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

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

Connections to Trump & family

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

Congress and other political connections

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

Other noteworthy recipients

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

The more you know

Fair distribution? There was no apparent link between the amount of economic damage suffered by states and how successful the small businesses in them were at getting the loans from the program. North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas all saw loan approvals of at least 90 percent of their eligible small-business payroll, even though they rank among the least-affected states in terms of unemployment claims during the crisis.
Just a small fraction of the bailout. Keep in mind that the Paycheck Protection Program is just one part of the government’s bailout. There are other, bigger, bailout efforts that the federal government is not required to tell us about.
Here are some articles about the bigger business and financial sector bailouts:
  • ProPublica: How the Coronavirus Bailout Repeats 2008’s Mistakes: Huge Corporate Payoffs With Little Accountability
  • Brookings: What’s the Fed doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? What more could it do?
  • NYT: How the Fed’s Magic Money Machine Will Turn $454 Billion Into $4 Trillion
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Arbitrary list of popular lights - Summer Solstice 2020 edition

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

For those in a hurry

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

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

About specs and considerations

Moved to the wiki due to character limit

Mainstream lights

Everyday Carry Lights

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


AAA battery

AA battery

CR123A/16340 battery

18350 battery

18650 battery

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

Dual-switch lights

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

E-switch lights

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

Other by use case

Right-angle lights and headlamps

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



All of these use one 18650 battery.


Duty lights

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

High-performance lights

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


Turn night into day, but not necessarily very far away


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.


Some throw, some flood... probably a lot

Other lights

Stuff that doesn't fit somewhere else goes here.

Enthusiast lights

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

Everyday carry

Jacket pocket, maybe


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

Edit 20200624: added Tool AA, NU25, KR4, KR1
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Official SOAP Thread 2020

Hi chickadees,
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

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
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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. **
Hi everyone,
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)
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:

Program Organization

* 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.

PPP/EIDL Specifics

Loan Organization

* How do EIDL/PPP loans work together or conflict?

  1. EIDL and PPP loans can't be used for the same expenses.
  2. EIDL advances (which are forgivable) will reduce the amount of forgiveness received under the PPP. This is to avoid duplication of benefits.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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.

* 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. 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:

Obtaining approvals

* 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.

Loan status

* 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?


* 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.

SBA Structure

* 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.

Public Relations

* What does the SBA think of the job they have been doing so far?

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?

Additional questions

* 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.
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State of Dystopia for Spring 2020

Hello cyberpunk. 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).


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.
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.
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.
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:
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:

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!
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New Music Monday (Week 24)! Have great week and enjoy the music | New releases megathread [+weekly updates playlists]

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 :)
Weekly updated Spotify Playlist H2L: New Drum & Bass
Soundcloud Playlist H2L: New Drum & Bass Soundcloud
Youtube Playlist H2L: New Drum & Bass Youtube
Last Week's list http://reddit.com/gyufza

Picks Of The Week (by u/lefuniname)

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.  

New Releases

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[Character of the Month] Ric Grayson

Ric Grayson

Debuted by: 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
Sigh... here we go.
In Batman #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.
None. No one wants to be associated with Ric.
Recommended Reading
Nightwing, by Dan Jurgens and Ronan Cliquet
Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P., by James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi
CotM artwork by Travis Moore
CotM Voting: "Going Through a Phase"
Voting Breakdown:
Characters Votes
Ric Grayson 69
Jason Todd tentacle monster 68
Superman Blue 2
Hal Jordan as Parallax 1
Jim Gordon as Batman 1
Azrael as Batman 1
Agent 37 1
Batman of Zur-En-Arrh 1
Jessica Cruz as Power Ring 1
New 52 Wally West 1
Artemis of Bana-Mighdall as Wonder Woman 1
Hal Jordan as Spectre 1
Dick Grayson as Batman 1
Red Lantern Supergirl 1
White Lantern Kyle Rayner 1
Character of the Month archives
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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):
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Major Incidents:
ONE. 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, Haaretz, 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, Haaretz, 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."
[1] 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 [2] 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, Haaretz, Atlantic, Vox, 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, Independent, Haaretz, 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, TimesofIsrael, 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, Haaretz, 972mag, 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 incident:
Wiki, LATimes, Mondoweiss,
Archive of the findings of Roger Mattson, a Physicist who investigated the Incident for the Nuclear Regulatory Commision,
YouTube, 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, Haaretz, 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, AlAraby, Independent, 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, BBC, 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, Guardian
What is Zionism?
Palestine before Zionism (Pre-1948):
Youtube (1896)
Youtube (1900s)
Youtube (1930s)
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, USAToday, Huffington Post
Israel's JIDF Hasbara App (2017):
App on GooglePlay where people defend Israel on Social Platforms to gain points (2019):
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.":
Wiki, UN, International Law on Occupation, Al Jazeera, Amnesty, Amnesty, B'Tselem, YouTube
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)
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, Youtube, NYT, Guardian, CNN, Wired, Telegraph
2nd Intifada, 12 yr old boy shot dead, father severely injured (2000):
CNN, Twitter
Breaking the silence - targeting civilians with grenades and machine guns during the 2nd Intifada (2000):
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, YouTube, Forward, NYT, Haaretz
Netanyahu caught on tape: "America is something that you can easily maneuver and move in the right direction" (2001):
Netanyahu lying during his speech at the US House of Representatives on Saddam Hussiens WMDs which doesn't exist (2002):
Advocating racial purity in Israel, Chinese workers in Israel sign no-sex contract (2003)
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, BBC, Guardian, Evening Standard
Rachel Corrie, American Activist who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer destroying Palestinian homes in Gaza (2003):
Imgur, BBC
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, NZHerald
Breaking the Silence, testimonies from IDF Whistleblowers (2004):
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):
Phosphorus and cluster bombs which is illegal under international law heavily used by Israel during the Lebanon war (2006)
Israel celebrates Irgun Hotel Bombing (2006):
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):
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, Wiki
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, Haaretz, Haaretz, Amnesty
Israel admits using White Phosphorus during their military offensive on Gaza (2009):
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, Guardian, Haaretz, Haaretz
Gaza Flotilla, Israeli Commandos raid 6 civillians ships carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, 9 activists were killed, 10 Israeli commandos wounded (2010):
Guardian, CNN
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):
IDF soldier caught kicking a Palestinian child (2012):
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):
Israeli Trade Minister: "I've killed alot of Arabs in my life, there's no problem with that" (2013)
IDF soldier posting an Instagram pic of a Palestinian clild in his rifle crosshairs (2013):
Ethiopian Jews injected with contraceptive birth control without their consent (2013):
Haaretz, Independent, Guardian
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, TRTworld, 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, Intercept, Haaretz, Independent
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, TimesofIsrael
Palestinian boy beaten and burned alive by Israeli settlers (2014):
Guardian, Wiki
Israelis cheering on the Gaza bombing (2014):
Statistics of Palestinian children killed in Operation 'Protective Edge' (2014):
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):
Killing Gaza: Documentary on war crimes committed by the Israeli Military, with direct testimonies and evidence from survivors (2014):
IDF beating up a Palestinian man who told them to stop firing tear gas (2015):
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):
Israeli Foreign Minister says disloyal Arabs should be beheaded with an axe (2015):
Israeli Radicals celebrate by stabbing picture of Palestinian baby that was killed in a firebomb attack (2015):
Beitar Jerusalem, the most racist football fanbase in the world (2015):
IDF Soldier assaults and beats up Palestinian Shopkeeper as he was loading boxes (2015):
Former IDF Soldier Ido Gal Razon testifies to murdering people in Gaza (2015):
Israeli racist police officer assaults their own african soldier (2015):
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)
Many Palestinians including children are detained in Israeli prisons without trial or charges (2016):
Time, Haaretz, 972mag, B'Tselem
Jewish Community Watch: "Israel becoming a safe haven for paedophiles worldwide" (2016):
IDF Soldier throws disabled man out of his wheelchair after he attempts to help a 14yr old who was shot (2016):
IDF throws stun grenade at unarmed Palestinians talking outside their home (2016)
IDF soldier laughs as Palestinian man is crushed at the gate (2016):
IDF killing a 15yr old Palestinian travelling home from a family outing (2016):
Report: Israel's repetitive destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine (2016):
Former Director of Mossad defends Israel providing aid to Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda's Affiliate) in Syria (2016)
Youtube, WSJ, Haaretz
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, DailySabah
Reports of Torture during custody from Palestinians held imprisoned without charges or trial (2017):
IDF Veteran: "I was the terrorist" (2017):
Israel seizes solar panels donated to Palestinians by the Dutch govt (2017):
Israelis speak candidly about Palestinians to Abby Martin, includes lots of racism (2017):
Gaza: World's Largest Open-Air Prison (2018):
Sentence to 9 Months after killing 2 unarmed Palestinian teens (2018):
972mag, WashingtonPost
Unarmed protestor holding flag shot by live bullets (2018):
Unarmed protester shot in the head during the protest (2018):
IDF assaulting medics and injured protesters (2018):
Abdullah Shamali, was shot while standing and talking with his friends 700 metres away from the fence (2018):
Muhammad Ayoub, 15yr old was shot in the head while running away from the fence (2018):
Mentally disabled man shot in the back of his head as he was walking away (2018):
Elderly man waving a flag and a medic got shot at by a live round (2018):
Shot dead for waving flag (2018):
Medic shot dead by an IDF sniper (2018):
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, BuzzFeed
Canadian Doctor shot by IDF sniper (2018):
Israeli Border police throws stun grenade at a Palestian couple and their infant baby as they were fleeing (2018):
IDF Snipers cheering as they shoot an unarmed Palestinian (2018):
Similar incident, cheering after shooting a Palestinian (2018):
"Nation State" Law gives Jews exclusive rights over Arabs living in Israel (2018):
List of active discriminatory laws in Israel:
Did you know that 97% of drinking water in Gaza (under Israeli control) is contaminated? (2018):
IDF Soldiers shooting tear gas into a Palestinian school (2018):
Israeli settlers beating up Palestinian farmer in front of his children (2018):
Former Chairman of Israel Labour Party says relationships between Jews and Non-Jews are "an actual plague" (2018):
4 year old child dies 4 days after being shot by the IDF while protesting (2018):
Reuters, PressTV
An alternative view, Palestinian Christians on Israel (2018):
Chief Rabbi calls black people "monkeys" in his weekly sermon (2018):
Israel's Supreme Court rejects legal challenge on the military's rule where soldiers can fire on UNARMED protesters (2018):
Mohammed Tamimi, 16, who was shot in the head by Israeli forces held in prison for 2 days without explanation (2018):
Haaretz, Haaretz
Most demonstrators shot by the IDF with live rounds are unarmed and not in immediate vicinity of the perimeter fence (2018):
IDF edited out key footage of Gaza missile strike which killed 2 Palestinian teenagers (2018):
Youtube, 972mag, B'Tselem
Multi Award-winning short documentary on the occupation of Gaza (2018):
What if your whole family was being forcefully evicted from a home you lived in since 1948 to make way for new settlers? (2019)
Palestinian Boy on the way to school shot in the head by Israeli Police (2019):
Video of war crimes screened at UN Human Rights Council (2019):
Top Rabbis in Israel defending and calling for donations to an Israeli charged with killing a Palestinian woman (2019):
Haaretz, Haaretz
Israeli Settlers attack Palestinian Mother and her son (2019):
IDF Harrasses ambulance crew and demands for their key (with sound) (2019):
"Israel is the nation state of Jews alone" Netanyahu responds to TV star saying Arabs are equal citizens (2019):
Arresting children in school, IDF threatened breaking the teacher's arm if he doesn't let go of his student (2019):
IDF Soldiers laughing as they assault a Palestinian Father and Son handcuffed while in custody (2019):
i24News, Haaretz
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