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2020.11.17 05:50 Demetre4757 A tired teacher, head lice, and a surprise extra cost

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You guys. Seriously. I'm so (happily) shocked and overwhelmed that I'm dizzy. I expected to get maybe $50 to help towards this. You guys helped cover every extra unexpected dollar. I'm floored and amazed and everything else. I don't know how to adequately say thank you.
I wish I knew how to thank you all in a way that would feel sufficient.
My class is going to work on a group "thank you" to you guys that I will post here. This had affected our room so much, and even though I won't be telling the kids in detail what you guys helped with, they will know you helped with a HUGE expensive project. I'm so grateful to you all.
Thank you all again. <3
I am typing this very carefully because I can't violate confidentiality, but please know that I have exhausted all options and this has been a four year battle.
I am a special education teacher. I have a student who has what seems to be a chronic case of headlice. We have tried everything, and it's just not something that we can get under control. Here's the rundown. I'll try to address all the potential "what ifs".
- There is a language and cultural barrier at play. My entire district has worked so hard for this girl. Her parents have tried their best as well, but the level of understanding and the level of communication just aren't there. In her culture, this is seen as a hygiene issue. Her parents wash her hair meticulously, but we just can't quite get them to understand that we KNOW she is clean....but there's more to it than that.
- I spend 10 or 15 minutes each day combing nits (and the occasional live bug) out of her hair, because she is way more compliant at school than at home. She gets away with a lot more at home, and just won't hold still and allow Mom to comb it out. And it's intense. My arms get seriously tired.
- I have gone to their home, as has the nurse, to teach them the steps, etc. It works while we are there, but then when we're gone, it fails again.
- We have bought every treatment and preventative treatment you can think of. Seriously we've tried them all.
- She has three siblings at home. They also have lice. It's honestly going to take a full treatment where we get them out of the house for 24 hours, and concurrently treat them all for lice. Otherwise, they're just trading it back and forth, or getting it again from surfaces around the house.
- There have been multiple CPS referrals. They just don't meet the threshold of severe neglect or abuse, and so they are investigated and closed.
- She's repeatedly given them to me. She's given them to other classmates. She has red gouges on her scalp. It's just heart wrenching. And again - the parents are good parents. They aren't neglectful. They just are overwhelmed and confused. So many kids and so many lice.
- We are paying for a professional lice clinic where they do the heat/evaporation treatment and they guarantee it - repeat treatments are free. We figured we'd get the family out of the house, get my student treated professionally, have the other kids do a standard OTC treatment (they all have manageable hair and are cooperative!) and then we'd be good to go.
- Found out TODAY, the day before the appointment, that the lice clinic will NOT guarantee their results if we don't get EVERY MEMBER of the house treated. I argued and argued and got them to agree to give the guarantee if all the KIDS are treated. Dad is bald! UGH!
- Bottom line, it's too late to cancel. We already have one kid paid for. But now we need to pay for three more to get the guarantee, which is the whole point of this exercise in futility.
- I would desperately love to have substitutes willing to come to my classroom again....ha. Everyone avoids our room and its hard.
- If anyone wants to donate to my lice-eradication cause, you would make this girl and her family SO happy and so relieved, and you would take a huge huge weight off me. This has been such a long battle, and I just can't fight headlice along with Covid-19 anymore. I feel like all I do it try and keep things out of my classroom, and I just want to not worry about headlice anymore.
- I think this post turned into more of a virtual, one-sided counseling session for me, but I honestly would appreciate any help towards the costs. It's $130 per kid. Total cost left uncovered for tomorrow is $390. If anyone wants to help with $5 towards it, I would be desperately grateful!
Sincerely,
A not-squeamish-but-very-tired teacher
(Ugh this is so tacky but I see people ask this all the time, so I'm listing my Venmo and Paypal. I'm sorry - I seriously feel like I just attached a meal payment coupon to a wedding invite RSVP.)
Edit: Removed Venmo and PayPal info - can send through PM if needed :)
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2020.11.16 17:04 sitamun84 Free Online Lecture Tonight: Native Americans of Queens & Long Island

Greater Astoria Historical Society welcomes Tecumseh Ceaser, a traditional Wampum Carver and Cultural Consultant of Matinecock Turkey clan of Queens, New York and Long Island, Wampanoag, and Blackfoot descent. He will present on local Native culture, history, customs and identity. An active member of both the urban Native community as well as the local Eastern Woodlands community, his work includes cultural, language, and ceremony revitalization and preservation. Tecumseh is also a member of the Long Island Native American Graves Protection group and an Advisor for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations. During his presentation, he will pull from his learnings from Native elders as well as his advocacy work.
To learn more about Tecumseh, visit his website www.NativeTec.biz and please join us for this event!
Please RSVP by 5:30pm to [email protected] with "NATIVE QUEENS" in the subject line.
You will receive the Zoom link via email within the hour before the program begins at 7pm.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/674456873191021
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2020.11.02 15:31 censoredtv13 Trump News Censored Tv

Trump Refutes claims that he lied about the Coronavirus and Soldier Deaths
Washington-
During the recent press briefing, the US President Donald Trump was asked directly on why he lied to the American people about states and other aspects of Coronavirus Pandemic.
To this, Trump responded, "I didn’t lie." Which itself is a lie.
Normalizing the Pandemic
With more than 6 million cases and 2 lac deaths, the US is on the top list of Coronavirus hit countries. Trump, initially who refuted this pandemic as severe, played down the severity of the situation to avoid any panic among citizens.
Trump, during an interview with the journalist Bob Woodward for his book "Rage" admitted he did not take this pandemic seriously. However, during the February interview, he told Woodward that the coronavirus was deadlier than the regular flu.
Trump's February comments regarding flu were not the only false claim. During March, and again in July, the president claimed that the pandemic was under control.
US Soldiers Death in Afghanistan
Next on the line is, Trump said, "I got a report this morning that there's been nobody killed in Afghanistan since early February. A long time. Been no deaths, no problems."
Fact Check: Listeners would have found Trump's claim true if he had said no US soldiers had been killed during the combat with enemies, but he was incorrect by saying there have been "no deaths" at all.
There were deaths of two US soldiers in non-combat incidents in July. Similarly, there was another soldier who died in a non-combat incident in May.
Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria, 21, died in a vehicle rollover in July. 1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, 24, died in a non-combat incident in the same month. Then, there was the third death of Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, during a non-combat incident in May.
Biden and Vaccines
During an election campaign, Trump accused Biden of launching a public campaign against the vaccine. Later, he also suggested Biden's comments were like "being an anti-vaxxer."
Fact Check: This lie was a bit of exaggeration. Biden did not express any anti-vaccine sentiment or opposed for any vaccine. He emphasized more on listening to scientists about the coronavirus vaccine. He also added, "But pray to God; we have it. If I could get a vaccine tomorrow, I'd do it. If it cost me the election, I'd do it. We need a vaccine, and we need it now ... we have to listen to the scientists."
Ventilators
Stressing on the response toward the Coronavirus, Trump repeated the claim that he did not inherit ventilators.
Fact check: This was a direct lie from the president. According to the spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services, there had been 19,000 ventilators for many years in stock. This includes 16,660 ventilators were ready for use in March 2020. The spokesperson confirmed the Trump administration purchased none of those 16,660 ventilators.
Trump Trolled for Lies
Trump has been the regular target of trollers. In June 2020, President Trump could not fill more than 19,000-person capacity rally arena, despite for bragging about 1 million RSVPs in his Tulsa campaign.
There was a coordinated effort by TikTok users, encouraging people to register an online free event, but not to show up.
"All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage," Mary Jo Laupp, 51-yr old grandmother from Fort Dodge told her then-1,000 or so followers on TikTok.
This also prompted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trolling Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale by tweeting, "You just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID."
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2020.11.01 05:36 A_Vespertine Once In A Blue Blood Moon

I feel confident in saying that my last couple of Halloweens have been pretty unusual compared to most people’s. In 2018, I witnessed a friend being devoured by Chthonic spirits he called will-o-the-wisps. In 2019, I bargained with The Queen of the Underworld to free him and his entire bloodline from her realm in exchange for the soul of his forefather, who had treacherously managed to avoid that very fate.
All things considered, 2020 wasn't looking like it was going to be an exception to this new trend.
It was October 31st, with less than an hour of sunlight left, and my girlfriend Genevieve and I stood in her back yard wearing cocktail dresses, witches’ hats and masquerade masks, mine red and hers gold.
With my wand firmly in hand, I performed my customary ritual for summoning my spirit familiar.
“Elam Crow. Under Sacred Sky and upon Hallowed Earth I invoke our pact and call you hence from the astral plane. Heed my summons and come serve your Lady. So mote it be!” I spoke aloud to the wind and to the Aether.
My familiar quickly materialized before me, his form unusually solid, most likely due to the weakness of the Veil on All Hallows’ Eve.
“Are you throwing another Halloween party, Samantha?” Elam smirked as he noticed our festive outfits. “I’d have thought you would have wanted to spend tonight as far from this county as possible.”
“Believe me, we’d love to be spending the weekend at a Bed & Breakfast somewhere, but we got a party invite that we couldn’t pass up,” I explained, passing him an embossed cream and gold invitation.
To Miss Samantha Sumner
You Are Cordially Invited To Mister Seneca Chamberlin’s ‘Blue Blood Moon Garden Party’, On October Thirty First, Six PM, Held At His Sombermorey Estate, Number One Pendragon Hill Terrace.
Please Be Sure To Arrive Punctually, As This Party Is To Witness The Rise Of A Rare Blue Blood Moon On All Hallows’ Eve.
As This Is A Highly Exclusive Event, You Are Not Permitted To Bring Any Additional Guests. Attempting To Do So Will Result In The Immediate Revocation Of Your Own Invitation.
RSVP, Regrets Only.
We Hope To See You Then.\*
^(\Please Be Aware That As This Event Will Be Held Outdoors, Within The Local Limit For Outdoor Gatherings, And With Ample Space To Allow For Safe Physical Distancing, The Use Of Face Coverings Will Be Optional For Guests (Staff And Security However Will Be Fully Masked At All Times. If You Belong To An At-Risk Group, Are Experiencing Symptoms, Or Believe You May Have Been Exposed Within The Last Fourteen Days, We Understand If You Are Unable To Attend.))* Please Rest Assured That We Will Be Taking All Necessary Precautions To Ensure The Safety Of Our Guests. Valet Parking Will Unfortunately Not Be Provided.
Serpentis Sapientia Nos Quaerere
He quickly read it over, then glanced up at Pendragon Hill in the distance.
Pendragon Hill was at the Northwestern edge of town, and visible from pretty much everywhere in Sombermorey. Local folklore said that it was sacred to the First Nations people who had lived in the area (although a First Nations man I spoke with once insisted it had merely been a strategic lookout point), and that the Witches and pagans among the settlers had used it for black magic before the Chamberlin Manor had been built on top of it.
"We both got one – hand-delivered by Chamberlin himself," Genevieve said, holding up her own invitation. “I’ve only met Chamberlin once before at a charity gala. I thought that since we were both local LGBT business owners, we should maybe strike up a rapport, but holy fuck is he an asshole. I mean, he calls us both ‘Miss’ instead of ‘Ms.’ on the invitation, knowing that’ll piss me off, but he’ll just write me off as a straw feminist if I bring it up. I wouldn’t even want to go if it wasn’t for, well…”
“The Ophion Occult Order,” Elam said, glaring down at the triple Ouroboros logo on the invitation.
“Yeah – and don’t interrupt me,” she chastised, a little tongue-in-cheek but at least somewhat seriously.
“I didn’t interrupt you. You trailed off,” Elam insisted. I held up my hand, signalling to both of them that this wasn't the time.
“You recognize the symbol then?” I asked.
“That and the Latin motto, yeah. It’s some sort of secret society. My father was a member, and Chamberlin’s supposed to be the local chapter head,” he replied. “I was never invited to join, so that’s really all I know about it. But, if you’ve been invited to an Ophionic function, then…”
“Chamberlin must be planning on inviting us to join,” I said softly.
“I’m pretty sure he only wants you, babe. I only got an invite since he figures we’re a package deal,” Genevieve claimed. “I’ve never been invited to one of his Ooo parties before, and neither was my aunt. Strong-arming Persephone into freeing over a hundred souls from the Underworld apparently got you on Chamberlin’s hot-t0-watch list.”
“That’s not the only reason we’re going, though,” I explained to Elam. “One of those scrolls you left me predicted that tonight, at moonrise, there’s going to be a convergence of ley lines right over Pendragon Hill. I still don’t know what that means, but I’m sure Chamberlin does, so I’m not going to miss it.”
Elam nodded understandingly, and handed me the invitation back.
“So, what do you want me to do?” he asked.
“I’m honestly not sure,” I confessed with a shake of my head. “We’re not allowed to bring any guests, and since this is an occult organization, I’m pretty sure that includes ghosts. Just stay on this plane, and stay on alert, and only come to Pendragon Hill if you sense I’m in danger.”
“The instant you need me, I’ll be there,” he swore solemnly. I nodded appreciatively, gave him a farewell hug, and set off for Pendragon Hill.
And so, that’s how on Halloween night I found myself driving up a spiralling terrace to a hilltop Victorian mansion owned by a mysterious, eccentric millionaire, and possibly built on sacred Indian land. If you’re the type to yell at people doing stupid cliches in horror movies, you’re probably pretty upset with me right now.
The entire crest of the hill was encircled with a five-foot-tall wall of dark grey stones, topped with foot-long black iron spearheads for good measure. The polished titanium gates were fully opened, and we were only stopped by one squat servant in anachronistic livery and an expressionless full-face mask, its eyes shielded by mirrored lenses.
“Hello there, ladies, and welcome to the resplendent Pendragon Manor, the ancestral home of our magnanimous host, Seneca Chamberlin,” he greeted with a bow, speaking in one of those British accents that had some ancient vendetta against the letter ‘H’. “I trust you both have your invites with you?”
I nodded and passed him both of our invitations through the window.
“Do you need to see ID?” I asked.
“Not necessary, Miss. If these are faked or stolen, then it’s your heads, not mine,” he chuckled as he stamped our invites and handed them back to us. “Please park your vehicle in any of the designated areas, and enjoy your evening.”
I nodded, and pulled my little corolla into the opulently sized motor court, parking it between a Mercedes-Benz and a Bugatti. At least I wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to find it.
The mansion itself was three stories tall with steep roofs, deep red and gold siding, and around ten times the size of Genevieve’s spacious Victorian house. I regretted that we weren’t going to get a chance to see the inside, as I was very curious about what a man like Chamberlin might do with so much space in such a private and well-defensible location.
We followed a path marked by small, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns around the mansion and through a decorative floral arch to the rear of the estate. The lawn looked to be around a hundred yards from end to end, with well-tended flower beds and shrubberies flanking the perimeter.
A number of circular tables had been carefully spaced around the property, each lit with their own jack-o-lantern in the center of a display of autumn flowers. Orange and black paper lanterns had been strung overhead, and perched on the line nearest to the entrance was a rose-breasted cockatoo.
I looked around to see where it had come from and, sure enough, next to the mansion itself was an aviary bigger than my trailer. I could see that it housed many beautiful and exotic birds, including no less than three peacocks.
In the center of the lawn was an illuminated fountain that put the one from the Great Gatsby to shame. A pair of flamingos waded in its waters, and its entire perimeter was encircled by more jack-o-lanterns.
That by itself was hardly unusual, but when I paused to take more than a passing glance, I noticed that they were carved not with faces but with sigils, just like the ones Genevieve and I had made last Halloween.
The view afforded from the top of Pendragon Hill was no less remarkable than the manor or grounds themselves. Whereas the front overlooked the whole of Sombermorey, the back offered a view of the surrounding countryside, which included, I realized to some dismay, Harrowick Woods.
“Hey. Check out Jamie and Cersei over there,” Genevieve whispered to me.
I hadn’t yet taken much stock of the other guests. Most of them were in fancy costumes of some kind and I didn’t recognize any of them, and the ambient astral energies caused by the ley lines and the time of year made it difficult to focus on individual auras.
I looked where Genevieve had gestured and saw a young couple with pitch-black hair and baby-blue eyes. The man was in a tuxedo, the woman in a black cocktail dress, and both wore feathered masquerade masks. Both smoked cigarettes and drank martinis as they laughed with another guest in a pair of steampunk goggles and a burgundy Howie lab coat.
It took only a quick reading of their auras to see that they were both twins and lovers. For a second, I felt a pang of sympathy for the girl, but a deeper reading of their auras quickly dispelled any pity and gave way to dread. Both of them were deeply, dangerously unhinged. I didn’t want to imagine what sort of other depravity they got up to besides incest, but I knew they were killers.
What was even worse though was that their auras were off in a way that I had never encountered before. It was like both their physical and astral bodies were contaminated by something that was of neither plane, something truly other, truly eldritch, and imbuing the twins with aberrant qualities.
“Miss Sumner, Miss Fawn, so pleased that you were able to attend,” Chamberlin greeted as he stepped in between us and the twins, seemingly eager to keep us apart. He doffed his hat and bowed. I curtsied, but Genevieve only responded by folding her arms across her chest. “A terrible shame though that the first party of mine you attend is such a subdued one. Normally my events are a good deal more lively than this. Honestly, this must be the quietest this place has been on Halloween in -”
“A hundred years, give or take,” I finished for him. He laughed at my blatant acknowledgement of his own immortality.
“That sounds about right,” he agreed. "Would you care to join me for a drink upon my sun terrace? You’ll have the best view of the moonrise from there, and we can speak more privately about anything that may be of… interest to you at the moment.”
Genevieve straddled up beside me and protectively wrapped her arm around my waist.
“We’ll have one drink with you – a glass of the most expensive red wine you have in that palatine playhouse of yours – and if you hurt us, threaten us, or even insult us, we walk,” she said definitively. “Is that clear?”
“Miss Fawn, of all the slanderous rumours that have ever been uttered against me, have you ever once heard that I was an ungracious host?” he asked with a slight hint of genuine offence. “Please, follow me.”
He led us across the grounds and up the wide steps of his grandiose sun terrace. It was large enough to accommodate an in-built pool, hot tub, bar, and firepit, the latter of which we sat around in impractically ornate patio furniture.
Genevieve and I nearly bolted back up when we noticed that a brain in a bubbling vat, which we had both thought to be a mere Halloween decoration, actually had a very human aura.
“Holy fuck, is that a possessed brain?” Genevieve shouted in shock. The brain reoriented itself towards us, as if glowering at us in disdain.
“Language, young lady. This is a society event,” a voice boomed out of a gramophone horn that was mounted on the dark oak podium the vat sat on.
“Oh, yes. Miss Sumner, Miss Fawn, allow me to introduce you to my business partner, Mr. Whitaker Crowley,” Chamberlin said with a reluctant gesture of his hand. “Crowley, this is Samantha Sumner, the Witch who plundered Xerxes’ old stash and handed him over to Persephone. Never mind the blonde. That’s just her plus one.”
“And we’re done,” Genevieve said, rising from her chair.
“No, please, wait,” I insisted, nervously biting my lip. I leaned forward towards the firepit and looked Chamberlin straight in the eye. “I figured you knew about that. I haven’t exactly been tight-lipped about my experiences over the last two years. Are you, either of you, angry with me over what I did to Artaxerxes?”
They both broke out in laughter at the very suggestion.
“Oh, Heavens no, Samantha,” Chamberlin assured me. “No, Artaxerxes was – oh, one moment. Garcon, three glasses and a bottle of the 77 Ephémère Chateau Shiraz Cabernet. Merci beaucoup. Now, Samantha, Artaxerxes was a business partner of mine, but he’s been dead nearly two hundred years now. I’ll admit, that when the last of the Crows passed and the curse or whatever it was over Harrowick Cemetery faded, I had given a thought to investigating it and seeing if anything of value had been left behind. No sense in letting good grimoires moulder, after all.
“But you beat me to it, and fair is fair. That cemetery and everything in it is yours, I don’t dispute that. And I think it’s absolutely hilarious that after two centuries of evading divine justice, you dug Xerxes up and literally handed him over to Persephone.”
He paused as his servant arrived and poured our wine.
“You see, Samantha; like Artaxerxes, like Crowley here, and yes, like me, you defied Persephone. That takes skill, that takes knowledge, and most of all it takes chutzpah. It’s because of that that I’d like to offer you something which I’ve offered to very few men and, I openly acknowledge, fewer women; the rank of Initiate Adderman in the Ophion Occult Order.”
I remained silent for a moment, staring him down with the best poker face I could muster for someone who’s never played poker in her life.
“Which is?” I asked, trying to sound nonchalant.
“A centuries-old society dedicated to connecting supernaturally inclined individuals with one another and to accumulating and preserving occult knowledge," he claimed. "It's where those books you found in your cemetery came from, where Artaxerxes learned how to hallow the cemetery to begin with, and a lot more besides. I'm the Head Adderman of the Harrowick Chapter, and as such I’m overseer of a substantial amount of arcane materials that I’m sure you’d love to get a look at.
“You should be flattered; we’re a highly exclusive organization. There’s probably not much more than twelve thousand of us worldwide. Most of us use our gifts to become wealthy, or influential, or to extend our lives and evade the fate the gods have ordained for us.
“But, if you’re content merely honing your Craft in that cemetery of yours, that’s perfectly fine as well. Understand that I’m asking nothing of you other than that you share your knowledge with your Fellow Addermen and respect our policies on sharing that information with non-members, and in exchange, you gain access to our order's extensive occult resources. Does that interest you?"
I took a moment to consider the offer. I didn’t doubt that what he was saying was true, and that belonging to the Ophion Occult Order would come with significant advantages.
But it would also mean being under Chamberlin’s authority, which didn’t seem like something I’d enjoy, especially since I had plenty of reason to doubt his moral character. If he wanted me as his subordinate, it was because he thought I’d be useful to him, or maybe that he was even afraid that I might act against him at some point in the future.
“Well Mr. Chamberlin, I am flattered, but I’m also a Witch. And as a Witch, I value my independence and have very little interest in joining a stuffy organization of old men. I’m quite pleased with the progress Genevieve and I have made regarding our occult practices, confident in our ability to continue, and concerned that any sort of oversight on your or your organization’s part may ultimately be more of a hindrance than its worth. As such, I’m afraid I must politely decline your offer.”
I said all of that as dispassionately as I could, like I was reading it out of a textbook, before reaching for my wine. Secretly, I was terrified of Chamberlin. I had no idea what he was capable of, or what he would do to me for refusing his offer.
Genevieve sensed my unease and once again placed her arm around me in a display of protective solidarity as she stared Chamberlin down, almost daring him to try something.
Chamberlin though didn’t seem angry or even upset. He was an experienced businessman after all, and had likely expected his first offer to be rejected.
“May I request that you withhold your final decision until after you’ve witnessed the ritual I’ve arranged for the rising of the Blue Blood Moon?” he requested. “A demonstration of what our Order is capable of might just give you cause to re-evaluate your decision, and I’d hate for you to leave tonight with any regrets.”
I glanced over at the fountain surrounded by the sigil emblazoned jack-o-lanterns, then upwards at the invisible coalescing ley lines, and finally towards the eastern horizon as the red halo of the Hunter’s Moon began to rise.
“Alright. I’ll witness one ritual,” I conceded, casually sipping my wine. “Your fountain over there’s the casting circle, I take it? Are you summoning something?”
“Ah tut-tut. It’s almost time. No sense in ruining the surprise now,” he grinned. “Crowley, the miasma.”
A door slid open on Crowley’s podium, revealing a sterling silver chalice filled with some dense, fog-like black fluid.
“Try not to spill any of it this time, Seneca,” the brain said dryly.
Chamberlin rose from his seat and carefully picked up the chalice in both hands.
“You look like Trump holding a cup like that,” Genevieve snorted, taking advantage of his indisposed status to top off her wine glass.
“Miss Fawn, if you had the slightest idea what condensed miasma was capable of, you wouldn’t dare to insult a man holding nine fluid ounces of it,” Chamberlin said as he made his way down the steps and towards the fountain.
Genevieve and I stood up to get a better view of what he was up to, but chose to remain on the terrace. Some of his guests began eagerly gathering around the fountain, but others seemed to agree with us and kept their distance.
“We’re not in any danger, are we?” I asked Crowley, who had wheeled up beside us. Since I could see and feel his astral body, him being a brain in a jar didn’t unnerve me as much as it might someone else.
“Only if the wards fail,” he replied. “And I have a twenty-thousand-dollar wager that they will, so, best be ready to make a quick escape if need be.”
Genevieve and I exchanged a nervous glance, then gave our full attention to Chamberlin’s ritual. He slowly poured the miasma into a channel carved into the rim of the fountain, which quickly spread to enclose the entire perimeter.
As the moon rose, Chamberlin rose with it, lifting his arms and chanting a quatrain in a strange language over and over again. A few of the other guests, including those horrifying twins, joined him, but apparently, most of them were not high-ranking enough to be privy to such powerful knowledge.
As the chanting continued, the water began to bubble and churn, and the vapour from the miasma wafted upwards and formed a whirlwind around the fountain. Genevieve and I both gasped as the flamingos that had been wading in the fountain failed to escape in time, their broken bodies falling into the pool below and turning it red.
Then Chamberlin pulled out a purple rose from inside his jacket, the same kind of rose that grew in my cemetery, and released it to the whirlwind.
When the Blue Blood Moon was fully over the horizon, the churning water and swirling wind began to settle, and as the rose wafted downwards it was caught by a tall, lanky man in a strange, dark fur robe who now stood in the fountain.
We hadn’t seen him appear, he was just there, when a second ago he hadn’t been. He also wasn’t standing in the water but on its surface, performing a literal miracle just to keep from getting the hem of his robe wet.
The skin on his gaunt face wasn’t just pale but translucent, displaying a network of strained blood vessels that throbbed with exclusively blue blood. He had no eyes, but on his forehead he had a horizontal triple ouroboros tattoo, and in the space where they overlapped were reptilian, vertical pupils.
The same black, miasmic vapour that had been used to summon him drifted out of his empty eyes, nostrils, and mouth whenever he opened it. His luxuriant, receding black hair was combed back and he had a long, regal beard. Around his neck, wrists, ankles and waist were exquisitely crafted chains of polished silver, each bound by an Ophionic branded seal.
It was the sight of these chains that scared me more than anything. As beautiful as they were, I knew that they were not adornments but restraints for an entity of otherwise unfathomable power.
The chained god held the rose to his nose and took a whiff, savouring its scent like it was the first physical sensation he had experienced in quite some time. Chamberlin opened his mouth to speak but was silence by a raised finger from the summoned spectre.
“I have a question for your first, Seneca,” he said, his resonant yet raspy voice sounding slightly annoyed. “Did you actually use goddamn flamingos for the sacrifice?”
“They… were what I had on hand,” he answered apologetically. “Great Emrys, it’s an honour to be in your presence once again. My fellow Addermen and I have summoned you here on this rarest of Blue Blood Moons so that you might –”
“Hold that thought,” Emrys interrupted, placing the rose in the left chest pocket of his robe. People screamed out in shock as the jack-o-lanterns around the fountain exploded one by one, showering the onlookers in orange shrapnel. Nearly all of those who had been keeping their distance, and even a few that had been up close, made a mad dash for the motor court at this development.
When the last of the pumpkins exploded, Emrys casually stepped out of the summoning circle that had been meant to contain him and strolled right over to Chamberlin.
“Now, go on and tell me about what petty mortal tasks you were going to have me perform in exchange for two dead flamingos?” he requested, his shit-eating grim revealing teeth like broken volcanic glass.
“Well, I just won twenty grand. I also might die, so, on the whole, this a pretty unfortunate turn of events," Crowley lamented.
“Crowley, is that you?” Emrys shouted, looking up towards us. “You’ve lost weight.”
“Never heard that one before,” Crowley muttered sarcastically.
“Evie, I know who this is from Xerxes’ books. We need to make a discreet exit,” I whispered to Genevieve as quietly as I could. She nodded and we headed for the stairs, only to find our route of escape cut off by Emrys.
“Hello there, ladies. I don’t believe I’ve had the pleasure,” he smiled at us, his tattooed snake’s eyes seeming to narrow ever so slightly. “Tell me, what’s a pair of lovely Witches like yourselves doing hanging out with these mystic fops?”
“We, we… what are you?” Genevieve asked, her face contorting in a mix of horror in confusion as she tried to make sense of his chaotic aura. “You’re not a mortal spirit, or an Elder Kin, or the avatar of a Cosmic entity.”
“Yes, very perceptive of you. I like that,” he nodded. “I guess you could say I’m a bit like Tom Bombadil. I don’t fit neatly into whatever mythos or theories you make to try to explain and classify things; I’m just sort of here.”
“Emrys, please – I must insist you not bother my guests,” Chamberlin ordered unsteadily, desperately trying to reclaim some sort of control over the situation.
Emrys slowly turned around, glaring at him with those empty, fuming eyes, before reaching out his hand towards Crowley. The glass of his vat shattered and he went flying straight into Emrys’ open hand. Emrys caught the brain effortlessly and squeezed him like a stress ball, his spinal cord squirming like a fish’s tail.
“One more insolent word out of you and you’ll have to make a very long trek down to Hades to get him back,” Emrys threatened. “This is a very rare opportunity for me, someone adept enough to summon me but inept enough to mess up my containment wards, and I’m not about to let it go to waste.”
It was then that the twins straddled up beside Chamberlin, looking at Emrys like he was a steak dinner.
“Plan B then, Mr. Chamberlin?” the male twin asked hopefully, tossing a decorative miniature pumpkin up and down like a baseball. Chamberlin, his eyes wide and face drained of nearly all colour, replied with a nervous nod.
The male twin threw the little pumpkin straight at Emrys’ head with preternatural force, hitting him so hard it practically vaporized on impact. If Emrys had been mortal the blow surely would have been fatal, but it seemed to do little more than throw him off balance.
It was enough though for the male twin to get the jump on him, pulling his arms behind his back and causing him to drop Crowley. He spun Emrys around to face his sister, who began perforating him with a butcher’s knife at lightning speed.
“Oh… it’s blue! It’s actually blue!” she giggled, and I could see that the blood covering her knife and splattering all over and around her was indeed an inhuman shade of blue.
Emrys produced an impossibly loud roar and managed to throw the male twin off of him while pouncing on his sister. The male twin jumped right back on him and tried to break his neck as the female twin bit into Emrys’ face.
It was then that Elam appeared beside me, and he looked just as shocked and confused by the bizarre scene in front of him as we were.
“Elam, cover us while we get out of here! Buy us as much time as you can!” I instructed as I grabbed Genevieve’s hand and pulled her down the stairs. Elam obeyed and remained behind, but I doubt he knew what he would do if Emrys or the twins chased after us. I certainly didn’t.
The motor court was already half empty, with more guests fumbling for their keys when we got there. With only the bare minimum of caution needed to avoid crashing into other drivers, we sped down the winding road to the ground below. As we drove, the commotion behind us grew louder and louder, the hill shaking with it, with bright plums of astral emanations erupting from the summit like a volcano.
I don’t know exactly what happened there after we left, only that at least three eldritch abominations that had no business existing in our world were trying to kill each other. We were lucky to survive and that the fight never moved beyond Pendragon Hill.
I don’t know which, if any of them, won, since Elam retreated as soon as Genevieve and I reached the bottom of the hill. He did say that Chamberlin managed to grab Crowley and get to a safe room, though we were both skeptical that any safe room would be adequate protection from something like Emrys, or those twins for that matter.
I don’t blame Elam for leaving, I’m glad he’s safe, but it would be nice to know if Emrys is still loose in our world. I don’t know exactly what Emrys is, just that the Ophion Occult Order crafted his chains so that he can only come to our world when summoned, and even then, his power is limited.
I hope he went back to wherever he came from when the Veil strengthened at midnight or when the moon set, but without knowing the specifics of Chamberlin’s ritual, I can’t be sure.
If he is still out there, I doubt he’ll be idle. The good news is that without a rare Blue Blood Moon on Halloween he won’t be nearly so powerful, but he’ll hardly be impotent. I can only assume that his ultimate goal is to free himself of the Order’s chains, but I don’t know how he’d go about doing that or if it’s even possible.
I may be worrying over nothing. He may already be back where he belongs and I’ll never see him again. Genevieve and I will keep a vigilant eye out for any signs of him during our astral projection sessions though, and so will Elam when he’s not answering my summons. With any luck, my next Halloween will be spent at home with Genevieve, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
But somehow, I doubt it.
Happy Halloween, everyone.
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2020.10.31 21:21 tyrannosaurus_r Modern Serialization and Star Trek: Re-imagining TNG to put Discovery and modern Trek in context

This is going to be one of those shower thought posts that exploded to be far larger than I originally hoped, so my apologies in advance.
It's no secret or unspoken thing that Star Trek: Discovery differs largely in terms of presentation from previous Trek series, and that is due in large part to it being a 14-episode, serialized series, versus the majority of Trek, which has been almost entirely episodic. DS9 sort of bucks this trend with major serialized arcs, and continuity between episodes (characters actually change!), as does Voyager. Enterprise, too, takes a bigger step towards serialization, as events from past episodes frequently shape those of later episodes, and characters change both in relationship and attitude over the series (to the extent that the writing allowed).
However, for Trek's 2017 return, DIS was brought to the screen in a radically different way-- instead of episodic seasons punctuated with serialized arcs and minor continuity threads sprinkled throughout, it was a tightly-woven story (insofar as it could be, given its original showrunner left midway through the development of the series) concentrated on one, continuing arc, following the trend of other prestige television shows that define the Golden Age of TV.
This is attributable to a few likely things: preference by the writers, the demands of CBS, and wanting to use the show to launch All Access, which necessarily demanded a "Game of Thrones-style" flagship. The smaller episode count, too, enables more budget per episode-- in 1988, an episode of TNG cost ~$1.3 million USD, which, with inflation, equaled about $2 million USD in 2016, when Discovery was being developed; Discovery's first season ran a reported $8.5 million per episode. Even at only 14 episodes versus TNG's first 24 episode season, DIS S1 cost more than double the amount to produce. This level of cost and detail means playing it safer, but also, means reusing props, prosthetics, and CGI assets to make sure that bang-for-your-buck is ensured. Thus, a series with a relatively consistent setting.
Season 1 of DIS tells a specific story, with distinct acts, a beginning, a middle, a climax, and a conclusion, and sets up plot points that are raised and resolved (along with others left dangling for future seasons). In terms of structure, it looks something like this:
  1. "The Vulcan Hello" (beginning)
  2. "Battle at the Binary Stars" (Act 1 concludes)
  3. "Context Is for Kings"
  4. "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry"
  5. "Choose Your Pain"
  6. "Lethe"
  7. "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"
  8. "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"
  9. "Into the Forest I Go" (middle) (Act 2 concludes)
  10. "Despite Yourself"
  11. "The Wolf Inside"
  12. "Vaulting Ambition"
  13. "What's Past is Prologue" (Act 3 concludes)
  14. "The War Without, The War Within"
  15. "Will You Take My Hand?" (Act 4 concludes, thematic climax)
And it follows a few core plot threads:
This is all a pretty large departure from previous Trek, where some character threads are sprinkled throughout the series, like Riker maturing as an officer, or Sisko growing into his role as the Emissary as well as a Captain. Some things are more contained, like Picard dealing with the trauma of his assimilation and being used to murder 15,000 people by fighting in the mud with his brother on their vineyard.
This new structure has been received with mixed results by the Trek community (though the consensus seems to be it's working, considering we're at three seasons with two more on the books and two spinoffs on the way), and I think a large part of that is that, while serialization lets the writers tell longer, more detailed, and more complex stories, episodic shows enable writers to tell more varied, unique, and "special" shows.
With DIS, we're not going to have a "Measure of a Man", unless the season is set up to support it. However, with the TNG model, we're not going to have characters change much over time, and the reset button is going to come into play at the end of every season (if not every episode...looking at you, Voyager).
This leads me to the original shower thought that prompted this post: while rewatching The Neutral Zone in TNG S1, it made me wonder what TNG would've looked like had it adopted a similar model, where, presumably, the Borg would have been central to the plot, as would Q. So, I present to you below, my model for TNG S1, were it made in 2020 in an episodic, DIS-style, and leave it there for your consideration as to the future of the franchise, and what possibilities may come from coming series like Strange New Worlds, which may see a come-back of the episodic style.
My presumption for this new S1 is that it would borrow elements from S2 and S3 of TNG, as it would, generally, have tighter writing (given far fewer hours of film).
TNG Re-Imagined
Season 1
And that's TNG S1! S2's theme would be more regular exploration with hints of Borg, and probably another plot or plot(s), and S3 would, of course, culminate in BoBW.
Now, I could be way off the mark, but given how Trek is written now, and what it was back then, that's how I'd see something playing out in 2020. Note, though, that even in this format, one finds places to put in some semi-episodic episodes, not unlike Discovery S3 thus far. Hopefully, that means we get the chance for some truly unique, almost-standalone moments in the coming years.
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2020.10.29 06:13 xcatcherontheflyx Metro Manila Gay Men’s Salon - Nov 2020 (Body Image and the Role of Appearance in the Gay Community)

"Gym-fit only." "masc4masc." "No chubs, no femmes."
Fire up an app like Grindr and you're bound to be greeted by body-shaming phrases so familiar and cliched even straight people know about them. And it probably doesn't help growing up in the Philippines and hearing well-meaning (for the most part), unsolicited yet often misguided comments, especially from relatives, saying, "Ang taba-taba/payat-payat mo na" (My, how fat/skinny you've gotten!).

Hello, hello! It’s me again, one of the organizers of the Metro Manila Gay Men's Salon. The Salon is a monthly intellectual discussion/support group typically held every first Saturday of the month. Our next session will be on Nov 7th from 4 pm - 6 pm. Feel free to join us!
You may RSVP by sending me a DM here or through our IG account (@metromanilagaymenssalon). First 7 to confirm attendance will be sent Zoom details. To help ensure the Salon remains manageable, we are limiting the number of participants for now.
In our Oct session, we talked about the importance of having a good support system and surrounding ourselves with people who lift us up. Next month, we'll discuss body image and overall appearance/presentation, which seems to be an issue for many people, but arguably more so in the gay community.
*This is a safe space but please note we'll ask participants to have their video cameras on to replicate an actual face-to-face discussion.

BODY IMAGE AND THE ROLE OF APPEARANCE IN THE GAY COMMUNITY
They say people are visual creatures so there's a tendency to judge something or someone by aesthetic value. We are simply "drawn" towards what we consider pleasing; it's how our brains are wired, according to some claims. Is there truth to these statements?
There are schools of thought dedicated to arguing whether beauty is "in the eye of the beholder" or according to Denis Dutton, a philosophy professor at the University of Canterbury, "It's deep in our minds... a gift handed down from the intelligent skills and rich emotional lives of our most ancient ancestors." The answer, for each of us, is probably somewhere in the gray area, as with most anything in life.
For this Salon, we will not be diving deep into the philosophical arguments on either side but rather, focus on our experiences as gay/queer men and how these seemingly arbitrary standards of beauty have affected us and shaped our personal lives.
Some questions for discussion:

As always, feel free to ask if you have questions. Cheers, everyone!
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2020.10.26 23:50 sitamun84 Queens Screams: Film Screening of Horror Shorts by Local Filmmakers (online/free)

Hi everyone - I've been working my butt off to pull this online film screening together - 15 local filmmakers are showing their films on Wednesday - starting around 7 pm, going until 9, so you can drop in at any time. I'd love for a decent turn out, cause it's a good group of films and everyone is local.
Only catch is you have to RSVP before 5:30 on Wednesday so if you think you'd even be remotely interested, RSVP now - and if you don't make it, no pressure.
RSVP to [email protected] with the subject line HORROR by 5:30 on Wednesday 10/28.
I'll be posting the lineup on the Facebook invite later, and have been featuring the filmmakers on our Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/events/346601216430586/
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2020.10.26 13:57 censoredtv13 Trump News Censored Tv

Trump Refutes claims that he lied about the Coronavirus and Soldier Deaths
Washington-
Trump News Censored Tv. During the recent press briefing, the US President Donald Trump was asked directly on why he lied to the American people about states and other aspects of Coronavirus Pandemic.
To this, Trump responded, "I didn’t lie." Which itself is a lie.
Normalizing the Pandemic
With more than 6 million cases and 2 lac deaths, the US is on the top list of Coronavirus hit countries. Trump, initially who refuted this pandemic as severe, played down the severity of the situation to avoid any panic among citizens.
Trump, during an interview with the journalist Bob Woodward for his book "Rage" admitted he did not take this pandemic seriously. However, during the February interview, he told Woodward that the coronavirus was deadlier than the regular flu.
Trump's February comments regarding flu were not the only false claim. During March, and again in July, the president claimed that the pandemic was under control.
US Soldiers Death in Afghanistan
Next on the line is, Trump said, "I got a report this morning that there's been nobody killed in Afghanistan since early February. A long time. Been no deaths, no problems."
Fact Check: Listeners would have found Trump's claim true if he had said no US soldiers had been killed during the combat with enemies, but he was incorrect by saying there have been "no deaths" at all.
There were deaths of two US soldiers in non-combat incidents in July. Similarly, there was another soldier who died in a non-combat incident in May.
Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria, 21, died in a vehicle rollover in July. 1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, 24, died in a non-combat incident in the same month. Then, there was the third death of Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, during a non-combat incident in May.
Biden and Vaccines
During an election campaign, Trump accused Biden of launching a public campaign against the vaccine. Later, he also suggested Biden's comments were like "being an anti-vaxxer."
Fact Check: This lie was a bit of exaggeration. Biden did not express any anti-vaccine sentiment or opposed for any vaccine. He emphasized more on listening to scientists about the coronavirus vaccine. He also added, "But pray to God; we have it. If I could get a vaccine tomorrow, I'd do it. If it cost me the election, I'd do it. We need a vaccine, and we need it now ... we have to listen to the scientists."
Ventilators
Stressing on the response toward the Coronavirus, Trump repeated the claim that he did not inherit ventilators.
Fact check: This was a direct lie from the president. According to the spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services, there had been 19,000 ventilators for many years in stock. This includes 16,660 ventilators were ready for use in March 2020. The spokesperson confirmed the Trump administration purchased none of those 16,660 ventilators.
Trump Trolled for Lies
Trump has been the regular target of trollers. In June 2020, President Trump could not fill more than 19,000-person capacity rally arena, despite for bragging about 1 million RSVPs in his Tulsa campaign.
There was a coordinated effort by TikTok users, encouraging people to register an online free event, but not to show up.
"All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage," Mary Jo Laupp, 51-yr old grandmother from Fort Dodge told her then-1,000 or so followers on TikTok.
This also prompted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trolling Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale by tweeting, "You just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID."
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2020.10.23 17:04 sitamun84 The Rumor Mill - Week of October 19th

How's everyone feeling? Serious note: I've seen quarantine fatigue and seasonal depression hitting a lot of people in my friends group like a ton of bricks, recently, myself included. We may be a community filled with people who want to shout at fart cars and argue over who has the best bagels, but if you ever need help, or want to talk, there's 17,000 people on the other side of your keyboard right here, and only about... 3,000 of those are probably jerks....
Personally, I'm struggling cause it is my favorite season - so hit me up with some spooky events/good decorations that are going on in the hood! I'll list a few below to start us off!
- Greater Astoria Historical Society is hosting an online showing of horror film shorts on Wednesday all by local queens filmmakers. Details on Facebook, or RSVP with title line HORROR to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) https://www.facebook.com/events/346601216430586/
- Astoria Film Festival is also wrapping up this week - they have some horror shorts showing on Halloween! More info here: https://www.astoriafilmfestival.org/festival2020
FYI: We hear you on the Sales posts. We are going to post a poll as a final way of giving feedback on next steps.

Reminder: Check your polling place when early voting; it isn't the same as regular voting.
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2020.10.21 22:19 discoveringNmil I think I discovered my soon to be MIL and SIL are Narcs when they uninvited my mom and sister to my bridal shower. Desperate for advice!

EDIT: to say please do not share this post anywhere as the details can make me identifiable.
I’m not sure what to do or where to start. Long time lurker, this is my second post on reddit ever and the first one was very light, just looking for wedding song recommendations. I apologize that this is super long and hope that doesn't hinder me from getting some advice :(
My fiancé and I got engaged in 2019 and planned for a June 2020 wedding, with COVID of course this was postponed. The cases in our city were relatively low and we decided to do a smaller wedding in the fall that was within our city’s covid restrictions on gatherings and have a larger party next summer (or whenever is safe to do so). My only sibling (younger sister) is my maid of honor and took the lead on planning my bridal shower.
Throughout the planning process, I was worried that my fiancé’s mom would be difficult to deal with. She is very direct and can often come off as pushy and rude to others. I felt bad for my sister as planning something like this is really out of her comfort zone but I had heard from my bridesmaids that she is so proud of her plan and is really jumping into all of this, I was so proud of her when I heard this feedback too. I heard little things here and there that my fiancé’s mom was being difficult to her and even that my fiancé’s sister texted my sister apologizing for her mom’s behavior.
Fast forward to about a month ago when covid restrictions increased in our city which of course affects the plan for the bridal shower, the venue that my sister had booked backed out, however, my sister had a backup plan should this happen. When the announcement was made, I heard that my fiancé’s mom and sister really took over all of the planning and disregarded my sister's previous planning, I had some bridesmaids reach out to me asking if my mom and sister were ok since it seemed great that his mom and sister were helping so much but from the outside looking in, it seemed that my mom and sister had little to no input and it was completely taken over.
After I heard this, I phoned my family and asked, my mom told me she sent my fiancé’s mom a nice text explaining that they are so appreciative of the help and hard work but they would really like if they had input as well as it is their daughtesister’s bridal shower. Fiancé’s mom texted back “I’m not arguing, this is the way it’s going to be”. I was shocked when my mom told me this and immediately wanted to come to the defense of my family but was assured by my mom that they are handling it and I don’t need to worry at all.
A few days after this, I got a call from my sister crying saying that they (my mom and sister) are now un-invited to my bridal shower, they tried to not involve me in any of the drama happening but at this point didn’t know what to do and needed me to help with this. Apparently after asking to have some input into the shower, fiancé’s sister sent out an email to the attendees saying there will be 2 separate bridal showers, OP’s family will contact you for theirs’s, we hope you can still attend ours”.
I sent a group text message to my mom, my sister, his mom and his sister saying “Hi everyone, fiancé and I would like to hold a meeting today at 6pm. We would like to do the meeting via facetime. We look forward to chatting with you all at 6pm. Love you all”. Immediately after I sent this message, fiancé’s mom texts me “what is this meeting about” I replied “my bridal shower”, her reply “sorry we will not be a part of that if you want to talk about it stop by the house”, meaning only fiancé and I to talk to them, I replied “I want neutral ground for everyone, please join the meeting at 6pm” and she texted me that she refused to speak to my family after the way they treated her and spoke to her. I expressed that I have no clue about the details, but there’s clearly a problem by her responses and all we want to do is sort it all out.
Her daughter, fiancé’s sister, calls me and says “my mother and I will not be joining your meeting” in a very snobby tone (also I have never once heard her refer to her mom as her mother), I replied “why?”, I am crying on the phone and she is yelling at me that she had to pick up her mom off the floor from crying so hard? I am also crying and I keep saying “why are you doing this? Why are you doing this?” she starts saying “Stop screaming at me!!!” so I just hang up, I don’t need her parents thinking I’m now screaming at her when I’m crying and in a state of extreme hurt and confusion. Fiancé’s mom texts me that she expects me to apologize to her daughter at the meeting?? She said I should wait for the facts before pointing the finger?? I don’t know what the fuck this lady is talking about and super concerned about what her daughter must have said.
My fiancé and I were sent all the screenshots of the texts from my mom and sister. I also showed fiancé all the texts between his mom and I. He of course was very embarrassed and very upset, it was the complete opposite from what his mom said; my mom was getting really mean text messages and so was my sister from his family, not the other way around. My family had a lot of patience and it just isn’t in their character to fight back or be rude, we’re lovers not fighters.
Fiancé’s sister calls him and says they are all not coming to our wedding anymore?? He kept very calm and was saying how silly this all is over the bridal shower that you jump to threatening to not come to the wedding when we, the couple, had done absolutely nothing other than try to come together to help figure out whatever the issue is. They said they aren’t going and he’s going to regret it? Why would they even put that on the table, we would have never ever uninvited them. What at all do they feel they are achieving by this? He drove over there to talk in person and recorded the whole visit on his phone. They were yelling at him and saying my family is stuck up and my bridesmaids were bitching to me and that’s why we’re (him and I) upset. No bridesmaids were bitching to me at all, everyone kept everything under wraps until they got concerned for my family and I found out like the day before this all went down.
On the recording you can hear his sister coming out of her room and saying “why are you here, you aren’t part of this family, go be with your new family”. Fiancé says to his parents that he saw all of the text messages and said it was out of line to un-invite my mom and sister to the bridal shower and his family refused to read the texts that he has pulled up! His mom texts my sister that night saying “I hope you’re happy” and texts my mom that she is going to think about if she will give my bridal shower presents to me or if she will send them back and I will have to contact each person individually to pick them up. She refuses to speak to my family in a meeting to try and fix the issue but continues to text them nasty things?
The next day after this, I get a text from fiancé’s mom saying her and her daughter want their deposits back for the makeup and hair for the wedding. I don’t respond and I am honestly shocked that this is the very next thing she wants to say to me after this sheer craziness they exhibited the day prior and the hurt my fiancé and I have that is still extremely raw. The next day after, another text first thing in the morning saying “again, we want the deposits back”. I don’t reply and transfer the money. The next day after that, she texts to pick up the shower gifts. I don’t reply and send fiancé to pick them up. He said as soon as he got there his mom sped off in her car and he just loaded the presents and left. Day after, his sister logs back onto our wedding website to changes RSVP’s from yes to no. Why spend so much effort to continue this and continue being angry and trying to hurt, and put zero effort to fix it? I don’t understand at all.
I am so so so shocked. I am so so so hurt! I found this sub and so many of the things that I am reading relate to how his family behaves. After this, I’ve been reflecting so much on how they’ve treated me, treated him in front of me and the stories growing up he’s told me, how they treat the people around them. I’ve actually been warned through the 7 years of being together more than once by his brother’s girlfriend and some friends of the family about how his mom can really be and to watch out for her true colours to come through. I always defended her and the family when someone would say this, I never experienced it myself and always thought they loved me and the stories were exaggerations or untrue. We also seemed to have a great relationship with the two families together and had quite a few dinners and bowling nights, etc. with both families. I am shocked this all happened.
Now, they seem furious with my fiancé and I. For what?? I haven’t a clue, the confusion hurts so much. They are definitely not coming to our wedding whenever the new date is set. Before the day this all went down, I had texts from both of these women telling me how bad they felt that we have to deal with a lot of rescheduling because of covid, we also launched a start up business this summer so we’ve been extremely busy planning and cancelling 4 different weddings, navigating a new business, etc. His parents are retired and sister is off of work on disability so she can’t work her computer desk job—even though she fished and golfed almost every day, all summer long. The last thing she texted me after the phone call that she was trying to say I was screaming on was that she was too busy in her life to deal with this, is tired of being made out to be the villain and removed herself from our wedding. I responded saying no one is making you the villain? I literally just asked that we come all together so everyone can be on the same page. The fact that she wants to tell us she is too busy is laughable and convinces me that she is delusional. She didn’t reply but instead blocked me, fiancé, and my sister on social media. Fiancé and I don’t even have a lot of social media at all, rarely post and really don’t care about it. I found it immature and kind of sad that a grown woman made that a priority over fixing whatever happened, but look how her mom acts. Its so confusing that she took the time to text an apology on how her mom was treating my sister to my sister and then go back on it and act this way.
I feel that the loving, one big family relationship I thought we had and loved so much is now forever gone. Neither my fiancé or I can imagine feeling comfortable being near them again. I can’t help but worry so much what lies his mom is spreading to the rest of his family about me and my family. I think of all of the nasty stories she’s told me about cousins, her other son’s girlfriend, etc. and now feel like an idiot that I totally believed these stories. I/we are probably the subject of her stories now. Its hard to deal with mentally. I feel so embarrassed when I think of what must have been said after the email went out that the families are having separate showers and then the subsequent cancelling of the shower, I don’t know what they will tell the guests on why it was fully cancelled but I am sure they will pin it on my family just like they did to us.
I know I can’t control it, but unfortunately I have a tough time controlling the worry as well. The one good thing that came through all of this is how solid my fiancé and I are. I can’t believe he came from this family, he doesn’t act this way at all. He was so calm and mature through this entire thing, texting them that we love them and just want things to be worked out.
I’ve tried to research so much in an attempt to learn and understand better which hopefully will help feel better. I think his mom and sister are narcissistic? I’ve read about the mask coming off and things like that which I think are very relatable. I’ve also really reflected on the things that were said to me over the years and it is shocking to reflect on these things from this new lense and realize how abusive a lot of the comments were but they were far and few between the love and affection to really make a big deal about.
I feel like I’m going crazy that I didn’t see it before, I feel crazy for not anticipating this and I also am slightly worried that I thought they felt one way about me during our entire relationship and its completely flipped. Should I be concerned about my fiancé flipping on me too? He’s been nothing but extremely supportive during this whole ordeal to me and my whole family. He’s stuck by what he feels is right and reasonable, regardless that this is his family. When this first happened, he was broken up about it too and ended up calling my dad to spend a full Saturday with him and I’m so happy he feels that comfortable with my parents to lean on them like that for support. His brother was going to be the only member of his family at our tiny ceremony and we heard that his family is telling his brother that they want him not to go, they watch his kids so they can hold childcare over him and it sounds like he isn’t going because of this.
I feel so bad for my wonderful fiancé. I’m worried he won’t fully love our ceremony because of this as well even though he was reassured me so many times that he doesn’t care that they aren’t coming and is just excited to marry me.
Any advice, words of wisdom, recommendations on podcasts or reading material, and definitely recommendations on any coping mechanisms would be so very appreciated here!
Thank you all for taking the time to read this long post.
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2020.10.13 21:37 Jess_dillon Fall commencement to include in-person ceremonies at Apogee Stadium

Via email:
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Dear UNT students,
This semester doesn't look as any of us expected, but you continue to thrive and march toward graduation. Some of you are within two months of the finish line and have found yourselves running a much harder race than you anticipated, given COVID-19's impact on the world. Thanks to your tenacious spirit and can-do attitude, you continue to overcome obstacles and inch toward achieving your goals.
Our students make me so proud, and I look forward to celebrating our fall graduates during in-person commencement ceremonies Sunday, Nov. 22, at Apogee Stadium. While we cannot offer traditional ceremonies this fall, hosting socially distanced commencement ceremonies with limited attendance is one way we can honor your achievements while keeping the safety of our UNT community the highest priority. The commencement ceremonies at Apogee Stadium will include remarks from the administration and the ceremonial conferral of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. College deans will celebrate the Fall 2020 graduates by hosting virtual College Recognition Ceremonies Dec. 11-12, when each graduate's name will be read out loud and displayed on the screen, along with degree granted and Latin Honors, if applicable.
Here's what you need to know about the Nov. 22 commencement ceremonies at Apogee Stadium:
Fall 2020 commencement will celebrate students who applied for graduation. All future communications regarding Fall 2020 commencement ceremonies, including instructions to RSVP and claim graduate and guest tickets, will be sent directly to graduation candidates.
Class of 2020, we wish things were different so we could host traditional ceremonies where you cross the stage. With in-person commencement ceremonies and College Recognition Ceremonies, we aim to keep our UNT family safe while offering the pomp and circumstance you deserve. Your UNT family could not be more proud of you, and we look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.
UNT Proud, Neal Smatresk UNT President
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2020.10.13 21:32 Beginning-Bobcat Okay here we go again, another Estée Lauder warehouse sale

So for the people who were unable to make it last month in Markham or the one that was held by the airport a couple weeks ago. Its happening again and unfortunately it’ll be held in the International centre, so less space therefore more likely of a line up. The email I received did indicate that there is going to a lot of BOGO deals.
So if you’re interested please follow the instructions and RSVP for a date and time.
https://luxurycosmeticswarehousesale.splashthat.com/?_bta_tid=046591807121392253647224888236363838289123235019101696358827677932782706552107058144915351188447074145
Edit: For the people who are viewing this on a phone the “RSVP” button is way off on the right side so you can’t see the words RSVP, just press the purple/indigo coloured rectangle at the end the of page.
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2020.10.07 02:57 ThrowRAwedding19 My (25M) best friend (25F) is expecting me to attend her wedding during a pandemic.

So my best friend is getting married at the end of October, and I am the man of honor. I agreed to this when she got engaged, a little over one year ago.
There's a lot of backstory here but I'll try to keep it brief. My boyfriend (23M), who is also the best man in this wedding, thinks that my best friend isn't always a great friend to me. That's another post lol but I agree with his point, she's a self-centered and spoiled person. But we've known each other since middle school and have been through a lot. Also importantly, I've encouraged her many times over the years to break up with the groom-to-be (29M) due to incessant fighting/arguing/etc.
Now, onto the wedding details. The ceremony is outdoors with an indoor buffet line and bar. About 90 people have RSVP'd, plus caterers and all the people who have to help. We live about 3 hours away so it's a bit of a drive, and we will have to one day of work each. At the time of writing this, our state has about 720K cases and about 15K deaths due to COVID-19.
My friends and boyfriend are encouraging me to back out due to the risk of getting/spreading COVID-19. I am an essential worker, and so is my boyfriend, so we are more likely to spread the virus anyway. I agree, and I don't really want to go, but I keep going back and forth on the decision. What the heck do I do?
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2020.10.05 14:27 gundam2017 I'm exhausted.

I'm sick of cliché sayings regarding motherhood, namely the "iT tAkEs A viLlAgE tO RaIsE a ChiLd".
I have no fucking village. I am alone and have been since the day i saw those little lines for my first. Luckily my husband is a saint and splits parenting fairly well but dammit I'm pissy today.
I tried to host my own baby shower for #1. Had 20 RSVP. Bought food and games and fucking 1 person showed. I was so embarrassed at that moment that i never tried any gatherings again. I have bought every baby thing we needed, gave it all away, and i get downright mad and hurt whenecer i get baby shower invites. On one hand i know how BAD it sucks to be sitting there alone with all this baby shit decorating the place but on the other why should i care if my coworker is pregnant with #3? No one cared about eithef of my 2.
I dont get to date my husband. We pay $800 a month for daycare so we can work full time. We don't have money or trust enough for a babysitter. we get 1 fucking night a year to go out when we fly to my in laws and grandma watches them overnight. We are military so between moves, i have no friends, no close family, no one. Hell apparently i have some sort of flawed personality lately that people just hate me for some fucking reason lately so I'm done with being anything besides professional to people.
I'm sick of feeling empty, out of place, and i hate hate hate that my kids dont get play dates. But that's just what fucking happens i guess.
So I'll keep fighting for my marriage that feels like roommates while parenting my own fucking kids 24/7. Oh and I'm not going to the 2 baby showers that i have invites for this week.
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2020.10.03 05:13 KatyG9 Is it worth still inviting FBIL to the wedding?

I'm back, and I need to figure this out.
FDH and I are confirming our headcount for our very small wedding. As it is only immediate family and a few others are invited. Nearly everyone sent their RSVPs in promptly except for...you guessed who.
These days, FBIL hardly contacts his siblings unless it involves money (at which he replies quicker than you can say Greased Lightning). When FDH asked him yesterday, he was quiet as anything. Today their mom, my FMIL, asked what was going on and she got it out of him that he and his partner (my very petty FSIL) are "tentative due to schedules, we just got back to work".
I understand, things are wonky lately due to what's going on in the world. But does it take that long to reply or at least give your brother a heads' up along the lines of "hey I'll clear it with my boss, but I'll let you know as soon as I can"?
And some part of me is incensed that this guy would move hell and high water to be at his friends' weddings, but not for his older brother's. For the record, we did invite his partner FSIL, so he can't use that as an excuse for not coming.
FDH was so annoyed that at first he didn't want to give FBIL the social media links for our wedding. I told him that it would be better to just give them; if he doesn't show up, people will literally see it. If he shows up online, people will ask why he isn't in church.
I know that if FBIL doesn't go to this wedding, it's going to be a point of contention with him and FDH, not to mention their other siblings. But is this already a foregone conclusion? Should I try to salvage the situation?
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2020.09.29 01:33 sahm1992 Conflicted on inviting MIL to LO’s 1st birthday.

Please do not use my story anywhere.
My hubby and I are conflicted as to whether or not to invite MIL for our son’s first birthday. Advice?
To (try to) sum up our experiences with her: - She had a midlife crisis and left my husband to be raised by his grandma for most of his childhood. I have a feeling that she tries to overcompensate for this now, even though he is 34 and doesn’t need to be mothered. - She and I got along great (or so I thought) until DH and I got engaged. - We went on a vacation with his parents following the engagement. She would make snide but slick remarks to the hotel bartender about how “I don’t cook for her son.” On the second to last day of our vacation, DH and I were by the pool, and as soon as he went to the bathroom, she came over and wanted to “talk”, but it turned into her trying to pressure me into a prenup, and I refused. We started bickering because she insinuated that I was destitute. DH returned from the bathroom and because I was visibly upset, I explained what his mom had said. She then told both of us that she didn’t Iike me because I was stubborn and stormed off. After the trip, I found out that she contacted my mother behind my back and tried to tell my mother to pressure me into a prenup too—and also insulted my mother with the “destitute” implications. Because of this, I wasn’t comfortable carpooling with them once we landed back in the states. This led to another blowout in the hotel lobby as we were checking out. She was trying to get in my face, calling me crazy/evil/etc., and accused me of framing his cousin’s friend who had a crush on DH and had been harassing him through multiple fake social media accounts, but was obsessed with DH since before I even came into the picture. DH laid down the law on her and a week after the trip she texted me a half ass apology for her “outburst.” I forgave her for the sake of civility. - She has since switched to passive aggressive remarks in order to play dumb and not be held accountable for her behavior—talking about/showing me photos of his exes, sending rude texts by “mistake” calling DH stupid in all of his relationships, etc, etc. The list goes on with these little digs but it would turn my attempt of a summary into a whole book. - When we were expecting, we decided to move to a better city because of the school system. She was not happy about this, tried to interfere with our moving process, and told my mom, on my mom’s birthday, that we were moving away (and I’m sure she said these things in an extremely negative way because my mom was upset) before I had a chance to talk to my mom myself. At this point, I blocked her from my social media and from being able to contact my mother. - Her most recent stunt was questioning why I don’t like to be around her, and when DH explained, she said something along the lines of how I should just get over it. I made my IG public temporarily, and immediately noticed that she perused through my stories, and so I told DH that blocked her again. Unbeknownst to me, DH has also blocked her from his IG, and she texted him questioning why she couldn’t find his page. He straight up told her that she was blocked because of her behavior, and as usual, the blame was put on me. She claimed that I was controlling him, and again made insinuations about how I don’t cook and clean (even though she’s “complimented” my cooking) because I went out to brunch with some girlfriends and posted a picture of it to my Instagram. She also called my husband p*ssywhipped, which I found disturbing. - Prior to this recent blow up between her and my husband, we had sent out invitations for his 1st birthday. After talking crap about me to DH, she then proceeded to text me trying to RSVP for the party and to let her know if I needed help with anything. DH checked her again for doing that after talking crap, and said she would not be welcome in our home if she continued to disrespect us and our marriage. Instead of any semblance of an apology, she was in dismay that he would tell me what she said, and proclaimed that she would just never talk to DH again. He has since blocked her number and hasn’t talked to her in over a week.
So again, the question at hand is whether or not to hold this boundary or to give her one more chance to truly act right. We would both feel guilt if we didn’t allow her to see him for his first birthday, but for different reasons. I’ve realized she is extremely narcissistic, and DH being exposed to that growing up, feels guilt for putting himself and his family first. I never had the chance to grow up with grandparents which is where my guilt stems from. But we are both apprehensive about giving her another opportunity to come around and simply continue her maliciousness (no one else in his family holds her accountable for this behavior).
I have ceased direct contact with her but I know DH feels conflicted because he comes from a large family and is anxious about how this might affect his relationships with other family members.
Anyways, I know that this was far from a brief summary lol. What would you do?
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2020.09.28 00:49 veggiedelightful None of the guests realized they should come to the wedding.

Just as early covid was happening and no one really understood the implications, a family member was right about to have their wedding. Social distancing was just starting and masks were barely something the public needed.
The original invites had been sent out months before. But they sent two updated invites. One said more news to follow. The next new invite said what everyone thought was that it was now a small wedding. There was no new rsvp. Small weddings were just starting to happen. Family thought that the real one was happening next year as mentioned in the invite. With a follow up party the following year. (being a polite family everyone thought they were nicely trying to say don't come, but come if you must see us get married in the church. So no one actually came) Nope apparently the real one was this year and a small informal party was supposed to be next year for the supposed few who would bow out. They had an entire church and hall rented out.
We all missed the wedding. None of the aunts, uncles, cousins, etc extended family showed up. They had a huge banquet, and no one came. To make it worse a few days later another family memeber had a socially distanced outdoor wedding on a farm. Everyone came. Everyone sat far apart and wore masks. And there was a separated food truck line etc. The previous bride and groom had to sit through everyone coming to other family members wedding while no one came to theirs. Multiple people even apologized to them for what happened.
Bride looked like she was near tears the entire time.
However I'm not sure they would have been able to have a socially distanced reception anyways, because it was not outdoors. Major bummer. We all felt really bad.
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2020.09.25 16:56 StupidButMotivated Hosting a free VO Workout on Monday nights

I will be hosting a VO Workout monday nights via skype, and anyone is welcome! We can talk about your struggles, get feedback on demos or auditions, maybe do some improv!
It doesn't matter if you're a mega beginner, or already a working professional.
Just PM me and I will send you info on where to rsvp. Again, this doesn't cost anything and you don't have to sign up for anything. The rsvp just gives me the email where I can send the skype link and keep track of the number of people in attendance.
(I've already cleared this with the mods, so if you think its sketch that I'm not posting the info here, its just to keep the post in line with the rules.)
Let me know if you have any questions or ideas!
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2020.09.23 07:42 _uoyevolitub Toxic sister-in-law is using her MLM to pretend she likes me for the first time in 10 years.

My sister-in-law, who didn’t even bother to RSVP to my wedding 2 years ago, and who last spoke to me in July to berate me over a totally unfounded accusation that I called another relative ugly and pathetic (I definitely never did that), just hit my DMs with a “Hey sister!!! [blah blah blah] Norwex!!”
I know that all of us here hate the fakeness, the manipulation, the inconvenience of having to tell someone “no” without seeming rude. But this made me especially angry because this woman is technically my family and in the 10 years I’ve been around, she has never once tried to get to know me. Every time we visit she looks at me dead-eyed with her chin out like she wants to square up or something for absolutely no reason. Trying to have a conversation with her is like pulling teeth, but somehow she has tons of friends that she gives her best energy to... just not me I guess. As already mentioned, she didn’t even bother to RSVP to our wedding and got defensive when we calmly brought up how it was hurtful. I realize that it sounds like I must have offended her a long time ago but I assure you, I have racked my brain and I cannot think of anything. I care about having a good relationship with my in-laws and I am a sensitive person in general, so this has weighed on me.
And now I feel like she has put me in this crappy situation where when I tell her “No” I am confirming whatever bad things she thinks about me, and it’s going to create more family drama (it might come as no surprise that there are other rude family members in the mix). On the other hand, I feel like I have earned a petty move like leaving her on read. If I decide to be a good person I’m going to hit her with a “Thanks for the invite, but it’s not my thing. Good luck, though!” But I am sick of extending grace to a person who gives me nothing back.
Thanks for letting me vent.
TL;DR: Sister-in-law has been rude to me for a decade, but is all buddy-buddy now that she wants me in her down line.
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2020.09.23 01:47 Leather_Term Revealed: Bill Clinton’s Intimate Secret Dinner With Ghislaine Maxwell

thedailybeast.com Sep. 22, 2020
The former president invited Ghislaine Maxwell to a cozy dinner in L.A. in 2014, years after she had been accused by a victim of procuring girls for Epstein’s sex ring.
After a star-studded gala in February 2014, Bill Clinton and his entourage headed to a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles for an intimate dinner with friends.
Their destination was Crossroads Kitchen, a Melrose Avenue hotspot that counts Beyoncé, Christina Applegate, and Katy Perry as fans, and features a menu with artichoke “oysters,” hearts of palm “crab cakes” and tagliatelle “bolognese.” That night, the restaurant was bustling. One insider spotted producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Bruce Willis, while TMZ recorded actor Sean Penn gliding through the front door.
Producer Steve Bing—Clinton’s friend, major Democratic donor, and investor in the restaurant who died by suicide this year—was already there waiting for the former president.
Former Clinton staffers Ben Schwerin, a future Snapchat executive, and then-talent agent Michael Kives were also invited to the swanky soiree.
But two other unlikely guests joined the party that night: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell—accused of procuring underage girls for sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein—and tech CEO Scott Borgerson, now rumored to be her husband.
According to information obtained by The Daily Beast, Clinton’s advance team secured seating for the invitees and specifically noted Maxwell and someone named “Scott” had RSVP’d for the Thursday gathering.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein. Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.
The sources told The Daily Beast that longtime Clinton gatekeeper Doug Band cut Maxwell out of the president’s network in 2011 before he left Clinton’s employ the following year. (Band flew on Epstein’s private jet, including for Clinton’s 2002 humanitarian trip to Africa, and was listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book.)
Information obtained by The Daily Beast indicates Jon Davidson, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, knew Maxwell was attending the 2014 dinner, which he helped to organize. Davidson did not return messages seeking comment.
“This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A.,” said one source who was disturbed by the decision. “Think of all the people he knows in L.A., and Ghislaine gets to attend.”
Schwerin told The Daily Beast he has no recollection or record of being at the dinner, while Kives said he did not attend and has never met Maxwell or noticed her at other Clinton dinners.
Angel Ureña, a spokesman for Clinton, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to a statement he issued in 2019:
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes. The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.
“It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true,” the friend said. “They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”
By the time of the Crossroads dinner, the press had widely reported on Epstein’s abuse of girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and lawsuits filed by victims of his trafficking scheme.
Claims of Maxwell’s involvement were known to Clinton staffers in 2011, when the Daily Mail reported on survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to Prince Andrew when she was 17. The report included a photograph of the British royal posing with Giuffre at Maxwell’s London home. In the picture, Maxwell smiles in the background as Andrew grips Giuffre’s bare waist.
It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle—at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014.
The night of the dinner, one person remembered Borgerson in particular because he wasn’t Ted Waitt, Maxwell’s ex-boyfriend and the billionaire Gateway co-founder. Waitt is a friend and supporter of the Clinton family, donating at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. “She had dated Ted Waitt for some time, so for her to go to a dinner like that, with someone who’s not Ted, was indicative that things moved on,” the source added.
TMZ reported Clinton dined with Penn that night but didn't mention any of the other boldfaced names. The gossip site published video footage of Clinton slipping into the back of the restaurant after a Secret Service motorcade parked, and of Penn striding through the entrance, ignoring a stringer’s questions about meeting Bill.
Hours earlier, the men rubbed elbows at the Unite4:Humanity gala at a Sony Pictures Studios lot, where singer Demi Lovato and other celebrities took selfies with the former president. Clinton, who received a “unity recognition award,” was the keynote speaker.
Clinton flew to New York the next morning, but Maxwell stayed in California. Three days after the group dinner with Clinton, Maxwell attended the Vanity Fair Oscar bash in West Hollywood, where a photographer snapped her with Elon Musk (who, in response to Twitter critics, claimed he was photobombed).
Another source with long ties to Clinton told The Daily Beast they were relieved Page Six or another outlet didn't catch wind of the gathering.
In 2014, Maxwell worked to reinvent herself through her oceans nonprofit, the TerraMar Project, and was photographed at a slew of society parties. She jet-setted to Alaska for the Iditarod, and spoke at a UN roundtable, Google’s Ocean Agenda conference, and a TEDx conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Maxwell, now awaiting trial for perjury and grooming girls for Epstein, was friendly with the Clinton clan for years. She had a front-row seat at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, reportedly as Waitt’s plus-one, at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Maxwell, Chelsea, and husband Marc Mezvinsky “flew together on a private plane to rendezvous with Waitt for a trip on Waitt’s yacht” around that time, Politico reported.
Last year, a spokeswoman for Chelsea told CNN the former first daughter was only acquainted with Maxwell because of Waitt.
Still, Maxwell’s ties to the Clintons run deeper. As The Daily Beast previously revealed, Maxwell and Epstein attended a reception at the White House during Clinton’s presidency. Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted the 1993 event for donors to the White House Historical Association, which funded Oval Office renovations including gold draperies and a new rug.
Maxwell’s dubious charity, the Max Foundation, showed a $2,500 contribution to the “Clinton Library and Foundation” in 2003. And in 2002 and 2003, the socialite traveled with the former president when he took trips on Epstein’s plane throughout Asia and Africa. Maxwell also flew from Miami to Westchester County, New York, with a group that included Epstein, Clinton, Secret Service agents and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s personal assistant and alleged accomplice.
In 2009, one attorney for Epstein victims hired an investigator to serve Maxwell with a subpoena as she schmoozed at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. “To say she was upset about being publicly served at this function is an understatement,” attorney Brad Edwards wrote in his book.
Clinton isn't the only high-profile politician under fire over ties to Epstein and Maxwell.
President Donald Trump palled around with Epstein in the '90s and at least until 2002, when he called the hedge-funder a “terrific guy” in an interview with New York.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump told the magazine.
In 1992, Trump held a “calendar girl” competition at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, and Epstein was reportedly the only guest.
The same year, Epstein and Trump were videotaped at what appears to be a different party at Trump’s private club. Found in NBC archives, the footage was for a talk-show profile on Trump’s new life as a divorcee. The men ogle women on the dance floor, and Trump apparently tells Epstein, "Look at her, back there. ... She's hot." Epstein smiles and nods before collapsing into giggles after Trump whispers something in his ear.
Jane Doe, one survivor of Epstein’s sex ring, said the financier introduced her to Trump in 1994, when she was 14 years old. Her lawsuit said Epstein “elbowed Trump playfully” before asking, “This is a good one, right?”
“Trump smiled and nodded in agreement,” Doe’s complaint alleges. “They both chuckled and Doe felt uncomfortable, but, at the time, was too young to understand why.” (Doe does not accuse Trump of any misconduct.)
Epstein and Trump “were good friends,” Epstein’s brother Mark told the Washington Post, adding that Trump flew on Epstein’s plane “numerous times.” The financier’s address book contains multiple entries for Trump and now-First Lady Melania.
The men supposedly had a falling out over real estate in 2004, when Epstein tried to outbid Trump in a bankruptcy auction for the Palm Beach mansion of nursing home magnate Abe Gosman, according to the Post.
Three years later, Page Six reported Epstein was banned from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump also apparently hobnobbed with Maxwell. At a COVID press conference in July, Trump told reporters he met Maxwell “numerous times over the years” but couldn’t answer whether he thought the beleaguered socialite would spill dirt on other famous people accused of partaking in Epstein’s trafficking scheme.
“I don’t know. I haven’t been following it too much,” Trump said. “I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.”
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2020.09.18 07:18 IUActivities Activities at IU Sep18-27

It is harder than normal to socialize and meet new people, so here is a list of activities for this week. This e-mailed list is mostly comprised of club events, but there are also some IU calendars to check out: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/events https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/ You can find the Google Doc of this week here: Link At the end of this message is a list of Club Chats: GroupMe, Slack, or Discord.

Week of Sept 18th-27th Activities:

Times are Eastern/Bloomington/New York

Friday, September 18th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

Voting in Groups, Thinking Like Ideologues: The Paradox of Partisan Conflict in the United States

Cost: Free Host Organization: Center on American Politics Time: 12:30-2pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99946112490 Event Description: Using an original survey experiment, Schmidt confirms that partisan identifiers find it easier to associate their opponents with stereotypical policies rather than stereotypical groups. Moreover, ideology offers citizens uniquely high-quality information about parties.

Egocentric computer vision, for fun and for science

Cost: Free Host Organization: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering CS Colloquium Series Contact: Roni Khardon ([email protected]) Time: 3pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/684108959 Event Description: How can computer vision contribute to and benefit from this embodied perspective on the world? In this talk, I’ll argue for why computer vision on egocentric images and videos is uniquely challenging and interesting, and I’ll present some of my lab’s recent work in this area, focusing on two specific lines of work.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

Inside Outdoors

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Outdoor Adventures Contact: [email protected] Time: 5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/95115205986?pwd=ZVJFWDZ0dDNWRnBVTi9Xc2VWVjJWUT09 Description of Org: UOA has helped members of the IU community lead active lifestyles by providing opportunities to participate in programs that foster a love of the outdoors. Offering academic courses for credit, gear rentals, adventure trips, workshops, and more, they're sure to have your next adventure in mind. Event Description: Inside Outdoors is a virtual sub-division of our IU Outdoors series, where Outdoor Adventures hosts a space for students, faculty, and staff to join in and talk about outdoor opportunities on and off IU’s campus.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Rosh Hashanah Services

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Hillel (Hillel Outreach and Special Events) Contact: Sue Silberberg, [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: In -Person AND Online In-Person: Hillel, 730 E 3rd St - In-person: registration required at https://calendly.com/iuhillel/high-holiday?month=2020-09 Virtual: registration required at https://calendly.com/mason-iu/virtual-rosh-hashana-services-programs?month=2020-09 Description of Org: Hillel is the Jewish “home away from home” at IU. Join your Hoosier Hillel family for great ways to meet other students and for learning and/or leadership opportunities. Go to iuhillel.org for more information. Event Description: Shana Tova from your Hoosier Hillel Family! Happy New Year! Rosh Hashanah begins Friday evening September 18 and continues through September 20. Conservative/Traditional Egalitarian Service, Reform/Musical Service, Rosh Hashanah Happy Hour, Torah/Learn about the binding of Isaac, Shofar Blowing and Tashlich. (see full schedule at https://iuhillel.org/high-holiday-2020-schedule)

Outdoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-10:45pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: This Friday night tune into Mean Girls which has become a “cult classic” written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan.

eSports Nite: Fortnite

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Late Nite Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-1am Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6183906 Description of Org: a campus-wide initiative that offers free activities and events after 9pm, Thursday through Saturday. Event Description: Join our virtual event that combines fun and competition hosted by a professional video game announcer! Think you've got what it takes to compete? Make sure you register in advance on beINvolved! Or, if you prefer to watch rather than play, tune in to our live twitch stream and cheer on your fellow Hoosiers! Here is the link to the registration page for this specific tournament. https://tournaments.bravous.com/tournaments/119313f2798a2f6ff5fedc3104044bca/register

Saturday, September 19th

Self-Care Saturday: Paper Weaving [Virtual]

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 10:30-11am Location: Online Register to receive an email with the Zoom link: https://iu.zoom.us/webinaregisteWN_JjOfGteOQpCROJj2YH7lhQ Event Description: Unwind with artmaking. Drawing inspiration from Sarah Urist Green’s The Art Assignment, guests will learn how to make their own paper weaving using simple materials they have at home. Grab some paper, something to cut with (scissors, xacto knife, etc.), and a touch of creativity. This activity is great to do on your own or with friends or family!

Volunteer Service Saturday

Cost: $0 Host Organization: African Women's Leadership Organization (AWLO) Contact: [email protected] Time: 10AM-12PM Location: In Person Salvation Army, 115 N Rogers St Bloomington, IN 47404 Description of Org: African Women's Leadership Organization intends to to motivate and empower Afrocentric women while supporting women within the African continent. Event Description: AWLO will be volunteering at the Salvation Army for our very first Service Saturday! We will be working on sizing, kid's department, photos, fixing bookshelves, and more! Closed toe shoes will be required, hope to see you there!

Classical Connections Zoom Concert Series

Cost: free Host Organization: Classical Connections Contact: [email protected] Time: 1pm EST Location: online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91768188053 Meeting ID: 917 6818 8053 Description of Org: Classical Connections works with students from the Jacobs School of Music to bring the joy of music to diverse areas of the greater Bloomington community through musical performance, educational engagement, and interpersonal development. Event Description: Virtual musical concert for the Bloomington community featuring Jacobs School of Music students. If you are interested in performing for future concerts please email [email protected].

Outdoor Movie : Creed

Cost: free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-11:15pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Sunday, September 20th

Indoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Films Contact: [email protected] Time: 2pm Location: In Person: IMU WHITTENBERGER RSVP Here: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6447195_ga=2.113252932.2130990725.1600313240-1316309806.1600116586 Event Description: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list clique at her new school until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina Georgia. Rated PG-13. Please note: An RSVP does not guarantee you a spot at the event, limited space available. Please arrive early. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time of the movie. LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56nSRZms1DYhkJD

Monday, September 21st

Ultimate Frisbee Tabling Recruitment

Cost: $0 Host Organization: IU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Contact: [email protected] Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Showalter Fountain Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU will set up a recruitment table on campus to recruit new members at 1:00PM – 3:00PM on Monday, September 21st.

IU Asian Culture Center, Purdue University, and University of Illinois present “Minor Feelings” Book Discussion Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12:30-1:30pm Location: Online E-mail for link Event Description: Join us as we read and discuss Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings. Interested in attending? Please email [email protected] to receive a webinar link. IU students, faculty, and staff can access the e-book here

Jackbox Virtual Game Night

Cost: Free Host Organization: Student Athletic Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/7473056790?pwd=L3pYOVBOanF3eHJYNTRqeTVGU3kzZz09 Meeting ID: 747 305 6790 Password: Gamenight" Description of Org: SAB provides students the opportunity to be an active part of the planning, organizing, and successful completion of athletic events. Event Description: Jackbox games for people to play throughout the event.

Aikido Short-Staff Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

The Ethics of COVID-19

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-7:30pm Location: Online URL: https://iu.zoom.us/j/93033580754 Meeting ID: 930 3358 0754 Event Description: Tune in to this timely talk from internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care doctors on the ethics of COVID!

Defining Democracy: The Responsibility of Civic Engagement

Cost: Free Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99178364501 Event Description: Part One of the IU Libraries’ Be an Informed Voter! Virtual Democracy Gatherings. Featuring Ann Birch, President of the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe and Martin Law, BLM B-town Core Council Member.

Tuesday, September 22nd

Discs in Dunn Meadow

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Contact: [email protected] Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate will practice throwing discs in Dunn Meadow (while sanitizing their hands and/or wearing gloves). This is a recruitment event.

Quantitative Methods: Free help for graduate students doing research

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94825645900 Event Description: Offered by IU School of Education Inquiry Methodology Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. Need help with your research methods? Join Montserrat Medinaceli for Quantitative Methods, Tuesdays from 4 – 6pm

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Bloomington Birders Call-out Meeting!

Cost: Free Host Organization: Bloomington Birders Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/96965041062?pwd=djNuM2d5RkNndm03cFo0a3hKa05HQT09 Description of Org: Bloomington Birders is a club concerned with local birds in Bloomington. Some activities the club participates in are birding, habitat construction, and learning more about our local birds. Event Description: Join us for a call-out meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd! We'll discuss our plans for the year and what we want the club to accomplish.

Take A Stand Talks: How does IU respond to violence against Trans students?

Cost: Free Host Organization: Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7:15pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/98073724516 Description of Org: TAS Talks is a platform that allows students to connect with community safety and response professionals and experts. This is a place where participants can ask questions and discuss topics that they can't anywhere else. Event Description: A virtual roundtable discussion about the concerns and campus response to gender-based violence against Trans students.

Workout with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-9pm 9-10pm is Social Hour Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Zoom workout led by Fencing Club, followed by social time.

Civic Action, Advocacy, and Policy Considerations for Music Educators

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Association for Music Education at IU Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 8-9pm Location: Online: Zoom < https://iu.zoom.us/j/91440392599?pwd=V1RuMXZaSTkzaU9tL0R2aXJFYW5rZz09 > < Meeting ID: 914 4039 2599 > < Password: nafme > Description of Org: NAfME at IU, is an organization through which students may attend sponsored events, find volunteer opportunities in local area schools, attend the state music education convention, assist IU in various projects throughout the year, and more as an advocate for musical learning. Event Description: Come learn about how you can register to vote, make a voting plan, and participate in the November 2020 general election! ​Additionally, we will explore ways in which to engage in music education advocacy and policy, including issues surrounding the profession, practice and equity.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Indiana Cybersecurity Regulation Virtual Event

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online Register here: https://events.uschamber.com/INCybersecurity. Event Description: Join ILR for a Virtual Event featuring Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill regarding his office’s new cybersecurity safe harbor rulemaking initiative.

Aikido Sword Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

Inclusive Language 101

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online Please register online for the event using this link: bit.ly/IncLan101 Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: During this conversation we will define inclusive language, discuss why it matters, and practice using it. We’ll talk about ways you can actively create a more equitable and inclusive culture in your communities.

Film: The First Rainbow Coalition

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: Online For the Zoom link, RSVP to [email protected] no later than September 22, 2020. Event Description: This new documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking 1960s Rainbow Coalition of Chicago. THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION united poor Blacks, Whites, and Latinos to openly challenge police brutality and substandard housing in one of the most segregated cities in America.

Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations

Cost: Free Host Organization: Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online Register in advance for this meeting: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJIodemtrzkrGdRUfmCosRj3iFxaWqlp3lVq Event Description: A Conversation about Social Justice, Opera, and Race, with Lawrence Brownlee and Marietta Simpson.

NBA x DCI Series: Audition Preparation Panel

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Band Association at Indiana University Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 7:30-8:30pm Location: Online: Zoom https://iu.zoom.us/j/91809918762?pwd=V2REbWp5WlV2N21aMVUxMmoxa003Zz09 < Meeting ID: 918 0991 8762 > < Password: nba > Description of Org: The National Band Association is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. NBA at IU promotes the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. Event Description: Come join NBA with special guests Amanda Petro, August Merback, Jesse Saldana, Bobby Burns, Annelise Wingard, and Claire Wilcox as we discuss the process of taking a DCI audition and how to prepare, so be sure to bring your questions!

Thursday, September 24th

Voting in the age of COVID-19 Annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: Online Pre-Register to Join: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJ0vdeCgqT4qHNwCxtGuURyVjHJmZkFDKzKV Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: Board chair of Verified Voting Barbara Simons will discuss internet voting at this annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5:30pm Location: Online https://www.facebook.com/events/957986774676278/ Event Description: A panel discussion exploring the newly published book Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by historian Ellen Carol Dubois.

Neurodevelopment Genetics

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94047129089 Event Description: Come learn about the exciting field of Neurodevelopment Genetics with Dr. Christensen!

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Re-imagining Relationships: imagining(imaging), reflecting, communicating (for Graduate Students)

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Online Please RSVP for Zoom details! https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/143340-re-imagining-relationships-imaginingimaging Event Description: This is an introductory HLS Global Studio workshop for graduate students using drawing and movement activities that engage different metaphors and conceptualizations about water and what it means to be human.

Teaching Vocal Jazz with Kat Sherman

Cost: Free Host Organization: American Choral Directors Association Contact: Madelyn Merrell, [email protected] Time: 7:00pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91295947935 Description of Org: ACDA is a nonprofit music education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. ACDA has student chapters in colleges and universities around the country. Event Description: Come learn about techniques and tips for teaching vocal jazz to students with Kat Sherman! Feel free to bring any questions you have.

Discussion with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-10pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Discussion topic with Fencing Club.

Awkward Silence Comedy Show

Cost: Free Host Organization: Awkward Silence Comedy Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm Location: In-person, campus location TBA Description of Org: Awkward Silence Comedy is a student-run long-form improv comedy group that performs free weekly shows every Thursday on campus. Find us on Instagram/Twitter (@awkward_iub) or Facebook for weekly updates on show locations. Event Description: Come enjoy an hour of free improvised comedy! Masks and social distancing are required.

Lotus in the Meadow 2020

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Contact: [email protected] Time: 9:30-10:30pm Location: In-Person Dunn Meadow Description of Org: IMU has served as the hub of the campus, providing a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to connect with each other and the campus as they eat, relax, study, play, or celebrate. Event Description: Kick-off the Lotus Festival with the Indiana Memorial Union! We'll be hosting a pre-recorded set of Nation Beat on our inflatable film screen. So grab a couple of close friends, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and prepare to dance the night away with your fellow Hoosiers in a safe, socially distanced way.

Friday, September 25th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

How Politicians Use Twitter to Shape Voter Beliefs

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3:30pm Location: Online https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/138314-how-politicians-use-twitter-to-shape-voter-beliefs Event Description: Data scientist Derek Willis from ProPublica will discuss social media data analysis that demonstrates how politicians utilize Twitter to influence voters.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

EEB Seminar Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online Zoom registration required to attend. Registration link provided here: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJcude6gqjMoH9J3ymmG6GdtIkClmgW0Afj_?_x_zm_rtaid=R2Llw1lPTaaR7X68y5P9pQ.1599564358842.f90ce0a77e2342b51744bd0d5dab2395&_x_zm_rhtaid=99 Event Description: In this seminar, I will discuss varied efforts at appreciating the role of the environment in shaping evolutionary and ecological dynamics, spanning problems in protein evolution, drug resistance, and emerging infectious diseases.

IU Outdoors: Outdoor Strengthening

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Outdoors Contact: [email protected] Time: 4:45-6pm Location: In-Person Meet at the Woodburn Clock Tower just southwest of Woodburn Hall. Please arrive for check-in between 4:30 and 4:45 PM. Event Description: This IU Outdoors event will be split into 2 groups of no more than 15 and will travel to different unique outdoor spots on campus. At each spot, the groups will focus on a series of beginner-level body weight strengthening exercises to get our blood pumping! The hour will finalize back at the Clock Tower at 6:00 PM.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Let's Move! Yoga & Dance W/ IU MoCo

Cost: Free Host Organization: Movement Cooperative at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: In-Person Woodburn Clock Description of Org: The Movement Cooperative at Indiana University (MoCo) aims to create a safe and welcoming environment in which members are encouraged to explore dance through creating, learning, and experimenting with movement. Event Description: 45-minute yoga flow, followed by a short improvised performance of dance and conversation with members of the Movement Cooperative. Bring your own mat and water, all levels welcome!

Union Board Film Screenings – Ratatouille

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Union Board Contact: (812) 855-4682 Time: 9:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn Description of Org: Union Board is the governing body of the Indiana Memorial Union and the largest student programming organization on campus. Driven by students and student ideas, the Union Board plans a range of fun, entertaining, and educational events for students to come together, explore multiple world views, discuss current events, and learn from one another. Event Description: Union Board will present three free outdoor film screenings of Disney's Ratatouille simultaneously at Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn.

Saturday, September 26th

Java with Java

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 11-Noon Location: Online Register at: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/142913-java-with-java Event Description: Virtually enjoy a cup of coffee with CEWT’s Women Who Code Student Alliance Team while we code with Java – No experience necessary! This is a time where we can virtually interact with you and just hang out while coding. Grab a cup of coffee, a fully charged laptop, and an hour of your time to hang out with our team; we will use this time to breakdown the basics of the Java coding language and teach some new skills working within the environment. We hope you leave with some newfound knowledge and connections within CEWT!

The Iris Book Prize: Reading, Award Ceremony, and Discussion

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: Noon Location: Online Register: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/135766-the-iris-book-prize-reading-award-ceremony-and Event Description: Join us for a reading by author David George Haskell and a discussion with guest speakers Kocku von Stuckrad and David Abram, moderated by Lisa Sideris.

Outdoor Spaces Performance Series – Meet at the Metz

Cost: Free Time: 12:00-12:45pm Location: Metz Carillon Event Description: A carillon concert sponsored by the Jacobs School of Music and the Arts and Humanities Council.

Sunday, September 27th

Shoe Cutting Event

Cost: 0$ Host Organization: Sole Hope at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 11am - 2 pm Location: In-person / TBD Description of Org: Sole Hope is a non-profit organization based out of Uganda, and the goal of this club is to support this organization by gathering monetary donations and materials needed to make shoes for those in need. Event Description: We will be coming together and gathering all materials fundraised throughout the month to cut shoes for children in Uganda.

Access @ IU — Virtual Resource Fair

Cost: Free Host Organization: The Neurodiversity Coalition at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6412932 Description of Org: We are a group of Indiana University students, staff, faculty and community members who support initiatives to make our campus (Bloomington) more inclusive of the rights and needs of IU students with neurodiverse brain function. Event Description: Come join us via Zoom to learn not only about the Neurodiversity Coalition @ IU, but about many valuable campus and community resources to take advantage of as an IU student! Struggling with prioritizing homework? Feeling down due to the pandemic? Hoping to learn about ways to get help with tuition? Organizations and other entities in Bloomington will be present to chat with folks, provide information, and represent the excellence they bring to students. Stay tuned for an official Zoom link, as well as a complete list of participating community resources!

Additional Social Connections

Animal Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/58658194/4MQ9EWZe

Beekeeping Club at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/53531021/XtptFHYJ

Chess Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/54949198/APsSzhtv https://discord.gg/MS989wJ

Computer Science Club at Indiana University

Join us on Slack: https://csclubiu.slack.com/signup GroupMe: https://csclub.sice.indiana.edu/groupme

Corporate Strategy Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/61920167/3k7zVH0y

D&D Club

GroupMe! https://groupme.com/join_group/42711637/YvuemQ Discord! https://discord.gg/EAM9wzq

Drone Club

https://discord.com/invite/YXdH4cQ

[email protected]

https://gaming.indiana.edu/ https://discordapp.com/invite/iugaming

Global Soccer Supporters

https://groupme.com/join_group/61908401/q0f4VBna

Japanese Animation and Culture Club

https://discord.gg/4p5BaYu

Magic: the Gathering Club

https://discord.gg/K2GXGud

Passive Income Development Club

https://discord.gg/PUFdAgz

Politics Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/62121259/uhrIQz6q

Scholars Without Borders

https://groupme.com/join_group/62389887/2MLlj4sC

Students for Animal Behavior at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/48616693/Et1QkqTW

Table Tennis Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/43617877/QtuJCY

Women in Accounting

https://groupme.com/join_group/47306889/EDV7Wj
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