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2020.09.05 15:53 KirillKlip Gold In The USA, Alaskan Elephant Country: "NovaGold And Barrick Are Praising The Results From Donlin Gold’s Most Ambitious Drilling Project To Date".

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2020.07.01 23:51 Mona_Moore Some REAL BBRW DD, per the request of ---The_Truth----- Financials posted on BBRW's website. Lots of red flags. I know others have looked into BBRW. Can you add to this?

EDIT: some people have commented about this post being the truth and how I didn’t prove anything. —- the_truth—- is a username, a user I tagged! I wasn’t claiming this post was The Truth!!! 🙄 I wasn't able to reply to the request to his/her post requesting more info so I made my own and tagged them.
---The_Truth----- I’d hoped that by providing the source that curiosity would strike you to read the rest of the 20-page filing. Excused the grammar and bullet points. I didn't have time to organize as well as I'd like, family duties. But perhaps with Reddit's hive investigation, they can expand on these leads and new information. (Financials are posted on their website and they purchased the building they've been in since 2014). Does anyone enjoy reviewing cases for SEC violations?

Reported on 12/31/19 10-K Form filed with the SEC:

BrewBilt Manufacturing Inc (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Vet Online Supply, Inc. (Prior name of registrant)
DILUTION: A direct quote from the December 31, 2019 SEC filing is that “there were 10,343,330 shares of the registrant’s $0.001 par value common stock issued and outstanding, which were held by 34 shareholders of record.” Pg. 14
“There is no restriction in the Company’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws that will limit its ability to pay dividends on its common stock. However, the Company does not anticipate declaring and paying dividends to its shareholders in the near future.” pg. 14
May 2020
"The Company’s Board of Directors have discussed and now have approved a declared quarterly cash dividend program scheduled for year-end 2020 for its shareholders and will further prepare a disclosure statement for the same. The dividend will be payable to stockholders of record as of January 1, 2020."
As we increase revenues, our legal counsel is structuring a share buy-back program that will authorize the company to repurchase 75% of the float before the end of 2020. This is in the best interests of our shareholders and allows for a smooth transition of our up-listing to the QX while maintaining a firm value for our shareholders.”
Question for BBRW: why is different information being relayed to the SEC and to the public? Perhaps someone can call the Investor Relations contact Dave Donlin of the Cervellle Group, a retired attorney out of Florida. I believe this is the same David Donlin that was listed on the website for Connect-A-Jet, in which the
SEC has cautioned consumers about the information Connect-A-Jet has provided to date. “The [SEC] cautions brokers, dealers, shareholders and prospective purchasers that they should carefully consider the foregoing information along with all other currently available information and any information subsequently issued by the company,” the SEC stated."
The SEC website warns about the risk of investing in OTC companies. If "a" company turns out to be a scam their goal is to get a run on the stock to which likely the owner holds most of the shares and then dumps it as soon as it values jumps. Its called a Pump and Dump, basically "a" scam company markets the heck out of its great new bogus product or research, tries to get press releases etc.... when in reality they are selling an idea. If they do get a big market upswing, the market settles and they cash out, the scammers are off to another boiler room to do it again.
While shareholders are entitled to collect proceeds that are left-over after a company liquidates its assets, creditors, bondholders, and preferred stockholders have precedence over common stockholders, who may be left with nothing.
They go out, have thousands cheaper shares of preferred stock. The price will finally rise some, maybe .05-.25 cents. Declare bankruptcy and they have a nice check on the way out and you paid for it. (Note: this is just a theory but everything seems to be pointing in the direction).
Thanks to u/UDUNN0JACK for the lead here, but who is placing these million-dollar orders? Names are never listed, and the financials don’t seem to support that they happen. Usually, it means another merger with messy accounting and shareholders footing the bill.
Does Brewbilt manufacture them or Proscere?
- BrewBilt designs and builds the custom system per contracts with millions for the CBD cold filtration
- Simlatus Corporation (SIML) is a holding company that operates a number of subsidiaries for multiple revenue streams, included Proscere Bioscience which is the company’s division focused on CBD industry.
- BBRW just acquired Vet Online Supply (VTNL).
- Brand House Ventures is a management Consulting Services business/industry. Brand House Ventures is estimated to generate $60,691 in annual revenues and employs approximately 1 people at this single location.
- Proscere Bioscience manufactures the first commercial industry standard cold-water CBD extraction system for medical-grade cannabis utilization, along with their aeroponic commercial-grade technology control containers for government food-safety programs, commercial and medical grade CBD.
- Proscere Bioscience manufactures and distributes a proprietary commercial Cold-Water Cannabis/Hemp Extraction Systems. This advanced method and technology is highly effective in producing medical-grade product used to help people suffering with a wide range of ailments; from treating pain, inflammation, infections, sleep issues, and mood disorders. The CBD is also proven to support the immune system, protects the brain and fights cancer.
- LAVE is the newest company established to bring in the mix. Shares an address with BBRW.
March 29, 2019, Simlatus (SIML) and the Board of Directors agreed for their subsidiary, Proscere Bioscience Inc., to enter into an Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Brand House Ventures Inc. allowing the rights to sell the Cold-Water Cannabis/Hemp Extraction Systems within all of the United States. The term of the agreement is for five years with guaranteed minimal purchase orders of $15,000,000 per year and/or $75,000,000 over a five-year period. (anyone has time to see if this actually shows in their filings, guaranteed is a very descriptive word to use in this press announcement and does not have the “forward looking” disclosure language). The April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) SIML announcement states that the Cannabis Division, Proscere Bioscience has signed a 5-year distribution agreement with Brand House Ventures in value of $75M to sell its Cold-Water Cannabis/Hemp Extraction Systems in the USA.
On July 10, 2019, owner and chairman of SIML Richard Hylen states “We received another commercial purchase order from Brand House Ventures Inc. on July 10, 2019 to manufacture 6 Cold-Water CBD/HEMP Extraction Systems for one of their European customers in the amount of $4,320,000.” Another 3-million-dollar order was announced today for one of Northern California’s premier technology firms.
These multi-million and worldwide orders are from a one-man company formed in 2014 that doesn’t appear to have their own product. Mike Mulder is the President of Brand House Ventures Inc. and is listed as a Holding Company for the distribution of a variety of products and technologies.
June 3, 2020
"We are officially back in business due to delays with government restrictions from Covid-19. As our company has never been delinquent with its disclosure statements, our Form-10Q for the period ending March 31, 2020 is scheduled for filing before the end of this month."
But the company they merged with, VTI was consistently late and pulled these tactics before warning the SEC they would likely not survive as a business. (Didn’t have time to look into the merger but is someone else does, who bought whom and where did the money come from). I suspect a lot of the deal as stated in some of the documents I read were that salary was to be paid in shares.
June 11th
New breweries include $2M in revenue in the California towns of Oakland and Loomis, San Antonio-Texas, New York-New York and Hong Kong. Further, in addition to the projected $25M in new revenue, the company now has $500K in new cannabis orders to manufacture a mini coldwater extraction system, maxi coldwater extraction system and 2-cannabis freeze dryer systems. The Loomis brewery business has been confirmed false. There have not been any new breweries in Loomis in 2019 or 2020. There has not been any retail space that has been ng as moved past voting in 2019 and 2020 outside of a housing development that was a HUGE controversy because they want to keep it a “small town.” I hear all about it from my grandma.
A financial statement was posted on June 29th (don’t’ think it was filed with the SEC yet). Some questionable accounting and expenditures. I didn’t have the time to fully dissect. For a three-month period, Jan. 2020 – March 2020, in a semi-rural area leasing expenses were $384,662. Which works out to $127k a month, in a rural area. RED FLAG and that’s just one expense. Now, this is the cost to lease the building and perhaps some equipment (not vehicles, those were bought for $40-$60k on the last statement if I remember correctly but have time to go through it all. So at $127k a month on average for the five months between Jan – March, April and May totals expenses in continued for two more months, the expense would be almost $650,000. This is a semi-rural area and is a significant amount of money for that area.
Well, it looks like this was realized and the property was sold TODAY for $385,000. I didn’t see any filings about moving so I’d assume the third quarter leasing liabilities to be significantly reduced since the purchase. These transactions are paralleled in their business dealings.
"Operating expenses consisted primarily of consulting fees, professional fees, salaries and wages, office expenses, and fees associated with preparing reports and SEC filings relating to being a public company. Operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019, and December 31, 2018, were $974,624 and $970,565, respectively. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and wages and consulting fees."
I only saw one document regarding business size and it said they have 8 employees. This is operations and the welders, sales, etc. I didn’t have the time to dissect this but wanted to post it since it has some very recent action, a building purchase and financial statement (I found on their website). Sorry if grammar errors, don’t have time to proof as this got way deeper than I thought.
I tried to gain some traction to group banning post on this stock since it was clear they were manipulating going on. Some others have posted about it but it gets lost in the hype post. It’s not hard to find red flags with this company, and they count on you falling for the hype.
Possible elements of fraud? Per the SEC website:
· Theft or misappropriation of funds or securities
· Manipulation of a security's price or volume
· Insider trading
· False or misleading statements about a company (including false or misleading SEC reports or financial statements)
· Failure to file required reports with the SEC
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2019.05.27 01:40 OneTrueBrody Ranking Every Twilight Zone Episode: Season Two!

Have you ever listened to The White Album in its entirety? Everyone knows classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Birthday, but the album has a lot of filler songs that are, quite frankly, shit. For every Happiness is a Warm Gun, there’s a Revolution 9. That’s kind of how I feel about Season 2. There’s a sharp divide in quality; the good episodes are great, and the bad episodes are REALLY bad. As I kept watching, I couldn’t figure out why episodes were so hit and miss, but then I had an epiphany. To put it one way, the episodes at the top of this list went out of their way to capitalize on their premises and create a memorable experience. On the other hand, you had episodes that had interesting setups but couldn’t stick the landing, which can be frustrating knowing what this show is capable of. I guess you could say that, compared to the first season, Season 2 had a lower floor but a much higher ceiling, and you’ll find out why in just a moment.
  1. The Whole Truth: This episode ends with a joke about Khrushchev being tricked into buying a car that forces him to tell the truth, and for that it’s going to hell. I’m sure the ending killed in 1960, but in 2019 it’s just dated. As a whole, the episode never goes beyond its one-note joke, but the ending not only makes it the worst episode of the season, but quite possibly the worst of the series.
  2. A Thing About Machines: A Thing About Machines is somehow more boring than its title. A man getting attacked by household appliances shouldn’t be less interesting than watching your grandfather yell at his flip-phone, but here we are. The only good part of this episode is Rod Serling giving his opening monologue from a TV screen. As much as I love Rod, he shouldn’t be the only part of an episode that I can look at and say “yeah I did like that”.
  3. The Man in the Bottle: This episode has a tone problem. The second wish has Arthur wish for a million dollars only to have it taxed away, which is almost too realistic to be entertaining. The third wish turns him into Hitler. With his fourth wish, everything returns to normal and there’s an “oh shucks I guess everything worked out in the end” vibe, but I’m sorry can we go back to the part where a man literally became Adolf Hitler? That’s not a twist, that’s a parody of a twist. As for the rest of the episode, it’s a story about a genie so it’s exactly what you’d expect, but I didn’t expect to see Godwin’s Law in the Twilight Zone.
  4. Static: Oh boy, I finally get to talk about the episodes that were shot to tape instead of filmed normally. It was a cost cutting measure that all but ruined the six episodes it was used it, and Static is the worst of them all. Ever play a game on an old PC where you have to bring the graphics to their lowest settings, and even then the framerate still lags? That’s what watching Static is like. The story is basically Sixteen Millimeter Shrine but worse, which leads me to a tangent: a lot of episodes this season were nearly identical to one’s Season 1, and very rarely did they improve on the original. There isn’t nothing to like about Static, but the cons heavily outweigh any pros here.
  5. The Mind and the Matter: I’m not saying Rod didn’t have a sense of humor, but he should have stuck to dramas. What we have here is an episode that tries to be fun and light-hearted but just... isn’t. I do like the twist that most certainly inspired Being John Malkovich, but that’s about it. That’s my problem with Season 2, episodes don’t suck in a unique way that’s fun to talk about, they just suck.
  6. The Lateness of the Hour: Here we have another episode ruined by its experimental filming, but that’s not the only thing going on here. I had a really hard time coming up with words to describe how I feel about The Lateness of the Hour, but I know I can’t just say “it’s bad” and leave it at that. I had to watch this episode twice because I couldn’t figure out why I should care about Jana. The story is really simple, but the execution wasn’t consistent at all. Each scene felt like it belonged in a different episode, which is weird because there’s nothing too complex going on here. The twist is fine I guess, but if I don’t care about the first 23 minutes the last 2 aren’t going to change much.
  7. The Trouble With Templeton: It’s Walking Distance but worse. There, I’ve said all I had to say about this episode. Besides the scene where Templeton leaves and all of the ghosts stop acting as the lights fade (which is admittedly really good), nothing stands out. Nothing else blew me away, but nothing particularly sucked either. It’s as neutral as an episode of The Twilight Zone can get.
  8. The Silence: In my first list I said that Mirror Image was an episode that I didn’t understand why people liked, and Season 2’s equivalent is The Silence. The premise is honestly really good, a man has to stay silent for a year, and the twist ending could have been shockingly effective. There’s really only one flaw with this episode, but it’s a flaw that ruins everything: it doesn’t feel like he stayed silent for a whole year. We spend very little time with Tennyson when he’s alone in his room, and the timeline jumps ahead months at a time. He could have been in there for a week for all we know, and that’s bad news for an episode that needs to sell us on his suffering. Of all the episodes so far, this one had the most potential to be good, maybe a longer running time would have helped.
  9. Back There: The first half of Back There is really good, I love how the philosophy behind the episode is laid out in what is essentially a group of guys shooting the shit over a game of cards. John Wilkes Booth as a cartoony OTT villain is surprisingly entertaining. Peter, on the other hand, doesn’t really have a character. He’s about as average as a protagonist can get, and I couldn’t get invested in him. As strong as the episode started, it just sort of fizzled out in the end. What we have here is an episode with a lot of good qualities that isn’t better than the sum of its parts. There’s outstanding concepts going on, but the execution doesn’t do any of them justice.
  10. Dust: Dust in an episode with a lot of good elements. The final third in particular was really well done, from the father hopelessly throwing dust at his son to one of Rod Serling’s best closing monologues. I only have one major flaw with the episode, but like The Silence it’s a critical flaw. The main character is a convicted child murderer who basically walked away with no punishment. The theme of forgiveness is a powerful one, but it would have worked so much better if Luis was wrongly convicted, or at least guilty of a much less heinous crime. I know that the point of this episode was to challenge our conceptions of punishment, and I didn’t exactly want Luis to hang, but he’s not a character where I can say “yeah he deserves to walk away with no sentence”. If you can get past that then you’ll enjoy Dust a lot more than I did.
  11. The Odyssey of Flight 33: I wanted this to be a lot better than it was, but Flight 33 comes nowhere close to reaching its potential. It’s an episode so wrapped up in asking “why is this happening” without giving us a reason to care. And When the Sky Was Opened was an episode where you didn’t know why the astronauts were disappearing, but the concept and characters were so intriguing that you can’t help but be engaged. Flight 33 focused more on having realistic pilot lingo than making the pilots interesting. There was one scene with two of the passengers talking, and I think more scenes like that would have made me invested in their plight. I have no reason to care that the plane is gonna Quantum Leap for all eternity, which sucks because that concept could have made for a much better episode.
  12. The Prime Mover: Fine concept, bad execution. I really have nothing more to say about The Prime Mover. I hope you’re noticing a theme here, because I could probably say that about all of these episodes so far. In Season 1 we had episodes like Elegy that tried and failed, but I feel like a lot of these episodes fail to try. Was gambling really the best plot they came up with, because that’s boring as hell. The message at the end is decent, and the opening scene was really well done, but I expect more from this show.
  13. A Most Unusual Camera: Have you ever read the Goosebumps book “Say Cheese and Die”? This episode is essentially that. It’s a fun concept that leads to some interesting scenes, but the episode doesn’t really know how to end the story. The three leads and the doorman dying was played for laughs in a way, and while this episode isn’t exactly serious, the light-hearted tone just feels off.
  14. Mr. Dingle the Strong: Comedy and The Twilight Zone are like toothpaste and orange juice most of the time. A lot of people actually consider Mr. Dingle to be one of the worst episodes... I actually love it. You can’t expect any amount of seriousness from an episode where the main character is named Dingle, and this episode leans in to the absurdity. Two-headed Martians and midget Venusians take a lot of pleasure in messing with Mr. Dingle because of how cookie-cutter he is, and that’s so funny to me. The humor is not for everyone, but nobody can deny Burgess Meredith’s natural charm. He’s the best part of the episode by a long shot, the whole thing probably wouldn’t have worked without him. It’s not high art, but this episode is better than it had any right to be, and I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
  15. The Howling Man: I actually didn’t like The Howling Man when I first watched it. The pacing feels way too fast, and maybe it’s just me but Ellington’s performance kind of sucked. A lot of the episode is just telling you what happened/is happening, which is weird in a show that masters “show don’t tell”. What finally sold me on this episode was how creative it was. The set design, the concept, and the brilliant costume design make for an enjoyable viewing experience. A few entries ago I bashed episodes that I didn’t think tried to be interesting, but here I’m going to applaud The Howling Man for its creativity, even though it can be messy at times.
  16. A Penny for Your Thoughts: This episode reminds me a lot of Mr. Bevis from Season 1, but this episode isn’t cheesy as hell. I actually thought Hector was played by the same actor as Mr. Bevis at first, but I was wrong. Dick York’s natural charm is the highlight of this episode, and his warm presence made this light-hearted tale work. It doesn’t reach the heights of more iconic episodes, but I recommend this one if you’re in the mood for something light.
  17. Twenty-Two: There’s a theory that audiences only remember the beginning and end of anything they watch, and if that were 100% accurate then Twenty-Two would be remembered as one of the best episodes. The opening scene is terrifying, and I didn’t see the twist coming at all. So why isn’t this higher up? Because nothing that happens between those scenes matters at all. You could edit out the entire episode besides those two scenes and have an outstanding 5 minute short film. But I can’t get over the fact that 90% of this episode is meaningless.
  18. A Hundred Yards Over the Rim: Remember The Last Flight? This episode is almost exactly like that. Having said that, this episode worked in ways that The Last Flight didn’t. The stakes here are more believable, and it does a better job of distinguishing the past from the present. It’s not aesthetically beautiful by any means, but the visual storytelling here is a lot more dynamic than it was in The Last Flight. This episode isn’t just good in comparison to its predecessor, it’s good on its own merits too, but it’s easier to talk about why it’s good when you have this context.
  19. The Rip Van Winkle Caper: Much like the last episode, The Rip Van Winkle Caper took some notes from Season 1. Specifically, this episode is almost identical to I Shot an Arrow Into The Air apart from the twist. I actually like this ending more than Arrow’s, finding out that what they’ve sacrificed everything for is worthless is one of my favorite ways to end an episode. That’s about the only thing that Caper does better, though. A lot of what I loved about Arrow is in this episode, but the execution of those same elements wasn’t as spectacular. Farwell bashing DeCruz with a bar of gold doesn’t have the same intensity as Corey shooting Donlin through his canteen. Caper is still a good episode, but I wouldn’t recommend it over Arrow.
  20. Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room: I’ve been pretty negative so far, and I don’t like talking like that about The Twilight Zone. The top ten episodes of this season are the ones that remind me just how much I love this show, starting with Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room. Eat your heart out, MJ, this is what it’s like to talk to the man in the mirror. I don’t know if calling this a one-man show is entirely accurate, since Joe Mantell was pulling double-duty, but in any case I loved his performance(s). The mirror effect didn’t age perfectly, but I never found it lame or dated. This was such a creative way of visualizing internal conflict, and it was pulled off masterfully.
  21. King Nine Will Not Return: No, I didn’t put King Nine 9th on purpose. Much like the pilot of Season 1, King Nine features a deserted man with no clue of why he’s in this situation. I wouldn’t say that this is identical to Where Is Everybody, but it’s a different way to tell the same story. Bob Cummings was outstanding as Embry, I could feel his loneliness and desperation in every scene. This episode took a unique interpretation of survivor’s guilt, but it’s still relatable to the audience. That’s not easy to do, yet King Nine made it work.
  22. Night of the Meek: Christmas, Twilight Zone style. I’ll gladly put this in my holiday rotation, because Rod Serling managed to capture the magic of the season without sacrificing emotion. I’ll never love the “shot to tape” format, but Night of the Meek managed to work around it and create an aesthetic that somehow works with the style. Art Carney is charming as hell, which is fitting because the whole episode is charming as hell. It’s one of the few episodes that genuinely put a smile on my face, and I can’t wait to watch it again in December.
  23. Long Distance Call: You could interpret this episode in one of two ways: you can take it at face value and see it as the grandmother actually communicating from beyond the grave, or you can be like me and see it as the grievers just hearing what they “want” to hear. We never hear her voice over the phone, and that decision was enough to let my imagination take over. Everyone talks about Bill Mumy’s amazing performance, but am I the only one who was absolutely gutted by the father’s speech when he believes he’s talking to his dead mother? This is a well acted, beautifully written story about loss, and I love it.
  24. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up: Any Rush fans in the house? Anyone who’s heard their song Twilight Zone knows the final reveal, which is rightfully one of the most iconic images of the series. The rest of the episode is a classic whodunnit, and while I wish some of the passengers were more involved in the story, it’s still a classic of the genre. The final scene is what makes this episode famous, and I have nothing more to add besides saying that it’s as good as everyone says it is.
  25. Nick of Time: I didn’t understand what the title meant until the ending, which put everything we saw into a whole new light. Realizing just how close Don and Pat came to becoming “enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition” was mind blowing. It’s the kind of twist that turns an already solid episode into a masterpiece, and I’m really glad I didn’t know anything about it going in.
  26. The Invaders: This episode left me speechless, pun absolutely intended. Modern writers love having silent episodes as an experiment, but I didn’t expect to see one from 60 years ago. Agnes Moorhead carries this episode not through her relatable character, but through pure fear and tension. Since I can’t exactly compliment the writing, I’m gonna give a lot of praise to the director who made every scene perfect without dialogue. One thing that I missed in Season 2 was the Space Age atmosphere, since a lot of my favorite episodes from last season dealt with attitudes, hopes, and fears that mankind had at the time. The twist at the end of The Invaders is the closest we get to those ideas, capping off a brilliant episode.
  27. The Obsolete Man: I was tempted to just have a three-way tie for first place instead of having episodes in second or third. I didn’t do that, however, because I feel like that would have been a cop-out. Having said that, The Obsolete Man was a serious contender for the top spot thanks to Burgess Meredith and Fritz Weaver. We saw Fritz in Third From the Sun, but he ascended to a whole new level in The Obsolete Man. The Chancellor is a performative showman in front of his audience, but cold and calculating when he’s alone with Wordsworth. That brings me to Burgess Meredith, and this is his best performance of the series so far. It’s a better performance than Time Enough At Last, he’s that damn good. These two masters of their craft have a long power struggle, with both men losing and assuming control throughout the episode. The two sets serve as their arenas, and I can’t decide whether I love the iconic courtroom or the intimate apartment setting more. I don’t even know what to say about the writing, I can only describe it as Rod Serling dancing with the English language. I read somewhere that Rod wrote 48 of the show’s first 65 episodes, which is goddamn insane. He showed signs of burnout throughout Season 2, but he was able to finish the season with a masterpiece of an episode.
  28. Shadow Play: If The Obsolete Man is elegant in its simplicity, Shadow Play is a brain-bending affair where everything needed to be perfect for the episode to not crash and burn. Needless to say, it works. Philosophy majors will love this episode for its reimagining of Plato’s Cave, but the rest of us will have fun trying to put the pieces together. In the past I’ve critiqued episodes for raising too many questions, but Shadow Play is very deliberate about what the questions it wants to answer. There’s a line between complex andconfusing, and Shadow Play makes all of its moving parts work. I genuinely didn’t know whether or not he was dreaming, and I still have fun thinking about what’s real and what isn’t. In order for this episode to work I needed to buy into its premise, which was easy thanks to Dennis Weaver’s performance as Adam Grant. I didn’t know whether or not to believe the mad bastard, but he was just that engaging. This is what happens when a show takes a huge risk and commits to its execution, and the first thing I wanted to do after finishing Shadow Play was watch it again. It was almost number one, but I think you know what’s gonna take the top spot.
  29. Eye of the Beholder: You’ll never forget the first time you watch Eye of the Beholder. It is by far the best twist in the franchise. Since we don’t see any faces for the first 20 minutes, the episode has to communicate through dialogue and body language. Hiding the faces took creative lighting, blocking, and cinematography, and I can forgive the very few moments where a face appears through the shadows because the overall effort was a technical masterpiece. The writing speaks for itself, I think my favorite scene was the “state isn’t God” conversation. The twist is so mind blowing that you might miss the Leader’s conformity speech, which is hauntingly relevant to this day. This episode is outstanding in every element that I could talk about, and that’s why it’s the best episode of Season 2.
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2018.02.24 18:35 Darkhelmet5527 Adopt a Prospect: Rewriting History: 1907 Season

Hello everyone and welcome to another update of Adopt a Prospect: Rewriting History! This year we will be taking a look at the 1907 season, so let's get RIGHT to it.
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Streaming AaP: RW Stuff
My goal with this AaP was to make it more accessible to you guys outside of just these updates. So I have started to stream when I simulate Adopt a Prospect stuff. If you're interested in the streams, there's no real set time at the moment for streaming it, as I'm still working out when I'll be working, but you can always give me a follow at twitch(dot)tv/xenlos56 or if you're on the Discord, I ping the OOTP Discord when I go live with AaP stuff. If you can't catch the streams, you can either view the VoDs on my Twitch stream or you can view them on Youtube via this playlist.
The Complete History of Baseball
One of my main projects for this AaP, since we're rewriting history, is to keep track of the entire history of baseball. So I made this Google Docs spreadsheet, and this spreadsheet contains the entire history of real life baseball, every World Series, every major award, every team's record for every year, and I will be updating the AaP stats alongside it. Go check it out!
Offseason 1906
No real notable retirees this year, but here's the list anyway just so I can check it off my completion list.
As for the newcomers to the league, lots of talk was revolved around a young third baseman named Bill Sweeney, who was projected to the be the number one pick in the draft. The New York Highlanders were on the clock first, once again. With the first pick in the 1906 Amateur Draft, the New York Highlanders selected Tris Speaker. Going second was starting pitching prospect Daniel Collins, who will go to the Boston Doves (formerly the Beaneaters), Bill Sweeney ends up going #4 to the Philadelphia Phillies.
For our final act of the offseason, let's highlight some of the main free agent pickups that took place this year:
So with that done, let's take a look at...
The Prospects
John Bui
Midseason / End of Season
Yam Yam showed some progression in a couple of areas, but unfortunately fell back a little bit and was plagued by similar problems that he had last year. He finished with a batting line of .251/.402/.316.
The Good News Is... He's getting more patient at the plate, he drew 128 walks this year, as opposed to 90 last year, and his OBP went up by 25 points because of it. He did lead the league in Stolen Bases again this year, and is well on his way to that record.
The Bad News Is... While his OBP went up, his batting average and slugging percentage suffered a bit this year, his average dropped by 21 points and his slugging dropped by 76. Last season, 28.1% of his hits were for extra bases, compare that to only 20.3% this year. And yeah, 20.3% normally isn't bad, but in this case, it's a drop of almost 8%, which is worrisome. Also, he still hasn't fixed his "Caught Stealing" issue.
Daniel Collins
Midseason / End of Season
Daniel Collins was the player brought forth after the Odin Xekrain uh... "ritual" from our last update. Drafted by the Doves, Collins is a starting pitcher that sports an out of this world slider, backed up by a powerful cutter and an above average fastball. He spent this season in A Ball, where he saw some ups and downs.
The Good News Is... Collins's strikeouts were absolutely through the roof. He struck out 382 batters in just 278.2, averaging roughly 1.4 strikeouts per inning which, needless to say, is a very impressive number. He sported a 12.3 K/9 statistic and, if he can carry this success to the majors, can try to make a claim for strikeout records.
The Bad News Is... His ERA is a little bit on the higher side at 3.13, which ranks him around the middle of the pack in the A league. This led to him having a record of 17-16, which while still positive, is not as good of a record as I'd expect someone with almost 400 strikeouts to have. It will be interesting to see if he sees Major League action next year and if he'll be able to lower that ERA a bit.
Z.M. Ellis
Midseason / End of Season
Zapdos got to spend the entire season in the Major Leagues this year, and saw most of his time as a starting pitcher, with a few relief appearances here and there. He finished the season with a 24-12 record with a 1.52 ERA.
The Good News Is... He dropped his WHIP a bit. His ERA is the same as it was last year, 1.52, which is a very solid number, but he managed to drop his WHIP a bit from 0.94 to 0.87. Also wouldn't be fair if I didn't note the 327 strikeouts he put out this year. This was a very solid freshman year for Zapdos, which is good because you only get one of those.
The Bad News Is... He had a really rough month of June. After starting the season 10-0, he came into June and just saw his first struggles of the year, going 1-5 and bringing his perfect 10-0 record to an 11-5 record, still good, but it does hurt a little bit. That month was where he peaked in ERA, with an ERA of 2.26.
Flame Fuentes
Midseason / End of Season
Flame saw a little bit of the same struggles that Bui did. His OBP went up slightly, but he saw substantial drops in his batting average and slugging percentage. I don't know if the pitching was just better this year, or what, but it is noticeable.
The Good News Is... His number of strikeouts has very much decreased, almost halving his strikeout number as compared to even 2 years ago. 122 strikeouts in 1905, 105 in 1906, and now down to 65 here. And he had more plate appearances in 1907 than he did in 1905 or 1906, so you can't even attribute it to seeing less at-bats.
The Bad News Is... What is he doing on the basepaths? His OBP went up, that's great. But he's trying too hard to steal bases. When you get thrown out on 60% of your steal attempts, it MAY be time to stop attempting to steal bases. There's a couple things I could've focused on here, but I couldn't just NOT point out that 60% failure rate on SBs.
Charles Ghesquire
Midseason / End of Season
Charlie had an excellent season in 1907, he compiled a 17-14 record, with a 1.59 ERA and 222 strikeouts. He had a league leading 9.1 pitching WAR, and there's just so much to like about this season for him.
The Good News Is... He led the AL in two of the three Pitching Triple Crown categories, with ERA (1.59) and Strikeouts (222), he also got his WHIP down to 1.04, if he can keep this up, he has a very bright future ahead of him. He also has a solid K:BB ratio of 2.67.
The Bad News Is... The WINS! Not because they were bad, but because they cost him a Triple Crown! He finished 8 wins short of Addie Joss for that category lead, and his team was giving him 3.23 runs of run support a game, and he had an ERA of 1.59, so I don't understand how he didn't get more wins. I'm gonna go ahead and blame the team on this one. GOOD ONE, BROWNS.
Ivan Ivanov
Midseason / End of Season
Ivan, like Charlie, also had an AMAZING season in 1907. Finishing with a record of 25-11, 1.26 ERA, 370 strikeouts, you could easily make a case that Ivanov is the best pitcher in the MLB right now, even beating out 4 time Greinke winner, Christy Mathewson. Things are REALLY looking bright for Ivanov.
The Good News Is... In an effort to not repeat the stats I mentioned just above in his summary, I'm gonna go with the WHIP and the WAR. He had a WHIP of 0.83, being one of only two pitchers in the entire MLB to have a WHIP below 1, (the other being Zapdos, good job!), oh and let's not forget the WAR. The fact of the matter is, Ivan was worth SIXTEEN POINT SIX WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT THIS YEAR. The closest person in the entire 1900s behind him? Rube Waddell in 1905 with a 13.86. That is insane!
The Bad News Is... Wouldn't be doing my job here if I didn't point out wins again. Ivan also could've had a Triple Crown if it weren't for that pesky wins category. He finished closer than Charlie did, finishing with 25 wins, only 2 behind league leader, Vic Willis. But don't let that tarnish an otherwise great season.
Joshua King
Midseason / End of Season
Wheels, Wheels, Wheels... where do I begin? Well, there's a lot to like looking at Wheels's performance in 1907. It just so happens that the one thing I told him to work on is, like, the one thing he DIDN'T improve on. He had a batting line of .294/.416/.413.
The Good News Is... Just about everything. His batting line numbers are all up, his Stolen Bases are up, his RBIs are up, everything is up. There's no one particular point I want to focus on, I guess the closest would be his on base percentage, because anytime you can raise the OBP by 36 points, it's always a good thing.
The Bad News Is... Everything is up. And that includes his Caught Stealing numbers. Josh, man, we just had this talk last year, you gotta be a little less reckless, sure you stole 103 bases, and that's VERY impressive, but you are costing your team so many opportunities when you get caught stealing 73 times. SEVENTY THREE.
Johney McPhoney
Midseason / End of Season
Dash got to see his first Major League action this year, being the starting Center Fielder for the New York Highlanders. He actually had a rather good first year, batting with a .309/.348/.421 line, 64 RBIs, 92 Stolen Bases, 16 Triples, it's all really good.
The Good News Is... It's all good overall. I can look at all these numbers that he put up and be very happy with them, the fact that he only had a 0.2 WAR did surprise me, as I feel his numbers would suggest better than that. But I'll take a .300 hitting, 92 base stealing, 64 RBI driving player any day of the week.
The Bad News Is... He doesn't work well with two strike counts. If a pitcher gets two strikes on him, that .309 average goes all the way down to .209, that .348 OBP drops to .270. That 2 strike situation came up in 256 of his 663 plate appearances, he just has to learn to handle that a little better, and we'll be good.
Andrew Patchett
Midseason / End of Season
A.P. Physics saw vast improvement in a few of his numbers. He hit a batting line .293/.388/.392, almost breaking .300 for the first time of his career, he hit 7 home runs and drove in 58 runs.
The Good News Is... His batting average has raised substantially. His batting average went up 25 points, and that's nothing to sneeze at, at all. His OBP also went up 24 points, which is really showing off the development of his swing. Still waiting for that power to see some more home runs, but it is the Deadball Era after all.
The Bad News Is... Three years in the league, three time leader in strikeouts. Yes, the strikeout numbers ARE going down, but he is still striking out a lot if he is continuing to lead the league in it. His patience is just about all developed, so I'm wondering if we're just gonna be cursed to see a red number in the strikeout column every year. Oh well, at least it makes MY job easy.
Frank Pickett
Midseason / End of Season
Pickett saw a slight drop in some of his numbers as opposed to last year, but some good number increases, as well. He finished with a batting line of .266/.308/.348, with 7 home runs and 87 RBIs.
The Good News Is... Well, even though his average and slugging dropped slightly, his WAR went up almost a whole point. Also, he did NOT lead the league in strikeouts this year, which is a very welcome change for Pickett. Even though his home run numbers saw a decrease, he almost doubled his doubles, and hit 2 triples as opposed to the 0 he hit last year. So it was a good year for him.
The Bad News Is... If he falls behind in the count, it's really not a good situation for him. Pickett's batting line one he falls behind in the count? .189/.188/.242, a decrease of 77/120/106 points in his line, and below the Mendoza line. I'm not saying I expect him to be batting .300 when he's behind, but I hope he can hit a little better than that.
Hunter Tuzero
Midseason / End of Season
Hunter ALMOST got to the promised land this season, he ALMOST got to the .200 mark in his batting average, finishing with a batting line of .191/.367/.323. He hit 18 home runs and knocked in 71 RBIs. He led the league in Batter WAR with 11.0.
The Good News Is... The home run numbers. While our other prospects built for power are having trouble getting into the double digits of homers, Deuces is hitting a smooth 18 and leading the league in the category for the second year in a row. He also drew 143 walks, which is how he got his absurdly high OBP when compared to his average, which speaking of his average...
The Bad News Is... His average. Look, I should stop picking on Deuces for his average. We all know with how his contact is, that his average is not going to be great. BUT, when all of his other stats are as good as they are, I just have to keep taking cheap shots at the average. Two words, Deuces, "Mendoza Line". You're almost there.
Xerxes Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff III
Midseason / End of Season
Xerxes saw some ups and downs this year, his record got better, his strikeouts and WHIP got better, his ERA and walks and K/9 got worse. He finished 17-16, with a 2.24 ERA and 236 strikeouts to his name.
The Good News Is... He was able to keep his WHIP down. 1906 he had a WHIP of 1.15, and 1907 he managed to get it down to 1.13. Even if it is only 2 hundreths of a point, less baserunners per 9 is always a good thing to see.
The Bad News Is... His ERA went up significantly. But I guess this can't really be called an overly bad thing, as you can not fairly expect a pitcher to maintain a 1.65 ERA, and a 2.24 ERA is still good, but as stated earlier, his WHIP went down, so he's letting more of his baserunners score. Which is no bueno.
Batting League Leaders
Pitching League Leaders
So first thing that popped out at me is that the Highlanders are in last place, again. Are they going to stay this bad even once they become the Yankees? At the top of the divisions, we see the Cleveland Naps, who held out in a tight race to win by 2 games, and the Pirates who coasted a little bit easier to the top of the division to win by 4 games. Which bring us to...
World Series 1907: Cleveland Naps vs Pittsburgh Pirates
It was our first World Series appearance for one of the prospects as Ivan Ivanov got to represent the Pittsburgh Pirates. He started off well, going the distance in Game 1, defeating former Greinke winner, Addie Joss, in a 6-3 contest. Ivanov pitched all 9 innings, giving only 6 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 7. On the heels of that win, the Pirates took Game 2, as well, 5-2. But that's when the wheels started to fall off for the Pirates. They would then drop the next 4 games in a row to the Naps, including a revenge win for Addie Joss, and with a third game between Joss and Ivanov on the horizon in Game 7, the Naps elected to end it before it could get that far, taking the series in 6, 4 games to 2. Honus Wagner gets revenge on his former team, and is the MVP for the Naps in the World Series.
The Cleveland Naps are your 1907 World Series Champions!! This is their first title in team history!
So with that, we conclude another season, let's get right to the...
End of Season Stuff
Seasonal Awards
Gold Glove Award: AL: 1B: Frank Pickett (NYH), SS: Hunter Tuzero (WAS) / NL: 2B: Andrew Patchett (PHI), SS: Flame Fuentes (CHC)
Silver Slugger Award: AL: 2B: Joshua King (CHW) / NL: 2B: Andrew Patchett (PHI), SS: Flame Fuentes (CHC)
Rookie of the Year: AL: Johney McPhoney (NYH) / NL: Eddit Collins Sr (BOD)
Manager of the Year: AL: Derrick Goff (CLE) / NL: Jimmy Collins (PIT)
"The Greinke": AL: Charles Ghesquire (SLB) / NL: Ivan Ivanov (PIT)
Position Player of the Year: AL: Ty Cobb (WAS) / NL: Mike Donlin (CHC)
Player Accomplishments
Prospects in the News
Adopt a Manager Screenshots
Cassius Clay / Manfred Manfrengenson / Michael Quinn / Brian Richards / Bobby Waltz / Sean Waxman
So that'll bring us to the end of another update of Adopt a Prospect: Rewriting History. Stuff is still up in the air for me, so once again, I will not promise a date for the next update to come out, but I promise it will be as soon as it can be. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this and follow the updates, I really appreciate it, and I will try my best to keep the level of standard that I have set for myself. But until the next update, I will see you next time.
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2017.12.27 03:34 Deathstroke317 Uh-oh guys, it's the bottom of the ninth, World Series Game 7 and the bases are loaded with no one out and you have Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams up, how are you gonna pitch to them?

Here's the pertinent info:
As I said, it's a save situation, you're up by one run, and the bases are loaded with no out. Lou Brock is on third, Billy Hamilton is on second and "Turkey" Mike Donlin is first.
You, are a Rolaids relief man winning closer with a low to mid 90s fastball that occasionally touches 95, a 12-6 curveball, a slider and of course your money pitch, a devastating screwball.
Cobb, Ruth and Williams are up and they're all up to date on you(scouting reports and such) and are up to date on modern pitching speeds and philosophy.
What do you do and how do you pitch to them?
Edit: You're also pitching for the Mariners, so be aware, if you blow the save, you're costing the Mariners a title, think of those poor Mariner fans!
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2017.06.11 17:11 feedreddit BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy -- ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival -- SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party -- B’DAY: Greta van Susteren

BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy -- ISENSTADT: MITT shows signs of political revival -- SPOTTED at Mike Shields/Katie Walsh engagement party -- B’DAY: Greta van Susteren
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- WE HEAR … There is a chance Congress will stay in session for part of August. There has been political pressure from some members of the House and Senate to stay in town and try to get some things done instead of take a five-week recess. The pressure will only increase if the Obamacare repeal and replace isn’t done in the next few weeks. Congress has just 27 days in session until the summer break. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise: many lawmakers have had to face angry constituents on trips home.
STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey -- at 8:22 a.m.: “The #FakeNews MSM doesn’t report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector......way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!” … at 8:29 a.m.: “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’” … at 8:49 a.m.: “The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS!”
-- TWO QUICK THINGS: Many Democrats will privately agree with Trump that they oftentimes lack a coherent message. But Trump’s presidency has unified Democrats for the first time in a long time … Trump has majorities in the House and Senate, and he’s blaming Democrats for obstructing him.
**SUBSCRIBE to Playbook:
BREAKING OVERSEAS -- TRUMP PUTS OFF U.K. VISIT -- THE GUARDIAN: “Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain put on hold: U.S. president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests”: “Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming. The U.S. president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time. The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present.”
Good Sunday morning. Jake will be on Steve Hilton’s new Fox News show “The Next Revolution” live from Los Angeles tonight at 9 p.m. East Coast time.
TRUMP stopped by a wedding at his country club in New Jersey last night.
YOU’LL HEAR THIS QUOTE A LOT -- Donald Trump Jr. on Fox News, via the Washington Post: “‘When he tells you to do something, guess what? There’s no ambiguity in it, there’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping,'’ Trump said. ‘You and I are friends: ‘Hey, I hope this happens, but you’ve got to do your job.’ That’s what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: ‘Oh, I felt threatened.’ He felt so threatened -- but he didn’t do anything.’ Trump also said that Comey’s testimony ‘vindicated’ the president and that everything in it was ‘basically ridiculous.’”
ALEX ISENSTADT in DEER VALLEY, UTAH -- “Romney stokes speculation he’s weighing another political run: The 2012 GOP nominee is plotting how to help Republicans in the midterms, and he’s being coy about his own political future”: “Mitt Romney is once again testing his political power — critiquing President Donald Trump, raising money and campaigning for fellow Republicans, and not ruling out another run for office for himself. The 2012 GOP nominee is returning to the spotlight, six months after Trump -- the man Romney once savaged as unfit for the presidency -- nearly picked him to be secretary of state. …
“Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said he’d been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release a robo-call boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.
“‘All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator — it’s like he’s a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by,’ said Zwick, who doubles as a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan. ‘There are only so many people in the party that can headline these things.’”
-- THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE between Republicans wanting to take advantage of Romney’s fundraising prowess, and his running for office and garnering the support he needs to win.
SUNDAY BEST -- JOHN DICKERSON speaks with SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OKLA.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” -- DICKERSON: “On the question of influencing the investigation, again, thinking about the scale, on the one hand the president might have done something that was a little bit crossing a line but he’s a new guy to the job all the way to this question of obstruction of justice. Where do you put, knowing what you know about the president’s behavior, where do you put what he did on that scale?” LANKFORD: “I would say it’s very inappropriate. As Jim Comey said, it’s awkward to be able to have the president of the United States sitting down with someone in the F.B.I., the leadership of the F.B.I., to be able to have direct questions. And for the issue to come up about the Michael Flynn investigations, inappropriate. But the way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, it looks like what I called a pretty light touch. If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesn’t seem like it was number one, very effective, and number two, came up more than once in a conversation. So this looks more like an inappropriate conversation than obstruction.”
-- SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.) tells CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” that Trump needs to be deposed on all Russia-related questions -- “[T]he deposition is not just about his conversations with Mr. Comey. There are issues with respect to his conversation with director of national intelligence Dan Coats, Admiral Rogers, the NSA director, his relationships with Manafort. By the time the special prosecutor Mr. Mueller is ready to depose or ask the president to speak under oath, there are a myriad of questions. So what I don’t want to see is simply, we’ll I just said I talk about Comey, I’m not talking about anything else. To resolve this situation he has to be prepared to speak on all these matters.”
-- PREET BHARARA speaks to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “The president’s defenders, like Alan Dershowitz, say there’s no grounds for obstruction. You talked about that. And he, in fact, says that presidents have the constitutional right to fire FBI directors and investigations as much as they want. One of the president’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow, is coming up next. He says there’s no there there, no basis for obstruction. You’re a former prosecutor. Are -- is there evidence there ... to begin a case for obstruction?” BHARARA: “I think there’s absolutely evidence to begin a case. I think it’s very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction. It’s also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”
-- SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) talks to BRIANNA KEILAR on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION” -- KEILAR: “I want to ask you about something the president has been cagey about, and that is these tapes, of course. So, I wonder if you would support issuing a subpoena to the White House. Right now, it’s just a request coming from Congress. Would you support issuing a subpoena for the recordings or any documents that might come from that?” COLLINS: “This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. He should give a straight yes or no to the answer -- to the question of whether or not the tapes exist. And he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel. So, I don’t think a subpoena should be necessary. And I don’t understand why the president just doesn’t clear this matter up once and for all.”
THE NEXT MAIN EVENT -- “Sessions will testify before Senate in Russia investigation,” by Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan: “In a letter to his former colleagues in the House and Senate, Sessions canceled a planned appearance before Congress’ appropriations committees. Sessions said he instead plans to appear on Tuesday before the Intelligence panel to respond to questions stemming from FBI director James Comey’s bombshell testimony last Thursday. …
“If this is an open session ... Sessions will likely face a barrage of questions over his role in Comey’s dismissal, his independence from President Donald Trump, and allegations of additional unreported meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions has already recused himself from the Russia probe after failing to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation of two meetings with Kislyak, and there have been reports of additional sessions.”
-- SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CALIF.) told Brianna Keilar on “State of the Union” that she didn’t know if the hearing will be open.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW -- “What’s next for Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics,” by AP’s Eric Tucker: “So what’s next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where he’s always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service.
“His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he was ‘between opportunities’ vastly understates the career prospects now available to him — not to mention potential benefits from the public’s fascination with a man who has commanded respect while drawing outrage from both political parties.”
EYE-POPPING NUMBERS FROM WAPO’S KAREN TUMULTY in SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA -- “Trump looms over Georgia special election, a proxy battle for 2018”: “It is an arms race of money and organization. The latest fundraising report, filed Thursday, showed Ossoff raising an additional $15 million in the past two months, nearly quadruple what Handel brought in. With outside groups weighing in, the race has thus far cost more than $40 million -- far outpacing the previous record for a congressional race of nearly $30 million for a Florida contest in 2012.
“Polls indicate there are few voters still undecided. ‘The next 10 days are about turning out the base. There are more of us than them in the district. The more people who vote, the better,’ said Corry Bliss, who heads the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). That organization alone plans to spend about $7 million in the race.”
FASCINATING READ -- “Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis’ inner circle,” by Jacqueline Klimas and Bryan Bender: “The Trump era has brought a change of fortune for a Silicon Valley software company founded by presidential adviser Peter Thiel — turning it from a Pentagon outcast to a player with three allies in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' inner circle. At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. That’s an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.
“It also represents a sharp rise in prominence for the company, which just months ago could barely get a meeting in the Pentagon. Last year, Palantir even had to go to court to force its way into a competition for a lucrative Army contract. Thiel was one of the only Silicon Valley titans to openly support Trump during the campaign, a role that gave him a prime speaking slot at last summer’s Republican convention. He has since acted as a key adviser arranging meetings among the president and other tech executives. While there's no evidence he had a direct hand in these specific Pentagon hires, analysts say they absolutely show his growing influence in the administration, where he holds no formal role.”
DEMOCRATS’ NEW PLAYBOOK -- “Democrats bet on Trump in Virginia governor’s race,” by Kevin Robillard: “Virginia’s Democratic primary on Tuesday is shaping up to be the first real test of liberalism in the Trump era, with both candidates lurching for increasingly leftward policies to position themselves in contrast with President Donald Trump. …
“Virginia’s gubernatorial elections often develop into contrasts with a new president, but there’s a stark difference between now and how Republican candidate Bob McDonnell handled then-President Barack Obama in 2009. While critical of the Obama's economic record, the future governor also regularly praised Obama for supporting school choice, straddling the partisan divide. The Democrats have felt no need to do the same with the less popular Trump, whose approval rating was at 36 percent in a recent Washington Post-George Mason University poll of Virginia.”
THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE -- “Fate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates,” by Jen Haberkorn: “Two female Senate Republicans could stop the anti-abortion movement from achieving its most significant win against Planned Parenthood in decades. Most Republicans want to eliminate the group’s $555 million in federal funding as part of their bill to repeal Obamacare. But as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to solve the legislative Rubik’s Cube of finding 50 votes for repeal, he may have to drop the Planned Parenthood cut to win the support of the two Republican moderates, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.”
WHAT SILICON VALLEY IS READING -- “Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanick’s Possible Leave of Absence: Board also set to vote on recommendations from a report of an investigation into workplace issues,” by WSJ’s Greg Bensinger: “Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board of directors of the embattled ride-hailing company meets Sunday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“Also on the agenda when the seven-person board convenes is a vote on a series of recommendations from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding its workplace. It was uncertain whether Mr. Kalanick would ultimately take the leave or whether the board would approve of such a measure, which would require finding a temporary replacement in short order.”
-- SPOTTED at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Spencer Zwick, Matt Waldrip, Corry Bliss, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kristen Soltis Anderson, Ron Kaufman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Anthony Scaramucci, Bianna Golodryga, Will Ritter, Mary Bono Mack, Lanhee Chen, Leah Malone and Andrew Liveris.
RIP -- @SecondLady: “Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much.”
‘WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WEEK’ AT THE WHITE HOUSE -- “Donald and Ivanka Trump head to Wisconsin for jobs push,” by ABC News’ Jordyn Phelps: “President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to travel to Wisconsin Tuesday to join Gov. Scott Walker to tour a technical college, as the administration puts a renewed focus on its goal of job creation. The trip is just one event in a week full of activities built around promoting technical skills training and apprenticeships. [They are d]ubbing it ‘workforce development week’ ...
“The president is expected to make what the administration is billing as a ‘major policy speech’ at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, in which he’ll lay out steps the administration will take to encourage workforce development and also call for Congressional action. Ivanka Trump will also lead a roundtable with some 15 CEOs. On Thursday, the president will also host a roundtable discussion, where he will welcome eight governors from states with successful workforce development programs to the White House.”
THE NEW U.K. POLITICAL REALITY -- “For Britain, Political Stability Is a Quaint Relic,” by NYT’s Steven Erlanger in London: “In a little more than two years, Britain has had two general elections and a nationwide referendum. Each time, the politicians, pollsters, betting markets, political scientists and commentators have got it wrong.
“Once considered one of the most politically stable countries in the world, regularly turning out majority governments, Britain is increasingly confusing and unpredictable, both to its allies and itself. Far from settling the fierce divisions exposed by last year’s referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union, or Brexit, the election on Thursday only made them worse.”
-- THE POLITICO EUROPE TICK TOCK: “How Theresa May lost it: A reluctance to delegate, hubris and campaigning ineptitude ruined British prime minister’s grand plan to secure a mandate,” by Tom McTague, Charlie Cooper and Annabelle Dickson in London: “Halfway through Britain’s seven-week snap election campaign, some in Theresa May’s team came to the conclusion that they had a problem — the candidate. At a gathering of senior staff in Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, one of May’s top operatives told the sitting prime minister that she risked crashing and burning like Sarah Palin did in 2008. ... To the operative, May was overly controlling and her inexperience would tell during a short, intense campaign. May listened with good grace ... [but] changed nothing.”
ACTUAL FAKE NEWS – NYT A22, “A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story,” by Jeremy Peters: “A pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateur sleuthing into red herrings like the ‘Pizzagate’ hoax and a conspiracy theory involving the murder of a Democratic aide, Mr. Posobiec wrote on May 17 that Mr. Comey, the recently ousted F.B.I. director, had ‘said under oath that Trump did not ask him to halt any investigation.’ …
“But as the journey of that one tweet shows, misinformed, distorted and false stories are gaining traction far beyond the fringes of the internet. Just 14 words from Mr. Posobiec’s Twitter account would spread far enough to provide grist for a prime-time Fox News commentary and a Rush Limbaugh monologue that reached millions of listeners, forging an alternative first draft of history in corners of the conservative media where President Trump’s troubles are often explained away as fabrications by his journalist enemies.
“In this fragmented media environment, the spread of false information is accelerated and amplified by a web of allied activist-journalists with large online followings, a White House that grants them access and, occasionally, a president who validates their work. The right-wing media machine that President Bill Clinton’s aides once referred to as ‘conspiracy commerce’ is now far more mature, extensive and, in the internet age, tough to counter.”
DEEP DIVES -- NYT A1, “Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail: Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants — many based in Asia — quickly pop up,” by Nathaniel Popper (print headline: “Drug Trade Rises in Dark Corners of the Internet”): “As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide — to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail.”
--“China’s New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt: China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption,” by NYT’s Chris Buckley: “The eye-popping structures have slashed travel times in some areas, made business easier and generated a sizable slice of the country’s economy, laying a foundation, in theory at least, for decades of future growth. But as the bridges and the expressways they span keep rising, critics say construction has become an end unto itself. Fueled by government-backed loans and urged on by the big construction companies and officials who profit from them, many of the projects are piling up debt and breeding corruption while producing questionable transportation benefits.”
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture”: “Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back.”
--“How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned” – in the August 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics: “Every one of the thousands of men landed in France required about 10 ship tons of overall equipment, and an additional ship ton every 30 days. The number of separate items needed was about a million. Some of these million items had to be accumulated in millions, resulting in astronomical totals.”
--“Eternal Champions,” by Sam Borden in ESPN: “Seven months ago, Brazilian underdogs Chapecoense boarded a plane to play in the game of their lives. Instead, their biggest moment turned into a tragedy no one can forget.” (h/t
--“Inside Trump’s secretive immigration court: far from scrutiny and legal aid,” by The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland in Jena, Louisiana: “[T]he remote LaSalle detention facility is part of Trump’s attempt to fast-track deportations. A visit reveals a hastily arranged setup beset by flaws.”
--“Rolling Stone at 50: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend,” by Patrick Doyle in Rolling Stone – per The Browser’s description: “Sports Illustrated asked Hunter S. Thompson for 250 words about a Las Vegas motorbike race. He gave them 2,500 words — and when they spiked the piece he took it to Rolling Stone, which wanted more. The result was Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, published in 1971. Thompson’s coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign ‘reshaped what it meant to write about politics’. But ‘getting work out of him was becoming difficult”. Editing him ‘was a bit like being a cornerman for Ali.’”
--“Weddings of the 0.01 Percent,” by Julia Rubin in Racked: “Cristal! Caviar! Chris Martin! How the rich (and sometimes famous) get married.”
--“The truth about tarot,” by James McConnachie in Aeon Magazine: “Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis.” (h/t
--“The Worst Ever First Day on the Job -- Punching In: My Life as a Long Haul Trucker,” by Finn Murphy in Literary Hub: “Moving companies perform four categories of moving work: local, commercial, long-distance, and international. Callahan’s work was mostly local moving, loading up someone’s house in the morning and then unloading in the afternoon at the new house. It takes the greatest toll on the body because you are handling stuff every working day. It’s the local stuff that eventually kills you or drives you to drink; more commonly, both.”
--“There Were Once Jews Here,” by Lucette Lagnado, author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World,” in Tablet Magazine: “During the Six-Day War, some of the Arab countries at war with Israel -- Egypt, Tunisia, Libya -- treated their Jewish populations terribly, causing them to leave en masse.” ... $10.01 on Amazon
--“Dear Brazilian Government, Thanks for the Contracts,” by Michael Smith, Sabrina Valle, and Blake Schmidt on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: “There’s graft, and then there’s the graft machine perfected by Odebrecht, one of the world's biggest construction companies.” … The cover
--“‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels,” by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian: “The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species?”
--“This County Switched From Backing Obama to Trump. Here’s What Happened,” by Josh Siegel in The Daily Signal: “In 1980, manufacturing jobs comprised 38 percent of all jobs in Coos [New Hampshire]. In 2014, only 7 percent of jobs in the county were in manufacturing. Payroll wages from manufacturing have dropped from 49 percent to 9 percent since the mid-1980s.”
SPOTTED: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly enjoying “DHS Night” Friday night at the Nats game along with members of DHS’ workforce – pic Anson Kaye, partner at GMMB, in New Orleans last night, accepting a Gold ADDY award (and also a Mosaic Award) for the ad “Mirrors” ( he created for Hillary for America
SPOTTED at State Department senior White House adviser Matt Mowers’ birthday party at Wet Dog Tavern last night (which coincidentally also hosted RNC alum Anna Epstein’s birthday party at the same time): Cassie Spodak, Ryan Williams, Zeke Miller, Ben Sparks, Jill Barclay, Phil Elliott, Ethan Zorfas, Ben DeMarzo, Maren Kasper, Michael Kratsios, Kailani Koenig, Tom Dickens, Elise Dietsch Dickens, Eric Jones, Alan He, Andy Polesovsky, Corey Ershow, Kelly Klass, Britt Carter.
SHIELDS/WALSH ENGAGEMENT PARTY -- THE BRITISH EMBASSY hosted an engagement party last night for Mike Shields, former RNC chief of staff and founder and partner at Convergence Media and Katie Walsh, former WH deputy chief of staff and former RNC chief of staff who is now senior advisor at America First Policies. Amb. Kim Darroch toasted the pair and called them the “ultimate political couple” and told the crowd how the couple got engaged in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister has met with his or her cabinet every week for 250 years. He also needled Mike, who has a British mother and is a big soccer fan, for supporting Ipswich, who he cast as much inferior to Chelsea in the Premier League. The food at the party included: herb-crusted fillet of lamb, goat’s cheese and beetroot, terrine of pork, and chili shrimp while desserts included mini Bakewell tart, strawberry tartlet and passion fruit mousse. Pics of the couple … Reince Priebus taking a pic of the couple as they thanked friends for coming … The crowd
SPOTTED: Reince and Sally Priebus, Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Steven Mnuchin and his chief of staff Eli Miller chatting on a walk around the gardens of the embassy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rob and Cindy Simms, Cara Mason, Jessica Ditto, Sarah and Dave Armstrong, Tim Pataki, Richard Walters, Rob Jesmer chatting with Sean Cairncross (Sean and Rob have been friends since they were 5 years old growing up in Minnesota), Brian O. Walsh, Josh Pitcock, Mike’s 15-year-old son Aidan Shields-Eads, Molly Donlin, Steven Law, Sam Feist, Mike Allen, Andrew Bremberg, Lew Eisenberg, Madeleine Westerhout, Johnny DeStefano, Renee Hudson, Michael Hoare, Lindsay Walters, Vanessa Morrone and Mike Ambrosini, Zach and Mallory Hunter.
ENGAGED --Andrew Feldman, principal of the progressive communications firm Feldman Strategies, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Salzman Saturday night during Country Music Fest in Nashville. Megan is a communications manager at the early education advocacy group The First Five Years Fund. “Andrew and Megan met on OKCupid nearly four and a half years ago. Andrew points out that the ring has extra significant because the center stone was Megan’s mother’s engagement stone and she is no longer with us.” Pics ... … The ring
-- Jessica Huff, social media director for McClatchy in Dallas and a Politico alum, and Spenser Walters, an area sales rep for Duvel USA, got engaged on Friday night in Austin, Texas. She emails us: “We met in college at UT-Austin after he came back from Afghanistan. He was serving in the Marines. We had the same group of friends but I hadn’t met him yet since he was overseas. Once he was back, one of our first dates was at a restaurant in the hill country in Texas overlooking the lake, and so while visiting Austin he took me back there and proposed during sunset. It’s a very special place to us so it was perfect!” Pics … The ring
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Travis Considine, communications manager at Uber Texas and a John McCain and Rick Perry alum, married Morgan Smith, a reporter with The Texas Tribune, on Saturday evening at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Guests enjoyed a bluegrass band and flawless weather at the outdoor ceremony and reception. Pic … Travis’ speech
SPOTTED: Tucker and Alexia Bounds, Brittany Bramell, Trevor Theunissen, Chris Miller, Allie Brandenburger and Ryan Mahoney, Kevin Benacci, Emily Ramshaw, Matt and Jen Hirsch, Evan Smith, Perrylanders Rob Johnson, Mark Miner, and Andy Hemming.
OBAMA ALUMNI – Meredith Carden, head of partnerships at Sidewire, got married this weekend to Micah Fergenson, law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a small ceremony at Four Follies Farm in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The couple first met in 2009 when they were working for President Obama. Micah worked in the WH Counsel’s Office, and Meredith worked for FLOTUS in the East Wing. They lost touch, but were reintroduced by a mutual friend in 2015. Pic
--“Lily Rothman, Elihu Dietz” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Rothman, 31, is the history and archives editor at Time magazine, overseeing its history coverage, and the magazine’s digital archive. She also wrote ‘Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook.’ She graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York. ... Mr. Dietz, 32, is a candidate for a master’s degree in environmental management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, where he studies the integration of renewable energy into the grid. He graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M. ... The groom is a great-great-grandson and a namesake of Elihu Root, who was President Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of state and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He is also a direct descendant of President Ulysses S. Grant. The couple met on a blind date arranged by friends in Brooklyn in 2011.” With pic
--“Alison Kenworthy, Michael Koenigs”: “The bride and groom work at ABC News in New York, where they met. She is a news producer for ‘Good Morning America.’ He is a senior coordinating producer, creating content that is used on-air and on the website. He was also the host of ‘Election Cycle,’ a series in 2016 that featured him bicycling through swing states and interviewing voters along the way. The bride, 33, graduated from Rutgers. ... Mr. Koenigs, 30, graduated cum laude from Harvard.” With pic
--“Julia Pudlin, David Wishnick”: “Ms. Pudlin, 32, worked until earlier this year at the United States Treasury Department as a deputy executive secretary in the chief of staff’s office and a senior adviser to the general counsel. On July 10 she is to begin working as the assistant deputy general counsel for government investigations at Comcast in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. ... Mr. Wishnick, also 32, was until recently an associate in the Washington office of Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm. On July 12 he is to begin a fellowship, conducting research in contract law, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown, and received a law degree from Yale. ... The couple met in April 2013 through the dating app Hinge.” With pic
--“Victoria St. Martin, Richard G. Jones”: “The bride, 36, is a general assignment reporter on the local desk of The Washington Post. She graduated from Rutgers and received a master’s degree in journalism from American University. ... The groom, 46, is to become the director of the journalism program at Notre Dame. Until recently, he was an associate editor in news administration for The New York Times, as well as the director of the newspaper’s Student Journalism Institute. He graduated from the University of Delaware and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia. ... The couple were introduced in 2006 by a mutual friend in Yardley, Pa.” With pic
BIRTHDAYS: Greta Van Susteren, the pride of Appleton, Wisconsin (hat tip: Tammy Haddad) ... Tad Devine, the pride of Providence who lives on Block Island, is 62 ... Kim Oates of the House Radio/TV gallery … Carrie Budoff Brown’s older sister, Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. City Council ... former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is 87 … Lindsey Williams Drath ... Jennifer Rubin ... Michael Timmeny, SVP for government and community relations at Cisco ... Jeremy Ben-Ami, president at J Street (h/ts Jon Haber) ... POLITICO’s Reid Pillifant, Emily Dobler and Juliette Medina ... South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is 64 ... Treasury alum David Cohen ... TJ Adams-Falconer, associate director of external affairs at Axios ... Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) is 69 ... Cesar Gonzalez, COS for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart ... former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) is 59 ... DNC comms staffer and former HRC campaign media booker Lucas Acosta (h/t Crystal Carson) ...
... Will Rahn, managing editor for politics at CBS News digital, is 3-0 ... Jessica Franks, gov’t affairs representative for Halliburton ... Politico Europe’s Tanit Parada Tur ... Chris Campbell, Republican staff director at Senate Finance ... Kristina Edmunson ... Rachel Ruskin ... Obama alum Jonathan McBride, now a managing director at BlackRock … Mike Schoenfeld, the Blue Devils’ master of public affairs/Duke’s other Mike … Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC public advocate, is 79 ... Matt Chaban, policy director at Center for an Urban Future ... Mary Kate Cunningham ... Salesforce’s Tom Gavin, an Obama WH OMB alum … Michael Froehlich ... Caroline Barker ... Matthew Campbell ... Vanessa Chan, corporate comms. at Facebook ... Kelly Danielka Peirson ... Google’s Ramya Raghavan ... Tom Alexander, COO at 1871 Chicago and a Rahm alum ... Jacque Vilmain, the pride of Eagle Grove, Iowa(h/t Teresa) ... animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 68 ... Power Playbooker Dr. Oz is 57 ... actor Hugh Laurie is 58 ... Shia LaBeouf is 31 (h/ts AP)
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