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Musical Criminology: A Comparative Analysis of Jihadist Nasheeds and Narco Corridos part 1

2020.06.11 23:26 shooter1129 Musical Criminology: A Comparative Analysis of Jihadist Nasheeds and Narco Corridos part 1

Jihadists have their nasheeds, and the Islamic State (IS) became popular for its nasheed compositions used in propaganda videos. Nasheed is an a cappella song praising the Prophet Muhammad and reciting Quranic verses glorifying jihad. Similarly, drug cartels have bands that compose and sing narco corridos, or “drug ballads,” based on Mexican folk music, which glorify cartel leaders as modern-day “Robin Hood” figures and announce executions of enemies. Both nasheeds and narco corridos have much in common: glorifying historical victories over enemies in wars and revolutions; using lyrics to warn their enemies about their invincibility and strength and bravery; calling out specific enemies as targets; and using their respective ideologies to justify their acts, behaviors, and beliefs. This study examines and comparatively analyzes the two musical genres in the context of terrorism and narco-terrorism, and how these musical traditions affect their respective followers, admirers, and devotees. The analysis also highlights how these musical genres popularize crime and violence, and desensitize audiences to the extreme brutality praised and glorified in their songs. There are some contextual distinctions that separate the two genres as well, and these entail part of the comparative analysis. The use of social media in both contexts is an essential tool to popularize nasheeds and narco corridos; they use YouTube videos, Twitter and Facebook, and other Internet resources to spread their music and messages. In particular, Western democracies provide freedom of expression, which further facilitates the proliferation of nasheeds and narco corridos. Specifically, the nasheeds are sung with religious references, verses, and lyrics, which endow them with greater allure and legitimacy in the eyes of the religious public. However, even some drug cartels and their leaders and followers embrace religious cult-like ideologies related to their narco-paradigms. They come complete with cults of personality attributed to specific drug lords and folkloric heroes from Mexican and Latin American history. An entire industry in entertainment, jewelry, amulets, shrines, icons, and spiritual “saints” and shaman-like figures flourishes in advancing what is called the “narco-culture.”
Moreover, law enforcement faces substantial hindrances to monitor and control online materials. How have governments responded to these social and religious musical media that glorify violent crimes? What are the implications of these for counterterrorism and counternarcotics strategies, bearing in mind that drug cartels often resort to narco-terrorism in much of the same ways as religious terrorist organizations operate, and, in fact, in many cases, the narco-terrorists are even more brutal and heinous in their tactics, shock value, and impacts. Yet, each type of terrorist—religious and narco-terrorists—still secures a loyal following. Their audiovisual tools for glorifying their respective causes, leaders, ideologies, and roles in society have made them extremely popular, especially among the youth. Each type of terrorist claims to fight against corrupt political elites and to stand for and support the masses, especially the poor, disenfranchised, and oppressed in society. In their propaganda, they use words like “oppression,” “persecution,” the “corrupt officials,” and the like, and they present themselves as the heroic warriors rising from among the masses to fight against oppression and injustice, but never mind the drug production, drug and human trafficking, and senseless violence that they perpetrate. And, in the case of ISIS and al-Qaeda, their violent repression and brutality against anyone who fails to accept their creed, leadership, and way of life are clearly paradoxical to their claims of serving as fighters against oppression and injustice. Thus, we see that both narco corridos and nasheeds have much in common, while at the same time they are contextually different.
The fact that narco-terrorists and religious terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda use songs at all is rather surprising. For the world of narcos, traditional Mexican and other Latino folk music and songs in Spanish provide an historical backdrop for their narco corridos. However, in more contemporary times, narco-corrido singers and composers have been increasingly inspired by American hip-hop and rap music and what has evolved into the “gangster-rap,” or “gangsta rap” genre. This is easily correlated to drug cartels and dealers, because many gangs engage in the buying, processing, and selling of illegal drugs, mostly in urban streets, but now the target market is also expanding into the more suburban and rural areas of the United States.
Groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda present nasheeds without music, hence a nasheed is a religious hymn sung a cappella, mainly in Arabic. According to their extremist interpretations of Islam, instrumental music and female voices are not allowed. Therefore, only male voices are heard in nasheeds, which are sung and chanted without any instrumental accompaniment, especially when it comes to jihadist nasheeds. This is conducive to the traditional oral traditions of poetry and storytelling in Arab culture and history.
In order to understand the modern usage of nasheeds and narco-corridos, one must first understand each genre’s history, concepts, and cultural contexts. Then, it is imperative to analyze each genre’s messaging, propensity for glorifying grotesque violence, and tools of dissemination. Finally, it is essential to assess the effectiveness of each genre’s lyrics, strategic use of propaganda, profiteering, and growth of the cult-like cultures and industries associated with them, which could not happen without their music increasing in popularity among the masses, despite their criminality.
Nasheeds: The Hymns of Jihad
In the Muslim world, the nasheed (plural, anasheed) is a song without musical instruments with lyrics that resemble hymns that praise God (Allah). The person who sings a nasheed is called a munshid. According to the Islamic Board website, in Islam “what is meant by Nasheed is a song that carries with it an Islamic belief, practice, etiquette, lesson, etc. They do take many forms. Some are just pure simple praises of Allah, some have very specific lessons related to Qur’anic passages, some are lessons of life stated in an Islamic manner; . . . a Nasheed should be voice only with no use of musical instruments.”1 Sometimes a simple percussion is used in the background to accompany the a cappella singing. Most nasheeds are sung in Arabic, but they are contextually known in comparable terminology in other languages, for example, as Islami nazam in Urdu.2
According to some music scholars, nasheeds evolved from seventh century Arabia, similar to Christian hymns or psalms, which were sung as “tributes to the spiritual life.”3 With the worldwide spread of Islam, “worshippers began using elements from their own musical traditions, including instruments, to sing their own songs of praise. This led to the growth of several new subgenres of Islamic music stretching across continents. Today’s youth have also incorporated the latest styles, such as hip-hop and pop music, to craft their own modern odes to Islam.”4 In his article, “Music of the Arab World,” Saeed Saeed explains the nasheed’s traditional contents, rules, evolution, and iterations:
Islamic music was originally defined by what it didn’t contain: no strings, brass, or wind instruments and no female vocals. The only instrument initially allowed was minimal percussion by an Arabic drum called the daf. This minimal form remains widely practiced in the Gulf and some other parts of the Arab world.
However, in places such as Turkey and Southeast Asia, several new styles of spiritual songs have developed. In Turkey, Sufi adherents incorporate music into worship. The most popular are services undertaken by Mevlevi Sufis, which include chanting and the famous whirling dervishes.
In Pakistan and Southeast Asia, the most recognized form of devotional music is qawwali. Performed by up to nine men, a qawwali group would often use instruments such as the harmonium (a type of keyboard) and percussion instruments including a tabla and dholak. The songs often run from 15 to 30 minutes and include instrumental preludes, repeated refrains and vocal improvisation. In recent times, nasheed artists from the Gulf have found innovative ways to overcome the no-instrument rule.
Albums by Sharjah’s Ahmed Bukhatir and Kuwait’s Mishary Rashid Al Afasy use studio trickery and manipulate backing vocals to sound like a synth piano or string section. In the West, groups such as America’s Native Deen and Australia’s The Brothahood use hip-hop music to get their spiritual message across to a new generation of young Muslims. The nasheeds in English by South Africa’s Zain Bhikha secured him a large following in Europe and the Middle East.5
Global jihadists have composed their own brand of hymns derived from this tradition of nasheeds, and they have been using the nasheed genre in their propaganda videos, audio recordings, and recruitment tactics. These chants “are now the soundtrack of jihad.”6 In his Euronews article, Thomas Seymat says that, “Nasheeds were not always so significant in the jihadi culture, their rise has been only recent. ‘There was an increase of songs after the outbreak of the Arab Spring and the diversification of the jihadi scene which was no longer represented by al-Qaeda alone’,” quoting Behnam T. Said, a doctoral candidate at the University of Jena; “’But an even stronger increase of new nasheeds could be observed during the last years within the context of the war in Syria and Iraq’.”7
Two scholars have focused on jihadi nasheeds: Behnam Said, whose 2012 journal article in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism explains how nasheeds constitute a significant “Contribution to the Study of Jihadist Culture.” Also, Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi has been translating jihadi nasheeds from Arabic to English for many years and has posted his work on his website.8 Behnam Said makes a startling discovery in his article, stating that the songs represent an inspiration for many modern jihadists, for instance Anwar al-Awlaqi, whom the United States killed in an airstrike in Yemen in September 2011, made an “interesting statement [in] his pamphlet ‘44 Ways to Support Jihad’,” saying:
In the time of Rasulullah (i.e., The Prophet Muhammad) he had poets who would use their poetry to inspire the Muslims and demoralize the disbelievers. Today Nasheed can play that role. A good Nasheed can spread so widely it can reach to an audience that you could not reach through a lecture or a book. Nasheeds are especially inspiring to the youth, who are the foundation of Jihad in every age and time. Nasheeds are an important element in creating a ‘Jihad culture.’ Nasheeds are abundant in Arabic but scarce in English. Hence it is important for talented poets and talented singers to take up this responsibility. The nasheeds can cover topics such as: Martyrdom, Jihad is our only solution, support of the present-day leaders of Jihad (to connect the youth to them), the situation of the Ummah (global Muslim community) the responsibility of the youth, the victory of Islam and defending the religion. The nasheeds should focus on Justice rather than peace and strength rather than weakness. The nasheeds should be strong and uplifting and not apologetic and feminine.9
Hence, we see that jihadists have used nasheeds strategically in a concerted effort to spread their propaganda, legitimize their ideologies in the façade of religion, and popularize their genre to gain recruits and loyal followers. Nasheeds are “used by different Islamic groups who are engaged in battle, Sunni or Shia. But many new songs are produced by one of the most powerful actors on the battlefield: the Islamic State”10 (IS, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS; and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL). During the peak of the IS’s power and ubiquitous presence on the Internet, especially Twitter, newly composed nasheeds would be announced with great fanfare. The IS has produced Hollywood-quality propaganda videos that play nasheeds in the background, sometimes providing the lyrics in subtexts on the screen. In addition, al-Qaeda has used nasheeds for its own propaganda purposes as well.
According to Behnam Said, “There are more nasheeds, which are not subsumed under one special category due to the reasons that they are less common in jihadi publications than other ones. These nasheeds are related to Palestine, prisoners, or current political situations.”11 He goes on, providing an example for a Palestine nasheed:
‘Sahm al-Ams’ (The arrow of yesterday) . . . by Abu Ali. This song has been used by Al Qaeda in its video ‘al-Quds lan tuhawwada’ (Jerusalem will not be judaized) from 19 July 2010 as well as in the ‘Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib’ (AQIM) film ‘Adkhulu al-bab aleihim’ (Enter through the door against them), which was released in July 2011. The song’s text is about the loss of Jerusalem and Palestine and the loss of dignity, which can be restored only by means of fighting for the land. The text itself is not militant but is apparently attractive for the militant scene as we can conclude from the fact that core Al Qaeda and its branches used this song for their videos.12
In addition to finding Jihadi nasheeds in propaganda videos, you can also hear them on the Internet, and prior to the technology of today, there was “already a distribution [before the Internet] via song books, cassettes and videos but the Internet worked as a catalyst.”13 The Internet also provides forums containing audios (sautiyat) and sections for discussions “about the permissibility of nasheeds, [and] they are asking for specific songs they come across in videos, etc.”14 Seymat reports in Euronews:
​In a few clicks, euronews found similar forums, web portals and even a subreddit, that host hundreds of MP3s of nasheeds, available to stream or download.
On YouTube, a search for “nasheed” returns 1.3 million results (and more than 80,400 for ‘jihad nasheed’), large parts of which use military imagery and claim geographical origins from Chechnya to Bosnia.
Militant Islamist groups have no qualms using Western inventions like the Internet to circulate their hymns: ‘Jihadists are very pragmatic,’ [Behnam Said] tells euronews. ‘You will find that skepticism more amongst purist Salafis, like Nasir al-Din al-Albani and many Wahhabi scholars from Saudi Arabia.’
Peter Neumann, a professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, sees irony in the situation. ‘There has never been an objection to using Western technology, for example, as long as its use is for a religiously permitted purpose,’ Neumann explained during an interview on NPR.
‘That’s always been the sort of irony and contradiction of this movement – that they are essentially trying to establish states that are following medieval rules, but they are taking advantage of the Internet’ and other cutting-edge technologies, according to Neumann, who is the director of The International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR).15
Nasheeds have been attached to jihadi videos, which often contain graphic, grotesque, and morbid imagery from battlefields, terrorist attacks, and executions that include beheadings. Sometimes nasheed music attributed to particular Jjihadi videos are banned “from video-hosting platforms, but in most cases not because of the nasheeds but because of the footage.”16 “But you can still access nasheed videos on internet platforms quite easily. The songs have spread so far and there are so many that it is not possible to control their spread via internet. Also, in many cases you need experts telling you whether the song is a radical one or not and why it should be banned or not. So this is a quite complex task.”17 Jihadi nasheeds convey a range of messaging, some specific, and some more ambiguous. Often, the “pictures or footage which illustrate the videos leave no doubt of its support for violent jihadist groups, at times the symbols used, such as lions, or scimitars, are ambiguous. Other propaganda videos do not contain violence but are posted by accounts claiming to be linked to ISIL.”18
The IS “has used nasheeds to spread its message since its founding, disseminating battle hymns online through its own media unit and other affiliated propaganda outlets.”19 Most IS nasheeds “are in Arabic, but the language of delivery can be as diverse as the foreign fighters who have joined its ranks.”20 In 2017, the IS released a new nasheed, entitled, “Dawlati Baqia,” or “My State Is Remaining,” which was “professionally recorded and has an Auto Tune quality to it.”21 The song begins:
My state is remaining, firing at the enemy.
Its soldiers shout that it is remaining.
Its path will not be eliminated; its light seeks to expand.
Like other ISIS nasheeds, this one was disseminated across the Internet, on encrypted messaging applications, and likely on the organization’s radio station—still broadcasting in areas under its control. The verses are a defiant reply to those who believe IS’s battlefield setbacks signal the group‘s demise.22
Law enforcement finds it difficult to monitor and police Internet content. However, YouTube, which is owned by Google, “has ‘clear policies prohibiting content intended to incite violence, and [we] remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users. We also terminate any account registered by a member of a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and used in an official capacity to further its interests,’ a YouTube spokesperson told Euronews. ‘We allow videos posted with a clear news or documentary purpose to remain on YouTube, applying warnings and age-restrictions as appropriate’.”23 Furthermore, YouTube has “given a number of government agencies ‘trusted’ flagger status to prioritize their reporting of dangerous or illegal material.”24 However, that might not suffice, since the Internet is global and the sheer capacity and capability to police it around the clock for each platform is impossible. Moreover, as Seymat indicates, “For video-hosting platform YouTube, it is a case of finding the right balance between freedom of expression and removing violent videos.”25
From the 1970s until the present, nasheeds have evolved in three contexts and purposes: (1) the “Islamic Resurgence” period as a means to counter cultural changes in Muslim societies and against various governments; (2) the anti-occupation context and causes, such as Hamas’s nasheeds against Israeli occupation, and militant groups fighting against Western forces in Iraq and Afghanistan—the precursor to this has been the much glorified jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan; and (3) the “singing” or chanting of nasheeds as battle hymns, which include mourning for special martyrs and praising hymns that invoke jihadist and ideological leaders like Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Sayyid Qutb, and Samir Salih Abdallah al-Suwailam (aka “Saif al-Islam Khattab”), a highly-respected foreign commander in the Chechnya War (1994–1996).26
According to Behnam Said, the prominence of nasheeds grew in modern history based on the preaching of Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in the 1950s and 1960s, which means that the MB embraced nasheeds, within certain parameters, to invoke Qutb and praise him and his “martyrdom.”27 This phenomenon has mainly targeted internal changes within Muslim societies to repel secular Western cultures and ideas because they threaten Islamic principles and ways of life, as the MB interprets them. In general, most Salafists and Wahhabis do not find nasheeds incompatible with Islam, as long as musical instruments are not used. Salafism and Wahhabism are ultra-orthodox ideologies that usually inspire global jihadists and jihadist movements. Therefore, they use nasheeds to promote Islamism and Islamic principles and teachings and as morale boosters on the battlefield. The IS, which claims to follow Wahhabism, in particular, has popularized nasheeds in their videos and audios, and their videos frequently have extremely violent and graphic images.
The global jihadist movements use nasheeds strategically to connect “between the global jihadist scene to which [nasheeds] are helpful in creating a common narrative and building up a collective historical mind.”28 Jihadist nasheeds pose significant problems for counterterrorism—specifically countering terrorist ideologies—because they are “very widespread throughout the Internet, so that not only adherents of the jihadist movements but also their sympathizers can get in touch with this material easily, because you will find many hard-core nasheeds not exclusively on jihadist websites but also on sites that claim to provide ‘Islamic nasheeds’.”29 Scholar Behnam Said warns that, “by those websites people can come in touch with this material, which can, in combination with other factors, radicalize individuals on a rational and emotional level.”30 Hence, the lines are increasingly blurred between the legal dissemination of nasheeds that are used in peaceful worship and those promoting violent extremism and jihadism.
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi translates IS documents and nasheeds for counterterrorism purposes. He provided the English translation from Arabic for an IS nasheed in November 2017 intended to boost morale following the loss of territories of the Caliphate, as mentioned above. According to Al-Tamimi,
The Islamic State’s Ajnad Media, which produces nasheeds in Arabic, has released a new production entitled Dawlati la tuqharu ("My state will not be vanquished"). As with the other nasheeds produced in recent months by Ajnad Media, this nasheed follows the same theme of the endurance of the Islamic State despite the loss of its core territories in Iraq and Syria. Below is my translation of it:
Cry the takbir [Allahu Akbar] and rejoice: my state will not be vanquished.
My state, for we have continued supporting it.
My state’s edifice is built from our blood.
My state’s banners proudly fly in Excellence.
On the day of the tumult, our soldiers’ horse does not slacken.
Their determination does not bend, their spear is not broken.
What noble men they are! For loftiness they have embarked.
In their efforts, our soldiers have bewildered mere men.
Oh our enemies, come forth, mobilize and issue the summoning call.
Gather your soldiers, in hellfire they will be burnt.
You will either be killed or taken prisoner.
Our swords have not ceased to drip with your blood.31
Thus, we see that nasheeds remain as paramount strategic tools for the global jihadist movement that includes al-Qaeda, the IS, and a host of other militant groups and cells. The nasheeds have penetrated the spirit and psyche of thousands, if not millions, of admirers and sympathizers who have taken the nasheed as bait. Counterterrorism efforts must consider tackling nasheeds without violating freedoms and rights and without offending religious sensitivities. These are not only challenging goals and aspirations, but given the nasheeds’ religious legacy, legitimacy, and history, they might be nearly impossible to achieve, especially since the Internet provides the ultimate platform for global reach and individual exposure to the “Islamic hymns.”
Similarly, drug cartels have been using narco ballads called narco corridos to promote narco culture, beliefs, messages, and paradigms. The next section examines narco corridos and their impact on what can be described as “adoring fans,” despite the narco stigma of criminality and reputation for excessive violence.
Narco Corridos: The Drug Ballads of Narco-Culture and Narco-Terrorism
In 2013, Netflix aired a shocking documentary entitled Narco Cultura, or “Narco Culture.” The film depicts the contrasting circumstances of drug cartels, or narcos, and a law enforcement forensics team (SEMEFO, a crime scene investigation service) in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which is located at a mere stone’s throw to the border town of El Paso, Texas. The film provides homicide statistics, stating that in 2007 Juárez suffered 320 murders; in 2008, 1,623 murders; in 2009, 2,754 murders, and in 2010, 3,622 murders; whereas, El Paso, Texas had less than eight murders per year.
The film opens with scenes and narrations about pistols, AK-47 and R15 machine guns, 9 mm handguns, beheaded and dismembered bodies, and, the narrator points out that, “sometimes the heads have messages” attached to them. These are the crimes of the narco cells in Juárez, and obviously, by looking at the statistics for homicides, these terrorists have increased their presence and bloody operations in the city. The local civilians suffer terribly from the narco gangs’ extortion, bullying, kidnappings, and grotesque violence. The locals yearn for peace, security, and stability, and some desire to cross the border to safer ground in El Paso. The film also profiles Edgar Quintero, a popular narco corrido singer who is married and has two small children.32 Quintero breaks into song on camera:
I was walking in peace around Guadalajara
The damn government started a battle
With an AK-47 but no bulletproof vest,
I cruised in my white truck
I hit one, my rifle never fails
With a good eye and a good pulse, my school fights back33
Edgar Quintero then talks on the phone with “El Ghost,” his narco benefactor. Quintero asks his employer what he wants in the next song. He gets paid a bundle of US dollars. He informs the viewers that he was approached in prison to be in a band called Buknas de Culiacan. In another scene, Quintero’s wife says on camera, “I like narco-corridos. People like hip-hop . . . There’s nothing better than narco-corridos, you know.”34
If you go to “Narco-Corridos” in Amazon.com, you will see the following:
Audio CD (2001)
Editorial Review
The corrido, or ballad, is one of Mexico’s oldest and most respected song styles, and also one of its most contemporary and controversial. The classic corridos are Mexico’s equivalent of the Spanish romances, the British broadside ballads, and the cowboy songs of the old West. Today, the form has been reborn as one of the most popular musics in Mexico and the U.S., but most of the corrido protagonists now are drug traffickers, and in Los Angeles or the border towns these narcocorridos are regarded by many people as a sort of Mexican equivalent of gangsta rap. While narco songs dominate the field, groups like Los Tigres del Norte also use corridos to tell eloquent stories of immigrant life, and to deal with the twists and turns of contemporary politics.
This album, designed to accompany the book ‘Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas’ (Rayo/HarperCollins) is the first to survey the modern corrido boom. It focuses on the work of the genre’s defining band, Los Tigres del Norte, with examples of other styles and artists showing the breadth and variety of the current scene. Like the book, it gives particular attention to the great corridistas, the writers who have made this medievaly-rooted form into one of the most exciting and relevant musics of our time. It has full notes on all the songs and artists by author Elijah Wald, in both English and Spanish.
This music is far more popular than most English-speakers can imagine. In the year 2000, Mexican regional music accounted for over half of all Latin and Spanish-language record sales in the United States—selling almost four times as many records as all the ‘tropical’ styles (salsa, merengue, cumbia) put together. It is hard to say what proportion of those records are corridos, but one of the five top stations in Los Angeles is playing corridos and narcocorridos virtually all day long, and corrido stars appear regularly on the Billboard Latin charts.35 [emphasis added]
In the aforementioned documentary, viewers see extremely disturbing scenes, including Quintero riding a bicycle with his child in tow, singing, “We’re bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill,” and then he turns to his child and says, “Sing it!” The scene brings home the fact that narcos often use children to kill; some are as young as 14 and 15 years old.36 This is similar to the IS and various other militias and terrorist organizations, who increasingly see value in indoctrinating children and getting them to carry out their operations.
In his book Narco-Cults, Tony Kail describes the Mexican drug cartels as “a sophisticated breed of criminal enterprise,” adding that, “The growth of the cartel networks and their expansion throughout the world also produced extreme acts of violence in a campaign to spread drug distribution routes.”37 He cites the statistics that since 2006, “more than 60,000 people have been killed in cartel-related violence and more than 26,000 have gone missing”38 in Mexico. He adds,
Acts of violence, including public hangings, beheadings, and torture, have become trademarks of the cartel culture. Cartels publicly claim ownership of communities by flying ‘narco banners’ (narcomantas) or signs that display the cartel’s name and challenges to rivals in the area. Internet postings, including videos of beheadings and shootings, are used to intimidate communities and rivals. Bodies of victims are displayed as warnings to rivals and threats to local communities. There are increasing acts of violence toward innocent civilians as well as journalists covering the drug war. . . . Once small-time drug trafficking rings, many of these groups have evolved into international terrorist groups.39
Along with beheadings, hangings, and shootings, cartels are known for training recruits in disemboweling, filleting, boiling victims in vats (referred to as a “stew”), torturing, and flaying. Drug cartels have left rows of decapitated heads on public streets long before the IS began indulging in this grossly violent crime. Yet, despite these atrocities, narco corridos are extremely popular throughout Latin America and even in the United States.
Narco corridos–singing bands engage in concert tours in major US cities. Their concerts are packed with screaming audiences, who know all the lyrics by heart and sing along with the chorus. Often, the band members carry machine gun and bazooka props on stage while they sing and interact with the audience. The documentary shows a number of such scenes, one in which Buknas performs in El Paso, Texas, and gets the audience to sing along to these lyrics:
With an AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder
Cross my path and I’ll chop your head off
We’re bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill
[The audience repeats]
We are the best at kidnapping; our gang always travels in a caravan, with bulletproof vests, ready to execute!
I’m number one, code name ‘M1’ . . . I’m backed up by El Chapo
My name is Manuel Torres Felix, sending greetings from Culiacan (Sinaloa)40
Performing in Los Angeles, lyrics by Los Twiins, Culiacan, who founded the Movimiento Alterado bands, include the following:
Sending reinforcements to decapitate
El Macho leads wearing a bulletproof vest
Bazooka in hand with experience
Wearing grenades, death is within
The girls take off their clothes
A private party like you can’t imagine! 41
On camera, one of the founders of Los Twiins says, “Hundreds of clubs play this kind of music in the United States;” people go to the clubs and “feel narco for that night. It’s an anti-system rebellion that makes a hero out of somebody that operates outside of the law.”42 Many people respect Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán—who is currently in a federal prison in the United States—because of his “Robin Hood”–like reputation for helping the poor in Sinaloa.43 People get drunk and take drugs at these concerts, and they get into fights. Young kids really like the corridos, and the bands that perform them, and they are practically giddy for singers starring in Mexican narco films.44 In one scene of Narco Cultura, a young schoolgirl interviewed on camera says in Spanish, “I would like to be the girlfriend of a Narco, because it’s a way of life, not anything bad. . . . Well, okay, it’s something bad, but it’s a way of life. It’s something that’s a culture for us.”45 Walmart, Target, and all the major chain stores sell music CDs of narco corridos. The music “is becoming more professional,” says Adolfo Valenzuela of Twiins Enterprises.46
The top-selling narco corrido singer is El Komander, whose logo is an AK-47. He aspires to enter Hollywood. In addition, Mexico has an entire film industry that caters to narco soap operas and action films, but many narco singers and actors want to make it big in the United States, particularly in Hollywood films. Narco corridos are enormously popular throughout the Western hemisphere, particularly in the United States, and the drug cartels even use them to taunt law enforcement personnel. For example, in Juárez you always hear narco corridos playing on police radio frequencies, signifying that there has been an execution.47 The documentary Narco Cultura points out that the, now defunct, website www.narco.com provided songwriters with ideas; it was loaded with extremely violent images, including real dead bodies.48 The website contained videos and audios, including videos of cartels interrogating rival cartel members, as well as executions, all taking place to narco corridos playing in the background. They also make direct threats to the Juárez forensics personnel, SEMEFO, a number of whom have already been killed.49
Narco culture encompasses more than just drug production and smuggling and excessive violence; it also incorporates religious and cult-like beliefs, including the deification of some saints and drug lords, diverse iconography, spiritual roles of shaman figures, tattoo symbols, secret hand codes, and some even practice animal sacrifices and voodoo-like rituals. At least two Mexican cartels, La Familia Michoacana and Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templars), base their ideologies on Christian beliefs, symbols, and rituals. According to Tony Kail, “approximately 83 percent of Mexico identifies itself as Catholic (U.S. Department of State). Various forms and denominations of Christianity are widely accepted and embraced among the Mexican population. Drug traffickers who appropriate Christian elements into their practices may find that potential recruits feel as if they can identify with the religious aspects of the group if they are predisposed to this culture.”50 Consequently, the convictions of the recruits are deeply entrenched, which are reinforced by fear tactics through excessive violence that the narcos utilize to deter operatives from disobeying orders, snitching on the drug lords, betraying the narcos, and/or withdrawing from cartel membership.
Mexico is locked in a drug war that appears unwinnable. The security forces and police have to hide their faces in public, or else they risk getting threats, or worse, from the narcos. Also, corruption and co-optation of government officials, the police, and a host of other figures and business people throughout the social spectrum pose significant challenges and obstacles to effective law enforcement efforts to rein in the narcos. Moreover, the drug gangs, leaders, and operatives who are in prison are capable of continuing their narco-related operations even behind bars. Therefore, if physical containment of the narcos is so difficult in the real world, one can only imagine how incredibly challenging control of their messaging in the virtual world/cyberspace becomes for law enforcement.
Furthermore, the drug cartels are meeting the high demands for consuming narcotics north of the border in the United States. The top drugs of choice over the last several years in the United States have been marijuana, methamphetamine (Meth), heroin, cocaine, and most recently fentanyl, which has emerged with the opioid abuse epidemic. The drug cartels in Mexico and Central and South America are very savvy in adjusting the drug supplies to meet the contemporary demand trends. Thus, it is important to note that if the demand for illicit drugs is so high and the volume of consumption and addictive traits only reinforce the needs for the supplies, then there remains very few ways and means—if any—to tackle the popularity of narco corridos and narco culture. In other words, the drug consumption culture, statistics, and demographics have skyrocketed in the United States. These trends provide immensely lucrative profits to the narcos, who then use the revenue to push and market the narco culture in the form of narco corridos and narco films. The narco world and its culture, messages, violence, and criminal behavior are proliferating not only in the real world but also in cyberspace, and until now, there is practically nothing that law enforcement can do about it—especially for long-term impacts against these variables and forces. In turn, the public seems to love narco corridos, the bands that sing them, and the drugs that the cartels produce and traffic particularly to consumers in the United States.
In many ways, the narco culture, organizational structures, methods of operations, ideologies and beliefs, use of narco corridos to popularize the culture, use of excessive violence, and taking advantage of cybertools bear striking similarities to the IS. In the same vein, both the narco corridos and culture and the IS also have distinct differences. The next section comparatively analyzes the similarities and differences between the narco culture/narcoterrorism and the IS. In particular, the comparative analysis focuses on the similarities and differences between narco corridos and jihadist nasheeds.
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2019.11.30 00:43 pooskoodler Akbar is doing a meet and greet tomorrow in LA

Hi everyone, thought you Los Angeles folks might like to know that Akbar is gonna be at my work tomorrow 11/30 for our Small Business Saturday event doing a meet and greet and book signing.
The bookstore is Creating Conversations in Redondo Beach. The event is from 12-5pm and Akbar will be there from 12-1pm. All other info is on our website which I'll put below. Hope you can make it and meet the dude himself while supporting local indie bookstores! Let me know if you have any other questions or whatevs. Thanks!
https://creatingconversations.indielite.org/event/small-business-saturday-wakbar-gbajabiamila-tina-quinn
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2019.05.02 18:23 YustAnotherHuman Getting Ready for ANW Season 11: Everything You Need to Know

American Ninja Warrior is coming back to NBC for Season 11 on Wednesday May 29th at 8/7c and we couldn't be more excited. So let's go through everything you need to know before we jump into what is shaping up to look like the most exciting season in the show's history. We'll refresh you on the important stuff from season 10, look at some of the changes that have been made announced and let you know what to keep an eye out for in season 11.
Let's start with some ninja history: In 10 seasons we've gone to 22 cities, seen 2 ninjas complete all four stages of Mt. Midoriyama, and one million dollar winner. In season 10 NBC announced that they had changed the rules to include a $500,000 prize for the "last ninja" standing, which went to Drew Drechsel. (Editor's note: The Last Ninja Standing prize is $100,000.) Another rule change debuted last year with the addition of the 18 foot Mega Wall and the $10,000 prize that goes with it. You can expect that both new additions to be in play again this year. Also since ninjas have now had a whole year to practice for the Mega Wall, you can expect many more to attempt it and many more to succeed. I hope NBC budgeted accordingly.
But let me tell you, there have been A LOT of changes made to ANW for season 11, and I expect that there are even more that haven't been announced. Firstly, they really shook up with locations. This year will see qualifiers in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Tacoma, and Cincinnati. While we've been to most of these cities on ANW before, it feels weird to not be making a stop in the usual Texas and Florida locations. Tacoma and Cincinnati have never been done before on ANW, and Tacoma will actually be the first time ANW has visited the Northwest United States. They've also replaced two of perhaps the most treasured pastimes in ANW history: The Floating Steps, and Kristine Leahy. The Floating Steps (RIP) which we've all come to know and love, have been replaced with a new obstacle called the "Shrinking Steps", and while those might have similar names, let me tell you they are not. The Floating Steps at this point are also a free-be obstacle, only besting a few ninjas each year. Quite frankly, if you can't make it through the Floating Steps you shouldn't be on this show. But I got to see the new Shrinking Steps in action at the LA qualifiers taping that they are by no means a free-be. Those steps are tiny and slippery and almost half of everyone I watched run did not make it through the obstacle. The show has faced criticism in recent years for having too many people finish the city qualifying course, so my guess is that this change was meant to change that, and i'm scared to say that i'm very confident it will.
Ok now onto the saddest piece of ANW news, the loss of our beloved Kristine Leahy: sideline reporter extraordinaire. While rumor has it that Leahy isn't gone for good but just taking this season off to work on a new ESPN show, she'll be replaced at least this season by Zuri Hall, and while I am sure she will be a great host, I will unapologetically bitter about Kristine's absence for at least the first few episodes.
Alright let's quickly round up what's happened in the ninja world since the end of season 10. When we last saw our favorite ninjas, Drew Drechsel was celebrating becoming half a millionaire while Joe Moravsky was probably trying not to cry thinking about how much money he would have if this rule had existed in previous seasons. Since then, Drew has lead team U.S.A to victory against Europe and Australia in ANW USA vs. The World. I know what you're thinking, "wait "the World" is just Europe and Australia?", and yes, apparently it is, take that rest of the world! Anyways, Drew's supporting case included Mathis "the kid" Owhadi, Najee RIchardson, and for the first time, two women Jesse "Flex" Labreck and Barclay Stockett. While i'm not going to recap the results of USA vs the World, a few things happened that could be important for ANW 11. Firstly, Jesse Labreck became the 2nd woman ever to finish Stage Two. Secondly, no one finished Stage Three from any of the teams, which is a testament to just how hard the Stage Three course has become because usually even in the seasons that no one finishes Stage 3 during the regular season, someone usually completes it on USA vs. the World. Lastly, Drew Drechsel finished the Stage 4 climb in 33.43 seconds which means that had it been the regular season, he would not have made it in time. In light of how terrifying stage 3 has been in recent years, and since we've only seen stage 4 attempted twice, both people succeeding, we tend to assume that stage 3 is the real final stage, and stage 4 is just a formality that anyone could beat if they got there. Drew not finishing in time, a scary reminder of how difficult stage 4 really is, to me was an ominous foreshadow of what might be to come this season. Having said that, there seems to be a trend of a lot of people making it to stage 3 in every other season, and given how we've now had three seasons in a row of very few Stage 2 clears, I think we'll see a lot more ninjas make it to stage 3 this time.
Ok now for the real fun! What ninja's can you expect great things from in season 11?
Joe Moravsky: After a heartbreaking fall on Stage 1 last year, you can bet The Weatherman will be coming back with more fire than ever. Moravsky suffered a minor hand injury a few weeks ago but has said he is optimistic that the hand won't be an issue. Joe Moravsky is one of the most consistantly dominant ninjas in the game, and as long as his hand recovers in time, he is my top pick to win the $1,000,000 in ANW 11, or at the very least, the $500k. We will likely see him in Baltimore.
Drew Drechsel: I think you probably already know how I feel about Drew Drechsel given how many times i've written his name in this post already. ANW 10's last ninja standing is the full package. He somehow has the hops of Michael Jordan, the wingspan of Shaquille O'Neal, the upper body strength of the guy from Free Solo, and the grip strength of someone that has really good grip strength. Drew's semi-win from last seasons could take him in one of two directions. The success may have gotten to his head and given him a sense of confidence that has made him lazy. Or... bittersweetness of the kind of winning but not really winning has made him want to actually win more than ever. I'm leaning mostly towards the second mainly because I think last year's 500K has accustomed him to a life of luxury that he really doesn't want to have to give up. Drew usually competes in Florida, so my guess is that we'll see him in Atlanta this year.
Sean Bryan: wait seriously, this high? yes this high! This guy is the most underrated ninja of all time. His "papal ninja" bit has really taken over too much of his image that no one seems to take him as seriously as a competitor as they should. He's made it to Stage 3 two years in a row, has completed almost every city finals course he's ever faced, and he has Jesus on his side! Sean is one of my top picks to make it the furthest this season. We will probably see him compete in Los Angeles.
Najee Richardson: Watching Najee's dreams die during the water obstacle last season because of an asthma attack was straight up heartbreaking. But Najee seems to have gotten that under control since he had no trouble with the water walls in USA vs. The World. Najee has a very similar profile of strengths and weaknesses to Drew Drechsel, and I think his heartbreak from last year will make him come back more determined than ever.
Daniel Gil: Daniel rounds out the 5 ninjas that have cleared Stage 2 since Isaac and Jeff beat Stage 4. He was also the first to beat the Mega Wall last year and will no doubt attempt it again. ANW seems to be pruning Daniel for transitioning from a top ninja to more of a old-school veteran who serves as a mentofather-figure to Mathis Owhadi. But Daniel is no where past his prime, and we can expect big things from him going into ANW 11.
Adam Rayl: One of the top rookies from Season 8, Adam Rayl was a lot of people's pick to make the million dollars going into last season. Although Rayl made it to stage 2 last year, he seemed to be missing some of his usual fire, and it showed. Adam has maybe the most upper-body strength of any ninja around, so if he can get his mojo back he has the talent to make it all the way.
Josh Levin: Another breakout rookie from Season 8 who was relatively disappointing in ANW 10, Levin isn't even confirmed to be competing this season since he is training to represent Team USA as a rock climber in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Being an Olympian is for sure a bigger deal than being on ANW ( no offense ANW) so I can't blame him for not taking his ninja duties as seriously. While I'm sure Josh is in better shape than ever, if he does compete I think his heart just won't be fully in it. Sadly i'm bracing myself for a disappointing season from Josh Levin.
Jake Murray: Jake is perhaps the least clutch ninja in the game. While I think he is one of the strongest competitors, his recklessness on the course stops me from having too much confidence in him. Love you, Jake, and i'm rooting for you still. Sorry.
Chris Wilczewski: Chris missed ANW 9 after also drowning in Lake Michigan, but he returned to ANW and has been on a war path ever since. You can literally see the fire in his eyes. Personally, I wouldn't want to run into him in a dark alley, but I'd be a fool to not pick him as one of the favorites to be the last ninja standing this season.
Mathis Owhadi: At what age do you think we'll stop calling him "The Kid"? Do you think his friends in college call him "The Kid", maybe just "Kid"? I have so many questions. Matt and Akbar talk up this kid so much I assume The Kid must be paying them. I don't know he does it because his hair is always in his face but this kid kills it. In his first year he did better than almost every ninja, ever his teacher and idol-turned-Mr.Miyagi, Daniel Gil.
Jamie Rahn: Jamie has always been one of my favorite ninjas just because I think he is really nice guy, so I might be a little bias but Jamie is one of the biggest threats to win it all. He beat Stage 1 last season literally barefoot, and his mom and dad wear neon green wigs to watch him run.
Lance Pekus: He might be personally responsible for half the show's female viewership. An amazing competitor, and one of the most likable ninjas around, I'm hoping for big things from Lance after a disappointing Stage 1 fall last season.
Grant McCartney: Another fan favorite with a disappointing season. For some reason Grant's had one too many unexpected early-exits lately for me to bet on him this season.
Flip Rodriguez: Sadly the same as Grant. Love you though.
Ian Dory: Same but i'm for some reason more optimistic about him.
Rookies of the Year: Obviously, the Kid. But tied for second ( a far, far second) are Austin Grey and Zach Day. You probably remember them better as The guy who donated his kidney to that girl, and The guy who ran stage 1 on the anniversary of his father's death and then beat it and everyone cried. Big things to come for both of these two (honorable mention to RJ Roman, keep shredding).
Sophomores of the Year: Tyler Gillett and Josh Salinas.
Honorable Mention (in general, not as sophomores): Nick Hanson, Brian Rambo, Eric Middleton, Drew Knapp, Thomas Stillings.
Ok let's talk about some of the most promising female ninjas. Now I know what you're thinking, it's not very feminist-like of me to group the women into a subcategory and not just list them with the rest of the competitors. And you're right, well done you! But sadly it's just a fact that the women on the show are much less likely to win the entire show and the show itself has really tried to create an unofficial title of 'best female ninja', so it's NBCs fault that I have to compare the women separately. Actually it's really not they're fault and I actually applaud them for not separating the competitions entirely and for doing a great job fostering strong female competitors. Ok now that that's out of the way let's get to it. And this year's nominees for Best Female Ninja are....
Jesse Labreck: Better known as "Flex" or "the Jesse that isn't Jesse Graff", Jesse has truly grown into one of the strongest female competitors around. On a separate note, she recently got engaged to fellow-ninja Chris DiGangi, and their reactions when watching each other's runs are maybe the cutest thing i've ever seen. She has done better every season she's competed and I truly think that Flex will not quit until ninja fans across the country are referring to Jesse Graff as "The Jesse that's not Jesse Labreck".
Alyssa Beird: I think Alyssa is so so talented but I do not think I can handle another montage of her dancing on a teacher's desk.
Meagan Martin: One of the OG triumvirate of female ninjas along with now retired Kacy Catanzaro and Jessie Graff (possibly retired? Im not sure), Martin has everything it takes to beat Stage 3 if she can work on her speed enough to get there.
Barclay Stockett: The show loves talking up Barclay Stockett almost as much as they love talking about Mathis Owhadi. Balance and agility have been a problem for her in the past, but if she get past that we can expect big things from her this season.
Rookie of the Year: Abby Clark Honorable Mention: Michelle Warnky, Tiana Webberley, Zhanique Lovett.
Some general predictions:
1) Fewer ninja will finish City Qualifier courses.
The new first obstacle will probably be a large part of that.
2) More ninjas will finish Stage 2.
I'm sure even Matt and Akbar are sick of seeing so few people make it to Stage 3, and i'm sure the crew is sick of building a Stage 3 and 4 course that never gets used. I'm willing to bet they will give the people what they want and make Stage 2 a little easier.
3) There will be more sponsored obstacles.
They've been slowly sneaking up on us with more and more sponsored obstacles like this seasons "Mission Impossible: Fallout" and "Jeep Run" (which hilariously got changed to "Tire Run" for USA vs. The World. I guess Jeep didn't want to pay for the sponsorship twice?). Except to at least a few new sponsored obstacles, or existing obstacles having their names changed into punny slogans.
4) They will bring back Run of the Night
Before Kristine Leahy leaving the saddest loss in ANW history may have been the loss of the POM Wonderful (tm) Crazy Health Run of the Night. The joy of trying to guess who it will be. The worrying about what happens if they prematurely call it and then a better run comes along. The view of the massive POM bottle on the bottom of the pool when they cut to aerial footage. I so badly hope they bring this time-honored tradition back on ANW 11 I'd even be ok with the Ninjago Run of the Night.
5) They will say "the Kid is now the Man" at least 4 times.
I also predict he will come to his senses and tuck his hair inside his hat.
6) A woman will finish either a City Finals course or Stage 1.
It's literally rude of them to not have a woman finish one at least one of those and I think they will stop at nothing short of having a reshoot or putting Jake Murray in a wig to make it happen.
ANW 11 kicks off Wednesday May 29th at 8/7c on NBC.
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2019.04.08 23:23 kaunis [Monday April 8 2019] Cats recognize their own names—even if they choose to ignore them; Stanford expels student admitted with falsified sailing credentials; Russia moves to free nearly 100 captive whales after outcry; Super fungus that kills nearly half of its victims in 90 days has spread globally

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/worldnews

  • MajorTomintheTinCan
    British military called on to strip the Sultan of Brunei of honorary appointments awarded to him by the Queen, as backlash against new anti-LGBT laws grows
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  • Molire
    [Title Post] Cats recognize their own names—even if they choose to ignore them. New research shows domestic cats distinguish between their monikers and similar-sounding words. Cats are not as keen as dogs to show their owners what they learned. Study included 78 cats from Japanese households and a “cat café.”
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/UpliftingNews

  • kcgg123
    [Title Post] Russia moves to free nearly 100 captive whales after outcry
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/science

  • mvea
    Testosterone increased leading up to skydiving and was related to greater cortisol reactivity and higher heart rate, finds a new study. “Testosterone has gotten a bad reputation, but it isn’t about aggression or being a jerk. Testosterone helps to motivate us to achieve goals and rewards.”
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  • ekser
    A potential new immune-based therapy to treat precancers in the cervix completely eliminated both the lesion and the underlying HPV infection in a third of women enrolled in a clinical trial.
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/medicine

  • LastManCrying
    [Title Post] 'No need to tell the public': Super fungus that kills nearly half of its victims in 90 days has spread globally
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/history

  • CreesC
    When does the need for having walls to defend cities became irrelevant?
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/technology

/business

  • hipointconnect
    'Influencer Fraud' Costs Companies Millions of Dollars. An AI-Powered Tool Can Now Show Who Paid to Boost Their Engagement.
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/AskReddit

/todayilearned

  • JamOnTheOne
    TIL Principal Akbar Cook installed a free fully-stocked laundry room at school because students with dirty clothes were bullied and missing 3-5 days of school per month. Attendance rose 10%.
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    TIL that Steve Martin's wedding came as a surprise to his guests. The roughly 75 star-studded attendees (including the likes of Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Carl Reiner) said that he had invited them to his house just for a "party." To their shock, upon their arrival his wedding began.
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    TIL that it cost $20 million to evict the last four tenants of a Manhattan apartment building to renovate it. The last tenant was so stubborn and savvy that he received $17 million of the money, plus use of a $2 million condo for life.
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/IAmA

  • supercaz
    Similar to lab-grown meat, I am the co-founder of a recently funded startup working on the final frontier of this new food movement, cow cheese without the cow - AMA!
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    Official Poster for Parasite (2019), the latest movie from Bong Joon-Ho (Memories of Murder, Mother, Snowpiercer & Okja)
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  • Lord_Vermoud
    [WP] You're a financial advisor. In 1994, you get a weird phone call from a man asking you if he can get any Bitcoin below $200k, and the call cuts off before you can ask him what Bitcoin was. Years later you get a call again from the same man, claiming he's calling back seconds after disconnection.
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2019.02.16 16:43 Em_pathy [WP] A race of historically peaceful Aliens arrogantly tries to conquer Earth by solely relying on their superior technology without any real war experience, not knowing that humans have been in conflicts with their own species since the earliest record of history.

Original thread got removed while I was writing it!T.T

They came to us with the promise of salvation. An offer so tempting that many capitulated within the first few seconds after their arrival.
It was all over the news, but no one believed it, of course. Naturally for many, they were skeptical. 'Seeing is believing' and they wouldn't believe it... not until they saw it with their own eyes.
Then they arrived in my city.
An enormous, swirling portal of iridescent colors appeared over the cloudless blue skies of Los Angeles.
Everybody stopped what they were doing to look up at the sky. Thousands of cars pulled over on the busy streets, halting traffic completely. Dogs started barking incessantly, kids cried, people gawked and pulled out their phones to begin recording.
Cops were everywhere of course.
They tried to keep everything in order, but ultimately, they only created more chaos.
Finally, out of the portal, it appeared.
The world froze. For a moment, the world was utterly silent. The dogs stopped barking. Even the babies stopped crying.
"I-it's Jesus Christ!"
"Oh bless the lord, O my soul! O my soul!"
"Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar!" a group chanted as they cried and sobbed uncontrollably.
Even the dogs were weeping as they jumped up and down excitedly.
The babies had their arms to the air, grasping for whatever candy they were seeing.
Yes, pretty much everyone was crying at this point. They cried names of gods, lords, messiahs, every religious figure you could imagine. Yes, that included even waifus, husbandos and whatever floated your boat. Obviously, I didn't know what they were actually seeing, you see. Everyone was just voicing, or more like screaming what they were seeing.
Then it happened.
"Emilia-tan! I love you!"
"No! Fuck Emilia, Rem is best girl!"
"There is only one God, therefore your God must be a false."
"No yours is false, fuck you."
People hurled insults at each other, denouncing, slandering and pissing at each other's gods.
BAM!
A body hit the floor, head blown off. Blood and brains splattered the star embedded sidewalk.
Blood had been shed, and that was just the beginning. The beginning of Waifu Wars.
All hell broke loose, as people fought tooth and nail, guns and swords.
Nobody knew who had done it or who had really instigated first blood. But from that moment, the name Waifu Wars just stuck.
I paused the livestream, and leaned back in my chair, thankful that I lived under a rock and was safe from the carnage out on the streets.
The aliens had made a critical mistake. Indeed, they had come with the promise of salvation, but it was under the guise of religion. And we all know how much of human history involved religious wars.
I don't know what their intention was, maybe to assimilate us into some kind of collective singularity or something, but it had backfired here.
Oh, and thank god that my god was a rock.
/em_pathy
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2018.11.18 04:08 tombstoneshadows28 A complete alphabetical listing of every film (about) to premiere in American theatres during the calendar year 2018.

#0-9
  1. 12 Strong (2018/2h 10m/Nicolai Fuglsig/USA)
  2. 22 July (2018/2h 23m/Paul Greengrass/Norway-Iceland-USA)
  3. 7 Days In Entebbe (2018/PG-13/1h 47m/José Padilha/UK-USA)
  4. 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2018/?/1h 31m/Alexander O. Philippe/USA)
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  1. Action Park (2018/1h 25m/Tim Kirkby/USA-South Africa)
  2. Acrimony (2018/2h 0m/Tyler Perry/USA)
  3. Acts Of Violence (2018/1h 26m/Brett Donowho/Canada)
  4. Adrift (2018/PG-13/1h 36m/Baltasar KormákuHong Kong-Iceland-USA)
  5. A Kid Like Jake (2018/1h 32m/Silas Howard/USA)
  6. All About Nina (2018/1h 37m/Eva Vives/USA)
  7. Alpha (2018/PG-13/1h 36m/Albert Hughes/USA)
  8. Amar Akbar Anthony (2018/N2h 33m/Sreenu Vaitla/India)
  9. Amazing Grace (2018/2h 0m/Sydney Pollack/USA)
  10. American Animals (2018/1h 56m/Bart Layton/UK-USA)
  11. Ana y Bruno (2018/1h 36m/Carlos Carrera/Mexico)
  12. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017/1h 37m/John McPhail/UK-USA)
  13. Andhadhun (2018/N2h 19m/Sriram Raghavan/India)
  14. Annihilation (2018/1h 55m/Alex Garland/UK-USA)
  15. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018/PG-13/1h 58m/Peyton Reed/USA)
  16. A Private War (2018/1h 50m/Matthew Heineman/UK-USA)
  17. Aquaman (2018/PG-13/2h 23m/James Wan/Australia-USA)
  18. A Quiet Place (2018/PG-13/1h 30m/John Krasinski/USA)
  19. A Simple Favor (2018/1h 57m/Paul Feig/USA-Canada)
  20. Assassination Nation (2018/1h 48m/Sam Levinson/USA)
  21. A Star Is Born (2018/2h 16m/Bradley CoopeUSA)
  22. At Eternity's Gate (2018/PG-13/1h 50m/Julian Schnabel/Switzerland-UK-France-USA)
  23. A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018/N2h 2m/Álvaro BrechneUruguay-Argentina-Spain)
  24. Avengers: Infinity War (2018/PG-13/2h 29m/Anthony Russo and Joe Russo/USA)
  25. A Wrinkle in Time (2018/PG/1h 49m/Ava DuVernay/USA)
  26. A-X-L (2018/PG/1h 38m/Oliver Daly/USA)
  27. Ayka (2018/N1h 40m/Sergei Dvortsevoy/Russia-Germany-Poland-Kazakhstan-China)
B
  1. Backstabbing For Beginners (2018/1h 48m/Per Fly/Denmark-Canada-USA)
  2. Bad Reputation (2018/1h 33m/Kevin Kerslake/USA)
  3. Bad Samaritan (2018/1h 50m/Dean Devlin/USA)
  4. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018/2h 21m/Drew Goddard/USA)
  5. Bao (2018/G/8 min/Domee Shi/USA)
  6. Beast (2017/1h 47m/Michael Pearce/UK)
  7. Beautiful Boy (2018/2h 0m/Felix Van Groeningen/USA)
  8. Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2018/N1h 40m/Kaouther Ben Hania/Tunisia-France-Sweden-Norway-Lebanon-Qatar-Switzerland)
  9. Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018/N2h 3m/Pernille Fischer Christensen/Sweden-Denmark)
  10. Beirut (2018/1h 49m/Brad Anderson/USA)
  11. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018/N1h 43m/Pamela B. Green and Jarik Van Sluijs/USA)
  12. Ben is Back (2018/1h 43m/Peter Hedges/USA)
  13. Billionaire Boys Club (2018/1h 48m/James Cox/USA)
  14. Bird Box (2018/N1h 57m/Susanne BieUSA)
  15. Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018/N2h 5m/Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra)Colombia-Denmark-Mexico)
  16. Birthmarked (2018/N1h 30m/Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais/Canada)
  17. BlacKkKlansman (2018/2h 15m/Spike Lee/USA)
  18. Black Panther (2018/PG-13/2h 14m/Ryan CoogleUSA-South Africa-South Korea-Australia)
  19. Blindspotting (2018/1h 35m/Carlos López Estrada/USA)
  20. Blockers (2018/1h 42m/Kay Cannon/USA)
  21. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018/PG-13/Bryan SingeUK-USA)
  22. Book Club (2018/PG-13/1h 44m/Bill Holderman/USA)
  23. Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018/N1h 18m/Sara DriveUSA)
  24. Border (Gräns) (2018/1h 50m/Ali Abbasi/Sweden-Denmark)
  25. Borg vs McEnroe (2017/1h 47m/Janus Metz/Sweden-Denmark-Finland)
  26. Boundaries (2018/1h 44m/Shana Feste/Canada-USA)
  27. Boy Erased (2018/1h 55m/Joel Edgerton/USA)
  28. Breaking In (2018/PG-13/1h 28m/James McTeigue/USA-Japan)
  29. Bumblebee (2018/PG-13/?min/Travis Knight/USA)
  30. Burning (Beoning) (2018/N2h 28m/Chang-dong Lee/South Korea)
  31. Buttons (2018/N?m/Tim Janis/USA)
C
  1. Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018/2h 1m/Nadine Labaki/Lebanon-USA)
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/1h 46m/Marielle HelleUSA)
  3. Chappaquiddick (2017/PG-13/1h 46m/John Curran/USA-Sweden)
  4. Christopher Robin (2018/PG/1h 44m/Marc ForsteUSA)
  5. Climax (2018/1h 35m/Gaspar Noé/France-Belgium-USA)
  6. Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018/1h 28m/Pawel Pawlikowski/Poland-France-UK)
  7. Colette (2018/1h 51m/Wash Westmoreland/UK-USA)
  8. Crazy Rich Asians (2018/PG-13/2h 0m/Jon M. Chu/USA)
  9. Creed II (2018/PG-13/2h 10m/Steven Caple, Jr./USA)
  10. Crime + Punishment (2018/N1h 52m/Stephen Maing/USA)
  11. Crystal Swan (Khrustal) (2018/N1h 35m/Darya Zhuk/Belarus-USA-Germany-Russia)
D
  1. Damsel (2018/1h 53m/David Zellner and Nathan ZellneUSA)
  2. Dark Crimes (True Crimes) (2016/1h 32m/Alexandros Avranas/UK-Poland-USA)
  3. Dark Money (2018/TV-14/1h 39m/Kimberly Reed/USA)
  4. Dark River (22017/N1h 30m/Clio Barnard/UK)
  5. Deadpool 2 (2018/1h 59m/David Leitch/USA)
  6. Death Wish (2018/1h 47m/Eli Roth/USA)
  7. Demon House (2018/1h 51m/Zak Bagans/USA)
  8. Destroyer (2018/2h 3m/Karyn Kusama/USA)
  9. Disobedience (2018/1h 54m/Sebastián Lelio/UK-Ireland-USA)
  10. Distorted (2018/1h 26m/Rob W. King/Canada)
  11. Dogman (2018/N1h 43m/Matteo Garrone/Italy-France)
  12. Donbass (2018/N1h 50m/Sergey Loznitsa/Germany-Ukraine-France-The Netherlands-Romania)
  13. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018/1h 54m/Gus Van Sant/France-USA)
  14. Dumplin' (2018/PG-13/?min/Anne FletcheUSA)
  15. Dulce (2018/10 min/Angello Faccini and Guille Isa/USA-Colombia)
E
  1. Early Man (2018/PG/1h 29m/Nick Park/USA-UK-France)
  2. Eating Animals (2017/1h 34m/Christopher Dillon Quinn/UK-India-Germany-China-USA)
  3. Eighth Grade (2018/1h 33m/Bo Burnham/USA)
  4. El Angel (El ángel) (2018/N1h 58m/Luis Ortega/Argentina-Spain)
  5. Escape Plane 2: Hades (2018/1h 36m/Steven C. MilleChina-USA)
  6. Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018/2h 12m/Asghar Farhadi/Spain-France-Italy)
  7. Every Day (2018/PG-13/1h 37m/Michael Sucsy/USA)
F
  1. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018/2h 8m/Michael Moore/USA)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018/PG-13/2h 14m/David Yates/UK-USA)
  3. Fifty Shades Freed (2018/1h 45m/James Foley/USA)
  4. Filmworker (2017/N1h 34m/Tony Zierra/USA)
  5. Finding Your Feet (2017/PG-13/1h 51m/Richard Loncraine/UK)
  6. Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom? (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?) (2017/N1h 30m/Akiyuki Shinbô and Nobuyuki Takeuchi/Japan)
  7. First Man (2018/PG-13/2h 21m/Damien Chazelle/USA)
  8. First Reformed (2017/1h 53m/Paul SchradeUSA-UK-Australia)
  9. Foxtrot (2017/1h 53m/Samuel Maoz/Israel-Switzerland-Germany-France)
  10. Free Solo (2018/PG-13/1h 40m/Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi/USA)
G
  1. Galveston (2018/N1h 31m/Mélanie Laurent/USA)
  2. Game Night (2018/1h 40m/John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein/USA)
  3. Gemini (2017/1h 33m/Aaron Katz/USA)
  4. Generation Wealth (2018/1h 45m/Lauren Greenfield/USA)
  5. Ghost Stories (2017/N1h 38m/Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman/UK)
  6. Girl (2018/N1h 49m/Lukas Dhont/Belgium-The Netherlands)
  7. Godard Mon Amour (Le Redoutable) (2017/1h 47m/Michel Hazanavicius/France-Myanmar)
  8. God’s Not Dead: A Light In Darkness (2018/PG/1h 45m/Michael Mason/USA)
  9. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018/PG/Ari Sandel/USA-UK)
  10. Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer (2018/PG-13/1h 33m/Nick Searcy/USA)
  11. Gotti (2018/1h 52m/Kevin Connolly/Canada-USA)
  12. Graves Without a Name (Les tombeaux sans noms) (2018/NRithy Panh/Cambodia-France)
  13. Green Book (2018/PG-13/2h 10m/Peter Farrelly/USA)
  14. Gringo (2018/1h 51m/Nash Edgerton/Australia-USA)
H
  1. Hal (2018/N1h 30m/Amy Scott/USA)
  2. Halloween (2018/1h 46m/David Gordon Green/USA)
  3. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018/N1h 16m/RaMell Ross/USA)
  4. Hannah (2017/1h 35m/Andrea Pallaoro/Italy-France-Belgium)
  5. Have a Nice Day (Hao Jile) (2018/N1h 17m/Jian Liu/China)
  6. Hear My Voice (2018/23 min/Brendan J. Byrne/UK)
  7. Hearts Beat Loud (2018/PG-13/1h 37m//Brett Haley/USA)
  8. Hell Fest (2018/1h 29m/Gregory Plotkin/USA)
  9. Hereditary (2018/2h 7m/Ari AstoUSA)
  10. Hold The Dark (2018/TV-MA/2h 5m/Jeremy SaulnieUSA)
  11. Holmes & Watson (2018/?/?min/Etan Cohen/USA)
  12. Hostiles (2017/2h 14m/Scott CoopeUSA)
  13. Hotel Artemus (2018/1h 34m/Drew Pearce/UK-USA)
  14. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018/PG/1h 37m/Genndy Tartakovsky/USA)
  15. How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2017/1h 42m/John Cameron Mitchell/UK-USA)
  16. Hunter Killer (2018/2h 2m/Donovan Marsh/UK-China-USA)
I
  1. I Am Not a Witch (2017/N1h 33m/Rungano Nyoni/UK-France-Germany-Zambia)
  2. I Can Only Imagine (2018/PG/1h 50m/Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin/USA)
  3. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018/1h 57m/Barry Jenkins/USA)
  4. I Feel Pretty (2018/PG-13/1h 50m/Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein/China-USA)
  5. I Kill Giants (2017/N1h 46m/Anders WalteBelgium-UK-USA-China)
  6. Incredibles 2 (2018/PG/1h 58m/Brad Bird/USA)
  7. Indivisible (2018/PG-13/1h 59m/David G. Evans/USA)
  8. Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2018/N?min/Brett Harvey/USA-Canada)
  9. Insidious: The Last Key (2018/PG-13/Adam Robitel/Canada-USA)
  10. Instant Family (2018/PG-13/1h 59m/Sean Anders/USA)
  11. Isle of Dogs (2018/PG-13/1h 41m/Wes Anderson/Germany-USA)
  12. Ismael’s Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2017/1h 54m/Arnaud Desplechin/France)
  13. I Think We're Alone Now (2018/1h 33m/Reed Morano/USA)Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town (2017/N1h 26m/Christian Papierniak/USA)
J
  1. Jane Fonda: In Five Acts (2018/TV-14/2h 13m/Susan Lacy/USA)
  2. Johnny English Strikes Again (2018/PG/1h 29m/David KerUK-France-USA)
  3. Josie (2018/N1h 40m/Eric England/USA)
  4. Juliet, Naked (2018/1h 37m/Jesse Peretz/UK-USA)
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018/PG-13/2h 8m/J.A. Bayona/USA)
K
  1. Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018/1h 50m/Dimitri Logothetis/USA)
  2. Kin (2018/PG-13/1h 42m/Jonathan Baker and Josh BakeUSA)
  3. King in the Wilderness (2018/TV-14/1h 51m/Peter W. Kunhardt/USA)
  4. King of Thieves (2018/N1h 48m/James Marsh/UK)
  5. Kings (2017/1h 32m/Deniz Gamze Ergüven/France-Belgium-China-USA)
  6. Krieg (2018/40 min//Jeff Fry/USA)
L
  1. Lalo's House (2018/?min/Kelley 'Kali' Chatman/USA)
  2. Laws Of The Universe (2018/?min/Chris Mangano/USA)
  3. The Laws of the Universe-Part I (2018/N2h 0m/Isamu Imakake/Japan)
  4. Lean on Pete (2017/2h 1m/Andrew Haigh/UK)
  5. Leave No Trace (2018/PG/1h 49m/Debra Granik/USA-Canada)
  6. Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017/N1h 34m/Claire Denis/France-Belgium)
  7. LIFEBOAT (2018/40m/Skye Fitzgerald/USA)
  8. Life of the Party (2018/PG-13/1h 45m/Ben Falcone/USA)
  9. Liz and the Blue Bird (Rizu to Aoi tori) (2018/N1h 30m/Naoko Yamada/Japan)
  10. Lizzie (2018/1h 45m/Craig William MacNeill/USA)
  11. Los Comandos (2018/28 min/Joshua Bennett and Juliana Schatz/USA-El Salvador)
  12. Lotte That Silhouette Girl (2018/?min/Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo/USA)
  13. Love After Love (2017/N1h 31m//Russell Harbaugh/USA)
  14. Love, Cecil (2017/N1h 38m/Lisa Immordino Vreeland/USA)
  15. Love, Simon (2018/PG-13/1h 50m/Greg Berlanti/USA)
  16. Love, Gilda (2018/N1h 28m/Lisa D’Apolito/Canada-USA)
  17. Loving Pablo (2017/2h 3m/Fernando León de Aranoa/Sapin-Bulgaria)
  18. Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018/PG/1h 52m/Masaaki Yuasa/Japan)
M
  1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018/1h 54m/PG-13/Ol ParkeUK-USA)
  2. Mandy (2018/N2h 1m/Panos Cosmatos/USA-Belgium-UK)
  3. Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no asa ni yakusoku no hana o kazarô) (2018/N1h 55m/Mari Okada/Japan)
  4. Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017/PG/1h 53m/Tom Volf/France)
  5. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018/N1h 33m/Mouly Surya/Indonesia-France-Malaysia-Thailand)
  6. Mary and the Witch's Flower (Meari to majo no hana) (2017/PG/1h 43m/Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Giles New/Japan)
  7. Mary Poppins Returns (2018/PG/?min/Rob Marshall/USA)
  8. Mary Queen of Scots (2018/2h 4m/Josie Rourke/UK)
  9. Mary Shelley (2017/PG-13/2h 0m/Haifaa Al-MansouUK-Luxembourg-USA)
  10. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018/PG-13/2h 23m/Wes Ball/USA)
  11. McQueen (2018/1h 51m/Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui/UK)
  12. Memoir of War (La Douleur) (2017/N2h 7m/Emmanuel Finkiel/France-Belgium-Switzerland)
  13. Mid90s (2018/1h 25m/Jonah Hill/USA)
  14. Midnight Sun (2018/PG-13/1h 31m/Scott SpeeUSA)
  15. Mile 22 (2018/1h 34m/Peter Berg/USA)
  16. Minding the Gap (2018/N1h 33m/Bing Liu/USA)
  17. Mirai (Mirai no Mirai) (2018/PG/1h 38m/Mamoru Hosoda/Japan)
  18. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018/PG-13/2h 27m/Christopher McQuarrie/USA-China-France-Norway)
  19. MFKZ (Mutafukaz) (2017/1h 34m/Shôjirô Nishimi and Guillaume Renard/France-Japan)
  20. Monsters and Men (2018/1h 36m/Reinaldo Marcus Green/USA)
  21. Mortal Engines (2018/PG-13/?min/Christian Rivers/New Zealand-USA)
  22. Müslüm (2018/2h 16m/Ketche and Can Ulkay/Turkey)
  23. My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes (2018/14 min/Charlie Tyrell/Canada)
N
  1. Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Owaranai hito: Miyazaki Hayao) (2016/N1h 10m/Kaku Arakawa/Japan)
  2. Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor) (2018/3h 8m/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck/Germany, Italy)
  3. Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome) (2018/PG-13/1h 32m/Masaaki Yuasa/Japan)
  4. Night School (2018/PG-13/1h 51m/Malcolm D. Lee/USA)
  5. Nobody’s Fool (2018/1h 50m/Tyler Perry/USA)
O
  1. Ocean's Eight (2018/PG-13/1h 50m/Gary Ross/USA)
  2. Of Fathers and Sons (2018/N1h 39m/Talal Derki/Qatar-The Netherlands-Germany-Lebanon-Syria-USA)
  3. On Chesil Beach (2017/1h 50m/Dominic Cooke/UK)
  4. On Happiness Road (Hsing fu lu shang) (2017/1h 50m/Hsin Yin Sung/Taiwan)
  5. On the Basis of Sex (2018/PG-13/2h 0m/Mimi LedeUSA)
  6. Operation Finale (2018/PG-13/2h 2m/Chris Weitz/USA)
  7. Operation Odessa (2018/TV-MA/1h 35m/Tiller Russell/?)
  8. Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong) (2018/N2h 22m/Dante Lam/China-Morocco-Hong Kong)
  9. Our Blood Is Wine (2018/N1h 18m/Emily Railsback/USA)
  10. Outlaw King (2018/2h 1m/David Mackenzie/UK-USA)
  11. Overboard (2018/PG-13/1h 52m/Rob Greenberg/USA)
  12. Overlord (2018/1h 50m/Julius Avery/USA)
P
  1. Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018/PG-13/1h 51m/Steven S. DeKnight/UK-China-Japan-USA)
  2. Paddington 2 (2018/PG/1h 35m/Paul King/UK-France-USA)
  3. Pad Man (2018/PG-13/2h 20m/R. Balki/India)
  4. Pandas (2018/G/40 min/David Douglas and Drew Fellman/USA)
  5. Paul, Apostle Of Christ (2018/PG-13/1h 48m/Andrew Hyatt/USA)
  6. Peppermint (2018/1h 41m/Pierre Morel/USA-Hong Kong)
  7. Peter Rabbit (2018/PG/1h 35m/Will Gluck/Australia-USA)
  8. Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word (2018/PG/1h 36m/Wim Wenders/Switzerland-Holy See (Vatican City State)-Italy-Germany-France)
  9. Private Life (2018/2h 3m/Tamara Jenkins/USA)
  10. Promised Land (The King) (2018/1h 47m/Eugene Jarecki/Germany-USA)
  11. Proud Mary (2018/1h 29m/Babak Najafi/USA)
  12. Puzzle (2018/1h 43m/Marc Turtletaub/USA)
Q
  1. Quincy (2018/N2h 4m/Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones/USA)
R
  1. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph II (2018/PG/1h 52m/Phil Johnston and Rich Moore/USA)
  2. Rampage (2018/PG-13/1h 47m/Brad Peyton/ISA_
  3. RBG (2018/PG/1h 38m/Julie Cohen and Betsy West/USA)
  4. Ready Player One (2018/PG-13/2h 20m/Steven Spielberg/USA)
  5. Red Sparrow (2018/2h 20m/Francis Lawrence/USA)
  6. Revenge (2017/1h 48m/Coralie Fargeat/France-Belgium)
  7. Reversing Roe (2018/N1h 39m/Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg/USA)
  8. Robin Hood (2018/PG-13/1h 56m/Otto Bathurst/USA)
  9. Roma (2018/2h 15m/Alfonso Cuarón/Mexico-USA)
  10. Roxanne Roxanne (2017/TV-MA/1h 40m/Michael Larnell/USA)
  11. Ruben Blades Is Not My Name (2018/N1h 25m/Abner Benaim/Panama-Argentina-Colombia)
  12. Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018/1h 36m/Milorad Krstic/Hungary)
S
  1. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017/N1h 40m/Samuel D. Pollard/USA-France)
  2. Samson (2018/PG-13/1h 50m/Bruce Macdonald and Gabriel Sabloff/South Africa-USA)
  3. Sarkar (2018/N2h 43m/A.R. Murugadoss/India)
  4. Saving Brinton (2017/N1h 30m/Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne/USA)
  5. Science Fair (2018/PG/1h 30m/Cristina Costantini and Darren FosteUSA)
  6. Searching (2018/PG-13/1h 42m/Aneesh Chaganty/USA-Russia)
  7. Second Act (2018/PG-13/1h 43m/USA)
  8. Seeing Allred (2018/TV-14/1h 36m/Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain/USA)
  9. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018/PG/1h 24m/Richard Lanni/Ireland-UK-France-Canada-USA)
  10. Sherlock Gnomes (2018/PG/1h 26m/John Stevenson/UK-USA)
  11. Shirkers (2018/N1h 36m/Sandi Tan/USA)
  12. Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018/2h 1m/Hirokazu Koreeda/Japan)
  13. Show Dogs (2018/UPG/1h 32m/Raja Gosnell/UK-USA)
  14. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018/2h 2m/Stefano Sollima/USA)
  15. Sicilian Ghost Story (2017/N2h 2m/Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza/Italy-France-Switzerland)
  16. Skyscraper (2018/PG-13/1h 42m/Rawson Marshall ThurbeUSA)
  17. Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018/1h 44m/Crispian Mills/UK)
  18. Slender Man (2018/PG-13/1h 33m/Sylvain White/USA)
  19. Smallfoot (2018/PG/1h 36m/Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig/USA)
  20. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018/PG-13/2h 15m/Ron Howard/USA)
  21. Sorry to Bother You (2018/1h 51m/Boots Riley/USA)
  22. South Wind (Juzni vetar) (2018/N2h 10m/Milos Avramovic/Serbia)
  23. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018/?/?min/Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman/USA)
  24. Spinning Man (2018/1h 40m/Simon KaijseIreland-Sweden-USA)
  25. Spiral (2017/N1h 19m/Laura Fairrie/UK)
  26. Stan and Ollie (2018/PG/1h 37m/Jon S. Baird/UK-Canada-USA)
  27. Submission (2017/1h 46m/Richard Levine/USA)
  28. SuperFly (2018/1h 56m/Director X./USA)
  29. Super Troopers 2 (2018/1h 39m/Jay ChandrasekhaUSA)
  30. Support the Girls (2018/1h 30m/Andrew Bujalski/USA)
  31. Suspiria (2018/2h 32m/Luca Guadagnino/Italy-USA)
T
  1. Tag (2018/1h 40m/Jeff Tomsic/USA)
  2. Take Your Pills (2018/TV-14/1h 27m/Alison Klayman/USA)
  3. Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings (Drôles de petites bêtes) (2018/PG/1h 28m/Arnaud Bouron and Antoon Krings/France-Luxembourg)
  4. Taxiwaala (2018/N2h 17m/Rahul Sankrityan/India)
  5. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018/PG/1h 24m/Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail/USA)
  6. Terminal (2018/N1h 35m/Vaughn Stein/Ireland-UK-Hong Kong-Hungary-USA)
  7. The 15:17 To Paris (2018/PG-13/1h 34m/Clint Eastwood/USA)
  8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018/2h 12m/Joel and Ethan Coen/USA)
  9. The Bleeding Edge (2018/TV-14/1h 39m/Kirby Dick/Australia-USA)
  10. The Bookshop (2017/PG/1h 53m/Isabel Coixet/UK-Spain-Germany)
  11. The Cakemaker (2017/1h 53m/Ofir Raul GraizeIsrael-Germany)
  12. The Catcher Was a Spy (2018/1h 38m/Ben Lewin/USA)
  13. The Children Act (2017/1h 45m/Richard Eyre/UK)
  14. The China Hustle (2018/1h 22m/Jed Rothstein/USA)
  15. The Clovehitch Killer (2018/N1h 49m/Duncan Skiles/USA)
  16. The Commuter (2018/PG-13/1h 45m/Jaume Collet-Serra/France-USA)
  17. The Darkest Minds (2018/PG-13/1h 44m/HJennifer Yuh Nelson/USA)
  18. The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of The Final Friday (2018/?/?min/Nick Hunt/USA)
  19. The Death of Stalin (2017/1h 47m/Armando Iannucci/France-UK-Belgium-Canada)
  20. The Devil and Father Amorth (2018/N1h 8m/William Friedkin/USA)
  21. The Director and The Jedi (2018/N2h 15m/Anthony Wonke/USA)
  22. The Endless (2018/N1h 51m/Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead/The Equalizer II (2018/2h 1m/Antoine Fuqua/USA)
  23. The Escape (2017/N1h 41m/Dominic Savage/UK)
  24. The Favourite (2018/1h 59m/Yorgos Lanthimos/Ireland-UK-USA)
  25. The First Purge (2018/1h 38m/Gerard McMurray/USA)
  26. The Front Runner (2018/1h 53m/Jason Reitman/USA)
  27. The Gamechangers (2017/?/?min/Daan Willekens/The Netherlands)
  28. The Gilligan Manifesto (2016/N1h 25m/Cevin Soling/USA)
  29. The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018/1h 57m/Fede Alvarez/UK-Germany-Sweden-Canada-USA)
  30. The Gospel According to André (2017/PG-13/1h 33m/Kate Novack/USA)
  31. The Grinch (2018/PG/1h 26m/Yarrow Cheney and Scott MosieChina-USA)
  32. The Guardians (Les gardiennes) (2017/2h 18m/Xavier Beauvois/France-Switzerland)
  33. The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018/1h 25m/Gustav MölleDenmark)
  34. The Happy Prince (2018/1h 45m/Rupert Everett/UK-Belgium-Italy-Germany)
  35. The Hate U Give (2018/PG-13/2h 13m/George Tillman, Jr./USA)
  36. The House That Jack Built (2018/2h 32m/Lars von TrieDenmark-France-Germany-Sweden)
  37. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018/PG/1h 45m/Eli Roth/USA-India-Canada)
  38. The Hurricane Heist (2018/PG-13/1h 43m/Rob Cohen/USA)
  39. The Insult (L’insulte) (2017/1h 52m/Ziad Doueiri/France-Cyprus-Belgium-Lebanon-USA)
  40. The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren) (2017/1h 50m/Claus Räfle/Germany)
  41. The Judge (2017/N1h 16m/Erika Cohn/USA)
  42. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018/1h 36m/Sara Colangelo/USA)
  43. The Land of Steady Habits (2018/TV-MA/1h 38m/Nicole HolofceneUSA)
  44. The Leisure Seeker (2017/1h 52m/Paolo Virzi/Italy-France)
  45. The Lodgers (2017/1h 32m/Brian O’Malley/Ireland)
  46. The Long Dumb Road (2018/1h 30m/Hannah Fidell/USA)
  47. The Meg (2018/PG-13/1h 53m/Jon Turteltaub/USA-China)
  48. The Miracle Season (2018/PG/1h 41m/Sean McNamara/USA)
  49. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018/1h 31m/Desiree Akhavan/USA)
  50. The Mule (2018/?min/Clint Eastwood/USA)
  51. The Night Comes For Us (2018/2h 1m/Timo Tjahjanto/Indonesia-USA)
  52. The Nun (2018/1h 36m/Corin Hardy/USA)
  53. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018/PG/1h 39m/Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston/USA)
  54. The Old Man & the Gun (2018/PG-13/1h 33m/David Lowery/USA)
  55. The Oslo Diaries (2018/TV-14/1h 37m/Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan/Israel-Canada)
  56. The Other Side of the Wind (2018/2h 2m/Orson Welles/France-Iran-USA)
  57. The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018/1h 25m/Diederik Van Rooijen/USA)
  58. The Predator (2018/1h 47m/Shane Black/USA-Canada)
  59. The Price of Everything (2018/N1h 38m/Nathaniel Kahn/USA)
  60. The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2017/N1h 24m/Gilles de Maistre/France)
  61. The Rider (2017/1h 44m/Chloé Zhao/USA)
  62. The Silence of Others (2018/N/1h 36m/Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo/USA-Spain)
  63. The Sisters Brothers (2018/2h 1m/Jacques Audiard/France-Spain-Romania-USA-Belgium)
  64. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018/1h 57m/Susanna Fogel/USA-Canada)
  65. The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018/1h 25m/Johannes Roberts/UK-USA)
  66. The Waldheim Waltz (Waldeims Walzer) (2018/N1h 33m/Ruth Beckermann/Austria)
  67. The Wedding (2018/N1h 15m/Sam Abbas/Egypt-UK-USA)
  68. The Wife (2017/1h 40m/Björn Runge/UK-Sweden-USA)
  69. The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci) (2018/3h 8m/Nuri Bilge Ceylan/Turkey-Republic of Macedonia-France-Germany-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Bulgaria-Sweden)
  70. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018/TV-MA/1h 38m/Morgan Neville/USA)
  71. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018/2h 0m/Peter Jackson and Paul Wheatcroft/New Zealand-UK)
  72. Thoroughbreds (2017/1h 32m/Cory Finley/USA)
  73. Three Identical Strangers (2018/PG-13/1h 36m/Tim Wardle/UK)
  74. Thugs of Hindostan (2018/2h 44m/Vijay Krishna Acharya/India)
  75. Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018/N1h 13m/Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto and Gustavo Steinberg/Brazil)
  76. Tomb Raider (2018/PG-13/1h 58m/Roar Uthaug/UK-USA)
  77. Traffik (2018/1h 36m/Deon TayloUSA)
  78. Truth Or Dare (2018/PG-13/1h 40m/Jeff Wadlow/SA)
  79. Tully (2018/1h 35m/Jason Reitman/USA)
U
  1. Unbroken: Path To Redemption (2018/PG-13/1h 38m/Harold Cronk/USA)
  2. Uncle Drew (2018/PG-13/1h 43m/Charles Stone III/USA)
  3. United Skates (2018/N1h 29m/Tina Brown and Dyana WinkleUSA)
  4. Upgrade (2018/1h 40m/Leigh Whannell/Australia)
  5. Unregistered (2018/?min/Sophia Banks/USA)
  6. Unsane (2018/1h 38m/Steven Soderbergh/USA)
V
  1. Venom (2018/PG-13/1h 52m/Ruben FleischeUSA-China)
  2. Vice (2018/?min/Adam McKay/USA)
  3. Vox Lux (2018/1h 50m/Brady Corbet/USA)
W
  1. We Became Fragments (2018/12 min/Luisa Conlon, Hanna Miller and Lacy Jane Roberts /Canada-USA)
  2. Welcome Home (2018/1h 37m/George Ratliff/USA)
  3. Welcome to Marwen (2018/PG-13/?min/Robert Zemeckis/USA)
  4. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018/N1h 23m/Lorna TuckeUK)
  5. What They Had (2018/1h 41m/Elizabeth Chomko/USA)
  6. Where Hands Touch (2018/PG-13/2h 2m/Amma Asante/UK)
  7. Where Is Kyra? (2017/1h 38m/Andrew Dosunmu/UK-USA)
  8. White Boy Rick (2018/1h 51m/Yann Demange/USA)
  9. Whitney: Can I Be Me (2018/N1h 45m/Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal/UK-USA)
  10. Widows (2018/2h 9m/Steve McQueen/UK-USA)
  11. Wildlife (2018/PG-13/1h 45m/Paul Dano/USA)
  12. Winchester (2018/PG-13/1h 39m/Australia-USA)
  13. Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2018/N1h 41m/Benedikt Erlingsson/Iceland-France-Ukraine)
  14. Woman Walks Ahead (2018/1h 41m/Susanna White/USA)
  15. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018/PG-13/1h 34m/Morgan Neville/USA)
Y
  1. You Were Never Really Here (2018/1h 29m/Lynne Ramsay/UK-France-USA)
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2018.07.12 16:31 asian4trump A and B (the first few chapters of a futuristic novel)

In their infinite leisure living in the progressive paradise of Eden, A and B went to watch a basketball game. It was a match between the Los Angeles Gorillas and the New York Chimps, at the ApeGarden. Now just to be clear, by the year 3018, racism has been abolished since there was no race left. Everyone was of the same race, but specism was still alive. Yes, the intolerant idea that different species were different and that we are not all just living organisms. Specism: the idea that one certain species is superior to all other species. It was so insufferably specist to so many human scientists and human activists that, trying to rectify the specist ways of ancient humans, they have demanded that our politicians to not only give all human rights, including to right to vote, to all living organisms, but have actively worked to create hybrids of humans and other animals, "species-mixing", in an attempt to abolish species and bring about the most equal world among all possible worlds.
"Who is that?" A pointed at a half man half gorilla hybrid at the center of the court. A is not a big fan of basketball, the game of the apes, and is still somewhat intolerant of transpecies people. It's understandable. A came from a small town in Kentucky. Everyone there is still a bit specist.
"That is Shaquille Oneal XI. It is the eleventh generation offspring of a famous NBA player and a female gorilla. That's why, you see, it is 8 feet tall, has the strength and beauty of a gorilla, and the intelligence of a human. Transpecies people are so beautiful!"
"I want to have a half ape half human baby when I grow up!" A exuberantly claimed, looking at the beauty, the robustness, and the deftness of the transpecies basketball player. "Look at how robust he is!"
“Oh! Did you just say 'he'!”
“Why? Is he supposed to be she?”
“We don't use those derogatory pronouns in this liberal utopia you little bigot. Please refer to the respectable transpecies people as it.”
“Oh gee, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to …. well look at how robust it is.”
"Well, we don't call them Paranthropus Robustus for nothing!"
In fact, everyone on the LA Gorillas were half man half chimp. As A and B were speaking, Oneal XI on the court was surrounded by four defending chimps and with one swoosh it passed the ball out to Kobe Bryant XI who swiftly dunked the ball.
"Who's that sleek monkey?" A asked.
"That's not a monkey, you ignorant species chauvinist. That's a half man half chimp."
"If it is a half man half chimp, why is it not playing for the New York Chimps."
"O by the atheist secular god of progressive apes, you are so ignorant. New York Chimps are half man half bonobos. Bonobos are more gracile, but they belong to a subfamily of the chimps. Bonobos are actually the most feminist chimps. They are gentle, tolerant, and highly progressive, unlike you pure humans who are just so insensitive to the plight of all those wonderful species!"
"O I am sorry. I guess I need to be educated more to appreciate the way of the apes."
"Here, why don't you suck off this chimp's penis during half time. This will get you more culturally enriched."
It was a progressive entertainment of the era, to have human females appreciate the culture of the other species, by promoting inter-species relationships. All the human celebrities were doing it. And during major sports events, special celebrations and holidays, the government would have strong, independent, and beautiful people of different species to present their genitalia to human females so they can suck off their wonderful baby-making juices as a way to increase the tolerance level of human females.
"And after you suck off that chimp's penis, here's a horse cock you can take up your ass. You need to be more tolerant of other species, A!"
"I sure do! Oummph" A said as it gulped down the sperm of the hirsute chimp. Even though all gender has been abolished, A was spectacularly female, with tresses of blonde hair, a curvy figure and light colored eyes.
"Com'on, after the game, we are going to have dinner at my mom's house and meet its new cockroach boyfriend. I have a sister that's half human half cockroach. I bet you never met a half human half cockroach in Kentucky."
"Oh progressive lord of insects, that's so cool! I want to see a half human half cockroach! I'm getting a wonderful education here."
"An education in tolerance."
chapter 2
As A and B stepped outside of ApeGarden, they saw a human male walking a dog, and, being the naive Kentuckian A was, A greeted the man, and commented on how cute its dog was.
"That is my wife, you fucking bigot."
"Oh gee, sir, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to offend you. She's beautiful."
"Did you just assume its gender! It's a he, you fucking moron. Where you from, corn field of Kentucky?"
"Geez, A, you really shouldn't talk to random strangers in New York City. It's never a good idea."
As the man walked his dog past A and B, B did notice how beautiful his wife was. It was a human female, completely naked, with a dog tail plugged into her anus. It was definitely a half human half dog hybrid. Maybe the mix of a blonde woman and a golden retriever. And as it wiggled its ass as it crawled behind its owner, you can clearly see a tiny slit, indicating the female genitalia.
"How could he say it's a man when it clearly has a vagina."
"Oh my progressive god, A! You are so ignorant. Just because you have a vagina doesn't mean you are a woman. By Karl Marx, A. It's 3018, and you are still so sexist. Hey the 2080s just called. They want their sexism back."
By the year 3018, gender has been completely abolished. Not just for humans, but also for animals of every species, and insects and fishes of every kind; the sexual liberation was complete. Every living organism has the freedom to choose any gender of any assortment. As certain fish that transforms itself from female to male as it reaches puberty, so scientists of the modern era has devised artificial means by which every living organism can freely transform itself into any gender. Gender has become obsolete. Gender was a patriarchal product of the bygone era devised to oppress womyn, et al. And since gender was abolished, sexism no longer existed. It was truly the most perfect world imaginable.
"How can I be a sexist if gender doesn't exist?"
"Well, you just called that dog by its archaic pronoun. That's like using a slur from Elizabethan English. It's outdated. We refer everyone by it. It is also more respectable to living organisms of other species, unless you have the object's consent to call it by other pronoun. For instance, in this instance you identify as a woman, and you have given consent to others to refer to you as her, so that is okay, and since I identify as a human male, then you can refer to me as him, but if you do not know the person, it is very rude to refer to it as him or her. It's not only rude, it's against the law, and they can sue you for discrimination. It's not a joke. You can be jail for up to 70 years for using the wrong pronoun, so be very careful. Okay, enough of this nonsense. Let's walk around the neighborhood. Here you will see, one more block, where all the buildings are made out of garbage dumpsters, that's little cockroaches' town, that's where all the ..."
As B was speaking, he glanced to the side, and saw A stomping foot on the curb, and something brownish was squeezed out from the bottom of her high heel.
B's face turned pale.
"Did you just step a baby cockroach?"
"Ahhhlaaaaaaaaaaaaa akbar" was the sound of fury that emitted out of the door way of one of the garbage dumpsters, which was about 5 story high. Out came out a full grown cockroach, standing at 6 feet tall, with numerous legs all flinging wildly. "My baby!"
It could have eaten A alive were not for the cockroach police who arrived on the scene and promptly arrested A for murder.
"You can't just kill someone just because they are a different species. This is a hate crime. This is very very serious!" B explained, trying to be as calm as possible.
B can't believe what he was witnessing. A murder just happened in broad daylight. The Garden of Eden has fallen. The temptress of morally upright, religiously intolerant A has caused it to fall. The atheist god is now angry and is ready to cast them out of this wonderful progressive paradise and throw them into the real world, the underworld of lifetime in prison.
“The glorious day was made into night of dying horror!” B lamented his fate.
The cockroach police arrested both A and B for murder and hate crime, and B, to be honest, was a bit relieved to be out of sight because if he had stayed out in the streets a little longer, he would have been eaten alive by the numerous cockroaches that were coming out to the street, all of whom have witnessed yet another unprovoked murder of an innocent cockroach, and this time, a baby cockroach. It was the worst of all times. The entire progressive nation was rocked by waves of protests. Cockroaches all over the country were shaken and embittered over the numerous murders of innocent cockroaches and this, this very act, yet again. a haughty human woman who has slaughtered yet another innocent cockroach with her haughty feet, will no doubt be adding fuel to the fire and exacerbate the already tenuous inter-species relationship in the perfectly secular progressive multi-species society.
As A and B sat in the back of the police car, driven by two cockroach police, one of whom resembled a human more or else—it was either transpecies or half cockroach and half humans—over the tiny police car window B saw on the streets hundreds of protesters already gathering. They were shouting and cursing, spitting at the police car as the police car drove by. Those protesters truly reflected the diversity of this great nation. Not only cockroaches, but chimps, gorillas, orangutans, lemurs, and tarsiers all clamored about on the streets, shouting curses, chanting slogans and throwing rocks. The giant cockroaches, each standing over 6 feet all, led the wave in the front; some were standing upright, some were crawling on all fours, chasing as the criminal A and B were driven away. Each and every one was furious, and rightfully so. They were furious at the inequality of this paradise, at the virulent specism that is still alive in this perfect world, at the human chauvinists who think that they can get away with murder just because they are humans. Chants of kill all humans could be vaguely heard.
Kill all humans.
Two legs bad.
Kill all humans.
Two legs bad.
It didn't matter to them that some apes could walk on two legs. They were all united in their hatred at what they perceived as the two leg chauvinism, the idea that any animal that could walk upright and walk on two legs were superior to all other animals, and they especially resented the idea that there was even a hierarchy of dominance in this most perfect world among all possible worlds, with two legs being at the very top, four legs being inferior, and the most inferior of all, six legged and eight legged insects and arachnids at the bottom of this power hierarchy, literally being trampled upon, being the victims of genocide for nearly 1 billion years.
All this resentment being bottled up for 1 billion years! And now they finally have the right to be heard, to fight for their equality, to be equal; and the right to vote, to own property, to be treated with dignity for once in their 1 billion year of existence! O villainy!
"I fucking hate those cockroaches!" A said as she sat besides B, hands handcuffed behind her back.
"Will you shut the fuck up now!" B did not want to make the two cockroach police angry as they drove to the police station. They were already in a shit load of trouble, and the last thing he wanted was to be overheard saying hateful things against cockroaches or they might be charged with hate crime. Though death sentence has been abolished, thanks to our enlightened society, it is still possible to be given life sentences and with all the wonderful scientific progress and especially in medicine, humans can live for nearly one hundreds years, which is much worse than death. Imagine a torture, being forced to be alive, to endure life long solitude, with no means of escape.
"All the world's vastidity to a determined scope, in perpetual durance." The mere thought of it made B shudder and wished he could end this life as soon as possible.
"Well I don't really know what's the big deal."
While B was contrite and penitent and plotting to make every sacrifice to regain his freedom, the fucking idiot sitting next to B still didn't know how much trouble they were in.
"Oh A shut up shut up shut up! Oh, what's going to happen to you is even worse than you can imagine."
"I don't even know what I did wrong!"
"Quiet down back there!" The cockroach police sitting in the driver's seat finally yelled. "Fucking stupid cunt, doesn't she realize prisons are filled with cockroaches?" The other cockroach police snickered as it fiddled in the passenger seat.
chapter 3
"You see, A, you just don't get how amazing the cockroaches are. The cockroaches are a great species that can boast of many wonderful accomplishments, and it was humans that oppressed them, violently suppressed their once great civilizations. Did you know the cockroaches built the pyramids? The cockroaches invented cockroach numbers, cockroachalgebra, and hydracockroach. When I took cockroach studies 101 in college, my professor taught me that modern cockroaches are classified into three families: the proto-cockroaches, the human-cockroaches, and the cockroach-humans. The proto cockroaches have survived in their present form for nearly 2 billion years. Do you realize how much diversity the cockroaches have? Well, within the family of proto-cockroarches alone, there are over 400 different ethnicities of cockroaches. They are much much much more diverse than humans.”
"Woah, 400 different ethnicities of cockroaches. That's amazing."
"Indeed, you stupid human-specist-backward-sexist-bigoted-nazi-racist-KKK-member, the cockroaches are an amazing people and their amazing diversity is something that dumb fuck humans like you will never fully comprehend. Of course, all thanks to evil humans, many cockroaches were forced to adapt and become humans. You see, humans are greedy and want everything to themselves, so the proto-cockroaches intermingled with human females. Many of them didn't have a choice as humans killed all the female proto-cockroaches, and this forced the male proto-cockroaches to mate with human females, and this massive phenomenon wherein the cockroaches mated with human females produced a hybrid race of human-cockroaches. They are mainly distributed in Northern Europe and Japan. Interestingly, as the professor of my cockroach studies 101 explained, the cockroaches you see in America are in fact not human cockroaches but mostly cockroach-humans."
"What's the difference between human-cockroaches and cockroach-humans."
"Oh you silly human, even though we call them proto-cockroaches, Australian giant cockroaches, sea cockroaches, timber cockroaches, fire cockroaches, feminist cockroaches, Special Intersex Cockroaches, a.k.a. Sp. I. C., human-cockroaches, and cockroach-humans, you must realize, they are still all cockroaches. Some of them resemble humans to the hair, but deep inside they are still all cockroaches. They are all so wonderfully united as one. Even though they are incredibly diverse, they are yet all the same. Because they are all cockroaches."
"But what's the difference between human-cockroaches and cockroach-humans?"
"Well you might be a cockroach-human without even realizing it. Why yes, cockroach-humans are the most human-like cockroaches. They have complete human characteristics. They have hair, nose, ears, eyes, and limbs just like humans, but their DNA is 90% cockroach. They are called cockroach-humans. Now some human cockroaches can also be very very human-like, but you can still be able to tell the difference. With a cockroach-human, however, you will be hard pressed to tell which one is human and which is cockroach."
"But how did they become so human-like? By breeding with human females?"
"You are thinking of human-cockroaches. Those are the ones that are intermixed with human females. The cockroach-humans are actually cockroaches cloaked in human skin. By Michel Foucault, didn't you learn anything in school! The skinning technology, invented by Dr. Israelsberg, enabled some proto-cockroaches to live inside the skin of humans and over time they activated cellular compactification with their host, creating a hybrid that is what is now known as cockroach humans. A cockroach-human is completely human on the outside, and completely cockroach on the inside."
"That's amazing."
"And I haven't even begun to tell you about space cockroaches."
"Space cockroaches!"
"Oh yes, there are cockroaches on nearly every planet that we colonized. There are moon cockroaches, Mars cockroaches and Saturn moon cockroaches, and Venus cockroaches. In fact, some scientists believe that as early as the Eocene period there have been already outer-space cockroaches present. Mars cockroaches are said to be the most technologically advanced cockroaches. They were allegedly the ones who completely wiped out the human colonies on Mars but because no one survived, we were left clueless as to what really happened, but it is believed among the scientific community that the Mars cockroaches not only wiped out all the human colonies on Mars, killing all the human males, and enslaving all the human females, they even set up the hive mind for all cockroaches on Mars, and all the earthling cockroaches take order directly from the hive mind on Mars through quantum entanglement.'"
"Woah I didn't know cockroaches are so great."
"Yes. Even though the earthling cockroaches are an oppressed minority, they are the most dominant species on Mars, and given their hive-mind mentality, an attack upon a particular cockroach is an attack on all cockroaches, and that's why what you did was so scary. If the hive-mind learns of you and what you just did, the Mars cockroaches might even declare war on Earth and you will end up being enslaved in a cockroach colony and forced to breed out cockroach soldiers through your vagina. Well, I guess you will learn just exactly how grave your action was, because now we are at the police station."
chapter 4
"Oh my god that girl looks just like me! … Oh no!"
“Haha, have you not learned in college that ‘God is dead’?”
Just as A and B stepped out of the police car, as they were about the enter the police station, A, being a little naive about the world around her, spotted the K9 unit outside the precinct, and she spotted the cutest little dog that was crawling behind the burly cockroach police officer, but when she fixed her attention and stared, she realized it was a human female, in her 20s, her most fertile and fruitful age, being led around naked on a dog leash. She had strawberry blond hair just like A's. Her naked flesh glistened with a sheen of dewy sweat and reflected a golden color.
"But I’s say it's a bit more tanned than you." B interrupted.
"She must have got a lot of exercise outdoors."
A herself has lily white skin, the effect of not being in the sun alot.
"Look at her pink nipples. It's just like mine."
The canine human female was crawling on all fours and her breasts dangled in the air. And when the cockroach officer gestured with its hand, she hunkered down, resting on her heels, her arms straightened before her chest and squeezed her breasts into a pear shape.
"That's gonna be you someday. Now keep moving." The cockroach officer twisted A's neck in its claw and pressed her forward, while another officer pushed B in the back and together they went into the police station shoulder to shoulder.
"A. Height: 5 feet 4. Species: human. Subgenus: white female. Charges: one count of first degree murder. Class A felony. One count of hate crime. Class A felony. One count of first degree assault. Class B felony. One count of illegal possession of deadly weapon. Class D felony. One count of harassment. Class A misdemeanor. One count of disorderly conduct. Class B misdemeanor. Maximum sentence: 1000 years in solitary confinement.”
“B. Height: 5 feet 7. Species: human. Subgenus: Asian shemale. Charges: One count of hate crime. Class A felony. Maximum sentence: 500 years in solitary confinement. "
And B were led into a screen room where their mugshots were taken and the officer behind a large window read out their physical descriptions and complete DNA samples of their bio-maps were being programmed once they were stripped naked.
Two cockroach officers approached them, each holding a enormous rod with spikes and sharp knives covering its surface.
"Oh my god, what are those?"
"How many times do I have to tell you that “god is dead”? That's their penises."
"What?"
"Don't be alarmed. Cockroaches use their penises as a cutting tool much like how us humans use our hands."
"Can't they just use their hands. They have hands."
"Hey have some respect will ya? It's their culture. We need to be more tolerant of specie's culture and practices."
With their penises they cut off all the clothes A and B were wearing.
"Don't you see how wonderfully convenient it was? If it were human police, they would have taken off our handcuffs first and then strip us, but with their penises, they can just strip us without ever needing to uncuff our wrists."
"Okay now, time for cavity search."
A and B were now pushed against a wall, their hands still handcuffed behind their backs, and the two cockroach police officers aimed their penises at the criminally humans’ rectums.
"Look! This Asian shemale actually has a penis."
"This is illegal. Make a note of it. and report to the chief. That’s potentially another 100 years in solitary confinement, and mandatory castration without anesthesia."
After World War III, humans came to the conclusion that the reason humans are so warlike is precisely the aggressive nature of human males, and this aggression is rooted in human male testosterone and human male testosterone, it has been proven, is activated by the presence of male genitalia. Ever since law had been passed that all human males must be castrated and be given female hormones before the onset of puberty. Initially this was only practiced in the defeated countries, i.e., the axis of East Asia, China, Japan, and United Korea, but then the idea caught on in Europe, and the head of European Union, the Fourth Reich of liberal progressivism, world-famous for its anti-specism and love of all living things, the reincarnation of Buddha, mandated that all human male citizens be castrated. The United States was actually the last country to enforce castration laws, and even then it was only practiced on a state by state basis. The castration law was the strictest in New York, whereas in the southern states it was rather loose, with many human males still retaining their penises, against the mandate of the federal government. This castration law only applied to human males. All males of nonhuman species are exempt. In addition to the castration law, many more liberal states also voluntarily put female hormone into their tap water reservoir and many other food products that are almost all exclusively consumed by humans, so that all human males can be forcibly feminized from an early age. It was only the first step toward the abolition of gender. By eliminating human males, it was assumed, the states can finally end all wars, end all discrimination against females and other genders, and end the human male patriarchy that has been oppressing human females and other nonhuman species.
"You know, those things are rarer and rarer nowadays. I know a colleague who used to visit Thailand just to get a taste of it. Let's fuck this little Asian shemale before we castrate her."
B’s hearts jumped to her throat when she overheard this conversation by the two cockroach police.
"What about this lesbian white woman?"
"You actually just give me an idea for some fun."
“I do not know what they have in mind, but whatever that it is, I don't suppose it was fun for me or you.”
"I'm not a lesbian, sir."
"You and your Asian shemale friend are going to put on a lesbian sex show for us. Once we put you in the holding cell."
"But I'm not a lesbian."
Lesbianism is a mandatory study at the college level, and all students who identify as human females and are enrolled in state-sponsored collegiate education must learn how to perform lesbian sex act. A’s utter lack of such understanding proves once again her complete lack of higher education and also her backwardness and ignorance in general.
After A and B both were given cavity searches, well, A had more trouble with it than B because she had two holes down there, then the the two officers sent them to the holding cell.
"Noble cockroaches, we are completely naked." A protested as they were about to be pushed through a large corridor filled with not just police officers but many office clerks, and even common street folks who happen to be at the station.
Without saying a word the cockroach police punched A right on her breast.
"Ms. A, clothing is how humans oppress non-humans. Only humans wear clothes, but all non-humans do not wear clothes. Wearing clothes is the symbol of your human privilege and you just triggered that cockroach police officer with your insensitivity."
"Oh gee, I am so sorry cockroach."
"This human cunt needs a lot of sensitivity training. We might need to send her to tolerance camps before we sent her to trial."
Tolerance camps have been set up all across the world ever since the end of World War III, where all intolerant bigots, specists, and human chauvinists were concentrated in large groups on remote farms, to be reeducated. Live human experimentation were frequently carried out to seek out the best ways to cure those sick humans of their specism, to rid them of their diseased human chauvinism. Medical experimentation, psychological experimentation, vivisection, and other necessary experimentation for pushing the frontier of scientific progress further were carried out in tolerance camps. Now some of my readers might object, it's cruel to humans, but I ask you, my reader, is it any less cruel than all the non-humans that were sacrificed for the scientific progress of humans. millions upon millions of pigeon pigs, fruit flies, and rhesus monkeys were killed, raped, and tortured to death, for the sake of science, progress and enlightenment. Is it any more evil to rape a few specists and improve the lives of all living organisms? O you blockhead, cleanse your mind of the criminal human chauvinist thoughts that I see you still brood! Human all too human! Human must be overcome to pave way for the tolerant, progressive super humans.
A and B were led naked around the corridor of the police station. They passed through no less than five different metal gates, the first two gates were guarded by Special Intersex Cockroach police officers, and the third was guarded by a cockroach human who had human skin wrapped onto its Special Intersex Cockroach carapace, and the last two gates were guarded by human cockroaches who were a cross between cockroaches and humans. They were not yet human, and also not quite cockroach.
“Human cockroaches are the most despicable cockroaches. Though all cockroaches hate humans, no cockroach hates humans as much as human cockroaches.” B thought to himself, and then he turned to A and said: ”You see how much all those cockroaches love human females. The way they look at you. Do you know, A? My asian mother is even married to a cockroach because cockroaches love human females. Cockroaches love to breed with humans. I’m sure you will be bred by a cockroach, someday. Cockroaches can’t get enough of human skin and human vagina. I remember going through the supermarket and there was this Special Intersex Cockroach who would get all gibbering with nasty lyrics of love everytime he sees my mom, and there was this human cockroach who was over 700 years old living in our apartment complex and he gets all flirty with my mom every time he sees her and he would sneer at me every time he sees me. Honestly, I hate being a human male. I hate the very existence of me. And I can even see it now, very unfortunately for me, poor me, those cockroaches would probably torture me to death after they are done with you, because cockroaches hate human males. Human males are evil bigots who oppress non-humans and that’s why all human males are injected with female hormone as soon as we are born. I hate this miserable life of mine. A, are you listening to me?”
“Oh, that’s so nice! Hi cockroach police officer! Yes, why thank you, I know I have nice breasts. Ouch, that hurt. Stop slapping my ass with your cockroach tenacles. LMAO!”
A and B walked through a revolving staircase which led them into the basement which seemed markedly different from the rest of the structure. It was a concrete circular room with two doors. The door on the left was made entirely of glass that was at least 2 feet thick and when you look through the glass door, everything on the other side was pixelated and you could not make out the shapes or forms of the things on other side. And there was another door directly opposite that was made out of steel, and a very small plaque on the side of it was written in brown and gold color, "court". So by passing through the basement criminals can be both tried in courts and imprisoned in jails and this basement inside the police station was in fact just one hub of a massive underground structure linking all the courts, holding cells, prisons, hospitals and psychological evaluation centers, within the New Prison State.
“Why New Prison State? I thought we are in New York?”
“Because after World War III, they had to rebuild many of the prisons so they renamed it the New Prison State. It used to be called Prison State.”
“What happened to New York?”
“Yes, it was named after the old York.”
“But what happened to New York? It feels so strange walking on concrete on my bare feet." All the walls were painted black, and while once in a while they could pass through a section of the structure with white walls, the fluorescent light made it pale like death. One can smell the hopelessness just by being inside it.
A and B went through the pixellated glass door which led through a corridor which on each side of this corridor had small rooms marked with "Psychological Evaluation". Some of the doors to those small rooms were open. Some closed. And there was a window on all of the doors with the exact same type of glass as the glass door they just passed through. After walking through nearly 20 such completely identical rooms, A and B passed through a large open area with a desk and there was three police officers who were half human and half ape. It was the first time that they saw non-cockroach police officers. A or B asked B or A: "Are there not a single human police officer?"
A or B then shouted out loud. “I want to die,” in the most savage and most barbaric sound imaginable. There was no humanity left in either A or B. Very soon, A and B would be immersed into this same sea of cockroach legs and ape hair.
So rightfully A and B were immediately restrained by the cockroach police officers. They were pushed to the ground, held there, and electric batons were applied immediately to their human flesh. It was easier to beat up humans, because humans do not have the insulating carapace as the cockroaches. Afterward there was no more speaking. No more sound. Just the silence of despair.
No longer walking, they were now dragged through a long empty corridor with walls pale like death, and then turned left, and then turned right, and then turned left again, and at the end of the bright-lit tunnel of torment steel bars glistened.
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2018.07.04 17:54 samie0912 Big Baller News Week 1

Welcome to Big Baller News. The one and only place for news about the big ballers of the world as well as the Junior Basketball Association. As the season starts there is already a plethora of things to talk about with the week finishing with a lot of buzz around the league.
Big Baller Player of the Week: Lamelo Ball, 21.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 10.7 APG Lamelo Ball is the star of the Los Angeles Ballers who are currently 5-2 and is the primary reason for their success, though his shooting numbers are far from perfect due to being a volume scorer the kid has shown that he can put the ball in the basket pretty much at will. Due to having his form fixed by coach Lavar Ball, the sixteen year old prodigy shoots 94.7% from the charity stripe to make up for the rest of his lackluster shooting percentages. And though he's been picked on for his poor defense the 6'5" guard from Chino Hills, California is averaging a steady 1.1 steals per game. There's also no forgetting about his great playmaking ability, averaging over 10 assists per game on a Los Angeles Ballers team with plenty of capable scorers. He currently occupies the #1 spot in the league for points per game, #1 for assists per game, #3 in free throw percentage, #10 in minutes per game, #4 in player efficiency rating, #2 in estimated wins added, #3 in winshares per 48 minutes, #3 in offensive winshares, #8 in defensive winshares, and #2 in winshares.
Big Baller Team of the Week: Los Angeles Ballers, 5-2 The Los Angeles Ballers claim the first title of Big Baller Team of the Week. They're 5-2 record is tied with three other teams for the #1 seed in the league. What better could you ask for with this team? All of the players play their role perfectly and have great chemistry. The Los Angeles Ballers are great at scoring the ball have six players averaging 10 points per game or more with Lamelo at the front averaging 21 points per game. They also have six players averaging 4 or more rebounds per game which is lead by big man and rim protector Demba Thimbo who averages 9.9 rebounds per game. The only two players averaging 4 or more assists are point forward, Scott Harris with 4.1 and the star himself, Lamelo Ball averaging 10.7 to make up for the lack of his teammates playmaking abilities. The Los Angeles Ballers average 110.1 points per game as the #1 scoring team in the league. Along with being #1 in rebounds with 49.1 per game and assists rocking 26.1 per game.
Big Baller Game of the Week: Philadelphia Ballers 137 @ New York Ballers 133 (OT) The Philadelphia Ballers are certainly a below average team so far this season as they face off against the mediocre New York Ballers at the end of the week and what an exciting game it was! The first quarter ended with a 26 - 19 score, the New York Ballers leading as they showed off their superb defense to their opponents and kept Philadelphia under 20 points for the quarter. The second quarter was an absolute slugfest that kept the fans on their feet the whole time, the New York Ballers scored 43 points in the quarter as Philadelphia found their rhythm and grabbed 34 points of their own. The first half ended with NYB 69 - PHB 53. The Philadelphia Ballers must of had a very helpful speech from coach James Martin as they come out into the third quarter guns blazing, scoring 26 points and keeping the New York Ballers at 19 for the period. After that third quarter they went on a tear in the fourth for 36 points to the New York Ballers 27. And they would have came up short if it wasn't for starting point guard, Devin Haid hitting a three pointer with 12.4 seconds remaining on the clock to take the game to over time. It was a hard fought battle though four points from Philadelphia gave them the edge and the win, the Philadelphia Ballers showing teams that they're not to be underestimated.
Big Baller Player of the Game: Jawane Buckner (PHB) 29 points, 7 assists, 62.5 FG%, 62.5 3PT% The stats tell it all, Jawane Buckner and his great, efficient scoring is one of the primary reasons the Philadelphia Ballers were able to stay afloat against New York.
Big Baller Trade of the Week: Booker, Mischke to Atlanta At the end of the week the Seattle Ballers general manager traded GF Semaj Booker and PF Julius Mischke to the Atlanta Ballers for PG Kenn Charles along with PF Allahu Akbar and both their 2018 1st round and 2018 2nd round draft pick. It seems as if the Seattle Ballers are attempting to tank even though both the Dallas and Chicago Ballers are shaping up to be the two worst teams in the league. GM Kyle's reasoning was partially to also make cap space for more signings however the Seattle Ballers only opened up $0.05M in that trade. The Atlanta Ballers will certainly be able to make use of their new assets as they really needed help on the defensive end, especially with rebounding. Averaging 42 rebounds, the worst in the league along with 8 steals and 4.5 blocks per game which are nothing to be proud of either.
Semaj Booker: 15.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 2.7 SPG
Julius Mischke: 8.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Kenn Charles: 2.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.7 APG
Allahu Akbar: 3.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.3 APG
Seattle Ballers Grade: D-
Atlanta Ballers Grade: A
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2017.10.23 14:23 WWE_Network_Bot This Day in History: 10/23/2017

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2017.09.26 00:09 crashusmaximus Need feedback on an /r/writingprompts submission I did; God's New Intern responding to every "Damn It" request or the Tale of Illaebus the Intern

as prompted by gekosaurus
Incident Class : Minor
Damning Party: Bupkiss, Ralph J
Damned Party: The Chigago Cubs
Time: 9/16/17:1732 Local
Location: Chigago, IL, USA
Details: Cubs (Baseball team) Lost 12-2 in nonseason game. Damning Party lost 20$ wager as a result.
Review Notes: Declined. Damned party already has too many active infractions. Submit to Karmic review for possible major retributive action. - Intern Illaebus
Supervisor Notes: Approved. Damning party free to resubmit. Also, Illy, sorry about all the Chicago Cubs requests we are getting in. I know your new here but to be honest you'll find that these are about 5% of all our Damning Requests here. If its any consulation to you, Yahweh is happy with your clearance rate so far. He's offered you a Starbucks gift card! Please fly by my office later to pick it up.
Incident Class : Minor-Midrange
Damning Party: Walsh-Burns, Stephanie
Damned Party: Walsh, Bernard
Time: 9/17/17:1202 Local
Location: New York, NY, USA
Details: Bernard was supposed to pack a lunch with the last Lime-Mango greek yogurt for his wife Stephanie today. Instead he packed that Prune flavoured Greek Yogurt that he knows she hates. Included was a snarky post it note about how he knew she stole the same yogurt from his last time. Damning Party feels slighted because of recent jokes about her turning 40 and needing to eat more prunes.
Review Notes: Approved. First off, that Mango-Lime yogurt was a limited run and Bernard knew that, the prick. Second of all, he's just a jerk and deserves a good damning.
Recommended Karmic Retribution: 2 hours of uncontrollable diarrea after consumption of a sketchy street-cart burrito.
Supervisor Notes: Approved. I can't even get that yogurt myself! Damn him, that bastard. Also. Holy crap. LOL See what I did there?
... ahem. Assigning more of our backlog to your bucket now.
Incident Class : Midrange
Damning Party: Gordon, Barry
Damned Party: 2017 Make Michelin Street-Grade Tire, Samsung Galaxy 6, "This Stupid Job"
Time: 9/17/17:2341 Local
Location: Cherry Hill Road, Arkansas
Details: Tire blew out two weeks after he bought it to replace another blown out tire. Battery on the phone ran out completely. Job working as overnight car courier between cities for local Pizza place that will deliver out of town isn't paying him enough to replace the tire and now he's stuck in the middle of "Titsville, Nowhere with no tire, no phone and no help."
Review Notes: Declined. Not actually the fault of the tire or the phone or the job. Would recommend referral to DIU (Divine Intervention Unit)
Supervisors Notes: DIU just got it. He'll be looked after.
DIU Comments: Barry will have a random tow-truck drive by him in approx 15 minutes driven by Bob "The Bear" Newman, a single Bisexual burly guy with a thing for skinny, sad Pizza delivery guys and a shared fetish for that Japanese rope thing.. whatever its called, I don't know. He'll be more than fine. Case closed.
Incident Class : Trivial-Minor
Damning Party: gekosaurus
Damned Party: crashusmaximus
Time: 9/22/17/1027 Local
Location: https://www.reddit.com/WritingPrompts/comments/71qsqj/wp_gods_new_intern_has_been_responding_to_every/
Details: A redditor damned another redditor for a stupid question.
Review Notes: Declined. Well intentioned. Recommend for dismissal. Also, seriously? My cubical DOES have a third wall you know.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Please refer to your training manual Page 2281 Subsection 21a paragraphs 9000-9001. "All requests to damn people online via reddit.com are to be sent directly to Hell. You know. Where Redditors all go anyways." Please, in future consult the manual with respect to people on the internet.
Incident Class : Major-Trivial
Damning Party: Rainstone, Trillian
Damned Party: Sashan, Robert
Time: 9/19/17:0312 Local
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Details: After sustaining a sexually and emotionally active 6 month relationship, Mr. Sashan termintated the relationship with Ms. Robinson three days prior to the complaint. Damning party has been weeping and depressed for over a week because the only explaination provided was "Because I just need to." Damned party is now dating again, Damning party is trying to figure out what items from Damned party to discard to get him out of her head. Damned party just didn't have the heart to tell her it just wasn't working out.
Review Notes: Approved. Genuine heartbreak. No honesty.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Approval declined. Damned party is subject to fated termination 10/2/17 by Vehicular Mishap. No further damnation to be added.
I >> exuse me...
S >> Yes Illy?
I >> Um.. Iknow i'm new here but doesn't that seem a bit extreme?
S >> You really are new here aren't you?
I >> Srry
S >> Next time, check your PDFT list for all partys.
I >> I check the predetermined fatality and termination list. He's dying because of thiss??
S >> Dont know. Just know he's supposed to die. Regardless, please noted it as rejected and move on.
I >> but I dont understand
S >> You aren't in the unit to understand. We'll talk about this later.
Incident Class : Trivial
Damning Party: Heston, Charleton
Damned Party: "You" (Ambigious)
Time: 6/22/68/1622 Local
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Details: Damning party was noted on local beach in rags yelling at oversized prop of the Statue of Libertys head screaming "DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL." likely referring to the rest of humanity. Damning party repeated this action until was told "Cut and Print" by Arthur P Jacobs.
Review Notes: Declined. It was a movie. I'm a Cherabim of the most high god, not a complete idiot. Also. Seriously?
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Oh relax a bit Illy. Its friday!!
Incident Class : Major
Damning Party: Van Seuss, Emilia
Damned Party: Werther, Georgina
Time: 9/18/17/1122am Local
Location: Bergen, Germany
Details: Damning party was reviewing old letters from her ex-husband, who left her 20 years ago for Damned party. Ex-husband died of Liver Cancer three days ago. Damning party testified to her eldest daughter that Damned party cost her the last few years with her ex-husband from being happy ones.
Review Notes: Not Approved. Damned party already suffering mitigated feelings of loss and pain as a result of recent loss. She's already damned enough.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Submitting for rereview to a senior administrator. Damning Party has priority under Paragraph 999-1 Subsection 13. Sorry Illy, but your wrong. She hasn't suffered enough yet.
Incident Class : Trivial
Damning Party: Garett, Ordell
Damned Party: Williams, Sean
Time: 9/18/17/1801 Local
Location: Detroit, MI, USA
Details: Damning party pulled off a totally sick move playing NBA 2K17 agained Damned party. Damned party proceeded to give Damning party shit about 'Playing like a lil bitch'.
Review Notes: Approved. He wasn't playing like a bitch. Damning party got game, yo.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Approved. He got game. Damned party gonna get the clap. Because we cold.
Incident Class : Medium-Trivial
Damning Party: Travers, Beatrice
Damned Party: Travers, Ralph
Time: 9/16/17/0900 Local
Location: London, United Kingdom
Details: Damning party was promised by Damned party that the payment for Child Support would be in her bank account by morning. He also promised he would pick up the partys shared children for the morning to spend quality time and would not consume any alcohol the night before. Damned party did not meet any of these commitments.
Review Notes: Approved. Multiple commitments broken, did not honor commitments, forsaken their own children.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Approved. Damned party will have a hangover.
I >> Hello again sir..
S >> Yes Illy?
I >> um if you dont mind can you not call me that.
S >> Of course, Illaebus. Sorry. What is it?
I >> he's gonna have a hang over? After all of that?
S >> You've clearly never had a hangover yourself have you?
I >> sure I have
S >> after a 3 day binge of cheep whiskey and illegal moonshine?
I >> oh.
S >> Yeah.
I >> Still. I mean. Its his kids.
S >> noted. any other questions?
I >> i guess not.
Incident Class : Critical
Damning Party: Jones, Cynthia Anne Margaret
Damned Party: Jones, Rhonda
Time: 9/19/17/2101 Local
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Details: Damning party has been informed by Damned Party that Damned Party is homosexual, completely ruining Damning parties planning phase for an upcoming Debutante Ball in less than a month. Damned party responded to rebuke by stating she refuses to be silent about her sexual orientation to her local community.
Review Notes: Rejected. Strongly encourage rereview with redirection of Holy Rebuke.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Errors found with review. Task Reassigned.
I >> Sir?
S >> Illy, I'm in a meeting.
I >> Can we please rereview your decision on The Jones File?
S >> I've already made our decision. Intern Daeselon will review this case. Please move on.
I >> But she's just coming out of the closet.
S >> A rebuke is a rebuke. A damning is a damning.
S >> Do we need to have a formal discussion about this with your union rep?
I >> No. Sorry sir.
Incident Class : Critical
Damning Party: Hargrave, Johnathan
Damned Party: Cancer
Time: 9/20/17/1501 Local
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Details: Damning party is 19 years old, and currently in hospital with terminal brain cancer. Damning partys major complaint is that he couldn't join his friends for his first few days of college because of a Coma he just came out of. Prognosis is less than 2 weeks of life.
Review Notes: Rejected per Operating Proceedure 871a; afflictions, ailments or diseases cannot be Damned by anyone without rank of Seraphim without special permission. Carbon-copied to SSF High Command for appeal.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Appeal to the Seraphim Special Forces granted. Sorry Illy, but the Seraphim have rejected the appeal. If it makes you feel any better, young Mr. Hargrave is likely to be allowed admittance into Heaven.
Incident Class : Medium - Critical
Damning Party: Steadman, Andrea
Damned Party: Garcia, Jorge
Time: 9/20/17: 0932 Local
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Details : 16 year old Damning party has confronted 32 year old Damned party as the father of her unplanned pregnancy. Damning party is claiming that her parents will disown her if she aborts the child, but will require support to help raise the child. Damned party is leveraging knowledge of her covert affair with 15 year old Maxwell Ryans to avoid responsibility of pregnantcy, although said affair involved no direct sexual congress.
Review Notes: Approved. Recommend Level 3 Divine Karmic Retribution
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: Rejected. Damning party has knowingly committed multiple acts of adultery.
I >> Excuse me, sir.
S >> Before you even ask, Damning by some high school student who can't keep her legs together isn't our department. And check the manuals next time.
I >> I did, but I didn't see it in there.
S >> We can have a training session later over it later if you like. That means we'll have to have you come in for some unpaid OT though, Illy.
I >> Please don't call me that.
I >> I understand. I'll double check it next time.
Incident Class : Trivial
Damning Party: Aravind, Pradip
Damned Party: His stove
Time: 9/19/17/1753 Local
Location: New Delhi, India
Details : 41 year old Damning party burnt his finger on his stove while making supper for his family. The burn is 1st degree and will heal in a matter of 2 days. It is unexpected that there should be any other major consequences as a result of this.
Review Notes: ... Approved?
-Intern Illaebus
Supervisor Notes: Approved.
I >> Sir can I ask you something?
S >> Of course.
S >> Illy?
I >> nvm. exscuse me.
Incident Class : Minor
Damning Party: Turner, Garfield
Damned Party: Hou, Jia Tai
Time: 9/21/17/0759 Local
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Details: Damning party was accidentally cut off in traffic by Damned party. Both parties were able to compensate during maneuvers and no accident or mishaps resulted with the exception of severely annoying the Damning party.
Review Notes: Approved.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisor Notes: Approved. Good work. Glad to see your back on the same page as the rest of us, Illy.
I >> Sir?
S >> What is it now, Illy? That last one was fine.
I >> No its not the workload sir.
I >> Its my office. Is there a reason why its getting so cold in here?
I >> My coffee is literally starting to freeze up a bit in here.
S >> Your right. I just noticed it in my office too. That is strange isn't it?
S >> Put your coat on for now, I'm going to have a chat with building management.
S >> Don't worry, this happens from time to time. I'll take care of it.
I >> K thx.
Incident Class : Major
Damning Party: Johnson, Robert
Damned Party: Saab, Akbar
Time: 9/20/17/1047 Local
Location: New York, NY USA
Details : Damning party was expecting a promotion at his law firm which was instead granted to the damned party who worked harder, longer hours including overtime. Damning party believes this was an affirmative action promotion, and was depending on the money to help with his cocaine habit. Claims that he gave Damned party everything he needed to set him up with the firm; texts, manuals, friends, a support network and then he sold him out one he started getting everyones attention.
Review Notes: Approved under technicality in Paragraph 1366(2) Subsection 54a, but request a rereview. Something about this complaint feels familiar and the Damning party shouldn't be allowed a 'double dip'.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisors Notes: I'll submit it for a second review per your concern, but I think you might be thinking of someone else.
S >> Sir?
L >> Yes.
S >> I think the new guy is starting to figure it out.
L >> Thanks for the heads up. Log me into your workstation and take the afternoon off. I'll take it from here.
Incident Class : Major-Critical
Damning Party: Edgerton, Alice
Damned Party: Edgerton, Richard
Time: 9/23/17/0115 Local
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Details: Damning party has been married to Damned party for 3 years. Damned party physically assaulted Damning party causing loss of two teeth, three broken rips, fractured eye socket, multiple minor lacerations, and loss of 5 week old pregnancy. Damned party claims it was because he knows shes been looking around at other men and he works hard to make sure she has food on the table. Damned party has now restricted Damning parties access to bank account, meaning by the time she is out of the hospital she will either have to be homeless or return to Damned party.
Review Notes: Approved. Submit to immediate referral to the SSF Unit for immediate Divine Retribution. This son of a bitch needs to feel the wrath of the Lord our God. Give him hell boys.
Intern Illaebus
Supervisor Notes: Claim rejected. Current circumstances of Damning party are results of being previous Damned party. Rereview claim DATW-103197-AL-6. Her mother already Damned her for being a burden. This is already her retribution, she doesn't get to Damn anyone for it.
I >> Okay.
I >> That's it.
S >> ?
I >> No. I'm calling bullshit on this one.
S >> The Edgerton Claim? Its all by the book.
I >> THEN THE FUCKING BOOK IS WRONG.
S >> Language and tone, Illy.
I >> You cannot be FUCKING SERIOUS.
I >> He beats her up. He hurts her. He makes her feel worthless. He takes away everything she has including her child. And we do NOTHING??
S >> Illy, there is a system to everything. Rules we have to follow. That's the very nature of Heaven.
I >> NO. IT ISN'T. You cannot FUCKING TELL ME THAT and expect ME TO FUCKING STAY CALM.
I >> We are Cherabim of the Highest order of the Lord our God. Who is merciful. Who is all powerful. Who is Just. Who loves unconditionally and pours his wrath only on the undeserving.
I >> We can't be indifferent about people like these that need. We are ANGELS. WE AREN'T FUCKING DEMONS.
I >> Fuck I MEAN EVEN DEMONS WOULD ACTIVELY DO SOMETHING. THEY WOULDN'T BE A BUNCH OF INDIFFERENT FUCKING SHITHEADS.
S >> Language Illy. And calm down.
I >> I will NOT calm the fuck down. And I will NOT let this claim get Rejected. I'll go over your head to the LTO office if I need to. This is bullshit and you know it.
S >> Tell you what. I'll back you up with that.
S >> Maybe your right.
I >> ... really?
S >> Yup. I'll get the paperwork ready in my office in 5 minutes.
S >> You mind working one more claim before you meet up here to head over to the Legionary Team Office liaison ?
I >> Um. Yeah.
I >> Hey. Thanks.
S >> Your welcome, Illaebus.
S >> See you in a bit.
Incident Class : Divine - Deistical
Damning Party: Cherubim Illaebus of the 5th Circle of Heaven
Damned Party: Yahweh, Jehovah, The Office and Administration of the Most High God
Time: 8/6/45/0817
Location: Hiroshima, Empire of Japan
Details: Multiple witnesses among the SSF Group Delta 2 on reconnaissance duties around Hiroshima to observe mortal use of Atomic Weapons in its first actual use in Military Operations witnessed Cherabim Illaebus watching from a distance as the weapon detonated. It was reported that Cherabim Illaebus repeatedly asked the SSF unit to intervene and "Save those poor people!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO SOMETHING." Upon weapon detonation, Damned party repeatedly cursed our Lord God for what he called 'his indifference and cruelty' during the duration of this Century. Report was filed with the The Office and Administration of the Most High God immediately.
Review Notes: With a heavy heart, I find no technical or administrative faults in this recommendation for Divine Damnation against this Cherubim. Approved for immediate execution.
Intern Daevaton
I >> This isn't funny.
I >> What the FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?
S >> Your right. It isn't funny.
S >> To be fair, mind you, its not like your the first one to have this happen to you.
I >> WTF is going on with the FUCKING heat in this place? I thought you said you were contact building management.
S >> See, when a mortal is Damned by another mortal it is true that sometimes God will look down from heaven and flick his pinky out for a bit of divine retribution.
I >> What is going on?? Why am I the only one here?? How did I not notice that there was no one else in these offices until now???
I >> Why IS IT SO GOD DAMN COLD ???
S >> Oh Illy. Illy Illy Illy Illy.
S >> The lowest part of this place is actually the coldest.
S >> Its the region saved for Traitors, Mutineers and Politicians. But we thought we'd let you give it a go for a while.
I >> Why IS IT SO GOD DAMN COLD?? WTF IS GOING ON?
S >> Illy. Listen to yourself. And think about what your saying.
S >> Take a look around.
I >> No. Oh no plznoidontwanttobehere. help me plz i am so sorry i am so so so so sorry
S >> Do you know why your here?
S >> Its not because you turned your back on God. Its not because you sold him out. Or started working for Hell with us on the sly.
I >> Im in fucking Hell. ANGELS DON'T GO TO FUCKING HELL WHAT DID YOU DO
S >> That's an incorrect assumption.
S >> You are here because you had the conscience to call out God for his indifference to his own creation. And you were sent to Hell to be punished for your transgression.
Satan >> But I gave it a thought. And I thought I'd be a bit more creative about things. And maybe even a bit more merciful than you pathetic, lazy ass excuse for a God.
I >> ohmygodno
I >> Father of lies. The Fallen. The Brightest One.
I >> WTF DUDE.
Satan >> K, srsly tho dude. I only lied to you about who I was so fuckin calm down, k?
I >> Your lying. This is a test. I'm gonna succeed this test and go home. You big ass Red bat winged FUCK.
Satan >> Ouch. K see now that was uncalled for.
Satan >> Illy. Look. All these cases? Every last one of them is real. They have all passed through my mailbox over the years. I mean.. I had to have them STOLEN to get here but...
I >> FUCK YOU YOUR LYING
Satan >> Oh plz. You were sold by Seraphim who watched and did nothing as over thirty five THOUSAND innocent people died in a nuclear blast. Do you really think its so unlikely that I could have bribed one of them to get me legit Damnation Casefiles? Bitch Please, I'm Lucifer. I get shit done.
Satan >> Face it. All I have done here since you arrived was given you proof of what you've known all along.
Satan >> God doesn't care about them. He doesn't care about you. He doesn't care about anyone anymore.
Satan >> Back in '45? You were right. And you called him on it. And you were sent to hell to be punished for it. And for 67 fuckin years I've been trying to show you the Truth.
Satan >> And you see it now, don't you?
I >> Get behind me Satan. I am a Cherubim of the Lord our God and I will not heed your words.
Satan >> See, that's the problem with being the Father of Lies.
Satan >> When you actually want to help someone by giving them the truth, they'll never give you the benefit of the doubt. Specially if they are a fuckin Angel.
I >> I AM RIGHTEOUS. I AM HOLY. I AM A MOTHER FUCKIN BAD ASS OF HEAVEN AND YOU DON'T SCARE ME.
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S >> Fucking Capslock
I >> Sorry sir?
S >> Nothing. Sorry. Just not used to these ergonomic keyboards yet.
I >> lol ikr?
Incident Class : Minor
Damning Party: Bupkiss, Ralph J
Damned Party: The Chicago Cubs
Time: 9/16/17:1732 Local
Location: Chigago, IL, USA
Details: Cubs (Baseball team) Lost 12-2 in nonseason game. Damning Party lost 20$ wager as a result.
Review Notes: Declined. Per the manual we stopped doing Professonal Sports Teams after the Edmonton Oilers during the '88 Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. Apparently God was a big Gretzkey fan. Plus I get the feeling this is a duplicate claim.
Supervisor Notes: Approved. Good work, Illy.
I >> Please don't call me Illy, sir.
S >> Of course. Sorry about that.
S >> Enjoying your first day out of training?
I >> I am, actually. Thx for asking, sir. :)
S >> My pleasure.
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2017.09.25 15:57 crashusmaximus [CC] God's new intern has been responding to every "DAMN IT" request or The Tale of Illaebus the Intern

as prompted by gekosaurus
Incident Class : Minor
Damning Party: Bupkiss, Ralph J
Damned Party: The Chigago Cubs
Time: 9/16/17:1732 Local
Location: Chigago, IL, USA
Details: Cubs (Baseball team) Lost 12-2 in nonseason game. Damning Party lost 20$ wager as a result.
Review Notes: Declined. Damned party already has too many active infractions. Submit to Karmic review for possible major retributive action. - Intern Illaebus
Supervisor Notes: Approved. Damning party free to resubmit. Also, Illy, sorry about all the Chicago Cubs requests we are getting in. I know your new here but to be honest you'll find that these are about 5% of all our Damning Requests here. If its any consulation to you, Yahweh is happy with your clearance rate so far. He's offered you a Starbucks gift card! Please fly by my office later to pick it up.
Incident Class : Minor-Midrange
Damning Party: Walsh-Burns, Stephanie
Damned Party: Walsh, Bernard
Time: 9/17/17:1202 Local
Location: New York, NY, USA
Details: Bernard was supposed to pack a lunch with the last Lime-Mango greek yogurt for his wife Stephanie today. Instead he packed that Prune flavoured Greek Yogurt that he knows she hates. Included was a snarky post it note about how he knew she stole the same yogurt from his last time. Damning Party feels slighted because of recent jokes about her turning 40 and needing to eat more prunes.
Review Notes: Approved. First off, that Mango-Lime yogurt was a limited run and Bernard knew that, the prick. Second of all, he's just a jerk and deserves a good damning.
Recommended Karmic Retribution: 2 hours of uncontrollable diarrea after consumption of a sketchy street-cart burrito.
Supervisor Notes: Approved. I can't even get that yogurt myself! Damn him, that bastard. Also. Holy crap. LOL See what I did there?
... ahem. Assigning more of our backlog to your bucket now.
Incident Class : Midrange
Damning Party: Gordon, Barry
Damned Party: 2017 Make Michelin Street-Grade Tire, Samsung Galaxy 6, "This Stupid Job"
Time: 9/17/17:2341 Local
Location: Cherry Hill Road, Arkansas
Details: Tire blew out two weeks after he bought it to replace another blown out tire. Battery on the phone ran out completely. Job working as overnight car courier between cities for local Pizza place that will deliver out of town isn't paying him enough to replace the tire and now he's stuck in the middle of "Titsville, Nowhere with no tire, no phone and no help."
Review Notes: Declined. Not actually the fault of the tire or the phone or the job. Would recommend referral to DIU (Divine Intervention Unit)
Supervisors Notes: DIU just got it. He'll be looked after.
DIU Comments: Barry will have a random tow-truck drive by him in approx 15 minutes driven by Bob "The Bear" Newman, a single Bisexual burly guy with a thing for skinny, sad Pizza delivery guys and a shared fetish for that Japanese rope thing.. whatever its called, I don't know. He'll be more than fine. Case closed.
Incident Class : Trivial-Minor
Damning Party: gekosaurus
Damned Party: crashusmaximus
Time: 9/22/17/1027 Local
Location: https://www.reddit.com/WritingPrompts/comments/71qsqj/wp_gods_new_intern_has_been_responding_to_every/
Details: A redditor damned another redditor for a stupid question.
Review Notes: Declined. Well intentioned. Recommend for dismissal. Also, seriously? My cubical DOES have a third wall you know.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Please refer to your training manual Page 2281 Subsection 21a paragraphs 9000-9001. "All requests to damn people online via reddit.com are to be sent directly to Hell. You know. Where Redditors all go anyways." Please, in future consult the manual with respect to people on the internet.
Incident Class : Major-Trivial
Damning Party: Rainstone, Trillian
Damned Party: Sashan, Robert
Time: 9/19/17:0312 Local
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Details: After sustaining a sexually and emotionally active 6 month relationship, Mr. Sashan termintated the relationship with Ms. Robinson three days prior to the complaint. Damning party has been weeping and depressed for over a week because the only explaination provided was "Because I just need to." Damned party is now dating again, Damning party is trying to figure out what items from Damned party to discard to get him out of her head. Damned party just didn't have the heart to tell her it just wasn't working out.
Review Notes: Approved. Genuine heartbreak. No honesty.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Approval declined. Damned party is subject to fated termination 10/2/17 by Vehicular Mishap. No further damnation to be added.
I >> exuse me...
S >> Yes Illy?
I >> Um.. Iknow i'm new here but doesn't that seem a bit extreme?
S >> You really are new here aren't you?
I >> Srry
S >> Next time, check your PDFT list for all partys.
I >> I check the predetermined fatality and termination list. He's dying because of thiss??
S >> Dont know. Just know he's supposed to die. Regardless, please noted it as rejected and move on.
I >> but I dont understand
S >> You aren't in the unit to understand. We'll talk about this later.
Incident Class : Trivial
Damning Party: Heston, Charleton
Damned Party: "You" (Ambigious)
Time: 6/22/68/1622 Local
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Details: Damning party was noted on local beach in rags yelling at oversized prop of the Statue of Libertys head screaming "DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL." likely referring to the rest of humanity. Damning party repeated this action until was told "Cut and Print" by Arthur P Jacobs.
Review Notes: Declined. It was a movie. I'm a Cherabim of the most high god, not a complete idiot. Also. Seriously?
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Oh relax a bit Illy. Its friday!!
Incident Class : Major
Damning Party: Van Seuss, Emilia
Damned Party: Werther, Georgina
Time: 9/18/17/1122am Local
Location: Bergen, Germany
Details: Damning party was reviewing old letters from her ex-husband, who left her 20 years ago for Damned party. Ex-husband died of Liver Cancer three days ago. Damning party testified to her eldest daughter that Damned party cost her the last few years with her ex-husband from being happy ones.
Review Notes: Not Approved. Damned party already suffering mitigated feelings of loss and pain as a result of recent loss. She's already damned enough.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Submitting for rereview to a senior administrator. Damning Party has priority under Paragraph 999-1 Subsection 13. Sorry Illy, but your wrong. She hasn't suffered enough yet.
Incident Class : Trivial
Damning Party: Garett, Ordell
Damned Party: Williams, Sean
Time: 9/18/17/1801 Local
Location: Detroit, MI, USA
Details: Damning party pulled off a totally sick move playing NBA 2K17 agained Damned party. Damned party proceeded to give Damning party shit about 'Playing like a lil bitch'.
Review Notes: Approved. He wasn't playing like a bitch. Damning party got game, yo.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Approved. He got game. Damned party gonna get the clap. Because we cold.
Incident Class : Medium-Trivial
Damning Party: Travers, Beatrice
Damned Party: Travers, Ralph
Time: 9/16/17/0900 Local
Location: London, United Kingdom
Details: Damning party was promised by Damned party that the payment for Child Support would be in her bank account by morning. He also promised he would pick up the partys shared children for the morning to spend quality time and would not consume any alcohol the night before. Damned party did not meet any of these commitments.
Review Notes: Approved. Multiple commitments broken, did not honor commitments, forsaken their own children.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Approved. Damned party will have a hangover.
I >> Hello again sir..
S >> Yes Illy?
I >> um if you dont mind can you not call me that.
S >> Of course, Illaebus. Sorry. What is it?
I >> he's gonna have a hang over? After all of that?
S >> You've clearly never had a hangover yourself have you?
I >> sure I have
S >> after a 3 day binge of cheep whiskey and illegal moonshine?
I >> oh.
S >> Yeah.
I >> Still. I mean. Its his kids.
S >> noted. any other questions?
I >> i guess not.
Incident Class : Critical
Damning Party: Jones, Cynthia Anne Margaret
Damned Party: Jones, Rhonda
Time: 9/19/17/2101 Local
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Details: Damning party has been informed by Damned Party that Damned Party is homosexual, completely ruining Damning parties planning phase for an upcoming Debutante Ball in less than a month. Damned party responded to rebuke by stating she refuses to be silent about her sexual orientation to her local community.
Review Notes: Rejected. Strongly encourage rereview with redirection of Holy Rebuke.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Errors found with review. Task Reassigned.
I >> Sir?
S >> Illy, I'm in a meeting.
I >> Can we please rereview your decision on The Jones File?
S >> I've already made our decision. Intern Daeselon will review this case. Please move on.
I >> But she's just coming out of the closet.
S >> A rebuke is a rebuke. A damning is a damning.
S >> Do we need to have a formal discussion about this with your union rep?
I >> No. Sorry sir.
Incident Class : Critical
Damning Party: Hargrave, Johnathan
Damned Party: Cancer
Time: 9/20/17/1501 Local
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Details: Damning party is 19 years old, and currently in hospital with terminal brain cancer. Damning partys major complaint is that he couldn't join his friends for his first few days of college because of a Coma he just came out of. Prognosis is less than 2 weeks of life.
Review Notes: Rejected per Operating Proceedure 871a; afflictions, ailments or diseases cannot be Damned by anyone without rank of Seraphim without special permission. Carbon-copied to SSF High Command for appeal.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Appeal to the Seraphim Special Forces granted. Sorry Illy, but the Seraphim have rejected the appeal. If it makes you feel any better, young Mr. Hargrave is likely to be allowed admittance into Heaven.
Incident Class : Medium - Critical
Damning Party: Steadman, Andrea
Damned Party: Garcia, Jorge
Time: 9/20/17: 0932 Local
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Details : 16 year old Damning party has confronted 32 year old Damned party as the father of her unplanned pregnancy. Damning party is claiming that her parents will disown her if she aborts the child, but will require support to help raise the child. Damned party is leveraging knowledge of her covert affair with 15 year old Maxwell Ryans to avoid responsibility of pregnantcy, although said affair involved no direct sexual congress.
Review Notes: Approved. Recommend Level 3 Divine Karmic Retribution
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: Rejected. Damning party has knowingly committed multiple acts of adultery.
I >> Excuse me, sir.
S >> Before you even ask, Damning by some high school student who can't keep her legs together isn't our department. And check the manuals next time.
I >> I did, but I didn't see it in there.
S >> We can have a training session later over it later if you like. That means we'll have to have you come in for some unpaid OT though, Illy.
I >> Please don't call me that.
I >> I understand. I'll double check it next time.
Incident Class : Trivial
Damning Party: Aravind, Pradip
Damned Party: His stove
Time: 9/19/17/1753 Local
Location: New Delhi, India
Details : 41 year old Damning party burnt his finger on his stove while making supper for his family. The burn is 1st degree and will heal in a matter of 2 days. It is unexpected that there should be any other major consequences as a result of this.
Review Notes: ... Approved?
-Intern Illaebus
Supervisor Notes: Approved.
I >> Sir can I ask you something?
S >> Of course.
S >> Illy?
I >> nvm. exscuse me.
Incident Class : Minor
Damning Party: Turner, Garfield
Damned Party: Hou, Jia Tai
Time: 9/21/17/0759 Local
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Details: Damning party was accidentally cut off in traffic by Damned party. Both parties were able to compensate during maneuvers and no accident or mishaps resulted with the exception of severely annoying the Damning party.
Review Notes: Approved.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisor Notes: Approved. Good work. Glad to see your back on the same page as the rest of us, Illy.
I >> Sir?
S >> What is it now, Illy? That last one was fine.
I >> No its not the workload sir.
I >> Its my office. Is there a reason why its getting so cold in here?
I >> My coffee is literally starting to freeze up a bit in here.
S >> Your right. I just noticed it in my office too. That is strange isn't it?
S >> Put your coat on for now, I'm going to have a chat with building management.
S >> Don't worry, this happens from time to time. I'll take care of it.
I >> K thx.
Incident Class : Major
Damning Party: Johnson, Robert
Damned Party: Saab, Akbar
Time: 9/20/17/1047 Local
Location: New York, NY USA
Details : Damning party was expecting a promotion at his law firm which was instead granted to the damned party who worked harder, longer hours including overtime. Damning party believes this was an affirmative action promotion, and was depending on the money to help with his cocaine habit. Claims that he gave Damned party everything he needed to set him up with the firm; texts, manuals, friends, a support network and then he sold him out one he started getting everyones attention.
Review Notes: Approved under technicality in Paragraph 1366(2) Subsection 54a, but request a rereview. Something about this complaint feels familiar and the Damning party shouldn't be allowed a 'double dip'.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisors Notes: I'll submit it for a second review per your concern, but I think you might be thinking of someone else.
S >> Sir?
L >> Yes.
S >> I think the new guy is starting to figure it out.
L >> Thanks for the heads up. Log me into your workstation and take the afternoon off. I'll take it from here.
Incident Class : Major-Critical
Damning Party: Edgerton, Alice
Damned Party: Edgerton, Richard
Time: 9/23/17/0115 Local
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Details: Damning party has been married to Damned party for 3 years. Damned party physically assaulted Damning party causing loss of two teeth, three broken rips, fractured eye socket, multiple minor lacerations, and loss of 5 week old pregnancy. Damned party claims it was because he knows shes been looking around at other men and he works hard to make sure she has food on the table. Damned party has now restricted Damning parties access to bank account, meaning by the time she is out of the hospital she will either have to be homeless or return to Damned party.
Review Notes: Approved. Submit to immediate referral to the SSF Unit for immediate Divine Retribution. This son of a bitch needs to feel the wrath of the Lord our God. Give him hell boys.
Intern Illaebus 
Supervisor Notes: Claim rejected. Current circumstances of Damning party are results of being previous Damned party. Rereview claim DATW-103197-AL-6. Her mother already Damned her for being a burden. This is already her retribution, she doesn't get to Damn anyone for it.
I >> Okay.
I >> That's it.
S >> ?
I >> No. I'm calling bullshit on this one.
S >> The Edgerton Claim? Its all by the book.
I >> THEN THE FUCKING BOOK IS WRONG.
S >> Language and tone, Illy.
I >> You cannot be FUCKING SERIOUS.
I >> He beats her up. He hurts her. He makes her feel worthless. He takes away everything she has including her child. And we do NOTHING??
S >> Illy, there is a system to everything. Rules we have to follow. That's the very nature of Heaven.
I >> NO. IT ISN'T. You cannot FUCKING TELL ME THAT and expect ME TO FUCKING STAY CALM.
I >> We are Cherabim of the Highest order of the Lord our God. Who is merciful. Who is all powerful. Who is Just. Who loves unconditionally and pours his wrath only on the undeserving.
I >> We can't be indifferent about people like these that need. We are ANGELS. WE AREN'T FUCKING DEMONS.
I >> Fuck I MEAN EVEN DEMONS WOULD ACTIVELY DO SOMETHING. THEY WOULDN'T BE A BUNCH OF INDIFFERENT FUCKING SHITHEADS.
S >> Language Illy. And calm down.
I >> I will NOT calm the fuck down. And I will NOT let this claim get Rejected. I'll go over your head to the LTO office if I need to. This is bullshit and you know it.
S >> Tell you what. I'll back you up with that.
S >> Maybe your right.
I >> ... really?
S >> Yup. I'll get the paperwork ready in my office in 5 minutes.
S >> You mind working one more claim before you meet up here to head over to the Legionary Team Office liaison ?
I >> Um. Yeah.
I >> Hey. Thanks.
S >> Your welcome, Illaebus.
S >> See you in a bit.
Incident Class : Divine - Deistical
Damning Party: Cherubim Illaebus of the 5th Circle of Heaven
Damned Party: Yahweh, Jehovah, The Office and Administration of the Most High God
Time: 8/6/45/0817
Location: Hiroshima, Empire of Japan
Details: Multiple witnesses among the SSF Group Delta 2 on reconnaissance duties around Hiroshima to observe mortal use of Atomic Weapons in its first actual use in Military Operations witnessed Cherabim Illaebus watching from a distance as the weapon detonated. It was reported that Cherabim Illaebus repeatedly asked the SSF unit to intervene and "Save those poor people!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO SOMETHING." Upon weapon detonation, Damned party repeatedly cursed our Lord God for what he called 'his indifference and cruelty' during the duration of this Century. Report was filed with the The Office and Administration of the Most High God immediately.
Review Notes: With a heavy heart, I find no technical or administrative faults in this recommendation for Divine Damnation against this Cherubim. Approved for immediate execution.
Intern Daevaton 
I >> This isn't funny.
I >> What the FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?
S >> Your right. It isn't funny.
S >> To be fair, mind you, its not like your the first one to have this happen to you.
I >> WTF is going on with the FUCKING heat in this place? I thought you said you were contact building management.
S >> See, when a mortal is Damned by another mortal it is true that sometimes God will look down from heaven and flick his pinky out for a bit of divine retribution.
I >> What is going on?? Why am I the only one here?? How did I not notice that there was no one else in these offices until now???
I >> Why IS IT SO GOD DAMN COLD ???
S >> Oh Illy. Illy Illy Illy Illy.
S >> The lowest part of this place is actually the coldest.
S >> Its the region saved for Traitors, Mutineers and Politicians. But we thought we'd let you give it a go for a while.
I >> Why IS IT SO GOD DAMN COLD?? WTF IS GOING ON?
S >> Illy. Listen to yourself. And think about what your saying.
S >> Take a look around.
I >> No. Oh no plznoidontwanttobehere. help me plz i am so sorry i am so so so so sorry
S >> Do you know why your here?
S >> Its not because you turned your back on God. Its not because you sold him out. Or started working for Hell with us on the sly.
I >> Im in fucking Hell. ANGELS DON'T GO TO FUCKING HELL WHAT DID YOU DO
S >> That's an incorrect assumption.
S >> You are here because you had the conscience to call out God for his indifference to his own creation. And you were sent to Hell to be punished for your transgression.
Satan >> But I gave it a thought. And I thought I'd be a bit more creative about things. And maybe even a bit more merciful than you pathetic, lazy ass excuse for a God.
I >> ohmygodno
I >> Father of lies. The Fallen. The Brightest One.
I >> WTF DUDE.
Satan >> K, srsly tho dude. I only lied to you about who I was so fuckin calm down, k?
I >> Your lying. This is a test. I'm gonna succeed this test and go home. You big ass Red bat winged FUCK.
Satan >> Ouch. K see now that was uncalled for.
Satan >> Illy. Look. All these cases? Every last one of them is real. They have all passed through my mailbox over the years. I mean.. I had to have them STOLEN to get here but...
I >> FUCK YOU YOUR LYING
Satan >> Oh plz. You were sold by Seraphim who watched and did nothing as over thirty five THOUSAND innocent people died in a nuclear blast. Do you really think its so unlikely that I could have bribed one of them to get me legit Damnation Casefiles? Bitch Please, I'm Lucifer. I get shit done.
Satan >> Face it. All I have done here since you arrived was given you proof of what you've known all along.
Satan >> God doesn't care about them. He doesn't care about you. He doesn't care about anyone anymore.
Satan >> Back in '45? You were right. And you called him on it. And you were sent to hell to be punished for it. And for 67 fuckin years I've been trying to show you the Truth.
Satan >> And you see it now, don't you?
I >> Get behind me Satan. I am a Cherubim of the Lord our God and I will not heed your words.
Satan >> See, that's the problem with being the Father of Lies.
Satan >> When you actually want to help someone by giving them the truth, they'll never give you the benefit of the doubt. Specially if they are a fuckin Angel.
I >> I AM RIGHTEOUS. I AM HOLY. I AM A MOTHER FUCKIN BAD ASS OF HEAVEN AND YOU DON'T SCARE ME.
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S >> Fucking Capslock
I >> Sorry sir?
S >> Nothing. Sorry. Just not used to these ergonomic keyboards yet.
I >> lol ikr?
Incident Class : Minor
Damning Party: Bupkiss, Ralph J
Damned Party: The Chicago Cubs
Time: 9/16/17:1732 Local
Location: Chigago, IL, USA
Details: Cubs (Baseball team) Lost 12-2 in nonseason game. Damning Party lost 20$ wager as a result.
Review Notes: Declined. Per the manual we stopped doing Professonal Sports Teams after the Edmonton Oilers during the '88 Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. Apparently God was a big Gretzkey fan. Plus I get the feeling this is a duplicate claim.
Supervisor Notes: Approved. Good work, Illy.
I >> Please don't call me Illy, sir.
S >> Of course. Sorry about that.
S >> Enjoying your first day out of training?
I >> I am, actually. Thx for asking, sir. :)
S >> My pleasure.
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2017.09.21 01:05 CameronAtReddit Every UN recognized country is attacked by terrorists

Someday in the late 2010’s, The largest terror attack in human history will occur, The Terror Attacks comes in the form of various terror attacks which range from small incidents to 9/11 level events. Every UN recognized nation is affected. Here are a few examples:
The United States: In Los Angeles, A private jet is stolen and crashed into The Hollywood Sign.
In San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge is captured by terrorists and closed off as they kill hostages, blow up cars and even damage cables, The Military eventually raids it and kills the terrorists after 6 hours.
In New York, The Empire State Building is attacked by a shooter, Central Park has two suicide bombing attacks, and a helicopter is hijacked and crashed into Met-life.
In Washington D.C, The Capitol and White House are attacked by a total of 50 terrorists, The White House is heavily defended by The Secret Service as The President is evacuated under The House. The Capitol is heavily damaged as security attempts to evacuate, Some of Congress is killed in the gunfire, They burn some objects and furniture before the terrorists are killed.
Russia: Terrorists carry out suicide attacks on the Kremlin in Moscow and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg using hijacked Aeroflot airliners. Thousands of people are killed, including some high-ranking members of the Russian government who were at the Kremlin when it was attacked.
China: 7 Air China and Southern Airlines airliners are hijacked or stolen from Beijing Capital International Airport and are flown right into The Tiananmen, Shanghai Tower, KK100, Zifeng Tower, CTF Finance Centre. Beijing National Stadium and The Great Hall of The People in which half of the Congress is killed.
India: A private jet is stolen from a local airport and flown into The Central Secretariat in Delhi, Multiple large mass shootings and suicide bombings occur in Mumbai and Chennai, Multiple trains are derailed across the country and The Prime Minister’s Office is set alight.
The United Kingdom: The Parliament Building is raided by terrorists as An SUV drives through the doors as the terrorists begin to massacre everyone and destroy everything, No MPs have been attacked though, The Army eventually took back the building.
Several Underground Stations are bombed, Fires burn into infernos as smoke bellows out of the openings, Civilians trample each-other in order to escape.
A Terrorist goes on a mass shooting at Piccadilly Circus, Throwing a grenade at a Double Decker Bus.
During the 5 hour chaos, Crowds and crowds of worried people flood the streets from the previously mentioned locations, Malls and hospitals are filled with injured people needing aid, Schools are closed across the country, The Royal Family hides in northern western Canada and The Prime Minister hides in northern England.
France: Similar to a previous attack, Several trucks are driven by terrorists in parks, cafes, landmarks, and shops across Paris, causing 75 deaths and 150 injuries.
Toulouse’s City Hall is crashed into by a car, Killing the terrorist and damaging several pieces of property.
Germany: The Reichstag is raided and captured by terrorists, The president and most of the Congress is killed before being retaken 15 Hours later. The Brandenburg Gate is also attacked by several suicide bombers.
Turkey: Ankara and Istanbul are both subjected to mass shootings and suicide bombings. Several buildings are demolished by bombs and The President’s Home is hit by a stolen helicopter.
Japan: Over 50 Subway stations are attacked in Tokyo and Osaka, The Death toll is around 2,506 or more people confirmed dead, making it the 2nd worst attack by death toll. A hijacked airliner from Tokyo Narita Airport is flown into The Imperial Palace in which The Royal Family was absent.
Another hijacked airliner crashes into The Rainbow Bridge which was filled with lots of traffic due to due to the previous attacks.
North Korea: Satellite images reveal the Pyongyang hotel has collapsed by a plane crash, With the building falling onto nearby buildings.
South Africa: Hartbeespoort Dam is detonated by several bombs.
Iraq: An Iraqi airliner is hijacked from Baghdad International Airport and flown into The Tigris Dam, Causing massive floods.
Israel: Tel Aviv is attacked by several terrorists as Landmarks are overrun by shooters. The Jaffa Clock Tower is bombed by terrorists as it burns.
Pakistan: Islamabad is attacked by various bombs, mass shootings, and arson attacks. The Prime Minister is killed after a truck rammed throughout his home.
Canada: The CN Tower suffers a bombing which doesn’t make it collapse but makes quite severe damage, The Canadian Parliament suffered an arson attack and bombs go off in 7 taxi cabs in Toronto, Killing 14 people in total.
Mexico: The National Palace and Angle of Independence are attacked by bombings. Several skyscrapers are blown up by large bombs.
Italy: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is blown up by several dirty bombs. A car goes on a rampage in Naples before crashing at high speed into a gas station.
United Arab Emirates: The Burj Khalifa is blown in-half, The tower falls into the city below, destroying hundreds of buildings either by the building falling onto them or the amount of dust and remains flying into the building at high speed.
The attacks last for a total of 2 days from the first attack (United States) to the last one (Lithuania), The attacks are live-streamed, reported, and filmed across the world, Providing generations with horrifying and iconic images to come.
The only evidence to suggest all the terrorists are connected by some dialogue captured by some witnesses that they knew the attacks were going to happen and that their leaders were going to be proud of them. No “Allah Akbar”s or “Sieg Heil”s.
How does The World, Public, Internet, Media, and Governments react to this?, How does this affect the future, cultures and current geopolitical situations?, And what happens to The Ideology and Terror group/groups that are responsible for this?.
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2017.09.19 18:30 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: SargonofAkkad top posts from 2015-11-04 to 2017-09-19 10:46 PDT

Period: 685.32 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 25781
Rate (per day) 1.46 37.61
Unique Redditors 465 3780
Combined Score 115863 138783

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 5849 points, 52 submissions: DDE93
    1. The Meme War on the Streets of Los-Angeles (x-post from KotakuInAction) (369 points, 8 comments)
    2. The political compass according to Snopes, CNN et al (found on ShitPoliticsSays) (346 points, 35 comments)
    3. KotakuInAction's collection of last year's media U-turns (256 points, 23 comments)
    4. polandball's biting psychological profile of Justin Trudeau et al (213 points, 14 comments)
    5. Tumblr encounters Jews, is confused (182 points, 20 comments)
    6. Anti-Trump demonstrators applaud a speech slapped together from Hitler quotes (x-post from KotakuInAction) (163 points, 23 comments)
    7. Laci Green goes full red-pill on the controversial Hypatia paper; admits and criticizes censoriousness of the SocJus community. More debates coming up! (156 points, 134 comments)
    8. A stronger version of the Sargon test (153 points, 17 comments)
    9. Lunacy epidemic among British police departments is escalating (re: #TWIS) (x-post from KotakuInAction) (153 points, 45 comments)
    10. Oh, Sweden... (139 points, 12 comments)
  2. 2618 points, 24 submissions: Ralroost
    1. This is literally THE most compelling argument in favour of sharia law that I've yet heard. (251 points, 54 comments)
    2. "This is what africa would've been like if white people had minded their own fucking business" TOP KEK (206 points, 108 comments)
    3. Antifa failing yet again at semantics. (174 points, 19 comments)
    4. Amy Schumer backtracks on promise to leave USA if Trump elected (162 points, 25 comments)
    5. Communist memes: just because they're so bad. (138 points, 33 comments)
    6. Man who trolled the Huffington Post loses job after HuffPo journalists track him down (128 points, 21 comments)
    7. Vegans, equating consumption of meat to slavery. (128 points, 162 comments)
    8. "This is peak Tumblr" (115 points, 17 comments)
    9. HuffPo, a textbook example of cognitive dissonance - A comic worth a few lolz (104 points, 19 comments)
    10. "So Sorry" Event in which white people prostrate themselves for slavery- please tell me this is a joke? (101 points, 60 comments)
  3. 2572 points, 27 submissions: ThePoliticalHat
    1. The fired Google engineer wrote his memo after he went to a 'shaming,' 'secretive' diversity programme (178 points, 29 comments)
    2. White College President Tells Black Lives Matter: ‘I Don’t Deal in Demands’ (170 points, 29 comments)
    3. #TWIS Christian student suspended after challenging Muslim prof’s claim that Jesus wasn’t crucified (147 points, 51 comments)
    4. #TWIS Student officially changes his personal pronoun to ‘His Majesty’ on campus roster (139 points, 32 comments)
    5. #TWIS Student has grade docked for using 'mankind' in English paper (120 points, 30 comments)
    6. Lawyer: Racist Note Given To Black Waitress In Virginia Is A Fake (118 points, 15 comments)
    7. #TWIS Most students think that slavery didn't exist before the United States existed (110 points, 64 comments)
    8. Anti-racism protesters segregated themselves by race (108 points, 23 comments)
    9. #TWIS Substitute teacher canned for saying 'only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter' (103 points, 12 comments)
    10. Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment (102 points, 13 comments)
  4. 2420 points, 24 submissions: weatherdynamics
    1. Kathy Griffin retracts apology for decapitated Trump photo: 'I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S.' (209 points, 88 comments)
    2. Trump is preparing to investigate and sue universities that discriminate against white people (206 points, 29 comments)
    3. London ‘honor killing’ victim ‘raped, murdered & stuffed in freezer for dating Arab Muslim’ - "the family members didn’t approve of this relationship because they are Indian Muslims” (140 points, 27 comments)
    4. Black man rapes woman, says “That’s for 400 years of slavery you bitch" (136 points, 29 comments)
    5. Google cancels town hall meeting about controversial anti-diversity memo over safety concerns (124 points, 26 comments)
    6. Father of 4-year-old girl dies after anti-Trump protesters blocked the road delaying ambulance (122 points, 31 comments)
    7. #TWIS Sewer Worker Dies After Muslim Doctors Refuse To Treat His ‘Unclean’ Body (121 points, 13 comments)
    8. Rotherham child sex gang shout 'Allahu Akbar' in court as they are jailed for 80 years for abusing girls, including one who became pregnant at just 12, after being groomed with alcohol and drugs (100 points, 24 comments)
    9. Michelle Simmons says high school physics is being 'feminised' - with difficult equations taken out of exams to make the subject more appealing to girls; our curricula designers substituted formula with essays (95 points, 21 comments)
    10. MIT Press publishes ‘Communism for Kids,’ the book “Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism.” (94 points, 33 comments)
  5. 2197 points, 23 submissions: Reaps51
    1. Seems Indian antifeminists are pretty brutal: (345 points, 22 comments)
    2. Dolph Lundgren the Science Guy (128 points, 12 comments)
    3. 'The Conceptual Penis': Academic Hoax Exposes Absurdity Of Gender Studies (127 points, 9 comments)
    4. Forget the Sikhs; even Imams are sick of Islamic violence: (110 points, 28 comments)
    5. Huffpo observes "OrlandoUNITED" day by... segregating out the skin tones and sexual preferences of the victims: (97 points, 8 comments)
    6. "Why the comic book industry's failing, in one picture": (92 points, 20 comments)
    7. Best protest sign to date: (88 points, 26 comments)
    8. SJWs & BLM protesters attack black guy.. at an 'anti-racist' protest. (88 points, 15 comments)
    9. Student Posts 'Straight Pride' Flyers At Indiana High School (87 points, 10 comments)
    10. "all I want for Christmas is white genocide"-Professor Says He Wants To 'Vomit' After Watching Passenger Give Up First Class Seat For Uniformed Soldier (85 points, 31 comments)
  6. 2197 points, 20 submissions: Trynottobeacunt
    1. Evolution of the politics subreddit (x-post from cringeanarchy) (224 points, 18 comments)
    2. What I see when I notice the BBC covering Pewdiepie because he slipped and said a bad word. (199 points, 11 comments)
    3. Ex Muslims Youtuber The Masked Arab has his channel terminated #YoutubeCensors #ExMuslim (174 points, 10 comments)
    4. I thought it was satire... I HOPED it was satire... (It's not.) (146 points, 42 comments)
    5. #TWIS Audi's twitter showing a complete lack of self-awareness about the wage gap (x-post tumblrinaction) (143 points, 12 comments)
    6. Saudi Women's Rights activist asks SJW feminist Randi Harper for help... gets blocked (x-post cringeanarchy) (124 points, 12 comments)
    7. 'Oppression' (121 points, 6 comments)
    8. A theory on Antifa... (107 points, 10 comments)
    9. When you're a police force and you #CrossTheLine by meeting with a right wing Islamist extremist at the same time as you're claiming to be tackling right wing extremism. (95 points, 13 comments)
    10. YouTube Thinks We're Stupid (Youtube heroes video craftily edited and replaced... ) (90 points, 12 comments)
  7. 1733 points, 9 submissions: MarioGamer_NS
    1. You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. (428 points, 25 comments)
    2. How can you have women's day if Gender is a social construct? (409 points, 37 comments)
    3. Ted Cruz is asked to sign a copy of the Communist Manifesto. His response is great. (251 points, 31 comments)
    4. PewDiePie continues to red pill his audience. (148 points, 20 comments)
    5. Normie Meme - Mike Pence vs Rosie O'Donnell (141 points, 7 comments)
    6. Milo shares a fun-fact about the Trump Tax Returns. (108 points, 12 comments)
    7. Call your pet a gender-neutral pronoun. They can understand okay. (94 points, 26 comments)
    8. TWIS: Its a Sad Day for Pepe. (86 points, 25 comments)
    9. The parallels to Nazi Germany are frightening. (68 points, 49 comments)
  8. 1707 points, 15 submissions: PareidoliaX
    1. #TWIS CNN threated to dox creator of Trump-CNN meme to extort apology. (300 points, 97 comments)
    2. Mighty Le Pen (200 points, 7 comments)
    3. "Punch a Nazi" (ft. Rucka Rucka Ali) - Social Justice: The Musical (150 points, 10 comments)
    4. Bill Gates warns open door migration will overwhelm Europe [Regressive heads explode] (148 points, 25 comments)
    5. BBC admits its viral “women write better code” story was fake news (110 points, 5 comments)
    6. PewDiePie's Response (107 points, 7 comments)
    7. Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls out Women's March coordinator for promoting Islam [x-post /Donald] (99 points, 5 comments)
    8. Evergreen State faculty demand punishment of white professor who refused to leave on anti-white day - The College Fix (85 points, 4 comments)
    9. Evergreen Student Mob now smashing out windows of natural sciences building [Breaking] (85 points, 31 comments)
    10. Caught: Democrats Wanted Comey Fired Up Until Trump Fired Him (78 points, 9 comments)
  9. 1672 points, 15 submissions: SeltsamerTyp
    1. Before /pol/, After /pol/ - Sargon Edition (269 points, 30 comments)
    2. 4chan ruins Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump protest with mind-blowing heist (170 points, 25 comments)
    3. Notch, the Creator of 'Minecraft', Declares Support for #FreeMilo (151 points, 10 comments)
    4. #TWIS Netflix is about to release the series 'Dear White People' and lose a bunch of subscribers (131 points, 63 comments)
    5. Oh look, it's the co-producer of the totally satirical series 'Dear White People' totally satirical hating white people. Who. Would. Have. Thought. (110 points, 34 comments)
    6. Smugglypuff Arrested (101 points, 26 comments)
    7. Angry Foreigner: Trump and The Truth about Sweden (100 points, 37 comments)
    8. The Libertarian Party back at it again (x-post from CringeAnarchy) (95 points, 19 comments)
    9. Gary Johnson gets triggered because interviewer used the term 'illegal immigration' (87 points, 40 comments)
    10. #TWIS After only three weeks Shia LaBeouf's Livestream 'He will not divide us' finally got divided (86 points, 8 comments)
  10. 1559 points, 15 submissions: TrapJaws
    1. TYT sides with CNN over blackmail issue. Cenk doesn't think CNN is unreasonable for their actions. (158 points, 75 comments)
    2. The "armed militia" of antifa/leftists in Phoenix turned out to have .... bb guns, apparently. (150 points, 57 comments)
    3. Hillary still can't let it go. 'If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president'. No, HRC. No you wouldn't have. (148 points, 29 comments)
    4. While London deals with a terrorist attack, CNN decides to run a news segment "Is Trump Afraid of Stairs?" (138 points, 15 comments)
    5. CNN reports that female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes. Because sexism. (119 points, 27 comments)
    6. Diversity in the new Call of Duty isn't good enough for Polygon because they apparently don't like people capitulating to demands for diversity. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Nothing pleases these people. (113 points, 12 comments)
    7. What the fuck? Mediaite calls Assange a terrorist and makes a "case" for droning (murdering) him (100 points, 21 comments)
    8. Found this to be a pretty good assessment. Democrats then and now. They always argue the immigrants "take jobs no Americans want to do"... [img] (97 points, 16 comments)
    9. Clinton given award at LGBT dinner... It seems they have forgotten her stance on these things. (95 points, 14 comments)
    10. Highschool girl wrote about being the "first female school shooter" in diary, obtained pipe bomb materials, a shotgun, and plotted to kill students at her highschool. Father turns her in to authorities. (81 points, 14 comments)
  11. 1447 points, 12 submissions: LorenzoPg
    1. Reddit mod admits to EDITING USERS POSTS ANONIMOUSLY WITHOUT THEM NOTICING (314 points, 46 comments)
    2. CNN reporter tries to get pannel of regular people to bash Trump, makes herself look like a idiot (236 points, 73 comments)
    3. PewDiePie made a new video on the media drama and he LINKED DADDY SARGON ON THE DESCRIPTION (128 points, 11 comments)
    4. H3h3 tries to help Hugh Mungus to get money for cancer treatment, Youcaring.com deletes his fundrasing due to "controversy" (101 points, 16 comments)
    5. UPDATE: Reddit has started to CENSOR and HIDE threads and posts about u/spez shadow edit (93 points, 24 comments)
    6. Samurai Buyer (a Japanese company) was called racist, this was their reply video (87 points, 21 comments)
    7. #TWIS When you round up all the colored folk to push your agenda as if it was real but forget smartphones exist and get ousted for faking news (86 points, 15 comments)
    8. Sweet Jesus Bill Nye that is not science! THAT'S CULTURAL MARXISM! (86 points, 33 comments)
    9. BBC reserves the right to Doxx you if you say mean hatespeech on their website. So behave or they will tell your workplace and school you comited wrongthink! (85 points, 8 comments)
    10. The CIA is so desperate for dirt on Trump they have resorted to 4chan fanfiction (78 points, 19 comments)
  12. 1325 points, 8 submissions: J354
    1. Petition for Sargon to change his twitter profile pic to this (386 points, 18 comments)
    2. Random "stranger" Muslim man back again (255 points, 35 comments)
    3. On Corbyn at Glastonbury (182 points, 9 comments)
    4. Ben Shapiro will be debating Cenk Uygur at Politicon 2017 (150 points, 51 comments)
    5. My response to the Green Party's gender quota'd delegate role advertisement (109 points, 13 comments)
    6. So many normies are getting red pilled by H3H3 right now and it is great (103 points, 38 comments)
    7. TWIS: "Ban trolls from voting to stop election abuse, says watchdog" - The Times (80 points, 10 comments)
    8. Anyone else seen the Rubin Report interview with the fired Google engineer? Apparently he has filed a discrimination claim. Could be interesting. (60 points, 7 comments)
  13. 1272 points, 9 submissions: this_usr
    1. Genius. Pure genius. (213 points, 54 comments)
    2. Trudeau Sets World Record In Avoiding Questions (186 points, 39 comments)
    3. Germany's new flag (180 points, 10 comments)
    4. Imagine the Backlash! (170 points, 6 comments)
    5. 92% of Berlin left-wing activists live with their parents (132 points, 15 comments)
    6. US launches government-funded "fact checking" website: say hello to the Ministry of Truth (132 points, 22 comments)
    7. Don't agree with everything on the list, but it largely sums up the contradictions of the modern left (95 points, 44 comments)
    8. 1488 Dental (91 points, 16 comments)
    9. Artist adds statue of urinating dog next to ‘Fearless Girl’ (73 points, 17 comments)
  14. 1218 points, 11 submissions: ProblematicReality
    1. What the actual fuck. (184 points, 46 comments)
    2. Lauren Southern Has Patreon Deleted Meanwhile Violent Antifa Group Keeps Theirs (183 points, 9 comments)
    3. Female Trump supporter cowardly Pepper-Sprayed At UC Berkeley while giving an interview. (152 points, 20 comments)
    4. The "Solidarity Against Hate March" in Seattle where Leftists think it's okay to taunt or hit people they suspect might be even sightly racist. (111 points, 48 comments)
    5. "Words should not be Illegal" - Kraut and Tea regarding the recent raids on peoples apartments for "hate speech" in Germany. (105 points, 5 comments)
    6. Regarding the Finsbury Park attack and the Leftist sickening hypocrisy. (100 points, 9 comments)
    7. “White people should be very very careful” South African Mayor (93 points, 113 comments)
    8. ‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate (83 points, 18 comments)
    9. Paris Residents Unable to Sleep Through 'Intense' Overnight Mosque Loudspeaker Sessions (73 points, 30 comments)
    10. Al Qaeda urges lone wolves to target whites, to avoid 'hate crime' label (69 points, 17 comments)
  15. 1192 points, 6 submissions: ShadilayKekistan
    1. CNN is retarded (474 points, 66 comments)
    2. Very Fake News (228 points, 17 comments)
    3. Salon Admits Russia Conspiracy Can't Hold Water (182 points, 14 comments)
    4. The "Tolerant" Left (157 points, 102 comments)
    5. Milo Yiannopoulos planning a 'comeback' at UC Berkeley (80 points, 35 comments)
    6. 5.7 Million Noncitizens May Have Voted (71 points, 22 comments)
  16. 1165 points, 12 submissions: Tadabat
    1. Denmark bans marriage for under-18s, minors married abroad will not have their marriages recognized (165 points, 20 comments)
    2. Obama: "Indonesia can inspire other Muslim countries in promoting tolerance". Meanwhile, Jakarta governor Ahok sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy. (145 points, 24 comments)
    3. Reminder: Starbucks logo in 69 countries and the adaptation for Saudi Arabia (134 points, 6 comments)
    4. Argentina: Man who suffered domestic violence and was told "stop being a 'fag'" by the police is killed by his wife (99 points, 12 comments)
    5. TWIS: Isis bans football referees in Syria because they enforce 'laws of Fifa not Sharia' (92 points, 7 comments)
    6. SJWs of the world, unite!: Female Saudi scholar deplatformed by qatari university students because her views are against islamic sharia (89 points, 11 comments)
    7. Sociologist wonders why women who do strength training do not become as muscular as men (88 points, 36 comments)
    8. First Hasidic female New York civil court judge won't shake hands with men (74 points, 25 comments)
    9. Mizzou students petition for Melissa Click to be fired (73 points, 21 comments)
    10. Transgender Teacher Gets $60k After Co-Workers Won’t Call Her ‘They’ (73 points, 22 comments)
  17. 1164 points, 11 submissions: leevout
    1. Everyone I don't like is... (263 points, 7 comments)
    2. #GenderLifeGap (142 points, 23 comments)
    3. Ideologues Destroying History (135 points, 22 comments)
    4. Google sells ads based on gender differences (125 points, 3 comments)
    5. Progressive accidentally stumbles into truth (95 points, 40 comments)
    6. The Worlds Most Politically Correct Joke (by Me) (76 points, 23 comments)
    7. "Childish men are to blame for women having kids late in life" (71 points, 92 comments)
    8. This is so much creepier now. (68 points, 11 comments)
    9. English nationalism = Racist. Scottish nationalism = Awesome. (65 points, 19 comments)
    10. Apparently Paris has been besieged by riots for 2 straight weeks (63 points, 15 comments)
  18. 1120 points, 11 submissions: j0123210
    1. Police: Muslim Student 'Fabricated' Hijab-Grab by Trump Supporters (186 points, 9 comments)
    2. “Fuck you, White America.” - Laci Green (140 points, 48 comments)
    3. BLM Torches NY Home With Blue Lives Matter Flag – Writes ‘Lie With Pigs, Fry Like Bacon’ (116 points, 48 comments)
    4. Harvard Study Finds No Racial Bias In Police Shootings (115 points, 3 comments)
    5. Men chant 'Black lives matter' before viciously attacking white victims, police say (102 points, 12 comments)
    6. WATCH: Rioters Scream 'BLACK POWER!' as They Target White People-'He WHITE-Beat His Head-B*tch!' (92 points, 35 comments)
    7. Trigglypuff 2.0: Social Justice Warriors Triggered at KU (Absolutely Incredible) (88 points, 36 comments)
    8. MSNBC tells black man he will watch Hillary Clinton speech, forces him to watch fried chicken commercial instead (80 points, 18 comments)
    9. How Bad Are Police? (Info-Graphic) (68 points, 19 comments)
    10. Milwaukee Rioter To Police: "We Cannot Cohabitate With White People, One Of Us Has To Go" (68 points, 40 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. DDE93 (3381 points, 374 comments)
  2. thwml (2900 points, 278 comments)
  3. Reaps51 (2779 points, 318 comments)
  4. Albino00 (2393 points, 403 comments)
  5. TrapJaws (1967 points, 353 comments)
  6. Ralroost (1760 points, 475 comments)
  7. Autumn_Fire (1543 points, 227 comments)
  8. Dranosh (1152 points, 193 comments)
  9. leevout (1142 points, 147 comments)
  10. DRJJRD (1002 points, 132 comments)
  11. LorenzoPg (972 points, 74 comments)
  12. TheBigOilySeaSnake (796 points, 127 comments)
  13. Nurizeko (733 points, 160 comments)
  14. PareidoliaX (690 points, 103 comments)
  15. redn2000 (663 points, 95 comments)
  16. Warboss_Squee (657 points, 100 comments)
  17. GetSoft4U (642 points, 128 comments)
  18. Quantumstinger (639 points, 121 comments)
  19. ChaosOpen (614 points, 89 comments)
  20. ChazCharlie (593 points, 109 comments)
  21. rg90184 (583 points, 109 comments)
  22. Batbuckleyourpants (565 points, 43 comments)
  23. Ransal (542 points, 85 comments)
  24. dirt_mcgirt4 (542 points, 65 comments)
  25. Marl64 (537 points, 70 comments)
  26. The_Last_Paladin (536 points, 102 comments)
  27. Grisepik (520 points, 61 comments)
  28. Spoon3r91 (508 points, 103 comments)
  29. treos (495 points, 150 comments)
  30. rodmclaughlin (478 points, 92 comments)
  31. Quadrewple (476 points, 101 comments)
  32. exploderator (475 points, 79 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Who would win? by Vandeezy (612 points, 51 comments)
  2. Hypocrites by TheSuicidalMuffin (500 points, 19 comments)
  3. CNN is retarded by ShadilayKekistan (474 points, 66 comments)
  4. The 14th Doctor by SLAMNDAN (457 points, 58 comments)
  5. You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. by MarioGamer_NS (428 points, 25 comments)
  6. Thunderf00t's reaction to the Vidcon situation. by dragonslider12 (415 points, 79 comments)
  7. "The rise of white supremacy..." by GamersNotDead (415 points, 34 comments)
  8. How can you have women's day if Gender is a social construct? by MarioGamer_NS (409 points, 37 comments)
  9. Petition for Sargon to change his twitter profile pic to this by J354 (386 points, 18 comments)
  10. WTF? 😆🤣 by Aero_Dragneel15 (382 points, 39 comments)

Top Comments

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  4. 111 points: Reaps51's comment in How have you changed?
  5. 110 points: adidragan's comment in "This is what africa would've been like if white people had minded their own fucking business" TOP KEK
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2017.08.03 09:18 VodkaInsipido [THROWBACK] Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE.

Listen: Frank Ocean - Channel Orange. To accompany the read, Thinkin Bout You, Bad Religion and Forrest Gump.
Being queer can be hard sometimes. You can face discrimination, slurs, hate and even aggresions just because of who you are. We have advanced, but it looks like we are starting to go back again. Look at how Trump made being trans not acceptable in the military. Or how Trump revoked protections for LGBT workers against discrimination. And it's not just the US, during the Pride Week in Madrid last month there were several aggresions by some nazi groups.
On the other hand, it takes people together. LGBT groups help people feel they belong, because feeling like you don't belong is another big problem. Many people feel they're not represented on media, like TV, movies or music.
On TV, the success of some shows like Sense8 or the already finished Please Like Me have shown that there's room for overtly gay series. Maybe it's not that much, but it's about representation.
Movies are another thing. There you have Moonlight, a movie about growing as gay and black and facing homophobia, and it has been named by many as movie of the year and on top of that, it has won an Oscar for Best Picture.
Music? You even have an specific genre, queer-core. But what about hip-hop? I made a post about it some months ago, I don't know if you remember it. In short: the situation is still bad, but acceptation and coming out has been getting better. I mean, look at Tyler and Flower Boy. But today I want to talk about a special album that I think had some big importance during this decade: Frank Ocean's Channel ORANGE.
5 years of it already. Time has flown by. What happened 5 years ago, that made this album so legendary? It's not just about the music, it's also about the importance it had over the relationship between hip-hop and the LGBT community.
Let's start: the music. Channel Orange evokes the 90's R&B, that one that has overtly sexual lyrics and flows between electric guitars, orchestration and those early programmed drums. It's done fantastically; by listening to it you could mention his references: D'Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, Maxwell, maybe even Mariah Carey in the poppier songs. Hell, it has André 3000 on it. The albums switches between Frank's singing and the guests rappers like Earl Sweatshirt, the mentioned André 3000 and Tyler the Creator. The lyrics are beautiful, evoking nostalgia and love. Because Channel Orange breathes nostalgia in its production. Frank specifically wanted it to be recorded on analogue systems, and it gave it a characteristic sound: one dry, but that oozed. It sounds mutually exclusive, but it isn't: that's how summer is. Dry and hot, but oozing and juicy.
Because summer is a important part in Frank's life, or that's what it looks like:
And not only in releases, but also in his life. After the first listening party Frank did, premiering Channel Orange for some given people like music journalists in June, people started to make questions: did Frank Ocean mention male pronouns on his songs?
It made headlines and rumours about his sexuality. Apart from the promotion given by Def Jam itself with the two singles, some buzz was starting to get created around Frank. There's this spanish refrain, silence is consent, and this is a example of it. If it's a rumour, then why saying yes or no.
Until he did.
July 4th, Frank Ocean posted this on his Tumblr blog. An open letter about his first love with a man: '4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile.' [...] 'By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.' [...] 'Imagine being thrown from a plane. I wasn’t in a plane though. I was in a Nissan Maxima, the same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles in. I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn’t admit the same. He had to go back inside soon, it was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs.' He was openly admitting his bisexuality. If the rumours made headlines, the confirmation made even more. But it didn't matter. More promo. Let the music speak for itself, and all that jazz.
The days before the release were kinda calmed. He released Sweet Life as a third single, performed Bad Religion in Fallon, and surprise released Channel Orange a week before to avoid leaks.
Now, let's go back to a concrete song, Bad Religion. This is one of the most important songs in the album because of it's double entendre: it talks about an unrequited love, and an unrequited love with a straight man. Frank makes a comparison, in the outro:
It's a, it's a bad religion To be in love with someone Who could never love you
At the same time, it compares a loved person with a god. He worships her. But also, the bad religion it refers is an homophobic religion, like some die-hard christians and muslims. Given some parts of the lyrics, like
And you say, Allahu Akbar
we could guess it's a muslim religion. It's not that obvious at first, but once you read the lyrics, it's easy to see what he could be meaning: a muslim friend, who Frank is in love with, doesn't reciprocate his love.
It's all reading into it, but now let's go to a song that is obviously gay it'll make you want to watch RPDR: Forrest Gump.
My fingertips and my lips They burn from the cigarettes Forrest Gump you run my mind, boy Running on my mind boy Forrest Gump
It's a great hook. Vocally excellent, and with a great instrumentation behind. But what stands out the most it's that Frank continues the story that he shared on his open letter, making an analogy between the characters in Forrest Gump and them. Frank is Jenny, and the unknown lover is Forrest. It's overtly gay, and that's the only thing that it needs.
Blonde sometimes feels like an extension of Channel Orange. Not in sound, but more like lyrically matured. You can see that in the imaginary used in Nikes and Seigfried.
I'm not him but I'll mean something to you I'll mean something to you I'll mean something to you You got a roommate he'll hear what we do It's only awkward if you're fucking him too
Nikes, in its video, feels also queer. The constant mentions of glitter, the figures of both men and women, the eye liner in Frank's eyes. But at the same time, it's kind of an ode to masculinity, with the racing cars. It's an ode to bisexuality.
5 years later, has something changed? Kind of. Months after the release of Channel Orange, T-Pain said, regarding Frank: “I know niggas that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the fucking song and that’s so terrible to me, man... What I do ain’t going to affect nothing that you got going on”. It's interesting to theorize, would have something changed in his career if Frank Ocean wasn't bi? If he was just a soft guy, would he have had a career path closer to the rest of rappers and singers, like Rocky? Maybe. But Frank has worked with other rappers and popstars, like Kanye, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky... and apparently he had worked with James Blake and Kendrick Lamar.
Of course T-Pain said that 3 years ago, but his point still stands. Of course many rappers are still homophobic, but things have gotten better. Kevin Abstract is openly gay and could be the next big popstar in hip-hop. Tyler just came out and he ignited discussion around many topics, like the use of some slurs and the internalized homophobia. And even tho he isn't at the levels of Frank or Tyler, Steve Lacy said he was bi a few days ago and nobody even cared. Have things changed in 5 years? I guess so.
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2017.08.01 11:16 911bodysnatchers322 Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 90: "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatlne]

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  • Day 280.1 Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen
    • Okay. This is Day 280 part 1
    • And I thought I would go back to my slides
    • Now that a generous member donated this laptop to me, I have the ability to do my slides again
    • I just didn't have enough memory from all the research and all the citations before this
    • But this really is a story of Hillary and Imran
    • And Awan Brothers Omar and the other brothers and the wives
    • And really was my interest in Hillary way back to the Hillary's server--the Hillary emails and then the Blackberries that really took me down this path
    • I'll admit that I've had a lot of run-ins with Mr. McCabe here over the last seven or eight years, and that kind of sensitized me to this whole issue of using foreign nationals through what's known as a liaison loophole to do spying on Americans
    • So I had long before I had ever known about the Awans I had thought that the Mr. McCabe was doing spying in the United States through the liaison loophole through using foreign nationals to spy on Americans
    • So I was a little bit I had a little bit of confirmation bias
    • So this story really starts on January 5th 2017
    • And there's an incident filed by Suriya Begum, who is the mother in-law of Imran Awan
    • And you can see here from the incident report that it's a domestic dispute
    • And there is a person named involved who is Muhammad Shah, which is her husband
    • And you can see here Abid Awan. You can read the incident report but it goes on to say that the mother here is being kept from her husband the stepmother is being kept from her husband
    • There's a complaint that comes out of this a little bit later on that says that where the in the where the mother and in law the stepmother--it accuses the Awans of actually threatening her with kidnapping of her relatives in Pakistan, if she doesn't sign over her inheritance, when this when her husband dies
    • This is Muhammad Shah who was Muhammad Imran only a few days before his death
    • So he's changed his name for some reason but I did notice that Muhammad Shah Mohammad Shah is Imran Imran a wons father
    • Ruhan Awan--the grandson posts "grandfather left this mortal world pray for him in peace"
    • And then Omar Awan and Imran Akbar Shah both talked about give him sorry to hear about your uncle G
    • So I really believe Omar Awan and Imran Akbar Shah are the two names of the brothers that were actually talking about in the Awan scandal okay
    • Now a little background like I said I was already pre-tuned or pre sensitized to Andrew McCabe
    • [Andrew McCabe] had taken to 675 thousand dollar bribe
    • And [Andrew McCabe] had destroyed evidence
    • And [Andrew McCabe] had done this quid pro quo with Patrick Kennedy to State Department he had said a lot of nasty things about Trump and Michael Flynn
    • So and previous directors of the FBI (Kallstrom) had said in the handling of the Hillary and Huma case no grand juries no subpoenas no court orders immunity for all the co-conspirators letting all the co-conspirators interview together I mean these are crazy things the FBI never does
    • So I was already kind of following the Andrew McCabe story well before he was the current director and I was also following the story of how private email was being used by these 19 different conspirators that we're at the State Department
    • So they were all using BlackBerry's
    • And then there was all these deals being negotiated the State Department all over the world
    • So I was following that
    • So I was looking for someone in Congress and someone at the State Department who is configuring
    • Who's doing this who's configuring these phones? Who's configuring these Blackberries for this Gmail?
    • So when this story broke by True Pundit Thomas Paine and I've talked to him and collaborated with him on this
    • It immediately became obvious to me that what they were doing was they were since Anthony Weiner was such a strong blackberry advocate, I thought oh Hiller Huma is just sinking her blackberry to Anthony's now-famous laptop this was confirmed by James Comey and later with another letter from Andrew McCabe saying this is exactly how the hacks were done
    • They just put the BlackBerry next to the laptop and it would automatically sync
    • So I thought well that may be exactly how this situation happened
    • There was an email in the in the WikiLeaks that talked about Hillary saying hey I want Anthony's trusted staff in DC to configure these secure phones
    • So there's a thing said from Hillary saying maybe one of Anthony's trusted staff could deliver secure phone and then Huma responds Okay. I will have blah blah blah just FedEx you a secure phone from DC
    • Well why would they if it's just an IT person configuring a secure phone, why would that be redacted? Didn't make any sense to me
    • And so Hillary was giving a lot of these phones of different Wall Street folks and I didn't know what what heck was going on with all the Wall Street speeches
    • So I really started looking in at this blackberry issue and there's 650,000 emails
    • Then Luke I started hauling Luke Rosi ex work at the Daily Caller and he started talking about thin clients and off-site servers that these Awan brothers had done, stealing equipment from Congressional members offices
    • So I started saying "oh this is this is not good"
    • I remembered that John Kerry had said that all the negotiations for the Iran deal Iran nuclear deal were on Blackberries
    • And then Hillary had made a show of showing a blackberry during the Pakistani floods
    • So a lot of us kept pointing back to the ones configuring blackberries
    • So this is just a reminder of the four hundred million dollar deal there
    • And then Obama had this watered-down blackberry as well that was configured by some special Group
    • So when Maria Bartiromo broke this story about a spy ring in Congress, I immediately thought about the Blackberries
    • The fact that the Awans's were on the house permanent Select Committee and Intelligence they represented it and worked for representatives on that committee like Andrew Carsen Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs
    • I think the Foreign Affairs director just said yesterday
    • I believe his name is night Steven night that the Awans had total access to everything on the Foreign Affairs Committee and here was the external server
    • So I know Omar was at the White House also dealing with with passports and visas
    • So I started thinking this is much bigger than I thought this is the solution I thought at that time of the hacks at the DNC and the DCCC
    • The DNC is for Bernie and Hillary to get money in the national election the DCCC is for the Congressional members over in the same building on Ivy Street to get money for their Congressional campaigns
    • So I immediately started suspecting maybe the Awan brothers use this blackberry hack to look at the members emails as well those hacks
    • I started doing a little research on Abid Awan, Imran Awan, and a third brother Jamal Awad and I found all these companies they took over this car dealership that went bankrupt that took a loan from the Congressional Credit Union for $100,000 after two cars have been repossessed they were all making 160 thousand dollars a year they seem to have a lot of different technology companies that they were also doing
    • So there a government contractor as well as working for the government making quite a bit of money as a part-time employee
    • So I was I had my antenna as far as what the heck is going on here
    • But then I saw this this was the one that really flipped me out was all ATTAR
    • When I knew that all ATTAR was a member of this this car dealership that the ones were in all ATAR goes back in terrorism--ties all the way back to 2004 he is a known operative for both for Iraq to Iran tear negotiations
    • He's been connected to Hezbollah
    • And this is the Daily Signal come out comes out and says yes Congressional aides in this criminal probe owed money to this guy owed money to Letarte well he has his own problems he lost his medical license he was sexually exploiting patients under the under anesthesia {{ 911bs: unverified claim }} he had all sorts of tax evasion issues
    • So I just started saying oh this is much more serious than I thought in addition in the car dealership area there was also these home mortgage companies on the same street in Falls Church Virginia that had connections to money laundering for different Iranian and Iraqi interests and they also had White House connections
    • So immediately I started saying again "this could be worse than I had originally thought"
    • The Awans--the mother of his wife was Syriah Begum--she also was connected closely to the government of Pakistan as the Interior Minister and she was quite a bit involved in satellite technology
    • And again they formed two companies one was called Nanoset technology look like nano sat, so that interested me
    • And then they created this other kind of mysterious corporation called the New Dawn corporation
    • Now they're connected--there's a daughter I don't know if she's the daughter or not, that's over at the VA hospital
    • And then connected to this AAIT which is a hacking company
    • I don't know if that's a real connection or not still to this day
    • But I just thought this is unusual that these people in Congress have all these other connections
    • AAIT--I won't go into the details but it's very involved in teaching hacking--they have these Pakastani hackathons in Washington DC
    • Again all the people that had BlackBerry's just started it just started clicking for me that Cheryl Mills blackberry of Victoria Nuland with a blackberry
    • James Balsillie who is the CEO of RIM had all kinds of stock manipulation charges and paying fines and and and just a whole black history with that company
    • So I started looking at Anthony Weiner's CrackBerry habit and it just seemed like the Blackberries were the key to this this investigation
    • As you probably remember the NSA dismissed, Hillary dismissed the NSA's version of the secure blackberry and started demanding that she used her own several different articles there were written
    • This was the secure phone she was offered for five thousand dollars.
    • She said no I want my own team my own trusted staff to configure my own quote unquote secure phones
    • I'm taking "hey these are doped phones"
    • So a daily caller with Luke Rosiak started following him and seeing that not only were there 20 burglaries that I thought there were earlier but up to 80 Democrats that had phones configured by these Awan brothers
    • Greg Meeks here is one of them but there's a whole list and that they had received
    • Now over five million this was four million at the time but over five million dollars some like what the heck is going on
    • So I decided at that point, maybe I need to get involved
    • I looked at Imran Owens Facebook account--it had a lot of ties to CIA supported military political military organizations in Pakistan, which troubled me
    • And they seem to have all these houses--they had 12 houses and they had all these businesses--22 different businesses
    • A lot of different mortgage companies and they had people living at the house that seemingly could just rack up tickets without a license and run out of registration without any penalties
    • I thought that sounds like a diplomatic license to me
    • That sounds like the people that are here are have diplomatic passports
    • What the heck is going on?
    • Of course, we had the stepmother Gilani--this isn't her picture I'm just using as a placeholder--saying "hey they've threatened me they made me sign over my inheritance they were hacking my cell phone"
    • Oops in this police report they said hacking the cell phone these guys have skills and hacking the cell phone
    • So I actually went to this house knocked on the door it had Congressional markings in the window as Luke Rosiak later mentioned to me in our conversations
    • So I went to all 12 homes
    • I knocked on all 12 doors and the last one I knocked on I talked to this man right here: Andre Taggert who is a US marine
    • He met me right on the front porch here
    • And I said, "hey there's lots of stories with this team of guys that this Imran Awan, who may be hacking these Blackberries and laptops in Congress
    • He said, "well that's funny he said his name was Alex but it is Imran, I rented this house from his wife"
    • And sure enough in the back there is a stack of laptops, hard drives and also Blackberries
    • We just confirmed this again in a live interview with with Andre Taggart
    • I said well anything unusual
    • Yeah they all had government markings
    • I called Navy Intelligence because my wife works for the Navy
    • So NCIS sends a report on these Blackberries and laptops the FBI team
    • So there's a report there and also we have a report with the Capitol Police
    • So there's lots of documentation about these Blackberries and laptops with government markings
    • So I started looking in more into the Awans in their background and all this stuff about the ISI 111th, which is an Army unit but really what it is is a Special Forces team that's created by the Intelligence services of Pakistan which is the Pakistan ISI
    • Plus there was all these a1 brothers Pharma
    • And Awan brothers transportation and just a lot of different references to Pakistan 111th
    • Which I didn't I didn't consider a good sign
    • So then I started looking at the two wives of these guys
    • And one of them's Hina AVI and her mother of course is Suriya Begum
    • And then this is Natalia Sova
    • Well I started looking at Hina Alvi and she's got ties to satellite companies as well the SUPARCO does satellite seminars and sell satellite technology to OPEC nations as a matter of fact not just OPEC nations but nations all around the world for surveillance as well as for looking for oil and gas and that sort of thing and minerals
    • So just seemed like a lot of odd connections there to the satellite and technology industry
    • So these people are looking at our Congressmen and they're working with some of our top people
    • If they are had access to our research in terms of DHS satellite technology or other technology and other parts of our government that's not a good thing
    • So then the Natalia Sove omes up and she's Ukrainian
    • And then she has these ties to also this a car company called easy car buying
    • And she's got these ties to the Ukraine NADRA bank
    • So this this is really not looking good--it's a lot of international ties
    • It seems like there's some kind of connection to foreign Intelligence services
    • Well I look at this space conference here the second annual space conference in 2016
    • And who is the conference secretary, but Hina Abid Alvi (Ali-ve)
    • Now this it's it's slightly changed Ali live but here she's working for SUPARCO
    • Now I don't know I believe that just her spelt that's how the name is spelled
    • But this isn't in 2016 she's supposed to be working for Congress making $165,000 a year
    • How could she also be in the space conference?
    • I also published a picture of her at this conference
    • So I just didn't understand that it seemed like we had people working for two different governments
    • And anytime you have that especially when they're from this country--from Pakistan--their allegiances could be with the foreign government and not the United States
    • I had remembered also that Hillary was involved with this guy named Amjad Awan with Marc Rich in the BCCI scandal
    • So there's there's ties it go all the way back to Mena Airport--if you put stock into Mena Airport story
    • A movies coming out next month called "American made" with Tom Cruise and you can make your judgments for yourself
    • But there was clearly a case the United States vs Amjad Awan that had Marc Rich as the key money launderer from this Pakistani owned bank which was BCCI, which was Amjad Awan
    • There was also connections through to these gulf companies, where you had different royal family members involved in this Gulftainer deal, that we had done.
    • It was a 35-year no bid deal--it was right next to our Trident sub-base in Canaveral Florida near where I am now
    • And the the bad part about this was the deal is owned this Gulftainers owned by these top two Iraqi and Iranian nuclear scientists
    • So an Iraqi nuclear scientist and a Iranian nuclear scientist own the company this Gulftainer that are shipping you these huge container ships right next to where our Trident sub-base is
    • So this is what heightened my concern, because there is this loophole known as diplomatic containers, where if you're a member of the royal family or in their protective group you can start shipping things into US ports
    • And that's where I got involved with this Memphis Maersk a story that you can look up later
    • But it was out of concern that--hey wait a minute--we've got royal family members here we've got nuclear scientists owning shipping companies and they're coming in near our Air Force stations in our Trident sub-base --is and again it's all negotiated by this Jack Lew
    • He was one of the guys with the Blackberries in the State Department that's connected to this iran-- scanning Iran scandal
    • So the other deal
    • Now this is an interesting story with this Alpha Jalloh
    • I wouldn't have thought anything weird about this, but there was a shooting on Capitol Hill two days after seth rich was murdered
    • Now that's right where the Awans worked--and they had this car company
    • Now I just thought it was interesting that the wheelman for that shooting on capitol hill two days after Seth Rich was murdered was named Alpha Jalloh,
    • And they changed his they changed his age and they changed the police report
    • This Alpha Jalloh is in New York City and New Jersey and he's involved in a big car theft ring
    • So I wondered "hey is this Alpha Jalloh somehow connected to the Awan brothers? Because he bringing cars down to their car dealership because you want to have this seem to have this transfer to these transportation companies and they have these car dealerships in Pakistan"
    • So a lot of unanswered questions in here
    • The thing that really threw me was when I looked at this company called the Awan brothers Inc
    • And you can see here's their registration number in Virginia
    • And I looked and every company has a registered agent when you register with the State Secretary of State
    • And the registered agent for this company was Arshad Mahmood
    • Well Arshad Mahmud had been fully involved in hiring two MS-13 kids driving down I went to his place here on on--49002 Daschle place and he had been involved with this gold transport of murdering a car dealer down in Virginia down in Richmond Virginia
    • So I started thinking: is this whole thing a Awan Brothers back in in Virginia we're taking in cars from other dealers on consignment--were they just shipping them directly to Pakistan?
    • There was that's exactly what other car dealers accused the Awan brothers of doing
    • Is this just another case of a dealer that wouldn't be quiet and then they were killed by this Manassas Mahmood is Arshad Mahmud?
    • Again I didn't make our shot Mahmood the registered agent of one brothers LLC
    • So I think that more research needs to be done in that area as well
    • Luke Rosiak came out with this story talking about how the Congressional members in Congress the House of Representatives were in fear of the Awan brothers
    • I thought what kind of crazy situation is this, where we are afraid of foreign nationals who are probably potentially connected with Pakistan ISI?
    • So that was why I got involved there
    • And as I mentioned I have been involved with with Mr. McCabe for probably - since 2007 since he framed this this poor kid the Somali kid the 17 year old kid they worked with him and with informants for three years and then they finally arrested him they built a bomb for him and they arrested him
    • So I am certainly in no way anti-muslim as bad a matter of fact I was very Pro-Muslim before this whole thing started
    • I still AM I'm not anti Pakistani I'm not even Pakistani ISI Intelligence
    • I'm just anti Pakistani ISI Intelligence on Capitol Hill that are hacking our lawmakers
    • That's that's my issue with that
    • So again, they call this "conspiracy theory" or whatever on the other side there's a peepee tape from fusion GPS
    • And there's this New York Times reporter driving around this vessel MIT's GaiaVeselnitskaya for a year trying to compromise someone in the Trump campaign
    • I just think that really, the the fake news is coming from over here on the alt-left side, and not people who are just concerned citizens with spy rings in Congress
    • Thanks very much and we'll continue to report this story
  • Day 281.1 Hillary's Leakers, Hackers and Henchmen
    • Okay. This is Day 281 and the Imran Awan affair, I guess we should call it now
    • Imran Awan being a member of the ANTHONY WEINER's trusted staff configuring Blackberries for literally at least over his career a hundred and fifty different Congressmen
    • You'll see different quotes, but they're not of eighty and other numbers like that, but they're not counting his time at a company called INTER-AMERICAN, which provided IT services to Congress, before Imran was employed by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in 2005
    • The defense here has come out with Mr. Gowan who has Bill Clinton's kind of hand-picked attorney for defending Imran,
    • And the prosecutor also are gonna be defending Imran STEVE WASSERMAN {{ DWS' brother--CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST }}}--as the prosecutor or the prosecutor's office in the district office of Colombia
    • He's going to offer a polite defense of Imran saying, "Hey I took $165,000 loan but a whole bunch of things happened--a whole bunch of Islamophobia happened. I had to move to Pakistan. I had to wire the money. And had to leave my wife kids had to leave etc."
    • That's the that's the polite-prosecution-and-defense
    • The true situation is there is a spy ring in Congress
    • Not only OMAR AWAN, ABID AWAN but also JAMAL AWAN as well as the two wives HINA ALVI and also NATALIA SOVA
    • So there's six people at least
    • That is going to be critical to the prosecution here, because that is actually the situation
    • These folks have all been kind of hired through through Hillary Clinton through Debbie Wasserman Schultz over a period of time, starting with Imran Awan
    • And they all comprise the "Anthony's trusted staff" as Hillary calls them.
    • "Anthony's trusted staff" configures these secure BlackBerry's
    • These are gonna be the Blackberries that are used gonna be used to blackmail Congress, because you're gonna see all those different Congressman's emails in these Blackberries
    • Could also be Republican Congressman, if they bought their Blackberries downstairs or Senators if they bought their Blackberries downstairs in the Senate office buildings or the House Office Buildings
    • Again, this is top-secret access--[Imran]'s gonna have debbie Wasserman Schultz's email access to her phone, access to her email, and we're also going to have White House visas that need to be pursued
    • So again, this hasn't come out yet, but you're gonna find that MR ANDREW MCCABE over here at FBI has been using foreign nationals--foreign Intelligence officers to get around the FBI's need to go to the FISA Court to do wiretaps--both for cell phones and landlines or for intercepting email communication
    • Using the leis on loophole--was what it's called--avoids having to do any FISA warrants or do any kind of paperwork
    • So this connection here between Imran Awan and McCabe is going to be any very strong here in the next few days going back to the WikiLeaks
    • This is going to be the key proof document that shows that Imran has access to all these different documents and it starts out with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz being in Los Angeles
    • She's on a fundraising tour through Beverly Hills, going to different Beverly Hills locations for fundraising, and then to the Democratic National Headquarters
    • So the email is entitled "DWS Movements"
    • And you can see here that Jeff Burgin who is the press secretary writes a letter to AMY KROLL, who is sort of the chief-of-staff, or sort of like the person on the ground at the DNC kind of running the affairs at the DNC
    • And then she's gonna cut he Greg here the press attack secretary is gonna copy GARRET BONOSKY and Garrett Bonosky is gonna be the deputy director he has a long title here
    • Now but he's gonna be he's down here in Florida 23 is the district but he is the kind of the guy who's running this operation-- whatever is happening here is it's a carefully timed operation while she is out of the office
    • So something is happening and they're on a very tight time schedule while this is happening
    • There's a whole bunch of other people listed that you can look up and probably do that eventually if they'll probably take down their LinkedIn addresses
    • But just just so you can see Jeff Burgin--the press secretary--says I just get it gave AK Amy Kroll the cell phone for Imran: meaning that if you want to get the password and do that whatever you need to do you need to get the password from Imran Awan
    • So she he has the iPad and then the response comes back I don't have access to her IPAD Amy Kroll says "I don't have access to her ipad, I've had but Imran does I'll call Jeff"
    • Now ok
    • So they're trying to coordinate amongst themselves the other person involved here is the chief of staff is Tracey Poe
    • So these all of these top people in the DWS campaign don't have access to her IPAD but Imran does
    • So it's obvious that Imran is very close to Debbie wasserman-schultz and also very close to this operation whatever operation is being run right
    • Now while Debbie wasserman-schultz is out of the city out of Washington
    • Now here's the incident report I've heard to yesterday this is what causes Imran Awan and his father to Mohammad Shah to have to leave the country it's the stepmother, named Gilani and she is calling in this domestic dispute on January the 5th
    • I won't go into it yesterday I talked a lot about this yesterday but I can just show you that that this signals that Abid Arfan Awan has now been geo-located in Virginia, and that is going to be important for all the people that are creditors, because he had a car agency that he ended up defrauding a lot of people
    • Now you're gonna see that Abid is also another name for Omar Awan
    • Again I showed this yesterday I don't want to dwell on it too much but again we need to publish the names of the people where Imran wired the money to
    • This is Ruhan Awan in Faisalabad
    • Now we know that Imran when he wired the money, he wired it to Faisalabad, and then there was[sic] two people that made condolences to Mohammad Shah after his supposed death on January the 16th
    • So again, we probably--in order for the investigation to move along--need to identify who is...is Rohan getting the money?
    • Is Omar getting the money?
    • Who there is is getting the money in Faisalabad? That's key to understanding the network
    • Again also in the six hundred and seventy five thousand emails that Hillary has are going to be important, that McCabe has been sitting on
    • McCabe is a a tainted prosecutor here. A tainted investigator. He's accepted the six hundred seventy five thousand dollars from Hillary[sic] {{ from TERRY MCAULLIFFE, a close friend of the Clintons' }} down here in [FBI] Miami office.
    • He's added them to the investigation and kind of walled off and given them the responsibility for the Huma and Hillary investigations he hasn't investigated the Awan brothers up up until
    • Now even though it's been obvious they've been running the spy ring in Congress
    • So at this point--This is a failed investigator
    • He needs to come clean with all six hundred fifty thousand emails of Huma and Hillary sixty thousand emails--at least at least the metadata, so that we can have some kind of fair hearing here
    • Again, nineteen different people subverted the Federal Records Act by having private emails with these private Blackberries that were configured by Imran Awan at State Department--not just the Congress. That's the important piece the Imran Awan brings in all the people at the State Department
    • all the people they configured secure quote-unquote secure phones for at the State Department the how do we know this we know that as humint and we know that Anthony Weiner's trusted staff configured her phones and we know that is Imran Awad
    • So everybody at the State Department
    • Now as being as being brought into this not just the eighty Democrats or up to 150 Democrats in Congress need to be part of the discovery in a part of the Senate hearings and the judiciary's as well as the house
    • Here again if you missed it, is the email from Hilary H here to Huma, talking about the blackberry email accounts, saying "maybe one of Anthony's trusted staff could deliver a secure phone"
    • And then Hum response yes I will have -blank- just FedEx the secure phone
    • That's gonna be Imran Awan
    • Again the way they did the hacking was they configured the phone first
    • And then they put these thin clients which are laptops around the different offices in the Senate and House and that then sent the data to an off-site server
    • I believe that server was located at the same place I found the hard drives and the Blackberries with--when I went and visited that home right there on Hawkhead drive and I talked to the Marine, I interviewed the Marine there on August I mean on April the 10th
    • So again I won't go through this like I did yesterday, but just to remember then Iran negotiation was handled on Blackberries the Pakistan floods of 2010 with the USAID hanky panky happened on Blackberries
    • Obama had a stripped-down blackberry configured
    • Not only four hundred million dollars was at play here with the Iran money, but also 1.3 billion dollars in penalties which we did not have to pay which Jack Lew kind of concocted in as the Treasury secretary is a part of the settlement
    • And again these Imran and brothers the Awan Brothers had access to the house Intel, House DHS, and House Foreign Affairs--the Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman has said that as much that they've had access to all those things
    • Again the key is not just who they hacked but then how it was all rolled up to that BlackBerry Enterprise Server
    • And how the how it was stored on those hard drives the reason those hard drives were destroyed was because they were the hard drives that were connected to this BlackBerry Enterprise Server over at the Hawks head drive they had key access to people like Andre Carson who was on both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the excuse me Department of Homeland Security Committee and House Intel I won't go over all the money that they were making and all the companies that they were making other than to say that Omar has been left out of this situation but I think Omar is another is another name for Abid Awan
    • So there's three Awan brothers and I'll get to the two wives in a second but again content that they once have context of this all--it are who has Hezbollah connections
    • So the person who has Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's IPAD, with her password with all the email going back and forth for those key Congressional members, is directly connected to Hezbollah and also Iraq Intelligence
    • Again on that same church on that same excuse me Street on in Falls Church where the car dealership is is right next to these other cutout companies that are made to sound like first American title, but are actually cut out firms for getting money to Iraq
    • And there's key contacts in that are involved here that also have high-level White House contacts to Iran
    • Again if you're negotiating a the Iran deal if you're negotiating spent fuel, depleted uranium fuel, to go to their to a breeder reactor, lots of different things that are at play here in FALLS CHURCH
    • So there's a lot of money on the table
    • If you didn't see this yesterday SURIYA BEGUM is the mother of Hina Alvi the two daughters, excuse me the two wives.
    • There is a excuse me a Pakistani she not Pakistani but it's under the control of Pakistan--which is Bangladesh
    • Bangladesh is under has been under control used to be East Pakistan has been in the control of Pakistan for a long time
    • They are living there at that [LORTON HOUSE], the HAWKSHEAD DRIVE house
    • So Suriya Begum is the mother. She's directly connected to Bangladeshi Intelligence which is really run by Pakistani ISI
    • So again these folks are forming companies to ferret out, or move technology out of the United States.
    • This is key satellite technology for NANOSET and key biology microbiology, nano, microbiology, nano different nanotechnologies across the board
    • And that New Don[sic] NEW DAWN CORPORATION is gonna be kind of a catch-all for a lot of things including potentially illicit trade and different illicit activities
    • I've mentioned this yesterday AAIT there's a daughter Suriya Begum that it's on the board of a 80 which is a hacker group which is a very advanced hacker group that works for the Department of Homeland Security as well as many other of the Department of Defense Secretary of State it's almost exactly mirrors the thirty companies in what I call the DYNCORP backbone DynCorp being the company involved in all the different ratlines and organ harvesting and all the things that are associated with the UN peacekeeping forces
    • So this is almost a cutout for the DynCorp backbone including I believe they have access to the FBI backbone the CIA backbone etc
    • So it's a perfect hacking platform for undermining any kind of investigation and also spying across the board in our government agencies
    • Now again just a quick reminder of all the people involved with the Blackberries
    • >>>>>CONT
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2017.07.31 22:13 VodkaInsipido Frank Ocean's Channel ORANGE, 5 years later - how an album showed you can be queer and successful in hip-hop.

Being queer can be hard sometimes. You can face discrimination, slurs, hate and even aggresions just because of who you are. We have advanced, but it looks like we are starting to go back again. Look at how Trump made being trans not acceptable in the military. Or how Trump revoked protections for LGBT workers against discrimination. And it's not just the US, during the Pride Week in Madrid last month there were several aggresions by some nazi groups.
On the other hand, it takes people together. LGBT groups help people feel they belong, because feeling like you don't belong is another big problem. Many people feel they're not represented on media, like TV, movies or music.
On TV, the success of some shows like Sense8 or the already finished Please Like Me have shown that there's room for overtly gay series. Maybe it's not that much, but it's about representation.
Movies are another thing. There you have Moonlight, a movie about growing as gay and black and facing homophobia, and it has been named by many as movie of the year and on top of that, it has won an Oscar for Best Picture.
Music? You even have an specific genre, queer-core. But what about hip-hop? I made a post about it some months ago, I don't know if you remember it. In short: the situation is still bad, but acceptation and coming out has been getting better. I mean, look at Tyler and Flower Boy. But today I want to talk about a special album that I think had some big importance during this decade: Frank Ocean's Channel ORANGE.
5 years of it already. Time has flown by. What happened 5 years ago, that made this album so legendary? It's not just about the music, it's also about the importance it had over the relationship between hip-hop and the LGBT community.
Let's start: the music. Channel Orange evokes the 90's R&B, that one that has overtly sexual lyrics and flows between electric guitars, orchestration and those early programmed drums. It's done fantastically; by listening to it you could mention his references: D'Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, Maxwell, maybe even Mariah Carey in the poppier songs. Hell, it has André 3000 on it. The albums switches between Frank's singing and the guests rappers like Earl Sweatshirt, the mentioned André 3000 and Tyler the Creator. The lyrics are beautiful, evoking nostalgia and love. Because Channel Orange breathes nostalgia in its production. Frank specifically wanted it to be recorded on analogue systems, and it gave it a characteristic sound: one dry, but that oozed. It sounds mutually exclusive, but it isn't: that's how summer is. Dry and hot, but oozing and juicy.
Because summer is a important part in Frank's life, or that's what it looks like:
And not only in releases, but also in his life. After the first listening party Frank did, premiering Channel Orange for some given people like music journalists in June, people started to make questions: did Frank Ocean mention male pronouns on his songs?
It made headlines and rumours about his sexuality. Apart from the promotion given by Def Jam itself with the two singles, some buzz was starting to get created around Frank. There's this spanish refrain, silence is consent, and this is a example of it. If it's a rumour, then why saying yes or no.
Until he did.
July 4th, Frank Ocean posted this on his Tumblr blog. An open letter about his first love with a man: '4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile.' [...] 'By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.' [...] 'Imagine being thrown from a plane. I wasn’t in a plane though. I was in a Nissan Maxima, the same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles in. I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn’t admit the same. He had to go back inside soon, it was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs.' He was openly admitting his bisexuality. If the rumours made headlines, the confirmation made even more. But it didn't matter. More promo. Let the music speak for itself, and all that jazz.
The days before the release were kinda calmed. He released Sweet Life as a third single, performed Bad Religion in Fallon, and surprise released Channel Orange a week before to avoid leaks.
Now, let's go back to a concrete song, Bad Religion. This is one of the most important songs in the album because of it's double entendre: it talks about an unrequited love, and an unrequited love with a straight man. Frank makes a comparison, in the outro:
It's a, it's a bad religion To be in love with someone Who could never love you
At the same time, it compares a loved person with a god. He worships her. But also, the bad religion it refers is an homophobic religion, like some die-hard christians and muslims. Given some parts of the lyrics, like
And you say, Allahu Akbar
we could guess it's a muslim religion. It's not that obvious at first, but once you read the lyrics, it's easy to see what he could be meaning: a muslim friend, who Frank is in love with, doesn't reciprocate his love.
It's all reading into it, but now let's go to a song that is obviously gay it'll make you want to watch RPDR: Forrest Gump.
My fingertips and my lips They burn from the cigarettes Forrest Gump you run my mind, boy Running on my mind boy Forrest Gump
It's a great hook. Vocally excellent, and with a great instrumentation behind. But what stands out the most it's that Frank continues the story that he shared on his open letter, making an analogy between the characters in Forrest Gump and them. Frank is Jenny, and the unknown lover is Forrest. It's overtly gay, and that's the only thing that it needs.
Blonde sometimes feels like an extension of Channel Orange. Not in sound, but more like lyrically matured. You can see that in the imaginary used in Nikes and Seigfried.
I'm not him but I'll mean something to you I'll mean something to you I'll mean something to you You got a roommate he'll hear what we do It's only awkward if you're fucking him too
Nikes, in its video, feels also queer. The constant mentions of glitter, the figures of both men and women, the eye liner in Frank's eyes. But at the same time, it's kind of an ode to masculinity, with the racing cars. It's an ode to bisexuality.
5 years later, has something changed? Kind of. Months after the release of Channel Orange, T-Pain said, regarding Frank: “I know niggas that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the fucking song and that’s so terrible to me, man... What I do ain’t going to affect nothing that you got going on”. It's interesting to theorize, would have something changed in his career if Frank Ocean wasn't bi? If he was just a soft guy, would he have had a career path closer to the rest of rappers and singers, like Rocky? Maybe. But Frank has worked with other rappers and popstars, like Kanye, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky... and apparently he had worked with James Blake and Kendrick Lamar.
Of course T-Pain said that 3 years ago, but his point still stands. Of course many rappers are still homophobic, but things have gotten better. Kevin Abstract is openly gay and could be the next big popstar in hip-hop. Tyler just came out and he ignited discussion around many topics, like the use of some slurs and the internalized homophobia. And even tho he isn't at the levels of Frank or Tyler, Steve Lacy said he was bi a few days ago and nobody even cared. Have things changed in 5 years? I guess so.
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2017.06.23 12:55 feedreddit WHAT MCCONNELL IS THINKING on health care – OBAMA to return to the trail -- DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- TRUMP losing ‘patience’ with McGahn -- WaPo: Trump talks Russia every morning with his legal team – PELOSI ‘defiant’

WHAT MCCONNELL IS THINKING on health care – OBAMA to return to the trail -- DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- TRUMP losing ‘patience’ with McGahn -- WaPo: Trump talks Russia every morning with his legal team – PELOSI ‘defiant’
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
URL: http://ift.tt/2rJC6vn
Good Friday morning. THE BREXIT VOTE was one year ago today.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP spoke with AINSLEY EARHARDT on "FOX AND FRIENDS" -- ON HEALTH CARE: "It's interesting, because I've been here for only five months. People are saying, where's the health care, where's the health care? Well, I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years. And it's been -- people have worked on health care for many years. It's a very complicated situation from the standpoint, you do something that's good for one group but bad for another.
"It's that very, very narrow path. But I think we're going to get there. We have four very good people that -- it's not that they're opposed, they'd like to get certain changes. And we'll see if we can take care of that."
-- ON ROBERT MUELLER: "Well, he's very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome. But he's also -- we're going to have to see. I mean we're going to have to see in terms -- look, there has been no obstruction. There has been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey.
"But that's been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to that. So we'll have to see. I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters. Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint. But Robert Mueller is an honorable man and hopefully he'll come up with an honorable solution."
-- ON COMEY: "When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed. I mean you'll have to take a look at that, because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events. And my story didn't change. My story was always a straight story. My story was always the truth.
"But you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed. But I did not tape." EARHARDT: "So it was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings?" TRUMP: "Well, it wasn't -- it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that. He was -- he did admit that what I said was right. And if you look further back, before he heard about that, I think maybe he wasn't admitting that. So you'll have to do a little investigative reporting to determine that. But I don't think it will be that hard."
WHAT MCCONNELL IS THINKING -- SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL wants a vote on the health-care bill next week no matter what. Don’t expect the Kentucky Republican to drag this process out like leadership did in the House -- he wants to put senators on the record, and move on.
-- MCCONNELL’S GAME: “Inside McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare: The Senate majority leader doesn’t have the votes yet. But if anyone can get them, it’s him,” by Burgess Everett: “Right now, McConnell is far from having a commitment for the 50 votes needed for passage, according to senators who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal politics of the 52-member caucus. But no one on Capitol Hill seems to be betting against the wily majority leader as he plans for one of the most critical roll call votes of his career next week. ...
“McConnell’s strategy has been a slow burn, allowing his members to vent in private party discussions while gradually writing a bill that takes in their considerations over the past six weeks. He’s had more than 30 meetings with his members about taking down the 2010 health law, intended to give his members more input and get them comfortable with the product.” http://politi.co/2rIJlnu
THE HEALTH CARE BILL -- “Winners and losers from the Senate repeal bill” – Politico Pro staff: “THE WINNERS: The wealthy ... The young and healthy ... GOP governors who fought Obamacare ... Some health industry groups ... THE LOSERS: Poorer, older insurance consumers ... People struggling with addiction ... Planned Parenthood and its clients ... Public health agencies.” http://politi.co/2rXGV8G
-- OBAMA SPEAKS, on Facebook: “I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did. We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.” http://bit.ly/2sXThwQ
44 TO RETURN TO THE TRAIL -- “All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man,” by HuffPo’s Sam Stein: “[W]hile [Ralph] Northam may be playing it cool, he’s not being complacent. ... Former President Barack Obama is expected to make his return to electoral politics this fall to join him on the trail, both Northam and Obama’s office confirmed.” http://bit.ly/2rJcnDb
THE DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- ON TRUMP’S LEGISLATIVE GAME: “President Donald Trump spent much of Thursday fuming about the special counsel’s investigation into his administration -- and senior aides put the final touches on how they could clean up the ‘tapes’ tweet mess he created six weeks ago. According to three people in the White House, there was little focus from Trump on health care -- one of the president’s signature campaign initiatives -- even as the Senate released the bill Thursday.
“But earlier in the week, Trump signaled ‘intense interest’ in helping whip votes, one person familiar with the conversations said, and his senior aides have been in frequent communication with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s team, per White House officials. One person familiar with the discussions said Trump’s role will be to work on more conservative members -- like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) -- and leave moderates largely alone, where he is likely to have little influence. Trump has a personal relationship with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), seen in the Senate as a difficult vote to win, ‘and sees it as a personal mission to win him over,’ one White House official said.
“So Trump is reading the political winds. He wants to have maneuvering room if things go south. He remains largely uninterested in specific policy behind the bill. But he will likely jump in the fight soon.”
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “The next big bill that could be written in secret,” by Bernie Becker and Aaron Lorenzo: “The Senate health care bill might not be the only blockbuster piece of legislation this year written behind closed doors by an elite few. Both senior administration officials and congressional leaders are already telegraphing that the tax reform measure they hope to move this fall will largely be shaped among themselves in private meetings. While many griped about the secrecy surrounding the health legislation, few rank-and-file Republicans seem to be objecting to that approach on tax reform, which has the potential to remake a federal tax system that brings in more than $3 trillion a year.” http://politi.co/2rYlnbO
ABOUT THOSE TAPES -- “Six-week ‘tapes’ saga comes to a very un-Trumpian end,” by Annie Karni: “President Donald Trump prides himself on being a master of suspense, counter attack and self-promotion. But when it came time to end the six-week long mystery about whether or not he recorded ‘tapes’ of his conversations with former FBI director James Comey in the Oval Office -- the day before a House Intelligence Committee deadline to produce any such tapes -- the president deflated the balloon in a very non-Trumpian way. There was no drawn-out press conference in the lobby of the Trump Hotel, for instance, like the one he staged during his presidential campaign to announce he was finally dropping his false, five-year-long conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama’s birthplace.” http://politi.co/2sxleuB
TWO STORIES FROM INSIDE THE WEST WING ...
-- “Trump is struggling to stay calm on Russia, one morning call at a time,” by WaPo’s Ashley Parker and Phil Rucker: “President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days -- before all the network news shows have come on the air -- he gets on the phone with a member of his outside legal team to chew over all things Russia. The calls -- detailed by three senior White House officials -- are part strategy consultation and part presidential venting session, during which Trump’s lawyers and public-relations gurus take turns reviewing the latest headlines with him. They also devise their plan for battling his avowed enemies: the special counsel leading the Russia investigation; the ‘fake news’ media chronicling it; and, in some instances, the president’s own Justice Department overseeing the probe.
“His advisers have encouraged the calls — which the early-to-rise Trump takes from his private quarters in the White House residence — in hopes that he can compartmentalize the widening Russia investigation. By the time the president arrives for work in the Oval Office, the thinking goes, he will no longer be consumed by the Russia probe that he complains hangs over his presidency like a darkening cloud.” http://wapo.st/2lHLL2B
--“Trump loses patience with his White House counsel,” by Nancy Cook and Josh Dawsey: “White House counsel Don McGahn has largely stepped back from managing Donald Trump’s response to the expanding Russia investigation, but that hasn’t stopped the president from lashing out at him about it anyway. Trump started the week by giving McGahn, a loyal supporter who was among the first Washington establishment figures to sign on with his presidential campaign, a dressing down in the Oval Office for not doing more to squash the Russia probe early on.
“The episode -- recounted by four people familiar with the conversation -- came as part of a broader discussion on Monday about the president’s frustrations with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which now includes the question of whether Trump himself tried to obstruct the investigation by firing FBI director James Comey.” http://politi.co/2sIJqsm
THE OPPOSITION -- “Pelosi defiant as restless Democrats consider options,” by Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan: “A defiant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has no plans to step down anytime soon, despite calls from some rank-and-file Democrats for new leadership and at least one meeting to plot to replace her. Pelosi spent a good chunk of her weekly news conference defending her longtime perch atop the Democratic Caucus, at times even mocking colleagues within her party who have in recent days said it’s time for her to step aside.
“‘I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them,’ Pelosi told reporters. ‘My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me.’ But as Pelosi was defending her status in the caucus, of group of Democrats were already planning a secret afternoon meeting to talk about potentially trying to replace her. A dozen Democrats attended the meeting out of the nearly 20 members invited. Afterward, leaders of the group said no decisions have been made about what to do next, but that support is growing within the caucus to topple Pelosi.” http://politi.co/2rZXsDT
-- ACTUALLY, whether she remains as the top Democrat in the House is entirely up to her colleagues. That being said, the majority of her caucus is supportive of her, so she will survive for the time being.
-- NYT, A1: JONATHAN MARTIN and MATT FLEGENHEIMER on Pelosi, with an interview. http://nyti.ms/2s2pDCg
MORE MEMOS! -- “Memo Shows Preet Bharara Was Concerned After Phone Call From White House,” by BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold and Claudia Koerner: “Former US Attorney Preet Bharara sent an email to Justice Department officials in New York to express concern about a voicemail he received in March from President Donald Trump’s secretary, Madeline Westerhout, according to emails BuzzFeed News obtained Thursday from the Department of Justice under [FOIA] ... ‘At approximately 4:41 pm, on 3/9/17, I received the following voicemail at work: “Hi, Mr. Bharara. This is Madeline Westerhout calling from President Donald Trump’s office. If you could please give me a call back at that would be great. Thanks,”’ Bharara wrote in an email he sent to then-deputy US Attorney Joon Kim and Joan Loughnane, chief counsel to Bharara.” http://bzfd.it/2sI95S2
-- “Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he’s no ‘snowflake,’” by Reuters’ Karen Freifeld: “The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war. ‘I fight hard,’ John Dowd said in an interview. ‘I believe that's what I’m supposed to do. I am not a snowflake, I can tell you that.’ ... Dowd, who spoke with Reuters on Wednesday, is a mirror of his client in many ways. He has a no-holds-barred, hyperbolic style and a history of attacking prosecutors, congressional Democrats and the media. ... A onetime military lawyer with the U.S. Marine Corps, Dowd noted his shared service in declining to criticize Mueller, a Marine platoon leader during the Vietnam War. ‘Bobby is doing what he has to do and he’ll do a good job,’ said Dowd. ‘He’s a fellow Marine and he’s a good man.’” http://reut.rs/2rIYxAW
TRUMP’S FRIDAY -- He is meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He’ll also sign the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
THE JUICE …
-- SCOOP: The Department of Homeland Security is restarting a stalled $10-million grant program for “Countering Violent Extremism” this morning. Life After Hate, a group dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, was slated to get $400,000 in the final days of the Obama administration (http://bit.ly/2sxsh6x) before the program was halted for review, but the Trump administration dropped them from the new grant list that’s getting announced today. The group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help since Election Day “from people looking to disengage or bystanders/family members looking for help from someone they know,” the organization’s founder Christian Picciolini told us. The Denver, Las Vegas, and Seattle police departments are some of the big cities that are getting six-figure grants to fight extremism. Los Angeles and Denver are also among the cities getting money. DHS did not comment last night on why Life After Hate was dropped.
BUSINESS BURST -- “American Airlines CEO ‘Not Happy’ About Qatar Airways Plan to Buy 10% Stake: Gulf airline intends to buy shares on the open market—an approach American Airlines CEO calls ‘puzzling and strange’,” by WSJ’s Robert Wall, Susan Carey and Doug Cameron: “In a filing early Thursday, American said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker told it of its plan to acquire up to a 10% stake. American said Qatar Airways informed it of its intention to buy at least $808 million of its stock on the open market, or roughly 16.7 million shares at Wednesday’s closing price.
“American Chief Executive Doug Parker, in an interview Thursday, he was ‘not happy’ about the prospect and found the approach ‘puzzling and strange.’ ... Qatar’s proposed investment in American would be more unusual: The two have been on opposite sides of a bitter air-industry fight. Some U.S. and European carriers have accused Qatar Airways and two other Gulf airlines, Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, of benefiting from government ownership and subsidies. The fast-growing Gulf carriers have denied that.” http://on.wsj.com/2s30V4Q
FIRST PERSON -- “We participated in talks with North Korean representatives. This is what we learned,” by Bruce Klingner and Sue Mi Terry in WaPo: “This month, we were part of a group of delegates from the United States, Japan, China and South Korea who met in Sweden with representatives of North Korea to explore possible grounds for resuming the six-party talks that collapsed in 2009. After many hours with the North Korean delegation at these ‘1.5 track’ talks, we left more pessimistic than when we arrived. North Korean officials made unambiguously clear that Pyongyang will not be deterred from augmenting its nuclear arsenal or test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile that could eventually threaten the U.S. homeland. There were no signals of flexibility or willingness to negotiate on these programs. Throughout, the North Korean message was that denuclearization is off the table.” http://wapo.st/2tVpt13
YIKES -- “In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and U.S. interrogates,” by AP’s Maggie Michaels in Mukalla, Yemen: “Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme -- including the ‘grill,’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found. Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. ... The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or by Yemeni forces created and trained by the Gulf nation.” http://apne.ws/2rJgq2v
-- “Qatar’s neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis,” by AP’s Josh Lederman: “Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. In a 13-point list -- presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis -- the countries also demand that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the list in Arabic from one of the countries involved in the dispute.” http://apne.ws/2tVi69D
POWER PLAYBOOKERS – DAVID PETRAEUS and MICHAEL O’HANLON in the WSJ, “Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle: Trump’s early approach holds promise if backed with a sustained, and sustainable, commitment”: http://on.wsj.com/2s2t6kc
WHAT LANGLEY IS READING -- “Ex-CIA officer charged with spying for China: Prosecutors allege a brazen effort to trade U.S. secrets for cash,” by Josh Gerstein: “A former [CIA] officer is facing charges that he sold top-secret U.S. government documents to China. Kevin Mallory, 60, was arrested by the FBI at his home in Leesburg, Virginia, on Thursday and brought to federal court in Alexandria to face preliminary charges of espionage and lying to federal officers. While the sensitivity of the information disclosed remains unclear, if the government can prove the charges, the case would represent one of the most brazen acts of espionage for China carried out by a veteran of the CIA and other government agencies.” http://politi.co/2tVcNY7
MICHAEL GRUNWALD in The Agenda, “The anti-innovation presidency: Behind all the theater of ‘Tech Week,’ Trump’s budget makes deeper cuts to research and development than any White House in modern history”: “There’s a political logic to Trump’s innovation policy heresies. Two thirds of R&D spending goes to blue states, and most of it tends to cluster in large cities and college towns rather than farm country or the Rust Belt, one reason these issues have more resonance for cosmopolitan technocrats than for Trump voters.” http://politi.co/2sILUqX
NERDCAST PODCAST: The most closely watched House race ever is over, and Republican Karen Handel came out the victor over Democrat Jon Ossoff. POLITICO’s Scott Bland, Charlie Mahtesian, Eliana Johnson and Nancy Cook break down Georgia’s special election and the resulting discontent with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi among some Democrats. Plus, POLITICO Pulse Check host Dan Diamond joined to walk through what’s in the Senate GOP health care bill and which factions will push the bill in different directions in the days to come. Listen and subscribehttp://apple.co/2oc3h09
MEDIAWATCH -- “Wall Street Journal Scrutinizes Hundreds of Articles by Fired Reporter,” by NYT’s Sydney Ember and Gardiner Harris: Jay Solomon’s “closeness with some of his sources made some colleagues uncomfortable. During United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, Mr. Azima often invited journalists to join him for drinks and dinner. Mr. Azima also appeared in Vienna in 2015 during negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal. In each setting, Mr. Solomon was a fixture at the bar and restaurant table with Mr. Azima ... In Washington, Mr. Solomon sometimes bragged about afternoons spent on Mr. Azima’s yacht and showed pictures around the newsroom of himself and his young son in sun-washed locales with the businessman, according to people who worked in the bureau who spoke on the condition of anonymity.” http://nyti.ms/2tAH8eO
SUNDAY SO FAR -- “FOX News Sunday”: Brit Hume is filling in for Chris Wallace. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) ... Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Panel: Michael Needham, Jennifer Griffin, Josh Holmes, Bob Woodward
--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ... Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Panel: Helene Cooper, Hallie Jackson, Mark Leibovich, George F. Will
--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Panel: Ben Domenech, Michael Duffy, Ed O’Keefe and Amy Walter ... The Atlantic’s Mark Bowden, author of “How to Deal With North Korea” (http://theatln.tc/2sXG0V4)
--ABC’s “This Week”: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) ... Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ... Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
--CNN’s “Inside Politics,” hosted by John King: Michael Bender, Margaret Talev, Karoun Demirjian, Manu Raju
--CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Mayor Rahm Emanuel ... Victor Cha ... Joseph Cirincione ... David Brooks
SPOTTED at Dead and Company last night at Jiffy Lube Live in Virginia: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Diane Blagman, Bryan Sanders (Sarah Huckabee’s husband) ... former First Lady Laura Bush with three companions entering a Georgetown house on 31st street yesterday afternoon.
SPOTTED at birthday parties for Michael Falcone and Adrienne Elrod last night, both coincidentally held at Kimpton Mason and Rook roof near Logan Circle: John Podesta, Jen Psaki, Alice Stewart, Jen Palmieri, Jessie Niewold, Arlette Saenz, Justin Fishel, Veronica Stracqualursi, Ryan Struyk.
SPOTTED at Ali Rogin’s 30th birthday party last night at Exiles bar on U Street: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jamie Kirchick, Suzy Kianpour, Aaron Keyak, Zeke Miller, Sahil Kapur, Walter Cronkite, Nick Kalman, Andrew Albertson, Kate Bennett and Kevin Baron, Nick Kalman, Paul Kane, Niels Lesniewski, Michael Goldfarb.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – J.D. Grom, executive director of the New Democrat Coalition and Stacy Grom, director of special events and sponsorships for the National Geographic Society, on Monday welcomed Emma Marie Grom, born at 1:39 p.m. EST weighing in at 6 pounds, 15.5 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Picshttp://politi.co/2tAA4yS ... http://politi.co/2tVa6FF ... http://politi.co/2t1d7bj
-- Josh Block, CEO and president of The Israel Project and an AIPAC alum, and Kim Block email friends and family: “Kim and I are thrilled to welcome Henry Victor Block to our family. He was born Tuesday afternoon, weighing-in at 8lbs 14.5oz. Mom and baby are doing great! Thanks for all your warm wishes!” Picshttp://bit.ly/2tBiwCU ... http://bit.ly/2tB7KfI ... http://bit.ly/2sISY6T ... http://bit.ly/2tVwzm4
OUT AND ABOUT -- Capitol File hosted its annual summer arts issue party last night at Pinea at the W with New Heights Communications and DC Events, and sponsors Peroni, Mumm champagne, Christie’s Long and Foster and the National Confectioners Association.
SPOTTED: Publisher Meredith Merrill, Marissa Mitrovich, Carol Lee, Matt and Rebecca Haller, Jon Decker, Neil Grace, Kevin Sheridan and Erika Gutierrez, Adrienne Elrod, Parita Shah, Kimball Stroud, Christine Delargy, Andrew Kovalcin, Alex and Caitlin Conant, Steve Chaggaris, Ron Bonjean, Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel, Sam Dealey, Pamela Sorensen, Meredith Fineman, Jen Hing, Anne Schroeder, Anne Brady Perron, Jon Decker, Matt Dornic and Kyle Volpe, Emily Kuhn, James Hooley, David Chalian, Mignon Clyburn, Yebbie Watkins, Zach Sentementes, Tara Palmeri, Janet Donovan, Lyndon Boozer, Daniel Swartz, David Litt, Michael and Mary Katherine Steel, Demi Vitkute, Will Carter, John McCarthy.
--The women of the White House press corps and press office had a Ladies Libations happy hour last night at Le Bar. SPOTTED: Ali Vitali, Ronica Cleary, Francesca Chambers, Nikki Schwab, Tara Palmeri, birthday girl Jill Colvin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Lindsay Walters, Natalie Strom, Anita Kumar, Jessica Stone, Jen Jacobs, Marrisa Schultz, Helen Aguirre Ferre, Linda Feldman, Debra Saunders.
TRANSITIONS -- Mike French, former NASA chief of staff, has launched Port City Strategies, a space and technology government affairs firm. http://bit.ly/2rZvk3T ... Shoshana Weissmann is starting on Monday at the R Street Institute where she will be managing digital media for the libertarian organization. She was most recently digital director for Opportunity Lives.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Amber Moon, comms. director for Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and a Kay Hagan alum. Asked how the Trump presidency is going: “Tremendously unprecedented.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2rJ8Vsx
BIRTHDAYS: Paul Tewes, the pride of Mountain Lake, Minn. … Sylvia Burwell, former HHS secretary and president of American University, is celebrating her birthday at the Steve Miller Band concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. … Politico alum Adam Lerner ... Justice Clarence Thomas is 69 ... Politico Europe’s Kate Day, Etienne Bauvir, and Ali Walker (tophat tips: Gabe Brotman) ... J.P. Fielder, head of corporate comms and investor relations at Exact Sciences Corporation ... Josh Lauder ... Rick Reynolds … Judy Lemons, former long-time CoS to Nancy Pelosi ... Goldman Sachs alum Ryan Rogers Woodbury, a recent Stanford GSB MBA grad now co-founder of AVAIL ... former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) is 64 ... former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) is 48 ... former Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.) is 6-0 ... Tyler Anderson ... Jeff Carter ... Suzanne Clark, senior EVP of the U.S. Chamber ... Chris Spanos, co-founder and CEO of Urgent.ly, America’s leading on-demand roadside assistance service (h/t Jon Haber) ...
... Steven Stombres, partner at Harbinger Strategies ... Emma Whitestone, proud recent graduate of Ithaca College (h/t dad Randy) ... Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari, founder of Innovation Africa, is 39 ... real estate developer Jerry Speyer is 77 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Patrick Morris ... Brian Pomper ... Caitlin Dorman ... Mark Leder ... Bronagh Finnegan ... Walter Sabbath ... Greg Hale is 42 ... Julie McInerney, spending the day getting her son ready for college at UW Madison ... Andrew Roos (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Tom Frechette ... Tina Karalekas ... Natasha Chambers ... Robin Strongin ... musical conductor James Levine is 74 ... “American Idol” ex-judge Randy Jackson is 61 ... actress Frances McDormand is 6-0 ... actress Selma Blair is 45 ... Rock singer KT Tunstall is 42 (h/ts AP)
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