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Special offers, limited numbers:
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|CCU'd ||Vulture LTI ||$125 ||$175 ||$155 |
|CCU'd ||Constellation Taurus LTI ||$140 ||$190 ||$169 |
|CCU'd ||Vulcan LTI ||$150 ||$200 ||$179 |
|CCU'd ||Hurricane LTI ||$135 ||$210 ||$179 |
|CCU'd ||Terrapin LTI ||$145 ||$220 ||$185 |
|CCU'd ||Constellation Andromeda LTI ||$165 ||$240 ||$199 |
|CCU'd ||Scorpius LTI ||$145 ||$240 ||$199 |
|CCU'd ||Corsair LTI ||$165 ||$250 ||$205 |
|CCU'd ||400i LTI ||$175 ||$250 ||$209 |
|CCU'd ||Ares Inferno LTI ||$145 ||$250 ||$199 |
|CCU'd ||Mercury Star Runner LTI ||$155 ||$260 ||$209 |
|CCU'd ||Mercury Star Runner LTI BIS 2952 ||$165 ||$260 ||$225 |
|CCU'd ||Vanguard Warden LTI ||$155 ||$260 ||$209 |
|CCU'd ||Vanguard Sentinel LTI ||$170 ||$275 ||$225 |
|CCU'd ||Retaliator Bomber LTI ||$170 ||$275 ||$225 |
|CCU'd ||Apollo Medivac LTI ||$170 ||$275 ||$225 |
|CCU'd ||Vanguard Harbinger LTI ||$185 ||$290 ||$239 |
|CCU'd ||Eclipse LTI ||$175 ||$300 ||$239 |
|CCU'd ||Constellation Aquila LTI ||$185 ||$310 ||$245 |
|CCU'd ||Mole LTI ||$190 ||$315 ||$249 |
|CCU'd ||Redeemer LTI ||$195 ||$325 ||$255 |
|CCU'd ||Caterpillar LTI ||$180 ||$330 ||$255 |
|CCU'd ||Starfarer Gemini LTI ||$190 ||$340 ||$259 |
|CCU'd ||Crucible LTI ||$200 ||$350 ||$269 |
|CCU'd ||Endeavor LTI ||$200 ||$350 ||$275 |
|CCU'd ||Glaive LTI ||$200 ||$350 ||$295 |
|CCU'd ||Hull C LTI ||$175 ||$350 ||$249 |
|CCU'd ||Valkyrie LTI ||$225 ||$375 ||$285 |
|CCU'd ||Galaxy LTI ||$230 ||$380 ||$289 |
|CCU'd ||Reclaimer LTI ||$250 ||$400 ||$299 |
|CCU'd ||C2 Hercules LTI ||$210 ||$400 ||$285 |
|CCU'd ||Hull D LTI ||$250 ||$450 ||$315 |
|CCU'd ||600i Explorer LTI ||$275 ||$475 ||$339 |
|CCU'd ||M2 Hercules LTI ||$320 ||$520 ||$375 |
|CCU'd ||Liberator LTI ||$375 ||$575 ||$409 |
|CCU'd ||Carrack LTI ||$400 ||$600 ||$425 |
|CCU'd ||Merchantman LTI ||$400 ||$650 ||$439 |
|CCU'd ||Perseus LTI ||$425 ||$675 ||$455 |
|CCU'd ||Odyssey LTI ||$450 ||$700 ||$469 |
|CCU'd ||Hammerhead ||$475 ||$725 ||$485 |
|CCU'd ||Nautilus LTI ||$475 ||$725 ||$489 |
|CCU'd ||A2 Hercules LTI ||$425 ||$750 ||$469 |
|CCU'd ||Polaris LTI ||$500 ||$750 ||$505 |
|Type ||Name ||Upgrade value ||Price ||Quantity |
Ship and Vehicle Upgrades:
|Type ||Name ||Price |
|AEGIS || |
|CCU ||325A to Avenger Titan Renegade ||$10 |
|CCU ||Reliant Kore to Avenger Titan Renegade ||$18 |
|CCU ||Reliant Tana to Avenger Warlock ||$18 |
|CCU ||325A to Avenger Warlock ||$25 |
|CCU ||315P to Avenger Warlock ||$30 |
|CCU ||Vanguard Harbinger to Eclipse ||$18 |
|CCU ||Cutlass Black to Gladius Valiant ||$18 |
|CCU ||M50 to Gladius Valiant ||$18 |
|CCU ||Odyssey to Hammerhead ||$45 |
|CCU ||Odyssey to Nautilus ||$45 |
|CCU ||Valkyrie to Reclaimer ||$45 |
|CCU ||Gladiator to Sabre ||$11 |
|CCU ||Super Hornet to Sabre Comet ||$11 |
|CCU ||Sabre to Sabre Comet ||$25 |
|CCU ||Terrapin to Vanguard Hoplite ||$25 |
|CCU ||Apollo Triage to Vanguard Warden ||$18 |
|CCU ||Vanguard Hoplite to Vanguard Warden ||$39 |
|CCU ||Sabre Comet to Vulcan ||$25 |
|CCU ||Super Hornet to Vulcan ||$32 |
|ANVIL || |
|CCU ||Freelancer DUR to Ballista ||$11 |
|CCU ||Liberator to Carrack ||$44 |
|CCU ||Starfarer Gemini to Crucible ||$18 |
|CCU ||Prospector to Gladiator ||$17 |
|CCU ||Reliant Mako to Hawk ||$11 |
|CCU ||Gladius to Hawk ||$17 |
|CCU ||Sabre Comet to Hornet Heartseeker ||$18 |
|CCU ||Super Hornet to Hornet Heartseeker ||$26 |
|CCU ||Prospector to Hornet Wildfire ||$32 |
|CCU ||Vulcan to Hurricane ||$18 |
|CCU ||Taurus to Hurricane ||$32 |
|CCU ||F7C Hornet to Legionnaire ||$18 |
|CCU ||Mustang Beta to Pisces C8X ||$10 |
|CCU ||Dragonfly Black to Pisces C8X ||$10 |
|CCU ||Arrow to Spartan ||$11 |
|CCU ||Hornet Wildfire to Super Hornet ||$11 |
|CCU ||Sabre to Super Hornet ||$17 |
|CCU ||Khartu-Al to Super Hornet ||$17 |
|CCU ||Gladiator to Super Hornet ||$25 |
|CCU ||Prospector to Super Hornet ||$39 |
|CCU ||Vulcan to Terrapin ||$33 |
|CCU ||Crucible to Valkyrie ||$44 |
|CCU ||Endeavor to Valkyrie ||$44 |
|CCU ||Hull C to Valkyrie ||$44 |
|AOPOA / XI'AN || |
|CCU ||Gladiator to Khartu-Al ||$11 |
|CCU ||Prospector to Khartu-Al ||$25 |
|CCU ||Dragonfly Black to Nox ||$11 |
|CCU ||X1 Base to Nox Kue ||$12 |
|CCU ||Vulcan to San'tok.Yai ||$33 |
|ARGO || |
|CCU ||Mustang Alpha to MPUV Cargo ||$11 |
|CCU ||Razor to SRV ||$11 |
|CCU ||Tracker to SRV ||$18 |
|BANU || |
|CCU ||Andromeda to Merchantman ||$279 |
|CONSOLIDATED OUTLAND || |
|CCU ||Avenger Stalker to Mustang Delta ||$10 |
|CCU ||300i to Mustang Delta ||$17 |
|CRUSADER || |
|CCU ||Andromeda to Ares Inferno ||$18 |
|CCU ||Andromeda to Ares Ion ||$18 |
|CCU ||Valkyrie to Genisis Starliner ||$44 |
|CCU ||Nautilus to Hercules A2 ||$45 |
|CCU ||Hammerhead to Hercules A2 ||$45 |
|CCU ||Valkyrie to Hercules C2 ||$44 |
|CCU ||400i to Mercury Star Runner ||$18 |
|CCU ||Andromeda to Mercury Star Runner ||$33 |
|DRAKE || |
|CCU ||Cutlass Black to Buccaneer ||$17 |
|CCU ||Hawk to Buccaneer ||$17 |
|CCU ||M50 to Buccaneer ||$17 |
|CCU ||Mole to Caterpillar ||$25 |
|CCU ||Sabre to Cutlass Blue ||$11 |
|CCU ||Prospector to Cutlass Blue ||$32 |
|CCU ||Reliant Tana to Herald ||$17 |
|CCU ||325A to Herald ||$24 |
|CCU ||Dragonfly Black to Mule ||$11 |
|CCU ||Andromeda to Corsair ||$18 |
|KRUGER || |
|MISC || |
|CCU ||Starfarer Gemini to Endeavor ||$18 |
|CCU ||Hornet Tracker to Expanse ||$17 |
|CCU ||Sabre to Freelancer MIS ||$10 |
|CCU ||Gladiator to Freelancer MIS ||$17 |
|CCU ||Prospector to Freelancer MIS ||$33 |
|CCU ||Spartan to Hull A ||$17 |
|CCU ||Arrow to Hull A ||$23 |
|CCU ||Cutlass Red to Hull B ||$11 |
|CCU ||Starfarer Gemini to Hull C ||$18 |
|CCU ||Prowler to Hull D ||$19 |
|CCU ||Perseus to Odyssey ||$44 |
|CCU ||Tracker to Razor ||$11 |
|CCU ||Freelancer DUR to Razor ||$17 |
|CCU ||Hornet Ghost to Razor ||$32 |
|CCU ||Razor to Razor LX ||$11 |
|CCU ||Tracker to Razor LX ||$17 |
|CCU ||Freelancer MAX to Razor EX ||$11 |
|CCU ||Razor LX to Razor EX ||$11 |
|CCU ||Retaliator Base to Razor EX ||$11 |
|CCU ||325A to Reliant Tana ||$10 |
|CCU ||Arrow to Reliant Sen ||$17 |
|CCU ||Reliant Tana to Reliant Sen ||$17 |
|CCU ||325A to Reliant Sen ||$24 |
|CCU ||Gladius to Reliant Mako ||$10 |
|CCU ||325A to Reliant Mako ||$36 |
|CCU ||Mole to Starfarer Gemini ||$41 |
|CCU ||Starfarer to Starfarer Gemini ||$58 |
|ORIGIN || |
|CCU ||Dragonfly Black to 100i ||$17 |
|CCU ||Ursa Rover to 125A ||$17 |
|CCU ||Avenger Titan to 125A ||$12 |
|CCU ||100i to 125A ||$17 |
|CCU ||125A to 135C ||$11 |
|CCU ||300i to 135C ||$17 |
|CCU ||Mustang Gamma to 135C ||$17 |
|CCU ||Andromeda to 400i ||$18 |
|CCU ||Aurora CL to 85X ||$11 |
|CCU ||Mustang Gamma to G12 ||$11 |
|CCU ||Mustang Gamma to G12R Racing ||$11 |
|CCU ||Avenger Stalker to G12A Military ||$11 |
|CCU ||G12 to G12A Military ||$11 |
|CCU ||G12R Racing to G12A Military ||$11 |
|CCU ||Reliant Mako to M50 Interceptor ||$11 |
|CCU ||Gladius to M50 Interceptor ||$17 |
|CCU ||Dragonfly Black to X1 Velocity ||$11 |
|CCU ||X1 Baseline to X1 Velocity ||$11 |
|CCU ||X1 Velocity to X1 Force ||$11 |
|CCU ||Dragonfly Black to X1 Force ||$17 |
|CCU ||X1 Baseline to X1 Force ||$17 |
|RSI || |
|CCU ||Apollo Triage to Apollo Medivac ||$38 |
|CCU ||Vanguard Warden to Apollo Medivac ||$27 |
|CCU ||Vanguard Hoplite to Apollo Triage ||$26 |
|CCU ||Aurora MR to Aurora LX ||$11 |
|CCU ||Razor to Mantis ||$10 |
|CCU ||Hornet Tracker to Mantis ||$18 |
|CCU ||Hammerhead to Polaris ||$45 |
|CCU ||85X to Ursa Rover Fortuna ||$12 |
|CCU ||X1 Force to Ursa Rover Fortuna ||$12 |
|TUMBRIL || |
|CCU ||Cyclone to Cyclone RC ||$18 |
|CCU ||Cyclone to Cyclone TR ||$18 |
|CCU ||Cyclone to Cyclone RN ||$18 |
|CCU ||Cyclone to Cyclone AA ||$37 |
|CCU ||Cyclone RC to Cyclone AA ||$25 |
|CCU ||Cyclone TR to Cyclone AA ||$25 |
|CCU ||Cyclone RN to Cyclone AA ||$25 |
|CCU ||Ursa Rover to Cyclone ||$11 |
|CCU ||Ursa Rover to Cyclone RC ||$25 |
|CCU ||Ursa Rover to Cyclone TR ||$25 |
|CCU ||Ursa Rover to Cyclone RN ||$25 |
|CCU ||Ursa Rover to Cyclone AA ||$45 |
|CCU ||300i to Cyclone RC ||$11 |
|CCU ||300i to Cyclone TR ||$11 |
|CCU ||300i to Cyclone RN ||$11 |
|CCU ||325a to Cyclone MT ||$18 |
|CCU ||Arrow to Cyclone AA ||$11 |
|CCU ||F7C Hornet to Nova Tank ||$17 |
|CCU ||Mustang Alpha to Ranger CV ||$11 |
|CCU ||Mustang Alpha to Ranger RC ||$11 |
|CCU ||Ranger CV to Ranger TR ||$11 |
|CCU ||Ranger RC to Ranger TR ||$11 |
|Ship ||Name ||Price |
|Aegis Avenger ||Blue and gold ILW 2950 ||$15 |
|Aegis Avenger ||Solar Winds Paint ||$15 |
|Aegis Gladius ||Solar Winds Paint ||$18 |
|Aegis Vanguard ||Solar Winds Paint ||$22 |
|Anvil Arrow ||Twilight ILW 2950 ||$15 |
|Anvil Legionnaire ||Shadow Strike Paint ||$18 |
|Anvil Valkyrie ||Splinter ILW 2950 ||$24 |
|Anvil Liberator ||Condor ||$35 |
|Crusader Mercury ||Fortuna ||$23 |
|Cursader Spirit ||Crimson ||$20 |
|Cursader Spirit ||Intrepid ||$20 |
|Cursader Spirit ||Olympia ||$20 |
|Drake Dragonfly ||Ghoulish Green ||$15 |
|Drake Cutlass ||Ghoulish Green ||$15 |
|Drake Cutlass ||Scull and Crossbones ||$19 |
|Drake Buccaneer ||Ghoulish Green ||$18 |
|Drake Caterpillar ||Ghoulish Green ||$22 |
|Drake Herald ||Ghoulish Green ||$18 |
|Drake Mule ||Ghoulish Green ||$14 |
|Drake Mule ||Smokestack ||$9 |
|Drake Vulture ||Ghoulish Green ||$20 |
|Gatac Railen ||Hyaotan ||$23 |
|Greycat STV ||Blue Steel ||$9 |
|Misc Freelancer ||Paint pack ILW 2950 ||$23 |
|Misc Starfarer ||Paint pack ILW 2950 ||$43 |
|Misc Expanse ||Stardust ||$20 |
|Origin 400i ||Fortuna ||$23 |
|Origin 400i ||Penumbra ||$23 |
|Origin 400i ||Meridian ||$23 |
|Origin 600i ||Fortuna ||$29 |
|RSI Aurora ||Blue and gold ILW2950 ||$15 |
|RSI Constellation ||Blue and gold ILW2950 ||$22 |
|RSI Scorpius ||Stinger ||$25 |
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2023.05.30 20:25 yousmelllikebiscuits Tennessee's 2024 Football Recruiting Class Update: Peyton Lewis Commitment
Tennessee adds another blue-chipper with the commitment of 2024 4* RB Peyton Lewis
. Lewis announced his commitment surrounded by Tennessee staff, current commits, and future Vols during the '865 Live' recruiting event in Knoxville over the weekend (last year was called RockyTopalooza). This event was jam packed with other blue chip recruits and included a scavenger hunt, a putt putt golf contest, and a talent show. The Salem, VA native gives Heupel's staff their TWELFTH commitment in the 2024 class choosing Tennessee over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Lewis was offered by the Vols in February 2023 and "always had aspirations of playing at Tennessee" so the commitment came just a few short months afterwards.
Tennessee anchors itself inside the Top 10 at #8 sandwiched between Florida State (#9) and Penn State (#7). See the other commitments below:
2024 Team Ranks: Nat'l #8 SEC #3
|Rank ||Team ||Commits ||5* ||4* ||3* ||AVG Points ||Total Points |
|1 ||Georgia ||16 ||4 ||7 ||4 ||94.14 ||270.65 |
|2 ||Michigan ||17 ||1 ||10 ||6 ||91.34 ||250.12 |
|3 ||Ohio State ||13 ||2 ||9 ||2 ||93.05 ||238.14 |
|4 ||Notre Dame ||16 ||2 ||9 ||5 ||90.82 ||236.05 |
|5 ||LSU ||16 ||0 ||11 ||5 ||90.32 ||232.40 |
|6 ||Oregon ||14 ||0 ||11 ||3 ||91.01 ||224.58 |
|7 ||Penn State ||14 ||1 ||7 ||6 ||90.43 ||217.41 |
|8 ||Tennessee ||12 ||0 ||7 ||5 ||90.51 ||202.23 |
|9 ||Florida State ||11 ||2 ||5 ||4 ||90.45 ||192.35 |
|10 ||South Carolina ||9 ||1 ||7 ||1 ||92.95 ||183.60 |
2024 Top Targets
|Name ||Position ||Height ||Weight ||Class ||Star ||247Comp Rank ||Rating ||Recent Notes |
|Williams Nwaneri ||DL ||6-5 ||250 ||2024 ||5 ||3 ||0.9971 ||247 Recruiting Director Steve Wiltfong said Vols were in "pole position" going into summer Official Visits. OV scheduled for 6/9/23. Primary competition: Oklahoma and Texas A&M |
|Mike Matthews ||ATH ||6-1 ||180 ||2024 ||5 ||9 ||0.9955 ||OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, USC |
|Sammy Brown ||LB ||6-2 ||230 ||2024 ||5 ||14 ||0.9928 ||Vols "set the bar high" during Official Visit for '865 Live' event on 5/27. Primary competition: Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma |
|Eddrick Houston ||Edge ||6-3 ||255 ||2024 ||5 ||15 ||0.9907 ||Tennessee not yet scheduled for OV. Primary competition: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, USC |
|Ryan Wingo ||WR ||6-2 ||198 ||2024 ||5 ||21 ||0.9884 ||Tennessee not yet scheduled for OV but just visited for '865 Live' recruiting event. Primary competition: Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Texas |
|Elijah Rushing ||Edge ||6-6 ||235 ||2024 ||5 ||22 ||0.9883 ||OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA |
|Jerrick Gibson ||RB ||5-10 ||200 ||2024 ||4 ||35 ||0.9799 ||OV scheduled for 6/16. Primary competition: Georgia, Miami, Texas |
|Jordan Ross ||Edge ||6-5 ||215 ||2024 ||4 ||38 ||0.9774 ||OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Florida, Georgia, Texas |
|Kamarion Franklin ||DL ||6-5 ||265 ||2024 ||4 ||39 ||0.9770 ||OV scheduled for 6/16. Primary competition: LSU, Miami |
|Aaron Scott ||CB ||6-0 ||170 ||2024 ||4 ||56 ||0.9665 ||Tennessee in Top 12 on 4/9/23 but no OV scheduled. |
|Kameryn Fountain ||Edge ||6-5.5 ||237 ||2024 ||4 ||81 ||0.9567 ||UT CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTION - OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: USC and USCJr |
|Demello Jones ||S ||6-1 ||176 ||2024 ||4 ||84 ||0.9563 ||UGA commit - OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Alabama and Georgia |
|Daniel Calhoun ||OT ||6-6.5 ||355 ||2024 ||4 ||86 ||0.9561 ||OV scheduled for 6/16. Primary competition: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Texas |
|Tylen Singleton ||LB ||6-1 ||208 ||2024 ||4 ||123 ||0.9422 ||Tennessee not yet scheduled for OV. Primary competition: Arkansas, LSU, TCU, Texas A&M |
|Max Anderson ||OT ||6-5 ||305 ||2024 ||4 ||191 ||0.9276 ||MULTIPLE UT CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTIONS - OV scheduled for 6/9. Primary competition: Georgia and Oklahoma |
|Daniel Hill ||ATH (LB/RB) ||6-1 ||220 ||2024 ||4 ||196 ||0.9261 ||Tennessee not yet scheduled for OV but just visited for '865 Live' recruiting event. "Top-three" after visit. Primary competition: Alabama and USCJr |
|Boo Carter ||ATH ||5-10 ||184 ||2024 ||4 ||240 ||0.9151 ||UT CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTION - Tennessee not yet scheduled for OV but just visited for '865 Live' recruiting event. Primary competition: Ohio State |
|Edwin Spillman ||LB ||6-1 ||216 ||2024 ||4 ||251 ||0.9137 ||MULTIPLE UT CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTIONS - OV scheduled for 6/16. Brother of UT '23 commit Nate Spillman. Primary competition: FSU, Georgia, Ohio State |
|Amaris Wiliams ||DL ||6-3 ||260 ||2024 ||4 ||261 ||0.9130 ||OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Florida, NC State, North Carolina |
|Amari Jefferson ||ATH ||6-1 ||195 ||2024 ||4 ||270 ||0.9110 ||UT Baseball commit - OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Alabama and Georgia |
|Ronan O'Connell ||OT ||6-4.5 ||288 ||2024 ||3 ||539 ||0.8833 ||UT CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTION - OV scheduled for 6/23. Primary competition: Clemson and Wisconsin |
- The team rankings do not include Amari Jefferson as a UT football commit but I have included him here due to his baseball commitment to Tennessee. Jefferson has been taking football visits and it is clear that Tennessee will be a finalist.
- 2024 4* ATH Jonathan Echols has announced he is being recruited to play TE at Tennessee.
- '865 Live' Recruiting Event had some very big names in addition to some of the top targets above including...
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2023.05.30 20:24 BackhandQ [NBA Finals Preview] - (WC #1) DEN Nuggets vs (EC #8) MIA Heat - Tale of the Tape
The Finals are here!
And it is a match-up that was on nobody's radar.
Here's a quick preview of how these teams match-up. Only looking at the Playoff stats till date. Throwing the Regular season out the window (just like the Miami Heat have done).
The Nuggets are heavy favourites, and rightfully so. Unfortunately for them, that's exactly how Miami likes it.
So, here we go!
First up, let's look at the Team Statistics.
- Denver has the edge in most categories, but when strictly looking at percentages, there is very little that overwhelmingly favours the Nuggets.
- Rebounding is a strong plus for the Nuggets. Their size can give the Heat some trouble. A lot of second chance points and easy points can get generated.
- Miami has a slight edge in defensive metrics, such as turnover rate and defensive rating. "Heat culture" is predicated on hard-nosed, resilient defense. That is what they will need to demonstrate vs Denver. Along with hitting 3's, that is going to be Miami's primary formula to overcome the Nuggets.
- Denver loves to get in and around the paint (3-10ft out), where approximately 29% of their shots come from. Dribble penetration, second only to the Pick and Roll, is their key offensive strategy. The likes of Murray, Brown, Gordon make a living with those cuts, drives and slashes. Managing that area of the court will be key for Miami.
|Team Stat ||DEN ||MIA ||Diff. |
|FG% ||.490 ||.472 ||DEN + .018 |
|FT% ||.815 ||.804 ||DEN + .011 |
|3pt% ||.386 ||.390 ||MIA + .004 |
|2pt% ||.548 ||.524 ||DEN + .024 |
|TS% ||.595 ||.583 ||DEN + .012 |
|eFG% For ||.559 ||.548 ||DEN + .011 |
|eFG% Against ||.530 ||.530 ||Tied |
|Stocks Per Game (Stl +Blk) ||11.4 ||11.2 ||DEN + 0.2 |
|TOV% (opp. TO per 100 poss.) ||10.9% ||12.7% ||MIA +1.8% |
|Off. Rating ||121.0 ||116.3 ||DEN + 4.7 |
|Def. Rating ||112.4 ||111.9 ||MIA + 0.5 |
|Off. Reb % ||25.6% ||21.8% ||DEN +3.8% |
|Def. Reb % ||81.1% ||74.6% ||DEN +6.5% |
|0-3ft: FGA % / FG% ||19% / 69.3% ||21.4% / 70.6% ||MIA takes more shots within this range, with a slightly better efficiency |
|3-10ft: FGA % / FG% ||29% / 50% ||18.2% / 40.6% ||DEN takes more shots within this range, with significantly better efficiency |
|10-16ft: FGA % / FG% ||8.6% / 50% ||14.1% / 45% ||MIA takes more shots within this range, but with a worse efficiency |
|16-23ft: FGA % / FG% ||7.7% / 42.2% ||7.5% / 43.1% ||Just about even, less than 1% edge to MIA in efficiency |
|23+: FGA % / FG% ||35.6% / 38.6% ||38.9% / 39% ||MIA takes more shots within this range, with a negligible edge in efficiency |
Next up, let's take a bit of a deeper dive into the Players and what sort of match-ups we'll see in the Finals.
- Both Coaches have basically set up a traditional 8-man playoff unit, with the occasional appearance by a deeper bench player. Coach Spo is more likely to tinker and offer minutes to guys like Cody Zeller and Highsmith. Whereas, Coach Malone will barely sniff at his deeper bench guys like DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Jackson.
- The potential return of Tyler Herro could have a huge impact on this series. We all know that Tyler can be instant offense. While he may lack defensively, the Heat do have enough to surround him with more than capable team defenders.
- Star player v Star player:
- The edge goes to Nikola Jokic. He has been the best player in these playoffs. Offensively, the show runs through him. He has his detractors defensively, but he's still a big body that can change shots and grab rebounds to clean things up. Who on Miami can stop him? It's going to have to be a team effort and special schemes drawn up by Coach Spo.
- On the other end, we have Jimmy Butler, a true, gritty, never say die leader of men. He epitomizes what a leader or a captain should be. He impacts both ends of the floor and commands respect. He's not a great jump shooter, but he'll often make them in the clutch. Denver has a lot of length and can throw many bodies at him. This is where guys like Vincent, Martin, Robinson and Lowry need to make their shots if Miami has any shot at winning this series. They've done it thus far, they got to keep at it.
|Position ||Players (DEN) ||Players (MIA) ||Who has the edge? |
|Center ||Nikola Jokic ||Bam Adebayo ||The Joker. Nuff' said. Bam will have his hands full. That said, Bam is good on his feet, and at the very least can make Jokic work for his points and rebounds. That's his only chance. Bam needs to be competitive and bring it each and every play. |
|Forwards ||Michael Porter Jr., B. Brown, J. Green, Aaron Gordon ||Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Max Strus, Kevin Love ||The Forward group will be the make-or-break for the Heat in this series. If they can outdo Denver's group, then the Heat will have a strong chance to win. Jimmy is the best of the lot, but Denver's length and versatility could pose problems. I give the slight edge to the Nuggets, but as we saw vs Boston, the Heat forwards can absolutely ball when the chips are down. |
|Guards ||Jamal Murray, Caldwell-Pope, C. Braun ||Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent, D. Robinson ||Murray is the 3rd best player in this series. If he plays like it, Miami will be hard pressed to match his offensive punch. Lowry, Vincent and Robinson all had their moments vs Boston, but can they replicate that output? How healthy is Vincent, that is going to be a determining factor in Miami's guard play. KCP will be important for Denver. He proved vital vs LA and will be required to do so again. There is greater degree of trust and output with KCP vs Duncan Robinson. And that can be a X-factor punch that pushes Denver over the line. |
|Deep Bench / Possible returns ||Reggie Jackson, DeAndre Jordan ||Tyler Herro, Cody Zeller, Haywood Highsmith ||Miami's deeper options are more playable and fit into their system better than the Nuggets options. It's no wonder Coach Malone just doesn't play these guys. Add to the mix that Tyler Herro might be able to suit up - it could be a huge boost for the Heat. |
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2023.05.30 20:12 HypotheticalChicken Meet the Cast and Crew
Just who are making all these Dicey Decisions?
I'm glad you asked!
Scott: DM and creator of Dicey Decisions. College professor in the real world, certified amazing everywhere else. Corin: The producer and behind the scenes wizard that keeps the stream flowing while we are busy role playing. Brandi: Marketing, Social Media, and Graphic Design. Brandi is a maladaptive daydreamer-teacher-fantasy author with an infamous stubborn streak and questionable addictions to social media and graphics software.
That brings us to our players... in no particular order and with minimal fanfare we have...
Name: Daniel Character Played: Garrick Stillbraid, Half-Elf Paladin Occupation: Healthcare Data Analyst First TTRPG: D&D 1st edition TTRPGs Played: D&D (1e - 5e), Pathfinder 1e, The One Ring, Star Wars (Fantasy Flight), Star Trek Adventures Favorite TTRPG Character: Izar Goldbranch, Half-Elven Acid Savant Sorcerer (D&D 3.5e) Favorite TTRPG Memory: After an Orcish citizen was found decapitated in their home and the party trying their damndest to not let racial tensions boil out of control, I accidentally set off a blood brawl with some unfortunate (and completely coincidental) wording: "Everyone calm down. There's no reason for anyone to lose their heads." Other Hobbies: Film, Theatre, Sports, Cooking, Professional Wrestling, Video Games (especially Open World Games) Fun Fact: My first semi-regular artistic gig was writing for a short-lived Miami-based wrestling promotion in the late 1990s.
Name: Amanda Character Played: Ashrina Gemmender, Gnome Rogue First TTRPG: D&D TTRPGs Played: D&D & Call of Cthulu Favorite TTRPG Character: My first ever D&D Character I made- Eloise the child rogue. She was a little hobo who stole and hoarded every piece of food she could get her hands on. I think about creating her for a full length campaign all the time. Favorite TTRPG Memory: I once "ruined" an encounter that was meant to overwhelm us in wave-style combat while one of our members was channeling a 10 minute spell with a wall of fire spell that I circled around the party thus rendering all the baddies useless as they burned up passing through the wall. Other Hobbies: Bowling, Video Games, random crafting Fun Fact: I have two giant dogs, a Great Dane and a Great Pyrenees and between the two of them they weigh 300+ pounds and consume 10 cups of food a day.
Name: Jack Character Played: Sliver, Human Bard First TTRPG:TTRPGs Played: Favorite TTRPG Character: Favorite TTRPG Memory: Other Hobbies: Fun Fact:
Name: Sean Character Played: Kid, Half-Elf Rogue Occupation: Paid geek First TTRPG: AD&D 2E 3E 3.5E 4E 5E, Pathfinder, Blackmoor, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Savage Worlds (Deadlands, Necessary Evil, Space: 1889), Warhammer / 40K Roleplay, 7th Sea, Call of Cthulu, World of Darkness, RIFTS, Shadowrun, Legend of the 5 Rings, Ryuutama, SPLINTER, Kult Favorite TTRPG Character: Kakita Kenshin, a noble swordsman from the Kakita clan, who was killed in an honor duel at the Imperial Winter Court in an intrigue engineered by another player at the table. His death was so dramatic and unexpected that the entire table gasped as the final blow was struck. When you can create a character and participate in telling a story with enough depth and emotional weight that a character death is actually impactful - that's when RPGs truly come alive for me. Favorite TTRPG Moment: There are too many wonderful moments to count, but my favorites are the emergent RP moments that happen in a roleplay heavy group. In one homebrew campaign, I was gifted a drunken dwarven bard to play named Oakstone Flamehammer. While attempting to secure the aid of a foreign court, he was accused of lying to the assembled nobles. In a fit of rage, he bellowed back, "Lie? LIE?! I'M TOO DRUNK TO LIE!", passed the charisma check with flying colors, and aid was secured. I'll never forget that moment, or the friends that I made during that campaign. Other Hobbies: Road trips / traveling, video games (Destiny 2 warlock main) and retro game collecting, miniatures painting / modeling Fun Fact: I have been playing make-believe and inhabiting fantastical worlds my entire life. For as long as I can remember, video games have been my primary hobby and passion - I still own my original INTV System III - and I firmly believe that there is no better way to connect with people, engage with stories, or evoke memory than through the spirit of play.
Name: Justin Occupation: Network Engineering Consultant Character Played: Tarlan Hillspark, Halfling Cleric First TTRPG: AD&D 2nd Edition TTRPGs Played: D&D 2e, 3e, 3.5e, 4e, 5e. Pathfinder, Paranoia, Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, In Nomine, BESM, Gurps, Star Wars D6, Star Wars Fantasy Flight, Mutants and Masterminds, Avatar Legends, Shadowrun, Blackmoor Favorite TTRPG Character: "Doctor", Kenku Cleric/Wizard plague doctor Favorite TTRPG Memory: It was D&D 3.5 at a living greyhawk table playing a human wizard. The entire party had fallen to a pack of wolves and dire wolves leaving Viktor alone, out of spell slots, facing off against the last dire wolf standing. Viktor was in robes armed with a quarter staff... and stood his ground against the Dire Wolf avoiding every attack thanks to some awful rolling on the DMs part. He was later dubbed Viktor the Invincible after clubbing the dire wolf to death and stabilizing his party. Other Hobbies: Board games, video games, trading card games... one day I will grow up and have adult hobbies... maybe... Fun Fact: I have 5 tattoos with 3 more planned once I get the money and time. 1 - Kanji for "not dying" between my should blades. 2 - Captain America's shield on my right bicep. 3 - A raven on my left pec. 4 - An ellipses and semi-colon on my right wrist. 5 - Chester Bennington's wrist flame on my right forearm in his honor. Next tattoo will be a quarter sleeve rainforest on my left shoulder and bicep with an animal representing each of my kids (Monkey, Frog, Fish).
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2023.05.30 19:57 generaljohntastic Need help to avoid getting dug deeper in the hole.
2021 Was an interesting year. I moved out of my parent's house because I just got hired full-time at a non-profit, but they were moving to a different city. The rent in Miami on the edge of what's affordable. The rent is about 115% of my bi-weekly check, and I didn't have any savings before moving out since I was just hired, so I had to take out a loan with one of those loan services to cover the cost of moving. My parents weren't and aren't in a position to help. With rent, the loan and it's interest, and basic costs of living (food, laundry, gas/insurance), I'm unable to set aside any savings. By mid 2022 I sold my car and switched to being a cyclist for many reasons, but to save on Gas/Insurance was a major part and that helped. I've been slowly paying off the loan, and so unable to put anything in savings, however last month I forgot to pay on time in May for rent, and it's caught up with me. Basically, I pay rent via Zelle early in the month, and use anything extra after food and other needs to make extra payments on my debt, but since I didn't pay May's rent when I thought I did now we're getting close to June. I got a text from my landlord today letting me know May wasn't paid and sure enough I didn't, but since I've paid toward the loan, I'm short what's due from May, and even if I had it, then I will definitely be short for June.
I'm living as responsibly as possible right now. Not buying unnecessary items or raking up huge CC bills, Rice and Beans meal prep basically every day, and I'll get out of this situation in probably a year's time, but this month I'm stuck. I'm worried that if I go back to that loan service and have to take out an even bigger loan (to pay off my current balance and still have enough for rent for 2 months) the interest will make it impossible for me to ever get out. If I have to take out another loan, I'll end up in debt for years when I'm so close to working my way out of it.
I just need some help this month so I can avoid taking out any loans, and then I'll be back on track to work my way out of this mess. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm on venmo @ SettlesJohn or CashApp $settlesjohn
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2023.05.30 19:53 LeeCloud27 ACT 2-10-6: Blood-Stained Clinic
was under attack, with hordes of youkai both feral and corrupt; most of them being rabbit youkai. They were charging in with their broken, bloody mallets while they bore forms more akin to their small and fluffy counterparts; albeit in a much more horrific manner. Some of them shrieked, screaming wildly while they charged forward, only for a long sharp blade to come around and slice a colony down.
Youki sheathed his sword slowly, followed by all the rabbits which had been sliced, having their blood spraying out of their arms, legs and chests until they plummeted to the ground; back where most of them belonged. He looked back for a moment before hearing someone approaching as he pulled out his sword once again.
He sliced another one that came at him with a mallet, then another that tried to attack him from behind. Both rabbits had their heads cut off, leaving them with decapitated bodies that twitched before falling.
“Hmph! Coward, trying to strike an old man while their back was turned.” Youki said to the dying rabbit.
Behind Youki was Kosuzu, Ko, Wakasagihime, Gummy and Shanghai, all of whom were either being carried or hiding behind Kosuzu, leaving the child spirit struggling to hold everyone’s weight; even if she happens to be dead. Ko specifically was shivering and trembling; stuffing herself with chocolate as a form of comfort.
“Uh, s-sir?” Kosuzu said. “I would like it if you didn’t show that kind of scenery in front of the kid. The last thing I want is for her to get nightmares after this.”
“Nonsense. Back when I trained Youmu I showed her many types of corpses and dead carcasses in order to improve her resistance to mental shock. Needless to say I think it didn’t have much success, probably the opposite even.” Youki said.
“Grandfather of the year right here.” Kosuzu thought to herself sarcastically. “I just hope everyone else is okay.”
Back outside of Eientei, Meiling and Mary were punching and slicing their opponents up. Meiling herself had PB equipped in order to boost her abilities; with PB taking the appearance of a blue Chinese fighting dress to match her preferences in design. She was palm striking, roundhouse kicking both feral and corrupted beings out of sight; blowing them away like striking a baseball as hard as one can with a bat in order to get a home run.
“Wow! I never felt so powerful before!” Meiling said while fighting. “I feel like I could face Taisui Xingjun and win without breaking a sweat!”
“That is good to hear, Miss Meiling.” PB said. “However you are aware that the more you use me, the more I drain you of your energy, correct?”
“Oh, yeah. I’ll try to be careful.” Meiling said. “How are you doing Mary?”
Mary was too focused right now. She was plowing down rabbits and lost causes one by one while sucking them up of their blood using her daggers. She had a delightful smile on her face, the reflection of the moon on the glasses everyone was wearing.
“I’m doing great! The number of enemies coming to me like blood donors; ohhh… It is glorious!!!” She said while gutting one unlucky rabbit of all their blood.
“Uhhh…Are you okay Mary? You didn’t stare at the blood moon too long, did you?” Meiling asked.
“Oh, don’t mind her. Mary is usually like that on certain occasions.” PB said.
Cirno and Rumia meanwhile were still in the midst of their fight. Their swords clang and swung as they were both focused; though one was keeping a cool head, the other hot-headed. Rumia yelled and screamed with blind rage as her eyes glowed bright as the red-stained moon. Cirno was keeping up with her; not wanting to make the same mistakes she did as last time.
“Rumia! I know you’re in there!” Cirno shouted. “You can’t allow the moon to affect your sanity! Please, for Ko’s sake!”
“GRAAAAAAGH!” Rumia responded, swinging her sword down at the Ice Fairy.
Everyone was able to hold off the fending invasion. Youki sliced down his opponents, Meiling and Mary were out on the offense, and Cirno kept Rumia’s attention.
But further in the bamboo, a large squad of moon rabbits kept an eye on the group; analyzing the situation and the best course of action they should take.
“This is Rabbit group 2, I have an eye on the enemy. The red-haired girl and the crimson dressed lady currently have the armor on hand.”
“This is Rabbit group 1, I have infiltrated inside the base. The only threat so far is the swordsman; the rest do not look as though they pose a threat.”
“Rabbit group 3 here, two of the enemies are fighting one another. It seems one of them has been entranced by the moon.”
“Copy that everyone. Ready for my signal.” The Captain said.
Another feral youkai flailed their arms as they reached forward, only for that hand, their arm, and the rest of their body to be sliced into pieces by Youki, while their phantom half remained flying around them.
“Hmph! That makes another! Honestly, they come one by one just to get struck down by my blade.” Youki said.
Kosuzu and the others continued to stay behind him, but they’d gradually moved a little further back thanks to the pile of chopped corpses that now make up the inside of Eientei. But this was a mistake on their part, as they didn’t notice that someone else had sneaked in and grabbed Ko who was right behind everyone else.
“Wa-” Ko screamed when her voice was suddenly muffled.
“Ko?” Kosuzu looked behind, but only saw the bar of chocolate that Ko was previously eating.
“Ko!? Where are you!?” She asked in a panicked tone.” Youki, Ko is-”
Then Kosuzu’s voice was muffled, as was Wakasagihime, Gummy, and Shanghai thanks to the coordinated effort by the group of moon rabbits who infiltrated inside Eientei to take them away. Kosuzu tried to phase through, but the rabbits were wearing some kind of special equipment that made it impossible for her to accomplish.
Shanghai struggled the most, thanks to her small size. She slipped through the hands of the rabbits to alert Youki.
“Shanghai! Shanghai!” Shanghai let out their voice right before the rabbits grabbed her and stuffed her inside a bag.
“Hm?” Youki turned around and saw what was happening. He quickly readied his sword to attack; intending on striking all his enemies down in a blink of an eye. But the rabbits had prepared for such a scenario.
Falling from the ceiling a small moon rabbit jumped out, using the opportune and shot Youki with a dart, hitting him in the back of his neck. Immediately his body turned limp and he fell to the ground, unable to move his arms or legs.
“Unbelievable…” Youki thought.
“This is Rabbit group 1, we took down the swordsman and secured the others.” One of the Moon Rabbits said.
“Excellent. How’s 2 and 3?” The captain asked.
“This is Rabbit group 3, we’ve managed to capture the fairy. However the blonde one is giving us a hard time due to her frantic strength.”
The moon rabbits had tied up Cirno, with her arms behind her back and her legs together. One of the moon rabbits attempted to lift her fused sword, but found it to be quite heavier than expected. The rest of the group was busy handling Rumia as they tried to pin her down, but she kept throwing them around like rag dolls.
“Keep going, she’ll fall soon enough. How’s group 2 handling the situation?”
“Rabbit group 2 here. Most of us are fighting the crimson dressed lady and the red-head right now. We had one casualty so far but we are doing fine, most-"
A large fissure appeared below the rabbits, making them trip over as the ground rumbled violently. They quickly got in alert, raising their weapons.
"Sir, an earthquake has just happened! A fissure has been created in the ground!" One of the commanders said.
"Group 2 here! We have felt the shake! We are alert-
“YOU SPEAK TOO MUCH, MORON! HAHAHAHA!!! GIVE ME MORE BLOOD TO SHED!!!"
"Group 1 here! The prisoners have managed to slip from our grasp due to the earthquake!"
Another voice was heard through the radio.
"Recapture the prisoners and wait for orders! Group 3, split, secure the fairy and return to Eientei! Leave a group behind to deal with the other one!" The captain said.
Then, a gigantic punch came out of the fissure, sending the rabbit commander to the stars in a cartoonish fashion, leaving only the boots and the helmet behind. Shortly after, a couple of horns emerged from the ground, and an oversized Suika made her appearance, along with Satsujin and Sumireko, who flew away by the force. Satsujin ended up crashing into Eientei, where Kosuzu and the others were, while Sumireko was sent where Mary and Meiling were fighting.
Suika landed back on the ground after shrinking to her normal size. She had a look of shaky relief as though she had escaped the presence of death. Satsujin ended up landing on top of Youki, and Sumireko fell flat on the ground.
“Owie…” They all thought in unison.
In the midst of all the chaos, another figure flew right out of the hole that Suika had created, out into the blood-stained night, where more hoards of youkai; massive enough to be considered an army, approached. They had heard of all the chaos from far away, which meant that there was something there they could feast on.
It was time for the night parade of 100 demons.
But down in front of them came the same figure who came out of the hole Suika had created; crashing into the ground and marking a small chasm. The youkai were confused somewhat; tilting their heads over who or what had landed in front.
The figure slowly rose up, standing on their feet, wearing the classic red-white shrine maiden outfit, holding their sharpened gohei to the side, and staring back at all the demons with a fear-piercing gaze.
Chihana looked around her. She saw feral youkai on her left, corrupted on the right, and lost causes here and there. She tightened her grip on her weapon, pulling out her talismans and needles.
” Chihana said nothing, she thought of nothing. All that was in her mind was the instinctual urge to cut loose.
"My head…Where did I end up?" Satsujin said, rising from the ground.
"Satsu?" A very scared Ko said, as she hugged Shanghai, who had returned to her side after being stuffed in a plastic bag.
"Ko? Are you okay? Where are the rest?" Satsujin asked while he was helped up from the numb Youki.
“Off…My back.” Youki said. “Proof of my age.” Satsujin helped the old man up, right as Kosuzu and the others were freed from their restraints with the help of Ko.
“Oh thank goodness you arrived, Satsujin!” Kosuzu said. “We were ambushed by the moon rabbits! Youki protected us but we underestimated them. Where were you? What happened?”
“I-It’s a bit of a long story.” Satsujin said. “We were trapped underground in this weird lab, and when we reached the bottom we ran into someone completely unexpected.”
“Unexpected?” Kosuzu asked.
Right then, the sound of destruction was heard outside of Eientei. They all rushed to check outside, where they also saw Sumireko and Suika along with Meiling, PB and Cirno. Suika and Sumireko were already caught up on everything, with Suika now wearing one of the sunglasses that Cirno provided her.
“Oh, there you guys are!” Cirno said. “I was worried when you three fell into that trap door! I know it sounds like a lot, but right now we have ourselves a blood moon happening.”
“A blood moon?” Satsujin asked. He sensed his surroundings, noticing a surmountable amount of malice. “Great, exactly what we need right now.”
“But there’s more!” Cirno said. “This lady came out of nowhere, and now she’s been going on a killing spree!”
And right on cue, Chihana zoomed past the group, ignoring them and instead focusing on throwing another one of the youkai into the ground. She went to another and stabbed them with her gohei, then stabbed another one with the same gohei, and then another one before flinging them all away. She threw her needles around, piercing the skulls of several more, while her paper charms set the forest ablaze; burning any youkai who were unfortunate to have been in the crossfire.
“Who…Even is that?” Meiling asked. “Are they friend or foe?”
“It’s better to say neither.” Suika said. “That’s Chihana Hakurei, one of the predecessors of the Hakurei Shrine.”
“They're Hakurei!?” Meiling asked. “I-I thought Reimu was the only one!”
“Oh you have no idea…” Sumireko said.
"Guess we'll leave her alone with those things. For now, we gotta focus on defending the ones that can't fight. Where is Mary?" Satsujin asked.
Meiling pointed to a nearby building, where Mary had cornered a squad of rabbits who attempted to make a strategic escape.
"Group 2! We have been corn-"
"NO ONE'S GONNA SAVE YOU FROM ME!!!" A manic Mary shouted, as she splitted the rabbit in half in one hit.
*slash* *stab* *chop*
"MORE, MORE!!! GIVE ME MORE!!!" She shouted, as her eyes glowed like torches.
Mary turned her head, seeing Satsujin wave at her…without a shirt. She instantly sprinted over to him and hugged him.
“Satsu!!! There you are! I’m so glad you’re okay and safe! Oh what I would’ve been if I found out you were hurt or worse! But you’re not and that is a good thing! Where did you go, who were you with and why is your shirt torn up?” Mary asked in a hasty tone.
“Calm down Mary, I’m fine, but we have other problems to face right now.” Satsujin said.
Once again, Chihana nearly hit Mary and Satsujin as she came right behind with a youkai who she dragged across the ground, resulting in their face being torn off with muscles and bone showing. She threw them over at some bamboo as their blood splattered; marking some of the green stalks red.
Chihana was breathing hard, having gotten a fair share of injuries herself during her blood spree. She looked frantically, as though looking for more youkai to rip and tear. Fortunately, her actions drew the attention of several youkai, hundreds even. She was running low on needles and talismans, and her gohei had broken off due to it having been quite frail from years of inactive use.
But she wasn’t going to give up just yet. She charged at the hoard head on, gripping a fist full of needles as she began to bludgeon and stab the youkai.
She killed one by cracking their head with her fist.
One she killed with a single kick.
Another after their tongue was ripped off and left on the ground slowly bleeding.
Another when she tore off their arm and gutted their heart out with that same arm.
Chihana was surrounded. She ran out of everything in her arsenal. Her clothes were tattered, her hair a literal bloody mess, and she held one broken arm with the other, all the while missing a foot.
In her surroundings were the piles of piles of youkai she slaughtered, their skulls open, their organs spilled, and their lives long gone. But more still came; never-ending during the night of a blood moon. They all had their eye on Chihana, and didn’t care what it would take to get what they wanted.
All the others were amazed, having been spared of the onslaught of youkai due to Chihana luring them all. They could not believe how long one person could handle such an army on their own. But now Chihana was at her wits end; the horde of youkai clearly too much for her alone to handle.
“...Youkai…” Chihana said. “Creatures of the night… Savages… Monsters… Demons… They’re all… Demons. They don’t care if you’re some little kid, an old-fashioned granny, or a wounded villager; to them they all taste the same… That’s why I exist. I exist to protect the humans from those foul youkai…AND I WILL NOT ALLOW THIS TO BE MY FINAL STAND!!! YOU HEAR ME YOU EVIL INCARNATE!!! YOU ALL WILL PERISH UNDER THE NAME OF HAKUREI!” She yelled, showing her bloody hands as she spoke with complete determination. An immense battle cry was let out as she got ready to unleash a powerful spell.
The maw of a giant wolf appeared from the stalks of bamboo, unbeknownst to everyone. The wolf bit down on the head of the elder Shrine Maiden, gnawing at her and ripping it off like it was a piece of meat, leaving the rest of her body to spray blood everywhere like a fountain, before it collapsed on the ground, twitching slightly.
Sumireko, Satsujin, Suika, and everyone else were equally shocked by this. They watched the wolf eat the head before it swallowed, leaving nothing behind.
"What in the actual fuck was that? That thing killed a Shrine Maiden like it was everyday business!" Everyone thought in unison, save for Ko, who was being consoled by Kosuzu, due to the immense stress she was going through.
sniffed the air, before turning its head over to the ground, where it saw a moon rabbit that seemed desperate to escape.
“Dammit… I’m a freaking captain, yet I did not prepare to die here on Earth.” The moon rabbit said. “I need to get back and report to-”
The moon rabbit looked behind her, and saw the giant wolf staring down at her with its gaze and teeth.
“Fuck.” Was all she said before the wolf opened its mouth and began to eat her alive. She let out a terrifying scream as she was thrown into the air and straight down toward the belly of the beast as the wolf snapped its mouth shut.
The wolf looked up at the blood moon, and it howled, a loud howl that could be heard from miles.
The rest of the corrupted rabbits and youkai quickly fled out en masse, frightened by the creature, until it was just the wolf, facing the group of survivors, with a terrifying expression that depicted strong bloodlust.
“Oh, crap.” Sumireko said. “Of all the things, it had to be a giant wolf. What do we do?”
“Only thing we can do obviously… We beat the hell out of it!” Meiling said, rushing right at the wolf with PB still equipped. She ran at the wolf’s head, delivering a heavy kick from below, sending the wolf up into the sky, landing on the ground.
Meiling took a fighting stance, facing the beast as it slowly got up. The wolf growled at Meiling, charging at her again as she kicked it across the face once again to the left. Her punches were much more powerful than they already were; dealing massive blows to the beast again and again.
However, despite the warnings from before, she didn’t realize how much of her energy had already been drained as a result of wearing the armor. The visor on her head started beeping red.
“Miss Meiling! You have been exceeding the amount of energy used while wearing the armor! I suggest we retreat now while you still have enough to flee!” PB warned.
“What! I still feel energized! What are you…”
And then Meiling felt it. Her movement got sluggish, her mind hazy. She felt immense fatigue and the urge to rest. She checked her head while the constant beeping kept reminding her of the consequences of wearing the armor.
“Crap… You weren’t ki-”
The midst of the moment, the giant wolf slashed at Meiling with its claws, then slammed her with its tail, sending her way back rolling on the ground with massive injuries across her body. Had it not been for PB, it probably would’ve been fatal.
“Meiling!!!” Cirno ran over to Meiling as quickly as she could. “A-are you okay!? Talk to me!”
“I-I’m fine…” Meiling said. “It…it’s not the worst thing I survived. Don’t worry, I’ll heal as soon as I can.”
PB was removed from Meiling due to her injuries, stepping away from her right as some of the others went over to see if she’s okay.
"Meiling! I'll heal you shortly, please hold me for a moment." Mary said, handing over her blade, as Meiling took it, feeling the energy flowing through her, as the wounds slowly closed with some steam coming from them.
The wolf had begun to move towards the group quickly. Everyone got in a fighting stance, and Cirno got in front of them, leading the offensive. However, she felt someone pushing her away, that being Mary, who
"Get off my way! I'll keep that thing away from the old man and the others!" Mary said, as she rushed over to the giant wolf with her blade, and climbed up to the beast's back as fast as she could.
The wolf didn't take notice of her attack until Mary started to carve its skin open with her blade. The beast roared in anger and pain and began to move around, frantically trying to get the intruder off itself, though Mary was extremely resilient, and managed to do a lot of damage.
"Your skin is too- ugh! Can you stop moving for once? I'm not done with- wow!" She said, as she struggled to have a grip in the wolf's soft and silky fur. "Let's see if you can stand this!" Mary began to stab deeper into the beast's back, managing to spray quite a good amount of blood in the process.
However, this made the already tough to grasp grip even more slippery, causing her to be launched upwards, and kicked away by the beast. In the end, despite her efforts, the wolf managed to get her off its back, but not without causing sizable damage in the process. Mary was sent flying towards the armory room, crashing into it. A moment later, she emerged from the dust cloud the impact had formed, with her clothes messed up, and several weapons stuck in her body. Regardless of it, she pulled all of them out, and returned to the arena.
The rest of the group was separated due to the rampaging wolf. They were all knocked back, some getting injured. The only one who wasn’t knocked out of the way was Ko, leaving her with just the wolf. The wolf growled at Ko, moving closer as its dark eyes looked down at the timid girl, opening its mouth so it could devour.
"MOOOOOOOOOM! HEEEEELP!" Ko screamed to the top of her lungs, trying to call Rumia.
Somewhere further away from the fight. Rumia was lying on the ground; tied up as a lone moon rabbit was attempting to pull her away while she remained knocked out. But upon hearing Ko’s voice, she awoke from her slumber.
“Ko…Ko…” Rumia thought. “Ko!!!!” She realized.
“Everyone is dead… I can’t go back home… And we don’t even have the armor… Great, so much for my first ever mission.” The Moon Rabbit said. “At least I have one hostage. If I play my cards right, I could use her as the opportunity I need to acquire the armor. Then I can finally be praised by-”
A dark glowing sword went through the moon rabbit, cutting them in half. Rumia freed herself from her restraints.
“I need to help Ko! I need to save her!!!” Was all that the Youkai of Darkness could think of. She spread out her wings and charged forward with her blade.
The wolf had its mouth wide open in front of Ko. Her eyes were tearing up upon looking inside the mouth of the beast. All hope felt lost. But then the beast was knocked out of the way thanks to Rumia who came out of nowhere and rammed right at the beast with her blade.
!!!” Ko said with newfound hope.
Rumia pushed the wolf further and further away, far enough so that the wolf was nowhere near Ko. She pulled her sword out, and then threw out a barrage of bullets at the beast. The wolf howled in pain, but then quickly turned around to try and attack Rumia with its teeth and claws. It swiped, bit, thrusted forward, but Rumia grazed them all and countered back with more swings of her blade and even more bullets.
"Yes, yes!!! Split it wide open!" Mary shouted, encouraging Rumia as she kept a defensive stance just in case.
Rumia swung her sword in an uppercut at the wolf’s mouth, sending more blood out of the beast as it continued to fight back. Yet it could not do anything against Rumia, who was faster and stronger than it. She held her hands open, releasing two beams from side to side and closed in on the wolf, forming one single beam which burned the wolf’s fur and skin, causing it to howl in even more pain. She screamed in rage as the beam got bigger, causing more pain for the animal.
“THIS IS FOR KO!!!” Rumia shouted.
The wolf was blasted back, knocking down around half an acre of bamboo as a result of the fight. It tried to get up, but it had been weakened; whimpering in pain while Rumia remained floating there, her eyes glowing red.
“Yes! You did it!!!” Mary cheered. Everyone else came over to celebrate. Wakasagihime was carried by Suika over to where the wolf was lying.
“Wait a second. Something’s off.” The mermaid thought, taking a closer look at the wolf.
The wolf looked around, eyeing the group once again. Its eyes, which were dark pupils, softened into a shade of red. And it spoke with raspy words of genuinity. “Hurts… Save…Please…”
Wakasagihime gasped, recognizing the voice and who it belonged to. “N-No way…”
Rumia had other plans. She approached the beast, still filled with rage and animosity. She knew what needed to be done, regardless of objections.
“W-Wait!!! Rumia!!!” Wakasagihime yelled at her. “Don’t kill her please! That’s my friend!”
“Wait, your friend?” Suika asked.
“Please! I know her! She’s one of my closest friends! You can’t kill her! Stop her from killing her please!!!”
Taking her words at heart, Cirno and Sumireko rushed right at Rumia once again in order to stop her. Cirno and Rumia’s blades clashed before Rumia could slice off the wolf’s head.
“What…are you doing Cirno?” Rumia spoke with bitter hatred. “Get out of the way.”
“They’re already down! They’re no longer a threat! There’s no need to go any further!” Cirno shouted.
“I said, GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!” Rumia shouted, banging her head on Cirno’s nose, causing it to bleed. She was then knocked away to the ground.
“Cirno!” Sumireko said. “Rumia! Stop this! We won, Ko’s safe! Please, just put down your weapon.”
“Move Sumireko… Or I’ll make you.” Rumia warned.
Sumireko could tell that Rumia was still under the effect of the blood moon. Right on cue, she noticed something in her cloak glowing, and pulled it out.
The White Rose shone under the blood moon’s light. Realizing what this meant, Sumireko held the rose as high as she could, right as Rumia was raising her sword against Sumireko.
“I said move!!!” Rumia yelled at her.
“Mama!!! Wait!!!” Ko yelled at Rumia, getting her attention for just a moment.
Finally, the rose shone with a bright light, enveloping everything in its energy once again, as it had during the last blood moon. Sumireko, Rumia, Cirno, the group, even the wolf… Everything was shrouded in its energy.
And the rest of the night went on in peace.
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2023.05.30 19:52 Few-Statement-9955 Did/does anyone else feel this way? Am I doing this for the right reasons? (TLDR at the bottom)
First, I’m so grateful that I found the community. I have read so many posts and every single one has been SO helpful! Second, this will be long, so please bear with me. I'll put a quick TLDR at the bottom.
I used to get teased for being flat-chested, then I went from an AA to DD over one summer when I was a teenager and they didn’t stop growing until my mid-20s. I’m now a 30H. I’m 5’3” with a small frame and so my breasts are not proportionate to my body.
I do have some health issues because of them. My lower and middle back, neck and shoulders are always achy, PMS pain can be unreal at times, exercise hurts, and I get rashes under them. Not to mention the mental/emotional side of things. I hate how my body looks in pictures. My chest has been the brunt of many jokes, I’ve had strangers and coworkers ask to touch them or ask if they’re real. I’ve had previous managers tell me that I will never be taken seriously because of them. My career skyrocketed since WFH and part of me is convinced that some of my success can be attributed to a new company that only sees me from the next up so no one is seeing my body and thinking porn star.
They have definitely made me feel uncomfortable for a long time, but I didn’t want to admit it. I didn’t want to show that weakness, especially to people who used them against me. I’m also terribly afraid of surgery (I have health phobias, fun times) so even though I have always known deep down that I will need a reduction, I haven’t shared it. The closest I got was telling my husband that I would like a lift when I turn 40, because let’s be real, they’re heavy, and they don’t sit where I would like them to.
Recently, I was listening to a podcast where the podcaster talked about her experience with breast reduction and how it changed her body; she wishes she did it sooner. Something inside of me clicked at that moment and I decided that it was time to start considering this. I’m turning 39 this year and I thought how amazing it would be if I got the surgery before I turn 40, imagining how it would feel to go into a new decade without the issues listed above.
I started obsessively researching, talking to my husband, I even talked to my therapist and I decided to take the first steps. I met with my GP and he referred me to surgeons that I had picked based on my research. I had decided on four surgeons, and three contacted me almost immediately. My top two don’t do insured reductions, only private and insured ones have a three-year wait time. The insured one sent in the paperwork and I was approved almost instantly for an insured reduction, but, it would be a three-year wait. I shared my disappointment with my husband over the wait time and he simply stated that I should just pay and go privately.
I have booked consultations with the two surgeons for August.
I know that I’m incredibly privileged that we can afford to do this privately. We can afford the cost of the surgery, but it’s still a big chunk of money.
The more that I think about this and the more I research, I’m finding that I’m not even thinking about the health aspects of the surgery. All I can focus on is how I will look, how I can get cute clothes and wear cute bras and how much more comfortable I will feel in a bathing suit. I’m having such a hard time with this because of that. When I thought I was getting it done fully paid for, it felt like something I need for my health. Now it just feels like any old plastic surgery.
I’m also excited to be able to go to a fancy private facility instead of the hospital where the insured ones are. With the covered procedure a certain amount has to be taken out, so another reason I’m excited about going private is that I won’t be tied to those restrictions.
I don’t know if I’m just emotional about the whole thing.
TLDR: 30H on small frame, approved for fully-insured procedure, don’t want to wait, paying to go private, feeling guilt and shame for picking cosmetic over health.
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2023.05.30 19:17 Objective_Campaign82 Sins of the Father Ch33 (Hellworlder pirates 2)
The Meeting With the Contact
In one of Unity’s darker and less maintained districts, several miles down an unassuming maintenance tunnel, Aster knocked on a rusty steel hatch. The moment her knuckles finished rapping on the metal door hidden mechanisms squeaked as an internal bolt was undone and the door swung open. She heard the soft ween of servos as they struggled against the bulk of the door.
Without a moment of hesitation Astarte strode through the door knowing full well that the dark corners of the room could have held a waiting ambush. It did not do to show any fear when dealing with the mysterious shadow league. She had heard from Greyson how the contacts valued confidence above everything else. She wasn’t sure why, but had followed the advice anyway.
The contacts never worked through proxies. They had no known dead drops. And were notorious for handling everything in person.
It was a strange practice since logic dictated that information brokers as influential as the Shadow league should act with much more caution. But that same flaunting disregard for common convention was the trait that unnerved Astarte the most.
It unnerved her because it proved that the powerful brokers had nothing to fear.
Maybe it was arrogance, but her instincts said otherwise.
The door closed behind her, the harsh clunk telling her that she was now locked in. Soft lights in the room flicked of a slowly grew brighter to a level comfortable to human eyes. Aster’s cybernetic eye went red and flickered through several different spectrums of light as it scanned the room.
“An interesting piece of hardware.” A soft murmuring voice said from behind the desk in the center.
Astarte momentarily ignored the voice as she finished her scan. Her eye picked out only a single camera behind a fake patch of wall that looked completely normal from the outside. She focused on the camera, telling the rooms only other occupant that she was fully aware of the device.
Her scan complete she turned her head to focus of the short fuchsia froglike person within a bubble-like excursion suit. No word in the Union’s common tongue, or her own could pronounce the name of the person before her. Instead the Union had simply labeled them as Toxoid amphibians. A rather cold, but concise name.
There were many defense mechanisms used by prey species to ward off predators. Some opted to be big, strong, and move in large herds like the Trikes. Some just flew away. Others hid. But very few instead went for the survival strategy of being very visible and toxic as hell.
The creature before Astarte was one of only three Toxoid species in the Union. While safe to members of their own species, their skin could instantly paralyzed and kill any non-deathworld species on Femeri. And if Astarte had touched that bright purple skin she would be instantly floored with the worst pain imaginable. Not dead, but really wishing she was.
The Union definition of Toxoid was any highly toxic species, regardless of the atmospheric conditions. Though this particular species did in fact come from a world with high methane and ammonia content, less then Venus, but still deadly to Terrans. The only reason they weren’t classified as deathworlders was because the low gravity and gentle nature of their star made the claim seem a little absurd compared to your average Deathworlder.
The Toxoid met her gaze and held it without fear. Knowing that Astarte wouldn’t/couldn’t do anything to harm them. There face was pulled into a constant smile. Though this was a factor of their facial structure and not any sort of actual pleasure. This, matched with their small colorful appearance gave off the vibes of something small and harmless. An instinct she would have to actively suppress.
“Surprising, most of your kind are overwhelmed with nurturing instincts upon first seeing me. Especially females of your age.” The creature commented. The internal translator of her suit taking the creature’s hypersonic humming and giving it a squeaky, almost cartoonish, tone in galactic common.
“I’ve encountered your kind before, and the pain I felt that day from just one touch is enough to wipe away any cute impressions.”
The creature made a sounding like birds chirping “So its true, humans really can touch us without dying?”
Astarte grimaced at the memory “Yeah, but I sure wished I was dead. Only touched them with my hand, but in seconds my whole body was wracked with the worst pain my nerves could conjure. Couldn’t black out either.”
The Contact looked amused “And yet you survived.” They said pointedly. “We are in our own ways more dangerous than deathworlders. Even the Kruhur leave our few ships alone. As do most pirates. So why would you attack that particular merchant ship six of your Terran years ago?”
Aster wasn’t surprised by their knowledge, the sources of the shadow league stretched far and wide. “They had something I wanted, so I took it.”
The big eyelids of the Toxoid closed slowly. “Yes, weapons grade plutonium. I heard you made good use of it. Such inventive weapons too. Most think fusion weapons are pointless in space compared to pulse cannons and conventional missiles. Leave it to a human to find a way to make good use of an underutilized weapon.”
Astarte kept her face placid, but on the inside she was roiling at the knowledge that the Shadow League knew about the shield breaker cannon.
“You needn’t worry” the Contact continued “the Union doesn’t know, and even if we stole the plans we would be troubled to find crews with the nerve to detonate a super critical mass of plutonium within their own ship. My kind are quite cowardly compared to your people.”
“Fools rush in where angles fear to tread.” Astarte remarked absently. Downplaying their achievements.
The Toxoid leaned forward “and yet those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”
This time Astarte couldn’t hide her surprise. “Kennedy? Really?”
More bird chirps “Yes, I am quite amused by human history and the words of your past leaders. Your people strove for the stars long before they had the proper technology to reach them like every other species, on a high gravity world no less. And despite these hurdles you made it to your moon in record time, had stable colonies on a barren world like Mars, and launched one of the most interesting if a bit crude ships. A ship you recently purchased. Had you not met the Union so soon then I believe your people would have continued to shock the galaxy. In some ways your people were cut short, and yet in other ways they were given the opportunity to leap into the future. You are most intriguing, and it would be folly to not keep an eye on you. The Union believes your people to be on the decline, soon to be no longer a threat to their might. I am of a different opinion.”
It was surprising to meet a person who had her completely figured out. From just the subtext Astarte was sure this contact knew all her plans and secrets, or had at least a few very good guesses. And seemed to want to help her out.
Astarte gave the Contact a shrewd glare. “What are you playing at?”
Their heavy eyelids dropped into a lazy half blink before opening back up. She thought the gesture was either one of annoyance or amusement. “A favor, given to the right person, can pay dividends in the future.”
“And what kind of returns are you looking for?”
Another half blink. It probably meant amusement. “That isn’t for me to say. You’ve had a very positive relationship with our agents in Femeri, or Orion as you Terrans call it. it is the League desire to continue nourishing that relationship.”
Suspicious, but one didn’t deal with the galaxy’s most powerful info brokers without some ominous undertones. “Then I take it you know why I’m here.”
Another long blink, this time fully closing their lids. “Yes.”
“Can you tell us where it is?”
“No. Amaterasu was thorough in covering their trail. I can only say that its still on Unity.”
Fuck. Why can’t things ever be easy? “Can you narrow down our search?” Astarte asked changing directions.
“Yes. Property info, delivery schedules, informant reports. And much more. It’ll take time to narrow things down.”
“I’m not short on manpower. Or patience.”
“Good. Now there is just the matter of the price.”
“I get the sinking feeling that you’re not talking credits.” Astarte stated dryly.
“An accurate feeling.” The Contact retorted. “We are an organization of information brokers and middle men, but even we need our own middle men. We cast a wide net to pull in much, but sometimes our needs require a more direct approach.”
“Spies?” Astarte guessed.
“Yes, or simple muscle to get what we need. Lately that muscle has been disappearing, I’m sure you noticed the aggressive way the Station Security treats your kind.”
“Yeah, the charges they tried to stick my men with were downright asinine, never would have stuck.”
Another long blink. “Yes, but the Union doesn’t need to make them stick. You more than most should know that the Union will imprison individuals on suspect of a crime before an investigation can be done to assure innocence.”
Astarte almost heard a click in her head as she connected the dots. The charges had seemed absurd and unfounded, and she had wondered why they bothered. But the Union could, in cases of an extreme crime, arrest and imprison without a trial or evidence. It was one of the major ways the Unions legal system differed from the local laws of the Sol system.
Guilty until proven innocent. It was the precedent that had gotten her mother imprisoned when Aster was four. While they had arrested a terrorist responsible for thousands of deaths and billions in property damage, they didn’t actually have the evidence. And once the lack of evidence had been undeniably proven in a court room Lucile’s sentence was ended and her record expunged of the black mark after spending ten months in the prison on Parox.
Asters throat was tight “How many have been…”
“Thousands. Tens of thousands. I would like to give you a better number, but someone has done a remarkable job at obfuscating that information. People are arrested on petty misdemeanors, if any, and then prosecutors from the central office apply some grander crime. They’re taken to a holding facility, where they stay for a short time before a ship comes to take them to parts unknown.”
“And no one’s done anything about this?”
“Oh, no. There were plenty of riots. But shouting, screaming Deathworlders committing acts of arson and clashing Station Security did little to sway the public. And after the ADCU was born things got even worse for the Terrans.”
“Motherfuckers” Astarte growled through her teeth. She didn’t know where all those people went, but everything so far pointed to some sort of genocide. Unity was purging itself of its Deathworlder nuisance.
“Yes, as effective as the ADCU has been at rooting out actual criminal organizations they have also been a highly effective at smother discontent.”
“And what do you want me to do about it.”
Their head tilted to the side. “You already have an in road with one of their top Officers, one who is the personal protégé of Chief Gin.”
“Do you want me to see where they’re taking people, or figure out why?”
“Both if possible. This has all the odious whiffs of politics, and the League needs to know why the Union is making such bold moves. Any and all information you dig up will be appreciated.”
Astarte drummed her fingers on the desk as she worked through the problems. Something dangerous was happening in the heart of the Union. Something that threatened her own plans. She had idly wondered why Amaterasu had been so bold in making their terraforming equipment disappear, why openly slaughter an entire office of insurance investigators? But now she saw it was par for the course her, and she was only now noticing the rot.
The contacts request was also in her own best interest. She needed to know where this all led.
But you never took the first offer. That was just good business. “It seems to me that our own investigations might help you in yours. I don’t see why we can’t do both at once.”
Another long blink. “You won’t be overextending yourself?”
Aster scoffed “of course not.”
The amphibian’s permanent smile became a little wider, “good. Its always a pleasure working with a professional.”
The contact then reached under their desk to retrieve a small flash drive, preloaded with all the info Aster needed.
“Just a heads up” Aster said as she retrieved the flash drive. “Our plans usually end in chaos and bloodshed.”
“Oh, I know. I’m looking forward to it.” the contact said with a self-amused giggle like gurgling water.
Their business concluded Astarte stood to leave. But the door she entered through didn’t unlock itself. Instead a hidden panel Astarte hadn’t noticed during her scan slid open and revealed a hidden stairway.
Astarte blinked in surprise before shaking her head. never underestimate the Shadow League.
She walked through the door, and ascended several flight of stairs until she exited into the reception room of a small law firm. The Drohodron attendant nodded their furry rabbit like head and gestured towards the exit.
The ride home was mostly uneventful. A group of SS tried to tail her, but some speed walking and a sudden turn down an alley was all it took to shake them.
She left the tram station and entered the industrial district where her ship was moored. She had been so relaxed on her walk back that she even began to whistle a jaunty little tune. She almost mixed the gentle thump behind and slight rush of wind as a blade swept from behind her, nearly taking her head off.
She had only an instant to lean forward to avoid the strike. With the strike barely avoided she took one step forward before drawing Tenken in swinging overhead chop.
Two green tinted blades strapped to her attackers wrists rose into a crossed guard to catch her sword the two of them struggled against each other’s strength. Aster was surprised at the strength the assassin possessed.
They struggled for a few seconds before breaking apart just as swiftly as they had met.
They both took several steps back and began to size each other up.
The assassin was short, standing at maybe 160cm. Their tight-fitting clothes marked the assassin as both human and female. Two curved blades were attached to the assassins wrists, looking like the curved pincers of a praying mantis, which matched the mantis-like mask she wore.
The assassin despite her failed sneak attack, and their inconclusive clash, had the gall to look smug. “Glad to see you haven’t grown weak in our time apart, Daisey.” The assassin gurgled through a heavy voice filter. Previous
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2023.05.30 18:47 Nyarlathotep75 Star Constellations in Far Cry 6 - Game set during Northern Hemisphere Winter?
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This is probably dumb to some people out there...
But, as an amateur astronomer with a telescope, I notice things like this... and this, is the very first time, I have ever... seen anything like this with in a PC game!
Our actual Star Constellations are visible in the night sky in Far Cry 6!
I realized this when I happened to look up at one point and saw a formation in the stars in the game sky, that looked like the Pleiades. I started looking closer and realized it looked... EXACTLY, like the Pleiades. Then below it, I noticed something even more remarkable, a "V" shaped constellation that resembled Taurus the Bull, with the star Aldebaran... and near that, the Orion Constellation... all three of these positioned exactly where they would be in our real night sky.
Then I spotted Gemini the Twins, Canis Major and Minor.. and other notable Constellations.
I have NEVER before seen a Game, that is set on Earth... recreate the EXACT night sky with all the stars and known Constellations exactly where they're supposed to be, and I felt this was pretty awesome to see!
These are Constellations that only appear in the night sky over North America, during the Winter.
Since Yara, is supposedly placed just to the East of Miami? Because in the game if you get in a boat at any time, and go straight WEST from Yara, you will reach Miami.... therefore, its safe to presume the game, and Yara... is set in the northern hemisphere, near North America, during the Winter Season?
Orion itself is actually a MAP in the night sky
, that can guide you to other notable Constellations and Stars in the Winter Sky. https://preview.redd.it/5sg8n3yf003b1.jpg?width=2560&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2250979ece642f988d427447c0a27b13cb2e482f https://preview.redd.it/xwkjn4yf003b1.jpg?width=2560&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=586237d707a86656dc33fcd0916d5153e0c9f2a5 https://preview.redd.it/s3odvsis003b1.jpg?width=1240&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=204ac7449bd7c4be28add85650b46c5790c2c1ca
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2023.05.30 17:44 jakef7217 SOA FSA Track
When I started working for the company that I am at, we were working with a wide variety of insurance coverages so I choose to go the SOA route instead of CAS. Now, we focus mostly on property and casualty coverages. I will have my ASA designation in July so I wanted to go with the GI track to earn my FSA since that is what I have the most experience with. However, I see people saying that you should only use the GI track if you are not in North America. Is it a bad decision to earn my FSA through the GI track?
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2023.05.30 17:12 Ok-Ask7540 IME DR
I got a letter today sending me to the insurance companies Dr. I'm from CT, this DR's office is in Long Island, a 2 hour drive from me, is it normal to send someone so far away? With my back issues a two hour drive there and back is a lot to ask, add to that the reviews for this place are terrible, Google reviews have 12 and ten are 1 star with two 5 star reviews which are from people working there. The complaints are wait times in the waiting area are 2-3 hours and the Dr doesn't do a full review, just does a min or so examine.
Sounds like it's basically like a pay for hire Doctor. Is there a way I can request a different one? That's just a long drive, with tolls, for someone who doesn't have any income, and my kids are both taken and picked up from school, so they'd have to miss a day, unless they provide transportation.
I have reached out to my attorney, but he's away for the day.
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2023.05.30 16:57 Doomburrito [NM] Executor Super Star Destroyer - Two Winners! - 96 spots at $2/ea
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2023.05.30 16:05 downbylaw123 [US-MO] [H] Massive Marvel Omni Sale! Uncanny X-men! Conan the Barbarian, OHOTMU DLX, Star Wars, Brubaker Cap, Hickman Avengers, Invaders, Marc Spector, More! [W] Paypal or TRADE for Epic Collections
I need these books gone. Happy to provide more pics, happy to negotiate on multiple books (less shipping trips for me!). NOTE: all prices include all fees and shipping costs. Anything > $100 will ship UPS and be fully insured
. Check out my flair - 250+ on here, plus like 15 years of 100% positive feedback on ebay (same userid as here). I pack books the way I want to receive them - bubble wrapped and packed well in good boxes (no bubble mailers!)
Mostly want paypal but there are some select EPIC collections at the bottom that I'd be happy to work out a trade/ trade+paypal deal with. Onto the books! Timestamps: https://imgur.com/a/efEfttq
Avengers by Hickman set (FIRST printings!!) https://imgur.com/a/TP8biEx = $200 for set SOLD Batman by SnydeCapullo = $50 SOLD Black Panther early years (std cover, sealed) https://imgur.com/a/JWCZCsL = $60 Captain America vol 3 (DM sealed) + Captain America Kirby (std, unsealed) Bundle https://imgur.com/a/JFGRyDp = $85 Cap by Waid omni-like bundle = Captain America Heroes Reborn Complete Collection TPB vols 1+2 and Sentinel of Liberty OHC https://imgur.com/a/2jjmPjB = $50 Cap Brubaker 5 omnis set
Selling as a lot, not breaking up set https://imgur.com/a/2C1d409 = $450 Includes:
- Captain America Brubaker - Omnibus vol 1
- Captain America Brubaker - Death of Captain America Omnibus
- Captain America Brubaker - Captain America Lives Omnibus
- Captain America Brubaker - Trial of Captain America Omnibus
- Captain America Brubaker - Captain America Return of Winter Soldier Omnibus HC
- Marvels Project OHC (adding this in as same creative team as most of the omnis- Brubaker + Epting)
**All books are FIRST PRINTINGS - see indicas in pics to prove as such. I know some of these have had reprints, but these are the older versions with thicker coverboards, thicker paper, etc... All books are wrapped in Brodart protectors (which can be removed if that's not your thing). All books have been read once and shelved lovingly for many years. I want to move them on to another loving home!
\Conan vol 2 has sold
- Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme vol 3 https://imgur.com/a/BS7ul2z = $45
- GI JOE Special Missions TPB Bundle vols 2-3-4 (3 + 4 extremely rare!) https://imgur.com/a/HTFITTX = $200
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- Transformers IDW Collection Phase Two vol 1 + 2 Bundle https://imgur.com/a/dQAZaA0 = $100
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I will accept paypal, will also accept trades of Epic Collections, or a mixture of the two (trade + paypal).
Epics I'm looking for (in ABC order to make it easy):
- Amazing Spider-Man Epic vol 23 -The Hero Killers
- Amazing Spider-Man Epic vol 24 - Invasion of the Spider-Slayers
- Black Widow Epic vol 01- Beware the Black Widow
- Conan - Hour of the Dragon Marvel TPB by Roy Thomas
- Daredevil Epic vol 18 - Fall from Grace
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2023.05.30 16:00 Key-Tip-7521 Vegas Golden Knights v. Florida Panthers Facts
I know the running joke of historic moment in
Seattle Kraken Vegas Golden Knights history.
But seriously, it is historic. For both teams and the league in general. So, here's what could happen below on the line:
For Both Teams:
- Whoever wins, both teams competing will win their first ever Stanley Cup
- Paul Maurice and Bruce Cassidy could also win their first Stanley Cup
- A "warm weather city" wins again.
- Both teams hosted the two All Star Games. Vegas last year, Florida this year.
- Both teams are attempting to win their first championship in their second attempt.
- 2nd year in a row where there is no Canadian team is in the cup. But 30 years since a Canadian Cup Champion.
- This is the 4th straight year a team from the state of Florida is in the Stanley Cup Final
If Florida Wins:
- Among the Big 4 North American leagues (srry Inter Miami/ Orlando SC) all the professional teams in the State of Florida would have a professional championship. EDIT: Realized the Magic, Rays, and Jaguars never won.
- Alexander Barkov would become the first Finnish Captain to win the Stanley Cup
- First Wild Card team NOT 8 SEED, Wild Card team to win the Cup
- First North American professional team named after a feline cat to win a championship in the 21st century (last team named after a cat to win was the 1984 Detroit Tigers)
- Marc Staal will join his brothers Eric and
that other Staal Jordan to win the Cup
- They beat the four best teams (based on points) in the League. Bruins, Leafs, Canes, and Possibly Knights.
- Also beat three teams named after something natural. Bruins(Bear), Leafs(leaf that crumbles), Hurricanes(Natural disaster).
- Seeking their first Stanley Cup win. Win as in game. They were swept in '96.
- If successful, the Panthers would be the most southern team to win the Stanley Cup (in the Eastern Conference).
- Casey Fitzgerald, Panthers dman, could be the first hockey player to win a Stanley Cup born in the state of Florida. By coincidence, 32 miles from where the Panthers play.
If Vegas Wins:
- They would be the first professional team among Big 4, from the State of Nevada to win a championship.
- Youngest team to win the cup. "Youngest" meaning year founded. They were founded in 2017.
- Jonathan Quick(if eligible) could win his 3rd Stanley Cup as well as Phil Kessell.
- If also eligible, the Golden Knights used the most goalies to get to the Cup.
- Beat teams named after transportation (Jets), and two natural named teams(Oilers and Stars). Could be three.
- Bruce Cassidy and Mark Stone would be the first coach and captain respectfully to win the Stanley Cup (same as for the Panthers).
- 7 players on the Golden Knights were on the team that went to the Final in 2018
- Also has a four game losing streak in the Final.
- Temperature wise: The hottest city (people living in Vegas correct me on this one)
I could go on. But correct me if I'm wrong w/any of the things I mentioned or add to that. Srry if this was long. I just think it's great for the game of hockey.
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2023.05.30 15:56 Computer-Warrior What do we need this off-season??
While last nights game was… well to put it lightly terribly unfocused basketball from everyone not named JT or White.
So i’m going to list things i saw from everyone not just from Miami but throughout the playoffs
- JB: There’s been too many times not just this playoffs but many other playoffs where teams pressured him going to his left (like Stan Van Gundy said), dribbling the ball of his hands doing a harden type of dribble, pull up three pointers when he should be slashing. If he is coming back (which i doubt he doesn’t rn, it’s more of the money due to the new rules in the CBA) I need this jump in the minor things in game. His defense while i think he can be a great defender he has the biggest mental blocks when it comes to anything off-ball. He goes for too many steals and gets caught ball watching a lot.
- Grant: Idk how to really feel about Grant, on one hand i’m thinking i’m gonna see the birth of the next draymomd green (just without the DPOY/All-defensive level talent) The next he’s just doing cardio like he’s in the YMCA. i’m not sure it’s the best to bring him back on a big contract, probably try to ink less money or do a sign-and-trade with another team. That brings the question on.. who wants grant?
- Al, Rob and the other bigs: This is the one of the other big concerns i had during the playoffs. Only using Al for bring stretches while having Luke, Blake, Rob, or Muscala on the bench is baffling to me. Luke and Blake have shown good hustle on the boards, yes Luke gets bitched a lot by bigs like Bam, Brook, AD or even Paul Reed but i would like to think that Luke could’ve held his own with CODY fucking ZELLER. Blake’s defense has been a underrated part of his game in his later career, before y’all start typing i mean charges, boxing out, holding his own in the post, NOT biting on shot fakes. His rebounding and his big body would’ve helped with Bam during the pick and roll. Moose.. 3 pt shooting that’s it. And Rob… while i get you wanna be cautious. IF YOU DONT USE THAT MAN FOR WHAT HE DOES!! but i do agree he’s been abused in these playoffs in the pick and roll. In both the 76ers playoffs and the Miami playoffs he kept biting on Embiid, Jimmy, Bam, Harden’s shot fakes leading to a foul or a better shot.
- JT: This is probably gonna be the shortest one, but while being good in these playoffs Tatum has also has his share of the blame too. He needs and i mean needs to drop the Kobeness of this game. Contested 3’s. Holding the ball until it’s 4.5 seconds on the clock (your not Melo bro). Complaining to the refs etc., I need him to be the star we know he his.
- Brodgon: Sigh. Bro just stay healthy is that too much to ask.
- Bench: I noticed a lot of times the so called depth we had was never used. Hauser who literally has the arch type Duncan Robinson. But he was never played. PP same type of player as Gabe Vincent (shooting wise), Luke, Moose, Blake etc. We never used our bench at all. Now most are either gonna be gone or want a bigger pay.
- Mazzulla: His lack of Timeouts, Challenges, Adjustments, overall play-calling had bothered me for a bit in the regular season but in these playoffs those problems really showed their ugly heads. I get he’s trying to have them figure it out, but we can’t afford for him to do that in the playoffs that’s how momentum starts, confidence starts to settle for the other team, And the celtics become G-League players. Stop trying to be like BB from the Pats and be your own type of coach.
- Marcus: I love him i really do, but i can’t deny when i say his defense isn’t what it used to be like and that’s okay. But starting 0-3 from 3 and then continuing to shoot three pointers, makin the most toughing shots isn’t what he is. Making silly bullet passes when that person isn’t ready, and foul baiting a lot
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2023.05.30 15:34 Jeffdzz Help Medicaid in Texas
My 25 year old son has been battling brain cancer since 2015. He’s been under my insurance and recently was declared disabled. He is getting SSI and now we are signing up for Medicaid Star Plus. He turns 26 in a few days and thankfully my insurance allows a disabled child to stay on my policy forever. But since he has Medicaid now, I don’t know what to do. He’s been a patient at MD Anderson, but they don’t accept Medicaid. I would think it’s best to keep him on my insurance, but if Medicaid works out the same, it would be cheaper since they will cover 100% and I would no longer have to pay for him. Bottom line is I want him to continue with his treatment at MD Anderson. Does anyone know if we just out of luck with going to MD Anderson with Medicaid? Just want to make sure I am doing everything I should be doing.
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2023.05.30 13:30 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - May 30th, 2023
MIAMI NEW JERSEY ORANGE COUNTY NEW YORK BEVERLY HILLS SALT LAKE CITY POTOMAC BRAVO CHESHIRE DURBAN Links to this week's episode discussion posts:
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2023.05.30 13:03 FelicitySmoak_ On This Day In Michael Jackson HIStory - May 30th
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- "The Love You Save" by the Jackson 5 enters the Billboard US Hot 100 singles chart at #45. In late June, will peak at #1 & stay there for 2 weeks 1971
- The Jackson 5 play at the Fairgrounds Arena (now Jim Norick Arena) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on their 2nd national tour 1977
- The Jacksons perform
“Keep On Dancing” on Numéro Un Joe Dassin taped
at the Buttes-Chaumont Studios in Paris, France while on their European tour. It would air on July 2nd
- On their Destiny Tour, The Jacksons play the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1987
- The Los Angeles Times reports
that Michael has submitted an official bid, for an undisclosed sum, for the remains of the late John Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, from the London Hospital Medical College which has kept them since Merrick’s death in 1890.
Michael's manager, Frank DiLeo, commented “Jackson has no exploitative intentions whatsoever and cares about and is concerned with the Elephant Man as a dedicated and devoted collector of art and antiques"
Also adding that Michael "has a high degree of respect for the memory of Merrick" 1992
- "In The Closet" peaked at #6 during it's 5th week on the Billboard chart. It would stay in the Top 40 for 11 weeks 1997
- HIStory tour rehearsals
in Bremen, Germany 2000
(album) is certified 7X platinum by the RIAA.
- Michael announces that he has become a key partner & investor in HollywoodTicket.com, a promotional and marketing site that gives netizens the chance to win backstage passes to concerts & visits to film/tv show shoots. The amount he invested was not disclosed but it's understood to be in the millions 2003
- Michael attends a party
at Robert Evan's house to celebrate Brett Ratner's Hillhaven Lodge: The Photo Book Pictures
book launch. Brett Ratner is the director of Rush Hour
. Later that same night, Michael shows up at a MTV Movie Awards post party at Ron Burkle's Beverly Hills Mansion where he meets Puff Daddy and Paris Hilton among others.
- No court today due to the Memorial Day holiday 2006
- Michael Jackson takes his kids and his nanny Grace to Tokyo Disneyland. 2007
- A collection of almost 2000 Jackson family items dating from the mid-1960's to the early '90's goes to auction in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.
These are items from a storage warehouse that Henry Vaccaro came in to possession of after a failed business venture ended up in bankruptcy court. Items include Michael's gold record for Thriller
, handwritten "ABC" lyrics & a signed Victory tour program 2013
- Jackson v AEG Trial Day 20
Katherine and Rebbie Jackson are in court.
The court also heard an update on efforts to get emails and any other records from a computer used by Michael's former manager, Frank Dileo. Apparently an LA attorney has a copy of Dileo's computer hard drive. Attorneys are working to get a copy of the HD to both sides. The copy was revealed during a deposition of Dileo's widow earlier this week in Pennsylvania, plaintiff's attorney Brian Panish said Paul Gongaware Testimony Jackson direct
Gongaware said he met with his attorneys again yesterday to refresh his recollection
Panish asked if AEG was concerned about Mr. Jackson's health. "When he was sick we obviously had a concern," Gongaware responded. Gongaware said he understood Michael was sick from reading the chain of emails shown yesterday. But Gongaware told the jury he didn't have any particular concern about Michael Jackson other than on June 19th, no one told Gongaware about being concerned with his health. Gongaware testified that he disagreed with Houghdahl's opinion, saying he had no "particular concern" about Jackson's health and ability to perform
Talking about the email Hougdahl sent saying Michael was deteriorating quickly, Gongaware explained: "I didn't see it the way he saw."
Hougdahl, in response to concerns expressed by Travis Payne about Jackson's weight Email 6/15/09 from Hougdahl to Gongaware :
He needs some cheeseburgers with a bunch of Wisconsin cheesehead bowlers and a couple of brats and beers
"Was he joking around about this situation?" Panish asked Gongaware, referring to Hougdahl. "I think he was," Gongaware replied. "Did you think that was funny?" Panish asked. "I did," Gongaware admitted
Panish asked about indemnity in Gongaware's contract. The exec said indemnity means that someone else is taking on the responsibility. "I haven't read my contract in 12/13 years, I don't know what it says," Gongaware said. Gongaware said he does not know how many pages his employment agreement is. Panish asked if he AEG would cover for Gongaware should they be found guilty. Gongaware said it was his understanding that he wouldn't be personally responsible financially if the jury sided with Jackson family.
Panish: "That means if you did something wrong..."
Gongaware: "They would be responsible. I've been assuming that,"
Adding that depending upon the size of the judgment, AEG could go after him. Panish asked how much AEG would be able to afford, and Gongaware said he didn't know. Panish emphasized there are various ways for AEG to pay a judgment, and Gongaware mentioned they had some sort of cancellation insurance.
Panish went back to discuss the email from Randy Phillips where he wrote 'Dr. Murray didn't need the gig and was unbiased and ethical'
Panish: "Is Mr. Phillips unbiased and ethical, sir?"
Gongaware: "I think he is"
Panish asked if it was ethical for Phillips to represent to Ortega that the doctor is 'extremely successful' and 'we checked everyone out'. Gongaware responded that he didn't know what Phillips knew at the time.
Panish: "Is number one priority 'the show must go on'?"
Gongaware: "I don't know if that's number one"
Panish: "What's number one?"
Gongaware: "Getting it right"
Panish showed the email from John Branca, saying he had the right therapist for Michael and asked if substance abuse was involved. "This is referring to the meeting that was going to happen and I was waiting to see the results of it," Gongaware said. "I didn't believe there was a substance abuse issue," Gongaware testified. "In the entire time I was dealing with him in this tour, I saw it once when he came back from his doctor," Gongaware testified. Gongaware said that was the only time he saw Michael with slurred speech and under the influence of something. Gongaware said he didn't know what Dr. Klein was giving Michael Jackson. When Panish asked Gongaware if he checked Dr. Klein out, he replied: "No, he was Michael's doctor and it was none of my business."
Gongaware said he once observed Michael looking "slow" and possibly intoxicated after a visit to his dermatologist but he didn't believe he had any "serious health problems" even after Jackson appeared weak and disoriented at a June 19 rehearsal. "My observation of Michael Jackson was that he was healthy," Gongaware said. "They had a meeting to discuss (the June 19 incident), and he took a couple days off and he came back strong"
As to insurance issues, Gongaware said he was involved only peripherally. On June 25, Gongaware sent an email saying that if they didn't get sickness coverage in the insurance, they would be dropping the policy. Gongaware said he didn't know why he was pressing for sickness insurance on the day Michael died. Bob Taylor, the insurance broker, wrote back that it was always down to the medical issued from the word go. Regarding Randy Phillips asking for life insurance the day Michael died, Gongaware said he didn't pay much attention to insurance, didn't recall.
The day Michael died, Gongaware said Phillips called him and told him to get over to the house right away, there seems to be a problem. Randy followed the ambulance to UCLA. "The second call was that he informed me that he had died," Gongaware remembered. On June 25, Gongaware said he went to the rehearsal at the Staples Center and talked to Kenny Ortega.
Panish: "Were you sad Mr. Jackson died?"
Gongaware: "Very much so"
"He was a business associate", Gongaware said about Michael. They did not didn't hang out as friends
Panish asked about Phillips' email directing Gongaware to remove thin, skeletal footage of Michael in the red jacket from This Is It
documentary. Gongaware testified that he remembered receiving the email. In his deposition played in court, Gongaware said he didn't recall the email.
Panish: "Did you change your testimony?"
Gongaware: "No. I saw the email as part of my preparation"
AEG Live president and co-chief executive Randy Phillips wrote in Aug. 9 email:
Make sure we take out the shots of Michael in that red leather jacket at the sound stage where the mini-movies were being filmed. He looks way too think (sic) and skeletal
Gongaware replied to Phillips, his boss:
ok will have a look when it comes on screen
Gongaware said he didn't try to control any of the messages about Michael after his death to reflect he was fully engaged in rehearsals. Panish asked about an email from Gongaware okay'ing the band, singers and dancer to give interviews but asked them to keep it positive
In another email July 9, 2009, email to music coordinator JoAnn Tominaga, Gongaware wrote:
We are ok with the band, singers and dancers doing interviews now. The only thing we ask is that they keep it positive and stress that Michael was active, engaged and not the emaciated person some want to paint him as being.
Answering questions from Jackson family attorney Brian Panish, Gongaware said he was not trying to control the film's message.
Panish: "You're telling them what not to say, aren't you sir?"
Gongaware. "I'm asking them to keep it positive and not say he was emaciated"
Panish: "So you were controlling the message as a producer of that documentary"
Gongaware: "I don't think so"
Gongaware's testimony again emphasized the contrast between the answers he gave during his deposition under oath in December 2012 and his responses in the courtroom. In testimony, he agreed that Phillips meant "thin" in his email, instead of the word he typed, 'think'. Asked during the deposition what Phillips meant, he replied, "I don't know what he meant"
Gongaware said nothing was taken out of the documentary, which included rehearsals for the scheduled 50 concerts in London. Gongaware promised in a follow-up email to Phillips that he'd "have a look," but he testified that he never dumped any footage. "We didn't keep anything out based on what Randy wrote," Gogaware told jurors. Gongaware testified that he did not know why Phillips would ask that.
Gongaware said there were 15,000 tickets per show, $1.5 million in tickets per show, $47 million for all 31 shows. Tickets were selling at lightening fast, Gongaware said. "As fast as the system can sell.". The tickets were sold in March, Gongaware said. It was held by the arena, AEG had control of the money. Gongaware said merchandising was another way of making money. The building, which is owned by AEG, would keep the revenue of beverage sold. Gongaware said the beverage money would offset the arena rent, which Michael would not have to pay.
Gongaware: "His (MJ) potential was great"
Panish: "Unlimited ceilings?"
Gongaware: "If he was willing to work that hard, he would've done well"
Before lunch, Panish asked Gongaware whether This Is It was intended to be a multi-city tour. Gongaware said no, it was just going to be the 50 shows at London's O2 arena. "The only thing we knew was 50 shows in London. Michael had not agreed to anything else," Gongaware explained
Panish asked Gongaware by the time the show was sold out, how many people were in the queue to buy tickets. "250,000 people were still in the queue, which would be enough to sell another 50 shows," Gongaware answered. During Murray's trial, Gongaware testified that 250k people still wanted tickets. He told that jury This Is It would be a multi-city tour.
Panish: "Did you tell the truth when you testified in this case, sir?"
Panish then concluded his questioning of Gongaware. AEG cross
AEG's attorney, Marvin Putnam, did the questioning of Gongaware on behalf of the defendants.
Putnam: "Have you ever been sued personally for the wrongful death of anyone?"
Putnam: "How are you feeling?"
Gongaware: "It's difficult, it's very stressful"
Putnam: "Are you nervous?"
Putnam asked about Gongaware's memory and he said it's okay
Putnam asked Gongaware about some of the emails shown to jurors yesterday. Putnam was trying to show that not all the contents of the emails had been shown to jury. Some email addresses had been redacted. Attorney Brian Panish objected to the redactions, and got testy with the judge. It prompted another lengthy sidebar. When attorneys returned from the judge's chambers, Putnam resumed questioning Gongaware about emails sent to his private account
Putnam said Gongaware handed over more than 13,000 emails in discovery from the This Is It period
Putnam inquired about Gongaware's Kazoodi personal email account. On 6/20/09, the chain of emails with "Trouble at the Front" was sent there. Gongaware said he didn't remember receiving this email. Gongaware said he had more than one "Kazoodi" email account. He said he was not using the account the email was sent to on 6/20. "The account was closed at the time." Putnam presented Gongaware a document that indicated the private email account had been closed at the time. Gongaware said he never denied it was sent. Gongaware claimed yesterday was the first time he saw this chain of emails. Putnam used the closed email account to try to show Gongaware's testimony was truthful
Putnam: "Why could you not recall e-mails?"
Gongaware: "I had not reviewed them and had not seen them in years,"
Some of the e-mails were new to him because he was so busy putting Jackson's tour together that he never read them, he said. Gongaware said he was receiving hundreds of email a day at the height of 2008/09 tour preparation. "Mostly, it was just a time factor if it was something that didn't have to do with me"
Gongaware said he doesn't have an office at AEG, and that he works on his own projects. He has an office at his house. Gongaware is the Co-CEO of AEG Live Concerts West with John Meglen. He said he was the co-founder of the company. Phillips is AEG Live CEO
Gongaware explained be has been testifying about what he could recall. If he didn't remember, he said he told the jury he couldn't recall. Gongaware testified he looked at the emails after his deposition because he wanted to put everything together and see the bigger picture. Putnam: "Did you try to give your best testimony?" Gongaware: "Yes, I did"
Regarding the phone call between Gongaware and Dr. Murray where the doctor asked about $5 million, Gongaware said he remembers that call. The next call between the two, it was the $150,000 call, where Gongaware offered the doctor $150k. Gongaware said those were the only two calls he had with Dr. Murray
Gongaware said the 1st time he met Dr. Murray was a meeting at Michael's Carolwood house. He said MJ, Kenny, Randy, Frank & Dr Murray were present. Gongaware recalled the other meeting with Dr. Murray was an encounter with him at The Forum. He remembers saying hello to him. Gongaware said he's sure he didn't meet with Dr. Murray other than on those two occasions
Gongaware said he promoted couple of shows/dances in college. He graduated in '69 from Waynesboro College in Pennsylvania in Accounting. He worked for Arthur Andersen in NYC after college as auditor. He said one needed two years of experience in order to get CPA license.The company ended up shutting down after being involved in the Enron scandal, Gongaware explained. He said there's a continuing education requirement in order to maintain his CPA license, but he hasn't kept current. "I didn't like that work," Gongaware said about leaving the practice. "I wanted to do things and not just be an accountant." Gongaware said he ski bummed for a winter and would do bookkeeping to pay for his lodge.
His first big show was in Colorado -- he got The Grateful Dead to perform at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo. He said he didn't know the band or any of its managers, but asked them to come to Colorado. They did, and the show was a hit. "The concert was sold out", Gongaware said, and he became an independent promoter. Around 1975, he met Terry Bassett who worked at Concerts West and Gongaware went to work for them in their Seattle office. He worked for them for about 10 years. Gongaware said he went to work for the company because the money was steady. At Concerts West, Gongaware worked with Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys, Chicago, Eric Clapton, among others. This Concerts West is not the same; he is the currently the co-CEO. Gongaware left Seattle and came to LA to work at Concerts West. He then went to Warner Miller Films. The company did primarily ski movies. Jerry Weintraub was Elvis' promoter and Concerts West assigned him to work with Colonel Parker, Elvis' manager.
Gongaware was in his 20s when he worked with Elvis. He said when they'd announce an Elvis concert, there would be lines at the box office for 4 days. Gongaware said Colonel would buy ads on every radio station and promote the show. When tickets went on sale, Gongaware was to report to Colonel every hour regarding the ticket sales.
Elvis Presley's death became a controversy at this trial as the man (Gongaware) who promoted both artists' last tours testified. He testified yesterday that Presley died of a drug overdose, but when his own lawyer questioned him today he changed his testimony to say Elvis died of a heart ailment. Presley collapsed in the bathroom of his Memphis, Tennessee, mansion, Graceland, on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42. While his death was ruled the result of an irregular heartbeat, the autopsy report was sealed amid accusations that abuse of prescription drugs caused the problem.How Presley died is relevant because Jackson lawyers argue Gongaware's experience as Elvis's promoter should have made him more aware of drug abuse by artists, including Michael Jackson.
Although he worked advance promotion on Elvis Presley's last tours -- under the direction of Presley manager Colonel Tom Parker -- Gongaware testified he never met Presley.
Putnam:"Did you understand he had a problem with drugs?"
Gongaware: "I understood that later. There was a period of time when we didn't work. I didn't understand at the time, but I learned that it was a drug problem and the Colonel said he couldn't work."
Around 1992, Gongaware went to work on the Dangerous tour with Michael. This was his first time working with Michael Jackson. He worked with the Jacksons in 2000 but he remembered working on a tour with the Jacksons prior to 92 and said Michael was part of the group. "I was the tour manager, handled the logistics and travel for the B party," Gongaware said, adding he worked for Michael but not for A party.
- A party - artist
- B party - band and administration
- C party - crew
- D party - documentary people.
Gongaware said there were several legs on the Dangerous tour. It was a worldwide tour. He never met Michael on that tour, saw him on stage a few times
The first time Gongaware met Michael was in Las Vegas when he was visiting Colonel Parker. Steve Wynn's brother called and said Michael wanted to meet Colonel. Gongaware stayed and met him
Putnam: "Were there any doctors in that tour?"
Gongaware: "Yes, two"
Gongaware said Dr. Forecast was Michael's personal doctor. He didn't think Dr. Forecast treated anyone else, so they had Dr. Finkelstein also. Dr. Finkelstein, a general practitioner, was in the B party. They went to places where they didn't know the quality of local healthcare. Gongaware explained Dr. Finkelstein treated B, C and D parties. Gongaware said he did not see any doctor treat Michael. Dr. Finkelstein told Gongaware he treated Michael twice. Dr. Forecast wasn't in Bangkok yet, so Dr. Finkelstein treated him when he needed.
"The King of Thailand said Michael would have to do the second show because his friends were attending", Gongaware recalled.
Gongaware said the King put armed guards outside their doors to make sure they didn't leave
Putnam: "During the Dangerous tour, had you come to have an understating that Michael had a problem with drugs or painkillers?"
Gongaware: "No, he Dangerous tour in 93 was cut short in Mexico City"
Gongaware said. He learned it had to do with drug addiction because Michael announced it. Putnam played the audio with Michael's statement:
"My friends and doctors advised me to seek professional guidance immediately in order to eliminate what has become an addition. It is time for me to acknowledge my need for treatment"
On Jun 25, 2009 Gabriel Sutter (a tech guy) wrote Gongaware a condolences email. "It was such an incredible shock to go through that experience," Gongaware explained. Gongaware's response on July 5, 2009:
I was working on the Elvis tour when he died so I kind of knew what to expect
"You have all these people out of work," Gongaware explained. "With Elvis some were without jobs permanently." Under questioning from Putnam, Gongaware said he didn't mean that he expected Jackson to die like Elvis. He was referring to the trauma of people losing their jobs because a tour is canceled and the estate taking over the legacy, he said.
Putnam: "When you wrote the email, did you expect Michael to die?"
Gongaware: "No, not all"
Putnam: "Did you ever consider the idea Michael would die?"
Here's what Gongaware had to say about the role of the estate after Elvis died (and what he expected after Jackson's death.):
"Then the estate takes over, and everything's different. You have nothing to say about anything"
When one of his friends asked about his plans after Michael's death, Gongaware replied he was "trying to recover our losses from the show"
"Michael died of overdose of Propofol. He didn't die of being sick or malnutrition", Gongaware said. He said that he had no idea of what Propofol was. "I had no idea" Jackson was using propofol in the weeks before his death, Gongaware testified
Gongaware said he worked on Michael's memorial service. He was in charge of the tickets and worked closely with the family. He said he didn't charge for his work.
Putnam: "Why did you work at the memorial service?" Court Transcript 2017
Gongaware: "It was the right thing to do"
- Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland
, starring Navi as Michael, premieres on the Lifetime channel in the US
2023.05.30 12:58 NeebTheWeeb Celtics' Astonishing Homage to Kobe Bryant in Game 7: Losing Majestically
Ladies and gentlemen, I dare say we've witnessed one of the greatest tributes to the late Kobe Bryant that basketball has ever seen. The Boston Celtics - yes, you heard right, the Boston Celtics - orchestrated an unforgettable Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat that would have made the Mamba himself shed a tear of appreciation.
First, let us discuss the man of the hour, Jaylen Brown. Kobe was an artist with the ball, and Brown sought to honor him in the most unconventional way. He thought, "Why not let the ball free?" Thus, he generously gave the ball to the Heat, not once, not twice, but eight times! The elegance of his turnovers was only matched by his uncanny tribute to Kobe's 6 for 24 shooting performance in the 2010 Game 7 NBA Finals, with his own impressive 1 for 7 from the three-point line. Round of applause for Jaylen, the Picasso of turnovers.
Moving on to our second star, Jayson Tatum. Last year, Tatum had texted Kobe's old number, promising "I got you today". Fast forward to today, and boy did he deliver! Playing through an injured ankle (Kobe would be proud), he went for a 5-13 shooting spree from the field. Tatum, your dedication to performance art does not go unnoticed.
Of course, the entire Celtics roster deserves a standing ovation. They truly embodied the Mamba Mentality - daring to fail and not being afraid to take risks. A total of 15 turnovers and a 39.8% field goal percentage are proof of their daring spirit. And let's not forget the pièce de résistance - they managed to trail by a record 33 points at one point in the game. A subtle nod to Kobe's jersey number? I think so.
So, to the untrained eye, it might seem like the Celtics lost Game 7. But to those who truly appreciate the intricacies of the sport, it's clear that they won. They won our admiration for their unparalleled dedication to honoring one of the greatest players in the history of basketball.
I mean, who wouldn't want to honor Kobe by preventing the Celtics from adding another ring to their collection? And for those who think this theory is too far-fetched, well, perhaps you just don't understand the depth of the game.
Here's to the Celtics, for showing us what it truly means to honor the great Kobe Bryant. Next season can't come soon enough. We're all waiting to see what genius tribute they'll come up with next.
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2023.05.30 12:08 Appropriate_Dot8764 The Miami Heat halted the Boston Celtics' remarkable fightback in the Eastern Conference Finals, clinching the deciding match 103-84 to reach the NBA finals.
The Miami Heat halted the Boston Celtics' remarkable fightback in the Eastern Conference Finals, clinching the deciding match 103-84 to reach the NBA finals.
Jimmy Butler starred, scoring 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists, as the Heat, who led the seven-game series 3-0 before being pegged back to 3-3, reached this year's showpiece.
The first eighth seeds to reach the finals since the New York Knicks in 1999, the Heat will play the the Denver Nuggets in the best-of-seven finals.
Game one will be played in Denver on Thursday (01:30 BST Friday).
Derrick White's dramatic buzzer-beater in game six
had tied the series, giving the The Celtics hope of becoming the first side in NBA history to overturn a 3-0 deficit in a play-off final.
But alongside Butler's efforts, Caleb Martin scored 26 points and Bam Adebayo recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Heat silenced a passionate Boston crowd.
Butler, 33, was named MVP of the series after averaging 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
"We stayed together as a group," he said.
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