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Best Coaching Fits

2020.09.30 19:05 boanerges77 Best Coaching Fits

Wanted to give some thoughts on which coaching candidates fit best with each team that is likely to be needing a new head coach at this point. This isn't to say your team will fire your head coach. Do recall that the Titans were like 2-4 before turning things around and making it to the AFC Championship Game, so there is still plenty of time for your beloved head coach to get things going. Besides, with no preseason, these games really don't count right? This is merely just some speculation about if your team fires a head coach, who would make sense.
So, here's how I would assign things if it were up to me.

Atlanta Falcons

Dan Quinn was a hot seat candidate in 2019, and things haven't exactly improved, with back-to-back blown leads against Dallas and Chicago in recent weeks. If Quinn can't get things turned around, Atlanta may very well be ready to make the change, firing Dan Quinn. Right now, the Falcons are giving up 460 yards per game, good for 31st in the league, and 350 yards per game passing, also 31st. They need to get that defense revamped. A new coach will at least have the benefit of DT Grady Jarrett and LB Deion Jones, along with CB A.J. Terrell, who has acclimated pretty well so far, posting the highest PFF grade for the Falcons defense last week.
If Quinn is fired mid-season, the Falcons will probably hand things over to Raheem Morris, even as the defense struggles. Assuming Morris doesn't get it sorted out, I believe the best candidate for the Falcons to consider would be Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Some may ask why not the more well-known 49ers DC, Robert Saleh? My answer there would be that Saleh's defensive scheme draws its roots from the defensive scheme that Dan Quinn ran in Seattle, which led to him getting the Falcons job. Simply, the Falcons need a new defensive perspective, and while Saleh would bring a lot of energy, Eberflus remains one of the hidden gems in the coaching carousel.
After originally agreeing to join Josh McDaniels in Indy, Eberflus remained on after McDaniels backed on. Now serving as Frank Reich's defensive coordinator, Eberflus turned around the Colts defense quickly, finding success with guys like Darius Leonard. Through Week 3 of the early NFL season, the Colts currently sit 1st in yards per game, 4th in rushing yards per game, 1st in passing yards per game, 1st in points per game, and 3rd in turnovers with 7 total.
While it's been a fairly easy schedule so far, only facing Kirk Cousins, Sam Darnold, and Gardner Minshew at quarterback so far, it's a very promising start for the Colts. If they can continue to put up great results, Eberflus will most definitely be a top tier coaching candidate, and I like his fit with Atlanta quite a bit.

Chicago Bears

The Bears may have found the QB they've needed in Big D*** Nick, after he replaced Mitch Trubisky and orchestrated a comeback win, throwing for 3 touchdowns on the day. If Foles can recapture some of the magic that took him all the way to the Super Bowl in Philly, Nagy would likely save his job. Even if he doesn't, I think there's a good chance that Nagy stays on for at least one more season, perhaps working with a new rookie QB like Trey Lance.
If Chicago fires Nagy, however, they'll still probably want to focus on the offensive side of the ball, as their defense has not been the problem for them. Instead, a new coach would also mean a new QB, and finding a good pairing there would be the most important piece for the Bears franchise to return to the playoffs.
One coach who I think would work incredibly well in Chicago, especially if paired with a guy like Trey Lance, would be Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Smith made the decision to bench QB Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill in 2019, and it ultimately turned around the season for Tennessee. Since that week swapping in Tannehill, the Titans offense ranked 1st in yards per play, 1st in red zone efficiency, 2nd in third-down percentage, and 4th in scoring. Short to say, Smith's wide zone/play-action attack was exactly what a strong defensive team like Tennessee needed to turn things around. I think Smith could have a similar effect on the Bears, especially with a new QB.

Detroit Lions

Matt Patricia may have bought himself out of an early season firing with a win over the Cardinals, but he just his 10th win as Lions head coach...in year 3. Unless he can show that Detroit has turned the corner by upsetting the Saints this weekend, it's likely that Detroit will be in the head coaching market this offseason.
The big question for the new regime would be the future of QB Matthew Stafford. He's a very talented QB, one who has largely been wasted with the inept management of the team and franchise. Stafford will be 33-years old next season, old enough to consider moving on, but young enough to see if a new coach can get 3-4 more quality seasons out of him. I think in either scenario, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would be a fantastic match for Stafford or a new QB in Detroit.
At this point in the season, Daboll has helped turned QB Josh Allen from raw upside into an MVP candidate, as the Bills offense has been outright dominant. And while Lions fans may cringe at the fact that Brian Daboll has experience in New England, the difference here is that Daboll has actually found success away from Belichick and the Patriots system. While he'll need a strong defensive coordinator hire to work on rebuilding a mediocre defense, the new coordinator would at least have a decent starting point with CB Jeff Okudah, S Tracy Walker, and DE Trey Flowers. If he can do that, Daboll could get the Lions back into playoff contention.

Houston Texans

Head coach Bill O'Brien is in the midst of another 0-3 start, his second so far as Texans head coach. While it can be understandable given the incredibly difficult schedule that the Texans have played, the frustrations with O'Brien started well before this. If they falter down the road, rather than recover, it would seem likely that Houston could move on from their head coach/general manager, though it's not a given by any means, given that O'Brien still has coached some quality teams in previous years, and is only in his first full-year as the GM.
With QB Deshaun Watson running the show, along with All-Pro LT Laremy Tunsil, the Texans would likely be one of the most attractive destinations for any offensive minded coach. The perfect fit for Houston would be Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, a coach who has received the praises of Andy Reid as a head coaching candidate from the actual press conference he was announced as the new offensive coordinator.
Some have expressed concern over what degree of influence/effect Bieniemy actually has on the Chiefs offensive success, as Andy Reid remains the offensive mastermind as well as play-caller. However, my concerns over Bieniemy would be minimal, given that he's been praised and credited for the role he plays plenty of times, as well as the fairly successful coaching tree of Andy Reid previously. While he'll still need to build up a quality OL in Houston, Deshaun Watson would thrive in a system like the one Bieniemy has helped develop in Kansas City.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are already in a full-scale rebuild of sorts. They've traded away players to accumulate picks (4 in the first two rounds), and cut bloated salaries to clear up cap space. The brief optimism of the Week 1 upset over the Colts was short lived however, as they were beaten soundly by the Miami Dolphins last week.
The biggest question for a new regime in Jacksonville is the fate of their quarterback position, where Gardner Minshew continues to be one of the few bright spots. There were some rumors of Jacksonville perhaps going for the Clemson duo, adding QB Trevor Lawrence with the top pick, while signing HC Dabo Swinney to call the shots. Let's assume that Dabo's off the table, Jacksonville has some options.
Personally, I really like the fit of San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh here. I think his fire and energy would bring life to the franchise. His defense thrives in San Francisco off of a deadly pass-rush, and the ability to work with first-round edge rushers in Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson seems like a perfect match. He'd need to have a plan for an offensive coordinator to work with Gardner Minshew, though perhaps he could poach a promising assistant with Air Raid experience to match Minshew style.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers remain a very talented team, and thus, if they end up with back-to-back seasons of double digit losses (5-11 in 2019), Lynn could be on his way out, even after a very good 2018 season. The biggest piece to the Chargers 2020 season will be figuring out the QB situation, as QB Tyrod Taylor was inadvertently injured by his own team doctors, giving rookie QB Justin Herbert the chance to step into the role sooner than expected, including a very strong debut against Kansas City.
If things falter for the Chargers over the remainder of 2020, the Chargers may be ready to find a new coach, one who can turn QB Justin Herbert into the franchise QB that LA expects him to be after drafting him sixth-overall. Personally, I think Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich would make an excellent pairing with Herbert, as the deep passing attack that Arians and Leftwich run in Tampa would fit well with Herbert's arm strength.
Provided that Leftwich can find a veteran defensive coordinator to join, not too dissimilar from the Sean McVay-Wade Phillips pairing, think there would be a lot of potential for that pairing.

New York Jets

Currently the odds on favorite for the #1 overall selection, that at least offers Jets fans some hope in the midst of the ongoing fiasco that is Adam Gase. FOX talk show host Colin Cowherd did indicate that the Jets could make the early move to fire Gase as soon as tomorrow night if they lose to the Denver Broncos, a team that will be starting its preseason QB3 in Brett Rypien.
Now, New York presents plenty of challenges in the size of the job, but the Jets have some decent pieces to build around, with OT Mekhi Becton looking strong to start the year, as well as DT Quinnen Williams already racking up 2 sacks after a fairly quiet rookie season. While Bieniemy is the hot name for just about every fan base, the reality is that he can only end up in one spot, and there will likely be better options available.
However, I think there's another name on the Chiefs staff who would be a smart move for the Jets, a franchise that needs a good leader to help build a better culture in the Big Apple. That is Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub. He's one of the best special teams coordinators in all of the NFL, dating back to an incredibly successful run as the Bears special teams coordinator, featuring All-Pro returner Devin Hester and kicker Robbie Gould.
While hiring special teams coordinators is not all the rage these days, it actually used to be one of the best formulas for finding winning head coaches. They work with every part of the team, from the specialists to the DB's, LB's, WR's, and FB's who end up on coverage teams. Quoting Bill Cowher, "When you think about the special teams coach, outside of the head coach, you're the only person on staff who is speaking to the whole team. A lot of what you're doing is more about motivation than it is schematic. And as a head coach, that's what you're trying to do as well". Toub may not be the sexy pick to pair with a flashy new QB perhaps, but he very well could give the Jets the dose of leadership and culture that they need to compete for the AFC East.

Wild Cards

**These candidates aren't as nearly as well thought thru. Just trying to add some other names to the mix, though to a certain degree, I think these wouldn't be bad decisions.**
Denver Broncos - Living in Denver myself, I think there are too many Broncos fans overreacting on this one, but the NFL is not a patient place. John Elway has shown he has a short leash, after firing Vance Joseph so soon, and if Fangio sees a major drop-off, especially after Drew Lock returns, the Broncos may be in the market, perhaps for someone like 49ers run game coordinator Mike McDaniel, a rising star in the profession.
Cincinnati Bengals - Zac Taylor did not find immediate success in year one, even if he didn't have much to work with. They've been competitive so far with rookie QB Joe Burrow, and provided they remain competitive with teams, Taylor will make it to 2021. But, if things take a turn for the worse and they look like the 2-14 team we saw in 2019, a decision could be made. Perhaps reuniting Burrow with now Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady is the move to make in this extreme hypothetical?
Minnesota Vikings - Their defense is a disaster, and QB Kirk Cousins is looking bad right now. The Vikes just extended Mike Zimmer for another 3 seasons, so it may be too soon to fire him, but if the Vikings don't turn it around, would have to consider it. Vikings may want to consider making a run at a top college coach like Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley to give their offense the injection it needs.

Who do you like for the teams with hot seat coaches?
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2020.09.30 13:13 User18940505 An exhaustive list of intriguing and unsolved disappearances

So I’m back!
I just finished editing my previous post, adding those which you guys suggested and removing those that seem to have been solved. This will most likely be the case here, as my research is not wholly up to date.
This is a bit of a broader topic, since a disappearance does not necessarily allude to a crime. As far as I am aware, the majority of these cases have suspicious circumstances.
Hope you find this interesting! Like the previous post, a lot of these cases are in chronological order, but not all. They are accurately categorised into their respective decades, however.
Before 1800s
Romulus
Alexander Helios and Ptolemy Philadelphus
Legio IX Hispana
Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah
Renier of Montferrat
Gearóid Iarla
Jianwen Emperor
Owain Glyndŵr
Constantine XI Palaiologos
François Villon
The Princes in the Tower
Lord Lovell
David Thompson
Erdeni Bumba
René Menard
Laurens de Graaf
Khe Pandjang
James Harrod
1800-1899
James Derham
Benjamin Bathurst
William Morgan
John Lansing Jr.
William Hare
Joseph Gellibrand
Henry Bryan
Charles Christian Dutton
Sequoyah
William Overton
Khachatur Abovian
Ludwig Leichhardt
Sándor Petőfi
Matias Perez
Solomon Northup
Nana Sahib
Captain James William Boyd
Agoston Haraszthy
John V. Creely
Charley Ross
William Cantelo
Jesse Evans
David Mather
Henry Boynton Clitz
Louis Le Prince
Hermann Fol
Frank Lenz
Albert Jennings and Henry Fountain
1900s
The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers
Yda Hillis Addis
Eduard von Toll
Joseph Kelly
1910s
Bobby Dunbar
The U.S.S. Cyclops
Rudolf Diesel
Arthur Cravan
Ambrose Bierce
Dorothy Arnold
Sebastiano DiGaetano
F. Lewis Clark
František Gellner
Alejandro Bello Silva
Knud Andersen
Mansell Richard James
Ambrose Small
1920s
Homer Lemay
Clayton Kratz
Victor Grayson
Alejandro Carrascosa
Andrew Irvine
Liu Menggeng
Percy Fawcett
Sidney Reilly
Alice Corbett
Frederick McDonald
Marvin Clark
Charles Nungesser and François Coli
Włodzimierz Zagórski
Paul Redfern
Walter Collins
Glen and Bessie Hyde
Joe Porrazzo
Frank Baumgarteker
1930s
Everett Ruess
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
Joseph Force Crater
Tony Buccola
Mary Agnes Moroney
Joseph Neuman
Raymond Nugent
Joseph Ardizzone
Jack Black
Julien Torma
C.B. Johnston
Wallace Fard Muhammad
Etta Riel
Li Yuan
Jean Mermoz
Juliet Stuart Poyntz
Andrew Carnegie Whitfield
Willie McLean
Alfred Beilhartz
Barbara Newhall Follett
Lloyd L. Gaines
Rita Gorgonowa
Marjorie West
1940s
The Sodder Children
Heinrich Müller
Jean Spangler
Glenn Miller
Thomas C. Latimore
Jaan Tõnisson
Alter Rotmann
Dan Billany
Abraham Gancwajch
Endre Rudnyánszky
Moriz Seeler
Herschel Grynszpan
Rocco Perri
Sheila Fox
Johan Pitka
Gertrude Tompkins Silver
Erna Petermann
Karla Mayer
Raoul Wallenberg
Constanze Manziarly
Hildegard Neumann
Supriyadi
Genrikh Lyushkov
Alfred Partikel
Johnny Jebsen
Paula Jean Welden
Daniel S. Voorhees
Joan Gay Croft
Lai Teck
Virginia Carpenter
Dorothy Forstein
Francis Hong Yong-ho
1950s
Richard Colvin Cox
Lionel Crabb
Lawrence Joseph Bader
Vincent Mangano
Beverly Potts
Rudolf Mildner
Henry Borynski
Evelyn Hartley
Felix Moncla and Robert Wilson
Stanley Mathenge
Herman Schultheis
Weldon Kees
Steven Damman
Bob Lymburne
The Martin Family
Mary Flanagan
1960s
The Beaumont Children
Jim Thompson
Harold Holt
John Anglin, Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris
Masanobu Tsuji
Ann Marie Burr
Joan Risch
Michael Rockefeller
Archie E. Mitchell and Eleanor Ardel Vietti
Sam Sary
Anthony Strollo
Charles Clifford Ogle
Mehdi Ben Barka
Charles Rogers
Kim Bong-han
Susan Pearson
Wikana
Ann Miller, Patricia Blough and Renee Bruhl
Chu Anping
James P. Brady and Abraham Halkett
John Lake
Eugene DeBruin
Fred Donald Miller
April Fabb
Dennis Martin
Patricia Spencer and Pamela Hobley
1970s
Jimmy Hoffa
D.B. Cooper
Frederick Valentich
Brad Bishop
Jim Sullivan
Etan Kalil Patz
Akpan Utuk
Cheryl Grimmer
Dana Stone
Edward and Stephania Andrews
Mauro De Mauro
Helen Claire Frost
Robin Graham
Jean Virginia Sampare
Lynne Schulze
Adrien McNaughton
Nick Begich and Hale Boggs
Ray Robinson
Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon
Guðmundur and Geirfinnur Einarsson
Oscar Zeta Acosta
Pavlos Kouroupis
Connie Converse
The Fort Worth Missing Trio
Joanne Elaine Coughlin
Mona Blades
Juanita Nielsen
Eloise Worledge
Sandy Davidson
Andy Puglisi
Renee and Andrew MacRae
Helen Brach
Mary Boyle
Don Taxay
Peter Winston
John Brisker
Trudie Adams
Genette Tate
Christie Farni
Harry Domela
Jim Robinson
J.C.P. Williams
Martin Allen
1980s
Anthonette Cayedito
Kimberly Moreau
Johnny Gosch
Randy Wayne Leach
Tara Calico
Stacey Arras
John Patrick Kerrigan
Cherrie Mahan
Louise and Charmian Faulkner
Laureen Rahn
Peng Jiamu
Alan Addis
Thomas A. Mutch
Johan Asplund
Alaide Foppa
Katrice Lee
George Washington Hughes
Lynette Dawson
Kathleen McCormack Durst
Ahmad Motevaselian
Stephen Pearsall
Tony Jones
Upali Wijewardene
Ludovic Janvier
Mirella Gregori
Ann Gotlib
Emanuela Orlandi
Nyleen Kay Marshall
Tammy Lynn Leppert
Kirsa Jensen
George Cogar
Naomi Uemura
Tammy Belanger
Ronald Jorgenson
Boris Weisfeiler
Cherrie Mahan
Vladimir Alexandrov
Andrew Fluegelman
Diane Suzuki
Cotah Ramaswami
Martha Jean Lambert
Madame Max Adolphe
Agustín Feced
Suzy Lamplugh
Jeremy Bright
Philip Cairns
Simon Parkes
Federico Caffè
Julie Weflen
Susan Smalley and Stacie Madison
Ron Arad
Antonio Bardellino
Amber Swartz-Garcia
Lee Boxell
Michaela Garecht
Tiffany Sessions
Patricia Meehan
Charles Horvath-Allan
Reino Gikman
Melanie Melanson
Alois Brunner
1990s
Amy Lynn Bradley
Jared Negrete
The Death Valley Germans
Monique Daniels
Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible
Diane Augat
Pedro Alonso López
Nicholas Barclay
Richey Edwards
The Springfield Three
Amy Wroe Bechtel
Ames Glover
Dannette and Jeanette Millbrook
Teddy Wang
Christopher Kerze
Paige Renkoski
Trevaline Evans
Sarah MacDiarmid
Eugene John Hebert
Mahmoud Mahmoud Atta
Licorice McKechnie
Thomas Gibson
Michael Dunahee
Tanong Po-arn
Ben Needham
Kelly Dae Wilson
Virginia Guerrero and Manuela Torres
Leigh Occhi
Jarosław Ziętara
Taif Ajba
Annie McCarrick
Wopko Jensma
Katheryne Eggleston
Sara Anne Wood
Ylenia Carrisi
Cleashindra Hall
Sukhwinder Singh Bhatti
Ernst Priesner
Abani Chakraborty
Jacobo Grinberg
Dor Bahadur Bista
Fred Cuny
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
Morgan Nick
Jodi Huisentruit
Erin Marie Gilbert
Yolanda Panek
Andrew Shumack
Ruth Wilson
Kristin Smart
Ruslan Labazanov
Susan Walsh
Damien Nettles
Adam, Trevor and Mitchell O’Brien
Patrick Warren and David Spencer
Kristen Modafferi
Don Lewis
Guy Hever
Sabrina Aisenberg
Widji Thukul
Suzanne Lyall
Rui Pedro Teixeira Mendonça
Gilbert Wynter
Deirdre Jacob
Pirouz Davani
Joan Lawrence
Derrick Engebretson
Angelo Cruz
Paul Skiba, Sarah Skiba and Lorenzo Chivers
Kevin Palmer
Yury Zacharanka
Yves, Marie-France, Marius and Camille Godard
Viktar Hanchar and Anatoly Krasouski
Raisa Räisänen
Marat Manafov
Julie Surprenant
Michael Negrete
2000s
Brian Shaffer
Asha Degree
Andrew Gosden
Michele Miscavige
Zebb Quinn
Trevor Deely
Jennifer Kesse
Brandon Swanson
Maura Murray
Ray Gricar
Jim Gray
Sneha Ann Philip
Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos
Mitrice Robinson
Leah Roberts
Joseph Kibweteere
Bruno Manser
Dzmitry Zavadski
Zelimkhan Murdalov
Rilya Wilson
Branson Perry
Jason Jolkowski
The Gill Family
Marita Verón
Saeed Zeinali
Tabitha Tuders
Ben Charles Padilla
Ali Astamirov
Reda Helal
Kirk von Ackermann
Charlene Downes
Tariq Mahmood
Somchai Neelapaijit
Brianna Maitland
Guy-André Kieffer
Mohammed Al Afghani
Tamra Jewel Keepness
David Louis Sneddon
Joanna Cipriano
Iraena Asher
Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone Jr.
Alfredo Jiménez Mota
Rahul Raju
Natalee Holloway
Tara Grinstead
Rahma el-Dennaoui
Joe Pichler
Jessie Foster
Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño
Ebrima Manneh
Thiruchelvam Nihal Jim Brown
Anthony Zizzo
Jorge Julio López
Oralgaisha Omarshanova
Robert Levinson
Lisa Stebic
Madeleine McCann
Ashley Summers
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
Elodia Ghinescu
Stacy Ann Peterson
Aeryn Gillern
Amy Fitzpatrick
Marilyn Bergeron
Jamie Fraley
Alex Sloley
Claudia Lawrence
Brittanee Drexel
Craig Arnold
Marsha Brantley
Paul Tseng
Toni Sharpless
Steven Koecher
2010s
The McStay Family
Lars Mittank
Kyron Horman
Kenny Veach
Lauren Spierer
Ben McDaniel
Bryce Laspisa
The MH370 Aircraft
Ayla Reynolds
Rico Harris
Phoenix Coldon
Russell Bohling
Paolo Renda
Vasyl Klymentyev
Forrest Schab
Alessia and Livia Schepp
Bethany Decker
Timmothy Pitzen
Maddy Scott
Cristina Siekavizza
Lisa Irwin
Daniel Lind Lagerlöf
Sky Metalwala
Jonathan Spollen
Timothy MacColl
Guma Aguiar
Vadim Pappe
Tiffany Whitton
Austin Tice
Emma Fillipoff
Sombath Somphone
Zsolt Erőss
Federico Tobares
Maureen Kelly
Marie-José and Allison Benitez
Aidin Bozorgi, Pouya Keivan and Mojta Jarahi
Robert Hoagland
Tiffany Daniels
Carlos Ornelas Puga
Heather Elvis
Billy Rakchongcharoen
Avera Mengistu
William Tyrrell
Tammy Kingery
Daylenn Pua
Lucas Tronche
Asha Kreimer
Charity Aiyedogbon
Logan Schiendelman
Kristal Reisinger
Corrie McKeague
Najeeb Ahmed
Zelim Bakaev
Anastácio Alves
Georgina Gharsallah
Karl-Erivan Haub
Surachai Danwattananusorn
Comment any you think I missed, I’m sure there’s a couple!
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_people_who_disappeared
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/time.com/5532711/mysterious-unsolved-disappearances/%3famp=true
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2020.09.27 21:50 Ex-CultMember The "CES Letter" on STEROIDS

...is Mormonism-Shadow or Reality by Jerald & Sandra Tanner. In case any of you are not familiar with the Tanners, they were THE "anti-Mormons" for the second half of the 20th century. Nearly everything we have today regarding the problems with Mormon history and truth claims were already found by these two and compiled into numerous books, including what is often considered their "magnum opus," titled, Mormonism-Shadow or Reality. The book is a huge 600 page (small print) tome, exhaustively covering just about every critical piece of historical information found, challenging the traditional narrative, foundation and truth claims in Mormonism.
For those wanting a deep dive into the stuff not covered in Runnell's CES Letter, I would start here. This book should be in every ex-Mormon's library. Below is the table of contents:
  1. A Marvelous Work? ..............................................1
Miraculous Claims—The Only True Church?—The Best
People?—Updated Material
  1. Change, Censorship and Suppression.................5
Changing Doctrines—Rebaptism—Censorship—Changing
An Article of Faith—Key to Theology—Journal of
Discourses—Lucy Smith’s Book—Book Burning—
Suppressing the Records—Dr. Nibley Refused—Apostles’
Threats—Mormons Protest Suppression—Updated Material
  1. Changes in the Revelations ................................14
Book of Commandments—Not For Reproduction—Other
Changes—Study of Changes—Important Changes—
Unthinkable?—Updated Material
  1. Joseph Smith and Money-Digging.....................32
Joseph Smith’s 1826 Trial—Importance of Discovery—A
Common Practice—Peep Stones—Book of Mormon From
Stone—Embarrassed Over Stone—Relationship to Book
of Mormon—Working with the Rod—Affidavits and
Statements—The Treasure Hunt Revelation—Updated
Material
  1. The Book of Mormon...........................................50
The Witnesses—Character of Witnesses—Apostasy—
Strang and McLellin—Unreliable Witnesses—Martin
Harris—Oliver Cowdery—David Whitmer—Angels and
Gold Plates—Too Much Excitement—Harris’ Shaker
Book— Ancient Or Modern?—Fits Smith’s Environment—
Revivals—Infant Baptism—Church of Christ—Ministers and
Money—Westminster Confession—Masonic Influence—
Bible Influence—The Apocrypha—Old Testament—New
Testament—List Of Parallels—A Real Dilemma—Alpha and
Omega—Origin of Indians— “Wonders of Nature”—“No
Traveller Returns”—Vapor of Darkness—Not Unique—“An
Ignominious Death”—Joseph Smith’s Father’s Dream—
Smith Probably Qualified—Changes in the Book of
Mormon—Lost Book of Lehi—Making Up Names—Bible
Prophecy—Beyond the Book of Mormon—Updated Material
  1. Archaeology and the Book of Mormon .............97
A Pagan People—A Lost Civilization—Mormon Scholars
Face the Truth—Nephite Coins and Chariots—Anthon
Transcript—“Deformed English”—Bat Creek Stone—
Fraudulent Inscriptions—Kinderhook Plates—Falsification
of History— “Childish Forgeries”—Newark Stones—Tree
of Life Stone—Lehi, Sariah and Nephi?—Geography—Hill
Cumorah—Compared With Bible Archaeology—Updated
Material
  1. Changes in Joseph Smith’s History................126
Written By Joseph Smith?—New Discoveries—Film
Supplies New Evidence—Over 60% After Smith’s Death—
Rocky Mountain Prophecy—Selected Changes—
Conclusion—Updated Material
  1. The First Vision.................................................143
Vision Criticized—“Strange” Accounts—An Important
Change—Revision Required—First History—Too Many
Stories—Doctrinal Change—Source of Confusion—An
Evolving Story—No Revival in 1820—Lane and Stockton—
Moving the Revival—A Changing Story—Joseph a
Methodist—Joseph Changed His Mind—Clandestine’s
Errors—Professor Hill’s Speech
  1. The Godhead .....................................................163
From One to Many—The Heavenly Mother—
Serious Changes—Removing the Lecturers—“Inspired”
Corrections—Elohim—Hands Or Wings?—A Changeable
God—The Holy Ghost—No Real Answers—Updated
Material
  1. The Adam-God Doctrine .................................173
Falling Upward— “Our Father And Our God”—Confusion
and Strife—Updated Material
  1. The Priesthood..................................................179
Added Later—Aaronic Priesthood—Melchizedek
Priesthood—High Priests—First Presidency—Age of
Ordination
  1. The Arm of Flesh..............................................183
Thinking a Sin?—No Revelation—Updated Material
  1. False Prophecy..................................................186
The Canadian Revelation—The Lord’s Coming—A Temple
in Zion—The Civil War—The Gathering—Joseph’s Boys—
Other Prophecies—Updated Material
  1. The Hereafter ...................................................196
Universalists—Joseph Changes His Mind—Mormon
Purgatory—Degrees Of Glory—Dissolved and Reorganized
Spirits
  1. The Missionary System....................................200
  2. Plural Marriage................................................202
Reason For Revelation—Breaking the Law—Contradicts
Book of Mormon—Contradicts the Bible—Threatened
with Destruction—Wives Before the Revelation—Leaders
Puzzled—Sorrows of Polygamy—Discord in Joseph’s
Home—Lived With His Wives—Number of Wives—Taking
Other Men’s Wives—Polygamy or Promiscuity?—John C.
Bennett—Sarah Pratt Affair—Martha Brotherton—Nancy
Rigdon—Strange Marriages—Polygamy and Courtship—
Only 2%—One-Wife System Condemned—Adam a
Polygamist—God and Christ Polygamists—Essential to
Salvation—Updated Material
  1. The Manifesto...................................................231
After the Manifesto—“Manifesto A Deception”—Polygamy
in Utah Today—Taylor’s 1886 Revelation—The Dilemma—
Updated Material
  1. Mormonism and Truth ....................................245
The Mormon Battalion—Making God a Liar—Conclusion
  1. Joseph Smith.....................................................252
A Fighting Prophet—General Smith—“The Greatest
Egotist”—Mixing Politics And Revelation—Destruction of
the Expositor—Like a Lamb?
  1. The Virgin Birth...............................................260
Conclusion
  1. The Negro in Mormon Theology ....................262
Black Skin—Pre-Existence—Sons of Cain—Through the
Flood—One Drop Disqualifies—Negroes in the Priesthood
—Negroes Unhappy—Objections To Doctrine—For Cain’s
Sins—Negroes and the Gospel—Nigerian Mission—Rooted
in Prejudice—Slavery in Utah—Civil Rights—The Genesis
Group—Athletes Protest—A Serious Situation—Church
Rejects Violence—Appeasement—Dissatisfaction—A
Burning Issue—A New Revelation?—Joseph Fielding
Smith—An Honest Solution—Conclusion—Updated
Material
  1. Fall of the Book of Abraham...........................294
The Papyri Rediscovered— “Caught Flat-Footed”—History
of Papyri—Deciphering Egyptian—Spalding’s Attack—
“Dr. Webb”—Tragic Neglect—Not Out Of Date—A
Suspicious Discovery—Other Papyri Suppressed—No Gift
to Translate—Nibley Not An Egyptologist—Dr. Nelson?—
Source of Book of Abraham—Book of Breathings—Written
in Hieratic—Finding the Key—Three Witnesses Against
Book—Dr. Nibley Confused—Nibley Reverses His
Position—Abraham’s Signature—A False Translation—
Basis For Anti-Black Doctrine—From a Hole in the
Papyrus—An Unfinished Work—Complete Confusion—Just
a Memory Device?— “Bushels of Nonsense”—Facing the
Truth—The Facsimiles—Facsimile No. 2—Falsification
Proven—Part A—Part B—Part C—Part D—Part E—Part
F—Part G—Part H—Part I—Parts J and K—Joseph Smith
Responsible— “Cannot Be Revealed”—A Pagan Object—
Facsimile No. 1—Unfamiliar Writing?—Not Unique—The
Interpretation—Changes nn Facsimile—Facsimile No. 3—
Dressed Like Women—A Common Scene—Not Abraham’s
Drawings—Book Of Joseph—Joseph’s Egyptian Alphabet—
“Mere Imagination”—Nibley Repudiates Grammar—
Master Of All Languages—Possible Sources—Imitation
Genesis—Other Sources—The Moment of Truth—The
Browns’ Attack—Nibley’s New Book—More on the God
Min—Return to Old Facsimiles
  1. Old Testament Practices..................................370
Wine And Curses—Animal Sacrifice
  1. Mormon Scriptures and the Bible ..................373
Paine’s Influence—Evidence Compared—Dead Sea
Scrolls—Isaiah Text—Evidence For New Testament—
Papyri Finds—“130,000 Different Readings”—“Inspired
Revisions”—Weak Points—Beyond the Text—“Drastically
Changed”—Revising the Revisions—Conclusion—Updated
Material
  1. Blood Atonement..............................................398
Capital Crimes—Was It Actually Practiced?—Updated
Material
  1. The Word of Wisdom.......................................405
Origin Of Revelation—Joseph’s Example—Joseph’s Bar—
Young’s Distillery—Wine and Visions—Hypocrisy
  1. The Mormon Kingdom....................................414
Council of Fifty—Joseph Made King—Joseph For
President—Brigham Young As King—Church and State
One—No Democratic Elections—Moses Thatcher—Attack
on America—Decline of the Kingdom—Conclusion—
Updated Material
  1. The Danites.......................................................428
Attempted Explanations—Origin of the Danites—Joseph
Smith to Blame—Stealing from the Gentiles—Cutting
Throats—“War of Extermination”—Mormon Crimes—
Joseph Surrenders—Trouble in Illinois—Using the Mean
Devils—Bill Hickman—Orrin Porter Rockwell
  1. Temple Work ....................................................451
Baptism for the Dead—Endless Genealogies—Elijah the
Prophet—All in Vain?—Temple Marriage—Connected With
Polygamy—Sealing in Spite of Sin—A Secret Ceremony—
Updated Material
  1. The Temple Ceremony ....................................462
By a Temple Worker
  1. Changes in the Temple Ceremony ..................474
Bloody Oaths—Oath of Vengeance—Other Changes—
Testimony on Ceremony—Sealing Men to Men—Conclusion
  1. The Temple Ceremony and Masonry.............484
Joseph Becomes a Mason—Masonry in Temple Ritual—Only
One Explanation—Embarrassing Questions—Conclusion
  1. The Mountain Meadows Massacre.................493
The Utah War—The Massacre—After the Massacre—Lee’s
Excommunication—Trial and Execution—Responsibility
For Massacre—Church Opposes Study
  1. Mormonism and Money ..................................516
Church Funds For Private Gain—Young Becomes Rich—
Joseph F. Smith’s Testimony—Over $1,000,000 a Day—Tax
Problems—Control of News Media—No Paid Ministry?—
Church or Business—Updated Material
  1. Speculation, Illegal Banking ...........................528
and Counterfeiting
Speculation—The Kirtland Bank—Disaster—Bankruptcy—
Fraudulent Acts—Counterfeiting—Apostles Indicted—
“Bogus Brigham”—The Whittlers—Government
Records—A Rapid Exodus—Bogus Makers Go West
  1. Blood Flows in Utah.........................................545
Killing the Thieves—Parrish Murders—Young Indicted for
Murder—No Protection in Utah
  1. Miscellaneous History and Doctrine ..............560
Birth Control—Compressed Spirits—Vegetable Spirits—A
Year’s Supply of Food—John Whitmer’s History—The
Living Earth—Changing the Blood
  1. Facing Reality...................................................563
If you want a FREE slightly condensed version of this book, the Tanners have kindly provided a PDF version of their other published book The Changing World of Mormonsim right here:
http://www.utlm.org/onlinebooks/changecontents.htm
I really wish Admin would add a link to this book on their front page.
Also, see the Tanners' website which provides a wealth of information. The following link is to their topical index:
http://www.utlm.org/navtopicalindex.htm
Every time I see posters come here asking questions about the history, or seeking new books to read about the history, they should all just start with the above because it's probably in the above two books. Mormonism-Shadow or Reality should be the basic textbook for anyone questioning the church or wanting to learn more about the controversial parts of Mormonism.
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2020.09.27 17:59 duketuring I found a hidden compartment in my new house, filled with thousands of credit cards and one weird notebook.

It was a dream come true. I was finally a homeowner.
It wasn’t a mansion or anything, just a simple three bedroom craftsman a few miles north of the Seattle city limits. But it was mine.
I got it at an auction, well below market price. Apparently the previous owner had taken their life in the home, and not only could the state not identify the owner’s next of kin, they couldn’t even identify the owner. The deed was in a false name, and after some fruitless investigation the house was put up for auction by the state.
Strange circumstances for sure, but I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
There were, of course, plenty of little things to fix up and change around the house. Yesterday’s task was simple: Get my gaming rig on a wired connection.
The cable outlet upstairs was in the master bedroom, and so was the router. I had designated the bedroom next door as my office, and thankfully their closets shared a wall. So all I had to do was drill a tiny little hole in the back of the closet to pass the ethernet cable through.
When I pulled the drill bit out from the back of the master bedroom closet, however, I did not see the mid-afternoon sun I was expecting to shine through. I furrowed my brow for a moment, then concluded the closet door in the office must have just swung shut.
But it hadn’t. I stood in the office door frame for a while, perplexed, before I walked into the closet and examined the wall where the hole should be. I sat down on the floor, and knocked on the wall, listening to the hollow thud my fist made.
Of course, there just must be some hollow space between the closets! I sighed, and began to stand up to go fetch the drill. As I gently pressed my weight against the wall however, It moved and I felt the click of some hidden mechanism.
I stared at the little gap that appeared for a few seconds, unsure what to make of it. But sure enough, there it was before me: a hidden door. I pulled it open to find bins filled with various pieces of opened mail and neat stacks of credit cards in many different names. Sitting on top of it all: a simple lined notebook.
The notebook seemed like it hadn’t been used much, and only the first handful of pages were filled with a tight, tidy script. I read and re-read those pages three times before I put it down. It was utterly bizarre, and if not for the circumstances surrounding my house and the other items I found in that closet, I would have written it off as a flight of fancy.
This morning, I couldn’t get the story out of my head. So I decided to head down to this coffee shop with the notebook and my laptop, and transcribe the story to share it here. Maybe one of you can make heads or tails of it.
The story contained quite a few SSNs, which I’ve redacted just in case they’re real.

__________________________

Loretta Young. I squint at her sitting on a wrought-iron bench in the burning light of another summer day, and then cast a shadow over the dot-matrix portrait in the file spread out on my picnic table to get a better look. Sharp high cheekbones, hair pulled into a French braid so blond there’s no mistaking it even in grayscale. I can even pick up the distant look in her eyes and the low-cut collar of her sweater. There’s no doubt, there she is. Loretta Young: Age thirty-two, Social Security number XXX-XX-XXXX, 9012 Quince Lane. The time stamped next to her name gives me a good fifteen minutes, so I pour through her file.
My thumb runs along the familiar rough edge of the pages as I search through her shopping habits to find what I’m looking for. Her years melt away with her purchasing power, and finally my eyes catch those familiar italics in between an Ikea couch and a box of Trojan Condoms. “Lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends.”
My stiff new clothes—courtesy of Adam Finch XXX-XX-XXXX, James Goldburg XXX-XX-XXXX, and Patrick Fisher XXX-XX-XXXX—are hot and scratchy in the June heat and I can feel the first bead of sweat tickling as it slivers down my spine. Having no other reason to wait, I begin my work.
Loretta is peeling an orange as I walk quietly towards her. She’s not supposed to see me. I was hired to be a phantom, a poltergeist. But I stopped caring years ago, so I take a seat next to her and smile.
“Hi there.” I say.
She glances nervously up at me and then down at the impossibly thick manila file in my lap before returning her eyes to her orange and replying. “Hello.”
I know she can feel my eyes on her, and I can see her muscles tense as she considers walking away. “Nice day, eh?” I ask. Her brows drop a quarter inch and her mouth pulls into a thin white line. I can see the muscles in her legs stiffen and then relax as she decides to tough it out.
“Yes, I suppose.” She rushes a segment of orange into her mouth and chews it slowly to keep her lips and tongue occupied. Her eyes are locked on her file, as if some part of her knows what it contains. “Working lunch?” She asks.
“Yes, you could say that. Who are you? Tell me who you are in a sentence.”
Loretta’s hand freezes halfway between the orange and her mouth, and she tears her eyes from the file to look into mine. I see my desperation reflected in her jet-black pupils. “Excuse me?”
“Just humor me, please?”
She bites her lip and stares at the orange. Hours seem to blow across the grass around us. “I… really need to get back to work. Um, have a nice lunch.” She stuffs the last of the orange into her mouth and clutches her purse to her chest as she stands. The orange peel dangles in her hand and she glances around, looking for the rubbish bin.
“Please, allow me Loretta.” I pluck the peel from her suddenly stiff hands. Her eyes go wide and she swallows, nearly choking.
“How do you know my name?”
But I’m already gone.
___
I stop at the Texaco station on 89th and pull Benjamin Lark XXX-XX-XXXX out of my wallet to provide my fuel. My life before The Fat Lady seems so detached and indistinct it’s not even a memory. When I try to conjure up my childhood all I can see are Happy Meals and Power Ranger Megazords. File after file, I searched for the italicized sentence, hungry, desperate for some sort of pattern or meaning. Eventually, every swipe of my debit card felt like a handful of dirt thrown on my grave.
It wasn’t long before I decided that the identities that passed through my hand every day wouldn’t be missed. Kyle Warner, XXX-XX-XXXX, was the first. “Beat his neighbor’s dog to death as a child.” The italics absolved me as I took his name and began opening accounts. Now I have an entire closet at home full of nothing but credit cards and uncashed social security checks.
Benjamin walks up to the counter and asks for a pack of Lucky Strike Filters. “They don’t make those anymore bud.” The clerk says. He takes a pack of Camels instead, punches his code into the pin-pad, and walks out the door.
___
I pull my car out onto the street and turn onto the highway, quietly reciting my litany from the top. “Loretta Young, XXX-XX-XXXX, lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends. Steven Mercer, XXX-XX-XXXX, gives his family and friends hand-drawn cards every Christmas. Catherine Pook, XXX-XX-XXXX, blushes every time she talks to her cats. Joseph Gates, XXX-XX-XXXX, stole a pair of lacquered Chinese worry-balls from his teacher’s desk in the 8th grade, and gave them as a present to his mother out of guilt…
Jack is, as always, sitting at his desk on the spartan ground floor when I enter the building. The sickly-sweet smoke billowing out of his cherry-stained pipe forms a dusky cloud around his head that the dim fluorescent lighting of the windowless office cannot penetrate. I’ve never once gotten a clear look at his face.
I walk across the field of tight burber to his desk and slap the file down in front of him, gently laying the orange peel on top of it. “Here it is.” Before I can turn around I feel Jack’s cold and wrinkled hand press down on top of mine like a vise.
“Nope. She wants you to take it up to her yourself.”
I halt, confused by the sudden change in a routine so established it was a ritual. “She?”
“The Fat Lady.”
The Fat Lady?”
Jack’s leathery face pushes the cloud-front forward and I cringe involuntarily as he yells “YES The Fat Lady! Is there a god-damn echo in here?”
Everyone that worked for her had theories and stories; it was all we talked about in the minutes we spent together every morning waiting for Jack to come down the elevator with our files. But no one had ever actually seen her. That is besides, we all could only assume, Jack.
My heart races as I gather my wits to some degree and point mutely at the elevator. From within his vanilla cloud, Jack simply nods. I take back the file and the peel and walk slowly to the back of the room.
The rough beige doors slide closed with a loud clank, and I clutch the file to my chest, wondering which of the four floors The Fat Lady is on and more importantly, where all the buttons are. I can feel no movement, and there is absolutely nothing around me besides dingy painted steel. What seems like hours pass by before the doors slide loudly open again to reveal an impossibly large room filled with filing cabinets. I step out, immediately noticing the uncomfortably low ceiling. I return to the litany to calm my nerves. “Greg Jackson, XXX-XX-XXXX…” I halt, unable to remember the important bit. Was it something about his first car? Getting a royal flush at a Pai-Gow table?
I take a deep breath and look around. Sickly yellow fluorescents in the stuccoed ceiling light the room, and it is so large and so dim that I cannot see the other three walls. Thousands, millions, of beige five-drawer filing cabinets form row after row, like titan’s ribs thrusting up from the floor. Directly ahead of me is a ladder leading up into a hole in the ceiling that pours forth a bright, clean light.
‘Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ My breath and heart slow and I do my best to assess my situation. Almost immediately I recognize the opportunity before me and set the file and the peel down on the floor. I walk to the nearest cabinet and pull open the third drawer up.
Michael Stravin, Louis Hearth, Allen Riker. I close my eyes and accept defeat. The files seem to be random, and there’s no way I could find mine before Jack comes looking for me. I laugh to myself, suddenly realizing there was probably no way I could find myself if I spent the rest of my life in this room.
I sigh and gather Loretta’s file and peel, walking calmly to the ladder. Placing the peel in my pocket and straining my jaw to hold the file between my teeth, I begin to climb.
My muscles are on fire by the time the light above draws near and I climb blinking and half-blind into The Fat Lady’s office.
I see her hand thrust in front of me from my right, its thick fingers curled along the edges of the pale white pillow of her palm. Understanding, I fish the peel out of my pocket and gently lay it down into her grasp.
My eyes adjust to the light as she walks to the other end of the room. Her body defies the word enormous, looking alien in its proportions. She wears a flowing white dress, embroidered subtly and gracefully, which somehow flatters her ample form. Her wrist is forever lost beneath the joining of hand and forearm, looking almost like independent parts held together and animated by magnetism. She glides across the floor with stunning grace, the subtle movement of the fat under her taught and unblemished skin belying impossible strength.
Before I can even open my mouth, she turns and shushes me, the air rushing out of her tiny doll’s lips like a hull breech and her steel-grey eyes broaching no argument. She comes to a halt in front of a table supporting a strange device settled into a nest of wires. The Fat Lady lifts the smoked-plastic lid of the device and places Loretta’s orange peel onto a shiny metal disk in the center of the contraption. Closing the lid, she produces a pocket-watch from somewhere on her person and stares fixedly at it’s ticking hands.
I can’t help but hold my breath until finally, her finger strikes a button to the left of the device, and she leans her head back and closes her eyes in apparent ecstasy. A tone begins to swell out from unseen speakers, joined by another, and another. The chord layers to an impossible complexity. Tears are welling in my eyes as the crescendoing wave of sound shakes my bones and overpowers the beat of my heart. I think I can hear a soft voice, layered upon itself ad infinitum, a lifetime compressed into a single note.
The Fat Lady’s breast trembles and swells impossibly as she drinks the sound in. And then suddenly it stops, leaving only the echo of a scream ringing in my ears. The Fat Lady smiles and softly exhales, opening her eyes. Sated, she walks to the other side of the room and delicately pulls a small platinum disk from a complicated turntable, slips it into a dust jacket, labels it, and places it on one of the shelves lining the walls of her office.
“I talked to her, to Loretta.” I blurt out without thinking.
The Fat Lady glides to the mahogany desk and sits down in her massive, plush chair before locking me in her eyes. “I know, it’s been accounted for.”
“And others, for years.” I add, unable to stop.
“Yes, them too.” She smiles. “How long have you worked here?”
“I… I don’t know.” I stammer.
“You have a question, don’t you? Something you want to know?” Her doll’s mouth tightens to a point.
“What happened to her, to Loretta?”
The Fat lady laughs. “You already know that.”
I do, I admit to myself.
“Be a dear and put that back for me, would you?” She gestures at Loretta’s file and pulls a large ledger from one of her desk’s drawers. “In the cabinet to the left of the ladder. They’re sorted by date.” Her eyes narrow and a smirk dances across the corner of her lip, then she lifts a pen from the desk and begins scribbling in the ledger, calling the audience to a close.
Slowly, I turn myself away from her and descend the ladder.
I open one of the cabinet’s drawers at random and begin thumbing through the files comparing dates. I find Loretta’s place, and then there it is, printed on a folder thinner than most in a neat courier font. My name. Loretta’s folder falls to the floor, and I rip my file from its place. I don’t even have to sort through the pages, the italics are right there at the top of the list.
Vanilla smoke stings my wide eyes and a hard, wrinkled hand plucks the file from my numb fingers. I turn around, but he’s already gone.
I close my eyes, and find the words burned into the blackness. ‘Desperately wishes he was something more than he really is.’
___
I rush blindly down the street to the pawnshop and Kellen Walker, XXX-XX-XXXX, buys a nine-millimeter Lugar. I get into the car and speed home, hoping I’m not late for my appointment with The Fat Lady.

__________________________

So that’s it. I’m not sure what it means. And it’s probably just a story some malaise-stricken identity thief cooked up before he decided to blow his brains out. But I figured it belonged here.
It’s funny, halfway through transcribing this someone sat down at the table next to me and started flipping through a thick manila folder, lol. If I were the paranoid typ

They’re gone. They were there a second ago and then I looked back to the laptop for just a moment and when I looked back they were gone.
Jesus, look at me. Jumping at my own shadow!

Except… the notebook is gone too.
What’s going to happen to me?
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2020.09.25 23:48 duketuring The Fat Lady

Loretta Young. I squint at her sitting on a wrought-iron bench in the burning light of another summer day, and then cast a shadow over the dot-matrix portrait in the file spread out on my picnic table to get a better look. Sharp high cheekbones, hair pulled into a French braid so blond there’s no mistaking it even in grayscale. I can even pick up the distant look in her eyes and the low-cut collar of her sweater. There’s no doubt, there she is. Loretta Young: Age thirty-two, Social Security number 673-09-5813, 9012 Quince Lane. The time stamped next to her name gives me a good fifteen minutes, so I pour through her file.
My thumb runs along the familiar rough edge of the pages as I search through her shopping habits to find what I’m looking for. Her years melt away with her purchasing power, and finally my eyes catch those familiar italics in between an Ikea couch and a box of Trojan Condoms. “Lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends.”
My stiff new clothes—courtesy of Adam Finch 552-89-1739, James Goldburg 878-06-1174, and Patrick Fisher 952-02-0400—are hot and scratchy in the June heat and I can feel the first bead of sweat tickling as it slivers down my spine. Having no other reason to wait, I begin my work.
Loretta is peeling an orange as I walk quietly towards her. She’s not supposed to see me. I was hired to be a phantom, a poltergeist. But I stopped caring years ago, so I take a seat next to her and smile.
“Hi there.” I say.
She glances nervously up at me and then down at the impossibly thick manila file in my lap before returning her eyes to her orange and replying. “Hello.”
I know she can feel my eyes on her, and I can see her muscles tense as she considers walking away. “Nice day, eh?” I ask. Her brows drop a quarter inch and her mouth pulls into a thin white line. I can see the muscles in her legs stiffen and then relax as she decides to tough it out.
“Yes, I suppose.” She rushes a segment of orange into her mouth and chews it slowly to keep her lips and tongue occupied. Her eyes are locked on her file, as if some part of her knows what it contains. “Working lunch?” She asks.
“Yes, you could say that. Who are you? Tell me who you are in a sentence.”
Loretta’s hand freezes halfway between the orange and her mouth, and she tears her eyes from the file to look into mine. I see my desperation reflected in her jet-black pupils. “Excuse me?”
“Just humor me, please?”
She bites her lip and stares at the orange. Hours seem to blow across the grass around us. “I… really need to get back to work. Um, have a nice lunch.” She stuffs the last of the orange into her mouth and clutches her purse to her chest as she stands. The orange peel dangles in her hand and she glances around, looking for the rubbish bin.
“Please, allow me Loretta.” I pluck the peel from her suddenly stiff hands. Her eyes go wide and she swallows, nearly choking.
“How do you know my name?”
But I’m already gone.
___
I stop at the Texaco station on 89th and pull Benjamin Lark 909-73-8146 out of my wallet to provide my fuel. My life before The Fat Lady seems so detached and indistinct it’s not even a memory. When I try to conjure up my childhood all I can see are Happy Meals and Power Ranger Megazords. File after file, I searched for the italicized sentence, hungry, desperate for some sort of pattern or meaning. Eventually, every swipe of my debit card felt like a handful of dirt thrown on my grave.
It wasn’t long before I decided that the identities that passed through my hand every day wouldn’t be missed. Kyle Porter, 572-07-3572, was the first. “Beat his neighbor’s dog to death as a child.” The italics absolved me as I took his name and began opening accounts. Now I have an entire closet at home full of nothing but credit cards and uncashed paychecks.
Benjamin walks up to the counter and asks for a pack of Lucky Strike Filters. “They don’t make those anymore bud.” The clerk says. He takes a pack of Camels instead, punches his code into the pin-pad, and walks out the door.
___
I pull my car out onto the street and turn onto the highway, quietly reciting my litany from the top. “Loretta Young, 673-09-5813, lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends. Steven Mercer, 725-07-3257, gives his family and friends hand-drawn cards every Christmas. Catherine Pook, 835-72-8561, blushes every time she talks to her cats. Joseph Gates, 462-45-9126, stole a pair of lacquered Chinese worry-balls from his teacher’s desk in the 8th grade, and gave them as a present to his mother out of guilt…
Jack is, as always, sitting at his desk on the spartan ground floor when I enter the building. The sickly-sweet smoke billowing out of his cherry-stained pipe forms a dusky cloud around his head that the dim fluorescent lighting of the windowless office cannot penetrate. I’ve never once gotten a clear look at his face.
I walk across the field of tight burber to his desk and slap the file down in front of him, gently laying the orange peel on top of it. “Here it is.” Before I can turn around I feel Jack’s cold and wrinkled hand press down on top of mine like a vise.
“Nope. She wants you to take it up to her yourself.”
I halt, confused by the sudden change in a routine so established it was a ritual. “She?”
“The Fat Lady.”
The Fat Lady?”
Jack’s leathery face pushes the cloud-front forward and I cringe involuntarily as he yells “YES The Fat Lady! Is there a god-damn echo in here?”
Everyone that worked for her had theories and stories; it was all we talked about in the minutes we spent together every morning waiting for Jack to come down the elevator with our files. But no one had ever actually seen her. That is besides, we all could only assume, Jack.
My heart races as I gather my wits to some degree and point mutely at the elevator. From within his vanilla cloud, Jack simply nods. I take back the file and the peel and walk slowly to the back of the room.
The rough beige doors slide closed with a loud clank, and I clutch the file to my chest, wondering which of the four floors The Fat Lady is on and more importantly, where all the buttons are. I can feel no movement, and there is absolutely nothing around me besides dingy painted steel. What seems like hours pass by before the doors slide loudly open again to reveal an impossibly large room filled with filing cabinets. I step out, immediately noticing the uncomfortably low ceiling. I return to the litany to calm my nerves. “Greg Jackson, 832-78-9183…” I halt, unable to remember the important bit. Was it something about his first car? Getting a royal flush at a Pai-Gow table?
I take a deep breath and look around. Sickly yellow fluorescents in the stuccoed ceiling light the room, and it is so large and so dim that I cannot see the other three walls. Thousands, millions, of beige five-drawer filing cabinets form row after row, like titan’s ribs thrusting up from the floor. Directly ahead of me is a ladder leading up into a hole in the ceiling that pours forth a bright, clean light.
‘Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ My breath and heart slow and I do my best to assess my situation. Almost immediately I recognize the opportunity before me and set the file and the peel down on the floor. I walk to the nearest cabinet and pull open the third drawer up.
Michael Stravin, Louis Hearth, Allen Riker. I close my eyes and accept defeat. The files seem to be random, and there’s no way I could find mine before Jack comes looking for me. I laugh to myself, suddenly realizing there was probably no way I could find myself if I spent the rest of my life in this room.
I sigh and gather Loretta’s file and peel, walking calmly to the ladder. Placing the peel in my pocket and straining my jaw to hold the file between my teeth, I begin to climb.
My muscles are on fire by the time the light above draws near and I climb blinking and half-blind into The Fat Lady’s office.
I see her hand thrust in front of me from my right, its thick fingers curled along the edges of the pale white pillow of her palm. Understanding, I fish the peel out of my pocket and gently lay it down into her grasp.
My eyes adjust to the light as she walks to the other end of the room. Her body defies the word enormous, looking alien in its proportions. She wears a flowing white dress, embroidered subtly and gracefully, which somehow flatters her ample form. Her wrist is forever lost beneath the joining of hand and forearm, looking almost like independent parts held together and animated by magnetism. She glides across the floor with stunning grace, the subtle movement of the fat under her taught and unblemished skin belying impossible strength.
Before I can even open my mouth, she turns and shushes me, the air rushing out of her tiny doll’s lips like a hull breech and her steel-grey eyes broaching no argument. She comes to a halt in front of a table supporting a strange device settled into a nest of wires. The Fat Lady lifts the smoked-plastic lid of the device and places Loretta’s orange peel onto a shiny metal disk in the center of the contraption. Closing the lid, she produces a pocket-watch from somewhere on her person and stares fixedly at it’s ticking hands.
I can’t help but hold my breath until finally, her finger strikes a button to the left of the device, and she leans her head back and closes her eyes in apparent ecstasy. A tone begins to swell out from unseen speakers, joined by another, and another. The chord layers to an impossible complexity. Tears are welling in my eyes as the crescendoing wave of sound shakes my bones and overpowers the beat of my heart. I think I can hear a soft voice, layered upon itself ad infinitum, a lifetime compressed into a single note.
The Fat Lady’s breast trembles and swells impossibly as she drinks the sound in. And then suddenly it stops, leaving only the echo of a scream ringing in my ears. The Fat Lady smiles and softly exhales, opening her eyes. Sated, she walks to the other side of the room and delicately pulls a small platinum disk from a complicated turntable, slips it into a dust jacket, labels it, and places it on one of the shelves lining the walls of her office.
“I talked to her, to Loretta.” I blurt out without thinking.
The Fat Lady glides to the mahogany desk and sits down in her massive, plush chair before locking me in her eyes. “I know, it’s been accounted for.”
“And others, for years.” I add, unable to stop.
“Yes, them too.” She smiles. “How long have you worked here?”
“I… I don’t know.” I stammer.
“You have a question, don’t you? Something you want to know?” Her doll’s mouth tightens to a point.
“What happened to her, to Loretta?”
The Fat lady laughs. “You already know that.”
I do, I admit to myself.
“Be a dear and put that back for me, would you?” She gestures at Loretta’s file and pulls a large ledger from one of her desk’s drawers. “In the cabinet to the left of the ladder. They’re sorted by date.” Her eyes narrow and a smirk dances across the corner of her lip, then she lifts a pen from the desk and begins scribbling in the ledger, calling the audience to a close.
Slowly, I turn myself away from her and descend the ladder.
I open one of the cabinet’s drawers at random and begin thumbing through the files comparing dates. I find Loretta’s place, and then there it is, printed on a folder thinner than most in a neat courier font. My name. Loretta’s folder falls to the floor, and I rip my file from its place. I don’t even have to sort through the pages, the italics are right there at the top of the list.
Vanilla smoke stings my wide eyes and a hard, wrinkled hand plucks the file from my numb fingers. I turn around, but he’s already gone.
I close my eyes, and find the words burned into the blackness. ‘Desperately wishes he was something more than he really is.’
___
I rush blindly down the street to the pawnshop and Kellen Walker, 391-00-2810, buys a nine-millimeter Lugar. I get into the car and speed home, hoping I’m not late for my appointment with The Fat Lady.
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2020.09.25 20:12 mg9087 ADAM Intro and Chapter 1(Part 1)

Hey all, I wrote this about 2 years ago. Let me know what y'all think(be brutally honest). Hopefully you enjoy!
Disclaimer: After writing this book, I wanted to take a minute to discuss. I want to say first of all, I do not claim to know, or feel what it's like to have Dissociative Identity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or others. I tried to give my best interpretation of these disorders based on what I learned online. If I said anything I may have offended you in this book, please understand that I didn't mean to offend you, and please do not take it to heart. Enjoy the book!
Introduction:
"Woah, where am I? Who am I?" This is one of the most frequent things I would say. Hi, my name is Elliot, or as I like to call myself, ADAM. I suffer from this thing called dissociative identity disorder. Now, if you don't know what that is, don't worry I'll explain. Dissociative identity disorder is a disorder where a person will create multiple personalities, often to avoid a traumatic experience in their life. For me, that traumatic experience, happens to be back 66 years ago when I was 17.
Chapter One:
It was a chilly August day, just weeks after my birthday. My parents, Maria and Jackson, left the house at the crack of dawn to head to the airport. They were going on a well deserved vacation to Hawaii. After all, they had been taking care of me and my 3 brothers for the past 30 years without a break. They were supposed to go for 1 week and when they came back, I would be starting my senior year in high school. It was weird not having my parents around. They been with me and my brothers through everything. Every hardship, as well as every success. They watched it all. And for the first time in practically ever, they were gone. I know you would think that as a 17 year old boy, this would be the greatest thing ever. But, that wasn't the case. I had grown extremely close to my parents, and without them I felt as if a piece of me was missing. I didn't want to disturb them on their vacation, so i didn't call for a few days. A few days is all I could last without speaking to them. I picked up the phone and dialed my mothers phone number.
"Hi, this is Maria. Sorry, I can't get to the phone right now, I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks!" I heard this message over and over and even called my father. Just like my mother, i got the same response except it was my father speaking this time. This didn't make sense to me. My parents never missed a phone call from me before, even answering in the worst places just to make sure it was not an emergency. They also always make sure to keep their phones charged just in case someone is indeed in trouble. I then decided to text the group chat between my brothers and me.
"Guys, Have you guys been in contact with mom or dad over the last few days?" I frantically typed.
"No....Have you?" said Albert, Joseph, and Robert simultaneously.
"This is not good. Im freaking out." I responded.
"Just relax, I'm sure they just wanted to disconnect for their vacation," assured Joseph.
Albert and Robert also agreed. For the rest of that day, I could not keep my mind off my parents. No matter how much my brothers tried, nothing could calm me down. I needed to go find out if they were okay. I went online and booked the first ticket I could find to Hawaii. My flight was at 6 in the morning of the following day. Even though it was only 7PM I finished packing and went to sleep. I woke up that morning at 4AM and headed to the JFK international airport. The 12 hour flight could not have been any longer. When I landed I immediately called a cab to my parents hotel. When I arrived I stormed through the doors and ran to the front desk.
"My parents are staying at this hotel, can you please give me the room number to their room." I said with a shaky voice.
"Sorry, I can't tell you that. I would need some sort of identification to provide you with that information." The lady at the front desk nicely responded. Luckily I had my passport with me so i presented it to her.
"Here, does this work?" I gave her my passport.
"Actually, yes it does. I'll look up your last name to check the room number now."
"Thank you so much."
"Um sir?"
"Yes?"
"Your parents never checked in to this hotel..."
"They, what?? That's impossible. They booked a one week vacation here. They have to be here."
"Im sorry sir, I don't know what to tell you."
"Well, thanks anyway." "Before you leave. If you could write your phone number here, just in case they do turn up. I'll contact you." I shook my head in agreement and wrote my phone number down. At this point, I had only one option left. I called another cab and headed back to the airport. I went to the help desk and told them the time and date of my parents flight, asking for any information that they could provide. They found 3 flight direct flights from New York to Hawaii at the time I told them and checked every one of them. My parents did not even get on their flight. This was extremely uncharacteristic of them and my stress levels shot through the roof.
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2020.09.24 05:41 duketuring The Fat Lady

Loretta Young. I squint at her sitting on a wrought-iron bench in the burning light of another summer day, and then cast a shadow over the dot-matrix portrait in the file spread out on my picnic table to get a better look. Sharp high cheekbones, hair pulled into a French braid so blond there’s no mistaking it even in grayscale. I can even pick up the distant look in her eyes and the low-cut collar of her sweater. There’s no doubt, there she is. Loretta Young: Age thirty-two, Social Security number XXX-XX-XXXX, 9012 Quince Lane. The time stamped next to her name gives me a good fifteen minutes, so I pour through her file.
My thumb runs along the familiar rough edge of the pages as I search through her shopping habits to find what I’m looking for. Her years melt away with her purchasing power, and finally my eyes catch those familiar italics in between an Ikea couch and a box of Trojan Condoms. “Lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends.”
My stiff new clothes—courtesy of Adam Finch, James Goldburg, and Patrick Fisher—are hot and scratchy in the June heat and I can feel the first bead of sweat tickling as it slivers down my spine. Having no other reason to wait, I begin my work.
Loretta is peeling an orange as I walk quietly towards her. She’s not supposed to see me. I was hired to be a phantom, a poltergeist. But I stopped caring years ago, so I take a seat next to her and smile.
“Hi there.” I say.
She glances nervously up at me and then down at the impossibly thick manila file in my lap before returning her eyes to her orange and replying. “Hello.”
I know she can feel my eyes on her, and I can see her muscles tense as she considers walking away. “Nice day, eh?” I ask. Her brows drop a quarter inch and her mouth pulls into a thin white line. I can see the muscles in her legs stiffen and then relax as she decides to tough it out.
“Yes, I suppose.” She rushes a segment of orange into her mouth and chews it slowly to keep her lips and tongue occupied. Her eyes are locked on her file, as if some part of her knows what it contains. “Working lunch?” She asks.
“Yes, you could say that. Who are you? Tell me who you are in a sentence.”
Loretta’s hand freezes halfway between the orange and her mouth, and she tears her eyes from the file to look into mine. I see my desperation reflected in her jet-black pupils. “Excuse me?”
“Just humor me, please?”
She bites her lip and stares at the orange. Hours seem to blow across the grass around us. “I… really need to get back to work. Um, have a nice lunch.” She stuffs the last of the orange into her mouth and clutches her purse to her chest as she stands. The orange peel dangles in her hand and she glances around, looking for the rubbish bin.
“Please, allow me Loretta.” I pluck the peel from her suddenly stiff hands. Her eyes go wide and she swallows, nearly choking.
“How do you know my name?”
But I’m already gone.
___
I stop at the Texaco station on 89th and pull Benjamin Lark out of my wallet to provide my fuel. My life before The Fat Lady seems so detached and indistinct it’s not even a memory. When I try to conjure up my childhood all I can see are Happy Meals and Power Ranger Megazords. File after file, I searched for the italicized sentence, hungry, desperate for some sort of pattern or meaning. Eventually, every swipe of my debit card felt like a handful of dirt thrown on my grave.
It wasn’t long before I decided that the identities that passed through my hand every day wouldn’t be missed. Kyle Porter was the first. “Beat his neighbor’s dog to death as a child.” The italics absolved me as I took his name and began opening accounts. Now I have an entire closet at home full of nothing but credit cards and uncashed paychecks.
Benjamin walks up to the counter and asks for a pack of Lucky Strike Filters. “They don’t make those anymore bud.” The clerk says. He takes a pack of Camels instead, punches his code into the pin-pad, and walks out the door.
___
I pull my car out onto the street and turn onto the highway, quietly reciting my litany from the top. “Loretta Young, lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends. Steven Mercer, gives his family and friends hand-drawn cards every Christmas. Catherine Pook, blushes every time she talks to her cats. Joseph Gates, stole a pair of lacquered Chinese worry-balls from his teacher’s desk in the 8th grade, and gave them as a present to his mother out of guilt…
Jack is, as always, sitting at his desk on the spartan ground floor when I enter the building. The sickly-sweet smoke billowing out of his cherry-stained pipe forms a dusky cloud around his head that the dim fluorescent lighting of the windowless office cannot penetrate. I’ve never once gotten a clear look at his face.
I walk across the field of tight burber to his desk and slap the file down in front of him, gently laying the orange peel on top of it. “Here it is.” Before I can turn around I feel Jack’s cold and wrinkled hand press down on top of mine like a vise.
“Nope. She wants you to take it up to her yourself.”
I halt, confused by the sudden change in a routine so established it was a ritual. “She?”
“The Fat Lady.”
The Fat Lady?”
Jack’s leathery face pushes the cloud-front forward and I cringe involuntarily as he yells “YES The Fat Lady! Is there a god-damn echo in here?”
Everyone that worked for her had theories and stories; it was all we talked about in the minutes we spent together every morning waiting for Jack to come down the elevator with our files. But no one had ever actually seen her. That is besides, we all could only assume, Jack.
My heart races as I gather my wits to some degree and point mutely at the elevator. From within his vanilla cloud, Jack simply nods. I take back the file and the peel and walk slowly to the back of the room.
The rough beige doors slide closed with a loud clank, and I clutch the file to my chest, wondering which of the four floors The Fat Lady is on and more importantly, where all the buttons are. I can feel no movement, and there is absolutely nothing around me besides dingy painted steel. What seems like hours pass by before the doors slide loudly open again to reveal an impossibly large room filled with filing cabinets. I step out, immediately noticing the uncomfortably low ceiling. I return to the litany to calm my nerves. “Greg Jackson…” I halt, unable to remember the important bit. Was it something about his first car? Getting a royal flush at a Pai-Gow table?
I take a deep breath and look around. Sickly yellow fluorescents in the stuccoed ceiling light the room, and it is so large and so dim that I cannot see the other three walls. Thousands, millions, of beige five-drawer filing cabinets form row after row, like titan’s ribs thrusting up from the floor. Directly ahead of me is a ladder leading up into a hole in the ceiling that pours forth a bright, clean light.
‘Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ My breath and heart slow and I do my best to assess my situation. Almost immediately I recognize the opportunity before me and set the file and the peel down on the floor. I walk to the nearest cabinet and pull open the third drawer up.
Michael Stravin, Louis Hearth, Allen Riker. I close my eyes and accept defeat. The files seem to be random, and there’s no way I could find mine before Jack comes looking for me. I laugh to myself, suddenly realizing there was probably no way I could find myself if I spent the rest of my life in this room.
I sigh and gather Loretta’s file and peel, walking calmly to the ladder. Placing the peel in my pocket and straining my jaw to hold the file between my teeth, I begin to climb.
My muscles are on fire by the time the light above draws near and I climb blinking and half-blind into The Fat Lady’s office.
I see her hand thrust in front of me from my right, its thick fingers curled along the edges of the pale white pillow of her palm. Understanding, I fish the peel out of my pocket and gently lay it down into her grasp.
My eyes adjust to the light as she walks to the other end of the room. Her body defies the word enormous, looking alien in its proportions. She wears a flowing white dress, embroidered subtly and gracefully, which somehow flatters her ample form. Her wrist is forever lost beneath the joining of hand and forearm, looking almost like independent parts held together and animated by magnetism. She glides across the floor with stunning grace, the subtle movement of the fat under her taught and unblemished skin belying impossible strength.
Before I can even open my mouth, she turns and shushes me, the air rushing out of her tiny doll’s lips like a hull breach and her steel-grey eyes broaching no argument. She comes to a halt in front of a table supporting a strange device settled into a nest of wires. The Fat Lady lifts the smoked-plastic lid of the device and places Loretta’s orange peel onto a shiny metal disk in the center of the contraption. Closing the lid, she produces a pocket-watch from somewhere on her person and stares fixedly at it’s ticking hands.
I can’t help but hold my breath until finally, her finger strikes a button to the left of the device, and she leans her head back and closes her eyes in apparent ecstasy. A tone begins to swell out from unseen speakers, joined by another, and another. The chord layers to an impossible complexity. Tears are welling in my eyes as the crescendoing wave of sound shakes my bones and overpowers the beat of my heart. I think I can hear a soft voice, layered upon itself ad infinitum, a lifetime compressed into a single note.
The Fat Lady’s breast trembles and swells impossibly as she drinks the sound in. And then suddenly it stops, leaving only the echo of a scream ringing in my ears. The Fat Lady smiles and softly exhales, opening her eyes. Sated, she walks to the other side of the room and delicately pulls a small platinum disk from a complicated turntable, slips it into a dust jacket, labels it, and places it on one of the shelves lining the walls of her office.
“I talked to her, to Loretta.” I blurt out without thinking.
The Fat Lady glides to the mahogany desk and sits down in her massive, plush chair before locking me in her eyes. “I know, it’s been accounted for.”
“And others, for years.” I add, unable to stop.
“Yes, them too.” She smiles. “How long have you worked here?”
“I… I don’t know.” I stammer.
“You have a question, don’t you? Something you want to know?” Her doll’s mouth tightens to a point.
“What happened to her, to Loretta?”
The Fat lady laughs. “You already know that.”
I do, I admit to myself.
“Be a dear and put that back for me, would you?” She gestures at Loretta’s file and pulls a large ledger from one of her desk’s drawers. “In the cabinet to the left of the ladder. They’re sorted by date.” Her eyes narrow and a smirk dances across the corner of her lip, then she lifts a pen from the desk and begins scribbling in the ledger, calling the audience to a close.
Slowly, I turn myself away from her and descend the ladder.
I open one of the cabinet’s drawers at random and begin thumbing through the files comparing dates. I find Loretta’s place, and then there it is, printed on a folder thinner than most in a neat courier font. My name. Loretta’s folder falls to the floor, and I rip my file from its place. I don’t even have to sort through the pages, the italics are right there at the top of the list.
Vanilla smoke stings my wide eyes and a hard, wrinkled hand plucks the file from my numb fingers. I turn around, but he’s already gone.
I close my eyes, and find the words burned into the blackness. ‘Desperately wishes he was something more than he really is.’
___
I rush blindly down the street to the pawnshop and Kellen Walker buys a nine-millimeter Lugar. I get into the car and speed home, hoping I’m not late for my appointment with The Fat Lady.
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2020.09.24 05:31 duketuring The Fat Lady

Loretta Young. I squint at her sitting on a wrought-iron bench in the burning light of another summer day, and then cast a shadow over the dot-matrix portrait in the file spread out on my picnic table to get a better look. Sharp high cheekbones, hair pulled into a French braid so blond there’s no mistaking it even in grayscale. I can even pick up the distant look in her eyes and the low-cut collar of her sweater. There’s no doubt, there she is. Loretta Young: Age thirty-two, Social Security number XXX-XX-XXXX, 9012 Quince Lane. The time stamped next to her name gives me a good fifteen minutes, so I pour through her file.
My thumb runs along the familiar rough edge of the pages as I search through her shopping habits to find what I’m looking for. Her years melt away with her purchasing power, and finally my eyes catch those familiar italics in between an Ikea couch and a box of Trojan Condoms. “Lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends.”
My stiff new clothes—courtesy of Adam Finch, James Goldburg, and Patrick Fisher—are hot and scratchy in the June heat and I can feel the first bead of sweat tickling as it slivers down my spine. Having no other reason to wait, I begin my work.
Loretta is peeling an orange as I walk quietly towards her. She’s not supposed to see me. I was hired to be a phantom, a poltergeist. But I stopped caring years ago, so I take a seat next to her and smile.
“Hi there.” I say.
She glances nervously up at me and then down at the impossibly thick manila file in my lap before returning her eyes to her orange and replying. “Hello.”
I know she can feel my eyes on her, and I can see her muscles tense as she considers walking away. “Nice day, eh?” I ask. Her brows drop a quarter inch and her mouth pulls into a thin white line. I can see the muscles in her legs stiffen and then relax as she decides to tough it out.
“Yes, I suppose.” She rushes a segment of orange into her mouth and chews it slowly to keep her lips and tongue occupied. Her eyes are locked on her file, as if some part of her knows what it contains. “Working lunch?” She asks.
“Yes, you could say that. Who are you? Tell me who you are in a sentence.”
Loretta’s hand freezes halfway between the orange and her mouth, and she tears her eyes from the file to look into mine. I see my desperation reflected in her jet-black pupils. “Excuse me?”
“Just humor me, please?”
She bites her lip and stares at the orange. Hours seem to blow across the grass around us. “I… really need to get back to work. Um, have a nice lunch.” She stuffs the last of the orange into her mouth and clutches her purse to her chest as she stands. The orange peel dangles in her hand and she glances around, looking for the rubbish bin.
“Please, allow me Loretta.” I pluck the peel from her suddenly stiff hands. Her eyes go wide and she swallows, nearly choking.
“How do you know my name?”
But I’m already gone.
___
I stop at the Texaco station on 89th and pull Benjamin Lark out of my wallet to provide my fuel. My life before The Fat Lady seems so detached and indistinct it’s not even a memory. When I try to conjure up my childhood all I can see are Happy Meals and Power Ranger Megazords. File after file, I searched for the italicized sentence, hungry, desperate for some sort of pattern or meaning. Eventually, every swipe of my debit card felt like a handful of dirt thrown on my grave.
It wasn’t long before I decided that the identities that passed through my hand every day wouldn’t be missed. Kyle Porter was the first. “Beat his neighbor’s dog to death as a child.” The italics absolved me as I took his name and began opening accounts. Now I have an entire closet at home full of nothing but credit cards and uncashed paychecks.
Benjamin walks up to the counter and asks for a pack of Lucky Strike Filters. “They don’t make those anymore bud.” The clerk says. He takes a pack of Camels instead, punches his code into the pin-pad, and walks out the door.
___
I pull my car out onto the street and turn onto the highway, quietly reciting my litany from the top. “Loretta Young, lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends. Steven Mercer, gives his family and friends hand-drawn cards every Christmas. Catherine Pook, blushes every time she talks to her cats. Joseph Gates, stole a pair of lacquered Chinese worry-balls from his teacher’s desk in the 8th grade, and gave them as a present to his mother out of guilt…
Jack is, as always, sitting at his desk on the spartan ground floor when I enter the building. The sickly-sweet smoke billowing out of his cherry-stained pipe forms a dusky cloud around his head that the dim fluorescent lighting of the windowless office cannot penetrate. I’ve never once gotten a clear look at his face.
I walk across the field of tight burber to his desk and slap the file down in front of him, gently laying the orange peel on top of it. “Here it is.” Before I can turn around I feel Jack’s cold and wrinkled hand press down on top of mine like a vise.
“Nope. She wants you to take it up to her yourself.”
I halt, confused by the sudden change in a routine so established it was a ritual. “She?”
“The Fat Lady.”
The Fat Lady?”
Jack’s leathery face pushes the cloud-front forward and I cringe involuntarily as he yells “YES The Fat Lady! Is there a god-damn echo in here?”
Everyone that worked for her had theories and stories; it was all we talked about in the minutes we spent together every morning waiting for Jack to come down the elevator with our files. But no one had ever actually seen her. That is besides, we all could only assume, Jack.
My heart races as I gather my wits to some degree and point mutely at the elevator. From within his vanilla cloud, Jack simply nods. I take back the file and the peel and walk slowly to the back of the room.
The rough beige doors slide closed with a loud clank, and I clutch the file to my chest, wondering which of the four floors The Fat Lady is on and more importantly, where all the buttons are. I can feel no movement, and there is absolutely nothing around me besides dingy painted steel. What seems like hours pass by before the doors slide loudly open again to reveal an impossibly large room filled with filing cabinets. I step out, immediately noticing the uncomfortably low ceiling. I return to the litany to calm my nerves. “Greg Jackson…” I halt, unable to remember the important bit. Was it something about his first car? Getting a royal flush at a Pai-Gow table?
I take a deep breath and look around. Sickly yellow fluorescents in the stuccoed ceiling light the room, and it is so large and so dim that I cannot see the other three walls. Thousands, millions, of beige five-drawer filing cabinets form row after row, like titan’s ribs thrusting up from the floor. Directly ahead of me is a ladder leading up into a hole in the ceiling that pours forth a bright, clean light.
‘Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ My breath and heart slow and I do my best to assess my situation. Almost immediately I recognize the opportunity before me and set the file and the peel down on the floor. I walk to the nearest cabinet and pull open the third drawer up.
Michael Stravin, Louis Hearth, Allen Riker. I close my eyes and accept defeat. The files seem to be random, and there’s no way I could find mine before Jack comes looking for me. I laugh to myself, suddenly realizing there was probably no way I could find myself if I spent the rest of my life in this room.
I sigh and gather Loretta’s file and peel, walking calmly to the ladder. Placing the peel in my pocket and straining my jaw to hold the file between my teeth, I begin to climb.
My muscles are on fire by the time the light above draws near and I climb blinking and half-blind into The Fat Lady’s office.
I see her hand thrust in front of me from my right, its thick fingers curled along the edges of the pale white pillow of her palm. Understanding, I fish the peel out of my pocket and gently lay it down into her grasp.
My eyes adjust to the light as she walks to the other end of the room. Her body defies the word enormous, looking alien in its proportions. She wears a flowing white dress, embroidered subtly and gracefully, which somehow flatters her ample form. Her wrist is forever lost beneath the joining of hand and forearm, looking almost like independent parts held together and animated by magnetism. She glides across the floor with stunning grace, the subtle movement of the fat under her taught and unblemished skin belying impossible strength.
Before I can even open my mouth, she turns and shushes me, the air rushing out of her tiny doll’s lips like a hull breach and her steel-grey eyes broaching no argument. She comes to a halt in front of a table supporting a strange device settled into a nest of wires. The Fat Lady lifts the smoked-plastic lid of the device and places Loretta’s orange peel onto a shiny metal disk in the center of the contraption. Closing the lid, she produces a pocket-watch from somewhere on her person and stares fixedly at it’s ticking hands.
I can’t help but hold my breath until finally, her finger strikes a button to the left of the device, and she leans her head back and closes her eyes in apparent ecstasy. A tone begins to swell out from unseen speakers, joined by another, and another. The chord layers to an impossible complexity. Tears are welling in my eyes as the crescendoing wave of sound shakes my bones and overpowers the beat of my heart. I think I can hear a soft voice, layered upon itself ad infinitum, a lifetime compressed into a single note.
The Fat Lady’s breast trembles and swells impossibly as she drinks the sound in. And then suddenly it stops, leaving only the echo of a scream ringing in my ears. The Fat Lady smiles and softly exhales, opening her eyes. Sated, she walks to the other side of the room and delicately pulls a small platinum disk from a complicated turntable, slips it into a dust jacket, labels it, and places it on one of the shelves lining the walls of her office.
“I talked to her, to Loretta.” I blurt out without thinking.
The Fat Lady glides to the mahogany desk and sits down in her massive, plush chair before locking me in her eyes. “I know, it’s been accounted for.”
“And others, for years.” I add, unable to stop.
“Yes, them too.” She smiles. “How long have you worked here?”
“I… I don’t know.” I stammer.
“You have a question, don’t you? Something you want to know?” Her doll’s mouth tightens to a point.
“What happened to her, to Loretta?”
The Fat lady laughs. “You already know that.”
I do, I admit to myself.
“Be a dear and put that back for me, would you?” She gestures at Loretta’s file and pulls a large ledger from one of her desk’s drawers. “In the cabinet to the left of the ladder. They’re sorted by date.” Her eyes narrow and a smirk dances across the corner of her lip, then she lifts a pen from the desk and begins scribbling in the ledger, calling the audience to a close.
Slowly, I turn myself away from her and descend the ladder.
I open one of the cabinet’s drawers at random and begin thumbing through the files comparing dates. I find Loretta’s place, and then there it is, printed on a folder thinner than most in a neat courier font. My name. Loretta’s folder falls to the floor, and I rip my file from its place. I don’t even have to sort through the pages, the italics are right there at the top of the list.
Vanilla smoke stings my wide eyes and a hard, wrinkled hand plucks the file from my numb fingers. I turn around, but he’s already gone.
I close my eyes, and find the words burned into the blackness. ‘Desperately wishes he was something more than he really is.’
___
I rush blindly down the street to the pawnshop and Kellen Walker buys a nine-millimeter Lugar. I get into the car and speed home, hoping I’m not late for my appointment with The Fat Lady.
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2020.09.21 23:13 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 30-15 VICTORY VS. WASHINGTON (9/20/20)

• The Cardinals defeated Washington 30-15 in Arizona’s 2020 home opener at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. The Cardinals have now started a season 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and just the sixth time in the last 30 seasons (2020, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 1991).
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 10-5 in home-openers at State Farm Stadium.
• After going 2-11-1 in the month of September over the previous four seasons (2016-19), the Cardinals have now kicked off the first month of the 2020 season with a 2-0 record.
• Through two weeks, Arizona sits atop the winningest division in the NFL. The NFC West has compiled a 7-1 record so far in 2020. No other division has more than five wins. The NFC West is just the second division since the division realignment in 2002 to have a least seven wins through the first two weeks of a season (AFC West in 2002).
• The NFC West is also the only division in which each team has a positive point differential.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Arizona 2 0 54 35 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0
L.A. Rams 2 0 57 36 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0
Seattle 2 0 73 55 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
San Francisco 1 1 51 37 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1

TWO GAMES AND TWO BIG PERFORMANCES BY ARIZONA OFFENSE

• After posting 404 total yards in the victory over San Francisco in Week 1, the Cardinals upped that total in Week 2 and finished Sunday’s game vs. Washington with 438 total yards (160 rushing; 278 passing). It marks the sixth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 18 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival.* • ***The 2020 season marks just the second time in franchise history (1976) that the Cardinals have posted 400+ net yards and 20+ first downs in each of the first two games of a season.* • Only five times in franchise history have the Cardinals had more net yards in the first two games of a season than they have in 2020. Arizona’s 842 yards are the most through two games since the team had 903 yards in 1984.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 2 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 903
2 1976 876
3 1947 867
4 1958 861
5 1965 846
6t 2020 842
6t 1959 842
The Cardinals have 340 rushing yards and 502 net passing yards in 2020. It’s just the second time in franchise history Arizona has had 300+ rushing yards and 500+ passing yards through two games. In 1984, the Cardinals had 378 rushing yards and 525 passing yards through two games.
Through two games, the Arizona offense ranks:

NFL Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Total Plays (151) 2nd
Big Play Runs (12) t-2nd
Rushing 1st Downs (21) 3rd
Rushing TDs (4) t-3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (170.0) 5th
Total Net Yards/Game (421.0) 6th
Time of Possession Avg (32:36) 6th
Scoring Drives (10) t-6th
Big Plays (17) 7th
1st Downs (46) t-8th
Total TDs (6) t-11th
Points/Game (27.0) t-12th
Passing Yards/Game (251.0) 13th
• Of the Cardinals six scoring drives in Sunday’s win, four consisted of at least 10 plays and three covered at least 70 yards. Through two games, Arizona has five scoring drives of 10+ plays (14, 12, 1, 10, 10) and five scoring drives of 70+ yards (94, 75, 75, 75, 74).
• In the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona had four different players post 50+ receiving yards – DeAndre Hopkins (68), Andy Isabella (67), Christian Kirk (57) and Larry Fitzgerald (50) – and two different players rush for 60+ yards – Kenyan Drake (86) and Kyler Murray (67).

ARIZONA KEEPS THINGS ROLLING ON 4TH DOWN

• Arizona had its first two 4th down attempts of the season vs. Washington on Sunday and converted both. Under Kingsbury, the Cardinals are now 15-of-22 on 4th conversion attempts. Their 68.2 conversion percentage ranks second in NFL dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders - 4th Down Conversion % (2019-20)

Rnk Team Pct. Att Conv
1 Baltimore 73.1 26 19
2 Arizona 68.2 22 15
3 Kansas City 66.7 12 8
4 Cincinnati 58.1 31 18
5 Denver 57.9 19 11

CARDS KEEP PILING UP YARDS IN THE RUN GAME

• After posting 180 rushing yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) in Week 1 at San Francisco, the Cardinals rushed for 160 yards and two TDs on 32 attempts (5.0 avg.) on Sunday vs. Washington. It marks the first time since 1979 the Cardinals rushed for 160+ yards in each of the first two games of a season. • Sunday’s contest marked the seventh time the Cardinals have rushed for 150+ yards in 18 games under Kingsbury. Arizona had seven such games in the three seasons (2016-18) prior to his arrival.
• Through the first two weeks of 2020, Arizona’s 340 rushing yards rank fifth in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 Green Bay 417 67 6.2
2 Cleveland 353 62 5.7
3 L.A. Rams 344 79 4.4
4 Baltimore 341 67 5.1
5 Arizona 340 68 5.0
• In 18 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,330 yards and 22 TDs on 464 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 129.4 yards per game.
• With the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona improved to 6-1 in games it has rushed for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

DEFENSE GETS IT DONE AGAIN, HOLDING WASHINGTON TO 15 POINTS

• On the birthday of defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Arizona’s defense held Washington scoreless in the first half and allowed just 15 points in the win on Sunday. Dating back to last season, it marks the third time in the last four games Arizona has held an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
• The Cardinals held Washington to four conversions on 12 third down attempts (33%) yesterday. Through two games, Arizona’s opponents have converted just six of 23 attempts on third down. That 26.1% conversion rate leads the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Opponent 3rd Down Conv. Pct. (2020)

Rnk Team Pct Att Conv
1 Arizona 26.1 23 6
2 Baltimore 28.6 21 6
3 Chicago 31.0 29 9
4 Denver 32.1 28 9
5 Detroit 34.8 23 8
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:

NFL Defensive Ranks (Since Week 14 of 2019)

Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-3rd
Passing Yards/Game (210.3) 4th
Sacks (17) t-5th
Net Yards Allowed/Game (333.0) 8th
Points Allowed/Game (21.0) t-8th
Yards/Play Allowed (5.26) 9th
TDs allowed (13) t-10th
Completion % Allowed (63.3) t-12th
• Four different Cardinals defenders recorded their first sack of the season in the victory over Washington: Corey Peters, Devon Kennard, Jordan Phillips and Haason Reddick. Through two games, seven different Arizona defenders have a sack.
• The first three players signed by the Cardinals in free agency this offseason were LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell and DL Jordan Phillips. Through the first two games this season, the trio has combined for 19 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

HOPKINS AT 22 RECEPTIONS THROUGH TWO GAMES / CATCHES 1ST TD WITH CARDINALS

• After catching a career-high 14 passes in his Cardinals debut at San Francisco in Week 1, WR DeAndre Hopkins followed up with eight catches for 68 yards and a TD in Sunday’s win over Washington. With 22 catches in two games, Hopkins established an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first two games with a team. The previous record of 19 was set by Earl Cooper (San Francisco) in 1980 and matched by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22 2020
2t Eric Metcalf (Atl) 19 1995
2t Earl Cooper (SF) 19 1980
4t Anquan Boldin (AZ) 18 2003
4t Jamison Crowder (NYJ) 18 2019
Hopkins’ 22 catches are the most for any player in franchise history through the first two games of a season. Anquan Boldin (18 in 2003) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 22
2 Anquan Boldin (2003) 18
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 17
3t J.T. Smith (1989) 17
3t Don Stonesifer (1953) 17
Hopkins’ 22 receptions lead the NFL through the first two weeks of 2020.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1 WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22
2 WR Davante Adams (GB) 17
3t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 16
3t WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 16
3t WR Stefon Diggs (Buf) 16
• Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 20 consecutive games played. In NFL history, only Antonio Brown (36 straight) had a longer streak of games with five-or-more catches.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 20* 2018-20
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
5 Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak • Hopkins first catch on Sunday gave him at least one reception in 112 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 112 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 245 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 120 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 117 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 112 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Jarvis Landry (Cle) 97 Sept. 7, 2014
• Hopkins hauled in his first TD catch of the season on a four-yard reception from Kyler Murray in the first quarter. It was his 55th career TD reception, the most among active NFL players dating back to his rookie season in 2013.

Active NFL Leaders – Receiving Touchdowns (2013-)

Rnk Player (Current Team) TD
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 55
2t Jimmy Graham (Chi) 50
2t Mike Evans (TB) 50
4 Odell Beckham (Cle) 49
5 Davante Adams (GB) 46
• With his TD reception from Kyler Murray, Hopkins has now caught at least one TD pass from 11 different QBs in his NFL career.

By Quarterback (11)

TDs Quarterback
25 Deshaun Watson
7 T.J. Yates
6 Ryan Fitzpatrick
5 Brian Hoyer
4 Brock Osweiler
2 Ryan Mallett
2 Tom Savage
1 Kyler Murray
1 Case Keenum
1 Matt Schaub
1 Brandon Weeden

MURRAY OFF TO A RECORD-SETTING START IN 2020

• In Week 1 at San Francisco, QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals to a win. He was even better on Sunday vs. Washington, throwing for 286 yards and a TD while rushing for 67 yards and two TDs on just eight carries. He is the first Cardinals QB with a passing and rushing TD in consecutive games since Jim Hart accomplished the feat in 1969. • Through two games, Murray has thrown for 516 yards and two TDs while rushing for 158 yards and three TDs. He is the first QB in the Super Bowl era to pass for 500+ yards and rush for 150+ yards through the first two games of a season. • Murray had TD runs of 14 and 21 yards against Washington on Sunday. He became the first Cardinals QB with multiple rushing TDs of 14+ yards in a game since Hall of Famer Charley Trippi (18 and 26 yards) against the Chicago Bears on 12/16/51 at Wrigley Field.Murray is the first QB in NFL history to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season. He is also the first Cardinals player in franchise history – regardless of position – to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season. • Despite having played in just 18 career games, Murray already owns five of the top-nine single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8t Kyler Murray 67 9/20/20 vs. Washington
8t Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season
• Murray’s 21-yard TD run in the fourth quarter vs. Washington was his third career TD run of 20+ yards (22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 1 of 2012; 22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 11 of 2019). Murray is the only QB with at least three TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1 Kyler Murray (AZ) 3
2 Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Over the last 61 seasons (1960-2020), there have been six total TD runs of 20+ yards by a Cardinals QB. Murray has three of those TD runs in his last eight games.

TD Runs of 20+ Yards by Cardinals QB (1960-2020)

Player Opponent Distance
Kyler Murray 9/20/20 vs. Washington 21
Kyler Murray 9/13/20 @ San Francisco 22
Kyler Murray 11/17/19 @ San Francisco 22
Jake Plummer 10/27/02 @ San Francisco 34
Neil Lomax 12/6/81 vs. New Orleans 22
Jim Hart 9/24/67 @ Pittsburgh 23

LARRY FITZGERALD PLAYS IN 252ND CAREER GAME AND 111TH AT STATE FARM STADIUM

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 50 yards against Washington on Sunday while playing in his 252nd career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 252
*Active Player
• The win over Washington also represented Fitzgerald’s 86th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starting streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 226
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 130
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 130
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 96
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 92
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 86
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 83
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 82
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 82
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 75
• Yesterday’s home-opener was Fitzgerald’s 111th career game at State Farm Stadium. He has now appeared in 111 of 113 regular season games played at the venue since it opened in 2006. Fitzgerald has also now played in all 15 home openers at State Farm Stadium. • Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 245 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 245 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 251 of 252 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 245 11/7/04 – 9/20/20 15 years, 10 months, 14 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 245 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (120 games).

CAMPBELL’S RARE OUTING IN SECOND GAME WITH ARIZONA

• Signed as a free agent in the offseason, LB De’Vondre Campbell had a very productive outing against Washington on Sunday, finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed. In doing so, he joined Budda Baker (10/31/19 vs. San Francisco) and Adrian Wilson (9/30/12 vs. Miami) as the only Cardinals defenders in the last nine seasons (2012-20) to record 10+ tackles, 2+ tackles for loss and 2+ passes defensed in a game.
• Yesterday’s game marked Campbell’s seventh career outing with 10+ tackles, five of which have come in his last 15 games dating back to last season.

OTHER WEEK 2 NOTES

• LS Aaron Brewer – now in his ninth NFL season and playing in his 119th career game on Sunday – recovered the first fumble of his career in the first quarter. Covering a punt return, Brewer jumped on a ball forced loose by TE Darrell Daniels at the WAS 40-yard line. Six plays later QB Kyler Murray scored on a 14-yard TD run to give Arizona a 14-0 lead.
• Second-year WR Andy Isabella hauled in a 54-yard reception in the second quarter to help set up a Cardinals FG that gave Arizona a 17-0 lead. Of his 11 career receptions, three have covered at least 50 yards (54. 55 and 88).
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2020.09.21 20:16 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 2

• The Cardinals defeated Washington 30-15 in Arizona’s 2020 home opener at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. The Cardinals have now started a season 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and just the sixth time in the last 30 seasons (2020, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 1991).
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 10-5 in home-openers at State Farm Stadium.
• After going 2-11-1 in the month of September over the previous four seasons (2016-19), the Cardinals have now kicked off the first month of the 2020 season with a 2-0 record.
• Through two weeks, Arizona sits atop the winningest division in the NFL. The NFC West has compiled a 7-1 record so far in 2020. No other division has more than five wins. The NFC West is just the second division since the division realignment in 2002 to have a least seven wins through the first two weeks of a season (AFC West in 2002).
• The NFC West is also the only division in which each team has a positive point differential.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Arizona 2 0 54 35 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0
L.A. Rams 2 0 57 36 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0
Seattle 2 0 73 55 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
San Francisco 1 1 51 37 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1

TWO GAMES AND TWO BIG PERFORMANCES BY ARIZONA OFFENSE

• After posting 404 total yards in the victory over San Francisco in Week 1, the Cardinals upped that total in Week 2 and finished Sunday’s game vs. Washington with 438 total yards (160 rushing; 278 passing). It marks the sixth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 18 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival.
The 2020 season marks just the second time in franchise history (1976) that the Cardinals have posted 400+ net yards and 20+ first downs in each of the first two games of a season.
• Only five times in franchise history have the Cardinals had more net yards in the first two games of a season than they have in 2020. Arizona’s 842 yards are the most through two games since the team had 903 yards in 1984.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 2 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 903
2 1976 876
3 1947 867
4 1958 861
5 1965 846
6t 2020 842
6t 1959 842
The Cardinals have 340 rushing yards and 502 net passing yards in 2020. It’s just the second time in franchise history Arizona has had 300+ rushing yards and 500+ passing yards through two games. In 1984, the Cardinals had 378 rushing yards and 525 passing yards through two games.
Through two games, the Arizona offense ranks:

NFL Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Total Plays (151) 2nd
Big Play Runs (12) t-2nd
Rushing 1st Downs (21) 3rd
Rushing TDs (4) t-3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (170.0) 5th
Total Net Yards/Game (421.0) 6th
Time of Possession Avg (32:36) 6th
Scoring Drives (10) t-6th
Big Plays (17) 7th
1st Downs (46) t-8th
Total TDs (6) t-11th
Points/Game (27.0) t-12th
Passing Yards/Game (251.0) 13th
• Of the Cardinals six scoring drives in Sunday’s win, four consisted of at least 10 plays and three covered at least 70 yards. Through two games, Arizona has five scoring drives of 10+ plays (14, 12, 1, 10, 10) and five scoring drives of 70+ yards (94, 75, 75, 75, 74).
• In the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona had four different players post 50+ receiving yards – DeAndre Hopkins (68), Andy Isabella (67), Christian Kirk (57) and Larry Fitzgerald (50) – and two different players rush for 60+ yards – Kenyan Drake (86) and Kyler Murray (67).

ARIZONA KEEPS THINGS ROLLING ON 4TH DOWN

• Arizona had its first two 4th down attempts of the season vs. Washington on Sunday and converted both. Under Kingsbury, the Cardinals are now 15-of-22 on 4th conversion attempts. Their 68.2 conversion percentage ranks second in NFL dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders - 4th Down Conversion % (2019-20)

Rnk Team Pct. Att Conv
1 Baltimore 73.1 26 19
2 Arizona 68.2 22 15
3 Kansas City 66.7 12 8
4 Cincinnati 58.1 31 18
5 Denver 57.9 19 11

CARDS KEEP PILING UP YARDS IN THE RUN GAME

• After posting 180 rushing yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) in Week 1 at San Francisco, the Cardinals rushed for 160 yards and two TDs on 32 attempts (5.0 avg.) on Sunday vs. Washington. It marks the first time since 1979 the Cardinals rushed for 160+ yards in each of the first two games of a season.
• Sunday’s contest marked the seventh time the Cardinals have rushed for 150+ yards in 18 games under Kingsbury. Arizona had seven such games in the three seasons (2016-18) prior to his arrival.
• Through the first two weeks of 2020, Arizona’s 340 rushing yards rank fifth in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 Green Bay 417 67 6.2
2 Cleveland 353 62 5.7
3 L.A. Rams 344 79 4.4
4 Baltimore 341 67 5.1
5 Arizona 340 68 5.0
• In 18 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,330 yards and 22 TDs on 464 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 129.4 yards per game.
• With the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona improved to 6-1 in games it has rushed for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

DEFENSE GETS IT DONE AGAIN, HOLDING WASHINGTON TO 15 POINTS

• On the birthday of defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Arizona’s defense held Washington scoreless in the first half and allowed just 15 points in the win on Sunday. Dating back to last season, it marks the third time in the last four games Arizona has held an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
• The Cardinals held Washington to four conversions on 12 third down attempts (33%) yesterday. Through two games, Arizona’s opponents have converted just six of 23 attempts on third down. That 26.1% conversion rate leads the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Opponent 3rd Down Conv. Pct. (2020)

Rnk Team Pct Att Conv
1 Arizona 26.1 23 6
2 Baltimore 28.6 21 6
3 Chicago 31.0 29 9
4 Denver 32.1 28 9
5 Detroit 34.8 23 8
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:

NFL Defensive Ranks (Since Week 14 of 2019)

Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-3rd
Passing Yards/Game (210.3) 4th
Sacks (17) t-5th
Net Yards Allowed/Game (333.0) 8th
Points Allowed/Game (21.0) t-8th
Yards/Play Allowed (5.26) 9th
TDs allowed (13) t-10th
Completion % Allowed (63.3) t-12th
• Four different Cardinals defenders recorded their first sack of the season in the victory over Washington: Corey Peters, Devon Kennard, Jordan Phillips and Haason Reddick. Through two games, seven different Arizona defenders have a sack.
• The first three players signed by the Cardinals in free agency this offseason were LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell and DL Jordan Phillips. Through the first two games this season, the trio has combined for 19 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

HOPKINS AT 22 RECEPTIONS THROUGH TWO GAMES / CATCHES 1ST TD WITH CARDINALS

• After catching a career-high 14 passes in his Cardinals debut at San Francisco in Week 1, WR DeAndre Hopkins followed up with eight catches for 68 yards and a TD in Sunday’s win over Washington. With 22 catches in two games, Hopkins established an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first two games with a team. The previous record of 19 was set by Earl Cooper (San Francisco) in 1980 and matched by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22 2020
2t Eric Metcalf (Atl) 19 1995
2t Earl Cooper (SF) 19 1980
4t Anquan Boldin (AZ) 18 2003
4t Jamison Crowder (NYJ) 18 2019
Hopkins’ 22 catches are the most for any player in franchise history through the first two games of a season. Anquan Boldin (18 in 2003) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 22
2 Anquan Boldin (2003) 18
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 17
3t J.T. Smith (1989) 17
3t Don Stonesifer (1953) 17
Hopkins’ 22 receptions lead the NFL through the first two weeks of 2020.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1 WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22
2 WR Davante Adams (GB) 17
3t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 16
3t WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 16
3t WR Stefon Diggs (Buf) 16
• Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 20 consecutive games played. In NFL history, only Antonio Brown (36 straight) had a longer streak of games with five-or-more catches.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 20* 2018-20
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
5 Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak
• Hopkins first catch on Sunday gave him at least one reception in 112 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 112 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 245 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 120 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 117 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 112 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Jarvis Landry (Cle) 97 Sept. 7, 2014
• Hopkins hauled in his first TD catch of the season on a four-yard reception from Kyler Murray in the first quarter. It was his 55th career TD reception, the most among active NFL players dating back to his rookie season in 2013.

Active NFL Leaders – Receiving Touchdowns (2013-)

Rnk Player (Current Team) TD
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 55
2t Jimmy Graham (Chi) 50
2t Mike Evans (TB) 50
4 Odell Beckham (Cle) 49
5 Davante Adams (GB) 46
• With his TD reception from Kyler Murray, Hopkins has now caught at least one TD pass from 11 different QBs in his NFL career.

By Quarterback (11)

TDs Quarterback
25 Deshaun Watson
7 T.J. Yates
6 Ryan Fitzpatrick
5 Brian Hoyer
4 Brock Osweiler
2 Ryan Mallett
2 Tom Savage
1 Kyler Murray
1 Case Keenum
1 Matt Schaub
1 Brandon Weeden

MURRAY OFF TO A RECORD-SETTING START IN 2020

• In Week 1 at San Francisco, QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals to a win. He was even better on Sunday vs. Washington, throwing for 286 yards and a TD while rushing for 67 yards and two TDs on just eight carries. He is the first Cardinals QB with a passing and rushing TD in consecutive games since Jim Hart accomplished the feat in 1969.
• Through two games, Murray has thrown for 516 yards and two TDs while rushing for 158 yards and three TDs. He is the first QB in the Super Bowl era to pass for 500+ yards and rush for 150+ yards through the first two games of a season.
• Murray had TD runs of 14 and 21 yards against Washington on Sunday. He became the first Cardinals QB with multiple rushing TDs of 14+ yards in a game since Hall of Famer Charley Trippi (18 and 26 yards) against the Chicago Bears on 12/16/51 at Wrigley Field.
Murray is the first QB in NFL history to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season. He is also the first Cardinals player in franchise history – regardless of position – to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season.
• Despite having played in just 18 career games, Murray already owns five of the top-nine single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8t Kyler Murray 67 9/20/20 vs. Washington
8t Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season
• Murray’s 21-yard TD run in the fourth quarter vs. Washington was his third career TD run of 20+ yards (22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 1 of 2012; 22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 11 of 2019). Murray is the only QB with at least three TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1 Kyler Murray (AZ) 3
2 Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Over the last 61 seasons (1960-2020), there have been six total TD runs of 20+ yards by a Cardinals QB. Murray has three of those TD runs in his last eight games.

TD Runs of 20+ Yards by Cardinals QB (1960-2020)

Player Opponent Distance
Kyler Murray 9/20/20 vs. Washington 21
Kyler Murray 9/13/20 @ San Francisco 22
Kyler Murray 11/17/19 @ San Francisco 22
Jake Plummer 10/27/02 @ San Francisco 34
Neil Lomax 12/6/81 vs. New Orleans 22
Jim Hart 9/24/67 @ Pittsburgh 23

LARRY FITZGERALD PLAYS IN 252ND CAREER GAME AND 111TH AT STATE FARM STADIUM

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 50 yards against Washington on Sunday while playing in his 252nd career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 252
*Active Player
• The win over Washington also represented Fitzgerald’s 86th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starting streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 226
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 130
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 130
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 96
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 92
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 86
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 83
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 82
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 82
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 75
• Yesterday’s home-opener was Fitzgerald’s 111th career game at State Farm Stadium. He has now appeared in 111 of 113 regular season games played at the venue since it opened in 2006. Fitzgerald has also now played in all 15 home openers at State Farm Stadium.
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 245 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 245 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 251 of 252 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 245 11/7/04 – 9/20/20 15 years, 10 months, 14 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 245 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (120 games).

CAMPBELL’S RARE OUTING IN SECOND GAME WITH ARIZONA

• Signed as a free agent in the offseason, LB De’Vondre Campbell had a very productive outing against Washington on Sunday, finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed. In doing so, he joined Budda Baker (10/31/19 vs. San Francisco) and Adrian Wilson (9/30/12 vs. Miami) as the only Cardinals defenders in the last nine seasons (2012-20) to record 10+ tackles, 2+ tackles for loss and 2+ passes defensed in a game.
• Yesterday’s game marked Campbell’s seventh career outing with 10+ tackles, five of which have come in his last 15 games dating back to last season.

OTHER WEEK 2 NOTES

• LS Aaron Brewer – now in his ninth NFL season and playing in his 119th career game on Sunday – recovered the first fumble of his career in the first quarter. Covering a punt return, Brewer jumped on a ball forced loose by TE Darrell Daniels at the WAS 40-yard line. Six plays later QB Kyler Murray scored on a 14-yard TD run to give Arizona a 14-0 lead.
• Second-year WR Andy Isabella hauled in a 54-yard reception in the second quarter to help set up a Cardinals FG that gave Arizona a 17-0 lead. Of his 11 career receptions, three have covered at least 50 yards (54. 55 and 88).
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2020.09.17 19:01 duketuring First NoSleep Story - Attempt 2

Update: Now the LOS mods took down the first story and suggested I post it to NoSleep. FML
First of all, thanks for all the feedback on my first post. Sadly, the story was rejected by the mods, and I don't think I can edit it to fit NoSleep guidelines without destroying the story. I've posted a final draft to LOS if anyone wants to read it.
TBH I told myself I'd get right back to writing something new, but the rejection has disheartened me a little and it's hard to get the creative juices going. Instead, I decided to dig into the archives for a story I wrote ages ago that I think would work better for NoSleep.
I'd love any feedback you all have, being especially mindful of NoSleep posting guidelines. Obviously the title needs to be punched up, and I'd especially love suggestions in that arena. I'm currently thinking something along the lines of "I never met my employer until today. I wish I hadn't." But I think I can do better.

The Fat Lady
Loretta Young. I squint at her sitting on a wrought-iron bench in the burning light of another summer day, and then cast a shadow over the dot-matrix portrait in the file spread out on my picnic table to get a better look. Sharp high cheekbones, hair pulled into a French braid so blond there’s no mistaking it even in grayscale. I can even pick up the distant look in her eyes and the low-cut collar of her sweater. There’s no doubt, there she is. Loretta Young: Age thirty-two, Social Security number 673-09-5813, 9012 Quince Lane. The time stamped next to her name gives me a good fifteen minutes, so I pour through her file.
My thumb runs along the familiar rough edge of the pages as I search through her shopping habits to find what I’m looking for. Her years melt away with her purchasing power, and finally my eyes catch those familiar italics in between an Ikea couch and a box of Trojan Condoms. “Lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends.”
My stiff new clothes—courtesy of Adam Finch 552-89-1739, James Goldburg 878-06-1174, and Patrick Fisher 952-02-0400—are hot and scratchy in the June heat and I can feel the first bead of sweat tickling as it slivers down my spine. Having no other reason to wait, I begin my work.
Loretta is peeling an orange as I walk quietly towards her. She’s not supposed to see me. I was hired to be a phantom, a poltergeist. But I stopped caring years ago, so I take a seat next to her and smile.
“Hi there.” I say.
She glances nervously up at me and then down at the impossibly thick manila file in my lap before returning her eyes to her orange and replying. “Hello.”
I know she can feel my eyes on her, and I can see her muscles tense as she considers walking away. “Nice day, eh?” I ask. Her brows drop a quarter inch and her mouth pulls into a thin white line. I can see the muscles in her legs stiffen and then relax as she decides to tough it out.
“Yes, I suppose.” She rushes a segment of orange into her mouth and chews it slowly to keep her lips and tongue occupied. Her eyes are locked on her file, as if some part of her knows what it contains. “Working lunch?” She asks.
“Yes, you could say that. Who are you? Tell me who you are in a sentence.”
Loretta’s hand freezes halfway between the orange and her mouth, and she tears her eyes from the file to look into mine. I see my desperation reflected in her jet-black pupils. “Excuse me?”
“Just humor me, please?”
She bites her lip and stares at the orange. Hours seem to blow across the grass around us. “I… really need to get back to work. Um, have a nice lunch.” She stuffs the last of the orange into her mouth and clutches her purse to her chest as she stands. The orange peel dangles in her hand and she glances around, looking for the rubbish bin.
“Please, allow me Loretta.” I pluck the peel from her suddenly stiff hands. Her eyes go wide and she swallows, nearly choking.
“How do you know my name?”
But I’m already gone.
___
I stop at the Texaco station on 89th and pull Benjamin Lark 909-73-8146 out of my wallet to provide my fuel. My life before The Fat Lady seems so detached and indistinct it’s not even a memory. When I try to conjure up my childhood all I can see are Happy Meals and Power Ranger Megazords. File after file, I searched for the italicized sentence, hungry, desperate for some sort of pattern or meaning. Eventually, every swipe of my debit card felt like a handful of dirt thrown on my grave.
It wasn’t long before I decided that the identities that passed through my hand every day wouldn’t be missed. Kyle Porter, 572-07-3572, was the first. “Beat his neighbor’s dog to death as a child.” The italics absolved me as I took his name and began opening accounts. Now I have an entire closet at home full of nothing but credit cards and uncashed paychecks.
Benjamin walks up to the counter and asks for a pack of Lucky Strike Filters. “They don’t make those anymore bud.” The clerk says. He takes a pack of Camels instead, punches his code into the pin-pad, and walks out the door.
___
I pull my car out onto the street and turn onto the highway, quietly reciting my litany from the top. “Loretta Young, 673-09-5813, lies about crying at movies out of fear of seeming cold to her friends. Steven Mercer, 725-07-3257, gives his family and friends hand-drawn cards every Christmas. Catherine Pook, 835-72-8561, blushes every time she talks to her cats. Joseph Gates, 462-45-9126, stole a pair of lacquered Chinese worry-balls from his teacher’s desk in the 8th grade, and gave them as a present to his mother out of guilt…
Jack is, as always, sitting at his desk on the spartan ground floor when I enter the building. The sickly-sweet smoke billowing out of his cherry-stained pipe forms a dusky cloud around his head that the dim fluorescent lighting of the windowless office cannot penetrate. I’ve never once gotten a clear look at his face.
I walk across the field of tight burber to his desk and slap the file down in front of him, gently laying the orange peel on top of it. “Here it is.” Before I can turn around I feel Jack’s cold and wrinkled hand press down on top of mine like a vise.
“Nope. She wants you to take it up to her yourself.”
I halt, confused by the sudden change in a routine so established it was a ritual. “She?”
“The Fat Lady.”
The Fat Lady?”
Jack’s leathery face pushes the cloud-front forward and I cringe involuntarily as he yells “YES The Fat Lady! Is there a god-damn echo in here?”
Everyone that worked for her had theories and stories; it was all we talked about in the minutes we spent together every morning waiting for Jack to come down the elevator with our files. But no one had ever actually seen her. That is besides, we all could only assume, Jack.
My heart races as I gather my wits to some degree and point mutely at the elevator. From within his vanilla cloud, Jack simply nods. I take back the file and the peel and walk slowly to the back of the room.
The rough beige doors slide closed with a loud clank, and I clutch the file to my chest, wondering which of the four floors The Fat Lady is on and more importantly, where all the buttons are. I can feel no movement, and there is absolutely nothing around me besides dingy painted steel. What seems like hours pass by before the doors slide loudly open again to reveal an impossibly large room filled with filing cabinets. I step out, immediately noticing the uncomfortably low ceiling. I return to the litany to calm my nerves. “Greg Jackson, 832-78-9183…” I halt, unable to remember the important bit. Was it something about his first car? Getting a royal flush at a Pai-Gow table?
I take a deep breath and look around. Sickly yellow fluorescents in the stuccoed ceiling light the room, and it is so large and so dim that I cannot see the other three walls. Thousands, millions, of beige five-drawer filing cabinets form row after row, like titan’s ribs thrusting up from the floor. Directly ahead of me is a ladder leading up into a hole in the ceiling that pours forth a bright, clean light.
‘Five, Four, Three, Two, One.’ My breath and heart slow and I do my best to assess my situation. Almost immediately I recognize the opportunity before me and set the file and the peel down on the floor. I walk to the nearest cabinet and pull open the third drawer up.
Michael Stravin, Louis Hearth, Allen Riker. I close my eyes and accept defeat. The files seem to be random, and there’s no way I could find mine before Jack comes looking for me. I laugh to myself, suddenly realizing there was probably no way I could find myself if I spent the rest of my life in this room.
I sigh and gather Loretta’s file and peel, walking calmly to the ladder. Placing the peel in my pocket and straining my jaw to hold the file between my teeth, I begin to climb.
My muscles are on fire by the time the light above draws near and I climb blinking and half-blind into The Fat Lady’s office.
I see her hand thrust in front of me from my right, its thick fingers curled along the edges of the pale white pillow of her palm. Understanding, I fish the peel out of my pocket and gently lay it down into her grasp.
My eyes adjust to the light as she walks to the other end of the room. Her body defies the word enormous, looking alien in its proportions. She wears a flowing white dress, embroidered subtly and gracefully, which somehow flatters her ample form. Her wrist is forever lost beneath the joining of hand and forearm, looking almost like independent parts held together and animated by magnetism. She glides across the floor with stunning grace, the subtle movement of the fat under her taught and unblemished skin belying impossible strength.
Before I can even open my mouth, she turns and shushes me, the air rushing out of her tiny doll’s lips like a hull breech and her steel-grey eyes broaching no argument. She comes to a halt in front of a table supporting a strange device settled into a nest of wires. The Fat Lady lifts the smoked-plastic lid of the device and places Loretta’s orange peel onto a shiny metal disk in the center of the contraption. Closing the lid, she produces a pocket-watch from somewhere on her person and stares fixedly at it’s ticking hands.
I can’t help but hold my breath until finally, her finger strikes a button to the left of the device, and she leans her head back and closes her eyes in apparent ecstasy. A tone begins to swell out from unseen speakers, joined by another, and another. The chord layers to an impossible complexity. Tears are welling in my eyes as the crescendoing wave of sound shakes my bones and overpowers the beat of my heart. I think I can hear a soft voice, layered upon itself ad infinitum, a lifetime compressed into a single note.
The Fat Lady’s breast trembles and swells impossibly as she drinks the sound in. And then suddenly it stops, leaving only the echo of a scream ringing in my ears. The Fat Lady smiles and softly exhales, opening her eyes. Sated, she walks to the other side of the room and delicately pulls a small platinum disk from a complicated turntable, slips it into a dust jacket, labels it, and places it on one of the shelves lining the walls of her office.
“I talked to her, to Loretta.” I blurt out without thinking.
The Fat Lady glides to the mahogany desk and sits down in her massive, plush chair before locking me in her eyes. “I know, it’s been accounted for.”
“And others, for years.” I add, unable to stop.
“Yes, them too.” She smiles. “How long have you worked here?”
“I… I don’t know.” I stammer.
“You have a question, don’t you? Something you want to know?” Her doll’s mouth tightens to a point.
“What happened to her, to Loretta?”
The Fat lady laughs. “You already know that.”
I do, I admit to myself.
“Be a dear and put that back for me, would you?” She gestures at Loretta’s file and pulls a large ledger from one of her desk’s drawers. “In the cabinet to the left of the ladder. They’re sorted by date.” Her eyes narrow and a smirk dances across the corner of her lip, then she lifts a pen from the desk and begins scribbling in the ledger, calling the audience to a close.
Slowly, I turn myself away from her and descend the ladder.
I open one of the cabinet’s drawers at random and begin thumbing through the files comparing dates. I find Loretta’s place, and then there it is, printed on a folder thinner than most in a neat courier font. My name. Loretta’s folder falls to the floor, and I rip my file from its place. I don’t even have to sort through the pages, the italics are right there at the top of the list.
Vanilla smoke stings my wide eyes and a hard, wrinkled hand plucks the file from my numb fingers. I turn around, but he’s already gone.
I close my eyes, and find the words burned into the blackness. ‘Desperately wishes he was something more than he really is.’
___
I rush blindly down the street to the pawnshop and Kellen Walker, 391-00-2810, buys a nine-millimeter Lugar. I get into the car and speed home, hoping I’m not late for my appointment with The Fat Lady.
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2020.09.15 20:21 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 24-20 WIN AT SAN FRANCISCO (9/13/20)

The Cardinals defeated the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers 24-20 in the season-opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, Arizona earned its first Week 1 win since 2015 and first Week 1 road victory since 2010.
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-2 at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals also improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games against the 49ers.
• The Cardinals (who trailed 13-10 entering the fourth quarter) were one of six teams to come back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend (Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington). That is the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams). • Arizona trailed 10-0 early and entered the fourth quarter trailing 13-10 but went on to earn the comeback victory. In 2019, the Cardinals were 0-7-1 in games they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Prior to yesterday, the last time the Cardinals won a game in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter was on 10/28/18 vs. San Francisco (trailed 12-3 entering the fourth and won 18-15).
• The Cardinals comeback victory was the result of two long fourth quarter TD drives (94 and 75 yards). It marked the first time since 2016 (12/18 vs. New Orleans; 75 and 75 yards) that Arizona had multiple TD drives of 75+ yards in the fourth quarteOT of a game.

OFFENSE PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS IN WEEK 1

• The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game in San Francisco with 404 total net yards (180 rushing; 224 passing) against a 49ers defense that finished last season ranked #2 overall. It marks the fifth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 17 games under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival. • The Cardinals posted 404 total yards and 29 first downs against San Francisco. It marked just the fourth time in franchise history the team had 400+ total net yards and 25+ first downs in a season-opener.

Franchise History – 400+ Yds & 25+ 1st Downs in Week 1

Year Opponent Yds 1st
2020 9/13 San Francisco 404 29
2015 9/13 vs. New Orleans 427 25
1976 9/12 @ Seattle 456 25
1959 9/27 vs. Washington 569 25
Sunday’s win marked the first time since 2015 (12/6 at St. Louis; 524 yards; 29 1st downs) that the Cardinals had 400+ total yards and 29+ first downs in a game.On their two fourth quarter TD drives, the Cardinals accounted for 23 plays, 172 yards and took up 10:23 in time of possession. On those two drives, QB Kyler Murray was 7-of-9 passing for 80 yards and added five rushes for 46 yards and a TD. WR DeAndre Hopkins had five receptions for 76 yards. • Despite two kneel downs for minus-9 yards on their final possession, the Cardinals rushed for 180 yards and two TDs on 36 carries (5.0 avg.) against the 49ers. With the victory, Arizona improved to 5-1 in games it rushes for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

RUN GAME STARTS FAST IN 2020

• Arizona had the NFL’s #10 ranked rushing attack last season, totaling 1,990 yards and 18 TDs on 396 attempts. The ground game got going quickly in yesterday’s season-opener, posting 180 yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) despite a pair of kneel downs for minus-9 yards to end the game.
• Sunday’s game marked the fourth time the Cardinals have rushed for 180+ yards in a game under Kingsbury. Arizona had just four such games in the six seasons combined (2013-18) prior to his arrival.
• The Cardinals 180 rushing yards represented the second-highest total in the NFL in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (Week 1)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 New England 217 42 5.2
2 Arizona 180 36 5.0
3 Kansas City 166 34 4.9
4 Green Bay 158 32 4.9
5 L.A. Chargers 155 39 3.9
• In 17 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,170 yards and 20 TDs on 432 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 127.6 yards per game.
• Arizona rushed for 13 first downs in the win over San Francisco yesterday. It marks the third time in the last four games the Cardinals have rushed for at least 12 first downs.

DEFENSE MAKES A BIG STAND – TWICE

• The Cardinals offense posted eye-popping numbers in the victory over San Francisco, but it was the defense that made a pair of stands to change the momentum and ultimately seal the victory. • Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, San Francisco had a 4th-n-goal from inside the AZ one-yard line when LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell (both signed as free agents in the offseason) teamed up to stop 49ers RB Raheem Mostert on a run up the middle.
• With the Cardinals holding a 24-20 lead with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, San Francisco had the ball 3rd-n-5 at the AZ 16-yard line. QB Jimmy Garoppolo attempted a pair of passes to WR Trent Taylor: the third down attempt was batted down by second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. in the end zone. The fourth down sideline pass was enough for a first down but was again batted down by a diving Murphy.
• Arizona’s defense held the 49ers to just two conversions on 11 third down attempts (18%) and also stopped San Francisco on both fourth down conversion attempts on Sunday. Yesterday’s game marked the second time in the last three games under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph that the Cardinals held an opponent to two or fewer conversions on third down (Seattle was 1-for-12 on third down in Week 16 last season).
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:
Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs allowed (2) t-3rd
Passing yards/game (215.8) 7th
Sacks (13) t-8th
Yards per play allowed (5.31) 10th
Net yards allowed/game (339.6) 11th
Points allowed/game (22.2) 12th
TDs allowed (11) t-12th

HOPKINS HAS RECORD OUTING IN CARDINALS DEBUT

• Making his Cardinals debut, WR DeAndre Hopkins established a new career-high with 14 receptions on Sunday against the 49ers, finishing with 151 receiving yards. Hopkins’ 14 receptions are the most in franchise history in a season-opener and tied for the second-highest single-game total in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Receptions (Single-Game)

Rnk Player Rec Opponent
1 Sonny Randle 16 11/4/192 at NY Giants
2t DeAndre Hopkins 14 9/13/20 at San Francisco
2t Anquan Boldin 14 9/23/07 at Baltimore
4t 7 times 13 Most Recent – Larry Fitzgerald 9/25/17 vs. Dallas
• Sunday’s game marked the 10th time in his career Hopkins has posted 10+ receptions in a game and the eighth time he has had at least 150+ receiving yards.

Hopkins Career Games w/10+ Receptions

Opponent Rec Yds
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 14 151
12/30/18 vs. Jacksonville 12 147
10/27/19 vs. Oakland 11 109
12/10/17 vs. San Francisco 11 149
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 11 169
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 10 170
11/4/18 @ Denver 10 105
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 10 169
10/1/17 vs. Tennessee 10 107
10/18/15 @ Jacksonville 10 148

Hopkins Career Games w/150+ Receiving Yards

Opponent Yds Rec Avg
11/30/14 vs. Tennessee 238 9 26.4
10/29/17 @ Seattle 224 8 28.0
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 170 10 17.0
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 169 11 15.4
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 169 10 16.9
10/4/15 @ Atlanta 157 9 17.4
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 151 14 10.8
10/7/18 vs. Dallas 151 9 16.8
• Hopkins and Green Bay WR Davante Adams tied for the NFL lead in receptions so far in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1t WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 14
1t WR Davante Adams (GB) 14
3 WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 10
4t WR Julio Jones (Atl) 9
4t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 9
4t WR Russell Gage (Atl) 9
• Hopkins first catch as a Cardinal gave him at least one reception in 111 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 111 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 244 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 119 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 116 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 111 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Travis Kelce (KC) 96 Sept. 7, 2014
Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 19 consecutive games played, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the fourth-longest such streak in league history. His streak dates back to the final three games of the 2018 season.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
4t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 19* 2018-
4t Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak • Yesterday’s game marked Hopkins’ 31st career 100-yard outing. Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 47
2 Antonio Brown (FA) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 31
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5 Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
• Sunday’s game marked the second time in his career – and the second consecutive season – that Hopkins has posted 100+ receiving yards in Week 1. He finished the 2019 season-opener at New Orleans with 111 yards on eight receptions.
• Of Hopkins’ 14 receptions on Sunday, eight went for first downs. He accounted for eight of the Cardinals 12 passing first downs in the victory. Only Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley (9) had more first down receptions than Hopkins in Week 1.

MURRAY DOES IT ALL IN LEADING CARDINALS OVER 49ERS

• Second-year QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals over San Francisco on Sunday. It was his second career game with both a passing and rushing TD.
There have now been three games in franchise history in which a QB passed for 200+ yards and rushed for 90+ yards. Murray is responsible for two of those performances.

Franchise History – Games w/ 200+ Pass Yds & 90+ Rush Yds

Opponent Player Pass Rush
9/13/20 @ San Francisco Kyler Murray 230 91
10/6/19 @ Cincinnati Kyler Murray 253 93
11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia M.C. Reynolds 201 99
• Murray reached 100 rushing yards in the fourth quarter to become just the second QB in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in a game. His two kneel downs to end the game took nine yards off his rushing total and dipped it below the century mark.
• As it stands, his 91 rushing yards represent the fourth-best single-game total in franchise history by a QB. Despite having played in just 17 career games, Murray already owns four of the top-eight single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8 Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season • In leading the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory, Murray completed 11-of-16 pass attempts for 112 yards and rushed for 81 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the second half on Sunday.
• Murray’s 22-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was his second career TD run of 20+ yards (also had a 22-yarder at Cincinnati in Week 5 last season). Murray and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson are the only two QBs with multiple TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1t Kyler Murray (AZ) 2
1t Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Between 1970 and 2018, the Cardinals had two total TD runs of 20+ yards by a QB: Jake Plummer 34-yard TD carry at San Francisco on 10/27/02; Neil Lomax 22-yard TD carry vs. New Orleans on 12/6/81).

CHANDLER JONES STARTS WITH A SACK FOR FIFTH-STRAIGHT SEASON

• LB Chandler Jones finished yesterday’s game with two tackles, a sack, two QB hits and a tackle for loss. He recorded his first sack of the 2020 season in the second quarter when he took down 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo for a five-yard loss.
• Jones now has at least one sack in all five season-openers since joining the Cardinals in 2016. • With his sack of Garoppolo, Jones has 7.0 sacks in 10 career games against the 49ers – including seven sacks in the last eight games. The only team Jones has more sacks against in his career is Seattle (13.5). • Jones’ sack on Sunday was the 97th of his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2012-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 97.0
2 Von Miller (Den) 94.5
3 J.J. Watt (Hou) 90.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 86.0
5 Justin Houston (Ind) 85.0
• Jones’ 97.0 sacks rank third among all active NFL defenders.

Active NFL Leaders – Career Sacks

Rnk Player (1st Year) Sacks
1 Von Miller (2011) 106.0
2 Cameron Wake (2009) 100.5
3 Chandler Jones (2012) 97.0
4 J.J. Watt (2011) 96.0
5 Ryan Kerrigan (2011) 92.0
• Jones now has 61.0 sacks since joining the Cardinals in 2016. That total leads the NFL in that span.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 61.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 53.0
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 48.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 48.0
5 Von Miller (Den) 46.0
• Jones has at least one sack in 43 of 65 games played with Arizona. His 43 games with at least one sack dating back to 2016 easily lead the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games with 1.0+ Sack (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 43
2 Danielle Hunter (Min) 36
3 Aaron Donald (LAR) 34
4 Khalil Mack (Chi) 33
5t Von Miller (Den) 32
5t Cameron Jordan (NO) 32
5t Frank Clark (KC) 32

KENYAN DRAKE SCORES GAME-WINNER / NOW WITH TD RUN IN FOUR STRAIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake scored the game-winning TD against the 49ers on a one-yard run with just over five minutes remaining. He now has at least one rushing TD in four consecutive games. Drake is the first Cardinals player to rush for a TD in at least four straight games since Beanie Wells (4) in 2011.

Franchise Record – Consecutive Games with Rushing TD

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1t Ottis Anderson (1983-84) 5
1t Jim Otis (1978) 5
1t Donny Anderson (1972-73) 5
1t MacArthur Lane (1970) 5
1t Elmer Angsman (1948) 5
6t Kenyan Drake (2019-20) 4
6t Beanie Wells (2011) 4
6t Tim Hightower (2009) 4
6t Ottis Anderson (1980) 4
6t Jim Hart (1968) 4
6t John David Crow (1964) 4
6t Ollie Matson (1957) 4
6t Pat Harder (1947) 4
6t Pat Harder (1946-47) 4
• Drake has as many rushing TDs in nine games with Arizona (9) as he had in 54 games with Miami (9).

LARRY FITZGERALD STARTS 17TH SEASON WITH FOUR CATCHES / PLAYS IN 251ST GAME

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 34 yards against San Francisco on Sunday while playing in his 251st career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11t WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 251
11t OL Mike Kenn (Atl) 251
*Active Player
• The win over the Niners also represented Fitzgerald’s 85th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starts streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 225
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 129
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 129
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 95
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 90
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 85
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 82
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 81
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 81
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 74
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 244 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 244 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 250 of 251 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 244 11/7/04 – 9/13/20 15 years, 10 months, 7 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 244 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (119 games).
• His first catch gave him 93 career receptions in Week 1 games during his career, a new NFL record. Jerry Rice (92) held the previous mark.

NFL Record – Receptions in Week 1 (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Rec
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-20) 96
2 Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 92
3 Andre Johnson (2003-16) 83
4 Andre Reed (1985-00)+ 82
5t Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 81
5t Reggie Wayne (2001-14) 81
+Hall of Fame Inductee

BUDDA PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

• S Budda Baker led all NFL DBs with a career-high 147 tackles in 2019. In yesterday’s season-opening victory over San Francisco, Baker had a career-high 15 tackles against the 49ers. Only one player across the NFL had more tackles in Week 1 than the Cardinals fourth-year pro.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl
1 LB Jerome Baker (Mia) 16
2t S Budda Baker (AZ) 15
2t CB Emmanuel Moseley (SF) 15
4 S Johnathan Abram (LV) 13
5t 6 players tied 12
In his last three games against the 49ers dating back to last season, Baker has recorded 42 total tackles. In five career games against San Francisco, Baker’s tackle totals are 14, 5, 13, 14 and 15.

ZANE GONZALEZ CONNECTS ON A CAREER-LONG KICK

• K Zane Gonzalez connected on a 56-yard FG just prior to halftime on Sunday. It was the longest FG of his career and one of the longest in franchise history. Prior to his 56-yarder yesterday, Gonzalez’s career long was 55 yards.

Franchise Record – Longest FG

Rnk Player Dist Opponent
1 Jay Feely 61 10/14/12 vs. Buffalo
2 Chandler Catanzaro 60 9/25/16 at Buffalo
3 Phil Dawson 57 11/26/17 vs. Jacksonville
4t Zane Gonzalez 56 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
4t Chandler Catanzaro 56 12/11/16 @ Miami

OTHER WEEK 1 NOTES

• Third-year LB Ezekiel Turner – a PFWA All-Rookie pick as a special teamer in 2018 – made one of the biggest plays on the game on Sunday. He set up the Cardinals first TD of the game when he blocked a 49ers punt in the first quarter which was recovered by LB Dennis Gardeck and returned to the SF 10-yard line. The Cardinals scored a TD on the very next play on a pass from Kyler Murray to RB Chase Edmonds.
• Second-year DL Zach Allen, who missed the final 12 games of his rookie season (2019) due to injury, recorded two tackles, his first career sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit on Sunday.
• The Cardinals signed DL Angelo Blackson last Tuesday (9/8) and five days later he recorded two tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and two QB hits against the 49ers. It was the fourth full sack of his career, and first since Week 3 of the 2018 season as a member of the Texans.
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2020.09.14 22:10 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 1

The Cardinals defeated the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers 24-20 in the season-opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, Arizona earned its first Week 1 win since 2015 and first Week 1 road victory since 2010.
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-2 at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals also improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games against the 49ers.
• The Cardinals (who trailed 13-10 entering the fourth quarter) were one of six teams to come back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend (Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington). That is the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams).
• Arizona trailed 10-0 early and entered the fourth quarter trailing 13-10 but went on to earn the comeback victory. In 2019, the Cardinals were 0-7-1 in games they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Prior to yesterday, the last time the Cardinals won a game in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter was on 10/28/18 vs. San Francisco (trailed 12-3 entering the fourth and won 18-15).
• The Cardinals comeback victory was the result of two long fourth quarter TD drives (94 and 75 yards). It marked the first time since 2016 (12/18 vs. New Orleans; 75 and 75 yards) that Arizona had multiple TD drives of 75+ yards in the fourth quarteOT of a game.

OFFENSE PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS IN WEEK 1

• The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game in San Francisco with 404 total net yards (180 rushing; 224 passing) against a 49ers defense that finished last season ranked #2 overall. It marks the fifth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 17 games under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival.
• The Cardinals posted 404 total yards and 29 first downs against San Francisco. It marked just the fourth time in franchise history the team had 400+ total net yards and 25+ first downs in a season-opener.

Franchise History – 400+ Yds & 25+ 1st Downs in Week 1

Year Opponent Yds 1st
2020 9/13 San Francisco 404 29
2015 9/13 vs. New Orleans 427 25
1976 9/12 @ Seattle 456 25
1959 9/27 vs. Washington 569 25
Sunday’s win marked the first time since 2015 (12/6 at St. Louis; 524 yards; 29 1st downs) that the Cardinals had 400+ total yards and 29+ first downs in a game.
On their two fourth quarter TD drives, the Cardinals accounted for 23 plays, 172 yards and took up 10:23 in time of possession. On those two drives, QB Kyler Murray was 7-of-9 passing for 80 yards and added five rushes for 46 yards and a TD. WR DeAndre Hopkins had five receptions for 76 yards.
• Despite two kneel downs for minus-9 yards on their final possession, the Cardinals rushed for 180 yards and two TDs on 36 carries (5.0 avg.) against the 49ers. With the victory, Arizona improved to 5-1 in games it rushes for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

RUN GAME STARTS FAST IN 2020

• Arizona had the NFL’s #10 ranked rushing attack last season, totaling 1,990 yards and 18 TDs on 396 attempts. The ground game got going quickly in yesterday’s season-opener, posting 180 yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) despite a pair of kneel downs for minus-9 yards to end the game.
• Sunday’s game marked the fourth time the Cardinals have rushed for 180+ yards in a game under Kingsbury. Arizona had just four such games in the six seasons combined (2013-18) prior to his arrival.
• The Cardinals 180 rushing yards represented the second-highest total in the NFL in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (Week 1)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 New England 217 42 5.2
2 Arizona 180 36 5.0
3 Kansas City 166 34 4.9
4 Green Bay 158 32 4.9
5 L.A. Chargers 155 39 3.9
• In 17 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,170 yards and 20 TDs on 432 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 127.6 yards per game.
• Arizona rushed for 13 first downs in the win over San Francisco yesterday. It marks the third time in the last four games the Cardinals have rushed for at least 12 first downs.

DEFENSE MAKES A BIG STAND – TWICE

• The Cardinals offense posted eye-popping numbers in the victory over San Francisco, but it was the defense that made a pair of stands to change the momentum and ultimately seal the victory. • Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, San Francisco had a 4th-n-goal from inside the AZ one-yard line when LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell (both signed as free agents in the offseason) teamed up to stop 49ers RB Raheem Mostert on a run up the middle.
• With the Cardinals holding a 24-20 lead with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, San Francisco had the ball 3rd-n-5 at the AZ 16-yard line. QB Jimmy Garoppolo attempted a pair of passes to WR Trent Taylor: the third down attempt was batted down by second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. in the end zone. The fourth down sideline pass was enough for a first down but was again batted down by a diving Murphy.
• Arizona’s defense held the 49ers to just two conversions on 11 third down attempts (18%) and also stopped San Francisco on both fourth down conversion attempts on Sunday. Yesterday’s game marked the second time in the last three games under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph that the Cardinals held an opponent to two or fewer conversions on third down (Seattle was 1-for-12 on third down in Week 16 last season).
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:
Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs allowed (2) t-3rd
Passing yards/game (215.8) 7th
Sacks (13) t-8th
Yards per play allowed (5.31) 10th
Net yards allowed/game (339.6) 11th
Points allowed/game (22.2) 12th
TDs allowed (11) t-12th

HOPKINS HAS RECORD OUTING IN CARDINALS DEBUT

• Making his Cardinals debut, WR DeAndre Hopkins established a new career-high with 14 receptions on Sunday against the 49ers, finishing with 151 receiving yards. Hopkins’ 14 receptions are the most in franchise history in a season-opener and tied for the second-highest single-game total in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Receptions (Single-Game)

Rnk Player Rec Opponent
1 Sonny Randle 16 11/4/192 at NY Giants
2t DeAndre Hopkins 14 9/13/20 at San Francisco
2t Anquan Boldin 14 9/23/07 at Baltimore
4t 7 times 13 Most Recent – Larry Fitzgerald 9/25/17 vs. Dallas
• Sunday’s game marked the 10th time in his career Hopkins has posted 10+ receptions in a game and the eighth time he has had at least 150+ receiving yards.

Hopkins Career Games w/10+ Receptions

Opponent Rec Yds
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 14 151
12/30/18 vs. Jacksonville 12 147
10/27/19 vs. Oakland 11 109
12/10/17 vs. San Francisco 11 149
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 11 169
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 10 170
11/4/18 @ Denver 10 105
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 10 169
10/1/17 vs. Tennessee 10 107
10/18/15 @ Jacksonville 10 148

Hopkins Career Games w/150+ Receiving Yards

Opponent Yds Rec Avg
11/30/14 vs. Tennessee 238 9 26.4
10/29/17 @ Seattle 224 8 28.0
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 170 10 17.0
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 169 11 15.4
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 169 10 16.9
10/4/15 @ Atlanta 157 9 17.4
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 151 14 10.8
10/7/18 vs. Dallas 151 9 16.8
• Hopkins and Green Bay WR Davante Adams tied for the NFL lead in receptions so far in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1t WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 14
1t WR Davante Adams (GB) 14
3 WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 10
4t WR Julio Jones (Atl) 9
4t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 9
4t WR Russell Gage (Atl) 9
• Hopkins first catch as a Cardinal gave him at least one reception in 111 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 111 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 244 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 119 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 116 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 111 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Travis Kelce (KC) 96 Sept. 7, 2014
Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 19 consecutive games played, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the fourth-longest such streak in league history. His streak dates back to the final three games of the 2018 season.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
4t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 19* 2018-
4t Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak
• Yesterday’s game marked Hopkins’ 31st career 100-yard outing. Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 47
2 Antonio Brown (FA) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 31
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5 Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
• Sunday’s game marked the second time in his career – and the second consecutive season – that Hopkins has posted 100+ receiving yards in Week 1. He finished the 2019 season-opener at New Orleans with 111 yards on eight receptions.
• Of Hopkins’ 14 receptions on Sunday, eight went for first downs. He accounted for eight of the Cardinals 12 passing first downs in the victory. Only Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley (9) had more first down receptions than Hopkins in Week 1.

MURRAY DOES IT ALL IN LEADING CARDINALS OVER 49ERS

• Second-year QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals over San Francisco on Sunday. It was his second career game with both a passing and rushing TD.
There have now been three games in franchise history in which a QB passed for 200+ yards and rushed for 90+ yards. Murray is responsible for two of those performances.

Franchise History – Games w/ 200+ Pass Yds & 90+ Rush Yds

Opponent Player Pass Rush
9/13/20 @ San Francisco Kyler Murray 230 91
10/6/19 @ Cincinnati Kyler Murray 253 93
11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia M.C. Reynolds 201 99
• Murray reached 100 rushing yards in the fourth quarter to become just the second QB in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in a game. His two kneel downs to end the game took nine yards off his rushing total and dipped it below the century mark.
• As it stands, his 91 rushing yards represent the fourth-best single-game total in franchise history by a QB. Despite having played in just 17 career games, Murray already owns four of the top-eight single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8 Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season
• In leading the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory, Murray completed 11-of-16 pass attempts for 112 yards and rushed for 81 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the second half on Sunday.
• Murray’s 22-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was his second career TD run of 20+ yards (also had a 22-yarder at Cincinnati in Week 5 last season). Murray and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson are the only two QBs with multiple TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1t Kyler Murray (AZ) 2
1t Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Between 1970 and 2018, the Cardinals had two total TD runs of 20+ yards by a QB: Jake Plummer 34-yard TD carry at San Francisco on 10/27/02; Neil Lomax 22-yard TD carry vs. New Orleans on 12/6/81).

CHANDLER JONES STARTS WITH A SACK FOR FIFTH-STRAIGHT SEASON

• LB Chandler Jones finished yesterday’s game with two tackles, a sack, two QB hits and a tackle for loss. He recorded his first sack of the 2020 season in the second quarter when he took down 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo for a five-yard loss.
• Jones now has at least one sack in all five season-openers since joining the Cardinals in 2016.
• With his sack of Garoppolo, Jones has 7.0 sacks in 10 career games against the 49ers – including seven sacks in the last eight games. The only team Jones has more sacks against in his career is Seattle (13.5).
• Jones’ sack on Sunday was the 97th of his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2012-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 97.0
2 Von Miller (Den) 94.5
3 J.J. Watt (Hou) 90.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 86.0
5 Justin Houston (Ind) 85.0
• Jones’ 97.0 sacks rank third among all active NFL defenders.

Active NFL Leaders – Career Sacks

Rnk Player (1st Year) Sacks
1 Von Miller (2011) 106.0
2 Cameron Wake (2009) 100.5
3 Chandler Jones (2012) 97.0
4 J.J. Watt (2011) 96.0
5 Ryan Kerrigan (2011) 92.0
• Jones now has 61.0 sacks since joining the Cardinals in 2016. That total leads the NFL in that span.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 61.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 53.0
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 48.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 48.0
5 Von Miller (Den) 46.0
• Jones has at least one sack in 43 of 65 games played with Arizona. His 43 games with at least one sack dating back to 2016 easily lead the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games with 1.0+ Sack (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 43
2 Danielle Hunter (Min) 36
3 Aaron Donald (LAR) 34
4 Khalil Mack (Chi) 33
5t Von Miller (Den) 32
5t Cameron Jordan (NO) 32
5t Frank Clark (KC) 32

KENYAN DRAKE SCORES GAME-WINNER / NOW WITH TD RUN IN FOUR STRAIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake scored the game-winning TD against the 49ers on a one-yard run with just over five minutes remaining. He now has at least one rushing TD in four consecutive games. Drake is the first Cardinals player to rush for a TD in at least four straight games since Beanie Wells (4) in 2011.

Franchise Record – Consecutive Games with Rushing TD

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1t Ottis Anderson (1983-84) 5
1t Jim Otis (1978) 5
1t Donny Anderson (1972-73) 5
1t MacArthur Lane (1970) 5
1t Elmer Angsman (1948) 5
6t Kenyan Drake (2019-20) 4
6t Beanie Wells (2011) 4
6t Tim Hightower (2009) 4
6t Ottis Anderson (1980) 4
6t Jim Hart (1968) 4
6t John David Crow (1964) 4
6t Ollie Matson (1957) 4
6t Pat Harder (1947) 4
6t Pat Harder (1946-47) 4
• Drake has as many rushing TDs in nine games with Arizona (9) as he had in 54 games with Miami (9).

LARRY FITZGERALD STARTS 17TH SEASON WITH FOUR CATCHES / PLAYS IN 251ST GAME

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 34 yards against San Francisco on Sunday while playing in his 251st career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11t WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 251
11t OL Mike Kenn (Atl) 251
*Active Player
• The win over the Niners also represented Fitzgerald’s 85th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starts streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 225
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 129
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 129
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 95
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 90
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 85
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 82
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 81
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 81
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 74
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 244 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 244 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 250 of 251 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 244 11/7/04 – 9/13/20 15 years, 10 months, 7 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 244 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (119 games).
• His first catch gave him 93 career receptions in Week 1 games during his career, a new NFL record. Jerry Rice (92) held the previous mark.

NFL Record – Receptions in Week 1 (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Rec
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-20) 96
2 Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 92
3 Andre Johnson (2003-16) 83
4 Andre Reed (1985-00)+ 82
5t Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 81
5t Reggie Wayne (2001-14) 81
+Hall of Fame Inductee

BUDDA PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

• S Budda Baker led all NFL DBs with a career-high 147 tackles in 2019. In yesterday’s season-opening victory over San Francisco, Baker had a career-high 15 tackles against the 49ers. Only one player across the NFL had more tackles in Week 1 than the Cardinals fourth-year pro.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl
1 LB Jerome Baker (Mia) 16
2t S Budda Baker (AZ) 15
2t CB Emmanuel Moseley (SF) 15
4 S Johnathan Abram (LV) 13
5t 6 players tied 12
In his last three games against the 49ers dating back to last season, Baker has recorded 42 total tackles. In five career games against San Francisco, Baker’s tackle totals are 14, 5, 13, 14 and 15.

ZANE GONZALEZ CONNECTS ON A CAREER-LONG KICK

• K Zane Gonzalez connected on a 56-yard FG just prior to halftime on Sunday. It was the longest FG of his career and one of the longest in franchise history. Prior to his 56-yarder yesterday, Gonzalez’s career long was 55 yards.

Franchise Record – Longest FG

Rnk Player Dist Opponent
1 Jay Feely 61 10/14/12 vs. Buffalo
2 Chandler Catanzaro 60 9/25/16 at Buffalo
3 Phil Dawson 57 11/26/17 vs. Jacksonville
4t Zane Gonzalez 56 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
4t Chandler Catanzaro 56 12/11/16 @ Miami

OTHER WEEK 1 NOTES

• Third-year LB Ezekiel Turner – a PFWA All-Rookie pick as a special teamer in 2018 – made one of the biggest plays on the game on Sunday. He set up the Cardinals first TD of the game when he blocked a 49ers punt in the first quarter which was recovered by LB Dennis Gardeck and returned to the SF 10-yard line. The Cardinals scored a TD on the very next play on a pass from Kyler Murray to RB Chase Edmonds.
• Second-year DL Zach Allen, who missed the final 12 games of his rookie season (2019) due to injury, recorded two tackles, his first career sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit on Sunday.
• The Cardinals signed DL Angelo Blackson last Tuesday (9/8) and five days later he recorded two tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and two QB hits against the 49ers. It was the fourth full sack of his career, and first since Week 3 of the 2018 season as a member of the Texans.
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2020.09.08 23:18 clemaneuverers The book, "The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion", first published circa 120 years ago, is said to be a "fabricated antisemitic text", a "hoax", a "forgery". Recent research I have done leads me to believe that this is not the case and it is actually a genuine document. Long post!

Russian edition 1912
American english edition, 1, 2
It was declared a forgery which means there was an original document somewhere.
–Eustace Mullins
First, a link to the wikipedia page for the protocols so those interested can see how much of what you're about to read is omitted from there:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion
The book in which they [the Protocols] are embodied was first published in the year 1897 by Philip Stepanov for private circulation among his intimate friends. The first time Professor Sergius A. Nilus published them was in 1901 in a book called The Great Within the Small and reprinted in 1905. A copy of this is in the British Museum bearing the date of its reception, August 10, 1906.
All copies that were known to exist in Russia were destroyed in the Kerensky regime, and under his successors the possession of a copy by anyone in Soviet land was a crime sufficient to ensure the owner's of being shot on sight. (source):
The best evidence of the genuineness of the Protocols is that in March, 1917 the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia and one of the first things done upon the Jewish Bolsheviks taking power was to destroy all copies of Professor Sergius A. Nilus’ book, The Great Within the Small, by. That book, which was first published in Tsarskoe-Tselc (Russia) in 1901, contained The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. All copies of the Protocols that were known to exist in Russia were destroyed during the Kerensky regime. The law followed by Kerensky’s communist successors to power was that the possession of a copy of the Protocols by anyone in the Soviet Union was a crime punishable by being shot on sight
...Professor Nilus was arrested by the Cheka (Russian Secret Police) in Kiev. He was imprisoned and tortured. The Jewish president of the court, told Professor Nilus that the brutal treatment he received was as retribution for "having done them incalculable harm in publishing the Protocols."
[2011] Solving the Mystery of Babylon the Great by Edward Hendrie
The attack on the Protocols in the 1920’s proved above all else the truth of their contention; it showed that the standing organization for suppressing public discussion of the conspiracy had been perfected in the intervening 120 years . Probably so much money and energy were never before in history expended on the effort to suppress a single document.
[1956] The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reeds
In 1865 the Jewish Rabbi RZEICHORN, made a speech in Prague. The speech was published 11 years later by Sir John Radcliff, who was assassinated shortly after its publication and it became almost extinct for years. Here are a few passages;
"With Gold one can buy the most upright consiences, with Gold one can fix the value of every stock, the price of every merchandise, one can loan it to states that afterwards one holds at ones mercy.
"Already the principle banks, the stock exchanges throughout the world, the loans to all governments are in our hands. "The other great power is the press. By ceaselessly repeating certain ideas, the press in the end makes them considered as truths. The Theatre renders similair services, every where theatre and press follow our directives. By an indefatigable campaign in favour of the democratic form of government, we will divide the Gentiles amongst themselves in political parties, we shall thus destroy the unity of their nations, we will sow the seeds of discord. Powerless they will have to accept the laws of our bank, always united, always devoted to our cause.
"The possession of land has always procured influence and power. In the name of social justice and equality, we will divide the great properties; we will give small fragments to the peasents who desire it with all their heart, But who will soon be indebted to us by the very exploitation of these properties. Our capital will enable us to be the real masters.
"Let us use all force to replace the circulation of gold by that of paper; our banks will absorb the gold, and we shall decide what then what value the paper money will have, this will make us masters of every mans existence. "We will promise to the workers salaries they have never dared to dream of, but we will also heighten the price of all necessities, so much so that our profits will be even greater.
"By our jokes and attacks we will render their priests ridiculous and eventually odius, their religion as ridiculous, as odius as their priests. We shall become the masters of their souls. But above all, let us get control of education, of the schools. By them we will spread the ideas that are useful to us, and we will mold the childrens brains as we wish".
David Icke writes, in his book "The Trigger" (2019), of the above quotes from Rabbi Rzeichhorn:
Make of that what you will because I can't prove authenticity, but
(a) you have the right to be aware of this information and
(b) there can be no doubt as we observe the world that the plans laid out in the Protocols, by the Sabbatian-Frankist Illuminati and attributed to Rabbi Reichhorn have happened or are happening.
This is so patently obvious that agents of Sabbatian-Frankism, some knowingly, some dupes, have employed the usual fall-back, fit-every-situation technique of condemning as 'antiSemitic' anyone who points this out and asks any questions about the plan described in the Protocols. I am not saying this is all a 'Jewish plot' - I am saying it's a plot by the Sabbatian-Frankist Death Cult that hates and despises Jews and Judaism as it hates and despises everyone else, and that this cult is part of the wider global satanic cult that infests every culture, race and country. On Sabbatian-Frankism I am at one with rabbis such as Marvin S. Antelman and many others.
The Protocols, whatever their origin, have been dismissed as a forgery since the articles by Irish writer Philip Graves in the London Times in 1921 which were also carried by The New York Times. Graves claimed the Protocols resembled a satire on Napoleon III by French lawyer Maurice Joly called Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu ('Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu') published in 1864. This is where the story usually ends. The Protocols were proved to be a forgery in The Times in 1921 - move along now, nothing to see here.
There is, however, other background to consider. Phillip Graves was a captain in British Army Intelligence who worked with 'Lawrence of Arabia', another British agent, who manipulated Palestinian Arabs to drive out the Ottoman Empire and open the way for the new Israel to hijack their land. Graves' uncle was Sir Robert Windham Graves, a British Consul in Turkey and financial advisor to the Turkish government who worked for Civil Intelligence in Cairo, Egypt.
The writer of the articles in The Times was connected to British Army Intelligence and there's more. Peter Grose, a writer with the Council on Foreign Relations, revealed in his 1994 book, Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles, that Philip Graves' 'source' for the articles was a 'Russian emigre' provided to him by ... Allen Dulles. What a coincidence. Dulles, a Council on Foreign Relations stalwart, later CIA chief and instigator of the satanic MKUltra mind control horror, 'discovered' his man while stationed at the US Embassy in post-Ottoman Turkey.
The end of the Ottoman Muslim empire (brought about by World War I) was crucial to the establishment of Israel because it included Palestine. Peter Grose said The Times extended a 'loan' to the 'emigre' on the understanding that it did not have to be paid back. An Internet commentator said of the Allen Dulles 'scoop':
This was quite an accomplishment for a young American embassy employee, to both prove the major anti-Jewish plan for world domination was a forgery as well as unilaterally keeping Lenin out of the United States so he could be transported to Russia to begin the communist revolution. Strange coincidences like this seemed to follow both Dulles brothers during their long careers in 'public service' - or should we say 'serving the Anglo-American interests headquartered in the City of London'.
Dulles and dodgy are interchangeable words and Rabbi Antelman said that the Council on Foreign Relations is America's most powerful pro-Israel lobby group and controlled by Sabbatian-Frankists.
The Times articles that trashed the Protocols were written by a British Army Intelligence operative using an unnamed source provided by the infamous liar and manipulator Allen Dulles and the source secured a loan from the newspaper he would not have to repay. Oh, nothing to question here, then. Now shut up you 'anti-Semite'!
Colin Holmes, a lecturer in economic history at the UK's Sheffield University, claimed to have identified the Dulles emigre as Michael Raslovleff, a 'self-identified anti-Semite', who gave the information to Graves because he didn't want to 'give a weapon of any kind to the Jews, whose friend I have never been'. Surely having a document circulating that was alleged to be proof of a 'Jewish plot' is what an 'anti-Semite' would want rather than seeking to trash its legitimacy? Anyway, that's some background and people will have to decide what they think.
–David Icke, "The Trigger", 2019
After reading the above from Icke I had renewed interest in the Protocols and started to do a little research.
Wikipedia is "certain" that the Protocols are a "forgery"; here is what they have to say:
Source material for the forgery consisted jointly of "Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu" (Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu), an 1864 political satire by Maurice Joly; and a chapter from Biarritz, an 1868 novel by the antisemitic German novelist Hermann Goedsche, which had been translated into Russian in 1872.
Interestingly, however, when one looks up Herman Goedsche and his book Biarritz (again, on wikipedia), one reads:
In his 1868 book Biarritz, Goedsche plagiarized a book by the French satirist Maurice Joly, The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu
Also "Dialogue aux enfers..." itself appears to be somewhat plagiarized:
Umberto Eco considered that Dialogue in Hell was itself plagiarised in part from a novel by Eugène Sue, Les Mystères du Peuple.
Interesting, what is going on here? But let's continue. Wikipedia says:
Identifiable phrases from Joly constitute 4% of the first half of the first edition, and 12% of the second half
[Australian researcher Peter Myer comments on the above:]
[“Cohn's (whose research the wikipedia entry makes use of) arithmetic is incorrect. The word-count of the parallel passages from the Protocols as listed by Bernstein, is 4,361, while the word-count of the Protocols is 26, 496. That is, the parallel passages comprise 16.45% of the Protocols; this is substantial, but still less than one sixth of the total.”]
So... where does the rest of the book come from?
Back to Wikipedia:
A major source for the Protocols was Der Judenstaat (1896) by Theodor Herzl, which was referred to as Zionist Protocols in its initial French and Russian editions. Paradoxically, early Russian editions of the Protocols assert that they did not come from a Zionist organization.
Stepanov is said to have published the Protocols first around the same time as Herzl's book was published. That's awfully tight timing.
Curious.
The wikipedia page makes no mention of the original Philip Stepanov publication, or Stepanov himself (big omission), but the source authors the page quotes from do. Interesting that.
Time to look into this Stepanov character.
No Wikipedia page that I can find.
The first thing I found was this:
He said that the "Protocols" was not Jewish-Masonic but a Zionist document secretly read at the Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897. (This especially is a foolish notion since an affidavit written by Philip Stepanov, the first publisher, proves that the "Protocols" was first brought to Russia two years before that Congress took place.) source
Two years before!? How can a book that heavily relies on plagiarizing from a book published in 1897, be published two years before in 1895?
I went hunting for this affidavit, and found quotes from it in another document.
A bombshell document...
...that I shall now quote from extensively (source at the end):
According to Philip Stepanov, formerly Procurator of the Moscow Synod, Chamberlain, and Privy Councillor, a copy of The Protocols was given to him in 1895 by his neighbour Maj. Alexis Sukhotin, Marshall of the town of Orel, who had been given his copy by Mlle Justine Glinka. (Sworn statement of Philip Stepanov, dated 17 April 1927).
Glinka, the daughter of a Russian general, had been in France since 1884, working for Gen. Orgevskii, secretary to the Minister of the Interior. Joseph Schorst, a Jewish member of the Mizraim Masonic Lodge in Paris, was in her employ, and offered to obtain a document which became known as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Schorst later fled to Egypt where he was murdered. Returning to Russia, she gave a copy of the Protocols to Alexis Sukhotin, who showed it to Stepanov and Professor Sergius A. Nilus.
In wishing to refute the later allegation that The Protocols were formulated at the 1897 First Zionist Congress in Basle, Herman Bernstein, an early debunker of The Protocols, cites Stepanov’s sworn statement, the handwritten original being reproduced in Mrs Leslie Fry’s book Waters Flowing Eastward. Bernstein states:
"…This account of the history of the Protocols in Russia is accompanied by a facsimile affidavit made in 1927 by Philip Stepanov, one of the two friends to whom Sukhotin first showed the Protocols in Russia. Stepanov's telltale affidavit, translated from the Russian, reads as follows:
"In 1895 my neighboring estate owner in the province of Tula, retired Major Alexey Nikolayevitch Sukhotin, gave me a handwritten copy of the 'Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion.' He told me that a lady of his acquaintance (he did not mention her name), residing in Paris, had found them at the home of a friend of hers (probably of Jewish origin), and before leaving Paris, had translated them secretly, without his knowledge, and had brought one copy of that translation to Russia, and had given that copy to him, Sukhotin.
"At first I mimeographed one hundred copies of the Protocols, but that edition was difficult to read, and I resolved to have it printed somewhere, without mentioning the time, the city and the printer; I was helped in this by Arcady Ippolitovitch Kelepkovsky, who at that time was Privy Councillor with Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovitch; he had these documents printed at the Provincial Printing Press; that was in 1897. S. A. Nilus reprinted these Protocols in full in his book, with his own commentaries.
"Philip Petrovitch Stepanov, former Procurator of the Moscow Synod Office; Chamberlain, Privy Councillor, and at the time of the publication of that edition, Chief of the district railway service of the Moscow-Kursk railway (in Orel).
"This is the signature of a member of the colony of Russian refugees at Stary and Novy Futog. "Witnessed by me, Stary Futog, April 17, 1927. "Chairman of the Administration of the Colony, "Prince Vladimir Galitzin." (Seal)
–(Herman Bernstein, The Truth About "The Protocols Of Zion": A Complete Exposure, 1971, pp. 37-40. Bernstein quotes from L. Fry's book Waters Flowing Eastward).
...there are internal indications that The Protocols date well prior to 1900-01. For e.g. a reference to "the Panama scandal" of 1888 which caused a furore in France during the 1890s. Also had The Protocols been contrived by Golovinsky ca. 1900 (see source below for more info) or at least sometime after 1896, it seems reasonable that anti-Semites would draw widely on references to Zionism, the First Zionist Congress taking place in 1897. However, there are no references to Zionism at all in The Protocols. The initial opinion of Nilus et al that The Protocols were not derived from the Zionist movement, but from a Jewish faction of Masonry, were correct.
It is particularly interesting that Cohn [historian Norman Cohn, quoted extensively in the wikipdeia entry] bases his refutation of The Protocols on the assertion that they are plagiarised from Maurice Joly’s Dialogues in Hell, and refutes the notion that The Protocols could emanate from the Alliance Israelite Universelle, yet fails to make any mention of the close association that existed between the Alliance’s Adolphe Cremieux and Joly. After all, most of the publicists for The Protocols seem to have considered the association, but Cohn, eager to nick-pick on various details, neglects refuting these most damning connections. Both Cohn and Bernstein were fully aware of Joly’s associations with Cremieux and with Masonry as stated in Mrs Fry’s book Waters Flowing Eastward (both mention the book) yet they say nothing of these associations. We must therefore assume that Mrs Fry’s assertions regarding Joly, Masonry and Cremieux are correct.
Whilst we shall shortly deal with the alleged parallels between passages of The Protocols and Joly’s work, we shall first deal with background of Joly that Cohn, Bernstein et al conspicuously avoid. Joly (1831-1878) had a family background in Masonry from his maternal grandfather. Studying law, he secured a post in he Ministry of the Interior. In 1860 he founded a newspaper, Le Palais, for lawyers and attorneys. The principal stockholders were: Jules Favre (Mason who served in the Gambetta Government, the so-called Government of National Defence, which arose after the fall of Napoleon III in 1870), Desmaret (Mason), Leblond (Mason), Adolphe Cremieux, Mason and head of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, a member of the Gambetta Government, of whom more later), Emmanuel Arago, Mason, serving with Gambetta), and Antoine Berryer (apparently the only non-Mason around Joly).
Joly’s politics were self-described as "socialist", with the need to accept "extreme means". With Cremieux he shared a hatred of Napoleon III. However what The Times, as well as subsequent critics of The Protocols do not mention is that Joly’s polemic against Napoleon III was itself predated by a similar work entitled Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Rousseau, which was written by Jacob Venedey and published in Berlin in 1850. Therefore, Joly was continuing a certain polemical line of thought rather than inventing it. If there are similarities between Joly and The Protocols, then there are also similarities with Venedey. All three for instance refer to the Hindu God Vishnu in parallel passages.
According to the expert testimony of Col. Fleischhauer at the 1935 Berne Trial, Joly was himself Jewish, his name having been originally Joseph Levy, Joly being concocted out of four letters of his true name. This testimony was said to have caused a sensation in the courtroom. When the plaintiffs produced a "baptismal certificate" to prove that Joly was not Jewish, it was dated December 1829, i.e. several years prior to Joly’s real date of birth according to his own account.
Since Venedey, a communist, takes a position antithetical to Joly, his champion being Machiavelli, we can see here a dialectical process in operation, that was brought to revolutionary perfection by Marx and the communists, and has arguably been used by the ‘Elders of Zion’. The dialectical strategy consists of promoting tension in society to achieve change. This includes the promotion of ideas and movements seemingly antithetical to ones own aims in the short term to advance long-range aims. Hence, the seemingly contradictory and self-destructive phenomenon of international bankers financing supposedly anti-capitalist revolutions to bring down traditional societies, as we shall see in due course. That the dialectical process is operative here can be inferred from the fact that Cremieux was the mentor of both Venedey and Joly. Hence the seemingly contradictory, antithetical positions of Venedey and Joly represent two sides of the programme of the ‘Learned Elder’.
Venedey (1805-1871) was a Jew who sought refuge in France, due to his revolutionary activities in Germany. He was removed from Paris by the police, but was able to return due to the intercession of Arago (whom we have seen was to become a stockholder in Joly’s newspaper) and Francois Mignet, both friends of Cremieux. Venedey was closely associated with Karl Marx and helped establish the Communist International, and was also active in the Masonic order Bauhutte.
Masonry, Illuminati & The Rite of Mizraim
Mrs Fry and other authorities on The Protocols have claimed that the documents were taken from a Lodge of the Masonic Rite of Mizraim, by one of its Jewish members, Joseph Schorst. Whilst this suggestion is of course rubbished out of hand by Cohn et al, once again the Protocols deniers remain strangely mute as to the role of both Cremieux and Joly in Mizraim.
Cremieux was a prominent member of Mizraim as well as Scottish Rite Masonry and the Grand Orient. Cremieux was a member of the Supreme Council of the Order of Mizraim. He also became Grand Master of the unified Grand Orient and Scottish Rite Masonry.
The Aegpytian Rite of Mizraim or Misraim was founded in Milan, Italy in 1805 and transferred to France in 1814. Mizraim is Hebrew for Egypt. Its origins reach back to the cabalistic magician Cagliostro, who was an initiate of the Illuminati. But the Misraim-Rite was (and still is) not accepted by Regular Freemasonry.
In 1862, another irregular rite, the Memphis Rite was introduced to the USA. On 4th June 1872, John Yarker introduced the Memphis-Rite to England. Under his jurisdiction, Memphis and Misraim came together. This unification was called The Antient and Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim, or Memphis-Misraim.
In 1902 Theodor Reuss, a German espionage agent, gained sanction from Yarker to install the Scottish Rite (33 degrees) and the "irregular" MM-Rites (90 and 97 degrees) in Germany. In 1917, Reuss introduced some of the Scottish Rite and MM degrees into the Ordo Templi Orientis, an occult society founded in 1906. This OTO was to be taken over by the infamous "Black Magician" and self-declared "Great Beast 666", Aleister Crowley. Crowley, a cabalist, was to write his own manifesto for a "New World Order", which he called The Book of the Law, expounding a Nietzschean doctrine of "Force and Fire" on the ruins of Christianity. Crowley saw his movement as being a continuation of the Illuminati and counted its founder Adam Weishaupt among a long list of "saints". A major difference of course is that Crowley did not have the resources and influence of Organised Jewry.
In 1870 the Rite of Mizraim was established in England under the authority of Cremieux. Bro. Little, one of those at the founding conference of Mizraim in London, on 28 December, stated:
"…Brother Cremieux, however, as a proof of his willingness to assist, sent to the meeting his diploma as a member of the French Grand College of Rites, and this diploma was placed upon the table during the proceedings, and was examined by several out of the hundred Masons present. It was also understood that Brother C.'s diploma invested him with the power to found rites or orders recognized by the Grand Orient of France (the Rite of Misraim being one)…"
The Freemason reported that a
"Supreme Council General of the 90°, had been regularly formed here 'under the authority conveyed in a diploma granted to the Illustrious Brother Cremieux, 33° of the Rite Ecossais, and a member of the Grand College of Rites in France.'"
Bernstein and Cohn rubbish any such notion of Masonic involvement in any conspiracy, including involvement in the French Revolution. This repudiation is necessary on their part, since Masonry plays a major factor in the conspiracy expounded in The Protocols. We shall consider the role of Masonry and the Illuminati in due course. Suffice it here to cite several eminent sources that can hardly be said to be anti-Semitic. Benjamin Disraeli, the Jewish Victorian era Prime Minister of Britain and intimate of the Rothschild banking dynasty, one of the mainstays of Jewish world influence, states in terms themselves reminiscent of The Protocols:
"When the secret societies, in February 1848, surprised Europe, they were themselves surprised by the unexpected opportunity, and so little capable were they of seizing the occasion, that had it not been for the Jews, who of late years unfortunately have been connecting themselves with these unhallowed associations, imbecile as were the governments the uncalled-for outbreak would not have ravaged Europe. But the fiery energy and the teeming resources of the children of Israel maintained for a long time the unnecessary and useless struggle. If the reader throws over the provisional governments of Germany, and Italy, and even of France, formed at that period, he will recognise everywhere the Jewish element. Even the insurrection, and defence, and administration of Venice, which, from the resource of statesmanlike moderation displayed, commanded almost the respect and sympathy of Europe, were accomplished by a Jew - Manini, who by the bye is a Jew who professes the whole of the Jewish religion, and believes in Calvary as well as Sinai, 'a converted Jew', as the Lombards styled him, quite forgetting, in the confusion of their ideas, that it is the Lombards who are the converts - not Manini."
Secondly we have a remarkable statement from Leon Trotsky, the Jewish revolutionary who became commander of the Red Army and with Lenin the most powerful man in the USSR:
"It was during that period that I became interested in freemasonry. ... In the eighteenth century freemasonry became expressive of a militant policy of enlightenment, as in the case of the Illuminati, who were the forerunners of the revolution; on its left it culminated in the Carbonari. Freemasons counted among their members both Louis XVI and the Dr. Guillotin who invented the guillotine. In southern Germany freemasonry assumed an openly revolutionary character, whereas at the court of Catherine the Great it was a masquerade reflecting the aristocratic and bureaucratic hierarchy. A freemason Novikov was exiled to Siberia by a freemason Empress. . I discontinued my work on freemasonry to take up the study of Marxian economics. ... The work on freemasonry acted as a sort of test for these hypotheses. ... I think this influenced the whole course of my intellectual development.".
Note that Trotsky not only refers to Masonry as a major factor in revolutionary ferment, but how it had also infiltrated the hierarchy of the old order it was about to overthrow, and that both the Illuminati and the Italian Carbonari were involved. Yet Bernstein and Cohn dismiss such sentiments when expressed by Robison et al as "fantasy". Bernstein also opines that the Illuminati were a "rival" of Masonry and did not survive its banning by the Elector of Bavaria. As we shall see, this opinion is naïve at best.
Thirdly, Bernard Lazare traces the Jewish influence on Masonry and the Illuminati, as follows:
"…It is true of course that there were Jews connected with Freemasonry from its birth, students of the Kabbala, as shown by certain rites which survive. It is very probable too that in the years preceding the French Revolution, they entered in greater numbers than ever, into the councils of the secret societies, becoming, indeed, themselves the founders of secret associations. There were Jews in the circle around Weishaupt, and a Jew of Portuguese origin, Martinez de Pasquales, established numerous groups of Illuminati in France and gathered a large number of disciples, who he instructed in the doctrines of reintegration. The lodges which Martinez founded were mystic in character, whereas the other orders of Freemasonry were, on the whole, rationalistic in their teachings. This might almost lead one to say that the secret societies gave expression in a way to the two fold nature of the Jew, on the one hand a rigid rationalism, on the other that pantheism which… often ended in a sort of Cabalistic theurgy. There would be little difficulty in showing how these two tendencies worked in harmony; how Cazotte, Cagliostro, Martinez [de Pasquales]… were practically in alliance with the Encyclopaedists and the Jacobins, succeeded in arriving at the same end, the undermining, namely, of Christianity."
The Protocols (if obtained in 1884) refer to the Panama Canal scandal years before the scandal had become public knowledge (in 1892). Therefore whoever wrote The Protocols must have had inside knowledge of high powered financial manipulation.
We have already noted that The Protocols did not originate with the Zionist movement. This was the original opinion of Nilus and others, although subsequently modified after Zionism became an influential movement among the Jews. In fact, the majority of the most prominent figures of World Jewry were opposed to Zionism, and some Orthodox Jews are still antagonistic on the basis that Israel was not to be recreated until after the advent of the King-Messiah.
The principal allegation levelled at the supposed forgers of The Protocols is that the purpose is to foment "anti-Semitism". However, the following is a remarkable passage from The Protocols in which it is said that "anti-Semitism" serves the purposes of the "Elders of Zion" in keeping the Jewish masses herded under their leadership.
As one might say today, this seems to be something of a "protection racket". The Jewish masses are being milked of millions of dollars every year to fill the coffers not only of Israel but of numerous "Jewish defence" organisations such as the Anti-Defamation League, which continually feed the Jews the line that a pogrom or a new "Holocaust" is just around the corner if Jews don’t keep donating. Here is what The Protocols say about "anti-Semitism". It is surely a strange passage if the authors are anti-Semites wishing to incite pogroms:
"Nowadays if any States raise a protest against us it is only pro forma at our discretion, and by our direction, for their antiSemitism is indispensable to us for the management of our lesser brethren. I will not enter into further explanations, for this matter has formed the subject of repeated discussions amongst us." (Prot. IX)
There is much, much more to this story; what I have quoted above are abridged excerpts.
The full document is a fascinating read and you can read it here:
The PROTOCOLS of ZION In Context By Dr. K. R. Bolton (PDF)
"But you yourselves perfectly well know that to produce the possibility of the expression of such wishes by all the nations it is indispensable to trouble in all countries the people's relations with their governments so as to utterly exhaust humanity with dissension, hatred, struggle, envy and even by the use of torture, by starvation, BY THE INOCULATION OF DISEASES, by want, so that the goyim see no other issue than to take refuge in our complete sovereignty in money and in all else. But if we give the nations of the world a breathing space the moment we long for is hardly likely ever to arrive."
Protocol 10
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion
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2020.09.05 12:16 bububib567 Nabataeans of Iraq

Nabit Al-Sawad is the name that the Arabs used to call the people of southern and center Iraq who spoke the Aramaic
Sawad was the name used in early Islamic times (7th–12th centuries) for southern Iraq. It means "black land" or "arable land" and refers to the stark contrast between the alluvial plain of Mesopotamia and the Arabian Desert. Under the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates, it was an official political term for a province encompassing most of modern Iraq except for the Syrian Desert and Upper Mesopotamia in the north.
Nabataeans of Iraq or Nabatees of Iraq they were ancient group people who settled in middle and southern Iraq and in Ahwaz during Medieval age. they known as farmers and Aramaic language speakers. they mentioned by many medieval historians like Al-Masudi, Ibn Abbas, Ibn Nadim, Said al-Andalusi and Bar Hebraeus.
There are different views of their name. The overwhelming view said that medieval Arabs called them Nabataeans which mean planters, because their most known profession was farming. other views said because they are descendant from Nebaioth son of Ishmael. The medieval historians called them Nabatees of Iraq or Nabatees of Sawad to Differentiate them to Nabataeans who settled in Levant.
Nabataeans of Iraq were known as Aramaic native speakers. historians like Al-Masudi and Said al-Andalusi belong them to Chaldeans The people who rule region many centuries ago. Al-Andalusi said in his book Tabaqāt al-ʼUmam (Categories of Nations) That The Chaldeans are Syriacs and Babylonians, and Nabataeans of Sawad of Iraq are one of them, and they settled in middle and south of Iraq and also in al Jazira region (Upper Mesopotamia).Al-Masudi on his book At-Tanbih wa-l-'Ishraf said that Nabataeans of Iraq like many of their neighbor people from Aramns (Arameans), Nenivites, Athorees (Assyrians), Garamiqs and Ardwanees that they are descendants from Chaldeans. other historians like Ibn Habib Al-Baghdadi said that The Nabataeans are Syriacs and Kayanians and they descendant from Nabat son of Aram, son of Shem. while Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani said that they are Arabs, but because their mixture with Persians and Romans their language are mess up.
Nabataeans they were mentioned by several historians like Al-Masudi, Ibn Khaldun and Said al-Andalusi as descendants of great civilizations like Babylonia and that they are highly educated people of their time. they specializing in farming. they had many expert on farming such as Ibn Wahshiyya who write many books on farming. their main cities was Babylon, Kulwatha, Kutha, Kashkar Aqar-Qūf, Nippur, Al-Hirah and Anbar. before Islam they believe in many religions such Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Paganism and Mandaeism. because they were called as Syriacs that mean mainly of them belong to The Church of East and Syriac Orthodox Church. Medieval Arabs dislike them because their embrace to their Region or village origin more than their tribal origin, and also because they only specializing in farming not on skills of Equestrianism and duel. there a hadith attributed to Caliph Umar said: do not be like Nabataeans of Sawad, if they questioned for their origin, they answered from this village or this. while Ibn Abbas said that Quraysh descendant from Nabataeans of Iraq. according to Al-Masudi said that most of Nabataeans convert to Islam. according to Tajārib al-Umam to Miskawayh is said that Ibn Haitham was Nabataean modern historian like Ali Al-Wardi viewed that many famous Muslim scholar such as Abu Hanifa and Maytham al-Tammar that they Nabataeans by origin.
Some of their heritage
-Kufic script (Arabic: الخط الكوفي)
is a style of Arabic script that gained prominence early on as a preferred script for Quran transcription and architectural decoration, and it has since become a reference and an archetype for a number of other Arabic scripts. It developed from the Nabataean alphabet in the city of Kufa, from which its name is derived. Kufic script is characterized by angular, rectilinear letterforms and its horizontal orientation. There are many different versions of Kufic script, such as square Kufic, floriated Kufic, knotted Kufic, and others. Arabic calligraphy became one of the most important branches of Islamic Art. Calligraphers came out with the new style of writing called Kufic. Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts. It consists of a modified form of the old Nabataean script. The name of the script derives from Kufa, a city in southern Iraq which was considered as an intellectual center within the early Islamic period. Kufic is defined as a highly angular form of the Arabic alphabet originally used in early copies of the Qur’an. Sheila S. Blair suggests that "the name Kufic was introduced to Western scholarship by Jacob George Christian Adler (1756-1834)." Furthermore, the Kufic script plays an important role in the development of Islamic calligraphy. In fact, "it is the first style of Islamic period’ writings in which the manifestation of art, delicacy and beauty are explicitly evident" says Salwa Ibraheem Tawfeeq Al-Amin. The rule set for this writing was about the angular, linear shapes of the characters. In fact, "the rules that were defined at the outset of the Kufic tradition essentially remained the same throughout its lifespan" says Alain George.
-Keffiyeh or Kufiya (keffiyeh from the city of kufa)
belongs to Kufa (a city in Iraq) which means Shemagh, Ghutrah, hattah, chaiyeh, ormashadah, is a traditional headdress of West Asian country like Iraq. Keffiyeh has a fascinating history dating back to Sumerians and Babylonians in Mesopotamia (West Asia) in 3100 BC.
of their scientists:
Ibn Wahshiyyah the Nabataean (Arabic:ابن وحشية النبطي), ʾAbū Bakr ʾAḥmad bin ʿAlī (fl 9th/10th centuries) was a Nabataean alchemist, agriculturalist, farmtoxicologist, Egyptologist, and historian born at Qusayn nearKufainIraq.He was the first historian to be able to at least partly decipher what was written in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, by relating them to the contemporary Coptic language.
-The Nabataean Agriculture
In agriculture, the Filahât al-Nabâtiyyah (Nabataean Agriculture) of Ibn Wahshiyya is the most influential of all Muslim works on the subject. Written in the third/ninth century and drawn mostly from Chaldaean and Babylonian sources, the book deals not only with agriculture but also with the esoteric sciences, especially magic and sorcery, and has always been considered to be one of the important books in Arabic on the occult sciences. _S.H. Nasr
Ibn Wahshiyya translated from Nabataean the Nabataean Agriculture (Kitab al-falaha al-nabatiya; c. 904), a major treatise on the subject, which was said to be based on ancient Babylonian sources. The book extols Babylonian civilization against that of the conquering Arabs. It contains valuable information on agriculture and superstitions, and in particular discusses beliefs attributed to the Sabians – understood as people who lived before Adam – that Adam had parents and that he came from India. These ideas were discussed by the Jewish philosophers Yehuda Halevi and Maimonides, through which they became an influence on the seventeenth century French Millenarian Isaac La Peyrère.
Ibn Wahshiyya was one of the first historians to be able to at least partly decipher what was written in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, by relating them to the contemporary Coptic language used by Coptic priests in his time. An Arabic manuscript of Ibn Wahshiyya's book Kitab Shawq al-Mustaham, a work that discusses a number of ancient alphabets, in which he deciphered a number of Egyptian hieroglyphs, was later read by Athanasius Kircher in the 17th century, and then translated and published in English by Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall in 1806 as Ancient Alphabets and Hieroglyphic Characters Explained; with an Account of the Egyptian Priests, their Classes, Initiation, and Sacrifices in the Arabic Language by Ahmad Bin Abubekr Bin Wahishih, 16 years before Jean-François Champollion's complete decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs. This book was known to Silvestre de Sacy, a colleague of Champollion. Dr Okasha El Daly, at University College London's Institute of Archaeology, claims that some hieroglyphs had been decoded by Ibn Wahshiyya, eight centuries before Champollion deciphered the Rosetta stone.
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2020.09.04 16:38 AshleighBSB [Boarding School Blues] - Chapter 32: Happy Thanksgiving

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This is Book 4: Boarding School Break: Happy Thanksgiving.[Book 2: Boarding School Beginnings] [Book 3: Boarding School Boyfriends]

It’s almost Thanksgiving. In a few hours, my friends will be giving me a ride back to my house. I have not been home since Long Weekend, nearly two months ago. Wow. I just realized it’s been that long. Maybe because my family visited me a couple of weeks ago, or maybe just because I have been so busy with finals, I hadn’t noticed the time passing.
I have mixed feelings about going home. While it will be nice to see my family, and I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, I have become accustomed to seeing my friends every day. How am I supposed to go eleven whole days without them? Especially one of them?
Melinda’s mother greeted her with a hug before she even entered the house. “Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome home.”
Melinda’s father had been very busy at work and running late to retrieve Melinda from the Charles & Rachel Hartfield Preparatory School for Young Men and Women, a boarding school nearly two hours away from their Southern Connecticut home, so they were relieved when Melinda’s best friend, Walter Evans, had offered her a ride home earlier that day. Since his parents did not want to drive in the holiday traffic the evening before Thanksgiving, they had sent a car, which was currently driving back to the highway.
Melinda’s mother helped her carry her bags into the house, where they deposited them in the foyer while Melinda followed her mother to the kitchen.
“Your father decided to work late and your brother is having dinner at a friend’s house. I’ve been cooking all day. I so don’t want to make dinner. How does macaroni and cheese sound?”
“The orange kind in the blue box?” It was one of Melinda’s favorite foods.
Her mother made a face. “If you must. I was thinking the frozen kind.” She filled a pot with water to boil the pasta. “So, when you told me that Walter’s father was sending a car, you never mentioned it was going to be a limousine. I assumed you meant a regular car.”
Melinda settled into one of the kitchen chairs to watch her mother. “Oh, well, I think it was supposed to be a regular car. But, with three passengers and all our luggage, Mrs. Evans decided to order a bigger car when Walter told her I was coming.”
“I see. And how was your drive home?”
“Not bad. We hit some traffic, but we didn’t mind. There was a bag of cookies and some sodas. Walter ate most of it, but Pat and I managed to have a small snack.”
“Pat. That’s Walter’s brother, right?”
Melinda nodded and continued. “The car had a television, so we watched Neogenesis.”
“That strange science fiction show you like? You subjected your friends to that?”
“It’s just one of the many reasons Walter and I get along so well. Actually, both of our advisors are fans too, so they started a group. What did Mr. Peter’s call it? The NSFC, Neogenesis Science Fiction Club.”
“That is very…no. There are no words,” Melinda’s mother shook her head in amusement. “Who else is in this group?”
“Well, it was just Walter and me, but then Pat started attending when he came back to school after Parents’ Weekend.”
“Back to school? Where was he?”
The concerned look on her mother’s face was extremely telling. Two months ago, when Melinda had come for Long Weekend, she had discovered that her public school friends had undergone drastic transformations since beginning high school this past fall. Melinda knew her mother was aware of at least some of these changes and assumed she was envisioning Pat’s brother as some sort of delinquent who had started school more than halfway through the fall term because he had been in trouble.
Melinda took a deep breath. She knew this moment had been coming, but no amount of preparation could help her find the words. She understood, finally, how hard it had been for Walter to tell her so many weeks ago.
“Have I told you about Walter’s parents?” Melinda knew full well she had not.
“Don’t change the subject. Why was Pat not in school?”
“I promise, I’ll tell you. But, I have to start at the beginning. You see, Walter, you know his last name is Evans, right?” When her mother nodded, Melinda continued. “Well, his dad? He’s kinda Adam Evans. Like, from CAVEmen.”
Melinda’s mother just stared at her for a few moments. “Walter’s father is the lead guitarist for a rock band?”
Melinda nodded, then spoke quickly, realizing her mother had not yet made the connection. “Yeah, and that means his mother is Kara McGregor.”
This time, Melinda’s mother took a little longer to reply. “The child star.”
“Well, she’s not a kid anymore, but yeah. So, Walter’s siblings are sorta Meghan and Patrick McGregor.”
“The movie stars.”
“Pat missed the first part of the term because he was filming a movie in Hawaii.”
“He’s not a third-former, though. Isn’t he older than you? Why is he hanging around with younger students?”
Melinda smiled. “I asked him that, you know. I told you Walter was homeschooled? Well, because the kids were homeschooled, the family was usually able to be together when someone was filming a movie. For this last movie, when Pat was in Hawaii, Walter was back here in school. And, Meghan graduated last year and she’s living in New York now. Well, Pat really started to miss his brother, so when he got back to school, he wanted to spend some time with Walter. But, Walter wanted nothing to do with him. At least, not in public.”
“At your show,” her mother interrupted, referring to a dance performance in which Melinda had participated earlier that month, “you said Walter and his brother have a weird relationship. That Walter didn’t want to be seen with his brother.”
“They told me about the last time they tried to eat out in a restaurant. The boys, their parents, and their grandparents. Meghan wasn’t even with them. Long story. Anyway, they got bombarded by fans and they ended up having to take their dinners to go and eat in their van in a commuter lot. Walter lives with that every day. So, when he got to school, it was his shot at being normal. Pat feels the same way. School is someplace they don’t have to worry about being recognized.”
“Are you friends with Walter because of his family?”
Melinda actually smiled at the question. “That was Walter’s biggest fear this term, I think. But, one of the things Pat likes best about me is that I don’t see the movie star. Actually, I didn’t even notice when people started looking at me differently for being his girlfriend. He had to point it out to me.”
“You’re dating Patrick McGregor?”
Melinda closed her eyes and sighed a little. She had not intended to tell her mother about her relationship with Pat. At least, not yet. With a deep breath, she shook her head, telling her mother what she had told her friends the week before. “No. Patrick McGregor only exists in Hollywood. I’m with Pat Evans.”
“And how old is this boy again?”
Melinda was a little relieved that her mother was referring to him as this boy, and not focusing on the movie star. “He’s sixteen.”
“And you don’t think he’s a little old for you?”
“Oh, no, I do think he’s a little old for me. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to be his girlfriend.”
“What were the other reasons?”
Melinda thought about her ex-boyfriend, a boy from home her mother knew from church. “Well, Eliot and I were friends, and then he was my boyfriend and things didn’t really end well and then we weren’t friends anymore. Pat and I were friends, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen with him.”
Melinda’s mother said nothing as Melinda continued. “And, then there was Walter. He was hanging out with this girl we all hated, and I realized I was jealous of her. Not because I liked Walter, because I don’t. Not like that. I just thought she was taking away my best friend. And, I didn’t want Walter to feel that way towards his brother. Or to me.”
“Sounds like a lot of reasons not to be his girlfriend. So, why are you?”
Melinda shrugged. “I can’t explain it. When he holds me, I feel safe.”
“I’m not sure I’m comfortable knowing you’re dating a boy so much older than you. Boys that age, they want certain things out of a relationship. You’re only thirteen.”
Melinda tried not to whine. “Mooom! Pat and I have talked about this. I don’t want a…physical relationship with him. And, neither does he. He believes in saving all that for marriage.”
“He told you that?” Melinda could hear the skepticism in her mother’s voice as she watched her strain the pasta and returning it to the pan.
Melinda shrugged. “Yeah. He wanted to make sure that we both…understood each other’s intentions.”
“But, sweetie, how do you know he means it?”
Melinda made a face. “Why would he say it if he didn’t mean it?”
Her mother added milk and butter to the pan. “He’s an actor. A really good one. He could just be telling you what he thinks you want to hear.”
Melinda considered a moment, then shook her head. “I don’t think he is. I think he really means it. See, okay. He’s probably gonna be upset with me telling you, so please don’t ever let him find out I did. But, they’re a super religious family. I mean, Walter actually memorized the entire catechism as part of his homeschooling.”
Melinda’s mother raised her eyebrows. “He did?”
Melinda nodded. “Why do you think he’s my confirmation mentor? Anyway, Pat was telling me about this religious retreat he went on after his third form year. With Meghan, I think. There were a lot of talks about chastity and it really struck a chord with him. It’s something he really firmly believes in. He even has this little card he carries around in his wallet to remind him about the promise he made.”
“Promise?”
Melinda nodded. “Yeah. Signing this card is some kind of promise to God that he’s gonna save himself for marriage. I’m not sure I understand it, but since it means we’re thinking the same way, I didn’t really question it.”
Melinda’s mother looked unconvinced as she put the bowl of pasta on the table. “I’m still not comfortable with my thirteen-year-old dating a sixteen-year-old.”
“Well, the boys invited me over during break. Maybe I can go visit and you can get to know him a little better.”
“We’ll see. So, when do you get your report card?”
“The actual paper one will be mailed some time next week, I think. But, I know we can check our grades tonight. Actually,” Melinda glanced at the clock on the microwave. “I think they’re all in now.”
Melinda ran back to the foyer to retrieve her laptop, which she set up on the kitchen table. The student portal on the school website was not very mobile friendly and she hated accessing it from her phone. She logged in and found that each of her teachers were able to write comments on her performance for the term. Melinda was stunned as she examined her report.

ART 104 Drawing Basics Rockwell A I was extremely pleased with your final project. You have shown tremendous growth this term.
ART 701 Dance Nutmeg Ballet Co. P Melinda is an excellent dancer. We hope to see her next term.
ENG 101 Third Form English Johnson A- Melinda has made amazing progress this term. She has shown great improvement in her essay writing and always provides excellent journal entries. She offers insightful comments during class discussions and is a pleasure to have in class.
LATIN 101 Latin I Henderson A- Melinda is a joy to have in class. I love her enthusiasm. She should work on her vocabulary building to improve her sight-reading abilities.
MAT 250 Honors Geometry Davidson A Melinda has a good understanding of the material.
MUS 751 Wind Orchestra Williams P Melinda has shown improvement. Remember to tighten your embouchure.
SCI 151 Honors Physics Wilson A Melinda had a rough start this term but has shown tremendous progress. I look forward to working with her this winter.
At the bottom of the page was a note from her advisor:
I have watched Melinda work pertinaciously throughout the term. I have also seen her interacting with several of her peers. Unlike many third form students, Melinda has seemed to find a constructive balance between her work and play, and her hard work seems to have paid off, as her grades have earned her recognition on this trimester’s Dean’s List.
Clarissa Price
Melinda was unable to do anything besides stare at her computer. How had she managed to get straight A’s? She had studied so diligently, but always felt as if she were struggling to understand the material.
Melinda ate her pasta absently as she replayed the last three months in her head. She recalled that by the end of September, she had resolved to remain at least one day ahead in her homework assignments for each class. And, she had made sure to check in with her teachers if she didn’t understand something. She supposed, upon further reflection, she had noticed by the end of the semester that the work had seemed easier. And she had felt her finals were pretty easy, although many of her friends had seemed to struggle.
Melinda’s mother approached the table, wiping her hands on a dishtowel. “Are your grades there?”
“Um, yeah.” Melinda turned the computer so her mother could view the report herself. Meanwhile, Melinda used her phone to check on the definition of embouchure, realizing her orchestra teacher wanted her to work on the way her mouth was shaped when she was playing her flute.
As she began to eat, she looked up dean’s list, a term she knew she had heard, but had never understood. It took a little research, including a trip to the school’s handbook, before she realized she had made the school’s honor roll.
“Straight A’s? And Dean’s List? Oh, Melinda. I’m so proud of you. I was worried all these boys were going to hurt your grades, but I see your advisor believes you have juggled your school work and social life well.”
“So, does that mean I can visit Walter and Pat over break?”
“We’ll see,” her mother echoed her earlier words, but this time she was smiling.

Melinda was not surprised that her family was the first to arrive at Nonna and Papa’s house Thanksgiving Day. Melinda’s mother carried in her huge antipasto tower while Melinda carried in the smaller version her mother had made for the kids table. Her father brought her eleven-year-old brother, Joey, in the back yard to play catch in the unseasonably warm weather.
Melinda followed her mother into the house and down the hall into the kitchen, greeting Nonna as they entered.
“Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Happy Thanksgiving! You can put that on the table, there.” Nonna nodded to the kitchen table as she wiped her hands on her apron. “How are you?”
Nonna hugged Melinda and her mother, giving each a peck on the cheek, before returning to the stove to stir the pot of sauce. Melinda’s mother looked around.
“How can we help?” Melinda’s mother asked.
“I think everything is all set.” Nonna scanned the room. “Yup. Just waiting on the boys.”
Melinda’s mother had two brothers, both of whom were married with children, but Nonna always referred to them as the boys. Melinda sat at the table watching her mother stir the sauce and Nonna busy herself around the kitchen as she talked to Melinda.
“So, how’s school?”
Melinda shrugged. “It was kinda hard at first, but it’s not bad. I’m enjoying it.”
“She made Dean’s List.” Melinda could hear the pride in her mother’s voice. “And she has a boyfriend.”
“Boyfriend? Is he Italian?” Melinda knew that Nonna was proud that her grandchildren were so smart, especially Melinda and Joey, who had both skipped a grade in school. But, Nonna had been raised in a strict Italian-American household and wanted all her grandchildren to marry into good Italian families.
“Well, he’s Irish. But, we go to church together every Sunday.”
“Not Italian, but Irish is not bad. He’s a good boy.”
“He’s sixteen.” There was a tone of disapproval in Melinda’s mother’s voice.
“Joseph is older than you.”
“Yes, but we met after college. Three years is a big deal in high school.”
Melinda was saved from further interrogation by the arrival of Uncle Tony and Aunt Francesca, who poured out of their minivan with three daughters, two trays of stuffed mushrooms, and a bubbling baby girl Melinda had yet to meet.
Hugs were exchanged and Melinda brought the trays of mushrooms straight to the dining room, since they were the first course. Then, Melinda was charged with holding the baby, Sophia, while the other little girls ran around outside with the guys. Uncle Marco arrived with Aunt Lily a few moments later, carrying a large tray of yams and a rambunctious little boy, who was banished to the backyard with his cousins and uncles.
It was not long before Nonna called everyone to the table, but it did take a while to be seated, especially at the kids table. No one wanted to sit next to the two four-year-olds, both of whom had a reputation of being extremely messy eaters. Eventually, as the family settled down, Melinda ended up beside her oldest cousin, Viola, who was in the same grade as Joey, even though she was a year older than he. Across from Melinda, Joey was seated beside Viola’s eight-year old sister, with the four-year-olds at either head. Melinda had placed a sleeping Sophia back into her carrier during the meal.
The family joined hands to say their traditional table blessing, and then began to eat. There was a lot of conversation over the stuffed mushrooms, which only Uncle Tony’s children ate, as the other children disliked them. It was not long, however, before Papa was wandering around the room carrying small bowls, each holding a stuffed artichoke. Melinda and Viola were the only children to request one.
Viola tore off a leaf and sucked on the stuffing before scraping it with her teeth and throwing the leaf in a large bowl between her and Melinda. “So, my mom says you live at your school. What’s that like?”
Melinda shrugged. “It’s not bad. I like it. There’s lots to do and I’ve made some really nice friends.”
“But, do you have to do homework all the time, or do you get to have some fun?”
“Oh, there’s lots of things to do. I did dance as my sport and that was really fun. And on the weekends, my friends and I go into town or go to the mall. There’s a movie theater in the mall, so we’ve gone there a couple of times.”
“Really? Have you seen Romeo and Juliet? I love Jarrod Handy. Oh, and Patrick McGregor was in it, too. It was probably the best movie ever.”
“Patrick McGregor goes to her school,” Joey announced. “I got his autograph.”
“OMG! Really? That is so cool. Do you have any classes with him?”
Melinda responded cautiously. “No. He’s a fifth, I mean, he’s in the eleventh grade. But, we’re friends.”
“Really?” asked Joey. “I didn’t know that. Hey, Mom!” Joey shouted to the nearby adult table. “Did you know Melinda was friends with Patrick McGregor?”
“Yes, I did.”
Viola was wiggling excitedly in her seat, her artichoke nearly forgotten. “Have you met his girlfriend? I was reading last night that he’s with Poppy Sommers now. Does she go to your school too? What’s she like? What’s he like?”
“I hadn’t heard that.” Melinda’s fingers started shaking nervously as she brought the next leaf to her mouth. She figured it was time to change the subject. “So, how’s everything with you?”

It was not long before Papa cleared the artichoke dishes and Melinda’s mother brought in her trays towering with layers of meat, cheese, and olives. While the adults simply spooned great helpings onto their plates, the children picked out what they wanted to eat, leaving the hard-boiled eggs for the four-year-olds.
Melinda spent the entire course wondering what her cousin had read and whether she should bother mentioning the rumor to Pat. Of course it was a rumor, she assured herself. Pat would never cheat on her. But, a lingering doubt made her olives taste a little more sour than usual.
Nonna went around the room asking everyone how many manicotti they each wanted. Melinda, Viola, and Joey each requested one, but none of the other children did.
None of the children wanted the salad course, and Melinda was elected to hold Sophia, who had woken from her nap, and feed her a bottle. Melinda enjoyed playing with her three-month-old cousin, who was most excited when she was being held. Playing with her cousin helped her forget about the rumor Viola had mentioned.
Finally, it was time for the main course. Papa carved the turkey and placed it on plates. The children brought their plates to the adult table for their parents to fill with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, broccoli casserole, and yams, complete with walnuts, apples, and mini-marshmallows. There was a basket of dinner rolls on their table when they returned.
Nonna volunteered to hold the baby, allowing Melinda to eat her dinner in as much peace as possible, with the children around her yelling at each other. Melinda only half-listened to the arguments, trying to avoid thinking about Pat.

After dinner, the children were sent into the living room to watch Christmas movies while Papa, who was supposed to be watching them, took a nap. Melinda was permitted to stay in the kitchen, provided she hold the baby. Since the baby had fallen back asleep, she was able to text Walter.
Melinda had received her first text from Walter before breakfast, when he asked about her grades. After replying, congratulating her on Dean’s List, and informing her he had done equally well, although he did not have any A-minuses, he continued to text her every hour to ask what course she was on. He had been fascinated the night before when she described the seven-course meal during their drive home. Meanwhile, Walter was describing some of the antics occurring at his home.
Walter’s mother was the second youngest of six children, all of whom were married with multiple children of their own. His father only had one brother, Vinny, and their parents lived in a retirement community in Florida, so Vinny and his family always joined the McGregor holiday celebrations. A lot of Walter’s cousins were married with children of their own running around. Their father’s fourth bandmate and his family had also attended, adding to the chaos.
Melinda was enjoying the stories when the baby began to stir.
“Hey, Aunt Francesca?”
“What’s up, sweetie?”
“Sophia is kinda fussing. I think she’s trying to stay asleep, but it’s a little loud in here. Do you think I can take her into the back bedroom?”
“That’s a good idea. Here. Here’s her bottle. If she wakes up or fusses, you can give her the rest of it. Oh. I haven’t changed her in a while.”
“I can do it when she wakes up. I know how.”
“Fantastic. Take the diaper bag. I wish Viola was as good a babysitter as you.”
Melinda smiled at the complement as she carried her cousin into a spare bedroom in the back of the house. She settled herself onto the bed, snuggling the baby in her arms.
A moment later, her video chat signaled an incoming call. She answered it, keeping the volume low.
Pat greeted her with the smile that had helped make him a famous movie star. “Hey, Daphne.”
“I thought her name was Melinda.” Melinda recognized the off-screen voice as belonging to Meghan, his equally famous sister.
Melinda smiled back as she heard Walter explain. “It’s his stupid pet name for her. Based on some Greek myth.”
“Hey you guys,” Melinda greeted them. “How’s the chaos?”
“We’re hiding,” Walter announced proudly as Pat angled his phone in such a way that Melinda could see all three of them. “Dinner’s over and no one will leave. Some are talking about staying over.”
Melinda giggled. “How was dinner?”
“Not bad,” Pat replied. “I got Walter to try Mom’s colcannon.”
“How was it?” Melinda knew her friend had been weary of the dish.
Walter grinned. “It has so much butter and cream, you can’t even taste the cabbage.”
“He had three helpings.” Meghan sounded a little grossed out.
“Only three?” Melinda was half serious, knowing her friend had a voracious appetite.
“He ate an entire apple pie,” Pat said.
“You didn’t!”
“No, I did,” Walter said sheepishly. “How are things over there? What course are you on?”
“We’re in between dinner and dessert. The kids are all watching TV, but I snuck away.” She angled the camera to show her cousin. “I’m babysitting.”
“Oh!” cooed Meghan. “She’s so cute! She’s a new baby.”
“Three months, I think. My aunt is letting me care for her.”
“Okay. Game time,” Pat announced with a smile. Melinda knew the Evans family loved to play games, especially the boys.
“Oh, I’ll let you go.”
“No. You’re playing. Stupidest dinner conversations. Me first. I overheard the Connors arguing over whose hair was redder.”
“You’re joking!”
Meghan laughed. “No, he’s not. They’re…I forgot. Six and seven, I think? Our cousins’ kids. I know they’re close in age. Anyway, I overheard their argument, marched between them and said I won. Then I walked away.”
Melinda tried not to wake the baby as she laughed. “Okay. That beats my stupid dinner conversation. My brother and my oldest cousin, they’re both in the seventh grade. They got into a debate about who was the first president.”
“There’s a debate?” asked Pat. “I thought it was obvious. John Hanson.”
Meghan shook her head. “No. Peyton Randolph.”
Walter sent a quizzical look at his siblings. “What happened to George Washington?”
“Wait. How is this something Walter doesn’t know?” melinda was surprised, since Walter had the reputation among their friends of being the most knowledgeable and having all the answers.
“John Hanson was the first president under the Articles of Confederation,” Pat explained, “which were the government after America declared independence and before the Constitution was ratified, making George Washington president.”
“But,” Meghan countered, “Peyton Randolph was president of the Continental Congress, which is the government that was in charge before the Articles of Confederation were passed.”
“Yeah, I think that was the argument my brother was trying to make,” Melinda agreed. “But, he didn’t have all those details, which made his point a little fuzzy.”
“I got one,” Meghan announced. “Uncle Liam asked me how school was going. I told him I was taking a year off. He said, Oh, before you start high school?”
“How do you take a year off before high school?” Melinda asked.
“We were homeschooled,” Walter reminded her. “He probably thought Meghan was taking a year at home before going to school.”
“Maybe he said the wrong word?”
“No, he really thought I was only twelve.”
“You look twelve,” Pat informed her.
Meghan playfully punched her brother. “Okay, Walter. You’re up.”
Walter thought for a moment. “Nope. I was too busy eating. I don’t think I heard any conversations.”
Everyone laughed and Joey bounded into the room, plopping himself beside Melinda. Sophia stirred, but did not wake as Melinda drew her closer.
“Nonna says dessert’s ready. What’cha watching?” He looked over her shoulder to better see the screen.
“Nothing. I’m just saying hi to my friends.”
“But, you’re watching a movie. That’s Patrick and Meghan McGregor.”
“And, you’ve met Walter.” Melinda turned her attention back to her phone.
“Hey, Joey. What’s for dessert?” Walter asked with a smile.
“Oh, the usual. Cannoli, apple pie, pumpkin pie. Probably some cheesecake. Cookies.”
Melinda smiled at the thought. “I like the green leaves with the chocolate inside.”
“Now I’m hungry again,” Walter announced. “I wonder if there’s more pie.”
Meghan punched her brother lightly on the shoulder as Melinda started giggling. Pat brought the phone close so Melinda could no longer see the other Evans siblings.
“Text me later?” Pat blew her a kiss before ending the call.
Joey stared at his sister. “I don’t get it. Why is Walter with them?”
“Walter’s their brother.” Melinda was trying to get off the bed and store her phone without waking the still-sleeping baby.
“But, why did Patrick McGregor want you to text him?”
Sophia whimpered. “Joey! You woke her up!”
Melinda bounced the baby gently, fumbling in the diaper bag for the bottle.
“But, he blew you a kiss!”
“Yes, he did. He’s my boyfriend.”
Melinda got the top off the bottle and was able to shove it into the baby’s mouth before she reached full-blown wailing. She continued to bounce and rock slightly to calm the baby and lull her back to sleep.
Joey shook his head. “No, he’s not. Poppy Sommers is. It’s all over the internet.”
Melinda dropped the bottle and the baby fussed for a moment while Melinda tried to shove it back into her mouth. When she did respond to her brother, she wasn’t entirely polite.
“I haven’t seen what you’re talking about. All I know is that Pat and I have been together for about a week and a half. Maybe what you saw was older than that.”
“You’re serious? He’s really your boyfriend? Does Mom know?”
Melinda rolled her eyes as she headed for the doorway, the baby already half-asleep again.
“Yes, she does. But, I’d rather no one else know. So, don’t say anything about it. Deal?”
“But…”
“Deal?” Melinda raised her voice as much as she dared without waking the baby.
“Fine,” Joey mumbled as he walked past Melinda to return to the dining room.

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Follow follow Patrick McGregor's story in Confessions of a Teenage Celebrity - Chapter 8: Finals (Part 2)
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2020.09.04 16:30 uniderth How would you change the Church's attitude toward sexuality, while still maintaining some sense of sexual purity?

Reading the post about self hatred got me thinking, how could the Church change to teach healthy sexuality while still maintaining some semblance of sexual purity teachings. I came up with nine changes I would make. What would you make?
Let's not worry about Joseph Smith and just focus on current teachings regarding sexuality
First, I would get rid of the teaching that sexual sin is next to murder. There are better ways to interpret that part of the Book of Mormon. So now sexual sins can range in severity with masturbation (not even mentioned in the scriptures) at the bottom as not even really a sin; to rape at the top.
Second, I would eliminate the requirement of marriage licenses to be considered married.
Third, get rid of all the licked cupcake lessons. I would teach that sexual relationships are serious. Ideally it is expressed in marriage (now interpreted to include marriages with a license and serious relationships without one) But if you have sex outside of "marriage" you aren't an irredeemable sinner. Being virtuous is about your attitude, not about virginity.
Fourth, disassociate nudity with sexuality. People can be nude and non-sexual. I would put up things like classical nude statues and paintings at church sites and even meeting houses. The temple films would slowly be evolved to show more non-sexual nudity of Adam and Eve.
Fifth, No more sexual related questions during interviews. This would only happen in limited instances to adults and if there is a suspicion of adultery or other serious sexual sin.
Sixth, I already touched on masturbation (always intend your puns), but to expand: I liked what the other post mentioned about focusing on the emotion impact, rather than on the fact that you are touching your "weewee" or "vazheen," as the case may be. This would not be viewed as next to murder, and goal would be to acknowledge that this is a common human experience and stop making people feel shame about it.
Seventh, Allow missionaries to date. This would be part of broader missionary reforms I have in mind. But we shouldn't shame missionaries for having emotional attachments and relationships while on their missions.
Eighth, Allow polygamy. It wouldn't be taught as a requirement to enter heaven, or as better than monogamy. But if people want to do this, they are allowed to.
Ninth, implement a church-wide class to teach all of this and make sure it is properly implemented. The "law of chastity" would be scrapped and these concepts would be handled individually.
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2020.09.04 16:09 AshleighBSB Boarding School Blues - Chapter 1: Happy Thanksgiving

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This is Book 4: Boarding School Break: Happy Thanksgiving.[Book 2: Boarding School Beginnings] [Book 3: Boarding School Boyfriends]
It’s almost Thanksgiving. In a few hours, my friends will be giving me a ride back to my house. I have not been home since Long Weekend, nearly two months ago. Wow. I just realized it’s been that long. Maybe because my family visited me a couple of weeks ago, or maybe just because I have been so busy with finals, I hadn’t noticed the time passing.
I have mixed feelings about going home. While it will be nice to see my family, and I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, I have become accustomed to seeing my friends every day. How am I supposed to go eleven whole days without them? Especially one of them?
Melinda’s mother greeted her with a hug before she even entered the house. “Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome home.”
Melinda’s father had been very busy at work and running late to retrieve Melinda from the Charles & Rachel Hartfield Preparatory School for Young Men and Women, a boarding school nearly two hours away from their Southern Connecticut home, so they were relieved when Melinda’s best friend, Walter Evans, had offered her a ride home earlier that day. Since his parents did not want to drive in the holiday traffic the evening before Thanksgiving, they had sent a car, which was currently driving back to the highway.
Melinda’s mother helped her carry her bags into the house, where they deposited them in the foyer while Melinda followed her mother to the kitchen.
“Your father decided to work late and your brother is having dinner at a friend’s house. I’ve been cooking all day. I so don’t want to make dinner. How does macaroni and cheese sound?”
“The orange kind in the blue box?” It was one of Melinda’s favorite foods.
Her mother made a face. “If you must. I was thinking the frozen kind.” She filled a pot with water to boil the pasta. “So, when you told me that Walter’s father was sending a car, you never mentioned it was going to be a limousine. I assumed you meant a regular car.”
Melinda settled into one of the kitchen chairs to watch her mother. “Oh, well, I think it was supposed to be a regular car. But, with three passengers and all our luggage, Mrs. Evans decided to order a bigger car when Walter told her I was coming.”
“I see. And how was your drive home?”
“Not bad. We hit some traffic, but we didn’t mind. There was a bag of cookies and some sodas. Walter ate most of it, but Pat and I managed to have a small snack.”
“Pat. That’s Walter’s brother, right?”
Melinda nodded and continued. “The car had a television, so we watched Neogenesis.”
“That strange science fiction show you like? You subjected your friends to that?”
“It’s just one of the many reasons Walter and I get along so well. Actually, both of our advisors are fans too, so they started a group. What did Mr. Peter’s call it? The NSFC, Neogenesis Science Fiction Club.”
“That is very…no. There are no words,” Melinda’s mother shook her head in amusement. “Who else is in this group?”
“Well, it was just Walter and me, but then Pat started attending when he came back to school after Parents’ Weekend.”
“Back to school? Where was he?”
The concerned look on her mother’s face was extremely telling. Two months ago, when Melinda had come for Long Weekend, she had discovered that her public school friends had undergone drastic transformations since beginning high school this past fall. Melinda knew her mother was aware of at least some of these changes and assumed she was envisioning Pat’s brother as some sort of delinquent who had started school more than halfway through the fall term because he had been in trouble.
Melinda took a deep breath. She knew this moment had been coming, but no amount of preparation could help her find the words. She understood, finally, how hard it had been for Walter to tell her so many weeks ago.
“Have I told you about Walter’s parents?” Melinda knew full well she had not.
“Don’t change the subject. Why was Pat not in school?”
“I promise, I’ll tell you. But, I have to start at the beginning. You see, Walter, you know his last name is Evans, right?” When her mother nodded, Melinda continued. “Well, his dad? He’s kinda Adam Evans. Like, from CAVEmen.”
Melinda’s mother just stared at her for a few moments. “Walter’s father is the lead guitarist for a rock band?”
Melinda nodded, then spoke quickly, realizing her mother had not yet made the connection. “Yeah, and that means his mother is Kara McGregor.”
This time, Melinda’s mother took a little longer to reply. “The child star.”
“Well, she’s not a kid anymore, but yeah. So, Walter’s siblings are sorta Meghan and Patrick McGregor.”
“The movie stars.”
“Pat missed the first part of the term because he was filming a movie in Hawaii.”
“He’s not a third-former, though. Isn’t he older than you? Why is he hanging around with younger students?”
Melinda smiled. “I asked him that, you know. I told you Walter was homeschooled? Well, because the kids were homeschooled, the family was usually able to be together when someone was filming a movie. For this last movie, when Pat was in Hawaii, Walter was back here in school. And, Meghan graduated last year and she’s living in New York now. Well, Pat really started to miss his brother, so when he got back to school, he wanted to spend some time with Walter. But, Walter wanted nothing to do with him. At least, not in public.”
“At your show,” her mother interrupted, referring to a dance performance in which Melinda had participated earlier that month, “you said Walter and his brother have a weird relationship. That Walter didn’t want to be seen with his brother.”
“They told me about the last time they tried to eat out in a restaurant. The boys, their parents, and their grandparents. Meghan wasn’t even with them. Long story. Anyway, they got bombarded by fans and they ended up having to take their dinners to go and eat in their van in a commuter lot. Walter lives with that every day. So, when he got to school, it was his shot at being normal. Pat feels the same way. School is someplace they don’t have to worry about being recognized.”
“Are you friends with Walter because of his family?”
Melinda actually smiled at the question. “That was Walter’s biggest fear this term, I think. But, one of the things Pat likes best about me is that I don’t see the movie star. Actually, I didn’t even notice when people started looking at me differently for being his girlfriend. He had to point it out to me.”
“You’re dating Patrick McGregor?”
Melinda closed her eyes and sighed a little. She had not intended to tell her mother about her relationship with Pat. At least, not yet. With a deep breath, she shook her head, telling her mother what she had told her friends the week before. “No. Patrick McGregor only exists in Hollywood. I’m with Pat Evans.”
“And how old is this boy again?”
Melinda was a little relieved that her mother was referring to him as this boy, and not focusing on the movie star. “He’s sixteen.”
“And you don’t think he’s a little old for you?”
“Oh, no, I do think he’s a little old for me. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to be his girlfriend.”
“What were the other reasons?”
Melinda thought about her ex-boyfriend, a boy from home her mother knew from church. “Well, Eliot and I were friends, and then he was my boyfriend and things didn’t really end well and then we weren’t friends anymore. Pat and I were friends, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen with him.”
Melinda’s mother said nothing as Melinda continued. “And, then there was Walter. He was hanging out with this girl we all hated, and I realized I was jealous of her. Not because I liked Walter, because I don’t. Not like that. I just thought she was taking away my best friend. And, I didn’t want Walter to feel that way towards his brother. Or to me.”
“Sounds like a lot of reasons not to be his girlfriend. So, why are you?”
Melinda shrugged. “I can’t explain it. When he holds me, I feel safe.”
“I’m not sure I’m comfortable knowing you’re dating a boy so much older than you. Boys that age, they want certain things out of a relationship. You’re only thirteen.”
Melinda tried not to whine. “Mooom! Pat and I have talked about this. I don’t want a…physical relationship with him. And, neither does he. He believes in saving all that for marriage.”
“He told you that?” Melinda could hear the skepticism in her mother’s voice as she watched her strain the pasta and returning it to the pan.
Melinda shrugged. “Yeah. He wanted to make sure that we both…understood each other’s intentions.”
“But, sweetie, how do you know he means it?”
Melinda made a face. “Why would he say it if he didn’t mean it?”
Her mother added milk and butter to the pan. “He’s an actor. A really good one. He could just be telling you what he thinks you want to hear.”
Melinda considered a moment, then shook her head. “I don’t think he is. I think he really means it. See, okay. He’s probably gonna be upset with me telling you, so please don’t ever let him find out I did. But, they’re a super religious family. I mean, Walter actually memorized the entire catechism as part of his homeschooling.”
Melinda’s mother raised her eyebrows. “He did?”
Melinda nodded. “Why do you think he’s my confirmation mentor? Anyway, Pat was telling me about this religious retreat he went on after his third form year. With Meghan, I think. There were a lot of talks about chastity and it really struck a chord with him. It’s something he really firmly believes in. He even has this little card he carries around in his wallet to remind him about the promise he made.”
“Promise?”
Melinda nodded. “Yeah. Signing this card is some kind of promise to God that he’s gonna save himself for marriage. I’m not sure I understand it, but since it means we’re thinking the same way, I didn’t really question it.”
Melinda’s mother looked unconvinced as she put the bowl of pasta on the table. “I’m still not comfortable with my thirteen-year-old dating a sixteen-year-old.”
“Well, the boys invited me over during break. Maybe I can go visit and you can get to know him a little better.”
“We’ll see. So, when do you get your report card?”
“The actual paper one will be mailed some time next week, I think. But, I know we can check our grades tonight. Actually,” Melinda glanced at the clock on the microwave. “I think they’re all in now.”
Melinda ran back to the foyer to retrieve her laptop, which she set up on the kitchen table. The student portal on the school website was not very mobile friendly and she hated accessing it from her phone. She logged in and found that each of her teachers were able to write comments on her performance for the term. Melinda was stunned as she examined her report.

ART 104 Drawing Basics Rockwell A I was extremely pleased with your final project. You have shown tremendous growth this term.
ART 701 Dance Nutmeg Ballet Co. P Melinda is an excellent dancer. We hope to see her next term.
ENG 101 Third Form English Johnson A- Melinda has made amazing progress this term. She has shown great improvement in her essay writing and always provides excellent journal entries. She offers insightful comments during class discussions and is a pleasure to have in class.
LATIN 101 Latin I Henderson A- Melinda is a joy to have in class. I love her enthusiasm. She should work on her vocabulary building to improve her sight-reading abilities.
MAT 250 Honors Geometry Davidson A Melinda has a good understanding of the material.
MUS 751 Wind Orchestra Williams P Melinda has shown improvement. Remember to tighten your embouchure.
SCI 151 Honors Physics Wilson A Melinda had a rough start this term but has shown tremendous progress. I look forward to working with her this winter.
At the bottom of the page was a note from her advisor:
I have watched Melinda work pertinaciously throughout the term. I have also seen her interacting with several of her peers. Unlike many third form students, Melinda has seemed to find a constructive balance between her work and play, and her hard work seems to have paid off, as her grades have earned her recognition on this trimester’s Dean’s List.
Clarissa Price
Melinda was unable to do anything besides stare at her computer. How had she managed to get straight A’s? She had studied so diligently, but always felt as if she were struggling to understand the material.
Melinda ate her pasta absently as she replayed the last three months in her head. She recalled that by the end of September, she had resolved to remain at least one day ahead in her homework assignments for each class. And, she had made sure to check in with her teachers if she didn’t understand something. She supposed, upon further reflection, she had noticed by the end of the semester that the work had seemed easier. And she had felt her finals were pretty easy, although many of her friends had seemed to struggle.
Melinda’s mother approached the table, wiping her hands on a dishtowel. “Are your grades there?”
“Um, yeah.” Melinda turned the computer so her mother could view the report herself. Meanwhile, Melinda used her phone to check on the definition of embouchure, realizing her orchestra teacher wanted her to work on the way her mouth was shaped when she was playing her flute.
As she began to eat, she looked up dean’s list, a term she knew she had heard, but had never understood. It took a little research, including a trip to the school’s handbook, before she realized she had made the school’s honor roll.
“Straight A’s? And Dean’s List? Oh, Melinda. I’m so proud of you. I was worried all these boys were going to hurt your grades, but I see your advisor believes you have juggled your school work and social life well.”
“So, does that mean I can visit Walter and Pat over break?”
“We’ll see,” her mother echoed her earlier words, but this time she was smiling.

Melinda was not surprised that her family was the first to arrive at Nonna and Papa’s house Thanksgiving Day. Melinda’s mother carried in her huge antipasto tower while Melinda carried in the smaller version her mother had made for the kids table. Her father brought her eleven-year-old brother, Joey, in the back yard to play catch in the unseasonably warm weather.
Melinda followed her mother into the house and down the hall into the kitchen, greeting Nonna as they entered.
“Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Happy Thanksgiving! You can put that on the table, there.” Nonna nodded to the kitchen table as she wiped her hands on her apron. “How are you?”
Nonna hugged Melinda and her mother, giving each a peck on the cheek, before returning to the stove to stir the pot of sauce. Melinda’s mother looked around.
“How can we help?” Melinda’s mother asked.
“I think everything is all set.” Nonna scanned the room. “Yup. Just waiting on the boys.”
Melinda’s mother had two brothers, both of whom were married with children, but Nonna always referred to them as the boys. Melinda sat at the table watching her mother stir the sauce and Nonna busy herself around the kitchen as she talked to Melinda.
“So, how’s school?”
Melinda shrugged. “It was kinda hard at first, but it’s not bad. I’m enjoying it.”
“She made Dean’s List.” Melinda could hear the pride in her mother’s voice. “And she has a boyfriend.”
“Boyfriend? Is he Italian?” Melinda knew that Nonna was proud that her grandchildren were so smart, especially Melinda and Joey, who had both skipped a grade in school. But, Nonna had been raised in a strict Italian-American household and wanted all her grandchildren to marry into good Italian families.
“Well, he’s Irish. But, we go to church together every Sunday.”
“Not Italian, but Irish is not bad. He’s a good boy.”
“He’s sixteen.” There was a tone of disapproval in Melinda’s mother’s voice.
“Joseph is older than you.”
“Yes, but we met after college. Three years is a big deal in high school.”
Melinda was saved from further interrogation by the arrival of Uncle Tony and Aunt Francesca, who poured out of their minivan with three daughters, two trays of stuffed mushrooms, and a bubbling baby girl Melinda had yet to meet.
Hugs were exchanged and Melinda brought the trays of mushrooms straight to the dining room, since they were the first course. Then, Melinda was charged with holding the baby, Sophia, while the other little girls ran around outside with the guys. Uncle Marco arrived with Aunt Lily a few moments later, carrying a large tray of yams and a rambunctious little boy, who was banished to the backyard with his cousins and uncles.
It was not long before Nonna called everyone to the table, but it did take a while to be seated, especially at the kids table. No one wanted to sit next to the two four-year-olds, both of whom had a reputation of being extremely messy eaters. Eventually, as the family settled down, Melinda ended up beside her oldest cousin, Viola, who was in the same grade as Joey, even though she was a year older than he. Across from Melinda, Joey was seated beside Viola’s eight-year old sister, with the four-year-olds at either head. Melinda had placed a sleeping Sophia back into her carrier during the meal.
The family joined hands to say their traditional table blessing, and then began to eat. There was a lot of conversation over the stuffed mushrooms, which only Uncle Tony’s children ate, as the other children disliked them. It was not long, however, before Papa was wandering around the room carrying small bowls, each holding a stuffed artichoke. Melinda and Viola were the only children to request one.
Viola tore off a leaf and sucked on the stuffing before scraping it with her teeth and throwing the leaf in a large bowl between her and Melinda. “So, my mom says you live at your school. What’s that like?”
Melinda shrugged. “It’s not bad. I like it. There’s lots to do and I’ve made some really nice friends.”
“But, do you have to do homework all the time, or do you get to have some fun?”
“Oh, there’s lots of things to do. I did dance as my sport and that was really fun. And on the weekends, my friends and I go into town or go to the mall. There’s a movie theater in the mall, so we’ve gone there a couple of times.”
“Really? Have you seen Romeo and Juliet? I love Jarrod Handy. Oh, and Patrick McGregor was in it, too. It was probably the best movie ever.”
“Patrick McGregor goes to her school,” Joey announced. “I got his autograph.”
“OMG! Really? That is so cool. Do you have any classes with him?”
Melinda responded cautiously. “No. He’s a fifth, I mean, he’s in the eleventh grade. But, we’re friends.”
“Really?” asked Joey. “I didn’t know that. Hey, Mom!” Joey shouted to the nearby adult table. “Did you know Melinda was friends with Patrick McGregor?”
“Yes, I did.”
Viola was wiggling excitedly in her seat, her artichoke nearly forgotten. “Have you met his girlfriend? I was reading last night that he’s with Poppy Sommers now. Does she go to your school too? What’s she like? What’s he like?”
“I hadn’t heard that.” Melinda’s fingers started shaking nervously as she brought the next leaf to her mouth. She figured it was time to change the subject. “So, how’s everything with you?”

It was not long before Papa cleared the artichoke dishes and Melinda’s mother brought in her trays towering with layers of meat, cheese, and olives. While the adults simply spooned great helpings onto their plates, the children picked out what they wanted to eat, leaving the hard-boiled eggs for the four-year-olds.
Melinda spent the entire course wondering what her cousin had read and whether she should bother mentioning the rumor to Pat. Of course it was a rumor, she assured herself. Pat would never cheat on her. But, a lingering doubt made her olives taste a little more sour than usual.
Nonna went around the room asking everyone how many manicotti they each wanted. Melinda, Viola, and Joey each requested one, but none of the other children did.
None of the children wanted the salad course, and Melinda was elected to hold Sophia, who had woken from her nap, and feed her a bottle. Melinda enjoyed playing with her three-month-old cousin, who was most excited when she was being held. Playing with her cousin helped her forget about the rumor Viola had mentioned.
Finally, it was time for the main course. Papa carved the turkey and placed it on plates. The children brought their plates to the adult table for their parents to fill with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, broccoli casserole, and yams, complete with walnuts, apples, and mini-marshmallows. There was a basket of dinner rolls on their table when they returned.
Nonna volunteered to hold the baby, allowing Melinda to eat her dinner in as much peace as possible, with the children around her yelling at each other. Melinda only half-listened to the arguments, trying to avoid thinking about Pat.

After dinner, the children were sent into the living room to watch Christmas movies while Papa, who was supposed to be watching them, took a nap. Melinda was permitted to stay in the kitchen, provided she hold the baby. Since the baby had fallen back asleep, she was able to text Walter.
Melinda had received her first text from Walter before breakfast, when he asked about her grades. After replying, congratulating her on Dean’s List, and informing her he had done equally well, although he did not have any A-minuses, he continued to text her every hour to ask what course she was on. He had been fascinated the night before when she described the seven-course meal during their drive home. Meanwhile, Walter was describing some of the antics occurring at his home.
Walter’s mother was the second youngest of six children, all of whom were married with multiple children of their own. His father only had one brother, Vinny, and their parents lived in a retirement community in Florida, so Vinny and his family always joined the McGregor holiday celebrations. A lot of Walter’s cousins were married with children of their own running around. Their father’s fourth bandmate and his family had also attended, adding to the chaos.
Melinda was enjoying the stories when the baby began to stir.
“Hey, Aunt Francesca?”
“What’s up, sweetie?”
“Sophia is kinda fussing. I think she’s trying to stay asleep, but it’s a little loud in here. Do you think I can take her into the back bedroom?”
“That’s a good idea. Here. Here’s her bottle. If she wakes up or fusses, you can give her the rest of it. Oh. I haven’t changed her in a while.”
“I can do it when she wakes up. I know how.”
“Fantastic. Take the diaper bag. I wish Viola was as good a babysitter as you.”
Melinda smiled at the complement as she carried her cousin into a spare bedroom in the back of the house. She settled herself onto the bed, snuggling the baby in her arms.
A moment later, her video chat signaled an incoming call. She answered it, keeping the volume low.
Pat greeted her with the smile that had helped make him a famous movie star. “Hey, Daphne.”
“I thought her name was Melinda.” Melinda recognized the off-screen voice as belonging to Meghan, his equally famous sister.
Melinda smiled back as she heard Walter explain. “It’s his stupid pet name for her. Based on some Greek myth.”
“Hey you guys,” Melinda greeted them. “How’s the chaos?”
“We’re hiding,” Walter announced proudly as Pat angled his phone in such a way that Melinda could see all three of them. “Dinner’s over and no one will leave. Some are talking about staying over.”
Melinda giggled. “How was dinner?”
“Not bad,” Pat replied. “I got Walter to try Mom’s colcannon.”
“How was it?” Melinda knew her friend had been weary of the dish.
Walter grinned. “It has so much butter and cream, you can’t even taste the cabbage.”
“He had three helpings.” Meghan sounded a little grossed out.
“Only three?” Melinda was half serious, knowing her friend had a voracious appetite.
“He ate an entire apple pie,” Pat said.
“You didn’t!”
“No, I did,” Walter said sheepishly. “How are things over there? What course are you on?”
“We’re in between dinner and dessert. The kids are all watching TV, but I snuck away.” She angled the camera to show her cousin. “I’m babysitting.”
“Oh!” cooed Meghan. “She’s so cute! She’s a new baby.”
“Three months, I think. My aunt is letting me care for her.”
“Okay. Game time,” Pat announced with a smile. Melinda knew the Evans family loved to play games, especially the boys.
“Oh, I’ll let you go.”
“No. You’re playing. Stupidest dinner conversations. Me first. I overheard the Connors arguing over whose hair was redder.”
“You’re joking!”
Meghan laughed. “No, he’s not. They’re…I forgot. Six and seven, I think? Our cousins’ kids. I know they’re close in age. Anyway, I overheard their argument, marched between them and said I won. Then I walked away.”
Melinda tried not to wake the baby as she laughed. “Okay. That beats my stupid dinner conversation. My brother and my oldest cousin, they’re both in the seventh grade. They got into a debate about who was the first president.”
“There’s a debate?” asked Pat. “I thought it was obvious. John Hanson.”
Meghan shook her head. “No. Peyton Randolph.”
Walter sent a quizzical look at his siblings. “What happened to George Washington?”
“Wait. How is this something Walter doesn’t know?” melinda was surprised, since Walter had the reputation among their friends of being the most knowledgeable and having all the answers.
“John Hanson was the first president under the Articles of Confederation,” Pat explained, “which were the government after America declared independence and before the Constitution was ratified, making George Washington president.”
“But,” Meghan countered, “Peyton Randolph was president of the Continental Congress, which is the government that was in charge before the Articles of Confederation were passed.”
“Yeah, I think that was the argument my brother was trying to make,” Melinda agreed. “But, he didn’t have all those details, which made his point a little fuzzy.”
“I got one,” Meghan announced. “Uncle Liam asked me how school was going. I told him I was taking a year off. He said, Oh, before you start high school?”
“How do you take a year off before high school?” Melinda asked.
“We were homeschooled,” Walter reminded her. “He probably thought Meghan was taking a year at home before going to school.”
“Maybe he said the wrong word?”
“No, he really thought I was only twelve.”
“You look twelve,” Pat informed her.
Meghan playfully punched her brother. “Okay, Walter. You’re up.”
Walter thought for a moment. “Nope. I was too busy eating. I don’t think I heard any conversations.”
Everyone laughed and Joey bounded into the room, plopping himself beside Melinda. Sophia stirred, but did not wake as Melinda drew her closer.
“Nonna says dessert’s ready. What’cha watching?” He looked over her shoulder to better see the screen.
“Nothing. I’m just saying hi to my friends.”
“But, you’re watching a movie. That’s Patrick and Meghan McGregor.”
“And, you’ve met Walter.” Melinda turned her attention back to her phone.
“Hey, Joey. What’s for dessert?” Walter asked with a smile.
“Oh, the usual. Cannoli, apple pie, pumpkin pie. Probably some cheesecake. Cookies.”
Melinda smiled at the thought. “I like the green leaves with the chocolate inside.”
“Now I’m hungry again,” Walter announced. “I wonder if there’s more pie.”
Meghan punched her brother lightly on the shoulder as Melinda started giggling. Pat brought the phone close so Melinda could no longer see the other Evans siblings.
“Text me later?” Pat blew her a kiss before ending the call.
Joey stared at his sister. “I don’t get it. Why is Walter with them?”
“Walter’s their brother.” Melinda was trying to get off the bed and store her phone without waking the still-sleeping baby.
“But, why did Patrick McGregor want you to text him?”
Sophia whimpered. “Joey! You woke her up!”
Melinda bounced the baby gently, fumbling in the diaper bag for the bottle.
“But, he blew you a kiss!”
“Yes, he did. He’s my boyfriend.”
Melinda got the top off the bottle and was able to shove it into the baby’s mouth before she reached full-blown wailing. She continued to bounce and rock slightly to calm the baby and lull her back to sleep.
Joey shook his head. “No, he’s not. Poppy Sommers is. It’s all over the internet.”
Melinda dropped the bottle and the baby fussed for a moment while Melinda tried to shove it back into her mouth. When she did respond to her brother, she wasn’t entirely polite.
“I haven’t seen what you’re talking about. All I know is that Pat and I have been together for about a week and a half. Maybe what you saw was older than that.”
“You’re serious? He’s really your boyfriend? Does Mom know?”
Melinda rolled her eyes as she headed for the doorway, the baby already half-asleep again.
“Yes, she does. But, I’d rather no one else know. So, don’t say anything about it. Deal?”
“But…”
“Deal?” Melinda raised her voice as much as she dared without waking the baby.
“Fine,” Joey mumbled as he walked past Melinda to return to the dining room.

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2020.09.04 03:24 remix6464 Race Thread: 2020 Kentucky Derby

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2019 Kentucky Derby Thread

Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI)

Where : Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky My Old Kentucky Home
Date : Saturday, September 5th (Rescheduled from the first Saturday in May)
Watch : NBC - 2:30-7:15pm EST
Preview : Bloodhorse
Prep Races : Kentucky Derby prep Races
Race: Kentucky Derby (G1) Track: Churchill Downs Distance: 1 1/4 M Surface: Dirt Purse: $3,000,000 Age: 3 yo Time: 7:01pm EST 
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Finnick the Fierce (KY) Martin Garcia 126 Rey Hernandez 50/1
2 Max Player (KY) Ricardo Santana, Jr. 126 Steven M. Asmussen 30/1
3 Enforceable (KY) Adam Beschizza 126 Mark E. Casse 30/1
4 Storm the Court (KY) Julien R. Leparoux 126 Peter Eurton 50/1
5 Major Fed (KY) James Graham 126 Gregory D. Foley 50/1
6 King Guillermo (KY) Samy Camacho 126 Juan Carlos Avila 20/1
7 Money Moves (KY) Javier Castellano 126 Todd A. Pletcher 30/1
8 South Bend (KY) Tyler Gaffalione 126 William I. Mott 50/1
9 Mr. Big News (KY) Gabriel Saez 126 W. Bret Calhoun 50/1
10 Thousand Words (FL) Florent Geroux 126 Bob Baffert 15/1
11 Necker Island (KY) Miguel Mena 126 Chris A. Hartman 50/1
12 Sole Volante (KY) Luca Panici 126 Patrick L. Biancone 30/1
13 Attachment Rate (VA) Joseph Talamo 126 Dale L. Romans 50/1
14 Winning Impression (KY) Joseph Rocco, Jr. 126 Dallas Stewart 50/1
15 Ny Traffic (NY) Paco Lopez 126 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. 20/1
16 Honor A. P. (KY) Mike E. Smith 126 John A. Shirreffs 5/1
17 Tiz the Law (NY) Manuel Franco 126 Barclay Tagg 3/5
18 Authentic (KY) John R. Velazquez 126 Bob Baffert 8/1
Position # Horse Win Place Show
1st: 18 Authentic $ 18.80 $ 6.00 $ 5.00
2nd: 17 Tiz The Law $ 3.40 $ 3.20
3rd: 9 Mr. Big News $ 16.80
4th: 16 Honor A. P.
5th: 2 Max Player
Payouts:
$1.00 EXACTA 18-17 $20.50
$0.50 TRIFECTA 18-17-9 $655.90
$0.10 SUPERFECTA 18-17-9-16 $792.58
$1.00 SUPERHIGHFIVE 18-17-9-16-2 $77,251.20
$1.00 DAILY DOUBLE 4/18 $127.00
$1.00 DAILY DOUBLE 4/10 $8.80
$0.50 PICK 3 3 OF 3 4/4/10 $20.80
$0.50 PICK 3 3 OF 3 4/4/18 $272.85
$0.50 PICK 4 4 OF 4 6/4/4/18 $2,789.30
$0.50 PICK 5 5 OF 5 2/6/4/4/18 $76,653.45
$0.20 PICK 6 6 OF 6 9/2/6/4/4/18 $278,513.32
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2020.09.01 19:19 olund94 Dead People With Something To Say 0.7: John Dee

DEAD PEOPLE WITH SOMETHING TO SAY 0.7
An ongoing project consisting of a collection of biographies of people that have been overlooked in the annals of history. Categorised as counterculture, pseudoscience and absolute lunacy these individuals were not listened to whilst they lived and it’s only upon re-evaluation it becomes clear that a distinct pattern of thought has been suppressed throughout history and has shaped the society we live in today.
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John Dee
We can say little about modern occultism without it connecting back in some fashion to the work of Mr John Dee.

Who He Was

Born to Roland and Johanna Dee in 1527, John spent the best years of his life as the consigliere to Queen Elizabeth the 1st and coined terms such as “The British Empire” whilst using Astrology to inform the Queens expansion of the empire in the 16th century. He used to sign his name as “007” and stands as the conceptual foundation for Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, he also acts as a early example of how occult practices can inform intelligence and military excursions.
In the latter half of Dee’s life we see a decline in reputation, wealth and mental and physical health as he begins to peruse a series of conversations with angels using a young man by the name of Edward Kelley as a medium.
It’s this juxtaposition of credible claims that make the life of John Dee such a fascinating one.
As a man that definitely existed, little allegory is necessary to decipher the intentions of Mr Dee.
He spent the first half of his life directing the British Empire and then left this cause to dive head first into the world of the infallible, the ludicrous and the unknown.
Through a modern lens this decision might signify a fall from grace and many of Dee’s peers took this stance.
After Dee’s public reputation had been tarnished due to his spiritual exercises reaching the public’s consciousness, he fled in disgrace to Eastern Europe and held meetings with several members of the Polish royal family before returning home to find his house ransacked and his persona vilified. Despite this soiling of his image Elizabeth still took pity on him and made him the Warden of the Manchester Cathedral, a position he remained in till his death in 1609.
Now to a skeptical eye the tale of John Dee may come across as interesting, sure, but largely significant only for the historical impact his assistance to Queen Elizabeth had on the expansion of the British Empire but this author is willing to out on a limb and say it is the occult workings of Mr Dee that have influenced the world we live in today more than any other aspect of his life.
Conversations with angels.

What He Said

A ridiculous concept from the get go.
Angels aren’t real therefore Mr Dee was simply a sufferer of a mental alignment like Schizophrenia right?
Any writings garnered from this phenomenon should be relegated to the category of the ravings of a madman and have no bearing on the rational world of science that we live in today, if that is, we live in the world one thought we lived in that has been built upon scientific thought and rationality?
I wouldn’t be so fast to dismiss the frenzied visions of Mr Kelley or any perpetrated medium offering revelations from the astral plane.
Besides, two of the worlds most popular religions have been formed off of this basis.
The narratives that surround the origins of the Islamic and Mormon faiths both feature a very similar tale to the one of John Dee.
All three men spent time deprived from their senses, communicating with a perceived otherworldly intelligence and all three wrote volumes of writings regarding and “from” the perceived entity. Mohammed and Joseph Smith have large followings as of 2020 and Islam and Mormonism are household names so why have the writings of John Dee fly under the radar?
Maybe it had something to do with the content of what John and Edward were being told by these so called angels. The initial concept of a channeling, or mediumship or in short speaking with an deity is so knee jerking that 99% of the time the baby is thrown out with the bath water.
Because the idea itself is so ludicrous we rarely get around to actually reading the information that was channeled and I believe it is here where a large amount of the skepticism developed when discussing channeled works.
To understand the Angels dialogues one must me familiar with the biblical character Enoch) and the associated apocrypha that refers to him.
Apocrypha is simply a religious work that refers to the main doctrine of a regime on but is not considered “canon)” by the representing organisation that surrounds a religion.
From the Church’s point of view it’s fan fiction but in a case such as the Dead Sea Scrolls some of the oldest copies of the legitimate Bible books were found in a cave near the Red Sea alongside comparatively old versions of a smattering of Christian and Jewish Apocrypha, including a certain Book of Enoch..
It’s this “coincidence” that allows one to say that maybe the church’s ousting of apocrypha is motivated not but truth but by control. This implication becomes clear once one understands what the narrative of the Book of Enoch brings the table from storytelling point of view.
You may have heard the name Enoch listed in the descendants of Adam and Eve after they are kicked out of the Garden of Eden. They begat Cain, Able and Seth and started a lineage of humans that pass down the story of man in the garden with the serpent.
This tale takes place in between the expulsion of AandE from Eden but before Noah’s flood and is referred to a the Antediluvian period, the time of The War In Heaven or the Titanomachy.
These three words correspond to different cultures speaking upon the same period of time. The Sumerian’s, the Abrahamic Religions and the Ancient Greeks are the three listed here but every single religion and culture has a word to describe this period of time.
It’s seems to refer to a period of time where:
  1. The “gods” that created humanity still roamed the earth in the fashion we do today.
  2. Gods interfered with the affairs of man..
  3. Man, in lieu of Science and Rationality, was subservient to a force we now refer to as “god, terms to describe this force are in the thousands and contain but are not limited to El), Ba’al, Elohim, The Watchers and their offspring the Nephillim), The Anunnaki, The Titans), The Ennead... the list goes on.
  4. By the time big JC (Jesus) is rolling into Bethlehem, possibly by the time of Ezekiel roughly around 600 BC, this force no longer appears on the physical plane. It only appears to “chosen” individuals or mediums and a large amount of ritualistic preparation is required to initiate contact. This period of time also marks a sharp rise in divination techniques such as the casting of lots, scrying and trance states were utilised you communicate with our estranged creator.
This set up to the story of the Book of Enoch is required so one can understand what the intelligences John Dee was in communication with were trying to say in the context of the cultural period Dee lived in and the perpetrated time period these so called angels were from.
Enoch is a seventh generation descendant of Adam and Eve and great grandfather to Noah. His mentions in a bogstandard common bible are minimal and only small references his ascents to heaven occur.
One of note would be shortly before Noah’s flood and is a mere mention in the Genealogy of Adam to Noah. It simply states, like the 6 preceding ancestors on the list, that Enoch was born to Jared and was the father of Methuselah, in the same fashion as preceding entries. Enoch is significant because there is a small addition to his entry on the Birth to Birth checklist compared to his ancestors.
Each patriarch’s age is listed and in keeping with pre-flood oddities people were seemingly living to, by today’s standards, unprecedented ages.
Adam lived to 930 and his descendants fare similarly but Enoch is only reported as living for a measly 365 years by comparison and does not “die” in the traditional sense but instead is “taken by God” and is always referred to as “the one who did not see death”.
Otherwise in the basic modern version of the Christian Bible this is the full extent of the explanation of Enoch’s life and can be considered a footnote. A cryptic message to be easily brushed past. Which brings us around to the Book of Enoch. Antediluvian literature is particularly difficult to come by namely due to the ambiguity of what was actually happening. Each culture puts their own perspective lens on the situation but what can be construed from looking at a cross section of these pre-flood narratives is that this period of time represented a time when man was on the path the serpent had put us on leading to our exile from Eden of becoming gods and seeming the gods weren’t best pleased about the coming workers unionisation.
I’m going to list a few ancient tales that elude to this time period so one can really pain a picture of what the allegory for this narrative is and paint a vibrant image of the period in ones head.
It is the Sumerian tale of Enki and Enlil that provides us with our context for a War occurring within heaven.
According to Sumerian tradition humans were created to carry the workload of the gods. They were preceded by a race of smaller workers called the Igigi who revolted against upper management (their creator, the gods, Anunaki ect) and this was the catalyst for designing Humanity.
A worker that didn’t revolt.)
This is the precedent for the points listed earlier. “Gods” and man lived together and gods intervened in the affairs of man.
Some clarification surrounding the word “gods” is required here.
To understand the difference between a “god” with a small g like Zeus or Enki and the overarching architect of the universe (ie God with a big G), one must look to what Gnostic scriptures called “The Demierge”.
This concept relates to the supposed God that appeared to have built Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden and suggests that this god was a sort of self-obsessed egotistical being) that did truly believe it was the creator of the universe whilst mearly being a imposter. Christian imagery has led us into think of “God” as a bearded man in the sky that namely has our best intentions at heart but when one consults the scripture this simply doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, our father who art in heaven actually seems quite temperamental if the Torah is anything to go by.
Man’s relationship with God in the Torah is akin to one of parent and small child.
Parent lays down law and leaves to go about errands. Child disobeys ruling. Parent “comes down” and disciplines whilst citing jealousy as the motivation for his anger.
This occurs numerous times from the Garden of Eden to Mt Sinai and loops back round to the story of Enki and Enlil.
See in the Sumerian tale Enlil and Enki have equal parts in creating humanity and each have opposing views of their creation.
Enlil sees man as subservient to Gods and has little empathy for his creation whilst Enki may be seen as the fun uncle of humanity, passing in knowledge when possible and even alerting the Sumerian Noah to upcoming flood. So we can see that the Catholic narrative seemingly is a simplification off the original Sumerian and by amalgamating all this confusing Enki/Enlil business into one simple “God” figure removes the ability for one to discern the personality and aspirations of a deity.
Quite a convenient standpoint for a religion that has used its doctrine for the mass control of the entire population to have isn’t it?
Don’t confuse yourself with all this different gods and deities business, just think of it as a big bearded man in the sky that will send you to hell if you don’t obey his rules.
That seems to be the mantra of the Catholic Church and it is for this reason that scripture like the Book of Enoch, whilst still being found with some of the oldest copies of the bible humanity has to date, get relegated to the nonsense pile.
So basically what I’m saying is, is that the Catholic Church, who’s book is mostly considered to be nonsense by most of the general public, are aware of a large amount of texts that have been discovered alongside texts they consider to be “sacred” but consider “some” of them to be pseudepigraphal in nature and it is this authors assumption that this has been done to deter the masses from understand the true nature of god.
With all this in mind we can now talk about Enoch and his role as a patriarch.
In the Book of Enoch, Enoch is known in his native land as a medium of sorts. He analyses dreams, can see the gods and brings knowledge to the physical world from heaven. It states that the things he sees and brings back from heaven will not transpire to his generation but a future generation to come. It also details the tale of The Watchers, angels that have been cast out of Heaven for disobeying god that have reproduced with earthly women to create what is known as the Nephillim, Anak or GriGori which can be imagined as Giants and Cyclopes, Sasquatch or Yeti like creatures or through a modern scientific lens Dinosaurs and Large Sea Creatures.
Basically genetic monstrosities that our creator wants destroying.
These angels or Watchers are led by Azazel who is represented in the common day bible by a Goat that has had humanity’s sins placed upon it and cast out into the desert. The very origin of the word scapegoat can be found from this tale and the origins of Satan or Baphomet having a goats head stem from this tale.
Another example of how the devils of the catholic dogma are simply well designed smear campaigns against elements of the philosophical landscape that the church wanted suppressed due to their revolutionary nature and depiction of the true nature of god.
It is useful to consult the Islamic scripture on this issue as Azazel and Enoch are both very present in the Quran along with this entire War in Heaven narrative.
In fact in the Muslim version it is God himself that challenges three angel to live as men to and try to not fall to the temptation of sin and that is how we end up with our Nephillim situation.
It also touches on the menial nature of the wants and actions of gods in comparison to the compassionate needs of humanity.
The Hindus say that what we are currently experiencing is a gods dream and Gnostic scriptures talk of a god of nothingness and order bringing about chaos and existence simply out of boredom so for Azazel being known as the scapegoat in allegorical Christian scripture begins to start to make more sense.
Enoch is also know in Islamic scripture as the angel Idris and can be affiliated with the Christian Metatron.
It is implied that the angels were sent down to teach righteousness but were tempted into sin and because of this we have the Nephillim.
Whilst all sin is said to come from Azazel, the set up for this transpiring was instigated by higher management. Azazel is said to have taught man the skills of metal work, cosmetics and deception and this is the crime that gets him banished from heaven in the first place. It is said that the learning of these facets led to bloodshed and godlessness. To be blunt, people were eating and fucking one another with no regard for respect or decency and this isn’t good for the sustainability of humanity and therefore god is angered.
Hence a flood is coming to cleanse this wrongdoing and the resulting Nephillim or offspring of this a period of godlessness are receiving nightmares regarding the upcoming rapture.
It is Enoch that is called upon to decipher the dreams and direct the giants through the use of Hekalot literature.
Hekalot and Merkaba mysticism relate to a selection of Jewish texts that have been held close to the orthodoxies chest for centuries. Kabbalah texts also fall under this bracket and all three can be described as texts that facilitate or inform one on the nature, how to communicate with and how to travel through the realm of God.
  • Merkaba refers to texts detailing methods of the accent through the heavens.
  • Hekalot refers to texts that enable the apparition of the Divine Council.
  • Kabbalah relates to texts that describe how god shows him self in the physical world.
All three of these categories of scripture have rules surrounding them and prior to the advent of the internet revealing these ancient topics was punishable and only a rabbi could only teach them to the most accomplished student.
Although these are fascinating points of research and well worth spending time upon, right now all you need to know is that these texts collect the information these supposed fallen angels gave to humanity and for that reason are considered highly holy and have been kept secret for centuries only to be studied by the upper echelons of the Jewish and Christian hierarchies.
As we know the flood does come and wipe clean the abominations that covered the earth leaving only Noah, being the only survivor and witness of the old way, to repopulate the world with a sustainable genealogy. The renegade angels get relegated to the fiery pits of Sheol and we move towards an era when gods are simply a word of mouth idea not something one sees.
It is only at this point, with this context now in place, that we can return to the life of John Dee for to understand the significance of the mans findings one must be aware of the above narratives.
For the angels that Edward Kelly and Dee apparently spoke to were the very same angels that led the War in Heaven and their writings provide a continuation of the narrative that begin 1,500 years or more prior.
Edward Kelly met John Dee at the age of 27, being nearly 30 years younger than Dee at the time of their meeting and was fairly instantly thrown into the world of what is known today as Enochian mysticism.
One may begin to see why the lengthy setup describing Enoch’s life was now necessary.
See Dee himself had been attempting to communicate with angels on his own for months via Crystal ball gazing to no avail and was looking for a young susceptible medium to take on the more physically demanding evocations.
It is at this point in John Dee’s tale that the author became rather perplexed at the reality of what seemed to transpire.
Seemingly Mr Kelly would meet up with Mr Dee at his house in Mortlake, Kelly would induce a trance state by either gazing into a mirror or crystal ball or by ingesting a mysterious red powder that has yet to be identified and begin to talk to the angels. Kelly would relay what they said back to Dee and Dee would act as scribe and take down whatever was being said.
Now this could all be written off as schizophrenic ramblings but there are few points of interest that might make even the most skeptical individual raise an eyebrow.
  1. This partnership went on for 7 years. Either party had plenty of time to either leave or contest the legitimacy of these visions.
  2. Kelly actually did “escape” Dee’s captivity and ran away only to come back citing that the work they had been conducting was too important.
  3. Kelly received physical damage from these angels in the form of scars, bruises and apparent blindness at one point.
  4. An entire language referred to as Enochian as been derived from Dee and Kelly’s sessions and is still used today in the Golden Dawn and Thelemic traditions.
  5. This endeavour tarnished Dee’s public persona and by the end of his life was living mostly off charity from others.
These three points raise large scale concern regarding the perpetrated lunacy of Dee’s occult endeavours and this is without considering what the angels were actually apparently saying.
If we consider the depictions of the angels from back in Noah’s day they do seem physical in nature and seem to have long standing effect on the physical world. Compare this to the era of Dee and Kelly and they only appear after being summoned and a medium is required to hear their message. Almost like they have been banished or relegated to a space where remote access to this plane is available to them.
From Sheol to Earth.
It seems to imply that in a roundabout sense the apocryphal narrative is correct, these intelligences are no longer physical and can only impact on humanity through an avatar so to speak.
Which speaks to the idea from the antediluvian story that angels were bound to earth until judgment day in a very literal sense at least in this authors opinion. To elaborate on what I mean one may look into the nature of the domaine as to where the angels were "bound" after the Flood, the history of the construction of transistors and the use of precious rocks in their construction.
The device you are using to read this relies on precious stones and it is that concept that one must understand to see where we are now.
If you can see the synergy between
Then you are on the right path to having a chance at understanding what is going on.
From their earthbound prison they foretold of a coming apocalypse, in the same vain as was told in the Book of Revelation and in the revelations of Enoch, although this apocalypse was a coming event not one that was currently transpiring. They spoke with a tone of contempt for humanity and preached a message of detaching from the physical world to dwell in prayer until a time when gods wrath would condemn the malevolent force back to from whence it came.
The prophecy speaks with an abundance of familiar biblical terms like Babylon, The Bottomless Pit and The Rising Dragon which all sound very dated and hard to picture but seen through the correct lens they speak upon the world we live in today. Observing the synergy between the systems of Dee and Kelly with the work of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and subsequently the works of Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons one can see how hypothetically there is a non-visible intelligence attempting to warn humanity of an oncoming event.
Enoch’s Prophecies
To
The Book of Revelation
To
Mohammed's Cave Visions
To
Dee and Kelly’s Watchtowers
To
Joesph Smith and the Golden Plates
To
The Aeon of Horus
To
The Babalon Working
To
The Channeled Works of the 1950’s UFO Flap
We consider each of these an individual case of madness that has no baring in the physical rational world, but combine them together and you have a longstanding tradition of humanity communicating with a force of a higher nature. There would be no point in covering the above cases without prior knowledge of Dee’s attempts to commune with this intelligence and this speaks to why Dee has been covered at this juncture in this series.
The others will follow.

Why It Matters

In the interest of attempting to wrap this up, the point of this whole spiel would be to point out the lunacy that is John Dee’s entire existence.
Much like this series itself, the sum of the total parts of Dee’s existence make him worth talking about.
His entire ideology should be relegated to the realms of insanity yet his angel summoning table made entirely of beeswax is on show at the British Museum and it’s things like this that leads one to believe that somebody somewhere takes Dee’s Enochian excursions seriously.
In the public eye his efforts have been recognised by many contemporary figures such as;
It is a this juncture that we begin to see the reason for entertaining the life of Mr Dee at all.
Although the esoteric nature of his life’s work relegates it’s deciphering to a select group of dedicated occultists, Dee is still a household name to many for his position next to Queen Elizabeth and his contributions to the coinage and expansion of the British Empire and whilst this may be the capacity he is now known as the age of information progress and characters like Crowley and Parsons have their well deserved day in the spotlight, it will be an analysis of Dr Dee’s Enochian Adventures that will really offer a fruitful bounty of first hand knowledge from the a higher intelligences itself.
Until next time here at MIPLTD, Ølund wishes you a fruitful day and restful evening 🙌
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2020.09.01 18:33 DuckoDaDuck My teachers never answered my questions. Please answers them for me?

So, I grew up in a catholic school. The teachers there were very toxic and always tried to push us to become religious. I was always too afraid to ask questions about the bible as they would start screaming and saying how I'm being disrespectful just by asking questions. So here are some questions I Googled. But was never really sure the answer to.
  1. Was Mary really 12 when she was married to 90-year-old Joseph?
  2. How is the bible's thought on homosexuality?
  3. Do you have to be a Christian to go to heaven and have good morals?
  4. Is it true scientist found the exact date Jesus was crucified. But the date didn't match with Easter. So the church hid it?
  5. What race were Adam and Eve? Or was there no race back then
I'm really sorry if I offended you or anything. I just was too afraid to ask. I have a really curious soul. And Reddit is where are the answers are. So it's okay if you don't want to answer my questions. Please no hate though. Thanks.
EDIT: Thank you guys so much for answering my questions! I was afraid to ask because we were taught not to ask any questions. The only time we were allowed to ask questions, was when the principal would come and fill in the teachers' performance reports :/
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2020.09.01 11:51 olund94 Dead People With Something To Say 0.7: John Dee

DEAD PEOPLE WITH SOMETHING TO SAY 0.7
An ongoing project consisting of a collection of biographies of people that have been overlooked in the annals of history. Categorised as counterculture, pseudoscience and absolute lunacy these individuals were not listened to whilst they lived and it’s only upon re-evaluation it becomes clear that a distinct pattern of thought has been suppressed throughout history and has shaped the society we live in today.
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John Dee
We can say little about modern occultism without it connecting back in some fashion to the work of Mr John Dee.

Who He Was

Born to Roland and Johanna Dee in 1527, John spent the best years of his life as the consigliere to Queen Elizabeth the 1st and coined terms such as “The British Empire” whilst using Astrology to inform the Queens expansion of the empire in the 16th century. He used to sign his name as “007” and stands as the conceptual foundation for Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, he also acts as a early example of how occult practices can inform intelligence and military excursions.
In the latter half of Dee’s life we see a decline in reputation, wealth and mental and physical health as he begins to peruse a series of conversations with angels using a young man by the name of Edward Kelley as a medium.
It’s this juxtaposition of credible claims that make the life of John Dee such a fascinating one.
As a man that definitely existed, little allegory is necessary to decipher the intentions of Mr Dee.
He spent the first half of his life directing the British Empire and then left this cause to dive head first into the world of the infallible, the ludicrous and the unknown.
Through a modern lens this decision might signify a fall from grace and many of Dee’s peers took this stance.
After Dee’s public reputation had been tarnished due to his spiritual exercises reaching the public’s consciousness, he fled in disgrace to Eastern Europe and held meetings with several members of the Polish royal family before returning home to find his house ransacked and his persona vilified. Despite this soiling of his image Elizabeth still took pity on him and made him the Warden of the Manchester Cathedral, a position he remained in till his death in 1609.
Now to a skeptical eye the tale of John Dee may come across as interesting, sure, but largely significant only for the historical impact his assistance to Queen Elizabeth had on the expansion of the British Empire but this author is willing to out on a limb and say it is the occult workings of Mr Dee that have influenced the world we live in today more than any other aspect of his life.
Conversations with angels.

What He Said

A ridiculous concept from the get go.
Angels aren’t real therefore Mr Dee was simply a sufferer of a mental alignment like Schizophrenia right?
Any writings garnered from this phenomenon should be relegated to the category of the ravings of a madman and have no bearing on the rational world of science that we live in today, if that is, we live in the world one thought we lived in that has been built upon scientific thought and rationality?
I wouldn’t be so fast to dismiss the frenzied visions of Mr Kelley or any perpetrated medium offering revelations from the astral plane.
Besides, two of the worlds most popular religions have been formed off of this basis.
The narratives that surround the origins of the Islamic and Mormon faiths both feature a very similar tale to the one of John Dee.
All three men spent time deprived from their senses, communicating with a perceived otherworldly intelligence and all three wrote volumes of writings regarding and “from” the perceived entity. Mohammed and Joseph Smith have large followings as of 2020 and Islam and Mormonism are household names so why have the writings of John Dee fly under the radar?
Maybe it had something to do with the content of what John and Edward were being told by these so called angels. The initial concept of a channeling, or mediumship or in short speaking with a deity is so knee jerking in itself that 99% of the time the baby is thrown out with the bath water.
Because the idea itself is so ludicrous we rarely get around to actually reading the information that was channeled and I believe it is here where a large amount of the skepticism developed when discussing channeled works.
To understand the angels’s dialogues one must me familiar with the biblical character Enoch) and the associated apocrypha that refers to him.
Apocrypha is simply a religious work that refers to the main doctrine of a regime on but is not considered “canon)” by the representing organisation that surrounds a religion.
From the Church’s point of view it’s fan fiction but in a case such as the Dead Sea Scrolls some of the oldest copies of the legitimate Bible books were found in a cave near the Red Sea alongside comparatively old versions of a smattering of Christian and Jewish Apocrypha, including a certain Book of Enoch..
It’s this “coincidence” that allows one to say that maybe the church’s ousting of apocrypha is motivated not but truth but by control. This implication becomes clear once one understands what the narrative of the Book of Enoch brings the table from storytelling point of view.
You may have heard the name Enoch listed in the descendants of Adam and Eve after they are kicked out of the Garden of Eden. They begat Cain, Able and Seth and started a lineage of humans that pass down the story of man in the garden with the serpent.
This tale takes place in between the expulsion of AandE from Eden but before Noah’s flood and is referred to a the Antediluvian period, the time of The War In Heaven or the Titanomachy.
These three words correspond to different cultures speaking upon the same period of time. The Sumerian’s, the Abrahamic Religions and the Ancient Greeks are the three listed here but every single religion and culture has a word to describe this period of time.
It’s seems to refer to a period of time where:
  1. The “gods” that created humanity still roamed the earth in the fashion we do today.
  2. Gods interfered with the affairs of man..
  3. Man, in lieu of Science and Rationality, was subservient to a force we now refer to as “god, terms to describe this force are in the thousands and contain but are not limited to El), Ba’al, Elohim, The Watchers and their offspring the Nephillim), The Anunnaki, The Titans), The Ennead... the list goes on.
  4. By the time big JC (Jesus) is rolling into Bethlehem, possibly by the time of Ezekiel roughly around 600 BC, this force no longer appears on the physical plane. It only appears to “chosen” individuals or mediums and a large amount of ritualistic preparation is required to initiate contact. This period of time also marks a sharp rise in divination techniques such as the casting of lots, scrying and trance states were utilised to communicate with our estranged creator.
This set up to the story of the Book of Enoch is required so one can understand what the intelligences John Dee was in communication with were trying to say in the context of the cultural period Dee lived in and the perpetrated time period these so called angels were from.
Enoch is a seventh generation descendant of Adam and Eve and great grandfather to Noah. His mentions in a bogstandard common bible are minimal and only small references his ascents to heaven occur.
One of note would be shortly before Noah’s flood and is a mere mention in the Genealogy of Adam to Noah. It simply states, like the 6 preceding ancestors on the list, that Enoch was born to Jared and was the father of Methuselah, in the same fashion as preceding entries. Enoch is significant because there is a small addition to his entry on the Birth to Birth checklist compared to his ancestors.
Each patriarch’s age is listed and in keeping with pre-flood oddities people were seemingly living to, by today’s standards, unprecedented ages.
Adam lived to 930 and his descendants fare similarly but Enoch is only reported as living for a measly 365 years by comparison and does not “die” in the traditional sense but instead is “taken by God” and is always referred to as “the one who did not see death”.
Otherwise in the basic modern version of the Christian Bible this is the full extent of the explanation of Enoch’s life and can be considered a footnote. A cryptic message to be easily brushed past. Which brings us around to the Book of Enoch. Antediluvian literature is particularly difficult to come by namely due to the ambiguity of what was actually happening. Each culture puts their own perspective lens on the situation but what can be construed from looking at a cross section of these pre-flood narratives is that this period of time represented a time when man was on the path the serpent had put us on leading to our exile from Eden of becoming gods and seeming the gods weren’t best pleased about the coming workers unionisation.
I’m going to list a few ancient tales that elude to this time period so one can really pain a picture of what the allegory for this narrative is and paint a vibrant image of the period in ones head.
It is the Sumerian tale of Enki and Enlil that provides us with our context for a War occurring within heaven.
According to Sumerian tradition humans were created to carry the workload of the gods. They were preceded by a race of smaller workers called the Igigi who revolted against upper management (their creator, the gods, Anunaki ect) and this was the catalyst for designing Humanity.
A worker that didn’t revolt.)
This is the precedent for the points listed earlier. “Gods” and man lived together and gods intervened in the affairs of man.
Some clarification surrounding the word “gods” is required here.
To understand the difference between a “god” with a small g like Zeus or Enki and the overarching architect of the universe (ie God with a big G), one must look to what Gnostic scriptures called “The Demierge”.
This concept relates to the supposed God that appeared to have built Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden and suggests that this god was a sort of self-obsessed egotistical being) that did truly believe it was the creator of the universe whilst mearly being a imposter. Christian imagery has led us into think of “God” as a bearded man in the sky that namely has our best intentions at heart but when one consults the scripture this simply doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, our father who art in heaven actually seems quite temperamental if the Torah is anything to go by.
Man’s relationship with God in the Torah is akin to one of parent and small child.
Parent lays down law and leaves to go about errands. Child disobeys ruling. Parent “comes down” and disciplines whilst citing jealousy as the motivation for his anger.
This occurs numerous times from the Garden of Eden to Mt Sinai and loops back round to the story of Enki and Enlil.
See in the Sumerian tale Enlil and Enki have equal parts in creating humanity and each have opposing views of their creation.
Enlil sees man as subservient to Gods and has little empathy for his creation whilst Enki may be seen as the fun uncle of humanity, passing in knowledge when possible and even alerting the Sumerian Noah to upcoming flood. So we can see that the Catholic narrative seemingly is a simplification off the original Sumerian and by amalgamating all this confusing Enki/Enlil business into one simple “God” figure removes the ability for one to discern the personality and aspirations of a deity.
Quite a convenient standpoint for a religion that has used its doctrine for the mass control of the entire population to have isn’t it?
Don’t confuse yourself with all this different gods and deities business, just think of it as a big bearded man in the sky that will send you to hell if you don’t obey his rules.
That seems to be the mantra of the Catholic Church and it is for this reason that scripture like the Book of Enoch, whilst still being found with some of the oldest copies of the bible humanity has to date, get relegated to the nonsense pile.
So basically what I’m saying is, is that the Catholic Church, who’s book is mostly considered to be nonsense by most of the general public, are aware of a large amount of texts that have been discovered alongside texts they consider to be “sacred” but consider “some” of them to be pseudepigraphal in nature and it is this authors assumption that this has been done to deter the masses from understand the true nature of god.
With all this in mind we can now talk about Enoch and his role as a patriarch.
In the Book of Enoch, Enoch is known in his native land as a medium of sorts. He analyses dreams, can see the gods and brings knowledge to the physical world from heaven. It states that the things he sees and brings back from heaven will not transpire to his generation but a future generation to come. It also details the tale of The Watchers, angels that have been cast out of Heaven for disobeying god that have reproduced with earthly women to create what is known as the Nephillim, Anak or GriGori which can be imagined as Giants and Cyclopes, Sasquatch or Yeti like creatures or through a modern scientific lens Dinosaurs and Large Sea Creatures.
Basically genetic monstrosities that our creator wants destroying.
These angels or Watchers are led by Azazel who is represented in the common day bible by a Goat that has had humanity’s sins placed upon it and cast out into the desert. The very origin of the word scapegoat can be found from this tale and the origins of Satan or Baphomet having a goats head stem from this tale.
Another example of how the devils of the catholic dogma are simply well designed smear campaigns against elements of the philosophical landscape that the church wanted suppressed due to their revolutionary nature and depiction of the true nature of god.
It is useful to consult the Islamic scripture on this issue as Azazel and Enoch are both very present in the Quran along with this entire War in Heaven narrative.
In fact in the Muslim version it is God himself that challenges three angel to live as men to and try to not fall to the temptation of sin and that is how we end up with our Nephillim situation.
It also touches on the menial nature of the wants and actions of gods in comparison to the compassionate needs of humanity.
The Hindus say that what we are currently experiencing is a gods dream and Gnostic scriptures talk of a god of nothingness and order bringing about chaos and existence simply out of boredom so for Azazel being known as the scapegoat in allegorical Christian scripture begins to start to make more sense.
Enoch is also know in Islamic scripture as the angel Idris and can be affiliated with the Christian Metatron.
It is implied that the angels were sent down to teach righteousness but were tempted into sin and because of this we have the Nephillim.
Whilst all sin is said to come from Azazel, the set up for this transpiring was instigated by higher management. Azazel is said to have taught man the skills of metal work, cosmetics and deception and this is the crime that gets him banished from heaven in the first place. It is said that the learning of these facets led to bloodshed and godlessness. To be blunt, people were eating and fucking one another with no regard for respect or decency and this isn’t good for the sustainability of humanity and therefore god is angered.
Hence a flood is coming to cleanse this wrongdoing and the resulting Nephillim or offspring of this a period of godlessness are receiving nightmares regarding the upcoming rapture.
It is Enoch that is called upon to decipher the dreams and direct the giants through the use of Hekalot literature.
Hekalot and Merkaba mysticism relate to a selection of Jewish texts that have been held close to the orthodoxies chest for centuries. Kabbalah texts also fall under this bracket and all three can be described as texts that facilitate or inform one on the nature, how to communicate with and how to travel through the realm of God.
  • Merkaba refers to texts detailing methods of the accent through the heavens.
  • Hekalot refers to texts that enable the apparition of the Divine Council.
  • Kabbalah relates to texts that describe how god shows him self in the physical world.
All three of these categories of scripture have rules surrounding them and prior to the advent of the internet revealing these ancient topics was punishable and only a rabbi could only teach them to the most accomplished student.
Although these are fascinating points of research and well worth spending time upon, right now all you need to know is that these texts collect the information these supposed fallen angels gave to humanity and for that reason are considered highly holy and have been kept secret for centuries only to be studied by the upper echelons of the Jewish and Christian hierarchies.
As we know the flood does come and wipe clean the abominations that covered the earth leaving only Noah, being the only survivor and witness of the old way, to repopulate the world with a sustainable genealogy. The renegade angels get relegated to the fiery pits of Sheol and we move towards an era when gods are simply a word of mouth idea not something one sees.
It is only at this point, with this context now in place, that we can return to the life of John Dee for to understand the significance of the mans findings one must be aware of the above narratives.
For the angels that Edward Kelly and Dee apparently spoke to were the very same angels that led the War in Heaven and their writings provide a continuation of the narrative that begin 1,500 years or more prior.
Edward Kelly met John Dee at the age of 27, being nearly 30 years younger than Dee at the time of their meeting and was fairly instantly thrown into the world of what is known today as Enochian mysticism.
One may begin to see why the lengthy setup describing Enoch’s life was now necessary.
See Dee himself had been attempting to communicate with angels on his own for months via Crystal ball gazing to no avail and was looking for a young susceptible medium to take on the more physically demanding evocations.
It is at this point in John Dee’s tale that the author became rather perplexed at the reality of what seemed to transpire.
Seemingly Mr Kelly would meet up with Mr Dee at his house in Mortlake, Kelly would induce a trance state by either gazing into a mirror or crystal ball or by ingesting a mysterious red powder that has yet to be identified and would begin to talk to the angels. Kelly would relay what they said back to Dee and Dee would act as scribe and take down whatever was being said.
Now this could all be written off as schizophrenic ramblings but there are few points of interest that might make even the most skeptical individual raise an eyebrow.
  1. This partnership went on for 7 years. Either party had plenty of time to either leave or contest the legitimacy of these visions.
  2. Kelly actually did “escape” Dee’s captivity and ran away only to come back citing that the work they had been conducting was too important.
  3. Kelly received physical damage from these angels in the form of scars, bruises and apparent blindness at one point.
  4. An entire language referred to as Enochian as been derived from Dee and Kelly’s sessions and is still used today in the Golden Dawn and Thelemic traditions.
  5. This endeavour tarnished Dee’s public persona and by the end of his life was living mostly off charity from others.
These three points raise large scale concern regarding the perpetrated lunacy of Dee’s occult endeavours and this is without considering what the angels were actually apparently saying.
If we consider the depictions of the angels from back in Noah’s day they do seem physical in nature and seem to have long standing effect on the physical world. Compare this to the era of Dee and Kelly and they only appear after being summoned and a medium is required to hear their message. Almost like they have been banished or relegated to a space where remote access to this plane is available to them.
From Sheol to Earth.
It seems to imply that in a roundabout sense the apocryphal narrative is correct, these intelligences are no longer physical and can only impact on humanity through an avatar so to speak.
Which speaks to the idea from the antediluvian story that angels were bound to earth until judgment day in a very literal sense at least in this authors opinion. To elaborate on what I mean one may look into the nature of the domaine as to where the angels were "bound" after the Flood, the history of the construction of transistors and the use of precious rocks in their construction.
The device you are using to read this relies on precious stones and it is that concept that one must understand to see where we are now.
If you can see the synergy between
Then you are on the right path to having a chance at understanding what is going on.
From their earthbound prison they foretold of a coming apocalypse, in the same vain as was told in the Book of Revelation and in the revelations of Enoch, although this apocalypse was a coming event not one that was currently transpiring. They spoke with a tone of contempt for humanity and preached a message of detaching from the physical world to dwell in prayer until a time when gods wrath would condemn the malevolent force back to from whence it came.
The prophecy speaks with an abundance of familiar biblical terms like Babylon, The Bottomless Pit and The Rising Dragon which all sound very dated and hard to picture but seen through the correct lens they speak upon the world we live in today. Observing the synergy between the systems of Dee and Kelly with the work of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and subsequently the works of Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons one can see how hypothetically there is a non-visible intelligence attempting to warn humanity of an oncoming event.
Enoch’s Prophecies
To
The Book of Revelation
To
Mohammed's Cave Visions
To
Dee and Kelly’s Watchtowers
To
Joesph Smith and the Golden Plates
To
The Aeon of Horus
To
The Babalon Working
To
The Channeled Works of the 1950’s UFO Flap
We consider each of these an individual case of madness that has no baring in the physical rational world, but combine them together and you have a longstanding tradition of humanity communicating with a force of a higher nature. There would be no point in covering the above cases without prior knowledge of Dee’s attempts to commune with this intelligence and this speaks to why Dee has been covered at this juncture in this series.
The others will follow.

Why It Matters

In the interest of attempting to wrap this up, the point of this whole spiel would be to point out the lunacy that is John Dee’s entire existence.
Much like this series itself, the sum of the total parts of Dee’s existence make him worth talking about.
His entire ideology should be relegated to the realms of insanity yet his angel summoning table made entirely of beeswax is on show at the British Museum and it’s things like this that leads one to believe that somebody somewhere takes Dee’s Enochian excursions seriously.
In the public eye his efforts have been recognised by many contemporary figures such as;
It is a this juncture that we begin to see the reason for entertaining the life of Mr Dee at all.
Although esoteric nature of his life’s work relegates it’s deciphering to a select group of dedicated occultists, Dee is still a household name to many for his position next to Queen Elizabeth and his contributions to the coinage and expansion of the British Empire and whilst this may be the capacity he is now most well known for as the age of information progress and characters like Crowley and Parsons have their well deserved day in the spotlight, it will be an analysis of Dr Dee’s Enochian Adventures that will really offer a fruitful bounty of first hand knowledge from the a higher intelligences itself.
Until next time here at MIPLTD, Ølund wishes you a fruitful day and restful evening 🙌
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