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Man Stole Over $8.5 Million PPP Loans - Then used it to make "Risky Stock Market Bets"

Alright.. which one of you autists pulled off this scheme?
After obtaining the PPP loans, Marnell allegedly transferred the money into his brokerage account to make risky stock market bets. He also gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and other gambling establishments "as recently as last weekend," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
It may be the ultimate long con if he bought MGM calls in an offshore account after losing all his money. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/los-angeles-man-stole-over-8-5-million-in-coronavirus-relief-money/ar-BB16RUxG?ocid=msedgntp
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We have all the facts we need yet NJSPBA & KKKops STILL SUPPORT trump like the mindless Nazi peons they are

Marine vet here.
PA family of Republicans all voting for Biden.
Here's a list of reminders why Trump is a loser.
lying https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/16/president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days/
unqualified https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/11/13587532/donald-trump-no-experience
draft dodging https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/12/27/trump-vietnam-war-bone-spur-diagnosis/2420475002/
gold star family disrespecting https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/us/politics/donald-trump-khizr-khan-wife-ghazala.html
POW attacking https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/18/424169549/trump-lashes-out-at-mccain-i-like-people-who-werent-captured
US General insulting https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/01/17/trump-blasted-top-military-generals-as-a-bunch-of-dopes-and-babies-according-to-new-book/
racist https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/trump-racism-comments/588067/
sexist https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50563106
vulgar https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html
confirmed sexual assaulting https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html
trillion dollars to the rich tax cutting https://budget.house.gov/publications/publication/gop-tax-law-showers-benefits-wealthy-and-large-corporations-while
creeping https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-ivanka-trump-creepiest-most-unsettling-comments-a-roundup-a7353876.html
wife cheating with a pornstar after birth of son and paying her off to influence a presidential election https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43334326
teen pageant dressing room invading https://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/article/2016/oct/18/allegations-about-donald-trump-and-miss-teen-usa-c/
baby and mother separating https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/the-weekly/trump-immigration-border-separation-family.html
breast feeding mother shaming https://www.parents.com/baby/all-about-babies/fighting-words-donald-trump-called-a-breastfeeding-mom-disgusting/
fat-shaming while being fat http://nymag.com/intelligence2019/08/trump-fat-shames-own-supporter-frank-dawson-new-hampshire-rally.html
17 women accusing him of sexual assaulting https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-trumps-accusers-allegations-sexual-misconduct/story?id=51956410
accusers are not attractive enough for him to assault https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/10/donald-trump-insults-accusers-ugly
university student defrauding https://abcnews.go.com/US/judge-finalizes-25-million-settlement-victims-donald-trumps/story?id=54347237
bankrupt casino https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2016/live-updates/general-election/real-time-fact-checking-and-analysis-of-the-first-presidential-debate/fact-check-has-trump-declared-bankruptcy-four-or-six-times/
kids cancer charity stealing https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexande2019/12/23/best-stories-of-the-decade-how-donald-trump-shifted-kids-cancer-charity-money-into-his-business/
taped detailed accusation of rape of a minor https://www.snopes.com/news/2016/06/23/donald-trump-rape-lawsuit/
wife-beating https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/24/documenting-trumps-abuse-of-women
anti-vaxxing https://mobile.twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/449525268529815552?lang=en
Christianity-faking https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article216494035.html
publicist impersonating https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/13/donald-trump-people-magazine-washington/84333614/
tax dodging https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/2/17929774/donald-trump-tax-evasion-fred-trump-new-york-times
friends’ wives https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-sex-friends-wives-are-book-claims-true-michael-wolff-fire-fury-white-house-bannon-a8142011.html
impeached https://time.com/5552679/impeached-presidents/
foreign aid bribing, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49800181
1/3 of the presidency golf https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/30/nearly-third-days-hes-been-president-trumps-visited-trump-branded-property/
free press assaulting https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/29/18037894/donald-trump-twitter-media-enemy-pittsburgh
Hannity coordinating https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emmaloop/sean-hannity-trump-allies-mueller-memos-fox-news
Cambridge Analytica using https://www.wired.com/story/what-did-cambridge-analytica-really-do-for-trumps-campaign/
Ivanka is a “piece of ass” https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/trump-ivanka-piece-of-ass-howard-stern-229376
loan application asset inflating, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/business/donald-trump-buffalo-bills-deutsche-bank.html
foreign influence on our election welcoming https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/06/trump-welcomes-foreign-interference-2020-campaign/591589/
tax release avoiding https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/05/06/donald-trump-taxes-presidential-tax-law-ways-means-committee/stories/201904250114
birther conspiracy spreading https://mobile.twitter.com/i/moments/776795610817007616?lang=en
Ukraine ambassador targeting https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lev-parnas-recording-trump-is-heard-saying-take-her-out-about-ukrainian-ambassador-marie-yovanovitch-2020-01-25/
Russian money taking https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2019/12/13/why-trumps-tax-returns-are-so-important-this-week-in-impeachment/
Kurdish ally abandoning https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/former-u-s-officials-criticize-trump-s-decision-abandon-kurds-n1084156
soldier brain injury downplaying https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/01/26/vfw-commander-calls-trump-apologize-headaches-remark-about-injured-troops.html
full morning “executive time” https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/4/18210345/trump-executive-time-axios-private-schedule-leak
Epstein befriending https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/jeffrey-epstein-had-14-phone-numbers-connected-to-trump-in-his-contacts/ar-AAE8IIi
Putin bowing https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2019/12/20/trumps-alarming-deference-to-putin-and-lindsay-grahams-weird-deference-to-trump-this-week-in-impeachment/
Kim Jong Un praising https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/409245-trumps-comments-on-falling-in-love-with-kim-jong-un-are-shocking-and-appalling
North Korean general saluting https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/06/14/trumps-salute-north-korean-general-video/701740002/
US intelligence denying https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/us/politics/trump-intelligence-agencies.html
tallest building in lower Manhattan after 9/11 boasting https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-911-anniversary-trump-tower-height-video-interview-bragging-9100271
congress obstructing https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/trump-impeached-house-abuse-power-n1104196
nuclear non-proliferation deal ending https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-calls-nuclear-deal-bashing-misinformation/story?id=68148374
Justice obstructing https://qz.com/1670783/all-the-evidence-of-obstruction-of-justice-in-muellers-report/
unqualified daughter and son-in-law appointing https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/01/donald-trump-ivanka-g20-north-korea-nepotism
healthcare cut targeting https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-proposes-big-cuts-to-health-programs-for-poor-elderly-and-disabled/2019/03/11/55e42a56-440c-11e9-aaf8-4512a6fe3439_story.html
pedophile candidate supporting https://www.npr.org/2017/12/04/568274917/removing-any-qualifications-trump-endorses-roy-moore
trump tower Moscow denying https://qz.com/1670783/all-the-evidence-of-obstruction-of-justice-in-muellers-report/
mail-bomber inspiring https://abcnews.go.com/US/mail-bomber-cesar-sayoc-obsessed-trump-fox-news/story?id=64500598
4 out of top 5 largest protests in US history https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_protests_in_the_United_States_by_size
green energy stifling https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-solar-wind-power-criticism-scientists-trump-dangerous-evil-1371108
clean water regulation destroying https://www.pbs.org/newshounation/trump-administration-set-to-remove-protections-against-water-pollution
healthy school lunch ending https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/us/politics/michelle-obama-school-nutrition-trump.html
climate change denying https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51213003
congressional and judicial branch attacking https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/27/politics/judge-curiel-trump-border-wall/index.html
Goldman Sachs appointing https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/324027-trump-names-another-goldman-sachs-exec-to-senior-administration-role
food stamp removing https://www.cbsnews.com/news/14-states-sue-to-block-the-trump-administrations-food-stamp-cuts/
emissions standards lowering, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html
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From Conspiracy to Fact: An analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Information Control, and the New World Order (Appendix includes hundreds of citations) - PART 1

PLEASE NOTE: This article may be updated periodically with new information and links as they become available. All referenced information and a whole lot more is indexed and linked in the related appendix posts. Please feel free to crosspost, share, and take from my ideas to build your own. Namaste.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Appendix A | Appendix B

Hello. My name is Chris. I am nobody, really. An average citizen. I am an overweight 42 year old white male from the Midwestern suburbs of the US who has been fortunate enough to live a pretty comfortable life. I used to be a freelance graphic designer with a focus on small businesses, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that that career and part of my life is more than likely over in light of current events. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
I've always been concerned about social injustice and tried to stay politically informed, even dabbling in some activism here and there. At times I've stepped away from paying attention for my own mental health, or due to laziness, defeatism, whatever. But I've never stopped caring, or trying, to fight the good fight and do the right thing.
The news recently has of course swept us all up, and touched all our lives in some way or another. The world has never seen anything like the "Coronavirus Pandemic," and it's clear that our society will be changed forever when we finally come out the other end of this mess. But I've had the luxury of time recently, and in reading the news about things that were going on, I couldn't help but notice the patterns, and that a lot of stuff didn't exactly make sense.
So, here we go, with the "conspiracy theory."
I hate that term, because although it's technically accurate, it's been demonized and weaponized by the media and society at large to take on a bad connotation. Tinfoil hats, alien abductions, crazy people muttering to themselves, etc. You've no doubt got a lot of images in your mind of a conspiracy theorist.
And make no mistake, what I'm going to tell you here is all currently very popular conspiracy theory. However, I think that by removing opinions and conjecture from it, and focusing on facts and things that have already happened, I can present this huge amount of overwhelming, disparate information in a way that makes it less a "theory" and more a "research project." And so that is how I have approached this.
I have spent the last week doing little else besides reading every news and opinion article I could find, saving and organizing hundreds of links, and assembling a coherent, logical outline to organize and present these theories, and more importantly, facts. There are a lot of less-than-reputable sites and publications out there, and I have tried when at all possible to provide sources from verifiable news sites, with a wide range of slants and focuses, to illustrate that what is happening is not part of any one particular political agenda.
I hope that you take the time to check the links, really look into the information presented here, and form your own opinions. Please do not just take my word for it. To that end, there are also a few links mixed in that are labeled as having come from conspiracy. These are well-written and well-reasoned posts from other concerned citizens that I think are worth reading, and relevant to the discussion here.
One last thing - If you are new to most of these ideas, the information presented here is more than likely going to seem overwhelming at first. I encourage you now, and always, to take mental health breaks for yourself, and put down your phone or turn off your computer. The information will be here when you come back. And as you'll soon understand, what is happening is an unstoppable tide, truly a force of nature at this point, and there is nothing you can do to fight it, so try your hardest to relax, put on some chill music, hug your dog, and most of all...
BREATHE.
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If you start researching conspiracy theory, you're going to find a lot of information. Some much better or worse presented than others, and some much more plausible or unbelievable than others. Despite the seeming ridiculousness of some things you might read, I encourage you to always approach new information with an open mind.
That said though, I have one main principle that guides all my beliefs about conspiracy theories, and that is the "Filter of Likelihood." Essentially, you have to ask yourself how possible, how likely, and how feasible a piece of information is. Furthermore, you need to ask yourself what the motivation would be. In many cases, it's quite easy to see how something makes a lot of sense based on other known info, whereas some theories seem rather implausible no matter how you look at it.
I am interested only in the plausible, and where possible, the already actualized. Additionally, there's a lot to be said, and a lot that has already been written on many of these topics, so I will focus on current events and simple concepts.
I will also ask you to open your mind to possibility. Please consider this as you evaluate new information:
  1. Do you believe there are things going on in the world that you don't know about yet?
  2. Do you believe that there is technology and science you've never heard of?
  3. Do you believe that society is progressing at an increasing rate?
  4. Do you believe that as populations grow, we require new societal strategies?
  5. Do you believe that those with power and money want to retain their power and money?
Of course you believe all these things, and none of these are wild or unusual concepts. Rather, these are very basic concepts that apply to everyone, and always have. They are all part of our shared human experience, and undeniable facts of life. Populations grow, societies evolve, technology advances, and the world changes. And most important to our discussion here, people, families, and empires constantly jockey for power and control, while fighting for resources, power, fame, and...
MONEY.
We all hate TicketMaster, right? Who do they think they are, what the hell is this bullshit "service fee," etc. It's something everyone can get behind. But did you know that TicketMaster willingly cultivates that image? That venues, teams, and artists, in their pursuit of more money, raise fees and then let TicketMaster be the bad guy and take the heat so their reputations remain intact?
There are many more people, organizations, and other entities in the world playing that same role for those who really have the money, who really call the shots. And those who call the shots work very hard and spend absolutely unfathomable amounts of money, time, and blood, to make sure that you don't ever realize who's actually taking your money.
They do this in the simplest, easiest way. If you simply control information from the top down, and disseminate it when and where you see fit, you can effect great societal change without lifting a finger.
Please imagine... really, try to imagine... You just read an article, saw a video, whatever, from a very, very reputable source. And it just informed you that an asteroid was 83% likely to impact the Earth next month. What would you do? What would happen in the world?
Hopefully an asteroid will not hit next month, but it's important to really imagine what would happen and why, and how. Because a huge amount of information would be generated and published, people would panic, society would crumble, and the world as you know it would change forever in an instant, the moment you read that headline.
Control of information is one of the most powerful tools known to mankind today. A person living in 2020 can easily encounter as much information in a day as someone in Medieval times might have encountered in a lifetime. And it comes at you from all angles, in all forms, non-stop, 24/7. Much like the water in the pipe, the information is always there, and one needs but turn it on.
Disseminating the information then becomes a practice all its own, and to be sure, information processing accounts for more than half of the US GDP. And the rate at which it's spread, and way it is handled makes a huge difference in the societal repercussions. So a few different techniques are used:
It might be the greatest understatement of all time to say that there has been a lot of information passed around about COVID-19, the "Coronavirus," recently. In fact, there has never been anything like what we are currently experiencing in all of human history, and not by a long shot. And this unprecedented turn of events has caused a lot of people to react in a lot of ways, and say and do a lot of things, for better or for worse.
Full disclosure: In particular, if you look up conspiracy theory, you'll see a lot of stuff suggesting that the "Coronavirus is a hoax." (You'll also find a lot of poorly-written rambling) I want to be clear that I DO NOT believe that. I am 100% sure that there is a Coronavirus, that it is making people sick, that a lot of people are dying, and that our medical professionals and many other undervalued workers are overwhelmed, and breaking their backs every day to do their best to keep their friends, families, and loved ones safe. I am extraordinarily grateful for them and admire the resolve and bravery that so many have shown in the face of this disaster. I do not think it is a hoax at all.
However, I think that literally everything else that is happening surrounding the "pandemic" is.
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The Pandemic
In the first week of January this year, I got sick. Really sick. I know when I got it and who I got it from, and honestly the exact moment I got it (I only was in proximity of the dude for a few minutes). He had warned me that he was really sick, and I blew it off. I started feeling sick a day or two later, and a day or two after that I felt like I was dying. Fever, chills, aches, extraordinary fatigue. And literal, nonstop, 24/7 coughing. I had every single symptom of what we now know as COVID-19. I commented to anyone who would listen that I didn't recall ever feeling that sick before in my entire life. The most memorable part of it though was that after a couple days, I completely lost my sense of smell and taste. Joked a lot about how you could feed me onions and soap cause I'd have no idea. I try to have a good attitude about being sick.
I spent a week sleeping on the couch before I finally went to the doctor. She gave me a Prednisolone steroid pack (which has worked well for me in the past), some Trazodone to knock me out, and Benzonatotate for my cough. As soon as I took the first dose of steroids I started to feel pretty fucking great, and it was more or less a non-issue after that.
I spoke to a lot of people about it then and after, and man, I can't tell you how many stories I personally heard from people I know that said the exact same thing. Then I started reading the same story over and over again on Reddit:
We didn't start really hearing about the Coronavirus in the media until the beginning of March, and we didn't hear about the "Pandemic" until just a couple weeks ago. And what a couple weeks it's been since then. But I am quite certain that it's been around for a lot longer and that I, and a lot of other people I know, had it - and DID NOT DIE FROM IT - way back in January.
We now know that the first documented case in the US was on January 19th, but that word "documented" is so, so important here. That means that we had identified the virus, developed a test, and tested a person with the symptoms that day. It does NOT mean that was when the virus reached the United States. How sick do you have to be before you take a day off work? Before you go to the doctor? With America's healthcare system or lack thereof, it's almost certain that many people had this virus before we determined what it was, and how infectious it really was.
There is also the matter of the statistics of severity vs the regular flu. This is a highly contentious topic and I am no medical expert, and do not wish to make any assertions. However, what I can tell you from my personal experience is this: I had a horrible "flu" in January, got basic medicine, got better. So, either I had the flu, or perhaps I did indeed have the Coronavirus.
We will never know because I was never tested. But the important thing is that it doesn't matter. Either I (and many others) had the Coronavirus and it did not kill us (calling into question the severity of the infection) or we just had a bad cold or flu, but it had the exact same symptoms as COVID-19 (calling into question the extent of Coronavirus diagnoses). But logically, one of those two statements is true.
Furthermore, the data keeps changing, and I don't mean increasing on a daily basis. I mean up and down, back and forth, it is deadly or maybe it isn't, etc. On January 14 the WHO told you it couldn't spread from human to human. But then on Jan 19 we saw the first case of Coronavirus in the United States. Then it turns out that the Wuhan market outbreak began earlier in December. And then it's an "epidemic," but most people will only get mild symptoms. What are you supposed to believe? And it sure does seem to come at you as a firehose, and it's hard to even think about anything because OHMYGODTHECORONAVIRUS!
But let's stop and look a couple basic facts. As a matter of fact, I'm going to let Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi explain this one to you. This is a very informative 10 minute video, watch it:
Sucharit Bhakdi - Very clear math showing that the COVID statistics are being manipulated
So 80% of people only experience mild symptoms, and we're crashing the economy for this? The statistics aren't any more extreme than many other illnesses we've had over time, and we're crashing the economy for this? It doesn't make sense until you consider that there are other factors besides just the virus at play.
Wolfgang Wodard - Explaining how the statistics are being manipulated to cause panic
The media, and society at large is inundating you with terrifying information about the Coronavirus. But if it's not as bad as we originally thought, then why? We don't freak out about every illness that comes along, and we've certainly never in the history of civilization had over 1/3 of the global population locked down under mandatory quarantine.
And then there's the debate about where the virus came from. We believe it came from a meat market in China, under unsanitary conditions. The science behind a coronavirus making the leap from one species to another is well-established and researched, and it is a very likely scenario. There are also conspiracy theories that state that China released it on its people intentionally, or even that the US military released it in China. Again, we will never know exactly where this Coronavirus came from. It may be natural, it may be man made, and there are very plausible paths for both. I don't know what to believe myself. So here I ask you to make your own judgement based on likelihood.
What we do know though is that the state of the world this virus has been unleashed on has played a major factor in its spread. In 1950 the global population was 2.5 billion, and that has exploded to almost 8 billion people in 2020. As a matter of fact, population growth has been exponential since about the time of the Industrial Revolution.
With all these people on the planet there are sure to be many disagreements and conflicts, and there indeed have been. As a matter of fact, 2019 saw global protests on an unprecedented scale, in Hong Kong, France, Syria, and many other countries. Citizens have literally been fighting police and military with rocks, clubs, arrows, and molotov cocktails.
Did you know that? Despite my seeing headlines and pictures every day of the riots in Hong Kong, I have been shocked to learn that multiple of my close friends, intelligent and aware people, had no knowledge whatsoever of the protests even existing. But that is far from a coincidence; rather, it is quite by design.
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Billionaires and Coincidences
Another major talking point over the last 5 to 10 years has been the "1%" - the handful of super-rich individuals who posess and control the vast majority of the Earth's wealth and resources. Where it used to just be a numerical term, "Billionaire" is now a dirty word, and one of the nastiest. We all hate billionaires. They are evil, and profit off the exploitation of the rest of the world.
The "Illuminati" we call them, in pursuit of a "New World Order." Crazy stuff, right? Mysterious symbols and people in black robes doing nefarious things in secret meetings, and running the world from behind the scenes. We love the Illuminati, it's a huge pop culture thing now. The subject of endless speculation, they are made fun of in the media, movies, and now Taco Bell commercials. It's so far fetched it could never really be true. And the fact that you think that is by design as well.
So, we don't know where the Coronavirus came from, but it's certainly here, and there are lot of other things unfolding in the world around it. Many different current events from all different places and fields of study. Some of it seems a little too coincidental. It is certainly very coincidental that this economically destructive Coronavirus entered the world right as there were global uprisings, protests in the street, and a growing public hatred for billionaires.
Well, here are a few other coincidences: Hundreds of CEOs of major companies stepped down from their positions in recent months. Multiple US Senators sold stock right before the market crashed. Even the boss of the New York Stock Exchange sold his own stock right before the crash. Did they know something they weren't telling us?
Here's another coincidence. In 2010, The Rockefeller Foundation published a selection of future-predicting scenarios in the name of "exploring the ways that technology and development could co-evolve." One of these four scenarios, entitled "Lock Step," eerily predicts a global viral pandemic and the resulting hypothetical consequences, which almost exactly mirrors the COVID-19 pandemic we are in the midst of today.
Also coincidental: The first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in China on November 17th, 2019. Literally one month earlier, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. In this exercise, they discuss the potential implications and consequences of a novel Coronavirus, including an economic crash, martial law, and of particular interest, the control of information. (You can view some published highlights here)
The World Economic Forum is comprised of the richest of the rich. The 1%. The Billionaires. CEO's, politicians, business owners, and many other powerful and influential figures. They meet regularly to discuss topics of global concern, and strongly control the dissemination of information. And of primary concern to many of them is maintaining their wealth and power in a rapidly-changing world.
And finally, here's one more coincidence: At the exact same time as the Event 201 exercise, The World Military Games was held in Wuhan, China, Oct 18-27, 2019. It was the largest military sports event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports. Wuhan China was, as we now believe, the source of our current global COVID-19 outbreak.
Whether you think it is a "conspiracy" or not, that is all certainly coincidental, to say the least.
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"Why didn't I hear about any of this?"
That's an excellent question, and one that likely has multiple answers. For starters, how much do you really pay attention? Where do you get your news from? Do you research things you hear or just accept them on hearsay? Critical thinking skills are paramount in making sense of the chaos unfolding all around us.
As I mentioned before, I can tell you that I personally know multiple people who had no clue whatsoever about the riots in Hong Kong last year. As you read this, you may be one of them. And it may seem like something that is happening far away, and "could never happen here." Or you may have been aware of it but just that it was happening. But please, consider for a moment: millions of average citizens risked their lives and safety in the streets of Hong Kong for months on end, fighting police and military, and transforming the city they lived in into a warzone. WHY? Why would people do something like that? Regardless of their motivations, that many people were banding together to fight for something they believed in. And that is worth considering.
It's not really your fault though that you may not catch wind of all this news. The "mainstream media" that you hear about all the time deliberately controls information - downplaying threats and overreacting to silly things - in order to make sure that you hear the version of the news that they want you to hear.
Did you know that only 6 corporations control 90% of the media In America? That number is reduced from 50 companies in the 80's. And literally all the news you see on TV, at the very least, is 100% owned and controlled by these companies. Lately, distrust is growing for cable news networks, and many people turn to their local hometown station for trusted news. The problem with that though is that your hometown station is probably owned by Sinclair Media, one of the most powerful broadcast networks in the country that you've never heard of.
Please watch this very brief video, illustrating the chokehold that Sinclair Media maintains over your nightly local news broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWLjYJ4BzvI
Of course, not every piece of news is pre-programmed but a lot is. The real news is out there, but sometimes you have to look a little deeper than the infographics on TV news. Even if information is being directed from the top down, the boots on the ground tend to be passionate people with a variety of interests and agendas, and they are still doing their best to do real journalism despite corporate oversight.
Think of those who are directing the information as steering an impossibly massive ship with a rudder. You can slowly adjust the course of direction, however it is slow to react. If you want to stop, you have to start thinking about stopping wayyy ahead of time. And similarly, once it gets underway, it is then influenced by an inertia all its own. Micro controls and adjustments aren't really possible.
Our society is this giant ship. There are 8 billion people on this earth - that is 8000 million. An incomprehensible number that grows rapidly every day. As civilization grows and advances, so does our medicine, our technology, our cultural norms. These are all natural processes that are necessary to manage an increasing number of societies all around the globe. And many of the advances we're making have exciting potential benefits for humanity, although as with all tools, they also inherently possess the potential for abuse.
Here are some other things happening in society right now, some you may be aware of and many you may not:
There is an interesting chicken or egg relationship between science fiction and real world science. Sci-fi writers are inspired by the real science of the day, then they apply their creativity to imagine what might be in the future. Young scientists encounter these fantastical ideas and think they are worth pursuing, and then set about to make them a reality, and the cycle continues.
Futuristic concepts are then preempted and introduced through the media to the conscious mind, as we include them in books, movies, TV, video games, and more. Eventually we start seeing headlines of these new technologies and developments happening in other places, usually Japan and China first due to their prevalence in the industrial and technological sectors of our global economy.
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COVID-19/Coronavirus Megathread

We will update this list as information becomes available. Please include links in comments for any supporting info to be added.
PLEASE DON'T VISIT BANFF AT THIS POINT IN TIME - RESOURCES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED - YOU SHOULD BE AT HOME SELF-ISOLATING AND LIMITING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

TRAVEL ADVISORIES

RESOURCES

WHAT IS OPEN?

Not much:

WHAT IS CLOSED?

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Why I hate the FIFA community

For the gameplay of FIFA 20. It is people that are playing the game that ruin it. It’s not the games fault. It’s the people that play the negative Mouriño style that destroy it (imo it is because they are incapable of manual defending so they have to defend this way bc learning is too hard lol). The only gameplay issues I see are headers being non existent, passes not going to correct players at times, and near post being way too effective. Oh and btw what are they gonna do take away custom tactics? Make AI defenders completely useless? That wouldn’t just affect the negative sit back players, it would effect the people that play press too. Bc even if you are press player you have to rely on AI controlled defenders at times.
If you are one of the ones that defends people that play 4231 and sit back you are an idiot and probably hypocrite. My solution when I come against these players is to hold possession and swing it back and forth till I find an obvious scoring opportunity. Apparently that is considered TOXIC and that the 4231 players are just doing what works for them (or playing “smart”). That holding up play is toxic. Mannnn wtf. First of all, Many of them don’t play defense at all. It doesn’t take any damn skill to stand a player in front of a striker and wait. These people make the game boring, they are the reason the gameplay is boring and repetitive and why no one enjoys playing anymore (yet they also complain about it). You can easily beat them but the goals you would score are just boring. If they want to play “smart” and boring asf on defence I’m going to do the same shit to them on offense. It is not TOXIC. I am literally doing what they are doing on defense but on offense you morons. I sit there and stand my player and waste their time just like they are doing to me. Also I’m playing SmARt bc holding the possession limits the amount of times that they can counter attack which over the course time you are bound to score from a 3v3 or 3v4 without being that good at the game. So wtf is wrong with me using scummy tactics on attack if you do it on defence. And if you really think about it. YALL fucking praise Barcelona when they do the exact same shit irl (atleast a few years ago they did I don’t watch much anymore). All they did was pass around the back in the midfield bc everyone dropped back in fear of MSN. You are a fucking hypocrite if you think holding possession is toxic and you don’t even press in your own damn half. And most of y’all are hypocrites bc when it comes down to playing a game y’all are so afraid of losing y’all do it too so wtf. I can only understand if you are like up by 2 goals or something
*also just an added note if you say that it is a game not real life. GAMES should have a skill gap and the 4231 bs literally destroys it and allows a trash player be able to compete with some one way better then them with no learning curve. Games should have a skill gap and not have one form of playing the game be so dominant.
All we ever wanted just a few FIFAs ago was the ability to get high rated squads without putting money into the game. Now that we have them all I hear is that you want a reason to play with worse/other players (from nepenthez video) What? Why? Shouldn’t you just try out different players bc Idk YOU want to. Because the game allows you to play with your favorite players. It’s not all about winning if you don’t want it to be. Why tf do you want an incentive to play with a player you don’t care for in the first place. Although I do agree milestones is a good way to do (giving incentives) that and that section needs additions. Like if you get 100 goals with a player you can increase his shooting by 1 or some ish like that
As for the game only attracting sweats nowadays. I feel that every game is getting sweatier since the emergence of esports and cash tournaments like when fornite was a big deal. So the increase in sweaty try hard players abusing the game mechanics was bound to happen anyway. You come across sweats in any sports game not just FIFA.
As for division rivals being sweaty. The reason for it being sweaty is the rewards YALL asked for. I remember years ago YALL asked for a reason to play divisions bc the rewards were not worth it. Now you have a reason play for decent rewards and you still complain. I don’t see why you are mad about 90+ players being there. And for the people that say they are bad rewards bc you can easily have better players on your team for 30k. WTF,THAT IS WHAT IS GREAT. Back in the old FIFAs we would be happy with a gold squad and few informs. The only way i see EA can make those rewards seem more valuable is to make it so that it is not easy to make a mega team next year. Which would be reverting back to the old FIFAs difficulty to make a team able to compete (against Pay to play players). That’s was impossible back in the day. Now it’s honestly not. You can beat players with 99 rated cards. BTW the reason you could run with a silver squad back in the day IS BC NOBODY HAD SHIT. PLEASE go watch the opponents you came up against in those FIFA 16 videos. If the revert were to happen it would repel casual players and many grinders.
Also I heard Nepenthez say that objectives should be removed from division rivals. This is coming from the SAME guy that asked for them in the first place. If those objectives were not there he would be asking for something to play for without a doubt. That if there isn’t a reward for playing division rivals he would not play. Not to mention he also asks for a reason to play with different players (which objectives accomplishes) I wouldn’t have tried out Vardy if the objectives were not out.
Also the game didn’t need the ultimate team of the season pack. That’s just players wanting to pack one of the 97+ players. You want one of those players just handed to you let’s just be honest here. Those players are the chase. Those players are the reason you should continue to play. You want to get enough coins to obtain them. I feel like that is the POV that EA sees it from anyways. Which honestly is not that horrendous. Because it gives you a reason to play the game. Which is what y’all keep asking for some damn reason. Also I mean it is a business so keeping those 99s out of reach is what EA will continue to do. And it fucking makes sense. Let me put it in simple terms you might understand. People that put hard earned money into the game deserve the top tier players. They are spending REAL money (and it’s still a gamble when they do it highkey). Also not everyone needs to get those players. That’s like saying everyone deserves a lambo bc everyone works. Like nooooo that is not how it should work bc then the people that actually pay with hard earned money will feel like they got bullshited out of what they paid for. Again it is a business and it makes sense. And y’all know y’all would be complaining if you were running into the same tots players every game if y’all did have the ability to get them. No one is gonna play ocampos if Messi is obtainable. Lowkey the whole idea of y’all wanting the best possible players seems like some communist type stuff to me. Y’all all want the same stuff as the people that put money into the game and support Ultimate team financially when y’all don’t want to help. As I probably said before you are not entitled to it. Some people just deserve it more. Also I don’t put money into the game and I sure as well know my 190 team can compete against bought teams
The FIFA community will find a way to complain no matter what and it’s starting to piss me off. It’s complaint after complaint and then when they get what they want they complain about that. I hate that this community only knows bitching and moaning.
(This sections is in regards of how people quit rivals when they don’t get their objectives done this section may not be important) I don’t knock youtubers grind they are great and really helpful. I grew up watching them. But a lot of the reasons the game is the way it is due to them. Youtubers teach people how to use 4231 to cover for how bad they are. They teach people to quit out of games early when things get to tough to save time. Honestly A lot of players wouldn’t know to do that if they had to think for themselves, they just follow what YouTubers tell them to. (Btw some people are just gonna quit anyway bc that’s just how they are and we have all done it in rage when we get unlucky but sometimes rebound goals happen it’s whatever)
Another thing, for people that say this game is a cash grab. WHAT IN THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU. You can literally have a team full of great high rated players with a week or 2 of work. Showcased by nepenthez in his new rtg series. All you have to do is be smart and don’t mess with the obviously bad SBCs. Like if you choose to waste your coins on horrible SBCs that is your fault wtf. Y’all clearly don’t know how it was in FIFA before where it was just about impossible to build a good end game team at the end of the year if you didn’t trade or were really good at the game. Even then, I would be in the top divisions with a below average team in today’s standards in the final months in FIFA.
Most of the SBCs are set up as a gamble. It’s like trying you luck at a casino. Just don’t do it if you are not prepared to lose those coins. Since when was the purpose of FIFA to just sit in those damn menus for hours on end. Play the game. It should be about the gameplay but the community of players that play it ruined it.
The community itself ruined this game. It really wasn’t that bad. With all the negative players and the ones dropping divisions in division rivals. We made it a mess not EA. Btw I’m pretty sure we asked for a lower barrier of entry for fut champs which is letting this happen. It used to be only if you were in a top division if my memory is correct.
My problems with the game and solutions 1. The drag back is way to effective and any player can do it clean. I think the solution is to make it so that you have to be slowed all the way down in order to do it and the overall the execution should be a tad bit slower since it honestly is difficult to pull off (irl) 2. I think for the objectives they just need to make them a bit easier to achieve. So don’t make it so that you have do complete them in rivals WINS. Make it so that you can work for them even during a loss so that people don’t quit as much. 3. Obviously just bring occasional headers back lol tall physical strikers lost a lot of value because what they should be used for isn’t relevant in the game anymore. 4. The draft should include every player included the ones we missed out on. It shouldn’t pull out the same players all the time. 5. As for the 4231 bs, I think it’s a hard fix. I think one thing that could help is increasing the intelligence of attackers to find the open spots more consistently. Also I don’t think the AI that presses the attacker should be that good. 6. As for long shots not being effective I actually don’t have many issues with them. I score them ever one in a while and they arnt that hard. I think the real issue y’all might be having is the outrageous autoblocks which yeah need a nerf. Players blocking shots not coming at them is a problem.
Oh and if you argue that the game should not have allowed people to use the 4231 bs in the first place bc it was there to abuse. This community chooses to abuse it. You are not being held at gunpoint being forced to use it. Y’all just want to win at all cost then complain that you can’t have a casual gane of fut anymore. Also let’s be honest, for some of y’all the definition of casual=easy. Y’all just want to win without effort. Because as soon as you go down you will start sweating.
There is probably more problems I can add and fixes but I honestly believe no one will read this so I’m over it. Lol also I was gonna look over what I wrote again but I can’t be bothered to. Just to sum it all up I hate the player base of this game bc all they do is complain about stuff get what they want then complain about that. There are obvious problems with the gameplay this FIFA but I feel like a lot of the time is spent complaining on other stuff. Also a lot of the player base complains about the 4231 but they are they same people that use it (and stick to it even against something like a 433) so wtf. Y’all are sitting there with your high rated competitive squads (without spending a dime) and still want EA to give you more. Like bruh just think about it. Not everyone should have the best tots because then you would just come up against the same top tier players every game. Man do I love to ramble on lol byeeeee
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Need feedback from my peers in the PS community on a Remove-Win10Apps script

UPDATED:2020-01-20 - Made some bug fixes and documented the apps better.
Hello Everyone!
I've written a script for unnecessary Win 10 apps and would like to get some feedback. I've been only the sole "script guy" at my work so please be gentle with your comments :)
I've focused on some new elements I haven't used much before like help comments, logging, and try/catch blocks that I can standardize on across my scripts.
In my limited testing I'm using this as a Computer logon script through GPO to run this script.
Thanks!
Note, I just realized I have a few bugs to work out. I was testing with Powershell 7 RC1 with the more recent changes I've made and didn't realized I had broke are some things running in 5.1. Like 'split-path -leafbase'.
Shoot, well either way I was looking for more constructive feedback on the layout, logic, and process.
<# .SYNOPSIS Removes installed and provisioned Appx packages in Windows 10. .DESCRIPTION To simplify the user experience and to streamline the configuration of Windows this script removes unneccesary Windows 10 apps. These have been sorted into 4 categories: Home = Computers used in a home setting. The difference between this and the ones below is this keeps the Xbox apps, and Mail app as they make sense on a personal computer. Named = Computers that are normally used by a single person in a typical office environment. Or at least typical where I work. Shared = Computers that are normally shared by multiple people with shared logins and have more direct functions (Lab PC, HR Kiosk, Conference Room PC etc.) Server = Computers that are used in a server type function, running Windows 10, and not used as a desktop PC. (Manufacturing floor PC, badge printing system etc.) Note that these lists are cumulative. Home = Home list Named = Home + Named lists Shared = Home + Named + Shared lists Server = Named + Shared + Server lists Suggest putting this in a computer based GPO login script .EXAMPLE PS C:\>.\Remove-Win10Apps.ps1 Removes all apps from the default home list asking for confirmation for each found app. Writes log to 'C:\Logs\Remove-Win10Apps.log'. .EXAMPLE PS C:\>.\Remove-Win10Apps.ps1 -LogPath '\\server\share\appremoval.log' Removes all apps from the default home list asking for confirmation for each found app. Writes log to '\\server\share\appremoval.log'. .EXAMPLE PS C:\>.\Remove-Win10Apps.ps1 -PCType "Shared" -Whatif Won't remove but just list all apps from the combined default home, named, and then shared list that it's found. .EXAMPLE PS C:\>.\Remove-Win10Apps.ps1 -PCType "Server" -Confirm:$false Removes all apps from the default home, named, shared, and server list without prompting for confirmation. Writes log to 'C:\Logs\Remove-Win10Apps.log'. .INPUTS None .OUTPUTS None .NOTES More than just inspiration taken from the following https://github.com/W4RH4WK/Debloat-Windows-10/blob/mastescripts/remove-default-apps.ps1 http://guidestomicrosoft.com/2016/08/26/simple-function-for-logging-powershell-script/ #> #Requires -RunAsAdministrator #Requires -Version 5.1 [CmdletBinding(SupportsShouldProcess = $true, ConfirmImpact = 'High')] param ( # Specifies the list of apps from Home (the least removed) to Server (the most removed) [ValidateSet("Home", "Named", "Shared", "Server")] [String]$PCType = "Home", # Enter the full path to where you'd like the script to log it's changes. [parameter(Mandatory = $false)] [ValidateScript( { if ($_ -notmatch "(\.log)") { throw "The file specified in the path argument must be of the type .log" } return $true })] [System.IO.FileInfo]$LogPath = 'C:\Logs\Remove-Win10Apps.log', # Lists the entries in the different PCTypes depending on what's selected and closes [switch]$List ) begin { function Write-Log { param( # Enter text you'd like to display on a single line in the log. [parameter(Mandatory = $true)] [string]$Text, [parameter(Mandatory = $true)] # Enter the severity of the log entry. [ValidateSet("WARNING", "ERROR", "INFO")] [string]$Type, # Specifies the path to save the log file to. [ValidateScript( { if ($_ -notmatch "(\.log)") { throw "The file specified in the path argument must be of the type .log" } return $true })] # Sets the path to the log file to C:\Logs\ + the name of the script running the function + .log [System.IO.FileInfo]$Path = 'C:\Logs\' + ([io.path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($MyInvocation.PSCommandPath)) + '.log' ) #Makes sure that it updates the "exists" property or else the file keeps getting recreated. $Path.Refresh() if ($Path.Exists -eq $false) { New-Item -ItemType 'file' -Path $Path -Force } [string]$LogMessage = [System.String]::Format("[$(Get-Date)] -"), $Type, $Text Add-Content -Path $Path -Value $LogMessage } Write-Log -Text "Starting Remove-Win10Apps script with -PCType $PCType and -LogPath $LogPath" -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath #Checks OS is Windows 10 and terminates if it's not. if ([Environment]::OSVersion.Version.Major -lt '10') { Write-Warning 'Exiting...you must be running a version ofy Windows 10 to run this script.' Write-Log -Text 'Exiting...you must be running a version of Windows 10 to run this script.' -Type 'ERROR' -Path $LogPath Exit } #Region App Listing $AppsHomePC = @( "Microsoft.3DBuilder" #3D Builder - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/3d-builde9wzdncrfj3t6 - View, create, and personalize 3D objects using 3D Builder. "Microsoft.Appconnector" "Microsoft.BingFinance" #MSN Money - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/msn-money/9wzdncrfhv4v - Finance simplified. Know more about your money with the world’s best financial news and data. Grow your finances with handy tools and calculators, any time and anywhere. "Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink" #MSN Food & Drink - NA (Discontinued) "Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness" #MSN Health & Fitness - NA (Discontinued) "Microsoft.BingNews" #Microsoft News - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-news/9wzdncrfhvfw - Delivers breaking news and trusted, in-depth reporting from the world's best journalists. "Microsoft.BingSports" #MSN Sports - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/msn-sports/9wzdncrfhvh4 - The MSN Sports app is packed with live scores & in-depth game experiences for more than 150 leagues. "Microsoft.BingTranslator" #Translator - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/translato9wzdncrfj3pg - Microsoft Translator enables you to translate text and speech, have translated conversations, and even download AI-powered language packs to use offline. "Microsoft.BingTravel" #MSN Travel - NA (Discontinued) "Microsoft.BingWeather" #MSN Weather - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/msn-weathe9wzdncrfj3q2 - The best way to plan your day. Get the latest weather conditions, whether you're hitting the slopes, or the beach, or checking the forecast for your commute. See accurate 10-day and hourly forecasts for whatever you do. "Microsoft.CommsPhone" "Microsoft.ConnectivityStore" "Microsoft.FreshPaint" #Fresh Paint - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/fresh-paint/9wzdncrfjb13 - Unleash your inner creative with Fresh Paint – the ultimate canvas for your big ideas. Fresh Paint is a fun and easy to use painting app with the right tools for artists of all ages. "Microsoft.GetHelp" #Get Help "Microsoft.Getstarted" #Microsoft Tips "Microsoft.Messaging" #Microsoft Messaging - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-messaging/9wzdncrfjbq6 - Microsoft Messaging enables, quick, reliable SMS, MMS and RCS messaging from your phone. To get started, select Messaging from the All apps list. "Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewer" #3D Viewer - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/3d-viewe9nblggh42ths - Easily view 3D models and animations in real-time. 3D Viewer lets you view 3D models with lighting controls, inspect model data and visualize different shading modes. In Mixed Reality mode, combine the digital and physical. Push the boundaries of reality and capture it all with a video or photo to share. "Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub" #Office - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/office/9wzdncrd29v9 - The Office app enables you to get the most out of Office by helping you find all your Office apps and files in one place so you can jump quickly into your work. "Microsoft.MicrosoftPowerBIForWindows" #Power BI - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/power-bi/9nblgggzlxn1 - Monitor your most important business data, directly from your device. Get a quick overview with intuitive, at-a-glance visuals, or dive deep into your data and discover new insights with interactive dashboards and reports. "Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection" #Microsoft Solitaire Collection - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-solitaire-collection/9wzdncrfhwd2 - Check out the new look and feel of Microsoft Solitaire Collection on Windows 10! "Microsoft.MinecraftUWP" #Minecraft - NA (Discontinued) "Microsoft.MixedReality.Portal" #Mixed Reality Portal - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/mixed-reality-portal/9ng1h8b3zc7m - iscover Windows Mixed Reality and dive into more than 3,000 games and VR experiences from Steam®VR and Microsoft Store. Get extraordinary access to live sports and entertainment and connect with others in the ultimate high-octane VR gaming experience. "Microsoft.NetworkSpeedTest" #Network Speed Test - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/network-speed-test/9wzdncrfhx52 - Network Speed Test measures your network delay, download speed and upload speed. "Microsoft.Office.Sway" #Sway - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/sway/9wzdncrd2g0j - Create visually striking newsletters, presentations, and documentation in minutes. "Microsoft.OfficeLens" #Office Lens - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/office-lens/9wzdncrfj3t8 - Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and you can even save images to OneNote or OneDrive. "Microsoft.OneConnect" #Paid Wi-Fi & Cellular or Mobile Plans# "Microsoft.People" #Microsoft People - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-people/9nblggh10pg8 - People in Windows 10 puts all the ways you connect with all your friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances in one place, so it’s faster than ever to keep in touch. Check out what your people are up to across the services they use and choose how you want to connect with them. "Microsoft.Print3D" #Print 3D - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/print-3d/9pbpch085s3s - Quickly and easily prepare objects for 3D printing on your PC. With support for Wifi printers, you can 3D print from anywhere on your network. Get the best out of your printer by tuning many custom settings like the extruder temperature and printing speed. "Microsoft.SkypeApp" #Skype - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/skype/9wzdncrfj364 - Skype keeps the world talking. Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call – all for free, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. "Microsoft.Wallet" #Microsoft Pay# "Microsoft.Whiteboard" #Whiteboard - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-whiteboard/9mspc6mp8fm4 - Meet the freeform digital canvas where ideas, content, and people come together. "Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub" #Feedback Hub - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/feedback-hub/9nblggh4r32n - Help us make Windows better! Provide feedback about Windows and apps by sharing your suggestions or problems. If you want to be even more involved, then join the Windows Insider program and keep up with the latest alerts and announcements, rate the builds, participate in feedback Quests, and earn badges. "Microsoft.WindowsMaps" #Windows Maps - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-maps/9wzdncrdtbvb - Maps is your guide to everywhere. Find your way with voice navigation and turn-by-turn driving, transit, and walking directions. Search for places to get directions, business info, and reviews. Download maps to use when you’re offline. Tour the world virtually with breathtaking aerial imagery and 360 degree street-level views. Plus, you get the same experience across all your Windows 10 PCs and phones. "Microsoft.WindowsPhone" "Microsoft.WindowsReadingList" #Windows Reading List - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-reading-list/9wzdncrfj3rx - Do you ever run out of time to read articles or watch videos you’ve found online? With Reading List, you can easily track and manage all of the content you want to get back to later in a beautiful display. You can share content to your list from the web or from other apps and easily come back to it when you have more time. Whatever you like to read or watch, the app makes it easy to save, find and get back to things you like, listing content you've saved in chronological order. "Microsoft.YourPhone" #Your Phone - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/your-phone/9nmpj99vjbwv - You love your phone. So does your PC. Get instant access to everything you love on your phone, right on your PC. Reply to your text messages with ease, stop emailing yourself photos, and receive and manage your phone’s notifications on your PC. #3rd Party "2FE3CB00.PicsArt-PhotoStudio" "46928bounde.EclipseManager" #Eclipse "613EBCEA.PolarrPhotoEditorAcademicEdition" "6Wunderkinder.Wunderlist" "7EE7776C.LinkedInforWindows" "89006A2E.AutodeskSketchBook" "9E2F88E3.Twitter" "A278AB0D.DisneyMagicKingdoms" "A278AB0D.MarchofEmpires" "ActiproSoftwareLLC.562882FEEB491" #Code Writer "AdobeSystemIncorporated.AdobePhotoshop" #Photoshop Express "CAF9E577.Plex" #Plex "ClearChannelRadioDigital.iHeartRadio" "D52A8D61.FarmVille2CountryEscape" "D5EA27B7.Duolingo-LearnLanguagesforFree" #Duolingo "DB6EA5DB.CyberLinkMediaSuiteEssentials" "DolbyLaboratories.DolbyAccess" "Drawboard.DrawboardPDF" "Facebook.Facebook" #Facebook "Fitbit.FitbitCoach" "flaregamesGmbH.RoyalRevolt2" "Flipboard.Flipboard" #Flipboard "GAMELOFTSA.Asphalt8Airborne" "KeeperSecurityInc.Keeper" "king.com.*" "king.com.BubbleWitch3Saga" "king.com.CandyCrushFriends" "king.com.CandyCrushSaga" "king.com.CandyCrushSodaSaga" "NORDCURRENT.COOKINGFEVER" "PandoraMediaInc.29680B314EFC2" #Pandora "Playtika.CaesarsSlotsFreeCasino" "ShazamEntertainmentLtd.Shazam" "TheNewYorkTimes.NYTCrossword" "ThumbmunkeysLtd.PhototasticCollage" "TuneIn.TuneInRadio" "WinZipComputing.WinZipUniversal" "XINGAG.XING" ) $AppsNamedPC = @( "microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps" #Mail and Calendar - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/mail-and-calenda9wzdncrfhvqm - The Mail and Calendar apps help you stay up to date on your email, manage your schedule and stay in touch with people you care about the most. Designed for both work and home, these apps help you communicate quickly and focus on what’s important across all your accounts. Supports Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo! and other popular accounts. "Microsoft.XboxApp" #Xbox Console Companion - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/xbox-console-companion/9wzdncrfjbd8 - The Xbox app brings together your friends, games, and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. The best multiplayer gaming just got better. "Microsoft.XboxGameOverlay" #Xbox Game Bar - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/xbox-game-ba9nzkpstsnw4p - Win+G it with Xbox Game Bar, the customizable, gaming overlay built into Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar works with most PC games, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing, finding new teammates with LFG, and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC—all without leaving your game. "Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay" #Xbox Gaming Overlay "Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider" #Xbox Identity Provider "Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay" #3rd Party "4DF9E0F8.Netflix" #Netflix - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/netflix/9wzdncrfj3tj - Netflix has something for everyone. Watch TV shows and movies recommended just for you, including award-winning Netflix original series, movies, and documentaries. There’s even a safe watching experience just for kids with family-friendly entertainment. "SpotifyAB.SpotifyMusic" #Spotify - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/spotify-music/9ncbcszsjrsb - Love music? Play your favorite songs and albums free on Windows 10 with Spotify. ) $AppsSharedPC = @( "Microsoft.Office.OneNote" #OneNote - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/onenote/9wzdncrfhvjl - OneNote is your digital notebook for capturing and organizing everything across your devices. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, or make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas. "Microsoft.Todos" #Microsoft To Do - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-to-do-lists-tasks-reminders/9nblggh5r558 - Got something on your mind? Get Microsoft To Do. Whether you want to increase your productivity, decrease your stress levels, or just free up some mental space, Microsoft To Do makes it easy to plan your day and manage your life. "Microsoft.WindowsCamera" #Windows Camera - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-camera/9wzdncrfjbbg - The Camera app is faster and simpler than ever. Just point and shoot to take great pictures automatically on any PC or tablet running Windows 10. "Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder" #Windows Voice Recorder - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-voice-recorde9wzdncrfhwkn - Record sounds, lectures, interviews, and other events. Mark key moments as you record, edit, or play them back. ) $AppsServerPC = @( "Microsoft.MSPaint" #Paint 3D - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/paint-3d/9nblggh5fv99 - Whether you’re an artist or just want to try out some doodles–Paint 3D makes it easy to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life. Classic Paint has been reimagined, with an updated look and feel and a ton of new brushes and tools. And now, create in every dimension. Make 2D masterpieces or 3D models that you can play with from all angles. "Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes" #Microsoft Sticky Notes - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-sticky-notes/9nblggh4qghw - Need to remember something for later? Use Microsoft Sticky Notes. They're the simple way to quickly save something for later, so you can stay in the flow. With Sticky Notes, you can create notes, type, ink or add a picture, add text formatting, stick them to the desktop, move them around there freely, close them to the Notes list, and sync them across devices and apps like OneNote Mobile, Microsoft Launcher for Android, and Outlook for Windows. "Microsoft.WindowsAlarms" #Windows Alarms & Clock - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-alarms-clock/9wzdncrfj3pr - A combination of alarm clock, world clock, timer, and stopwatch. Set alarms and reminders, check times around the world, and time your activities, including laps and splits. "Microsoft.WindowsCalculator" #Windows Calculator - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-calculato9wzdncrfhvn5 - A simple yet powerful calculator that includes standard, scientific, and programmer modes, as well as a unit converter. It's the perfect tool to add up a bill, convert measurements in a recipe or other project, or complete complex math, algebra, or geometry problems. Calculator history makes it easy to confirm if you've entered numbers correctly. "Microsoft.Windows.Photos" #Microsoft Photos -https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-photos/9wzdncrfjbh4 - View and edit your photos and videos, make movies, and create albums. Try video remix to instantly create a video from photos and videos you select. Use the video editor for fine-tuned adjustments — change filters, text, camera motion, music, and more. You can even add 3D effects like butterflies, lasers, or explosions that magically appear in your video. "Microsoft.ZuneMusic" #Groove Music - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/groove-music/9wzdncrfj3pt - Listen to your favorite music in Groove on your Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Create a playlist with music you've purchased or uploaded to OneDrive or pick your background music on Xbox One. "Microsoft.ZuneVideo" #Movies & TV - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/movies-tv/9wzdncrfj3p2 - All your movies and TV shows, all in one place, on all your devices. Movies & TV brings you the latest entertainment in one simple, fast, and elegant app on Windows. On your PC and Windows Mobile, the app lets you play and manage videos from your personal collection. On all your devices, you can use the app to browse and play movies and TV shows you’ve purchased from the Store. ) <#---APPS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE REMOVED FOR ANY TYPE OF WINDOWS PC $RemainingAppsForReference = @( #"1527c705-839a-4832-9118-54d4Bd6a0c89" #File Picker - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515" #File Explorer - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"E2A4F912-2574-4A75-9BB0-0D023378592B" #App Resolver UX - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"F46D4000-FD22-4DB4-AC8E-4E1DDDE828FE" #Add Suggested Folders To Library - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"InputApp" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.AAD.BrokerPlugin" #Microsoft.AAD.Broker.Plugin - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.AccountsControl" #Microsoft.AccountsControl - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Advertising.Xaml" #Microsoft.Advertising - Framework apps which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.AsyncTextService" #Microsoft.AsyncTextService - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.BioEnrollment" #Hello setup UI - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.CredDialogHost" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller" #App Installer - Keeping just in case we ever want to deploy UWP apps #'Microsoft.DirectXRuntime' #? - Framework apps which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.ECApp" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.HEIFImageExtension" #HEIF Image Extensions - Keeping so HEIF compressed images can be opened #"Microsoft.LockApp" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge" #Microsoft Edge - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.MicrosoftEdgeDevToolsClient" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.3" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.6" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.1.7" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.2.1" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Framework.2.2" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.4" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.6" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.7" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.2.2" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.PPIProjection" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.RemoteDesktop" #Remote Desktop - Functionality, expected to be there #"Microsoft.Services.Store.Engagement" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.StorePurchaseApp" #Store Purchase App#Framework app which other apps depend on (not really but needed for store to function) #"Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.0" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.1" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.2" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.VCLibs.120.00.Universal" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00.UWPDesktop" #Framework app which other apps depend on #"Microsoft.VP9VideoExtensions" #Keeping so VP9 media can be played back #"Microsoft.WebMediaExtensions" #Web Media Extensions#basic functionality #"Microsoft.WebpImageExtension" #Webp Image Extension#basic functionality #"Microsoft.Win32WebViewHost" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.Apprep.ChxApp" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.AssignedAccessLockApp" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.CapturePicker" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.CloudExperienceHost" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.Cortana" #Cortana - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.NarratorQuickStart" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.OOBENetworkCaptivePortal" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.OOBENetworkConnectionFlow" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.ParentalControls" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.PeopleExperienceHost" #People Hub - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.PinningConfirmationDialog" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.SecHealthUI" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.SecureAssessmentBrowser" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost" #Start - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.Windows.XGpuEjectDialog" #? - apps which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.WindowsFeedback" #Windows Feedback - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Microsoft.WindowsStore" #Microsoft Store -Vital functionality #"Microsoft.Xbox.TCUI" #? - App shouldn't be removed as it causes issues with Windows Photos, Windows Hello and others #"Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Windows.ContactSupport" #Contact Support - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Windows.CBSPreview" #? - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"windows.immersivecontrolpanel" #Settings - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage #"Windows.PrintDialog" #Print UI - App which cannot be removed using Remove-AppxPackage ) #> #EndRegion App Listing switch ($PCType) { Home { $AllAppsToRemove = $AppsHomePC } Named { $AllAppsToRemove = $AppsHomePC + $AppsNamedPC } Shared { $AllAppsToRemove = $AppsHomePC + $AppsNamedPC + $AppsSharedPC } Server { $AllAppsToRemove = $AppsHomePC + $AppsNamedPC + $AppsSharedPC + $AppsServerPC } } If ($list) { Write-Output "LIST OF APPS IN -PCType $PCType" ForEach ($App in $AllAppsToRemove) { Write-Output $App } Break } $ProvisionedAppxPackages = Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online $ProvisionedAppxPackagesToRemove = @() #Determine what apps that are provisioned on this PC to be removed by comparing against the list (Home, Named, Shared, Server) foreach ($Appx in $AllAppsToRemove) { $ProvisionedAppxPackagesToRemove += ($ProvisionedAppxPackages | Where-Object { $_.DisplayName -eq $Appx }) } $InstalledAppxPackages = Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers $InstalledAppxPackagesToRemove = @() #Determine what apps that are installed on this PC to be removed by comparing against the list (Home, Named, Shared, Server) foreach ($Appx in $AllAppsToRemove) { $InstalledAppxPackagesToRemove += ($InstalledAppxPackages | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq $Appx }) } } process { If ($ProvisionedAppxPackagesToRemove.length -ge 1) { Write-Output "***Removing select provisioned appx packages for this machine...***" Write-Log -Text 'Removing select provisioned appx packages for this machine' -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath foreach ($ProvisionedAppx in $ProvisionedAppxPackagesToRemove) { if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess($ProvisionedAppx.DisplayName, 'Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -AllUsers')) { try { $ProvisionedAppx | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -AllUsers -Verbose -ErrorAction Continue Write-Output $("Removed " + $ProvisionedAppx.DisplayName) Write-Log -Text $("Removed " + $ProvisionedAppx.DisplayName) -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath } catch { Write-Warning $('Unable to remove ' + $ProvisionedAppx.DisplayName) Write-Log -Text $('Unable to remove ' + $ProvisionedAppx.DisplayName) -Type 'WARNING' -Path $LogPath } } } } else { Write-Output "***No provisioned appx packages from your selection were found for this machine...***" Write-Log -Text 'No provisioned appx packages from your selection were found for this machine' -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath } If ($InstalledAppxPackagesToRemove.length -ge 1) { Write-Output "***Removing select installed appx packages for this machine...***" Write-Log -Text 'Removing select installed appx packages for this machine' -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath foreach ($InstalledAppx in $InstalledAppxPackagesToRemove) { if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess($InstalledAppx.Name, 'Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers')) { try { $InstalledAppx | Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Verbose -ErrorAction Continue Write-Output $("Removed " + $InstalledAppx.Name) Write-Log -Text $("Removed " + $InstalledAppx.Name) -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath } catch { Write-Warning $('Unable to remove ' + $InstalleddAppx.Name) Write-Log -Text $('Unable to remove ' + $InstalleddAppx.Name) -Type 'WARNING' -Path $LogPath } } } } else { Write-Output "***No installed appx packages from your selection were found for this machine...***" Write-Log -Text 'No installed appx packages from your selection were found for this machine' -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath } } end { Write-Log -Text 'Stopping Remove-Win10Apps script as it has finished running' -Type 'INFO' -Path $LogPath } 
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From Conspiracy to Fact: An analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Information Control, and the New World Order (Appendix includes hundreds of citations) - PART 1

PLEASE NOTE: This article may be updated periodically with new information and links as they become available. All referenced information and a whole lot more is indexed and linked in the related appendix posts. Please feel free to crosspost, share, and take from my ideas to build your own. Namaste.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Appendix A | Appendix B
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Hello. My name is Chris. I am nobody, really. An average citizen. I am an overweight 42 year old white male from the Midwestern suburbs of the US who has been fortunate enough to live a pretty comfortable life. I used to be a freelance graphic designer with a focus on small businesses, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that that career and part of my life is more than likely over in light of current events. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
I've always been concerned about social injustice and tried to stay politically informed, even dabbling in some activism here and there. At times I've stepped away from paying attention for my own mental health, or due to laziness, defeatism, whatever. But I've never stopped caring, or trying, to fight the good fight and do the right thing.
The news recently has of course swept us all up, and touched all our lives in some way or another. The world has never seen anything like the "Coronavirus Pandemic," and it's clear that our society will be changed forever when we finally come out the other end of this mess. But I've had the luxury of time recently, and in reading the news about things that were going on, I couldn't help but notice the patterns, and that a lot of stuff didn't exactly make sense.
So, here we go, with the "conspiracy theory."
I hate that term, because although it's technically accurate, it's been demonized and weaponized by the media and society at large to take on a bad connotation. Tinfoil hats, alien abductions, crazy people muttering to themselves, etc. You've no doubt got a lot of images in your mind of a conspiracy theorist.
And make no mistake, what I'm going to tell you here is all currently very popular conspiracy theory. However, I think that by removing opinions and conjecture from it, and focusing on facts and things that have already happened, I can present this huge amount of overwhelming, disparate information in a way that makes it less a "theory" and more a "research project." And so that is how I have approached this.
I have spent the last week doing little else besides reading every news and opinion article I could find, saving and organizing hundreds of links, and assembling a coherent, logical outline to organize and present these theories, and more importantly, facts. There are a lot of less-than-reputable sites and publications out there, and I have tried when at all possible to provide sources from verifiable news sites, with a wide range of slants and focuses, to illustrate that what is happening is not part of any one particular political agenda.
I hope that you take the time to check the links, really look into the information presented here, and form your own opinions. Please do not just take my word for it. To that end, there are also a few links mixed in that are labeled as having come from conspiracy. These are well-written and well-reasoned posts from other concerned citizens that I think are worth reading, and relevant to the discussion here.
One last thing - If you are new to most of these ideas, the information presented here is more than likely going to seem overwhelming at first. I encourage you now, and always, to take mental health breaks for yourself, and put down your phone or turn off your computer. The information will be here when you come back. And as you'll soon understand, what is happening is an unstoppable tide, truly a force of nature at this point, and there is nothing you can do to fight it, so try your hardest to relax, put on some chill music, hug your dog, and most of all...
BREATHE.
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If you start researching conspiracy theory, you're going to find a lot of information. Some much better or worse presented than others, and some much more plausible or unbelievable than others. Despite the seeming ridiculousness of some things you might read, I encourage you to always approach new information with an open mind.
That said though, I have one main principle that guides all my beliefs about conspiracy theories, and that is the "Filter of Likelihood." Essentially, you have to ask yourself how possible, how likely, and how feasible a piece of information is. Furthermore, you need to ask yourself what the motivation would be. In many cases, it's quite easy to see how something makes a lot of sense based on other known info, whereas some theories seem rather implausible no matter how you look at it.
I am interested only in the plausible, and where possible, the already actualized. Additionally, there's a lot to be said, and a lot that has already been written on many of these topics, so I will focus on current events and simple concepts.
I will also ask you to open your mind to possibility. Please consider this as you evaluate new information:
  1. Do you believe there are things going on in the world that you don't know about yet?
  2. Do you believe that there is technology and science you've never heard of?
  3. Do you believe that society is progressing at an increasing rate?
  4. Do you believe that as populations grow, we require new societal strategies?
  5. Do you believe that those with power and money want to retain their power and money?
Of course you believe all these things, and none of these are wild or unusual concepts. Rather, these are very basic concepts that apply to everyone, and always have. They are all part of our shared human experience, and undeniable facts of life. Populations grow, societies evolve, technology advances, and the world changes. And most important to our discussion here, people, families, and empires constantly jockey for power and control, while fighting for resources, power, fame, and...
MONEY.
We all hate TicketMaster, right? Who do they think they are, what the hell is this bullshit "service fee," etc. It's something everyone can get behind. But did you know that TicketMaster willingly cultivates that image? That venues, teams, and artists, in their pursuit of more money, raise fees and then let TicketMaster be the bad guy and take the heat so their reputations remain intact?
There are many more people, organizations, and other entities in the world playing that same role for those who really have the money, who really call the shots. And those who call the shots work very hard and spend absolutely unfathomable amounts of money, time, and blood, to make sure that you don't ever realize who's actually taking your money.
They do this in the simplest, easiest way. If you simply control information from the top down, and disseminate it when and where you see fit, you can effect great societal change without lifting a finger.
Please imagine... really, try to imagine... You just read an article, saw a video, whatever, from a very, very reputable source. And it just informed you that an asteroid was 83% likely to impact the Earth next month. What would you do? What would happen in the world?
Hopefully an asteroid will not hit next month, but it's important to really imagine what would happen and why, and how. Because a huge amount of information would be generated and published, people would panic, society would crumble, and the world as you know it would change forever in an instant, the moment you read that headline.
Control of information is one of the most powerful tools known to mankind today. A person living in 2020 can easily encounter as much information in a day as someone in Medieval times might have encountered in a lifetime. And it comes at you from all angles, in all forms, non-stop, 24/7. Much like the water in the pipe, the information is always there, and one needs but turn it on.
Disseminating the information then becomes a practice all its own, and to be sure, information processing accounts for more than half of the US GDP. And the rate at which it's spread, and way it is handled makes a huge difference in the societal repercussions. So a few different techniques are used:
It might be the greatest understatement of all time to say that there has been a lot of information passed around about COVID-19, the "Coronavirus," recently. In fact, there has never been anything like what we are currently experiencing in all of human history, and not by a long shot. And this unprecedented turn of events has caused a lot of people to react in a lot of ways, and say and do a lot of things, for better or for worse.
Full disclosure: In particular, if you look up conspiracy theory, you'll see a lot of stuff suggesting that the "Coronavirus is a hoax." (You'll also find a lot of poorly-written rambling) I want to be clear that I DO NOT believe that. I am 100% sure that there is a Coronavirus, that it is making people sick, that a lot of people are dying, and that our medical professionals and many other undervalued workers are overwhelmed, and breaking their backs every day to do their best to keep their friends, families, and loved ones safe. I am extraordinarily grateful for them and admire the resolve and bravery that so many have shown in the face of this disaster. I do not think it is a hoax at all.
However, I think that literally everything else that is happening surrounding the "pandemic" is.
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The Pandemic
In the first week of January this year, I got sick. Really sick. I know when I got it and who I got it from, and honestly the exact moment I got it (I only was in proximity of the dude for a few minues). He had warned me that he was really sick, and I blew it off. I started feeling sick a day or two later, and a day or two after that I felt like I was dying. Fever, chills, aches, extraordinary fatigue. And literal, nonstop, 24/7 coughing. I had every single symptom of what we now know as COVID-19. I commented to anyone who would listen that I didn't recall ever feeling that sick before in my entire life. The most memorable part of it though was that after a couple days, I completely lost my sense of smell and taste. Joked a lot about how you could feed me onions and soap cause I'd have no idea. I try to have a good attitude about being sick.
I spent a week sleeping on the couch before I finally went to the doctor. She gave me a Prednisolone steroid pack (which has worked well for me in the past), some Trazodone to knock me out, and Benzonatotate for my cough. As soon as I took the first dose of steroids I started to feel pretty fucking great, and it was more or less a non-issue after that.
I spoke to a lot of people about it then and after, and man, I can't tell you how many stories I personally heard from people I know that said the exact same thing. Then I started reading the same story over and over again on Reddit:
We didn't start really hearing about the Coronavirus in the media until the beginning of March, and we didn't hear about the "Pandemic" until just a couple weeks ago. And what a couple weeks it's been since then. But I am quite certain that it's been around for a lot longer and that I, and a lot of other people I know, had it - and DID NOT DIE FROM IT - way back in January.
We now know that the first documented case in the US was on January 19th, but that word "documented" is so, so important here. That means that we had identified the virus, developed a test, and tested a person with the symptoms that day. It does NOT mean that was when the virus reached the United States. How sick do you have to be before you take a day off work? Before you go to the doctor? With America's healthcare system or lack thereof, it's almost certain that many people had this virus before we determined what it was, and how infectious it really was.
There is also the matter of the statistics of severity vs the regular flu. This is a highly contentious topic and I am no medical expert, and do not wish to make any assertions. However, what I can tell you from my personal experience is this: I had a horrible "flu" in January, got basic medicine, got better. So, either I had the flu, or perhaps I did indeed have the Coronavirus.
We will never know because I was never tested. But the important thing is that it doesn't matter. Either I (and many others) had the Coronavirus and it did not kill us (calling into question the severity of the infection) or we just had a bad cold or flu, but it had the exact same symptoms as COVID-19 (calling into question the extent of Coronavirus diagnoses). But logically, one of those two statements is true.
Furthermore, the data keeps changing, and I don't mean increasing on a daily basis. I mean up and down, back and forth, it is deadly or maybe it isn't, etc. On January 14 the WHO told you it couldn't spread from human to human. But then on Jan 19 we saw the first case of Coronavirus in the United States. Then it turns out that the Wuhan market outbreak began earlier in December. And then it's an "epidemic," but most people will only get mild symptoms. What are you supposed to believe? And it sure does seem to come at you as a firehose, and it's hard to even think about anything because OHMYGODTHECORONAVIRUS!
But let's stop and look a couple basic facts. As a matter of fact, I'm going to let Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi explain this one to you. This is a very informative 10 minute video, watch it:
Sucharit Bhakdi - Very clear math showing that the COVID statistics are being manipulated
So 80% of people only experience mild symptoms, and we're crashing the economy for this? The statistics aren't any more extreme than many other illnesses we've had over time, and we're crashing the economy for this? It doesn't make sense until you consider that there are other factors besides just the virus at play.
Wolfgang Wodard - Explaining how the statistics are being manipulated to cause panic
The media, and society at large is inundating you with terrifying information about the Coronavirus. But if it's not as bad as we originally thought, then why? We don't freak out about every illness that comes along, and we've certainly never in the history of civilization had over 1/3 of the global population locked down under mandatory quarantine.
And then there's the debate about where the virus came from. We believe it came from a meat market in China, under unsanitary conditions. The science behind a coronavirus making the leap from one species to another is well-established and researched, and it is a very likely scenario. There are also conspiracy theories that state that China released it on its people intentionally, or even that the US military released it in China. Again, we will never know exactly where this Coronavirus came from. It may be natural, it may be man made, and there are very plausible paths for both. I don't know what to believe myself. So here I ask you to make your own judgement based on likelihood.
What we do know though is that the state of the world this virus has been unleashed on has played a major factor in its spread. In 1950 the global population was 2.5 billion, and that has exploded to almost 8 billion people in 2020. As a matter of fact, population growth has been exponential since about the time of the Industrial Revolution.
With all these people on the planet there are sure to be many disagreements and conflicts, and there indeed have been. As a matter of fact, 2019 saw global protests on an unprecedented scale, in Hong Kong, France, Syria, and many other countries. Citizens have literally been fighting police and military with rocks, clubs, arrows, and molotov cocktails.
Did you know that? Despite my seeing headlines and pictures every day of the riots in Hong Kong, I have been shocked to learn that multiple of my close friends, intelligent and aware people, had no knowledge whatsoever of the protests even existing. But that is far from a coincidence; rather, it is quite by design.
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Billionaires and Coincidences
Another major talking point over the last 5 to 10 years has been the "1%" - the handful of super-rich individuals who posess and control the vast majority of the Earth's wealth and resources. Where it used to just be a numerical term, "Billionaire" is now a dirty word, and one of the nastiest. We all hate billionaires. They are evil, and profit off the exploitation of the rest of the world.
The "Illuminati" we call them, in pursuit of a "New World Order." Crazy stuff, right? Mysterious symbols and people in black robes doing nefarious things in secret meetings, and running the world from behind the scenes. We love the Illuminati, it's a huge pop culture thing now. The subject of endless speculation, they are made fun of in the media, movies, and now Taco Bell commercials. It's so far fetched it could never really be true. And the fact that you think that is by design as well.
So, we don't know where the Coronavirus came from, but it's certainly here, and there are lot of other things unfolding in the world around it. Many different current events from all different places and fields of study. Some of it seems a little too coincidental. It is certainly very coincidental that this economically destructive Coronavirus entered the world right as there were global uprisings, protests in the street, and a growing public hatred for billionaires.
Well, here are a few other coincidences: Hundreds of CEOs of major companies stepped down from their positions in recent months. Multiple US Senators sold stock right before the market crashed. Even the boss of the New York Stock Exchange sold his own stock right before the crash. Did they know something they weren't telling us?
Here's another coincidence. In 2010, The Rockefeller Foundation published a selection of future-predicting scenarios in the name of "exploring the ways that technology and development could co-evolve." One of these four scenarios, entitled "Lock Step," eerily predicts a global viral pandemic and the resulting hypothetical consequences, which almost exactly mirrors the COVID-19 pandemic we are in the midst of today.
Also coincidental: The first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in China on November 17th, 2019. Literally one month earlier, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. In this exercise, they discuss the potential implications and consequences of a novel Coronavirus, including an economic crash, martial law, and of particular interest, the control of information. (You can view some published highlights here)
The World Economic Forum is comprised of the richest of the rich. The 1%. The Billionaires. CEO's, politicians, business owners, and many other powerful and influential figures. They meet regularly to discuss topics of global concern, and strongly control the dissemination of information. And of primary concern to many of them is maintaining their wealth and power in a rapidly-changing world.
And finally, here's one more coincidence: At the exact same time as the Event 201 exercise, The World Military Games was held in Wuhan, China, Oct 18-27, 2019. It was the largest military sports event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports. Wuhan China was, as we now believe, the source of our current global COVID-19 outbreak.
Whether you think it is a "conspiracy" or not, that is all certainly coincidental, to say the least.
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"Why didn't I hear about any of this?"
That's an excellent question, and one that likely has multiple answers. For starters, how much do you really pay attention? Where do you get your news from? Do you research things you hear or just accept them on hearsay? Critical thinking skills are paramount in making sense of the chaos unfolding all around us.
As I mentioned before, I can tell you that I personally know multiple people who had no clue whatsoever about the riots in Hong Kong last year. As you read this, you may be one of them. And it may seem like something that is happening far away, and "could never happen here." Or you may have been aware of it but just that it was happening. But please, consider for a moment: millions of average citizens risked their lives and safety in the streets of Hong Kong for months on end, fighting police and military, and transforming the city they lived in into a warzone. WHY? Why would people do something like that? Regardless of their motivations, that many people were banding together to fight for something they believed in. And that is worth considering.
It's not really your fault though that you may not catch wind of all this news. The "mainstream media" that you hear about all the time deliberately controls information - downplaying threats and overreacting to silly things - in order to make sure that you hear the version of the news that they want you to hear.
Did you know that only 6 corporations control 90% of the media In America? That number is reduced from 50 companies in the 80's. And literally all the news you see on TV, at the very least, is 100% owned and controlled by these companies. Lately, distrust is growing for cable news networks, and many people turn to their local hometown station for trusted news. The problem with that though is that your hometown station is probably owned by Sinclair Media, one of the most powerful broadcast networks in the country that you've never heard of.
Please watch this very brief video, illustrating the chokehold that Sinclair Media maintains over your nightly local news broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWLjYJ4BzvI
Of course, not every piece of news is pre-programmed but a lot is. The real news is out there, but sometimes you have to look a little deeper than the infographics on TV news. Even if information is being directed from the top down, the boots on the ground tend to be passionate people with a variety of interests and agendas, and they are still doing their best to do real journalism despite corporate oversight.
Think of those who are directing the information as steering an impossibly massive ship with a rudder. You can slowly adjust the course of direction, however it is slow to react. If you want to stop, you have to start thinking about stopping wayyy ahead of time. And similarly, once it gets underway, it is then influenced by an inertia all its own. Micro controls and adjustments aren't really possible.
Our society is this giant ship. There are 8 billion people on this earth - that is 8000 million. An incomprehensible number that grows rapidly every day. As civilization grows and advances, so does our medicine, our technology, our cultural norms. These are all natural processes that are necessary to manage an increasing number of societies all around the globe. And many of the advances we're making have exciting potential benefits for humanity, although as with all tools, they also inherently possess the potential for abuse.
Here are some other things happening in society right now, some you may be aware of and many you may not:
There is an interesting chicken or egg relationship between science fiction and real world science. Sci-fi writers are inspired by the real science of the day, then they apply their creativity to imagine what might be in the future. Young scientists encounter these fantastical ideas and think they are worth pursuing, and then set about to make them a reality, and the cycle continues.
Futuristic concepts are then preempted and introduced through the media to the conscious mind, as we include them in books, movies, TV, video games, and more. Eventually we start seeing headlines of these new technologies and developments happening in other places, usually Japan and China first due to their prevalence in the industrial and technological sectors of our global economy.

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Going down the rabbit hole, 10+ years in the making.

Oh boy, this is going to be a very long one. I really need to externalize all this somehow so that maybe I can get some perspective and be able to move forward. Hopefully this is somehow interesting or insightful for other people.
I am currently 31 yrs old, male, and live in Canada, but this story starts way back in Mexico when I was in high school. Growing up I had always been the odd one out in my generation. Very few friends, even fewer love interests, getting teased, etc. The usual for someone that was bullied but managed to get through somewhat fine with a couple of friends in tow. My family at the time was considering the idea to move to the US, and after a few family conversations about it we instead opted for Canada. Now, moving countries and starting a new life isn't a simple thing to do. It requires patience and a little bit of know-how.
We lacked both.
Applying as entrepreneurs using my dad's qualifications, who barely spoke English, was our first mistake. One that we wouldn't see the result of until way later. But while waiting, we were so sure it'd work out. Mind you, I must have been around 16 at the time. While the decisions hinged on my parents, I was a big influence in even attempting the process. So of course, my parents decided that there was no reason for me or my sister to go back to school since we'd be moving soon. Instead, a family friend in the US offered my sister and I to attend school abroad for a semester and stay at their home. So we traveled to the US with my dad, who would only be staying a week to make sure we were in good hands.
I am glad he did this. The moment we arrived we were hit with insane rules and limitations about what channels and shows we were allowed to watch, what we were allowed to eat, so on and so forth. We even had to buy a bed for myself. As it was Halloween season, our hosts decided to take all the collected loot and put it in a drawer where we were to ask for permission to eat it. Mind you, this was an old friend of my dad's, and he was getting more and more angry about the situation as the days passed. My sister fit in without a hitch at school, acing the entrance exams and starting right away in middle school. For me, our dear hosts were hesitant that I would even be able to attend a normal school, and instead were pushing me to go to a language-assisted school. But I declined. I had been learning English since elementary school, and was positive it wouldn't be a problem. So, it took a couple of days, a language test and a somewhat easy entrance exam, and I made it in. But of course, being a late entry, I wasn't allowed a full course. Instead, I only had 3 classes: English, Math and Computer Sciences. On my first day, the latter was uneventful as the teacher had no idea what to do with me, since I had just been dumped on his class. In Math, they were doing a test, so I basically just sat in. English was fine, and I was hitting it off with a couple of people trying to make some friends. So, after that one day of school, I come back and have a big ol' talk with dad and my sis. This isn't what we had been expecting, our hosts were being extremely nitpicky and were charging my dad for everything we consumed or had, and it just felt like being exploited. The moment my dad left, we would have been hit with the full extent of the draconian ruleset of the house, possibly forced to go to church, be banned from things as innocuous as the sci-fi channel or The Simpsons, and my parents would receive an enormous bill. So, he said "to heck with it" and we decided to hop on a plane and go back home. This is how my 6 month hiatus from school began.
What is a 16 year old boy without school gonna do with his time? Probably play videogames and hang out online. This is dial-up internet times, so it wasn't like browsing today. It was the times of MSN chat, MySpace and Kazaa. I amassed a library of music (I was actually decent at avoiding viruses), made friendships in different parts of the country, and even made a friend who actually lived a couple of blocks from me. Nice girl. We adopted an iguana together. But I digress. Another thing a 16 year old boy on the internet without supervision would do? Explore. I began talking with people on line in chat forums, and even had some online relationships with a few girls my age that are good friends to this day. However, there was one in particular that wasn't so good. This part I'm going to explain briefly and attempt to keep it SFW. This woman was older than me, showered me with attention and validation, and was extremely horny. Me, being insecure and naive, fell for it.
During this time, we sold our house, and ended up living in my mom's childhood home alongside my aunt and her family, including my cousins. I was the eldest among the 4, with only 2 elder cousins on that side of the family that at the time lived abroad. Living there was ok, but as time went on it the tension built up among everyone. It wasn't a comfortable living situation, but the house was big and I generally kept to myself. The six months went by, and I started the new semester in a new school. It felt nice starting over. All the people I knew growing up already had a certain image of me, and it was hard for me to make friends with anyone there since I was odd and awkward, wasn't huge into getting drunk and not much into sports. These new people? Well, they weren't all that different from those before, but at least I could try to make new impressions. The group was small, since this was the last generation for that particular study program, and so it was a meager group of 20+ people, most of whom had flunked a semester or two or where delayed somehow like me. I ended up befriending a group of 3 girls that I hung out with. While I think they sought me after because I could help them with their schoolwork, I think by the end they actually considered me a friend. One of them at least.
So, remember that older woman I mentioned before? This was around the time that exploded in my face. She, as it turns out, was married. And her husband didn't take kindly to me fooling around with his wife. So, my email and social media get hacked and end up with pictures of male genitalia posted all over with really demeaning messages. I... was distraught. When friends notified me about the hack, I freaked out. Later that day I managed to get control of my account back and ended up deleting it completely. I then made a new email and started a new Facebook page (it was around the time Facebook became a big thing). I felt betrayed, disgusted and violated. I don't think my parents, or any adult in my life, ever noticed what had happened. I don't know if they ignored it, or I just forgot / blocked it. Regardless, I stayed away from situations like that altogether and managed to move on. Skip ahead two years, and I'm graduating High School, top of the class, and with the highest scholarship possible for University, applicable to the one associated with that one High School. I should mention, for context, this was a private school. Public school in Mexico is can be very dicey, so my parents made a point to always have us in private schools. Guess I was lucky in that regard.
So, ever since I was a kid, all I wanted to do with my life was create videogames in some way. So, when I learned this University had a 3D Animation program, I jumped right in. I still had to pay tuition, mind you, but at least it was lower thanks to the scholarship. Said scholarship also required me to work part-time at the school as an intern. I made a few good friends, had my first part-time job at Walmart, and did my best to absorb as much as I can from a program that was somehow constructed as an Engineering Degree, therefore filled with math alongside learning 3DsMax, Animation, Drawing and other art skills. It was a weird mix, but I figured it was all useful even if I sometimes felt like there was a lot of fluff. At this point, my family had moved out of my aunt's house and rented a small house that was pretty close to school. Pets had always been part of my family growing up, and at this time we had an amazing golden retriever. I only mention her briefly, because she passed very soon after we moved due to a kidney failure after being spayed. I adored that dog, and her loss really hurt me. She'd stay with me all night in my World of Warcraft all-nighters making me company. It really hurt my sister too, who had actually managed to not lose school like I did and was doing fine. Due to our age difference, we didn't get along that well, and having to share a room was a bit uncomfortable for both, but we made due.
A few things happened during the next 2 and a half years. I had a couple of summer jobs, I met a girl I fell in love with through an old friend of mine, and my dad got his first heart attack and got laid off from his job. This latter broke him, as he kind of identified himself as the provider of the household. My mom worked as a teacher, but my dad was the main breadwinner. This was also around the time, if I remember correctly, that the Canadian Embassy rejected our application for the second time. After years of trying, and switching the application to use my mom's qualifications and having her nail an English exam thanks to some counselors they hired, this rejection hit my family hard. We stopped renting that house and used what money we had left to buy an apartment in a neighbourhood close to where we lived originally. They decided to put the apartment under my name for some reason. Me, being over 18 at the time, didn't have any objections. But tensions in the house were high. My mom was extremely hostile to my gf and would try all she could to prevent me from visiting her on the weekends. She also took up gambling at a local casino. My dad secluded himself in a small candy shop he opened in the neighbourhood. My sister, she grew up in this whole mess and bottled everything up. And me? I found refuge in my friends, my gf and school. This also put a lot of pressure into my relationship, and it eventually burst and we broke up, but that wouldn't happen for another 3 years. In those 3 years, I had to drop out of school due to my aunt's inability to keep supporting my tuition and my sister's school, alongside her own kids. My job at the time wasn't enough to pay it off, and I was already bottled up working part-time at the school as well, it wasn't feasible for me to take over the cost. So I dropped out. My gf, who was studying graphic design, encouraged me to enroll in public uni. They didn't have a program for what I wanted, so I picked the closest thing I could find...graphic design. I studied and took the entrance exam and managed to get in. Now, I didn't expect any parties about it...but it is a really tough exam... and it really didn't seem like anyone cared I had made it in. My gf was more amazed than anything, and my friends were happy for me, but my family was really pretty much absent. At this time, I even considered moving out and not go through any more proceedings when it came to attempting to move to Canada. I was done. Angry. Tired. I had felt betrayed and abandoned.
Graphic Design school was ok. I had to take a bus every day to get there, and it wasn't the most safe route. By this time, things in the city were getting dicey. I had actually encountered a few life threatening scenarios, like people with guns and knives mugging my gf and I, a dude with a gun robbing a Domino's Pizza I worked at and three guys driving a shady public bus at night attempting to steal my car on my way back from my GF's house. During an argument with my mom, I stormed out of the house and actually dented a door of the car while getting out of the garage (it was in a really awkward position next to a support pillar). My relationship with my mom was at its worst, my dad was nonexistent and my sister was in her own world. I... failed to be there for her and it kills me to this day.
So. Canada eventually said yes. We had been given permanent residency and had a year to land in. Problem was, by this point we had no money left to be able to afford the move. This, naturally, just got things at home worse and eventually led to my dad having a stroke. He was in the hospital for a while. This also put a strain in my relationship, and was one of the reasons we broke up. She took up a new boyfriend almost immediately, and this completely destroyed my heart. I stopped caring, and went dark. A few months later, I started dating a girl from school around the same time another girl I knew through a friend started flirting with me. I didn't care. I dated them both for a bit. But then, I caught myself in what I was doing, and really fell out of it. This wasn't what I wanted. I'm not this. So I broke it off with both of them, and decided to be on my own until I could figure things out. And right about then, my uncle comes to me with a brilliant plan. He says to me: "The apartment is under your name, correct?". I say "Yes. Why?". "I propose this..." he continued, "...I'll buy it from you, and that will give you enough for you and your family to move to Canada."
I said yes almost immediately. I wanted a fresh start. I wanted out of that hellish situation I had been in for so long.
My parents took some convincing, but eventually agreed it was a good idea. The biggest condition my uncle gave was that part of that money was to be used for me to finish my studies. Years later, he and my aunt divorced due to their own issues, but I will be forever grateful to him.
We had traveled a year prior for the official "landing" that we had to go through together, but went back to Mexico after that because of the lack of funds. Now, we were ready to make the move. Over 7 years of haphazard decisions, tension and pain was paying off. My mom moved in first to find both a house and a job. My sister and me traveled a month later. I actually had a very touching goodbye party with all my different non-associated groups of friends all together in the roof of our building, and I still have tears when I think of how I felt back then. I will always treasure each and every one of them fondly. I even had mended my friendship with my now ex-gf, and after a few heart-to-hearts we actually found we had feelings for each other. So, we actually made plans for her to follow me after a few years had passed and I was established (you can save the eye-roll. Of course it didn't work out. But we were young. She's actually still in Mexico, being a successful graphic designer and in a relationship with a guy she always had a crush on. I'm quite happy for her, and we are good friends to this day. And no, I wouldn't get involved romantically with her again).
Sorry for the tangent. But anyway, my dad was to follow us at the end of the year after he got his retirement paperwork settled. Except, a few months after my sis and I were settled, my mom drops the biggest bomb on us. "I don't want your father to come." she said, following with a -"I want you to support me on this." I was at a loss for words, but I didn't want to come in between them. I love both my parents, and I know they both have done what they could. I decided to remain neutral. I was not gonna take sides. Neither was my sister. Suffice to say, my parents are now separated and my dad stayed in Mexico.
I got into a 2-year program for 3D-Modeling while my sister started high-school pretty much right away. I also got a part-time job at a Safeway to support my own expenses as well as the school's tuition, while my mom took care of the rest of the expenses between her own job and the money from the apartment in Mexico. My dad moved in with his brother by the end of that year. Our income was low, but we managed. I graduated from the program and landed a job in a studio doing motion capture. I had a girlfriend for a bit, but it didn't pan out. My sister graduated high-school and entered college for a degree in Biology. And I wish this was where the story ended happily. But sadly... it is not.
During my time at this studio, that shall remain unamed, I grew confident. While I did a good job in saving up money, I also bought a lot of stuff. Figurines, games, clothes, movies, etc. With the help of my mom we bought a nice computer for me to work on stuff at home after my old one broke down. It was a decent year of providence where I started to build up some good credit history. Things were so good, I was confident I could move out on my own.
And then, it hit. The double whammy. In the same week, my contract at the studio ends without previous warning and I get laid off unceremoniously, AND my mom gets diagnosed with breast cancer. So, back to the grinder. My mom had to take leave from work and I struggled to land another industry job quickly, so I ended up working at a coffee shop part-time. My sister had to quit school, which we could barely afford anyway, and took up a job at a Mexican restaurant. Between the two of us we tackled a whole year of minimum-wage work to try and survive until my mom wen through her treatment. During this time, I amassed a sizable amount of credit card debt buying food and paying bills. 6 months in, I lose the job at the coffee shop and manage to land a job at an EB Games I frequented. We barely made it through and my mom survived the cancer. My sister, under the huge amounts of pressure and frustration, decided to move away to another province with some friends she had made in order to get things in perspective for her. I was left with my mom.
I should mention by this time we had been in Canada for a little over 3 years, had moved twice and were currently living in a two-bedroom apartment where I was essentially sleeping in the living room. I took over my sister's room after she left, but I was only holding off until my mom could take care of herself. I then moved out with a friend of mine and managed to get a job at another studio thanks to a friend that worked there. This studio was new, so it was up to us to bring it up to speed and deliver good stuff. I worked my butt off in every project earning below-average wage and tackling way more than what my job-description would specify, but I eventually became lead, got a couple of raises and became integral to the studio. It was like a small family working together. I managed to maintain my debt in check, but it was big enough to accumulate interest slowly and I didn't make enough to cover all expenses and pay it off. Studio work was unstable, as the per-hour rate normally covered 20-30 hours per week and only went 40+ on crunch periods. I got to work on some amazing stuff though. I started teaching at the school too, and was working at EB Games still during weekends and the off-shoot weekday. But EB was getting restless and questioning why I wasn't making them my priority, and eventually ended up quitting due to overload that led to me getting really sick one winter.
Almost caught up with current events. Studio had a bit of a slow year. My sister came back and started living with my mom again, got her old job back at the restaurant, and I picked up a seasonal job there as well. This wasn't the first time she and I worked together (I got her her first job, in fact) and by now our relationship was a lot better, so it worked out great. This money I saved up to travel to Japan for two weeks, a trip I always wanted to take. My sister liked the idea and she saved up for it too. Figured we deserved it. It was an amazing trip accompanied by some of my friends. But of course, nothing can ever go smoothly. A little under two months prior to my trip, my roommate informs me he is moving out. I cannot afford rent on my own, so I scramble to look for a solution. The idea comes up for my sister and I to move in together, however the apartment I was at was not pet friendly, and by now my sister had a cat. So, we look together until we find a suitable place, ending up in the same building as my mom, and take it. I end up spending way more money that I wanted due to full rents and deposits, but I manage to secure the place, move all my stuff to my mom's, go to Japan with my sister, and then come back and move everything to the new place. I'm spent, so I start saving up again to try and recoup. My sister got a bit frustrated, finding out that what she saved up for the trip wasn't quite enough, so she begins to look for job opportunities and decided to take an online course on dog training. I supported her wholeheartedly, though my mom was skeptical. Regardless, sis and I move together and help each other out when we can. Studio work picks up again for a while and she's basically working full time, so while we don't make bank, we cover all the expenses and manage to do well for a bit.
And then the studio broke me. At the end of 2018, it ran out of money in the middle of an in-house project we were doing in order to attract more contracts. The lead of the project disappears on us, leaving only one person and I to finish it within 3 months that accumulated unpaid hours. We were promised pay as soon as possible, but when they wanted to take on another in-house project right after, I noped out. I couldn't afford more unpaid hours. I took up a part-time job at the local movie theater to try to supplement income until the studio picked up again. It wasn't that rare to go a month or two without work every now and then. The nature of the beast I guess. But this time it was different. November 2018 that project ended. I didn't get paid for it for almost a year, and in 2019 we only got a small indie game to work on. Studio was pretty much dead, and all the deals and promises just never came.
My debt accumulated rapidly during this time, and I was earning so little that I actually started to miss payments and borrowed money from friends. I managed to do a couple of freelance commissions, but it wasn't enough. I used up all my Employment Insurance and tried to get as many hours on the theater as I could. Eventually that theater closed down and I was transferred to the one I am at currently, which is now also closing down in May. And to cap things off, my dad in Mexico is going through prostate cancer and I have no feasible way of either going to see him or helping him in any way.
So folks, you've made it to the end of the story and caught up with my current situation. I have 3 jobs: a part-time job at a movie theater that barely gives me hours and is due to close in two months, a part-time teaching position at a university that, while helpful, is pretty much a gamble every quarter if I get a group or not, and a supposedly full-time job at a studio that pays late, has no projects and makes tons of promises for the future, yet doesn't want to have payroll and instead have me as an independent contractor.
I am at a loss. I've exhausted my options looking for work, and am now forced to try and find a full-time minimum-wage job to make ends meet just so I can then try and look for industry jobs. I have a massive debt that I cannot bring down, owe a lot of money in taxes from last year that I cannot possibly pay, and every month is a struggle to even make rent, let alone utilities and food. I am on the verge of bankruptcy and have no idea where to go from here. All I can do is survive until I can muster some miraculous demo reel in things that are not motion capture related in order to try and land a job somewhere else. I feel trapped, hopeless, exhausted and on the verge of anxiety attacks every time I have to think about it. This is where my life has gone. The culmination of my own decisions. A hole that I cannot get out of.
Thank you for reading this long story about a guy that clearly doesn't know what he's doing. A guy consumed by guilt and depression that struggles to get up every morning to a hellhole of his own making. This was therapeutic to write, and I hope those of you that made it to the end, got some enjoyment out of it at least. Let something good come out of it.
EDIT: minor grammar and spelling corrections.
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A Look at Konami's Finances

I thought it might be interesting to look at the financial states of different gaming companies. At first I wanted to do a quick overview of all of the major companies but after a little bit of research I realized how much work that would take. Instead I'm going to try to space things out and focus on one company at a time. First up I decided to look at Konami. They've moved away a lot from home console games but I feel like how they've been characterized in the past year or so has been somewhat misleading. Anyway, here we go.

Konami

First off let me get something out of way: Konami is not a pachinko company. Konami is currently divided into four major sections and in the last 6 months the pachinko division was the smallest revenue wise.
The first part of Konami is "Digital Entertainment", which creates video games. This is the biggest part of Konami, bringing in around 45% of Konami's revenue. Mobile games have been a very important part of this division with their biggest game being Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu (Part of a chibi baseball series dating back to 1994). Outside of mobile, things like the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game and PES have helped Konami over the past year. Even without something like Metal Gear Solid V releasing this year the Digital Entertainment section of Konami actually brought in more money in the first half of their 2017 financial year.
The next biggest part of Konami is "Health & Fitness". This part of Konami runs gyms in Japan. Konami is one of the biggest gym companies in Japan and this division is ~35% of their revenue.
Third is the "Gaming & Systems" part of Konami. This part of Konami is focused on making things like slot machines for casinos. Over the past year the gambling section lost about 8% of its profits due to (according to Konami) more competition and less investments from casinos. This is ~15% of their revenue.
Finally we have the "Amusement" part of Konami. This part of Konami releases arcade games and pachinko/pachislot. This is currently the worst performing part of Konami. It brings in the least amount of revenue and has the most negative outlook of any of the divisions. Konami lost about 40% of their revenue in this area compared to last year. The problem isn't arcade games, which are doing decently, but pachinko machines. Even with the release of things like Metal Gear pachislot (as a sidenote, the "next-generation" cabinet is officially called BIGBOSS) Konami doesn't see this division as growing much in the near future. Due to a complex mixture of regulations, unions and loss of customers Konami is just trying to "stabilize profitability" with pachinko. This part of Konami was ~10% of their revenue.
For a quick tl;dr of everything:
Even with the gambling and pachinko parts of the company struggling Konami is doing very good right now. The mobile division is very profitable right now and the stock of Konami is at a 15 year high.

Sources

Financial statement from Konami. The numbers in this goes through April 2016-September 2016.
Konami Stock History
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Nước Mỹ xinh đẹp, phồn hoa với thiên đường giải trí Las Vegas

Nước Mỹ xinh đẹp, phồn hoa với thiên đường giải trí Las Vegas
Du lịch nước Mỹ có rất nhiều điều khiến bạn ngạc nhiên khi lần đầu đặt chân đến xứ sở xinh đẹp này gửi hàng đi mỹ tại tphcm. Và có một nơi mà bạn vừa có thể khám phá thiên nhiên, thưởng thức ẩm thực phong phú, vừa có thể thử “vận đỏ đen”, lại còn được tham gia những lễ hội kéo dài xuyên suốt trong ngày. Đó chính là Las Vegas – thành phố giải trí “hot” nhất thế giới. Hãy cùng chúng tôi khám phá bảng giá gửi hàng đi mỹ và thiên đường giải trí này của du lịch Mỹ nhé!
Las Vegas, thành phố không bao giờ ngủ
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Ở “thành phố ánh đèn” Las Vegas, mỗi casino là một thành phố thu nhỏ, tái hiện gần như trọn vẹn những nét đặc trưng của từng nơi như: casino Paris với tháp Eiffel và những nghệ sĩ hát rong trên đường phố. casino Venice với dòng sông xanh thơ mộng, những người chèo thuyền Gondola chở các cặp tình nhân đi dạo, casino Wynn với vườn nhiệt đới và thác nước trên sa mạc, casino Luxor với kiểu kiến trúc Kim tự tháp độc đáo…
Ở Las Vegas bạn có thể thong dong tản bộ quanh thành phố rực rỡ ánh đèn. Khi mỏi chân, hãy lên một chiếc xe buýt để nhìn ngắm thành phố tấp nập qua cửa xe cũng sẽ rất thú vị.
Las Vegas, thành phố giải trí sôi động
Một trong những điểm dẫn khác của hành trình khám phá thành phố Las Vegas chính là các chương trình biểu diễn nghệ thuật hoành tráng. Đêm Las Vegas sống động với những vở kịch đầy màu sắc, sự kết hợp tuyệt vời giữa nhiều loại hình nghệ thuật.
Trong số đó, lôi cuốn, hấp dẫn và nhiều màu sắc nhất phải kể đến show diễn “Giấc mơ” trên sân khấu nước ở Casino Wynn. Buổi diễn trong 90 phút đưa người xem đi từ giấc mơ này sang giấc mơ khác.
Las Vegas, thành phố nghỉ dưỡng sang trọng
Khu liên hợp casino – khách sạn ở Las Vegas rộng đến hàng chục mẫu, ngoài khu giải trí, casino, khách sạn, còn có rạp hát, phòng hội nghị, vũ trường, nhà hàng thiết kế đủ mọi phong cách. Nghỉ dưỡng ở đây vào hàng đắt nhất thế giới. Mỗi casino được ví như kỳ quan để du khách vào chiêm ngưỡng thoải mái.
Mua vé báy bay đi Mỹ và đến với Las Vegas, chắc chắn bạn còn có rất nhiều lý do để tiêu tiền và khó mà tiết kiệm khi đã đặt chân đến các trung tâm thương mại Granf Canal Shoppes, Fashion Show Mall…với các nhãn hiệu nổi tiếng Pucci, Custo Barcelona, Victoria’s Secret, Christian Dior…bên cạnh đó Forum Shops là nơi duy nhất có cầu thang cuốn hình cong 2 tầng, nơi đây nổi tiếng với các show Atlantis do ba tượng người sống động y như thật trình diễn.
Las Vegas, vẻ đẹp thiên nhiên hùng vĩ
Ngoài những trò giải trí sống động trong thành phố với ánh đèn rực rỡ suốt đêm thì nơi đây cũng có cảnh đẹp hùng vĩ được thiên nhiên ban tặng.
Nếu bạn muốn tận hưởng cảm giác khoáng đạt của thiên nhiên sau những ồn ào, náo nhiệt của thành phố hãy đến thăm Grand Canyon, bạn sẽ thấy choáng ngợp trước vẻ đẹp hùng vĩ mà thiên nhiên bạn tặng cho con người nơi đây.
Las Vegas, hương vị ẩm thực phong phú
Cuối cùng, bạn dừng bỏ qua cơ hội khám phá thế giới ẩm thực phong phú và đặc sắc của thành phố này. Không phải ngẫu nhiên mà Las Vegas được trang du lịch MSN bình chọn trong Top 10 thành phố ăn ngon nhất thế giới gửi hàng đi mỹ tại quận tân phú. Ở đây quy tụ nhiều nền nghệ thuật ẩm thực độc đáo và không thiếu vắng bất kỳ món ngon nào trên thế giới.
Las Vegas, nơi được mệnh danh là thành phố không bao giờ ngủ và được xem là thiên đường giải trí cho mọi du khách trên thế giới đến đây!
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