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Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 7, 2020

2020.10.07 20:38 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 7, 2020

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2020.06.23 15:15 adameby02 Kentucky Wildcats thriving in the NBA

Written in the summer of 2018 right after Boogie signed with the Warriors.
Calling Out Kentucky Kids
Duke basketball is often referred to as a brotherhood in NCAA. If that is true, the University of Kentucky is more of a social club. We have common goals. We can’t offer an Olympian Coach or a room full of strippers but we will offer a city that is head over heels in love with the game of basketball.
What the University of Kentucky can offer for these players as they prepare for their next chapter is a shot at the big stage. Not only will Coach Cal do everything possible to get you past the second round of March Madness, the Kentucky fans will rush to idolize you as a player and just as quickly move on to the next recruit.
Speed Dating
It is kind of like speed dating. We as fans have about five months to watch these athletes play because of the “one and done” rule. After they make a run in March with us, they are off to professionalism. But even after their departure we have a desire to see them perform at the next level.
Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Murray, Karl Anthony Towns, Rajon Rondo, Devin Booker, Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Julius Randle, Bam Adebayo, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson, James Young, Archie Goodwin, Marquis Teague, or even Daniel Orton.
The above list is made up of alumni that have left our campus with the highest of expectations and landed in the first round of the NBA draft. If you’re a fan of the 21st century NBA, at least one of these names hold a place in your memory whether they were your team’s draft selection one year or were thrown around in your team’s trade rumors.
Kentucky seems to have a handful of first round picks each and every year, with other NCAA powerhouses like Duke, Kansas, and Louisville with not nearly as many. To put it simply, since John Calipari took over in 2010 Kentucky has produced roughly as many first round draft picks for the NBA as Kentucky’s rivals Duke and Kansas... combined!
Next Level
Getting to the league is just half of the battle though. Once earning a spot on an NBA roster, these extremely talented players coming out of college might as well flip a coin on whether they will succeed with decorated accolades or even longevity in their career.
Thanks to the Golden State Warriors back in June, Quinn Cook was the latest Duke alumni to win an NBA title since Shane Battier with the Miami Heat. Unfortunately the last UK alumni to raise a banner was ten years ago when the Boston Celtics started Rajon Rondo at point guard in his third NBA season.
In 2018 Kentucky had 13 players on rosters in the playoffs and some of those were second round draft picks like Alex Poythress for the Pacers or Dakari Johnson for the Thunder.
One of the best performances came from none other than 2012 NCAA champion Anthony Davis, aka “The Brow”. After teammate Demarcus Cousins aka “Boogie” went down with an achilles injury midseason, The Brow declared himself in “Russell Westbrook Mode” per Rachel Nichols The Jump.
Averaging over 30 points and 13 rebounds a game Davis tore through the third seed Portland Trailblazers in a 4 - 0 sweep. Fellow UK alumni Rajon Rondo, injured Boogie, DeAndre Liggins, and Darius Miller rallied behind Davis on the Pelicans.
After being eliminated by the Warriors in the second round, Pelicans lost Cousins to the Warriors themselves and waived Liggins in the offseason. Rondo signed with the LeBron led Lakers passing Julius Randle on his way out. Randle joined Davis as the new Kentucky alumni duo alongside Miller in New Orleans for 2019.
The Chase
Inevitably Kentucky alumni as a social club will finally win another ring. This time with the defending champions through Demarcus Cousins signing a veteran minimum with the Warriors while rehabbing his achilles.
As most fans don’t count Kevin Durant’s rings as evenly valued as other player’s rings, the UK alumni should also feel like there is still unfinished business after the Warriors get Boogie a ring.
It’s not an easy task as only about seventeen percent of NBA players actually retire with a ring in their possession. Considering it is already near impossible to make it to the league, coming out on top against twenty-nine other teams is to a player what Mount Everest is to a climber.
Being born and raised here in Lexington, Kentucky I want to call out all of my wildcats in the NBA and raise the expectations past first round picks and first round playoff sweeps. We need a NBA championship from our alumni whether it takes John Wall getting traded away from the disgruntled Wizards onto a contender’s roster or Devin Booker simply scoring seventy points every game from here on out.
Seventeen percent is not a lot. It is roughly what you leave your waitress as a tip or the difference between an A and a C in school. Some fans may be satisfied with an allstar or maybe even a rookie of the year but as a member of Big Blue Nation we want the MVP of the NBA finals and nothing less. C - A - T - S.
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2020.06.23 11:27 adameby02 NBA article about Kentucky Players

Calling Out Kentucky Kids
Duke basketball is often referred to as a brotherhood in NCAA. If that is true, the University of Kentucky is more of a social club. We have common goals. We can’t offer an Olympian Coach or a room full of strippers but we will offer a city that is head over heels in love with the game of basketball.
What the University of Kentucky can offer for these players as they prepare for their next chapter is a shot at the big stage. Not only will Coach Cal do everything possible to get you past the second round of March Madness, the Kentucky fans will rush to idolize you as a player and just as quickly move on to the next recruit.
Speed Dating
It is kind of like speed dating. We as fans have about five months to watch these athletes play because of the “one and done” rule. After they make a run in March with us, they are off to professionalism. But even after their departure we have a desire to see them perform at the next level.
Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Murray, Karl Anthony Towns, Rajon Rondo, Devin Booker, Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Julius Randle, Bam Adebayo, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson, James Young, Archie Goodwin, Marquis Teague, or even Daniel Orton.
The above list is made up of alumni that have left our campus with the highest of expectations and landed in the first round of the NBA draft. If you’re a fan of the 21st century NBA, at least one of these names hold a place in your memory whether they were your team’s draft selection one year or were thrown around in your team’s trade rumors.
Kentucky seems to have a handful of first round picks each and every year, with other NCAA powerhouses like Duke, Kansas, and Louisville with not nearly as many. To put it simply, since John Calipari took over in 2010 Kentucky has produced roughly as many first round draft picks for the NBA as Kentucky’s rivals Duke and Kansas... combined!
Next Level
Getting to the league is just half of the battle though. Once earning a spot on an NBA roster, these extremely talented players coming out of college might as well flip a coin on whether they will succeed with decorated accolades or even longevity in their career.
Thanks to the Golden State Warriors back in June, Quinn Cook was the latest Duke alumni to win an NBA title since Shane Battier with the Miami Heat. Unfortunately the last UK alumni to raise a banner was ten years ago when the Boston Celtics started Rajon Rondo at point guard in his third NBA season.
In 2018 Kentucky had 13 players on rosters in the playoffs and some of those were second round draft picks like Alex Poythress for the Pacers or Dakari Johnson for the Thunder.
One of the best performances came from none other than 2012 NCAA champion Anthony Davis, aka “The Brow”. After teammate Demarcus Cousins aka “Boogie” went down with an achilles injury midseason, The Brow declared himself in “Russell Westbrook Mode” per Rachel Nichols The Jump.
Averaging over 30 points and 13 rebounds a game Davis tore through the third seed Portland Trailblazers in a 4 - 0 sweep. Fellow UK alumni Rajon Rondo, injured Boogie, DeAndre Liggins, and Darius Miller rallied behind Davis on the Pelicans.
After being eliminated by the Warriors in the second round, Pelicans lost Cousins to the Warriors themselves and waived Liggins in the offseason. Rondo signed with the LeBron led Lakers passing Julius Randle on his way out. Randle joined Davis as the new Kentucky alumni duo alongside Miller in New Orleans for 2019.
The Chase
Inevitably Kentucky alumni as a social club will finally win another ring. This time with the defending champions through Demarcus Cousins signing a veteran minimum with the Warriors while rehabbing his achilles.
As most fans don’t count Kevin Durant’s rings as evenly valued as other player’s rings, the UK alumni should also feel like there is still unfinished business after the Warriors get Boogie a ring.
It’s not an easy task as only about seventeen percent of NBA players actually retire with a ring in their possession. Considering it is already near impossible to make it to the league, coming out on top against twenty-nine other teams is to a player what Mount Everest is to a climber.
Being born and raised here in Lexington, Kentucky I want to call out all of my wildcats in the NBA and raise the expectations past first round picks and first round playoff sweeps. We need a NBA championship from our alumni whether it takes John Wall getting traded away from the disgruntled Wizards onto a contender’s roster or Devin Booker simply scoring seventy points every game from here on out.
Seventeen percent is not a lot. It is roughly what you leave your waitress as a tip or the difference between an A and a C in school. Some fans may be satisfied with an allstar or maybe even a rookie of the year but as a member of Big Blue Nation we want the MVP of the NBA finals and nothing less. C - A - T - S.
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2020.06.12 01:34 rectalthrash 20 Months Without Weed (And A Whole Bunch of Other Sobriety Dates) [Long]

I initially wrote this post for /StopDrinking*, but I think it belongs here too, as weed was an enormous part of my story. Although it was not the most destructive substance I used, it was the first to go and the last to leave.*
I've been writing this for over two months so I figured I might as well just post it.
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Today marks 5 years from my last drink. I don’t post much on here anymore, but you can dig back through my post history to see some of my earliest posts here if you’re interested.
I’m posting today to share my experience, strength, and hope.
Sometimes I just need to hear the truth phrased a particular way for it to make sense and stick with me, even if I’ve essentially heard the very same idea several times before. Maybe I’ll do that for someone here.
WHAT IT WAS LIKE: A portrait of polysubstance abuse, or liking to get high.
Tl;dr I drank, I drugged, I lost.
“Because if you sit up front and listen hard, all the speakers’ stories of decline and fall and surrender are basically alike, and like your own: fun with the Substance, then very gradually less fun…”
I started smoking weed at age 17 and instantly fell in love with it, much in the same way I often hear others describe the deep emotional impact of their first drink. From the first time I got high, it immediately occupied what would become a well worn groove in my mind, even if I wasn’t a daily smoker right away. It permanently blew open a door I hadn't really been aware of.
By 18 I started smoking alone, which was a change from the “social” use that marked my earliest smokes. I loved to get high, walk around, listen to my favorite music, eat junk food, watch porn, watch TV, burrow through the Internet - whatever. I just loved the sensation of being high: the distance it inserted between me and everything else, the pleasure, the perceived insight. My brain was entirely lit up.
My solo usage began after a bad breakup - this became a theme over the years: replacing human relationships and covering up unpleasant emotions with substances. Once I crossed the barrier of getting high alone, getting high most days followed quickly.
I get into a good school, find a fellow stoner, and spend most of my time getting high with him. I drank a bit at this point, always to get drunk, but weed remained my drug of choice. I go home that summer and spend four long months working two jobs and getting high whenever possible (without getting high before work). In addition to my normal sneaking out at night routine, I establish a new system for getting high in the afternoon: a new spot where people can’t see me, a change of clothes in my car so I don’t smell like smoke, hand sanitizer in the garage to wash my hands, and so on. The summer gradually becomes quite lonely.
“...then eventually a terrible acknowledgement that some line has been undeniably crossed…”
At some point in this period, during my ritual nightly high, I had this immense sense of wrongdoing, like I was fucking up my life. It was a mixture of guilt, shame, and self loathing washing over me. I’m sure I’d experienced these emotions before, but on this particular night these feelings all coalesced and weighed down on me. I distinctly recall feeling their weight, seeing them in front of me, and pushing them way the fuck down. Fuck off. I am getting high, it is what I do now. This summer, I think, is when I began to internally identify as a drug user.
Fast forward a few years and I’m getting toward the end of my college career. The brain fog, anxiety, and self loathing are becoming too much. One morning I left my girlfriend sleeping in bed while I packed and smoked a bowl in the living room, masturbating to porn. This was absolutely not the first time I chose artificial sexual intimacy over human intimacy, but after this morning I felt hopeless, disgusted, and resolved to quit smoking weed for a while, which I did, though I continued to sell weed, something I’d been doing for a few years at this point.
Quitting weed was easy. I did it all the time.
Within a couple weeks I was getting drunk daily. I mostly lived alone that summer and started to drink in the morning, something I hadn’t really done before.
My girlfriend and I break up and the drinking gets worse. I am peeling myself out of bed in the morning, hungover, and dragging my body to class. I still cared about school and was able to balance what remained. I rarely smoke at this point, sticking with booze instead.
I graduate from college, I get a good job, and the drinking continues - always daily, always to get drunk. I start to really crave a drink during the last few hours of my work day. I start visiting the liquor store on my way home from work so I can start getting drunk in the car. Then I start getting tired of waiting to arrive at the liquor store and start keeping a pint of vodka underneath the driver’s seat. I don’t even like vodka that much.
“...yes gradually less and less actual fun but with some physical need for the Substance now, instead of the former voluntary fun; then at some point suddenly just very little fun at all, combined with terrible daily hand-trembling need…”
Suddenly my future looks like an enormous, flat sheet of asphalt out in front of me. Nothing to see or do, just meaningless distance to traverse and dwindling energy to do so. On the few occasions that I fly somewhere on a plane, I start to passively wish it would crash. I bring nips through security and drink them in the bathroom stalls of the airport and the plane.
I start blacking out more often, peeing on everything, hitting a girl I’m dating, vomiting on a semi-regular basis, always drinking in the morning (but only on weekends!), showing up hungover and sweaty to work every day.
Emotionally, I am depressed. I feel like my life is over at 24. I am on the rollercoaster of depression and anxiety caused by a combination of hangovers, the chemical effects of alcohol, and a thick sense of shame that I’m not engaging with life at all in the way that I wanted to.
I tried to convince myself that I was having fun being the guy cracking open beers and drinking vodka out of a brown bag on a Sunday morning bus ride… but I wasn’t having fun anymore. I was carved out.
After only about 1.5 years from when I first tried to quit smoking weed, I determine that I need to quit drinking. This isn’t working. So I put the alcohol down. I started lifting weights more seriously, something that I continually returned to throughout my attempts at sobriety and recovery.
QUITTING DRINKING / STARTING OPIATES / DRINKING AGAIN (!)
Within a few months of quitting drinking I start snorting oxy, then snorting heroin, then the alcohol finds its way back after 7 months off. I was still burying my emotions with substances and not addressing any of the underlying causes. Shame, self loathing, nihilism, and hopelessness swirl around my head.
I string days or weeks of sober time together, but continue to slip back into drinking. The heroin is on/off - I was an amateur chipper, sniffing only.
I start drinking before and during work. I see I’ve lost control. A friend takes me to my first AA meeting at the Shattuck in Jamaica Plain.
After months of Googling [Am I an alcoholic?], reading /StopDrinking or /Leaves, and memorizing the Wikipedia page for Alcoholism, I finally hear stuff that I could identify with on a personal level. The theoretical became relatable. I also kind of got a small glimmer of hope.
“...then more Losses, with the Substance seeming like the only consolation against the pain of the mounting Losses, and of course you’re in Denial about it being the Substance that’s causing the very Losses it’s consoling you about…”
More drinking. More starts, more stops. I drunkenly tell my dad over the phone that I don’t know if I can keep living. One day I leave my office at work, pull over my car, and puke behind an elementary school on a Thursday around 5:15 PM. I cry a little bit at a pizza shop in Harvard Square.
That was my last day of drinking: April 2, 2015.
I start going to a couple meetings per week. I went to a therapist. I read support groups like /stopdrinking. By this point the weed is back in full swing, but I didn’t care. It was way better than drinking. Benzos started to creep in because why not?
My opiate use ebbs and flows through 2015 and into 2016. I get a new therapist. Eventually I choose to get high instead of driving a friend to the hospital. I am, once again, disgusted with myself. I throw out everything: benzos, weed, heroin. I stay clean for about 3 months.
I buy some Opana in October 2016 for a last hurrah and… it was my last time using opiates after all. Unfortunately this opened up the floodgates for weed and for the next year I play around with amphetamines and benzos. More research and development. I go back to meetings and find one I like in Lexington.
I was able to hold things together for a few months, but soon enough I’m calling out of work because I’d spent the whole night all cranked up, sweating so much that my entire room smelled sour.
PUTTING IT ALL DOWN FOR GOOD
I put down the amphetamines in fall 2017 and about a year later I put down the weed too. The benzos fell shortly after that in early 2019. Like the vodka I kept under my car seat, the benzos weren’t really my trip. They were just around.
That was it for the drugs. Life was exceedingly dull for a few months. My mood was all over the map. I rarely went to meetings at this point, but still saw a therapist. I’m on my second antidepressant at this point, but in hindsight I have no fucking idea if I ever needed them. I was depressed. I don’t know what percentage of that state should be attributed to the incessant chemical prodding I’d been doing since age 17, but it was probably a significant portion.
I should share a strange thing that happened once I started to feel good, emotionally speaking: I was disappointed. I could no longer use my terrible mood as a “good” reason for using. I really did feel better without it. This was something I had experienced in increments as I put quit substances over the years. Things always got a bit better before I tried to make things “even better” with my own chemical tinkering. Now they were good and stayed that way, for the most part.
I don’t know if I could tell you succinctly what it was all for. Initially it was fun and pleasurable, just the best time I ever had. It was better than everything else. Eventually it started causing more problems than it was solving, shutting doors for me along the way.
Some people have given me credit for all of this quitting and accumulated sobriety. I only deserve a little of it, really. All my life I’d been looking for an easier, softer way. Eventually that way became sobriety. It was too much work being an active user. So I stopped.
My life has gotten exponentially better as I put more time between myself and drugs/alcohol. I have confidence in myself now. I have energy. I'm more honest. I am capable of caring about things again. I don't want to die anymore.
THINGS THAT HELPED ME
FAVORITE QUOTES
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2020.06.09 21:12 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update June 9, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update June 9, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Daily Update Team
Note: We may need to paraphrase, but the notes are accurate
Watch here:
Headlines
Summarized (Full) Notes
QUESTIONS (Round 1)
Update from Sec. Brown on McAtee Case.
QUESTIONS (Round 2)
END QUESTIONS
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2020.05.09 22:11 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update May 9, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update May 9, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Daily Update Team
Note: We may need to paraphrase, but the notes are accurate
Watch here:
Headlines
Full Notes
QUESTIONS
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KY Medicaid: https://healthbenefitexchange.ky.gov (855-459-6328)
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2020.05.07 01:53 YukaIzumi Examining the current "Named Squadrons"

Examining the current
I wanted to do a brief look on the current "Named Squadrons" we have available in the up-to-date CN/JP clients (soon, EN, soon). Often, these new aircraft come alongside their ship release, but a lot of them were dropped without mention of who they might belong to. Some of these named squadrons are quite good, others not so much, and even others that are not worth a mention in the realm of game meta.

In no particular order, here are the named squadrons and their respective ship(s) they fly from.

Brewster F2A-1 \"Buffalo\"
Brewster F2A Buffalo, Thach Squadron)
John Thach was a naval aviator and commander of squadron VF-3 from 1940 onward. Half of the pilots in VF-3 qualified for "excellence" in gunnery. Thach developed a maneuver known as the "Thach Weave" that allowed the less nimble US aircraft to even the fight against the more maneuverable IJN aircraft. VF-3 flew from USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, escorting 12 TBDs. Thach and VF-3 primarily flew from USS Lexington.
This squadron offers a 4% boost to fighter efficiency an has average AA DPS. Both the aforementioned carriers may sport the F2A Thach squadron for historical loadouts, though Lexington may have a stronger connection.

Fairey \"Swordfish\" Mk I
Fairey Swordfish, 818 Squadron)
Most famous for their crippling strike against the German battleship Bismarck, 818 was formed in 1939 and assigned to HMS Ark Royal. In April 1940 Ark Royal was sent off of Norway to hunt enemy transports and 818 was reassigned to HMS Furious and remained on her until June, where they once again returned to Ark Royal. They sortied during several large events in the coming months, including the attack on Mers-el-Kébir, Sicily, attacks on the Italian battleship Littorio, and provided air cover during the convoys at Malta. In May 1941, 818 carried out the strike on Bismarck.
In February of 1942, the Swordfish were replaced with Fairey Albacores and were assigned to HMS Formidable. In October of 1942, the Albacores were upgraded to Swordfish II and assigned to HMS Unicorn. The squadron was disbanded in 1945 with the end of the war.
Enemy ships struck by ordinance from the 818 squadron face a speed reduction penalty of 60% for 8 seconds. Their damage is decent but their utility is more useful. The mentioned carriers may sport the 818 squadron for historical loadouts, but Ark Royal may hold the largest claim.

Fairey \"Barracuda\" Mk I
Fairey Barracuda, 831 Squadron)
Similar to 818 squadron, the claim to fame sported by the 831 squadron is in assailing German battleships. 831 is usually stationed aboard HMS Victorious, but took off from HMS Furious to coordinate an attack against the German battleship Tirpitz with 829 squadron. During the attack, aircraft dropped torpedoes, 500lb, and 1600lb bombs impacted the Tirpitz, dealing mostly superficial damage. The boilers intakes were damaged, two of the 150mm turrets were damaged, and a large amount of superstructure sustained damage. 15% of her crew was either wounded or killed. This was known as "Operation Tungsten".
Enemy ships struck by ordinance from the 831 squadron risk a 24% chance of armor break. The unique feature of this armor break is the ability to strike any armor type and inflict this break. The plane is largely outshone by other dive bombers. HMS Victorious stands as the only ship in game to have flown this squadron.

Douglas SBD-3 \"Dauntless\"
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, McClusky Squadron)
Wade McClusky commanded a squadron of SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers, operating from USS Enterprise, that played a critical role in turning the tide of the second World War during the Battle of Midway. McClusky graduated from the Naval Academy in 1926 and began naval aviation in 1929. In 1940 he was assigned to VF-6, based on USS Enterprise, gaining command of the squadron in 1941. VF-6 flew from USS Langley, USS Lexington, and finally USS Enterprise. The SBD-3 Dauntless and squadron mentioned are exclusive to Enterprise during Midway.
Enemy aircraft carriers struck by ordinance from the McClusky squadron take an additional 5% damage. The SBD is outshone by the SB2C. The ship to lay claim to this squadron is, without doubt, USS Enterprise.

Vought F4U-1A \"Corsair\"
Vought F4U-1A Corsair, VF-17 Squadron)
Fighter group VF-17 and the "Jolly Rogers" term come from John Thomas Blackburn, a naval aviator and flight instructor from 1941 onward. He joined VGF-29 aboard USS Santee, flying the Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat. He participated in operation Torch in 1942, forced to ditch his F4F in the ocean after failing to find their target due to poor weather and failed navigational equipment. On January 1, 1943, Blackburn stood up squadron VF-17 and was delivered the second navy squadron (ever) of F4U-1 Corsairs. VF-17 was the first squadron to fly them into combat, experiencing great success. He adopted the name "Jolly Rogers" to motivate his crew with a squadron name to live up to the title "Corsair". Serving aboard USS Bunker Hill (good luck farming!), they helped lead development toward the F4U-1A Corsair. November 8, 1943 brought VF-17 their hardest task. 15 D3A Val and 24 A6M Zero. 6 Corsairs downed 3 fighters, damaging 4 others with no losses. VF-17 disbanded in 1944 with a recorded confirmed kill count of 154 planes (8:1 loss ratio), plus up to 75 more.13 flying aces resulted from this squadron.
When launched, VF-17 boosts whole fleet AA by 5% for 8 seconds. VF-17 sports the most damaging bombs on a fighter and is a good fighter to use on almost any carrier. USS Bunker Hill lays claim to this squadron.

General Motors TBM-1C \"Avenger\"
General Motors TBM-1C "Avenger", VT-18 Squadron)
VT-18 is a squadron of TBM-1C Avengers that flew from USS Intrepid during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, battle of Sibuyan Sea, and contributed greatly to the sinking of the IJN Musashi. The squadron later participated in Battle off Cape Engaño, Battle of Samar, and a 1946 USS Leyte shakedown cruise. It is very likely that these were of the TBM-1C variant as the date of Musashi's sinking, 1944 is well after the assigning of TBM-1C in November of 1943. The TBM is a TBF produced by General motors.
Enemy Battleships and Battlecruisers struck by ordinance from VT-18 take 3% additional damage from all sources by the equipping ship. 60% chance of inflicting flood on Aviation Battleship, Battlecruiser, and Battleship for 9 seconds. Flood deals 15% of initial hit, plus 10 damage every 3 seconds for 9 seconds. It is second in torpedo damage only to the VT-8 torpedo squadron by a very small amount. USS Intrepid lays claim to this squadron.

Douglas TBD-1 \"Devestator\"
Douglas TBD-1 "Devestator", VT-8 Squadron#Type_1)
VT-8 was a torpedo squadron of the US Navy. First assigned to USS Hornet in 1941, they remained there until after the Battle of Midway. Only one plane returned from the sortie. The heavy losses during the battle of the outdated TBD-1 led to the adoption of the up-to-date Grumman TBF-1C torpedo bomber. The squadron transferred to USS Saratoga (she doesn't even have a torpedo slot!) shortly after. In the Guadalcanal Campaign, VT-8, from Saratoga, sunk the IJN Ryujo. When Saratoga was struck by an IJN Submarine, VT-8 rebased at Henderson field. VT-8 was disbanded in 1942. A new VT-8 Squadron was established in 1943. It first was assigned to USS Intrepid. After training, they were assigned to USS Bunker Hill in 1944, remaining there until the end of the war. They trained with USS Saratoga in 1945, but never deployed.
After the first airstrike, the equipped plane (in battle) will change to the Grumman TBF-1C and remain that way for the duration of the battle. Resets when returning to map. VT-8 is a powerful torpedo squadron, being the most powerful after transforming. It is well used on any carrier you wish to employ un-aimed torpedoes on. The carriers which employed this squadron are USS Hornet (TBD), USS Saratoga (TBF), USS Intrepid (TBF), and USS Bunker Hill (TBF). (Pick a carrier, wow.)
So, I believe I've covered every available named squadron in the game, as well as provide a brief history and background to the planes. Azur lane is a unique method of learning naval history, but knowing anything about our past and the ships we love is better than not knowing. I like to play with historical loadouts, so knowing who gets what and who went where is always fun.
Thanks for reading!
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2020.04.28 22:22 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update April 28, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update April 28, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Mod Team
Note: We may need to paraphrase, but the notes are accurate
Watch here:
Headlines
Full Notes
QUESTIONS
END QUESTIONS
Please use these hashtags on social media (Twitter, FB, etc.): #TeamKentucky #TogetherKY #Patriot #HealthyAtHome
If you have been laid off/lost your job use the following resources to get help!
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2020.04.22 22:06 Muted_Independent Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update April 22, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update April 22, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Muted_Independent
Note: We may need to paraphrase, but the notes are accurate
Quick note: Hey /Coronavirus_KY, they are continuously speeding up in these updates and it’s getting more and more difficult to get everything down and out in a reasonable amount of time. If you spot any mistakes please reply or PM the mods. Also if you are interested in helping take notes in real-time please reach out to the mod team.
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Headlines
Slides from Update
Full Notes
QUESTIONS
END QUESTIONS
You are flattening the curve. Your work is saving lives. You are rising to this challenge and passing the test of humanity. The test isn’t over yet and we need you to be working just as hard. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Everyday we step closer to it. But we gotta keep walkin, like we said the other day just keep swimming, we will get there. Knowing our normal will be a new normal until we get a vaccine or treatment but we’re getting closer and closer. Do not lose faith. Do not stop following these restrictions. Let's make sure we stick with it so that when our history is written that we pass this test, and that we cared for one another. I don’t know if they will call us the greatest generation, but maybe they will call us the kindest generation. And we’ll see you tomorrow at five. And we have a little something to end you with. (video of people “passing” a soccer ball)
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2020.03.23 13:02 StardustFromReinmuth Mod Report 4.1: Major Combatants Naval Balance

Kaiserreich naval balance is somewhat….odd. half of the major battleship wielding nations can’t sustain the number of ships they currently have, which exists for the sake of the AI and HoI4 mechanics. However, in WeltkriegPowers to portray a more interesting naval situation as well as what I believe (feel free to correct or add anything to this though) is a more realistic one than “everyone gets at least 12 battleships”, the entire naval balance above the destroyer has been reworked. (Any details not mentioned in this post remains the same as in KR4, this includes most of the destroyers numbers, etc, while details not specific in this post like which type and classes are the cruisers, etc could be lored by the player in game).

Naval Technology

As a whole, naval technology (and to an extent, aerial technology) have diverged quite drastically from our own world.
Without the naval treaties, the distinction between Light Cruisers and Heavy Cruisers never existed, with the development of increasingly heavier cruisers, by 1936 they are essentially well rounded lighter, faster versions of battleships, bearing guns of calibers up to 10 or even 11 inch, similar to the Churchill super cruisers or the Alaskas with 1936 technology, and displacements between 17,000 tons to 23,000 tons. The consequence of such inflation is a fleet of qualitatively superior cruisers, but with fewer of them due to costs of constructing a ship that’s basically equivalent to an early dreadnought, a form of lighter cruiser however still emerged, with displacements of around 5,000 to 10,000, mostly to serve as destroyer squadron leaders or colonial cruisers.
The “Revival of the Armoured Cruiser” that happened in the lore never happens in this timeline as second rate naval powers simply procure Great Powers’ old capital ships at a low cost (example IOTL being Greece) instead of a resurgence of ships that are not only no more significantly armoured than its successors, but also are outgunned by anything it can’t outrun, and outrunned by anything it can outgunned. Such investments were instead put into procuring older 1st Generation Super Dreadnoughts (Weltkrieg/Pre Weltkrieg ships) or a squadron of cruisers.
Now lets talk about carriers. Carrier development IRL essentially got a huge boost as navies, only starting to build small experimental flat deck carriers, suddenly find themselves with 2 (or in the case of the Brits, 3) large flattops. The amount of institutional and technological knowledge that this experience gave those navies cannot be understated, as it is only with the Washington converted battleships that navies started to see how useful carriers are. Now granted, in the world of Kaiserreich the 2nd Battle of Jutland would have similar effects, if not even larger on the way naval commands see naval aviation, however without the knowledge gained through those battleship conversions, by 1936 carrier technology have advanced far slower than in OTL. The exception of course would be the Union of Britain (Mostly for ideological reasons) and the Empire of Japan, mostly due to doctrine. Thus carrier development in these nations will probably be around the same level as they were OTL. This however is more hampered by the fact that aircraft development in Kaiserreich’s timeline is also rather behind, as money dried up during the Dreadnought race for the air corps. This had the knock on effect of pushing Aircraft Carrier’s viability as an arbiter of the seas later than the historical date of around 1939-1940.

Individual Nations

German Empire
First we start with the head honcho. With the British Empire having fallen, an anemic USN thanks to Congress and an Entente that’s not directly antagonistic, the German Empire never would’ve focused on a having a large battleline post war, continuing Tirpitz doctrine of a large enough fleet to deter engagement, knowing that they cannot match the British build rate, until the British Empire collapsed, which prompted the end of the Dreadnought race, but rather start the German focus on a strong and large cruiser fleet. Possessing only 18 ships in their battleline in 1936, the Kaiserliche Marine’s High Seas Fleet (including the Asiatic detachment) include 4 Deutschland Super Dreadnought, armed with 12 16.5 inch guns, at a speed of 28 knots; 6 Preussen class Super Dreadnought (historical L 24e α design), 4 Blücher (Interwar, lighter design armed with 9 16.5 inch guns), and 4 modernised Bayerns. The battlecruiser force comprises of 2 Prinz Adalbert-class, 30 knots 16.5 inch design, 3 refitted and modernised Yorck and 4 Mackensens. The colonial fleet also possesses 26 cruisers and 52 light colonial cruisers to patrol the vast overseas empire.
Commune of France
The other main character, the Commune of France doesn’t particularly have a large navy in Kaiserreich anyway, however, the ships that they do have are somewhat absurd. The Normandies are magic out of thin air to exist, alongside a few other pre dreads and only 2 modern battleships. Now it makes the most sense that all of the Courbets and Bretagnes, stationed with the Mediterranean Fleet, would’ve fled alongside the French Republicans to Algiers. Thus, the Commune Navy would be left with the 5 unfinished hulls of the Normandie, and by 1936 the French battleline consisted of 5 modernised Normandies and 1 modernised Bretagne (the former Vasilefs Konstantinos), with most of the pre-revolution naval establishment fleeing left the Communard navy to pick up the pieces, and while the costs to complete the Normandies in a revised design were horrendous, it was arguably cheaper as were the only capital ships left in France for the revolutionaries to complete after a decade of no battleship construction devastating the skilled force to make new ones. The Commune has practically no cruisers, only 8 of them, alongside a small fleet of destroyers and submarines.
The Commune also has a fleet of old Pre-Dreadnought however these were too old and by 1930 most have already been scrapped with their guns used for shore and artillery emplacements. In 1936 a new naval building program of 2 new “battleship” have commenced. Named the Internationale class, these ships flipped the battlecruiser concept on its head. With a 30 knots speed, they sport 2x Four Gun 340mm turrets (the largest turret/caliber available to the Communard) and an armour belt 16inch thick, the heavy protection is to compensate for the lack of firepower due to a decay in naval gun smithing. Essentially a ship with the speed and armament of a battlecruiser but the armor of a battleship. (Yes these are directly inspired by a similar pair of ships commissioned around similar period of time by another international pariah IOTL)
French Republic
The Pretender to the French land, the Marine Nationale starts off in 1936 with 3 Bretagne and 4 Courbet, as well as some ships formerly stationed with the British Mediterranean Fleet during the Revolution, the 4 Iron Dukes. While in theory a battleline of 11 dreadnoughts is one of the world’s most formidable, the fact that the MN can only just barely sustain these ships, with no budget leftover to modernise them means that the French battleline would come short in an engagement against more advanced navies, even having trouble against the Communard equivalents. A lack of shipbuilding capacity lead to a major expansion during the late 20s and early 30s, which are only now paying dividends as the Algerie-class Cruisers are one of if not the world’s best, and the under construction Courbet replacements, the 4 Republiques are much more tailored to the MN’s need, being extremely short legged, suitable only for Mediterranean operations, however with a large amount of firepower (2x3 16 inch, licensed from the RN) and decent speed (28 kn).
Union of Britain
Having seized the 5 Queen Elizabeths (renamed the Peterloo class) and the 5 R class battleships, alongside the battlecruiser force of the 2 Renowns and HMS Anson, a post revolution Republican Navy, made up of mainly up and coming, younger officer corps. With the Saints (G3) and most of the I class (N3) having fled for Canada, these 13 battleships are what remains for the Republican Navy, who in the post revolution unionist fervor, as well as the youthful influence of the naval staff, meant that the focus were very much on using aviation to control the seas, turning Britannia into an unsinkable aircraft carrier. With that, aircraft development in the UoB is even further ahead than IOTL, however this results in an even larger inter service rivalry, even more so as the Navy and Air Force are independently operated as individual self sustaining unions. While the Air Force argues that with larger range, aircraft from Great Britain can easily patrol and sink any German shipping in the North Sea and the vicinity, while the Navy argues that carriers are necessary to expand the operational envelope and provide more flexibility and redundancy.
Here of course, we only care about the Republican Navy’s efforts. By 1936 the Republican Navy employ a strike force of 3 light carriers (mostly experimental, civilian conversions, similar to Argus IOTL), as well as the fleet carrier RNS Hood, converted from the battlecruiser of the same name, 6 Republic class armoured carriers (similar to the I class IOTL) and the gigantic RNS Rebecca, an armoured carrier with a capacity for up to 90 planes (converted from a N3 hull, with size comparable to something in between the OTL Essex and Midway), however with speeds of 27-28knots, it’s at the lowest end of possible speed for carrier operations. Operating so close to enemy land based airpower, the carrier doctrine is to heavily armour the carriers in order to survive the initial strike to launch a counter attack. The doctrine to coordinate mass of planes from multiple carriers in a strike package however have not yet been come up with, as most Republican Navy Carrier Task Force operate in a similar manner to the USN pre-war, with a single carrier at the center of a task group.
The Republican Navy is an interesting mix of old battleships meets the new cruisers, carriers and escorts. Some of these however, would be useless without a secured oil source. A large part of the Republican Navy however is mix fueled (coal and oil) to relieve the fuel dependency.
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy as a whole is a lot smaller than it is both IOTL and in HoI4 Kaiserreich, as the economies that support it are a lot smaller. Combined with the vast distance between the Entente nations, the Royal Navy focuses more on speed and range, which naturally lend itself to a specialisation in patrol and convoy raiding.
The RCN comprises of 4 modernised Battlecruisers (HMS St George, HMS St Patrick, St Andrew and HMS St David). While numerically low in numbers, these 4 ships are essentially the best ships in the world at their class, with the Saint-class Battlecruisers essentially being a modern fast battleship, with all the lessons of both battles of Jutland. They are also huge, displacing around 60,000 tons full load. The British ships through a combination of metallurgy and armour scheme also have up to 15-20% effectiveness improvement in protection over armour of the same thickness. Tailored to fight a war on the Atlantic, a large fleet of “Large Light Cruisers” are also employed by the RCN.
The RCN has a relatively modern carrier force. The HMS Furious, HMS Eagle as well as the 2 Ark Royal-class carriers form the core of the RCN naval aviation strike force, while HMS Hermes and HMS Argus are accompanied light carriers. Being unarmoured, these carriers hold a much larger complement than its Republican counterparts, however currently inferior aircrafts still plague the flight decks of these carriers.
Despite their uselessness in the line of battle as shown at 2nd Jutland, the Canadian emphasis on convoy raiding means that the fleet of 8 CLL, which could outgun anything it couldn’t outrun and outrun anything it couldn’t outgun, is sufficient in their doctrine to strangle their European enemies in the seas. This combined with a fleet of 14 other of all types of cruisers, alongside destroyers and 200 Submarines, means that while the RCN is only of modest sized compared to the Republican Navy or the Kaiserliche Marine, is the most suitable for a protracted war of the Atlantic.
The RAN however is more tailored towards deterrence and defence against the threat that is German East Asia, and thus employ all 3 of the Royal Navy’s Super Dreadnought the Invincible class (N3 battleships), and a large fleet of a dozen or so cruisers (remember that cruisers are very large in this timeline)
USA
A US that never joined the Weltkrieg meant a USN that continues to be deprived of funds by Congress. With a reluctant Congress continues authorizing fundings for the Big Navy Act (but no further expansion), the USN keeps a navy that’s roughly on par with the Great Powers. With 9 Standard (New York to Tennessee), 4 Colorados and 6 South Dakotas as well as 6 Lexington battlecruisers by the end of 1927, as the Dreadnought Race ends and the US essentially on parity with the Kaiserliche Marine. To avoid a costly arms race, a treaty was signed between the 2 nation in which both agreed to remain at parity in tonnage for capital ships. Since then, Congress’s appetite for more ships essentially dwindled down to nothing, and with a financial depression to follow, the USN in 1936 essentially has no modern cruisers or dreadnoughts.
As the Lexingtons were never converted to aircraft carriers as stipulated by the WNT, the USN carrier fleet composed purely of 4 Ranger-class carriers. Plans for a larger carrier (an OTL Yorktown equivalent) is currently being drawn up, however chances of it leaving the drawings in the mids of a financial crisis are slim.
Japan
Japan, for the most part, hasn’t changed that drastically from Kaiserreich’s lore and OTL. Financial difficulties essentially slowed Japan’s construction pace down so much that by the completion of the Dreadnought Race, it had put into water the 2 Nagatos, 2 Tosas, 2 Amagi-class and 2 Kii-class. The No.13 hulls remain in drydock, its construction suspended due to financial difficulties. The end of the Dreadnought race, economic troubles and a loss of prestige for the navy after the German intervention in China meant that the IJN had far less budget to work with. The remaining 1936 IJN battleline consists of 2 battle squadrons of 4. The 26knots squadron of the 4 Nagatos and Tosas and the 30 knots squadron of the 4 Amagi and Kii.
With a smaller budget however, a form of unconventional equaliser must still be searched in order to gain parity with the German Asiatic fleet and the American Pacific Fleet. Thus, developments in Great Britain and the 2nd Battle of Jutland were followed quite closely, leading to the development of naval aviation in the IJN. After a series of experimental carriers in the early 1920s, the old 4 Kongo-class battlecruisers were converted into aircraft carriers and now forms the core of the Kido Butai - First Air Fleet, the first of its kind, with Admiral Yamamoto’s mass of airpower doctrine utilised in the attempt to attrited out the enemy battleline, before the IJN capital ships can deliver the Coup de Grace.
Japanese ship design focuses for the most part on quality over quantity, as the Japanese economy cannot simply support a larger amount of ships, and thus enjoy a technological advantage in new technologies such as radar, oxygen torpedoes and aircraft, partly due to the emigration of British engineers and aviator pioneers (already working with the Japanese in aviation before) the Home Islands after the British Revolution. (most of the world doesn’t know about Japan’s homegrown aviation industry, however, as details over the Japanese aircraft industries are kept a secret, with most western observers predicting that Japan is mainly using old and foreign licensed design, with an undeveloped native design base)
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2020.02.22 06:56 Rocknocker DEMOLITION DAYS, PART 95

Continuing
He still came around making trouble, but oddly enough, our little cul-de-sac corner was more-or-less Batshit Crazy-free for the next 34 months.
After that, things sort of calmed down. Well, one of his older boys thought it would be fun to attack Khris, push her off her bike, and try and steal the Uzbek sapphire amulet I had gotten her years earlier.
Khris is not a small girl; she is a corn-fed daughter of the vast cow-pocked hills and rolling pastures of Baja Canada. She didn’t take lightly to some weasely little Arab probably future pole-smokers trying to steal from and assaulting her.
It took more than one punch, but Khris coldcocked the elder of the Guano Insano clan and laid him out so an undertaker could have taken easy measurements. Oh, he was still breathing, but I nevertheless think he was shammin’, playin’ possum until Daddy Dearest could come and rescue him from the rage of wrathful Wisconsinians.
Liam and I were sitting in the porch area of his villa, smoking cigars, drinking our sunrisers, watching the tableau unfold. We both thought Khris handled the situation well, particularly the outcome. The miscreant was out cold’n a foundered mackerel and Khris didn’t heel-stamp him in the chuckle-bits nor curb-stomp his head even though he had initially, and without provocation, punched Khris in the head.
Major stylistic points, Khris.
After 6 or 7 of his offspring rant to alert him, Señor Srībaśita Inasēna came over to shovel his insensible frogspawn up off the tarmac. He was ranting and raving, screaming and splitting the air with threats, dark oaths and other forms of bad noise.
He headed straight for Khris to administer a smackdown, as Khris resolutely held her ground.
I merely stood up and asked Khris if she needed some help.
She replied in the negative, stating that this fool wasn’t going to be much more of a challenge than ‘his idiot kid’
I swear, he went, even more, batshit crazy. However, something clicked and Señor Srībaśita Inasēna looked over his shoulder to see not one, but two near-identical way-more-crazy than he extra-large people standing there, both with cigars and icy cold drinks. He suddenly seemed to experience a spate of total recall how one of the large apparitions said he’d begin him on his journey toward room temperature if he so much as sneered in our direction.
He scooped up his unconscious spawn, muttered something none of us could make out, and scurried back to his loathsome piece of home real estate.
That was more or less the end of our run-ins with Señor Srībaśita Inasēna and his extended tribe.
Swing forward to the late summer. The weather calmed a bit and one’s skin didn’t immediately bubble every time one went out to collect the local morning news-rag. Things were going well for the cul-de-sac; jobs were advancing apace, children were doing well in their various studies, people were, oh what was that word? Ah, yes, happy.
Happy people do fun things.
So, it was decided it was time we have a block party.
Of course, Liam came up with the brilliant idea that we should have a pig roast.
“Umm, Liam”, I ahemed, “In case you forgot, we live in an Arabic Muslim country in the Middle East. Pigs and pork and porcine parts are sort of verboten around here. “
“Ok, Rock”, Liam laughed, “I know that, you know that, my hat knows that. But we Brits must have our bacon, sausage, and chops. It’s in our DNA. Besides, I can get one flown in through my company; under the wire. I could sneak him over here easily. We’d just have to keep him under wraps until bar-be-que time rolls around. You’re from Texas, so…”
“Adopted native son” I corrected.
“Right”, Liam continued, “But you were from Baja Canada first, so you must know how to cook a whole pig…”
“That right, I do, but…, I said, “…you want to bring a live pig in here, and keep him for a while until we can sort out the cooking necessities. We can’t use the industrial-sized stoves in the rec center at the pool. That’d raise a few eyebrows…”
Es and Cassandra wander over, listen for a bit and exclaim “Are you both out of your tiny, little minds?”
I had to admit, as I poured Liam and myself a refill, that the idea did have a certain ‘Up Yours!’ mouthwatering bacon-scented charm.
So, all four of us sat outside and over beer, vodka, and white wine for the ladies, we brewed up a perhaps passable project for our pig party.
The thing was, I’d be gone offshore for a couple of weeks and the pig would have to live at someone’s villa, under wraps, for that time; which actually escalated to 3 months.
Esme, surprising as always, volunteered to take on the task.
Might have been the white wine talking, but she admitted to missing bacon as well.
“OK, but we’re going to need a bar-be-cue pit. Where and when?” Liam asked.
“I’ll talk to Shiehk Gungan and secure permission for a Hawaiian-style pit bar-be-cue for someone or other’s fake birthday. If we can get Vonn and Honey Bee on board, their villa’s backyard backs up to a tall brick wall bordering the alley behind the City Centre. I could put in a pit there easily, and it would be out of the purview of prying eyes.” I said.
“Good”, Casandra said, “Let me get the gin and tonic makin’s and get Vonn and Honey over here as well as Dane and Dyad. Gonna have a block party, make sure you invite the entire block.”
Over the term of the afternoon, we had our plans.
Liam would secure a pig for us; approximately 200-300 pounds, on the hoof. It’d stay in our backyard under both our sun tarp and Esme Srs.’ care until Pig Killin’ Time. Liam, Vonn, and I would handle that little chore. I’d get permission to ‘dig’ a pit and install the bar-be-cue pit in Honey and Vonn’s back yard. Liam and I would handle the actual roast, and we’d all chip in for charcoal and wood smokin’ chunks, and whatever else we could find.
Dyad said she knew many, many farmers it the area and many had fruit trees, in various stages of repair. Certainly, some of that would smoke up a treat. Persimmon, pomegranate, fig, mango, durian, banana…all the earmarks of a weird pig roast.
So we had a date, a plan and the ingredients for a complete fiasco. Since Sr. Guano Insano was no longer part of the picture, and as we had few interlopers, this might actually work without all of us being tossed into the hoosegow.
I’d liberate a bit of pit diggin’ materials from work, just a small amount of dynamite, C-4, and Primacord; I already had the blasting machines. Vonn and Liam would lay in the charcoal and wood for the actual pig roast and well, Bob’s your uncle.
I went offshore to complete the 12th well on the platform and had to deal with all the logistics, bureaucracy and other sanctioned horseshit that comes with the territory. It took almost exactly 3 weeks, and at that time, Esme’s initial negative reaction to pig-sitting had changed considerably.
She had named the critter and found it to be a rather clever, and even sociable, beast. She even allowed it free reign of our house.
The name she chose was one from an old, endearing structural professor: Prof Pinkus (Prof. Pink-ass).
Ahem.
This was an unforeseen complication.
“Es, remember, “ I said over the phone, “That pig is not a pet. It’s not your buddy. It’s not going shopping with you. It’s going to be the guest of honor at a block party. Perspective, please.”
“Oh, Rock”, Es gushed, “I know that. It just makes it easier to keep up with Prof. Pinkus if you treat him like a pet rather than livestock.”
“Es!”, I yell, “He IS livestock. Soon to be deadstock. Soon to be crisply pit barbequed to a crackly crunch. He’s not your friend, he’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner!”
“OK, love you too.” Es says, ignoring me, “See you soon. Safe flights. Keep the shiny side up.”
I hang up. “Oh, shit. This does not bode well.” I mused on the flight shoreward.
I have to admit, pigs can be personable animals. Canny, inquisitive, seemingly intelligent. But even so, that does not trump them being delicious, appetizing, and delectable generators of bacon. Prof. Pinkus is going to be ham, bacon, and sausage soon. Not a boon companion.
The next day I ‘dig’ the pit for the barbeque. I used a shovel for exactly 2 minutes and dynamite, C-4, and primacord for a few more. Vonn was astonished that I not only dug a 6’x6’x4’ wide hole in less than an afternoon, but that I did it while smoking a cigar, drinking an, ok, several icy adult beverages, and never even breaking a sweat in the hellish late summer heat.
The Bobcat with the mounted backhoe, which I had ‘borrowed’ from work, helped a little.
Liam wandered over after the pyrotechnics were done. He didn’t care for them as the noise ‘offended his ears’. Truth be told, he had seen enough pyro jobs go south in his line of work and wanted nothing to do with them. I assured him I was a licensed Master Blaster as well as the one and only Motherfucking Pro from Dover, but it took some time to get him up to speed on the use of explosives for fun and profit.
We let the pit settle, as it was in mostly in desert sand held together with a bit of aeolian clay, or loess. We kept it wet and covered with sheets of canvas. It’d be fine for our pit barbeque in the days hence.
Vonn, Liam and I fabricobbled a cover for the pit which was made of thatched palm fronds supported by ½” pine furring-strips frame along the outer surface. Dane found a hunk of tin stove pipe and we fashioned a nicely workable chimney for the cover. Once the fire was going, and the pig in its new home, we could set the cover over the pit, shovel earth over it to seal it off and use the iris-valve in the chimney to regulate airflow.
One looks at it now, it would almost appear that we knew what we were doing.
Probably nothing was further from the truth.
We needed to ‘season’ the pit, but first, we needed to line the pit with rocks. This serves to hold the heat, and will even out its distribution. But, all we have to use is limestone around here and if limestone ever gets wet, there might be water in the fractures of the rocks. Heat that up to over 1000C and you’ve got yourself a nifty little bomb.
Of course, this will not do…
So, I get on the phone with several ‘exotic’ marble companies in the big city of Duhu. I call around asking if they might have some scrap sheets of granite, quartzite, granodiorite or marble.
Sure, for a price.
However, there was this one place where I knew this guy…
He took in huge, and I mean 4m x 5m x 5m blocks of exotic rock from the subcontinent; black granite, “Reaping Equinox’ black and white ‘granite’; most all these ‘granites’ were granodiorites, Inferno Granite, Black Sunset granite sliced thin into façade facing dimension stone, it was absolutely gorgeous in cross-section. However, the best stuff was igneous-metamorphic, tougher than a $2 steak, and just laughed at diamond carbide saw blades.
“Oh, sure now Mr., Dr. Rock”, Mr. Prakash Dongerkerry, the owneoperator of one particular lot I scavenge for Esme’s continuing lapidary hobby, “I’ve got some beauty stuff here for you. But I need some help with these couple of blocks I received from Kerala. Great rock, very pretty, but too tough. Burn out many saws, boss. You can help maybe?”
“Sure, Prak”, I replied, “I can help, no sweat.”
So, next Friday Liam and me, we eased over to the granite factory, C-4, blasting caps and Primacord in hand. Prak was a little apprehensive about using high explosives in a densely populated area, but after Vonn reminded him that he was working with the Motherfucking Pro from Dover, he relaxed some.
I crawled all over those blocks, marking with orange spray paint the nature fractures, flaws, and features of each block. Asked Prak how he’d like them split, and he indicated parallel to the major axis.
It couldn’t be easier. There was a main body-fracture system normal to the σ1 stress direction. The one’s parallel to the σ2 and σ3 were minor and nowhere near as clearly developed.
I smooshed some C-4 into a test fracture, primed it and shot it without much ado. It was surprisingly quiet for a detonation. A cute little C-4 POP.
A large slab of rock fell off the main block, severed as nicely as a hunk of cold butter from a hot knife.
Prak was thrilled. I only had another 12 or so shots to go.
They all more or less came off as planned. One or two busted when they bounced, even after the addition of old car tires below where I was blasting.
Prak, good to his word, showed us a huge pile of 1.25” thick sawn quartzite slabs that were rejected for mostly cosmetic reasons. It takes a bit of math, a bit of doing, and a lot of C-4 to extract slabs enough to line our fire pit from stem to stern, top to bottom.
Once installed, the pit was a tad less wide, a bit less deep, and a smidge less long, but it was the only Precambrian-quartzite lined bar-be-que pit in this or any other known galaxy.
We celebrated the initial fire up with whiskey and hors-d'oeuvres. I stuck with vodka, ice, lime, citrus stuff, and a Jamaican cigar.
The pit flared from the amount of dry wood we initially used. It burned very quickly into a pile of glowing embers. Now, we added some local lump charcoal and popped on the top, now sporting an exhaust chimney with a rather large, intrinsically-safe, unusually commercial-looking dual-temperature thermometer that somehow just appeared out of the ether.
We took it all the way up to 1,000C. Although it was designed for ‘low and slow’, we wanted to see how it would perform under alternative conditions.
We let it simmer for a few hours, then decided to kill the fire by closing the iris valve. Thus deprived of oxygen, given a few hours, the pit would be cold to the touch.
The next day, we opened the pit and shoveled out the dead embers. The pit was well and truly cold. Upon examination, it seems that the quartzite had fused to the sand on the outside of the pit. Also, sand had filtered down into the cracks around the pit, like in the corners, along joints, and been fused there as well.
The damn thing would now hold water if we wanted. We had a natural glass-lined fire pit now. We decided to try out some racked & stacked chickens first before we slowly made our way pig-ward.
We staked split chickens out on various levels in the pit. We had worked up a series of adjustable metal frames where we could lay the staked-out poultry. The racks popped right in place and after a couple of hours, hey presto bar-be-qued peri-peri chicken. And hot-butter roasted chicken. And for the uninitiated, roast chicken with smoked Hungarian paprika and Indian ghee. A real Iron Chef fusion-style mixture.
Liam and I took his Grady White out on the Persian Gulf and managed a couple of dorados, or Mahi, a largish shark, and a couple of kingfish off the deeper shipping banks. Fileted up and tacked in place, we played around with the smoking woods. Mango was just weird. Fig was weirder, almost vinegary; but not terrible. Pomegranate/tangerine tree smoked Mahi, seasoned shark steak, and Kingfish was the hit of the week. So easy, yet so tasty. It went well with Es’ famous Navajo Fry Bread.
We were gaining confidence. Prof. Pinkus’ days were numbered. We decided that the Eid al Fitr would be the time that we’d been preparing our porky pit pig production.
How’s that for cultural sensitivity? Break the Ramadan fast with a pig roast.
We’re all about cultural sensitivity.
Anyways, we hemmed and hawed over the methods of dispatching our soon-to-be-delicious 325 pounds of Professor Pinkus.
One wag suggested we have it OD on tranquilizers, trip him out a la Heath Ledger. Use loads of Nytol®, Dramamine™, oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine."
It was straight out of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers©.
We all agreed it was funny as hell, but that it probably wouldn’t work.
Then we thought we might go all Halal, just slit the pig’s throat with a very sharp knife, and let it bleed out.
Rejected as to being too thrashing, too noisy, too Arabic, and just plain uncivilized.
I thought I could get hold of a 12 gauge shotgun and some Foster Deer slugs. But again, noisy and messy. Besides, I’d have to borrow a shotgun, and that might raise some eyebrows.
We’ve managed to keep Prof. Pinkus under wraps now for almost 3 months. Hate to blow it right before the feasting was to begin.
In the end, all it took was an 18-pound maul and a solid whack to the right side of the head.
More sensitive viewers might want to skip a dozen or so paragraphs ahead. Just fair warning™.
I was elected to deliver the coup de grâce.
After walloping a bound and gagged Prof. Pinkus upside the head and basically caving in the skull, severing the skull-spinal cord connection at the atlas/axis connection, it was instant lights-out, he felt nothing.
We had already apologized to Prof. Pinkus, and thanked him for his contribution.
Seldom before has lunch ever been so noble.
Prof. Pinkus freezes and collapse, the legs give way, and the neck goes rigid. We picked up the extraordinarily sharp butcher’s knife sitting there, one hand under the chin and pull the head back. The other hand takes the sharp, stout knife under the neck and slices across the neck back to the bone of the vertebrae.
The knife hand loops around to the poll of the head, pushes down and forward while the hand under the chin pulls back and rearwards, so the neck vertebrae connecting tissue cracks. Knife hand back down under the neck, chin hand slides up and a finger hooks into the trachea and slice between the separated vertebrae.
With our previous practice and experience, 10 to 15 seconds from hammer strike to the semi-decapitated head.
Grisly but necessary.
Hanging the beast by its back hocks, well out of sight of any casual interlopers, we bleed the animal out into 5-gallon buckets, saving the precious juice. Vonn and I have visions of homemade blütwurst, blood-n-tongue sausage, and zultze or schwartamaga; lovely, lovely headcheese.
But that’s for later. Vonn gathers the blood in gallon-size freezer zip bags.
Now to scalding the corpse, scraping off the hair and external epidermal debris. We had a tub of boiling water into which Prof. Pinkus went. It was a boring, tedious, annoying repeated dunk-soak-raise-scrape-return until the carcass was clean and smooth and removed of all nasty gunk on the outside.
Now comes the really icky part™, gutting and scraping out the carcass. Before opening the abdominal cavity, it was required to de-bung the animal. Cut around the anus, go in deep but not too, pull the bunghole out, seal with zip ties, and cut and discard. Now the lower GI tract is sealed from leaking when the rest is removed. We also have to remove the male dangly bits in a similar manner as Prof. Pinkus was a boy hog.
Still hanging, we open the hog from sternum to groin, letting gravity aid us in helping Prof. Pinkus literally spill his guts. Right down into a waiting gut-bucket, or galvanized 50-liter steel tub. The chest region is split open further and the lovely and delicious major organs are singly removed by hand. Heart, liver, kidneys, etc., lungs, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, and a few other organs are discarded.
With that, we open the hog to where it will lay flat on the roasting rack. It is then hosed off and generally cleaned up before we give a good going over.
After it dries, the whole gutted critter is washed in wine. Evidently, it’s a French thing according to Honey Bee.
We wrap the hog in burlap, soak it down in cheap-ass wine and let it sleep 24 hours or so in Liam and Cassandra’s freezer chest.
The next day, the fire is started in the fire pit. We have lump charcoal, bucket after bucket of fruit tree chunks soaking in water and probably half a rick of firewood to keep the party going the next 24-36 hours.
We retrieve Prof. Pinkus from his cool, not frozen state, say hello and proceed to arrange him staked to the cooking frame in a belly-down, butterflied posture. Internally, he was well seasoned with dry rub after the obligatory internal rubdown with Napoleon brandy. We placed 40 garlic bulbs, kosher sea salt, olive oil, black pepper, and liberal amounts of Old Bay, to taste beneath him.
So, it was up to me to get the external goo ready for the pig. Kansas City-Style Sauce? Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce? South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce? Piedmont or Lexington-Style Dip? South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce? Texas-Style Mop or Basting Sauce? Alabama White Sauce? Wisconsin Drunken Religious Experience Sauce?
“Ah, the hell with it!”, I venture, “Sauces come much later. Too early; they caramelize, crystallize, and burn. We’ll go for a good rub instead.”
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good rub now and again?
Anyways, which fucking rub? Kansas City Rib Rub? Mustard Rub? Spare Rib Rub? Memphis-Style Rib Rub? Porker's Rib Seasoning? Best Odds Rib Rub? Carolina Dry Rub? Texas Dry Rub? Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub? Classic Pork Dry Rub?
Too much choice! Seasoning overload!
I call over everyone involved in this little soiree and instruct them to come up with a rub we can all enjoy. I had to kill and gut the critter, it’s about time I go all Subsurface Manager, and delegate out some parts of this project.
So, over beer, G&T’s, vodka and lime soda and various Froggy wines, ‘my’ crew came up with a rub that was simple, tasty and ironically reflects some of the culinary aspects of the region we’re currently defiling.
Ingredients:
• Smoked Hungarian Red paprika
• Brown sugar
• Caster sugar
• Black pepper
• Kosher salt
• Cayenne pepper
• White pepper
• Chili pepper
• Dehydrated garlic
• Dehydrated onion
• Fenugreek
• Red Cardamom
• Turmeric
• Ginger
• Garam masala (Cumin, Coriander, Green and Black Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Bay leaves, Peppercorns, Fennel, Mace, and dried Chilies.)
They went to the co-op, bought buckets of the individual spices and played the rest of the day at getting to that one perfect combination for our resting porker.
I don’t remember the exact breakdown of the proportion of the spices, but whatever it was, it tasted brilliant. Now we had about 8 or 9 pounds of the stuff. We were ready to go.
Prof. Pinkus was set on the cooking rack, belly open and down. He was doused internally once again liberally with cheap Indian Napoleon brandy and secured to the rack atop all the garlic, celeriac root, boudin, and small new potatoes.
He was tied in place with heavy organic hemp twine and had his mouth propped open to facilitate circulation of the pit’s heat and convection. He looked very Pink Floydian. One almost expected him to take flight.
The exterior of the porker was treated to a nice rubdown. I swear I saw him smile once or twice when Honey Bee insisted on a sensual massage to make the resultant meat that much more tender. Olive oil infused with lime oil and garlic after a thorough wash with more brandy. Followed by a liberal rubbing of dry rub.
Finally, ready to go, we tented the porker loosely with industrial-strength silver aluminum foil. The frame with its cargo was lowered and locked into place for at least 24 hours. Probably closer to 36, as we’re going ‘low and slow’.
We take turns, between hands of poker, cribbage, and Schafskopf, as well as numerous G&Ts, Yorshs, and vodka and lime drink cocktails, to check on our prized porker. We kept the temperature right at 2050 F as best we could.
The voluminous smoke coming off the barbeque pit was our one concern. It packed an amazing aroma and filtered around the whole compound, dragging in expectant pikers, leeches, and other forms of human ectoparasites.
We told them we were smoking a whole camel, Texas-style, a la filét de hump, and wouldn’t be ready for another couple of days; so piss off. That seemed to get rid of all but the most insistent. We finally got rid of him by using a leaf blower and directing a stream of high-velocity roast-pork laden smoke his direction each time we had to add more fuel to the fire.
Time marched on and the time finally came: the deep internal ham’s temperature hit 180 degrees F.
Prof. Pinkus was ready to make his debut. But first, we needed to get him out of the barbeque pit and over to Vonn’s garage to rest a while.
More futzing, more aluminum foil, and more beers later, Prof. Pinkus, in all his delectable roasted glory was cooling out from atop a pair of sawhorses. Of course, he had to rest after his ordeal, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t manage a few samples.
He was done to a turn. It was incredible. Crispy-crunchy-crackly over lean, moist and insanely flavorful meat. Not bad for a bunch of bumbling international mugs on their first Middle Eastern pig-roast pit-roast endeavor.
Everyone made up their own version of sauce for sandwiches and dipping. We decided that we’d never all agree on one sauce, and 4 or 5 on one porker would be just too damn many.
So, please yourself. Just do it, yourself.
Behind closed doors, Liam and I were once again elected to reduce Prof. Pinkus to primary parts. We were hopefully disguising the fact that here sits 185 pounds of delectable roast pork in a very Muslim country on one of their highest holy days.
So it was a bit unnerving when Sheik Gungan showed up and asked: “What was that wonderful aroma?”
We said smoked beef…lamb…camel…turducken…Tyrannosaur… anything other than what it really was.
He asked for a sample.
What could we do? We couldn’t well refuse now, could we?
We gave him some of the best bits to try.
“Lovely, gents, just lovely. Next time, for reference, more garam masala, and a little more rosemary. I find it really brings out the subtle flavors of pork.” He smiled, wiping his pork-sticky fingers on my HGGTG towel.
“You old fraud”, we all smiled at once.
“What?”, he shied, raising his eyebrows, “It’s for scientific evaluation purposes. It’s therefore allowed. Now, do you have any cold beer, gin-n-tonics, or vodka and lime, which I’m hearing is very nice together, that I might also scientifically sample?” he smiled toothily through his long white beard.
We had made another powerful friend. Although it cost us one smoked Boston Butt, actually off the shoulder, that’s butcher’s for you, and a half a liter of homemade Texas-style barbeque sauce and another of Esme’s homemade fennel and caraway-infused coleslaw.
Everyone on the cul-de-sac now had a freezer full of pit-roasted pork. The Brits got their sausage once Vonn and Liam figured out how to use the Osterizer® Stuffing Horn. That was almost as much fun as doing the pit-barbeque. Never leave to Brits what Baja Canadians can better do.
We distributed the bacon and hams, and the rest divided whatever was left. Which was a lot of pit-roasted pig pieces and parts.
The bones made their way into gaily wrapped gifts and were posted anonymously to Mr. Guano Insano. We hoped he appreciated all our effort.
I used Esme’s great-grandmother’s old German recipe for Headcheese. Basically, boiled smoked pork head meat in aspic jelly. With dill pickles. And pickled eggs. With special spices.
Well, I don’t give a shit. We like it.
Anyways, summer slowly slid south and the temperatures during the day got slightly more tolerable. Liam and I decided to forego his boat for a while, as launching and recollecting required us to put Liam’s boat in the water HERE and recover the boat THERE. It was trucked, via road, from the recovery place to the launch place.
Why? Damnifweknow.
It only cost something like US$5 to ship the boat back to the launch area and they actually did a good job hosing and steam cleaning the boat before parking it back in its rental dry dock. These were still the early days before gas was king in Qutur, so things were still ridiculously cheap. There were exactly 3 high rise hotels back then, as compared to the insane silhouette presented by Duhu’s current evening sun.
I had flown over some likely looking flats that might hold snook, grouper, and tarpon on my last flight back from the rig. I translated that onto whatever road maps we could find here, as most everything was a state secret, ground verification was a must.
Liam and I tossed a couple of surf rods, a cooler full of beer and some bait into the back of his new diesel Mitsobitchy Prago™, and we were off to the north of town, the least developed chunk of Duhu real estate to date.
We drove down a rip-rap road that was more just a pile of random rocks trucked into the bay area and dumped into something that resembled a straight line.
I was less than confident that we weren’t going swimming today, but Liam relished every bounce, bolt and jolt. He confided in me that one of the big reasons he took the job here in the Middle East was that he’d never in a million years be able to afford a truck like this back in bonny Scotland™. He confided that he couldn’t have even afforded the fuel for this diesel-slurper back in the UK, it was that dear.
So, down the path we rebound. I was watching the water on both sides of the narrow groin, and saw it was getting deeper, but very slowly. I looked at my GPS and saw that we’d driven some 3.5 km out to sea at this point.
“Liam”, I said, “That’s a fuck of a long way to reverse.”
“Ah, Rock”, Liam assured me, “ No worries, Doctor. It’s all a loop. We can just drive our way out of any trouble.”
I remained unconvinced.
We came to a breach in the ‘jetty’. There was some heavy marine equipment mounted on barges. They were working a large cut, ostensibly for cargo ships to pass through. There was to be a swing-bridge built after they cleared the channel, but with all these loose rocks, it was putting paid to their scheme.
We parked and wandered over to who appeared to be the head guy.
“G’Day”, “Liam says, “What’ the big fucking holdup? We’ve got fish to catch, mate.”
Liam had previously spent a few years down in Australia as if it didn’t show.
“Oh, hello”, the natty clad black man said, “We’re having a bit of a time with loose rocks here. Supposed to be angular to lock in place, but by the time they get here from the quarry, they’re a sharp as bowling balls.”
I introduced myself and Liam as he was back in the boot snaking a beer. The black feller introduced himself as Zafir Djaballah, a civil engineer late from Algeria.
“So”, I said to Zafir, “If I’ve got this straight, you cut a channel and want to line it with rip rap. But the rocks won’t stay put. How deep are you cutting and what’s the size of the channel?”
“Oh, 35’ east-west, 15’ north-south. About 15 meters deep.” He relates.
“And the road metal? Where’s that from?” I ask.
“Arabia”, he tells us, “They quarry it there and transport it here. It’s costly, but that’s about the only option we have.”
Liam looks to Zafir. “Hey, Zafir?”, Liam asks, “Y’ken who this guy is?” as he points to me.
Zafir shakes his head “I just met Dr. Rock.”
“That’s not all who he is”, Liam smiles widely, “That, my friend, is the Motherfucking Pro from Dover! If he can’t fix your little problem, he can damn sure make it go away…”
Zafir looks to me as if to ask: “What the fuck, sir?”
“Well, Zafir, “ I say, “I’m a bit of a dab hand with explosives. This sounds like a really simple problem. Drill a grid of 2 meter centered holes, and prime them with a waterproof explosive. Detonate together electrically and there you go. Channel dug and already filled with angular limestone blocks. Easy-peasy.”
Zafir looks over the water and puzzles and puzzles.
“But sir’, he says, “Where would I find such explosives and such expertise?”
“Well…for starters”, I said, “You could ask me.”
He leads us over to a company trailer, where Liam and I drank beers, smoked cigars and told the superintendent of our plans. The Egyptian superintendent, Qaaid al-Zahra, later ‘Randy’ (Quaid?…never mind) scrutinized all our identification. He was actually very impressed when he came across my Blaster’s credentials.
“Doctor”, Qaaid said, “I do like your plan. The drilling is no problem, the problem is obtaining the explosives.”
“Look, Qaaid”, I said, “Leave that to me. You’re working for a government company, I’m working for a government company. What difference does it make? How long to drill the grid of holes Liam and I laid out?”
“Oh, probably about a week”, Qaaid said.
“OK, how about this?”, I said, “Liam and I will be back out here unless the weather’s being stupid and we’ll set and prime the charges? After which, we’ll make certain everything’s green and blow this little project for you?”
“If you can, Inshallah.”, Qaaid said.
“Even if we’re out of shallah”, I said back to Randy.
That Sunday, after Liam backed us down the 3.6 km or bouncy un-turn-around-able path he drove us out on, I ordered some Kinepax liquid binaries, as it came in easy-to-use 1-meter threaded lengths in various diameters. Qaaid was drilling 3.5” diameter holes, so the 3.00” nominal OD threaded length would be a breeze. I ordered a couple of spools of shock tube, comb connectors, deflectors, and tie-ins, and a 25 kilo box of ‘Elephant Shit’.
We make sure each hole was blown clean with a high-pressure water hose. Since the water here was only 8 meters deep, we could get by with regular lightweight skin diving gear. I could leave my wetsuit, diver’s helmet and all that heavy-duty ice-diving gear at home for this trip.
Liam and I would pre-form the charges, each exactly 6 meters in length, to match the depth of the drilled holes. Individual 1-meter units just screwed together, pin and box style, it was the utmost in simplicity. Rather like Seismogel™, but packed a considerably higher wallop. All told, we would be setting off some 36 nodal points, each 6 meters deep with 6 meters of binary which weighed 5.3 kg/meter.
Turn the crank and we’d be planting approximately 1,145 kilograms or 2,524 pounds of high-energy binary explosive.
Hmph. A new personal record.
Like Guinness even cared.
So, once we got the high sign from Randy that the shot holes had been drilled and cleaned, the next part of the project was up to us.
We were both PADI-certified. Liam had done some oilfield related diving in the North Sea some years ago. I was a veteran of the Ice Wars from the days of Future Passed back in Baja Canada.
The waters here were calm, gin-clear, and warm.
The dives here weren’t work, this was a paid vacation.
I had liberated a trailer for all our pyrotechnics and Liam was elected to use his Prago as the tow vehicle. We bounded our way out to the Liam’s Pass, as we had dubbed it, with a work trailer containing some 2,750 pounds of high powered, binary explosives bouncing behind. I also had all my explosives paraphernalia there as well: new waterproof galvanometer, which in and of itself, is rather the achievement. Pliers, spare batteries, couple pair of blaster’s tools, the usual.
Lia and I had our dive gear in the back of his Prago.
A couple of single tanks, backpacks, regulators, hoses, and a few belts full of divers weights.
These must have been of Islamic origin as they are specifically prohibited by the Bible. Deuteronomy 25:13, “Thou shalt not have on thy belt divers weights, a great and a small.” And Proverbs 20:23, “Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
Why there should be proscriptions against SCUBA gear in ancient, desert-dwelling, shepherding Iron Age writings is what keeps Biblical Scholars up at night.
Although I agree, a false balance underwater keeps your Swimmer’s Ear from healing up.
At the pass, we park and call over for a half-dozen ‘helpers’. They were nominal employees of the company, but more indentured servants. Today, they were going to earn their water wings. We had a couple of large pneumatic rafts that we’d use to transport he charges to their final water resting site but damned if Liam and I are going to swim laps every time we needed to set a new charge.
So, indoctrination and Explosives For Dummies.
Safety first, second and last.
Who here can swim?
You guys can stay. OK, the rest of you blokes, bugger off.
Here’s the deal, Sparky. There are 36 lengths of Kinestix with primers already set. Those go last, as that’s where I tie in to detonate. The rest of the 1-meter long tubes are identical. Pin on one end, box on the other. Thread them together and use a single ‘O-ring’ between each. Snug them up good and tight, but don’t go too crazy. Those are binary liquids, and I’ll give them a good smack with a hammer before they go into the hole. I really only have to do the last one as once initiated, these liquids can mix in milliseconds, but I’m all for safety and doing things right the first time.
OK, so, one raft will carry the 36 initiators, that is, the last bits to go. The other rafts will carry the 5-meter long strings of connected explosives. Liam and I will be down on bottom and you guys just stay up on surface, dog paddling or treading water, but slowly feeding the lengths of tubing down to us. When you reach an end, pop on one of the other lengths, the one with the primer.
To be continued.
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2020.01.24 01:30 whirlpool4 Events for Fri 1/24 - Sun 1/26

** Fri 1/24 *\*
6p - 10p: Orlando Edge Film Festival 2020; Downtown Arts Collective, 643 Lexington Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801; Come out to Orlando Edge Film Festival at the Downtown Arts Collective! Entry to this event is free - bring your friends and support the local independent film community! :) This year features a selection of art films from local to international filmmakers. The film festival will screen from 6pm-10pm, and doors open at 5:45pm! (see event page for featured films and directors) www.ceffnetwork.org
https://filmfreeway.com/OrlandoEdgeFilmFestivalOrlando/tickets
7p - 9p: Movie Under The Stars: Toy Story 4; Avalon Park, 3680 Avalon Park East Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32828; Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the movie! Don't miss out on the Free Popcorn as well! Movie starts at Dark. This event is sponsored by CHAMP: Children's Health And Medical Partners!
7p - 12a: Barista Smackdown - A Latte Art Throwdown; Qreate Coffee + Studio, 1212 Woodward Street, Unit 1, Orlando, Florida 32803; We are proud to present our 1st Annual Latte Art Throwdown. Open to the PUBLIC. $10 to Throwdown. Winner takes all! Only 32 Entries, must register.
8p - 11p: Kiss Alive the Tribute; Tin Roof Orlando, 8371 International Dr, Ste 100, Orlando, Florida 32819; KIϟϟ ALIVE the TRIBUTE strives to accurately portray the band, its members, choreography and of course, the music. We work hard to re-capture the energy, intensity and experience that a 1970's KIϟϟ concert embodied....when KIϟϟ ruled the rock and roll world. Tickets were $5...but now...FREE GENERAL ADMISSION!!! $5 Cover starts at 9:30pm and includes entry to both sides of Tin Roof each with their own stage, entertainment & dance floors!
8:30p - 1a: #ONEBIGASSGAMENITE; Hope of Salvation Inc., 4300 S. Clarcona Ocoee Rd Suite 101, Orlando, Florida 32819; Orlando New Vibes, is an live entertainment source outside of the norm, as of clubbing&bar hopping. Where we're more into interaction base fun...GAMENITE, Karaoke night, Speed dating, Open Mic/Poetry. Uno,adult Monopoly, Taboo, tug of war, Spades, jenga, floor Tic -Tac toe, Drunk Musical Chairs, Never have i ever, and so much more etc.
DjEssence Games Unlimited SHOTSSS FoodVENDORS Live Podcast
***Tickets Admission is $15 and $20 at the door *** DISCOUNTED PRICE IF YOU GET THEM ON EVENTBRITE
#ONEBIGASSGAMENITE #JAN24TH #DIAMONDBALLROOM #GOODVIBESSS
** Sat 1/25 *\*
8:30a - 11a: Prince of Peace Food Pantry; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32807; Sign Up Genius Link: http://tinyurl.com/PoPFoodPantry01-25 The Prince of Peace Food Pantry needs volunteers to help out with food distribution. The pantry is able to provide groceries to over 300 families from Orange County each month. Families are provided food amounts based upon the number of persons in the family. Please wear closed toe shoes and a red shirt, if possible, to distinguish yourself as a volunteer. Volunteers can park anywhere on site. Please walk through the playground and enter the building there. Ask for Sharleen or Barb!
9a - 12p: Crosby Clean-up Day!; Ben Crosby Field, 2300 Helen Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804; Crosby Clean Up Day is this Saturday 1/25! We need everyone available to get the fields ready for Spring. The league is entirely run by volunteers and we need YOU to donate. a few hours of your valuable time to help us get the fields ready for the kids! if you haven't volunteered some hours before, this is a great way to become involved. Also bring your kids! The more the merrier!
Here is a list of things we need to get done.
1)Clean Bathrooms and Concession Stand
2)Remove old banners and fix any banners that need to remain up
3)Pressure wash around bleachers and dugouts
4)Organize the shed
5)Spread remaining bags of clay around the bases
6)Clean up batting cages
7)Clean up any trash around the field
8)Change combos on the bathrooms doors( I have all the books to do this)
Items needed: -zip ties -pressure washer( I will bring additional cleaning supplies) -any additional ladders, shovels, rakes may come in handy.
This should not take very long, the lawn crew will be there on Friday so it should be fairly clean around the bleachers and dugouts. See you there!! Anthony Caruso CHE, CHC. Orlando Babe Ruth Field Manager
9a - 11a: Lake Harney Invasive Plant Removal; Lake Harney Wilderness Area, 2187 Osceola Fish Camp Rd., Geneva, FL 32732; Join Seminole County Natural Lands & the SERV Program to remove invasive plants from Lake Harney Wilderness Area! Seminole County Natural Lands and the SERV Program invite you to help us remove invasive plants from Lake Harney Wilderness Area (2187 Osceola Fish Camp Rd, Geneva, FL 32732) to protect the biodiversity of this important natural habitat! Please note that we'll be working in the woods. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required; old clothes and work gloves are recommended. Bug protection may also be desired. For more information, contact Elizabeth Stephens ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]); 407-665-2457). Liability forms can be found on the SERV webpage: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/serv
11a - 12p: The Salvation Army Orlando Centennial Celebration Concert; Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801; The Salvation Army of Orlando is celebrating 100 years of service in Metro Orlando. This concert kicks off the start of our yearlong celebration. The USA Territorial Band & Songsters of The Salvation Army will be in the city beautiful to help us honor the many years of meeting human needs. The group of premier musicians will headline two celebratory concerts, Saturday, January 25th. Stop by the bandshell at Lake Eola Park at 11 AM to hear the sweets sounds of the band & Songsters, LIVE. For those who can’t make it to this event, we’re hosting a 7 PM concert at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Orlando. Come sing and worship with us inside of one of Orlando's most beautiful churches. These events are FREE to the public, so grab your family and join us as we commemorate our Centennial.
12p - 2a: Onesie Pub Crawl Orlando; Downtown Orlando; We're bar hopping in onesies for up to 14 hours! Join us anytime for your wristband! There's live entertainment throughout, no cover charges, drink specials, photographers, and a costume contest with cash prizes!
Venues include: The Patio, Sideshow, Wall Street Cantina, Embassy Irish Bar, Downtown PourHouse, Hooch, Shine, Wai Tiki, The Beacham & Social, Aero, 64 North, The Hen House, Bar B, The Monkey Bar, and more to be announced! The full schedule and drink specials will be here very soon!
SCHEDULE: (subject to change, this will be finalized soon!)
12PM: Dapper Duck, more to be announced
1PM: The Office, Downtown Pourhouse
2PM: Embassy Irish Bar & Bar B
4PM: Monkey Bar, Hooch, Shine, Wai Tiki, Sideshow
8PM: Snow!! And group photo
9PM: Elixir
10PM: Beacham, Social, Aero 64, more to be announced
12AM: Wall Street Plaza, to be announced
The full schedule will be here soon! You can arrive anytime between noon to midnight to check in with our staff just outside our current venue(s). Wristbands are required to be part of the event. If you arrive after dark you miss out on most of the experience, so please get here as early as possible to maximize your time with us!!
Join 500+ of us for the comfiest crawl in Orlando! Please spread the word!
BONUS: Reuse your wristband from Onesie Pub Crawl to attend LepreCon St Patrick's Crawl Orlando - Free! without checking in!
575 people registered as of Jan 22nd!
Pre-Sale: $10
Day before event: $15
Day of event: $20 (don't wait!)
onesieorlando.eventbrite.com
12:30p - 10p: Hullabaloo; Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801; We are excited to be a sponsor for this years Hullabaloo! Thornton Park District is proud to announce the 1st Annual Orlando Hullabaloo – an epic beach party taking place January 25, 2020 at Lake Eola Park. Part music festival, part beach bash, Hullabaloo will bring musical acts Sugar Ray and Eve 6 as well as a host of local bands for an all-day beach-themed festival in the middle of the Florida winter. The event will also feature an innovative Rail Jam – a motorized, 150-foot long wake board track in pool that will showcase talent and tricks from an all-star team of local professional wake boarders. Runs and stunts will be ongoing throughout the day. In addition, there will be food trucks, libations, and activities for all ages throughout the day, and restaurants, bars and venues throughout the Thornton Park District will keep the party going by featuring live music immediately following the festival.
1:15p: Chinese New Year Celebration; Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro, 3922 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, Florida 32803; Come join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year on 1/25 (Saturday) at 1:15 PM! We will have the Lion Dancing and Kung Fu Exhibition! We hope to see you and your family there!
6:30p - 9:30p: Happy Hour for A Cause; Castle Church Brewing, 6820 Hoffner Ave, Orlando, FL 32822; Food, Beer, Music by Cold Saturday. $20.00- suggested donation. Raffles and Silent Auction. Event proceeds will benefit the Samaritan Village
7p - 12a: Letterkenny Good Guy Party in VAULT 5421; VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819; On Saturday, January 25th, here in VAULT 5421, we'll be committing Charitable Acts benefiting Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation, with a Letterkenny Good Guy Party! We'll be playing Letterkenny on our TVs, with music, themed cocktails & Cosplay Cage-Dancing by Bulgarian Bonbon performing as Bonnie McMurray! And have a SPECIAL Canadian beer menu available, while supplies last! Try any 3 and get our featured shot FREE! Make a donation to Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation here at the bar and receive a SPECIAL shot! 10% of all bar proceeds from the night will also be going to the charity! Go here to find out more about Don Cherry's Pet Rescue: www.facebook.com/DonCherryRescue Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours from 5pm-8pm featuring 20% OFF all drinks, including our themed drink SPECIALS and 100+ bottle selection of mostly craft and import beers, ciders, meads, sakes and wines! (Please note our store Gods & Monsters is All-Ages friendly, but our bar VAULT 5421 is 18+ to enter and 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
8p - 12a: New York Ska Jazz Ensemble at Will's Pub; Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803; New York Ska Jazz Ensemble are the premier international touring sensation that created the ska-jazz style in 1994! We're bringing them to Will's Pub for the very first time! support: Control This, The Ambassadors, +21, $15 advanced, $20 at the door
9p - 2a: Shake the Nook; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803; Do you feel that? There's an enormous amount of bass on the horizon. The windows will be shaking soon and so will you, because Jim Raves is returning to The Nook on Robinson for another night of bass house. Be there to take part in the fun as we embark on a night to remember! No Cover, 21+, 9PM-2AM, Jim Raves is a DJ who got his start playing for the fine people of Asheville, North Carolina. His mixes are known for their bass heavy tracks, deep cuts and personality. You can now catch his shows in the city beautiful, Orlando, FL!
10p - 2:30a: LiT Trancefamily Reunion, ft. Suzy Solar, Robb Blak, & DJ Agni; Bikkuri Lounge, 1915 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; After a long break from the holiday, let’s get the gang back together for a FREE Trancefamily Reunion Party (donations accepted), featuring Suzy Solar, Robb Blak, & DJ Agni! ✨ No Dress Code (Glow Things Welcomed) ✨ No Discrimination ✨ Great Drink Specials ✨ PLUR Vibes. All LiT events allow reentry, unless we hit capacity ❤️💛💚💙💜 18+ to Party, 21+ to Drink
7p - 12a: Letterkenny Good Guy Party in VAULT 5421; VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819; On Saturday, January 25th, here in VAULT 5421, we'll be committing Charitable Acts benefiting Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation, with a Letterkenny Good Guy Party! We'll be playing Letterkenny on our TVs, with music, themed cocktails & Cosplay Cage-Dancing by Bulgarian Bonbon performing as Bonnie McMurray! Make a donation to Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation here at the bar and receive 1 SPECIAL shot, cocktail or featured Canadian beer! 10% of all bar proceeds from the night will also be going to the charity! Go here to find out more about Don Cherry's Pet Rescue: www.facebook.com/DonCherryRescue Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours from 5pm-8pm featuring 20% OFF all drinks, including our themed drink SPECIALS and 100+ bottle selection of mostly craft and import beers, ciders, meads, sakes and wines! (Please note our store Gods & Monsters is All-Ages friendly, but our bar VAULT 5421 is 18+ to enter and 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
** Sun 1/26 *\*
11a - 2p: Brunch, Brews & Rescues!; Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W Livingston St, Orlando, Florida 32801; This Sunday morning, January 26th from 11am to 2pm, join the South Lake Animal League for Brunch, Brews & Rescues at the Ace, Car Show & Pet Adoption event! All Cars Welcome! 50/50 Raffle! DJ playing great music and so much more! Come out and support this awesome charity, adopt a pet, bring your pet! Doggie food menu items available! It's going to be a great time!
11a - 8p: PACDs' Community Day with 90.7 WMFE!; Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Park Ave CDs is happy to announce that this year we will be kicking off a brand new local community/charity driven promotion titled "PACDs' Community Day"! We are also very excited to have 90.7 WMFE partner with us for our inaugural PACDS' Community Day event on Sunday, January 26th! WMFE is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; and 90.7-2 Classical. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. For every PACDs' Community Day event, 10% of that day's ENTIRE SALES will be DONATED to the community organization/charity that we have partnered with! With that being said, we encourage anyone who would like to show their support for the local charity to stop by the shop that day and make any small purchase!
1p: Bully Up Rescue Fundraiser; Fish on Fire, 7937 Daetwyler Dr, Orlando, Florida 32812; Hosted by Orlando Hold Em. $20 Suggested Donation tournament to support Bully Up Rescue! There will be add-one and rebuys throughout the tournament as well. Bully Up Rescue is a non profit, locally run, Foster based organization that is dedicated to rescuing abandoned, surrendered bully breeds dogs, as well as restoring the bully breed reputation.
3p - 4:30p: Horns and Pipes; Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 130 N Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801; The Central Florida Composers Forum (CF2) partners with The Cathedral Church of St. Luke for their 27th annual Horns & Pipes Concert. CF2's very own Jeremy Umlauf will have his Fanfare on a Tetrachord premiered. Come join St. Luke's renowned orchestra of brass, percussion, and pipe organ in a marvelous acoustic. This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Admission is free. Donations encouraged.
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2019.12.04 08:01 Therandomanswerer Final FRV Documentary thing(yay) and random short story

lol sup so don't worry I realized that m previous decisions are shit but I can't post here lmao
don't worry the U.R is dead so you don't have to deal with that boring stuff anymore. Update: Turns out there's a limit so you don't see the disclaimer now. I will be forced to move the short story, by itk be linked and not here, to prevent #SPAM.
Maybe I should stop posting entire books..
nah
Spam is a disgusting food. Probably. Idk.
It is around twenty five thousand years INTO the life of the U.R when this new drive is discovered, capable of accessing a million systems. In the span of about a century, a massive war breaks out, bringing down both the U.R and the accord. As a result, the galaxy is split into hundreds of tiny factions covering a few systems.
The United Republic was mainly populated by Acrinians, although we used to be known as Foxians. Eons ago our ancestors left their home galaxy.
After three hundred years they left the next.
In the long voyage, we accidentally entered the slightly wrong coordinates.
It resulted in us entering a wormhole.
Later, we were dropped out above a small ocean world, around a dying red giant
This will start in the year 2436, up until 2740
Eventually, after thousands of years of conflict, a new FYL system was invented.
During the second and final Republic-National war, the armada suffered no losses, and being constructed with living metal infused in the hulls of the vessels, the two severely damaged Vasa class cruisers had repaired themselves.
The sole Lexington class carrier that was there, had, for its time, extremely advanced shielding, which would rival that of the battleships of 2600.
The amount of minerals churned out every month as well, was spectacular.
The Republics main problem was its economy. To counter this, the Republic drew from its massive stockpiles to construct a new series of habitats. These were dubbed the Potomacs, in honor of the Potomac, the construction vessel that assembled the first one.
Currently, there were three Potomacs, all producing massive amounts of power. A fourth was planned.
These all lied in the Eskellion system, the home of Eskellion Prime, which produced the majority of the energy the United Republic consumed.
A few decades before this, a sole U.R science vessel, charting systems, found something astonishing.
Jumping into a black hole system, they found planets.
But that was not what was of interest.
Far southeast of it, a massive structure, stood ruined.
Upon closer inspection, they found that the station had once been a massive structure devoted to the advancement of the sciences, from a long fallen empire.
A construction ship was dispatched at once, to build a defense system around the station, incase anyone, or anything, attacked it.
The logic behind it was, that if it was possible to build such a massive structure, it would also be possible to repair it, replicate it, and mass produce it.
The Republic, sensing that they would be able to repair the “Science Nexus” as they called it, quickly constructed five new colony vessels. As the mines of Rym were improved, two vessels, bound for a large tropical planet to the south, and another to the north, left the shipyards.
The northernmost planet was first. This one would become a new planet devoted to research.
Second was the southern planet, which would become another mineral planet.
The three others would dock with the Potomacs.
The Potomac series of habitat was a heavily moddable, massive orbital station. The first three were specifically designed to pull the Republic out of the economic hole it dug for itself.
Even then, plans were made, once the crisis was solved, the nation to the west crushed, and the war over, for a new subclass of Potomacs.
These would be the Potomac M class stations.
They were built off the same skeleton, but instead of producing power, they would be fitted with a massive central reactor, and huge mining lasers. Just one was manned by twelve billion people.
This was no worry to the Republic.
The 2300s was a age of expansion in every aspect.
The amount of food produced was much larger than needed, and if they were ever to run out, they could just build a Potomac-F, one designed to produce huge amounts of food.
Most new planets would likely be devoted to mining.
After the war, stellar super casinos became popular.
Despite gambling being illegal, it formed a sense of unification in the UR.
Seeing the.. Somewhat positive effects of gambling on massive scales, gambling was turned legal.
In the battle for the enemies capital system, the sole Lexington present, the FVR September,
jumped early. The shields were overloaded, and her reactor was severely damaged.
The captain ordered a jump ASAP.
After that, until 2346, no one had a clue where it ended up.
There are rumors that she entered a higher dimension of hyperspace to make such a long jump so fast.
Her wreck was found in previously uncharted space, on a small desert planet, a decade later.
Two more decades later and the rights to the wreck flipped holdings, into a family that would, in the 2900s, have a monopoly over the financial portion of the universe.
Before the second National-Republic war even began, plans were being made to turn the five planets obtained into massive mining planets, fueling the bulk of the empire.
Alongside massive updates to the mines of Rym, the engineering department was looking into enhancing the mineral scanners, thus improving total output overall.
The navy, was slowly choking the economy of the Republic.
Expansion was needed, and required for survival.
As a result, the planet Bazkarat, was designated by officials the next planet for colonization.
Until 2600 the Republic did not really expand, just colonizing planets to strengthen the economy.
Around 2520 The beacon collapsed into a black hole.
It was the year 2606 that resulted in a explosion of pure hatred across the Republic.
Millions of high level officials around the galaxy simultaneously received a single report:
The FRV Sojourner, was under attack.
FRV Sojourner was a small science vessel, about a hundred and fifty years old. Alongside the FRV Walter Raleigh, they had paved the course for expansion, becoming signs of peace and power, despite their civilians purpose.
The officials, watched, in relief, as the Sojourner jumped out of there. But this relief was misfound.
The massive relay station in Impan reported a simple message, one that would send shockwaves throughout the republic.
FRV Sojourner, destroyed.
The might of the entire navy was mobilized. Even Crusade squadron was involved. All space Amoebas would be ruthlessly hunted until they were extinct.
This campaign lasted two years.
As it concluded, the battlecruiser FRV Sojourner II was constructed, in honor of those that died in the Sojourners destruction.
It was but a mere few years lated the primitves on Mondaks Retreat, a planet in the same system as Rym, discovered nuclear power.
A prompt response was needed, and sent out.
All nuclear weapons were seized, for their own good, by the Republic.
They were dismantled and repurposed in Croken station.
then taught the secrets of the hyperdrive, gifted a planet, and left alone.
But suddenly they hated us. For no reason. We helped them along, and here they are, insulting us! They called our society,"Flawed and inefficient"
Here we are churning out stations the size of planets, receiving more resources in a month then they could store, with them barely even able to fund a formatiom of Corvettes, and they called US flawed! Pathetic.
In they year 2636 a declaration of war was made. We would seize Mondaks retreat.
One of the most unique engagements in the history of war occuredn. N.
Two massive orbital stations, dueled it out. There was no starships or armies, just two spaceports bqw forrawling.
In the end, our spaceport won, after a week of sucking up salvo after salvo. Simultaneously, our fleet moved on both Mondaks and the planet we gifted them.
As it was bombarded, the gifted planet rebelled. Bombardment concluded at once.
The fleet headed to Mondaks Retreat.
The first Republic-Confederacy conflict concluded in a victory.
We made a offer to preserve their empire.
They took it immediately.
The next ten years started the widespread construction of a line of massive orbital stations, of which most are destroyed, devoted completely to the advancement of the sciences. The rebellion was crushed, and the planet returned into the hands of the Confederacy.
It appears, that the Republic did not want the Confederacy to fall. It seems what they wanted, was for the Confederacy to take Bhudghobbd, in Beta Caeli, one of the far flung, useless colonies, in exchange for total control of Rym and Mondak. Afterall, before seizing the nuclear missiles, which are beleived to have been repurposed for new missileboats, they were seen more as a pet, than anything.
The Republic saw them as a toy. They hated us, we hated them. If they felt they grew to strong, the Republic would declare war, maybe take a few planets, and destroy the enemy fleet.
Meanwhile, a third ringworld was under construction, the one of Halbargaara. Apparently, it would be a massive shipyard. The actualy existence of the Halbargaara ring, however, has never been confirmed. Ever since the massive war that marked the end of the Republic and Rym Confederacy, the location has been lost. There are rumors that the ancient battleship Ghost still roams the galaxy, with old charts showing the state of the Republic at its height.
The Ghost, was, at one point, in 2436, a Lexington class fleet carrier, named FRV September. This specific vessel saw action in the second National-Republic conflict of the twenty four thirties.
When returning to Delta after the conflict concluded, the drive malfunctioned, sending the entire ship into a “Higher Dimension” of hyperspace, beleived to be the one we use in modern times. She traveled across the galaxy, crashing into a desert planet.
In the 2900s the vessel was salvaged, and would see battle as a super laser equipped pirate ship.
The ancient Halbargaa ring, built a hundred years after the first Sterope ring, apparently encompassed a Type G star. (Yellow dwarf) A likely candidate for Halbargaa is located in the sector (X324), (Y639), a Type G with a massive ring of debris, and no planets or asteroids.
Of course, the Sterope and Izta rings are both still used today, even tens of thousands of years after their construction. The massive sensor relay used by the Republic from the 2550s until its demise, was completely destroyed after a dreadnought rammed it at lightspeed in the end of the Republics life.
During the 2660s, another rebellion arose on Bhudghobbd. It was this time, left alone.
Around this time a order of 25 Snappers was thrown out there.
The Snappers design are as follows:
2x Medium Gamma Lasers
3x Large Gauss Cannons
1xTachyon Lance
4x Hyper Sheild Projectors.
The Snapper class was constructed of a mixture of crystal plating and living metal, creating a super heavy metal that both repaired itself and could suck up very heavy punishment. Some of these mass produced dreadnoughts are still present today, with the UNSFF fielding about a dozen for anti pirates.
Each one took 222 days to be churned out. They single handedly could siege a spaceport of their time and come out on top, while the Gamma lasers were good enough deterents to fend off smaller vessels.
The lance was able to wipe out most small vessels in a single blast, completely bypassing sheilding and nearly all armor.
In the year 2670 the Confederacy fell, with Mondak being left with really no purpose, no plans in place, and just left alone. It was mainly used as a pit stop for civilian starships.
In 2672 it was determined that the rebellion that had arisen in Beta Caeli, the one that was left alone, was not to be trusted. The Republic left them alone, keeping a weary eye on them. They were small, but as soon as they got a fleet that could take down a spaceport, they would be a threat.
However, fortunately, their development was capped off. With closed borders, they were limited to the northwestern portion of the accessible galaxy. Alongside this, the quality of the defense stations ordered around starports, and all over the capital system, formed a interlinking network of withering fire, each one being able to take on five Snappers at once, or about eleven early battleships. And with the massive technological leaps the U.R
By this time the first section of the Halbargaa ring world had supposedly come online, and the U.R produced enough minerals in a month to order a Vasa and Snapper class each month, which would, hopefully by the 2730s, be up to two Snappers orderable a month, as the Republic expanded slowly. Nearly two trillion people lived in the Republic by this time. (I count 1 pop as a billion.)
With the presence of a new foe, that had plenty of space to expand, the Sentry array was quickly guarded by a network of interlocking firing zones, to create a absolute deathtrap for any vessel caught in it.
Although with the combination of shipyards, average ship speed, and just age, it would be thought that it would now be defenseless, but that is not the case. The same can be said most likely for the rumored array to the south eastern portion of the galaxy, ancient holopads saying that a ruined array was found a few decades after the first was completed.
Seeing as they already had one, no resources were channeled into restoring it, though it was claimed and fortified in the case another empire ever came onto the galactic stage, they could not take it, atleast not without a fight.
Eventually, a abandoned vessel, seemingly a large yacht, was found in a asteroid belt.
It seems that atleast two of these vessels had been constructed, as one vessel with the exact same design was already in service, from a similar fate. This vessel found now, with the exact same “Super Engines” was disassembled, used for building a unique skyscraper on Delta. The engines were studied, and the knowledge from it was used in improving the Impulse engine design.
The speed of the Republic warships was unmatched.
At this time the Halbargaa ring was, according to records, starting to come online. Though yet to be colonized, there was already a portion completed, and another was being constructed. As well as this, a colony vessel had already landed on a large planet. In the coming decades, this specific system would be one of the most important systems in the Republic, churning out a massive amount of minerals.
But this output came at the price of vulnerability. Though surrounding systems were turned into fortress systems, this area was still but a few jumps from the Gubec Galactic Assembly, the former rebellion in the Beta Caeli system.
Though it would be very long before they could mount a offensive with the capability of taking a system, it was dangerous none the less.
A few years after touchdown on the planet, a new fleet was churned out.
Designated the first strike group, it contained the following:
3 supercarriers, the first off the lines.
5 Vasa class torpedo cruisers.
9 Defender class picket destroyers.
These carriers were extroadinarily fast, able to cross a system at unheard of speed.
This specific group would see intense action in the coming decades, in numerous wars against the Assembly.
The carriers were fast, definitely, but this came with the sacrifice of lacking hull durability.
The fleet was completely done by 2700, the flagship being the battlecruiser Sojourner II.
Their first assignment was to destroy some enemy vessels blocking the assemblies expansion, although soon after they departed the assembly insulted the republic, and the vessels were called back.
In the year 2690, a plan project was made.
The Sterope ring was the first ringworld the republic constructed, and it was completely devoted to technological advancment in all fields.
This plan was to build a third Dyson Sphere, then three more ringworlds.
One would be completely devoted to physics, the second to engineering, and the third to bio.
While the Republic enhanced everything, with super heavy sheilding and vessels, two colony ships touched down on Beta Caeli IV, and a planet on a nearby systems planet, both owned by the Assembly.
The Republic watched warily as they obtained destroyer sized vessels. Meanwhile, the Vasa's were enhanced, and one of them could now take on a old battleship and cruiser. In 2704 a battlecruiser was patrolling near Assembly space, when the array detected a small, unmanned vessel approaching. The array attempted to alert the FRV warships, but to no avail. The battlecruiser exploded and split in half, burnig up in the atmosphere of Sym. The ship that had approached was determined to be a assembly bomb ship. All twenty thousand aboard were killed.
Called a "Blatant act of terrorism" by the first speaker, a pair of Agincourt battleships was dispatched, steamrolling though the assembly as a warning. The capital city of Bhudghobb was leveled completely, along with a billion civilians.
Reeling In shock, they left each other alone.
Those who were related to the people killed aboard the battlecruiser simply had to live with the loss. Meanwhile the new Sphere was nearing completion.
It was the year 2729 when the Second Carrier Sqaudron was assembled, mirroring the first, with three super carriers, two battlecruisers, eight Vasas, and twenty destroyers of varying types.
By 2730 the sphere was finally completed, as well as the superheavy mining station of Rym II.
Across the Republic, massive new generator stations based off of the old Potomacs were constructed, and miniscule enhancements in the plants resulted in a massive amount of power gained overall.
Every two months the Republics massive mines put out enough minerals to build a unequipped massive Potomac sized station, and a corvette.
Construction on the first Ringworld, the frame having long earlier been constructed, finally commenced. This first one would be devoted completely to physics, a field that lagged behind compared to engineering and society.
As well as this, the large station "Defender." Was constructed, in the Fortress system dividing the Republic and the Bebaki. The nearest Beabakan star system being a single jump away, the friction even furtherly negatively impacted the two nation's relationship.
Despite the first wars lessons, the Assembly sent a hijacked cruiser and sent it into the atmosphere of Delta, wiping out a major population center, and killing billions, leading to the second Assembly war.
As the Galaxy heated up from the assemblies terrorism, the first new ring world was being built. As well as this, a series of late stations, the size of moons, although smaller then a Nexus, were being constructed, devoted entirely to research.
The second assembly war lasted half a year. Its main event was the great Terebellium chase.
The First Carrier Sqaudron was already stationed at Revannic, a few jumps from Assembly space. When the war broke out, they were ordered to destroy the remote starbases on the border, and then chase down and destroy the enemy fleet.
The Sqaudron had little problem with the starbases, and was followed by the main army of the Republic. The Accords fleet, a large formation of primitive destroyers and corvettes, completely bypassed the Sqaudron, and attacked the armies, a system behind.
The carriers quickly turned back. It was stressful, but eventually they made it, and though some vessels were heavily damaged, no ships were destroyed. In the battle between the Sqaudron and the Accord, the Kestrel class corvette FRV Zhengsheng was destroyed, and her sister was heavily damaged. A monument to the 578 men on Zhengsheng would be constructed in the 2770s, some of the first Republic casualties in the following wars.
Researchers were held with very high regard in the republic, the few who could lead science vessels or the different divisions, were practically gods in the public's eyes.
The capital city of Delta was dominated with the tips of the Xeno Biology museum, and capital complex super scrapers towers. On the outskirts was a massive research institute, with a massive sentient supercomputer, and logs of all technological advancements. This alone greatly enhanced the speed of research. Of course by now the Republic was in a constant diplomatic fire fight, insults flying over diplomatic lines.
During the construction of one of the rings, the Bebakans requested to send engineers to observe.
Such was promptly denied, for fear of yet another terrorist attack.
It was then that the Republic concluded terraforming efforts on a large tomb world, it had been a success. Radiation was back to the normal background levels for the type of star it orbited, and the planet was now covered with large, deep oceans.
In the 2750s war was once again declared, after the illegal seizing of the large civilian liner RV Velvet Abyss. (FRV stands for Federal Republic Vessel, while RV just Republic Vessel.)
The Velvet Abyss was relatively new, built in 2743. She measured stem to stern, 20 kilometers long, and a tenth that In height.
The seizing of the Velvet Abyss occurred when the vessel came " To close" to Accord space. As a result the vessel was boarded and a small but intense firefight broke out. During so the ship attempted to leave, but was hit by a volley of missiles near the reactor, and the ship, twice the size of a Republic battleship, exploded in a blaze of glory taking six hundred thousand lives. There were no survivors on either vessel. The power of the blast wiped out all station in the system.
All out war was declared. The First and second sqaudrons were in their space before they even knew it. Though it would be to power taxing to activate a hundred and fifty one sensor cloaking devices for the armies, they followed a few jumps behind.
The First Carrier sqaudron, the flag held on Sojourner II, spearheaded the assault, going straight for the heart of their empire, and assaulted the spaceport as well as a pair of small warships above their capital. The Relays reported that the enemies fleet, was now chasing down the faster transports, through the Terebellium system.
The transports were theoretically defenseless, but they were fast. With Impulse thrusters, enhanced from the technology duggen up from the old abandoned star yacht mentioned earlier. It was not hard for them to outrun the fleet. The problem was they could not get over to the next system before being caught. So as a result, they just played a long cat and mouse game that ended next to the hyperlane from Sym.
The turns started to let them catch up with the armies when a gaping rip between dimensions opened up.
Out of it came the Second Carrier Sqaudron. This was its baptism of combat, and it deeply confused the Accord Commanders. What they failed to realize was that the First Carrier Sqaudron, was not, infact, not, the main battlefleet of the Republic. The main battlefleet was actually a hundred times larger then both these fleets combined.
Each carrier sqaudron was composed of three super carriers, two battlecruisers, eight Vasas, twenty various destroyers, and two Kestrels.
It was a single pronged strike that had ended up kebabing the forces of the Accord in mere weeks. As the Accords fleet was crushed like bugs under the Second Sqaudron, the first was a jump away dealing with the spaceport above Bhudghobbd, and getting ready for orbital bombardment.
The two carrier sqaudrons had simultaneously destroyed their only mobile defense against the untouched landing force, and most of their ability to deploy warships.
The two sqaudrons then rendevoused for bombardment, to help along the invasion forces.
But they surrendered
The first section of the Rimmock Ringworld had been completed, the first labs were already under construction. Much to the northwest, nearer the border but yet far behind it, the first portion of the engineering ring was under construction.
This portion was finished and col onized by the 2780s.
By 2790 a new fleet had left the lines, its flagship a new escort carrier type, two Vasas, and a dozen corvettes. This fleet would conduct patrols on the outer reaches of the Republic. The system Rimmock was essential to the Republics security, even without the ring world. If a enemy fleet were to ever push even to the system north of it-
Rimmock would be the final fortress system before they could wreak havoc on the capital. And, it would cut the Republic completely in half if the system was to fall.
Fortunately, this was only a threat in the imminent future if there was ever a mutiny in the battle fleet.
Now it is here I should detail the average Republic capital ship.
By the year 2770 the Republic had about 125 capital ships.
Realistically, this is a very small number considering the massive economy of the Republic. They could, if they wanted to, produced about seventy Orion class battleships a year.
Of course, the Orion did not exist back then.
One U.R battleship could quickly destroy a spaceport, as long as it was not one of their own. They were flying command vessels, a feat of engineering. They only got more advanced as time went on.
The average U.R capital ship had four large Hyper Shield projectors, was made of Crystalline plates, and had a sentient, yes, sentient, super computer directing the fire of the weapons.
The U.R battleship of the 2770s could face a trio of the ancient “Reliant” class fleet carriers.
Though the Reliants had Hypershields as well, their usefulness was limited, for:
They did not have Zero-Point reactors.
The sheilding was not as advanced as the U.R shielding.
The lack of advanced reactors limited how many subsystems could be placed on the ship at once.
This was countered by the fact that the Reliants bombers could completely bypass the shielding, however most U.R capital ships had massive shield buster guns.
One single battlestation could take on 16 of these vessels. That is about half of the total amount of Reliants ever produced.
Two of the battlestations could take on the entire Deltan Republics navy, as of when they departed their second home, although it is likely one would go down.
The Jurii Covenant would be steamrolled, as they could not take to many fortress systems before falling, and would likely be caught by the Republics main battlefleet, which was six times larger then the Covenants fleet as of 2780, while the two carrier fleets could simultaneously conduct invasions.
In 2750 twenty “Snapper” class battleships were ordered from Danube, a portion of the old Sterope ringworld.
The Snapper class, when first designed in the 2360s, was to be the main ship of the line, although this title ended up falling to the older Agincourt class battleships.
The Snapper was expensive and powerful. It had a massive Tachyon Lance, firing particles at FTL speeds, completely bypassing shielding and delivering devastating blows that could wipe out most small ships, and do heavy damage to everything else. Production on the ships stopped completely in the 2450s, and the Snappers, though kept up to date and maintained well, were relics.
This is not to say that they were obsolete. They were far from it. It was actually superior to many of the capital ships in the fleet.
These snappers were the first ones built in three centuries.
In 2765 a new battleship was designed and put into service.
This battleship followed a single strategy.
Heavily armored, single deflector, shield buster ship.
It had a massive gun on the bow, and was loaded with artillery.
It only had a single shield projector, although it had the efficiency of two and a half of the older hypershield projectors.
Originally, the designer wanted to fit it with old chemical engines to lessen the reactor load, but this was thrown out the window, as such a slow vessel would prove more of a nuisance in war time then a actual fighting force, drastically slowing down the fleet, when speed could be a matter of life or death for the far flung colonies.
Originally, few were built, until the introduction of the First Battlefleet, twice the size of the First Carrier sqaudron, (Henceforth the FCS)
in the early 2770s.
In 2780 it was required that at all times, if all Federal ships were to mobilize at once, the Republic should still posess the ability to receive 300 extra energy credits simultaneously, as the Armada was useless, for total mobilization of it would slaughter the Republics economy in mere months.
To prevent this, a new Dyson Sphere was ordered, near Croken Station.
Croken Station was a Potomac R, a Potomac devoted to research only. It housed and cared for twelve billion researchers and their families. It orbited a massive black hole, and was top secret
Two decades later, as the new Dyson Sphere was startin to come
After the conclusion of the Samnivik Fleet Crisis, the galaxy was quiet. Life went on, the Republic continued construction of new research stations.
Finally, after decades of the projects dormancy, construction started on the ringworld that would house the biological labs, although only after the Perqim dyson sphere was constructed.
The massive industrial capacity also endlessly expanded.
In 2825, the main armada reached 700k on the FP scale, while the Confederacy lagged behind at about 7.8k.
In total the navy was at about 820k.
If wanted, the U.R could put out two new capital ships every month.
It was then the U.R looked into a secret base of operations. A secret battlefleet in a secret system, with a spaceport capable of massproducing massive ships.
The systems nearby Jurg Hulaghh, a old planet taken from primitives in a invasion and still far from the Republics main systems, were chosen.
However, this would never come to light.
In 2838 a defence fleet of five new “Galleon” class ships, large, heavily armored vessels with plasma cannons, was constructed for Trophy.
After this, war was declared, where they would make their debut.
They peformed even better then expected, and in a fight against the confederacy navy, wiped out their entire fleet, of which the five enemy battleships had spinal mounted weaponry, which the galleons lacked, on the fringes of Samnivik.
The cry for all galleons to open fire would be stolen by thousands of admirals following.
The five “Grand Galleons” as they were called, would be the main diplomatic escort for the higher ups. Eventually they would get the single “Battle Galleon” a Horizantus class equipped with cannons.
They also softened up the ground defenses of Monument after said space battle, in which the entirety of the Confederacy fleet was destroyed by said galleons. (Not one galleon was lost.)
Very little survivors from the Confederacy fleet were picked up, as most of the crew members were killed in the vacuum when the cannons ate through the hull.
The galleons would be one of the rarer capital ships, although still very powerful. Additionaly, The Armada received five.
In the 2840s it was found that the economy could now support the Armada away from its home of Danube, a portion of the Sterope ring world.
By this point the Armada was at about 760k on the FP scale.
The FBF was lucky enough to receive one of the said galleons, which would become the flagship.
The Galleons played a critical role in the fleets.
They had both heavy armor, and heavy shielding. (Very few of the ships in the Republic had armor.) Additionaly, they used weapons that easily bypassed armor, while the main fleet focused on anti shielding weaponry.
Armor covered 86% of the ship on the first Galleons, later being upped to 90%
They served as the command ships of the fleet, before the Dreadnoughts were introduced.
(One dreadnought had armor, heavy shielding, three gamma lasers, and three gauss cannons, as well as a mixture of a hull that had a mixture of living metal, crystalline plates, and the regenerative hull tissue of the space ameoba, creating the ultimate ship.)
The galleons were cheaper then most of the main capital ships, but never entered true mass production, and compared to most other ships like the Vasa class torpedo cruisers, the Agincourt and snapper class battleships, few were ever built.
The five “Grand Galleons” spent most of their time, when not peforming a task, as a early buffer between the Confederacy and the Republic.
You see, the Confederacy could not be in a worse place.
The main battlefleet was slow and far behind the capital.
The Confederacys main link to the Republic was but a few jumps from Rimmock, the engineering ringworld and the main highway between the Republic and the outer galaxy.
This was because this region of the galaxy, though near completely uninhabited, except for Rovannic, which even then is a stretch, was the quickest link between the core of the U.R and Uva Xavani.
Uva Xavani consisted of thirteen planets, and consisted of all systems once under control of the old National empire, destroyed in the National Republic wars of the late 2300s.
To go to the southern link, you would have most of the megastructures, as this area had a greater concentration of empty systems, completely useless.
If such a empire ever reach Rimmock, the western portion of the galaxy would be cut off near completely, and it would take months longer to reach Uva Xavani.
The only immediately available buffer was a small formation of ancient cruisers, with little shielding and armor, a slow hyperdrive, and a horrible design.
These ships had all been pulled from the gas wells of various gas giants.
It was suddenly when a massive coordinated terrorist attack destroyed the hyper comm forms around the Republic.
Surprisingly, they were not replaced.
About two decades after this event, as a new Dyson Spheres frame was being built, came the Asterion Incursion.
It resulted in the planet of Markaz III to be near completely pulverized, and it was only two years after the start of bombardment, six billion were dead.
In the year 2900 a new dyson sphere was finished. In 2904 , after nearly three centuries of the plan existing, the bio-research ring finally was colonized.
Two years before, in 2902, a new battlecruiser, the “Holy Fire” class,(Ironic, as gods were beleived in by a fraction of the population), FRV Fall Of Pompeii, became the new flagship of the fleet.
In 2915 a new dyson sphere was ordered.
Now, as we all know, today we use credits as currency. This is a development of the “ECU.” The United Republic used a scale of a qaudrillion ECU=1 Energy Credit, with a maximum surplus of about twenty thousand. By this time, if the fleet had not been mobilized, they could produce about 950 Energy Credits a month. The purpose of the newest Dyson sphere was to push economic security. We can see this, as in the 2940s, after said spheres completion, work was commenced on a new ring world, which would become a massive reactor. Although significant measures were taken, in the fortyfour sixties, the ring world would be hit by a massive swarm of advanced Bebaki missiles, quickly taking down the shielding and causing a chain reaction that pulverized the ring, along with a hundred billion souls.
In 2917 a suprise attack by the Armada on Budhghobbd was caried out.
In this war, the battlecruisers FRV Leeroy and FRV Jenkins, jumped ahead of the Armada into Bebaki space, and when the fleet arrived to save them from the onslaught, it quickly evolved into a chaotic fleet battle, with freindly fire claiming seven cruisers, three capital ships, and fourteen destroyers. Additionaly, Bebaki fire claimed the lives of the two cruisers.
FRV Jenkins was also severely damaged in a collision with a freindly armored cruiser of the Tramp class.
The Tramp was relatively old, with multiple missile systems and gauss cannons. It was heavily armored, slow, and lightly shielded, designed to absorb blows and overload point defense systems. It was the workhorse of the FRV until neutron torpedoes were introduced, with the Vasa class. After the introduction of the heavily shielded Vasa, the Tramps were kept in service but production halted on all. The occasional order for one might be sent to a backwater world every few years, but other than that they fell out of the spotlight
This specific Tramp was only mildly damaged, as the collision impacted one of five neutronium armor belts, although multiple plates buckled. Unfortunately, when The Jenkins attempted to go over the ship, the mangled remains of the #2 laser battery, mangled beyond repair, impacted the bridge, causing it to be exposed to the void, the command crew dying of asphyxiation.
The captains of both the Leeroy and Jenkins were court martialed for destruction of federal property, (Up to fifteen qaudrillion ECUs worth, of which a Energy credit is worth half a qaudrillion), mass murder, and extreme incompetence. They were summarily execueted.
FRV Jenkins had to be scrapped from the extent of the damages, and was broken up over Baltris. Her surviving weaponry was sent to weaponry emplacements on various cruisers and frigates.
Four hundred thousand, though miniscule compared to the total fleet, were killed in this engagement. (FRV Ships are kinda crew intensive) I typically count it as 20k per cruiser, 50k per battleship.
The horrific loss had a severe morale impact, and efficiency was estimated to decline by all the way up to 10%.
In the years following the engagement, specifficaly in 2920, a new battleship class entered service and mass production. This new vessel was the best of the best, with three heavy Gamma laser and heavy gauss cannon emplacements each. It had a large belt of Neutronium armor, in which the four hypershield projectors were surrounded.
The main weapons control was in a heavily armored nook between the reactor array, a array of massive zero point reactors, and the engine compartments. It was circular, in the middle of the neutronium belt, split into the laser and Gauss sections, for their weaponry. It was coordinated by a central computer, that ensured the ship was as effective as possible without danger of malfunction, and all weaponry attacked a single target.
The class was named "Successor", and became an icon, the ideal target that any cadet worked up to, to command a Successor class. Additionally, safety measures learned from the raid of Bhudghobd ensured such heavy friendly fire would never happen again. The shells could automatically detonate when it identified a allied ship in it's trajectory of fire. Exactly how they did this we have no clue.
These behemoths quickly replaced the Agincourt class, with fifty being ordered after seeing it's efficiency, ten yards getting five each, initially. They rose the Armada on the FP scale to 1.2 million, up to 1.4. Each was individually around 3.4K FP. Most FRV capital ships sat above this line, but it was only so low because the FP scale tends to favor gunsniber lasers. Who can blame em?

Of course, this is all dead wrong.

Although remotely based in fact, this “History” Of the United Republic, is plain wrong. storeh(was bored):https://www.reddit.com/useTherandomanswerecomments/e5vgw0/short_story/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
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2019.11.21 23:13 ZappaOMatic The 2020 Stadium Super Trucks Schedule

SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks

Date Race Track Location Supporting
February 20–23 Adelaide 500 Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia Supercars Championship
August 7–8 Henry 180 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin NASCAR Xfinity Series
TBA Honda Indy 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio IndyCar Series
TBA Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Gold Coast, Queensland Supercars Championship
TBA Perth SuperNight Barbagallo Raceway Perth, Western Australia Supercars Championship

Boost Mobile Super Trucks

Date Race Track Location
February 20–23 Adelaide 500 Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia
October 30–November 1 Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Gold Coast, Queensland
TBA Tasmania Super400 Symmonds Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania
TBA Auckland Super400 Pukekohe Park Raceway Auckland, New Zealand
TBA Perth SuperNight Barbagallo Raceway Perth, Western Australia
TBA Townsville 400 Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland
TBA Darwin Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory
TBA Sydney SuperNight Sydney Motorsport Park Sydney, New South Wales

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2019.11.05 14:46 Tracar91 Tournament report - Prime Championship in Louisville, KY on 11/2

Prep/ deck selection
The announcement that worlds will be a team event really piqued my interest. I got into the game for several reasons but probably the most important one is sharing the game and spending time with my son. The idea that we could form a team and go to worlds really appealed to both of us. We have done a lot locally in chain bound and even attended the Gencon sealed vault tour but there was no way we either of us would make top 100 on the leaderboards. So winning a prime was our only real shot at making worlds. Once they announced a prime in my town on the first day possible, it was time to get serious.
We had about a month between the announcement and the tournament so first I had to evaluate my decks. At the time I had around 160 decks (100 COTA and 60 AOA) between my son and myself. I am constantly fiddling around on www.decksofkeyforge.com sorting my collections seven ways to Sunday. Then I read Aurore’s article on Deck curation and thought I would try his way.
https://timeshapers.com/2019/09/27/deck-selection-collection-curation/
That netted me a pool of 9 decks that may have potential. I played each of them 3-6 time on the crucible to get a feel for them and cut them down to 6. Our local group scheduled a Saturday night playtest party and I brought those 6 to play IRL. After that I got down to three:
Master “Archon” Wilson:
https://decksofkeyforge.com/decks/cbe97e3d-d357-4855-8471-8f747e29bb5e
Maybe my favorite deck and certainly fits my playstyle the best in the local scene. A little Aember steal, a smidge of board control, and a bunch of untamed burst with both Keycharge and Chota Hazri. 2 hunting witch, 2 witch of the eye, 2 dust pixie + key cheats. No brainer, right? Unfortunately, it has Zero artifact control and struggles with Dis control and Aember control style decks.
Sultan N. Hunchgopher:
https://decksofkeyforge.com/decks/707bafa3-5d2a-47fc-a2f3-8b2f7568fe12
At first glance this deck is all about the Faygin and 4 Urchins. To be fair, that is pretty gross when it hits the table. However, the Keystone card is Pile of skulls. I consider this deck and “incremental advantage deck”. The plan is to establish a board, control the pace of the game with urchins/ pile of skulls, and speed through the deck with double Mother. For artifacts it has Nexus. It doesn’t have direct answers for static artifacts like Heart of the Forest and Grump Buggy, but something is better than nothing.
Skreetvio Bridges, the Burning and Rapid:
https://decksofkeyforge.com/decks/89e552bd-22ba-4adc-961e-4fa685f9d324
20 actions, 10 creatures, 23 Aember printed on cards and 3 Mimicry. This deck is insane when it works. As a bonus, it has Gorm of Omm for hard artifact control. Whatever the deck lacks it seems to make up for by using the best action the opponents have in the discard 3 times.
I ran each of these through the gauntlet at our playtest event and 30+ times on the crucible. All three had about 60%-win rate. After playing all those I chose Sultan with about 2 weeks to go and focused all my games online with that deck. Overall, I have upwards of 150 games both online and IRL with this deck. Like it or not, practice is the only way to know exactly what your deck should do in as many different situations as possible.
By the time Saturday rolled around I thought I was about as prepared as I thought I could be.
We arrived right at noon and registration went smoothly with no hiccups. Attendance topped at 29 players which translated to 5 rounds of swiss and cut to top 8 where all matches would go to best of 3.
At this point I have to apologize to you the readers and my opponents. I didn’t expect to do better than 3-2 so I didn’t take any notes on my opponents, there decks, or how the matches played out. So I will give you my best recollections.
Round 1: Gentleman from team key chargers. Nice guy with I think a pretty good AOA deck. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a board wipe. Basically, I overwhelmed him with board. By the end of the game I had almost every creature in my deck on the board. That combined with pile of skulls kept him from keeping any Aember in his pool.
1-0
Round 2: Lexington crew/ team wild wormhole. Really nice guy who I chatted about work and life outside of KeyForge. While we were just beginning our game one of his sleeves split during shuffle. We called over a judge to determine how to proceed. He was allowed to go get a new set of sleeves and the judge unsleeved his deck while he went to purchase them. Because of the confusion he accidentally shuffled his hand and deck together. We discussed this with the judge as well and decided to start completely over since it was his first turn (he went second) The judge gave us a little time to cover for the re-sleeving and we got down to business. His deck seemed to be focused on Aember burst/key cheating with Time traveler for cycling. I don’t know if the weird start messed with his concentration, but I was able to establish board control early. I believe he forged one key by bursting and then key charging, but any Aember in his pool on my turn was soaked up by my board and he was not able to use it.
2-0
Round 3: Lexington crew/ team wild wormhole. My opponent is a nice guy in the computer science department at UofL Speed school. We chatted about the school and how much it has changed since I went there in the 90’s. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much about this game. I recall that his deck had speed sigil and witch of the eye but I definitely got more advantage of the speed sigil than he did.
3-0
Round 4: Neil Ayres Key Chargers – I felt that Neil and I were playing similar style decks with respect to Aember control. The primary difference between the decks was that where my deck has logos for card draw/ Incremental advantage, his deck has untamed for burst. At the beginning of the round we were both undefeated and at the top of the Swiss. This was a close tense game. We went back and forth for a long time trying to establish board control and keeping each other off keys. Eventually we were Both at 2 keys. He had several Aember towards his third key and mine was captured onto 4-5 of his creatures. I used Bouncing Deathquark to clear his whole board to capture a bunch of his Aember with Pile of skulls and get back the Aember he had captured. Unfortunately, I misplayed killing his grenade snib which lost me 2 Aember and kept me off check for my third key (at 5 instead of 7). Honestly, that put me a bit on tilt. We went back and forth several more turns. On the last turn I chose to just reap with my only creature to put me on check (using no cards from hand). I thought that putting myself on check and forcing him to deal with it was the right play. Here is where the on tilt comes in. Looking at the board he already had the capability to get me off check. Instead I should have tremored his two creatures, playing 4 Brobnar cards and digging 4 cards deeper in the deck. Next turn he killed my creature, capturing one and preventing me from getting him off key next turn.
3-1
After that game I was really kicking myself for my mistakes and kind of feeling like I might be heading towards unrecoverable tilt. This is where my tournament was made. Both my son and several other of the local players came up to me and really talked me down. That helped me step back from the edge.
Round 5 – My second Lexington crew/ team Wild wormhole player. He and I were both 3-1 and his deck had both a board sweeper and a single card answer to half my Aember control, Word of Returning. The fact that my deck functions by establishing board control and capturing Aember to keep you off keys is wrecked by that one card. However, I saw that he had no TMTP or Interdimensional Graft style cards so I decided my best chance was to rush as fast as possible and put the game away before I had to rely on the capture for key control. Fortunately, he burst early and I drew Faygin and all the urchins early. The game went maybe 6-7 turns. One of the two times my deck really high rolled this tournament.
4-1
I finished the swiss rounds 5th out the top 8. We had a short break to grab a quick bite from Subway and were off to the best of three top 8.
Top 8 - My third team wild wormhole opponent. His deck was one of the most versatile AoA decks I have seen to date. It didn’t look broken but everything worked together and it was very flexible in how it could play. It also was the first deck I played with hard artifact control.
Game 1: I established board control early while he was able to generate some Aember and steal some as well. I was able to capture or steal the majority of his Aember if it was in his pool on my turn. He forged the first key normally but was forced to use Nightforge to forge at 10 for his second key. The Key play of the game was using my Nexus to use his subtle maul and pulling his too much to protect. Once that was gone I could burst up past 8 to protect my 3rd key.
Game 2: Started similar to game one except he learned a lot from the first game. Using the Gorm of Omm to destroy my pile of skulls and targeting nexus and Faygin as soon as they hit the table. He also chose to use his double Nightforge (yes two!) to play for Aember and play the second to forge a key not once but twice. It was really clever play and a great way to negate my ability to stop him forging. However, having to forge 2 keys for 10 Aember was too much to overcome. I built board, and drew through my deck faster than him with double mother on the board.
So, while I did defeat him 2-0 in best of three, I would say that he showed great adaptability in changing his playstyle to try to counter my deck.
Top 4 - Rematch against Neil Ayres from the Key Chargers – Since Neil was my only loss in swiss I could have been nervous. However, after the pep talks from my son and my local play group I realized that our decks are pretty equal and I had just as much of a chance to win. I had made it way past my original goal of 3-2 and I could see the World’s invite just ahead. I was able to focus and just have fun.
Game 1 was a slugfest. I thought that whoever was able to get the pile of skulls out first would win. The game turned out weird because neither one of us got our pile of skulls until we were both into our second key. I did establish enough board and powered through my deck faster than him because of the mothers.
Game 2 started completely different. He burst Aember very quickly and forged his first key within the first few turns. He had a pretty big advantage and I had already started to think about what game 3 would look like. We went back and forth with me pulling him off his second key and him stopping me forging my first key for 8-10 turns. As I have said before, I really think my deck favors a long game like that because of the incremental advantage I gain from the mothers. I kept grinding away and eventually gained board control and stole/ captured enough Aember to forge my 2nd and 3rd keys in almost back to back turns.
Neil is great player and I am sure he was disappointed going undefeated only to lose in the top 4 match. As I told him, I believe if we were to play these decks against each other 100 times it would probably split 50/50. I know he is firmly in the top 100 of the Vault leaderboard so I look forward to seeing him at worlds.
Finals - Matt Mckechnie a Local Louisville player. Matt has only been playing 3-4 weeks before this tournament. He was playing a deck he had pulled in his first sealed event.
Dr. “Moonshine” Jolland
https://decksofkeyforge.com/decks/f23c91fd-6b54-45c1-b598-a0f21583e524
It is a Dis/ Mars/ Untamed deck. An insane Mars house with incubation chamber to archive until the right time complimented by Dis disruption and untamed burst with lost in the woods for creature control. He went 4-1 as well and also had to defeat his only loss during the top 8 rounds.
Game 1 I jumped out early with a first turn mother establishing board control while he spent several turns archiving mars and playing dis or untamed. I believe he may have waited a couple turns too long to bring out his mars to be able to recover from my board position. I also don’t think he saw either of the zookeepers and game 1 went around 9-10 turns.
Game 2 He went first played incubation chamber. Going second, I played both mothers. My extra card draw allowed me to play 4-5 cards per turn and that is really difficult to overcome no matter how good your deck is. These two games were the second time my deck high rolled really well this tournament. I don’t think he was able to forge but 1 key combined in both games.
By this time Matt, My Son, Nick Roden, and I were the only KeyForge players left at the shop. I was feeling pretty good so I invited both Nick and Matt out for some delicious five guys burgers.
All in all, the tournament was well run and both my son who went 2-3 and I had a great time. Now we can focus on worlds collide and prepping for worlds next May!
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2019.11.04 09:10 Murdoc555 Louisville SCG IQ Gobots 13th Place

I remember watching sololobo's youtube video for the first time and instantly being like, How is no one playing this?
I got very consistent answers for the most part. No Goblin Grenade? No bolts? Pass. Goblins or Affinity--pick one, people said. Well I'm sorry guys, dealing 26 damage on turn 2 is more than a meme. How bout Mountain, Mox Opal, 2x Memnite, 2x Signal Pest Turn 1, followed by 2x Burning Tree Emmisary into Reckless Bushwhacker? This thing works. I honestly believe it's the most explosive aggro deck in Modern to date, at least on par with the fastest Infect not draws.
Decklist: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/rw-gobots/?cb=1572853607
Game 1: Crashing Footfalls- DQ (2-1)
On the draw, mulled to 5 and kept a medicore, Pest, Loyalist, Bushwacker, Mtn, Thopter hand. Not able to establish board presence early enough and launch any profitable attacks. I got him down to 8, but by turn 5 he had four 4/4 rhinos down. Didn't win needless to say.
Sided in a Cage, Path, and EE to take out the Rhino tokens.
Swept him game 2 with the classic Kuldotha thopter t1, Goblin Bushwhacker t2, BTE into Reckless for lethal t3.
Game 3, I play a City of Brass, Pest, Opal, Thopter, Loyalist and the guy dramatically calls for a judge. Chalk it up to my inexperience, I had no idea gold bordered cards weren't legal, I've only played FNMs and it surprisingly never got brought up in conversation. The 2 judges talk it over and have bad news, it's considered a fake card and I'll have to take an autoloss and supplant all gold bordered cards with basic mountains. Even one of my creatures a Mogg Fanatic. Oh well, those are the rules and the judges were actually pretty cool about it, they knew it wasn't intentional. So after that we play it out to see what would have happened and I bag another turn 3 Kill for the Gobot Army. A 2-1 loss. Life goes on.

Game 2: RB Vial Goblins 0-2 :(
Gobots does have an Achille's heel and it's all the varieties of Midrange. With all the removal they have at their disposal plinking our little x/1's, it can be a real beating and unless we get the fastest starts possible, it's probably a 30/70 matchup or worse. Add in the fact I couldn't win a die roll to save my life, it makes for a long night. Mulled to 5 again, a heroic Mox, Mtn, Memnite, Loyalist, Pest but can at least play it all turn 1 and get a little punch in. He passes again t2, I end up drawing a Whacker kicked and am set & ready to swing in for a crippling hunk of damage, he flashes Munitions Expert in blowing up the Pest and extinguishing most of my firepower. Turn 3, he sinks another Expert, popping the Loyalist this time. A sac'd Fanatic turns on LUTs and I get 2 mountains out of the deal. Turn 4 and 5, he gets some Warchiefs down and it's really not looking good. Ringleader draws him 3x Piledrivers. On my end, I get a nice, shiny Thopter. He ends up playing all his PD for R. Don't bother getting your calculator out guy...
I played this at FNM the previous night and it was a similar story. The most consistent success aside from just fast starts, was with [[Venerated Loxodon]] landed early and getting my guys out of Chainwhirler range. It's a real beater that makes the deck grindier and more resilient to Plague EngineeChainwhirler effects. Thanks to Jim Davis for the idea. Kor Firewalker would probably be somewhere in here, but having 3 of my white sources switched with Mountains made me hesitant to play anything double W. -3 Reckless, -1 BTE, +3 Lox, +1 Cage in case he had Unearth.
Game 2 on the play, another mull to 5 and no SB. I can't bring myself to go to 4, so I play it out and it ends up looking good. Inspiring Vantage, Mox, Pest, Thopter, Guide- Swing for 2. He plays Skirk and passes. I draw a BTE, swing with the team for 3. He’s War Marshal go. I draw Reckless,?use BTE to surge it and swing for 14. I'm holding Goblin Bushwhacker and have lethal next turn. But it's not Christmas yet! Chainwhirler for my trouble. A Matron-Ringleader makes a hopeless situation into a foregone conclusion.

Looking at my name on the dead bottom of the bracket, I had some mixed emotions going into round 3. Obviously losing felt bad, my curve was thrown off by the cards I had to ditch, and that weird first match, but I then I realized I'd been overthinking it, it's just a game and I'm putting together the same hands on a competitive stage that I smash people with at FNMs. I just had to trust the deck and play like I would anywhere else.

Game 3 vs Burn 2-0
Nothing of note really. Just a young, overaggressive burn player who was only aiming at my face and not the Signal Pest that was pumping my team. Turn 3'd both games. It feels so nice to swing with kicked/pumped [[Hope of Ghirapur]] for 3 in the air and sac it so Rift Bolt doesn't resolve. Love that card.

Game 4 Amulet Titan 2-1
Never played it before, but I knew what it was capable of. Lost the die roll and kept a greedy, greedy hand. Signal Pest, 2x Memnite, Thopter, Mox, Sunbaked Canyon, LUTs. After the inspirational pep talk I'd just given myself, I don't know what the hell I was thinking keeping that garbage. LUTs drew me nothing of note and t2 or 3, he had a vigilant, hasted, doublestriking Titan swinging for 16. Lesson Learned.
- 2 Thopter, - 2 Guide. +1 Shattering Spree, +2 Abrade, +1 Path
On the play, Shattering Spree, Reckless, Loyalist, Memnite, HoG, Vantage, Opal. He mulls to 5. I get Opal online and cheat out the Loyalist to punch for one. I usually hold onto a 0 drop for Reckless, but I wanted to use Spree the following turn if he had Amulet, which he did. I draw LUTs, blow up the Amulet and swing for 3, turning on Spectacle and exiling a nice pair of Burning Tree Emissaries, nice. I'm going to cripple him anyway next turn, so I sac the HoG to lock him out and rub salt in the wound. T2, Tribescout pass. I pull another Memnite, cast it and the 2 BTEs from exile to Surge Reckless and swing for 14, Good game.
Game 3 Draw. Pest, Opal, Sunbaked Canyon, Guide, Thopter, Loyalist, Reckless. Yes please, may I have another? He's on tilt after that last one and mulls to 5 again. Land go. I pull BTE and know it's all but over. Metalcraft is a thing and I cheat out Loyalist to punch for one. Tribescout, Go. I snag another Loyalist off the top and send it and a Guide in with Signal Pest leading the charge, swing for 8. He plays Azuza and starts to go off a bit and do bouncy land things. I won't try to articulate it, that is one hard deck to follow. The moral of the story is he doesn't resolve (fa Titan, which is really all I'm concerned about. It's all over from here. Turn 3 I get another Goblin Bushwhacker, but don't need it. BTE into Reckless surged for 20 damage first strike, trample (3 in the air ^^, thanks Thopter).

Game 5 Mono Green Tron 2-1
Actually got to win a dice roll for a change, but have to mull to 5. LUTs, Reckless Bushwhacker, Pest, Sunbaked, Loyalist. Loyalist punch for 1. Urza's tower, Expedition map, go. T2 Opal, Swing with Loyalist to turn on Spectacle exiling Memnite/BTE. I send out Memnite for Metalcraft to play Signal Pest. He goes Forest, Ancient Stirrings into chromatic star, pass. Turn 3: I can't believe how lucky I'm getting with Burning Trees, another one off the top. 2X BTE into Reckless Surged, charge with the Gobot Army for an exactly lethal 18. A mull to five turn 3 kill? Say what??
-2 Guide, -1 Thopter, +2 Alpine Moon, +1 Pithing Needle.
Game 2 I keep another greedy hand. The 0 cost stuff is so tempting plus I drew my SB Alpine Moon. He gets going pretty good though and my board isn't aggressive enough. The Alpine Moon slowed him down a bit, but he's able to resolve a Karn and pull some sneaky plays with him. A Balista on 3 pops most of my little bots. Onto Game 3.
On the play I grab an aggressive starting hand. Pest, Thopter, Memnite, Sacred Foundry, Opal , Loyalist, Goblin Bushwhacker. I've draw similar all night and it's yet to let down, so I dump the hand with Loyalist slamming in for a huge hit (1). Urza's Mine, Map, go. I top LUTs, swing with the team to turn on Spectacle. Exiling a Memnite & BTE. He plays Ancient stirrings and tries to dig for some more answers. I pull another opal, float the one I have before casting the new one. Send out BTE and Memnite from Exile and kick Bushwhacker for a lethal 19 on turn 3.
This win felt great. I won't call him out, but this was solid player on the Lexington-Louisville Circuit who's had a ton of money finishes and took 2nd at the SCG Louisville Classic. Granted it's a favorable MU, but feels nonetheless validating to pull off a win against a proven, more experienced player.

Game 6: Devoted Druid Combo 2-0
I was running hot and pumped up from my last win, wasn't even sure what this deck was because all I ever saw was Birds of Paradise. I blew him out on the draw from the crazy hand I mentioned in the opening. Finished him in game 2, turn 3. Sweet, sweet.
MVPS: Mox Opal, Hope of Ghirapur, Signal Pest, and introducing the BTE/Reckless B-Duo
Honorary mentions to Legion Loyalist and Light Up the Stage
So despite the shit start to the day, it finished as good as it could have. Officially 4-2 (Unofficially 5-1 ;) 13th out of ~45 or so in a very competitive field. In all fairness, I was matched up pretty well and when this deck runs hot in favorable match ups, it's nigh unbeatable. I've been behind Sololobo's Gobots for a while and it's rewarding to put up a positive result for this great deck that not many have given the chance or respect it deserves. Despite how it looks at a glance, it is incredibly synergistic, and facilitates a degree of speed to the point it sometimes feels like a combo deck. I would stylize it as a slightly faster, more consistent, but narrow version of Affinity, the latter having more angles of attack and plays better vs Removal. Here however, you don't have as many bad top decks like springleaf drum/welding Jar, are less susceptible to Artifact hate and All is Dust, thanks to such a diverse creature base, and can maintain gas/pressure due to the natural card draw and board rebuild in Kuldotha Rebirth.Admit-tingly, the sideboard needs some rethinking in parts. I'll probably ditch the Firewalker for Dragon's claw, just for the Metalcraft potential. Leonin Arbiter would be a strong, disruptive fit as well. Overall, it's not fancy, it's just wicked fast and beats people before they can even get their feet under them and do anything meaningful. Considering the power and speed that Modern tier decks are at, that's a legitimate win condition.

Edit: Sorry about the deushy "Spoiler". I clicked it by accident and just figured how to turn it off.
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2019.10.24 01:15 paranormal_penguin My attorney missed a court date, resulting in a license suspension and warrant I was unaware of. I was arrested and got new charges - what are my options?

Location is Lexington, Kentucky.
Ok let's make this long story a short one. April of this year, I hired an attorney to take care of a speeding ticket for me. I was going 25 over and there was a risk I would lose my license, so I thought getting an attorney was the smart move.
I checked around on Google, found the highest reviewed law firm with 4.8 stars on Google with 120+ reviews. Gave them a call, they connected me to their "traffic violations guy" and he seemed ok enough and the price seemed about right for the job ($300) so I went with them. Huge. Mistake.
Immediately after obtaining the money, the attorney assigned to my case decides I'm no longer worth responding to. Whenever I had a court date, he wouldn't provide updates. He would routinely ignore my texts, at one point ignoring 6 in a row over the course of a month and a half. He has had the case pushed back so many times I've lost count, and on TWO occasions he missed the court date he scheduled for me, resulting in my license being suspended.
The first time it happened, I received a letter threatening my license suspension and I immediately called him. He said "that's not right, I had it rescheduled." After a few weeks, he ended up fixing it. The second time it happened (a few weeks ago), I contacted him again immediately and he said he would "look into it." I contacted him 5 more times during those 3 weeks to get some kind of solid information, and he kept giving me vague answers like "I'm currently looking it, I'll let you know."
Of course, he never did let me know. And of course, at this point I'm going to get a lot of people saying "you should have called the DMV to check for yourself!" Yes, I'm realizing that in hindsight. However, I trusted a professional that I hired for $300 that went to law school for 8 years to have some level of decency and concern for their reputation. That was my mistake that I'll admit to.
Last night, I was going to pick up groceries when I was pulled over. The cop ran my tags and saw the warrant that I had no idea existed, and arrested me and charged me with driving with a suspended license that I didn't know was suspended. I spent a night in jail, which caused me a lot of personal anguish, including a huge fight with my father and my girlfriend all but breaking up with me over the ensuing drama. I now also have an additional charge against me and will most certainly lose my license if it's not corrected.
So basically my question is - what are my options now? My first priority is solving the new mess my incompetent, maliciously negligent attorney caused. My second priority is going after this con-artist's law license by filing a complaint with the BAR association. I don't want anyone else to have to go through what I did, even if it's too late for me now.
Can anyone offer me some advice here?
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