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Introduction Post + Question For Community 24m

2020.09.07 08:43 highlvlproblemsolver Introduction Post + Question For Community 24m

Good evening RP Christians.
This is my introduction post to the sub. I have lurked for some time, and have been a follower of Jesus Christ since the summer of 2017. I was in the main RP subreddit since 2016 and had followed much of their advice regarding personal improvement, but since coming to faith I've found that I'd like to focus on growing into the image of God, the highest ideal that exists. I have a few parts of my life figured out, a few others not figured out. Hoping to be active and learn and grow with you all.
Stats:
6'4 210lbs, BF% around 20%. Lifts: BP 200lbs, DL 405lbs, OHP 105lbs, Squat 215lbs. Lifts will be much higher in the coming months as I've been slowly working my way back from a knee injury.
Reading:
The Bible on most weekdays + some scripture reading on the weekends. Not much of the other material. However, I've read other RP related books like 12 Rules For Life from JP which has a heavy emphasis on Biblical teachings and their manifestation within everyday life. Other books I've read in 2020 include The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and Models both by Mark Manson, No More Mr. Nice Guy, 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, etc.
Finances:
Currently still in college with 2 years left but working full-time in digital advertising at the same time. When I graduate, I'll be a software developer, hopefully at the same company where the whole upper-management are Christians and make a point to talk about their faith publically despite it not being a "PC" topic in our part of the world. (West Coast). Currently have zero debt, and have $15k in savings (this is my Baby Step 3 for the Dave Ramsey people in here), and have another $11k in stocks (mostly Index funds with some blue-chip stocks thrown in). Working through Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps, and now I'm in steps 4, 5, 6 which is to invest 15% of my income, save for children's college fund, and pay off house (I don't have a house yet so I'm saving for one). Practicing delayed gratification here so that I can set myself up to do great things in the future in terms of providing for myself, my family + being outrageously generous.
Spiritual:
I pray daily. My morning routine now includes taking freezing showers in addition to my stretching + Bible reading prior to starting work. I have memorized some scripture (primarily due to my family being non-believers and coming to me with basic apologetics questions which I've researched and memorized as a result.) Through the period that I was SUPER into Apologetics, watching videos 24/7 on the subject (primarily towards Atheists and Muslims) I learned quite a bit. It helps in some sense that I speak Arabic and can read the Quran in its original language for the purpose of Apologetics. Currently taking a college class on Biblical Hebrew (MAN IS IT FREAKING HARD) because I need a language credit and saw the subject available as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I'm not currently a part of a church and have found that the church I previously attended is perhaps not the best environment for me. It was a mega-church where the Pastor makes millions of dollars and is on the field for the local NFL team, and is a legitimate "celebrity Pastor". The worship team is absolutely incredible, I had some good friends there as well, it was my first church, but I plan on moving to another church because I've had some bad experiences with folks there that I felt were fake and quite honestly the definition of "Churchianity" and "Woke" as we are within one of the top two most liberal parts of the US.
Other:
When I'm not coding, in school, I'm into MMA and do a lot of Muay Thai/Western Boxing. When things return to normal I'm hoping to learn some kind of a grappling martial art in addition to the above.
My Question:
I'm currently 24 years old. Quite honestly, I haven't had a serious girlfriend before. I've kissed a few girls just because I thought they were beautiful, but they never ended up materializing into anything more. I've had a few girls say that I'm attractive (not to my face but my friends) after we've hung out in small groups. I never pursued these, as I felt they weren't really as (hate to sound vain here) but as beautiful as I would want. But apart from this, I feel like I've seriously wasted way too much time in not properly taking care of this area of my life and that I need to start meeting people ASAP.
Classic RP wisdom has told me "You're tall, strong and on your purpose, go cold approach 100 girls and get on online dating, you'll get at least 15-20 new girls this way and can filter out for LTRs as you gain experience."
I don't know if this is my faith speaking, or my own lack of courage in wanting to cold approach 100 people but it just doesn't seem like a great way to meet Christian girls that are serious about their faith. What would you all recommend/how did you married men find your wives for sorting out this area of life?
I'm open to all options. My thoughts are currently to get on some online Christian dating apps (I don't know any off the top of my head) and when churches open up again to be active in the community and make a point to go to every meetup, hang out and just meet people whilst being immersed in the community of God's family.
Let me know what you all think!
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2020.09.05 21:55 crzygrlx3 [QC] Mini Lady Dior in Black Rhinestone Cannage Satin Angel Factory from TS Alisa + Bonus Chanel Cardholder

[QC] Lady Dior in Black Satin & Rhinestones Angel Factory from TS Alisa + Bonus Chanel Cardholder
I’m new to writing QC’s please let me know if anything is missing (second attempt - I guess first one done on my mobile may have been removed due to not enough detail, so I have gotten myself to the PC while my newborn is asleep and added a lot more detail).
This is my second rep purchase since discovering RepLadies - the first were a pair of Jimmy Choo Cinderella heels from TS Fisherman (let me know if there's any interest in me posting a review - unfortunately I ordered them with my old phone so may not have the factory & PSP photos). Prior to discovering RepLadies, I did purchase my first rep Chanel Jumbo from perfectcclub and have been lurking here for quite some time.
I would like to leverage the community's extreme QC'ing skills/expertise and attention to detail, as well as make sure I do a sanity check that what I noticed in my PSPs are a quality issue and okay to request a replacement product (versus the extreme end of QC'ers that the mods had posted a PSA about).
Alisa is currently asleep, and I plan to communicate with her the concerns after getting the community's opinions once she's up/work hours resume. I did request that she take a video for me, and she offered to do it with natural light in the morning - that way I can better judge the pretty shiny as well as see if the alignment issue is the lighting or actual quality issue. Will also ask her to let me know her opinion as well, given she can see it and if there are any glaring issues with alignment to her. Anyhow, without further ado, here goes.
Seller Name: TS Alisa
WeChat: HYL850311 (Main) HDD201810 (Alternate)
Price of Item: paid 2700 RMB (no shipping cost within China, or ~$40 to USA)
[PSPs] [Factory Photos]
[Authentic] Dior BragMyBag VintageContessa LuxuryBags
The Good:
Areas of Concern:
My main area of concern is that, within the factory photos, the alignment of the rhinestones are a lot neater, in a straight line (with only one part misaligned/diagonal), whereas the PSPs show the misalignment in the entire middle column of both the front and back of the bag. Obviously, with the auth it is even more neat and clean, but we are being realistic and comparing with the factory photos (which show very neat alignment, aside from the second row you see the same diagonal placement of the rhinestones).
The AOC's are also noted in the comments in the IMGUR link under each photo, but I've also written them here. Please let me know if I should mark up the photos to indicate which areas I am talking about - just afraid of that PSA with the crazy PhD in geometry QC'ing!
Since I am comparing with factory photos that show much better alignment, what would you suggest I do when Alisa is back to work? Request a different bag and hope she gets one with better alignment of the rhinestones? Just wanted to get everyone's opinion and expertise on whether this is a big enough issue to red light and switch as I feel bad given how much work they do for us.
Again, if there's anything else glaring that I did not notice, please do let me know. I appreciate all the help and effort of everyone on this sub :).
Bonus Chanel Cardholder: Not doing a full QC request here given it was free with spending >2000 RMB, but I do see that there's some damage on the interior (a scratch) and wanted to know if I'm already exchanging the Lady Dior if I should also see if she has a better card holder on hand, or just keep it given it's on the inside and you normally wouldn't see it. I didn't request PSPs of this cardholder, she was kind enough to include them without prompting.
UPDATE: appreciate the sanity check and extra eyes! I GL’d the bag and it’s on the way :). I figured that light reflecting on this particular bag made it look wonky in photos and just wanted your expertise. Trusting in Alisa’s abilities to pick out the best bag for me!
Also - mentioned the scratch on the cardholder and was ok if she didn’t have extra but since it a group buy benefit I think she has several on hand. Instantly swapped out and sent me a video of the new one!
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2020.08.09 21:16 ar_david_hh Aug/9/2020 news: / Secret license - Karabakh Telecom / World's most efficient thermal plant / Arrests / Ex-police chief in trouble. Threats / Neighborhood news / Beirut aid. Eye-witness report. Repatriates & Arabs / Earthquake-proof schools / Education reforms - Arts & Crafts / Armenian churches / +

HahHhHhHahaha you really thought you could get away from me because it's Sunday?

World's most efficient thermal power plant in Yerevan

In 2019 the Italian Renko company began constructing a new thermal electricity plant in Yerevan. $2.8M tax waiver is given to proceed.
 
Renko says: // This is our largest investment in Armenia. We partnered with Siemens. $130M out of $270M investments are done already.
 
The new plant will have 254MW capacity and it'll be the most efficient in the word at 54%. That means the produced electricity will be cheaper. It's also eco-friendly.
 
500 people are currently working, with 95% being locals. 100 permanent jobs.
COVID will delay the completion date but we hope to finish it in 2021. \\
https://youtu.be/bqzhYwk7XSI

ex-mayor doesn't have to be arrested pre-trial

The judge ruled that a pre-trial arrest isn't necessary for Yerevan's ex-mayor Robert Nazaryan, who is accused of rewriting laws to illegally help Mishik's Dzoraget hydro power plant which subsequently overcharged $14.7M for electricity.
The court approved the arrest of another suspect Mushegh Koshetsyan.
https://factor.am/275188.html , https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/i4z9oq/aug62020_news_drugs_over_mail_ok_armenia_will/? , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30772927.html

ex-police chief Gasparyan clashes with journalists / Lawyer makes threats

Pashinyan administration created a database of illegal structures built on Lake Sevan shores during former regimes. They're subject for removal so the lake levels can rise.
 
Azatutyun went near the shores to document the illegal buildings when the embattled former police chief Vladimir Gasparyan allegedly used his car to threaten to run over the journalists and to shoot them. "He didn't want his house to be filmed and wanted to erase the tapes."
Azatutyun president Daisy Sinderlar condemned the "attack". They called the police.
 
Roboserj lawyer Tigran Atanesyan received insider information that the police are preparing to arrest Vladimir Gasparyan.
Atanesyan said: // the so-called Velvet Government decided to arrest Vladimir for a stupid reason. It's expected that gays don't like normal people. We're getting info as it unfolds.
Gasparyan's efforts to create independent Armenia are invaluable. He is one of the founders of the 3rd republic. Try and go further. It'll be your end and the revival of our state. \\
 
https://youtu.be/oLVN88IkIYk , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30774111.html , https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30773276.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024484.html

Neighborhood / Turkish-Azeri military training...

... began after Tavush battles. They're conducting it near the Armenian border.
Azeri media reports that one Azeri soldier was accidentally killed by Turkish fire during the exercises. The govt reported the death as "suicide".
The Azeri media reports about disagreements between AZ and TR armies and a lack of proper coordination.
 
In other news, a report says Azeri govt began secretly delivering Israeli rockets to Turkey for the purpose of disassembly and engineering intel gathering. Some Azeri officials are concerned that Israel might not be happy with this.
 
And it more other news, Aliyev regime will begin to privatize the State Oil Company SOCAR and other "socialist structures".
 
SOCAR: https://eurasianet.org/azerbaijani-president-slams-state-oil-company-announces-privatization
https://freeazerbaijan.info/2020/08/08/боевая-потеря-в-ходе-военных-учений/
https://factor.am/275137.html
https://www.lragir.am/2020/08/08/570256/

COVID stats

+225 infected. +125 healed. +6 deaths. 6,871 active. 176,014 tested.
Businesses in Yerevan generally follow the safety rules better than those in provinces, found the inspectors.
https://factor.am/275191.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024470.html

update: Beirut Aid

Armenian humanitarian aid has reached Lebanon. Two more jets will fly next week. https://factor.am/275173.html
 
A routine anti-govt riot took place in Lebanon. Several govt buildings were occupied. There were deaths and injuries among protesters. The Nature Minister resigned. https://factor.am/275199.html
 
Ejmiatsin cathedral and Catholicos Garegin B held a prayer for Beirut. https://factor.am/275209.html

Beirut explosion story

Vanay Dzayn reporter Nzhdeh: I heard the first blast and opened the window to find out what's happening. My parents, having lived in Lebanon and being used to war, immediately told me to stay away from windows.
That's when the second blast happened. A massive earthquake. We thought the building was crumbling and started to escape. Everyone was disoriented and bloodied on the streets. There were rumors of a military strike.
Full: https://youtu.be/XGmx2D3lLbw

Armenians in Beirut

Armenian embassy registered 40 ethnic Armenians who want to move to Armenia. Some of them want to sell their houses first. Others are ready to move right now but don't have money; they'll be offered a free flight with a humanitarian plane.
The Diaspora Committee chief Sinanyan will meet them to discuss scenarios.
 
Sinanyan: we've been working with Parliament to streamline the passport obtaining process. It should take 2-4 weeks instead of 6 months. Women shouldn't face difficulties if they changed their last name after marriage.

Arabs in Beirut

Reporter to Sinanyan: yesterday you said Armenia should also welcome Lebanese Arabs to Armenia. Some people didn't agree, saying we should help Armenians instead, even though Arabs welcomed Armenians in Lebanon a century ago.
Sinanyan: the idea to also invite Christian Arabs to Armenia was voiced by ARF party official based in Lebanon, and I agree with it. Most of the critics were politically motivated.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1024475.html , https://youtu.be/1LmFNsqjnH8

Arno

A large ship in Vladivostok, Russia is named after legendary composer Arno Babajanyan.
https://factor.am/275246.html

Earthquake-proof schools across Armenia

52 modular schools will be built across Armenia by 2022. The $4M construction project begins in September.
Modular design allows them to make the buildings earthquake-proof for a low price. It suits better for small settlements.
 
Ejmiatsin's #5 school is being rebuilt with seismic protections and labs.
Deghdzut's school is being renovated for the first time since 1968.
https://youtu.be/mh49TdSXqIk

Karabakh Telecom monopoly in Artsakh / Secret agreement

Karabakh Telecom (KT) is the only operator in Artsakh, so they charge astronomical numbers. KT and Artsakh govt had signed a 30-year-long secret agreement in 2001. The details and pricing methodology were classified.
 
Last year the Armenian govt managed to agree to reduce the roaming fees by up to 75%, but critics say its service is still too expensive.
Armenia-based BeeLine charges $4 for 5GB LTE, 200 minutes, 200 SMS.
KT charges 8x for the same service.
 
Informed Citizen NGO after examining: don't blame KT. They are a business so they want to make money. The problem is with the govt. Everything was/is classified. To make it worse, the law says that if the telecom regulations and the business license have conflicts, the business license wins. So, this secret license is above the law.
 
Artsakh's regulator: the law allows businesses to ask the regulator to keep the agreement details secret if it contains trade secrets. The fees are justified.
Informed Citizen NGO responds: that's absurd... And Artsakh Constitution says the only thing above Artsakh law is the international law.
 
Artsakh journalists have made unsuccessful attempts to get the agreement details. Artsakh govt says the agreement expires in 2031 and there is no requirement to renew it. "There won't be barriers for competitors after 2031."
 
https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/08/08/Ղարաբաղ-Տելեկոմ․-ինչու-են-գաղտնի-պահվում-պայմանագիրը-և-լիցենզիան/392301
https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/co85gq/anticorruption_news_from_armenia_aug92019/

Russian documentary about Armenian churches

By Stas Namin (aka Anastas Mikoyan).
https://youtu.be/dTn-hoRR2to

Education reforms / Arts & Crafts

Changes will be made to Art & Crafts classes. A Ministry-formed Group tasked with drawing the blueprint.
Music, Fine Arts: 1-12 classes
Dance, Theater: 7-12 classes
 
Artists are happy about putting more emphasis on these subjects, but they want the Ministry's Group, which writes the rules, to have more members from the actual arts industry to ensure their voices are heard.
The Ministry Group responded saying right now they're only writing the blueprints, and when the time arrives to write the curriculum, they'll invite arts industry experts for discussions.
 
Anahit Bakhshyan says the Pedagogical University lacks the tools to produce qualified experts who can teach arts to students. She wants the govt to require the University to go through re-training.
Ministry Group says the way the classes will work doesn't require the teacher to be a world-class expert. The teacher's main role is organizational, with much of art exploration being done by students themselves.
 
"Karin" traditional dance group leader agreed with the Ministry to create a Masters's Degree course for folklore music and dance.
 
Not all classes will be mandatory in schools. Schools will be required to dedicate a certain % of the time to Arts & Crafts. Students and schools will have the flexibility to tweak the specifics to avoid overloading and repetition.
 
Pedagogical University is unhappy that they aren't the ones writing the rules this time around. Ministry Group leader says the University has fallen behind and needs to keep up.
More: https://factor.am/275075.html

Armenian tech startup gets $3M funding

Superannotate is an annotation app that uses AI to mess around with imagery. It can be used by self-driving cars, doctors to find diseases, etc.
The team decided to establish the company in Armenia in August 2018 "because of the revolution".
Video: https://www.facebook.com/tigran.avinyan/videos/317219499470946/
http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283832/
 
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2020.08.04 10:49 Johnathan_Johnson Why are Salafists obsessed with the End Times? + A rant

Salafist channels like Mercifulservent, TheDailyReminder, and OneIslam productions post hundreds of videos about eschatology, end times, Dajjal, Yajouj-MAjouj, and the Mahdi. They also have these long narratives between epic battles between Mahdi-led believers vs Iblis-led kuffar with all sorts of stunning details such as entering from which exact wall and when and how. Romanticizing both the past caliphates and the alleged caliphate of Mahdi seems to be a favorite past time of these guys. These videos get thousands of likes, shares, and cringy regressive comments.
Mufti Abu Layth has said that all the hadith about the end times involving the second coming of Jesus, Madhi, Dajjal, and Gog-Magog are Daeef and were created by Ummayads to promote Damascus as a capital of the state and to promote the Damascus mosque as where Jesus will descend. In doing this, they borrowed several Christian concepts like the return of Christ and antichrist while also inventing Mahdi. Ibn Al Ashour has confirmed this fact.
And all the ‘’signs of judgment day’’ are new fabrications dating from the 20th and 21st centuries. Mostly to justify their claims about their beliefs about what is haram (e.g. the prophet said ‘’people will look at a rectangular thing which will have moving pictures on it and they will be cursed” Only that the prophet never said this and TV isn’t haram) and also because it is very easy for these guys to pick anything and convert it to a sign. For example, I forget my car keys in the restaurant. A Salafi will make a video saying “The prophet said the hour will not come until a man will be so indulged in the haram that he will even forget the keys of his cart that will not have a horse on it just as he forgets his prayers” and in the comments, people will say “Allahu Akbar the prophet has spoken the truth no wonder it is haram to go to restaurants May Allah protect us from the fitnah of Dajjal.
Moreover, all the epic battles and details are totally made up and it is unfathomable to believe that the Prophet would spend his days telling these Lord of the rings-type stories. Why would people need to know all the signs and details anyway? If it is something that will happen, it will happen, there is no need to describe ‘’oh first the army will climb the mountain and then so and so will shout Allahu Akbar and then the believers will raise the black flags and then God will send a five-winged bird and then a horse with Allah written on its back will start flying and blah-blah”
The Quran says: “Men ask thee of the Hour. Say: The knowledge of it is with Allah only. What can convey (the knowledge) unto thee? It may be that the Hour is nigh.”
This is the only statement about the hour. How the actual frick can these Salafists dare to go against this verse and claim to have God’s knowledge???? Moreover, it is blasphemous to claim that the Prophet would go against this verse and start narrating a Lord-Of-the-rings epic about the Mahdi.
Also note how God says “ May Be’’ and not a definitive “will be”.
Yes, the Quran mentions Gog and Magog and that their wall will be broken down, but it was never mentioned as a sign of judgment day. As of now, it has been broken down and we know this because east Asians have already spread around the world. How do I know Gog and Magog are east-Asians? It is because Noah’s son Japhet had a son called Magog and he went and inhabited East-Asia and from his descendants came all the Chinese-looking people (no racism intended whatsoever). This breaking down of the wall happened a long time ago. Does this mean Asians are evil mischievous creatures as mentioned in the Quran, no, because it was referring to a specific time and place all civilizations had evil people in some time and place of history.
I want to end with a hadith:
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If the Resurrection were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.”
I don’t see any command to panic and shout Allahu Akbar and join Frodo and Sam with a black flag to take the ring to Makkah and then fight against orcs to establish the law of God only to be eaten up by a wind while traveling up mountains with elves. All I see is a commandment to calmly continue my duties towards the world and society.
Now I get it, it’s because reading LOTR is probably haram for Salafists, this is how they make up for it.
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2020.06.16 17:25 AndyHutchins Madden NFL 21: Preorder Bonus Details + Team Elite Fantasy Pack Players

The Madden NFL 21 hype cycle is here with EA Sports Tiburon's unveiling of its signature annual release, and despite few details on the gameplay therein, Madden 21 is also available for preorder on PC, PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One. Versions for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will also be released.
Much of this information is taken from EA's Gridiron Notes blog post on the same topic.
There are, as has been the case for several years now, three separate editions of the game that will be available for purchase: Standard, Deluxe, and MVP Editions.

Standard Edition

The Standard Edition of Madden 21 will retail for $60 and be available to play on August 28, 2020. Players who pick up the Standard Edition will also receive five Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs, one "Your Choice" Uniform Pack for use in Madden Ultimate Team which contains three uniforms donned by teams in the Superstar KO mode and allows players to pick one, and one Team Elite Fantasy Pack allowing players to select one player from a pool of 32 Team Elites.

Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition of Madden 21 will retail for $80 and be available to play on August 25, 2020, with those three days of early access being its primary selling point. Apart from that, players who pick up the Deluxe Edition will receive 12 Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs, seven more than the Standard Edition's five, and the same "Your Choice" Uniform Pack and Team Elite Fantasy Pack for use in Madden Ultimate Team.

MVP Edition

Naturally, it's the priciest edition of Madden 21, the MVP Edition that will retail for $100 and also be available to play on August 25, 2020, that will have the most preorder bonuses. Players will get 17 Gold Team Fantasy Packs and the same "Your Choice" Uniform Pack and Team Elite Fantasy Pack for use in Madden Ultimate Team that the Standard and Deluxe editions boast, but will also get a Lamar Jackson Elite item with Power Up, one Large Quicksell Training Pack containing 1,150 Training, and one Madden Championship Series Ultimate Champion Pack containing home and away uniforms for the four EA Majors of the Madden 20 cycle and cosmetic coach items representing the four winners (Serious Moe, Volterax, Noah, and Joke) of those Majors.
It appears that the three editions all have different covers as well, which will likely mean different thumbnails in menus to players who preorder the game digitally.
Here's what those bonuses look like in tabular form.

Madden NFL 21 Preorder Bonuses

Edition Price Date Available Gold Team Fantasy Packs Team Elite Fantasy Pack "Your Choice" Uniform Pack Large Training Quicksell Lamar Jackson Elite Item + Power Up MCS Ultimate Champion Pack
Standard $60 August 28 5 Yes Yes No No No
Deluxe $80 August 25 12 Yes Yes No No No
MVP $100 August 25 17 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Gridiron Notes blog post helpfully reveals the contents of the Gold Team Fantasy Pack as "two Gold or Better Players and the Silver or Better Players from the team that you selected." Chances are, the odds of pulling Elites in those packs will be poor.
EA also revealed the players in the Team Elite Fantasy Pack, which are likely to be low-OVR Elite items useful only very early in Madden Ultimate Team, on its Good Morning Madden live stream on June 15.

Madden NFL 21 Preorder Team Elite Fantasy Pack Contents

Team Position Player
Bears LOLB Khalil Mack
Bengals DT Geno Atkins
Bills FS Micah Hyde
Broncos LOLB Von Miller
Browns HB Nick Chubb
Buccaneers WR Mike Evans
Cardinals ROLB Chandler Jones
Chargers LE Joey Bosa
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Colts LG Quenton Nelson
Cowboys HB Ezekiel Elliott
Dolphins CB Byron Jones
Eagles TE Zach Ertz
Falcons DT Grady Jarrett
49ers TE George Kittle
Giants HB Saquon Barkley
Jaguars C Brandon Linder
Jets SS Jamal Adams
Lions RE Trey Flowers
Packers WR Davante Adams
Panthers HB Christian McCaffrey
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore
Raiders C Rodney Hudson
Rams RE Aaron Donald
Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley
Washington RG Brandon Scherff
Saints QB Drew Brees
Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner
Steelers RE Cameron Heyward
Texans LE J.J. Watt
Titans HB Derrick Henry
Vikings SS Harrison Smith
Please note that all positions are accurate to their players in MUT in Madden 20, and could change in MUT in Madden 21.

EA and Origin Access Notes

This is straight from EA's Gridiron Notes.
Q: If I have EA Access, how early can I play Madden NFL 21?
A. If you have EA Access, you will be able to play Madden NFL 21 five days early. This means that you can play Madden NFL 21 as early as Thursday, August 20th.
EA Access trials have historically allowed access to the full game for 10 hours per subscription, though there have also been workarounds found to extend or chain multiple trials using multiple accounts. EA Access is also now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, meaning PS4 players will be able to start playing Madden Ultimate Team when Xbox One players do for the first time.
Origin Access subcribers on PC should have the same access as EA Access players do, while Origin Access Premier subscribers should still have the fullest access of all: Unrestricted full access to the entire game as of its release, with no time limit.

Analysis

As for whether these things are worth it? That's mostly up to you.
My take is that three days of early access can be an enormous advantage in MUT early on if you don't want to pay for EA Access (though, given that $5 for EA Access will probably get you 10 hours as ever, it's mostly an advantage on Standard buyers); the Training is a significant value if Training is, as has been the case in each of the two years it has been a thing, hyperinflated at launch; the players are probably not particularly valuable nor will they be particularly relevant a week or two after launch; the packs are a crapshoot, but 12 and 17 are large enough quantities to go hunting for specific players you might want; and, finally, the cosmetics are just cosmetics until further notice.
It's also the case that Madden generally sees preorder discounts of 10 or 20 percent prior to launch (there's currently one available through the home screen of Madden 20), and that EA/Origin Access should grant an automatic 10 percent off. If that's the case again this year, it may behoove you to wait and preorder down the road, instead of doing so now.
Personally, I have an EA Access subscription that I'll be renewing before the release of Madden 21, and I consider buying the most expensive edition available on launch a sort of good-faith gesture considering how little money I spend in the game each year. Your mileage may, of course, vary.
Like this and/or my other writings on Madden Ultimate Team? Follow me on Twitter at @AndyMUTchins for links, commentary, and real-time reactions, or at twitch.tv/andyhutchins for occasional streams of merriment.
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2020.06.13 01:10 polkadotsprinkles [Review] Dior Saddle medium in ultra matte black (TS Aaron) + Toile De Jouy strap (TS Anna)

Disclaimer: I think Aaron included the box for the saddle bag for free. He had asked if I wanted the box, and I said no, but was pleasantly surprised it was included anyway. Not sure if lost in translation. No incentive given for this review.
Back with another review so I seem busy when I should be working.
tl;dr: Saddle bag (Thumb Factory) from Aaron, strap (Angel Factory) from Anna. Quality 9/10 (saddle) 9/10 (strap); Accuracy 8/10 (bag), 9/10 (strap); Satisfaction 9/10; Sellers 20/20

Background

When Dior came out with the ultra matte collection, I just fell in love with the Lady Dior in matte black. I added her to my wishlist. Black hardware, with its super high maintenance will-it-or-won't-it chipping attitude, just speaks to my dark soul. Also bought and received the Loulou with black hardware (review coming soon. Spoiler alert: I would die for her). But I digress. I asked Aaron for high tier ultra matte options in black just to see, and he sent me pix of what the factory ("Thumb Factory") had. The Lady Dior is life, but I also saw the saddle bag. Did I need a tiny bag like this? No. Did I end up getting her? Yes. Am I still gonna get the LD? You bet your sweet ass I will.
As I waited for the order, this review by the lovely deia_xvi made me realize I "needed" a strap. I was already working with Anna on another order, so I added to that shipment!

Transaction details for the saddle bag

Seller: TS Aaron. Contact info here. I used WeChat
Cost: 1280 CNY - 10% = 1150 CNY (~$160 USD)
Payment method: PayPal F&F
Shipping via UPS (this included another purse): 450 CNY (~$63 USD)
Order timeline:
  • 03May: Initial inquiry
  • 06May: Finally decided on what to get, paid
  • 10May: PSPs, I GL
  • 14May: Received waybill
  • 26May: Delivered! I'm in the US

Transaction details for the toile de jouy strap

Seller: TS Anna. Contact info here. I used WhatsApp
Cost: 900 CNY - 10% = 810 CNY (~$115 USD)
Payment method: PayPal F&F
Shipping via DHL (this included a purse and sunglasses): 410 CNY (~$58 USD)
Order timeline:
  • 23May: Inquired about straps, Anna asked me to wait as she checked w/ the factory
  • 24May: Factory photos sent, I confirm and pay
  • 25May: PSPs received, I GL
  • 26May: Received Waybill from Anna
  • 09Jun: Delivered!

Photos

My photos
PSPs: saddle bag strap
Factory pix: saddle bag from "Thumb Factory" strap I didn't ask for the factory name, but the picture look the same as Angel
Auth: saddle bag strap. The only thing I could find.

Ratings

Quality - 9/10 (saddle), 9/10 (strap)

Saddle * Leather is supple and smells lovely (no fufu smell) * Matte black hardware is weighty. I heard black hardware on any brand may chip. I've flung her around because I'm just not elegant when it comes to holding bags. So far, so good. * Stitching seems good * Magnetic closure and zippers work well * Inner suede is soft * -0.5. I swear the strap holding the D is cut crooked. * -0.5. Glazing is messy around the hanging straps
NOTE: The strap on the saddle came really bent, but I took out my clothes steamer and followed the advice here with good results. I was scared to continue, but I will give it another go. The comparison photo is in the album in "my photos."
Strap * Leather quality is good * Hardware is also weighty * Embroidery seems to be high-quality * Stitching is neat * -1 because of the smell. It's not a fufu smell. But it smells old and damp. I've been hanging it to air since I received, and it's slowly getting better. Any tips? I might try spraying with a watewhite vinegar solution that works for other musty smells.
Is she worth $115? I'm gonna say no. But is she worth $1k+ for skinnier fonts and clearer print? HELL NAH

Accuracy - 8/10 (saddle), 9/10 (strap)

I preface all my accuracy with that I'm pretty trusting in high-tier factories. I'm not sure where Thumb Factory lies on the spectrum. I GL quickly if there are no glaring defects. Please take that into consideration when reviewing my accuracy statements.
I have not seen this specific strap in person, which may work out to my advantage as I don't think it's that common where I live.
I'm also not rating the dust bags or box for authenticity purposes. However, I included them in my pix above if interested!
Saddle I relied heavily on previous RLers' reviews, this site, and this site
  • -1 for the shape. Saddle, why you playing hard to get? I knew before I ordered that the saddle bag is difficult to rep because of its odd shape. I created a very crude set of gifs comparing my saddle bag with that of the ones on Fashionphile and the Dior site. You can see that the lower end of the saddle is longer on the auth. The flap is also higher in the Fashionphile auth but similar in the Dior site. Not sure if that comes with wear and tear? Also, the back pocket on the rep starts higher than auth.
  • -1 Segue to the measurements being a off
    • 25.5 x 20 x 6.5 cm auth
    • 24 x 19.5 x 6 cm rep
  • Hardware logo looks good
  • Inside stamping + date code are correct
  • Zipper color is black on Fashionphile but a darker gold-toned zipper on Dior site. My rep is that darker gold-toned color
  • Zipper has correct "CD" imprint
Strap * - 1 because that font is THICCCC * The Made in Italy stamp looks correct * Measurements match that of online (95 x 6 cm) I stared at the tiger compared to this and feel like they're not twins, but at least cousins?
Will I wear the saddle + strap to a Dior boutique? Probably not. Will I wear her elsewhere? HELL YES. To my untrained eye, I thought the shape was pretty good until I gif-ed it. Although I live in a metro area, I don't see a lot of people wearing the saddle bag. Granted, we've been sheltering in place... but even before then.

Satisfaction - 9/10

I love Dior. Probably my Top 3 fave designers. This saddle was an impulse buy when I was going to get the Lady Dior instead. So that -1 is for me having a little bit of buyers remorse because I know I won't use her as often as I should. "WIYB?" "Oh, just my phone and a lip balm..."
Also, the smell on the strap is pretty strong, and I hope it goes away soon.

Seller Communication and Service - 20/20

No complaints for either! Both Aaron and Anna were quick in responses, especially during business hours in China. Shipment was fast for both too. I’ve seen some comments that either are indifferent to Anna or love her. I’m definitely on the love Anna and Aaron teams!
Wishing everyone a great weekend! aloha
Edits: Updated factory information
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2020.05.12 19:29 EmmNems Ep 81: Dreaming Together w/Jodi + Chris of the band Love & The Outcome. Also, Jeremy's "officially a chef"!

Jer's being useful and cooking now!

Jer's been making more dinners since Bode was born now that he's a "grill master"/"pit master," which Auj is very grateful for. (Finally the boy does something!) She asks him what this "role reversal" has been like:
[Speaking over each other..] When you start to pay attention into what's really going into your body, you're more compelled to cook because you have to... If you're going to decide what's going into your body, it only follows to say that you're the one that has to cook what goes in your body. Otherwise you have to eat what's in front of you, which might not be what you want!
He also likes having that time to himself. Auj compliments the food he's been making–incl. the "really good fish" and the meat they have stored in their freezer. For not having grilled before, Auj is surprised at how good he's getting but then proceeds to throw him under the bus reminds him that she never "thought she'd see the day where he'd cook"–"you HATED cooking." [Contrast this w/how easy Tori says grilling is, lol.]
He explains he used to hate it b/c it took him away from projects. But now, w/more kids, cooking IS the project so he enjoys being able to get away to do that. What also bugged him about cooking vs. building is that unlike w/his builds that last for a long time, w/cooking, his stuff disappears (gets eaten) and doesn't last.
But if I'm CONTINUOUSLY the cook, it's something you get better at, and you're the pit master! So it's not the one thing lasting, it's the whole skill lasting!

Jodi King & Chris Rademaker–from Canada to Nashville

Jodi found him hot and liked that he was a Christian. They started dating and married a year later. After a few years they merged their bands and now they tour together, in addition to jamming as a family w/their kids during their free time.
This conversation went ALL.OVER.THE.PLACE. They started talking about dreaming together and taking risks, and how that kept them, well, together, before moving on to how one's marriage should be kept as "a unity and not uniformity" b/c it's OK to be different and be each other's support and motivation apart from their marriage.
She says the music industry is a man's world and that if it hadn't been for C, she'd have quit a million times already b/c so many guys she's dated or known aren't comfortable w/having their girlfriends in the spotlight.
From the beginning they knew they wanted to perform together and that Canada, where the rest of their family is from, wouldn't let them live out their dream completely. So they moved to Nashville, where others were impressed that they wrote all their songs together. They attribute how relatively easy it was for them to make such a drastic change to the fact that they didn't have kids back then.
C's mom died a few years ago on CJ's anniversary so his dad became their roadie (which is something he always dreamed of doing) and did that on and off for a while until he remarried a couple of years ago. C's glad his dad isn't quarantining by himself. They say they had to overcome their fear of failure in order to let themselves succeed.
She used to struggle w/showing off the real her, letting others see how much she needed to learn, and coming to terms w/their decision to grow their career + a family at the same time, but then realized that the Holy Spirit didn't care how she looked when doing their work; confidence comes from the inside. Their kids love the road, joining them along for their gigs, and hanging out in their bus.
She wrote a book and had a Kickstarter for it. She never cared if it got big or if others saw it b/c she knew that God wanted her to do it regardless. She also finds Jer and Auj inspiring.
Jer's response:
We don't want to be the unattainable, condemning, anxious, "that's not my life." We want to be the encouragers, the igniters. To view us and be ignited to go live YOUR love story is what we pray people will get when they follow us. NOT a sense of "less than." So thanks for sharing that with us.
That's it!
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2020.03.05 01:24 theterriblebrain Request for input / advice + my story in case anyone's interested

I recently (4 days ago) fully admitted to myself that I am not a true believer; my wife remains all-in.
Question 1 - My daughter has been disfellowshipped for some time; should I coach her through getting reinstated so that she can do a graceful fade, and thereby resume and maintain contact with her family? She seems totally fine other than she misses people. Her mother and other family members are in mental distress over it, and so it would be good for more than just my daughter.
Question 2 - How do I deal with not knowing what the true nature of life, the universe and everything? It's got me depressed a little, and I've lost my appetite and interest in normal things,and I'm nervous. Until recently, I knew with 100% certainty that certain things were so, but now I don't know anything with 100% certainty, other than I've been fooled since babyhood.
Here is my story, in case anyone is interested; it may also add some context to my questions:
I was born a Witness, and was fully indoctrinated, and never seriously questioned anything that I learned until a year or 2 ago.
My journey from believer to non-believer started when my father suddenly died in an accident a few years ago. This called into question whether God answers personal prayers. The WT teaches that we should pray for stuff, including, as Jesus said, our daily bread, or for seemingly trivial other things. If I put that in context with my father's death, that makes me wonder: If God answers prayers for trivial things, why wouldn't he tweak some minor thing and save dad from dying? Surely he or my mother prayed for his safety, being that they have always been good Witnesses. Shortly after my dad's death, an entire family on a road trip returning from visiting Bethel was killed in a car accident (it might have just been the parents, I don't remember specifically), which reinforced my feelings on the matter. I have always believed, 'put first the kingdom and all these other things will be added,' but I guess that doesn't extend far enough to save anyone's life. It is as if to say 'you can be killed in a car wreck with your whole family, but at least you won't be hungry or naked!'
That's where it started; I was a 100% Jehovah's Witness before that. Things then declined for me and I stopped praying, and started viewing things that were being taught with growing skepticism.
That skepticism took a leap forward after my daughter was disfellowshipped. She asked me how it was fair that her "wanting to be happy" resulted in her losing all her friends and family. I didn't have a real answer, and I shamefully spouted some Witness boilerplate on the subject. I have felt a decent measure of guilt over that.
Fast forward to a few months ago, and I find a huge Bible contradiction which calls into doubt the 100% truth that I had always ascribed to the Bible. Here it is:
I'm at the meeting, and it's The Watchtower study or midweek bookstudy part (I forget which). The subject is divorce and we read about how a Pharasee asked Jesus if it's OK for a man to divorce his wife on every sort of grounds (Matt 19:3). Jesus answered, "out of regard for your hardheartedness, Moses made the concession to you of divorcing your wives" (Matt 19:8). The marginal reference scripture is Deut 24:1, which is the law that says Jews could divorce. That verse, and the preceding verses are in quotes that start in Deut 6, which states that the following laws are from Jehovah, which indicates that Deut 24:1 is a quote from Jehovah. Moses says 'Jehovah gave me these laws to write down' but Jesus said 'Moses was making things up'. That discrepancy means that either (a) Jesus was lying about Moses' making up laws based on the hardheartedness of the constituency or (b) Moses was lying about Jehovah having given him the laws to write down, and he in fact did make at least 1 of the laws up on his own. That gave me a bit of a shock.
I obsessed over that for a few weeks, and did a lot of research. The only thing I found were other inconsistencies, and strong evidence that Moses didn't write any of it, but priests or someone else did, centuries after Moses died.
Then I thought, what else isn't true? I always doubted the flood. But if Adam and Eve weren't real, that takes out one of the main premises Christianity, including Jehovah's Witnesses - the ransom sacrifice. Adam and Eve are purported to be the first humans, created perfect, about 6k years ago. How do we square that with fossils and archaeological evidence of humans dating to hundreds of thousands of years ago? Another pillar crumbles.
Now I'm convinced that the Bible isn't even true, and that Jehovah's Witnesses are operating on a false premise. Even if the Bible were true, Jehovah's Witnesses' claim to be assisting us in worshiping a loving one and true God by telling us what to do and believe and think and feel (even down to the nitty gritty of how to have sex and if men can have a beard). It's hard to square all that with the complete abandonment of our children when they don't believe something with reason, and with the idea of Armageddon resulting in the wholesale slaughter of billions of men, women and children. Other religions that teach horrible things like hell don't even tell people that God's getting ready to kill basically everyone unless they're a whole-souled follower, leaving their corpses to rot in the street while the survivors rejoice (the grimness of that cheery nugget of belief only just hit me this past weekend).
I fell HARD.
It's only been a few days, but I don't really know how to feel about any of this. I have always felt my path in the world, based on a greater meaning to life. Now that's gone and I'm standing here feeling a little bit lost.
You're super if you made it this far down to the end of my story. If anything it's been cathartic getting my thoughts down and organized.
Good luck to you all.
PS - it probably goes without saying but, if you think you know who I am based on my story, YOU DON'T.
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2020.01.15 19:14 CuteBananaMuffin Tutankhamen's Stargate & Ancient Technology [Mega thread + a lot of pictures]

Tutankhamen's Stargate & Ancient Technology [Mega thread + a lot of pictures]
by Florin Chiriac March 30, 2013


Tut's Death mask

In the autumn of 2012 I came to the public with a theory that could be, even if it is a shocking one, a breakthrough in the study of ancient Egyptian sacred technology.
I have to mention that all my sources of information are internet based and more holistic studies have to be done in the field.
Reviewing all the documentation I could find on the Ark of the Covenant (Bible description, documentaries and published articles) it was clear, for me at least, that we are dealing with a real technological device.
Also I had been making for years a comparison with the ancient Egyptian technology and the stunning resemblance with the shrines and coffins of Tutankhamun. There is nothing new to that, a lot of experts, historians or just passionate people did that before. And it is also known that Moses was initiated as a priest at the pharaoh’s court.
Underlining that there could be a huge temporal gap between Tutankhamun's period (18th dynasty 1330 BC) and the Exodus (not archaeologically dated but there is a debate that places the event 100 to 1000 years prior to Tutankhamun's reign) I have to say that the continuity of the Sacred Technology was still effective.
In fact the history of the Hieroglyphic writing can be a proof of continuity and stability of ancient Egypt’s traditions.
But let’s move further!

Tutankhamun's shrines and coffins

Connecting the usual dots …and there are a lot of sparse dots to connect I can assure you!
Thinking about the Ark of the Covenant I came to the conclusion that we have to deal with an energy producing device.
But what if that was a portable device, a replica of a bigger machine? How could that work? I found out that experiments on an Ark replica were done in some US universities. I was unable to confirm that. But even so, theoretical studies proposed the idea of an electrostatic capacitor, accumulating high voltage during the desert period of the Exodus.
This makes sense but we have some questions to answer.
First of all, what was inside the Ark? We know that there were the two Tablets inscribed by God Himself with the Ten Commandments. How did it work then as a weapon and communication device?
The best way to have some answers was to try to find what similar issues could connect the extraordinary Tutankhamun findings with the Biblical description. For example the jewelry found on Tutankhamun's mummy is almost identical to the Jewish high priest’s breastplate during the Exodus period.
Also of high importance is the exclusive use of linen in the mummification process, the linen pall placed between the shrines in Tutankhamun's tomb, Egyptian priests and pharaoh garments, Jewish priests’ garments, and so on.
Going back to Tutankhamun I was wondering why was the mummification process so complex! Why did they use so many layers of different materials when the good sense can tell that the Words from the Book of the dead should be enough for the soul to go to the stars?
Well, what if the mummification process and actually the whole burial protocol is sacred technology hidden in plain view? What was the point in making the effort to spend such an extraordinary time and precious materials? That was in fact the spark that started my quest on this issue.
If it is so important let’s watch closer the burial process!
PICTURE
The mummification procedure The mummification process’s goal is, as the scholars describe it, to preserve the body from decay by removing the internal soft tissues and organs, removing the moisture from the corpse, embalming the body with oils and wrapping the body into a cocoon of linen stripes sealed with natural resins.
Ok. That’s the short version. You can find the complete description of the mummification process here.


Howard Carter working on Tutankhamun's mummy

We learn from there that the body was kept for 40 days covered and stuffed with Natron salt. The internal organs where also preserved in Natron in their specific canopic jars.
But why is the Natron salt so important? What chemical properties does it have? We know that it was a natural salt mix harvested from dry salt lake beds or from Wadi al Natrun.
Quoting wikipedia natron is:
” sodium carbonate decahydrate (Na2CO3 10H2O, a kind of soda ash) and about 17% sodium bicarbonate (also called nahcolite or baking soda, NaHCO3) along with small quantities of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate”
But natron salt is very alkaline! Of course you dry the body by using natron but what else can you achieve?
After 40 days the whole body is highly alkaline! And the internal organs in the canopy jars are alkaline too. But a very dry corpse is impossible to bend, loosing the elasticity of the muscles. In order to restore that the embalmers used precious oils and perfumes (that means distilled substances) with real bactericide properties! I will come back on this subject.
The next step in the mummification process was to wrap the body in layers of linen. All that stripes of linen were soaked in natural resins, for the mummy to become an airtight cocoon after the solidification of that resins. But here we find other technological clues! Natural resins are very acid.
The contact between the alkaline body and the acidic resin neutralizes the chemical reaction and increases the protection of the resin itself.
But that is also a process that allows the resins to keep its permeability to ion exchange! And by the way, the ancient Egyptians were NOT using marine salt (Mediterranean or Red Sea salt) in order to dry the corpses!
If we compare that with the structure of an alkaline battery or better to an alkaline capacitor the evidence is very clear!
A very simple way is to check these descriptions:


https://preview.redd.it/y3n6130hfza41.jpg?width=400&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cecdd0d936b45178891b206874971fec048858a3

Or much better here and here.
The succession of coffins (Matrioska dolls-like - another curious coincidence!) does not seem to be coincidental but instead the obvious technological continuation of an electrical project!
I have to underline that the succession of layers in the mummy “device” stands as follows: a highly alkaline mummy with a lot of gold jewelry and gold amulets (stuffed with precious stones and faience carvings- see ceramic and electronics) positioned on the body in chakra points, more like an electronic circuitry!
A resin-linen membrane (ion exchanger) in direct contact with a solid gold helmet-mask that is in a direct contact with the solid gold most inner coffin that is in direct contact with the next two gilded wood coffins.
Ok. This human capacitor was contained in a granite sarcophagus covered with a thin granite lid.


https://preview.redd.it/dfmgoo3kfza41.jpg?width=400&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e3fc702f76f95096a80fe76cf57f53947110ad96
01 - most outer shrine 02 - linen pall 03 - inner second shrine 04 - inner third shrine 05 - inner most forth shrine 06 - granite sarcophagus 07 - coffin
08 - coffin
09 - coffin
https://preview.redd.it/z0rezzunfza41.jpg?width=165&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=816cc7c2399e09c78c6af94e5fbbcc90c77c5bb1
07 - most outer gilded wood coffin 08 - middle gilded wood coffin 09 - most inner solid gold coffin 10 - solid gold mask-helmet 11 - mummy

What purpose could a granite box have? What properties does the granite itself have?
Actually granite has a highly piezoelectric property due to the quartz composition of it! And it is slightly radioactive being associated with Uranium mines.
Here is a simple explanation about how piezoelectricity works.
All ancient sacred temples around the world were extensively made of granite! All sarcophagi found in Egypt are granite boxes. The inner pyramids chambers are made of granite too and so on! Why?
There is a pattern that we have to follow. But if we postulate that granite and static electricity are part of the puzzle how could we connect the pyramids, the Ark of the Covenant and the Tutankhamun tomb (or the whole Valley of the Kings)?
Here is the geological map of Egypt:
https://preview.redd.it/6r0c80wpfza41.jpg?width=400&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8e7b5c17a3a76ab0f4b87e6db4545dc1baed3ff8

So, the pyramids of Giza have granite core chambers.
Egypt is situated on very active seismic fault lines and one of them is situated close to the Valley of the Kings. The Sinai Peninsula is located between two major fault lines and is composed mostly of granite (especially Mount Sinai and surroundings).


Luxor Area

Others studied this issue and their theory (ex Christopher Dunn) is that ancient Egyptians used actually static energy by placing their buildings on Ley lines and amplifying sounds.
I totally agree with that and here is why!
If in the Great Pyramid the amplifier and resonator were in fact made of granite, the telluric energy harvester was the pyramid itself. I corroborate that with Tutankhamun's shrines that were used also as telluric energy harvesters. It worked this way. The shrines (as real speaker boxes but with the opening facing the ground) were smaller and smaller, rising the frequency.
The linen pall placed between the first outermost shrine and the second shrine with its metal ornaments behaves like a frequency filter.


The linen pall

2ND PICTURE

The shape of the roofs of the shrines is suggesting the idea of concentrating the vibration to the next shrine and so on until the vibration or sound reached the granite sarcophagus and its lid (having the same strange shape as the roof of the shrines and found broken by Howard Carter!).
The Tabernacle was covered with ten layers of skins and linen fabric and the internal curtains were made of linen too.
I can speculate further that the whole tomb was a vibration, telluric, sound harvester. If you study the very strange shapes of the other tombs in the Valley of the Kings you will notice that there is an obvious resemblance to the catacombs or other empty spaces under the main Christian Churches (ex the San Pietro Basilica)!


https://preview.redd.it/j1ovaoixfza41.jpg?width=277&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=5b758d7e7cb00ba904a7b8080b4ef1de90454cea

I have to underline that all the tombs from The Valley of the Kings were dug according to the calcareous veins found during the carving. I am sure it has to do with the acoustics properties of each site.
It looks like every tomb was tuned specifically in accordance to the geological structure


KV62- Tutankhamun's tomb


More on the structural design of Teban necropolis here.
An obvious question that arises is what does the above have to do with the Ark of the Covenant? I found out that we are dealing with the same technological concept and use of electrostatic energy with slightly different design (see Exodus 26 - The Tabernacle).
The best parallel between ancient Egypt and the Bible is in Edward H. Sugden’s book “Israel’s Debt to Egypt”.
The resemblance between Tutankhamun’s burial tech and the Ark is crystal clear. But I have to say that the Ark was intended to work as a portable complex machine ONLY with the other elements put all together!
The granite environment was provided by the highly seismic area of the Sinai Peninsula itself.


Sinai Peninsula geological map

It was impossible to charge the Ark at its maximum capacity without the courtyard and the Tabernacle.
The Tabernacle and the courtyard poles were the telluric energy or vibration harvesters that were focused on the Ark of the Covenant inside the Holy of Holies. The Ark contained probably 2 layers of quartz crystal as resonant piezoelectric material.
The Bible description of the Tabernacle, Courtyard and Ark of the Covenant is extremely precise in order to make it work.


![img](cm1uwaw3gza41 " Tabernacle complex ")

![img](b7l6bqq5gza41 " Inside the Tabernacle ")

And now comes a very interesting part!
A few years ago were discovered and produced as part of a DARPA and National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network financed project, piezoelectric energy vibration harvesters! These energy harvesters are tuned to the frequency of an engine for example and when they resonate they produce electricity.
The goal is to replace rechargeable batteries because they are environmental friendly and they can work up to 20 years without replacement!
But also they can be used as wireless sensors because they have the property to emit radio waves and they behave also as microphones! They can be intercepted and that started an immediate debate as soon the vibration harvesters were presented to the public.
Read:
Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester Harvesting Vibrational Energy with the Volture
Remember that God’s voice was generated between the two Cherubs of the Ark’s lid? Strange coincidence!
Other features of Tutankhamun's tomb can be connected to an electrostatic force. The inside of the granite sarcophagus shows destruction marks on the inside walls and as I said previously the lid was broken.
The mummy was found carbonized.


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Christopher Dunn also found evidence of great destruction into the Great Pyramid and scorch marks on the sealing of the Grand Gallery.
Another element that I interpret as sacred technology is represented all around the exterior of the most outer shrine as a succession of double Djed pillars and Tiyt “knots”. More on their scholar explanation here.
But interpreting the Djed pillars as electrical insulators, the double succession of symbols on a blue faience background suggests that Tiyt is also an electrical device. It can be explained as an electroshock warning and as an electric circuit too.
I have to mention that blue is the color that represents all the things of celestial origin and natron was used to obtain it.
It is called also Egyptian Blue!


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The details are more intriguing suggesting a complex energy harvesting and transporting, and a dual or pulsating effect!
The 7 lines could represent the safe distance between the two pair of devices. A royal cubit is 52.5 centimeters and is divided into 7 palms. Or are we dealing also with brushes? Friction creates electrostatic energy, remember?
An interesting visual comparison can be done with Leyden jars batteries.
Even the round folders of the Tiyt show the ability to avoid the corona discharge effect.


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Another strange feature is that most of the important Egyptian shrines were carried not on wheels but on sledges!
Why use sledges? It makes more difficult to move such heavy things due to the friction created with the sand and stones!
The explanation that scholars give that ancient Egyptians didn’t knew the wheel is absolutely stupid! But the ancient Egyptians had war chariots provided with wheels and a complete writing and superior mathematics, astronomy and so on!

PICTURE

But returning to these curious sledges I can say that dragging them on the ground was a very effective way to get an electrostatic charging of the shrines!
By the way, even the canopic jars were placed in an alabaster sarcophagus inside a gilded wood shrine on sledges! All the Egyptian Gods represented by statues were also covered with linen palls and “energized” by being placed into gilded wooden shrines on sledges!


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Was this sort of electrostatic energy used in order to polarize the electrical charge in granite blocks in order to move them as a MAGLEV train?
What’s the importance of sacred music in this technology? It’s known that each temple had its own group of singers. Also ancient Egyptians knew very well the resonant properties of their musical instruments in order to build and tune them.
Religious chants have to keep precise sound vibration frequencies even today!
If my theory is confirmed by holistic scientific studies a couple of important questions arise:
What power could generate the sacred Apis bull’s mummies placed in the enormous granite sarcophagi of the Serapeum? What if a complete burial device, similar to that of Tutankhamun is placed into the King’s chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza? If this was also a wireless communication device who were they talking to? Were did the ancient Egyptians get their knowledge from? Is that the main power resource for the real Stargate of the Gods? Was it built as a soul, consciousness booster to the stars? Were the Fallen Angels really fallen with a spaceship and stranded on Earth? Have they had to use even the dead bodies of their companions in order to “phone home”?

Conclusions (OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR)
I am sure that ancient Egyptians knew how to harvest, to store and to use electrostatic energy!
They had great acoustics, geological and chemical knowledge. They were able to transform a mummy into a capacitor. That could explain the millions of mummies of different sizes and animal species as portable capacitors.
Tutankhamun's tomb is a technological electrochemical device that used advanced acoustics knowledge in order to function properly!
The same technology and concepts (electrostatic telluric energy harvesters and advanced acoustics) were used to create the Tabernacle-Ark of the Covenant portable complex.
More evidence of use of electricity and special technology in ancient times will follow.
This preliminary study gathers common archaeological discoveries and historical texts and by a different approach leads to a paradigm shift.
The only logical explanation of the high tech knowledge in our history is that humanity inherited it from a more ancient developed society and/or directly from extraterrestrial beings.

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2020.01.12 18:17 jonisantucho Oscar Watch: Pre-Nomination Edition + Spicy Predictions

Finally, after months of anticipation, rises, falls and more drama, we’re about to reach the moment many expected: the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards. Nah, just kidding. As everybody with stakes in Hollywood knows, Monday morning will bring the Oscar nominations, and we can see a part of the picture after seeing the nods of last week by influential groups like the producers of the PGA, the writers of the WGA, the directors of the DGA and the very white British voters of the BAFTAs.
It’s time to see what films look like locks, which ones will be forgotten by awards junkies after tomorrow, and which ones are in the middle of both sides.
-1917: Sam Mendes came here to play, y’all. Even though the WW1 one-take action drama got shut out of the SAGs, everything turned back around starting with surprising wins at the Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Drama. And the following days followed with a surprising nod for Best Original Screenplay at the WGA, as well as more expected nods like Best Picture at the PGAs and 9 BAFTAs, including Best Picture. Academy voters love war movies and tricky movies, so we can expect a healthy amount of Oscar nominations for this film, starting off with Best Picture and moving to other areas like Best Director, Best Original Score for Thomas “the Glenn Close of music” Newman, Best Cinematography by Film Twitter’s rock stasex god Roger Deakins, Best Sound Editing/Mixing (which will definitely win because of the scientific fact that it’s a loud flick), etc. On top of that, all this praise came at the right time to boost the movie’s opening weekend in the US, with a predicted 37 million dollars 3-day performance that will definitely have enough legs to make this look like a popular pick during voting time. It’s looking like the perfect storm for Universal, which sadly couldn’t score with Cats and has troubles ahead next week with Dolittle (what do you want, nobody told them there was a dragon).
-A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Tom Hanks got the Golden Globes nomination, the SAG nomination and the BAFTA nomination (as well as Brad Pitt, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, making 4 of the 5 slots for Best Supporting Actor look like they’re claimed). It looks like this time is the time to end his Oscar nomination drought, but we’ve been fooled before. Still, we’ll bet on Mr. Rogers, even though the Academy forgot about almost everything else in Marielle Heller’s film (and that may also include the script, that luckily got a boost from a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay). In a fair world, Chris Cooper’s scumbag dad with regrets would have a shot too, but whatever.
-Bombshell: The Vice of 2019 is making it to the finish line, despite the fact that it’s pretty bad and it didn’t score at the box office. It didn’t score with the WGA, the PGA or the DGA, but Jay Roach’s “incisive” film about the harassment scandal at Fox News still has three guaranteed nominations: Charlize Theron’s uncanny Best Actress bait as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie’s weird and underdeveloped supporting role, and the guaranteed winner, the really convincing make-up and hairstyling. I have to stop writing about this movie, because I have bad flashbacks (DEEPFAKE CGI BILL O’REILLY, PEOPLE, MY NIGHTMARES).
-Booksmart: Before the tidbits, a little bit of trivia. Did you guys know that Olivia Wilde directed this movie? Shocking, I know. Going to the real news, many people were surprised this week when the script for the high school comedy got recognition by both the WGA and the BAFTAs, which nominated it for Best Original Screenplay. Even though the WGA excluded several movies (more on that later), this plants a seed for a potential shocker on Monday morning, so stay tuned.
-Dolemite Is My Name: It’s a shame, but it’s time to call it quits on the Best Actor campaign for Eddie Murphy. Without the boost of a Golden Globe win or nominations for the SAGs or the BAFTAs, it’s really hard to imagine his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in the Top 5 of the toughest category of this year’s Oscars. At least, we’ll get to see him be honored at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and he’ll surely get an Emmy for his hilarious SNL episode. Also, look out for Ruth Carter in Best Costume Design, it might get a nod.
-Ford v Ferrari: Josh Lucas’ stuffy suit is trying to stop it, but James Mangold’s car dad movie is gonna perform well at the technical Oscars, that’s for sure. But going beyond awards like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing, there’s potential for more. The PGA included FvF amongst the nominees for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, which is a great boost. And we know that people love to vote for Christian Bale, especially when he’s going back and forth between Big Chungus and a vampire victim. So we could potentially see a Best Picture nomination, but it is not a lock.
-Harriet: Cynthia Erivo’s waiting for the answer to one question, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the premiere of The Outsider, only on HBO. The question is this: Is she gonna get one Oscar nomination on Monday, or two? Even though her status in the Best Actress conversation depends on how well Saoirse Ronan, Awkwafina and Lupita Nyong’o perform, it’s virtually guaranteed that the track that she co-wrote for the movie, “Stand Up”, will get a Best Original Song nod. So it’s not wrong for her to start choosing what clothes to wear for Oscar night.
-Hustlers: Jenny From The Block is the only shot for the Lorene Scafaria movie to get an Oscar nod, and sadly the fight for the Best Supporting Actress prize is already lost. While the star-obsessed HFPA chose to not give Jennifer Lopez the award and started the Laura Dern televised speech train, she also missed a BAFTA nomination, although the British voters had their hands tied. What, isn’t it logical to literally give Margot Robbie (I mean, how complex and developed were those roles) AND Scarlett Johansson double nominations before inviting a single woman of color to the ceremony? Oh, wait a minute.
-Jojo Rabbit: Haters gonna hate, and Taika Waititi’s gonna anti-hate with a satire all the way to the Oscars. Even though the critics don’t like it that much and the box office has been underwhelming so far (31 million dollars worldwide for a 14 million dollar prestige production after two months is… meh), the WW2 film about a boy, his imaginary Hitler and the Jew girl in his attic has scored almost every single important nomination to lock a Best Picture nomination: the SAGs, the WGAs, the PGAs and, surprisingly, the DGAs, where Waititi took the spot that some people expected to be filled by Todd Phillips (ugh). Furthermore, the BAFTAs took the SAGs lead and also nominated Scarlett Johansson for Best Supporting Actress, which means the film has some traction in a fundamental area to reach a Best Picture win (you can’t have the BP without some actors, it is known). Between Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, possible Director and Supporting Actress nominations, and below-the-line stuff, you can make a really convincing case for a movie that, as I said last time, it's both edgy enough to get noticed, and safe enough to court old Academy members and apolitical people. That’s a dangerous combo.
-Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime struck again in the awards conversation, and took 11 nominations at the BAFTAs, as well as nominations in the PGAs and the WGAs for Best Adapted Screenplay. Between this, the Joaquin Phoenix bulldozer of Best Actor wins that started at the Golden Globes and a billion dollars, we have another Best Picture nomination locked. We have to see if Todd Phillips can get to Best Director (he got the BAFTA bounce), but noms for Best Original Score (the other Golden Globe win of the night, congrats Hildur) and Best Cinematography are secure. Add some below-the-line stuff, and you have a tempting case to award something about SOCIETY. The only thing that could stop things is Phoenix himself, who is this time actually committed to campaigning, but at the same time clearly gives less of a shit than the rest of the contenders, as seen with his winning speech at the Globes that ended up with him rambling about the contamination of private jets. With more speeches to come, it’ll be interesting to see if he keeps rambling or if Warner’s campaign crew will reign him a little.
-Judy: Speaking of winning campaigns, Renee Zellweger also started her own on the Golden Globes, with a rambling speech that was somehow weirder than the one mentioned before. Even though she’s a lock for Best Actress and she also got a BAFTA nomination, something’s off about the way in which she’s starting to sweep. This isn’t a comeback, she already won before… it really looks like Renee is gonna win an Oscar because everybody feels bad about the time in which the Internet made fun of how she looked. Is this gonna last all the way to February? We don’t know, but if she gets the SAG award, it’s all over.
-Just Mercy: While the Dustin Daniel Cretton legal drama based on true events was practically shut out of awards conversation (although it looks like it’s gonna score some decent digits at the box office), Jamie Foxx is one of several people who is looking for that last spot in the Best Supporting Actor category. Will he make it? The tension is too much to bear.
-Knives Out: While he continues to bathe in his haters’ tears, Rian Johnson is celebrating in several ways with the performance of his whodunnit. After crossing the 250 million dollars barrier the worldwide box office, and confirming that Johnson is starting to work on a sequel, the mystery comedy was nominated by both the PGA and the WGA. This could lead to not only a Best Original Screenplay nod for Rian, but also a Best Picture nomination for the popular flick. Now if you excuse me, I’m gonna eat some donut holes.
-Little Women: While Greta Gerwig can now be sure that her take on the literary classic is making money at the box office, its Oscar prospects look a little more shaky. Yes, the movie got PGA and WGA nominations, and both Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh got nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs (although they ignored Gerwig for Director and the movie for Best Picture). But voters are ignoring this movie, and everything that’s not Gerwig’s adapted screenplay or below-the-line stuff doesn’t seem safe for some prognosticators. Still, the backlash for the snubs for female directors at the Golden Globes and other awards could help Gerwig, and a Best Picture nomination is possible, but it’s not a frontrunner or a lock.
-Marriage Story: The other half of the Gerwig-Baumbach duo is also not as strong as we thought a few weeks ago. Outside of the guaranteed Laura Dern win for Best Supporting Actress (that category is LOCKED, people, it’s gonna be a Dern coronation for the next month), the divorce dramedy is just happy to be nominated, stepping back from the frontrunner zone after it suffered the “too early on the front of the pack” problem, which lead to a backlash. Still, even though Baumbach is out of the Best Director conversation, the film scored nominations with the PGA and the WGA, so it’s still gonna get several nominations for Netflix. We’re talking locks for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score. Not too shabby.
-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: People haven’t forgotten about Quentin Tarantino, and this week proved it. Between the three wins at the Golden Globes (Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt and Best Comedy/Musical), and nominations for the PGA, the DGA and the top prizes at the BAFTAs, everything catapulted the love letter to Los Angeles and the ‘60s to the front of the pack in the Best Picture conversation. Between the locks for Best Picture, Best Actor for Leo, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt (who is gonna win if nobody shows up in the next week or two, because his speech and his interview with Leo in the WTF podcast were chaaaaaarmiiiiiing), Best Original Screenplay for Quentin (who got shut out of the WGA because he’s not a member), and more, we have a case for a winner. That’s a flick that appeals to the old members of the Academy because of nostalgia and a love for the movies, while also entices younger voters to finally recognize Tarantino with the top prize.
-Pain and Glory: Pedro Almodóvar has been in the past one of the international filmmakers that the Academy remembers, and tomorrow he’ll test if they still know him. While the WGAs (that excluded Pedro because he’s not a member), the DGAs and the PGAs ignored the movie (and the BAFTAs only gave it a nod for Best Foreign Film), Antonio Banderas is a strong possibility for a nomination for Best Actor, and Almodóvar could sneak to a Best Original Screenplay nod. We’ll wait and see.
-Parasite: The Bong Hive is growing in numbers, and it’s safe to say that Bong Joon-ho’s dark satire about capitalism is one of the locked frontrunners for the rest of the Best Picture race. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film (which led to yet another viral moment for Bong, after he and his translator Sharon Choi delivered a killer line about the one-inch barrier of subtitles), the movie got nominations for the DGAs, the WGAs, the PGAs and the top prizes at the BAFTAs. Coupled with the SAG nominations, the critics awards and a healthy US box office gross that will end up close to 30 million dollars, this is one of the big dogs in the race. Now, the nominations will give us an idea of how beloved this film really is, because people have been talking about a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Song Kang Ho, and Cho Yeo Jeong still has a shot to surprise in the Best Supporting Actress category, a la Marina de Tavira. You can do it, Bong.
-Rocketman: TEN. MONTHS. That’s how long so far Taron Egerton and Elton John have been campaigning for Oscars towards the latter’s musical biopic, starting with a performance that literally took place on the night of the last Academy Awards. Since then, the duo have been sucking up to every single voting member of every single organization, attending every event and making some questionable ones, including when Egerton invited every single member of the HFPA to his birthday, which turned out to be a covert Elton concert.. and Taron’s birthday wasn’t even that day. Well, even though it was desperate, the gambit by them and Paramount is working, because Taron suddenly jumped to grab the edge of the Best Actor category following a win at the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy, and a BAFTA nod for Best Actor that adds up to the nod from the SAGs. Taron fought back against an early May release date, the worries of following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and a stacked competition, while Elton will surely get another Oscar nod with his original song “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, which also won a Globe. I guess that’s why they call it the blues, indeed (?)
-The Farewell: Every year, there’s a Sundance movie that everybody loves and hypes up and waits for it to get nominated for several Oscars, and then nothing happens. This could happen with Lulu Wang’s culture clash dramedy, which didn’t get nominated for the PGAs, or the WGAs (although that had more to do with the fact that Lulu isn’t a member of the guild, so her movie’s original screenplay was excluded), or the DGAs, or the BAFTAs (apart from Best Foreign Language Film). Awkwafina helped to build some hope with a win at the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy, but there’s this awful feeling about the last spot of the Best Actress category, which basically became a fight between women of color while people like Renee Zellweger and Charlize Theron (which, come on, those two performances do not deserve it) are comfortably safe. Zhao Shuzhen could also get snubbed for Best Supporting Actress, because she’s not hitting the important nominations. So, this movie could get 3 nominations, or nothing. To quote the following movie, it is what it is.
-The Irishman: After all the hype, the discourse and the nominations, Martin Scorsese’s farewell to gangsters is another lock for Best Picture, with this week bringing nominations for the DGAs, the WGAs, the PGAs and the top prizes at the BAFTAs. But even though this sounds encouraging, it’s fair to say that Marty’s movie has slowed down in the race, and it didn’t help that it didn’t win anything at the Golden Globes. Also, it seems like Robert De Niro is not gonna make it to the Best Actor category, so that’s a big sign of how things are not as high as it seemed a month ago. Still, this is gonna be one of the most nominated movies of this year’s ceremony, so Scorsese could still paint houses all the way to a victory, if older Academy voters don’t split the votes between this, OUATIH and 1917.
-The Lighthouse: Willem Dafoe is getting farther away from the last spot in Best Supporting Actor, but the film could still make the Best Cinematography category. A BAFTA nomination helps the case.
-The Two Popes: You have to look out for those popes, because they are a wild card. They didn’t win at the Globes, or get nominated for the PGAs, the WGAs or the DGAs, but they still scored BAFTA nominations for Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins and the script from Anthony McCarten. This is a movie that 5 or 6 years ago would have definitely scored a Best Picture nomination, but this year is less certain. Still, it hangs on at the edges of several categories, while McCarten’s adapted screenplay is more likely to get nominated.
-Uncut Gems: I can’t make a joke about this movie because I have to wait like a chump until it releases on Netflix on the 31st, but I can say that Adam Sandler’s touch at the box office is helping a lot to make the Safdie bros’ thriller stay in the conversation. While the movie is set to become the highest grossing A24 movie in the US, Sandler’s still making the rounds, collecting critics prizes, being charming. A Best Actor nomination could still be the big shock to end all shocks on Monday morning.
-Us: Lupita Nyong’o is hanging on to the Best Actress category, assisting to every event, showing up to every interview. She’s more known and better regarded than Awkwafina, and people know and like her movie more than Cynthia Erivo’s. After the SAG nomination, will it end up in an Oscar nod? It’s not certain, but I personally bet that she gets the last spot. We still have to see what kind of shocks come tomorrow.
Technical(ly) contenders: Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Downton Abbey, The Lighthouse.
Check the pulse: Just Mercy.
This had Oscar buzz: Seberg, The Laundromat, The Goldfinch, Lucy in the Sky, Motherless Brooklyn, The Aeronauts, The Report, Cats, Queen and Slim, Dark Waters, Waves, The King, Honey Boy.
And now, before the end, some predictions of my own for the nominations in several categories. Feel free to add your own.
BEST PICTURE: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, 1917, The Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Knives Out
BEST DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite - Sam Mendes, 1917 - Martin Scorsese, The Irishman - Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Greta Gerwig, Little Women
BEST ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker - Adam Driver, Marriage Story - Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory - Taron Egerton, Rocketman
BEST ACTRESS: Renee Zellweger, Judy - Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story - Charlize Theron, Bombshell - Saoirse Ronan, Little Women - Lupita Nyong’o, Us
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Joe Pesci, The Irishman - Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Al Pacino, The Irishman - Song Kang Ho, Parasite
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern, Marriage Story - Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers - Margot Robbie, Bombshell - Florence Pugh, Little Women - Cho Yeo Jeong, Parasite
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, Marriage Story, Knives Out, 1917
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, The Two Popes, Joker
BEST EDITING: The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari, Parasite, Jojo Rabbit
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: 1917, Marriage Story, Joker, Little Women, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, Rocketman - “Into the Unknown”, Frozen 2 - “Spirit”, The Lion King - “Stand Up”, Harriet - “Speechless”, Aladdin
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, 1917, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Alita: Battle Angel
Closing question: What will be the big surprise on Monday morning? Past examples: Phantom Thread getting into Best Picture, Ruth Negga nominated for Best Actress, Cold War sneaking to the Best Director category.
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2019.12.29 22:31 vahrutaa I finally understand how I ruined my reputation + help what can i do??

I finally understand how I ruined my reputation + help what can i do??
This is something I (f 23) carry around with me.
I really embarssed myself a few years ago after my first break up, I was 18 at that time. Cheated on my ex for the second time, and he finally broke up with me after 1 year and 4 months I think. He was a really good guy I was the worst.
Till this day I still have a hard time understanding why I did everything I did from the moment I cheated and after my ex broke up with me. (Cheating happened when I was on drugs and all my boundaries were down I allowed a guy to kiss me, it ruined my life, I ruined)
I had the worst public melt down that happened over a long period of time I did so many stupid things from having sex with my ex's friend, to fighting, taking almost nudes in the hospital and posting them on facebook, moving in with guys that I wasn't even dating and getting kicked out very dramatically, letting people that weren't my friends stay at my place all day because I didn't want to be lonely. I took a lot of drugs, shared them, everyone was allowed to do it at my place. I eventually got kicked out because my flat mates complained (of course, i was flat sharing at that point)
I stopped caring about myself, my image, my reputation, my future, my life, school … All I could think of was him and how I wanted to show him how much I needed him by spiraling down (?? I know) I know somewhere I thought he would feel sorry for me and get back with me. I don't know what I was thinking
After I realized there was no chance of getting back together I became very promiscuous
My bed count went from one to over twenty I wanted to be loved so bad, I thought love would come easy by having sex with guys. And sometimes I thought the guys that messaged me loved me. Everyone knew, I mean not everyone but I know people know this, I remember moaning all loudly at one guys place with my former best friend and some of his guy friends in that same apartment. They could hear me. That's how much I embarrassed myself, I was really sl*tty even on social media, in my head I genuinely thought something (relationship wise) could grow out of me acting that way. I felt like I made myself look accessible in a good way, by showing my assets.
I tried to forget everything that happened around that period and I'm trying to stay away from everyone. But it's hard I get flashbacks, I don't have a lot of friends maybe 2 real ones, I still live in the same city and everyone really knows each other, this country is really small too.
I really ruined my reputation very publicly, I come from a christian house hold and was a saint till I met my friends who introduced me to drugs, they basically all left me because I was making a fool out of myself, I got into a very deep place mentally, I just wanted to destroy myself. And I know it didn't look like that for outsiders I was rude, sl*tty, reckless, a party girl, loud, acted overly confident. It was all a facade.
Now I'm trying to move forward, but what can I do? I'm extremely anxious, hate myself, feel a lot of guilt and I wish I could do everything over and right. I know I messed up I really did, I don't understand how I could fall so deep that I lost all respect for myself. I relied so much on people who weren't even my friends it's too embarrassing.
How can I change my image? What can I do? Am I domed for life? Cause it follows me people bring it up if not everything a small part. I'm always at home to avoid everyone. I really hate myself for what i've done. It's embarssing to be associated with me.
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2019.12.08 20:03 elizabetch_taylor [Review + Wear and Tear] LADY DIOR TAKES A LOVER: A Harlequin Rep Romance (Angel Factory via TS Redden)

💋 LADY DIOR TAKES A LOVER: A REGENCY REP ROMANCE 💋

Trigger Warning: Parody ahead. Also, this is a loooong fucking review, even by my standards. Like, I’m kind of embarrassed about how long it is? Is this a surefire sign that I am emotionally disturbed? Probably. But there is A LOT going on with this bag and therefore lots and lots of details to cover. For those who hate long reviews, do not despair and/or bitch in the comments I’ve included tl;drs for each section. For the others, I wanted to be nauseatingly thorough, as this bag has never been reviewed on RL before. I hope that by going as tediously in-depth as possible, like the pedantic fart I am, this review can also serve as a sort of QC guide for the newer style LDs, whether they be studded, Supple, and/or block-charmed. Abandon your evening plans all ye who enter here. Sorry about all the links, clover_negroni.

📕 Dedication 📕

In honor of Recency bodice-rippers, rakish dukes and steel wrapped in velvet. Without you, I would not be the perv I am today. And for u/dodon4e, who held my hand through many tortured weeks of Lady Dior indecision, braved the depths of TPF with me, and pretty much personifies the ton.

📕 Preface 📕

Item: Christian Dior - Lady Dior Supple - Black Calfskin with Aged Gold Studded Cannage Motif & Block Charms - Medium/24cm [SS17]
  • To clear up any potential confusion before we get to the Accuracy section, I feel it’s important to note that Dior released similar versions of this bag within this collection, as well as in later seasons: the medium size in lambskin with classic charms and zipper closure and lambskin with classic charms and flap closure, in addition to the small and mini which were exclusively made in lamb with flap closures, both in classic and block charm styles. Their construction is a bit different than that of the version I am reviewing here.
Factory: Angel
Seller: TS Redden
Price: ¥3820 RMB
  • Factory Price: ¥3500
  • Commission: ¥300
  • Domestic Shipping: ¥20
Payment Method: Alipay via TB link, $21 fee
Shipping: EMS, ¥320 (shipped with another item; would have been ¥280 if shipped by itself)
Timeline:
  • July 12 - Inquired about a few different My Lady Dior bags. Asked Redden if she thought GF or Angel was higher quality for the Lady Dior. She said she would be receiving a bag from Angel the next day and would get back to me with her thoughts. I didn’t hear back from her right away because she decided to take some time off, according to her Moments.
  • July 18 - Saw PSPs of the studded LD in Redden’s Moments. Heart stopped. Messaged her immediately.
  • July 19 - Redden tells me Angel is best quality (“very soft”) and gives me the price. I inquire about the 20cm version because, holy shit, the 24cm is $600 shipped.
  • July 22 - Decide to get the 24cm as initially planned, as it was only ¥100 more expensive and frankly the 20cm lambskin looks like geriatric balls. Messaged Redden to confirm the size.
  • July 25 - Paid
  • July 26 - Confirmed payment with Redden. Confirmed shipping info.
  • August 2 - Received PSP for bag and tracking info
  • August 4 - Received PSP for other item
  • August 5 - Posted and processed through Guangzhou
  • August 8 - Inbound into US customs
  • August 9 - Cleared customs
  • August 10 - Delivered

📕 Bag Porn 📕

💋 REP 💋
My Photos — Photos have been taken over the course of a few months, as I was seriously dragging my ass with this review. Hence they show the bag in a range of conditions, from brand new to 1-4 months of W&T.
  • Video of handles
  • Rep vs Auth Photo Collages
  • Rep Batch Comparisonu/dodon4e placed her order for the same studded LD from AF/Redden about a day after me. Mine was the last one in stock, so she had to wait for the next batch (AF takes eons to restock, FYI). Quality of both is great, but there are a few minor differences between the two, all of which I’ve pointed out in the photo captions. Please note that at the time these photos were taken, my LD had already suffered through about 4 months of heavy wear, whereas u/dodon4e’s LD was still less than a week old.
  • Mod Shots
  • WIMB
PSP
I don’t have factory photos, as I ordered this based off of PSPs I saw in Redden’s moments. Here are stock photos of the 20cm lambskin version. I believe both sizes come in a few different colors.
💋 AUTH 💋
Brag My Bag
Fashionphile
Vestaire Collective I
Vestaire Collective II
Vestaire Collective III
Imgur album of various references from TPF, blogs and resale sites
YouTube review of the Mini version

📕 Epigraph 📕

”It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a fashionable woman in possession of no fortune, must be in want of a rep.”

📕 Prologue 📕

Miss Elizabetch Blackbush-Harcourt-Rutherford-Taylor cupped the parcel’s derriere to hold it more intimately against her breast. She ascended the stairs cautiously at first, then quickened her pace to take the steps two at a time, finally entering a canter as she crossed the threshold of her apartment. She could see the glow of the dining room in the distance. The gas jets had been turned low. Her pulse jumped. They were alone.
Elizabetch stalked across the wide entrance room, then placed the box on a dark-wood sideboard on which burned two ornate silver candelabras, their candles dripping, burned half-way down. The soft radiance illuminated the parcel a pale golden brown and cast faintly guttering shadows across its cardboard. She slipped a finger beneath the shipping label, goose flesh racing along her arms as it lifted. She shivered. Elizabetch pressed the tip of her exacto knife into the parcel’s secret center until she felt it’s iron-hard extension penetrate the packing tape. Suddenly, overcome with the urgent, pulsating need to reach the culmination of a month-long ordering process, she thrust her blade to the hilt. With her lustful gaze focused on the portal to her RepLady secret, she slowly pried apart the box’s turgid flaps. At long last, the box opened before her like a rosebud at first bloom, exposing the dust bag within.
Silence drew out between them. Elizabetch trembled, but she knew it was fear and not the damp air that crept across her flesh. What if the Lady was not as stunning as it appeared in factory photos? Had she QC’d thoroughly enough? She plunged her hands into the dark depths of the box and pulled out the contents from within. Her hands, quivering, loosened the drawstring. Relief washed over her as she slipped off the dust bag, revealing the obsidian beauty staring back at her. Elizabetch shuddered. As she lifted it by the handles to carry it down the hall, Lady Dior’s charms made a soft tinkling sound as if to say, Do I please you, Betch?
They pressed into the bedchamber. The room was cast in gloom, the heavy silken curtains drawn against the late afternoon sunshine, but nonetheless the Lady’s antique gold hardware glimmered. Tenderly, Elizabetch laid her conquest on the bed. In breathless anticipation of their first tryst, she had already arranged her supplies on the nightstand earlier that morning. She gave another lingering caress to the Lady before her, then carefully applied a dollop of lotion to the soft Prussian blue fibers of her AmazonBasics general purpose cleaning cloth.
Elizabetch bent to massage conditioner deep inside the cleft of Lady Dior’s flap, then smoothed upward to the vulnerable spot where its suede lining began. Over every square inch of its petal-soft exterior, she buffed in the age-old rhythm of leather care, then rose up to meet the apex of its top handle. The Lady beneath her now gleamed, its lush curves slick with Cadillac where Eizabetch’s microfiber towel had pressed and slid across its bare calfskin. She could see it now—the heady mixture of sheen and softness that told her a handbag was almost saturated with conditioner. Never one to deny a bag, she flipped the towel to massage away excess product, ruthlessly holding back her own rising need for release.
“Ahem.”
Elizabetch’s eyes widened with alarm, chasing away the raging passion of only seconds earlier. She bit off a curse and discreetly pulled the sheet over Lady Dior. Even in the low light of the bedchamber, she instantly recognized her boyfriend’s stiffly erect figure, standing just inside the closed door. “Oh, hey, angel! Just, uh, making up the bed! Wasn’t expecting you this early!”
Her boyfriend shot a pointed glance at the lump under the sheets before giving Elizabetch a quizzical look. “Really, babe. You gotta stop doing weird shit with your bags. Dinner will be ready in 20.”

📕 Chapter 1 📕

💋 Quality - 9.5/10 💋

First Impressions:
  • Well, I’ll be damned. This is a fucking marvelous bag. In previous reviews, I’ve mentioned my desire for reps that fool not only others, but also myself into believing they are real. And, guys, we’ve caught a live one. Hook me up to the polygraph, dose me with sodium thiopental, and ask me if I bought this shit from a Japanese luxury consignment shop on Rakuten. I will tell you “HELL YES” and I will pass with flying colors. It looks expensive. It feels expensive. It has an AURA, man.
  • Best smelling rep I’ve ever purchased. Seriously, it had the most intoxicating leather scent right out of the box, and continues to smell divine weeks later. Even when I shove my head inside the freaking bag I can’t pick up on even the slightest hint of fufu.
  • Unfortunately, this bag could have been packaged better. It arrived with some dents in the top handles. I won’t dock points for this under Quality, as I don’t believe it was the factory’s fault (the damage wasn’t visible in PSPs), but I do wish the handles had been wrapped or somehow padded for shipping. There was no other damage or scratches to the leather or hardware, aside from a dent in one of the quilts which has since worked its way out.
Materials:
  • The calfskin is to die for. So velvety soft, with a beautiful sheen. No need for conditioner here (but I did it anyway). For me, this is tied with 187 King lambskin for the best leather in RepLand. Note that it’s not so delicate as to make one completely neurotic, but it’s not impervious to scratches, either.
  • The suede lining is absolutely gorgeous, too. Incredibly soft and smooth. It took to the dye beautifully for a consistent pitch black color.
  • The hardware — and there’s a lot of it — is substantial with a great weight to it. It’s all tightly secured, with nary a loose stud. The lobster clasps on the guitar strap are strong, fully functional, and swivel a full 360 degrees. The interior zipper runs smoothly. The color and distressing of the metalware is consistent throughout.
  • The strap came kink-free and isn’t at all stiff, the way some rep straps can be. It’s made of the same leather as the rest of the bag.
Craftsmanship:
  • The handles feel satisfyingly solid and sturdy. They are precisely shaped.
  • The quilts are all of uniform size and puffiness.
  • The cannage is perfectly aligned on all sides, as well as on the flap.
  • The stitching is perfect, as far as I can tell. It’s the neatest I’ve seen on any of my reps, including 187, GF, Marble and Nickloe.
  • The engravings on the grommets and lobster clasps are all plenty crisp.
  • The interior “Christian Dior” and MII heat stamps are remarkably neat. The date code stamp is a bit of a mess, but idgaf as it is hidden inside the zipper pocket.
  • -0.25 The glazing along the top edge of the bag is seriously chunky at the corners. It’s a little thick on the auth, as well, but mine has an extra bit of wabi-sabi flair in the form of lumpiness.
  • -0.25 Sadly, one of the handle grommets is a bit crooked. It’s only noticeable when looking at the backside of the hardware because the “screws” aren’t level. Not going to rend my clothes over it, as I’ve seen auths with much jauntier grommets.
tl;dr: This is an incredibly well-constructed bag. It feels substantial and very durable, and the materials feel wonderfully luxurious. Overall, the craftsmanship shows an exceptional attention to detail. [-0.25] reduction for a slightly tilted grommet on the back of the bag, and another [-0.25] for the spots of inelegant glazing.

📕 Chapter 2 📕

💋 Accuracy - 6.25/10 💋

I want to give this bag a 9.5/10 so bad, y’all. My heart tells me this bag is a 9.5/10. The overall impression of this bag is that of an authentic. To anyone unfamiliar with the finer details of this exact style (so, ya know, most everybody), it passes with flying colors. But, as we all know, the devil is in the details. So while I am absolutely loath to give a beautiful, totally passable bag the accuracy score that I have, I do not wish to perpetuate the rating inflation that I myself have moaned about on this sub (“10/10, not a literal plague vector”). I‘m going to borrow u/gotwagoons terrific rating system from her 187 WOC review, in the hopes that it will keep me honest:
-1 if the difference is immediately obvious when placed next to an auth.
-0.5 if the difference would be noticed by a casual buyer trying to authenticate a preloved bag through images before purchasing.
-0.25 if the differences require side-by-side, place-the-bags-in-the-exact-positions comparisons, or could be spotted by a seasoned authenticator. Basically, if I feel like a crazy person pointing it out, it’ll be -0.25.
I am not going to count the serial number as inaccurate; only the features of the bag.
Please also note that while I have some experience with auth LDs, I have never seen the studded version in person.
Shape & Dimensions:
  • The overall shape and proportions are damn near perfect. Since this is the unstructured Supple version, the shape changes slightly depending on how the bag is stuffed — it looks a bit different in each auth reference photo. This rep is definitely in the range: very square from the front, with a gentle A-line shape to the sides.
  • The bag features tonal topstitching along the side seams, which is correct for the calfskin version. It gives a more structured shape and sharper edges than the lambskin version, which features retourne-style seams.
  • Based on side-by-side photo comparisons, it appears the rep may be a smidgen taller than auth (the studded LD is supposed to be a hair shorter than the Timeless LD). However, when I measured the bag, the dimensions were within the range of authentic according to various stats online: 9.5” W x 7.5” H x 4.5” D at the base.
  • -0.25 The top handle drop should be 4” according to the internet. Mine measures at about 3-⅞”. I don’t think a few millimeters’ difference is anything to cry about. This could very well be within the authentic’s range of variation. I suspect, however, that it is because the O-rings attaching the handles are not quite long enough.
  • -1.00 Something nutty is going on with the guitar strap. It’s the correct shape, although a bit wider than auth at 52mm (one of the Vestaire listings has a photo with a measuring tape showing 46mm). That’s no big deal to me, as by sight it looks about the same width as auth. The issue is the length. The same Vestaire seller posted a photo measuring the length of the strap — including the clasps — and it appeared to be about 111-112cm. Mine measures at about 114cm. Close enough, right? Well this is where it gets weird. On another site (I forget where), I read that the strap drop should be 16”. Mine is more than 20”! So basically, I have no fucking idea what is going on. Was the site that listed a 16” drop measuring only to the top of the handles? Possibly. I don’t know to what degree it’s off, but any way you slice it, it’s too long. And unfortunately it feels ludicrously long — even when worn crossbody. Thankfully, I only ever intended to carry this bag by hand or in the crook of my arm, so the length is no big shake for me personally.
Handles:
  • The handles are shaped perfectly. They aren’t too thick or horseshoe-shaped, like those seen on many low- and mid-tier reps. They may be a hair narrower than auth, but it’s hard to say for sure.
  • The beveled edge at the bottom of the handles is correctly and sharply angled. On the inner side of the handle, there are 2 stitches between the top of the round grommet and the start of the bevel, same as auth.
  • There seems to be a bit more side-to-side handle movement than on most of the authentic LDs I played with at the boutique. This is a known flaw with LD reps. Initially, however, I didn’t have a problem with this. You see, I’ve only handled auth Timeless, My ABCDior and My Lady Diors, all of which have the classic charms and a structured design. Based on some photos I’ve found online of auth LDs with the block charms, I figured this version of the HW has more play than the classic type. Mental gymnastics also led me to the conclusion that the Supple LDs, regardless of HW style, have floppier handles because the overall squishability means they get jostled around more when handling the bag. But then I saw u/dodon4e’s studded LD, also from AF. Her handles are stiff as a damn bored! This of course tore asunder my carefully constructed self-deception and set me down a path of lifelong bitterness. THAT SAID, I still want to believe my handles are fiiiiiine, guys, and my bag is not a hopeless dud — after all, there are worse-looking auths! — so I’m not deducting any points. My heart can’t take it. The handles aren’t jiggly enough to be too bothersome. They mostly stay in place when I stand them up straight. At least that’s what I’ve been trying to tell myself.
Leather:
  • Guys, have I mentioned that this bitch is SOFT? Like, so fucking soft that I upon receiving it I had a minor freak out that it was lamb instead of calf? Well, my dudes, it is calf. I had Redden confirm. It’s just the nicest friggin calf I have ever encountered on a rep. Like, auth Fendi level soft. SOFT.
  • Based on photos of the authentic, the texture, finish, and color are right on the money. Like auth, the calf is completely smooth with the prettiest sheen and dyed a nice deep shade of black.
Cannage Motif:
Apologies in advance I wasn’t able to figure out a less convoluted way to describe and discuss the stud pattern.
  • The diamonds have the correct number of studs: 5 studs per diamond-side, some with 4 studs inside. Each inner stud aligns with the diamond-side studs in their respective quadrant/side of the diamond point (if that makes any fucking sense at all).
  • The quilts have the perfect amount of puff.
  • The pattern aligns the same way as auth on all sides.
  • The guitar strap has the correct number of diamonds (22).
  • The cannage pattern on the front and back of the bag has the correct number of diamonds. It alternates rows of diamonds with 4 studs inside and rows of “empty” diamonds. On the front and back there are 5 “empty” diamond quilts across and 4.75 “empty” down. There are 4 full studded diamonds across with ¾ studded diamonds on either end, and 4.5 studded diamonds down.
  • -0.50 The cannage on the sides is so close to perfection, but not quite there. It is accurate insofar as there are the correct number of diamonds (1 “empty” diamond across at the top, 3 across at the bottom, and 4.75 down, alternating with 2 full studded diamonds across and 4 studded down). However the two “^” shapes at the bottom each have one extra stud per side. The “^” should be comprised of 3 studs total, but on my rep they are 5.
  • -1.00 The cannage pattern on the flap closure is likely incorrect. It is really hard to find clear images showing the top flap in its entirety. In fact, I couldn’t find a single one online. These were the best photos I could scrape together. The pattern on my flap appears to match those in the pics from Brag My Bag and Spotted Fashion, but not those in the multiple photos I found on TPF and Vestaire Collective (see above album for explanation of discrepancies). While it’s possible that Dior was inconsistent in their cannage pattern across batches and both are correct, I am inclined to believe that this is an inaccuracy in the rep. My Theory: I believe Angel, as a spin-off of GF, is among the factories that purchase authentics to reverse engineer. BUT this particular LD style was discontinued before Angel opened for business. If that is in fact the case (please correct me if I’m wrong), Angel is able to reverse engineer the basic construction of this bag based on similar models they have access to, but have to go off of photos to replicate some of the particulars like the stud pattern on the flap. The BMB and SF images — which match my rep — appear to be official Dior release/e-commerce pics, and, as we all know, many brands alter their product photos to screw with counterfeiters. I’d wager Angel used these photos as a reference, and it resulted in an inaccuracy.
Hardware:
  • I truthfully cannot tell if the gold-tone is accurate or not. The auth color looks different in nearly every reference photo I’ve found online. Sometimes I think the rep is a little too warm, but I really can’t say for certain so I won’t deduct any points. The degree of distressing seems to match that of some auth photos, but it appears more antiqued in others on resale sites. This can probably be chalked up to W&T.
  • The oval grommets, round grommets and O-rings on the handles seem to all be accurate in size, shape and thickness, at least roughly. The studs likewise appear to be the correct shape, but perhaps are negligibly larger in size.
  • The oval grommets are accurately placed in line with the top row of “empty” diamonds, each centered between the two outermost diamonds on their respective side. They are attached a hair closer to the top edge of the bag than they are on auth. The “CD” engravings are centered just above the 4 studs inside the diamonds of the row below. One of the grommets on the back of the bag isn’t perfectly centered over the 4 studs, but it’s close enough for jazz.
  • -0.25 The “CD” engravings on the front of the oval grommets look good enough to me in terms of size, thickness and depth, although the auth typeface appears to feature a stronger vertical stress (stroke contrast). On the reverse side, they are correctly engraved to give the effect of two screwheads. This is consistent with auth, which no longer uses actual, visible screws to attach the grommets. The “screws” look to be of a good size and are engraved with the appropriate thinness.
  • The charms appear to be the correct size and drop length. The bottoms of the “D” and “I” accurately hit about midway down the fourth row of diamonds, between the 4 center studs, and the bottoms of the “O” and “R” land just past the halfway point of the third row. I can’t find any fault in the shape or thickness of the letters.
  • The large O-ring affixing the charms appears to be about the correct size, but it may be a teensy bit thicker than auth. It’s hard to tell based on photos alone. It looks accurate compared to some pics, but not others. The rings for each individual charm are accurate in size, shape and thickness.
  • -0.25 The lobster clasps are close enough in size and shape to auth for me, although there appear to be some very slight differences. Frankly, I don’t think they are even worth spelling out here. “Dior” is engraved on both sides of the D-ring, as it should be, however the font is a bit off. Most notably, the “D” is more square-shaped on the rep.
  • The feet are the correct size and shape for this style of HW. They should look like teeny metal flans. The medium LDs with classic HW, on the other hand, typically feature tapered dome-shaped feet (although there are probably exceptions to even this).
  • -0.25 The placement of the feet is not quite right, but very, very close. When looking at the front of the bag, the feet are accurately placed in line with the second outermost column of studs. However, when you look at the side of the bag, the feet should be placed just outside of the outermost bottom stud on their respective side. On my rep they are placed on the opposite side of that stud (farther from the stitching). This may be due in part to the extra studs on the sides of the bag.
Interior:
  • The interior walls and flap are accurately lined in a black suede with a soft velvet nap. It has a delicate feel, like a high-quality sheepskin suede. Dior’s suede linings are soft as soft can be, and this certainly feels as luxe as it should. The base of the bag is lined with black calfskin, as it should be, however it appears to be a different, tougher leather than the exterior of the bag. I’m not sure if this is the case with auth, as well, but I don’t care either way because you really can only notice a difference if you are touching both the interior and exterior at the same time. It looks fine and literally no one ever — including myself after completing this review — will ever pet the bottom of my bag’s interior.
  • The interior is set up the same as auth, with a wide suede-lined zipper pocket under the flap on one side and a large suede patch pocket with glazed top edge on the other.
  • The zipper pull is black calf, same as auth, and is the correct shape and size. It feels very solid.
  • The interior label, like auth, is black calf with tonal stitching and gold foil heat stamps. It looks to be about the right size and shape, with nice rounded corners and neat stitching.
  • -0.25 The “Christian Dior” typeface is a smidge off the mark — it should be squatter and rounder (the “C” jumps out, especially). Considering how abysmal the “s” usually is in most rep stamps, I was pleasantly surprised with mine. The “PARIS” and MII typefaces look good, but admittedly I am shit at QCing fonts.
  • I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I am not one for date codes and serial numbers, as I am not an aspiring scam artist. However, I am going to comment on the date code here just to avoid future PMs asking me about it, and because I’m trying to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Fucking Review. The date code is in the correct location (sewn into the interior zipper pocket) and in the correct format (00-XY-0000). The font is wrong and it is oriented incorrectly (upside down), but I refuse to dock points for such irrelevant flaws. If my rep’s date code were to be believed, the bag was manufactured in April 2017, which seems to be appropriate for this collection. I think the “BO” indicates that the bag was made in one of the Italian factories (most LDs are MII, although a few are MIS), so that’s neat. No fucking clue what the first two digits represent, but they’re there.
tl;dr: The shape of the bag and top handles is accurate, although the detachable guitar strap is too long and wide [-1.00] and the handle drop is off by a few mm [-0.25]. The calfskin exterior and suede lining are both accurate in terms of color, finish, texture and handfeel. The studded cannage motif is mostly accurate, however there are a few flaws in the pattern on the sides of the bag [-0.50] and the flap closure [-1.00]. The hardware is generally all accurate in terms of color, finish, size, shape, placement and engravings, although the location of the feet is not entirely correct [-0.25], and there are slight typeface inaccuracies in the engravings on the lobster clasps [-0.25] and oval grommets [-0.25]. The interior matches auth in nearly all aspects save for the “Christian Dior” heat stamp, which is in a slightly different typeface than the authentic [-0.25].

📕 Epilogue 📕

💋 Satisfaction - 10/10 💋

Ok, so let’s be real: the accuracy of this rep leaves something to be desired. That said, the only glaring issue I see is the cannage pattern on the flap. This is ultimately a minor flaw in my book. For one, this bag is no longer in production and it’s not commonly seen out in the wild. I doubt anybody (ok, maybe like two people on the face of the planet?) know from memory the exact quantity and placement of studs on the flap. Even if some deranged snob has it out for me and seeks out photographic evidence that my bag is a rep, I wish them luck finding authentic references to prove it. It took me HOURS of digging to find the few poor quality photos of partially-obscured flaps that I did. Besides, the flaw is mostly hidden when the flap is tucked inside the bag. FWIW, as I know some people read a lot into these things, this rep has only received glowing compliments from SAs at various luxury boutiques. A gal at Burberry even told me the bag “made her day” (didn’t make her a sale, though — nothing personal, I’m just working with a Western Girl kind of budget). So fuck it.
All in all, I am absolutely tickled with this bag. It’s gorgeous. Although a few inaccuracies are certainly present, quality is frankly more important to me than accuracy. Since this bag has quality in spades, shit is copacetic. It holds everything I need, and the flap closure makes it a breeze to use. The updated style offers the perfect balance of edgy cool girl and ladylike sophisticate. While I’ve always liked the classic Lady Dior, I had been hesitant to purchase as I wasn’t convinced the formal, hyper-feminine design would fit my lifestyle and aesthetic. Once I saw that Angel was repping Maria Grazia Chiuri’s brilliant twist on the LD, I knew I had to have it. I love a bag rich in history, and I especially enjoy when it’s a polarizing variation on a theme. In summary, I adore this bag.

📕 Afterword 📕

💋 Bonus Wear & Tear 💋

I have horrendous luck with rep hardware. Virtually every high-tier bag I’ve purchased has had major hardware problems. Over the course of one month alone, the handle broke on my Nickloe X-Lite, the zipper stop popped off my GF Puzzle, and the zipper pull broke off my 187 King Trendy WOC. So naturally, I thought, hey! Why shouldn’t my most expensive rep to date be absolutely encrusted with metalware? Literally hundreds of tiny pieces, all ready betray me at any given moment? What can I say. I like to live dangerously. Watch as I defiantly thumb my nose at the Fates.
But so far, so good. The only trouble the hardware has given me is of the relationship variety. It inspired my boyfriend to make some “blinged out granny bag” commentary when he first saw it, and we didn’t speak for the rest of the night. I’ve been slowly poisoning his morning workout smoothies ever since.
After wearing this bag half to death for 4 months, the glazing cracked at one of the corners. I chose not to dock any Quality points for this as it’s completely my fault — I had it squished into a suitcase for the duration of an international flight, which warped the bag and put a lot of stress on that portion of the edge paint, in addition to lifting the formerly perfect lining from the sides of the interior. I’m super bummed about it, though.
The leather itself has held up well to normal wear and tear, with only a few shallow scratches. I did put an extra dent or two in the top handles by setting it rather precariously on the edge of my kitchen island, which led to a tumble and the bag landing handles-first on hardwood. Finally, I was reminded last night that nothing is safe from my cat’s demonic maw. The handles finally fell victim to this hellspawn, like the many other fallen I’ve mentioned in previous reviews. Should I just put him down already? Y/N.
Suffice to say, I’ve ridden this thing hard and put it up wet, but it’s proving to be a durable little number. Since this is the Supple version, it has broken in a bit with use and become less structured. I’ve ordered this Samorga organizer to protect the suede lining and prevent the bag from losing its shape over time (or at least more than it already has).
This has honestly been one of my best rep purchases to date in terms of quality and longevity, and will be the first of many Angel Factory purchases for me — I’ve already received a TdJ Book Tote and have my eye on a medium lambskin LD next.

📕 Acknowledgements 📕

💋 Seller Communication and Service - 9.75/10 💋

Redden was fabulous to work with, as per usual. Once she got back from her sick leave, she was quick to respond and provided valuable insights on quality. Her Angel Factory prices are the best I’ve seen, and she provided thorough PSPs. I am only docking -0.25 because I had her ship direct, and whoever packaged it did not adequately protect the handles. Unfortunately the damage is quite noticeable and, as far as I can tell, irreversible. I can feel the dents every time I pick up the bag. The handles are one of my favorite features of the Lady Dior, so the fact that they are not immaculate drives me a little batty. In hindsight, I probably should have requested full packaging, but I was concerned about seizure considering the price.
Constructive Criticism in the Form of Steamy Purple Prose Welcome.

📕 The End 📕

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2019.11.17 03:52 iv_nick List of RTTP players by division + Maps drop date

List of RTTP players by division + Maps drop date
  • List of RTTP players by division
  • Maps Drop schedule for RTTP players in the game \)
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Player Position Team Scheme Drop date
AFC North 11/08
Matthew Judon LB BAL -
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR PIT West Coast
NFC North 11/08
Bryan Bulaga OT GB Spread
Danielle Hunter DE MIN -
AFC South 11/13
Darius Leonard LB IND -
Laremy Tunsil OT HOU Smashmouth
NFC South 11/13
Kiko Alonso LB NO -
Christian McCaffrey HB CAR West Coast
AFC East 11/15
Levi Wallace CB BUF -
James White HB NE Vertical
NFC East 11/17
Malcolm Jenkins S PHI -
Travis Frederick C DAL Vertical
AFC West 11/20
Kendall Fuller CB KC -
Richie Incognito OG OAK Spread
NFC West 11/22
Arik Armstead DT SF -
Russell Wilson QB SEA Smashmouth
(swipe right on a mobile device )

Drop schedule for RTTP players in the game:
Division Drop date
AFC/NFC North 11/08 available
AFC/NFC South 11/13 available
AFC East 11/15 available
NFC East ** 11/17 \) see note below
AFC West*** 11/20
NFC West 11/22
(swipe right on a mobile device )
after November 15, one card will be opened at a time
\) by u/EA_Hartz ✅ :
NFC East в это воскресенье.
\*) by u/ea_messina ✅ :
"It was always intended to be 1 every couple of days, but with the rescheduling of last Sunday's drop, it hasn't gone that way. Going forward, it will be one map a drop".
\*) u/CarlHFB
No, one drop at a time from now on. Only one of the two on the 15th.
*** u/KKrum41302
Also, based on the map releases so far, it is highly likely that AFC is released before NFC

P.S. if you notice a mistake or what else would you like to see , please let me know . I also hope that someone from EA will clarify the West Maps drop date (although this is not so important in this case, more for the correctness of the table)

Other PATH TO GREATNESS guides:
SEASON 3: ROAD TO THE PLAYOFFS
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2019.11.09 01:11 montpelliersudfrance Is my Date (26/F) walking ahead of me (30/M) a red flag? + other questions

About me -
Recently graduated from one of the world's leading business schools. Although I am only 30, I work with the senior leadership team of a major biotech company. The work hours are long, need frequent travel to other countries and I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Career focused with hopes of moving up the corporate ladder. Obviously, the last thing I want, is to come back home to a partner who is stubborn and argumentative.
The girl -
I have been dating this girl for over 5 months, who was recommended to me by family friends. Initially, we talked on the phone for the first few months (long distance) and eventually decided to meet in person. From time to time, I would feel that something was off, as she would get very difficult to talk to. She identifies herself as independent, non conformist and claims to always speaks her mind - but I am beginning to feel that's her excuse to be stubborn and argumentative.
Below are a few instances, that I thought were red flags -
Do you think that above mentioned are genuine red flags that a person is argumentative or am I overinterpreting the situation?
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2019.11.09 00:59 montpelliersudfrance Is my Date (26/F) walking ahead of me (30/M) a red flag? + other questions

About me -
Recently graduated from a grueling business school. I work with the senior leadership team of a major biotech company. The work hours are long, need frequent travel to other countries and I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Career focused with hopes of moving up the corporate ladder. Obviously, the last thing I want, is to come back home to a partner who is stubborn and argumentative.
The girl -
I have been dating this girl for over 5 months, who was recommended to me by family friends. Initially, we talked on the phone for the first few months (long distance) and eventually decided to meet in person. From time to time, I would feel that something was off, as she would get very difficult to talk to. She identifies herself as independent, non conformist and claims to always speaks her mind - but I am beginning to feel that's her excuse to be stubborn and argumentative.
Below are a few instances, that I thought were red flags -
TL;DR - Do you think that above mentioned are genuine red flags that a person is argumentative or am I overinterpreting the situation?
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2019.11.09 00:20 montpelliersudfrance Is my Date (26/F) walking ahead of me (30/M) a red flag? + other questions

About me -
Recently graduated from one of the world's leading business schools. Although I am only 30, I work with the senior leadership team of a major biotech company. The work hours are long, need frequent travel to other countries and I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Career focused with hopes of moving up the corporate ladder. Obviously, the last thing I want, is to come back home to a partner who is stubborn and argumentative.
The girl -
I have been dating this girl for over 5 months, who was recommended to me by family friends. Initially, we talked on the phone for the first few months (long distance) and eventually decided to meet in person. From time to time, I would feel that something was off, as she would get very difficult to talk to. She identifies herself as independent, non conformist and claims to always speaks her mind - but I am beginning to feel that's her excuse to be stubborn and argumentative.
Below are a few instances, that I thought were red flags -
Do you think that above mentioned are genuine red flags that a person is argumentative or am I overinterpreting the situation?
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2019.11.08 23:55 montpelliersudfrance Is my Date (26/F) walking ahead of me (30/M) a red flag? + other questions

About me -
Recently graduated from one of the world's leading business schools. Although I am only 30, I work with the senior leadership team of a major biotech company. The work hours are long, need frequent travel to other countries and I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Career focused with hopes of moving up the corporate ladder. Obviously, the last thing I want, is to come back home to a partner who is stubborn and argumentative.
The girl -
I have been dating this girl for over 5 months, who was recommended to me by family friends. Initially, we talked on the phone for the first few months (long distance) and eventually decided to meet in person. From time to time, I would feel that something was off, as she would get very difficult to talk to. She identifies herself as independent, non conformist and claims to always speaks her mind - but I am beginning to feel that's her excuse to be stubborn and argumentative.
Below are a few instances, that I thought were red flags -
Do you think that above mentioned are genuine red flags that a person is argumentative or am I overinterpreting the situation?
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2019.11.08 23:30 montpelliersudfrance Is my Date (26/F) walking ahead of me (30/M) a red flag? + other questions

About me -
Recently graduated from one of the world's leading business schools. Although I am only 30, I work with the senior leadership team of a major biotech company. The work hours are long, require frequent travel to other countries and I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Career focused with hopes of quickly moving up the corporate ladder. Obviously, the last thing I want, is to come back home to a partner who is stubborn and argumentative.
The girl -
I have been dating this girl for over 5 months, who was recommended to me by family friends. Initially, we talked on the phone for the first few months (long distance) and eventually decided to meet in person. From time to time, I would feel that something was off, as she would occasionally get very difficult to talk to. She identifies herself as independent, non conformist and claims to always speaks her mind - but I am beginning to feel that's her excuse to be stubborn and argumentative.
Below are a few instances, that I thought were red flags -
Do you think that above mentioned are genuine red flags that a person is argumentative or am I overinterpreting the situation?
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2019.11.08 23:16 montpelliersudfrance Is my Date (26/F) walking ahead of me (30/M) a red flag? + other questions

About me -
Recently graduated from one of the world's leading business schools. Although I am only 30, I work with the senior leadership team of a major biotech company. The work hours are long, require frequent travel to other countries and I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Career focused with hopes of quickly moving up the corporate ladder. Obviously, the last thing I want, is to come back home to a partner who is stubborn and argumentative.
The girl -
I have been dating this girl for over 5 months, who was recommended to me by family friends. Initially, we talked on the phone for the first few months (long distance) and eventually decided to meet in person. From time to time, I would feel that something was off, as she would occasionally get very difficult to talk to. She identifies herself as independent, non conformist and claims to always speaks her mind - but I am beginning to feel that's her excuse to be stubborn and argumentative.
Below are a few instances, that I thought were red flags -
Do you think that above mentioned are genuine red flags that a person is argumentative or am I overinterpreting the situation?
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2019.09.21 21:18 tylerlanemoore Happening Soon Around Shreveport: 44th Red River Revel + local festivals-- Centenary Campus Fest, Hispanic Heritage, Natch Meat Pie, and more

Happening Soon Around Shreveport: 44th Red River Revel + local festivals-- Centenary Campus Fest, Hispanic Heritage, Natch Meat Pie, and more

MAJOR EVENTS

Sept 28 - Oct 6: Red River Revel Arts Festival #44 - Festival Plaza, $
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CULTURE

Sept 20-21: Pioneer Heritage Festival - Greenwood downtown - FREE/open
Sept 21: Campus Fest - Centenary College, FREE/open
Sept 21 - Oct 31: The Dixie Maze Fall Festival - Dixie Maze Farms, $
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Sept 27-28: Return to Shreveport: Elvis weekend - Artspace, $$
Sept 27: Capturing Highland: Mardi Gras in September - Ki’ Mexico, $
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Sept 27-28: Return to Shreveport: Elvis weekend - Artspace, $$
Sept 28: L.I.N.K. Fest - 842 Texas Ave, $
Sept 28: All Y’all Live: “Going Through It” - LSUS University Center, $
Sept 28 - Oct 6: full line-up of Red River Revel visual artists - Festival Plaza

FOOD & DRINK

Sept 19: Dogtoberfest - Great Raft Brewing, $
Sept 20: The Big Cheese: A Cheese & Wine Dinner - Norton Art Gallery, $$$
Sept 20-21: Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival - Natchitoches
Sept 22: Louisiana Craft Beer Week Kickoff - Twisted Root, $
Sept 26: TASTE: A Festival of Food & Art - Bossier Civic Center, $$$
Sept 27: Burgers, Beer, & Bow-Wows - Norton Art Gallery, $
Sept 28: Hispanic Heritage Festival - Shreveport Aquarium, $$
Sept 28: Oktoberfest 2019 - Red River Brewing Co., $
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Sept 28 - Oct 6: full menu of Red River Revel food and drink - Festival Plaza
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LIVE MUSIC AT THE RED RIVER REVEL

Sept 28: Bayou Gypsy (variety) + Gordon Nurse and 318 Riddim Combo (Caribbean) + As You Were (rock) + Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws (outlaw country) + Bishop Gunn (new wave blues) + Beat the Streets Drum Line
Sept 29: Firm Foundation (gospel) + Shreveport Jazz Ensemble + Simple Church w/ Cameron Theodos (contemporary Christian)
Sept 30: Easy Money (jazz) + Total Choice Jazz Band + Front Cover Band (top 40)
Oct 1: Blind Uncle Keith (Americana) + Dirtfoot (punk country) + Celtica Pipes Rock
Oct 2: Chasing Lions + Alive by Sunrise + Colony House (contemporary Christian)
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Oct 3: Buddy Flett (acoustic blues) + Lance Thompson (soul) + The Interns (2000’s) + Celtica Pipes Rock (celtic rock) + Southern Roots (southern rock) + Chase Bryant (country) + Gospel Choir of BPCC + Rusheon M.S. Concert Choir + Green Acres M.S. Concert Choir
Oct 4: The Joanitones (folk) + Trout Fishing in America (country) + Blind Uncle Keith (Americana) + Star Chamber (alt rock) + Windstorm Band (R&B) + Macy Kate (pop)
Oct 5: Chris McCaa (swing) + Will Maranto & the Usual Suspects (rock ‘n roll) + Rebel Richard (southern rock) + The Hollow Decks (90s) + Celtica Pipes Rock + New Breed Brass Band + 50 Man Machine (world music) + The Seratones (rock/soul)
Oct 6: CrossRiff (christian rock) + Bayou Blues Band + Josh Hyde & the Lost Parish (blues/funk) + Tambria Adams Band (country)

LIVE MUSIC

Sept 20: DigiMusic 2019: Justin Mooty + Justen Jackson + Lomax the Grey + Chrissy Wise Cousins + Body Mechanics + That Girl DJ (EDM) - East Bank District, FREE/open
Sept 21: Live at Campus Fest: Safe Space + Tap Dead Sinner + Spectra Vamp + Old Flames + Shayliff + Good Spirits + Tipsey + Lions May Cry + Trepid + Ghost Foot + Star Chamber (various) - Centenary College, FREE/open
Sept 21: Creedence Clearwater Revisited (classic rock) - Horseshoe Riverdome, $$$$
Sept 21: Shreveport Symphony Opening Night - “Tchaikovsky’s 5th” - RiverView Theater
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Sept 21: Logan & the Legendaries - The Bar, $
Sept 24: Buckcherry (hard rock) - Margaritaville, $$
Sept 25: PLEASURES + Ziel Zuster + Cult Junkie - Bear’s, $
Sept 27: Better Than Ezra (rock) - The Stage, $$

COMEDY

Sept 20: Eddie Griffin (stand-up) - Margaritaville, $$$
Sept 26: Open Mic Comedy Night - LOL, $

THEATRE/FILM

Sept 20: Dinner & a Movie: Downton Abbey - Robinson Film Center, $$
Sept 28: Up with People Live - Centenary Gold Dome, $$$

TRIVIA

Sept 23-25: The Office Trivia Nights - The Port Grill, $
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RECURRING WEEKLY:
Sunday: Rotolo’s
Monday: Twisted Root; What’s on Tap II; Ivan’s
Tuesday: The Port Grill; Central Station; Pizza Rev; Daq’s (Southern Loop)
Wednesday: Bar Chord; Chimi V’s; Fully Stacked; Habanero’s; Whiskey Roadhouse
Thursday: Sundance Cantina; Bear’s; Windrush Grill; Retro 521 Coffee & Cafe
Saturday: Rotolo’s

ACTIVE

Sept 21: SPAR Peace Day 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - Lakeside Park, $$
Sept 21: Mission:Possible 5K - South Highlands, $$
Sept 28: Independence Bowl Half Marathon & 5K - South Highlands, $$$
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2019.08.13 23:10 -battleborn- [Music] Skillet - Victorious (2019) Alternative Rock FLAC + MP3


Release Info: Album: Victorious Artist: Skillet Genre : Christian Rock, Alternative Rock Release Date : August 2019 Format : Flac 1000+ kbps Mp3 320kbps Quality : Lossless Lossy Tracklist: 01. Legendary (4:04) 02. You Ain’t Ready (3:17) 03. Victorious (4:05) 04. This Is the Kingdom (3:27) 05. Save Me (3:43) 06. Rise Up (3:58) 07. Terrify the Dark (3:45) 08. Never Going Back (3:33) 09. Reach (3:22) 10. Anchor (3:36) 11. Finish Line (3:26) 12. Back to Life (4:36) Note: All flacs and mp3 files have been checked for integrity and quality with Fakin The Funk application. High Resolution album cover images embedded to files and included in .zip for future missing cover issues. Support the artist, if you like their work, buy it. Enjoy! 
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P.S. a die-hard hard rock/alternative rock/metal listener. And Skillet is one of the most favorites! -battleborn
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2019.06.22 23:20 bananabruz Alzheimer's and Salvation + Evolution

I have recently been saved after a life of stringent atheism. My immediate family of my brother, my parents, aunts and uncles etc., do NOT want to hear it. I am working through how to share the gospel with people who have built their sense of identity in science, and this sort of idea that there is freedom in the utter lack of meaning and chaos of this world.
I finished my class at university on evolution (which I did quite well in, I made an effort to learn,) and have come to the conclusion the evolutionary theory describes a process of change of organisms, but provides zero evidence of how organic molecules could actually be synthesized. (Apart from the Miller Urey experiment, which is incredibly flawed after I read journals and papers on it thoroughly) Our professor had a laugh about how no one really knows, and all of their logic is based on 3 major fossil deposits and inconsistent radioactive dating techniques. All this to say, I haven't found sufficient evidence that life could synthesize itself in this environment. We go on FAITH ALONE that it did happen that way. Our proof is because any sort of God would be illogical. That's it . Much of the material I was taught in the course as FACT was outdated. I go to a University of California school with very serious faculty on the subject, I expected more consistency. Even if such things could synthesize themselves, somehow, I have a relationship with Jesus Christ so profound that one way or the other it does not shake my faith, but I have a feeling God didn't need billions of years of molecules bouncing at each other aimlessly to do it. Regardless: We are created by intention. It is so depressing that I spent 18 years thinking my intense emotions, soul, and conscious could be the product of utter chaos. I respect everyone's opinion on these things and totally understand the ideas around intelligent design as well, and respect the opinion of anyone who somehow reads this who does not believe in God. I am not judging you. I totally understand the evidence and arguments. I encourage you to think about it and research whether all scientists actually agree about the origins of life. I encourage you to open your heart to prayer and the possibility of more.
All that was unrelated but I just wanted to share this aspect of my journey to people as food for thought.
Anyway, back to the main subject at hand. I am concerned about the salvation of the most elderly members of my family first as they are the most likely to die soon. (Although, we all could at any point. It just seems more effective with people who are actually approaching worldly death.) My father's mother believes in Jesus. She doubted these things for a while, but in her old age she has returned to faith. A faith, as my father would refer to, as a fairy tale. Her husband never accepted the gospel. But now, he has very serious Alzheimer's and does not retain memory past 30 seconds to a minute. All conversations must restart and repeat, and he hardly has a grasp on what it is were chatting about when we do. He doesn't know where he is or what year it is. He is still capable of walking, talking, and occasionally preparing food for himself. So there is some hope there of lucidity for brief moments.
I know that he can still achieve salvation because the power of Jesus is capable of anything. But I am at a loss for how. I can pray for him from afar, but I wonder if there's any way to spread the message to him by word despite his mental deficiency. He lives in Texas so I see him face to face rarely. I am talking more about salvation with my grandmother and hopefully she can help, but she is quite elderly and it is difficult for her to speak to him at all because of these issues. He never accepted religion and from what I remember in my youth, he was never very interested in faith. He was a musician and an emotionally volitile man.
I am open to advice on talking to him or advice on prayer and faith over this issue. If you have any experience with friends or family on preaching the gospel to people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, or have read anything interesting on the matter, I would love to hear that. I think it would just help me to hear from others about these conversations and get me thinking about how to best approach this.
I am very new to Christianity and my faith and I am still learning how to pray and hear God in my life, especially with regards to this matter. I appreciate any insight. Thank you so much!
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