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2020.10.01 12:26 emmadaboutlife [SA] My experience with getting a name and gender change in Adelaide

If you haven't seen my first post about getting a diagnosis and HRT, you can find it here.
Hey, I'm Emma (legally now!!!), a 29 year old trans woman, and as of today I've completed almost everything involved in the name and gender change process. Given it's a ton of work (and a fair expense), I thought I'd write up the steps I followed to make it easier for anyone else trying to do the same thing.

Prepare

Get a notebook or a text doc on your computer, or something like that. Write down every company you interact with, everyone who emails you, every place you have an account with, basically anything that has your deadname on it.
Now, go through these and see how many you can just change without providing proof. A lot of companies just let you edit it (or will do so if you email them and ask). For the ones that don't, start noting down what ID they require. A lot will just be happy with a scan of your birth certificate, but some will want photo ID, a utility bill, or a certified copy of one of those.
Certified copies are a bit of a pain, basically you need to make a photocopy (or scan and print) the document, then take the copy and original to someone "authorised" who will look over the two, then stamp and sign it to say they're identical. Companies vary on who they'll allow to certify a document, but basically everyone accepts a Justice of the Peace (JP), and most councils run a free JP service, which is what I used. Note that JPs can certify email bills, but in a slightly different way - they basically just get you to swear that it's a legitimate copy and sign some stuff, but as far as I can tell it works just fine.

Get a letter from a medical professional or psych

In South Australia you *do not* need to have had surgery to qualify for a gender change. I got mine on the back of ~4 months HRT, and I believe psychiatric help will also do. I asked my endocrinologist for a letter and she was happy to provide one.

The Birth Certificate

Okay, here's the big one! You'll need to fill out a Change of Sex or Gender Identity form (PDF, Website) and a Change of Name form (PDF, Website). Read the hell out of the websites and PDFs, they're long and confusing but you need to know this stuff! Print out the forms and fill them out. On the gender change form, you can choose from Male, Female, Non-binary, or Indeterminate/intersex/unspecifed.
The cost if you do both at once is $321 (at time of writing). I got a bit worried by the combined discount because the forms both have individual payment sections, but what you do is just put the $321 on one form and write "see [first form's name] for full amount" on the other and they figure it out. This fee includes them sending you two (!!) nice new birth certificates. Both are just normal looking certificates, but one only has your new name and gender on it, and the other has a change list on the back, which includes your old ones (this is very useful for changing your name elsewhere).
Another tip for the forms is that there's basically only one spot on the name form that asks for your new name, every other field wants your deadname. On the gender change form, it doesn't ask for your new name at all, they just figure it out because you're sending the forms in at the same time. If you have any questions about the form you can call the office of Consumer and Business Services on 131 882. The person I spoke to was really friendly and helpful, and got the answers I needed after a bit of searching.
You're going to need a bunch of ID for these forms, and you'll also need a witness for the change of name, so it's time to head to a JP (again, use the free council service) and get that done. I was told by CBS that each form needed its own ID (so two copies of each document), so make sure you've got enough copies. I also recommend making a backup copy of your old birth certificate, because you're putting the original in an envelope and posting it off, and that's kinda dicey imo. I also really recommend using some combination of registered post/tracking/insurance, depending on your level of worry.
Post the forms off along with your old birth certificate and ID, and wait anxiously. The CBS website estimates about a month's wait, but mine got done in about 10 days! You don't get any warning that it's done, just a letter from the SA Gov in the mail with the new birth certs in it. Take a moment to celebrate this, because for me opening that letter was the best feeling in the world. You earned it, well done!

Medicare

I'm going to tell you right now: do not bother trying to look up the process for this. It's the classic bureaucracy experience. Instead, just email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) with the subject line Change of Name (DeadSurname DeadFirstname) and a scan of the front and back of your new birth certificate that shows the changes. No other stuff, no forms (this is important), just that. They send you an autoreply that says it'll take months, but that's for new applications and stuff like that. I got a response in 9 days - a lady calling from a blocked caller ID (thanks Services Australia) to confirm a couple of details, and the change went through that afternoon. Obviously it takes a while to send out the new card, but in the meantime if your Medicare is linked to MyGov, you can download the Medicare app (confusingly called Express Plus Medicare on iOS) and it has a card display feature that people should accept. There's no charge for this process.
Note that you may need to get prescriptions/blood test forms/etc re-issued in your new name, I'm not sure about this but I'm emailing my endo tonight.

Photo ID

I don't have a driver's license, so I can't comment on that, but here's the Proof of Age Card process, which I imagine is fairly similar? First, you'll need to fill out an application form (PDF, Website), then head into Services SA (don't do the online application, I'm guessing you'll want a new photo), and let them know you've changed your name and want to update your proof of age card. They'll give you a form to fill out that updates your details with the government department, and ask to see your birth certificate (bring the original with the change list). Fill out the form and take that, your birth cert, your old proof of age card, and your application form from earlier to the counter when you get called, they'll process it, take your photo, and a week or two later you should have your new card! The cost is $25. Here's me celebrating about it!

ATO

Second easiest of the lot! You just go to their website via MyGov, choose the option from the menus, enter in your details exactly as they appear on your birth cert (pay attention to the little diagram, it explains where to find everything), it does some verification magic, and you're done! No wait, no documents, no forms!

SA Water

The best one. Just log in to their website, hit My Settings, then Edit Details. Done!

Everything Else

I highly recommend getting some easy utilities done first - a lot of other places require a utility bill in your new name, and you'll be waiting for your next billing date for them. Once you have them and your list of what needs certified copies, head back to the JP and get them all done in a big batch. You'll probably need a lot of copies of your birth cert (front and back to show the change) as well. Head to the post office and buy some prepaid envelopes too.
Company website searches can suck, I recommend googling [company name] change name. You'll usually find a PDF form with all the requirements or a web page that spells it out. Worst case, give them a ring and they can help you out. Also, if you have a will, don't forget to update that too!
AGL: You need to call them. They may also need to re-create your online account to make it show the new name in there.
NAB: Need to go in person to a branch with your birth cert (showing the change) AND photo ID in your new name. This is a recent policy change.
ING: You need to fill out a form, provide certified copy of your birth cert (front and back) and post it all to them. Took about a week for them to call me to verbally confirm the change. They posted the cards out the same day, and provided SMS updates as well.
Super: Each fund should have the details on their website, the two I dealt with required a posted form and certified ID.
Amex: You call them, upload a scan of your birth cert (front and back) through the website while on the phone, and they sort it out.
Optus: Posted form, birth certificate showing change (front and back). They don't say it needs to be certified but I did it anyway to be safe. The address listed on the form and the website are different. I tried the form's address and it worked fine, took 9 days.
Council: I called them to ask, just needed to email them scans of my birth certificate (front and back), might vary from place to place
House title, etc: Have not tried. Expensive and needs a conveyancer.
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2020.10.01 11:29 Secret_Pension_9496 What Is Microsoft Power BI?

What Is Microsoft Power BI?
Power BI is a collection of software services, apps it will work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually mesmeric, and interactive insights. All converted data may be an Excel spreadsheet or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses.
Power BI Implementation lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what's important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.

The parts of Power BI

Power BI Implementation consists of several elements that all work together, starting with these three basics:
  • A Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop.
  • An online Software as a Service service (SaaS) called the Power BI service.
  • Power BI mobile apps are applicable to Windows, iOS, and Android devices. All these three elements—Power BI Desktop, the service, and the mobile apps—are designed to let you create, share, and consume business insights in the way that serves you and your role most effectively. Apart from those three, Power BI also features two other elements:
    • Power BI Report Builder, for initializing paginated reports to share in the Power BI service.
    • Power BI Report Server, forwarding the report to on server where you can publish your Power BI reports, after creating them in Power BI Desktop.

Key features of Power BI


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Microsoft has added a number of data analytics features into Power BI since its inception and continues to do so. Some of the most important features are inserted:
Artificial Intelligence -- Users can access image recognition and text analytics in Power BI, create machine learning models using automated machine learning capabilities, and integrate with Azure Machine Learning.
Hybrid deployment support -- This feature provides built-in connectors that allow Power BI tools to connect with a number of different data sources from Microsoft, Salesforce, and other vendors.
Quick Insights -- This feature allows users to create subsets of data and automatically apply analytics to that information.
Common data model support -- Power BI's support for the common data model allows the use of a standardized and extensible collection of data schemas (entities, attributes, and relationships).
Cortana integration -- This feature, which is especially popular on mobile devices, allows users to verbally query data using natural language and access results, using Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant.
Customization -- This feature allows developers to change the appearance of default visualization and reporting tools and import new tools into the platform.
APIs for integration -- This feature providing developers with sample code and application performance interfaces (APIs) for embedding the Power BI dashboard in other software products.
Self-service data prep -- By using Power Query, business analysts can ingest, modify, integrate, and enrich big data into the Power BI web service. Ingested data can be shared across multiple Power BI models, reports, and dashboards.
Modeling view -- This allows users to divide hybrid data models by subject area into separate diagrams, multi-select objects and set common properties, view and modify properties in the properties panel and set display folders for simpler consumption of complex data models.
Here are some of the key benefits of using Power BI:
  • Businesses can input massive quantities of data into Power BI that many other platforms would struggle to process
  • Built-in machine learning features can analyze data and help users spot valuable trends and make educated predictions
  • Information can be visualized using powerful templates to allow businesses to better make sense of their data
  • Power BI is cloud-based, so users get cutting edge intelligence capabilities and powerful algorithms that are updated regularly
  • Powerful personalization capabilities allow users to create dashboards so they can access the data they need quickly
  • Alerts can be set up on KPIs to keep users up to date important metrics and measurements.
  • Power BI has an intuitive interface that makes it far more user-friendly and easy to navigate then complex spreadsheets
  • The platform integrates with other popular business management tools like SharePoint, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, as well as other non-Microsoft products like Spark, Hadoop, Google Analytics, SAP, Salesforce, and MailChimp
  • With data security a massive talking point for modern businesses, Power BI ensures data is safe, offering granular controls on accessibility both internally and externally
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2020.10.01 10:59 thinkpadx1e3issues Bizarre BSODs with Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 3 WIndows (crosspost /r/thinkpad)

So I've owned this computer for a full day now, and ran into 4 BSODs.
I believe all happened while MBAM Web Protection was enabled and/or I had a torrent downloading.
The first happened while I was using P2P with Web Protection was enabled, I was repeatedly warned by MBAM that a Trojan was coming from a specific IP address, which I forget ATM.
I've since removed MBAM but am still paranoid. I do not have a dump file, but will repost and upload one if I get another one.
Codes I was given:
KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE three times I believe
and KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED WppRecorder.sys twice I believe.

Lenovo Vantage says everything is up to date, as does Windows Updater.
I ran Microsofts Memory Diagnostic, nothing. I ran all 3 DISMs, and SFC, nothing. I adjusted a UAC Parameter and adjusted something in Event viewer related to Windows Reporting.

I am unable to open the "Find and fix Bluescreen Problems" troubleshooter, and am presented with the message "Windows Online Troubleshooting Service is not available for this version of Windows" despite me being on an Admin account with Windows 10 Pro. This is a personal computer. I ran some CMD level workaround and again, no issues.
I can provide any specs necessary, and as an aside, I noticed that the keyboard and trackpad do not like to work well together consistently when I am in a videogame (not that I need that to be a reality, I have a mouse) but I don't forsee this being in issue, both because of what I just said, and because I am too busy to play games TBH.
I also manually went thru Device Manager and checked for updates for just about every device listed.
Info:
Windows 10 Pro
Build: 19041.508

Please help! I can answer anything, and, again, will try anything I should.
I have read that this is typically a driver issue, a memory issue (or other hardware), or applications not playing nice together.
Thank you.

P.S. Used the reliability monitor and pulled the bluescreen reports: https://pastebin.com/7RBkUEY5
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2020.10.01 09:12 Throwawayacccounts Maybe someone might help if the right person knows my story

Maybe someone might help if the right person knows my story
Originally I wasn't going to get into detail on my story because I didn't think it was needed, people could use it to help find who I am, and I didn't think it was anyone's business. But after reflecting on the back and forward of a thread someone made, and the words in the back of my mind that maybe if the right person knew then others can be helped. Maybe my failure in life can make others have a better life.
I decided to give a deep dive into my story. Note, I will leave out exact details because I still don't want to be found. I've already had pro life groups message me on here telling me not to off myself. I am very sure they believe they would be doing good if they sent cops to my place so I can be put into a nut house. But the way I see it is as a real risk of taking away the 1 thing that can end my suffering.
So I would ask for people to share my story. Maybe the right person will hearead it. Maybe some government program or something will be made to help. Or at least, maybe assisted suicide will be legal to help end the suffering of people who are not terminally ill. I know nothing can happen if I don't share and I expect nothing to change even if I do. But there is a chance something might change for the better if I do.
Side note: Sorry for the typos. I wrote this in 1 sitting. Also note, none of my degrees were in English :P. So forgive the bad grammar and what not. Something to note because this is a mind dump. My writing towards the end gets worse. Sorry about that.

BTW I know my point will get lost in the mountain of text. But it shouldn't be ignored that 85% or higher autistics who graduate can't find a job. It is the single highest disability which can't get a job, bullied even as an adult, extremely high suicide rate, it's the lowest likely of getting any economic assistance or disability even with others having a higher likely of having a job, and there is no real government program to help other than locking us up. Society itself looks down on it, and makes excuses like "I think I have" or "I think the person I work with has". Some even go as far as saying "I'm", but it turns out they never been tested. You wouldn't say that about almost anything else. But due to that, people use that are a saying to say whatever numbers, whatever hardship, or anything else is fake.
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I'm currently 30 something years old. I have 4 degrees. An AS in aerospace, AS in IT, AS in networks, and BS in industrial. I went out of my way to learn how to fly a plane, how to code, statistical analyst, I have certs in lean manufacturing, I have certs in leadership, and so on. I've literally been in the news paper because NASA flown me out due to my rover designs, and I was train by NASA to work on rockets when I was doing my aerospace degree. (They flown me out to more than less tell me due to the hiring freeze that I won't be getting a job or be able to be an intern. That was in Obama and Biden's term BTW. But at least I got a free trip out of it and pictures.)
During my first degree (aerospace), the college I went to was near KSC. There was some agreement that NASA would train us, allow us out there, and in hopes we would get a job when we are done and go for a higher degree in aerospace. This is similar to how Boeing and other companies have programs to help train their future workers before coming on the floor. The problem with this is my final semester man space flight went away, and the idea of us working out there went into smoke. Then to make things worse, about a year or so after I gotten my degree they made the program into a BS due to how hard it was. I don't think it was an ABET, but still. I believe during this degree I was documented as autistic. It might of been my next degree.
During this time I worked a number of jobs from retail, helping at a vet, cleaning toilets/floors/animal waste, writing, and a few others. Many times I would work for $8 A WEEK. Sometimes I worked/helped with food being my payment.
After this, it was obvious things were getting worse so my parents and I moved a few states away since my parents gotten jobs there. Before heading out, I picked up a manufacturing job in the area we were moving to, and I thought thinks were starting to work out in my favor for once. I was wrong. The place I worked at treated everyone horribly. They were hiring, firing, and rehiring people because they had an agreement with the state if they hire x amount of people then they would get something like $250 million from the state. But the loophole was each person hired counted, but it never counted how many kept their job or was hired before. So there was a strong mentality of firing people over nothing or no reason. Many who stuck around were horrible people. Every day I dealt with workplace bullies from people about double my age at the time. Every day it gotten worse. Then to top it off, the boss tended to join in, and by the time I was fired for no reason I was about a week off from crashing my car into a tree at top speed to end it. I was just trying to figure out how to make it look like and accident so my parents would get my life insurance.
After I was fired, and after I couldn't find a job for a while. My mom took me to the local community college so I can try another degree. We figure IT might be worth me getting into since I was already good with computers. I actually had a good time in this degree because the director of the program was nice, and he tried to help people out to a point. About mid way the director asked why wasn't I going for my networking degree. Something it is just a handful of classes apart, and I can graduate with both. That turned out to be helpful since the networking degree was a 2x2 into my BS.
Anyways, during my time of doing this degree/s I had to only take 2 classes at a time since beyond that I was overloaded, and realistically I wouldn't been able to get the aerospace BS degree anyways since my grades from the AS was so low due to the load. I applied to some QA jobs while doing this degree since I was certified in doing some of that, and one laughed me out of the interview. IDK if they did that because I was 24 at the time, and they were close to 50. Or the fact that I'm autistic. Maybe a little of both. The guy did mention my age a few times. Anyways, all the questions I answered 100% right. I even wrote down the questions when I got to my car, and looked up everything to see if maybe that is why the guy was laughing.
I ran into situations like that once in a while. One job I did pick up I had to go through hurdles to just get it. Take a test to prove I'm not mentally retarded or anything like that. 2 hours on my first day the boss fired me because they mentioned to the plant manager the day before I was working on my IT degree on my off time. What is sad is my pay topped out at what I started due to all my certs and what not, and it was only $20k. And during my time there all I heard was everyone bad mouthing everyone who worked there due to the drug use in the area.
Also while I was working on that degree I learned how to code. Basically, I heard about the learn to code crap and since my school wasn't going to teach me I decided to pick up those skills on my own. I wanted to make some Android apps to see if they can take off. None of them did, and I figure maybe it was marketing or experience. So my parents drove me out to museums and other places so I can ask if I could code an application for them for free. One of them I 100% completed. It was for a historic burial ground. Basically, I went on a walking tour of it and notice how people were complaining about the paper map. So I scanned the map, and had it where when you touched the number the information of the person would come up. I was able to secure a meeting and my hopes was high with this. That quickly went away when it was clear the historical place was going to do nothing with what I provided and basically was lying to get me away. I offered it for free, and just asked them to place QR codes so people know where to download the application. Another place, I wanted to develop something similar with them I kept getting blown off. (In the next degree I had to use the library to take a proctor test, and I heard them talking shit behind my back. The same ass holes that wasted my time.) I even went on some trips with my dad when he had business trips. Similar things happened in those areas. Where I couldn't get a meeting, I kept getting lied to, or whatever instead of flat out rejected.
Now some might be wondering why was I giving this away for free. The thought behind this was I would be able to use this as resume material. That this is why I wasn't getting beyond the interview stage when I interviewed for coding jobs or why I wasn't getting a call back at all.
During this time I took a YouTube channel I had in the past that I used for basic game how-to videos like Eve Online, and I turned it into a tech how-to and educational channel. The thought behind this is I could show potential employers what I knew and hope it will help me get a job. This never took off, and even today it's about 12k subs, but only gets an average of 100 views per video. The topics I covered was a mix of cyber security, coding, windows, server, network engineering, and a number of other things. I even gotten into aerospace, stock market, and a few other things. Some of it I bull shitted to act like I had more going for me than I did. But this was when it was obvious people wanted to see some confidence in what you're saying. Still, I dislike how I did that.

By this time I figured nothing was going to work out for me, so I tried freelance work. I found I was really good in SEO work. But I quickly found it was impossible to get work due to the flood of bids that undercut mine simply because these others would lie and they came from 3rd world countries. I tried hiring some to figure out what is going on, and quickly found it wasn't going to work since there was no way to filter myself to the top vs these others. Where an average person hears 1 person says they can do a job for $300 but this other says for $9. Then lets go for $9. So I killed that off.
Between this point till the end of my degree I tried making apps a few more times, tried YouTube throughout, and I asked my school for help. They tried, but most places didn't want to pay. I found 99% of the problem is I am not good with people, and I needed a people person to help. Since I didn't have that, I was SOL.
Sometime during this degree I was told about the Navy doing games. Where they wanted subject matter experts in their field to help them figure out how to best do things in the future. So I said OK to this. Like it wasn't paid, and I figure it would be fun (I was wrong about it being fun). Anyways, we found AI against human, the human almost always loses. But human and AI working together takes out AI alone each time. Like AI against human, you have something like a 12% better results. Human + AI you have a 64% better results against AI. Those numbers might be not right and I'm saying them as an example only. But since then, every so often the USA Navy sends me text and email when super important stuff is going on (like what you should do in this virus) because their system has me marked as a contractor.
Anyways, towards the end of my degree I was invited to look around Cisco. While there the recruiter talked to a group of us, and he gave us their contact info and what not. I sent them multiple emails and even tried on Linkedin, but never heard anything back.
Somewhere within this degree I was also dealing with my sister coming in and out of my life. My sister when I was in 6th grade had to be taken away to my other parent because my sister keep forcing herself to get into drugs and bad people (my parents lived in 2 different states due to jobs, and it took several years before they got back in the same house). This time she was "escaping" some guy who was in human trafficking, smuggling, and so on. During her time with us she made it a living hell. She never really gotten away from drinking, drugs, and so on. Almost every day she constantly yelled, she told plenty of lies to my extended family which put my parents and I into question, and she even tried to trick me into killing our parents over and over. Eventually, my parents ended up kicking her out when she was at my grandmothers about 2 hours away. That was the last I seen of her until she had her kid.
Well this isn't 100% true. About a year or 2 within it, my parents asked all my family if they heard from her for them to contact us to let us know she was alive. They agreed, but we haven't heard anything. One day several months later I was doing maintenance on my computer and remembered I put a tracker on my sisters laptop with her permission. At the time I explained what it did, and that she can use it to track her computer if someone steals it. I logged in and found it still worked. I told the tracker to activate the webcam so it would take pictures, it would send me screenshots, and so on. We found out my sister was in contact with my grandmother, my mom's sisters, and most others. We found out she was living in CO, and figured out she was involved heavily into drugs. My dad, because he works in the federal gov he was told around that time my sister was stopped by the TSA a few times carrying slightly under the max allowed amount of $10k. In short, the DEA knew she was smuggling money, and the DEA knew about what was going on with them. Remember this!!! But shortly after I killed the tracker since we knew our family was not to be trusted, we knew she was alive, and at a given point it was driving us up the wall. We pretty much agreed to cut ties with everyone involved, but my mom decided to not.
I believe it was after all of this, but before I got done with my IT AS I joined the Freemasons. Long story short on that front is at the time I believed my life was getting better, that I was on the right track, and I wanted to be around a group to start calling them my friends. Plus I was getting more and more hungry to see if I can go into the political field. Note that I didn't directly join to go into politics. But I hoped that would be a bonus. What at first seemed as I was making friends, that quickly faded away. Most of the members were 2 or 3 times older than me. They were so out of touch to the current problems, and there wasn't much to keep me there. I did endowed because I seen the good work, and I wanted the group to keep doing things. But as I got busy with school, that mostly faded. And what kept me from going to another meeting in a good number of years is the fact that I have come more and more to the realization how fucked I am. Like when I went to most all the meetings and helped out, I still had a ton of hope and I was trying to go out to places asking if they needed an app. Also the other thing that somewhat shown I won't make friends there is the fact that the people I talked frequently with. I notice none of them even tried to contact me. (When I was in HS I noticed something similar with 99% of my family. I use to call them weekly since I was states away. But I noticed they never call me even on my birthday. So I just stopped interacting with them to see how long it will take for them to check up on me. They never did.) I will admit I do miss it to a point, and thought of going into the Scottish Rite before I stopped going. But IDK anymore due to how life is.
During this degree I was invited out to NASA's Stennis Space Center after NASA liked my rover design. I took the offer and the group I was with on our last day they mostly just told us there is no jobs available due to the hiring freeze. On the way back we met with my grandparents on my dad's side (the only ones who my sister didn't interact with because they are religious and they have so little money that she can't get anything from them). We met them to see where my granddad grown up at and to meet some family that I never seen or heard of before. A day or 2 later on the way back I notice my grandmom was a bit odd. When we got to my grandparents house, my aunt showed up with her husband. They were drunker than drunk. She blamed us for kidnapping my grandparents. In the past she blamed me saying I hacked my grandparents computer, and I had 11 groups looking into her computer. And she went out of her way to have it where my dad stopped paying for my grandparents cable and net (which they can't afford) and blamed us for spying. But this shocked me. That she was accusing us for kidnapping them. After that I figured out my sister had a hand in this with her lies.
After all of this, I ended doing a round about way of using my pell grant money to pay for their basic net, get them back on their service ($10 a month), their own paid subscription of Netflix, and shared subscription of YouTube TV. I mostly did this because other than my parents I consider them to be my only family.

Anyways, when I took my BS all my classes were 100% online. Unlike the CC where I went to class in person, I found while this being the only way I could've done it due to no funds. It was stupid since I couldn't network to hopefully get a job. During this time I kept trying to get into remote work, and I think in 1 month I applied to 10,000 jobs. And for the next 2 months I upped it by an extra thousand. Some gotten back to me, but most didn't. Some interviewed me, but most didn't. Many said remote, but weren't really. Like they wanted remote but you were mostly called in every day. I was applying to so many jobs that I had to apply in other countries.
I think it was during this degree or right before it my dad gotten a number of bee hives, and part of my duties went into that. I hate it because the obvious, and in order to sell the honey my parents are going through my mom's sister. The only good that came from the bees in my opinion is over the past few years my parents started looking into buying a farm. The idea was originally something that can mostly keep up itself with contracts. And it can be a safety net for anyone coming after. But between that thought and now, my parents said I can be a farm manager. I went out of my way to suggest this because as time went on, it became more and more and more obvious how screwed I really am. Anyways, it turns out even if you have the money and income to pay off loans of a given amount. Thanks to Obama and Biden, you legally can't get a loan for anything over 10 acres without it being some type of farm loan. This is unless if you're building a manufacturing plant on it or something like that. And then, you can't get a farm loan unless if you already run a farm.
How fucked up is that? You have the income to pay for a loan (in this case my parent's joint income they could), but because it's over 10 acres you have to have a farm loan. And legally you can't get one unless you already run a farm. You can see who I'm not voting for. Anyways, because we have bees they said they will make that classified as a farm, and then we can do business.
Somewhere mid way of my degree my parents found a 200 acre farm they liked. We went out there, and found it to be worth while. Long story short, the owner spent about a year to 2 years jerking us around. Not wanting us to get the farm evaluated which is required for a loan. And saying they wanted half a million, when the place at best was worth $350k. After my sister moved back in, the owner sold it to their family member for $250k. Since then we think we might of found a place or 2, but it's iffy. The entire point of the farm is multi-year crops. Something to keep the workload down, with low competition, but high payoff like lavender or grapes. All the work and what not to be contracted out, and a company deals with it.

Somewhere mid way of the degree I started getting into 3D printing, laser engraving, and stuff like that to see if I can make money. After several years I still haven't gotten enough to pay for the $1,000 3D printer setup. I only gotten 2 sells with my laser engraver, and that was by force. So that is dead.

Anyways, sometime last year my sister came back with her kids. She told my mom the guy she was with rape the kids, and she was fearful of her life (same guy from before). Before my mom got her, the guy kicked her out. My parents rented her a hotel so she didn't die from the cold (my sister says she was homeless during this time). It turned out she wasn't there most of the days, and it was expected that she was whoring herself not because she had to. But drugs and drinking. Eventually my mom gotten fed up and told my sister to get her kid's papers in order and get ready. My mom bought a ticket and the same day got there. She found out my sister didn't have their bags packed, didn't have their papers in order, and I guess forgotten about it. While getting the stuff ready, my sister told my mom she was afraid that the guy was going to kill her. After my sister gotten back we had a hurricane coming toward the area and we asked my grandmom (mom's side) to stay away. She didn't listen and brought a few people to see my sister and her kids who just came out of a crack house. My grandmom I caught her a number of times talking shit about my parents and I. When I went to show my sister where the security cameras are since my sister said the guy put cameras in the doorknob (had wires coming out of it) and shower head (and I guess was selling videos of her). My grandmom said some bullshit like they are just going to change the location of the cameras. After the 4th time of hearing bull shit, I ended up letting her have it. But still it never stopped. My grandmom saying I was a guest that would never leave. That I'm like trash that needs to go. During this time I heard my parents tell my grandmom the DEA and FBI knew about the guy in human trafficking, and how the guy is smuggling drugs. But the law enforcement literally said they were waiting for him to kill my sister before they moved in on him.
Anyways, after all that was said and done my sister 100% started up drinking in no time and the hell that went away when she was gone the last time came back. But this time I could 100% see something was off with the kids, I could see they weren't healthy, and Holocaust camp. I started working on the kids to get them better, and gotten them a good way with the help of my mom and dad. My sister has nothing to do with her kids during the holidays outside of photo moments, and my sister even broken her daughter's (1 year old at the time) leg and more than less walked away. During this entire time I dealt with her recording us, her sneaking off and leaving us with the kids, her constant yelling, and so on. Due to this we increased the amount of cameras from 4 of them on the outside and 2 on the inside to 8 on the outside and 12 on the inside of the house just to cover our ass. One of her tricks was to insult day after day and hour after hour my mom. Then get me PO so I would try to protect my mom. After which, my sister would 100% calm down like nothing happen, pull out her phone, and record it.
In the past I threaten my parents to show the cops the video of her because I have video of when the guy kidnapped the kids, and we had a swat team around his house. Around 12AM my sister was drunk, loud, and acting up on the deck. My dad went out there to tell her to stop. She thrown a water hose at my dad and it split his nose. She went inside and started slamming doors to the point a clock fallen off the wall, and then she started stomping on it. Like that isn't the worse of it. My parents said if I was to do that then I will be kicked out and the kids will go back to their dad. Later it was found that he raped the son on the trip, and at some point he was allowing people to fuck his son (4 at the time) for money. People being both male and female. (What allowed the guy to kidnap the kids btw was a judge in my state breaking the law. The judge never gotten ding for it. I don't remember his name, otherwise I would've given it here)

Anyways, to make a long story short on that side. Her and her kids are still living with us and it's a living hell many days. I honestly believe my sister is a sociopath. Like a legit one, and my parents agree she needs to be tested after the guy goes to jail. Also there is a number of times throughout this my grandmom and my mom's sister helped my sister break court orders and they knew it. I already declared when my dad's parents die, I won't be going in that area anymore. And if I do, it won't be to see any of my family. I can get deeper into that, but I think everyone has the point.
Towards the end of the degree I 100% gotten burned out. Normally I was taking 1 to 2 classes at a time, and even at that I had the hardest time with any classes that weren't tech classes. Like I had to beg one of my teachers to pass me, it was that bad. I believe I am still dealing with being burnt out.

Anyways, late last year I ended up walking the stage for my last degree. I've told my mom I don't want anyone to go other than my parents, and my dad's uncle (he stayed far outside of this crap with my sister, and he has been OK to me. Also I wanted him there since his kid died, and he didn't have the ability to see someone walk. Plus my grandparents on my dad's side refused. I'm guessing due to family drama that was caused by my sister.) Against my wishes my mom forced it where my sister, her kids, my grandmom that called me trash, and my mom's sisters showed up. I'm still piss.

Around this time I was getting desperate to find a job, so I started trying to use my contacts. The director of my last degree said he wanted to help, but couldn't help since I don't have work experience in IT. The people I let cheat off of me in return they would help me get a job, they ghosted me. My mom was using her contacts, but even after interviewing me no one wanted to hire me. Like one place I applied for a networking job, and they told my mom they weren't going to interview me since I didn't put anything about coding in the resume. My mom told them about how I coded, and during the interview they only asked me about database admin questions.
About this time I pivot my YouTube channel from tech how-to to gaming. I tried a little Star Citizen, but lately I've tried Flight Sim. Making how-to videos and what not. They get extremely low views, and I'm thinking that is going to tail off soon. IDK what to do on that front.

After the virus kicked up I started looking into my backup plan. Because I knew how to fly small planes, I figure I could go for an airline pilot spot or the military. It turns out both won't hire you if you're autistic. The airline thing requires knowing someone to start with, but they won't even look at you if you're autistic. My dad used his contacts to figure out what is going on with the military. He found out that you need a waver, but it's near impossible. And even then, you need to get a waver each time you get a new CO. And if a CO or anyone doesn't like you, they can easily use your autism to get you kicked out. The reason why there was policies to keep autistic people out is many have been bullied to the point that there has been permanent damage mentally and many times physically to the autistic person. And there is even investigations on this because it has gotten so bad.
After that, my hope went completely away. I tried the normal method, but obviously no one wants me. I tried starting my own company, but after so many tries that has never worked out. I even tried writing a book, painting, and things like that and I haven't sold a single one. Even advertised it as coming from an autistic painter in hopes it will bring a buyer.
When I was trying to figure it out I kept asking myself how does these people afford these $20k patents when most don't make any money. I ended up asking around and found out about product licensing. Currently I'm on my 3rd product I'm trying to license, and no one so far wants anything I have to offer. Some even call me back and spend half an hour on the phone with me. After which, I hear nothing. I figure it's similar to interviews. Where the person gets a vibe because I'm autistic, and that blows the entire thing.

I'm honestly at the point I just want to fucking retire. I want to have enough money where I don't have to worry about what happens if I get kicked out. That I see a $10 game, and I can buy it without worrying about things. Factorio has been a game I keep looking up videos almost daily for the past 4 months, and I hate how I'm worried about just that little amount of money.
The only things that is keeping me from offing myself this second is what kept me in the past. Stupid things like wanting to play a game (cyber punk), or that it will make my parents sad. I figure in 2022 if my life doesn't get better. I might end things. It would be nice to just find some nice women with a good job, create a family, and play the stay at home dad.
Getting a job is pretty much impossible for my disability. You might want to check out the unemployment rate for people with autism. Like it's predicted to be around 85% of people who HAVE a college degree but are also autistic are unemployed. In fact, there is a major gap between autistic people and other disabilities who have a degree or not. People with autism have some of the lowest paying jobs compared to others. I've seen studies talk about people who are autistic are 9 times more likely to off themselves. Being autistic I'm far far far more likely workplace bullying (and I have in most jobs I've been on. Even when I was cleaning toilets for $8 a week because that is all the work I was able to get). In the USA, if you're blind, you automatically get the full amount. If you have anxiety problems you have a high chance of getting the full amount ($750 a month btw). If you're autistic and only autistic, then you have near a 0% chance of getting a cent. Even blind people have a higher chance of getting a job than someone who is autistic. Even people with missing body parts have a higher chance. How fucked up is society that not only there is no disability. But there is no programs to help someone who is autistic to get and keep a job? Even more if they are educated like myself. And worse off, how fucked up is it that not only all this other stuff. But me wanting to end my life is viewed as shameful, taboo, and enough to be locked up in a mental hospital.

Like I would love to run for congress or governor. But I have no doubt in my mind me being autistic will stand in my way and be used against me. Similar how the dems had no shame of trying to use Trump's weight as one of the reasons he shouldn't be in. So I don't think I can fix the system directly. Again, please share this. Maybe the right people will see this and maybe at some point the system will get fixed. I just hope this won't be used against me, and that is why I ask for people to not try to figure out who I am. Like I know if this info gets out, and this is linked to my name. This will kill my chances of working in ANY good IT job since why would you trust someone that to some might seem unstable with quarter of a million dollar code/parts.

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Side note:
  • Have I tried talking open about this?Yes I tried once on my YouTube channel to see if people would help. This never happened, and it damaged my channel. I didn't get deep into it and I deleted the video. I've also tried to talk with others about it, but I keep getting blown off.But for the most part, the problem isn't emotions. It's that I can't get a job, that the gov isn't going to help, and that I'm fucked due to variables out of my control.
  • What is the biggest problem?Society. Look it up right now on 85% of autistic... and in Q&A sites you will find people say some BS like that isn't true because they THINK they are autistic. When I was asking about the military, some were saying yes autistic can join. I THINK I'm autistic and I THINK some around me are. This mentality needs to go.Same with the how the spectrum is open now older people should've been on it. Guess what. I've been around researchers, engineers, and others like that. Hell, if it paid well I would try to get my PHD in astronomy, and I interacted with plenty of them over the years. I only met 1 autistic person that worked at NASA, and he was going out the door and he was from the Apollo age. Not a single other person I met even came close. So stop devaluing the problem. Keep in mind, that 85% is those who ARE counted. How many stopped looking for work or make $500 or so a year (which causes you to be labeled as having a job) and they aren't on that? I'm sure the real number goes up to 90% easily.
  • What do I hope comes from this?My hope is maybe through my shit life, it might somehow make the world better somehow. Like it would suck to have this much bad luck, this much I have to deal with. But at the same time have NOTHING good that comes from it. I hope for it to reach someone with the power to actually push for a fix to this 85% problem. A fix being in a way that
  1. Help in us getting a job or making a company (hell, if you're a female you get help. Why not us)
  2. 100% ability to get disability so we don't have to work. I think this is the best solution since realistically the other 2 requires a massive shift from society and this one is quicker and easier.
  3. And/or assisted suicide laws to be allowed for those who aren't terminally ill. I know I would take that option if aviable. Part of the reason why I don't off myself right now is fear of doing it wrong in a way that makes my life worse, and fear of the pain.

The following is evidence of some of my certs and degrees. I blacked out a lot of things so you can't track down the date, location of the school, my name, and a few other things. Again, I still don't want to be found. I am only sharing this because my word by itself means nothing. And I honestly haven't thought of how out of the norm what I done is. Keep in mind, I only did it to survive and I live with it every day.
And this is something everyone needs to keep in mind. I did what I did to survive. So I can have a chance of living a happy normal life. Some have called me a Renaissance Man. Some called me a savant. I don't view it that way. I did what I did to survive. I did what I did because I knew doing nothing won't get me anywhere, and I thought doing this will get me a chance of a normal life. I did what I did because other than doing nothing, it's the only other possible action I could think of to get me to a normal happy life.
NOTE: I have to scan my degrees. I didn't notice that wasn't done until I looked for them for evidence.
There is a lot I'm not including. Like a lot of IT certs that basically said I know x technology. I've gotten a load of them through my BS. There is also a lot of certs I know I don't have like my OSHA stuff I lost it a while back, NDT certs I have no idea where they are, and there is a number of others that past work places that required me to train but kept the certs so I had to retake it if I worked for anyone else (like driving forklifts, lean manufacturing, and a few others)
Evidence :

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Freemason
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2020.10.01 09:00 Rawdays Weekly venting thread Thursday October 01, 2020

Welcome to the melbournementalhealth weekly venting thread!
This is a place to talk about anything that you've struggled with or need to get off your chest this week.
Note: we are trialling this thread for now and can reassess at a later date. We thought that it could be helpful for some of us to have a vent/seek support etc without having to create a new post (although that is still encouraged). We will tag all of these threads with trigger warnings in case there is any sensitive talk around self-harm, etc.
If you are in need of additional support please call:
Emergencies: 000
Lifeline 13 11 44 www.lifeline.org.au This a 24-hour phone crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline also has a crisis support chat available from 7pm - 12am (AEST), 7 days a week, and Lifeline text by texting 0477 13 11 14 and available from 6pm - 12am (AEST), 7 days a week.
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au A free private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5-25.
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au A nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 OR 1800 512 348 (for Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service) www.beyondblue.org.au Provides advice and support via phone 24/7, daily web chat between 3pm - 12pm and email via the website with a response provided within 24 hours.
Mensline 1300 789 978 www.mensline.org.au A telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
Psychiatric Triage www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthservices (call the number for your geographic area and age bracket)
Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 www.fdsonline.org.au An interactive tool based on a typical support group for family drug support.
DirectLine: 1800 888 236 www.directline.org.au 24/7 confidential drug and alcohol counselling and referral, phone and online contact options available.
SANE Australia: 1800 187 263‬ www.sane.org A national online and free call service providing information, support and referral to people concerned about complex mental health issues.
MindSpot: https://mindspot.org.au/ A free therapist/guided digital mental health clinic. They provide information about mental health, online assessments, and online treatment to adults with anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain.
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2020.10.01 08:36 BusinessWebsoft2 10 Various Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Website

10 Various Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Website
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For an online business owner, any organization or marketers customers are very important. It results in traffic. More will be the customers, more will be the traffic. Traffic brings any sites on the top of SERP. So following ways can be used to increase the traffic to your websites.
  1. Advertisement: It is a very oblivious and simplest option. Advertise the website using paid ads such as pay per click, display ads or any other advertising platforms. Advertise the website very carefully as each platform has pros and cons so how much money should be spent can be observed carefully.
  2. Go Social :Promote your website on different social media platforms as much as you can. Only one and two platforms is not enough, having accounts on different social media such as twitter, Instagram, snap chat, YouTube, Facebook is necessary and being up to date on that site also plays an important part to bring the traffic to your site.
  3. Avoid Short Tail Keywords: Any blog or a website is optimized around keywords. So keywords should be long tail keywords as they don’t have very high competition as compared to short tail keywords so neglect the short tail keywords.
  4. Write a Blog :Blog is a very good platform to share knowledge but also play a very vital role in bringing the traffic and generating leads. Blogs also help improve your SEO because you’re constantly adding new content to your page. As a result of your improved SEO strategy, your organic lead generation will increase as well. The more often you post, the more traffic and leads you will get.
  5. Optimized Website:If your website is not optimized then bounce rate will be very high. Traffic will divert to another website if the website takes time to load. So it also plays a very vital role in getting traffic to your website.
  6. Research the Competition : Check out what your competitors are up to. What keywords they have used. Research on their tags, description etc. Research on what people are looking for.
  7. Examine Analytic Data :For analysing data you can use google analytic which is a service by google that provides information website traffic. Keep a close eye on this data and use this information for content and promotion strategies. Analyse from where and when traffic is coming to our website.
  8. Guest Posting:It is one of the hottest and easiest ways for generating traffic to your website. It is a process of contributing a post to another person’s blog to build relationships, authority, and backlinks.
  9. Implement Good Search Engine Optimization(SEO):Pay attention to SEO. Optimizing your content. It is always valuable for any website. Update the expired content regularly.if content is good more people will visit the site and will improve automatically traffic.
  10. Email Marketing : Email marketing is still as beneficial as in early days.it can also be used for advertisement. It’s still one of the most profitable marketing tactics.it is less expensive and delivers high ROI.
Conclusion:These all can be used to increase traffic to our website. If you have a budget and are willing to spend on a website, then buy paid traffic from platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Quora, etc.all tactics discussed above are also very important. Although it is a time taking process it provides very genuine results.
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2020.10.01 07:21 amyranthlovely Japan Travel, COVID-19, And You: Guidelines On Travel & Pandemic News Update Thread - October 2020

October 2020 - Japan continues to be closed to International Tourism at this time, with no indication that the restrictions will relax before the end of 2020. Japan's borders are only re-opened to Foreign Residents of Japan, Japanese Nationals and individuals with special exemptions. In regards to Tourism, please wait until official Government announcements are made and protocol established before booking or rebooking any flights, hotels, or other forms of entertainment for any future trips.

If you are seeking information on re-entry as a Visa Holder, or information on how to renew your Tourist Visa while still in Japan, please check /japanlife for more information.
Note that this is the final Megathread on this topic for that sub, and further questions should be directed to your Embassy Of Japan in the country your passport originates in.
One user, esse11e has graciously provided an excellent writeup on their step-by-step re-entry process recently at Narita Airport with the new allowances in place for returning foreign residents.
Travel Restrictions Arriving In Japan for transit to another country are noted here on the MOFA Website. Transit through Japan is ONLY possible through Narita Airport or Haneda Airport and you cannot depart either airport without facing quarantine measures, unless you take a cab from one airport to the other - this is a cost of up to $400.00 USD for a one-way trip. If you have booked your trip already, or are flying on a rebooked ticket, please speak to your airline right away if you have any further concerns.
If you are seeking information on your Work/School related entry, please go to /movingtojapan's Megathread.
A backup of the original thread with minor changes is found in our FAQ. Please check here for the original post from when this situation began, and here for the most recent thread from this event.

CONFIRMED CASES UPDATE: 10/01

As of this writing, Japan has 84,414 confirmed cases, 1,588 people have died.
NHK News Japan has a graph of existing cases in Japan by prefecture here. This breakdown is provided by NHK Japan, and this information is culled from the Ministry of Heath in Japan.
NHK World, the english subsidiary, provides further information and a link to the toll-free information lines for tourists in Japan, as well as daily updates to total infections and deaths.
The Japan Times has a Covid-19 Live Thread that is updated daily with relevant information and articles, as well as links in the side bar for commonly asked, or important information.
The Johns Hopkins CSSE map is another source for confirmation of cases in Japan and worldwide. This map shows breakdown by location in Japan specifically.

TOURISM NEWS UPDATES

10/01 - From NHK News - 'Go To Eat' Dining-Out Campaign Kicks Off. Through the program, diners can earn points when they make reservations at restaurants through booking websites. Fifteen booking websites, including Gurunavi and Tabelog, have been designated for the program.

MONTHLY SUMMARY

September 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 84,414 - Deaths - 1,588
September was a smattering of news regarding tourism, as places like Okinawa began to ease a State Of Emergency due to a surge in local cases. The IOC began to edge towards the idea of easing virus restrictions for athletes that would compete in the 2021 Olympics, and the WHO admitted a vaccine that was tested and proven safe would be unlikely until mid-2021. The IOC did confirm their resolve that the 2021 Games would happen, with or without Covid-19, and by the end of September, they began the task of cutting costs intended to simplify the Games in order to have measures in place to counter the pandemic concerns from the international community.
August 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 68,200 - Deaths - 1,285
As we made our way into August concern about Obon in Japan began to rise, as infections in Tokyo especially began to increase. Tokyo's Governor began asking residents to refrain from traditional travel to hometowns, and to stay home as much as possible to curb the spread. Meanwhile, the Government worked on plans to convene an expert panel to shore up defense against the virus. Full-fledged antigen testing started at Narita, in preparation for re-opening the borders to business entry, and allowance of residents to return home. This test is saliva based, allowing a faster return time on results, but all new arrivals to Japan are still required to comply with a 14 day quarantine - many in hotels before they can return to their proper residences. Late August confirmed what many had feared - Japan was enduring a second wave of the outbreak of COVID-19. Tateda Kazuhiro of Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases said, "We are now in the midst of a second wave. People may think coronavirus infections have peaked out, both in Tokyo and nationwide. But we need to closely monitor the situation for whether a resurgence is underway." Tateda said the situation may be worse now than a few months back. The Japanese Government finally announced that re-entry for Residents of Japan with certain statuses would be allowed as of September 1st. Detailed on the MOFA website, this opens up the borders for Foreign Residents who have status for re-entry - namely “Permanent Resident”,”Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” and “Long Term Resident” (including the spouse of a Japanese national or Japanese child who does not have these statuses of residence; the same applies hereinafter) - and those who have special exceptional circumstances as noted by the Embassy of their home country. As the month wound down, Japan Airlines revealed a new check-in machine for Arrivals to Japan, Two machines will be tested until September 15. After this, Japan Airlines will decide whether to go ahead with a full-scale roll out of the machines based on passengers' reactions. All Nippon Airways has allowed passengers traveling with infants, and those transferring from international flights, to complete domestic check-in online. Until recently, the company had requested that such passengers stop by the check-in counter.
July 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 35,521 - Deaths - 1,020
As July started, Tokyo confirmed another 67 cases and the Government began to prepare for a possible surge in infections citywide. While the IOC continued to state that the decision to hold off on the Olympics in 2021 can wait until later, Japan began to look to reopening the borders to specific people, as certain citizens are already allowed to begin travel to Japan for business and work purposes. Major airports began to set up PCR test centers to help restore Int'l travel but cases began to rise again in the city and around the country. Coronavirus cases exceeded 30,000 in late July, and the Governor of Tokyo is exploring the possibility of calling another State of Emergency for the city in August. Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki is expected to also declare a state of emergency after the prefecture reported 72 new cases, posting a record for five straight days, according to the Okinawa Times.
June 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 18,631 - Deaths - 972
In early June, Tokyo began the move to Step 2 of the recovery plan after the previous SOE was lifted, but faced a spike in infections shortly thereafter. They also added another 18 countries to the Ban Entry list, and confirmed suspiciouns that the IOC would require the Olympics to be held in 2021 - or not at all. The IOC says they will have a plan finalized for the 2021 Olympics in September 2020. Mid-month, the Japanese government revealed it was beginning a plan to allow up to 250 businesspeople into the country each day from areas like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. Cancellations continued with the announcement that the Formula 1 race held in Japan would be cancelled this year, but reopenings were also declared at Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disney Parks. Businesspeople from Vietnam became the first to be allowed into the country after a long closure to flights due to the virus. At the end of the month, Japan declared the border closure to continue into July, and added another 18 nations to the entry ban.
May 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 16,759 - Deaths - 882
The State of Emergency that began in April was extended in May due to the strain presented on the medical system, even though daily infections were seeing a downturn. A mere 10 days later, it was revealed the SOE would be lifted in 39 prefectures, but remain in places like Tokyo, Hokkaido and Osaka to further alleviate concerns with the health care system. 12 more countries were added to the Travel Ban list in the meantime. The SOE was later lifted for the areas still covered, such as Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido after consultation with the COVID-19 panel. It was also revealed that if the Tokyo Olympics could not go on in 2021 due to COVID-19 spread, they would be cancelled outright, although the IOC advised they are doing their best to plan for as many possible outcomes as they could. Kitakyushu, newly reopened, began to see a rise in the spread of infections and immediately began closing attractions to curb the spread. The current round of closures is expected to last until at least June 18th. Finally, after widespread confusion, Japan quelled rumours it would pay for half of tourists' expenses as a poorly sourced article had indicated. This article was clarified in english to state that the credit would only apply to local, domestic tourism within the country - and as there is no indication the borders will reopen any time soon it is prudent to advise this will not apply to International tourists at all. As new cases begin to surface again in Tokyo, the Minister in charge of the virus response says there are no plans in place to revive the State Of Emergency for Tokyo or Kitakyushu.
April 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 14,119 - Deaths - 435
With the virus increasing in spread Japan began increasing travel restrictions into the country on April 3rd, including Canada, the UK, Greece and most of Europe. As travel restrictions increased and flights were getting scarce, foreigners were given an automatic Visa Renewal of 3 months, no application necessary. A State of Emergency was declared, initially for only 7 prefectures, but it was then shifted nationwide on April 16th further restricting movement to, from, and within the country. On April 29th, Japan added 14 more countries to the ban list, barring citizens or those who had traveled to many parts of Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
March 2020 Summary
The reality of the pandemic spread began to set in worldwide and countries began issuing Travel Advisories to their citizens and urging them to return home immediately. 14 day quarantine on arrival for some countries was requested by officials, and towards the end of the month, Japan posted travel bans for citizens from China, Korea, the USA and parts of Europe that were already seeing a large increase in the spread of the virus. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed officially, with a re-start date of July 23rd, 2021 being selected. Trains in Japan began to set slower schedules, due to the lack of tourists and locals traveling in order to curb the spread of the virus.
January 2020 Summary
01/31 - The NHK has published an article reporting that JNTO has a phone number to call should tourists currently in Japan require assistance. The Japan National Tourism Organization is offering phone consultation services for foreign tourists who are concerned about the new strain of coronavirus. The Japan Visitor Hotline offers 24-hour services in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. The hotline can refer callers who may be infected with the virus to the nearest medical institution. It also provides information on measures to prevent infection such as hand washing and gargling. The organization encourages foreign tourists to call if they have any concerns. The hotline number is 050-3816-2787. Calling from Overseas? Use: +81-50-3816-2787
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2020.10.01 06:55 tryingmyverybestest Some resources

This list of resources was put together by one of my OWL leader friends. Seems pretty useful especially for incoming students, so I thought I would share it here. Hope it helps.

Hey! Good luck with your first day of class and the entire Fall quarter. Don't forget to reach out for help when you need it and take care of yourself!
Can't find affordable textbooks for your classes? Check out some of these resources for online textbooks or physical rentals:
LibGen: http://libgen.rs/
Rent with Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/rentals/b?ie=UTF8&node=17853655011
Taking a STEM course this quarter? Consider signing up for ACE tutoring! These small tutoring groups are a really amazing way to access supplemental instruction and find a group of people to work through tough problems with. This is a quarter-long commitment, but you can decide in the first week or two if it's a good fit for you. Check out the program and apply here: https://ace.science.ucsc.edu/
Interested in a lower commitment tutoring resource or need help in a non-stem course? Look into MSI tutoring for drop-in appointments in most courses. Check it out at this link: https://lss.ucsc.edu/programs/modified-supplemental-instruction/ , and use TutorTrac to sign up.
Confused about what classes to take? Need some help enrolling in a course? Unsure how to plan for GEs? Try talking to your academic advisors! They are such wonderful, friendly people who are waiting to help you. You can reach out to them by shooting them an email, or use the academic advising website (https://ucsc.campus.eab.com/) to schedule a zoom meeting with one of the advisors. College advisors are more geared to help you with your college core course, GEs, and deciding a major, and major advisors can help you pick specific courses for your major and even plan your career. Don't stress too much about which email to reach out to, though - whoever you decide to email will definitely be able to at least tell you who to get in touch with!
Stevenson advising: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
Cowell advising: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
General academic advising/enrollment assistance: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
The Career Center can help you explore your interests and career options with personality exploration and advising. Check out their website:https://careers.ucsc.edu/
The CARE office's mission is to be "committed to responding to the needs of the community impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking by providing prevention and intervention services, confidential advocacy, and support." This amazing office provides nonjudgmental support and resources for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, and their significant others. Schedule an appointment with them at any time by calling (831) 502-2273 , emailing [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), or filling out a form here: https://care.ucsc.edu/services/advocacy-appointment-request1.html. For more information, check out their website: https://care.ucsc.edu/
UCSC CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) is available to every student, regardless of whether they have Cruzcare, UCSHIP, or personal insurance. They offer several different types of services for students, from "Let's talk" casual drop-in appointments, to long-term counseling and therapy services. They offer individual or group support and there is something for everyone no matter how big or small your problems might feel. Give them a call at (831) 459-2628 or check out their website here: https://caps.ucsc.edu/.
Want some help or a person to talk to, but in a more casual setting? Reach out to one of our amazing Peer Coaches at UCSC! These are students who love reaching out to other students to discuss everything from academic planning to mental health/wellness to general hobbies and interests. Check out their website (https://advising.ucsc.edu/success/peercoach/index.html) or email them at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])

Has being stuck inside got you feeling down? Try dreaming of what adventures college may take you on with the Study Abroad programs office! Check out UCSC's faculty-led programs, exchanges, and UCEAP opportunity at https://studyabroad.ucsc.edu/programs/index.html. It's never too early to start thinking about your options.
Looking for how to get involved in campus organizations? Check out the SOMECA website, which has a great list of most of the student-led organizations on and around campus. There's something for everyone at UCSC, so try reaching out to one of these clubs by email or finding them on Instagram! Check out the list of organizations here: https://someca.ucsc.edu/organizations/index.html
These are just a few of the many resources available to you as a UCSC student. I encourage you to explore the many things available to you and take full advantage of them early on! It's weird right now because we are all learning from a distance, but these offices are working hard to improve their services and make them as accessible as possible while working remotely. They are such kind people who love working with students, and they are really just waiting for you to reach out.

PS send love to your OWL leaders they are working really hard this year <3

edit: I'm not even on mobile but I have no idea how to format. My bad. Sorry it looks a little wonky.
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2020.10.01 06:08 AutoModerator DAILY COVID-19 MEGATHREAD - October 01, 2020

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2020.10.01 06:05 Dezkin Daily COVID-19 Report for Clark County - Wednesday, Sept 30th

Clark County COVID-19 positives as of Wednesday, Sept 30th:
67176, ⬆️277 from 66899 (9/29)
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16-day tracking estimates:
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Current # COVID-19 in ICU:
# COVID-19 on HFNC Therapy:
# COVID-19 on ventilator:
# Remdesivir vials inventory:
# Staffed ICU beds inventory:
# Ventilators available: 466 (9/29)
# Ventilators in use: 267 (9/29)
# Ventilators inventory: 733 (9/29)
Source: https://nvha.net
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SNHD reports 92.1% (61842, ⬆️310 from 61532 (9/29)) of cases have recovered.
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Total Hospitalized: 5178*, ⬆️49 from 5139 (9/29)
*Hospitalized excludes deaths
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Total Deaths: 1391, ⬆️6 from 1385 (9/29)
(982 with underlying medical conditions)
Not mutually exclusive conditions:
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Positive Results Age Range Breakdown:
MIS-C Cases 9
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Hospitalized Age Range Breakdown:
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"Daily case counts reflect newly reported cases and may represent cases that were tested in the preceding days, which could significantly impact the count on days when a relatively large number of laboratory reports arrive in one day." SNHD confirmed they are not counting COVID-19 antibody positives into their COVID-19 positive case counts.
Majority of information is pulled from Southern Nevada Health District's COVID-19 dashboard and historical reports.
Our positives have slowed down, our recovery rate continues to rise (90+% range), and our hospitalizations are remaining stable (under 700). Protect our vulnerable and continue to practice good hygiene habits, including wearing a mask to prevent asymptomatic spread as mandated by Governor Sisolak (onus is on businesses, which we want to keep open, but Metro will not enforce it; OSHA is responsible for mask enforcement by fining the business). To report a non-compliant business through the state, call (702) 486-9020 or (775) 688-3700.
Doctors are doing convalescent plasma therapy treatments and are seeking plasma donors to help those in need. One plasma donation can help five patients. Blood donors can get the antibodies testing done for free.
FDA states 144 trials of therapeutics are underway to treat COVID-19. 457 more are in planning stages. None have been approved. Remdesivir and Dexamethaaone are FDA approved for emergency base use.
Nevada was approved for the 24-hour test procedure. FDA has approved a 30-minute and a 5-minute testing procedures. UNLV provides the main COVID-19 testing services. The first at-home testing kit was FDA approved on 5/15.
If you live within a 1-mile range of the Wal-Mart on Craig Rd, you qualify for a drone-delivered test kit to your front or back door.
Testing sites require an appointment; some may need to be scheduled by your primary care physician or another authorized provider.
City Serve coordinates testing sites throughout the valley. Testing is only on Saturdays. Schedule a no-cost test here: https://cityservelv.org/
The antibodies test was approved by the FDA a month ago. UMC, E7 Health and local laboratories are able to conduct antibodies testing. Cost is normally $149+, but your insurance may reimburse you for the test. Check your coverage first. Vitalant/Universal Blood Services will do a free antibody test for any eligible donors.
UMC is able to process 4,000 tests per day. It is encouraged for anyone to be tested. Symptoms are no longer required. Appointment is required.
UMC's testing sites are inside Thomas & Mack Center and Cashman Field Center. They can do 1,200 tests per day, Tues-Sat 8am to 4pm. No symptoms, insurance, or citizenship required for testing. Must schedule an appointment online through UMC's website (www.umcsn.com). A staff member will contact you back to schedule your appointment. According to their reps, there is no limit how often you can get tested. Sites are walk-in, appointment or walk-up. Both sites now use the self-nasal swab test kits.
UMC updates COVID-19 test guidelines:
New guidelines are to save test kits for those exhibiting symptoms.
See all testing locations on the SNHD website.
All CVS pharmacy drive-thru locations also do testing, no cost should be associated with this test. Validate with your insurance. If no insurance, there should be no charge.
Four months ago, the first vaccine was tested. More than 160 vaccine prototypes are being tested. Clinical trials of the vaccine were administered three months ago. Phase 1 & 2 of trial vaccines have completed with positive antibody results. Phase 3 clinical trials started with 30k volunteers; large test size of 3k vaccine test trials in the UK. Africa started their vaccine trials two months ago. Multiple sources stating to expect an FDA approved vaccine by end of the year.
Of the 100+ vaccines submitted, 22 have made the cut to go through testing and final FDA approval phases (5/15 briefing). The front runner vaccine is conducting human trails (Phase 3 aka final stage), completion date in September. AstraZeneca is prepared to produce 2 billion doses once the vaccine is FDA approved.
Government is working with four vaccine manufacturers who are in the final phases of vaccine trials, all prepared for massive vaccine output once FDA approval is given (7/31). Two of the four have in the final review phases with FDA (8/14).
Phase 3 vaccine trials for Vegas has started. Volunteers can call 702-893-8968. Must be 18+. Administered by the Wake Clinical Research Center of Nevada. Source.
Remain mindful to give our medical community the ability to focus on those in need of their expertise to survive and combat the virus.
For Nevada COVID-19 metrics, with historical spreadsheet and graph data, visit: The Nevada Independent Coronavirus Tracking or check out the link in our side bar.
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2020.10.01 00:11 Brisk_Avocado Garfield

Garfield is an American comic strip created by Jim Davis. Originally published locally as Jon in 1976, then in nationwide syndication from 1978 as Garfield, it chronicles the life of the title character, Garfield the cat; Jon Arbuckle, his human owner; and Odie, the dog. As of 2013, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.
Though this is rarely mentioned in print, Garfield is set in Jim Davis' hometown of Muncie, Indiana, according to the television special Happy Birthday, Garfield. Common themes in the strip include Garfield's laziness, obsessive eating, love of coffee and lasagne, disdain of Mondays, and diets. Garfield is also shown to manipulate people to get whatever he wants. The strip's focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie, but other recurring minor characters appearing as well. Originally created with the intentions to "come up with a good, marketable character",[2] Garfield has spawned merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action/CGI animated films, and three fully CGI animated direct-to-video films.
Part of the strip's broad pop cultural appeal is due to its lack of social or political commentary; though this was Davis's original intention, he also admitted that his "grasp of politics isn't strong", joking that, for many years, he thought "OPEC was a denture adhesive".[3][4]
On August 6, 2019, New York City-based ViacomCBS announced that it would acquire Paws, Inc., including the rights to the Garfield franchise (the comics, merchandise and animated cartoons). Jim Davis will continue to make comics, and a new Garfield animated series is in production for ViacomCBS subsidiary Nickelodeon.
In 1973, while working as an assistant for T.K. Ryan's Tumbleweeds, Jim Davis created the comic strip Gnorm Gnat, which ran only in the Pendleton Times of Pendleton, Indiana from 1972 to 1975 and met with little success. One editor famously said "[Davis'] art was good, his gags were great, [but] nobody can identify with bugs."[6]
Davis decided to take a long, hard look at current comic strips to determine what species of animal star characters might be more popular. He felt that dogs were doing well, but noticed no prominent cats. Davis figured he could create a cat star, having grown up on a farm with twenty-five cats. Thus was created the character of Garfield.[6]
Garfield, the star, was based on the cats Davis grew up around; he took his name and personality from Davis' grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis, who was—in Davis' words—"a large, cantankerous man."[7] The name Jon Arbuckle came from a 1950s coffee commercial. Jon's roommate Lyman, added to give Jon someone to talk with, carried on the name of an earlier Gnorm Gnat character.[6] The final character was Lyman's dog Spot, who was later renamed Odie. From 1976 to early 1978, these characters appeared in a strip called Jon which also ran in the Times.[8] The early prototype strips were not generally well documented and were considered to be lost media until 2019 where a YouTube channel by the name of Quinton Reviews was able to retrieve several digital scans of the Jon publications from the Pendleton Community Library after gathering information via an obscure blogpost source mentioned within a page on the website Lost Media Wiki.[9][10] This strip first appeared in the Pendleton Times on January 8, 1976, just two weeks after Gnorm Gnat ended.
United Feature Syndicate accepted the strip for national distribution, which had been retitled Garfield on September 1, 1977, in March 1978 (ending its run in the Times on the 2nd) and made its nationwide debut in 41 newspapers on June 19 of that year (however, after a test run, the Chicago Sun-Times dropped it, only to reinstate it after readers' complaints).[1][11]
The Garfield Sunday strip was launched on June 25, 1978;[12] it was available only at a third-page size until March 22, 1981.[13] A half-page debuted the following Sunday, March 29.[14] The Sunday strips for March 14[15] and 21, 1982,[16] tried out a unique nine-panel format, but UFS curtailed further use of it. (UFS did, however, allow Davis to use the format for his later U.S. Acres strip.)
The strip underwent stylistic changes, evolving from the style of the 1976–83 strips, to a more cartoonish look from 1984 onward. This change has mainly affected Garfield's design, which underwent a "Darwinian evolution" in which he began walking on his hind legs, "slimmed down", and "stopped looking ... through squinty little eyes" His evolution, according to Davis, was to make it easier to "push Odie off the table" or "reach for a piece of pie."[17]
Garfield quickly became a commercial success. In 1981, less than three years after its nationwide launch, the strip appeared in 850 newspapers and accumulated over $15 million in merchandise. To manage the merchandise, Davis founded Paws, Inc.[11] In 1982 the strip was appearing in more than 1,000 newspapers.[18]
By 2002, Garfield became the world's most syndicated strip, appearing in 2,570 newspapers with 263 million readers worldwide;[1] by 2004, Garfield appeared in nearly 2,600 newspapers and sold from $750 million to $1 billion worth of merchandise in 111 countries.[19] In 1994, Davis's company, Paws, Inc., purchased all rights to the strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature. The strip is currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, while rights for the strip remain with Paws.
While retaining creative control and being the only signer, Davis now only writes and usually does the rough sketches. Since the late 1990s most of the work has been done by long-time assistants Brett Koth and Gary Barker. Inking and coloring work is done by other artists, while Davis spends most of the time supervising production and merchandising the characters.[19]
Garfield was originally created by Davis with the intention to come up with a "good, marketable character".[2] Now the world's most syndicated comic strip,[20] Garfield has spawned a "profusion"[19] of merchandise including clothing, toys, games, books, Caribbean cruises, credit cards, dolls,[21] DVDs of the movies or the TV series,[22] and related media.[23]
Garfield.com was the strip's official website, which contained archives of past strips along with games and an online store. Jim Davis had also collaborated with Ball State University and Pearson Digital Learning to create www.ProfessorGarfield.org, an educational website with interactive games focusing on math and reading skills, and with Children's Technology Group to create MindWalker, a web browser that allows parents to limit the websites their children can view to a pre-set list.[24][25][26]
A variety of edited Garfield strips had been made available on the Internet, some hosted on their own unofficial, dedicated sites. Dating from 2005, a site called the "Garfield Randomizer" created a three-panel strip using panels from previous Garfield strips.[27] Another approach, known as "Silent Garfield",[28] involved removing Garfield's thought balloons from the strips.[29] Some examples date from 2006.[30] A webcomic called Arbuckle does the above but also redraws the originals in a different art style. The Arbuckle website creator writes: "'Garfield' changes from being a comic about a sassy, corpulent feline, and becomes a compelling picture of a lonely, pathetic, delusional man who talks to his pets. Consider that Jon, according to Garfield canon, cannot hear his cat's thoughts. This is the world as he sees it. This is his story".[31] Another variation along the same lines, called "Realfield" or "Realistic Garfield", was to redraw Garfield as a real cat as well as removing his thought balloons.[32][33] Still another approach to editing the strips involved removing Garfield and other main characters from the originals completely, leaving Jon talking to himself. While strips in this vein could be found online as early as 2006,[30] the 2008 site Garfield Minus Garfield by Dan Walsh received enough online attention to be covered by news media. Reception was largely positive: at its peak, the site received as many as 300,000 hits per day. Fans connected with Jon's "loneliness and desperation" and found his "crazy antics" humorous; Jim Davis himself called Walsh's strips an "inspired thing to do" and said that "some of [the strips] work better [than the originals]".[34][35] Ballantine Books, which publishes the Garfield books, released a volume of Garfield Minus Garfield strips on October 28, 2008. The volume retains Davis as author and features a foreword by Walsh.[32]
On June 19, 2020, the website was shut down during the strip's 42nd anniversary, following Viacom's acquisition of Paws, Inc. in August 2019. The website now redirects to Nick.com, with an alternative link to GoComics.
Garfield's animation debut was on The Fantastic Funnies, which aired on CBS on May 15, 1980, voiced by actor Scott Beach. Garfield was one of the strips featured, introduced as a newcomer (the strip was only two years old at the time). From 1982 to 1991, twelve primetime Garfield cartoon specials and one hour-long primetime documentary celebrating the character's 10th anniversary were aired; Lorenzo Music voiced Garfield in all of them. A Saturday morning cartoon show, Garfield and Friends, aired for seven seasons from 1988 to 1994; this adaption also starred Music as the voice of Garfield. The Garfield Show, a CGI series, started development in 2007 to coincide with the strip's 30th anniversary the following year.[36] It premiered in France in December 2008 and made its U.S. debut on Cartoon Network on November 2, 2009. A new series is currently in development at Nickelodeon after the rights were acquired from Nickelodeon's parent company ViacomCBS.[37]
Garfield: The Movie was released in theaters on June 11, 2004. Its sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, was released on June 16, 2006. Garfield was voiced by actor Bill Murray in both films. Three direct-to-video films were released, Garfield Gets Real on August 9, 2007, Garfield's Fun Fest on August 5, 2008, and Garfield's Pet Force on June 16, 2009. On May 24, 2016, it was announced that Alcon Entertainment will develop a new CG animated Garfield movie with John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner ready to produce[50][51] and to be directed by Mark Dindal, director of Cats Don't Dance, The Emperor's New Groove and Chicken Little.[52] In August 2019, Viacom acquired the rights to Garfield, leaving the status of the movie uncertain.[5]
A Garfield video game was developed by Atari, Inc. for its Atari 2600 home video game system and appears in their 1984 catalog.[53] However, after Atari's spinoff and sale of its home games and computers division, owner Jack Tramiel decided the character's royalties were too expensive given the declining state of the video game industry at the time, and the game was cancelled.[54] A ROM image of the game was however released with Jim Davis' blessing.[54]
Garfield: Big Fat Hairy Deal is a 1987 video game for the Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and the Amiga based on the comic strip. Towa Chiki made A Week of Garfield for the Family Computer, released only in Japan in 1989. Sega also made video games based on Garfield for the Genesis (Garfield: Caught in the Act) and Windows 3.1 computers. Other companies made games, such as A Tale of Two Kitties for the DS, published by Game Factory, Garfield's Nightmare for DS, Garfield's Funfest for DS, and Garfield Labyrinth for Game Boy. On PlayStation 2 were Garfield and Garfield 2 (known in the US as Garfield, a Tale of Two Kitties). Garfield Lasagna World Tour was also made for PS2. Garfield: Saving Arlene was only released in Japan and in the United Kingdom. And recent additions for mobile devices are "Garfield's Diner" and "Garfield's Zombie Defense".
Konami also released a Garfield Handheld electronic game titled Lasagnator in 1991, which met with mild success.
In 2012, a series of Garfield video games was launched by French publisher Anuman Interactive, including My Puzzles with Garfield!, Multiplication Tables with Garfield, Garfield Kart, and Garfield's Match Up.[55]
Joseph Papp, producer of A Chorus Line, discussed making a Garfield stage musical, but due to some complications, it never got off ground. A full-length stage musical, titled "Garfield Live", was planned to kick off its US tour in September 2010, but got moved to January 18, 2011, where it premiered in Muncie, Indiana. The book was written by Jim Davis, with music and lyrics by Michael Dansicker and Bill Meade, and it was booked by AWA Touring Services. The opening song, "Cattitude" can be heard on the national tour's website, along with two more, "On the Fence", and "Going Home!".[56] When the North-American tour concluded in 2012, it toured throughout Asia.
In agreement with Paws, Boom! Studios launched in May 2012 a monthly Garfield comic book, with the first issue featuring a story written by Mark Evanier (who has supervised Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show) and illustrated by Davis's long-time assistant Gary Barker.[57]
In 2016, Hermes Press signed an agreement with Paws, Inc to publish an art book on the art of author Jim Davis, titled The Art of Jim Davis' Garfield.[58] The book includes an essay by author R.C. Harvey and other original material, and was released in July 2016 for the San Diego Comic-Con.[58]
In 2018, a ghost restaurant themed after the franchise known as GarfieldEATS was opened in Dubai. The restaurant has been described by its founder and "Chief Entergage Officer" Nathen Mazri as a "quick mobile restaurant". Mazri claims that the restaurant is "entergaging", a portmanteau of the words "entertaining" and "engaging". Customers order food through the official mobile app, which also contains games and allows users to purchase episodes of Garfield and Friends. The restaurant serves lasagna, Garfield-shaped pizza, "Garfuccinos", and Garfield-shaped dark chocolate bars. A second location opened in Toronto in 2019.[59][60]
Garfield is an orange, fuzzy tabby cat born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant (later revealed in the television special Garfield: His 9 Lives to be Mama Leoni's Italian Restaurant) who immediately ate all the pasta and lasagna in sight, thus developing his love and obsession for lasagna and pizza.[62][63]
Gags in the strips commonly deal with Garfield's obesity (in one strip, Jon jokes: "I wouldn't say Garfield is fat, but the last time he got on a Ferris wheel, the two guys on top starved to death"),[64] and his disdain of any form of exertion or work. He is known for saying "breathing is exercise".
Though Garfield can be very cynical, he does have a soft side for his teddy bear, Pooky, food and sleep, and in one Christmas he says: "They say I have to get up early, be nice to people, skip breakfast ... I wish it would never end." However, in the feature film Garfield Gets Real and its sequels, Garfield is better behaved, friendlier towards Jon and Odie, less self-centered, and more sympathetic.
It has been wondered by many readers if Garfield can actually be understood by the human characters around him. Sometimes, it seems like Jon can hear him. However, it is mentioned in more than one strip that Jon cannot understand Garfield.[65] However, in the feature film Garfield Gets Real and its sequels, Garfield and the other animals save for Odie are able to talk to, and be understood by, Jon and the other humans. In the April 1, (April Fools' Day) 1997 strip drawn by the artists of Blondie as part of the comic strip switcheroo,[66] Garfield, still with thought balloons, can be understood by Jon.
To break the fourth wall, June 19 is celebrated within the strip as Garfield's birthday. The appearance in 1979 claimed it to be his first birthday, although in the first appearance of the strip (June 19, 1978), he was portrayed as a fully-grown cat, implying that the birthday is of the strip itself.[67]
Jon (Jonathan Q. Arbuckle) is Garfield's owner, usually depicted as an awkward clumsy geek who has trouble finding a date. Jon had a crush on Liz (Garfield's veterinarian) and is now dating her. Jon disapproves of Garfield's "don't care, not interested", attitude, and often encourages his pet to take an interest in the world around him, sometimes stating an interesting fact, or asking a philosophical question in an attempt to prompt Garfield into thought, Garfield tends to brush this off with a simple, yet logical remark, and despite the trouble Garfield causes, Jon has a heart of gold and is very tolerant of Garfield's shortcomings, a fact which Garfield often takes advantage of. In the December 23, 1980 strip, Jon states that he is thirty years old (nominally meaning he should presently be in his sixties, although he has not aged physically). His birthday is July 28.[69][70]
Jon loves (or occasionally hates) Garfield and all cats. Many gags focus on this; his inability to get a date is usually attributed to his lack of social skills, his poor taste in clothes (Garfield remarked in one strip after seeing his closet that "two hundred moths committed suicide";[71] in another, the "geek police" ordered Jon to "throw out his tie"),[72] and his eccentric interests which range from stamp collecting to measuring the growth of his toenails to watching movies with "polka ninjas". Other strips portray him as lacking intelligence (he is seen reading a pop-up book in one strip).[73]
Jon was born on a farm that apparently contained few amenities; in one strip, his father, upon seeing indoor plumbing, remarks, "Woo-ha! Ain't science something?"[74] Jon occasionally visits his parents, brother and grandmother at their farm. It was implied that Jon is inspired by a drawing of Davis himself when he was first drawing the strip. Jon was portrayed as a cartoonist in the first strip[75] and occasional others in the early years; Davis stated his intent had been to express his own frustrations as a cartoonist. Ultimately, Jon's job has been referenced far more frequently in Garfield animated series than in the strip.
Odie is a yellow, long-eared beagle with a large, slobbering tongue, who walks on all four legs, though occasionally he will walk on two like Garfield. He was originally owned by Jon's friend Lyman, though Jon adopted him after Lyman was written out of the strip. The book Garfield: His 9 Lives (1984) retcons Odie's origin: there is no mention of Lyman, and Odie was a puppy when he was acquired by Jon as company for Garfield (when Garfield was a kitten). Odie is younger than Garfield and usually portrayed as naïve, happy, affectionate and blissfully unaware of Garfield's cynical, sadistic nature, despite the physical abuse Garfield exhibits toward him, including regularly kicking him off the kitchen table or tricking him into going over the edge himself. On some occasions, however, he is depicted more intelligently, as one strip, in which he holds a heavy rock to prevent Garfield from doing this, and actually hurts Garfield's foot. In one strip when Garfield and Jon are out of the house, Odie is seen reading War and Peace and watching An Evening With Mozart on television.[78] Odie has only talked once. In another strip, published on January 28, 2010, he is seen solving Jon's sudoku puzzle.
Dr. Liz Wilson is Garfield and Odie's sarcastic veterinarian and a long time crush of Jon Arbuckle. She has a somewhat deadpan, sardonic persona and almost always reacts negatively to Jon's outlandish and goofball behavior but can even find it endearing on occasion. Jon often attempted to ask her out on a date, but rarely succeeded; however, in an extended story arc from June 19 to July 29, 2006 (the main event on July 28), Liz and Jon kiss, and have been a couple ever since.[80]
Many of the gags focus on Garfield's obsessive eating and obesity; his dislike of spiders; his hatred of Mondays, diets, and any form of exertion; his constant shedding (which annoys Jon); and his abuse of Odie and Jon as well as his obsession with mailing Nermal to Abu Dhabi, or simply throwing him through the front door. Though he will eat nearly anything (with the exception of raisins and spinach), Garfield is particularly fond of lasagna; he also enjoys eating Jon's houseplants and other pets (mainly birds and fish). He also has odd relationships with household pests; Garfield generally spares mice, and even cooperates with them to cause mischief (much to Jon's chagrin), but will readily swat or pound spiders flat. Other gags focus on Jon's poor social skills and inability to get a date; before he started dating Liz, he often tried to get dates, usually without success (in one strip, after failing to get a date with "Nancy", he tries getting a date with her mother and grandmother; he ended up getting "shot down by three generations").[81] When he does get a date, it usually goes awry; Jon's dates have slashed his tires, been tranquilized, and called the police when he stuck carrots in his ears. The storylines featuring Jon's dates rarely appear now. Before, he had dates with many odd characters, whereas now, he exclusively dates Liz.
Garfield's world has specific locations that appear normally on the comic strips, like the Vet's office, a place he loathes. Irma's Diner is another occasional setting. Irma is a chirpy but slow-witted and unattractive waitress/manager, and one of Jon's few friends. The terrible food is the center of most of the jokes, along with the poor management. Jon periodically visits his parents and brother on the farm. This results in week-long comical displays of stupidity by Jon and his family, and their interactions. There is a comic strip where Jon's brother Doc Boy is watching two socks in the dryer spinning and Doc Boy calls it entertainment. On the farm, Jon's mother will cook huge dinners; Garfield hugs her for this. Jon has a grandmother who, in a strip, kicked Odie; Garfield subsequently hugged her. Jon's parents have twice visited Jon, Garfield, and Odie in the city. Jon's father drove into town on his tractor (which he double-parked) and brought a rooster to wake him up. As Garfield has a love for food, they will often eat out at restaurants. Most trips end up embarrassing because Garfield will pig out, or Jon will do something stupid, including wearing an ugly shirt, which happened one night when he took Liz on a date. When Jon takes Liz on a date, Garfield occasionally tags along—once, he ate the bread and other food at an Italian restaurant they went to.[82] Frequently, the characters break the fourth wall, mostly to explain something to the readers, talk about a subject that often sets up the strip's punchline (like Jon claiming that pets are good for exercise right before he finds Garfield in the kitchen and chases him out),[83] or give a mere glare when a character is belittled or not impressed. Sometimes, this theme revolves around the conventions of the strip; for example, in one strip, Garfield catches a cold and complains about it, noting that his thoughts are stuffed up.[84]
One particular semi-recurring storyline features Jon and Liz on a date in a restaurant. They sometimes are waited on by the Italian Armando, who is refined and sophisticated and shows a great loathing towards Jon, presumably for his immature and uncouth behavior at the prestigious eatery. On other occasions, the couple receives a different waiter, such as a large ogre-like man who intimidates Jon when he is about to report a complaint about the food.
Another commonly recurring character, although hardly ever seen, is Jon's neighbor, Mrs. Feeny. Garfield seems to take both enormous pride and excess zeal in doing whatever it takes to harass her, to the point the she even erects an electric fence (which of course, does not stop him).
Other unique themes are things like "Garfield's Believe it or Don't",[85] "Garfield's Law",[86] "Garfield's History of Dogs",[87] and "Garfield's History of Cats",[88] which show science, history, and the world from Garfield's point of view. Another particular theme is "National Fat Week", where Garfield spends the week making fun of skinny people. Also, there was a storyline involving Garfield catching Odie eating his food and "kicking Odie into next week".[89] Soon, Garfield realizes that "Lunch isn't the same without Odie. He always slips up behind me, barks loudly and makes me fall into my food" (Garfield subsequently falls into his food by himself).[90] A few days after the storyline began, Garfield is lying in his bed with a "nagging feeling I'm forgetting something", with Odie landing on Garfield in the next panel.[91] Jon and Liz began to go out more frequently, Jon has started hiring pet sitters to look after Garfield and Odie, though they do not always work out. Two particular examples are Lillian, an eccentric (and very nearsighted) old lady with odd quirks, and Greta, a muscle bound woman who was hired to look after the pets during New Year's Eve. Most of December is spent preparing for Christmas, with a predictable focus on presents. Other Christmas themed strips include Jon's attempts at decorating the tree and house, or the attempt to buy the tree. Some years, the Christmas strips started as early as the end of November. Another example is "Splut Week", when Garfield tries to avoid pies that are thrown at him. For most of Garfield's history, being hit with a pie has inevitably resulted in the onomatopoeia "splut", hence the name.
Every week before June 19, the strip focuses on Garfield's birthday, which he dreads because of his fear of getting older. This started happening after his sixth birthday. However, before his 29th birthday, Liz put Garfield on a diet. On June 19, 2007, Garfield was given the greatest birthday present: "I'M OFF MY DIET!" Occasionally the strip celebrates Halloween as well with scary-themed jokes, such as mask gags. There are also seasonal jokes, with snow-related gags common in January or February and beach- or heat-themed jokes in the summer.
One storyline, which ran the week before Halloween in 1989, is unique among Garfield strips in that it is not meant to be humorous.[92] It depicts Garfield awakening in a future in which the house is abandoned and he no longer exists.
One of the recurring storylines involves Garfield getting lost or running away. The longest one of these lasted for over a month (in 1986 August 25 to September 28); it began with Jon telling Garfield to go get the newspaper. Garfield walks outside to get it, but speculates about what will happen if he wanders off – and decides to find out. Jon notices Garfield has been gone too long, so he sends Odie out to find him. He quickly realizes his mistake (Odie, being not too bright, also gets lost). Jon starts to get lonely, so he offers a reward for the return of Garfield and Odie. He is not descriptive, so animals including an elephant, monkeys, a seal, a snake, a kangaroo and joey, and turtles are brought to Jon's house for the reward. After a series of events, including Odie being adopted by a small girl, both pets meeting up at a circus that they briefly joined, and both going to a pet shop, Garfield and Odie make it back home.
Another story involved Jon going away on a business trip around Christmas time, leaving Garfield a week's worth of food, which he devoured instantly. Garfield then leaves the house and gets locked out. He then reunites with his mother, and eventually makes it back home in the snow on Christmas Eve (December 3–23, 1984). Part of this storyline was taken from the 1983 Emmy-winning special Garfield on the Town.
Paws, Inc.[93] was founded in 1981 by Jim Davis to support the Garfield comic strip and its licensing. It is located in Muncie, Indiana, and has a staff of nearly 50 artists and licensing administrators. In 1994, the company purchased all rights to the Garfield comic strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature Syndicate. However, the original black and white daily strips and original color Sunday strips remain copyrighted to United Feature Syndicate. The full color daily strips and recolored Sunday strips are copyrighted to Paws as they are considered a different product. Though rights to the strip remain with Paws, Inc., it is currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate. In August 2019, Davis sold Paws, Inc. to Viacom, who has placed Garfield under the Nickelodeon banner.[5]
Davis attracted criticism from the media for a Garfield strip in which the last panel appeared to be a negative reference to Veterans Day that appeared in newspapers on November 11, 2010. In the strip, a spider who is about to be squashed by Garfield boasts that if he is squished, he will get a holiday in his remembrance. The next panel shows a classroom of spiders in which a teacher asks the students why spiders celebrate "National Stupid Day", implying that the spider was squished.[94] Davis quickly apologized for the poorly timed comic strip, saying that it had been written a year in advance and that both his brother and son were veterans.[95]
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2020.10.01 00:05 UMNProfessor If you are struggling with mental health or finances here's how to get help

If you're struggling, the U offers lots of help, both within the system and through external groups. Please take advantage of these resources. If you need guidance, seek out a Mental Health Advocate through your college. They can help direct you to the right people.
Mental health services update You will find the most up-to-date information about the status of campus mental health services at osa.umn.edu/mentalhealthresources (Links to an external site.). The most important thing to know is that any student in need will be helped. Please seek out care regardless of your physical location or insurance status.






Resources for students struggling financially One (Links to an external site.) Stop (Links to an external site.) Student Services (Links to an external site.) is the University’s trusted resource offering professional assistance with financial aid, billing/payment, veterans benefits, as well as registration and academic records. One Stop assists students with applying for financial aid, special circumstance appeals for additional funding, as well as emergency grant needs. Students can reach out to One Stop (Links to an external site.) via phone, email, drop-in service via Zoom, and in-person service (currently through limited pre-set appointments). One Stop also has certified financial wellness counselors offering one-on-one financial wellness appointments to discuss budgeting and money management. Students can sign up for a one-on-one financial wellness appointment (Links to an external site.)here (Links to an external site.).
The Nutritious U Food Pantry (Links to an external site.) provides fresh and healthy food to students on or near campus that struggle to get enough to eat. Any student can visit the food pantry, no proof of need is required. Students can place an order for a bag of food (Links to an external site.) to be picked up at the Memorial Union. Pick up is from 2-6pm every other Wednesday, beginning on September 23rd. For additional food resources, visit boynton.umn.edu/food-pantry (Links to an external site.).
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2020.09.30 21:04 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 30, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 30, 2020
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2020.09.30 20:03 MotionLawImmigration Trump Administration Has Not Announced Refugee Limit for Next Fiscal Year Motion Law Immigration

Trump Administration Has Not Announced Refugee Limit for Next Fiscal Year Motion Law Immigration

The refugee process in the US
According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), immigrants can apply for refuge, which is part of the humanitarian programs offered by the local immigration system, if they currently reside outside the country (both their countries and the US) and need international protection.
Immigrants must demonstrate that if they return to their countries they could be victims of persecution, either because of their race, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation, inter alia. They must also meet certain requirements to be admissible in the US.
This is a fairly comprehensive humanitarian program because if the USCIS approves refugee applications, immigrants will receive monetary assistance to enter the US. In addition to that, they can receive medical assistance at no extra cost.
Refugees also have the possibility to request family members to come to the country and request legal residence permits.
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What is the refugee limit?

Annually, the President of the US has the duty to announce what the refugee limit will be for the following fiscal year (October-September).
The Trump administration is characterized by its intention to reduce the number of immigrants entering the country, both illegally and legally. In fact, the current administration ensures that immigrants, especially those who request humanitarian services such as refuge or political asylum, tend to use local benefits disproportionately and destabilize the local economic system.
As a result, the Trump administration lowered the refugee limit during fiscal year 2020 to 18,000, the lowest number since 1980.
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The Trump administration has yet to announce the limit for fiscal year 2021

We are just a couple of days away from next fiscal year, and the Trump administration has yet to announce what the refugee limit will be for 2021.
The Trump administration officials stated, on multiple occasions, that the refugee limit may be even lower due to the health crisis generated by the global Coronavirus pandemic.
However, until now, President Trump has not announced the refugee cap for the following fiscal year and there is growing concern among activists and immigrant rights advocates, who request a prompt response from the government for immigrant communities in need of international protection.
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2020.09.30 18:33 Fleon007us Is Driving Traffic to My Website Critical to My Business?

The best analogy I can think of for the world wide web is this…as all of you know, it is literally a virtual shopping mall. Your storefront can potentially have foot traffic every second of the day, BUT…does your storefront have a brick wall blocking the entrance? Can your prospects locate you, is your address visible? Or, have you torn down that brick wall and installed a welcoming message that you are there to solve their problem, you have a sale going on, you are the answer to their prayers? Think of that virtual mall and you can determine if driving traffic to your site makes sense.
Your online strategy will depend on your audience and business model. If your business provides a service or an online product to consumers or businesses, your firm's stakeholders need to craft up an online strategy yesterday!!! NOT tomorrow or next week…YESTERDAY! For this one topic, I will stick to the B2B strategy, we will save the B2C topic for another time.
But first, let’s go over some important topics. How can you get to that decision…below are some steps that will help answer the question, “is driving traffic to the website a lucrative option?”
Who are we? How does the general public perceive us?
Who is our audience and where do they reside?
Where does your audience research your services?
The two most important questions…”What is our value proposition?” “What challenge or pain does our audience experience that we can solve today?”.
The Google universe is an ideal spot to generate interest, but is Google the only option? Nope…online advertising for a B2B market can occur on several platforms. Research the following platforms if you cannot afford a PPC expert; LinkedIn, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, Twitter, and Slideshare.
I have touched on the Google PPC platform so my focus will shift to LinkedIn. Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube will be published at a later date. I’m not a big believer in Twitter or Slideshare, but that can change.
LinkedIn can be really valuable, as the majority of you know, it’s a social network for professionals. Like many social media platforms with advertising capability, LinkedIn allows for budget control, cost per click optimization, and conversion tracking. This powerful platform allows you to also do the following:
· Target a specific role
· Geo-targeting
· Size of the firm – You can base this on the number of employees or the amount of revenue the firm generates each year.
· Target a specific vertical
LinkedIn has both ads and sponsored content. Both have their uses, but sponsored content could make the key difference to your B2B marketing strategy for certain parts of the buying cycle, or maybe your goal is for brand recognition.
Be aware that LinkedIn is expensive - it operates on pay-per-click, and while you might get a lot of impressions, click-throughs are harder to get.
Some Tips:
Whether your objective is to drive website traffic, build brand awareness, or generate leads, LinkedIn has some great features to drive results
Good luck to all of you, if you have any questions, feel free to DM me.
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2020.09.30 18:29 Fleon007us Is Driving Traffic to My Website Critical to My Business?

The best analogy I can think of for the world wide web is this…as all of you know, it is literally a virtual shopping mall. Your storefront can potentially have foot traffic every second of the day, BUT…does your storefront have a brick wall blocking the entrance? Can your prospects locate you, is your address visible? Or, have you torn down that brick wall and installed a welcoming message that you are there to solve their problem, you have a sale going on, you are the answer to their prayers? Think of that virtual mall and you can determine if driving traffic to your site makes sense.
Your online strategy will depend on your audience and business model. If your business provides a service or an online product to consumers or businesses, your firm's stakeholders need to craft up an online strategy yesterday!!! NOT tomorrow or next week…YESTERDAY! For this one topic, I will stick to the B2B strategy, we will save the B2C topic for another time.
But first, let’s go over some important topics. How can you get to that decision…below are some steps that will help answer the question, “is driving traffic to the website a lucrative option?”
Who are we? How does the general public perceive us?
Who is our audience and where do they reside?
Where does your audience research your services?
The two most important questions…”What is our value proposition?” “What challenge or pain does our audience experience that we can solve today?”.
The Google universe is an ideal spot to generate interest, but is Google the only option? Nope…online advertising for a B2B market can occur on several platforms. Research the following platforms if you cannot afford a PPC expert; LinkedIn, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, Twitter, and Slideshare.
I have touched on the Google PPC platform so my focus will shift to LinkedIn. Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube will be published at a later date. I’m not a big believer in Twitter or Slideshare, but that can change.
LinkedIn can be really valuable, as the majority of you know, it’s a social network for professionals. Like many social media platforms with advertising capability, LinkedIn allows for budget control, cost per click optimization, and conversion tracking. This powerful platform allows you to also do the following:
· Target a specific role
· Geo-targeting
· Size of the firm – You can base this on the number of employees or the amount of revenue the firm generates each year.
· Target a specific vertical
LinkedIn has both ads and sponsored content. Both have their uses, but sponsored content could make the key difference to your B2B marketing strategy for certain parts of the buying cycle, or maybe your goal is for brand recognition.
Be aware that LinkedIn is expensive - it operates on pay-per-click, and while you might get a lot of impressions, click-throughs are harder to get.
Some Tips:
Whether your objective is to drive website traffic, build brand awareness, or generate leads, LinkedIn has some great features to drive results
Good luck to all of you, if you have any questions, feel free to DM me.
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2020.09.30 18:27 kjonesatjaagnet Bilibili Copycat Tried to Save Itself With a $2M Crypto IEO – It Didn’t Work

A Chinese video site copycat raised $2.1 million via an initial exchange offering in August 2019 – but it appears this last resort wasn’t enough to save the company from falling apart.
On Sept. 24, the Shanghai Yangpu District Court disclosed an Aug. 31 ruling that video streaming company Dilidili has infringed the trademark of Nasdaq-listed Bilibili and must pay a fine of nearly $500,000.
The ruling followed a separate notice by the Shanghai Minhang District Prosecutor in July, which ordered the arrest of Dilidili’s founder for copyright infringement.
The years-long case has drawn widespread attention among Chinese mainstream media given Dilidili’s outright copy-and-paste from Bilibili, which is China’s hit video site for streaming licensed Japanese anime content.
The episode is also an example of a failed attempt by Chinese companies to use the concept of cryptocurrency and blockchain decentralization to rejuvenize their businesses.
Founded in 2010, Bilibili.com has grown into one of the top video sites in China. It specializes in streaming licensed Japanese animation that targets China’s Generation Z population. Bilibili reportedly has some 170 million monthly active users.
Bilibili went public on Nasdaq in March 2018 with a raise of $483 million. Earlier this year, Sony invested another $400 million in Bilibili and bought over 4% of its shares.
The dispute between Bilibili and Dilidili started in 2015, when Dilidili was created with a name that appeared to be mimicking the incumbent.
Soon after its creation, Dilidili had allegedly downloaded more than 3,000 episodes of Japanese animation from Bilibili and then uploaded it to its own platform for free viewing so that it could monetize the traffic, according to the Shanghai prosecutor’s arrest order.
In January 2019, Bilibili brought a lawsuit against Dilidili and demanded some $4.3 million as damage claims due to Dilidili’s alleged trademark and copyright infringement.
In a notable pivot, Dilidili tapped into the 2019 frenzy of cryptocurrency initial exchange offerings (IEO) in order to build a blockchain-based community governance ecosystem.
Dilidili launched its token, DILI, on the ethereum platform and did the IEO on Chinese exchange Gate.io in August 2019.
According to Gate.io’s announcement on Aug. 28, Dilidili achieved its goal of raising $2.1 million by selling 1.5 billion DILI, although the total subscription orders it received from Gate.io users were worth over $70 million. The trading started on the same date with a starting price of $0.00143 per DILI.
But soon after trading began, several news reports emerged online with accusations of Dilidili running an illegal fundraise becaause China had banned token-based fundraising activities.
The price of DILI on Gate.io has since plunged by over 90% to just $0.000253.
Originally published by Wolfie Zhao September 30, 2020 Coindesk
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2020.09.30 18:23 MotionLawImmigration Immigration Application Fees Increase Effective October 2

Immigration Application Fees Increase Effective October 2

Immigration Application Fees Increase Effective October 2
September 29, 2020📷

Immigration application fees and the USCIS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is divided into several branches, each serving different purposes. For instance, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the branch of DHS in charge of receiving, reviewing, and responding to the country’s immigration applications.
This federal entity processes applications for family immigration, business immigration, political asylum, inter alia. Applicants must submit the required documentation and fill out the relevant forms for the USCIS to review the requests.
The USCIS is one of the few federal agencies that relies almost entirely on fees that applicants must pay when submitting an immigration request. It means that the USCIS income depends on the number of applications it receives.
Our Blog section keeps you up to date with current immigration news and policies.

What happened after the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic?

It is well known that one of the emergency measures implemented by most countries around the world, including the US, was to close borders and suspend immigration during the health crisis, avoiding the import and export of the COVID-19 through borders.
Since the USCIS revenue relies on immigration application fees, naturally, this agency suffered a devastating downturn in revenue, which threatened nearly 70% of its employees during the current juncture.
Nowadays, after more than four months since the health crisis arrived, the immigration agency declared that it will not furlough its employees, but that it will increase immigration application fees as of October 2, 2020, a day after the next fiscal year begins (October-September).
In fact, the USCIS had announced increases in early August, after asking Congress for monetary aid to protect the salaries of its employees.
It is important to clarify that apart from the increase in immigration fees, some forms have also changed and it is essential for applicants to follow established guidelines to avoid a possible rejection by the USCIS.
Do you need help with an immigration application? Motion Law’s team of experts can help.

The best option for your immigration case

Now that most immigration fees and forms are about to change, it is essential to be extremely careful and consistent when submitting an application. It is important to comply with the mandatory requirements to avoid wasting time, money and effort.
In light of the current circumstances, the best alternative is definitely to seek the help of experts, who can guide you towards the success of your immigration application.
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2020.09.30 15:55 TofuHamburger Someone used my name and phone number at a car dealership?

I haven't been very good at checking my phone recently, but today I saw texts and voicemails from a car dealership, one that I've never been to, but it is close to where I live. The texts stated that the dealership sent an Uber for me, and it included the car model and plate number, as well as the trip.uber link. I googled the car model and I think I saw that car in front of my house the other day (I think it was the same model as described...). On texts dated the day after, it stated that "my" service advisor had to discuss my vehicle with me and was asked to text back or to call the included phone number, and it addressed me by my first name. And I also had two voicemails telling me the status of "my" car and asking me to pick up the car since it had been fixed.
I have no idea about any of this and I don't know what to do. I also have no idea how somebody could have gotten my information, or how to find out what they've done with my info. Should I call the number or text them back? I checked annual credit report.com and I could only see the report from trans union where I don’t think anything looked wrong. When trying to access the other two reports one of them asked questions about loans I never took and then told me online delivery was not available, and the last report just didn’t ask me anything so I couldn’t see that one either. I wouldn’t want to have to pay for loans someone took. What should I do?
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2020.09.30 14:10 Mackdurgan Welcome to the ONPASSIVE Review

According to data, Start-up organizations have a sustainability rate of just 10%, which implies only 10 out of 100 new businesses figure out how to meet, make back the initial investment, or make a benefit in five years. Near about 5 million new companies take birth. Yet, out of that, 4.5 million come up short since they have a shortage of correct devices, groups, and financial plans to succeed. Many organizations neglect to pull traffic on their sites or overhaul their businesses to help the high web traffic. ONPASSIVEhelps organizations with one of the significant drawbacks, i.e., the absence of innovation, which could take their business to the following degree of rivalry.
Consistently right, around 5 million Start-ups start operations, and almost 123,000 booms each day, adding to 90% of the disappointment rate. The explanations for organizations coming up short at such a high standard are –
Ø Lack of planning related to arrangements (19%)
Ø Investment in wrong stock and high ad costs (10%)
Ø Less experienced leaders and taskforce (23%)
Ø Individual issues, for example, time and cash imperatives (29%)
Ø Improper understanding of client needs (14%)
In such cases, these factors can assist an organization with heading towards a gainful business –
● Experienced coaches who can manage an organization from the beginning and through the development stage.
● Consistency encourages new companies to stay persistent and get solid while experiencing an unstable phase.
● Disturbing thoughts help to envision the contender's next game plan and to comprehend client needs.
● Comprehend the market and start little and afterward plan for an exciting future.
Presently, it would be best if you considered where to discover these components out and out. We would suggest you show your faiths in GoFounders.
GoFounders is an embodiment of the internet advertising industry, which helps an independent and online business prevail by giving customized apparatuses and administrations intended for any showcasing exercise.
Ash Mufareh established the organization in July 2018 to enable individuals to look for work in online business. He is a specialist in online promotion and sees how the web world is developing and how organizations should adjust to this change. He accepts each merit of a particular time and economic opportunity. That is why Ash Mufareh made GoFounders, a back-office for ONPASSIVE that permits self- starter individuals to enroll as a founder marketer and construct groups to get uninvolved acquiring. Consequently, the organization makes sure about its founders' eventual fate by ensuring economic opportunity for the rest of life.
Further, in this ONPASSIVE review, we will go through the advantages of turning into a founder on the ONPASSIVE platform?

Benefits of Joining ONPASSIVE

● Individuals can get to boundless devices intended to transform your business into an expert online rage. The organization offers mechanization devices to reduce manual activities from different online activities.
● Individuals need to match their enthusiasm with ONPASSIVE's forceful and friendly way to deal with work together. What's more, this methodology is to work with colleagues or other founder members to make progress. Dynamic individuals need to continue utilizing ONPASSIVE instruments to guarantee nonstop leftover pay.
● There are numerous Webinar recordings and substances distributed on the GoFounders stage, which can be seen whenever and are prepared to share (baring private online classes) with outer individuals. These substances help comprehend the organization's present endeavors' status and synchronize with the organization's future dreams.
● Different business processes require various artificial intelligence automation tools to maintain a strategic distance from odds of the brokenness of any business exercises like site visits, checkouts, and recruits.
● The inventor of this organization can observe different highlights of the GoFounders platform to screen group execution at various levels, make connections to welcome other intriguing possibilities, and day in and day out help from the client aides.
● With the assistance of an extraordinary network and a self-working business, your prosperity is inevitable. Be that as it may, in contrast to different organizations, this organization ensures a 100% discount to the individuals who feel they are not getting the open door as guaranteed.

What is Product About?

ONPASSIVE is an AI-based platform that aims to present cutting-edge products, automated tools, and services to assist anybody with marketing their business on the web, amazingly viably. GoFounders is a back-office of ONPASSIVE, which is a product based IT company. One can turn into an originator at ONPASSIVE by enrolling on the GoFounders site. After successful enrolment, GoFounders offers different instruments for its enlisted individuals to construct a group, send solicitations, and provide substance.

Tools Accessible on GoFounders Platforms


  1. My Team: To see the general execution of the group and subtleties of the colleagues.
  2. My Invitations: To make altered Email Templates for the greeting reason. It likewise permits sending messages in mass to various invitees.
  3. My Links: This alternative permits replicating, sharing, and making joins for greeting, Webinar, and Presentations.
  4. TrimURL: This is an in-house platform to be utilized by the organizers for making quick joins for the greeting reason.
  5. Webinars: Previous online class chronicles and open online course data can be seen in this area, alongside mediator and login qualifications.
  6. Downloads: Founders can download and utilize substances, such as videos, banners, and webinars, digital copies made for founders to share these at wanted stages for mindfulness reasons.
  7. Community: This area is made for keeping the inspiration streaming among groups on the GoFounders platform.
Here the substance shared for featuring the achievement GoFounders and ONPASSIVE has accomplished to date.
Alongside these tools, GoFounders offers a Help tab for helping all the founder members of the network 24*7 with an instance of any question or help required.

Why joining the GoFounders is a Good Idea?

Any individual searching for useful business experience and wants to accomplish dreams through money related opportunities must turn out to be a piece of GoFounders and its ONPASSIVE platform, which is powered by artificial intelligence.
Anybody who's objectives are to escape the tedious and repetitive promoting exercises must join GoFounders.
Any individual who wants to be a pioneer and show the correct method to progress to the world must turn into an originator by enlisting with GoFounders.

Highlight Details

There are three generally fundamental and significant highlights of GoFounders organization, and its individuals usually make out of these highlights.

Advertising Tools incorporated with Artificial Intelligence:

GoFounders offers different fitting n-play advanced marketing tools planned in-house, customized, and introduced effectively to mechanize clients' business. These instruments are mixed with Artificial Intelligence to encourage total automation of business operations, such as sales, promotions, and registration.

Group Building and Growth:

GoFounders individuals can succeed just on the off chance that they have a functional group. That is why the organization offers various devices on its foundation to fabricate and sustain a solid group.

Pay Plan and Spill-Over:

One of the primary motivations behind why possibilities transform into an originator is GoFounders' pay plan, which upholds the 3X10 network permitting just three individual’s enrolment by an organizer at one level. Multiple individuals would get joined up with the following level, where the position is empty. This element permits a party to acquire a commission for enrolment done by another person.

Summing Up

ONPASSIVE and GoFounders have received positive criticism from the workers and their enrolled organizers. Glassdoor, Sitejabber, and Trustpilot survey destinations have scored GoFounders more than "4 stars", which is an excellent audit for any organization. On top of that, its organizers consider the GoFounders people group as a definitive device for dynamic support.
They are effectively sitting tight for the ONPASSIVE AI platform's dispatch with the goal that GoFounders can see full use. ONPASSIVE's Blog has a dedicated segment for GoFounders, where its capacity and apparatuses are clarified for the clients. Its ongoing community shares tributes on this platform, which generally recommend that joining GoFounders has been the best choice of their life.
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2020.09.30 12:33 smartlawsg What Does an Online Divorce Service entail?

Online divorce services help with generating divorce documents and commencing divorce proceedings without the need incur legal services, which can be time-consuming and costly.
You are required to complete a short form to determine your eligibility for getting an online divorce. In other words, you will need to meet the legal requirements for getting a divorce in Singapore as well as the online requirement that the divorce is uncontested (as discussed above).
If you satisfy the eligibility requirements, you will be directed to the online form which you will have to complete using the personal particulars of you and your spouse as well as the particulars of your marriage (e.g. marriage certificate information and date of solemnisation).
Depending on the online divorce service, the information that you provide may be used by the lawyer of your choice to prepare the relevant divorce documents. Alternatively, the divorce documents may be generated as soon as you complete the relevant online forms, which you can then immediately access online.
Online divorce services are generally more suitable for simplified uncontested divorces, where you and your spouse would have reached agreement on all issues to the divorce before filing for divorce.
Contested divorce proceedings can be time consuming and complex needing professional legal expertise as it means that at least one issue of the divorce still needs to be resolved between you and your spouse. Such issues can include, child custody and access, or the division of property and marriage assets owned by you and your wife during the marriage.
In contested divorce proceedings, you and your spouse will have to attend trial and provide evidence to support your respective cases on how these issues should be resolved. Smart Law can refer you to our partner firms if you find that you require such services.
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