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Companies connected to Trump received large taxpayer-funded forgivable loans: A list
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Yesterday, the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department disclosed the recipients of 660,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans. The list only includes those who received at least $150,000 in funding, which is less than 15 percent of the total number of loans. The administration originally tried to hide
Recipients do not
have to repay the loan if they keep (or re-hire to meet) their pre-COVID-19 levels of employment and compensation and spend the funds on approved expenses. Explore the list yourself:
The Washington Post turned the original spreadsheet into an online searchable database
. This post is about the relevant “highlights” from the list. Some of the connections to politicians are stronger than others. However, the point isn't so much that certain politicians are unethically profiting - the point is that the American people deserve to know where their money is going. Especially when so many "average" Americans are struggling. In other words, draw your own conclusions from the data.
Connections to Trump & family A New York shipping business (Foremost Group) owned by the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, received at least $350,000. “Ms. Chao has no formal affiliation or stake in the business, but she and Mr. McConnell have received millions of dollars in gifts from her father, James, who ran the company until 2018.”
Kasowitz Benson Torres, founded and run by Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, received a loan for between $5 million and $10 million. Mr. Kasowitz and the firm represented Trump during Mueller’s investigation and for decades before Trump was elected president.
The American Center for Law and Justice, whose chief counsel is Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, got between $1 million and $2 million. Sekulow also defended Trump during the Mueller investigation and impeachment proceedings.
Jared Kushner connections:
In April, a bank approved a loan of between $150,000 and $350,000 for the Pennsylvania dental practice of Albert Hazzouri, who golfs with Trump and frequents Mar-a-Lago. In 2017, Hazzouri used his access to the president to pass him a policy proposal on club stationery on behalf of the American Dental Association. He addressed the note to Trump “Dear King.”
- Esplanade Livingston, a Kushner family entity that owns the land in Livingston, N.J., where the family’s Westminster Hotel is, got between $350,000 and $1 million. Esplanade Livingston’s company address is the same as that of the Kushner Companies real estate development business.
- Princeton Forrestal, a real estate entity owned by various members of the Kushner family not including Mr. Kushner, received a loan of between $1 million and $2 million. It is at least 40 percent owned by Kushner family members.
- The New York Observer, the news website that Kushner ran before entering the White House and is still owned by Kunsher’s brother-in-law’s investment firm, was approved for between $350,000 and $1 million
- In addition, up to $2 million was approved for the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, a nonprofit religious school in Livingston, N.J., that’s named for Jared Kushner’s grandfather and supported by the family.
A firm that raises money for Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee received a loan of more than $1 million, according to the data set, while a company that produces Trump’s political advertisements received between $350,000 and $1 million.
Billionaire property developer Joe Farrell, a prominent Republican fundraiser, received up to $1 million in taxpayer coronavirus relief funds. Farrell, a developer in New York's exclusive Hamptons beachfront community, has thrown fundraising parties for Trump… Farrell this year rented out his 17,000-square-foot, $40 million East End estate, Sandcastle, for close to $2 million to a wealthy Manhattan family trying to escape the coronavirus for six months.
- The New York Times does not identify these companies by name. I tried to figure out which companies they were referring to but could not be sure. We already knew that Phunware, a Trump re-election campaign data collector, received $2.85 million — nearly 14 times the PPP average of $206,000 (reported in April).
Dozens of tenants at buildings owned by Trump or managed by his companies received funds… More than 20 businesses listed at 40 Wall Street, an office building that Trump has owned since the mid-1990s, also reportedly received government loans totaling at least $20 million. Among the recipients were law offices, financial service firms and nonprofit organizations.
Sushi Nakazawa, a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, received a loan of between $150,000 and $350,000.
Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans… City of Destiny, the Florida church that Trump’s personal pastor and White House faith adviser Paula White-Cain calls home, got between $150,000 and $350,000. First Baptist Dallas, led by Trump ally and senior pastor Robert Jeffress got between $2 million and $5 million. Other loan recipients included several churches and organizations connected to allies who joined Trump’s evangelical advisory board during his 2016 campaign.
A company with a name matching one listed on the 2017 financial disclosure of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos received at least $6 million.
Perdue Inc., a Bonaire, Georgia-based trucking company founded by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, received a PPP loan of between $150,000 and $350,000. An Agriculture Department spokesperson said the company is owned indirectly by a trust of which the secretary’s adult children are 99% stakeholders.
American Media, the publisher of the National Enquirer, received a loan in April from Bank of America Corp. of between $2 million and $5 million, records show. American Media is run by Trump’s longtime friend David Pecker. Furthermore, American Media is owned by Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund that oversees about $4 billion.
Cottage Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility in Woodsville, New Hampshire, received between $2 million and $5 million in PPP loans. The hospital’s CEO, Maria Ryan, is a longtime close associate of Rudy Giuliani’s. Ryan currently co-hosts a talk radio show with Giuliani called “Uncovering the Truth.” Cottage Hospital’s annual revenues typically exceed $30 million, according to its most recent publicly available federal tax return. Ryan’s salary, the last filing shows, is nearly $300,000.
Congress and other political connections Wineries partly owned by Rep. Nunes, R-Calif. Nunes listed on his 2018 public financial disclosure forms roles as a limited partner with investments in Phase 2 Cellars in San Luis Obispo, California, and Alpha Omega Winery in Saint Helena, California. The PPP data shows the wineries received loans of $1 million to $2 million.
KTAK Corp., a Tulsa-based operator of fast food franchises owned by Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), received between $1 million and $2 million. Hern had advocated increasing the size of loans available to franchisees, including in a March letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) benefited when three of his car dealerships, located outside of Pittsburgh, received a combined total of between $450,000 and $1.05 million. Kelly is a multimillionaire.
Several plumbing businesses affiliated with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), all based in Broken Arrow, Okla., each received between $350,000 and $1 million.
Rep. Rick Allen’s (R-Ga.) construction company in Augusta received between $350,000 and $1 million
EDI Associates, a company the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invests in, received between $350,000 and $1 million.
Rep. Nita Lowey’s (D-N.Y.) husband's law firm Lowey Dannenberg P.C. received a loan between $1 million and 2 million. Her husband, Stephen Lowey, is listed as chairman emeritus on the firm's website and is retired from the firm.
Lobbying and policy group Waxman Strategies, which is run by former Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and his son Michael, which received a loan of $350,000 to $1 million.
Before the release of the data Monday, three members of Congress said they or their spouses had received PPP loans: Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.; and Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev.
An affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform, the influential conservative group that has been a vocal critic of government spending, received between $150,000 and $350,000. ATR founder Grover Norquist has criticized the unemployment insurance provision of the CARES Act, which he said “delays recovery,” and signed a letter urging lawmakers not to approve a second stimulus bill.
The Ayn Rand Institute, named for conservative philosopher Ayn Rand, received a loan of between $350,000 and $1 million, which it called “partial restitution for government-inflicted losses."
Citizens Against Government Waste, one of the country’s most prominent anti-government spending organizations and a frequent critic of the CARES Act, took between $150,000 and $350,000 in loans as well.
Other noteworthy recipients More than 5,600 companies in the fossil fuel industry have taken a minimum of $3bn in coronavirus aid from the US federal government. The businesses include oil and gas drillers and coal mine operators, as well as refiners, pipeline companies, and firms that provide services to the industry.
Yeezy, which California business filings show is a holding company registered to Kanye West, received between $2 million and $5 million to support 106 jobs. West is estimated to be worth $1.3 billion.
Washington lobbying shops, high-priced law firms and special-interest groups also received big loans, according to the administration, the latest indication of how the government’s centerpiece effort to shore up mom-and-pop shops set off a race by organizations far afield from Main Street to secure federal money.
More than 100 law firms received loans ranging from $1 million to $10 million, the data showed. The list included well-known names like Boies Schiller Flexner, the high-priced law firm run by David Boies, which received between $5 million and $10 million.
- Wiley Rein, which has a large lobbying practice focusing on trade issues, received between $5 million and $10 million
- Van Ness Feldman and Beveridge & Diamond, two law firms that focus on helping energy industry clients push their agendas in Washington, received loans between $2 million and $5 million
A number of prominent private schools were listed as loan recipients, despite the controversy over whether such institutions should take the money. Some also have political connections in DC.
- In New York City, St. Ann’s School took a loan valued between $5 million and $10 million.
- Kent Place School, a private school in New Jersey, was reported to have received a loan worth between $1 million and $2 million.
- Sidwell Friends, which has educated the children of presidents, received a loan worth between $5 million and $10 million.
- Georgetown Preparatory School, which the Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch attended, received a loan worth between $2 million and $5 million.
The more you know Fair distribution? There was no apparent link between the amount of economic damage suffered by states and how successful the small businesses in them were at getting the loans from the program. North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas all saw loan approvals of at least 90 percent of their eligible small-business payroll, even though they rank among the least-affected states in terms of unemployment claims during the crisis.
Just a small fraction of the bailout. Keep in mind that the Paycheck Protection Program is just one part of the government’s bailout. There are other, bigger, bailout efforts that the federal government is not required to tell us about.
Here are some articles about the bigger business and financial sector bailouts:
- ProPublica: How the Coronavirus Bailout Repeats 2008’s Mistakes: Huge Corporate Payoffs With Little Accountability
- Brookings: What’s the Fed doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? What more could it do?
- NYT: How the Fed’s Magic Money Machine Will Turn $454 Billion Into $4 Trillion
Arbitrary list of popular lights - Summer Solstice 2020 edition
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In honor of Summer Solstice for the northern hemisphere, I've made an updated list of popular lights. Today is a couple days after (sorry!) the day you're least
likely to need a flashlight north of the equator, but it increases every day after so it's a good time to buy a flashlight.
Because a definitive buyer's guide is too hard, I've made an arbitrary list of popular lights you should consider if you're shopping for a light. There is no best flashlight, so this is not the last word in what's good, but a list of lights that are often bought or recommended here with a touch of my own opinion thrown in. Exclusion from this list doesn't mean a light isn't good. To search more lights by their attributes, try http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html
Where possible, official manufacturer URLs are linked here. Sometimes the manufacturer offers good deals through direct orders, sometimes vendors have the best prices. There are coupon codes available
that apply to many of the lights listed. I'm hosting a version of this list
on my own site with affiliate links because a few people have asked for a way to give me a kickback.
Shipping/availability may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, items shipped from China are often taking 2 months to arrive. Supply chains and warehouse stock also appear to be disrupted as well, so you may have to be more patient than usual if you want certain flashlights, chargers, and batteries.
For those in a hurry
If you don't want to learn much, just get one of these.
All of the lights in this section come with a rechargeable battery and have a charger built in to the light. The battery will be a standard size you can buy online from third parties, and the charger will use USB as its power source, though some options do use a special cable. Aside from the Catapult, all have very good color quality compared to the average LED flashlight, improving your ability to see details.
- Wurkkos FC11 - a general-use light for $30. USB-C charging, but it needs to use an A-to-C cable. There's a strong magnet in the tailcap, and a pocket clip for carry. A 25mm (1 inch) diameter and 120mm (4.7 inches) long is suitable for larger pants pockets. 18650 battery.
- Skilhunt M150 with high-CRI LH351D LED option - a smaller light with many characteristics similar to the FC11, but a smaller (14500 size) battery and magnetic charging connector. This light can also use AA batteries, both rechargeable and disposable, but the built-in charger only works with a 14500. $40, and sometimes available on Amazon, but not always with the right LED, which is important since the color and beam quality of the other options is poor. 21mm (0.82") at its widest point and 84mm (3.3") long.
- Armytek Wizard Pro Nichia 144A - a combination handheld flashlight, headlamp, and magnetic work light with high output and excellent color quality. An 18650 battery is included, and it uses USB/magnetic charging, which is a bit slow, but convenient otherwise. It's $90, but try coupon code "reddit" for a discount. I've linked Killzone Flashlights here rather than the manufacturer because the manufacturer's customer service is rather poor, and Killzone's is good. European buyers should consider Nkon and coupon code "AT25%off".
- Acebeam EC35 II, Killzone special edition with SST-20. I swear I'm not trying to favor Killzone here, but this one is a dealer exclusive. If you're thinking of a handheld light to accompany a pistol, this is a great option because the tailswitch is high-only with other functions on the sideswitch. If you think you want a single-mode light, you probably want this instead. USB-C charging (A-to-C again), and it's a USB powerbank (C-to-C works for this). $77 with bundled 18650 battery, $67 if you bring your own battery.
- Sofirn SP36 (Anduril/LH351D version) - with three 18650 batteries and a $71 price tag, this is a larger, more powerful, and longer-running light than the others in this section. It has USB-C (A-to-C only) charging. If you need to light up a room for a long time, or light up a field, this is up to the task.
- Thrunite Catapult V6 in neutral white - for seeing far away. You can spot large objects with this at 750m, and see in reasonable detail at half that. The color quality here is only average, but neutral white will look a little more natural, and have less visible backscatter than cool white. MicroUSB charging and a 26650 battery is included. $75, but coupon code "20%" does exactly what you think.
These are at the top of the list not because they're the best
in some objective sense, but because they're easy to own and use, and easy to buy. They score well on most measure flashlight nerds care about while also being suitable for non-enthusiasts.
About specs and considerations
Moved to the wiki due to character limit
Everyday Carry Lights
These are selected for pocketability first and performance second, but most of the larger options are perfectly adequate for house/cacamping/etc... uses. This section excludes right-angle designs that double as headlamps, but many people do use those for pocket carry, so see that section as well.
- Nitecore Tube - a brighter, variable output, USB-charging replacement for button-cell keychain lights with shortcuts to high and low modes from off. $10
- Rovyvon Aurora A3x (Nichia 219C version) - neutral tint, 90 CRI, 450 lumens (briefly), USB charging, under 20g weight. Non-removable battery, so this will eventually wear out. Other Nichia Rovyvons are similar, offering different body materials, sizes, and sometimes colored LEDs on the sides. $33
- Lumintop IYP07 - a 1xAAA tailswitch option with three modes (5, 40, 130 lumens), three colors (black, silver, pink), and two LED options, of which only the neutral white, high-CRI Nichia 219C is worth considering. $22
- Lumintop IYP365 Nichia 219C - 2xAAA, 90+ CRI (Nichia version only) and neutral white. This is a longer IYP07. Not as bright as a Ti4, but light quality is often more important for being able to see clearly. $19
- Fenix LD02 2.0 (warm white version) - 1xAAA, tailswitch, warm white, high-CRI, and a UV secondary. 1 lumen low, 70 lumens high. $30
- Fenix LD05 2.0 (warm white version) - 2xAAA, 100lm max, and the same features as the above. $40
- Thrunite Ti4 - 2xAAA - Neutral white available. Titanium sometimes available. High output for this form factor. $20
- Nitecore MT06MD - 2xAAA, 90+ CRI, neutral white, and still shipping with the Nichia 219B as far as I know. Similar to the IYP365 on paper, but many people prefer the tint of the 219B over the 219C. $32
- Skilhunt M150 with high-CRI LH351D - this is the AA/14500 version of the M200, without the mode customization feature. It's only offered bundled with a 14500. The onboard charging works with any 14500, but won't charge NiMH AA inside the light. There's low-voltage protection for both battery types, so unprotected 14500s are OK. $40
- Thrunite T10 II - a side-switch light supporting both AA and 14500 Li-ion batteries with shortcuts from off to high and low and a magnetic tailcap. Neutral white available and recommended. $20
- Zebralight SC53c - 90+ CRI, warm-neutral white, e-switch with shortcuts to low, medium and high with several sub-levels for each. $57
- Thrunite Archer 1A - a dual-switch 1xAA light that can also use 14500. 200 lumens with AA, about 450 with 14500. $28
- Sofirn SP10S - 1xAA/1x14500, 90+ CRI with a Samsung LH351D LED and black, blue, or red body color. Slightly awkward UI with a long-press to turn off, but it may be worth it for the low price and high color quality. $16
- Lumintop Tool AA 219C - 1xAA/1x14500 and a 90 CRI Nichia 219C. There's a Cree XP-L version of this that isn't so compelling, so I've linked Illumn rather than the manufacturer, but it may be available elsewhere. 22
- Acebeam TK16 (SST-20 version only) - 95+ CRI, neutral white, tail e-switch with shortcuts to lowest, highest, and last-used, plus two mode groups so you can choose between sensible runtimes and impressing your friends with the 1250 lumen peak output. 0.5 lumen moonlight. Battery included, but you'll need a separate charger. If you were considering the Olight S1 line, get this instead. Also available in copper. $55
- Wowtac W1 - a basic light using a 16340 (CR123A won't work well, if at all) and USB charging. It only seems to come in cool white at the moment. Why is it here? Because it costs $20 on US Amazon and should have Wowtac's usual solid built quality and accurate specs.
- Thrunite T1 (neutral white suggested) - 1x18350 (included), MicroUSB charging, magnetic tailcap, 1500 lumen max mode with a ramping UI for medium levels. $40, usually
This category is so popular it gets subcategories. If you're looking for a lot of power and runtime that's still possible to carry in most pants pockets, this is your battery.
A tailswitch controls power, a sideswitch changes brightness. The ease of explaning the UI makes these perfect to hand out to others.
- Eagletac DX30LC2 - slimmer than most 18650 lights, with a unique take on the dual-switch interface: it always starts on high, unless the mode switch is held, in which case it starts on low. Longer throw than most, neutral white available from some dealers. $75
- Thrunite TC12 - essentially a TN12 with USB charging, a thermal sensor to limit temperature, low-voltage protection and a battery included. $56
- Sofirn SP31 v2.0 - efficient driver and XP-L HI emitter for more throw than most lights in this class. Cool white only, unfortunately, but a good value with the features of the Fenix PD32 at half the price. $37 with battery and charger on US Amazon. $21 without accessories on Sofirn's own site, but shipping from China is likely to take more than a month.
- Acebeam EC35 II (Killzone special edition) This has a bit different UI than the others here. The tailswitch is alawys high, with half-press for momentary. The side siwtch is an electronic switch with shortcuts from off to low, last-used, and high. This offers versatility in combination with dead-simple reliability under stress. USB-C charging (note: requires A-to-C cable; does not charge from C-to-C), optional battery, and it's a USB powerbank (powerbank function does work with C-to-C). The Nichia 219C is a bit cooler with a fairly balanced beam profile, and the SST-20 is warmer with some more throw. $67 by itself, or $77 with a battery. $10 less for the 219C.
Electronic switches enable shortcuts from off to useful modes - usually lowest, highest, and last-used.
- Zebralight SC64c LE - the SC6x series has long been an EDC favorite for their compact size, high efficiency, great low modes, and a user interface that was well ahead of the competition when it came out. Now, many would prefer ToyKeeper's Anduril firmware as used on the FW3A and D4v2, but Zebralight has added some configuration options that should keep most users happy. The 828 lumen max output sounds low next to today's hot-rods, but lights this size can't sustain more than that for longer than 5 minutes without burning the user's hand. $80
- Zebraligh SC64w HI - the above, trading some color quality for more output and throw. $80
- Thrunite TC15 - like the Neutron in form, but trades battery flexibility for 2300 lumens turn-on output and replaces the ramping UI with fixed modes. $56
- Skilhunt M200 (high-CRI LH351D option recommended) - Were you considering the Olight S2R? Consider this instead. Magnetic charging, but with a standard 18650. Optional high-CRI neutral white LH351D. Magnetic tailcap. Magnetic charging. The linked version even has configurable mode groups, and you can decide whether to pay extra to get it with a battery. Pending due to lack of reviews, but Skilhunt stuff is usually solid. $43 without a battery, $51 with.
- Wurkkos FC11 - 18650 EDC light, high-CRI Samsung LH351D, battery included, magnetic tailcap, USB-C charging, e-switch with the option of fixed modes or ramping. Wurkkos is affiliated with Sofirn, and this seems very much like some SP36S parts found their way into an SC31. Early versions had some UI wierdness, but the UI has been revised and is now very good. The tint could stand to be better, but the color rendering is very good, and it's $30
Other by use case
Right-angle lights and headlamps
If I could have only one portable light, it would be a right-angle light that functions as both an everyday carry light and a headlamp. Some lights in this form factor also offer a magnetic tailcap, allowing them to act as mountable area lights.
- Zebralight H53c - All the Zebralight goodness described above for the SC64c LE, but in a right-angle, 1xAA form factor. The Cree XP-L2 may make a less attractive beam than the Samsung LH351D, but most people report Zebralight's optics smooth it out well. H53Fc for a frosted lens for a very even beam. This one even comes with a pocket clip, and the headband does not have the top strap the 18650 versions do. $59
- Thrunite TH20 - 1xAA headlamp available in neutral white with infinite ramping and shortcuts from off to low/high. $30
- Acebeam H40 with 95 CRI Luminus SST-20. This is very similar to the TH20, but trades having a good sub-lumen low for high CRI. It would be nice to have both in the same light, but for that, you'll need a soldering iron. $35
- Fenix HL10 - a 1xAAA headlamp that weighs 40 grams with a lithium battery. It's here so /ultralight doesn't feel left out, as I would recommend something with a larger battery for a primary headlamp. This would make a good backup. Two is one. $30
- Nitecore NU25 - the other ultralight option. Sealed Li-ion pouch cell, so no carrying spares, and it's effectively disposable when the battery wears out. The primary emitter is cool white and low-CRI, but there's a high-CRI secondary. Some sacrifices must be made for a weight of 28g. $36
- Thrunite TH01 - 1x18350 battery dedicated headlamp, 1500 lumens burst (450 stable). This is a USB-charged option without going to the larger 18650 battery. $40
All of these use one 18650 battery.
- Skilhunt H04 - the popular version has a honeycomb TIR optic for a diffuse beam pattern. A reflector for more throw and a version with a reflector and a flip-out diffuser are sometimes available. Uses a timed stepdown. Available in neutral white. Magnetic tailcap. $40, roughly
- Wowtac A2/A2S - another budget option, this time with a reflector. Both come with an 18650 that has a USB charge port right on the battery, but can be used with any 18650. The A2S also offers neutral white, which I recommend. $20/$30
- Zebralight H600w IV - very compact, neutral white, great efficiency, well-regarded user interface, boost driver. What's not to love? The pocket clip isn't so good. $89
- Zebralight H600Fd IV - the above with 90+ CRI, a frosted lens for a more diffuse beam and a slightly cooler neutral tint that's a close match for the midday sun. $89
- Zebralight H600Fc IV - the H600Fd, but with warmer tint, like the late afternoon sun. $89
- Zebralight H604d - the H600Fd with no reflector and a clear lens for a very floody, perfectly even beam. $89
- Zebralight H604c - if you've read the above, this needs no explanation. $89
- YLP Panda 2M CRI - 1x18650 dedicated headlamp, with high-CRI neutral white LH351Ds. Not the most efficient, but the light quality is great and with an 18650 battery, most people won't mind. $38
- Thrunite TH10 V2 - over 300m throw in a right-angle light for those who need it. USB charging, and battery included. A bit more bulky than most. $60
- Armytek Wizard Pro Nichia 144A - this light was my idea. After reviewing the Wizard Pro XHP50, I convinced them to put a 90 CRI, 4500K Nichia 144A in it. It took a couple years, but they did, and it is glorious. The Wizard Pro is the most versatile light I own, and the one I'd keep if I could only keep one. The first batch of these had some battery safety issues (broken low-voltage protection), but that's fixed now. I suggest buying from a dealer like Killzone or Nkon, and checking for coupon codes for those dealers because Armytek's customer service and shipping are questionable. $90
- Acebeam H30 - 21700 battery (also compatible with 18650), USB-C charging, powerbank function, 4000 lumen main output with optional neutral white, red secondary, choice between a green secondary, UV secondary, or a high-CRI Nichia 219C secondary. Boost driver for stable output when the battery is low or cold. Many people would consider this too heavy for a headlamp, but it weighs a lot less than a motorcycle helmet. Noncompliant USB-C behavior requires charging with an A-to-C cable. $120
- Fenix HP30R - 2x18650 batteries in a remote holder that can be worn under a jacket. This is probably the most reliable battery option for extreme cold environments as the batteries can be kept warm. The battery case features USB charging and can be used as a USB powerbank. There are flood and spot emitters, which make 750 and 1000 lumens respectively, and can be used together for 1750 lumens. This is the heaviest headlamp on the list by far, but much of the weight is in the battery pack. $130
These are suitable for first responders and possibly members of the military in combat roles. The focus is on simple operation, reliability and a good way to make sure the light starts on high.
- Acebeam L30 - 4000 lumens from a single 18650 or 21700 (included). Neutral white available and recommended. High-CRI secondary emitter optional. Not the prettiest light, but there's a lot of it, and enough thermal mass to sustain it for a few minutes. Stable output without overheating is 2000 lumens. Forward-clicky tailswith is always max output, but the side switch has shortcuts to low and last-used. USB charging. $110
- Eagletac GX30L2 Pro - for those who want a better Streamlight Stinger. 2x18650. Neutral white with XHP35 HI recommended for more natural color and throw distance. Onboard charging. Neutral white optional. The included battery pack is just two 18650s in series. It says not to charge standard 18650s, but there's no technical reason for that, and it is reported to work. Protected cells recommended. $155
- Skylumen M2Rvn - about that neutral white... and it gains over 100m of throw in the process by switching to the XHP35 HI. This is a modified Olight M2R with different warranty terms from the original, so read those carefully. $120
- Eagletac T25V - a 21700-powered duty light with USB-C charging and battery included. Twist the head for output selection between three configurable levels with the light on or off, so it can be left locked in high. 2600 lumens and 214m throw with the XHP70.2, or 1640 lumens and about 400m throw with the XHP35 HI. The latter emitter in neutral white does the most to make this light stand out from its peers, if you can find it that way. This is a good alternative if the Olight M2R Pro looks appealing or you missed out on the Acebeam T36.$96
Most lights on the list are easy to carry, with performance constrained by size and thermal mass as a result. After all, the best light is the one you have. Here are lights to bring when you know
you'll be using them.
Turn night into day, but not necessarily very far away
- Thrunite TC20 - 1x26650, 1xXHP70.2. This is still small enough for a jacket pocket, but has a bigger battery than most EDC lights, and a spectacular 180 lm/W efficiency on medium. USB charging. Ugly tint, even when neutral. 3800 lumen max, and more efficient than most competitors in all modes. $72 with standing "20%" coupon code
- Acebeam X45 - 4x18650, not pretty even in neutral white, but it makes 18,000 lumens. $180
- Sofirn SP36 BLF edition - 3x18650, 4xLH351D, Anduril firmware, USB-C charging. Be careful, there's another version of this light with Cree XP-L2 emitters, which are ugly. There's currently a bundle with Sofirn batteries on US Amazon for a very small additional cost, but these usually don't come with batteries. 90+ CRI, 5500+ lumens, 350m FL1 throw. This replaces the BLF Q8 in the list due to the LEDs offered and USB-C charging, though the Q8 is easier to disassemble for those interested in modifications. $50
What's that over there? WAY
over there? The hotspots of these lights tend to be too focused for comfortable use up close, though using a diffuser is an option. These tend to be most useful for search and rescue, boating, and the like.
FL1 throw is the distance at which large objects can be detected in clear air. At half that distance, there's usually enough illumination to see clearly, though with more extreme throwers, the distances may be so great as to require binoculars to see clearly even during the day. Throwers have visible backscatter from the atmosphere even in clear air, which may obstruct the user's view of the target. Warmer color temperatures tend to have less.
- Wowtac A4v2 - 1x26650, MicroUSB charging, 1982 lumens and 564m throw according to zeroair. The A4v2 isn't quite a pure thrower; it's more versatile than that. Boost driver for near-full output even when the battery is low and better performance in the cold - that's rare to see in the A4's price/performance category. $50, but check for coupons
- Thrunite Catapult V6 - 1x26650, MicroUSB charging. This is the Wowtac A4, but with a more expensive shell and a bigger reflector for more throw. $60 with a coupon code
- Acebeam T27 - 1x21700/18650. This is like a thrower version of the L30 duty light above, though its charging is USB-C, and oddly, it can act as a USB powerbank. Boost driver for full output on a low battery. 5000K recommended. 1180m FL1 throw. Noncompliant USB-C behavior requires charging with an A-to-C cable. $140
- Acebeam T28 - it's a T27 with a bigger head and even more throw. There's not much more to say about it than that. $160
- Thrunite TN42 - 4x18650, 1550m FL1 throw advertised, 1700m observed by reviewers. $160
Some throw, some flood... probably a lot
- Acebeam K30GT - a hybrid, but leaning toward the throw side of things with 1km. 5500 lumens, but not for long due to heat. 3x18650. $160
- Acebeam K65 - probably the original dedomed XHP70.2 version. 1km and 6200lm, but much bigger than the K30GT with 4x18650 batteries, giving it the ability to say bright longer without overheating. $195
- Imalent MS18 - proprietary battery pack, 18xXHP70.2. Heat pipes. Fan cooling. 100,000 lumens. 1350m FL1 throw. This thing weighs 5 pounds, isn't waterproof, sounds like a jet engine, and I trust Imalent's build quality about as far as I can throw an MS18, not to mention the price. It makes no sense for nearly any practical purpose, but it's the brightest flashlight you can buy, so it goes on the list. $500
Stuff that doesn't fit somewhere else goes here.
- Pelican 3315 CC - 3xAA, 130 lumens, intrinsically safe. The only reason to get this is because an intrinsically safe or explosion proof light is required. This is the least bad option with a warm color temperature and high CRI. $55
- Viltrox L116T - a 95 CRI, adjustable color temperature LED panel intended to be used as a camera light with adjustable output from about 200 lumens to 1000 lumens. Also works great as fixed lighting with a DC power supply, or a portable area light with a Sony NP-F camera battery. A battery holder and a bit of soldering will allow it to run on 2x18650. $34
- Viltrox VL200T - The 2500 lumen version of the L116T. DC power supply included. Radio-based remote control. $65
- Litufoto F12 (AKA Viltrox FA-D10) - A smartphone-sized LED panel with 96+ CRI, adjustable color temperature, USB-C power (note: noncompliant, A-to-C only), and sealed Li-ion battery. 800 lumens on high with 80 minute runtime, 70 lumens lowest, adjusts in 5% increments. 65% output available continuously without draining the battery while plugged in. This would even be viable as floody EDC flashlight if it wasn't for the obnoxiously long press for on/off. $48 on US Amazon
Enthusiast lights can be subject to a bit of a flavor of the month phenomenon, and this section isn't necessarily going to try to include them all. What you'll find here are enthusiast lights with some staying power. There will probably be an Emisar D4 of some description this time next year, but not necessarily the latest new FW variant or whatever's currently trendy from Nightwatch.
- Lumintop FW3A - this light was designed by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts. It's unusual in having a tail e-switch, while most others position it on the side. It has an open source firmware with continuous brightness adjustment and lots of options. 2800 lumen max (briefly), about 800 lumens relatively sustainable (thermally regulated). There are currently five LED options, and I would recommend most people go with one of the high-CRI options. Luminus SST-20 for more throw and less heat, but the Nichia 219C may have more pleasant tint. Caution: this light requires an unprotected, 10A rated battery and can set things that get too close to its lens on fire. This has fairly inefficient electronics, but the large capacity of the 18650 battery makes that a minor issue for a lot of use cases. There are titanium, copper, etc... versions for more money. Build quality and reliability may be a bit questionable, but these pack in a lot of features for the money. Several larger versions with higher output exist, but the original still makes the most sense to this list's maintainer. $40
- Lumintop FW1A - an FW3A with fewer emitters (one) and more reflector (again, one, in place of the FW3A's TIR optic). Less output, more throw, less demanding on the battery. $40
- Emisar D4v2 - every flashlight geek's favorite way to burn a hole in their pocket has been upgraded. It now comes with colored aux LEDs that can serve as a decoration, locator, and battery status indicator. Some versions of this light can exceed 4000 output at power-on, though efficiency is not one of its goals, even at lower levels. Not to be outdone by the FW3A, there are eight LED options, from which I'd suggest the 4000K, 95+ CRI SST-20 to most people. Optional extras include a tailcap magnet, steel bezel, pocket clip, 18350 and 18500 battery tubes, and different optics. There are exposed programming headers on the battery side of the driver for those who want to modify the firmware, or just keep it up to date with ToyKeeper's latest revisions. That's right, it's 2019 and you can get software updates for your flashlight. $45 or a bit more from the US warehouse for those wanting faster shipping.
- Noctigon KR4 - This is almost a tail-e-switch D4, but it uses a variable linear driver that provides a bit better efficiency and more stable output as the battery drains as well as allowing brightness adjustment without PWM and enabling the use of ultra-low-voltage LEDs like the Nichia E21A. If you were thinking about the Lumintop FW4A, this is likely a better option. SST-20 4000K would probably still be my pick here because the E21A doesn't seem to play all that well with the Carclo quad optics. $55, and often stocked in the US warehouse.
- Convoy S2+/219C - Popular light for DIY and modification. Many parts are available from the manufacturer and Mountain Electronics. S2+ linked. S3 is similar, but with a removable steel bezel. S6 has a deeper reflector for a narrower spill and longer throw. Recently updated with the high-CRI Nichia 219C and Luminus SST-20 LEDs, which are strongly recommended over the prior options. 219C 4000K will probably make the largest number of people happy. "Body color" is actually drive current. More 7135 chips means more power, which means more output, shorter battery life, and more heat. x6 is a reasonable choice that should never get too hot to hold. x3 or x4 for giving to people who will waste the battery. x8 for max output. Convoy will assemble other combinations of compatible parts not listed in their store - just contact them and ask. $15
Jacket pocket, maybe
- Noctigon KR1 - Do you miss the Emisar D1? This is a jacket pocket light can reach nearly 700m FL1 throw with certain emitter options. It's the only light I've ever seen offer a high-CRI Cree XP-L HI, which in this case is an incandescent-like 2850K. $50
- Convoy C8 SST-20 - 1x18650. 4000K and 7135x8 will produce the best results for most users. Over 4000K is low-CRI for the SST-20, and yes, CRI still matters in a semi-thrower like the C8. This isn't in the performance class of the other high-output lights, but it's over 500m FL1 throw that fits in a jacket pocket for $20. Note that there are a lot of C8s on the market from different companies, but this C8 is the one most people should get. $20
- Haikelite SC04 - 1x26650/2x26650, 4xSST-20. The neutral white option is 95+ CRI and about 3000 lumens with 500+ meters FL1 throw. Side e-switch with a ramping UI and shortcuts. 2x26650 configuration is probably suitable for thumping someone on the head for those who miss that aspect of the classic Maglite. Boost driver for stable output when the batteries are low. This replaces the Convoy L6 on the list due to its LED choice and switch position. $60
- Emisar D4Sv2 - 1x26650, four emitters, lots of options. This is very similar to the D4v2 from the EDC section, but with a bigger battery, more thermal mass, and more throw. 3000-5000 lumens, 280-480m FL1 throw. SST-20 4000K recommended for most users. $50 US buyers should check the US warehouse for faster shipping
- Emisar D18 - 3x18650, 18xSST-20 (XP-L HI by request). 4000K recommended for 10,000 lumens of 95+ CRI light (thermally limited). Efficiency is not a goal with this model's FET driver, but the battery capacity will make up for it for a lot of use cases. Uses ToyKeeper's excellent open source Anduril firmware. $100 - again, check the US warehouse
- Astrolux FT03 SST-40 FET driver, SST-40, big reflector, 26650/21700/18650 and USB-C (probably only A-to-C) charging. 955m throw and 2313 lumens according to zeroair. There's also an XHP50.2 version that trades some of the throw for output. 5000K suggested. $34
- Noctigon K1 - 1x21700, USB-C charging (including C-to-C!), and probably the most throw of any single-cell LED flashlight (LEPs are impressive, but not quite ready for prime time). 1600m FL1 throw with the Osram White Flat 1, 4500 lumens and nearly as much throw (briefly) from the Luminus SBT-90.2. A balanced beam and stable output from the boost-driver equipped Cree XHP35 HI. Several other emitters are available, though some are not listed and can only be had by request - email and ask if there's a combination you want. $90 and up depending on emitter.
- Astrolux MF01 Mini - 1x26650/21700/18650, 7 Luminus SST-20s (4000K, 95 CRI available), USB-C, Anduril firmware, FET driver, aux LEDs. Like a bigger D4v2 with more emitters and a USB port. $65, but check for active discounts
- BLF GT - 8x18650, over 2000m FL1 throw. 4000K neutral white available and recommended. Do you want to win a display of machismo against a lighthouse? This is your flashlight. $180 (on Banggood at the time of this writing)
* BLF GT90 - the GT with a Luminus SBT-90.2 for over 7000 lumens and 2700m throw claimed, but that's going to be limited by heat and power. For sustainable performance, the original may have the advantage. For short bursts, this will be most impressive. 360, but look for discounts Edit 20200624
: added Tool AA, NU25, KR4, KR1
Official SOAP Thread 2020
submitted by Chilleostomy to medicalschool [link] [comments]
Ok, today is the day. This thread is for those M4s who will be SOAPing this week- ask for help, advice, commiseration, or anything else you need right here. PGY1s + up who have gone through the SOAP or anyone else who has advice/guidance, please chime in! Are you SOAPing? First move: go to your Dean's office. Then check this thread.
This post is ONLY for comments relevant to going through the SOAP. If you see a comment that shouldn't be here, PLEASE report it and we'll take care of it right away. Looking for the Match Week Lounge? Here you go.
Here's the Hub for Match Week
with various links.
This post has the "Special Edition" flair which means that you can comment. using a throwaway. Pertinent literature: I SOAPed, And You Can Too!
from u/schmiegola_mcbain SOAP Reflections from 2019
from u/KiwiBanana_ Because people are asking about SOAP prep, I wrote this
from u/tapatiocosteno 2019 SOAP Megathread Check the official ERAS and NRMP twitters for announcements/updates- last year's shenanigans were often communicated thru twitter https://twitter.com/ERASinfo https://twitter.com/TheNRMP
Users who have SOAPed in the past and are available to PM or ping in the comments-
We sent out the bat-signal for users who have successfully SOAPed in the past, and here's a list of redditors who are around if you need specific advice. (As always I am so touched that so many members of our community are willing to help) u/schmiegola_mcbain
Current PGY-1, SOAPed in the 2nd round last year, author of This Excellent SOAP Post u/KiwiBanana_
Current gen surg PGY-1. Applied OB GYN, SOAPed into gen surg, author of This Excellent SOAP experience post u/velomatic
Private practice FM MD having SOAP'd into a prelim gen surgery year in 2015 after not matching EM, then re-applied FM and had an excellent residency experience. u/Dyinginside2k19
Current PM&R PGY-1, Applied PM&R, matched into a prelim year, SOAPed into advanced PM&R spot u/ATStillsbeard
PM&R PGY-1, matched to advanced PM&R position, SOAPed into a prelim u/jettymd
PGY-4 Failed to match, failed to SOAP, did research, accepted into IM program, now in fellowship! (killing it!!!) u/were_all_reggie_now
Current anesthesia PGY1. Initially applied gas, SOAPed into gen surg, matched anesthesia last year, had red flags on app & happy to give advice about those u/arorah13
IM PGY-1, US IMG, applied OBGYN, SOAPed last year into IM u/sweg7
PGY-1, SOAPed last year u/Broken_castor
gen surg PGY-5, originally dual applied to gen surg and ortho (initially into ortho but realized late they wanted gen surg- penalized heavily for dual applying), SOAPed into gen surg u/CulturalSafety89
Canadian Caribbean student who went unmatched, now PGY-1. Took time off to work in research and take Step 3 before ERAS re-opened. u/Death_and_More_Taxes
IM PGY2, applied EM, SOAPed into university-affiliated IM. Incoming chief resident, involved in their program’s SOAP process currently u/Princess_Unikitty
Peds PGY-2, applied psych, SOAPed into peds u/Mymatchthrowaway
PGY-1, initially applied PM&R, SOAPed into a TY, reapplied Rads and PM&R this year u/synaptic_misfires
Current PGY1. Matched Radiology but no Prelim in 2019, SOAPed into a transitional year u/cingenemoon
Applied gen surg, SOAPed into EM. EM program then shut down and had to find a new one. (Working a 12hr shift on Monday, may be slow to respond) u/sherebelle514
PGY2, SOAPed into OBGYN u/chuckEchedda
PM&R PGY2, matched advanced but no prelim, SOAPed into prelim TY u/futuremd2017
PGY3, applied to orthopedics and soaped into an IDR spot and prelim spot u/tapatiocosteno
author of Because people are asking about SOAP prep, I wrote this
(may be busy in clinic and not answer right away) u/mehoymenoy1
PGY-1, applied gen surg, SOAPed into surg prelim, matched gas this year u/SirRagesAlot
current PGY-1, SOAPed last year u/skyisblue3
DO PGY-1, SOAPed last year u/meshyme
US grad, applied surgery, SOAPed into IM. In the Tampa area if anyone needs coffee. u/joehino
unsuccessful in SOAP last year, matched FM this year. In the Philly area if anyone needs coffee. u/SirRagesAlot
SOAPed from Psych to IM last year. u/Gen3ricDO
Ortho PGY-1, didn't match ortho last year, SOAPed into a TY, matched ortho this year u/AwkwardStarfish1
non-US IMG, applied peds, SOAPed u/DependentStudio4
pgy2, soaped into fm after leaving ob gyn and having a few red flags on application, happy to answer questions! u/Moar_Input
applied ortho last year, didn't match, SOAPed Need your personal statement reviewed? Here's our (growing) list of volunteers- (ping me in the comments if you'd like to be added to the list) u/Valiantlycaustic
English grad available to edit personal statements u/unchangingtask
M4 available to help with PS, program research especially for programs in the Midwest. "Or just delivering coffee in the DC metro area if I am still allowed to do that" (THANK YOU I freakin love this community) u/duodenojejunostomy
Current IM PGY-1, didn't SOAP but available to review personal statements u/truflc
M4 available to read PS or just listen u/lily1287
available to read PS or chat for support u/123123sleep
available to read PS or help with remote organization u/Spriteling
M4 available to read PS u/aglaeasfather
PGY-1 available to read PS (working Monday afternoon) u/RamanKuttyMDPhD
Intern available to read PS, can also give advice to anyone asking about Milwaukee/Wisconsin/Midwest. u/HappyHiker1
M4 available to read PS- has experience with editing papers/PS in the past u/usernamegameweak
M4 available to read PS, psych focus u/mokomann
canadian student available to read PS u/absie107
M4 available to help reading PS, looking up programs etc u/no1fanoffingering
available to read PS u/weliketohave_funhere
available to help w PS, research programs, DO/IMG focus u/justjoshin93
M4 available to read PS, research programs u/mglasses5
SO of an M4, available to read PS, lots of experience w editing PS u/ExtraIkeaParts
MS4 matched Peds, available for PSs, emotional support u/Bone-Wizard
M4 matched into OBGYN, available for PS review u/lilchikinnugget
M4 with experience in editing, available to help w personal statements, program searching, and delivery of coffee and hugs in the upstate SC region (Spartanburg, Greenville, Simpsonville, travelers rest, etc). u/cotard_retard
available for psych PS u/proteinjellyroll
M4 going into IM, available for PS in any specialty all this week u/chowderandwaffle
M4 available to help with researching programs in California or lend an extra hand for whatever in the SoCal region (coffee/food/person to talk to)! Has 2 golden retrievers if you need 2 hyper dogs jump on you and love you! u/ouzieq123
MS3 taking research year available for PS etc u/hemolyticanemia2020
M4 who loves editing, available for PS u/First_fig
M4 with lots of editing experience, available for PS, matched IM/OBGYN u/Appropriate-Document
available for PS editing u/_shakespeer
M4 married to an editor available for editing u/medhead3533
M4 into psych, available for PS u/RurouniKarly
available to help with psych and FM PS u/prettyhumerus
MS4 matched EM, English minor in college. Also offering emotional support and coffee delivery to anyone in DFW area. u/Crazy-Revenue
MS4 available for PS review and venting Friendos who haven’t SOAPed personally but kindly volunteered for help with personal statements, program research, etc (aw my heart) u/choc0chipbananabread
Current M1 happy to help with program research etc for SOAP if you need a little extra manpower (so sweet of them to volunteer!!!) u/penndotsucks
Significant other of someone who SOAPed last year, here for support – if you’re a SO of someone SOAPing
, consider reaching out! u/laska97
Spouse of FM resident who matched GS and then SOAPed to FM the next year. Available for support and research u/ergle1bergle
unmatched in EM last year, matched this year u/falxcerebri
unmatched in FM last year, didn't SOAP, matched this year here for support u/bber54
didn't match psych last year, matched this year u/lemonz333
didn't match last year, unmatched in SOAP, delayed graduation, matched psych this year u/mglasses5
SO of an M4, available for venting u/starri42
available for venting, DM them u/Doctor___Strange
M4 matched IM, available for IM/FM SOAPing on Monday u/MrRentgen
PGY-1 in Rads doing a TY, available for help u/thelittlemoumou
OMS4 available to help on Monday for neuro, research etc u/O3DIPAMAAS
M4 available in Arizona area u/jadedquestionmark
M4 available for venting, researching, in the Midwest u/magikcity07
M4 available for moral support, PS, research etc. PM&R & IM u/just4urpayissuesbro
M4 into IM, PS and pep talks u/Glass-Luck
non-carib IMG 2014 grad, matched second time around after dual applying, here for help especially with IMGs u/123123mail
US-IMG available for PS review or support u/MadRealWorldTyree
M4 available to help out u/spidey1290
OMS4 available for research, pep talks, venting
THANK YOU to everyone offering to be on this list- you guys are amazing
(Did you SOAP last year? Want to be available for advice? PM me to be added to this list)
We love you all and are sending good vibes- please don't hesitate to page me in the comments, PM me, or message modmail if you have other specific requests about how we can best help you
Lots of hugs,
the Mod Squad
We are field staff at the SBA, ask us [almost] anything.
**Edit: I'm signing off for questions for the night folks. Thank you for your time and fantastic questions. I really appreciated it. * submitted by Noah_SBA to smallbusiness [link] [comments]
My name is Noah and I work out of the San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Our office has been working closely with business owners and doing our best to manage calls right now. The local offices are very small outreach teams and I spend most of my days right now talking directly with our local business owners about how the shelter-in-place orders are impacting folks.
Everything from cake shops and hairdressers to tech start-ups and manufacturers come through my (now virtual) door. That's actually normal, even during non-disaster situations! Regardless of industry and stage the uncertainty that folks share with me is universal. We're doing what we can to alleviate some of that, where we can but also be transparent and honest about our own limitations.
When working with business owners I work really hard to make it clear what's known and what's not known, as well as not provide answers that I can't answer. Sometimes I make mistakes.
Each morning our team gets incorporates new updates into our discussions as these programs are changing daily right now.
Here's what I can't do (unfortunately)
- Give you (specifically) a status update on either your EIDL or PPP application
- Give you (specifically) a timeline
- Explain why congress did X or tell you what congress will do
- Speak for another office (Especially office of disaster assistance processes and procedures, or for the agency as a whole outside of existing guidance.)
- Tell you what lender to use or endorse any particular lender over another. I also can't solve or answer most questions about why a particular lender is doing x,y,z.
- Share anything that hasn't been cleared for release.
Pretty much all of these questions I'm going to refer to my government-assigned work-from-home Bureaucat Nina Zoobie Halloumi
The moderators sent me a list of questions consolidated by the community. I'm joined today with a field representative for the Office of Disaster Assistance West Bill Koontz and another district representative in DC David Hincapie. All three of us are field staff, so that means that we work with the public regularly, but also that we're not policy makers.
We're going to start this off by doing our best to answer the questions consolidated yesterday:
* Which programs does SBA oversee and where can we get information about ALL of them, including the less known ones? We release a national resource guide that provides an overview of all of our programs. That resource guide doesn't include the PPP or the EIDL advance, since these were just added a few weeks ago. There are ~20-30 programs for business owners through the SBA. They fit into 4 different areas:
|Disaster ||Contracting ||Counseling ||Financing |
|Disaster Physical damage Loans ||8(a) certification program - qualifying businesses to sole source contracts and more ||Small Business Development Centers ||7(a) (with about 30 different flavors) - working capital loans |
|Economic Injury ||Women Owned Small Business Certification ||Women's Business Centers ||504 - commercial real estate loans |
|PPP loan (new) ||Veteran Owned Small Business Certification ||Veteran's Business Development Centers ||Microloans |
|Economic Injury Advance (new) ||Surety Bonds ||SCORE mentoring ||SBIR seed grants for new products |
| ||HubZones ||Procurement Assistance Centers ||SBIC - equity/venture funding |
| || ||Export assistance Centers || |
* What is the specific role of the SBA vs. the banks? This is a complicated question. The short answer is that it depends on the program. For our larger lending programs, SBA operates essentially as an insurer for loans that are made in accordance with our policies (If a lender agrees to follow our guidelines for a business loan, we will "guarantee" it - meaning that we will pay for a portion of the losses should that loan go bad.) Borrowers pay a packaging fee for our normal guaranteed loans and these fees offset any of the losses in normal times, not taxpayer dollars.
* Why do the guidelines the SBA is implementing seem to be different from what was described in the law authorizing the programs? At a high and very general level I can say that laws and procedures/rules are two different things. The latter will always be more specific and can't conflict with laws. For instance, the Small Business Act is a 300 page law. It rarely gets updated and needs an act of congress to do so. Our standard operating procedures, or rules for implementing for just one element of that act is a 500 page document that goes through a public rulemaking process where comments and feedback must be taken and responded to. It gets updated more often than the law.
The Bureaucat will answer most of the why questions, except where that reasoning was included in the interim rulemaking.
* Why did the SBA implement a $1k/employee cap in addition to the $10k cap? On what programs does the number of FTEs limit amounts? [Bill]To ensure that the greatest number of applicants can receive assistance. The only other area where the number of FTEs may impact a business owners are where SBA size standards might make an applicant ineligible for our programs.
* How do EIDL/PPP loans work together or conflict?
- EIDL and PPP loans can't be used for the same expenses.
- EIDL advances (which are forgivable) will reduce the amount of forgiveness received under the PPP. This is to avoid duplication of benefits.
- Technically an EIDL can be rolled into a PPP. Further guidance may be coming out clarifying the process and conditions under which this can occur.
- EIDL loans are broader in what they can be used for. PPP loans are narrower. For that reason we generally suggest that payroll costs be paid with the PPP and other business needs (rent, utilities, inventory, etc) be covered with EIDL loan funds.
* What is the process flow for the loan/grant programs(apply, approved by SBA, apply at a bank...) or where can we see these flows? The simple EIDL process flow is:
[Bill]The status of a specific application will be available to the applicant when processing of their EIDL is near completion. SBA will provide an email notification inviting the applicant to set up an account electronically. This account will enable applicants to check the status of their application, loan decision, loan amount, sign loan closing documents, schedule disbursement, etc. Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience while their applications are being processed.
- Apply online at sba.gov wait Get your advance processed wait get your loan reviewed and decided upon
We're not going to delve into the details on this because these processes are getting updated and changed constantly to work better. They also haven't been shared even with the field offices in many cases. Any information shared, even from the processing centers, would be out of date quickly or only represent a narrow perspective.
The PPP has a different process at every bank. It's different at every institution. From an SBA perspective it's a black box on both ends, except where we've made requirements in the application process (such as the information that an application has to collect. That's by design because SBA is not the one originating these loans.
- [complete the bank process, whatever they've decided to make that look like] Lender transmits approval to SBA and gets a loan number [finish the bank process, whatever they've decided to make that look like]
* Does the SBA communicate directly with the businesses seeking these loans? How can we recognize legitimate attempts to communicate with us? SBA won't contact a PPP borrower directly. If someone contacts you about a PPP loan and says they're from the SBA please report this to our Office of Inspector General. They released a special FAQ on Scams and Frauds earlier this month. If you haven't applied for an EIDL and you get contacted by someone from the SBA telling you about it you should suspect a scam or fraud as well. Once you've applied for EIDL, you may be contacted by an office of disaster assistance loan officer.
Loans and forgiveness
* Which loans get forgiveness, which loans are automatic, which require proof, how can we find the restrictions? What actual guarantees are there that loans will be forgiven if the rules are followed? Will the rules still be subject to change after the loans are made?' Only PPP loans and EIDL advances get forgiveness. EIDL advance forgiveness is automatic. PPP forgiveness must be applied to and the details on that process have yet to be released. Questions about the future I'm delegating to the bureaucat
* Are there restrictions on how payrolls are paid for programs that require documentation of payment of payroll for forgiveness? (i.e. changing employee, emphasizing different operations, firing/hiring but attaining a particular payroll overall This question would only apply to the PPP. The answer is yes, maybe and that the detailed rules on the forgiveness portion of the PPP has yet to be released. bureaucat
* How does forgiveness work if business conditions change like the company is forced into bankruptcy, employees refuse to return to work or the government orders the business to be shut down for more than 8 weeks?
- If you take the funds out and declare bankruptcy and don't get the forgiveness the PPP will act like any other federally funded loan.
- If employees don't return to work you may hire others to replace them or receive forgiveness proportionally to what you are able to spend on payroll costs (the details on how this is calculated have not yet been released). You can also return the funds that you weren't able to use. There are no pre-payment penalties for the PPP.
- PPP funds are expected to be paid towards payroll costs even if the business is shut down. There is no requirement that the business be in operation. Some business owners have taken the opportunity to find other work that can be done remotely for their employees, some are simply paying even though noone is working, some are having employees self-study/develop new skills. There are a lot of options here.
* Why are loans set up so PPP forgiveness only applies if EIDL is not used for payroll even after PPP is exhausted paying for payroll?
- They aren't? You can use EIDL for payroll costs, but you should document very clearly which funds (PPP or EIDL) are going towards which pay periods. Many business owners are just keeping the two totally separate to make for cleaner and easier bookkeeping.
* Why can the self-employed apply for 2.5 months of income but only 8 weeks is forgivable? This was a decision by the administrator in consultation with the Treasury. Page 12 of the Interim Final Rule lays out the reasoning:
- "This is most consistent with the structure of the Act and its overarching focus on keeping workers paid, and will prevent windfalls that Congress did not intend."
- " This is because many self-employed individuals have few of the overhead expenses that qualify for forgiveness under the Act. For example, many such individuals operate out of either their homes, vehicles, or sheds and thus do not incur qualifying mortgage interest, rent, or utility payments. As a result, most of their receipts will constitute net income. Allowing such a self employed individual to treat the full amount of a PPP loan as net income would result in a windfall."
* Why are different banks requiring different documentation between what financial companies require for documentation? The short answer is because they have the discretion to do so. Every lender needs to exercise due diligence and make an effort to verify payroll costs. Among 5,000+ lenders you're going to see the full spectrum of approaches here.
* How much does creditworthiness or credit score matter for these loans? PPP: Depends on the lender. EIDL: It is a factor.
* What happens if multiple applications (in good faith) are submitted to multiple lenders? SBA's loan system should only allow for a single application to be submitted on behalf of a borrower. The first borrower to submit will lock-out all other submitters. I've dealt with a number of business owners who pursued this strategy. There are upsides and downsides.
edit: We've also encountered some situations where the above has not occurred and we're actively investigating this situation. If you are approved for two loans a borrower should notify their lender, only accept one, and should return the funds from one.
* Where can businesses go to find their status with the SBA (i.e. confirmation numbers, status, etc)? For the PPP, they need to go to their lender. We can only see if an approval exists. For the EIDL they need to go to the 1-800 number. ((800) 659-2955)
* Do you have any information about the order of EIDL grant processing? [Bill]We are processing disaster loan applications and Advances on a first-come, first serve basis as fast as we can.
* If someone has an approval number but their bank does not act what options do they have besides waiting? Banks were instructed that the expectation for PPP is that they disburse funds within 10 calendar days from approval.
EDIT: new guidance was released. The expectation remains 10 calendar days from approval. " Loans for which funds have not been disbursed because a borrower has not submitted required loan documentation within 20 calendar days of loan approval shall be cancelled by the lender" If a loan was approved prior to April 28th, the 10 day clock was reset to start on April 28th.
* Can SBA loan confirmation numbers be transferred away from lenders who are failing to fund in a timely way? No.
* Do the confirmation numbers have a structure (region, number in line, etc)? I'd advise against numerology. I'm not aware of a specific structure with much meaningful information and Application numbers are assigned as applications are received.
* What are tiers 1, 2, and 3 on the SBA helpline and what questions can they each answer? [Bill] Our customer call center has not provided ODA field office staff members any information about Tiers 1, 2 or 3. As with any operation, there are supervisors in the call center with oversight responsibility and more authority than others.
* Within the SBA, what is the role of the ODA (Office of Disaster Assistance)? What sub-organizations should we be aware of relating to this pandemic? [Bill] The Office of Disaster Assistance's mission is to provide low interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. ODA has their own field offices, but not sub-organizations.
* Does the SBA outsource operations? Which ones and to whom? [Bill]Normally, no. For the COVID19 response, SBA’s ODA established a public/private relationship with an unnamed outside vendor to process COVID19 loans.
* How can we best recognize solicitation attempts by financial firms without proper affiliation to the SBA or access to the programs? There are a few resources: 1. Check the Find a Lender tool if they have a physical location near you 2. Ask your local SBA district office 3. See if their name showed up on this list of institutions that made loans in Phase 1.
This can be legitimately difficult overall though because there are sometimes intermediaries that authorized lenders will allow to package loan applications for them. If a website has a "banking partners" section on their website they're usually an intermediary or a packager. You can do detective work using tools put out by the Treasury. A regulated bank will always have that information in the footer of their website with a number that you can independently verify at their regulator's website. For intermediaries, you just have to go off of reviews online.
* Customer service reps have been giving out unhelpful or confusing information. What processes are being put in place to make sure they can give us the accurate information we need? [Bill]Our field office staff are sharing any reports we receive of unhelpful or confusing comments made by employees in SBA’s call centers. SBA will release any customer service representative who is unable to properly perform their job.
* Outside of SBA.gov, what are the routes the SBA uses to talk to us? Where can we see a daily or weekly briefing? Folks can sign up for national updates here, or also sign up directly for smaller, more specific email distribution lists here. You can also view our events page, where local offices and our non-profit partners are holding hundreds of webinars on a variety of topics every month.
* How can we see the total amount of loans made? Check our Freedom of Information page. New reports and data get published there.
* What communications should small businesses expect as they go through the process, including about errors, denials, progress or acceptance? (Might be integrated with another question) [Bill] The status of individual applications will be available to the applicant when processing of their EIDL is near completion. SBA will provide an email notification inviting the applicant to set up an account electronically. This account will enable applicants to check the status of their application, loan decision, loan amount, sign loan closing documents, schedule disbursement, etc. Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience while their applications are being processed. Regarding files that are suspended or delayed due to errors or denials, our field office staff have not yet been informed how files in this category are being handled or when to expect resolutions.
* What does the SBA think of the job they have been doing so far? bureaucat
That's a response I'll leave to our national press release. SBA isn't one thing.
* Which businesses or industries does the SBA think need help most? Does size (smaller than "small") matter? SBA exists to help all small businesses. Some industries are much more represented than others (there are just more food service and construction firms than clog manufacturers out there.)
The federal definitions of "small" are often contentious, but the SBA definitions are often pointed to as more comprehensive definitions because we make an attempt to create a different definition for every single industry. You can use this tool or look at the table at the bottom of this page. The standards are designed to be broadly inclusive and for most of our programs are not the sole item used to determine eligibility.
My experience is that for our regular lending and counselling programs, business owners usually grow out of them before they become ineligible(they hire their own consultants or find they can get better terms than an SBA loan.) I don't work as much on the contracting side of things, but I think the size standards are more frequently needing to be evaluated in those programs.
* What are the most common questions you have been answering?
- Status updates of course make up about 40% of my day. That's a hard question because our local office isn't in a position to help most of the time.
- Not so much a question, but I spend a lot of time clarifying misinformation. I.E. "the bank says SBA rejected me" or "why does SBA require my bank do X."
- Also not a question, but I spend a lot of time collecting stories. Even in non-disaster times business owners love to talk about their business because its what they're passionate about and they've almost always invested an incredible amount of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses. A lot of folks just want to share, and our office listens. Oftentimes I hear their stories and I know a local non-profit or resource that specializes in serving that need. We don't do much for instance with legal advice, lease or rental agreements, but I am getting a lot of questions about how to manage relationships and agreements with commercial landlords right now.
* Are there limitations on funding foreign owned but otherwise US companies built into the programs? For the PPP technically the program can accept these applications so long as the business is a US operated business. It is overall more difficult to document and submit these in a way that is acceptable to SBA systems though. A lender has to be willing to slow down and work closely with the borrower and SBA to get it submitted. For all of the other SBA programs, a business needs to be majority owned by a US citizen or legal permanent resident to qualify.
* Some applications made 3/29 and 3/30 seem to be stuck in credit pull. Is there any plan for these? (Might be integrated with another question) [Bill]We in the field offices have not yet been informed specifically how these files will be handled, or when. Any business that applied for a Coronavirus (COVID-19) SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) prior to the release of SBA’s new streamlined application the week ending March 29, must reapply using SBA’s streamlined online application (in SBA’s new loan processing system) available at www.sba.gov. If a business doesn’t have an application number or received one that begins with a “2”, they must reapply under SBA’s new processing system. SBA is presently contacting everyone who applied through the old system, and asking them to reapply at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/ when applications re-open. If a business owner has an application or conformation number that begins with a “3”, they don’t need to do anything – their application is in process in the new system.
State of Dystopia for Spring 2020
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. I know this is far from the usual fare here, but I hope you’ll give this type of post a shot.
Like many of you, I more or less believe we are living in cyberpunk times. At the very least, cyberpunk elements have never been more resonant. What’s important to me in this assessment is more the actual thematic elements of cyberpunk than just the aesthetic.
I love the content here as much as the next person. But sometimes I think we could stand to reflect, too. It’s not an attempt at flattery, but the comment sections on this sub are often insightful.
So why am I posting this?
Because a lot of us are on the same page. We're at least on the same chapter. And if we mostly recognize the cyberpunk and otherwise dystopian trends in the present, we should speak frankly about them.
What I’m focusing on in particular here, is something that I’ve seen very little discussion about on Reddit or social media writ-large, at least among ordinary people like us.
And it is my belief that while dystopia in real life has been long in the making, the last few months have put us firmly on a certain timeline. This is my assessment of why. (Note: pretty specific to the United States).
PLUTOCRACY + INEQUALITY
The last few months have seen the defeat of a progressive challenge to corporate domination, and shortly thereafter an enormous transfer of wealth upwards.
To be clear, I’m not an economist, and I still have a limited grasp of all that’s going on. So don’t take it from me: take it from experts.
This is what award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi had to say about the CARES act, the massive stimulus bill passed in response to the coronavirus-induced economic crisis. You can read more of his work, and the original essay this came from, here.
- Taibbi correctly points out that aid for ordinary people “through programs that are piecemeal, complex, and riddled with conditions,” while aid for the top has been “immediate, staggering in size and scope, and often [appearing] as grants rather than loans.”
- Senate Republicans added tax cuts for top income levels into the CARES act, on top of Trump’s already-drastic tax cuts from 2017. This tax cut effectively costs $195 billion over 10 years. It’s larger than the airline bailout. Or to put it more starkly: “‘The cost of caring for this small slice of the wealthiest one percent is greater than the CARES Act funded for all hospitals in America,’ says Texas Democrat Lloyd Doggett. ‘It’s greater than CARES provided for all state and local governments.’”
- The Federal Reserve’s new stimulus measures allow it to effectively purchase the debt of companies directly to keep money flowing from the financial sector. It's a new tool. And as Matt puts it: “Many of the Fed programs don’t appear even secondarily concerned with maintaining employment. The basic idea instead has been to hurl money at ‘assets,’ underscoring the bizarre dualistic nature of this rescue.”
To elaborate on the Fed’s debt-buying program, here are some excerpts from a joint analysis done by The Intercept and the American Prospect
- “The American Prospect and The Intercept have identified at least 49 large companies that have issued corporate bonds since the Federal Reserve announced that it would purchase them. For some, the benefit of cheaper borrowing was worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”
- “The problem is that this same level of thunderous rescue hasn’t been extended beyond the biggest firms, which could lead to an economic landscape where they dominate society in the very near future.”
- On the Fed’s stimulus having no requirements for employment: “Apple’s recent debt issuance, which could later be purchased directly or indirectly by the Fed, explicitly states that it will be used for, among other things, ‘share buybacks and dividends’ — forms of leaking money to investors rather than keeping workers on payroll.”
This giveaway comes as small businesses die to leave only major corporations left. Most of us can see this unfold with common sense: we’re all using a lot of Amazon, Instacart, etc. And if we interface with local restaurants, it’s typically though GrubHub, UberEats, Doordash.
Sure, there was small business aid—a loan program that ran out of funds immediately and counted large chains among its beneficiaries.
By the way, a note on that program. It had to get refilled, because it ran out immediately, bringing the total to over $600 billion in loans for small businesses.
But hey, it’s helping small businesses right? Well, most of them probably are. But the thing is, today (June 11th), we found out that the Small Business Administration backtracked on its promise to disclose the recipient data
. So it may be a while before we find out how many large, wealthy businesses got aid supposedly for small businesses—if we ever do.
Anyway, let me shift focus to economic consolidation.
Here’s another expert—another guy named Matt with a Substack
, but this time it’s Matt Stoller.
- “It’s not just in the retail space that Amazon is wielding its power, the corporation also radically cut the fees it pays to affiliates and publishers for getting customers to visit Amazon and buy products. An entire ecosystem, which is from what I’m told fairly leveraged up, will now collapse, simply because Amazon is the only game in town for customers and doesn’t need to keep paying for marketing.”
- The Federal Trade Commission recently allowed, with almost no hesitation, Roark Capital Partners to purchase a sizeable stake in the Cheesecake Factory franchise. You haven’t heard of them, but RCP has investments in a large list of chains: Jamba Juice, Arby’s, Sonic, Jimmy John’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Carl’s Jr., and others. They’re not small investments: they turn out $41bn for RCP annually.
- Google is making forays into banking software. Stoller suspects that Google aims to be critical digital infrastructure for banks. He’s probably right.
And there have been a few more recent events highlighting this point. In mid-May, Facebook announced its purchase of Giphy
. A couple days before that, reports emerged of Uber trying to acquire GrubHub
(doing so would give it a dominant 55% market share).
Another point of online ire: Jeff Bezos. A couple weeks ago leftists on Twitter determined Jeff Bezos could be on track to achieve trillionaire status in coming years. To be clear, this is not as assured an outcome as you may have heard
: it assumes the rate of Jeff Bezos’ current
wealth increases will continue ‘til 2026. If
his 34% growth rate continues uninterrupted, he’d be worth a trillion in six years—that may not happen.
But whatever. The point stands even with that detail aside–Bezos is rich as fuck, and he is getting richer through all this because Amazon is becoming more of an essential service than ever. And it’s hard to see that changing in the immediate future.
To an extent, you may not even need all the details provided above to get the gist. Some of the most noticeable aspects of this speak volumes:
The stock market has been soaring with historic gains. The Fed's attempt at stabilizing financial markets has worked for now, and the wealthiest people in the country have regained whatever they lost and then some. As CNN reported last week
, American billionaires have gained $565 billion since March 18th. Speaking of Jeff Bezos, he's worth $32 billion more now than he was in March. All of this has happened while we suffer from double-digit unemployment
To add insult to injury, so much of this disaster came just as progressive challenger Bernie Sanders gets trounced and drops out of the Democratic primary. Do I think Bernie would’ve fixed everything? Of course not. And while you can think you’re a genius for saying “he never would’ve won,” (it’s really not
a hot take), the timing of it all still sucks.
Compounding the seizure of the economy are events breaking out in Minneapolis and many other cities across the country.
Police have been increasingly militarized. It is no longer uncommon to see tanks in the street, run by local police. But that's been a trend over a decade in the making, and thus not really what I'd care to focus on.
Even more worrying are the newer developments. On May 30th, when unrest first broke out in Minneapolis, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he was receiving military intelligence from the Pentagon on protestors
. While we are lacking further info on this statement, if it’s true, it would represent a major step forward for the security state. There are countless examples of domestic surveillance, but this is the military monitoring its own citizens as though they were terrorists within days of the unrest starting.
And then, of course, there’s Trump’s decree that antifa will be designated a terrorist organization. It is unclear if he has the authority to do so. But even if his formal legal authority to do this is unclear, it will almost certainly represent at least SOME ramping up of surveillance and crackdown from the executive side. There's already ample infrastructure--physically and legally--for the executive branch of government to pursue domestic anti-terror practices.
Attorney General Barr already said the FBI is working in coordination with most major cities across the countries as part of its anti-terrorism partnerships with local PDs. In other words, we only need to do so much speculation: protests and unrest are almost certainly being treated with the gravity of a domestic terror threat. We’re not at 9/11 levels of hysteria from the feds, but the infrastructure is there and waiting to be used. The first bit of proof of this: The Intercept reported last week
that the FBI has been interrogating arrested protestors on their political beliefs. We may well find out in a few years how much high-tech mass-surveillance has been conducted.
With the first week of June now over, there are examples of local governments instituting reforms or at least de-escalating to make peace with protestors. Trump, for now, appears to have backed off the idea of deploying the military, and the National Guard has begun withdrawing from Washington DC.
Still, there’s a fair chance that Trump will campaign on a law-and-order backlash and ramp up law enforcement. There's a fair chance these reforms will be such in name only, or that they will lead to privatized, para-military police forces across the country. Now that
would be cyberpunk.
I’ve got one more thing that I just found out about a couple hours ago, from The Intercept
. Facebook has been working on its version of Slack, Facebook Workplace, and debuted some features in an internal meeting. If you’ll allow me to quote the article:
- “One of the new tools debuted by Facebook allows administrators to remove and block certain trending topics among employees.”
- “The presentation discussed the ‘benefits’ of ‘content control.’ And it offered one example of a topic employers might find it useful to blacklist: the word ‘unionize.’”
- "Facebook Workplace is currently used by major employers such as Walmart, which is notorious for its active efforts to suppress labor organizing. The application is also used by the Singapore government, Discovery Communications, Starbucks, and Campbell Soup Corporation."
A bit random, but that’s yet another bit of insidious Facebook news I wanted to throw out there. Though it does tie into the consolidation argument (Facebook trying to compete with Slack) and the security state analysis (yet another means of surveillance and censorship, even if in private hands for now).
Okay...TO SUM UP:
- On the economic front, we’re royally fucked. The worst trends of the last several decades are going to be accelerated even more than before. The corruption of the CARES act makes the 2008-2009 bailout look minor, and it’s hardly talked about.
- We’ve seen the U.S. security apparatus come out in force, brutally, but at the time of this writing, the most ominous measures have not been enacted and may not be.
- That said, there are likely some disturbing anti-terror surveillance actions going on right now that we don't know about.
- One of the other major cyberpunk elements of "all this" is the atomization and isolation. Some people are able to appreciate their families more. Others have been driven deeper into solitude. Everyone is more glued to their screens than ever, and this may well endure after lockdowns and distancing end. I haven't talked about it here because this post is long enough as is, but I'd love more discussion on that.
That's my assessment of the state of dystopia. Anyone off the street could tell you (correctly) that these events have been years in the making. I’m one of those people. Even so, the last few months have taken a particularly dark turn.
I thought those of us who love cyberpunk might benefit from being candid—and even meta—about it. Anyhow, thanks for reading!
New Music Monday (Week 24)! Have great week and enjoy the music | New releases megathread [+weekly updates playlists]
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Heavy neuro presence this week with a couple of banger releases from Merikan and ZombieCats (read the picks of week for a more detailed info on those) as well as a compilation from Ekou recording featuring Screamarts & Freshney, to name a few. Other than those, we got a healthy dose of everything once again, with the exception of no halftime this week :(
Hope you find some new favourites :)
1. Merikan - Witchhunter EP [Blackout] Recommended if you like: IHR, Gancher & Ruin, Despersion, Merikan - Absolute Zero
Have you ever wanted to bang your head against a wall while listening to neurofunk? If not, you might want to get to safety, because it’s going to get wild. If you’ve heard of him, you will know that Merikan is one of the maddest producers out there. He’s producing exactly the kind of crazy neuro I love. So I might be a bit biased, but I don’t care. I’ll say it. This might the best EP of the year for me. Warning: Lots of fanboying below.
Right from the start the Italian Maniac hits us straight in the face with the title track Witch Hunter. The long buildup paired with the massive drop gives me goosebumps Every. Single. Time. But the madness isn’t even close to being over. Haha. Merikan follows this destruction up with the similarly in-your-face Evideon, which probably means ABSOLUTE MADNESS in Italian. If it doesn’t, the meaning should just be changed now.
With Pitbull Merikan changes directions to the more atmospheric parts of the neurofunk subgenre, allowing us all to catch a breath for a second. If you know what’s coming next you’ll understand why such a breather is needed. The final track, Black Antilope, is my favorite track of the EP. Relentless is an understatement. The drop just keeps on going. And going. And going. Absolute chaos. If someone plays this in a club you’ll probably hear me screaming in the background somewhere.
If this was the only release this week, I’d still be happy.
P.S: I feel like I always do this, but please check out the Blackout Podcast Merikan did last week. If you liked the EP, you will love the podcast too.
2. Zombie Cats, SubMarine, The Clamps - Gods & Monsters Remixed EP [Major League DnB] Recommended if you like: Neonlight, Grey Code, Volatile Cycle, AKOV
While I’m still in fanboy mode, let’s talk about the Zombie Cats!
The german-australian duo (shoutout to the Niedersachsen gang) have always been a bit of a favorite of mine, but recently they’ve kicked it up yet another notch. Last year they rebranded their image and sound from their neuro-heavy Eatbrain-y sound to one that is more open to other genres and influences, starting with Last Day. From releases on Viper, Galacy, ProgRAM and their own Zombie Cats label to all the livestream sets they’ve had, it’s safe to say they’ve been on a roll ever since.
For this release they’ve decided to revisit an old classic EP of theirs, the Gods & Monsters EP on Major League. They’ve recruited the french mastermind The Clamps, german technical wizard SubMarine and even themselves for a cheeky VIP. As expected by the lineup, they delivered. Hard. The Clamps’s remix of No God grabbed the classic, which by the way probably has the best vocal sample ever, by its core and twisted and turned it around until a whole new pure banger emerged.
SubMarine understood the new Zombie Cats sound (especially Always and Did You Know) so well that his remix of NRG almost sounds like a brand new track by the undead felines. I urge you to stay around for the switchup in that track, you won’t regret it. The EP finishes strong with the Zombie Cats own techy-but-still-neuro rework of their collab with Safra RA, making me wish this remix EP was longer.
It has been an absolute pleasure to watch the Zombie Cats innovate again and again. I can’t wait for what else they have in store in 2020. Which might be more than you think. Like that [REDACTED] for example.
3. Harriet Jaxxon - The Sound [Drum&Bass Arena] Recommended if you like: DC Breaks, Mob Tactics, Tantrum Desire
Okay okay, I’ll slow down a bit on the fanboying. For now.
I was thinking of putting this production debut of Harriet Jaxxon into the Hidden Gem section, but that probably would have undercut her long history in the scene and her contributions to it.
Like many others before her, Harriet cut her teeth in the scene with DJing. While she was still studying music tech courses at college, she got into contact with DnB and Dubstep event promoters and quickly became one of the DJs playing at said events. After many detours into various other genres and styles, like House or UK Garage, it was a gig right before Shy FX that got her back into intoxicating vibes of DnB. After a while of uploading mixes online, RAM Records got in touch and she became a staple at various RAM events. This quickly spiralled into more and bigger appearances at festivals like Rampage or at Andy C’s infamous XOYO residency in 2019.
After all this time immersing herself in the dancefloors all over the continent, she finally decided to join in on the fun of production too. And boy does her experience show in that debut. If I was listening to it blindly and you would have told me it’s the newest club banger by DC Breaks, I would have believed you.
Pretty much right from the start, she’s playing with the big leagues. Which isn’t necessarily surprising considering her amassed experience in the scene, but is still just a nice thing to see. It really feels like she has put a lot of thought and hard work into it. One of the most polished debuts I’ve had the pleasure of covering here.
If this first release is anything to go by, this won’t be the last time you hear from her here.
4. Shapeless - Dreaming EP [Differential] Recommended if you like: Leniz, Dustkey, SiLi
Do you like liquid? Yes? You’ll probably like Differential.
Differential is a relatively new dutch liquid-focused label that has a consistency in its releases that other, bigger labels can and should be jealous of. Let’s quickly go back in time to 2018, the founding year of the label. Unsatisfied with the dutch liquid landscape, a group of friends came together and set out to create a party series for the soulful liquid sound they all shared a love for, which quickly escalated to them creating what is now Differential. Okay we’re back. Told you it was going to be quick.
The newest release of this great ensemble features the up-and-coming dutch producer Shapeless. After two contributions to High Tea Music compilations and a collaboration on the Affinity compilation EP on Differential, it is now finally time for a full solo release by him. I think I might have exhausted the amount I can write for this week’s releases on the other posts. Just listen to this one. It’s really great soulful liquid that, as the title suggests, just puts you in a dream-like state if you let it. That’s why it is this week’s Spotlight of The Week™!
Runner-ups for this weeks hidden gem:
- Janosh - Diamant [PLAY! Music] | great uplifting dancefloor from Germany!
- goddard. - Player. [DnB Allstars] | unique deep sounds
- Moytra - Incurzion Optics 002 [Incurzion Audio] | weird, weird sounds. great stuff.
- Able - Critical Presents: Binary Vol.20 [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Agressor Bunx - Poison [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Akov - Wumpa / Losing Time [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Alex Reece, Wax Doctor, Dillinja - Basic Principles (Remasters) [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Aznok, Redlaw - Spaceman EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Banoffee Pies, Digi 08 Various Artists [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Bcee, Etherwood, Charlotte Haining - Little Bit Lighter [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Ben Verse, Trex - DTBI [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Black Barrel - Traffic Jam EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- BLVCK CROWZ - Was zur Hölle [Spotify]
- Break, Kyo, Workforce, Dlr, Skeptical - The Edge Of Time / City Slickers (Remixes) [Beatport]
- Burnzy - Liberation [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Carter - 4 Of 20 EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Coco Bryce - Ma Bae Be Luv EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Concept One - Blue Whale EP [Beatport]
- Conrad Subs - National Anthem EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Culture Shock - There For You (LSB Remix) [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Drs, Hybrid Minds - Don't Ever (Kanine Remix) [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Dsurr - Bird Of Prey EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Duoscience, K.C - One Love To Me / Subtlety [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Easy & Geeks, Boom & Bally - Headsbass Volume 2 Part 2 [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Ekou Recordings, New Horizon Shines Various Artists [Bandcamp]
- El - The Book Of El EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Enei, Jakes, Particle - Fame [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Faysha - Gucci Belt EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Fokuz, Glass Hearts EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Friske - A Different Perspective [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Gaw - Whopper EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- goddard. - Player. [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Harriet Jaxxon - The Sound [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Imprint - Urbia EP [Junodownload]
- Linear - Calling [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Lowriderz - Back To Business EP [Beatport], [Spotify]
- Mage - Loud Shout / I Am Not That one [Beatport], [Spotify]
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[Character of the Month] Ric Grayson
Debuted by: submitted by beary_good to DCcomics [link] [comments]
Benjamin Percy and Travis Moore First Appearance: Nightwing
v4 #50 Affiliated Organizations:
Bludhaven Taxi Service, Court of Owls, Bald Man Illuminati Friends/Allies:
Beatrice Bennett, a bunch of random cops who keep getting hospitalized, some redhead psychopath named Barbara Gordon
, a creepy gargoyle child named Damian Strengths/Abilities:
beating up Talons or something Overview Sigh
... here we go.
#55, Nightwing was shot in the head by KGBeast. In the aftermath, DC editorial apparently went through a mess of different ideas before arriving at the worst one. Ben Percy, the Nightwing
writer at the time, had long-term plans for the title that were backed up by Dan DiDio (yes, that Dan DiDio), and was slated to write a short arc about Dick developing vertigo. Tom King, writer of Batman
, pitched a couple of ideas: one in which Dick was healed by Zatanna, and another where Tim Drake would help Dick rehabilitate from his injury. For some reason, editorial elected to go with an amnesia angle, and gave the book to Scott Lobdell, friend of Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and mastermind of renowned works such as New 52 Teen Titans
, Red Hood and the Outlaws
, and Superman: H'el on Earth
. Lobdell insisted that the amnesia arc be prolonged for as long as possible, believing that it would be as impactful as Barbara Gordon being Oracle.
In-story, Dick was shortly released out of the hospital despite not having a full recovery and not being able to remember anything past his childhood in the circus. For some reason, he chose to stay in Bludhaven, despite having no attachment to that city, and (for some reason) suddenly being homeless. He also, for some reason, rejected the Bat Family, and insisted on being called "Ric", despite never having been called that in his childhood. He also struck up a relationship with a bartender named Bea, who (despite being a seemingly nice person) apparently had no problem with keeping Ric away from his adopted family that wanted to help him heal. He was also immune to Scarecrow fear gas. I don't know. If none of this makes sense to you, welcome to your first Scott Lobdell comic.
After some time, Dan Jurgens took over the title, and blamed every single one of Lobdell's plot holes and gaps in logic on the Court of Owls, who had been manipulating the Bat Family from the very begining. The Court took advantage of Dick's injury to make him more susceptible to indoctrination. The Talon William Cobb, Dick's great grandfather, used a mask to implant false memories into Dick's mind, memories in which Dick was trained by the Talons and had assassinated Bruce Wayne
. It seems that this mask also robbed him of the ability to type "Is Bruce Wayne dead?" into a Google searchbar. However, this plan backfired, as it also unlocked Dick's real memories of being raised by Bruce Wayne as Robin.
Ric fought back against his programming as a Talon, and defeated William Cobb. This left Ric with two conflicting sets of memories: one of which just so happens to be corroborated by the very evil Court of Owls and is easily contradicted by the fact that Ric talked to Bruce Wayne face-to-face at Alfred's funeral
, and another which just so happens to be corroborated by the significantly less evil Bat Family. Ric is very conflicted on which memories are true and which are false. Related
None. No one wants to be associated with Ric. Recommended Reading Nightwing
, by Dan Jurgens and Ronan Cliquet
Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P.
- The Gray Son Legacy
, by James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi
CotM artwork by Travis Moore CotM Voting: "Going Through a Phase"
Character of the Month archives
Mega-List: Israel's Crimes and Controversies
Updated on 11June 2020, Arranged in Chronological Order All articles cited are from reliable and trustworthy sources (some may be NSFL): Use this website to read any paywalled site you might encounter in this list. Major Incidents: ONE. submitted by invalidusermyass to list_palestine [link] [comments]
Assasination of Jacob Israël de Haan (1924), a Dutch-Jewish diplomat, for attempting to make a peace deal with the Emir of Mecca - his plan was a Palestinian state in a Jordanian federation, the Zionists would drop the Balfour declaration and any claim to a state in exchange for unrestricted immigration. He was assassinated when leaving a synagogue by Avraham Tehomi (who admitted to it much later), on the orders of Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, who later became the 2nd President of Israel: Wiki
, 972mag TWO.
King David Hotel Bombing (1946) where right-wing Zionist terrorists attacked a British HQ located within the hotel killing 91 and injuring 46. The leader of the perpetrators, Manachem Begin became the Prime Minister of Israel in 1977: Wiki
, Haaretz THREE.
Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) where 110 villagers were slaughtered, some members of the perpetrators were at a later time, absorbed into the IDF, one even became PM of Israel: Wiki
, Britannica FOUR. Document
from IDF archives (1948) which after translation states:
"In the villages lying between Nahraiya and Tarshiha there are no foreign troops for the time being.The villages are armed and ready for action1.
Your orders are to occupy, kill the men2,
destroy and burn down the villages of Kabri, Umm al-Faraj and al-Nahr."
 Ilan Pappe notes that the villagers had no proper arms, only for hunting purposes and people who served in the police; without Arab troops that were absent they stood no chance  In April 1948, the Intelligence of the Hagana defined men as anyone above the age of 10
-Photo taken from IDF Archives 1676\51\12
-Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949, ISBN 0-521-33028-9. P. 133
-Hagana archives, 100\35, dated May 19, 1948 FIVE.
Palestinian Exodus "Nakba" (1948) was an expulsion of 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their Homeland during the war and establishment of Israel in May 1948, these includes testimonies of massacres, rape and looting. During and immediately following the state’s creation, Israel expropriated approximately 4,244,776 acres of Palestinian land. Haaretz
, TheWallsOfJerusalem SIX.
Assassination of Folke Bernadotte, (1948) UN Mediator for Palestinian Refugees by Israel's Zionist Paramilitary Group, Lehi. The killing was approved by the three-man 'center' of Lehi, one of which, after the assassination, became 7th Prime Minister of Israel (Yitzhak Shamir). No one was convicted for the assassination: Wiki
, WRMEA SEVEN.
Lavon Affair (1954) a failed false flag operation where Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli Military Intelligence to plant bombs inside Egyptian, American, and British-owned civilian targets, their foiled plan was to blame the attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood: Haaretz
, Wiki EIGHT.
Kafr Qasim Massacre (1956) where Israeli Border Police killed 49 Arabs (19 men, 6 women, 23 children, 1 unborn child) returning home from work during a curfew they were unaware of. Those involved in the massacre were found guilty but were pardoned and released from prison in a single year. The highest ranking official prosecuted for the massacre confessed before his death, that the massacre were planned to ethnically cleanse Israeli Arabs from the region, and that his trial was staged to protect Israeli political and military elites, including Prime Minister Ben Gurion, from taking responsibility for the massacre: Wiki
, Medium NINE.
Apollo Affair (1965) an incident where 200-600 pounds of highly enriched uranium disappeared from a Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Highly suspected to have gone to Israel's Nuclear Program particularly given the visit of Rafi Eitan who was under the guise of a chemist but later revealed as an Israeli spy and who was later involved in the Jonathan Pollard
, Archive of the findings of Roger Mattson, a Physicist who investigated the Incident for the Nuclear Regulatory Commision
, 1968 FBI Report
, FBI's Declassified Memo PDF TEN.
USS Liberty (1967) where Israel deliberately attacked an American Cargo Vessel killing 34 without any repurcussions: YouTube
, Wiki EVEVEN.
Operation Trojan (1986) according to ex-Mossad agent in his book, Mossad instigated the US bombing of Libya by planting a transmission device and impersonating as the Libyan Govt sending terrorist orders to its embassies around the world. (Story in Page 113-117) (Downloadable PDF File): Other Side of Deception PDF TWELVE.
Cave of Patriarchs Massacre (1994) Israeli Settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire in Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 worshippers and wounding more than 125: Wiki
, JPost THIRTEEN.
Qana Massacre (1996) IDF fired artillery shells at a UN Compound where 800 Lebanese civillians were taking refuge. 106 civillians were killed, 116 injured, 4 Fiji UN forces were also seriously injured: Wiki
, DailyMotion FOURTEEN.
2nd Qana Massacre (2006) air-strike carried out by IDF on a building Lebanon during the war. 28 civillians were killed out of which 16 were children. Upon investigation, IDF concluded that there was in fact no rocket launched from Qana on the day of the deadly strike by IDF: Wiki
, Norman Finkelstein FIFTEEN.
Israeli Mossad posed as CIA agents to recruit terrorists to carry out False Flag Operations against Iran (2007-2008) Haaretz
, ForeignPolicy SIXTEEN.
Four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated and another was seriously wounded in an attempted murder between (2010-2012). US officials confirm that Terror Group, MEK was financed, trained, and armed by Israel in killing the nuclear scientists: NBC
, Guardian Sidenote
What is Zionism? YouTube
Palestine before Zionism (Pre-1948): Youtube
(1946 - Arrival of Illegal Zionist Immigrants)
Divide & Conquer: An interactive map explaining the Israel divide and control of Palestinian Land (2019): Interactive Map
JIDF: Israeli Government is paying and giving away scholarships to students who fight internet battles and spread propaganda (2013): BBC
, Huffington Post
Israel's JIDF Hasbara App (2017): YouTube
App on GooglePlay where people defend Israel on Social Platforms to gain points (2019): GooglePlay Intl Law:
Apartheid Against Palestinians: Protected Wiki
International Law (Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, UN Resolution 37/43) dictates that Palestinians have a legal right to an armed struggle to resist occupation: Add. Protocol I, Geneva Conventions (PDF)
, UN Resolution 37/43 (PDF)
Israel's building of settlements in occupied territories such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law, violating Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 as well as the Statute of Rome, Art. 8 (2)(b)(viii) which states: "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."
, International Law on Occupation
, Al Jazeera
Israel's destruction of homes in occupied territories such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law, violating Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 which states: "Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons ... is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations."
: Fourth Geneva Convention (PDF) Others:
Israeli former nuclear technician turned whistleblower was lured to Italy where Mossad drugged and abducted him back to Israel for the trial that was held secretly behind closed doors. He spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 in solitary confinement. Says he suffered "cruel and barbaric treatment" at the hands of Israeli authorities while imprisoned because he was Christian. After his release in 2004, he was subjected to a broad array of very strict restrictions on his speech and movement (1986): Wiki
2nd Intifada, 12 yr old boy shot dead, father severely injured (2000): CNN
Breaking the silence - targeting civilians with grenades and machine guns during the 2nd Intifada (2000): YouTube
5 Israelis working for an Israeli Company "Urban Moving Systems" were arrested on 9/11 after being seen photographing and celebrating the attack on the WTC. Owner of the company fled to Israel after the incident. FBI still lists him as a 9/11 suspect but Israel refuses to extradiate him (2001): 9/11 War by Deception
Netanyahu caught on tape: "America is something that you can easily maneuver and move in the right direction" (2001): YouTube
Netanyahu lying during his speech at the US House of Representatives on Saddam Hussiens WMDs which doesn't exist (2002): YouTube
Advocating racial purity in Israel, Chinese workers in Israel sign no-sex contract (2003) Guardian
Tom Hurndall, a British Peace Activist, was shot in the head by an IDF sniper while he was helping Palestinian children flee from cross-fire in Rafah, Gaza strip. His killer was released from prison 2 years early of his 8-year sentence (2003): Wiki
, Evening Standard
Rachel Corrie, American Activist who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer destroying Palestinian homes in Gaza (2003): Imgur
New Zealand imposed diplomatic sanctions on Israel over an incident where 2 Australia-based Israelis, who were allegedly working for Mossad, attempted to fraudulently obtain NZ Passports by claiming the identity of a disabled man. 2 others, Ze'ev Barkan and David Reznick, are believed to have been the 3rd and 4th men involved in the scandal but they managed to leave NZ before being apprehended. NZ PM viewed the incident as "not only utterly unacceptable but also a breach of NZ's sovereignty and international law". The following year, Israeli foreign minister apologized for the incident. (2004) Wiki
Breaking the Silence, testimonies from IDF Whistleblowers (2004): BreakingTheSilence
Not guilty, IDF Captain who empties his magazine on a 13yr old girl, says he would have done the same if she was 3 yrs old (2005): Guardian
Phosphorus and cluster bombs which is illegal under international law heavily used by Israel during the Lebanon war (2006) Haaretz
Israel celebrates Irgun Hotel Bombing (2006): Telegraph
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami: “If I were a Palestinian, I Would Have Rejected Camp David” implying that the Camp David Summit Offer by Ehud Barak in 2000
was unreasonable and designed to be rejected (2006): DemocracyNow
Jewish National Fund (a charity) owns 13% of the land in Israel and stipulates that only Jews can buy, mortgage or lease their land. (2007): Economist
Operation 'Cast Lead', estimated 1391 Palestinians killed, 759 to be civillians, 344 children, 110 women 13 Israeli killed, out of which 10 are soldiers (2008-2009): BBC
Israel admits using White Phosphorus during their military offensive on Gaza (2009): France24
Palestinian who claimed to be a Jew after a consensual sexual encounter with an Israeli woman jailed for 'Rape By Deception' (2010)
Israeli Organization, Kav La Oved: "Israel owes billions of shekels to Palestinian workers" (2010) (Downloadable PDF File): KavLaOved PDF
Using Palestinian captives as human shields (2010): Imgur
Gaza Flotilla, Israeli Commandos raid 6 civillians ships carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, 9 activists were killed, 10 Israeli commandos wounded (2010): Guardian
Hashomer, Haganah, Irgun and Lehi which operated against the British Government and Arabs in Palestine used to hide weapons in synagogues, women's rooms and kindergartens. Something Israel criticises Hamas of doing today. (2011): Haaretz
IDF soldier caught kicking a Palestinian child (2012): RT
Hierarchy of the Human species according to Eli Ben-Dahan, Israel's former deputy minister of defense: Goyims (Non-Jews) placed below Homosexual Jews (2013): Haaretz
Israeli Trade Minister: "I've killed alot of Arabs in my life, there's no problem with that" (2013) JPost
IDF soldier posting an Instagram pic of a Palestinian clild in his rifle crosshairs (2013): Guardian
Ethiopian Jews injected with contraceptive birth control without their consent (2013): Haaretz
In 2013, Israel awarded 'Genie Energy', an American Oil and Gas company, rights to drill in Golan Heights (Syrian territory occupied by Israel) despite international opposition. In 2015, Israel claimed a massive discovery of oil in the area, which Israeli officials reportedly believe could supply the country’s oil needs for many years to come. (2013):
Here are the prominent figures in Genie Energy's Board of Advisors:
Jacob Rothschild (British banker of the prominent Rothschild family), Dick Cheney (Ex-Vice president of USA), Rupert Murdoch (Billionaire American Media Mogul), James Woolsey (Ex-CIA Director), Lawrence Summers (Ex-Head of US Treasury), Bill Richardson (Ex-Energy Secretary of USA), Michael Steinhardt (Wall Street Trader, Investor and Hedge Fund Manager) BusinessInsider
, Yahoo Finance
4 boys playing soccer in an open beach bombed by an Israeli warship, a later report in 2018 then revealed that it was two missiles fired from an Israeli armed drone that actually killed the boys (2014): NYT
Israeli police officers beats up a 15yr old American boy a week after the boy's cousin was killed, no jail time was given to the officers (2014): BBC
Palestinian boy beaten and burned alive by Israeli settlers (2014): Guardian
Israelis cheering on the Gaza bombing (2014): Guardian
Statistics of Palestinian children killed in Operation 'Protective Edge' (2014): Telegraph
Avraham Shalom (Former Head of Shin Bet) compares Israel's Occupation to Nazi Germany's actions in WW2 towards the Czechs, Poles and Dutch (2014): YouTube
Killing Gaza: Documentary on war crimes committed by the Israeli Military, with direct testimonies and evidence from survivors (2014): KillingGaza
IDF beating up a Palestinian man who told them to stop firing tear gas (2015): YouTube
Eli Ben-Dahan, Israel's former deputy defense minister: "Homosexual Jews are superior to Gentiles (Non-Jews), a jew always has a higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual" He also says "To me, they (Palestinians) are like animals, they aren't human" (2015): TimesofIsrael
Israeli Foreign Minister says disloyal Arabs should be beheaded with an axe (2015): WashingtonPost
Israeli Radicals celebrate by stabbing picture of Palestinian baby that was killed in a firebomb attack (2015): Haaretz
Beitar Jerusalem, the most racist football fanbase in the world (2015): YouTube
IDF Soldier assaults and beats up Palestinian Shopkeeper as he was loading boxes (2015): YouTube
Former IDF Soldier Ido Gal Razon testifies to murdering people in Gaza (2015): YouTube
Israeli racist police officer assaults their own african soldier (2015): YouTube
Shir Hever, Israeli Economist: "78% of Palestinian aid money ends up going to Israel" (2015) (Downloadable PDF File): ShirHever PDF
Brooke Goldstein (Director of the Lawfare Project who has assisted in many lawsuits towards Palestinian activist groups) declared to enthusiastic applause at a meeting of key Israel lobby operatives in New York: “Why are we using the word Palestinian? There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person” (2016) Video
Many Palestinians including children are detained in Israeli prisons without trial or charges (2016): Time
Jewish Community Watch: "Israel becoming a safe haven for paedophiles worldwide" (2016): Independent
IDF Soldier throws disabled man out of his wheelchair after he attempts to help a 14yr old who was shot (2016): Independent
IDF throws stun grenade at unarmed Palestinians talking outside their home (2016) YouTube
IDF soldier laughs as Palestinian man is crushed at the gate (2016): YouTube
IDF killing a 15yr old Palestinian travelling home from a family outing (2016): Guardian
Report: Israel's repetitive destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine (2016): EuroMed
Former Director of Mossad defends Israel providing aid to Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda's Affiliate) in Syria (2016) Youtube
Israeli Former Defence Minister says ISIS fighters apologizes to Israel after mistakenly launching an attack on IDF. Refused to comment on how they expressed their apology. Have since forgiven ISIS (2017) Independent
Reports of Torture during custody from Palestinians held imprisoned without charges or trial (2017): Haaretz
IDF Veteran: "I was the terrorist" (2017): YouTube
Israel seizes solar panels donated to Palestinians by the Dutch govt (2017): Independent
Israelis speak candidly about Palestinians to Abby Martin, includes lots of racism (2017): YouTube
Gaza: World's Largest Open-Air Prison (2018): NRC
Sentence to 9 Months after killing 2 unarmed Palestinian teens (2018): 972mag
Unarmed protestor holding flag shot by live bullets (2018): YouTube
Unarmed protester shot in the head during the protest (2018): Gyfcat
IDF assaulting medics and injured protesters (2018): Gyfcat
Abdullah Shamali, was shot while standing and talking with his friends 700 metres away from the fence (2018): Twitter
Muhammad Ayoub, 15yr old was shot in the head while running away from the fence (2018): YouTube
Mentally disabled man shot in the back of his head as he was walking away (2018): Haaretz
Elderly man waving a flag and a medic got shot at by a live round (2018): Gyfcat
Shot dead for waving flag (2018): EgyptToday
Medic shot dead by an IDF sniper (2018): WashingtonPost
IDF edits video of Palestinian Medic who was shot dead by them to misleadingly show that she was a human shield for Hamas and justify her death (2018): Independent
Canadian Doctor shot by IDF sniper (2018): CBC
Israeli Border police throws stun grenade at a Palestian couple and their infant baby as they were fleeing (2018): YnetNews
IDF Snipers cheering as they shoot an unarmed Palestinian (2018): Guardian
Similar incident, cheering after shooting a Palestinian (2018): Guardian
"Nation State" Law gives Jews exclusive rights over Arabs living in Israel (2018): Guardian
List of active discriminatory laws in Israel: Adalah
Did you know that 97% of drinking water in Gaza (under Israeli control) is contaminated? (2018): Haaretz
IDF Soldiers shooting tear gas into a Palestinian school (2018): Haaretz
Israeli settlers beating up Palestinian farmer in front of his children (2018): Haaretz
Former Chairman of Israel Labour Party says relationships between Jews and Non-Jews are "an actual plague" (2018): Twitter
4 year old child dies 4 days after being shot by the IDF while protesting (2018): Reuters
An alternative view, Palestinian Christians on Israel (2018): Youtube
Chief Rabbi calls black people "monkeys" in his weekly sermon (2018): TimesofIsrael
Israel's Supreme Court rejects legal challenge on the military's rule where soldiers can fire on UNARMED protesters (2018): APNews
Mohammed Tamimi, 16, who was shot in the head by Israeli forces held in prison for 2 days without explanation (2018): Haaretz
Most demonstrators shot by the IDF with live rounds are unarmed and not in immediate vicinity of the perimeter fence (2018): B'Tselem
IDF edited out key footage of Gaza missile strike which killed 2 Palestinian teenagers (2018): Youtube
Multi Award-winning short documentary on the occupation of Gaza (2018): YouTube
What if your whole family was being forcefully evicted from a home you lived in since 1948 to make way for new settlers? (2019) Haaretz
Palestinian Boy on the way to school shot in the head by Israeli Police (2019): Haaretz
Video of war crimes screened at UN Human Rights Council (2019): Youtube
Top Rabbis in Israel defending and calling for donations to an Israeli charged with killing a Palestinian woman (2019): Haaretz
Israeli Settlers attack Palestinian Mother and her son (2019): Gyfcat
IDF Harrasses ambulance crew and demands for their key (with sound) (2019): Gyfcat
"Israel is the nation state of Jews alone" Netanyahu responds to TV star saying Arabs are equal citizens (2019): Haaretz
Arresting children in school, IDF threatened breaking the teacher's arm if he doesn't let go of his student (2019): CNN
IDF Soldiers laughing as they assault a Palestinian Father and Son handcuffed while in custody (2019): i24News
, Haaretz PART 2, 3 & 4 CONTINUED IN COMMENT SECTION BELOW
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