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All Album Releases for Summer (June - August) of 2020

2020.09.22 02:31 NoYeezyAtWeezyHeezy All Album Releases for Summer (June - August) of 2020

Below is a list of all the albums and EP's that were released in June through August. If there are any I missed or anything you think should be added, let me know and I'll gladly add it because I'm sure there are many I have missed. I've linked all of the ones that there have been album discussions if you would like to go leave your thoughts or rank the album. Also leave a comment below if one or multiple albums stood out to you for the month. Enjoy!

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Dissolver No. 7 - Star Spangled Punch
Oak Grove - Must You Have Love Handles Before You Have a Handle On Love?
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2020.08.08 01:38 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of the letter ‘S’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter ‘S’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i0aqxd/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_r_in_jeffrey/)
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Sacco, Amy: Nightclub mastermind behind Bungalow 8 and many other clubs. Listing her list of connections would take too long because her clubs are always hot spots for celebrities and the elite. The NY Times wrote a decent article (https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/fashion/the-empress-is-in-amy-sacco-holds-court-at-another-new-york-nightspot.html) about Sacco’s clubs and clientele. Sacco has been photographed with Ghislaine, India Hicks, and Sophie Dahl, all of whom appear in Epstein’s black book (https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/photo/1563479).
Sachs, Jeffrey: Naming all of his titles would be an endeavor in itself. Sachs is a very influential figure who is best known for being an economist, an adviser to the United Nations, and a University Professor at Columbia University. Sachs serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, where Epstein served from 1995-2009. It is unclear whether he was there at the same time as Epstein, although given his popularity and influence, especially in the early 2000s, I would be surprised if he wasn’t around then.
Saffra, Edmund: Billionaire banker and alleged money launderer with tons of enemies who died under very mysterious circumstances in 1999. The official story was that one of his nurses - in an attempt to gain favor with Safra by saving him from danger - intentionally started a small fire in Safra’s home, which soon spiraled out of control, causing Safra to lock himself in the bathroom and suffocate to death. This article (https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2000/12/dunne200012) does a good job of pointing out that Safra had many enemies, was a shady character, and was absolutely obsessed with security for himself and his family. It seems odd that Safra would allow his security detail (Mossad vets) to leave his home that night. This article (https://www.theguardian.com/theobserve2000/oct/29/features.magazine47) from The Guardian includes a statement from Ted Maher’s (the nurse who was convicted of starting the fire) wife, stating that he was coerced into signing a confession. Elie Wiesel, the author of Night who is also listed in Epstein’s contacts, was a good friend of Safra’s.
Safro, Wayne: Financial advisor.
Said, Wafic: Financier and businessman. Said is the Chairman of a children’s charity called the Said Foundation, where Prince Charles’s former private secretary, Sir Michael Peat GVCO, serves on the board of trustees (https://www.saidfoundation.org/pages/33-trustees-and-staff). The charity helps underprivileged children from the Middle East. Said has also contributed a lot of money to Prince Charles’s The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, which, among other things, is dedicated to helping children.
Sainsbury, Mr Jamie: Descendant of the founder of the Sainsbury grocery chain. Old friend of Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8466853/What-girls-frolicked-Bullingdon-boys-Oxfords-brightest-young-women-rose-top.html). James’s sister, Camilla, was married to British MP, Shaun Woodward, for 28 years. Camilla and Shaun are Trustees of The Woodward Charitable Trust, which helps disadvantaged children, women, and families (http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/portfolio/about_us/).
Salama, Eric: Former CEO of Kantar consulting firm. Also served as a Trustee for the British Museum (2000-2008). Survived a carjacking after getting stabbed last year (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6618395/Government-adviser-stabbed-carjacking-reveals-fine-punctured-lung.html).
Saltzman, Elizabeth: Contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Vogue, two of the three publications (along with Tatler) that continuously show up among Epstein’s contacts. Saltzman is also a celebrity fashion stylist with clients such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Saoirse Ronan, Stella McCartney, and Uma Thurman, the ex-wife of Arpad Busson, who is possibly one of the key players in this pedophile ring (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/). Andre Balazs, the hotelier who also seems to be embroiled in this whole fiasco held a party in 1995. Those in attendance included Ghislaine Maxwell, Katie Ford, and Elizabeth Saltzman (https://www.nydailynews.com/archives/gossip/taming-liz-fortensky-rumors-article-1.686445), all of whom appear in Epstein’s black book. In fact, Saltzman is a long-time friend of Ghislaine (https://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mysterious-business-of-the-queen-of-NY-Lon-1.pdf). This article also reveals that Ghislaine was introduced to Prince Andrew by the Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson), and, even more telling, that Epstein was suspected of having Mossad ties when the article was written in 2000. In addition to all this, Saltzman is the ex-wife of hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin (https://www.nytimes.com/1987/09/14/style/miss-saltzman-editor-is-wed-to-glenn-dubin.html), one of the most heavily implicated people in Epstein’s pedophilia and child trafficking ring. I implore you to read more about Dubin (and his wife) in my D-F black book thread (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). Saltzman can also be seen here, sitting next to Prince Andrew in 2010 (https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/world/4780114-Britains-Prince-Andrew-is-stepping-back-from-public-duties-after-Epstein-controversy). The lists of celebrities and well-known figures that Saltzman has been photographed with is unending.
Samuels, Mia: Actually Maia Samuel, former Producer of ABC Primetime (1989-1994). Went on to work for NBC, Bloomberg, and CNBC in various producer roles over the years. Now works as Director, Content Studios for Reuters (https://www.linkedin.com/in/maia-samuel-92172a10). Epstein has quite a few television ties, most notably to ABC news programs.
Sandelman, Jon & Corrie: Jonathan is a hedge fund manager and former Managing Director of Bank of America Securities. Corrie is his wife.
Sangster, Guy & Fi: Son of racing tycoon Robert Sangster, Guy is Managing Director at Sangster Group, which is involved in the Horse Racing industry. He also works as an investment adviser with Hambro Perks, a venture capitalist company. Prince Andrew is a close friend of Guy and his wife, Fiona. Prince Andrew even attended Sangster’s 40th birthday party (https://www.the-sun.com/news/136709/prince-andrews-pals-claims-witness-who-saw-him-with-sex-slave-is-confused-as-he-was-in-club-3-days-late).
Sangster, Mr Ben: Guy Sangster’s brother and fellow racing heir. Long-time acquaintance/friend(?) of the Royal Family. According to this article, the Sangsters are “one of the most high profile society families in London and often hang out with the royals (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5008073/Robert-Sangster-s-son-marries-Princess-Eugenie-s-friend.html).
Santo Domingo, Julio Mario: Unsure if this is the father or the son. Either way, this is a billionaire Colombian businessman whose company has controlling stock in Bavaria Brewery and is the 2nd highest stockholder of Anheuser Busch (15%). The senior Julio Mario Santo Domingo died in 2011. His son died from cancer in 2009.
Santo, Mr & Mrs M Espirito: Likely the former owners (or high-ranking family) of the Espirito Santo banking dynasty., which was forced to shutter due to charges of fraud, money laundering, and falsifying documents (https://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/30/how-a-portuguese-banking-mess-took-down-a-dynasty.html). Banco Espirito Santo was Portugal’s second-largest bank.
Saud Prince Solman: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a close friend of Epstein’s and met with him many times. Epstein even had a photograph of bin Salman hanging on his wall. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has been linked to the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident who was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and subsequently killed. The Crown Prince, said to have ordered the murder, and those who were physically involved with the murder, ultimately went unpunished. According to this article (https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/jeffrey-epstein-what-we-know-about-paedophile-businessmans-ties-middle-east), the numbers listed likely belong to the Crown Prince’s father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. Epstein’s Austrian passport had a fake name and Saudi address. This passport was to have been given to him by “a friend.” In November 2016, one day before the election, Epstein flew to Riyadh. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos were in Riyadh at the same time, leading some to believe that the three may have met up (https://www.insider.com/epstein-riyadh-saudi-arabia-private-jet-2019-9).
Scerbo, Randall: A female (despite the name) fashion stylist and costume designer who eventually went into consulting. Randall also has credits as a producer and content creator for the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.
Schiatti, Gianmarco: Creative director who helped several fashion companies (Gucci, Chanel, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Prada, etc.) with rebranding.
Schifter, Helen & Tim: Helen is a former arbitrage trader on Wall Street, as well as a socialite and a former editor at Hearst and Conde Nast (publisher of Tatler and Vogue), making this the 9000th Epstein-Conde Nast connection. Helen’s father is a businessman and has served as a consultant for the Du Pont Company. She runs in the same circles as Ghislaine Maxwell and has been at several of the same parties (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/helen-lee-schifter-ghislaine-maxwell-teddy-wong-and-news-photo/1169681659). Tim is CEO of LeSportsac, the luggage and tote bag manufacturer. Tim can be seen attending a Private Screening with Ghislaine Maxwell here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/tim-schifter-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-private-screening-news-photo/590659962).
Sebag Montefiore Simon & Santa: Simon Montefiore is a British historian, television presenter, and author of history books and novels. Ghislaine attended the launch of Montefiore’s book, “The Court of the Red Tsar” (https://deepclips.com/clip/3225/exclusive-i-fear-i-saw-virginia-roberts-inside-jeffrey-epstein-s-creepy-new-mexico-ranch-contractor-claims). Santa is his wife and sister of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who died of an ulcer in 2017. The Palmer-Tomkinson family is so close with the Royal Family that Prince Charles was named Tara’s godfather. As such, Simon and Santa are good friends of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4721868/The-lit-girl.html). Simon’s great-great-uncle was an international financier who worked for the Rothschilds in the 1800s. Siimon and his family are still close to the Rothschilds to this day (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/01/montefiore200801).
Seitern, Christine: Architect.
Sejournet, Isabel de: Belgian arts consultant and wife of French Count Eric d’Hauteville. Isabelle was photographed at an annual charity dinner hosted by The AEM Association Children of the World for Rwanda (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/isabelle-de-sejournet-and-caroline-sarkozy-attend-the-news-photo/157832558).
Shabtai, Benny: Israeli businessman who specializes in watches and telecommunications. Served as Chair for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and has helped raise millions for the charity (https://electronicintifada.net/content/manhattans-friends-israel-defense-forces/5526). Epstein toured Israeli military bases with Shabtai in 2008 after being convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution (https://pagesix.com/2008/04/24/just-visiting/). Shabtai also served three years in the Israeli army and is a former bodyguard for the Israeli ambassador in Paris, France.
Shad, Brenda: Lingerie model who has known Epstein since the ‘90s (https://www.reddit.com/EpsteinAndFriends/comments/hbiwye/epstein_with_lingerie_model_brenda_schad_in_1997/). Almost married Robert Hanson (listed in my Epstein G-H thread) in 1996, the billionaire financier who was accused of raping Anouska de Georgiou when she was a teenager. She first met him when he was dating Naomi Campbell. Pictured with Maxwell here in 2005 (https://www.the-sun.com/news/103520/is-jeffrey-epsteins-unholy-alliance-with-the-victorias-secret-boss-the-real-reason-the-show-was-scrapped/).
Shearer Andre & Angie: Andre is a South African wine importer through his business, Cape Classics. Angie is his wife.
Shore Chris and Maura: Chris is a bankruptcy litigator. Mara is his wife, a licensed lawyer.
Shriver, Bobby: Nephew of JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. His mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics. Bobby now serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics (https://www.specialolympics.org/about/board-of-directors/bobby-shriver). Epstein has several phone numbers listed for Shriver’s Special Olympics office in California.
Shriver, Maria: Bobby Shriver’s sister and niece of JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. TV journalist and former ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Shuster, Susie: Suzy is a sportscaster who is married to long-time ESPN and NFL Network anchor, Rich Eisen.
Siegal, Peggy: Famous NYC publicist and close friend of Epstein who helped him out by continuously getting him into elite parties even after he was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution in 2008 (https://nymag.com/intelligence2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-high-society-contacts.html). Her career in Hollywood has been obliterated, although many still secretly think she has been a scapegoat (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-powea29643007/peggy-siegal-jeffrey-epstein-connection/), which once again proves the depravity of Hollywood.
Siegel, William (Bill): President of Chris-Craft Industries (1996-2001), a broadcasting company that owned several television channels across the U.S. Chris-Craft was eventually purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for $5.3 billion.
Sieghart, William: British entrepreneur and publisher. In 1986, he co-founded Forward Publishing with partner Neil Mendoza, who serves on the board of several children’s charities and is the current Provost of Oriel College. Mendoza appeared earlier in Epstein’s black book. Check out the letter ‘M’ thread for more information.
Silver, Ron: Silver (1946-2009), was a famous actor who also served on the Council on Foreign Relations. Co-founder of pro-Israeli organization, One Jerusalem, which organized a rally in 2001 to protest Palestinian sovereignty. Flipped political affiliations to vote for George W. Bush post-9/11. As a result, Bush appointed him to several posts, including one in which he worked under Scooter Libby, adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Silverman, Nancy & Henry: Henry is an entrepreneur and private equity investor. Henry helped build Cendant Corporation, which specializes in car rentals, travel reservations, and real estate brokerage services. Nancy and Henry divorced in 2012 after 30 years of marriage. They literally lived around the block from Jeffrey Epstein.
Simon, Bren: Bren was the President of MBS Associates, a property management company. She and her husband (now deceased), support many children’s charities. Bren directs the Mel and Bren Simon Charitable Trust, which works closely with the Clinton Foundation (Haiti), the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Clinton School of Public Service (https://brensimon.com/our-work/). Bren is co-founder of The Family Support Center, a 24-hour child abuse care center. She also serves on the board of advisers for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. In 1998, Bren began working with the Mission International Rescue Foundation (MIR), which serves the children and young women of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Bren also created the Centro de Promocion Rural Max Simon, an orphanage that provides a safe environment for boys who have been abandoned, abused, or are living in extreme poverty. She also created the Bren Simon MIR Foundation Girls’ Vocational School (https://cancer.iu.edu/giving/simon/bren-bio.php). Bren Simon used to be a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Bill Clinton read a eulogy at her husband’s funeral (https://www.ibj.com/articles/67913-simon-sisters-among-top-political-donors-nationwide).
Simpson (Caruth), Sophie: Former literary agent at William Morris Agency. Serves as a Trustee for Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Sindi, Rena & Sami: Rena is a socialite and daughter of Nemar A. Kirdar, who founded Investcorp bank in the ‘80s with Arab oil money (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/27/style/put-on-your-toga-bring-castanets-rena-sindi-is-giving-a-party.html). In 2007, Rena attended a party for Allegra Hicks at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house (https://medium.com/@the_war_economy/investigation-jeffrey-epstein-d2ad68e2e845). Her husband, Sami, is a venture capitalist.
Slayton, Bobby: Actocomedian who admits to seeing Epstein in West Palm Beach a few times over the years. Slayton says that “they weren’t friends,” although he once went to Epstein’s Manhattan mansion for coffee (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html).
Smith Osborne: Not enough info.
Smith Peterson, Noona: Public relations officer and consultant who has worked for Tom Ford, Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Tod’s. She now has her own PR agency. In 2015, Forbes named her one of the 12 women who have changed Italian fashion (https://www.forbes.com/sites/declaneytan/2015/02/06/the-12-women-whove-changed-italian-fashion/#553827046f86). Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Smith, James: Co-founder and CEO of Aegis Trust, an organization focused at stopping genocide in Rwanda. Aegis “enables students, professionals, decision-makers and a wider public to meet survivors and learn from their experiences” (https://www.aegistrust.org/what-we-do/).
Snyder, Maria: Model, designer, artist, and entrepreneur who has worked for the likes of Armani, Versace, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Karl Lagerfield. Snyder attended a ‘Free the Slaves’ benefit in 2010 where she was photographed with hotelier Andre Balazs, who is mired in Epstein/Maxwell stink, and Brenda Schad, who appears just above (last name incorrectly spelled ‘Shad’).
Soames, Rupert & Milly: Rupert is a British businessman and CEO of Serco, a government contractor that provides health, transport, justice, immigration, defense, and citizen services. Soames and his company is heavily involved in many aspects of government (he is very close with former British Prime Minister David Cameron), and as such, has a huge impact on the public. For example, Serco has been contracted to work on a Coronavirus track-and-trace system for the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/nhs-track-and-trace-system-not-expected-to-be-operating-fully-until-september-coronavirus). Soames’s family is very close with the Royal Family (https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/photo-gallery/44913948/image/44914915/Camilla-Dunne-Honorable-Rupert-Soames-1988). Prince William served as a pageboy at Rupert and Camilla’s wedding in 1988. Soames is the grandson of Winston Churchill and his brother, Nicholas Soames, served as a British MP from 1983-2019. Nicholas has been accused of being sexist and making inappropriate remarks by several female MPs. Nicholas is also a very close friend of Prince Charles (https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/profile-charless-biggest-buddy-nicholas-soames-royalist-minister-for-food-1466703.html). Milly (Camilla) is Rupert’s wife and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. Milly is a Patron/Trustee for Pace Centre, a children’s charity dedicated to providing education for children with sensory motor disorders (https://thepacecentre.org/about-pace/mission-values-vision/), Heart of Bucks (https://heartofbucks.org/committees-patrons/), an all-purpose charity that divvies up money to many causes, several of which involve children (https://heartofbucks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/hob-annual-report-2018-2019-web.pdf), Action4Youth (https://www.action4youth.org/trustees/), which “partners with government, schools, youth clubs, businesses, trusts and foundations, and others (https://www.action4youth.org/about-action4youth/vision-mission-values/). Camilla is also the daughter of Sir Thomas Raymond Dunne, who served as a Lord Lieutenant of Hereford and Worcester, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire. Her brother, Phillip, has been a British Conservative MP since 2005.
Sobrino, Esperanza: Director of Acquavella art gallery.
Solomon, Andrew: Writer for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. Member of Council on Foreign Relations where Epstein once served.
Soros Peter: Nephew of George Soros. Works as an investment banker. Soros’s name is circled in Epstein’s black book. It turns out that Epstein’s former house manager circled the names of all material witnesses before he died in 2014 (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-black-book-nick-bryant).
Soros, Peter: Same as above.
Soto, Fernando de: Real estate consultant.
Soto, Jaime & Marina de: No info found.
South, Hamilton: Founder of HL Group, a large marketing firm. Former Chief Marketing Officer for Ralph Lauren. South was a good friend of Carolyn Besette Kennedy (wife of JFK Jr) before she died. He was also a good friend of Lee Radziwill, mother-in-law of Carole Radziwill, listed earlier in Epstein’s book (check out the letter ‘R’ thread), before Lee’s passing.
Souza, Carlos: Works in public relations for Valentino.
Spacey, Kevin: Famous actor who has been accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp and 14 others (https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/11/07/kevin-spacey-scandal-complete-list-13-accusers/835739001/). He was on the infamous Epstein Africa flight with Clinton and Chris Tucker. Spacey also made this chilling video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZveA-NAIDI), which many think was a direct threat to the Royal Family. As a lot of you know, Spacey was close with the Royal Family and Ghislaine Maxwell. Just last month, a picture surfaced of Spacey and Ghislaine sitting on the British throne (https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/04/uk/maxwell-spacey-throne-gbr-intl/index.html).
Squire, Hugo: See Hugo Swire below.
St. Bris, Edward: International license manager at Pierre Cardin.
Stanburry, Caroline: Reality TV star from the show Ladies of London. Stanbury has also worked in public relations and as a stylist. Ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew (after his divorce from the Duchess of York) and actor Hugh Grant.
Stark, Koo: Famous photographer who dated Prince Andrew for nearly two years in the early ‘80s. Stark eventually married (and divorced) Tim Jefferies, who was listed earlier in Epstein’s book (check the J-L thread). Stark went on to have a daughter with someone else. Prince Andrew is the godfather.
Starzewski Thomas: Famous British fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by the Royal Family.
Steenkamp, Chris: Not enough info. Possibly the artist responsible for these lovely drawings (https://www.instagram.com/christophersteenkamp.art/?hl=en), but I cannot confirm.
Steiner, Jeffrey: Not enough info. Probably the co-managing partner of MWE real estate group. I could be wrong, though.
Steinkampf, Chris & Nina: No info found.
Stengel, Andrew: Former director of acquisitions for Miramax. Former aide to Governor Mario Cuomo (father of Andrew and Chris).
Stengel, Rick & Mary: Richard is an editor, author, and government official (Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs) under Barack Obama. Richard is now a Senior Advisor at Snapchat and serves on the board of CARE, a charity that caters to women and children (https://care.org/about-us/leadership/richard-stengel/). Mary is his South African wife. Nelson Mandela was the godfather to their son, Gabriel.
Stern, Allison & Leonard: Allison (nee Maher) is a former model and TV producer. Her husband, Leonard, is a billionaire businessman involved in real estate. Leonard founded Homes for the Homeless, a charity that aims to help the financially disadvantaged. A large focus of the charity is children and youth (https://www.hfhnyc.org/). Leonard is also quite the heartless bastard. He announced that he was selling a Homes for the Homeless apartment building in midtown Manhattan, forcing its inhabitants to move out (https://thejewishvoice.com/2019/12/billionaires-nyc-homeless-facility-boots-out-elderly-tenants-before-holidays/). Just to show an example of how all these wealthy people truly do know each other, here is a link with pictures of Malcolm Forbes’s 70th birthday party in Morocco in 1989. Forbes flew out 800 guests (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/this-was-then-malcolm-forbes-70th-birthday-part-i/), including Leonard and Allison Stern, Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father), Rupert Murdoch, Ronald Perelman, Barbara Walters, Robert and Blaine Trump, Diane von Furstenberg, King Constantine, Henry Kissinger, James Goldsmith, Hamish Bowles, Gianni Agnelli, Kay Graham, Elizabeth Taylor, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Walter Cronkite, Ann Getty, Fran Lebowitz, and more. Not only are these people rich, famous, and powerful, but many of them also appear in Epstein’s black book.
Stevens Michael: Not enough info.
Stopford-Sackville, Charlie &: Charles works in finance and securities. Owner of Drayton House (https://www.northamptonshiresurprise.com/organisation/drayton/) in Northamptonshire, England. Married to Shona McKinney, who I am guessing is the name that got cut off in Epstein’s black book. Shona is a good friend of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-317052/Marks-married-maiden.html, who is a key figure in this whole Jeffrey Epstein saga.
Stracher Kate: Kate is an artist who went to Oxford with Ghislaine, but claims that she hasn’t seen her since then. (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365733/How-Prince-Andrew-shared-room-Epsteins-Caribbean-hideaway-busty-blonde-claimed-brain-surgeon.html).
Sundlun, Stuart: Managing director of BMB Advisors, a private equity firm. Son of Governor Bruce Sundlun of Rhode Island (1991-1995). Stuart’s father also served as director of the National Security Education Board (NSEB) for four years under Clinton. Bruce is a great friend of Clinton right hand man (and multiple-time passenger on Epstein’s flight log), Ira Magaziner. Magaziner also appeared in Epstein’s black book (check out the ‘M’ thread for more info).
Sunley, Mr James & Amanda: James is CEO of Sunley Holdings, an investment company.
Sutherland, Harry: Likely refers to the investment banker who is Chairman of CrossInvest, an offshore corporate service company.
Svenlinson, Peter: Venture capitalist and founder of The Column Group. Served as Chairman for several pharmaceutical companies (Aragon, which was sold to Johnson & Johnson and Seragon, until it was solid to Genentech/Roche).
Swire, Sophie: English fashion entrepreneur who established a school for jewelers and gem-cutters in Afghanistan at Prince Charles’s request (https://adventurersclub.org/archives/calendanov2015.php). Co-founder of Learning for Life, an educational charity. She was a Trustee and Chairperson from 1995-2000. Learning for Life has established over 250 schools for girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
Swire, Hugo: Swire is a British Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 2001-2019. Son of Roger, director of Sotheby’s.
Swire, Jenny: Former Miss South Africa. Fashion director for Wedding Magazine and TV personality. Contributing editor for Tatler, a publication which has appeared more than ten times amongst Epstein’s contacts.
Swire, Mark: Involved in real estate.
Sykes, Lucy Ewen: Entrepreneur, fashion executive, and socialite. Fashion director of Marie Claire magazine. Former consultant for Ralph Lauren, T. J. Maxx, and Tommy Hilfiger. Good friend of nightclub guru Amy Sacco, who is one of the contacts listed earlier in this thread. Lucy and her husband attended a dinner for Prince Andrew at Epstein’s house in the early 2000s (https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/ghislaine-maxwell-the-socialite-on-jeffrey-epsteins-arm.html). Lucy’s husband, Euan Rellie, has been a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s for years.
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2020.07.21 01:09 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of the letter M in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter M under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Mack, Carol & Earl: Carol Mack (nee Dickey) is an interior designer. Carol is a friend of Epstein and Ghislaine (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/carol-mack-jeffrey-epstein-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-news-photo/1161443015?adppopup=true). Earle Mack was the US Ambassador to Finland from 2004-2005. He is a businessman involved in real estate and investing.
Macmillan, Dave & Bella: David is a publisher and the grandson of Harold Macmillan, former British Prime Minister (1957-1963). Bella is a British socialite and author. She also designed dresses for Princess Diana. They are now divorced. David and Bella made news in 2015 when it was revealed that Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Pictures, jokingly mentioned firing the UK culture minister so that David can take over (https://www.theregister.com/2015/04/18/sony_emails_lynton_vaizey/). David and Bella were voted a top 50 power couple over the age 50 back in 2013.
Magaziner, Ira C: Was the senior advisor of policy development for President Bill Clinton. He now serves in a leadership role for the Clinton Foundation. He is a CEO and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative which helps people gain access to medicine and health services in low and middle income countries, most notably in Africa. Remember, the Clintons helped bail out their colleague, Laura Silsby, who was caught trying to traffick 33 Haitian children (https://harvardhrj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2009/09/King.pdf). Most importantly, Magaziner traveled on the Lolita Express on several occasions (https://www.golocalprov.com/news/exclusive-sexual-predator-jeffrey-epstein-tied-to-ris-ira-magaziner-father), including the infamous flight that included Epstein, Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Naomi Campbell, and Chris Tucker. Magaziner also flew with Ghislaine Maxwell, also (https://www.golocalprov.com/news/new-epstein-associate-maxwell-who-flew-with-ira-magaziner-arrested).
Maguire, Jennifer: Jennifer Maguire Isham is the former president of the Tribeca Film Festival where she worked closely with Robert De Niro. There are tons of pictures of them together. Before that, she was senior vice president of programming at CNN and worked at ABC where she was a producer and senior staff member at Primetime Live and ABC News. Her husband is VP and Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News. Jennifer and her husband were photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at Epstein friend Peggy Siegal’s birthday party in 2007 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/jennifer-maguire-isham-chris-isham-and-ghislaine-maxwell-news-photo/609461442).
Mahler, Giovanni: Businessman in the gas industry. He co-founded Navigator Gas shipping company. The most interesting story revolving around Mahler can be read here (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/millionaires-wife-is-killed-by-speedboat-in-sardinia-305350.html). Mahler was on a motorboat on the way to his yacht in Sardinia where close friend Flavio Briatore (Briatore is Naomi Campbell’s ex-boyfriend and was photographed with Epstein victim Virginia Roberts several times - https://www.the-sun.com/news/265368/prince-andrew-epstein-scandal-accuser-virginia-roberts-posts-chilling-message-aimed-at-naomi-campbell-and-ghislaine/) waited. On the way to the yacht, Mahler and the others on board struck and killed Alex Ciardi, wife of investment banker Giuseppe Ciardi. Turns out that Alex Ciardi worked with the NSPCC, a children’s charity that several others in Epstein’s ‘black book’ (Jemma Kidd, Tim Jeffries, Mary Glanville, Clare Hazell-Ivaegh, Ben Holland-Martin) and Princess Margaret have served. The accident occurred close to Silvio Berlusconi’s villa. Berlusconi is a billionaire businessman and four-time former Prime Minister of Italy who throws infamously raunchy Bunga Bunga parties. He was convicted of paying an underage prostitute for sex, but those charges were later overturned.
Mahoney, Sean: A long-time investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
Mailer, Michael: Movie producer. Son of Norman Mailer, the famous author and journalist.
Mailman, Josh: Not enough info.
Malek, Harry & Didi: Diddi owns a fine art consultancy company that gives guidance to buyers and collectors. No info on Harry.
Malenga (Mandela) Machel: A managing director at Whatana Investments Group in Mozambique. His father, Samora Machel, was the first president of Mozambique. He died in an airplane crash in 1986 under mysterious circumstances. His mother, Graca Machel, runs the company. After her husband Samora died, she married Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.
Malina, Marjorie: Wife of Frank Malina who co-founded Aerojet, an American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer. Frank went on to become head of scientific research at UNESCO before creating Leonardo, a peer-reviewed research journal. Frank was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1990. Marjorie is the mother of Ghislaine’s brother-in-law, Roger Malina.
Malkin, Shelly & Tony: Shelly comes from major oil money. Her grandfather founded Belco Petroleum, which was bought out by Enron in the ‘80s. Tony is the chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, the real estate investment company that owns the Empire State Building, and other properties around New York.
Mallinckrodt, Mr. Philip: A former investment banker with Credit Suisse, Schroders, and Citibank. Has served as non-executive director of The Economist, a weekly newspaper that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology, for the last three years. The Rothschild family owns 21% of shares in the company. Mallinckrodt is a member of The Pilgrims Society and takes part in the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Manconi, John: Businessman who hosts super exclusive charity polo events attended by Prince Charles, Harry, and Andrew (https://variety.com/2002/scene/vpage/royals-have-splendid-time-1117868882/).
Mandelson, Peter: European Trade Commissioner from 2004-2008. A Labour party politician who held several cabinet posts under suspected pedophile Tony Blair and was First Secretary of State from 2009-2010. Mandelson was a very close friend of Epstein’s. Mandelson (allegedly) phoned Epstein in 2009, while Epstein was in jail, to ask Epstein to arrange a meeting with him and Jamie Dimon, the head of JP Morgan. Epstein agreed to do so, often addressing Mandelson by the nickname “Petie” (https://nypost.com/2019/10/20/uk-politician-peter-mandelson-allegedly-called-jeffrey-epstein-in-jail-for-a-favo). Mandelson was introduced to Epstein through Ghislaine Maxwell (they met through her father), who he has been friends with since the 1980s. He is also a very close friend of Prince Andrew. Mandelson is confirmed to have stayed on Epstein’s island and had dinner at Epstein’s NYC mansion with Donald Trump, David Blaine, and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7412517/Peter-Mandelson-Jeffrey-Epstein-Ex-Labour-minister-shopping-depraved-financier-2005.html). If you scroll through the article, you will see pictures of Mandelson shopping with Epstein, as well as pictures of him with Prince Andrew. Mandelson has long been suspected of giving tax breaks to Russian oligarchs, although he has denied these charges. Mandelson is gay and has been living with his partner for over 20 years.
Manfredini Alessandro: A sculptor and graphic artist who turned to modeling in his 40s (https://made-to-measure-suits.bgfashion.net/article/14889/77/Alessandro-Manfredini-the-man-who-became-famous-with-his-beard).
Mangope Eddie: Son of Lucas Mangope, former President of Bophuthatswana in South Africa, a nation which further propagated apartheid.
Manners, Eddie: Lord Manners is the son of the 10th Earl of Rutland and an investment banker. He lives at Haddon Hall, a beautiful old mansion.
Manners, Miss Lucy: An interior designer who is the cousin of Eddie (mentioned above) and the Duke of Rutland. Lucy is a very close friend of Sarah, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s first wife), a close friend of Epstein’s, and even served as her lady-in-waiting. Manners lives at Eastnor Castle, which houses 96 rooms.
Manners, Terssa: Teresa is the daughter of the 10th Duke of Rutland and sister of Eddie and the 11th Duke of Rutland. She was the cover girl for Tatler and posed for Vogue, two magazines that feature many Epstein contacts.
Manzano, Jose Luis & Alejandra: Jose Luis is an Argentine businessman and former politician. He is a partner in Grupo America, the second largest multimedia group in the country. He has given money to the Clinton Foundation and The Climate Reality Project ran by Al Gore.
Mappin, John: Scientologist owner of Camelot Castle and is a “central figure behind Turning Point UK, the British arm of the pro-Trump American student organization” (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/11/trum-and-farage-supporter-flies-flag-for-qanon-rar-right-conspiracy).
Margolis, Eric: A journalist who worked as contributing editor for the Toronto Sun and has appeared on CNN and on the Huffington Post website. He inherited Canadian vitamin manufacturer Jamieson Laboratories, which he sold for $300 million in 2014. Margolis chastises Epstein, Maxwell, Clinton and others and denies doing anything inappropriate, although he does claim to have been to Epstein’s homes in NYC and Florida. He says that he suspected it was a ‘honey trap’ (https://ericmargolis.com/2019/07/the-honey-trap-on-e-71st/).
Marks, Stephen & Alisa: Stephen is the founder and chairman of French Connection clothing brand. Alisa is his gold digging ex-wife.
Marocco, Manilo & Pia: Manilo is an investment banker. He attended a gala for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), along with Ghislaine Maxwell, Naomi Campbell, and several other people mentioned in Epstein’s contact list (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/the-nspccs-charity-gala). The number of suspected pedophiles and child traffickers that are involved with the NSPCC is mindblowing. His ex-wife, Pia, is close friends with Allegra Hicks (https://www.pressreader.com/uk/evening-standard-west-end-final-extra-es-homes-and-property/20080305/281767034925175), who is also in Epstein’s book.
Marsh, Jeremy: Has served as a managing director and president of Warner Bros. Records, Virgin, Telstar, and RCA.
Marterier, Astrid: A fashion consultant who used to work as VP of Global Sales and Merchandising for several brands, including Von Furstenberg, whose family makes several appearances on this list.
Martins, Peter: Leader of the New York City Ballet who was forced to retire in 2018 because he was accused of sexually abusing his dancers, dating back decades (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/arts/dance/peter-martins-resigns-ballet.html). Of course, he was eventually found to be innocent of these charges. Coincidentally, it seems as though Epstein target dancers at NYC studios, including one who was approached by an intermediary after ballet class (https://www.pointemagazine.com/jeffrey-epstein-dancers-2640183763.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2).
Marzotto, Matteo: Fashion mogul. Marzotto’s family owned Valentino fashion before selling in 2006. He used to date scumbag supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is embroiled in Epstein’s child trafficking and child abuse ring. They broke up because of her fiery temper (https://www.bild.de/news/bild-english/supermodels-ex-matteo-marzotto-says-temper-caused-split-8361996.bild.html).
Mason, Christopher: A journalist and author who writes about the rich. Best friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Sang a raunchy song for Ghislaine at her birthday party in 1994 (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/ghislaine-maxwell-epstein.html). Mason is going to appear in the docu-series, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” next month and has turned his back on Maxwell since finding out about her participation in the pedophila and child trafficking ring (https://nypost.com/2020/07/04/friends-fear-ghislaine-maxwell-is-in-danger-worried-for-her-safety/). The fact that he is denying any knowledge of what happened and is actually participating in this docu-series should tell you how full of shit this guy is.
Massimo, Parisi: Founder of Baltic Model Management.
Mattsson, Carolina: Owns a consulting company in Sweden. No other info found.
Mavroleon, Caitlin: Creative Consultant and Creative Direct for Art for Youth London, a charity that raises money for UK youth. Comes from a family of Greek shipping magnates.
Mavroleon, Basil & Carina: Basil is still involved in shipping, working at Genco as an Independent Director.
Mavroleon, Carlos: This guy lived a life-and-a-half. Heir to the family fortune, Carlos became disillusioned with his privileged status. He moved to Afghanistan and converted to Islam. He moved back to Britain two years later, heavily involved with drugs, specifically heroin. Despite this, he went to Harvard and became a friend and guest of the Kennedys at their home in Hyannisport. After nailing Mary Richardson, Bobby Kennedy Jr’s future wife, he joined the Mujahideen and even led attacks against the Russians. He returned to Britain and nearly married the daughter of former British politician Michael Heseltine, who has some serious pedo connections and is listed in Epstein’s book (check out my G-I thread for more info). Carlos would go on to become a war reporter and was charged with looking for Osama Bin Laden for the news program ‘60 Minutes’. He was found days later, dead of a heroin overdose, in a sleazy hotel on the outskirts of town. Many conspiracies abound (including from his family) who believe he was murdered because he was found with a heroin needle and it was well known that he never injected (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1216159/The-drug-addict-friends-haunt-Trinny-Woodall.html).
Mavroleon, Manoli: From the same Greek shipping magnate family. His name was listed in the Panama Papers (https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/11000305) for using offshore tax havens.
Mavroleon, Mr. Bluey: Father of Carlos (above) and Nicholas (below). Ran the family company for a while.
Mavroleon, Nicholas & Barbara: Nicholas works in the family business. His ex-wife, Barbara Carrera, is a model and actress.
Maxwell & Laurens, Ms Anne: Anne is Ghislaine’s eldest sister. She is a failed actress who became a hypnotherapist in Surrey.
Maxwell Malina, Christine: Older sister of Ghislaine. Used to run the West Coast office of Pergamon Press for her father in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She is a successful Internet content pioneer and educator. Rumors swirl about her involvement with tracking software and working for Israeli intelligence. Twin sister of Isabel (below). There is a great article on the Maxwells and their in-laws, particularly Christine’s husband, Roger Malina (https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-friend-ghislaine-maxwell-has-more-skeletons-in-her-family-closet-than-a-house-of-horrors?ref=scroll).
Maxwell, Debbie: No info found.
Maxwell, Dr & Mrs Philip: Philip is Ghislaine’s older brother. Had a horrible relationship with his father. Wanted to become a writer.
Maxwell, E: Ghislaine’s mom. Died in 2013.
Maxwell, Ian & Tara: Ian is Ghislaine’s brother and a businessman. In 2018, he and his brother Kevin (listed below) founded the UK Think Tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism (CoJit), which is ironic considering that most, if not all, of the family are likely Israeli intelligence.
Maxwell, Isabel: Older sister of Ghislaine. Co-founded Magellan with sister, Christine, and has served on the World Economic Forum (as has Philip Mallinckrodt, listed above). Along with twin sister, Christine, is rumored to be involved in tracking software and Israeli intelligence. This Reddit thread on the family is rather fantastic (https://www.reddit.com/Epstein/comments/eswqq4/ghislaine_maxwells_sisters_involved_with_silicon/).
Maxwell, Kevin and Pandora: Kevin is Ghislaine’s older brother and co-founder of the UK Think Tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism (CoJit) with brother Ian (above).
Maxwell, Marcella: Ghislaine’s niece. Daughter of Philip Maxwell.
Mayhew, Mr John: Owner of the famous Rules restaurant in Covent Garden. Inherited the Lartington Estate.
Mazandi, Yassi: Sculptor and painter.
Mazzoti, Mateo: Violin maker.
MC & Allenor: Not positive. Could be a garden designer. Typing in the address from Epstein’s book led to this site (http://www.gardens-guide.com/gardenpages/_0532.htm), which has an email address at the top that reads [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), a close match to the email address in Epstein’s book.
McAlpine, Alistair & Romilly: Baron McAlpine of West Green was a close advisor to Margaret Thatcher and served in the House of Lords for 26 years. McAlpine was falsely accused (supposedly) of child abuse by the BBC program, Newsnight. He won £185,000 in damages from BBC and £125,000 from ITV, both of which he donated to the children’s charity, Children in Need. Coincidentally, McAlpine collected the work of Graham Ovenden, an artist who drew naked children. Ovenden was found guilty of sexual abuse against children against underage girls, some as young as six-years-old (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/09/artist-graham-ovenden-two-years-jail). Romilly was McAlpine’s 2nd wife. Alistair died in 2014.
McDonald, John: NYC-based restaurateur.
McFarland, Anthony: No info found.
McKenzie, Raymond: Former investment banker at Lazard Freres and Morgan Stanley. Both firms appear constantly while going through Epstein’s contacts.
Mclancy Gas: No info found.
Mclane, Shannon: Fashion designer.
Mcleod Jock & Pru: Alasdair ‘Jock’ MacLeod is a long-time executive at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. His wife, Prudence, is Rupert Murdoch’s daughter. Coincidentally, Prudence attended The Dalton School while Epstein taught there in the ‘70s (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dalton-teacher.html). Rupert Murdoch is listed later on in Epstein’s contacts. Murdoch also goes back a long way with Ghislaine. Murdoch and Ghislaine’s father, Robert, were rivals since they both owned competing newspapers in the U.S. and abroad (https://c8.alamy.com/comp/B502J2/rupert-murdoch-media-baron-in-conversation-with-fellow-newspaper-owners-B502J2.jpg).
Meister, Todd: Meister is a hedge fund manager who was married to Nicky Hilton for six weeks back in 2004. Hilton later married into the Rothschild family. Meister is a potential witness who might have knowledge of Epstein and Maxwell’s child trafficking and abuse (https://www.the-sun.com/news/778758/jeffrey-epstein-enablers-named-sex-trafficking-underage-victims/). Les Wexner invested a ton of money in Meister’s hedge fund. Todd’s father, Robert, was the one who introduced Epstein to Wexner (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epsteins-financial-black-book).
Mendoza, Neil: British publisher and entrepreneur. Mendoza served as Chairman for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, a children’s charity founded by Prince Charles (https://news.sky.com/story/stars-join-prince-charles-to-demand-all-children-get-access-to-the-arts-11491201). Mendoza also serves on the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, another children’s charity. Actor Ralph Fiennes, who is also listed in Epstein’s book, is one of the patrons of the charity (https://www.shakespeareschools.org/about-us/patrons). As of 2018, Mendoza has been the Provost of Oriel College, Oxford.
Menzies, Kate: Close friend of Princess Diana and the Royal Family. The Menzies are millionaires because of their newsagents and distribution group.
Merison, Guy & Caroline: Guy is co-founder of Hartees, a commodities firm specializing in energy.
Merivale-Austen, Bruce: Managing Partner of DM Partners Asia, a private wealth management firm. Plays polo every summer with Prince William and Prince Harry (https://www.thailandtatler.com/people/brouce-merivale-austin).
Mermagon, Mr Jonathan: Businessman and close friend of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose name keeps popping up. Memagden even served as Chairman of the UK PTI Secretariat (https://news.cision.com/curzon-pimran-khan-shares-vision-for-building-a-stronger-pakistan-through-trade,c9336910). PTI is the current ruling political party in Pakistan.
Metcalf Justin: See below under Justin and Joane Metcalfe.
Metcalf Melanie & Julian: Julian is the founder of the popular sandwich shop chain, Pret a Manger. Metcalfe has attended charity events for ARK (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/ark-charity-auction), Arpad Busson’s children’s charity and chain of children’s schools, which I wrote about last year (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/).
Metcalfe, Julian and Melanie: Same as above.
Metcalfe, Justin & Joane: Justin a jeweller in London. Joane was a fashion and interior designer. Died of lung cancer in 2016.
Metz, Robin: No info found.
Meyer, Tony: Investment banker. Co-founder of Lazard Freres Real Estate Investors as an affiliate of Lazard Freres & Co. (https://www.cfany.org/speaker-organizeanthony-e-meye). Another Lazard Freres connection.
Micklethwait, Fev & John: John has been the current editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News since 2015. He was the editor-in-chief of The Economist (21% Rothschild owned) from 2006-2015. In 2019, he ordered his employees not to investigate Bloomberg (their boss) or any other Democratic candidates during Bloomberg’s presidential campaign (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/24/bloomberg-news-will-not-investigate-mike-bloomberg-or-his-democratic-rivals-during-primary.html). Had they investigated their boss, they would have discovered his relationships with Epstein, Maxwell, Weinstein, and Wexner (https://www.mintpressnews.com/mike-bloomberg-ties-jeffery-epstein-harvey-weinstein/265369/).
Milani, Gianluca: No info found.
Milford Haven George & Clare: George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven. Second cousin of Prince Charles. Founded uSwitch, a website that allows you to compare suppliers of various services. Sold the company for $400 million. George’s grandfather was the older brother of Lord Mountbatten, alleged pedophile and father figure/mentor to Prince Charles. George’s wife, Clare, was the Social Editor of Tatler magazine (there it is again!) from 1995-2005.
Milford Haven, Sarah: First wife of George Milford Haven. Daughter of millionaire businessman and gangster George Walker.
Miller, Nicole & Kim Taipale: Miller is a millionaire fashion designer and businesswoman. Taipale is her husband. They were married by Rudy Giuliani in 1996. Nicole is a good friend of disgusting perverts, Ghislaine Maxwell and Tiffany Dubin (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_8672/), wife of even more disgusting pervert Glenn Dubin. You can read about the Dubins in my D-F thread.
Mills, Cheryl: Lawyer who defended Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. She served as deputy White House Counsel for Clinton, Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Counselor and Chief of Staff during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. Mills had a key role in Hillary’s email scandal and in Haiti, where the Clintons are heavily involved (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/us/hillary-clinton-cheryl-mills.html).
Minot, Carie & Bell, George: Caroline is a jewelry designer. George has been responsible for several Silicon Valley startup companies. Before that, he was a senior editor of Outdoor Life magazine and has won Emmys for directing and writing conservation documentaries. He also founded Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports).
Minot, Susan: Novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and poet. Sister of Caroline (above).
Mischer, Kevin: Big-time movie producer and former Hollywood executive.
Modafferi, Daniela: No info found.
Moncada Cico: No info found.
Monckton, Rosa: Former President of Tiffany & Co. jewelry company. Daughter of a Viscount. Princess Diana was Monckton’s best friend and the Godmother of one of her children. Rosa also serves as a fundraiser for and on the board of several charities, most of which focus on children. Monckton is a patron for Downside Up, a charity for children with Down Syndrome, with actor Ralph Fiennes, who is also in Epstein’s contacts (http://downsideupcharity.org/node/64). She also raises money for KIDS charity out of London where Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s contacts) is a patron, along with Elton John, David Cameron, David Furnish, Cherie Booth, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman (https://www.kids.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/patrons). Epstein once offered Monckton to bring her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, to his house in Palm Beach (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/03/jeffrey-epstein-200303?currentPage=1).
Money Kryle, Mr Charlie & Kit: Charlie is a real estate specialist.
Montemayor, Cesar: Founder and President of InverCap, a large investment firm.
Monti Riccardo: Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG (Milan), one of the largest management consulting firms in the world.
Moore Deborah: Likely the actress and daughter of Roger Moore of James Bond fame.
Moore, Juliet & Chris: Juliet is in publishing. Chris is an investment banker who worked at Bear Stearns in the ‘80s. He is now President of CSM Capital.
Moore, Mr Goeffrey: Roger Moore’s son.
Morris Stephen: Financial advisor.
Morris, Nick & Lucy: Not enough info.
Mortimer, Gigi & Averell: Gigi is a beauty entrepreneur who is very good friends with Ghislaine. Averell is Founder and CEO of Arden Asset Management. Averell’s mother was a descendant of the insanely wealthy and powerful Harriman family.
Morton, Peter: Co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe.
Morton, Robert: Former producer of Letterman’s ‘Late Show.’
Mruvka Alan: Founder and former CEO of E! Entertainment Television.
Munro, Donald: Investment banker.
Murdoch, Rupert: Billionaire media mogul who owns more media outlets than God. Known for paying millions to female employees in order to cover up sexual abuse and harassment at Fox News. It’s pointless to name his connections. He knows almost everyone of importance.
Murray Phillipson Kate: A very good friend of Ghislaine’s from their Oxford days. Granddaughter of Hylton Murray-Philipson, a Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament. Kate is Now an interior painter (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8466853/What-girls-frolicked-Bullingdon-boys-Oxfords-brightest-young-women-rose-top.html).
Murray Phillipson, Mr & Mrs: Likely Kate’s brother, Hylton, a landowner and banker who Prince Charles referred to as one of his heroes. Just recently got some publicity for nearly dying from COVID 19.
Murray Threipland, Tercious/Claire: Owner of Dunbeath Castle. Claire left her first husband, Henry Herbert, The 17th Earl of Pembroke, to be with Tertius in 1981. Claire’s daughter, Emma, was a bridesmaid at the first marriage of Camila Parker Bowles (now Prince Charles’s wife).
Murray, Jean Pierre: Founder of Surf Channel and co-founder of TransCash, a prepaid Visa debit card firm.
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2020.02.04 20:24 boanerges77 Mock Offseason 4.0 - The Final Round

This is my fourth and potentially final installment of a mock offseason, after doing 3 profiles already. If something big happens, then I may do a fifth, but I think through these 3 you can get a good preview of some moves Detroit could make. You can view each of those here:
Offseason 1.0 - https://www.reddit.com/detroitlions/comments/egmds9/mock_offseason_10/ This offseason was a bit on the more conservative side, with the biggest additions being CB Logan Ryan and OLB Kyler Fackrell, but having a Mock Draft machine drop DE Chase Young to Detroit at #3 overall.
Offseason 2.0 - https://www.reddit.com/detroitlions/comments/eqnqrw/lions_mock_offseason_20/ Got a bit more aggressive in free agency, signing OLB Bud Dupree, then picking up both Jeff Okudah and DT Javon Kinlaw in the first round of the draft.
Offseason 3.0 - https://www.reddit.com/detroitlions/comments/esvup0/lions_mock_offseason_30/ Perhaps the most ambitious of the 3, I had Detroit go sign DT Arik Armstead, LB Kamalei Correa, and CB Byron Jones to the roster, plus the addition of S/OLB Isaiah Simmons in the Draft.
This one is going to be a more of what I’d personally do (though not exclusively), and is probably going to be my most in-depth one yet. The previous 3 I tried hard to not repeat players, so if a player made it in mock 1.0, he was disallowed for the other two. This one removes that restriction entirely. However, I will still be operating in win-now mode, which Quinn and Patricia are very much in, but rather how I would go about win now mode. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

A Quick Look at Cap Space

Currently on Spotrac, the Detroit Lions are listed at $45.78 million with their top 51 contracts. Over the Cap listed the Lions at $47.05 million in available cap space with their top 51 contracts. This will have to expand to include all 53 by the start of the season. So, we’ll take a starting cap number in the middle of these two, $46.4 million to start off the offseason.
Detroit always keeps at least $5 million on hand in the season. This is to be able to sign replacements once guys go on IR, and even to absorb some cap if they need to make room for a trade or such. They’ve occasionally taken more in with them, and have been more than willing to let the extra cap space roll over if they don’t have use for it. So, we’ll automatically set aside $5 mil as the bare minimum for a rainy-day fund, so to speak.
This gives Detroit roughly $41 mil to operate with. That’s a good chunk of change, but relative to the rest of the league, it’s not very high. Detroit ranks 20th in cap space on Spotrac, and 16th in Over The Cap, so just below the middle of the league on average, and definitely below the league average in cap space (given there are 5 teams with $70 million+ in cap space, though the Cowboys will likely use that up on resignings, so really like 4.5 at best). So, Detroit may have the ability to make a big move, maybe two, but do not expect this to be a crazy offseason of landing Chris Jones and Clowney or something like that.
At the end, I'll also breakdown what it looks like to replace bottom end contracts with draft picks, to give you a picture of how cap space is stretched beyond one simple number.

Internal Free Agency

I mentioned I’d be trying to make this one a lot of what I would do, but one thing I personally am going to do that I’m not sure I’d actually do is let RG Graham Glasgow walk. Just seems like the way it’s headed, and I think I’d prefer to give you a picture of what I’d actually do to replace him, which seems the most realistic. So, here’s who I’m bringing back:
S Tavon Wilson - quality special teams player who has been a team player both on and off the field, taking a salary cut last season to stay in Detroit. We'll reward him with a slightly larger deal, 1-year, $1.2 million to bring him back as a rotational safety and special teams asset.
LS Don Muhlbach - Muhlbach is the player I am most convinced is going to be a part of Detroit's first Super Bowl winning team. You cannot slow him down, no matter the age or whoever you draft on Day 3. More like Don MuhlBACK again, 1-year, $1.1 million like usual.
RB/WR J.D. McKissic - A fun versatile weapon out of the backfield as a rusher or a pass catcher. He's been with Bevell for a few years, and I'd tack on a bit more to his deal to ensure he's back. 1-year, $1.0 million.
TE Logan Thomas - Detroit most efficient QB in 2020, he's also a decent backup TE option, with some athleticism. The bulk of the TE duties will be with Hockenson and James, but there's still a role for Thomas, especially if he can give them another 15-20 catches at 10 yards per catch and a score or two. 1-year, $850K.
QB Jeff Driskel - I'm bringing Driskel back as assurance if we cannot land a quality QB2 in the draft. Both he and Blough showed some flashes, but neither was very assuring as a quality backup for Stafford at this point. Either way, Driskel is back, 1-year, $750K.
DT Darius Kilgo - We didn't get much of a chance to see what Kilgo can do, as he got injured last season. With A'Shawn and Daniels hitting the market, we'll keep a veteran DT in the mix, 1-year, $720K.
Add in the ERFA's like Mike Ford too.
Summary: The big moves here would be not re-signing players with bigger roles last season, such as Mike Daniels, Danny Amendola, Rashaan Melvin, A'Shawn Robinson, or Sam Martin. Martin I'm going to replace with Matt Wile, who is already on the roster, and has put up some decent results in Minnesota. Daniels and Amendola are in similar boats...they're decent when healthy (which is to varying degrees), but I'm pretty sure Detroit could find better bargins, given that the two of them combined for nearly $13 million in cap space last year. If they were on smaller deals, I'd take them both back, but I'm not assuming something like that in this one. Melvin we're letting walk because he wasn't very good last year, and rookie CB Amani Oruwariye looked like he could overtake Melvin's CB2 job, if Detroit doesn't sign anyone. A'Shawn is the interesting one. I'd definitely be willing to bring him back, but I'd recommend doing so after he tests the market. There are a handful of decent run-stopping DT's who can do similar to Robinson, so I'm not sure I'm keen to pay him whatever he wants at this point. If the market thins, by all means, he'd have a place, but if he wants a sizeable contract, that would probably need to come elsewhere for me. The internal re-signings here do a good job at filling the depth out, and allowing us to hunt and poach for some higher end starters (though we still need a handful more role players).

External Free Agency

WR Cody Latimer (Giants) – Detroit could stand to add a veteran presence at WR, and Latimer has experience both in the slot and on the outside. Known as a quality run blocker at WR, he was also pretty productive for the Giants this year, catching 24 passes for 300 yards (12.5 avg.) and 2 TD’s. A 1-year, $1.5 million deal could be enough to add a WR4 with the ability to give some reliable time if injuries hit the unit.
OT Jason Spriggs (Packers) – Spriggs has been a reserve tackle for the Packers, and ideally, Detroit would bring him in as a reserve tackle, though he could potentially compete for the starting spot against Crosby if they do move on from Ricky Wagner. 1-year, $750K.
G Andrew Wylie (Chiefs) – If Detroit lets Glasgow walk, then Wylie should be one of their top options. A Michigan native, he was quality in a season and a half of action in KC (67.4 PFF this season). He is, however, a restricted free agent, which means things are a bit complicated. Given that he was a healthy scratch for the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, I don’t think they’d place a tender on him that would deter the Lions. 2-years, $4 million total to bring him back to Michigan.
C James Ferentz (Patriots) – With Glasgow gone, the Lions need another interior OL to be able to handle the backup center responsibilities. And unless Russell Bodine is the solution (unlikely), Detroit will likely need to find someone to do this. Karras would be the top option year, but given his solid year as the Patriots starting center, he may be looking for a starting gig with more money. 1-year, $850K to bring the son of the Hawkeyes HC to Detroit.
DE/DT Jonathan Bullard (Cardinals) – Bullard is a 3-4 DE, meaning he’s in a similar mold to Da’Shawn Hand. Still in need of some development, he’d add a versatile piece with some upside as a pass rusher. 1-year, $850K.
EDGE Shaq Lawson (Bills) – When looking at what makes a good free agent signing, you usually want someone who is still developing each year, relatively healthy and a good scheme fit. Lawson fills all of those roles, as he’s increased his sack total each season, up to 7.0 sacks this season. A solid run defender as well, he could provide Detroit another versatile option along the defensive front, and at a Spotrac estimated deal of 4-years, $30 mil (we’ll take a similar deal in Henry Anderson’s first year, a cap hit of $7 mil), he fits Detroit’s budget, given a signing to come.
ILB Elandon Roberts (Patriots) – If there is one Patriot I’d want the Lions to add, it’d be Elandon Roberts. He’s probably best suited for the ILB role occupied by Jarrad Davis, but Davis hasn’t exactly locked that role down during his tenure. Roberts also played some FB for the Patriots this year, which could give Detroit some roster flexibility. A 1-year, $2.5 million deal would likely land Roberts in Detroit.
CB Chris Harris Jr. (Broncos) – This is the biggest splash I’ll be making, and one I also think Detroit could choose to make. The Lions were heavily interested in Harris before, and the addition of DC Cory Undlin makes this one seem more likely, as Harris’ first Pro Bowl bid came under Undlin. A 2-year, $28 million deal would be a bit of a raise for Harris Jr. while also within Detroit’s budget.
S Eric Murray (Browns) – Adding some depth here, despite bringing back Tavon Wilson. Murray was swapped to Cleveland for Emmanuel Ogbah. With some time as a corner when he first started out, Murray has shifted around a bit, but is a steady player, if not an athletically dominant one. A 1-year deal for $1.5 mil could get him to join Detroit’s quality safety room.
This now leaves us with $6.88 million remaining (along with the $5 million earlier set aside), depending on the exact specifics of how each contract is formatted. With that $6.88 million, we are going to work contract extensions with WR Kenny Golladay and CB Darius Slay. Now, $6 million is not exactly a ton to extend them with, but rather for Slay, it’d be about adding a bit more guaranteed money into the deal, and then Golladay’s contract would be kicking in a bit later. You can essentially split that money and divvy it up as signing bonuses right now, but that’s the aim there. For Golladay, it may not mean adjusting his base salary for this season ($2.14 mil) but rather adding $2-3 million in signing bonus this season, before kicking in next season with a 3-4 year extension somewhere around $13-15 million per season. For Slay, it’d probably just look a bit more like tacking on 2-3 more season at a similar deal of about $13 million, but perhaps dropping a little more in the signing bonus now and filtering it down as he gets older. Either way, this gives uses all the cap we really have available.

NFL Draft (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Simply for this one, I’m just jumping in and making picks based on Matt Miller’s latest 7-Round Mock Draft. I’m going to add in a trade, not with Miami, but with the Chargers however, in which they send their 1st rounder in this year and next, along with their 3rd rounder this year. Thus, we go with the following:
1.6 (via LAC) – DT Derrick Brown, Auburn. With the extension of Slay and signing Chris Harris, Detroit chooses to go with defensive line, finding a successor to Damon Harrison in the explosive and powerful DT out of Auburn.
2.35 – CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn. Doubling on Tigers with Igbinoghene. He’s a track star who could very well be gone by this point if he has the Combine many expect. His smooth athleticism allows him to mirror receivers at the line, and his tackling technique is quality enough. Dude locked down DeVonta Smith, and had some really good reps against Jeudy and Ruggs during the Iron Bowl.
3.67 – OT Lucas Niang, TCU. A very athletic tackle, Niang could be the natural successor to Ricky Wagner at RT for Detroit. He needs to clean up his pass set footwork (has a slight hitch and can lose the spacing needed), but straighten those out and he could be a quality OT in the NFL.
3.71 (via LAC) – EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State. Even after adding Shaq Lawson, the Lions look for another pass rusher in Weaver. He’d be an excellent fit with Lawson and Kennard as versatile guys who can help them fill in a true 3-4 if they need, or simply load the line with physical pass rushers.
4.106 – WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State. I’m keeping Miller’s selection for the Detroit Lions here, as they add a very speedy receiver with good hands. He has plenty of success working underneath, and could provide Stafford with an impact weapon even as a rookie.
5.149 – QB Anthony Gordan, Washington State. Originally mocked to Falcons about ten picks later, I went with him here, with Jonah Jackson off the board. Gordan has the best upside out of any remaining QB’s. He’ll need refinement, but the potential for a quality backup QB is there.
5.173 (via SEA) – ILB Logan Wilson, Wyoming. Given the unique mold of LB’s for Patricia’s defense, there aren’t many great fits. Wilson fits this scheme pretty well, as he possess the size (6’2, 245 lbs) and motor to fit the system.
6.183 – WR Omar Bayless, Arkansas State. Perhaps the best WR in college football this past year that you didn’t hear about, Bayless dominated the Sun Belt. He has fantastic athleticism, and great size at 6’3, 205 lbs. He could be someone the Lions develop to potentially replace the often injured, yet very talented, Marvin Jones down the road.
I would personally try and trade back with one of those early picks, perhaps the Chargers’ 3rd, because there were a handful of pass rushers on the board, and several other players I still liked, but ultimately just stuck with Weaver. Had we done a trade back, some other 6th/7th rounders on that draft that are intriguing for the Lions would be: WR Aaron Fuller (Washington), TE Jacob Breeland (Oregon), iOL Shane Lemiuex (Oregon), CB Elijah Riley (Army), CB Luq Barcoo (SDSU), EDGE Alex Highsmith (Charlotte), and QB Kevin Davidson (Princeton).

Finalizing the Salary Cap

Now, at this point, Detroit only has $5 million dollars available to them in cap space, but they still need to sign the draft class. The estimates for this is that adding every draft pick to the active roster would leave them with a deficit of about $6.8 million to cover, since picks in the later rounds essentially negate with the player they scratch of the 53-man active roster. However, this is where we get into the fun of it.
At this point, either cutting or trading RT Ricky Wagner actually solves the issue. I do so now, because this does two things.
1.) Wagner has a lower cap hit if cut or traded post-June 1 (via OTC). Thus, if Detroit moves him now, they'd be responsible for a bit more of his contract than if they waited until then.
2.) The trade market could be more fruitful at that point. Key word is could, as it's no guarentee, but realistically, an OT needy team after both free agency and the draft, isn't going to have as many options, which could make Wagner more attractive. Even if it's just a 5th or 6th round pick in 2021, it's worth something. And it's usually easier to trade picks like that in advance, rather than so close to the draft, given the desire for teams to hoard picks.
Regardless, if Detroit cannot find a suitable trade partner for Wagner (Miami Dolphins could be a great spot, as they have a ton of cap space, and need 5 new offensive linemen outright, so taking in Wagner would be an easy way to do fill one of those spaces with an upgrade), cutting him still finalizes the cap and makes it work. His cut would be around $6 million. Then at this point, you still could potentially trade a player if you wanted more cap space. At this point, someone like Devon Kennard may be easy to move, if you have a better player in Shaq Lawson, and a good rookie in Curtis Weaver to replace him. Moving Kennard would free up about $5.5 million as well, given the jump in his cap this year.

Roster Composition

Quarterback: Starter is Matthew Stafford, then the other 2 would be the best out of rookie Anthony Gordan, second-year David Blough, or re-signed Jeff Driskel. Technically Kyle Sloter is on the roster next year too, so he could factor into that.
Running Back: Starter is Kerryon Johnson or Bo Scarborough, then fill out the other two spots with J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson most likely. Wes Hills or Tra Carson would probably be back to the scout team.
Wide Receiver: Starters are Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and either Cody Latimer or K.J. Hill. The other one is depth, and then you have a spot, maybe two for some backups like Marvin Hall, Omar Bayless, Travis Fulgham, Chris Lacy, or some others to battle for.
Tight End/Full Back: Starter(s) is/are T.J. Hockenson and then Jesse James. With Logan Thomas back, it'd really just be a question of keeping Nick Bawden as a true FB, or seeing if Isaac Nauta deserves a spot and can fill fullback. Elandon Roberts also has fullback experience but is an LB on the roster. Matt Sokol and Paul Butler were signed to futures contracts. Sokol is marginally intriguing.
Offensive Tackle: Starting left tackle is Taylor Decker. Starting right tackle is a battle between Tyrell Crosby and Lucas Niang. I think Niang could see the field early, even if he's a 3rd round pick. Jason Spriggs would likely push for a roster spot. Dan Skipper, Caleb Benenoch and Casey Tucker will get a look, but not a guarantee to have a spot on the roster.
Interior Line: You'll start left to right with Joe Dahl, Frank Ragnow, and Andrew Wylie, most likely. Then Beau Benzschawel and James Ferentz are likely filling out those other two spots. Russell Bodine is on the roster at the moment, as is Joshua Garnett. I don't expect to make the roster.
Defensive Line: You'll still have Damon Harrison as the starting nose tackle. End Trey Flowers is also a for sure starter. Depending on the front, either Derrick Brown for heavier packages, or Da'Shawn Hand for lighter packages. Kevin Strong, John Atkins, and some others would likely battle with veteran DT Darius Kilgo for a reserve spot or two. Romeo Okwara is the backup at DE.
JACK Linebacker: Detroit would have Shaq Lawson and Devon Kennard (unless we hypothetically trade Kennard), along with promising youngsters like Curtis Weaver and Austin Bryant. Bryant has plenty of experience as a down DE at Clemson, and could easily factor there as well. Detroit will be able to be more front versatile with this group.
Inside Linebacker: I'd probably start Jahlani Tavai and Elandon Roberts from this group, with Christian Jones and Jarrad Davis their respective backups. Then it's probably two, maybe 3 spots depending on special teams for some backups, with Jalen Reeves-Maybin the most likely. Then, Steve Longa, Jason Cabinda, Logan Wilson, Anthony Pittman, and Christian Sam can compete for a spot here as well.
Cornerback: The starters here are clear. Darius Slay and Chris Harris Jr. are the outside corners, and Justin Coleman in the slot. You then have a strong CB4 in Amani Oruwariye, and perhaps one or two more spots for guys like Mike Ford, Michael Jackson, Jamal Agnew (probably for sure on for special teams).
Safety: Depending on the look, your starters are for sure Tracy Walker, and then one of Tavon Wilson or Will Harris depending on the look, with Eric Murray also able to factor in heavily. Add in C.J. Moore, and that's a deep group with experience and potential.
Special Teams: Fairly simple. Don Muhlbach as the long snapper, Matt Prater as the kicker, and Matt Wile as the punter. Unless of course they find a different punter, though Wile does have good experience.

Overall

I'm sure the main complaint would be Derrick Brown over Jeff Okudah, however, as good as Okudah is, adding Chris Harris Jr. would be a better move for a win now team, which the Lions are. Thus, we choose to add a disruptive DT rather than a backup CB at that point. I'd say in the actual offseason itself, if Detroit is relatively quiet at cornerback, it suggests they are taking Okudah. If not, it opens up other options like Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons, or maybe even an OT to replace Wagner (if they trade down perhaps).
But overall, I think this gives them a great chance to turn things around and compete next season. Slay and Harris are an elite CB duo, and adding Brown and Lawson provides some boost to the pass rush as well. Additionally, the offense is retooled a bit, with some serious speed in K.J. Hill, and a new look right side of the OL. The main addition to the offense is this dude named Matthew Stafford, who was balling out last year before an injury wrecked our season.
The 49ers made a dramatic turn around, and while I can't say I'm expecting that from Detroit, I think some of the ingredients are there to at least turn it around and contend for the playoffs next season. If Quinn and Patricia are to keep their jobs, they'll need to do exactly that.
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2020.01.05 18:07 ZandrickEllison [OC] Dr. Zan's Cure for What Ails Ya: the flailing Philadelphia 76ers

The NBA is about a third of the way through the long race of the regular season. Some teams have galloped out to great starts -- some teams have stumbled out of the gates -- and some teams look like a horse who broke his leg and needs to get sent to the glue factory.
Our intention with this new series to focus on some of those ailing squads and offer some possible remedies for their long-term health. We already took a look at one team in dire need of help with the New York Knicks, and now we're going to examine a team that's not living up to their potential yet.
The PHILADELPHIA 76ers
Misdiagnosis: Rotten Core
To be clear, the Philadelphia 76ers are a good basketball team. They're coming off two 50-win seasons, and are on pace for yet another 50-win season this year (currently at 23-14.)
However, this isn't a franchise or fan base that will be content with 50-win seasons forever. The end goal of this "Process" was always a championship ring, or at the very least a Finals appearance or two. And at the moment, that trip to the Finals is no guarantee. The Sixers have lost 4 in a row and have stumbled to the 6th seed. There's a tight pack in that 2-6 range, but all five of those teams appear to be a notch below the Milwaukee Bucks.
More and more, we're hearing grumblings about the roster construction. About the fit of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as the core duo. Does this team need to -- gasp -- blow it up???
Personally, I'm not as much of a pyromaniac as others who love to see that dynamite and those smoldering flames. Consider me a pacifist. Someone who favors tweaks and adjustments rather than starting from scratch.
Because, I would submit, this foundation is NOT fundamentally flawed. Sure, Ben Simmons is not the type of player who can fit seamlessly on any roster (in the same way a shooting wing like a Kevin Durant or Paul George might.) Sure, there's some clunkiness to the halfcourt offense with both stars in the lineup. But at the end of the day, there are more positives than negatives here. They're both young. They both have great size for their position. They both play tough D. Together, that gives the Sixers an edge and identity over most teams.
However, to take that next step from good to great, the team is going to have to take a hard look in the mirror. When I look at this team myself, here are the flaws and possible fixes that I see.
Actual Diagnosis: Rotten Rotation
The pairing between Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid can work. However, because they're such unique and specific talents, it becomes paramount that the rest of the roster fit together like a glove around them. That's a challenge for Elton Brand and any GM. In theory, it's easy to say -- "add a bunch of 3+D wings!" -- then it is to actually find those wings.
This summer, the Philadelphia 76ers lost forward Jimmy Butler to free agency, but replaced him with another star: Al Horford. Although Horford is now 33, he's still a very good addition to any roster. He's a high-IQ player who's still a good defender, a good ball mover (3.7 assists per game this season), and a capable stretch big.
However, you can quibble about the "fit" on this specific Sixers team. Horford fancies himself a power forward (which was possibly part of the draw to Philly), but sliding over to that spot negates some of his advantages. For a center, he's a good shooter. For a power forward? He's about average. He's been below average this year, hitting just 33.8% of his threes and netting a true shooting of only 52.2%.
Horford's shooting will likely bounce back to some degree this season, but in the long term, he's going to be in decline. And that's a big concern. Horford is good at 33 years old, but will he still be good at 34? At 35? Brand and the Sixers took a sizable gamble on him, locking him in for a 4-year deal at near $25M a season. It's looking more and more likely that contract will get ugly in the back half of its life.
In the meantime, and in the future, the Sixers should think about possibly staggering Horford and Embiid as much as possible. Their offense isn't on track right now, grading as only the 16th best in the NBA according to basketball reference. Perhaps sliding Horford to a 6th man role (and still playing him 30 minutes a night) would work, presuming you can slot in a good wing in the starting lineup in his place.
And that brings us to the second (and bigger) problem on the team. There simply aren't a lot of options. The top 5 is strong, but the bench is woefully thin. Furkan Korkmaz is OK, but nothing special. Mattise Thybulle is promising, but still a rookie. Second-year players like Zhaire Smith, Shake Milton, and Jonah Bolden haven't broken out yet. Veterans Mike Scott and James Ennis are aging more like Chris Tucker than P.J. Tucker.
Not only does the limited options hurt the Sixers in terms of their offensive firepower, but it hurts in terms of their flexibility as well. Coach Brett Brown can't tinker with too many lineups or strategies because he's got limited cards in his hand. If we can give him some more weapons, then perhaps this team can be more dangerous in turn.
Prescription: A new 6th man
The Philadelphia 76ers will make the playoffs. And as long as Joel Embiid is 100% healthy, then it won't matter much who their 9th or 10th man will be. Rotations will shrink, and their lack of depth will become less of an issue than usual. They'll only need a strong 8 man rotation to make some real noise out East.
The Sixers aren't too far away from that. As mentioned, Furkan Korkmaz is playable. Backup PG Trey Burke is decent, and Matisse Thybulle has some real upside as a 3+D player. But still, you'd like to see an upgrade here. You'd like a real difference maker who can either anchor the second unit as a scorer, or a plug-in 5th pseudo-starter who would allow them to stagger their current stars more often (whether that results in Al Horford coming off the bench or not.)
The hard part of this prescription is that the Sixers don't have many means to purchase it. Their salary cap is bloated, slotted to pay out over $130M over the next few years. Their cupboard of trade assets is also limited, with no R1 pick this year. They're also lacking mid-range contracts that can work as fillers -- with no one in the $6-10M range that they can toss into a deal.
If the Sixers do make a trade for a better 6th-7th man, they'll have to be creative. They don't have a R1 pick, but they own Atlanta and New York's R2 pick. And as luck would have it, those are two of the worst teams in the NBA right now. Those picks should be in the 30-35 range, which gives them moderate value. Those picks, along with Zhaire Smith, represent their best chance at cobbling together a compelling trade package.
What's out there for that modest price? Let's take a look.
Meds On the Market
SG J.J. REDICK, New Orleans Pelicans
as a player
Philadelphia 76ers fans are more than familiar with Mr. Jonathan Clay Redick, who must have added the extra "J" in his name because of his shooting stroke. In his first season with Philadelphia (at age 33), Redick set a career high with 17.1 points per game. He followed that up by setting another career high with 18.1 PPG last season. Still, Redick’s performance in the playoffs left the team wanting more from the position, which resulted in a parting of the ways in free agency.
Now in New Orleans, Redick has kept on chugging. The Pelicans' season hasn't gone according to plan, but Redick is giving the team exactly what you'd expect. He hasn't lost his shooting touch at all; in fact, he's blazing at 46.0% from three this season.
Bringing Redick back to Philadelphia wouldn't be admitting to a mistake; it made sense to try and find a better defensive player in the starting lineup. Rather, Redick would contribute to the team in a different way. If he returns to Philly, he'd come off the bench and play about 25 minutes a night. In that role, he could give the second unit some pop and prevent any prolonged scoring/shooting slumps. There's very little risk of growing pains or adjustment either because he'd obviously be familiar with the system.
as an asset
The biggest issue with Redick right now is his age (35) and his sagging defensive performance. He's not cheap either, scheduled to get paid $13.5M this season and $13.5M the next. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, the team isn't likely to make waves in the Western Conference by the time that contract expires.
Despite that, I doubt that the Pelicans would dump Redick for nothing. He serves as a good mentor for them, and will make their young stars Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson more effective with his spacing. However, if a team came to David Griffin with a genuine asset (let's say Zhaire Smith + contract filler), he'd have to listen. The Sixers would have to add up a bunch of contracts to make the math work (Zhaire + Mike Scott + Kyle O'Quinn + James Ennis, etc). That could be a risk because it'd test their already-tenuous depth. However, the goal isn't to have a strong 12-man depth chart; you want a strong 7-8 man rotation to make your playoff push.
SG E'TWAUN MOORE, New Orleans Pelicans
as a player
When the New Orleans Pelicans signed E'Twaun Moore to a sizable contract a few years ago, the reaction of most fans was... who? And even now, that's still the consensus take on Moore.
However, savvy NBA fans know that Moore has been an effective player for New Orleans. In a sense, he's what teams want in a "3+D" wing. He's shot over 42% from three in each of the past three seasons. Defensively, he's a little undersized in terms of his height (6'4"), but he's aided by a 6'9" wingspan that allows him to guard SGs and SFs effectively.
E'Twaun Moore's minutes are down this season (from 30 to 20, basically), due to increased depth and some injuries. However, when he's back to 100%, he can be an effective 5th starter or a high-level backup. Philadelphia could debate starting Moore (and sliding Horford to a 6th man role), or simply use him as a SG/SF backup to soak up minutes.
as an asset
If the New Orleans Pelicans decide to hold a garage sale, the Sixers and all contenders should be eyeing E'Twaun Moore. He's on the final year of a contract that will pay him $8.5M over the course of this season. It doesn't appear like Moore (age 30) will be a big part of the Pelicans' future, so they should theoretically be open to dealing him for future assets.
A deal here could be as simple as contract filler (like Kyle O'Quinn, Raul Neto, James Ennis, etc) plus one of those high R2 picks. Again, the Sixers' R2 picks will be at the top of the round, so they're not much different from a late first rounder.
PF MARVIN WILLIAMS, Charlotte Hornets
as a player
Historically, Marvin Williams may be best known as the hyped-up freshman who came off the bench for UNC and somehow managed to get drafted at # 2 ahead of the likes of Chris Paul. However, he's quietly hung around the league for years and years, becoming a solid starter in the process. He's played in 1046 games and started 827 of them.
The key for Williams' longevity has been his increased range and his effectiveness as a stretch four. Last season, he would have averaged 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per 36 minutes, hitting 36.6% of his threes in the process. That may not be anything to write home about, but it's enough to be a serviceable starter. Williams is also known as a good teammate, adding to his credibility as a reliable veteran.
Unfortunately for Williams, "reliable veteran" is not what the rebuilding Charlotte Hornets are looking for right now. His minutes have dropped from 28 to 20 this season, and he hasn't started a game all year (after starting 75/75 last season.) Now 33, Williams is past his prime, but he can still be a contributor for most teams. Philadelphia could debate starting Williams over Al Horford for extra spacing, or simply using him as an upgrade on Mike Scott.
as an asset
Presumably, the Charlotte Hornets would be willing to move Marvin Williams for future assets. He's a free agent this summer, and is not going to be a huge part of their future. I imagine they've already tried to shop him to contenders already.
However, one of the reasons that's hard to do is because of a fat salary that's going to pay him $15M this season. That's not an easy contract to match, especially for a team like Philadelphia that doesn't have a lot of mid-range contracts. They'd need to package together a lot of pieces (Mike Scott + James Ennis + Kyle O'Quinn + Raul Neto + more) to make the math work. And certainly, the Hornets would need something more than expiring contracts to make a deal like this worth it on their end. Could they get Zhaire Smith as a throw-in? Unlikely. Would a R2 pick be enough? Maybe. Two R2s? Probably. But hey, Elton Brand, Mitch Kupchak, you figure out the details here; my job is to be a matchmaker, not a negotiator.
OTHER OPTIONS
The Sixers should look around the league for similar templates to these. That is: solid veterans who are playing for teams that may be tanking soon. To that end, PG Langston Galloway (DET) is another good option. Galloway (on a $8M expiring) is more of a spacer than a traditional point guard, but that would work well on a team with Ben Simmons. For the Sixers, he'd be a nice option off the bench.
The Knicks' SG Wayne Ellington (owed $8M + $8M) is also a good shooter, although he carries sizable risk coming off an Achilles injury. If he's healthy and 100%, he can be a bootleg J.J. Redick for you. If he's not healthy and able to contribute, then he'd be an albatross contract. On the bright side, he should be more than "available" given the Knicks' situation.
If you want to dumpster dive and look at the free agent pile, there are some other risks to consider. SG J.R. Smith was a complete disaster towards the end of his run in Cleveland, but perhaps he'd be more motivated on a competitive team. Fellow vet SG Iman Shumpert will be a more reliable source of effort/defense, although his shot was inconsistent even in his prime.
I'd be remiss not to mention two "big names" as well. Memphis SF Andre Iguodala will likely get bought out eventually (it'll be hard to find a trade partner to match his contract.) Would he fit in a return to Philly? Eh. Kinda sorta. He'd be another capable defender, but it's hard to envision how an aging Iguodala is a notable upgrade over an improving Mattise Thybulle.
Of course, the splashiest move would be to bring in Cleveland PF Kevin Love. Love and Al Horford would be a near 1:1 match in terms of contract salary and contract length. From Philly's perspective, you can argue that Love would fit better into the offense given his superior shooting and that the team can afford to take the subsequent hit on D. He's also "available" (especially after the Sham Charania's reports about his tirade.) The rebuilding Cleveland Cavs wouldn't have much interest in a 33-year-old Al Horford, but maybe there's some version of a 3-way trade to be had here. Overall, this type of semi-blockbuster would probably be too risky on all sides, but it's a fun hypothetical to consider nonetheless.
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2020.01.01 01:17 SirAlexH Big Finish (and other EU): Best of 2019 Discussion.

Big Finish Releases 2019

I swear this'll be the last list I post for a while, promise! But we're another year done of EU, another year of audio dramas, of comics, of books and even animations. So discuss: What was the best of 2019? Your must listens? Your must-nots. (And again, I haven't put Candy Jar or Obverse Books stuff in because they aren't my field at all, but feel free to mention them).

The Main Range

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
247. The Devil in the Mist Cavan Scott -
248. Black Thursday/Power Games Jamie Anderson; Eddie Robson -
249. The Kamelion Empire Jonathan Morris -
250. The Monsters of Gokroth Matt Fitton -
251. The Moons of Vulpana Emma Reeves -
252. An Alien Werewolf in London Alan Barnes -
253. Memories of a Tyrant Roland Moore -
254. Emissary of the Daleks Andrew Smith -
255. Harry Houdini's War Steve Lyons -
256. Tartarus David Llewellyn -
257. Interstitial/Feast of Fear Carl Rowens; Martin Waites Interstitial; Feast of Fear
258. Warzone/Conversion Chris Chapman; Guy Adams Warzone; Conversion
259. Blood on Santa's Claw Nev Fountain; Alan Terigo; Sue Dennom; Andrew Lias Blood on Santa's Claw; The Baby Awakes; I Wish It Would Be Christmas Every Day; Brightly Shown the Moon that Night

The Fourth Doctor Adventures

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8A Andrew Smith; Phil Mulryne; Simon Barnard; Paul Morris; Guy Adams The Sinestran Kill; Planet of the Drashigs; The Enchantress of Numbers; The False Guardian
The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8B Guy Adams; Jonathan Barnes; John Dorney Time's Assassin; Fever Island; The Perfect Prisoners

Short Trips

TITLE WRITERS READERS
9.1 The Revisionists Andy Frankham-Allen Louise Jameson
9.2 The Astrea Conspiracy Lizbeth Myles Neve McIntosh
9.3 Doctors and Dragons Alfie Shaw Sophie Aldred
9.4 Year of the Drex Olympics Paul Ebbs Frazer Hines
9.5 Under Odin's Eye Alice Cavender Nicola Bryant
9.6 The Same Face Julian Richards Katy Manning
9.7 Battle Scars Selim Ulug Nicholas Briggs
9.8 #harrysullivan Eddie Robson Louise Jameson
9.9 Dead Media John Richards Jacob Dudman
9.10 The Second Oldest Question Carrie Thompson Sarah Sutton
9.11 Hall of the Ten Thousand Jaine Fenn India Fisher
9.12 Peace in Our Time Una McCormack Peter Purves
9.X The Best Laid Plans Ben Tedds Jacob Dudman

The Eighth Doctor Adventures

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Ravenous Volume Three John Dorney; Matt Fitton Deeptime Frontier; Companion Piece; L.E.G.E.N.D; The Odds Against
The Time War Volume 3 Matt Fitton; Lisa McMullin; Roland Moore; John Dorney State of Bliss; The Famished Lands; Fugitive in Time; The War Valeyard
Ravenous Volume Four Matt Fitton; John Dorney Whisper; Planet of Dust; Day of the Master

The Companion Chronicles

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The First Doctor Volume 3 Julian Richards; John Pritchard; Ian Atkins; Paul Morris; Guy Adams E is for...; Daybreak; The Vardan Invasion of Mirth; The Crumbling Magician

The Early Adventures

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
6.1 The Home Guard Simon Guerrier -
6.2 Daughter of the Gods David K. Barnes -

The Lost Stories

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
5.1 Nightmare Country Stephen Gallagher -
5.2 The Ultimate Evil Wally K. Daly -

The New Series

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Missy Vol. 1 Roy Gill; John Dorney; Nev Fountain; Jonathan Morris A Spoonful of Mayhem; Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated
The Lives of Captain Jack Vol. 2 James Goss; Matt Fitton Piece of Mind; What Have I Done?; Driving Miss Wells
Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon Jonathan Morris; Lisa McMullin; AK Benedict; Matt Fitton The Endless Night; The Flood; The Ghost Machines; The Last Party on Earth

Doctor Who - Big Finish 20th Anniversary

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Doctor Who: THE LEGACY OF TIME James Goss; John Dorney; Guy Adams; Matt Fitton; Jonathan Morris Lies in Ruins; The Split Infinitive; The Sacrifice of Jo Grant; Relative Time; The Avenues of Possibility; Collision Course
Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 1 Pat Mills; David Gibbons; Alan Barnes Doctor Who and the Iron Legion; Doctor Who and the Star Beast
Doctor Who: The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller Nicholas Briggs; Alice Cavender; Eddie Robson; Alan Barnes The Dalek Trap; The Revolution Game; The House on the Edge of Chaos; Island of the Fendahl

Special Releases

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The First Doctor Adventures Series 3 Marc Platt; Guy Adams The Phoenicians; Tick-Tock World
The Eighth of March Lisa McMullin; Lizzie Hopley; Gemma Langford; Sarah Grochala Emancipation; Big Blue Book; Inside Every Warrior; Narcissus
The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 5 John Dorney; Guy Adams Primord; The Scream of Ghosts
The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 3 James Goss; Jenny T Colgan; Roy Gill No Place; One Miles Down; The Creeping Death

The New Counter-Measures

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
8. The Hollow King Ian Potter -

Gallifrey

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Gallifrey: Time War 2 David Llewellyn; Una McCormack; Lisa McMullin; Matt Fitton Havoc; Partisans; Collateral; Assassins

The Diary of River Song

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The Diary of River Song Series Five Jonathan Morris; Roy Gill; Eddie Robson; Scott Handcock The Bekdel Test; Animal Instinct; The Lifeboat and the Deathboat; Concealed Weapons
The Diary of River Song Series Six Matt Fitton; John Dorney; Guy Adams; Paul Morris An Unearthly Woman; The Web of Time; Peepshow; The Talents of Greel

The War Master

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
3. Rage of the Time Lords David Llewellyn; Tim Foley The Survivor; The Coney Island Chameleon; The Missing Link; Darkness and Light
4. Anti-Genesis Nicholas Briggs; Alan Barnes From the Flames; The Master's Dalek Plan; Shockwave; He Who Wins

UNIT

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
8. UNIT: Incursions Jonathan Morris; Lisa McMullin; Guy Adams This Sleep of Death; Tempest; The Power of River Song

The Pasternoster Gang

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
1. The Pasternoster Gang: Heritage 1 Jonathan Morris; Roy Gill; Paul Morris The Cars That Ate London; A Photograph to Remember; The Ghosts of Greenwich
2. The Pasternoster Gang: Heritage 2 Dan Starkey; Guy Adams; Gemma Arrowsmith Dining With Death; The Screaming Ceiling; Spring-Heeled Jack

Torchwood Monthly Releases

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
25. Night of the Fendahl Tim Foley -
26. The Green Life David Llewellyn -
27. Sync Lisa McMullin -
28. Sargasso Christopher Cooper -
29. Serenity James Moran -
30. The Hope James Goss -
31. The Vigil Lou Morgan -
32. Smashed James Goss
33. Dead Man's Switch David Llewellyn -
34. Expectant Xanna Eve Chown -

Torchwood Special Releases

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Torchwood: God Among Us Part 2 Lou Morgan; Ash Darby; Tim Foley; David Llewellyn Flight 405; Hostile Environment; Another Man's Shoes; Eye of the Storm
Torchwood: God Among Us Part 3 Alexandria Riley; Robin Bell; Tim Foley; James Goss A Mother's Son; Scrapejane; Day Zero; Thoughts and Prayers
Torchwood One: Latter Days Gareth David-Lloyd; Matt Fitton; Tim Foley Retirement Plan; Locker 15; The Rockery

Bernice Summerfield

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Bernice Summerfield: The Doomsday Manuscript (Audiobook) Justin Richards -
Bernice Summerfield: The Gods of the Underworld Stephen Cole -
Bernice Summerfield: The Squire's Crystal Jacqueline Rayner -
The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Vol. 5 - Buried Memories Alyson Leeds; Doris V Sutherland; April McCaffrey; Lani Woodward Pride of the Lampian; Clear History; Dead and Breakfast; Burrowed Time

The Robots

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The Robots Vol. 1 John Dorney; Roland Moore; Robert Whitelock The Robots of Life; The Sentient; Love Me Not

NON-DOCTOR WHO STUFF (Ya know,for those few nerds who have interests outside Doctor Who)

Big Finish Originals

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Transference Jane Slavin; Roland Moore; Andrew Smith; John Dorney -

Big Finish Audiobooks

TITLE WRITERS READERS)
After the Break-Up - A Girl's Guide Carrie Sutton Carrie Sutton
The Withdrawal Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers

Blake's 7

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Blake's 7: Uprising (Book/Audiobook Christopher Cooper -
Blake's 7: Outlaw (Audiobook) Trevor Baxendale Stephen Greif
5.1 Blake's 7: Restoration Part 1 Trevor Baxendale; Iain McLaughlin; Scott Harrison; Steve Lyons Damage Control; The Hunted; Figurehead; Abandon Ship
5.2 Blake's 7: Restoration Part 2 Mark Wright; Steve Lyons; Sophia McDougall; Trevor Baxendale The New Age; Happy Ever After; Siren; Hyperion

The Avengers

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The Avengers Comic Adaptations Volume 3 John Dorney; Phil Mulryne; Robert Kahn; Tom Salinsky It's a Wild, Wild, Wild West; Under the Weather; Spyrcraft; ...Now You Don't

Surviors

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Survivors Series 9 Jane Slavin; Christopher Hatherall; Roland Smith; Andrew Smith The Farm; Hearts and Mines; Fade Out; Conflict

Dark Shadows

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Dark Shadows: Bloodline Episodes 1-6 (Volume 1) Alan Flanagan; Will Howells; Aaron Lamont; Rob Morris -
Dark Shadows: Bloodline Episodes 7-13 (Volume 2) Alan Flanagan; Will Howells; Aaron Lamont; Rob Morris -
Dark Shadows: The Tony and Cassandra Mysteries Series 03 Aaron Lamont; Jessica Smith; William Proudler; Zara Symes The Mystery of the Grandest Order; The Mystery of a Fishermen's Wife; The Mystery of a Mother's Love; The Mystery of the Jack-in-the-Box

The Prisoner

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
The Prisoner Volume 3 Nicholas Briggs Free For All; The Girl Who Was Death; The Seltzman Connection; No One Will Know

The Confessions of Dorian Gray

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Dorian Gray - The Lost Confessions Scott Handcock; adapted by Scott Harrison Last Man Standing; There are Such Things...;The Last Confession

The Omega Factor

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Festival of Darkness Natasha Gerson -

Space: 1999

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Space: 1999 - Breakaway Nicholas Briggs -

Star Cops

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
2.1 Star Cops: Mars Andrew Smith; Una McCormack; Guy Adams The New World; The Shadow of this Red Rock; Whatever Happened to Gary Rice?
2.0 Star Cops: The Stuff of Life Mike Tucker -
DOCTOR WHO BOOKS (of the BBC Kind anyway)

Novelisation Audiobooks

TITLE WRITERS READERS
Scratchman Tom Baker; James Goss Tom Baker
Doctor Who and the Sun Makers Robert Holmes; Terrance Dicks Louise Jameson; John Leeson
The War Machines Ian Stuart Black Michael Cochrane
Warrior's Gate 'John Lydecker' (Stephen Gallagher) Jon Culshaw; John Leeson
The Faceless Ones David Ellis; Malcolm Hulke; Terrance Dicks Anneke Wills
Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor Bob Baker; Dave Martin; Terrance Dicks John Leeson
Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World David Whitaker; Ian Marter Michael Troughton
The Resurrection of the Daleks Eric Saward Terry Molloy
Terminus 'John Lydecker' (Stephen Gallagher) Steven Pacey
Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom Robert Banks Stewart; Philip Hinchcliffe Michael Kilgariffe
Revelation of the Daleks Eric Saward Terry Molloy
Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin Martin Jarvis
Dragonfire Ian Briggs Bonnie Langford

Audio Originals

TITLE WRITERS READERS
The Elysian Blade David Bishop Frazer Hines
The Winged Coven Paul Magrs Susan Jameson
The Flight of the Sun God Nev Fountain Nicola Bryant
The Scent of Blood Andy Lane Dan Starkey

Annual Audiobooks

TITLE INDIVIDUAL STORIES READERS
The Sinister Sponge and Other Stories Terror on Tiro; Follow the Phantoms; The House That Jack Built; The Sinister Sponge; The Crocodiles From the Mist; The Nemertines; Beauty and the Beast Jon Culshaw; Frazer Hines; Dan Starkey; Louise Jameson; Nicola Bryant
Dalek Attack: Blockade and Other Stories The Fugitive; Assassination Squad; Blockade; The Planet That Cried 'Wolf!'; Nightmare Nicholas Briggs; Matthew Waterhouse; Louise Jameson; Jon Culshaw

BBC Books

TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Scratchman Tom Baker; James Goss -
Resurrection of the Daleks Eric Saward -
Revelation of the Daleks Eric Saward -
The Target Storybook Joy Wilkinson; Simon Guerrier; Terrance Dicks; Matthew Sweet; Susie Day; Matthew Waterhouse; Colin Baker; Mike Tucker; Steve Cole; George Mann; Una McCormack; Jenny T Colgan; Jacqueline Rayner; Beverley Sanford; Vinay Patel Gatecrashers; Journey Out of Terror; Save Yourself; The Clean Air Act; Punting; The Dark River; Interstitial Insecurity; The Slyther of Shoreditch; We Can't Stop What's Coming; Decoy; Grounded; The Turning of the Tide; Citation Needed; Pain Management; Letters From the Front
Star Tales Steve Cole; Paul Magrs; Jenny T Colgan; Jo Cotterill; Mike Tucker; Trevor Baxendale Who-Dini; That's All Right, Mama; Chasing the Dawn; Einstein and the Doctor; Mission of the Kaadok; The Pythagoras Problem
Doctor Who: Annual 2020 BBC -
COMICS:
TITLE WRITERS INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Doctor Who: Ground Zeroes Scott Gray; Martin Geraghty; Alan Barnes; Gareth Roberts; Adrian Salmon The Curse of the Scarab; Operation Proteus; Target Practice; Black Destiny; Ground Zero; Doctor Who and the Fangs of Time
Doctor Who: The Clockwise War) Scott Gray; John Ross; Alan Barnes; Adrian Salmon; Charlie Adlard The Clockwise War; The Cybermen; A Religious Experience; Rest and Re-Creation; The Naked Flame; Blood Invocation; Star Beast II; Junk-Yard Demon II
Titan Comics - The Thirteenth Doctor: A New Beginning Jody Houser -
Titan Comics - The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History Jody Houser
Titan Comics - The Thirteenth Doctor: Old Friends Jody Houser -
Titan Comics - The Thirteenth Doctor: Holiday Special Jody Houser -
BLU-RAYS, STEELBOOKS, FOR THE VISUALOFILES OUT THERE
TITLE Era INDIVIDUAL STORIES (If Applicable)
Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor 'Wilderness Years?' -
Season 18 Bidmead/JNT Era The Leisure Hive; Meglos; Full Circle; State of Decay; Warrior's Gate; The Keeper of Traken; Logopolis; A Girl's Best Friend
Season 10 Barry Letts The Three Doctors; The Carnival of Monsters; Frontier in Space; Planet of the Daleks; The Green Death
Season 23 Eric Saward Era The Mysterious Planet; Mindwarp; Terror of the Vervoids; The Ultimate Foe
Series 4 Steelbook RTD Era Voyage of the Damned; Partners in Crime; The Fires of Pompeii; Planet of the Ood; The Poison Sky/The Sontaran Strategem; The Doctor's Daughter; The Unicorn and the Wasp; Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead; Midnight; Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey's End
The Specials Steelbook RTD Era The Next Doctor; Planet of the Dead; The Waters of Mars; The End of Time; The Infinite Quest; Dreamland
The Macra Terror Animation Gerry Davis/Second Doctor Era -
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2019.12.10 13:04 decadesaccount 1970s

50: THE POP GROUP - Y
The 1970s - were they the greatest decade for music? In the aftermath of the Beatles, the album as a unified statement was an artform stronger than it would ever be - and that's why all the music here is so damn good. It also saw the full realization of experimental rock and jazz fusion, reggae entered the American mainstream, industrial and ambient were birthed, punk had its 1977 explosion that would change music forever, the memorable and cutting edge pop rock movement known as the new wave had begun, country saw new inspiration in "outlaw country," and hip hop was being born on the streets of the Bronx. There will never be another time like it.
So, as for the album that barely snuck in here - and I struggled when it came to deciding which brilliant album could claim the 50th spot - the Pop Group's Y may have been the "weirdest" post-punk album yet, and is a bit of a realization of everything to come out of the 70s; a fascinating mix of noise rock, free jazz, reggae, and funk; all sung by what sounds like a deranged Joe Jackson. And even if it may lack melody, when it does decide to groove, it grooves: could the seeds of the entire "dance-punk" genre have been planted in "We Are Time"? Swell Maps, the Fall, and PiL's Metal Box would all exceed it, but this was something truly original.
49: EXUMA - EXUMA
An odd, psychedelic folk album from a small Caribbean island, sung by a man with a larger than life persona. Across these seven surreal tropical tinged folk tunes, he makes you believe he did indeed come from the sky. The best song is its passionate penultimate track, "You Don't Know What's Going On" about, uh, our insignificance. Chill shit.
48: PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. - FIRST ISSUE
Whatever your opinion of the Sex Pistols may be, you can't deny that PiL were an innovative band. John Lydon wasn't gonna stick around waiting for punk to die, so he formed Public Image Ltd. and immediately moved on to post-punk. At the time, this was the strangest the genre had gotten with its lo-fi nine minute noise rockers, spoken word anti-religious rants, love song parodies, and free jazz piano playing. And if the Sex Pistols were your thing, there's a fair amount of punk rock still here.
47: THE ROLLING STONES - SOME GIRLS
The Stones waned significantly after Exile, but they did make a (brief) comeback in the late 70s with Some Girls. Now much less a blues rock band and more pop rock band, the Stones took influence from their disco and new wave contemporaries, and, rather than sounding out of touch, they kick a lot more ass than the almost all of their contemporaries. And fans of the old Stones still get some classics here in the hilarious country satire "Far Away Eyes," and Kief's memorable outlaw tale "Before They Make Me Run."
46: THE MODERN LOVERS - THE MODERN LOVERS
Jonathan Richman seems to be in love with everything, whether that be the new world or the old world or rock n roll (that one's probably obvious); and his lyrics are occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious. You hear a lot about music that's punk in spirit but not in sound, while this may just be the opposite. Really brings out the optimist you are deep down.
45: RAMONES - ROCKET TO RUSSIA
There may be music we label as "proto-punk" but nothing truly was punk until the Ramones. And it's a bit funny, because they lack a lot of what punk became known for: they weren't political and they weren't aggressive, they were just four dudes having a good time making raw pop rock with joyously banal lyrics. And maybe that's the essence of punk. Regardless, every song on Rocket to Russia, their most consistent work, is undeniably catchy and endearing, and even a tad different from their debut as they work in a bit of a surf rock influence.
44: TALKING HEADS - FEAR OF MUSIC
Fear of Music stands as a bit of a transitional work, from the cold energetic art punk of their early work to the Afrobeat inspired post-punk of Remain in Light. That doesn't mean that this isn't their best work though, as it strikes the perfect balance of everything the Heads had done and it's by far their catchiest.
43: THE BEATLES - LET IT BE
I feel Let It Be has been wrongfully derided as the worst Beatles album. Sure, Phil Spector's famous "wall of sound" production isn't well suited for the Beatles and it is less artistically ambitious than the rest of their post-Rubber-Soul work; but hell, the Beatles were a pop rock band and this still has the amazing songwriting they were known for. Is it a suitable conclusion to the Beatles? I'd say so.
42: PINK FLOYD - THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's a gem.
41: STEELY DAN - PRETZEL LOGIC
The first album where Steely Dan were less a band and more two songwriters and a bunch of studio musicians. It's a bit of a paradox in that it's both their shortest album and the one with the most songs. It may be less melodic than their other works, but what they bring here is eleven fun songs with Donald Fagen's best lyrics, especially on the touching "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" and the bigoted satire "Barrytown."
40: FELA KUTI - ZOMBIE
Fela Kuti accused the Nigerian military of being zombies, and it seems he wasn't wrong. This album may be a brief 25 minutes, but it leaves a stronger impact than a prog rock epic. The music may sound cheery - it is groovy jazz-funk after all - but its subject matter isn't. Following its release, the military stormed and destroyed Fela's commune, killed his mother by throwing her through a window, and nearly killed Fela by torturing him. Whether it did more harm than good is another question, but Fela said what he needed to say, and made another politically aggressive masterpiece in Coffin for Head of State afterward.
39: JOY DIVISION - UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Unknown Pleasures truly is as simple as post-punk gets, and perhaps that's why it's seen as the starter album for the genre. It's also why Joy Division would go on to much greater things on Closer, but the seeds are planted here.
Nobody in Joy Division was a magnificent musician in the traditional sense - hell, what can you expect from a group of working class elementary school friends? But they all brought something unique. We all know Ian Curtis wasn't the world's greatest vocalist, but his expressive baritone and depressive lyrics struck a chord with millions of listeners. When it comes to melodies, there may never be another songwriter as great as Bernard Sumner, but he also had a knack like no one else for creating an atmosphere - just listen to "Day of the Lords" where his guitar work makes you feel as though you've entered an icy apocalypse. Then there's Peter Hook's memorable bass lines that epitomize post-punk's unique use of the instrument. And then of course there's Stephen Morris, who they don't call the "human drum machine" for nothing. Everyone is firing on all cylinders here, and it's quite the engaging listen.
38: KING CRIMSON - STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
Upon acquiring John Wetton as their bassist and singer and Bill Bruford as their all time great drummer, King Crimson shifted their sound from jazz influenced to classical influenced, and this may be their most beloved lineup. Half a live album, half a studio album, and three quarters instrumental, Starless and Bible Black seems to be the black sheep of the Wetton trilogy, and seems forgotten compared to the two albums it's sandwiched between. Hell, the name of the album was even used as a chorus on the closing track of the much more oft-praised Red.
This is likely due to it being King Crimson's least accessible work, filled mostly with experimental jams. But it can also be their most rewarding, and at times truly beautiful in a way King Crimson's never been before or since - take the calm, hairraising instrumental "Trio" for example: never before has so much emotion been conveyed without words. What'll you find throughout the rest of Bible Black is sudden moments of brilliant pop songwriting that quickly burst into compelling jams. A remarkable, unique experience.
37: WIRE - CHAIRS MISSING
Like Johnny Rotten, Wire weren't going to sit around waiting for punk to die. Wire were already the artiest band of 1977 punk, so it'd make sense for them to join the first wave of post-punk. They quickly eschewed the values of "punk" and threw in synthesizers, raised the bass, made a few experimental rock tracks, and put a stronger focus on atmosphere and sophistication; all while retaining the minimalism of Pink Flag that made it so unique. And when they do decide to go punk rock here, it's done with a different, garagey edge that many modern bands recall.
36: FAUST - FAUST IV
Faust IV is likely Faust's most accessible work, which probably isn't saying much as it still opens with a twelve minute drone track. It did prove that they could write emotionally affecting pop songs though, albeit unconventional ones. In an odd way, it's more fascinating than their unhinged debut, with its ability to stimulate both emotionally and intellectually (which is surprisingly uncommon).
35: THE POLICE - OUTLANDOS d'AMOUR
Nothing to hear here expect some infectious, insanely catchy, summery, reggae influenced new wave with outstanding musicianship. It ain't as artsy as Ghost in the Machine or Synchronicity, but it was never trying to be. Along with Blondie's Parallel Lines, Outlandos was one of those 1978 new wave albums that would change the future of mainstream rock.
34: DAVID BOWIE - LOW
Ziggy and Iggy's lives were both so odd during this time that you could easily write a book about them, so I'll stay away from the that. All that needs to be said is that the title is how Bowie felt at the time: Low. You can likely deduce that much from listening to the cold, fractured, existential songs on side A.
But what makes Low truly great is its last five instrumental songs - the first of which being very different from the rest. After all the gloom that preceded it, "A New Career in a New Town" plays like a liberating new beginning, an infectious mix of harmonica and synthesizer that I never knew to be possible. But it's right back into the darkness on the following ambient tracks with Brian Eno. What's most shocking is that these ambient tracks - from 1977 - aren't the sparse, minimalistic electronic music you likely associate with the time. These are legitimately lush and haunting, and are possibly the most groundbreaking pieces of the era. But if you think Low was ahead of its time...
33: IGGY POP - THE IDIOT
...then this'll blow your mind, man. Of all the great proto-punk bands, Iggy and the Stooges were the best. So when it's 1977, he's finally making music again, and the genre he's been labeled the godfather of has exploded, what's Iggy do? Make punk rock? No, he goes to Berlin with Bowie where they invent the krautrock inspired punk music that would soon be labeled as "post-punk."
If that wasn't enough, there's industrial rock on this album - yeah, before regular industrial was even a thing. When you compare songs like "Mass Production" to the stuff Throbbing Gristle would be making two years later, it truly settles in what forward thinking people the great Iggy and Ziggy were. It's influence can be heard damn clear in Unknown Pleasures - I mean, Ian Curtis hanged himself while listening to it after all.
32: DAVID BOWIE - ALADDIN SANE
What is it with songs named "Time"? There are three songs named "Time" that I can confidently say are among the ten best ever made: one by Pink Floyd, one by Tom Waits, and one, of course, by David Bowie. It's a relatively goofy song, so it shouldn't move me so much when Bowie screams "We should be on by now!" but goddamnit I can't help it.
Aladdin Sane comes a few albums into his most well known period: his glam rock period. And despite its iconic cover, it seems to be the least talked about of these albums. Maybe that's because there's less to talk about; it isn't an ambitious rock opera like Ziggy Stardust or Diamond Dogs and it doesn't have several songs you're gonna hear on the radio like Hunky Dory. But it kills it in the songs department. Every song here is so damn fun (minus that awful cover "Let's Spend the Night Together"), and the odder moments like the title track and "Time" would certainly be a big influence on Station to Station. Overall, it's his best pre-76 album.
31: MILES DAVIS - GET UP WITH IT
Miles' final studio statement before seven years of retirement is far more than worthy of closing perhaps the most innovative career in music history. From playing bebop with Charlie Parker to being the key pioneer in jazz fusion, he changed the face of a genre more times than anyone else. Like two other albums on this list, Get Up with It is a double album composed of both new material and outtakes from previous albums. Hearing the outtakes, it's clear why they were outtakes, but not because they're weak; where exactly would the intense, repetitive krautrock inspired jam "Rated X" have fit in on the funky On the Corner? The nature of these outtakes wouldn't seem to lend them well to coherence in album form, as none of them would've fit. But here, paired with the rest of Miles' most adventurous tracks, they flourish in this "anything goes" fusion of jazz and regional music. There's the tropicalia of "Maiysha," the funk of "Honky Tonk," the surprisingly catchy electric blues of "Red China Blues," and the Afrobeat of "Mtume." It's also a statement of his evolution. Compare the mournful side long opener "He Loved Him Madly" to 1969's In a Silent Way, the genesis of Miles' fusion period (they're nearly the same length). Both are similar ambient works, but here Miles has taken things even further from what jazz was known to be before him, adding congas and more overtly acid rock guitar work.
30: BOB MARLEY - EXODUS
It seems Bob Marley's rootsier early work is more praised, but Exodus is packed with the iconic reggae hits we all know and love, like "Jammin'," "Three Little Birds," and "One Love." Marley's timeless mix of conscious political songs and personal love songs satisfy every feeling you could have and you're a damn robot if you're not moved. The best song would have to be "Waiting in Vain," maybe the best unrequited love song ever.
29: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J.
Bruce Springsteen definitely had a different sound going on on his first two albums. His debut is one of jazzy folk rock and nonsensical stream of consciousness lyrics that differ greatly from the amazing stories he'd later be telling. He immediately proved what a great singer he could be though, bringing tons of emotion to songs like "Mary Queen of Arkansas" and "Spirit in the Night."
28: CAN - EGE BAMYASI
Ah, the "normal" Damo Suzuki album. Is it the worst? Yeah, but these are some damn good funk tunes and they showed Can were as good as any funk band at making "normal" songs. And the two experimental rock tracks - "Pinch" and "Soup" - are as good as anything on Tago Mago. Also worth mentioning that Jaki Liebezeit's iconic rhythmic drumming was never better than on Ege Bamyasi, especially on "Vitamin C," where it's hard not to dance.
27: PINK FLOYD - MEDDLE
People always cream over "Echoes," and yeah, I get it, it's the greatest song ever made, no doubt about that, but like, why's nobody give a shit about the other songs? Did you know that Seamus is the dog? David told me that while singing a country song. How can we forget the only happy songs in Pink Floyd's discography like "Fearless," which ends with a football match for no reason; or "San Tropez," where Roger Waters of all people - I mean, you've heard the man's voice - decides to be a jazz crooner and sing a song about the beach? Not only are these happy songs, they're also warm and wonderful.
26: LED ZEPPELIN - PHYSICAL GRAFFITI
The last great album from Led Zeppelin would bring back the roughness and blues they seemed to abandon on Houses of the Holy, as well as further developing the prog rock elements they started playing with on said album. It may wane in its last twenty minutes, but its first hour is a behemoth of grimy, awesome hard rock. Both their dirtiest and artiest album.
25: WIRE - 154
Ironic that the album where Wire became more of a group effort with everyone writing songs also happened to be their most cohesive work. In a some ways, they'd become more conventional, and in many, they'd become less. The thing that defined Wire from the beginning was how different they were from the rest of '77 punk. We hear a lot about music that's not punk in form, but it is punk in spirit (e.g. the Stooges, the Velvet Underground). But Pink Flag may have been just the opposite. Was it energetic raw? Yeah. Did it have conscious lyrics? Yeah. Were its songs short? Yeah. But Wire were older than their peers, and there was something less angry and more logical about them. And as for the short songs - for other bands, it was fashionable, but for Wire, it was a statement. These weren't two minute songs, these were thirty second songs; and post-hardcore innovators the Minutemen certainly looked up to this aspect of Pink Flag. This unconventionality showed that maybe Wire were never really suited for punk, and instead they'd thrive in the coming post-punk. They didn't reach their apex for another two years, with their third album, 154, by which point they'd already evolved into an unrecognizable band. Their songs were slower, more developed, and often awash with cold, undated synthesizers; giving the album a feel of "post-punk, but if it were made by Kraftwerk." The lyrics were philosophical rather than political, which was fitting of its anxiously pessimistic outlook and futuristic aesthetic. I sometimes feel that post-punk as a whole still hasn't caught up, as I've yet to hear anything this atmospheric and absorbing - this is especially the case on "Indirect Enquires," when Newman (along with many other high pitched voices) scream "You'd been defaced!" repeatedly, over a low tempo instrumental with an incredible bass line and eerie alarm sound effects. It could really be the soundtrack to some shelved would-be-classic cyberpunk film.
24: TOM WAITS - CLOSING TIME
On Tom Waits' debut, it wasn't immediately clear that he'd become one of the all time great songwriters - his lyrics are occasionally a bit corny but they'd become next level on his second album. But when he does absolutely nail here is the mood, which makes this another album I find hard to ever tire of - the closing title track is beauty beyond words. And he did indeed immediately show us what a great singer he was, as he delivers each song with both a tiredness and a sincere longing.
23: GANG OF FOUR - ENTERTAINMENT!
If you've heard a punk song you can dance to that isn't by Gang of Four, then it owes its existence to Gang of Four.
An all time great band makes their debut here, and though it isn't as conscious or unique as Solid Gold, it's still incredibly assured for a debut. Metallic and minimalistic, it energetically rips it's way through twelve songs about sex and socialism. It isn't very eclectic and the only emotion it really shows is aggression (is horniness an emotion?) but sometimes that's all you need.
22: TOM WAITS - THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT
Is it possible to tire of this album? Tom, his voice, and his lyrics make everything here acheingly beautiful, with poetic stories about love, homesickness, nights on the town, and lots of drinking. The nocturnal tone and jazzy blues instrumentation make this great for exhausted nights. Very different from the experimental rock Tom we all know, but equally great.
21: STEELY DAN - CAN'T BUY A THRILL
No amount of polish and precision could hide the fact that Steely Dan had already made their best album in their soft and sunny yacht rock debut. Of course there's no shame in that as this is a goddamn classic. The jazz-rock sound they're so known for is really only present on the iconic opener, but it's still quite interesting throughout as Latin, folk, and country influences shine through; and Donald Fagen brings some genius lyrics on songs like "Only a Fool Would Say That." If I ever wind up with a yacht, you can expect this album to go up twenty spots.
20: THIN LIZZY - JAILBREAK
In the hard rock world of Van Halens and AC/DCs, Thin Lizzy are a breath of fresh air. Rather than macho sexual tales, Phil Lynott brings well written and endearing urban stories of love and crime; and I can't not mention that they also rocked way better than anyone else. Honestly, who doesn't wanna go to Dino's bar and grill now?
19: JIMMY CLIFF - THE HARDER THEY COME
The soundtrack to the 1972 Jamaican film of the same name starring Jimmy Cliff (who also wrote and performed half the songs here), the twelve songs of The Harder They Come are some of the best reggae songs of all time, and the non Jimmy Cliff songs were chosen to create a "greatest hits of reggae" type soundtrack. Funny that the best songs still come from Cliff himself, in the longing "Many Rivers to Cross" and the uplifting "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and (of course) the title track. Endlessly listenable.
18: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - LOADED
At this point, the Velvet Underground had fallen apart. John Cale had obviously left a while ago, but Moe Tucker also had to leave due to pregnancy and Lou Reed (who only sung about half the songs this time) left before the album had finished production. So it's a bit remarkable they churned out something this amazing.
The title refers to the contents: it was to be "Loaded with hits" (spoiler alert: Reed went back to working for his dad after its release). Still, it was their most accessible work by a mile. But just as he had a knack for experimental and garage rock, Reed had a knack for happy, charming pop rock. All these songs are as catchy as imaginable. It may not have been loaded with hits, but it should've been.
17: DAVID BOWIE - STATION TO STATION
The Berlin Trilogy receives a lot of fellatio, but it was just before on Station to Station that Bowie moved into the world of art rock. Taking the R&B of Young Americans and mixing it in with prog rock made this quite the unique album, and it has Carlos Alomar's best guitar work. Bowie was also in an odd way, and he sounds genuinely heartbroken on half the songs. When you feel like shit, this is a good one.
16: ROXY MUSIC - FOR YOUR PLEASURE
If you wanna know what you're in for when it comes to Roxy Music, just look at the artwork of any of their first seven albums - you're entering the world of Bryan Ferry, and it's one of nocturnal campiness, unfiltered hedonism, Their last album with Brian Eno, it'd be both their artiest and catchiest. Even by Bryan Ferry's standards, the lyrics here are bizarre, especially on "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" which starts as a calm, eerie erotic horror and ends in the most explosive guitar solo imaginable. They also take a fair amount of influence from their pals Can on "The Bogus Man" and the title track, and there's a lot of Stooge-esque sax infused proto-punk on the A side. I also have to mention "Grey Lagoons," a delightful blues rocker that's easily the catchiest song here.
15: THE STOOGES - RAW POWER
Raw Power brought a sudden change in sound for the Stooges that can be explained by an odd rearrangement of their lineup. Three years after Fun House, David Bowie stumbled upon a broke as shit Iggy Pop in New York. They were instantly friends, and Bowie brought Iggy to London with him where he promised him a solo career. Iggy began work on his new album with songwriting partner and guitarist James Williamson, but he found he didn't like any musicians as much as his old friends. So they called in the Asheton brothers, switched Ron to bass, and recorded Raw Power, an incredibly raw and powerful album - so much so that even the acoustic songs are as menacing as you're ever gonna hear.
14: KING CRIMSON - RED
The conclusion to the Wetton trilogy (and, for seven years, it'd be the conclusion to King Crimson). With violinist David Cross gone except on one song, King Crimson have mostly gone back to jazz-rock - but here they do it better than they ever had. At the time, it was to be their last album, and every song carries with it an indescribably epic feel; even the penultimate free improvisation piece "Providence" feels oddly ominous. The best song is, of course, the twelve minute closer, "Starless." The last thirty seconds are the most beautiful thing you're ever gonna hear, and the fact they chose that moment to end an era on just made it better.
13: THE ROLLING STONES - STICKY FINGERS
Sticky Fingers is easily the most depressing Rolling Stones song, as they were now writing songs that portrayed drug abuse in a much less positive light, and the songs that aren't about addiction are about breakups. It doesn't have as many great songs as Exile, but it does have it beat when it comes to consistency. There's also something quite a bit uplifting about listening to nine miserable songs and then hearing the end of "Moonlight Mile."
12: LED ZEPPELIN - HOUSES OF THE HOLY
11: CAN - TAGO MAGO
10: BOB DYLAN - BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
9: DAVID BOWIE - HEROES
8: PINK FLOYD - THE WALL
7: THE ROLLING STONES - EXILE ON MAIN ST.
6: PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. - METAL BOX
5: CAN - FUTURE DAYS
4: THE CLASH - THE CLASH
3: THE CLASH - LONDON CALLING
2: IGGY POP - THE IDIOT
1: THE STOOGES - FUN HOUSE
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2019.07.24 01:19 JokerBae Vanity Fair article talking about Epstein's SEC questioning at Bear Stearns (insider trading), Hoffenberg (financially saved him), and Wexner (the ticket into the Establishment that made him a 'cleanup man')

March 2003 The Talented Mr. Epstein
Lately, Jeffrey Epstein’s high-flying style has been drawing oohs and aahs: the bachelor financier lives in New York’s largest private residence, claims to take only billionaires as clients, and flies celebrities including Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey on his Boeing 727. But pierce his air of mystery and the picture changes. Vicky Ward explores Epstein’s investment career, his ties to retail magnate Leslie Wexner, and his complicated past. By Vicky Ward June 27, 2011
Inside, amid the flurry of menservants attired in sober black suits and pristine white gloves, you feel you have stumbled into someone’s private Xanadu. This is no mere rich person’s home, but a high-walled, eclectic, imperious fantasy that seems to have no boundaries.
The entrance hall is decorated not with paintings but with row upon row of individually framed eyeballs; these, the owner tells people with relish, were imported from England, where they were made for injured soldiers. Next comes a marble foyer, which does have a painting, in the manner of Jean Dubuffet … but the host coyly refuses to tell visitors who painted it. In any case, guests are like pygmies next to the nearby twice-life-size sculpture of a naked African warrior.
Guests are invited to lunch or dinner at the town house—Epstein usually refers to the former as “tea,” since he likes to eat bite-size morsels and drink copious quantities of Earl Grey. (He does not touch alcohol or tobacco.) Tea is served in the “leather room,” so called because of the cordovan-colored fabric on the walls. The chairs are covered in a leopard print, and on the wall hangs a huge, Oriental fantasy of a woman holding an opium pipe and caressing a snarling lionskin. Under her gaze, plates of finger sandwiches are delivered to Epstein and guests by the menservants in white gloves.
Upstairs, to the right of a spiral staircase, is the “office,” an enormous gallery spanning the width of the house. Strangely, it holds no computer. Computers belong in the “computer room” (a smaller room at the back of the house), Epstein has been known to say.
There is also a $6.8 million house in Palm Beach, Florida, and a fleet of aircraft: a Gulfstream IV, a helicopter, and a Boeing 727, replete with trading room, on which Epstein recently flew President Clinton, actors Chris Tucker and Kevin Spacey, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle, Lew Wasserman’s grandson, Casey Wasserman, and a few others, on a mission to explore the problems of AIDS and economic development in Africa.
Epstein is charming, but he doesn’t let the charm slip into his eyes. They are steely and calculating, giving some hint at the steady whir of machinery running behind them. “Let’s play chess,” he said to me, after refusing to give an interview for this article. “You be white. You get the first move.” It was an appropriate metaphor for a man who seems to feel he can win no matter what the advantage of the other side. His advantage is that no one really seems to know him or his history completely or what his arsenal actually consists of. He has carefully engineered it so that he remains one of the few truly baffling mysteries among New York’s moneyed world. People know snippets, but few know the whole.
“He’s very enigmatic,” says Rosa Monckton, the former C.E.O. of Tiffany & Co. in the U.K. and a close friend since the early 1980s. “You think you know him and then you peel off another ring of the onion skin and there’s something else extraordinary underneath. He never reveals his hand…. He’s a classic iceberg. What you see is not what you get.”
(Epstein is still close to his two other long-term girlfriends, Paula Heil Fisher, a former associate of his at the brokerage firm Bear Stearns and now an opera producer, and Eva Andersson Dubin, a doctor and onetime model. He tells people that when a relationship is over the girlfriend “moves up, not down,” to friendship status.)
billionaire Leslie Wexner, the respected chairman of Limited Brands. Epstein insists that ever since he left Bear Stearns in 1981 he has managed money only for billionaires—who depend on him for discretion. “I was the only person crazy enough, or arrogant enough, or misplaced enough, to make my limit a billion dollars or more,” he tells people freely. According to him, the flat fees he receives from his clients, combined with his skill at playing the currency markets “with very large sums of money,” have afforded him the lifestyle he enjoys today.
Why do billionaires choose him as their trustee? Because the problems of the mega-rich, he tells people, are different from yours and mine, and his unique philosophy is central to understanding those problems: “Very few people need any more money when they have a billion dollars. The key is not to have it do harm more than anything else…. You don’t want to lose your money.”
He makes it sound as though his job combines the roles of real-estate agent, accountant, lawyer, money manager, trustee, and confidant. But, as with Jay Gatsby, myths and rumor swirl around Epstein.
Here are some of the hard facts about Epstein—ones that he doesn’t mind people knowing: He grew up middle-class in Brooklyn. His father worked for the city’s parks department. His parents viewed education as “the way out” for him and his younger brother, Mark, now working in real estate. Jeffrey started to play the piano—for which he maintains a passion—at five, and he went to Brooklyn’s Lafayette High School. He was good at mathematics, and in his early 20s he got a job teaching physics and math at Dalton, the elite Manhattan private school. While there he began tutoring the son of Bear Stearns chairman Ace Greenberg and was friendly with a daughter of Greenberg’s. Soon he went to Bear Stearns, where, under the mentorship of both Greenberg and current Bear Stearns C.E.O. James Cayne, he did well enough to become a limited partner—a rung beneath full partner. He abruptly departed in 1981 because, he has said, he wanted to run his own business.
Since Leslie Wexner appeared in his life—Epstein has said this was in 1986; others say it was in 1989, at the earliest—he has gradually, in a way that has not generally made headlines, come to be accepted by the Establishment. He’s a member of various commissions and councils: he is on the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute of International Education.
His current fan club extends to Cayne, Henry Rosovsky, the former dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Larry Summers, Harvard’s current president. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says, “I’m on my 20th book…. The only person outside of my immediate family that I send drafts to is Jeffrey.” Real-estate developer and philanthropist Marshall Rose, who has worked with Epstein on projects in New Albany, Ohio, for Wexner, says, “He digests and decodes the information very rapidly, which is to me terrific because we have shorter meetings.”
Also on the list of admirers are former senator George Mitchell and a gaggle of distinguished scientists, most of whom Epstein has helped fund in recent years. They include Nobel Prize winners Gerald Edelman and Murray Gell-Mann, and mathematical biologist Martin Nowak. When these men describe Epstein, they talk about “energy” and “curiosity,” as well as a love for theoretical physics that they don’t ordinarily find in laymen. Gell-Mann rather sweetly mentions that “there are always pretty ladies around” when he goes to dinner chez Epstein, and he’s under the impression that Epstein’s clients include the Queen of England. Both Nowak and Dershowitz were thrilled to find themselves shaking the hand of a man named “Andrew” in Epstein’s house. “Andrew” turned out to be Prince Andrew, who subsequently arranged to sit in the back of Dershowitz’s law class.
Epstein gets annoyed when anyone suggests that Wexner “made him.” “I had really rich clients before,” he has said. Yet he does not deny that he and Wexner have a special relationship. Epstein sees it as a partnership of equals. “People have said it’s like we have one brain between two of us: each has a side.”
By the time Epstein met Wexner, the latter was a retail legend who had built a $3 billion empire—one that now includes Victoria’s Secret, Express, and Bath & Body Works—from $5,000 lent him by his aunt. “Wexner saw in Jeffrey the type of person who had the potential to realize his [Jeffrey’s] dreams,” says someone who has worked closely with both men. “He gave Jeffrey the ball, and Jeffrey hit it out of the park.”
Wexner, through a trust, bought the town house in which Epstein now lives for a reported $13.2 million in 1989. In 1993, Wexner married Abigail Koppel, a 31-year-old lawyer, and the newlyweds relocated to Ohio; in 1996, Epstein moved into the town house. Public documents suggest that the house is still owned by the trust that bought it, but Epstein has said that he now owns the house.
Wexner trusts Epstein so completely that he has assigned him the power of fiduciary over all of his private trusts and foundations, says a source close to Wexner. In 1992, Epstein even persuaded Wexner to put him on the board of the Wexner Foundation in place of Wexner’s ailing mother. Bella Wexner recovered and demanded to be reinstated. Epstein has said they settled by splitting the foundation in two.
“You’ve probably heard I’m vicious in my representation of my clients,” he tells people proudly; Leah Kleman describes his haggling over art prices as something like a scene out of the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Even a former mentor says he’s seen “the dark side” of Epstein, and a Bear Stearns source recalls a meeting in which Epstein chewed out a team making a presentation for Wexner as being so brutal as to be “irresponsible.”
One reporter, in fact, received three threats from Epstein while preparing a piece. They were delivered in a jocular tone, but the message was clear: There will be trouble for your family if I don’t like the article.
Rosa Monckton recalls Epstein telling her that her daughter, Domenica, who suffers from Down syndrome, needed the sun, and that Rosa should feel free to bring her to his house in Palm Beach anytime.
Some friends remember that in the late 80s Epstein would offer to upgrade the airline tickets of good friends by affixing first-class stickers; the only problem was that the stickers turned out to be unofficial. Sometimes the technique worked, but other times it didn’t, and the unwitting recipients found themselves exiled to coach. (Epstein has claimed that he paid for the upgrades, and had no knowledge of the stickers.) Many of those who benefited from Epstein’s largesse claim that his generosity comes with no strings attached. “I never felt he wanted anything from me in return,” says one old friend, who received a first-class upgrade.
Epstein is known about town as a man who loves women—lots of them, mostly young. Model types have been heard saying they are full of gratitude to Epstein for flying them around, and he is a familiar face to many of the Victoria’s Secret girls. One young woman recalls being summoned by Ghislaine Maxwell to a concert at Epstein’s town house, where the women seemed to outnumber the men by far. “These were not women you’d see at Upper East Side dinners,” the woman recalls. “Many seemed foreign and dressed a little bizarrely.” This same guest also attended a cocktail party thrown by Maxwell that Prince Andrew attended, which was filled, she says, with young Russian models. “Some of the guests were horrified,” the woman says.
“He’s reckless,” says a former business associate, “and he’s gotten more so. Money does that to you. He’s breaking the oath he made to himself—that he would never do anything that would expose him in the media. Right now, in the wake of the publicity following his trip with Clinton, he must be in a very difficult place.”
According to S.E.C. and other legal documents unearthed by VANITY FAIR, Epstein may have good reason to keep his past cloaked in secrecy: his real mentor, it might seem, was not Leslie Wexner but Steven Jude Hoffenberg, 57, who, for a few months before the S.E.C. sued to freeze his assets in 1993, was trying to buy the New York Post. He is currently incarcerated in the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, serving a 20-year sentence for bilking investors out of more than $450 million in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in American history.
When Epstein met Hoffenberg in London in the 1980s, the latter was the charismatic, audacious head of the Towers Financial Corporation, a collection agency that was supposed to buy debts that people owed to hospitals, banks, and phone companies. But Hoffenberg began using company funds to pay off earlier investors and service a lavish lifestyle that included a mansion on Long Island, homes on Manhattan’s Sutton Place and in Florida, and a fleet of cars and planes.
Hoffenberg and Epstein had much in common. Both were smart and obsessed with making money. Both were from Brooklyn. According to Hoffenberg, the two men were introduced by Douglas Leese, a defense contractor. Epstein has said they were introduced by John Mitchell, the late attorney general.
Epstein had been running International Assets Group Inc. (I.A.G.), a consulting company, out of his apartment in the Solo building on East 66th Street in New York. Though he has claimed that he managed money for billionaires only, in a 1989 deposition he testified that he spent 80 percent of his time assisting people recover stolen money from fraudulent brokers and lawyers. He was also not above entering into risky, tax-sheltered oil and gas deals with much smaller investors. A lawsuit that Michael Stroll, the former head of Williams Electronics Inc., filed against Epstein shows that in 1982 I.A.G. received an investment from Stroll of $450,000, which Epstein put into oil. In 1984 Stroll asked for his money back; four years later he had received only $10,000. Stroll lost the suit, after Epstein claimed in court, among other things, that the check for $10,000 was for a horse he’d bought from Stroll. “My net worth never exceeded four and a half million dollars,” Stroll has said.
Hoffenberg, says a close friend, “really liked Jeffrey…. Jeffrey has a way of getting under your skin, and he was under Hoffenberg’s.” Also appealing to Hoffenberg were Epstein’s social connections; they included oil mogul Cece Wang (father of the designer Vera) and Mohan Murjani, whose clothing company grew into Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans. Epstein lived large even then. One friend recalls that when he took Canadian heiress Wendy Belzberg on a date he hired a Rolls-Royce especially for the occasion. (Epstein has claimed he owned it.)
In 1987, Hoffenberg, according to sources, set Epstein up in the offices he still occupies in the Villard House, on Madison Avenue, across a courtyard from the restaurant Le Cirque. Hoffenberg hired his new protégé as a consultant at $25,000 a month, and the relationship flourished. “They traveled everywhere together—on Hoffenberg’s plane, all around the world, they were always together,” says a source. Hoffenberg has claimed that Epstein confided in him, saying, for example, that he had left Bear Stearns in 1981 after he was discovered executing “illegal operations.”
Several of Epstein’s Bear Stearns contemporaries recall that Epstein left the company very suddenly. Within the company there were rumors also that he was involved in a technical infringement, and it was thought that the executive committee asked that he resign after his two supporters, Ace Greenberg and Jimmy Cayne, were outnumbered. Greenberg says he can’t recall this; Cayne denies it happened, and Epstein has denied it as well. “Jeffrey Epstein left Bear Stearns of his own volition,” says Cayne. “It was never suggested that he leave by any member of management, and management never looked into any improprieties by him. Jeffrey said specifically, ‘I don’t want to work for anybody else. I want to work for myself.’” Yet, this is not the story that Epstein told to the S.E.C. in 1981 and to lawyers in a 1989 deposition involving a civil business case in Philadelphia.
In 1981 the S.E.C.’s Jonathan Harris and Robert Blackburn took Epstein’s testimony and that of other Bear Stearns employees in part of what became a protracted case about insider trading around a tender offer placed on March 11, 1981, by the Seagram Company Ltd. for St. Joe Minerals Corp. Ultimately several Italian and Swiss investors were found guilty, including Italian financier Giuseppe Tome, who had used his relationship with Seagram owner Edgar Bronfman Sr. to obtain information about the tender offer.
After the tender offer was announced, the S.E.C. began investigating trades involving St. Joe at Bear Stearns and other firms. Epstein resigned from Bear Stearns on March 12. The S.E.C. was tipped off that Epstein had information on insider trading at Bear Stearns, and it was therefore obliged to question him. In his S.E.C. testimony, given on April 1, 1981, Epstein claimed that he had found “offensive” the way Bear Stearns management had handled a disciplinary action following its discovery that he had committed a possible “Reg D” violation—evidently he had lent money to his closest friend. (In the 1989 deposition he said that he’d lent approximately $20,000 to Warren Eisenstein, to buy stock.) Such an action could have been considered improper, although Epstein claimed he had not realized this until afterward.
According to Epstein, Bear Stearns management had questioned him about the loan around March 4. The questioners, Epstein said, were Michael (Mickey) Tarnopol and Alvin Einbender. In his 1989 deposition Epstein recalled that the partner who had made an “issue” of the matter was Marvin Davidson. On March 9, Epstein said, he had met with Tarnopol and Einbender again, and the two partners told him that the executive committee had weighed the offense, together with previous “carelessness” over expenses, and he would be fined $2,500.
“There was discussion whether, in fact, I had ever put in an airline ticket for someone else and not myself and I said that it was possible, … since my secretary handles my expenses,” Epstein told the S.E.C. In his 1989 testimony he stated that the “Reg D” incident had cost him a shot at partnership that year.
What the S.E.C. seemed to be especially interested in was whether there was a connection between Epstein’s leaving and the alleged insider trading in St. Joe Minerals by other people at Bear Stearns:
Q: Sir, are you aware that certain rumors may have been circulating around your firm in connection with your reasons for leaving the firm?
A: I’m aware that there were many rumors.
Q: What were the rumors you heard?
A: Nothing to do with St. Joe.
Q: Can you relate what you heard?
A: It was having to do with an illicit affair with a secretary.
Q: Have you heard any other rumors suggesting that you had made a presentation or communication to the Executive Committee concerning alleged improprieties by other members or employees of Bear Stearns?
A: I, in fact, have heard that rumor, but it’s been from Mr. Harris in our conversation last week.
Q: Have you heard it from anyone else?
A: No.
A little later the interview focuses on James Cayne:
Q: Did you ever hear while you were at Bear Stearns that Mr. Cayne may have trader or insider information in connection with St. Joe Minerals Corporation?
Q: Did Mr. Cayne ever have any conversation with you about St. Joe Minerals?
Q: Did you happen to overhear any conversations between Mr. Cayne and anyone else regarding St. Joe Minerals?
And still later in the questioning comes this exchange:
Q: Have you had any type of business dealings with Mr. Cayne?
A: There’s no relationship with Bear Stearns.
Q: Pardon?
A: Other than Bear Stearns, no.
Q: Have you been a participant in any type of business venture with Mr. Cayne?
Q: Do you have any expectation of participating in any business venture with Mr. Cayne?
Q: Have you had any business participations with Mr. Theram?
A: No; nor do I anticipate any.
Q: Mr. Epstein, did anyone at Bear Stearns tell you in words or substance that you should not divulge anything about St. Joe Minerals to the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission?
Q: Has anyone indicated to you in any way, either directly or indirectly, in words or substance, that your compensation for this past year or any future monies coming to you from Bear Stearns will be contingent upon your not divulging information to the Securities and Exchange Commission?
A: No.
Despite the circumstances of Epstein’s leaving, Bear Stearns agreed to pay him his annual bonus—which he anticipated as being approximately $100,000.
The S.E.C. never brought any charges against anyone at Bear Stearns for insider trading in St. Joe, but its questioning seems to indicate that it was skeptical of Epstein’s answers. Some sources have wondered why, if he was such a big producer at Bear Stearns, he would have given it up over a mere $2,500 fine.
Certainly the years after Epstein left the firm were not obviously prosperous ones. His luck didn’t seem to change until he met Hoffenberg.
One of Epstein’s first assignments for Hoffenberg was to mastermind doomed bids to take over Pan American World Airways in 1987 and Emery Air Freight Corp. in 1988. Hoffenberg claimed in a 1993 hearing before a grand jury in Illinois that Epstein came up with the idea of financing these bids through Towers’s acquisition of two ailing Illinois insurance companies, Associated Life and United Fire. “He was hired by us to work on the securities side of the insurance companies and Towers Financial, supposedly to make a profit for us and for the companies,” Hoffenberg reportedly told the grand jury. He also alleged that Epstein was the “technician,” executing the schemes, although, having no broker’s license, he had to rely on others to make the trades. Much of Hoffenberg’s subsequent testimony in his criminal case has proven to be false, and Epstein has claimed he was merely asked how the bids could be accomplished and has said he had nothing to do with the financing of them. Yet Richard Allen, the former treasurer of United Fire, recalls seeing Epstein two or three times at the company. He and another executive say they had direct dealing with Epstein over the finances. And in his deposition of 1989, Epstein stated that he was the one who executed “all” Hoffenberg’s instructions to buy and sell the stock. He called it “making the orders.” He could not recall whether he had chosen the brokers used.
To win approval from the Illinois insurance regulators for Towers’s acquisition of the companies, Hoffenberg promised to inject $3 million of new capital into them. In fact, in his grand-jury testimony Hoffenberg claimed that he, his chief operating officer, Mitchell Brater, and Epstein came up with a scheme to steal $3 million of the insurance companies’ bonds to buy Pan Am and Emery stock. “Jeffrey Epstein and Mitch Brater arranged the various brokerage accounts for the bonds to be placed with in New York, and I think one in Chicago, Rodman & Renshaw,” Hoffenberg reportedly said. Then, said Hoffenberg, while making it appear as though they were investing the bonds in much safer financial instruments, they used them as collateral to buy the stock. “Epstein was the person in charge of the transactions, and Mitchell Brater was assisting him with it in coordination on behalf of the insurance companies’ money,” Hoffenberg claimed at the time.
At one point, according to Hoffenberg, a broker forged the documents necessary for a $1.8 million check to be written on insurance-company funds. The check was used to buy more stock in the takeover targets. Meanwhile, in order to throw the insurance regulators off, the $1.8 million was reported as being safely invested in a money-market account.
United Fire’s former chief financial officer Daniel Payton confirms part of Hoffenberg’s account. He says he recalls making one or two telephone calls to Epstein (at Hoffenberg’s direction) about the missing bonds. “He said, ‘Oh, yeah, they still exist.’ But we found out later that he had sold those assets … leveraged them … [and] used some margin account to take some positions in … Emery and Pan Am,” says Payton.
Epstein’s extraordinary creativity was, according to Hoffenberg, responsible for the purchase by the insurance companies of a $500,000 bond, with no money down. “Epstein created a great scheme to purchase a $500,000 treasury bond that would not be shown … [as] margined or collateralized,” he reportedly told the grand jury. “It looked like it was free and clear but it actually wasn’t,” he said.
Epstein has denied he ever had any dealings with anyone from the insurance companies. But Richard Allen says he recalls talking to Epstein at Hoffenberg’s direction and telling him it was urgent they retrieve the missing bonds for a state examination. According to Allen, Epstein said, “We’ll get them back.” He had “kind of a flippant attitude,” says Allen. “They never came back.”
Epstein, according to Hoffenberg, also came up with a scheme to manipulate the price of Emery Freight stock in an attempt to minimize the losses that occurred when Hoffenberg’s bid went wrong and the share price began to fall. This was alleged to have involved multiple clients’ accounts controlled by Epstein.
Eventually, in 1991, insurance regulators in Illinois sued Hoffenberg. He settled the case, and Epstein, who was only a paid consultant, was never deposed or accused of any wrongdoing. Barry Gross, the attorney who was handling the suit for the regulators, says of Epstein, “He was very elusive…. It was hard to really track him down. There were a substantial number of checks for significant dollars that were paid to him, I remember…. He was this character we never got a handle on. Again we presumed that he was involved with the Pan Am and Emery run that Hoffenberg made, but we never got a chance to depose him.”
“From the government’s discovery in the main sentencing against Hoffenberg it would seem the government was perhaps a bit lazy,” says David Lewis, who represented Mitchell Brater. “They went for what they knew they could get … and that was the fraudulent promissory notes [i.e., the much larger and unrelated part of Hoffenberg’s fraud, based in New York State]…. What they couldn’t get, they didn’t bother with.”
Another lawyer involved in the criminal prosecution of Hoffenberg says, “In a criminal investigation like that, when there is a guilty plea, to be quick and dirty about it, discovery is always incomplete…. They don’t have to line up witnesses; they don’t have to learn every fact that might come out on cross-examination.”
Epstein was involved with Hoffenberg in other questionable transactions. Financial records show that in 1988 Epstein invested $1.6 million in Riddell Sports Inc., a company that manufactures football helmets. Among his co-investors were the theater mogul Robert Nederlander and attorney Leonard Toboroff. A source close to this transaction claims that Epstein told Nederlander and Toboroff that he had raised his share of the money from a Swiss banker, whose identity they could not be allowed to know. But Hoffenberg has claimed the money came from him, and Towers’s financial statements for that year show a loan to Epstein of $400,000. (Epstein has said he can’t remember the details and has disputed the accuracy of the Towers financial reports.)
Around the same time, Nederlander and Toboroff let Epstein come in with them on a scheme to make money out of Pennwalt, a Pennsylvania chemical company. The plan was to group together with two other parties to take a substantial declared position in the stock. According to a source, Epstein was supposed to help Nederlander and Toboroff raise $15 million. He seemed to fail to find other investors, say those familiar with the deal. (Epstein has said he was merely an investor.) He invested $1 million, which he told his co-investors was his own money. But in his 1989 deposition he said that he put in only $300,000 of his own money. Where did the rest come from? Hoffenberg has said it came from him, in a loan that Nederlander and Toboroff didn’t know about.
Two things happened that alarmed Nederlander and Toboroff. After the group signaled a possible takeover, the Pennwalt management threatened to sue the would-be raiders. Epstein was reluctant initially to give a deposition about his share of the money, telling Toboroff there were “reasons” he didn’t want to. Then, after the opportunity for new investors was closed, co-investors recall Epstein announcing that he’d found one at last: Dick Snyder, then C.E.O. of the publisher Simon & Schuster, who wanted to put up approximately $500,000. (Neither Epstein nor Snyder can now recall the investment. Yet in the 1989 deposition Epstein said that he had recruited Snyder, whom he had met socially, into the deal.)
According to a source, Toboroff and Nederlander told Epstein that Snyder was too late, but, without their realizing it, Hoffenberg has claimed, Snyder wrote a check to Hoffenberg and bought out some of his investment. But then Snyder wanted out.
“Nederlander started to get these irate calls from [Snyder,] who wasn’t part of the deal, saying he was owed all this money,” says someone close to the deal. Toboroff and Nederlander were baffled.
Eventually, a source close to Hoffenberg says, Hoffenberg paid Snyder off.
Just as Nederlander and Toboroff were growing wary of Epstein, he became increasingly involved with Leslie Wexner, whom he had met through insurance executive Robert Meister and his late wife. Epstein has told people that he met Wexner in 1986 in Palm Beach, and that he won his confidence by persuading him not to invest in the stock market, just as the 1987 crash was approaching. His story has subsequently changed. When asked if Wexner knew about his connection to Hoffenberg, Epstein said that he began working for Wexner in 1989, and that “it was certainly not the same time.”
Wherever and whenever it was that Epstein and Wexner actually met, there was an immediate and strong personal chemistry. Wexner says he thinks Epstein is “very smart with a combination of excellent judgment and unusually high standards. Also, he is always a most loyal friend.”
Sources say Epstein proved that he could be useful to Wexner as well, with “fresh” ideas about investments. “Wexner had a couple of bad investments, and Jeffrey cleaned those up right away,” says a former associate of Epstein’s.
Before he signed on with Wexner, Epstein had several meetings with Harold Levin, then head of Wexner Investments, in which he enunciated ideas about currencies that Levin found incomprehensible. “In fact,” says someone who used to work very closely with Wexner, “almost everyone at the Limited wondered who Epstein was; he literally came out of nowhere.”
“Everyone was mystified as to what his appeal was,” says Robert Morosky, a former vice-chairman of the Limited.
Much of Epstein’s work is related to cleaning up, tightening budgets, and efficiencies. One person who worked for Wexner and who saw a contract drawn up between the two men says Epstein is involved in “everything, not just a little here, a little there. Everything!” In addition, he says, “Wexner likes having a hatchet man…. Whenever there is dirty work to be done he’d stick Jeffrey on it…. He has a reputation for being ruthless but he gets the job done.”
Epstein has evidently been asked to fire personal-staff members when needed. “He was that mysterious person that everyone was scared to death of,” says a former employee.
Meanwhile, he is also less than popular with some people outside Wexner’s company with whom he now deals. “He ‘inserted’ himself into the construction process of Leslie Wexner’s yacht…. That resulted in litigation down the road between Mr. Wexner and the shipyard that eventually built the vessel,” says Lars Forsberg, a lawyer whose firm at the time, Dickerson and Reily, was hired to deal with litigation stemming from the construction of Wexner’s Limitless—at 315 feet, one of the largest private yachts in the world. Evidently, Epstein stalled on paying Dickerson and Reily for its work. “It’s probably once or twice in my legal career that I’ve had to sue a client for payment of services that he’d requested and we’d performed … without issue on the performance,” says Forsberg. In the end the matter was settled, but Epstein claims he now has no recollection of it.
The incident is one of a number of disputes Epstein has become embroiled in. Some are for sums so tiny as to be baffling; for instance, Epstein sued investment adviser Herbert Glass, who sold him the Palm Beach house in 1990, for $13,444—Epstein claimed this was owed him for furnishings removed by Glass.
In 1998 the U.S. Attorney’s Office sued Epstein for illegally subletting the former home of the deputy consul general of Iran to attorney Ivan Fisher and others. Epstein paid $15,000 a month in rent to the State Department, but he charged Fisher and his colleagues $20,000. Though the exact terms of the agreement are sealed, the court ruled against Epstein.
Wexner offers some insight into his friend’s combative style. “Many times people confuse winning and losing,” Wexner says. “Jeffrey has the unusual quality of knowing when he is winning. Whether in conversations or negotiations, he always stands back and lets the other person determine the style and manner of the conversation or negotiation. And then he responds in their style. Jeffrey sees it in chivalrous terms. He does not pick a fight, but if there is a fight, he will let you choose your weapon.”
One case is rather more serious. Currently, Citibank is suing Epstein for defaulting on loans from its private-banking arm for $20 million. Epstein claims that Citibank “fraudulently induced” him into borrowing the money for investments. Citibank disputes this charge.
The legal papers for another case offer a rare window into Epstein’s finances. In 1995, Epstein stopped paying rent to his landlord, the nonprofit Municipal Arts Society, for his office in the Villard House. He claimed that they were breaking the terms of the lease by not letting his staff in at night. The case was eventually settled. However, one of the papers filed in this dispute is Epstein’s financial statement for 1988, in which he claimed to be worth $20 million. He listed that he owned $7 million in securities, $1 million in cash, zero in residential property (although he told sources that he had already bought the home in Palm Beach), and $11 million in other assets, including his investment in Riddell. A co-investor in Riddell says: “The company had been bought with a huge amount of debt, and it wasn’t public, so it was meaningless to attach a figure like that to it … the price it cost was about $1.2 million.” The co-investors bought out Epstein’s share in Riddell in 1995 for approximately $3 million. At that time, when Epstein was asked, as a routine matter, to sign a paper guaranteeing he had access to a few million dollars in case of any subsequent disputes over the sale price, Wexner signed for him. Epstein has explained that this was because the co-investors wanted an indemnity against being sued by Wexner. One of the investors calls this “bullshit.”
Epstein’s appointment to the board of New York’s Rockefeller University in 2000 brought him into greater social prominence. Boasting such social names as Nancy Kissinger, Brooke Astor, and Robert Bass, the board also includes such pre-eminent scientists as Nobel laureate Joseph Goldstein. “Epstein was thrilled to be elected,” says someone who knows him.
After one term Epstein resigned. According to New York magazine, this was because he didn’t like to wear a suit to meetings. A spokesperson for the Rockefeller board says Epstein left because he had insufficient time to commit; a board member recalls that he was “arrogant” and “not a good fit.” The spokesperson admits that it is “infrequent” for board members not to be renominated after only one term.
Still, the recent spate of publicity Epstein has inspired does not seem to have fazed him. In November he was spotted in the front row of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show at New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory; around the same time the usual coterie of friends and beautiful women were whisked off to Little St. James (which he tells people has been renamed Little St. Jeff) for a long weekend.
Thanks to Epstein’s introductions, says Martin Nowak, the biologist finds himself moving from Princeton to Harvard, where he is assuming the joint position of professor of mathematics and professor of biology. Epstein has pledged at least $25 million to Harvard to create the Epstein Program for Mathematical Biology and Evolutionary Dynamics, and Epstein will have an office at the university. The program will be dedicated to searching for nature’s algorithms, a pursuit that is a specialty of Nowak’s. For Epstein this must be the summit of everything he has worked toward: he has been seen proudly displaying Harvard president Larry Summers’s letter of commitment as if he can’t quite believe it is real. He says he was reluctant to have his name attached to the program, but Summers persuaded him. He rang his mentor Wexner about it, and Wexner told him it was all right.
An insatiable, restless soul, always on the move, Epstein builds a tremendous amount of downtime into his hectic work schedule. Yet there is something almost programmed about his relaxation: it’s as if even pleasure has to be measured in terms of self-improvement. Nowak says that, when he goes to stay with Epstein in the Caribbean, they’ll get up at six and, as the sun rises, have three-hour conversations about theoretical physics. “Then he’ll go off and do some work, re-appear, and we’ll talk some more.”
Another person who went to the island with Epstein, Maxwell, and several beautiful women remembers that the women “sat around one night teasing him about the kinds of grasping women who might want to date him. He was amused by the idea…. He’s like a king in his own world.”
Many people comment there is something innocent, almost childlike about Jeffrey Epstein. They see this as refreshing, given the sophistication of his surroundings. Alan Dershowitz says that, as he was getting to know Epstein, his wife asked him if he would still be close to him if Epstein suddenly filed for bankruptcy. Dershowitz says he replied, “Absolutely. I would be as interested in him as a friend if we had hamburgers on the boardwalk in Coney Island and talked about his ideas.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story stated that Jeffrey Epstein was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. The academy has since notified Vanity Fair that it has no record of Epstein’s membership.
© 2019 Condé Nast. All rights reserved.
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Got this article from one that says Queen Elizabeth II may be one of Epstein's clients.
QEII article
Epstein payback at Bear Stearns:
A year-long investigation by the Miami Herald turned up records that show Epstein — who was one of the fund’s largest investors — cooperated in the prosecution of a pair of executives at now-defunct Bear Stearns financial firm and received “valuable consideration” for providing investigators with unspecified information
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2019.04.15 20:34 NHGuy Nashua happenings 2019-04-15 edition

simonsarris used to do these periodically - alas I'm not that on top of things. However, there was an article in this morning's Nashua Telegraph that listed a bunch of new places in town so in that spirit, here it is.

From: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/local-news/2019/04/14/revitalization-array-of-economic-activity-springs-up-in-downtown-nashua/

NASHUA – With one tapas bar recently opening on Main Street, and another eatery on the way that’s set to open at the end of May, a range of economic activity is springing up across the city as the winter season wears off.
With warm weather right around the corner, downtown Nashua already is blossoming with new businesses and restaurants. Some already have opened their doors, while others are working toward finalizing grand opening plans.
Small, savory, Spanish dishes known as tapas are taking over Main Street with the opening of Tostao’s Tapas Bar, located at 170 Main St.
Although they have not hosted an official grand opening, some area foodies already have flocked in to sample their varied menu items, which include calamari, camarones con tocineta (shrimp wrapped in bacon) and caprese bruschetta, to name a few. Menu items may change or be added while they get adjusted, the owner said, adding that the bar will be a destination for those wanting to partake in upscale and unique drinks.
“The meaning of tapa is small plate, so what we’re trying to do is small Latin plates, small plates, with the a Spanish touch on it, the Latin cuisine touch on it,” owner Jonathan Laureano said. “We’re trying to do a different style, and make it fancy but good.”
He and his wife, Paula Norena, have lived in Nashua for 22 years, and after Laureano tossed the idea around in his head for a few years, his wife finally agreed to go all in. He was born in Puerto Rico, and his wife was born in Colombia, and with that, their heritage influences the menu, However, they also offer fare like chicken wings, so that those with a less adventurous palate can ease into their offerings. It has always been a dream to open a bar for Laureano, and right now, he is tweaking things around and making slight changes to perfect everything for his patrons. Currently, a special drink menu is being developed, as well.
“My goal is good service and good food and good drinks,” Laureano said.
Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown, said that fairly steadily, over the past three years, Nashua has seen vacant storefronts becoming occupied as more small businesses get their start downtown, explaining that this year has been no different.
“We’re nearly fully occupied, which is great to see,” Shea said.
In addition, in recognizing a lot of new concepts coming to downtown, he said it’s exciting and that it is driving people to the city for experiences, and to kind of get out their day-to-day grinds.
One of those he highlighted is Graffiti Paintbar at 143 Main St., and how they are a hybrid between a small bar and painting class destination. Another relatively new business that came to mind for Shea is Terragia, located at 100 Main St., which is a unique coffee shop that doubles as a plant nursery.
“It’s been really brilliant to see these creative concepts come to life, because that’s the kind of thing that consumers are looking for,” Shea said. “We kind of get caught up in the day to day and doing our jobs, and a lot of these activities feed the soul, and that’s really what the future of downtown Nashua is about.”
He said that in the years ahead, as the city executes on the Downtown Riverfront Master Plan and the performing arts center, people are going to see downtown become an even more vibrant place.
Echoing Shea’s thoughts, Tim Cummings, director of economic development for the city, has made similar observations, explaining that the city’s vacancy rate is low and commercial rents are starting to inch upward, which in his book is a positive sign. He said the city certainly has seen activity pick up in Nashua.
“This may mean we are starting to position ourselves to see new construction, which would be nice since there has not been a lot of major commercial construction projects since the Great Recession,”Cummings said.
In terms of just the first quarter of 2019, he said the city has seen a couple dozen jobs come into the marketplace. Currently, the unemployment rate is low, and Cummings said this means most people have jobs, although it’s the opportunity of getting a higher paying job that adds real value. He said the pressure on wages to increase is how Nashua will benefit and that the more jobs offering competitive wages is good for the region.
Another tapas-style eatery that is soon to employ people in downtown is Rhum Bar LLC. This restaurant and bar will be operating out of the former Fuego Bar and Grill, located at 138 Main St., but will reopen under new management. Owner Nelson Mercado said they are hoping to open their doors to the public by the end of May.
“It has smaller plates – tapas style – rum-style drinks, like Caribbean cocktails, basically specializing in those along with Carribean dishes from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, a little bit from all over the Caribbean,” Mercado said.
He was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Nashua, after moving here at 5-years-old. His older brother used to own Fuego, and said the restaurant is kind of in the family. He said this is something he and his partners have wanted for a long time. In addition, he plans to not only bring Caribbean cuisine and a rum bar to downtown, but also live music for different nights of the week, and “basically have a place where you can have the Caribbean 365 days a year.”
However, it’s not just restaurants opening up in the area, but other businesses, too.
Seasons Corner Market recently opened at 104 Canal St., across from BAE Systems.
Joanne’s Kitchen & Coffee Shop recently re-opened after a fire, and Pickers’ Paradise, an antiques store, is set to open at 100 Main St., Suite 2, on May 1.
Wok N Roll is a new Asian/Japanese restaurant that will open on Main Street in the coming month, serving all types of Asian cuisine, from Chinese to Japanese.
Panda Express, another Asian restaurant, is slated to open a new location on Daniel Webster Highway in South Nashua.
Ocean State Job Lot, who has a location in Nashua, recently expanded to Salem, with a grand opening on April 6.
A new Cumberland Farms convenience store will open near the CVS in Hudson, while Trader Joe’s grocery store opened there on March 29.
The Thirsty Moose Taphouse opened its doors on March 26 in Merrimack at 360 Daniel Webster Hwy, along with two other businesses in the area, Apichat and Tucker’s.
TaleSpinner Craft Brewery also will be opening on Factory Street in Nashua in the near future.
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2019.03.30 00:41 RIPGrantland [OC] What would be the 3 Man Wrestling Stable for every NBA Team

Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green
They are the New Day of the bunch. They have won multiple titles together, pulled off records together, and are all eccentric personalities. Draymond Green is a meaner Big E Langston, though just as funny on the mic. Nobody wants the three to break up, even knowing the fact they would all find success individually. Big E is more primed for a solo run than Draymond.
Denver Nuggets - Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee, Will Barton (Isaiah Thomas manager)
Denver has two of the best playmaking big men in the entire league. It would be dumb not to pair these two seven foot white boys with Will the Thrill Barton. You can either go double big men or have versatility with Barton and a big man. If Barton were to go down, Isaiah Thomas at 5'9 to counterbalance the two seven footers would be amazing.
Houston Rockets - James Harden, Gerald Green, Austin Rivers
Originally the team was supposed to be Harden flanked by enforcers Clint Capela and PJ Tucker. Instead, we went in a different direction. Harden is a connoisseur of strip clubs so his faction will be focused on cash money. Gerald Green and Austin Rivers embody the irrational confidence of their team and are there to take the pin for Harden when need be.
Portland Trailblazers - Damian Lillard, CJ Mccollum, Evan Turner
Easily the most fun team on the mic. Dame can create the song for their entrance, CJ can run their social media, and ET would be the funniest person on the mic in the league. Evan Turner has a master list of amazing quotes, imagine how many more he would have if he was a star? Would this team win a lot of matches? No. However, they would be over as hell and sell tons of merch. I feel bad for Enes Kanter who wants a career in the WWE. At least he is smashing Dana Brooke.
Los Angeles Clippers - Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams
I have a running theory that Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell fist fight before games to get hyped up. This tag team reminds me of the Usos. Consistently underrated guys who can get dirty and do whatever it takes to win. I think this trio would actually be more intimidating as wrestlers than NBA players.
Utah Jazz - Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Jae Crowder
Mitchell is the obvious breakout solo star of this faction. Mitchell has long arms, agility, has aerial explosiveness and is charismatic as hell. I can imagine him pulling off some sick tag team moves with Gobert where they make full use of Gobert's 9'10 standing vertical. Jae Crowder is there to take pins.
Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder, Steven Adams
Paul George is the best player on the Thunder and is one of the five best players in the NBA this season. However, for the Thunder wrestling faction, you need the swagger and irrational confidence of Westbrook and Schroder. Schroder has crazy hair-dos and drives golden cars without anyone asking, put him in a wrestling ring and he'll pull off some magic. Steven Adams as a Dothraki warrior is the heavy of the faction for obvious reasons.
San Antonio Spurs - DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli
We are going to call this trio the forgotten sons. The whole storyline is built around DeMar DeRozan who feels sad and lost after being dumped by Toronto. Unfortunately, the Spurs are the least charismatic team in the league and make for a poor wrestling faction.
Sacramento Kings - De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic
One of my favorite trios to watch on an NBA court together. Would they be good in a ring together? Hield and Bogi I'm not sure, however, it's a guarantee Fox will be pulling out some Dragon Ball Z type shit in the ring.
Los Angeles Lakers - LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball
Lonzo and Kuzma will be swagged out in King entire and then be there to take the pin for him when he refused to tag back in.
Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl Anthony-Towns, Derrick Rose, Andrew Wiggins
This will be a fun team. KAT as the young superstar with the potential to become a solo champion. Rose at the former MVP who has now found glory after many injuries to become a rocking tag team competitor. And Andrew Wiggins to be the third who takes the pins. New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Davis, Kenrich Williams, Frank Jackson You sell tickets by putting Davis's name on the card, then put the other two in the match and get squashed in under a minute.
Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley, Jaren Jackson, Chandler Parsons
Three guys who all seem nice but don't make sense together. Kinda reminds me of Rusev-Nakamura currently or Ziggler and Big E from the past. Conley at this point is a Jeff Hardy, simply a gatekeeper ready to take some pins and maybe get a two-week stint with the US title.
Dallas Mavericks - Luka Doncic, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell (Dirk as manager)
You put Luka Doncic with the two players on the Mavericks who dunk. You're gonna have a fun time watching them take pins and knowing Luka is gonna be main eventing Wrestlemania one day.
Phoenix Suns - Devin Booker, Dragan Bender, Troy Daniels Devin Booker is going to be like Jason Jordan before he found Chad Gable. Lost with an endless stream of bad tag team partners who will keep him from achieving success.
Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokoumpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe
Three long and athletic freaks together on one them. Phew, this team would rock the house down. Your only fear is an erratic Eric Bledsoe pulls a heel turn at a random moment.
Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam
Could you imagine taking a spear from Pascal Siakam running at you? Could you imagine Kawhi Leonard reaching at you from half a ring away and grabbing you with his massive hand just to choke slam you? Imagine Kyle Lowry being a general menace to your day? This Raptors faction is the biggest threat to the Bucks in the East.
Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler
I kept going back and forth between whether or not to put Jimmy Butler in the trio or to put TJ McConnell in. As scrappy and enjoyable TJ is, I cannot leave Butler of this list. Jimmy Butler is the veteran leader of this faction and will 100% turn heel on his boys for his own ego. Bobi, Tobi, and Mike Scott not being a faction also sadden me greatly.
Indiana Pacers - Bojan Bogdanovic, Myles Turner, and Domantas Sabonis
This tag team would be a carbon copy of the Denver tag team except the two big men are great athletes. Bogdanovic fills in for an injured Victor Oladipo, just like in real life.
Boston Celtics - Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart
I believe Kryie will wrestle as Uncle Drew. The other two will follow suit and create their own characters with make-up and prosthetics. Legendary in small doses, awfully disappointing as a full feature.
Detroit Pistons - Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson
Every time Blake Griffin goes for a big flip or takes a massive bump, fans will live in terror of him tearing something and we lose Blake for 4–8 months. Andre Drummond as the former all-star who is now resided into tag team work, and a disappointing Reggie Jackson who is here to take the pins in tag team action.
Brooklyn Nets - D'Angelo Russell, Spence Dinwiddie, Ed Davis
Russell and Dinwiddie have perfect wrestler names. The duo has run the fast-paced Nets offense at a high level this season and might just get them to the playoffs. Jarrett Allen seems like the pick for this team as the big guy. That's a trap. Allen is fun and athletic, but Davis can get super physical and can still accomplish big feats of athleticism. Imagine Boss Davis suplexing you hard into the mat while Dinwiddie drops an elbow into you from the top rope.
Orlando Magic - Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, Terrence Ross
This faction will be three babyfaces built around the religious figure and Jesus lover Jonathan Isaac. The uber-athleticism of this trio will make them must-watch television. There is some Hardy Boys type fear where they will try a crazy flip or move as a finisher, only to get side-stepped or take knees to the ribs.
Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker, Cody Zeller, Malik Monk
Kemba will be happy when Cody Zeller is healthy. unfortunately, he will take months off at a time due to injury. When Zeller isn't healthy, he'll be sad watching Monk go from hitting one great to botching another.
Washington Wizards - Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant, Dwight Howard
I feel everyone forgot Dwight Howard is on the Wizards roster. We are putting him in this trio to sell tickets. People hate Dwight Howard so he can work as a heel. Eh, nevermind. Even with a superstar like Bradley Beal, it's difficult to find any joy in the Wizards. Did anyone watch the game where Thomas Bryant mauled Luc Mbah A Moute's arm during a late regular season game against the Rockets in 2018? He drastically changed the NBA season and Luc's career. I wonder what he would do in a wrestling ring.
Atlanta Hawks - Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter
The funniest team on the card. Too young to know what they are doing together, yet will bring joy to our hearts as they figure it out.
Chicago Bulls - Zach LaVine, Otto Porter, Lauri Markannen
All talented and young, except disappointing us by their lack of cohesion. Essentially the Nega Hawks.
Cleveland Cavaliers - Kevin Love, Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman
If Kevin Love gets injured then they get written off TV completely.
New York Knicks - Mitchell Robinson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Mario Hezonja
They are spending most of their time at the NXT performance center.
Edit:
I left off the Miami Heat. They would obviously be Bam Adebayo, Dwyane Wade, and Dion Waiters. Big Bam would be the star.
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2019.02.28 16:04 Jack2142 2019 Countdown to Kickoff: Seattle Sounders

Welcome to Seattle Sounders entry in the Countdown to Kickoff.

Basic info:

Uniforms: Yes we are special and we get black secondaries

2018 in Review

Final Standings: 18-11-5 (W-L-D), 59 pts, +15 GD, 2nd in the West
Seattle began 2018 with a miserable CCL campaign in a match which saw Jordan Morris our starting forward tearing his ACL and missing the season. The Sounders rallied at home and handily dispatched Santa Tecla although they would fall in the next round to eventual champions Chivas. Sounders continued to battle injuries and absences in this first half of the season and by the time Raul Ruidiaz arrived on June 29th we had been comfortably last in the west. If you had to sum up this first half of the season it is this… the last action of Clint Dempsey’s soccer career
However that game did see the first start of Raul Ruidiaz tenure and Seattle rose like a Phoenix from the ashes as they tore through the western conference. The players who needed to get healthy got healthy, and instead of death spiraling like other clubs the Sounders clawed their way back to our second best finish going 16W-2L-0D down the stretch.
As a result we earned a bye to the Semi-Finals of the Western Conference and were ultimately drawn to face Portland. At Providence Park the match turned into a disaster as we lost Cristian Roldan in the first 15 minutes in to let’s just say a strong challenge by Jeff Atinella. Portland would capitalize and score and the first half got worse when Chad Marshall also went down with a non-contact injury. Neither would return for the short turnaround second leg in Seattle. Which was an incredibly frustrating experience which I don’t want to relive. It was a good game, but one I would be happy to never see again and I am glad the two leg playoff is now dead. With the ambition of a third MLS Cup appearance cut short, Seattle enjoyed its longest offseason in years. With no looming CCL the team would finally have a chance for a breather, which will hopefully help this year in 2019.

Pre-season Moves

New Sponsors

Seattle announced on January 17, 2019 they would have a new shirt partner in Zulily dropping Xbox after 10 years. This resulted in... mixed reactions to say the least online. I don't want to re-hash very long SaH & Reddit threads, but it seems in general like maybe not the most popular possible option.
On the flip side however, it is reported to be a much more lucrative deal. Since shirt sponsorships are one of the few Non-MLS controlled revenue streams this could be very important moving forward for Seattle to continue to compete in MLS 3.0

Tacoma Defiance

Seattle also announced that their USL franchise S2 which had recently relocated in 2018 to Tacoma would rebrand as the Tacoma Defiance. This move was much better received giving the USL team a new identity, along with announcing steps towards the construction of a local SSS in Tacoma, WA. Also announced was the move of the NWSL team Reign FC to Tacoma which adds some weight to a prospective stadium push.
This rebrand was the culmination in the re-inventing of the USL side which began when Garth Lagerway took over the team and wanted to create a more cohesive pipeline from the academy to the first team. In this pre-season we have seen many of these kids mostly hold their own vs MLS sides, or at least go down swinging. With the Sounders Academy dominating at the youth level, Defiance will give them an actual identity to play for as they transition to the pro game.
The goal ultimately is to much like the Red Bulls have a talent pipeline that would allow us to consistently put out strong teams even if individual signings don't work out.

Players In

There were very few offseason acquisitions, it is unlikely any of our draft picks sign with the Seattle Sounders and they have yet to sign deals with the Tacoma Defiance. Trey Muse is a top goalkeeping prospect and also unlikely to appear on the senior roster outside of the Open Cup. SAS & Campbell are mid-20’s MLS journeymen who will be depth pieces for the season. Tucker Bone also has a military commitment and while seen as the “best” of the draftees he has additional hurdles to a professional career. There is also a rumor of Seattle looking at picking up another CSL castoff who looks to be a target forward.
D Saad Abdul-Salaam, GK Trey Muse, D Jonathan Campbell, D Aleks Berkolds, M Joel Rydstrand, M Tucker Bone

Players Out

  • W Aaron Kovar (Retired) – Loaned out in 2018 to LAFC never really broke out in his 5 year MLS career. Has some skills, but dealt with unfortunate injuries at times. Looks like plans are to move on from soccer, which is a shame because I think he had talent, just had some bad breaks and Seattle will do better with integrating young players to the first team.
  • DM Osvaldo Alonso (Waived to Minnesota) – The Elephant in the room, he was not re-signed by Seattle. On a good day he is a top class MLS D-Mid which Minnesota is banking on. He was technically re-signed and traded because MLS free agency is honestly garbage. I think most Seattle fans are sad to see him go, but also understand why it happened. Goodbye El Corazon! You are the most important player in our team’s history and a team icon.
  • FB Waylon Francis (Traded to Columbus) – I think he was brought in to start at fullback with Lagerway hoping he would rebound to 2015 form after a couple down years. Lost his starting spot to Nouhou and looked frankly bad. He got pushed down the depth chart even more with Smith’s arrival. Traded to Columbus to fill in for the injured Milton Valenzuela.
  • GK Calle Brown (Loudon United) – 3rd String backup, arrival of Muse makes him superfluous to requirements. He returned home to his native Virginia.
  • CB Tony Alfaro (C.D. Chivas) – Alfaro had a couple good performances as a rookie, but only seemed to get worse as time went on. Indecisive in defense he left his fellow partners on the backline out to dry, and while having decent ball control skills for a centerback would panic under pressure. He got cut from Seattle and picked up by Chivas Guadalajara. It remains to be seen if this is anything more than a random roster padding move.
  • F Felix Chenkam (FA) – Backup Striker signed before Ruidiaz arrived, loaned back to S2 might re-sign with the Defiance I don’t think he played more than a couple minutes for the senior team.
  • F Lamar Neagle (FA) – My favorite player and 253 native. As far as I can tell the only MLS player to sign 4 times with the same team. He had some really good years and I wish him the best. I was hoping he would be brought back to be a player-coach type for a young Defiance team, but that remains to be seen. He was last seen on trial with Phoenix Rising FC who might want to pick up a former USL MVP forward.
  • RB Jordan McCrary: He was a backup picked up after getting cut from Toronto II at the end of 2017. While he did nothing wrong and filled in reasonably well as a backup forward in 2018, by 2019 he appeared superfluous. It sounds like Seattle wants to convert Wingo to a fullback, and Saad-Abdul Salam became available, a player who in my opinion is just a little better. Hopefully he finds another team and lands on his feet I have no ill-will towards him.

Technically left in 2018, but will give them a sendoff here.

  • F Clint Dempsey (Retired) – Pour one out for possibly the best USMNT field player so far. 2018 was a bad year for Dempsey, who had bounced back in 2017 from heart surgery to show he was still an effective player winning comeback player of the year. However father time caught up to him and a series of poor performances possibly tied to some back issues lead to him ending up on the bench and eventually retiring. Since retirement Dempsey seems to have dropped off the earth and is I assume having a good time fishing and maybe working on a new mixtape.
  • AM Magnus Wolff Eikreem (Molde) – Norweigian international, was the hyped offseason signing in 2018 and honestly wasn’t that good or at least didn’t mesh well with the team. Was released in the summer and returned to Norway with Molde. Where it seems like things are going better and he contributed to a second place finish.

Tactical Overview

Brian Schmetzer loves the 4-2-3-1
  • Ruidiaz
  • V-Rod - Lodeiro - Morris
  • Svenson - Roldan
  • Nouhou/Smith - Kim - Marshall - Leerdam
  • Frei
Bench: Bruin, Torres, Meredith, Bwana, Shipp, Delem, SAS
Expect V-Rod to cut inside a lot from the left, Morris is supposedly working a lot on his crossing and using his speed to get to the end line so expect him to stay wider than you would expect from a former forward. Nouhou or Smith will be overlapping on the left, while I think Leerdam will generally stay deeper. I expect Svenson to be primarily shielding the backline, while Roldan will push box to box. Lodeiro will do Lodeiro things. and the team should line up pretty much like this most games. The goal this year is to add some Asymmetry to create mismatches and exploit them. With Morris, Ruidiaz and Smith there now is some speed in the team to threaten on the counter as well.

The Front Office/Coach

The Coach: Brian Schmetzer

Brian Schmetzer was signed by the NASL Sounders in 1980 out of High school, since then he has been with the organization for almost 40 years (i.e. before any current MLS player was born minus Tim Howard). Not just as a player, but a coach as well in both Association Football, Indoor Soccer and four different professional and semi-professional leagues. Finding success at multiple levels having been involved in… well I doubt there is any head coach in the United States with as strong ties to his team as Schmetzer. Schmetzer is a down to earth and humble guy and to a lot of people is a grounded reminder of Seattle’s roots in a shifting landscape. While he will openly admit he is not the most tactically astute manager he has managed to navigate poor results that would send and have sent other teams into death spirals.

The General Manager: Garth Lagerway

While most of the focus around the league is usually on the coach, in Seattle Garth Lagerway is the driving force of the team. He was poached away from RSL in 2015 to help revamp Seattle and move the club forward to the next level. While Lagerway was once a MLS player, he left soccer to become a big-law lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP and has brought in some ways a more ruthless and pragmatic corporate culture in decision making. Evidenced by clashes with Sigi Schmid and letting former captains in Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso walk. Garth Lagerway has generally made good signings and has worked to integerate the academy and minor league squads with the first team. There is criticism of his timing of signings, but few have actually flopped. However he survived the 2018 GM vote and now has a continued mandate to run the franchise. With only Stefan Frei & Chad Marshall pre-dating his hire as GM now there is little doubt for better or worse 2019 Seattle is now fully “his” roster.

The Roster

(I originally had more links, but saved over my work on my personal post to edit, this was dumb and I am very mad)

Key Players

  • GK Sebastian Stefan Frei: Undisputed Starter for Seattle, since joining Seattle from Toronto in 2014 he has transformed into one of the consistently best goalkeepers in MLS. He is a good shot stopper and has made many point blank reaction saves to keep Seattle in matches even in our putrid streaks. He is probably most famous for a save on Jozy Altidore in the 2016 MLS Cup to force the game to penalties where he came up big. Unfortunately in 2018 he was unable to duplicate that post-season success and Seattle would lose to Portland in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Should have been the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018.
  • CB Chad Marshall “Air Marshall”: Now the longest tenured member of the Sounders, Chad Marshall is one of the best defenders in MLS history having won DPoY 3x which is more than any other player. While not that fastest player he relies on smart positioning and strong tackling to cut out attacks. Likewise he is excellent in the air snuffing out floated crosses and winning most aerial duels. Unfortunately he suffered a reasonably serious knee injury in the 2018 playoffs and worries exist about the effects of father time on our backline lyncpin.
  • CB Kim Kee-Hee: Korean center back signed on a TAM deal as a result of ever shifting CSL roster regulations, Kee-Hee had low expectations on arrival after a poor tenure in that league. To most peoples surprise he took on the starting role quite well and was forced into the fire in Santa Tecla. While he was unable to meet his stated goal of working his way back into the Korean World Cup squad, he benched Roman Torres and didn’t look back. Compared to his fellow center backs he is much more mobile and comfortable on the ball and will look to bring the ball out of the back. He was moved over to LCB in the pre-season presumably to have a more mobile defender when Nouhou or Brad push up.
  • RB Kelvin Leerdam: Signed to stabilize the right back position in 2017 he played a big role in getting Seattle to a second MLS Cup. He dropped off some in 2018 with some disciplinary concerns and increased caution at getting forward. As a TAM fullback the hope is he will be more active and involved, with signing SAS he will hopefully face a little more competition and stay motivated.
  • LB Nouhou Tolo: Originally signed to S2 from Cameroon he played well enough to earn an MLS deal backing up Joevin Jones. During the latter's transfer saga and when he was pressed into a midfield role Nouhou saw minutes increase. Showing well his rookie year, he beat out Waylon Francis to the starting role, and recovered it again after the arrival and injury to Smith. This offseason was cut short with visa issues and rumors of Ligue One interest. Generally seen as a solid defender, with lackluster attacking ability he contrasts heavily with his fellow LB platoonmate.
  • LB Brad Smith “Other Brad”: On loan from Bournemouth, Brad Smith is an Australian International who came out of the Liverpool Academy. The Sounders fanbase is split on him and some like Bobby Warshaw seem higher on him than most Sounders fans. The general consensus though is he is very Yedlin-Like fast and can get into the overlap, but is fairly defensively weak especially compared to Nouhou. His loan is only until summer, but it is reasonably likely to be extended as he doesn’t appear in Bournemouth’s plans long term. Yet maybe a great season in MLS changes that?
  • CM Cristian Roldan “CR7”: In 2018 Roldan broke into the USMNT, solidified himself as one of the best young Americans in MLS and played a billion different positions. I think on the balance Roldan had the best year of any Sounder and with a new TAM deal in hand the hopes are 2019 will be even better. A versatile player many are hoping he can be our midfield anchor ala Alonso, combined with the positional flexibility of Brad Evans. I would expect to see him start as a Box-to-Box #8, but will move around a lot as well. Also is best buddies with Jordan Morris and it will be cool to see them both back on the field together.
  • DM Gustav Svenson “Goose”: Okay Svenson might have had a better 2018 than Roldan, having made it back into the Swedish National team picture and the World Cup in Russia. As part of the Swedish team he made it further than any other MLS player, and played in the knockout stages as a starter. Most of the burden of Alonso's departure will fall on Svensons shoulders as he will be asked to hang back and do a lot of the dirty work in locking down midfield.
  • LW Victor Rodriguez “V-Rod”: Our Catalonian winger who spent some time in the Barcelona Academy. Signed in 2017 V-Rod has unfortunately struggled with injuries and not seen the time most fans were hoping for leading some to wonder if he has a role. However once he was healthy he put up .46 G+A/90 which is comparable to players like Lucho Acosta at DC, while not occupying a DP spot. Look for V-Rod to be the unheralded 3rd option in Seattle’s attack as long as he is healthy. He has the ability to be a top tier winger in this league and hopes are high albeit guarded.
  • CAM Nicolas Lodeiro “Poseidon”: Our excellent playmaker had a rough 2018, dealing with an injury early in the season that potentially lead to him missing the cut on Uruguay’s 2018 world cup roster. Despite consistent rumors of moves back to South America… he is still set to be the engine of Seattle. Almost everything Seattle does flows through Lodeiro, and while other #10’s in the league may put up more goals and assists none will make as many passes or cover as much distance as Lodeiro.
  • RW Jordan Morris “J-Mo”: Morris is another HGP from Mercer Island. While many USMNT fans have been frustrated with his decision to remain in Seattle he still is a local favorite despite his absences. Injuries have derailed an excellent start to his MLS career and Morris will be looking to bounce back. Seattle has given him a big contract (loaded with incentives) and a role out wide in the 4-2-3-1. If Morris can navigate his way back to success I think everyone in Seattle will be ecstatic. It was also revealed he had a cute dog and it made Jermaine Jones really mad.
  • FW Raul Ruidiaz: Signed from Liga MX side Morelia in the summer, Ruidiaz filled a void at forward that Seattle was missing since the departure of Obafemi Martins. After arriving in Seattle Ruidiaz was scoring for fun posting up .83 G/90 which was just behind Zlatan and Martinez. This doesn’t look like an anomaly with him having 40 goals in two years with Morelia as well. I think Ruidiaz is a sneaky dark horse to be in contention for the golden boot and will thrive on the chances Lodeiro, V-Rod and Morris will create.

The Other Guys

  • FW Will Bruin “Dancing Bear”: Did you know Will Bruin is 5th in the standings for active MLS goal scorers? For what is potentially the third forward in Seattle he is a strong option off the bench, who struggled when pushed into a starting role. One thing a lot of people get wrong is Bruin doesn’t really play like a target forward despite his size which I have termed Kenny Cooper disease. Despite this malady he is one of my favorite players on the team. Look to see him chip in 5-6 goals this season coming off the bench or in rotation.
  • CAM/W Harry Shipp: Once a hyped up Chicago Fire prospect, he was bizarrely traded away to Montreal by Nelson Rodriguez. While he hasn’t hit those early high’s Harry Shipp is a solid depth player who most teams would love to have. I expect to see him see plenty of minutes in 2018 deputizing for Morris & V-Rod on the wings. He isn't the fastest or most athletic player, but is very smart and deceptively technical.
  • CM Alex Roldan: The younger brother of Cristian, he saw a surprising amount of minutes in 2018 early in the season. Much like his brother he is nominally a central midfielder, but saw minutes in multiple roles. I expect to see him get more time at Defiance than the First team to hopefully tighten up his game which was quite sloppy at times last season. However his older brother improved dramatically year over year, so maybe it runs in the family and he will surprise me.
  • CAM/RW Handwalla Bwana: The most exciting of our young rookies for 2018, Bwana is going to be challenging for a spot in the attack in 2018 and his agility and ability are clear to see. After a couple excellent showings the injury bug struck and kept him down for most of the season. While he is not yet a US citizen to my knowledge that could potentially happen this year. He is my pick for a breakout player at Seattle.
  • CB Roman Torres: Had a mixed 2018, he showed up to pre-season out of shape and seemed distracted by Panama’s trip to the World Cup. He lost his starting spot to Kee-Hee and only regained it with Marshall’s injury in the playoffs. Rumors abounded about potential trades that have yet to materialize. If he stays with the Sounders he will form some really strong depth on the backline. For a defender he is a legend not for his ability to stop goals, but a penalty kick for Seattle... and the goal that sealed the coffin on US chances of a World Cup in 2018.
  • FB? Henry Wingo: Originally a forward signed to a HGP deal, it sounds like Wingo is going to be converted into a right back. In limited minutes he has shown flashes, but it feels like further up the field he overthinks things. I expect to see him at Defiance most of the year learning the new position and it will be curious to see his development in a season or two.
  • GK Bryan Meredith: Backup keeper, been with Seattle in 2 stints. The consensus is he is okay, and… well I don’t have much to add. Obviously Seattle likes him as there are no shortages of backup keepers floating around the MLS & USL.
  • GK Trey Muse: MAC Hermann semi-finalist HGP keeper. At only 19 he is a long term developmental project, he will likely be on the Defiance every day and will be part of their exciting young core.
  • DM/CB Jordy Delem: Solid if unspectacular D-Mid and a really bad right back at the MLS level. He filled in decently as the 4th man on the depth chart and unless a new signing comes in is probably our main backup to Svenson & Roldan here. Has improved significantly as well since his initial USL days. He also will look to lead Martinique at the 2019 Gold Cup as it looks like they qualified from the nations league.
  • RB/LB Saad Abdul Salam: He went from starting for SKC, to backing up TAM right back Graham Zusi. Then got traded to New York where he backed up TAM right back Anton Tinnerholm. Now he was just traded to the Seattle Sounders to backup TAM right back Kelvin Leerdam. Along the way he has shown flashes of attacking ability and good athleticism. I figure he is going to make the 18 as he has been used across the backline in the pre-season.
  • CB John Campbell: Journeyman Centerback from Chicago, he looked promising a couple of years ago, but ended up on the bench this last season. He had experience with the PDL Sounders U-23 team and when being shopped around requested to come to Seattle. While it is doubtful he sees a ton of minutes and looked shaky in pre-season he adds depth to a fairly old back line. Jury is out on him from my perspective, and maybe he will have growth we didn't see in Alfaro.

5 Unanswered Questions for the Season we will hear rehashed way to much

  1. Who will replace Osvaldo Alonso?
  2. Who will Garth Lagerway sign in the summer?
  3. Who will win the left back warz?
  4. Will the slow starts finally die?
  5. Will players stay healthy?

(Realistic) Best case/Worst Case scenario

Best Case Scenario

Sounders stay healthy, Morris bounces back from his ACL tear and returns on a trajectory that put him in the USMNT picture and is a dangerous offensive threat as an on the wing. Ruidiaz puts up a golden boot worthy season, and Lodeiro continues to run the offense. Roldan & Svenson lock down the midfield and our defense remains sturdy as Marshall fends off father time for another season. Meanwhile in the USL our prospects continue maturing and start coming together as a cohesive team and we establish a true pipeline. Any weak points on the roster are identified and reinforced come summer, and without the dread two leg playoffs we ride home field advantage to another MLS Cup, but this time at home.

Worst Case Scenario

Sounders continue to battle injury problems, missing significant numbers of first team players. The few depth pieces brought in are insufficient cover and Seattle lurches to a slow start that has become so familiar. Supporter Shield hopes are dead by May and Lagerway scrambles in the summer to jumpstart the engine for the fourth time. We squeak into the playoffs and then get bounced out by the Timbers at Providence Park.

Realistic Scenario

Seattle stays mostly healthy, Morris and other injured players from 2018 contribute at decent levels and Seattle has a solid if not spectacular season start. There are some questions across the board and its clear some reinforcements are needed come summer. There is upheaval at least at one position which impacts the team’s performance. Seattle plays well enough down the stretch to end top 3 in the West and has a solid shot of making the MLS Cup, but likely away yet again.

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2019.02.28 10:34 Jack2142 2019 Countdown to Kickoff: Seattle Sounders

Welcome to Seattle Sounders entry in the Countdown to Kickoff.

Basic info:

Uniforms: Yes we are special and we get black secondaries

2018 in Review

Final Standings: 18-11-5 (W-L-D), 59 pts, +15 GD, 2nd in the West
Seattle began 2018 with a miserable CCL campaign in a match which saw Jordan Morris our starting forward tearing his ACL and missing the season. The Sounders rallied at home and handily dispatched Santa Tecla although they would fall in the next round to eventual champions Chivas. Sounders continued to battle injuries and absences in this first half of the season and by the time Raul Ruidiaz arrived on June 29th we had been comfortably last in the west. If you had to sum up this first half of the season it is this… the last action of Clint Dempsey’s soccer career
However that game did see the first start of Raul Ruidiaz tenure and Seattle rose like a Phoenix from the ashes as they tore through the western conference. The players who needed to get healthy got healthy, and instead of death spiraling like other clubs the Sounders clawed their way back to our second best finish going 16W-2L-0D down the stretch.
As a result we earned a bye to the Semi-Finals of the Western Conference and were ultimately drawn to face Portland. At Providence Park the match turned into a disaster as we lost Cristian Roldan in the first 15 minutes in to let’s just say a strong challenge by Jeff Atinella. Portland would capitalize and score and the first half got worse when Chad Marshall also went down with a non-contact injury. Neither would return for the short turnaround second leg in Seattle. Which was an incredibly frustrating experience which I don’t want to relive. It was a good game, but one I would be happy to never see again and I am glad the two leg playoff is now dead. With the ambition of a third MLS Cup appearance cut short, Seattle enjoyed its longest offseason in years. With no looming CCL the team would finally have a chance for a breather, which will hopefully help this year in 2019.

Pre-season Moves

New Sponsors

Seattle announced on January 17, 2019 they would have a new shirt partner in Zulily dropping Xbox after 10 years. This resulted in... mixed reactions to say the least online. I don't want to re-hash very long SaH & Reddit threads, but it seems in general like maybe not the most popular possible option.
On the flip side however, it is reported to be a much more lucrative deal. Since shirt sponsorships are one of the few Non-MLS controlled revenue streams this could be very important moving forward for Seattle to continue to compete in MLS 3.0

Tacoma Defiance

Seattle also announced that their USL franchise S2 which had recently relocated in 2018 to Tacoma would rebrand as the Tacoma Defiance. This move was much better received giving the USL team a new identity, along with announcing steps towards the construction of a local SSS in Tacoma, WA. Also announced was the move of the NWSL team Reign FC to Tacoma which adds some weight to a prospective stadium push.
This rebrand was the culmination in the re-inventing of the USL side which began when Garth Lagerway took over the team and wanted to create a more cohesive pipeline from the academy to the first team. In this pre-season we have seen many of these kids mostly hold their own vs MLS sides, or at least go down swinging. With the Sounders Academy dominating at the youth level, Defiance will give them an actual identity to play for as they transition to the pro game.
The goal ultimately is to much like the Red Bulls have a talent pipeline that would allow us to consistently put out strong teams even if individual signings don't work out.

Players In

There were very few offseason acquisitions, it is unlikely any of our draft picks sign with the Seattle Sounders and they have yet to sign deals with the Tacoma Defiance. Trey Muse is a top goalkeeping prospect and also unlikely to appear on the senior roster outside of the Open Cup. SAS & Campbell are mid-20’s MLS journeymen who will be depth pieces for the season. Tucker Bone also has a military commitment and while seen as the “best” of the draftees he has additional hurdles to a professional career. There is also a rumor of Seattle looking at picking up another CSL castoff who looks to be a target forward.
D Saad Abdul-Salaam, GK Trey Muse, D Jonathan Campbell, D Aleks Berkolds, M Joel Rydstrand, M Tucker Bone

Players Out

  • W Aaron Kovar (Retired) – Loaned out in 2018 to LAFC never really broke out in his 5 year MLS career. Has some skills, but dealt with unfortunate injuries at times. Looks like plans are to move on from soccer, which is a shame because I think he had talent, just had some bad breaks and Seattle will do better with integrating young players to the first team.
  • DM Osvaldo Alonso (Waived to Minnesota) – The Elephant in the room, he was not re-signed by Seattle. On a good day he is a top class MLS D-Mid which Minnesota is banking on. He was technically re-signed and traded because MLS free agency is honestly garbage. I think most Seattle fans are sad to see him go, but also understand why it happened. Goodbye El Corazon! You are the most important player in our team’s history and a team icon.
  • FB Waylon Francis (Traded to Columbus) – I think he was brought in to start at fullback with Lagerway hoping he would rebound to 2015 form after a couple down years. Lost his starting spot to Nouhou and looked frankly bad. He got pushed down the depth chart even more with Smith’s arrival. Traded to Columbus to fill in for the injured Milton Valenzuela.
  • GK Calle Brown (Loudon United) – 3rd String backup, arrival of Muse makes him superfluous to requirements. He returned home to his native Virginia.
  • CB Tony Alfaro (C.D. Chivas) – Alfaro had a couple good performances as a rookie, but only seemed to get worse as time went on. Indecisive in defense he left his fellow partners on the backline out to dry, and while having decent ball control skills for a centerback would panic under pressure. He got cut from Seattle and picked up by Chivas Guadalajara. It remains to be seen if this is anything more than a random roster padding move.
  • F Felix Chenkam (FA) – Backup Striker signed before Ruidiaz arrived, loaned back to S2 might re-sign with the Defiance I don’t think he played more than a couple minutes for the senior team.
  • F Lamar Neagle (FA) – My favorite player and 253 native. As far as I can tell the only MLS player to sign 4 times with the same team. He had some really good years and I wish him the best. I was hoping he would be brought back to be a player-coach type for a young Defiance team, but that remains to be seen. He was last seen on trial with Phoenix Rising FC who might want to pick up a former USL MVP forward.
  • RB Jordan McCrary: He was a backup picked up after getting cut from Toronto II at the end of 2017. While he did nothing wrong and filled in reasonably well as a backup forward in 2018, by 2019 he appeared superfluous. It sounds like Seattle wants to convert Wingo to a fullback, and Saad-Abdul Salam became available, a player who in my opinion is just a little better. Hopefully he finds another team and lands on his feet I have no ill-will towards him.

Technically left in 2018, but will give them a sendoff here.

  • F Clint Dempsey (Retired) – Pour one out for possibly the best USMNT field player so far. 2018 was a bad year for Dempsey, who had bounced back in 2017 from heart surgery to show he was still an effective player winning comeback player of the year. However father time caught up to him and a series of poor performances possibly tied to some back issues lead to him ending up on the bench and eventually retiring. Since retirement Dempsey seems to have dropped off the earth and is I assume having a good time fishing and maybe working on a new mixtape.
  • AM Magnus Wolff Eikreem (Molde) – Norweigian international, was the hyped offseason signing in 2018 and honestly wasn’t that good or at least didn’t mesh well with the team. Was released in the summer and returned to Norway with Molde. Where it seems like things are going better and he contributed to a second place finish.

Tactical Overview

Brian Schmetzer loves the 4-2-3-1
  • Ruidiaz
  • V-Rod - Lodeiro - Morris
  • Svenson - Roldan
  • Nouhou/Smith - Kim - Marshall - Leerdam
  • Frei
Bench: Bruin, Torres, Meredith, Bwana, Shipp, Delem, SAS
Expect V-Rod to cut inside a lot from the left, Morris is supposedly working a lot on his crossing and using his speed to get to the end line so expect him to stay wider than you would expect from a former forward. Nouhou or Smith will be overlapping on the left, while I think Leerdam will generally stay deeper. I expect Svenson to be primarily shielding the backline, while Roldan will push box to box. Lodeiro will do Lodeiro things. and the team should line up pretty much like this most games. The goal this year is to add some Asymmetry to create mismatches and exploit them. With Morris, Ruidiaz and Smith there now is some speed in the team to threaten on the counter as well.

The Front Office/Coach

The Coach: Brian Schmetzer

Brian Schmetzer was signed by the NASL Sounders in 1980 out of High school, since then he has been with the organization for almost 40 years (i.e. before any current MLS player was born minus Tim Howard). Not just as a player, but a coach as well in both Association Football, Indoor Soccer and four different professional and semi-professional leagues. Finding success at multiple levels having been involved in… well I doubt there is any head coach in the United States with as strong ties to his team as Schmetzer. Schmetzer is a down to earth and humble guy and to a lot of people is a grounded reminder of Seattle’s roots in a shifting landscape. While he will openly admit he is not the most tactically astute manager he has managed to navigate poor results that would send and have sent other teams into death spirals.

The General Manager: Garth Lagerway

While most of the focus around the league is usually on the coach, in Seattle Garth Lagerway is the driving force of the team. He was poached away from RSL in 2015 to help revamp Seattle and move the club forward to the next level. While Lagerway was once a MLS player, he left soccer to become a big-law lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP and has brought in some ways a more ruthless and pragmatic corporate culture in decision making. Evidenced by clashes with Sigi Schmid and letting former captains in Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso walk. Garth Lagerway has generally made good signings and has few “busts”, but there is criticism of his timing of signings. However he survived the 2018 GM vote and now has a continued mandate to run the franchise. With only Stefan Frei & Chad Marshall pre-dating his hire as GM now there is little doubt for better or worse 2019 Seattle is now fully “his” roster.

The Roster

(I originally had more links, but saved over my work on my personal post to edit, this was dumb and I am very mad)

Key Players

  • GK Sebastian Stefan Frei: Undisputed Starter for Seattle, since joining Seattle from Toronto in 2014 he has transformed into one of the consistently best goalkeepers in MLS. He is a good shot stopper and has made many point blank reaction saves to keep Seattle in matches even in our putrid streaks. He is probably most famous for a save on Jozy Altidore in the 2016 MLS Cup to force the game to penalties where he came up big. Unfortunately in 2018 he was unable to duplicate that post-season success and Seattle would lose to Portland in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Should have been the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018.
  • CB Chad Marshall “Air Marshall”: Now the longest tenured member of the Sounders, Chad Marshall is one of the best defenders in MLS history having won DPoY 3x which is more than any other player. While not that fastest player he relies on smart positioning and strong tackling to cut out attacks. Likewise he is excellent in the air snuffing out floated crosses and winning most aerial duels. Unfortunately he suffered a reasonably serious knee injury in the 2018 playoffs and worries exist about the effects of father time on our backline lyncpin.
  • CB Kim Kee-Hee: Korean center back signed on a TAM deal as a result of ever shifting CSL roster regulations, Kee-Hee had low expectations on arrival after a poor tenure in that league. To most peoples surprise he took on the starting role quite well and was forced into the fire in Santa Tecla. While he was unable to meet his stated goal of working his way back into the Korean World Cup squad, he benched Roman Torres and didn’t look back. Compared to his fellow center backs he is much more mobile and comfortable on the ball and will look to bring the ball out of the back. He was moved over to LCB in the pre-season presumably to have a more mobile defender when Nouhou or Brad push up.
  • RB Kelvin Leerdam: Signed to stabilize the right back position in 2017 he played a big role in getting Seattle to a second MLS Cup. He dropped off some in 2018 with some disciplinary concerns and increased caution at getting forward. As a TAM fullback the hope is he will be more active and involved, with signing SAS he will hopefully face a little more competition and stay motivated.
  • LB Nouhou Tolo: Originally signed to S2 from Cameroon he played well enough to earn an MLS deal backing up Joevin Jones. During the latter's transfer saga and when he was pressed into a midfield role Nouhou saw minutes increase. Showing well his rookie year, he beat out Waylon Francis to the starting role, and recovered it again after the arrival and injury to Smith. This offseason was cut short with visa issues and rumors of Ligue One interest. Generally seen as a solid defender, with lackluster attacking ability he contrasts heavily with his fellow LB platoonmate.
  • LB Brad Smith “Other Brad”: On loan from Bournemouth, Brad Smith is an Australian International who came out of the Liverpool Academy. The Sounders fanbase is split on him and some like Bobby Warshaw seem higher on him than most Sounders fans. The general consensus though is he is very Yedlin-Like fast and can get into the overlap, but is fairly defensively weak especially compared to Nouhou. His loan is only until summer, but it is reasonably likely to be extended as he doesn’t appear in Bournemouth’s plans long term. Yet maybe a great season in MLS changes that?
  • CM Cristian Roldan “CR7”: In 2018 Roldan broke into the USMNT, solidified himself as one of the best young Americans in MLS and player a billion different positions. I think on the balance Roldan had the best year of any Sounder and with a new TAM deal in hand the hopes are 2019 will be even better. A versatile player many are hoping he can be our midfield anchor ala Alonso, combined with the positional flexibility of Brad Evans. I would expect to see him start as a Box-to-Box #8, but will move around a lot as well. Also is best buddies with Jordan Morris and it will be cool to see them both back on the field together.
  • DM Gustav Svenson “Goose”: Okay Svenson might have had a better 2018 than Roldan, having made it back into the Swedish National team picture and the World Cup in Russia. As part of the Swedish team he made it further than any other MLS player, and played in the knockout stages. Most of the burden of Alonso's departure will fall on Svensons shoulders as he will be asked to hang back and do a lot of the dirty work in locking down midfield.
  • LW Victor Rodriguez “V-Rod”: Our Catalonian winger who spent some time in the Barcelona Academy. Signed in 2017 V-Rod has unfortunately struggled with injuries and not seen the time most fans were hoping for leading some to wonder if he has a role. However once he was healthy he put up .46 G+A/90 which is comparable to players like Lucho Acosta at DC, while not occupying a TAM spot. Look for V-Rod to be the unheralded 3rd option in Seattle’s attack as long as he is healthy. He has the ability to be a top tier winger in this league and hopes are high albeit guarded.
  • CAM Nicolas Lodeiro “Poseidon”: Our excellent playmaker had a rough 2018, dealing with an injury early in the season that potentially lead to him missing the cut on Uruguay’s 2018 world cup roster. Despite consistent rumors of moves back to South America… he is still set to be the engine of Seattle. Almost everything Seattle does flows through Lodeiro, and while other #10’s in the league may put up more goals and assists none will make as many passes or cover as much distance as Lodeiro.
  • RW Jordan Morris “J-Mo”: Morris is another HGP from Mercer Island. While many USMNT fans have been frustrated with his decision to remain in Seattle he still is a local favorite despite his absences. Injuries have derailed an excellent start to his MLS career and Morris will be looking to bounce back. Seattle has given him a big contract (loaded with incentives) and a role out wide in the 4-2-3-1. If Morris can navigate his way back to success I think everyone in Seattle will be ecstatic. It was also revealed he had a cute dog and it made Jermaine Jones really mad.
  • FW Raul Ruidiaz: Signed from Liga MX side Morelia in the summer, Ruidiaz filled a void at forward that Seattle was missing since the departure of Obafemi Martins. After arriving in Seattle Ruidiaz was scoring for fun posting up .83 G/90 which was just behind Zlatan and Martinez. This doesn’t look like an anomaly with him having 40 goals in two years with Morelia as well. I think Ruidiaz is a sneaky dark horse to be in contention for the golden boot and will thrive on the chances Lodeiro, V-Rod and Morris will create.

The Other Guys

  • FW Will Bruin “Dancing Bear”: Did you know Will Bruin is 5th in the standings for active MLS goal scorers? For what is potentially the third forward in Seattle he is a strong option off the bench, who struggled when pushed into a starting role. One thing a lot of people get wrong is Bruin doesn’t really play like a target forward despite his size which I have termed Kenny Cooper disease. Despite this malady he is one of my favorite players on the team. Look to see him chip in 5-6 goals this season coming off the bench or in rotation.
  • CAM/W Harry Shipp: Once a hyped up Chicago Fire prospect, he was bizarrely traded away to Montreal by Nelson Rodriguez. While he hasn’t hit those early high’s Harry Shipp is a solid depth player who most teams would love to have. I expect to see him see plenty of minutes in 2018 deputizing for Morris & V-Rod on the wings. He isn't the fastest or most athletic player, but is very smart and deceptively technical.
  • CM Alex Roldan: The younger brother of Cristian, he saw a surprising amount of minutes in 2018 early in the season. Much like his brother he is nominally a central midfielder, but saw minutes in multiple roles. I expect to see him get more time at Defiance than the First team to hopefully tighten up his game which was quite sloppy at times last season. However his older brother improved dramatically year over year, so maybe it runs in the family and he will surprise me.
  • CAM/RW Handwalla Bwana: The most exciting of our young rookies for 2018, Bwana is going to be challenging for a spot in the attack in 2018 and his agility and ability are clear to see. After a couple excellent showings the injury bug struck and kept him down for most of the season. While he is not yet a US citizen to my knowledge that could potentially happen this year. He is my pick for a breakout player at Seattle.
  • CB Roman Torres: Had a mixed 2018, he showed up to pre-season out of shape and seemed distracted by Panama’s trip to the World Cup. He lost his starting spot to Kee-Hee and only regained it with Marshall’s injury in the playoffs. Rumors abounded about potential trades that have yet to materialize. If he stays with the Sounders he will form some really strong depth on the backline. For a defender he is a legend not for his ability to stop goals, but a penalty kick for Seattle... and the goal that sealed the coffin on US chances of a World Cup in 2018.
  • FB? Henry Wingo: Originally a forward signed to a HGP deal, it sounds like Wingo is going to be converted into a right back. In limited minutes he has shown flashes, but it feels like further up the field he overthinks things. I expect to see him at Defiance most of the year learning the new position and it will be curious to see his development in a season or two.
  • GK Bryan Meredith: Backup keeper, been with Seattle in 2 stints. The consensus is he is okay, and… well I don’t have much to add. Obviously Seattle likes him as there are no shortages of backup keepers floating around the MLS & USL.
  • GK Trey Muse: MAC Hermann semi-finalist HGP keeper. At only 19 he is a long term developmental project, he will likely be on the Defiance every day and will be part of their exciting young core.
  • DM/CB Jordy Delem: Solid if unspectacular D-Mid and a really bad right back at the MLS level. He filled in decently as the 4th man on the depth chart and unless a new signing comes in is probably our main backup to Svenson & Roldan here. Has improved significantly as well since his initial USL days. He also will look to lead Martinique at the 2019 Gold Cup as it looks like they qualified from the nations league.
  • RB/LB Saad Abdul Salam: He went from starting for SKC, to backing up TAM right back Graham Zusi. Then got traded to New York where he backed up TAM right back Anton Tinnerholm. Now he was just traded to the Seattle Sounders to backup TAM right back Kelvin Leerdam. Along the way he has shown flashes of attacking ability and good athleticism. I figure he is going to make the 18 as he has been used across the backline in the pre-season.
  • CB John Campbell: Journeyman Centerback from Chicago, he looked promising a couple of years ago, but ended up on the bench this last season. He had experience with the PDL Sounders U-23 team and when being shopped around requested to come to Seattle. While it is doubtful he sees a ton of minutes and looked shaky in pre-season he adds depth to a fairly old back line. Jury is out on him from my perspective, and maybe he will have growth we didn't see in Alfaro.

5 Unanswered Questions for the Season we will hear rehashed way to much

  1. Who will replace Osvaldo Alonso?
  2. Who will Garth Lagerway sign in the summer?
  3. Who will win the left back warz?
  4. Will the slow starts finally die?
  5. Will players stay healthy?

(Realistic) Best case/Worst Case scenario

Best Case Scenario

Sounders stay healthy, Morris bounces back from his ACL tear and returns on a trajectory that put him in the USMNT picture and is a dangerous offensive threat as an on the wing. Ruidiaz puts up a golden boot worthy season, and Lodeiro continues to run the offense. Roldan & Svenson lock down the midfield and our defense remains sturdy as Marshall fends off father time for another season. Meanwhile in the USL our prospects continue maturing and start coming together as a cohesive team and we establish a true pipeline. Any weak points on the roster are identified and reinforced come summer, and without the dread two leg playoffs we ride home field advantage to another MLS Cup, but this time at home.

Worst Case Scenario

Sounders continue to battle injury problems, missing significant numbers of first team players. The few depth pieces brought in are insufficient cover and Seattle lurches to a slow start that has become so familiar. Supporter Shield hopes are dead by May and Lagerway scrambles in the summer to jumpstart the engine for the fourth time. We squeak into the playoffs and then get bounced out by the Timbers at Providence Park.

Realistic Scenario

Seattle stays mostly healthy, Morris and other injured players from 2018 contribute at decent levels and Seattle has a solid if not spectacular season start. There are some questions across the board and its clear some reinforcements are needed come summer. There is upheaval at least at one position which impacts the team’s performance. Seattle plays well enough down the stretch to end top 3 in the West and has a solid shot of making the MLS Cup, but likely away yet again.

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2019.02.28 06:38 Jack2142 2018 Countdown to Kickoff

Welcome to Seattle Sounders entry in the Countdown to Kickoff.

Basic info:

Uniforms: Yes we are special and we get three jerseys.

2018 in Review

Final Standings: 18-11-5 (W-L-D), 59 pts, +15 GD, 2nd in the West
Seattle began 2018 with a miserable CCL campaign in a match which saw Jordan Morris our starting forward tearing his ACL and missing the season. The Sounders rallied at home and handily dispatched Santa Tecla although they would fall in the next round to eventual champions Chivas. Sounders continued to battle injuries and absences in this first half of the season and by the time Raul Ruidiaz arrived on June 29th we had been comfortably last in the west. If you had to sum up this first half of the season it is this… the last action of Clint Dempsey’s soccer career
However that game did see the first start of Raul Ruidiaz tenure and Seattle rose like a Phoenix from the ashes as they tore through the western conference. The players who needed to get healthy got healthy, and instead of death spiraling like other clubs the Sounders clawed their way back to our second best finish going 16W-2L-0D down the stretch.
As a result we earned a bye to the Semi-Finals of the Western Conference and were ultimately drawn to face Portland. At Providence Park the match turned into a disaster as we lost Cristian Roldan in the first 15 minutes in to let’s just say a strong challenge by Jeff Atinella. Portland would capitalize and score and the first half got worse when Chad Marshall also went down with a non-contact injury. Neither would return for the short turnaround second leg in Seattle. Which was an incredibly frustrating experience which I don’t want to relive. It was a good game, but one I would be happy to never see again and I am glad the two leg playoff is now dead. With the ambition of a third MLS Cup appearance cut short, Seattle enjoyed its longest offseason in years. With no looming CCL the team would finally have a chance for a breather, which will hopefully help this year in 2019.

Pre-season Moves

New Sponsors

Seattle announced on January 17, 2019 they would have a new shirt partner in Zulily dropping Xbox after 10 years. This resulted in... mixed reactions to say the least online. I don't want to re-hash very long SaH & Reddit threads, but it seems in general like maybe not the most popular possible option.
On the flip side however, it is reported to be a much more lucrative deal. Since shirt sponsorships are one of the few Non-MLS controlled revenue streams this could be very important moving forward for Seattle to continue to compete in MLS 3.0

Tacoma Defiance

Seattle also announced that their USL franchise S2 which had recently relocated in 2018 to Tacoma would rebrand as the Tacoma Defiance. This move was much better received giving the USL team a new identity, along with announcing steps towards the construction of a local SSS in Tacoma, WA. Also announced was the move of the NWSL team Reign FC to Tacoma which adds some weight to a prospective stadium push.
This rebrand was the culmination in the re-inventing of the USL side which began when Garth Lagerway took over the team and wanted to create a more cohesive pipeline from the academy to the first team. In this pre-season we have seen many of these kids mostly hold their own vs MLS sides, or at least go down swinging. With the Sounders Academy dominating at the youth level, Defiance will give them an actual identity to play for as they transition to the pro game.
The goal ultimately is to much like the Red Bulls have a talent pipeline that would allow us to consistently put out strong teams even if individual signings don't work out.

Players In

There were very few offseason acquisitions, it is unlikely any of our draft picks sign with the Seattle Sounders and they have yet to sign deals with the Tacoma Defiance. Trey Muse is a top goalkeeping prospect and also unlikely to appear on the senior roster outside of the Open Cup. SAS & Campbell are mid-20’s MLS journeymen who will be depth pieces for the season. Tucker Bone also has a military commitment and while seen as the “best” of the draftees he has additional hurdles to a professional career. There is also a rumor of Seattle looking at picking up another CSL castoff who looks to be a target forward.
D Saad Abdul-Salaam, GK Trey Muse, D Jonathan Campbell, D Aleks Berkolds, M Joel Rydstrand, M Tucker Bone

Players Out

  • W Aaron Kovar (Retired) – Loaned out in 2018 to LAFC never really broke out in his 5 year MLS career. Has some skills, but dealt with unfortunate injuries at times. Looks like plans are to move on from soccer, which is a shame because I think he had talent, just had some bad breaks and Seattle will do better with integrating young players to the first team.
  • DM Osvaldo Alonso (Waived to Minnesota) – The Elephant in the room, he was not re-signed by Seattle. On a good day he is a top class MLS D-Mid which Minnesota is banking on. He was technically re-signed and traded because MLS free agency is honestly garbage. I think most Seattle fans are sad to see him go, but also understand why it happened. Goodbye El Corazon! You are the most important player in our team’s history and a team icon.
  • FB Waylon Francis (Traded to Columbus) – I think he was brought in to start at fullback with Lagerway hoping he would rebound to 2015 form after a couple down years. Lost his starting spot to Nouhou and looked frankly bad. He got pushed down the depth chart even more with Smith’s arrival. Traded to Columbus to fill in for the injured Milton Valenzuela.
  • GK Calle Brown (Loudon United) – 3rd String backup, arrival of Muse makes him superfluous to requirements. He returned home to his native Virginia.
  • CB Tony Alfaro (C.D. Chivas) – Alfaro had a couple good performances as a rookie, but only seemed to get worse as time went on. Indecisive in defense he left his fellow partners on the backline out to dry, and while having decent ball control skills for a centerback would panic under pressure. He got cut from Seattle and picked up by Chivas Guadalajara. It remains to be seen if this is anything more than a random roster padding move.
  • F Felix Chenkam (FA) – Backup Striker signed before Ruidiaz arrived, loaned back to S2 might re-sign with the Defiance I don’t think he played more than a couple minutes for the senior team.
  • F Lamar Neagle (FA) – My favorite player and 253 native. As far as I can tell the only MLS player to sign 4 times with the same team. He had some really good years and I wish him the best. I was hoping he would be brought back to be a player-coach type for a young Defiance team, but that remains to be seen. He was last seen on trial with Phoenix Rising FC who might want to pick up a former USL MVP forward.
  • RB Jordan McCrary: He was a backup picked up after getting cut from Toronto II at the end of 2017. While he did nothing wrong and filled in reasonably well as a backup forward in 2018, by 2019 he appeared superfluous. It sounds like Seattle wants to convert Wingo to a fullback, and Saad-Abdul Salam became available, a player who in my opinion is just a little better. Hopefully he finds another team and lands on his feet I have no ill-will towards him.

Technically left in 2018, but will give them a sendoff here.

  • F Clint Dempsey (Retired) – Pour one out for possibly the best USMNT field player so far. 2018 was a bad year for Dempsey, who had bounced back in 2017 from heart surgery to show he was still an effective player winning comeback player of the year. However father time caught up to him and a series of poor performances possibly tied to some back issues lead to him ending up on the bench and eventually retiring. Since retirement Dempsey seems to have dropped off the earth and is I assume having a good time fishing and maybe working on a new mixtape.
  • AM Magnus Wolff Eikreem (Molde) – Norweigian international, was the hyped offseason signing in 2018 and honestly wasn’t that good or at least didn’t mesh well with the team. Was released in the summer and returned to Norway with Molde. Where it seems like things are going better.

Tactical Overview

Brian Schmetzer loves the 4-2-3-1
  • Ruidiaz
  • V-Rod - Lodeiro - Morris
  • Svenson - Roldan
  • Nouhou/Smith - Kim - Marshall - Leerdam
  • Frei
Bench: Bruin, Torres, Meredith, Bwana, Shipp, Delem, SAS
Expect V-Rod to cut inside a lot from the left, Morris is supposedly working a lot on his crossing and using his speed to get to the end line so expect him to stay wider than you would expect from a former forward. Nouhou or Smith will be overlapping on the left, while I think Leerdam will generally stay deeper. I expect Svenson to be primarily shielding the backline, while Roldan will push box to box. Lodeiro will do Lodeiro things. and the team should line up pretty much like this most games. The goal this year is to add some Asymmetry to create mismatches and exploit them. With Morris, Ruidiaz and Smith there now is some speed in the team to threaten on the counter as well.

The Front Office/Coach

The Coach: Brian Schmetzer

Brian Schmetzer was signed by the NASL Sounders in 1980 out of High school, since then he has been with the organization for almost 40 years (i.e. before any current MLS player was born minus Tim Howard). Not just as a player, but a coach as well in both Association Football, Indoor Soccer and four different professional and semi-professional leagues. Finding success at multiple levels having been involved in… well I doubt there is any head coach in the United States with as strong ties to his team as Schmetzer. Schmetzer is a down to earth and humble guy and to a lot of people is a grounded reminder of Seattle’s roots in a shifting landscape. While he will openly admit he is not the most tactically astute manager he has managed to navigate poor results that would send and have sent other teams into death spirals.

The General Manager: Garth Lagerway

While most of the focus around the league is usually on the coach, in Seattle Garth Lagerway is the driving force of the team. He was poached away from RSL in 2015 to help revamp Seattle and move the club forward to the next level. While Lagerway was once a MLS player, he left soccer to become a big-law lawyer with Latham & Watkins LLP and has brought in some ways a more ruthless and pragmatic corporate culture in decision making. Evidenced by moving on from clashes with Sigi Schmid and letting former captains in Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso walk. Garth Lagerway has generally made good signings and has few “busts”, but there is criticism of his timing of signings. However he survived the 2018 GM vote and now has a continued mandate to run the franchise. With only Stefan Frei & Chad Marshall pre-dating his hire as GM now there is little doubt for better or worse 2019 Seattle is now fully “his” roster.

The Roster

(I originally had more links, but saved over my work on my personal post to edit, this was dumb and I am very mad)

Key Players

  • GK Sebastian Stefan Frei: Undisputed Starter for Seattle, since joining Seattle from Toronto in 2014 he has transformed into one of the consistently best goalkeepers in MLS. He is a good shot stopper and has made many point blank reaction saves to keep Seattle in matches even in our putrid streaks. He is probably most famous for a save on Jozy Altidore in the 2016 MLS Cup to force the game to penalties where he came up big. Unfortunately in 2018 he was unable to duplicate that post-season success and Seattle would lose to Portland in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Should have been the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018.
  • CB Chad Marshall “Air Marshall”: Now the longest tenured member of the Sounders, Chad Marshall is one of the best defenders in MLS history having won DPoY 3x which is more than any other player. While not that fastest player he relies on smart positioning and strong tackling to cut out attacks. Likewise he is excellent in the air snuffing out floated crosses and winning most aerial duels. Unfortunately he suffered a reasonably serious knee injury in the 2018 playoffs and worries exist about the effects of father time on our backline lyncpin.
  • CB Kim Kee-Hee: Korean center back signed on a TAM deal as a result of ever shifting CSL roster regulations, Kee-Hee had low expectations on arrival after a poor tenure in that league. To most peoples surprise he took on the starting role quite well and was forced into the fire in Santa Tecla. While he was unable to meet his stated goal of working his way back into the Korean World Cup squad, he benched Roman Torres and didn’t look back. Compared to his fellow center backs he is much more mobile and comfortable on the ball and will look to bring the ball out of the back. He was moved over to LCB in the pre-season presumably to have a more mobile defender when Nouhou or Brad push up.
  • RB Kelvin Leerdam: Signed to stabilize the right back position in 2017 he played a big role in getting Seattle to a second MLS Cup. He dropped off some in 2018 with some disciplinary concerns and increased caution at getting forward. As a TAM fullback the hope is he will be more active and involved, with signing SAS he will hopefully face a little more competition and stay motivated.
  • LB Nouhou Tolo: Originally signed to S2 from Cameroon he played well enough to earn an MLS deal backing up Joevin Jones. During the latter's transfer saga and when he was pressed into a midfield role Nouhou saw minutes increase. Showing well his rookie year, he beat out Waylon Francis to the starting role, and recovered it again after the arrival and injury to Smith. This offseason was cut short with visa issues and rumors of Ligue One interest. Generally seen as a solid defender, with lackluster attacking ability he contrasts heavily with his fellow LB platoonmate.
  • LB Brad Smith “Other Brad”: On loan from Bournemouth, Brad Smith is an Australian International who came out of the Liverpool Academy. The Sounders fanbase is split on him and some like Bobby Warshaw seem higher on him than most Sounders fans. The general consensus though is he is very Yedlin-Like fast and can get into the overlap, but is fairly defensively weak especially compared to Nouhou. His loan is only until summer, but it is reasonably likely to be extended as he doesn’t appear in Bournemouth’s plans long term. Yet maybe a great season in MLS changes that?
  • CM Cristian Roldan “CR7”: In 2018 Roldan broke into the USMNT, solidified himself as one of the best young Americans in MLS and player a billion different positions. I think on the balance Roldan had the best year of any Sounder and with a new TAM deal in hand the hopes are 2019 will be even better. A versatile player many are hoping he can be our midfield anchor ala Alonso, combined with the positional flexibility of Brad Evans. I would expect to see him start as a Box-to-Box #8, but will move around a lot as well. Also is best buddies with Jordan Morris and it will be cool to see them both back on the field together.
  • DM Gustav Svenson “Goose”: Okay Svenson might have had a better 2018 than Roldan, having made it back into the Swedish National team picture and the World Cup in Russia. As part of the Swedish team he made it further than any other MLS player, and played in the knockout stages. Most of the burden of Alonso's departure will fall on Svensons shoulders as he will be asked to hang back and do a lot of the dirty work in locking down midfield.
  • LW Victor Rodriguez “V-Rod”: Our Catalonian winger who spent some time in the Barcelona Academy. Signed in 2017 V-Rod has unfortunately struggled with injuries and not seen the time most fans were hoping for leading some to wonder if he has a role. However once he was healthy he put up .46 G+A/90 which is comparable to players like Lucho Acosta at DC, while not occupying a TAM spot. Look for V-Rod to be the unheralded 3rd option in Seattle’s attack as long as he is healthy. He has the ability to be a top tier winger in this league and hopes are high albeit guarded.
  • CAM Nicolas Lodeiro “Poseidon”: Our excellent playmaker had a rough 2018, dealing with an injury early in the season that potentially lead to him missing the cut on Uruguay’s 2018 world cup roster. Despite consistent rumors of moves back to South America… he is still set to be the engine of Seattle. Almost everything Seattle does flows through Lodeiro, and while other #10’s in the league may put up more goals and assists none will make as many passes or cover as much distance as Lodeiro. 2019 Sounders are Lodeiro’s team and expectations are high.
  • RW Jordan Morris “J-Mo”: Morris is another HGP from Mercer Island. While many USMNT fans have been frustrated with his decision to remain in Seattle he still is a local favorite despite his absences. Injuries have derailed an excellent start to his MLS career and Morris will be looking to bounce back. [Seattle has given him a big contract (loaded with incentives)(https://www.sounderatheart.com/2018/12/6/18129220/jordan-morris-extension) and a role out wide in the 4-2-3-1. If Morris can navigate his way back to success I think everyone in Seattle will be ecstatic. It was also revealed he had a cute dog and it made Jermaine Jones really mad.
  • FW Raul Ruidiaz: Signed from Liga MX side Morelia in the summer, Ruidiaz filled a void at forward that Seattle was missing since the departure of Obafemi Martins. After arriving in Seattle Ruidiaz was scoring for fun posting up .83 G/90 which was just behind Zlatan and Martinez. This doesn’t look like an anomaly with him having 40 goals in two years with Morelia as well. I think Ruidiaz is a sneaky dark horse to be in contention for the golden boot and will thrive on the chances Lodeiro, V-Rod and Morris will create.

The Other Guys

  • FW Will Bruin “Dancing Bear”: Did you know Will Bruin is 5th in the standings for active MLS goal scorers? For what is potentially the third forward in Seattle he is a strong option off the bench, who struggled when pushed into a starting role. One thing a lot of people get wrong is Bruin doesn’t really play like a target forward despite his size which I have termed Kenny Cooper disease. Despite this malady he is one of my favorite players on the team. Look to see him chip in 5-6 goals this season coming off the bench or in rotation.
  • CAM/W Harry Shipp: Once a hyped up Chicago Fire prospect, he was bizarrely traded away to Montreal by Nelson Rodriguez. While he hasn’t hit those early high’s Harry Shipp is a solid depth player who most teams would love to have. I expect to see him see plenty of minutes in 2018 deputizing for Morris & V-Rod on the wings. He isn't the fastest or most athletic player, but is very smart and deceptively technical.
  • CM Alex Roldan: The younger brother of Cristian, he saw a surprising amount of minutes in 2018 early in the season. Much like his brother he is nominally a central midfielder, but saw minutes in multiple roles. I expect to see him get more time at Defiance than the First team to hopefully tighten up his game which was quite sloppy at times last season. However his older brother improved dramatically year over year, so maybe it runs in the family and he will surprise me.
  • CAM/RW Handwalla Bwana: The most exciting of our young rookies for 2018, Bwana is going to be challenging for a spot in the attack in 2018 and his agility and ability are clear to see. After a couple excellent showings the injury bug struck and kept him down for most of the season. While he is not yet a US citizen to my knowledge that could potentially happen this year. He is my pick for a breakout player at Seattle.
  • CB Roman Torres: Had a mixed 2018, he showed up to pre-season out of shape and seemed distracted by Panama’s trip to the World Cup. He lost his starting spot to Kee-Hee and only regained it with Marshall’s injury in the playoffs. Rumors abounded about potential trades that have yet to materialize. If he stays with the Sounders he will form some really strong depth on the backline. For a defender he is a legend not for his ability to stop goals, but a penalty kick for Seattle... and the goal that sealed the coffin on US chances of a World Cup in 2018.
  • FB? Henry Wingo: Originally a forward signed to a HGP deal, it sounds like Wingo is going to be converted into a right back. In limited minutes he has shown flashes, but it feels like further up the field he overthinks things. I expect to see him at Defiance most of the year learning the new position and it will be curious to see his development in a season or two.
  • GK Bryan Meredith: Backup keeper, been with Seattle in 2 stints. The consensus is he is okay, and… well I don’t have much to add. Obviously Seattle likes him as there are no shortages of backup keepers floating around the MLS & USL.
  • GK Trey Muse: MAC Hermann semi-finalist HGP keeper. At only 19 he is a long term developmental project, he will likely be on the Defiance every day and will be part of their exciting young core.
  • DM/CB Jordy Delem: Solid if unspectacular D-Mid and a really bad right back at the MLS level. He filled in decently as the 4th man on the depth chart and unless a new signing comes in is probably our main backup to Svenson & Roldan here. Has improved significantly as well since his initial USL days. He also will look to lead Martinique at the 2019 Gold Cup as it looks like they qualified from the nations league.
  • RB/LB Saad Abdul Salam: He went from starting for SKC, to backing up TAM right back Graham Zusi. Then got traded to New York where he backed up TAM right back Anton Tinnerholm. Now he was just traded to the Seattle Sounders to backup TAM right back Kelvin Leerdam. Along the way he has shown flashes of attacking ability and good athleticism. I figure he is going to make the 18 as he has been used across the backline in the pre-season.
  • CB John Campbell: Journeyman Centerback from Chicago, he looked promising a couple of years ago, but ended up on the bench this last season. He had experience with the PDL Sounders U-23 team and when being shopped around requested to come to Seattle. While it is doubtful he sees a ton of minutes and looked shaky in pre-season he adds depth to a fairly old back line. Jury is out on him from my perspective, and maybe he will have growth we didn't see in Alfaro.

5 Unanswered Questions for the Season we will hear rehashed way to much

  1. Who will replace Osvaldo Alonso?
  2. Who will Garth Lagerway sign in the summer?
  3. Who will win the left back warz?
  4. Will the slow starts finally die?
  5. Will players stay healthy?

(Realistic) Best case/Worst Case scenario

Best Case Scenario

Sounders stay healthy, Morris bounces back from his ACL tear and returns on a trajectory that put him in the USMNT picture and is a dangerous offensive threat as an on the wing. Ruidiaz puts up a golden boot worthy season, and Lodeiro continues to run the offense. Roldan & Svenson lock down the midfield and our defense remains sturdy as Marshall fends off father time for another season. Meanwhile in the USL our prospects continue maturing and start coming together as a cohesive team and we establish a true pipeline. Any weak points on the roster are identified and reinforced come summer, and without the dread two leg playoffs we ride home field advantage to another MLS Cup, but this time at home.

Worst Case Scenario

Sounders continue to battle injury problems, missing significant numbers of first team players. The few depth pieces brought in are insufficient cover and Seattle lurches to a slow start that has become so familiar. Supporter Shield hopes are dead by May and Lagerway scrambles in the summer to jumpstart the engine for the fourth time. We squeak into the playoffs and then get bounced out by the Timbers at Providence Park.

Realistic Scenario

Seattle stays mostly healthy, Morris and other injured players from 2018 contribute at decent levels and Seattle has a solid if not spectacular season start. There are some questions across the board and its clear some reinforcements are needed come summer. There is upheaval at least at one position which impacts the team’s performance. Seattle plays well enough down the stretch to end top 3 in the West and has a solid shot of making the MLS Cup, but likely away yet again.

Online Resources

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2018.11.29 19:07 dredmorbius MeWe: A trip report

Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein.
As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations.
This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.

Leadership

Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein.
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company).
Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books.
His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.

Advisory Board

Ownership & Investment

MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016.
Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041
Crunchbase Profile.
Founded: 2012 (source)
Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014.
2016 valuation: $20m (source]
Backers:
Despite the business address, the company claims to be based in Los Angeles County, California and is described by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Culver City, CA, company.

Business

Policy

In an August 6, 2018 Twitter post, Weinstein promotes MeWe writing:
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
Highlights of these follow.

Privacy

The privacy policy addresses:

Terms of Service

The ToS addresses:
Effective: November 6, 2018.

FAQ

The FAQ addresses:

Values

This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy.
Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.

Privacy Bill of Rights

A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
  1. You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
  2. You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
  3. You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
  4. Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
  5. You control who can access your content.
  6. You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
  7. Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
  8. Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
  9. Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
  10. You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.

Press

There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.

Self-reported articles

The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.).
There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.

Other mentions

A DuckDuckGo search produces several other press mentions, including:

Technology

This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.

Mobile Web

The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.

Mobile App

There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.

Desktop Web

Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to https://www.mewe.com your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button.
The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from mewe.com, img.mewe.com, cdn.mewe.com, or ws.mewe.com. (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.)
The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.

Onboarding

The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.

Interface

Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site.
Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.

Features

Among the touted features of MeWe are:

Community

A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.

Size

Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside MeWe.com" on Twitter.
The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members.
This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.

Active Users

MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.

Groups

MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest.
"MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ.
The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here.
A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories.
The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5.
Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.

Google+ Groups

The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.

Political Groups

It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
  1. Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
  2. The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
  3. Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
  4. Drain The Swamp (4978)
  5. Libertarians (4528)
  6. United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
  7. The Right To Self Defense (3757)
  8. Alternative Media (3711)
  9. Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
  10. Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
  11. Return of the Republic (2509)
  12. Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
  13. Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
  14. Berners for Progress (1963)
  15. Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
  16. The American Conservative (1839)
  17. I Am The NRA (1704)
  18. Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
  19. We Love Donald Trump (1611)
  20. MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
  21. Q (1396)
  22. ClashDaily.com (1384)
  23. news from the front (1337)
  24. Basket of Deplorables (1317)
  25. Payton's Park Bench (1283)
  26. Convention of States (1282)
  27. Britons For Brexit (1186)
  28. MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
  29. MeWe Free Press (1119)
  30. The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
  31. Libertarian (1097)
  32. WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP (1032)
  33. AMERICANS AGAINST ISIS and OTHER ENEMIES (943)
  34. #WalkAway Campaign (894)
  35. ALEX JONES (877)
  36. The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
  37. We Support Donald Trump! (810)
  38. The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
  39. TRUMP-USA-HANDS OFF OUR PRESIDENT (767)
  40. Official Tea Party USA (749)
  41. Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
  42. Yes Scotland (697)
  43. "WE THE DEPLORABLE" - MOVE ON SNOWFLAKE! (688)
  44. Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
  45. Anarcho-Capitalism (658)
  46. Ted Cruz for President (650)
  47. No Lapdog Media (647)
  48. Q Chatter (647)
  49. Daily Brexit (636)
  50. Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
  51. The Trumps Storm Group (600)
  52. QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
  53. 100% American (569)
  54. Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
  55. Deep State (560)
  56. In the Name of Liberty (557)
  57. Material Planet (555)
  58. WikiUnderground (555)
  59. Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe Gab.ai etc (546)
  60. Magna Carta Group (520)
  61. Constitutional Conservatives (506)
  62. Question Everything (503)
  63. Conspiracy Research (500)
  64. Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
  65. Conservative Misfit's (479)
  66. Canadian politics (478)
  67. Anarchism (464)
  68. HARDCORE DEPLORABLES (454)
  69. Deplorable (450)
  70. Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
  71. UK Politics (430)
  72. Bongino Fan Page (429)
  73. Radical Conservatives (429)
  74. RESIST THE RESISTANCE (419)
  75. The Deplorables (409)
  76. America's Freedom Fighters (401)
  77. Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
  78. CONSERVATIVES FOR AMERICA ! (385)
  79. Political satire (383)
  80. RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
  81. UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
  82. The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
  83. End The Insanity (349)
  84. Coming American Civil War! (345)
  85. Constitutional Conservatives (343)
  86. United Nations Watch (342)
  87. A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
  88. The New Libertarian (335)
  89. Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
  90. DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
  91. American Conservative Veterans (331)
  92. Anarchism/Agorism/Voluntaryism (328)
  93. America Needs Donald Trump (326)
  94. The UKIP Debating Society (321)
  95. Coalition For Trump (310)
  96. Egalitarianism (306)
  97. FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
  98. 2nd Amendment (287)
  99. Never Forget #SethRich (286)
  100. Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democratrepublicgop)":
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:

Conclusion

Whilst there may not be a political agenda, there does appear to be at least a slight political bias to the site. And a distinctive skew on many other topical subjects.
Those seeking new homes online may wish to take this into account.

Updates

  • Various typos and tagging corrections. 2018-11-29 - 30
  • Added G+MM references count for MeWe to lede paragraph. 2018-12-2
  • Wolfe status, Times of London story, typos.
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2018.07.13 15:18 Tweakedenigma It's Indie Friday!

Disclaimer: There are companies included in the list that are not indies: AAA, CMLL, NJPW, ROH, Impact, etc. being prime examples. I chose to include these though as I felt a lot of people weren't aware of them and this might get some more eyes on them.
(Links to GWN might redirect to their splash page if you aren’t logged in)
Also please note TNA has now moved to ImpactWrestling
Now onto the Free stuff:
Shows:
MLW Fusion Episode 12: Boiler Room Brawl
ICW Fight Club #97
RISE & IMPACT Wrestling: RISE of the Knockouts
Reality of Wrestling: Episode 216
CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling: WorldWide #154
Championship Wrestling From Hollywood: Episode 371
Championship Wrestling from Arizona
OVW WEB 985
Battle Club Pro: Women's Wrestling 2018
WCWC Episode 214
Innovate Wrestling TV #38
Capitol Wrestling - Episode 66
BWF Telecatch #275
Crossfire Wrestling: REDEMPTION FULL CIRCLE PART 1
CCW: Superstars of the Ring
Pro Wrestling Battleground; Breakout TV ep. 228
HoB Turnbuckle TV Season 3 Episode 22
National Syndicate Wrestling: Episode 20
BCW Open Fite Night Vol. 3
Southern Legacy Wrestling: Episode #26
Discovery Wrestling: Episode 6
SWE UPRISING - Episode 6
Cape Championship Wrestling: SE2 EP16
PWA Wrestling Epsidoe #14
WRESTLE-1 TV #065
AIWF: Midatlantic 299
CTW Primetime Ep. 15
AMW-TV
Cross Body Pro Wrestling - Ep 90
Supreme Last Word #1
NOW THAT'S ULTIMATE WRESTLING FLTV EP. 57
NOW THAT'S ULTIMATE WRESTLING PRESENTS: DOUBLE DOWN 7-7-18
ROH Wrestling: Episode #355
IMPACT! Wrestling
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2018.06.11 17:02 chu_roc [OC] The All-Zodiac NBA Teams

If you believe in astrology like my Aunt Bo, you might read your daily horoscopes so you can be more aware of your own limitations and learn how to respond to them, confident that the decisions you make that day are the ones that are best for you.
Well I don’t, so without further ado here are the 2018-19 All-Zodiac NBA Teams. With a roster of 15 players, each position at least 2 deep, the teams are as follow:
Aries (March 20 – April 20): 1. Irving/Lowry/Dinwiddie 2. Bojan/Belinelli/Reggie Jackson 3. Hayward/Prince/Winslow/Miles 4. Saric/Olynyk 5. TurneLopez/O’Quinn Notable Exclusions: Cook, McConnell, Lopez
Kicking off this list, Aries are ambitious and independent. Between Irving and Lowry, this team has two natural leaders that fit the Aries mold. With capable passers and shooters at all five positions, this team looks to play some pretty basketball. On defense, Bojan and Belinelli would struggle to keep up with quick guards, although Irving would likely move to the 2 during crunch time.
Taurus (April 20 – May 21): 1. Paul/WalkeHill 2. Oladipo/Dragic/Tyler Johnson 3. George/ChandleSefolosha 4. Ilyasova/Sabonis/Tucker 5. Capela/Valanciunas/Kanter Notable Exclusions: Tony Parker, Ryan Anderson, Jarrett Allen, Bamba
With CP3, Oladipo, and George, this Taurus team will have no shortage of competitive grit, with All-Star guard Kemba Walker maintaining the pace off the bench. Although he'll have to defer more often on offense than in Houston, Capela’s rim protection and ability to run the floor patches up an otherwise vulnerable part of this Taurus team.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21): 1. Teague/Clarkson/Fultz 2. Jrue Holiday/Lamb/Young 3. PorteBarnes/Stanley Johnson 4. Carmelo/Markkanen/Marvin Williams 5. Horford/Whiteside/Monroe Notable Exclusions: Nowitzki, Hernangomez, Alex Len, Ed Davis
Thunder fans rejoice, for in this hypothetical scenario Carmelo is not on your team. For the Gemini, Holiday would be able to hide Teague on defense, who will play to his strengths with a great pick-and-roll partner in Horford. The Gemini bench isn’t particularly deep, although Markkanen and Barnes both provide scoring, and shooting guard Nick Young brings valuable championship experience.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): 1. Lillard/B. Simmons/Beverley 2. Beal/Danny Green/Reddick 3. Leonard/Ariza/Bazemore 4. Aldridge/Tobias Harris/Thad Young 5. Gobert/Adams/Jordan Notable Exclusions: Barea, Anunoby, Crowder, Gibson, MPJ, Randolph, Pau Gasol, Favors, Adebayo
The silent killer, Cancer looks to coast to the top. With two perennial DPoY candidates in Kawhi and Gobert and an talented scoring backcourt, this team will dominate on the offensive and defensive ends. This Cancer team doesn’t sacrifice that dominance when going to its bench, as Simmons, Reddick, and Harris provide additional options to break down their opponents.
Leo (July 22 – August 23): 1. Rivers/Cory Joseph/Mills 2. Bogdan/Ginobili/Derozan 3. Gallinari/Middleton/Gay 4. Porzingis/Kuzma 5. Marjanovic/Cousins/Drummond/Ayton Notable Exclusions: Ntilikina, Dedmon
Bold and passionate, this starting lineup embodies what it means to be a Leo. Starters at all five positions are scrappy, high-motor players with good fundamentals and sneaky athleticism. This Leo team possesses some intangible qualities that allow them to play basketball the right way, by applying a high IQ and out-hustling the opposition.
Virgo (August 23 – September 23): 1. Wall/Mitchell/Schröder 2. Harden/McCollum/Harris 3. ButleIngram/Richardson/Warren 4. Love/Aaron Gordon/Aminu 5. Nurkic/Biyombo Notable Exclusions: Dejounte, Lin, Darren Collison, Jonathan Simmons, Kyle Anderson, Tyreke Evans, Ibaka, M. Morris
Freshest clothes: ✅ Chillest restaurants: ✅ Hottest dudes: ✅✅✅
Libra (September 23 – October 23): 1. Conley/Rubio/Rose 2. Courtney Lee/Hood 3. Ingles/Matthews/MKG 4. Durant/Collins/Isaac 5. ZellePoeltl/Richaun Holmes/Chandler Notable Exclusions: Calderón, Jordan Crawford
KD can’t win with those cats.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 22): 1. Westbrook/Ball/Satoransky 2. BookeLou Will/Valentine 3. Brown/FournieParsons 4. Lyles/Faried/Bertans 5. KAT/Vucevic/Mahinmi Notable Exclusions: Jarrett Jack, Evan Turner, Zach Collins
Westbrook’s wiles and willpower work woe. Can KAT cause carnage on his colossus counterparts? Off the bench, behold Ball’s blossoming basket business with Booker and Brown to benefit.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): 1. Bledsoe/Brogdon/DSJ/Fox 2. Bradley/Ellington/Hield 3. Covington/Batum/Roberson/Oubre 4. Antetokounmpo/Randle 5. Howard/Baynes
Notable Exclusions: Ojeyele, Trevor Booker, Okafor
And with a final strike, Giannis the Goliath slew the green troll Bayne, one of the Celtic barbarians who had captured his fellow knights. As he approached the cages, he fell with a stinging pain. He turned to find Sir Yorick Bledsoe’s sword plunged into his back. “Yorick,” the Goliath coughed out, “you disappeared…when we needed you the most…Why?” Sir Yorick revealed from under his armor an old purple tunic. “The pick you sent to Phoenix when I arrived only grows stronger with you lot out of the picture.” As the Goliath’s last moments Drew to a close, Yorick smirked. “You see Giannis, I Dont wanna free deer.
Capricorn (December 21 – January 20): 1. Wade/Ulis/Sexton 2. Eric Gordon/Barton/Nwaba 3. James/Tony Allen 4. Hollis-Jefferson/Beasley/Bell 5. Dieng/Nance/Henson/McGee
Notable Exclusions: Al Jefferson
Witness Capricorn, the goat team. Capricorn suffers from below-average 3-point shooting, inadequate defense, and a number of one-dimensional players. With such a poorly constructed roster, LeBron is sure to feel at home.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): 1. IT/Monk 2. Thompson/KCP/Gerald Green 3. Josh Jackson/Igoudala 4. Millsap/Mirotic/Portis/Siakim 5. Marc Gasol/Harrell/Looney/Gortat
Notable Exclusions: T. Ross
There once was a beard on Nikola, Until he got put in a coma. For Bobby went mad And socked his comrade, Whose chin is now flat as old soda.
Pisces (February 18 – March 20): 1. Curry/Rondo/Russell 2. Jamal Murray/Smart/Lavine/Hardaway Jr. 3. Tatum/Wiggins/Doncic 4. Davis/Draymond/Griffin 5. Embiid/Jokic Notable Exclusions: Rozier, Dunn, VanVleet, Hart, Brewer, Korver, Parker, James Johnson, Bagley, Tristan Thompson
Pisces are known to be empathetic and understanding, so rest assured that this team will feel sorry for you. The amount of options Pisces has makes the team a nightmare to defend. A Curry-Davis pick-and-roll, an Embiid post-up showcase, and Jokic passing it out to one of Curry, Murray, or Tatum. In addition to its starters, Pisces has two defensive savants in Smart and Draymond, although the lack of impactful scoring off the bench might be concerning.
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2018.04.30 19:22 jmh02 Something about 'Reunion' is bothering me...

...I just can't quite put my finger on what. I don't know if any of this is relevant or important, it's all just really swimming around in my head right now.
The first scene in the "hotel", where Arnold tells Dolores she's in "our world" and then Ford interrupts, is implied to immediately precede their walk to Arnold's house. That scene, in turn, was presented as immediately preceding or running concurrently with Logan's private demonstration of the host tech. All of these scenes are implied to take place before Logan and William's visit to the park in S1 - perhaps a considerable time before, since Logan is unfamiliar with the hosts and Delos seemingly isn't invested in the park at all at the time of Logan's tech demo. I believe these three scenes may be spread out chronologically more than the editing suggests.
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2018.03.12 23:33 removalbot 03-12 22:33 - 'Here's a decent breakdown of 2017 shootings [link] / So after arguing with some random dweeb who insisted there were hundreds of unjustified police shootings, I decided to actually crunch some numbers using the Washing...' by /u/urmombaconsmynarwhal removed from /r/news within 6-16min

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Here's a decent breakdown of 2017 shootings [link]1
So after arguing with some random dweeb who insisted there were hundreds of unjustified police shootings, I decided to actually crunch some numbers using the Washington Post database. Here are my results:
917 People were shot by police in 2017 as per [link]2
533 of them had a gun
142 of them had a knife
88 of them were actively using their vehicles to attack police
25 of them had a fake weapon 47 of them had some other miscellaneous weapon
21 of them are unknown if there was a weapon due to ongoing investigations
We will overlook those with weapons as the reason for deadly force in those instances is obvious. Looking at the less obvious categories:
Of the 21 people shot with an unknown weapons status there are:
Eddie Lee Patterson – Dragged Officer in vehicle
Trent Fondren – Iffy, no details beyond “a civil disturbance”
Augustus joshua Crawford – while it is unclear whether he was armed at the time of the shooting, he was wanted as a suspect for a shooting that left a man badly injured earlier in the day, and was stopped for the express purpose of arresting him. He ran and was shot. (Tenn v Garner)
Michael David Lopez – Drunk driver. High speed chase with 2 pit attempts ending in shots fired at vehicle.
Austin Dunsmore – Reported as a reckless driver. Confrontation with police resulted in shots fired.
Randall Ross – Iffy, No details
Michael Culhane – Iffy, no details
William H. Holmes – Tried to take officer’s gun
Peter Daniel Grima – Iffy, no details
Herbert Gilbert – High speed chase resulted in a search warrant. A scuffle was heard by witnesses.
James Gerald Davis – Iffy, Domestic Violence Warrant. History includes pointing a gun at a child and threatening the child with a knife. No further details however.
Antonio Garcia Jr. – Fought with police
Cedric Jamal Mifflin – Iffy, High Speed pursuit into foot chase. No further details.
Rafael Navarro Garcia – A shot was fired from inside the vehicle, injuring the officer. Then Rafael exited the vehicle from the driver’s side and was shot.
7 unidentified people with no details.
Meaning there are a total of 13 iffy shots in the unknown weapons status category, determined by the lack of details that would provide a legitimate reason to open fire.
61 people were unarmed when they were shot by police.
Of these 61 people, 13 of them were fleeing erratically in vehicles and can be considered ‘armed’ because a vehicle is a deadly weapon.
Of the remaining 48 unarmed people shot by police there are:
Calvin Toney - Fought with police
Dewboy Lister - Fought with police
Anthony Antonio Ford - Fought with police
Charles David Robinson - Fought with police
Jonathan Coronel - Gang Member, known to be armed, made motion to draw gun
Chet Knuppel - Threatened to shoot a civilian then charged police
John Bittle - Threatened officers during chase
Jose Hernandez-Rossy - Fought with police
Isiah Anthony Murrietta-Golding – Iffy, not enough details
Rogelio Vidal Landa - Armed robbery suspect, gun in vehicle, crashed vehicle and was shot while trying to escape (Tenn v Garner)
Chad Robertson - Bad shoot, police charged
Steve Salgado - No details, iffy
JR Williams - Told police he had a weapon and was going to shoot them, then pretended to draw a weapon
Elena Mondragon – Iffy, not enough details
Christopher Apostolos - Fought with Police
Ambroshia Fagre - Partner in an armed robbery. passenger in vehicle that rammed an officer. Shot as a result.
Raynard Burton - Repeated Felon Carjacker fought with police
Jean Pedro Pierre - Fought with Police
Sean Bohinski - Fought with Police
Dexter David Anthony Baxter - Fought with Police
Brandon Lee Bohanon - Iffy, Got Aggressive after disobeying orders but no details on distance or actions
Timothy Elam - Passed a security checkpoint, took a shooting stance and yelled "Get down on the floor"
William Porubsky - Fought with Officer
Farhad Jabbari - Fought with Officer
Justine Damond - Bad shoot, investigation ongoing.
Brian Easley - bank hostage taker, said he had explosives in his backpack
Dejuan Guillory - Fought with Officer
Armando Garcia-Muro - Accidental, stray bullet from a dog who was shot for charging police
Marc Brandon Davis - Fought with Officer
Hector Gamboa - Barricaded Murderer
Hayden J. Stutz - Said he had a pistol next to him in bush, took a hostage, then lunged for the bush
Carlos Garcia Petrovich - Drunk Driver who fought with police
Ricco Devante Holden - Shot when he managed to break into a police car (obviously with guns in it)
Jimmie Montel Sanders - Iffy. Man inside bar started shooting, another man started wrestling with the gunman. Police ran in and saw a man with a gun then shot. Other suspect was taken into custody with GSWs as well.
Jonathan David Victor - Combative
Jordan Edwards - Bad Shoot, cop charged with murder
Jacy Kevin McManus - Wanted for the shooting of another man. Fought with Police
David Eric Ufferman - Fought with Police
Alteria Woods - Accidental. Was used as a body shield by her armed felon boyfriend. Boyfriend was killed, deputy was wounded. A stray bullet killed her.
Joshua Henry - Out on Bond for murder. Fought with officer.
Vincent Palma - Charged police. Was tased, didn't work. Then shot.
Nana Adomako - assaulted employee, threatened to kill employee, then fought with police.
Peter Torres - Attacked multiple people then refused to stop advancing on the officer
Jonathan David Sper - Fought with police
Daniel D. Rogers - Fought with Police
Darrion Barnhill - Attacked officers, multiple outstanding warrants
William Tucker Mathis - Broke into estranged wife's home and attacked two officers
One person was unidentified. No details can be found
We arrive with a total of 6 iffy shoots in the unarmed category, 2 accidental shoots, and 3 definitively bad shoots. 2 of which resulted in a conviction and 1 has an ongoing trial.
In total, we have 3 definitive bad shoots and 2 accidental shoots across all categories for a total percentage of .5% of all shoots being unequivocally uncalled for.
If we are generous and count all iffy shootings as also being bad shoots, then a total of 19 iffy shootings across all categories results in 2% plus the additional .5% from above equaling to 2.5% (24) of all shootings being bad shoots, giving us this year's range of bad shoots between .5% at the lowest and 2.5% at the highest.
Now if no one else can get shot for another 19 days so that I don't have to update these numbers that'd be great.
Edit:
Bonus Statistics:
437 of them were white (5% were unarmed)
212 of them were black (8% were unarmed)
166 were hispanic (8% were unarmed)
38 were some other race (5% were unarmed)
64 are of unknown race (3% were unarmed)
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2018.03.06 03:27 Tyrion_Baelish_Varys Key excerpts from the New Yorker piece on Steele memo alleging that Russia blocked Mitt Romney from Sec of State

Instead of 14,753 words, here are key excerpts of 3,938 words for easier and wider consumption. About 15 minutes of reading.
New Yorker article

STEELE BACKGROUND EXCERPTS

INITIAL DOSSIER REACTIONS

  • Spring 2016 - Orbis Business Intelligence, Steele's co-founded investigative research firm, subcontracted work for Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS, "in turn, had been contracted by a law firm, Perkins Coie" which represented Clinton's campaign and the DNC.
  • Steele learned, months after signing the deal, that his work was being subsidized by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
  • January - Steele learns that Sen. Graham and Sen. Grassley, "referred his name to the Dept. of Justice, for a possible criminal investigation." They accuse him of lying to the FBI. Though the referral was classified, they had something to do with the "contacts he'd had with the press."
  • Steele was stunned by the allegations and worried as to the legal costs, federal criminal repercussions, or assassination by a "Putin emissary."
  • Legal experts assured him that the referral was merely a political stunt. Nevertheless, Trump's defenders accused him of fabricating false charges in order to "nullify the 2016 election." Trump's defenders were "trying to take down the whole intelligence community," Steele exclaimed one day to friends. "And they're using me as the battering ram."
  • Sen. Feinstein declared that Republicans' goals were "undermining the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation" and "deflecting attention" from it. She said that no evidence was provided that Steele lied and that "not a single revelation in the dossier has been refuted."
  • Sen. Whitehouse stated, "To impeach Steele's dossier is to impeach Mueller's investigation" and that the Republicans' aim was to "create a false narrative saying this is all a political witch hunt."
  • Indeed, Nunes produced his memo on Jan 18th, alleging that Clinton had colluded with Russians to get dirt on Trump, feed it to the FBI to open up an investigation." There was no evidence that Clinton was involved in Steele's reports or worked with Russians.
  • Nonetheless, Tucker Carlson, Hannity, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh, and others, repeated the claim that the dossier was fabricated and that Clinton or the "Deep State" was somehow involved.
  • On Feb 8th, Trump echoed this talking point.
  • Sen. Whitehouse stated that Steele's accusers knew that due to him being a former intelligence officer, much of his life must remain secret, and thus "they are using selective declassification as a tactic - they use declassified information to tell their side, and then the rebuttal is classified."

ORBIS BACKGROUND EXCERPTS

  • Specializes in Russian expertise.
  • Fewer than ten full-time employees, but according to co-founder Burrows, "we’re a bit like the bridge on the Starship Enterprise—we’re a small group but we manage an enormous ship."
  • Employs dozens of confidential "collectors" around the world; such as private investigators, investigative reporters, and subject-matter experts. The investigators harvest info from a much larger network of unpaid sources. They are not paid for a number of reasons, including that it might encourage them to embellish.
  • In 2012, an Orbis informant quoted an F.S.B. agent describing [Steele] as “an enemy of Mother Russia.”
  • One of Orbis' clients was a law firm representing the interests of Oleg Deripaska. This prompted Sen. Grassley to demand more info from the firm.
  • "Two of [Steele's] earliest cases at Orbis involved investigating international crime rings whose leaders, coincidentally, were based in New York’s Trump Tower."
  • He later investigated FIFA corruption and that Putin had "dragged in all sorts of capabilities" in order to win the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup. "Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Sechin—now the C.E.O. of the Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft—is suspected of having traveled to Qatar “to swap World Cup votes.”
  • "In 2015, the Justice Department indicted fourteen people in connection with a hundred and fifty million dollars in bribes and kickbacks. One of them was Chuck Blazer, a top FIFA official who had embezzled a fortune from the organization and became an informant for the F.B.I. Blazer had an eighteen-thousand-dollar-per-month apartment in Trump Tower, a few floors down from Trump’s residence."
  • "Several years ago, the F.B.I. hired Steele to help crack an international gambling and money-laundering ring purportedly run by a suspected Russian organized-crime figure named Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. The syndicate was based in an apartment in Trump Tower." He eluded arrest, was issued a "red notice" by Interpol, and in the fall of 2013 showed up at the Miss Universe in Moscow, and sat near Trump.
  • "It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower,” Steele told friends.
  • Burrows said that on several occasions Orbis had warned authorities about major security threats.
  • When Steele took his suspicions about Trump to the F.B.I. in the summer of 2016, it was in keeping with Orbis protocol, rather than a politically driven aberration.

PRE-ELECTION RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

  • Even before the 2016 election, Steele was convinced Russia was interfering in Western elections. Project Charlemagne outlined 4 EU nations; France, Italy, UK, and Germany, as well as Turkey, a candidate for membership.
  • The report chronicles persistent and aggressive political interference; "social-media warfare aimed at inflaming fear and prejudice, and “opaque financial support” given to favored politicians in the form of bank loans, gifts, and other kinds of support."
  • Kremlin entangled with Italy's PM Berlusconi, and French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen. Russian aid was given to right-wing nationalist leaders in the UK.
  • The Kremlin’s long-term aim, the report concludes, was to boost extremist groups and politicians at the expense of Europe’s liberal democracies. The more immediate goal was to “destroy” the E.U., in order to end the punishing economic sanctions that the E.U. and the U.S. had imposed on Russia after its 2014 political and military interference in Ukraine.
  • The report was a red light and outlined that Russian interference in foreign elections, it cautioned, was only “likely to grow in size and reach over time.”

FUSION GPS

  • Glen Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, wanted Steele to "help Fusion follow some difficult leads on Trump’s ties to Russia".
  • "Funding for the project originally came from an organization financed by the New York investor Paul Singer, a Republican who disliked Trump."
  • Singer dropped out once it was clear Trump would win the nomination. Fusion then "persuaded Marc Elias, the general counsel for the Clinton campaign, to subsidize the unfinished research."
  • "This bipartisan funding history belies the argument that the research was corrupted by its sponsorship."
  • "One question particularly gnawed at Simpson. Why had Trump repeatedly gone to Russia in search of business, yet returned empty-handed? "
  • Within a few weeks "Steele’s long-standing collectors came back with reports drawn from Orbis’s larger network of sources." As Simpson put it, "“We threw out a line in the water, and Moby-Dick came back.”"
  • Sources claimed that the FSB could easily blackmail Trump because it had videos of him engaging in "perverted sexual acts" in Russia. Specifically the 'golden shower' by prostitutes on a bed previously used by Barack and Michelle.
  • The sources were "a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin,” a “member of the staff at the hotel,” a “female staffer at the hotel when trump had stayed there,” and “a close associate of trump who had organized and managed his recent trips to Moscow.”
  • Overshadowing the sexual details, were the claims "that the Kremlin and Trump were politically coluding in the 2016 campaign." Russia had cultivated Trump and traded favors "for at least 5 years."
  • Putin was described as backing Trump in order to “sow discord and disunity both within the U.S.” and within the transatlantic alliance. The report claimed that, although Trump had not signed any real-estate-development deals, he and his top associates had repeatedly accepted intelligence from the Kremlin on Hillary Clinton and other political rivals. The allegations were astounding—and improbable. They could constitute treason even if they were only partly true.
  • Burrows expressed reservation in including the golden-shower allegation... But Steele argued it would be dishonest and distorting to cherry-pick details, and that the possibility of a potential American President being subject to blackmail was too important to hide."
  • "Orbis left it up to Fusion to make the judgment calls about what to leave in, and to decide whether to add caveats and source notes of the kind that accompany most government intelligence reports."

DOSSIER ARRIVAL

  • Steele "sent a courier by plane to Washington to hand-delivery a copy of the dossier."
  • Although Trump tweeted that the dossier was "all cooked up by Clinton" Steele approached the FBI on his own because he felt a duty to give them the information.
  • Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that "this was not considered by me to be part of the work we were doing". The reason for submitting it to the FBI was that the UK is the USA's closest ally and he felt "professionally obligated to do it."
  • Mark Medish, former director of Russian affairs at the National Security Council, told me that "if Steele had not shared his findings, he might have been accused of dereliction or a coverup.” He added, “It takes courage to deliver bad news, particularly when the stakes are so high.” And Senator Whitehouse described Steele’s actions as akin to warning the F.B.I. about a “physical detonation of some sort,” noting, “If it had gone off, and he or the F.B.I. had ignored it, heads would roll.”"
  • Despite all the Republicans' claims of a Democratic plot, Steele and Simpson never told their ultimate client, Clinton campaign's law firm, that Steele had gone to the FBI.
  • "As a top Clinton-campaign official told me, “If I’d known the F.B.I. was investigating Trump, I would have been shouting it from the rooftops!”"

PIECES OF THE TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION

  • At the same time as Steele informed the FBI about Russia's interference, the Kremlin engaged in at least two other schemes. The first, Papadopoulos, claimed to an Australian diplomat, that Russia had access to thousands of Clinton e-mails.
  • The second scheme was the June 9, 2016 private, undisclosed, and lied about meeting, at Trump Tower between top members of Trump's campaign, including Trump Jr, Manafort, and Kushner, and Russian lawyer, Natalia Vaselnitskaya. Meeting was set up by Trump Jr. after being approached by an emissary to "Azerbaijani oligarchs with whom Trump had partnered on the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, in Moscow." The email promised Donald Jr. that documents "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father," and described this gift as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Instead of going to the F.B.I., as Steele had, Trump’s older son responded giddily to the e-mail: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
  • The meeting closely followed the Papadopoulos encounter and enhanced the dossier's credibility.
  • The secret meeting was not found out by the press for 10 months. However 5 days after the Trump Tower meeting, news broke that Russians had hacked into the DNC's email system.
  • In November 2014, Dutch intelligence had provided US authorities with evidence that Russia had hacked into the DNC.
  • The emails were weaponized as an active measure when they were released by WikiLeaks 5 days prior to the Democratic convention.
  • "Trump's response was exultant. He said "If it is Russia—which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is—but if it is . . . Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the thirty thousand e-mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
  • Trump had already started developing pro-Russian positions that were inexplicably outside the Republican mainstream.
  • Robby Mook, Clinton campaign manager, told Jake Tapper "“What’s disturbing to us is that experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the D.N.C., stole these e-mails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these e-mails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump.”
  • "Tapper then interviewed Donald Trump, Jr., who ridiculed Mook’s accusation as “disgusting” and “phony”—even though it’s now known that, just a few weeks earlier, he had met at Trump Tower with a Russian offering dirt on Clinton."

CARTER PAGE & SANCTIONS

  • July 7, 2016, Carter Page travels to Moscow and "criticized “Washington and other Western capitals” for “their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change.”
  • Unbeknownst to Steele, Page was already being monitored by US authorities. Following his Moscow visit, Steele filed another memo to Fusion, alleging that Page met with Russians close to Putin, "as part of an ongoing effort by the Russians to cultivate sympathetic Trump aides". One of them was Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft, "who proposed to Page increasing US-Russian energy cooperation in exchange for lifting the Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia."
  • Another Steele memo alleges that "Sechin was so eager to get US sanctions lifted that he offered Page the opportunity to help sell a stake of Rosneft to investors."
  • Page also allegedly met with Igor Diveykin, a top Kremlin official, to leak Russian kompromat on Clinton to boost Trump's candidacy.
  • In a congressional interview in Nov 2017, Page claimed to not have met with Russian officials. Page was then confronted with evidence and forced to admit that he did meet with them, including a top Rosneft executive.
  • "A covert relationship had been established between Page and powerful Russians who wanted U.S. sanctions lifted." "Trump and his advisers have repeatedly denied having colluded with Russians."
  • A Steele memo names Manafort and Flynn as two other advisers that were sympathetic to Russia. Flynn resigned immediately following revelations that he spoke with Kislyak about US sanctions that Obama imposed.

FURTHER STEELE CLAIMS

  • July 26, 2016, after WikiLeaks disseminated DNC emails, Steele filed another memo, claiming that the Kremlin was behind the hacking, that Democratic party agents were involved, as well as "Russian émigrés in the U.S. and “associated offensive cyber operators.”"
  • Another claim, "that the hack involved “state-sponsored cyber operatives working in Russia” was substantiated by Mueller's recent indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian organizations. The indictments echo the tactics outlined in the Charlemagne investigation. The Kremlin was spending $1 million a month to fund Internet trolls, working round-the-clock, to spread lies, fan ethnic and religious hatred, and otherwise turning voters towards extremism, in order to help Trump's campaign.
  • "A former top State Department official who read [the memos] said, “We found the reports about eighty per cent consistent with other sources we had. "
  • Jonathan Winer, a Democratic lawyer and foreign-policy specialist working at the State Dept. said that "No one wanted to touch [the memos]" because Obama Administration officials were mindful of the Hatch Act, which forbids government employees to use their positions to influence political elections.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ACTION

  • Steele believed that the attack by Russia was like Pearl Harbor and that Obama should retaliate with a cyberattack that would shut Russia down.
  • Steele was unaware that by August 2016, a similar debate was taking place inside the White House. A CIA report, "described as an intelligence bombshell," to Obama, warned that Putin was directly involved in trying to help Trump win. Robert Hannigan, head of UK's intel service the GCHQ, briefed CIA director Brennan, on a stream of illicit communications between Trump's team and Moscow.
  • The White House was unsure how to respond. Obama pulled Putin aside on Sept 5th, at a G20 summit, and reportedly warned him, "Better stop, or else."
  • Obama did not want to provoke a cyberwar, and did not want to appear like they were helping Clinton. All the while Trump called Russian interference a hoax, that the system is rigged, and the Obama and his top aides were trying to undermine the public's faith in the election.
  • In Sept 2016, Obama tried to persuade the top 8 leaders of congress to issue a bipartisan statement condemning Russian meddling. However McConnel expressed skepticism and refused to sign the statement condemning Russia.
  • In August 2016, two FBI employees texted about investigating the collusion as a sense of urgency and an insurance policy just in case Clinton did not win. Trey Gowdy seized on this as proof that the FBI had schemed to keep Trump from getting elected. But the full text chain makes it clear they were discussing whether investigating the collussion was an urgency.
  • Brennan said that the dossier "did not play any role whatsoever" in the intel community's appraisal of Russian election meddling.
  • On Oct 7, 2016, Clapper and Jeh Johnson, issued a joint statement that the US IC was confident that Russia had directed the hacking of the DNC emails.
  • 30 minutes after the statements, the "Access Hollywood" tape was released. A few hours later, WikiLeaks started posting private emails of John Podesta. The IC's assessment was buried.

SUBSEQUENT STEELE MEETINGS AND ACTIONS

  • Steele again met with the FBI in early October 2016 in Rome. The agents asked for everything he had.
  • Simpson told the senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI agents now "believed Steele's information might be credible."
  • Following the Rome meeting, the FBI got a FISA warrant on Carter Page.
  • A former journalist, self-styled investigator, and Clinton ally, named Cody Shearer, wrote an unfinished memo that claimed the "FSB had incriminating videotapes of Trump having sex in Moscow; it also made wild allegations that leaders of former Soviet states had given huge payments to Trump family members. "
  • Trump's defenders, such as Hannity, had claimed that Steele authored another dossier using Clinton contacts. But the memo was not written by Steele and thus it was a bold-faced lie.
  • Steele was shocked that Comey came out to say that the investigation into Clinton was being reopened and why one standard was applied to her and not her opponent.
  • Following the election Steele "authorized a trusted mentor, Sir Andrew Wood, a former British Ambassador to Moscow—to inform Senator John McCain of the existence of his dossier." Wood said, "it was simply a matter of duty."
  • On Jan 5, 2017, Obama and Biden finally learned of the existence of the dossier and the allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.
  • "The main purpose of the Oval Office meeting was to run through a startling report that the U.S. intelligence chiefs were about to release to the public. It contained the agencies’ unanimous conclusion that, during the Presidential campaign, Putin had directed a cyber campaign aimed at getting Trump elected. "
  • Biden asked "how seriously should we take this?" and was reassured by Comey that portions of it were consistent and that the FBI was confident in the author.
  • Comey said that he would meet with the president-elect the next day in order to protect him were the dossier become public. Nonetheless Trump characterized it as Comey wanting to use the dossier as leverage.
  • Comey memorialized the meeting immediately after because of the "nature of the person" adding "I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting."
  • Four days after Trump was briefed, the dossier was leaked to BuzzFeed.
  • Simpson's Senate Judiciary testimony claims that "somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier."
  • One possibility was "Oleg Erovinkin, a former F.S.B. officer and top aide to Igor Sechin, the Rosneft president. On December 26, 2016, Erovinkin was found dead in his car."
  • Steele met with Mueller in the Spring of 2017.
  • One subject that Steele is believed to have discussed with Mueller's investigators, is a Nov 2016 memo in which a senior Russian official said "that he was merely relaying talk circulating in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but what he’d heard was astonishing: people were saying that the Kremlin had intervened to block Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney. "
  • "The memo said that the Kremlin, through unspecified channels, had asked Trump to appoint someone who would be prepared to lift Ukraine-related sanctions, and who would cooperate on security issues of interest to Russia, such as the conflict in Syria. If what the source heard was true, then a foreign power was exercising pivotal influence over U.S. foreign policy—and an incoming President."

CONCLUSIONS

  • Steele's critics allege that he lied to the FBI about talking to the press. But no charges have been filed by the Justice Dept.
  • Critics claim that the FBI tricked the FISA court into granting warrants to spy on Trump associates, but the FBI didn't trick the court - it openly disclosed that Steele's finding was political. It was also only part of what the FISA warrant rested on. There were multiple independent sources that corroborated Steele's reporting.
  • A number of major claims have been backed up by subsequent disclosures. Such as that the Kremlin favored Trump and was offering campaign dirt on Clinton. That the Kremlin and WikiLeaks were working together to release DNC emails. That Carter Page had secret meetings with Rosneft and Kremlin officials and was offered a "potential sale of a significant percentage of Rosneft."
  • Furthermore, "damaging financial details have surfaced about Manafort’s dealings with Ukraine officials. Further, his suggestion that Trump had “agreed to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue” seems to have been confirmed by the pro-Russia changes that Trump associates made to the Republican platform. Special Counsel Mueller’s various indictments of Manafort have also strengthened aspects of the dossier."
  • "John Sipher, the former C.I.A. officer, predicts that Mueller’s probe will render the final verdict on Steele’s dossier. “People who say it’s all garbage, or all true, are being politically biased,” Sipher said. “There’s enough there to be worthy of further study. Professionals need to look at travel records, phone records, bank records, foreign police-service cameras, and check it all out. It will take professional investigators to run it to ground.” He believes that Mueller, whose F.B.I. he worked with, "is a hundred per cent doing that.""
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Hello, this is an automated message. Testing functionality. Title: Frozen Year: 2013 Director(s): Chris Buck Jennifer Lee IMDB Link Metacritic Score: 74 Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 7.5
Starring: Kristen Bell Idina Menzel Jonathan Groff Josh Gad Santino Fontana Alan Tudyk Ciarán Hinds Chris Williams Stephen J. Anderson Maia Wilson Edie McClurg Robert Pine Maurice LaMarche Livvy Stubenrauch Eva Bella Spencer Lacey Ganus Jesse Corti Jeffrey Marcus Tucker Gilmore Ava Acres Stephen Apostolina Annaleigh Ashford Kirk Baily David Boat Paul Briggs Tyree Brown Woody Buck June Christopher Lewis Cleale Wendy Cutler Terri Douglas Eddie Frierson Jean Gilpin Jackie Gonneau Nicholas Guest Bridget Hoffman Nick Jameson Daniel Kaz John Lavelle Jennifer Lee Patricia Lentz Annie Lopez Katie Lowes Mona Marshall Dara McGarry Scott Menville Adam Overett Paul Pape Courtney Peldon Jennifer Perry Raymond S. Persi Jean-Michel Richaud Lynwood Robinson Carter Sand Jadon Sand Katie Silverman Pepper Sweeney Fred Tatasciore Kevin Del Aguila Kevin Duda William Kenneth Goldman Lulu Picart Benjamin Schrader Margaux Calla Susi Jack Whitehall Tommar Wilson Synopsis The Walt Disney Pictures logo and the movie title appear to the Norwegian song "Vuelie".
In a winter landscape, ice harvesters use saws and hooks to cut blocks of ice from a lake, chanting as they work about how ice is a powerful force that's both beautiful and dangerous ("Frozen Heart"). They load the ice blocks onto their sled and ride off. A young eight year old boy named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) works alongside them (not very expertly), accompanied by his reindeer Sven (sounds: also Jonathan Groff). They try to imitate the ice harvesters with a single cubical block of ice and a small child's sled, and follow them away as the Northern Lights fill the night sky.
The camera follows the Northern Lights through the sky, before panning down on a stave castle, located on the shores of a Scandinavian fjord, ringed in by cliffs. That night, Princess Elsa of Arendelle (Eva Bella) is fast asleep when her five year old sister Princess Anna (Livvy Stubenrauch) tries to wake her up, wanting Elsa to play with her. Elsa playfully brushes Anna off, until Anna asks, "do you wanna build a snowman?" to which Elsa delightfully agrees.
Fully awake, the two sisters run downstairs to the ballroom. At Anna's urging, Elsa waves her hands, conjuring up a snow crystal, which she then shoots into the air. It explodes, raining snow down on them. To enhance the winter playground, she then stomps her foot, covering the entire floor with ice. They create a snowman that she nicknames Olaf, who likes warm hugs. The girls play gleefully with Olaf until Anna makes a leap Elsa wasn't prepared for and the blast of power meant to create a pile of snow hits Anna in the head, knocking her out and turning several strands of her hair white. Their parents, King Agdar and Queen Idun rush in, responding to Elsa's cries of anguish. They check on Anna and find her cold to the touch. Agdar and his wife hastily load both girls onto their horses and ride at full speed into the mountains.
As the royal family gallops through the forests at full speed, they pass by Kristoff, who is still being dragged on his sled by Sven. He becomes curious about the fact that one of the horses is leaving behind a trail of ice, in the middle of the summer.
Kristoff and Sven follow the ice trail to an empty clearing that appears to only be populated by a large assortment of moss-covered boulders. From the edge of the clearing, Kristoff watches as Agdar asks the motionless boulders to help him. Seconds later, all the boulders roll into a large circle around Agdar, Idun, Elsa, and the unconscious Anna. The rocks uncurl, revealing themselves to be trolls. The "boulder" Kristoff and Sven are watching the event from behind is another rock troll named Bulda, who immediately decides to adopt the visitors after Sven licks her.
Grand Pabbie (Ciarán Hinds), the leader of the trolls, shows up and asks Agdar if Elsa was born or cursed with her abilities. He observes that Anna is lucky she was hit in the head, as a hit to the heart would have been fatal. He advises the family that it might be best if Elsa doesn't use her powers around Anna. He alters Anna's memories so she has no knowledge of her sister's powers, remembering only the fun they've had (for instance, Anna will remember her indoor castle ice rink as a mundane winter day). Grand Pabbie warns Elsa that her powers will grow, and although they are beautiful, they will be a great risk to her if she cannot learn to control them, as fear will be her greatest enemy.
So Agdar and Idun take measures into their own hands based on what Grand Pabbie has told them. The palace is closed to most visitors. Staffing is reduced to a minimum. Anna and Elsa are separated, and having no memory of what has occurred, Anna is unable to comprehend why Elsa is not allowed to play with her. She often comes to Elsa's closed door and tries to coax her out by asking her if she wants to build a snowman ("Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"). As a further precaution, the sisters are also kept from leaving the castle.
While Anna's life is dull but normal, Elsa's powers grow stronger as she matures. Her father cautions her to wear gloves to keep her icy magic in check, and to conceal her feelings, because strong emotions seem to cause her powers to manifest in unexpected ways.
Ten years after the accident, the now teenaged princesses become orphans when their parents' ship capsizes in a storm, drowning them. After the burial, Anna goes again to Elsa's door, pleading for consolation from her only remaining family member. But Elsa, though she sits sadly on the the other side of the door, refuses to communicate with Anna.
Three Years Later:
Elsa (now voiced by Idina Menzel) is now 21 years old, comes of age, and the castle prepares to crown her as the kingdom's queen. Dignitaries from around Europe are coming to visit, including the Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk), who wants to run Arendelle's profits dry.
Elsa is nervous about emerging from her seclusion and receiving the many guests. When Elsa gives the order to open the castle gates, Anna (now voiced by Kristen Bell) eagerly rushes out into the city ("For the First Time In Forever").
As Anna strolls out onto the streets, she crashes into a horse belonging to a charming and handsome visitor, and falls into a rowboat. The visitor apologizes and introduces himself as Prince Hans of the Southern Isles (Santino Fontana), in town for Elsa's coronation. Though Anna is angered at first by Hans's clumsiness (after inadvertently falling on top of her in the rowboat due to said rowboat teetering on the side of a dock and being balanced only by a leg from Hans's horse), she seems smitten by him once she has a real good look at him. Anna runs off when she hears the church bells.
Elsa remains nervous during the coronation ceremony. The bishop (Robert Pine) has to remind her to remove her gloves before she takes up her golden orb and scepter. Holding them, she turns to face the congregation, but almost immediately panics when she sees the gold of the orb starting to frost while the bishop is bestowing her authority on her. She returns the orb and scepter hurriedly to the bishop and puts her gloves back on.
At the coronation reception a couple hours later, Kai introduces Elsa and Anna to the crowd. Anna's first friendly interaction with Elsa in years brings quite the delightful feeling to Anna, flustered at first, as well as seeing Elsa so happy instead of serious and preserved boosts Anna's confidence, prompting her to continue on with the conversation. They're interrupted afterwards by Kai introducing to them the Duke of Weselton. The Duke is a buffoon (to the point that a running gag throughout the movie is people calling his homeplace "Weasel Town"), but an important trading partner. Elsa politely declines his offer to dance with her, but instead playfully volunteers Anna, much to the Duke's delight nonetheless, and the two head off into a comical dance scene. Elsa can't resist chuckling seeing Anna get innocently flustered by the Duke's over-the-top (and incredibly terrible) dancing skills. This causes Anna to feel just as whimsical about the entire matter, for seeing Elsa in such a state hasn't been a sight for years. Anna returns by Elsa's side afterwards, commenting on how well things have been going through the day, and expresses her wishes to have things the way they were that night all the time. Elsa does agree, though her smile quickly fades away as memories of the night she froze Anna's head come floating back to the surface, and she reluctantly denies Anna's wishes all at once despite failing to explain why so.
Anna then takes to the floor with Hans. The two of them quickly sneak off to spend the evening together, quickly realizing the mutual attraction between them. The romantic dance eventually leads to an entire date ("Love is an Open Door"), with the entire night of the young couple being spent bonding. Hans, during their time together, learns of Anna's longing of having someone special in her life, with her sister apparently developing a dislike of being around her by suddenly shutting Anna out one day when they were kids. Hans openly relates to this, only furthering Anna's connection with him. Hans then promises to never shut Anna out unlike Elsa, much to the princess' absolute joy.
By the end of their tour throughout the kingdom, Hans proposes right on the spot to which Anna immediately accepts. The two head back the ballroom, where Anna asks for Elsa's blessing on the marriage. Elsa's baffled by the shocking news, but Anna and Hans couldn't appear more excited going on to ramble about the wedding arrangements. Elsa ceases the sudden rambling by denying them a marriage license, much to Anna's dismay. Elsa asks to speak to Anna alone in private, likely to finally confess her abilities and why it's not wise to marry someone she just met without causing a scene that would expose her powers, but Anna refuses any private conversation, stating whatever Elsa has to say can be said to both her and Hans. Elsa, becoming impatient and frustrated, outright refuses to let Anna marry someone she just met, indirectly telling Anna she knows nothing about true love. This causes Anna to hiss back, telling Elsa all she knows is how to shut people out. Although Elsa is visibly hurt by this, she continues to refuse, with the argument only worsening when she orders the guards to end the party early and close the gates.
Unable to contain her emotions, Elsa makes a violent sweep with her left arm, causing a barrier of sharp icicles to suddenly appear around her. Shocked at the room's reaction to her powers, Elsa rushes from the room.
Panicking, Elsa flees with Anna in hot pursuit. As she bolts out the door, she finds a huge crowd waiting for her in the courtyard. She hastily rushes through as men applaud her. A concerned woman asks Elsa if she's all right. She is frightened enough that she backs into an ornamental fountain and freezes it solid when she grabs it with her left hand. The Duke of Weselton comes out the same door moments later. Elsa pleads for people to step back, moments before another bolt of ice shoots from her hands, nearly hitting the Duke and his guards. She keeps running away, sprinting across the waters of the fjord, her feet forming an ice bridge, and vanishes into the forest on the other side of the fjord.
Anna calls after her sister, but as she, Hans, and the other guests watch, the waters of the fjord completely ice over and the air takes on an icy chill. Moments later, snow begins to fall.
The Duke of Weselton begins to panic, declaring they must take action and put an end to Elsa's curse. Anna, however, refuses and volunteers to seek out Elsa herself and make things right, feeling that it's her fault for pushing her. With Hans being left in charge of the kingdom, Anna sets out on horse to begin her search for Elsa.
Meanwhile, Elsa has found her way to a high precipice on the North Mountain, many miles from civilization. It is here she realizes that far away from what she was taught, being on her own, she can begin to control her powers ("Let it Go"). She constructs an elaborate ice palace, changes her confining wardrobe into a shimmering dress, and vows to stay in seclusion, where she feels she can be herself, and harm no one else.
The next morning, Anna is seen travelling slowly through knee-deep snow on horseback. Her journey is hindered when her horse is spooked by falling snow and runs off. She is forced to spend the rest of the day trudging through knee deep snow, all the while griping that she wishes Elsa had the ability to cover the fjords in a tropical paradise. She sighs with relief upon seeing a building with smoke coming from a chimney. Just then, Anna slips and falls into an ice-cold creek, which freezes her dress stiff. She staggers the rest of the way to the cabin with the chimney, a place known as Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna, run by its burly owner, Oaken (Chris Williams).
Anna quickly staggers into Oaken's store. He doesn't have much winter gear in stock (it's supposed to be the off season), aside from one pair of boots and a single women's mink coat. Anna inquires if Elsa has visited recently, but Oaken tells her that she's the only person crazy enough to be out in a storm like this. As if on cue, Kristoff staggers in out of the storm, seeking to buy some rope, an axe, and carrots for Sven. Oaken can't help but notice that Kristoff is bundled up tightly. Kristoff replies that there's a real howler going on up on the North Mountain. As Anna waits for Oaken to return his attention to her, Kristoff argues with Oaken over the outrageous price gouging on the items he needs (due to Oaken claiming that there's a supply and demand problem since Kristoff is buying from the almost-bare shelves of the winter department), which ends with Oaken roughly throwing Kristoff out into the snow after Kristoff makes the mistake of calling him a crook.
Kristoff and Sven take refuge in a barn on Oaken's property, but are soon met by Anna, who has bought Kristoff's supplies for him, on condition he take her up the North Mountain immediately. Kristoff eventually agrees.
Anna and Kristoff set off into the night with Sven driving. As the discussion turns to Elsa, Anna explains about her whirlwind engagement to Hans. Kristoff is incredulous at Anna's foolhardiness in getting engaged to someone she just met that day, to the point that he quizzes her about Hans to see how little she really knows about him. Their conversation is interrupted when the sled is ambushed by a pack of wolves. Kristoff is initially reluctant to let Anna assist him, but Anna proves to be useful and manages to take out a few of the wolves by herself. There is a moment of panic when the two see a gaping ravine up ahead. Kristoff hurriedly throws Anna onto Sven's back, then, just as they reach the cliff, he uses his knife to cut Sven's harness. Anna and Sven successfully clear the chasm, and Kristoff does, just barely, but his sled falls to the bottom of the ravine and explodes. Kristoff is at first upset that his sled is gone (as he'd just paid it off), but after "arguing" with Sven (which consists of Kristoff speaking his own opinion in his own voice and then delivering Sven's "counterargument" in a goofy voice), decides to help Anna keep going, worried for her safety. Anna promises she will replace the sled.
Early the next morning, Anna and Kristoff enter a frosted-over glen. They suddenly hear a new voice and meet a talking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). The introductions don't go smoothly, as Anna screams and kicks Olaf's head off upon first seeing him. Anna doesn't recognize Olaf until he gives his name and adds, "and I like warm hugs." This jogs Anna's memories and she remembers building him with Elsa when they were young. Anna and Kristoff mention that they're looking for Elsa so they can restore summertime, and Olaf suddenly grows excited; it's his dream to see what summer is like, and he fantasizes about what he wants to do in the summertime in a Busby-Berkeley dance number ("In Summer"). Anna and Kristoff choose not to reveal that he will melt in the summer heat, but follow him as he leads them to Elsa's ice palace.
In the late afternoon, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf arrive at Elsa's ice palace. Sven waits at the bottom of the stairway leading up to the front doors, as his feet can't get a grip on the icy steps. Meanwhile, when they get to the front door, Anna tells Kristoff and Olaf to wait outside, warning them that the last time she introduced Elsa to a guy, she froze everything (making Elsa look like an overprotective sister). The dejected Olaf and Kristoff wait outside and start counting to 60 while Anna heads inside.
Inside, Anna is stunned at the glorious interior of the palace and, even more amazed, to see the new ice dress Elsa has conjured for herself. Though Elsa is happy to see Anna and quickly forgives her for the argument that happened at the coronation party, she becomes nervous and suggests Anna leave so she can't do any harm to her. The conversation is momentarily interrupted when Olaf crashes the meeting (having taken Anna's request of "give us a minute" quite literally). Elsa is astonished to find that her powers include the ability to conjure up living snowmen.
As it turns out, Elsa is surprised to learn that her entire kingdom is frozen, and Anna is surprised in turn to learn that Elsa doesn't know how to stop it. But Anna insists her sister's powers are no reason why they should be so distant. However, having seen Olaf, Elsa flashes back to accidentally hitting Anna in the head with her snow abilities and grows scared, demanding Anna leave.
Elsa retreats to the upper portion of the palace, and Anna follows her, pleading with her sister that they can solve this problem together ("For the First Time In Forever (Reprise)"). But Elsa grows so upset that she unleashes an icy chill, of which a portion strikes Anna in her heart.
Elsa retreats to the upper portion of the palace, and Anna follows her, pleading with her sister that they can solve this problem together ("For the First Time In Forever (Reprise)"). But Anna's promising to stand by her sister's side and help her, Elsa only grows more agitated and nervous resulting in her magic flaring. This time, a blast of magic bursts out and strikes Anna in the heart. Elsa, in desperation to get her sister to safety, creates a giant snow creature (that Olaf calls "Marshmallow") to throw them out.
Marshmallow deposits Anna, Kristoff and Olaf on the front steps outside the ice palace. Though he initially leaves them alone, Anna is pissed off and quickly throws a snowball at him. Marshmallow is provoked, and chases Anna and Kristoff into the woods.
Marshmallow manages to corner them at the edge of a cliff, though Kristoff immediately begins digging a snow anchor by using a rope to safely guide himself and Anna down the mountain to safety. Marshmallow, however, catches up to them, though Olaf tries to stop him (to comically little success). Marshmallow, annoyed, kicks Olaf over the cliff, and continues his chase for Anna and Kristoff. He pulls them up to his face by the rope, and screams in their face "DON"T COME BACK!". Anna then grabs Kristoff's knife and cuts the rope. This sends the duo into freefall, onto a twenty foot deep pile of fresh snow. With his mission to drive them away complete, Marshmallow returns to the ice palace.
As they recover from the landing, Kristoff notices that Anna's hair has started to turn white. Fearful that she may be injured, Kristoff takes her to his family...who happen to be a group of rock trolls -- the same ones that saved Anna many years before. Kristoff explains that as he had no family at a young age, the trolls took him and Sven in.
The trolls are overjoyed to meet Anna, and at first they eagerly believe that she is Kristoff's steady girlfriend, so they try to marry them in a dance number ("Fixer-Upper"), and almost get all the way through the vows before being stopped by the accidental participants. However, he tells them that she is injured and needs their assistance. Just as he did 13 years ago, Grand Pabbie comes forward and examines Anna, but concludes that this time her sister's powers struck her in the heart. Pabbie cannot save her; Anna's heart has begun to freeze. Grand Pabbie says "an act of true love can melt a frozen heart." Anna quickly tells Kristoff that Hans can surely help, and they take off for Arendelle.
Meanwhile in the city, Hans has been providing shelter and help for Arendelle's people. When Anna's horse returns, riderless, Hans asks for volunteers to join him in bringing Anna back. The Duke of Weselton volunteers his two bodyguards, and secretly tells them to shoot Elsa if they should encounter her.
The next morning, Hans's party arrives at Elsa's ice castle. Shortly after they arrive, Hans orders that no harm is to come to Elsa. While everyone agrees, the Duke's thugs quietly disagree, still following the Duke's orders to kill her. The moment they come close enough, Marshmallow reveals himself from the form of snow boulders piled up by the base of the stairs, and jumps right into battle. The archer immediately attack the beast with their arrows, infuriating Marshmallow and causing his ultimate form to be unleashed. Marshmallow is able to hold most of the guards off. Hans, however, proves to be a fierce warrior himself, avoiding each of Marshmallow's attacks and eventually using his sword to slice the snow monster's leg off and cause him to lose balance and begin tumbling over to a large gorge. With Marshmallow wounded, Hans begins heading inside Elsa's castle. Marshmallow, however, doesn't give up, giving one last swing in attempt to drag Hans down with him. Marshmallow fails, and plummets down into the chasm below, apparently to his death.
While Hans has been battling Marshmallow, the Duke's two men have managed to use the distraction to barge up the ice steps and into the castle, where they corner Elsa. Despite her pleading for them to not shoot, they shoot at her. She quickly forms walls of ice as shields to block their shots. Eventually, she has the beardless thug pinned to a wall by several icicles and is on the verge of using a wall of ice to shove the bearded thug off the balcony. Hans and his men show up just in time and Hans pleads for her to stop, so she doesn't become the monster people accuse her of being. Elsa settles down a bit at Hans' words, realizing what she's doing. The guy pinned to the wall, still complying with the orders of the Duke, aims his crossbow at Elsa's head and prepares to shoot her. Hans suddenly runs over and deflects the bow. The arrow is released and hits the bolt attaching an icy chandelier to the ceiling, which begins to fall straight for Elsa's head. Elsa tries to run, but the falling chandelier fragments and knocks her unconscious.
When Elsa wakes up, she's back at the castle in a dungeon cell, her hands chained and encased in steel mitts. As she looks out over the frozen kingdom, Hans appears, telling Elsa that Anna has not returned, and pleads with her to stop the winter. Elsa claims she can't, and must be let go to keep others from being harmed.
Meanwhile, Kristoff and Sven arrive at the castle. Anna's condition has grown worse, a chill coursing through her, and more of her hair has turned white. Several of the castle staff escort her in; she looks back as Kristoff and Sven leave. Anna is brought to Hans and tells him that he has to kiss her in order to save her.
The castle staff in the room quickly leave to give them privacy. Hans places Anna in a chair, leans in as if to kiss her... and says "Oh, Anna, if only there was someone here who loved you!" As Anna looks at him in shock, Hans explains that as the youngest of 13 brothers, he had no chance at claiming his family's throne, so he went looking for a royal family he could marry into. Unable to get to Elsa, he made Anna's acquaintance and played on her naivete. He intended to marry her before causing some form of "accident" for Elsa that would clear his path to the throne.
However, given Anna's current condition, he plans to simply let her frozen heart overcome her, then stab Elsa, ending the eternal winter. Anna tries to stop Hans, but he extinguishes the fire in the nearby fireplace before locking her in the room. It is then that Anna collapses, her hair now completely white.
Hans goes to speak with the duke of Weselton and several other dignitaries. He claims that Elsa has caused Anna to freeze to death, but before she died he and Anna recited their wedding vows. This apparently is enough to give him full authority to declare Elsa guilty of treason and sentence her to death.
The palace guards go to Elsa's cell, but are detained when a wall of the cell collapses. While they are held up, Elsa freezes her shackles to the point that they shatter, and then breaks through the wall to the outside.
Meanwhile, far from Arendelle, Kristoff and Sven are trekking away when Sven urges Kristoff to go back. Kristoff claims he has no need to, but as they look back at Arendelle, a mysterious swirling cloud of snow begins to engulf the kingdom. The two then take off towards the growing danger.
Olaf has managed to find Anna in the locked room, and seeing her freezing, quickly lights a fire in the fireplace. Anna explains that Hans wasn't her true love, and that Olaf should leave or he'll melt. However, the little snowman says he will not leave her side until he finds an act of true love that can save her. As they talk, Olaf recalls how Kristoff did so much to get her back to save her, when the wind blows a window open. Olaf goes to close it, but in the distance he sees Kristoff and Sven charging towards them.
This gives Anna hope. She realizes that they're in love: maybe Kristoff can save her. Olaf helps her up, but in the hallway, ice springs up to block their path. Going out a window, the two slide down the castle's steep roofs. Anna attempts to make her way across the icy fjord, with Olaf close behind. However, as the wind picks up, Olaf is blown away, and Anna finds her hands are turning to ice. Even so, she continues to move forward, calling out Kristoff's name.
Meanwhile, Hans has found Elsa wandering the ice of the fjord. Thinking he's come for her, Elsa tells him to leave her alone, and take care of Anna. Hans lies and says that Anna was killed by Elsa's magic. The pain of this causes Elsa to collapse, the snow in the air suddenly hanging in stillness.
The clearing of the whiteout enables Kristoff to see Anna, and he runs to her, but as Anna looks around, she sees Hans about to stab Elsa. Even with her own life at stake, Anna rushes in front of Hans, blocking the knife. As she does so, her frozen heart finally consumes her, turning her into a statue of ice, and shattering Hans' blade.
Kristoff and Sven arrive seconds later. Seeing Anna turned to ice, Elsa breaks down in tears, hugging her sister. No one is sure what to say, when Anna's icy form begins to change and gain color, and she returns to normal! Anna broke her own spell: saving Elsa was an act of true love.
It is then that Elsa realizes what can end the winter: love. And with this realization, she dissipates the ice and snow, and summer returns to the kingdom. Olaf is found, and before he can melt, Elsa creates a perpetual snow flurry above his head, which lets him survive the summer heat.
In the aftermath, Hans is taken back to his kingdom by a French ambassador, who promise to see he is punished for his attempted regicide. The duke is as hotheaded as ever and tries to play the innocent victim. But remembering that he sent two men to kill her, Elsa issues a decree to sever all trade with Weselton. To piss the duke off even further, she tells the messenger to call his duchy "Weasel Town."
Meanwhile, Anna makes good on her promise and replaces Kristoff's sled. She also tells him that Elsa has appointed him the castle's official ice deliverer. Kristoff is so grateful that he kisses her. If he wonders why a queen who can conjure ice out of thin air needs ice deliveries, he keeps the question to himself.
Having come to grips with her powers and learning they can be a blessing and not a curse, Elsa uses them to create a wintry spectacle in the summer sky. She also turns the castle's courtyard into an ice rink, where she informs Anna that the gates to the castle will never be closed again. With the city's people in attendance, the sisters skate around the rink, happy that they are finally together again.
After the credits are over, we cut back to Elsa's ice palace, where it's revealed that Marshmallow survived the fall after Hans cut off his leg. Wandering through the empty ice palace, he finds the tiara that Elsa tossed away during "Let It Go", and puts it on his head, smiling to himself, and the spikes and fangs on his back quickly retract.
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2017.12.12 18:56 Spear99 A cursory overview of 2017's police shootings.

So after arguing with some random dweeb who insisted there were hundreds of unjustified police shootings, I decided to actually crunch some numbers using the Washington Post database. Here are my results:
917 People were shot by police in 2017 as per https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017/
We will overlook those with weapons as the reason for deadly force in those instances is obvious. Looking at the less obvious categories:
Of the 21 people shot with an unknown weapons status there are:
  1. Eddie Lee Patterson – Dragged Officer in vehicle
  2. Trent Fondren – Iffy, no details beyond “a civil disturbance”
  3. Augustus joshua Crawford – while it is unclear whether he was armed at the time of the shooting, he was wanted as a suspect for a shooting that left a man badly injured earlier in the day, and was stopped for the express purpose of arresting him. He ran and was shot. (Tenn v Garner)
  4. Michael David Lopez – Drunk driver. High speed chase with 2 pit attempts ending in shots fired at vehicle.
  5. Austin Dunsmore – Reported as a reckless driver. Confrontation with police resulted in shots fired.
  6. Randall Ross – Iffy, No details
  7. Michael Culhane – Iffy, no details
  8. William H. Holmes – Tried to take officer’s gun
  9. Peter Daniel Grima – Iffy, no details
  10. Herbert Gilbert – High speed chase resulted in a search warrant. A scuffle was heard by witnesses.
  11. James Gerald Davis – Iffy, Domestic Violence Warrant. History includes pointing a gun at a child and threatening the child with a knife. No further details however.
  12. Antonio Garcia Jr. – Fought with police
  13. Cedric Jamal Mifflin – Iffy, High Speed pursuit into foot chase. No further details.
  14. Rafael Navarro Garcia – A shot was fired from inside the vehicle, injuring the officer. Then Rafael exited the vehicle from the driver’s side and was shot.
  15. 7 unidentified people with no details.
Meaning there are a total of 13 iffy shots in the unknown weapons status category, determined by the lack of details that would provide a legitimate reason to open fire.
61 people were unarmed when they were shot by police.
Of these 61 people, 13 of them were fleeing erratically in vehicles and can be considered ‘armed’ because a vehicle is a deadly weapon.
Of the remaining 48 unarmed people shot by police there are:
  1. Calvin Toney - Fought with police
  2. Dewboy Lister - Fought with police
  3. Anthony Antonio Ford - Fought with police
  4. Charles David Robinson - Fought with police
  5. Jonathan Coronel - Gang Member, known to be armed, made motion to draw gun
  6. Chet Knuppel - Threatened to shoot a civilian then charged police
  7. John Bittle - Threatened officers during chase
  8. Jose Hernandez-Rossy - Fought with police
  9. Isiah Anthony Murrietta-Golding – Iffy, not enough details
  10. Rogelio Vidal Landa - Armed robbery suspect, gun in vehicle, crashed vehicle and was shot while trying to escape (Tenn v Garner)
  11. Chad Robertson - Bad shoot, police charged
  12. Steve Salgado - No details, iffy
  13. JR Williams - Told police he had a weapon and was going to shoot them, then pretended to draw a weapon
  14. Elena Mondragon – Iffy, not enough details
  15. Christopher Apostolos - Fought with Police
  16. Ambroshia Fagre - Partner in an armed robbery. passenger in vehicle that rammed an officer. Shot as a result.
  17. Raynard Burton - Repeated Felon Carjacker fought with police
  18. Jean Pedro Pierre - Fought with Police
  19. Sean Bohinski - Fought with Police
  20. Dexter David Anthony Baxter - Fought with Police
  21. Brandon Lee Bohanon - Iffy, Got Aggressive after disobeying orders but no details on distance or actions
  22. Timothy Elam - Passed a security checkpoint, took a shooting stance and yelled "Get down on the floor"
  23. William Porubsky - Fought with Officer
  24. Farhad Jabbari - Fought with Officer
  25. Justine Damond - Bad shoot, investigation ongoing.
  26. Brian Easley - bank hostage taker, said he had explosives in his backpack
  27. Dejuan Guillory - Fought with Officer
  28. Armando Garcia-Muro - Accidental, stray bullet from a dog who was shot for charging police
  29. Marc Brandon Davis - Fought with Officer
  30. Hector Gamboa - Barricaded Murderer
  31. Hayden J. Stutz - Said he had a pistol next to him in bush, took a hostage, then lunged for the bush
  32. Carlos Garcia Petrovich - Drunk Driver who fought with police
  33. Ricco Devante Holden - Shot when he managed to break into a police car (obviously with guns in it)
  34. Jimmie Montel Sanders - Iffy. Man inside bar started shooting, another man started wrestling with the gunman. Police ran in and saw a man with a gun then shot. Other suspect was taken into custody with GSWs as well.
  35. Jonathan David Victor - Combative
  36. Jordan Edwards - Bad Shoot, cop charged with murder
  37. Jacy Kevin McManus - Wanted for the shooting of another man. Fought with Police
  38. David Eric Ufferman - Fought with Police
  39. Alteria Woods - Accidental. Was used as a body shield by her armed felon boyfriend. Boyfriend was killed, deputy was wounded. A stray bullet killed her.
  40. Joshua Henry - Out on Bond for murder. Fought with officer.
  41. Vincent Palma - Charged police. Was tased, didn't work. Then shot.
  42. Nana Adomako - assaulted employee, threatened to kill employee, then fought with police.
  43. Peter Torres - Attacked multiple people then refused to stop advancing on the officer
  44. Jonathan David Sper - Fought with police
  45. Daniel D. Rogers - Fought with Police
  46. Darrion Barnhill - Attacked officers, multiple outstanding warrants
  47. William Tucker Mathis - Broke into estranged wife's home and attacked two officers
  48. One person was unidentified. No details can be found
We arrive with a total of 6 iffy shoots in the unarmed category, 2 accidental shoots, and 3 definitively bad shoots. 2 of which resulted in a conviction and 1 has an ongoing trial.
In total, we have 3 definitive bad shoots and 2 accidental shoots across all categories for a total percentage of .5% of all shoots being unequivocally uncalled for.
If we are generous and count all iffy shootings as also being bad shoots, then a total of 19 iffy shootings across all categories results in 2% plus the additional .5% from above equaling to 2.5% (24) of all shootings being bad shoots, giving us this year's range of bad shoots between .5% at the lowest and 2.5% at the highest.
Now if no one else can get shot for another 19 days so that I don't have to update these numbers that'd be great.
Edit:
Bonus Statistics:
  • 437 of them were white (5% were unarmed)
  • 212 of them were black (8% were unarmed)
  • 166 were hispanic (8% were unarmed)
  • 38 were some other race (5% were unarmed)
  • 64 are of unknown race (3% were unarmed)
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2017.10.30 13:12 PoliticsModeratorBot Megathread: Manafort, Gates told to surrender to federal authorities

Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.
The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a business associate of Mr. Manafort, include conspiracy against the U.S., multiple counts of money laundering, failure to report financial information, and providing false or misleading statements to financial bookkeepers. These indictments represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.
Update 1
Manafort Surrenders to Authorities - CNN
Charges being brought
Manafort indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States - Reuters
Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Indicted on Money Laundering and Tax Charges - NY Times
The Latest: Manafort faces charges of conspiracy against US - AP News
Trump’s Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Indicted on 12 Counts - Bloomberg
Full Text: Paul Manafort indictment - Politico
Additional Coverage
How the Russia Investigation Entangled a Manafort Protégé - NY Times
Paul Manafort indicted: Trump’s former campaign chair facing charges in Mueller investigation - Vox
Trump’s Former Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, to Be Indicted In Mueller Probe - The Daily Beast
Tucker: Source Says Podesta Brothers & Manafort, Not Trump, 'Central Figures' in Russia Probe - Fox News
Brooding Trump hunkers down with Fox News as his former campaign boss turns himself in - Shareblue
Why is Mueller’s team homing in on Paul Manafort? I asked a former federal prosecutor. - Vox
Paul Manafort was just charged with 'conspiracy against the United States' — here's what that means - Business Insider
Analysis
Which Reactions To The Manafort Indictment Really Matter - FiveThirtyEight
With money laundering charges against Paul Manafort, Trump’s ‘fake news’ claim is harder to defend Washington Post
With Manafort indictment, Trump’s fast-and-loose style just caught up with him in a big way - Washington Post
Indictments signal the beginning of Mueller’s work, not the end - Washington Post
How the Russia probe closed in on Paul Manafort - Axios
Opinion
Paul Manafort, and the Weakness of Trump - NY Times
FBI’s Focus On Manafort Doesn’t Have Anything To Do With Russian Collusion In The Election - The Daily Caller
Nation laughs at Fox News as it tries to spin indictments against Trump campaign officials - Shareblue
Official Statements and Documents
United States of America vs. Paul J. Manafort Jr. and Richard Gates III - Department of Justice PDF warning!
United States vs. George Papadopoulos 'Former GOP campaign adviser pleads guilty on making false statements to Federal investigators' - Department of Justice PDF Warning!
Pelosi Statement on First Mueller Indictments - Office the the Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi

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