, offset by grant revenue. (Citywide)
Recommendation to receive and file the application of Sake Secret, LLC, dba Sake Secret, for an original application of an Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) License, at 460 Pine Avenue; determine that the application serves the public convenience and necessity, and submit a Public Notice of Protest to ABC; and, direct City Manager to withdraw the protest if a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is granted. (District 1)
Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by amending Sections 5.24.010, 5.24.020, 5.24.080, and 5.24.140, relating to boxing and wrestling exhibitions, read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final reading. (Citywide)
Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by amending Section 2.18.050; and, by repealing Section 2.06.060, all relating to compensation and training requirements for members of boards and commissions, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)
2023.03.30 01:38 bbtillAssigned Seating in GA for RKS?
I’ve been to a few red rocks shows before, and besides the first few rows being reserved, the rest has always been GA / sit wherever you can claim a spot. I’m looking at RKS tickets for this summer and on AXS the tickets look different than what I’ve seen in the past - it looks like the entire venue is assigned seating? But then it says only rows 1-7 and 25-56 are reserved. (See photos) My question is - has anyone seen this before and know if it’s truly assigned seating? (I’m shocked because idk how you’d enforce it at a place like red rocks). I’m debating between picking a good seat or just getting the cheapest tickets available (if it’s sit wherever you like/can get a spot like other shows, idk why anyone would get anything other than the cheapest) Thanks I’m advance for any help!
2023.03.30 01:26 DontTakeOurCampbellA few questions from someone who's been out of the game for awhile
As the title of the OP says, I've built a couple of PCs but have been out of the game for awhile so I'm not as up on hardware as I was in 2020-2021. My main PC has an R5 3600 which is a great CPU but between that and the 16GB of RAM I have, I'm having issues with properly running modded Cities Skylines My other issue is that I don't use my second system like at all (I built it an ITX system for a move but the move never happened). This secondary system has a 6700XT in it and is currently a paperweight on my desk. The issue with the secondary system is that the 5700X CPU in it runs hot. I want to, if necessary, rebuild a new PC from the ground up with parts from both of my systems, namely storage drives from both and the GPU from the secondary system. However, with time moving on and things like Cities Skylines 2 on the horizon, I'm wondering if my 3600 might not be on a dated platform. I also want to get into AIO water cooling as a more long-term CPU cooling solution. My main questions are:
How good is the 13600k vs. the 7800X3D and are either of them worth skipping the 5700X completely and upgrading from the 3600 now?
What is the best case that can support 240 MM AIOs and a lot of SSD/HDD storage spots? My Fractal Design Focus G that my main system is housed in is a good case but it's not the most feasible to work an AIO in and I'm not the most dextrous individual either so that can create added issues.
The main system is currently powered by a 750 Watt Corsair RM PSU -- is that enough for a 6700XT and a 13600k/7800X3D if I choose to go with those CPUs? Is CableMod good for finding replacement/extra cables?
Would it be worth it to jump to DDR5 now if I do go with the current processors, considering DDR5 is going to be the standard for the near future?
2023.03.30 01:24 Ainslie_BullionSilver Looks Set to Rocket Higher! Here's Why...
History tells us that as gold rallies into a bull market, silver (usually coming off a lower low) rockets past gold to outperform (to a higher high). Welcome to the leveraged ride that is silver. Newcomers to precious metals, looking at gold now given the market fundamentals behind this rally, often overlook or don’t understand the silver market. Let’s have a look at where we are. Firstly, a reminder that silver wears 2 hats; monetary metal and industrial commodity. The former is in line with gold and the latter is more exciting than most commodities given the key uses are growing sectors like renewable energy and electronics. We wrote to the solar demand equation recently here, and TLDR, it’s exploding and silver, in a deficit (demand outstripping supply) not just last year, is projected to remain in deficit by over 100 million oz per year for the next 5 years at least. The NSWU study it discusses projects solar demand alone will equate to 98% of supply by 2050. It’s an article well worth reading. Silver had a hard time of it from 2013 to 2020, and the chart below is a salient reminder of the impacts of supply surpluses and more importantly looking forward the impact of deficits… https://preview.redd.it/dqm5e8wohrqa1.png?width=940&format=png&auto=webp&s=b9587e3cdd3225b4bcfe2d1fbd4d67cc8b229c61 Before we leave the industrial use driver, it is timely to remind ourselves just where commodities sit relative to shares as we exit the liquidity tightening phase into the liquidity easing phase that is usually very constructive for commodities in general. https://preview.redd.it/u9vsc2grhrqa1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=47e63c0890fa0105b0c4a262d535147b24f85aa7 Last week we presented a chart filled summary of the In Gold We Trust report preview. It included some enticing charts around the prospects for silver. One chart included the Gold:Silver Ratio (GSR) which regular readers will know is still at historic highs but starting to fall as usually happens in a gold rally. In 2011 when silver hit $50, the GSR was just 30:1, a 283% difference to its current 85:1!! However, let’s not forget that kind of variation implicitly means silver is more volatile than gold. The following tables from the In Gold We Trust preview paint a very clear data story. Note as you compare the amount of red in the silver one compared to gold. However, note that silver has, on average performed significantly better than gold since the turn of the century; 49% better. In other words, buying at the right time, or holding for a longer time, can see silver significantly outperform gold and more than counter the higher percentage premium above spot that silver must wear by virtue of production, transport and storage costs of the heavier metal. https://preview.redd.it/1mflgxkshrqa1.png?width=940&format=png&auto=webp&s=3b61ca09259ca535b8332562e9551c31e816df77 https://preview.redd.it/b1pu206thrqa1.png?width=940&format=png&auto=webp&s=cca192e51c349a7eb3d708e2fde848cf08637297 And for those who think silver is manipulated on COMEX futures… check out this for one beautiful Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC! https://preview.redd.it/6ll7q64uhrqa1.png?width=941&format=png&auto=webp&s=cb9e0d772640ae49c44239c78c162b9e42c4b632 But finally, don’t take out word for it. Citi just released this note to clients: “Time to ride the silver bull… We had already held the view that at some point over the next 12 months the silver market was going to start to price a Fed easing cycle. Alongside a recovering China, and likely related USD weakness (our economists forecast 96 DXY by year-end), this would be very bullish silver. We believe that the issues with regards to the small/regional US banking system may bring the silver bull market forward and so we would not wait any longer. Whether it happens sooner or later, at some point before year-end, we are increasingly likely to see events develop similar to that which occurred during 2H07/1H08, during which silver rallied ~75% and precious metals rallied ~50% (i.e. Fed cuts, solid China). Further, we see silver outperforming gold over the next 6-12 months owing to its general leverage to precious metals bull markets, but also its higher exposure to a recovering China, solidly growing India, and its exposure to solar-related consumption growth (the latest technology uses 3x silver). Specifically, we can see the gold/silver ratio revert towards its mean of 70 from the current levels of ~90. Our 0-3 month forecast is now $24/oz (up from $22/oz) and our 6-12 month forecast is now $28/oz (up from $25/oz). In our bull case scenario, silver could reach $34/oz by year-end (~48% return).” Their GSR mean is curiously high, but like all means it depends on the sample length. We usually talk to a 45 mean being an approximation over the last century. The In Gold We Trust guys talk to a median of 30.4 but take that back to 1800 which includes protracted periods fixed at around 15. Regardless, at the 85:1 today and even Citi’s short term 70:1, with the 120:1 reached a couple of years ago, the bottom on the other side of the mean could still be in the order of 20:1. On gold’s current AUD2,940/oz (and don’t forget gold rises in a falling GSR in unison), we’d be looking at silver in todays terms at AUD147/oz, a 321% increase from the current AUD34.90… Relative volatility can be good… very good. Add that silver is a hedge within a hedge (as it has 2 drivers not 1), it presents a better diversification case as well.
My head was spinning. The polaroid photo of Jared and I was sitting on my laptop. Less than a day after I received his emotional plea to investigate a haunting at his home. It was impossible. The whole thing was impossible! I don’t believe in ghosts, and that photo hasn’t seen the outside of a box in years. I ripped open my storage closet. Underneath many boxes in the back corner was the small pink shoebox, where I kept all the mementos from college. I tore off the lid and rooted through the contents. The box contained many polaroids of friends, parties, everyday items I framed in an ‘artsy’ way, and a lot of questionable haifashion choices. No Jared photo. I examined the photo placed on my laptop again, it looked exactly like the others in the box. Yellowed from the years and covered in a light film of dust. I flipped it over, and saw a handwritten note. “Love you always - Jared”. His penmanship was almost illegible, and there was a heart beside his name. Wow. As if I didn’t have enough confusing feelings to process right now. Desperate to hold onto a semblance of reality, I texted Sara asking if she moved my photos. That would make sense, right? She learned about Jared last night, maybe she dug up my boxes from college? My phone chimed. Sara questioned your message “Did you move any of my old college photos?” - for non-iOS users, that means she held down on my message and selected a question mark. Since she’s at work, that’s likely the best response I’ll get for a few hours, but it’s safe to assume Sara didn’t touch the photo. After covering my shifts at the restaurant for the week, I decided to reply to Jared. I sent him a brief email informing him that I would be taking a ferry to Vancouver Island the next day. Afterwards I found myself writing down the entire experience. This is unlike me, I don’t journal, or keep a blog, or anything like that. I’m not sure what compelled me, but this event felt… significant.
I loaded up my crappy little car with all my equipment, and left at the ass-crack of dawn. Traffic wasn’t too bad this early in the morning, and I made it to the terminal with time to spare. I pulled up to the ticketing booth, and fumbled with my phone until I found my online reservation email. They gave me my lane number and I drove through. The booth opened up to a huge tarmac with around 20 different lanes, and I found my spot in line. I pulled in behind 10 other vehicles and turned off my engine. Non-locals won’t know what I mean when I say this, but: BCFerries is a racket. It’s like $100 one way with a vehicle. As my bank account drained, I remembered why I don’t visit Vancouver Island all that often. Beautiful though it may be. Maybe I can write this off as a business expense, I just need to learn taxes, and… business. Don’t judge, I went to school to study grainy surveillance footage. On second thought, Jared can cover my ferry costs. After a long period of waiting, the ferry started loading up cars and I parked on the lower vehicle decks. For those unfamiliar, these ferries aren’t cute little boats. These are massive ships that can fit dozens of vehicles, and hundreds of passengers. They’re several stories tall and contain a restaurant, gift shop, play areas for children, and more. I made my way up to the upper passenger deck and got in line for breakfast. A breakfast meal with coffee cost me $20, and it left me feeling sick for hours. The racket continues. After breakfast, I waddled over to passenger seating and managed to score a window seat. As I settled in for the rest of my journey, I finalised my plans for Jared’s ghost problem.
There are three major events to investigate. The Ten Knocks, the Floating Spoon, and the Shadow Man. Here are my plans for each: The Ten Knocks: Ten loud knocks ripple through the home every night at exactly 3:24am. According to Jared, the sound seems to come from a different location each night. As you know Jared already has an existing surveillance system. On top of that, I’m going to set up two Zoom audio recorders, and an old phone of mine to record audio throughout the night. From there I’m going to attempt to make a map of the approximate knock locations, and see what data we can generate. I’m hoping we can discover a pattern and isolate the source of these noises. Last time I mentioned a friend of mine who specialises in Forensic Audio. I'm hoping he can help me with this, but at the moment I haven’t heard back from him. I’m not sure I blame him, honestly. The Floating Spoon: Surveillance footage shows the utensil drawer opening in the kitchen, and a spoon levitating in the air. Since the spoon's movements were quite articulate, I’ll be looking for any evidence of wiring rigs. I also brought a compass for detecting magnetic fields. I’ll be insisting on seeing Jared’s computers, to see if they have software that could fake these things with CGI. I should note that there were a few other objects I caught moving in the raw surveillance footage, but those could be faked with a single string. Unlike the Floating Spoon, which moved in many directions. The Shadow Man: I’m going to get Jared to stand exactly where the figure appeared in the video, and take measurements for scale. If this man-shaped figure happens to be exactly Jared’s size, that’ll be a strong sign the footage is fake. If they’ll let me, I’m also going to inspect Simon’s bruises. Finger-shaped bruises can be imitated with makeup. A sobering reality here to consider is that if Jared faked the Shadow Man footage, I may have to call Child Protective Services. Simon’s noises and movement in the video indicated he was in legitimate distress. If I do determine the footage is fake, I’ll be demanding a detailed explanation of the hoax from Jared. For Simon's sake.
The ferry docked, and I made my way down to my vehicle. Cell reception returned as we got closer to the island, so I entered Jared’s address into Google Maps. For those unfamiliar with Vancouver Island, this isn’t a tiny island you can cruise around in a day. It’s home to over 850,000 people and bigger than the Hawaiian islands combined, or half the size of Ireland. It’s home to a few cities; the largest of which being BC’s capital city, Victoria, and many towns of various sizes. For privacy reasons, I won’t be sharing exactly where Jared lives, but for context I’ll say that it’s a small town. I’ve driven through the Island a few times, but this visit felt ominous. Pouring rain from the grey skies splattered my windshield. The roads were flanked on both sides by towering evergreen trees, sprawling all the way across distant mountain ranges. As I left the cities and hit a winding stretch of highway, I couldn’t help feeling like I was in the opening scene of The Shining. My speakers blasted upbeat 90s classics to keep my spirits up, but the foreboding feeling was hard to shake. As I approached the town where Jared lives, I decided to stop at a cute little coffee shop advertising free Wi-fi. Knowing you’re about to see your ex is nerve-wracking enough on its own. Let alone when you’re going to their home, meeting their wife, and presumably fighting ghosts. I ordered a latte, and found a quiet spot in the corner. As the rain pattered against the window, I called Sara on FaceTime. She answered, and I could tell she was walking home from the restaurant. After some small talk, I blurted out what was on my mind: “Am I making a terrible mistake?” Sara stifled a laugh. “I mean… How honest do you want me to be?” We both laughed this time, if a bit nervously on my end. “Look. Either you’re about to save a family and fight some ghosts, or somebody’s living in their walls, or your ex is pranking you. What’s your plan if things go to shit?” “More like when things go to shit. Let’s just hope he pays me upfront.” Sara knew me well enough to know I’m very safety-conscious. Working for a crime lab tends to have that effect. I had already shared Jared’s address with her, and called ahead to a local motel. I explained that I was staying with someone nearby, but had concerns about my safety. I would have preferred spending all my nights in a motel, but our ‘ghost’ only knocks in the middle of the night. Wendy, the manager, was lovely and agreed to hold a room for the first night. No charge unless I check in! It was their off season, and they had plenty of vacancies. I love small towns. Sara and I decided on one final safety measure. If I feel unsafe at any time, I’ll text her a code phrase. Like ‘How was your job interview?’ Furthermore, we have a daily check-in, and if I don’t respond within 20 minutes, Sara will call the authorities. Realising Jared IS an authority, Sara wrote down the direct lines for EMT, Fire and RCMP in the hopes that someone will check on me. Our conversation came to a close. “I love you, Sara.” “Love you too Marn. Stay safe!” “Bye.” “Bye.” The call ended. I collected myself, pulled up the hood of my jacket, and ran out into the pouring rain to my car. I sent Jared a text letting him know I was close, and drove the rest of the way there.
Jared and Jenny’s house is tucked in the back corner of an upper class, surrounded by woods. I pulled up the driveway, feeling very out of place in my crappy sedan. An old woman standing outside in a neighbouring front yard eyed my poor ass with suspicion. I ignored her. The house was modern, bright white with black accents, and completely unassuming. The rain had lifted, and a sliver of sunlight made the house seem positively welcoming. Despite seeing the house in videos and pictures, a part of my brain expected some sort of haunted castle. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. I had barely gotten out of my car when Jared and Jenny came outside to greet me. It’s always a little awkward sussing out the etiquette when meeting up with your ex after several years. Do we shake hands, or hug, or exchange an explosive fist bump? I was panicking a little, but Jenny cut right through that by springing an enthusiastic hug on me. “Oh my god hiii!” Jenny had that gorgeous, effortless, hippy-island-girl thing going on. Her shoulder-length straight hair was blonde, and she wore a long, flowing olive cardigan, and black leggings with sneakers. “It’s so nice to meet you! Thank you so much for coming.” Jared was standing behind her and gave a small wave, “Hey, Marn.” He looked exactly like the video. We exchanged a brief hug. I’m not sure if everyone else over-analyzes every single social interaction they’re in, but I was very cognizant of not letting that hug linger. A professional hug. Jenny chimed in. “I love your videos!” Jenny’s enthusiasm seemed genuine. “After uh, all this started happening, I went deep down the YouTube rabbit hole. There’s a lot of stuff out there, but your videos made me feel sane.” “Yeah, I came into the room and saw you on the TV. I was like, whoa, I dated her in college!” Jared added. “I didn’t believe him at first, but he had proof!” Jenny gave him a playful smack on the arm. “Evidence is important.” Jenny laughed at Jared’s terrible cop joke. I could see why he liked her, Jenny’s sunny disposition was infectious. In comparison, Jared and I were two people with very dry senses of humour. We exchanged pleasantries, and the couple helped me bring my bags into the guest room. Jared gave me something of a tour of the home. Having studied their surveillance footage in detail, I had no issue navigating their home. It was easy to forget I hadn’t been here before. When we got to the kitchen, I made a mental note of the ceiling. Adorned with several wooden beams, perfect for stringing up wires to say, make a spoon dance in the air. Interesting. Walking down the hallway to the master bedroom, and nursery, Jared pointed out a small blind spot in the cameras. I made a note to place one of my cameras there to cover that gap. While the knocks occurred in different locations each night, the main hallway was where the most activity occurred. I decided that this would be a good spot for my thermal camera, a piece of equipment I’ve owned for several years but never had a good excuse to use. According to the lore, ghosts can affect temperature. I guess we’ll see. As Jared showed me the nursery, he explained that Simon would be staying at his sister-in-laws for the foreseeable future. I had hoped to take a look at his bruises, but this didn’t feel like the time to mention Simon’s injuries, or the Shadow Man. Jenny’s expression darkened, and she brought it up without my prompting. “After Jared showed me…” her voice quavered. She paused before collecting herself. “...The video, I didn’t feel safe having him here any more. We visit him every day.” Jenny’s eyes welled up, and she excused herself. Left alone with Jared for the first time, there was an awkward pause. Wanting to avoid awkwardness at all costs, I asked Jared if he could do me a favour: Stand where the Shadow Man stood, and imitate his movements. For scale, I told him, and that was true. If Jared’s measurements match the Shadow Man, there’s a good chance he faked the footage, either with CGI or some sort of lighting rig. Jared seemed surprised, but he complied. I think he understood where I was going with this. I grappled with my emotions versus my logic. On one hand, this ‘ghost’ should have a rational explanation, and the most rational explanation was that this was a hoax. On the other hand, Jared’s wife is crying because she doesn’t feel like her child is safe in her home. If this is a prank, to what end? My relationship with Jared ended amicably. Hell, he was the one who ended it. It didn’t make sense. None of it did. After playing Shadow Man charades, I inquired about Jared’s security system. I wanted to see how he viewed surveillance footage. Jared darted into the bedroom and grabbed his laptop, a Macbook that was several years old. His security cameras uploaded over wi-fi to the cloud, and he was able to access that footage via an app. This app deletes the videos after a period of time, so Jared had been downloading them onto his computer. I noted he had several external hard drives, video files take up a lot of space so this made sense. I asked if I could borrow his laptop for a moment. “Sure, do whatever you want.” Jared handed me the laptop, which I took into the guest bedroom where I was staying. I took this opportunity to see if his computer had any visual effects, or video editing apps. All he had was iMovie, not a particularly powerful option. I spent a few hours reviewing the laptop, and then editing some B-roll footage I had shot earlier on my own computer. Jared knocked on the door. I looked up to see him in full police gear, and he let me know he was going to work. After Jared left, Jenny poked her head in the doorway and asked if I’d like to go out for dinner tonight, just the two of us. I agreed. All I had eaten was sickening ferry-food for breakfast, and Jenny seemed nice enough.
Jenny drove us to this amazing little Italian restaurant, and we had a fantastic time! She pushed many appetisers on me (so much bread), and the main course was delicious. I had linguine pescatora, and Jenny had gnocchi. Jenny had one glass, and I had the rest of the wine bottle. The dinner was a little awkward at first, but by the end of the night we felt like old friends. For Jenny’s sake, I won’t discuss every single thing she told me, but here are the relevant bits: I previously described Jenny as a seamstress. While that is true, it’s under-selling what she does. Jenny knows some specific, technical dress-making techniques. She has her own business, targeted towards Renaissance Fairs and cosplayers. Her work eventually attracted the attention of Hollywood productions. Now she makes beautiful clothing for feature films (period pieces), and high-end clients. I wondered how she and Jared could afford their beautiful home, she appears to be the reason. Jared and Jenny met a little over 3 years ago. Jared was a few years out of the academy, and got stationed in their small town. By coincidence, he had moved into her apartment building. They struck up a conversation one day when Jared offered to help her haul several bags of dresses to her car. She liked him, and asked him out for coffee. They married two years later, and she got pregnant with Simon around that time. At one point later in the evening, we got onto the subject of ghosts. Jenny’s always been a spiritual person, her office is full of crystals, and she loves astrology. I also learned she believes she saw a ghost as a child. As she describes it, she was in bed and a bearded old man in a white three-piece suit appeared in the room. He loomed over her with an intense stare, and they locked eyes for a long time. Jenny rolled to her side, and when she looked back he was gone. I asked if she ever saw the man again, and she answered no. I spoke to her about the phenomena of sleep paralysis, and she conceded that was possible. I’m not sure if she believed that or not. Regardless, I could see myself being good friends with Jenny.
We had such a lovely time at dinner, my reason for visiting had all but slipped my mind. It wasn’t until our drive home that I realised we were heading back to (for all intents and purposes) a haunted house. A pit began to form in my stomach as we pulled into the driveway. At night, the house took on an eerie presence, and the surrounding woods had me feeling like something could leap out at me at any moment. Jenny must have been feeling the same way, as we hurried into the house. Jared still wasn’t back yet, as he worked 12 hour shifts. I asked Jenny if she wanted to help me set up some of my equipment before bed, and her expression darkened. She declined. She opened up a drawer and pulled out a massive bag of earplugs, offering me some. This seems to be her solution to the nightly knocking sounds. I took some earplugs, though I forgot them on the counter. I got to work setting up my cameras and audio recording devices. I placed one of my cameras to cover the blind spot Jared showed me, and set the thermal camera in the main hallway. I was more than a little tipsy, but I managed to get the job done. After triple-checking that everything was recording, I shuffled back to the guest bedroom to sleep. It was around 10:30 pm, and I was dead tired, but knowing why I was there, I set an alarm for 3:15 am, hoping to be awake for the knocks. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP! I shut the alarm off, and groaned. I barely registered falling asleep. It was one of those sleeps where it feels like you’ve blinked, and all of a sudden it’s several hours later. Awful. I grabbed my phone, pulled myself out of bed, and left my room. I checked the time, 3:20 am. I shuffled into the main hallway, and waited. The minutes felt like an eternity as I stood around, waiting for a noise. It was dead quiet. Impatient, I found myself checking my phone. While waiting for a ghostly knocking. Something must be wrong with my brain. As my phone’s clock read 3:23, I put my phone away and listened. I couldn’t hear any footfalls, or doors opening. No strange noises from the plumbing or AC units. As I lingered in the silence, I wondered if this would be the night when the noises stopped. Did I scare the ghost away? BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! I screamed, startled by the incredible volume of noise that surrounded me. It felt like the banging was right beside my head, as if the very walls were screaming at me. Then it started again. BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! I whirled around, searching for a source to this thunderous sound. No such source was obvious to me. Jared came out of the bedroom in his pyjamas, and stared at me for a moment. As if to say, ‘Told you so’, but no lecture came. If anything, he looked sad. Disheartened that this horrible noise was real, not some sort of shared hallucination. He took a step towards me. “Oh my god…” Was all that came out of my mouth. “Let’s talk in the morning.” Jared said, shivering a little before heading back to bed. It’s clear he's used to this, but my heart was pounding out of my chest. After a pause, I followed suit, and returned to the guest bedroom. It took a long time to fall back asleep after that. I wished I took Jenny up on her offer of earplugs.
Reviewing the Evidence
I awoke around 8:30 to a gentle knock on my door, and an offer I couldn’t refuse. “There’s fresh coffee, if you want some.” Jenny announced. God yes. As I sat down for coffee, nectar of the gods, I couldn’t help but focus on the empty high chair at the kitchen table. There wasn’t much conversation in the morning, but Jenny did tell me she was spending the day at her sister’s with Simon. Later Jared would go there after work to spend the night with him. My heart hurts for them. As Jenny left, Jared encouraged me to check my footage from last night. He did the same with his security system. I scrubbed through my three audio recordings. The ear-shattering knocks were definitely coming from the main hallway. I marked down where I was standing on my sound map. I checked my blind spot camera, and scrubbed through the night’s events. Nothing of note until I enter the hallway at 3:20, stare at my phone and then jump into the air at the sound of the knocks. As I finished up with this, Jared came into the room. He told me there wasn’t anything noteworthy on his cameras, just the knocks, but he would send me the footage to review. He was about to leave the room, when I asked him if he wanted to stick around to watch the thermal camera footage with me. I opened up the video file. The thermal camera was pointing straight down the main hallway, now visible in various shades of orange, and purple. The walls were brighter than the doorways, and the lights appeared brightest. I scrubbed through the hours of footage. It captured Jared going into the bedroom around 12:35 am, having finished work at midnight. As the timestamp hits 3:20, I come into frame, my skin orange, and my hair and clothes closer to purple. I watch myself pull out my phone, and I shoot an awkward smile at Jared, who seems unphased. At 3:23, right before the knocking sound, a dark blue spot appears on the floor in front of me. The dark blue mass starts rising, getting taller and taller until it looms over me. The deep blue shape becomes humanoid. “What the fuck?” Jared interjects over my shoulder. At exactly 3:24, I jump at the knocks, and the man-shape follows my movement. It doesn’t have a face, but I can tell that it’s… staring at me. In the video, Jared comes out of the bedroom. The blue mass is still in front of him, but you can see the blue colour turn closer to purple as Jared stands behind it. As Jared takes a step forward, he walks right through the mass. He shivers, affected by the temperature difference, before he walks back into the room. As I exit the hallway, the mass ‘looks’ at me, its’ featureless head tilting in my direction. It just stands there. I scrub forward several hours. A distinct man shape, motionless. It’s not until 6 am, when Jenny comes out of the bedroom, that the figure drops back down into the floor. The temperature readings become normal again. The video ends a few hours later, when I come to collect the camera’s memory card. Jared and I stared at each other for a moment. He collected himself. “So, in your professional opinion, what, uh… what the hell was that?” “In my professional opinion?” He nodded. “Jared,” I stated. “Your house is fucking haunted.”
2023.03.30 01:04 WhoareyoutojudgemeeMy first self storage deal , can use input on the valuation
Hi everyone I am looking at my first CRE deal and would appreciate some input I’m talking to a seller of a storage facility from central-south Florida,City has 8000 people. SF per capita is 9.5. IMO is a little high but when I called the competition the owner picks up the phone in every single one and every single one is 100% full. They didn’t even want to write my details in case they’ll have vacancy . The guy want 3.2 mil which represent 5.2% cap which I think is over priced but i think I can conservatively bring it to 8.5-9%( converting 5000sqft warehouse to smaller units and build 3000sqft on the lot). Resale will be at 6% In my opinion this area in Florida gonna enjoy massive appreciation in the next 5-10 years. I guess my question is , am I crazy for thinking of buying at 5% cap in that small of a market? I tried to get comp information and competition information via radius and other tools and it all came blank, is there any tool you’d recommend to get data in such rural area?(how do appraisers run comps in cases like this?) Honestly any input will be really appreciated, unfortunately except of the internet I have no one to consult
2023.03.30 01:01 Somali-Pirate-Lvl100WSB-05-30 Vote The H.E.A.L.T.H Act
Helping Ensure Affordable Liabilities Through Healthcare Act
This is an act to protect the Citizens of Fremont from the insurmountable financial burden of receiving Healthcare. Whereas, Healthcare costs are overly inflated and place undue burden on the patient Whereas, Hospital Chargemasters are overly inflated to milk insurance companies for money, leaving uninsured and out-of-network patients in extraordinary debt Whereas, People die because they know they do not have the financial resources necessary to receive healthcare in this country Whereas, The Assembly has an obligation to ensure and protect the interests, general welfare, and livelihood of all citizens in the state of Fremont THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED by the General Assembly of the Fremont that: Section 1. Title (A) This bill shall be referred to as the “Helping Ensure Affordable Liabilities Through Healthcare Act” or the "H.E.A.L.T.H. Act" for short. Section 2. Healthcare Regulation Changes (A) Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center practicing Healthcare in the state of Fremont Shall be subject to all regulations outlined in Section 3, Section 4, and Section 5 of this bill. (1A) Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center that does not comply with the Regulations set forth act shall be fined no less than $250,000 per infraction. Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center that commits 5 or more infractions shall be fined a sum of $1,000,000 for each subsequent offense. (2A) Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center that refuses to comply with the regulations set forth can and shall be investigated for violations by the Fremont Department of Health. The Fremont Department of Health shall hereby have the authority to issue notices of required changes in order to be compliant with this law. If a Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center fails to comply within a 60 day period the Fremont Department of Health hereby has the authority to issue fines to compensate for costs lost by patients and fairly compensate affected patients for said non-compliance, if an offense or offenses are so egregious that they pose a risk of irreparable damage to patients the Fremont Department of Health hereby has the authority to revoke a Hospital’s, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center’s ability to practice healthcare services within the state of Fremont. (3A) Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center located in a county, town, or city with a population that is less than 10,000 people shall not be required to comply with this legislation. Section 3. Chargemasters (A) All Hospitals, Doctor’s Offices, or any other Medical Centers operating in the state of Fremont must provide the Fremont Department of Health with continuous access to their chargemasters, or any other subsequent document(s) outlining how much a Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center pays to provide a patient with a drug, surgery, healthcare visit, medical supply, or any other related services that a patient can be billed for. (1A) No Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center can withhold any information related to the costs associated with caring for a patient from the Fremont Department of Health. Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center that fails to comply shall be given a 7 days notice to comply with the law, if a Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Center fails to comply within 7 days they shall be indefinitely closed by the Fremont Department of Health until they comply. (B) The cost charged to a patient and or their insurance company, based off of any covered documents outlined in Section 3.A, shall not exceed a price increase amounting to 10% or higher of the actual cost of a patient's drug(s), surgery, surgeries, healthcare visit(s), medical supply, medical supplies, and or any other related services that a patient can be billed for. (For Example: A Hospital pays $0.50 to obtain a bag of saline to use in a patient's treatment, the hospital may, at most, inflate the cost of the bag of saline 10% or to a price of $0.55 when billing the patient and or their insurance for the bag of saline) (1B) Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, and or Medical Center that does not comply shall be required to issue a refund to any affected patients within 5 days of treatment. Section 4. Frecare Compliance (A) Any Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Centers that provides a drug and or drugs covered under WSB-05-20 within their facility cannot charge a patient for the cost of the drug, they must instead bill the patient in the same manner a pharmacy would, by first billing the patient's insurance(s) and manufacturers coupons first, before billing a patient’s Frecare card. Section 5. Unfair Fees (A) No Hospital, Doctor’s Office, or any other Medical Centers may charge a patient a fee that is not listed in documents covered by Section 3.A, nor shall any fees be assessed for how long a healthcare service took to perform, or any other miscellaneous fees. Section 6. Enactment (A) This act shall go into effect 30 days after it is signed into law. (B) If any portion of this act is struck down, the rest of the act shall still be in effect. This piece of legislation was authored by KushGator (R)
I tried to do some research on my own but could only find OSHA requirements in regards to building codes and door sizes. I’m looking for any regulations in regards to outside exits. Example: to get on to the campus you have to badge in, an arm then raises and the gate slides open and then you can drive through. To leave campus, a sensor is tripped when you reach a certain point and the arm auto raises and the gate slide open for you to leave. Now they’re removing the sensor and requiring you to badge out, in order for the sequence to happen to finally allow you to leave. Isn’t this unsafe? If it matters, I work for a utility company that falls under the city; it was explained to me (by the facilities manager) because of this, the campus is public property. (I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense to me that you have to badge in/out or check in with the rentacops at the gate if it’s a public property, but here we are). Can anyone shed some light?
I'M building an ecommerce website in which i have made 2 checkout options buttons
2 Cash on delivery when someone click pay online it navigates to payment page and in the payment page you have to insert card details and submit and if payment is successful the order gets created and stored in databse but I want to do the same for Cash on Delivery that if someone clicks on it the order gets and stored in database without doing payment but I don't know how to do it. Please help I'm new to react here's the code of payment online ConfirmOrder.js
2023.03.30 00:54 jvanberPicked up a couple I couldn’t test today
Fingers crossed. I’ll give them a go this weekend. Any recommendations on the 250? They claim their family member used it before they’d passed away. In a storage facility so I couldn’t test. I just know they’re notorious for failing without some updates. Thinking of giving it a quick test, and if it’s working, sending it to a shop to be updated. https://imgur.com/a/fKapFnc/
2023.03.30 00:44 flasholic1234[WTS] REI Traverse 60 liter hiking pack, men's Medium, navy blue, used once
Selling my used once REI Traverse hiking pack, Men's medium, navy blue color. comes with the original tags too. No holes or tears. Smoke free storage. Very good condition. Help me rid of my gear I can't fit in my move. Price: $149 plus shipping from PNW(Rain City). Picture 1Picture 2 Message me any questions. Thx for looking!
2023.03.30 00:34 Conspicuous_Urn8 years ago, this subreddit helped me identify my "disco" test print cards
It's been a long time, but I wanted to come back to the subreddit that had first helped me out almost a decade ago - and I wanted to provide what little information I've been able to glean about these cards (both my specific cards and the other "disco" test prints in the wild) in the convening years. First, some backstory - feel free to skip this section if it's not of interest to you! Context: In 2014, I found some odd Pokemon cards among my then-girlfriend/now-wife's collection - we had just helped her parents move out of their home, and we had a full box of her childhood possessions. At first, I assumed they were fakes - good fakes, but missing key details. I posted here under the assumption that the cards were fake. However, that thread yielded some evidence that there were more of these cards - another Redditor, MattMan23, had recently posted a photo of his Alakazam. So we put the cards in storage for 8 years, and every couple of years I would search for news about other cards like these. Finally, things changed last summer when CGC certified the "disco" Charizard - after nearly a decade, a legitimate company had authenticated and graded - and given a catchy name to - the type of card we were holding. I'm pretty sure my watch gave me a heart-rate warning while I was reading that article. In the following weeks, I tried to contact CGC, PSA - anyone who authenticated cards - to see if someone would authenticate one of our cards. I couldn't get any traction, but I finally decided to reach out to Heritage Auctions to see if they had any interest. We got a phone call, packaged up the cards and were on our way - after nearly a decade. Today - "Disco" Test Prints: That brings us to today: four of our cards (Blastoise, Venusaur, Chansey and Ninetales) will be included in Heritage's April 21 - 22 TCG Auction. We chose Blastoise and Venusaur because they were starters, Chansey because she's my favorite - and Ninetales because it felt like we'd be breaking Pokemon's starter rules if we had a Grass and Water type but no Fire type. In addition to our cards, I am aware of the following "disco" test print cards:
Charizard CGC 5.5, sold at auction via eBay this summer
Gyarados CGC 1.5, owned by papa_frank_god (IG)
Alakazam "round corners", formerly MattMan23's, now owned by delibirddeals/Tony (IG) - more on this card in a moment
Blastoise CGC 2 - owner unknown, listed in the CGC Pop Report.
In addition, there are at least two (if not more) full sheets - I'm not sure if TCAGaming/Rusty is active in this subreddit, but he would likely know far, far more than me. I believe he has had one or two sheets, and the one I've seen appears to be different than CrazyPokemon's sheet (posted on Weebly years ago) as the latter lacks color bars. Provenance: Here we have an odd collision - the only cards that I have been able to track to their "original" owners (circa 1999) are my wife's cards and MattMan23's Alakazam. Both were between 8-9 years old when they collected their cards, both traded for them with their peers, and both acquired their cards in the Twin Cities metro area. The Charizard has a similar backstory but without a specific place - we know it was brought into a St. Louis, MO area shop. I asked around about the cards at family gatherings in the years following their original discovery, and my wife's cousin shared an insight that aligns with other anecdotes - that a friend's father had acquired them through work and distributed them to his son and son's friends. WoTC was specifically mentioned, but this seems at-odds with some of the history provided in the comments of Rusty's videos on this subject. That's really all I've got for history. If anyone has more information, or knows any of the original holders of these cards - I'd love to confirm where they came from. The romantic in me wants to believe that all known "disco" cards were cut from the same, single sheet, and were traded and lost and treasured by a bunch of grade-school Twin Cities kids who could care less that they didn't look quite right. A final note: that last bit is my favorite part of this whole story - these aren't cards that were cut from a sheet to be passed off as pristine collectibles. My wife acquired these cards over 20 years ago, when she was 8 - and she traded away her treasured, "proper" holographic cards to get them. Every "disco" card I've seen so far seems to have that same wear and love, from the Alakazam's rounded corners to the little tear in papa_frank_god's Gyarados. Sorry for the long post, and thanks for helping me out 8 years ago. It's been a wild ride.
Hey everyone! I'm planning a visit with family in Georgia mid April, and I was looking for suggestions on things to see and do within 3-4 hours of the Peachtree city area. Any and all suggestions and landmarks welcome! I have seen the aquarium. I love it and plan to visit when I go. Stone mountain laser show and world of coke are also things I've experienced before. Oh, I'm 27 if that helps drum up ideas. Thanks all!
Hoping someone has some insight to help me out. My partner and I have done several retrievals and have two sets of embryos in storage. We have 3 embryos from clinic A, and 3 embryos from clinic B. We're paying $750 per year to store each set of embryos. I found out today that both clinics use the same storage facility (Embryo Options). From what I understand talking to other people who have used the same clinics, they also pay $750 per year to store embryos anywhere from 1 embryo to 10. So I know $750 is the price for 10 embryos from the same retrieval but we're paying $1500 to store 6 because they came from two different retrievals. Is there any chance of convincing the storage facility to combine the payments and only pay $750 per year? Or is there somewhere else I could send them that would be able to store them together? We're also having to pay to store one vial of sperm at our sperm bank which is another few hundred dollars per year, and while that cost is less, it would be nice if somewhere could store it all. My clinics said to ask the storage place and the storage place says to call the clinics..
3.75/17low/nURM/2 years WE/applied to all schools in mid-Dec I am so indecisive and would so appreciate some input :) My goals are in public interest broadly, really not interested in pursuing big law & most likely will want to practice in either LA or NYC. Obv academics/prestige matters, but I really wanna go to a school that has good vibes/more collegiate atmosphere and isn’t crazy competitive (also not sure how much going to a T14 matters since I’m not interested in big law (?)) NYU was my top choice, but still haven’t heard back after getting an HTE in feb so starting to give up on that (also still waiting on decisions from 4 other schools (Duke, Vandy, BC, CLS) & waitlisted at 3 other t14s but don’t really want to go to any of those at this point w the options I have now); SO I’m deciding b/w the following:
~$20k/year scholarship; COA ~ $90k/year (out of state)
went here for undergrad so I already know I love the campus and area, have a social network in LA and loved ASD; everyone was super friendly and eager to help out/answer questions so I’ve been leaning toward UCLA until I was accepted to Berk and now I’m not sure
Haven’t heard about scholarships yet but COA ~$115k/year (out of state)
it seems like Berkeley has one of the more friendly/collegiate campus cultures of the T-14s (correct me if I’m wrong) & I do like the Berkeley area but feel like I’m biased and prefer socal; haven’t been to campus in a few years tho so hoping to attend one of the visit days next week
~$65k/year scholarship; COA ~$40k/year
I wasn’t considering umiami that seriously until I visited and was v impressed w the campus and facilities; I loooove Miami (the city, the ppl, etc.; impeccable vibes); lower cost of living than UCLA/Berk & obv full tuition scholarship is clutch, but I wouldn’t want to practice in FLA after graduation and ik this is a regional school so not sure if it would be a smart choice despite the financial advantages(???)
Sorry this is so long if anyone has time to read and has input I would so so appreciate it :)))) && wishing good luck to everyone making decisions over the next few weeks hehe View Poll
2023.03.29 23:49 cosmic_bolshevikReflections by Comrade Fidel: The Two Koreas.
Kim Il Sung in a massive welcome to comrade Fidel Castro in Pyongyang (03/11/86), Photo by Prensa Latina. PART I The Korean nation, with its unique culture different from its Chinese and Japanese neighbors, has existed for three thousand years. These characteristics are typical of societies in that Asian region, including those of China, Vietnam and others. There is nothing like it in Western cultures, some of which are less than 250 years old. In the war of 1894, the Japanese had seized from China its control over the Korean dynasty and turned its territory into a Japanese colony. Protestantism was introduced in this country in the year 1892, following an agreement between the United States and the Korean authorities. On the other hand, Catholicism was introduced in the same century by missionaries. It is estimated that today in South Korea, around 25 percent of the population is Christian and a similar percentage is Buddhist. The philosophy of Confucius had a great influence on the spirit of Koreans who are not characterized by fanatical religious practices. Two important figures outstand in that nation’s political life in the twentieth century: Syngman Rhee, born in March of 1875, and Kim Il Sung, born 37 years later in April of 1912. Both personalities, of different social background, confronted each other due to historical circumstances that had nothing to do with either of them. The Christians opposed the Japanese colonial system. One of them was Syngman Rhee who was an actively practicing Protestant. Korea changed its status: Japan annexed its territory in 1910. Years later, in 1919, Rhee was appointed president of the provisional government in exile, headquartered in Shanghai, China. He never used weapons against the invaders. The League of Nations in Geneva paid no attention to him. The Japanese Empire was brutally repressive with the Korean population. The patriots took up arms against the Japanese colonialist policy and succeeded in liberating a small area in the mountain region of the north at the end of the 1890’s. Kin Il Sung, born in the vicinity of Pyongyang, at the age of 18 joined the Korean Communist guerrillas to fight the Japanese. In his active revolutionary life, he attained the position of political and military leader of the anti-Japanese combatants in North Korea, at the young age of 33. During World War II, the United States decided the fate of Korea in the post-war period. It joined the conflict when it was attacked by one of its own, the Empire of the Rising Sun, whose tight feudal gates were opened by Commodore Perry in the first half of the 19th century, aiming his cannons at the strange Asian country that refused to trade with America. The outstanding disciple later became a powerful rival, as I have already explained on another occasion. Decades later, Japan successively struck at China and Russia, additionally taking over Korea. Nevertheless it was a cunning ally for the victors of World War I, at the expense of China. It amassed forces and, transformed into the Asian version of fascist Nazism, attempted to occupy Chinese territory in 1937 and attacked the United States in December of 1941; it brought the war to Southeast Asia and Oceania. The colonial domains of Great Britain, France, Holland and Portugal in the region were doomed and the United States emerged as the most powerful country in the world, matched only by the Soviet Union then destroyed by World War II and by the heavy material and human losses resulting from the Nazi strike. The Chinese Revolution was about to conclude in 1945 when the world massacre ceased. The united anti-Japanese combat was taking up its energy then. Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gandhi, Sukarno and other leaders later carried on the fight against the restoration of the old world order which was already unsustainable. Truman dropped the nuclear bomb on two civilian Japanese cities; this was a terribly destructive new weapon whose existence they had not reported to their Soviet ally, as explained, one which had been the major contributor to the destruction of fascism. Nothing justified the genocide committed, not even the fact that the tenacious Japanese resistance had taken the lives of almost 15 thousand American soldiers on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Japan was already defeated, and that weapon, had it been dropped on a military target, would have sooner or later had the same demoralizing effect on the Japanese military machine preventing more casualties among U.S. soldiers. It was an act of indescribable terror. Soviet soldiers were advancing on Manchuria and North Korea, just as they had promised when fighting ceased in Europe. The allies had defined beforehand the point each army could reach. The dividing line would be in the middle of Korea, equidistant between the Yalu River and the southern end of the peninsula. The U.S. government negotiated with the Japanese the rules that would govern the surrendering of troops on their own territory. Japan would be occupied by the United States. In Korea, annexed to Japan, there would remain a large force of the powerful Japanese army. South of the 38th Parallel, the established dividing line, U.S. interests prevailed. Syngman Rhee, reincorporated to that part of the territory by the U.S. government, was the leader the Americans supported, with the open cooperation of the Japanese. This is how he won the hard-fought election of 1948. That year, the soldiers of the Soviet Army had pulled out of North Korea. On June 25, 1950 war broke out in the country. It is still unclear who fired the first shot, whether it was the combatants in the North or the American soldiers on duty with soldiers recruited by Rhee. The argument does not make any sense if one analyzes it from the Korean angle. Kim Il Sung’s soldiers fought against the Japanese for the liberation of all Korea. His armies advanced irrepressibly up to the far reaches to the South where the Yankees were defending themselves with the massive back-up of their fighter planes. Seoul and other cities had been occupied. MacArthur, commander-in-chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific, decided to order a Marine landing at Incheon, at the rearguard of Northern forces which by now were in no condition to counterattack. Pyongyang fell in the hands of Yankee forces, preceded by devastating air strikes. That fostered the idea of the U.S. military command in the Pacific to occupy all of Korea, since the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China, lead by Mao Zedong had inflicted a resounding defeat on the pro-Yankee forces of Chiang Kai-shek, supplied and supported by the United States. The entire continental and maritime territory of that great country had been recovered, with the exception of Taipei and other small near-by islands where Kuomintang forces found refuge after being transported there by vessels of the Sixth Fleet. The history of what happened then is well known today. It should not be forgotten that Boris Yeltsin handed over to Washington the Soviet Union archives, among other things. What did the United States do when the practically inevitable conflict broke out under the premises created in Korea? It portrayed the northern part of that country as the aggressor. The Security Council of the recently created United Nations Organization, promoted by the victorious powers of W.W. II, passed a resolution that none of the five members could veto. Precisely in those months, the USSR had expressed its disagreement with the exclusion of China from the Security Council, where the U.S. was recognizing Chiang Kai-Shek, with less than 0.3 percent of national territory and less than 2 percent of the population, as a member of that Council and with a right to veto. Such arbitrariness led to the absence of the Russian delegate, with the result that the Council agreed to give the war the character of a UN military action against the alleged aggressor: the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Korea. China, completely outside the conflict, which was affecting its unfinished fight for the total liberation of the country, saw the threat hovering directly against its own territory, this being unacceptable for its security. According to public information, Prime Minister Zhou Enlai was sent to Moscow to inform Stalin of China’s point of view about the inadmissibility of the presence of UN forces under U.S. command on the banks of the Yalu River which marks Korea's border with China, and to request Soviet cooperation. At the time there were no profound contradictions between the two Socialist giants. It is affirmed that China’s response had been planned for the 13th of October and that Mao postponed it for the 19th, awaiting the Soviet reply. That was as long as he could put it off. I intend to finish this reflection next Friday. It is a complex and laborious subject which requires special care and information as precise as possible. These are historical events that should be known and remembered. Fidel Castro Ruz July 22, 2008. 9:22 p.m. Part II On October 19, 1950, more than 400 thousand voluntary Chinese combatants, on orders from Mao Zedong, crossed the Yalu and waylaid the US troops that were advancing towards the Chinese border. The US units, surprised by the vigorous response of the country they had underestimated, were forced to withdraw towards a region near the southern coast, pushed back by the joint action of the Chinese and North Korean forces. Stalin, who was immensely cautious, offered far less support than Mao had anticipated, though the MiG-15 aircrafts piloted by the Soviets, over a limited 42.5-miles front, proved valuable help during the initial stage of the conflict in protecting land forces during their intrepid advance. Pyongyang was again recovered and Seoul re-occupied once more, attempting to fight back the incessant onslaught of the US Air Force, the most powerful which has ever existed. McArthur was anxious to attack China with nuclear weapons. He called for their use following the shameful defeat they had tasted. President Truman saw no other choice but to dismiss him from his command and appoint General Matthews Ridgeway head of US air, sea and land forces in the theatre of operations. Next to the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Canada, Turkey, Ethiopia, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Colombia took part in the imperialist adventure. Colombia, then under the unitary government of conservative Laureano Gómez, who was responsible for the mass slaughter of peasants, was the only Latin American country involved. As we said, the Ethiopia of Haile Selassie, where slavery still existed, and a South Africa still under the domination of white racists, also took part in the invasion. It had been scarcely five years since the world slaughter that began in September 1939 had come to an end, on August 1945. Following bloody combat in Korean territory, Parallel 38 once again became the border separating North and South. It is estimated that, in that war, about two million North Koreans, nearly half a million or one million Chinese and more than a million allied soldiers perished. Around 44 thousand US soldiers lost their lives. No few of them had been born in Puerto Rico or other Latin American countries, recruited to take part in a war they were driven to by their condition as poor immigrants. Japan was to reap many benefits from the conflict. In a year’s time, industrial output grew by 50 % and, within two years, it again reached pre-war production levels. What didn't change, however, was how the acts of genocide perpetrated by China's imperial troops in Korea were perceived. The governments of Japan have paid tribute to the acts of genocide carried out by their soldiers, which, in China, had raped tens of thousands of women and brutally murdered hundreds of thousands of people, as was explained in a reflection. Hard-working and tenacious, the Japanese have transformed their country, bereft of oil and other important raw materials, into the second most powerful economy in the world. Japan's GDP, measured in capitalist terms, though the data varies across different Western sources, is today over 4.5 billion dollars, and the country has over one billion dollars in hard currency reserves. This is twice China’s GDP, of 2.2 billion, even though China has 50% more hard currency reserves than Japan. The GDP of the United States, of 12.4 billion dollars, for a country with 34.6 times more territory and 2.3 times Japan’s population, is only three times that of Japan. Its government is today one of imperialism's main allies, at a time when it is threatened by economic recession and the sophisticated weapons of the superpower put at risk the entire human species. These are historical lessons which cannot be forgotten. The war, however, took a considerable toll on China. Truman instructed the 6th Fleet to prevent the landing of Chinese revolutionary forces that would achieve the complete emancipation of their country by reclaiming the 0.3 percent of their territory that had been occupied by the rest of the pro-Yankee forces of Chiang Kai-shek that had fled there. Sino-Soviet relations were to deteriorate later, following the death of Stalin, on March 1953. The revolutionary movement splintered nearly everywhere. The dramatic call issued by Ho Chi Minh made evident the damage that had been done and imperialism, through its immense media apparatus, poked the fires of extremism among false revolutionary theoreticians, an area in which US intelligence agencies were to become experts. Following the arbitrary division, North Korea had been dealt the most rugged part of the country. Each grain of food had to be reaped through sweat and sacrifice. Pyongyang, the capital, had been razed to the ground. Many, who had been wounded or mutilated during the war, were in need of medical attention. They were enduring a blockade and had no resources available. The Soviet Union and other countries of the socialist block were in the process of recovering from the war. When I arrived at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on March 7, 1986, nearly 33 years following the destruction caused by the war, it was still difficult to believe what had transpired there. That heroic people had constructed myriad things: large and small damns and canals to store water in, generate electricity, service cities and irrigate fields; Thermoelectric plants, large mechanical and other types of industries, many of them underground in the depths of the bedrock, all created through hard, methodical labor. Because of cooper and aluminum shortages, they had been forced to use iron to create electricity-guzzling transmission lines, iron which, in part, was produced from coal. The capital and other cities that had been devastated were reconstructed, inch by inch. I estimated that millions of new homes had been built in urban and rural areas and that tens of thousands of other kinds of facilities had been set up. Countless hours of work were contained in stone, concrete, steel, wood, synthetic products and machinery. The fields I had the opportunity to see, wherever I went, looked like gardens. Well-dressed, organized and enthusiastic people were everywhere, ready to greet visitors. The country deserved cooperation and peace. There was no issue I didn't discuss with my illustrious host Kim Il Sung. I shall never forget this. Korea was divided into two parts by an imaginary line. The South was to have a different experience. It was the more densely populated part and endured less destruction during the war. The presence of an enormous foreign military force required the supply of local manufactured and other products, from crafts to fresh fruits and vegetables, not to mention services. The military spending of the allies was huge. The same thing occurred when the United States decided to retain extensive military forces in the country indefinitely. During the Cold War, Western and Japanese transnationals invested considerable sums of money, siphoning out incalculable wealth from the sweat of South Koreans, a people who are as hard-working and industrious as their brothers in the North. The great markets of the world were open to their products. They were not blockaded. Today, the country has high levels of technology and productivity. It has suffered the economic crises of the West, following which many South Korean companies were bought over by transnationals. The austere nature of its people has allowed the State to accumulate significant reserves in hard currency. Today, it is enduring the United States' economic depression, particularly the high prices of oil and food, and the inflationary pressures from both. South Korea's GDP –787.6 billion dollars– is almost equal to that of Brazil (796 billion) and Mexico (768 billion), countries with abundant hydrocarbon reserves and incomparably larger populations. Imperialism imposed its system upon these nations. Two fell behind; the other made much more progress. There is hardly any emigration from South Korea to the West. There is emigration en masse from Mexico to what is currently US territory. From Brazil, South and Central America, people emigrate everywhere, in search of employment and lured by consumerist propaganda. Today, they pay them back with rigorous and contemptuous laws. The position of principles on nuclear weapons supported by Cuba within the Non-Aligned Movement, ratified during the Summit Conference held in Havana in August 2006, is well known. I met the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Il, when I arrived at the Pyongyang airport. He was standing discretely beside his father, to one side of the red carpet. Cuba maintains excellent relations with his government. When the Soviet Union and the socialist block collapsed, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea lost important markets and sources of oil, raw materials and equipment. As in Cuba’s case, the consequences were severe. The progress that had been attained through great sacrifices was at risk. In spite of this, they showed themselves capable of constructing a nuclear weapon. When the nuclear test was conducted around a year ago, we conveyed the government of North Korea our points of view on the damage this could cause poor Third World countries that were waging an unequal and difficult battle against imperialist designs, at a decisive moment for the world. It might not have been necessary. Kim Song Il, at that point, had already decided, beforehand, what he had to do, mindful of the geographic and strategic characteristics of the region. We are pleased to see North Korea’s declaration on its intentions of suspending its nuclear weapons program. This has nothing to do with the crimes and the blackmail of Bush, who now touts the declaration as proof of the success of his policy of genocide. North Korea's gesture was not aimed at the government of the United States, before which it never budged an inch, but, rather, at China, a neighboring ally, whose security and development is vital for the two States. Third World countries are interested in the friendship and cooperation between China and the two Koreas, whose union need not be from coast to coast, as was the case of Germany, today a US ally in NATO. Step by step, unhurriedly but indefatigably, as befits their culture and history, they shall continue to knit the bonds that will unite the two Koreas. With South Korea, we are developing more and more ties. With North Korea, these have always existed and we shall continue to strengthen them. Fidel Castro Ruz July 24, 2008 6:18 p.m. References:Part I and Part II (English) Las dos Coreas (parte I) and Las dos Coreas (Parte II) (Spanish)
2023.03.29 23:48 KeraizaGuide to driving the Master’s Tournament event in Augusta, GA (April 6-9, 2023)
Pretty soon drivers throughout Georgia and South Carolina should be getting quests for the Master’s Tournament. Some of y’all will be asking about whether it is worth it, and some of y’all will be asking about strategies for working the tournament, so I’ll try to cover both in this post. For reference, I have been an Uber driver in Augusta since 2017. I did two Master’s Tournaments as an X driver pre-pandemic and one Master’s Tournament as an XL driver last year (the two tournaments during the pandemic were closed to the public and were for members only). Sorry to the Uber Black drivers who are looking at this post, I don’t really have much experience to share with you about your platform, but hopefully some of this guide will still be helpful. I don’t do Eats, but they should do well here, too. Market basics: Augusta is a rate-card market. It pays UberX $0.60/min and $0.09/mile and pays UberXL $1.45/min and $0.22/mile. Those who are coming from an upfront market (and new drivers who decide to start during The Master’s) will be accepting trips blind (unless Uber goes upfront within the next week). You have to have a SC vehicle inspection to pick up rides in North Augusta, SC, so unless you are a SC driver, or you come from a border town and did the SC vehicle inspection, you might want to avoid that side of town (near downtown, Augusta). Alternatively, if you do have a SC vehicle inspection done, this is a great location to get trips that other drivers (including most taxi drivers) cannot get. Outside of the tournament, the Augusta market only has UberX and UberXL. The platforms that I remember from last year during tournament week included UberX, UberX Diamond, Uber Comfort, UberXL, Uber Black, and Uber SUV. I know Lyft (which normally only does Lyft and LyftXL) also has Lyft Lux, but I’m not sure of their other platforms. Tournament basics: The rideshare waiting lot for the Augusta Nationals (the name of the golf course which hosts the Master’s Tournament) is on Washington Rd about a mile East from Exit 199 of I-20. Most tickets can only be used twice for entry into the tournament. The entrance to the rideshare lot is just after the taxi lot entrance which is just after the Olive Garden restaurant if you are coming from I-20. The tournament starts at 8 am and ends when all the players are done on the course, typically around 5pm-ish. Those who attend to watch the tournament but are not members are called patrons. A lot of patrons will only come to see a particular golfer (Tiger Woods draws a lot of attention) and will leave when their golfer leaves (especially during practice rounds). Some patrons will sit at a single hole and will leave when all the players that they want to see for the day have come across that hole. The women’s amateur tournament already began on Wed March 29, 2023, at Champion’s Retreat. The women’s tournament players get a practice day on Fri March 31 and will compete on Sat April 1 at the Augusta Nationals. Mon, Tues, and Wed April 3-5 will be the practice rounds. A lot of your middle-class fans will be here on one of these days as they will have a hard time getting tickets to the actual tournament; most of these patrons will only be here for a single day. Thu-Sun April 6-9 is the actual tournament. Most of your better-off patrons (and very lucky patrons) will be here during the actual tournament. They will often be here all four days. April 6-9 will be, by far, the busiest times of the tournament. A lot of businesses arrange for tickets. Outside of C-suite employees, most of these tickets will be given out to customers and awarded to employees for a half-day visit (as they can be used twice) to get the most bang for the buck. This is good for UberX & UberXL drivers as a lot of these patrons who are there for half-day help fill up some of the time between the start time rush and the end of the day rush and are more likely to use Uber (or taxis) to get around. Try to get along with the law enforcement and the workers at and around the Augusta Nationals. The Augusta Nationals has a reputation for banning and trespassing those who don’t follow their fairly stringent rules, although most of the workers there just work for the week. The Augusta Nationals have stripped members of their membership for things we might feel are small infractions; they certainly don’t care about trespassing a random Uber driver. Airports: Augusta has two airports:
The regional airport (AGS) will be mad crazy during tournament week, but many, many, many drivers will be hanging around the airport, including taxis, Uber Black, limos, hired drivers, shuttles for the master’s, hotel shuttles, etc. Unless you are Uber Black, I honestly don’t recommend hanging out at AGS (but do what you feel is best), although I personally would accept any requests that I got from the airport if I were outside the queue as there could be a hidden surge attached to it. AGS also closes their cellphone waiting lot to rideshare during tournament week. Be wary of picking up at AGS. There are six whole legal spots to pick up at AGS (six more spots at departures), and the Marshalls (GA’s police department responsible for airport operations at AGS) will probably take up two of them for some stupid reason. One of those six spots is also technically a shuttle pickup spot that the Marshalls may or may not be enforcing. Speaking of enforcement, the Marshalls will come out with a new policy several times a day during the tournament, so be polite, follow their immediate instructions, but don’t count on it being the same the next day. Also, the pickup spot in the app is the pedestrian crosswalk that goes between arrivals and departures (smack dab in the middle of the front of the airport). Make sure you pause for several seconds at that spot to start the cancelation timer before driving down towards the exits for arrivals. If you don’t, you have to go all the way around the airport to start the timer. Many knuckleheads will be ordering Ubers while sitting on the tarmac, so you might be collecting a few cancelation fees. A side note: you can always turn left into the rental parking lot and park along the sidewalk if necessary…this includes if you need to run into the airport to use the restroom or when there are not enough places to wait for your rider. This is about the only other place that the Marshalls will not harass you for stopping besides the designated pickup area and the cellphone waiting lot (when not closed). You technically need Uber stickers displayed to pick up at the airport, but I’ve never seen this enforced. If you want to see arrivals and departures, go to flyags.com and certainly don’t rely on the Uber app.
At AGS, there is also an FBO (some riders will call it “Aviation Services” or “The private terminal” or “The executive terminal” or “The civil part of the airport” or something similar). Unfortunately, passenger auto-pins from here gets lumped into the general commercial pickup location. You will get mostly pilots coming from here as anyone who can charter a private plane will likely have a private ride already scheduled. You can legally pick up from the FBO (and also drop off). When you enter AGS, you’ll see a blue sign pointing to the cell phone waiting lot. Turn right into that lot and then turn left at the next street. Try to pick up under the awning, although you might have a line of grey Mercedes Sprinter vans in the way as those drivers feel they get special privilege (which they kinda’ do because the Augusta Nationals has a TON of political clout in Augusta).
The other airport is the civil airport in the middle of the city named Daniel Field. Unlike AGS, this airport is typically underserved by Uber but is also extremely busy during the tournament. Despite there likely being a huge line of taxis there, you’ll likely get rides from here if the riders order the Uber before they see the taxis. These riders will likely leave their phone in their plane, so you might not see their blue location dot update. If you see them not have their phone with them (phones are not allowed in the tournament), let them know that there is an Uber representative that can order them a ride back on their account in the parking lot that you drop them off. (You probably won’t get their return trip, but they’ll help contribute to any surges later that you’ll benefit from.)
Quests: Last year, the quests were for $15/trip originating from the rideshare parking lot at the Augusta Nationals between 3pm and 7pm. This sounds great, but I only got a total of 7 trips during that quest time for the entire four days of the quest (and one of those trips was a “high priority” return after a very short trip). The big issues are that the tournament might end before 3pm for bad weather or might go beyond 7pm (usually because of weather delays). Also, every driver is trying to cram into the rideshare lot to get in the queue for that quest. Even if the tournament gets out during the quest hours, you will be fighting traffic out of and back into the rideshare lot. The lot seems to be designed for about 20 vehicles, but there were at least 60 vehicles crammed in most of the time last year. Drivers can also park at the Publix parking lot near the Augusta Nationals to get in the queue, but then you must crawl through traffic to get to the pickup. As a strategy, it might be worth it to jump into the Publix lot, though, to get your position in the queue to get one more quest for the night. The quest is what brings drivers to Augusta, but it isn’t really where drivers make their money…. Tips: Stories abound in and around Augusta about $100 tips that patrons give out during their visit to the Master’s Tournament. In the three years that I drove for the tournament, I only got some of these tips one year (last year) and none the other two years, but I received four of them last year for the following reasons: (1) being a military veteran, (2) returning binoculars that were left in my vehicle, (3) going through a Chick-Fil-A drive thru, and (4) making a half-dozen stops for one rider for cigars and alcohol and ice and other items. The first two tips were easy money; the second two tips cost a lot of time during high surges (although I would have still had a hard time doing better than the $100 during that time). If you are a young lady that is easy on the eyes (not sure of a better way to put it), you will have a much easier time getting the $100 tips, but you’ll likely also face some very stereotypical frat-guy behavior from the mostly older male crowd. Most people giving out these types of tips are not taking UberX or UberXL, though. Surges: As an upfront market, real surges are hidden, but you’ll still be able to see sticky surges. The best time for surges (aka, the times when riders exceed drivers) are in the early hours of the morning, the closing hours of the tournament, and during late night. The event starts at 8am (watch out for weather delays), but the rides easily start before 5am. There are a lot of moving parts to get the tournament started, and a lot of the rides that you’ll give as an UberX or UberXL are to those who support the tournament rather than the patrons. Parking lot attendants, traffic control, hospitality, camera crews, etc., are all heading to work. Uber shines at this time as the other modes of transportation have a hard time capturing this traffic unless prescheduled. A lot of patrons will start coming in soon after the workers to try to get the “ultimate” spot, and patrons will keep coming in for several hours. At the end of the tournament, there is no magical place to be except as close to the Augusta Nationals as possible. Patrons, workers, etc. are all streaming out of the same location. Hot Spots:
The rideshare lot for the Augusta Nationals: obviously
Hooter’s: I swear a third of my mid-day trips went between Hooters and the Augusta Nationals. A very short trip.
Other common restaurants that I would sit at (most of these have other restaurants close by that will be busy, too, but not necessarily as busy): Twin Peaks, T Bonz Steakhouse (in Augusta, not so much the one in Evans), Abel Brown, Beck’s, Cork and Flame (in Evans) and Frog Hollow (and other downtown Augusta restaurants).
Hotel Clusters: For patrons, these hotels include those on Steven’s Creek Rd (aka Claussen Rd), Gordon Highway off of Exit 3 of I-520, downtown Augusta (one of which is in North Augusta, SC), Wheeler Rd off of Exit 2 of I-520, Jimmie Dyess Pkwy off of Exit 194 of I-20, and Lewiston Rd off of Exit 190 of I-20. Workers will primarily stay at the “cheaper” hotels (which will still be relatively mad expensive) throughout the city, especially around Washington Rd, Wrightsboro Rd near the Augusta Mall, and all the old hotels that litter the rest of Gordon Highway (good locations to pick up 5-7am).
Underserved house rental clusters:
Don’t bother around Washington Rd as patrons will be primarily walking (not worth fighting the traffic for such low fares to the tournament either, imho, unless you are very, very close already).
West Lake is a huge location for pickups. It is a gated community, but if you tell the guards you are picking up at 3556 W Lake Dr (the Club House), they should let you right through the gate. You can even type this address in your app to get directions to it (without using your precious destination filters) and have your app look like you are actually going to there for a pickup.
There are several subdivisions near Washington Rd and William Few Pkwy in Evans, GA, that are commonly underserved.
Whole blocks within River Island Pkwy are rented out by Mercedes Benz and other corporations and is a good source of rides.
River North Dr in North Augusta, SC, is a great source of rides for patrons for those drivers who have submitted a completed a SC vehicle inspection to Uber.
Otherwise, workers and patrons will be staying in housing all over the city.
Roads to Avoid:
Traveling down John C. Calhoun Expy/Washington Rd between downtown Augusta and the Augusta Nationals when patrons are going to/from the tournament. If coming from downtown or traveling to downtown, take Riverwatch Pkwy (erroneously labeled River Watch Pkwy on some GPS apps). Both Greene St and Reynolds St become Riverwatch Pkwy if you travel West on them long enough. At Alexander Dr, you will turn left, and then turn left again on Washington Rd (about ½ block from the rideshare entrance). To go downtown, turn left from the rideshare parking lot (not technically allowed, but most people still do so), turn right on Alexander Dr (the next light), and then turn right on Riverwatch Pkwy.
Berkmans Rd (which becomes Alexander Dr at Washington Rd and becomes Highland Ave at Walton Way) will be closed by the Sherriff when the tournament ends. Until then, feel free to use it although it will be congested at the start of the tournament. The best way to avoid it is a long way around which is to take Walton Way to Walton Way Ext (a right turn), turn left onto Wheeler Rd, and then turn left on Marks Church Rd, to go West onto I-520, then to go East onto I-20, then get off at Exit 200 to Riverwatch, then turn right onto Riverwatch, and then turn left onto Alexander. If you do this with a rider in the car though, they might get really upset for all the extra miles they are paying for although it is much, much faster.
Boy Scout Rd, which is technically the alternate route for Berkmans Rd when Berkmans Rd is closed. Just about all northbound traffic heading toward the tournament (or to Hooter’s or other nearby restaurants/hotels) that do not use the expressway will be stuck on this road when Berkmans Rd is closed. If Berkmans Rd is closed, you’ll likely regret taking Boy Scout Rd. Otherwise, Berkmans Rd is almost always better.
Law Enforcement: The LE that you come across in Augusta are overworked outside of the tournament and will have had some really long hours by the time the tournament even starts. If you do something stupid enough to warrant the LE to actually bother going after you, expect at least a ticket. Be polite to LE because their fuses are already short. If you screw up, the best thing to do is to just apologize and accept the chew out if they are yelling at you from the road. Arguing will likely get you swarmed by police in Augusta. Some notable things to point out:
The North Augusta Police (in SC) have a reputation for giving out tickets for minor speeding infractions (and North Augusta has some of the lowest speed limits in the market). If you cross the bridges, stay at the speed limit until you get back to GA.
Georgia State Police (GSP) have a reputation for giving you a ticket if they pull you over, even during non-tournament weeks. Most of their cars are the telltale grey on blue, but they do have a few stealth cars in the Augusta Market (black writing on black paint).
Speaking of stealth cars, the Richmond County sheriff also have stealth SUVs and a TON of unmarked police cars.
Georgia Public Safety (GPS) officers come out in numbers and single out a lot of commercial vehicles during tournament week (along with GSP). Note that Ubers are technically commercial vehicles. This is especially true on Doug Bernard Pkwy (the road going to/from the regional airport) and on I-520 and I-20. Doug Bernard Pkwy is easy hunting for GSP & GPS as the road is built like a 65-mph highway but only has a 45-mph speed limit. Everyone I’ve seen pulled over were exceeding 60 (I believe), but that is all the choice of the officers.
Other rideshare drivers: Not as bad as you would think. During the big money-making times, it won’t really matter. The market is flooded with rideshare drivers, though, which means that the surges are less common. Uber Black and UberX/XL surge separately, so there were times that Black was cheaper than X/XL according to several locals. Any stories about the Master’s Tournament driving the surges up to massive amounts all day long comes from 2016, which was the first time that Uber came to Augusta. The subsequent years have been much milder.
Taxis: Taxi drivers come from all over GA and SC to drive during the tournament. I saw more taxis sitting at Daniel Airfield (our small civil airport in the middle of the city) during a slow time during tournament week last year than I’ve seen in all of Augusta during the rest of the year! At the Augusta Nationals, the taxi lot is next to the rideshare lot (but with a separate entrance), and patrons will have to walk past the Ubers to get to the taxis. At AGS, the taxi lot has its own beautiful exit coming out of the terminal, so the taxis often get riders before riders resort to Uber.
Limos: Limos come from even further out. I saw limos from Myrtle Beach, Tampa, Kentucky…. LOTS of them all over the place. They are moving around the Daddy Warbucks type patrons and are getting most of those $100 bill tips. =P Limos and shuttles share a lot on Berckmans Rd.
Hotel vans: Every decent hotel has at least a shuttle or two that they run during the tournament. Many of these hotels park their shuttles for the other 51 weeks out of the year. >.> These shuttles are not supposed to be in the rideshare lot, but some of them were last year.
Private shuttles: A ton of companies, home-rental companies, and even the Augusta Nationals hire private drivers and use the grey Mercedes Benz Sprinter shuttles to get around. These shuttles are moving around the players, the CEOs, the big sponsor employees, etc. They are getting the rest of those $100 bill tips (many of them get a much higher single tip at the end of the tournament as a percentage of the shuttle cost).
Public transportation: public transportation (the buses) suck in Augusta and are not really very relevant during the tournament.
Traveling from Other Markets: One of the mistakes many drivers make is not recouping the costs of traveling from/to their market and missing the surges that result from other drivers leaving their market. I assume that a driver is not going to stay overnight in Augusta as the hotel costs are prohibitive. I also don’t recommend sleeping in your car because the local LE already have short fuses with the extra hours and the extra work brought on from patrons during the tournament (patrons routinely include heads of states and billionaires). If you are over 2 ½ hours away and don’t have a place to crash in Augusta, I wouldn’t bother. Here is what I would do if I were in these other markets (but your reasoning or circumstances might be different):
Aiken, SC: Technically the same metro although Augusta & Aiken drivers rarely overlap trips. I’d definitely be outside the Wilcox early to get one of the many patrons needing a ride.
Athens: I might as well come to Augusta if I didn’t have a game going on. Still a four-hour round trip that I’d have to overcome. Brownie points if I could finagle a ride from the Thompson civil airport on the way to or from Augusta. Sadly, I know more about Atlanta than I know about Athens, but I would guess there are some (relatively) cheapskate patrons staying at hotels in Athens that would need a trip to Augusta early in morning. If so, I’d jump on that if I came across one (probably give them my number to get their return trip, too).
Atlanta: A five-hour roundtrip is nothing to take lightly. I would only come to Augusta if I had a long-distance trip here (which many patrons will go straight from ATL or even a hotel). Atlanta does well during the tournament as a lot of drivers go to Augusta deadheading both ways, some drivers get pulled to Augusta thanks to long-distance trips, and Augusta ends up sucking up all the rental cars in the SE. A combination that is really, really good for drivers in ATL during tournament week and especially for airport drivers. If I got a long-distance trip back to ATL at any point (likely mid-day or at/near the end of the tournament), I’d take it in a heartbeat and call it a great day while finishing up in Atlanta if I had any more hours to burn.
Columbia, SC: As I’d only be about an hour away, I’d definitely head over to Augusta. I’d also sit downtown Augusta during the few times that I would sit. I’d try to begin the day with a trip from the hotels in downtown Columbia as lots of international travelers will stay in Columbia (last year a lot of patrons from Ireland stayed in Columbia as the Augusta hotels were full, international travel to Columbia was easier, and the patrons came for a specific Irish player that qualified for the tournament fairly close to the tournament date).
Macon: I don’t think that I would bother. Very unlikely to find trips along the way either way. To head directly to Augusta takes lots of state highways through small towns, too.
Savannah: Even worse than coming from Atlanta. No interstates to travel up/down. I’d only do it if I got a patron staying at a hotel in Savannah (and give them my number to get their return trip, too).
Statesboro: Quite a bit closer to Augusta than Savannah, but still traveling down state highways with little chances of getting a ride between the two metros. I would be surprised if any patrons stayed in Statesboro and ubered back and forth, but I’d accept a ride to Augusta if it came up (again giving my number to get their return trip).
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