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All Taylor Swift Albums Ranked (2006-2020)

2020.09.27 18:06 CyrusWaugh All Taylor Swift Albums Ranked (2006-2020)

And now we've reached the beginning of the end of CountryMusicStuff's first appreciation week, I loved every bit of this process, even when I was stressed out with deadlines, I kept pushing forward for you guys as a community, this has been the most fun I've had with the sub in a long time and I can't wait to explore other big and underappreciated artists. After 8 albums its time to answer the big one, which album stands tall above the rest, I'd love to know your opinion, even though I'm not touching Taylor Swift for a long time after this, I'll give a little shoutout here and there when I see it fitting. A lot of people this week have come together to appreciate all the music she's put out, and I don't want it to fade away. I'm gonna announce the placements Drum Corps style because this has built up a lot of momentum over the past week, also this was not easy, a lot of these albums were highly competitive, some rose in placement, some did not, a majority of the scores were really tight, and I'm being as critical as can be, because the fanboy in me would put all these albums around 8 or 9 out of 10.


In 8th Place With A Score Of 6.9/10:


8. Lover (2019)
Lover is last for me, as I feel like it has a lot to offer, but it fails to be cohesive, the sound ranges from candy sounding pop, to 80's synth style, to the style of Reputation and country, it's a mess in terms of lyrics and production. There a few instances where we get the peak of Taylor's vocal performance and writing skills, but mostly it feels contrived and lazy. Also this isn't last for my disdain of the trash that is the man, the album score is the average of my song ratings, so The Man only counts for 5.5% of the score. 1 song doesn't determine where I place a record. I've seen records where I give one song a 1/10 and the rest are 8,9 or 10 out of 10, and I give it a high score. The writing and sound for a lot of the record, is kind of dated, to be honest, songs like ME! or You Need To Calm Down's sound was already done 2016 and 2017, and in 2019, the sound of music changed drastically, either trap songs by DaBaby, or mellow pop songs by Billie Eilish and Post Malone trended, I'm not saying it failed as it has sold 4 million worldwide which in the streaming era is huge, and it still landed to be the most popular album of 2019, but chart wise this album didn't land, for an artist a few years back was a head of the times it feels on this record she's playing catch up.

In terms of the tracks themselves, this is the only record where I actually hate some of the tracks, them being The Man, I Think He Knows, and I Forgot That You Existed, one being dishonest lyricism and the other 2 being lazily produced and sung, normally I can pick up on something I like but not on Knows or Existed, out of context The Man is fun, but using my brain I can tell its the worst of the 3. Then we get into the decent section which is, Miss Americana, False God, You Need To Calm Down, and Death By A Thousand Cuts, these tracks are give or take, you may like the lyrics which are clever or honest, while you get bad production, like on Death By A Thousand Cuts, which is pretty descriptive but it suffers from a lot of the production concerning her vocals or in You Need To Calm Down where it is a jam, but the lyrics are lazy, and pandering, and how she keep's singing to haters and critics, why? There was a whole record dedicated to this, why do you keep bringing it up. And if you are going to, be clever about it, like Blank Space or Delicate. Then there's the good tracks that have a decent balance of both, like ME!, or Paper Rings, these tracks are often silly in their lyricism, which is okay, I'm cool with dumb silly songs, and the production really reflects the seriousness these songs lack, there are some tracks where the lyrics are so dumb and the instrumentation is advanced and beautiful, they don't fit together usually, so these tracks offer the middle lane.

The great tracks are the ones where we get to see inside her head, her personal stories, such as The Archer, which actually does a good job in describing the battle of her reputation, not addressing the haters but her own personal perspective, her relationship with Alwyn is on full display with Lover, which is one of the biggest standouts of the record, where get arguably the best bridge of her career, Luke Combs does pretty good ones, but Taylor is on a whole other level, even on tracks that aren't as great, she puts a lot of effort into bridges. Her matured view point of relationships in Cornelia Street, how this relationship is getting so good, and how if they fail, she's afraid to walk that street because its a scar. And the crown jewel of the album, Soon You'll Get Better, which is dedicated to her mother diagnosed with a terminal illness, beautifully written, I can hear every emotion going through her head, and it is heartbreaking. The record offers some of her best songs, my favorite melodies and lyrics, Just because it is barely misses a 7/10, doesn't mean don't listen to it, still 80% of this record I still listen to, I judge songs intellectually, so in terms of fun, this is around 7.5 or 8, if you are getting into pop for the first time after listening to country all your life, this is a good way to enter the genre and what to expect.


In 7th Place With A Score Of 7.4/10


7. Reputation (2017)
Reputation is considered by many to be her worst album, and majority of the people who say that, only listened to the singles, this album's opening is supposed to break your perspective, I think it is also dated, this sound of EDM, Trap was big with people like The Chainsmokers and Imagine Dragons and they were already on the decline, but while it doesn't hold up compared to the other records, there is a lot I like on it, Taylor's songwriting skills are still here, even if vocally and instrumentally it isn't, even on the bombastic EDM I Did Something Bad, there is still quality, and personally I like the production, the overall package isn't as intelligent as I'd like it to be but by the second chorus it brings it. Even on my least favorite track This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, while pretty forgettable melodically, is really raw in the writing, detailing how people have betrayed her over the years, and highlights her feud with Kanye West, also if you're interested in the context for a majority of the songs, I highly recommend the Netflix Documentary, Miss Americana, I skip over the political nonsense, but you get to see her mind set in her modern songs especially in Lover and Reputation.
The singles themselves are bombastic like Look What You Made Me Do and ...Ready For It, people's complaints are valid, it really comes down to personal preference, most people when listening to pop, tend to go for their ears rather than their brains, its easier when listening to country music, as the best of it reflect both instrumentation and lyrics, pop is a lot harder as songs for casual listeners are carried by the production, so she has my respect, for putting intellectualism in this style, the only other artist I think that used to be able to do something similar, was 21 Pilots but they've turned into a joke imo. The record really is divided into 2 parts, the dark and heavy sounding side which is all about her reputation and the other is her personal stories, which has a lot lighter production style, with songs like Gorgeous, if I were to put a song from Lover and Gorgeous together, you'd probably think they came from the same album, I tried it once, and that is what got a friend of mine to check out Reputation. Also quick side note, Her concert at Metlife Stadium 2018, is arguably the best concert I've been to, then again I've only been to 4 or 5, which were Toby Keith, Midland, Florida Georgia Line, and I wanna say David Allen Coe, I can't really remember, I was pretty young at the time and it was raining that day in Metlife.
The remainder songs actually highlight her new style or throwback to previous styles from older records, my favorite of the new style being So It Goes, its semi-dirty, and I gag to That's My Kind Of Night, but So It Goes is my jam. Don't Blame Me, has a electronic bass drop gospel feel to me, and while not that great lyrically, makes up for how much on an ear worm it is. Getaway Car is a fantastic metaphor, and is a great throwback to 1989, how she talks about a man, being a getaway car, and her guilt of using him like that. Dancing With Our Hands Tied is another great example of her growing skill of unique storytelling in describing relationships. Delicate is my favorite of the entire album, and highlights how she sorta disappeared for a year in the media's eyes, and how all eyes are on her, and you get a sense of freedom when there's no one watching you, the vocals are so soothing, and the drum loop blends in so well, and according to Grady, he calls it his "Chill Jam" I completely agree, then there's the elephant in the room, Look What You Made Me Do at the time really divided the fan base, but overtime this became a beloved piece of pop culture, it is lyrically so interesting, the chorus is a turn off for people, but after listening to this track tens of times, it's become on of my favorite tracks in her entire catalog. Then the closing track New Years Day, without a doubt the best track, highlighting how true love isn't in kissing, their body, or sex, its in their actions, how something as small as cleaning up after a party does so much, Overall yes I enjoy Reputation, I encourage those scared of checking out this record, give it a listen in its entirety, it's better than you think.

In 6th Place With A Score Of 7.5/10


6. Taylor Swift (2006)
To all the traditionalists before you downvote this because her countriest record is placed 6th, hear me out. Yes sonically her first record is the best. As is the case for a lot of artists in Nashville during the 2000's. But lyrically, this certainly isn't her greatest. Arguably this album is revolutionary for its key role in the start of the bro era, now I'm not comparing her to bro artists, but if you pay close attention, after 2006, you begin to see a rise in her more bro like songs charting slowly. And in this record, you get all the bro tropes, like Trucks, someones eyes, jeans, dirt roads. I certainly think she did a better job at describing adjectives than most artists, I'd put her around the same level of HARDY in that aspect, but simple adjectives are simple adjectives and there's no getting around that. And while there is a lot of traditional country sounds, to help make up for this issue, around 25% of this record leans in the 2000's pop rock trend, and that lowers my opinion of a lot especially with songs like Invisible which sounds awkward vocally for me, or A Perfectly Good Heart, I think the 2 styles in both the lyricism and instrumentation don't blend together great, and similar to how I view songs like Hey Cowgirl by Randall King, the sound might be beautiful but the lyrics are still pretty simple. She was starting to write songs at 16, she hasn't really sharpened her skills yet, this is evident on tracks like I'm Only Me When I'm With You, its sweet and fun but arguably besides the instrumentation and vocals, this is a 7/10 song, and others songs like this include Cold As You, The Outside, Stay Beautiful, all great, but I think we can agree these aren't masterpieces.
But while I approach this brutally in some of your eyes, there is still a lot I adore on the record. Our Song is a jam and while simplistic, that's the intention, the melody is as iconic to me as say something like Toes By Zac Brown Band. Picture To Burn is just a blast all the way through, that offer a lot more than a majority of the other tracks on the record, they let the instruments shine more often, you can tell she had a lot more fun with these 2 tracks than the others. The more mature songs signaled that the best of Taylor Swift was yet to come, Teardrops On My Guitar, A Place In This World, are the standouts for me as these are the stories I connected to more, I'm in my final year of high school and I this record feels so nostalgic. Teardrops captures a feeling we've all felt at one point of our lives, it's not that big lyrically, but it has so much emotion, it feels so raw and pure. Then there's Tim McGraw which was the prequel to one of the most iconic tracks of the 2010's Springsteen, who knows, maybe Eric Church was inspired by it to write his own perspective. Tim McGraw is captures every element I love and brings it all together, the great lyrics, the fantastic instrumentation and emotional vocal performance. Her first record may be your favorite, like I said almost all of them are close in striking distance for me, originally I had this in 5th place, but after listening to it 3 more times I came to accept that while the sound is gorgeous, there was just as much quality in her later years.


In 5th Place With A Score Of 7.6/10


5. Red (2014)
Red as I've said before is her most important record, which was her smooth transition of genres from country to pop, as you can tell by the ratings is a pretty good album, but while this does have the least amount of 6/10's for me, it is overwhelmed with 7/10's. 63% percent of this record is 7/10 for me. And for a pop record which I view it as, that's pretty good, it's extremely hard to make an intellectual pop record in this day and age. Most artists like Camila Cabello or Shawn Mendes while great performers don't put much brains into their songs and you're left with a 5/10 record. Red played it safe in terms of it leaning into the pop genre further than it ever did with songs like 22 and I Knew You Were Trouble. It's what I like to call a wholesome album, which is an album which intellectual and casual listeners can enjoy, songs with so much heartfelt moments, and fun moments people can universally enjoy.
So the fun moments for me are definitely songs like 22 and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, 22 is more of a bubblegum anthem, and those never really have vivid imagery, but this does put me in scenarios I've been in, like breakfast at midnight, however I will never EVER!!! go to a club. So there goes the relatableness. But still that melody is impossible not to enjoy (unless you're trigger) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is my favorite of the pop tracks, I don't think she's had as much fun in a recorded track, its a jam, still had a grudge as it was pushed to country, but still a lot of 2013 singles weren't country. Stay Stay Stay, is another fun little jam that border lines pop with modern country. It is harmless, hilarious and a good time throughout all of it. The S Tier of this record lies within the the opening and ending track, which is State Of Grace, and Begin Again, State Of Grace, shows the beginning of the end for her country career. I regret never seeing this song live, I adore it, and Begin Again, is her farewell to the genre, we get everything I love in a mature Swift song, beautiful instrumentation, compelling lyrics and sensitive vocals. And then imo the best track of the record: All To Well, so well written, beautifully sung, so perfectly built up to this dramatic conclusion. Red, is the safest record she's done, but the best of the record, is some of the best Taylor Swift has to offer.


In 4th Place With A Score Of 7.6/10


4. Fearless (2008)
This is what I call the golden age of Taylor Swift, drawing a fine line between mature lyrics and great instrumentation. This is the second time I've seen an album average out the same score, so to break it , I counted which album had the most 9/10's and here we are. Fearless brings back to a time, where I didn't have to worry about college, who I'm going to be, all I had to worry about was band and maintaining good grades. Her voice is slowly getting deeper and I got a feeling idolism. It is was my first record Taylor Swift record and I cherish it as much as I do for Chief By Eric Church, arguably 3 records broadened my perspective of the potential of country music, them being This One's For You and these 2. I've talked so much about my love of the album and I've yet to highlight why the album is good.
Definitely the simplistic parts of her writing haven't been fleshed out yet, so you have a hand full of 6/10's but they are improvements from her first record. Like Hey Stephen, to me it is clever but I find the melody extremely tedious. The Best Day, I'm sorry if you guys love this one I just don't see it, it feels too perky and you guys describe this to be over emotional, but I can't be on the same page with this. The Way I Loved You, is a bro song, her first 3 albums heavily inspired the lyrical aspect of the bro era, and I don't know whether that's a good or bad thing. Still all of these songs are good especially when I compare it to songs today. This is also her 2nd best single output for her 8 records. The singles here aren't just great for radio, their great overall. You Belong With Me is impossible not to sing along to when it comes on when we play music on the bus after a competition. This was the peak of 2000's pop. Like Robert California from the office, I don't like the Blacked Eyed Peas, I wasn't a fan of the output for a majority of these artists like Usher, or Eminem, so to hear this everywhere was amazing. White Horse is arguably the best lyrically, with how it progresses the story, but Love Story is the perfect balance those 2 songs possess. Great story production, unforgettable melodies and the best sounding song on the record. Fearless for a long time was my favorite record, it was my childhood (the parts I can remember)


In 3rd Place Receiving My Bronze Medal With A Score Of 7.8/10


3. Speak Now (2010)
Speak Now had the highest expectations from me, given how much I loved the previous record and for a long time I always viewed it as inferior to Fearless, it wasn't till this even where I realized its slight superiority. My only real complaint is how I'm not a big fan of the punk rock sound a few tracks had, but still the tracks were good nonetheless. For a long time I viewed this as her most mature record, where we got to see more of her life as a celebrity rather than stories from her past. There was a lot of innovation with the record as she also experimented with orchestras for the tracks Haunted and Back To December, both capturing the theme the lyrics capture, Haunted obviously bring out haunting melodies and Back To December, bring out sincereness. You could tell she relied less and less on the high school narrative, she really uses it 2 or 3 times imo.
A lot of the stories are so unique and feel interconnected in what I think the album's theme is which suppression of emotion. Speak Now the title track is about expressing love to some one who is about to marry the wrong woman, this is a perfect example of suppressed emotion as she does consider this is wrong, but she's tired of hiding it. Back To December is about swallowing pride rather than making a song about the man in the relationship being the wrong, this track is about how she was. Never Grow Up show's her side that never wished she grew up, how everything that matters to her aren't selling out shows, making millions but her family, I can tell I'm in the minority when say it's my favorite track, Better Than Revenge is her unleashing all her bitterness on Joe Jonas. Mean doesn't really convey the them of suppression, but still it's MEAN. The sound of it is amazing, it's pretty goofy, but that's why I love it. Dear John is the longest and most emotional roller coaster out of any Swift song, perfectly paced, unleashing all of her emotions about what I assume to be John Mayer, but I still have my doubts, take him out of the context, doesn't do a darn thing, I love this song just as much. Normally long songs eventually get me bored, but not Dear John I am moved by its haunting somber melody, the build up to her powerful vocals and one of her most compelling stories. Dear John while not my favorite, is what universally unites all fans of this record. This is currently the best country record she's ever made, who knows, Red is creeping up in appreciation, I learn a new detail every time I listen to a Taylor Swift record, so a year from now this record could be 5th or 6th or 2nd or 1st.


Receiving My Silver Medal With A Score Of 8/10
2. folklore (2020)
I don't think many people realize how much of a game changer this record is. I've argued Taylor has played catch up with Reputation and Lover, but once again she's ahead of the game. This blends several genres at once, country, soft jazz, rock, folk, pop and it doesn't feel disjointed. Without a doubt the most mature and well written record of her career as of now. If folklore was a country album, and given today's standards it is, I'd put it as the #1 album in the mainstream even above Never will by Ashley McBryde, the current leader of this year. Every single song is a fantastic album cut, it has changed the game for how she writes her songs, she's taken new perspective when singing about how she keeps up with appearances, new perspectives in break up and high school songs. The Saltbox House Chapter is a story line the spans off 4 songs, I don't remember the last time something like this has been tried, I'm sure it has but it's been a hell of a long time.
The weakest song on this track is still something with so much effort put in, Seven's only major issues are vocal and melodical, lyrically it tells the story of a forgotten friend, and she can remember everything but her physical details. One great example of new ways of writing about her reputation, is The Last Great American Dynasty, instead of talking about herself which she's prone to do a lot. She sings about others and in this case, her Rhode Island home's previous owner. It's very compelling and one of my favorite lyrically, but similar to how much I love Round Here Buzz, the percussion here is too big of a problem. The 1 definitely feels like an outlier, as it doesn't really go in the theme of the saltbox house story line, or her new perspective of her appearance. But still it's fun to listen to. I can picture myself walking through grey skies in downtown for school listening to this record. When I walk alone, I like to be alone with my thoughts and this record allows me to reach that state, even simple songs like this one.
Her songs about her and Alwyn are so wholesome, Invisible String is all about how an invisible string tied them together and they didn't know it. Little details of where they would've met earlier, places they've been to. Peace is about how while they are together, people will always look for cracks to get a story, and he doesn't are if its peaceful. Alwyn seems like the one for Taylor and I hope they last, he's better than everyone she's ever been with. I wouldn't be shocked if an engagement would be announced in the next few months as this song has finally brought her full circle as she's finally ready to commit, after everything she's been through. Mirrorball tugs at my heartstrings more than any song on the record, how she's giving everything she has in her songs, and each detail of heartbreaking her life is a crack in a disco ball. The world of music is heading into 2 directions, the trap path, which is a young generation singing in vulgar.
The Saltbox House Chapter is undeniably the best part of the record, Cardigan, is a great lead single, while not my favorite, it deserves a Grammy nomination, as does the record, most can agree 2020, was mostly a trash year for pop/r&b/hip-hop/etc, and country music is actually getting good, with quality returning more and more with people like Maddie & Tae and Ingrid Andress. August my 3rd favorite track, fills the gaps left in cardigan. We get the details of how James was seduced, how this unnamed lover felt, her joy, her guilt, and sadness. This is Taylor Swift in her prime, something she's hasn't really been in for 6 years. Betty, which is climbing faster than New Years Day, or Soon You'll Get Better ever did, is becoming a defining part of country music for 2020. Betty was the entire reason appreciation week happened, after I was done smashing stuff after the load of crap that was the ACM awards, I reminded myself of how perfect Taylor's return was. Betty in terms of structure is 2020's love story, great storytelling and the key change implies a happy ending. But Illicit Affairs takes it over the top where we get the perspective of James and the unnamed girl, every dirty vivid detail on full display. Folklore brought back the Taylor I knew as a kid, she's changed drastically in the past 14 years, and this is a sign of maturity I can respect, I do have my problems with her but this isn't the place to discuss them nor do they damage my perspective of how talented and heartwarming she is. Folklore isn't going to be for everyone, this is an intellectual album, there isn't a jam piece like ME! or Delicate, its her being the best version of herself on full display for the world to see.
And Finally In First Place Receiving My Gold Medal With A Score Of 8.8/10
1. 1989 (2014)
To put it simply 1989, is one of the greatest records ever made, I use 3 lines when I describe my praise in reviews like this and that's favorite, best and finally greatest, favorite is pretty simple, I like this song in a non-intellectual manner, it's great not in critical aspects and mostly relies on earworm melodies and licks. Examples are Tequila, or Marry Me. Best is what I use to describe what is critically great. How good is the instrumentation, the lyrics, vocals, production, examples of Best are Mr. Misunderstood, Seneca and Heartache Medication, Greatest is a combination of both but with a 3rd factor, and that is revolutionizing music all together. 1989 broke music, starting a trend that would bring me back into the pop world after I abandoned it around 2009. 1989 would change the songwriting styles and production value of many albums for years to come, in away its the here's to the good times for pop music, difference is this would improve the genre over time, not damage it. 1989 simply is a perfect pop record. Now I say perfect pop record, not perfect album there are problems with it, but a perfect pop album, to me is an album with an engaging sound, unforgettable melodies, rhythmically well tuned lyrics, and great vocal production. 1989 even its weakest moments accomplishes everything.
The opening track Welcome To New York, engages you into a thrilling setting, I'm about 15 minutes away from NYC, and while most of it is a rat hole, my first real experience by myself was this song, it is an instant classic, and I'm still mad it wasn't pushed as a single. When I take off for college this is my theme song when I leave as chances are I'm moving to New York to study Music Education. Up until folklore 1989 handled her songs about her you know what (I'm sick of using that word) Out Of The Woods, is about her wondering if she can finally relax with whoever she was dating at the time, as the paparazzi made it their mission to sniff around her personal life. I Wish You Would, while my least favorite is still a great song that probably would've hit #1 like every other single released on here. The irony of song feels so realistic, as the awkwardness and fear of a breakup can make our minds run wild of what the other is thinking, yes both Woods and Would are pretty repetitive in their melody but still they are great pop songs, compared to other songs trending in 2014, Ariana Grande is not my cup of tea, I'll never listen to her unless it's a song from Victorious. Bang Bang was mediocre at best, the literal garbage that is Anaconda. The only artists that really caught my interest was Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran, and really only their singles did, this whole record captured me.
All You Had To Do Was Stay marks the line from the good to the great pop songs, those are jams, but Stay highlights realistic issues in a fun manner, the toughest part of relationship is arguably enduring. And by leaving you show you're not ready and not the one. This Love, could arguably be called a country song, if you use 2010 standards, its beautiful if not a bit repetitive. The only real issue the record has is how repetitive the record can get in terms of lyrics. Clean is my least favorite in terms of production and percussion, but still great lyrical messaging of how going through a breakup is like ripping off a band-aid, it will hurt no matter what, the best you can do is endure the pain and once it passes you'll clean and free of most of the pain. I Know The Places was the first hint of the reputation era, and it's all about escaping the media vultures. Pretty simple messaging, but pretty descriptive in it's rap verses. Her metaphors are well put, how they are foxes, and they will hunt them down. How You Get The Girl is another synth smash, giving simple dating advice, for both short and long term. It's a jam and honestly nothing more, with a little bit story driven details sprinkled in.
But the biggest reason this record is #1 and stands tall above the rest is the big 5: Shake It Off, Blank Space, Bad Blood, Style, and Wildest Dreams. One of the greatest single outputs ever in the history of music. Most lead singles sell around 2-3 million, and the other generic ones make around 800k. In 1989, 1 surpassed 12 million 3 surpassed 5 million and 1 passed 3 million. The only record last decade to surpass it in numbers was 21 by Adele, and it's Adele, who is extremely tough to beat, and in terms of single output I still prefer this over 21. The only album that I probably enjoy more in terms of singles in the pop world is ÷ by Ed Sheeran, and even then, you can tell in terms of a lot of the album process this record was heavily inspired by 1989.
Bad Blood is my least favorite as its the most repetitive of the bunch and while Kendrick Lamar spiced it up it didn't change my view as much. Still that opening intro is fantastic, it's what Reputation wish it could be in terms of sound. Still salty we didn't play this in Marching Band. And even so lyrically a lot of interesting stuff is going on especially in the bridge. Shake It Off while never holding up to its standard is one her best jams, alongside New York, 22 and Delicate. Some people don't like the douche like bridge, I can understand and respect that, but I act like such a kid when singing along to it. For once I thought she's rising above it all, (boy what a lie that was!) Wildest Dreams restructured the sound of a lot of slow tempo contemporary ballads. It's beautifully sung, and gives off the emotion of pleasurable guilt, I can see the influence of Lana Del Rey, and that and this 80's synth remaster give the perfect combination. Style is the best song in terms of production, nothing over the past 14 years has been able to claim that title. For about 3 years it was my favorite pop song only being surpassed by Castle On The Hill. But still I listen to this track more than any Luke Combs song, Eric Church song, or any other song from indie and Texas artist. Style gives me an emotional rush, some of y'all will be pissed with how high I rate it tomorrow, as the lyrics I admit aren't substantive, but the production is something I haven't let go of for 6 long years, Blank Space is the best of the 5 and the record as while not a return to form sonically, it is a return in terms of storytelling. Brief little details of how she behaves, her next boyfriend, highlighting and summarizing every relationship she's ever been up till 2016. No one has truly escaped her wrath in songwriting, it is arguably her peak in pop, and I'm still considering where it will end up on my list.
I do acknowledge when I praise this record it has it's problems, most are in terms of lyrical maturity, I gave it a 8.8/10, if I wasn't as critical as I was put this record around 9.3/10. There are better records out there like Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves, The Tree by Lori McKenna, but while they are better critically in my eyes, I'll be honest, I would choose this record a thousand times. This record has one thing they don't, this record is unforgettable, if I live to 70 or 80, the 3 records that will always stay with me are Mr. Misunderstood, Seneca and 1989. Fearless is the golden age of Taylor Swift, Red is her most important record, Folklore is her most mature record, but 1989 is her Magnum Opus. It defied all of my expectations with how she handled Red, Mr. Misunderstood is the best mainstream country record of the decade in my eyes, 1989 is the not only the best pop record of this decade, but one of best of the century regardless of genre. It revolutionized the sound of music, changing it for the better, brought me back to a genre I abandoned for shallowness in every aspect, it somehow reignited that spark it had missed for several years. And that's why to me it is the crown achievement of Taylor Swift.
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2020.09.27 02:58 death-ace The Wedding of Sheridan and Grayson

The hour was sunset. The entire sky looked gold as the sun hovered on the horizon. The stretch of beach near long island sound was prepped for something magical. Several long rows of black folding chairs were lined up in the sand leading up to a black altar with flowers covering it in a rainbow color coded order. This was the wedding of Sheridan Marlowe and Grayson Rhodes after a year and a half of dating and everyone in camp was invited.
One of the young men in question, Grayson Rhodes, was standing in the front next to the altar. He wore a black tuxedo with a checkered rainbow vest underneath. It was befitting the theme they’d both chosen for their wedding which was simply just goth but make it gay. He awaited his fiancé to come down the aisle even though there were no brides in this situation.
Chiron was poised at the altar as well in his centaur form. It seemed that the ancient Activities Director was also a certified wedding officiant and had many more talents that the campers didn’t know about. In the front row of seats was a ghostly figure that shared some of the same features as Sheridan. This must have been the boy’s father summoned in order to be present at the wedding itself. That was the only seat of honor though. No one from Grayson’s side of the family showed up.
Suddenly the music started. If anyone was a Tim Burton fan they would recognize a version of a song from the Corpse Bride. It was one of their favorite movies and also a funny little inside joke on how they were both death based demigods. The first person to come over the hill and down the sand was actually not a person at all but a ghost. A twelve year old ghost girl with features like Sheridan throwing ghostly petals off of ghostly flowers. Her name was Charlotte and she was Sheridan’s older sister who died a long time ago.
Next came the second groom himself. Sheridan’s long hair had grown back by now and of course he’d done himself up in the perfect goth make up. His dress was black with flowing bohemian sleeves and he was holding a rainbow bouquet of flowers. He wore black and iridescent high heels which weren’t great for the sand but made him look really good. Grayson looked at him with pure love and adoration in his eyes as he walked down towards him and then the ceremony began.
It was a beautiful and heart warming ceremony. As soon as it finished the sun had completely set and darkness set in upon them. As they walked together back down the aisle as husband and husband, the campers got to throw glow in the dark confetti into the air in celebration. No monsters attacked them, no gods harassed them, though unknown to everyone else there were two gods in attendance. An invisible pair sitting in the back. One with ebony skin and black wings, the other with a ghostly visage. As soon as the ceremony was over they disappeared.
Finally it was time for food and partying! The party moved inside to the dining pavilion where spooky decorations were set up everywhere. Black flowers on the tables, spider ring favors for everyone with cobwebs hanging off the ceiling. This could have been a Halloween party if not for the rainbow colored lights shining everywhere. There was a spot for sitting and eating and a spot for dancing and mingling. Black tie optional, just look fabulous.
The food for the evening was two fold. There was a pot roast with all the fixings and also boxes of take out vietnamese food. Some of the food was vegetarian of course. Later on there would also be a cake covered in black frosting with edible glitter all over it. When the music started there would be show tunes, music from gay icons, goth and punk music, and pretty much whatever anyone else wanted to request. There was a bar serving wine and champagne but also sparkling juice and soda pop for all the smalls. It was a celebration for the ages.
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2020.09.24 11:24 Devil-sAdvocate Get ready for a President President Kamala Harris or President Mike Pence.

The presidential election may not reach an absolute majority of electoral votes needed (270) in the electoral college this year, because a few states may not be able to certify their election results.
Those states have a split congress and/or governor who may deadlock this year over things like absentee ballot validation dates. A deadlock between branches could lead to no declared winner in that state. The U.S. congress can vote to break that deadlock, but they may deadlock as well since they are also split.
If no candidate gets to 270, we go to a contingent election where the president is decided by the House of Representatives. Before Democrates celebrate, that election would not be individually voted on by the 435 House members but rather one vote per state.
During a contingent election, each House state delegation casts one en bloc vote to determine the president. A candidate is required to receive an absolute majority of state delegation votes (currently 26 votes out of 50) in order for that candidate to become the president-elect.
Under the current partisan make-up of Congress, (24) House state delegations are controlled by the Republicans, (25) by Democrats (thanks to Justin Amish quitting the GOP), and one tie (Pennsylvania). Historically, a state delegation that did not give a majority of its vote to any one candidate was marked as "divided", and thus did not award its vote to any candidate.
Current breakdowns:
Total (R) - 25
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconson, Florida.
Total (D)- 24
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan.
Tied. (1) Pennsylvania 9-9. Tied states would be the same as a no vote.
Close states. Florida(R) 14-13. Arizona (D) 5-4. Colorado (D) 4-3. Michigan (D) 7-6-1. There are also a bunch of 1-0 states like Alaska and Delaware, but those seem to be either traditionally (R) or (D).
To make things more complicated, in the event of an electoral college deadlock regarding the presidential election, it will be the incoming 2021 House holding a contingent election, not the old 2020 lame duck House.
In several (4) of the states today, the majority is slim, and if a few congressional seats changes hands, it could change the majority or create a tied deadlock. The current 25-24 (R) House advantage might easily change, and just a few state ties means no one might get to the needed 26 votes.
In past contingent presidential elections, the House has held its votes in a closed session and the votes of each representative were never made public, so there could also be the possibility of anonymous faithless congressman.
A quorum of at least one Representative from two-thirds of the states (34 at present) is necessary for the purposes of contingent election. This rule does not seem like it would matter in this election.
What happens if no one gets 26 votes?
Section 3 of the 20th Amendment specifies that if the House of Representatives has not chosen a president-elect in time for the inauguration (noon on January 20), then the vice president-elect becomes acting president until the House selects a president.
Who decides the vice-president elect? The new incoming Senate. The new Senate would choose a vice president by a simple majority vote. The current vice president (Pence) will be able to cast the tie-breaking vote. So Kamala Harris would need 51 Senate votes to win, while Mike Pence just needs 50 Senate votes since he can then vote for himself.
I do not know and could not find the current Senate rules on vice-president contingent elections regarding if the vote is public or private. A majority of the whole Senate, 51 votes, is necessary to elect.
A quorum of two-thirds of the Senate (67 Members) is necessary for the purposes of contingent election of the Vice President. This rule is very important in this case, as the expected losing (minority) party may just all choose not to show up.
There are Senate rules in place for forcing a quorum that I am not going to try and break down here. As head of the Senate, one of vice-president Pence's constitutional duties is to interpret Senate rules. Tradition means they dont, but one could see Pence ignoring tradition and reinterperting rules to try and force the arrest of missing Dem Senators to create a quorum on a vote he is expected to win.
At some point, probably on Jan. 20, either Pence or Harris would become the acting president, and as such would be entitled to name an acting vice president, (who would need to be confirmed by both Houses of Congress by a simple majority vote).
The acting president (Pence or Harris) and their vice president (if approved by both houses of congress) would be in office until — and if — the House breaks its deadlock and decides the actual winner of the presidential election. If there is no vice-president confirmation vote approval, there would be no vice-president. Acting or otherwise.
If there is neither a president-elect nor a vice president-elect in time for the inauguration (unlikely since a tie can be broken by Pence but possible if a quorum can not be established), The (incoming) Speaker of the House would become acting President. This will be in all likelihood a Democrat with their current large House advantage. Problem is for them- they would need to quit to become president.
In the event the Speaker is ineligible, or declines, or the speakership is vacant, the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, currently (R) Chuck Grassley, would become president. He too would need to quit.
If the new House Speaker President was eligible and accepted, then later was to be incapacitated, quit or die in office with no approved vice-president in place, the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, currently (R) Chuck Grassley, would still become president, (it would not be the newest House speaker voted in after the first one became President).
Besides Pence or Harris being voted President, the contingent elections could alternatively lead to a Trump/Harris or Biden/Pence White House.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contingent_election.
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2020.09.24 00:01 Stevenasaurus We Are Operators Episode 10: Why We Fight Part 1

Jay
Thura's Office
Thura made herself comfy in her chair as Jay stepped into her office and sat down in the one opposite of her. Before she could say a word to Jay, she ran her fingers along her Vouivre horns as a pre-interview ritual. While she did this, she did a few last minute skims of Jay's files that were open on her computer and waited for a moment in silence.
“It's good to see you again,” Jay greeted.
“Thank you for coming, Jay,” Thura greeted back. “As the one responsible for forming new squads from our recruits, I am conducting interviews with new operators that have been with Rhodes Island for some time. I don't want to consider this a post-probation interview or a performance review, but that's pretty close to what this is.”
Jay nodded. “I understand. So you're gonna be asking me questions about how I've been doing and stuff like that?”
“Yes,” Thura answered with a nod of her own.
“Where do we start?” Jay asked.
Thura pulled the clipboard she had at the far right of her desk in front of her. “First off, I need to establish a few things with you. Firstly, this interview is mandatory so you can't walk out and leave until I let you go. Second, this interview will be recorded and will be requested for viewing by interested parties. Inversely, that means there is no expectation of privacy so if you wish, you may discuss what we talk about with others. Finally, I'd like to know if you prefer if I type out my notes or write them down.”
“I'm okay with either,” Jay said while shrugging.
“Some people don't like the constant tapping of keys while some people feel uncomfortable with the writing. If you don't care, I'm going to type out my notes,” Thura explained.
“Okay. So are we starting now?” Jay asked.
Thura nodded. “Yes. Are you satisfied with the accommodations Rhodes Island has provided?”
“Yeah,” Jay started. “My dorm's pretty nice and the facilities here offer a lot when I'm not training or at my trading post job.”
“Do you think there's any room for improvement?” Thura asked.
“If there was a bar on this ship that'd be pretty cool. I don't drink much but it'd be a pretty cool place to hang out,” Jay suggested.
Thura quickly typed out a summary of Jay's suggestion. “If that's all you've got to suggest, then let's move on. Why don't we talk about your squad mates?”
Spark
Thura's Office
“What about my squad mates?”Spark asked, scratching her chin.
Thura put down her pen. “Well, you were slated to become captain of C2 at one point, you must've had an opinion on everyone so that you'd know how to command them.”
“The girls on my squad are kinda weird to be honest while the guys are all dorks,” Spark said, holding back a smile.
What a way to describe your team mates.
“What makes the girls weird?” Thura asked, picking up her pen and readying it against the paper on her clipboard.
“Labcoat is always really happy which gets a bit off putting at times but then she can get super mad quicker than a snap of the fingers. Although, she's really fun to be around when she's not mad,” Spark explained.
“And what about Meeka?” Thura asked.
Spark spent some time to think and scratched her chin. “She's kinda boring. She's always playing games on her phone and doesn't really do much. I mean, if I tell her to do something she'll do it but it feels like I'm always the one initiating these days.”
“Interesting,” Thura exclaimed while writing down the answer. “How receptive is she when you ask her to do things? Does she get upset? Does she look disinterested?”
“Um... she's just blank. She acknowledges what I say and then does it before going back to her phone. It's kinda hard to describe unless you live with her,” Spark answered.
Thura scribbled down a few notes of her own alongside Spark's answer. “And you said all the guys on your squad are dorks? Could you elaborate further?”
“When Eddron's not hanging out with Jay or Alabaster, he's out there trying his luck with girls. He doesn't stalk them or anything and he leaves them alone after they walk away, but obviously his advances make some people uncomfortable. I've tried to help him and he's definitely gotten a bit more respectful but he's still got a lot of work to do,” Spark explained.
“I wouldn't exactly call that kind of behaviour as dorky. I'll speak to the people that handle stuff like this to see if we could arrange some sort of seminar and get problem operators to attend. Moving on, what kind of dork would you describe Alabaster as?” Thura asked.
Spark looked up at the ceiling. “I guess dork's kind of a mean word for him. He's always around to offer advice or wisdom so he's kinda got that dad vibe going on but I guess that makes him a dork in the sense that he's a bit of an old geezer.”
“Well you should cherish the advice and wisdom he has to offer,” Thura said with an awkward laugh.
“I mean,” Spark started, her eyes and mouth both forming a smile. “that's kinda what I love about my squad; they're all quirky in their own way.”
“What about Jay? You didn't describe him yet. Would you consider him as someone that acts in the best interests of Rhodes Island and its personnel?” Thura asked.
Spark stopped smiling and adopted a more thoughtful expression. She looked up at the ceiling again while scratching her right cheek as her eyes darted left and right.
“Jay cares for us all deeply, a little too deeply at times but I know he means well. I still offer him a little help in planning things from time to time but I think it was good he became captain instead of me,” Spark answered, her eyes on the table instead of meeting Thura's.
Thura wrote down the answer and tapped her pen on the paper a few times. “What do you think about him on a personal level?”
Spark let out a soft gasp and bit her lip. “What do you mean by that?”
“You've spoken what you think of your squad mates as people but Jay as a captain. What do you think about him as a person instead of a captain?” Thura asked.
“He's really cool. He's got a few quirks of his own but it feels like he's one of the more normal ones in the squad,” Spark answered.
Thura swiftly transcribed what Spark said. “Anything else?”
“Oh... um...” Spark muttered.
“How about you talk about incidents that impacted your opinion of Jay?” Thura asked.
“He went through the trash to find something for Alabaster, he got a job that he didn't really need so we all wouldn't feel bad for getting jobs too, and... he saved me during our first training run with E4. Those are just some of the many things he's done for us all,” Spark explained, her voice going softer throughout the answer.
“So do you think of him as a dork?” Thura asked while writing her own notes.
Spark nodded. “Yes... but in a good way. Like a dork everyone can hang out with. I guess that's kinda why he's able to interact with so many people here. Alabaster's shy but also quite intimidating when you don't know him so people kinda avoid him. Labcoat's outgoing but when she gets angry people run the other way. Meeka doesn't talk to anyone so nobody talks to her. People don't want Eddron anywhere near them. And for me, I'm doing okay with interacting with other operators but I can still get a bit serious at times which puts some people off.”
Thura held up her hand to get Spark to stop so she could write down as much as she could. “Continue.”
“When you talk to Jay, he's almost always joking around or smiling. He's like that guy you can't help but just want to have a beer with. Does that help?” Spark explained.
Thura could see that Spark was getting a bit more comfortable in her chair and adopted a slightly better posture.
“That does help,” Thura said with a smile. “You look like you need a glass of water after that speech of yours. How about we take a short break so I can have someone bring it in before we move onto questions about your goals?”
“Thank you, Madame Thura,” Spark said graciously.
Darn it... I thought I was going to make it through this interview without her calling me Madame.
Eddron
Thura's Office
“In your entry interview, you stated your goal was to be the best sniper among our operators. Do you think you've gotten closer to attaining such a goal?” Thura asked, her fingers ready on her keyboard.
Eddron crossed his arms and nodded with a grin. “My aim's gotten a lot better. Plus, bullets probably do a lot more damage than a bolt or arrow ever could so I've got that advantage already.”
“Well, someone capable of imbuing arts into their arrows or bolts could do quite some damage; I wouldn't underestimate them,” Thura warned.
“Meh, I'll beat them one day,” Eddron said with confidence.
Thura knew that Eddron had a reason for wanting to be the best sniper, his true goal. It was certainly displeasing to see several complaints head over to the HR Office even if their frequency and quantity had decreased drastically over time and still, even one was too much for a professional workplace. However, there wasn't much she could do not just because it wasn't her department in HR, but because certain executives in the leadership were averse to losing the massive donations from a redacted source in exchange for his continued presence at Rhodes Island which just felt so dirty.
Although, she could see the naive immaturity in him. While inexcusable, perhaps his actions were from a lack of instruction and awareness that needed to be instilled in him from a young age. Thura did remember seeing a note in Eddron's file about his father constantly being abroad due to his position as an advisor to Laterano diplomats across Terra.
Even if Eddron was untouchable, she could still ask about it, possibly even get him in the right direction just like Spark was trying to do.
“I'd like to talk about your womanizing antics with you,” Thura said sternly.
Eddron sat up straight. “What about them?”
“Why do you do it? Is there a reason you're so keen on getting with a girl?” Thura asked, carefully keeping her tone so that she wasn't accusatory but still assertive enough to demand an answer.
“I guess I'm just lonely,” Eddron said.
Thura crossed her arms. “Lonely? But what about your squad? You spend so much time with them after all.”
“Not like friends lonely, but girlfriend lonely, you know?” Eddron explained.
Ah the naivety of youth.
“So you think a girlfriend will fill this void?” Thura asked as she readied to start typing again.
“Well, why wouldn't she?” Eddron argued.
“You want a girlfriend because you have a problem you wish to deal with and that is your loneliness.” Thura argued back.
Eddron stared at Thura blankly. “What?”
“Imagine this,” Thura started, “you finally get a girlfriend and that feeling of loneliness goes away. Would you still be with her once that loneliness goes away?”
“O-of course,” Eddron answered assertively.
Come on, Eddron. Just get it.
“You've said it yourself, you're trying so hard to get a girlfriend because of that feeling of loneliness. You would like this girlfriend because she filled that void, but once that void is gone, what happens then? Would you still like her as much as you did?” Thura asked.
“That's not what's going to happen,” Eddron said, his tone suggesting he was starting to get upset.
“Eddron,” Thura called with a stern voice. “You're so desperate to fill this void that you're just going after any girl you encounter. Like I said before, it sounds like you want to deal with that loneliness more than actually building an actual relationship with someone. There are exceptions to every rule so it could work out for you, but the only reason I feel somewhat qualified to speak about this is because in my experience this line of thought leads to drifting apart and eventual heartbreak.”
Thura paused immediately when she realized what she just admitted. Frankly, it was ancient history but it still felt weird to bring up her past—especially parts concerning her romantic history—to a random operator she was interviewing.
“Your experience?” Eddron asked.
Thura eventually nodded. “Yes.”
“Sorry,” Eddron said softly while looking away.
“It's my fault for blurting it out,” Thura said, mustering a smile.
“Still, I'm sorry,” Eddron said.
“I've seen it many times before in other young people too. People who think getting a partner could make them cooler or that they'll somehow solve all their problems,” Thura explained.
“Now that I think about it, that does kinda sound like me... I guess I shouldn't get a girlfriend then...” Eddron said, looking defeated.
Thura shook her head. “I'm not saying that, Eddron. But instead of trying to fill that void, why not just get to know some people and see who interests you? It'll definitely save you some trouble down the road when you realize the only thing you like about them is what they look like. And that's a perfect segue into what I wanted to speak to you about next.”
“Something else?” Eddron asked.
“Do you understand how the ways you've interacted with female operators and staff in the past can be seen as wrong?” Thura asked.
Eddron averted his eyes and nodded. “Kinda... Spark tried to explain it to me so I kinda get it. But I mean, I don't do anything else besides talking to them.”
“That could still be an issue to some people. Some people could be having a bad day and don't want to be bothered while others could have places to be. And some people just don't want to talk and that's alright. Another person's wants don't begin where yours end, they can overlap or conflict. Obviously it's good that you don't take things to a dangerous level, but people don't get commended for doing the bare minimum for the most part,” Thura explained with a clear voice.
“So I can't talk to girls?” Eddron asked.
“You can, but understand that everyone has a different set of boundaries. And these rules also go the other way. How would you feel if someone you didn't want to talk to kept bothering you? While you don't do this, imagine if you couldn't even leave your dorm without thinking that person you didn't want to talk was around somewhere. Would you like that?” Thura argued.
Eddron slowly shook his head. “No...”
“While the number of complaints against you have gone done to almost zero, the fact we still get some every now and then needs to be addressed. Instead of talking to every girl that moves, why don't you think of some girls you've seen around a lot or just enjoy having you around? They'd probably be better than girls who have never seen you before,” Thura explained.
Eddron crossed his arms and looked like he was in thought. “Well I spend a lot of time with my squad mates. Spark's really cool, Labcoat's really nice, and Meeka's pretty interesting during the few the times we texted and talked. Then there's Vigna from my factory job, we talk a bit when Vanilla isn't around. Oh! And there's also-”
“Alright then,” Thura called out while keeping a hand up. “I'm not here to help you figure out a list or give you dating advice. All I wanted to do was make sure you understood your past behaviour. If it weren't for your mysterious benefactor you'd either be in the brig or packing your bags and left at the next docking city with all the complaints you've gotten.”
“Mysterious benefactor?” Eddron asked.
He doesn't know about it? It'd be inappropriate to ask about it, especially with this being recorded.
“A heavy discussion like this deserves a break don't you think? How about you take a minute or two to collect yourself before we go into how you've gotten closer to achieving your stated goal?” Thura asked, smiling innocently.
“Okay,” Eddron said.
Alabaster
Thura's Office
Thura constantly kept listening for the chair the massive Ursus man was sitting on to make sure it wasn't close to breaking. Other than the constant tension with the chair, it almost didn't feel like an interview with the pleasant conversation going on, but as a professional, Thura was able to stay the course and ensure Alabaster provided enough information for her notes and recording.
While Alabaster was older than Thura, it still felt refreshing to have someone of a similar age to speak to instead of the constant interviews with, young adults, teenagers, and even children.
“According to observations from instructors, you have definitely improved in your ability to stand in the face of danger. Their assessments heavily contrast from your entry interview,” Thura said while scrolling through reports from Dobermann and other instructors.
Alabaster nodded. “I lived a rather sheltered life. After taking part in many exercises, I realized combat wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. And with a dependable team by my side, I am quite confident whenever I'm on the field of battle.”
“That's very good to hear,” Thura said while typing Alabaster's reply into her notes. “Although, even though I'm not an operator, I can't imagine training will be the same as the real thing.”
“Yes, I am not under the illusion that I'll be completely adaptable to actual combat, but... all this practice and meeting my squad have given me confidence I will make it through when my first instinct back then would've been to flee for my own life. If I can stand a chance, I think- I think I can actually stand and fight,” Alabaster said passionately.
Thura smiled. “As the one who formed your squad, that makes me really happy to hear.”
“Being around them all does make me feel young at times,” Alabaster said.
Thura typed a note. “How have you been integrating with your squad? While they may make you feel younger, there's got to be times where you feel that you don't fit in with the younger crowd.”
Alabaster nodded. “There's a few words they throw around every now and then that take me awhile to figure out. I can barely keep up with Jay and Eddron when they want to play video games. But they still try to include me in everything.”
“Very good. Sounds like you're enjoying your time with them. Now, we're going to have to unfortunately move onto a more serious topic. I've been instructed to ask a few followup questions on what you discussed in your entry interview. Do you remember that?” Thura asked.
“Yes,” Alabaster said. “My family.”
Thura opened a new instance of the file viewer on her computer and brought up the file on the Olovsky family. “As of your entry interview, you stated that your family was unaware that you were here. Has that changed?”
“I'm not sure, but considering the influence and resources at the Olovsky family's disposal, it'd be safer to assume that they now know where I am,” Alabaster answered with a solemn tone.
“Should Rhodes Island consider the Olovsky family a threat?” Thura asked as she typed down Alabaster's previous answer.
“I don't think they are a direct threat to us, but considering my standing with them, they won't be friends to us,” Alabaster warned.
Thura frowned and nodded. “If the Olovsky family were to act maliciously against us, how do you think they'd go about it?”
“Ursus do not enjoy covert operations, at least publicly. It is a society that projects strength which means if they were able to, the Olovskys would send their private army of mercenaries and household guards. But, without a reason to go after us, they would consider sending an agent or two as long as it didn't become public,” Alabaster explained.
“That is troubling,” Thura said after sighing. “Do you believe that at its current capabilities, Rhodes Island could fend off an attack from the Olovsky family?”
“At our current strength, we would be outnumbered but we would possibly have the advantage in skills and tactics. I am unsure about the outcome of a battle,” Alabaster answered.
“And who should we be most aware of among your family members?” Thura asked.
Alabaster paused. “What do you plan to do with that information?”
“I can't tell you that. Firstly, because I don't know myself. Second, that information would be on a need to know basis,” Thura explained.
Alabaster hesitated for a moment before nodding. “The ones you should be keeping an eye on are my brother Vadim and my mother. My father is mostly confined to a bed these days but is being kept alive by my brother and mother in the hopes that he lives long enough for me to be discredited and disinherited in the eyes of Ursus high society. In a way, their need for me to be disinherited will keep Rhodes Island safe.”
“How so?” Thura asked.
“If they reveal that I am here, it would help build my case to succeed my father. They would have to be very careful about how they approach us lest they show that I am making the effort to become a great warrior,” Alabaster answered, looking saddened.
Thura stopped typing. “Is something wrong, Alabaster?”
“I'm just thinking about how all this could've been avoided if I was braver back then,” Alabaster said, a barely visible frown forming under his beard.
“Oh come on, there's no need to think that way. Let's take a moment before we move on to the next round of questions,” Thura said.
Alabaster crossed his arms and nodded. “Yes. Thank you.”
Labcoat
Thura's Office
“As an infected, there are more special circumstances to consider when we talk about your time here,” Thura explained.
Labcoat nodded. “Okay.”
The girl couldn't sit still and did very subtle hops on her chair since she sat down. Thura could hear Labcoat's foot tapping on the floor which had been slowly becoming more grating as the interview went on. With the questions she had checked off on her clipboard, Thura loathed to see that only half of the questions had been asked so far.
“Did you have any concerns with integrating or interacting with your fellow operators as an infected?” Thura asked, readying her pen and taking a deep breath.
“Nope,” Labcoat answered. “Should I have?”
“No, absolutely not. If there was a problem you would tell us but if there's no issue then there's no issue,” Thura said.
Labcoat smiled. “There's no problem. It doesn't really come up. It's not like any of my squad mates suddenly go 'Hey! How's the infection going?!' or anything like that.”
“That's very good to hear,” Thura said with a smile of her own while writing down the answer. “Are you satisfied with the medical treatment you are receiving? This isn't a question about whether or not you're cured, I'm asking if you are happy with the treatment.”
While she waited for Labcoat to answer, she pulled up Labcoat's medical files.
“It's okay. I'm okay with the pills and needles. The surgeries are what scare me,” Labcoat answered.
“Well according to your files, you aren't in any need of any drastic surgeries right now so you have nothing to be worried about as long as you follow the treatment plans and medical advice from your medical professionals,” Thura explained.
“Okay,” Labcoat said, still looking somewhat frightened.
“Are you satisfied with the personnel assigned to you?” Thura asked.
Labcoat nodded. “Agatha the intern is really nice and she sometimes even helps me study. Dr. Coren doesn't talk much but when he does, he offers good advice. He and Agatha are trying to help me control my anger right now.”
“Rhodes Island is said to possess some of the greatest medical minds against Oripathy so you should be in good hands with them. I'm glad to hear you're getting along well with them; a good relationship between a doctor and patient can definitely help with the treatment process,” Thura said.
Labcoat didn't say anything and stayed silent for a moment.
“Do you think they'll find a cure?” she finally asked.
Thura could only look at Labcoat. “I don't know. I'm not a doctor. How would I know?”
“Do you think there could be a cure one day?” Labcoat asked again.
“I hope so,” Thura said candidly.
Another bout of silence took the office.
“Let's move onto a different topic. Why don't you just tell me more about how you feel in general?” Thura asked.
Meeka
Thura's Office
Thura rested her cheek on her hand as she waited for Meeka to reply. The girl seemed so disinterested and with the expression on her face, Thura didn't know where the boredom began and the sadness ended.
“I'm okay,” Meeka answered softly.
“You don't sound like you feel okay,” Thura said.
“I'm okay,” Meeka repeated.
“From what people have said about you, you tend to keep to yourself. Do you have trouble expressing yourself? Trusting others?” Thura asked.
Meeka shook her head. “No... I just keep to myself.”
“What do you do when you're not hanging around in your dorm or playing those games on your phone?” Thura asked.
“Nothing really,” Meeka said.
Thura tapped her chin with her pen. “What if Spark wants to do something with you? Would you hang out with her?”
“I would,” Meeka said.
“Seems to me that you're lacking in drive. You can follow orders during training well and when someone wants to do something with you, you'll do it. But when it comes to yourself, you never really initiate,” Thura explained.
“I guess...” Meeka said.
“Are you sure you're feeling alright?” Thura asked.
Meeka nodded. “Yeah... I'm just quiet.”
“I'm not trained to handle matters relating to mental health, but have you ever considered going in for a consultation with our mental health professionals?” Thura suggested.
Meeka shook her head. “I'm okay.”
“It doesn't cost anything, it's a service we provide to all operators and staff here. Although, there's only two mental health workers last time I checked so they might be booked for the week,” Thura said.
“It'd be a waste of time,” Meeka said, looking annoyed.
“Mental health isn't something to be neglected. You feel something wrong in your body, you go straight to the doctor. Why not the same for your mental health?” Thura argued.
“There's nothing wrong with me,” Meeka said.
Thura shrugged. “Even if they told you that this behaviour is just who you are, that's still better than taking a risk and not addressing any concerns if there are any. What have you got to lose? It's free and the workers will be happy you came to see them. I see it as an absolute win.”
“What will my squad think?” Meeka asked.
“You can choose whether to tell them or not. Maybe you can say you took an extra shift at your job if you've got one. Although, with the members of your squad I've already interviewed, they all seem to want what's best for you,” Thura said.
Meeka looked down. “I'll think about it...”
“Please consider it. Would you like to take a minute or two before we move onto the next round of questions?” Thura asked.
Meeka kept her hands on her lap. “Yes please.”
Jay
Thura's Office
After a long back and forth with Jay, Thura had finally run out of questions for him. It was an interesting interview and the things he had to say about his squad would be useful information for when she got around to interviewing them.
“That's about all the questions I have for you. Do you have anything else you wanted to discuss or ask about that we didn't go over during the interview?” Thura asked.
Jay paused for a moment and scratched his chin before nodding. “What exactly does Rhodes Island do?”
Thura was taken aback by the question. It was usually something someone asked in their entry interview, not when they were a few months in. Even after recovering from the initial surprise, Thura still took the time to craft a response.
“That's a question you ask when you first come here. We're a registered pharmaceutical company working on providing medical advancements and treatment across Terra in all matters concerning Oripathy. You should know this by now,” Thura explained.
“I know that stuff, but when I took this operator job, I was kinda expecting it to be like a security guard job where I'd just keep watch or protect doctors and aid workers when they go out with the perk of seeing the world,” Jay said.
Thura nodded. “Well, you'll be doing stuff like that.”
“Are we?” Jay asked with a concerned expression. “Ever since we started training with E4, we've been going up against tactics and equipment that the military uses. I brushed it off at first but we're going up against everything Ursus would throw at us these days and it's making me wonder.”
“The job description said that you'd need to be prepared for battle,” Thura argued.
“Well, I'm ready for battle, but it looks like we're getting ready for a war,” Jay argued back.
“Why Dobermann and the other instructors are putting you through such training is something I wouldn't know. Do you think your squad's not ready for combat?” Thura asked.
Jay shook his head. “No. We're ready, but what exactly are we ready for? What's with all these preparations? Is something going to happen?”
Do not go down that line of questioning, Jay. I need to warn him without explicitly telling him to shut up unless I want a good talking to from upstairs.
“That's on a need to know basis. Everything that's done has its reasons, I can assure you of that,” Thura explained sternly.
“Why would we have to go up against the Ursus military?” Jay asked.
Thura stared at Jay. “I'm not sure. What's got you so concerned?”
“Lots of things really... I mean first off, I've been thinking of training as something fun to do, but now that I remembered we'll be using these skills—especially against a military—I'm getting worried about how it'll go now. Come on, I worked at a supermarket before this, I'm not a soldier,” Jay answered, looking down at his hands.
“I've seen army recruiters at high schools and officers conscripting farmers in their fields. Every soldier picks up a sword for the first time at one point. Some will keep swinging it until they can't anymore and others will put it down. You can become a soldier,” Thura said with a reassuring tone.
Jay nodded along with Thura's words and even looked a bit relieved. “I guess... but that's really a minor thing. What I'm really thinking about is if what we're about to do—whatever it is—is the right thing. I've heard bad things about Ursus but does that really make whatever we're going to do to them the right thing?”
“You and I have no idea what's going to happen,” Thura said.
“I know,” Jay said abruptly. “But if it was humanitarian work we probably wouldn't need to be prepared to fight a whole Ursus legion and they probably wouldn't be keeping it secret from us either.”
Jay, the more you poke your nose into executive business the more they'll poke back. Please stop!
“I wouldn't think too deeply about this. Cordial relations with governments across Terra allow us to have access to their territory in order to provide medical assistance to those in need. While Ursus doesn't hide their disdain for the infected, we still need to be in their good graces so we can provide the help people need,” Thura explained.
“In my entry interview, the interviewers remarked about my observational skills. I'm thinking deeply about this because I know there's more than meets the eye,” Jay said.
Did you not remember what I told you at the beginning where this would be recorded and viewed?!
“I've worked here for awhile now and I can say with confidence we've done so much to help people across Terra. We've saved communities, gave help to those that needed it, and even at times helped deliver justice. What makes you think an organization like this would start doing some sort of shady stuff all of the sudden?” Thura argued.
Jay spent what felt like a full two minutes in silence. “I really needed to hear that... I guess maybe my worries were stupid. Thank you... It was just a feeling I couldn't shake off for awhile now.”
“Well I'm glad to have helped you with your doubts. These interviews are happening because we feel there is a mutual trust growing between the operator and Rhodes Island,” Thura said.
“Is the interview over?” Jay asked.
Thura nodded while typing the last of her notes. “Yes, you may leave.”
Jay bowed his head and stood up. He swiftly took his exit and closed the door behind him, leaving Thura to skim through the notes she had taken in silence. She didn't like what she was seeing.
Good luck, Jay.
Thura saved the notes she had typed and opened a new blank text document. She couldn't afford to dwell on the interview with Jay as there were still plenty of operators left to interview including those in Jay's squad.
6:04 PM
Cafeteria
Jay picked at his spaghetti for a bit before eventually bringing it up to his mouth with his fork. He kept thinking about the interview. While his worries about being party to some shady wetwork had mostly dissipated, his initial anxieties about actual combat came back to the forefront.
While some of his squad looked deep in thought like Eddron and Meeka, the others seemed cheerful and laughing. They were all the greatest friends he had since the people he knew back in younger days had practically disappeared from his life. Soon, they would be his brothers and sisters in arms.
Frankly, it was never about doubts about their abilities. The squad was a well-oiled machine that fought against incredible odds. However, it was one particular moment that kept replaying in his head that brought about his fears: when he saved Spark from almost being stabbed by multiple spears.
Would he be around in time to save the next person that was in danger? Did he save Spark so swiftly because he liked her? What if Spark and someone else were in trouble? Would he have to choose between them and would he accept that choice? The pressures of leadership continued to pile on.
“Man that interview was so long and boring!” Labcoat whined.
“I thought it was quite interesting; I somewhat felt like I was speaking with an intellectual equal in Madame Thura,” Alabaster said.
“What's that supposed to mean? You're saying we're dumb?” Spark asked with a smile.
Alabaster's face turned red and he shook his head. “No! I'm sorry! I meant no disrespect!”
“Guys,” Eddron called.
“What is it, Eddron?” Spark asked.
“I know you guys say I'm not as much of a douche now, but I'm sorry for the way I was back then,” Eddron said softly.
“What brought this up?” Meeka asked.
“Thura said something that made it finally click for me, you know? She said: 'Another person's wants don't begin where yours end.' I probably got slapped and ignored a lot because I didn't understand that. I mean I'm not a bad guy, right? I'm not a creep. I just... didn't understand that,” Eddron explained.
Spark smiled. “Glad it finally clicked for you. You're not a bad guy, Eddron.”
“Thanks,” Eddron said, averting his eyes from everyone.
Jay smiled but said nothing. He was glad the interviews seemed to have a good effect on most of his squad.
Meeka looked around for a moment before clearing her throat. “I think I'm gonna take another shift at my job...”
“What? Did Thura tell you to?” Labcoat asked.
“Yeah,” Meeka answered.
“I guess more work keeps you out of the dorm and away from your phone more. Although, I shouldn't question her methods,” Spark said.
“What about you, Jay?” Alabaster asked, the red on his face mostly gone.
“Oh,” Jay exclaimed. “It was okay. She helped me get over some anxieties I had.”
“They should give her a raise or something,” Eddron said.
Spark looked at Jay. “Hey, Jay, you went before me right? During the squad mate portion of the interview she was asking me about you a lot more than everyone else.”
“Come to think of it, she did ask a lot about you as well,” Alabaster said.
“Same,” Eddron said.
“Did something happen?” Labcoat asked.
Jay shrugged. “Maybe she's just worried about me.”
“You've been picking at your spaghetti for awhile now, we're all worried for you,” Spark said with a face of concern.
“I'm okay...” Jay said, starting to piece together why Thura inquired about him in his head.
8:32 PM
Thura's Office
Thura ran her fingers along her Vouivre horns and sighed as she saw she had less than thirty minutes left in the work day. Although, at this time during the interview day, she was expecting the dreaded email from her superiors.
She clicked on the email application and looked at the very top of the list to see that the email in question had finally been sent. The topic: List of Names for Further Inquiry.
Here comes the hardest part of the day.
Thura clicked the email and read it quickly.
Thura,
We have reviewed every interview of the C series of reserve teams and have compiled a list of operators we would like to followup on. Please send all relevant files and information from HR on the following operators:
Caitlyn Morti (Kettle)
Leopold Schmidt (Mural)
Hiro Takafusa (Hiro)
Jay Dresmal (Jay)
Patricia Davenport (Dancer)
Please send the requested information at your earliest convenience.
Thank you,
Command Ops
Thura sighed and quickly opened up the files and notes she had taken for the operators in question.
The Next Day, 7:34 AM
Cafeteria
Jay sat quietly and sipped on his cup of coffee. The many chairs and tables of the cafeteria were empty while only a skeleton crew worked the kitchens and counters. It was preferable, the last thing he wanted was a lot of noise while he enjoyed his coffee.
He didn't get much sleep last night as he couldn't help but feel like he had said the wrong things in his interview. If Rhodes Island was just like Thura said it was, he probably didn't have anything to worry about. But learning of her inquiries into him and her constant insistence gave him the sinking feeling that something big was going on.
“Jay!” Aero's voice called.
Jay looked up and smiled at Aero. “Hey.”
“I don't usually see you at breakfast hours,” Aero said, sitting down across from Jay while drinking from a coffee cup.
“I grab a cup of coffee and a hash brown every now and then,” Jay said.
Aero nodded. “My days as a page and squire have trained me to wake up early. I always grab a cup of coffee to help me get through the day.”
“Those interviews were something yesterday, huh?” Jay asked as he chugged down the last bit of his coffee.
“That Thura woman's got a way with words. HR suits her well,” Aero said as he also chugged down his coffee.
“Yeah,” Jay stood up to go return his cup.
Aero followed Jay to the counter. “What's got you down?”
“Just thinking about the interview,” Jay said as he left the cup on the counter and headed for the cafeteria exit.
“She give you some of her wisdom as well? My squad's been raving about the advice she's given off,” Aero said with a smile as the two left the cafeteria.
“Yeah,” Jay said while heading down a corridor.
“Where you headed? You not in the mood to talk?” Aero asked.
Jay shook his head. “Not because of you. I just wanna think about stuff.”
“Sure, we can chat another time,” Aero said while waving goodbye as he turned around and headed back in the direction of the cafeteria.
Jay put his hands in his pockets and picked which corridors to head down at random. It almost felt like his first day wandering aimlessly around the ship. Wondering about his goals and aspirations. He mustered a smile when he remembered his declaration of wanting to get on a cereal box. With all the responsibilities and activity within Rhodes Island, it had completely slipped his mind. In hindsight it might've been a stupid goal, but it certainly helped him get this far.
“Excuse me, Operator Jay?” a voice called behind him.
Jay turned around and locked eyes with a Zalak woman with purplish-white hair. “Yes?”
“We are conducting followup interviews from the ones that happened yesterday. Please come with me,” the Zalak woman said.
“Take your hands out of your pockets... slowly,” a soft voice commanded.
Jay turned around again and spotted a Lupo girl in a red coat and hood. She had an intimidating aura to her and Jay noticed a small knife between her fingers.
“This isn't a request, Operator Jay. This is a command. Come with us,” the Zalak woman demanded, her tone completely opposite of her previous politeness.
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2020.09.23 01:54 PalmettoSteve Old Slate Tombstone dated 1771 in South Cemetery Pomfret Connecticut. Winged Skull Design common in the northeastern part of the state and much of Mass and Rhode Island in the colonial era.

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2020.09.23 00:44 SnooDoughnuts2997 My take on Folklore’s “teenage love triangle”

Betty is written from Taylor’s perspective (Taylor is James. TAYLOR IS THE MAN YOU GUYS!) My logic is below!
You heard the rumors from Inez you can’t believe a word she says most times but this time it was true. (Inez is the press) The worst thing that I ever did is what I did to you (dating Tom while trying to be with Joe too??) The chorus is her fantasying about showing up and trying to win him back. (Lead me to the garden reminds me of cruel summer) If I told you it was just a summer thing (Taylor and Tom’s relationship) I’m only 17 I don’t know anything (reminds me of her talking in her documentary about being frozen in age when you get famous. I also theorize this was her way of saying she was immature) The second verse I believe is about the met gala He said James get in let’s drive (getaway car!) I dreamt of you all summer long (dreaming of Joe while with Tom)
Cardigan is from Joe’s perspective
The second part of the first verse is about joe meeting Taylor for the first time at the met gala (sequin smile black lipstick) She says “hand under my sweatshirt” instead of “hand under my sweater” even though it rhymes better because British people say jumper not sweater When you are young they assume you know nothing (Joe is younger than Taylor) Chase two girls lose the one (This is about Joe and Tom Hiddleston) I knew you playing hide and seek and giving me your weekends (this is about them sneaking around) To kiss in cars and downtown bars was all we needed (delicate reference?) I knew you leaving like a father running like water (her in the getaway car with Tom) I knew you’d linger like a tattoo kiss (you made your mark on me a golden tattoo from dress) Chasing shadows in the grocery line (her on the cover of magazines with Tom) I knew you’d miss me once the thrill expired (she’s come back after her thing with Tom ended)
August is from Tom Hiddleston’s perspective
Salt air and the rust on your door (in Rhode Island with Taylor after her “wheels started rusting” aka her reputation got damaged) I never needed anything more (this shows that it was real to him) August slipped away into a moment in time because you were never mine (their summer romance was over too fast because Taylor was always joe’s) Remember when I pulled up and said get in the car (this is a clear getaway car reference)
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2020.09.22 23:19 JJKKLL10243 RI back on CT, NY, NJ travel advisory lists

New York has added five states to its quarantine list meaning persons traveling from these states should now quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Those states are:
New Jersey and Connecticut work in lockstep with New York and it is expected those states will announce the same additions to their quarantine lists.
Some context: The metric used to determine which states are added or removed is an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 over a seven-day rolling average of an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate on a rolling average. New York remains under one percent positivity rate at 0.89%, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
Paxson delayed her decision on fall returning plan on August 11and set Sept.10 as the decision date. If you look the Rhode Island Travel Metrics (as of Sept. 18) Chart, you will see she is very good at picking the bottom. 👍 😃
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2020.09.17 19:52 Yomihime Mephisto fanmade operator file (chapter 7 spoilers)

Recruitment Contract
A dull gaze looking for a purpose.
Mephisto, Medic of Reunion, is looking forward to obey your commands.
Token
A fairly thick diary, but it’s filled with nothing but self-written song lyrics. Many pages appear to have been erased over and over again and additional pages were added.
Used to improve the Potential of Mephisto.
Basic Info
Physical Exam
Profile
Real name Enoch [family name redacted] or “Eno”. A former squad leader serving in Reunion, he has been admitted into Rhodes Island mental ward section following his involvement with a certain device in Chernobog and due to Doctor’s insistence.
He currently serves in the medic team as an intern under Warfarin’s supervision and on some occasions, receives missions directly from Kal’tsit to venture places most Operators wouldn’t dare to reach, accompanied by a seasoned Operator who’s at least somewhat familiar with him. It has been determined that it is imperative for him to understand how the world works in order to achieve a degree of normalcy.
Clinical Analysis
Imaging tests for this Operator showed blurry outlines of internal organs with visible dark spots. Unusually high concentrations of Originium particles were present in his circulatory system, indicating infection and confirming him as Infected at this stage.
Mephisto has a perpetually sore throat and a hoarse, oddly high-pitched voice unfit for a child of his age. The subject has admitted that he used to have severe asthma attacks following his infection.
The level of Mephisto’s internal crystals are comparatively high, concentrated heavily in the throat and lung area, to the point over half of them are crystalized. The infection is kept under control and shows no sign of spreading further.
It is quite apparent that this boy suffers far more from psychological issues than he does from Oripathy. The real question is if we have the means to treat him, as we are not necessarily specialized in dealing with such patients. Regardless, keeping him here is perhaps better at this moment than sending him anywhere else.
--Y.P., Medic Operator
Archive File 1
After recovering from his amnesia, Mephisto doesn’t exhibit his aggressive conduct from before, nor does he treat the staff and fellow Operators with animosity as one would expect.
Mephisto is cooperative, submissive even, with whatever order Rhodes Island has for him.
This kind of attitude has led him to being easy to push around by whoever is around him. Warfarin, his supervisor, dotes heavily on him as much as she enjoys taking a sample of his healing powder for her to study as it has become her new passion as of late. She fights on a regular basis with Aak to have her time to research his peculiar healing Arts, something that has fascinated a lot of Medics in Rhodes Island despite the danger it possesses.
Despite his social awkwardness, Mephisto gets along well with other patients who receive psychological treatment on a regular basis, including Specter, Nightmare and Nightingale, as he does his best to be friendly with them and never judges them for their condition. Once in a while, he’d try to sing for them with his ruined vocal cords, albeit without good result. Nevertheless, they appreciate his efforts and encourage him to sing more often.
After he completes his work for the day, he would go to the Medical to visit Talulah, the former leader of Reunion whom he still calls his big sister, although he would shy away if he sees Ch’en in her presence.
Archive File 2
Needless to say, the reception of a former Reunion squad leader was rough, and from that moment it has been decided that the presence of the remnants of Reunion higher-ups should be kept a secret within the involved party.
Mephisto in particular, has committed all too known atrocities with much sadistic glee according to Amiya and several Operators as eyewitnesses. Following the death of his closest friend, accounts of Mephisto’s unusually meek behavior were made known through Doctor, Kal’tsit and the Reunion snipers who used to work under Faust.
After some thought, even Amiya isn’t quite sure what is really in Mephisto’s mind anymore. During their every encounter, she couldn’t detect much joy from him despite how he came across, and in the end, she’s too afraid to face his true feelings after the one moment she tried to dive a bit deeper while he was unconscious.
I could feel that he was trying to pull me into his subconscious.
I’m scared once I get sucked in completely, I will not be the same as before. Even without knowing how he felt and what he went through, and even if I will never forgive him, the suffering he has endured is all too obvious.
Rhodes Island no longer has the obligation to end his life as he no longer poses a threat. From here on, he must face the consequences of his actions for as long as he lives. I trust Doctor understands Mephisto more than I do and knows how to save him from his own madness.
He must do that, for the sake of his late friend and the grave sins he has committed.
--Amiya
Archive File 3
Even by the standards of an apprentice, Mephisto is not skilled at all in the field of medical practice despite his classification. He’s sloppy, lacks patience and makes plenty of mistakes. It is therefore safe to conclude that he received no medical training whatsoever in Reunion when they could barely treat their own wounded in battle.
Yet this doesn’t deter Warfarin and Aak in the slightest from trying to teach him everything they know about medical science with much enthusiasm. Mephisto himself doesn’t seem to mind it, but with each passing day, his skill barely improves from the duo’s incompatible teaching methods, as Silence can only sigh in the background.
And despite the fact that it’s his Arts that makes him a Medic, further study has shown that healing is in fact not the primary use of it.
His Arts has a very unique interaction with Oripathy, and when its powder comes into contact with an infected body, it rapidly accelerates infection and puppeteers the Infected’s inner workings according to the user’s will, almost replacing the subject’s mind with Mephisto’s own. In order for this to work, the Infected must be either consenting or severely weakened that they are unable to resist the effect of his Arts.
What must be kept in mind however, that the degree of infection acceleration depends on what purpose Mephisto applies his Arts for. Simple healing for example won’t turn his subjects into those aberrations we’ve seen in battle.
When Mephisto uses it on himself, he can rapidly heal himself regardless of the severity of the injury. In theory, he may be able to instruct his body to do other things as well, but that much isn’t clear yet.
Observation on the advanced herd he unleashed in Lungmen and Amiya’s own statement imply that Mephisto’s mental stability affects the intensity and level of control of his own Arts. It is all the more reason for Rhodes Island to closely monitor his actions and mental state to keep him under control.
Such Arts is unheard of in my days as a Confessor, neither has Dr. Kal’tsit ever heard of anything of the kind.
After hearing what he did to a group of Sarkaz mercenaries in Chernobog, and if what he said is true, the methods we have developed to treat the Infected might be rendered obsolete in due time.
I however, do not approve of his philosophy on treatment even if he inquires the subject’s consent, and can only hope that Dr. Warfarin will guide him on the right path of a Medic.
--Shining, Medic Operator
Archive File 4
Mephisto’s level of obedience is something of concern.
Not only does he do everything he’s ordered to do, he would do so like a machine, without emotions and concern for himself. He would be the first to jump into danger during operations, and he stays silent to accusations and insults thrown at him. It’s not farfetched to think that he would stab himself if it means he can satisfy the other party.
In reality, most Operators who are aware of how he used to be either are too afraid or don’t feel bothered enough to confront him directly. As weak as he seems, he’s still capable of unleashing monstrosity when he’s provoked enough. Although as far as we’re concerned, Mephisto has no interest in creating another herd.
According to Talulah, he needs someone to guide him, and is utterly incapable of living without it. This is how an otherwise unstable child was kept relatively tame, and removing that restraint would naturally throw him into confusion.
The other concern we have is his rather malnourished body.
There’s no doubt that Reunion lacks the means to give the nutrients a growing child needs. When Hibiscus weighed him for the first time, she couldn’t help but gasp at the shockingly low numbers, and neither did blood test yield optimistic results. Mephisto recalled to have been given canned food and cereals as staple food, which is at least better than what Ethan’s squad had to eat regularly. It was also allegedly normal to eat less than twice a day to save on rations.
It wouldn’t have been so worrisome if Mephisto starts eating regularly in Rhodes Island, but the kid isn’t quite used to regular meals and eats far too little. Swallowing food is also painful for him. We will try to ask Matterhorn to cook something that might help in getting rid of sore throat. If it still doesn’t work out, dietary supplements will become mandatory for him to take.
Lately, it has been noticeable that Mephisto is quite fond of ice cream, as the coolness diminishes the pain he would otherwise feel when swallowing, and sweetness is something a youth would appreciate. Hibiscus has offered to make a special ice cream that fills all his nutritional needs, but he politely declined.
Promotion Record
“Do you feel any regrets?”
“No… or is it possible to feel regretful about the fact that I don’t?”
“If you ever have the chance to meet them, what will you do?”
“Regardless of what will happen, I will live. I must live.”
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2020.09.17 02:08 DreamOfMaxine Can guardianship override custody?

To try make a long story short, my mom was granted full custody of my two younger sisters (13) a while ago. Over the past few years, my sisters father has married another woman and started a new family with her. The new wife has been harassing and stalking my mom over the past 8 years, calling in false DCF reports, staking out their apartments and always visiting the town my family lives in (she also just bought a house less than 5 minutes away from where my mom currently resides - not to be closer to my sisters but to intimidate and scare my family into being comfortable in their own town). Their father hasn’t made an effort to reach out to my sisters during those 8 years and they have both made it clear they don’t want anything to do with them. Before COVID hit my mom found out their dad was making more money than she thought and decided to apply for more child support. The wife got mad at this and started harassing my mom even more, making threats and starting to involve other people like my moms current boyfriends ex-wife (Like I said, long long story). Around January this year, my sisters father has filed for full custody of my sisters (out of spite) and just today the new wife served my mom papers, she showed the court text messages and voicemails saying that my mom has been the one harassing her and she wishes to get a restraining order. (Tbh, they have both been messaging each other some pretty bad things. My mom tries her hardest to ignore everything but if you poke a bear long enough you should expect something to happen).
They have a court date for this restraining order next Friday, and the custody court date is in October.
Now my question is, if my mom were to grant me permanent legal guardianship over my sisters, can this stop their father from getting custody, god forbid my mom gets arrested for false accusations or the court approves the custody application?
If it helps, I’ve been the “second mom” to my sisters since the second they were born. I’m 24 with a full time job and my own apartment, they have vouched many times they would rather live by with me than their father if it comes down to it. They aren’t comfortable around his new wife and back when they were allowed visitations, the new wife would make my sisters stay in their room all day and they would never even see their father because he was always working. Their father and his new wife live in a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 young daughters and 2 teenage sons. This isn’t even about the father, it’s about the wife, she is legitimately insane. She’s got a huge criminal record, and is truly out to get revenge on my mom in any way possible.
I’m open to sharing more information if need be, thanks for reading!
Edit - I currently live in Rhode Island and my mom and sisters live in Connecticut
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2020.09.15 22:53 _mr0 test

Alabama Oct. 19th https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voteregister-to-vote Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/absentee-ballot-applications County Absentee Election Manager's Office Received Nov. 2nd https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/AbsenteeBallotSearch.do For absentee ballots, check "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls". All voters may request absentee for this year only.
Alaska Oct. 4th https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/voterregistration.php Oct 19th - Nov 2nd https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/AIPEVEvents.php https://elections.alaska.gov/Core/AKVoteEarly.php Absentee voting location Postmarked Nov. 3rd https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
Arizona Oct. 5th https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information Oct 7th - Oct 30th https://my.arizona.vote/PortalList.aspx same - sign up for PEVL when registering Dropbox (locations are on County Recorder's site) Received Nov. 3rd https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
Arkansas Oct. 5th https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/voter-registration-information Oct 19th - Nov 2nd County clerk's office; see website for other locations https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/Absentee_Ballot_Application_1.pdf County Clerk's office Received Nov. 2nd https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/voterview
California Oct. 20th https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/ Oct 5th - Nov 2nd https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/ same - check "yes" for voting by mail when registering Dropbox Postmarked Nov. 3rd and received November 20th https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot/
Colorado Nov. 3rd (Oct. 26th for VBM) https://www.sos.state.co.us/votepages/pub/home.xhtml Doesn't have early In Person n/a All-mail election See County Clerk and Recorder's site Received Nov. 3rd https://www.sos.state.co.us/votepages/pub/olvfindVoterReg.xhtml
Connecticut Oct. 29th https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voter-Registration-Information Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Absentee-Voting Town Clerk's office Received Nov. 3rd https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx
Delaware Oct. 3rd https://elections.delaware.gov/votevotereg.shtml Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://elections.delaware.gov/services/voteabsentee/citizen.shtml Department of Elections office Received Nov. 3rd https://ivote.de.gov/VoterView Delaware will mail absentee applications to all residents. If you need to complete the online form, choose Reason #3 "I am sick..." as your reason
Florida Oct. 5th https://registertovoteflorida.gov/ Oct 19th - Nov 1st (varies by county; must offer at least one week Oct. 24th-31st) See your Supervisor of Elections' website https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/ Any early voting location during early voting, or dropbox on Election Day (see County Supervisor's office) Received Nov. 3rd https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus
Georgia Oct. 5th https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/register_to_vote Oct 12th - Oct 30th https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov/ County registrar's office or a dropbox (see their website for location info) Received Nov. 3rd https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Hawaii Oct. 5th or Oct 20 through Nov 3 in-person at a voting service center https://elections.hawaii.gov/frequently-asked-questions/voter-registration/ Oct 20th - Nov 2nd Any voter service center in your county https://elections.hawaii.gov/hawaii-votes-by-mail/ (All-mail in 2020) Any voter service center or place of deposit Received Nov. 3rd https://ballotstatus.hawaii.gov/Default Hawaii will automatically mail ballots to all registered voters - keep address up to date
Idaho Oct. 21st https://idahovotes.gov/ Oct 19th - Oct 30th See county clerk's website https://elections.sos.idaho.gov/ElectionLink/ElectionLink/AbsenteeSearch.aspx County Clerk's office Received Nov 3rd https://idahovotes.gov/
Illinois Oct. 18th online or Oct 19 through Nov 3 in person at a grace period location https://ova.elections.il.gov/ Sept 24th - Nov 2nd https://www.elections.il.gov/VotingAndRegistrationSystems/EarlyVotingLocationsSearch.aspx https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx County Election Authority's office, or a dropbox (see their site for locations) Postmarked Nov. 3rd Done separately by counties
Indiana Oct. 5th http://www.indianavoters.com/ Oct 6th - Nov 2nd County Elections Administrator's office; possibly others (see their website) Same County Election Administrator's office Received Nov. 3rd at noon https://indianavoters.in.gov/
Iowa Oct. 24th online or at Auditor's office through Nov. 3rd https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html Oct 5th - Nov 2nd County Auditor's office https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/absenteemail.html County Auditor's office Postmarked Nov. 2nd AND received Nov. 9th https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/absentee/search))
Kansas Oct. 13th https://www.kdor.ks.gov/apps/voterreg/default.aspx Oct 14th - Nov 2nd See County elections officer's website https://www.sos.ks.gov/forms/elections/AV1.pdf County elections officer's office, or a dropbox (see site for locations) Postmarked Nov. 3rd and received Nov. 6th https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview/
Kentucky Oct. 5th https://elect.ky.gov/registertovote/Pages/default.aspx Oct 13th - Nov 2nd See County Clerk's website https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/abrweb/ County Clerk's office - website may have dropbox locations Received Nov 3rd https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky All voters will be allowed to vote by mail in KY this year.
Louisiana Oct. 5th / Oct. 14th online https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/RegisterToVote/Pages/default.aspx Oct 20th - Oct 27th (Excluding the 25th) https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/earlyvoting https://www.sos.la.gov/OurOffice/PublishedDocuments/COVID-19%20VR2%20Absentee%20by%20Mail%20Application%20(Rev.%204-20)%20Ver.%201.pdf%20Ver.%201.pdf) Parish Registrar of voters' office Received Nov. 2nd https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/ Must be high-risk for COVID-related illness, under quarantine, experiencing symptoms, or caring for someone high-risk to qualify for a COVID-based absentee ballot
Maine Oct. 13th online, up to Nov. 3rd in person https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/voterguide.html Oct 5th - Oct 29th Town office or City Hall https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl Clerk's office Received Nov 3rd https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/ballot-status.pl
Maryland Oct. 13th, Same day Reg https://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/index.html Oct 26th - Nov 2nd https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1 Any early voting or Election Day voting center, polling place, drop box, or your Local Board of Elections. See their website for locations Postmarked Nov 3rd https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch
Massachusetts Oct. 24th https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm Oct 23rd - Oct 30th https://www.sec.state.ma.us/earlyvotingweb/earlyvotingsearch.aspx http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/early-voting-by-mail.htm Local Election Office or dropbox Postmarked Nov 3rd https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx
Michigan Oct. 19th online, up to Nov. 3rd in person at City Hall https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_8716_8726_47669-175878--,00.html Sept 19th - Nov 2nd Clerk's office https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/avapplication Clerk's office or dropbox Received Nov. 3rd https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/VoteIndex Dropbox locations - may change
Minnesota Oct. 13th, same day Reg during early and Election Day voting http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/ Sept 18th - Nov 2nd County elections office; possibly other locations - see website https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/ County elections office (may include dropbox locations) Postmarked Nov. 3rd https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx
Mississippi Oct. 5th https://www.sos.ms.gov/Vote/Pages/default.aspx Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://www.ms.gov/sos/voter_registration/documents/voter_registration_application.pdf Clerk's office Received Oct. 31st in person, Nov. 2nd by mail https://www.msegov.com/sos/voter_registration/AmIRegistered MS has no special provisions to allow absentee voting during COVID.
Missouri Oct. 7th https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote#Mail Local Elections Authority (ABSENTEE BALLOTS ONLY - Mail ballots must be sent through the mail) Received Nov. 3rd https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/ Most mail-in and absentee ballots in MO must be notarized - can be done free at these locations
Montana Oct. 26th, or up to Nov. 3rd atdesignated locations https://sosmt.gov/elections/vote/ Oct 4th - Nov 1st Elections Administrator's office Same Elections Administrator Received Nov. 2nd at noon https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/
Nebraska Oct. 16th https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration/ Oct 4th - Nov 2nd County Elections Office https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/voter-forms County Elections Official Received Nov. 3rd https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/voterview
Nevada Oct. 29th online, or same day at polls https://www.nvsos.gov/sosvoterservices/Registration/Step0.aspx Oct 17th - Oct 30th See County Clerk's site https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/absentee-voting (All-mail in 2020) Drop-off location (locations are on County Clerk's site), or Clerk's office Postmarked Nov 3rd and received Nov 10th https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/ Nevada just passed a law to mail a ballot to all voters, but this may be challenged in court.
New Hampshire Nov. 3rd https://sos.nh.gov/HowRegVote.aspx Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://sos.nh.gov/media/rs0ly4xu/absentee-ballot-app-8-20-covid.pdf Clerk's office Received Nov 3rd https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx
New Jersey October 13th https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml Doesn't have early In Person n/a Same - check box on registration form County Board of Elections Postmarked Nov. 3rd and received November 10th (exec. order) https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/sign-in
New Mexico Oct. 6th https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information-portal/voter-registration-information/ Oct 17th - Oct 31st See County Clerk's site https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voting-faqs/absentee-voting-by-mail/ County Clerk's office or Voter Convenience Center (see clerk's website for locations Received Nov. 3rd https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx?tab=AbsenteeTracker If the absentee ballot tracker doesn't work, check with your County Clerk
New York Oct. 9th https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application Oct 24th - Nov 1st https://www.voteearlyny.org/ https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html County Board of Elections, or any early voting or Election Day polling place Postmarked Nov. 3rd and received Nov. 10th https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
North Carolina Oct. 9th (or during early voting) https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote Oct 15th - Oct 31st https://vt.ncsbe.gov/OSSite https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting County Board of Elections or any early voting site (during early voting) Postmarked Nov 3rd, received Nov 6th Upcoming (by Sep 1) Online absentee ballot request and tracking portals upcoming (Sep 1)
North Dakota No voter registration n/a Oct 19th - Nov 2nd https://vip.sos.nd.gov/PortalListDetails.aspx?ptlhPKID=50&ptlPKID=7#content-start https://vip.sos.nd.gov/PortalListDetails.aspx?ptlhPKID=53&ptlPKID=7 County Auditor's office Received Nov. 2nd https://vip.sos.nd.gov/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
Ohio Oct. 5th https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/ Oct 6th - Nov 1st County Board of Elections (except Lucas and Summit counties - see site for info https://www.ohiosos.gov/publications/#abr Local Board of Elections Postmarked Nov. 2nd and received Nov. 13th https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/toolkit/ballot-tracking/
Oklahoma Oct. 9th https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Register_to_Vote/index.html Oct 29th - Oct 30th. County Election Board https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Absentee_Voting/ County Election Board Received Nov. 2nd https://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html
Oregon Oct. 13th https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en Doesn't have early In Person n/a All-mail election Drop box Received Nov. 3rd https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/pages/myvote.aspx?lang=en
Pennsylvania Oct. 19th https://www.votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Pages/How-to-Register-to-Vote.aspx Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin County Board of Elections Received Nov. 3rd https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/ballottracking.aspx
Rhode Island Oct. 4th https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/RegistertoVote?ActiveFlag=1 Oct. 14th - Nov. 2nd Local Board of Canvassers' office https://vote.sos.ri.gov/VoteVotebyMail?ActiveFlag=4 Local Board of Canvassers Received Nov. 3rd https://vote.sos.ri.gov/
South Carolina Oct. 5th https://www.scvotes.gov/south-carolina-voter-registration-information Doesn't have early In Person n/a https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=AbsenteeRequest Local Elections Office Received Nov. 3rd https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=AbsenteeInfo Absentees may not be allowed for the general election - they were for the primary.
South Dakota Oct. 19th https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/voting/register-to-vote/default.aspx Sept 18th - Nov 2nd County Auditor's office https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/voting/absentee-voting.aspx County Auditor's office Received Nov. 2nd https://vip.sdsos.gov/viplogin.aspx
Tennessee Oct. 5th https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/ Oct 14th - Oct 29th See Local Election Commission's office https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/absentee-voting n/a - must be submitted by mail. In-person delivery is specifically not allowed. Received Nov. 3rd https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/voter-registration-information-lookup-absentee-mail-ballot-status-tracker
Texas Oct. 5th https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/index.html Oct 13th - Oct 30th https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/votereqabbm.shtml Early voting clerk Received Nov. 3rd https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/FPCA/index.aspx Not all voters are eligible for mail-in ballots in Texas
Utah Oct. 23rd https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html Oct 20th - Oct 30th https://votesearch.utah.gov/voter-search/search/search-by-address/how-and-where-can-i-vote Same - check box on registration form Dropbox Received Nov. 3rd https://votesearch.utah.gov/voter-search/search/search-by-votetrack-mail-ballot
Vermont Nov. 3rd https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/registration/ Sept 19th - Nov 2nd Town Clerk's office https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/voter-faqs/absentee-voting-faqs/#q1 Town Clerk's office Received Nov. 2nd https://mvp.vermont.gov/ All voters will be sent a mail-in ballot for November
Virginia Oct. 13th https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation Sept 19th - Oct 31st https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/voterinformation/publiccontactlookup Same Local registrar's office Postmarked Nov. 3rd and received Nov. 6th https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
Washington October 26th online; November 3rd in person https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx Oct 16th - Nov 3rd https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors/# All-mail election Many locations - see County Auditor's website Postmarked Nov. 3rd https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx Washington will mail ballots. Make sure your address is up to date.
Washington D.C. Oct. 13th online. Nov 3rd in person https://www.dcboe.org/FAQS/Voter-Registration Oct 24th - Nov 3rd https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org/ https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Absentee-Voting/Request-an-Absentee-Ballot Drop box Recieved Nov 3rd https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Absentee-Voting/Track-Absentee-Ballot
West Virginia Oct. 13th https://ovr.sos.wv.gov/RegisteLanding Oct 21st - Oct 31st Contact clerk for more information https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/AbsenteeVotingInformation.aspx Clerk's office Recieved Nov 4th https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/VoteAbsenteeBallotTracking
Wisconsin Oct. 13th online; can register in person at clerk's office until October 30th, and on Election Day at the polls. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote Oct 20th - Nov 1st Municipal clerk's office https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee Municipal clerk's office or dropbox (see their website for locations) Recieved Nov 3rd https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MyVoterInfo
Wyoming October 20th https://sos.wyo.gov/Elections/State/RegisteringToVote.aspx Sept 18th - Nov 2nd County clerk's office https://sos.wyo.gov/Elections/State/AbsenteeVoting.aspx County clerk's office Recieved Nov 2nd Contact your County Clerk
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2020.09.15 19:17 MessedUpDuane FWI: A Constitutional amendment is passed that gives states the power, by their own internal choice, to unify with another state into a single entity, keeping their total number of Senators.

Basic language of the amendment:
Any two directly neighboring contiguous states may choose to permanently merge with and unify into one new state.
If their two local state legislatures and executive pass law authorizing this, and their voting citizens in both states each pass three public votes during Presidential elections, the states may proceed.
The state boundary dividing the two states is dissolved on a date chosen by both states.
The new unified state shall have the total number of United States Senators the previous two states had.
(So if Vermont and New Hampshire merged, they get 4 total -- no loss in representation. If Maine later merges into New Vermontshire, becoming New Maineontshire, they would have 6 total; if Rhode Island joins it's 8, and so on, so that fear of losing Senate standing would not be any impediment.)
All budgets, debts, and public offices shall be merged in a manner of choosing of the two states. All this must be legally actionable on the date the state boundary is dissolved.
All citizens of each respective state become residents of the new state.
States with no land-connecting contiguous neighbors may merge with their nearest geographical neighbor.
The United States Congress and the President of the United States shall have no legal agency, control, or ability to directly by powers affect or change the outcome of such a merging, and any conflicts between the two respective state legal systems during this process shall be adjudicated by the full appellate Federal court circuit which contains each state. If the states shall fall into two such circuits, judges shall be drawn at random from each of the two circuits for any such hearings. All appeals to such decisions shall be decided by the Supreme Court, who must all when possible defer to the internal will of the merging states unless their actions conflict with the United States Constitution.
(Alaska/Hawaii/Puerto Rico type clause -- so Hawaii could merge with California, Alaska with Washington, Puerto Rico if a state could merge with Florida if they all wanted.)
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2020.09.15 19:03 Trueheart_RavenOmega If the Imposter (Among Us) really showed up as an operator.

I know that this is kinda dumb, but screw me I can't take my mind off it. Sorry for no image, don't know how to.
As the title might imply, this is my take of the Impostor as an Operator. For simplicity, I will make as if the tongue kill animation is NOT cannon.
Being an impostor and an Operator are near opposites, so I opt to add in a shade of Crewmate as well, to help tie them together.
It also wont contain every detail, just some That I can think of.
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"You can trust me, right? Ohh... my name? Judas seems fitting, for who I am." (Onboard) (Judas in the bible was a betrayer.)
6 Stars Specialist. Fast redeploy, support, (Nuker S1).
Range: Self tile + 1 Tile in front.
Block 0, Position melee, Cost 15 (pot 0).
Traits:
Attack all enemies in range, 50% dodge(Phys and Arts), Harder to target.
Cannot attack when skill not active.
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Recruitment Contract:
Don't mind me, I'm just hopping through vents.
Judas, skilled in assassination and hacking. Where he learned them remains a mystery.
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Token:
A visor of unknown makeup. When worn, you can see the thermal readings of the surrounding area, perfect for working in total darkness.
Used to improve the potential of Judas.
Potentials:
Deployment cost -1,Redeployment cooldown -2, Attack +30, Talent Enhancement, Deployment cost -1
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RIIC:
Specialist Specialization Alpha (Training speed of Specialist +30%)
(E2) Vent Hopper (Training speed of Specialist + 60%)
Talent:
False Innocence (E1): Self SP recovery per second +0.1 (or +0.2 on potential)
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Skills (Assumption of M3):
Vent Assassination: Passive, Instant attack. On his first attack, deal 1200% Physical damage. Instantly retreats after the attack.
Lights Out: Auto recovery, Manual activation, 60s duration, 120 sp cost, 115 initial sp. All allies gain Hidden (Cannot be targeted by ranged attacks).
No Longer Hiding: Auto recovery, Auto activation, Infinite Duration, 70 sp cost, no initial. Block +2, Range Increase, heals for 30% max hp every second. When Judas attacks, enemies are silenced for 3 seconds.
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File:
Codename: Judas
Gender: Male
Combat Experience: None
Place of Birth: Unknown
Date of Birth: Unknown
Race: Undisclosed
Height : 107cm (Medbay scan reveals this, thanks to a comment , 3'6" ~ 106.68cm)
No infection, confirmed by medical test.
________________________
Examination:
Physical Strength: Excellent
Mobility: Outstanding
Physical Resilience: Standard
Tactical Acumen: Standard
Combat skill: Excellent
Originium Arts Assimilation: Incapable.
___________________________
Profile:
Judas' real name remains as mystery. He was rescued by Rhodes Island when his Vehicle crashed in a location nearby. As gratitude, he joined Rhodes Island as a combat operator, making use in his knowledge of Stealth, Assassination and Sabotage. (Thats the Skeld)
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Dialogue:
(Appointed Assistant) "You are trusting me to do tasks? If you guys didn't save my life, I would have laughed at the idea of it all."
Talk 1 :"Why the total body cover? Same reason you do, So our true selves remains hidden."
Talk 2: "The security around here is terrible. Its so bad that I could cause a reactor meltdown from all the way over here."
Idle: "Stay vigilant Doctor, Otherwise one day you may find a knife stuck in your back."
Battle record: "Look at these people, mindlessly running to their deaths."
Promotion 2: "Working together with everyone, laughing together, crying together. Having to trust in others just as others trust in you, is this what being a crewmate really feels like?"
Trust 3: "You know, I won't lie to you, never had been for quite some time. There was once a time that had I joined Rhodes Island then, at least 3 dozen people would lie dead, you included. Now having worked with everyone, having people I care for, wanting to see them smile, I now consider myself the opposite of who I once was. And I promise, if someone like Old me ever shows up, They wouldn't take one step towards anyone."
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2020.09.14 21:36 hisokaeren [Thank You] u/wickednympet u/babyraspberry u/StephenFromReno88

Hello!
A little late thank you!
u/wickednympet thank you so much for the washi stuffs! It brought a huge smile to my face after an extremely long week. They are already being put to good use! u/babyraspberry thank you for your bad date postcard. I enjoy reading about experiences more than anything (bad & good) I hope your meatpies came out well! u/StephenFromReno88 thank you for your Rhode Island postcard! I enjoyed the kind words. I will be writing back soon!
I hope everyone’s having a safe and good week! ❤️
Love, Eren
Cards & Stoofs!🥰🥰🥰
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2020.09.13 21:00 nigel_thornberry125 Newbie looking to build a PC, grateful for any help

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
My current PC is on it's last leg and doesn't run very well. I want to be able to comfortably run games like Monster Hunter World, heavily modded Skyrim, etc. I don't really plan on streaming a ton but I do sometimes for friends.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
I'm really not looking to spend much more than $1200-1400. I guess absolute max would be $1500.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
ASAP.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
I had a pretty nice Corsair mechanical keyboard but it completely stopped working and I'm currently using a Walmart Logitech keyboard, but would like to get another nice mechanical one. But this can wait.
As for OS I think it's time to finally move up to Windows 10 after putting it off so long.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
I'm in Rhode Island, USA. The nearest Microcenter is a couple hours from here so not really super accessible.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I have a Razer mouse that I'll keep using, otherwise everything will be new.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
I don't really know a ton about overclocking in general, so probably not.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
I think I'd like an SSD, I've never used one before. Preferably at least 1TB of storage.
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Unfortunately I can't really do ethernet right now so it would have to be wireless. I've had trouble with USB dongles in the past and would prefer a reliable built-in one.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Looking cool is a plus, but not really a huge concern of mine. But I do enjoy some RGB. As for a color theme a simple black works for me.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
I think I'm finally ready to move on to Windows 10.
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2020.09.12 03:35 firelock_ny Shadow Grey (character)

I've been creating some NPC heroes (that could also be handed out to my players for PC's in one-shots), mainly to get a feel for the system to prep for my campaign start.
Here's Shadow Grey, a member of a supernatural-based hero group called the Salem Seven. She went on a bachelorette party camp out and some kind of mysterious shadow beast attacked their campsite. She fought it off with the unexpected aid of a wolf spirit that she somehow summoned and it merged with her soul - her friends were saved but scared out of their minds, not just by their attacker but by what she became to save them.
Diane Allen is the eldest daughter of a wealthy family in Providence, Rhode Island that traces their wealth back to the American Revolution. Her marriage to the eldest son of a New York financial dynasty was supposed to be a merger of old-money power and "new money" (only dating back to the Gilded Age) energy. Diane's interest in the matter was secondary - she had some affection for her betrothed, but knew that all her life she'd been groomed like a show pony for the upcoming big production.
Now that she's bonded with a wolf spirit - the "Wolf Goddess", as she sometimes calls it - Diane has had a wild ride. Her family and (now-ex) fiancé were exposed to the full power of the wolf spirit and think she's some kind of monster. She's fled from the high-society social whirl that was once her whole life and she's searching for a new purpose.
A band of mystical misfits took her in and encouraged her to use her new powers to protect the world from threats like the shadow beast she faced that night. She feels like the wolf spirit is seeing them as her new pack and carrying her along into bonding with them as family, whether she's willing or not.
Diane Allen appears as a normal young woman with short dark hair and blue eyes that unexpectedly flash to wolf-like gold when she's angry or upset. She has a compelling aura of confidence about her that makes her both intimidating and extremely attractive. When she lashes out at people there's a mystic expression of the wolf spirit that can make people see her as a monstrous beast even afterwards - they'll objectively know that she appears as a young human woman, but they'll still see her as a mythic monstrous wolf.
In combat Diane is a supernaturally fast and strong opponent, striking with bestial savagery and a knack for "pack tactics" teamwork with her allies. She's hard to hit, hard to hurt and always seems to come back for more. Her past as a debutante fades away when danger arises. She sometimes feels like she's in conflict with the savage impulses of the wolf spirit within her.
Shadow Grey (Diane Allen) PL 10, 150 PP
Abilities: Str 4 Sta 4 Agl 2 Dex 2 Fgt 6 Int 0 Awr 3 Pre 5
Skills: Acrobatics 6, Athletics 12, Expertise: High Society 6, Intimidation 20, Perception 10, Stealth 8.
Advantages: All-Out Attack, Animal Empathy, Attractive 2, Close Attack 6, Daze (Intimidation), Defensive Roll 2, Equipment 5, Evasion, Improved Critical (Unarmed) 3, Improved Initiative 2, Improved Trip, Power Attack, Set-Up, Startle, Takedown, Teamwork.
Offense: Unarmed +12, DC 8, Critical 17-20.
Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 12, Toughness 4 (6 w/Defensive Roll), Fortitude 8, Will 9.
Powers: Wolfen Senses: Senses 5 (Low-Light Vision, Scent is Acute, Accurate and Tracking, Ultrasonic Hearing) [5pts]
Trail Runner: Leaping 2 (30 feet), Speed 4 (30mph) [6pts]
Go for the Throat: Strength-Based Damage 4 [4pts]
Vitality: Regeneration 4 [4pts]
Feature 2: Soul of the Hunter: She reveals the mystic Wolf Spirit when she attacks, uses Intimidate or expresses strong emotion. When she achieves a Critical Hit in combat or three or more successes on an Intimidation check her target sees her as a monstrous wolf, and sees her as such afterwards even though they know that she appears as an attractive young woman. This may provide circumstance bonuses but also complications.
25 Equipment Points: contribution to the Salem Seven headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts.
Complications: Enemies: Diana's family wants to capture her and find a way to "save" her. Diane's ex-fiancé sees her as a monster and wants to destroy her. Her family and ex-fiancé aren't super-powered, but they are from powerful wealthy families.
Prejudice: Diane is seen as a werewolf by many people, with the superstitious fears that come with that.
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2020.09.11 23:16 bossbumba Ye

Constitution of the United States
The Preamble
The Preamble Annotated
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Article I
Article I Annotated
Section 1
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Section 2
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three. When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies. The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Section 3
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies. No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided. The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
Section 4
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.
Section 5
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide. Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member. Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal. Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
Section 6
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place. No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.
Section 7
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law. Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitation prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Section 8
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post Offices and post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Section 9
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person. The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken. No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State. No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay duties in another. No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time. No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
Section 10
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility. No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress. No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.
Article II
Article II Annotated
Section 1
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President. The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States. No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected. The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them. Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:– I do solemly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Section 2
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment. He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
Section 3
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Section 4
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Article III
Article III Annotated
Section 1
The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
Section 2
The Judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;---to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;---to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;---to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;---to Controversies between two or more States;---between a State and Citizens of another State;---between Citizens of different States,---between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects. In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be a Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make. The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.
Section 3
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
Article IV
Article IV Annotated
Section 1
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
Section 2
The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime. No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.
Section 3
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress. The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
Section 4
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
Article V
Article V Annotated
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
Article VI
Article VI Annotated
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation. This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Article VII
Article VII Annotated
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
First Amendment
First Amendment Annotated
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Second Amendment
Second Amendment Annotated
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Third Amendment
Third Amendment Annotated
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Fourth Amendment
Fourth Amendment Annotated
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Fifth Amendment
Fifth Amendment Annotated
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Sixth Amendment
Sixth Amendment Annotated
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Seventh Amendment
Seventh Amendment Annotated
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Eighth Amendment
Eighth Amendment Annotated
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Ninth Amendment
Ninth Amendment Annotated
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Tenth Amendment
Tenth Amendment Annotated
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Eleventh Amendment
Eleventh Amendment Annotated
The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
Twelfth Amendment
Twelfth Amendment Annotated
The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;–The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;–The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.–]The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
Thirteenth Amendment
Thirteenth Amendment Annotated
Section 1
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Fourteenth Amendment
Fourteenth Amendment Annotated
Section 1
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Section 3
No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section 4
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5
The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Fifteenth Amendment
Fifteenth Amendment Annotated
Section 1
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude–
Section 2
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Sixteenth Amendment
Sixteenth Amendment Annotated
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Seventeenth Amendment
Seventeenth Amendment Annotated
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
Eighteenth Amendment
Eighteenth Amendment Annotated
Section 1
After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2
The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
Nineteenth Amendment
Nineteenth Amendment Annotated
Section 1
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Twentieth Amendment
Twentieth Amendment Annotated
Section 1
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
Section 2
The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Section 3
If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Section 4
The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.
Section 5
Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.
Section 6
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.
Twenty-First Amendment
Twenty-First Amendment Annotated
Section 1
The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2
The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Section 3
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
Twenty-Second Amendment
Twenty-Second Amendment Annotated
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2020.09.11 00:04 CaptKutchiesTA The Kutchie's Key Lime Pie Mystery Part 1: Overview, Theories and Leads

The mystery of Captain Kutchie and his key lime pie has haunted the internet for over a decade now.It’s been extensively written on elsewhere, so I won’t spend long on the details I assume many already know, so check this link for some more in-depth info (https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/9wo93c/other_an_indepth_look_at_kutchies_key_lime_pies/ )
The basis of the mystery though, is that since 2010, an individual or group has been writing cryptic, bizarrely written rants on various websites about a restaurant called Captain Kutchie’s Key West Cafe, usually focusing on either the key lime pies served at this restaurant, or the owner, Oswald “Kutchie” Paleaz. For a long time, it was unclear that Kutchie’s actually existed, but it was eventually discovered that the restaurant did exist, and was open from the 1970s until 2009, at the address 2227-2201 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 2879. The messages about Kutchie’s have turned up in various places throughout the internet, but they usually share a common format. Here is one sample:
“I Tried The Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies And Those PieGasams Healed All My Symptoms Within The First 4-Weeks! I highly Recommend Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies For Anything That Ails You!….(“They’re Great”!!!.).. .. …Kobe Bryant May Be Retiring From Basket Ball But Captain Kutchie’s Is Still His Pie Of Choice!… …Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie. Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie Or I’ll Just Cry Until I Die, I Don’t Know Why I Just Love My Key Lime Pies!…. .\ .”
So, this is a typical example of what the posts look like, showing many of the common hallmarks: non-syntactic sentences, Capitalization Of Every Word, references to celebrities or politicians liking the pies and an odd radio-announcer like tone are some hallmarks of the writing style, though it can vary. It isn’t hard to see why, after finding these messages strewn across the internet like litter by the side of a freeway, people have gotten sucked into the investigation, and become suspicious of deeper meanings.
This 2-part longpost is going to be looking through the various writings of the mysterious poster over the years and the theories surrounding them, eventually leading up to my own personal quest to solve the mystery, and the findings I’ve made. I do not have a true wrap-up to this case, but I believe I have done the most in-depth research of anyone up until now, and I have discovered some hitherto unexplored leads. First, a look at the theories surrounding the case posited by other investigators over the years:
A Bot- This is a common theory due to the connection to a business, and the fact that the poster seems to respond to certain keywords (topics involving pie, sex, politics, and baby boomer pop culture). However, I think this one can be dismissed out of hand, the reason being that accounts connected to Kutchie’s have engaged and responded to people in a non-botlike way. More on that later. Beyond that, I can’t see any reason for someone to program such a bot, since there’s nothing to be gained from having a bot spend a decade posting nonsense about a defunct restaurant.
Oswald Pelaez himself- This is another one I’ve seen a few times, the assumption being that the posts are the Captain having a senior moment, or just fucking around in his old age. A visit to Pelaez’s Facebook page shows that he did indeed have a word-salad writing style, albeit not the exact same as the Kutchie's poster. However, it seems unlikely that this was the case, as a Redditor reported having contacted one of Pelaez’s sons, and finding that the Pelaez family appeared equally baffled.
An autistic or schizophrenic individual with a fixation on the restaurant: This suggestion derives from the unique writing style and monomaniacal interest of the poster. I have seen mental health professionals weighing in saying that the stream-of-conscious nature of the posts recalls their patients. I think people are drawn to this explanation because it puts something of a wholesome spin on the mystery- an individual with social/cognitive difficulties had a good experience at the restaurant while growing up in Asheville all those years ago, and now he wants to tell the internet about it in his one way. However, as again shown through communications with the poster, they are able to switch out of their “posting voice” and become more lucid, which may put this theory into doubt, or at least implies that the individual behind the posts is more high-functioning and calculating.
Coded messages or communications- This is a natural theory- the idea is that these posts are the modern equivalent of the Cold War number’s stations, broadcasting messages which can be read by the public, but are incomprehensible except to those privy to the info on how to decode it. The immediate problem with this theory is that the slow pace, repetitious nature, and semi-random web addresses of the postings would seem to make it hard to hide code in them. How would the recipients of the code even know where to look? However, there is also the possibility that it’s simply an individual screaming his coded messages into the void, to taunt people or conceal his intentions from all but a skilled codebreaker, rather like the Zodiac Killer or the Duclod Man. Why would this individual choose to hide his messages in the form of posts about a defunct restaurant? Who can say?
So, those are the major theories floating around out there regarding who the poster is. As we can see, a few of these theories can be dismissed out of hand, and one can potentially poke holes in all of them. Now that we’ve looked at the theories, it’s time for an overview of the posts themselves, as they have appeared over the past 10 years:
Foodio54- (http://foodio54.com/restaurant/South-Asheville-Arden-NC/c2e5c/Kutchies-Key-West-Kutcharitaville-Cafe) This restaurant review site hosts four separate reviews of Kutchie’s Key West Cafe. All four of these reviews are clearly written in the same style, and they were written over the course of several years. The oldest one here is by a user named VinnyGambini, after the character in My Cousin Vinny. Dating from December 2009, this may be the single oldest Kutchie’s post.
“Kutch Makes All Those Key Lime Pies From Real Ingredients, Including Real Key Lime Juice. "Anita" Kutchie's Lovely Wife Helps Him Now Making All Those Pies. She Also Runs The Front Too, As Well As The Office. Yea, Keep It All In The Family. Now That's How You Get Quality Control. "Pop", Kutchie's Dad Has Always Been There To Help From The Beginning. Kutchie's Mom Even Helped Out Until She Passed Away Several Years Ago. Threw The 80's Kutch and Anita Had Three Sons, Carlo, Santino and Joseph. Kutch Calls Them His Three Amigo's. All Three Sons Were Raised There In The Restaurant And Have Learned All Aspects Of The Business, From The Dish Tank, Mopping Floors, Cutting Meats, Serving Tables, Cooking And Tending Bar. Kutch Said That His First Road Sign Listed At The Bottom, "Family Restaurant". Kutch Said, "At That Time He Had No Idea That Someday His Whole Family Would Be The Ones Working There". Well I Guess, That's Life. Sometimes I Call Kutch and Ask Him How Are Things Going, He Says "Just Another Day In Paradise". Shit, I Can Tell That He Is Sick And Tired Of Doing The Same Old Thing Day-In And Day-Out. Kutch Would Never Admit That, He'll Probably Keep That Place Open To Train His Grand Kids The Business. Kutch Has Many People Calling, All The Time, Wanting Him To Start An On-Line Business To Sell His Key Lime Pies Country Wide. I Don't Know If He Can Bake That Many. He Seems Pretty Pushed As It Is. He Says That Maybe Someday He Will Throw Up Another Building And Put A Key Lime Pie Factory In It, And Start A Web-Site. May-Be He Will, May-Be He Wont, Who Knows. Just Don't Tell Him, That He Can't. “
Here, the poster refers to Oswald’s wife, Anita. He also accurately names Oswald’s three sons. I don’t know how many records about Oswald Pelaez were online in 2009, so I’m not sure whether the poster would have needed to know the family to have this information. The next oldest post is from 2012, and curiously, does not capitalize every word like most Kutchie’s posts. This poster signs their name as “Betty Joe Walker''. A Google search shows that there was one person with that name (there are a few other Betty Jo Walkers, but only one spelled J-o-e). Walker was a native of central North Carolina. And she died at the age of 67, one year before the post was made. This was the finding that made me start thinking of this mystery as something sinister. Why would a bot, or an individual simply sharing his happy memories, steal a dead person’s name? Two more Restaurant54 reviews of Kutchies’s date to 2013, and contain pretty standard content for the poster. One of them uses the name “Jake Carson'', which is used by this poster in other places as well.
Ozgold.com- Around 2012, the poster began writing posts claiming that Captain Kutchie was giving aways millions of dollars in prizes, and linking to a now defunct site called Ozgold.com. All of these posts can be found in a Pastebin here: https://pastebin.com/bT1z5ywT. He even links to Pelaez’s phone number in one of these. Oddly, he takes a negative tone towards Pelaez in some of these posts, writing in one “Please, Please, Please warn everyone about about ozsgold.com and Mr. OZ, That SOB has to be a crook or just plume loco. Maybe another Bernie Madoff, who the hell knows? It just ain't right.” Of course, this gold giveaway never existed either way as far as I can tell.
The copy-paste messages-
In 2013, the frequency of Kutchie’s posting really skyrocketed. IMDB, cooking sites, Fanfiction.net, Google Books reviews- nowhere was safe. Of course, the poster was mainly drawn in by particular key-topics: Pie, restaurants in genera, sex, politics, baby-boomer celebrities such as Johnny Carson. A few usernames were commonly employed for these posts: Roger Ramjet, Willie Jordan and Jake Carson. Most of these messages would be exact or near-exact copy pastes of one another. Some common topics of these posts included:
Key Lime Pies and Goody-goody Cheeseburgers- As far as can be gleaned from surviving ads, the restaurant prided itself on serving a variety of steaks and seafoods, but the key lime pies and burgers (which the poster always refers to as “goody-goody cheeseburgers”) seem to have been what made an impression to this person/bot/secret cabal. Occasionally, the poster will also reference Kutchie’s “prime ribs of beef with swamp water”. What does that mean- who knows?
Oswald’s wife, Anita Pelaez- generally refers to her as “lovely” or “hot”. "It just doesn't get any better than seeing her," as it appears.
The proximity of the restaurant to the Biltmore Estate- The Biltmore Estate was the home of George Vanderbilt II, and is by far the largest private residence ever built in America. It also happens to be located in Asheville. It seems as though the poster is trying to advertise the restaurant’s proximity to a major tourist attraction- heedless of the fact that the restaurant is closed.
Orgasms- Describing food as “better than sex” isn’t too weird, but our poster really likes to stretch out this saying. He refers to the food as giving him “piegasms” which he implies restored his sexual vitality. Here’s an excerpt of an example from the Google Books reviews of a book called “Incredible Orgasms”, by Marcelle Perks:
“.I Do Know First Hand That The Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies Have The Ability To Turn Small Stream Squirters Into Major League Gushers Or Some Might Call Them “Niagara Falls”. Holly Molly, Let Those Good Times Flow, Baby! ….It’s No Wonder Everyone Believes That Kutchie Pelaez Is The Most Interesting Man In The World…..”Damn He Really Is” For Sure! …..That “Kutchie”, He Looks Marvelous Dahling!… ….”Hemingway”, Had Nothing On The “KutchMan”… ….Someone Overheard The “Kutchman” Say One Day That He Thought That He Was A Lesbian!… We Don’t Want To see Him Coming Out Of The Toilet With Just His Dick In His Hands”
Older Facebook Posts-
To my knowledge, at least three Facebook accounts have been linked to Kutchie's poster over the years. The oldest, operated from 2013-2016 is Jake Carson: https://www.facebook.com/jake.carson.98284/friends. The “Jake Carson” previously showed up as one of the reviewer names on Foodio54. The name bears resemblance to Johnny Carson, another obsession of the poster. This account had no friends, no photos or video uploaded, and never deviated from copy pasting the same few messages over and over. The Carson account was prolific in 2014, often posting 3-5 times/day. The frequency of posts eventually tapered, the last one being made in 2016. 2016 was also the year that the copy-pasted comments on various websites stopped appearing with regularity. Some people believe that the real Kutchie’s poster stopped at this point, and everything after 2016 has been trolls appropriating the role. As we will see, however, the post-2016 posts indicate an equally bizarre and committed writer, which makes it seem unlikely that it’s a different person.
The second Kutchie’s Facebook account appears in 2017. This is another personal account, which goes by the name Kutchie Pelaez. This is one of the main reasons some people think it isn’t operated by the same person- because the poster never previously claimed to be Captain Kutchie (though he did claim to have worked there in some posts). Unlike Jake Carson, Kutchie Pelaez doesn’t post copypasted messages. He does, however, have a variety of artists and musicians liked, including this band, The Ritards, with whom he has the following interaction: https://www.facebook.com/theritards/reviews/?ref=page_internal. What’s curious though, is that beyond this Facebook page, there is little indication that The Ritards actually exist. They have no music uploaded anywhere online, nor are there concert dates. Their posts do have a few likes though, most from people in the Eastern Pennsylvania area. When I messaged the Facebook page to ask what they knew about Captain Kutchie, my post was marked as “seen” almost immediately, even though the page has not been updated in two years. I received no response, however. While The Ritards seemed to be a dead-end, the Eastern PA music scene will prove to be important.
Also notable re: the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook page is the encounter Reddit user u/carinhabsburg had with the account, documented here: https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/5c7g4m/what_the_captain_kutchie_of_the_key_lime_pies/. They messaged the account to ask who Kutchie was. He replied by sending a paragraph of text from a demo version of Silent Hill, which was in Swedish. While u/carinhapsburg was Swedish, they were adamant that there was no way Kutchie should have known that. Referencing a modern video game is certainly out of character for the boomer-persona the Kutchie’s poster had built up, so you can certainly see why some think the post-2016 poster is a different person. However, the vaguely sinister tone of this interaction is not exactly without precedent, given that the poster was already stealing a dead woman’s name in 2012.
Deviantart- The same year that the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook debuted, a Devientart with the same profile picture debuted- https://www.deviantart.com/captainkutchie. The bio of this account ascribes a variety of odd attributes to Captain Kutchie- His favorite gaming platform? “A sidewalk large enough for a heated round of hopscotch or marbles.”
His favourite books? “Epidemically overrated teen paperback novels. Ikea instruction manuals.”
His “Tools of the Trade?” “My fists. Spells and potions.”
The accounts gallery posts are now deleted, and I unfortunately did not take any screenshots. There were three paragraphs that they copypsted over and over- one about Anita Pelaez and Kutchie’s prime rib, one excerpt from a Longmont Potion Castle bit, and one Charles Manson quote. Longmont Potion Castle is an anonymous individual who has recorded their prank calls since the early 90s. Since anonymity and the adoption of absurd personas are LPC’s hallmarks, it’s not hard to see why the Kutchie’s poster chooses to quote them. The Manson quote, while tying in to the poster’s obsession with famous people of the 60s and 70s, adds another deeply sinister element to the mystery.
Patti Salmon-
In 2018, the poster begins writing about Captain Kutchie’s under the name Patti Salmon (a pun on salmon patties?) These posts are differentiated from the past ones by their explicit political anger. While politics were already noted as one of the poster’s obsessions, Patti Salmon goes on disparaging rants, only loosely tied back to the restaurant, against liberal political figures.
This is an excerpt from a comment under a blog post about the Kutchie’s mystery (also indicating that the poster is self-aware of the mystery community’s interest in them):
“That Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) NY, Rag Head llhan Omar (D) Minn, Alex Ocasio-Horetez (D) NY, Ayanna Lesbo Pressley (D) Mass.., Rashida Tlaib (D) Mich., Al Green (D) Tx., Pocahantas Vermont Tribe with Bernie Sanders, Nervous Nancy Cookville Calf., Rachel Madnow (MSNBC), Robert De Negro (NY), Shifty Schiff Cookvill Calf., El Chapo, Bozo O’ Rourke (Who Cares)., Maxine Impeach Waters Cookville Calf., Woopi Goldbrick (ABC)., Joy Blowhard (ABC)., Rainny Hostin (ABC)., Juan Williams (FOX NEWS)., Adoff Hilter (HELL)., Hell-They’re All really some kind of Commie’s ? Impeach Them NOW!!! Oh, I forgot one, The Rev. Al Not-So-Sharpton, very interesting butt Stupid! Let’s Send them all to the moon for the next 50 Years! What would Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Say? Well, He would probably say something like “No Soup For You!!!”. “Come Back 50 years”. Or something like for all those “Politicos” “Stay Away From Those Manholes” and he would say “Don’t Get None On Ya!”. Anyway, we sure-do still agree with all those “Kutcharitaville and Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Reports that everyone has been posting for the last 25 years or however long this internet thing has been going on. Captain Kutchie has been World Famous way longer than this stupid internet for damn sure. You can take that to the bank, Thats’ GOLD Jerry it’s GOLD! Or put it in your pipe and smoke it. He would also say, All of today’s Anti Trumpers are mad because, they were promised by The Dragon Lady HerSelf “Hillary Clinton” a leading Membership in Hillary’s 666 New World Order! What makes all these Racist, Commie Leftest Liberal Wannabee everything for nothing AssHoles and they’re Scum Sucking Pig, Fake News Chicken-Shit, Ass Licking Fake Reporters think that they can outsmart our “Lord Christ Jesus”? Hillary, your lord Satan was defeated way back on The Cross and yet, YOU, continue to deceive and recruit all those weak souls that you can fool too follow you back home straight too HELL!”
Note the interest in conspiracy theories here.
Newer Facebook Posts-
Finally, we come to the newest Facebook account, this one a page for a business rather than a personal account- Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe (not linked here, gonna go ahead and say Do Not Interact). This page debuted in July 2020, just weeks before I fell down the Kutchie’s rabbithole and began this investigation. Unsurprisingly given its recency, it does not appear to have been discovered by anyone else in the mystery community.
The earliest posts from this page are simply shares of Jake Carson’s posts from several years prior. On July 12th, the Kutcharitaville page began posting longer messages, at a rate of 5+ every day. These posts are nonsensical jumbles of words that appear in other Kutchie’s posts, and appear to have been created by either a bot, or one of those story generators where you feed paragraphs in and it tries to rearrange them syntactically. Here’s a sample from a much longer post.
“BILTMORE HOUSE AND WE LOVELY ANITA PELAEZ IS THE PELAEZ IS THE WORLD THEY EVERYONE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE BILLED AS THE LOVELY COUPLE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE MEL FISHER HE THOSE GOOD NEWS NOT A LESBIAN ANITA S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE HOUSE AND THEY EVERYONE S SEX RATES BY KUTCHIE S BEST AND WE LOVELY COUPLE S SEX RATES BY NO LESS THAN HIS FATHER THEY EVERYONE S GOOD NEWS NOT A WIN WIN WIN FOR ANYTHING ON THE DOG ATE YOURS DICK IN THE PELAEZ OVER AND TREASURE MUCH MORE ANITA PELAEZ AND HER FAMOUS DEEP SEA UNDERWATER AND HER FAMOUS KEY WEST FAME MAY”
Interspersed with these posts are excerpts from North Carolinian newspapers that reference the restaurant, and photos of the exterior and interior of the abandoned building. What’s interesting is that the photos of the building don’t appear to be from anywhere on the internet. In other words, that means the poster must have actually gone to the building, and either broken in or been let in. This is the reason why I, as stated earlier, think that the post-2016 posts do come from the same individual as the older ones. The level of obsession indicated here is not that of a troll or a LARPer. It’s that of someone truly devoted to an inscrutable cause. Interestingly, one of these posts received a like from the Kutchie Pelaez account, indicating it was still active too in July 2020.
More recently, the account began posting coherent sentences that bear no relation to Captain Kutchie or key lime pies. In a post from July 28th, the poster copypastes the phrase “mail dropped to Rhode Island” 35 times, and below that “From Delaware.” Another post copies the phrase “My brother was eaten by wolves on the Connecticut turnpike,” which is a line from the Stephen King story “1408”.
On July 31st, the poster writes “Carrie Lam is not nice with China. She will end floating in a water tank”, copying this phrase dozens of times. This appears to be a macabre pun on the shared surnames of Carrie Lam, controversial mayor of Hong-Kong, and Elisa Lam, a woman who drowned in a water tank under circumstances that have made her story a fixture in the online unsolved-mysteries community. At the time of writing, the most recent post is from August 25th, and reads
“USE [master] Mexico. Mexico. Mexico. Soon we are in Mexico. (+14) and in we go. GO”
Screencaps of some posts, for posterity: https://imgur.com/gallery/R8ssLw6
This is the current status of the Kutchie’s poster. Dark, cryptic phrases, repeated on a Facebook page to 69 followers. Next, I’m going to be posting about the results of my personal investigation into the Kutchie’s mystery, featuring my interactions with this account, among others.
Edit
I have made a significant error in my post. The owner of the restaurant was Oswald Pelaez Jr, nor senior, and Anita was his wife, while Polly was his father's wife. So Captain Kutchie is still alive, I believe
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2020.09.10 23:04 CaptKutchiesTA The Kutchie's Key Lime Pie Mystery Part 1: Overview, Theories and Leads

The mystery of Captain Kutchie and his key lime pie has haunted the internet for over a decade now.It’s been extensively written on elsewhere, so I won’t spend long on the details I assume many already know, so check this link for some more in-depth info (https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/9wo93c/other_an_indepth_look_at_kutchies_key_lime_pies/ )
The basis of the mystery though, is that since 2010, an individual or group has been writing cryptic, bizarrely written rants on various websites about a restaurant called Captain Kutchie’s Key West Cafe, usually focusing on either the key lime pies served at this restaurant, or the owner, Oswald “Kutchie” Paleaz. For a long time, it was unclear that Kutchie’s actually existed, but it was eventually discovered that the restaurant did exist, and was open from the 1970s until 2009, at the address 2227-2201 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 2879. The messages about Kutchie’s have turned up in various places throughout the internet, but they usually share a common format. Here is one sample:
“I Tried The Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies And Those PieGasams Healed All My Symptoms Within The First 4-Weeks! I highly Recommend Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies For Anything That Ails You!….(“They’re Great”!!!.).. .. …Kobe Bryant May Be Retiring From Basket Ball But Captain Kutchie’s Is Still His Pie Of Choice!… …Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Pie. Can’t Get Enough Of That Key Lime Pie Or I’ll Just Cry Until I Die, I Don’t Know Why I Just Love My Key Lime Pies!…. .\ .”
So, this is a typical example of what the posts look like, showing many of the common hallmarks: non-syntactic sentences, Capitalization Of Every Word, references to celebrities or politicians liking the pies and an odd radio-announcer like tone are some hallmarks of the writing style, though it can vary. It isn’t hard to see why, after finding these messages strewn across the internet like litter by the side of a freeway, people have gotten sucked into the investigation, and become suspicious of deeper meanings.
This 2-part longpost is going to be looking through the various writings of the mysterious poster over the years and the theories surrounding them, eventually leading up to my own personal quest to solve the mystery, and the findings I’ve made. I do not have a true wrap-up to this case, but I believe I have done the most in-depth research of anyone up until now, and I have discovered some hitherto unexplored leads. First, a look at the theories surrounding the case posited by other investigators over the years:
A Bot- This is a common theory due to the connection to a business, and the fact that the poster seems to respond to certain keywords (topics involving pie, sex, politics, and baby boomer pop culture). However, I think this one can be dismissed out of hand, the reason being that accounts connected to Kutchie’s have engaged and responded to people in a non-botlike way. More on that later. Beyond that, I can’t see any reason for someone to program such a bot, since there’s nothing to be gained from having a bot spend a decade posting nonsense about a defunct restaurant.
Oswald Pelaez himself- This is another one I’ve seen a few times, the assumption being that the posts are the Captain having a senior moment, or just fucking around in his old age. A visit to Pelaez’s Facebook page shows that he did indeed have a word-salad writing style, albeit not the exact same as the Kutchie's poster. However, it seems unlikely that this was the case, as a Redditor reported having contacted one of Pelaez’s sons, and finding that the Pelaez family appeared equally baffled.
An autistic or schizophrenic individual with a fixation on the restaurant: This suggestion derives from the unique writing style and monomaniacal interest of the poster. I have seen mental health professionals weighing in saying that the stream-of-conscious nature of the posts recalls their patients. I think people are drawn to this explanation because it puts something of a wholesome spin on the mystery- an individual with social/cognitive difficulties had a good experience at the restaurant while growing up in Asheville all those years ago, and now he wants to tell the internet about it in his one way. However, as again shown through communications with the poster, they are able to switch out of their “posting voice” and become more lucid, which may put this theory into doubt, or at least implies that the individual behind the posts is more high-functioning and calculating.
Coded messages or communications- This is a natural theory- the idea is that these posts are the modern equivalent of the Cold War number’s stations, broadcasting messages which can be read by the public, but are incomprehensible except to those privy to the info on how to decode it. The immediate problem with this theory is that the slow pace, repetitious nature, and semi-random web addresses of the postings would seem to make it hard to hide code in them. How would the recipients of the code even know where to look? However, there is also the possibility that it’s simply an individual screaming his coded messages into the void, to taunt people or conceal his intentions from all but a skilled codebreaker, rather like the Zodiac Killer or the Duclod Man. Why would this individual choose to hide his messages in the form of posts about a defunct restaurant? Who can say?
So, those are the major theories floating around out there regarding who the poster is. As we can see, a few of these theories can be dismissed out of hand, and one can potentially poke holes in all of them. Now that we’ve looked at the theories, it’s time for an overview of the posts themselves, as they have appeared over the past 10 years:
Foodio54- (http://foodio54.com/restaurant/South-Asheville-Arden-NC/c2e5c/Kutchies-Key-West-Kutcharitaville-Cafe) This restaurant review site hosts four separate reviews of Kutchie’s Key West Cafe. All four of these reviews are clearly written in the same style, and they were written over the course of several years. The oldest one here is by a user named VinnyGambini, after the character in My Cousin Vinny. Dating from December 2009, this may be the single oldest Kutchie’s post.
“Kutch Makes All Those Key Lime Pies From Real Ingredients, Including Real Key Lime Juice. "Anita" Kutchie's Lovely Wife Helps Him Now Making All Those Pies. She Also Runs The Front Too, As Well As The Office. Yea, Keep It All In The Family. Now That's How You Get Quality Control. "Pop", Kutchie's Dad Has Always Been There To Help From The Beginning. Kutchie's Mom Even Helped Out Until She Passed Away Several Years Ago. Threw The 80's Kutch and Anita Had Three Sons, Carlo, Santino and Joseph. Kutch Calls Them His Three Amigo's. All Three Sons Were Raised There In The Restaurant And Have Learned All Aspects Of The Business, From The Dish Tank, Mopping Floors, Cutting Meats, Serving Tables, Cooking And Tending Bar. Kutch Said That His First Road Sign Listed At The Bottom, "Family Restaurant". Kutch Said, "At That Time He Had No Idea That Someday His Whole Family Would Be The Ones Working There". Well I Guess, That's Life. Sometimes I Call Kutch and Ask Him How Are Things Going, He Says "Just Another Day In Paradise". Shit, I Can Tell That He Is Sick And Tired Of Doing The Same Old Thing Day-In And Day-Out. Kutch Would Never Admit That, He'll Probably Keep That Place Open To Train His Grand Kids The Business. Kutch Has Many People Calling, All The Time, Wanting Him To Start An On-Line Business To Sell His Key Lime Pies Country Wide. I Don't Know If He Can Bake That Many. He Seems Pretty Pushed As It Is. He Says That Maybe Someday He Will Throw Up Another Building And Put A Key Lime Pie Factory In It, And Start A Web-Site. May-Be He Will, May-Be He Wont, Who Knows. Just Don't Tell Him, That He Can't. “
Here, the poster refers to Oswald’s wife, Anita. He also accurately names Oswald’s three sons. I don’t know how many records about Oswald Pelaez were online in 2009, so I’m not sure whether the poster would have needed to know the family to have this information. The next oldest post is from 2012, and curiously, does not capitalize every word like most Kutchie’s posts. This poster signs their name as “Betty Joe Walker''. A Google search shows that there was one person with that name (there are a few other Betty Jo Walkers, but only one spelled J-o-e). Walker was a native of central North Carolina. And she died at the age of 67, one year before the post was made. This was the finding that made me start thinking of this mystery as something sinister. Why would a bot, or an individual simply sharing his happy memories, steal a dead person’s name? Two more Restaurant54 reviews of Kutchies’s date to 2013, and contain pretty standard content for the poster. One of them uses the name “Jake Carson'', which is used by this poster in other places as well.
Ozgold.com- Around 2012, the poster began writing posts claiming that Captain Kutchie was giving aways millions of dollars in prizes, and linking to a now defunct site called Ozgold.com. All of these posts can be found in a Pastebin here: https://pastebin.com/bT1z5ywT. He even links to Pelaez’s phone number in one of these. Oddly, he takes a negative tone towards Pelaez in some of these posts, writing in one “Please, Please, Please warn everyone about about ozsgold.com and Mr. OZ, That SOB has to be a crook or just plume loco. Maybe another Bernie Madoff, who the hell knows? It just ain't right.” Of course, this gold giveaway never existed either way as far as I can tell.
The copy-paste messages-
In 2013, the frequency of Kutchie’s posting really skyrocketed. IMDB, cooking sites, Fanfiction.net, Google Books reviews- nowhere was safe. Of course, the poster was mainly drawn in by particular key-topics: Pie, restaurants in genera, sex, politics, baby-boomer celebrities such as Johnny Carson. A few usernames were commonly employed for these posts: Roger Ramjet, Willie Jordan and Jake Carson. Most of these messages would be exact or near-exact copy pastes of one another. Some common topics of these posts included:
Key Lime Pies and Goody-goody Cheeseburgers- As far as can be gleaned from surviving ads, the restaurant prided itself on serving a variety of steaks and seafoods, but the key lime pies and burgers (which the poster always refers to as “goody-goody cheeseburgers”) seem to have been what made an impression to this person/bot/secret cabal. Occasionally, the poster will also reference Kutchie’s “prime ribs of beef with swamp water”. What does that mean- who knows?
Oswald’s wife, Anita Pelaez- generally refers to her as “lovely” or “hot”. "It just doesn't get any better than seeing her," as it appears.
The proximity of the restaurant to the Biltmore Estate- The Biltmore Estate was the home of George Vanderbilt II, and is by far the largest private residence ever built in America. It also happens to be located in Asheville. It seems as though the poster is trying to advertise the restaurant’s proximity to a major tourist attraction- heedless of the fact that the restaurant is closed.
Orgasms- Describing food as “better than sex” isn’t too weird, but our poster really likes to stretch out this saying. He refers to the food as giving him “piegasms” which he implies restored his sexual vitality. Here’s an excerpt of an example from the Google Books reviews of a book called “Incredible Orgasms”, by Marcelle Perks:
“.I Do Know First Hand That The Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies Have The Ability To Turn Small Stream Squirters Into Major League Gushers Or Some Might Call Them “Niagara Falls”. Holly Molly, Let Those Good Times Flow, Baby! ….It’s No Wonder Everyone Believes That Kutchie Pelaez Is The Most Interesting Man In The World…..”Damn He Really Is” For Sure! …..That “Kutchie”, He Looks Marvelous Dahling!… ….”Hemingway”, Had Nothing On The “KutchMan”… ….Someone Overheard The “Kutchman” Say One Day That He Thought That He Was A Lesbian!… We Don’t Want To see Him Coming Out Of The Toilet With Just His Dick In His Hands”
Older Facebook Posts-
To my knowledge, at least three Facebook accounts have been linked to Kutchie's poster over the years. The oldest, operated from 2013-2016 is Jake Carson: https://www.facebook.com/jake.carson.98284/friends. The “Jake Carson” previously showed up as one of the reviewer names on Foodio54. The name bears resemblance to Johnny Carson, another obsession of the poster. This account had no friends, no photos or video uploaded, and never deviated from copy pasting the same few messages over and over. The Carson account was prolific in 2014, often posting 3-5 times/day. The frequency of posts eventually tapered, the last one being made in 2016. 2016 was also the year that the copy-pasted comments on various websites stopped appearing with regularity. Some people believe that the real Kutchie’s poster stopped at this point, and everything after 2016 has been trolls appropriating the role. As we will see, however, the post-2016 posts indicate an equally bizarre and committed writer, which makes it seem unlikely that it’s a different person.
The second Kutchie’s Facebook account appears in 2017. This is another personal account, which goes by the name Kutchie Pelaez. This is one of the main reasons some people think it isn’t operated by the same person- because the poster never previously claimed to be Captain Kutchie (though he did claim to have worked there in some posts). Unlike Jake Carson, Kutchie Pelaez doesn’t post copypasted messages. He does, however, have a variety of artists and musicians liked, including this band, The Ritards, with whom he has the following interaction: https://www.facebook.com/theritards/reviews/?ref=page_internal. What’s curious though, is that beyond this Facebook page, there is little indication that The Ritards actually exist. They have no music uploaded anywhere online, nor are there concert dates. Their posts do have a few likes though, most from people in the Eastern Pennsylvania area. When I messaged the Facebook page to ask what they knew about Captain Kutchie, my post was marked as “seen” almost immediately, even though the page has not been updated in two years. I received no response, however. While The Ritards seemed to be a dead-end, the Eastern PA music scene will prove to be important.
Also notable re: the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook page is the encounter Reddit user u/carinhabsburg had with the account, documented here: https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/5c7g4m/what_the_captain_kutchie_of_the_key_lime_pies/. They messaged the account to ask who Kutchie was. He replied by sending a paragraph of text from a demo version of Silent Hill, which was in Swedish. While u/carinhapsburg was Swedish, they were adamant that there was no way Kutchie should have known that. Referencing a modern video game is certainly out of character for the boomer-persona the Kutchie’s poster had built up, so you can certainly see why some think the post-2016 poster is a different person. However, the vaguely sinister tone of this interaction is not exactly without precedent, given that the poster was already stealing a dead woman’s name in 2012.
Deviantart- The same year that the Kutchie Pelaez Facebook debuted, a Devientart with the same profile picture debuted- https://www.deviantart.com/captainkutchie. The bio of this account ascribes a variety of odd attributes to Captain Kutchie- His favorite gaming platform? “A sidewalk large enough for a heated round of hopscotch or marbles.”
His favourite books? “Epidemically overrated teen paperback novels. Ikea instruction manuals.”
His “Tools of the Trade?” “My fists. Spells and potions.”
The accounts gallery posts are now deleted, and I unfortunately did not take any screenshots. There were three paragraphs that they copypsted over and over- one about Anita Pelaez and Kutchie’s prime rib, one excerpt from a Longmont Potion Castle bit, and one Charles Manson quote. Longmont Potion Castle is an anonymous individual who has recorded their prank calls since the early 90s. Since anonymity and the adoption of absurd personas are LPC’s hallmarks, it’s not hard to see why the Kutchie’s poster chooses to quote them. The Manson quote, while tying in to the poster’s obsession with famous people of the 60s and 70s, adds another deeply sinister element to the mystery.
Patti Salmon-
In 2018, the poster begins writing about Captain Kutchie’s under the name Patti Salmon (a pun on salmon patties?) These posts are differentiated from the past ones by their explicit political anger. While politics were already noted as one of the poster’s obsessions, Patti Salmon goes on disparaging rants, only loosely tied back to the restaurant, against liberal political figures.
This is an excerpt from a comment under a blog post about the Kutchie’s mystery (also indicating that the poster is self-aware of the mystery community’s interest in them):
“That Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) NY, Rag Head llhan Omar (D) Minn, Alex Ocasio-Horetez (D) NY, Ayanna Lesbo Pressley (D) Mass.., Rashida Tlaib (D) Mich., Al Green (D) Tx., Pocahantas Vermont Tribe with Bernie Sanders, Nervous Nancy Cookville Calf., Rachel Madnow (MSNBC), Robert De Negro (NY), Shifty Schiff Cookvill Calf., El Chapo, Bozo O’ Rourke (Who Cares)., Maxine Impeach Waters Cookville Calf., Woopi Goldbrick (ABC)., Joy Blowhard (ABC)., Rainny Hostin (ABC)., Juan Williams (FOX NEWS)., Adoff Hilter (HELL)., Hell-They’re All really some kind of Commie’s ? Impeach Them NOW!!! Oh, I forgot one, The Rev. Al Not-So-Sharpton, very interesting butt Stupid! Let’s Send them all to the moon for the next 50 Years! What would Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Say? Well, He would probably say something like “No Soup For You!!!”. “Come Back 50 years”. Or something like for all those “Politicos” “Stay Away From Those Manholes” and he would say “Don’t Get None On Ya!”. Anyway, we sure-do still agree with all those “Kutcharitaville and Chef Captain Kutchie Pelaez Reports that everyone has been posting for the last 25 years or however long this internet thing has been going on. Captain Kutchie has been World Famous way longer than this stupid internet for damn sure. You can take that to the bank, Thats’ GOLD Jerry it’s GOLD! Or put it in your pipe and smoke it. He would also say, All of today’s Anti Trumpers are mad because, they were promised by The Dragon Lady HerSelf “Hillary Clinton” a leading Membership in Hillary’s 666 New World Order! What makes all these Racist, Commie Leftest Liberal Wannabee everything for nothing AssHoles and they’re Scum Sucking Pig, Fake News Chicken-Shit, Ass Licking Fake Reporters think that they can outsmart our “Lord Christ Jesus”? Hillary, your lord Satan was defeated way back on The Cross and yet, YOU, continue to deceive and recruit all those weak souls that you can fool too follow you back home straight too HELL!”
Note the interest in conspiracy theories here.
Newer Facebook Posts-
Finally, we come to the newest Facebook account, this one a page for a business rather than a personal account- Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe (not linked here, gonna go ahead and say Do Not Interact). This page debuted in July 2020, just weeks before I fell down the Kutchie’s rabbithole and began this investigation. Unsurprisingly given its recency, it does not appear to have been discovered by anyone else in the mystery community.
The earliest posts from this page are simply shares of Jake Carson’s posts from several years prior. On July 12th, the Kutcharitaville page began posting longer messages, at a rate of 5+ every day. These posts are nonsensical jumbles of words that appear in other Kutchie’s posts, and appear to have been created by either a bot, or one of those story generators where you feed paragraphs in and it tries to rearrange them syntactically. Here’s a sample from a much longer post.
“BILTMORE HOUSE AND WE LOVELY ANITA PELAEZ IS THE PELAEZ IS THE WORLD THEY EVERYONE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE BILLED AS THE LOVELY COUPLE S KEY WEST FAME LOCATED NEAR THE MEL FISHER HE THOSE GOOD NEWS NOT A LESBIAN ANITA S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE S BEST AND GRILL WHERE THE LOVELY COUPLE HOUSE AND THEY EVERYONE S SEX RATES BY KUTCHIE S BEST AND WE LOVELY COUPLE S SEX RATES BY NO LESS THAN HIS FATHER THEY EVERYONE S GOOD NEWS NOT A WIN WIN WIN FOR ANYTHING ON THE DOG ATE YOURS DICK IN THE PELAEZ OVER AND TREASURE MUCH MORE ANITA PELAEZ AND HER FAMOUS DEEP SEA UNDERWATER AND HER FAMOUS KEY WEST FAME MAY”
Interspersed with these posts are excerpts from North Carolinian newspapers that reference the restaurant, and photos of the exterior and interior of the abandoned building. What’s interesting is that the photos of the building don’t appear to be from anywhere on the internet. In other words, that means the poster must have actually gone to the building, and either broken in or been let in. This is the reason why I, as stated earlier, think that the post-2016 posts do come from the same individual as the older ones. The level of obsession indicated here is not that of a troll or a LARPer. It’s that of someone truly devoted to an inscrutable cause. Interestingly, one of these posts received a like from the Kutchie Pelaez account, indicating it was still active too in July 2020.
More recently, the account began posting coherent sentences that bear no relation to Captain Kutchie or key lime pies. In a post from July 28th, the poster copypastes the phrase “mail dropped to Rhode Island” 35 times, and below that “From Delaware.” Another post copies the phrase “My brother was eaten by wolves on the Connecticut turnpike,” which is a line from the Stephen King story “1408”.
On July 31st, the poster writes “Carrie Lam is not nice with China. She will end floating in a water tank”, copying this phrase dozens of times. This appears to be a macabre pun on the shared surnames of Carrie Lam, controversial mayor of Hong-Kong, and Elisa Lam, a woman who drowned in a water tank under circumstances that have made her story a fixture in the online unsolved-mysteries community. At the time of writing, the most recent post is from August 25th, and reads
“USE [master] Mexico. Mexico. Mexico. Soon we are in Mexico. (+14) and in we go. GO”
Screencaps of some posts, for posterity: https://imgur.com/gallery/R8ssLw6
This is the current status of the Kutchie’s poster. Dark, cryptic phrases, repeated on a Facebook page to 69 followers. Next, I’m going to be posting about the results of my personal investigation into the Kutchie’s mystery, featuring my interactions with this account, among others.
Edit
I have made a significant error in my post. The owner of the restaurant was Oswald Pelaez Jr, nor senior, and Anita was his wife, while Polly was his father's wife. So Captain Kutchie is still alive, I believe
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2020.09.10 22:30 teksmith Return to Campus

Paxson just sent out an email announcing they are moving forward with the next phase and invited students to return to campus. First day of in-person classes planned for 5OCT.
Heres the letter:

Dear Members of the Brown Community,
We are writing to update you on our plans for the remainder of the fall semester at Brown. As you know, in August we announced that, in light of the public health situation involving COVID-19, the University would take a phased approach to bringing undergraduate students back to campus. We are writing to share that we have decided to move to the next phase of inviting remaining undergraduates (sophomores, juniors and seniors) to campus and beginning in-person undergraduate courses on Oct. 5. In this letter, we provide the basis for this decision, as well as relevant information for students and employees as we transition to increased on-campus operations.
Over the last several weeks, we have continued to consult with public health experts, closely monitor the public health data at campus and statewide levels, and engage in extensive analysis of several other important factors impacting our ability to keep the Brown community and the greater Providence community safe. You have heard us say many times from Day One of this pandemic that the health and safety of our community has been our top priority. We also believe that the wellbeing of our students will benefit from engaging with a thriving college environment.
We and other leaders in higher education well understand that nowhere in this country will the public health conditions be anything approximating “normal” for a long time, considering the trajectory of the pandemic and the projected timeline for the widespread distribution of an eventual vaccine. Yet for our own campus, what Brown and Rhode Island are currently experiencing is a set of conditions that may be among the most conducive to bringing more students back to campus that we’re likely to experience for up to a year.
We have seen an improved public health situation in Rhode Island over the past several weeks. As participation in testing has increased statewide, the number of new cases continues to trend downward, along with the state’s test positivity rate.
We have also had a good experience with our routine asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program at Brown, which has been mandatory since Aug. 24 for all of our employees authorized to be on campus and students who live in residence halls or in the Providence area. Undergraduate students are required to be tested twice a week. To date, the fraction of tests for students that are positive is very low — about 1 in 1,000, or a test positivity rate of 0.10%. Test positivity for employees is 0.05%. In addition, test results in most cases are returned within a day.
The current low utilization of isolation and quarantine rooms is also a major consideration. We know that we must be prepared for the strong possibility of clusters of positive COVID-19 cases, just as we see in the general population. But the University is currently utilizing only a small fraction of its quarantine and isolation capacity and, so far, we have seen very few violations of our COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy. Graduate and medical students have been on campus over the summer, and while most undergraduate students have been on campus for just a few weeks, we are encouraged that they have overwhelmingly demonstrated a desire to keep the University community and the greater Providence community safe.
Given these circumstances, we have determined that we will move ahead with the second phase of welcoming students to campus and in-person instruction. Graduate courses will begin in person Sept. 16, and sophomores, juniors and seniors who wish to return to Providence will be allowed to do so beginning Sept. 18, at which time they will be subject to the mandatory Quiet Period. In-person instruction of small undergraduate classes will begin the week of Oct. 5, which is after the 14-day quarantine ends. All undergraduate students enrolled for the fall semester under this year’s three-term model have the choice to return to Providence or study remotely, and all courses for undergraduate and graduate students will accommodate remote learning.
Extensive information about how this phase of reopening will affect students, faculty and staff follows this letter. Please be sure to read this letter and the addendum in its entirety for details on telecommuting, academics, residential life, COVID-19 testing, and various campus services, policies and protocols.
It is important to note that a data-based and public health-based approach has driven and continues to form the foundation of every decision about operations since the onset of the pandemic — reflected in the move to this phased approach to welcoming students back to campus and in-person instruction, which created the time for health indicators and testing and prevention resources to improve. Throughout the semester we will carefully monitor the public health situation on campus and in Rhode Island, and remain prepared to make adjustments to the activities that are possible on campus.
To guide this decision-making, Brown has launched a COVID-19 Campus Activity Level Review Team, which will allow us to move quickly from one level of campus activity to another as the public health situation demands. We have also created a public COVID-19 dashboard that provides daily updates on asymptomatic test positivity in the Brown community among other factors.
As I’m sure you know, to date, colleges and universities across the country have had mixed success with returning to in-person instruction. We are heartened to see that a number of our peer institutions that have testing and public health plans similar to Brown’s are faring well, and demonstrating that it is possible to learn to live with a virus that, unfortunately, may be with us for some time.
To a large degree, how the semester will unfold is up to us. Brown has prepared extensively to support the health of the community with its comprehensive testing and contact tracing programs and added cleaning and safety protocols. But, these measures alone will not stop the spread of the virus. It remains essential that all members of the Brown community embrace personal responsibility in following public health guidance, including mask-wearing, social distancing and increased cleaning. We must care about each other and all the people whose lives will be affected by our actions. We all must stand ready to make sacrifices in our social lives to protect Brown and the greater community, and to have a successful semester.
Whether you choose to study at Brown or remotely, we look forward to a semester that is intellectually engaging and socially supportive.
Sincerely,
Christina H. Paxson, PresidentRichard M. Locke, ProvostBarbara Chernow, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
UPDATES FOR NEXT PHASE OF ON-CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND COMMENCING IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
Please review this section for the following categories of operational updates from across the University as Brown moves to the next phase of increased on-campus operations, including offering in-person instruction:
TELECOMMUTING AND “RETURN TO CAMPUS” PLANS
Even with the move toward in-person instruction, the University expects individuals who can work remotely to continue to do so; this is central to promoting a healthy University environment. Telecommuting for all regular employees who are able to complete their work remotely continues through the end of the fall term, Dec. 23, 2020.
Nevertheless, moving to increased on-campus operations with the arrival of more students may affect planning being done across offices and departments to determine which employees are able to work remotely to fulfill their responsibilities, and those who may need to work at a Brown location regularly or occasionally. Academic and administrative units should assess their operations to determine if the shift to more on-campus operations requires a re-assessment of the designations of employees and/or a resubmission of Return to Campus Plans.
Units that have not yet submitted a work plan that includes on-campus and remote staffing needs should review the Return to Campus Plans and Guidelines webpage. If plans require an update, please submit an addendum with any necessary adjustment to the relevant committee listed on the page. Department leaders should continue to follow guidelines in managing schedules with their employees based on the nature of their job assignments.
Student Employment:
Opportunities for student employment for the fall term will be largely offered on a remote basis. Limited in-person opportunities will also be available. Students who are interested in work can search for student job opportunities in Workday. Questions regarding student employment can be submitted directly to [Student_[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
ACADEMICS
The University’s phased approach to beginning in-person instruction does not impact Brown’s plans for a three-term academic calendar. The 2020-21 Academic Calendar is online, and Fall 2020 Academic Policies for remote and hybrid instruction for undergraduate and graduate students are now posted on the Healthy Brown website.
For Undergraduate Students:
As announced previously, all undergraduate classes will be taught remotely until the week of Oct. 5. Classes began remotely on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and will continue remotely throughout the next phase of student move-in from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20 and the Quiet Period for newly arriving students. The 14-day Quiet Period is a requirement for all arriving undergraduates living on campus, no matter when you arrive during the phased resumption of on-campus operations. Hybrid undergraduate classes may begin meeting in person the week of Oct. 5.
Students returning to campus in September may reach out to academic advising deans for support for navigating classes during move-in and the Quiet Period.
For Graduate Students:
For graduate students enrolled in courses numbered below 2000, if these courses are listed as hybrid, they will meet remotely until Oct. 5 and will then continue according to their original, hybrid format. Fully graduate courses, those numbered 2000 and above, will proceed in either a hybrid or online format, depending on their designation in [email protected], after the conclusion of the Quiet Period for graduate students on Sept. 15.
Graduate students teaching in the fall will continue to teach fully online until the week of Oct. 5. Following that date, undergraduate courses will resume in their currently planned delivery mode (hybrid or online). If you are serving as a teaching assistant, fellow or independent instructor, you may elect to continue to teach remotely for the full semester.
A substantial number of graduate students have already been approved to be on campus. These include graduate students who have been approved for on-campus research in labs, graduate students who have indicated that their location status is “on campus” (this includes students in labs, students who are taking hybrid courses or who are teaching hybrid courses and have not elected to do so remotely), and graduate students who have been approved for access to departmental spaces through an approved departmental Return to Campus Plan.
For Medical Students:
First- and second-year students at the Warren Alpert Medical School have been successfully attending a mix of online and required in-person components of the curriculum since early August. One hundred percent of actively enrolled pre-clerkship students are participating in the campus-wide COVID-19 testing and symptom tracking program.
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Students who change plans and prefer to live and study remotely outside of the Providence area must send an email from their Brown address to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) to request a change in your location of study. The final deadline for this request is 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 14. We particularly encourage this option for students with health conditions that may place them in a high-risk category. You will receive a confirmation email when your location of study has been updated. Students who choose a remote location of study and live in the Providence area will be violating the University’s rules and potentially endangering the health and safety of themselves and others. Dishonesty about location of study will be referred to the student conduct process, and possible sanctions could include academic suspension.
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Dining and Meals:
Undergraduates Who have Finished their Quiet Period: Beginning Sept. 16, students on meal plans who are already on campus and have completed the required Quiet Period will be able to go into two eateries to pick up their grab-and-go meals: Verney-Woolley and Andrews Commons. For Andrews, ordering will be required through the Get Food App.
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The Brown Bookstore is scheduled to be open beginning Sept. 16. Students who finished their Quiet Period will be able to access the store in person, while complying with all health and safety protocols. Newly arriving students will not be able to use the bookstore in person until Oct. 5, at the conclusion of the Quiet Period. The bookstore is developing plans to process online orders for course materials and deliver them to students’ designated meal pick-up locations.
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Passengers who use shuttle bus services must abide by health protocols to ride safely. All Brown University Shuttle routes are fully operational at this time, and the University may expand shuttle service depending on the location of students in residence. If more students move into the Jewelry District, the daytime Connector route will be modified to accommodate Chestnut Street. In addition, Brown may add an express weekend and evening fixed route for those living in that area. Additional information can be accessed on the Transportation and Parking Services website.
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Currently, any Brown employee who comes to campus can park in any University surface parking lot, with the exception of the leased street parking spaces that are enforced by the City of Providence. As more employees return to campus and lots start to become congested, we will return to our normal system of parking permits.
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Visitors:
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The expectation remains that most events and programming will be offered virtually in the fall semester. Any small gatherings planned on-site must follow University safety protocols and Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines in terms of numbers of individuals permitted, social distancing, use of face coverings etc. Also consult the Campus Activity Status levels on the Healthy Brown website for guidance on permissible activities. For students, guidelines for extracurricular activities are being reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Student Activities Office.



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2020.09.10 17:50 PresidentGSO Ongoing issue regarding body hair.. infection?

37 yr old male, 5'9", 210lbs. 10mg Lexapro PO QD, smoke 3-4 clove cigarettes a day. I have been dealing with this issue since March of 2020. Then it felt like some manner of parasitic infection, but now I'm not so sure. The hair issue described below is the first issue I'd like to address. No chronic ailments, though I am a recovering alcoholic (sober date 12/14/16). I have tinnitus in my left ear. Its mild and was brought on my trauma related to a strenuous weight lifting workout, I've had that since 2012. Recreational marijuana usage. Not married, no kids. No pets (though I see my parents dog from time to time. I live in Rhode Island, along the LI sound.
I could tell a very long story, rife with details that might be relevant, and many that might not be. However, my main question pertains to an odd and ongoing symptom I've been experiencing. Let me address that, and I can go into deeper detail if need be.
My hair is moving... My body hair, be it my armpits, my chest, my back, my arms and legs, feet, groin, all of it, has turned into these very thick structures of hair. I'll have multiple hairs coming from the same follicle. This isn't the half of it though.. I can see these hairs move, even crawl. They move slowly, but I can watch hairs on my thigh move slowly, crawling from what seems to be one follicle to the next. Sometimes these hairs will look almost like a very small worm or insect (hairs on my hair give it the appearance of insect antenna). I watched them move from my chest towards my collarbone, I watched them crawl slowly down my calve muscle and towards the top of my feet. Also, the hairs on my arms not only have the look of darker, thicker black hairs, they rise and fall. They literally retract into the arm and then come back up along with a "pins and needles" type feeling. I can pluck them from my arm, and often they grow right back, almost instantly. When the hairs are all out, my arm feels warmer, the skin almost taut, and I feel almost like the arm is heavier when the hairs grow out.
This is a relatively newer issue, though I have been dealing with a mystery ailment since the end of March. Again, I can give you more details, but I want to figure out the why and how of the body hair issue first, and then work backwards to figure this out. Pics and video available if need be.
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2020.09.10 17:33 KennyOmegaXMan I'm a [31M] who's never had any romantic relationship in my entire life. What can I do to change that?

I happen to be a 31-year-old man who's never had any romantic relationship in my entire life I recently turned 31 this September. At times I feel hopeless that I will ever have a relationship with a woman, and fantasize about how it would be. And getting older doesn't help as I fear that I would be more ostracized the older I get without any history of a relationship.
Here's some back story about my personal self: I'm from Massachusetts and lived here all my life near the Rhode Island border. I guess I'm labeled a nerd because that what I've been called since I grew up with video games and nerd culture. I do go to conventions like PAX East and Comic-Con here. I went alone for the first time ever in recent years and cosplayed fully as a video game character Snake from Metal Gear. And it was a different experience. So I'm not afraid of trying things as I have aged as I would have never gone alone up to Boston to an event like that prior with anxieties I have faced. I don't talk with people openly about this and keep it to myself so I have to get it out. So this may be a lot to read and I understand that.
I'm also a smaller person in stature with being skinny growing up so I was teased by family about that. So I did join the gym in 2018 at my school but was never so serious about it. And didn't have much help to learn things and need that reassurance I'm doing it right. And recently I signed up for an actual gym and will be using a trainer.
Back in my childhood, I was always the "quiet" one. Not by choice. I was always assigned that title so I kept quiet. I still get called that and not sure why as this is the way I am. I'm not sure if it could have been to the way I was raised as I didn't go out really and my parents weren't so good and abusive. My dad was physically abusive to my mom and brother, as his dad was brutal to him in Portugal. So I was always nervous and still am to an extent. My mom has an addiction issue with gambling and really messed up my path as she would steal the money I worked for to fund her habits for many years. So I am set back compared to others my age but finally reaching my success with my career only starting last year in the IT field. But either way, my parents made me insecure about my feelings and I always kept to myself with fears of being judged and they were in control of my life up until my 20s. I don't talk with them really at this point as it's hard to put past what they have caused me to be stuck.
I didn't get help for any of this until 2016 as I did a post on Reddit for help and therapy was recommended. I've come so far with going back to school, driving on highways, and so many smaller things that affected me not being able to do. I've even brought in my own mother to therapy but she still never fully apologized and even denied any wrongdoing she did. But I'm fine that I just want my personal life to flourish. I've been with female therapists since then for a total of two different ones. I had to leave my first for insurance issues after going for a year. The other I decided to switch as I was going to her since 2017 up until early this year and felt no progress was made with my issue with never having a relationship. And it is more of a male issue that I am a man looking for a woman. So a different experience and mostly better to have a male therapist's point of view for this.
I know very few people personally as I only hang out with close cousins. Most of the others I only talk online with but never had friends I went out with regularly since they don't seem to do anything. So I never went out much and I don't drink alcohol or smoke weed. So it's tough knowing where to find anyone in these current times but it won't even matter if there was no virus. I'd still be stuck here in this spot even without the virus.
Onto my dating life, I've only dated one woman very shortly, about a month just last year. She was the first and only person I dated and it happened in September right when I turned 30. We met off Hinge, the dating app. She happened to message me first with a Hi and my name! She was really into me with the conversation and I was super surprised as I don't have that experience with my time with dating apps. She wasn't exactly a nerdy type also. Anyway, we agreed to meet for a coffee date after about 2 weeks of talking in Providence. I was very nervous as this was going to be my first date ever at 30. I dressed as fancy as I could and she did compliment that. I was pacing for some time as I was so nervous as I awaited her to arrive. And she finally arrived and gave each other a quick hug which made the nervousness tone down. Things went great and we talked for hours despite this being foreign to me. She was awkward at times so I didn't think much of it. Then we said our goodbyes and hugged each other. I was so happy I finally had my first date ever, it was unreal and I remember it so much. I did text her right when I got home as a follow-up and she agreed and liked that it was good. I was even more surprised as I thought I was bad since I had no reference for dating till then.
We agreed to meet again after seeing the pumpkin carvings at the local zoo during October and an impromptu dinner as she texted me if I wanted to get food right about leaving. That’s how inexperienced I am not asking for dinner after that date. It was all amazing to me that these kinds of things were happening, going out with someone, and having dinner. It was something that was so unreal to me. I offered to pay also and she was greatly appreciative of the night as she wanted to cover herself.
So this is where things started to change and finding out more about her. We were planning to meet once again during the week after work. We were texting about it in the AM and she stopped replying. But when it was the end of my workday she finally got back to me saying she passed out at an appointment and got a concussion. So I didn't assume I was going to meet up that night at all so I went home. We texted more later and she became erratic because I didn't come to see her like at almost midnight during a workweek. She became more and more upset. She was giving me an ultimatum to either visit her or whatever was happening between us would end. She became more and more upset. Then she was calling me as we never talked over the phone and she was absolutely terrible to me, swearing at me, telling me I was stupid, and so on, and she told me where to go for nothing I did wrong.
She wasn't the same person I met on the dates we had. It made me so upset I was taking this all in from her call and I never said anything bad to her. She was absolutely a wreck and I tried telling her I'm not sure why she was acting that way. So she hung up after screaming at me. Then again she was texting me to come to her address which she gave thought text or it was over. So at this point, it would have been foolish since it's already midnight and she lashed out at me and still wants me to come to visit her after her concussion. So she called one again and it made me so sad that the only woman so far to give me a chance was treating me like shit. I then told her what would my therapist think of you as I mentioned her to my therapist since dating is something that is focused on during sessions. I opened up about me never having a partner and she was my first date ever and I don't know why she's acting this way and it hurt me.
I guess I calmed her down enough and she wasn't so bad to me. She opened up about herself and she said the concussion caused her to act that way. My therapist later didn't agree and said she saw many red flags with her. Well, we talked into the AM over the phone that night as she told me that she suffers from a rare illness called EDS, and from that illness she has 30 other diseases. I couldn't believe it since you can't see it by looking at her. She told me she is always sick going to appointments and needs major surgery often and she soon was going soon a few weeks later to major neck fusion. I felt for her but still, I didn't think how she treated me was right over the phone that night. So the following day I stopped replying to her.
The following day she was texting me and was worried about me and was thinking I ghosted her but that's something I don't do. I had a therapy session that day I talked to my therapist about it. She did say again that there were many red flags and it was sad that she’s a very ill person and it was my personal choice if I continued talking with her after that. She actually called me during my session and left an apology voicemail for her behavior. And said she regrets acting that way and adored me so far and wanted to continue dating. And text replies mentioning that. So I did reply talking about how my therapist said to set boundaries as that behavior was no healthy and unwanted. She was still kind of upset I brought her up during therapy and texted me her medical papers that yes she wasn't lying about her illness.
Later that week we did agree to meet for dinner and a movie at the mall in Providence. I came early and there was a miscommunication and she was waiting elsewhere in the mall for me and once again her attitude started changing in the texts. I found her and she wasn't seeming to me that she wasn't happy at all based on her face. And she did have that concussion earlier in the week. We sat down for dinner and I wasn't sure how to approach her being as I was afraid she was going to lash out in public and I'm nervous when someone starts shouting at me and it shuts me down. So I barely was saying anything to her at all. Since I didn't know what she was going to do if I said the wrong thing. So after a while, she became upset and was saying this is awkward us not talking and saying I have communication issues. And I don't listen to her and her ex was the same was and they went to couple’s therapy and called me an INFJ over and over. And she got up off her chair and was thinking to just go home after that and I said you are welcome to. I wasn't putting any argument as I'm not the type of person to fight. So she didn't eat her food at all and ended up throwing it out as the mall was closing and the movie was almost starting. So she offered to just watch the movie and we'll talk about what happened another time. So we did watch a terrible movie name JEXI which I had no interest in. She offered to pay for the movie and popcorn as I did for her in the past. I still wasn't talking much with her during the movie as I was afraid if she will lash out. But watching a movie with her was another huge accomplishment as I never did that with a woman as a date.
So this is where more things got interesting. So after the movie, we were leaving and down the escalator, there was an old man that happened to fall down it and his leg was bleeding all over the floor. People were just gathering, and one called 911 for help. She then ran down the escalator to the scene to assist with him. She took her sweater off her back to make a tourniquet for him. She happened to have first aid classes. She didn't want to leave until he was gone by paramedics. She seemed super panicky and I didn't know what to do at that point. I offered her my coat as she only had a tank under her sweater and she declined. We finally walked away when the man was rolled away and there was a large pool of blood near him. So on the way she was super lost and saying she was about to have a panic attack so I gave her a hug to calm her down and she said: "thank you". I walked her to her car in the big parking garage and there was a car driving behind me and she pulled me in as she was afraid I was going to get hit. I was saying it was amazing to see what she did with the man as a hero like that and she told me that sweater had sentimental value and it went to better use to help him.
So on the way to her car, I asked from the help of online prior to what I should do at this point of dates, I said "may I kiss you?" She took off her glasses and she leaned her back against her car as she has balance issues with her spine surgeries. And we pulled each other in and we then made out. It was so super unreal. I felt like I was dreaming. I couldn't believe it was finally happening. I was so into it and super passionate about it. We would kiss and she would bite my lower lip and pull away and look into each other's eyes and do it again. It was something out of a movie. I was caressing her body, her hair, and from her illness, I believe it was her vertebrae was dislocating as her neck in the upwards position. She was in a bit of pain and I was apologizing if I was causing it as I was so into our kiss, my first kiss. She didn't mind and were giving each other neck kisses after and I was saying things into her ear that got her really turned on. She then started digging her nails into my back and pushing her lower body into mines. This all happened while cars were passing but I didn't care we were making out in public at this point in my life. After the kiss we held each other saying nothing, it was so peaceful, she then opened up how she has an aneurism in her heart and it can burst anytime and that's how her mother passed. I felt so bad for her and kept on consoling her with caressing her. I then went home a new man after the kiss as I didn't think it finally actually happened at 30. We texted after and talked about the night and how I enjoyed the kiss and she did for someone with no experience like myself in that. Even the next day I couldn't believe it happened.
Over time we texted and at times she was flipping a switch with her personality. I wasn't sure what to do as she a very ill person and at times didn’t want to talk and still wanted to and said I have communication issues. She was going into surgery the final week I met her for ice cream. She was very scared of going into a life-threatening surgery and I could see it that night. She wasn't mean to me in person that night and we talked for a few hours into the night in the parking lot. I didn't know much what to say to her since she wanted to say goodbye the next day before she left for NY for surgery. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye as we didn't meet the following day. I didn't get to kiss her again that night either as she said she doesn't like PDA when there are people around as there was to people in their car right near us. So we hugged goodbye.
The reason I didn't meet to say a final goodbye before surgery was that she was busy preparing to go and I didn't text her till later in that day and again she was super upset and saying she wasn't going to talk with me and yet she still did. I wished her the best of luck and sent good thoughts as she left. In between then and her coming back I never seen her since last October. Her surgery didn't succeed sadly and she's pretty much disabled now and needs to revise it if possible. I still text with her till this day more of a pen pal. I never asked her if it ended but I was ready to move on as I shouldn't have to have one choice of a person to date and the way things played out. I needed more experiences dating and that's where I am now. But I am grateful she gave me my first dates ever and my first and only kiss, it was more than a peck being a makeout.
All I know are dating apps and I even got photos done for them by a photographer who dating photography. It's the same pics I used when that only woman I dated messaged me. But since then I have not had any success or interest from anyone else. I barely get matches if I am lucky. And I'm on all apps and have subscriptions to Match, Tinder and OkCupid. I try to reach out on the apps that allow to message first and even then I barely get a match after so many sent out. I waste more time and get little to no results. Only one woman back in February agreed to meet for coffee and she wasn't interested after the date. It was a short date too and I'm assuming she wasn't as interested in person versus how she seemed on the app of Facebook dating. So since then, it's been pretty frustrating with the no results.
I've gotten putting so much time and money into it. Only to get nothing much of it. I have a snapshot of my photos I use and bio now off Tinder and I just use the same for all the other apps. Some on here have trashed me for getting a photographer and saying the photos aren't genuine. But I put my trust in the photographer as he is the professional. Others have criticized my appearance and nerdy type. So I'm not sure what else to do as it's mixed responses on my profile as some also say all is good yet I don't have results.
So know I don't know what to do next as with the virus we can't exactly meet people and that was something I wanted to work on this year to go to events to meet people that way. I've done geek speed dating way back in 2018 only to get a blank piece of paper. I tried going to a cosplay meet up at a bar and arcade here and nothing much occurred from them last year. Anything like that isn't happening anytime soon so I only have dating apps or maybe there are ways I still can get something rolling in person? So I am asking for advice or any help to get something that I truly desire a relationship. It hurts at times as so many people have had many at my age and I'm only looking for one to get those experiences in life. My brother and a cousin as examples are just generally terrible and have been abusive to their partners and are wreckless in general and have had many partners. And I don't know how to even be that way and I feel hopeless that I will never experience love as I age older. I was always the outsider growing up and still am. Do I get photos redone by another photographer? Do I try to hire a relationship or dating coach to help? I don't want to give up but it's very depressing that I can't seem to figure out what's wrong and why I can't achieve this. I greatly appreciate any help and thank you very much if you read all this. Thank you.
tl;dr: I'm a 31-year-old man who's never had any relationship in my entire life and I recently turned 31 this September. I only dated one woman shortly off a dating app last year and had my first and only kiss. I am grateful for that experience but really want a relationship with me getting older. And it hurts at times knowing this and unless you were in my position you would know how it feels. I don't know what to do now I am still stuck and can't seem to get any interest off dating apps despite taking photos by a dating photographer. Message me if you want a snapshot of my profile.
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2020.09.09 18:47 Ntroiano5548 I (18) am in love with my friend from high school (19) and really think this could be the last relationship I need to be in but need advice.

This is a very long story but for the sake of writing this, I'll make it short and answer any questions people have who would like to help. I met this girl when I transferred to a boarding school in tenth grade and ever since then she's been in life one way or another as a very close friend. We went on a few dates that year but nothing ever came of it. We talked a lot more that summer and started dating in the fall of our junior year. While there was nothing wrong with our relationship on an interpersonal level (we never fought or had conflicts of interest) I had a major fear of being vulnerable and committing myself to something that could potentially hurt me. And after dating her from September to the beginning of December I broke up with her because "I just couldn't be in a relationship". I broke her heart and we talked again a couple of months later and were on-and-off for a good majority of the rest of the year until she started dating another guy who could give her more of a commitment.
The same as the year before, we started talking more and getting closer again during the summer (over the phone I live in Massachusetts she lives in northern Vermont) and as our senior year started I was conflicted. I wanted to spend time with my friends as it was our last year together which in the end got fucked over by COVID, and I wanted to focus on school so I could get into the college I wanted. So, we were getting close in September but I was still slightly holding back and made my concerns known to her but eventually, I brought her home one weekend for an extended date we had sex again. After this weekend when we got back to school we didn't talk for an entire week, I still don't know why I didn't and it's one of the biggest regrets of my life but oh well. The next week she starts dating a new guy to the school. It didn't bother me at first but after seeing them together and the idea of me never being with again in that way hit me like a train I completely broke down and suffered the worst heartbreak I've ever endured. I didn't talk to her at all for most of the rest of senior year but genuinely did miss being her friend and reached out to her during quarantine (as many of us lads did, god bless us), but I made contact and began talking to her as friends out of fear that if I completely let her go I would lose her for good. The pain from what had happened in the fall had subsided by then never fully went away but I felt I just had to keep talking to her and at least be there as her friend given the past we had together.
We both went away to college last month she went to Rhode Island and I'm down in Florida. Last week she broke up with her boyfriend and I still cannot get over the feeling of pure relief and closure it gave me when she told me about it. (for clarity she knew how her relationship had been affecting me and did feel remorse for what she did). It struck me as a little odd that she would tell me they broke up the day after she did it which was because as she told me because he was being too clingy and not letting her have freedom in college. (he didn't go). But now, the feelings I've had for her since October have only grown stronger since learning that they broke up and we've begun texting and talking on the phone every day. I need to make it abundantly clear in this post that "you're too young to be this focused on one girl" does not match up with the feelings I have for this girl. I've had feelings for her since I met her in sophomore year and even after all of the pain I've been put through I've only become more certain that I love her. The feelings that I have are so strong that I can genuinely see myself dating her again with the full intentions of making it lasting and significant to the point that we could be together for life. Now I'm not delusional and I know that given the distance we are from each other having a relationship like this could be damn near impossible but I'm convinced that if I've felt this way for nearly a year, waiting for a time when we could be together would be worth it for me if it means that I could give this dream I have a shot. I feel the need to tell her this but I haven't the slightest clue how to go about doing this. We're already planning for her to fly down here and stay with me for a week or so after thanksgiving and it will be the first time I've seen her in person since March. Any advice would be appreciated.
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