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I'm stuck and looking for financial assistance

2020.10.20 23:07 antiviraladam I'm stuck and looking for financial assistance

My name is Adam and I'm just in a jam and figured I'd reach out here on Reddit. I'm currently homeless and live in my truck, I also rent a storage unit but will likely loose that soon also..
I just have no money and I'm scared to look for work as Covid gives me major anxiety attacks. Which also was the reason I took a leave of absence from my job in construction starting in January
Since then I've been trying to do what I can to help keep my community safe which is probably why I'm in this situation..
After leaving my place of work I started a business call N95sales which was set up to help get masks to the coastal citizens where the virus landed first.. by the time February came around it was apparent that the hospitals didn't have the proper PPE to help patients safely..I pulled the plug on that entire business and donated everything to Police, Fire, Sheriffs, DNR, Humane Society, Housing Authority & Children Hospital of Appleton.
This move basically killed me financially but hopefully helped to save lives in the early stages of the pandemic.. i still have NO regrets as it was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. Since then I've pretty much decided to be a humanitarian and look for other ways to protect people from this virus.
I then started another small company called Anti Viral Packaging, Inc. This was developed with the idea to package common goods and have them arrive to the customer by taking steps to eliminate bacteria before shipment and also seal them so item would become contamined during shipment. The plan was to partner with small business closed during March to help safely get the products to their customer.
This plan really didn't get off the ground because its focus was primarily surface bacteria, which no one really takes serious anymore
I really just don't know what to do, I'm a hard worker and good person but I'm just stretched too thin right now and don't know of I can get back out..
To stay sane during this time I've been connecting with people via rPan and I truly do feel like loved there. Its free and a way to connect during this weird faze of separation that going on.
Any financial help will go into titling and registering my truck and getting insurance, I've been basically hiding so I don't loose my "home"
Any help with honesty anything right now would really be amazing, its almost winter in Wisconsin now and being cold is miserable.
If anyone has any ideas please reach out to me in the messages, I don't have a go fund me or anything like that set up but looking into it
I would even consider moving etc if there was an opportunity where I could work, teach or help people in any way
Thanks for reading, and sorry if this makes no sense, I never imagined I'd be in this type situation.
Your friend Adam antiviraladam
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2020.09.30 17:00 ShoogyBee Some hospitals forced to wait-list or transfer patients as Wisconsin's coronavirus surge continues

Mary Spicuzza, Madeline Heim, Renee Hickman, Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published 7:00 a.m. CT Sep. 30, 2020
Some Wisconsin hospitals are resorting to wait-listing patients, or sending them to other facilities, as the state's coronavirus surge continues to rage.
Hospitals have been especially overwhelmed in Green Bay, Wausau and the Fox Valley, which are among the state's latest COVID-19 hot spots.
Officials at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, for example, said the facility was at 94% capacity as of Tuesday, just days before a Saturday campaign rally for President Donald Trump that could draw thousands of supporters to the city.
State health officials on Tuesday also acknowledged Wisconsin is closer than ever to opening a state-run field hospital due to the surge in cases — even as they stressed they still hope the overflow facilities won't be needed.
The number of people hospitalized in Wisconsin due to the virus reached a new high Tuesday, with 646 coronavirus patients occupying beds across the state, including 205 patients in ICU beds.
Matthew Heywood, president and CEO of Aspirus Healthcare, said the Wausau hospital has a sporadic waitlist. He stressed that the number of people on the waitlist fluctuates, as do wait times, which he said range from a couple of hours to 24 hours or longer.
The system had 61 patients Tuesday who either have COVID-19 or are suspected to have the virus and are awaiting test results. That was a 30% jump from Monday when there were 47 such cases.
As facilities fill up, he warned, the surge may affect residents needing a hospital visit for other conditions.
The problem is "how do we care for you when you have an accident when we have an overflow of COVID patients," Heywood said. "There’s only so much you can do before you start to overwhelm the system."
Brian Hoerneman, director of emergency care at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, said that as the facility's COVID-19 unit has filled up, staff there have used other areas of the hospital to accommodate increased volume.
"That’s really been within the last week that we had to do that," he said.
Hospitals nearing capacity
With northeast Wisconsin experiencing an unprecedented spike in cases, Green Bay and Fox Valley-area hospitals warn they are near capacity.
At ThedaCare in the Fox Valley, hospital leaders have exceeded the room in their initial COVID-19 unit at their Appleton medical center and have begun sending patients to Neenah and critical access hospitals in Berlin, Shawano and Waupaca.
"Yes, we saw this coming but didn’t expect it to be quite so rapid," said Michael Hooker, vice president and chief medical officer for acute care at ThedaCare.
He said if everyone used the tools available to slow infections — masks, physical distancing and hand-washing — we'd still see a gradual increase of hospitalizations over time. And if the community can start enacting those practices again, the curve could eventually be re-flattened.
But if no changes are made, he said, the growth rate of infections and hospitalizations will continue to rise exponentially.
"If it's growing the way that it has for the past week or so, we're going to be in a dire situation in two, three, four weeks," Hooker said.
As of Tuesday morning, Bellin Hospital was at 94% capacity, and CEO Chris Woleske said they were treating 31 patients with the virus, up from 26 on Friday.
Bellin hopes to convert a facility on its campus into another space for hospital beds and is teaching nonclinical workers, such as athletic trainers, how to deliver supplies and move patients so nurses can focus on duties only they can perform.
But even as the hospital adapts, Woleske urged residents to do their part to contain the virus so Bellin doesn’t find itself forced to choose which services to provide.
"It's difficult for (staff) to see the numbers climbing the way that they are," she said.
Advocate Aurora Health has seen a steady increase in COVID patients in northern Wisconsin throughout September. "We are paying particularly close attention to that area as positivity rates continue to rise across the state," said spokeswoman LeeAnn Betz.
State watching case growth
State Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm and Ryan Westergaard, the department's chief medical officer, said Tuesday they had not received any reports of patients being turned away from hospitals or not provided care.
But Palm said some patients could be transferred to other hospitals as part of a regional surge plan that health care centers develop during epidemics like the coronavirus outbreak.
Such plans address "the transfer of patients, the sharing of workload, the sharing of staff, and so we certainly know and expect in situations where hospitals are having capacity stressors that they will employ some of those strategies with their partner hospitals around the region to make sure they can treat everyone who is coming into their care or make sure that care is received by, again, one of their partners," Palm said during a media briefing.
Westergaard said turning away patients "would not be consistent with practice in the state" and he would be surprised if patients were being denied care because of capacity issues.
The state's top health officials also said the spread of the virus is so prevalent that if the public does not change its behavior drastically, patients may begin to be directed to a field hospital built months ago that so far has been unneeded.
"We built that as the ultimate insurance policy," Palm said. "We are closer to getting to (needing them) than we ever have been."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a 530-bed facility on the state fairgrounds in West Allis over the course of 10 days in April. The $15 million facility is one of more than 30 built quickly across the country as the pandemic hit the United States.
It would become the first of such facilities to be used.
"Turning the corner on this requires that we do things dramatically different," Westergaard said.
Hospitalizations for the coronavirus in Milwaukee County rose from 70 last week to 124 as of Tuesday, said Ben Weston, medical services director for Milwaukee County's Office of Emergency Management.
He said hospitals in southeastern Wisconsin have managed to stay ahead of the number of COVID cases by maximizing space but acknowledged the facility built earlier this year at Wisconsin State Fair’s sprawling Expo Center may be needed.
"We do have an insurance policy, the alternative care facility for overflow, if needed," Weston said in a media briefing. "As far as whether it will be opened, we’ll see what happens."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett added: "I hope we never have to go to the State Fair site, but I'm happy it's there in case we need it."
Barrett noted that even though Milwaukee County, which had been a coronavirus hot spot in Wisconsin for much of the pandemic, has a significantly lower positivity rate than other parts of the state, and "there is no reason for anybody to say we got this."
"Clearly, it's not under control in the state of Wisconsin," Barrett said.
A total of 8,200 tests were administered last week in Milwaukee County. The percentage of tests that were positive for COVID was 4.9% two weeks ago, while last week it rose to 6.4% and now is at 8%.
Wisconsin's three VA medical health care systems —in Milwaukee, Madison and Tomah — have also seen a steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases since May. Statewide there are 119 active cases of coronavirus being treated in the state’s VA health system, including 51 in Milwaukee.
Molly Beck of the Journal Sentinel staff and Haley BeMiller of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin contributed to this report
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2020.09.10 10:35 SimNews_ MSFS Includes Hundreds of Photorealistic Cities

MSFS Includes Hundreds of Photorealistic Cities

As we have learned, the entire Earth of the next-generation Microsoft Flight Simulator is based on Bing Maps satellite imagery, filled with Blackshark.ai’s auto-generated objects, such as houses, trees, and windmills. A few hundreds of cities, strictly speaking of 341, mostly in North America and Europe, have been presented more accurately by using photogrammetry.
In some cities, the data may be a few years old, which can be seen as old commercials in some of the billboards. More highly modeled cities will come in the future as World Update for sure, although there is no confirmation on this yet. Below is the list of highly modeled cities, organized by countries and states (United States).
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Australia

  • Canberra
  • Darwin City
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Newcastle
  • Wollongong

Belgium

  • Brussels

Canada

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Hamilton
  • London
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Winnipeg

Denmark

  • Copenhagen

France

  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Bordeaux
  • Lille
  • Marseille
  • Montpellier
  • Rennes
  • Rouen
  • Strasbourg

Germany

  • Aachen
  • Augsburg
  • Berlin
  • Bremen
  • Brunswick
  • Dresden
  • Duisburg
  • Halle (Saale)
  • Hamburg
  • Karlsruhe
  • Kiel
  • Leipzig
  • Magdeburg
  • Mannheim
  • Mönchengladbach
  • Munich
  • Münster
  • Nuremberg
  • Oberhausen

Italy

  • Bologna
  • Catania
  • Florence
  • Milan
  • Naples
  • Palermo
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Verona

Spain

  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Córdoba
  • Madrid
  • Marbella
  • Murcia
  • Pamplona
  • Seville
  • Valencia
  • Vigo

Switzerland

  • Zürich

United Kingdom

  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton

Alabama

  • Anniston
  • Auburn
  • Birmingham
  • Decatur
  • Dothan
  • Huntsville
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Spanish Fort

Arizona

  • Anthem
  • Carefree
  • Catalina Foothills
  • Drexel Heights
  • Flagstaff
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Mesa
  • Oro Valley
  • Peoria
  • Phoenix
  • Prescott
  • San Tan Valley
  • Tempe
  • Tucson
  • Yuma

Arkansas

  • Little Rock

California

  • Agua Caliente
  • Anaheim
  • Antioch
  • Bakersfield
  • Castro Valley
  • Chico
  • Concord
  • Davis
  • Desert Hot Springs
  • Downey
  • Elk Grove
  • Fairfield
  • Foster City
  • Fremont
  • Fresno
  • Glendale
  • Hanford
  • Hollister
  • Hollywood
  • Inglewood
  • La Habra
  • Lodi
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Los Gatos
  • Madera
  • Manteca
  • Modesto
  • Moreno Valley
  • Oceanside
  • Oxnard
  • Palm Springs
  • Palmdale
  • Perris
  • Porterville
  • Redding
  • Reedley
  • Richmond
  • Sacramento
  • Salinas
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clarita
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Monica
  • Selma
  • Simi Valley
  • Stockton
  • Temecula
  • Ukiah
  • Visalia
  • Yuba City
  • Yucaipa

Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver

Connecticut

  • Bridgeport
  • New Haven
  • Stamford

Delaware

  • Dover
  • Wilmington

Florida

  • Brandon
  • Clermont
  • Daytona Beach
  • Deltona
  • Flagler Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Gainesville
  • Gulf Breeze
  • Immokalee
  • Jacksonville
  • Key West
  • Lake City
  • Lakeland
  • Leesburg
  • Marco Island
  • Miami
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Ocala
  • Okeechobee
  • Orange Park
  • Orlando
  • Pace
  • Palatka
  • Palm Bay
  • Palm Beach
  • Palmetto Bay
  • Panama City
  • Pensacola
  • Poinciana
  • Port Charlotte
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sarasota
  • Sebring
  • Spring Hill
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Tarpon Springs
  • Titusville
  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Venice
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Winter Haven
  • Winter Park
  • Zephyrhills

Georgia

  • Atlanta
  • Brunswick
  • Columbus
  • Gainesville
  • Griffin
  • LaGrange
  • Macon
  • Marietta
  • Peachtree City
  • Riverdale
  • Roswell
  • Savannah
  • Sea Island
  • St. Marys
  • Statesboro
  • Valdosta

Illinois

  • Carbondale
  • Champaign
  • Chicago
  • Kankakee
  • Marion
  • Rock Island
  • Springfield

Indiana

  • Fort Wayne
  • Indianapolis
  • Kokomo
  • Michigan City
  • South Bend

Iowa

  • Des Moines

Kansas

  • Topeka
  • Wichita

Kentucky

  • Louisville

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge
  • Monroe
  • New Orleans
  • Shreveport

Maine

  • Augusta
  • Portland

Maryland

  • Baltimore

Massachusetts

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Lowell
  • Springfield
  • Worcester

Michigan

  • Ann Arbor
  • Detroit

Minnesota

  • Farmington
  • Minneapolis

Mississippi

  • Gulfport
  • Jackson
  • Laurel

Missouri

  • Columbia
  • Jefferson City
  • Kansas City
  • Springfield
  • St. Louis

Nebraska

  • Lincoln
  • Omaha

Nevada

  • Carson City
  • Las Vegas
  • Reno

New Hampshire

  • Concord

New Jersey

  • Edison
  • Middletown
  • Newark
  • Toms River
  • Trenton
  • Willingboro

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque
  • Bernalillo
  • Las Cruces
  • Los Lunas
  • Santa Fe

New York

  • New York
  • Niagara Falls
  • Syracuse

North Carolina

  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Raleigh
  • Winston-Salem

North Dakota

  • Bismarck
  • Fargo

Ohio

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Toledo

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa

Oregon

  • Beaverton
  • Portland

Pennsylvania

  • Abington
  • Harrisburg
  • McCandless
  • Norristown
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

  • Providence

South Carolina

  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Goose Creek
  • Greenville
  • Summerville

South Dakota

  • Pierre

Tennessee

  • Memphis
  • Nashville

Texas

  • Amarillo
  • Austin
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • El Paso
  • Fort Worth
  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Kingwood
  • Laredo
  • Longview
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • Midland
  • San Antonio
  • The Woodlands

Utah

  • Salt Lake City

Virginia

  • Norfolk
  • Richmond

Washington

  • Everett
  • Seattle
  • Tacoma

Wisconsin

  • Appleton
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Bay
  • Janesville
  • Madison
  • Milwaukee
  • Oshkosh
  • Sheboygan

Wyoming

  • Cheyenne
Microsoft Flight Simulator is available as a digital purchase from Microsoft Store and Steam as well as a DVD box from Aerosoft. Prices are for Standard 69.99 EUR, Deluxe 89.99 EUR, and Premium Deluxe 119.99 EUR. Standard Edition is also included in Xbox Game Pass for PC monthly subscription.
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2020.08.21 22:22 CindyMorrisonwatts1 {Discussion} Understanding Harry Houdini

{Discussion} Understanding Harry Houdini

Understanding Harry Houdini

(1874–1926)
Harry Houdini's grand illusions and daring, spectacular escape acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time.
Who Was Harry Houdini?
Fascinated with magic from a young age, Harry Houdini began performing and drew attention for his daring feats of escape. In 1893, he married Wilhelmina Rahner, who became his onstage partner as well. Houdini continued performing escape acts until his death, on October 31, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan.
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Early Life
Famed magician/entertainer Harry Houdini was born Erich Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary. One of seven children born to a Jewish rabbi and his wife, Weisz moved with his family as a child to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he later claimed he was born. When he was 13, Weisz moved with his father to New York City, taking on odd jobs and living in a boarding house before the rest of the family joined them. It was there that he became interested in trapeze arts.
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In 1894, Weisz launched his career as a professional magician and renamed himself Harry Houdini, the first name being a derivative of his childhood nickname, "Ehrie," and the last an homage to the great French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. (Although he later wrote The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, a study that set out to debunk Houdin’s skill.)
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Though his magic met with little success, he soon drew attention for his feats of escape using handcuffs. In 1893, he married fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner, who would serve as Houdini's lifelong stage assistant under the name Beatrice "Bess" Houdini.
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Commercial Success
In 1899, Houdini's act caught the attention of Martin Beck, an entertainment manager who soon got him booked at some of the best vaudeville venues in the country, followed by a tour of Europe. Houdini's feats would involve the local police, who would strip search him, place him in shackles and lock him in their jails. The show was a huge sensation, and he soon became the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.
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Houdini continued his act in the United States in the early 1900s, constantly upping the ante from handcuffs and straightjackets to locked, water-filled tanks and nailed packing crates. He was able to escape because of both his uncanny strength and his equally uncanny ability to pick locks. In 1912, his act reached its pinnacle, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, which would be the hallmark of his career. In it, Houdini was suspended by his feet and lowered upside-down in a locked glass cabinet filled with water, requiring him to hold his breath for more than three minutes to escape. The performance was so daring and such a crowd-pleaser that it remained in his act until his death in 1926.
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Exploits Outside of Magic
Houdini's wealth allowed him to indulge in other passions, such as aviation and film. He purchased his first plane in 1909 and set out to become the first person to man a controlled power flight over Australia in 1910. While he did it after a few failed attempts, it later was revealed that Houdini was likely beaten to the punch by just a few months by a Capt. Colin Defries, who made a short flight in December 1909.
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Houdini also launched a movie career, releasing his first film in 1901, Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini Paris, which documented his escapes. He starred in several subsequent films, including The Master Mystery, The Grim Game and Terror Island. In New York, he started his own production company, Houdini Picture Corporation, and a film lab called The Film Development Corporation, but neither was a success. In 1923, Houdini became president of Martinka & Co., America's oldest magic company.
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Houdini's publishing career didn't end with his literary takedown of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, either, as he later wrote Miracle Mongers and Their Methods (1920) and A Magician Among the Spirits (1924).
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As president of the Society of American Magicians, Houdini was a vigorous campaigner against fraudulent psychic mediums. Most notably, he debunked renowned medium Mina Crandon, better known as Margery. This act turned him against former friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed deeply in spiritualism and Margery's sight. Despite his activism against spiritual charlatanism, Houdini and his wife did in fact experiment with otherworldly spiritualism when they decided that the first of them to die would try to communicate from beyond the grave with the survivor. Before her 1943 death, Bess Houdini declared the experiment a failure.
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Harry Houdini Death
Though there are mixed reports as to the cause of Houdini's death, it is certain that he suffered from acute appendicitis. Whether his demise was caused by a McGill University student who was testing his will by punching him in the stomach (with permission) or by poison from a band of angry Spiritualists is unknown. What is known is that he died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix on October 31, 1926, at the age of 52, in Detroit, Michigan.
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After his death, Houdini's props and effects were used by his brother Theodore Hardeen, who eventually sold them to the magician and collector Sidney H. Radner. Much of the collection could be seen at the Houdini Museum in Appleton, Wisconsin, until Radner auctioned it off in 2004. Most of the prized pieces, including the Water Torture Cell, went to magician David Copperfield.
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2020.08.17 16:27 Temptedious The Laurie Depies Disappearance: After Teresa Halbach's death in 2005 law enforcement investigated & quickly cleared Steven Avery of having any involvement with Depies; but in doing so investigators discovered connections between the missing Depies and Chuck Avery, Steven’s older brother.

The Laurie Depies Disappearance: After Teresa Halbach was killed in 2005 law enforcement investigated & quickly cleared Steven Avery of having any involvement with Depies; but in doing so investigators discovered connections between the missing Depies and Chuck Avery, Steven’s older brother.

 
I started looking into the Laurie Depies case after recently watching this November 11, 2005, broadcast concerning the Teresa Halbach case (news just broke that Steven was expected to be charged with Teresa's murder). In the video reporters interview civilians at a prayer service for Teresa. Right at the end of the segment a woman outside the church made quite a startling pronouncement concerning Steven Avery and Laurie Depies:
 
Female Citizen: I -- I think it’s very sad that [Steven Avery] was allowed out of prison, because I would say, people like Laurie Depies and people who have disappeared, I would continue to search his property in case -- if this is the heart of this man, he was capable of committing other murders.
 
Obviously the citizen was dead wrong in her suspicion. In 1992 (when Depies vanished) Steven was sitting in prison wrongfully convicted of a 1985 sexual assault and attempted murder committed by Gregory Allen. Steven Avery was only released in 2003, a full decade after Depies disappeared. This female citizen ^ should have been more concerned about what Gregory Allen had been getting up to in 1992.
 
I did what I could to learn of Depies, and then searched the Halbach case files and found two witnesses familiar with the Depies case that both expressed concern to police that Steven Avery's brother, Chuck Avery, might have been involved in Laurie's disappearance. Before I review those investigative reports here is:
 

A summary of the Laurie Depies Case (and it's brief intersection with the Halbach Case).

 
  1. Laurie Depies, who lived in Appleton, completed a shift at the Fox Rivers Mall on August 2, 1992, around 10 p.m. and then drove to her boyfriends apartment building in Menasha. Apparently, Depies' boyfriend heard her car arrive (distinctive vehicle sounds) but when she didn't come up to his apartment the boyfriend went to look for Depies only to find her car seemingly abandoned (passenger door open). Police were called, and Depies was reported as missing. The boyfriend has never been considered a suspect (he was waiting for Depies with someone). It appears Laurie simply vanished. There was no sign of an obvious struggle, and no blood spatter suggesting a blunt force attack. It almost seemed like Depies just up and walked away from the vehicle (maybe doing so while at gun point?). Laurie was never found or heard from again and the case went cold.
  2. In 2005 Steven Avery was briefly investigated and quickly cleared of having anything to do with the Depies disappearance. However, in doing so investigators uncovered a tenuous connection between Steven Avery's brother, Chuck, and the missing Depies. During this time (2005-2007) Investigators learned of a pattern of disturbing behavior from Chuck towards female visitors to the Salvage Yard, but for whatever reason, it appears Chuck was never interviewed about his alleged connection to Depies.
  3. In 2010 convicted killer Larry DeWayne Hall confessed to abducting and killing Depies. Notably, investigators failed to recover Depies' body from the location Dewayne identified as the burn / burial site. Nothing was ever found that corroborated the confession or connected DeWayne to the crime, and so he was never charged in relation to Depies' disappearance. Theories have swirled around that DeWayne falsely confessed in order to be moved to a state prison without the dealt penalty. Laurie Depies' mother says she does not believe DeWayne killed her daughter. Laurie's friend, Victoria, feels the same way.
  4. In 2012 the lead investigator retired and the case was transferred to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. Reporters have attempted to elicit comment from the DOJ on the case but were told they had no comment as "this is an active and open investigation." To this day Depies' body has not been recovered, there's been no credible sightings of her, and no charges have been filed against anyone in relation to her disappearance.
 

Investigator Dedering discovers a tenuous connection between the missing Depies and Chuck Avery

 
Below I've included excerpts from the CASO Report (the main investigative report from the lead agency on the Halbach case) that contains mention of Laurie Depies. First, I will examine reports of interviews with two men, one who claimed to be familiar with the Depies case, and another who claimed to have been a friend of Depies around the time of her disappearance.
 
In this first report Investigator Dedering starts off by suddenly recalling that on Dec 27, 2005, he had a phone conversation with a Mr. Schneider in order to discuss the Laurie Depies case. We are not told what it was that caused Dedering to remember the conversation and he doesn't say who Schneider is in relation to Depies, Halbach or Avery.
 
Whoever Schneider is, here is what he had to say about Chuck Avery and Laurie Depies in Dec of 2005 (CASO Pg. 390):
 
In the course of reviewing the incident, I (DEDERING) did realize that I had done a telephonic conversation on 12/27/05 but had not dictated it.
MR. SCHNEIDER advised me of the fact that STEVEN AVERY was in prison in 1991 and therefore, could be eliminated as a suspect in the LAURIE DEPIES disappearance. He went on to indicate that he had information that CHUCK AVERY lived not far away from where LAURIE DEPIES lived.
SCHNEIDER went on to indicate that, to his recollection, DEPIES wore her hair in the same manner as "the HALBACH girl."
SCHNEIDER indicated that a subject named KATHY KALIES (deceased since 2002) used to date CHUCK. SCHNEIDER stated KATHY also wore her hair the same as both DEPIES and HALBACH.
SCHNEIDER went on to indicate that he thinks the blood evidence may have been "planted." SCHNEIDER went on to indicate that he believes CHUCK AVERY may have planted the blood evidence.
 
I got a strong impression from this report that Mr. Schneider suspected Chuck of being involved in the Depies disappearance. While the bit about the hair styles of Depies, Halbach and Kalies was interesting, I'm more concerned about the claim that Chuck once lived near Depies. What was done with that information? Not much, as it turns out.
 
Later in that same report Investigator Dedering notes he used "a law enforcement search engine" but it must not have worked very well, because Dedering say he was "unable to determine whether or not CHARLES AVERY had ever lived in Appleton." Notice Dedering isn't at all definitive in his conclusion as he couldn't determine one way or the other if Schneider's claim was accurate. For whatever reason Dedering didn't simply ask Chuck or a member of his family whether or not Chuck ever lived in Appleton.
 
As we move on to the next report with this next witness note I've chosen to use the witness's first name (Dolan) because his last name is a straight up nightmare.
 

A former friend of Depies is interviewed and for the first time confides his suspicion about Chuck Avery and Depies to Investigator Baldwin

 
Calumet Investigator Baldwin interviewed a Mr. Dolan on Feb 22, 2006, to discover "why he was on Steven Avery's visitors list." Dolan explained he and his girlfriend strongly disagreed on whether Avery was guilty or innocent, and one night during a heated debate Dolan simply called the jail and requested to be put on Avery's visitors list, and BAM, the request was granted.
 
With that line of inquiry settled, Dolan suddenly brought up the possibility that an Avery brother was responsible for the Depies disappearance. (CASO Pg. 432):
 
After DOLAN explained his intent to visit STEVEN, he questioned me on if an AVERY brother had ever lived by LAURIE DEPIES. I did inform him that has come up through the interviews in this investigation.
I asked DOLAN why he was wondering about that, and he said prior to LAURIE DEPIES going missing he had been a good friend with her and her friend, ANGEL. DOLAN said there was a man that LAURIE always talked about being creepy and always watching her. DOLAN said he'd heard it was one of STEVEN's brothers that lived by LAURIE and was wondering about that.
I asked DOLAN if he ever brought it to the investigators' attention when she did go missing and he said no he did not. DOLAN said approximately two years later, an investigator had contact with him due to his knowledge about the Volkswagen Rabbit that she had owned; however, he never brought this information to the investigator's attention at that time.
 
Notice Baldwin's interview with Dolan took place months after Dedering's interview with Schneider (so this is also months after Dedering's brief attempt to discover if Chuck lived in Appleton). When Dolan first brought up whether an Avery brother lived near Depies, Baldwin replied "that has come up through the interviews in this investigation." Presumably if Dedering had discovered Chuck did not live near Depies by this point Baldwin would have said so when Dolan asked, in order to quell his suspicion. Instead Baldwin gave a response that seems to imply it was, at the least, still an open question whether or not Chuck did live near Depies. I would even accept anyone who wants to suggest Baldwin's statement sounds like an affirmation.
 
It does seem more than a little sketchy IMO. Another citizen suggesting an Avery brother might have had something to do with the Depies disappearance? Notably, Dolan says prior to going missing Laurie talked about a man who was always watching her, something she said creeped her out. Anyone who has read the CASO report will know the description "a creepy man always watching" seems to apply to Chuck's conduct with female visitors of the salvage yard.
 
 
Below you'll notice excerpts from reports detailing Chuck's pattern of disturbing conduct towards female visitors to the salvage yard. After that I've included excerpts from reports of interviews that tend to inculpate Chuck in the Halbach murder (family, friends, customers). I'm including such reports only for their value in supporting the inference that Chuck might be capable of committing a heinous crime against a young female, if not Teresa Halbach, then perhaps Laurie Depies.
 

CASO Reports detailing disturbing conduct and unwanted advances by Chuck Avery towards female visitors to Avery Auto Salvage

 
On November 8, 2005 - the same day highly fragmented human female bones were found in Avery's burn pit - Calumet Investigator Dedering met with a Two Rivers detective about recent statements made by a Ms. Lovora, who indicated she had been to AVERY'S AUTO SALVAGE in the last year, a visit that resulted in her receiving unwanted attention from Chuck (Charles) Avery. (CASO Pg. 159):
 
Ms. LAVORA indicated that last year after AVERY'S AUTO SALVAGE had performed a recovery or tow for her, CHARLES AVERY began sending her flowers and asking her to go out on dates. She stated she found this particularly disturbing. She stated she did not know CHARLES AVERY prior to this. Ms. LAVORA's statement is as follows:
 
"I explained to Chuck that I had two vehicles that needed to be towed. I was told it would be no charge. The next day when I was home Chuck Avery came and towed both vehicles. I thanked Chuck for coming.
"A few days later Chuck Avery called my cell phone. Chuck asked me if I wanted to go out to diner. I said no. Chuck kept telling me he wanted to take me out. I continued saying no. Chuck had called 4-5 times asking me out to diner. Each time I said no.
"After these calls sometime I returned.from work to find a box of candy and a note between my screen door and inner door. The note had Chuck's name and number on it. I later received a message on my cell phone from Chuck. Chuck asked if I got his candy and if I would go out with him. Chuck's messages seemed like he was mad because I was not calling him back.
"About a week later while home I heard my door bell ring. Before opening the door, I looked out my window' and saw Chuck Avery walking away from my door and to his vehicle. I shut my door and locked it. I saw that Chuck had left a long box wrapped in gift paper. When I opened the box I found an envelope inside with a $100 bill.
"The next day I received another voice message on my cell phone. Chuck's message was that by now I should have received his gift and I should spend it on something nice. Over the next 3 weeks, Chuck called me about 6-7 times continuing to ask me out. I was afraid of Avery for his continuing to contact me. I told several co workers about Chuck Avery's actions."
 
Here we have a female customer of the salvage yard coming forward explaining her experience with Chuck Avery, who was quite clearly harassing this woman. Repeated unwanted calls. Unannounced visits to her home. Unwanted cash gifts. More and more unwanted calls. Asking her out over and over. I have to imagine most if not all woman would feel the same as Levora did - creeped out.
 
As bad as the Levora statement is, there is one more women who came forward during the investigation into Halbach's disappearance that also had a troubling experience with Chuck Avery. The complaint was made by a Ms. Knutsen, who in July 2005 purchased a part for her intrepid from the Avery Salavage Yard. Knutsen goes on to say (CASO Pg. 160):
 
"After I purchased the part, my neighbor came to the door and told me that a 'middle-aged man in a older red station wagon, went past my house very slow and took pictures of only my house, from lot line to lot line.'
"On Oct. 17, 2005 my car was on fire outside when notified by a man going by on his bike. The fire put out by my ex husband and neighbor. The car was towed to Peterson's gas station. The Avery's were notified and they retrieved my car.
"On Oct 30, 2005 (one day before Halbach's death) my supervisor gave me a note to call the Avery's to go out to their property, maybe at Oct. 31, 2005 to get my belongings out of my car. I didn't go because I worked O.T. until 3:00 pm than realized I needed to help my son for Halloween (thank god).
"On Wednesday Nov, 2 I called the Avery's to find out about my car and my belongings. Chuck Avery answered the phone. He stated 'he had been to my house on Tuesday Nov 1 between l:00 & 2:00 and he rang the door bell and I wasn't home.' I asked Chuck if he maybe had the wrong house and he said 'No'.
"We talked about my car, then he switched and he asked if 'I would go out to dinner with him'. I said 'YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME.'
"On Friday Nov 4, Chuck stopped at my house with my belongings that he sorted from my car (he didn't call to notify me.) I signed over the title to him. As he was leaving he said: "by the way, the offer still stands". He than wished me a "Happy Birthday". I screamed, 'HOW--'"
 
Oddly, that's where the Knutsen statement cuts off in the CASO report. Presumably she screamed, "HOW DO YOU KNOW IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!?"
 
Here we have a second female customer of the salvage yard explaining she had a rather disturbing experience with Chuck Avery after having a business interaction with him. Chuck once more was making repeated, unwanted romantic advances, and showing up over and over to a woman's house unannounced! It seems like a bit of a pattern for him. I can't decide which woman should feel more creeped out.
 
IMO Knutsen was concerned it was Chuck who was seen scoping out her house by a neighbor. If true, it's a new level of creepy. I was also struck how coincidental it was that Chuck requested Knutsen come out to the Salvage property on Oct 31, 2005 - the day Teresa was apparently killed at the property after her services were requested by Steven Avery. "Thank God," Knutsen says. She didn't show up that day because she had to help her son get ready for Halloween.
 
Let's move on to review additional reports detailing questionable conduct by Chuck that, at the least, reveal acquaintances of Chuck believed him capable of committing a violent crime against a young female.
 

Wendy Baldwin interviews previous romantic partners of the Avery brothers, all of whom mention questionable conduct by Chuck Avery

 
CHUCK'S EX - (CASO Pg. 234):
  • Investigator Baldin interview Donna Avery, Chuck's ex wife of 17 years. Donna notes Chuck was "physical with her at times," and says when they divorced someone had cut her phone lines. Donna says "she knew it was Chuck," although she couldn't prove it. Donna goes on to admit Chuck would "somehow crawl in through the window and she would wake up with him standing over her in her bed in the middle of the night."
    • I could be wrong, but I'm assuming this is the same ex wife Chuck was charged with assaulting (putting an extension cord around her neck and dragging her) something he didn't contest. I'm also bothered by Donna's claim Chuck cut her phone lines, as such conduct can be a precursor to a violent crime.
 
STEVEN'S EX - (CASO Pg. 215):
  • Investigator Baldwin interviews Lori Dassey, who said upon first meeting Chuck, he seemed very calm, but later learned "he had a bad temper." Lori claims to have seen Chuck "rip off refrigerator doors and destroy furniture ... never knowing what would set him off." Lori claims chuck "made sexual advances" toward her while she was pregnant. Lori goes on to say she has strong suspicions about Steven or Chuck possibly being involved with Teresa's murder.
    • Laurie suggests Chuck was impulsive and violent, and made sexual advances towards her while she was pregnant. Amazingly, this is one of the less disturbing statements about Chuck's conduct contained in the CASO report.
 
EARL'S EX - (CASO Pg. 154-156):
  • Investigator Baldwin interviews Michelle, an ex girlfriend of Earl Avery. Michelle told police Chuck had been accused of "raping his oldest daughter ... he is very creepy and sneaky." Baldwin notes Michelle recalls Chuck, in 1988, "attempted to force sex on her ... he was smoking a cigar at the time." Although Michelle clarifies she was not raped by Chuck, just intensely pressured, something she "didn't feel very good about." Michelle said Chuck spends most of his time by himself as he doesn't have any friends other than his brother Earl whom he would hunt with or fish with, often around Harpt Lake. Baldwin reports Michelle said "it would not surprise her if Chuck framed Steven" for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
    • So Chuck was attempting to rape women in 1988, only four years before Depies disappeared.
 

CASO Interviews with Family Friends who discuss Chuck Avery's disturbing conduct.

 
FAMILY FRIEND #1 - (CASO Pg. 338):
  • Investigator Wiegert interviews Tammy Weber, a family friend of the Avery's, about her claim that Steven was being set up by police. Although Tammy seemed less sure of Steven's innocence than she initially was, she still told the officer it was her opinion: "If anybody did it, it would be CHUCK."
 
FAMILY FRIEND #2 - (CASO Pg. 343):
  • Investigator Wiegert interviews a family friend of the Avery's, Mrs. Doris, who told Wiegert she thought "if anyone would have done this to the HALBACH girl, it would have been CHUCKIE because he had raped his own wife and has a temper."
 

TL;DR - Summary and Review

 
  • Laurie Depies disappeared from Appleton, Wisconsin in 1992 and was never seen or heard from again. No one has ever been charged in relation to her disappearance. Laurie Vanished. There were never any credible reported sightings of her. No one was ever charged with any crime relating to her disappearance. Her body was never found.
  • When Teresa Halbach's remains were found in Avery's burn pit and the Dassey burn barrel in 2005 police began investigating members of the Avery family to determine if they had any culpability in Teresa's murder. Although Steven Avery was law enforcement's primary suspect in the Halbach case, Chuck Avery emerged as a potential suspect in the Depies disappearance at this time (although Calumet's investigation into Chuck's potential connections to Depies was decidedly subpar).
  • Chuck allegedly lived near Depies, and friends of Depies were concerned Chuck Avery was the one Depies identified as "creepy" and "always watching her." One witness notes Laurie Depies and Teresa Halbach had the same hair style as Chuck's now deceased girlfriend.
  • Numerous females describe disturbing harassment from Chuck Avery, including female customers of Avery Auto Salvage who claim he would repeatedly ask them out and even show up at their homes without warning. Family friends claim Chuck has a history of sexually abusing women, including his wife and daughter. Many witnesses claim Chuck was capable of killing Teresa and/or framing Steven.
  • Given the potential connections between Chuck and Laurie, coupled with the revelation of Chuck's disturbing conduct towards female visitors to the Salvage Yard and the fact that many considered him capable of Teresa's murder, is it possible Chuck was the man creeping Depies out by always watching her? Does all of Chuck's disturbing behavior indicate a possible propensity for committing violent crimes against women? Is Chuck a viable suspect to consider for the Depies disappearance? Is there any way to firmly connect him to the crime?
 
 

Source Material:

 
 
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2020.07.27 02:23 Ainsoph777 Looking at who is on the board of directors at the Jesuit 'John Caroll Society' (July 2020)

Looking at who is on the board of directors at the Jesuit 'John Caroll Society' (July 2020)
source : https://www.johncarrollsociety.org/what-is-jcs/meet-our-leadership
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_John_Carroll
The statue is located at Healy Hall at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Further reading Robert Brent, the first mayor of Washington D.C. was the nephew of Jesuit priest John Carroll S.J.!--the founder of Jesuit Georgetown University : https://www.reddit.com/Jesuitworldordecomments/dvm7q9/robert_brent_the_first_mayor_of_washington_dc_was/
The excerpt on Jesuit priest John Carroll S.J. in Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography Volume 1 (1887) : https://www.reddit.com/Jesuitworldordecomments/cl7otj/the_excerpt_on_jesuit_priest_john_carroll_sj_in/
Memorial Of The First Century Of Georgetown College, D.C.: comprising a history of Georgetown University, John Gilmary Shea(1891) : https://archive.org/details/MemorialOfTheFirstCenturyOfGeorget
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"Meet Our Leadership

OFFICERS
Jeffrey H. Paravano, President : https://www.bakerlaw.com/JeffreyHParavano
Andrew L. Cook, 1st Vice President : "Andrew Cook, chair of the Red Mass Committee for the John Carroll Society described the Mass as wonderful. “It was a time to reflect and to pause and appreciate the blessings we have in our legal system and our Church,” he said." https://cathstan.org/news/us-world/the-holy-spirit-can-bring-healing-in-times-of-division-priest-says-at-red-mass
Preeya Noronha Pinto, 2nd Vice President : https://www.kslaw.com/people/preeya-pinto
Elizabeth A. Young, Secretary : https://www.nixonpeabody.com/en/team/young-elizabeth-a
Suvia Yuan, Assistant Secretary : https://www.johncarrollsociety.org/what-is-jcs/member-spotlight
Christopher H. Mitchell, Treasurer : https://www.steinmitchell.com/lawyers-Christopher-Mitchell.html
Mary Ann Dmochowski, Assistant Treasurer : http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/registeevent?llr=brec8tnab&oeidk=a07ec1r54ryfca70e65
Jane Sullivan Roberts, Parliamentarian : https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2019/03/05/jane-sullivan-roberts-wife-of-chief-justice-opens-dc-outpost-for-recruiter-mlegal/?slreturn=20200626203043
Carol Grefenstette Bates, Immediate Past President : http://theoagroup.org/carol-grefenstette-bates/
John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., Historian : https://president.georgetown.edu/biography/
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Bret Baier : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Baier
James D. Bishop : http://www.courtexcellence.org/news-events/cce-board-director-james-d-bishop-wins-2014-scoutt-prize
Gregory D. Grant : https://www.shulmanrogers.com/attorneys/gregory-d-grant/
Michael R. Huston : https://fedsoc.org/contributors/michael-huston
Catherine Ronan Karrels : https://www.stoneridgeschool.org/about/leadership
Alex LaFrankie : https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/in/alexandra-lafrankie-41b75880?challengeId=AQFwSwp70L3b7wAAAXONvfvP_Wee5bdkD8tkcVkvYt7ubvQP2DmkxCccss1oB2JR7ofN63odMpRutLvFoiYfEwpLJuO5RZeoHQ&submissionId=8840b11f-9075-2516-15d4-1e40df72bd0d
Michelle Lally : https://www.osler.com/en/team/michelle-lally
Jeff MacKinnon : https://farragutpartners.com/partners/jeffrey-m-mackinnon-partne
Hon. Anita McBride : https://constitutingamerica.org/the-honorable-anita-mcbride/
Eileen Moore, MD : https://clinicianwellbeing.osu.edu/people/eileen-moore
Jack Murphy : https://www.clearygottlieb.com/professionals/jack-murphy
Ricardo Perez, DDS : http://www.drricardoperez.com/
Scott Rembold : https://www.catholic.edu/about-us/leadership/bios/scott-rembold/index.html
Phil Ward : https://www.wc.com/Attorneys/Philip-J-Ward
Rev. Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi, Chaplain : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Vaghi
Colleen Mudlaff, Executive Director : https://inkandescentradio.com/podcasts/234/take-a-magic-carpet-ride-with-colleen-mudlaff-s-women-s-diplomatic-series "
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2020.07.24 08:47 Cicero1982 Your Pre Market Brief for 07/24/2020

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2020.07.03 20:57 Swordless__Mimetown The History of Walking Simulators Part 2: Success and Iteration

Hey y'all, thanks for all the great responses to my Part 1 article, which can be found here. This is the follow up! There's more to come in July as well. Feedback is again, much appreciated.
Part 2 on the webpage with embedded YouTube videos and hyperlinks can be viewed here!
Welcome Back!
In Part 1, I talked about what a game is when someone calls it a walking simulator. Gameplay for a "walksim" is not controlling the player character movement. Instead, Discovering the story is how the game is played. Dear Esther is primarily a game because of its artistic storytelling in an interactive medium. That game, along with Gone Home and The Stanley Parable, is what I considered to be the beginning of the genre tradition.
In Part 2 I am going to talk about what makes a walksim a "good" video game using aesthetics. These games are essentially virtual interactive theater. We will look at The Chinese Room, Fulbright, and Davey Wreden’s projects released after their successful games. The plot, story, narrative structure, and gameplay innovate and expand what it means to explore a narrative in the first person. But unfortunately, they did not sell well.
SPOILERS: The games covered are Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Tacoma, The Beginner’s Guide, Dear Esther, Gone Home, and The Stanley Parable. I also spoil The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Soma, and Yume Nikki.
RIP Walking Simulation
To start, I want to talk a bit about things I missed in Part 1.
I was linked to a highly relevant article by Doc Burford titled Death of Walking Sims. He details the success and failures of these games in development terms, noting that The Chinese Room shuttered its doors and Tacoma initially sold barely 1% of the copies of Gone Home.
Burford is a gamedev with industry experience. Paratopic, his 2018 "walksim", can be interpreted as a response to the genre. His viewpoint concentrates on how the gameplay disconnects gamers who enjoy “hardcore” experiences like Halo on heroic mode from enjoyment.
When it comes to walking sims, the hardcore players are technically correct, but actually wrong. A “game,” is, more or less, a form of structured play, and while that’s a remarkably broad definition, it doesn’t necessarily cover walking sims. In the same way that “real time strategy” isn’t the best name for the RTS genre, “video games” isn’t really the best name for the medium. Sure, it worked when the only games that existed were titles like Pong and Pitfall, but even then, 1979’s FS1 Flight Simulator could never be classed as a game. There are plenty of things that most people would consider to be a “video game” even if they’re not truly games, and walking sims are no exception. But even if walking sims weren’t considered video games, would it really matter? Sure, they have more in common with art installations than competitive sports, but so what? Whether a walking sim is a ‘real game’ or not doesn’t stop it from existing and can’t stop it from being praised or discussed. Taxonomy only goes so far; the work cannot be dismissed simply because someone might have got the classification wrong.
“Video games” are a misleading term for walking simulators. This helps understand the author's intent when talking about a walksim. What makes a good video game story is the “playing” of the story.
Getting the player to enjoy that can be somewhat difficult. Burford emphasizes the importance of making the experience enjoyable.
At its core, I think the genre’s simplicity is the problem. It’s a fundamentally reductive genre; all you do is walk, usually listening to someone else’s story take place. While that is a mechanic in and of itself, it rarely becomes anything more. A walking sim’s story should be about you exploring the environment, because you are the point-of-view character, but in walking sims, the POV character is usually the person doing the voiceover instead, telling you another story entirely. You’re just there to press W and trigger the occasional audio clip. At best, you’ll have to consider the environment, contrasting what you’re hearing with what you’re seeing, like an art installation. Compare that with a shooter, which is much more engaging, not just because there’s more to do mechanically, but because shooters work to keep things varied. Fundamentally, there’s nothing really wrong with walking sims. It’s just that other games handle the same topics in ways that invite more participation, and most players are more interested in being the characters they play than hearing about those characters from an epistolary audiobook. They’re not that popular because they’re fairly limited as a form, and once the initial newness wore off, there wasn’t that much to support them.
I’ll be talking more about this perspective in Part 3.
And All The Players Merely Players
Burford is right. Games like Dear Esther and Gone Home are not fundamentally engaging. However, I would argue that a walksim can only be successful because of player engagement and immersion.
Let’s use some aesthetic philosophy to lay out what I’m talking about. Jacques Ranciere’s The Emancipated Spectator notes two major problems with the passive viewing of art:
“...First, viewing is the opposite of knowing: the spectator is held before an appearance in a state of ignorance about the process of production of this appearance and about the reality it conceals. Second, [viewing] is the opposite of acting: the spectator remains immobile in her seat, passive. To be a spectator is to be separated from both the capacity to know and the power to act.”
Ranciere never mentions interactive stories like video games. The relationship between the player and the video game is unique (his preferred example is the audience and theater). Theater provokes thought in a passive viewer because the actors are real human beings. There is no concern for “immersion” when the experience is happening in real-time and space, mere yards away from the audience's eyes. Video games involve the audience/player in the story and give them virtual control over it. In a walksim, that means progressing, interpreting, or even ignoring the narrative. The power of video game stories is immersing and, in essence, making the player an actor in the story. Sometimes that character is defined, and most of the time the discovery of who that is informs the narrative.
Yume Nikki: Genre Tricky
The story of Dear Esther is considered, by me, to be the first walking simulator because of perspective. 2004’s Yume Nikki came first, and he gameplay is primarily walking. But in that game, there is a level of passiveness to the player control. It's presented as a 2D RPG and this is both a visual and a cultural barrier. I can see a character walking on the screen that is clearly not myself, and the game structure reminds me of traditional Japanese games like Dragon Quest. I have an expectation that it will be similar to others in that style, and the betrayal of that expectation informs the story. In Dear Esther, the first-person camera and lack of UI hide gamification typical to a shooter or platformer. This requires the player to question their surroundings as they would in the real world.
I will be talking about Yume Nikki more next time, but like Dear Esther, the game is also culturally obscure. Besides every NPC and the name of the game itself being in Japanese, the player character Madotsuki is a hikikkomori. This appeals to players familiar with Japan and other terms such as seppuku. The popularity of Japanese culture has exploded over the past decade, which has widened the game’s audience. Yume Nikki was localized to English in 2012 by Playsim, and they remade the game in a 3D engine two years ago.
It's All Relative
Yume Nikki illustrates one of gaming’s biggest storytelling barriers: cultural relativism. In a walking simulator, the player needs to feel as if the experience is real. British/European players have an easier time understanding The Chinese Room’s games because the accents, vocabulary, and geographical references are familiar. My American heritage held me back from being immersed in Dear Esther. But, my Japanese heritage helps me feel better connected to Yume Nikki.
Like many other games, walksims are fun because of story discovery. A player can only be engaged as much as they understand the universe the game takes place in. To go back to Ranciere for a second:
“To dismiss the fantasies of the word made flesh and the spectator rendered active, to know that words are merely words and spectacles merely spectacles, can help us arrive at a better understanding of how words and images, stories and performances, can change something of the world we live in.”
The spectacle and "flesh" here are virtual worlds, something that tech has only been able to realistically emulate since the early 2000s. Versimilitudinous environmental storytelling, combined with narration and audio, is the way walking simulators tell stories.
Yume Nikki is a phenomenal piece of interactive fiction, but it’s outside of the genre because of its presentation. This is how I see this game and others as different from what I set out to initially cover.
Let’s Get Raptured
After Dear Esther’s successful release, The Chinese Room made one more original interactive narrative before ending independent operations. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is the story about Kate Collins and Stephen Appleton, two scientists who return to Stephen’s childhood pastoral English village to study the night sky. The player begins the game in the empty township of Yarbrough. Everybody is gone, presumably, to “the Rapture”. There is a cast of about eight characters who, through replayed holograms, inform the player of the events that lead to everyone in this town dying.
The game experience from their debut title is improved upon twentyfold. Environments are no longer barren rock formations and scattered obtuse symbolism. Instead, a vast collection of lived-in spaces including tons of houses, businesses, and community centers littered with artifacts to view (but not interact with). The graphics are PS4-level beautiful; the landscapes are impressive, and the game shines in its special effects. Interactivity is expanded to starting audiotape recordings from Kate and opening doors. And most importantly, the addition of another character; the light.
The addition of an NPC that leads the player creates a connection to the story that their other game lacked. This review from Games as Literature highlights how successful this is:
“...there needs to be some kind of structure, of course, which is accomplished by the light that guides you around the town and it’s both one of the best and worst things about EGTTR. At it’s best, the game feels like one of the most smoothly flowing exploration games I’ve ever played. I’d follow the light to the next event it wanted to show me, then I’d notice something that’d look interesting off to the side so I’d deviate from the path, find something Light had explicitly tried to lead me to and when I explored it all and due time, see the light flickering in the distance and go to join it again. It’s a great form of player guidance in that it actually feels alive. Like it’s some kind of force that actively wants to show you something but isn’t completely beholden to your will and actions. It flits in and out of your presence, always leading you somewhere else but never depending on your cooperation. This is improved even further by the way its behavior changes in each chapter. It can be fairly subtle, but the light seems to take on characteristics of the subject of a given chapter and how it moves, and in one important case, how it looks too. "
The care and thought put into the characterization and dialogue in EGTTR are crafted for player empathy. As the game is played, the world evolves with the narrative; the weather shifts from the milky way night sky to rattling rain to lightning and thunder.
The comparison to the theater is easy, as the story is told primarily through character dialogue. EGTTR’s story is human, universally relatable, and still quite British. The plot is deeply layered with things like Steven and Lizzie’s former engagement, Kate’s ex-pat alienation, Wendy’s estranged relationship with her brother, and Father Jeremy’s crises of faith.
Everybody's Gone
By the end of it, the player has seen each character’s final living moments. There is no Rapture; Steven and Kate brought an interstellar being to Yarbrough that creates a pandemic, resulting in the military calling in an airstrike and gassing everyone to death. Steven confronts the monster, who is revealed to be the ball of light, and immolates himself. Kate’s fate is left to interpretation (I think she becomes “entangled” with the ball of light).
As an interactive story, EGTTR surpasses Dear Esther in every way; the player engagement is improved, the story is easily understood, and the setting is beautiful. It’s also littered with straightforward environmental storytelling that immerses the player in a way Dear Esther sorely lacked. I was touched by the plight of Kate; stranded in a foreign village where everybody judges her, while her partner is still in love with his ex. The spiritual nature of her scientific research kept me engaged and sympathetic.
Unfortunately, EGTTR did not succeed as a video game product. I personally think The Chinese Room contributed immensely to the video game medium. It makes sense when the studio name is explained; The Chinese room argument is about the unknowable barrier between virtual and biological experiences. This metaphor fits into their storytelling style quite well; in both of their games, there is a juxtaposition between the player’s immersion and lack of interactivity. Even though it informs the story, this makes their games not very fun.
Tacooooomaaaaa
Gone Home’s successor, 2017's Tacoma, has a lot going for it in terms of accessibility. While Fullbright’s first game creates a lived-in house that informs the player with each interaction, Tacoma turns that into a huge space station inhabited by six characters and a benevolent corporate AI named Odin.
Player character Amy Ferrier must investigate what happened onboard the corporate spaceship Tacoma, owned by the Venturis Corporation. Like EGTTR, the story is primarily told through replayed dialogue as holographic projections. Like many of the sci-fi elements, Odin helps the player's investigation into what caused the crew to disappear. The sci-fi setting is easy to get into if the player is familiar with something like Mass Effect or Star Wars.
Gameplay in Tacoma is walking through these replays, which sometimes involve multiple conversations happening at once. Tacoma innovates by allowing the player to repeat an experience, but learn something entirely new. Noah Caldwell-Gervais SOMA vs Tacoma video explains it well:
“The primary mechanic the player does have in Tacoma is a way to view and rewind conversations from entire segments of the station, meaning you end up walking in-between different rooms nad following disparate, individual threads of the same interwoven conversations from different perspectives. …[the mechanic] allows you to trace the threads of conversation back in time and back through the space you’re inhabiting in the present tense. Like SOMA, it tells the story in a way that only games are capable of; this layering, wandering past the rooms as the protagonist while the wireframe memories reenact the past going at your own pace, rewinding, pausing, diverting your attention to follow a character as they break off from the conversation to pursue some other goal, neither film nor theater nor print can do that. It’s closest to theater, certainly, and a lot of the writing and delivery of Tacoma has the feeling of a small-stage production, but you could never ask live actors to pause and rewind themselves with it being either silly or artificial. “In terms of mechanical construction as games, they’re even very similar. Tacoma cares much less about standard game features than SOMA however, and its happy to pull more from live and experimental theater than standard video game tropes. ...A lot of this noise comes around to definitions; a video game should primarily be a game, right? With gamey stuff to do? Well, SOMA is not very much a game in a stock standard configuration and not really at all when you remove the monsters; it’s interactive fiction. An explorable space where first person perspective can pair with a natural pace of navigation and discovery to tell stories in ways that other mediums, passive mediums like print or film or the sound of my voice, could not ever convey the same way. “
Performing the Game
As a science fiction story, Tacoma is straightforward in its metaphor. Like Gone Home, environmental storytelling is overflowing with information that engaged the player. The sci-fi world is realistic and reminiscent of other corporate dystopias like Alien or Blade Runner. The setup for the story is not obscured; there are a lot of expectations set up once the premise is understood. When the dialogue and environmental pieces inform the player, the discovery of the story is less mysterious. I already know corporations are not our friends and them in sci-fi view human beings as a commodity, because they are already considered "obsolete". Odin is a constant reminder that the player is being observed and recorded for profit, and any characterization involved with it will end in some kind of betrayal.
And while the story is strong, the narrative lacks subtlety. Gervais' SOMA comparison(which had a walksim mode added in a patch) is useful here again:
As you explore and listen, there is a tangible feeling of really getting to know the characters; youre given an opportunity to see them in moments they might not want to have been seen in moements of grief moments of doubt, you rifle through their drawers, and read their emails, and it’s a lot closer look than you would ever get in real life into the private lives of strangers. Which may be theonly real handicap of Tacoma; as intimate of a portrait of the characters as it is, it’s so carefully manicured to give rapid-fire insight over it’s 3 hour length that the insight can feel artificial. A dramatic conceit. Real people are rarely read so plainly, and seldom do we leave so many convenient clues into our past and present selves.
As the game progresses and the spaceship opens up, Amy learns about how Venturis intentionally sabotaged their own ship. As company property, the ship AI is bound not to say anything by its owner but wants to save the innocent lives of the gig-economy subcontractors that kept it running. As a story, it's a great allegory for what it means to be a worker in a post-work society that has robots to do everything.
Like Gone Home, environmental storytelling is overflowing with information that engaged the player. However, this sometimes works against the effectiveness of Tacoma because of the type of story they're telling.
All the Game's a Stage
It’s interesting that both The Chinese Room and Fullbright seem to have evolved the genre in similar ways. For example, they added another “living” character and dialogue was both spoken and blocked by artificial figures.
Comparing the two, I would say that Tacoma told the narrative more effectively with less engagement. Their use of a sci-fi setting allowed for a plethora of information and left little to the imagination. Story-wise, EGTTR was way more engaging. The mystery is set up right from the title of the game, and interactions inform the player in a more ambiguous, spiritual way. The religious overtones and vagueness in the science work never distract the player.
But Tacoma has way more player interactivity. The immersion gained from the experience, interacting with the sci-fi chat logs and floating through the station, is something The Chinese Room just does not do in their games.
It can almost be said that the environmental storytelling in Tacoma works too well, and if the settings of both of these games were switched, it would improve them both.
The Beginning: A Monologue
Davey Wreden and William Pugh, developers of The Stanley Parable, do not currently have a follow-up game together. But Davey Wreden, their narrative director, released The Beginner’s Guide in 2016. The game starts in an abstractly-modded Counterstrike map and is narrated by a fictional character named Davey Wreden, who also wrote The Stanley Parable. The audience is led to believe this is the real Davey with clues like an email address to reach him at. The narrator addresses and instructs the player directly, as in The Stanley Parable, but there is a distinct lack of agency. This is Davey’s story.
There is a required read before talking about this game: Davey’s blog post from 2014 titled Game of the Year, an award The Stanley Parable won from several publications. Wreden’s struggles with popularity should be read with this in mind, which is something Errant Signal’s analysis tried to shy away from
“Coda states that Davey has infected his personal space and that Coda can’t give Davey what he wants, but that Davey isn’t Coda's problem to solve to begin with. Again, this is how you would talk about a Facebook stalker, and the result of all these little touches is to make the relationship feel coded as such. None of this is to suggest that coda is literally a woman, though given the unreliable nature of the narrator that's not impossible, but it does present an interesting way to further frame the game’s main relationship as poisonous. Davey is a creeper who violates privacy and trust after placing someone else on a pedestal and is obsessed with seeing them again. ...in making video game Davey the villain for attempting to read way too much personal stuff into games that actually had very little personal stuff in them, I do think The Beginner’s Guide is set itself up as something of a trap for critics. See, The Beginner’s Guide came out nearly two years after Davey Wreden, the real flesh-and-blood human being Davey Wreden, wrote a blog post about suffering anxiety and depression after the success of the Stanley parable. How he felt like he lost control over what the game meant and what he liked about it to his audience, and how he searched desperately for external validation only to find that hunger ever-growing. And it’s really tempting to draw parallels, to argue that this game is a direct result of those emotions and those anxiety. That Coda and video game Davey are really two parts of the same person; the creative, impossible-to-know muse making things for their own sake, and the post-Stanley developer desperate for validation. But to say something like that definitively is to make the same mistake that video game Davey did. To claim that I see the person in the work, to bring in my own lamp posts from outside the game and say there’s signifiers of meaning. Well, I’m not gonna fall for that and I’m going to keep this video wholly within the text.”
In a fictional story, especially one that’s presented as autobiographical, the author’s life context is vital to the text. Davey’s experience struggling with popularity reveals the truth to the story that Franklin does not want to acknowledge; Coda is a representation of author Davey’s desire to be the source of his own validation.
Guiding your Code
Coda is presented as a gamedev who never releases their games. They have no desire to, even. Author Davey sees something intrinsically valuable about these games that Coda cannot seem to acknowledge themself. As the player explores these game worlds, the blatant symbolism is displayed in a raw way that stories rarely exhibit. Davey breaks it all down for the player in real-time, drawing a clear narrative for all of the games Coda has made in their relationship, as well as explaining what these games meant to him.
But Davey has been shunned by Coda. Davey wound up exposing Coda’s games to others as a way to seek validation in himself. The result is Davey putting together the collection of the work and releasing it publicly as an act of desperate flagellation. He needs Coda back in his life in order for him to interpret himself. Author Davey has created this character as an external drive to be a great storyteller, gamedev, and human being. Here's Danskin's analysis, titled The Artist is Absent: Davey Wreden and The Beginner's Guide:
“It’s a project that doesn’t so much break the fourth wall as to be seemingly constructed without one. So our narrator, Davey, flat-out tells us how the game is meant to be interpreted, which is to say - it isn’t. This is a walking tour of a number of small art games by his friend Coda, and Davey is going to tell us as we play what he thinks they mean. ...These games were made by Coda for [their] own enjoyment, not for public consumption, so to really “get” them you need both a player’s perspective and a designer’s perspective. During play, Davey makes walls transparent to reveal architecture that is built but the player would normally never see, and he lets the player into rooms they normally wouldn’t have access to. What the player comes to understand by the end is that Davey has, in fact, been making far deeper alterations. He’s not just making the games playable or more understandable, but, from his perspective, he’s making them more coherent, and those alterations he didn’t admit to us. When Coda discovers that Davey has been sharing altered versions of his games with other people, he makes one final game just for Davey and then quits game design entirely. And that last game is unplayable without Davey’s meddling… ....by the end of the game, the player is supposed to realize that none of it is true. That understanding is part of the text; there is still a fourth wall.”
The end scene, where character Davey pours his disgust for himself out onto the player, is beautiful. The fourth wall, the barrier between author and audience, is shattered. The Beginner’s Guide is a meditation on what it means to be a creative person. It engages the player to see something in an artist or work of art that is emotional and often uncomfortable. Coda’s games are unfinishable and not fun, and Davey cheats the player into completing a lot of them. The relationship between character Davey and the player keeps him separate from what he wants to truly express.
The Meta of it All
The plot in The Beginner’s Guide is a phenomenally told story from an unreliable narrator who steals another creative’s work. That has been done before in games like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, but Davey’s autobiographical insert adds a layer of complexity that other mediums rarely reach. The player is interacting with author Davey by playing the games Coda’s fictionally made, hearing the narrative character Davey is telling, and interpreting both what the fictional games mean to them and what the games mean to character Davey. I cannot think of another video game that handles player interpretation in such a direct manner.
When an audience goes to watch a piece of theater, there is a sense of community. The human beings performing on stage are real and as a spectator, there is no imagination required. The same thing is happening in The Beginner’s Guide; unlike EGTTR or Tacoma, the player is not a fictional character. In fact, as Franklin Innuendo Studios both acknowledge, this story is clearly fiction (even though it's presented as nonfiction).
Conclusion and Going Forward
Like a lot of great stories, the experience of The Beginner’s Guide is greatly improved when considered in the context of their relationship with the developer. Autobiographical video games are few and far between, and in general, have little appeal when compared to a story like Master Chiefs. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Tacoma, and The Beginner’s Guide all exceeded my expectations and should be enjoyed by anyone who loves games and stories. But why didn’t they become as popular as their predecessors?
In the context of this specific genre, it seems that they cannot compete with what some would call a “mainstream” video game. When Dear Esther, Gone Home, and The Stanley Parable set a standard, in trying to surpass it, the devs did not effectively communicate what makes a walksim massively appealing. I hope I've done that a bit here today.
In Part 3 I’m going to try and talk about more games! Genre-adjacent games: adventure, horror, and puzzle games like Anatomy, The Witness, Gravity Bone, and Jazzpunk. These game genres are most similar to walksims and inform the player experience. In the future I will be covering The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Firewatch, What Remains of Edith Finch, Return of the Obra Dinn, and Death Stranding.
Is there a video game you think I should talk about? Comment here or ask me about it on Twitter!
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2020.06.28 05:38 Solace143 Set It Off guest features ranked from best to worst

This isn’t a ranking of the songs they’re from - it’s just ranking the guest features within them.
I Want You (Gone) (Midnight) - Matt Appleton’s saxophone solo is the best part of the song without a doubt.
Partners In Crime (Cinematics: Expanded Edition) - Ash Costello is supposed to be the Bonnie to Cody’s Clyde in this song, and it works.
Tomorrow (Duality) - In a track that’s mostly a weaker version of a previous song, Jason Lancaster’s bridge brings some much needed originality.
Happy All The Time (Midnight) - The gospel vocals by Skyler Acord are a nice touch, even if it’s nothing special.
Go To Bed Angry (Midnight) - The singer of Wayfarers makes the track a bit of a duet, but she doesn’t make the song better or worse.
Wolf in Sheep Clothing (Duality) - William Beckett sounds almost identical to Cody, so I honestly don’t know why he was even brought in.
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2020.06.17 21:10 PinkFurLookinLikeCam Say Bible Podcast discussion June 16, 2020 “Copycat Bodysuits”

Start-16:18: After intro they both agree that they’re bored in the house and haven’t been doing much. Discuss Queer Eye for a while. Discuss a guy that Nat talked to on the phone from Bumble who blew her off. Kathleen Theorizes that this guy, who is white, felt weird around her due to current events. Nat says he was the one who pursued her so she’s confused. Discuss finding social media profiles,the My Space days, using LinkedIn to find people, and dating. Talk about instant reject on white guys if have guns or the American flag in their dating app profile (oh I agree with this there’s something about the flag and guns that racists like, I can’t explain it) and as a black woman appreciating the use of BLM in a profile so that she can feel certain about matching and having a conversation.
16:18-20:18- Nat mentions the interview in the previous episode and apologizes if she came across harsh about the destroyed businesses in the interview (I personally didn’t feel she was harsh). Kathleen explains that it’s a complex situation
20:18-33:00: discuss Khloe getting sued (Good American) for allegedly copying a design from indie company Blue Dazzle and selling the design under the Good American name without acknowledging or compensating the company, which is black owned. The suit claims that Khloe purchased many pieces from Blue Dazzle and made copies of the purchased designs.
Nat points out that the garments look exactly alike, and there’s a paper trail of the company sending Khloe garments so Kris is gonna have a hell of a time says Nat. Kathleen says the real issue is that Khloe knowingly got pieces to blatantly copy. It’s not hard for them to partner with brands so Khloe could have made of a collab (like Good American x Blue Dazzle). Says they never tag anyone that influences them and now they’re doing it because they feel guilt about being racist (ummm what Khloe did was pretty garbage but let’s not say she’s racist. She’s a scam artist.)
Kathleen goes on for a while, repeating a few times that they’re only tagging black people “because it’s cool” (again with the damn if they do damned if they don’t. Had me in the first half but lost me in the second). Nat says it’s unmistakeable and would be hard to lose this case, it seems to always be black brands that they’re stealing from; and Kathleen says the kardashians believe that everything is theirs for the taking. Talk about Khloe wearing braids and call her dumb. Discuss white people wearing braids even though it ruins their hair while black people are likely to be fired or reprimanded for the same.(that’s the tea)
33:00-38:55: Discuss Kim working with an organization to learn how voting affects prison reform. Both shade her and say that they know all of this already because they’re “political scientists”, and that voting at the local level is extremely important. (Voting at lower levels is important, but learning isn’t bad I don’t get the god damn problem???)
Complain about Kim, complain that people complain that she complains about Kim. Says Kim doesn’t have to be a crusader (even though they’ve complained that she doesn’t do anything and other times the problem is that she does too much. Me thinks the problem isn’t with Kim). Kathleen says Kim isn’t doing anything is attempting to “blend in” with stuff other people have done. Nat says she’s treading lightly because trump is basically fucking up prison reform and that’s somehow Kim’s fault and responsibility.
Meanwhile, Nat is impressed that Taylor Swift is tweeting a lot, so there’s that. (I’m sure if Kim tweeted a lot theyd be just as impressed /s) says that Kim only wanted to do prison reform because “nothings going on” (even though prison slavery has been going on quietly for a long time but go off).
Nat says she’s read a book that’s helped her figure out that Kim is “performative” and “not transformative”. (????) says she’s not helping the bigger cause and somehow educating herself as part of becoming a lawyer and working prison reform is a problem.
38:55-1:10:52: Bring up reddit, Kathleen says that plenty that was said in recaps is valid and she’s thinking of ways to improve and that they aren’t trying to attack Kim for everything but that she can do so much more and Kathleen is “frustrated because she cares”, she “spent years defending Kanye” and they’re “not just hitting them for sport” (so that’s proof that she cares- she defended Kanye and has high expectations of Kim, meaning in some twisted way she’s not being obsessive or expecting ridiculous amounts of results from someone not even involved in the government but cares enough to do something).
Says there’s so many things going on that she can “easily hop on and it’ll be an easy win” but they say she randomly posted something about a firefighter camp which was “mind boggling” because in 2018 she hired private firefighters through a company during the California Fires, and was drug through the dirt for that. (Even though she told the firefighters to help all the houses, not just hers, and donated a lot to government agencies and the family they purchased a new home for....🙄)
Goes on to say that Cal Fire (not what Kim used) uses slave labor from prison through a program that utilizes prisoners to work as firefighters, even though they will be denied a firefighter job once they’re released from prison. Also they’re paid $1/hour.
This sounds absolutely awful and abusive, but Kim didn’t hire them (the prisoners work for the government as part of a prison program while Kim hired a “concierge” private firefighting company, which is NOT rare and not new in any way, shape, or form. In fact it’s very common in those circles and sometimes their insurance requires it).
She goes on and on to ponder “why did Kim post this NOW” they discuss this camp thats for children and uses them for child labor according to them, because it’s a JUNIOR firefighter camp. When I googled said camps, I found this lists of junior firefighter camps by region the ones in California (under “west”) seem to consist of classes and/or some sort of education or have a Boy Scouts sort of vibe to them. So from what I understand, Kim posted about these summer camps and they twisted it around to such a degree that they’re pinning slave labor from actual working governmental authorities (not summer camps) squarely on Kim. What one has to do with the other, I don’t know. How Kim is involved, I also don’t know.
Nat goes on to say that Kim is now expected to not only be active in prison reform, but also make calls and find out why they’re in prison (because they believe she wasn’t doing that the whole time and it’s not part of the research necessary to free the wrongly imprisoned)
Side note: Kim is being viewed as having a ridiculous, almost totalitarian amount of power and pull when in reality she’s a celebrity who’s trying to make a difference. She can’t actually change laws the way they’ve been implying; she’s working with lawyers to research individual cases and get presidential pardons but she is not actually a lawmaker. Perhaps in the future her team can secure funding in the millions to send people to argue for real prison reform.
Kathleen goes to say that she isn’t mentally disturbed just because she talks about Kim all the time, she just has extremely high expectations. Then she said that Kim isn’t doing anything and even a tweet could help (even though we already heard them bash her for tweeting things like petitions, all the way up to and including working in prison reform) Kathleen mentions credit several times. Nat says that Kim does say stuff but it’s “safe”
(wait now she says stuff? Jesus I couldn’t imagine having to conform to such rigid parameters Kim could donate every available organ and they’d still say that she didn’t donate enough organs. Tell me what celebrity at her level is doing what she’s doing and don’t mention one that made one donation one time or opened a charity but they never talk about it and don’t actually work to fix the problem but GOOOOO OFFFFF. I don’t think Kim is perfect, I can list several things I dislike about her but fuck this mess deadass.)
Nat mentions that Kourtney has gone to capital hill for other things but hasn’t done that for black or LGBT community (I can agree here but wasnt she just asked by a group to help out for the publicity I don’t remember). Kathleen says that she’s frustrated with Kim but she doesn’t expect her to be the savior of the world (🤔) but that she can give credit for her evolving, BUT, she’s not doing enough (😑) and she’s not saying enough taboo things (but y’all! T Swift is tweeting though!!) go on to say that she tweets but it’s not enough (yet for Taylor Swift it’s enough for accolades and awards). Rest of the conversation is just tons of the same flip flopping. Blame the lack of recognition of the Armenian Genocide on Kim, saying she hasn’t done anything (yes she has and it’s getting a lil irritating that Kathleen speaks over people about their own culture as if she is the only knowledgable source and the last say but when you’re White you’re right I suppose). Nat goes on to mock Kim for helping in prison reform, poking fun at her valley girl voice.
Nat goes on to say that reddit reviews are “psychotic” (she has not seen psychotic on reddit. Psychotic on reddit means gross, foul, usually some sort of -ist. People are entitled to opinions and these summaries drive listeners to their podcast anyway so 🤷🏻‍♀️) and “reads like a bad yelp review”, (failing to realize that I never claimed to be a writer nor claimed to be a good writer). Goes on to say that Kanye is surely paying the bills for whoever is summarizing these.
Nat says she didn’t bait Kate Kennedy to speak poorly of Kim, citing a one-off comment that Kate made as definitive proof of this (comment being “Kim doesn’t have a tik tok because its everything that Kim is not; cool, fun, creative.” I just don’t see this comment as gross, I see it as a pretty level headed observation so to me it’s not really proof that Nat somehow hasn’t said awful things or wasnt baiting her. If that’s the worst thing she said than I’m fine with that because it’s true anyway)
They say that if they have haters they’re doing something right, (of course this is true no denying that, but how am I hating? I loved this podcast until it turned toxic.) Kathleen says that she has taken the brunt of the negative feedback so she had a different reaction. The feedback isn’t new to her, she knows she can talk too much and interrupt/talk over Nat and it’s one of her biggest insecurities and has been an issue in the past. Says it was hurtful to realize that she was the White girl blabbing on over Nat, has talked to people about improving this issue.
Goes on to say that her sanity was questioned specifically because she questioned Kanye (which is not true, it’s about everything so stop bringing up Kanyes mental health to cover up what you’re doing. It’s everything. It’s talking over and for black people, it’s hatred of black men, it’s obsession with Kim and denial of anything positive shes done, it’s berating Kanye for his mental struggles, it’s everything.) Nat claims that she has been bullied and that I can also not listen and claims that I am a trump supporter. Says the content won’t change. (So don’t change then but you’re going to have this behavior mirrored back so if it looks bad then maybe it’s bad. trump? laughable.)
I think Nat should pick a run time for the podcast and give Kathleen a timeframe for each time she talks, muting her when she is talking, to prevent her from being cut off so she can complete a thought. If Nat really read these, she’d actually understand that I enjoy hearing her talk and when she is able to talk, she usually ends up talking about important and interesting things and I’ve said as much.
1:10:52-1:23:45: Tyra mail (aka The Black Ass Bottom Line they’re calling It) writes in clarifying that jewish people aren’t white, and proceeds to provide a quick genetic rundown saying that the jews that were white were not saved due to their lighter complexion, they will killed just the same (this is in relation to last episode, writer says Nat called jewish people white and said the holocaust was the greatest white suffrage in Europe) says that “the Jews run hollywood”, and had Kanye disrespected the Jews the same as black people, he would be in real trouble (Kanye hasn’t suffered, no...). Says that taylor swift still complains about Kanye running on stage and he’s been apologizing for years until he’s blue in the face. (Can’t deny that). Says people disrespect black people in Hollywood and they’re fine but disrespect a gay person and it’s all good.
Kathleen says that the Holocaust was very bad, but that there has been recognition for that and Germany has righted their wrongs. The US hasn’t done this, such as keeping confederate statues up (this is true). Says we need to get to a point where slavery is recognized as genocide. Make comparisons between both. (Not sure Im liking this about tHe JeWs control all aspect but far be it from me to be a “hater”)
1:23:45-1:27:31: Tyra Mail says she has serious FOMO for Stass birthday party and she’s not mad at kylie hanging out with her friends. If she was rich she’d do it too. Nat replies that they probably figured out that posting pictures and videos of partying without masks isn’t a good look. Kathleen says that before they pandemic they just do stuff that normal people don’t do, they don’t see rules. References hollyweird. Nat references a DJ that said he DJd a party for Jamie Foxx recently, but that people probably get tested and have their temps taken for these parties. Discuss a drake party.
1:27:31-1:31:58: Tyra mail says she’s close to Sofia’s sister and that it’s Stass hooking up with Drake, not Kylie, and doesn’t know why anyone thinks this. Jordan has reached out to kylie and has been rebuffed, they DO NOT speak at all. Kylie and Sofia got into an argument with Madison Bier and Charlotte Delasio (I don’t know either of them so sorry for shit spelling) few months ago which prompted kylie to throw Victoria’s birthday party same day as Madison’s. They cleared the air and kylie sent her flowers to apologize and they say they appreciate the tea, but don’t know really know who Madison is. Nat says she feels that kylie and drake did do something, “Eskimo sisters”. Discuss Madison for a bit.
1:31:58-1:36:05: Tyra Mail, person says she watched video by a celebrity psychic about the Kourtney/Kim fight and the psychic mentioned an addiction one of them had, that was introduced by another sister. Theorizes that Kourtney introduces Kendall to addictive behavior. Nat says she feels the same, that Kendall has an addiction to laxatives and Kathleen says could be Khloe or kylie as well. That Kourtney might dabble in MDMA or acid. Khloe might be into diet pills and kylie might be into party drugs. Kathleen says this isn’t judgmental, just trying to analyze.
1:36:05-1:40:17: Tyra mail says she’s a hardcore fan of the show, and finds scott exhausting on the show because he’s always moaning and complaining, he should leave like the other dads. Nat says he was around before the fame so he’s a fixture much like Malika, and he has actual storylines. Kathleen says she finds him entertaining and that he and Kourtney signed up to be treated this way on the show. Goes on to compare Kourtney Vs Khloe co-parenting and shade Khloe (because that’s relevant somehow and were Gonna beat Khloe into the ground for being with Tristan. it’s getting old. Also Scott always gets a pass but Tristan fucks up and he’s trash forever)
1:40:17-1:44:58: Tyra Mail user says she’s watching episode with Khloes baby shower and that Khloe mentioned that it’s Tristans moms first grand child (I checked and that’s not what Khloe said. She said “it’s Andrea’s first granddaughter. She knows that Andrea has a grandchild and he’s little boy. Let’s keep the facts on point. I don’t watch the show except for clips, but I googled and if anyone wants to check it’s Season 15, Episode 11 and happens at 4:50, right at the start of the episode).
Writer also wonders what happened between Brendan and Lea. Says the podcast helped her with mental health struggle. Nat says maybe Jordan doesn’t fuck with the family and maybe that’s why there’s a weird thing in the air where Tristan doesn’t have another kid (she didn’t say that so we can move on now). Says Brendan and Lea collab well but it probably ruined their relationship. Kathleen says Jordan probably doesn’t want her kid talked about on the show and Khloe respects that. Says that it’s weird how they don’t talk about the other kid, doesn’t know what agreement they have with jordan.
1:44:58-1:53:02: Tyra Mail, says rewatching show and currently in Kendall’s sweet sixteen and two things bothered her: Kim made an off hand comment that her late father wouldn’t have approved of her marrying a black man and she felt that at the time this was skimmed over by the press, except for a thing by the Daily Mail which discussed the late father “going ballistic” about Kim’s first marriage, to a black man, due to his race. It said that he believed black men used non-black women just for sex. Writer doesnt understand why he’s been given the angel treatment when he was like this (I have to agree, if the issue was the man’s race and nothing actually valid, that’s straight up gross). Second issue is that it was weird that 14 year old kylie at the time “organized” Tyga as a musical guest and that nothing in this family is normal.
Nat says it really was glossed over and even if you’re not racist, racism is like a toxin that’s in the air and can be picked up even if you’re not racist so Robert Sr must have treated OJ as the representative of all black men (he was a rich football playecelebrity so connect the dots, probably had lots of fun in those days ...before he did what he did). Kathleen discusses OJ a bit, and they reference his famously weird quote “I’m not black, I’m OJ”, and that Robert just seemed to label all black people off of OJs actions (which weren’t good). Says kylie thing was just disturbing and it flew right over our heads
1:53:00-2:01:39: Tyra mail says she finished Black Chyna’s show and that it’s the kardashians fault that she didn’t have a show earlier (failing to acknowledge the show she had earlier) and that she wasn’t able to tell anyone she was pregnant with King or have a baby shower because Tyga convinced her no one would care about it (what a tool, who says this to his pregnant girlfriend wtf) and goes on to describe a therapy session where she talks about having sex at 16 with a man in his 20s...the email is very long and makes some very weird connections (I suggest listening to it) and the end of the email claims that kris is guilty of sex trafficking and should go to jail. Kathleen says none of it’s out of the realm of possibility and she wouldn’t rule it out. (What I do agree with is Kathleen pointing out that kris should have cut off tyga from kylie from the get go but everything else is just ridiculous)
2:01:39-2:05:11: Tyra mail asks who chris Appleton is (Kim’s hairdresser) because he’s hot and also does sweet potatoes NDAs inform Kim’s overuse of them and why she doesn’t speak out against him. They say he’s gay and does Kim’s wigs. Says any NDA with trump isn’t a gag order so that’s no excuse (again, attributing an immense amount of power to kim and forgetting that she needs to keep an open bridge with trump for the presidential pardons). Kathleen says it’s to keep notoriety and to take advantage (right right thats why.)
2:05:11- End: Tyra mail says Nat is queen and deserves the whole world, writer enjoyed her rant (I did as well and said as much when I summarized). Discuss Cancer Vs Virgo (Im a Cancer too I get it). Kathleen says she’ll make a better effort to ask Nat what she thinks so the conversation can actually be a back and forth
Personal thoughts: Kathleen really pared down her irrelevant ranting and was able to stay on topic, proving this is a possibility. I liked how it genuinely sounded like a back and forth this episode and I didn’t have to fast forward through 20-30 minutes of exhausting toxic ranting, which shortens the episode when there’s several long Kim rants. They also mention that all money from sale of Breonna Taylor Tshirt goes to TGIJP
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2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamily Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list.
If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated.
It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help.
\Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.*

Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker)
Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Nancy Addison – Actress
Louisa May Alcott – Author
Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist
Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player
Suzy Allegra – Author
Marty Allen – Comedian
John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Marian Anderson – Concert Singer
Louis Andriessen – Composer
Jennifer Aniston – Actress
Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist
Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist
Geoffrey Arend - Actor
Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club)
Boris Artzybasheff – Artist
Dorothy Arzner – Film Director
Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet
V.C. Andrews – Author
Jane Austen – Author
Max Baer Jr. – Actor
Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist
Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist
Tallulah Bankhead – Actress
Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet
Bob Barker – Game Show Host
Joe Barr – Canadian Politician
Lynda Barry – Cartoonist
Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Kathy Bates – Actress
Jaya Battacharya – Actress
King Baudouin – King of Belgium
Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer
Joe Besser – Actor
Isabella Bird – Author
Jacqueline Bisset – Actress
Lewis Black – Comedian
Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer
William Blake – Artist
Brenda Blethyn – Actress
Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist
Baroness Karen Blixen – Author
Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor
Pierre Bonnard – Artist
William Edgar Borah – Politician
Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress
Georges Brassens – Singer
Alison Brie – Actress
Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic
Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author
Poppy Z. Brite – Author
Anne Bronte – Author
Louise Brooks – Actress
Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor
Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian
Delta Burke – Actress
Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian
James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President
Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate
James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist
Raymond Burr – Actor
Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer
Leo Buscaglia – Author
Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian
Julia Cameron – Director
Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer
Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist
Laura Carroll – Author
Mary Casatt – Artist
Roger Casement – Irish Patriot
Nina Cassian – Poet
Barbara Castle – British Politician
Kim Cattrall – Actress
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter
Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer
Richard Chamberlain – Actor
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son)
Stockard Channing – Actress
RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality
Judy Chicago – Artist
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author
Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister
Patricia Clarkson – Actress
Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author
Imogene Coca – Actress
Claudette Colbert – Actress
Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate
C. Collodi – Author
William Conrad – Actor
Frances Conroy – Actress
Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer
Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College
Anne Cool – Canadian Senator
Pat Coombs – Actress
Copernicus – Scientist
John Corbett – Actor
Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box
Ann Coulter – Political Commentator
Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist
Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor
Tim Curry – Actor
Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times
Patrika Darbo – Actress
Simone de Beauvoir – Author
Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet
Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist
Gray Davis – Governor of California
Ellen Degeneres – Comedian
Jeffery Deaver – Author
Eugene Victor Debs – Activist
Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors
Dana Delany – Actress
Don DeLillo – Author
Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group
Bo Derek – Actress
Rene Descartes – Philosopher
Portia De Rossi – Actress
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author
Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics
Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist
Hannah Dobryn – Author
Tamara Dobson – Actress
Richard Donner – Film Director
Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer
Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades
Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England
Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader
Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer
Francis Drake – Explorer
Fran Drescher – Actress
Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert
Amelia Earhart – Aviator
Deborah Eisenberg – Author
Liubov Egorova – Dancer
Anita Ekberg – Actress
T.S. Eliot – Poet
Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author
Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress
Harlan Ellison – Author
Elizabeth I – Queen of England
Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist
Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist
Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress
Linda Evans – Actress
Rupert Everett – Actor
Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera
Jane Fallon – Author
Chow Yun-Fat – Actor
Barbara Feldon – Actress
Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Lynn Fontanne – Actress
Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina
Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director
Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta
Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist
Dian Fossey – Anthropologist
Janet Frame – Poet
Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice
Tanya Franks – Actress
William Frawley – Actor
Frank Frazetta – Artist
Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago.
Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer
Louis Freund – Artist
Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian
Eva Gabor – Actress
Magda Gabor – Actress
Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist
Diamanda Galas – Singer
Tess Gallagher – Author
Paul William Gallico – Author
Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian
Greta Garbo – Actress
Ava Gardner – Actress
Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Greer Garson – Actress
Gloria Gaynor – Singer
Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan
Althea Gibson – Athlete
Dorothy Gish – Actress
Lillian Gish – Actress
Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author
Susan Glaspell – Playwright
Sharon Gless – Actress
Crispin Glover – Actor
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer
Paulette Goddard – Actress
Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist
Kurt Godel – Author
Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer
Stephen Goldin – Author
Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist
Valeria Golino – Actress
Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer
Edward Gorey – Artist
Lotte Goslar – Dancer
Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.)
Martha Graham – Choreographer
Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist
Johnny Green – Musician
Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author
Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist
John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher
Joyce Grenfell – British Actress
Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter
Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Terry Gross – NPR Host
James Grout – Actor
Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA
Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist
Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates)
Jon Hamm - Actor
Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist
Lionel Hampton – Musician
Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer
Chelsea Handler - Comedian
Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer
Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress
Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President
E Chambré Hardman – Photographer
Jean Harlow - Actress
Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie)
Alex Heard – Author
Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Susan Helms – Astronaut
Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model
Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter
Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author
Katherine Hepburn – Actress
Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company
Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter
Taiko Hirabayashi – Author
Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist
Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA)
Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist
Rima Horton - Politician
Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress
Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress
Mick Hucknall – Singer
Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist
Bonnie Hunt – Actress
Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author
Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model
Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW
George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology
John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman
Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author
Randall Jarrell – Poet
Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day”
Joan of Arc – Christian Saint
Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
Margaret Johnston – Actress
Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists.
Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President
Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor
William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader
Carolyn Jones – Actress
Renee Jones – Actress
Spike Jonze – Film Director
Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist
Madeline Kahn – Actress
Immanuel Kant – Philosopher
Julie Kavner – Actress
Nikos Kazantzakis – Author
Odette Keene – Musician
Helen Keller – Author
Joyce Kennard – Judge
Joe Kernan – Politician
Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England
King Louis XVI – King of France
William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister
William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President
Robert Kiyosaki – Author
Caroline Knapp – Author
Aleksandra Kollontai – Author
Dean Koontz – Author
Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot
Jerzy Kosinski – Author
Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist
Lee Krasner – Artist
Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain
Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF
Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer
Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess
Elsa Lanchester – Actress
Philip Larkin – Author, Poet
Charles Laughton – Actor, Director
Dan Lauria – Actor
Frank John Lausche – Politician
Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician
Jay Leno – TV Host
Richard Lewis – Comedian
Lyn Lifshin – Poet
Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii
Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster
Carole Lombard – Actress
Jack Lord – Actor
Pauline Lord – Actress
Patty Loveless – Singer
Alfred Lunt – Actor
John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow
Rose McClendon – Actress
Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune
Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist
Hattie McDaniel – Actress
Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer
Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist
Ian McKellen – Actor
Kristy McNichol – Actress
Janet McTeer – Actress
Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
Dora Maar – Photographer
René Magritte – Artist
Bill Maher – TV Personality
Katherine Mansfield – Author
Shirley Manson – Singer
Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician
Francesca Marciano – Actress
Miriam Margoyles – Actress
Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer
William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland
Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author
Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web
Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot
Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe
Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress
Freddie Mercury – Musician
Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
George Michael – Musician
Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet
Alley Mills – Actress
Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute
Kylie Minogue - Singer
Helen Mirren – Actress
Margaret Mitchell – Author
Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator
Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist
John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army
Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author
Morrissey – Musician
Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle)
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Mulaney – Comedian
Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist
Diana Muldaur – Actress
Megan Mullally - Actress
Ona Munson – Actress
Haruki Murakami – Author
Iris Murdoch – Author
Mikayil Mushfig – Poet
Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist
Ralph Nader – Activist
Taslima Nasrin – Author
Alla Nazimova – Actress
Noel Neill – Actress
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress
Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist
Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher
Florence Nightingale – Nurse
Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor
Jessye Norman – Opera Singer
Kim Novak – Actress
Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer
Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright
Joyce Carol Oates – Author
Nick Offerman - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actress
Claire Parker – Director, Animator
Dorothy Parker – Author
Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright
Rosa Parks – Activist
Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress
Julia Pascal – Playwright
Ann Patchett – Author
Alicia Patterson – Editor
Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist
Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace
Sarah Paulson – Actress
Michelle Paver – Author
Anna Pavlova – Dancer
Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America
Minnie Pearl – Singer
Samuel Pepys – Author
Matthew Perry - Actor
Bernadette Peters – Actress
Jean Peters - Actress
Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia
Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer
William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic
Marge Piercy – Author, Poet
Plato – Philosopher
Martha Plimpton - Actress
Edgar Allan Poe – Author
Jackson Pollock – Artist
Katherine Ann Porter – Author
Parker Posey – Actress
Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author
Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid
Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist
Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress
Colin Quinn – Comedian
Robin Quivers – Radio Host
Raffi – Children’s Musician
Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter
Joey Ramone – Musician
Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author
A. Philip Randolph – Politician
Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative
Man Ray – Artist
Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef
Lou Reed – Singer, Musician
George Reeves – Actor
Frances Reid – Actress
Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker
Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General
Judith Resnick – Astronaut
Jennifer Rhodes – Actress
Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor
Cliff Richards – Musician
Miranda Richardson – Actress
Alan Rickman – Actor, Director
Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist
Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut
Bridget Riley – Artist
John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus
Mary Roach - Author
Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author
Debbie Rochon – Actress
Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator
Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book
Ginger Rogers – Actress
Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times
Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays
William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses)
Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer
Patricia Routledge – Actress
Joan Ruddock – Activist
John Ruskin – Author
Winona Ryder – Actress
Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer
Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist
Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor
Diana Sands – Actress
Aligi Sassu – Artist
John Sayles – Director
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher
Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor
Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist
Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist
Joel Schumacher – Film Director
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright
Lionel Shriver – Author
Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress
Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor
Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure)
David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers)
Betty Smith – Author
Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman
Howard Worth Smith – Politician
Kate Smith – Singer
Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author
David Souter – Supreme Court Justice
Jill St. John – Actress
Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer
Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts
Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist
Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer
Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist
Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist
Patrick Swayze – Actor
Loretta Swit – Actress
Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine
Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet
Amy Tan - Writer, Author
Sara Teasdale – Poet
Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille)
Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic
Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor
Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I
Susanna Thompson – Actress
Georgianne Thon – Actress
M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College
Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter
Jennifer Tilly – Actress
Wendy Tokunaga – Author
Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright
Ann Turkel – Model
Randy Travis – Singer
Edward Tylor – Anthropologist
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2020.04.16 23:55 Vladus99 That time the Steelers traded away Buddy Dial and literally got nothing in return

It's been over a year since the Pittsburgh Steelers dealt away star receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders for nothing more than a 3rd and a 5th round draft pick. Obviously, looking back, the Steelers ended up having the last laugh despite the small return, since AB is currently out of the NFL, but with the draft coming up soon, I thought it would be fun to look back at another time where Pittsburgh traded their star receiver, although unlike the AB trade, the Steelers didn't quite come out on top of this one.
Before we get into the trade, let's talk about the player in question, Buddy Dial. Originally drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1959 draft, Dial ended up getting waived by the Giants less than a week before the regular season began. Only 2 days passed before the Steelers quickly swooped in and picked up Dial for their roster, a decision that would pay off big time over the next 5 seasons.
After finishing his rookie season with under 500 receiving yards, Dial became a full time starter in 1960 and would quickly emerge as a favorite target for Bobby Layne and, later, Ed Brown. He finished the season with 972 yards on 40 receptions, with his average of 24.3 yards per reception setting a team record. Over the next 3 years, Dial would post 1,000 yard seasons in 1961 and '63, earning pro bowls both years, while also leading the league in yards per reception in 1963 (21.6). His outstanding performance in 1963 helped the Steelers to a 7-3-3 start, with a chance to play in the NFL championship if the Steelers beat the 10-3 Giants during the final game of the season. Pittsburgh lost 33-18, and finished the season with a 7-4-3 record, the closest they had gotten to a championship appearance in nearly 16 years.
Although the Steelers were coming off one of their best seasons in recent memory, their roster was experiencing a lot of turnover, especially on the defensive line. Before the 1963 season began, they lost veteran defensive tackle Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, when he tragically died of a heroine overdose during the offseason. After the season ended, Pittsburgh experienced two more major setbacks along the defensive line, as hall of fame defensive tackle Ernie Stautner announced his retirement after 14 years in the NFL, while pro bowl defensive end/kicker Lou Michaels ended up leaving for the Baltimore Colts.
When the 1964 draft began to approach, the Steelers were in desperate need to improve their defensive line, who had lost 3 key starters over the past 2 offseasons. For Pittsburgh, the answer was Scott Appleton, an All-American defensive tackle out of Texas, but with the Steelers owning the 10th overall pick in the draft, they were looking for somebody to trade with and receive Appleton.
Luckily (or unluckily) for Pittsburgh, they found themselves a suitable trade partner in the Dallas Cowboys, who agreed to draft Appleton for the Steelers, but it would come at a fairly significant price: Buddy Dial.
The Steelers head coach, Buddy Parker, notorious for trading any piece of the organization he could lay his hands on, ended up pulling the trigger on the trade before any deal with Appleton had been inked. Dallas would adhere to their end of the bargain, drafting Appleton fourth overall in the draft, and then flipping him to Pittsburgh for Buddy Dial.
Now is the part where the story really gets interesting.
While the city of Pittsburgh (or at least, whatever fans in the city actually cared about the Steelers in this era) was livid over the trade of Dial, the Steelers thought they had their answer on the d-line, and sent one of their scouts to try and ink a contract with Appleton. This became quite the task, however, as two days before the NFL draft, the rival AFL had conducted their own college player draft, where the Houston Oilers had drafted the same player sixth overall. After six grueling weeks of trying to convince Appleton to come to Pittsburgh, their efforts ended up being for nothing, as Appleton ultimately chose to sign with Houston and stay within his home state of Texas.
You read that right, the Steelers traded their best receiver to the Cowboys and got absolutely nothing in return. But the story doesn't end there.
After arriving in Dallas, Buddy Dial's career would never reach the same highs as he did in Pittsburgh, since he wound up catching the injury bug, and only started 12 out of a possible 42 games with the Cowboys, with only 42 receptions and 713 yards. Unfortunately, this also where the story takes a more tragic turn, as while Dial was battling injuries, he had become addicted to pain killers, with his addiction causing him to lose one of his kidneys. Luckily Dial was able to get some medical help and break off his addiction during the 80's.
Scott Appleton, meanwhile, ended up being a bust for the Oilers, with his career plagued by alcoholism and drug abuse, only lasting three years in Houston before being traded to the Chargers, and was ultimately out of football by the end of the decade.
Funnily enough, despite losing their star receiver, Pittsburgh, while they ended up losing the trade also, wound up finding some quality talent outside of Appleton for the defensive line, drafting defensive end Ben McGee in the fourth round, while also bringing in free agent defensive tackle Chuck Hinton.
The story pretty much ends with all of the parties having lost in this trade, and it quickly became a favorite story of long time Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope. Also, if the name Buddy Dial sounds familiar, you might have seen the NFL blooper, where, after scoring a touchdown, Dial got startled by the Steelers cheerleaders (yes, the Steelers had cheerleaders back in the day) when they fired a cannon from the back of the end zone.
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2020.04.10 19:06 Justifiable_Lunacy This Day in Crime History: April 10

Hello everyone! Today I would like to talk a little about relationships gone wrong, specifically dealing with infidelity.
Now, don't get me wrong. Learning thst your lovepartnespouse has been unfaithful is extremely upsetting. It makes one sad, hurt, confused, angry. It stops you from thinking as clearly as normal, and it makes you ask if there was something wrong with yourself. That's not true, no matter what the cheater may say. It's never your fault that someone made the choice to be unfaithful.
That being said, violence or murder is never, ever, ever the answer. I don't care how badly they hurt you. Killing or otherwise harming them will only land you in jail.
Stay safe everyone, you are loved!
This Day in Crime History:
Global: 1955 - Ruth Ellis, upon learning of her former lover's infidelity, waits outside his favorite bar for him to exit, shoots him four times, and then calmly tells a bystander to call the police. She then waits calmly for their arrival.
Local: 1840 - Two men, Hubert Freize and Samson Appleton attempt to rob the LDP General Store, stealing the entire safe containing the store's profits for that day, intending to take it home to their hideout and crack it there. In the heat of the robbery, they forgot that they had arrived on bikes. They were in the middle of trying to attach the 300lb safe to their bikes when police arrived, and attempted to flee, but the safe held their bikes in place.
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2020.02.12 09:04 SecondaryAdmin Why Ineffective Assistance of Counsel is a bridge too far

"The 6th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution guarantee Mr. Avery the right to effective assistance of counsel at critical stages of his prosecution. In order to prove that he received constitutionally inadequate assistance, Mr. Avery must show that: (1) his counsel performed deficiently; and (2) counsel's deficient performance prejudiced him."
  1. Blood spatter expert
  2. Ballistics expert
  3. DNA expert
  4. Forensic anthropologist and kerf marks expert
  5. Audio enhancement expert
Kathleen Zellner claims that failure to use these 6 expert witnesses prejudiced Avery and failed to provide him a proper defense.
An argument can be made that failure to call these witnesses constitutes deficient performance by counsel. However, failure to call experts can be the result of financial limitations. Experts cost money, and not all defendants provide counsel with enough funds to pay for experts. Many attorneys do not anticipate or have funds available to compensate for the shortfall.
Here is Dean Strang giving an interview to Forbes: "Of that $240,000, Jerry and I split that. Some to his firm, some to mine. And all of the out-of-pocket expenses had to come from that. It’s not all legal fees. Private investigators, subpoenas, transcripts, scientific testing, lodging during a seven-week trial."
"In 2006, when Jerry and I were considering getting into this case. We knew that’s all the money there was and all there ever was going to be."
"We both looked at each other and said, 'We’re going to lose our shirts.' "
"We are going to lose a lot of money on this case. Is it worth doing anyway? Can we explain it to our partners and not get kicked out of our firms?"
"Can our partners absorb that? Can the attention, possibly, generate additional work later? It doesn’t hurt business to have your name in the paper. But it’s hard to measure."
"An average work year is about 2,000 hours. Forty hour week, take two weeks off, work 50 weeks. But for a lawyer who works reasonably hard, let’s use 2,500 hours. I’m sure Jerry and I each put in something over than 2,000 hours on this case in the 16 months we were representing Steven Avery."
"And then there are the out-of-pocket expenses. For the expert we flew in from New Mexico, for the experts we didn’t end up using. For a private investigator, Pete Bates, who appears in the film. We had to move to Appleton,Wisconsin for two months because the trial was too far to commute. So we rented a furnished apartment."
"Despite the unfavorable economics, you gave the prosecution all they could handle. Once you made the decision to do this, it seems like you put the economic calculus behind you."
"That calculus was made before we start. So let’s forget it. We’re being paid enough to be able to carry the loss and justify it to our respective partners. And we decided to do it anyway."
"I want to be very clear. Most lawyers who take court appointed cases do it the same way. They say 'I’m not going to make a ton of money. But I’m still going to do my damnedest.'"
Strang claimed to Forbes that he and Buting only made $9.00 per hour for representing Avery, which means they brought in approximately $18,000.
Ineffective assistance of counsel does not apply to strategic decisions made by defense counsel or decisions made based on limitations during the trial. Given that both Buting and Strang have repeatedly claimed the $260,000 they received from Avery was a not a very significant amount considering the depth and logistics of the trial. It seems very clear that finances were considered when choosing whether or not to call experts that could effectively refute the state's experts. Buting and Strang, at least according to Strang, did not have the financial resources that Kathleen Zellner has. That fact does not render Buting and Strang deficient in their representation during the trial, nor does it prejudice Steven Avery.
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2020.02.09 20:23 N64_Controller Exoneration by affiliation: a little background on the Ken Hudson case, Vince Biskupic, Carrie Schneider and Jay Breyer.

While reading up on Jay Breyer's attorney, former Outagamie DA Vince Biskupic I came across the Kenneth Hudson case. One thing led to another and I ended up with this post that contains a collection of news articles and documents regarding the Kenneth A. Hudson conviction, the Outagamie district attorneys, the founder of Y.E.S. Jay Breyer and the corruption in Wisconsin.

Kenneth A. Hudson - Part I

On 06/25/2000 Shanna Marie Van Dyn Hoven was killed while jogging in Kaukauna. Ken Hudson was arrested the same day after fleeing from the cops. A witness to the crime was almost ran over by Hudson and later identified him. That witness, David Carnot, is the son of a retired Kaukauna police officer. A month later Hudson was ordered to stand trial. In 2001 Hudson was succesfully prosecuted by Outagamie DA Vince Biskupic and ADA Carrie Schneider. They claimed the motive for the crime was a rage killing after an argument with his wife and mother. Hudson was convicted of first-degree homicide 04/03/2001 and immediately appealed his conviction as reported on 04/22/2001.   He has been appealing his conviction ever since; 04/27/2004 COURT OF APPEALS OF WISCONSIN PUBLISHED OPINION. 12/18/2005 CONVICT CLAIMS COP FRAME-UP JUDGE TO HEAR NEW EVIDENCE IN SHOCKING 2000 MURDER: Hudson alleged police officers from Kaukauna and Grand Chute framed him by pouring and smearing a red substance on him and planting a bloody knife in his truck -- possibly to deflect attention from a retired Kaukauna police sergeant's son who, like Hudson, was at the scene where Van Dyn Hoven died. 06/28/2006 NEW TRIAL FOR HUDSON DENIED CONVICTED OF MURDER, HE CLAIMED HE WAS FRAMED.. 06/28/2006 Judge rejects final retrial bid of Kenneth Hudson. 02/05/2009 Convicted killer Kenneth Hudson files another appeal in Shanna Van Dyn Hoven death: "Hudson continues to peddle the fantasy that officers from four different area agencies conspired on a Sunday afternoon in June of 2000 to coax him into a 15 mile high-speed chase from Kaukauna to Greenville to smear the blood of Shana Van Dyn Hoven on him and on the hunting knife in his truck,” Biskupic said. 02/28/2009 Did police frame a convicted man?. 02/28/2009 Hudson motion alleges misconduct. 02/28/2009 Hudson case infographic. 02/28/2009 MOTION FOR POST-CONVICTION RELIEF. 04/23/2009 Convicted murderer Kenneth Hudson seeks to remove prosecutors from appeal process in Kaukauna death of Shanna Van Dyn Hoven. 09/29/2009 Judge grants hearing in homicide case. 10/27/2009 Kenneth Hudson to take stand at hearing seeking new trial: (Len Kachinsky's partner) One attorney, Robert Sisson, who was the first of four attorneys Hudson retained in his hit-and-run case, said Hudson got physical with him. "We had an altercation," Sisson said. "I had been physically hurt by him." Rebholz wanted to know why no bloodstain spatter analysis was conducted. "I was asked to determine whose blood it was," said Roger Stahlke, a State Crime Lab forensic scientist. "I wasn't asked to do a blood spatter analysis." 08/02/2011 Court upholds conviction in jogger’s death. 01/23/2017 Hudson asks for more evidence testing in murder case.

Vince Biskupic

11 months after the successful prosecution of Ken Hudson on 02/18/2002,(2) Vince Biskupic decided to run against Peg Lautenschlager for the position of Attorney General. Some campaign press releases: 08/05/2002 Biskupic Courts Corporate Special Interests . 08/06/2002 Biskupic Lies to Press & Voters in Campaign Attack. 08/15/2002 Biskupic Tied to FBI Corruption Investigation. 09/05/2002 MORE LIES AND MUDSLINGING FROM LAUTENSCHLAGER. 10/06/2002 BISKUPIC ANNOUNCES “COLD CRIME” INITIATIVE : Biskupic and Luell were joined at a press briefing Sunday to announce the increased resources for the “Cold Crimes Unit” by William Breyer, Rick Jones and Steve Van Dyn Hoven, all relatives of kidnaping/homicide victims. In July of 1991, Breyer’s 2-year old daughter Amy was kidnaped from her bed, sexually assaulted and murdered by Kelly Coon. In June of 2000, Van Dyn Hoven’s 20-year old daughter Shanna was jogging near her home when Kenneth Hudson attempted to kidnap her and eventually stabbed her to death. Van Dyn Hoven, along with Jones and Breyer pledged their support to Biskupic’s candidacy. 10/31/2002 MORE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT BISKUPIC: Democrat Sheriff Ken Peterson from Manitowoc County explained, “Vince Biskupic has a better reputation for integrity and concern for public safety. Despite exaggerated claims by his opponent, law enforcement in this state--both Democrat and Republican—is solidly behind Vince Biskupic.”   Biskupic lost to Lautenschlager. Some time later claims of corruption emerged; 07/13/2003 DA'S DEALS LET PEOPLE BUY WAY OUT OF TROUBLE. 07/17/2003 GOP LEGISLATORS DRAG THEIR FEET ON BISKUPIC INVESTIGATION . According to Gundrum the legislature should “go slow,” on the investigation. 02/13/2005 BISKUPIC PRESENTED FALSE TESTIMONY AND WITHHELD EVIDENCE. 12/18/2005 Biskupic's Tactics Have Been Questioned. 07/26/2007 Judge throws out conviction of man for allegedly plotting DA's death. 06/17/2008 Appeals Court refuses to revive Biskupic lawsuit. 05/23/2013: Wisconsin. Oshkosh, WI detective Phil Charley can't remember who told him to destroy all the DNA evidence in a rape case in which the defendant had already been chosen. It was 1991, Joe Paulus was DA and his best friend, Vince Biskupic, was Dep. DA. Another 13 years would pass before Paulus went to prison for taking bribes to fix cases, and Biskupic pretended not to know him. Joseph Frey was bagged for the rape and sentenced to 102 years. Then a clerk found a scrap of bedsheet that Det. Charley missed, one thing led to another, and not only was Frey cleared, but the actual rapist (who died in 2008) was identified. The Oshkosh Legacy.   Eventually it all worked out for Vince Biskupic; 09/20/2014 Walker names campaign attorney's brother to judgeship: Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a controversial former prosecutor — and brother of his campaign attorney — to the Outagamie Circuit Court. Late Friday, Walker named former Outagamie County District Attorney Vince Biskupic to fill the vacancy left by Judge Dee R. Dyer, who retired in August.

Carrie Schneider

After Biskupic's departure Carre Schneider became the Outagamie DA in 2003. With Vince Biskupic as her mentor it won't come as a surprise she herself was accused of unethical behavior. 08/12/2010 Outagamie County DA faces possible public reprimand. 08/13/2010 Outagamie County District Attorney faces possible public reprimand. 12/15/2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court clears Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider of wrongdoing. 08/07/2012 Carrie Schneider interview 'Fighting for justice'. 06/21/2014 Judge rips police conduct in Grand Chute homicide case. Schneider's Reaction to Vince Biskupic being appointed judge: Outagamie County District Atty. Carrie Schneider said Biskupic "has demonstrated exceptional work ethic, utmost professionalism, and unwavering commitment to his profession and the community he serves," according to a press release from the governor's office.   Eventually it all worked out for Carrie Schneider; 07/10/2017 Schneider appointed to Outagamie judge position.

Jay Breyer from Youth Educated in Safety (Y.E.S.)

In 1999, because of financial irregularities, the entire board of directors including Calumet county DA Ken Kratz, quit. Jay Breyer was able to regain control of the organization and form a new board of directors. Outagamie county district attorney Carrie Schneider was a member of the new board.   Financial discrepancies continued, for example, on 09/08/2004 Guardian Life Insurance gave Y.E.S. a $15000 computer upgrade grant. Yet, no computers were upgraded. More examples of Jay Breyer's wrongdoing can be read here.   On 11/26/2007 another board of directors was put in place for 2008. This board applied for a federal grant that required some evidence of case history that just wasn't there;
  • The 2008 Board of Directors through the services of a private consultant Kimberly Graff could find no records on missing person‘s cases or financial statements on past years fundraising.
  • The lack of financial records and case records made the YES organization ineligible for this grant application.
  • The Department of Justice and State Clearinghouse was contacted to provide case histories. Three department heads clearly stated and then replied in an email that at No Time did Mr. Breyer or the YES organization assist law enforcement in the search of missing persons.
In 2008, the replaced board of directors again accused Jay Breyer of embezzlement: The conclusion of these audits, financials, service surveys, and continued media misinformation led the 2008 Board to reach a conclusion similar to the 1999 Board of Directors regarding financial irregularities. That conclusion was to discontinue operations.. The Outagamie DA/ former board member Carrie Schneider concluded there was enough there to investigate and because of a conflict of interest the DOJ integrity bureau was brought in, you know who, and the integrity bureau was NOT interested.

Kenneth A. Hudson - Part II

On 09/03/2017 an investigative piece was released by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism called: DNA tests in Wisconsin murder raise questions amid alleged evidence tampering,1,2. Former Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider, who handled the case on appeal, is now an Outagamie County Circuit Court judge. She declined to comment. Biskupic, who also now sits on the Outagamie County bench, declined comment, citing a Supreme Court rule that generally prohibits judges from commenting on pending cases. On 09/05/2017 the Innocence Project reported on the story. As of 04/13/2018 Hudson is still appealing his conviction.

Thoughts

Long time TTM members have created posts about the Ken Hudson case before, they strongly doubt his guilt. There is a suspicion it was a frame job to protect the son of an Outagamie police officer.   Ken Hudson was prosecuted by the corrupt DA's Vince Biskupic and Carrie Schneider. Carrie Schneider served on the board of directors of Youth Educated in Safety. When Jay Breyer was investigated in 2008 suddenly, not Graham Rattray, but Vince Biskupic turned up as his lawyer. Vince Biskupic and Ken Kratz are affiliated through their DA position, the WDAA and Youth Educated in Safety.   As you can hear for yourself here, Jay Breyer was never worried during the 2008 investigation. Jay Breyer called it: Exoneration by affiliation (removed) Prejudiced Mike Halbach, of course, defended Jay Breyer right up until to the end.     Jay Breyer was right, on 01/27/09 Deb Strauss informed Jay Breyer's attorney Vince Biskupic the investigation into the embezzlement allegations made by replaced board of directors of Y.E.S. would be closed.   To Jay Breyer; When were you contacted about the disappearance of Teresa Halbach? Who contacted you and who requested you make that missing person poster? When did you create this poster?     P.S. you can read all the pdf, doc, xls files regarding Y.E.S. for yourself here: https://web.archive.org/web/*/itonlytakes1woman.com/*   A special thank you to PtrichorEmrgingTruthGrl, MsticalJynx and HistoryofM*nitowoc
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2019.12.13 03:51 turtlehollow I'm not sure if this is appropriate [f4couple]

Hi! So something I've been looking for, since I almost did this for a friend several years ago, is to become very close friends and build trust with an ace person (or any other person who isn't interested in/can't have sex) who is interested in an open relationship with their allo partner. I would like to be a support column to their relationship. Forge a deep friendship with the ace person, and help satisfy desires in the allo person. I want to do this at whatever pace everyone is comfortable and secure with. I want to play a support role, and would love to be a mentor.
I am 29 cis female, allosexual, lithromantic, unemployed, from Appleton, WI, am poly, have a partner and a fwb, 5'5", 157lbs, have an IUD, am tested every 3 months, am honest to a fault, don't smoke and rarely drink. Am looking for in person only, not online.
Obviously most people, asexual or not, do not want open relationships, I'm well aware my preference for open and/or poly puts me in the minority. I'm wondering if there are people who have already decided this is what they want for their relationship.
If this is inappropriate, please tell me why, I will take your comment to heart, and likely delete my post. Thank you.
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2019.11.25 00:32 aotex Longest Active Minor League Affiliations

A brief snapshot of each team's longest standing minor league affiliation, from youngest to oldest:

Milwaukee Brewers - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Appleton, WI - A -Midwest League) - 11 seasons
A partnership between two Wisconsin teams seems like a no-brainer, but this is the "youngest" oldest affiliation in Major League Baseball. The Timber Rattlers trace their history back to the Appleton Papermakers of 1909, and the franchise has played affiliated baseball since 1942. Nevertheless, they have had partnerships with nine different teams (including the likes of the St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, and Washington Senators) before signing on with the Brewers in 2009.

Arizona Diamondbacks - Visalia Rawhide (Visalia, CA, A-Advanced - California League) - 13 seasons
The Visalia Oaks began a relationship with Diamondbacks in 2007; two years later they were rechristened the Rawhide. Baseball in Visalia dates to 1946, and the franchise has played in the same stadium (Recreation Park) through nine names and nine different parent clubs.

Texas Rangers - Frisco RoughRiders (Frisco, TX - AA - Texas League) / Spokane Indians (Spokane, WA - Short Season A - Northwestern League) - 17 seasons
The Rangers brought their AA presence close to home when they partnered with the newly established Frisco RoughRiders in 2003. While Frisco was a totally new venture, Spokane has baseball roots going back to 1892. They also began a partnership with the Rangers in 2003, their second tenure with the parent club (they were also aligned with Texas from 1973-1975).

Los Angeles Dodgers - Ogden Raptors (Ogden, UT - Rookie - Pioneer League) - 17 seasons
Los Angeles and Ogden have been affiliated since 2003. The Raptors originated as the Calgary Cardinals in 1977, also playing in Salt Lake City and Pocatello, Idaho before settling in Ogden in 1994. This team is currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Miami Marlins - Jupiter Hammerheads (Jupiter, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 18 seasons
The Marlins and the Hammerheads began their partnership in 2002. The Hammerheads were originally a long-time affiliate of the Montreal Expos, and were known as the West Palm Beach Expos from 1969 to 1997.

Houston Astros - Tri-City ValleyCats (Troy, NY - Short Season A - New York-Penn League) - 18 seasons
The Astros and ValleyCats have been affiliated since 2002, the first year of the the ValleyCats' existence. The team had previously based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as the Pittsfield Astros (and before that, the Pittsfield Mets).

Los Angeles Angels - Salt Lake Bees (Salt Lake City, UT - AAA - Pacific Coast League) - 19 seasons
The Angels began an affiliation with the Salt Lake Stingers in 2001. The Stingers became the Bees in 2005, renewing the name used by Utah's first professional baseball team starting in 1915. The current Bees began play in 1994.

San Diego Padres - Fort Wayne TinCaps (Fort Wayne, IN - A - Midwest League) - 21 seasons
Fort Wayne and San Diego began their relationship in 1999. The TinCaps franchise has a history winding back to 1947, and the team has had many identities in cities in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and (now) Indiana. They were the Fort Wayne Wizards when they first affiliated with the Padres, later becoming the TinCaps in 2009.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Altoona Curve (Altoona, PA - AA - Eastern League) - 21 seasons
The Altoona Curve were established in 1999 as a result of major league expansion creating a need for more minor league clubs. The Pirates and the Curve have been affiliated since the 1999 season.

Oakland Athletics - Midland RockHounds (Midland, TX - AA - Southern League) - 21 seasons
Oakland and Midland began their partnership in 1999. Midland has been home to Double-A baseball since 1972, enjoying fairly long affiliations with the Cubs and Angels before joining up with the Athletics.

Tampa Bay Rays - Hudson Valley Renegades (Fishkill, NY - Short Season A - New York Penn League) - 24 years
The Rays have enjoyed a fair deal of continuity with minor league teams in their young history, and they still have affiliations with three teams from their inaugural season in 1998. The Durham Bulls and Princeton (Devil) Rays have both been partnered with Tampa Bay from early on, but the Hudson Valley Renegades are technically the oldest affiliate, playing under the Devil Rays banner as early as 1996, two full years before the major league club took the field.

Seattle Mariners - Tacoma Rainiers (Tacoma, WA - AAA - Pacific Coast League) / Everett AquaSox (Everett, WA - Short Season A - Northwest League) - 25 seasons
Seattle made two lasting affiliation changes in 1995, on the higher and lower ends of the minor league hierarchy. The Rainiers date back to the Tacoma Giants of 1960 and the AquaSox date back to the Everett Giants of 1984.

New York Yankees - Tampa Tarpons (Tampa, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 26 seasons
The Tampa Yankees were established in 1994, and have always been affiliated with the New York Yankees. The team re-branded as the Tarpons in 2019, harking back to another Tampa franchise with the name that played for about thirty years.

Colorado Rockies - Asheville Tourists (Asheville, NC - A - South Atlantic League) - 26 seasons
The Rockies' affiliation with the Tourists almost goes back through their entire history, but not quite. Asheville's professional baseball history dates back at least to 1897, with the Asheville Moonshiners. The Tourists are the only Single A affiliate Colorado has ever had; the team did not have one in their debut 1993 season (although they did have the A-Advanced Central Valley Rockies and the Short Season A Bend Rockies).

Washington Nationals - Harrisburg Senators (Harrisburg, PA - AA - Eastern League) - 29 seasons
Don't let the name fool you - this affiliation predates the Nationals' existence by almost 15 years. Professional baseball in Harrisburg has roots going back to the 1890's, with the Senators moniker being used as early as 1894. The Montreal Expos began their partnership with Harrisburg in 1991, and the relationship survived the Expos' relocation and re-branding.

Cleveland Indians - Akron RubberDucks (Akron, OH - AA - Eastern League) - 31 seasons
This affiliation started when the Vermont Mariners moved to Ohio and became the Canton-Akron Indians, starting their new identity and new partnership in 1989. The minor league club became the Akron Aeros in 1997, then re-branded again as the RubberDucks in 2014.

San Francisco Giants - San Jose Giants (San Jose, CA - A-Advanced - California League) - 32 seasons
San Jose has had a professional baseball team since 1962, starting with the San Jose Bees. Their affiliation with the San Francisco Giants began in 1988.

Toronto Blue Jays - Dunedin Blue Jays (Dunedin, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 33 seasons
There have actually been two different incarnations of the minor league club aligned with Toronto: the short-lived Dunedin Blue Jays of 1978-79, and the current iteration, which started play in 1987. Dunedin is also the major league Blue Jays' spring training home.

Chicago White Sox - Birmingham Barons (Birmingham, AL - AA - Southern League) - 34 seasons
Professional baseball in Birmingham dates back to at least the Birmingham Coal Barons in 1885. The current incarnation relocated from Montgomery, Alabama in 1981, and has partnered with the White Sox since 1986. They achieved some notoriety outside the baseball world in 1994 when Michael Jordan played with the team during his basketball hiatus.

Baltimore Orioles - Frederick Keys (Frederick, MD - A-Advanced - Carolina League) - 38 seasons
The Orioles affiliated with the Hagerstown Suns in 1981, then maintained that relationship through the team's relocation in 1989. Professional baseball has been a presence in Frederick since 1915, although there was a gap of several decades from 1930-1989 where the city did not have a team. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Atlanta Braves - Danville Braves (Danville, VA - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 38 seasons
Atlanta's relationship with the Appalachian League Braves goes back to when the team was located in Pulaski, Virginia, starting in 1982. Atlanta affiliated with the Pulaski Braves for eleven seasons, then the team moved to Danville, where they continue to play today. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Chicago Cubs - Iowa Cubs (Des Moines, IA - AAA - Pacific Coast League) - 39 seasons
The Iowa Oaks had several different affiliates during the first twelve or so years of existence, but finally struck a lasting relationship when they joined up with the Cubs in 1981. The spent their first year as a Cubs affiliate as the Oaks, then changed their name the following season.

New York Mets - Kingsport Mets (Kingsport, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 40 seasons
The Kingsport club has typically been named for its parent team, having existed in some form since 1921 when they began play as the Kingsport Indians. They have been affiliated with the New York Mets since 1980. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

St. Louis Cardinals - Johnson City Cardinals (Johnson City, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 45 seasons
The Johnson City Yankees became the Johnson City Cardinals when they affiliated with St. Louis in 1975. Johnson City has had a baseball club in some form since at least 1910, with the Johnson City Soldiers. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Minnesota Twins - Elizabethton Twins (Elizabethton, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 46 seasons
The Twins twins have been partnered since 1974, tied with the Red/Mustangs as the longest affiliation in Rookie level ball. Elizabethton has never had another major league parent club. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Cincinnati Reds - Billings Mustangs (Billings, MT - Rookie - Pioneer League) - 46 seasons
The Reds and the Mustangs have shared a relationship since 1974, the longest affiliation in the Pioneer League. The Billings club has existed since 1948, with a five year hiatus during the 1960's. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Boston Red Sox - Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawtucket, RI - AAA - International League) - 50 seasons
The PawSox's affiliation with the Red Sox began in 1970, but almost ended less than a decade later, when the team (briefly rechristened the Rhode Island Red Sox) was in massive debt, taken over by the league, and effectively dissolved. However, a local businessman stepped in and was awarded a new franchise, which took over the Pawtucket Red Sox brand, maintaining a consistent identity. Change is on the horizon, however, as the team intends to relocate to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2021 season.

Kansas City Royals - Omaha Storm Chasers (Omaha, NE - AAA, Pacific Coast League) - 51 seasons
The Royals are one of only two teams (the other being the Tampa Bay Rays) with an affiliate that has remained constant since their inception. Both the Omaha and Kansas City teams were founded in 1969, and Kansas City has never had a different AAA team. The Storm Chasers were known as the Omaha Royals through most of their history, from 1969 to 2010, briefly re-branding as the Omaha Golden Spikes from 1999-2001 before becoming Royals again. They adopted their current name in 2011.

Philadelphia Phillies - Reading Fightin Phils (Reading, PA - AA, Eastern League) - 53 seasons
Established in 1967 as the Reading Phillies, the "Fightins" (as they have been known since 2013) have never been affiliated with another franchise. Baseball in Reading dates back to at least 1858, and city has had affiliated minor league baseball off and on since 1927. The Philadelphia Phillies bought the team outright in 1998.

Detroit Tigers - Lakeland Flying Tigers (Lakeland, FL - A-Advanced, Florida State League) - 57 seasons
The Tigers began their alliance with the Lakeland Tigers in 1963. Lakeland has had a baseball team since 1960, briefly affiliating with the Indians and Giants before beginning a relationship with Detroit that has lasted for over half a century. They were renamed the Flying Tigers in 2006 as an homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, which trained thousands of pilots during World War II. The Flying Tigers play in Joker Marchant Stadium, which has served as the Spring Training home of the Tigers since 1966.
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2019.10.28 17:44 dale_shingles [Race Report] Sometimes it gets cold in Waco, and if it does on race morning, you still have to race.

Race information

Goals

Goal Description Completed?
A 4:45 No

Background

I took a little break from racing after IMTX this spring and was looking doing at least one or two fall 70.3 races. My training partner settled on Waco since it was closer than the other options, so I signed up and started building at the start of August. I carried pretty good fitness over from IMTX, so I tried my hand a programming a little more intense build than I had done in the past. I had a pretty strong performance in a sprint at the start of the month so I had some confidence going into my taper.

Pre-race

After checking the weather for a week, I thoguht of all of the cold weather gear I had that I was willing to throw away if I got too hot that I wasn't going to wear anyway since I'm indecisive in transition and end up taking just my kit anyway. I settled on some old soccer socks that I was going to cut for my arms and toe warmers for my shoes. Of course, I left my socks at home so that plan went out the window. I met my training partner at the expo Friday and we check in before driving the bike course and then heading to our AirBnB to watch the World Series.
Saturday we headed to the run course to do a warm up run and scout the run course and check out this hill that everyone had been posting about. I misunderstand the map and directions and think it's the hill that goes up to the bridge that we run across, more on this later. We go back after trying not to spend money at the expo and watch afternoon football and have lunch before taking our bikes back to ride the whole bike course. We find the hills that everyone was posting about, turns out there were more hidden in the other park we didn't get to on our warm up run. We finish at the expo and listen to the pro panel before racking our bikes and checking out some Waco sights before some last-second groceries and going home for dinner and another night of World Series.
Race morning is cold. I get up and make my go-to training day breakfast but ruin my eggs when the lid of the pepper shaker falls off and ruin the second try when I add too much salt. No eggs today. We park close and finish setting up transition before a nice warm up walk to the swim start. We watch the pros take off before dropping off our morning clothes and cut the line to try to seed ourselves in the 35-40 group.

Race

Swim: ~36:00
The swim in Waco is a downstream point to point swim. The water was 65 degF and nice and brisk. I settle in pretty quickly and discover that almost everyone ahead of me seeded themselves incorrectly but I cope after swimming into a few feet. At one point someone managed to grab my zipper lanyard and open it up a bit, I try to fix it on the fly and flounder around enough to just get it zipped back up.
T1: ~4:00
The swim exit was pretty far from the strippers which were kind of far from the swim in, so I skipped the strippers because I couldn't get my hands out of my sleeves and I was cold. I settled on socks instead of toe covers so I fumbled around with those for a moment and grabbed my bike. I ran through a mud puddle because I wasn't paying attention to where I was going. I managed to keep my bike clean but one of my rubber bands holding my shoes came off so one of my shoes was spinning about as I tried to mount, but I coped and off I went.
Bike: ~2:34:00
Since I had been checking the weather all week, I was well aware of the wind and which direction it was going, and just how hard it was forecast to be blowing at what time. The bike course is rolling with a few punchy climbs and a couple sustained efforts but the hardest part is the turns, many of them tight. It was tough to sustain speed with all the turns, rollers, and crosswinds but I managed to hold just above my target power. I'm a fairly good climber and a lot of the riders ahead of me were stacking up on the climbs, I probably burned a few too many matches getting by them before or on the climbs so I wouldn't get stuck behind them. Most of the course was on chipseal which wasn't too bad since most of the roads I train on are chipseal, but the final 10 or so miles are on some pretty good roads which was nice since that was probably the toughest part with respect to the wind. On the last stretch before crossing the bridge to get back to transition I see Sam Appleton finishing up his winning performance. I make the last few turns and have a clean dismount. The lead-in to transition isn't as muddy as I thought, but my socks were muddy from earlier, so I decide to change them.
T2: ~4:00
I rack my bike and grab my hat and sunglasses. I shed my socks and try to put on a dry pair. The right goes on fine, I put the left one on upside down. I fix it, remember to cinch up my shoes, grab my bib and head out, but not before I take (what I felt like was) the longest potty break in modern history.
Run: ~1:40:00
Thanks to me fumbling about in transition, I'm behind my target time. I've been running really well in my build and I have a pro female starting her second lap next to me for pacing, so I start to hammer, but my feet are a little cold from the bike and start to hurt just a little, but my cadence is fine and the rest of my mechanices feel okay. I stay with her for a couple miles but it's just too high a pace for me and I dial back a couple notches and try to work through the math. My goal is getting out of reach but I can still PR the run and PR my 70.3 time so I hold on to what I can. I get to the hills in Cameron Park and shorten my steps to make it up and recover at the flat sections between climbs. I finish the first half in about 48:00, but I'm worried I overcooked it a little and a couple nagging injuries I had during my build are starting to surface. I come to terms with the fact that I'm going to hurt the next day and try to shut it out. I hold on to my pace until I get back to the park and I start to crack on the first climb. I recover a little at the turn the second almost breaks me. I make it to the top and walk my first aid station and grab as much nutrition as I can and struggle to get and keep it down. I struggle to the next aid station and repeat. At the top there's a table handing out shots of Fireball, I politely decline. On the downhill I start to feel my legs back and pick it up. I can't get below my PR pace but I can hold it, it's going to be close. I make the last climb up to the bridge to the back stretch and try to bring myself back to where I was the first time around and hold on to what I can and struggle to the last aid station where I can get my final Coke and try to make one last push up to the final bridge but the legs just aren't there.
Finish time: ~5:00:00
Not what I was hoping for, but top 10% in my AG and top 5% overall, so not a bad day at the office. I lost time fumbling around in transition and made some mental errors on the bike and perhaps some tactical errors on the run. Overall, I felt like dug pretty deep and couldn't have given much more by the end of the run, so I've got a lot to work to do over the winter.

Post-race and other thoughts

I get my medals and head to the food tent where I eat a bunch of pizza and go get my morning clothes bag to try and see where my training partner is. I walk around the course and cheer on runners and the last of bikers before heading back to the bridge to tell my trianing partner she's under 6:00 if she hurries but she's struggling to keep her run together and just misses it.
I really liked this course. The bike was challenging but it wasn't so different from where I trained minus a few big climbs, the wind today was extremely demoralizing, especially for bikers who were still out on course when it picked up to ~15 mph or so. The run course was great. It was challenging and really tested your race tactics. The best part was the hart part was shadded, which was a big help going up. The crowd support was great, but the clubs were set up by bike out and run out, which is fine, they can catch the swimmers coming in, bikers going out, and runners twice, but I'd prefer the energy closer to the finish and the support on the backside was a little sparse.

What's next?

Shutting it down for a couple weeks to recover. I had some pretty significant life changes I need to deal with in the mean time but I'm planning on signing up for 70.3 Texas and a few others over the summer.
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