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Marijuana Grow Op/HVAC/Building Automation Collaboration

2020.11.13 20:31 JBMechMT Marijuana Grow Op/HVAC/Building Automation Collaboration

Hello,
I own a small hvac company. We do the normal every day heating and cooling stuff, boilers, package units, split systems, etc.
I am from the Philadelphia metro area. Back there, I encountered a lot more commercial and industrial construction. There is some here in Bozeman and we go after it but they seem to be value engineered to death.
In that world of commercial and industrial construction, a lot of planning and money goes into something called building automation system or direct digital control (BAS/DDC).
BAS/DDC systems use programmable controllers to manipulate equipment, hvac and lighting in a building, and then interface them to a computer or terminal or "front end" for the end user. This increases comfort and can increase efficiency. Many LEED certifications require a control system.
The end user can monitor and control their building from a computer, and if enabled, anywhere with an internet connection.
I think a system like this could be useful for a grow op, especially since I 190 passed, provided a conservative state legislature keeps their hands off of it, we should see growth in this industry.
Someone has to build it. I don't neccesarily want to be involved in the construction, (I could be) but I would like to create BAS/DDC systems that are tailored for a marijuana grow op.
The caveat, I know nothing about growing marijuana. Would anyone like to collaborate or just bounce ideas? I see the grow op between 4 corners and gateway and I can see ways how I would improve that, with recreational use, there should be more money invested in this industry.
Would it be helpful to be able to turn your lights on through a computer interface or be able to adjust your schedule instead of using on off timers? We can the prove the lights are on with sensors, without having to be on site.
We can monitor temperatures and log them and control hvac equipment to maintain temperatures. We can set up alarms to contact the end user should temperature drop, should temperature rise, etc. We could control water valves to automate watering cycles.
Does anyone familiar with the industry think there is a market for this? Would anyone want to talk about it?
Josh
Edit: Forgot to add, I am certified and have gone to school for both the Niagara Framework and am certified with schooling on Honeywell WEBs and Honeywell Spyder, I currently am a partner with EasyIO and have also been through an hvac apprenticeship on the east coast.
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2020.10.10 22:26 Alamerona Unsure about where to live in the Commuter Belt; looking for help?

Hey AskUK - Me and my partner are looking to relocate from Leeds to somewhere in the commuter belt in the next few years due to new job prospects in my career, and her career looking brighter in the city - The problem is, we have no idea where to go, and have nobody around there that we can ask!
So... We thought the next best thing would be to ask the nebulous void of the internet; we've lived in London previously, with family, relocated to Leeds due to my job, and now are looking to get back down south in the next few years (Let's say 3 years' time).
Ideally we'd be looking for somewhere we can purchase a 3-4 bed Semi/Detached home with a fairly decent garden, somewhat decent amenities around, with a 1hr commute to London, for £250,000... And ideally close-ish towards Suffolk for family. Probably an unrealistic budget for that sort of thing, but we're both locked into HTB ISA's, so that's our glass ceiling, unfortunately, unless we ditch the HTB ISA's for a LISA. We're both first-time buyers, and are in our early 20's.
We're happy to go anywhere rural - hell, even in the middle of a field - as long as transport links are decent (Train station is a must), and we can get some smidgen of an internet connection for homeworking.
We don't mind a fixer-upper, as long as it's habitable. On the same side, we're wary of new-builds, but would be happy to take one if need be, provided we know what to look out for.
Hopefully you guys and gals can help us!!!
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2020.05.25 04:03 PerilousPlatypus [Serial]UWDFF Alcubierre] Part 45

Beginning Previous
Elephant.
Joan figured it was as good an introduction as any, titles were less important than the implication they carried. She understood the reference to stem from some sort of cultural misunderstanding during Jack's prior interactions with the aliens. Those prior conversations had established the elephant as some sort of monstrous and powerful being, which suited Joan's purposes just fine, thought it wasn't clear to her that the appearance of power was an effective means of obtaining outcomes with the Zix. There was no reason to press the matter until other avenues had been exhausted, and leveraging Jack's relationship seemed like the superior Plan A. There would be contingencies, of course, there always were, but Joan hoped the softer approach with Jack would bear fruit. Without a wormhole to Halcyon, Kai, along with his extensive knowledge of Earth's affairs, would remain in alien hands. She had no doubts Kai would attempt to resist any interrogation effort, the man was all spit and iron, but there was no guarantee the aliens did not possess means of extracting information exceeding a human's capacity to resist.
Zyy: Imbibe fluids rapidly to increase in size. Perhaps the elephant can be scared off.
Joan could see Jack laughing, shaking his head in amusement in his conference room aboard the UWDFF Alcubierre. Joan studied his reaction, studying the humor playing across his features. Genuine. Heart felt. Odd that such a connection should form so quickly and through such an imperfect medium as a text prompt. Perhaps reducing interactions to written word simplified them and made them more consumable for someone as sensitive as Jack.
Griggs: I do not think that would work. It is okay, she is a friendly elephant. She has come to help Kai.
Zyy: The currents are swift. Kai is swept away by them.
Griggs: Kai is a very close Jack-partner. He cannot be abandoned.
Zyy: It is sad to lose a partner.
A pause. Joan could almost sense the deliberation in whatever the Zix used to think with. A brain, she assumed, though she was past the point of being comfortable with assuming anything.
Zyy: What is required?
Griggs: We must open a wormhole to Halcyon to send a ship back and request Kai's return.
Xy: The Combine would be unlikely to respond favorably.
Joan frowned at the interjection from the other alien. She understood that the two were in some sort of partnership, but had seemed Zyy significantly more inclined toward interaction and coordination with Humans. Xy had demonstrated some willingness in the regard as well, particularly when it came to enabling the power linkage between the Alcubierre and the Zix vessel, though there was a markedly more skeptical undertone in its communications. Joan was not clear whether the path to Halcyon could be opened solely with Zyy's collaboration or whether it would require the consent of Xy as well. There seemed to be odd dynamics at play between the two Zix, but Joan had difficulties determining what, precisely constituted odd in this context.
Griggs: The elephant is very persuasive.
Xy: We do not possess sufficient power to utilize the worm projector. We must return to our space.
Griggs: The elephant can explain the plan. Her name is Joan Orléans. I have known her a very long time.
Jack glanced up from the console and into the vid-link. "Time to come stomping in Joan. If they're going to get the bad news, they might as well hear it from the elephant's mouth."
Joan gave a curt nod and pulled up her own console, accessing the command prompt that fed into the comm with the Zix.
Orléans: Hello, Zyy and Xy. Thank you for assisting the Alcubierre. Humanity owes you a great deal.
Xy: We were forced to react to your imprudent actions. Now a First Cascade sweeps us all away, disrupting the flow of our lives. We are alone.
Then, moments later.
Zyy: The have done as they must, just as we have. The reward has been worth the cost.
Joan had the distinct impression that Xy and Zyy weren't on the same page there.
Orléans: We acknowledge our role in these events. This situation is based upon a series of misunderstandings. It is our hope to return to Halcyon, secure Kai and simultaneously remedy the situation the Combine. Kill two birds with one stone.
Jack flinched. "Bad choice of words, Joan."
Zyy: What are birds? Why must they be killed?
Jack's fingers moved on the console, tapping inputs.
Griggs: It is a figure of speech. It means to take care of two tasks with a single action.
Zyy: It must be a very powerful weapon, this stone.
Xy: It does not seem productive to kill Kai and the Combine, even if it is done efficiently.
Zyy: We will not participate in the destruction of the Combine or highly regarded Jack-partners.
Orléans: We do not mean to kill anyone. Our hope is to diplomatically resolve the matter. I have brought a representative from the United World government, Amahle Mandela, to hopefully negotiate a resolution.
Zyy: I expel fluid in relief. We were once diplomats. Plenipotentiaries of the Zix.
Xy: This was not successful.
Zyy: I was forced to act without consensus. I became a singleton and took action.
Xy: I was absorbed.
Joan shook her head in bewilderment, and isolated the vid-link to Jack to speak with him directly. "What the hell is going on, Jack?" Her left eye twitched, irritated at the deviation from the plan. To many factors relied on too many uncontrollable variables.
"There are a number of underlying threads having to do with their partnership model and how they interact with the rest of their species that seem to carry great import but aren't understood on our side." He shrugged. "I think we're getting a bit of insight into the whole Zyy, Xy, ZyyXy affair. From what I've been able to gather, it was highly traumatic for both."
"And does this make it more likely we'll get the wormhole? Because I'm trying to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B right now."
"Maybe? The fragments of the Pan-Universia Combine's archive are sparse on the species, but we do know they were a highly social species that places a high value on internal cohesion. They're used to being a part of a collective. I assume that carries with it a desire to interact and share. You can see it above in this conversation. Xy talks about disruption and focused on their isolation as the main consequence." Jack scrolled up and down the conversation thread, contemplating the pieces of the puzzle, weighing potential outcomes. "Engaging with them, making them feel like they are a part of us, may make them more willing to assist. It's hard to pin down their motivations or even whether both Zyy and Xy share the same motivations, but I do know this: they're a strange land far from home. That's likely to be uncomfortable for any social species."
Joan looked back at the comm feed with the Zix. They had carried on while she was conversing with Jack.
Zyy: These actions were required. It is as you said, the First Cascade swept us both away.
Xy: The actions may have been required, but a flow may follow many paths. The Right mind is not the only mind.
"Engage with them Jack, but remember, far from home or not, they're not going anywhere until we get a gateway to Halcyon."
Griggs: Zyy, Xy, Kai has been my partner for a very long time. He is like you. He sacrificed himself to help his people. Humans honor such actions, just as we honor what you have done for us.
Xy: It is different among the Zix. Action without consensus is heresy. We are exiled.
Griggs: I am very sorry. The Humans would welcome you. Protect you. If that is something you would want.
A long pause.
Zyy: Such a decision would require much discussion and consensus. Xy is correct, the Right mind is not the only mind.
Griggs: The offer is open for as long as you need to discuss. However, we must act to remedy the situation with the Combine and recover Kai. Will you assist us once more?
Xy: We do not have the capacity here. There is not sufficient power.
Griggs: There are additional ships that will arrive shortly that can provide the power.
Xy: The process would be much simplified if we returned to normal space and regained access to our internal power generation abilities.
Jack paused, fingers poised above the console. Even through the vid-link Joan could see the inner-turmoil playing out. Jack was not an accomplished liar, in fact, Joan had yet to see him lie. He always spoke the truth, even when the lie was easier for all involved. His brutal honesty had made the use of Griggs Pulses far more contentious than they might have been otherwise. Politicians had a hard time stomaching the truth, particularly when honesty meant staring down billions of deaths. Jack's testimony had been especially unhelpful in that regard.
Orléans: We believe there may be additional risks involved in returning to space outside of Sol.
Xy: Of what nature.
Orléans: All of these events are unintended consequences arising from Humans exiting the Sol system. We must attempt reconciliation with the Combine, but we must do so in a manner that reduces the danger for all involved. We must hazard a wormhole to Halcyon to attempt diplomatic re-engagement with the Combine. That is a risk we cannot avoid. Our analysis, based upon our knowledge of local space, suggests that a projected wormhole directly to Halcyon from the present location poses minimal risk to your ship, while utilizing your internal drive to return to your space first carries significantly greater risks.
Jack's shoulder slumped slightly. "It's always come naturally to you, hasn't it?"
"What?"
"Lies," Jack replied.
"A means to an end."
"And the ends always justify the means."
"When the preservation of Humanity is at stake, absolutely," Joan said. "Some of it might be true, we haven't had enough time to say otherwise."
Zyy: We are in consensus. We will provide you with a wormhole to Halcyon for the purpose of a diplomatic exchange.
Orléans: Thank you, Zyy and Xy, Ambassador Mandela will be greatly relieved. We will begin the process of providing power to the necessary components of your vessel once the other ships arrive.
Zyy: We imbibe fluid with anticipation. We will also consider your offer of sanctuary.
Orléans: We would be very pleased to have you join us.
Jack pushed back from the conference table and stood up and began to pace back and forth. "So what is your plan? Just go and ask them for Kai?"
"There's more nuance to it than that," Joan replied.
"And what if they say no?"
"That's a distinct possibility, but hopefully it won't come to that. I've found an Old Earth idiom to be particularly helpful when it comes to situations like this."
"That is?"
"Speak softly and carry a big stick." Joan offered a small smile, "Ambassador Mandela is here to speak softly. I'm the big stick."
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The matter of the sixth purpose-specialization swirled in the eddies of the Zix Breeders. The Breeders had been tasked with the creation of new lines, but there was substantial disarray around the proper means of going about such an endeavor. Considerable time had passed since the creation of the original purpose-specializations, and none of the now existing Breeders knew the precise means of accomplishing such a task. Modern conventions further complicated the matter, and each Breeder was loathe to suggest a change that might indicate a degree of singleton thought during this particularly perilous time.
Certain rules were sacrosanct.
A Left could not be merged with a Right.
One purpose-specialization could not be merged with another purpose-specialization.
Undesirable traits, particularly those that did not conform with purpose-specialization requirements, were to be merged away.
The suitability of a merge and a split were to be judged on the basis of their likelihood to generate consensus driven progeny.
Following these rules would create Zix that were highly suited for the five current purpose-specializations. It was not immediately apparent how following them would create a new purpose-specialization. Alternatives may inject single-mindedness. Indeed, even proposing an alternative may be an early indicator of single-mindedness, thereby rendering the suggestion, and the Breeder who made it, unsuitable for the task of crafting a new purpose-specialization.
After considerable debate among the Breeders, a consensus was reached. Many a Breeder unlatched cilia and expelled fluid in relief at the hard won resolution, joyous in the victory.
The Breeder consensus was simple: Ask the Grands to determine the best path forward.
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2020.03.04 14:35 sk-88 Notes from supporters forum March 3, 2020

All notes my own from last night's forum. No quotes are verbatim but if I use quote marks it is near enough.
Headlines for me: No communication from CVC regarding their plans, Cohen against a British & Irish League. Vague on Borthwick start date. Jan McGinty comes across very well, speaks sensibly, looks to bigger position and didn't just say what he thought people wanted to hear. Glynn seems better in this role, spoke well about academy as he did before but doesn't have all the bits he seemed bad at.
Present from club: Geordan Murphy (GM), Jan McGinty (JM), Ged Glynn (GG), Simon Cohen (SC), Andrea Pinchen (AP), Chris Rose (CR).
First question was from Gary Sherrard (club press) about signing of Nadolo.
GM: very exciting player, admired him when he was a player, top international quality but retired from internationals. Can play in a number of positions. We need physicality from our backs other than Manu to break the line.
Supplementary question about Ben & Tom Youngs
GM:"Highly sought players", they were keen to stay and we want to build the team around them.
First question from the floor was bout Brexit and its implications on Kolpack/EU players and quotas.
JM: Quotas under review with RFU & PRL, new regulations being consulted on now. Transition period means no change next season, so looking at season after that. We are expecting a hybrid system between current system and JIFF in France. Expect quotas to end up similar to current split of 70% British players(/employment rights) and 30% foreign.
Question: "JM, what 3 areas have you added value?"
JM: Having a fresh set of eyes on current players a big advantage, viewed club as a "sleeping giant" with small tweaks needed to get to very top. His three ways were:
  1. How do you get better back ups so you don't miss the England players that are away for 40% of the season, want to get to the situation where they aren't automatic returnees because others are pushing them for place.
  2. Need to increase the physicality to break teams down. Looking for power on 1 wing and pace on the other. Nadolo part of that,
  3. Improve the basics to get into position to score tries in the first place. Signing of Steve Borthwick considered key here to improve details and basics.
We then had a presentation from GG about the academy. Many ways to judge an academy, results obviously are good but also how many players you produce. Said there were recently published figures showing we had most in Prem at one club or another. 56% of squad from academy.
We have 8 Development Player Pathway Centres across area (Norfolk, Notts, Lincs, Derby, Staffordshire (old school staffs too so all the way around the top of Birmingham) and obvs Leicester). Schools and clubs nominate into them 200+ each centre. Whittle down to academy groups of 20ish each age group. Players funnelled to 6 "good to great" private schools + Brooksby in Melton (this is why it looks a narrow base of schools picked from).
Main challenge has been bridging gap between academy & first team. This is main focus area now. 7 players moving from academy to development in the summer. 18 players over last couple of years, all go out of loan to get minutes. Said all had 1,000 + minutes on pitch at various levels this year. Presentation listed them and where they had been but too quick to note. Need co-operation from clubs, Jonny McPhillips not getting minutes at Doncaster so moved him to Notts. Leeds under Phil Davies upping training, so 3 guys there doing "S&C block" to get ready before going back.
Games scouted in person and on video, form filled in. Very detailed, transition coaches use it to help coach and develop the players.
Q: Is it sensible to try and develop players from Wales given competition from their home region?
GG: There will always been competition for the good players. Competition for Greg Bateman, kept him, competition for Jonah Holmes, kept him. Reffell under contract. "We'll see what happens with Costelow".
Q: When Steve Borthwick comes are you still going to pick the team?
GM: I will still have overall responsibility to pick the team but SB will run the rugby operation, training sessions etc, this is what he has been doing for England and where both see his strengths. Thinks it will work well.
Q: Where are we with sale of the club?
SC: We had a strategic review, sale process on going. "Always going to take time as not as simple as selling to highest bidder". More changes to the board to come, another person appointed today. Also blames promotion & relegation for slow sales process.
Q: To AP, what three things do you want to develop with new owners? (this was from same man that asked earlier 3 things question, like it was a job interview!)
AP: no.1 a women's team, trying to find and work with sponsors to develop this at the moment, 2 to "enhance the offer" to fans fight against Wasps free tickets, they don't work just undermine the value of a ticket. 3) bring the retail offering in house.
Q; Any plans for Coronoa virus and Castres QF?
SC: Like Boris Johnson we have plans but aren't going to tell you, not appropriate to speculate publicly, obviously will follow government advice if they ban large gatherings.
Q: Any plans for more inclusions days?
CR: Agree it was great, don't want to over promise and under deliver, so nothing firm to announce here. Learning what worked, what didn't. "Want to be the best at everything we do" that includes inclusion events as much as anything else.
Further question on women's game and relationship with Loughborough:
CR: Looking to build it from bottom up, not just pinch pro team from Loughborough. Looking to develop wider women's game in city/county which is more our area than Loughborough's.
GG: relationship with Loughborough really strong, hoping another 7 (same as above? not mentioned) players from development squad go there for uni next season. Lots of behind the scenes people went there (S&C, analysis etc) for both first team and academy.
Sarcastic question about cashless stadium, how is it going?
CR: very pleased with how cashless has gone and how levy are doing as new caterers this year. Quality & service better. Pint glass deposit return an issue we need to resolve.
Q: Jonny May is the best wing we've ever had (and we've had a lot of good ones), is he staying?
All: ......
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GM: (joking) How dare you, I used to play wing here too you know! Seriously though, difficult to retain England players in salary cap, spoke earlier about improving depth in replacements for internationals and missing for so long. Great player, cannot comment further on pending contracts as not fair to talk further here. Will speak to him again when back from England.
Gary interjected and ask JM about how his role works with this:
JM: What used to be seasonal is now year round with different tournaments ending and starting at different times, take the contact with agents off Geordan as it is very full on all the time. Filters players available to GM to make decisions.
Q: What lessons have we learned from Mauger & Cockerill, how are you sure this won't happen again it looks the same from the outside?
SC: In theory that should have worked (SK note: what an odd defensive way to start but whevs). Waffled on for a while. Dynamics are very important, benefit of Steve being here not in NZ is that they have had lots of meetings, lots of discussions face to face to discuss ideas, playing, training, signings etc. Won't know until tested under pressure but very confident it will work.
GM (off mic but very loud): Also Cockers is mental.
Question about coaching this season: GM: Talked about DNA and attitudes a lot. How we want to play, resilience under pressure.
End of part 1.
Beginning of part 2:
SC: Question for you here, would you rather come top 6 of win challenge cup? I voted for Challenge Cup, room was 60/40 in favour of top 6.
Q: Do you have plans for a full time accessibility person?
AP: No, can achieve goals through foundation (separate thing) and cover it within current people.
Question about Rugbypass documentary, podcasts of former players (e.g. Hamilton & Goode), any plans to produce more of this content oursevles?
GS: Yes but have to push at an open door, doing things when effectively bottom just invites abuse and jokes and takes away from what you want to achieve. We have ideas to develop for future.
Q: Since the Wasps game they've scored 97 points we've scored 17, why aren't our backs functioning?
GM: I won't make excuses but we're missing 4 players to England, we've had injuries like Taute and Reid and the weather has been poor. But I'm not making any excuses. (this answer was serious, and I don't think he realised that he had ONLY made a list of excuses to the question).
Q: how do you manage access to social media, some posts are vile?
GM: Hard, players want to go and read about themselves and get ego boost but then get the bad opinions too. I did it as player, would read the papers. Even then senior players said not to do it. When internet and social kicked off I was older and not as bothered. Part of wider problem of always accessible, similar to bullying of children in that it's always there. Have to deal with weekly now just how it is.
Q: What did strategic review say? What would an outright owner look like if needed? What are CVC's plans?
SC: Last part first, very little communication from CVC regarding their ideas about the league and developing revenue streams, no idea of their plans. Mentioned B&I League as an idea in media and that Tigers would be against it as traditional rivals very important. More waffle on promotion and relegation. Want an owner who would "uphold and enhance values", gave examples of Fenway group (Liverpool & Boston Red Sox) and King Power as people who try to grow from current traditions and bases.
Q: When is the hotel going to be finished and what impact on revenues/ opportunities does it give us?
SC: 18 month build (I make that Sept 2021) we get a ground rent but not massive revenues as we did not put much in to build it. Chance to buy it back in future if money there, so potential for significant reviews. Main thing is opportunity, will have direct link into stand from hotel, makes conferencing packages and match day packages very attractive. Also if we didn't build there a massive student block would have come right up to boundary.
Q: Any further fall out from the salary cap?
SC: Doubt it in terms of fines. Can't see anyone elses squad as outrageous, under stands how you can get an administrative breach gave example of contractually paying for flights budget £2k, player gets injured and goes home for Christmas and it costs £10k for him and partner. Conundrum for Bristol as players will want Prem wages as they renew now they are Prem players. Thought the process for second salary cap breach was very dodgy and that the Prem needs better regulations around these areas.
Q: Last year we won twice in the league away, at Newc & at Twickenham. This year it is no league away wins. What happens when we play away?
GM: Concerning, trying different things to change it. Can't put finger on why so poor.
Q: When is Borthwick starting?
SC: A very long winded answer that did not give a start date or particular hint at one.
Question on retail offering:
CR: Selected Samuari based on quality and delivery, corona virus willing happy this will be delivered on time. Want to get people back into shop/online and buying quality goods not having to return stuff because it is rubbish and not lasting. Don't expect loads of things at once but we are aiming for choice and to try things and expand popular ranges.
Q: What are our ambitions for the season?
GM: Europe been kind, Prem not good enough. Thinks we can win 6 from last 8 in the league. Climb the table and get people looking over their shoulder. Really focused on 3 in a row home games Bath, Castres, Irish. Wants 3 wins from those. Eventually said top 6 is the target.
Q: Why do we box kick so much?
GM: Good tactic, gave conservative justification of it and said stats back up to do it loads. Have to build wins and confidence, at the moment if we tried things and they failed heads go down and things pile up.

There were other questions but these were the ones with answers I wrote down and thought interesting.
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2020.01.23 10:03 russ_789 My Therapy

At my most recent Problem Gambling Support Group meeting via Skype (the same one posted on here weekly) it was my turn to do a therapy session. This is my journey from starting gambling until now. I thought it would be worth sharing here as someone may get something from it. It is a bit of a long read.
My name is Mark and i’m a compulsive gambler. My last bet was April 2nd 2019. The day of April 2nd was a massive turning point in my life, it was the day I finally admitted to my long term partner, who is the mother of my two children, and to my parents that I was a compulsive gambler and needed help. The weekend prior was when I finally said to myself I’ve had enough, I had been betting for 14 years and it had beaten me so badly that I was a mess mentally and financially. Although no one knew that because I was an expert at hiding it.
I started gambling like almost anyone in the UK or Ireland, The Grand National. The one day of the year where it seems like every man, woman and child has a bet on. The biggest horse race in the world. That and those glorious holidays spent in Portrush playing the 2p machines (penny fall machines). I don’t for one second blame those experiences for my gambling problem, they are just my first memories of gambling. One really vivid memory I have of gambling was when I was begging my dad for the latest Official Playstation Magazine, the one with the demo disc, and he was just sitting down to watch England play against someone and said to me “if Paul Scholes scores the first goal I will get you the magazine.” Now, I know for a fact win or lose my Dad would have gotten me the magazine, he just said that so I would give him peace to watch the match. Well I remember watching the game with him hoping with all my might Paul Scholes would score 1st and he did. That adrenaline rush, even at a young age (I was 13 years old at most I would say) was unbelievable. Now, again, I am not blaming that for my gambling addiction at all, it is just one of my first vivid memories but that mentality of gambling to get something I want for free would be a regular pattern throughout my gambling career.
Once I turned 18 I opened my first betting account with Blue Sq and that started my online sports gambling journey. Friday nights were spent betting on Wolverhampton all weather horse racing and the Dutch and French 2nd Divisions. All harmless fun, controlled gambling, small stakes. I was still working part time at this stage, left school that summer and gambling was not in the way. Once I got my full time job though that all changed.
The first time I could put my finger on when my gambling changed was the first day of the 2008/2009 football season. I’d been working full time for about 3 years and my gambling was still under control, well, at least I thought it was. My stakes were still low and I was doing football bets at the weekend for a bit of fun. I gambled, but it wasn’t causing me any issues. That Friday I walked into a Paddy Power and decided instead of placing a load of stupid football bets for £1 or £2 I’d pick three teams for the season and do a £20 treble each week. Sheffield United, Leicester City and Leeds United were the picks. Of course, the first weekend it landed (the only time it landed all season I think) and my betting changed from that moment. I genuinely can’t remember the odds but I must have lifted over £100 from that £20 stake and after that staking £1 or £2 just wasn’t appealing. What was the point in that when I could stake £20 and win more. From that moment my gambling started to get out of control over time. Then came the loans, the credit cards and the payday loans.
At some point around this time I had opened a spread betting account due to a sign up offer. Now I did not have the first clue about spread betting but the offer was they gave you a free £100 or something to sign up so I did. I was still living at home at the time and we had one computer which everyone used. Well my Dad stumbled upon this website and was able to access the account (he’s not technically minded so I imagine I left it logged in) and he seen the betting history and he went mental at me. Now, I did explain that it was just bonus funds and I hadn’t actually deposited any of my own money but still the lecture came. It felt like a lecture at the time to me but he was just warning me of the dangers of gambling. Giving me examples of people he knew who had a problem and how easy it is for a gambling problem to begin. So I can never turn around and say that I wasn’t aware of the dangers, I was, my ego was just too big to listen. I paid lip service to the lecture and said I wouldn’t do it again and my Dad took me at my word and trusted me.
So, I knew early on I had a problem. I self excluded from places over the years but never really wanted to quit. I was getting in debt but was able to continue with my lifestyle as I was living at home. I remember one day going to a cheque cashing place where I could write a cheque for £100, dated on my next payday, and they’d give me £90 there and then. I did two cheques for going out that weekend (and a couple of bets on the Aintree Festival) walked straight to the bookies and had the £180 on Denman to win the Aintree Bowl at even money. Denman was a monster of a horse, a machine. He could not lose...then he suffered the first fall of his career. Back I went to the cheque cashing place for another £90 so I could still go out that weekend.
I wasn’t learning from my betting mistakes either as I was just borrowing more money to cover the cracks. I got a few debt consolidating loans over the early years to try and get a handle on my debt but it just gave me an excuse to take out more credit. The payday loans which I used to either gamble or cover my expenses for going out because I used all my money gambling. I would borrow money off my Dad and give him the puppy dog eyes when I paid it back and normally he’d only take half of what I owed him. He thought he was doing the right thing and he wanted me to have money to be able to go out with friends, I was just manipulating the situation.
I moved out and into my friends house for a year and the gambling continued, although I had less money to gamble with. My credit rating was taking a battering but I was young and didn’t really care. Then I met my current girlfriend in February 2010 and we moved in together that September. The gambling continued and was getting worse. I made the smart move to get a second job to supplement my gambling…...at a greyhound track. I’d be earning about £20 a night but gambling £60 or £80. Insanity. We had our first child in April 2012 and not long after she found out I’d be gambling some of the money we’d saved. It wasn’t a lot of money, but she was pissed (rightfully so). I managed to talk my way out of it and that was when I became really good at hiding things. She took control of the rent money and any money for our son so that was never in danger thankfully. We had our daughter in 2016 but the gambling still continued.
It may seem like I have glossed over an important period of time there but the truth is I can’t really remember any of the details. The only details I am able to recall with any great clarity are coming up but I just want to touch on a couple of things from this period. This was a time when I had the biggest wins of my gambling career, two separate occasions. One was an insane run of luck where I couldn’t lose all weekend and ended up with enough money for me, my partner and our Son to have our first and only foreign holiday. Another time I had a £5 free bet and landed a treble at Sandown, all Gary Moore horses and won £3.5k. That money went towards decorating the nursery for my soon to be born Daughter, my partner got money, my Mum and Dad and her Mum and Dad. I bought a PS4 and gambled the rest from memory. The two reasons these moments stick in my head isn’t just the amounts, it’s the only time I walked away in profit, at least for the sessions in question and the reason is that I told my partner I had won the money. That was the only way I knew I wouldn’t gamble it all away because she would ask questions if the money I promised didn’t materialise.
Another part of this time period I want to explore is how I was emotionally. I was 25 when we had our Son and he wasn’t planned. It was a shock to say the least and my life, as I knew it anyways, changed. No longer was I able to do what I wanted socially, I had a Son to provide for. I was working two jobs, money was tight, was I still gambling? Of course I was but slowly I started to strip everything else out of my life. We had our daughter when I was 29 and to be honest here, as much as it sadeness me I thought this way I resented having kids, especially at that age. I felt trapped at times, people I knew were able to do what they want but yet I had all this responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my kids during this time as well and they meant the world to me, but I do feel that I got into the thought process that I was trapped because of them and my only escape was into the world of online gambling.
I would go through phases where I’d stop altogether for months on end, a year at one point which I imagine was around the time my partner found out about me using the savings for gambling, but I’d always go back to it thinking I was in control but I never was. When gambling I’d deposit £10, lose it, deposit another £10, lose it, rinse and repeat until all my money was gone. If I won it just meant I could gamble longer. It was never about the money. I thought it was, but really the money was the fuel that could keep me gambling longer. Most months I was skint a few days after payday and couldn’t gamble until the next payday. It may not sound like a lot of money but it was a relentless cycle month after month after month.
At the end of 2016 I got an overdraft of £2k and gambled it all on soccer all around the world. Woke up and started gambling in Asia, moved across the globe into the Middle East, Africa, Europe and then fell asleep betting on South American football. It was out of control. Betting on Egyptian football on Xmas Day a particular lowlight. This was what my gambling looked like when I had money. All these bets were in-play as that’s how I gambled, watching a little graphic on Bet365 and thinking I could predict what was going to happen. I also gambled heavily on tennis as well, picking a player to win a set 6-0 was one of my favourites. Generally I would start with £10 as I mentioned and if the bet won I would keep “investing” all the money until it got to a certain amount, normally a couple of hundred quid. Once I got to that point I would raise my stakes significantly because I would tell myself it wasn’t my money. It wasn’t if I didn’t count all the loses it took to get to this point over the previous few days. I would then gamble that until it’s gone cursing myself for not taking the money when I had the chance. Placing the last of my money praying to a god I don’t believe in that if he could just make this bet land then I wouldn’t bet again. Once the money was done I would just sit there, looking at my bank balance, the lack of money, the direct debits due to come out in a few days, trying to figure out how I would survive the next 3-4 weeks until payday. Then I would dust myself off and start working on some budgets. What direct debits I could bounce, who I could ask to borrow money from or maybe what I could sell to fund another round of gambling to try and win my money back.
Coming into 2018 I was in a “good place” with gambling, or so I thought. I was Matched Betting which was a way of making money via bookmakers offers. It worked well for a few months but it all went to shit in the Summer of 2018. Matched Betting introduced me to the casino side of things and I lost £3.5k on roulette. I’ll not go into the ins and outs of how I had that sort of money, lets just say I didn’t and I found a way to deposit via direct debit on PayPal and of course those all bounced. Luckily Paddy Power rewarded me by making me a VIP customer after that, every cloud and all that. So I was chasing big style and getting free £50 bonuses each week from them but I could never get enough money to stop, because no amount was ever going to be enough. Their offers of Money Back if Horse X wins are normally £10 max refund, I was getting £100 max refund. Eventually I was running out of ways to get money and when I started to bet less with Paddy Power they removed my VIP status. I did win £1000 on an NFL bet and lost the lot on roulette the next week. Another lowlight.
The win on the NFL followed by the lose on roulette sticks in my mind because visually it summed up how miserable I was. I had promised my partner back at the start of the year that we would get the living room redecorated and I would pay with it from my Matched Betting and she was happy with that. Of course I explained it was risk free and nothing could go wrong and it wasn’t even gambling. Anyways, come November we are due to have our living room redecorated and of course I do not have the money for it so I have to go to my Mum and Dad. I give them some sob story about how when I was Matched Betting I made a mistake, layed off the wrong horse and lost my money so could then lend me it and don’t tell my partner. It was a complete lie and to be honest at the time I didn’t think they had bought it but they lent me the money. Turns out when I told them about my gambling problem back in April they had smelt bull shit but my Granda (on my Dad’s side) was ill in the hospital and he was stressed about that so he just let it slide. So the redecoration was on and it was going to take a couple of days. One Monday night I had a bet on the NFL and it landed, £10 at 100/1. Happy days, I can give my Mum and Dad back their money, it’s nearly Xmas, this is amazing luck. So on Tuesday night I sat in my half decorated living room and thought if I could just win a little bit more then things would be even better so loaded up the roulette. I lost it all sitting in the living room and during it I could literally see what the money would be paying for but it didn’t stop me, nothing would stop me.
2019 I could feel myself struggling. My life was consumed with gambling or working out how to get money to gamble and then how I was going to pay people back what I owed them. I was in a bad place, I was a bad person, lying, angry but still no one knew the truth. January had always been a tough month as I run several NFL Fantasy Football leagues for money and I am in charge of the money. Of course, that was always gambled away by me and January was the month people expected pay outs because the season was over. Usually I would have won enough money in my leagues to cover it or convince people to pay for next year with their winnings that I could cover it. This year I could not and I had the added pressure of owing people money. A lot of these people were friends of mine I knew personally, others were people I had gotten to know over a few years and only talked online. Either way I had stolen their money and gambled it away. I managed to use my Granda’s death in January as an excuse for why I had not paid people yet, I was in a bad way with the funeral etc, all the excuses, the truth is I was just trying to buy more time.
Then came the weekend prior to April 2nd. I had just been paid and deposited some money into my Bet365 account and managed to get my balance up to £910 on Friday 29th March. I should say by this stage I was fully gambling on tennis. Not match winner, that took too long, generally set winner or next game winner as that was quicker. Now this £910 would have cleared some of my urgent debts to allow me to continue on gambling. All I had to do was withdraw, and I was going to…...once I got it up to a nice round £1000. As you can guess I lost the lot. £300-£400 on Benoit Paire was one of the worst hits but I was gambling like a mad man. That was how I bet when I had winnings, the stakes got out of control. By the time I was leaving work at 6pm on the Friday the whole £910 was gone. I was betting on ATP, Challenger, ITF, any tennis that was on I was betting on it. Back in the day I remember betting on a tennis match where they had one ball. Still a story that brings a smile to my face if I’m honest. A smile that consists of a mixture of shame and cringe. That Friday night I deposited whatever I had left in and managed to win back a good chunk of the money, but it still wasn’t enough. It still wasn’t what I had before. So the whole weekend went like that, up and down, up and down. I went to a family dinner and sat betting on my phone the whole night. That’s how my life has been the last number of years, i’m present at gatherings, or nights out but my mind is deep in my phone gambling away not giving a shit about anyone.
Eventually the money ran out that weekend. I was a mess. I could have actually made it work financially and gotten through the month but mentally I was gone. I could tell my brain had put me into a nosedive and the only way this was all ending was in disaster. Maybe not this month, or this year but I was being flown towards rock bottom.
I sat down on the Monday and wrote out everything that I owed, who I owed it to, a budget going forward. It was grim enough reading, £18k in the hole. The money wasn’t the issue, it was how it was making me feel, the time I’ve been wasting. The fact that I finally couldn’t take anymore, that I was ready to wave the white flag and say gambling has won, it defeated me. I found out when and where the nearest GA Meeting was to me and wrote that down too. So I found a set of balls and on the Tuesday I told my girlfriend. My attitude was that life can’t be any worse for me than it currently is. I was a mess, I cried, I honestly expected her to tell me to get out and I wouldn’t have blamed her, but she was amazing. She was angry obviously, but she was so supportive. Then I called my parents round and told them. They were disappointed, confused but also really supportive. Then the next day I told my closest friends who were again all really supportive. I owe them some money too and they’ve been great about setting up a payment plan to pay that back. I can imagine some people saying that I didn’t hit rock bottom in comparison to others, I felt that way myself to be honest. I felt like I had gotten off lightly but looking back the cycle I was in was soul destroying and although I didn’t cause the devastation others have caused I knew I needed to reach out for help as I couldn’t do it on my own.
I registered for GAMStop and self excluded online for 5 years which has taken the avenue of online gambling away from me. A vital step if online is your vice. I also handed over control of my finances to my partner which again removed another temptation. I’ve since learned in recovery that gamblers need 3 things, time, opportunity and money, take away one of those and you won’t be able to gamble. I took away two with these simple steps.
I then went to my first GA Meeting on Wednesday 3rd April. The time doesn’t suit me for that, Monday at 9pm is my meeting but I felt I needed to get to one ASAP. I don’t know what I expected GA to be, some sort of church run cult filled with a bunch of old men desperate for a bet but it’s one of the most amazing groups I’ve ever found. It’s a dumping ground for all my shit and it’s a place where I can listen to other people’s stories. Without sounding sexist, it’s something a lot of men could do with outside of addiction, a place to talk about life and how they are feeling. I take a 50 mile round trip every Monday to get there. When I was gambling if I had to travel 50 miles to get internet to gamble you can guarantee I’d have travelled every day. When I leave a meeting I am buzzing, for all the right reasons. I’m a lifer when it comes to GA now and I am fine with that.
I am also a member of the Problem Gambling Support Group and we run three meetings a week via Skype. This group has been so influential to my recovery and I have met so many good people I now consider friends through it. The topic meeting style is completely different to what happens at my own GA so it fits into my recovery perfectly and gives me a different perspective.
I have a sponsor, who has had a massive impact on my recovery. He has helped me work the Steps and is always there if I need him. At times it’s hard to tell who is sponsoring who but that sort of dynamic works well for me as I see him as a friend first and sponsosponsee second.
I have also found a passion for writing about my journey and post my stuff on my blog, on GamCare and on the Reddit Problem Gambling Sub. I have been told my stuff is very good and people seem to get a lot from it. As I explained at a recent meeting I am still learning how to deal with praise, it makes me feel awkward. I’m not sure if it’s from years of not wanting to be the focus of people's attention because of the fear they might ask questions and my addiction would be exposed. Whatever the reason I am working on being able to accept praise and enjoy it and as I was told at the last meeting...a simple thank you is usually enough.
I’ve been clean for over 9 months now, and I have not struggled with urges to gamble. My life is amazing, it always was but I was too wrapped up in my addiction to notice. I literally had everything I could ever want. I have an amazing partner and two amazing children along with my parents who are absolutely fantastic. I have my health, a job and my friends are another support network I couldn’t do without now. They stood by me when I admitted my problem and they gave me the belief that I could do this.
Recovery is now my focus along with my family. The debt can be managed, stopping gambling is one day at a time, but the main focus of my recovery will be fixing my character defects, helping others, being open and honest to people and not being a selfish asshole. I would like to think those that know me now can at least drop the selfish part when describing me.
I have put plenty of work into my recovery and I feel like I am getting the benefits out of it. I have a routine when it comes to meetings and they don’t impact on my family life. Is every day amazing? No it’s not. Some days are rather boring and some days are tough, but that’s life. Some days you have to make chicken salad out of chicken shit. I have accepted what I am, I am a compulsive gambler and I need to be the one who changes. No one else around me needs to change, I am the common denominator. I have noticed a change in myself and those closest to me. They all seem happier, more content, happy to have this me in their life and not the old me. I wasn’t a nice partner, father, son or friend when I was in active addiction. I don’t want to be the person I was before I started gambling either because I am pretty convinced he was an asshole as well. I am using this recovery to become the man I want to be, the man I can look in the mirror and be proud to be.
As I said, I have accepted that I am a compulsive gambler and I cannot have a single bet because it will lead me back to active addiction. I have no issues with the gambling industry or people who gamble, I just know that I am unable to gamble as it ends in disaster. I feel there should be more discussion around problem gambling and the industry should be putting more money into helping problem gamblers and to help identify problem gamblers. It’s a fine line though, as I know if a bookie told me they felt I had a problem and wouldn’t accept a bet I’d have been angry and just went somewhere else. You need to be ready for recovery to fully embrace it. I never was until April 2nd. For the people in recovery we need to be ready to help those that get to the stage where they are ready for recovery. We are the ones who these people will come to rely on as we’ve been through it, you can tell when talking to someone who hasn’t had a gambling addiction they just don’t understand. Over the coming years I think there will be a significant rise in people looking for help with problem gambling. I don’t feel like my story is close to the worst out there and I have read and heard some people who have the opinion that you need to cause devastation before recovery will work. That’s bollocks and that sort of attitude is why GA is filled with old men and young people are reluctant to stay. I have come to believe it doesn’t matter how much you have lost, how many relationships you have destroyed or what age you are, all you need is a desire to stop gambling and that is the qualification for entering recovery.
For now though, for me, my next bet won’t be about the money I lose, I’ll lose my partner and my children as well and that’s not a bet that I am not willing to make.
Mark
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Bijleveld-Schouten   Antwoorden op schriftelijke vragen van de leden Wassenberg en Van Kooten-Arissen (beiden PvdD) over het testen van zenuwgassen op proefdieren door Defensie (ingezonden op 29 augustus 2018 met kenmerk 2018Z14957).   1   Heeft u kennisgenomen van de brandbrief van Animal Rights, waarin wordt opgeroepen een einde te maken aan dierproeven voor defensiedoeleinden, zoals het testen van zenuwgassen?   Ja.   2   Vindt u het ethisch aanvaarbaar dat cavia’s en ratten in opdracht van Defensie worden blootgesteld aan zenuwgassen via de huid, inhalatie of een canule, waardoor hun ogen beschadigd worden en de dieren blind worden en waardoor de dieren ademhalingsproblemen ondervinden, kwijlen, ernstige tremoren vertonen, door hun poten zakken, en waarbij de dieren sterven tijdens het experiment of na afloop worden gedood?   Defensie en onderzoeksinstellingen die in opdracht werken van Defensie hebben de plicht om goed en verantwoordelijk met proefdieren om te gaan, hierbij hoort ook dat het ongerief dat deze dieren ondervinden tot een minimum blijft beperkt. In overeenstemming met de Wet op Dierproeven worden de dierexperimenten alleen uitgevoerd als er geen alternatieven zijn. Het zelfstandig bestuursorgaan de Centrale Commissie Dierproeven toetst vooraf of onderzoeken waarbij dieren worden gebruikt aanvaardbaar zijn. Bij het al dan niet toestaan van dierproeven is de afweging tussen het belang van de proef en het ongerief van het dier, dat wil zeggen de ethische toets, zwaarwegend.   Defensie heeft een verantwoordelijkheid voor zowel het genereren als het in stand houden van alle nationale kennis op het gebied van Chemische, Biologische, Radioactieve en Nucleaire (CBRN) strijdmiddelen, dit op het vlak van detectie, waarschuwing, bescherming, ontsmetting en medische tegenmaatregelen. Zenuwgassen vallen onder CBRN-strijdmiddelen. Voor de verbetering van medische behandeling tegen zenuwgasvergiftiging is onderzoek nodig. Voor goed en betrouwbaar onderzoek is, vanwege het ontbreken van voldoende alternatieven, het gebruik van proefdieren nog steeds noodzakelijk. Tijdens het onderzoek wordt er naar gestreefd de duur van het ongerief zo kort mogelijk te laten zijn en waar mogelijk de dierproef onder verdoving te laten plaatsvinden.   3   Wat vindt u ervan dat voor deze experimenten speciaal gefokte haarloze cavia’s worden gebruikt uit Amerika, omdat de huid van deze dieren het zenuwgas goed opneemt? Klopt de aanname dat deze in Amerika gefokte dieren extra leed ondervinden, doordat zij vele uren op transport gaan voordat zij aankomen in het laboratorium en worden blootgesteld aan experimenten?   Dieren mogen niet worden gebruikt voor onderzoek, tenzij daar zwaarwegende belangen tegenover staan. Uit de overwegingen moet onder meer blijken dat het onderzoek waarvoor het dier wordt gebruikt voldoende wetenschappelijk is verantwoord. De cavia is een wetenschappelijk geaccepteerde diersoort voor onderzoek met zenuwgassen. Doordat eerder onderzoek eveneens met deze diersoort is uitgevoerd, zijn resultaten bovendien te vergelijken. Indien mogelijk worden dieren betrokken van leveranciers op korte afstand, echter zijn niet alle diersoorten leverbaar in Europa. Het transport vanaf de leverancier naar de onderzoeksinstelling wordt verzorgd door gecertificeerde transportbedrijven en is in lijn met voorwaarden voor vervoer van levende dieren en de specifieke condities van de te vervoeren soort.   4   Wat vindt u ervan dat deze experimenten met zenuwgassen al ruim vijftien jaar in Nederland plaatsvinden?   Defensie heeft een nationale taak bij CBRN-incidenten. Kennis over CBRN-strijdmiddelen is noodzakelijk voor de effectieve detectie, bescherming, ontsmetting en medische tegenmaatregelen. De dreiging van inzet met CBRN-strijdmiddelen is nog steeds actueel. Recente voorbeelden zijn de gifgasaanslag op Russische dubbelspionnen in Engeland, de aanslag op een familielid van Kim Jong-Un in Maleisië en de inzet op grotere schaal in Syrië. De ontwikkeling van deze strijdmiddelen door kwaadwillenden gaat helaas continue door.   De dierproeven maken deel uit van een groter achterliggend onderzoek. Dat onderzoek is van wezenlijk belang, omdat ze bijdragen aan de kennisopbouw en –ontwikkeling over de werking en mogelijke behandeling van zenuwgas teneinde Nederlandse militairen en burgers beter te kunnen beschermen tegen zenuwgasaanvallen, blootstelling adequaat te kunnen vaststellen en medische hulp te kunnen verlenen door effecten op de gezondheid tegen te gaan. Om de dierproeven tot een minimum te beperken wordt voor de kennisontwikkeling nauw samengewerkt met NAVO-partners. Zie ook het antwoord op vraag 7.   5   Kunt u aangeven hoeveel dieren er de afgelopen vijftien jaar in Nederland zijn gebruikt voor het testen van zenuwgassen? Kunt u aangeven hoeveel dieren zijn gebruikt voor militaire doeleinden van andere landen? Kunt u aangeven welke experimenten dit zijn geweest en welk lijden ze hebben veroorzaakt bij de proefdieren (angst, pijn, stress)? Zo nee, waarom niet?     Er worden geen dieren ingezet voor het testen van zenuwgassen. Er worden dieren ingezet voor onderzoek naar medische tegenmaatregelen daartegen. Het aantal dierproeven dat in opdracht van Defensie wordt uitgevoerd en de mate van ongerief dat de dieren daarbij ondervinden, wordt jaarlijks gerapporteerd en gepubliceerd in het jaaroverzicht dierproeven en proefdieren “Zo doende” dat wordt uitgegeven door de Nederlandse Voedsel- en Waren autoriteit en wordt gepubliceerd op internet. Mede door het Rijksbeleid om het gebruik van dierproeven te verminderen, vervangen en/of verfijnen (3V-beleid), is de afgelopen 15 jaar het aantal gebruikte proefdieren verminderd. Het aantal dieren betreft circa 100 knaagdieren (cavia’s en ratten) per jaar.   Nee. De wettelijke registratieplicht zoals vastgelegd in de Dierproevenregeling 2014 draagt Nederlandse vergunninghouders op jaarlijks informatie te leveren over het gebruik van aantallen proefdieren, gegevens over dierproeven waaronder het doel van de proef en de mate van ongerief. Deze informatie wordt jaarlijks gepubliceerd in het jaaroverzicht “Zo doende”. Of een proef met dieren wordt uitgevoerd in opdracht van een ander land is geen onderdeel van de registratieplicht.   6   Kunt u aangeven hoeveel geld Defensie de afgelopen jaren heeft besteed aan onderzoek met proefdieren en hoeveel geld aan de ontwikkeling van proefdiervrije onderzoeksmethoden? Zo nee, waarom niet?   Met dit onderzoek is € 150.000 per jaar gemoeid. Defensie investeert daarnaast per jaar € 150.000 in proefdiervrij- en alternatievenonderzoek.   7   Werkt u samen met andere landen om proefdiervrije onderzoeksmethoden te ontwikkelen? Kunt u aangeven of u tevreden bent op de voortgang die hiermee binnen Defensie geboekt is? Kunt u aangeven welke alternatieve onderzoeksmethoden er inmiddels zijn ontwikkeld? Zo nee, waarom niet?   Er wordt nauw samengewerkt met NAVO-partners en er is sprake van intensieve wetenschappelijke kennisdeling. Met deze kennisdeling wordt voorkomen dat hetzelfde onderzoek met proefdieren op meerdere plaatsen wordt uitgevoerd. Hierbij hoort ook kennisdeling over ontwikkeling van proefdiervrije methodes en overige alternatieven, in het kader van vervanging, verfijning en vermindering. Proefdiervrije alternatieven bieden echter nog onvoldoende zekerheid over de werkelijke werking en veiligheid van behandelmethoden voor de mens.   8   Heeft u transitiebeleid opgesteld waarbij wordt ingezet op het vervangen van dierproeven voor defensiedoeleinden? Zo ja, hoe ziet dit beleid eruit en hoeveel budget is hier voor gereserveerd? Zo nee, waarom niet?   Dierproeven worden uitgevoerd conform de Wet op Dieren, waarbij het 3V-principe leidend is:   Dierproeven mogen alleen worden uitgevoerd als er geen alternatieven zijn.   Er wordt een zo gering mogelijk aantal dieren gebruikt.   De dieren ondervinden zo min mogelijk ongerief.   Het onderzoek naar risico’s en behandeling van blootstelling aan giftige stoffen in een militaire context wordt zo mogelijk uitgevoerd op gekweekte (lichaams)cellen en waar mogelijk wordt gebruik gemaakt van computerberekeningen en computermodellen. Ook wordt dit type onderzoek internationaal besproken en gedeeld met onderzoeksinstituten van NAVO-landen om het aantal experimenten aanvullend op elkaar en minimaal te doen zijn. Hierbij gaat de aandacht ook uit naar het ontwikkelen en toepassen van proefdiervrije methodologie. Zie ook de antwoorden op vraag 6 en 7.   9   Bent u voornemens om het testen van zenuwgassen op dieren zo spoedig mogelijk te beëindigen? Zo ja, op welke termijn? Zo nee, waarom niet?   Defensie zal stoppen met dierproeven zodra met dierproefvrije methoden voldoende kennis over de bescherming, ontsmetting en medische tegenmaatregelen tegen de effecten van CBRN-strijdmiddelen kan worden opgebouwd. Het is helaas niet de verwachting dat dit op korte termijn het geval zal zijn. Tot die tijd blijven dierproeven onontbeerlijk.  
  Datum: 1 november 2018    Nr: 2018D51755    Indiener: A.Th.B. Bijleveld-Schouten, minister van Defensie
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2018.10.16 02:19 Str0ngTr33 Weston-Percival Power Struggle, Part 3: Don's Doomsday Desperation

TL;DR: Weston leads the professionals (including you) to erode the power of the state, competing corrupt corporations, and existing criminal networks; a power vaccuum at the IAA and Don Percival's desperation lead to the rise of Avon Hertz and the Doomsday Crisis. [This concludes a three part series analyzing the larger narrative we play inside the game universe; Part 1, Part 2. The following will cover Gun Running, Smugglers Run, Doomsday, and After Hours.]
Recap and Review, Spoilers Ahead...
As online players before 2017, we worked for Lester (heists) or DarkNet sites.
The heists connect you to LestePaige, then 14, then Trevor. This kind of, loosely, serves to connect online to career, but also has us working with 14 to free spies and steal a WMD from Humane/Merryweather with their own shit (which 14 literally tells us has the desired impact of keeping Percival from bidding on lucrative contracts); watching Trevor dismantle drug networks only to get popped by DOA; and, lest we forget, finally score some much awaited cash.
As to these websites, I am no expert, but who else other than Lester runs these sites? But does Lester's house look like he owns them? Not really. So let's review Pre-Career and follow the money and IP addresses as best we can. [TL;DR: Weston=CEO, ULP=MC]
  1. We buy an office after countless races won and missions done for underworld mini-bosses. The assistant (or Linda, as I have named her) introduces us to our Executive Terminal and, upon logging on, the SecuroServ Special Cargo Network. She sets us up with a login and password that we never see (sounds like she knows more than we do). The special cargo network sources illicit products for cash but who is the true beneficiary? I propose in part 1 that the products being stolen and the enemies we steal from respectively line up with commercial competitors to Weston's investment holdings and the criminal organizations running drugs/guns for the IAA/ULP (the "LS Deep State," if we may) to fund their organization in the wake of the government defunding overseas operations. Lester runs SecuroServ and us, via Linda, to do this work for the Angel Investor, Devon Weston.
  2. Enter the MC. Note: we buy this property from Maze Bank Foreclosure, not Dynasty like the office and previous properties. Malc is there when we buy it. His only in person cameo, in from LC to show us how to run this club (Good choice, Rockstar, since Johnny K is thwacked out in Sandy Shores getting cucked by Trevor). He tells us we can "hook up with Internet cats to run a list of businesses." The Open Road is how we buy and run our businesses. Forgery, counterfeiting, drug manufacture and distribution are all things the real deep state is accused of and clearly benefits the LS Deep State, aka ULP who was selling drugs in LC. Club contracts lend support with activities ranging from breaking out prisoners, cracking safes, high risk drug distribution, or breaking up arms sales. We have become the paramilitary wing of ULP and 14. But who runs you? LJT. Lester's alter ego. Why does he need to protect his identity from you? You have already done contact missions for him, let alone the biggest heist yet, Pac Std! Answer: Because he is playing both sides! He isn't hiding it from you.
  3. Import-Export screams Weston. Who else is sourcing high end super cars for the Chinese in career mode? Special Vehicle Missions detailed in Part One use liquidated special vehicles that look like something Trevor left behind in his bunker to mostly consolidate control of the drug markets for 14. There is also a series of missions that point to another attack on Percival's empire by 14.
CAREER MODE RECAP
Michael pisses off a gangster, reaches out to Lester (whom vaguely mentions but shoots down getting help from an "Eastern European guy that was making moves in LC..." but went quiet and "someone" he has been "working with" but is "too unpredictable"; namely, our online character). Robs Vangelico, puts his ass back on the radar, Norton comes and puts the screws to him. Once the hooks are in he (and the rest of the MFT trio) end up basically working for Norton, Haines, Weston, and even an agent in training, Sanchez.
Their work centers around sabotaging/countering the IAA/ULP (LS Deep State again) and is basically counter-espionage. Because Weston is so involved, based on Third Way canon, he gets killed--but habeas corpus? How do we know he did? Either way, he's below radar long enough for Percival to reach out and brag he picked up Weston's 11% in Merryweather. If he is alive, his money is being made via illicit means, like your online character. But Trevor gets the Vanilla Unicorn off Weston. Signifying the career 3 are really free of him. But has he stopped running Securoserv?
Michael and his controllers, Haines and Norton, are all betrayed by Sanchez (who may or may not have been recruited from Elizabeta by Karen in LC) and almost busted by Agent ULP posing as NOOSE. Michael retires to make movies. Franklin retires to sell drugs (racist)? And so it is that TPI comes back from the dead with new funding for our hangars, 14 has to move guns via someone else, and ULP can focus on "UnAmerican activies" (like Avon's) without worrying about his drugs. And Securoserv keeps on running with Weston in hiding.
[Please excuse the egregiously long recap. More detail is in the original posts, but if you are short on time, hopefully thia catches you up for the most part.]
AFTER CAREER MODE
We (as online characters) literally woke up one day and hear about some primo business real estate underground bunker shit and buy it for a ton of money (from Maze Bank Foreclosure, interestingly enough). We get there and meet 14, who acts like he doesn't know us and tells us it is 2017. At that point, our character's world jumped ahead 4 years. This could be a lapse in judgement or it could be time for so many crazy capers to happen. Either way, it's 4 years Weston is either plotting (or moving) against Percival. By 2017, this plan is an all out assault on Percival's enterprise, with consequences.
Career mode and prior was just step one. Gunrunning is step two: steal shit from Humane/Merryweather and move guns inside LS/Blaine for the LS Deep State (ya know... 14). Smugglers run, step three: take over for Trevor running the drugs since he got popped by the DOA and then needs TPI up and running. Securoserv goes International... kind of.
But Percival ends up desperate and starts working with Avon Hertz. The unintended consequence of his cooperation is the Doomsday Crisis. This cements our relationship with the IAA/ULP. I guess After Hours is the "19th hole" in this model but it also consolidates all goods under Gay Tony's visage, like a sort of tax on our shit... kind of. But in my typical style, let's overthink the shit outta this.
GUNRUNNING
14 was clearing the bunker and just looked to be selling real estate, but changes his mind after a mysterious phone call. He tells us that the real money is in selling "weaponry to state sanctioned actors on the global stage." While he plays up your patriotism with the same BS that Haines was always on about, he also lets you know the bunker can produce "enough arms to effect regime change in two thirds of the worlds democracies" (emphasis added).
A new darknet site called Disruption Logistics is described by 14 as "a state-funded Web commission," where we can source and sell our wares. To get the place set up, we steal a duneloader from an ammunation. From there, most of us know the grind. Steal weapons from Merryweather, the military, criminal organizations, and whomever else needs stole from to research and manufacture bigger and better guns and equipment. We are like the perfect partner for the LS Deep State: productive, effective, and plausibly deniable. But once we get the MOC, a series of 8 missions accessed there provide some arc to this storyline.
  1. Use that Dune FAV to intercept and disrupt Merryweather supply lines for a large scale operation in Blaine County (which would mean those domestic operations have finally been ramped up and have become a threat to the IAA...
  2. Pick up some Dinghys guarded by professionals to steal a halftrack from Khangpae that have "set up shop with diplomatic visas" and are massing hardware at docks. Seemingly just opportunism--but weren't these the same dudes with the transmitter from the IE special vehicle missions?
  3. Use the anti-air trailer to protect dignitaries (our customers) from FIB/NOOSE interdiction. It is clear that the rivalry from career mode didn't die with Haines. As a side note: Why can't ULP just meet these guys in the Seychelles or a central asian country?
  4. Use an APC to collect Merryweather cargo after a crash. Merryweather target count is up to 2. Clearly the deep state now competes with Merryweather and specifically Percival. He is on the outs with IAA/ULP, no longer aiding internationally and trying to steal the domestic fiefdom the IAA just built on Haines's grave.
  5. Defend the MOC. Cover is blown and a full on miltary response has been mobilized. Are we going rogue? I mean, we are shooting down freaking lazers, right?
  6. In Mole Hunt we are literally taking out electronic cover for (signal jammers) a mole so we can stop him (or her) supplying information about our operation. Once again, our targets are Merryweather vehicles, implying the PMCs have been deployed as counter-intelligence against 14's domestic operation.
  7. 14 says we are stealing oppressors full of "data" from a leaker, but unless that leaker is working with Merryweather, it is hard to understand why the operation we are stealing them from walks, talks, and drives vehicles like Merryweather('s). Could this leaker be Hertz, who had previously worked for the IAA? 14 says this could have to him and his organization...
  8. We use the Oppressors (checked out, ostensibly from the IAA, in his name) to destroy a "rogue company MOC at our own HQ," at the docks. Ground support this time is IPCs driven by Merryweather. But that turns out to be a distraction and we go destroy another MOC at the same location. When we are done, 14 lets us know, "Big things are cooking at the office. Might be able to cut you in." Later Hertz will force his and Rackman's hand to do so. Is it possible that this defeat of Merryweather is linked to Hertz, possibly as a failed mole for them? More evidence will yield support in the Doomsday breakdown. No matter what, if Weston is alive and involved, he is happy to see Percival sidelined from government contracts yet again. By now, Percival must be noticing the value of his stock dropping, too.
But could this also be an allusion to the succeeding DLC, Smugglers Run? The IAA needs to smuggle supplies and product to continue operations. And what else might have spurred this but running the guns? So it is we take to the sky to run product next.
SMUGGLERS RUN
Maze Bank emails us about a hangar and Ron calls us to tell us TPI can keep us busy (Oh yay). We meet Ron in the hangar (with two dead agents, likely FIB/NOOSE, in suits he let in lying on the ground with bullets to the head). He says Trevor went "all vinewood" on him and is a guru/lifestyle coach (Side note, I'd hire Trev for that; also, this may be implying Michael and Trevor became friends again). He introduces us to Charlie, an Air Force mechanic accused of causing a plane crash, the "fall guy" for the "deep state," no less. Scouring the name on the Wiki pulls no old characters matching the description.
We get a new darknet site, Free Trade Shipping Co. The air cargo mostly contain the same materials as CEO crates, but have swapped out guns for chemicals, generally resembling those we must source for our drug businesses. Narcotics remain grouped in the hangar as one unit but are just pharmaceuticals. We set up the hangar with a raid on what is left of the Lost MC (whose staying power is impressive).
While we get no contact missions, sourcing air cargo may have some narrative built in. For instance, we take out jammers again to find a Brickade with our cargo like in the previous mobile operations. We take out military aircraft and cargo planes. We escort cargo planes past Merryweather. Pointedly, we do stunts for a Russian oligarch's children and attack naval operations. Mostly this DLC has a dull story arc and rad content. But what if this is the final prelude to Doomsday? The nail in Merryweather's coffin? The final slap in the face by the common thug class to Dom Percival? Enough to have him working with Hertz, giving him the hardware, connections, and signals intelligence to foment the Doomsday crisis?
DOOMSDAY HEISTS CRISIS
Need I remind anyone of the Spoiler Alert factor of this post any more, if you haven't played through these yet, definitely do before moving on. Don't let me ruin the awesome story telling, easily some of the best in the game. Also, it should be noted that most folks admit this DLC was originally intended for careestory/offline play, but we end up with it online. Maybe someday a dev will spill beans on that. But I don't think it changes the implications for the theory which protagonist is used.
The IAA sells a facility to you, once again via Maze Bank Foreclosure (which at this point, I am sure makes regular contributions to conservative politicians seeking to privatize the state, as they sell a lot of previously public assets). Or are we becoming the IAA's landlord? Wiki points to these being "huge multilevel underground facilities operated by the IAA," so maybe we just are really getting the unused space? Either way, I expect the IAA to start paying rent from now on.
We don't get a cool cut-scene tour like 14 and Ron gave, but once we enter the planning room and get started, it is time for Lester to introduce us to Avon Hertz. As much as they have in common, these nerds couldnt be less alike. Hertz is vain and arrogant. Crest is untidy, but tactical. But they legit are the smartest people in the HD Universe. And for Act 1, it is just them running the show. No IAA yet.
No IAA meddling is likely good for Avon since he gets access to hardware without issue. Deluxos--which it appears we steal off of professionals guarding Avon's friend's house. Could this be the fated mystery tech Trevor steals from Merryweather only to be forced to give it back? We steal an Akula from the Military, making no sense, since that bird is as Russian as a Savage or Bombushka. Some of the guards around it have suits and others wear military gear, suggesting we interrupt an illicit sale.
Then, a series of events about information theft. We steal data from an agency (IAA) courier's ass NOOSE/FIB guard it. Literally reusing a plot point from career, but maybe on purpose. We use that data to intercept more data from professionals on boats. Then we use that data break into a NOOSE (irl: Homeland Security) facility to stop an attack. By now it should be clear that when Hertz tells us this is to 'stop an attack,' it actually mean 'to get more data from within.' And Hertz then calls 14. But by the time Hertz gets 14 on the phone, we have already helped him hack NOOSE, FIB, and IAA. The Deep State has its pants on the floor.
Soon the beautiful Phoenicia Rackman joins 14 at our facility. Clifford has initiated step one of the plan to destroy the state because he thinks the private sector can do it better! And he convinces the Rackman and 14 that it is the Russians--something we can't know, only Clifford can. Buy guess who is used to sniffing out rats and works domestically to sniff out threats like Weston, Haines, or Hertz? Rackman asks for him when she requests, "get me that buffoon that caused the assault at the museum," referring to ULP, who theoretically should know about any domestic plot in the works.
But who is the first person we need to rescue. He has been pulled off the map, blinding the shadow government of human intelligence and signals intelligence to let him set up step 2, while forcing the deep state to rely on PMCs like Merryweather just when they should be more cautious of outside actors. While Rackman tells us ULP is the priority, the board is arranged differently. Assuming it implies chronogic order, we break down Act 2.
We steal a riot to get access to a hangar with an Avenger we also steal. We take this bird from Merryweather, though. Yet Avon remarks on a critical plot point as we do the setup; He had hired them. Merryweather "really helped with our 3rd-tiered territory [read, Third World] rollout," implying Avon's global reach required some skullduggery to achieve and paid Merryweather when, alienated by repeated failure, the company struggled to acquire public sector works. "Do you know Don? Don Percival?"
Lester adamantly lies and says No. But of course he knows who Percival is. But Dom has been cut out by Weston's continued use of SecuroServ to torment him, the heists, and myriad other events. He is isolated and needs funding. God only knows what he did for Avon, what resources from Humane or Merryweather, he supplied. But Lester gives a telling reply to Hertz's description of Percival as a "great guy. Kite-surfer. Deeply moral," even adding that he had become "a personal friend." Lester tells us the truth--regardless of what kind of fucked up non-state sanctioned actors we have become, Percival is something else; "He's a war criminal."
Now to rescue ULP. For whatever reason, our old pals, the Ballas, have the Russian marked bag with intel on ULP's position. This is really hard to believe for 2017. When we shoot through a convincingly Russian sounding hostage rescue, Hertz exclaims "It's my turn to debrief that son of a gun... er, bitch!" But then we find out that ULP, not the easiest to capture, allowed himself to become their prisoner to work the Russian forces for intel. Until we blew his cover, he was close to getting reliable intel on Bogdan. And wouldn't that have saved some time.
Literally, planned interruption: 'my data is on fire. It is the Russians. Good thing I had you prep for this totally planned event by staging a riot and getting an RCV.' But Avon does let us know that it is for the perfect world he is building to subsume the state... Seriously, this is glaring. Steal some more prototype weaponized cars. (Unh huh; on Wastelanders like 14 has you use. So... from the IAA's people?) Steal some Torpedo ECU's from an Arms Dealer--sounds and looks like Merryweather.
Then we recon the sub, assault the sub, and immediately begin eating crow after a 2 minute conversation with Bogdan, who has pulled a reverse Sean Connery and gone rogue to stop a nuclear war. He is ready to die to save the world. He exposes Hertz and "Cliffy." 14 catches heat but he and Rackman get it--they are fucked. They provided the deep state's information network to a maniac that is using everyone to destroy the planet in a vain, utopian gesture. The defense and intelligence apparatus has a nervous system, even the private sector; But like that fungus that makes zombies out of spiders, it is all under Avon's control.
He has built a newer, better Merryweather. With supersoldiers, stealth weapons, rail guns, and supersonic bombers. He has ULP--debrief successful, blinded IAA again. Merryweather still wants to be his bitch. (Since they aren't getting government contracts, why not effect regime change?) They actually have 14 in holding to sell to Hertz. We have to "use" FIB cash to buy back 14, which we get by stealing it, and the we end up assaulting Merryweather anyway. Rackman even tells us that this would have used to cost a mere two goats and a kilo of black tar (because the IAA uses drugs to make shit work). Avon has some sort of cyborg stealth juggernauts, but we use the Akula to escape.
We have to steal a (clearly Russian) Chernobog from Meryweather to cover his escape because of all the Merryweather Valkyries. Lester adjusts his theory to say the guards are clones. We get ULP off the grid and Rackman lets slip his name is Bernard.
Then we finally start to work to cripple his supply lines, then assault his facility with the stolen goods. We get data on the Barrage truck from a suited guy in Vinewood at a club. We intercept the Barrage at the observatory. Bogdan fears it will be turned into a robot smartcar of death. We use it to take out Avon's airfield on the way back to the facility. The arms dealers transporting it appear to be Merryweather while the ground troops are Avons. We get info on the tank from more suited men. These all appear to be professionals, but we are told they are working for Avon. We steal the Khanjali from Avon's men directly. The big assault comes next.
We crash his jet to acquire his friend or foe frequencies for the (stealth) Volatol. Using the bomber we take out his SAM sites on Chiliad, first. Rackman loves our work. 14 takes credit for hiring us. Lester tells us we have to destroy Clifford to stop Avon for good. Despite seemingly prepping for an air-assauly, we use a tunnel to access the launch facility in Chiliad. Lester crystallizes our experience on the way:
"Seems like a lifetime ago, we were simple bank robbers, minding our own business and other peoples' money. And then we got paid by a tech idiot to get a load of data, which pointed to a rogue Russian attack on the IAA. Which led to us working for the IAA and that tech idiot, stopping some kind of Russian invasion. Only... it turned out the Russians were the good guys! And the tech idiot, and his idiot AI, were going to destroy humanity. So, we're working for the government again, stopping the AI apocalypse, cleaning up the mess we made, really."
We were useful idiots doing our mindless work that were easily recruited to do Avon's bidding, who was hard at work marrying his AI to Merryweather and Humane technology to get rid of 'unwanted populations' and an unwieldy state. We destroy the supplies at the launch site. The wildly unstable and vain AI allows us to destroy its own code, stop the launch, and catch up to Avon while it and Hertz spiral into self-aware mental breakdown.
Hertz, in his hubris, declares, "you can't stop progress, you fools," before we kill him and the Clifford source code. We land at he observatory for an obligatory cutscene. 14 tries to take credit, Lester says we should have let him fry. Rackman says he is to blame for bringing Hertz into the government and she wants to fire him, but he replies he is "protected class," and she confirms this as "moronic" (he does move guns for the IAA). She advises us to "all act like this never happened." Lester is ready for retirement to simpler criminal activity. But soom we complicate things with another cameo from Liberty City--one that may or may not lend credibility to our theory.
AFTER HOURS
Gay Tony and Luis made for an icredible, if mostly deep state-free, chapter in GTA4. No one can deny that his drug addled antics were some of the wackiest and fun missions we had. But he escapes LC for a "a spa town in the desert," warning Luis not to become a blogger in Vinewood, and reunites for a walkout-fade scene with Yusuf Amir in tow. Clearly Amir's luxury gun finishes made it to LS, as well as Tony. English Dave makes his first appearance, though I like to think he learned his transcendental, one-love bullshit in GTA (the original) shouting "GOURANGA" on the streets of Leeds or whatever. Lazlo is an uneventful turd. We don't get much narrative arc from the four shameless cross-pollination marketing attempts that make up our main missions unlocking DJs. But, the addition of the Terrorbyte, both as a modifier to the theoretical lens and as a conduit for the return of Paige, actually makes for an interesting series of events worth our analysis here.
Paige Davis actually makes her first appearance in the first heist. She wears toe shoes and has a tattoo matching Cletus's. She is a world-class hacker and without her, our heist can't happen. But when she comes back after Doomsday, she has wired up a truck that combines every darknet operation we have by hacking into them. This signifies Paige has some in with Lester to allow access to that source code. Might she have wrote it for him, perhaps? Also, the Client Jobs she sends us out on are very similar to the missions, heists, and other activities we pursue with Lester, both in Online and Career Mode.
Robbing gold from bank robbers on their own heist for a client--very similar to the job that gets MFT their biggest score. A copycat job of Michael's Vangelico jon sans gas and so much getaway for a (female) client. Hacking data drives to acquire intel, reminiscient of a contact mission, for a client. Infiltrating Life Invader (like Michael does in Career) to track down and kill someone for a client. Arts and antiques make another rare appearance as we track down some rare junk in security trucks for a client. And finally busting a deal to steal a briefcase for a client. Whom these clients are is up for grabs, but the jobs all feel like Lester gigs. Is Paige making a move because Lester has gone soft?
Further, we allow Tony to become a money-laundering leech on our businesses--drugs, forgery, cargo, guns. The club and Tony are a front. This is all to launder our money. How? The goods stack up, the goods get sold, Tony takes a cut, we get paid. But where does the IAA, ULP, or Weston come in? What if the whole point of the operation is to cut into the IAA, ULP, and/or Weston's profits? This is wholly unclear. But what is clear is that our MC and (especially) CEO work has been made much easier by Paige's Terrorbyte and the Mark II Oppressor uses the same anti-gravity drives as the Deluxos. Does this mean that Weston or Percival could have funded this operation?
CONCLUSION
If Weston is alive, he is winning. If Percival can still even own Humane or Merryweather, let alone even his pharmaceutical companies, is hard to believe. There is no way the IAA or any other public sector faction will touch him.
In the course of writing this (tome), I have learned the developers intend to continue updating GTA Online as they implement RDR2 Online and provide support to that massive endeavor. Mad respect, but also, this may not be the last update. We are all hoping for a Quality of Life update. Many of you fellow Bogdan-ites, like myself, continue to look Spring-ward, over the horizon, to the FoxySnaps-promised Blue April. And fellow canon junkies surely expect some followup to Franklin's story as much as all players expect a fix for the Orbital Cannon. Honestly, Rockstar, you gave Lamar a DLC but Hao doesn't make it into Online for even a Triads vs. Khangpae struggle with that one cool truck we thought we would get?!
But I digress. I peraonally just desire the updates to come are more than adding cars to SA Super Auto or just bug fixes in the tuneables; Ihat the content has the same HD Universe narrative depth as these later DLCs have and also shed light on my favorite mystery. As always, thanks for reading! Drop a comment!
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2018.07.11 16:10 vertc0in General info and list of exchanges for PChain (PCH)

The first native multichain system that supports EVM in the world Making large scale blockchain applications possible
KEY FEATURES
NATIVE MULTICHAIN PLATFORM PCHAIN is the first native multichain system in the world that supports Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which consists of one main chain and multiple derived chains.
CONSENSUS WITH HIERARCHICAL SHARDING PIPELINE POS based multi layer sharding mechanism with a novel pipeline design that tremendously improves the performance of transactions.
SMART CONTRACTS BASED ON SMART DATA A new Oracle mechanism based on the knowledge graph makes it easier to encapsulate smart contracts. W3C compliant smart data effectively adresses the issue of nonintelligence in smart contracts.
CROSS CHAIN INVOCATION AND TRANSACTIONS The smart contracts of PCHAIN can be easily invoked with other nonnative Tokens (BCH, ERC20) by using the provided toolkit. APPLICATION SCENARIOS PCHAIN Distributed artificial intelligence, distributed question and answer, big data transaction. PCHAIN Digital asset transaction, providing reliable records for digital asset transactions. PCHAIN Game, rule setting for the game to avoid cheating PCHAIN Notary system, provide basis for promise that cannot be tampered with. PCHAIN Full cycle collaboration system, it works on the whole process, from planting and harvest all the way to supplychains and marketing. PCHAIN Trackable social networking, recording all the words that have been said. WHITE PAPER Download whitepaper whitepaper whitepaper whitepaper ROAD MAP PCHAIN Position Paper completed - Mar 2018 Dewdrop Stage - Oct 2018 Complete the development of PCHAIN core system which supports account system and deployment of smart contract, publish technical white paper. Test net of main chain online. River Stage - Mar 2019 Publish the product on the major network complete document of external API and wiki. Sea Stage - Jun 2019 Expand the capabilities of knowledge graph and Data Blockchain and support external development interfaces. Ocean stage - Sep 2019 Introduce several blockchain application projects to form Knowledge Graph Blockchain Alliance. TEAM caofeng Dr.Feng(Jeff) Cao (Vision & Science) The inventor of the 1st International Blockchain patent from China, the Co-Founder of ChinaLedger, the most influential blockchain alliance of China The Chief Scientist of Blockchain Application Committee in China Federation of Logistic and Purchasing (The 1st Gov Association in Industry), the Senior Fellow of the China Blockchain Research Alliance. Successfully accomplished the 1st blockchain based assets earning rights transfer in the world in September 2016, which is also the 1st Financial Blockchain Transaction in China. Ex-Chief Scientist of Internet Finance and cochair of the patent review board in IBM Research China,IBM Global Technical Achievement Awards three times. 22 papers in ACM/IEEE top conference and 30+ international patents. Steven Lv Steven Lv (Architecture) Master of Computer Science from Tsinghua University. Blockchain technology pioneer of China and responsible for a few global blockchain projects as team leader. Worked in SAP Shanghai Lab Rich commercial experiences in product optimization and innovation, system level software design and implementation, distributed cluster deployment, big data storage, mining and visualization, large scale software development process and quality control. Product level 300K code lines Frank Ma Frank Ma (Blockchain Storage and Optimization) Master of Computer Science from Xi’an Jiaotong University. Senior software engineer and expert of core blockchain technologies. 10 years working experiences at Global Top 500 companies with focus on database systems and distributed systems. US patents in database area and has rich experiences in system development and performance optimization. Kevin Zheng Kevin Zheng (In-memory Data Management) Full Professor of Computer Science with University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, PhD degree in Computer Science from The University of Queensland in 2012. Spatial-temporal databases, uncertain databases, social media analysis, in memory computing and blockchain technologies The recipient of Australian Discovery Early Career Research Award in 2013, and Best Paper Award of International Conference on Data Engineering (2015). PC member of over 10 top conferences and invited reviewer for the most prestigious journals. Zhihong Chong Zhihong Chong (Knowledge Graph) Associate professor in the college of computer science and engineering at Southeast University. Visiting scholars of University of New South Wales in Australia and University of Illinois Research Center in Singapore. Theoretical and applied research and development of blockchain, big data, knowledge graph and deep learning. Led and participated in the National Natural Science Foundation, National 863, the national key defense projects, and more than 10 enterprise cooperation projects such as HUA WEI, China Electronics Group and Focus Technology Co. Ltd. Zhenjie Zhang Zhenjie Zhang (Query Speedup and Indexing) PhD degree of computer science from National University of Singapore, a senior research scientist at the University of Illinois Advanced Digital Science Center. Database query, indexing of high dimensional data mining and causality analysis, data mining and machine learning in privacy protection, high speed data stream processing, and elastic cloud computing technology. President Award of National University of Singapore in 2008 Early Career Research Award of the IEEE Data Engineering Technology Committee (TCDE) in 2015, and the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing in 2013. Ken Huang Ken Huang (Advisor) Huang Lianjin(Ken) , Huawei VP, Chief Blockchain Scientist and Chief Identity Management System Architect, CISSP, Commit Member of ACM, Chinese Electric Academy Blockchain Expert Committee Member, Visiting Professor of Zhejiang Normal University. Before joining Huawei in December 2015, he worked for CGI Federal office in USA for 18 years and served as its Director of Cyber Security, Director of Cloud Security. He has established CGI Federal Identity Management Practice, and Cyber Security Competence Center. While working for CGI as Executive Consultant, he has consulted the United States federal Government, financial institutions, and utility companies and provided expertise in Finance, Blockchain, and Cyber Security. He graduated from Xian Jiaotong University in China and University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Danial Wang Danial Wang (Advisor) Founder of Loopring, Google Tech Lead, Cofounder of Yunrang Tech, Senior Engineering Director at http://JD.com , Cofounder of Coinport Exchange, Cofounder of Hygene Online, Senior Director & Blockchain Researcher of Zhongan Technology Howard Yuan Howard Yuan (Advisor) Partner of Fundamental Labs, EMBA of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Howard acted as the venture partner of Longcapital VC, CFO of IBM China, the early investors of Binance, aelf, OmiseGO, Power Ledger, Cortex, Status etc. Bo (Ramble) Lan Bo (Ramble) Lan (Advisor) Chairman of SwftCoin Foundation; Co-founder and President of North America Blockchain Association (NABA); Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Blockchain Catalysts; Co-founder of BlockBull Capital; Founder of GooCoin, the world 1st mobile cryptocurrency. Henry Cao Henry Cao (Advisor) Finance Professor at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Head of the Department of Finance, Founder of the first Finance MBA program in China, Member of the Finance Society of America, taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, admitted to the USTC gifted class at the age of 13, studied for doctor’s degree at Yale at the age of 18, Yale University/ UCLA PhDs. Nadim Uddin Nadim Uddin (Growth Strategist) Master of Science in International Business Development and Marketing from University of Ulster. Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Marketing and Leadership Skills from University of Leeds. BSc in Business Administration, Management and Operations from University of Sunderland. Blockchain Marketing expert and responsible for a few global blockchain projects as marketing team. An entrepreneur and inventor in technology, blockchain ecosystem, digital marketing. Experience as Business Analyst with project management, Extensive experience of analyzing current and potential business processes to identify clear opportunities in business. SEHBOUB Abdelmalek SEHBOUB Abdelmalek (Community manager) Master degree in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Department) has knowledge in different kind of materials as metal, polymer, glass ..etc. fun of new technologies as blockchain. start in crypto as micro investor then to translator diffrent contenents in two languages for ICOs as bounty participent in bounty compaigns. Apply innovative strategies to garner highest returns and minimize the risks inherent in trading Crypto currencies. Manage new products and content releases with online community. Collaborate with advertising and promotion managers to promote products and services. Community manager of several ICOs such Zebi, ONe Social Network, Planport. Derin Karim Derin Karim (Community manager) Derin is the project director of Alphablockchain Solutions - An ICO management and advisory firm. He is experienced in community management and has supported several ICOs in the past, including THEKEY, Zebi, DeepCloud AI and PCHAIN. Derin is also experienced in business operations and project management. Darryl Lo Darryl Lo (Head of Community Management) Darryl Lo is the Founder and CEO of Alphablockchain Solutions. He has supported several ICO projects to date such as Zebi, SentinelChain and DeepCloud AI. He has experience as head of community management and business development in the ICO space. 12345678 FUND
ORGANIZATION
MEDIA
NEWS PCHAIN PDBFT Successfully Completed Intercontinental Consensus Test , Crossing Asian, Europe And America. PCHAIN(PAI)Has Been Officially Listed On FCoin At About 16:00 On 7July. 2018/6/30, Dr. Feng Cao Talked About PCHAIN In Beijing Hutong. 2018/6/27, PCHAIN Token (PAI) Airdrop Started. 2018/6/26, Dr. Feng Cao Was Interviewed By Torque Ventures. 2018/6/25, PCHAIN Weekly Progress Report. 2018/6/24, Dr. Feng Cao Discussed PCHAIN And Blockchain With The Founder Of Plug&Play Mr. Rahim. 2018/6/24, Dr. Feng Cao Explained What Is The Tech Breakthrough Of 100 Validator Nodes Of PCHAIN Internal Test Net. 2018/6/22, Dr. Feng Cao Became The Author Of Blockchain Chapter In China Fintech Report 2018. 2018/6/22, PCHAIN Internal Test Net Has Been Successfully Extended To 100 Validation Nodes. 2018/6/20, Dr. Feng Cao Talked PCHAIN In CISOCC. 2018/6/20, PCHAIN Logo & Website Design Competition Started. 2018/6/15, PCHAIN Weekly Progress Report. 2018/6/29, Dr. Feng Cao Talked About PCHAIN In The 2018 Event Organized By China Financial Certification Authority. 2018/6/7, PCHAIN Weekly Progress Report. 2018/6/7, Dr. Feng Cao: PCHAIN Multi-Chain Principle. 2018/6/6, Dr. Feng Cao Attended The 2nd Blockchain New Finance Summit Forum. 2018/6/4, Dr. Feng Cao, As The Founder Of PCHAN, Invited To Make A Speech In 2nd Blockchain New Financial Summit At Shanghai On Jun 6, 2018. 2018/6/1, PCHAIN ($PAI) Was Launching On Bibox. 2018/5/27, Dr. Feng Cao,As The Founder Of PCHAN, Was Invited To Make A Speech About "Block Chain Financial Application Scene" In Big Data Industry Expo 2018 In Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China. 2018/5/26, PCHAIN Ticker Was Rebranded To PAI. 2018/5/22, Dr. Feng Cao's New Book Was Published. 2018/5/21, Dr. Feng Cao Was Interviewed By China Financial Herald. 2018/5/18, PCHAIN Demo Was Released. 2018/5/15, Dr. Feng Cao Met With Pudi, Quarkchain. 2018/5/10, Bo (Ramble) Lan Became PCHAIN Advisor. 2018/5/6, PCHAIN- The Most Promising Infrastructure/Protocol Of The Year Award — Awarded By Global Blockchain Technology Expo 2018. 2018/5/4, PCHAIN Lottery! 2018/5/3, PCHAIN Meetup In Singapore. 2018/5/2, Howard Yuan Became PCHAIN Advisor. 2018/4/28, PCHAIN Received The Investment Of LD Capital. 2018/4/26, Ken Huang Became PCHAIN Advisor. 2018/4/19, Dr. Feng Cao Was Invited To Attend The 7th China Fintech Summit. 2018/4/13, Dr. Feng Cao Was Interviewed By The Journalist From CBN (China Business News), After The Blockchain Applications And Booming Frontier Forum. 2018/3/9,Independ Investigation And Report Of PCHAIN From 36Kr -- The Most Influential IT Media In China. 2018/3/5,The Scientist Builds “China’s Ethereum”, PCHAIN. 2018/02/07,PCHAIN Co-Founder Lecture On PCHAIN In Bihu.Com 2018/02/03,PCHAIN Co-Founder Keynote Speaker In Tencent's Annual Black Technology Party. 2018/1/12-13, PCHAIN Co-Founder Keynote Speaker In Finwise Summit, Macau,China. terms twitter linkedin telegram ins github weixin Email:[email protected]
EXCHANGE LIST
Kucoin
Binance
Bit-Z
Bibox
Linkcoin
Qryptos
Bitrue
Bilaxy
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2018.06.01 10:39 vertc0in List of exchanges for Pchain (PAI)

LOGO AIRDROP FEATURES APPLICATION WHITEPAPER ROADMAP TEAM PARTNERS NEWS TERMS CONTACT PCHAIN The first native multichain system that supports EVM in the world Making large scale blockchain applications possible
twitter linkedin telegram ins github KEY FEATURES
NATIVE MULTICHAIN PLATFORM PCHAIN is the first native multichain system in the world that supports Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which consists of one main chain and multiple derived chains.
CONSENSUS WITH HIERARCHICAL SHARDING PIPELINE POS based multi layer sharding mechanism with a novel pipeline design that tremendously improves the performance of transactions.
SMART CONTRACTS BASED ON SMART DATA A new Oracle mechanism based on the knowledge graph makes it easier to encapsulate smart contracts. W3C compliant smart data effectively adresses the issue of nonintelligence in smart contracts.
CROSS CHAIN INVOCATION AND TRANSACTIONS The smart contracts of PCHAIN can be easily invoked with other nonnative Tokens (BCH, ERC20) by using the provided toolkit. APPLICATION SCENARIOS PCHAIN Distributed artificial intelligence, distributed question and answer, big data transaction. PCHAIN Digital asset transaction, providing reliable records for digital asset transactions. PCHAIN Game, rule setting for the game to avoid cheating PCHAIN Notary system, provide basis for promise that cannot be tampered with. PCHAIN Full cycle collaboration system, it works on the whole process, from planting and harvest all the way to supplychains and marketing. PCHAIN Trackable social networking, recording all the words that have been said. WHITE PAPER Download whitepaper whitepaper whitepaper whitepaper ROAD MAP PCHAIN Position Paper completed - Mar 2018 Dewdrop Stage - Oct 2018 Complete the development of PCHAIN core system which supports account system and deployment of smart contract, publish technical white paper. Test net of main chain online. River Stage - Mar 2019 Publish the product on the major network complete document of external API and wiki. Sea Stage - Jun 2019 Expand the capabilities of knowledge graph and Data Blockchain and support external development interfaces. Ocean stage - Sep 2019 Introduce several blockchain application projects to form Knowledge Graph Blockchain Alliance. TEAM caofeng Dr.Feng(Jeff) Cao (Vision & Science) The inventor of the 1st International Blockchain patent from China, the Co-Founder of ChinaLedger, the most influential blockchain alliance of China The Chief Scientist of Blockchain Application Committee in China Federation of Logistic and Purchasing (The 1st Gov Association in Industry), the Senior Fellow of the China Blockchain Research Alliance. Successfully accomplished the 1st blockchain based assets earning rights transfer in the world in September 2016, which is also the 1st Financial Blockchain Transaction in China. Ex-Chief Scientist of Internet Finance and cochair of the patent review board in IBM Research China,IBM Global Technical Achievement Awards three times. 22 papers in ACM/IEEE top conference and 30+ international patents. Steven Lv Steven Lv (Architecture) Master of Computer Science from Tsinghua University. Blockchain technology pioneer of China and responsible for a few global blockchain projects as team leader. Worked in SAP Shanghai Lab Rich commercial experiences in product optimization and innovation, system level software design and implementation, distributed cluster deployment, big data storage, mining and visualization, large scale software development process and quality control. Product level 300K code lines Frank Ma Frank Ma (Blockchain Storage and Optimization) Master of Computer Science from Xi’an Jiaotong University. Senior software engineer and expert of core blockchain technologies. 10 years working experiences at Global Top 500 companies with focus on database systems and distributed systems. US patents in database area and has rich experiences in system development and performance optimization. Kevin Zheng Kevin Zheng (In-memory Data Management) Full Professor of Computer Science with University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, PhD degree in Computer Science from The University of Queensland in 2012. Spatial-temporal databases, uncertain databases, social media analysis, in memory computing and blockchain technologies The recipient of Australian Discovery Early Career Research Award in 2013, and Best Paper Award of International Conference on Data Engineering (2015). PC member of over 10 top conferences and invited reviewer for the most prestigious journals. Zhihong Chong Zhihong Chong (Knowledge Graph) Associate professor in the college of computer science and engineering at Southeast University. Visiting scholars of University of New South Wales in Australia and University of Illinois Research Center in Singapore. Theoretical and applied research and development of blockchain, big data, knowledge graph and deep learning. Led and participated in the National Natural Science Foundation, National 863, the national key defense projects, and more than 10 enterprise cooperation projects such as HUA WEI, China Electronics Group and Focus Technology Co. Ltd. Zhenjie Zhang Zhenjie Zhang (Query Speedup and Indexing) PhD degree of computer science from National University of Singapore, a senior research scientist at the University of Illinois Advanced Digital Science Center. Database query, indexing of high dimensional data mining and causality analysis, data mining and machine learning in privacy protection, high speed data stream processing, and elastic cloud computing technology. President Award of National University of Singapore in 2008 Early Career Research Award of the IEEE Data Engineering Technology Committee (TCDE) in 2015, and the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing in 2013. Ken Huang Ken Huang (Advisor) Huang Lianjin(Ken) , Huawei VP, Chief Blockchain Scientist and Chief Identity Management System Architect, CISSP, Commit Member of ACM, Chinese Electric Academy Blockchain Expert Committee Member, Visiting Professor of Zhejiang Normal University. Before joining Huawei in December 2015, he worked for CGI Federal office in USA for 18 years and served as its Director of Cyber Security, Director of Cloud Security. He has established CGI Federal Identity Management Practice, and Cyber Security Competence Center. While working for CGI as Executive Consultant, he has consulted the United States federal Government, financial institutions, and utility companies and provided expertise in Finance, Blockchain, and Cyber Security. He graduated from Xian Jiaotong University in China and University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Danial Wang Danial Wang (Advisor) Founder of Loopring, Google Tech Lead, Cofounder of Yunrang Tech, Senior Engineering Director at http://JD.com , Cofounder of Coinport Exchange, Cofounder of Hygene Online, Senior Director & Blockchain Researcher of Zhongan Technology Howard Yuan Howard Yuan (Advisor) Partner of Fundamental Labs, EMBA of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Howard acted as the venture partner of Longcapital VC, CFO of IBM China, the early investors of Binance, aelf, OmiseGO, Power Ledger, Cortex, Status etc. Bo (Ramble) Lan Bo (Ramble) Lan (Advisor) Chairman of SwftCoin Foundation; Co-founder and President of North America Blockchain Association (NABA); Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Blockchain Catalysts; Co-founder of BlockBull Capital; Founder of GooCoin, the world 1st mobile cryptocurrency. Henry Cao Henry Cao (Advisor) Finance Professor at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Head of the Department of Finance, Founder of the first Finance MBA program in China, Member of the Finance Society of America, taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, admitted to the USTC gifted class at the age of 13, studied for doctor’s degree at Yale at the age of 18, Yale University/ UCLA PhDs. Nadim Uddin Nadim Uddin (Growth Strategist) Master of Science in International Business Development and Marketing from University of Ulster. Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Marketing and Leadership Skills from University of Leeds. BSc in Business Administration, Management and Operations from University of Sunderland. Blockchain Marketing expert and responsible for a few global blockchain projects as marketing team. An entrepreneur and inventor in technology, blockchain ecosystem, digital marketing. Experience as Business Analyst with project management, Extensive experience of analyzing current and potential business processes to identify clear opportunities in business. SEHBOUB Abdelmalek SEHBOUB Abdelmalek (Community manager) Master degree in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Department) has knowledge in different kind of materials as metal, polymer, glass ..etc. fun of new technologies as blockchain. start in crypto as micro investor then to translator diffrent contenents in two languages for ICOs as bounty participent in bounty compaigns. Apply innovative strategies to garner highest returns and minimize the risks inherent in trading Crypto currencies. Manage new products and content releases with online community. Collaborate with advertising and promotion managers to promote products and services. Community manager of several ICOs such Zebi, ONe Social Network, Planport. Derin Karim Derin Karim (Community manager) Derin is the project director of Alphablockchain Solutions - An ICO management and advisory firm. He is experienced in community management and has supported several ICOs in the past, including THEKEY, Zebi, DeepCloud AI and PCHAIN. Derin is also experienced in business operations and project management. Darryl Lo Darryl Lo (Head of Community Management) Darryl Lo is the Founder and CEO of Alphablockchain Solutions. He has supported several ICO projects to date such as Zebi, SentinelChain and DeepCloud AI. He has experience as head of community management and business development in the ICO space. 12345678 FUND
ORGANIZATION
MEDIA
NEWS PCHAIN PDBFT Successfully Completed Intercontinental Consensus Test , Crossing Asian, Europe And America. PCHAIN(PAI)Has Been Officially Listed On FCoin At About 16:00 On 7July. 2018/6/30, Dr. Feng Cao Talked About PCHAIN In Beijing Hutong. 2018/6/27, PCHAIN Token (PAI) Airdrop Started. 2018/6/26, Dr. Feng Cao Was Interviewed By Torque Ventures. 2018/6/25, PCHAIN Weekly Progress Report. 2018/6/24, Dr. Feng Cao Discussed PCHAIN And Blockchain With The Founder Of Plug&Play Mr. Rahim. 2018/6/24, Dr. Feng Cao Explained What Is The Tech Breakthrough Of 100 Validator Nodes Of PCHAIN Internal Test Net. 2018/6/22, Dr. Feng Cao Became The Author Of Blockchain Chapter In China Fintech Report 2018. 2018/6/22, PCHAIN Internal Test Net Has Been Successfully Extended To 100 Validation Nodes. 2018/6/20, Dr. Feng Cao Talked PCHAIN In CISOCC. 2018/6/20, PCHAIN Logo & Website Design Competition Started. 2018/6/15, PCHAIN Weekly Progress Report. 2018/6/29, Dr. Feng Cao Talked About PCHAIN In The 2018 Event Organized By China Financial Certification Authority. 2018/6/7, PCHAIN Weekly Progress Report. 2018/6/7, Dr. Feng Cao: PCHAIN Multi-Chain Principle. 2018/6/6, Dr. Feng Cao Attended The 2nd Blockchain New Finance Summit Forum. 2018/6/4, Dr. Feng Cao, As The Founder Of PCHAN, Invited To Make A Speech In 2nd Blockchain New Financial Summit At Shanghai On Jun 6, 2018. 2018/6/1, PCHAIN ($PAI) Was Launching On Bibox. 2018/5/27, Dr. Feng Cao,As The Founder Of PCHAN, Was Invited To Make A Speech About "Block Chain Financial Application Scene" In Big Data Industry Expo 2018 In Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China. 2018/5/26, PCHAIN Ticker Was Rebranded To PAI. 2018/5/22, Dr. Feng Cao's New Book Was Published. 2018/5/21, Dr. Feng Cao Was Interviewed By China Financial Herald. 2018/5/18, PCHAIN Demo Was Released. 2018/5/15, Dr. Feng Cao Met With Pudi, Quarkchain. 2018/5/10, Bo (Ramble) Lan Became PCHAIN Advisor. 2018/5/6, PCHAIN- The Most Promising Infrastructure/Protocol Of The Year Award — Awarded By Global Blockchain Technology Expo 2018. 2018/5/4, PCHAIN Lottery! 2018/5/3, PCHAIN Meetup In Singapore. 2018/5/2, Howard Yuan Became PCHAIN Advisor. 2018/4/28, PCHAIN Received The Investment Of LD Capital. 2018/4/26, Ken Huang Became PCHAIN Advisor. 2018/4/19, Dr. Feng Cao Was Invited To Attend The 7th China Fintech Summit. 2018/4/13, Dr. Feng Cao Was Interviewed By The Journalist From CBN (China Business News), After The Blockchain Applications And Booming Frontier Forum. 2018/3/9,Independ Investigation And Report Of PCHAIN From 36Kr -- The Most Influential IT Media In China. 2018/3/5,The Scientist Builds “China’s Ethereum”, PCHAIN. 2018/02/07,PCHAIN Co-Founder Lecture On PCHAIN In Bihu.Com 2018/02/03,PCHAIN Co-Founder Keynote Speaker In Tencent's Annual Black Technology Party. 2018/1/12-13, PCHAIN Co-Founder Keynote Speaker In Finwise Summit, Macau,China. terms twitter linkedin telegram ins github weixin Email:[email protected]
General info and list of exchanges for *
EXCHANGE LIST
Kucoin
Binance
Bit-Z
Bibox
Linkcoin
Qryptos
Bitrue
Bilaxy
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2018.01.20 16:17 cryptoflorin MEDICALCHAIN REVIEW

A lot of people are talking about this project and as a potential investor i decided to run some checks on it and see if it's worth. Everyone is pumped about it but after a closer look I'm not sure it's worth its price. Therefore let's have a look at the facts :
Medicalchain.com LTD
The company was incorporated on 28/06/2017 under the name MEDICALCHAIN.IO LTD as a private company limited by ordinary shares.
Three directors are appointed: Mr. Mohammed Tayeb, Mr. Abdullah Dafir Albeyatti and Mr. Bara Mustafa.
The initial shareholdings (total of 999) are split in 3 equal parts:
1/3 (333) owned by Mr. Abdullah Dafir Albeyatti
1/3 (333) owned by Mr. Bara Mustafa
1/3 (333) owned by XL CAPITAL VENTURES LTD (owned by Mohammed Tayeb and Omar Tayeb)
At 24/07/2017 the number of shares is increased to 1332, with XL CAPITAL VENTURES LTD holding 666 ordinary shares.
At 13/08/2017 XL CAPITAL VENTURES LTD cease to be a shareholder, with MR Mohammed Tayeb now holding the 666 shares previously held by XL Capital.
At 14/08/2018 MEDICALCHAIN.IO LTD becomes MEDICALCHAIN.COM LTD
Below you can find a bit about every member of the team starting with the top dogs.
MOHAMMED TAYEB :: Director
MR MOHAMMED TAYEB description taken from medicalchain.com.
Mr. Mohammed Tayeb is a Partner at Hearn Capital Limited. Mr. Tayeb co-founded ReadyCache. In 2010, he headed up the development side of morethan.com. During his time there, Mr. Tayeb architected and developed a system to drive down online fraud, saving its over £40 million. Prior to that, he ran a boutique consultancy business in the field of mobile web and application development. Together with his brother and Co-Founder, they own over eight games and utility applications on the Apple and Google Play apps market, with over 10 million downloads. Mr. Tayeb is an internet entrepreneur, investor, and founder of several technology and e-commerce start-ups. As well being a Partner in Hearn Capital, he is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Salic. Mr. Tayeb specializes in bringing together technological efficiencies to the business world. He has a degree in e-commerce from Brunel University and an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford.
I’ve done an extensive background check and noticed that Mr Mohammed Tayeb has had his fingers in many pies since 2010 being appointed director in and out of more than 15 companies. I am not sure if I would trust him with my money as it looks like he cant commit to something for a longer period of time.
Below you can find part of his work history:
MONSTER TECHNOLOGIES LTD :: Director since 9 January 2017 :: Active - no information found
HEARN CAPITAL LIMITED :: Director since 21 January 2016 :: Active
The company is owned from background by Influential (Holdings) Limited owning more than 50% of shares with a total equity of £1.7 mil.
Basically Influential Holding has lent Hearn Capital 1.2 million to invest in different companies. To me it looks like Mohammed has no skin in this as Influential Holdings Limited is owned by Mr Andrew Richardson and Mr John Edward Simpson.
GOODSHAW CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LTD :: Director since 6 January 2016 :: Company still active Dormant company aka not carrying any business activity
DYNISTICS LIMITED :: Director since 03/03/2015 :: Company still active
Acquisition of Dynistics https://www.dynistics.com/ :: a software company that Hearncapital bought in 2015 which counts colleges, NHS Foundation Trusts and recruitment agencies as clients.
Link for acquisition:https://www.insidermedia.com/insidemidlands/141513-hearn-capital-buys-solihull-software-company
Dynistics is listed as a “small company” and the directors have elected not to include a copy of the profit and loss account within the financial statements. Total equity registered at the end of 2016 : £16.557
SALIC(UK)Limited :: Director since 22/01/2015 :: Company still active
Saudi Agricultural and Livestock investment company: this company belongs to Ministry Of Finance (Saudi Arabia) and financed with over 300 million pounds in capital and 75% or more ownership.
The Travel booking Company LTD :: Director since 19/11/2014 : Dissolved 29/03/2016
XL Capital Investment LTD :: Director 17/03/2014 :: Dissolved : 04/07/2017 - no other information found
Global Labs Technology Limited :: Director since 10/12/2013 –Dissolved : 18/07/2016 - No record, probably westernlabs.com which has no track record nor an online presence
Ready Cache Technologies LTD :: Director since 01/10/2013 :: Dissolved : 04/07/2017 - ReadyCache is a website that accelerates your online content and delivers the best possible speeds to you.
Pepperstone Limited :: Director 13/02/2017 – 22/06/2017 :: Resigned (former 123FX.COM LTD)
Pepperstone acquired 123FX.COM LTD what is now its UK subsidiary from Mohammed Tayeb, who alongside his broker Omar Tayeb established an FCA regulated shell with plans to launch a retail forex brokerage called 123FX.com. The business was never launched, and instead was sold to Pepperstone in late 2015.
Pepperstone has suspended trading for clients in its UK subsidiary as the company is making some changes to its management structure and processes, and bringing on some additional resources in its UK office. To comply with its FCA obligations Pepperstone has had to temporarily suspend trading in the UK until all of the changes are complete and the additional resources are in place.
http://www.checkdirector.co.uk/directomohammed-tayeb/ https://www.leaprate.com/forex/brokers/pepperstone-swaps-phil-horner-mohammed-tayeb-board-uk-fx-relaunch/
Some other companies he had been involved with:
• Director House of Choice Stores LTD :: 2013 – 2016 Disolved
• Director XI Capital Ventures LTD :: 2014-2017 Disolved
• Director UR Trading :: 2002 – 2010 Disolved
• Director LOVEFRAGRANCE INTERNATIONAL LTD :: 2012 – Dissolved 2013
• Director DAR FIRST LIMITED :: 2007 – Dissolved 2011
• Director BLACKSTONE E-COMMERCE LIMITED :: 2011 – Dissolved 2013
All this information can be found at https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/ . You just lookup his name or company names and access the records.
** Mr. Abdullah Dafir Albeyatti :: Director**
Enthusiastic doctor with a wide range of skills and interests. Currently completing my general practice training in Leeds. Previous surgical trainee in the London Deanery. My ambition is to continue improving as a doctor and to develop myself in other fields of medicine and aesthetic training.
He is also the founder of dischargesummary.co.uk. The website is described as a website designed to streamline and lessen the work load placed on junior doctors by standardising the content of discharge summaries produced when a patient is discharged from hospital. This platform has allowed hospital departments to establish quality assurance and accurately produce reliable discharge summaries to effectively commute between hospital and community medicine.
I checked the website and 3 out of 6 features are under development. The site is now redirected to https://ds.medicalchain.com/
Mr. Bara Mustafa :: DirectoCTO
There is no mention of Mr Bara Mustafa on the mediclchain.com which is weird as he is one of the directors and shareholder. It looks like Mr Bara occupation is CTO, which surely would be of interested to the public. Mr Bara is also a OwneDirector of ENETIDEAS LTD since 2010 rendering services as IT Consultant.
https://www.enetideas.com :: the website is not functional, none of the products links are working.
Jay Povey :: Blockchain developer at medicalchain
His introductory linkedin line :
Self taught programmer, programming for 7+ years. BA(Hons) from Buckinghamshire New University. Since January I joined Medicalchain to help create a world class blockchain platform for electronic health records. Previously worked on forex trading algorithm using deep learning / pattern recognition techniques. I have had a keen interest in blockchain technology over the past 2 years. I have been learning the ins and outs of the technology and Im very excited about the future of blockchain. I see great potential for revolutionizing the way businesses are run.
He started coding for Medicalchain in 2017 previously working for 2 years for one of Mohammed companies ReadyCache which was dissolved.
I’m not sure about his experience developing “on forex trading algorithm” as at the previous company ReadyCache they were “building software that is making a difference to webmasters and large companies. We accelerate our customers’ websites, save our customers money and enhance user experience”
Before ReadyCache he worked for a college as an IT technicial and e-learning advisor.
Also I’m not sure what to make out of his facebook profile, he comes across a bit weird. Also on one of his facebook posts he was asking where you can buy bitcoin in may 2017 but on his summary : “I have had a keen interest in blockchain technology over the past 2 years. I have been learning the ins and outs of the technology and Im very excited about the future of blockchain”
https://www.facebook.com/jaypov
Robert Miller :: Director Of Business Development
Looks like his CV is somehow better than the rest, again worked alongside Mohammed at Goodshaw Capital for 1 year. Freelanced a few blockchain projects so I would say he is the one who will drive the project as longs as the money are coming in.
Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/bertcmiller
Natalie Furness :: Communication Director
She has a background in healthcare industry, namely working as a physiotherapist since 2010. She also lectured for Physiotherapy and Sports Exercise Scientist students at Birmingham University and currently working as a project manager for a company offering solutions to the occupational health sector.
The rest of the team occupies either associates or consultants positions for a short period of time 2-3 months.
To sum it up : the initial £5000 pre-ICO investment is way way exaggerated based on the fact that there is nothing to show for at the present moment, just ideas. Mr Mohammed has started 15+ companies and most of them are dissolved which doesn't sound very promising. On top of that he now owns half the company whereas initially the company was split in thirds. Their CTO is not mentioned anywhere on the website but he is a shareholder in the company.
I would not recommend investing in the project right now and I would wait to see if the project would ever gain traction and materialize.
Below I listed some of the videos related to Medicalchain at different conferences / interviews :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Bc4RiugMg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6WbFMt6Ic4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT-vRXZ2k-o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=devzmfzsh7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA91OAaNZUo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_OdMREOpBI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebP5ZzQView
If you want me to run any other checks on other upcoming ICO please let me know.
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2018.01.19 13:21 cryptoflorin MEDICALCHAIN REVIEW

A lot of people are talking about this project and as a potential investor i decided to run some checks on it and see if it's worth. Everyone is pumped about it but after a closer look I'm not sure it's worth its price. Therefore let's have a look at the facts :
Medicalchain.com LTD
The company was incorporated on 28/06/2017 under the name MEDICALCHAIN.IO LTD as a private company limited by ordinary shares.
Three directors are appointed: Mr. Mohammed Tayeb, Mr. Abdullah Dafir Albeyatti and Mr. Bara Mustafa.
The initial shareholdings (total of 999) are split in 3 equal parts:
1/3 (333) owned by Mr. Abdullah Dafir Albeyatti
1/3 (333) owned by Mr. Bara Mustafa
1/3 (333) owned by XL CAPITAL VENTURES LTD (owned by Mohammed Tayeb and Omar Tayeb)
At 24/07/2017 the number of shares is increased to 1332, with XL CAPITAL VENTURES LTD holding 666 ordinary shares.
At 13/08/2017 XL CAPITAL VENTURES LTD cease to be a shareholder, with MR Mohammed Tayeb now holding the 666 shares previously held by XL Capital.
At 14/08/2018 MEDICALCHAIN.IO LTD becomes MEDICALCHAIN.COM LTD
Below you can find a bit about every member of the team starting with the top dogs.
MOHAMMED TAYEB :: Director
MR MOHAMMED TAYEB description taken from medicalchain.com.
Mr. Mohammed Tayeb is a Partner at Hearn Capital Limited. Mr. Tayeb co-founded ReadyCache. In 2010, he headed up the development side of morethan.com. During his time there, Mr. Tayeb architected and developed a system to drive down online fraud, saving its over £40 million. Prior to that, he ran a boutique consultancy business in the field of mobile web and application development. Together with his brother and Co-Founder, they own over eight games and utility applications on the Apple and Google Play apps market, with over 10 million downloads. Mr. Tayeb is an internet entrepreneur, investor, and founder of several technology and e-commerce start-ups. As well being a Partner in Hearn Capital, he is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Salic. Mr. Tayeb specializes in bringing together technological efficiencies to the business world. He has a degree in e-commerce from Brunel University and an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford.
I’ve done an extensive background check and noticed that Mr Mohammed Tayeb has had his fingers in many pies since 2010 being appointed director in and out of more than 15 companies. I am not sure if I would trust him with my money as it looks like he cant commit to something for a longer period of time.
Below you can find part of his work history:
MONSTER TECHNOLOGIES LTD :: Director since 9 January 2017 :: Active - no information found
HEARN CAPITAL LIMITED :: Director since 21 January 2016 :: Active
The company is owned from background by Influential (Holdings) Limited owning more than 50% of shares with a total equity of £1.7 mil.
Basically Influential Holding has lent Hearn Capital 1.2 million to invest in different companies. To me it looks like Mohammed has no skin in this as Influential Holdings Limited is owned by Mr Andrew Richardson and Mr John Edward Simpson.
GOODSHAW CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LTD :: Director since 6 January 2016 :: Company still active Dormant company aka not carrying any business activity
DYNISTICS LIMITED :: Director since 03/03/2015 :: Company still active
Acquisition of Dynistics https://www.dynistics.com/ :: a software company that Hearncapital bought in 2015 which counts colleges, NHS Foundation Trusts and recruitment agencies as clients.
Link for acquisition:https://www.insidermedia.com/insidemidlands/141513-hearn-capital-buys-solihull-software-company
Dynistics is listed as a “small company” and the directors have elected not to include a copy of the profit and loss account within the financial statements. Total equity registered at the end of 2016 : £16.557
SALIC(UK)Limited :: Director since 22/01/2015 :: Company still active
Saudi Agricultural and Livestock investment company: this company belongs to Ministry Of Finance (Saudi Arabia) and financed with over 300 million pounds in capital and 75% or more ownership.
The Travel booking Company LTD :: Director since 19/11/2014 : Dissolved 29/03/2016
XL Capital Investment LTD :: Director 17/03/2014 :: Dissolved : 04/07/2017 - no other information found
Global Labs Technology Limited :: Director since 10/12/2013 –Dissolved : 18/07/2016 - No record, probably westernlabs.com which has no track record nor an online presence
Ready Cache Technologies LTD :: Director since 01/10/2013 :: Dissolved : 04/07/2017 - ReadyCache is a website that accelerates your online content and delivers the best possible speeds to you.
Pepperstone Limited :: Director 13/02/2017 – 22/06/2017 :: Resigned (former 123FX.COM LTD)
Pepperstone acquired 123FX.COM LTD what is now its UK subsidiary from Mohammed Tayeb, who alongside his broker Omar Tayeb established an FCA regulated shell with plans to launch a retail forex brokerage called 123FX.com. The business was never launched, and instead was sold to Pepperstone in late 2015.
Pepperstone has suspended trading for clients in its UK subsidiary as the company is making some changes to its management structure and processes, and bringing on some additional resources in its UK office. To comply with its FCA obligations Pepperstone has had to temporarily suspend trading in the UK until all of the changes are complete and the additional resources are in place.
http://www.checkdirector.co.uk/directomohammed-tayeb/ https://www.leaprate.com/forex/brokers/pepperstone-swaps-phil-horner-mohammed-tayeb-board-uk-fx-relaunch/
Some other companies he had been involved with:
• Director House of Choice Stores LTD :: 2013 – 2016 Disolved
• Director XI Capital Ventures LTD :: 2014-2017 Disolved
• Director UR Trading :: 2002 – 2010 Disolved
• Director LOVEFRAGRANCE INTERNATIONAL LTD :: 2012 – Dissolved 2013
• Director DAR FIRST LIMITED :: 2007 – Dissolved 2011
• Director BLACKSTONE E-COMMERCE LIMITED :: 2011 – Dissolved 2013
All this information can be found at https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/ . You just lookup his name or company names and access the records.
** Mr. Abdullah Dafir Albeyatti :: Director**
Enthusiastic doctor with a wide range of skills and interests. Currently completing my general practice training in Leeds. Previous surgical trainee in the London Deanery. My ambition is to continue improving as a doctor and to develop myself in other fields of medicine and aesthetic training.
He is also the founder of dischargesummary.co.uk. The website is described as a website designed to streamline and lessen the work load placed on junior doctors by standardising the content of discharge summaries produced when a patient is discharged from hospital. This platform has allowed hospital departments to establish quality assurance and accurately produce reliable discharge summaries to effectively commute between hospital and community medicine.
I checked the website and 3 out of 6 features are under development. The site is now redirected to https://ds.medicalchain.com/
Mr. Bara Mustafa :: DirectoCTO
There is no mention of Mr Bara Mustafa on the mediclchain.com which is weird as he is one of the directors and shareholder. It looks like Mr Bara occupation is CTO, which surely would be of interested to the public. Mr Bara is also a OwneDirector of ENETIDEAS LTD since 2010 rendering services as IT Consultant.
https://www.enetideas.com :: the website is not functional, none of the products links are working.
Jay Povey :: Blockchain developer at medicalchain
His introductory linkedin line :
Self taught programmer, programming for 7+ years. BA(Hons) from Buckinghamshire New University. Since January I joined Medicalchain to help create a world class blockchain platform for electronic health records. Previously worked on forex trading algorithm using deep learning / pattern recognition techniques. I have had a keen interest in blockchain technology over the past 2 years. I have been learning the ins and outs of the technology and Im very excited about the future of blockchain. I see great potential for revolutionizing the way businesses are run.
He started coding for Medicalchain in 2017 previously working for 2 years for one of Mohammed companies ReadyCache which was dissolved.
I’m not sure about his experience developing “on forex trading algorithm” as at the previous company ReadyCache they were “building software that is making a difference to webmasters and large companies. We accelerate our customers’ websites, save our customers money and enhance user experience”
Before ReadyCache he worked for a college as an IT technicial and e-learning advisor.
Also I’m not sure what to make out of his facebook profile, he comes across a bit weird. Also on one of his facebook posts he was asking where you can buy bitcoin in may 2017 but on his summary : “I have had a keen interest in blockchain technology over the past 2 years. I have been learning the ins and outs of the technology and Im very excited about the future of blockchain”
https://www.facebook.com/jaypov
Robert Miller :: Director Of Business Development
Looks like his CV is somehow better than the rest, again worked alongside Mohammed at Goodshaw Capital for 1 year. Freelanced a few blockchain projects so I would say he is the one who will drive the project as longs as the money are coming in.
Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/bertcmiller
Natalie Furness :: Communication Director
She has a background in healthcare industry, namely working as a physiotherapist since 2010. She also lectured for Physiotherapy and Sports Exercise Scientist students at Birmingham University and currently working as a project manager for a company offering solutions to the occupational health sector.
The rest of the team occupies either associates or consultants positions for a short period of time 2-3 months.
To sum it up : the initial £5000 pre-ICO investment is way way exaggerated based on the fact that there is nothing to show for at the present moment, just ideas. Mr Mohammed has started 15+ companies and most of them are dissolved which doesn't sound very promising. On top of that he now owns half the company whereas initially the company was split in thirds. Their CTO is not mentioned anywhere on the website but he is a shareholder in the company.
I would not recommend investing in the project right now and I would wait to see if the project would ever gain traction and materialize.
Below I listed some of the videos related to Medicalchain at different conferences / interviews :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Bc4RiugMg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6WbFMt6Ic4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT-vRXZ2k-o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=devzmfzsh7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA91OAaNZUo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_OdMREOpBI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebP5ZzQView
If you want me to run any other checks on other upcoming ICO please let me know.
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2017.09.20 16:50 AlexJamesDean Been hit with a massive bill, I'm flat broke not even eating.

Hey viewers, I'd like to explain the backstory behind this.
I'm a self-employed website developer, from London, UK. In September of 2016 I moved to Leeds, UK with my ex, at the time I had quite a few clients in and around London, this made it harder for them to do work with me as they preferred to see me in-person. I often offered to call around and email more frequently but as I moved my clients moved on. This wasn't the worst thing to happen as when I got to Leeds I had an apprenticeship programme to start working on. I worked my way through the programme and didn't get placed into work through the programme, so I started to look for work.
A company noticed my LinkedIn profile and the manager of a certain division decided to message me through LinkedIn inviting me for an interview. I got the job and was now a full-time employee, going out on the weekends with my girlfriend and treating her to various things. Skip ahead to February now and the company was all but satisfied with my performance, I was achieving deadlines but was too relaxed at work and lacked skills in time management. I had previously assumed as long as the work was getting done it was fine.
I got fired a week later and the house became a hostile place, arguments about bills getting paid, tantrums about things not getting done and just a general unwelcome feeling when walking through the door to what I called home. In my eyes, I wasn't doing anything wrong, I'd come home do my chores and go upstairs, search for jobs and play games after whilst my girlfriend would sit downstairs with the cat whilst watching TV, she didn't often ask me to spend time with her but when she did I would comply 95% of the time unless I was really busy.
I ended up getting myself a job at my local McDonalds and really didn't want to work there but stuck it out in order to pay for my food and bills for a while whilst I looked for something more tech-related. I got 6 weeks into my trial and McDonalds and failed for a few reasons most of which were absolute crap if I may say so myself, stuff like not getting on with the entire team, when I was very friendly and polite to everyone there having conversations with most of them after work. When I got home I was told to pack my bags and move home and that me and my girlfriend were breaking up.
So I did just that, packed my things and moved back down to London. The minute I get back I'm greeted with a potential client and do everything in my power to win him over and build his websites. He tells me he wants to start a book publishing website and gives me the project brief which I tell him I can easily complete for £600, he also added 2 SEO packages one for his wife' site and one for his business partner to a total of £800 and he said more SEO work would be needed worth more next time (talking 400-500).
So the first month goes by and I'm quite happy with the frequency of pay and I've just met a new girl who I'm taking on dates and spending lots of time with, playing games and doing coupley things. The second month hits and money starts getting a bit hard to claim from my client, so I decide because he's a trustworthy client I'll take a loan to cover my food and internet for the month as I don't want to constantly bug him for money through fear of him terminating his contract. I eventually work to the end of my contract and he invites me into his shop. I go to meet him and he says "there's extra things that need doing on the site before I give you your final payment" these items were not in the brief at all. I complete them as I like to go above and beyond for my clients as I hope there's a mutual respect there. I then get home and notice the money hasn't hit my bank yet. Send him an email and get a reply stating it's not all completed "There needs to be a download script to download the books and redirect to the home page from paypal" I tell him this will take extra time as this is not covered by the package and get on with the work yet again trusting his faith. Complete the script and invoice him for the extra work completed, no reply, send an email reminding him of pending payment 2 days later, no reply, send him a resolution form 2 days later to see how he would like to tackle the problem and finally get a reply.
In the email he details how my work is substandard and that I am charging too much for my service, being told I don't know enough to be charging people money for my service and that the client is way ahead of me in coding. I have been using and learning HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL and tonnes of other languages since December 2007. I remember this because this is the time when I got my first laptop and I had already started coding in an internet cafe a few months prior. He didn't mention any problems before this happened and rushed to terminate the contract for childish reasons making up excuses as he went along and them claiming to be better than me at my own job.
As mentioned I had to take out a loan of £200 to keep myself afloat in this time and now I have to pay back £108 or $150 in order to stop myself from being billed £15 or $22 per day that I do not pay. This is scary as I currently do not have any clients and I assumed I would by now as I have been putting maximum effort into selling myself. I've even applied to jobs with no luck and I'm seriously on a straight road to debt for the rest of my life if I don't receive any help. I am sorry to ask the community, I really am. I don't like being this stressed or desperate but the money is due in 2 days now and if it doesn't get paid I will never be able to love my girlfriend the way she needs, I will never be able to show my parents that I can be stable on my own and most importantly I'll constantly feel like a let-down with the constant debt reminder hanging over my head, preventing me from getting a job or anything done about my janky teeth.
You don't strictly have to donate, order a service from me. I promise his review is a lie and the only way to find out is to order a service from me. http://alexjamesdean.co.uk otherwise
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Something New

Reddit is HUGE with 1,093,464 subreddits. (This number is updated daily!)
/tldr is trying out a new feature where I will post a random, small subreddit and its top content. It's a fun way to include and celebrate smaller subreddits.

Today's random subreddit is...

/EatCheapAndHealthy

Post your freezing, canning, recipes and ideas for people to eat both cheap and healthy.
Its top 3 all time posts:
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2016.10.06 16:50 fatherdougal One Year With Plantar Fasciitis

Hi /running,
For the past 12 months, I've been on an uphill battle again Plantar Fasciitis, but I'm finally back up and running. I decided to write about my experiences in the hope it being useful to someone in the future.
tl;dr: This table is a summary of what helped, what didn't help, what I believe made things worse, and what I didn't try at all. If there's one thing to take away when it comes to Plantar Fasciitis, it's that there is no golden ticket to fixing it. What worked for other people didn't always work for me, and what worked for me won't always work for others. Your doctor is probably the only person you should trust on this matter, and I'd advise consulting one with some relevant experience.
07:55 AM on Thursday August 27th 2015 was the precise time my left foot gave up on me. Strava Flyby replays me hobbling to a halt at the beginning of what was supposed to be a gentle vacation jog through the countryside of southern Poland.
The reason for my abrupt halt was a stabbing pain underneath my left foot, as if I were repeatedly standing on a power plug or a Lego brick. I’d felt this once before, a week before my first Half-Marathon in February 2012. I was new to running at the time but knew a red flag when I saw one and took it as a sign that it was time to back off. On that occasion, I healed up fine after a couple of weeks and thought no more of it.
I presumed this would be much of the same. I’d use the remainder of my vacation to ramble rather than run and by the time I got home it would be business as usual. How wrong I was. Over the next 12 months, the stabbing pain would grow to be accompanied by throbbing, dull aches, muscle spasms, and through stupidity on my part, it would make it’s way from my left foot into my right foot. I'd uncover a wealth of information and contradictions on how to treat what I came to know as Plantar Fasciitis, an injury affecting one ligament amongst the intricate structure and biomechanics of the foot.
Through until this summer, I tried many things to get back to full mobility with limited success, before finding a combination of remedies which worked for me. This write-up aims to go over my build-up to the condition, the subsequent year of trials and tribulations, what specifically helped and didn't help, and where I go from here.

The Higher You Climb...

In 2011 I weighed 219lbs and had partaken in no athletic endeavour since secondary school. Life was a grind of work, pub, sleep, repeat, with my closest involvement to sport being the ritual weekend pub crawls to Elland Road prior to Leeds United games. One October morning, I went all-in and called it quits on alcohol. A month later I joined a gym, another month later I started running, and by February 2012 I'd ran my first half-marathon around the punishing hills of Jerusalem.
Between then and August 2015, I built up a respectable fitness foundation and shed around 60lbs, getting my resting heart-rate down to a similar number and my BMI firmly where it belonged. I slowly reintroduced alcohol back into my diet with more moderation, usually as a celebratory reward or at Christmas time rather than any kind of weekly norm.
I had the time of my life travelling the world, from Middlesbrough to Macedonia and Newcastle to North Korea, just to run road races. When I reached my goals in running, I start cycling, then swimming, before combining all three disciplines in triathlon. I'd relish the opportunity to push my fitness to new levels under the guidance of the brilliant trainers at my gym and running club. I felt in the shape of my life and considered myself anything but injury prone.

…The Harder You Fall

A month prior to my vacation in Poland, I completed the New York City triathlon and felt confident enough to progress towards Ironman. I duly signed up for my first 140.6 and drafted a 12 month training schedule.
Between registering for the Ironman and departing for Poland, I ran a slow and steady 21 KM. The aim of the run was to finish with enough energy to continue towards the full 42 KM somewhere down the line. The run itself felt fine, but afterwards, my left foot felt unusually sore. The feeling subsided a few days later and I wonder whether reducing my pace that evening engaged some new mechanics that my body wasn’t used to, setting the stage for injury. Although it could just be a red herring, it sticks in my mind because of it's proximity to Poland.
Vacation time ticked around and the stunning Ojców national park looked like a great place to get in some hill-work. The morning of my run was no different to any other: a few stretches whilst waiting for my watch to pick up GPS, and away into a steady pace. The pain struck hard. I remember reading once that if you feel a small niggle or discomfort, continue to run for 20 minutes to see whether it passes. There was no way I could run for 20 seconds, let alone 20 minutes.
You read a lot of advice about building up to running longer distances or faster paces but never anything about slowing down. I hope this story provides food for thought for anyone else considering doing the same thing.

RICE Time

After returning home from Poland, I rested for a week or so but noticed little difference. Hobbling became the new walking and I began taking the bus to work in lieu of making the two mile round trip by foot.
Working a desk job in IT, I had plenty of opportunities to practice the commonly prescribed R.I.C.E. routine: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Work even started out as a welcome distraction from being unable to embark on my regular morning jogs, but not being able to kick off Sundays with a long-run became disheartening. On those days when I used to run, I would clock up around 30,000 steps per day. Now I was barely reaching 5,000.
Time ticked by and to my horror, the scales began to tip in the wrong direction and my fitness began to diminish. Gym cardio such as the bike and rowing machine were too painful to train with, so I ramped up my swimming instead. I clocked up 156,481 metres in the pool by the end of 2015, but at no point did it come close to endorphins and DOMS of a good run or brick session.
As the weeks became months, I challenged my perception of the pain. Was this simply mental rather than physical? How could a foot injury last so long? I decided to try put mind over matter and started running again. I re-joined my running club for some functional strength training too.
After explaining my symptoms to the coach, she immediately recognised it as Plantar Fasciitis. Her tone was enough to tell me I should be worried, and she strongly recommended seeing a doctor. A few weeks passed with no improvement, but I persisted, continuing to run and attend the training sessions. “What was that thing you mentioned again? Plan… tar…?”, I asked with more intrigue.

Ok Google. Seriously. How do I fix this?

Work became busier and life kept getting in the way of seeing a doctor. I at least had the sense to stop trying to run through the pain, and I turned to the internet to find out more. I was astonished to discover just how common Plantar Fasciitis is. I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before. The sheer wealth of contradictions on how to recover from it told me that this wasn't going to be an easy journey: Ice or heat, barefoot or strong shoes, stretching or resting... the list went on and on.
I first read positive things about something called orthotics. Insoles for your shoes, they are shaped in a way which supposedly support the plantar, and £25 later I had my own pair. They felt terrible from the start. The arches pressed so hard into my feet that they felt as though they were doing more harm than good. I persevered, wanting to believe what I read online, but finally resigned on them as a waste of time.
Christmas approached and I departed Sweden for England. With time to relax and unwind, I made it to a doctor. Although she agreed with my coach’s diagnosis, she was unimpressed that I’d tried to fix things by myself. Since I didn’t have a high foot arch to begin with, the orthotics had probably made things worse. What I ought to have been doing, she said, was applying ice to reduce the swelling and getting lots of rest.
Resting I was happy to continue on with, but the quantity of ice she recommended was far more than I'd been using so far. I picked up a big block ice wrap from a local chemist and got to work: 20 minutes several times per day. A few weeks went by with no results and Christmas morning had an air of gloom about it as I realised I wouldn’t be able to run my traditional time-trial around the hills of Northumberland.
Thoroughly fed up with the situation, and against all common sense, I decided it would be a good idea to try go for a jog. About five minutes in, I felt a familiar stabbing pain… in my other foot. I immediately knew I’d just introduced my right foot to the wonderful world of Plantar Fasciitis too.

Hot & Cold

I saw out 2015 by not moving a great deal and taking public transport everywhere. By the time 2016 came around, with it came a trip to Spain. I’d registered to run the Torremolinos Half-Marathon almost a year earlier. Long given up the idea of being able to run 2 KM never mind 21 KM, I headed to Spain anyway for some sunshine and to cheer on the runners.
Rambling from resort to resort, I began to notice my feet were feeling much better! Sticking to Cerveza Sin Alcohol, it certainly wasn’t any alcohol numbing the pain. It was genuine relief. The more time went by, the better I felt, and I even managed to get out for a comfortable one mile jog along the beach-front. Could all that slow walking have helped? Was it placebo in the form of sunshine that brought happiness to my feet?
I think either could be true, because when I returned to the -17 C abyss that was Stockholm, the regular pains came straight back - worse than ever. Sleeping became difficult as I felt every heartbeat through the bottom of my feet and I deferred myself to a second doctor.
Doctor Two was an experience to forget. I explained my situation, what I'd tried and been told from my previous doctor, and he barely said a word the entire time. If there were ever an advert for not spending 200 SEK to get an appointment with a doctor in Sweden, this guy was it. In the end, he mumbled "steroid cream" and "12 months". My heart sank. 12 months on top of the 6 months I'd already struggled through was not what I wanted to hear. Steroid cream was something I was unimpressed about too, having read worrying studies about dangerous long term effects of cortisone.
I declined the doctors prescription and decided to refocus on my morning swims. I broke and re-broke PBs on mind numbingly long distances, but the weight barely shifted. I delved deeper into online communities and was shocked to find people who'd suffered with Plantar Fasciitis for far longer than what my doctors had predicted.
Around the same time, my partner - who was facing her own uphill struggle with Achilles tendinitis - spoke to a doctor who recommended calf raises as the best treatment to solve all lower limb ailments. She confirmed that he believed it would help Plantar Fasciitis too, so I gave it a try. After several weeks trying both bodyweight and weight assisted calf raises, neither made a blind bit of difference and it was back to the drawing board.
Through until this point, I'd mainly been wearing my running shoes in tune to the theory that they supported my feet well. As they began to wore out, I picked up a pair of strong Salomon trail shoes. The heel section and sole were extremely firm and my feet felt even more supported than the lightweight trainers I'd worn prior. Whilst it didn't feel like it at the time, I believe this would go on to become one key factor in my recovery.

Summer Time

Spring soon came around and with it an opportunity to relocate from Stockholm to New York. I accepted and come June I made my way across the Atlantic, running gear and all. In my first month in New York, the weather was nothing short of glorious sunshine, and I ended up walking over a half a million steps, or as Garmin Connect estimates, 250 miles. I began to notice something, or rather stop noticing something: My feet hurt less and less!
The more I walked, the better I felt. I realised that all that walking in the sunshine around Torremolinos couldn't have been a placebo. I joined the city's recreation centres and took part in early morning endurance swim competitions, and found my weight was going in the right direction for the first time in the best part of a year. My fitness was coming back too!
Around the same time, I read positive comments online about two things I hadn't yet tried: Firstly, calf stretching (both gastrocnemius and soleus) and rolling, and secondly, foot splints.
I searched Amazon for the highest reviewed foot splint and gave it a shot. Much in the same vein as the orthotics and ice packs, the foot splint was very uncomfortable and brought no relief. In contrast, after discovering the excruciating pain of rolling out one's calves on a foam roller, my legs felt stronger and my feet felt firmer and I did my best to keep it up.
With my confidence being restored and often clocking upwards of 25,000 steps per day, I decided to give the treadmill a try. One agonizingly slow 12 minute mile later, I hopped out of the gym and immediately gave my feet an ice cold shower. I felt as though I'd ran a marathon!
It was hard to believe that a year earlier I'd been pounding the streets of Manhattan in a triathlon, and here I was barely able to finish a pedestrian mile. But it felt amazing. I'd just ran without pain for the first time in almost a year, and as apprehensive I was about any aches that might follow, things felt good. I was on to something.

Knowing when it's time to start running again

My feet certainly weren't 100% by this point. Although the pain in the plantar region specifically had subsided, first thing in the morning was a new kind of pain: pins-and-needles type tingling underneath the back of the heel. I read online that a tingling feeling in the heel was symptomatic of nerve damage. Having got this far, I tried not to worry and persisted with what was working: Stretches, foam rolling, and the long daily walks.
A few weeks passed by and thankfully the nerve pain subsided. I kept up my daily routine, starting my day with long-distance swims and walking at least 5 KM throughout the rest of the day, then added a short 1.5 mile jog once per week. Those runs were some of the hardest but most rewarding of my life. Barely being able to run a sub-10 minute mile after previously having a PB of almost half that was a big shock, but also one that I relished: Now I was getting to experience the wins of fitness levelling all over again :)

Post-Injury

Since starting those short jogs, I've also began building up endurance on the gym bike, and I'm happy to say that I'm up to running five miles at a time. I even ran my first race of sorts, a fantastic American equivalent of the great Parkrun series called OpenRun, with the same comradery and community spirit as it's counterpart. It was an emotional reminder of what I'd been missing out on for the past 12 months.
My plan now is to continue to build up again slowly, reminding myself to continue the gastrocnemius/soleus stretches and foam rolling every day, and to not run before I can walk, figuratively speaking. I realise that's easier said than done and I'm already finding it a challenge. I pushed too hard a few days ago on a flat 5 KM out-and-back and felt a clear warning sign in my right foot, which is precisely the kind of signal I need to heed. However, after clocking up five 5 KMs, my cardio at least feels like a world apart from that slow jog on the treadmill a month ago.
As a modest short term goal, I'd love to clock up 100 miles by the end of the year. Bearing in mind I'd only ran 9 miles before August alongside a total reboot of fitness, I'd be over the moon with that. Looking any further ahead might be tempting fate, so I'll let 2017 bring whatever it might bring.
To anyone reading this article who has Plantar Fasciitis: There were times throughout the past year when I thought I'd never be able to run again. I would read articles just like this one and try everything to get back to full fitness. The more I tried, the more disheartened I'd become when I'd wake up and go to sleep each day with the same pain. But as I hope I have shown, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Granted, it's a long tunnel and you might find your fix neither here nor even from your doctor, but you will figure it out, and you will run again.
If you have any questions or just fancy a chat on this subject, don't hesitate to comment or send me a message and I'd be more than happy to help however I can.
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2016.09.20 00:26 demise87 The true Story of Brandon Lang- For those of you who buy picks.

I saw this posted at another site and figured I would copy and paste it, Brandon Lang had a movie made about him starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey
Yes, for those of you who have been around a couple decades, the New York City company that Brandon Lang worked for was the disgraced company that was run by Stu Feiner.
No, this was not a movie that was paid/produced for by BIG Hollywood. The movie was made by an off-shore sports book.
Let's get to the "name thing". In the movie, they said his real name was Brandon Lang and when he went on to work for the boiler room Stu Feiner outfit, he was given a "power name" (John Anthony), just like all the scam outfits have always done.
His real Name is Brandon Link. During the first draft of the movie, they were using Brandon Long before settling on Brandon Lang. The irony is, after the movie came out, Brandon Link parlayed the hype and went into the handicapping business and now calls himself Brandon Lang.
There is a hint in the credits, for Brandon has a very short cameo appearance near the beginning of the movie. At the end of the film, he is credited as: Man Greeting Brandon #1 --- BRANDON LINK!
The story is related by Brandon Lang/Long/Link (Matthew McConaughey) who begins life as a sports hero and just at the moment when he is ready to break in to the Pro Football domain, he fractures his leg in a winning touchdown.
Noooooooooooooo, Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long was NOT a star college football quarterback that brought his team to a major Bowl game only to get injured in the final minutes. Think about it, did you ever hear his name? We all recognize the QB's that are in major bowl games. Hell, if you are a skeptic, just do a Google search!
He did hurt his knee though. You ask how? It was in a basketball pickup game that was being played at a local fitness center! The league was called THE SPORTING HOUSE LEAGUE. The name of the fitness center is The Sporting House. It's a few steps below a park district league.
There's a hilarious side story to Brandon's "injury story". Late last year, a college football writer telephoned Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long and told him that he's never heard of him and asked what college team he took to the bowl game. Brandon was caught off guard, but being the pathological liar he is, he came up with an amazing lie AGAIN! He copped to the fact that he never quarterbacked a bowl team and that indeed, he injured his knee in a fitness center league. He went on to claim that one day, UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian stopped by to watch a game (yeah, right) and that Coach Tarkanian told Brandon that he was good enough to be a walk-on for UNLV! By the way, that was during the hey days of the UNLV program and their National Championship run.
Want another lie? Sure you do! Was Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long a Las Vegas handicapper? Hell no! BLLLL was not a sports handicapper, or even a telemarketing salesman. He was a score phone announcer working for a major Las Vegas sports handicapping service. He was working for $6.00 an hour for a company that you know all about. (Hint: Initials of the owner are JF__ ) This major Las Vegas handicapping service is still going strong and you can see their sports handicapping INFOMMERCIAL Saturday mornings on cable TV. I know that you can fill in the blanks!
So, since he was NOT a handicapper, and had no reputation at all in the industry, how did he hook up with scamdicapper Stu Feiner?
Brandon's manager (at J__ F____ Sports) had many conversations with this infamous New York sports handicapper (Stu Feiner) that Al Pacino plays. The supervisor's job was to try to sell Stu Feiner 900 # score phone advertising and Brandon “The Wonder Boy” score phone announcer would read “Mr. New York's” advertising copy, or sometimes Feiner would call into Las Vegas to do a live feed. So, that's how the two of them first got together. After liberal tipping and spiffing, Feiner eventually convinced “Wonder Boy” to come New York and work for him. He just needed a guy for voice talent work.
The real truth about what happened at Stu Feiner's service is that Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long was such a failure at selling games (yep, he was one of those sports service salesmen that would tell you anything they could to get a buck from you), that he lost his job and became a caddie at a Los Angeles Country Club. Jim Feist would not rehire him. Due to his obvious narcissism, he liked talking so much about himself and stretching the truth to the men that he washed balls for that one hollywood-type believed him and searched for a way to get enough money to make the film.
Nobody bought it. Then, BoDog, an offshore sportsbook put up the money to pay for the film! Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long and BoDog made a business deal and they were marketing the relationship big time until they realized that the potential consumer to Brandon's picks (he was advising his members to use BoDog), would figure it out. The deal with BoDog gave Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long a kickback of the money that his clients lost when betting at BoDog! Why would BoDog want Brandon's action if he was winning?
Are we having fun yet?
Let's explore documented facts and the odds of betting on the outcome of events.
In the film, Brandon Lang goes 12 for 12 in his first try at handicapping the weekend. Let's examine this. According to the Las Vegas Gaming Commission (whose job it is to keep an eye on such things), in the history of football parlay card betting, NOBODY has ever won 12 for 12 on a football parlay card! Imagine how many thousands has tried? The odds of going 12 for 12 is a staggering 4894-1 against the bettor. An interesting note that is also on the Gaming Commission's historical report is that nobody has ever hit 12 for 12 on a Keno card in the history of betting despite hundreds of millions trying. According to the LVGC, the real odds of hitting 15 for 15 on a Keno card is 0.0000000000023 and it pays off $100,000 although the real odds are more than 51 billion to one against the bettor!So, are you ever going to grab a Keno card again?
So, what exactly was going on at Stu Feiner's company, the firm that employed BLLLL?
According to a comprehensive Sports Illustrated Story titled, "1-900-RIPOFFS", Abusing customers is SOP among sports advisers. "Gamblers are desperate people," says Arnie Wexler, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.
SI took a two-month test drive through the world of sports advisory services and found misleading ads, bait-and-switches, repeated claims of fixes coming down, misrepresentation of records, unforgivably high-pressured sales techniques, phone harassment, phone threats, phony guarantees, mail fraud, wire fraud and some perfectly dreadful manners. Even the pictures lied.
In investigating Feiner's tactics, an inspector for the Consumer Affairs Department called one of Feiner's 800 numbers to take him up on an offer of a free line on a game during the 1989 football season. The investigator spoke with a man known as Sonny Greco, also known as Phil Bonvino, a salesman for Stu Mitchell's Locker Room Report, still another service owned by Feiner. After a breathless, oath-laden pause-free speech, Greco went for the close. His pace was furious. The detective, posing as a customer named Stan, balked. Greco screamed louder.
Here is the audio taped conversation: Stan: I'm being bombarded here. Lemme think on it. I got a lot of guarantees here. Sonny: I'm not interested in anybody else you're call., Stan! The difference here is this, OK? We own this game tonight on oveunder! We own this information. Now go get your credit card, and let's start making money! You don't need to deal with anybody but me! Stan: Wait� Sonny: I own this game in oveunder! I have the winner! Tonight! No what's your credit card number? Stan: OK, lemme get back to you. Sonny: Stan, you're not going to call me back! You know it as well as I do, and if you think I'm going to let you off the phone with that ___, you're crazy! OK? I've got the winner tonight! I own this game in over-under, and I'm going to own your bookmaker's ass! So get your credit card out and let's get going! Stan: Lemme tell you what we're gonna do. I'm gonna think about it. Sonny (louder still): Stan, there's nothing to think about! Click. Greco is ruthless, loud and scary. No wonder Feiner has given him his own sports service-Phil Bonvino's Locker Room Report. Says a former phone tout for a large Long Island service, "There were plenty of times when we'd tell a guy, 'Look, if you don't come across, I'm gonna tell your wife you're gambling again.' Or we'd tell high school kids that we were going to tell their parents." Says the ex-salesman for Kevin Duffy, "We'd call up anybody, even guys we knew were going to Gamblers Anonymous. We'd stay on them." Question: How do sports advisers get away with it? Better question: Who are customers supposed to complain to? Gamblers don't want to turn anybody in because most of them are breaking the law themselves. As a result, the touts go unpoliced. Soon clients got a clue and stopped paying. That's when the people from the Seasons Edge group "got heavy-handed," says Robert Schroeder of the office of the US Attorney in Atlanta. "They'd threaten to kill members of the family, burn down their homes." One victim was told if he didn't send more money, he'd be "chopped up into little tiny pieces with a chain saw." Gamblers were bilked out of $413,000 before a victim's parents finally called the FBI when their son, a college student, lost his tuition money and resorted to using his father's credit card to try to obtain his "refund." Schroeder nailed conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion convictions on 12 people. They got the full package sentences ranging up to 87 months in jail.
It is also a business in which profits can be enormous, some services are believed by at least one close observer of the industry to make as much as $1 million annually. Last year the people at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs looked into the advertising practices of the sports adviser business and came away with their hair on end. "These have been among the most egregious, outrageous claims we've ever encountered," says a department attorney, Fred Cantor.
Get this story!
"I remember once a guy needed a bailout game real bad," says a former salesman for a major tout operating out of New York City. "He was buried, so he wanted to put two or three dimes [$2000 or $3000] down on something good. I said I had a lock for him. I put him on hold, and I went into my boss's office and I said, 'Who do you want to pick, the Jets or Minnesota?' And he said, 'Take Minnesota. My mom likes purple.' So I gave this poor sucker Minnesota based on some lady's favorite color. He lost." Ripoffs Rule the Roost.: "The Source", a sports adviser service in Farmingdale, NY, owned by Stu Feiner, who also owns a few 900 call-in lines. Another exhibit is Feiner's brother-in-law, the aforementioned Kevin Duffy, perhaps the nation's most successful scamdicapper, who became famous for running ads that said, "I will go 7-0 for you today, absolutely free." Too bad "absolutely free" meant you first had to sign up for a month's service at $350. Then, if Duffy didn't go 7-0 in the first week, you got the next month free. Duffy, who operates out of Massapequa, Long Island, also claimed to be no worse than 75% right, ever. Yet when his picks were audited by the Sports Monitor of Oklahoma City, one of the rare legitimate monitors (among the dozens of such outfits that purport to keep tabs on the performance of tout services), he never fared better than 58.8% in any regular football season between 1985 and 1988, and he sank as low as 39.7% for his college picks in 1987. Eventually the Sports Monitor refused to monitor Duffy because of his "deceptive ad practices." Stu Feiner agreed to be monitored by SI for four weeks in September. To his credit, he unfailingly gave us his choices. To his discredit, Feiner went 19-32, a 37% win rate, and lost us an imaginary $6,210 based on $100 per unit. During that same period, we were anonymously calling Feiner's 800 number, where, curiously, he claimed to be cleaning up. On Sept. 23, for instance, after Feiner had gone 3-11 for the week on his picks for SI, bringing his record for us to 11-25, one of his shills, Kenny Leeds, said in response to our anonymous call, "This week I [meaning the company] went 3-0, the week before, I was 3-1." On Oct. 3, after Feiner had gone 7-7 for the weekend, we again called anonymously and got another Feiner salesman, Larry Marco. "This past weekend, we swept the board," Marco said. Then Leeds called back. "This kid Feiner is making betting history," he said.
Yeah, so did Art Schlichter!
For you youngsters, Art Schlichter was a first round draft choice (DUDE HAD MAJOR SKILLS) as a quarterback coming out of Ohio State in 1982; what's more, he enjoyed an image so wholesome his biography was titled Straight Arrow. But Schlichter gambled away his $350,000 signing bonus during his rookie season with the Baltimore Colts. He was suspended and reinstated the next year, after declaring he had the disease of compulsive gambling for which he had gotten help. In 1985, he was cut by the Colts and never played football again. If success started Schlichter's addiction, failure really fueled it. In 1988 he declared bankruptcy, referring frequently to his disease. Schlichter's ex-wife, Mitzi Schlichter, helped found the Custer Gambling Treatment Center in Indianapolis after she left her husband in 1994. Schlichter, meanwhile, has spent four of the six years since then in prison. In 1997, he was pulled out of a court-ordered gambling treatment program and hauled back to jail when he was caught betting. Schlichter is currently awaiting trial on money laundering charges and stealing ************, all revolving around taking money, often from family members, in order to gamble. Schlichter takes no responsibility for his misbehavior — and, despite harping on his disease and although his wife created her own gambling treatment center, Schlichter has never shown any inclination to fly straight.
Feiner was fined $13,000 in February 1990 by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs for false and misleading advertising, yet he sent out a promotional brochure last month that reported a "1991 documented record college and pro: 9-3." Knowing Feiner's record as we did, we asked him how he could say this. "That's what I had the first week." he said, before you started documenting me." Fine. That would've been the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The booklet, however, was dated Sept. 19-Oct. 7, 1991. During one of our anonymous calls, Leeds told us he had "strong information" on a game he wanted us to buy, so strong it was a dead mortal lock, so strong that he was putting $2000 of his own money on the game. We were dubious.
Here's the audio taped conversation: Leeds: You don't believe me? I'll fly you out here [from Colorado]. SI: Fly me out there? Leeds: I'll fly you to __ Long Island, and I'll have you take a ride with me! SI: Why? Leeds" To see how I pick it [his winnings] up and where I pick it up from. SI: Can you fly me out this week? Leeds: What I'm saying is�I'm using that's a little bit of a mild exaggeration. Don't get me wrong, but I've met a lot of my clients. I've met Dan Marino. SI: You know Dan Marino? Leeds: Well, I stood next to him at the Super Bowl, and my friend took my picture with him. Feiner says that if somebody calls his 800 number and doesn't sign up, "We'll call him every day for a couple months, because eventually they'll change their minds.
"Mike Warren (real name Mike Laskey - a degenerate horse bettor who was run out of business by the United States Attorney and fined heavily) is a former pathetic handicapper and a tremendous con artist," says Feiner. Says Warren, "Stu Feiner? He's got a big mouth, always talking big. He knows this hoodlum and that hoodlum-gonna break my legs. You know what? He can't break an egg. I gave him my address. He's so short, the only thing he can reach is my legs." Mike Warren was ordered by The United States District Attorney to run major advertisements in which he had to admit his frudulent claims of success.
If you think guys like Feiner and Warren will make you wish you have never installed your phone, Atlanta's John L. Edens, alias Johnny DeMarco, the Babe Ruth of 900 sales pitchers, will make you wish Alexander Graham Bell had never been born. According to published ads and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED taped phone calls, Edens:
Got on his 800 line and told listeners to call his 900 line for $25, "and if the game loses, there'll be no charge." That, of course, is a lie. Once a call is made on a 900 line, the charge is automatic.
Scripts at the a New York based sports service? Yep, The New York Consumer Affairs Commission got their hands on one! It will frighten you.
Here it is:
It read: "I'm glad I got ahold of you in time! We are releasing our biggest information game of the ____ (month/season) going off ___ (day of week). Now, ___ (name), listen carefully. Our inside sources have tipped us off to this game. We know exactly what's going to happen. We know the winner. (Lower voice) It's the kind of game I can't even talk about over the phone-you follow me, right? (Response) OK Good�All you gotta do is cover me with $___ How do you do it, **** or **********?"
The fix scam is essential to a tout's repertoire. "You'd lower your voice way down," says one employee who worked for this company for four years, "and you'd say, 'Is this line clean? No taps on it, right? OK Listen, we've got information on this game. you know what I'm saying? The winner of this game was already decided in a hotel room."
"You'd be talking with grown men who were crying on the phone," says one former tout Stu Feiner salesman "Guys who were losing everything but still betting. And I'd lie awake in the middle of the night hoping the guy would win. So I'd call the sports phone and get a late West Coast game at 4 a.m. and go, 'Damn, he lost again."
"It was like feeding drugs to an addict," says the ex-salesman. "We'd try to take whoever we got and make them bet more. We'd take college kids who were betting $25 and say, 'Hey, you got to bet $500 on this game. If you don't bet a nickel I'm not gonna give it to you.' If they won, they got a taste for big money. If they lost, they were desperate to get out [of the hole], and so they start chasing. How can anyone who works for Kevin and Stu have a conscience? Basically, I was just hurting people." And that, unfortunately, is the only absolute lock SPORTS ILLUSTRATED found.
Here's a recent publication about BLLLL: We figured we'd check in with handicapping schizo Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long to see how he’s been doing since Two For The Money tanked at the box office, completely shattering any hopes for him elevating his career past that of an internet free pick hustler. Well, from the looks of it, the movie bombing may have rattled the golden boy's cage a bit as he stated in his open letter to his “clients” this month about his recent 1-12 (That’s ONE WIN AND TWELVE losses! He wrote on his own site: “You see the records above. I can't be any more honest, any more truthful. I've never been a guy who hid his losers, because like I say, if I can brag about the winners, I've got to own up to the losers. I've owned college football in October. I absolutely sucked in the NFL. Can't be more direct than that. As you know, and as you've heard me say on hundreds of radio interviews and on national TV, I don’t win everyday. Cant and won’t. Simple as that. Some days you have to give back to your man some of the money you won off of him. It happens. Always has, always will. The past two weeks I've been dreadful in the NFL. Not the first time, not the last. It’s a long season. There will be ups and downs. And that's why you've got always stay within your limits and follow my money management advice. Now, of course, for those of you that came aboard the past two Sundays or Mondays for the first time, what can I say other than I lost? I mean, I'm not going into your homes, ordering you to buy. And I have no control over when you buy for the first time. But, I certainly understand you're disappointed. And that's the nature of the business, and you know it as well as me. We win together, we lose together. And whether winning or losing, you expect the truth, and that's what I'm giving you. The past two weeks in the NFL were awful, but as I always say, if you're with me for the long haul, you should make money.
"This is a marathon, not a sprint, to make money.” Yes, those of you unfortunate enough to spend money on Brandon's services — $679 for 100 days — must be thrilled with that apology. Brandon Lang is the paid handicapping equivalent of Enron at this point. But those of us who are Brandon Lang fans can at least take solace in the fact that Two For The Money will most likely be seen on East Coast flights to Vegas in the next couple weeks. ANOTHER DOCUMENTED STORY: "More of Brandon Lang’s Genius" Finally, we've happened upon some information about our friend Brandon Lang/Lane/Link/Long and his curious background that we think should finally allow us to rest our weary heads about this. A classmate of Brandon's from high school e-mailed us to give us the whole rundown on what's real, what's not, and what's ridiculous about the mysterious Mr. Lane/Lang/Link: Brandon Link: I went to high school with him; that's his real name. The Lane and Lang came later. He was a reserve player on his HS team, came off the bench, usually tried to do too much, fancy passes, etc. Could hit the outside shot, and was effective when he played under control, but he was no star. The claim in the article in his hometown paper that he was planning to walk on at UNLV after his stint in the Navy (before an injury sidelined him) led to a lot of chuckling. He couldn't start for a mediocre white boy HS team yet he was going to walk on at UNLV during the glory years? His pre-Internet gambling show was on PASS, a Detroit sports cable station. That's when he came up with the nickname “The King”. At his 10-year reunion he showed up in a car with the license “1-900-KING”. By the way, how's that for arrogance? At the reunion he drove up in that car, and one guy we know went up to him, pointed at the license, and said “1-900-KING? What is that, some +++ phone line?” Brandon was too shocked to respond. When I saw the movie trailer last week and saw a shot of that license, I cracked up. He wasn't a bad guy, just a blowhard who overestimated his abilities. It’s clear from his current PR blitz that that tendency is still there.
ANOTHER PUBLISHED STORY: "Brandon Lang/Lane/Link Fluffs McConaughey" Crazy-ass toutster Brandon Lang/Lane/Link, the sports handicapper whose life is retold in the box office clunker Two For The Money, took some time out from his busy schedule of promoting himself and making crappy picks to talk about Matthew McConaughey’s portrayal of him in the movie for, well, we guess his own website: “Matthew is a big sports fan and has been known to try his luck in the Vegas sportsbooks. In speaking to Matthew prior to shooting the movie, the dialogue in the script told him all he needed to know. The emotions that he had to draw to in order to play me were right there because he’s a sports bettor himself. I was thrilled to death with how Matthew played me in the movie and the roller coaster ride he takes viewers on properly portrays what I went through. One of the greatest compliments I've ever received in my life came from Matthew, he said “Thank you for bringing me a character where I had to dig down and draw on the emotions that every actor dreams about. This was by far my most enjoyable role.” Aw…who has warm fuzzies? We hope “Matthew” enjoyed the crap out of this role because we're pretty sure his leading man stock dropped around 30 points in the eyes of Hollywood after another stinker.
WANT ANOTHER PUBLISHED STORY?
Tout service guru and four-named evil genius Brandon Lane/Link/Lang/Long, whose story is being “retold” in Two For The Money has hooked up with omnipresent sportsbook Bodog for a special partnership and changed his name again in the span of 48 hours. In a press release Friday morning Bodog proudly gushes about their new partnership with Brandon LANG:
“Brandon Lang, the man who rocketed to fame as a sports handicapper, and Bodog.com, the company that revolutionized online entertainment, have teamed up. In an agreement signed earlier this week, Lang and Bodog will work in conjunction to build a dynamic Bodog presence on his website Brandon Lang . Lang is the subject of the Hollywood film Two for the Money, whose premiere was sponsored by Bodog.
“Teaming with Brandon Lang seemed like a natural for us,” says Bodog Founder and CEO Calvin Ayre. “We're very excited to be working with one of the most successful handicappers in the world.” Obviously, Lang's not-so-impressive record suggests he probably should not be the subject of a sports handicapping film. Apparently, superstud football picking phenom BLLLL has yet to recapture the magic touch of his youth which prompted the release of his life story on the big screen in the upcoming Two For the Money. So far this year, Lane's free picks have been rather ordinary to say the least. Brandon's free pick tally so far this year? 5-8-1. His pre-season picks? 0-3.
Could his poor record have anything to do with the time he's spending on a second career? A la Hollywood movie star? Having Matthew McConaughey play you in a film will most certainly go to anybody's head we are sure. ........................................ ..................
But then I found this little thing on IMDB. Here's the link, (pun intended!).
Two for the Money (2005)
Here is the LINK with his cameo/five second acting career!
Two for the Money (2005) - Full cast and crew
Apparently our buddy Brandon is also an aspiring actor. Or he may have thought the small, uncredited cameo role he played in Two For the Money deserved an IMDB mention. And be sure to check out the photo page, which appears to show a picture of Lang/Lane/Link/Long dressed in some sort of pajama outfit standing in a family room with a deranged look on his face. We hope that's his family room and not some random family whose home he invaded.
And whose head hasn’t exploded yet? They ask. Jesus Christ. If this does not make blood squirt out of your eyes, what will?
First there was the unreserved excitement of Brandon “Lane” and his web page at Big Green Machine, which openly complains about the fact that the name was changed to “Lang” in the movie: “Funny thing - they changed by name to Brandon “Lang” for “artistic” purposes. Damn if I know what that means, but it’s still me no matter how they spell my last name!”
Then in the Lansing State Journal there is nice fluff piece about Midland, Michigan native Brandon “Link” and his experience about having a movie made about his life.
Then there was the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) page he made for himself under Brandon “Link” because of his stirring uncredited role in Two For The Money.
And now we have Bodog partnering with Brandon Lang, replete with a spanking new website for Brandon Lang with no acknowledgment anywhere of the fact that this man is out of his ****ing skull.
ANOTHER DOCUMENTED PUBLICATION WROTE - "Brandon Lane: Enjoying 15 Minutes More Intensely Than Most"
Friday marks the nationwide opening of the Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino gambling drama Two For the Money, loosely based on the life of former superstud handicapper Brandon Lane. Lane was a former college football player who turned his freakish ability to pick football games into a lucrative career for a tout service. Well, Brandon has himself a website and from the looks of it, he’s really proud of himself and this movie coming out. He also appears to have a little problem with containing his own excitement, even in two paragraphs: People, just had the Vegas premiere last night and it was fantastic. The Palms gave me a great suite and the photo ops were fantastic. This is what I worked hard for and now its my time to turn it on. The Chargers on Sunday, Green Bay on Monday and now “75 Dime” winner #2 in a row goes tonight. I like this MAC game and will deliver a nice winner. October thru January have always been my months. I have won more in those months than any other month. Not by accident but by design. I watch, I see, I adjust and I win. Your job is to jump on board, ride me and win money. It is in this run that you will see why they decided to make a movie about me. Nobody else, but me. Over the long haul, I will make you money. Sometimes in the midst of your losing streak, you don’t think so but this business is not about a day, a week or a month. It is about the year. You roll with me and you are not only a customer today, I want you for life. I want you part of my family. You give me that chance to earn you money and together, we will own your man. Lets own him tonight. Well, that's a little ****ing insane. Anybody else want to bump chests or break a chair over somebody's head? But if you were wondering Two For the Money opens Friday. It’s based on Brandon's life. Jump on him and ride him to the money or something. It'll be fantastic.
And so it goes...There's a sucker born every minute.
One last point..A quote from BLLLL's website that will tell you all that you need to know. "Listen, they only make movies about winners - and that's me!"
How many movies have you seen about losers? Gosh, just last night, I was watching Nick Cage's "Leaving Las Vegas". Was he a winner? The list could go on all day!
ANY QUESTIONS? No thanks. Please cease calling our office to have one hour conversations about this DOCUMENTED FRAUD. Soon, the hype will be forgotton and BLLLL will be washing men's balls again.
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2016.06.06 11:36 axc86_worldbuilding [Help] Dave Andrews, 32, a radio presenter who is popular within my world. How to expand this and make the character better?

This is a radio presenter who is popular within my world. It is written as if it were a Wikipedia article on the presenter [a character who is going to be widely used within my worldbuilding and a major character.]

Dave Andrews

Date of birth: 15 March 1984, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Current employment: Late show presenter / Freelance radio presenter
Dave Andrews (born 15 March 1984) is a radio presenter from Sheffield in South Yorkshire.

Early life

Dave was born in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire, near Sheffield, but moved to Parson Cross, Sheffield, when he was four. He went to high school in the area and then went on to college locally, studying information technology and business systems.
Dave grew up in a middle-class household - as he describes it "We weren't super-rich, but we weren't dirt-poor, either, really, in the middle, more like." and grew up with two sisters, Patricia, 34 and Sarah, 37.
Dave is of English, Scottish and partial Canadian descent through his grandmother on his mother's side who was born in Markham, Ontario. He is of Scottish descent through his father, who is of English but of Scottish descent through his father's side of the family. His mother is English but her ancestors are Canadian [English grandfather, Canadian grandmother who is of American and Scottish descent].

Radio career

Dave's interest in radio began early - he was a regular listener to his local stations Hallam FM, Radio Aire and Trent FM. This was at around 11 or 12 years old, back in 1996, when the stations had the slogans Your Better Music Mix and Sheffield's No.1 Radio Station - Todays Best Music. At a young age he began to take up acting as an outlet for his personality, mainly in primary school, and he came in dressed as Jimmy Saville once for a school dress-up day when he was aged 10 [this was before Jimmy Saville was widely hated]. Dave continued acting through high school, being involved in his high school's drama club.
When interviewed about his life for a local magazine in 2012, he had said "I liked being in front of an audience, always have done, enjoying drama and that shouldn't equal camp or gay as some people seem to think men and theatre are, I wasn't the loud one, nor the thespian, just a regular guy who liked acting. I never wanted to be a superstar actor, it was just a fun outlet for me to use that bit of my personality."
Dave's first job was not in radio though - he began working in a car wash off the Halifax Road, a major road in Sheffield, this was a side-job when not in college. However, when he turned 18, he decided to research how to become a radio presenter, figuring out this was something he wanted to do all his life, reading online [and by 2002 standards] there was not much material, but decided to try anyway.
Aged 18, he joined The Wireless Group's training program, when he had left college, and applied for a course in radio presenting as an alternative to going down the traditional university route, learning presenting skills and basic media law.
His first radio presenting job was in November 2002 when he was asked to cover a few weekend overnight shows, 1am-6am on The Pulse of West Yorkshire.
His shows were considered "different" because it was a personality-driven overnight show, instead of a lot of music and minimal chat, and his overnight show being interaction-driven.
By January 2003, Dave had got his first proper job in radio. He was still living in Sheffield at the time, but made the commute up to Bradford for his new show, 01:00-06:00 Monday to Friday on The Pulse of West Yorkshire [now known as Pulse1].
Dave also covered the evening show 18:00-22:00 Monday to Friday and sometimes the Late Show which was on Monday to Thursday 22:00-01:00.
As well as the weekday overnight show, he could be heard presenting on Saturdays 14:00-18:00 with a daytime show, his first proper daytime one in his career. It competed against Radio Aire [the station he grew up listening to!] and also Galaxy 105 as well. Dave's show was popular as it was very personality-driven, and he had a feature where he would play tracks from an artist's album that did not get much airplay, or that people skipped over when buying CD's [as they did in 2003!]
He was at the Pulse of West Yorkshire for 4 years, but he also did freelance cover work for 102.4 Wish FM in Wigan, where he would occasionally cover their mid-morning show 10:00-14:00 Monday to Friday.
Dave eventually left the Pulse in September 2007 because he felt that he had been there too long [4 years] and, moving to Wyvern FM in Worcester owned by GCap Media, where he got some temporary cover work, and also appearing on air in Gloucester at Severn Sound [also owned by GCap Media], a station that covers Gloucestershire [and parts of South Gloucestershire as well], covering various shows. He'd covered every show that was on both stations, and it was at this time he decided to look for another full-time job.
As well as this, he was also heard doing cover work on 96.4 BRMB in Birmingham sometimes, and he had a weekend show on a Saturday 11:00-15:00 and Sundays 08:00-12:00 on 102.7 Hereward FM in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
By March 2008, he had moved to Mercia FM in Coventry, where he was presenting drivetime Monday to Friday 14:00-19:00 after he'd impressed the Programme Director when he presented mid-mornings 10:00-14:00 for a fortnight.
Dave was on Mercia FM between March 2008 and April 2011, where he presented for 4 years.
From April 2011, Dave then joined Bauer Media, firstly working for Kerrang! Radio where he was their website manager and weekend breakfast presenter Sundays 06:00-09:00 as well as covering the drivetime show and evenings.
In August 2011, Dave then moved to Hallam FM based in North London which covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and part of North London [another Bauer Media station], presenting the late show Monday to Thursday 22:00-01:00, and sometimes covering the weekday breakfast show 06:00-10:00 Monday to Friday, as well as every other show apart from the overnight show! He also had a regular Saturday show, firstly 10:00-14:00 until August 2012, when he moved to Saturday 14:00-18:00.
Dave worked for Hallam FM in North London until October 2014, when he moved back to Sheffield, and joined Hallam FM in Sheffield. He got a new weekend show, Saturday 06:00-10:00 and got weekday cover shows on Hallam FM, along with 96.3 Radio Aire in Leeds, 96.6 TFM in Sheffield and 96.9 Viking FM in Kingston-upon-Hull.
In September 2015, Dave then began presenting on 96.3 Radio Aire in Leeds, covering the Home Run 15:00-19:00 Monday to Friday until May 2016 [as a placeholder presenter until a new one replaced him in June 2016], when he moved to present the Late Show 22:00-02:00 Sunday to Thursday, where he remains today.
As well as that show, he regularly covers on Hallam FM [Sheffield], 96.6 TFM [Middlesbrough], 96.9 Viking FM [Hull], Key 103 [Manchester] and he has stated he may be looking at doing additional cover work for The Wireless Group at 102.4 Wish FM [Wigan], 107.4 Tower FM [Bolton] and Pulse1 [Bradford].

Personality

Dave has been described by friends as enjoyable, fun yet also sensible and hard-working. Previous Programme Directors [the radio term for a manager] have described him as "an enjoyable presenter with a lot of personality, but sensible too, and brings in the listening figures."
Dave is seen as a likeable enjoyable person by most people and is considered to be an interesting, dynamic person.

Controversies

Dave has been seen as controversial by some people in the radio industry for actually convincing Programme Directors that personality radio is relevant, but he has avoided it so far with his choice of radio stations.
He was also criticised for being too proactive in promoting one of the stations - blocking a school minibus with his station's SUV in order to hand out leaflets to passers-by about a station concert in 2008. It was dubbed "SUVgate" and turned into a minor Facebook joke - this was in 2008 - but never got anywhere further than issuing an apology to the school. He did not get fired from the station due to the Programme Director realizing he was trying to do his job.
Some members of the public complained he spoke too much, asking why is it "Today's Best Music and more of it?" on Mercia FM. However, this was social media grumbling rather than a -gate scandal.
Dave is also controversial for his pro-immigration views and his [now-inactive] site on how to immigrate to the United Kingdom - a guide for American and Canadians, which has had a very pro-immigration bias. Dave has stated "I was born to Canadian grandparents, so, I'm descended from immigrants, I'd be a hypocrite if I said immigrants shouldn't be allowed in, but Canada is a melting pot, and I'm part of the British melting pot." when an article was on it in the local media in 2014 in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. This came during a time when immigration was already a controversial issue in the United Kingdom. He has discussed the issue on air, but it's been less of an issue on the radio so far.
Dave has maintained several petitions to the Government, using his first name and middle name [as a pseudonym], for a petition to change requirements to allow Americans and Canadians to immigrate to the United Kingdom with the same rights as EU citizens. Although the petition got a lot of momentum and some minor social media attention and a local newspaper article, it never got to Parliament.
Some people think he's doing it as an act, whilst others realize it is a genuine campaign [which is most people's opinion] but due to controversy over migration numbers, his petitions remain a small source of controversy.
In April 2016, Dave was the subject of a minor controversy after footage of him from a school play when he was a child where he was dressed as Jimmy Saville in a sort of talent show/impressions-type thing was published online. Dave insisted [and he was forthright on this] that he did not know it was offensive and said that the footage shouldn't have been leaked. He said "I was a kid. Kids dress up as popular figures. Parents and their f--ing PC'ness. That was different times".
Despite these controversies - he does not get paparazzi following him or doorstepping, but is still a slightly controversial figure. He has stated outright that he did not intend to cultivate this image, and said there'll be another controversy with someone else somewhere else in the future.

Interests

Outside of radio, Dave is interested in wine-tasting, and has blogged about it since 2012 with a small blog that has a cult following which has been left out-of-date since February 2015, and he is also a car enthusiast, who has done rally-driving lessons.
Dave drives a 1996 Mercedes E-Class E280 Avantgarde automatic, which he describes as "Old, but looks good even now... the new one's not bad, but this one's a great runner, had it for, what, over 10 years now, but it's still running.". He is often contributing to automobile forums and blogs as a moderator and staffer position, and has been a member of one automobile site since November 2002, and is well-liked there. He is not as active a contributor nowadays, but does upload every so often.
He also writes for a free weekly magazine that is available across South Yorkshire in hotels, supermarkets and cafes - SOUTHYORKS:WHATSON [originally South Yorkshire What's On Guide from 1975-2016 but rebranded for the modern-day Internet generation]. He has been doing this since January 2015.
He used to manages his sister Patricia's website for her, ghostwriting the site since she does not have time to maintain it due to her travelling for work. This was done between 2011 and 2013, but now Patricia maintains the site on the move, due to better Wi-Fi and communications technology.

Relationships

Dave's love life is publically known but only the fact he is in a relationship, but the identity of his partner has always been kept anonymous on radio for their privacy. He has dated men before [as he mentioned in 2008 when he told an anecdote about "my boyfriend"] but mostly women [he has often mentioned girlfriends during has radio career]. Hehas never said he is gay or bisexual, insisting "I'm just me, I'm Dave, not gonna classify myself as gay, bi, whatever, labels are just a way to box yourself in, not buying that PC stuff. F--k political correctness and homophobia.".
Dave has mostly dated women, only a few men [around 3 or 4] according to him.
His current girlfriend's identity remains largely unknown to the public - although she is a TV extra, so that probably is one reason why she is not famous.

Media image

Dave is portrayed as a presenter who has wide-ranging appeal, and doesn't get much, if any media harassment - he's treated as a local celebrity but lives a largely similar life to the rest of us, saying "I'm a guy. On the radio. It's the outlet for me to be doing presentations 7 days a week, or whenever. Not an easy job, but no job is really. It's been my job for over 10 years now." [Nov 2015]. However, he has had some controversies.
He also laughed off footage of him dressed as Jimmy Saville in a school play that someone leaked to the media, stating "I was a kid. Kids dress up as popular figures. Parents and their f--ing PC'ness. That was different times" [Apr 2016].
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2016.05.18 16:15 autotldr British woman who spread ISIS terror propaganda jailed for four-and-a-half years

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Khadam set up 14 Twitter accounts to share messages about IS activities, creating new accounts as soon as others were shut down because of their content.
When confronted by the recipient of one of her messages, who said what IS was doing was not in the name of Islam, she said: "IS aren't doing anything wrong. I will support them as much as I can."
"He added:"There is no evidence that your conduct has led to terrorist acts but the nature of the internet and it's global reach means your spreading of IS propaganda causes a serious risk to the public here and abroad. The court had previously heard Khadam, who has worked at House of Fraser in Meadowhall and Harvey Nichols in Leeds, say she had been going through a difficult personal time in late 2014 shortly before the alleged offences.
"Unit head detective chief superintendent Clive Wain said:"It is clear from the evidence presented that Khadam openly demonstrated support for Daesh and their ideology, using multiple social media accounts to further spread the propaganda of this terrorist organisation.
"We rely on the public for information and urge anyone who comes across extremist or terrorist material online to report it using the confidential STOP button at www.gov.uk/reportterrorism."
"Today's verdict I hope sends out a strong message that actions such as those carried out by Khadam will not be tolerated and ourselves, together with policing colleagues and other partner agencies, will bring those who are breaking the law to justice."
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2015.12.30 09:20 KBee75 Pro Basketball Yesterday (#3, 29 Oct 1993)

In this week's season preview edition of Pro Basketball Today, on sale Friday, October 29, 1993:
Knicks Our No.1
Patrick Ewing will lead the league's toughest team to the NBA championship.
When the 1993-94 NBA season opens on November 5, the Jordanaires can prove once and for all that there is more to them than merely being the supporting cast for the world's greatest basketball player. For the first time since 1984, there will be no tongue-wagging, bald-headed Bull wearing the No. 23 jersey, and the baton of leadership has been thrust into the hands of Pippen, Armstrong and Grant. The Bulls won't win a fourth straight title this year. What we're not quite so sure about is which one of the NBA's other 26 teams will succeed them at the top of the pile.
After some deliberation, we have plumped for the New York Knicks to bring a world championship back to Gotham for the first time in 20 years. In recent times Pat Riley and Patrick Ewing have led a revival of the city game in the biggest city of them all. When Riley and his slicked back mane went to the east coast before the 1991-92 season, he arrived as the mastermind of the Lakers' Showtime era during the '80s. These Knicks don't run the court like gazelles, they swagger with an NY attitude. The Knicks were headed for the Finals five months ago, before they were bludgeoned by Jordan and the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. But with no Jordan around, New York's only peer in the East is the up-and-coming Charlotte Hornets.
The story in the West, of course, is different. Phoenix will begin Charles Barkley's farewell season seeded number one in the Conference, however, Portland, San Antonio and Seattle have all added key players, and given some luck, could be serious contenders.
However, we like the muscle and mouth of the Knicks so much, that they're our pick to rule the NBA in 1993-94.
Hurt Barkley to follow Jordan's lead
Charles Barkley will play the 1993-94 season, but he won't be back next year... whether the Phoenix Suns win the NBA championship or not. This was the official word from Barkley last week when the Suns travelled east for an exhibition season meeting with the New York Knicks, their likely opponents in the NBA Finals next June. "What the fans don't know is that I'm realistic. I'm not getting any younger (30) so realistically this has to be my last year. One thing me and Michael always agreed on is we should retire when we could still play. Last year, I played as well as I ever have, but I'm resigned to the fact I can't play like Charles Barkley forever" Barkley said.
Barkley's recent collapse during a Suns' practice session helped determine his retirement schedule. While running sprints, he fell and stayed motionless on the ground for 30 minutes, telling trainers he couldn't feel his legs. "I was shocked since that's the first time anything like that has happened to me. Whenever somebody as big and strong as me is running one second and then the next second you're on the floor, that's scary" said Barkley. Despite the scare, Barkley was back to work in the Suns' exhibition season opener, scoring 19 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and handing off eight assists against the Golden State Warriors. "I'm not going to torture myself; Larry Bird tortured himself. With Larry, it was terrible, brutal. He couldn't practice and he was sleeping on the floor. If I keep playing, I know that could happen. Ten years is long enough to play basketball... I don't think God meant people with disc problems to play basketball" Barkley added.
"I've accomplished almost everything I've wanted to accomplish. For Charles Wade Barkley to come from Leeds, Alabama, and play this many years, then no matter what happens this year it's been a great success."
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns kept the NBA's seven year winning streak in the six-team McDonald's Open intact. Barkley was voted tournament MVP after Phoenix whipped Italian team Buckler Bologna 117-90 in the final.
Warrior Hardaway out for season
Brilliant Golden State Warriors guard Tim Hardaway has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the 1993-94 season. Hardaway suffered the damage during a training drill. He also sustained various structural damage, but the full extent of the injury will not be known for two to three weeks, when he undergoes surgery. Hardaway will surrender his berth with the USA squad - Dream Team 2 - for next year's world championships in Toronto.
"I'm kind of numb. I'm just trying to deal with this part of my life... this is a hard hit to take" said coach Don Nelson, who the previous week lost gifted but injury-prone swingman Sarunas Marciulionis with a similar injury to his right knee. Hardaway was driving to the basket on a five-on-six drill when he screamed, hopped out of bounds and fell onto his back.
The injury continues the appalling run of outs the Warriors have suffered the past two seasons. Golden State won just 34 games last season - a franchise record fallaway of 21 victories - as recognised starters Chris Mullin, Billy Owens, Marciulionis and Hardaway averaged just 45 games. Ironically, when Hardaway broke down, it was the same training session that welcomed exciting No 1 draft choice Chris Webber into training following an appendectomy. It was the first time the predicted starting five had trained together, a gathering that ushered in a feeling of optimism in the camp. Indeed, many were tipping the Warriors tp push Phoenix for the Pacific Division title. Not any more.
"I don't know what happened" Hardaway said, "The only thing I knew is I went down and was hollering. I was getting dizzy and I had a cold sweat and my eyes started going black." Guard Keith Jennings is expected to take over Hardaway's point guard role. Hardaway sports career averages of 20.6 points and 9.7 assists per game, and he has appeared in three consecutive NBA All-Star games. "You're talking about our Michael Jordan of Golden State" guard Jeff Grayer said.
Player Watch
Coleman rejects richest offer ever
Derrick Coleman had the opportunity to become the highest-paid player in professional basketball history last week. Better paid than Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and all of the greats that came before him. But instead of signing the 8 year, $69m contract extension, he sent the New Jersey Nets back to the board room table and asked them to come up with a more acceptable offer.
However, the gun Nets forward said the negotiations would not stand in the way of his season preparation "It's time to concentrate on basketball and nothing else. I don't want this issue hanging over the team's head as we prepare for what we all feel will be our best season yet".
Coleman's agent, Harold McDonald, said the $69m offer wasn't suitable for the following reasons:
McDonald said Coleman wants control of the option year - one which would pay him $13m a season as a 34 year old. "It's a credible offer, but it's not acceptable. If Derrick had to sign this year it might be an agreeable offer. But Derrick doesn't have to sign this year and look where salaries have gone. Who knows what's going to happen next year?".
Coleman, the No 1 pick in the 1990 draft, emerged as one of the best power forwards in the league last season, averaging 20.7 points and 11.2 rebounds a game. He has one year remaining on his current contract and could become a restricted free agent for the 1994-95 season with the Nets retaining the right of first refusal.
Unhappy campers
Danny Manning has never been backward in coming forward about his desire to be anything but a Los Angeles Clipper. Manning almost got his wish last week, when he was all but jettisoned to Miami in a trade which would have seen Glen Rice and Willie Burton become Clippers. Almost, but not quite. As Manning was about to board a plane to meet with his new teammates in Florida, he was informed that Clippers' owner Donald Sterling had nixed the deal.
But don't be surprised to see Manning get his wish before too long. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and is certain to flee LA, meaning the Clippers would get nothing in exchange for him. The strongest rumour ties the brilliant Clipper to both the Heat and the Charlotte Hornets.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers star Clyde Drexler is upset with the terms of his current contract with the Blazers. Drexler missed a practice last week as a protest against his contract, which currently ranks him the seventh highest paid player on the Portland roster. However, he does receive a balloon payment of $8m in 1995-96, the final year of his contract.
"I was home. There's no mystery to it. It was contract related, and that's all I want to say right now. I have no further comment" Drexler, 31, said. Actually, he did have one final note: "We're not seeing eye to eye, that's for sure".
Drexler, the club's leading scorer despite missing 33 games with injury last season, will make about $1.4m this season. He has three years of his contract to run. The notable figure on his contract is that it pays him about $2.5m per year on average - small change by comparison to recently negotiated rookie contracts.
Rookie salary cap push
The push for a rookie salary cap has received a groundswell of support in the wake of recent multi-million dollar draft choice signings. Once Charlotte forward Larry Johnson signed a 12 year, $84m contract, the high 1993 draft choices have been re-writing NBA contractual history.
"It boggles the mind. Larry Johnson had three years left on his contract and he is a proven, great player. But some of the guys coming into the league may or may not be. How can you pay somebody that much when you don't know now if they're very good or not? At some point somebody's got to say no" Phoenix coach Paul Westphal said.
Seattle president Bob Whitsitt conceded there "is a strong likelihood there will be a rookie salary cap. The only thing that surprises me about these signings is the length of these contracts. We're talking enormous amounts of money and the financial commitments are virtually impossible to get out (of)... it's getting harder and harder to go out on that wire, because they've taken the net away".
The trend of rookies demanding first year escape clauses that allow for re-negotiation has also caught the attention of coaches. "It's the only way to sign people to long-term contracts and still allow them a way to get out of it. It will be a trend until the league and the players association comes up with a way to control it" Blazers coach Rick Adelman said. The final word belonged to Whitsitt, who pinpointed the driving force behind escalating contracts: "It has nothing to do with economics, it's ego".
Eastern Conference Predictions
  1. New York Knicks 61-21
  2. Charlotte Hornets 53-29
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers 50-32
  4. Orlando Magic 48-34
  5. Chicago Bulls 46-36
  6. Atlanta Hawks 42-40
  7. Miami Heat 41-41
  8. Detroit Pistons 40-42
  9. New Jersey Nets 36-46
  10. Indiana Pacers 36-46
  11. Boston Celtics 33-49
  12. Milwaukee Bucks 32-50
  13. Washington Bullets 26-56
  14. Philadelphia 76ers 21-61
Western Conference Predictions
  1. Phoenix Suns 65-17
  2. Portland Trail Blazers 54-28
  3. Seattle SuperSonics 51-31
  4. San Antonio Spurs 51-31
  5. Houston Rockets 50-32
  6. Golden State Warriors 44-38
  7. Utah Jazz 44-38
  8. Denver Nuggets 42-40
  9. LA Clippers 40-42
  10. LA Lakers 35-47
  11. Sacramento Kings 34-48
  12. Minnesota Timberwolves 20-62
  13. Dallas Mavericks 20-62
Notes
"I think the Pacific Division will be the best division in the history of basketball this year" says former Sonic Eddie Johnson, who this past off-season was shipped to Charlotte.
"This is the best team I've ever had here. I have a power player with all the skills to be a dominant player. The question is how fast can a 20 year-old kid be an impact player" - Golden State coach Don Nelson. Nelson's sentiments were shared by Celtics' legend Red Auerbach.
"Our concern is this year. I want a championship and I want it now" - Phoenix Suns' president Jerry Colangelo, whose coup in the off-season was convincing A.C. Green to sign with the Suns.
"The man has a lot to learn, but I think he's going to be a great ballplayer... You can't throw the guy into the fire. He can't play the game himself. He's going to need some help."
A three-time NBA MVP, Malone is entering his 19th season and is back for his second stint in Philly after leading the 76ers to the championship in 1982-83. Bradley, who has not played basketball for two years, will begin his rookie season under incredible pressure after signing an 8 year deal with the Sixers worth $44.2m. Playing against the Miami Heat in his exhibition debut, Bradley grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked five shots, had eight turnovers and was 3-21 from the field.
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2015.04.28 13:45 steelicarus [PI] Part 7: A new invention enables people to remember their dreams with absolute clarity. It turns out we were forgetting them for a very good reason & a recap for new readers. [Series]

Recap. We built the dream recorders allowing us to record and rewatch our dreams in total clarity. But humanity discovered it wasn’t alone. There were 'things' in our dreams. Hungry things. And when we found them, they came after us.
Mary lost her husband to Them and in a rage of revenge and despair somehow found her way into Their world but with no way back. Tommy and Harris are dream scouters, tasked by the military with bringing back important intel. Harris is killed however but not without whispering ‘find her’ to Tommy. Frank is the savior of humanity, concocting a designer drug that allows some semblance of dreamless sleep and selling it to the world. But Frank has other plans. (Bonus points if you read that in the ‘Last time on Star Trek’ voice…)
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Seven.
Tommy fidgeted in his seat.
The thick carpet, glass walls and expensive looking chairs made him nervous. Across the room a severe looking woman tapped at a keyboard. She had tried to mask the dark rings under her eyes with makeup. Too much make up.
Since yesterday morning Tommy had been chauffer driven from his base, to the airport, across the Atlantic and then driven here to New York. It was the first time he’d ever seen a skyscraper. He had no idea why he was here and no one seemed willing to tell him.
He’d been taken off rotation after Harris's death and largely ignored by everyone on the base. If there were any more scouting missions he didn't know about them. His access to the lab and prep areas had been rescinded and the brass apparently didn’t want to release him back into his regiment. Instead they pumped him up with military grade Myclocin and left him to linger in limbo while they picked apart his reports and dream recording.
Harris's death had hit him hard, and without anyone to talk to, the forced isolation had made things worse for Tommy. Scouters were paired up not only for logistical reasons, two birds in one residence so to speak, but also matched up according to personalities. Getting along was part of it but by integrating themselves into each other's sleep patterns made lucid dreaming more likely and successful. There had been days of lecturers on this, stuff that neither of them had really understood they admitted to each other after the first week of prep.
Harris had come from a huge family, five older brothers and two sisters, Tommy had been an only child. The idea of seven siblings seemed ridiculous and exciting to Tommy who had found it difficult to make friends. Both came from relatively poor backgrounds (Harris from working class Leeds, Tommy from a tiny milk farm down south) and both were the same age. It was the perfect fit.
And now Harris was gone. Whatever had killed the nurse hadn't been Harris, it had been one of Them somehow. Or had it been Harris at the end?
'Find her.'
A plea or a threat?
Tommy had no idea, he just put it all in his report, washed off the blood, walked to the dorm and lay on Harris’s bed. The high-strength Myclocin had eventually kicked in and Tommy had blacked out. They had struggled to wake him and explain the car outside was for him. He hadn't even had time to pack.
The double doors opened, seemingly on their own and the secretary motioned to Tommy, ‘He’ll see you now.’ No smile.
He looked through the doorway, the office beyond was huge, more a hall than an office, all glass and tile. New York was spread around the office far, far below. His boots squeaked on the tile floor as he walked through and the doors shut behind him.
Monitors on every wall and in the center a long glass desk with a thin, bald man. Tommy recognized the face, everyone did these days.
'Frank Gethin.' Tommy said breathlessly.
'Yes, and you are Jack Thompson?' Frank smiled, stood and motioned to a chair opposite the desk.
Tommy sat, waiting. Frank didn't seem to be in a hurry to speak. Instead he steepled his fingers, leaned back in his chair and stared.
'You asked to see me.’ It wasn't a question. Tommy's voice was flat and hard but polite. He was tired and bewildered. Yesterday he'd began the process of mourning his friend and partner, now he'd been dragged across the world to be stared at.
Frank threw across a sheaf of a papers.
'This is your report? Right?' Frank’s American accent was momentarily comical. Just like the movies. Tommy held his gaze a moment longer and scanned the printed sheets.
'Yes.'
'Is that all of it?'
'What do you mean 'all of it'?'
'Did you leave anything out? Is there anything missing?' Frank was still smiling but there was a note of impatience in his voice.
'No, how did you get this?'
Frank stood as the office doors opened again and the biggest man Tommy had ever seen walked in. Dressed and moved like a bodyguard, the man was all muscle and no neck.
‘The equipment, the Myclocin, the labs. It’s not free.’ Frank ignored the bodyguard and walked around his desk buttoning his suit jacket.
‘Your government can't afford it. Neither can mine to be honest.’ Frank walked away to a balcony overlooking the city. Glass doors slid open to let the sound of traffic in.
Tommy waited, looked up at the bodyguard who had stopped by his chair then got up. Dropping the report on his chair he followed Frank. The man obviously wanted an audience. The bodyguard followed closely.
'What do you know about the Scouting program, Jack?'
'It's Tommy sir.' Tommy grimaced inwardly. The man was a civvy but ‘sir’ was a habit long ingrained.
'Tommy'. Frank continued staring out over the city skyline.
'Scouting. You fill us with drugs so we can dream, you send us out. We get subconscious clues to help us remember we're sleeping, we try and find out...'
'Dreaming, not sleeping.' Frank interrupted not unkindly, turning to Tommy. 'And subliminal not subconscious but yes, you're right. From all of the reports we receive all of the scouts, no one, not one person other than you has encountered this girl.'
'They don’t believe me, no one does. Her voice wasn't on any of the recordings'.
'I believe you. I do son. But I want to find her. We need to know how she got in there and how she's managed to fend for herself. Is there something she's doing that we can replicate? Do you believe we're in a war Tommy?'
Tommy nodded.
‘It’s a war son, and one we need to win. Regardless of all the talk out there, is it a disease, is it a fad, is it a cult. It’s a war. You and I both know that were up against a thinking, calculating enemy. This girl, whoever she is, could be the key.’
Tommy relaxed a little. He wasn’t in trouble, he hadn't even realized until now he'd been worried about being in trouble. But Harris, the nurse…someone had to be to blame.
‘I need to know, I need to know if you know her full name. It wasn’t in your report. Frank's eyes flickered behind Tommy's shoulder and the no-neck was there, hands crossed in front of him. Stoic, patient. Uncomfortably close.
‘No. Everything is in my report.’ But Tommy's voice was unsure now.
'Take your time son'. Frank was openly smiling now, perfectly white teeth, a smile that never reached his eyes. A hungry look on his face.
Tommy became overtly aware how little room he had now on the balcony. The sounds of traffic had been background noise, now roared in his ears. The wind was cold against his skin. Did anyone else know where he was?
Frank waited. The Brit was nervous now. Tired. But ‘Mary’ was not enough to find the bitch. Marco had his orders and Marco was clear. Once they had a full name the young man would be tossed off the building to join the daily hundreds of suicides. He would be no different. Then they would find the girl and end her too.
Balance.
Balance was key. Balance was what was needed. The internet was already aflame with rumor that the dreams had stopped, that the Visitors had given up or gone away.
Power and money cemented Frank's place at the head of the dinner table. Without demand there was no supply. No supply, no money, no money no power.
'She sent-’ Tommy cleared his throat, ‘…she sent me images, or she tried to. It was like they were being interrupted. I only got bits of it.’
'Yes, we saw it on the recordings, the interference but half-formed. Broken. Nothing that would corroborate your story or that we could use to find her.’
'I think, I think I can find her. If I go in again.'
All three men were silent now, the world filled with the sound of the cold wind and the traffic far, far below. A decision was being made. Frank finally nodded to no-neck. Marco nodded back, turned and left the two men. Frank gestured inside to Tommy, his face serious and set.
‘Let’s get to work shall we?’
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