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This is an open minded subreddit for people who would like to get involved in cyber security. You don't have to be tech savvy, but motivation is a must. We're not here judge any approach, are you just installing Linux for the first time? Share the experience. Maybe you're interested in cyber warfare and want to get political? I like that too. Have you become an affiliate to a VPN company and would like to advertise your product? Sure, it's an achievement in my opinion. No spammers allowed.
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Startups - Rapid Growth and Innovation is in Our Very Nature!

Welcome to /startups, the place to discuss startup problems and solutions. Startups are companies that are designed to grow and scale rapidly. Be sure to read and follow all of our rules--we have specific places for common content and requests. Be sure to join the /startups Discord: https://discord.gg/gRuh2pS
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Where can I find a financial advisor/coach (who is not affiliated with an insurance company) whom I can consult? How much is the fee?

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Own Our Oil is an Irish group of citizens with no political affiliation, who are deeply concerned that deals cut between previous Irish governments and oil and gas exploration companies are depriving people of Ireland of what is rightfully theirs.

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Companies connected to Trump received large taxpayer-funded forgivable loans: A list

Yesterday, the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department disclosed the recipients of 660,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans. The list only includes those who received at least $150,000 in funding, which is less than 15 percent of the total number of loans. The administration originally tried to hide this information.
Recipients do not have to repay the loan if they keep (or re-hire to meet) their pre-COVID-19 levels of employment and compensation and spend the funds on approved expenses.
Explore the list yourself: The Washington Post turned the original spreadsheet into an online searchable database.
This post is about the relevant “highlights” from the list. Some of the connections to politicians are stronger than others. However, the point isn't so much that certain politicians are unethically profiting - the point is that the American people deserve to know where their money is going. Especially when so many "average" Americans are struggling. In other words, draw your own conclusions from the data.

Connections to Trump & family

A New York shipping business (Foremost Group) owned by the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, received at least $350,000. “Ms. Chao has no formal affiliation or stake in the business, but she and Mr. McConnell have received millions of dollars in gifts from her father, James, who ran the company until 2018.”
Kasowitz Benson Torres, founded and run by Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, received a loan for between $5 million and $10 million. Mr. Kasowitz and the firm represented Trump during Mueller’s investigation and for decades before Trump was elected president.
The American Center for Law and Justice, whose chief counsel is Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, got between $1 million and $2 million. Sekulow also defended Trump during the Mueller investigation and impeachment proceedings.
Jared Kushner connections:
  • Esplanade Livingston, a Kushner family entity that owns the land in Livingston, N.J., where the family’s Westminster Hotel is, got between $350,000 and $1 million. Esplanade Livingston’s company address is the same as that of the Kushner Companies real estate development business.
  • Princeton Forrestal, a real estate entity owned by various members of the Kushner family not including Mr. Kushner, received a loan of between $1 million and $2 million. It is at least 40 percent owned by Kushner family members.
  • The New York Observer, the news website that Kushner ran before entering the White House and is still owned by Kunsher’s brother-in-law’s investment firm, was approved for between $350,000 and $1 million
  • In addition, up to $2 million was approved for the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, a nonprofit religious school in Livingston, N.J., that’s named for Jared Kushner’s grandfather and supported by the family.
In April, a bank approved a loan of between $150,000 and $350,000 for the Pennsylvania dental practice of Albert Hazzouri, who golfs with Trump and frequents Mar-a-Lago. In 2017, Hazzouri used his access to the president to pass him a policy proposal on club stationery on behalf of the American Dental Association. He addressed the note to Trump “Dear King.”
A firm that raises money for Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee received a loan of more than $1 million, according to the data set, while a company that produces Trump’s political advertisements received between $350,000 and $1 million.
  • The New York Times does not identify these companies by name. I tried to figure out which companies they were referring to but could not be sure. We already knew that Phunware, a Trump re-election campaign data collector, received $2.85 million — nearly 14 times the PPP average of $206,000 (reported in April).
Billionaire property developer Joe Farrell, a prominent Republican fundraiser, received up to $1 million in taxpayer coronavirus relief funds. Farrell, a developer in New York's exclusive Hamptons beachfront community, has thrown fundraising parties for Trump… Farrell this year rented out his 17,000-square-foot, $40 million East End estate, Sandcastle, for close to $2 million to a wealthy Manhattan family trying to escape the coronavirus for six months.
Dozens of tenants at buildings owned by Trump or managed by his companies received funds… More than 20 businesses listed at 40 Wall Street, an office building that Trump has owned since the mid-1990s, also reportedly received government loans totaling at least $20 million. Among the recipients were law offices, financial service firms and nonprofit organizations.
Sushi Nakazawa, a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, received a loan of between $150,000 and $350,000.
Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans… City of Destiny, the Florida church that Trump’s personal pastor and White House faith adviser Paula White-Cain calls home, got between $150,000 and $350,000. First Baptist Dallas, led by Trump ally and senior pastor Robert Jeffress got between $2 million and $5 million. Other loan recipients included several churches and organizations connected to allies who joined Trump’s evangelical advisory board during his 2016 campaign.
A company with a name matching one listed on the 2017 financial disclosure of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos received at least $6 million.
Perdue Inc., a Bonaire, Georgia-based trucking company founded by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, received a PPP loan of between $150,000 and $350,000. An Agriculture Department spokesperson said the company is owned indirectly by a trust of which the secretary’s adult children are 99% stakeholders.
American Media, the publisher of the National Enquirer, received a loan in April from Bank of America Corp. of between $2 million and $5 million, records show. American Media is run by Trump’s longtime friend David Pecker. Furthermore, American Media is owned by Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund that oversees about $4 billion.
Cottage Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility in Woodsville, New Hampshire, received between $2 million and $5 million in PPP loans. The hospital’s CEO, Maria Ryan, is a longtime close associate of Rudy Giuliani’s. Ryan currently co-hosts a talk radio show with Giuliani called “Uncovering the Truth.” Cottage Hospital’s annual revenues typically exceed $30 million, according to its most recent publicly available federal tax return. Ryan’s salary, the last filing shows, is nearly $300,000.

Congress and other political connections

Wineries partly owned by Rep. Nunes, R-Calif. Nunes listed on his 2018 public financial disclosure forms roles as a limited partner with investments in Phase 2 Cellars in San Luis Obispo, California, and Alpha Omega Winery in Saint Helena, California. The PPP data shows the wineries received loans of $1 million to $2 million.
KTAK Corp., a Tulsa-based operator of fast food franchises owned by Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), received between $1 million and $2 million. Hern had advocated increasing the size of loans available to franchisees, including in a March letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) benefited when three of his car dealerships, located outside of Pittsburgh, received a combined total of between $450,000 and $1.05 million. Kelly is a multimillionaire.
Several plumbing businesses affiliated with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), all based in Broken Arrow, Okla., each received between $350,000 and $1 million.
Rep. Rick Allen’s (R-Ga.) construction company in Augusta received between $350,000 and $1 million
EDI Associates, a company the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invests in, received between $350,000 and $1 million.
Rep. Nita Lowey’s (D-N.Y.) husband's law firm Lowey Dannenberg P.C. received a loan between $1 million and 2 million. Her husband, Stephen Lowey, is listed as chairman emeritus on the firm's website and is retired from the firm.
Lobbying and policy group Waxman Strategies, which is run by former Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and his son Michael, which received a loan of $350,000 to $1 million.
Before the release of the data Monday, three members of Congress said they or their spouses had received PPP loans: Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.; and Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev.
An affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform, the influential conservative group that has been a vocal critic of government spending, received between $150,000 and $350,000. ATR founder Grover Norquist has criticized the unemployment insurance provision of the CARES Act, which he said “delays recovery,” and signed a letter urging lawmakers not to approve a second stimulus bill.
The Ayn Rand Institute, named for conservative philosopher Ayn Rand, received a loan of between $350,000 and $1 million, which it called “partial restitution for government-inflicted losses."
Citizens Against Government Waste, one of the country’s most prominent anti-government spending organizations and a frequent critic of the CARES Act, took between $150,000 and $350,000 in loans as well.

Other noteworthy recipients

More than 5,600 companies in the fossil fuel industry have taken a minimum of $3bn in coronavirus aid from the US federal government. The businesses include oil and gas drillers and coal mine operators, as well as refiners, pipeline companies, and firms that provide services to the industry.
Yeezy, which California business filings show is a holding company registered to Kanye West, received between $2 million and $5 million to support 106 jobs. West is estimated to be worth $1.3 billion.
Washington lobbying shops, high-priced law firms and special-interest groups also received big loans, according to the administration, the latest indication of how the government’s centerpiece effort to shore up mom-and-pop shops set off a race by organizations far afield from Main Street to secure federal money.
  • Wiley Rein, which has a large lobbying practice focusing on trade issues, received between $5 million and $10 million
  • Van Ness Feldman and Beveridge & Diamond, two law firms that focus on helping energy industry clients push their agendas in Washington, received loans between $2 million and $5 million
More than 100 law firms received loans ranging from $1 million to $10 million, the data showed. The list included well-known names like Boies Schiller Flexner, the high-priced law firm run by David Boies, which received between $5 million and $10 million.
A number of prominent private schools were listed as loan recipients, despite the controversy over whether such institutions should take the money. Some also have political connections in DC.
  • In New York City, St. Ann’s School took a loan valued between $5 million and $10 million.
  • Kent Place School, a private school in New Jersey, was reported to have received a loan worth between $1 million and $2 million.
  • Sidwell Friends, which has educated the children of presidents, received a loan worth between $5 million and $10 million.
  • Georgetown Preparatory School, which the Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch attended, received a loan worth between $2 million and $5 million.

The more you know

Fair distribution? There was no apparent link between the amount of economic damage suffered by states and how successful the small businesses in them were at getting the loans from the program. North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas all saw loan approvals of at least 90 percent of their eligible small-business payroll, even though they rank among the least-affected states in terms of unemployment claims during the crisis.
Just a small fraction of the bailout. Keep in mind that the Paycheck Protection Program is just one part of the government’s bailout. There are other, bigger, bailout efforts that the federal government is not required to tell us about.
Here are some articles about the bigger business and financial sector bailouts:
  • ProPublica: How the Coronavirus Bailout Repeats 2008’s Mistakes: Huge Corporate Payoffs With Little Accountability
  • Brookings: What’s the Fed doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? What more could it do?
  • NYT: How the Fed’s Magic Money Machine Will Turn $454 Billion Into $4 Trillion
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We are activists and techies fighting to #SaveInternetFreedom and save the Open Technology Fund. If a new Trump appointee has his way, OTF’s important work supporting tools and tech will be irreparably damaged. Ask us anything about OTF and their work to support open privacy and security tools.

We are a group of activists, human rights defenders, and technologists mobilizing support to save internet freedom. In just a few weeks, nearly 500 organizations and 3500 individuals have signed a letter asking Congress to save OTF, including Github, Reddit, EFF, Mozilla on www.saveinternetfreedom.tech
Why save OTF? The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is a critical funder in the global fight for internet freedom. Today, more than two billion people around the world use technologies supported by OTF to communicate securely, circumvent censorship, and combat authoritarianism. OTF was an early funder for Signal and support tools like Lets Encrypt, Tor, and Mailvelope. Projects funded by OTF help people avoid repressive surveillance in Iran, circumvent internet shutdowns in Turkey, and journalists stay safe online in Russia.
Now all of that is in danger. If a new Trump appointee has his way, OTF’s funds and resources could be reallocated to closed-source, private tech companies. The goodwill and trust that has taken years for OTF to build will be wiped away and dismantled. Projects and tools that are the lifeline for journalists, activists, and human rights defenders will be in danger. We are fighting to save internet freedom and OTF.
Read more: The Verge: A new Trump appointee has put internet freedom projects in crisis mode
Newsweek Op-ed: Dictators are Besieging Internet Freedom—and Trump Just Opened the Gates
Who we are:
u/mrphs - Nima Fatemi is the President of Kandoo, a nonprofit org providing cybersecurity for vulnerable populations.
u/jilliancatyork - Jillian York works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is a member of the OTF Advisory Council.
u/NoNotReallyXee - Xeenarh Mohammed is the Executive Director of TIERs, Digital freedom advocate and queer security trainer from Nigeria 🌈🌈🌈
u/n8fr8 - Nathan Freitas is the founder of Guardian Project, lead developer of Orbot (Tor for Android), Tech Director at Tibet Action Institute, Affiliate at Harvard Berkman-Klein Center.
u/GlitterBlue123 - GlitterBlue is a community organizer at Internet Freedom Festival and works on ensuring the Internet Freedom and FOSS space more diverse and safe for everyone.
Proof:
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Regarding PoE Overlay and PoE Planner using Overwolf for future updates.

If you haven't already seen because of the massive amounts of down votes both threads received, the tools Poe Overlay and PoE Planner have partnered up with a company called Overwolf to develop their "Gaming Apps"
https://www.reddit.com/pathofexile/comments/gzxdqv/poe_overlay_10_release_market_replay_vulkan/
https://www.reddit.com/pathofexile/comments/gzssme/poe_planner_overwolf_beta_release/
Overwolf has a long loooong history of shady practices including data mining and targeted advertising. Some examples from their website:
Overwolf merges ad experience with positive gaming experience. We use smart ad placement and timing to reach buyers' KPIs. Ads are shown while users wait for the game to load or while they browse team stats.
An article showing Overwolf harvests your data for targeted ads:
https://news.softpedia.com/news/overwolf-software-bundled-with-teamspeak-harvesting-user-data-for-targeted-ads-528693.shtml
“When you download our client and/or register, we collect Personal Data provided by you, such as your username, email address and profile picture. If you register through a third party log-in/ account registration service (such as Facebook, Gmail, etc.), we collect your basic profile information from such third-party log-in/account registration service and your profile picture.
We also collect Personal Data when you use the Services, such as games you played, language preference, referring site, pages viewed and the order of those pages etc, or contact us with questions or complaints. When you visit our Site and/or use the Services, we automatically collect your IP address, operating system, connected device, hardware details and other information about your use of the Site and/or Services. We can receive aggregated data containing impressions, revenue, video stats, as well as confirmation of user completions.”
“We share the Personal Data we collect with our service providers and subcontractors who assist us in the operation of the Services and process the information on our behalf and under our instructions, as well as with our business partners and affiliates who may offer you products and services, based on your preferences (if you indicate your desire to receive these).”
I understand the creators of these tools rightly deserve to be compensated for the amount of time and effort they put into making these tools, but using bloated malware disguised as "a software platform designed to help developers create extensions for video games" is 100% the wrong way to go about it.
I really hope these creators can find a better way to monetize their time and effort such as patreon donations & other services that don't interact with the actual tool. I have to actively navigate to the help menu of PoE Overlay to find a small link to his patreon, put it out there more! Do what wikipedia does and have a pop up every few days asking politely to consider donating to the cause, anything would be better than selling out to a garbage company like Overwolf.
Edit: here is a snippet of Overwolf's ToS provided by NOML just adding to the pile of terrible that is Overwolf:
Collecting Information: Whenever you access or make use of any of the Website, Materials or Services, Overwolf Ltd. may collect the following types of information from you: * when you create a Member Account (as defined in clause 14 of the Terms of Use), your email address, user name and password * if you purchase merchandise, your name, email address and postal address * your purchase history and other information relating to transactions made through the Website * information contained in your correspondence with Overwolf Ltd., for example, when you send us an email * information collected during the course of your use of the Website, Materials or Services, including: * gameplay information * your credited name (if any) * ‘crash reports’ in the event that a Overwolf software crash occurs, which may include details of your Member Account, a portion of the memory state of the Overwolf app when the crash occurred and the game settings you were using * the IP address of your machine when connected to the internet, the operating system and the browser your computer uses and any search engine you are using, the date and time you are visiting, the URLs of the Website pages you visit and any telemetry details (such as speed of your connection and how well Overwolf game client is running) * information collected from third parties where you have authorized this or the information is publicly available
Use of Information: Overwolf Ltd. uses the information provided by you: * to provide the Website, Materials and Services to you * to verify your identity and verify that your Member Account is not being used by others * to market products and services to you, including contacting you via email that you may choose (or opt in) to receive. * for security and system integrity purposes * to conduct research and statistical analysis (see more in the Statistics section of this privacy notice below) * to protect and/or enforce Overwolf Ltd. legal rights and interests, including defending any claim * for any other purpose authorised by you, the Act or other applicable law * where this is necessary for Overwolf Ltd. legitimate interests * automated processes do monitor gameplay to identify cheating and fraud but human intervention is applied in the decision-making process. Information is gathered transiently for these purposes.
Overwolf Ltd. may disclose your personal information to: * any business that supports Overwolf Ltd. products or services, including any person that hosts or maintains any underlying IT system or data centre that Overwolf Ltd. use to provide the Website, Materials or Services, or to process payments * its professional advisers e.g. accountants, lawyers, auditors * any other person authorised by you * Overwolf Ltd. may disclose research and statistical analysis derived from your personal information to third parties (see more in the Statistics section of this privacy notice below).
Overwolf Ltd. also may disclose information it holds about you without your prior permission if Overwolf Ltd. reasonably believes that such disclosure is necessary to: * meet legal requirements * comply with legal process or help to maintain the law * for Overwolf Ltd. other legitimate interests
Statistics: Overwolf Ltd. may use and publish aggregate statistics and group data about those people who access or make use of any of the Website, Materials or Services and their usage of any of the Website, Materials or Services.
Protecting your personal information: Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. (...)
Transfers of personal information: A business that supports our services and products may be located outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). This may mean your personal information is held and processed outside the EEA. Please see the GDPR Terms below for further information about personal data transfers from the EEA.
Internet use: While Overwolf Ltd. takes reasonable steps to maintain secure internet connections, if you provide Overwolf Ltd. with personal information over the internet, the provision of that information is at your own risk.
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Trump to sign executive order limiting social media fact-checks of his content

Background

In case you missed it, Twitter marked two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting with “fact-check” disclaimers on Tuesday. The tweets read:
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone.....
....living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!
Clicking the “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” label leads users to a page that says:
Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to "a Rigged Election." However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.
Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to "anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there." In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots.
Five states already vote entirely by mail and all states offer some form of mail-in absentee voting, according to NBC News.
Trump angrily responded to the fact checks with multiple tweets alleging improper election interference:
@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post....
....Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!
Earlier today (Wednesday) Trump tweeted:
Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that....
....happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!

Executive Order

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that Trump is expected to sign an executive order aimed at social media companies on Thursday. No details were given about what form it may take.
However, the White House circulated a proposed executive order last year that would task the Federal Communications Commission with developing regulations to clarify when social media companies qualify for crucial liability protections, and would have the Federal Trade Commission “take those new policies into account when it investigates or files lawsuits against misbehaving companies."
That proposal targeted the online industry's prized liability shield over user-generated content, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The 1996 law broadly protects websites from lawsuits over what their users post, and for taking good-faith efforts to curb illicit material.
Any executive order is likely to be challenged in court. Twitter is not violating the First Amendment by adding labels to Trump’s tweets - Twitter is a private company that can moderate its users’ speech as it pleases, without legal penalty.
Laurence Tribe:
Trump’s statement that Twitter, a private company, is abridging his First Amendment freedom of speech by tagging his wild tweets about write-in voter fraud as misleading is totally absurd and legally illiterate… The First Amendment limits only the Government, not private entities like Twitter… Anyway, Twitter’s tagging of Trump’s claims about write-in voting is itself absolutely protected under the First Amendment as an expression of opinion… In addition, Twitter’s tagging, even insofar as it can be construed as a factual statement, is shielded by the defense of truth: the claim that Trump’s tweets about massive write-in voter fraud are at best extremely misleading and at worst downright lies is demonstrably true.

Past cases

Conservatives alleging censorship of conservative speech online have regularly failed in the courts:
  • A federal court dismissed activist Laura Loomer’s lawsuit against several tech platforms on Wednesday. The complaint alleged a far-flung conspiracy to censor conservative speech.
  • In a 3-0 decision that could apply to platforms such as Facebook, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle found that YouTube was not a public forum subject to First Amendment scrutiny by judges. It upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Google and YouTube by Prager University, a conservative nonprofit run by radio talk show host Dennis Prager.
  • A federal district court in Texas ruled in Nyabwa v. Facebook that a private individual could not maintain a free-speech lawsuit against Facebook, writing: “the First Amendment governs only governmental limitations on speech.”

Sidebar

Twitter has refused to remove tweets by President Trump that allege Joe Scarborough murdered an intern in 2001. The claim is an unfounded conspiracy theory that has been disproven by police - authorities ruled no foul play.
Timothy Klausutis, the widower, sent a letter to Twitter asking the social media company to delete Trump’s tweets.
Klausutis wrote that the "barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories" around his wife's death, which the president had now helped spread, have made it hard for him to "move forward" with his life.
In response, the president dismissed Klausutis' concerns, "I'm sure ultimately they want to get to the bottom of it." (VIDEO)
Trump then doubled down on the conspiracy and said he thought the situation was "very suspicious" and hoped "somebody gets to the bottom of it" despite there being no evidence of foul play.
Note that all of Trump's tweets are being archived already, even ones he has deleted. There are a couple of websites doing this, but here's one: https://factba.se/topic/deleted-tweets
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Luckin Coffee Probe Says Chairman Knew or Should Have Known of Fabricated Transactions: Report detailing the internal probe also said Charles Lu didn’t fully cooperate with investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter

https://www.wsj.com/articles/luckin-coffee-probe-concludes-chairman-knew-or-should-have-known-of-fabricated-transactions-11593953644
An investigation into the accounting misdeeds at Luckin Coffee Inc. has concluded that the company’s chairman knew—or should have known—about the fabricated transactions that inflated the Chinese coffee chain’s sales last year, according to a person familiar with the matter.
A report detailing the internal probe also said that Charles Lu, Luckin’s co-founder and chairman, didn’t fully cooperate with the investigation, the person said.
The monthslong probe was conducted by a special committee of Luckin’s board with the assistance of law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. It found evidence that Mr. Lu had knowledge of certain related-party transactions that weren’t properly disclosed, the person added.
Mr. Lu, in an emailed response to a request for comment, said: “Rumor! Not true!” A Luckin Coffee spokesman declined to comment.
WSJ NEWSLETTER
What's News A digest of the day's most important news to watch, delivered to your inbox. What's News I would also like to receive updates and special offers from Dow Jones and affiliates. I can unsubscribe at any time.I agree to the Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice. SIGN UP Three-year-old Luckin, an upstart rival to Starbucks Corp. in China, listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in May 2019. It revealed just 11 months later that more than $300 million of its 2019 sales were fabricated. The company’s American depositary shares are in the process of being delisted from the exchange, and Luckin’s market capitalization has fallen below $1 billion, from more than $12 billion in January this year.
The Wall Street Journal reported in May that a group of Luckin employees began creating fake sales transactions before the company’s IPO, by booking sales of vouchers that could be exchanged for cups of coffee. Some of the vouchers were purchased by individual accounts, but the vast majority were bought during the second half of 2019 by a number of little-known companies, many of which had links to Mr. Lu, according to documents reviewed by the Journal and people familiar with the matter.
In addition, a company with ties to Mr. Lu was recorded in Luckin’s systems as a supplier of raw material and received payments from Luckin that were approved by its former CEO, Jenny Qian, the Journal’s reporting showed.
On Sunday afternoon, a crucial Luckin shareholder vote took place in Beijing that crystallized a fight for control of the company’s board. Mr. Lu, whose status as Luckin’s controlling shareholder has been under threat, had put forth resolutions to remove four directors, including himself and representatives of two other Luckin shareholders, and replace them with his nominees. The result of the vote wasn’t immediately known.
Last week, Luckin said an internal probe into the accounting misconduct was substantially complete, and that sales were inflated from April 2019 through the fourth quarter—confirming the Journal’s earlier reporting.
The company said it has decided to terminate a dozen employees who reported to Ms. Qian, the former CEO, or former chief operating officer Jian Liu and who knew of or took part in the scheme, and subject another 15 employees to “disciplinary actions.”
Luckin said funds supporting the scheme were funneled to the company through a number of third parties associated with its employees or related parties. It said 1.34 billion yuan ($190 million) in costs and expenses were inflated last year, and it is in the process of “terminating relationships with all third parties involved in the fabricated transactions.”
The company didn’t detail Mr. Lu’s role in the scheme, but said directors proposed to remove him at a board meeting last week based on “documentary and other evidence identified in the Internal Investigation and its assessment of [his] degree of cooperation in the Internal Investigation.”
Mr. Lu managed to retain his seat last week, as the board needed a two-thirds majority to push Mr. Lu out. Three of its eight board members who are also executives of Luckin voted against Mr. Lu’s removal, according to the person familiar with the matter.
On Sunday, the extraordinary general meeting that Mr. Lu called to reconstitute Luckin’s board was held in a sprawling commercial complex guarded by tight security. Journalists were barred from entering and told by security guards not to congregate.
Mr. Lu’s control over the company is in doubt as creditors including Credit Suisse Group AG have moved to seize and sell a chunk of his shares to recoup a $533 million margin loan that he defaulted on.
A court in the Cayman Islands last month granted an application by banks to wind up entities holding Luckin shares owned by Mr. Lu and his sister, and another related court hearing is scheduled for July 6.
A representative from KPMG, the court-appointed liquidator, attended the shareholder meeting in Beijing, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Face Masks - A List of Face Coverings for MFA

Aight -- I've been low-key kinda hyped for wearing masks during the whole epidemic and have started collecting them to accessorize with. To that point, I did my best to spin up a list (AKA spreadsheet) of brands that I've found that have some cool designs going on, as well as to list any causes (AFAIK) that they might be donating to/supporting.
 
 
All of this is still a work in progress, so I'm just slowly adding stuff as I go.
DISCLAIMER -- I am NOT affiliated with any of the businesses, companies, or brands listed. They're just selling some masks I thought were cool that I wanted to share. I am not, and have no intention of, profiting from this in any way.
Additionally -- not all of these masks are up to CDC standards/specs or classified as N95. Some are and/or have filter pockets though, and I might try to specifically flag those ones if I get the chance.
TL;DR - I tried my best to create a list of masks from a lot of "mainstream" fashion labels. Link.
Please let me know if y'all have any comments or suggestions!
P.S.: I really hope this is in line with community guidelines mods plz be merciful.
 
Edit: Dang y'all -- it's so dope to see all the cordial discussions going on in the comments. Thanks for recommending masks and informing each other on other options and suggestions!! Coupla updates:
Please keep the discussions ongoing y'all -- it's so dope to see all the support and care in the sub going on!!
 
Edit II: Thanks for the continued input and suggestions y'all -- as of this edit, I think we've got about 150+ masks on the list. Several "quality of life" updates to the list:
 
Edit III: List is still going strong and we've got about 150+ brands at the moment, with about 100+ on the way. I'm still fleshing everything else out, but since this has gained a lot more traction and people have been asking about health concerns and CDC/WHO standards, I'm slowly also trying to detail and make more information readily consolidated/available. I also might try to start doing/posting reviews on masks based on availability and (personal funds).
 
Edit IV: I've had some brands and users reaching out to me to show support, so I'm working to start up a blog and post information, updates, etc. regarding masks (and hopefully even COVID19 info) because people have been asking for recommendations and this has been useful in not only (hopefully) raising awareness for others, but in educating myself and learning more and more about masks, COVID, and current medical standards.
 
I'm still not a healthcare/medical professional, nor am I claiming to be, and this is in no way being done for profit or marketing -- it's just something that progressively spiraled out of a hobby of mine into a legitimate avenue for discussions and education, and I have no formal affiliations or stakes in any of the brands that I've listed/detailed. Starting off with an Instagram for now while still putting together a blog/website (both currently under construction), but it should just serve to act as a more formal medium for what I'm doing here and on the spreadsheet but with more write-ups, details, and even fit pics for different masks.
 
Please keep in mind: I'm a "one man shop" and this list may or may not have been made on a whim because I wanted to keep a running list of brands that I liked. So please keep the suggestions coming and I'll do my best to update/course correct accordingly. If you or someone you know personally owns/runs a brand, please PM me and I'll try to include it (once again: I am not including Etsy/eBay/FB/etc. shops because that's a slippery slope and harder to "track").
 
This is still an ongoing WIP, so thanks for the continued support and feedback! Please also make sure to checkout/show some love to some of the other lists that are out there:
 
Please reference the following links for information/details regarding health and safety standards with respect to buying, wearing, and even making masks:
 
My original list can still be found here.
 
Instagram (WIP) can be found here. -- UNDER CONSTRUCTION
 
Please feel free to DM me with any questions/inquiries -- thanks y'all!
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Stop Hate for Profit: Peloton spends 76% of their marketing budget on Facebook, while 180+ companies are quitting the platform over hate speech. Why won't Peloton join the boycott?

It's time Peloton quits Facebook #StopHateForProfit

180+ Companies are boycotting Facebook; Peloton isn't.

In the past week major brands - Verizon, Adidas, Unilever, Honda, and Hershey’s - to name a few - joined a global boycott of advertising on Facebook. They join a list of over 180 companies agreeing to "Hit Pause on Hate," (some are listed here) by not advertising on Facebook in the month of July. The boycott has been organized by the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, the Free Press, Common Sense, the NAACP, and Sleeping Giants - to name a few.
The goal is to send Facebook a powerful message: Your profits will never be worth promoting hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and violence. Facebook took $70 billion in ad dollars; but did you realize it's the ONLY social media platform Peloton officially recognizes? Peloton spent 76% of their marketing budget there from 11/16/2018 - 12/15/19! Peloton has heavily advertised on FB - and promoted the platform - for years. Marketing efforts have long been led by Carolyn Tisch Blodgett and “community” efforts led and overseen by Jayvee Nava. While many of you were pointing out the longstanding toxic environment of their Facebook page, Peloton still left it largely unmoderated. Even going so far as patting themselves on the back with a “200k strong” badge, and bragging about it multiple times on their public blog. They push users to Facebook via links on every page of their website; its mentioned 92 times on the company blog; in every email from John Foley; and on the bike, Tread, and apps pop-ups encourage users to sign up for Facebook accounts and link their Peloton login. Peloton doesn't just advertise on FB, they actively encourage users participate there.
Peloton spent $324 million on marketing - 35% of sales - in the 12 months ended June 2019. With 76% dedicated to Facebook, that's $246.24 million.
Let’s put that $246.24 million into perspective. Money spent on a platform promoting hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence. What would that money buy? It's 6,313,846 monthly subscriptions, or 109,684 bikes, or 57,332 Treads, or 5 brand new studios, or 4.5x their entire annual R&D budget, or 15x their music costs. Strikingly, just one-month ago - weeks after protests began - Peloton pledged $500k to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, even while continuing their Facebook presence.
Over the years that Peloton has been relying on Facebook as its sole community platform and major advertising partner, Facebook has used Peloton's money by:

What could Peloton have accomplished with that same $246.24 million?

Facebook could protect and support Black users. They could call out Holocaust denial as hate. They could help get out the vote. But they are actively choosing not to do so. 99% of Facebook’s $70 billion is made through advertising. Meanwhile, Peloton has been dedicating 76% of its marketing spend on Facebook. Here's some examples. They're in the top-five spenders of direct-to-consumer brands. Peloton could send a very direct message here, but their silence is deafening. Not only are they NOT taking a stand, they continue to send messages to all subscribers asking them to become users at Facebook, further increasing Facebook ad revenue.

It's time we asked Peloton to stop standing with Facebook; stop advertising there; stop running their only "official" page on a platform promoting hate and violence. It's time Peloton put its corporate money - our subscription dollars - toward a platform that does not promote hate speech, racism, bigotry, antisemitism, and violence.

Helpful Links

A bit about PelotonCycle

For anyone who wasn't aware, /PelotonCycle was started-by and is run by-and-for Peloton members. We are not affiliated with Peloton Interactive. We started in 2015 with the goal of elevating the Peloton conversation. We seek to exchange info, ideas, intel about Peloton; selflessly helping each other become better athletes and people. Over the years we've seen members do some amazing things, including create the BlueHeart app, and start a monthly cycling challenge that became what we now know as Monthly Challenges. A bot was created here from scratch which tags your Leaderboard name - and keeps your achievements updated 4x/day. We celebrate Milestones every Monday; including those streaks and achievements that Peloton doesn't recognize. On most days, I see threads full of people selflessly helping each other out of the goodness of their hearts. In my view, that's the very spirit of sport.
What you, yes you - the person reading this - and the others around you have built, over years, has helped countless people. We don't publicly post our traffic, because we're really more focused on helping each other and don’t feel the need to emphasize subscribers as the sole marker of a successful community. But over 900,000 people visit here in a given month. Over 4 million unique pageviews. In May 2020 alone you posted 1,096 threads with a combined 24,983 comments. The vast majority were detailed, helpful, informative, interesting, value-added info you generously shared with your fellow members out of the goodness of your heart.
As always, keeping our rules enforced fairly and evenhandedly, and generally running this massive place, would be an impossible endeavour if not for FrauKoko and Kraphtyone. We owe a big thanks to NCBarkingDogs who spends countless hours keeping the bot's gears greased.

What Reddit is doing

You may have seen the news Reddit's sitewide owners have banned a number of communities, added a Black board member, and updated their content policy. If you don't know reddit's sitewide rules, they're worth checking out here.
Here in /PelotonCycle we have always maintained a stricter set of rules, including "be kind" (R2), "criticism is welcomed, but don't use it as an excuse to push an agenda" (R6), and a broad view (R7) that "personal attacks, slurs, or comments that insult or demean a specific user or group of users" is inappropriate, considered spam, the content will be removed and you may be banned without warning. We have for a while now been banning links to Facebook or removing content that promotes FOMO when discussing Peloton on FB. More on that policy here.

Wrap Up: What can I do?

Someone recently asked me, "what can I do to help?" and my answer is: a) use the vote buttons, and b) click "report" on anything you feel is rule-breaking.
We're community-run. Meaning, your votes move content up/down the page. If it shouldn't be seen, downvote it. If more people should see it, upvote it. If it's rule-breaking -- that goes for any post or any comment, click the "report" button. That immediately sends a 100% anonymous alert to a shared moderator inbox and allows us to act on inappropriate content quickly. If you have an issue with a specific mod, please let me know. If you have an issue with me (and don't want to PM me), please let another mod know. None of us make money off this place; none of us have ever made a single penny here. We endeavour to fairly and evenhandedly enforce our rules. We endeavour to promote a place that's open, transparent, informative, fun, helpful. A place you can make friends, laugh, relax, share stories and info. A place you can interact while being as anonymous as you like (a reddit account doesn't require your real name or even an email, for example); we value user privacy here. We value honesty, integrity, fairness, generosity, fresh ideas, open debate. I'm really proud of what you all have built here. We seek to be better -- better athletes, better people.
Beyond improving this specific Peloton community for all humans, it is time we asked the same of Peloton, too. It's long, long overdue for Peloton to step away from Facebook, build worthwhile community features into their own app/website/platform. To be clear, we are not asking Peloton to take over this page. This is not a self-serving call to action. It is asking Peloton to stop promoting hate by choosing to use Facebook as its social platform; by choosing to spend an overwhelming portion of its astronomical budget on Facebook advertising; asking Peloton to stop giving lip service to community, and start investing real $’s and resources into building the same “community” features that FitBit, Garmin, Suunto, and other platforms have created. Into their own ecosystem. Their own website, apps, hardware.

Put simply: Peloton, stop promoting hate by spending money on Facebook. You can share your support by emailing [email protected], up-voting this post, and leaving a comment below.

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Arbitrary list of popular lights - Summer Solstice 2020 edition

Happy Solstice!
In honor of Summer Solstice for the northern hemisphere, I've made an updated list of popular lights. Today is a couple days after (sorry!) the day you're least likely to need a flashlight north of the equator, but it increases every day after so it's a good time to buy a flashlight.
Because a definitive buyer's guide is too hard, I've made an arbitrary list of popular lights you should consider if you're shopping for a light. There is no best flashlight, so this is not the last word in what's good, but a list of lights that are often bought or recommended here with a touch of my own opinion thrown in. Exclusion from this list doesn't mean a light isn't good. To search more lights by their attributes, try http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html
Where possible, official manufacturer URLs are linked here. Sometimes the manufacturer offers good deals through direct orders, sometimes vendors have the best prices. There are coupon codes available that apply to many of the lights listed. I'm hosting a version of this list on my own site with affiliate links because a few people have asked for a way to give me a kickback.
Shipping/availability may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, items shipped from China are often taking 2 months to arrive. Supply chains and warehouse stock also appear to be disrupted as well, so you may have to be more patient than usual if you want certain flashlights, chargers, and batteries.

For those in a hurry

If you don't want to learn much, just get one of these.

All of the lights in this section come with a rechargeable battery and have a charger built in to the light. The battery will be a standard size you can buy online from third parties, and the charger will use USB as its power source, though some options do use a special cable. Aside from the Catapult, all have very good color quality compared to the average LED flashlight, improving your ability to see details.
These are at the top of the list not because they're the best in some objective sense, but because they're easy to own and use, and easy to buy. They score well on most measure flashlight nerds care about while also being suitable for non-enthusiasts.

About specs and considerations

Moved to the wiki due to character limit

Mainstream lights

Everyday Carry Lights

These are selected for pocketability first and performance second, but most of the larger options are perfectly adequate for house/cacamping/etc... uses. This section excludes right-angle designs that double as headlamps, but many people do use those for pocket carry, so see that section as well.

Keychain

AAA battery

AA battery

CR123A/16340 battery

18350 battery

18650 battery

This category is so popular it gets subcategories. If you're looking for a lot of power and runtime that's still possible to carry in most pants pockets, this is your battery.

Dual-switch lights

A tailswitch controls power, a sideswitch changes brightness. The ease of explaning the UI makes these perfect to hand out to others.

E-switch lights

Electronic switches enable shortcuts from off to useful modes - usually lowest, highest, and last-used.

Other by use case

Right-angle lights and headlamps

If I could have only one portable light, it would be a right-angle light that functions as both an everyday carry light and a headlamp. Some lights in this form factor also offer a magnetic tailcap, allowing them to act as mountable area lights.

Small

Medium

All of these use one 18650 battery.

Large

Duty lights

These are suitable for first responders and possibly members of the military in combat roles. The focus is on simple operation, reliability and a good way to make sure the light starts on high.

High-performance lights

Most lights on the list are easy to carry, with performance constrained by size and thermal mass as a result. After all, the best light is the one you have. Here are lights to bring when you know you'll be using them.

Flooders

Turn night into day, but not necessarily very far away

Throwers

What's that over there? WAY over there? The hotspots of these lights tend to be too focused for comfortable use up close, though using a diffuser is an option. These tend to be most useful for search and rescue, boating, and the like.
FL1 throw is the distance at which large objects can be detected in clear air. At half that distance, there's usually enough illumination to see clearly, though with more extreme throwers, the distances may be so great as to require binoculars to see clearly even during the day. Throwers have visible backscatter from the atmosphere even in clear air, which may obstruct the user's view of the target. Warmer color temperatures tend to have less.

Hybrids

Some throw, some flood... probably a lot

Other lights

Stuff that doesn't fit somewhere else goes here.

Enthusiast lights

Enthusiast lights can be subject to a bit of a flavor of the month phenomenon, and this section isn't necessarily going to try to include them all. What you'll find here are enthusiast lights with some staying power. There will probably be an Emisar D4 of some description this time next year, but not necessarily the latest new FW variant or whatever's currently trendy from Nightwatch.

Everyday carry

Jacket pocket, maybe

Big

* BLF GT90 - the GT with a Luminus SBT-90.2 for over 7000 lumens and 2700m throw claimed, but that's going to be limited by heat and power. For sustainable performance, the original may have the advantage. For short bursts, this will be most impressive. 360, but look for discounts

Edit 20200624: added Tool AA, NU25, KR4, KR1
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A take on the Jio apps as alternatives to Chinese apps

To Indians who are suggesting or trying out Jio products as replacements for the banned Chinese ones, please read privacy policies of their apps. Just because they are from an Indian company does not make them secure and private automatically.
JioBrowser is not a better alternative to UC browser. This is their privacy policy - http://jep-asset.jio.com/jio/emailer-campaign/jiowebbrowser-policy.pdf. According to this, they can store your personal and non personal information and share them with third parties for ads and promotional services. The JioBrowser also stores all of your browsing history, downloads, permissions granted to sites, cache of the websites you visit and "Thumbnail-sized screenshots of pages that you visit most often" among other things. All of these can be used to "provide you with marketing communications and advertising" and "provide you with recommendation about services you may be interested in, based on your use of the Jio Browser"
Solution: Firefox, DuckDuckGo or Brave browser are simply far better when it comes to protecting your privacy. Open source and treating your browsing data with respect.
Similarly, JioMeet is not better than Zoom. It looks like a copy of Zoom in design https://twitter.com/shrinivassg/status/1278911557137649664. And here is their privacy policy - https://jiomeet.jio.com/privacy-policy/. JioMeet collects personal information about you ("name, age, gender, contact information, products and services you are interested in or require more information about") and can share it with affiliates to serve you ads and promotional services. There are many red flags in that policy. I just mentioned the most obvious ones.
https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/jiomeet-users-heres-all-the-data-reliance-jio-will-collect-from-you-for-accessing-its-free-video-call-service/2012140/
Solution: Signal is the most secure and private option for personal video calling. Even apps like Duo, Whatsapp or Facetime which are developed by mega-corps are end to end encrypted. JioMeet doesn't say anything about end to end encryption. Zoom will begin allowing users to enable end-to-end encryption of calls. You can continue with Zoom or Google Meet for business requirements. They both have their flaws though. You can try something like Jitsi Meet as an open source solution https://meet.jit.si/
Next app on the list is JioSwitch (alternative to ShareIt/Xender). Here's their privacy policy - https://static.jiocloud.com/snw/android.html. It stores similar personal information (age, gender etc). It can also store your IP address, device ID, the IMEI, IMSI of your SIM etc. This "File Transfer" app may also collect "certain keywords and their counts from your SMS" in a way that does not identify you. 🤔(The app doesn't have the SMS permission on Android so this is not even possible, but it's there in their privacy policy 🤷)
Solution : TrebleShot is the best alternative to ShareIt (Free and open source) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.genonbeta.TrebleShot&hl=en but you can try Files By Google or Easy Share as well
And last on today's list is JioChat - alternative to WeChat. The text messaging app that doesn't have end to end encryption in 2020. JioChat's design has some eerie similarities with WhatsApp. It's privacy policy can be found here - http://www.jiochat.com/condition/privacy.html. The app will collect same personal information as other Jio apps (name, gender, age, contact information etc). And sensitive personal information "will carry the meaning as may be defined by applicable laws from time to time". And the privacy policy states - "You accept the inherent security implications of providing unencrypted information over Internet"
Solution : There are countless better alternatives to this app - Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp being the most popular ones.
https://signal.org/install/
Don't install the app on your smartphone just because it's made in India. If it's developed by a for-profit privately run business, it should be analyzed in the same way we'd do with Google/Facebook/Microsoft etc. Support genuine Indian apps which also respect your privacy.
I wrote the original thread here - https://twitter.com/spianslabs/status/1280760716262207488
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Intelligent comment from Armen's latest video about Eric Roza and the future of Crossfit

Thought this was worth sharing here for people who are interested in what kinds of business changes Roza might make - and the IronMan comparison is especially interesting.
"One thing to consider is what this is for Rosa. This is an investment.
I am from boulder and know the tech space well, though I don’t know Eric personally I have met him and know about his previous company.
He bought the business presumably with some sort of backing when the business is weak and him and his backers are looking for a return.
If CrossFit was bought for say, 50m, they are looking to take this to 1B in value. It’s not a situation where he is buying it out of just a pure love of CrossFit, this is a big bet for him.
His intentions are good and probably better for CrossFit and the community because GG was almost anti growth and happy for others to take on areas of the industry CrossFit created.
A couple things I see from CrossFit under this new ownership are efforts to make affiliates stronger as businesses to compete with the likes of F45 etc and also make CrossFit a more participatory sport like Iron Man.
Right now there is the open but I see them creating more opportunities to compete for the average person like Iron Man does.
People pay a ton to participate in iron man events and it makes for a great business.
It also makes CrossFit more then just working out for the masses. For example, You can tell he is a frustrated masters athlete. A very fit athlete but still miles away from making to games.
With only 10 or 20 people making it to the games as masters it’s still only the very tippy top that can really compete in CrossFit.
With iron man average joes can make it to Kona with training and qualification and most importantly spending heavily on iron man.
Also I think he will professionalize then Crossfit business and bring in real operators to work there.
I think the “FU we are CrossFit, deaffilate if you don’t like it” attitude you see from HQ will go away and it needs to.
Even Castro in his recent podcast still has some of that to be honest. I look forward to the future."
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Nightmare Brewing label artist, Defame, posts anti-BLM art equating BLM to Nazis.

Earlier, Defame posted a piece on his Instagram account depicting Hillary Clinton lifting Joe Biden to pin a BLM sign on a swastika. George Soros is also pictured in the background. Not sure what this means for Nightmare and Twelve Percent Beer Project, but this is not pretty. The can art has been a huge part of the ancient torture themed brewery since their beginning.
Nightmare was voted 2nd in Ratebeer’s Ten Best New Breweries 2020 list. They were the only American brewery to make the list. They also took the #1 spot for best new brewery in America and New York.
The art in question
DEFAME RESPONDS: "Some subjective/satirical art. Please DO NOT tie anyone I’ve worked with to this. This has nothing to do with the businesses I work with or have worked for. This is solely my personal expression through art, my right to free speech. I’m for freedom and for all races, nationalities, creeds, and religions concerning rights, liberty, freedom and equality."
UPDATE: Nightmare cuts ties with Defame through Instagram story:
"I started this brewing company to bring people together with Metal, History and beer. I was completely caught off guard when I saw my former artist's post. We spoke, he explained his "political satire" and stood by his work. While I understand artistic freedom of expression all I see is an image meant to divide people and encourage hate, at a time like this when we need unification more than ever. As a company that believes in community and unity, I can no longer work with my old artist. I had commissioned him to illustrate history, to educate people of our horrific past so we can avoid repeating it. The former artist for Nightmare has no affiliation with my brewing company and unequivocally does not speak for it. Those of you that have met me and know me, know who I am and where I stand. Those who I haven't met, we can bullshit over beers and you can judge for yourself." Screenshots: https://imgur.com/xtqJMYS https://imgur.com/WDcbpVr
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Musings on the Free Zone: Hateful Redditors, Self-Appointed Warlords, and What Comes Next

I'm seeing a ton of misinformation being posted about the Free Zone and Capitol Hill in general and I just wanted to take this opportunity to clear some things up and discuss ways to move forward.
I'm a mixed race photojournalist from Detroit who has lived in Capitol Hill for the past five years and I've worked at two restaurants in the Free Zone (I call it the Free Zone for ease of writing fucking CHAZ a thousand times).
Like so many others, these blocks of Capitol Hill represent "home" -- it's the heart of Seattle's art scene, nightlife, and progressive gay community.
I've been fortunate enough to track this entire movement from its inception and I've been able to witness the in-fighting of the organizers and the lack of strategy amongst our police department.
Please check my post history for more information of my past efforts. I'm currently part of the group forcing Mayor Jenny Durkan to be recalled.
First off, it's important to discuss the false allegations currently being floated by the Assistant Police Chief and KOMO News. No, their precinct was never under the imminent threat of fire. No, the protesters aren't trying to extort local businesses. No, there aren't ID checkpoints.
These rumors are baseless and would be almost funny if the situation weren't so tense and polarizing.
These "hot takes" are being perpetuated and regurgitated by right-wing media pundits to paint the Free Zone as some sort lawless-vegan-Waterworld. It's preposterous.
Anybody who has ever lived or worked in Capitol Hill -- the LGBTQ+ headquarters of Seattle -- knows that this notion of painting us as violent, pyromaniac Antifa Anarchists is asinine.
Which leads to the next point: a surge of "hate subredditors" flooding the Seattle subs with biting cynicism and tons of displaced anger.
From the looks of the posts, and the content of the comments, it looks like not only have these users never lived in Cap Hill, it seems unlikely that they've ever even visited at all.
While their rhetoric is divisive -- and fueled by Trump and Breitbart and Sinclair Broadcasting -- it really isn't an effective tactic of making a mature, sustained argument.
So avoid giving these users the attention they so desperately crave.
As for the "warlord": We as Capitol Hill residents have to hold him accountable for his actions just as we did with the police.
His self-centered antics in the name of peace have absolutely de-legitimized the cause and has all but eradicated the progress our protestors have made.
And now he's threatening the Free Zone's representation as a whole.
To the rest of the world: Trust us, this guy doesn't represent our movement, our message, or the people of Capitol Hill AT ALL.
He showed up about 4 days late in his Tesla, with an AK, preaching peace, then got into a fight with a popular live-streamer, then he's Dr. King for a few hours, then his crew booed our elected city councilwomen and mocked her accent, then he threatens a graffiti artist's life and breaks the dude's glasses, then his people have the audacity to lie about it.
We don't stand for that shit and we never will.
It distinctly goes against the principles established in the Free Zone and we all know it.
He's been trying to hijack these protests for his own cause since, like, day 4... but now he's out of control.
He will absolutely be held accountable for his actions, but in a peaceful, proactive Capitol Hill way. We'll all make sure of that.
As for moving forward, it's really quite simple. As a BLM movement supporter since Aiyana Stanley-Jones was murdered by Detroit police in 2010, before BLM was even a hashtag, I've been following these issues closely and with increasing disgust, intensity, and frustration.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the uprising that George Floyd's murder would cause -- it's incredibly inspiring to see the collective outrage of America.
Keep in mind that the BLM King County movement is only loosely affiliated with the national chapter and I've witnessed first-hand the disorganization of the organizers.
And, in all fairness, that AMA with the BLM National leader the other day didn't look too good either, despite being bombarded by racists questions, including the "13% // 50% argument".
Within the BLM movement -- like any social movement advocating for change -- there are conflicting messages, differing demands, exaggerated ideas... It's all very confusing.
In my opinion, this movement has grown beyond just Black Lives and is now addressing oppression as a whole -- from women to Natives to queers to Hispanics to Asians to Amish? -- and to remain narrow-minded by the color of our skin defeats the entire purpose of the cause.
Yes, we all started here because we're disgusted by the treatment of blacks by police. But as we congregate and communicate and share our individual messages, we're all starting to realize just how prevalent oppression is in our everyday society. Even in a liberal safe-haven like Seattle.
One thing we should agree on is the amount of power Jeff Bezos has over the city of Seattle. If you think that he doesn't play a hand in all this, you're sadly mistaking.
His reputation with law enforcement agencies is well-documented and his facial recognition software has been proven to be discriminatory -- it's terrifying when you think of the considerable wealth and influence he has.
Bringing this fight to him, and the other leaders of Seattle's big tech companies, is an important step in dismantling the system and actually achieving lasting reform.
In my opinion, it definitely starts with recalling Mayor Durkan and firing Police Chief Best.
I think taxing Amazon is a good idea and using that money to invest in the communities and residents Bezos benefits from.
I think reallocating the funds of the Police Department is also a great idea and using the surplus to turn the East Precinct into a museum or community center that honors those who have lost their lives to police brutality.
That should be a no-brainer PR move.
Until then, I'll continue to thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie and positive atmosphere of the Free Zone -- and all the memes -- especially considering the violent week we all just endured.
Basically, this whole thing is about optics. So, moving forward, let's continue to keep that in mind when outsiders try to threaten our reputation and hard work.
And let's continue to build up our community together to keep Capitol Hill the lawless-vegan-Waterworld it was intended to be.
If anybody has any questions, comments, or concerns, DM me.
OMG YOU GUYS WERE RIGHT OTHER WARLORDS ARE TAKING OVER THE FREE ZONE AND ITS CHAOS
Edit (3:14pm): Spotted -- Cops on bikes and a large truck filled with stuff from the East precinct
Edit (3:36pm): ITS HAPPENING
Edit (3:50pm): OH FUCK ITS RAZ -- THE WARLORD -- AND HES HORSEBACK WIELDING A GIANT SWORD INSCRIBED WITH THE LYRICS FROM HIS NEW HIT SONG "WE THE POLICE NOW"
Edit (3:57pm): Cops are definitely inside the building but they're not doing anything.
Edit (4:00pm): No sign of Raz.
Edit (7:10pm): Still pretty chill. The cops did show up, there was a tense moment but they left and only pepper-sprayed one guy -- I know you guys are probably disappointed. Heard Raz is here, haven't seen him though. A few arguments throughout the day, mostly among the protesters. There was an anti-abortion dude that they yelled at, but that's pretty normal for around here.
Edit (7:17pm): A sleeping homeless guy just got hit in the face with a soccer ball and didn't wake up.
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Reiterating our No Marketing rule

We've been noticing a lot more marketing by new accounts on /malefashionadvice from business, start-ups, bloggers, etc. We are aware that a lot more brands are looking online for sales and marketing given the current Covid-19 Pandemic.
However, this subreddit has never, and will never allow direct marketing.
If you see any marketing on our community please use the report button. And if you receive unsolicited private messages from brands or stylists after asking for advice in our community please let us know through modmail.
We welcome brands who wish to contribute constructively to MFA by giving advice, insights and contributing meaningfully throughout our community. Not just spamming their own content and only commenting in their own posts. As a moderator team we believe this is the best way to balance our community benefiting from industry insight and not becoming a dumping ground for marketing.
An abridged version of our rules from a wiki rule page is below:

5. No Marketing

All marketing efforts excluding AMAs, are prohibited and will be removed.
This includes posting:

5.1 No spam

No spam or self-promotion. As a rule of thumb if 10% of your submissions and/or comments are from your own site/content/affiliate links, you're almost certainly a spammer.
Spamming will lead to your account being banned and the URL of your website put on the blocked list. Ban evasion will be escalated to the Admins of Reddit and your IP will be blocked from the entire website.

5.2 Engaging with MFA

We welcome brands who wish to contribute constructively to MFA. This means giving advice and contributing meaningfully throughout different posts. This does not just mean posting your own content and commenting in your own posts, and not interacting outside of them. While marketing efforts are prohibited on MFA, we will use our discretion to approve posts by company representatives that constructively engage with and improve the community.
All corporate accounts, regardless of size (department chain, smaller stores, sites/blogs) and affiliation (CEO, buyer, sales associate, etc.), should be cleared by the mods before posting. Once the account has been approved, a user flair will be assigned with the appropriate title.
If you would like to set up an Ask Me Anything (AMA), please contact the mods and refer to the AMA guidelines. In addition, we will send you an update AMA pack on Google Docs. More recent AMAs can be viewed here.

5.3 Online Crowdfunding Campaigns

Online crowdfunding campaigns (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Massdrop, etc) are not permitted. Fundraiser links posted by brand-new accounts will be treated as spam and removed and the account will be banned.

5.4 Referral Links

Referral links (specially-coded links which give the poster payment or credit when they're used) are not permitted.

5.5 Product releases/announcements

Direct link to product release or announcements are not allowed. If you wish to let the community know of a product, please post an article (Hypebeast, GC, etc.) and not a direct product link as this would constitute as a sale/spam post.

5.6 Market Research

Market research, product feedback and surveys are all prohibited. We're an advice community, not a platform for market research. This included both established businesses, start-ups, side hustles and single person ventures.

5.7 Academic Research

Academic research is generally prohibited and unlikely to be approved. Undergraduate research is very unlikely to be approved given the volume of students using Reddit. For surveys and polls please go to /samplesize. For more information see our full wiki page.
Thank you all.
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A raving endorsement of Hunter ceiling fans

I have no affiliation with the company or any other fan maker, just a dude who had an issue and wanted to share its resolution.
We installed a ceiling fan in our living room 5 years ago. The other day the motor failed on it and when you think about it, the motor is basically all there is on a fan that could go wrong. Hunter has a lifetime warranty on their motors.
I called them up yesterday, described what happened with the fan and within an hour of showing them my period of purchase (shout out to Lowe’s for saving the receipts online because I sure as hell don’t have it anymore) hunter sent me a new fan without any hassle at all.
Once I get the fan, I just need to box up the old one, send it back with a prepaid label and it’s over. I will never buy a different brand of fan in my life and I’d recommend you don’t either.
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Brookfield Property Partners Announces Substantial Issuer Bid to Acquire Up to 74,166,670 Units at a Price of $12.00 Per Unit

All dollar references are in U.S. dollars, unless noted otherwise.
BROOKFIELD NEWS, July 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Property Partners L.P. (“BPY” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BPY; TSX: BPY.UN) announced today its intention to commence a substantial issuer bid (the “Offer”) to purchase up to 74,166,670 of BPY’s limited partnership units (“Units”) from public unitholders (“Unitholders”) for a price of $12.00 per Unit, representing a 17.6% premium to the Unit price on the Nasdaq Stock Market as of market close on July 1, 2020. The total value of the Offer is approximately $890 million.
This Offer will also be made to holders of exchangeable limited partnership units (“Exchange LP Unitholders”) of Brookfield Office Properties Exchange LP on an as exchanged basis, and, subject to certain exceptions discussed below, holders of securities that are exchangeable into Units prior to or at the time of the Offer. For greater clarity, the Offer will not be made for Class A Stock, par value $0.01 per share, (“BPYU Shares”) of Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (“BPYU”), which will be the subject of a concurrent and separate offer by BPYU. BPYU Shares must be exchanged into Units for a holder to participate in this Offer.
The Company will fund the Offer by drawing on an equity commitment (the “equity commitment”) it has received from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (“BAM”) for up to $1 billion. BAM’s equity commitment will be funded as to 50% from cash on hand and the remainder from managed accounts on behalf of certain of its institutional clients. The equity commitment can be called upon by the Company until December 31, 2020 in exchange for the issuance of Units and/or Redeemable/Exchangeable Partnership Units of the Company’s subsidiary, Brookfield Property L.P., at a price per unit equal to the price to be paid by the Company in the applicable buyback.
“This offer will provide unitholders who desire liquidity an opportunity to sell their stock at a premium to the market price, while preserving BPY’s liquidity,” said Brian Kingston, Chief Executive Officer. “BAM is providing support for the offer by agreeing to fund the bid in exchange for an additional equity interest in our business.” The equity commitment has been approved by the board of directors of the Company’s general partner upon the recommendation of a special committee comprised of all the independent directors.
BAM currently owns 55% of the outstanding Units (calculated on a fully exchanged basis, including Redeemable/Exchangeable Partnership Units of Brookfield Property L.P.). If the Offer results in 74,166,670 Units being purchased and cancelled by our Company, BAM and its affiliates will hold an aggregate of 593,915,513 Units and Redeemable/Exchangeable Units, or approximately 63% of our business on a fully exchanged basis. The issuance of Units and Redeemable/Exchangeable Units is subject to approval by Nasdaq and the Toronto Stock Exchange. If more than 74,166,670 Units are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn, BPY will purchase the Units on a pro rata basis. In that case, Units that are not purchased will be returned to Unitholders.
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The Bates Family: the Other 19 Kids and Counting

Hi All. I wasn't originally planning to post this for a few days, but I was able to finish it more quickly than I anticipated due to Fundie Wiki containing most of the necessary information.
Before I say more on the Bates family, I should clarify which families I intend to write about for this series, in case others want to cover some of the families I don't know much about and will not cover. I plan to summarize the information we have about:
Karissa Collins
Duggar adjacents (one post; Sierra Dominguez, Kristen Young, the Caldwell family).
Emma Mae Jenkins
Paul and Morgan
The Plath Family
The Transformed Wife
I know there are a lot of other families that we discuss here, but I'm not familiar enough with them to write a wiki. Hopefully other users will be!
Note: Unless otherwise noted, the following information comes from the main Bates family page on Fundie Wiki.
Again, disclaimer: this does not cover absolutely everything. Please feel free to add things on in the comments!
The Bates Family
Many people are already familiar with the Bates because they, like the Duggars, have 19 children. Like the Duggars, the Bates have their own t.v. show and have been featured on numerous t.v. specials, including 19 Kids and Counting. The Bates sisters also run a boutique selling modest clothing.
Also like the Duggars, the Bates are affiliated with IBLP, the Institute of Basic Life Principles, which was formerly run by Bill Gothard. Bill Gothard resigned from IBLP in 2014 following a number of sexual abuse allegations, primarily from then-teenage women who had worked for him at the IBLP headquarters. Gil Bates is now on the board of IBLP (see Bates family wiki). IBLP is a conservative Christian organization that some have characterized as a cult. Among other things, IBLP encourages its followers to homeschool their children, eschew birth control (see the "vasectomy reversal choir"), and not kiss until they marry (and teaches that marriages should be brokered by fathers--see the Duggars' Counting On to see this in action).
Edited to add: The Bates, who are from Tennessee, have received scrutiny for displaying images of Confederate leaders, including a KKK member, in their home. Note the portrait of Stonewall Jackson. The Bates apparently refer to this display as their "Patriot" or "Patriotic Room." So far as I can tell, the Bates haven't addressed this matter, or said anything more about the Confederacy, since these images were posted around 2012. It's unclear to me if this room still exists, or if they simply choose not to show it on camera. Pickles (of Pickles & Hairspray, a Facebook page devoted to speculating about the Duggars) has suggested that Kenneth "Nathan" Bates may have chosen his nickname as an homage to a Confederate Leader and KKK member shown in one of these portraits, which I can't verify. Make of this what you will.
The Bates family consists of 21 members:
Note: unless otherwise linked, this information is taken from the fundiewiki page for each family member, or the main family fundiewiki page.
Parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates: Gil and Kelly Jo met at Bible college and married in 1987, when Gil was 22 and Kelly Jo was 21. Their children are:
Zach Bates (age 31): Currently married to Whitney Bates following an earlier, failed courtship with Sarah Reith. They married in December 2013. Zach and Whitney have three children; Bradley, Kaci, and Khloé. Their wedding colors were notoriously unfortunate.
Michael(a) Bates Keilen (30): It seems that the name on her birth certificate is Michael, but it is often spelled or stylized as Michaela. Michael is married to Brandon Keilen, who works at IBLP. The pair married in August 2015. Michael and Brandon have been open about their struggles with infertility. Notably, the Biblical Michael was also infertile, something a few people on this subreddit have observed. Michael recently stated that she is attending nursing school.
Erin (Bates) Paine (29): Erin married into another well-known IBLP family when she wed Charles "Chad" Paine III in November of 2013, making her the first Bates child to marry. Erin and Chad married on Bill Gothard's birthday and had a birthday cake for him at the ceremony. Erin plays the piano, and has been featured playing music at several Duggar weddings. Erin attended Crown College in Tennessee, which her brother Lawson paid for. Erin suffers from a blood clotting disorder that resulted in her experiencing several miscarriages in the early months of her marriage. She was diagnosed and received treatment, and she and her husband now share four children, Charles IV, Brooklyn, Everly, and Holland. Some users on this sub have stated that Erin is rarely pictured with her daughter Brooklyn, and that she may favor her only son (Charles IV, aka Carson). This is a subjective judgment you'll have to make for yourself!
William "Lawson" Bates (27): Sometimes referred to as "the fundie Bachelor," (I can't find this post atm, someone please find it because it's hilarious) Lawson is 27 and unmarried, though he may have pre-courted Jinger Duggar shortly before she met Jeremy. Why Lawson has remained single is unknown. Lawson is a pilot who also owned a lawncare business as a teenager. He paid many of the family's bills for a time, and paid to send his sister, Erin, to college. Lawson was apparently around 19 or 20 at this point. Lawson frequently posts model-type pictures of himself on Instagram, and also attempted to become a country singer, leading some people to call him self-absorbed. He has been linked to the Duggar family's 30-year-old unmarried daughter, Jana, in the past. However, there appears to be no real evidence that the two have ever courted. Much of the speculation is likely due to the fact that Jana and Lawson are both single at an unusually old age in their circles.
Kenneth "Nathan" Bates (26): Nathan is a pilot and experienced one brief, failed courtship with a woman named Ashley Slayer. Some believe that either he or Lawson is courting a girl whose picture was spotted as someone's phone screensaver recently. Both Lawson and Nathan have been associated with the controversial Duggar nonprofit, Medicorps.
Alyssa (Bates) Webster (25): Alyssa married at 19 (in May 2014) to John, the son of a conservative politician, and now has three daughters: Allie, Lexi, and Zoey. Alyssa suffers from a heart condition that has required surgery. Alyssa is known for her cotton-candy colored bridesmaids dresses and for dressing herself and her daughters in matching outfits (some of which are apparently gifted to her by an Instagram follower).
Tori (Bates) Smith (24): Tori married Bobby Smith in December 2017. She has two sons, Robert "Kade" and Kolter. She also attended Crown College of the Bible.
Trace Bates (23): Trace had a long (from approximately April 2019-December 2019 [edited]) but ultimately failed courtship with a girl named Chaney. While less than a year may not seem very long, it is not uncommon for fundamentalist couples to become engaged after a few months. Why exactly the courtship ended is unclear, but Trace did make an angsty Instagram post about it. Trace also attended Crown College.
Carlin (Bates) Stewart (22): Carlin is Joy-Anna Duggar's best friend, and she took photographs of Joy-Anna to memorialize her stillborn daughter. She also attended Crown College. Interestingly enough, some speculate that Joe Duggar attended Crown College for a semester in the hope of getting to know Carlin better, only to ultimately pursue his current wife, Kendra. Carlin spoke of having her heart broken prior to her May 2019 wedding to Even Stewart, potentially lending credence to these rumors. Evan and Carlin now one share one daughter Layla, who has a heart condition. A user here once found a Spotify account under Evan's name, with amusing results. Whether the account was genuinely Evan's is unclear.
Josie (Bates) Balka (20): Josie Bates married at 19 to Kelton Balka. They married in October 2018 and share one daughter, Willow. Kelton (who is four years older than Josie) had been interested in her since she was 14 or 15, but her parents did not allow her to be in a relationship at that age. Kelton began pursuing her again around the time she turned 17. Kelton's mother died in childbirth when he was young. Kelton now owns and runs a plumbing company.
Katie Bates (19): Courting Travis Clark (as of September 2019).
The family also includes:
Jackson Bates (18)
Warden Bates (17)
Isaiah Bates (15)
Addallee Bates (14)
Ellie Bates (13)
Callie-Anna Bates (10)
Judson Bates (9)
Jeb Bates (8)
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[Broadway] West Side Story: The Past, Present, and Future

Background

West Side Story is a Broadway show that originally opened in 1957. It adapts the story of Romeo and Juliet to a then-contemporary Manhattan, New York. Instead of the primary conflict being between two feuding families, the show portrayed the rivalry of two gangs: the Sharks, who are of Puerto Rican heritage, and the Jets, who are white. Otherwise, the show follows the broad strokes of its Shakespearean source material, albeit with singing and dancing.
Of all the shows in the American Musical Theater Canon, West Side Story stands out for a number of reasons. For one, all four of its creative leads went on to become icons of the theater: composer Leonard Bernstein (who wrote a number of beloved musicals and became conductor of the New York Philharmonic), directochoreographer Jerome Robbins (who became a mainstay of Broadway for years, directing and/or choreographing the original productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, and the King and I, to name a few of his most famous shows), lyricist Stephen Sondheim (in his first Broadway job, who went on to become one of the twentieth century’s greatest theater composers), and book-writer Arthur Laurents (who is known today as a renowned playwright and director).
Notably, none of these writers are of Puerto Rican descent. As a result, the writing for the Puerto Rican characters can be charitably be described as… less than authentic. Sondheim initially balked at taking the job, since he did not even know any Puerto Ricans at the time, but ultimately agreed to further his career. This results in lyrics such as one that characterizes Puerto Rico as an “island of tropic diseases,” despite people pointing out that Puerto Rico was generally lacking in diseases. Sondheim decided to keep the lyric anyway, because in his eyes the lyric was too dramaturgically important to cut.
This extends to Robbins’ choreography, which today is considered legendary. In the world of theater, normally people associate a musical with its music, lyrics, and script. West Side Story is the rare show where its choreography is also considered essential to the show’s identity. At the time, most Broadway shows used dance to entertain audiences, break up songs, or sometimes further characters’ emotional states. West Side Story not only did this but also used dance to portray the plot, with entire stretches containing only dance to depict the show’s action. This resulted in the show’s choreography being not only hugely beloved but also hugely influential. To this day, it is considered near-sacrilegious to alter the dancing in any way. …But more on that later.
However, as expected by a white choreographer, West Side Story’s choreography fails to engage with Puerto Rican dance tradition at all. Whereas the white Jets get choreography inspired by actual American dances popular with white teenagers at the time, the closest the Puerto Rican Sharks come is… the Paso Double, which is Spanish insofar as it comes from Spain, not Puerto Rico.
The popularization of a film adaptation of West Side Story only cemented these problems, broadcasting the music, the choreography, and the writing to audiences across America. To this day, West Side Story is perhaps the most well-known portrayal of Puerto Ricans in the country, which has come at a cost. This op-ed covers many of these problems and more in additional detail, including how the original production and film both cast White actors as Puerto Ricans or how a number of stereotypes pervade the musical. Even so, West Side Story continues to capture the popular imagination, enough that Steven Spielberg has filmed a remake set to release in the winter of 2020.
Which brings us to…

The 2020 Revival

On July 12, 2018, a revival of West Side Story is announced for Broadway, with a planned opening in 2020. Ivo van Hove is announced as the production’s director. Ivo van Hove is a Dutch director who broke out in recent years directing play revivals that radically altered the staging from the norm. He loves to place large video screens on stage to project close-ups, set productions “beyond time” as though in no discernable time period, or otherwise reinterpret older shows. As such, his production of West Side Story is stated to be a complete re-imagining of the show, including removing the original choreography for the first time in favor of new dances by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a prominent choreographer in the world of modern dance. Notably both the director and choreographer are White, but more on that later.
Right away, people within and without showbusiness are unhappy. To understand how controversial this was, the response could be compared to that of Star Wars fans and the Last Jedi. This displeasure was only heightened by additional announcements: the production would perform the show in one act without an intermission, rather than the traditional two; it would cut I Feel Pretty, a beloved song that traditionally opens the second act; and it would cast the traditionally White Jets with multiracial actors, as an attempt to represent present-day New York. People had legitimate arguments both for and against these changes. Some argued that the changes could bring new life to a show that had previously been performed near-identically every time, or that the changes could make the show darker and raise the stakes. Others pointed out that casting black actors to play white supremacists seemed to indicate that van Hove did not understand the material, or that the production was trying to fix what wasn’t broken.
Yet even all this paled in comparison to the largest source of drama…

Amar Ramasar

Amar Ramasar is a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet corps in the country. As such, he is a very talented ballet dancer with many years of performances under his belt. In recent years, Ramasar decided to branch out from the world of ballet, taking a leave of absence from the ballet company to perform in a production of Carousel. His performance in a supporting role was well-received, and he was prominently featured in the show’s performance on the Tony Awards. Once the show finishes its run, he returns to the ballet world, and all seems to be well.
However, on September 5, 2019, Alexandra Waterbury, a then-twenty-year-old dancer at a school affiliated with the New York City Ballet, sues Chase Finlay, a dancer for them, along with the entire New York City Ballet. In the suit, she alleges that Chase Finlay, her then-boyfriend, had sent sexually explicit photos of her to two other dancers, one being Ramasar. Finlay then asked them to send photos back, to which Ramasar responded by sending an explicit photo of his own girlfriend, also without her consent.
All three of the dancers implicated are very prominent in the world of dance, making the suit a massive shock. While Finlay resigns in response, Ramasar and the third dancer do not. As a result, the New York City Ballet tries to fire them, until the dancers’ union fights back and forces the ballet corps to rehire them. Ramasar decides to take his job again, but the damage to his reputation is lasting. Even when he resumes performing again, reviews of his performance cannot help but acknowledge the controversy surrounding his actions.
As a result, when the production of West Side Story announces that Amar Ramasar has been cast in a prominent role, many are upset. For much of the production’s performances, protesters gather outside the Broadway Theater, where the show is performing, demanding that Ramasar be fired. While both Alexandra Waterbury, who filed the original suit, and at least one anonymous cast member come out in support of the protests, Ramasar’s girlfriend does not, stating that she has forgiven him and does not see herself as a victim. The producers release a statement arguing that his past behavior does not reflect his conduct during West Side Story and that they will not be firing him as a result. Of course, this does nothing to end the controversy, which continues to this day.

The Actual Revival Itself

West Side Story makes it through rehearsals with some incidents. First, the actor originally cast to play the leader of the Jets injures himself and is forced to back out of the show. As a result, his understudy is given the role full-time. Notably, the original actor was white while the new one is black, resulting in the leader of the white supremacist gang now being played by a black man. This only serves to reinforce the belief held by some that the revival is tone-deaf. Second, many of the Latinx actors take issue with Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker’s choreography, which they argue fails to reflect the dances of their culture. As a result, two Latinx choreographers are brought in to help rework parts of her choreography, until the actors feel that their concerns as people of color have been heard. While these issues were both resolved with relatively little difficulty, they are both indicative of the issues that come with white people creating a show about people of color. When taken in the context of West Side Story’s history, this only emphasizes the problematic nature of the show, as discussed in the op-ed above.
West Side Story opens on February 20th, 2020 to mixed reviews. The New York Times, producer of the most important theater reviews in New York, feels that while the production has its moments, there are too many parts of the reimagining that simply don’t work. The entire backdrop of the stage is a giant screen onto which close-ups of the actors are displayed. Parts of the show have the actors entirely out of view from the audience, with the screen as the only way to see what’s happening. The show’s tone is far bleaker than previous productions, with a sexually violent scene towards the end noted for being particularly brutal compared to how it is normally performed. A traditionally comedic song satirizing the US justices system is played completely straight, with the actors singing seriously as video of real-life police brutality plays behind them. While some critics like the production, the overall critical reception of the show is mixed to negative.
The audience response is not much better, with many disliking the show conceptually, some enjoying it for what it was, some complaining that the screen took away from the feeling of “live theater”, and some incensed about Amar Ramasar’s casting. This controversy might still be going today, were it not for the Coronavirus. All of Broadway is currently closed until at least the fall, and some productions have already announced that they will be closing permanently as a result. While all Broadway producers are of course saying that “they look forward to reopening their shows”, it is currently too soon to say whether or not West Side Story will reopen.
And just as the cherry on top of all this drama, Broadway, like everywhere else in America, has been reconciling as of late with systemic racism in the theater. Of relevance to this post is a statement by an actor of Puerto Rican descent, who discussed how she auditioned for the show and was told by director Ivo van Hove to sing about Puerto Rico like “the slum that it is.” Whatever his directorial intentions may have been with that statement, van Hove still acted insensitive to her heritage and reinforced negative stereotypes about Puerto Rico. Though it may not be clear what will happen next to this revival of West Side Story, it is absolutely clear that the road ahead for it will be filled with drama.
Update 6/29: The Broadway League has announced that all Broadway shows will be shut down through at least the rest of 2020. It is unclear what this means for the fate of the West Side Story revival.
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Your morning coffee

Bless up, GL
Of note for electric vehicle makers (TSLA, NIO, NKLA), Nissan (NSANY) unveiled the first of its new electric vehicles as part of a turnaround strategy for the loss-making company and is hoping its new all-electric SUV Ariya will sell well in China, but it faces tough competition from Tesla (TSLA) in the region.
COVID-sensitive sectors (AAL, UAL, LUV, CCL, RCL, MAR, H) are seeing gains pre-market on positive vaccine updates from Moderna (MRNA) and reports that there could be a positive update tomorrow from AstraZeneca (AZN). Meanwhile, the stay-at-home beneficiaries (AMZN, NFLX, ZM) are weaker in the pre-market.

DOW JONES

Apple Inc. (AAPL) – Europe’s second-highest court ruled against European Commission on whether AAPL has to pay EUR 13bln in Irish back taxes. Four years ago the European Commission said AAPL benefited from illegal state aid via two Irish tax rulings that artificially reduced its tax burden for over two decades. Analysts say defeat for EC could also weaken or delay pending cases against Nike’s (NKE) deals with the Netherlands.
Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Q2 2020 (USD): EPS 6.26 (exp. 3.78/4.16 reported); Revenue 13.3bln (exp. 9.75bln). Loan loss provisions: 1.59bln (exp. 1.01bln). Net interest income: 944mln (exp. 1.23bln). Trading income: 4.24bln (exp. 3.8bln). Global markets revenue: 7.18bln (exp. 4.22bln). Fixed Income revenue: 4.24bln (exp. 2.53bln). Equities revenue: (exp. 2.04bln). Investment banking revenue: 2.66bln (exp. 1.8bln). Tier 1 capital ratio: 13.6% (exp. 12.46%). Dividend: 1.25/shr (exp. Q3 1.25, Q4 1.25, FY20 5.02). During the second quarter of 2020, the firm recorded net provisions for litigation and regulatory proceedings of USD 945 million, which increased net provisions to USD 1.13 billion for the first half of 2020. These amounts reduced diluted EPS by $2.60 and annualised ROE by 4.5 percentage points in the second quarter of 2020 and reduced diluted EPS by USD 3.15 and annualised ROE by 2.8 percentage points in the first half of 2020.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) June net credit losses 2.06% (prev. 2.34%).
Merck & Co. (MRK) CEO announced COVID-19 vaccines under development are not guaranteed to work and people who say to expect a vaccine by year-end are doing “grave disservice to the public”.
United Health Group Inc. (UNH) Q2 2020 (USD): Adj. EPS 7.12 (exp. 5.28/5.09 reported); Revenue 62.1bln (exp. 63.5bln). EPS guidance: FY20 16.25-16.55 (guidance maintained) (exp. 16.29 reported). Premiums revenue: 49.39bln (exp. 50.04bln). Product revenue: 8.25bln (exp. 8.17bln). Services revenue: 4.16bln (exp. 4.97bln). As the pandemic advanced, access to and demand for care were most constrained from mid-March through April, began to recover in May and approached more typical levels by the end of the second quarter.

NASDAQ 100

Alphabet Inc (GOOG/GOOGL) announced it signed an agreement to invest USD 4.5bln (INR 33,737 crore) in Jio Platforms Ltd, taking a 7.73% stake in the company, pending regulatory review in India. Elsewhere, it has been accused of tracking user activity through hundreds of thousands of apps, even when users followed Google’s recommended setting for stopping the monitoring, a lawsuit alleges.
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) AWS announced it has been selected by HSBC (HSBC) as a key, long-term strategic cloud provider to drive their digital transformation and provide new personalised banking services.
ASML Holding (ASML) reported a near 58% jump in Q2 profit but fell short of market estimates and forecast overall growth for 2020, despite the coronavirus outbreak. Net profit jumped to EUR 751mln from EUR 476mln in the same period a year earlier. Net sales rose to EUR 3.33bln from EUR 2.57bln (analysts had expected net profit of EUR 860mln and revenue at EUR 3.42bln); ASML said that sales would have been in line if revenue from two systems that shipped had been recognised. CEO said the company is in a “privileged position” with an order backlog of worth more than EUR 10bln, and that while the COVID was hurting the global economy, demand in some sectors is stronger than ever, predicting that 2020 will be a growth year for the company.
Facebook, Inc. (FB) and Sony (SNE) are reportedly preparing to increase output of upcoming gaming devices by as much as 50%, according to Nikkei.
Sirius XM (SIRI) announced an additional USD 2bln share repurchase programme (taking the authorisation to a total USD 16bln) and declared a quarterly cash dividend of USD 0.01331 per share.
Tesla (TSLA) – A county in Texas, home of Austin, approved a plan to provide millions of tax subsidies to TSLA if it builds a USD 1.1bln vehicle factory in the area.

S & P 500

Bank of New York Mellon (BK) Q2 2020 (USD): EPS 1.01 (exp. 0.91/0.92 reported); Revenue 4.01bln (exp. 3.99bln). Loan loss provisions: 143mln (exp. 127mln). Tier 1 capital ratio: 12.6% (exp. 12.41%). Net interest revenue: 780mln (exp. 776mln). Net income: 965mln (exp. 811mln). NIM: 0.88% (exp. 0.91%).
Becton Dickinson (BDX) is supporting the US government COVID-19 testing efforts by expanding point-of-care tests; expects to produce up to 10mln test from July through September, running at 2mln per week by September-end.
Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) announced it would record USD 3bln charges of USD 3bln on employee voluntary retirement and separation plans in this quarter.
Diamondback Energy (FANG) cut its 2020 production forecast due to higher-than-expected curtailed volumes in Q2 and volatile oil prices; the shale producer said it had suspended almost all completion activity and cut about 5% of production in Q2, adding that nearly all of the curtailed production was now back online
Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) European counterpart TomTom swung to a net loss for Q2, though it said operational revenue was on track to recovery from the lows it experienced in April due to COVID; it posted a net loss of EUR 62mln when stripping out the telematics unit vs a net profit of EUR 742mln for the same period a year earlier.
Medtronic (MDT) Health Care/Health Care Equipment) announced it is to acquire Medicrea in an all-cash tender offer for EUR 7/shr.
PNC Financial Services (PNC) Q2 20 (USD): EPS 0.40 (exp. 0.51), Revenue 4.1bln (exp. 4.11bln). NII 2.5bln (exp. 2.51bln). NIM 2.52% (exp. 2.61%). CET1 ratio 11.3% (exp. 10.44%). Net Charge-Offs 0.35% (exp. 0.48%). Loan Loss Provisions 1.56bln (exp. 1.19bln).
PVH Corp. (PVH) announced plans to streamline its North American operations which have been hit by COVID. Actions include exiting its 162 outlet store Heritage Brands Retail business and reducing its office workforce by approximately 450 positions or 12%
Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) board increased quarterly dividend to 70 cents a share from 69 cents a share.
U.S. Bancorp (USB) Q2 2002 (USD): EPS 0.41 (exp. 0.22), Revenue 5.838bln (exp 5.54bln). Loan loss provisions 1.73bln (exp. 1.64bln). NII 3.22bln (exp. 3.23bln). CET 1: 9.0% (exp. 9.11%). Expects to maintain quarterly dividend at 0.42/shr.
Wells Fargo (WFC) CFO said he does not expect the bank’s dividend to fall to zero; his remarks came after WFC reported disappointing earnings where it also cut its dividend.

OTHER

AstraZeneca (AZN) – ITV’s Peston reported he is hearing positive news is coming on the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, that is being produced by AstraZeneca (AZN LN). The vaccine is reportedly generating the kind of antibody and T-cell (killer cell) response researchers hoped for.
Beyond Meat (BYND) is partnering with meal kit service Home Chef, a subsidiary of Kroger (KR), to offer the Impossible Burger as an alternative to other traditional animal-based proteins, according to Fox.
CoreLogic (CLGX) again rejected an unsolicited USD 7bln buyout offer as inadequate after meeting with the two investment firms that made the bid, Senator Investment Group and Cannae Holdings (CNNE)
Eldorado Resorts (ERI) / Caesar’s Entertainment (CZR) – New Jersey regulators will meet today to decide n the planned merger between the two. NJ is the last state approval that it will need to complete the deal.
Energy Transfer LP (ET) - The Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue to operate amid an ongoing court battle, a US Appeals Court said, setting aside, for now, a lower court’s order earlier this month to shut and empty the line. Dakota Access, controlled by the co., was granted an administrative stay while Court considers whether the line should be shut due to permitting issues dating to 2017, meaning that oil can keep flowing through the 570k BPD pipeline.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) FDA has voted to approve Belantamab Mafodotin for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.
Infosys (INFY) Q1 (USD): EPS 0.13 (exp. 0.12), revenue 3.12bln (exp. 2.94bln).
Moderna (MRNA) announced its COVID-19 vaccine trial produced ‘robust’ immune response and produced neutralising antibodies in all patients that were tested. However, only 45 patients were tested, and some experienced severe side effects. However, NIH Dr. Fauci noted the side effects were not alarming and were typical of those experienced with other vaccines. Although Tony Moody, a doctor and researcher at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, said it was unusual for a vaccine to have this rate of side effect, but the antibody levels produced were really encouraging. The results were published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine; note, this is the trial that MRNA released preliminary results for in May.
Moleculin Biotech (MBRX) has entered into an agreement to produce WP1122 for expanded development of the potential COVID-19 and oncology drug candidate; believes the mechanism of the drug is very different from other drugs being developed against COVID-19.
MorphoSys (MOR)and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced the FDA approved its psoriatic arthritis treatment for adult patients, Tremfya.
Uber (UBER) / Lyft (LYFT) is now also being sued by Massachusetts, following California, over allegedly misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees entitled to extensive benefits. The complaint claims Uber and Lyft violate state minimum wage, hour and sick time laws.

Additional US Equity Stories:

Zoom (ZM) is launching Zoom for Home, a new category of software experiences and hardware devices to support remote work use cases.
Forescout (FSCT) and Advent International reach amended merger agreement, where FSCT will receive USD 29/shr, with the board unanimously recommending its shareholders tender their shares in support of the transaction.
ViacomCBS (VIAC) announced a multi-year deal with Cox Media Group that renews CBS Television Network affiliation agreements for five stations, including two top 50 market affiliates, KIRO-TV in Seattle, WA and WJAX-TV in
Tesla (TSLA) is reportedly planning a Fremont factory shutdown for upgrades, opening a new assembly line
Amazon (AMZN) announces a new fulfilment centre in Texas, anticipated to launch 2021 and will create 1,000 jobs; workers will work along side robots.
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