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Summary: Wife dying of cancer any day now. Wife left husband of 7 years with hundreds of thousands in assets, and rest to grown daughter (all in daughter’s name already). Alcoholic man pissed that wife left more to her daughter (no relation to man) and grandson in her will than to him. Found browsing online sites for chinese girls, cursing chinese women on phone to friends, got 3 buddies to come to his house and threaten family (paralyzed dying woman, woman’s grown daughter, infant) with physical harm if they don’t do what he wants. They have been forced to move out of the house for fear of physical harm.
I have no idea about marriage laws since I have never been married myself, and they are immigrants so he may be taking advantage of their lack of knowledge. She didn’t sign a pre-nup afaik.
Can she get a restraining order and keep him out of the house even though they are married? Are there other legal options to make sure he can’t hurt them or the baby when he hasn’t physically hurt them yet (that I know of)? Can he sue for money later because of unequal inheritance? Can they do anything to prevent that? Is she actually not allowed to leave more than half the property to her daughter if she has a living husband?
Full details:
My parents have a friend (Chinese woman from Hong Kong) who married an American man as a second marriage 7-ish years ago. She had a grown daughter already, and she happens to be very rich. The guy had nothing to his name before their marriage. With her money, they bought land and houses, and made a lot of money. She has been battling cancer for a while now, and about 2 weeks ago, the doctors said she had 2 weeks left to live. She is nearly paralyzed now, but she had written her will and left a lot of her possessions and assets to her daughter and grandson. To my knowledge, she left her husband hundreds of thousands of dollars worth in either cash/land or both. It’s less than half, which is why he’s pissed off. He obviously feels cheated of even more money, and has been arguing with her and her daughters family over this.
The house being left to her daughter is under her daughter’s name btw. This happened because his wife caught him actively using online chinese women dating sites a while back, and he signed the house over to the wife. More recently, wife signed the house to her daughter instead. A few days ago, he had been overheard by the woman’s friend cursing, “fuck Chinese women” on the phone to his friends, in response to a Chinese friend who is a restaurant owner delivering free food to his dying wife every day. Imagine the horror 😑
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It’s complicated since they’re married and she’s paralyzed and VERY close to death. He’s experienced his racist tendencies multiple times against “chinese women” specifically, and told them they can’t keep him out of his own house. Any advice? We want to avoid current physical danger as well as him taking the daughter to court for money after the mother’s death.
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2020.09.26 19:41 ZappaOMatic [OC] On this day 100 years ago, the first game involving an APFA/NFL team took place as the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0.

Last Thursday was the 100-year anniversary of the meeting between the representatives of ten teams that would ultimately form the National Football League. My write-up on that historic meeting turned out to be a massive hit, and I'm back with yet another centennial anniversary post. This time, we go from the car showroom to the football field.
100 years ago on September 26, 1920, a team took to the gridiron as a member of the NFL—then known as the American Professional Football Association—for the first time. While it was not a "true" league game as their opponent was not part of the APFA, it marked the start of something big.

The Rock Island Independents

Take a wild guess as to how the Rock Island Independents got their name.
For the first two decades of its existence, the Illinois-based team took on opponents regardless of league affiliation. Walter Flanigan joined the Independents as a player in 1912 before taking over as manager three years later. As the team racked up wins, Flanigan wanted to take his club to a higher level, and he gained that opportunity in 1917 when he challenged the Minneapolis Marines, the self-proclaimed "North West Pro Champs", to a game on Rock Island's home turf. A team record 6,425 fans turned out for the game, though they would fall to the Marines 7–3 (a rematch resulted in a more lopsided defeat of 33–14).[1]
After being shipped off to serve in World War I, Flanigan returned to the football world by cobbling together a slate of local games (all of which were shutout wins for the Independents). In 1919, he set his eyes on the national championship.[1]
As discussed in the last post, there was no "true" national champion as there was no national sanctioning body at the time. A team could win every game in their regional league and declare themselves the national champs without much objection, and that was what many teams did. Since the Independents were, well, independent, Flanigan had another idea to pursue the national title: take on league teams.
To do this, he recruited Minneapolis star quarterback Rube Ursella to his side, and a variety of Marines including local fullback Jerry Mansfield also joined the Independents. However, Flanigan's recruiting may have been too successful as a laundry list of interested players showed up; to weed out the scrubs, he organized a series of foot races and wrestling matches in which the losers were kicked off the team. Once he had a suitable roster, he got to work.[1]
The 1919 Independents would face a challenging slate against the top teams from Ohio and Indiana, including future NFL franchises Columbus Panhandles and Akron Indians. With the exception of a 12–7 defeat at the hands of the Hammond All-Stars, a team that featured an end by the name of George Halas, and a scoreless tie against a decorated Pine Village team, Rock Island would shut out every opponent.[1]

The Bulldog "Beef"

At season's end, the Independents boasted a 9–1–1 record, but Flanigan had one last game on his mind: a date with the undefeated Canton Bulldogs for the national championship on December 7.[1]
Well, Canton star Jim Thorpe said his team had other plans. Like, that was basically what his answer was.
On November 30, Ralph Hay, leader of the Bulldogs, sent a telegram to Flanigan asking what the Independents would offer in exchange for playing the game. A Rock Island fan had attended Canton's win over Hammond the previous week and was promised by the Bulldogs manager that he would consider a game against the Bulldogs as long as the Massillon Tigers beat the Cleveland Tigers (since Massillon had lost to Canton twice earlier in the season).[2]
Massillon won and Hay kept his promise by reaching out to Flanigan, who offered him $5,000 or 45% of the ticket sales. Both numbers had been demanded by Thorpe earlier in the year.[2]
The following evening, Hay called Flanigan and asked for the score of the Rock Island game against Akron. He provided the answer (a 17–0 Independents win), but expressed confusion as to why that was so important for Hay. Hay then told Flanigan to talk to Thorpe before he could agree whether or not to play the game.[2]
An hour and 17 minutes later, Flanigan received a telegram from Thorpe: "Have disbanded team. Cannot meet Rock Island."[2]
Kind of a lame excuse, but it's likely Thorpe also turned it down as the Rock Island/Akron game had only attracted 1,700 fans.[1] Flanigan attempted to reach out to Canton once again with by bumping the offer to $7,000 guaranteed or 50% of the gate.[3] Calls to Hay went unanswered, while one telegram to Thorpe read:[2]
We are offering your team the largest guarantee that it has ever received before, $5,000 or a privilege of 50 per cent for the gate. If you don't accept Rock Island fans will say you are quitters. Wire me your answer."
Thorpe's answer? No. One final call to Thorpe redirected Flanigan to an operator who told him that the Bulldogs player was sick and could not answer.[2]
True to Flanigan's threat, Independents fans and media were quick to brand the Bulldogs as cowards. The Rock Island Argus, a very [2]
Is Canton's famed Bulldogs afraid to risk their title of world's football champions by coming to Rock Island Sunday?
By arranging things in order and arriving at a logical conclusion, there can be but one answer. And that is "yes."
A fan letter to the Argus sports editor:[4]
Dear Sir: Being a real football fan I am like a great many more, disappointed because the Canton Bulldogs have a bad case of yellow. Now I think it would be a nice thing for everyone that has tickets to keep them and give the money which has been paid for admissions to the game, to the team for the splendid showing which they have made.
If anyone does not like the idea let them go and cash up. It seems to me that there would be a very few who would ask for their money back. It would also encourage the boys to come back next fall.
From P. G. M.
A Real Fan
Flanigan wrote to The Daily Times in Davenport:[3]
The Canton game is all off. I offered Hays $7,000 in an attempt to land the game but failed. They did not believe that we defeated Akron until they confirmed, report from Indians direct. It is merely a case of cold, cold feet and a streak of yellow.
Since the Bulldogs weren't going to play the Independents, they automatically declared themselves the national champions.[1] However, the Bulldogs also considered themselves the champs due to their undefeated record.[3]
Yeah, pro football is going to need somebody to settle controversies like this. Maybe a national football league?

Joining the APFA

Although his opinion of the Canton Bulldogs may have soured after their failed championship game, Flanigan was eager to work with Thorpe again.
On September 16, 1920, he boarded a train for Canton, Ohio to participate in a meeting of the top pro football team managers and owners.
"Manager Walter Flanigan left last night for Canton, Ohio, to attend the annual conference of major professional football teams, whose representatives assemble every year to plan the campaign for the world's championship," wrote The Rock Island Argus.[5]
The meeting took place at Hay's car dealership, but the details of that can be found in the last post. Flanigan would be appointed to a three-man committee to write the new league's constitution, joined by Carl Storck of the Dayton Triangles and Stanley Cofall of the Cleveland Tigers.[6]
Upon adjournment, the American Professional Football Association was born. We now have a national football league.

St. Paul Ideals

While the Marines dominated the Minnesota football scene, the St. Paul Ideal Athletic Club was not exactly a juggernaut by comparison, but they were no slouch either. An amateur team, the Ideals entered the 1919 season with the claim that they had lost only thrice since 1914.
In the amateur football section of The Minneapolis Morning Tribune's September 11 issue:[7]
A challenge to Minneapolis fotoball teams has been issued by the Ideals of St. Paul. The Ideals are disirous of booking games with a number of Minneapolis teams, especially the Indians and the East Ends. The St. Paul aggregation claims a record of having been defeated only three times in the last five years. Games already have been arranged with the Billows, Seatons, Hook 'Em Cows and Nicolius. All communications should be addressed to C. R. Woesner, 325 Daly street, St. Paul.
The Marines took up the Ideals' challenge. And promptly walloped them 36–0. Three weeks later, the Ideals tied the Minneapolis Eagles in a scoreless game.[8]
How did they do the rest of the year? I honestly do not know. Media coverage of the Ideals was virtually nonexistent, or at least incredibly difficult to find online. The Pro Football Archives schedule only lists those two games plus two others with no scores, while searches on Newspapers.com and other sites have been mostly fruitless.
Eh, whatever.

Game Day

Build-Up

Rock Island's Douglas Park played host to the Independents' 1920 season opener against the Ideals. Although Rock Island was considered the favorite and was returning its entire starting lineup from the previous year, Flanigan and Ursella were not going to let their guard down.[9]
"A defeat at this time would injure the box office to a big extent besides putting a huge crimp in the chances for a championship team," wrote Frank Weir of The Daily Times.[9]
In the week leading up to kickoff, Ursella ran his team through three-hour practices that included installing new offensive formations and audibles.[10]
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on September 24:[11]
Fearing over-confidence might play a prominent part in Sunday's battle with the St. Paul's Ideals, Coach Ursella last night wired for Chicken, star halfback, and Bob Marshall to report for work at once. Both men will be on hand for tonight's drill at Douglas park. [...]
From all indications Sunday's argument is going to be a heated one. Flanigan at first figured that the St. Paul aggregation would offer only enough resistance to afford his team a good workout but according to the dope which is coming from St. Paul the Ideals are a stronger aggregation than early reports indicated.
Fearing a surprise, Flanigan notified Ursella to get Marshall and Chicken in harness at once.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on the morning of the game:[12]
Hardened by two weeks' gruelling practice, Rock Island's crack professional football eleven is ready today to open what promises to be the most successful grid season in the history of the professional game in the Tri-City. The St. Paul Ideals, a team of reputation, will offer the opposition and in spite of the fact that this afternoon's contest will be the initial performance for both elevens a bitter struggle is looked for. The game will be played at Douglas park and will be started promptly at 3 o'clock.
The Islanders will enter the fray in he pink of condition, to use the old ring adage. For two weeks Coach Ursella had drilled his team in signals and formations, sprinkling in a few spirited scrimmages between the regulars and second string men. The result is that the Independents will start the season in form that would become an eleven in mis-season condition.
[...]
Saturday the entire city of Rock Island talked football and no doubt football will be talked by the natives of Rock Island for breakfast, dinner and supper today. The city is football crazy.
Today's crowd, no doubt, will be swelled by hundreds of Davenporters whose interest in the Independents is just as keen as the interest of the Rock Island fans. Moline also will undoubtedly send a huge delegation to the game.
Fear Over Confidence
While Coach Ursella is confident that his team is far superior to the St. Paul aggregation, he expressed fear of over-confidence in speaking of the opening clash Saturday.
"The Ideals have played good football for the past three years" stated Ursella, "and I don't believe some of the men are taking the contest seriously enough. I don't want a surprise sprung in this game. I believe I can make the fellows realize they are meeting a tough aggregation, however, before they start in the game."
Bruce Copeland of The Rock Island Argus:[13]
There, football fans, is the first recipe of the season waiting for the expert cuisine of the Douglas park melting pot from which Rock Island hopes will trickle the championship brew at the close of the most eventful football campaign in tri-city history.
Championship dreams of months' duration will first be realized when hundreds of pent-up football enthusiasts from miles around meet tomorrow afternoon at Douglas park and see the green and white jerseyed warriors jog on the field for the first game of the season against the doughty Ideal A. C. of St. Paul.
The game will open a door to a new epoch in tri-city athletics after years of consistent achievements and good sportsmanship. Beyond the portal will be found Championship Way, along which the Independents of 1920 will course; and there isn't a fan in Rock Island who has the slightest doubt that their advance will lead right up to the shrine at the end in which the titular fires are burning.
Tickets were $1.65 plus tax, though attendance was hampered by the weather. After 7,000 fans were expected, only 800 showed up.[13][14]
"As Rube Ursella says, 'Let's go!'"[13]

First Half

As rain fell on Douglas Park, the game began with the Independents winning the coin toss and electing to receive. Left end "Oke" Smith returned the opening kickoff ten yards to his team's 25.[14]
The first offensive play from scrimmage was a nine-yard gain by Mansfield, followed by a 20-yard run by Ursella. A few runs later, halfback Eddie Novak found a hole set up by left tackle Dewey Lyle and scored on a ten-yard run for the first points of the day, capping off a four-minute, 11-play drive.[14]
Although St. Paul's left end Maidl Pavleck returned the ensuing kickoff 20 yards to midfield, his team's opening possession ended after just one play when halfback Cunningham Mikesh lost a fumble that Freeman Fitzgerald recovered. Mansfield broke free and reached the Ideals' 15, and a 12-yard run by Novak set the Independents up at the three. Two plays later, halfback Fred Chicken scored.[14]
The Ideals' next series ended with a three-and-out. After a five-yard run by Mansfield, Ursella completed the first forward pass of the season with a 22-yard throw to Smith to reach St. Paul's 18. By the end of the first quarter, Rock Island was in scoring range at the two-yard line. A play later, Novak punched it in for six.[14]
Down by three scores, St. Paul began to see life when quarterback Parr A. Pahl found E. Dixon O'Brien for a "brilliant forward pass" that went 40 yards. That was ultimately the only good play of the drive as Pahl tried an onside kick (before 1923, the onside kick was legal on scrimmage plays) that Chicken recovered. Both teams exchanged punts shortly after.[14]
Following St. Paul's punt, Chicken's grip on the wet ball slipped, but Mansfield recovered and gained 15 yards before being taken down. A 28-yard run by Chicken placed Rock Island at St. Paul's 38, followed by a 12-yard gain by Paddy Quinn. Three plays later, Mansfield scored again on an 18-yard run.[14]
A 52-yard run by Mikesh put the Ideals in Independents territory, but they could not capitalize as time ran out.[14]

Second Half

After some substitutions, the game resumed with Rock Island kicking off.[14]
A fake punt by Pahl into a lateral to Mikesh on the first play gained three yards. The two attempted a double pass a few plays later, though Mikesh slipped on the mud and fell. As the offense grinded its way into Rock Island's side of the field, yet another double pass placed Mikesh with a lot of open field... until he slipped again.[14]
All offensive progress was ultimately stopped when Pahl was intercepted by Waddy Kuehl, who returned it 82 yards for a pick six.[14]
Mikesh was downed for a 12-yard loss to begin the Ideals' next play from scrimmage, pinning his team at their own eight. Facing immense pressure on the ensuing punt, Pahl dodged the blitz before delivering a quick kick to the St. Paul 32. A 12-yard run by Sid Nichols allowed Rock Island to enter the red zone, where they pounded their way to the end zone yet again on a five-yard run by Mansfield.[14]
The offensive woes continued for the Ideals when Pavleck's pass on a fake punt led to him getting sacked (which was not a term at the time) for 13 yards. Pahl was the next to try a throw, this time succeeding on a 21-yard completion to Pavleck. Mikesh was tackled for an eight-yard loss to end the third quarter.[14]
Down by 42, the Ideals began placing heavy emphasis on feeding Mikesh the ball. St. Paul found themselves in position to score their first points of the game on a drop kick by Pahl from the Rock Island 45, but it was well short and sailed wide left, being caught by Kuehl at his 13.[14]
Nichols let the ball slip through his hands on the next play before Fitzgerald recovered. The Independents' march would see two 22-yard runs, another fumble recover, and an awkward TD score as Kuehl slipped as he crossed the goal line. Nichols missed the extra point.[14]
The final drive of the game saw the Ideals lose a combined 15 yards. Final score: Rock Island 48, St. Paul 0.[14]
The Independents recorded 427 yards on 45 total plays, while the Ideals had just 85 on 52. Rock Island also outgained St. Paul in first downs (17 to five).[14]

Post-Game

Despite the shutout, Weir praised the Ideals, writing in his post-game report that they "displayed a lot more class than this score indicates. The visiting team fought doggedly through the entire four quarters and pulled plays at a surprise nature at intervals that netted long gains. [...]
"The Ideals have a smooth working football team and one that against a less formidable opponent would show some excellent results."[15]
The Davenport Democrat and Leader:[16]
The Independents showed a world of power and lots of spots where sandpaper can be applied profitably. Their offensive was all that could be desired, but the defense was far from perfect. Time and again the visitors would carry the ball to the Rock Island 40-yard line with end runs and line plunges, but that was their high water mark.
None of the Islanders deserve especial citation, all played their part well. Keuhl, Novak and Ursella were extremely clever at eluding the ends, while Novak was always good for four yards thru the line.
Mikesch, St. Paul left halfback, showed a world of speed and pulled off several dazzling end runs thru the entire Islander team. Twice he was stopped on the uncomfortable side of mid-field with only Ursella between him and the two little uprights. Pahl and Pavlick also showed class. Les than 2000 bugs were in attendance.
Copeland:[14]
The score does not indicate the class of the game from the standpoint of interest, for although the Ideals were vastly outplayed in almost every department of the game, they remained a dangerous vector throughout the game that threatened to flaunt the unexpected and thereby cross the Rock Island goal line.
There were several moments during the one-sided contest when breaths were baited from suspense when the Ideals rallied sporadically and cut loose with scoring stuff that was checked only by the most concentrated defense. The Ideals fought gamely to the end through the falling rain that would deter almost any team of such a light weight as the season's initial victims. Outweighed fully 10 pounds to the man, the Ideals made the Independents exert their best, hereby making it one of the best games to witness.
A few days after the game, Flanigan finally got what he wanted the previous year: a game against Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, scheduled for November 21.[17]
Well, until everyone on the Independents started getting hurt during the season (including a particularly ugly game in early November against George Halas' Decatur Staleys), leading to its postponement to November 28.[18] The game was ultimately called off as Thorpe felt it was not financially practical, despite Flanigan still being able to provide the $5,000 guarantee.[19]
Flanigan and Rock Island would never play against Thorpe during their time in the NFL. However, in an ironic twist, Thorpe would join the Independents for the 1924 season. The team folded after 1927.[1]

References

[1] THE ROCK ISLAND INDEPENDENTS by Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll, The Coffin Corner: Vol. 5, No. 3 (1983), Professional Football Researchers Association
[2] CANTON CALLS OFF GAME AFTER LEARNING OF DEFEAT ISLANDERS HANDED OUT TO AKRON TEAM from The Rock Island Argus, December 3, 1919
[3] Sunday's Game Joins Sweet Dreams As $7,000 Is Refused by Bulldogs from The Daily Times, December 5, 1919
[4] "GIVE BOYS JACK INSTEAD REFUND" SAYS LOYAL FAN from The Rock Island Argus, December 6, 1919
[5] ARGUS TO GIVE BOOSTER SHEET TO HELP CAUSE from The Rock Island Argus, September 16, 1920
[6] Associating in Obscurity from the Professional Football Researchers Association
[7] AMATEUR FOOTBALL from The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, September 11, 1919
[8] Parks End Season Sunday Meeting St. Paul Ideals from The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, November 19, 1919
[9] INDEPENDENTS OPEN SEASON WITH IDEAL A. C. TOMORROW: 1919 TEAM NOW GATHERED by Frank Weir, The Daily Times, September 25, 1920
[10] Islander Team Drilling Hard for First Tilt from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 22, 1920
[11] IDEALS NO EASY MARKS ON FIELD, R. I. BOSS LEARNS from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 24, 1920
[12] TIPPING OF GRID LID TO DRAW RECORD CROWD from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 26, 1920
[13] ST. PAUL TEAM NO SETUP FOR OPENING GAME by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, September 25, 1920
[14] Speed and Brawn Win for Islanders; Score, 48-0 by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, September 26, 1920
[15] INDEPENDENTS, WITH FULL STRENGTH, WIN OVER IDEAL A. C. ON MUDDY FIELD, 48-0 by Frank Weir, The Daily Times, September 27, 1920
[16] Independents Swamp Ideal A.C. 48-0 in First Tilt of the Season from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 27, 1920
[17] Rock Island Plays Thorpe's Indians from The Des Moines Evening Tribune, September 29, 1920
[18] Rock Island and Canton to Meet at Douglas Park on Sunday, Nov. 28 from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, November 16, 1920
[19] COLLEGIANS TO MAKE ISLANDERS STEP by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, November 22, 1920
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2020.09.26 03:08 portlane Michael Jones (June 11, 1951 - March 29, 2020)

Michael P. Jones
June 11, 1951 - March 29, 2020
Michael P. Jones of Southeast Portland and Rhododendron, died unexpectedly March 29, 2020 at home.
Michael was born June 11, 1951 to Lawrence (deceased) and Anna Jones, joining sisters, Rita (deceased), Suzette, and Doris, and was later joined by foster brother, Tommy.
Michael's family lived in the very diverse Lents neighborhood, and Michael grew up fascinated by the stories his Italian mother, grandmother, and neighborhood 'old folks' would share. People and their histories became the passions of Michael's life, and led him to collect/journal/share their stories by teaching Oregon history to teachers through Portland State University and founding the educational non-profit Cascade Geographic Society, which allowed him to pursue his passions.
As a young boy, Michael discovered and explored sections of the old Portland underground, and spent his life learning from and respecting the oral histories shared by countless people whose lives were directly or indirectly impacted by the illegal practices of the Shanghai trade. After years of physically digging out/preserving/restoring small sections, Michael and volunteers were able to offer tours to educate the public and share what he had learned. The Museum of the Shanghai Tunnels in Old Town today displays hundreds of collected artifacts, and reflects Michael's reverence for people's personal histories.
Michael was a passionate advocate for the rights of all people, and founded several organizations in addition to the Cascade Geographic Society: Native Americans for Enola Hill, the Mount Hood Sacred Lands Preservation Alliance, and other social justice groups. Michael was an unofficial steward of Native cultural and burial sites, and his work will continue to move forward.
Through Cascade Geographic Society, Michael worked for 25 years to restore an old logging camp in Rhododendron; today, the Oregon Country Settlement is an 18-acre wildlife sanctuary as well as a pioneer-era living history site. Historical events spearheaded by Michael for 35 years will be continued by the volunteers who foresee honoring his lifetime of work.
Michael's immense love of music, particularly Northwest Rock 'n' Roll, led him to critique and write reviews, for more than 25 years, for 'Positively Entertainment & Dining' magazine.
Michael dearly loved his black (chocolate, and yellow) Labradors. After long days at work at the sites of his various passions, Michael so enjoyed coming home to his pups, as well as his precious cats.
He will be profoundly missed by his wife, Nita; their four-leggeds; his mother, Anna; sisters, Suzi (Gerald) and Doris; brother, Tommy; nieces, Michele (Brad), Kathy (Jarren), Kristi (David); nephew, Brian (Kimberly); and countless friends and colleagues.
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Journalist publishes book called “One Billion Americans”
Renowned American journalist and blogger Matthew Yglesias published his book, “One Billion Americans”, on September 15, 2020.
The author assures that the US’ population density per square mile does not compare to countries like China, which is disproportionately outpacing the local economy due to the number of people residing in its territory.
Yglesias argues that the socio-economic growth and development of a nation depends largely on population density and the amount of available jobs, which is stimulated by a relatively high birth rate or, failing that, with the inclusion of multiculturalism.
In the book, there is a comparison between the population density of the US and China, which shows that Chinese citizens do not need to earn the same wages as American citizens to outperform the local economy simply by having more population density per square mile.
However, the author emphasizes that conservative ideals prevent population growth in the US under a wrong hypothesis. In addition to that, he declares that the US will be able to remain as a world power and as a first world country if the population density increases, otherwise, it could lose the international prestige it currently has.
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Immigration as a way to increase population density

Yglesias argues that there are several ways to increase population density and allow the economy to constantly expand. One of his proposals is immigration.
In fact, the author states: “The solution to the illegal immigration crisis is to let more people come legally. Immigrants of virtually all stripes may look like a threat to some xenophobic Americans, but they make native-born Americans richer and fuel the kinds of innovation that can help the country grow.”
Hence, apart from proposing legal immigration as a way to decrease massive illegal immigration, the author also argues that local market benefits greatly from skilled foreign workforce, which has become essential over the last decade.
Adding to that, Yglesias assures that for the US to remain as an international leader, it should have a population density of one billion people. In this way, it could match the economic system of its main “competitor”, China.

What does the Trump administration think?

The current administration of the US, led by President Donald Trump, disagrees with mass inclusion of immigrants. In fact, one of its main purposes has always been to reduce immigration, both legal and illegal.
President Trump argues that foreigners tend to:
  • Reduce job and economic opportunities for the American population.
  • Excessively use public benefits.
  • Overpopulate the country.
However, Yglesias says that the population density of the US is quite low today and could trigger economic problems in the future.
Therefore, after analyzing sources and details about immigration, it is imperative to ask ourselves: what is the country we want for future generations and what are the values we want in our culture?

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2020.09.25 04:59 Erutious For Your Talent

I looked at the number written on the paper, and my eyes grew large.

That was way more money than I made in a year, more money than I'd made in my life, and this guy was offering it to me for…

"So, you want to pay me for...what, exactly?"

The man in the black suit stared at me, hollowly, from behind his mirrored glasses. He sat, nonchalantly, across the table at the small coffee shop I had written in for the last four years. I liked the ambiance here, as did many other local writers it seemed. It was a great place to read and write, and I had been coming here for the past year and a half. I could see many others around me, plinking away on their MacBooks or their off the shelf Walmart laptops, as they wrote the next great American novel or the next hit screenplay.

The longer the man sat there, the more I wished he had approached one of them instead.

"It's straightforward," he said, his voice and cadence reminding me of Agent Smith in The Matrix movies, "we want to pay you for your Talents. You come to our office, let us see your Talent, and pay you for your time and effort. Sound like something you might be interested in?"

Then he smiled, his lips sliding away from his perfectly artificial teeth, and I couldn't help but cringe all over.

It was like a dog who's been taught to smile, unsettling, and a little alarming.

But it was a lot of money.

"Let me think about it." I hedged, and the smile slid mechanically from the man's face.

He produced a business card, rising suddenly and holding it out.

"Let us know if you change your mind. The offer is valid whenever you're ready."

He left then, making his way for the door like a shark hunting his next meal.

I looked at the card and wrinkled my eyebrows.

It was a plain white business card, nothing fancy, with the words, "Libras Talent. Because your Talent should never go to waste." printed on it.

I stared at it for a while as my laptop screen went into sleep mode, darkening and allowing me to see myself as I sat in contemplation.

How very curious.

I've been writing in some form or another for my whole life.

When I was a child, I drew pictures and created games for my friends to play. My pictures, my mother swore, always told a story, and my games were never the haphazard mess that my friends often concocted. People who weren't even part of my friend circle often came to join our games, as they were both fun and engaging in a way that was hard for a child to explain. My teachers praised my creativity and expected they would see great things from me someday.

As I grew, so grew my stories. By the time I was in middle school, my works of fantasy were often entered into writing contests and local student works projects. My playground games had evolved into role play games and pieces of interactive fiction. When I was twelve, I discovered the world of Dungeons and Dragons. This began a lifelong love affair with the game, and I quickly took to the role of Game Master. My campaigns were immersive, my characters engaging, and my adventures never fell victim to the usual problems others seemed to encounter. I wrote well, and, again, the adults in my life often praised me, expecting great things from me in the future.

It was a no brainer for me to study writing after high school. I had soared through what is usually a very trying time for teens by channeling my churning emotions into my medium. I had gotten more than one scholarship for writing, and as college loomed, I put all my efforts into my work. I spent the next four years working on a BA in English and Literature. In the end, I felt I had the tools to begin plying my craft professionally.

Now, I was trying to figure out how to turn that Talent into a paycheck so that I could pay my bills. Magazines liked my work but wanted writers with more experience. There were people online who would pay for stories, but not enough to live off of. Agents were interested, but they didn't want to take a chance on someone so young. My writing was always well received, but there was always the ever-present But hanging at the end of all that praise. A few interested publishers had approached me, but it was always the sort that buried the line about price amidst all that talk. I was twenty-six, four years out of college, self-published, untried, and no one was willing to take a chance on me.

Everyone, except Libras Talent, that is.


I Googled them, of course. I had been burned too many times before and wanted to see what was in store if I decided to take their offer. Their website was professional but soulless. Their credentials were numerous but were presented without any real pride. This soulless corporation wanted another book for their accolades, another pet writer for their trophy case. If I signed on with them, I would be just another soulless shill who writes for nothing but a paycheck.

My phone buzzed, jarring me out of my contemplation. I looked down and sighed as I saw the message from the power company. My check had bounced again, and they were going to shut my power off at the end of the month without some kind of immediate action. That likely meant that Mr. Kapish, my boss at the gas station, had given out bad checks again. He would never admit it, and this likely meant that I wouldn't get paid until the end of the month.

I glanced at the card as it sat propped against my monitor.

Or maybe I'd be able to keep the lights on after all.


I nervously checked my phone to make sure I had come to the right place. I had come to a flat looking building, a two-story white stucco number that looked more like a distribution center than a publishing house. I had dressed in my best interview clothes, a polo, and a pair of slacks, and I already felt underdressed and unsure about the situation. The outer facade bore a simple sign, white and stark, just like the business card.

Libras Talent

I thought about leaving, but the call of the money was too much to resist.

I tried the door, and when it opened, it was almost too good to be true.

The woman behind the counter wore a broad smile as I stepped inside. She was looking at the door, as though expecting me. Her pants suit and quaffed hair made her look assembled rather than styled, but I was taken aback by her smiling regard. The waiting area was as stark as the facade, and the receptionist's regard made me feel like I was marked.

Had she been staring at the door the whole time, just waiting for someone to come in?

"Hi," I said shyly, "I'm looking for…"

"Welcome." she said cheerily, "Mr. Sereph is waiting for you in the back. Please go right ahead."

She pointed to a door to the left of the waiting room, and I walked hesitant towards it, a strange feeling growing with every step.

Beyond the door was a long hallway of offices, names neatly printed on the doors.

Mr. Sereph's office was the third in line.

I knocked, and a voice from the other side invited me in.

Mr. Sereph sat behind his desk, the too-wide smile stretching his lips painfully.

"I'm so glad you decided to accept my generous offer."

I sat across from the grinning man, feeling like Faust as he met with the Devil.

"It was too good a deal to pass up, I suppose," I offered lamely.

"Why yes, the money is a fine incentive, isn't it?"

I shuffled in my seat, not liking the man's regard.

"So, how does this work exactly? Do I have to write something for you or…"

I blinked, startled as looked back at Mr. Sereph, and found a contract had appeared on the desk. Mr. Sereph was leaning over the desk, that too wide smile stretching his face, as he handed me a weighty silver pen. Had that contract been there the whole time? I shrank back a little, the too-wide smile putting me off as the man leered at him.

"What's wrong? I thought you were ready to sign?"

"I am," I insisted, reaching shakily for the pen, "but I'm curious to know what this involves?"

"You show us your Talent, and we pay you for it. Couldn't be simpler."

I looked at the contract, unsure of whether to sign or not. I'd heard of writers getting sucked into these unfair contracts before, and I didn't fancy being kept as someone's pet writer. I looked down at the contract, but it wasn't particularly helpful either. They offered to pay me for my "Talent," but that was all it really said. It was very vague, not really saying anything other than that, with a lot of industry, speak in between.

I hesitated, reading over it again and again, as the money loomed up in my mind. That was a lot of money, enough to live comfortably for quite a while if I was careful. No matter what they had me do, that kind of money could change my life. And even if it were repetition or degrading, I'd still be doing what I loved, right?

I signed the contract and pushed it back to the smiling Mr. Sereph, my own smile looking lame next to his.

Mr. Sereph made it disappear before the ink seemed to be dry, and I was left holding the bulky silver pin in numb fingers.

"Excellent, now come with me so we can access your talent."

Mr. Sereph rose from the desk and led me out into the hall. I followed wordlessly, still not quite sure what was expected of me, as Mr. Sereph clacked along on his hard-soled boots. The long corridor slid past as we walked, the sameness a little disorienting. Mr. Sereph stopped outside another nondescript door and held it open for me to enter. Inside was a stark white room, cluttered only by a desk and a pen held in one of those ornate holders you often saw at weddings. Mr. Sereph nodded to the desk, indicating that I should sit.

"What do you want me to do?" I asked, hovering in the doorway.

I wasn't sure I wanted to enter that unblemished space.

"Just take up the pen; it will know what to do from there." Mr. Sereph said, still grinning that troubling smile.

I hesitated a moment longer before walking inside. I had nowhere else to go really, not unless I meant to break the contract. The room seemed to hum around me as I stepped in, and I could almost swear that the same fluorescent lights were present in the walls as well. The whole room seemed to glow softly around me, and when I turned back, I could see Mr. Sereph push the door shut.

The door slamming like a coffin lid behind me, and I was left alone in the room.

I walked to the desk and took a seat. A single piece of paper lay on it, unblemished and waiting for me. As I looked at it, I could swear that the surface moved. I didn't want to touch it, but it seemed to beckon to me none the less. I reached out for the pen, that instrument of creation, and it felt very right in my hand as I lifted it from the holder. I set the tip against the paper, and, again, I thought it moved almost hungrily beneath the tip. What was I meant to do here? What was I meant to write? Show them my Talent? How was I meant to do…

The pen came down on the paper, its tip blotting the surface as though through magnetism. As though some signal had been given, the pen began to move across the page. Suddenly, I was writing. I wrote words, crafted stories, spilled ideas as the paper drank them down before my eyes. I wrote days, weeks, years worth of stories onto the paper as I wrote. My hand cramped, and my wrist ached, but still, the merciless pen took my words. The paper drank greedily, swelling as I worked, growing as it gobbled my ideas. My vision swam as I felt my words dragged out of me. They were sucked from my body, and I felt sure that I must die.

The paper swelled as I wrote. The single-page became sheets, a novel, a towering juggernaut of pages. The room began to fill with pages, pressing against the ceiling and bulging against the walls. I was powerless to stop my hand from writing, and soon the pages began to block out the lights. I wrote in a state of darkness, my hand guided by its own insane engine. The pages pressed at me from all sides, entombing me in the written word. Still, I wrote.

When I finally passed out, it was a blessing.

I saw the pages topple onto me and closed my eyes as I prepared to be crushed beneath them.

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in my bed in my one-bedroom apartment. My arm throbbed, the fingers and hand feeling like rubber. When I tried to move them, I found them asleep and attributed the feeling to that. I shook them, thinking about the weird dream I had just woken up from. I had written himself into a literal tomb, and as I looked at my arm, I almost thought I could see small blisters on my fingers. I sat down at my computer, looking through my emails for job offers to see how I might manage to keep the lights on this month. When I came across a new email from Libras Talent, I thought I had misread it. It was a strange coincidence that I'd been dreaming about them, and now they were sending me a message. Still, I figured they wanted to make me another offer for my Talent, whatever that meant.

I had to read the email a few times, going over its contents a few times before the meaning finally sank in.

Greetings

We would like to thank you again for your Talent. Please find enclosed the agreed-upon payment for your Talent. We hope you are satisfied with your transaction.

Regards
Mr. D Sereph

I read the email repeatedly, still not quite believing it, before opening the app on my phone linked to my bank account. My eyes went wide when I saw the amount that had been deposited there. I goggled at it in disbelief. It hadn't been a dream, after all. I had sold my Talent! I grinned as I thought of the possibilities. Mr. Sereph had been right.

This amount of money could be life-changing.


I sighed as hI stepped back through the door of my apartment. It had been a great two-week vacation to the Bahamas. I'd spent those weeks in the lap of luxury and still hadn't made a dent in the amount of money Mr. Sereph had put in my bank account. It was an exhilarating feeling, being able to do whatever I wanted, living a life few dreamed of.

Now that I was back, though I supposed it was time to get back to work.

The money was nice, but it wouldn't last forever.

The news feed on my computer pinged to let him know that I had a new alert. I smiled as I saw that one of my favorite authors had just released a new book. I opened the link to look at the article but felt a surge of confusion as I read over the synopsis. It was a new novel, not like anything he'd ever written before. A world of high fantasy, a tale of adventure set in the world of Erudar, where the lord of the hunt sought the princess of…

I stood, astonished at what I was reading. That was MY story! I had been fleshing that concept out for years, and my manuscript was almost ready for submission. I had been so close to sending it off...well, maybe in a couple of years, I would have. I just had to be sure that it was ready before I just sent it off like that. Maybe after a few more re-reads, it would be okay to send it. I didn't want to embarrass myself by sending off...

The manuscript.

I had the manuscript saved on Google docs! I flipped on my computer and banged the mouse on the desk. I furiously opened the browser as the screen came up, putting in my information as the log in screen flashed. It would be time-stamped, dated. I could take it to the proper people and prove that this work had been stolen. As I filled in the required fields, I couldn't believe that something like this would happen. You read about this sort of thing happening online, but I never dreamed that it would happen to me. It was unthinkable, it was impossible, it was…

My google doc profile was empty.

The screen was devoid of content. Someone had scuttled my entire account. Nothing was left but an old resume' that was years out of date. Not a short stories or half-finished works. There was nothing here to signify that I had ever done anything at all.

My hand flew to the drawer and pulled it open. The drawer next to my desk was full of thumb drives that I used as a backup. Should the internet ever fall, I wanted something to fall back on, something to begin anew. An odd worry to have, I know, but we writer are often worried about losing our work to unforeseen circumstances. I searched feverishly;y through the drawer, but I needn't have bothered.

The drawer was empty. My hand scraped the too clean bottom of the drawer as my hand scrabbled through it. No note, no thumb drives, no dust, no trash. Nothing! The drawer was maddeningly clean, and I found myself sobbing as I continued to find nothing.

I searched my computer for any trace of my manuscript, stories, and anything, but it had all been erased. I searched my desk for any notes or leavings of my work, but also found nothing. I looked for my drawings, my sketches, but it was as though they had all disappeared. There wasn't a shred of evidence that I had ever created anything. Even the books I had self-published had vanished from my Amazon account, the hard copies absent from my shelves.

That was when I began to panic. What was happening? Someone had been in my apartment. Someone had stolen my work. Someone had taken my whole life and left me with nothing but the fading memories. Someone had stolen...

My blood ran cold.

My Talent.

I combed through my emails, searching for the email from Sereph. If I could find it, I could prove that he had spoken with him, I could get some help finding my works. The police would find prints or evidence that someone had been there, and they could help me get my things back. Money or not, theft was still a serious crime and...

The email was gone, nowhere to be found.

It was as though I had never spoken with him at all.

That was the day I set about finding Mr. Sereph. It became my all-consuming desire, my only goal in life, and I went about it with surgical precision. I had gone down to the building that had been Libras Talent, but it had been abandoned. The doors were locked, the sign removed, and the building looked empty and forlorn. It had been too big an operation to simply close up overnight, and I had asked the people in the buildings around them if they had seen them packing up. All of them only shook their heads, saying they didn't know anything about a talent agency or a publishing house. I went to the internet, searching for the sites I had used to track them down before, but any email I sent them was either returned, the email address closed, or ignored. It seemed my search wouldn't be as easy as tracking down the company and getting my Talent back.

I don't know when I started thinking of my thumb drives and notes as my Talent, but eventually, that was the word I began to use as well.

That was when I had taken to staking out the coffee shop. The place was always packed, and if Sereph was looking for other writers to swindle, I thought he might come back here. I had brought my laptop the first few times but had stopped after the first week. I was too distracted to write these days, after finding out my life's work had been stolen, and all I thought about was having my work returned to me. I'd spent the last three weeks drinking coffee and keeping my eyes peeled as I held down the corner booth near the bar. I arrived when the place opened and didn't leave until the final customer had shuffled out.

I found Mr. Sereph after the third week of staking out the coffee shop.

Well, that's not really true.

It was just after sunset on a Tuesday when he found me.

I had been sitting in the corner, listening to the sound of keys clacking and drinks being slurped, when I heard his oily voice ooze through my consciousness.

"What we're looking for is your talent."

I swung my head around sharply. The man was at a nearby table, talking to a blond girl that I had seen hanging around lately. She was working on a screenplay it seemed, working hard it seemed, and she had gained the interest of Libras Talent, it seemed. She looked over the business card and told him she'd think about it before leaving in a hurry. As she passed, I saw her face and could tell that she was as put off by the smiling man as I was.

The man sat for a moment, watching her leave, before turning to look at directly at me, smiling his shark's smile.

"I hear you've been looking for me."

I jumped, not yet sure what I would say to him. Mr. Sereph came sauntering over to my table, taking the empty seat as that too wide smile still made me cringe. He took a sip of the cold cup of coffee I had been ignoring for the last hour and seemed to be waiting for me to speak. He had caught me flat-footed, though, and I was utterly incapable of speechless. In my head, I had always been indignant, downright angry, but now, as I stared into that too-wide smile, I felt unsure of what I was doing.

"I assume that you're here to talk about your Talent. I must say, when it hit the bestseller list, I was shocked. I suppose we could reassess your price if you're looking for more money."

That lit the fire in me.

"I want to know exactly what the hell you think you're doing. You break into my apartment, steal my work, clean out my hard drive, and just think you can bribe me with more…"

"I did none of those things." Mr. Sereph said with a roll of his eyes, "We paid you for your Talent. Your Talent was writing, and we took that which we paid for. You signed a contract and were compensated handsomely."

"Wait...you mean you paid me for my stories?"

Sereph scoffed, "Stories? You think we paid you for the rights to your stories?" He laughed, drawing a few looks from the people near us, "I must ask, have you tried to write since you woke up in your bed?"

I had to think about that. Had I written anything for the past two weeks? Felt compelled to write anything? I had signed my name to a few things, maybe written a text message or two. Other than that, I hadn't written so much as a sentence creatively. I had been having too much fun to think about writing. That should have been weird too. The writing was what I did. Without it, my life would be pointless.

"That's right." Sereph said, taking a long sip of the cold coffee, "You sold us your Talent, rather cheaply too, but your kind usually does. You cut your golden goose open too quickly and find nothing as valuable as what you had."

"So, what is Libres Talent? You sell ideas to other writers?"

Sereph scoffed, "Ideas? You're still thinking too small. Do you think that Talent is something that just lasts forever? Talent is a finite resource. It flows and ebbs. Some people are lucky enough to have a large tidal pool, but some people have to buy others Talents to supplement. Libres Talent finds those in need of Talent, literary, athletic, political, what have you, and we get Talent for them."

My blood ran cold.

"So...I'll never write again?"

Mr. Sereph looked a little sad, "Sorry, kiddo, it looks like you'll just have to live like all these other talentless shlubs. But, hey, if you ever decide you want to buy some talent, do keep in touch."

He left a business card on the table and made his way out.

He left me sitting there, my head in my hands, as the sound of raw creativity clicked and scribbled around me.

I had to stop myself from sobbing.

I didn't even write this story. I haven't written anything more than my name or a shopping list since that day. I haven't heard the call to create or thought about anything besides what to watch on tv or what to eat or dinner since that day I woke up in my bed. I told this story to a friend, and he transcribed it for me so I could post it here. I fear it will be the last thing I ever have a hand in creating. I tell you all of this as a warning. There are people out there who will take advantage of simple human greed to cheat you out of your highest calling. Do not do as I have done, do not trade your Talent for a fist full of silver.

And if you see that bastard with the shark's grin, tell him no.

Whatever he offers is not worth your Talent.
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2020.09.25 04:58 Erutious For Your Talent

Readers will note that i have already published this in the third person on wednesday. Having re-written it in the first person, i like how it reads better. So i invite you to be the judge and tell me what you think. Hope you enjoy.
J. Campbell

I looked at the number written on the paper, and my eyes grew large.

That was way more money than I made in a year, more money than I'd made in my life, and this guy was offering it to me for…

"So, you want to pay me for...what, exactly?"

The man in the black suit stared at me, hollowly, from behind his mirrored glasses. He sat, nonchalantly, across the table at the small coffee shop I had written in for the last four years. I liked the ambiance here, as did many other local writers it seemed. It was a great place to read and write, and I had been coming here for the past year and a half. I could see many others around me, plinking away on their MacBooks or their off the shelf Walmart laptops, as they wrote the next great American novel or the next hit screenplay.

The longer the man sat there, the more I wished he had approached one of them instead.

"It's straightforward," he said, his voice and cadence reminding me of Agent Smith in The Matrix movies, "we want to pay you for your Talents. You come to our office, let us see your Talent, and pay you for your time and effort. Sound like something you might be interested in?"

Then he smiled, his lips sliding away from his perfectly artificial teeth, and I couldn't help but cringe all over.

It was like a dog who's been taught to smile, unsettling, and a little alarming.

But it was a lot of money.

"Let me think about it." I hedged, and the smile slid mechanically from the man's face.

He produced a business card, rising suddenly and holding it out.

"Let us know if you change your mind. The offer is valid whenever you're ready."

He left then, making his way for the door like a shark hunting his next meal.

I looked at the card and wrinkled my eyebrows.

It was a plain white business card, nothing fancy, with the words, "Libras Talent. Because your Talent should never go to waste." printed on it.

I stared at it for a while as my laptop screen went into sleep mode, darkening and allowing me to see myself as I sat in contemplation.

How very curious.

I've been writing in some form or another for my whole life.

When I was a child, I drew pictures and created games for my friends to play. My pictures, my mother swore, always told a story, and my games were never the haphazard mess that my friends often concocted. People who weren't even part of my friend circle often came to join our games, as they were both fun and engaging in a way that was hard for a child to explain. My teachers praised my creativity and expected they would see great things from me someday.

As I grew, so grew my stories. By the time I was in middle school, my works of fantasy were often entered into writing contests and local student works projects. My playground games had evolved into role play games and pieces of interactive fiction. When I was twelve, I discovered the world of Dungeons and Dragons. This began a lifelong love affair with the game, and I quickly took to the role of Game Master. My campaigns were immersive, my characters engaging, and my adventures never fell victim to the usual problems others seemed to encounter. I wrote well, and, again, the adults in my life often praised me, expecting great things from me in the future.

It was a no brainer for me to study writing after high school. I had soared through what is usually a very trying time for teens by channeling my churning emotions into my medium. I had gotten more than one scholarship for writing, and as college loomed, I put all my efforts into my work. I spent the next four years working on a BA in English and Literature. In the end, I felt I had the tools to begin plying my craft professionally.

Now, I was trying to figure out how to turn that Talent into a paycheck so that I could pay my bills. Magazines liked my work but wanted writers with more experience. There were people online who would pay for stories, but not enough to live off of. Agents were interested, but they didn't want to take a chance on someone so young. My writing was always well received, but there was always the ever-present But hanging at the end of all that praise. A few interested publishers had approached me, but it was always the sort that buried the line about price amidst all that talk. I was twenty-six, four years out of college, self-published, untried, and no one was willing to take a chance on me.

Everyone, except Libras Talent, that is.


I Googled them, of course. I had been burned too many times before and wanted to see what was in store if I decided to take their offer. Their website was professional but soulless. Their credentials were numerous but were presented without any real pride. This soulless corporation wanted another book for their accolades, another pet writer for their trophy case. If I signed on with them, I would be just another soulless shill who writes for nothing but a paycheck.

My phone buzzed, jarring me out of my contemplation. I looked down and sighed as I saw the message from the power company. My check had bounced again, and they were going to shut my power off at the end of the month without some kind of immediate action. That likely meant that Mr. Kapish, my boss at the gas station, had given out bad checks again. He would never admit it, and this likely meant that I wouldn't get paid until the end of the month.

I glanced at the card as it sat propped against my monitor.

Or maybe I'd be able to keep the lights on after all.


I nervously checked my phone to make sure I had come to the right place. I had come to a flat looking building, a two-story white stucco number that looked more like a distribution center than a publishing house. I had dressed in my best interview clothes, a polo, and a pair of slacks, and I already felt underdressed and unsure about the situation. The outer facade bore a simple sign, white and stark, just like the business card.

Libras Talent

I thought about leaving, but the call of the money was too much to resist.

I tried the door, and when it opened, it was almost too good to be true.

The woman behind the counter wore a broad smile as I stepped inside. She was looking at the door, as though expecting me. Her pants suit and quaffed hair made her look assembled rather than styled, but I was taken aback by her smiling regard. The waiting area was as stark as the facade, and the receptionist's regard made me feel like I was marked.

Had she been staring at the door the whole time, just waiting for someone to come in?

"Hi," I said shyly, "I'm looking for…"

"Welcome." she said cheerily, "Mr. Sereph is waiting for you in the back. Please go right ahead."

She pointed to a door to the left of the waiting room, and I walked hesitant towards it, a strange feeling growing with every step.

Beyond the door was a long hallway of offices, names neatly printed on the doors.

Mr. Sereph's office was the third in line.

I knocked, and a voice from the other side invited me in.

Mr. Sereph sat behind his desk, the too-wide smile stretching his lips painfully.

"I'm so glad you decided to accept my generous offer."

I sat across from the grinning man, feeling like Faust as he met with the Devil.

"It was too good a deal to pass up, I suppose," I offered lamely.

"Why yes, the money is a fine incentive, isn't it?"

I shuffled in my seat, not liking the man's regard.

"So, how does this work exactly? Do I have to write something for you or…"

I blinked, startled as looked back at Mr. Sereph, and found a contract had appeared on the desk. Mr. Sereph was leaning over the desk, that too wide smile stretching his face, as he handed me a weighty silver pen. Had that contract been there the whole time? I shrank back a little, the too-wide smile putting me off as the man leered at him.

"What's wrong? I thought you were ready to sign?"

"I am," I insisted, reaching shakily for the pen, "but I'm curious to know what this involves?"

"You show us your Talent, and we pay you for it. Couldn't be simpler."

I looked at the contract, unsure of whether to sign or not. I'd heard of writers getting sucked into these unfair contracts before, and I didn't fancy being kept as someone's pet writer. I looked down at the contract, but it wasn't particularly helpful either. They offered to pay me for my "Talent," but that was all it really said. It was very vague, not really saying anything other than that, with a lot of industry, speak in between.

I hesitated, reading over it again and again, as the money loomed up in my mind. That was a lot of money, enough to live comfortably for quite a while if I was careful. No matter what they had me do, that kind of money could change my life. And even if it were repetition or degrading, I'd still be doing what I loved, right?

I signed the contract and pushed it back to the smiling Mr. Sereph, my own smile looking lame next to his.

Mr. Sereph made it disappear before the ink seemed to be dry, and I was left holding the bulky silver pin in numb fingers.

"Excellent, now come with me so we can access your talent."

Mr. Sereph rose from the desk and led me out into the hall. I followed wordlessly, still not quite sure what was expected of me, as Mr. Sereph clacked along on his hard-soled boots. The long corridor slid past as we walked, the sameness a little disorienting. Mr. Sereph stopped outside another nondescript door and held it open for me to enter. Inside was a stark white room, cluttered only by a desk and a pen held in one of those ornate holders you often saw at weddings. Mr. Sereph nodded to the desk, indicating that I should sit.

"What do you want me to do?" I asked, hovering in the doorway.

I wasn't sure I wanted to enter that unblemished space.

"Just take up the pen; it will know what to do from there." Mr. Sereph said, still grinning that troubling smile.

I hesitated a moment longer before walking inside. I had nowhere else to go really, not unless I meant to break the contract. The room seemed to hum around me as I stepped in, and I could almost swear that the same fluorescent lights were present in the walls as well. The whole room seemed to glow softly around me, and when I turned back, I could see Mr. Sereph push the door shut.

The door slamming like a coffin lid behind me, and I was left alone in the room.

I walked to the desk and took a seat. A single piece of paper lay on it, unblemished and waiting for me. As I looked at it, I could swear that the surface moved. I didn't want to touch it, but it seemed to beckon to me none the less. I reached out for the pen, that instrument of creation, and it felt very right in my hand as I lifted it from the holder. I set the tip against the paper, and, again, I thought it moved almost hungrily beneath the tip. What was I meant to do here? What was I meant to write? Show them my Talent? How was I meant to do…

The pen came down on the paper, its tip blotting the surface as though through magnetism. As though some signal had been given, the pen began to move across the page. Suddenly, I was writing. I wrote words, crafted stories, spilled ideas as the paper drank them down before my eyes. I wrote days, weeks, years worth of stories onto the paper as I wrote. My hand cramped, and my wrist ached, but still, the merciless pen took my words. The paper drank greedily, swelling as I worked, growing as it gobbled my ideas. My vision swam as I felt my words dragged out of me. They were sucked from my body, and I felt sure that I must die.

The paper swelled as I wrote. The single-page became sheets, a novel, a towering juggernaut of pages. The room began to fill with pages, pressing against the ceiling and bulging against the walls. I was powerless to stop my hand from writing, and soon the pages began to block out the lights. I wrote in a state of darkness, my hand guided by its own insane engine. The pages pressed at me from all sides, entombing me in the written word. Still, I wrote.

When I finally passed out, it was a blessing.

I saw the pages topple onto me and closed my eyes as I prepared to be crushed beneath them.

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in my bed in my one-bedroom apartment. My arm throbbed, the fingers and hand feeling like rubber. When I tried to move them, I found them asleep and attributed the feeling to that. I shook them, thinking about the weird dream I had just woken up from. I had written himself into a literal tomb, and as I looked at my arm, I almost thought I could see small blisters on my fingers. I sat down at my computer, looking through my emails for job offers to see how I might manage to keep the lights on this month. When I came across a new email from Libras Talent, I thought I had misread it. It was a strange coincidence that I'd been dreaming about them, and now they were sending me a message. Still, I figured they wanted to make me another offer for my Talent, whatever that meant.

I had to read the email a few times, going over its contents a few times before the meaning finally sank in.

Greetings

We would like to thank you again for your Talent. Please find enclosed the agreed-upon payment for your Talent. We hope you are satisfied with your transaction.

Regards
Mr. D Sereph

I read the email repeatedly, still not quite believing it, before opening the app on my phone linked to my bank account. My eyes went wide when I saw the amount that had been deposited there. I goggled at it in disbelief. It hadn't been a dream, after all. I had sold my Talent! I grinned as I thought of the possibilities. Mr. Sereph had been right.

This amount of money could be life-changing.


I sighed as hI stepped back through the door of my apartment. It had been a great two-week vacation to the Bahamas. I'd spent those weeks in the lap of luxury and still hadn't made a dent in the amount of money Mr. Sereph had put in my bank account. It was an exhilarating feeling, being able to do whatever I wanted, living a life few dreamed of.

Now that I was back, though I supposed it was time to get back to work.

The money was nice, but it wouldn't last forever.

The news feed on my computer pinged to let him know that I had a new alert. I smiled as I saw that one of my favorite authors had just released a new book. I opened the link to look at the article but felt a surge of confusion as I read over the synopsis. It was a new novel, not like anything he'd ever written before. A world of high fantasy, a tale of adventure set in the world of Erudar, where the lord of the hunt sought the princess of…

I stood, astonished at what I was reading. That was MY story! I had been fleshing that concept out for years, and my manuscript was almost ready for submission. I had been so close to sending it off...well, maybe in a couple of years, I would have. I just had to be sure that it was ready before I just sent it off like that. Maybe after a few more re-reads, it would be okay to send it. I didn't want to embarrass myself by sending off...

The manuscript.

I had the manuscript saved on Google docs! I flipped on my computer and banged the mouse on the desk. I furiously opened the browser as the screen came up, putting in my information as the log in screen flashed. It would be time-stamped, dated. I could take it to the proper people and prove that this work had been stolen. As I filled in the required fields, I couldn't believe that something like this would happen. You read about this sort of thing happening online, but I never dreamed that it would happen to me. It was unthinkable, it was impossible, it was…

My google doc profile was empty.

The screen was devoid of content. Someone had scuttled my entire account. Nothing was left but an old resume' that was years out of date. Not a short stories or half-finished works. There was nothing here to signify that I had ever done anything at all.

My hand flew to the drawer and pulled it open. The drawer next to my desk was full of thumb drives that I used as a backup. Should the internet ever fall, I wanted something to fall back on, something to begin anew. An odd worry to have, I know, but we writer are often worried about losing our work to unforeseen circumstances. I searched feverishly;y through the drawer, but I needn't have bothered.

The drawer was empty. My hand scraped the too clean bottom of the drawer as my hand scrabbled through it. No note, no thumb drives, no dust, no trash. Nothing! The drawer was maddeningly clean, and I found myself sobbing as I continued to find nothing.

I searched my computer for any trace of my manuscript, stories, and anything, but it had all been erased. I searched my desk for any notes or leavings of my work, but also found nothing. I looked for my drawings, my sketches, but it was as though they had all disappeared. There wasn't a shred of evidence that I had ever created anything. Even the books I had self-published had vanished from my Amazon account, the hard copies absent from my shelves.

That was when I began to panic. What was happening? Someone had been in my apartment. Someone had stolen my work. Someone had taken my whole life and left me with nothing but the fading memories. Someone had stolen...

My blood ran cold.

My Talent.

I combed through my emails, searching for the email from Sereph. If I could find it, I could prove that he had spoken with him, I could get some help finding my works. The police would find prints or evidence that someone had been there, and they could help me get my things back. Money or not, theft was still a serious crime and...

The email was gone, nowhere to be found.

It was as though I had never spoken with him at all.

That was the day I set about finding Mr. Sereph. It became my all-consuming desire, my only goal in life, and I went about it with surgical precision. I had gone down to the building that had been Libras Talent, but it had been abandoned. The doors were locked, the sign removed, and the building looked empty and forlorn. It had been too big an operation to simply close up overnight, and I had asked the people in the buildings around them if they had seen them packing up. All of them only shook their heads, saying they didn't know anything about a talent agency or a publishing house. I went to the internet, searching for the sites I had used to track them down before, but any email I sent them was either returned, the email address closed, or ignored. It seemed my search wouldn't be as easy as tracking down the company and getting my Talent back.

I don't know when I started thinking of my thumb drives and notes as my Talent, but eventually, that was the word I began to use as well.

That was when I had taken to staking out the coffee shop. The place was always packed, and if Sereph was looking for other writers to swindle, I thought he might come back here. I had brought my laptop the first few times but had stopped after the first week. I was too distracted to write these days, after finding out my life's work had been stolen, and all I thought about was having my work returned to me. I'd spent the last three weeks drinking coffee and keeping my eyes peeled as I held down the corner booth near the bar. I arrived when the place opened and didn't leave until the final customer had shuffled out.

I found Mr. Sereph after the third week of staking out the coffee shop.

Well, that's not really true.

It was just after sunset on a Tuesday when he found me.

I had been sitting in the corner, listening to the sound of keys clacking and drinks being slurped, when I heard his oily voice ooze through my consciousness.

"What we're looking for is your talent."

I swung my head around sharply. The man was at a nearby table, talking to a blond girl that I had seen hanging around lately. She was working on a screenplay it seemed, working hard it seemed, and she had gained the interest of Libras Talent, it seemed. She looked over the business card and told him she'd think about it before leaving in a hurry. As she passed, I saw her face and could tell that she was as put off by the smiling man as I was.

The man sat for a moment, watching her leave, before turning to look at directly at me, smiling his shark's smile.

"I hear you've been looking for me."

I jumped, not yet sure what I would say to him. Mr. Sereph came sauntering over to my table, taking the empty seat as that too wide smile still made me cringe. He took a sip of the cold cup of coffee I had been ignoring for the last hour and seemed to be waiting for me to speak. He had caught me flat-footed, though, and I was utterly incapable of speechless. In my head, I had always been indignant, downright angry, but now, as I stared into that too-wide smile, I felt unsure of what I was doing.

"I assume that you're here to talk about your Talent. I must say, when it hit the bestseller list, I was shocked. I suppose we could reassess your price if you're looking for more money."

That lit the fire in me.

"I want to know exactly what the hell you think you're doing. You break into my apartment, steal my work, clean out my hard drive, and just think you can bribe me with more…"

"I did none of those things." Mr. Sereph said with a roll of his eyes, "We paid you for your Talent. Your Talent was writing, and we took that which we paid for. You signed a contract and were compensated handsomely."

"Wait...you mean you paid me for my stories?"

Sereph scoffed, "Stories? You think we paid you for the rights to your stories?" He laughed, drawing a few looks from the people near us, "I must ask, have you tried to write since you woke up in your bed?"

I had to think about that. Had I written anything for the past two weeks? Felt compelled to write anything? I had signed my name to a few things, maybe written a text message or two. Other than that, I hadn't written so much as a sentence creatively. I had been having too much fun to think about writing. That should have been weird too. The writing was what I did. Without it, my life would be pointless.

"That's right." Sereph said, taking a long sip of the cold coffee, "You sold us your Talent, rather cheaply too, but your kind usually does. You cut your golden goose open too quickly and find nothing as valuable as what you had."

"So, what is Libres Talent? You sell ideas to other writers?"

Sereph scoffed, "Ideas? You're still thinking too small. Do you think that Talent is something that just lasts forever? Talent is a finite resource. It flows and ebbs. Some people are lucky enough to have a large tidal pool, but some people have to buy others Talents to supplement. Libres Talent finds those in need of Talent, literary, athletic, political, what have you, and we get Talent for them."

My blood ran cold.

"So...I'll never write again?"

Mr. Sereph looked a little sad, "Sorry, kiddo, it looks like you'll just have to live like all these other talentless shlubs. But, hey, if you ever decide you want to buy some talent, do keep in touch."

He left a business card on the table and made his way out.

He left me sitting there, my head in my hands, as the sound of raw creativity clicked and scribbled around me.

I had to stop myself from sobbing.

I didn't even write this story. I haven't written anything more than my name or a shopping list since that day. I haven't heard the call to create or thought about anything besides what to watch on tv or what to eat or dinner since that day I woke up in my bed. I told this story to a friend, and he transcribed it for me so I could post it here. I fear it will be the last thing I ever have a hand in creating. I tell you all of this as a warning. There are people out there who will take advantage of simple human greed to cheat you out of your highest calling. Do not do as I have done, do not trade your Talent for a fist full of silver.

And if you see that bastard with the shark's grin, tell him no.

Whatever he offers is not worth your Talent.
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2020.09.25 04:55 Erutious For Your Talent

I looked at the number written on the paper, and my eyes grew large.

That was way more money than I made in a year, more money than I'd made in my life, and this guy was offering it to me for…

"So, you want to pay me for...what, exactly?"

The man in the black suit stared at me, hollowly, from behind his mirrored glasses. He sat, nonchalantly, across the table at the small coffee shop I had written in for the last four years. I liked the ambiance here, as did many other local writers it seemed. It was a great place to read and write, and the coffee was an added bonus. I could see many others around me, plinking away on their MacBooks or their off the shelf Walmart laptops, as they wrote the next great American novel or the next hit screenplay.

The longer the man sat there, the more I wished he had approached one of them instead.

"It's straightforward," he said, his voice and cadence reminding me of Agent Smith in The Matrix movies, "we want to pay you for your Talents. You come to our office, let us see your Talent, and pay you for your time and effort. Sound like something you might be interested in?"

Then he smiled, his lips sliding away from his perfectly artificial teeth, and I couldn't help but cringe all over.

It was like a dog who's been taught to smile, unsettling, and a little alarming.

But it was a lot of money.

"Let me think about it." I hedged, and the smile slid mechanically from the man's face.

He produced a business card, rising suddenly and holding it out.

"Let us know if you change your mind. The offer is valid whenever you're ready."

He left then, making his way for the door like a shark hunting his next meal.

I looked at the card and wrinkled my eyebrows.

It was a plain white business card, nothing fancy, with the words, "Libras Talent. Because your Talent should never go to waste." printed on it.

I stared at it for a while as my laptop screen went into sleep mode, darkening and allowing me to see myself as I sat in contemplation.

How very curious.

I've been writing in some form or another for my whole life.

When I was a child, I drew pictures and created games for my friends to play. My pictures, my mother swore, always told a story, and my games were never the haphazard mess that my friends often concocted. People who weren't even part of my friend circle often came to join our games, as they were both fun and engaging in a way that was hard for a child to explain. My teachers praised my creativity and expected they would see great things from me someday.

As I grew, so grew my stories. By the time I was in middle school, my works of fantasy were often entered into writing contests and local student works projects. My playground games had evolved into role play games and pieces of interactive fiction. When I was twelve, I discovered the world of Dungeons and Dragons. This began a lifelong love affair with the game, and I quickly took to the role of Game Master. My campaigns were immersive, my characters engaging, and my adventures never fell victim to the usual problems others seemed to encounter. I wrote well, and, again, the adults in my life often praised me, expecting great things from me in the future.

It was a no brainer for me to study writing after high school. I had soared through what is usually a very trying time for teens by channeling my churning emotions into my medium. I had gotten more than one scholarship for writing, and as college loomed, I put all my efforts into my work. I spent the next four years working on a BA in English and Literature. In the end, I felt I had the tools to begin plying my craft professionally.

Now, I was trying to figure out how to turn that Talent into a paycheck so that I could pay my bills. Magazines liked my work but wanted writers with more experience. There were people online who would pay for stories, but not enough to live off of. Agents were interested, but they didn't want to take a chance on someone so young. My writing was always well received, but there was always the ever-present But hanging at the end of all that praise. A few interested publishers had approached me, but it was always the sort that buried the line about price amidst all that talk. I was twenty-six, four years out of college, self-published, untried, and no one was willing to take a chance on me.

Everyone, except Libras Talent, that is.


I Googled them, of course. I had been burned too many times before and wanted to see what was in store if I decided to take their offer. Their website was professional but soulless. Their credentials were numerous but were presented without any real pride. This soulless corporation wanted another book for their accolades, another pet writer for their trophy case. If I signed on with them, I would be just another soulless shill who writes for nothing but a paycheck.

My phone buzzed, jarring me out of my contemplation. I looked down and sighed as I saw the message from the power company. My check had bounced again, and they were going to shut my power off at the end of the month without some kind of immediate action. That likely meant that Mr. Kapish, my boss at the gas station, had given out bad checks again. He would never admit it, and this likely meant that I wouldn't get paid until the end of the month.

I glanced at the card as it sat propped against my monitor.

Or maybe I'd be able to keep the lights on after all.


I nervously checked my phone to make sure I had come to the right place. I had come to a flat looking building, a two-story white stucco number that looked more like a distribution center than a publishing house. I had dressed in my best interview clothes, a polo, and a pair of slacks, and I already felt underdressed and unsure about the situation. The outer facade bore a simple sign, white and stark, just like the business card.

Libras Talent

I thought about leaving, but the call of the money was too much to resist.

I tried the door, and when it opened, it was almost too good to be true.

The woman behind the counter wore a broad smile as I stepped inside. She was looking at the door, as though expecting me. Her pants suit and quaffed hair made her look assembled rather than styled, but I was taken aback by her smiling regard. The waiting area was as stark as the facade, and the receptionist's regard made me feel like I was marked.

Had she been staring at the door the whole time, just waiting for someone to come in?

"Hi," I said shyly, "I'm looking for…"

"Welcome." she said cheerily, "Mr. Sereph is waiting for you in the back. Please go right ahead."

She pointed to a door to the left of the waiting room, and I walked hesitant towards it, a strange feeling growing with every step.

Beyond the door was a long hallway of offices, names neatly printed on the doors.

Mr. Sereph's office was the third in line.

I knocked, and a voice from the other side invited me in.

Mr. Sereph sat behind his desk, the too-wide smile stretching his lips painfully.

"I'm so glad you decided to accept my generous offer."

I sat across from the grinning man, feeling like Faust as he met with the Devil.

"It was too good a deal to pass up, I suppose," I offered lamely.

"Why yes, the money is a fine incentive, isn't it?"

I shuffled in my seat, not liking the man's regard.

"So, how does this work exactly? Do I have to write something for you or…"

I blinked, startled as looked back at Mr. Sereph, and found a contract had appeared on the desk. Mr. Sereph was leaning over the desk, that too wide smile stretching his face, as he handed me a weighty silver pen. Had that contract been there the whole time? I shrank back a little, the too-wide smile putting me off as the man leered at him.

"What's wrong? I thought you were ready to sign?"

"I am," I insisted, reaching shakily for the pen, "but I'm curious to know what this involves?"

"You show us your Talent, and we pay you for it. Couldn't be simpler."

I looked at the contract, unsure of whether to sign or not. I'd heard of writers getting sucked into these unfair contracts before, and I didn't fancy being kept as someone's pet writer. I looked down at the contract, but it wasn't particularly helpful either. They offered to pay me for my "Talent," but that was all it really said. It was very vague, not really saying anything other than that, with a lot of industry, speak in between.

I hesitated, reading over it again and again, as the money loomed up in my mind. That was a lot of money, enough to live comfortably for quite a while if I was careful. No matter what they had me do, that kind of money could change my life. And even if it were repetition or degrading, I'd still be doing what I loved, right?

I signed the contract and pushed it back to the smiling Mr. Sereph, my own smile looking lame next to his.

Mr. Sereph made it disappear before the ink seemed to be dry, and I was left holding the bulky silver pin in numb fingers.

"Excellent, now come with me so we can access your talent."

Mr. Sereph rose from the desk and led me out into the hall. I followed wordlessly, still not quite sure what was expected of me, as Mr. Sereph clacked along on his hard-soled boots. The long corridor slid past as we walked, the sameness a little disorienting. Mr. Sereph stopped outside another nondescript door and held it open for me to enter. Inside was a stark white room, cluttered only by a desk and a pen held in one of those ornate holders you often saw at weddings. Mr. Sereph nodded to the desk, indicating that I should sit.

"What do you want me to do?" I asked, hovering in the doorway.

I wasn't sure I wanted to enter that unblemished space.

"Just take up the pen; it will know what to do from there." Mr. Sereph said, still grinning that troubling smile.

I hesitated a moment longer before walking inside. I had nowhere else to go really, not unless I meant to break the contract. The room seemed to hum around me as I stepped in, and I could almost swear that the same fluorescent lights were present in the walls as well. The whole room seemed to glow softly around me, and when I turned back, I could see Mr. Sereph push the door shut.

The door slamming like a coffin lid behind me, and I was left alone in the room.

I walked to the desk and took a seat. A single piece of paper lay on it, unblemished and waiting for me. As I looked at it, I could swear that the surface moved. I didn't want to touch it, but it seemed to beckon to me none the less. I reached out for the pen, that instrument of creation, and it felt very right in my hand as I lifted it from the holder. I set the tip against the paper, and, again, I thought it moved almost hungrily beneath the tip. What was I meant to do here? What was I meant to write? Show them my Talent? How was I meant to do…

The pen came down on the paper, its tip blotting the surface as though through magnetism. As though some signal had been given, the pen began to move across the page. Suddenly, I was writing. I wrote words, crafted stories, spilled ideas as the paper drank them down before my eyes. I wrote days, weeks, years worth of stories onto the paper as I wrote. My hand cramped, and my wrist ached, but still, the merciless pen took my words. The paper drank greedily, swelling as I worked, growing as it gobbled my ideas. My vision swam as I felt my words dragged out of me. They were sucked from my body, and I felt sure that I must die.

The paper swelled as I wrote. The single-page became sheets, a novel, a towering juggernaut of pages. The room began to fill with pages, pressing against the ceiling and bulging against the walls. I was powerless to stop my hand from writing, and soon the pages began to block out the lights. I wrote in a state of darkness, my hand guided by its own insane engine. The pages pressed at me from all sides, entombing me in the written word. Still, I wrote.

When I finally passed out, it was a blessing.

I saw the pages topple onto me and closed my eyes as I prepared to be crushed beneath them.

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in my bed in my one-bedroom apartment. My arm throbbed, the fingers and hand feeling like rubber. When I tried to move them, I found them asleep and attributed the feeling to that. I shook them, thinking about the weird dream I had just woken up from. I had written himself into a literal tomb, and as I looked at my arm, I almost thought I could see small blisters on my fingers. I sat down at my computer, looking through my emails for job offers to see how I might manage to keep the lights on this month. When I came across a new email from Libras Talent, I thought I had misread it. It was a strange coincidence that I'd been dreaming about them, and now they were sending me a message. Still, I figured they wanted to make me another offer for my Talent, whatever that meant.

I had to read the email a few times, going over its contents a few times before the meaning finally sank in.

Greetings

We would like to thank you again for your Talent. Please find enclosed the agreed-upon payment for your Talent. We hope you are satisfied with your transaction.

Regards
Mr. D Sereph

I read the email repeatedly, still not quite believing it, before opening the app on my phone linked to my bank account. My eyes went wide when I saw the amount that had been deposited there. I goggled at it in disbelief. It hadn't been a dream, after all. I had sold my Talent! I grinned as I thought of the possibilities. Mr. Sereph had been right.

This amount of money could be life-changing.


I sighed as hI stepped back through the door of my apartment. It had been a great two-week vacation to the Bahamas. I'd spent those weeks in the lap of luxury and still hadn't made a dent in the amount of money Mr. Sereph had put in my bank account. It was an exhilarating feeling, being able to do whatever I wanted, living a life few dreamed of.

Now that I was back, though I supposed it was time to get back to work.

The money was nice, but it wouldn't last forever.

The news feed on my computer pinged to let him know that I had a new alert. I smiled as I saw that one of my favorite authors had just released a new book. I opened the link to look at the article but felt a surge of confusion as I read over the synopsis. It was a new novel, not like anything he'd ever written before. A world of high fantasy, a tale of adventure set in the world of Erudar, where the lord of the hunt sought the princess of…

I stood, astonished at what I was reading. That was MY story! I had been fleshing that concept out for years, and my manuscript was almost ready for submission. I had been so close to sending it off...well, maybe in a couple of years, I would have. I just had to be sure that it was ready before I just sent it off like that. Maybe after a few more re-reads, it would be okay to send it. I didn't want to embarrass myself by sending off...

The manuscript.

I had the manuscript saved on Google docs! I flipped on my computer and banged the mouse on the desk. I furiously opened the browser as the screen came up, putting in my information as the log in screen flashed. It would be time-stamped, dated. I could take it to the proper people and prove that this work had been stolen. As I filled in the required fields, I couldn't believe that something like this would happen. You read about this sort of thing happening online, but I never dreamed that it would happen to me. It was unthinkable, it was impossible, it was…

My google doc profile was empty.

The screen was devoid of content. Someone had scuttled my entire account. Nothing was left but an old resume' that was years out of date. Not a short stories or half-finished works. There was nothing here to signify that I had ever done anything at all.

My hand flew to the drawer and pulled it open. The drawer next to my desk was full of thumb drives that I used as a backup. Should the internet ever fall, I wanted something to fall back on, something to begin anew. An odd worry to have, I know, but we writer are often worried about losing our work to unforeseen circumstances. I searched feverishly through the drawer, but I needn't have bothered.

The drawer was empty. My hand scraped the too clean bottom of the drawer as my hand scrabbled through it. No note, no thumb drives, no dust, no trash. Nothing! The drawer was maddeningly clean, and I found myself sobbing as I continued to find nothing.

I searched my computer for any trace of my manuscript, stories, and anything, but it had all been erased. I searched my desk for any notes or leavings of my work, but also found nothing. I looked for my drawings, my sketches, but it was as though they had all disappeared. There wasn't a shred of evidence that I had ever created anything. Even the books I had self-published had vanished from my Amazon account, the hard copies absent from my shelves.

That was when I began to panic. What was happening? Someone had been in my apartment. Someone had stolen my work. Someone had taken my whole life and left me with nothing but the fading memories. Someone had stolen...

My blood ran cold.

My Talent.

I combed through my emails, searching for the email from Sereph. If I could find it, I could prove that he had spoken with him, I could get some help finding my works. The police would find prints or evidence that someone had been there, and they could help me get my things back. Money or not, theft was still a serious crime and...

The email was gone, nowhere to be found.

It was as though I had never spoken with him at all.

That was the day I set about finding Mr. Sereph. It became my all-consuming desire, my only goal in life, and I went about it with surgical precision. I had gone down to the building that had been Libras Talent, but it had been abandoned. The doors were locked, the sign removed, and the building looked empty and forlorn. It had been too big an operation to simply close up overnight, and I had asked the people in the buildings around them if they had seen them packing up. All of them only shook their heads, saying they didn't know anything about a talent agency or a publishing house. I went to the internet, searching for the sites I had used to track them down before, but any email I sent them was either returned, the email address closed, or ignored. It seemed my search wouldn't be as easy as tracking down the company and getting my Talent back.

I don't know when I started thinking of my thumb drives and notes as my Talent, but eventually, that was the word I began to use as well.

That was when I had taken to staking out the coffee shop. The place was always packed, and if Sereph was looking for other writers to swindle, I thought he might come back here. I had brought my laptop the first few times but had stopped after the first week. I was too distracted to write these days, after finding out my life's work had been stolen, and all I thought about was having my work returned to me. I'd spent the last three weeks drinking coffee and keeping my eyes peeled as I held down the corner booth near the bar. I arrived when the place opened and didn't leave until the final customer had shuffled out.

I found Mr. Sereph after the third week of staking out the coffee shop.

Well, that's not really true.

It was just after sunset on a Tuesday when he found me.

I had been sitting in the corner, listening to the sound of keys clacking and drinks being slurped, when I heard his oily voice ooze through my consciousness.

"What we're looking for is your talent."

I swung my head around sharply. The man was at a nearby table, talking to a blond girl that I had seen hanging around lately. She was working on a screenplay it seemed, working hard it seemed, and she had gained the interest of Libras Talent, it seemed. She looked over the business card and told him she'd think about it before leaving in a hurry. As she passed, I saw her face and could tell that she was as put off by the smiling man as I was.

The man sat for a moment, watching her leave, before turning to look at directly at me, smiling his shark's smile.

"I hear you've been looking for me."

I jumped, not yet sure what I would say to him. Mr. Sereph came sauntering over to my table, taking the empty seat as that too wide smile still made me cringe. He took a sip of the cold cup of coffee I had been ignoring for the last hour and seemed to be waiting for me to speak. He had caught me flat-footed, though, and I was utterly incapable of speechless. In my head, I had always been indignant, downright angry, but now, as I stared into that too-wide smile, I felt unsure of what I was doing.

"I assume that you're here to talk about your Talent. I must say, when it hit the bestseller list, I was shocked. I suppose we could reassess your price if you're looking for more money."

That lit the fire in me.

"I want to know exactly what the hell you think you're doing. You break into my apartment, steal my work, clean out my hard drive, and just think you can bribe me with more…"

"I did none of those things." Mr. Sereph said with a roll of his eyes, "We paid you for your Talent. Your Talent was writing, and we took that which we paid for. You signed a contract and thus the fruits of your talent became ours. We did not steal them, we merely repossessed our property."

"Wait...you mean you paid me for my stories?"

Sereph scoffed, "Stories? You think we paid you for the rights to your stories?" He laughed, drawing a few looks from the people near us, "I must ask, have you tried to write since you woke up in your bed?"

I had to think about that. Had I written anything for the past two weeks? Felt compelled to write anything? I had signed my name to a few things, maybe written a text message or two. Other than that, I hadn't written so much as a sentence creatively. I had been having too much fun to think about writing. That should have been weird too. The writing was what I did. Without it, my life would be pointless.

"That's right." Sereph said, taking a long sip of the cold coffee, "You sold us your Talent, rather cheaply too, but your kind usually does. You cut your golden goose open too quickly and find nothing as valuable as what you had."

"So, what is Libres Talent? You sell ideas to other writers?"

Sereph scoffed, "Ideas? You're still thinking too small. Do you think that Talent is something that just lasts forever? Talent is a finite resource. It flows and ebbs. Some people are lucky enough to have a large tidal pool, but some people have to buy others Talents to supplement. Libres Talent finds those in need of Talent, literary, athletic, political, what have you, and we get Talent for them."

My blood ran cold.

"So...I'll never write again?"

Mr. Sereph looked a little sad, "Sorry, kiddo, it looks like you'll just have to live like all these other talentless shlubs. But, hey, if you ever decide you want to buy some talent, do keep in touch."

He left a business card on the table and made his way out.

He left me sitting there, my head in my hands, as the sound of raw creativity clicked and scribbled around me.

I had to stop myself from sobbing.

I didn't even write this story. I haven't written anything more than my name or a shopping list since that day. I haven't heard the call to create or thought about anything besides what to watch on tv or what to eat or dinner since that day I woke up in my bed. I told this story to a friend, and he transcribed it for me so I could post it here. I fear it will be the last thing I ever have a hand in creating. I tell you all of this as a warning. There are people out there who will take advantage of simple human greed to cheat you out of your highest calling. Do not do as I have done, do not trade your Talent for a fist full of silver.

And if you see that bastard with the shark's grin, tell him no.

Whatever he offers is not worth your Talent.
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2020.09.24 20:40 techwabbit r/DonaldTrump's "Trump's Top 45 Accomplishments" - #39: Cybersecurity Enhancements

DonaldTrump's Top 45 Accomplishments (full list): https://www.reddit.com/donaldtrump/wiki/top_45

★ Accomplishment #39 ★

Cybersecurity Enhancements

Government Cybersecurity Strategy

  • On May 11, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order on 'Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure'
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-strengthening-cybersecurity-federal-networks-critical-infrastructure/
  • On September 13, 2017 The Trump Administrations Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive banning Kaspersky Labs software from Government Systems, for Kaspersky's ties to the Russian Government.
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/13/dhs-statement-issuance-binding-operational-directive-17-01
  • In November 2017 The Trump Administrations Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Issued a report 'Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce: Building the Foundation for a More Secure American Future'
https://www.nist.gov/system/files/documents/2018/07/24/eo_wf_report_to_potus.pdf
  • On May 15, 2018 The Trump Administrations Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Cybersecurity Strategy detailing a 5 year plan to strengthen the nation's Cybersecurity
https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/DHS-Cybersecurity-Strategy_1.pdf
https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/DHS-Cybersecurity-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  • On September 20, 2018, The Trump Administration's National Security Council unveiled the first Cybersecurity Strategy in 15 years, the 'National Cybersecurity Strategy'.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/president-trump-unveils-americas-first-cybersecurity-strategy-15-years/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/National-Cyber-Strategy.pdf
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-is-strengthening-americas-cybersecurity/
  • On May 2, 2019 President Trump issued an Executive Order on 'America's Cybersecurity Workforce', meant to expand our Cybersecurity workforce.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-americas-cybersecurity-workforce/
  • In March 2020 The Trump Administration issued the 'National Strategy to Secure 5G', aimed at securing this new technology as it is deployed across the nation.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/National-Strategy-5G-Final.pdf
  • On September 4, 2020 President Trump issued a Memorandum on Space Policy Directive-5: Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-space-policy-directive-5-cybersecurity-principles-space-systems/
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/09/04/trump-administration-launches-first-cybersecurity-principles-space-technologies

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

  • On November 16, 2018 President Trump signed into law the Republican-led legislation 'Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018', establishing the new CISA inside of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3359
https://www.cisa.gov/about-cisa

Securing Our Elections

  • On May 11, 2017 President Trump issued and Executive Order on 'the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity'
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/
  • On March 15, 2018 The Trump Administration's Treasury Department issues Sanctions on Russian Cyber Actors for Interference with the 2016 U.S. Elections and Malicious Cyber-Attacks
https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0312
  • On July 17, 2018 President Trump issued an update on 'Protecting Our Elections and Standing Up to Russia’s Malign Activities'
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-protecting-elections-standing-russias-malign-activities/
  • On August 2, 2018 President Trump issued an update on 'Strengthening the Security of Our Elections', discussing various actions taken to date.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-strengthening-security-elections/
  • On Sept 12, 2018 President Trump issued an Executive Order on 'Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election', creating heavy penalties for those that interfere in our elections.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-imposing-certain-sanctions-event-foreign-interference-united-states-election/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-working-protect-nations-elections-foreign-interference/
  • On January 30, 2019 The Trump Administrations Department of Justice Announces Court-Authorized Efforts to Map and Disrupt Botnet Used by North Korean Hacker
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pjustice-department-announces-court-authorized-efforts-map-and-disrupt-botnet-used-north
  • In February 2020 The Trump Administrations Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the '#Protect2020 Strategic Plan'
https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ESI%20Strategic%20Plan_FINAL%202.7.20%20508.pdf
  • On March 2, 2020 The Trump Adminidation releases a Joint Statement from DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday
https://www.cybercom.mil/Media/News/News-Display/Article/2099666/joint-statement-from-dos-doj-dod-dhs-odni-fbi-nsa-and-cisa-on-preparations-fo
  • On June 22, 2020 The Trump Administrations Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) announces free Cybersecurity training for Election Officials.
https://www.eac.gov/news/2020/06/22/us-election-assistance-commission-offers-no-cost-online-cybersecurity-training

Department of Justice Cyber-Crime

  • On February 20, 2018 The Trump Administrations Department of Justice (DOJ) announces a new Cyber-Digital Task Force.
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pattorney-general-sessions-announces-new-cybersecurity-task-force
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1035457/download
  • On July 19, 2018 The Trump Administrations Department of Justice (DOJ) announces the publication of the first Cyber-Digital Task Force Report.
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pattorney-general-sessions-announces-publication-cyber-digital-task-force-report
https://www.justice.gov/ag/page/file/1076696/download
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1081871/download
  • Since the formation of the Cyber-Digital Task Force Report, there has been a large increase in Cyber Crimes related to National Security.
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pchinese-intelligence-officers-and-their-recruited-hackers-and-insiders-conspired-steal
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pprc-state-owned-company-taiwan-company-and-three-individuals-charged-economic-espionage
https://www.justice.gov/opa/ptwo-iranian-men-indicted-deploying-ransomware-extort-hospitals-municipalities-and-public
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pchinese-telecommunications-conglomerate-huawei-and-huawei-cfo-wanzhou-meng-charged-financial
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pchinese-military-personnel-charged-computer-fraud-economic-espionage-and-wire-fraud-hacking
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pchinese-telecommunications-conglomerate-huawei-and-subsidiaries-charged-racketeering
https://www.justice.gov/opa/ptwo-chinese-nationals-charged-laundering-over-100-million-cryptocurrency-exchange-hack
And More: https://www.justice.gov/nsd/nsd-news?f%5B0%5D=field_pr_topic%3A3911

2021 Cybersecurity Budget

  • President Trump's 2021 Cybersecurity Budget
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ap_19_cybersecurity_fy21.pdf
DonaldTrump's Top 45 Accomplishments (full list): https://www.reddit.com/donaldtrump/wiki/top_45
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2020.09.24 19:37 p4NDemik Greater Cincinnati Area CoViD-19 Websites, Resources and Hotlines

Updated 9/24/2020 @ 1:35 p.m.
With cases continuing in the Greater Cincinnati area and needed services expanding, there are a great deal of resources we need to get through this epidemic together. Below is a list of state and local resources that aim to assist you and your family. Please follow the guidelines and directions of state officials and health care providers.

**** Please monitor the Ohio Public Health Advisory System ***\*
Harvard Global Health Institute's COVID-19 Risk Assessment Map
Tri-state Maps: Hamilton County Testing Locations COVID-19 Cases by County City / County by ZIP code / Tri-State Maps
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Report Symptoms Anonymously: Carnegie Mellon University / Harvard Medical School
How to Sew Your Own Fabric Mask(s) from the Washington Post
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Reopening Dates for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana - Timelines by WCPO 9 Cincinnati

OHIO

Monitor Effective Reproductive Numbers (Rt):
Reopening Guidance:
Responsible Restart Ohio Portal - orders, guidelines, and best practices for May reopenings
Ohio Department of Health CoViD-19 Hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH
Ohio Price Gouging contact Ohio Att. Gen: 1-800-282-0515
Ohio CoViD-19 Portal
Cincinnati One-Stop Resource Guide
Testing Options:
Westwood Kroger Drive-Thru Testing
Drive-Thru Testing is available at UC Health
Drive-Thru Testing is available at UD Arena
Mental Health Services:
Tips for Handling COVID-19 Anxiety
Additional Ohio Mental Health Resources
National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or Ohio Crisis Text Line: text '4HOPE' to 741-741
Economic Aid Resources:
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
SNAP and Ohio Food Assistance
Job Finding Assistance:
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KENTUCKY

Monitor Effective Reproductive Numbers (Rt):
Reopening Guidance:
Kentucky Healthy at Work Portal - orders, guidance and best practices for May reopenings
Kentucky CoViD-19 Hotline: 1-800-722-5725
Kentucky Price Gouging Hotline: 888-432-9257
Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services CoViD-19 Resources
Mental Health Services:
National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Economic Aid Resources:
Northern Kentucky Energy Bill Aid
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Job Finding Assistance:
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INDIANA

Monitor Effective Reproductive Numbers (Rt):
Indiana State COVID-19 Call Center: 877-826-0011
Indiana Price Gouging: if someone knows this information please reply with #
Indiana State Department of Health CoViD-19 Portal
Testing Options:
Decatur County Fairgounds
Mental Health Services:
National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Economic Aid Resources:
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Job Finding Assistance:
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Tri-State Food Pantries: WCPO List
Food Delivery for those At-Risk: Zoom Food Delivery
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Family Resources / Help Explaining Coronavirus to your Kids:
Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know - NPR Life Kit
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus - The New York Times
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus - NPR Just for Kids
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Top Articles and Resources for Understanding the Importance of Mitigating CoViD-19:
Need help understanding those COVID-19 Models and Curves?
What does the future of this pandemic look like?
What/where are the risks now that states are reopening?
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A reminder: The Ohio Department of Health is recommending that all Ohioans consider limiting consumption of media relating to CoViD-19 to stay mentally healthy. Social media and this subreddit are included in that. If this sub is no longer helping you manage throughout this ongoing situation, and is instead contributing to your stress, by all means please take some time away from this subreddit. Take care of yourself and do something enjoyable, or talk to a friend or family member to get the real human touch that online forums cannot provide.
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Please feel free to reply with any newly announced resources you feel would be useful. The mod team will add them as we see fit.
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2020.09.24 10:05 tengrrl GSOLE Webinar - Translingual and Antiracist Pedagogies for Online FYC

Dear GSOLE members,

We are excited to announce the second webinar in our 2020-2021 series, “Teaching writing online: Language equity and justice through CHAT, translingual, and antiracist pedagogies,” which will be led by Dr. Cristina Sanchez-Martin (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and will take place on Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 2-3:30pm ET.

To register, follow the Participation & Registration link on GSOLE’s website: https://gsole.org/event-3976101

This webinar will engage participants in a conversation about how to use the affordances of online spaces to develop antiracist writing pedagogies that can function to restore language equity and justice in first-year composition courses. More specifically, the facilitator will provide a framework to investigate writing and languaging identities through antiracist pedagogies (Baker-Bell, 2020) and Pedagogical Cultural Historical Activity Theory (P-CHAT) paired with transnational and translingual perspectives (Sánchez-Martín & Walker). The facilitator will also share specific examples of how she facilitates antiracist pedagogies in her online first-year composition courses, invite participants to reflect on how their own language identities inform their teaching, and use the proposed framework to develop their pedagogies.

Participants will:


Please note that this webinar is free for all GSOLE members, but you will still need to register so that we know who to send the Zoom link to. Please also note that registration will close on Thursday, October 8th at 5:00 PM ET. The webinar co-chairs will send you an access link the day before the webinar.

We hope to see you on October 9,

The GSOLE Webinar Team
[[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])

Webinar Co-Chair, Jenae Cohn ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]))
Webinar Co-Chair, Mary K. Stewart ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]))

PS: Save the date for the other webinars in the 2020-21 Series!


Mary K. Stewart, PhD
GSOLE Webinar Co-Chair

[[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) www.mary-k-stewart.com
pronouns: she/hers
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2020.09.24 03:53 kittyaphrodite Guide to Dressing Romantics

Hey guys- I just wrote this post on vindicta but I thought it would also be helpful to post here- with the caveat that it is just my thoughts and experiences!
hey guys! This took a while of thinking to get done but I hope it helps!
The first step to being able to effectively style yourself is to find out your kibbe type. Here is a link to the test I took- https://theconceptwardrobe.com/kibbe-body-types/the-kibbe-body-type-test. I think its all the better the less preconceived notions you have about kibbe as your opinion could become clouded and you could suffer type resistance- as in, you want to be one body type but you really are another. I think the kibbe system is great because its not based in making you feel like shit about yourself. Every single type has universally-considered gorgeous and beautiful women. It is also about being honest to yourself. I am about 5’0- I will NEVER be a tall supermodel. It’s just not happening. And that’s fine! Look at the women you are in the category with and see how beautiful they are. That being said, I am considered a romantic and that’s what this guide will be tailored toward. Here is the full outline of kibbes romantic section in his book Metamorphosis- https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/seasonalcolokibbe-s-romantic-t1990.html. By the way, for whatever result you get on the kibbe test, if you google “tapatalk (your kibbe type)” you should find your own chapter results.
I feel I finally have a style and idea of how things work for my body which is petite and curvy. I think it does feel like a niche as curvy doesn’t necessarily mean a larger size, I am a size 6. I prefer to include real recommendations into my posts cause I feel it takes a lot of legwork out and is more helpful that way. I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving recs to people with different body types and have you buy something garbage!
also, as apart of this pre-styling guide- learn your color season. I don’t have any great links but here on the subreddit are many great posts that can point you in the right direction. Of course, is it law to not wear purple as a warm spring? No, of course not. However, it can help point you in the right direction in clothes you might be interested in buying and trying to pick the best colors for you. Finally, kibbe, color systems, and my suggestions aren’t law or things you have to do or else. Everyones different! Still, this stuff takes forever to learn and a lot of time and money to figure out and I think it helped me a ton and i hope it does for other people.
Guiding principles of Kibbe for Romantics (ripped from his book, you dont need to follow everything but i think it gives you a general idea of what to look for)
SHAPE: Shape is the key to your look! Whatever mood you want to express, in whatever situation your find yourself--work, play, or glamour--keep your shapes rounded with soft edges! Circles, ornate swirls, and intricate flowing shapes are the direct expression of your extreme Yin. Soft bouffants are also acceptable. Always maintain the hourglass figure!
Avoid: All straight lines. All sharp edges. All geometrics.
LINE AND SILHOUETTE Second only to shape in importance, your outline should always be soft and flowing silhouettes that showcase the lush curves of your body. Waste definition is essential, always, as is lots of gentle draping everywhere.
Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines with angular edges. All vertical lines that hid the waist. All unconstructed, boxy, or horizontal lines.
FABRIC: Lightweight fabrics that drape easily. Softly woven fabrics (challis, crepe, tropical-weight woolens, jersey). Ultrashiny fabrics (charmeuse, shantung, crepe de chine, metallics). Ultra soft of plush textures (suedes, velvets, boucle knits, angora). Sheer fabrics (chiffon, voile, batiste, handkerchief linen).
AVOID: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Extreme matte-finished fabrics.
DETAIL Detail should be soft, intricate, ornate and feminine, with emphasis on framing your face. Oversized bows, flouncy ruffles, and delicate lace are always good choices as long as they are luscious and womanly, instead of "little-girlish." Necklines should be soft and draped with curved edges (ornate necklines are especially sophisticated). Shoulders should be curved, with round pads; shoulder tucks or gathers, leg o' mutton, and draped dolman styles are all appropriate. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist with intricate buttons, or very soft and flowing. Any kind of sparkle is excellent (pearls, sequins, beading, etc.) The waistline should always be emphasized, with soft gathers, folds, draped sashes, and lightweight and supple belts to give a cinched effect. Belt buckles should always be intricate and feminine.
Avoid: All tailored, angular, or severe detail. All chunky, rough, or oversized detail. All geometric necklines. All sharp edges--pleats, square shoulder pads. All crisp detail--perky bows, tiny ruffles. All minimal or "no detail" looks.
Skirts: Should be kept full and flowing with soft gathers at the waist and uneven hemlines. Your version of the basic "straight skirt" is actually tulip shaped: full and gathered at the waist and tapered at the hemline, which is short. All flared styles are excellent, from trumpets and swings to any bias-cut or gored style. Lengths should be kept gracefully long on uneven hemlines (mid calf), and short on the tapered styles with an even hemline (mid kneecap).
Avoid: All straight and tailored skirts, A-lines, and pleats.
Pants: Should always be soft, draped, and showcase your luscious curves! Gathers at the waist and a tapered or pegged bottom are the best shape for you.
Avoid: Straight or tailored pants. sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.
Blouses: Soft, draped styles. Sophisticated flounces and fills. Any antique styles.
Avoid: All tailored styles.
Sweaters: Soft, fluffy knits. Clingy, draped knits. Plush knits. Short lengths with waist detail. Cowl necks.
Avoid: Skinny, ribbed knits. Thick, nubby knits. Oversized sweaters. Turtlenecks and long pullovers. Cardigans. Crew-necked shetlands.
DRESSES: Should always be feminine and flowing. Waist emphasis, ornate detail, and swirling or flouncey skirts.
Avoid: Stiff, structured, or tailored styles (coatdress, chemise, etc.). Straight styles with no waist. Shapeless, wide, or baggy dresses.
Basics Before Dressing
As youll be able to see- I do not follow every single rule he makes, and sometimes like things he says to avoid. These rules arent law but they should make you look twice at what you wear and if it works for you and how to make it work for you and your style. I break these rules plenty- just as long as I am maintaining the structure by waist emphasis and clothes choice (high waisted bottoms).
While you don’t have to follow the materials list directly, just try to pay attention to what the clothes are made of and prioritize non-polyester clothes. Don’t buy clothes that don’t suit you or don’t fit you in the hope that it one day magically will or that you will lose the weight. If you are losing weight rapidly, then wait a little before buying expensive new clothes and wait until you get to a more stable weight for you. The key factor is always, always, always waist emphasis! In every outfit strive to have waist definition be the key component.
Shapewear- a must
Shapewear is so crucial to a the more structured hourglass look. While you should be working out, there will always be lumps and bumps that you would like to be slimmed or rounded. Shapewear will do that for you. That snatched look you see on red carpets and celebrities is a large part due to shapewear- as many admit in interviews. Shapewear has the ability to make your outfits overall look more expensive and just better on you. Now, I bought skims full price and the quality sucks- my mid thigh shorts literally ripped on a date so that was great. Honestly, I would go for spanx. I thought they were so expensive for some reason. Because Spanx is kinda the OG of shapewear brands that we think of, they have such a large library that their sale section is pretty robust so you can pretty much get a lot of pieces like high waisted panties for 10 dollars or full body-thigh suits for $40 dollars. And ive never experienced ripping like I did with Skims. Sign up for the Spanx newsletter and youll get updates on deals every couple of weeks, including free shipping.
A really easy way to get into shapewear is buying the Spanx high waisted underwear. I would highly recommend in investing in shapewear panties/boyshorts. Its not much different than other types of underwear, smooths/diminishes on lower belly fat which most women have, and I got 3 for ten dollars each. I like the “everyday shaping” ones the best since they don’t look like shapewear necessarily and are pretty comfortable to wear around. I get black in all of these since it goes with my lingerie since im garbage at matching colors so I just get it all in black. Panties and boyshorts in shapewear can be worn with pretty much every outfit (so long as youre covered on your lower stomach. For tight dresses and skirts- you probably would want to get shapewear that would smooth your thighs and butt- as Ive noticed in a newer pencil skirt I bought, just the boyshorts aint cutting it. It just looks a little lumpy without. I would highly recommend just buying sale spanx at their website- and in general try to look for styles that are still sold for full price on other parts of the site or are part of a collection, one off items aren’t as good. (ie, “retro panties” are not as good as the “everyday shaping line, boyshorts”). Find the areas where you need it too- a full body suit is expensive and you probably don’t need it- if your thighs aren’t perfectly shaped, or you have some belly fat, buy shapewear to help those areas. Shoot for a level 2/3 for max effectiveness.
General Principles
Now for the main event. You need to learn your measurements. Buy a simple measuring tape and do a full set of measurements for your body. Weight hangs so differently on us as we aren’t bone thin, so just generically buying a “small, medium, or large” just wont cut it unless you want to waste money. I have a pretty unpopular opinion- I think you have to pay more for clothes with this body type than others. Fast fashion is pretty much wasted money for us unless youre buying cheap camis and tops, even then, exercise caution. Its just not made for us. It costs a lot more money to cut clothes for curves than a pretty uniform straight shape. For this reason, I would recommend looking into vintage-reproduction clothes. Romantic body types haven’t been “in” since about the 1950s as the predominant style. While the hourglass type has always been in style, clothes that suit the romantic have not necessarily been. Tall, thin, angular are more trendy- and traditionally romantic clothes are made for non-romantic body types (polly). Therefore, I find that vintage reproduction clothes just look better on my body- wiggle dresses, cigarette pants, those are the things that look the best on me. I don’t want to look kitchy or like im wearing a costume- these cuts just look the best. The brands I pretty much only shop from now are Vixen by Micheline Pitt, La Femme en Noir (her goth brand), and I peruse other sites like Pinup girl and Stop Staring!. I use mostly micheline pitt because I feel her clothes are more “safe” for me to buy and fit my general style.
HIT UP POSHMARK for these clothes! Legit! I love buying secondhand clothes since I feel its more environmentally conscious and I love a sale. I usually look up “pin up couture,” “stop staring,” “micheline pitt,” and “la femme en noir” maybe twice a week to see if theres any good sales going on for pieces on my wishlist. Always make an offer! You might as well anyway and ive gotten bomb deals by going maybe 20% lower than the asking price on a piece.
Style
Style is kind of the most important piece here because you want to bring the principles of Kibbe into your style and pieces you love. If you love tanks with shorts, transition into more high waisted shorts (with belt?) and add a crop top or tuck a form fitting tank into the shorts. I used to be scene so I have a soft spot for that alt goth look still. I like to use Micheline Pitt for more basics (black crop with black capris with belt is life) whereas La Femme is used more for more gothy alt vibes without bordering on cartoony or cheap looking. La femme is pretty intensely boob-centric- just keep in mind (im about a 36d) if that’s something that makes you uncomfortable. Also, some of the styles in LFEN have a long vertical line with not a lot of waist emphasis is probably not for us (art deco collection for instance). I think it plays to romantic ideals great though- lace and little feminine detail is recommended for us. Just as a side recommendation, wait for sale! Legit, Micheline has sales like every other month so I just wait for that since some of the pieces get pricy. Keep in mind though the quality is always consistent and the sizing is consistent throughout the line which is great- as long as you have your measurements on hand you will have a good fit.
Jeans/ Pants/ Skirts/ Shorts
Jeans are tricky for curvieslim thick/romantics. You are pretty much in a struggle between shape and longevity (cotton) vs stretch. When you get 100% cotton jeans like a Levis 501, youre getting shape and a very long shelf life- but it isn’t really for curvy girls. Im a size 6 pretty much across the board in Levis EXCEPT for the 501s. In them, I literally go up to a size 12. TWELVE! Needless to say, I didn’t buy them. On the other hand, stretch is good to have BUT it makes the fabric last a lot less and I have destroyed so many American Eagle jeans with my thighs before I got into Levis wherein of maybe 25-30 pairs, only two have ripped in the thigh for me (I think 720s if you care, of course highest amount of stretch to cotton ratio). The golden ratio for me is about 90% cotton, 10% stretch. It gives enough construction and shape and longevity to a pair of jeans while still being comfortable and having that give. That’s a ratio that fits my fave pair of jeans, the Levis Wedgie Skinny fit which, if you can find in a non-plus size, you should at least try on. The wedgie fit is meant to look similar to a more vintage fit but it also shapes your butt and tapers off at a short length. The more common pair online is the plain Wedgie fit, which is like 98% stretch which isn’t my ideal but I do have a few. They just need to be broken in a little and follow the size chart. Wherever you buy jeans you should probably go in person if possible just to see how the stores standard jeans fit and how you like them. The golden ratio for us when it comes to jeans is, for me, high waisted + room in butt and thigh + tapered/skinny ankle. A bonus would be a lower stretch amount 15% and under I would recommend.
When it comes to regular work pants, I use Micheline Pitts cigarette pants and her capris. The fit is really good and theyre pretty flattering with the high waist emphasis and cut. And her capris! I thought all capris would make me look like a middle aged mom- hers are incredible. They give a super flattering cut and make your waist look tiny and ass look all round. I would avoid palazzo and wide cut pants- they just make me look fat. Same thing with shorts- I have Michelines and the Levis Wedgie fit shorts which have a high waist and cut off mid thigh and I think theyre pretty great, especially paired with a tight belt around the waist. Kibbe doesn’t recommend pencil skirts but I think theyre pretty hot with a long sleeve top and belt (with shapewear!). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend mini-skirts (which I love) because I personally haven’t found any that aren’t waaaaaaaay too short for me with my smaller waist and larger butt and thighs.
Tops
Crop tops are ideal for your body if you can pull them off with a high waisted short or pant. Tucking longer shirts into your pants and adding a belt to cinch the waist is a simple but effective romantic outfit. I prefer a longer sleeve, ¾ lengths looks great on romantics as well as a slightly longer short sleeve than you would see typically in fast fashion. It is recommended in kibbe to avoid oversized tops, despite how cute and comfy they are. It does make you look bigger. Lace detailing is great, corseted details, just some very femme tops look great as well
Dresses
I love a wiggle dress on a curvy girl. I think theyre so sexy and make you just look so classy but have that wow factor. I think they are hands down the best dresses for romantics. They have that built in shape that compliments our curves so nicely, and mixed with a belt and shapewear just create this beautiful look. An A-line fit and flare dress also looks nice but is a bit more “cute” than sexy.
Notes I'm sure I missed out on a lot of good points but I feel this is a great starting point for helping romantics. Ill post my fave pieces below- thanks!
https://stopstaring.com/collections/hottest-sellers/products/million-dollar-baby-black (i found on poshmark for like 70)
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-decadence-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vintage-cigarette-pants-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-miss-kitty-maneater-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vixen-swing-dress-in-raven-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt-1
https://lafemmeennoir.net/collections/shop-la-femme-en-noiproducts/copy-of-la-dentelle-dress
https://lafemmeennoir.net/products/pre-order-wicked-web-dress?variant=16415989301282
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2020.09.24 03:46 kittyaphrodite Guide to Dressing Romantic Body Types: slim thick, curvy, petite

hey guys! This took a while of thinking to get done but I hope it helps!
The first step to being able to effectively style yourself is to find out your kibbe type. Here is a link to the test I took- https://theconceptwardrobe.com/kibbe-body-types/the-kibbe-body-type-test. I think its all the better the less preconceived notions you have about kibbe as your opinion could become clouded and you could suffer type resistance- as in, you want to be one body type but you really are another. I think the kibbe system is great because its not based in making you feel like shit about yourself. Every single type has universally-considered gorgeous and beautiful women. It is also about being honest to yourself. I am about 5’0- I will NEVER be a tall supermodel. It’s just not happening. And that’s fine! Look at the women you are in the category with and see how beautiful they are. That being said, I am considered a romantic and that’s what this guide will be tailored toward. Here is the full outline of kibbes romantic section in his book Metamorphosis- https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/seasonalcolokibbe-s-romantic-t1990.html. By the way, for whatever result you get on the kibbe test, if you google “tapatalk (your kibbe type)” you should find your own chapter results.
I feel I finally have a style and idea of how things work for my body which is petite and curvy. I think it does feel like a niche as curvy doesn’t necessarily mean a larger size, I am a size 6. I prefer to include real recommendations into my posts cause I feel it takes a lot of legwork out and is more helpful that way. I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving recs to people with different body types and have you buy something garbage!
also, as apart of this pre-styling guide- learn your color season. I don’t have any great links but here on the subreddit are many great posts that can point you in the right direction. Of course, is it law to not wear purple as a warm spring? No, of course not. However, it can help point you in the right direction in clothes you might be interested in buying and trying to pick the best colors for you. Finally, kibbe, color systems, and my suggestions aren’t law or things you have to do or else. Everyones different! Still, this stuff takes forever to learn and a lot of time and money to figure out and I think it helped me a ton and i hope it does for other people.
Guiding principles of Kibbe for Romantics (ripped from his book, you dont need to follow everything but i think it gives you a general idea of what to look for)
SHAPE: Shape is the key to your look! Whatever mood you want to express, in whatever situation your find yourself--work, play, or glamour--keep your shapes rounded with soft edges! Circles, ornate swirls, and intricate flowing shapes are the direct expression of your extreme Yin. Soft bouffants are also acceptable. Always maintain the hourglass figure!
Avoid: All straight lines. All sharp edges. All geometrics.
LINE AND SILHOUETTE Second only to shape in importance, your outline should always be soft and flowing silhouettes that showcase the lush curves of your body. Waste definition is essential, always, as is lots of gentle draping everywhere.
Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines with angular edges. All vertical lines that hid the waist. All unconstructed, boxy, or horizontal lines.
FABRIC: Lightweight fabrics that drape easily. Softly woven fabrics (challis, crepe, tropical-weight woolens, jersey). Ultrashiny fabrics (charmeuse, shantung, crepe de chine, metallics). Ultra soft of plush textures (suedes, velvets, boucle knits, angora). Sheer fabrics (chiffon, voile, batiste, handkerchief linen).
AVOID: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Extreme matte-finished fabrics.
DETAIL Detail should be soft, intricate, ornate and feminine, with emphasis on framing your face. Oversized bows, flouncy ruffles, and delicate lace are always good choices as long as they are luscious and womanly, instead of "little-girlish." Necklines should be soft and draped with curved edges (ornate necklines are especially sophisticated). Shoulders should be curved, with round pads; shoulder tucks or gathers, leg o' mutton, and draped dolman styles are all appropriate. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist with intricate buttons, or very soft and flowing. Any kind of sparkle is excellent (pearls, sequins, beading, etc.) The waistline should always be emphasized, with soft gathers, folds, draped sashes, and lightweight and supple belts to give a cinched effect. Belt buckles should always be intricate and feminine.
Avoid: All tailored, angular, or severe detail. All chunky, rough, or oversized detail. All geometric necklines. All sharp edges--pleats, square shoulder pads. All crisp detail--perky bows, tiny ruffles. All minimal or "no detail" looks.
Skirts: Should be kept full and flowing with soft gathers at the waist and uneven hemlines. Your version of the basic "straight skirt" is actually tulip shaped: full and gathered at the waist and tapered at the hemline, which is short. All flared styles are excellent, from trumpets and swings to any bias-cut or gored style. Lengths should be kept gracefully long on uneven hemlines (mid calf), and short on the tapered styles with an even hemline (mid kneecap).
Avoid: All straight and tailored skirts, A-lines, and pleats.
Pants: Should always be soft, draped, and showcase your luscious curves! Gathers at the waist and a tapered or pegged bottom are the best shape for you.
Avoid: Straight or tailored pants. sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.
Blouses: Soft, draped styles. Sophisticated flounces and fills. Any antique styles.
Avoid: All tailored styles.
Sweaters: Soft, fluffy knits. Clingy, draped knits. Plush knits. Short lengths with waist detail. Cowl necks.
Avoid: Skinny, ribbed knits. Thick, nubby knits. Oversized sweaters. Turtlenecks and long pullovers. Cardigans. Crew-necked shetlands.
DRESSES: Should always be feminine and flowing. Waist emphasis, ornate detail, and swirling or flouncey skirts.
Avoid: Stiff, structured, or tailored styles (coatdress, chemise, etc.). Straight styles with no waist. Shapeless, wide, or baggy dresses.
Basics Before Dressing
As youll be able to see- I do not follow every single rule he makes, and sometimes like things he says to avoid. These rules arent law but they should make you look twice at what you wear and if it works for you and how to make it work for you and your style. I break these rules plenty- just as long as I am maintaining the structure by waist emphasis and clothes choice (high waisted bottoms).
While you don’t have to follow the materials list directly, just try to pay attention to what the clothes are made of and prioritize non-polyester clothes. Don’t buy clothes that don’t suit you or don’t fit you in the hope that it one day magically will or that you will lose the weight. If you are losing weight rapidly, then wait a little before buying expensive new clothes and wait until you get to a more stable weight for you. The key factor is always, always, always waist emphasis! In every outfit strive to have waist definition be the key component.
Shapewear- a must
Shapewear is so crucial to a the more structured hourglass look. While you should be working out, there will always be lumps and bumps that you would like to be slimmed or rounded. Shapewear will do that for you. That snatched look you see on red carpets and celebrities is a large part due to shapewear- as many admit in interviews. Shapewear has the ability to make your outfits overall look more expensive and just better on you. Now, I bought skims full price and the quality sucks- my mid thigh shorts literally ripped on a date so that was great. Honestly, I would go for spanx. I thought they were so expensive for some reason. Because Spanx is kinda the OG of shapewear brands that we think of, they have such a large library that their sale section is pretty robust so you can pretty much get a lot of pieces like high waisted panties for 10 dollars or full body-thigh suits for $40 dollars. And ive never experienced ripping like I did with Skims. Sign up for the Spanx newsletter and youll get updates on deals every couple of weeks, including free shipping.
A really easy way to get into shapewear is buying the Spanx high waisted underwear. I would highly recommend in investing in shapewear panties/boyshorts. Its not much different than other types of underwear, smooths/diminishes on lower belly fat which most women have, and I got 3 for ten dollars each. I like the “everyday shaping” ones the best since they don’t look like shapewear necessarily and are pretty comfortable to wear around. I get black in all of these since it goes with my lingerie since im garbage at matching colors so I just get it all in black. Panties and boyshorts in shapewear can be worn with pretty much every outfit (so long as youre covered on your lower stomach. For tight dresses and skirts- you probably would want to get shapewear that would smooth your thighs and butt- as Ive noticed in a newer pencil skirt I bought, just the boyshorts aint cutting it. It just looks a little lumpy without. I would highly recommend just buying sale spanx at their website- and in general try to look for styles that are still sold for full price on other parts of the site or are part of a collection, one off items aren’t as good. (ie, “retro panties” are not as good as the “everyday shaping line, boyshorts”). Find the areas where you need it too- a full body suit is expensive and you probably don’t need it- if your thighs aren’t perfectly shaped, or you have some belly fat, buy shapewear to help those areas. Shoot for a level 2/3 for max effectiveness.
General Principles
Now for the main event. You need to learn your measurements. Buy a simple measuring tape and do a full set of measurements for your body. Weight hangs so differently on us as we aren’t bone thin, so just generically buying a “small, medium, or large” just wont cut it unless you want to waste money. I have a pretty unpopular opinion- I think you have to pay more for clothes with this body type than others. Fast fashion is pretty much wasted money for us unless youre buying cheap camis and tops, even then, exercise caution. Its just not made for us. It costs a lot more money to cut clothes for curves than a pretty uniform straight shape. For this reason, I would recommend looking into vintage-reproduction clothes. Romantic body types haven’t been “in” since about the 1950s as the predominant style. While the hourglass type has always been in style, clothes that suit the romantic have not necessarily been. Tall, thin, angular are more trendy- and traditionally romantic clothes are made for non-romantic body types (polly). Therefore, I find that vintage reproduction clothes just look better on my body- wiggle dresses, cigarette pants, those are the things that look the best on me. I don’t want to look kitchy or like im wearing a costume- these cuts just look the best. The brands I pretty much only shop from now are Vixen by Micheline Pitt, La Femme en Noir (her goth brand), and I peruse other sites like Pinup girl and Stop Staring!. I use mostly micheline pitt because I feel her clothes are more “safe” for me to buy and fit my general style.
HIT UP POSHMARK for these clothes! Legit! I love buying secondhand clothes since I feel its more environmentally conscious and I love a sale. I usually look up “pin up couture,” “stop staring,” “micheline pitt,” and “la femme en noir” maybe twice a week to see if theres any good sales going on for pieces on my wishlist. Always make an offer! You might as well anyway and ive gotten bomb deals by going maybe 20% lower than the asking price on a piece.
Style
Style is kind of the most important piece here because you want to bring the principles of Kibbe into your style and pieces you love. If you love tanks with shorts, transition into more high waisted shorts (with belt?) and add a crop top or tuck a form fitting tank into the shorts. I used to be scene so I have a soft spot for that alt goth look still. I like to use Micheline Pitt for more basics (black crop with black capris with belt is life) whereas La Femme is used more for more gothy alt vibes without bordering on cartoony or cheap looking. La femme is pretty intensely boob-centric- just keep in mind (im about a 36d) if that’s something that makes you uncomfortable. Also, some of the styles in LFEN have a long vertical line with not a lot of waist emphasis is probably not for us (art deco collection for instance). I think it plays to romantic ideals great though- lace and little feminine detail is recommended for us. Just as a side recommendation, wait for sale! Legit, Micheline has sales like every other month so I just wait for that since some of the pieces get pricy. Keep in mind though the quality is always consistent and the sizing is consistent throughout the line which is great- as long as you have your measurements on hand you will have a good fit.
Jeans/ Pants/ Skirts/ Shorts
Jeans are tricky for curvieslim thick/romantics. You are pretty much in a struggle between shape and longevity (cotton) vs stretch. When you get 100% cotton jeans like a Levis 501, youre getting shape and a very long shelf life- but it isn’t really for curvy girls. Im a size 6 pretty much across the board in Levis EXCEPT for the 501s. In them, I literally go up to a size 12. TWELVE! Needless to say, I didn’t buy them. On the other hand, stretch is good to have BUT it makes the fabric last a lot less and I have destroyed so many American Eagle jeans with my thighs before I got into Levis wherein of maybe 25-30 pairs, only two have ripped in the thigh for me (I think 720s if you care, of course highest amount of stretch to cotton ratio). The golden ratio for me is about 90% cotton, 10% stretch. It gives enough construction and shape and longevity to a pair of jeans while still being comfortable and having that give. That’s a ratio that fits my fave pair of jeans, the Levis Wedgie Skinny fit which, if you can find in a non-plus size, you should at least try on. The wedgie fit is meant to look similar to a more vintage fit but it also shapes your butt and tapers off at a short length. The more common pair online is the plain Wedgie fit, which is like 98% stretch which isn’t my ideal but I do have a few. They just need to be broken in a little and follow the size chart. Wherever you buy jeans you should probably go in person if possible just to see how the stores standard jeans fit and how you like them. The golden ratio for us when it comes to jeans is, for me, high waisted + room in butt and thigh + tapered/skinny ankle. A bonus would be a lower stretch amount 15% and under I would recommend.
When it comes to regular work pants, I use Micheline Pitts cigarette pants and her capris. The fit is really good and theyre pretty flattering with the high waist emphasis and cut. And her capris! I thought all capris would make me look like a middle aged mom- hers are incredible. They give a super flattering cut and make your waist look tiny and ass look all round. I would avoid palazzo and wide cut pants- they just make me look fat. Same thing with shorts- I have Michelines and the Levis Wedgie fit shorts which have a high waist and cut off mid thigh and I think theyre pretty great, especially paired with a tight belt around the waist. Kibbe doesn’t recommend pencil skirts but I think theyre pretty hot with a long sleeve top and belt (with shapewear!). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend mini-skirts (which I love) because I personally haven’t found any that aren’t waaaaaaaay too short for me with my smaller waist and larger butt and thighs.
Tops
Crop tops are ideal for your body if you can pull them off with a high waisted short or pant. Tucking longer shirts into your pants and adding a belt to cinch the waist is a simple but effective romantic outfit. I prefer a longer sleeve, ¾ lengths looks great on romantics as well as a slightly longer short sleeve than you would see typically in fast fashion. It is recommended in kibbe to avoid oversized tops, despite how cute and comfy they are. It does make you look bigger. Lace detailing is great, corseted details, just some very femme tops look great as well
Dresses
I love a wiggle dress on a curvy girl. I think theyre so sexy and make you just look so classy but have that wow factor. I think they are hands down the best dresses for romantics. They have that built in shape that compliments our curves so nicely, and mixed with a belt and shapewear just create this beautiful look. An A-line fit and flare dress also looks nice but is a bit more “cute” than sexy.
Notes I'm sure I missed out on a lot of good points but I feel this is a great starting point for helping romantics. Ill post my fave pieces below- thanks!
https://stopstaring.com/collections/hottest-sellers/products/million-dollar-baby-black (i found on poshmark for like 70)
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-decadence-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vintage-cigarette-pants-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-miss-kitty-maneater-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vixen-swing-dress-in-raven-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt-1
https://lafemmeennoir.net/collections/shop-la-femme-en-noiproducts/copy-of-la-dentelle-dress
https://lafemmeennoir.net/products/pre-order-wicked-web-dress?variant=16415989301282
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2020.09.24 00:06 MotionLawImmigration Texas Sponsors Six Naturalization Ceremonies Despite Delays Motion Law Immigration

Texas Sponsors Six Naturalization Ceremonies Despite Delays Motion Law Immigration

Dallas hosts six naturalization ceremonies in one day
On Friday, September 18, 2020, Dallas, a Texas city, sponsored six naturalization ceremonies and allowed 208 immigrants to become US citizens.
It is important to clarify that naturalization ceremonies are the last step that immigrants must take in order to have the same rights and receive the same benefits as any other American citizen.
They must meet certain mandatory requirements for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve their naturalization applications.
The ceremonies sponsored in Texas hosted immigrants from different nations such as Mexico, Vietnam, India, New Zealand, North Korea, Colombia, Somalia, inter alia.
This is definitely hopeful news for immigrant communities, who are patiently awaiting their opportunity to become legal citizens of the US.
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Delays in naturalization ceremonies

One of the most controversial issues since the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic in the North American territory is the substantial delay in the country’s immigration processes, including naturalization ceremonies.
Since the USCIS closed its offices and face-to-face services to the public for more than two months, there are thousands of pending applications and an estimated backlog of approximately 1 million immigration cases across the country.
However, there are activist organizations who claim that delays in immigration processes stem mainly from the ideals of the Trump administration.
They argue that the global pandemic did indeed contribute to their delay, but that emergency measures implemented by the Trump administration during the health crisis are only part of its plan to reduce the number of immigrants entering the country and prevent more foreigners from becoming legal citizens before the elections, which will take place in November, 2020.
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Naturalization ceremonies increase around the country

Despite immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration during the current juncture, we are witnessing how immigration services gradually return to normal, including naturalization ceremonies.
In recent weeks, apart from Texas, other states in the country have also hosted naturalization ceremonies, allowing thousands of immigrants to become legal citizens after considerable waiting time.
Now, they have the ability to vote in the November presidential election and can apply for any government benefit offered during the health crisis.

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2020.09.23 23:01 MotionLawImmigration FAIR Discusses Biden's Immigration Proposal Motion Law Immigration

FAIR Discusses Biden's Immigration Proposal Motion Law Immigration

Opinions of the two strongest candidates on immigration
The presidential elections of the US will take place in November 2020, and the two strongest candidates are driving their political campaigns around the country.
One of the most important aspects of these elections is immigration. This is mainly because the nominees have an almost diametrically opposite stance on immigration policies.
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Donald trump

On the one hand, current President Donald Trump, who belongs to the Republican political party and is seeking reelection, has a fairly strict stance when it comes to immigration, especially illegal immigration. In fact, in recent years, the Trump administration has implemented more than 400 changes in the immigration sector, creating a new record in the country’s recent history.
President Trump argues that mass immigration, both legal and illegal, affects the American population and becomes an unnecessary burden on the country’s economic system. On top of that, unlike its predecessor Barack Obama, the Trump administration has substantially decreased chances for undocumented immigrants to obtain legal residency.

Joe biden

On the other hand, former Vice President Joe Biden, who belongs to the Democratic political party, has a more welcoming stance when it comes to immigration. The Democratic nominee plans to increase benefits and options for immigrants to enter the US legally and, therefore, decrease illegal immigration.
Biden argues that immigrants tend to cross borders without legal documentation due to strict policies of the Trump administration, which has isolated the US and denied thousands of immigrants the possibility of seeking international protection through programs such as political asylum or refuge.

FAIR conducts an analysis of Biden’s proposals regarding immigration

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization that evaluates, analyzes and proposes immigration policies, presenting specific facts and figures about the impact of immigration on the American population, the behavior of local market and the socio-economic development of the country.
FAIR recently conducted a study named “How the Biden/Harris Immigration Platform Will Fuel a Staggering Increase of Immigrants and Population Growth“, which looks at the Democratic nominee’s immigration proposals and their potential repercussions.
Some of Biden’s proposals analyzed by FAIR are:
  • Restoration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program that has been on the tight rope during the term of President Trump.
  • Citizenship options for 11 million undocumented immigrants, although FAIR clarifies that the real figure is approximately 14.3 million.
  • New visa categories and legal immigration alternatives.
  • Changes in border security protocols.
The results of the analysis indicate that if Biden succeeds in keeping his immigration promises:
  • He would have to raise taxes for the American population in order to offer citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants.
  • The population density could increase substantially, mainly because more than 50 million immigrants would be welcomed in the US during his term.

What do immigrant rights advocates think?

Dozens of activists and immigrant rights advocates argue that these figures do not match immigration proposals of the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden.
They claim that his proposals, seen from a humanitarian perspective, could counteract the impact of the Trump administration’s policies, which separate families at the borders, return asylum seekers to dangerous cities in Mexico, promote raids to constantly detain undocumented immigrants, violate international human rights and contradict the Constitution of the US.

What will be the best choice for the US?

It is imperative to take the time to thoroughly analyze immigration proposals of the two strongest presidential candidates, mainly because the next leader of the nation will have to deal with the health crisis and the gigantic controversy surrounding the immigration sector.

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2020.09.23 21:35 MotionLawImmigration The Trump Administration Plans to Increase Restrictions on Employment Visas Motion Law Immigration

The Trump Administration Plans to Increase Restrictions on Employment Visas Motion Law Immigration

The global Coronavirus pandemic and work visas
The health condition of the US is quite alarming as it became the main epicenter of the global Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the health crisis, the pandemic also brought an economic, social and political crisis.
Therefore, the Trump administration had to act quickly to protect the health of the local population, as well as to safeguard resources to restore the economic balance of the country.
One of President Trump’s main focuses has been the immigration sector, not only during the current juncture, but since he took office in 2017. However, the arrival of the pandemic helped his administration to implement multiple measures that substantially restrict the ability of foreign workers to come to the US.
In fact, the current unemployment rate is so alarming that the Trump administration decided to suspend the issuance of employment-based visas, at least until 2021. With this, the president intends to protect the jobs of the local population, as well as avoid unnecessary competition between foreign workers and American citizens during the current juncture.
However, dozens of critics, activists, nonprofit organizations and tech companies declare that the Trump administration is using the health crisis only as an excuse to fulfill its immigration agenda.
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The Trump administration could increase restrictions on business immigration

In one of our most recent articles, we talk about multiple companies that filed a lawsuit against one of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) entities for repeatedly denying H-1B work visa requests for qualified foreign workers.
Broadly speaking, plaintiffs claim that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not understand what the term “specialized occupation” means and has rejected several applications of market research analysts under the hypothesis that they are not specialized occupations.
Therefore, Trump administration officials declared that they plan to present a new regulation that specifies the definition of “specialized occupation”, reducing the possibility for local companies to request specialized foreign workers under this premise.
The Trump government says it is essential to offer available job positions only to the American population during the health crisis to reduce the current unemployment rate and protect the sovereignty of the US.
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Despite restrictions put in place by the Trump administration on the business immigration sector, there are still multiple options available to you.
It is imperative to follow expert guidance on immigration matters to choose the right process, avoid potential rejection by the USCIS, and organize the required documentation effectively and efficiently.
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2020.09.23 19:22 MotionLawImmigration Tech Companies Support Biden Due to Immigration Policies Motion Law Immigration

Tech Companies Support Biden Due to Immigration Policies Motion Law Immigration

The Trump administration restrictions on business immigration
Clearly, the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic tremendously affected most sectors of our society. For instance, the immigration sector received several impacts from emergency measures implemented by the current administration of the US.
Speaking specifically about the business immigration sector, President Trump announced, at the end of June 2020, that most employment visas are suspended until the end of the year, although some restrictions have already been lifted in recent weeks.
The Trump administration claims that the massive issuance of work visas by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) causes competition between foreign workers and American citizens, which affects local market and increases the current unemployment rate.
Therefore, President Trump decided to implement this emergency measure to protect the employment of the local population, encourage companies to offer wages only to citizens, and avoid job competition.
Yet despite the Trump administration’s apparent intent to protect the American population during the current juncture, dozens of companies report an alarming shortage of skilled workforce.
Motion Law keeps you up to date with immigration news.

Recognized companies commented on work visa restrictions

Multiple globally recognized companies commented, also in June, about restrictions implemented by the Trump administration on the business immigration sector.
Most of the companies involved in the legal complaint specialize in technology and research, which greatly benefit from highly skilled foreign workers.
In fact, some of them stated that workforce shortages could force them to move their businesses to countries like Canada, China or even India, which do value talent from abroad.
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Companies decide to support Biden’s presidential campaign

The same companies that expressed dissatisfaction with restrictions in the immigration sector have now decided to support the campaign of Joe Biden, belonging to the Democratic political party.
We are talking about technology companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and many others.
Representatives of the companies signed a letter declaring that they fully support Joe Biden’s political campaign for the elections that will take place in November, 2020.
They state that the Trump administration is affecting the US through its restrictions on work visas. Besides that, they argue that the competitiveness, development and effectiveness of the country when it comes to the business sector is based on the inclusion of foreign talent and that, without this talent, the country would cease to be the world power that it is today.
The official statement declares: “Information technology is thoroughly globalized. Academic computer science departments attract talented students, many of whom immigrate and become American inventors and captains of industry (…) Joe Biden and Kamala Harris listen to experts before setting public policy, essential when science and technology may help with many problems facing our nation today.”

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2020.09.23 15:43 Darkchurchhill I am 24 years old make $90,000, live in Boston, Massachusetts and work as a full stacks developer

*mental health, drugs, body image and food discussed\*
Background: Hi, I am 24 years old and make $90,000, live in the Boston area (Cambridge/Somerville). I work as a full stacks developer and have a BS in computer science. Currently, I live with two housemates in a cute townhome apartment in a nice walkable neighborhood with lots of parks, restaurants, and amenities. I originally moved here from LA on a whim late last September despite not knowing anyone or having a place to call home. I was living with my parents after university and working in a job environment I hated. I was really depressed and overspent on clothes, beauty products, and going out like crazy to cope. Moving to Boston allowed me to feel in control of my life, and as of today, it’s been officially a year, which is crazy. I decided to put one up today to celebrate. I’ve always wanted to do a money diary, but was ashamed to do so when I felt like a mess.
Section One: Assets and Debt
Section Two: Income
Section Three: Expenses
Wednesday 16th
7:00am: The sun wakes me. I was hoping to sleep in more since I redownloaded tinder last night and stayed up till like 3am swiping and contemplating if this was the wrong decision for my mental and physical health. One of my matches messaged me to come over. I haven’t gotten laid since before the pandemic lockdown started. The sexual frustration has been real. I entertain the thought, but don’t reply back.
11:30am: On a zoom meeting with my boss, she asks us if we would like to start coming back twice a week to meet in person in October. I feel unsure about this, as I am still sketched out by public transit, but everything is still up in the air.
12:30pm: I eat leftover fried rice for lunch I made. I say fried rice but it mostly consists of vegetables. I still feel hungry afterwards, but I guess if I was going to be dating again I should lose some more weight so I can feel hot on my virtual zoom calls or wherever people do nowadays.
4:00pm: The work day is over early today. I hit up the guy on tinder who wanted to hook up. We make arrangements for him to slide through later this evening. He offers to come over to my place instead because he had something to do in Cambridge first anyways, and offers to bring drinks. We exchanged instagrams. I’m a little sussed out because he looks like the type who is really into themselves (like really into archival fashion RickOwens/Celine/YSL and has tons of edgy selfies). Whatever it’s just sex. I tell him it’s fine and that I have both wine and weed, and he sends me a little devil emoji.
5:00pm: I take the time to clean my room and make myself look presentable before planting myself onto the couch. I actually have no idea when he’s going to come, but I don’t want to message him again because if he doesn’t come through I want the satisfaction of him thinking I couldn’t care less. It’s toxic, I know, but in my lifetime I’ve been treated so badly by people I’ve given my heart to that sometimes I feel like my pride is the only thing I have left. Anyways, I wait by listening to female dating empowerment podcasts, hoping that some of the hosts’ confidence would rub off onto me.
7:00pm: I open a bottle of wine in anticipation and pour myself a glass.
10:00pm: No word from him, I guess I got stood up. Wow, only one day in and I’m already getting the full tinder experience. No surprises here though. I'm an adult. I can handle disappointment. I’m just really drunk now and alone.
11:00pm: Moody vinyls are now being played. I’m on the phone with friends, and three-fourths of my bottle of wine is gone. I check instagram only to see that the little weasel has unfollowed me so naturally I unfollowed him. I open tinder to unmatch him, but as I am doing so, his profile disappears. The prick beat me to it, and the petty side of me is annoyed. I think I’m just going to pass out. Honestly, I don’t hate this. The side of me who hates courting people has now overtaken my sex drive (the way it should be), and all forces are back to equilibrium. I’m only upset at how good of a job I did making myself look hot when there is no one here to appreciate it. The wine puts a spell on me, and I fall asleep to the muffled voice of my housemate calling his long distance girlfriend from the floor above me.
Total spent-$0
Thursday 17th
5:00am: I wake up and feel lots of shame. I swipe a bit, but there is no one I’m attracted to. It shouldn’t be this hard to get laid. I delete tinder from my phone. Ooof I’m glad my moment of weakness was short lived this time. I’m sorry y’all has to lay witness this to this dumpster fire.
7:00am: I check my emails. Three days ago, I applied for a new credit card with Chase and my application still hasn’t been approved. Weird, I have a good credit score and last year when I applied for my american express it took like a day. I am planning on spending $500 on a new synth (I am currently lusting over the Megafm by twisted electronics), and this card has a $200 cash back for the first $500 spent in the first 3 months. I google how long this process will take. Some say it takes about a week. I can wait. Guess you guys won’t be around to share my joy of blowing all my monies on synths.
11:30am: It’s avocado toast time. I need the carbs to combat the grogginess the wine left me feeling. It doesn’t taste great because I’m pretty sure my avocados are overripe, but oh well.
12:00pm: I check my credit card statement. My mom has made a $170 grocery store order with my credit card. I get 6% cash back on groceries and she wants to help me with getting cash back. The last time I saw her she gave me a few hundred dollars in cash to cover this. I don’t mind because I needed cash to buy merch at shows and stuff, and my bank doesn’t have any branches or atms in the Boston area. It’s kind of inconvenient now because everywhere has gone cashless, but I’m sure it’ll come into use when life resumes again or if I buy something off FB marketplace. $170
5:30pm: I make more fried rice and eat dinner. I make enough for lunch tomorrow as well.
8:23pm: I watch the The Real Story of Paris Hilton, her new documentary on youtube. The main opening song is Jesus and Mary Chain's Just like Honey. I remember how much I love this song and how much I would like to actually own it. I hop onto discog and search for a copy of the LP Psychocandy and buy it. I use leftover paypal credit in my account from when I sold some clothes on depop to cover the cost. $25.19.
10:00pm: Wow, the documentary was actually pretty sad. I always felt bad for Paris because of her leaked sex tapes when she was just a teen (and how the media painted her as the villain/slut for it), but was shocked to learn how she and countless other girls was drugged and abused by their boarding schools.
2:00am: I finish catching up on work and go to bed.
Total spent-$195.19
Friday
10:00am: Shoot I overslept. I log into work asap. I missed my daily 9:00am morning stand up, but my boss is usually pretty relaxed about these things. I still feel bad about it.
12:00pm: Eat fried rice for lunch. My friend messages me if I wanted to go record shopping with him. To be honest, I’ve been avoiding unnecessary in person retail shopping and don’t want to spend anymore money on records this month, but I also know he takes rejection super personally. He's insecure and always in his head that everyone actually dislikes him. It’s probably a little true because he does act like a brat sometimes, but I think it's due to severe depression. I tell him I’ll be down and justify the outing due to the record shop being near an asian grocer I like. I need groceries anyways and haven’t been to this store since pre pandemic.
4:30pm: I log out of work. Finally, the weekend.
5:00pm I take an edible and get ready to leave my home.
6:20pm I take the T to Central and pay with my pre loaded transit card. Back in March, I loaded $20 onto it and now I’m down to $4.80. I guess I have to reload it soon again. My friend informs me he’ll be late. I’m starting to feel high so I walk around and look at all the restaurants doing outdoor dining. My favorite place in Central is only doing takeout.
7:00pm: My friend arrives. We go to the record shop. I’m really high at this point. The tight aisles of the record shop makes me nervous.
7:30pm: My friend makes some big purchases, but I leave empty handed. We head over to the Hmart across the street. It’s nice to buy asian groceries. I stock up on veggies, enoki mushrooms, frozen gyoza, tofu, and even let myself get a few snacks. $68
8:00pm: One of my friends just messages me that Ruth Bader Ginsburg just passed. Truly devastating to hear. What a crazy election year.
8:30pm: I’m home and have the munchies. I snack on some of the things I bought, but it doesn’t fill my cravings.
9:45pm: I decide that I am ordering Mickey Ds. I call my housemate downstairs and ask him if he wants anything. He laughs and says no, causing me to doubt my order. However, he encourages me to order anyways, as he wants to mooch off some of my fries. I order fries and a mcChicken, and he sticks around downstairs like a seagull. $11
10:15pm: My food arrives. I know I will regret this tomorrow.
Total spent-$79
Saturday
8:00am: I regret ordering food last night. One of my friends once said to me “There is nothing you can eat that can make you feel as good as being skinny”. I’m not sure if I can agree with him, but it’s definitely true when it comes to fast food. My stomach hurts so bad. I distract myself by watching youtube in bed.
11:00am: I finally get up and call my mom. She informs me that one of my dad’s colleges passed from Covid-19 at age 40. That is so sad. It reminds me that getting laid can wait till next year. Rip my non existing sex life-- too soon for death jokes?
1:00pm: I work out in my living room (out of guilt for last night). I’ve been doing so well eating wise for the last few weeks and actually lost some of my quarantine weight. My only vice is that I love getting high, but I have no control when it comes to having the munchies.
2:00pm: The weather is starting to change, and it’s actually getting cold. It’s so strange. As a Calfornian, this time of year is usually the hottest. I pulled out a jacket I haven’t worn in a while. I find five dollars, a purple glittery gel pen, and an almost brand new pack of cigs in the pockets. What a score. I’m a seasonal social smoker, by that I mean that I only smoke when it gets cold and usually to meet new people in smoking pits at shows so I haven't touched a cig in months. To celebrate my finds and the changing of the seasons, I smoke one and it suppresses my post workout hunger.
4:00pm: I’m just watching tiktok on the couch, while snacking a little. I feel so guilty for being unproductive, but not enough to motivate myself to do something.
5:00pm: I move my ac unit from my room to the basement. Won’t be needing that for the rest of the year.
7:00pm: I make gyoza and hang out with my housemate playing video games (the newish Catherine reboot).
Total spent-$0
Sunday
4:45am: I fell asleep on the couch last night. I drag myself to the bathroom to take out contacts and brush my teeth. I close my window, climb into my bed, and go back asleep. It’s so cold.
11:40am: I wake up and check my messages. My other housemate is finally coming home after staying with his new girlfriend at her place for the last two months. He asks us what we want from Blue Ribbon, a bbq place we always get takeout from together. The house votes on one and a half chicken, a pint of burnt ends, slab of ribs, a quart of brisket, and a side of coleslaw. We split the cost three ways. $34
2:05pm: My housemate still hasn’t come home with food, but I’m hella hungry. Apparently he ordered from the wrong location and now has to go to another to pick up the food.
2:30pm: We eat bbq and then cake. My housemate accidentally missed my other housemate’s birthday, while he was gone living with his girlfriend so he brought makeup dessert.
3:30pm: We play video games (Smash ultimate) together for a few hours.
6:00pm: Everyone retires to their room except me. I sit on the couch and waste time on tictok. It sucks to be the only person in the house without a partner to call. I like being independent and openly acknowledge that I’m emotionally unavailable, but these last few months have made me question what I really need.
8:00pm: I go back to my room to get some work done.
12:30am: I feel lonely. I fall asleep to a documentary about Candy Darling.
Total spent-$34
Monday
8:00am: Wake up. Check my emails. I ordered a skirt from a seller on Thrilling (vintage clothing site) 3 weeks ago and it still hasn’t been sent out. I’m unhappy about this. I messaged Thrilling last week and the customer service rep reached out to the seller, and the seller said they will have it out by Saturday, but USPS tracking begs to differ. The item is still in pre shipment.
10:00am: I snack on blueberries as I work.
4:30pm: I log out of work. I eat BBQ leftovers for dinner and half a cookie. I open my 3rd la croix of the day. I’m down to only having two 12 packs. Will probably have to restock next week. I have a la croix addiction and go through 3-4 a day.
5:00pm: My housemate’s girlfriend swings by with a package from an online purchase he made (the one that just came back yesterday). He goes out to the driveway to meet her and tries to convince her to come in. She refuses because she’s self conscious of her quarantine weight. Big sad for me. I have yet to meet her and I was kind of looking forward to it. I haven’t interacted with another woman irl for a really really long time, and I really miss all my girlfriends in California. My housemate tells me that she said she’ll be willing to meet us once she loses weight first. I take that as I’ll never meet her.
5:30pm: I play video games with housemates to get in my daily socialization fix.
7:00pm: I practice playing banjo.
9:30pm: I do some more work before bed. Today was a standard boring day.
Total spent- $0
Tuesday
8:30am: I’m pleased that day’s are getting shorter and the sun is no longer waking me up at 5am everyday. I sleep next to multiple windows and the glare of the sun loves to hit directly where my pillows and head lie. While dressing I put on a bodysuit that I love, but I haven’t worn since college and a pair of Tripp raver pants. I can’t believe that up until I moved to Boston, I used to dress like this. There is so much side boob. Boston has made me so much more conservative in the way I dress, and I cover up. I put on a tight cardigan and am impressed with myself. Earlier this spring, this cardigan did not look good on me. Seems like my diet is working even though I did fudge up this weekend.
12:00pm: I eat leftovers for lunch and read today’s money dairy. The writer is similar to my age, which peaks my interest (also the mention of bumble in the title). I feel lonely. I need to stop thinking about dating apps. I can’t wait until it is safe to pick up men and women under dark lighting and liquid courage again.
4:30pm: I log out of work, and begin editing my money diary entries. It’s pretty therapeutic and feels like I’m talking to a group of new friends. There are a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes. I’m dyslexic so please bear with me.
5:00pm: I stir fry leftover rice, some leftover bbq meat, egg, broccoli, baby bok choy, and edamame. Dinner is ready. One of my housemates comes downstairs and also makes dinner and eats.
5:30pm: We play smash bros for a bit. I’m surprised our other housemate doesn’t come downstairs to join us. It’s been so long since he’s lived with us I forgot he always randomly falls asleep at weird times.
6:30pm: We retire to our rooms. I practice playing the banjo for a bit, while I chat with a friend through text.
9:15pm: Just doing some more work.
12:00am: Can't sleep so I exercise.
TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $308.19
Food + Drink $113
Fun / Entertainment $25.19
Other $170
Lastly, reflect on your diary! Spending wise, this is a pretty typical week for me post pandemic. Most days I don’t spend money, but once or twice a month I would drop quite a bit of money (usually $500-600) on hobby related things, like the synth I mentioned in this diary. My spending has dramatically increased during the quarantine because I need to find ways to entertain and stimulate myself. Pre-pandemic most of my discretionary spending was spent on day trips and going to shows, which is pretty cheap and added up to no more than $400 a month. I was hardly ever home and when I was it was to wind down so I invested way less into my hobbies. I also spent less on food. Since spending more time with my housemates, the idea of takeout has become more normalized for me (I used to eat out once or twice a month, now I get take out at least once a week).
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2020.09.23 04:27 borednightnurse1990 Smile! You’re on camera! 😂

Currently working on a project regarding fellow females asking about whats life like in the military as a female. I plan on it being a series that i would then plug in this page and anywhere people want to see it. To those of you who requested them, please bear with me as i seem to be suffering from an extended period of stupidity writer’s block. In the meantime, enjoy some funny shenanigans.
I mentioned some details about this story in the comments section of a post in militarystories. I sanitized it as best as i can, so sorry for any potential disconnects that may have resulted.
Unknown date, time, and location
Nah. Just fucking with ya. I was in my work breakroom just killing time till i have to go back to work. Part of my job description involves defeating lock mechanisms, rather uhm, explosively. A part of me has always been curious what its like to defeat them like a proper villain.
So i got a set of lockpicks online. Its a small 15?25? piece beginner’s set. I had just gotten past the couple of Master brand locks i owned and was currently working on defeating an Abus brand lock.
It was in this state that my immediate boss found me when he walked in to get some coffee.
Boss: hey. Didnt know you pick locks. Btw, dya have a permit for that?
Me: uhm. No?
Boss: hate to be that guy, but consider this a verbal counselling then. Break in tools are regulated and required to be registered and anyone who wishes to possess them must have training certification and licensed by the (our federal level of government). Failure to do so as a civillian is a criminal offense. Failure to do so as a military member is conduct unbecoming and subject to disciplinary actions. Your disciplinary action today will be this verbal counselling. Understood?
Me: yes sir. I will fix this right away.
Boss: good. Ah. Before you put that away, mind doing me a favour?
Me: huh?
Boss: i just filed some important paperwork with MY boss. He’s already gone on personal leave and i just realized i fucked up some details on a couple of them. (Not a career ender type of fuck up, but definitely resulting in a loss of face for him since he just wasted his boss’ time if he had to redo less than ideal paperwork.)
Boss: think you can use those tools of yours to open his office and get those papers for me?
Me: uhm. I dunno sir. I just got slapped on the dick by my boss for using unlicensed tools.
Boss: do me a solid and ill make it worth your while.
Me: okayyyy. Im trusting you sir.
Deed done. Months passed by, never saw any record of that verbal counselling on my personnel file. I thought that was the solid he promised me. Until one day when he called me to his office.
Boss: here’s some paperwork. These are temporary detachment orders. You’re chopped on detached duty to (Some school. Its the school where our federal and military LEOs take on advanced fieldcraft and investigative training). The current crop of trainees are currently in their field phase. You will sit in with them and train with them, and audit their classes for the remainder of their training. Once done, their instructors will give you certification papers, a locksmith/lockbreaker license, and a permit to possess those handy dandy tools of yours. You wont be able to get the qualification for their actual training course, but youre not a cop anyway so it doesnt matter. Plus, it will raise some eyebrows if i push too hard on sending a (my trade) to cop school. Thats the best i can do for that solid you did for me last time. We even?
Me: fuck yeah. Were good sir. Might even owe you a beer for this.
fast forward to cop school.
I learned more than i bargained for. Oh. My. Gawd. Picking locks is the least of what i expected to learn to do. First off, i was expecting to go there and be a student. I never expected that i was sent to the “advanced” class. Teach the teacher kind of thing. Amongst other things, i also learned how to:
-jump start cars manually like how they do in movies
-high risk search techniques that only super advanced operators in my job are qualified to do
-crack a basic safe
-pick pocketing
-surveillance and counter surveillance techniques, both mounted and dismounted
-in person and online information gathering
-social media sleuthing
-evasive driving maneouvres
-aggressive driving maneouvres
-PIT maneouvres and J turns
-close protection techniques
-how to modify regular clothing and accessories to hide anything you want
But those are boring stuff. I also got the chance to chill and hang out with the cops and coppettes in my “class” after hours. Those guys practiced on each other ruthlessly. There is just no pause button with them. Drills and practice doesnt stop just because class is dismissed. To bring me up to speed and get me involved with their Gladiator-like sparring environment, they taught me everything they have been trained on. It was an intense 5 weeks.
But there’s a kicker. Let’s go back a bit: all the lockpicking and breaking in portion of the course was only taught in a matter of 2 weeks. A paperwork fuck up stated that I was on TDY for 5 weeks. Im guessing the clerks assumed that since i am going to audit a class that has only one 5 week training module left, that i will be attending that entire 5 week’s worth of training, not a sub, sub section of that module. So i have the choice of:
-go back home and enjoy a 2 week paid vacation
-stay and play tourist at (town where cop school is at)
-stay in cop school
With the LOL (Love Of my Life) gone on a joint ex with the Americans, i decided to stay in school once my two weeks was over. I approached my instructors and told them about my remaining 3 weeks. Technically, they no longer own me since they only signed off on having me as a guest for 2 weeks. BUT, my end of the paperwork says that they do. So i asked if i could stay and continue auditing their class. Housing, feeding, training, and being responsible for an extra human in combats for another 3 weeks is a big responsibility so i offered to have my name taken off the berthing and quartering nominal roll and ill just live and eat at the local Officer’s Club. They agreed with a couple conditions:
  1. I can’t mention any of this to anyone, let alone the bean counters.
  2. I have to help them fuck with their trainees’ heads for their field phase.
Okay. That’s all the backstory this post needs, i promise. Youre up to speed now. So, for the next 3 weeks, i was still at the school, attending classes, hanging out with my cop buddies, and picking their brains on everything they learned. Since i was literally the only female in their class, they were also interested in teaching me about female specific fieldcraft that they only learned about in theory.
Flirting. Lots of flirting. Thats what they taught me to do. That’s not a fair description for it, but thats basically what it is. How to exploit your “womanly” advantages and combine it with your basic interrogation skills, and then use it in an “information gathering” context.
For three weeks, i was a wolf amongst wolfdogs. They took me in as one of their own, taught me everything they knew, and trusted me completely, never knowing that every single scrap of knowledge they passed on to me was valuable currency being contributed to the “fuck fuck games with future po-lice trainers fund”.
Every night we would all troop to the local bar and have a few pints, shooting the shit and messing around with each other. Every single one of those nights, i turned the lesbian volume level down to zero, and cranked the little Lolita knob all the way up to bitchin.
Every female i personally know in any combat arms/national defense/intel job has one badass female icon they look up to and fantasize to be. For me, its a combo of ScarJo’s Black Widow and Bridget Fonda’s La Femme Nikita. For 3 weeks, I was La Femme Black Widow.
Every time i step out to go for a drink with the boys, i was always in my “dress to kill” outfits: either little black dresses that’s not too slutty but show just enough skin to get their attention, tight leggings and body hugging tops, and hair always down and flipped or flicked out of my face at strategic times in a sultry manner when im talking to someone.
I have no words to describe its effects on men. Let me clarify something here. While i wouldnt consider myself ugly or even average looking, i wouldnt exactly consider myself a smokeshow babe either. Im just your regular woman. I look good while wearing some stuff, i look average while wearing some others, and i look like a disgraceful abomination to my gender while wearing my regular daily wear. Good Lord. I have a picture of myself on my worst shark week ever, just days after having a new IUD installed, and i look like even Satan would be pushing rope once he saw me.
Anyways, yeah. Alcohol + men + loneliness + isolation from loved ones + foxy lay-deh all equals to stupid, monumental lapses of judgment. While im sure those men have absolutely no intention of cheating on their significant others, or even any ulterior motives on me (they respected me enough and professional enough for that), things definitely got, interesting.
During their final classroom lecture, where they are supposed to be doing the AAR for the class, the instructors called me up front and center.
Instructor: standing in front of you is a person, can anyone here tell me something about her?
Classmate 1: oh, that’s (my rank) u/borednightnurse1990, a (my trade) from (my branch). She’s an honourary member of our course, sent here to join and audit us 5 weeks ago. She’s (my age), married to (my wife), and loves doing (my hobbies).
Instructor: all good observations. Also, wrong. Tell me, what is wrong with your classmate’s observations?
crickets
Instructor: here’s what’s wrong: she was only your classmate for the first 2 weeks. For the rest, she was a combatant behind enemy lines. Her enemies are you, you, you, fuck it, all of you are her enemies.
Here, (turns around to the whiteboard) let me show you jackalopes something.
flips white board dramatically
On the whiteboard are several very compromising items on pretty much every single person in our class i had managed to collect.
-pieces of really personal info about every single individual that i social engineered from their relatives and friends as a result of unsecured online footprints
-copies of their really embarassing MySpace profiles. Do you know that MySpace has always defaulted to public profiles because it was created in a day and age when online persec was non existent? And that 9 out of 10 people who created MySpace accounts has already forgotten their log in/pws? Maaaan. The stupid embarassing shit left locked in public view in that site is just amazing. 😂
-a PKI card. I actually felt bad for this one. I was trying to pickpocket a buddy’s wallet from his coat and i panicked so i swiped the first card i could thumb out of it and quickly slipped it back in his coat before he realized. I was expecting an Interac or a credit card and was surprised when i saw a PKI card. He got a for realsies ass chewing on this one.
-and the coup de grace: i was wearing a reaaaaaaalllllyyyy discrete bodycam the whole time i was out with them. Maaaan. The footage is a pure gold mine. I cant get into the specifics of it: but just imagine a bunch of grown men, doing stupid things only a teenager would do, all to somewhat impress a “girl” cheering and egging them on. Okay, here’s one specific thing: i was wearing two cameras all the time at two different strategic locations on my body. There is a sped up montage of all footage i collected, with a counter on the top left of the screen counting how many times my coursemates made direct eye contact with my “cameras”. Ill let you put two and two together. The end part of that 2 minute montage is a video of me mailing CDs to their wives, girlfriends, and mothers. (All pretend of course. Just for shits and giggles) 😂😂😂
Once select video clips were played in class, it was pure pandemonium. Amidst the sound of general laughter from the staff and embarassment from the students, I was pelted with paper balls, boo’ed, and at one time got yelled at for being a “ya stinkin’ traitorous Whore of Babylon!”, to which i replied by curtsying using a single extended middle finger pinching an imaginary skit against my thumb.
Fun times were had and i returned back to my home unit with a whole bunch of new friends and a new arsenal of tools and skills to add to my toolbox as a certified, government trained mischief maker.
I hope my story is as entertaining to you in prose form as it was for me in reality.
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2020.09.22 23:34 MotionLawImmigration México Pide Detalles Acerca de Procedimientos Médicos de ICE Motion Law Immigration

México Pide Detalles Acerca de Procedimientos Médicos de ICE Motion Law Immigration

Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is in charge of overseeing immigration detention centers around the country. Normally, undocumented immigrants are taken to these centers while their deportation processes are completed or while they await the response to their immigration appeals.
During the last months, this federal entity has attracted the attention of hundreds of activists, critics and immigrant rights advocates, mainly since the arrival of the global pandemic, which made it possible to see the lack of safety, hygiene and protection protocols within ICE detention centers.
In fact, a nurse, who worked at one of Georgia’s immigration detention centers, recently reported that ICE health professionals are performing hysterectomies, also known as sterilizations, on immigrant women without any underlying health conditions.
This news has been truly scandalous among the American population and has drawn the attention of dozens of non-profit organizations, immigration attorneys, and even governments from other countries.
Visit our Blog section to keep up to date with the latest immigration news.

Mexico’s government requests information about hysterectomies

Since multiple hysterectomies have been performed on Mexican immigrants, the Mexican government is requesting information, details, and official reports of these procedures from the US government.
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked federal entities of the US to present a detailed report to rule out possible human rights violations, as well as unnecessary or negligent medical procedures.
Adding to that, the Mexican government calls for a follow-up and a thorough investigation at ICE immigration detention centers from now on. Apart from that, the US government must commit to closely monitor the security protocols of this entity during the health crisis, mainly because there have also been several complaints about this issue.
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How can we avoid these precarious situations?

Clearly, it is the duty of federal entities to ensure the safety of immigrants while they are in their custody. However, it is imperative to remember that illegal immigration represents the violation of local laws, which can also have quite negative consequences.
To avoid these types of precarious situations, it is advisable to follow a legal immigration process. We recommend this because the US immigration system is quite broad and offers multiple possibilities for you to find the process that best suits your needs.
In this vein, the best alternative will always be to seek reliable help when starting your immigration journey. Expert immigration attorneys will be able to guide you to the success of your application and help you organize the required documentation effectively and efficiently, saving time, money and effort.

Choose Motion Law’s team for your immigration case

Our team of expert attorneys has vast experience in countless immigration scenarios and has surely helped many people in the same situation as you.
If you have any questions about an immigration issue or relating to a case you may have currently in progress, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Phone Consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.
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2020.09.22 18:41 MotionLawImmigration Amicus Brief Against Increase in Naturalization Fee Motion Law Immigration

Amicus Brief Against Increase in Naturalization Fee Motion Law Immigration

Increase in immigration application fees
The sudden arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic took governments around the world by surprise and definitely affected multiple sectors of the US society.
One of the sectors most affected by the health crisis is the immigration sector, which was paused almost completely for more than two months.
However, now that services are gradually returning to normal, we can still witness the aftermath of the massive COVID-19 outbreak.
For instance, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is the entity in charge of responding to immigration applications nationwide, had to close its offices and cancel face-to-face services to the public for more than two months.
Thus, because this federal agency’s income is almost entirely dependent on immigration application fees, it suffered a devastating downturn in revenue that threatened the entire immigration system of the country.
In fact, the USCIS planned to suspend 70% of its employees by the end of August, but the resumption of immigration services resulted in positive revenue for the entity.
Nowadays, the USCIS does not plan to suspend such a large portion of its employees, but it did announce a substantial increase in most immigration applications as of October 2, 2020, including naturalization ceremonies.
Motion Law keeps you up to date with the latest immigration news.

Increasing the fee for naturalization ceremonies

Naturalization ceremonies are the last step for immigrants to permanently become US citizens and hold an American passport.
The USCIS sponsors these ceremonies, which also initially receives the applications for a thorough review before approving them.
Within the USCIS fee increase, the application for naturalization ceremonies increased from $725 to $1,200, which represents a 60% increase.
As expected, due to the substantial increase in immigration applications, dozens of activists and immigrant rights advocates do not agree with this increase, mainly because there are immigrants who contribute greatly to the socioeconomic development of the country, but have low income and cannot afford the new price of naturalization ceremonies, but they deserve to become US citizens.
Do you need to file an immigration application? Contact Motion Law and follow the advice of experts.

Boston supports lawsuit

A non-profit organization recently filed a lawsuit against the increase in application fees for Naturalization Ceremonies.
Boston decided to support the lawsuit and recently filed an amicus brief (also known as legal complaint support) on behalf of 34 cities, counties and municipal agencies, calling to revoke the increase in fees for naturalization ceremonies.
In the legal document, the parties involved state: “The rule of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) challenged by Plaintiff in this action will radically increase the fee for naturalization applications, while at the same time making it all but impossible for most low-income applicants to seek a waiver or reduction of fees. In essence, the challenged rule seeks to impose a wealth test on naturalization.”
For now, neither the DHS nor the USCIS have given an official response to the lawsuit, nor to the amicus curiae filed by Boston.

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