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Lightning Scouting Report from a Lightning Fan

2020.09.06 09:48 emotoaster Lightning Scouting Report from a Lightning Fan

Hi Islander fans! I'm a Lightning fan coming in peace. Congrats on finally putting away Philly. You've done the entire league a great service by making sure that foul beast Gritty doesn't get any closer to Lord Stanley's Cup. Who knows what that evil soulless creature would do with it?!
I wanted to see what the fans here thought of the Lightning and try to get a "scouting report" on the Islanders since I don't know a bunch about them. I figured why not go to the source! In return I'm providing a report on the Lightning. Please take this with a grain of salt as I'm just a fan and probably will get most of this stuff wrong. Also obviously I'm a homer. GO BOLTS!
Overall System/Style of Play
When the Lightning are on we are all about speed and skill and going North/South while playing solid team defense. We want to use our skill and speed to control the puck and keep pressure up in the offensive zone. Usually this means carrying the puck in off the rush but lately our dump and chase and puck retrieval has been a lot better. Because of our team speed we can hound pucks and surprise defensemen into making mistakes. Also don't be surprised when any of our defensemen activate on offense and join the rush, cycle the puck, or shoot a laser beam for a goal.
At our best we can look like the hockey version of the Globetrotters with how well we can move the puck and keep the other team trapped in their own zone. Offense is the best defense after all. Sometimes though it seems like we can get a bit cocky and make too many passes and have a bad turnover which can leave Vasy and the D out to dry. We also have a tendency of taking a lot of penalties though our Penalty Kill and Vasy are pretty good at bailing us out. Our Power Play is pretty inconsistent even though we have a ton of fire power. It started to warm up in the Boston series after Cooper moved Kucherov to his offside. I also think he swapped out Tyler Johnson for Ondrej Palat.
If the Columbus and Boston series are any indication our depth is what really separates us from most teams. Any of our lines are a threat to score and there is a consistent next man up philosophy. No excuses and no quit.
Lately we've been running 11 Forwards and 7 Defensemen but that was because McDonagh has been hurt. He's back now so I imagine we'll go back to 12 Forwards and 6 Defensemen unless Cooper thinks we should continue with what has been working since we beat Boston with 11 and 7. With our new additions though we are willing to play any style of play and aren't afraid to be more patient and methodical or dump and chase. Team Defense has been really really strong. We've got some grit and won't back down against anyone (see the Columbus series). In other words we've finally embraced "Playoff Hockey" and doesn't let that hold us back. That seems to be the biggest thing that separates this team from any of the other versions during the CoopeStammer Era (2013-2020).
Head Coach
Jon Cooper: NBC will tell you he used to be a lawyer a million times during the series. Technically the longest tenured coach in the league currently (with one team). Has won championships at every level except the pros but has coached the Bolts to 4 Eastern Conference Finals in 6 years. Not bad. Known to be a players coach. Some of the fanbase thinks he has a hard time adjusting but that seems to be changing.
Offense
(Keep in mind this is assuming Stamkos is still out and Kucherov is back. If Stammer is back he will most likely take Palat's place on the top line, though he can also center his own line. I would then expect Palat to go to the 2nd line and Killer would go down to the 4th but that is just a guess.) Offense is what most people know us for. When we're on we can score at any time. During the regular season we averaged 3.5 Goals Per Game which was tops for the entire NHL.
1st Line - Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
These guys can and will control play and score at will and this is without Stammer! Better pucker your butthole and say some prayers for your goalie and D when they are feeling it.
Ondrej Palat: Don't forget about Drej! He's been a monster during these playoffs and has 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points. He is the guy that goes in deep to retrieve pucks for the 1st line to setup Point or Kuch and is a great defender. Does all the little things extremely well. Has a pretty good shot as well. Ondrej Palat quietly continues to produce in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
Brayden Point: He's the engine of the first line (and potentially the entire team) and usually is the one controlling play or stealing the puck on D. Great combination of skill, IQ, vision, speed, and hands (Short Version and Long Version). Currently leads the team with 18 points. Can do it all and is only 23. Getting better and better every year! I could argue that he is already a top 5 center in the league. Keep an eye on him, especially during OT, since he has a tendency to score the game winner.
Nikita Kucherov: I highly doubt I need to introduce the one and only Kuch! Arguably the best Right Winger in the game and was the MVP of the entire league last year reminder here. His shot is disgusting whether it is his super hard one timer or his sneaky fast backhand or forehand. Can truly make insane plays look effortless. Recently his defense has really improved. His hockey IQ is off the charts. Biggest downside to his game is his tendency to make a bad pass instead of taking a shot especially on the Power Play . Can also get frustrated against well structured/disciplined/good teams which leads to bad penalties and play. 2nd on the team in the playoffs with 16 points.
2nd Line - Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Overall this line has kind of disappeared during the playoffs. When they are on they are our shutdown line and go up against the other team's top line. Hope they can wake up soon.
Alex Killorn: Killer seems to be the punching bag on the team as far as the fan base is concerned since he may be overpaid and we no longer have Matt Carle or Andrej Sustr to yell at. If you look up inconsistent in the dictionary you'd see his face. NBC will remind you he went to Harvard(!). One of the few "power forwards" we have on the team. Has been taking a lot of bad penalties lately and hasn't had a great playoff (7 points but -2). Hopefully that changes soon. Can go Super Saiyan!
Anthony Cirelli: You may recognize his name as he was the undrafted rookie that scored the OT winner for the Oshawa Generals in the 2015 Memorial Cup Finals. He can be one of the best players on the team and is all heart. He is a tenacious puck-hounder and will not leave the other team alone. Some journalists even consider him a dark horse for the Selke. More evidence here. He's only 22 so it won't surprise me if/when he eventually does win it but right now his production has dried up (5 points and -1). Though he did score a clutch goal late against the Bruins in game 5 so that might be changing. Definitely a player to keep your eye on.
Tyler Johnson: TyJo is one of the Lighting's best offensive producers in the playoffs. Speed is the name of his game and he can be a game breaker at a moments notice, though he is struggling as well (6 points and -3 during the playoffs). While he is tiny at 5'8 he will not back down from anyone and can score crazy clutch goals. His run in 2015 was incredible.
3rd Line - Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Grind time! This line is TENACIOUS and will not stop forechecking. They have been arguably the biggest difference for the team during these playoffs and is a huge mismatch for most teams. Probably the best 3rd line in the league/playoffs. Their Corsi For has been insane at around 60%.
Barclay Goodrow: One of the new guys on the team. I don't have a ton to say about him but he's been great. Has only 3 points but is +7. He did score that OT winner for the Sharks in 2019 and isn't afraid to fight.
Yanni Gourde: Speed! Speed! Speed! One of our young guys, he can be inconsistent and has had terrible puck luck (was on a 35 game scoreless drought earlier this year). Ever since this 3rd line was put together and he was put back to center he's been amazing. Currently tied for 5th on the team with 7 points and is +8.
Blake Coleman: Pickles is a madman and can do it all. He's one of our best Penalty Killers and has fit in perfectly on the 3rd line. Really underrated and has surprising hands and a knack for scoring short handed goals. Didn't score a goal for the team until the postseason but is now tied for 5th on the team with 7 points and is +6. Has really found his groove. Reminds me of Ryan Callahan but with better hands and speed.
4th Line - Pat Maroon - Mitchell Stephens - Cedric Paquette
Cooper likes to use this line as a typical 4th line and definitely checks the hardest. If anyone is going to fight it is probably going to be Maroon or Paquette. They can score though so don't sleep on these guys.
Pat Maroon: Maroon AKA Fat Ass is the only guy on the team that has a Cup win which was with St. Louis last year. Brings a ton of grit and leadership to the team. Gives no fucks and likes to screen the goalie and cause a bunch of havoc. FIGHTING MONTAGE!
Mitchell Stephens: The young gun is 22 but has meshed pretty well on the 4th line. Has great speed and can score. Keep an eye on him if he is in the line up. His game is definitely still developing though. Could be replaced by Carter Verhaeghe.
Cedric Paquette: To put it simply, Hot Paguette is our pest. This French Canadian will most likely do something that will piss you and your team off. I can only imagine the things he says to other players in French... Has surprising hands and can score but not very often. Will drop the mits and doesn't afraid of anything.
Defense
Overall I think our defense has been severally underrated (some how) and has been the unsung heroes of this run. There isn't a weak spot anywhere and I don't think most teams can boast about that. During the regular season we averaged 2.64 goals against which was 7th in the league.
1st Pair - Victor Hedman - Zach Bogosian
Victor Hedman: Do I really need to say anything Victor (Sexy Swede) Hedman? He's a perennial Norris finalist (with 1 win) and IMO is the best defenseman in the league. He can legit do it all with size and speed and doesn't have a weakness in his game beside maybe not using his body to finish checks enough. He is a stick checking monster though and has the speed of a top line forward. His skating seems effortless. You'll probably get pissed when he comes out of nowhere Randy Orton style (shout out to /SquaredCircle) to stop a breakaway/scoring chance and then effortlessly bring the puck up himself or make a stretch pass that sets someone else up the other way. Lately he's been playing even more aggressive on offense and has been finding his groove. Has 5 Goals and 4 Assists in these playoffs and is +11! Personally he's my favorite player on the team and I can't say enough good things about him. Even Nicklas Lidstrom has praised Hedman and that guy was pretty good...
Zach Bogosian: Bogo was added this off-season after Buffalo let him walk, seemingly because of a nagging injury. It appears he's benefitted greatly from the time off because of COVID since he seems to finally be at 100%. He's been the perfect partner for Hedman and has surprising puck moving and shooting skills. He had that monster play against Boston to setup Coleman. Great pickup that has been paying dividends.
2nd Pair - Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh: You should probably know Ryan McDonagh from his days on the Rangers. He is still a legit Number 1 Dman which goes to show how much depth Tampa has on the back-end. He is getting older but is a shot blocking machine. He doesn't put up a ton of points but is the prototypical NHL Defenseman. Doesn't make many, if any, mistakes.
Erik Cernak: Cernak is a younger guy (22) that has seemingly come out of nowhere to pair up with McDonagh and become our "shut down" pairing. He has a lot of grit to his game and is not afraid to drop the gloves and throw the body around. Another guy you'll probably hate by the end of the series. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Can make noticeable mistakes at times.
3rd Pair - Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Mikhail Sergachev: Serg is one of our newer players but he's really taken a step forward this year. He's been throwing the body around a lot more and just seems overall more confident. He is still developing though and can make mistakes. He is one of our QBs on the power play and has great offensive skills. His shot from the point can be deadly. Has number 1 defenseman potential in my eyes.
Kevin Shattenkirk: He has been a God send for us and I need to take this opportunity to say "Thank You!" to the Rangers for giving up on him. His shot is top notch and don't be shocked if he gets a game winner or two. I have no complaints on his defense either. This would be a 2nd pair Dman for most teams IMO.
Rotation Players (probable scratches unless injuries happen or we stick with 11 and 7)
Braydon Coburn and Luke Schenn are our defenseman in rotation when we go to 7 on D. Not much to say but they have played pretty well especially for being out of the starting lineup most of the time. Won't make many mistakes but probably won't turn the game around either though. Coburn can make some pretty great plays at times but age is catching up with him.
Goaltending
Starter - Andrei Vasilevskiy
Andrei Vasilevskiy: What is there to say about Vasy? He's a perennial Vezina contender (won last year) and seems to be getting better and better as his confidence grows. After all he is only 25 (!). Ever since his bad series against Columbus last year he's really turned it up to 11. Currently he has a .931 Save Percentage and a 1.91 Goals Against Average in the playoffs. He is the backbone of our team. He is in the running for MVP of the team IMO (along with Point and Hedman). His nickname is Big Cat and when you watch him play you can see why. He's big but also fast and flexible. He makes acrobatic saves look easy. His puck tracking can be inconsistent at times though. He's gotten a lot calmer at playing the puck but isn't at Ben Bishop's level. If he is on his game and the defense gives him any kind of support it will be really tough for you to score more then once.
Backup - Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney: Hasn't played a game in these playoffs. Unless Vasy is hurt I wouldn't expect him to play but he has been solid when we've needed him.
Special Teams
Power Play
Power play has been nonexistent until recently. With the injury to Stammer we have been missing his one timer. Usually it's him on one side and Kucherov on the other trading off one timers with Point, Headman, or Sergachev being the quarterback. Coach Cooper recently moved Kuch to his off side and it's seemed to open things up. If Stammer comes back I would imagine it would go back to the regular setup. With our skill you'll probably want to stay out of the box as much as possible. Appears to be at a 17.1% for the playoffs.
Penalty Kill
The PK has been pretty consistent throughout the entire year and sits at 81.3 for the playoffs. Our new additions (such as Goodrow and Coleman), Cirelli, and the defense aren't afraid to lay everything out on the line to get a clear. Pretty sure it is a top 5 unit. We do have a tendency of taking a lot of penalties so our PK ends up having to bail us out more times then not. This could obviously lead to problems and it isn't infallible. We averaged 9.8 Penalty Minutes (per game) during the regular season which was 29th in the league.
Favorite Song related to Lightning: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Lightning Fun Facts
While the flashes we see as a result of a lightning strike travel at the speed of light (670,000,000 mph) an actual lightning strike travels at a comparatively gentile 270,000 mph.
Florida is considered the "Lightning Capital" of the US. Guess there are more hazards then the average Florida Man, gators, Carole Baskin, or elderly drivers...
Random Links
Stats: https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/
Great Article on the construction of the team (by ESPN no less): https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29786360/how-tampa-bay-lightning-built-perennial-contender-player-player
Great Blog Site: https://www.rawcharge.com
Subreddit (We like MS Paint and Memes. Fuck Boston!): https://reddit.com/tampabaylightning
Salary Cap breakdown: https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/lightning
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Lightning
More Lightning Facts: https://bestlifeonline.com/lightning-facts/?nab=0
TL;DR: Lightning are pretty good. We like to score but still play great defense and have a top goaltender. Good luck Islander Bros. <3
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2020.08.01 07:20 prid13 [DEBUNKED] Did Phil Spencer really shoot down xCloud on Switch? The Definitive Analysis

This started out as a simple reply to a comment but turned into a 10+ hour long writing session of a huge wall of text! Hope you can still read it, though, as it will answer all your questions and doubts :) ------------------------------------------------ CONTEXT I made a video on why Master Chief in Smash makes perfect sense as a marketing buzz for xCloud on Switch (as well as Halo: Infinite, especially since it's F2P), but then Phil Spencer (head of Xbox) seemingly said Game Pass/xCloud isn't coming to Switch/PS4 in an interview. Let's analyze that!
Video on why Master Chief in Smash makes sense Phil Spencer's interview (6:11) ------------------------------------------------
TL;DR: read headings "In Conclusion" and "Final Conclusion"

== Analysis ==

People seem to be jumping to conclusions from Phil Spencer's statement, so let me clear this up after carefully analyzing his words:
The thing about other gaming console platforms is we're not able to bring a full Xbox experience on those platforms
According to him, they've brought the "full Xbox experience" on PC and mobile devices:
In places where we have [been able to bring a full Xbox experience], like mobile phones, like we're doing now with xCloud coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate [and] what we've done with PC and bringing our full Xbox experience there.
so, What does "full Xbox experience" exactly mean?
(continued directly from last quote) Because we know when somebody is playing one of our Xbox games there is an expectation that I've got my Xbox Live community, I have my Achievements, Game Pass is an option for me, my first-party library is there, is completely there...
And the other, you know, competitive platforms, aren't really that interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware. But for us, we want to be where the gamers want to be.
"Full Xbox experience" consists of:
He mentions this list twice in the full interview! But is he sure about Nintendo not wanting such an experience on Switch? Let's tackle these one by one for Switch.

Xbox Live

Game Pass

1st Party Titles

In Conclusion

Conclusion: release Game Pass on Switch through xCloud with a limited Game Pass library, and it should still be considered a "full Xbox experience", meaning Phil isn't being 100% honest about Nintendo not wanting a "full Xbox experience" on the Switch.

B-but, Nintendo gains NOTHING!!

Then there are those who claim that Xbox Game Pass coming on Switch is a loss for Nintendo, as they wouldn't get a cut from the monthly fee of subscriptions, and it would only take over Nintendo's sales.
But still, wouldn't Game Pass cannibalize Switch sales?
The most convincing argument, that many seem to fail to grasp, is that cloud gaming is the future, it's coming in hard and it's here to stay. How is Nintendo, with its portable Switch, prepared for this wave?
The last argument remaining for why this is bad, is that 3rd party developers can just put their games on Game Pass and tell Switch owners to play it there through xCloud

Final Conclusion

---------------------------- There you have it! Can't believe I sacrificed my sleep for this, haha, but would love honest criticism if there is any :)
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2020.08.01 07:02 prid13 [DEBUNKED] Did Phil Spencer really shoot down xCloud on Switch? The Definitive Analysis

This started out as a simple reply to a comment but turned into a 10+ hour long writing session of a huge wall of text! Hope you can still read it, though, as it will answer all your questions and doubts :) ------------------------------------------------ CONTEXT I made a video on why Master Chief in Smash makes perfect sense as a marketing buzz for xCloud on Switch (as well as Halo: Infinite, especially since it's F2P), but then Phil Spencer (head of Xbox) seemingly said Game Pass/xCloud isn't coming to Switch/PS4 in an interview. Let's analyze that!
Video on why Master Chief in Smash makes sense Phil Spencer's interview (6:11) ------------------------------------------------
TL;DR: read headings "In Conclusion" and "Final Conclusion"

== Analysis ==

People seem to be jumping to conclusions from Phil Spencer's statement, so let me clear this up after carefully analyzing his words:
The thing about other gaming console platforms is we're not able to bring a full Xbox experience on those platforms
According to him, they've brought the "full Xbox experience" on PC and mobile devices:
In places where we have [been able to bring a full Xbox experience], like mobile phones, like we're doing now with xCloud coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate [and] what we've done with PC and bringing our full Xbox experience there.
so, What does "full Xbox experience" exactly mean?
(continued directly from last quote) Because we know when somebody is playing one of our Xbox games there is an expectation that I've got my Xbox Live community, I have my Achievements, Game Pass is an option for me, my first-party library is there, is completely there...
And the other, you know, competitive platforms, aren't really that interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware. But for us, we want to be where the gamers want to be.
"Full Xbox experience" consists of:
He mentions this list twice in the full interview! But is he sure about Nintendo not wanting such an experience on Switch? Let's tackle these one by one for Switch.

Xbox Live

Game Pass

1st Party Titles

In Conclusion

Conclusion: release Game Pass on Switch through xCloud with a limited Game Pass library, and it should still be considered a "full Xbox experience", meaning Phil isn't being 100% honest about Nintendo not wanting a "full Xbox experience" on the Switch.

B-but, Nintendo gains NOTHING!!

Then there are those who claim that Xbox Game Pass coming on Switch is a loss for Nintendo, as they wouldn't get a cut from the monthly fee of subscriptions, and it would only take over Nintendo's sales.
But still, wouldn't Game Pass cannibalize Switch sales?
The most convincing argument, that many seem to fail to grasp, is that cloud gaming is the future, it's coming in hard and it's here to stay. How is Nintendo, with its portable Switch, prepared for this wave?
The last argument remaining for why this is bad, is that 3rd party developers can just put their games on Game Pass and tell Switch owners to play it there through xCloud

Final Conclusion

---------------------------- There you have it! Can't believe I sacrificed my sleep for this, haha, but would love honest criticism if there is any :)
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2020.07.16 21:32 CrypticCarti Right Now

Hello this is my 7th mini essay from Playboi Carti's debut album Die Lit which was released on May 11, 2018, by AWGE Label and Interscope Records. I will try to write an essay per day on each song on the album going in order. I will give a breakdown of the song's lyrics and instrumental and at the end I will give a rating of the song based on MY enjoyment of the song so feel free to disagree with my opinion and give your own ranking on the song and your reasoning.
Listen to Right Now (feat. Pi'erre Bourne) using the links below:
Youtube
Spotify
Apple Music
Breakdown: Right Now displays Pi'erre can do more than just make beats for Carti, he can collaborate with him and synergies well with Carti and it also helps that Pi'erre also produced the beat so he is capable of matching his vocals and delivery to his production.
Carti starts his verse after a catchy hook with some nice wordplay:
I let her count it
Too much to balance, ayy
I can't even balance (Pick it up)
Got a bitch in my palace
And she work at Palace (Ooh, pick it up)
Carti lets a female count up his money, he uses the word "balance" he states that it's too much money to balance while holding it presumably. Balance is also another term used to describe the amount of money you have in your bank account. Carti has a lot of money in the bank from the music he's released. There is also wordplay when Carti states that he got a girl at his palace (his house) and also mentions she works at Palace (the clothing store).
Pi'erre also has a decent verse with some great wordplay as well:
Did it all off computers, hey (Yeah, yeah)
Bill Gates, ayy (Carti)
All my bills paid, ayy (Cash)
For real
Pi'erre acknowledges that he rose to fame and success and due to producing and in order to make beats with the best quality you need a computer. Pi'erre mentions Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft. Microsoft is a technology company who makes computers, Pi'erre makes a connection to what he used to rise to fame and a founder of a company who makes the same device he used and both people have made money from computers.
Pi'erre does not care what you think of his music/production:
Yeah, motherfuck how you feel (Yeah)
I'm not Dr. Phil
Pi'erre is at a point in his career that he does not need the approval of any individual and the haters will not stop him from continuing to produce and be successful. Dr. Phil is a psychologist and he cares how people feel because it is his job to understand and help his patients to feel better by understanding their emotions and their living situations.
On Carti's second verse he mentions that know girls want to be around Pi'erre and himself:
I got bitches wanna see Pi'erre right now
I got bitches wanna see Carti right now
They want to be with them right now because now they have the money and fame which give the girls more incentive to be with them. They most likely weren't with them before the fame or at least there wouldn't be as many girls trying to get with them without the fame.
Enjoyment: I really enjoy this song and I'll be honest before I wasn't too much of a fan of Pi'erre, I didn't think his vocals were good on this song but after listening to TLOP4, I can appreciate him more and this song is more enjoyable. I would say this is one of Pi'erre's best features due to the nice verse he had you can see he puts effort into his music. Pi'erre's production on this song was also great. Carti also adds to the song, one critic I'll give for Carti is that I didn't like his vocals on his second verse but that wasn't too much of a problem.
Rating: 8.5/10
Previous Essays:
Long Time (Intro)
R.I.P.
Lean 4 Real
Old Money
Love Hurts
Shoota
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2020.06.30 12:57 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Bounty Punter by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (06/29/20)

"See, well, Kagan." - Justice Elena Kagan, citing the work of, well, Kagan

Russian Gall

Pour one out for President Trump, whose peaceful weekend of golfing and ignoring record-setting coronavirus numbers was interrupted by the revelation that he also ignored Russia paying cash rewards for dead American soldiers.
Undeterred by the conversation about his unacceptable deference to Russia, Trump seamlessly pivoted to flagrant racism.
The Russian military intelligence unit offering bounties in Afghanistan, GRU, was also the unit implicated in election interference in 2016. Trump deferred to Putin over U.S. intelligence when that interference came to light, and Russia’s subsequent targeting of American troops has done nothing to change his stance.

Look No Further Than The Crooked Media

The final episode of Wind of Change has dropped on all platforms! If you haven't yet gone on this international journey of espionage and hair metal, you're truly in for a treat. Binge the full series now on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts

Under The Radar

The Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana abortion law that would have closed nearly every clinic in the state, in the first abortion ruling since two Trump appointees joined the court. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal justices, but gave future litigants a roadmap for rolling back abortion rights: The Louisiana law was almost identical to a Texas law that the Court struck down four years ago. Roberts emphasized that his decision today was bound by that precedent, while signaling that he’s totally open to gutting or even overturning Roe v. Wade on other grounds. So, a huge relief for abortion access advocates, but a temporary one.
In another major decision, the Court ruled that the president can fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for any reason. The good news: The justices rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the bureau should be shut down altogether, and the ruling will allow Joe Biden, if he wins, to replace the current director with someone committed to protecting consumers. The bad news: The CFPB will now be less independent, and it’s not immediately clear if the decision is a first step towards freeing up an array of independent agencies for Trump to politicize.

What Else?

One person was fatally shot in Louisville, KY, on Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a protest against the police killing of Breonna Taylor. A day later, a white couple in St. Louis, MO pointed guns at protesters outside their home.
A federal judge has ordered ICE to release immigrant children held at family-detention centers by July 17, after an independent monitor reported that 11 immigrants had tested positive for coronavirus at a Texas facility.
Texas’s largest hospital complex announced that it had reached ICU capacity, then removed ICU metrics from its website. Okay! Meanwhile, Florida, which just reported over 8,500 new cases three days in a row, hasn’t been reporting statewide hospitalization data at all.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for President Trump over the drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani. Trump hasn’t included that development in his wanted poster tweetstorm, for some reason.
Jacksonville, FL, announced that all residents and visitors must wear masks indoors and in public spaces, ahead of the RNC convention there in August. That should go over well with Trump, who moved the convention to Florida to avoid public-health restrictions, and whose campaign made the arena he spoke at in Tulsa remove thousands of social-distancing stickers before his rally.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) ordered bars closed in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, and Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) has hit pause on New Jersey’s plan to reopen indoor dining.
Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder in Sacramento, CA. DeAngelo will avoid the death sentence, under the terms of his plea deal.
Reddit banned a forum for Trump supporters as part of its crackdown on hate speech, Twitch temporary suspended Trump’s channel, and YouTube shut down white supremacist channels belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer. Facebook did not realize this assignment was due today and is hiding in the bathroom.
Sacha Baron Cohen pranked a far-right militia, getting some rally attendees to sing along with him about injecting Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci with the “Wuhan flu.” This deflates, but does not altogether destroy, our last-ditch hope that the year 2020 is one elaborate Sacha Baron Cohen prank.

What In The World?

The Chinese government has forced birth control on Uighurs and other minorities in an effort to suppress the country’s Muslim population. An Associated Press investigation found that China regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces IUDs, sterilization, and abortion on hundreds of thousands. The government uses mass detention to enforce those population control measures, both as a threat and a punishment for those who don’t comply. Having too many children is one of the major reasons ethnic minorities are sent to detention camps. The result of those policies is a climate of terror around having children, and birth rates in predominantly Uighur regions plunged by more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2018. President Trump is complicit here: He endorsed China’s detention camps, as John Bolton’s book revealed, and his policies have created a global leadership vacuum that an increasingly genocidal regime is all too happy to fill.

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Is That Hope I Feel?

Mississippi lawmakers voted to change the state flag, the last one in the nation to feature the Confederate battle emblem.
Starbucks, Coca Cola, and Hershey’s, among other companies, have joined the Facebook advertiser boycott.
Eleven mayors have formed a coalition committed to advocating for guaranteed-income programs.
The Stonewall Inn will remain open thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Gill Foundation.

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Joe 😷 Hanson on Twitter: "One of the greatest things that has happened as a result of this pandemic is these black bears wrasslin' on the patio of Big Bend National Park basin lodge because all the humans are gone"
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2020.06.17 18:05 CuteBananaMuffin TLC is horrible

1) TLC Has A Long History Of Giving Shows To Child Molesters
Remember the Duggars? I'm sorry to even bring it up, but for a time they were the TLC's sickly sweet core. The family at the center of 19 Kids And Counting (previously 18 Kids And Counting ... and before that 17 Kids And Counting) was famous for being a streamlined human-pooping factory that ensconced itself in good ol' Christian values. Except for the part where the eldest son's massive stockpile of creepy hypocrisy exploded over everyone like zombie guts in a horror movie.
Josh Duggar was outed for sexual deviancy when it became clear that he'd been using online cheater site Ashley Madison to meet women and- oh sorry, I'm reading from the wrong notes here. He did that, but he also molested several of his younger siblings. Duggar admitted he had touched several of his sisters and a babysitter inappropriately when he was a teenager in 2015, and it caused TLC to cancel the show. This was a fact his family kept secret, even from authorities, for some time before owning up to it on Fox News in a circus of black bile.
Now sure, TLC canceled the show, and that seems like the responsible thing to do, but the train is not at the end of the line by a long shot. Hop over to Cheer Perfection, a show about overbearing parents who lack basic humanity and hound their children at cheerleading competitions. In 2014, Andrea Clevenger, a mother from the show, was sentenced to two ten-year terms in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.
Somehow this kind of thing even tainted Cake Boss. Which, you know, is a goddamn show about making cake. The only thing less offensive should be Bob Ross painting mayonnaise. Nonetheless, one of the show's stars, Remy Gonzalez, brother-in-law of the Boss of Cake himself, was sentenced in 2012 to nine years for molesting a 13-year-old girl.

2)TLC Gives Shows To Other Kinds Of Abusers Too

Not everyone on TLC is a child molester, though. In fact, they also have stars from entirely different subsections of "Worst Person Ever." And you won't find a better example of this than Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Whatever you may think of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo -- whether you thought it was hot trash on a griddle or whether you inexplicably thought it somehow had redeemed all of reality television at one point -- you couldn't have known the depths to which the mom on that show would have sunk. In this shitshow, Mama June rekindled a relationship with a man who just got out of prison. He'd spent ten years behind bars for molesting a child. That child was Mama June's oldest daughter. Say it with me: What the fuckity fuck?
The goblin matriarch tried to deny she had hooked up with the man who had been convicted of molesting her child, but TMZ had caught that shit on camera. That resulted in the estrangement between June and her now-twice-victimized daughter, because of course it did. But it was par for the course for TLC, which simply canceled the show in 2014 and moved on.
Former Amish returner Jeremiah Raber from Return To Amish was arrested on domestic violence charges in 2017. The man actually scalded his wife with a hot coffee during an argument, which is some fully medieval shit to do to another human. Raber's wife said abuse was a daily routine and Raber himself would apologize on Facebook a couple of days later. The apology includes the line "I learned that she didn't deserve my poor behavior." He learned that. About throwing hot coffee on someone. Like it's algebra.
I guess if you want the full parade of lunacy from TLC, though, you're going to want to hit up Gypsy Sisters. One of the titular sisters got into an argument with her husband in 2015, and he picked up their puppy and threw it at a wall out of frustration. Ya know, maybe we should focus on correcting the behavior of awful people, instead of pointing cameras at them and hoping that you get more laughs than fucking puppy murder.
The puppy killer was charged with puppy killing, and later apologized, via text, for his puppy killery. Now, this didn't happen on a show, and in fact this man was not really part of the show. But it is significant, I think, because have you ever in your life met someone who threw a puppy at a wall when they were agitated? Probably not. But TLC thought that the people whom he hung out with made for damn good TV. That says something. In fact ...

3)TLC Shows Are Full Of Criminals

TLC isn't just full of Earth's least necessary people. It's also full of silly criminal asshats as well! That Gypsy Sister I mentioned earlier? She moved on from the dog trauma by allegedly defrauding Toys "R" Us, and was arrested in 2018 on seven counts of felony criminal simulation. Incidentally, this came after she was arrested for scamming $18,000 worth of loot at Toys "R" Us just a few months earlier. Which was a couple of years after her sister pleaded guilty to doing the exact same thing at Target. How do you even scam $14,786 out of Target? Steal 7,000 bottles of nail polish remover?
No one gives a shit about marijuana possession anymore. It's like punching a Nazi or pooping in a politician's mailbox. But that doesn't stop TLC stars from being bad at it. Jorge Nava, from TLC's 90 Day Fiance, a depressing show about Americans assuming that their foreign lovers will like Tennessee, was arrested in 2018 for possession when he was caught with 293 lbs of weed. According to my intensive research, that's literally two Kenny Chesneys' worth.
Finally, we have Brandon Putman from TLC's Meet The Putmans, a show brainstormed by their "My Head Is Stuck In This Bannister, I Don't Have Time To Think Of A Clever Name" Division. This show is like 19 Kids And Counting, but with an inexplicably dumber twist: It's three generations living in the same house, which means there are 26 people sharing six bedrooms and two bathrooms. To TLC, that's quality television. To the rest of the world, it's a cult.
Brandon Putman -- who I can't reasonably call "the dad," since God knows how this gargantuan family dynamic works -- was indicted in 2018 for hiring a machinist to make ten parts for an AR-15 that could convert it into an automatic weapon. Hey, a guy who lives in one house with 25 family members wanted a machine gun? This is normal. His current defense seems to be that he's a hunter and responsible gun owner, so sure, get those machine guns to better help you hunt the wildlife of Michigan. Also, as you've probably guessed by now, they indicted his father for the exact same crime.

4)Terrible Parents Run Amok On TLC

TLC's brand could be summarized as "Your family, if they fell in a toilet from a Rob Zombie movie." There's an unspoken air of smugness behind all the shows, almost like the network is saying, "We're not judging aaaaaaaanyone, we're just documenting what happens" before they trot out their All-Star Dysfunctionalia of behavioral grotesqueries. This is made abundantly clear when you delve into pretty much every family that's associated with it.
In the interest of time, let's ignore all the child molesters I've mentioned so far and just assume TLC is bad for family wellness as a given. Instead, focus on families like the one from Jon And Kate Plus 8. Remember those crazy kids? Well, that show only lasted a couple of years before the show became Kate Plus 8 due to the couple's very bitter, very public divorce. As late as 2017, cops were still being called to wrangle this shitshow. You can find stories dating back to 2009 with pretty much the same narrative.
Does it affect the kids? Reports at different times detail how the dad hadn't seen some of them in years, there are constant abuse allegations, and in one infamous interview, two of the daughters simply stared in silence when questioned on live TV about their lives. Normal kids stuff, ya know?
One of the kids on Little People, Big World claimed his family screwed him out of the royalties from that show back in 2015, and that he quit because it wasn't real at all, they were just forcing him to play a character. Not to be outdone, one of the wives on Sister Wives was extremely publicly catfished by another woman pretending to be a man. She would later claim that the "romance was real," but as with all things on TLC, "romance" can be translated as "the faintest hint of artificial hope in the collapsing shitstorm of life."

5)The Same Thing Keeps Happening Over And Over

So we've pretty reasonably established a couple of things here, right? TLC families are probably not the sort of stars you want to hitch your wagon to, and TLC executives have either been cursed by a monkey's paw or have alien parasites in the part of their brains that helps them judge character. Because man, it won't stop happening.
We started with the wretched Joel Osteen fever dream that was the Duggar clan. Now meet the Willises. The Willis family showed up on America's Got Talent back in 2014. Mom and Dad oversaw 12 children in a family band -- words that should already make your insides clench in panic. Like the Duggars, they were a tight-knit, wholesome crew of family values Christians. Can you guess what else they had in common with the Duggars, armed as you are with the knowledge of how TLC is basically what you get when you attach a broadcast antenna to Satan's butthole and start sending signals into the ether?
Toby Willis, the family dad, who stood on stage in front of Howard Stern and laughed as Stern joked about how this was a rare appearance outside of their bedroom, received 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of child rape. They were his own kids, and it started when they were as young as three.
Willis was arrested for his crimes in 2016, and I keep mentioning dates for a reason. The Cake Boss brother was 2012. Mama June and Cheer Perfection were 2014. The Duggars and the puppy killer were 2015. Jon and Kate have been going steadily for a decade, with the most recent police involvement happening in 2017. And in 2018, we have guys making machine guns and some coupon felons. How does this keep happening?
The Willis Family premiered on May 5, 2015, while 19 Kids And Counting had its molestation story break May 21, 2015. You have to wonder if anyone at TLC even paused to think, "I hope this show we premiered just two weeks ago that has almost the exact same premise as this one now up to its armpits in horrible abuse is going to be cool." I mean, it's not like they had any precedent at that point to wonder about the sideshow families they were thrusting onto televisions or anything.
Or, you know, maybe they just consider all of this to be free publicity. If so, then ... congratulations?
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2020.06.10 22:57 gywang912 Case study: Why Raptors won the Championship in 2019, How to build a contender

I made a video about why the raptors won the championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-c6awSdt2o It's always been said that a multitude of things must happen in order to be an NBA champion. Some of it requires luck, some don't. The raptors in the early 2010s were going through another rebuilding phase: Chris Bosh had just left raptors to join the big 3, sparking many statements about how no superstar wants to stay with the raptors. Up to this point, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, and Chris Bosh all left the franchise prematurely. Even if when the team was somewhat successful made the playoffs with these players, the teams never won over 50 games and never made it past the second round. Leading up to the 2013 season, the team had a number of issues: 3 mediocre seasons without Bosh where they were neither a playoff or lottery team, terrible team culture (lowry was trying to leave as soon as he got there), no clear direction on who were the main stars of the team. So how did this team become an NBA champion a mere 6 seasons later?
It starts with the hiring of Tim Leiweke, the ultimate salesman and previous president Anschutz Entertainment Group AEG group.
A bit of background. Leiweke became preoccupied with bringing the NFL back to L.A. When that plan went sideways, he parted ways with AEG's mercurial owner, Phil Anschutz, in early 2013.
Leiweke says there was no non-compete clause. He wanted to begin building something of his own. But he was advised he'd face legal problems if he started a business that looked too much like AEG – and AEG has so many facets, it looks a little like everything.
Leiweke's lawyers told him to wait a bit. He began casting about for something to occupy his time.
He decided in the short-term he was going to be the President of MLSE. That's kind of funny, your summer job being the president one of the biggest sport conglomerate in the world. Anyways, there is a lot to talk about in terms of Leiweke's tenure with MLSE, but let's focus on the raptors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rZ1sK14OzU
What Tim knew were two important things. Number one, team culture was absolutely essential. You will see later on how Leiweke begins to change that in the franchise. The second was that he learned from the lakers was important to hire the right basketball executive and allow them to do their job without micromanaging them. For Dr Jerry Buss, owner of the lakers, that executive was Jerry West. For Leiweke, that executive was Masai Ujiri. The person you trust to run the basketball organization was essential, Leiweke took the best executive possible and gave him the resources he needed, without being controlling (F*** Brooklyn).
Thus began the journey of rebuilding the raptors team through Masai Ujiri.
Leiweke made the most crucical choice of his tenure, picking Masai Ujiri as his president of basketball operations. Right from the start, Masai makes a series of moves that turned the raptors from rebuilding to a playoff team.
Masai Ujiri trades Andrea Bargnani to New York Knicks for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a future 1st round pick and 2 second round picks. While none of the veteran playrers made much of an impact for the raptors, Masai decided to trade Bargnani, who was an asset on the decline, to the Knick and was able to obtain a future 1st round pick. Because the Knicks were terrible in 2016, the raptors got a lottery number 8 pick, where they obtain Jakob Poeltl, a versatile big man. Next Masai trades Rudy Gay, who Raptors had just gotten the previous year. They received Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, and Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson in return. You see from these two trades, Masai accomplished three main things. Number one: he got rid of the raptors longest tenured player (Andrea Bargnani) and Rudy Gay (another star) in order set up a clear hierachy for the team. The two team leaders were Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry and no one else. You see, in basketball it's important to know what your roles are, and at that point their were way too many people trying to be the guy on that raptors team. Now we knew our direction, and it was with Demar Derozan (an upand coming shooting guard) and Kyle Lowry. The Raptors also added Tyler Hansbrough, D. J. Augustin, Dwight Buycks, and Austin Daye via free agency. Second, Ujiri saves cap space and receives assets in return. He gets rid of Bargnani huge contract, who ends up terrible for the Knicks, and gets a first round draft pick. He gets rid of Rudy Gay, with his huge contract. Lastly, he gets some supporting players that know their roles as shooter, veteran leader, back up PG for the team. During the 2013–14 season, the Raptors were 6–12 before the Rudy Gay trade; after the trade they went on a 10–3 run, as they maintained their lead in the division and rose above the .500 mark for the first time in almost three years. The Raptors entered the All-Star break with a 28–24 record, and DeRozan was also selected to play in the All-Star game, being only the fourth ever Raptor to do so. On April 11, 2014, the Raptors lost to the New York Knicks, 108–100, but since the division rival Brooklyn Nets lost to the Atlanta Hawks the same night, the Raptors became Atlantic Division champions for the first time since 2007.[143] They finished the regular season with a franchise-high 48 wins (.585), going 42–22 (.656) after the Gay trade, the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors faced the Nets in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when the Nets were located in New Jersey. Toronto nearly advanced to the next round, but Paul Pierce blocked a potential game-winner by Lowry in Game 7. For a 3 million dollar per year contract for Masai Ujiri, total terms 5 year 15 million dollars, In one season, he led the Raptors to a franchise best record, something they never did with Vince Carter or Chris Bosh. Masai dilineated that the two leaders of the team were Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry. He added great supporting pieces to that group, high character guys who love being a part of the team. That is a bargain. Every team should establish stable management first before rebuilding. The notion that you have to be a lottery team every year before you can contend in the playoffs is just pure garbage. If you have an excellent president like Masai, you can get their in one season.
To top it off, Lowry who originally wanted to leave the team, signs a 4 year team friendly deal, recognizing the team's potential.
Masai Ujiri also had great scouts and was able to draft amazingly well.
In the 2013 NBA draft, we had no picks cause our previous president was terrible at keeping or bringing in draft pick assets.
In the 2014 NBA draft, we got Bruno Caboclo, who was underdeveloped but later has played well with the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
In the 2015 NBA draft, we get Delon Wright in the first round, an excellent tall point guard who we traded to get Marc Gasol, as well as Norman Powell in the second round, a pick we fleeced from Milwaukee after we traded Grievis Vasquez to them. We also got a first round pick from that trade as well.
IN the 2016 NBA draft, Jakob Poeltl (part of Marc Gasol trade) and Pascal Siakam, pour future superstar. We also get Fred VanVleet, who is undrafted during summer league tryouts.
IN 2017, we get OG anunoby, again from the Vasquez trade with Milwaukee.
In 2018 and 2019, we were in championship building mode, so we didnt get have any first round draft picks due to various trades. Yet we still somehow get Terence Davis undrafted. By this point we had so many assets that not having a couple draft picks was okay.
The next improvement Masai makes to the organization is by developing at that time the D-league team. To the credit of MLSE, they invest in a new biosteel facility as well as purchasing a D-league team to help us develop our young players, without having to send them to Red Maine. Masai realized that beyond drafting the right player, you must also be great at player development. We've seen many circumstances where teams have a good raw talent, but are unable to develop them properly, as was the case with us with Bruno Caboclo. Masai understood that and implemented a great coach in Jerry Stackhouse to teach the raptors offense and defensive principles to developing player. The players who played in raptors 905 included prominent contributors to the team such as: Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl, Delon Wright, as well as other depth players like Chris Boucher, Lorenzo Brown, Alfonzo Mckinnie, and Jordan Loyd, and Malcolm Miller, Oshae Brisett. The reason why the Raptors have been so consistent in the regulat season is due to our depth created by Raptors 905. Anybody can come in when there are injuries and provide good consistent minutes. Where other teams may have many games due to their injuries (see Portland), the raptors navigate their injuries to their main stars with ease due to this tremendous depth.
Unfortunately, the formula for success in the regular season: having two main all-stars, bench depth, great supportinfg cast drafting and trades is not applicable to the playoffs. The raptors had many years of difficult playoff runs. While having unprecedented success during this time, the raptors got swept by the Wizard, then lost to the Cavaliers three straight times. Something was still missing.
You see the playoffs are completely different. For one, the bench matters way less compared to the regular season because the starters play much more. Second, most championship teams have a MVP candidate superstar. If you look at the last decade of winners you had: Golden State Warriors with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron James, Spurs led by Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, and the Miami Heat led by Lebron James. The only team in the past 20 years that has won without that MVP level superstar was the Detroit Pistons in 2004 who played an innovative style of defense and caught the Lakers on the tail end of their dynasty. You could argue the spurs in 2014 also did not have an MVP caliber player, as Kawhi was maturing and the big 3 were in the tail end of their career. But the Spurs in 2014 had one of the most innovative offenses ever, led by incredible ball movements and intelligence.
To win the NBA title, you one of these three things. An innovative defense, an innovative offense, or an MVP candidate. Since most championships have been won with the third criteria (an MVP candidate), having that alone is a huge advantage. Having two or more of those things leads to a potential dynasty. The Heat had 2 MVP candidates, the warriors had an innovative offense led by MVP Steph Curry, then they also added Kevin Durant, the lakers had both Shaq and Kobe.
So how were the raptors going to add these elements to their team? Well first they had to get rid of their coach. You see Dwane Casey was a great coach for team culture, as he was very old-school and demanded well thought out principles in basketball. But basketball is one of the fastest evolving sports ever, and he was not able to keep up with the changing principles in offense (pace and space) and defense (constant switching). Casey had already been demoted the in 2017-2018 season because Masai forced him to use Nick Nurse's offense following the collapse to Cleveland. Then following another playoff disaster, Masai fires Dwane Casey (coach of the year) and hires Nick Nurse.
Nick Nurse changed the offense the previous season, and now changed our team to have an innovative defense. This included the double teams we used against Jorl Embiid, the innovative 2-3 zone we used against Miwaukee in the conference finals, the box and one we used against the Golden State Warriors. I can go on and on about how innovative and great the raptors switch and help defense is, but there are other videos discussing this topic, which I will link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3X25bvjfW4
The second more publicized change to the raptors was the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard, in exchange for Demar Derozan. When the trade occurred many ESPN personalities said that it was a highly risky trade for the Raptors, which tells you how much they know about basketball. In my opinion, if the goal of the franchise is to win a title, it is not a risky trade at all, because there's really only two routes. First, worst case scenario, Kawhi Leonard is too hurt to play, or doesn't want to play for the raptors. Well, you can start rebuilding right away the following year and have opened up cap space by moving Derozan's massive contract. Two, Kawhi Leonard plays, but he isn't as good as before. Well you at the end of the season you can start rebuilding again. Third, Kawhi Leonard is great and you have a realistic shot at the championship. Even in the worst case scenario, I believe the raptors still could've been a regular season team due to the emergence of Pascal Siakam as well as our bench depth. No matter what, we would've been great in the regular season. This was about making moves to win the title.
The last thing I want to mention is the culture of the raptors. This organization, started by Tim Leiweke has been top class since 2013. We host amazing events, we have awesome players, and we do right by the team. The biggest black mark is trading our franchise player, Demar Derozan, when we realized we could no longer obtain playoff success with him. But that's unfortunately how NBA business is wrong, nothing we can do about that.
So to the teams that have been bad for 20+ years, the good news is you only need a good executive to make the playoffs. The bad news is, if you want to win the title, you need to be lucky and will most likely need an MVP candidate or change the way the game is played.
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2020.06.10 22:37 gywang912 [OC] How do you build a contender, case study: why Raptors won the Championship in 2019

I made a video about why the raptors won the championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-c6awSdt2o
It's always been said that a multitude of things must happen in order to be an NBA champion. Some of it requires luck, some don't. The raptors in the early 2010s were going through another rebuilding phase: Chris Bosh had just left raptors to join the big 3, sparking many statements about how no superstar wants to stay with the raptors. Up to this point, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, and Chris Bosh all left the franchise prematurely. Even if when the team was somewhat successful made the playoffs with these players, the teams never won over 50 games and never made it past the second round. Leading up to the 2013 season, the team had a number of issues: 3 mediocre seasons without Bosh where they were neither a playoff or lottery team, terrible team culture (lowry was trying to leave as soon as he got there), no clear direction on who were the main stars of the team. So how did this team become an NBA champion a mere 6 seasons later?
It starts with the hiring of Tim Leiweke, the ultimate salesman and previous president Anschutz Entertainment Group AEG group.
A bit of background. Leiweke became preoccupied with bringing the NFL back to L.A. When that plan went sideways, he parted ways with AEG's mercurial owner, Phil Anschutz, in early 2013.
Leiweke says there was no non-compete clause. He wanted to begin building something of his own. But he was advised he'd face legal problems if he started a business that looked too much like AEG – and AEG has so many facets, it looks a little like everything.
Leiweke's lawyers told him to wait a bit. He began casting about for something to occupy his time.
He decided in the short-term he was going to be the President of MLSE. That's kind of funny, your summer job being the president one of the biggest sport conglomerate in the world. Anyways, there is a lot to talk about in terms of Leiweke's tenure with MLSE, but let's focus on the raptors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rZ1sK14OzU
What Tim knew were two important things. Number one, team culture was absolutely essential. You will see later on how Leiweke begins to change that in the franchise. The second was that he learned from the lakers was important to hire the right basketball executive and allow them to do their job without micromanaging them. For Dr Jerry Buss, owner of the lakers, that executive was Jerry West. For Leiweke, that executive was Masai Ujiri. The person you trust to run the basketball organization was essential, Leiweke took the best executive possible and gave him the resources he needed, without being controlling (F*** Brooklyn).
Thus began the journey of rebuilding the raptors team through Masai Ujiri.
Leiweke made the most crucical choice of his tenure, picking Masai Ujiri as his president of basketball operations. Right from the start, Masai makes a series of moves that turned the raptors from rebuilding to a playoff team.
Masai Ujiri trades Andrea Bargnani to New York Knicks for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a future 1st round pick and 2 second round picks. While none of the veteran playrers made much of an impact for the raptors, Masai decided to trade Bargnani, who was an asset on the decline, to the Knick and was able to obtain a future 1st round pick. Because the Knicks were terrible in 2016, the raptors got a lottery number 8 pick, where they obtain Jakob Poeltl, a versatile big man. Next Masai trades Rudy Gay, who Raptors had just gotten the previous year. They received Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, and Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson in return. You see from these two trades, Masai accomplished three main things. Number one: he got rid of the raptors longest tenured player (Andrea Bargnani) and Rudy Gay (another star) in order set up a clear hierachy for the team. The two team leaders were Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry and no one else. You see, in basketball it's important to know what your roles are, and at that point their were way too many people trying to be the guy on that raptors team. Now we knew our direction, and it was with Demar Derozan (an upand coming shooting guard) and Kyle Lowry. The Raptors also added Tyler Hansbrough, D. J. Augustin, Dwight Buycks, and Austin Daye via free agency. Second, Ujiri saves cap space and receives assets in return. He gets rid of Bargnani huge contract, who ends up terrible for the Knicks, and gets a first round draft pick. He gets rid of Rudy Gay, with his huge contract. Lastly, he gets some supporting players that know their roles as shooter, veteran leader, back up PG for the team. During the 2013–14 season, the Raptors were 6–12 before the Rudy Gay trade; after the trade they went on a 10–3 run, as they maintained their lead in the division and rose above the .500 mark for the first time in almost three years. The Raptors entered the All-Star break with a 28–24 record, and DeRozan was also selected to play in the All-Star game, being only the fourth ever Raptor to do so. On April 11, 2014, the Raptors lost to the New York Knicks, 108–100, but since the division rival Brooklyn Nets lost to the Atlanta Hawks the same night, the Raptors became Atlantic Division champions for the first time since 2007.[143] They finished the regular season with a franchise-high 48 wins (.585), going 42–22 (.656) after the Gay trade, the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors faced the Nets in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when the Nets were located in New Jersey. Toronto nearly advanced to the next round, but Paul Pierce blocked a potential game-winner by Lowry in Game 7. For a 3 million dollar per year contract for Masai Ujiri, total terms 5 year 15 million dollars, In one season, he led the Raptors to a franchise best record, something they never did with Vince Carter or Chris Bosh. Masai dilineated that the two leaders of the team were Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry. He added great supporting pieces to that group, high character guys who love being a part of the team. That is a bargain. Every team should establish stable management first before rebuilding. The notion that you have to be a lottery team every year before you can contend in the playoffs is just pure garbage. If you have an excellent president like Masai, you can get their in one season.
To top it off, Lowry who originally wanted to leave the team, signs a 4 year team friendly deal, recognizing the team's potential.
Masai Ujiri also had great scouts and was able to draft amazingly well.
In the 2013 NBA draft, we had no picks cause our previous president was terrible at keeping or bringing in draft pick assets.
In the 2014 NBA draft, we got Bruno Caboclo, who was underdeveloped but later has played well with the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
In the 2015 NBA draft, we get Delon Wright in the first round, an excellent tall point guard who we traded to get Marc Gasol, as well as Norman Powell in the second round, a pick we fleeced from Milwaukee after we traded Grievis Vasquez to them. We also got a first round pick from that trade as well.
IN the 2016 NBA draft, Jakob Poeltl (part of Marc Gasol trade) and Pascal Siakam, pour future superstar. We also get Fred VanVleet, who is undrafted during summer league tryouts.
IN 2017, we get OG anunoby, again from the Vasquez trade with Milwaukee.
In 2018 and 2019, we were in championship building mode, so we didnt get have any first round draft picks due to various trades. Yet we still somehow get Terence Davis undrafted. By this point we had so many assets that not having a couple draft picks was okay.
The next improvement Masai makes to the organization is by developing at that time the D-league team. To the credit of MLSE, they invest in a new biosteel facility as well as purchasing a D-league team to help us develop our young players, without having to send them to Red Maine. Masai realized that beyond drafting the right player, you must also be great at player development. We've seen many circumstances where teams have a good raw talent, but are unable to develop them properly, as was the case with us with Bruno Caboclo. Masai understood that and implemented a great coach in Jerry Stackhouse to teach the raptors offense and defensive principles to developing player. The players who played in raptors 905 included prominent contributors to the team such as: Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl, Delon Wright, as well as other depth players like Chris Boucher, Lorenzo Brown, Alfonzo Mckinnie, and Jordan Loyd, and Malcolm Miller, Oshae Brisett. The reason why the Raptors have been so consistent in the regulat season is due to our depth created by Raptors 905. Anybody can come in when there are injuries and provide good consistent minutes. Where other teams may have many games due to their injuries (see Portland), the raptors navigate their injuries to their main stars with ease due to this tremendous depth.
Unfortunately, the formula for success in the regular season: having two main all-stars, bench depth, great supportinfg cast drafting and trades is not applicable to the playoffs. The raptors had many years of difficult playoff runs. While having unprecedented success during this time, the raptors got swept by the Wizard, then lost to the Cavaliers three straight times. Something was still missing.
You see the playoffs are completely different. For one, the bench matters way less compared to the regular season because the starters play much more. Second, most championship teams have a MVP candidate superstar. If you look at the last decade of winners you had: Golden State Warriors with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron James, Spurs led by Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, and the Miami Heat led by Lebron James. The only team in the past 20 years that has won without that MVP level superstar was the Detroit Pistons in 2004 who played an innovative style of defense and caught the Lakers on the tail end of their dynasty. You could argue the spurs in 2014 also did not have an MVP caliber player, as Kawhi was maturing and the big 3 were in the tail end of their career. But the Spurs in 2014 had one of the most innovative offenses ever, led by incredible ball movements and intelligence.
To win the NBA title, you one of these three things. An innovative defense, an innovative offense, or an MVP candidate. Since most championships have been won with the third criteria (an MVP candidate), having that alone is a huge advantage. Having two or more of those things leads to a potential dynasty. The Heat had 2 MVP candidates, the warriors had an innovative offense led by MVP Steph Curry, then they also added Kevin Durant, the lakers had both Shaq and Kobe.
So how were the raptors going to add these elements to their team? Well first they had to get rid of their coach. You see Dwane Casey was a great coach for team culture, as he was very old-school and demanded well thought out principles in basketball. But basketball is one of the fastest evolving sports ever, and he was not able to keep up with the changing principles in offense (pace and space) and defense (constant switching). Casey had already been demoted the in 2017-2018 season because Masai forced him to use Nick Nurse's offense following the collapse to Cleveland. Then following another playoff disaster, Masai fires Dwane Casey (coach of the year) and hires Nick Nurse.
Nick Nurse changed the offense the previous season, and now changed our team to have an innovative defense. This included the double teams we used against Jorl Embiid, the innovative 2-3 zone we used against Miwaukee in the conference finals, the box and one we used against the Golden State Warriors. I can go on and on about how innovative and great the raptors switch and help defense is, but there are other videos discussing this topic, which I will link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3X25bvjfW4
The second more publicized change to the raptors was the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard, in exchange for Demar Derozan. When the trade occurred many ESPN personalities said that it was a highly risky trade for the Raptors, which tells you how much they know about basketball. In my opinion, if the goal of the franchise is to win a title, it is not a risky trade at all, because there's really only two routes. First, worst case scenario, Kawhi Leonard is too hurt to play, or doesn't want to play for the raptors. Well, you can start rebuilding right away the following year and have opened up cap space by moving Derozan's massive contract. Two, Kawhi Leonard plays, but he isn't as good as before. Well you at the end of the season you can start rebuilding again. Third, Kawhi Leonard is great and you have a realistic shot at the championship. Even in the worst case scenario, I believe the raptors still could've been a regular season team due to the emergence of Pascal Siakam as well as our bench depth. No matter what, we would've been great in the regular season. This was about making moves to win the title.
The last thing I want to mention is the culture of the raptors. This organization, started by Tim Leiweke has been top class since 2013. We host amazing events, we have awesome players, and we do right by the team. The biggest black mark is trading our franchise player, Demar Derozan, when we realized we could no longer obtain playoff success with him. But that's unfortunately how NBA business is wrong, nothing we can do about that.
So to the teams that have been bad for 20+ years, the good news is you only need a good executive to make the playoffs. The bad news is, if you want to win the title, you need to be lucky and will most likely need an MVP candidate or change the way the game is played.
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2020.06.09 17:18 gywang912 How do you build a contender, case study: why raptors won the championship in 2019

I made a video about why the raptors won the championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-c6awSdt2o It's always been said that a multitude of things must happen in order to be an NBA champion. Some of it requires luck, some don't. The raptors in the early 2010s were going through another rebuilding phase: Chris Bosh had just left raptors to join the big 3, sparking many statements about how no superstar wants to stay with the raptors. Up to this point, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, and Chris Bosh all left the franchise prematurely. Even if when the team was somewhat successful made the playoffs with these players, the teams never won over 50 games and never made it past the second round. Leading up to the 2013 season, the team had a number of issues: 3 mediocre seasons without Bosh where they were neither a playoff or lottery team, terrible team culture (lowry was trying to leave as soon as he got there), no clear direction on who were the main stars of the team. So how did this team become an NBA champion a mere 6 seasons later?
It starts with the hiring of Tim Leiweke, the ultimate salesman and previous president Anschutz Entertainment Group AEG group.
A bit of background. Leiweke became preoccupied with bringing the NFL back to L.A. When that plan went sideways, he parted ways with AEG's mercurial owner, Phil Anschutz, in early 2013.
Leiweke says there was no non-compete clause. He wanted to begin building something of his own. But he was advised he'd face legal problems if he started a business that looked too much like AEG – and AEG has so many facets, it looks a little like everything.
Leiweke's lawyers told him to wait a bit. He began casting about for something to occupy his time.
He decided in the short-term he was going to be the President of MLSE. That's kind of funny, your summer job being the president one of the biggest sport conglomerate in the world. Anyways, there is a lot to talk about in terms of Leiweke's tenure with MLSE, but let's focus on the raptors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rZ1sK14OzU
What Tim knew were two important things. Number one, team culture was absolutely essential. You will see later on how Leiweke begins to change that in the franchise. The second was that he learned from the lakers was important to hire the right basketball executive and allow them to do their job without micromanaging them. For Dr Jerry Buss, owner of the lakers, that executive was Jerry West. For Leiweke, that executive was Masai Ujiri. The person you trust to run the basketball organization was essential, Leiweke took the best executive possible and gave him the resources he needed, without being controlling (F*** Brooklyn).
Thus began the journey of rebuilding the raptors team through Masai Ujiri.
Leiweke made the most crucical choice of his tenure, picking Masai Ujiri as his president of basketball operations. Right from the start, Masai makes a series of moves that turned the raptors from rebuilding to a playoff team.
  1. Masai Ujiri trades Andrea Bargnani to New York Knicks for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a future 1st round pick and 2 second round picks. While none of the veteran playrers made much of an impact for the raptors, Masai decided to trade Bargnani, who was an asset on the decline, to the Knick and was able to obtain a future 1st round pick. Because the Knicks were terrible in 2016, the raptors got a lottery number 8 pick, where they obtain Jakob Poeltl, a versatile big man.
  2. Next Masai trades Rudy Gay, who Raptors had just gotten the previous year. They received Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, and Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson in return. You see from these two trades, Masai accomplished three main things. Number one: he got rid of the raptors longest tenured player (Andrea Bargnani) and Rudy Gay (another star) in order set up a clear hierachy for the team. The two team leaders were Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry and no one else. You see, in basketball it's important to know what your roles are, and at that point their were way too many people trying to be the guy on that raptors team. Now we knew our direction, and it was with Demar Derozan (an upand coming shooting guard) and Kyle Lowry.
  3. The Raptors also added Tyler Hansbrough, D. J. Augustin, Dwight Buycks, and Austin Daye via free agency. Second, Ujiri saves cap space and receives assets in return. He gets rid of Bargnani huge contract, who ends up terrible for the Knicks, and gets a first round draft pick. He gets rid of Rudy Gay, with his huge contract. Lastly, he gets some supporting players that know their roles as shooter, veteran leader, back up PG for the team.
  4. During the 2013–14 season, the Raptors were 6–12 before the Rudy Gay trade; after the trade they went on a 10–3 run, as they maintained their lead in the division and rose above the .500 mark for the first time in almost three years. The Raptors entered the All-Star break with a 28–24 record, and DeRozan was also selected to play in the All-Star game, being only the fourth ever Raptor to do so. On April 11, 2014, the Raptors lost to the New York Knicks, 108–100, but since the division rival Brooklyn Nets lost to the Atlanta Hawks the same night, the Raptors became Atlantic Division champions for the first time since 2007.[143] They finished the regular season with a franchise-high 48 wins (.585), going 42–22 (.656) after the Gay trade, the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors faced the Nets in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when the Nets were located in New Jersey. Toronto nearly advanced to the next round, but Paul Pierce blocked a potential game-winner by Lowry in Game 7.
For a 3 million dollar per year contract for Masai Ujiri, total terms 5 year 15 million dollars, In one season, he led the Raptors to a franchise best record, something they never did with Vince Carter or Chris Bosh. Masai dilineated that the two leaders of the team were Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry. He added great supporting pieces to that group, high character guys who love being a part of the team. That is a bargain. Every team should establish stable management first before rebuilding. The notion that you have to be a lottery team every year before you can contend in the playoffs is just pure garbage. If you have an excellent president like Masai, you can get their in one season.
To top it off, Lowry who originally wanted to leave the team, signs a 4 year team friendly deal, recognizing the team's potential.
Masai Ujiri also had great scouts and was able to draft amazingly well.
In the 2013 NBA draft, we had no picks cause our previous president was terrible at keeping or bringing in draft pick assets.
In the 2014 NBA draft, we got Bruno Caboclo, who was underdeveloped but later has played well with the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
In the 2015 NBA draft, we get Delon Wright in the first round, an excellent tall point guard who we traded to get Marc Gasol, as well as Norman Powell in the second round, a pick we fleeced from Milwaukee after we traded Grievis Vasquez to them. We also got a first round pick from that trade as well.
IN the 2016 NBA draft, Jakob Poeltl (part of Marc Gasol trade) and Pascal Siakam, pour future superstar. We also get Fred VanVleet, who is undrafted during summer league tryouts.
IN 2017, we get OG anunoby, again from the Vasquez trade with Milwaukee.
In 2018 and 2019, we were in championship building mode, so we didnt get have any first round draft picks due to various trades. Yet we still somehow get Terence Davis undrafted. By this point we had so many assets that not having a couple draft picks was okay.
The next improvement Masai makes to the organization is by developing at that time the D-league team. To the credit of MLSE, they invest in a new biosteel facility as well as purchasing a D-league team to help us develop our young players, without having to send them to Red Maine. Masai realized that beyond drafting the right player, you must also be great at player development. We've seen many circumstances where teams have a good raw talent, but are unable to develop them properly, as was the case with us with Bruno Caboclo. Masai understood that and implemented a great coach in Jerry Stackhouse to teach the raptors offense and defensive principles to developing player. The players who played in raptors 905 included prominent contributors to the team such as: Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl, Delon Wright, as well as other depth players like Chris Boucher, Lorenzo Brown, Alfonzo Mckinnie, and Jordan Loyd, and Malcolm Miller, Oshae Brisett. The reason why the Raptors have been so consistent in the regulat season is due to our depth created by Raptors 905. Anybody can come in when there are injuries and provide good consistent minutes. Where other teams may have many games due to their injuries (see Portland), the raptors navigate their injuries to their main stars with ease due to this tremendous depth.
Unfortunately, the formula for success in the regular season: having two main all-stars, bench depth, great supportinfg cast drafting and trades is not applicable to the playoffs. The raptors had many years of difficult playoff runs. While having unprecedented success during this time, the raptors got swept by the Wizard, then lost to the Cavaliers three straight times. Something was still missing.
You see the playoffs are completely different. For one, the bench matters way less compared to the regular season because the starters play much more. Second, most championship teams have a MVP candidate superstar. If you look at the last decade of winners you had: Golden State Warriors with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron James, Spurs led by Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan, and the Miami Heat led by Lebron James. The only team in the past 20 years that has won without that MVP level superstar was the Detroit Pistons in 2004 who played an innovative style of defense and caught the Lakers on the tail end of their dynasty. You could argue the spurs in 2014 also did not have an MVP caliber player, as Kawhi was maturing and the big 3 were in the tail end of their career. But the Spurs in 2014 had one of the most innovative offenses ever, led by incredible ball movements and intelligence.
To win the NBA title, you one of these three things. An innovative defense, an innovative offense, or an MVP candidate. Since most championships have been won with the third criteria (an MVP candidate), having that alone is a huge advantage. Having two or more of those things leads to a potential dynasty. The Heat had 2 MVP candidates, the warriors had an innovative offense led by MVP Steph Curry, then they also added Kevin Durant, the lakers had both Shaq and Kobe.
So how were the raptors going to add these elements to their team? Well first they had to get rid of their coach. You see Dwane Casey was a great coach for team culture, as he was very old-school and demanded well thought out principles in basketball. But basketball is one of the fastest evolving sports ever, and he was not able to keep up with the changing principles in offense (pace and space) and defense (constant switching). Casey had already been demoted the in 2017-2018 season because Masai forced him to use Nick Nurse's offense following the collapse to Cleveland. Then following another playoff disaster, Masai fires Dwane Casey (coach of the year) and hires Nick Nurse.
Nick Nurse changed the offense the previous season, and now changed our team to have an innovative defense. This included the double teams we used against Jorl Embiid, the innovative 2-3 zone we used against Miwaukee in the conference finals, the box and one we used against the Golden State Warriors. I can go on and on about how innovative and great the raptors switch and help defense is, but there are other videos discussing this topic, which I will link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3X25bvjfW4
The second more publicized change to the raptors was the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard, in exchange for Demar Derozan. When the trade occurred many ESPN personalities said that it was a highly risky trade for the Raptors, which tells you how much they know about basketball. In my opinion, if the goal of the franchise is to win a title, it is not a risky trade at all, because there's really only two routes. First, worst case scenario, Kawhi Leonard is too hurt to play, or doesn't want to play for the raptors. Well, you can start rebuilding right away the following year and have opened up cap space by moving Derozan's massive contract. Two, Kawhi Leonard plays, but he isn't as good as before. Well you at the end of the season you can start rebuilding again. Third, Kawhi Leonard is great and you have a realistic shot at the championship. Even in the worst case scenario, I believe the raptors still could've been a regular season team due to the emergence of Pascal Siakam as well as our bench depth. No matter what, we would've been great in the regular season. This was about making moves to win the title.
The last thing I want to mention is the culture of the raptors. This organization, started by Tim Leiweke has been top class since 2013. We host amazing events, we have awesome players, and we do right by the team. The biggest black mark is trading our franchise player, Demar Derozan, when we realized we could no longer obtain playoff success with him. But that's unfortunately how NBA business is wrong, nothing we can do about that.
So to the teams that have been bad for 20+ years, the good news is you only need a good executive to make the playoffs. The bad news is, if you want to win the title, you need to be lucky and will most likely need an MVP candidate or change the way the game is played.
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2020.05.25 03:48 SACRED-GEOMETRY Timeline of the Long Island Serial Killer case

This is a timeline I posted on /LISKiller. I thought I would share it here in light of recent updates in the case.
Cases with an asterisk* next to them are not officially linked to the Long Island Serial Killer. Although they are not conclusively linked I believe they should be included in the discussion. Victim names are italicized as there's dozens of names to keep track of.
Case summary:
  • The Long Island serial killer (LISK) is an unidentified serial killer who is believed to have murdered 10 to 16 people on Long Island, New York. Some people suspect multiple killers were operating in the same area. Most of the bodies were discovered during a search for Shannan Gilbert, who disappeared after seeing a client in May 2010. Her body was found in 2011. Police were recently ordered to release the audio recording of her 23 minute phone call to police the night we she went missing. This week detectives identified one of the victims using genetic genealogy.
You may find it helpful to use a map while reading:
February 1, 1982*
  • Tina Foglia (19) was last seen in the early morning hours of February 1, 1982 at a rock music venue in West Islip. Her dismembered body was discovered by Department of Transportation workers on February 3 along the shoulder of the Southern State Parkway. Her remains were placed in three separate plastic garbage bags, and were found a few miles north of the Robert Moses Causeway, which leads to Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach. A diamond ring that Foglia was known to wear was missing.
  • The DNA of an unknown male was found on the garbage bags. Police have not ruled out the possibility that Tina Foglia was an early victim of the Long Island Serial Killer.1
  • Tina Foglia:
April 20, 1996
  • Two female legs, wrapped in a plastic bag, are discovered on Fire Island west of Davis Park Beach.
  • The victim's skull would later be found on April 11, 2011 west of Tobay Beach in Nassau County and linked by DNA.1, 2
  • "Jane Doe No. 7 / Fire Island Jane Doe":
June 28, 1997
  • The dismembered torso of an unidentified young African-American female was found in Hempstead Lake State Park, New York. The torso was found in a green plastic container which was dumped next to a road. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The victim had a tattoo of a heart-shaped peach with a bite out of it on her left breast.1
  • On April 11, 2011, police in Nassau County discovered dismembered skeletal human remains inside a plastic bag near Jones Beach State Park, nicknamed "Jane Doe No. 3". DNA analysis identified this victim as the mother of "Baby Doe."2 She was found wearing gold jewelry similar to that of "Baby Doe."3
  • In December 2016, Peaches and Jane Doe No. 3 were positively identified as being the same person.4
  • "Jane Doe No. 3 / Peaches":
November 19, 2000
  • The body of a woman is discovered by hikers in the Long Island Pine Barrens in Manorville, off of Halsey Manor Road. She was a white woman in her 30s with brown hair. She had been dead for several weeks before her nude, headless body was found, cut into pieces and stuffed in plastic bags.
  • April 4, 2011, her head, hands and right foot were found in a plastic bag in the vicinity of Ocean Parkway on Gilgo Beach.1
  • On May 22, 2020 police in Long Island announced they had positively identified the “Manorville Jane Doe” and will be releasing her identity.2
  • "Jane Doe No. 6 / Manorville Jane Doe":
November 23, 2000*
  • Hunters found the body of a white or Hispanic man in his 20s with black hair in the woods off the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) near Exit 68 in North Shirley. He was wearing light blue-and-white striped GAP boxer shorts. He had "multiple traumatic injuries including crushed larynx" implying he was strangled.
July 26, 2003
  • A naked and dismembered torso, missing its head and hands, was discovered 45 miles east of Gilgo Beach in Manorville, New York.1 The victim was identified as Jessica Taylor (20), an escort from Washington, D.C. She was last seen days earlier at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.2 Taylor's torso was found atop a pile of scrap wood at the end of a paved access road off of Halsey Manor Road, just north of where it crosses the LIE. Plastic sheeting was found underneath the torso, and a tattoo on her body had been mutilated with a sharp instrument. Medical examiners determined the tattoo was a red heart with an angel wing that said, ‘‘Remy’s angel”.
  • On May 9, 2011, it was reported that the remains of a skull, a pair of hands, and a forearm found on March 29 at Gilgo were matched to Jessica Taylor.3
November 10, 2003*
  • A body was found south of the Long Island Expressway in Manorville. Hunters discovered the body in a wooded area several hundred yards from the expressway. Autopsy results were inconclusive (per the newspaper articles linked blow). The victim was Caucasian, 35 to 50 years old, about 5-foot-6 and had died up to four months earlier.1, 2
  • There is speculation that the body could have been dumped at the same time as Jessica Taylor's body.
  • There is not much information about this, aside from a few newspaper articles. Unable to find pages for this victim at DoeNetwork and NamUs. There was an IdentifyUs page that no longer works. If you find any information please contact me.
    • Newspaper articles: 1, 2
March 3, 2007*
  • A suitcase containing the dismembered torso of an unidentified Hispanic or light-skinned African-American female washed up on a beach at Harbor Island Park, in the town of Mamaroneck. One of her dismembered legs washed up at Cold Spring Harbor on March 21, 2007, and her other leg washed up at Oyster Bay in the village of Cove Neck the following day. The victim was determined to have been stabbed to death.1
  • The victim had a tattoo of two cherries on her left breast, which was similar in appearance to the tattoo found on Peaches. Never identified, the victim is referred to as "Cherries" by investigators. "Cherries" was dismembered in a fashion similar to three other victims: Jessica Taylor, "Peaches", and "Jane Doe No. 6", meaning she may be linked to the other official victims.
  • "Cherries":
July 9, 2007
  • Maureen Brainard-Barnes (25) is last seen in her room at the Super 8 Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Her last known call that night is to her sister, Missy, during which she says she is at Penn Station.
  • Shortly after her disappearance, a friend of Maureen's, Sara Karnes, received a call from a man on an unfamiliar number. The man claimed that he had just seen Maureen and that she was alive and staying at a “whorehouse in Queens”. He refused to identify himself and could not tell Karnes the location of the house. He told Karnes he would call back and give her the address, but he never called again. Karnes said that the man had no discernible New York or Boston accent.1
  • Her body was found in December 2010 located very close to three other victims.2, 3
June 27, 2008*
  • The dismembered remains of Tanya Rush (39) were found in Bellmore on a grassy shoulder of the Southern State Parkway, crammed into a small dark suitcase.1
    • Tanya Rush Websleuths threads: 1, 2
July 12, 2009
  • Melissa Barthelemy (24) was last seen outside her apartment on Underhill Avenue in the Bronx. At some point, the security camera of her local bank recorded her depositing $1,000 into her account, believed to be money she'd received from a date she’d had earlier that night. She withdrew $100 before heading out the door. Her boyfriend/pimp, John "Blaze" Terry, would later say that he knew Melissa had lined up another $1,000 date the next night, somewhere on Long Island. She went by the working name "Chloe."1
  • Shortly afterwards, her sister, Amanda, received 6-7 phone calls from a man using Melissa's cell phone and claiming to be her killer.2. The first calls were on July 16, July 19, and July 23 and the final call was on August 26. The calls were placed from crowded locations in New York City, including Madison Square Garden and Times Square. In one instance, police determined that Barthelemy’s phone had been turned on near Massapequa, Long Island, and that someone had gained access to her voice mail.3
  • Her body was discovered December 11, 2010 beside Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach.4
May 1, 2010*
  • Shannan Maria Gilbert (23) was a New Jersey woman who may have been a victim of the Long Island serial killer. Gilbert had been working as an escort. She left for a client's house (Brewer) in Oak Beach after midnight on May 1, 2010. At 4:51 in the morning, 911 dispatchers received a panicked phone call from Gilbert who can be heard saying that there was someone "after her" and that "they" were trying to kill her. She was last seen a short time later banging on the front door of a nearby Oak Beach residence and screaming for help before running off into the night. Neighbors Gus Coletti and Barbara Brennan are among the last to see her.1
  • On December 13, 2011, Gilbert's remains are found in a marsh, half a mile from where she was last seen.2 In May 2012, the Suffolk County medical examiners ruled that Gilbert accidentally drowned after entering the marsh. They believe that she was in a drug induced panic, and have concluded that her cause of death was "undetermined." Her family believes she was murdered.3
May 3, 2010*
  • Two days after Shannan Gilbert's disappearance, Dr. Peter Hackett, an Oak Beach resident and neighbor of Brewer, called Gilbert's mother, Mari Gilbert. He claimed he was taking care of Gilbert, and that he "ran a home for wayward girls." Three days later, he called the mother again, denying that he had any contact with her daughter.
    • Investigators later confirmed through phone records that Hackett called Mari twice following the disappearance. Telephone records show that calls were placed from Dr. Hackett's cellphone on May 3, 2010 and from his home phone on May 6 to Mari Gilbert's cellphone, and on the latter date from Dr. Hackett's home phone to Shannan's sister Sheree's cellphone.
  • The marshy area where Gilbert's remains were found was also noted as near Hackett's backyard. Gilbert's family filed a wrongful death suit against Hackett in November 2012, claiming that he took Gilbert into his home that morning and administered drugs to her, facilitating her death. Later police revealed that Hackett had a history of inserting himself into, or exaggerating his role in, certain major events. Police also noted that Hackett's wife and two children were home on the night of Gilbert's disappearance. Police later ruled out Hackett as a suspect in the deaths of Gilbert and the LISK victims.1
June 5, 2010
  • Megan Waterman (22) was last seen on June 5, 2010 heading toward a nearby convenience store on foot after leaving the Hauppauge Holiday Inn Express.
  • Her body is discovered on December 13, 2010, along with the bodies of Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Amber Lynn Costello. 1
  • On April 16, 2011, police seized the laptop of Waterman's boyfriend/pimp, Akeem Cruz, to search for records of clients that could lead them to the killer.2 In April, 2012, Cruz pled guilty to federal charges of transporting women across state lines to meet clients for sex.3 In 2013 he was sentenced to three years in prison.4
September 2, 2010
  • Amber Lynn Costello (27) leaves her home in North Babylon to meet a client, never to be seen alive again.
  • Her body is discovered on December 13, 2010, along with the bodies of Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Megan Waterman. 1
December 11, 2010
  • A Suffolk County Police canine unit investigating a missing persons case regarding Shannan Gilbert discover human skeletal remains at Gilgo Beach, three miles west of Robert Moses bridge, at 2:45 p.m. Police discover a full skeleton, wrapped in burlap, in the bramble beside Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach, three miles from Oak Beach.1 The remains are later identified as Melissa Barthelemy (24).
December 13, 2010
  • Near where Melissa Barthelemy (24) was found, police find three more sets of remains, also skeletons wrapped in burlap, later identified as Megan Waterman (22), Maureen Brainard-Barnes (25), and Amber Lynn Costello (27). The bodies are found in the same location, within 500 feet of each of other.1
December 15, 2010
  • The FBI offers up its forensic and investigative services in the case. Police seize a white SUV from the client's Oak Beach residence as part of the investigation.1
December 16, 2010
  • Suffolk County Medical Examiner reports the remains are all female victims and that Gilbert is not one of the four female bodies discovered. The ME's office holds a press event to explain forensic investigation approach.
December 17, 2010
  • Police hold a press conference to provide an update of the investigation, stating they had completed a comprehensive search of the beach area in both Nassau and Suffolk along Ocean Parkway.
January 19, 2011
  • Police identify one victim as Megan Waterman (22), a woman from Maine reported missing in June 2010 from Hauppauge, NY. Remaining three victim identities still unknown.
January 24-25?, 2011
  • Police reveal identities of three remaining victims, and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota declares the victims are the work of a serial killer.1 He also reveals all four worked as escorts using Craigslist ads. Police say the women were killed at different times, possibly a year apart in one case, and disposed of at different times.
  • Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer says beach search would resume once weather conditions improve in spring.
March 29, 2011
  • Police search teams return to Gilgo Beach to resume search for Shannan Gilbert.
March 30 2011
  • Police confirm discovery of more possible human remains at a site east of the original search location. Police find a skull, hands, and forearm, later verified to be additional remains of Jessica Taylor, the woman whose torso was found in Manorville in 2003. Other human remains are also found along Ocean Parkway, three quarters of a mile east of where the first four bodies were discovered.
March 31, 2011
  • Police rule out that the fifth set of remains discovered a mile east of the first four sets are not those of Shannan Gilbert (24), the missing New Jersey woman.
April 4, 2011
  • Police find three more sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway between Oak Beach and Gilgo Beach, bringing the body count to eight. An unidentified Asian male dressed in women’s clothing; the skull, hands, and foot of the first Manorville Jane Doe (discovered in 2000); and an unidentified girl between sixteen and thirty-two months old described as "Baby Doe".
  • Police later released a sketch of the Asian male. The cause of death was blunt-force trauma.1 He likely been working as an escort and was wearing women's clothing at the time of his death. He was between 17 and 23 years of age, 5' 6" in height, and missing four teeth. He had been dead for between 5 and 10 years. He had some kind of musculoskeletal disorder which would have affected his gait.2
  • DNA analysis identified Baby Doe to be the child of "Jane Doe No. 3 / Peaches."3
April 5, 2011
  • Police say Shannan Gilbert (24), the woman last seen in Oak Beach on May 1, 2010 is not one of the three bodies discovered on April 4.
April 11, 2011
  • Police uncover two more sets of remains in two separate locations.
  • The first discovery: female bones and jewelry found near the Jones Beach water tower. Described as "Jane Doe No. 3". DNA testing determines this is the same victim as Peaches and that she is the mother of the child (Baby Doe) found the week prior along Ocean Parkway.
  • The second: a skull discovered west of Tobay Beach in Nassau County is later determined to be that of the Jane Doe No. 7 torso found in 1996 on Fire Island.1, 2
May 9, 2011
  • In light of the six latest discoveries, Spota revises his theory of the case, announcing “There is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer.”
May 17, 2011
  • The New York Post reported that Long Island police were revisiting other similar unsolved murders of prostitutes. Named in the article was Tanya Rush (39), a mother of three from Brooklyn whose dismembered body was found on June 27, 2008.
November 29, 2011
  • Commissioner Dormer revises the case theory yet again, announcing he believes a single serial killer is to blame for all ten victims, and that Shannan’s disappearance is a separate case, perhaps not even a murder.
December 13, 2011
  • Shannan Gilbert’s remains are found on the far side of the Oak Beach marsh, a quarter mile from where her belongings were found five days earlier. Before an autopsy is performed, Commissioner Dormer refers to her death as an accident.
December 14, 2011*
  • James Bisset (48), a wealthy Long Island businessman, killed himself in his car in a parking lot.1
  • Bissett co-owned the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and the nearby Hyatt Hotel. He also owned Bissett Nursery in Holtsville, a large wholesale company, with his family and Treasure Cove Resort Marina in Riverhead.
December 15, 2011
  • District Attorney Spota decries Commissioner Dormer’s single-killer theory. The same day, County Executive—elect Steve Bellone names Dormer’s replacement as police commissioner, effective January 1.
January 3, 2012
  • Suffolk County Interim Commissioner Edward Webber announces “There’s no fixed theories at the moment” about the Gilbert case or any of the Ocean Parkway cases.
February 17, 2012*
  • Skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area off North Street, west of Wading River Road. The body was wrapped in bed sheets, a plastic bag, and duct tape. Police determined the victim was a male and estimate the body had been there at least five years.1, 2
March 21, 2012*
  • A female body was discovered in a heavily wooded area of Manorville Hills County Park about 100 yards off the nearest dirt road. The body had been in a wooded area for "at least a week." Police stated the case was being treated as a homicide, but declined to describe any obvious wounds found on the body.1, 2
May 1, 2012
  • Shannan’s autopsy results are shared with her family. The cause of death is “undetermined.”1
November 15, 2012
  • A lawsuit was filed by her mother, Mari Gilbert, against the Suffolk County Police Department in the hopes of getting more answers about what happened to her daughter the night she went missing.1
December 12, 2012*
  • Christopher Loeb stole a bag from Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke’s SUV. While Loeb was in police custody he was threatened and assaulted by Burke, who allegedly coerced police who witnessed the incident to lie to federal investigators about what they saw. The bag contained Burke’s gun belt, ammunition, sex toys, pornography, and other items.1 According to Loeb the pornography was snuff films depicting a woman being tortured.2
  • James Burke pleaded guilty in February 2016 to conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and violating the victim’s civil rights. In November 2016 he was sentenced to 46 months.3, 4
  • On January 31, 2017, Suffolk County agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle the federal lawsuit brought by Christopher Loeb.5
January 23, 2013*
  • The remains of a woman were discovered intentionally buried in a small piece of brush in a sandy area along the shore at the end of Sheep Lane in Lattingtown, near Oyster Bay. The remains are believed to be of a woman between the ages of 20 and 30, possibly Asian. She was wearing a 22-karat gold pig pendant, which may be a reference in some Asian cultures to "The Year of the Pig." There was trauma caused to her bones. Investigators believe she was buried before Hurricane Sandy in late 2012.
  • Asian Jane Doe:
March 16, 2013*
  • Natasha Jugo (31) was last seen leaving her home near Alley Pond Park, Queens. Her car was found along Ocean Parkway and some of her clothes and belongings were found in the sand near Gilgo Beach the following day. Jugo was described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black robe, pink pajamas, gray hooded sweatshirt, black coat, and black boots. Jugo's family said that she had "a history of problems in which she thought people were following her". Police are unsure whether the case is connected to the LISK victims."1, 2
June 24, 2013*
  • Natasha Jugo's body was discovered washed up on Gilgo Beach.1
September 2014
  • Due to the controversy about Shannan Gilbert's death, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden agreed to conduct an independent autopsy of her remains in hopes of determining a clear cause of death.1
  • Upon examination of Gilbert's remains, Baden found damage to her hyoid bone, suggesting that strangulation may have occurred. Baden also noted that her body was found face-up, which is not common for drowning victims. Despite this, her death is still officially listed by police as an accident.2
December 10, 2015
  • Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini announced that the FBI had officially joined the investigation. The day before, former Police Commissioner James Burke, who resigned in October, had been indicted for alleged police brutality and other issues. He was said to have blocked FBI involvement in the LISK cases for years.1
  • A spokesperson for the FBI confirmed their official involvement. The FBI had previously assisted in the search for victims, but was never officially part of the investigation.2
July 23, 2016
  • Shannan Gilbert’s mother, Mari Gilbert, was murdered in her home in Ellenville, New York. Later that day, her younger daughter, Sarra Elizabeth Gilbert, was arrested and charged with the stabbing death of her mother.1
December 15, 2016
  • An escort comes forward and claims that James Burke, the disgraced ex-Suffolk police chief, is linked to prostitution on Oak Beach. She gave a press conference with John Ray, the attorney for the family of Shannan Gilbert.
    • See the video here.
September 12, 2017*
  • Suffolk County prosecutor Robert Biancavilla announced that John Bittrolff, a carpenter from Manorville, Long Island, was a suspect in at least one of the LISK murders. Bittrolff was convicted in May 2017 and sentenced in September in the homicides of two escorts in 1993 and 1994. He had been linked to the 1990s murders by DNA. He is suspected in a third murder.1, 2
  • The grown daughter of Rita Tangredi, one of Bittrolff's known victims, was reported to be "best friends" with Melissa Barthelemy, one of the Gilgo Beach victims. Barthelemy's mother said that her daughter "had a lot of calls to Manorville from her phone" before her death.3, 4
January 2019
  • State Senator Phil Boyle Boyle introduced a bill in the State Senate to encourage the Commission on Forensic Science to explore use of genetic genealogy. The commission discussed the issue and that of DNA phenotyping at its June 7 meeting.1
November 15, 2019*
  • A 54-year-old Long Island man, Andrey Frey, was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two sex workers on separate occasions and then traffic them for his own financial gain. He was charged with multiple counts of attempted sex trafficking and attempted kidnapping.
  • In both cases, one in July 2019, the other in October 2018, the women escaped by jumping out of his moving vehicle. Handcuffs, knives, guns, rope, zip-ties and manuals on knot-tying were recovered in a search of his home and vehicle. He also has a history of violence against sex workers.1, 2, 3
  • Federal investigators were examining whether Mr. Frey had any connection to the Gilgo Beach murders.
    • Relevant reddit thread: 1
January 16, 2020
  • Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart released images of a belt found at the crime scene with the letters "HM" or "WH" (depending on which way the belt was looked at) embossed in the black leather. The belt was found during the initial investigation near Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach. Police believe the belt was handled by the perpetrator and did not belong to any of the victims.
  • Hart stated that forensic genealogy was being used to help identify other victims, but would not comment on other DNA or forensic questions.
  • A website was announced, GilgoNews.com, enabling the police to share news and receive tips regarding the investigation.
    • Watch the press conference here.
  • Attorney John Ray, who represents the family of Shannon Gilbert, also gave a press conference urging LE to release her 911 call.
    • Watch the video here.
May 6, 2020
  • A judge overturned the appeal of the Suffolk County Police Department and ordered them to release the long-sealed 911 recording of a call made by Shannan Gilbert the night she died.1
  • Shannan Gilbert estate attorney John Ray says he has heard the 911 tapes and calls them 'extremely valuable'.2
May 22, 2020
  • The Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement they had positively identified the “Manorville Jane Doe,” also referred to as “Jane Doe #6," whose remains were located in Manorville in 2000 and Gilgo Beach in 2011. They have not yet released her identity.1
More links:
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2020.05.23 05:54 2_lazy In Sept 2019 Tylee Ryan (age 17) and J.J. Vallow (age 7) Disappeared. A case surrounded by suspicious deaths.

This is a very convoluted case with many victims and connections. The majority of relevant events seem to occurring within a single extended family. As a result I have drafted a rudimentary family tree in the software Gramps showing relationships of those involved, which you can refer to throughout this post: https://i.imgur.com/sLPBPZA.png

Brief Overview:

The last known siting of Tylee Ryan occurred on Sept. 8, 2019 at Yellowstone National Park, and the last known siting of JJ Vallow occurred on Sept. 23, 2019 at Kennedy Elementary School. His adoptive mother Lori called authorities to let them know she was going to homeschool J.J. On Nov. 26, 2019 Kay Vallow Woodcock (J.J.'s bio grandmother) requests a welfare check for J.J. Lori tells police the children are in Arizona with relatives, a lie. After more lies and refusing to cooperate with police Lori Vallow was arrested on Feb. 20, 2020 for felony desertion of a child, resisting and obstructing an officer, and solicitation of a crime and contempt.
Mysterious deaths surrounding the case:

Full Timeline (modified/edited/added to/compacted by myself from the one by the Post Register)

link to the original Post Register Timeline:

Relevant persons in this case:

Lori Cox Vallow Daybell: Age 46, wife of Chad
Chad Daybell: Age 51, husband of Lori
Tylee Ryan: Age 17, daughter of Lori and Joseph Anthony Ryan; remains missing
Joshua Jaxon "J.J." Vallow: Age 7, adopted son of Lori and Charles Vallow, biological Grandson of Charles' sister Kay Vallow Woodcock, diagnosed with lvl 2 autism. He is said to have an amazing memory and reads at an advanced level for his age; remains missing
Alexander (Alex) Cox: Brother of Lori
William Lagioia: Second husband of Lori, father of Colby Lagioia-Ryan, who is the biological half brother of Tylee and adoptive brother of J.J.
Joseph Ryan: Third husband of Lori, father of Tylee
Charles Vallow: Fourth husband of Lori, adoptive father of J.J.
Melani Boudreaux: Lori’s niece whose ex-husband said radically changed after beginning to follow Lori's religious beliefs
Brandon Boudreaux: Melani’s ex-husband
Ian Pawlowski: Melani's current husband
Tammy/Tamara Daybell (nee Douglas): Age 49, Chad Daybell's first wife
Timeline of events:
Vallow says Lori cancelled his return flight home from Texas where he was on a business trip. When he managed to fly back he found his truck and house keys gone, his bank account emptied of $35,000, the house locked, and no answer from Lori. He tells officers he hasn't been able to see JJ or Tylee, and that Lori last told him that she got rid of all his stuff from their home and that he was not to come to the house. He doesn't want to enter the house alone and wanted the police to be with him. When he enters the house he finds all his clothing and other belongings are gone. I highly recommend watching the video, as it shows Vallow saying Lori threatened to murder him, describing some of her strange religious beliefs including her thinking she was a god, and her not caring what happens to her children.
Chad Daybell texts filmmaker Devin K. Hansen “Thanks so much” regarding a project to turn one of his books into a film, Hansen told Fox 13 Salt Lake City. This is the last time Hansen would hear from Chad; all subsequent texts from Hansen to Chad go unanswered. Up until this point, Chad seemed invested in the project and had traveled to Utah to meet with Hansen about it. The project has since been cancelled.
Around this date, Melani tells Brandon that she is moving to Boise, according to The Arizona Republic.

Relevant Facebook Posts from family members

Brandon Boudreaux Posted on Dec. 21, 2019:
On October 2nd on my way home from the gym someone sat outside my home and shot a gun at me they hit my vehicle and missed my head by inches. I have reason to believe that this was related to all of the following events. I will only share things in this post that are public information please don't ask for more. Please also understand I know firsthand how scary these people can be. And by sharing I realize it can make us a target. As someone who has spent the last two months in hiding to protect my kids I don't take this lightly. But I want to be a person who stands and fights for truth and justice I have thought a lot about it and I have to share this. I can no longer sit by when by sharing I might help someone who knows something to come forward.
Ok This story is about my wife's cousin Joshua Jaxon (JJ) Vallow. Born in Lake Charles, LA. My wife's aunt and uncle Charles vallow and his wife Lori adopted him in 2013.
He’s a beautiful, intelligent 7 y/o with the biggest heart, most beautiful smile & has life challenges of a level 2 boy on the Autism spectrum. Early intervention allowed him to flourish beyond all expectations. Lori was a wonderful, loving, attentive mother. Things started changing over the past 18+ months when Lori began spending all her time with a new religious group, that we refer to as a “cult.”
She eventually deserted charles & JJ for 2.5 months early this year. Charles did his best to save the marriage, of which she had no interest. My wife at this time melani began spending a lot of time with this group, at the end of june she demanded a divorce claiming revelation about things that were not real and there was no evidence given just a claim of being told by the savior. On July 11, 2019 in Chandler, AZ, Charles went to Lori’s home (which he paid for) to get JJ & take to school. She and her brother Alex were there. Alex shot Charles twice in the chest killing him, claiming self-defense. 4 people were there that day. Lori, Alex and these 2 missing children. Alex mysteriously passed away on 12/12 & these two children haven't been seen since September 23rd. Worse still, Lori already remarried and the wife of her new husband Chad Daybell, mysteriously died on October 19th, in Rexburg, ID. I'm posting this and articles related to the case begging anyone who believes in justice to please share my post. Help us shed light on this. Someone out there knows something but doesn't know how all the pieces fit together. Help me connect them with the police so we can bring justice to charles and the other victims. Please join us in prayer and fasting that we find JJ & Tylee alive. Please like and share this to help bring the truth to authorities. Please feel free to dm me with questions about the provided links.
Kay Woodcock posted on March 28, 2020:
Today, my heart is extremely heavy. (heavier than normal these days)
One year ago yesterday, JJ was here in Lake Charles with Larry J. Woodcock & I was in Gilbert, AZ helping Charles pack for move to Houston. After being gone for 58 days, Loco (Lori) strutted in, hands on hips, & began to blame Charles for HER being gone so long, for cutting off her & her family’s phones, for keeping JJ from her, for her having to move, etc... It was ridiculous!! I knew the REAL situation bc I was with him & JJ for most of her absence. Charles offered to fly her to Houston that Sunday (in 3 days) to see JJ since it had been so long. She “committed to helping a friend in Kauai” so she couldn’t, then promised upon her return to the mainland in a “week or two” she would go to Houston. ((What mother would do this?)). Thankfully, this visit didn’t derail him & proceeded with the move. After short time in Houston his heart won over logic, allowing her back in their lives. It just so happened he was due a huge commission check at the same time. Oh my!! How obvious was that!! Yet Charles still had hopes of reconciliation. A short 4 months later... you know the story. For those who don’t, She & Alex ambushed & murdered him, acting like it was just another day. It changed my life, my family, and our friends lives forever. The void his loss created within my heart will never be filled. I miss my brother VERY much every single day. He was a good man who treated her with utmost respect & love. She didn’t deserve him. After his death, JJ must’ve felt incredibly lost, unloved & missed his dad terribly. His combative & unruly demeanor, as exhibited in the doorbell cam vid (Garna Mejia posted) personifies his inability to cope with his world being turned upside down by his mothers hand. Loco was obviously treating him as her “nieces drug baby.” Meaning she had emotionally removed herself as his once devoted, loving & protective mom. I think her referral to him in that way, was an example of her mustering the courage to “off” Tylee & then him. I PRAY I’m wrong, as we’ve NOT seen proof yet. However the longer she’s in jail, not talking causes us to lose hope with each passing day. We WON’T give up hope until we know differently. If loco has done something to him, it’s comforting to know he’s in heaven holding his Dad’s hand & they will be happy together forever. All she had to do was call us to pick him up. Period!!! She knew we’d have been there in record time!!! She knew we wanted him!!! SHE KNEW !!! Time will tell just how selfish she is.
For now, we continue to wait, wait, wait..... plz keep JJ & Tylee in your prayers.
WHERE ARE THE KIDS??? WHERE IS TYLEE ?!? WHERE IS JJ !?!

Links for more reading

Final Thoughts

So what do you think the connection between the deaths are? Do you think the children are OK? It seems Lori almost certainly had something to do with their disappearance, why do you think she would want them gone?
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Over the years from Points of Power all the way to the Big Screen /Movies and every perch between our History and present day has tried to warn us about The Bad Players working to ruin our country and ultimately the world . Finallllly one has come to Demannnnd Change and Finally We R Listening . This is just a few people that tried to warn us ...
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https://youtu.be/GmMAWtSn1DU
Kennedy :The Speech That Got Him Killed (Organized Secret Societies )
1) https://youtu.be/y8HTr-F-FVM
Reagan : Warning About The Liberal Swamp Trickery
1) https://youtu.be/P3hY1eagq88
Trilateral Commission (One World Gov Warning/TV SHOW 1981)
1) https://youtu.be/UL8d-AYRTRw
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THE CFR (Loyal Members Put In Place )
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Journey Down The Rabbit Hole

1) https://thenarrowgateweb.com/2017/03/01/35-butterflies-and-rabbit-holes/
RED PILL OR BLUE PILL :
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HISTORY LESSON
13 Orginal Bloodlines
Main Objective 1st to understand whats going on . This is wayyyyyy bigger than the U.S ..this is wayyyy bigger than Q and Just Trump and a memo/memos . We need to do them good by Investigating the Shittt out the orginal people who Made all this possible because they formed The Real Secret Societies and through those societies they formed the most twisted framework to kill off like 80 or more % of the world population and all these puppets are either Decendents of the Members of these secret societies or extremely well connected ,trusted advacates of it.
Start at the Illluminati ,New World Order 13 wealthiest families in the world and branch out from there, and where each child and relative is currently working and what they do or are known for.
At the base of each of these families there is some form of Cult worship.. so at each core you can be assured there is most likely going to be some form of Human Trafficking either openly Involved or hidden behind companies they are connected to . These companies will be most likely the ones seized in Trumps E.O of Human Abuse that he signed .
These families are scattered all over the world and each company they invest in or possibly own should be investigated to the fullest for Bribery,Laundering ,Trafficking of Drugs and Humans of All kinds and sizes.
Start Here :
Astor Family
They represent some of the wealthiest people in recent history, with their name stretching back to the 1720s. Their power and wealth are reflected in the numerous important landmarks in the New York area named after them.
Notable family members include many generations of John Jacob Astor, including one who perished on the Titanic. Q (Nov 12th ) Who died on the Titanic ?John Astor III He and 2 other wealthy men who opposed JP Morgans idea to create the Federal Reserve..Their deaths was very suspitious . Apparently 1 year after it sunk ..The Federal Reserve was Formed .
FACT: The Astor Family was one of the richest families in the world and John Astor III opposed the Federal Reserve. John Jacob Astor IV, the richest man in the world at the time, a friend of Nikola Tesla, and an outspoken opponent of the creation of the Federal Reserve.
Astor gained his wealth, in part, as a real estate builder, investor, and inventor. The Bundy family has extensive ties to American politics and government, with several prominent members involved in the Skull and Bones fraternity. Harvey Hollister Bundy and his two sons, William and McGeorge, all had key roles in hugely important Illuminati fronts and projects.
These include the Manhattan Project, the CIA, matters of national security, private law, and the (Illuminati-founded) Council on Foreign Relations. Collins Family
This is one of the more secretive families of the Illuminati bloodline. Little is known about their genealogy or history, but it’s suspected that they wield enormous power within the Cabal, with extensive connections to New England Satanists, meaning they are key to the Cabal’s Satanic rituals and worship.
Possible members include astronaut Michael Collins and actress Joan Collins. Dupont Family One of the key families of American industry, the DuPont (or Dupont, or Du Pont) family traces its lineage back to Paris in the mid 1700s.
They have massive industrial, real estate, and commercial holdings in the east, particularly in Delaware.
Many members also have connections to Freemasonry and various Illuminati front groups like the Bilderbergs and the Trilateral Commission.
Freeman Family
Freeman is another one of the more mysterious and shadowy Illuminati bloodlines. Speculation is that they’re heavily involved in the Priory of Sion, a French fraternal organization with a mysterious (and probably made up) history. There also numerous Freeman’s involved in the Self Help movement, an offshoot of New Age, which is heavily in the pockets of Satanists.
Kennedy Family
An American political dynasty stretching back generations, the Kennedy name carries with it wealth, power, and privilege. Several held key positions of power in the government, including John F. Kennedy,
They also have a history of getting on the wrong side of the Illuminati. Several of Joseph Kennedy’s children, Joseph Jr., John, and Robert, all met tragic ends under mysterious circumstances.
Their power has waned slightly in recent years, but they’re still said to hold enormous influence in the Cabal.
Li Family
Li is one of the most common last names in China, so it’s hard to find reliable information about this particular bloodline. But it’s thought that China will play a major role in the coming Illuminati New World Order takeover, using its vast population as shock troops, and cashing in the debt the country holds from the U.S. Specifically, Li Peng was a key prime minister in the Westernization of China, and other Li’s in China and Hong Kong hold vast fortunes in real estate and manufacturing.
Onassis Family
The lords of Greek shipping, Onassis represents a key European link to the ancient Illuminati rites. Onassis vessels are hugely important in the transit of cargo around the world, giving the Illuminati power over what goes where and when. Top Onassis members, relatives of family patriarch (and Jackie Kennedy’s second husband) Aristotle Onassis, hold key positions in many Illuminati front groups.
They also have connections to other wealthy families and are said to be influential Satanists.
Reynalds Family Another of the more secretive Illuminati families, the Reynolds line has massive holdings in tobacco through the RJ Reynolds Company, addicting millions of Americans to powerful drugs, with the government allowing them to operate freely.
As American royalty, the Reynolds family has numerous high-ranking Freemason members, many philanthropic connections (with all money allegedly given to Illuminati front groups), as well as links to the Occult and Satanism.
Rockefeller Family
One of the most powerful families in the world, the Rockefellers have extreme wealth and power. Beyond their holdings in real estate and industry, as well as their political connections, the Rockefellers have given large amounts of money to religious organizations, which are alleged by Illuminati watchers to actually be training grounds for Satanists.
They were also instrumental in forming key Illuminati front groups like the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rothschild Family When you research Illuminati conspiracies, one name continues to come up over and over: Rothschild. The sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild established family banks in five key European countries, where they are said to have amassed enormous wealth by starting wars and selling weapons to both sides. It’s alleged that even now, Rothschild-controlled politicians make their decisions based on what’s good for the family, not the people.
Russell Family Christian restorationist minister Charles T. Russell played a key role in founding the “Bible Student” movement, from which numerous religious groups emerged, chiefly the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s thought by Illuminati watchers that these groups are actually fronts for Satanism, funneling members to be used as Illuminati cannon fodder. Other Russells have held leadership positions in Skull and Bones, the Masons, and the U.S. Government.
Van Duyn Family One of the least well known Illuminati bloodlines, this family has connections to the founding of New York City as well as being one of the many prominent Dutch families in early America. They are said to have links to the fabric of the U.S. government, the wealth and power of Western Europe, and black ops mind control projects carried out in extreme secrecy.
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Current Day : THE SUM OF ALL FEARS
SUM OF ALL FEARS : BOOM
The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American spy thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The film, which is set in the Jack Ryan film series, is a reboot taking place in 2002.
Jack Ryan is portrayed as a younger character by Ben Affleck, in comparison to The Hunt for Red October starring Alec Baldwin, along with the film's subsequent sequels, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, both of which starred Harrison Ford.
PLOT :
The film is about a plot by an Austrian Neo-Nazi to trigger a nuclear war between the United States and Russia, so that he can establish a fascist superstate in Europe.
After the Neo-Nazi's scientists build a secret nuclear weapon that destroys Baltimore and a rogue Russian officer paid off by the Neo-Nazi attacks a U.S. aircraft carrier, the world's superpowers are pushed close to the brink of all-out war.
CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Affleck) is the only person who realizes that the Baltimore bomb was a black market weapon, not a Russian one. With the clock ticking, Ryan has to find a way to stop the impending nuclear war.
Ryan learns from the radiation assessment team that the isotopic signature from the nuclear blast pinpoints it as having been manufactured at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina in 1968; evidence which seems to exonerate the Russians. In Syria, Clark tracks down Ghazi, one of the men who found the bomb, now dying of radiation exposure.
He tells Clark that he sold the bomb to Olson, who lives in Damascus. Ryan's colleagues at Langley infiltrate Olson's computer and download files that implicate Dressler as the person who bought the plutonium and who is behind the Baltimore attack.
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Nemerov agrees to do so as President Fowler follows suit. The participants in the conspiracy, including Dressler, are assassinated.
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2020.05.11 16:40 Soccervox What a USL D1 league might look like

TL;DR: Man with too much time on his hands goes deep down the rabbit hole on a concept this sub already didn’t seem that enthusiastic about. If you really want to skip ahead, CTRL+F “verdict” and it’ll get you there.
Two days ago, u/MrPhillyj2wns made a post asking whether USL should launch a D1 league in order to compete in Concacaf. From the top voted replies, it appears this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
But I’ve been at home for eight weeks and I am terribly, terribly bored.
So, I present to you this overview of what the USL pyramid might look like if Jake Edwards got a head of steam and attempted to establish a USSF-sanctioned first division. This is by no means an endorsement of such a proposal or even a suggestion that USL SHOULD do such a thing. It is merely an examination of whether they COULD.
Welcome to the Thunderdome USL Premiership
First, there are some base-level assumptions we must make in this exercise, because it makes me feel more scientific and not like a guy who wrote this on Sunday while watching the Belarusian Premier League (Go BATE Borisov!).
  1. All D1 teams must comply with known USSF requirements for D1 leagues (more on that later).
  2. MLS, not liking this move, will immediately remove all directly-owned affiliate clubs from the USL structure (this does not include hybrid ownerships, like San Antonio FC – NYCFC). This removes all MLS2 teams but will not affect Colorado Springs, Reno, RGVFC and San Antonio.
  3. The USL will attempt to maintain both the USL Championship and USL League One, with an eventual mind toward creating the pro/rel paradise that is promised in Relegations 3:16.
  4. All of my research regarding facility size and ownership net worth is correct – this is probably the biggest leap of faith we have to make, since googling “NAME net worth” and “CITY richest people” doesn’t seem guaranteed to return accurate results.
  5. The most a club can increase its available seating capacity to meet D1 requirements in a current stadium is no more than 1,500 seats (10% of the required 15,000). If they need to add more, they’ll need a new facility.
  6. Let’s pretend that people are VERY willing to sell. It’s commonly acknowledged that the USL is a more financially feasible route to owning a soccer club than in MLS (c.f. MLS-Charlotte’s reported $325 million expansion fee) and the USSF has some very strict requirements for D1 sanctioning. It becomes pretty apparent when googling a lot of team’s owners that this requirement isn’t met, so let’s assume everyone that can’t sells to people who meet the requirements.
(Known) USSF D1 league requirements:
- League must have 12 teams to apply and 14 teams by year three
- Majority owner must have a net worth of $40 million, and the ownership group must have a total net worth of $70 million. The value of an owned stadium is not considered when calculating this value.
- Must have teams located in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones
- 75% of league’s teams must be based in markets with at a metro population of at least 1 million people.
- All league stadiums must have a capacity of at least 15,000
The ideal club candidate for the USL Premiership will meet the population and capacity requirements in its current ground, which will have a grass playing surface. Of the USL Championship’s 27 independent/hybrid affiliate clubs, I did not find one club that meets all these criteria as they currently stand.
Regarding turf fields, the USSF does not have a formal policy regarding the ideal playing surface but it is generally acknowledged that grass is superior to turf. 6 of 26 MLS stadiums utilize turf, or roughly 23% of stadiums. We’ll hold a similar restriction for our top flight, so 2-3 of our top flight clubs can have turf fields. Seem fair?
Capacity is going to be the biggest issue, since the disparity between current requirements for the second-tier (5,000) and the first tier (15,000) is a pretty massive gap. Nice club you have there, triple your capacity and you’re onto something. As a result, I have taken the liberty of relocating certain (read: nearly all) clubs to new grounds, trying my utmost to keep those clubs in their current markets and –importantly--, ensure they play on grass surfaces.
So, let’s do a case-by-case evaluation and see if we can put together 12-14 teams that meet the potential requirements, because what else do you have to do?
For each club’s breakdown, anything that represents a chance from what is currently true will be underlined.
Candidate: Birmingham Legion FC
Location (Metro population): Birmingham, Ala. (1,151,801)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Legion Field (FieldTurf, 71,594)
Potential owner: Stephens Family (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Birmingham has a pretty strong candidacy. Having ditched the 5,000-seater BBVA Field for Legion Field, which sits 2.4 miles away, they’ve tapped into the city’s soccer history. Legion Field hosted portions of both the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 1996 Olympics, including a 3-1 U.S. loss to Argentina that saw 83,183 pack the house. The Harbert family seemed like strong ownership contenders, but since the death of matriarch Marguerite Harbert in 2015, it’s unclear where the wealth in the family is concentrated, so the Stephens seem like a better candidate. The only real knock that I can think of is that we really want to avoid having clubs play on turf, so I’d say they’re on the bubble of our platonic ideal USL Prem.
Candidate: Charleston Battery
Location (Metro population): Charleston, S.C. (713,000)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Johnson Hagood Stadium (Grass, ~14,700)
Potential owner: Anita Zucker (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Charleston’s candidacy isn’t looking great. Already disadvantaged due to its undersized metro population, a move across the Cooper River to Johnson Hagood Stadium is cutting it close in terms of capacity. The stadium, home to The Citadel’s football team, used to seat 21,000, before 9,300 seats on the eastern grandstand were torn down in 2017 to deal with lead paint that had been used in their construction. Renovation plans include adding 3,000 seats back in, which could hit 15,000 if they bumped it to 3,300, but throw in a required sale by HCFC, LLC (led by content-creation platform founder Rob Salvatore) to chemical magnate Anita Zucker, and you’ll see there’s a lot of ifs and ands in this proposal.
Candidate: Charlotte Independence
Location (Metro population): Charlotte, N.C. (2,569, 213)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Jerry Richardson Stadium (Turf, 15,314)
Potential owner: James Goodnight (reported net worth $9.1 billion)
Notes: Charlotte ticks a lot of the boxes. A move from the Sportsplex at Matthews to UNC-Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson stadium meets capacity requirements, but puts them on to the dreaded turf. Regrettably, nearby American Legion Memorial Stadium only seats 10,500, despite a grass playing surface. With a sizeable metro population (sixth-largest in the USL Championship) and a possible owner in software billionaire James Goodnight, you’ve got some options here. The biggest problem likely lies in direct competition for market share against a much better-funded MLS Charlotte side due to join the league in 2021.
Candidate: Hartford Athletic
Location (Metro population): Hartford, Conn. (1,214,295)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Pratt & Whitney Stadium (Grass, 38,066)
Potential owner: Ray Dalio (reported net worth $18.4 billion)
Notes: Okay, I cheated a bit here, having to relocate Hartford to Pratt & Whitney Stadium, which is technically in East Hartford, Conn. I don’t know enough about the area to know if there’s some kind of massive beef between the two cities, but the club has history there, having played seven games in 2019 while Dillon Stadium underwent renovations. If the group of local businessmen that currently own the club manage to attract Dalio to the table, we’re on to something.
Candidate: Indy Eleven
Location (Metro population): Indianapolis, Ind. (2,048,703)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lucas Oil Stadium (Turf, 62,421)
Potential owner: Jim Irsay (reported net worth of $3 billion)
Notes: Indy Eleven are a club that are SO CLOSE to being an ideal candidate – if it weren’t for Lucas Oil Stadium’s turf playing surface. Still, there’s a lot to like in this bid. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what current owner and founder Ersal Ozdemir is worth, but it seems like there might be cause for concern. A sale to Irsay, who also owns the NFL Indianapolis (nee Baltimore) Colts, seems likely to keep the franchise there, rather than make a half-mile move to 14,230 capacity Victory Field where the AAA Indianapolis Indians play and expand from there.
Candidate: Louisville City FC
Location (Metro population): Louisville, Ky. (1,297,310)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lynn Family Stadium (Grass, 14,000, possibly expandable to 20,000)
Potential owner: Wayne Hughes (reported net worth $2.8 billion)
Notes: I’m stretching things a bit here. Lynn Family stadium is currently listed as having 11,700 capacity that’s expandable to 14,000, but they’ve said that the ground could hold as many as 20,000 with additional construction, which might be enough to grant them a temporary waiver from USSF. If the stadium is a no-go, then there’s always Cardinal Stadium, home to the University of Louisville’s football team, which seats 65,000 but is turf. Either way, it seems like a sale to someone like Public Storage founder Wayne Hughes will be necessary to ensure the club has enough capital.
Candidate: Memphis 901 FC
Location (Metro population): Memphis, Tenn. (1,348,260)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Liberty Bowl Stadium (Turf, 58,325)
Potential owner: Fred Smith (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Unfortunately for Memphis, AutoZone Park’s 10,000 seats won’t cut it at the D1 level. With its urban location, it would likely prove tough to renovate, as well. Liberty Bowl Stadium more than meets the need, but will involve the use of the dreaded turf. As far as an owner goes, FedEx founder Fred Smith seems like a good local option.
Candidate: Miami FC, “The”
Location (Metro population): Miami, Fla. (6,158,824)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Riccardo Silva Stadium (FieldTurf, 20,000)
Potential owner: Riccardo Silva (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: Well, well, well, Silva might get his wish for top-flight soccer, after all. He’s got the money, he’s got the metro, and his ground has the capacity. There is the nagging issue of the turf, though. Hard Rock Stadium might present a solution, including a capacity of 64,767 and a grass playing surface. It is worth noting, however, that this is the first profile where I didn’t have to find a new potential owner for a club.
Candidate: North Carolina FC
Location (Metro population): Durham, N.C. (1,214,516 in The Triangle)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Carter-Finley Stadium (Grass/Turf, 57,583)
Potential owner: Steve Malik (precise net worth unknown) / Dennis Gillings (reported net worth of $1.7 billion)
Notes: We have our first “relocation” in North Carolina FC, who were forced to trade Cary’s 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park for Carter-Finley Stadium in Durham, home of the NC State Wolfpack and 57,583 of their closest friends. The move is a whopping 3.1 miles, thanks to the close-knit hub that exists between Cary, Durham and Raleigh. Carter-Finley might be my favorite of the stadium moves in this exercise. The field is grass, but the sidelines are artificial turf. Weird, right? Either way, it was good enough for Juventus to play a friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara there in 2011. Maybe the move would be pushed for by new owner and medical magnate Dennis Gillings, whose British roots might inspire him to get involved in the Beautiful Game. Straight up, though, I couldn’t find a net worth for current owner Steve Malik, though he did sell his company MedFusion for $91 million in 2010, then bought it back for an undisclosed amount and sold it again for $43 million last November. I don’t know if Malik has the juice to meet D1 requirements, but I suspect he’s close.
Candidate: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Location (Metro population): Pittsburgh, Penn. (2,362,453)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Heinz Field (Grass, 64,450)
Potential owner: Henry Hillman (reported net worth $2.5 billion)
Notes: I don’t know a ton about the Riverhounds, but this move in particular feels like depriving a pretty blue-collar club from its roots. Highmark Stadium is a no-go from a seating perspective, but the Steelers’ home stadium at Heinz Field would more than meet the requirements and have a grass surface that was large enough to be sanctioned for a FIFA friendly between the U.S. WNT and Costa Rica in 2015. As for an owner, Tuffy Shallenberger (first ballot owner name HOF) doesn’t seem to fit the USSF bill, but legendary Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Hillman might. I’m sure you’re asking, why not the Rooney Family, if they’ll play at Heinz Field? I’ll tell you: I honestly can’t seem to pin down a value for the family. The Steelers are valued at a little over a billion and rumors persist that Dan Rooney is worth $500 million, but I’m not sure. I guess the Rooneys would work too, but it’s a definite departure from an owner in Shallenberger who was described by one journalist as a guy who “wears boots, jeans, a sweater and a trucker hat.”
Candidate: Saint Louis FC
Location (Metro population): St. Louis, Mo. (2,807,338)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Busch Stadium (Grass, 45,494)
Potential owner: William DeWitt Jr. (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Saint Louis has some weirdness in making the jump to D1. Current CEO Jim Kavanaugh is an owner of the MLS side that will begin play in 2022. The club’s current ground at West Community Stadium isn’t big enough, but perhaps a timely sale to Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. could see the club playing games at Busch Stadium, which has a well established history of hosting other sports like hockey, college football and soccer (most recently a U.S. WNT friendly against New Zealand in 2019). The competition with another MLS franchise wouldn’t be ideal, like Charlotte, but with a big enough population and cross marketing from the Cardinals, maybe there’s a winner here. Wacko idea: If Busch doesn’t pan out, send them to The Dome. Sure, it’s a 60k turf closed-in stadium, but we can go for that retro NASL feel and pay homage to our nation’s soccer history.
Candidate: Tampa Bay Rowdies
Location (Metro population): Tampa, Fla. (3,068,511)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Raymond James Stadium (Grass, 65,518)
Potential owner: Edward DeBartolo Jr. (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: This one makes me sad. Despite having never been there, I see Al Lang Stadium as an iconic part of the Rowdies experience. Current owner Bill Edwards proposed an expansion to 18,000 seats in 2016, but the move seems to have stalled out. Frustrated with the city’s lack of action, Edwards sells to one-time San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who uses his old NFL connections to secure a cushy lease at the home of the Buccaneers in Ray Jay, the site of a 3-1 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda during the United States’ 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Breather. Hey, we finished the Eastern Conference teams. Why are you still reading this? Why am I still writing it? Time is a meaningless construct in 2020 my friends, we are adrift in the void, fueled only by brief flashes of what once was and what may yet still be.
Candidate: Austin Bold FC
Location (Metro population): Austin, Texas (2,168,316)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 95,594)
Potential owner: Michael Dell (reported net worth of $32.3 billion)
Notes: Anthony Precourt’s Austin FC has some unexpected competition and it comes in the form of tech magnate Michael Dell. Dell, were he to buy the club, would be one of the richest owners on our list and could flash his cash in the new first division. Would he have enough to convince Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (I’m not kidding, that’s its actual name) to go back to a grass surface, like it did from ’96-’08? That’s between Dell and nearly 100,000 UT football fans, but everything can be had for the right price.
Candidate: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Location (Metro population): Colorado Springs, Colo. (738,939)
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Falcon Stadium (FieldTurf, 46,692)
Potential owner: Charles Ergen (reported net worth $10.8 billion)
Notes: Welcome to Colorado Springs. We have hurdles. For the first time in 12 candidates, we’re back below the desired 1 million metro population mark. Colorado Springs actually plans to build a $35 million, 8,000 seat venue downtown that will be perfect for soccer, but in our timeline that’s 7,000 seats short. Enter Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Academy Falcons football team. Seems perfect except for the turf, right? Well, the tricky thing is that Falcon Stadium is technically on an active military base and is (I believe) government property. Challenges to getting in and out of the ground aside, the military tends to have a pretty grim view of government property being used by for-profit enterprises. Maybe Charles Ergen, founder and chairman of Dish Network, would be able to grease the right wheels, but you can go ahead and throw this into the “doubtful” category. It’s a shame, too. 6,035 feet of elevation is one hell of a home-field advantage.
Candidate: El Paso Locomotive FC
Location: El Paso, Texas
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Sun Bowl (FieldTurf, 51,500)
Potential owner: Paul Foster (reported net worth $1.7 billion)
Notes: God bless Texas. When compiling this list, I found so many of the theoretical stadium replacements were nearly serviceable by high school football fields. That’s insane, right? Anyway, Locomotive don’t have to settle for one of those, they’ve got the Sun Bowl, which had its capacity reduced in 2001 to a paltry 51,500 (from 52,000) specifically to accommodate soccer. Sure, it’s a turf surface, but what does new owner Paul Foster (who is only the 1,477th wealthiest man in the world, per Forbes) care, he’s got a team in a top league. Side note: Did you know that the Sun Bowl college football game is officially, through sponsorship, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl? Why is it not the Frosted Flakes Sun Bowl? Why is the cereal mascot the promotional name of the football game? What are you doing, Kellogg’s?
Candidate: Las Vegas Lights FC
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (2,227,053)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Allegiant Stadium (Grass, 61,000)
Potential owner: Sheldon Adelson (reported net worth $37.7 billion)
Notes: Sin City. You had to know that the club that once signed Freddy Adu because “why not” was going to go all out in our flashy hypothetical proposal. Thanks to my narrative control of this whole thing, they have. Adelson is the second-richest owner in the league and has decided to do everything first class. That includes using the new Raiders stadium in nearby unincorporated Paradise, Nevada, and spending boatloads on high profile transfers. Zlatan is coming back to the U.S., confirmed.
Candidate: New Mexico United
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Isotopes Park – officially Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park (Grass, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Maloof Family (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: New Mexico from its inception went deep on the community vibe, and I’ve tried to replicate that in this bid. The home field of Rio Grande Cr---I’m not typing out the whole thing—Isotopes Park falls just within the expansion rules we set to make it to 15,000 (weird, right?) and they’ve found a great local ownership group in the Lebanese-American Maloof (formerly Maalouf) family from Las Vegas. The only thing to worry about would be the metro population, but overall, this could be one of the gems of USL Prem.
Candidate: Oklahoma City Energy FC
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. (1,396,445)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Grass, 13,066)
Potential owner: Harold Hamm (reported net worth $14.2 billion)
Notes: There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow and it says it’s time to change stadiums and owners to make it to D1. A sale to oil magnate Harold Hamm would give the club the finances it needs, but Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (home of the OKC Dodgers) actually falls outside of the boundary of what would meet capacity if 1,500 seats were added. Could the club pull off a move to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma – home of the Oklahoma Sooners? Maybe, but at 20 miles, this would be a reach.
Candidate: Orange County SC
Location: Irvine, Calif. (3,176, 000 in Orange County)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Grass, 43,250)
Potential owner: Arte Moreno (reported net worth $3.3 billion)
Notes: You’ll never convince me that Rangers didn’t choose to partner with Orange County based primarily on its name. Either way, a sale to MLB Angels owner Arte Moreno produces a fruitful partnership, with the owner choosing to play his newest club out of the existing Angels stadium in OC. Another baseball conversion, sure, but with a metro population of over 3 million and the closest thing this hypothetical league has to an LA market, who’s complaining?
Candidate: Phoenix Rising FC
Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (4,857,962)
Time zone: Arizona
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): State Farm Stadium (Grass, 63,400)
Potential owner: Ernest Garcia II (reported net worth $5.7 billion)
Notes: We’re keeping it local with new owner and used car guru Ernest Garcia II. His dad owned a liquor store and he dropped out of college, which is making me feel amazing about my life choices right now. Casino Arizona Field is great, but State Farm Stadium is a grass surface that hosted the 2019 Gold Cup semifinal, so it’s a clear winner. Throw in Phoenix’s massive metro population and this one looks like a lock.
Candidate: Reno 1868 FC
Location: Reno, Nev. (425,417)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Mackay Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: Nancy Walton Laurie (reported net worth $7.1 billion)
Notes: The Biggest Little City on Earth has some serious barriers to overcome, thanks to its low metro population. A sale to Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie and 1.6 mile-move to Mackay Stadium to split space with the University of Nevada, Reno makes this bid competitive, but the turf surface is another knock against it.
Candidate: Rio Grande Valley FC
Location: Edinburg, Texas (900,304)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): McAllen Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Alice Louise Walton (reported net worth $45 billion)
Notes: Yes, I have a second straight Walmart heiress on the list. She was the first thing that popped up when I googled “McAllen Texas richest people.” The family rivalry has spurred Walton to buy a club as well, moving them 10 miles to McAllen Memorial Stadium which, as I alluded to earlier, is a straight up high school football stadium with a full color scoreboard. Toss in an additional 1,500 seats and you’ve met the minimum, despite the turf playing surface.
Candidate: San Antonio FC
Location: San Antonio, Texas (2,550,960)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Alamodome (FieldTurf, 64,000)
Potential owner: Red McCombs (reported net worth $1.6 billion)
Notes: I wanted to keep SAFC in the Spurs family, since the franchise is valued at $1.8 billion. That said, I didn’t let the Rooneys own the Riverhounds based on the Steelers’ value and it felt wrong to change the rules, so bring on Clear Channel co-founder Red McCombs. Toyota Field isn’t viable in the first division, but for the Alamodome, which was built in 1993 in hopes of attracting an NFL franchise (and never did), San Antonio can finally claim having *a* national football league team in its town (contingent on your definition of football). Now if only we could do something about that turf…
Candidate: San Diego Loyal SC
Location: San Diego, Calif. (3,317,749)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm) (Grass, 70,561)
Potential owner: Phil Mickelson (reported net worth $91 million)
Notes: Yes, golf’s Phil Mickelson. The existing ownership group didn’t seem to have the wherewithal to meet requirements, and Phil seemed to slot right in. As an athlete himself, he might be interesting in the new challenges of a top flight soccer team. Toss in a move to the former home of the chargers and you might have a basis for tremendous community support.
Candidate: FC Tulsa
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (991,561)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: George Kaiser ($10 billion)
Notes: I’m a fan of FC Tulsa’s rebrand, but if they want to make the first division, more changes are necessary. A sale to Tulsa native and one of the 100 richest men in the world George Kaiser means that funding is guaranteed. A move to Chapman Stadium would provide the necessary seats, despite the turf field. While the undersize population might be an issue at first glance, it’s hard to imagine U.S. Soccer not granting a waiver over a less than a 10k miss from the mark.
And that’s it! You made it. Those are all of the independent/hybrid affiliates in the USL Championship, which means that it’s time for our…
VERDICT: As an expert who has studied this issue for almost an entire day now, I am prepared to pronounce which USL Championships could be most ‘ready” for a jump to the USL Prem. A reminder that of the 27 clubs surveyed, 0 of them met our ideal criteria (proper ownership $, metro population, 15,000+ stadium with grass field).
Two of them, however, met almost all of those criteria: Indy Eleven and Miami FC. Those two clubs may use up two of our three available turf fields right from the outset, but the other factors they hit (particularly Silva’s ownership of Miami) makes them difficult, if not impossible to ignore for the top flight.
But who fill in the rest of the slots? Meet the entire 14-team USL Premier League:
Hartford Athletic
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC
Miami FC
North Carolina FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC
New Mexico United
Phoenix Rising FC
Las Vegas Lights FC
Orange County SC
San Diego Loyal SC
Now, I shall provide my expert rationale for each club’s inclusion/exclusion, which can be roughly broken down into four categories.
Firm “yes”
Hartford Athletic: It’s a good market size with a solid stadium. With a decent investor and good community support, you’ve got potential here.
Indy Eleven: The turf at Lucas Oil Stadium is no reason to turn down a 62,421 venue and a metro population of over 2 million.
Louisville City FC: Why doesn’t the 2017 & 2018 USL Cup champion deserve a crack at the top flight? They have the market size, and with a bit of expansion have the stadium at their own SSS. LCFC, you’re in.
Miami FC, “The”: Our other blue-chip recruit on the basis of ownership value, market size and stadium capacity. Yes, that field is turf, but how could you snub Silva’s chance to claim victory as the first division 1 club soccer team to play in Miami?
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Pittsburgh sacrificed a lot to be here (according to my arbitrary calculations). Their market size and the potential boon of soccer at Heinz Field is an important inclusion to the league.
Saint Louis FC: Willie hears your “Busch League” jokes, Willie don’t care. A huge market size, combined with the absence of an NFL franchise creates opportunity. Competition with the MLS side, sure, but St. Louis has serious soccer history and we’re willing to bet it can support two clubs.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: With a huge population and a massive stadium waiting nearby, Tampa Bay seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up for the USL Prem.
Las Vegas Lights FC: Ostentatious, massive and well-financed, Las Vegas Lights FC is everything that the USL Premier League would need to assert that it didn’t intend to play second fiddle to MLS. Players will need to be kept on a short leash, but this is a hard market to pass up on.
Phoenix Rising FC: Huge population, big grass field available nearby and a solid history of success in recent years. No brainer.
San Diego Loyal SC: New club? Yes, massive population in a market that recently lost an absolutely huge sports presence? Also yes. This could be the USL Prem’s Seattle.
Cautious “yes”
New Mexico United: You have to take a chance on New Mexico United. The club set the league on fire with its social media presence and its weight in the community when it entered the league last season. The market may be slightly under USSF’s desired 1 million, but fervent support (and the ability to continue to use Isotopes Park) shouldn’t be discounted.
North Carolina FC: Carter-Finley’s mixed grass/turf surface is a barrier, to be sure, but the 57,000+ seats it offers (and being enough to offset other fully-turf offerings) is enough to put it in the black.
Orange County SC: It’s a top-tier club playing in a MLB stadium. I know it seems unlikely that USSF would approve something like that, but believe me when I say “it could happen.” Orange County is a massive market and California likely needs two clubs in the top flight.
San Antonio FC: Our third and only voluntary inclusion to the turf fields in the first division, we’re counting on San Antonio’s size and massive potential stadium to see it through.
Cautious “no”
Birmingham Legion FC: The town has solid soccer history and a huge potential venue, but the turf playing surface puts it on the outside looking in.
Memphis 901 FC: Like Birmingham, not much to dislike here outside of the turf playing surface at the larger playing venue.
Austin Bold FC: See the other two above.
FC Tulsa: Everything’s just a little bit off with this one. Market’s slightly too small, stadium has turf. Just not enough to put it over the top.
Firm “no”
Charleston Battery: Small metro and a small potential new stadium? It’s tough to say yes to the risk.
Charlotte Independence: A small new stadium and the possibility of having to compete with an organization that just paid over $300 million to join MLS means it’s best for this club to remain in the USL Championship.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: When a club’s best chance to meet a capacity requirement is to host games at a venue controlled by the military, that doesn’t speak well to a club’s chances.
El Paso Locomotive FC: An undersized market and a turf field that meets capacity requirements is the death knell for this one.
Oklahoma City Energy FC: Having to expand a baseball field to meet requirements is a bad start. Having to potentially play 20 miles away from your main market is even worse.
Reno 1868 FC: Population nearly a half-million short of the federation’s requirements AND a turf field at the hypothetical new stadium makes impossible to say yes to this bid.
Rio Grande Valley FC: All the seat expansions in the world can’t hide the fact that McAllen Memorial Stadium is a high school stadium through and through.
Here’s who’s left in the 11-team Championship:
Birmingham Legion FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
Memphis 901 FC
Austin Bold FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
El Paso Locomotive FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
FC Tulsa
With MLS folding the six affiliates it has in USL League One, the league is a little bit thin (especially considering USSF’s requirements for 8 teams for lower level leagues), but seems definitely able to expand up to the necessary numbers with Edwards’ allusions to five new additions this year:
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Madison FC
Greenville Triumph SC
Union Omaha
Richmond Kickers
South Georgia Tormenta
FC Tucson
Format of Assorted Leagues – This (like everything in this post) is pure conjecture on my part, but here are my thoughts on how these leagues might function in a first year while waiting for additional expansion.
USL Premier – We’ll steal from the 12-team Scottish Premiership. Each club plays the other 11 clubs 3 times, with either one or two home matches against each side. When each club has played 33 matches, the top six and bottom six separate, with every club playing an additional five matches (against each other team in its group). The top club wins the league. The bottom club is automatically relegated. The second-bottom club will enter a two-legged playoff against someone (see below) from the championship playoffs.
USL Championship -- 11 clubs is a challenge to schedule for. How about every club plays everyone else three times (either one or two home matches against each side)? Top four clubs make the playoffs, which are decided by two-legged playoffs. The winner automatically goes up. I need feedback on the second part – is it better to have the runner-up from the playoffs face the second-bottom club from the Premiership, or should the winner of the third-place match-up get the chance to face them to keep drama going in both playoff series? As for relegation, we can clearly only send down the last place club while the third division is so small.
USL League One – While the league is so small, it doesn’t seem reasonable to have the clubs play as many matches as the higher divisions. Each club could play the other six clubs four times – twice at home and twice away – for a very equitable 24-match regular season, which would help restrict costs and still provide a chance to determine a clear winner. Whoever finishes top of the table goes up.
And there you have it, a hypothetical look at how the USL could build a D1 league right now. All it would take is a new stadium for almost the entire league and new owners for all but one of the 27 clubs, who wouldn’t feel that their property would be massively devalued if they got relegated.
Well that’s our show. I’m curious to see what you think of all of this, especially anything that you think I may have overlooked (I’m sure there’s plenty). Anyway, I hope you’re all staying safe and well.
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2020.05.04 18:58 onthemoveactivist KBP7 Panel Discussion with Cornel West, Jeremy Scahill, and Medea Benjamin

Join us Saturday, May 9th, 12-1 pm ET Webinar: Disarm & Divest During COVID-19 Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Will Speak with Special Guests Before May 28-29 Sentencing
Moderated by Norman Soloman, RootsAction co-founder, author, & political columnist
The panel will be discussing the need for civil resistance disarmament actions such as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, the continued build-up of militarism, and the destitute condition of our world before and during the pandemic. They will also speak on divesting military funding to serve human needs during COVID-19 and beyond.
Carmen Trotta of NYC St. Joseph House Catholic Worker; Mark Colville of New Haven, CT Amistad C.W.; Clare Grady of Ithaca C.W.; Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. (held for the last two years in GA county jails); Martha Hennessy of NYC Maryhouse C.W. and a granddaughter of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement; Elizabeth (Liz) McAlister of Baltimore’s Jonah House and widow of Phil Berrigan, and Patrick O’Neill of Fr. Charlie Mulholland C.W. in Garner, N.C. The sentencing recommendations call for 18 months for Liz McAlister (already served 17 months), up to 47 months for Steve Kelly (served two years), and up to 27 months for the others. We do not know at this time if the sentencing will take place in person in a courtroom or remotely.
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 are scheduled for sentencing on May 28 and 29 in Brunswick, GA for their nonviolent symbolic disarmament action at the largest nuclear sub-base in the world, on April 4th, 2018. Kings Bay is the Atlantic home port to a fleet of Trident submarines that contain one-quarter of the U.S. deployed nuclear weapons. Their action occurred on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s time to wash our hands of Trident, to demand that money should be directed towards health care for all, particularly during the COVID-19, for all future pandemics, for all human needs, and to cut funding for the military. The next generation of Trident submarines will cost $1.2 Trillion over the next ten years. The Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has pointed out that the U.S. spent $35.1 billion on nuclear weapons in 2019. This could have provided: 300,000 intensive care beds, 35,000 ventilators, and the salaries for 150,000 nurses and 75,000 doctors. Furthermore, if only a small portion of conventional weapons spending were redirected many more resources could be available to provide for the rest of the world’s survival needs rather than the endless wars our government pursues now. Our world would discover its real security lies in shared humanity, not in nationalist arrogance or domination.
You can watch the Webinar Livestream cosponsored by Code Pink on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSTEGsYwuvPpwjtIufg7gzA?view_as=subscriber
Or click the link below to join the webinar via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89542826756
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May 9 is on Mother's Day weekend, historically a day to call for peace and also the late Fr. Dan Berrigan's birthday. Let’s celebrate resistance together!
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2020.04.16 12:18 MeowberrySyrup News from the past that explain stuff

Let's post once again all the links to NEWS that were posted before on our tags (when this fandom was still using Twitter). News and stuff that explain why this fandom thinks what it thinks and why we always post this :
We want no tie and no association of any kind ever, no affiliation, no feud, no diss, no (fake) friendship, no ship, no rumor, no shade, no implying, no flooding of our pages and tags, nothing. Stay away from us and from Melina.

First : yes, our tweets were edited, no, it's not a conspiracy theory, Melina, who made Meovely (see the pinned post of this subreddit and figure why this subreddit is called Meovely...) explained stuff before (posts can be edited, along with messages, retweets and likes can be tweaked), and Reddit CEO's post from a while ago shows that indeed, someone with an admin account can edit posts : https://www.reddit.com/announcements/comments/5frg1n/tifu_by_editing_some_comments_and_creating_an/ .

NEWS (from reputable sources) about Microsoft :
https://www.engadget.com/2017-12-25-amazon-microsoft-employees-sex-trafficking-sting.html
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/microsoft-leader-former-amazon-director-charged-in-prostitution-sting/281281333/
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/microsoft/court-decides-in-favor-of-microsoft-in-hostess-bar-expense-case/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/microsoft-hired-dancers-in-schoolgirl-outfits-for-a-games-industry-networking-event-a6941296.html
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/ma13/microsoft-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-lacklustre-response
https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/14/20805801/microsoft-privacy-policy-change-humans-listen-skype-cortana-voice-recording
We don't need to comment much about this, A LOT of posts on this subreddit and on melvinmelfy are already available...
We want nothing to do with this kind of people (staffers, "evangelists", as their workforce/shills call themselves, or youtubers). We want them to stay far away from Melina and from us, and stop pretendint they know her at all, as we will all scream in terror every time they do. Creepy.

Now, about why this fandom (and Melina herself...) do not trust Google staffers too much either, why nobody will fill reports on their website and nobody wants to contact their staffers/people at all (apart from Youtube CEO and Lightcodegaming (ex staffer) that we @ before on Twitter) :
https://nypost.com/2018/06/27/prostitute-convicted-in-google-execs-overdose-death-charged/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alix-tichelman-call-girl-killer-describes-death-of-google-executive-forrest-hayes/
Everybody is still shocked about what K33mstar and his "friends" did and said in 2016 (slander, harassment). K33mstar is one of the youtubers hired by a MCN/entertainment company whose CEO is no other than FORMER GOOGLE EXEC ("Canada big boss"), David Brown. Enough said. https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Bonifay-woman-arrested-on-porn-charges-out-of-Wisconsin-422042663.html (Check what the bf was charged for.......)
Never forget those 30-40 year old people keep posting pr0n on websites targeting teen viewers and on tags of fandoms known to be teens. This is of course illegal virtually everywhere in the world (to show pr0n to minors, like, what's the intent ?)

Links from the regretted Valleywag, which was considered of public interest by many.
http://valleywag.gawker.com/google-employee-thinks-paying-women-to-date-him-is-phil-1651910849
http://valleywag.gawker.com/fbi-google-employee-scammed-undergrad-into-sending-him-1650281664

See, the big issue here is that this kind of stuff didn't stop happening, it stopped being reported about (or else be sued into oblivion)... This fact alone is creepy.

Also, what shocked and scared the whole world : the "Epstein scandal". (Which was renamed "Weinstein scandal" for some reason by this fandom. I don't know why).
https://www.businessinsider.com/model-escaped-epstein-he-was-in-charge-of-victorias-secret-2019-7

He was reported to be linked to... all of those people, those companies, their execs. Who can we trust then ? Could we be victim of s3x trafficking by contacting those company for whatever purpose (legal action, as a user, for a bug report). Are we safe handing our private info, especially our phone number, to those companies when anyone with an admin account could SEE and USE those info ?
https://thenextweb.com/business/2019/07/03/android-creator-andy-rubin-is-accused-of-running-a-sex-ring-in-new-unsealed-complaint/
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/6/20952402/google-alphabet-investigation-handling-sexual-harassment-executives-andy-rubin-david-drummond

There are way more. And we're only posting about problematic companies/people linked to what is still going on, here....

Now, what about the rumors ? What about those people ?
http://valleywag.gawker.com/spacex-employee-busted-by-fbi-for-running-a-silk-road-l-1655565337

What's up with the monkey song ? Is that really a diss towards Karim Jawed ? What about the 1st episode of this year's season of the Simps0ns ??? Which really seems to be dissing Karim Jawed in...the same nasty way ???...

Who is Karim Jawed anyway ? What about him ? Can he be trusted ? Is he "back at the zoo" (Youtube) for real ? Is that just a hoax ? Why should we care ? Why are they rumoring him to be linked to Melina at all ?
We found very few info about the guy (that hasn't been deleted from the internet yet, as LOTS about him seems to have been deleted a while ago, poof, gone).
He was depicted in A LOT of news outlets as "a perv who wanted to share boob videos so he created youtube" (paraphrased quote from the articles) (then why not create pr0nhvb instead, huh ?). Some people claim it's fake news, some claim it's a smearing campaign even, like what even is going on here ? :
https://www.businessinsider.com/idea-for-youtube-came-from-janet-jackson-nipplegate-2015-10
https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2015/02/01/how-janet-jacksons-super-bowl-wardrobe-malfunction-helped-start-youtube/

The most recent article about the guy is this :
http://valleywag.gawker.com/youtube-cofounder-leaves-first-comment-in-8-years-clown-1460866687

According to anonymous posts, he didn't get "just cash" when Google bought Youtube, he got Google shares. We didn't find any detailed news report about this, so, it might just be a conspiracy, also we totally don't see how this fact could be relevant.....


Everybody is scared and want those people to stay far far away for good. Nope, we're not overreacting or making conspiracy theories, all those links ARE LITERAL NEWS FROM REPUTABLE SOURCES.
There are way way more news/links that could be posted, but that's already A LOT....

TL;DR : We want no tie and no association of any kind ever, no affiliation, no feud, no diss, no (fake) friendship, no ship, no rumor, no shade, no implying, no flooding of our pages and tags, nothing. Stay away from us and from Melina.

Edit : this is not a conspiracy theory, an ex Yah00 staffer has been arrested for doing just this (checking user accounts for nvdes and stuff !!!!) : https://gizmodo.com/ex-yahoo-engineer-pleads-guilty-to-hacking-thousands-of-1838661788 .
This is so scary, and this is why we don't trust any.
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How it really happened
posted by BigDCanuck on /pics
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Second Place
Trump at the South Lawn of the White House on February 7, 2020. Photo by William Moon
posted by dank2918 on /pics
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Third Place
Americans when they wake up: *angry noises*
posted by MyName1sUrName on /memes
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Fourth Place
Please leave me alone
posted by Doctor5mooth on /dankmemes
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Murdered by the Word of God.
posted by vsasso on /MurderedByWords
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Reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons where Homer invented that shotgun that fired makeup onto your face.
posted by PlantfoodCuisinart on /pics
Click here to view the post. ● 26,940 Upvotes ● Posted: 08/02/2020 at 03:05:23 UTC
Second Place
I honestly don’t know what his daughter sees in him.
posted by donner-party-guide on /pics
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Third Place
Bro just let it go. No shame in the natural aging process, but there's no dignity in pretending or trying to hide it.
posted by CaptHooksCookBooks on /pics
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Looks someone photoshopped Trump’s face onto Trump.
posted by choombatta on /pics
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Blend that shit in girl. Heres how to blend your face: `1) Take your beauty blender and soak in water until fully saturated.` 2) Start under the eyes and dab your mixture of tannebronzecheeto dust using the pointy end of the sponge. `3) Turn to the fat end of the sponge and bounce the product evenly into your neck and all the way up into the hairline.` 4) Resign and go straight to federal prison
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The White House deleted this official photo. Captain Fake Spray Tan in all of his orange glory.
posted by DaFunkJunkie on /worldpolitics
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How it really happened
posted by BigDCanuck on /pics
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Ladies: You don't owe the guy you friendzoned sex, but they also don't owe you a friendship.
posted by tabledark123 on /TrueOffMyChest
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You fell for it fool!
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Airplane memes are the future
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>\"The Terrorist In My Husband's Brain\" `[source, for those looking](https://n.neurology.org/content/87/13/1308.full)` edit, whoa, thanks for the gold! I enjoy being helpful.
posted by roraima_is_very_tall on /AskReddit
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Answer: `Snoop is calling out Oprah and Gayle King for allegedly giving white people accused of sex crimes a pass while going after black people accused of the same (namely R. Kelly and Bill Cosby). It's worth pointing out right off the bat that his first message ends with 'Free Bill Cosby' -- that's [beloved comedian and convicted rapist Bill Cosby](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cosby_sexual_assault_cases), for anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the news for the past couple of years -- so it's worth taking Snoop's views on what's going on with a pretty weighty grain of salt. While there are legitimate complaints that the US criminal justice system (and the court of public opinion) are biased against black men, 'Free Bill Cosby' is a pretty big fuckin' leap. ` [Gayle and Oprah have both come in for significant criticism](https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/07/gayle-king-lisa-leslie-interview-kobe-bryant) over the (perceived) disparity between their approach to (accused or convicted) sex criminals depending on race. (Snoop isn't the only celebrity critiquing Oprah and King for their stances on things; [Mo'nique](https://www.standard.co.uk/insidealist/precious-star-monique-accuses-oprah-winfrey-of-disparity-in-treatment-of-harvey-weinstein-michael-a4353231.html) offered a slightly more nuanced take.) `There are a couple of things being referenced here, so I'll break them down one by one:` #Kobe Bryant `Most recently, King was accused of 'disrespecting' Kobe Bryant's legacy after bringing up his [2003 sexual assault accusations](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_Bryant_sexual_assault_case) shortly after his death. (Bryant had settled out of court and apologised to his accuser, but continued to deny the allegations.)` #Harvey Weinstein `Weinstein was a *big* name in Hollywood. As a producer and founder of Miramax Films (which is responsible for about half of the Oscar-bait movies of the past twenty or so years), he was considered the kind of man you didn't want to cross. Unfortunately, he (*allegedly*; the court case is ongoing) [used that power to coerce or force women into sleeping with him](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Weinstein_sexual_abuse_allegations), threatening to ruin their careers if they didn't. There are numerous photos of Gayle King and Oprah, and given that Weinstein's activities were considered to be an 'open secret' in Hollywood -- as in, people knew about it, but he was powerful enough that people were either scared to speak out or willing to excuse or cover up his behaviour -- it's not necessarily a good look. (Oprah has also made some [pretty tone-deaf comments](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST7vUwTtKso) about the Weinstein case, and has been accused of diminishing what he did by saying -- on *This Morning*, hosted by King -- that it would be a mistake to focus too much on Weinstein; while Weinstein is definitely part of a larger problem in Hollywood, it still came across to a lot of people as Oprah deflecting attention away from someone she's previously worked with, and by her own admission was 'friendly' with.)` #Michael Jackson `On the other hand, Oprah has been [*very* vocal in her support for people who claim they were assaulted by Michael Jackson as children](https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/michaelblackmon/oprah-leaving-neverland-interview-michael-jackson), especially in light of the documentary [*Leaving Neverland*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Neverland). (Jackson was [found not guilty on such counts in 2003](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Michael_Jackson), but it's fairly safe to say that there are a *lot* of unanswered questions.)` #João Teixeira de Faria `Oprah has kind of a habit of promoting quackery -- or, if you're feeling generous, 'alternative medicine', but let's not be afraid to call it what it is. (For anyone who wants to take issue with that, it's worth pointing out that Dr. Phil isn't licensed to practice, Dr. Oz has been repeatedly criticised for [promoting homeopathy and other ineffective treatments](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz#Controversies_and_criticism), and Rhonda Byrne's *The Secret* uses the so-called 'law of attraction', which has [absolutely no basis in reality](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_(book\)).) One of these is a 'spiritual healer' named João Teixeira de Faria (also known as João de Deus, or 'John of God'), who claimed psychic healing powers and the ability to perform 'psychic surgery' -- which again, to clarify, there is [no evidence is *a thing*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_surgery); Wikipedia calls it a 'pseudoscientific medical fraud' -- and was [recently arrested and sentenced to nineteen years in jail for raping multiple women](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%A3o_Teixeira_de_Faria#2018_sexual_abuse_allegations,_arrest_and_2019_guilty_verdict_and_19_year_imprisonment_sentence), including his own daughter. Oprah's response on his arrest was to delete the interview from her site. (She apparently also released a noted saying that she hoped justice would be served, but I can't find a primary source for that.)` #So how valid are the complaints? `Let's not mince words: it seems, based on the proponderence of evidence, that Faria, Cosby, Weinstein and Kelly are all guilty of the heinous shit they're accused of. (Kobe and Jackson are... less clear cut, but I have no intention of getting into that here; it's more than I can do justice to and it's been discussed endlessly elsewhere, so as the kids say, don't @me.) Whether there's a systemic racial bias on the part of King and Oprah is... complicated. Whether they gave Weinstein and Faria more of a pass than Cosby or Kelly because of their race or because of their personal connection (and to what extent they *did* give them a pass) is still pretty debatable. If that's the case, then it's a pretty noteworthy problem.` On the other hand, this shouldn't really be an excuse to say that Kelly (who I've written about in some detail [here](https://www.reddit.com/OutOfTheLoop/comments/8igns3/whats_the_new_controversy_with_r_kelly/dys58pp/)) and Cosby (who's been found guilty and admitted to drugging women to have sex with them) deserve to get off the hook, so Snoop's 'Free Bill Cosby' comment is pretty shitty too.
posted by Portarossa on /OutOfTheLoop
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I think there was a little bit more to it. `“I’m sorry. I did not do it on purpose.”` It seems so much more poignant when you place it in context of why she was being executed - basically for existing and doing what she was born to do. ETA: Tbh I didn’t think my comment was going to blow up, so I can provide a bit more to what I meant (based off all the accusations of “shallow analysis” and indignant comments that she should have changed things). `Maria was born to marry and bear children, not born to rule or make changes. She was the youngest child and had never been earmarked for greatness due to her hierarchy in the family and how awful she was at her schooling. Her best qualities were that she was kind and very sweet and well liked. Her older sister was the one supposed to be married off to France, but if I remember right, she had an accident that disfigured her and the responsibility fell to Maria. Suddenly, this girl that everyone had ignored growing up (she had a lot of freedom to run around and make friends) was expected to secure an incredibly important alliance. At fourteen years old. (Also if I remember right, her French wasn’t great because she’d never been expected to learn it.)` So she lost everything she ever knew at fourteen. Her family, her friends, even her dog. She was allowed to take nothing from home to France because the French wanted to see a French princess and not some uncultured Austrian/German swine. That was one strike against her. `Her husband was infamously awkward and awful at ruling. And he refused to consummate the marriage for seven years. That’s an insane amount of time when you remember that a royal woman’s entire job is to create heirs. The people of France HATED her for this and blamed her for not being pregnant, but Louis just wouldn’t have sex with her. It’s speculated he had some kind of physical issue or just was that supremely awkward, but it was a rough start for her. Two strikes against her. ` So you’re a teenage girl, away from home, without any friends or family, caught in the middle of court manipulations and plots, and everyone is blaming you for the King’s issues. And so you find happiness in shopping. Yes, she spent extravagantly. That’s well documented, and it wasn’t out of character for the royals of Versailles. I honestly chalk this up to ignorance - willful or not. You’re raised in wealth, all you see and experience is wealth, and you’re probably not well informed about the plights of the common man. Compound her spending with the fact that during her time, France is having wars. So many wars. Most famously, they are financially supporting a little revolution happening across the sea in the Colonies in 1776. (Which happens to stick it to England, who they hate) `But people are starving. And who is easier to blame? Extreme military spending? Or the foreign princess who buys too many pretty dresses? That’s an easy one. Let’s give Maria a third strike. ` I could insert a bunch more anecdotes here, but I think the final one would be what they accused her of during her final trial before executing her. The Revolutionists convinced her 7 year old son to confess that she would sexually molest him. (They did this within hearing of her jail cell just to torment her. Maria famously adored her children.) Throughout her trial, she kept silent during all the anti-Revolutionaryaccusations laid against her (since she knew how it’d end), but when they brought up the charge of molesting her son, she exploded and appealed to the mothers of the courtroom to have some decency. She was so impassioned that she nearly turned the tide against her - it was pretty obvious the anti-Revolutionists had gone too far here. But it was too little, too late, and she was sentenced to die. `And her final strike was to accidentally step on the executioner’s foot. ` “I’m sorry. I did not do it on purpose.”
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There's a few key phrases that abusers use. \"Look what you made me do\" \"you always do things that make me so angry\" `And women who abuse have a couple that are unique to them: \"you abused/raped me\" and \"nobody will believe that a big strong man like you could be beaten up by a small weak woman like me\".` I've lived through this. Screaming at me because it took ten minutes longer than usual to get home from work and demanding that she smell my dick because I MUST have fucked some other women on the way, even though I repeatedly told her that I had to get fuel, and then treating me like shit for three days until saying sorry. Going to my workplace and accusing female clients of trying to fuck me. Using her car to try to run me into the front of an oncoming fuel tanker at highway speeds. Physically attacking me multiple times, telling me that nobody would believe that a big strong man like me could be beaten up by a small weak woman like her, and when I finally called the cops, she told them that I tried to rape her. I had video of her repeatedly attacking me and tearing her own clothes between getting off the phone to emergency and the police showing up. `And then she called my new workplace and spun a pack of lies to get me fired.` This is exactly what female abusers do.
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2020.01.24 04:54 Qasef-K2 Survivor testimony 2.0

Amid all the noise surrounding this case, the experiences and observations of survivors are among the most valuable sources we have in understanding the scope and gravity of Epstein's crimes. Here they are dedicated a compilation of their own.
Their names: Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Jennifer Araoz, Courtney Wild, Michelle Licata, Elisabetta Tai, Alicia Arden, Jena-Lisa Jones, Maximilia Cordero, Anouska De Georgiou, Theresa Helm, Sarah Ransome, Annie Farmer, Maria Farmer, Marijke Chartouni, Teala Davies, Johanna Sjoberg, Amy McClure and Melissa Solomon, among dozens of others who have filed complaints or given interviews but wished to remain anonymous.
Please contribute at will. Keep posts to links and discussion in the replies.
WARNING: Graphic content.
Original thread:
https://www.reddit.com/Epstein/comments/cfbwqb/survivor_testimony/?sort=old
Jennifer Araoz, describes grooming and abuse circa 2001 in NY. Today Show, July 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNCQeQuV6O0
A print interview with Araoz concerning the same incidents. NBC, July 2019.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-jeffrey-epstein-accuser-he-raped-me-when-i-was-n1028011
An article written by Araoz regarding her allegations after Epstein's suicide: "My quest for justice is just getting started." NYT, August 2019
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/opinion/jeffrey-epstein-jennifer-araoz.html
Courtney Wild and Michelle Licata, describes grooming, abuse and recruiting circa 2002 in FL. ABC, July 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XShjryvBOt4
Michelle Licata and her mother discuss their relationship during FL abuse. Miami Herald, July 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Ix1GBcrIQ
Virginia Roberts Giuffre describes in November 2018 Miami Herald interview her recruitment, training and trafficking at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell, and offers her observations as to the workings of Epstein's operation and the emotional toll inflicted on his victims.
"You're just thrown into a world you don't understand and you're just screaming on the inside. You don't know how to let it come out and you become this numb figure who refuses to feel and refuses to speak. All you do is obey, that's it."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLAzubOpOtg
Robert's personal diary detailing her abuse at the hands of Prince Andrew in London. Radaronline, January 2015.
https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2015/01/jeffrey-epstein-sex-slave-virginia-roberts-writes-sex-prince-andrew/
The site is cancerous but Radaronline broke the story. It appears to also have some kind of geoblocking, here is an alternative link:
https://archive.is/5DiAz

Virginia's personal memoir, written after the fact and presented as evidence in legal proceedings against Epstein. An 80 page document that goes into great detail regarding her personal experiences within Epstein's orbit.
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6251258-Virginia-Roberts-Memoir.html

2015 interview with journalist Sharon Churcher of the National Enquirer in which Virginia details her abuse at the hands of Prince Andrew in 2001.
https://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/world-exclusive-prince-andrew-teen-sex-slave-virginia-roberts-tells-all/
2011 interview with journalist Sharon Churcher of the Daily Mail. This is Virginia's first public accusation against Epstein and Prince Andrew as well as the first publication of her infamous photo with Prince Andrew.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361039/Prince-Andrew-girl-17-sex-offender-friend-flew-Britain-meet-him.html
Virginia's twitter account, where she advocates for her charity Victims Refuse Silence.
https://twitter.com/VRSVirginia
August 2019 interview with Virginia (and others such as Sarah Ransome) describing methods Epstein used to control his victims, doctor-mediated prescriptions for xanax, lithium, and birth control included.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article235247637.html
Elisabetta Tai. Describes an encounter with Epstein in pursuit of modelling ambitions in NY. New York Post, July 2019.
https://nypost.com/2019/07/14/inside-the-victorias-secret-pipeline-to-jeffrey-epstein/
Katie Johnson, describes grotesque sexual abuse at the hands of Trump and Epstein in 1994. I am having trouble finding the source of this video, but it was released in 2016.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbFJWo3gdRI

The affidavits.
https://www.scribd.com/doc/316341058/Donald-Trump-Jeffrey-Epstein-Rape-Lawsuit-and-Affidavits
Kendall. This interview has no confirmed link to Epstein but I'm posting here because it is at least congruent on major details. Other claims are outrageous in comparison to what we know to be true now, but I really want to be living in the timeline where Dr. Phil revealed the extent of this scandal two years before anyone else. Dr. Phil, August 2017.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QECKth6fws&list=PLDRZWv6kHySTIM2af4jXF4PLF6B5dWI-H

Jane Doe number 5, describes early 200s encounter with Epstein in Palm Beach, FL. WPBF 25, July 2009.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9JS5abxq4k

Michelle Licata, Virginia Roberts, Courtney Wild, Jena-Lisa Jones. Posting because it's only interview with Jena-Lisa Jones I've seen. It's a 12 minute short relating to the FL case and also includes interviews with attorneys, detectives etc. Victims describe their personal history, involvement in recruitment, Epstein, his FL residence, the abuse, prostitution, etc. Miami Herald, Nov 2018.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jDPzW9COsU
Maximilia Cordero sued Epstein in 2007 for physical and emotional abuse which had occurred 6 years earlier. As in many of the NY cases she encountered Esptein in pursuit of modelling ambitions. NYP, October 2007.
https://nypost.com/2007/10/18/i-was-teen-prey-of-pervert-tycoon/
Alicia Arden recalls 1997 violent encounter with Epstein in Santa Monica, CA, again in pursuit of modelling ambitions. Rolling Stone, June 2019.
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/jeffrey-epstein-alicia-arden-victorias-secret-leslie-wexner-864095/
Alicia Arden shares taped phone messages she left for a friend in the wake of her assault. Inside Edition, September 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CFFfwruCQE
https://nemaloknig.com/read-329992/?page=1#booktxt
complete book 'Filthy Rich: The Shocking Story of Jeffrey Epstein'. Some details and testimonies in here i haven't read before.
Article relating James Patterson's "Mary" and "Alison" testimonies:
http://www.totpi.com/sex-scandal-exposed-pedophile-jeffrey-epstein/
"Mary claimed she had been drivento the mansjon on el Brillo Way, where a female staffer escorted her up a pink-carpeted staircase, then into a room with a massage table, an armoire topped with sex toys and a photo of a little girl pulling her underwear off.
Epstein entered the room, wearing only a towel, Mary said.
“He took off the towel,” Mary told Officer Pagan. “He was a really built guy. But his wee-wee was very tiny.”
Mary said Epstein got on the table and barked orders at her. She told police she was alone in the room with him, terrified.
Pagan wrote the following in her incident report:
“She removed her pants, leaving her thong panties on. She straddled his back, whereby her exposed buttocks were touching Epstein’s exposed buttocks. Epstein then turned to his side and started to rub his penis in an up-and-down motion. Epstein pulled out a purple vibrator and began to massage Mary’s vaginal area.”
Maria and Annie Farmer made the earliest known sexual assault allegations against the Epstein in 1996. They describe grooming, abuse, and Ghislaine Maxwell's role within the organization in a harrowing August 2019 interview with The Daily. (Note this is a podcast)
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/podcasts/the-daily/epstein-maxwell-farmer-sisters.html
British actress Anouska de Georgiou became the first British woman to publicly allege she was abused by Epstein. The Telegraph, August 2019.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/27/first-british-woman-tells-court-abuse-jeffrey-epstein/
Courtney Wild, Chauntae Davies, Anouska De Georgiou, Michelle Licata, Theresa Helm, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Sarah Ransome, Annie Farmer, Marijke Chartouni, Jennifer Araoz, Teala Davies, and 12 Jane Does share their trauma, grief, and reflections on his death in front of a packed federal court in NY on the 27th August 2019. People Magazine.
https://people.com/crime/jeffrey-epstein-accusers-speak-out-in-courtroom/amp/
Chauntae Davies
Gave an interview to Inside Edition in April 2015 as an air hostess on the Lolita Express. In the interview she claims she never had sex with Epstein, not to detract from her recent accusations. She says she flew with Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and Bill Clinton on their storied Africa trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNPjvrqhalQ
Transcript of the court hearing
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v. 19 CR 490 (RMB)
JEFFREY EPSTEIN
The last hearing where the victims spoke out.
https://theconsciousresistance.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Epstein-vicctims-transcripts.pdf
The New York Times summarize court records relating to accusations of Lisa, Priscilla and Kaitlyn Doe, who unveil Epstein's exploitation of the insular NY dance scene to recruit young women as personal trainers or erotic masseuses. The article details accusations that Epstein coerced young women into sex while on work release relating to the FL charges. September 2019.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dance-victims.html
Marlo Fisken wrote a Medium piece in July 2019 recalling her experiences as a personal trainer for Epstein. Recruited by Sarah Kellen, she got out unscathed but witnessed his methods first hand.
https://medium.com/@marlofisken/training-epstien-e89118c52b5b
Related interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlsiUqWYxxM&feature=youtu.be

Sarah Ransome gives broad ranging interview in September 2019 to Yahoo (I think), leveling further allegations against Epstein and...
She found out everything about me very quickly. I was so broken; I was an open book. It was like: ‘there’s this amazing guy, a philanthropist, this wealthy guy, he’s amazing, he’s helped me so much, he’s helped me achieve my dreams, he can help you.’
Maxwell.
https://news.yahoo.com/prosecutors-must-probe-jeffrey-epsteins-154951309.html
Johanna Sjoberg provides an interview to The Daily Mail in 2007. 21 at the time, Johanna witnessed Epstein's sordid world first hand and, as far as I know, provides the very first victim statement to the press concerning Epstein (and Prince Andrew's) crimes.
https://web.archive.org/web/20080806133048/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-483401/Prince-Andrews-friend-Ghislaine-Maxwell-underage-girls-disturbing-story.html
South African woman Melissa Solomon recounts her experiences within Epstein and Maxwell's orbit. The pair paid for Melissa's scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, but she was left on the hook for 2 years of Juilliard fees once her use was up. Michelle Lecata also recounts her experiences via recruitment from her high school in FL. Broken: Jeffrey Epstein podcast, October 2019.
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/broken-jeffrey-epstein/e/64497040
Teresa Helm Helm v. Indyke et al 1:19-cv-10476
https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/16454914/helm-v-indyke/
https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/30934866/Helm_v_Indyke_et_al
Complaint:
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.526315/gov.uscourts.nysd.526315.1.0.pdf
Annie Farmer Farmer v. Indyke et al 1:19-cv-10475
https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/16454550/farmer-v-indyke/
https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/30934865/Farmer_v_Indyke_et_al
Complaint:
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.526309/gov.uscourts.nysd.526309.1.0.pdf
Maria Farmer Farmer v. Indyke et al 1:19-cv-10474
https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/16454470/farmer-v-indyke/
https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/30934864/Farmer_v_Indyke_et_al
Complaint:
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.526306/gov.uscourts.nysd.526306.1.0.pdf

Jane Doe 1000 alleges abuse at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell as early as 1999 after he promised her a modeling career with Victoria's Secret.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7699393/Jeffrey-Epstein-victim-assaulted-pedophile-Ghislaine-Maxwell.html
The complaint.
Former model Amy McClure accuses Epstein of NY rape in 1993. This is the earliest allegation against Epstein we are aware of. The Sun, November 2019.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10348937/epsteins-first-victim-tells-of-harrowing-rape-and-urges-prince-andrew-and-ghislaine-maxwell-to-give-answers/
Video interview on the Sun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6h2IfWihTM
Teala Davies joins scores of victims suing Epstein's estate.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-epstein-sued-teala-davies-accuses-epstein-of-sexually-abusing-her-photo-shows-them-helicopte
Press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N6TJ34KzT4
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2020.01.18 14:51 SACRED-GEOMETRY Timeline of the Long Island Serial Killer case

Edit: Time timeline is outdated. Please see https://www.gilgocase.com/timeline.html

This is a work-in-progress timeline of the LISK case.
Cases with an asterisk (*) next to them are not officially linked to the Long Island Serial Killer.
You may find it helpful to use a map while reading:
February 1, 1982*
  • Tina Foglia (19) was last seen in the early morning hours of February 1, 1982 at a rock music venue in West Islip. Her dismembered body was discovered by Department of Transportation workers on February 3 along the shoulder of the Southern State Parkway. Her remains were placed in three separate plastic garbage bags, and were found a few miles north of the Robert Moses Causeway, which leads to Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach. A diamond ring that Foglia was known to wear was missing.
  • The DNA of an unknown male was found on the garbage bags. Police have not ruled out the possibility that Tina Foglia was an early victim of the Long Island Serial Killer.1
  • Tina Foglia:
April 20, 1996
  • Two female legs, wrapped in a plastic bag, are discovered on Fire Island west of Davis Park Beach.
  • The victim's skull would later be found on April 11, 2011 west of Tobay Beach in Nassau County and linked by DNA.1, 2
  • "Jane Doe No. 7 / Fire Island Jane Doe":
June 28, 1997
  • The dismembered torso of an unidentified young African-American female was found in Hempstead Lake State Park, New York. The torso was found in a green plastic container which was dumped next to a road. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The victim had a tattoo of a heart-shaped peach with a bite out of it on her left breast.1
  • On April 11, 2011, police in Nassau County discovered dismembered skeletal human remains inside a plastic bag near Jones Beach State Park, nicknamed "Jane Doe No. 3". DNA analysis identified this victim as the mother of "Baby Doe."2 She was found wearing gold jewelry similar to that of "Baby Doe."3
  • In December 2016, Peaches and Jane Doe No. 3 were positively identified as being the same person.4
  • "Jane Doe No. 3 / Peaches":
November 19, 2000
  • The body of a woman is discovered by hikers in the Long Island Pine Barrens in Manorville, off of Halsey Manor Road. She was a white woman in her 30s with brown hair. She had been dead for several weeks before her nude, headless body was found, cut into pieces and stuffed in plastic bags.
  • April 4, 2011, her head, hands and right foot were found in a plastic bag in the vicinity of Ocean Parkway on Gilgo Beach.1
  • On May 22, 2020 police in Long Island announced they had positively identified the “Manorville Jane Doe” and will be releasing her identity.2
  • "Jane Doe No. 6 / Manorville Jane Doe":
November 23, 2000*
  • Hunters found the body of a white or Hispanic man in his 20s with black hair in the woods off the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) near Exit 68 in North Shirley. He was wearing light blue-and-white striped GAP boxer shorts. He had "multiple traumatic injuries including crushed larynx" implying he was strangled.
July 26, 2003
  • A naked and dismembered torso, missing its head and hands, was discovered 45 miles east of Gilgo Beach in Manorville, New York.1 The victim was identified as Jessica Taylor (20), an escort from Washington, D.C. She was last seen days earlier at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.2 Taylor's torso was found atop a pile of scrap wood at the end of a paved access road off of Halsey Manor Road, just north of where it crosses the LIE. Plastic sheeting was found underneath the torso, and a tattoo on her body had been mutilated with a sharp instrument. Medical examiners determined the tattoo was a red heart with an angel wing that said, ‘‘Remy’s angel”.
  • On May 9, 2011, it was reported that the remains of a skull, a pair of hands, and a forearm found on March 29 at Gilgo were matched to Jessica Taylor.3
November 10, 2003*
  • A body was found south of the Long Island Expressway in Manorville. Hunters discovered the body in a wooded area several hundred yards from the expressway. Autopsy results were inconclusive (per the newspaper articles linked blow). The victim was Caucasian, 35 to 50 years old, about 5-foot-6 and had died up to four months earlier.1, 2
  • There is speculation that the body could have been dumped at the same time as Jessica Taylor's body.
  • There is not much information about this, aside from a few newspaper articles. Unable to find pages for this victim at DoeNetwork and NamUs. There was an IdentifyUs page that no longer works. If you find any information please contact me.
    • Newspaper articles: 1, 2
March 3, 2007*
  • A suitcase containing the dismembered torso of an unidentified Hispanic or light-skinned African-American female washed up on a beach at Harbor Island Park, in the town of Mamaroneck. One of her dismembered legs washed up at Cold Spring Harbor on March 21, 2007, and her other leg washed up at Oyster Bay in the village of Cove Neck the following day. The victim was determined to have been stabbed to death.1
  • The victim had a tattoo of two cherries on her left breast, which was similar in appearance to the tattoo found on Peaches. Never identified, the victim is referred to as "Cherries" by investigators. "Cherries" was dismembered in a fashion similar to three other victims: Jessica Taylor, "Peaches", and "Jane Doe No. 6", meaning she may be linked to the other official victims.
  • "Cherries":
July 9, 2007
  • Maureen Brainard-Barnes (25) is last seen in her room at the Super 8 Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Her last known call that night is to her sister, Missy, during which she says she is at Penn Station.
  • Shortly after her disappearance, a friend of Maureen's, Sara Karnes, received a call from a man on an unfamiliar number. The man claimed that he had just seen Maureen and that she was alive and staying at a “whorehouse in Queens”. He refused to identify himself and could not tell Karnes the location of the house. He told Karnes he would call back and give her the address, but he never called again. Karnes said that the man had no discernible New York or Boston accent.1
  • Her body was found in December 2010 located very close to three other victims.2, 3
June 27, 2008*
  • The dismembered remains of Tanya Rush (39) were found in Bellmore on a grassy shoulder of the Southern State Parkway, crammed into a small dark suitcase.1
    • Tanya Rush Websleuths threads: 1, 2
July 12, 2009
  • Melissa Barthelemy (24) was last seen outside her apartment on Underhill Avenue in the Bronx. At some point, the security camera of her local bank recorded her depositing $1,000 into her account, believed to be money she'd received from a date she’d had earlier that night. She withdrew $100 before heading out the door. Her boyfriend/pimp, John "Blaze" Terry, would later say that he knew Melissa had lined up another $1,000 date the next night, somewhere on Long Island. She went by the working name "Chloe."1
  • Shortly afterwards, her sister, Amanda, received 6-7 phone calls from a man using Melissa's cell phone and claiming to be her killer.2. The first calls were on July 16, July 19, and July 23 and the final call was on August 26. The calls were placed from crowded locations in New York City, including Madison Square Garden and Times Square. In one instance, police determined that Barthelemy’s phone had been turned on near Massapequa, Long Island, and that someone had gained access to her voice mail.3
  • Her body was discovered December 11, 2010 beside Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach.4
May 1, 2010*
  • Shannan Maria Gilbert (23) was a New Jersey woman who may have been a victim of the Long Island serial killer. Gilbert had been working as an escort. She left for a client's house (Brewer) in Oak Beach after midnight on May 1, 2010. At 4:51 in the morning, 911 dispatchers received a panicked phone call from Gilbert who can be heard saying that there was someone "after her" and that "they" were trying to kill her. She was last seen a short time later banging on the front door of a nearby Oak Beach residence and screaming for help before running off into the night. Neighbors Gus Coletti and Barbara Brennan are among the last to see her.1
  • On December 13, 2011, Gilbert's remains are found in a marsh, half a mile from where she was last seen.2 In May 2012, the Suffolk County medical examiners ruled that Gilbert accidentally drowned after entering the marsh. They believe that she was in a drug induced panic, and have concluded that her cause of death was "undetermined." Her family believes she was murdered.3
May 3, 2010*
  • Two days after Shannan Gilbert's disappearance, Dr. Peter Hackett, an Oak Beach resident and neighbor of Brewer, called Gilbert's mother, Mari Gilbert. He claimed he was taking care of Gilbert, and that he "ran a home for wayward girls." Three days later, he called the mother again, denying that he had any contact with her daughter.
    • Investigators later confirmed through phone records that Hackett called Mari twice following the disappearance. Telephone records show that calls were placed from Dr. Hackett's cellphone on May 3, 2010 and from his home phone on May 6 to Mari Gilbert's cellphone, and on the latter date from Dr. Hackett's home phone to Shannan's sister Sheree's cellphone.
  • The marshy area where Gilbert's remains were found was also noted as near Hackett's backyard. Gilbert's family filed a wrongful death suit against Hackett in November 2012, claiming that he took Gilbert into his home that morning and administered drugs to her, facilitating her death. Later police revealed that Hackett had a history of inserting himself into, or exaggerating his role in, certain major events. Police also noted that Hackett's wife and two children were home on the night of Gilbert's disappearance. Police later ruled out Hackett as a suspect in the deaths of Gilbert and the LISK victims.1
    • Relevant Reddit threads: 1, 2
June 6, 2010
  • Megan Waterman (22) was last seen on June 6, 2010 heading toward a nearby convenience store on foot after leaving the Hauppauge Holiday Inn Express.
  • Her body is discovered on December 13, 2010, along with the bodies of Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Amber Lynn Costello. 1
  • On April 16, 2011, police seized the laptop of Waterman's boyfriend/pimp, Akeem Cruz, to search for records of clients that could lead them to the killer.2 In April, 2012, Cruz pled guilty to federal charges of transporting women across state lines to meet clients for sex.3 In 2013 he was sentenced to three years in prison.4
September 2, 2010
  • Amber Lynn Costello (27) leaves her home in North Babylon to meet a client, never to be seen alive again.
  • Her body is discovered on December 13, 2010, along with the bodies of Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Megan Waterman. 1
December 11, 2010
  • A Suffolk County Police canine unit investigating a missing persons case regarding Shannan Gilbert discover human skeletal remains at Gilgo Beach, three miles west of Robert Moses bridge, at 2:45 p.m. Police discover a full skeleton, wrapped in burlap, in the bramble beside Ocean Parkway near Gilgo Beach, three miles from Oak Beach.1 The remains are later identified as Melissa Barthelemy (24).
December 13, 2010
  • Near where Melissa Barthelemy (24) was found, police find three more sets of remains, also skeletons wrapped in burlap, later identified as Megan Waterman (22), Maureen Brainard-Barnes (25), and Amber Lynn Costello (27). The bodies are found in the same location, within 500 feet of each of other.1
December 15, 2010
  • The FBI offers up its forensic and investigative services in the case. Police seize a white SUV from the client's Oak Beach residence as part of the investigation.1
December 16, 2010
  • Suffolk County Medical Examiner reports the remains are all female victims and that Gilbert is not one of the four female bodies discovered. The ME's office holds a press event to explain forensic investigation approach.
December 17, 2010
  • Police hold a press conference to provide an update of the investigation, stating they had completed a comprehensive search of the beach area in both Nassau and Suffolk along Ocean Parkway.
January 19, 2011
  • Police identify one victim as Megan Waterman (22), a woman from Maine reported missing in June 2010 from Hauppauge, NY. Remaining three victim identities still unknown.
January 24-25?, 2011
  • Police reveal identities of three remaining victims, and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota declares the victims are the work of a serial killer.1 He also reveals all four worked as escorts using Craigslist ads. Police say the women were killed at different times, possibly a year apart in one case, and disposed of at different times.
  • Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer says beach search would resume once weather conditions improve in spring.
March 29, 2011
  • Police search teams return to Gilgo Beach to resume search for Shannan Gilbert.
March 30 2011
  • Police confirm discovery of more possible human remains at a site east of the original search location. Police find a skull, hands, and forearm, later verified to be additional remains of Jessica Taylor, the woman whose torso was found in Manorville in 2003. Other human remains are also found along Ocean Parkway, three quarters of a mile east of where the first four bodies were discovered.
March 31, 2011
  • Police rule out that the fifth set of remains discovered a mile east of the first four sets are not those of Shannan Gilbert (24), the missing New Jersey woman.
April 4, 2011
  • Police find three more sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway between Oak Beach and Gilgo Beach, bringing the body count to eight. An unidentified Asian male dressed in women’s clothing; the skull, hands, and foot of the first Manorville Jane Doe (discovered in 2000); and an unidentified girl between sixteen and thirty-two months old described as "Baby Doe".
  • Police later released a sketch of the Asian male. The cause of death was blunt-force trauma.1 He likely been working as an escort and was wearing women's clothing at the time of his death. He was between 17 and 23 years of age, 5' 6" in height, and missing four teeth. He had been dead for between 5 and 10 years. He had some kind of musculoskeletal disorder which would have affected his gait.2
  • DNA analysis identified Baby Doe to be the child of "Jane Doe No. 3 / Peaches."3
April 5, 2011
  • Police say Shannan Gilbert (24), the woman last seen in Oak Beach on May 1, 2010 is not one of the three bodies discovered on April 4.
April 11, 2011
  • Police uncover two more sets of remains in two separate locations.
  • The first discovery: female bones and jewelry found near the Jones Beach water tower. Described as "Jane Doe No. 3". DNA testing determines this is the same victim as Peaches and that she is the mother of the child (Baby Doe) found the week prior along Ocean Parkway.
  • The second: a skull discovered west of Tobay Beach in Nassau County is later determined to be that of the Jane Doe No. 7 remains found in 1996 on Fire Island.1, 2
May 9, 2011
  • In light of the six latest discoveries, Spota revises his theory of the case, announcing “There is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer.”
May 17, 2011
  • The New York Post reported that Long Island police were revisiting other similar unsolved murders of prostitutes. Named in the article was Tanya Rush (39), a mother of three from Brooklyn whose dismembered body was found on June 27, 2008.
November 29, 2011
  • Commissioner Dormer revises the case theory yet again, announcing he believes a single serial killer is to blame for all ten victims, and that Shannan’s disappearance is a separate case, perhaps not even a murder.
December 13, 2011
  • Shannan Gilbert’s remains are found on the far side of the Oak Beach marsh, a quarter mile from where her belongings were found five days earlier. Before an autopsy is performed, Commissioner Dormer refers to her death as an accident.
December 14, 2011*
  • James Bisset (48), a wealthy Long Island businessman, killed himself in his car in a parking lot.1
  • Bissett co-owned the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and the nearby Hyatt Hotel. He also owned Bissett Nursery in Holtsville, a large wholesale company, with his family and Treasure Cove Resort Marina in Riverhead.
December 15, 2011
  • District Attorney Spota decries Commissioner Dormer’s single-killer theory. The same day, County Executive—elect Steve Bellone names Dormer’s replacement as police commissioner, effective January 1.
January 3, 2012
  • Suffolk County Interim Commissioner Edward Webber announces “There’s no fixed theories at the moment” about the Gilbert case or any of the Ocean Parkway cases.
February 17, 2012*
  • Skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area off North Street, west of Wading River Road. The body was wrapped in bed sheets, a plastic bag, and duct tape. Police determined the victim was a male and estimate the body had been there at least five years.1, 2
March 21, 2012*
  • A female body was discovered in a heavily wooded area of Manorville Hills County Park about 100 yards off the nearest dirt road. The body had been in a wooded area for "at least a week." Police stated the case was being treated as a homicide, but declined to describe any obvious wounds found on the body.1, 2
May 1, 2012
  • Shannan’s autopsy results are shared with her family. The cause of death is “undetermined.”1
November 15, 2012
  • A lawsuit was filed by her mother, Mari Gilbert, against the Suffolk County Police Department in the hopes of getting more answers about what happened to her daughter the night she went missing.1
December 12, 2012*
  • Christopher Loeb stole a bag from Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke’s SUV. While Loeb was in police custody he was threatened and assaulted by Burke, who allegedly coerced police who witnessed the incident to lie to federal investigators about what they saw. The bag contained Burke’s gun belt, ammunition, sex toys, pornography, and other items.1 According to Loeb the pornography was snuff films depicting a woman being tortured.2
  • James Burke pleaded guilty in February 2016 to conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and violating the victim’s civil rights. In November 2016 he was sentenced to 46 months.3, 4
  • On January 31, 2017, Suffolk County agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle the federal lawsuit brought by Christopher Loeb.5
January 23, 2013*
  • The remains of a woman were discovered buried in a small piece of brush in a sandy area along the shore at the end of Sheep Lane in Lattingtown, near Oyster Bay. The remains are believed to be of a woman between the ages of 20 and 30, possibly Asian. She was wearing a 22-karat gold pig pendant, which may be a reference in some Asian cultures to "The Year of the Pig." There was trauma caused to her bones. Investigators believe she was buried before Hurricane Sandy in late 2012.
  • Asian Jane Doe:
March 16, 2013*
  • Natasha Jugo (31) was last seen leaving her home near Alley Pond Park, Queens. Her car was found along Ocean Parkway and some of her clothes and belongings were found in the sand near Gilgo Beach the following day. Jugo was described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black robe, pink pajamas, gray hooded sweatshirt, black coat, and black boots. Jugo's family said that she had "a history of problems in which she thought people were following her". Police are unsure whether the case is connected to the LISK victims."1, 2
June 24, 2013*
  • Natasha Jugo's body was discovered washed up on Gilgo Beach.1
September 2014
  • Due to the controversy about Shannan Gilbert's death, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden agreed to conduct an independent autopsy of her remains in hopes of determining a clear cause of death.1
  • Upon examination of Gilbert's remains, Baden found damage to her hyoid bone, suggesting that strangulation may have occurred. Baden also noted that her body was found face-up, which is not common for drowning victims. Despite this, her death is still officially listed by police as an accident.2
December 10, 2015
  • Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini announced that the FBI had officially joined the investigation. The day before, former Police Commissioner James Burke, who resigned in October, had been indicted for alleged police brutality and other issues. He was said to have blocked FBI involvement in the LISK cases for years.1
  • A spokesperson for the FBI confirmed their official involvement. The FBI had previously assisted in the search for victims, but was never officially part of the investigation.2
July 23, 2016
  • Shannan Gilbert’s mother, Mari Gilbert, was murdered in her home in Ellenville, New York. Later that day, her younger daughter, Sarra Elizabeth Gilbert, was arrested and charged with the stabbing death of her mother.1
December 15, 2016
  • An escort comes forward and claims that James Burke, the disgraced ex-Suffolk police chief, is linked to prostitution on Oak Beach. She gave a press conference with John Ray, the attorney for the family of Shannan Gilbert.
    • See the video here.
September 12, 2017*
  • Suffolk County prosecutor Robert Biancavilla announced that John Bittrolff, a carpenter from Manorville, Long Island, was a suspect in at least one of the LISK murders. Bittrolff was convicted in May 2017 and sentenced in September in the homicides of two escorts in 1993 and 1994. He had been linked to the 1990s murders by DNA. He is suspected in a third murder.1, 2
  • The grown daughter of Rita Tangredi, one of Bittrolff's known victims, was reported to be "best friends" with Melissa Barthelemy, one of the Gilgo Beach victims. Barthelemy's mother said that her daughter "had a lot of calls to Manorville from her phone" before her death.3, 4
January 2019
  • State Senator Phil Boyle Boyle introduced a bill in the State Senate to encourage the Commission on Forensic Science to explore use of genetic genealogy. The commission discussed the issue and that of DNA phenotyping at its June 7 meeting.1
November 15, 2019*
  • A 54-year-old Long Island man, Andrey Frey, was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two sex workers on separate occasions and then traffic them for his own financial gain. He was charged with multiple counts of attempted sex trafficking and attempted kidnapping.
  • In both cases, one in July 2019, the other in October 2018, the women escaped by jumping out of his moving vehicle. Handcuffs, knives, guns, rope, zip-ties and manuals on knot-tying were recovered in a search of his home and vehicle. He also has a history of violence against sex workers.1, 2, 3
  • Federal investigators were examining whether Mr. Frey had any connection to the Gilgo Beach murders.
    • Relevant reddit thread: 1
January 16, 2020
  • Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart released images of a belt found at the crime scene with the letters "HM" or "WH" (depending on which way the belt was looked at) embossed in the black leather. The belt was found during the initial investigation near Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach. Police believe the belt was handled by the perpetrator and did not belong to any of the victims.
  • Hart stated that forensic genealogy was being used to help identify other victims, but would not comment on other DNA or forensic questions.
  • A website was announced, GilgoNews.com, enabling the police to share news and receive tips regarding the investigation.
    • Watch the press conference here.
  • Attorney John Ray, who represents the family of Shannon Gilbert, also gave a press conference urging LE to release her 911 call.
    • Watch the video here.
May 6, 2020
  • A judge overturned the appeal of the Suffolk County Police Department and ordered them to release the long-sealed 911 recording of a call made by Shannan Gilbert the night she died.1
  • Shannan Gilbert estate attorney John Ray says he has heard the 911 tapes and calls them 'extremely valuable'.2
May 22, 2020
  • The Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement they had positively identified the “Manorville Jane Doe,” also referred to as “Jane Doe #6," whose remains were located in Manorville in 2000 and Gilgo Beach in 2011. They have not yet released her identity.1
May 28, 2020
  • SCPD updated their website regarding the Manorville Jane Doe. She was identified as Valerie Mack, born 07-02-76.
  • Valerie Mack was a white female described as being 5 feet tall with brown hair and hazel eyes weighing ~100 pounds. Family members last saw her in the Spring/Summer of 2000 in the area of Port Republic, New Jersey. She was 24 years old when she was last seen. Mack was never listed as a missing person.
  • Mack's last known address was in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area where she had been working as an escort. She used the name "Melissa Taylor". There is no familial relationship between her and Jessica Taylor.
  • Detectives are asking members of the public, friends, family, and associates of Valerie Mack to provide whatever information they have about her and the circumstances leading to her death.
    • Watch photos of Valerie Mack here.
    • Watch the press conference here.
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2019.12.28 01:39 itskady Who or What Drowned Actress Natalie Wood? Did a Gypsy Fortune Teller Predict the Glamorous Star's Tragic Death?

She stole America's heart in films West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause but who or what stole Natalie Wood's life on a cold November night in 1981.
Natalie's story starts far before the night of her death, in fact, it starts far before her birth. Maria Zakharenko was a Russian Immigrant who fled her native land to escape the Bolsheviks, she found herself in China where a fortune-teller told her that her daughter would be a beauty known worldwide this prediction excited Maria but the fortune warned that this beauty would drown in dark water. Maria upheld this prediction and understood her daughter was destined to be a star, Maria would go on to give birth to Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko better know as Natalie Wood. Maria would spend decades turning Natalie into a star, she paraded the young girl around movie sets hoping to be discovered, even instructing the young Natalie to sit on male director's laps to get roles. Natalie's mother was ruthless and did everything in her power to turn Natalie into a star, the perfect star. She ripped wings off butterflies, separated Natalie and her sisters, denied medical help for broken bones, and even hide a violent rape. Natalie's mother instilled in the girl and her sister a deep fear of water, she told Natalie of the fortune teller's disturbing prediction. An eleven-year-old Natalie was filming The Green Promise where she was set to run across a bridge in a rainstorm, under the bridge there was water, rough dark water. Natalie was told she would not fall into the water, she believed the ridge would fall after she made it across to the other side. Someone pulled the bridge to collapse too soon, Natalie fell into the water breaking her wrist. She struggled for a bit attempting, with a broken wrist, to pull herself up eventually being helped up. This event solidified her fear of water. Natalie Wood never received any medical attention for her badly broken wrist, her mother didn't want the child to be seen as "difficult". She had a bone almost protruding out, she covered it with bracelets for the rest of her life. Natalie was apparently so afraid of water she would have panic attacks washing her hair and never learned to swim.
Natalie would go on to marry Robert Wagner, an actor who was eight years her senior. The pair were married for five years they had no children together, remember him he's important later. She divorced him when she allegedly caught him with another man. This has never been proven true, Natalie never publically claimed this. She went on to remarry an English director, together they had one child, a daughter named Natasha. The pair divorced. Natalie and Robert remarried and had one more child, Courtney.
Now to her last days.
I know this all may seem irrelevant but the events of her life and her relationships are all very important when we discuss her death. Shortly after Thanksgiving 1981Natalie Wood, her husband Robert (RJ) Wagner, and her costar Christopher Walken all board Wagner's boat, The Splendour they are bound for Catalina Island. Dennis Davern is the boat's captain. They shop, hang out, and drink. They drink a lot.
November 27th, 1981
The night before Wood's disappearance, she argues with Wagner until she leaves with Captain Dennis Davern on a dinghy. They stay the night at a hotel.
November 28th, 1981
The foursome dine at Doug's Harbor Reef, they drink two bottles of wine, two bottles of champagne, and one of the men was drinking daiquiris as well. Natalie did not eat much of her meal, she and Walken threw glasses after a toast. They were so drunk the restaurant called harbor control to make sure they made it to the boat safely. Wagner and Walken argued shortly before Natalie wood's disappearance apparently over politics and career advice for Natalie. A wine bottle is broken. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner argue, she storms off to bed. 11:05 Natalie Wood is seen alive for the last time.
November 29th, 1981
1:30 am a Ship To Shore call is made.
3:30 am the Coast Guard is notified Natalie Wood is missing.
8:00 am Natalie Wood's body is found, floating close by is the ship's inflatable dinghy. She wore a nightgown, socks, and a jacket she has some bruises and an abrasion on her cheek. Her blood alcohol was .14%, .08% is considered too drunk to drive. She also had taken pain killers. She was 43 years old.
Robert Wanger is allegedly never fully questioned on the day of Wood's death. A few days later Wagner, Walken, and Davern tell a similar tale. Wood's death was ruled an accidental drowning. Wagner went on to raise Wood's two daughters, even one who was not biologically his. Walken remained almost silent about the night. Davern would allegedly leak info to tabloids throughout the years.
2011
Thirty years after Natalie Wood's tragic passing Captain Dennis Davern publically states that he lied to the police. He claimed that Wood and Wagner argued that night after Walken had been flirting with Natalie. He claimed that Wagner had broken a bottle in anger and exclaimed: "What are you trying to do, f**ck my wife?" Davern claimed that Walken went to his room then Wood and Wagner continued to fight until Wood stormed off and Wagner followed her. Apparently Wagner returned sweaty and prevented Davern from turning on the boat lights or even calling for help. Davern now claims that Wagner kept him in a room to prevent him from talking to the cops, he claimed Wagner told Walken and himself to keep quiet about the fighting and to basically lie to the police.
The police reopened Wood's case in 2012 and the corner, without examining Wood's body, determined that her death was caused by "Drowning and Other Undetermined Factors". In 2018 Robert Wagner was named a person of interest in Natalie Wood's death. Natalie's sister, Lana believes that Davern's story is true. She claims to have asked Wagner on the day of Natalie's funeral what really happened. She claimed that Natalie couldn't swim and wouldn't even get in her pool. Dennis Davern and Lana Wood went on the Dr. Phil Show to accuse Robert Wagner of being responsible for the death of Natalie Wood. Lana Wood believes it was an accident, she doesn't believe Wagner ever intended to hurt Wood but either got carried away in the heat of the moment or denied Wood help once she was in the water.
Natalie's two daughters, Natasha and Courtney stand by their father. Natasha, who is not biologically Robert Wagner's daughter but was raised by him as dedicated most of her life to preserving her mother's legacy. She has even taken on Wagner's last name. She believes that Davern is a liar who is exploiting her mother's death for money. Natasha's claims have some merit. Davern never told the police about fights or screams in 1981, he was highly intoxicated the night of Wood's drowning, he allegedly leaked gossip to tabloids throughout the years, he changed his story three decades later, he has changed this story multiple times, he has written a book, he has appeared on Dr. Phil, and Davern has sold his story to the media multiple times. Natasha said this about Davern and his claims, "He is somebody who I can not even dignify with a response because he's so undignified."
Walken, the only other person aboard the ship that night who wasn't spoken much of the incident, said when asked about his feelings with the case's reopening, "I don't know". He has stated before that he believes Wood's death was an accident.
Natalie Wood's clothes were so wet that her jacket weighed nearly 40 lbs even 24 hours after her death. That jack on a 100-110 lbs Natalie would've weighed her down. Natalie's blood-alcohol level was .14 making her almost blackout drunk mixed with her pain killers would've severely impaired her judgment skills, is it that far fetched to think that a frustrated drunken Natalie could've wanted to go to shore and stay in a hotel as she did the night before and attempted to board the dinghy and somehow accidentally fallen and weighed down by her jacket drown?
Or did a drunken jealous husband attack then throw his wife into the ocean and coverup the crime?
It's been nearly forty years since Natalie Wood passed away. She was an actress, a wife, a sister, and a mother. Regardless if it was murder or an accident Natalie Wood's family deserves answers. What happened to Natalie Wood that dark November night?
Natalie's Daughter on her Mother's Passing
Video on Natalie's Passing and Jacket
The Timeline of the Night of Natalie Wood's Passing
The Fortune Teller
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2019.11.04 00:07 moflaffle (Discussion) Top 50 Celtics Plays of the Decade

Hi all. I'm working on putting together a top 50 plays of the decade list (and eventually video) for every NBA team. In the table below I have narrowed it down to 72 plays I am considering for the Celtics (not in order), and I will add to it if there are more cool plays that happen in the next two months.
The part of this that I need help on is receiving input from the Boston fanbase, because I don't want to piss off any team's fans by screwing up the rankings. Are there any plays that I don't have listed that you think should be considered for the list? Any plays listed that I should cut? Any plays that you find overrated/underrated? Any input is welcomed.
Additionally, I have a poll for what should be the number 1 play. Whatever gets the most votes will be number 1 on the video regardless of my opinion. Here is the link: https://forms.gle/8VK6WZDsYsPBjwNy9
Player Play Description Team Type Year Link
Rajon Rondo Crossover on Morris Peterson Celtics Ankle Breaker 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjKTAqC7v-8
Delonte West Block on Zaza Celtics Block 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MKOnVMoSvc
Paul Pierce Game winner vs Heat in playoffs 2010 Celtics Clutch shot 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcegYy3Rj3w
Rajon Rondo Game tying alley oop vs Heat Celtics Clutch shot 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrLRiAdlzvo
Paul Pierce Game winner vs Knicks Celtics Clutch shot 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYlHEP3XuKQ
Kevin Garnett Game winner vs 76ers Celtics Clutch shot 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4hn5Kz317c
Tony Allen Dunk on Jamison in Game 5 Celtics Dunk 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5b7ld4bE4U
Rajon Rondo Hustle play vs Magic Celtics Miscellaneous 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyhx0i27-Cc
Rajon Rondo Fake on Andrew Bynum Celtics Miscellaneous 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx-JHHkRIT4
Rajon Rondo Ball fake vs Cavaliers in playoffs Celtics Miscellaneous 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXYt9NoX_X8
Rajon Rondo Pass to Ray Allen Celtics Pass 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyYgNnwKZVs
Rajon Rondo Avoid chasedown from Lebron, behind the back to Tony Celtics Pass 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmDbcG6FFCY
Ray Allen Block on Tyson Chandler Celtics Block 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klPbw8Pb4u8
Ray Allen Go ahead 3 in playoffs vs Knicks Celtics Clutch shot 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k_DR-j4A4A
Kevin Garnett Go ahead shot in playoffs vs Knicks Celtics Clutch shot 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSnxRCDGUUs
Paul Pierce Dunk vs Raptors Celtics Dunk 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoaK5cE8Lmk
Kevin Garnett Game winning steal vs Knicks game 2 1st Round Celtics Miscellaneous 2011 https://youtu.be/YSnxRCDGUUs?t=36
Rajon Rondo Fake behind the back to layup vs Heat in playoffs Celtics Ankle Breaker 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80EVb7HNa6o
Keyon Dooling Cross and layup vs Hawks Celtics Ankle Breaker 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN-qvXo5Ttg
Kevin Garnett Go ahead shot in playoffs vs Hawks Celtics Clutch shot 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_4pSLoPO64
Paul Pierce Shot to go up 4 on Heat in game 5 of ECF Celtics Clutch shot 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_uulujs-MM
Jeff Green Dunk on Al Jefferson Celtics Dunk 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dtSR33A42A
Avery Bradley Dunk on Durant Celtics Dunk 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfa58-iI_p0
Rajon Rondo Behind the back fake vs Hawks in playoffs Celtics Miscellaneous 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3EsA15PDo
Rajon Rondo Behind the back pass to Allen vs Warriors Celtics Pass 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKEOrHeN1IY
Avery Bradley Behind the backboard shot to beat shot clock buzzer Celtics Circus Shot 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDtmaZqITuc
Jeff Green Game winner vs Heat Celtics Clutch shot 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAZdxOmoZRE
Jeff Green Game winner vs Pacers Celtics Clutch shot 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9ndsZ67Rw0
Jeff Green Game winner vs Cavaliers Celtics Clutch shot 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6bpmH3UOms
Jeff Green Dunk on Maxiell Celtics Dunk 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5-pBCDSNcw
Jeff Green Dunk on Bosh Celtics Dunk 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVyZpvwSyxs
Phil Pressey Hikes ball to Brandon Bass Dunk Celtics Pass 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyZPU4h6JzQ
Evan Turner Game winner off Sullinger pass vs Blazers Celtics Clutch shot 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk6jvbD1Zaw
Evan Turner Game winner vs Hawks Celtics Clutch shot 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fNsh9lxBgU
Jae Crowder Game winner vs Raptors Celtics Clutch shot 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPY8J8VqkM4
Marcus Smart Game winner vs Raptors Celtics Clutch shot 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D68sxl04Mcw
Tyler Zeller Game winner vs Jazz Celtics Clutch shot 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOlZ6cfimoo
Marcus Smart Putback dunk on Randle Celtics Dunk 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvKkNxjmr8Q
Isaiah Thomas Ball fake and pass to Jerebko 3 vs Cavs Celtics Pass 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04GPUs2rVgA
Isaiah Thomas Block on Chris Paul Celtics Block 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4FGzcOM-jk
Avery Bradley Game winner vs Cavs Celtics Clutch shot 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__ljBiuA8RU
Isaiah Thomas Game tying layup vs Hawks Celtics Clutch shot 2016 https://streamable.com/ygh9
Jae Crowder Dunk on Hawks in game 7 Celtics Dunk 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-cXkNl5coc
Isaiah Thomas Behind the head pass to Crowder 3 vs Bucks Celtics Pass 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TmygHCjuB8
Kyrie Irving Cross and spin on Bucks Celtics Ankle Breaker 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkOddqbYvxk
Semi Ojeleye Circus shot off of no look pass from Smart Celtics Circus Shot 2017 https://twitter.com/nba/status/928439628532731904
Avery Bradley Game winner vs Cavs in playoffs Celtics Clutch shot 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYDLoLZH5BA
Isaiah Thomas Double clutch and 1 dagger vs Wizards game 2 Celtics Clutch shot 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiSZGgX_RcM
Terry Rozier Steal and dunk to win over Pacers Celtics Clutch shot 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc5f2Ts5RkI
Isaiah Thomas Game winner vs Hawks Celtics Clutch shot 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIwoJvm1APw
Terry Rozier Go ahead shot vs Bucks in game 1 Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://youtu.be/WouFpUpdhpM?t=28
Al Horford Game winner vs 76ers in OT playoffs Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIG_WeDdSJw
Jaylen Brown Go ahead layup vs 76ers in Game 3 Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://youtu.be/bJlQfuWd5W8?t=24
Al Horford Game winner vs Blazers Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr-Rk45RMIs
Marcus Morris Game winner vs Thunder Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O3Uf1iml1M
Jaylen Brown Game winner vs Jazz Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvb3XfbIpSc
Marcus Morris Game tying shot vs Suns Celtics Clutch shot 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrmmxqATGCU
Jayson Tatum Dunk on Lebron Celtics Dunk 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44NSSTbyHqM
Jayson Tatum Dunk on Paul George Celtics Dunk 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIIRyc59OlU
Jaylen Brown Dunk on Giannis Celtics Dunk 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZhVAW9cAfU
Jayson Tatum Dunk on Towns Celtics Dunk 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa-iJ7_9lRU
Jaylen Brown Dunk on Porzingis Celtics Dunk 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOQAxKgua60
Marcus Smart Offensive rebound and putback and 1 on Embiid Celtics Miscellaneous 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBMoCU3X-2s
Al Horford Steal at end of game 3 vs 76ers Celtics Miscellaneous 2018 https://youtu.be/fQZTHhSkdHQ?t=19
Marcus Smart Steal and pass from ground leading to Tatum alley oop Celtics Pass 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzezGSlkLd0
Al Horford Double block on Giannis Celtics Block 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDYxuOQxvJc
Jayson Tatum Block on Durant Celtics Block 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-SQVB5w024
Jayson Tatum Game winner vs Knicks Celtics Clutch shot 2019 https://streamable.com/4zdas
Gordon Hayward Game winner vs Kings Celtics Clutch shot 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28_uScLJfM4
Kyrie Irving Game winner vs Pacers Celtics Clutch shot 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVWkF3VMhN4
Jayson Tatum Spin and dunk Celtics Dunk 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dURuKZw3PDs
Jaylen Brown Dunk on Giannis in playoffs Celtics Dunk 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR9hFu_eYv8
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2019.10.29 00:01 RocketSurgeon22 WTF Weird, Oddities and Coincidental Aspects - Watts Case

When I first learned of this horrific crime, I could not sleep for several nights. I couldn't help but try to understand "why" it happened. Like many of us, we search via YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, etc. The more I learned the more time I spent reading up on it. This case has so many weird to crazy aspects. There was no trial but there was a ton of documentation released publicly. I've collected little tid-bits from various comments and posts over time. I have not taken the step to validate everything below so don't treat this as a fact based collection. I've excluded names and filled in parts to provide context as some were extracted from discussion. It is also a bit messy and unorganized but I think you will find some interesting pieces.
WTF/Weird & Coincidences
The amount of documentation from videos, social media, officer body cameras. It is very much like a reality show.
The video of the baby in the womb while police, Nate and Chris watch the video surveillance
CW said NK requested him to look up the lyrics to the song 'Battery' as he was driving back to the office after having just disposed of the bodies earlier – lyrics are creepy coincidental. CW’s YouTube account has 1 song with very strange lyrics that are relative to what happened.
The names in this case. Bella and CeCe went to Primrose School in Erie, CO. The owners of this location are named CHRIS and SHANANN. There are not many people who have the name Shanann or spell it ath way. Many in this case have Lee in their name (Tammy Lee, Nichol Lee Kessinger) to many variations of the name Nicole, Nikole, Nichol. Weird names that seem made up such as Kent Cookson who went by Cook Cookson is another owner of Primrose and CW had a co-worker named Troy McCoy. They sound fictional.
SW changing her phone pin and not sharing it with CW. SW using CW's phone often to promote Thrive on his FB account and often unfriend/message people.
No clear motive with Chris and the murder of his family.
The Watts house is right in the middle on that entire “block”- it has 5 houses on the left and 5 houses on the right. It’s in the middle on that block.Also their street (parallel) with their house breaks down right in front of their house right in the middle in a T format. In Chinese culture... the house that sits on a T street right cutting it through in a perpendicular shape brings misfortune, sadness, loss... in this case ... crime and death.
After SW and the girls’ “disappearance” and before the bodies were found, a police K-9/ cadaver dog search was executed in the Watts home. When the K-9 and its handler entered SW’s bedroom closet (?), she and the other officer in the room heard a strange giggling sound. It’s also captured on the officer’s bodycam video. They tried to find where it came from or what might have caused it (like maybe a child’s toy) but were unsuccessful. The closet giggle sounding similar to NK’s “creepy” voicemail giggle
The little kid at the Sunday birthday party, who says a day or two later regarding the search for his friends' Bella and Cece: "I think they're in a hole."
There was the 911 call from a neighbor about a “female intruder” at the Watts house and the garage light turning on. (I think this happened in September and Nate was actually the caller...?)
Gay lover Trent Bolt and Amber F (claimed mistress of CW that was never proven credible) – Scott Peterson’s mistress name was Amber F. as well. Amanda McMahon, who claimed to have had a Tinder hookup with Chris in Feb/March 2018, said that Nickole Atkinson was her manager at Supercuts in Greeley in 2013. Page 1713 of discovery. Baumhover report. SW approaching the Nigerian lawyer regarding divorce while she was actively trying to get pregnant. Many have speculated these were planted distractions by NK and others (no proof).
Coincidences or Law of Attraction (LoA) aspects of this case. LoA is a common practice of MLM's
Her vision board had “Chris retire” – he is no longer working and is in jail, “reach the 200k limit” – her family met after she passed, “2018 would be her year” – which it was.
Chris Watts making a presentation about relationships going downhill after meeting a love interest at work. And doing exactly that.
The doll photo with a blanket over the body, SW staging photos of the little girls with blankets and pillows over their faces – both girls dying in a similar manner.
Texts, comments, statements in this case made by SW
Shanann in North Carolina texting Addy, “Chris makes one phone call to his dad today in over 4 weeks and he wants them to see the kids tomorrow! I told him, ‘Over my dead body.’"
SW in videos and posts would often say, “he might kill me for this or that.”
SW constantly talking up Chris in her videos, saying he is “the best thing that ever happened to me.”
There's a video (one of SW's FB lives) in which she sneaks up on Chris and Cindy to film them and whispers "they're gonna kill me"
Shanann posts on fb: "I don’t jog because I’ve watched enough Law & Order to know that’s how you end up finding a dead body.”
SW is doing a Facebook live in the kitchen downstairs. Dieter the dog is barking loud, SW says “Dieter is being so loud, so let me go strangle the dog before he wakes up my kids – and I strangle him.”
Shanann's message to her friends that she doesn't have to worry about Chris cheating on her because "he's got no game."
Shanann posts Oops video on fb, June 11, 2018, she posts about Chris being a “bachelor” while she's away: ". . . plus grocery shop for a “bachelor” for 5 weeks
Addy responded to Shan’ann – “he would kill for you”
Weird/eerie similarities between the Jodi Arias case and the Watts case.
Jodi murdered her ex boyfriend, Travis Alexander, who was heavily involved and a rising “star” in an MLM at the time of his murder. He and Jodi were also both devout believers in and avidly practiced LOA. Jodi Arias also gave wild stories about what happened the night of the murder and kept changing her story before finally confessing. She also claimed they had sex right before she killed him. She was convicted by the state of premeditating the crime.
MLM Law of Attraction and Arias/Watts coincidence - Travis who was also a motivational speaker often shared a story about his near-death experience when a robber put a gun to his head while a woman in front of him was screaming. He often talked about using the power of his “retina” to calm the woman and situation. He was later killed by gunshot right above his eye by Jodie. Both Travis and Shan’ann foretold the way they would die with their constant storytelling!
Both relationships (CW/SW and Jodi/Travis), the females tried to get the males away from friends and family. Both CW and JA were socially awkward while SW/Travis were very outgoing and portraying their lives as something else such as successful when they serious money issues. JA and CW both see themselves as mentors to other prisoners. Many people have wildly speculated these two cases are some psy-op by government much like MKUltra.
Controversial concerns, questions and confusing aspects of this case:
Jeremy Lindstroms provided insight of Shanann's character before knowing she had been murdered. He highlighted her bossiness, hypochondria, OCD, etc. He also implied that Shanann probably took off with the kids to teach Chris a lesson. As usual people took offense to these statements without considering the time Jeremy provided them. The fact that a disinterested outside observer thought that she was fabulist and capable of running away for attention is valuable insight. It explains a lot about the Watt’s family initial reaction knowing SW’s dramatic behavior.
All the (staged) pictures SW posted of the girls sleeping with blankets covering their faces. It means something. Two friends commented with concern but SWs response was "she's being silly" and " she's just like her moms". Not sure how an infant was "being silly" sleeping dangerously. Overprotective moms would flip out in this situation since SIDs is a common cause of death for children under 3.
Tammy from CPS in North Carolina proactively called investigators in Colorado. Why? People speculated Frank Jr (SW’s brother) whom had been accused of abusive behavior towards children was the reason. CPS would have prevented Frankie Jr from staying the night in the same house with the girls and required supervision requirements while visiting if he were ever found guilty or during the course of his case. However, Frankie Jr’s case was closed 14 months before SW and the girls spent 5 weeks in NC. Public records show the abuse charge was dropped and he was found guilty of a lesser crime with minimum punishment. CPS would not have had any oversight of the girls visits that summer.
Shan’ann’s behavior and past. Shan’ann shared her severe depression on many occasions in her FB videos. One in particular is a video of her “My Thrive Experiences.” She highlights how she started college but never finished, how she struggled with work while being diagnosed with Lupus – how Chris came along -they had kids but Thrive came into her life and the positive support system was so amazing and life changing for her. Her face and voice really showed how much it meant to her. As pointed out by - MLM’s require SM participation with other thrivers (circle-jerk). Doing the likes, comments, joining others videos, participation with Questions on product videos… Was SW addicted to the SM dopamine?
Some mentioned that SW said she wanted her own reality show. The portraying a perfect family was very important as many have pointed out – she purchased custom t-shirts, pajamas and all the photos of CW look like she dressed him and the girls. SW created a fantasy world that was very deceiving at times. She would make claims such as “meal prep for 5 weeks” and in another post talked about CW has always done all the cooking, she bragged about retiring when she left hospital because her MLM business had taken off. She focused on constant super mom, super wife, perfect family – because I’m awesome posts. Everything was tied to Thrive and not a single experience was not caught on her phone. Many claim SW was obsessed with vanity and instead of addressing her depression she used FB. Observations from these videos has led people to question whether she may have had some opioid abuse -which may explain the depression and the multitude of illnesses she suffered from? We do know she was on heavy meds for her pain with lupus.
Many have pointed out SW went from always being sick to being diagnosed with many chronic illnesses. People have pointed out it stopped when she joined Thrive. She switched to super mom/wife and the children started to have constant health issues, sickness, ER visits and chronic illnesses. The doctor and specialist visits are interesting. Was she shopping or trying to get a particular diagnosis? It has been pointed out that all of doctor shopping and being sick activity stops suddenly on FB when family comes to visit. It resume once they leave. Many have questioned if SW had MSBP or borderline personality disorder. What is MSBP? ( https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hw180537 ) Was SW's behavior on FB reported to CPS? Police interviewed her parents which led to Sandi pointing out Nutgate, Wedding Invite debacle and cross contamination of food. CW being cold towards the girls while in NC. They never interviewed the Watts – except only Ronnie. Ronnie mentioned extreme bipolar behavior, passive aggression, chronic medical issues and expenses –
Doll photo (one of 2) depicting a baby covered by a blanket. August 9th – they had just returned to CO. CW was back at work that day and a doll photo was taken midmorning. It was sent from CW to SW. Who took the photo is controversial since people claim CW took off work to either A) join SW for her doctors appointment or watch the girls while at doctors appointment B) take SW to airport. The photo was taken inside the home in the morning but sent in the afternoon. Ronnie also claims SW took that photo and SW was known to use CW’s personal phone. On this same day CW deleted or deactivated his facebook account. This can be done without a phone and may have been an action taken by CW to prevent SW from accessing or to hide SW’s pregnancy from NK
Nicole Atkinson (NA), Addy and others stated SW was completely distraught, caught off guard (rightfully so) while in AZ. Nicole repeated that SW did not eat or drink anything while in AZ (also pregnant) and was very emotionally distraught. What caused NA to wake up so early and go to check on SW? SW’s mother (whom was also close to NA) claimed she woke up 2am and was freaked out – did NA call Sandi and express concerns about SW’s wellbeing? Could this explain NA’s subsequent freak out that morning that led her to go investigate? How bad was SW’s depression and was there any suicidal history? NA did not have any suspicions of CW at that time. It wasn’t until 1 hour after she arrived at the Watts home that she had an exchange with CW that led to suspicion. The relationship between SW and NA is interesting. It was short, started with SW’s mom then turned to SW after Sandi moved. NA was a great friend and would do anything to help SW. She mowed the lawn, took care of the girls, checked the mail, etc. Many of SW’s friends did not even know NA and were confused when she was on TV saying they were best friends. NA did know SW very well but did not know of the marital issues until 2 weeks before the murders. While requesting the welfare check – NA did not know SW’s age or birthday. On the officers camera during the welfare check she knew SW’s new cell phone pin number which happened to be a birthdate of one of the kids. Police focus on CW suspicious behavior with NA the morning they went missing – they don’t dig deeper on what led to NA having concern and showing up at the Watts home.
NK's phone pinging in Frederick at approx. 6:30am, the morning of the murders/body disposal. NK was searching about CW and his wife SW before she started to work at Anadarko and ever meeting CW. NK deleting her texts. Requesting CW, Charlotte and friends to delete text from their phone. NK not remembering 2 hour conversation hours before he murdered his family. NK approached police and set terms for the interview after trying to destroy evidence, performing questionable online searches and being vague. She clearly rehearsed her interview and made sure it stayed in chronological order and would not allow it to deviate. There are many contradictions in her interview. Police never seemed to express concern over her behavior.
Chris’s go with the flow behavior, women in his life – claims made while in prison – connecting details from arm chair detectives on youtube to his confession. Why has there not been a psychological exam? How sleep deprived was he and did he have an drug test?
Oddities
The entire interrogation and behavior of Tammy, Graham and 3rd investigator. Tammy’s line of questioning to Tammy not having visited the crime scene yet still involved in the investigation. The interview in Wisconsin after CW is in jail is frustrating. Many detective questions are answered by other detectives not CW – often questions are asked and another detective will change the subject allow CW to not answer. Very odd interview. The dramatic write ups from the Denver Post making the investigators out to be victims of CW – suffering from PTSD. Many horrific crimes have occurred in the Denver but this one gets constant attention.
Sandy’s (SW’s mother) high dram Dr. Phil’s interview. The Watts and the Rzcueks have claimed that the other family was scheming to hurt or kill them.
Sandi R claimed -
Shanann claimed -
Chris Watts allegedly wrote a memo claiming -
Most recently, Frank R claimed -
Shanons death talk! Bella repeated fears of CeCe dying because of tree nuts. Shanon posted these fears on Instagram and Facebook, spoke about them to her friends as well as posting fears of her kids growing up in such a dangerous world, being bullied, etc. She often posted stories of other kids who had passed. This behavior was not typical but at the same time Shanon endlessly tried to portray herself as an overprotective mom. She posted saying she needed to protect them. She was often labeled a “helicopter mom.” Typical helicopter overprotective moms do not use daycare all day, take trips away from kids or leave them with babysitters frequently.
Shananns mother calling the preschool often and making comments to the administrator – “excuse me for caring.” On the morning of the murders SW’s mother downplayed the concern although she had called many times and asked for administrators not to worry.
NK’s daily call routine consisted of speaking with Jim before Chris, averaging 7 minutes per call. She would sometimes call Jim back after speaking with Chris.
Lighter on the passenger side door in his truck when CW did not smoke (verified), handful of hair in the back seat of truck (HLN journalist claim – unverified)
Chris pleading guilty so that: He could prevent death penalty in a state that opposes the death penalty and To stop the investigation
Colorado has a high rate of maternal filicide (mom’s killing daughters under 8 years old) and as of late, two MSBP cases that have made national news.
Shanann’s name changes, life, relationships and history while in NC. She has a rumored past with legal issues and accusations. Her family would often change the spelling of their names. The constant bankruptcy and financial issues seemed to repeat. She also had many failed MLM launches and had spent lots of money in the past only to do it again with LeVel. We do not see any communication between CW and SW regarding finances. We see them using friends and family to help pay for their mortgage, bills and full time day care of two girls after SW quit her job to sell pyramid MLM scheme full-time.
The judge denied the request from the Defense on DNA testing in August. Watts took the plea in November. Months before anyone knew he’d plead guilty and forfeit a trial, a judge denied a request for DNA swabs. If the evidence had the possibility of exonerating him (it probably didn’t, but we will never know for sure), it’s part of a defense. And it was denied.
Sept 5th 2018 CW requested the book "Body of Evidence" by Patricia Cronwell. It's about Murder Suicides.
Many observers (arm chair to experts) have claimed Chris seems to be covering for someone in his recorded interviews.
The toxic behavior of blogger, authors, vloggers and the shan'ann watts supporters (a.k.a. Colorado gang).
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2019.10.22 16:00 Anonymous_1-2-3-4-5 MCU Movies Behind the Scenes Facts *Wanted to do this for fun* Captain Marvel *UPDATED*

Continuing my MCU Behind the Scenes Facts posts with an updated Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man Far From Home and will continue to do these in the future
All links to MCU Behind the Scenes facts

CAPTAIN MARVEL


1. The cutout character that Vers shoots in the Blockbuster store was originally supposed to be The Mask (1994), with Vers mistaking the green face for a Skrull, but the filmmakers couldn't secure the rights.

2. When Stan Lee makes his cameo, he is seen reading the script for Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995) and reciting the line, "Trust me true believer". As revealed on Smith's YouTube page, Stan's health was in decline and he could not muster his trademark enthusiasm so the producers looped in Lee's unused audio from Mallrats.

3. Goose is played by four different very professional cat actors named Reggie, Rizzo, Gonzo, and Archie.

4. Brie Larson is allergic to cats, so her scenes involving Goose were filmed with a puppet or computer-generated VFX.

5. Stan Lee passed away while they were editing the film and the folks at Marvel put together the special opening logo to honor him.

6. In the comics, Captain Marvel's cat is named Chewie, after Chewbacca from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). In this film, it was named Goose after Goose Bradshaw from Top Gun (1986).

7. Samuel L. Jackson improvised checking out the Skrull's junk beneath the sheet.

8. Project PEGASUS stands for "Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/United States." It was previously mentioned in The Avengers (2012).

9. The security guard Captain Marvel speaks to at the beginning of the movie is Marvel security director Barry Curtis.

10. While Monica Rambeau is choosing a new color for Carol Danvers' suit, we can see many references: a red and yellow suit (the colors worn by DC's Captain Marvel, currently known as Shazam) a black and golden suit (the colors of Carol Danver's Ms. Marvel suit) and a white and green suit (the classic Kree armor suit colors in the comics)

11. In February 2019, Marvel launched the official website of the film which emulates design from the 1990s, including HTML frames, a mix of rainbow fonts, pixelated GIFs, a hit counter, a guestbook, and a low-resolution trailer framed inside a window resembling Real Player.

12. When Larson showed up on set to film the post credits scene, she got a redacted script page with everything blacked out except for her own line. There were no actors present. The crew couldn't even tell her to whom she was speaking. The other actors filmed it seperately. Brie Larson was digitally inserted into the scene afterwards.

13. In the movie Carol refers to Monica as "Lieutenant Trouble". In the comics, Lieutenant Trouble (a young girl named Kit Renner) was Captain Marvel's biggest fan and later on became her friend.

14. Both Marvel and DC had a superhero named Captain Marvel, the DC version being better known as Shazam. After lengthy legal proceedings, Marvel won but in order to retain their copyright, they required to publish Captain Marvel comic books. Not being a popular, money-making character, Marvel fulfilled this requirement by publishing a series of one-off comic books over a series of years. Also as part of the deal, the DC version was not allowed to use the same character name on the cover, so the title is Shazam after Captain Marvel's (Billy Batson's) catchphrase SHAZAM which is also the name of his mentor.

15. There were concerns that Brie Larson was too young to portray a pilot. Screenwriter Nicole Perlman consulted with the U.S. Air Force, who said it was possible for someone between twenty-eight and thirty-four to become an accomplished pilot like Danvers.

16. Jude Law took counsel from his Sherlock Holmes (2009) co-star Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, on appearing in this movie. Law stated, "He talked a little bit about how making a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie is fitting this one piece into a bigger picture, and giving yourself over to that. It's not about trying to understand everything. Just do your piece."

17. The name "Captain Marvel" is never spoken in the film, and is not seen in print until the closing credits.

18. Fury's ID showed him having only level 3 clearance at the time.

19. To prepare for her role as Captain Marvel, Brie Larson trained for four hours a day over nine months, learning judo, boxing, and wrestling. She also visited Nellis Air Force Base and met with active duty airmen, including Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt and Thunderbirds pilot Major Stephen Del Bagno, who died in a crash and whom the movie pays tribute in the credits. He, and other members of the unit, had given Brie Larson the callsign "Sparrow".

20. (At around 20 mins) Vers' scream back at the growling Skrull, was devised on set. They loved the idea of small pieces of her humanity crack through even before she realizes she's a human.

21. In the film, Talos claims that all Skrulls are shapeshifters. However, in the comics, Talos is one of the few Skrulls who is unable to shapeshift.

22. Pinar Toprak signed on to compose the film's score, making her the first woman to score an MCU film.

23. This film is set in the 1990s, and serves as a prequel tale for established Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Korath the Pursuer, and Ronan the Accuser.

24. Samuel L. Jackson described this version of Nick Fury as a desk jockey with two good eyes, who has not yet become cynical towards bureaucracy.

25. Fury mentions that he likes to operate in locations that start with the letter "B" because he can make them rhyme. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Alexander Pierce talks about a rescue mission that Fury initiated, against orders, in Bogotá.

26. Fury says no one calls him "Nick." In the MCU films that take place later in the timeline, Tony Stark and Agent Maria Hill both call him "Nick."

27. The older lady's stunt double during the train fight is Heidi Moneymaker. Larson's stunt double is Renae Moneymaker. "So there are two sisters fighting each other for a lot of this sequence."

28. Most songs featured in the movie are sung by 90s female singers; Des'Ree [You Gotta Be], No Doubt [Just a Girl], Garbage [I'm Only Happy When It Rains], TLC [Waterfalls], Salt-N-Pepa [Whatta Man], among others.

29. The Nine Inch Nails (NIN) t-shirt worn by Carol is a bootleg. According to Rob Sheridan, the band's former art director, the rectangle surrounding the NIN wordmark should be the same width as the typography found in the logo. Marvel subsequently reached out to Nine Inch Nails, and an official NIN t-shirt commemorating Captain Marvel became available.

30. The film was the first from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a female lead and it was released in cinemas on International Women's Day.

31. On Nick Fury's ID card his birthday is seen to be the 4th of July, 1950, which makes him 45 years old in this film. In real life, Samuel Jackson was born on December 21, 1948.

32. This was the twenty-first film to be released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

33. Jamie McKelvie, who designed Carol's Captain Marvel suit in the comics (used starting in 2012), praised the movie costume for closely adhering to his work.

34. The film featured the cinematic debut of the Marvel alien race the Skrulls. In the comic books, the Skrull made their debut in a "Fantastic Four" adventure.

35. Ben Mendelsohn was called 'Ben Mendelskrull' when he was in his prosthetic make-up.

36. A nod to the original character is Captain Marvel's combat helmet she wears during her missions and in outer space. The helmet features the iconic mohawk haircut Captain Marvel was often portrayed wearing in the comics. There was some debate among fans regarding Brie Larson's hairstyle, with many fans claiming it is too long and not similar enough to the usual short hairstyle Captain Marvel has in the comics.

37. Maria Rambeau's pilot call sign is Photon. In the comics her daughter Monica Rambeau gained superpowers similar to Captain Marvel and briefly took on the title of Photon (She had other titles too - Captain Marvel, Pulsar, Spectrum).

38. As a large portion of this film is set in space, and presumably because the Kree use similar technology; the iconography of location displays (font, coordinates) within the film when shown on screen is very similar, if not identical, to the location displays from the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

39. The filmmakers cited 1990s action movies as an influence on the film's action, in keeping with the era in which the film is set.

40. This film is based on the "Kree-Skrull War" storyline, which was written by Roy Thomas and published in The Avengers issues 89-97 between June 1971 and March 1972. Carol Danvers only had a small role in the story, before she received her superhuman abilities (in 1977).

41. Quantum physicist Spyridon Michalakis, of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology, was consulted on the film.

42. The Skrull makeup took two hours to apply.

43. Most of the quad jet is vfx, but the front/cockpit is a practical piece that they had to share with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

44. This film marked the second directing pair in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the Russo Brothers (Joe Russo and Anthony Russo), this time Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

45. The special key that Vers pulls from her suit to connect with 1990s tech and communicate back home is later a part of the pager that she gives to Nick Fury

46. This was the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released after Stan Lee's death.

47. The film takes place in 1995.

48. The filmmakers used real-world animal biology, particularly octopus videos as reference for the look of the Skrull transformations.

49. While in the classified file room there were a couple of boxes with the name Kevin Larosa clearly behind Carol. Kevin Larosa Sr. is the stunt aerial coordinator in the movie.

50. The filmmakers debated which was more 90s , "fresh" or "dope", and finally decided they were equally correct and then went with "fresh."

51. This was the first solo female-led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), released the year before, was led by a male-female superhero duo.

52. Katheryn Winnick, Natalie Dormer, Emily Blunt, Katee Sackhoff, Yvonne Strahovski, and Rebecca Ferguson were rumored for the title role.

53. Nicole Perlman previously wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

54. Despite the fact that this movie takes place before, and was released before, Avengers: Endgame (2019), it was actually filmed after the latter.

55. Movies listed as references include Gimme Shelter (1970), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The French Connection (1971), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather (1972), Star Wars (1977), and Top Gun (1986).

56. Keanu Reeves was almost cast as Yon-Rogg.

57. The movie is not a traditional origin story, as the heroine already possesses her powers when the film starts.

58. (At 17 mins.) The memory shot of the Skrull approaching the camera, shifts very briefly to a more humanoid form to tease the later reveal that the person in that memory is actually Yon-Rogg.

59. Some have interpreted Talos drinking the milkshake as a nod to Pulp Fiction (1994), but it's actually a reference to Reservoir Dogs (1992).

60. The trailer received about one hundred nine million views worldwide in its first twenty-four hours of release.

61. While this isn't the first movie with a female superhero, it is the first to be written primarily by women. Supergirl (1984), Catwoman (2004), Elektra (2005), and Wonder Woman (2017) were written by men. The closest was Catwoman (2004), which gave a writing credit to Theresa Rebeck. However, that movie also had three male writers credited.

62. This film is NOT the chronological introduction of the Kree race. In Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), the agents were kidnapped, taken into the future and held captive by the Kree. However, the alien corpse from which the TAHITI project sprang in earlier season was Kree. The Kree also appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (specifically, Ronan the Accuser).

63. When Vers/Captain Marvel is looking around the bar and remembering past experiences there, she notices the arcade cabinet for a Street Fighter video game. Since the release of X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996) in 1996, one year after the year this movie is set, Capcom has published fighting video games that pit their characters against Marvel superheroes. However, Captain Marvel did not appear in any of them until Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (2017), released in 2017.

64. When Brie Larson was announced at the end of the San Diego Comic-Con for Marvel's panel, she took part in a photo selfie with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Black Panther (2018).

65. The movie was announced at a Marvel event in October 2014.

66. This is the second prequel of the MCU after Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

67. The pinball machine that one of the Skrull children has been mastering for the last six years is Bally/Midway's Space Invaders.

68. This is the first Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures-distributed film not to stream on Netflix, after Disney decided to let their licensing deal with Netflix expire. Disney plans on releasing this movie on their subscription service, Disney+.

69. One of the pieces of communication equipment that Carol salvages for parts is a Nintendo Game Boy.

70. Roy Thomas, writer of the comic, declared that his plan for the Kree-Skrull war was one that would turn planet Earth into "the cosmic equivalent of some Pacific island during World War II".

71. Brie Larson (Carol Danvers) and Nelson Franklin, the medical examiner, both starred in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Brie Larson played Envy Adams and Nelson Franklin played Comeau.

72. Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson both previously appeared in the films Farce of the Penguins (2006), Unicorn Store (2017), and Kong: Skull Island (2017).

73. This second film in the MCU to have Pulp Fiction references since Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). In this film, there's a shot of Phil Coulson and Nick Fury in the car which is the same shot of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, the cup Talos sips on is a reference to Pulp Fiction (1994) when Jackson's character, Jules Winfield, borrows a cup to wash down the burger. And the opening of the glowing lunchbox references the briefcase. In CA:TWS, on Nick Fury's tombstone, there's a scripture that says, "The path of the righteous man Ezekiel 25:17" which Winfield recited in Pulp Fiction.

74. This is the second Marvel film to feature a main character (protagonist/antagonist) who is a U.S. service academy graduate but the first to explicitly show that character's time as a cadet/midshipman on screen. Whist Erik Killmonger's time at the United States Naval Academy is only alluded to in Black Panther (2018), revealing that he commissioned from Annapolis at the age of 19 (presumably as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer), this film includes a clip of Carol Danvers attempting to complete an obstacle course as a Basic Cadet during Second Beast (pre-Fall Semester boot camp for first-year students) at the United States Air Force Academy. It's also worth noting that she is not the first Air Force grad to grace the MCU screen as James Rhodes (War Machine) has been known to sport a USAFA grad ring on one of his fingers.

75. Nick Fury refers to Hannibal Lecter, a character made famous by Anthony Hopkins, who has appeared in the MCU multiple times as Odin.

76. This film marked Jude Law's debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Kree named Yon-Rogg. Law previously starred in Sherlock Holmes (2009) as Dr. John Watson, appearing alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. Downey Jr. is also part of the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having played Tony Stark since his role in Iron Man (2008); Rachel McAdams is a part of the MCU as Dr. Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange (2016). The cast of the MCU now also includes Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, who also played Watson and Holmes in Sherlock (2010).

77. Gemma Chan is the tenth actress/actor from "Doctor Who" to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), Talulah Riley (Thor: The Dark World), Jenna Coleman and David Bradley (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World (2013)), Tony Curran (Thor: The Dark World (2013)), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019)), Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)), and Riann Steele (Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)). \David Tennant was also in Doctor Who and the MCU, playing the Tenth Doctor in the Doctor Who Series and playing Kilgrave in Jessica Jones on Netflix\**

78. The official trailer for the film was released on Good Morning America on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. This is the United States Air Forces' birthday (September 18, 1947.)

79. Elizabeth Wood, Emily Carmichael, Rachel Talalay, Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, Lorene Scafaria, and Rebecca Thomas were on the short list to direct the movie.

80. One of two 2019 theatrical releases in which a VHS copy of the film The Right Stuff (1983) appears. Us (2019) is the other.

81. The colors of the experimental airplane Carol flies are the same as those of the Colonial Vipers from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and the X-wings from the original STAR WARS trilogy.

82. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) in the Marvel Universe and Supergirl (Kara Danvers) in the DC universe share the same surname; Danvers. Kara Danvers was adopted by the Danvers family. Both have similar superhuman powers.

83. Both Ben Mendelsohn (as Orson Krennic) and Samuel L. Jackson (as Mace Windu) star in Star Wars franchise.

84. The name of the character Yon-Rogg is not spoken until the bottom of the second act, leaving only about 45 minutes left of the film.

85. One of two films released in 2019 based on a Marvel comic, set in the 1990s, and featuring shape-shifting aliens as characters. Dark Phoenix is the other.

86. DeWanda Wise was set for the role of Maria Rambeau in this movie before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.

87. This film features one Best Actress Oscar winner: Brie Larson, for the film Room (2015).

88. Minn-Erva, a Kree played by Gemma Chan, is also known in the Marvel Comics universe as Doctor Minerva. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's earlier film It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) also featured a character named Dr. Minerva.

89. Brie Larson and Clark Gregg both previously starred in the film Hoot (2006), where they played adversaries, of sorts.

90. Ronda Rousey had expressed interest in playing the title role.

91. Jennifer Kent and Jennifer Yuh Nelson were in the running to direct to the film.

92. Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jude Law are all Academy Awards nominees for acting.

93. Captain Marvel blasted up the movie poster "True Lies". Bill Paxton play Simon in True Lies and also played John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which could result to be a universe-paradox, like Samuel Jackson playing Nick Fury in the MCU and also Mace Windu in Star Wars, which are mentioned that exist in the MCU)

94. CAMEO: Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel writer (from 2012-2015), as a bystander in the train station who looks at Carol.

95. Nick Fury tells Goose, "I'm trusting you not to eat me," towards the end of the movie. Shortly afterwards, Goose scratches Fury, causing him to lose his left eye as he is seen at the very end with a patch over his left eye. This is a callback to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) where Fury tells Captain America, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye."

96. Lee Pace reprises his role as Ronan the Accuser in this film. However, he does not wear his iconic face paint of Xandarian blood because this movie precedes Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) wherein he first applies it.

97. The filmmakers discussed various options as to how Fury would realize that Keller was actually a Skrull named Talos before settling on the man referring to him as Nicholas. Boden's favorite had Fury point out to Keller that his shoe was untied and then have Keller wholly unaware as to how to tie it.

98. Carol Danvers' pilot call sign is "Avenger" in the film, which Nick Fury names the heroes he founds to protect the Earth. In the comics, Danvers took the call sign "Cheeseburger".

99. The twist of the Skrulls turning out not to be the villains is not too far-fetched since in the comics, it is revealed that the Kree were the ones that started their war.

100. Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) were digitally de-aged in order for their characters to look like their younger selves, since the movie is set in 1995. This was the first time Marvel did de-aging of characters for an entire movie. They previously used this tactic in Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), but only for flashback scenes. They also did it to Tony Stark when he was presenting to his college with his parents right before they died.

101. Carol's powers came from an exploding Pegasus ship engine. We later learn the engine was powered by the Tesseract, making Captain Marvel the first (chronologically) MCU hero whose powers are derived from an Infinity Stone. (The space stone is hidden within it.) Wanda Maximov/Scarlet Witch and her brother, Pietro/Quicksilver, would become the second two (the Mind stone), followed by Vision (also the Mind Stone)

102. When portraying the alien Skrull Talos, Ben Mendelsohn used his native Australian accent. When Talos adopts a human disguise, Mendelsohn used an American accent.

103. Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, eight different characters have taken the name "Captain Marvel." This movie features three of them: Carol Danvers (the most famous version, previously known as Ms Marvel), Mar-Vell (the original version, a Kree alien and superhero) and Monica Rambeau (who briefly carried the title of Captain Marvel).

104. The final fight with Yon-Rogg was originally scripted as a brawl that Carol wins, but through production they came to realize she should no longer be playing by his rules.

105. The mid-credits scene was directed by the Russo brothers, who previously directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

106. There are two post-credit scenes in this film. One sets up Avengers: Endgame (2019), and the other finishes off Captain Marvel.

107. Carol cannot breathe in space without the helmet, which comes out of her suit. However, when she unlocks her full power, she is able to 'breathe'/survive without a helmet, as shown in the climax of the film.

108. The film is based on Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, a pilot who gains her super powers during an incident with an alien craft, but her origin incorporates the alien Captain Marvel's, Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell and Khn'nr. Both Kree and Skrull soldiers who come to Earth and decide to defend it. Furthermore, Khn'nr had his memory tampered with which causes him to suffer from an identity crisis, which Carol suffers in this film.

109. In the comics Mar-Vell was a male Kree who was caught in an explosion while rescuing Carol Danvers and the explosion passed his powers onto her by imprinting his DNA onto hers. In the movie this is changed slightly by Mar-Vell being a female Kree who built the core that gave Carol her powers when it exploded. This marks the fourth time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the character portrayed in the film/TV series is the opposite gender of the original version from the comics. The first was Jeri Hogarth in Jessica Jones the third was the Ancient One in Doctor Strange (2016) and the fourth was Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).

110. This was the first chronological movie appearance of Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since he was stabbed and, apparently, killed by Loki, in The Avengers (2012). He was later revealed to have survived, as explained on the television show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

111. Nick Fury's full name is given as Nicholas Joseph Fury. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) he mentioned only the middle initial "J."

112. To act as an incubator of sorts, Goose swallows the Tesseract for safe transportation. This may be an homage to The Avengers (2012) in which Bruce Banner is approached by Natasha Romanov who briefs him about the Tesseract. His response to her is "What does Fury want me to do, swallow it?"

113. The use of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" when Vers (Brie Larson) confronts The Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening) has multiple connotations, as it discusses memories, something Vers is slowly regaining over the course of the film. The song's title coincides with The Supreme Intelligence finally revealing herself as she is, in this case the "unknown enemy" and not the "friend."

114. Monica Rambeau talks about building a spaceship and flying up to space. Fury says she would need to glow like her Aunt Carol. This may foreshadow the story in a future Captain Marvel film. In the comics, Monica grows up, becomes charged by rays from space and can then fly at the speed of light.

115. Goose is first among everyone in the movie who touched the Tesseract. She checked it with her paw.

116. In the film, Mar-Vell is killed by Yon-Rogg while the destruction of an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract causes Danvers to gain cosmic powers. In the comics, Danvers got her powers from a similar event, a fight between Yon-Rogg and Mar-Vell, only then Mar-Vell survived and it was an alien device that grants superpowers.

117. In the film, Soh-Larr (Chuku Modu) is a Kree spy investigating the Skrulls. In the comics, he was the father of the first Kree-Skrull hybrid, Dorrek Supreme.

118. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Phil Coulson is resurrected using the biology of a Kree, in a project tagged "TAHITI".

119. They initially debated introducing Ronan as head of the Accuser assault ships during the attack on Torfa, but they eventually decided it would have more impact holding him until later. It also would have given away the Kree's true identity as the villains too soon.

120. In the finale, Carol puts her old Air Force flight jacket over her Captain Marvel costume. This is in keeping with the mid-1990s cliche of superheroes wearing "edgy" costumes which invariably included a leather flight jacket.

121. Dr Lawson (Mar-Vell) has brown hair in the film, while the Dr Lawson avatar the Supreme Intelligence uses has gray hair. This makes her resemble Phyla-Vell, in the comics Mar-Vell's daughter who briefly held the title of Captain Marvel, and took other names too (Quasar, Martyr).

122. The Tesseract (previously shown in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018)) appears in this movie.

123. In the comics, Yon-Rogg and Mar-Vell became enemies when Yon-Rogg betrayed Mar-Vell out of jealousy and inadvertently killed his girlfriend.

124. The film reveals how Nick Fury came up with the name for The Avengers when he first founded The Avengers initiative. Fury sees a photo of Carol Danvers when she was a fighter pilot and learns her call-sign was "Avenger".

125. Goose possesses human levels of intelligence (being an alien species known as Flerken). The most notable aspect is her clear sense of right and wrong. She easily warms up to both Carol and Fury, seeing past their hardened exteriors and into their innate goodness. She also purrs and rubs up against Talos's leg when the heroes (and the audience) still believe the Skrulls are the villains. Finally, she's able to recognize the Skrulls when they are disguised as Kree soldiers on Mar-Vell's ship.

126. The entire purpose of the opening dream imagery was to set up the mystery involving Vers' past and her connection with Dr. Wendy Lawson.

127. Yon-Rogg is the 5th MCU villain to be revealed through a plot twist following Aldrich Killian from Iron Man 3 (2013), The Winter SoldieBucky Barnes & Alexander Pierce from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). All other villains were either building up their intentions as a villain, or were clearly evil from their first appearance.

128. Among the VHS tapes on the shelf are Hook, First Knight, Jumpin Jack Flash, Junior, and Just Cause. The one she examines is The Right Stuff, which is about test pilots who join the space program. Among the planes tested was the Lockeed F104, which was able to fly from the ground to the edge of the atmosphere. Danvers' blocked memories are about her being a test pilot who took an experimental plane and flew it from the ground to the edge of the atmosphere.

129. Gemma Chan is the eleventh actor from the "Transformers" films (having previously played Quintessa) to appear in a Marvel superhero film, after Rachael Taylor (Maggie Madsen, Trish Walker), Hugo Weaving (Megatron, Red Skull), Kelsey Grammer (Beast, Harold Attinger), Titus Welliver (Felix Blake, James Savoy), Nicola Peltz (Tessa, Jane), Stanley Tucci (Abraham Erskine, Joshua Joyce/Merlin), Laura Haddock (Vivian Wembley, Meredith Quill), Omar Sy (Bishop, Hot Rod), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sir Edmund Burton, Odin) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Jason Ionello, Memo).

130. This film adds the seventh and eighth actor from a Sherlock Holmes franchise to appear in the MCU: Jude Law joins his own Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr.; Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; and of course, John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Holmes & Watson (2018)). Rachel McAdams (from Doctor Strange (2016)) was also a part of the Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes franchise. Gemma Chan also appeared as Soo Lin Yao in Sherlock: The Blind Banker (2010). Sir Ben Kingsley played a brainier Dr Watson in Without a Clue (1988).
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