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2020.07.09 06:28 VeganMinecraft $$ Craigslist Studies $$

Here are some craigslist studies going on right now. I plan to do these weekly. I do not post “Chances to win” as I believe that EVERYONE should be paid for their time so I only post ones where they pay everyone that qualifies. I sincerely hope this is appreciated as it does take me a bit to compile and sift through dead and garbage links and surveys. As always, if something sounds fishy, don’t do it. I can’t vouch for ALL the links.
PRO TIP: For Research Studies in Your area that pay in cash (there are often quite a lot so too long and too time consuming to post everything from each state here. Would take me all day) go to your craigslist site and type in "research" or "survey" and look under community, gigs or jobs.
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2020.06.27 22:33 Quazifuji Is this full TD50-k set for $1400 on Craigslist as good a deal as it sounds? What are the potential catches? Is it complete overkill for a beginner?

EDIT: IxBR3AKxTHINGS and LeeroyDaBoy have given pretty conclusive evidence that it's a scam. They have found listings with the same pictures in other cities. LeeroyDaBoy provided a link to one in Miami, while IxBR3AKxTHINGS said that a listing in Atlanta told them they'd list it on Ebay and asked for their account info. That's enough for me to dismiss this as a scam and not message further. Thanks to you two for giving me proof that it was a scam, and everyone else who gave me advice before those two came along.
I'm shopping for my first edrum kit (or drum kit in general) and found this listing on Craigslist not too far for me. As far as I can tell, this would normally be a very expensive kit, so $1400 seems like a crazy good deal, and since I could go to pick it up in person, some of the usual risks of "too good to be true" listings when buying something on line (e.g. it being completely broken or just being a poster or something) wouldn't be there.
The three questions I do have are:
  1. Is this as good a deal as it sounds? I don't really know drums, I just know that every full TD50 kit I've seen listed anywhere else is at least $4000-5000.
  2. If so, what catches could there be? If I were able to go there in person and test it out to make sure everything's working before handing the person the money, what would be good things to check to make sure there's no catch?
  3. Is this just complete overkill for a first kit to casually mess around with? I'm not looking to get into drums super seriously or do any performing or recording, I just like playing Rock Band drums a lot and wanted to try some real drumming for fun. My plan had been to get something in the $300-800 range (i.e. either just grabbing something cheap like an Alesis Nitro, or if I wanted to splurge on something sturdier then something like a Roland TD-1MK or a used TD11 or something), but I saw this and thought it would be worth asking about. I can afford to spend $1400 if it's worth it, but that's still a lot to spend on a new, casual hobby that I'm not expecting to turn into anything serious so I'd want to really know what I'd be getting out of it.
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2020.06.27 05:12 Burnzy3 Is it me, or is this guy fckd up ? Animal abuse?

I was offered a job so i moved to Miami from Northern NY. I started renting out a room/bath from this guy I found on craigslist...
So John is around 50 ish years old. Hes the head of security of a hotel/resort. He has a dog who's back legs are paralyzed. I knew he had a dog before i moved in. Which im fine with. I just didnt know he was a indoor dog and paralyzed.
At first everything was great. We got along fine. Talked and watched tv together everynight. We even took turns buying steaks for dinner every so often.
He gave me the rundown on everything in the kitchen when i moved in. Im allowed to use all of his dishes/pans/ silverware etc.
So recently i come home from work, and he has a list if things written down that we need to talk about
Being the head of security, he often talks in a interrogating sort of way. Like paul blart. Taking his job too serious and it leaks into his personal.
He starts telling me about how these certain bowls ive been using, are old. He bought them years ago and they were "vintage" So he asks that i stop using them. Cause if i were to break 1. Then his set would be incomplete. Im like ok fine NBD. Then he continues for another 20 minutes explaining the (who/what/where) of these fucking bowls. Like i care.
He then starts starts to suggest also that MY cooking is what is attracting all of the roaches that are crawling around the house. But refuses to acknowledge his own messes. Such as never sweeping or mopping the floor.
The only time the floor gets cleaned is when i clean it or john hires a cleaning lady once every 2 months to clean the entire house. He wears his shoes throughout the whole house. So its constantly dirty. That also means i cant do anything barefoot or with socks on.
So a month goes by everything is still mostly fine. I come home after work with some groceries. I put them away and go to bed. I wake up to an email from john.
He says to me that ive used all of my storage space in the kitchen & to ask him before moving things around ( i put a case of water on a shelf that has 99% my food on it. And moved his 1 plastic bin over to HIS shelf)
He suggest that i store my extra groceries in my bathroom closet
Then he proceeds to tell me there isnt room in the fridge for my water (there is)
Says that because im only renting a room he has to FEEL like the fridge is still mostly his. He even brought up how much he pays vs what i pay. Even tho its in the agreement that i can use the fridge. He says i should get a mini fridge for my room. Which is tiny btw.
Not done yet...
He then says that the front entrance area isnt big enough for my 1 extra case of water. He needs the space for CASES of dog pee pads.
This is all after months of me, cleaning up after his dogs pissy/shitty pads. cause i dont want to have to smell piss and shit outside of my bedroom door. Constantly Tripping on carpets he has laid out for the dog to crawl on. Trying to help feed and take the dog outside when he wants to go. I like dogs so i didn't mind helping out.
I think he is torturing his poor dog. He leaves him in the living room all day. Blocked in so he cant drag himself anywhere. He doesnt take max out for any kind of walks. He doesnt play with max at all. He doesnt clip maxs nails, so they bust off and bleed when he tries to drag himself. You can see the depression in his eyes.
Im sure i could go on and on about all of his strange behaviors but this dude is wack AF in my opinion. He really ruined the mood. Its super awkward now.
After the email i just keep to myself. I leave the shit and piss pads where they are and leave the dog alone after getting yelled at for taking max outside. Im done trying to be a nice roommate.
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2020.05.29 01:15 zketch87 Need advice renting a Condo in Miami Gardens, FL

I recently finished renovating a condo so that my mom can retire, rent it, and live off of it. She’s worked very hard all her life and not had much (I mean she’s had the essentials which is a lot more than others), I was hoping she enjoy the last half of her life without having to work hard just to get by.
The issue is the pandemic happened just as I finished and we paused from putting the apartment for rent until we were sure everything that was happening. Unfortunately, we can’t just let the apartment sit there not producing income while still paying maintenance and property taxes. She and I are new to renting other than my mom renting out our previous house when in dire need and having the tenants live there for months’ rent-free while not being able to evict them right away. I was hoping I could get some help/some questions answer.
Property Information
Location: Miami Gardens, FL
2nd floor (top floor) Condo in Senior Neighborhood (Age requirements 55+, no children under 16)
Square feet: 910
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Balcony, 2 front entrances, Personal Parking Space, Dishwasher, Hardwood Floors, View to the surrounding canal.
Community clubhouse and pool, building washers and dryers.
A few minutes from Turnpike, I-95, Palmetto (826), US1, US7, US9, I-75
15-20 minutes from both Miami and Fort Lauderdale airport
15-20 minutes from Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Haulover Park/Beach. (30 from Miami Beach)
10-25 minutes from malls and casinos including: Aventura Mall, Sawgrass Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, and Hard Rock Stadium.
Now the questions I have:
  1. Should I use Zillow, Trulia,, Craigslist, Cozy, Zumper, Hotpads, Facebook’s Marketplace, Oodle,,,, TurboTenant? Why? Why not?
  2. Should I get a realtor or should we just try our luck on these websites?
  3. What information above should I out in the listing? What should I remove?
  4. What laws should we be aware of as landlords? Or someone putting something up for rent? (I don’t mind reading so a simple link or name, I can do the research)
  5. What inspections should we have done before renting?
  6. What forms should the applicants fill out?
  7. What forms should the renters fill out? (once rented)
  8. Should we wait longer to rent while the pandemic is still in an unpredictable state?
  9. Are there any protections as landlords while the pandemic is active?
My mom just doesn’t want to go through the situation she did before and was hoping for a smoother process/outcome.
Any other information is appreciated.
Thank you in advance for all the help.
Need any advice on renting a Condo in Miami Gardens, FL
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2020.05.29 01:13 zketch87 Need advice renting a Condo in Miami Gardens, FL

I recently finished renovating a condo so that my mom can retire, rent it, and live off of it. She’s worked very hard all her life and not had much (I mean she’s had the essentials which is a lot more than others), I was hoping she enjoy the last half of her life without having to work hard just to get by.
The issue is the pandemic happened just as I finished and we paused from putting the apartment for rent until we were sure everything that was happening. Unfortunately, we can’t just let the apartment sit there not producing income while still paying maintenance and property taxes. She and I are new to renting other than my mom renting out our previous house when in dire need and having the tenants live there for months’ rent-free while not being able to evict them right away. I was hoping I could get some help/some questions answer.
Property Information
Location: Miami Gardens, FL
2nd floor (top floor) Condo in Senior Neighborhood (Age requirements 55+, no children under 16)
Square feet: 910
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Balcony, 2 front entrances, Personal Parking Space, Dishwasher, Hardwood Floors, View to the surrounding canal.
Community clubhouse and pool, building washers and dryers.
A few minutes from Turnpike, I-95, Palmetto (826), US1, US7, US9, I-75
15-20 minutes from both Miami and Fort Lauderdale airport
15-20 minutes from Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Haulover Park/Beach. (30 from Miami Beach)
10-25 minutes from malls and casinos including: Aventura Mall, Sawgrass Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, and Hard Rock Stadium.
Now the questions I have:
  1. Should I use Zillow, Trulia,, Craigslist, Cozy, Zumper, Hotpads, Facebook’s Marketplace, Oodle,,,, TurboTenant? Why? Why not?
  2. Should I get a realtor or should we just try our luck on these websites?
  3. What information above should I out in the listing? What should I remove?
  4. What laws should we be aware of as landlords? Or someone putting something up for rent? (I don’t mind reading so a simple link or name, I can do the research)
  5. What inspections should we have done before renting?
  6. What forms should the applicants fill out?
  7. What forms should the renters fill out? (once rented)
  8. Should we wait longer to rent while the pandemic is still in an unpredictable state?
  9. Are there any protections as landlords while the pandemic is active?
My mom just doesn’t want to go through the situation she did before and was hoping for a smoother process/outcome.
Any other information is appreciated.
Thank you in advance for all the help.
Need any advice on renting a Condo in Miami Gardens, FL
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2020.04.04 20:56 Transformationalpsyc How to really succeed at Tinder (not just another tinder guide, this is a detailed tinder roadmap)

Tired of seeing posts on here shitting all over Tinder. If you do it right there is no easier way to meet women in my opinion. The ones shitting on it are the ones not having any success. I've been successful at Tinder(and Bumble) for the past couple of years and let me show you how I do it. I know a lot of Tinder guides have been posted here before, but here is my take on how to have success.

Step 0 - Understand The Ultimate Maxim of Tinder

IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING MATCHES, ITS BECAUSE YOUR PICTURES SUCK. 100% of the time this is the case. It's not Tinder screwing you, its not Tinder trying to get you to pay for its Plus/Gold features, its not shallow women, its not women only on there for validation, its not a glitch, its not anything but the fact that your pictures are ass. Keep this in mind when you inevitably see someone shit on Tinder in the comments of this post or elsewhere on TRP.

Step 1 - Understand The Tinder ELO System and how it works

Basically Tinder uses an ELO rating system to "rate" each account to judge how attractive the account is based on their swiping and how they get swiped. Obviously, if your profile gets swiped right a lot, you'll have a higher rating, and vice versa. It's not just how people swipe you that determines your rating, but also how picky you are. If you are swiping right on everything, your rating will go down because when you do that you are swiping right on low rated profiles. If you are pickier and only swipe right on higher rated profiles, you'll have a chance for a better score, assuming you are getting swiped right a lot as well. To learn more about how the ELO rating system works mathematically, check out
TLDR, your Tinder ELO score is determined on the rating/quality of profiles swiping right on you, and the rating/quality of profiles you are swiping right on.

Step 2 - Know your competition

One thing I recommend doing, if you have the time, is creating a burner Facebook account as a woman. Use it to make a Tinder account and select that you are interested in men. This way you can scroll through the profiles to see the men you will be competing with in your area.
A general theory of Tinder is that for brand new accounts, you get a "noob boost", which means they are going to show you the higher ELO rated Tinder accounts first, and your profile will also be put toward the top of other user's stacks so they don't have to scroll through many profiles before seeing yours. This doesn't mean every single Tinder account in your stack that you scroll through will be high rated, because remember, there will also be new accounts in your initial stack who are also being boosted, many of which will suck.
Why am I mentioning this noob boost? Because you can use this to scout your competition. The profiles you will be seeing when you do this are generally the profiles the attractive women will be seeing. That way you know what you need to do to beat the competition.
For the sake of this post I went ahead and did this for my area(medium sized city in the Southern United States). I scrolled through the first 100 male profiles and gave each profile a rating on picture quality(1 being shit, 5 being top tier) and attractiveness(1 being ugly, 5 being top tier) and then I flagged an account if they were not lean.
Settings: Age 18-32, 30 mile radius.
Of the 100 profiles, only 3 of them had what I considered top tier pictures. Most were shitty selfies, bad quality pictures that had grainy or fuzziness in them, bad lighting, or bad poses. Lots of crappy gym selfies and mirror selfies. The average picture quality rating was 1.866 out of 5. That's bad, and shows you don't really need to do much to have better pictures than the rest.
The average attractiveness rating was a 2.1, not much higher than the picture quality number. And this is supposedly contains the best profiles? I think a lot of the profiles I saw were "noob boost" profiles, no way they would be high rated. Either way, I only handed out a "5" to 4 profiles, that's 4%, and only handed out a 4 to 3 profiles. That means out of 100, only 7 were what I considered attractive enough profiles a woman would swipe right on.
65 of the 100 profiles were not lean, 51 were overweight, and 32 were obese. Once again, shows how much impact being lean has.
Average age was 20.9, but the average age of the profiles I gave a 3 or higher to was 24.6. Older guys seem to have a better grasp on this.
Moral of this story? You really don't have a high bar to clear when it comes to having a top tier Tinder profile. Most guys Tinder profiles suck ass. All you need are good quality photos and to be lean to beat most Tinder profiles out there. Unless Tinder only shows the highest rated accounts to accounts who already have a proven high ELO score and still hides them even from noob boost accounts.

Step 3 - Yes, being attractive matters

This is an app where people judge you on apperance. You think looks don't matter? They absolutely do. I am not saying this app is worthless for you if you are below a 7/10 in looks, but you have to reel in your expectations. Women on these apps are pickier than they are in real life, so if you are a 5/10, don't go in expecting to match with 8s or higher.
Before dismissing Tinder and other apps all together, try to max out your looks first. Lose weight, get lean, lift, dress well, wear the right accessories, sport a good haircut/hairstyle, have a good facial care/skin care routine, and all of that. Doing all of this + taking good pictures will go a long way and can add points to your attractiveness.

Step 4 - Pictures are 90% of the battle

You are going to sink or swim by your pictures, specifically, the quality of your pictures. Period. I consider myself an attractive man, but I failed at Tinder at first because my pictures sucked. Even if you are attractive, if you have shitty pictures, you are doomed. When I finally put some good pictures on my profile, it was night and day the number of matches and interest I was getting. It became like shooting fish in a barrel. I even got reported to Tinder as a catfish because women thought I was ripping my pictures from models and wasn't who I was in the pictures.
Now the term "good pictures" can mean so many different things. From my experience, here are the elements that make up good quality pictures:
Picture quality - There is a difference between a shitty cell phone front camera picture and a picture coming from a DSLR or expensive camera. This does matter. Front facing cell phone cameras generally have bad quality, bad apertures, bad lenses, and distort your face. The clearer and less grainy the picture, the better.
Lighting - Lighting matters. Pictures taken in the dark will suck because they will have high ISO settings, meaning more grainy. Pictures taken using indoor lighting often cast unnatural shadows with harsher lighting. Pictures taken with a camera flash add 7 years to your face and create all kinds of bad shadows and unappealing flashback. The best lighting is outdoors. The problem with outdoor photos is that generally the sun will be too bright, causing too many harsh shadows, overexposure and your eyes to squint. One solution is to take pictures when its cloudy. Or you can take pictures in the shade(but beware of surrounding glare that causes you to squint). The best time to take outdoor pictures is an hour after sunrise or before sunset, known as the golden hour. You can google "Golden Hour Calculator" to determine what time exactly this is for your location. During the golden hour you can take good pictures with soft, golden lighting and yet its not bright enough to cast bad shadows or make you squint. If you are wearing sunglasses it doesn't matter what time of day you take outdoor pics, but generally you don't want to have more than 1 or 2 pics in your Tinder picture album with sunglasses.
Setting - Where you take your pictures matter. A computer selfie at your desk in your room = shit. A picture of you outdoors somewhere interesting = good. The key here is variety. When I was doing the burner account competition check earlier, most guys are bad when it comes to variety of their settings. Find unique outdoor places to go to. One of my favorite is the roof of a parking garage downtown on weekends. There is no one up there, I don't have to pay to get in, and you get a badass view of the downtown skyline in the background. Parks, hiking trails, mountains, lakes, beaches, rivers, etc. all work. You can also be creative and get shots on the sidewalks, streets, etc.
Pose and Posture - You want your poses to be natural based on the setting your picture is taken. If you are taking a picture on a sidewalk, you obviously don't want your pose to be as if you are posing for the camera, you want your pose to be as if you were walking down the sidewalk. Go to YouTube and look up modeling poses for inspiration. And make sure to have good posture whatever pose you use.
Facial Expression - The key here is variety. You don't want all your photos to be of you smiling into the camera. You don't want all of your photos to be of you looking away from the camera with your mouth closed and a serious expression. I go with the rule of halves here. You want half of your pictures to be smiling, half not smiling. Then half of your pictures looking into the camera, and half looking away.
Composition - Where you are placed in the frame matters a lot. You see a lot of guys fail at this when checking out the competition. In my opinion there are only 2 acceptable compositions: Half body shots, and full body shots. Half body shots are generally shots from the waist or upper thigh up, full body has your entire body in the frame. But that is only half the battle - you don't want much open space between the top and bottom of the frame. Use the entire frame. This is a good example of what I mean in a full body shot, the concept for a half body shot is the same. Notice how the whole frame is used, not much gap above his head or below his shoes. Now here is an example of a bad full body shot - notice how much empty space there is above his head and below his feet. You want to avoid face only shots because they just aren't flattering and will hide your body, which you want to show off if you are lean, and also hides your fashion, which leads me to:
Fashion/Style - Your clothing choices matter and can greatly enhance your overall look if done right. You want your pictures to show off a diverse variety of well fitting stylish clothes. FIT is the key, more than style. They both greatly matter, but bad fit will ruin any style. A good style can't overcome bad fit. Go shopping to stores like J Crew and wear the smallest size you can that still fits, in a slim style cut if you can find it. Some good ideas for clothes to wear: Dark Wash Slim Jeans, Slim Chino Pants(Khaki is my favorite color), Flat Front Chino Shorts at 9 inch inseam or less, Slim Fit Casual Button Down Shirts, Polos, Well Fitting T-Shirts, Denim Button Downs, Denim Jackets, Bomber Jackets, Leather Jackets, Slim Dress Shirts, Nice Sweaters, Watches(you need to wear one in every photo), boots, dress shoes, loafers, nice sneakers, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. NO - Cargo Shorts, Cargo Pants, tennis shoes, basketball shoes, "skater" shoes, flip flops/sandals, baggy clothes, hats, sweats, hoodies, logo or graphic shirts. You need to be wearing a wristwatch in all your pictures.
Hair - Make sure you put some effort into it, whatever you do. Find a good haircut/hairstyle for your face shape.
Pets - If you have a dog, probably a good idea to have a dog pic.
Motorcycle - If you have one, probably a good idea to have a pic of you on your bike
Step 5 - How to actually go about taking good pictures So I stated what makes a good picture. But how do you actually do it? There are 3 ways I recommend, all of which are viable and have their pros and cons.

The Friend With a Camera Approach

Find a friend to go along with you with a camera and have him/her take pictures of you in various places or settings. Ideally you'll want a friend with a good camera who knows a thing or two about how to take good pictures. Or you could go on Craigslist or something and hire a professional photographer but that can be a bit pricey.
Pros: Lots of possibilities, someone else controlling the camera means you don't have to set and forget the photo settings or placement, good for getting shots at busy places with lots of people without creating a distraction or scene(think downtown locations), cheapest approach
Cons: Less creative control over the pictures, can only be done when friend is available and in that certain time frame, not everyone has a friend who is available or willing to do this.

The Tripod Approach

This is where you buy a tripod to go with whatever camera you are using, set up the tripod and take pictures. I do have a nice camera and a tripod, and have used this approach, but it can be difficult to get right even though I have a remote controller for it because with nicer cameras, it's most ideal to have someone behind the camera to fine tune the controls for every shot.

Pros: Don't need someone else, can do everything on your own time, allows for unique locations to be shot

Cons: Can be expensive, not ideal for high traffic places, tripod can be unstable and knocked over by things like wind, some locations there isn't an ideal place to put the tripod, even with a timer or remote controller it can be difficult to get the right photo settings in terms of shutter speed, aperture and focus

The Drone Approach

This is personally the approach I have used over the past year to amazing results. Obviously, drones aren't cheap, but they are worth the investment. Not only can you get some good photos from some unique angles and take them anywhere, but it also gives you a fun hobby as well on the side. I've used both the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Air drone for this. Both have good cameras, and even better, they have an interval setting meaning it will take a picture every 2 seconds. Meaning 30 pictures a minute. DJI Spark battery lasts about 12 minutes, and DJI Mavic Air lasts about 16-18 minutes. That means you can get 360-480 pictures per battery. Tell me you can't find at least one good picture? You can find a DJI Spark new for $350-$400 in stores or on eBay used for cheaper. Just make sure you get a quality drone, DJI is a good brand. The cheap $50-$100 drones you can get at Wal-Mart won't cut it.
Pros: Don't need another person, can get all kinds of unique angles/settings/locations you can't get with a tripod, can be controlled remotely, good picture quality once you get the settings right
Cons: Loud, not ideal at all for use amongst places with a lot of traffic/people so you have to find more isolated places, some locations are restricted for drone use, takes a while to learn how to dial in the photo settings like ISO, shutter speed and exposure value that flatter you the most, expensive
All 3 of these approaches are viable. But one of these 3 approaches have to be used if you want to have top tier photos. Getting your cell phone camera, leaning it up against something, setting the timer and running into place isn't going to cut it. Outstretched arm selfies won't cut it. Cropped group pics won't cut it. Mirror pics won't cut it. Yes, it takes time and effort, and for some of the approaches, investment, but it pays off. Do you want to succeed or not?
Step 6 - To shirtless ab pic or not to shirtless ab pic? From my experience, you can go either way. If you have a shitty body, are skinny or fat, and have no defined abs and vascularity, it won't work. If you have a good body with defined muscles, vein vascularity and a 6 pack, it won't hurt to have a shirtless picture in there. It's not always ideal, though. There are girls who will swipe left when they see a shirtless picture no matter what. I've found that shirtless pics work better when you are looking for hookups, not so much when you are looking for dating/something longer term.
If you want to use a shirtless pic, there is one rule: IT HAS TO LOOK CANDID. Shirtless mirror bathroom pic = NO. Shirtless gym selfie = NO. If it looks like you are posing for the picture, and therefore it was planned, its not going to work. It has to look like it was taken candidly, unplanned, as if you were doing something, and someone happened to take a picture of you. The shirtless picture I had the most success with was one of me at the park holding a football, I made it look like I was playing football, even though I was there by myself and used my drone to take the picture. However, I made it come across as extremely candid, even though my 6 pack and vein vascularity and muscles were showing off. Shirtless pics at the beach or pool also work.
Step 7 - Post Processing/Editing You don't want to just use the pictures as they are. You want to find your best ones and then edit them. Use editing software(Adobe Lightroom is good, the stock Windows photo software is good, I am sure iPhoto is good) to mess around with the pictures. Apply filters, change the brightness/contrast/clarity/saturation, and all of that. The key is to not go overboard with the filters and everything. You still want it to look natural. The editing will add to your photo, not make your photo. Women will know if your picture is edited too much. Edit it in a way where it looks a lot better than the original, but at the same time you can't tell it was actually edited.
Step 8 - Selecting Which Pictures to Use The generally key, as I have already stated, is variety. You want your 6 pictures to give a well rounded perspective of who you are. Variety in terms of poses, facial expressions, outfits, and locations.
Obviously you want to pick your 6 most flattering pictures. The best approach to use is to pick 6 locations and outfits and take a shit ton of pictures at all 6. Then pick the best from each group and there are your 6.
Your lead picture needs to be your best one. It needs to clearly show your face and your body, uncovered eyes(no sunglasses) with clothes on(no shirtless pics as your lead), by yourself(no group pics). Your last picture also needs to be a good one, as if a girl is swiping through your pics, will be her last impression before she decides to swipe right or left on you. Remember, she will judge you by your worst pic.
I'm not going to post my profile, but here is a breakdown of my pictures:
4 of 6 I am smiling
3 of 6 I am looking at the camera
2 of 6 I am wearing sunglasses
5 of 6 are full body shots, head to toe
All are taken outside
No shirtless pics that I am currently using
2 of 6 I am wearing flat front chino shorts, 2 of 6 I am wearing jeans, 1 of 6 I am wearing khaki chinos, 1 of 6 I am wearing dress pants
2 of 6 I am wearing a v neck t-shirt, 3 of 6 I am wearing a casual button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, 1 of 6 I am wearing a dress shirt with a tie
2 of 6 were taken in broad daylight(both sunglasses pics), 3 of 6 taken at sunset in the golden hour, 1 of 6 taken in broad daylight but in the shade
Locations Used: Beach Sand, Downtown Sidewalk, Work(Outside), Top Level of Downtown Parking Garage, Football Field, Side of Building
Poses Used: Sitting on Cooler, Leaning Against Pole, Leaning Against Wall, Walking With Football in Hand, Standing Straight Up Smiling Into the Camera, Looking Over Shoulder
No Group Pics or pics with others. Group pics are overrated. Yes, it shows you having fun with friends, but generally they are not flattering and the cropping you have to do ruins the quality. I'd rather have 100% control over my pictures from start to finish. If your pictures are good enough she won't give a shit if you are alone in all of them.
Step 9 - Your bio. Does it even matter? In general, your bio doesn't matter. She really only looks at your pictures which are all that matter. If your pictures are good enough, then she might glance at your profile just to make sure you are a real person.
Your bio will not help you at all. It can only hurt you. Since you have all to lose and nothing to gain, you need to keep your bio short and to the point. If you are over 6 feet tall, list your height. If you are 5'10, say you are 6 feet. Put where you are from, what part of town you live in, and about 3 or 4 things you like to do. Put the college you graduated from if you have graduated. If you have a cool job, put it in there, otherwise be either really vague with it or don't put it in there at all.
Example Profile that works: "6'1, from New York, living here in Florida in West Miami. Ohio State '13. Fishing, traveling, fitness, and more."
There. That's all you really need. Nothing in there that will scare anyone away or devalue you, but makes you look like a real person. Don't try to put anything witty or funny or out there. Just keep it simple.
Step 10 - Deploying your Profile and Using Tinder Don't set up your profile until you are absolutely ready to start with your full profile because once you set up your profile you are put in others stacks. If you already have an account, delete it so you can start over. Upload your pictures, write your bio, and where you go from here is up to you.


Be picky. Only swipe right on girls that you are certain are who they are in their profile. If she only has face shots, chances are she is fat. Remember the rule: "If you got it, flaunt it". Girls live by this. If they have a good body, they will show it off. If they have good tits or ass, it will be shown off. If it looks like they are hiding something, they are. Read her profile, don't just look at her pics. Chances are you might like her pics, but then you look at her profile and it will state she is a single mom. Generally, if you have been swiping a while and have reached the point of the stack where all the girls are ugly, and then you come across one that is hot, chances are she is either a bot or single mom. Because legit hot girls who aren't single moms or don't have major red flags will never be that far down the stack.
Being picky also helps your ELO score, which increases your chances of being shown at the top of the stacks of the more attractive women.

Super Likes

There are two trains of thought on Super Likes. One train is that its good, it will make her think longer about you. The other train is that its creepy and too much and shows her you are already too interested.
My take? Use them. I've had more good than bad from super likes. Not only that, but using a Super Like automatically puts you at the top of her stack, so you know you will be seen next time she logs on. Unless you have Tinder Gold, you only get one per day so use wisely.

Tinder Gold

I am a fan. I only recommend, however, using this on a month by month basis. I think its a good investment to use your first month. The queue which shows who has liked you is helpful and will help you gauge how good your pictures are. If its not filling up you have shitty pictures. Also the quality of girls liking you will also help you see what type of women is finding you attractive. Lastly it helps because it helps you ground yourself to reality. A lot of girls don't log into Tinder that much, so by seeing who has already liked you, you won't get your hopes up for girls in the stack who may or may not be active(Tinder hides profiles inactive more than 2 weeks).
If you are successful at Tinder I think its worth it to stay on Gold after your first month. I do. The passport feature is useful for traveling, as you can arrange meetups with girls before you even get there. This is just my opinion though. If you aren't successful, paying for Gold won't make you successful. The best way I can describe Tinder Gold is that its a valet for an already successful Tinder user, it just makes it easier. Seeing who has already liked you might sound like something you don't really need or need to pay for, and while I agree, its actually been more beneficial than I realized.


Regardless of whether or not you subscribe to Gold, I think everyone needs to try a boost at least once. A boost puts you at the top of the stack for everyone in your area for 30 minutes. This means you will be seen by everyone who logs on during that time. I get matches regardless but each time I boost it seems like I get a lot more. Boosts help because after a while, unless your ELO score is good, you fall farther and farther down the stacks of other girls Tinder stacks, and you won't be seen. Instead all she will see are high ELO accounts and new accounts getting their noob boost. Women swipe a lot less profiles than men do(since the attractive ones will match with almost everyone they swipe right on) so its vital to make sure you are showing up at the top of stacks.
Timing is important with boosts. From my experience, Wednesday at 7:15pm is the best time to use it. This is ideal because its before the weekend before plans are set. If you use it on Friday or Saturday girls already have plans.
You get a free boost every month if you have gold, otherwise its $4 each.


Obvious bot accounts are obvious. Their pictures are often cropped and low quality but of really attractive women in generic poses/settings. Their bios are often empty or extremely generic. And they often only have either 1, 3 or 4 pictures exactly. They are pretty easy to spot.
Instagram/Snapchat Follower Farmers, Sugar Daddy Seekers and Venmo Scams
You'll see girls on here who are clearly only doing it to rope in instagram/snapchat followers, or find a sugar daddy, or get money sent to them via Venmo.
Here is my take on them. Yes, that is what they are doing. However, for the right guy, they will throw that away. Use the Brad Pitt test here. If she saw Brad Pitt had matched with her on Tinder, you think she would just try to use him for Venmo money or to get an Instagram follow out of him? No way.
If you think you are attractive enough, go for it anyway. Generally these girls obviously fishing for Instagram Followers or Venmo money should be massive red flags automatically disqualifying them from anything above plate material, but its possible to bust through the massive shit test. I've done it multiple times.
Step 11 - You've matched, now what? So you have matched. Ideally with multiple women.
As successful as I am at this, I would still say only about 10% of women message me first(and many women who message you first will be bots if you were unable to detect them prior to swiping). You are going to have to do the initiation.
Fuck that shit about message timing, when to message her, etc. "If I message her too soon after matching she will think I am desperate!" No. Just message her when you feel like it.
The key to an opener is to be different, set the frame, use her name, and play on her emotions. I've watched girls use tinder before and pretty much every guy either opens them with a boring "Hey" or "Hi", or uses some really stupid cheesy pick up or sexual opener that is just awkward. None of that is different, none of it sets the frame in the guy's court, and none of it plays on her emotions in a positive way.
It has to be organic. Review her profile and pictures, and try to craft a message based on that. Don't compliment her physically(i.e. you're hot or you're cute), don't get sexual in the first message, or use a dumb pick up line.
Here is an example I used recently that worked. It was a profile of a nurse who said she worked the overnight shift and lets say her name was Anna.
"Anna, are you a Waffle House or IHOP kind of girl? Since I am guessing those are the 2 places I would have to choose from to take you with that schedule..."
See what I did here? I did a lot of things. I set the frame as one that I will be taking her out(not necessarily to Waffle House or IHOP). I crafted the message organically based on her profile, and I made her laugh with the Waffle House/IHOP reference since those places are pretty sketchy in the AM hours, but people secretly love those places. I also gave her a reason to respond.
Here is another example of a girl who had a picture of her bowling, lets say her name was Tina:
"Tina, if we go on a bowling date, I am not letting you use the bumpers, so you better learn how to bowl without them"
Again, I set the frame from the first message to one that I would be taking her out without asking her out. I teased her about her bowling skills and gave her a reason to respond(to defend her bowling skills). We did go on a bowling date when all was said and done.

It's a numbers game

You are going to have girls who don't respond. You are going to have girls who unmatch. You are going to have girls who take forever to respond. You are going to have girls who are just not into it even if they respond. It's really a numbers game. The more girls you open, the better chances you have at least one who goes through with it all. Don't get hung up on any one girl. Assume every girl you match with will ghost you. Assume every girl you talk to will eventually stop. Assume every girl who gives you her number and you set up a date/meet with will flake. Don't get invested. Persistence is the key.
I think this is where most guys get discouraged and come here to write their OMG TINDER IS SHIT posts. They have shitty pics, and only match with 1 or 2 girls, have no abundance, and when it doesn't work out with those 1 or 2 girls whether they don't respond, stop responding, flake, etc. they act like Tinder is shit and all women on there are shit. You have to remain persistent. Keep in mind the better you look, the better your pics are, the more attractive you are and better your text game is, the less likely she will flake, and the more likely she will respond and follow through. I can attest to that. Remember that girls have dozens of matches and are only going to bother with their best ones.
Step 12 - When to ask for her numbeask her out? So you have had a successful opener and started a conversation. When do you escalate to get her number or arrange a date/meet up?
Every girl is different, from what I have learned, so there is no one size fits all plan. Some girls want more rapport and chit chat before they are comfortable giving you their number or setting up a date. Others require less. Regardless, you need to at least try to get a number or set up a date in 5-6 messages or less. Remember, she has dozens of matches, with guys who are farther along the process than you probably are, so you have to shit or get off the pot eventually. Plus she will get bored if you don't go after what you want.
The best way to do it is to have the conversation naturally flow into you asking for her number or asking her out. Here is an example that I used, of a girl who actually messaged me first:
Her: Hey! How was your weekend?
Me: Pretty good. You?
Her: Nothing too exciting lol. Lots of work.
Me: Well we need to fix the nothing too exciting part. Let's go get some drinks, when are you free
See how I took her response and turned it into escalation. You already have the IOI, otherwise you wouldn't have matched, so why waste time? I did it on message #2. You need to look for the opening to make it flow naturally to asking for her number or asking her out. Sometimes that takes longer than 2 messages, but you get the idea. You don't want to go too early though, then you just come across as a playeneedy/desperate.
The worst thing you can do is just make her your pen pal and ask dozens of interview style questions without escalating. She is not an idiot, she knows what you are there for. If after 5-6 messages or so you still haven't found the opening to ask for her number or ask her out, just do it.
Step 13 - So you've got her number and set up a date, now what? Try to set up a date within 1-3 days of getting her numbeasking her out. Anything longer she will probably flake. The only times I have successfully set up dates longer in advance is when she was out of town.
From there you need to shut the fuck up and not contact her until the day of the date, where you confirm plans. Don't text her, don't become her penpal. All you can do at this point is hurt yourself.
If she initiates with you and texts you, respond to be polite, but space out your responses. I'm talking, take 12+ hours to respond. I had a girl who was all over me from the time we set up a date to the time we met up, always texting me. I didn't want to be rude so I would respond, and I thought that since she was the one initiating, I was fine. Wrong. We go out and then after the date she says she "wasn't feeling a connection". You'll never live up to the standard you set by texting her. You have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Resist the urge to text her until you meet up.
If she flakes, she flakes. It happens. Don't become invested. If she is truly interested she will propose a counter time. Just because she cancels doesn't mean she isn't interested. I had one cancel on me and I thought it was over and I needed to move on but she rescheduled with me.
Does this approach also work with Bumble? Yes. The difference is that she will open you, so you can take her opener and play with it. That doesn't mean its any easier or harder.
My problem with Bumble is that the userbase is smaller, and there are so many inactive profiles on there. Unlike Tinder, Bumble doesn't remove/hide profiles that are inactive. I was using Bumble and saw the profile of a girl I work with who was married a year ago. She said she hasn't logged on there since 2015.
Also you will match with girls on Bumble and they still won't message you. Again, girls get tons of matches so they will only message the cream of the crop. Become the cream.
The upside to Bumble is that the quality of girls are higher.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

TindeBumble/Online Dating is 99% pictures. They have to be outstanding. Not good. Not great. Oustanding. How much you want to invest in getting outstanding pictures is ultimately up to you because it takes effort and time and in some cases money. Just remember. If you aren't getting matches, its your pictures. End of discussion. It's not Tinder screwing you over, its not shallow women only looking for validation, its not women having you outside of their Tinder preference settings, its not anything but your shitty ass pictures.
Your approach if you are looking for hookups and your approach if you are looking for something more long term has to be different.
It really is a numbers game. I know this sounds cliche but the more matches you get the more your odds are in favor of at least one working out. You get more matches by having good pictures and utilizing features like boost. Tinder might seem like a lost cause if you only get 5 matches and none of them work out. But if you have 50 or 500 matches you're going to have matches that work out, its the law of averages.
Don't get your hopes up on any one individual girl until you actually meet up with her in person. From there you apply TRP to prevent the onset of oneitis.
Don't match with a girl unless you are 100% certain she is who she is in her pictures. Read her entire bio and look at all her pics before matching to find red flags.
Tinder Gold in my opinion is useful if you are already successful at Tinder, but it won't turn you from unsuccessful to successful.
I've seen false advice given around TRP that the opener doesn't matter, if she is attracted to you she is attracted. While attraction does matter the most, you still have to give her a reason to engage with you, invoke her emotions and set the frame.
Shit or get off the pot. She has dozens of matches and dozens of guys doing the same thing you are doing. If you don't make a move, another guy will. Build some short rapport and then find an opening to ask for her numbeask her out.
There is inevitably going to be someone in the comment section saying you don't need Tinder or dating apps, all you need is day/night game, Tinder is shit. What if I told you, you could do both? mindblown.gif
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2020.04.02 15:38 jennersteve2 is the best new site for craigslist personals

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2020.03.25 21:29 fussandfeathers Gannon Stauch write up (by request)

Alright, this is the case as I watched it unfold. There's a lot of rumors, so I'll keep to facts and any commentary in parenthesis. I want to state like many of you, my interest in true crime revolves around criminal psychology, police tactics, the court system, and forensics. I did not and do not participate in speculation in when a child is missing, which was a painful aspect of this case to the Stauch family.
Background info; Al Stauch has two children (Gannon, 11 and Laina aged 8) with his previous wife, Landen. Al is in the military. In the divorce Al was awarded full custody and in 2015 married Leticia, who has one 17 year old daughter, Harley. Leticia goes by Tee, and Gannon sometimes goes by G. The Stauch family was previously stationed in South Carolina, where Landen stayed after the divorce.
Al, Tee, Harley, Gannon and Laila all live in a middle to upper class suburban development of Colorado springs.
There are rumors Al and Tee had been talking divorce in mid January. Tee applied for flight stewardess positions out of Colorado springs and Miami. She also applied for a teaching job that she was offered, but the offer was rescended after some of her qualifications and previous work experience were inconsistent.
Al was out of state early into a temporary deployment for his job in January. The deployment was supposed to be for a few months which is not uncommon for his job.
January 25th&26th
Tee reported on the weekend of January 25th & 26th she went hiking with Gannon solo to a very popular trail head, Garden of the Gods. She reported on Monday he didn't feel well so she kept him home. She also reported that she went to go look at a bike being sold off of Craiglist in an isolated area of Douglas county and did not take her phone that weekend. She had her apple watch on that did record her Geo data. She reported she did not purchase the bike.
January 27th
On Monday Tee reported Gannon went to a friend's house between 330 and 4. She said she did not know the exact time as she was working out and did not hear the door. He was reported missing to the police at about 6:45pm.
Tuesday 28th
Al Stauch takes emergency leave and flies home. Landen, Gannons biological mother, also flies into Colorado springs as well. He invites his ex wife, landen, to stay at his house while they search for their son. Tee has an issue with this and they have a fight. Tee goes to stay in a hotel room with her daughteAl kicks her out.
Colorado springs has a very active search and rescue community as hikers go missing quite often in the extensive wilderness of the Rocky mountains. Hundreds of volunteers assemble. Drones with heat and infared capabilities, search dogs are used.
A Facebook group is created to coordinate search efforts and keep sightings (if any) posted in one area. Over 200 people gather and search the neighborhoods. Posters are put up and word spread quickly. Local small businesses begin raising money for search efforts as well.
Al notes to police a brown suitcase is missing. One of the last things searched in Gannons phone was something along the lines of 'can my parents track my phone if it is off' (I don't recall exact wording, this was in an early report. I can't find the link).
Jan. 28th-29th
Police find blood in the garage and in the trunk of Leticias red truck. She explains Gannon cut his foot on some woodworking tools in the garage and she set him on the trunk to bandage it earlier that weekend. Police also find a 'saucer sized' pool of blood in Gannons room. Tee cannot explain this. Police confiscate her truck for forensics. Leticia immediately rents a car. the rental car is returned a day later with 955 miles on it.
As search efforts intensify, Leticias absence in the search parties are pointedly noticed. The Facebook group becomes a source of rumors and misinformation. People are extremely suspicious of Tee. Several YouTubers pick up the story. One of them edits a video of Tee disciplining Gannon that Tee had posted to Facebook previously, adding the audio 'I'm bleeding' in a voice similar to Gannons at the end.
January 30th
Gannons disappearance is escalated to a missing and endangered person.
January 31st
Rumors intensify about Tee's involvement. She is not seen anywhere around Colorado springs for a few days. Her absence is pointedly noticed.
As searches intensify, a wood 2x4 and sock soaked with Gannons blood are found along isolated roads in Douglas county. Leticia explains they flew out of the back of her truck via the wind on their own while she was going to look at the Craigslist bike.
Leticia urges people on Facebook to look out for strange cars that shouldn't be in the area and is vocal of her belief that Gannon was trafficked. Police immediately issue a statement they have no reason to believe the public is in danger of kidnappers.
Leticia gives an interview with local channel 11 to address 'rumors' in the Facebook group. Link (here) she addresses the 'people on the internet'.
February 2nd
Neighbors search their ring cameras and find a video of Leticia getting into her truck with Gannon at 10:13am on Monday Feb 27th. Gannon is walking slowly. Leticia returns just after 2pm alone. There is no video of Gannon leaving the house to walk to a friend's in the timeline Tee gives.
Tee's Facebook has a post about a trump rally in Florida which was later deleted.
February 4-5th
Tee changed her Facebook profile to a picture of Gannon waving goodbye. Landen found this hurtful and distasteful, many demand she take it down. In a leaked phone call posted to YouTube Tee states it is her right to post anything she likes to her Facebook and speculates why people don't assume he is waving hello instead of goodbye.
February 5th
Landen, Al and Laina make a video urging Gannon to come home. Landen makes a statement that she and Al are back together, one of Gannon's strongest desires.*
*Edit, some have interpreted Landen's statement of being 'together' not to mean romantically but in that they are working together to bring Gannon home. Watch the video to make your own assessment:
February 10th
A local reservoir is searched that was previously frozen. Gannon is not found.
February 12th
Colorado has had a snow storm and some severe temperatures. 80+ volunteers are still gathering regularly to look for Gannon. In the organizesearch Facebook group things get catty. There was a 'fake' (?) profile attacking people suspicious of Tee/while also defending Tee. the identity of the owner of the profile was not verified.
Leticia Stauch releases this statement;
"First and foremost, I would like to thank all agencies, volunteers, and community members who are working diligently and praying endlessly to bring Gannon home safe. Thank you to my husband who has stayed strong through this and protected our family to the best of his ability and our immediate & extended family members throughout the east coast. To Gannon, please come home soon because your daddy is waiting to watch the new Sonic movie that comes out this week and the cool shirt I got you to wear to the theatre is in your closet.
Social Media has been devastating from the harsh comments, speculations, threats, cyber bullying, etc. It has been a challenge when people are trying to run you off the road, waiting outside your hotel, threatening to kill you, etc. I encourage the Sheriff’s Office to take down those pages that promote negative behavior and violence. Let’s Do what Gannon would do. Be Kind to one another! We all have engaged in something crazy online at some point but Gannon would want everyone to get along and to focus on finding him. I know that many people have kids and are invested in this because it hits close to home for them. I would like to think that overall most people are genuine and want to do everything in their power to find G. With that being sad, Please take a step back for a moment and let me explain to you a few details that were not released. For example, just like the video that was leaked, there are additional details that were hidden due to 1) the department doing its job 2) the effects of social media and how some individuals would criticize or hinder the investigation. I chose to listen, I didn’t leak videos or information. But at this time it’s getting later in the process and we just want Gannon home. I feel the need to fill in some gaps. Now let me stress this, POLICE have known this since the first interview. Saturday Night, G was helping me unload in the garage and cut his foot because there are a lot of tools because Albert does woodworking. He sat on the edge of the car and we bandaged it up. He was good to go. He always loves helping his dad in the garage build things like his LEGO tables and the flower pot they built for me as a gift. After this, I noticed G kept going to the side of the house. He told me he was checking to see if the gate was locked because he was the only one with a gate key. It made him proud to be the man of the house while Albert was away. Fast forward, we did a hike on Sunday (cleared), and shopping on Monday ( cleared as well for him getting out of the other side). Please don’t think for a second that there isn’t enough of technology to determine shadows and movement around the truck. There was also proof from my phone that we had taken a selfie in the truck in our driveway that was time stamped. We always send pictures to Albert when we are out and about or when he is away. That can be scanned for actual time verification. Last, from day one the Sheriff's office has known a description of the person/friend whom Gannon left with. I explained to them and provided evidence. They had information about G having the key to go out the side gate. Last they have more in-depth details that go along with this pointing to who sent the person or why he may have come. Again, I repeat they have had this Initially and I was asked to keep quiet about it so they could have the best shot at doing their job and bringing G home. The last thing that they needed was a hindrance to their investigation. I encourage you to think of any suspicious cars that may have been in the area watching a few days prior and keep praying for G! Tecia Stauch"
February 16th (ish)
Al and Landen request Tee stop making statements to media.
Somewhere around this time Tee leaves to go be with family Myrtle Beach. Harley flies solo, and Tee drives an extended route along the southern portion of the United States that adds several hours to her drive (28hr drive total, most direct route is 24hrs)
February 27th
Search for Gannon is officially called off. Many volunteers continue searching unofficially.
February 28th
An arrest warrant is issued for Leticia Stauch.
March 2nd
El paso county sheriff releases statement of Tee's arrest charges of first degree murder, tampering with a body, and child abuse that results in the death of a child hunger the age of 12.
There is a sealed affidavit on the specfics of the case.
Several YouTubers try to monetize their assessment of the case and in doing so spread rumors without fact checking. Police and Al both allude to their disapproval of this in various statements.
Landen and Al release an emotional statement. (Link)
March 4th-5th
Tee is extradited from South Carolina to Colorado springs. She allegedly attacks the deputy escorting her and is held in Kansas for 12 hours.
March 18th
An unidentified body in a brown suitcase is found beneath a bridge in Florida just outside Pensacola.
March 20th
The body is tentatively identified as Gannon Stauch. Additional charges of first degree murder with a deadly weapon (gun, knife and blunt object are all added to the charges separately). Police request sightings of Leticia Stauch February 2-3rd in Florida.
A YouTuber tries to call the youngest Stauch daughter to get more information on the case. Al Stauch responds to this vaguely in a statement to leave his 'innocent, broken hearted daughter alone'.
Landen Stauch releases a statement.
( What I think happened; Sunday January 26th Leticia hit Gannon with a 2x4 in the garage in a fit of rage and did more damage than she intended. Possibly a head wound which bleeds a lot. It didn't clot well and he continued to bleed in his room. I believe she want through the side gate to get a hose to clean up the garage. She immediately realized she couldn't cover up the damage to Gannon without medical attention. So she kept Gannon home from school Monday and came up with a plan overnight. I believe Harley witnessed this event.
I believe Tee probably lied to Gannon about getting medical attention to get him willingly into the car. I believe she took him to an isolated area in Douglas county and shot him. I believe she either dismembered him to make him fit in a suitcase, or used the knife to bleed him out. This would explain the lack of excessive blood. I believe she stashed him nearby and then dumped evidence along the rural roads.
She didn't anticipate the reaction from the community. Within a day or two I believe she moved him away from the searches, possibly in New Mexico with the rental car.
I believe on her trip February 2-3rd she moved him a second time to Florida on her way up to South Carolina to play into the human trafficking theory.
I believe Harley came forward about witnessing the initial attack, which explains the extremely specfic charges. It also explains why the DA would pursue a no body case. This case is very similar to the Susan Powell case which they couldn't confidently pursue without a body).
Other details worth interest/noting:
Some have stated Tee Stauch was a member of a Chris Watts support group on Facebook. Tee's Facebook profile has been disabled so this can't be substantiated. reported Leticia had a criminal history of theft and domestic violence.
It was soon after [Leticia] graduated high school in 2001 that she was arrested for stealing a car in North Carolina.
The Robesonian reported at the time that she "was found guilty of felony larceny which was reduced to misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle." For that offense, Letecia was sentenced to 45 days in jail but given credit for time served. She was also put on probation for 18 months and order to pay just over $1,000. That same year she was also charged with communicating threats and simple assault, but those counts seemed to be dropped as part of her deal with prosecutors in the felony larceny case, court docs show. It was also traffic offenses that got Letecia picked up in Virginia a few years later, but she was able to get off after paying a fine for these minor offenses, according to court records. Her next arrest was in 2010, by which time she was going by Letecia Hunt. The newly-married teacher, who had graduated from Liberty University by then, was cited for domestic violence and domestic abuse in Horry County, South Carolina, court docs show."
There are a few dates I was mistaken on, I had trouble nailing them down as publishing dates varied from site to site. I've encouraged anyone who sees a mistake to give an edit, as apparently a news source wants to pick up this timeline for their website. I requested they wait a couple days so anyone here who sees a mistake can give correction.
My main references were
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2020.03.25 00:28 VeganMinecraft $$ Craigslist Studies $$

I hope all of you are doing well in light of the corona virus and with everything being closed and shut down I bet many of us are moping around on beermoney sites. Stay safe and healthy.
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2020.03.10 00:49 VeganMinecraft $$ Craigslist Studies $$

Here are some craigslist studies going on right now. I plan to do these weekly. I do not post “Chances to win” as I believe that EVERYONE should be paid for their time so I only post ones where they pay everyone that qualifies. I sincerely hope this is appreciated as it does take me a bit to compile and sift through dead and garbage links and surveys. As always, if something sounds fishy, don’t do it. I can’t vouch for ALL the links.
PRO TIP: For Research Studies in Your area that pay in cash (there are often quite a lot so too long and too time consuming to post everything from each state here. Would take me all day) go to your craigslist site and type in "research" or "survey" and look under community, gigs or jobs.
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2020.03.02 17:32 CuteBananaMuffin 5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned out to be True [Quite Big Post]

5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned out to be True [Quite Big Post]
by Jonathan Elinoff
from NewWorldOrderReport Website
You can see the documentary, "Core of Corruption - In the Shadows".
In the 1st installment of the film, I cover the grounds that the attacks of 9/11 had complicit parties that have not yet been charged with the crime and the United States is largely unaware of the fact that the attacks on 9/11 were the result of a much larger network of terrorists that go unnamed and are not being pursued. These terrorists include complicit figures from with powerful establishments and governments.
Evidence has mounted that Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel and even the United States have a small rogue element from within its intelligence community, namely the counter-intelligence community, that may have had some involvement in the financing, training or carrying out of the attacks. I know it sounds crazy at first, but watch the above documentary on 9/11 and I think you will see the overwhelming evidence for this case.
After reading the article released by, I decided to update and revise their work. The article gave me a chuckle because it lacked many famous and much larger conspiracy theories that became known. Their article had only listed seven.
I can name 33 and I am about to release a revised list soon with 75.
The article I read at Cracked can be viewed here, but don't waste your time, all of that is in this article and more.
Most people can't resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. At the same time, many people quickly denounce any conspiracy theory as untrue... and sometimes as unpatriotic or just plain ridiculous.
Lets not forget all of the thousands of conspiracies out of Wall Street like Bernie Madoff and many others to commit fraud and extortion, among many crimes of conspiracy.
USA Today reports that over 75% of personal ads in the paper and on craigslist are married couples posing as single for a one night affair.
When someone knocks on your door to sell you a set of knives or phone cards, anything for that matter, do they have a profit motive? What is conspiracy other than just a scary way of saying “alternative agenda”? When 2 friends go to a bar and begin to plan their wingman approach on 2 girls they see at the bar, how often are they planning on lying to those girls?"I own a small business and am in town for a short while. Oh yeah, you look beautiful.”
Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy.
However, it has come almost exclusively to refer to any fringe theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by conspirators of almost superhuman power and cunning.
To conspire means,
"to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish a lawful end."
The term "conspiracy theory" is frequently used by scholars and in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at stealing power, money, or freedom, from "the people".
To many, conspiracy theories are just human nature. Not all people in this world are honest, hard working and forthcoming about their intentions. Certainly we can all agree on this.
So how did the term “conspiracy theory” get grouped in with fiction, fantasy and folklore? Maybe that’s a conspiracy, just kidding. Or am I?
Skeptics are important in achieving an objective view of reality, however, skeptics is not the same as reinforcing the official storyline. In fact, a conspiracy theory can be argued as an alternative to the official or “mainstream” story of events. Therefore, when skeptics attempt to ridicule a conspiracy theory by using the official story as a means of proving the conspiracy wrong, in effect, they are just reinforcing the original “mainstream” view of history, and actually not being skeptical.
This is not skeptics, it is just a convenient way for the establishment view of things to be seen as the correct version, all the time, every time.
In fact, it is common for "hit pieces" or "debunking articles" to pick extremely fringe and not very populated conspiracy theories. This in turn makes all conspiracies on a subject matter look crazy. Skeptics magazine and Popular Mechanics, among many others, did this with 9/11.
They referred to less than 10% of the many different conspiracy theories about 9/11 and picked the less popular ones, in fact, they picked the fringe, highly improbable points that only a few people make. This was used as the "final investigation" for looking into the conspiracy theories.
Convenient, huh?
In fact, if one were to look into conspiracy theories, they will largely find that thinking about a conspiracy is associated with lunacy and paranoia.
Some websites suggest it as an illness. It is also not surprising to see so many people on the internet writing about conspiracy theories in a condescending tone, usually with the words "kool-aid," "crack pot," or "nut job" in their articulation.
This must be obvious to anyone that emotionally writing about such serious matter insults the reader more than the conspiracy theorist because there is no need to resort to this kind of behavior. It is employed often with an "expert" who will say something along the lines of, "for these conspiracies to be true, you would need hundreds if not thousands of people to be involved. It's just not conceivable."
I find it extremely odd that the assumption is on thousands of participants in a conspiracy. I, for one, find it hard to believe any conspiracy involving more than a handful of people but the fact remains that there have been conspiracies in our world, proven and not made up, that involved many hundreds of people. It's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of fact.
One more thing to consider, have you noticed that if the conspiracy is involving powerful interests with the ability to bribe, threaten or manipulate major institutions (like the mafia, big corporations or government) then don't you find it odd when people use one of those as the "credible" counter-argument?
What I mean is, if you are discussing a conspiracy about the mafia, and someone hands you a debunking article that was written by the Mafia, it doesn't seem like it would take rocket science to look at that with serious criticism and credibility.
This is the case with many conspiracies. In fact, I am handed debunking pieces all the time written in many cases by the conspirators in question. Doesn't this seem odd to anybody else but me?
While intelligent cynicism certainly can be healthy, though, some of the greatest discoveries of all time were initially received (often with great vitriol) as blasphemous conspiracy theories - think of the revelation that the earth was not the center of the universe, or that the world was not flat but actually round.
What follows are some of these most shocking modern conspiracy theories that turned out true after thorough investigation by our society. Some through congressional hearings, others through investigative journalism. Many of these, however, were just admitted to by those involved. These are just 33 of them, and I still had a long list of others to add.
There are a total of 33 in this article.
Many of these are listed with original and credible news clips on the matter, as well as documentaries.
  1. The Dreyfus Affair
In the late 1800s in France, Jewish artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason based on false government documents, and sentenced to life in prison. The French government did attempt to cover this up, but Dreyfus was eventually pardoned after the affair was made public (an act that is credited to writer Émile Zola).
  1. The Mafia
This secret crime society was virtually unknown until the 1960s, when member Joe Valachi first revealed the society's secrets to law enforcement officials. What was known was that organized crime existed, but not that the extent of their control included working with the CIA, politicians and the biggest businesses in the world. - Many people do not realize that J. Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation - predecessor to the FBI - in 1924 and was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972. - Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a large and efficient crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modern innovations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. For the majority of his time as FBI Director, there were numerous Mafia shootings as a result of Prohibition. Hoover continued to deny the very existence of organized crime. Many figures in politics and media denied the existence of the Mafia, which had no official title. - Gangsters like Gambino and Capone were thought of as Street Kings only, just running local operations. It was not until the 1960's until people began to learn that a very organized system of superiors and control existed within the organized crime world. Arnold Rothstein, the man who rigged the World Series, started the major drug trade and is credited as being the "King of the Roaring 20's." - In his biography, he is said to have brought Lucky Luciano into his business and trained him to start "The Commission." Five families in New York would work together and pay their dues. Throughout the entire time the media and the FBI denied the mafia existed, in reality, not only did it exist, but it operated in multiple territories. - Each region had a boss and underboss, with soldiers underneath them. - Above the boss was a Don and even above a Don was more figures. As it went up, regions got larger. It was extremely organized, down to the books. In the 1950's, crime bosses from around the United States met to centralize their power and organize their system. All this time, the public was told that the organized crime world didn't exist, and that all the crimes were committed by local gangsters... - Even with all we knew about how organized the mafia was during prohibition, people still laugh at the idea of organized crime conspiracies taking place in politics. - Usually the excuse people will give you is something along the lines of, "I just don't think people are that organized..." Funny how easy it must be to get away with stuff these days, no one believes its possible.... -


Jared Lee Loughner
If you don't know what MK Ultra is, read the 3rd paragraph.
You need to so that you understand conspiracy theorists context in referring to Loughner, the shooter in Arizona, as potential MK Ultra.
Well this is weird, Loughner's attorney, who defended "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, also may have represented Tim McVeigh. Tim McVeigh, a lot of people don't know, was seeing the #2 mind sciences doctor in the country ordered by the military from his years in Desert Storm. Some people, like Alex Jones, believe McVeigh was Mk Ultra as well.
It appears Loughner was seen dazed, confused and smiling like a lunatic after the shooting. Very similar to programming side affects, but not evidence yet. One story online shows there is a 2nd man they are seeking for arrest in the shooting, someone who was with Loughner right before the shooting who was meeting with him. They have video of this man from surveillance cameras near by.
I can say this with confidence, it appears there is enough evidence to start the rumor mill over MK Ultra. I expect you will hear conspiracy theorists discussing this shooting for a while, especially if some kind of bill, law or anti-terror act is passed quickly as a result of the trauma and tragedy. What is MK Ultra? Mk Ultra was a code name declassified in the 1970's Church Committee and other lawsuits brought against the government where the public was informed that thousands of people, patients from hospitals, mental health patients, prisoners in the... justice system, and even public citizens were selected for testing without their consent.
Testing was conducted in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Some claim they still go on today and provide evidence. The testing includes torture, drugs and exotic hypnosis experiments in an effort to explore the mind, propaganda and other related patterns.
One sub department of the operation included a group of lunatic scientists who were looking to create an assassins program, to see if it was possible to kidnap someone, say an enemy in a country, conduct hypnosis and other techniques learned in Mk Ultra, and send them back to the country with a plan to assassinate their leaders.
That plan is what scares people most. MK Ultra was carried out by the CIA illegally and in the 1970s, hundreds of patients sued the federal government for damages, and the government settled and paid millions of dollars.
Now here is the really trippy, scary info.
Some of these patients where MK Ultra was used include,
Ted Kazinsky (the unabomber) Mark David Chapman (the man who shot Lennon) Sirhan Sirhan (the man who shot Bobby Kennedy) Lee Harvey Oswald is rumored to have attended a base in Japan before heading to Russia where MK Ultra experiments were taking place
David Ferrie, Oswald's boss for a long period of time, is said to have been an MK Ultra specialist and specialized in hypnosis and believe it or not, sexual molestation to mess with his patients heads. David Ferrie was a convicted child predator who left the Catholic Church to train Black Operations hitmen for the invasion of Cuba.
David Ferrie taught the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol where both Lee Harvey Oswald and Barry Seal joined as 15 year old children. Barry Seal became the primary operative in Iran-Contra who ran drugs for the CIA and was an active contract hitman, Oswald was accused of killing John F Kennedy.
David Ferrie was murdered, made to look like a suicide, the night before his testimony in a trial Jim Garrison brought against the CIA where he accused Ferrie and others of using Oswald as a patsy...
I have tons more info on this subject matter for my film "Convenient Deaths: History of Assassinations, Black Operations and the CIA"
George H.W. Bush was Director of the CIA during the time many of the MK Ultra cases were brought against the government. He was a major oil tycoon and Skull and Bones man who was active in CIA operations before that and after his director position at the CIA was Vice President of the CIA.
H.W. Bush later became president after previously sitting as Vice President during the Reagan Years.
Many people have pointed out George HW Bush's connections to the Kennedy Assassination during the years Bush Sr. was involved with CIA Operations against Cuba while he owned Zapata Oil. Lee Harvey Oswald even attended a social dinner with CIA operatives where Bush Sr. was present years before the assassination, as pointed out in many books and research by investigators.
One good book that will fill you in on all this is "Family of Secrets."
A film that came out a few years ago attempted to show the connections of Bush Sr. to Kennedy's assassination called JFK II which you can view here:
John Hinckley, Jr. and President Reagan
In 1980, Hinckley Sr. was a Texas oilman who, the records show, strove mightily to get fellow Texas oilman George H.W. Bush the Republican nomination for president.
The Bushes and the Hinckleys were frequent dinner companions. An almost bewildered John Chancellor on NBC Nightly News reported "the bizarre coincidence" that Vice President Bush's son, Neil, and Scott Hinckley had dinner plans for March 31, 1981 - now cancelled, of course.
[But even Chancellor failed to mention the close friendship between the the assassin's father and Vice President Bush - let alone the rest of the corporate media.]
Here is the NBC Clip that I found in archives and shared with the internet a while ago. This same clip, along with countless others, were collected for the documentary film series, Core of Corruption and they were also given to Jason Bermas to appear in Invisible Empire.
Reports indicate that the Bush family strove mightily to keep this information from the American people. And some reports list this incredible "coincidence" - directly linked to the assassination attempt of President Reagan - as one of the most spiked stories of the last century.
In other words, the brother of the shooter and the son of the vice-president (and their wives) had a dinner date for the day after the shooting. But it really wasn’t such "a bizarre coincidence." Those two families were very close; but the press never focused on that critical fact as it should have. If Reagan had died, the oilmen’s interests would have been served.
The weirdest part about it was that Hinkley was able to make and receive phone calls from his hotel room but chose to walk a great distance and wait by a public payphone where he waited for contacts everyday, as though it was apart of a conspiracy with co-conspirators...
A very good read on the Hinckley-Bush connections is a book that came out about 20 years ago, entitled, "The Afternoon of March 30." It was published as a novel in order to protect the author.
Neil Bush, a landman for Amoco Oil, told Denver reporters he had met Scott Hinckley at a surprise party at the Bush home January 23, 1981 [Nine weeks before Hinckley's brother John Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan - which would have elevated Bush Sr. to the presidency], and approximately three weeks after the U.S. Department of Energy had begun what was termed a "routine audit" of the books of the Vanderbilt Energy Corporation, the Hinckley oil company.
In an incredible coincidence, on the morning of March 30 [the day of the Reagan assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr.], three representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy told Scott Hinckley, John Hinckley Jr.'s older brother and Vanderbilt's vice president of operations, that auditors had uncovered evidence of pricing violations on crude oil sold by the company from 1977 through 1980.
The auditors announced that the federal government was considering a penalty of two million dollars. [This, on the same day that his brother John - the youngest son of Vice President Bush's close friend - attempted the assassination!]
Scott Hinckley reportedly requested "several hours to come up with an explanation" of the serious overcharges.
The meeting ended a little more than an hour before John Hinckly Jr. shot President Reagan.
Excerpts from an interview by Theresa Walla United Press International March 9, 1985
Journalism professor Nathaniel Blumberg was so disturbed about the investigation into the attempted assassination of President Reagan that he turned his suspicions into a 377-page novel. In The Afternoon of March 30 , Blumberg blends fact and fiction in looking at the unreported "connections" between Hinckley's family and that of Vice President George Bush, the man who came within a heartbeat of the presidency of the United States. "What I'm really after is the case to be officially reopened," said the Rhodes scholar and former dean of the University of Montana journalism school.
"If they can answer all the questions satisfactorily, I'll be delighted," he said in an interview. "In truth, I don't think all the questions can be answered without opening up a whole new can of worms." Blumberg's unease is now focused on the indifference shown to what he calls "the story behind the story."
Bush, he said, has questions to answer in connection with the attempt. So do the FBI and the judge who presided over Hinckley's trial, according to Blumberg. "I'm not saying there was a conspiracy to assassinate Reagan," Blumberg emphasized. "I'm saying there was a conspiracy to keep significant information from the public that it has a right to know." Blumberg asks his readers to consider his contentions that journalists were fed a barely believable story full of inconsistencies. A long-time media critic, he decided the example warranted more than a critique of press performance in a crisis. Such efforts, he said, usually "go out there and die."
Instead, he chose to weave his questions into a novel so it would reach a broader audience and allow him to probe problems in society and corruption in government, as well as maladies of the U.S. press.
Here are some of the videos of the testimony from MK Ultra survivors during court cases against the government:
VIDEOS DELETED. (i will try to find other sources for the deleted videos) there are 12 deleted videos.

In the 1950s to the 1970s, the CIA mind-control project was aimed at finding a "truth serum" to use on communist spies.
Test subjects were given LSD and other drugs, often without consent, and some were tortured. At least one man, civilian biochemist Frank Olson, who was working for the government, died as a result of the experiments. The project was finally exposed after investigations by the Rockefeller Commission.
Watch a video about MK-ULTRA from a documentary called Secrets of The CIA...

4. Operation Mockingbird

Also in the 1950s to '70s, the CIA paid a number of well-known domestic and foreign journalists (from big-name media outlets like Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CBS and others) to publish CIA propaganda.
The CIA also reportedly funded at least one movie, the animated "Animal Farm," by George Orwell.
The Church Committee finally exposed the activities in 1975.
In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America's leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election.
He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA. Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past 25 years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists' relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap.
Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services - from simple intelligence-gathering to serving as go-betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without portfolio for their country.
Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring-do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full-time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad.
In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America's leading news organizations. The history of the CIA's involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception for the following principal reasons: The use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence-gathering employed by the CIA. Although the agency has cut back sharply on the use of reporters since 1973 (primarily as a result of pressure from the media), some journalists are still posted abroad.
Further investigation into the matter, CIA officials say, would inevitably reveal a series of embarrassing relationships in the 1950's and 1960's with some of the most powerful organizations and individuals in American journalism. Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were: William Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System Henry Luce of Time Inc. Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times Barry Bingham Sr. of the Louisville Courier-Journal James Copley of the Copley News Services Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include: the American Broadcasting Company the National Broadcasting Company the Associated Press United Press International Reuters Hearst Newspapers Scripps-Howard Newsweek magazine the Mutual Broadcasting System the Miami Herald the old Saturday Evening Post New York Herald-Tribune By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with, the New York Times CBS Time Inc. [...] Appropriately, the CIA uses the term 'reporting' to describe much of what cooperating journalists did for the Agency. "We would ask them, 'Will you do us a favor?'" said a senior CIA official.
"'We understand you're going to be in Yugoslavia. Have they paved all the streets? Where did you see planes? Were there any signs of military presence? How many Soviets did you see? If you happen to meet a Soviet, get his name and spell it right... Can you set up a meeting for us? Or arrange a message?'" Many CIA officials regarded these helpful journalists as operatives: the journalists tended to see themselves as trusted friends of the Agency who performed occasional favors - usually without pay - in the national interest. [...] Two of the Agency's most valuable relationships in the 1960's, according to CIA officials, were with reporters who covered Latin America - Jerry O'Leary of the Washington Star and Hal Hendrix of Miami News, a Pulitzer Prize winner who became a high official of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.
Hendrix was extremely helpful to the Agency in providing information about individuals in Miami's Cuban exile community. [....]
A note about Hendrix - he was the one who Seth Kantor, reporting on the JFK assassination, was told to call for 'background' on Oswald after Oswald's arrest.
Hendrix, from Miami, had all the info on Oswald's pro-Castro leafleting activities in New Orleans, details about Oswald's defection to the Soviet Union, etc.
Only years later did Kantor realize the significance of a guy like Hendrix, CIA, having so much info on Oswald so soon after the assassination.
"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." - William Colby, former CIA Director, quoted by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy "You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month." - CIA operative, discussing the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. Katherine the Great, by Deborah Davis "There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level." - William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein "The Agency's relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy ... to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible." - The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein "Senator William Proxmire has pegged the number of employees of the federal intelligence community at 148,000 ... though Proxmire's number is itself a conservative one. The "intelligence community" is officially defined as including only those organizations that are members of the U.S. Intelligence Board (USIB); a dozen other agencies, charged with both foreign and domestic intelligence chores, are not encompassed by the term... The number of intelligence workers employed by the federal government is not 148,000, but some undetermined multiple of that number." - Jim Hougan, Spooks "For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government.... I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations." - former President Harry Truman, 22 December 1963, one month after the JFK assassination, op-ed section of the Washington Post, early edition

5. Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project was the codename for a project conducted during World War II to develop the first atomic bomb.
The project was led by the United States, and included participation from the United Kingdom and Canada. Formally designated as the Manhattan Engineer District (MED), it refers specifically to the period of the project from 1942-1946 under the control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, under the administration of General Leslie R. Groves.
The scientific research was directed by American physicist 'J. Robert OppenhMafia.'
The project's roots lay in scientists' fears since the 1930s that Nazi Germany was also investigating nuclear weapons of its own. Born out of a small research program in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people and cost nearly US$2 billion ($22 billion in current value).
It resulted in the creation of multiple production and research sites that operated in secret. With the total involved, this makes it one of the largest conspiracies in history. Entire towns were built for short periods of time, employing people, all under secrecy and top national secrecy at that.
The government never admitted to it, the media never reported on it, and people had no idea for over 25 years.
Project research took place at over thirty sites across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The three primary research and production sites of the project were the plutonium-production facility at what is now the Hanford Site, the uranium-enrichment facilities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the weapons research and design laboratory now known as Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The MED maintained control over U.S. weapons production until the formation of the Atomic Energy Commission in January 1947.
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2020.02.09 16:37 VeganMinecraft $$ Craigslist Studies $$

Here are some craigslist studies going on right now. I plan to do these weekly. I do not post “Chances to win” as I believe that EVERYONE should be paid for their time so I only post ones where they pay everyone that qualifies. I sincerely hope this is appreciated as it does take me a bit to compile and sift through dead and garbage links and surveys. As always, if something sounds fishy, don’t do it. I can’t vouch for ALL the links.
PRO TIP: For Research Studies in Your area that pay in cash (there are often quite a lot so too long and too time consuming to post everything from each state here. Would take me all day) go to your craigslist site and type in "research" or "survey" and look under community, gigs or jobs.
$25 Amazon Health Care Options
$10 Amazon Memory and PTSD Study
$10 Amazon Headphone Study
$25 Amazon Parents and Kids 3-5
$75 Amazon Beauty and Grooming Services
$40 Amazon Hiring Cleaning Services -- Toronto, CANADA
$50 Amazon American History
$$ Amazon Mental Health
$$ Amazon Parents of Children with Autism, Special Needs
$20 Amazon Interview About Your Hobbies
Tobacco Focus Group
$75 Amazon UbeLyft Drivers
$25 Amazon Medical Caregiver
$25 Amazon Back to School
$100 Amazon CNAs
$20 Amazon Mothering
$50 Amazon Tennis Clash
$100 Amazon New Mobile App
$50 Amazon How Students Look For Jobs
$10 Amazon Men Managing Finances
$100 Visa Financial Viewpoints
$250 Visa Household Shopping
In Person
$100 Visa Housing Survey -- San Francisco, CA
$75 Amazon Beauty and Grooming Services -- San Francisco, CA
$25 Amazon Sharing Digital Resources -- Atlanta, GA
$10 Amazon Project Pirate -- Detroit, MI
$250 Amazon Focus Group Investments -- New York, NY
$50 Amazon Yahoo User Study -- Dulles, VA
$375 Amazon Alcohol Use and Dating Experiences -- Phoenix, AZ
$10 Amazon Cigarette Smokers -- Minneapolis, MN
$150 Amazon Wearable Monitoring Device -- San Francisco, CA
$30/hr Amazon Sound and Brain Activity -- San Francisco, CA
$100 Amazon Wearable Fitness Devices -- San Francisco, CA
$50 Amazon Study and Review Habits -- New York, NY
$60 Amazon Non Native -- Atlanta, GA
$100 Amazon Women Problems with Bladder -- New Haven, CT
$175 Visa Smartphone Discussion -- Atlanta, GA
$40 Visa Balance Work And Family -- San Francisco, CA
$$ Visa Male Taste Testers -- Chicago, IL
$400 Visa In Home Study -- Kansas City, KS
Stock Room Tour -- San Francisco, CA
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2020.02.04 17:06 password_is_ent So you want to start a digital marketing agency...

Hey guys,
I run a mildly successful digital marketing agency ($30K MRR). I thought I would try to give back some value to Reddit as it's helped me a lot in my own journey over the years. I don't have all the answers, but I hope this can help a few people. This is for everyone who is interested in starting a digital marketing agency. This is mainly from my viewpoint as Director of Paid Search
If you have any questions for me or you want me to cover another topic, please comment below. Let's try to keep the conversation in this thread so everyone can benefit from the questions / answers.

Are You Sure?

The most important thing is making sure you really want to be in this business. The internet will tell you it's sexy. You can get rich quick. There isn't any work involved. Well, that's total bullshit. To be honest, this industry SUCKS! It's an insane amount of work, clients are mostly terrible, and every day you will have to deal with 10 different problems. You will regret starting this business and often you will want to quit. You will need to be sure this is the business for you to even survive.
If you're passionate about helping small businesses and passionate about marketing / advertising, then you might seriously consider this career path. But if you don't love it, keep looking for the right business for you. This will take 5 - 10 years (or more) of your life. I didn't think about this when I was starting out because I thought I would fail. Looking back it's really important to start a business doing what you love because this will become most of your life. Don't do it for the money, do it for your passion. If you work hard and don't give up, you can be successful at anything you do.

About My Journey

When I graduated from University with a marketing degree, the only things that interested me were Google AdWords and Advertising (thanks Mad Men). I applied at a bunch of marketing agencies but no one would hire me.
I ended up taking a job selling email marketing software over the phone. It was a terrible job but I learned how sales worked. I always told myself I would try to become an entrepreneur, but first I needed to invest in myself by learning the skills I would need to be a successful entrepreneur. I learned sales, how to work with business owners, how to talk to business owners, what they were looking for, what they needed help with, and how to pitch them my services (at the time email marketing software). Don't be afraid to spend a few years working and learning.
I burnt out quickly at that job and I was basically at rock bottom. I personally felt terrible and was dealing with a lot of negative emotions. Eventually I quit because I just couldn't do it anymore. I cared too much about the small businesses and not enough about hard closing them. Fuck me, right?
After that job, I spent 6 months unemployed just racking up credit card debt. I actually tried to start my own business selling a silly product on Etsy. It was a fun learning experience but I ultimately failed. I did learn a lot about keyword research though.
Then I got serious about getting into a digital marketing agency again and I started applying to every digital marketing agency in Colorado. Even if they didn't have open positions on their website, I would submit a contact form or email them.
A few agencies interviewed me, but I never got the job. At that point I knew digital marketing was what I wanted to do, so I just kept hammering out resumes and applications. I had to apply a few times to an agency in Denver, but they finally interviewed me. It went well and soon after they offered me a job as a PPC Specialist. On Friday they asked "When can you start?" I said I would see them Monday morning baby! I was really excited and even though I took a pay cut, it was worth it for the experience. I had actually gotten 2 job offers that same day but I picked the bigger agency. When it rains, it pours. Just keep going.
I became the expert by learning from my boss (who had been doing PPC since AdWords launched) and by obsessively consuming FREE information on the internet. I worked hard, stayed late, and tried to soak up as much knowledge as I could. My boss taught me everything I needed to know, and for that I will always be thankful. 100% I would not have been successful without his help. I got experience working on tons of different accounts in a bunch of different industries. I tried to learn everything I could about PPC. I had the opportunity to work on massive accounts, and I was good at it.
That agency had a lot of internal issues so I didn't spend long there (maybe 1 - 2 years), but they taught me everything I needed to know to start moonlighting / freelancing. I helped build their PPC agency up to become a Google Premier Partner and then I headed out. I worked for another year managing all the PPC for an Australian marketing agency. I rebuilt and managed all their PPC accounts, soon they were a Google Premier Partner too! At that point, I was comfortable with my skills and I was confident I knew what I was doing.

Starting My Agency

When I started out I was broke, I had just quit my job at the agency, and I thought I was destined to fail. I had to move from Denver where I had lived for 10 years because I couldn't afford the expensive rent without a job. All I had was a dream of being an entrepreneur and the hope that I could do it better than the agencies where I had worked. I accepted that my chances of failure were very high, but I wanted to give it a shot. During this time period, I was so convinced I would fail and have to get another job. But hey, that wouldn't be that difficult now that I was experienced in PPC. I knew I could get a job at an agency anywhere.
At this point, I already had a few small freelance clients. I initially got a bit of work from business Facebook groups. I would help audit their PPC accounts for free and it turned into a handful of small clients. I still get referrals from this initial work. By proving value upfront, you can prove to people that you're legit and you're the expert. Most people running AdWords are wasting a ton of money, they just don't know it. After you put together an audit showing their mistakes and how you can improve performance, it's a natural transition into them hiring you to manage their account.
At this point, I still didn't have a website, logo, or a business name. I wasn't even a legit LLC yet (shhhhh). That all came much later.
I also applied to every UpWork gig I could find and searched Craigslist for anyone who needed help with their marketing. We actually found a great client from Craigslist that I believe was our first client. Still with us to this day.
Make no mistake, this business is difficult. Getting an agency off the ground will take blood, sweat, and tears. When I started off, I regularly worked at least 80 hours per week for very low pay. Weekends didn't exist. These days I have a few people helping me, so it's not as bad. I probably work closer to 40 hours per week now. I definitely work less but I'm still doing business related things pretty much 24/7.

Becoming The Expert

With digital marketing, you are really selling your knowledge and time / work to clients. If you don't know what you are doing (95% of digital marketing agencies), you are going to have a really difficult and stressful time in this business. Without a doubt, the only reason I've been successful with my agency is because I know more than other agencies. I can do better work for clients. That's the only way to succeed long term. If you can't make your clients money and grow their business, you're dead in the water.

Getting Hired at a Digital Marketing Agency

The best thing you can do to get hired at a digital marketing agency is prove to them your interest and passion. Start by passing the Google Ads Certifications in the Google Skillshop. At least get your Search Fundamentals certification, this will help get you ahead of most applicants. Try to learn the basics so that you have a leg up on other applicants and you can nail the interview.
This was my path and I attribute a lot of my success to having worked at a few agencies before I went out on my own. If you try to skip this step, it will take much longer to be successful. Not only did I learn PPC and SEO, I also learned how an agency works and how to manage an agency. I learned almost everything I know working in agencies, I think of it as valuable schooling. Would you go to a dentist that skipped dental school, started his own practice right away, and hopes to just figure it out as he goes along?
Sometimes I wish I had never started my own digital marketing agency and that I just had a great job in someone else's agency. It's more fun, less stressful, and you get to relax at 5PM and on weekends. Starting with a job at another agency will help you feel this out and make this decision for yourself. Do you want to work in digital marketing or start your own agency?

Learning Without an Agency

If you want to learn digital marketing without going the agency route. It will be more difficult. It will take much longer to learn. It is possible though.
You learn digital marketing by DOING digital marketing. At an agency you are able to do a ton of work to get experience and you don't have to pay for it. You can learn on your own by doing digital marketing for your own businesses, but then it's up to you to foot the bill. There are lots of free resources on the internet to learn about AdWords, SEO, Facebook Ads, and Website Development. It's just going to be tough to get those initial clients when you're still learning what you're doing.

Freelancing / Moonlighting

After you get a job at a digital marketing agency, you'll learn the skills needed to start freelancing / moonlighting. It's a great way to earn some extra cash, get more experience, build your network, and start getting clients of your own. When I left the agency I was working at, I had already lined up a freelance position with an Australian marketing agency. I also had been freelancing for a few different small clients that helped keep me afloat without a full time job.

Starting Your Digital Marketing Agency

If you know what your doing and you're confident in your experience and abilities, then you can start your own digital marketing agency. There is really no barrier to entry to starting an agency. You can hop on a freelance website and start applying to jobs right away. Hopefully you've been freelancing / moonlighting so that you have a bit of revenue coming in before you quit your job.

Don't Waste Time

Focus on getting clients and doing great work, try not to get distracted with time wasters like your business name, logo, website, or even setting up an LLC / EIN. You can do all of that later. When I got started, I didn't have ANY of those things. I see a lot of people get stuck at this point. They worry about their logo, their business name, or screw around building their website before they even have clients.

Niche Down

If you're coming into digital marketing with experience in another industry. Use that knowledge as an asset. If you were an insurance salesman, then you know the insurance industry well. That's an asset and will help set you apart from other agencies. Focus on that niche and do Digital Marketing for Insurance Agents. The more experience you have in an industry, the more clients will want to work with you.
Now I don't exactly follow this advice, but that's because I have a ton of experience in almost every industry. That allows me to work with many different clients across industries because I have that knowledge and experience. Although it's important to note, working in the same industry is MUCH easier. What works for a dentist in Denver, will pretty much work for a dentist in Miami.

What Services Should You Offer?

Play to your strengths. If you know email marketing, then focus on email marketing. If you know SEO, focus on SEO. Don't try to offer a service you don't know, it will just be a nightmare.
I mainly offer my clients AdWords / PPC, SEO, Facebook Ads, and Website Development. In my opinion, that's a pretty basic marketing stack for an agency. You can niche down to only offering 1 service and still be successful.
I know the services I offer very well. I believe they are all critical to a client's long term success. Managing multiple channels for them makes it easy to ensure they are successful. However, the services I offer are also the most competitive.
You might consider starting an agency in other popular areas like:
If you only manage 1 service, it can be less stressful because they are not dependant on you. If you manage multiple services, their business often depends on you and your performance. Don't fuck up.

Getting Your First Clients

I got my first clients by offering value for free upfront. I offered business owners a Free PPC Audit (I still do this) so I could show them they were wasting money and that I could help them improve performance.
99% of AdWords accounts I've looked at over the years had MASSIVE mistakes and it was costing these businesses thousands of dollars. Many times I'd audit an account and find they wasted $10k in the last year just because they didn't know any better. Ouch.
When I first started I got my initial clients from:

Picking The Right Clients

If you want to save yourself a lot of anxiety, stress, and problems... pick the right clients! It took me a few years to learn this lesson. You need to figure out who your ideal client is and only work with those people. My ideal client is someone who has a website, needs leads / calls, knows the value of digital marketing, and wants to hire someone to take care of it all for them. Red flags for me are when a client wants to be involved or wants to manage it themselves. One rule that I've learned... in this business the client is always wrong! You have to be the expert for them and many times you have to explain to them why their ideas are not going to work.
Why keep a dog and bark yourself? - Ogilvy
If a client is stressing you out, fire them immediately. Managing stress and anxiety is a big part of managing an agency. Bad clients lead to burnout and can take down your entire agency. Seriously, don't be afraid of firing clients.


There are a few different pricing models. The two main options are:
My agency charges 25% of Ad Spend ($375 minimum) as our management fee to take care of everything. The fee goes down as Ad Spend goes up to $5k / $10k / $15k / etc. Some people don't like this model, I do. Some clients don't like this model, but they just don't understand it. With % of ad spend pricing, we make more when our clients spend more. BUT they only spend more when it's working well. No one is going to increase their budget if they aren't making money. In that way, our incentives are aligned. It also helps cover our time investment and allows us to focus more on the client as the account scales up. I’ve been told my pricing is too cheap by a lot of people, so keep that in mind as well. I don’t have it all figured out. I think a lot of people start with really low pricing (I started at $250) and then as you have more clients, you can raise your prices.
I would caution against doing Pay Per Lead and even Hourly Billing. I've done those before and it was great... for me. The client ends up paying a lot more money. You can run into problems where the client owes you way more money than they expected and it usually results in you losing the client.

Doing Great Work

This is the only way you will be successful. If you want to build a real digital marketing agency, you have to be the expert at what you do and you have to do great work. There is no other way.
Say what you will about Jeff Bezos, but he / Amazon have been successful because they focus on doing great work. No one can compete with the incredible convenience Amazon offers. If you want to have a successful digital marketing agency, you must do the best possible work so that no one can compete with you. If you don't do good work, someone like me will audit your account, show your client, and eat your lunch.

Courses / Mentors / Coaches

You might be waiting for me to drop a link to my $5000 course that shows you how to do all this, but ya ain't gonna find it. Fuck those people. Most of them have never actually built a successful agency. You buy their course and they teach you to sell courses. Most of those guys are unethical, predatory, and in many cases what they are doing is straight up illegal.
Do yourself a favor and just save your money. You don't need those guys at all. The information you need is available for free on the internet. All the course guys do is curate content that's available for free. The allure of these courses / gurus is that they pitch the new age Get Rich Quick Scheme by making false promises. "Buy my $5,000 course and start a digital marketing agency making $10,000/month." Seems like a no brainer, right? Wrong AF. There are no shortcuts. Most of these guys have very limited knowledge on how to do anything but sell courses to gullible people.
It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at what you do. There are no shortcuts for experience and knowledge. You can't buy an expensive course to get around this.
This isn't super related but a good thing to keep in mind. Don't be so quick to elevate other people above yourself. They don't have it all figured out either. They are just like you. No one has all the answers, be especially wary when they say they do.

Scarcity Mindset / Why I'm Posting This

Many people have helped me over the years. I've learned a lot from other people's FREE content. This is a part of my contribution. If this helped you, I hope one day you can also turn around and help other people. Don't fall into the trap of the Scarcity Mindset. The truth is there are more clients than we could ever work with. There's a lot of agencies out there now that are practically begging you to eat their lunch.

The Future of My Agency

I recently learned about the book EOS / Entrepreneurial Operating Systemand it's helped me plan out the growth of my agency. I recommend you check it out once you've started your own business. Below are a few things it helped me put together.

Core Values

  1. Do the right thing
  2. Be honest / transparent
  3. Never stop learning
  4. Do great work
  5. Think it through
  6. Stay positive / have fun

1 Year Plan

For 2020, my main goal is to hit $60K MRR with 80 clients at around $750 MRR each.
To scale up to this level, I'll need to:

3 Year Plan

My goal for the next 3 years is to build my agency to $250K MRR with 150 clients at around $1500 MRR each.
This will mean: * building out my teams

10 Year Target

500 clients and $1,000,000 MRR

Software / Tools

Here are most of the software / tools we use in the agency. Many are available for free. Most are really affordable. * Asana (task management)
That's all I've got for now. If you want to know something else, comment below and I'll try to answer. If you want me to talk about another area of marketing, let me know and I can try to put together some content.
I don't put together content very often, but it's something I want to do more of. So if you have any feedback / comments / advice for me on writing content, please leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading and good luck!
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2020.01.17 06:14 Nicky_XX The Burned Photo [Part 12]

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11
Felicia Cox, 11/30/2017
I left IHOP with Benjamin, abandoning Kira with my half-empty carafe of coffee, and checked into the first motel I saw. It was a dirty little outfit called The Meadows Inn, with seafoam-green walls in the lobby, broken vending machines, and a bored teen-aged boy playing a game on his phone behind the front desk.
The kid was nice. He showed me to the door of my room and volunteered to drag a crib out from storage, for Benjamin. I caught a glimpse of myself in the slanted hotel-room mirror: old jeans, a stained UCLA sweatshirt that had once been Isaiah’s, yesterday’s running makeup, and my dirty hair falling out of the bun and sticking up at odd angles. The teen-aged clerk probably thought I was a fleeing abuse victim or an off-the-clock sex worker.
Benjamin immediately nodded off in the old metal crib. I was so tired I didn’t even bother pulling back the tightly-tucked hotel sheets before crawling under the comforter. But, as my eyes adjusted to the dark, I couldn’t sleep. As soon as I felt myself drifting off, I was accosted by the image of The Thing, wearing Ezekiel’s mangled body, standing by Benjamin’s crib. I saw his smile. His giggling played in a loop in my head. It embodied a child so effortlessly; if I didn’t know the truth my heart would have melted. I would have pulled the little mangled boy into my arms. I would have held Ezekiel close, hugged him until he forced a knife into my back, or until he sucked the life out of me and left me empty and dry.
And it just stood there, acting cute and innocent. Within grabbing distance of my own child. I could deal with the burning bookshelves and the blocks. But the thought of waking to see that thing, leaning on the bars of the cheap hotel crib, staring at Benjamin, moon-eyed and giggling - that thought snapped me right out of any slumber I might’ve been tempted to slip into.
The message in the blocks, months before, had been prophetic. I was now truly alone.
Kira was gone. It had been the right thing to do, and I didn’t regret pushing her away, but I’d appreciated her presence. It was nice, having a teammate. She knew my darkest secret, believed every single unbelievable story I’d relayed, and had been the person I could scheme with, like elementary-school best friends playing make-believe.
But we weren’t children playing make-believe. And, I realized, I’d been angry because I expected too much out of her. When we first met, she’d given me answers. Context. Her father’s research, her incredible scrying skills, and Zoe’s diary provided a much better understanding of The Thing’s motivations, and the reasons it followed me. Kira’s obsessive nature led us to Doctor Joachim, to Scarlett, and to Arthur Gurden, and - fuck - it was her who deciphered the meaning of I170. I’d become confident that, if I gave her information, she’d have the ability to pick it apart and extract an elusive kernel of meaning.
That night, at the Ihop, I truly believed she’d be able to dislodge some clue from my recounting of the Doctor Joachim chapter of Voodoo in Southern America. I thought she’s twirl her hair around her finger, stare off into space in one of her obsessive spirals, and fight her way out with a completely new understanding of what was going on and what we should do next.
But she hadn’t. She’d been upset. And, honestly, she had every right. I’d dragged her out of bed to listen to me narrate a fairy tale.
Kira became a liability, then. She was fresh out of answers, and the search for them was driving her crazy. If I kept leaning on her, confiding The Thing’s latest terror tactics, I’d only feed her obsession. She’d grow angrier, and more desperate, and more reckless, and I couldn’t manage her emotions and protect Benjamin at the same time. She was an addict. I’d cut her off cold turkey.
I gave up on sleep. Instead, I pulled out my phone and began Googling the name Arthur Gurden. I didn’t find much. He died in the 60’s; though he wrote six different books about American magical and occult traditions, his career never progressed past a professorship at a mediocre university. Critically, he hadn’t made much of himself. The best review, out of the few I could find, described him as a “colorful character” who was “marvelously entertaining, if lacking in credibility.” The worst accused him of outright fraud. In another book, he swore to have witnessed a backwoods ritual in which a snake slithered out of the mouth of a possessed girl, exorcised by a Pentecostal preacher.
In short, the man exaggerated.
Still, I couldn’t get Voodoo in Southern America out of my head. Kira might not have been impressed with his addition to the canon of The Thing. But she hadn’t read those words. She hadn’t felt them settle over her like warm water in a shower.
I could see the multicolored plants in Doctor Joachim’s garden and feel Alphonse’s shovel in my hands. When I came to the part where the mob burned down the doctor’s greenhouse, Alpnonse’s panic curdled my own blood. And as he described the gruesome deaths of those ten men, a feeling of utter despair settled over me. Tears ran down my face.
The story resonated in my bones. Sure, it was ridiculous - as I’d said to Scarlett, a dementia-riddled old man could hardly be considered a botany expert or an authority on the paranormal. And no one else seemed to believe a word Gurden wrote. But no one else was experiencing what I was and, with all that had happened to me, the most ridiculous tales were the exact ones I needed to take seriously.
I was sure, if I could find my own copy, it would lead me somewhere. To some understanding that Kira couldn’t provide. The Thing wanted me to read Voodoo in Southern America. And the feeling I had that night, as I huddled in my car in a 7-Eleven parking lot after fleeing my house, Benjamin sleeping in his carseat beside me, devouring page after page by the light of my cellphone - I wouldn’t call it calmness. It was better than calm. I felt peace, interconnectedness, the zen hyper focus I’d obtained the one time, in college, I popped an Adderal to study for a statistics final.
Kira found her connection with the universe through scrying. I found mine reading Voodoo in Southern America.
I posted ads on Craigslist. I e-mailed the anthropology departments of six different southern universities, twelve rare book dealers, and every Voodoo practitioner I could find. I wrote on Reddit message boards. I would find Gurden’s book if it killed me. If I’d only been able to finish that chapter before the book dissolved to dust in my hands, I would have found my relief.
At some point, my exhaustion got the better of me. I woke to Benjamin’s cries a little after ten. We checked out and went home.
I’d received a few e-mails, but they were all useless. Only one person - an assistant professor at the University of Alabama - had even heard of Arthur Gurden, and she regretted to inform me the library didn’t keep copies of any of his books. I also had two missed calls: one from Kira, and one from Chantal. I called Chantal back. She was going to be in town at the end of the month and volunteered to watch Benjamin again, despite my insane display the last time I’d tapped her to babysit. I ignored Kira.
Kira called me six more times over the next few days. She sent me texts: she really needed to talk to me, and wanted to do it in person. I contemplated blocking her.
Benjamin and work kept me busy. The Thing stayed quiet. I had trouble sleeping, but that worked out for the best; in my now-constant exhausted haze, my nerves dulled and my fear numbed. I zoned out often.
My mind would wander to Natchez in 1855. I visualized beautiful purple flowers on lush green vines that were alive, lashing out at their caretakers and laughing about it. I wondered what it would’ve been like to hold a pibbler (they disgusted Alphonse, but seemed cute to me). I thought about the other slave assistant, Cash, and imagined his daughter growing up and sailing to Paris with Narcissa, Kira’s great-great-great-grandmother or aunt.
I wanted to know what happened to all of them - Alphonse, Cash, the Barrington family. But as days passed, this seemed increasingly unlikely, as no one I’d contacted could provide me with a copy of Voodoo in Southern America.
Then, unexpectedly, someone could.
The assistant professor at the University of Alabama sent a follow-up email. Her friend, she wrote, owned a secondhand bookstore with an extensive magic collection. She’d called this friend, and put the woman in touch with me. The used bookstore had one copy of Voodoo in Southern America in stock. It was old and dog-eared and, because it had sat on a shelf untouched for years, she would mail it to me if I paid the postage costs. I readily agreed, paid extra to have it shipped in two days, and all but waited by the door for the delivery.
Doctor Joachim died violently, Scarlett had said. Maybe he was captured and killed by my four potential ancestors - Chamberlain, Woods, Barrington, and Harding. Perhaps he cursed them with his dying breath.
I found myself Googling flights to Mississippi. I, a descendant of one of the four, may be required to find the doctor’s grave and apologize. Tender a sacrifice. Somehow make amends or cast a counter-curse, offer my own blood, whatever I had to do to make The Thing go away. Voodoo in Southern America would reveal my path to me. The solution had to be hidden within its pages.
I was obsessing. This, I thought to myself, is what it must feel like to be Kira.
The book came, on schedule, two days later. When I found the little brown package on my doorstep, I all but squealed like a schoolgirl as I tore off the wrapping. The cover was red faux leather and the title page, calligraphy.
Chapter 3: Doctor Joachim.
Benjamin occupied with legos on the floor, I paged through the book, trying to find where I’d last left off. As I jostled it, something came flying out from between the pages and landed, upside down, on the floor. A notecard? I knelt and retrieved it.
No. It was a photograph.
A little boy of around three, dressed as a ninja, cuddled in his mother’s arms.
Cuddled in my mother’s arms. The woman was my mother. The little boy was Shane.
My insides turned to ropes and my blood chilled. No. No, no, no, no, no.
The book was on fire. Red and yellow flames devoured Voodoo in Southern America before my eyes. I watched it burn. Like Scarlett’s copy before it, my new copy was reduced to white ashes, which dissolved into nothingness like sugar in water. Feeble wisps of smoke hung in the air. One snaked its way above Benjamin’s head; he reached for it and giggled. And, though the destroyed book had caught fire on my couch, there wasn’t so much as a black spot left behind.
I stared at the photograph in my hands. I studied Shane’s chubby toddler’s face, and my young mother’s. She was laughing. There were no lines extending from the corners of her eyes; her smile radiated only joy and love, unfiltered gleefulness and hope. Her world was a blessed one. She hummed with energy; with the naive exuberance of a charmed twenty-something who blindly trusts the world and truly believes her blessings will only multiply.
I had never seen my mother look so happy. Not once.
Then the photo, as well, disintegrated to dust. I was left looking at my own child. At Benjamin, innocently constructing a lego tower.
“So that’s how it’s gonna be,” I snapped at the universe. “Got it. I’m not allowed to read the rest of the book.”
I received no answer. I already had my answer. I’d seen what The Thing wanted me to see; anything else in Gurden’s work was off-limits. The Thing was completely in control. It could manipulate my thoughts and dictate my perspective, and any attempt I made to understand on my own terms would be sent, literally, up in smoke.
I didn’t scream or cry, and I realized then that I was no longer afraid. It wasn’t a relief. As soon as fear was gone, I missed it. Because its replacement was so much worse.
I felt despair. My last hope had been torn away. I was left with nothing but a cold, dark hole.
That day, I returned Kira’s calls.
I’d been unfair to her. It wasn’t her emotions that were a burden, it was her face, and what she represented. She resembled Zoe - the long-dead little girl eternally locked in some grey, otherworldly prison. And I couldn’t think about Kira without thinking about her father. Drew Barrington, the man who’d discreetly, meticulously executed a plan to murder his own children out of mercy, to save them from the thing I’d last seen mooning over Benjamin. Kira was my worst case scenario made flesh. But that wasn’t her fault.
I met Kira in the conference room of Royal Bash Marketing. She, as expected, had a fresh new angle we could use to trick The Thing into cooperating with us. Solomonic magic, this time. I won’t waste space explaining that concept - Kira can do it a whole lot better, anyways. I put up a bit of a show, throwing around boilerplate warnings about black magic, because it seemed like something I should do. In reality? I’d try anything. I took strange comfort in Kira’s Prime-time CW plan. At the very least, plotting would distract me.
The ritual magic was exactly what I thought it would be - a chalk sigil and a Biblical chant. But when I asked how, exactly, Kira planned on luring The Thing into her chalk circle trap, her rationale went in a completely different direction.
The last time we’d spoken, I’d mentioned off-hand that The Thing, as Ezekiel, told me he didn’t want me to die. That he needed me. I’d assumed the statement was just a new mind game The Thing was trying out; I hadn’t taken the wording seriously at all. But Kira clutched the idea with both hands and ran with it. We’d both long sat with the knowledge that, despite having ample opportunities, The Thing hadn’t actually hurt me or Benjamin. Kira went a step further: she thought The Thing, for reasons unknown, was preserving me. And that if I were in danger, The Thing would rush to my rescue.
Her idea: I’d take a handful of sleeping pills and sit inside her magic chalk circle. The Thing, sensing my peril, would have no choice but to manifest and become my savior. Once inside the sigil, it would be trapped and forced to answer, honestly, any questions I proposed.
“I know I’m basically asking you to risk your life,” she said quickly. “And I totally understand if you don’t want…”
“I’ll do it, Kira,” I said.
She bounced on her feet, like a child given permission to go to the toy store. Her enthusiasm was almost cute. She looked much better than I felt, dressed in a black mini dress, her red hair pulled up in a bun, very much a West Side young professional. Isaiah never spoke about her - he’d mainly focused on marketing strategy, while Kira was an underling of Brett Speier, the partner who specialized in events. Brett loved Kira. The resourcefulness and pure, stubborn grit she displayed while grappling with The Thing had, before she met me, been directed towards being very good at her job.
“If the ritual goes right,” Kira continued, “you can ask Tanmitadore what he wants.”
I frowned at her. “I’ll do it, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to work.”
“We can practice…” she started.
“What if that’s what The Thing wants?” I blurted out. “What if the ultimate endgame is to convince me to kill myself?”
Kira’s enthusiasm was effectively quelled. Her face became serious. “Are you saying that because of my dad?”
“I’m not.” I wasn’t. “It’s… it’s just something I’ve been thinking about.”
I didn’t tell her about my copy of Voodoo in Southern America. And I didn’t tell her about the photographs.
The first photograph - my mother and Shane, dressed like a ninja on Halloween - disintegrated almost as quickly as Gurden’s book. I couldn’t so easily erase the image from my mind. I wasn’t sure I wanted to.
I had no photographs of my mother. They’d all been destroyed, courtesy of The Thing, in a storage locker years before. And because I couldn’t see my mother’s face, I rarely thought about her . Definitely not as much as I should have, and nearly always in the context of The Thing. I couldn’t remember what her voice sounded like. I’d all but forgotten her perfect recipe for macaroni and cheese, and the hours of Nickelodeon she’d watched for my sake, and it was unfair to her memory. Mom had been something besides a victim. So much of our life together - so much of how she’d raised me, completely alone - had absolutely nothing to do with the supernatural fiend that now occupied my every thought.
I found the second photograph in my silverware drawer. I’d reached in to grab a spoon for my coffee and there it was, resting on top of the knife set.
This photo was older than the last one. My mother sat in a green field, baby Shane nestled in her arms. Mom was pure eighties gorgeous in a jean jacket and chunky pink necklace, crimped hair pulled up into a high ponytail. Her eyes were awkwardly half-closed and her mouth wide open; captured halfway through a bout of wild laughter. Shane, all cheeks and dark eyes, stared into the camera with innocent wonder. The downward angle was less than ideal and an awkward shadow fell across Shane’s face; clearly not my mother’s skillful photography.
No. My father had taken this picture.
The third photograph I found, face-up on the tile floor by my bed, was of him. He sat on a stool at a bar, suavely clutching a beer bottle. My dad, James Ibanez, looked like a young Samuel L. Jackson in a white t-shirt and bomber jacket. He held up his drink as though he were James Bond, a hokey smirk on his face that he clearly thought was seductive.
This photograph, like the last two, had been destroyed before I was born: in the fire that leveled the house in Miami, securing my mother’s freedom but incinerating every single picture she’d taken of her husband and child. The memory of James Ibanez must have dulled in her mind. She rarely spoke about my father, to me or to anyone else. I knew almost nothing about him. He was half Cuban and half Dominican, he was a pilot, and that was about it.
Except, there he was, flashing that goofy smile, again and again and again. I’d find two, three, four of them a day. More photographs. My mom and Shane, building a sandcastle on the beach. Shane, holding an Easter basket as though it were a cache of treasure. My dad and Shane, at a carnival, posing triumphantly in front of a game stall. It was the game where you throw a ball to knock down a stack of milk bottles, except it’s always rigged because the bottles on the bottom are weighted. My father must’ve un-rigged it, though, because Shane cuddled a fuzzy stuffed bear bigger than his toddler body.
If Shane hadn’t let Artie inside, I would’ve been a part of that beautiful, happy family. I’d have grown up in their little yellow house with the blue door. Shane would’ve been a protective older brother who taught me how to ride a bike. I’d have knit with my grandmother and made macaroni and cheese with my mom in that ridiculous red oven she kept in the kitchen. We’d go to the beach in the summer, Shane and I would build the best sandcastles on the east coast, then at night we’d walk to the carnival and my dad would win me the biggest, fluffiest stuffed bear in the place.
I didn’t have a father, or a brother. This absence had never bothered me; the experience of the standard American family was as far removed from my existence as aliens and superheroes. But, as I stared into their exuberant faces - my father’s glowing with pride and unspoiled adoration, Shane’s alight with innocent trust - I was overcome with longing, heartache over the loss of something that was never mine.
I knew The Thing was leaving the photographs for me to find. I knew it was all an elaborate form of torture. But I didn’t care. I savored each one; I found myself deliberately searching my house for them. And when, inevitably, they disintegrated into dust, I felt empty. Another chunk scooped out of my heart.
Meanwhile, Kira and I hammered out details for our Solomonic trapping ritual. I let her play strategic commander.
We decided to proceed the weekend Chantal was in town; I would leave Benjamin with her, keeping him far out of The Thing’s reach. As for the location, I happened to know of a convenient piece of concrete up in the hills, a short walk from my house. There had once been a small campground out there. The place was abandoned after a fire, but a rest stop with bathrooms and a shower still stood, on a concrete square large enough for Kira’s chalk sigil and far enough away from anything that we were unlikely to attract unwanted attention.
Kira was practicing. There was an empty building near the office with a large employee parking lot, backed into an alley that was hardly used. She’d drive there after work and draw the sigil, perfecting every detail. I went with her once.
We also experimented with sleeping pills. We had a system. Kira wrote a list of questions I should ask The Thing, once it appeared within her chalk circle. I’d take a set number of pills then, as warm drowsiness numbed my thoughts and melted my cognition, I asked her the questions off her list. She’d respond, differently each time. We would continue until my eyes became heavy and I began to slouch. Then, Kira would force me to vomit.
I disliked that part. Vomit in general disgusts me, and the sensation of my own body bucking and heaving felt like what I imagined being possessed would feel like - a loss of control over my own internal processes, to a sensation so unpleasant my own esophagus rebelled. The first time, Kira used a mixture of raw eggs and paprika. It tasted so terrible, I was jerked immediately out of blue nothingness and projectile-puked all over myself and my living room floor, then stumbled half-conscious to the kitchen and sucked down tap water until I vomited again, the stringy-gummy texture still coating my mouth.
“We’re not doing that again,” I ranted to Kira. “No more eggs. I can’t.”
Kira smiled sympathetically. “Fine. We’ll try soap tomorrow.”
Once the pills had been expelled from my system and I was sufficiently reanimated with coffee, Kira had me repeat the answers she’d given to the series of questions I’d asked. The first time, I forgot all but the one answer. But slowly, surely, I got better. I forced my mind to imprint words, to encode sentences for future recall, even as my eyelids drooped and my senses blunted under the effect of the powerful sedatives.
We ran through the bottle of sleeping pills she’d stolen from Vera. So I made an appointment with a local psychiatrist and, thirty minutes later, had a prescription of my very own. It’s concerning, how easy it is to obtain narcotics when you’ve got the right insurance and zip code. But the doctor definitely didn’t have the wrong impression of me. I hadn’t been sleeping well.
I’d moved Benjamin’s crib to my room. We slept with the bathroom light on, but the darkness in my head remained as terrifying as the darkness of the big, empty house. Every time I felt myself drifting off, an image would imbed itself behind my closed eyelids: Ezekiel, mangled throat bulging like an Amazon bug, wrapping his little fingers around the bars of Benjamin’s crib, staring at my son with a devious smile on his face. I’d jerk awake. Then I’d lie in bed, tensed like a spring, half-ready to snatch up my son and run, half wishing I could dissolve into nothingness like the photographs - to a state where I’d feel nothing and think nothing, because the void was preferable to the rat-in-a-cage chaos of my worldly existence.
One morning, I sat on my couch on my laptop, focusing intently on a fourth-quarter tax projection. Benjamin’s bell-like voice cut through my concentration.
“Mama, boy!” he tittered sweetly. “Mama, a boy!”
I snapped upright so fast I knocked over my laptop.
The computer landed on my tile floor with a loud crack; the sound muted as every sensory nerve in my body redirected to counter the atomic bomb exploding in my brain. My muscles contracted to the surge of boiling panic that started in my stomach and shot outward. My skin chilled, moist with a sudden sweat, as Benjamin’s words replayed themselves like a skipping record.
Mama, it’s a boy. Mama, it’s a boy.
Mom, there’s a girl outside. She says her name is Katie. Can she come in to play?
No. No, no, no. Was there… had The Thing…
Benjamin, distressed by the dread splashed across my face, took a nervous step back.
Then, I saw he was holding a photograph in his pudgy little hands. A photo of a boy.
My muscles loosened, electric heat dissipating to clammy warmth. My heart rate slowed. My inner monologue steadied itself. I felt myself trembling as the epinephrine rush subsided.
I snatched the photograph from Benjamin’s hands.
“Don’t play with that, baby,” I told him. “If you see another one, don’t touch it. Okay?”
Benjamin cocked his head, smiled, and was in moments completely involved with his toy car collection, the boy in the picture all but forgotten.
I stared at the photograph. This one was of Shane alone, sitting on his training-wheeled bike under the canopy I recognized as our parents’ carport. He was older than he’d been in the previous photos, school-aged. About the age he’d been when he died. When my mother snapped this picture, had he already met Artie? Was he already following the breadcrumb trail that lead to his doom?
I set the photo down and stared at Benjamin, happily organizing die-cast cars. My little boy was growing up. He’d turned two in October. Soon, he would start preschool. School meant socialization, friends, hours outside the house and out of my sight. And my ability to supervise him would only decrease from there. Soon, he’d be wanting to ride his bike around the neighborhood, spend the night at his friends’ houses, walk the four blocks to the 7-Eleven for Slurpees by himself.
And every second my eyes weren’t on him was an opportunity for The Thing to slip into his life.
I always knew this was coming, on some level. But, since Isaiah died, I’d been too focused on the immediate - the mortgage, The Thing’s blocks and fires, my adventures with Kira - to actively plan Benjamin’s and my future. The future always seemed so far away. But, the moment Benjamin uttered those words - Mama, a boy - inevitability crashed over me like a wave.
Would I, like my mother, install a rule that I must meet all Benjamin’s friends and their parents before they were allowed into our house? Would Benjamin, as I had, find that rule ridiculous? One day, someday, would I find myself staring into the eyes of Ezekiel, or Artie, or any of the others, sitting on our porch, disarming grin spread across their face?
At what age would I confess the truth to Benjamin? How would I explain that he, like I, was prey for an unsurpassable supernatural force, and that if he were to make the wrong friend, allow the wrong child into his life, he and everyone he cared about would die a violent, fiery death at the claws of an otherworldly beast?
Benjamin turned, saw me looking at him, and gave me a goofy, open-mouthed smile.
I seized up again, overcome by a second explosion of terror that bubbled into nausea. I retched, limbs trembling anew.
A nightmarish image flashed in my mind.
I saw Benjamin, standing in front of me. His smile was wide and sinister. His movements deliberate, a foreign thing learning to walk and speak and gesture like a human boy. And, behind his big brown eyes, I saw the warped consciousness of The Thing. The Thing, wearing my son like a glove.
I would’ve drank bleach to erase that vision from my memory.
Two mornings after Benjamin found the photograph, I deposited him in Chantal’s arms at her mother-in-law’s house. Chantal was pregnant with her second child, I recognized, several months along. They were hoping for a boy. Before I drove away, she pressed a key into my hand.
“It’s a spare,” Chantal said. “If you fall asleep again and wake up at one in the morning, you can come get Benjamin without knocking the door down.”
I still wasn’t sleeping. The visualization of Benjamin as another puppet of The Thing joined the long lineup of potential nightmare scenarios that inundated me, as I lay in the semi-darkness in my bed, my son’s gentle breathing barely calming my nerves. As I drove back to my house to meet Kira, I felt myself drifting off more than once. I stopped at a drive-through Starbucks and ordered a large coffee with two extra expresso shots.
This would be the day of Kira’s Solomonic ritual.
Kira was already there when I arrived. The coffee left me jittery and nervous; she thrummed with something like excitement as we hiked out to our location, her reciting our plan over and over as we schlepped through tall, dry weeds and spiny bushes.
She drew the sigil masterfully - I was impressed by just how much effort she had put into our newest plot. But my mind wasn’t on Solomonic magic.
I was focused on the smoldering lump of panic that sat like a stone in my stomach. The lump had taken form as I pulled into my driveway and saw Kira, waiting like an obedient puppy outside her beat-up Civic, backpack of supplies dangling from a shoulder. It was creeping intuition; the folkloric “bad gut feeling,” which was frustrating because I couldn’t quite put my finger on what, exactly, made my gut feel so bad.
While Kira sketched her blue chalk symbol, I stayed out of her way and entered a dialogue with the rock in my stomach. What was I afraid of?
Was I scared the ritual wouldn’t work? I glanced at Kira, tracing a Hebrew phrase in beautiful calligraphy. No. That wasn’t it. We were both aware the supposed-ancient summoning could be complete bullshit. If the chant went wrong, or Kira’s chalk lines weren’t straight enough, or The Thing just didn’t show up, then Kira would force me to vomit and we’d be in the exact same position we were in right now.
What if the ritual did work, and The Thing, furious over being tricked, violently attacked me? That thought did inspire a small flitter of apprehension. But it made no sense. I’d come face-to-face with The Thing before, several times. It never hurt me. It never expressed anything resembling anger, directed at me. And besides, Kira had assured me that, if the ritual worked, the circle would serve as protection from all manner of spiritual beasties.
“I don’t know,” I murmured to myself.
Kira, who had finished the sigil and was now crouched digging through her bag, paused and peered up at me.
“We’ve run through it,” she said, smiling encouragingly. “I’ll be here, watching you, the whole time.”
I caught sight of the contents of her backpack. There was coffee, a measuring cup, two of those energy drinks Royal Bash was stumping, a tin can, a Ziplock bag of a black substance, and several bottles of water. I felt a rush of residual nausea. We’d found a mixture of baking soda and warm water was the most effective at making me vomit. She’d also brought eggs.
“Are you sure The Thing’s gonna show up?” I asked Kira.
And then, like a chemical reaction, the smoldering lump inside me melted and evaporated, coating my insides with warm, moist fear.
That’s what I was afraid of.
If the ritual worked perfectly, and The Thing showed up and, as Kira promised, within the circle The Thing could not lie - then what would it reveal to me? I could ask anything I wanted and trust the answer I received was honest.
I was terrified of the answers The Thing might give.
Kira was still talking. “…will keep you awake until it’s all out of your system.”
She stared at me, smiling, completely oblivious to the torment in my mind. Expecting some sort of response.
“What if it tries to hurt you?” I asked, to fill the air.
Still grinning confidently, Kira reached into her backpack and pulled out a long, sharp steak knife.
“I’ll manage,” she chirped. “Besides, I don’t think he will. Zoe said he’s weak on earth.”
She set the steak knife on the ground, pulled out a bottle of sleeping pills, and rattled them.
The sleeping pills were mine, my prescription. I’d given them to Kira the last time we’d met, two days before. I asked her to hold them for safekeeping. I told her Benjamin was fascinated by the things, and had started climbing up furniture and grabbing. I laughed it off.
I didn’t tell her I couldn’t keep the sleeping pills in my house anymore. No matter where I put them, I’d find myself staring at the little bottle, sometimes for what seemed like hours. And sometimes, as I stared, I’d feel a small smile ripple across my cheeks. It would be so peaceful, I thought. I was so tired.
I imagined myself crushing the entire bottle of pills. Pulling the blender from the back of the kitchen cabinet. Mixing all the white powder with Hershey’s syrup, milk, and ice cream. Pouring half the chalky syrup into Benjamin’s Paw Patrol sippy cup, and the other half into a wine glass I’d kept from my wedding…
I snapped out of it. Utterly terrified and disgusted, I’d all but shoved the sleeping pills into Kira’s purse myself. I couldn’t be trusted with them.
Now, I was staring at that bottle once again. And, for better or for worse, I was about to act out my twisted fantasy. I thought about something I’d said to Kira, weeks before. What if The Thing wants me to kill myself? What if this was the purpose of all its emotional torture? If the ritual were to work, and I were to ask The Thing how to make it go away, what would I do if it instructed me to hurt myself? Hurt Benjamin?
I snatched the pills from Kira’s hand. She held out a water bottle.
“I’ve officially gone insane.”
I palmed the first pill and washed it down my throat. Suppressing my gag reflex and the memory of all the times I’d vomited these pills before, I swallowed another. And another. And another. We’d decided on six pills. I took eight.
At my first step towards Kira’s circle, I felt woozy. The blue chalk on black asphalt was too bright; in the midday sun, it glittered as though divinely inspired. Maybe it was my drugged state, but the double circle with four quadrants seemed to move, to rotate.
“Remember,” Kira called after me, “when he’s in the circle, you can ask him whatever you want. And what he tells you is the truth.”
Yeah, I thought. That’s what I’m afraid of.
I sat cross-legged at the edge of the circle. The hot asphalt radiated through my jeans, stinging my thighs. It was too warm. Too much light. I couldn’t look directly at the chalk lines. Dust rose, and the air above the asphalt seemed to ripple in the heat. I stared straight ahead. I focused on an oak tree a few hundred yards in front of me.
There was a tree like that in my backyard. Behind the little house we rented in Cleveland.
I realized, then, that Kira had begun to chant.
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength…”
I blinked. The world was hazy. Had the tree moved closer? The tree was glowing.
“…the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End; thou who hast established all things in thy wisdom; thou who has chosen Abraham thy faithful servant…”
No. It wasn’t the tree. It was a figure. A person.
A person of pure light. I couldn’t look away.
“Thou who hast granted unto Solomon thy Servant these pentacles by thy great Mercy, for the preservation of Soul and of Body; we most humbly implore and supplicate thy Holy Majesty, that these pentacles may be consecrated by thy power…”
Then, darkness. No. I’d closed my eyes. I was so tired.
The asphalt no longer burned my legs. The air had cooled. I forced my eyes open.
Fog, all around me. And a boy. A tall, brown-haired boy.
And I let the darkness take me.
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2019.09.04 15:02 Nerdyfork Job Hunt in Miami is a Dead End

I recently graduated college with a Communication degree and moved to Miami to look for a marketing position. Before I moved, I began applying for positions. Companies kept saying they were interested but wanted in-person interviews with me.
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I've refined my resume and even reached out to staffing agencies for work. I'm trying my best to find a starting point in my career but I can't find my way into an actual company.
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PRO TIP: For Research Studies in Your area that pay in cash (there are often quite a lot so too long and too time consuming to post everything from each state here. Would take me all day) go to your craigslist site and type in "research" or "survey" and look under community or gigs.
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I was looking to purchase my first car. And I was excited to purchase this exact car as advertised. 60k miles. Clean status. My fault is that I never had the thought to look up the vin number or do further research. I was told it had a clean status in person, and I took his word for it. Just paint work here and there. The odometer displayed read 59,956. I have now checked the vin number information. It shows 140,000 + miles, and it's been rebuilt. Paid in complete cash. The bill of sale also reads clean status and less then what we actually paid for. I now fully understand that this is considered tax evasion (this scares me alot). I would like to plead ignorance on my behalf. Is there anything I can do to right this wrong? Title of car is in process of being mailed in.
Edit: Post in progress
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