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2020.01.11 19:41 ORoxo literaciafinanceira

A forma como gerimos o nosso dinheiro e como com ele nos relacionamos é um tema central nas vidas de todos nós. Como tal, julgo que é essencial que saibamos como o fazer (bem). No entanto, ninguém nasce ensinado. Por isso, criei esta sub para dar a minha contribuição para o desenvolvimento da literacia financeira em Portugal. Conto com a vossa ajuda para atingir este objectivo! Vamos educar-nos juntos?
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2020.09.21 05:04 FancyPigeonLaw Top scorer tips & ask me anything!

Hi guys! First I wanted to say thanks for 800+ upvotes on my elegantly-titled celebration post on Friday. Now that the Jewish new year is over, I'm here to drop some tips, some thoughts, and to tell y'all to ask me whatever you need!
Luck
Nobody wants to hear this, but a factor in every test is luck. Very few people can enter an LSAT confident they'll get a perfect score. Maybe just JY and the powerscore guys. Hard to say.
There is a standard margin of error, and if you scored ±3 points away from your PT average, that's part of the random luck this test requires. It just takes one tough in/out game to cut my score down by 5 points. It just takes one science RC in a field of science I'm comfortable with the push my score up by 3 points. Etc.
Test Day Mentality
I have anxiety, so rituals and consistency are super helpful to me. I tried to control for luck by having a super consistent test-day mentality. For me, that meant a certain caffeine limit, no coffee within 3 hours of the test, deep breathing exercises, going to the bathroom a lot in the hour before the test, and wearing the same lotion every time. I also wore earplugs, closed the door, and took the test in an empty room. Finally, I take medication for my anxiety disorder, which helps with focus and keeping calm. If you are in a similar mental health situation, I highly recommend medication and therapy. I did not have accommodations of any kind; just the regular 35-min sections with no breaks.
Where I Started / Strong and Weak Points
I didn't take a real diagnostic, but after studying for about a month with the Trainer I got a 168. My lowest PT was 164 and my highest was 175. By the final month, I was confident my real LSAT would be 170+.
My weakest section was LG. I still sometimes feel like LG is my weakest point, even when I get -0, because I am stressed and confused about this section every time. I drilled every game in the 80s until I could consistently do well, even if I didn't feel good.
I was fairly good at both LR and RC to begin with. I work in a very logic- and reading-heavy field, which helps a LOT. I hit a low point with RC about 3 weeks before the test when the judicial candor section bodied me, so I practiced RC a lot towards the end.
Discipline
You need to review every PT, no matter what. Otherwise, it was a waste of time. Taking PTs help you practice for the time limits and the stress; reviewing from PTs is where you actually learn your weaknesses and let the test speak to you.
Breathing Room
I took a maximum of 3 PTs a week. I wouldn't say I ever spent more than 10 hours a week on LSAT study, ever. I work full time and have other side projects that need my attention, plus pets and a partner to spend time with. I would encourage that you try not to forget why you want to be a lawyer. For me, it's to have a challenging job that can enable me to take care of my family. Ignoring my family now would not have helped me reach that goal.
I would encourage anyone struggling with prep time to spread their prep over a longer period of time. I basically studied for six-ish months for the August LSAT, but on a very light schedule.
I didn't do any work or anything LSAT related for two entire days before my test. I took the day off work, didn't do my side projects, and didn't check this sub. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Anxiety is a score killer.

Ask Me Anything!!!
Methods, favorite animal, favorite color, whether or not I expected to get a 179 (no). Please try to ask one question per post so that people can read the comments and avoid duplicate qs, since I got a LOT of the same questions on Friday's post and thought this might be more organized.

Finally, thank you guys so much for forcing me to retake lol
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2020.09.21 04:50 Silver-Ad8512 I don't know a good title but i'm lost

so on 9/18/20 i went to a party, a Quinceanera(https://www.google.com/search?q=quinceanera&oq=quince&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j46j0l6.5055j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8) I didn't want to go to begin with but people kept asking my parents where i was and what not so they called and told me to get ready cause i have to go to it now so i did as told i dressed up and got ready to be picked. my father picked up and told on the way there that i will not regret it. once we got there i said my hellos and went to the birthday girl, who i have know since my child years, they went on withe program and did the dances and so on and it got to where people could go to the dance floor and while the music played but in the middle of the DJ playin the music and people dancing and what not i get approached by this couple that have been family friends for years they told me that they brought along this girl and that i should take her out to dance, I don't really know how to dance so respectfully i turned them down, then 5 minutes later the girl asks the male of the couple if she could dance with him since she didn't know anyone else and didn't want to ask, another couple, and another family friend, saw the girl and to female of that couple took me out to dance and said to me that i will dance with the girl no matter what, i tried to say no but she had already pulled me up and we were on the dance floor, we danced for like 2 minutes before she switched partners with the male that was dancing with the girl i was supposed to dance with, we switched and danced. at first it was a bit awkward but she asked for my name and we started talking, i gave her my name and she gave me hers , we are both in school and so we exchanged that information to each other, i didn't do much talking because she was just so mesmerizing, the way she smiled, the way we danced, the way she laughed at the fact that i couldn't dance, and she was all out gorgeous, i wanted to know more of her but i was too shy to ask, we went out to dance a few more times but after that we just sat at the table i was sitting at, everyone else was dancing but us, i kept wondering why doesn't she do dance with the other girls or with some other guy, did she not want to or did she wanna stay with me, anyways it was around mid night that my parents told me to get ready to leave and before that i went out to get some air cause i have never been around a girl like her in my life, when i came back inside to say my good byes i saw her talking with the birthday girl and her boyfriend and another dude, i didn't want to disturb them so i didn't say anything i waited for her to leave where she was and say my good bye or even get her socials, but that time never came, before i knew it i was heading out the door looking back at her with the guy alone. When i got home my father told me "thats my son" "she was something huh" but in spanish and what not, him telling me want more of her, to get to know her more, talk to her some more, maybe even plan another time to hang out, but thats never going to happen, he later sent some picture he took of us dancing, and thats all i have left of her, blurry shots of her face and shots showing my face. I tried messaging the only person know that would have her socials but either they got their number changed or they completely forgot that i asked them for it all they told me was "Okay lemme talk to her" and thats the last i heard of them. I'm lost right now and my heart aches.
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2020.09.21 04:26 nootnootbaguette Horrible experience with PMS Movers, people looking to move please beware!

This is a crosspost, hope it is okay.
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Hey everyone, I hope someone finds this useful and I will be looking into more ways to report them. I have only lived in Canada for a year so if you have any suggestions on what I can do next, please comment and I'd be grateful for them! Here goes-
My partner and I have been using Kijiji for the entire time we've been here and we have had a relatively positive experience. We were looking to move- less than 10mins drive away, 2 streets down- from a basement to another basement. I made over a dozen calls to different moving services and finally settled on this company I found off Kijiji called PMS Movers (link below).
TUESDAY:
THURSDAY:
FRIDAY (MOVING DAY):
If you've made it this far, thank you for reading. I feel so stupid and I completely understand if you think the same of me, that I should not have chosen these movers based on their cheaper rates. Some of my bubble-wrapped items are damaged and the Kallax shelf has a crack in it. I am paying someone to assemble it tomorrow because it is a pain in the ass to deal with.
If you have anything to add, please do so, I am looking into writing to the BBB and CAM, maybe the police. People tell me I got scammed but perhaps it was my fault.
*If it matters, they had a shattered side left mirror on the truck
Edit: The agreed-upon price for 2 hours was ($60x2) + $60 = $180, I ended up paying $474.
Do not book them, let your friends and family know:
https://www.kijiji.ca/o-profile/1017704883/listings/1
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2020.09.21 04:22 UsedButtPlugsForSale Vale + TSLA + You

There was a lot of buzz surrounding VALE and TSLA last weekend.
But some people were against it. A theory was floating around that the $5 billion in debt that VALE paid off, was funded by Tesla. The debt was disbursed in March 2020, during the covid crash. $2 billion was due by June 2022 and $3 billion was due December 2024. Tesla raised $5 billion capital through shares. Tesla said they intend to use the cash to “strengthen its balance sheet and for general corporate purposes”. That is a pretty broad statement. An analyst from Roth Capital partners said “They will need cash for all the facilities they are building, and new growth initiatives,”(Reuters)
Today from market open until 9:55, ALL the FlowAlgo was bullish. The whales were also buying into the 10/16 call contracts wildly.
So what does this mean: VALE has potential for explosive movement on 9/22. If nothing happens on 9/22 there is still reason to long the stock and load up on longer expiration calls/leaps and continue to roll. Calls all the way.
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2020.09.21 04:04 TheBookOfSeil Thoughts on video: "What men find 'honorable,' women find disgusting."

Somewhat lengthy-post alert! The video is about 15 minutes long but I do recommend watching it because it's explained better than I've done in this post and provides more context.
For context, the guy in the video, Alexander Grace, speaks about relationship dynamics and drives between men and women on YouTube, and provides male-centered advice by focusing his lens on women.
I'm going to give a brief synopsis/paraphrasing of his talking points in this particular video because I think it is good enough for a discussion.
Note: The points are linked together, so the second point follows the first point, and so-on. Also, this post/video also assumes that you're a high-quality man that is already desirable in the eyes of a lot of women. If you lack options, you'll probably be less successful and implementing or relating to anything mentioned within the video, so let's get to it:
Lesson #1: Men and women think differently.
Lesson #2: Women interpret behavior differently than you intend.
"Some men want to do the 'honorable thing' and solely pursue a woman to show that he's focused on her and capable of committing to one person, but women will interpret this as bad because it places expectations/pressure on them as well as eliminates other options that women would be drawn to because of preselection."
Lesson #3: Women don't want your exclusive focus.
Lesson #4: Men who give exclusivity then expect exclusivity.
Lesson #5: Expectations breed resentment.
"Men become disappointed or resentful when women aren't exclusively seeing them despite making a personal decision to only pursue that one woman and it eventually leads to developing a toxic mindset due to the entitlement that someone might have where they feel that they've already sacrificed something to prove themselves despite not having that sacrifice reciprocated." I imagine that this applies to women as well.
Lesson #6: Men push for commitment too early.
"A man will ask a woman out far beyond when it's appropriate to do so. Much before the woman has even established any interest in him and possibly even a reason to speak to him."
Lesson #7: Men should never be the first to ask fospeak about commitment.
"I understand from a masculine point of view why men like to have this conversation. It's comfortable knowing with certainty that you're making the effort to progress a relationship further to a point that you want it to be at, and while you might thing 'this is something honorable that I'm doing because I'm being upfront about how I feel,' but women won't perceive it that way."
Lesson #8: Asking for commitment can be manipulative.
"Asking for commitment is often done too early by attempting to force someone's hand and can be used as a means of locking down the woman before that commitment has been achieved organically."
Lesson #9: Authentic attraction takes time to develop.
Duh.
Lesson #10: If a woman likes you, she will push for commitment.
This is where some might say "bUt It'S tHe MaN's JoB tO Do thAt."
He says: "There's a certain period of time where if she doesn't bring that up, you've got your answer. Women, if they like a man, they're going to be really, really keen on locking him down and so you don't need to force the issue. There's going to be exceptions to this but you can take it as a general rule. If you have to be the one to ask for commitment, she's not as interested as you are."
Lesson #11: Focusing only on her is pressure, not a favor.
See: Lesson #2.
Lesson #12: Women like men who have options.
See: "Preselection."
Lesson #13: Having options is not applicable to relationships.
"It's not healthy to keep options inside of a relationship and it's actually immature behavior. There's a concept called 'dread game' where people use options to manipulate/put pressure on a partner to stay with them. In a long-term relationship, you can give up these games. That's the point of a long-term relationship."
Lesson #14: Dating and relationships have different rules.
"In the beginning of the dating phase, you do have to play the game(s) by signaling that you're a high-value male and she needs to lock you down."
Lesson #15: Having options makes you less needy.
See: "Abundance mentality."
Lesson #16: Having options helps you avoid low-quality women.
"The scarcity mentality/lack of options is what leads to men pursuing relationships with low-quality women, and helps avoid the sunk-cost fallacy of investing more into a bad relationship with a low-quality woman hoping that things change."

So what do you think he got right/wrong? Anything you would change/amend?
Discuss.
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2020.09.21 03:55 nootnootbaguette Horrible experience with PMS Movers from Kijiji, DO NOT hire them!!

Hey everyone, I hope someone finds this useful and I will be looking into more ways to report them. I have only lived in Canada for a year so if you have any suggestions on what I can do next, please comment and I'd be grateful for them! Here goes-
My partner and I have been using Kijiji for the entire time we've been here and we have had a relatively positive experience. We were looking to move- less than 10mins drive away, 2 streets down- from a basement to another basement. I made over a dozen calls to different moving services and finally settled on this company I found off Kijiji called PMS Movers (link below).
TUESDAY:
THURSDAY:
FRIDAY (MOVING DAY):
If you've made it this far, thank you for reading. I feel so stupid and I completely understand if you think the same of me, that I should not have chosen these movers based on their cheaper rates. Some of my bubble-wrapped items are damaged and the Kallax shelf has a crack in it. I am paying someone to assemble it tomorrow because it is a pain in the ass to deal with.
If you have anything to add, please do so, I am looking into writing to the BBB and CAM, maybe the police. People tell me I got scammed but perhaps it was my fault.
*If it matters, they had a shattered side left mirror on the truck
Edit: The agreed-upon price for 2 hours was ($60x2) + $60 = $180, I ended up paying $474.
Do not book them, let your friends and family know:
https://www.kijiji.ca/o-profile/1017704883/listings/1
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2020.09.21 03:32 lemon07r RTX 3080 Buyer's Mini Guide: Which 3080 do I get?

RTX 3080 Buyer's Mini Guide: Which 3080 do I get?
Was suggested I make this by someone so here it is.
You want a RTX 3080, but you don't know which one to get. With RTX 3080 stock being almost non existent, the answer here in most cases is.. the one that you can get, unless you don't mind waiting. In all honesty, you're fine getting almost any RTX 3080 as long as you aren't paying anything outrageous for it, because they all perform within a few percent of each other. If there's ANYTHING to take away from this guide, it's that the 3080 has little to no headroom, so there's verrryy little difference between most of the partner RTX 3080 cards. Any extra money you spend on a "better" model will not go very far, and that's because the 3080 seems to scale TERRIBLY with more power than it's already given target TDP. You will have a much louder and power hungry card for only a few fps more if you try to overclock.
Let's pretend these video cards will be in stock soon, and you want to make an informed decision. I'll make a breakdown of what I already know from my too many hours of free time spent googling things. This is by no means a complete guide, but it is close to semi-complete and can be used as a starting point in your search for the 3080 card that best fits your needs. Hopefully with a little more user input, and more information revealed with time I can make this into a more complete guide (I will try to keep updating this as I learn more things).
The All Rounder
  • Asus TUF
If you wanted a short and sweet tl;dr, the answer is just to get an Asus TUF, which is retailing at $699 MSRP. This is the all rounder choice. Great cooler that easily outclasses even more expensive cards, none of the other cards in the same price bracket come close in db normalized cooling results (the quiet bios is kick ass imo). Comes with dual bios, which you wont find in any other card at this MRSP, and also has a higher TDP limit (370w) than pretty much all the other similarly priced 3080 cards. There are better cards than this one (as you'll find out below if you keep reading), but the difference between them and this one is sooo small that you're better off saving the difference in money to spend elsewhere.. I think most reviewers will agree with me here. I may add one or two more all rounders here in the future if any come close value wise.
The slower ones?
  • MSI Ventus, Zotac Trinity, and Gigabyte Eagle
So the slower ones.. aren't really that much slower. Literally like 1-2% slower than FE, be it to a bad cooler design, or purposely gimped by a low power limit. Seriously, you're fine getting whatever card if you can at least get it close to $699. Don't be put off by getting like 0.5-1 fps less. However I will say, that there's no reason to get any of these cards if the TUF is available at it's MSRP price. Currently in this list we have the MSI Ventus, Zotac Trinity, and Gigabyte Eagle. I believe there are a few cards I've missed, so I will add them to this list as I find them. Who knows, the ones gimped by lower power limits could possibly be worked around with bios flash in the future, but I wouldn't risk voiding warranty just for 1-2% more performance. The eagle is actually decent so I may move this out from this category, but it still doesn't offer as much as the strix even though they cost the same.
The Compact Cards
  • Founders Edition, and EVGA XC3
  • Honorable mentions: Asus TUF, and PNY XLR8 EPIC-X
Now here's a category that I think is worth considering important, because there are going to be some of us working with less case space than others. To see a comprehensive spreadsheet detailing the various dimensions of most of the different RTX 3080 models we have available check out the one that u/MattVanAndel has made here. The king here is by far the Founders Edition, nothing comes close in compactness. The smallest partner model is the EVGA XC3, however beware that the black edition does not come with a backplate. The Asus TUF and PNY XLR8 EPIC-X are also fairly compact relative to their peers, so I've added them as honorable mentions.
I got money to blow for a few percent more of performance
  • EVGA FTW3, Asus Strix, Gigabyte Aorus, probably a few others I missed
Joke title aside, some of these models may be good for better thermal/acoustic balance, letting you game with less noise. I think we will need more reviews to be certain about which models will be best for this, I think I will give this a separate section once we have more info. For now, silent cooling can easily be accomplished with a custom fan profile and negligible performance penalties on most cards already. The EVGA FTW3 has already claimed overclocking records on live stream with gamersnexus. The strix and Aorus will without a doubt have very high power limits as well, and great PCBs. Im not too sure about the Aorus cooler yet, but if the TUF and previous Strix models is any indicator of what the Strix might be I don't think we have to worry about the Strix not being an amazing card. These are currently your best choices for top end partner cards as they have better components on their PCBs, usually better coolers (this can be a hit or a miss), and probably most importantly, higher max power limits with the addition of an extra 8 pin connector. Should you spend extra for any of these cards? Unless you really like how one of these looks (good help your soul if you like the FTW3 for it's looks), or realllyyy reallllyy want a few percent extra performance and that very tiny bit of extra OC headroom, cause you're a "hardcore overclocker", I wouldn't bother paying extra for one of these. I guess there is that third category you could fit too, where you just buy shiny things to make yourself feel better like myself (hence my strix preorder lol). I may have missed a few cards here, but as more cards are released and reviewed I will be able to update this list with my findings.
Cards with Caveats
  • MSI Ventus/Trio, EVGA Black Edition
These are the weirdo cards. Let me explain. The EVGA XC3 Black Edition does NOT come with a backplate, if that's important to you, skip this card. The MSI Ventus/Trio cards come with backplates.. but they are not metal, they're some sort of plastic. Now you know. These might be things to consider when making a purchase. I will add other cards here if I find anymore weirdo cards.
In the Middle
  • Pretty much everything else
This is where most cards fit, right in the middle. This includes the TUF, and the Gaming X Trio, but the big difference is, one is cheaper than the other. The Gaming X Trio does very slightly better in most benchmarks, likely due to the extra 8 pin connector, but its too close to be worth the extra cost, worse thermals and plastic backplate. What CAN make it worth it is the warranty. If you like MSI warranty more than Asus warranty, I think this easily makes the Gaming X Trio worth the extra cost. See the section where I discuss warranty below. I think if a vbios flash mod to raise the max power limit ever becomes available for the gaming x trio that it could become the best value "overclockers" card since it is the cheapest triple 8 pin model, making it perfect for slapping an aftermarket cooler or waterblock on. I will add more cards to the discussion here as more reviews surface for the other difference models. PS the difference between the "ultra" and "gaming" EVGA cards seem to only be factory overclock. As far as I'm aware that's the only difference, but one may have a higher max power limit for all I know. Some claim that the factory overclocked versions are binned better, but EVGA themselves had said that there's no difference between the two in binning. Either way, the silicon lottery wont discriminate between the two so I say just go with the cheaper version. The Gigabyte Gaming OC is a great in the middle card I think, it costs a bit more than the TUF, but comes with a year longer warranty and also has a dual bios switch. I still think the TUF is a better choice cause of its cheaper price, but pricing isnt going the same everywhere so this is another card you can consider if it's cheaper.
I want a needlessly overkill card that comes installed with a waterblock
  • EVGA Hydro Copper, MSI Corsair, and Gigabyte Aorus Waterforce
These are not available yet, but they are confirmed to be coming soon (who knows when). These typically feature very good PCBs and are paired with a waterblock. I can't tell you which one will be better. I couldn't even tell you which ones were better for previous generations, and I've looked. PS The MSI Corsair is the successor to the MSI Seahawk line, and will believe it or not, feature a Corsair waterblock. I believe there will be some AIO type models coming too. I'll update this portion of the guide when I get more information.
Cards that will get Waterblocks
  • Founders Edition, Reference PCB cards, Asus Strix, MSI Ventus and MSI Gaming X Trio
I don't know too much about what cards will get waterblocks even though I do plan on watercooling a 3080 in a custom loop myself. Figured I should throw what I do know here anyways because it might help someone. The two most obvious ones, FE cards, and reference cards, most big block manufacturers will have blocks for both. A lot of you know this already but I should clarify anyways for the uninitiated, but the FE cards are NOT reference PCB, they are a custom nvidia design and will need a different waterblock. As for figuring out which cards have reference designs.. just look up any reference rtx 3080 waterblock and see what cards it supports. EK has confirmed a block for the Strix, and Alphacool has confirmed that they are making blocks for MSI Ventus and Gaming x Trio.
Let's Talk Warranty (WIP/Very Opinionated/Take with a grain of salt)
This is without a doubt one of the best ways to choose your video card, even more so for the 3080, where there is very negligible performance difference between most of the different partner models. I don't know which models have longer than standard warranty as I admittedly have not looked into this too far yet, but I do know some cards like the Gigabyte Gaming OC come with 4 years of warranty. Most credit cards will offer you extended warranty on purchases made on those cards too. From what I understand Asus has bad RMA customer service (sad considering how great the TUF is). Community consensus seems to be that EVGA has the best customer service and that MSI also has great RMA service for video cards (can confirm this, MSI replaced my broken blower 1080 ti that I bought used with a ventus gp 2080 ti for free, no questions asked or any hassle). There are probably others with bad or good service, and I can't tell you which one will be better. I suggest doing your own research and picking the brand you feel most comfortable with warranty wise.
Source: I have too much free time and have been too obsessed with the rtx 3080.
Since I'm calling this a "close to semi-complete guide" discussion and questions aren't only welcome, but encouraged! This guide can be improved a lot more with input from you guys.
EDIT: Adding a bonus piece on power supplies since we get a lot of of is my power supply enough questions here.
Do I need a new power supply?!?!?!?!?!?!!
What power supply you will need will largely depend on how power hungry the rest of your system is (namely your CPU), but you more than likely don't need anything crazy, trust me on that. On a tame system with something like a ryzen 3600 all you need is a decent 550w power supply. Focus on getting something that is good quality and reliable over higher wattage, this is more important than getting as many watts as you can. There are tier lists and PSU reviews that can help you find a good power supply. If you have a big power hog like a very heavily overclocked i9-10900k all you need is a good 600w or better power supply, and this is very clearly shown here in optimum tech's video. If you have a lot of peripherals/add-ons or are just a very anxious person you can err on the side of caution and get an extra 50 watts more than you need. Just make sure it's a GOOD power supply. If you're wondering why nvidia has grossly exaggerated their recommended power supply specifications it's probably because of how many terrible cheap power supplies there are available, that a lot of uninformed people end up buying. Source: have built many computers with both crappy cheap high wattage psus and good ones with lower wattages.
PS Connect your dual 8 pin cards with sperate cables if you can, don't use a single daisy chained one. See the diagram below on how to connect your 3080 to your PSU.
https://preview.redd.it/xp4zxywjzeo51.png?width=960&format=png&auto=webp&s=17233e280702a26f458a8265bd5d7d1823e17b8a

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2020.09.21 03:26 lawrenceJen The Why and How of a Digital Marketing Audit

When you have finally made it to the top of search engine results rankings through partnering with a professional Digital Marketing Agency in Melbourne or elsewhere, this is when most companies make the mistake of taking things easy, thinking that they will be in that top spot forever. That is far from the truth! There will always be that someone who will push you down and take your top spot.
So you need to keep working at it, together with your Digital Marketing Agency in Melbourne. This is when the need for digital marketing audits in Melbourne arises.
What you need to analyze during an effective digital marketing audit in Melbourne are:
Always ensure that you partner with someone who is a well experienced Google Ads Agency in Melbourne, and is also a Google Premier Partner in Melbourne in order for you to gain the best advantages of paid advertising.
Most agencies are experts in SEM Management in Melbourne as well as have well-experienced personnel in other areas of Digital Marketing such as being a Google Ads Agency in Melbourne, and thus are able to conduct a very thorough Digital Marketing Audit for you.
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2020.09.21 03:24 fr56tg So, what to do if there's no Language Tests being offered? Express Entry versus Spousal Sponsorship

I'd like to apply for my PR, sooner rather than later, if possible. I've been in Canada (NS specifically) since 2013, have two Canadian degrees (BSc and MSc, finished MSc in September 2019) and have been working in Canada on a PGWP since, though not quite full-time. To add to the complexities, I have a Canadian common-law partner, too.
For Express Entry, a Language Test is required. However, I can't find any language tests being offered anywhere near me, and it's been this way since March -- which is understandable.
First Q - does anyone know of language tests being offered in the Maritimes? Am I just overlooking something? I've contacted so many testing centres but they can't tell me when they'll start reopening. I contacted IRCC asking about it but understandably the rep couldn't provide information given that it's private companies conducting the tests.
But, given that I have a Canadian common-law partner, I could go through the spousal sponsorship route instead.
Second Q - is it "better" for me to try Express Entry rather than a Spousal sponsorship? (I had something like 501 total points when calculating my score on the CRS website, assuming top scores on the language test)
My understanding was that the express entry route could be faster(?). I have gone through the paperwork and guidelines of the spousal sponsorship and thought there was a financial component to it, such that the sponsor needed to have made X amount of money in the previous year, but I can't find that information anymore. Are there still income requirements for sponsorships?
Sorry this is all over the place, but I appreciate any wisdom!
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2020.09.21 02:47 Leather_Term Meet Brock Pierce, the Presidential Candidate With Ties to Pedophiles Who Wants to End Human Trafficking

thedailybeast.com Sep. 20, 2020.
The “Mighty Ducks” actor is running for president. He clears the air (sort of) to Tarpley Hitt about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein and more.
In the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president’s son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as “definitely the most powerful kid in the universe.” Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States.
Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.
DEN became “the poster child for dot-com excesses,” raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The plaintiffs later dropped their case against Pierce (he made a payment of $21,600 to one of their lawyers) and Shackley. But after a federal grand jury indicted Collins-Rector on criminal charges in 2000, the DEN founders left the country. When Interpol arrested them in 2002, they said they had confiscated “guns, machetes, and child pornography” from the trio’s beach villa in Spain.
While abroad, Pierce had pivoted to a new venture: Internet Gaming Entertainment, which sold virtual accessories in multiplayer online role-playing games to those desperate to pay, as one Wired reporter put it, “as much as $1,800 for an eight-piece suit of Skyshatter chain mail” rather than earn it in the games themselves. In 2005, a 25-year-old Pierce hired then-Goldman Sachs banker Steve Bannon—just before he would co-found Breitbart News. Two years later, after a World of Warcraft player sued the company for “diminishing” the fun of the game, Steve Bannon replaced Pierce as CEO.
Collins-Rector eventually pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender. In the years that followed, Pierce waded into the gonzo economy of cryptocurrencies, where he overlapped more than once with Jeffrey Epstein, and counseled him on crypto. In that world, he founded Tether, a cryptocurrency that bills itself as a “stablecoin,” because its value is allegedly tied to the U.S. dollar, and the blockchain software company Block.one. Like his earlier businesses, Pierce’s crypto projects see-sawed between massive investments and curious deals. When Block.one announced a smart contract software called EOS.IO, the company raised $4 billion almost overnight, setting an all-time record before the product even launched. The Securities and Exchange Commission later fined the company $24 million for violating federal securities law. After John Oliver mocked the ordeal, calling Pierce a “sleepy, creepy cowboy,” Block.one fired him. Tether, meanwhile, is currently under investigation by the New York Attorney General for possible fraud.
On July 4, Pierce announced his candidacy for president. His campaign surrogates include a former Cambridge Analytica director and the singer Akon, who recently doubled down on developing an anonymously funded, $6 billion “Wakanda-like” metropolis in Senegal called Akon City. Pierce claims to be bipartisan, and from the 11 paragraphs on the “Policy” section of his website it can be hard to determine where he falls on the political spectrum. He supports legalizing marijuana and abolishing private prisons, but avoids the phrase “climate change.” He wants to end “human trafficking.” His proposal to end police brutality: body cams.
His political contributions tell a more one-sided story. Pierce’s sole Democratic contribution went to the short-lived congressional run of crypto candidate Brian Forde. The rest went to Republican campaigns like Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, John McCain, and the National Right to Life Political Action Committee. Last year alone, Pierce gave over $44,000 to the Republican National Committee and more than $55,000 to Trump’s re-election fund.
Pierce spoke to The Daily Beast from his tour bus and again over email. Those conversations have been combined and edited for clarity.
You’re announcing your presidential candidacy somewhat late, and historically, third-party candidates haven’t had the best luck with the executive office. If you don’t have a strong path to the White House, what do you want out of the race?
I announced on July 4, which I think is quite an auspicious date for an Independent candidate, hoping to bring independence to this country. There’s a lot of things that I can do. One is: I’m 39 years old. I turn 40 in November. So I’ve got time on my side. Whatever happens in this election cycle, I’m laying the groundwork for the future. The overall mission is to create a third major party—not another third party—a third major party in this country. I think that is what America needs most. George Washington in his closing address warned us about the threat of political parties. John Adams and the other founding fathers—their fear for our future was two political parties becoming dominant. And look at where we are. We were warned.
I believe, having studied systems, any time you have a system of two, what happens is those two things come together, like magnets. They come into collision, or they become polarized and become completely divided. I think we need to rise above partisan politics and find a path forward together. As Albert Einstein is quoted—I’m not sure the line came from him, but he’s quoted in many places—he said that the definition of insanity is making the same mistake or doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting a different result. [Ed. note: Einstein never said this.] It feels like that’s what our election cycle is like. Half the country feels like they won, half the country feels like they lost, at least if they voted or participated.
Obviously, there’s another late-comer to the presidential race, and that’s Kanye West. He’s received a lot of flak for his candidacy, as he’s openly admitted to trying to siphon votes away from Joe Biden to ensure a Trump victory. Is that something you’re hoping to avoid or is that what you’re going for as well?
Oh no. This is a very serious campaign. Our campaign is very serious. You’ll notice I don’t say anything negative about either of the two major political candidates, because I think that’s one of the problems with our political system, instead of people getting on stage, talking about their visionary ideas, inspiring people, informing and educating, talking about problems, mentioning problems, talking about solutions, constructive criticism. That’s why I refuse to run a negative campaign. I am definitely not a spoiler. I’m into data, right? I’m a technologist. I’ve got digital DNA. So does most of our campaign team. We’ve got our finger on the pulse.
Most of my major Democratic contacts are really happy to see that we’re running in a red state like Wyoming. Kanye West’s home state is Wyoming. He’s not on the ballot in Wyoming I could say, in part, because he didn’t have Akon on his team. But I could also say that he probably didn’t want to be on the ballot in Wyoming because it’s a red state. He doesn’t want to take additional points in a state where he’s only running against Trump. But we’re on the ballot in Wyoming, and since we’re on the ballot in Wyoming I think it’s safe—more than safe, I think it’s evident—that we are not here to run as a spoiler for the benefit of Donald Trump.
In running for president, you’ve opened yourself up to be scrutinized from every angle going back to the beginning of your career. I wanted to ask you about your time at the Digital Entertainment Network. Can you tell me a little bit about how you started there? You became a vice president as a teenager. What were your qualifications and what was your job exactly?
Well, I was the co-founder. A lot of it was my idea. I had an idea that people would use the internet to watch videos, and we create content for the internet. The idea was basically YouTube and Hulu and Netflix. Anyone that was around in the ‘90s and has been around digital media since then, they all credit us as the creators of basically those ideas. I was just getting a message from the creator of The Vandals, the punk rock band, right before you called. He’s like, “Brock, looks like we’re going to get the Guinness Book of World Records for having created the first streaming television show.”
We did a lot of that stuff. We had 30 television shows. We had the top most prestigious institutions in the world as investors. The biggest names. High-net-worth investors like Terry Semel, who’s chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers, and became the CEO of Yahoo. I did all sorts of things. I helped sell $150,000 worth of advertising contracts to the CEOs of Pepsi and everything else. I was the face of the company, meeting all the major banks and everything else, selling the vision of what the future was.
You moved in with Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley at a mansion in Encino. Was that the headquarters of the business?
All start-ups, they normally start out in your home. Because it’s just you. The company was first started out of Marc’s house, and it was probably there for the first two or three months, before the company got an office. That’s, like, how it is for all start-ups.
were later a co-defendant in the L.A. County case filed against Marc Collins-Rector for plying minors with alcohol and drugs, in order to facilitate sexual abuse. You were dropped from the case, but you settled with one of the men for $21,600. Can you explain that?
Okay, well, first of all, that’s not accurate. Two of the plaintiffs in that case asked me if I would be a plaintiff. Because I refused to be a part of the lawsuit, they chose to include me to discredit me, to make their case stronger. They also went and offered 50 percent of what they got to the house management—they went around and offered money to anyone to participate in this. They needed people to corroborate their story. Eventually, because I refused to participate in the lawsuit, they named me. Subsequently, all three of the plaintiffs apologized to me, in front of audiences, in front of many people, saying Brock never did anything. They dismissed their cases.
Remember, this is a civil thing. I’ve never been charged with a crime in my life. And the last plaintiff to have his case dismissed, he contacted his lawyer and said, “Dismiss this case against Brock. Brock never did anything. I just apologized. Dismiss his case.” And the lawyer said, “No. I won’t dismiss this case, I have all these out-of-pocket expenses, I refuse to file the paperwork unless you give me my out-of-pocket expenses.” And so the lawyer, I guess, had $21,000 in bills. So I paid his lawyer $21,000—not him, it was not a settlement. That was a payment to his lawyer for his out-of-pocket expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses so that he would file the paperwork to dismiss the case.
You’ve said the cases were unfounded, and the plaintiffs eventually apologized. But your boss, Marc Collins-Rector later pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender. Were you aware of his behavior? How do you square the fact that later allegations proved to be true, but these ones were not?
Well, remember: I was 16 and 17 years old at the time? So, no. I don’t think Marc is the man they made him out to be. But Marc is not a person I would associate with today, and someone I haven’t associated with in a very long time. I was 16 and 17. I chose the wrong business partner. You live and you learn.
You’ve pointed out that you were underage when most of these allegations were said to take place. Did you ever feel like you were coerced or in over your head while working at DEN?
I mean, I was working 18 hours a day, doing things I’d never done before. It was business school. But I definitely learned a lot in building that company. We raised $88 million. We filed our [form] S-1 to go public. We were the hottest start-up in Los Angeles.
In 2000, you left the country with Marc Collins-Rector. Why did you leave? How did you spend those two years abroad?
I moved to Spain in 1999 for personal reasons. I spent those two years in Europe working on developing my businesses.
Interpol found you in 2002. The house where you were staying reportedly contained guns, machetes, and child pornography. Whose guns and child porn were those? Were you aware they were in the house, and how did those get there?
My lawyers have addressed this in 32 pages of documentation showing a complete absence of wrongdoing. Please refer to my webpage for more information.
[Ed. Note: The webpage does not mention guns, machetes, or child pornography. It does state:“It is true that when the local police arrested Collins-Rector in Spain in 2002 on an international warrant, Mr. Pierce was also taken into custody, but so was everyone at Collins-Rector’s house in Spain; and it is equally clear that Brock was promptly released, and no charges of any kind were ever filed against Brock concerning this matter.”]
What do you make of the allegations against Bryan Singer? [Ed. Note: Bryan Singer, a close friend of Collins-Rector, invested at least $50,000 in DEN. In an Atlantic article outlining Singer’s history of alleged sexual assault and statutory rape, one source claimed that at age 15, Collins-Rector abused him and introduced him to Singer, who then assaulted him in the DEN headquarters.]
I am aware of them and I support of all victims of sexual assault. I will let America’s justice system decide on Singer’s outcome.
In 2011, you spoke at the Mindshift conference supported by Jeffrey Epstein. At that point, he had already been convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor. Why did you agree to speak?
I had never heard of Jeffrey Epstein. His name was not on the website. I was asked to speak at a conference alongside Nobel Prize winners. It was not a cryptocurrency conference, it was filled with Nobel Prize winners. I was asked to speak alongside Nobel Prize winners on the future of money. I speak at conferences historically, two to three times a week. I was like, “Nobel Prize winners? Sounds great. I’ll happily talk about the future of money with them.” I had no idea who Jeffrey Epstein was. His name was not listed anywhere on the website. Had I known what I know now? I clearly would have never spoken there. But I spoke at a conference that he cosponsored.
What’s your connection to the Clinton Global Initiative? Did you hear about it through Jeffrey Epstein?
I joined the Clinton Global Initiative as a philanthropist in 2006 and was a member for one year. My involvement with the Initiative had no connection to Jeffrey Epstein whatsoever.
You’ve launched your campaign in Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by a police officer. How do you feel about the civil uprising against police brutality?
I’m from Minnesota. Born and raised. We just had a press conference there, announcing that we’re on the ballot. Former U.S. Senator Dean Barkley was there. So that tells you, when former U.S. Senators are endorsing the candidate, right?
[Ed. note: Barkley was never elected to the United States Senate. In November of 2002, he was appointed by then Minnesota Governor Jesse Venture to fill the seat after Sen. Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. Barkley’s term ended on Jan. 3, 2003—two months later.]
Yes, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis. My vice-presidential running mate Karla Ballard and I, on our last trip to Minnesota together, went to visit the George Floyd Memorial. I believe in law and order. I believe that law and order is foundational to any functioning society. But there is no doubt in my mind that we need reform. These types of events—this is not an isolated incident. This has happened many times before. It’s time for change. We have a lot of detail around policy on this issue that we will be publishing next week. Not just high-level what we think, not just a summary, but detailed policy.
You said that you support “law and order.” What does that mean?
“Law and order” means creating a fair and just legal system where our number one priority is protecting the inalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” for all people. This means reforming how our police intervene in emergency situations, abolishing private prisons that incentivize mass incarceration, and creating new educational and economic opportunities for our most vulnerable communities. I am dedicated to preventing crime by eliminating the socioeconomic conditions that encourage it.
I support accountability and transparency in government and law enforcement. Some of the key policies I support are requiring body-cams on all law enforcement officers who engage with the public, curtailing the 1033 program that provides local law enforcement agencies with access to military equipment, and abolishing private prisons. Rather than simply defund the police, my administration will take a holistic approach to heal and unite America by ending mass incarceration, police brutality, and racial injustice.
Did you attend any Black Lives Matter protests?
I support all movements aimed at ending racial injustice and inequality. I​ have not attended any Black Lives Matter protests.​ My running-mate, Karla Ballard, attended the March on Washington in support of racial justice and equality.
Your platform doesn’t mention the words “climate change.” Is there a reason for that?
I’m not sure what you mean. Our policy platform specifically references human-caused climate change and we have a plan to restabilize the climate, address environmental degradation, and ensure environmental sustainability.
[Ed. Note: As of writing the Pierce campaign’s policy platform does not specifically reference human-caused climate change.]
You’ve recently brought on Akon as a campaign surrogate. How did that happen? Tell me about that.
Akon and I have been friends for quite some time. I was one of the guys that taught him about Bitcoin. I helped make some videogames for him, I think in 2012. We were talking about Bitcoin, teaching him the ropes, back in 2013. And in 2014, we were both speaking at the Milken Global Conference, and I encouraged him to talk about how Bitcoin, Africa, changed the world. He became the biggest celebrity in the world, talking about Bitcoin at the time. I’m an adviser to his Akoin project, very interested in the work that he’s doing to build a city in Africa.
I think we need a government that’s of, for, and by the people. Akon has huge political aspirations. He obviously was a hugely successful artist. But he also discovered artists like Lady Gaga. So not only is he, himself, a great artist, but he’s also a great identifier and builder of other artists. And he’s been a great businessman, philanthropist. He’s pushing the limits of what can be done. We’re like-minded individuals in that regard. I think he’ll be running for political office one day, because he sees what I see: that we need real change, and we need a government that is of, for, and by the people.
You mentioned that you’re an adviser on Akoin. Do you have any financial investments in Akoin or Akon City?
I don’t believe so. I’d have to check. I have so much stuff. But I don’t believe that I have any economic interests in his stuff. I’d have to verify that. We’ll get back to you. I don’t believe that I have any economic interests. My interest is in helping him. He’s a visionary with big ideas that wants to help things in the world. If I can be of assistance in helping him make the world a better place, I’m all for it. I’m not motivated by money. I’m not running for office because I’m motivated by power. I’m running for office because I’m deeply, deeply concerned about our collective future.
You’ve said you’re running on a pro-technology platform. One week into your campaign last month, a New York appeals court approved the state Attorney General’s attempt to investigate the stablecoin Tether for potentially fraudulent activity. Do you think this will impact your ability to sell people on your tech entrepreneurship?
No, I think my role in Tether is as awesome as it gets. It was my idea. I put it together. But I’ve had no involvement in the company since 2015. I gave all of my equity to the other shareholders. I’ve had zero involvement in the company for almost six years. It was just my idea. I put the initial team together. But I think Tether is one of the most important innovations in the world, certainly. The idea is, I digitized the U.S. dollar. I used technology to digitize currency—existing currency. The U.S. dollar in particular. It’s doing $10 trillion a year. Ten trillion dollars a year of transactional volume. It’s probably the most important innovation in currency since the advent of fiat money. The people that took on the business and ran the business in years to come, they’ve done things I’m not proud of. I’m not sure they’ve done anything criminal. But they certainly did things differently than I would do. But it’s like, you have kids, they turn 18, they go out into the world, and sometimes you’re proud of the things they do, and sometimes you shake your head and go, “Ugh, why did you do that?” I have zero concerns as it relates to me personally. I wish they made better decisions.
What do you think the investigation will find?
I have no idea. The problem that was raised is that there was a $5 million loan between two entities and whether or not they had the right to do that, did they disclose it correctly. There’s been no accusations of, like, embezzlement or anything that bad.
[Ed. Note: The Attorney General’s press release on the investigation reads: “Our investigation has determined that the operators of the ‘Bitfinex’ trading platform, who also control the ‘tether’ virtual currency, have engaged in a cover-up to hide the apparent loss of $850 million dollars of co-mingled client and corporate funds.”]
But there’s been some disclosure things, that is the issue. No one is making any outrageous claims that these are people that have done a bunch of bad—well, on the internet, the media has said that the people behind the business may have been manipulating the price of Bitcoin, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the New York investigation. Again, I’m so not involved, and so not at risk, that I’m not even up to speed on the details.
[Ed note: A representative of the New York State Attorney General told Forbes that he “cannot confirm or deny that the investigation” includes Pierce.]
We’ve recently witnessed the rise of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that Hollywood is an evil cabal of Satanic pedophiles and Trump is the person waging war on them. You mentioned human trafficking, which has become a cause for them. What are your thoughts on that?
I’ve watched some of the content. I think it’s an interesting phenomenon. I’m an internet person, so Anonymous is obviously an organization that has been doing interesting stuff. It’s interesting. I don’t have a big—conspiracy theory stuff is—I guess I have a question for you: What do you think of all of it, since you’re the expert?
You know, I think it’s not true, but I’m not running for president. I do wonder what this politician [Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene], who’s just won her primary, is going to do on day one, once she finds out there’s no satanic cabal room.
Wait, someone was running for office and won on a QAnon platform, saying that Hollywood did—say what? You’re the expert here.
She won a primary. But I want to push on if we only have a few minutes. In 2006, your gaming company IGE brought on Steve Bannon as an investor. Goldman later bought out most of your stock. Bannon eventually replaced you as CEO of Affinity. You’ve described him as your “right-hand man for, like, seven years.” How well did you know Bannon during that time?
Yes, so this is in my mid-twenties. He wasn’t an investor. He worked for me. He was my banker. He worked for me for three years as my yield guide. And then he was my CEO running the company for another four years. So I haven’t worked with Steve for a decade or so. We worked in videogame stuff and banking. He was at Goldman Sachs. He was not in the political area at the time. But he was a pretty successful banker. He set up Goldman Sachs Los Angeles. So for me, I’d say he did a pretty good job.
During your business relationship, Steve Bannon founded Breitbart News, which has pretty consistently published racist material. How do you feel about Breitbart?
I had no involvement with Breitbart News. As for how I feel about such material, I’m not pleased by any form of hate-mongering. I strongly support the equality of all Americans.
Did you have qualms about Bannon’s role in the 2016 election?
Bannon’s role in the Trump campaign got me to pay closer attention to what he was doing but that’s about it. Whenever you find out that one of your former employees has taken on a role like that, you pay attention.
Bannon served on the board of Cambridge Analytica. A staffer on your campaign, Brittany Kaiser, also served as a business director for them. What are your thoughts on their use of illicitly-obtained Facebook data for campaign promotional material?
Yes, so this will be the last question I can answer because I’ve got to be off for this 5:00 pm. But Brittany Kaiser is a friend of mine. She was the whistleblower of Cambridge Analytica. She came to me and said, “What do I do?” And I said, “Tell the truth. The truth will set you free.”
[Ed. Note: Investigations in Cambridge Analytica took place as early as Nov. 2017, when a U.K. reporter at Channel 4 News recorded their CEO boasting about using “beautiful Ukranian girls” and offers of bribes to discredit political officials. The first whistleblower was Christopher Wylie, who disclosed a cache of documents to The Guardian, published on Mar. 17, 2018. Kaiser’s confession ran five days later, after the scandal made national news. Her association with Cambridge Analytica is not mentioned anywhere on Pierce’s campaign website.]
So I’m glad that people—I’m a supporter of whistleblowers, people that see injustice in the world and something not right happening, and who put themselves in harm’s way to stand up for what they believe in. So I stand up for Brittany Kaiser.
Who do you think [anonymous inventor of Bitcoin] Satoshi Nakamoto is?
We all are Satoshi Nakamoto.
You got married at Burning Man. Have you been attending virtual Burning Man?
I’m running a presidential campaign. So, while I was there in spirit, unfortunately my schedule did not permit me to attend.
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2020.09.21 02:46 thinkingyeti Idea & the Business of Release Notes

Recently, Launchnotes.io raised a $1.8 million seed round co-led by Cowboy Ventures and Bull City Ventures. LaunchNotes essentially helps businesses communicate their software updates to both internal and external customers.
Here is some coverage about their funding round: TechCrunch, Crunchbase & Pulse2.0.
In this edition of “Make this startup happen”, we will discuss how you can start this business and possibly grow it into a revenue generating entity.
For obvious reasons, I’ll not be covering topics around building/developing the product and neither will I be getting into product focussed growth strategies which are better formulated once you have some usage data.

Who is Competition?

  1. ReleaseNotes.io: Started last year, likely operating in stealth mode.
  2. Beamer: They were at 500k ARR in October 2019.
  3. Changelogfy: Started in 2018 and based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. No funding information.
  4. Headway: No relevant information available.
  5. Noticeable: No relevant information available.
  6. AnnounceKit: Started in 2018, they have self reported $900 in monthly revenue (not verified).
  7. Onset.io: No relevant information available.
  8. LaunchNotes: Created by ex-Atlassian employees, they raised 1.8 million in seed funding.

Opportunities Overview:

  1. Lack of digital presence.
  2. Most of them haven’t raised external money.
  3. Prominent players mostly catering to enterprise clients.

Step 1: Ideal Domain name

Given the competition I believe AnnounceKit, LaunchNotes and ReleaseNotes have recognisable domains that are easy to recall but they are not .com (not a big difference).
Only Beamer and Changelogfy have .com domains, but beamer has the prefix “Get” in their domain. “Changelogfy” is not very intuitive to pronounce and can be easily misspelled.
So what can you do?
Get a short and recognisable .com domain. Here are some of them that you can pick up for around $10 to $13.
  1. announceok(dot)com
  2. launchbits(dot)com
  3. launchmake(dot)com
  4. launchsend(dot)com
  5. launchword(dot)com
  6. releasebit(dot)com
  7. releasebro(dot)com
  8. releasedev(dot)com
  9. releasefox(dot)com
  10. releaseout(dot)com
  11. updateback(dot)com
  12. updatebug(dot)com
  13. updatecamp(dot)com
  14. updatechef(dot)com
  15. updatedrop(dot)com
  16. updateloft(dot)com
  17. updatemake(dot)com
  18. updatepad(dot)com
Since this newsletter goes to 2914 people, chances are these domains might be gone before you see this. So, here is a list of 100 available domains names: Download
You can buy one of these domains for $10. I chose to ignore all premium domains that sell for $100 or more because I do not think it is a necessity at this point.

Step 2: Crack the SEO game

To start things off, you’ll need keywords. Here are the top ones for this product that I found:
Put all your SEO efforts around these keywords which includes everything from including them in your H1’s to creating content for your blog. These keywords can also be used for Google Adwords in case you want to be more aggressive about user acquisition.
You can download a list of 96 keywords (including the ones mentioned earlier) along with some stats to get you started on your SEO game: Download keyword list

Step 3: Pricing Strategies

Keep it as simple as possible and try to get small businesses/startups on lifetime contracts with limited features. First and foremost, this will keep up sell opportunities open + it will give you a launchpad on platforms like Pitchground, Secret & Appsumo.
The good deal range would be 2X features/output on your closest competitor’s free plan for a lifetime price. In this case LaunchNotes offers this on their free/basic plan, so 2X it.
📷

Step 4: Referral/Affiliate Partnerships

Products like this grow faster with recommendations and good word of mouth. But again, it is important to choose your audience/referral partner carefully.
With that said, there are a few content domains that are worth looking into:
  1. Product management blogs, newsletters and communities
    1. Sensible PM
    2. Project Management
    3. Noting.io
    4. Ron Rosenhead
    5. Manage What Matters
    6. The Tao of Project Management
    7. Eight2Late
    8. Herding Cats
    9. Arras People
  2. Agile groups/virtual meetups
  3. Jira user groups
  4. productmanagement
  5. Product management Slack groups
    1. Product Manager HQ
    2. Product-Led Alliance
    3. Future of SaaS
    4. Product School
    5. Product Buds
    6. Project/Product discussions
    7. MindtheProduct
  6. Product management podcasts
    1. Product People
    2. This is Product Management
    3. Product to Product
    4. Ship It Shout It
    5. Masters of Scale
You can also collaborate and team up with influencer accounts on Twitter (listed below). Even though some of these accounts do not have a lot of followers, most of them hold a good amount of influence in the community.
Ideally, try and create an affiliate program to drive quality traffic from these influencers/ publishers. Do NOT get on any program where your expenses are not directly aligned with the number of signups. You can use partnerstack.com to run these campaigns.

Step 5: The PR + Social Media Game

Here is the list of journalists who covered this space recently.
  1. Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
  2. Christine Hall, Crunchbase
  3. Amit Chowdhry, Pulse 2.0
  4. Christina Cardoza, SDTimes
  5. Chantal Allam, TechWire
  6. Lucinda Shen, Fortune
In terms of traditional social media, none of these companies have any strong presence. So it is a good opportunity for a new player to fill that void.
The platforms ideal for this market would be:
Focus on platforms with low competition but only ones that have your core audience.
Twitter is great to make personal pitches. You can do things as simple as responding to people asking questions/commenting on topics around release notes (Related Tweets).
You can also directly reach out to PMs and ask them to try your product.
Reddit is brutal when it comes to promotions, so engage only through a knowledge sharing angle. You can also directly reach out to companies that have shared release notes related content and ask them to take your product for a spin. (Search page for release notes)
Consider also creating a subreddit for your brand and treat it like a “second” customer support knowledge base, it will reduce significant support time + you’ll rank for important keywords since Reddit has super-high SEO authority.
Finally, Indie Hackers is a good platform to both launch your product + share timely updates. The milestone section is fairly low competition, so use that to not only share updates but also to subtly announce plans or offers. But, do not spam.
On Indie Hackers you can also create your own community/group around your brand and build an audience on the platform.
If you liked this post consider subscribing to my newsletter here: models.substack.com
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2020.09.21 02:45 thinkingyeti Idea & the Business of Release Notes

Recently, Launchnotes.io raised a $1.8 million seed round co-led by Cowboy Ventures and Bull City Ventures. LaunchNotes essentially helps businesses communicate their software updates to both internal and external customers.
Here is some coverage about their funding round: TechCrunch, Crunchbase & Pulse2.0.
In this edition of “Make this startup happen”, we will discuss how you can start this business and possibly grow it into a revenue generating entity.
For obvious reasons, I’ll not be covering topics around building/developing the product and neither will I be getting into product focussed growth strategies which are better formulated once you have some usage data.

Who is Competition?

  1. ReleaseNotes.io: Started last year, likely operating in stealth mode.
  2. Beamer: They were at 500k ARR in October 2019.
  3. Changelogfy: Started in 2018 and based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. No funding information.
  4. Headway: No relevant information available.
  5. Noticeable: No relevant information available.
  6. AnnounceKit: Started in 2018, they have self reported $900 in monthly revenue (not verified).
  7. Onset.io: No relevant information available.
  8. LaunchNotes: Created by ex-Atlassian employees, they raised 1.8 million in seed funding.

Opportunities Overview:

  1. Lack of digital presence.
  2. Most of them haven’t raised external money.
  3. Prominent players mostly catering to enterprise clients.

Step 1: Ideal Domain name

Given the competition I believe AnnounceKit, LaunchNotes and ReleaseNotes have recognisable domains that are easy to recall but they are not .com (not a big difference).
Only Beamer and Changelogfy have .com domains, but beamer has the prefix “Get” in their domain. “Changelogfy” is not very intuitive to pronounce and can be easily misspelled.
So what can you do?
Get a short and recognisable .com domain. Here are some of them that you can pick up for around $10 to $13.
  1. announceok(dot)com
  2. launchbits(dot)com
  3. launchmake(dot)com
  4. launchsend(dot)com
  5. launchword(dot)com
  6. releasebit(dot)com
  7. releasebro(dot)com
  8. releasedev(dot)com
  9. releasefox(dot)com
  10. releaseout(dot)com
  11. updateback(dot)com
  12. updatebug(dot)com
  13. updatecamp(dot)com
  14. updatechef(dot)com
  15. updatedrop(dot)com
  16. updateloft(dot)com
  17. updatemake(dot)com
  18. updatepad(dot)com
Since this newsletter goes to 2914 people, chances are these domains might be gone before you see this. So, here is a list of 100 available domains names: Download
You can buy one of these domains for $10. I chose to ignore all premium domains that sell for $100 or more because I do not think it is a necessity at this point.

Step 2: Crack the SEO game

To start things off, you’ll need keywords. Here are the top ones for this product that I found:
Put all your SEO efforts around these keywords which includes everything from including them in your H1’s to creating content for your blog. These keywords can also be used for Google Adwords in case you want to be more aggressive about user acquisition.
You can download a list of 96 keywords (including the ones mentioned earlier) along with some stats to get you started on your SEO game: Download keyword list

Step 3: Pricing Strategies

Keep it as simple as possible and try to get small businesses/startups on lifetime contracts with limited features. First and foremost, this will keep up sell opportunities open + it will give you a launchpad on platforms like Pitchground, Secret & Appsumo.
The good deal range would be 2X features/output on your closest competitor’s free plan for a lifetime price. In this case LaunchNotes offers this on their free/basic plan, so 2X it.
📷

Step 4: Referral/Affiliate Partnerships

Products like this grow faster with recommendations and good word of mouth. But again, it is important to choose your audience/referral partner carefully.
With that said, there are a few content domains that are worth looking into:
  1. Product management blogs, newsletters and communities
    1. Sensible PM
    2. Project Management
    3. Noting.io
    4. Ron Rosenhead
    5. Manage What Matters
    6. The Tao of Project Management
    7. Eight2Late
    8. Herding Cats
    9. Arras People
  2. Agile groups/virtual meetups
  3. Jira user groups
  4. productmanagement
  5. Product management Slack groups
    1. Product Manager HQ
    2. Product-Led Alliance
    3. Future of SaaS
    4. Product School
    5. Product Buds
    6. Project/Product discussions
    7. MindtheProduct
  6. Product management podcasts
    1. Product People
    2. This is Product Management
    3. Product to Product
    4. Ship It Shout It
    5. Masters of Scale
You can also collaborate and team up with influencer accounts on Twitter (listed below). Even though some of these accounts do not have a lot of followers, most of them hold a good amount of influence in the community.
Ideally, try and create an affiliate program to drive quality traffic from these influencers/ publishers. Do NOT get on any program where your expenses are not directly aligned with the number of signups. You can use partnerstack.com to run these campaigns.

Step 5: The PR + Social Media Game

Here is the list of journalists who covered this space recently.
  1. Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
  2. Christine Hall, Crunchbase
  3. Amit Chowdhry, Pulse 2.0
  4. Christina Cardoza, SDTimes
  5. Chantal Allam, TechWire
  6. Lucinda Shen, Fortune
In terms of traditional social media, none of these companies have any strong presence. So it is a good opportunity for a new player to fill that void.
The platforms ideal for this market would be:
Focus on platforms with low competition but only ones that have your core audience.
Twitter is great to make personal pitches. You can do things as simple as responding to people asking questions/commenting on topics around release notes (Related Tweets).
You can also directly reach out to PMs and ask them to try your product.
Reddit is brutal when it comes to promotions, so engage only through a knowledge sharing angle. You can also directly reach out to companies that have shared release notes related content and ask them to take your product for a spin. (Search page for release notes)
Consider also creating a subreddit for your brand and treat it like a “second” customer support knowledge base, it will reduce significant support time + you’ll rank for important keywords since Reddit has super-high SEO authority.
Finally, Indie Hackers is a good platform to both launch your product + share timely updates. The milestone section is fairly low competition, so use that to not only share updates but also to subtly announce plans or offers. But, do not spam.
On Indie Hackers you can also create your own community/group around your brand and build an audience on the platform.
If you liked this post consider subscribing to my newsletter here: models.substack.com
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2020.09.21 02:45 thinkingyeti Idea & the Business of Release Notes

Recently, Launchnotes.io raised a $1.8 million seed round co-led by Cowboy Ventures and Bull City Ventures. LaunchNotes essentially helps businesses communicate their software updates to both internal and external customers.
Here is some coverage about their funding round: TechCrunch, Crunchbase & Pulse2.0.
In this edition of “Make this startup happen”, we will discuss how you can start this business and possibly grow it into a revenue generating entity.
For obvious reasons, I’ll not be covering topics around building/developing the product and neither will I be getting into product focussed growth strategies which are better formulated once you have some usage data.

Who is Competition?

  1. ReleaseNotes.io: Started last year, likely operating in stealth mode.
  2. Beamer: They were at 500k ARR in October 2019.
  3. Changelogfy: Started in 2018 and based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. No funding information.
  4. Headway: No relevant information available.
  5. Noticeable: No relevant information available.
  6. AnnounceKit: Started in 2018, they have self reported $900 in monthly revenue (not verified).
  7. Onset.io: No relevant information available.
  8. LaunchNotes: Created by ex-Atlassian employees, they raised 1.8 million in seed funding.

Opportunities Overview:

  1. Lack of digital presence.
  2. Most of them haven’t raised external money.
  3. Prominent players mostly catering to enterprise clients.

Step 1: Ideal Domain name

Given the competition I believe AnnounceKit, LaunchNotes and ReleaseNotes have recognisable domains that are easy to recall but they are not .com (not a big difference).
Only Beamer and Changelogfy have .com domains, but beamer has the prefix “Get” in their domain. “Changelogfy” is not very intuitive to pronounce and can be easily misspelled.
So what can you do?
Get a short and recognisable .com domain. Here are some of them that you can pick up for around $10 to $13.
  1. announceok(dot)com
  2. launchbits(dot)com
  3. launchmake(dot)com
  4. launchsend(dot)com
  5. launchword(dot)com
  6. releasebit(dot)com
  7. releasebro(dot)com
  8. releasedev(dot)com
  9. releasefox(dot)com
  10. releaseout(dot)com
  11. updateback(dot)com
  12. updatebug(dot)com
  13. updatecamp(dot)com
  14. updatechef(dot)com
  15. updatedrop(dot)com
  16. updateloft(dot)com
  17. updatemake(dot)com
  18. updatepad(dot)com
Since this newsletter goes to 2914 people, chances are these domains might be gone before you see this. So, here is a list of 100 available domains names: Download
You can buy one of these domains for $10. I chose to ignore all premium domains that sell for $100 or more because I do not think it is a necessity at this point.

Step 2: Crack the SEO game

To start things off, you’ll need keywords. Here are the top ones for this product that I found:
Put all your SEO efforts around these keywords which includes everything from including them in your H1’s to creating content for your blog. These keywords can also be used for Google Adwords in case you want to be more aggressive about user acquisition.
You can download a list of 96 keywords (including the ones mentioned earlier) along with some stats to get you started on your SEO game: Download keyword list

Step 3: Pricing Strategies

Keep it as simple as possible and try to get small businesses/startups on lifetime contracts with limited features. First and foremost, this will keep up sell opportunities open + it will give you a launchpad on platforms like Pitchground, Secret & Appsumo.
The good deal range would be 2X features/output on your closest competitor’s free plan for a lifetime price. In this case LaunchNotes offers this on their free/basic plan, so 2X it.
📷

Step 4: Referral/Affiliate Partnerships

Products like this grow faster with recommendations and good word of mouth. But again, it is important to choose your audience/referral partner carefully.
With that said, there are a few content domains that are worth looking into:
  1. Product management blogs, newsletters and communities
    1. Sensible PM
    2. Project Management
    3. Noting.io
    4. Ron Rosenhead
    5. Manage What Matters
    6. The Tao of Project Management
    7. Eight2Late
    8. Herding Cats
    9. Arras People
  2. Agile groups/virtual meetups
  3. Jira user groups
  4. productmanagement
  5. Product management Slack groups
    1. Product Manager HQ
    2. Product-Led Alliance
    3. Future of SaaS
    4. Product School
    5. Product Buds
    6. Project/Product discussions
    7. MindtheProduct
  6. Product management podcasts
    1. Product People
    2. This is Product Management
    3. Product to Product
    4. Ship It Shout It
    5. Masters of Scale
You can also collaborate and team up with influencer accounts on Twitter (listed below). Even though some of these accounts do not have a lot of followers, most of them hold a good amount of influence in the community.
Ideally, try and create an affiliate program to drive quality traffic from these influencers/ publishers. Do NOT get on any program where your expenses are not directly aligned with the number of signups. You can use partnerstack.com to run these campaigns.

Step 5: The PR + Social Media Game

Here is the list of journalists who covered this space recently.
  1. Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
  2. Christine Hall, Crunchbase
  3. Amit Chowdhry, Pulse 2.0
  4. Christina Cardoza, SDTimes
  5. Chantal Allam, TechWire
  6. Lucinda Shen, Fortune
In terms of traditional social media, none of these companies have any strong presence. So it is a good opportunity for a new player to fill that void.
The platforms ideal for this market would be:
Focus on platforms with low competition but only ones that have your core audience.
Twitter is great to make personal pitches. You can do things as simple as responding to people asking questions/commenting on topics around release notes (Related Tweets).
You can also directly reach out to PMs and ask them to try your product.
Reddit is brutal when it comes to promotions, so engage only through a knowledge sharing angle. You can also directly reach out to companies that have shared release notes related content and ask them to take your product for a spin. (Search page for release notes)
Consider also creating a subreddit for your brand and treat it like a “second” customer support knowledge base, it will reduce significant support time + you’ll rank for important keywords since Reddit has super-high SEO authority.
Finally, Indie Hackers is a good platform to both launch your product + share timely updates. The milestone section is fairly low competition, so use that to not only share updates but also to subtly announce plans or offers. But, do not spam.
On Indie Hackers you can also create your own community/group around your brand and build an audience on the platform.
If you liked this post consider subscribing to my newsletter here: models.substack.com
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2020.09.21 02:42 isthisnormal- UPDATE - What are relationship deal breakers?

After learning that I (29F) was fundamentally incompatible with my partner of 5 years (29M) (see context here), we eventually broke up and have remained good friends since.
However, I'm now worried that whenever I get into a new relationship in the future, it might end similarly to this one. I'm wondering, what are other deal breakers I should know about prior to beginning a serious relationship? TIA
TL;DR - What are relationship deal breakers?
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2020.09.21 02:26 HangTheDJ- 25 [M4F] NYC/North NJ - Fall Boyfriend™ Free Trial Offer Within

Congratulations! You have been selected to receive a 30 day free trial of Fall Boyfriend™
This offer includes, during the length of the trial period, unlimited access to:
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Full terms and conditions totally exist and apply, but nobody reads those, let's be real. If the trial is not canceled within 30 days, you may be subjected to a full subscription - aka dealing with me for the entire winter :)
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2020.09.21 01:50 Responsible_Wave853 [H] Whole Stattrak Loadout [W] 6 TF2 Keys

Trade
I impulse bought this loadout a few months back, and would like to sell it for TF2 currency instead. It is worth $16.02 according to CSGO exchange, so you'd profit by about a dollar. Not interested in selling individual guns, just the whole set. b/o 6 keys
Trade URL: https://steamcommunity.com/tradeoffenew/?partner=125565427&token=zzYt4TG5
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2020.09.21 01:38 randallweinsteingi Follow up $VALE DD and addressing concerns

Follow up $VALE DD and addressing concerns
MESSAGE FOR MODS**:** I got approval via modmail to post on a friends account because my main account is suspended on reddit for 3 days because I said “f*ggot” in a private message...
TLDR;
  • Play 10/2 $11.50c for battery day speculation
  • Play 3/19/21 $12.00c for long term Q4/Q1 ER
  • VALE only fell 0.69% on Friday (page 9)
Posting from my friends account because my account was banned for using “f*ggot” in a private reddit dm… Mods please leave this up for transparency, I promised basically everyone playing $VALE I would update on Sunday. - u/ExtraEgg
Even though we all know some of the most profane language lives in wallstreetbets

https://preview.redd.it/honnqie4xdo51.png?width=374&format=png&auto=webp&s=ff6e8bd1b144437ad268d3b6adf8ac62356fb1b7
To be clear, the initial post was in no way promising a Tesla x Vale collab on battery day. The purpose of the post was to gather information and speculation about a potential EXPLOSIVE DREAM SHAKER options play.
First I would like to address the naysayers and conspiracies that have arised in the wake of a frustrating quad witching/bloody/currency fluctuating trading day.

https://preview.redd.it/9p1tut46xdo51.jpg?width=622&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=5eda1b638655ec8708ed985290831aec3d3d9933
Multiple People
For full transparency, the DD post was written by me, however three of my trading friends kept sending me links and DD that they were finding. So while there is some truth to your statement, it is nowhere near as sinister as imagined.

https://preview.redd.it/nfcxu287xdo51.jpg?width=618&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=5550e115d1eeeac654ee683624668d5b50dc2b22
“The Awards”
I have no idea why people dump money on awards. Personally I think it is gay and I would rather put that money in a VALE yolo. When the post initially went live, all was well and it was on it’s way to being #1. People were praising me as “DD god” and the comments piling in. About 6 hours after the post went live, it started to get “lost” behind other satire posts and low quality content. I was confused as to why because the post seemed like it was getting a lot of traction and appreciation. (97% upvote ratio) My theory is that somehow it was being pushed down. I have no evidence for this claim but this could explain the crazy award to like ratio.
“Boofin on Vyvanse”
Can confirm this is accurate. The smoke on the west coast makes going outside very uncomfortable (coming from someone who doesn’t like huddling indoors) I decided to start writing the DD at 1am. Wrote an outline. Woke up for the market open, spent 16 hours writing it and not trading. Read over it and then decided to post the next day.

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u/nanaboostme
u/nanaboostme has been my biggest follower since I posted the $VALE DD. He/She believes that I am the “elaborate RKT post”.
  • At the time of RKT chatter, I was working overtime and had no time to play options. I never even saw the RKT post.
  • Never once have I traded RKT or even had it on my watchlist
  • u/nanaboostme has no evidence to support his claim. Unless we are doing guilty until proven innocent in WSB, I do not think I need to say more.
"Outsider"
Video of me doing a flip in the rain
“Unprofitable Theta Gang Ploy”

https://preview.redd.it/fj5a22ucxdo51.jpg?width=620&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4b4a64e75506b6c4e5e8f37b149385f5d9ee83b8
Since the inception of the VALE DD post, the day of, NO new contracts in the 9/25 chain have been opened. O/I stayed at 2863 and volume was some outrageous 30,000-40,000. Selling theta on those would have granted you a whopping 0.0083% return before option fees. My portfolio also shows I have no short calls.

https://preview.redd.it/fwl2legexdo51.jpg?width=1664&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=674ddc115083a35d2bc5db837aeb1a6f3d5cd0f0
PRPL Vibes

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I am aware that there are legitimate pump and dump schemes that pass through wallstreetbets quarterly. I usually do not buy into DD posts. It's not my style. It can work very well though as seen with VALE on 9/17/2020. In fact I was the one who called Tanker gangs bluff, they had run too hard into ER and it was so predictable The post has since been deleted but I commented my take on it and got downvoted to earth's core.
“When they send pumpers, they’re not sending their best, folks”

https://preview.redd.it/9oera5sjxdo51.jpg?width=1081&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f1d209998b992d67a0cd095007e340fff2e4872c
u/CHAINSAW_VASECTOMY warns “be careful who you take “advice” from”. My post is educational and entertaining. No where in the post did I rush readers to BUY IN QUICK or to ACT FAST. I even had a disclaimer at the bottom:
“ disclaimer: none of this is financial advice, this is for educational and entertainment purposes only. nothing in this post should be construed as financial advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any sort of security or investment.”
Why did u/CHAINSAW_VASECTOMY post this?
The night of 9/17/20, I wanted to create humor around the culture of $VALE GANG, so I made a video post titled “$VALE GANG TRAILER”. This was shadowbanned from the subreddit and was only viewable if you had a direct link. :/
I end up deleting the post and telling my friend to post it. Everyone is loving it, tons of feedback, medals, upvotes. WSB comradery was at an all time high.

https://preview.redd.it/5u9apc8nxdo51.jpg?width=918&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=40da4139771c904b5742bda9b9a526a7333505f4
Then suddenly we notice the post is not available on the Top, Hot, sort by new. Nowhere to be found. A couple minutes later it was outright deleted. I message a couple mods, no response. My friend who posted $VALE GANG TRAILER got banned from wallstreetbets.
Quote a fallen soldier
"On the pinned “advice” post, Mods heavily implied with only omission of name that Vale was a pump and dump and attacked my credibility and motives, when pressed in the comments they backtracked. Saying that my post was well made and they had no issues with it, however this is not true. I was shadow banned for my post and refused explanation from mods at all."From this youtube video

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Then u/CHAINSAW_VASECTOMY posts his pinned post about being wary with “advice”. I get to respond once in the comments. A couple minutes later u/CHAINSAW_VASECTOMY responds and locks the post. This was the start of the chaos.
Also, the VALE DD post was buried as well, bad algo? Or jealous mods? Only assuming because the conversation was cut short.

Video not on hot(videos were being (fucky) Video not on day top
“He’s a Fraud!”
After u/CHAINSAW_VASECTOMY’s post went live, I was bombarded with naysayers and angry individuals. No, I am not selling you those dirt cheap contracts. No, I am not working for Goldman Sachs. No, I am not using WSB to bring volume into an options chain. One of my main reasons for entry in $VALE was the unusual activity coming from whales.

https://preview.redd.it/dbru0bttxdo51.jpg?width=1036&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=fc3da2d913c8ed5fe6e9c8a1eb9087087c8c9609
The 1/15/21 chain was especially flooded with whale volume. I will explain the updated whale activity down below in the DD. I am still holding my positions and do not need WSB to pump my contracts. I’m relying on a price action movement to bring intrinsic value into my contract. I’M NOT FUCKING SELLING!
Shifting burden of persuasion
When I am accused of shilling/pumping/being an outsidepumping/baiting/selling contracts to buyers, the need for evidence or fact is absent. There is no evidence that indicates I was intentionally posting the DD with sinister motives. However, now that I am on my heels with no factual claims being made, I have to rewrite the constitution to prove my innocence. If a Mod wants to remove/shadowban, ideally they must have some evidence in order to do so. Otherwise their range of power is larger than acceptable. They could ban or not ban anything without justification or evidence. If abused this is a very dangerous system of management. The Mods shift the burden of persuasion on the author who is banned from the subreddit and has no platform to preach. Technically what I am doing is against WSB rules. Posting on an alt account if your main is banned. I had to deliver though, too many eager eyes waiting for this follow up. To conclude, WSB ban policy needs to be reworked.
If my credibility is restored, continue to read the updated DD
What was missed in first post
A theory was floating around that the $5 billion in debt that VALE paid off, was funded by Tesla. The debt was disbursed in March 2020, during the covid crash. $2 billion was due by June 2022 and $3 billion was due December 2024. Tesla raised $5 billion capital through shares. Tesla said they intend to use the cash to “strengthen its balance sheet and for general corporate purposes”. That is a pretty broad statement. An analyst from Roth Capital partners said “They will need cash for all the facilities they are building, and new growth initiatives,”(Reuters)
The connection people were making, is that Tesla raised capital to give Vale. Both articles wet public within 24 hours of each other.
VALE DRILLING :(”
Yes but no. After a shoot up in the morning, VALE fell for a couple of reasons
  • Entire Market was bloody
  • Quad witching madness
  • Exchange rate fluctuations

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Close price on the brazilian exchange was 61.66/5.3876 =$11.44
This is why after hours, VALE was hanging around 11.44 but now the dip is being bought so it is back up to $11.59. What to take away: Vales down movement today was closer to -0.69%. The rest was currency fluctuation. A little unfortunate but that’s what we get for playing a brazilian rock farm.What were the whales doing?

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Today from market open until 9:55, ALL the FlowAlgo was bullish

The whales were also buying into the 10/16 call contracts HARD. I’m cautiously optimistic. While the Najarian brothers live by following the Smart Money, it seems like it could be a lure.
Whales probably know we love VALE and they saw the 10/16 chain was empty, so they got in and are going to price fix it now, like how you would price fix the market in FIFA Ultimate Team.
10/16 also does not cover any earnings or special dates, just random.
Today was another high volume day for shares and options.
Volume: 46,142,890
Options volume

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While the general sentiment among the options chain is bullish, there was an increase in p/c ratio for O/I

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What this means is that the majority of trading was bullish today. Roughly 1 put was traded for every 11 calls. However, the open interest is now showing Roughly 1.17 puts exist for every 1 call. Whether these are “sell to open” puts is another question. The general sentiment in the options chain is still bullish. P/C ratio can be very misleading, going into ERIC Q2, the P/C was 11. That means there were 11 puts for every 1 call. ERIC beat earnings and then gapped up.
My reaction to today’s movement was the following. A perfect day to scare retail traders away,
Friday nerves holding into the weekend combined with a currency fluctuation. Buy low, sell high.
I bought more positions today.

What’s keeping me bullish?
Everything from my initial DD post and some new information is keeping me bullish. VALE is not a meme stock. They are pretty well established and very large, just underlooked by retail. Whales continuing to pile in is keeping me bullish, along with the sneaky upgrades from Thursday and Friday.
GIGA metals is extremely bearish right now, CEO and Execs sold shares at the top and they have been getting beat down for three straight days.
Najarian is very outspoken about his VALE position on CNBC. 2 days in a row he mentioned it. He is both long stock and long calls.

VALE EV PRESENTATION 2018
A lot of good information on demand for nickel was in Vale’s presentation

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The Nickel demand in 2018 was benchmarked at 38 in comparison to a 260/590 (conservative/upside) by 2025 and 890/1700 by 2030.
Nickel demand for batteries wass 3% of the market in 2017. It is projected to be 37% of the market in 2030.
Vale gives a disclaimer that the variance of range is 50% to the upside and 50% to the conservative side.
This growth alone is reason to long VALE.
WSB comments
Because I am banned, I cannot see the comments anymore. However, their were some interesting comments in the original VALE DD post. Those that I recall are
  • Friend works at VALE, can’t say anything but I am holding a lot of calls
  • Apparently, there was a meeting in toronto between VALE and Tesla
  • Someone said that he orders 70k every month (or year I forgot) from VALE and they are a good company
Interpret how you will, comments could be fake.
Ex Dividend date
Many expressed concern that the ex dividend date would be devastating for the 9/25 calls. This is true, but at the same time if the big news comes out on batteryday/ex date. The price action could plow through ex date. This is also why I have longer expiration calls.
In Tesla’s Q2 earnings call, they mentioned the word “nickel” that alone was enough to get the mining stocks to move up.
If nothing happens
If there is no mention of VALE or nickel on battery day, the stock will be hard to dump because VALE has 5 billion outstanding shares. Compared to LAC, who rallied 10% on Friday, the have 90 million outstanding shares.
THE TWEETS

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“Speedrunning Factorio in real life …”
Factorio’s game description

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I rest my case
Conclusion
VALE has potential for explosive movement on 9/22. If nothing happens on 9/22 there is still reason to long the stock and load up on longer expiration calls/leaps and continue to roll.
Positions
VALE shares, 9/25 $13.00c, 1/15/21 $12.00c, 3/19/21 $12.00c, 10/2 $11.50c
disclaimer: none of this is financial advice, this is for educational and entertainment purposes only. nothing in this post should be construed as financial advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any sort of security or investment.
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2020.09.21 01:34 WinesburgOhio 1986-87 Celtics: The most snakebitten "shoulda been champs" of all-time

BACKGROUND: The 1985-86 Celtics are often mentioned as one of the two or three best teams of all-time (info), and are still occasionally listed as the best team of all-time over the 2016-17 Warriors. That Boston club could do everything on offense and defense, had tons of great players (5 of whom are HOF-ers, and 6 of whom became NBA head coaches), went 50-1 at home throughout the regular- and post-season (40-1, 10-0), and were 18-2 against teams that were 49-33 (.598) or better.
Which rivals could stand between this amazing Celtics team and another title? The great Sixers teams of the early-80's were fading, and the great Pistons & Bulls teams of the late-80's weren't quite ready. In the West, the Lakers dominated the decade, except in '86 they were wiped out by the Rockets with 2nd-year big man Hakeem Olajuwon and 3rd-year big man Ralph Sampson (Houston snuffed out LA 4-1 despite Magic and Kareem both being 1st-team NBA that year); LA's domination over the weak West appeared to be over since they couldn't guard Houston at all, and the Celtics dispatched Houston in the Finals easier than the 4-2 series score indicated. So who stood between the C's and another title? No one.
Going into the next season (1986-87), Boston returned all of their top-8 players: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge, Bill Walton, Scott Wedman, and Jerry Sichting. Not only that, they held the #2 overall pick in the 1986 draft due to a 1984 trade with Seattle. They seemed locked and loaded for the next season!
TRAUMATIC DEATH: The new season started horribly, leaving a cloud of sadness and loss over the franchise. The Celtics selected forward Len Bias with the #2 overall pick in the 1986 draft, and two days later he died of a cocaine overdose. He was supposed to be the guy to give more rest to Bird, McHale, and Parish, and his unreal athleticism was simply another dimension that would have been added to this historically great team. Larry Bird said at the time of the draft he thought “We’ve finally gotten a player who can give me a break”, but within days those thoughts turned to “Len’s death was a tragic loss to everyone” (all his quotes in this post are from “Drive”).
MAJOR INJURIES: For starters, this is the first season when Larry Bird started experiencing his well-known back issues. His back went out on him at home near the end of the year in March (the morning of this game, shortly before the playoffs), and he said “I was just not the same player for the rest of the season.” Kevin McHale was having the best season of his career (1st-team NBA, 1st-team Defense, #4 in MVP voting), but Larry Nance stepped on McHale’s foot --breaking the navicular bone-- near the end of the year in March (during this game, shortly before the playoffs), but he kept playing on it and ended up spraining his ankle in the first round vs. Chicago, and then twisting his ankle in the second round vs. Milwaukee. McHale was now in really bad shape by the third round vs. the Pistons, and it was throughout this series that professional asshole Rick Mahorn repeatedly stepped on McHale’s broken, sprained, twisted foot; he was pretty well screwed by the time they limped into the Finals. The third starter on their brilliant frontline, Robert Parish, badly sprained his left ankle in Game 5 of their second round series with the Bucks, so he ended up missing some playoff games and playing hurt & poorly in plenty of others. Boston’s back-up center in 1985-86 was HOF-er Bill Walton, who was so good in a reserve role he was the ‘86 6th Man of the Year. Well in ‘87 he was back to his peculiar brand of unfortunate and unbelievable injuries: he broke his right pinkie in a pick-up game shortly before the season started, and then fractured his right ankle while riding a stationary bike during rehab for his pinkie. He had surgery and was unable to play until March, barely appeared in 10 regular-season games, got reinjured in the second round against the Bucks, and ineffectively gutted his way through a few more playoff games. That was the end of Walton’s career. The fifth and final regular player on the ‘86 Celtics frontline was Scott Wedman, but he had two operations on his left heel during the year, only allowing him to appear in 6 games in November and that was it; like Walton, this was the end of his career. The starting backcourt was not immune to health issues in the playoffs; starting guard Danny Ainge badly sprained his knee in Game 7 of the second round against the Bucks. He missed some playoff games and played hurt through the others.
MAJOR DISTRACTIONS DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Remember this entire year started with the death of Len Bias, which was a huge distraction and problem for the team all season long. But there were three major distractions for starters on the team during the playoffs, as well. Right before the 6th game of the second round vs. Milwaukee, there was a report out of Phoenix about drug use by several current & former Suns, including Dennis Johnson. The report said he had used marijuana 7 years prior when he was on the Suns (it was the 80’s; this was “bad” for those times). Bird said “When you know you are not guilty and they bring up stuff like that, it just destroys you. It really hurts.” The much larger distraction regarded their main star, though, and it hit the team right at the start of the Finals. After the hobbled Celtics barely got past the up-start Pistons in the ECF, rookie Dennis Rodman said that Larry Bird was only considered as great as he was because he was white. The press jumped all over it, asked captain Isiah Thomas for his thoughts, and he simply agreed with Rodman. The press went crazier, so when the Celtics landed in LA for the Finals, the first thing Bird had to do was go be in a packed press conference with Isiah to try to put the issue behind them. It was a HUGE deal -- so huge many of us are quite familiar with it. Larry said “Here we are, trying to prepare for the finals against LA, and all anyone wanted to talk about was what Isiah Thomas said about what Dennis Rodman had said about me. It was completely crazy.” Not only that, reporters figured out early in the series that Kevin McHale was playing on a broken foot (not just sprained or twisted), and they clamored for quotes from McHale and Dr. Silva, the team physician. Dr. Silva said “I don’t know whether Kevin should be playing or not.” Now the press wanted quotes from Bird, which created even more of a circus around Boston’s locker room. Bird said “By this time it wasn’t easy to concentrate on the job, which was to beat the Lakers. I’m not saying I didn’t think we could win, but it was difficult to get in the right frame of mind, given all the distractions.”
THE PLAYOFFS: This post is much longer than I intended it to be, so I’ll get this wrapped up. The Celtics had a BRUTAL path through the playoffs, first facing the 40-42 Bulls who had Michael Jordan on the roster (averaging career-best 37 ppg) so we all know he could combust at any point, then facing the 50-32 Bucks who had numerous good-to-great players (Moncrief, Sikma, Cummings, Pressey, Pierce, Lucas, Hodges), and finally the upstart 52-30 Pistons who were the NBA's best team over the next 3 seasons. The Celtics were obviously super injured by the second round, and both their ECSF and ECF series slogged out the full 7 games. In the West, the Lakers faced the easiest playoff path of all-time, easily dispatching the 37-45 Nuggets, 42-40 Warriors, and the 39-43 SuperSonics. What about those Rockets who embarrassed LA in '86? They self-imploded; Sampson's back went out and their 3 best guards were off the team before the '87 ASG due to drug & personality issues. It was such a cakewalk for the Lakers in the West compared to the meat grinder the Cetlics went through in the East, LA enjoyed a 13-day rest between their final WCF competition and Game 1 of the Finals, the longest rest a Finals team has ever had. They used all of these advantages and smoked the war-weary Celtics, right? Nope, the Finals went 6 games before the Lakers prevailed, but even then it needs to be mentioned that HOF ref Earl Strom said in his book that he and partner ref Hugh Evans blew Game 4 in LA’s favor (they won 107-106), meaning it should have gone to a Game 7.
Wanna read more about the snakebitten '87 Celtics? Here's a newspaper article from the time about all the things that dogged the Celtics (link), and here's the "What Happened?" post about the '87 Celtics (link).
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2020.09.21 01:14 SamueleDelPapa Il dogma più forte la paura

La teoria dello shock: come si strumentalizza la paura, dall’11 settembre a oggi - Enrica Perucchietti - Blog Una indagine condotta pochi giorni dopo l’11 settembre, di cui oggi ricorre l’anniversario, aveva rilevato che nove americani su dieci dichiaravano di soffrire di sintomi da stress post-traumatico. Il terrore generalizzato, indotto dagli attentati, produsse un’opportunità per il governo Bush che ne approfittò su diversi fronti: da un lato legittimare la Guerra al Terrore, cioè l’ennesima guerra “preventiva” che in un altro momento non sarebbe stata accettata dall’opinione pubblica, grazie a questo assicurarsi un’impresa volta al profitto e alla privatizzazione del governo (il “capitalismo dei disastri”), dall’altra restringere la privacy introducendo il Patriot Act. Come mostrava Naomi Klein in Shock Economy, quando un Paese è impantanato in una crisi economica e sociale, esistono squadre di “tecnici” (io li definirei sciacalli) che impongono le loro dottrine economiche sulla base di promesse sempre disattese. Volutamente disattese. Ground Zero. La paura La chiave di volta per capire cosa avvenne dopo l’11 settembre e per analizzare quanto sta avvenendo ancora oggi sull’ondata dell’emergenza sanitaria è la paura. La paura è solo uno dei tanti tasselli nel processo di manipolazione sociale che il potere adotta da secoli. Come ho ampiamente spiegato nei miei libri e approfondito in Coronavirus. Il nemico invisibile (Uno Editori), si induce una crisi o la si strumentalizza per portare avanti politiche che sarebbero altrimenti impopolari ma che la percezione dello shock, indotto o reale che sia, legittima. In stato di paura, infatti, l’opinione pubblica si sente disorientata, smarrita, come il prigioniero vittima di tortura. La popolazione sotto la minaccia di pericolo o dopo un forte trauma, necessita di una guida in quanto ha “perso la bussola”, si sente paralizzata dal terrore al punto da accettare qualunque proposta o intervento venga dall’alto. E. Perucchietti, L. D’Auria, Coronavirus. Il nemico invisibile, Uno Editori. Il capitalismo dei disastri I tecnici di cui parla Klein fanno invece parte del “capitalismo dei disastri” che, rifacendosi alla dottrina neoliberista basata sul pensiero di Milton Friedman, influisce nelle vicende di vari Paesi del mondo sfruttando le situazioni di “crisi” a proprio vantaggio: dal sud America di Pinochet e dei dittatori di destra alla Polonia di Solidarność, dal Sudafrica di Mandela alla Russia di Eltsin, i “Chicago Boys” neoliberisti hanno sostenuto le stesse ricette con l’appoggio di Washington prima e di fmi e Banca Mondiale dopo. In Capitalismo e libertà, il suo più importante libro, edito nel 1962, Friedman aveva infatti osservato che «soltanto una crisi – reale o percepita – produce un vero cambiamento. Quando quella crisi si verifica, le azioni intraprese dipendono dalle idee che circolano […] finché il politicamente impossibile diventa politicamente inevitabile»[1]. I seguaci della Scuola di Chicago, secondo Klein, si sarebbero resi complici di veri e propri colpi di Stato e di torture perpetuate nei confronti dei ribelli che hanno osato opporsi alle scelte neoliberiste spesso a favore di multinazionali straniere. Per questo Klein sostiene: «È così che funziona il capitalismo dei disastri: il disastro originario – il colpo di Stato, l’attacco terroristico, il crollo dei mercati, la guerra, lo tsunami, l’uragano – getta l’intera popolazione in uno stato di shock collettivo. Le bombe che cadono, le grida di terrore, i venti sferzanti sono più efficaci, nel rendere malleabili intere società, di quanto la musica assordante e i pugni nella cella di tortura non indeboliscano i prigionieri. Come il prigioniero terrorizzato che rivela i nomi dei compagni e abiura la sua fede, capita che le società sotto shock si rassegnino a perdere cose che altrimenti avrebbero protetto con le unghie e con i denti»[2]. Friedman è stato il fondatore della scuola monetarista: la sua regola di politica economica è stata utilizzata dalla Federal Reserve (FED) negli Stati Uniti e dalla Banca Centrale Europea (BCE), mentre le sue teorie hanno esercitato una forte influenza sul governo britannico di Margaret Thatcher e su quello statunitense di Ronald Reagan, degli anni Ottanta. Anche Pinochet intraprese una serie di riforme economiche di stampo liberista che seguivano gli orientamenti che lo stesso Friedman si premurò di raccomandare personalmente al dittatore cileno nel 1975. Shock Economy: il caso Monti La teoria di Klein, per cui le riforme liberiste sarebbero applicabili solo per mezzo di shock violenti che pieghino la volontà dell’opinione pubblica ad accettare delle riforme che normalmente non verrebbero accolte, è stata confermata indirettamente dall’ex premier “tecnico” italiano Mario Monti, quando nel febbraio 2011 ha dichiarato con convinzione che «non dobbiamo sorprenderci l’Europa abbia bisogno di crisi e di gravi crisi per fare passi avanti. I passi avanti dell’Europa sono per definizione cessioni di parti delle sovranità nazionali a un livello comunitario. È chiaro che il potere politico, ma anche il senso di appartenenza dei cittadini a una comunità nazionale posso essere pronti a queste cessioni solo quando il costo politico e psicologico del non farle diventa superiore al costo del farle, perché c’è una crisi in atto visibile e conclamata»[3]. Prova a guardare il video su www.youtube.com oppure attiva JavaScript se è disabilitato nel browser. Paragonando le teorie neoliberiste alla “tortura” vera e propria, Klein nota infine che: «Dal Cile alla Cina all’Iraq, la tortura è stata un partner silenzioso nella rivoluzione liberista globale. La tortura, però, è ben più che uno strumento utile per imporre politiche indesiderate a chi si ribella: è anche una metafora della logica alla base della dottrina dello shock»[4]. L’applicazione di queste “ricette” non è terminata (si veda il caso della Grecia) e in un momento così delicato come quello che stiamo vivendo oggi a causa dell’emergenza sanitaria (ne abbiamo avuto un assaggio durante il lockdwon), dovremmo fare attenzione a quello che potrebbe accadere, tenendo lontani gli speculatori e gli sciacalli dal nostro Paese. Il “capitalismo dei disastri” sfrutta infatti momenti di shock quali golpe, attacchi terroristici, crollo dei mercati, disastri naturali, guerra, che gettano la popolazione in uno stato di shock collettivo, per spingere i cittadini ad accettare manovre impopolari che in una condizione normale non tollererebbero. Sull’onda dell’emotività di eventi tragici che coinvolgono la mente e la “pancia” dell’opinione pubblica, si possono introdurre provvedimenti che sarebbero stati inimmaginabili in un clima sociale sereno. Brzezinski: una minaccia estrema e globale Ground Zero. Come ha spiegato lo stratega polacco Zbigniew Brzezinski, membro del CFR e cofondatore della Commissione Trilaterale, già consigliere per la Sicurezza Nazionale sotto Jimmy Carter, per ottenere il consenso dell’opinione pubblica e addirittura una mobilitazione generale e l’accettazione di gravi sacrifici, l’unico modo è che si palesi una «minaccia estrema e globale». Soltanto la “percezione” di un pericolo esterno, immediato e diffuso può compattare la popolazione e spingerla ad accettare sacrifici altrimenti impensabili. Persino provvedimenti che in uno stato normale delle cose non sarebbero mai stati accettati. Uno stato di eccezione, invece, può modificare anche in modo definitivo e irreparabile la percezione della collettività e portare l’opinione pubblica a legittimare misure impensabili. Non è però necessario che tale minaccia sia effettivamente reale o che la sua genesi − qualora effettivamente si manifesti − sia avvenuta nel modo in cui verrà divulgato alle masse. Una minaccia esterna può nascere infatti in seguito a ripetute azioni messe deliberatamente in atto per infastidire e spingere alla reazione chi o cosa si è deciso di far diventare il nemico di turno. La reazione verrà poi strumentalizzata come casus belli di fronte all’opinione pubblica per giustificare interventi di diversa natura, financo la guerra. Nel 1997, ne La Grande Scacchiera, Brzezinki citava infatti il caso di Pearl Harbor: prima di tale evento la popolazione era contraria alla guerra, ma in seguito allo shock collettivo per l’attacco giapponese, «la partecipazione alla seconda guerra mondiale trovò consensi». Ed era proprio ciò che voleva e aspettava il governo Roosevelt per entrare in guerra. Creare uno stato di paura Nell’attuale società se non si usa la tortura fisica vera e propria, si instilla nell’opinione pubblica la percezione di una minaccia costante, in modo da tenere la popolazione sotto shock in maniera più sottile e permanente ma altrettanto efficace e ottenere il consenso su provvedimenti che sarebbero stati altrimenti impensabili in un ordinario stato delle cose. Siamo di fronte a quanto descritto da Giorgio Agamben in merito all’attuale emergenza sanitaria, ossia la creazione di uno “stato di paura” (leggi articolo). Il filosofo romano dalle colonne de «Il Manifesto»[1], ha descritto come “frenetiche, irrazionali e del tutto immotivate” le misure prese dal governo italiano: «Si direbbe che esaurito il terrorismo come causa di provvedimenti d’eccezione l’invenzione di un’epidemia possa offrire il pretesto ideale per ampliarli oltre ogni limite»[2]. Tali misure sarebbero invece, secondo il filosofo, frutto di una intenzione chiara seppure nascosta: aumentare, “con un pretesto”, il controllo politico sulla popolazione. Si domanda infatti Agamben: «Perché i media e le autorità si adoperano per diffondere un clima di panico, provocando un vero e proprio stato di eccezione, con gravi limitazione dei movimenti e una sospensione del normale funzionamento delle condizioni di vita e di lavoro in intere regioni?»[3]. La risposta viene trovata nello “stato di paura” che «in questi anni si è evidentemente diffuso nelle coscienze degli individui e che si traduce in un vero e proprio bisogno di stati di panico collettivo, al quale l’epidemia offre ancora una volta il pretesto ideale. Così, in un perverso circolo vizioso, la limitazione della libertà imposta dai governi viene accettata in nome di un desiderio di sicurezza che è stato indotto dagli stessi governi che ora intervengono per soddisfarlo»[4]. Orwell realizzato: la politica dell’odio, del sospetto, della paura e della solitudine Dalla spagnola a oggi nessun nemico “invisibile” era riuscito a fare tanto. A creare cioè un clima di panico, psicosi e isteria, a bloccare in autoisolamento un intero Paese come l’Italia, a introdurre una politica dell’odio, del sospetto e della solitudine, a incentivare la delazione, aumentare la sorverglianza tecnologica e a distruggere soprattutto la visione dell’uomo come animale politico e sociale che avevamo ereditato da Aristotele (leggi articolo). In passato abbiamo avuto casi simili con la pandemia della sars, aviaria, suina, meningite, morbillo o ebola: fenomeni localizzati ad alcune aree precise che grazie al web o ai media sono diventati dei veri e propri “terremoti planetari”[1]. Nella maggior parte di questi casi si voleva spingere la popolazione a vaccinarsi. Nel 2010, per esempio, in pieno allarme globale per l’influenza A, nota anche come “suina” o H1N1, il ministero della Salute sborsò 184 milioni di euro alla Novartis per la fornitura di 24 milioni di dosi di vaccino[2]. Il virus non causò l’attesa pandemia e le dosi consegnate furono appena 10 milioni con un decimo soltanto effettivamente somministrato ai cittadini (865 mila)[3]. Oggi i nemici del passato sono lontani ricordi, eco sfuocate di un nemico globale che è riuscito a limitare le libertà grazie a uno stato di paura che speriamo rimanga uno stato di eccezione e che finita la pandemia possa concludersi. Non senza strascichi. Dovremmo chiederci oggi, prima che sia tardi, cosa succederà quando rientrerà l’emergenza e se sarà possibile tornare alla vita di prima. Perché la dottrina dello shock riesce a ottenere su vasta scala ciò che la tortura ottiene su una singola persona in una cella per interrogatori. L’esempio più chiaro e già citato è stato lo shock dell’11 settembre, che, per milioni di persone ha generato una forma di paralisi psicologica, spingendole ad accettare misure di restrizione della privacy e della libertà che fino al giorno prima sarebbero state impensabili. La strumentalizzazione della paura I poteri dominanti sembrano aver deciso di sfruttare come un pretesto la pandemia per stringere le maglie del controllo sociale e traghettarci, mansueti disorientati e spaventati, verso una dittatura sanitaria, abbandonando i paradigmi della democrazia per sostituirli con nuovi provvedimenti e dispositivi governativi basati sulla “biosicurezza” (parafrasando Agamben). La paura (inoculata quotidiana dai media mainstream, dai loro bollettini dei morti e dalla loro criminologia sanitaria) e la minaccia della salute, infatti, hanno indotto nell’opinione pubblica l’idea che si debba per forza scegliere tra salute e libertà per poter tornare a sentirsi “sicuri”. Si è convinta la popolazione della necessità di cedere libertà, privacy, diritti fondamentali e acconsentire mansuetamente, mostrando una cieca e passiva obbedienza nei confronti dell’autorità. Pena il discredito sociale, le shitstorm, le multe pazze, la rieducazione per chi dissente (si veda il caso Bocelli), le intimidazione sui media in stile mafioso, la colpevolizzazione, il ricorso alle fallacie, persino… i TSO! Il potere, che non si indentifica con la politica ma semmai la sfrutta e la dirige da dietro le quinte, approfitta dei momenti di crisi per orientare l’opinione pubblica in modo sempre più sofisticato, imponendo inoltre un principio di autorità: in un orizzonte in cui tutto rischia di confondersi e sparire sotto il peso delle immagini, in cui tutto diventa “relativo” e virtuale, per capire che cosa sia vero e cosa falso è necessario fare riferimento a un’autorità esterna per avere rassicurazioni e sapere come orientare le proprie scelte. Gli interrogativi sul presente e sul prossimo futuro sono tanti. Tante devono essere anche le riflessioni per ripartire dopo la crisi, avendo maturato delle considerazioni su quanto è avvenuto. Oggi come 19 anni fa. Possiamo, dobbiamo, imparare molto da questa emergenza per ripartire più forti, più lucidi e migliori, non annebbiati dalla paura e dall’emotività. Perché, come scriveva Cesare Pavese, se i mostri non muoiono, «Quello che muore è la paura che t’incutono». [1]http://www.treccani.it/magazine/atlante/societa/Fenomenologia_delle_fake_news_le_catastrofi_annunciate_e_mai_avvenute_del_terzo_millennio.html [2] http://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2010/01/16/news/vaccino_virus_a-1966773/ [3] Ibidem. [1] https://ilmanifesto.it/lo-stato-deccezione-provocato-da-unemergenza-immotivata/ [2] Ibidem. [3] Ibidem. [4] Ibidem. [1] M. Friedman, Capitalismo e libertà, ibl Libri, 2010. [2] N. Klein, Shock Economy, Rizzoli, 2007, pp. 24ss. [3] Ibidem. [4] Ibidem. Correlati Categorie: Articoli•Etichette: 11 settembre, agamben, attentato, Brzezinski, capitalismo dei disastri, Chicago Boys, controllo, coronavirus, Coronavirus. 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