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2020.10.01 07:21 amyranthlovely Japan Travel, COVID-19, And You: Guidelines On Travel & Pandemic News Update Thread - October 2020

October 2020 - Japan continues to be closed to International Tourism at this time, with no indication that the restrictions will relax before the end of 2020. Japan's borders are only re-opened to Foreign Residents of Japan, Japanese Nationals and individuals with special exemptions. In regards to Tourism, please wait until official Government announcements are made and protocol established before booking or rebooking any flights, hotels, or other forms of entertainment for any future trips.

If you are seeking information on re-entry as a Visa Holder, or information on how to renew your Tourist Visa while still in Japan, please check /japanlife for more information.
Note that this is the final Megathread on this topic for that sub, and further questions should be directed to your Embassy Of Japan in the country your passport originates in.
One user, esse11e has graciously provided an excellent writeup on their step-by-step re-entry process recently at Narita Airport with the new allowances in place for returning foreign residents.
Travel Restrictions Arriving In Japan for transit to another country are noted here on the MOFA Website. Transit through Japan is ONLY possible through Narita Airport or Haneda Airport and you cannot depart either airport without facing quarantine measures, unless you take a cab from one airport to the other - this is a cost of up to $400.00 USD for a one-way trip. If you have booked your trip already, or are flying on a rebooked ticket, please speak to your airline right away if you have any further concerns.
If you are seeking information on your Work/School related entry, please go to /movingtojapan's Megathread.
A backup of the original thread with minor changes is found in our FAQ. Please check here for the original post from when this situation began, and here for the most recent thread from this event.

CONFIRMED CASES UPDATE: 10/01

As of this writing, Japan has 84,414 confirmed cases, 1,588 people have died.
NHK News Japan has a graph of existing cases in Japan by prefecture here. This breakdown is provided by NHK Japan, and this information is culled from the Ministry of Heath in Japan.
NHK World, the english subsidiary, provides further information and a link to the toll-free information lines for tourists in Japan, as well as daily updates to total infections and deaths.
The Japan Times has a Covid-19 Live Thread that is updated daily with relevant information and articles, as well as links in the side bar for commonly asked, or important information.
The Johns Hopkins CSSE map is another source for confirmation of cases in Japan and worldwide. This map shows breakdown by location in Japan specifically.

TOURISM NEWS UPDATES

10/01 - From NHK News - 'Go To Eat' Dining-Out Campaign Kicks Off. Through the program, diners can earn points when they make reservations at restaurants through booking websites. Fifteen booking websites, including Gurunavi and Tabelog, have been designated for the program.

MONTHLY SUMMARY

September 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 84,414 - Deaths - 1,588
September was a smattering of news regarding tourism, as places like Okinawa began to ease a State Of Emergency due to a surge in local cases. The IOC began to edge towards the idea of easing virus restrictions for athletes that would compete in the 2021 Olympics, and the WHO admitted a vaccine that was tested and proven safe would be unlikely until mid-2021. The IOC did confirm their resolve that the 2021 Games would happen, with or without Covid-19, and by the end of September, they began the task of cutting costs intended to simplify the Games in order to have measures in place to counter the pandemic concerns from the international community.
August 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 68,200 - Deaths - 1,285
As we made our way into August concern about Obon in Japan began to rise, as infections in Tokyo especially began to increase. Tokyo's Governor began asking residents to refrain from traditional travel to hometowns, and to stay home as much as possible to curb the spread. Meanwhile, the Government worked on plans to convene an expert panel to shore up defense against the virus. Full-fledged antigen testing started at Narita, in preparation for re-opening the borders to business entry, and allowance of residents to return home. This test is saliva based, allowing a faster return time on results, but all new arrivals to Japan are still required to comply with a 14 day quarantine - many in hotels before they can return to their proper residences. Late August confirmed what many had feared - Japan was enduring a second wave of the outbreak of COVID-19. Tateda Kazuhiro of Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases said, "We are now in the midst of a second wave. People may think coronavirus infections have peaked out, both in Tokyo and nationwide. But we need to closely monitor the situation for whether a resurgence is underway." Tateda said the situation may be worse now than a few months back. The Japanese Government finally announced that re-entry for Residents of Japan with certain statuses would be allowed as of September 1st. Detailed on the MOFA website, this opens up the borders for Foreign Residents who have status for re-entry - namely “Permanent Resident”,”Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” and “Long Term Resident” (including the spouse of a Japanese national or Japanese child who does not have these statuses of residence; the same applies hereinafter) - and those who have special exceptional circumstances as noted by the Embassy of their home country. As the month wound down, Japan Airlines revealed a new check-in machine for Arrivals to Japan, Two machines will be tested until September 15. After this, Japan Airlines will decide whether to go ahead with a full-scale roll out of the machines based on passengers' reactions. All Nippon Airways has allowed passengers traveling with infants, and those transferring from international flights, to complete domestic check-in online. Until recently, the company had requested that such passengers stop by the check-in counter.
July 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 35,521 - Deaths - 1,020
As July started, Tokyo confirmed another 67 cases and the Government began to prepare for a possible surge in infections citywide. While the IOC continued to state that the decision to hold off on the Olympics in 2021 can wait until later, Japan began to look to reopening the borders to specific people, as certain citizens are already allowed to begin travel to Japan for business and work purposes. Major airports began to set up PCR test centers to help restore Int'l travel but cases began to rise again in the city and around the country. Coronavirus cases exceeded 30,000 in late July, and the Governor of Tokyo is exploring the possibility of calling another State of Emergency for the city in August. Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki is expected to also declare a state of emergency after the prefecture reported 72 new cases, posting a record for five straight days, according to the Okinawa Times.
June 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 18,631 - Deaths - 972
In early June, Tokyo began the move to Step 2 of the recovery plan after the previous SOE was lifted, but faced a spike in infections shortly thereafter. They also added another 18 countries to the Ban Entry list, and confirmed suspiciouns that the IOC would require the Olympics to be held in 2021 - or not at all. The IOC says they will have a plan finalized for the 2021 Olympics in September 2020. Mid-month, the Japanese government revealed it was beginning a plan to allow up to 250 businesspeople into the country each day from areas like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. Cancellations continued with the announcement that the Formula 1 race held in Japan would be cancelled this year, but reopenings were also declared at Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disney Parks. Businesspeople from Vietnam became the first to be allowed into the country after a long closure to flights due to the virus. At the end of the month, Japan declared the border closure to continue into July, and added another 18 nations to the entry ban.
May 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 16,759 - Deaths - 882
The State of Emergency that began in April was extended in May due to the strain presented on the medical system, even though daily infections were seeing a downturn. A mere 10 days later, it was revealed the SOE would be lifted in 39 prefectures, but remain in places like Tokyo, Hokkaido and Osaka to further alleviate concerns with the health care system. 12 more countries were added to the Travel Ban list in the meantime. The SOE was later lifted for the areas still covered, such as Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido after consultation with the COVID-19 panel. It was also revealed that if the Tokyo Olympics could not go on in 2021 due to COVID-19 spread, they would be cancelled outright, although the IOC advised they are doing their best to plan for as many possible outcomes as they could. Kitakyushu, newly reopened, began to see a rise in the spread of infections and immediately began closing attractions to curb the spread. The current round of closures is expected to last until at least June 18th. Finally, after widespread confusion, Japan quelled rumours it would pay for half of tourists' expenses as a poorly sourced article had indicated. This article was clarified in english to state that the credit would only apply to local, domestic tourism within the country - and as there is no indication the borders will reopen any time soon it is prudent to advise this will not apply to International tourists at all. As new cases begin to surface again in Tokyo, the Minister in charge of the virus response says there are no plans in place to revive the State Of Emergency for Tokyo or Kitakyushu.
April 2020 Summary - Confirmed Cases - 14,119 - Deaths - 435
With the virus increasing in spread Japan began increasing travel restrictions into the country on April 3rd, including Canada, the UK, Greece and most of Europe. As travel restrictions increased and flights were getting scarce, foreigners were given an automatic Visa Renewal of 3 months, no application necessary. A State of Emergency was declared, initially for only 7 prefectures, but it was then shifted nationwide on April 16th further restricting movement to, from, and within the country. On April 29th, Japan added 14 more countries to the ban list, barring citizens or those who had traveled to many parts of Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
March 2020 Summary
The reality of the pandemic spread began to set in worldwide and countries began issuing Travel Advisories to their citizens and urging them to return home immediately. 14 day quarantine on arrival for some countries was requested by officials, and towards the end of the month, Japan posted travel bans for citizens from China, Korea, the USA and parts of Europe that were already seeing a large increase in the spread of the virus. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed officially, with a re-start date of July 23rd, 2021 being selected. Trains in Japan began to set slower schedules, due to the lack of tourists and locals traveling in order to curb the spread of the virus.
January 2020 Summary
01/31 - The NHK has published an article reporting that JNTO has a phone number to call should tourists currently in Japan require assistance. The Japan National Tourism Organization is offering phone consultation services for foreign tourists who are concerned about the new strain of coronavirus. The Japan Visitor Hotline offers 24-hour services in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. The hotline can refer callers who may be infected with the virus to the nearest medical institution. It also provides information on measures to prevent infection such as hand washing and gargling. The organization encourages foreign tourists to call if they have any concerns. The hotline number is 050-3816-2787. Calling from Overseas? Use: +81-50-3816-2787
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2020.09.29 20:29 BlancheFromage Today's Conspiracy Theory!! 2030!!

So you know how the next "significant" milestone the SGI has to look forward to is May 3, 2030.
May 3 - because Toda and Ikeda
2030 - because of Ikeda's deciding when the Soka Gakkai's forerunner organization, Soka Kyoiku Gakkai, an educators' group formed by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, was founded in order to make his "Seven Bells" numbers end on the right year (1979). The Soka Kyoiku Gakkai held its initial meeting in 1937 so shouldn't that be the founding date?
So "2030" is a meaningless, manufactured "anniversary" to get the culty sheeple ginned up toward. What are their assigned goals going to be? My guesses:
Anything else?
Oh, wait - almost forgot about the Conspiracy Theory! There's one for the year 2030 - not lying!
Where's it coming from? Another ultraconservative, fascist secret society. The infamous and notorious Club of Rome that Ikeda bought his way into.
Here's your background:
Ikeda is an honorary member of the Club of Rome, right from their website The founding of the Club of Rome by Rockefeller in Bellagio, Italy Some more unraveling of the Club of Rome - take a look at the line up The Club of Rome has indicated that genocide should be used to eliminate people who they refer to as "useless eaters." The War Against Population - NSA and Club of Rome Yes, we live in a dirty world with the dirty elites running it - more on The Club of Rome
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome held Oct. 17–18, 2018, read at the annual general assembly on October 16, 2018.
This year marks the 110th birth anniversary of Dr. [Aurelio] Peccei, the Club’s co-founder. The memory of our encounters is indelibly etched in my heart and mind. Like a warm and trusting father, he shared with me—frankly and passionately—his most deeply held beliefs and insights. The impression that he made, and my sense of gratitude, will remain with me always.
blah blah blah
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I would like to close this message of felicitation voicing my vow to continue to support the work of the Club of Rome by working with the world’s youth based on a sense of shared responsibility for the human future. - Message to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome
Before It Is Too Late (hardcover) by Aurelio Peccei and Daisaku Ikeda..........Price: $32.50 M/O#: 1104
Aurelio Peccei is the late Westernewartime resistance fighter, industrialist, and founder of the first think tanks to severely assess humanity's chances for survival. SGI President Ikeda and Mr. Peccei present their views alternately as individual statements and dialogues on the complex web of natural and human-made problems threatening the habitability of the planet Earth. Source
When I was a member I read "Before Its Too Late," written by both Ikeda and Aurelio Peccei, founder and first president of Club of Rome. I used to think the CoR was a great organization because Ikeda was in it and praised it! That's what goes on in members' minds, if the SGI or Ikeda is associated with something, it must be good, instead of investigating a person or organization based on its own merits.
What is unfortunate about SGI members is their lack critical thinking, as I lacked. Over the years being away from SGI I have made conscious efforts to apply logic to any situation, ask questions: who, what, where, when, and why. Those under mind control (as I was) do not ask these questions -- blind faith, denial, even where there is evidence that proves otherwise. When I discovered what a rotten organization the CoR is, I was horrified to think I indirectly supported it because of my involvement with the SGI.
The hypocrisy of Ikeda and the SGI is stunning -- they use the good principles of Buddhism for evil purpose. What happened to the "sanctity of life"? How does that fit in with the belief depopulation is good for the planet? We know the SGI is a cult, but I question: is the SGI a death cult? Or perhaps all cults are death cults? Just look to the cults of Jim Jones and Heavens Gate, for example; the members involved in those cults ended up dead.
You hit the target that mind-control blinds all of them. So true. Source
Now here's Club of Rome's position - the sanitized version:
Four decades ago, the Club of Rome predicted looming economic collapse in its iconic report The Limits to Growth. An update of the analysis sees much the same picture.
On the eve of one of the twentieth century’s most notable economic shocks — the 1973 oil crisis — an influential group of researchers released a now-iconic report entitled The Limits to Growth.
The work, which received wide attention and proved controversial, painted a bleak picture of humanity’s future. Left unchecked, it said, economic and population growth would deplete the planet’s resources and cause economic collapse around 2070.
More than four decades later, the report’s main conclusions are still valid, according to a group of independent researchers who have updated the work using more-sophisticated analytical tools. Like the 1972 report, the latest work was commissioned by the Club of Rome, a group of liberal scientists, economists and industrialists that was founded in 1968.
Whoever's paying gets to dictate the conclusion.
The update, released on 17 October in Rome for the club’s 50th anniversary, makes for a sobering read. Although its conclusions are not quite as drastic as those of the original report, it says that humanity finds itself in something of a catch-22.
Business-as-usual or accelerated economic growth will mean that the world will not be able to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) — a suite of social, environmental and prosperity targets for 2030 — the authors conclude. And even if governments were to substantially strengthen what the authors call “conventional” policies to meet social goals such as the eradication of poverty and hunger, and achieving quality education for all, they would be in danger of missing environmental goals.
“It is quite disturbing to see that we’re still facing the same dilemma the Club of Rome described almost 50 years ago,” says Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at the University of Leeds, UK.
Conventional policies won’t do
"Everybody's just gotta CHANT!"
The original report was a quantitative analysis based on a computer model that calculated likely future outcomes for the world’s economy. Criticism focused mainly on the authors’ assumptions about how long natural resources would last.
Some economists called the book’s pessimistic conclusions “irresponsible nonsense
Did someone say "SGI"??
while others criticized the validity of the model — World3, a dynamic economic model developed by US economist Dennis Meadow, co-author of the book — that the authors had used to predict energy consumption, pollution and population growth.
The latest version of the report was compiled by researchers with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. They used an Earth-system model that combines socio-economic and biophysical variables, alongside a wealth of historical and new socio-economic data, to draw up their conclusions.
This model’s elements interact with the passage of time, and it is much more robust than World3, says Steinberger.
The researchers found that the world is currently on track to meet only 10 of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Efforts to satisfy social SDGs with conventional policy tools will come at the price of unsustainable or wasteful use of natural resources such as water, land and energy. Hence, environmental goals, including stabilizing climate, reducing pollution and maintaining biodiversity, could fall by the wayside, they say.
To prevent human civilization from more environmental damage than it might be able to endure, the authors call on world leaders to consider policies that they deem unconventional.
Novel: Scientists FORCED to chant NMRK...FOR SCIENCE!!! Or "Why faith-based books should be BANNED!"
Only more extreme economic and behavioural changes will allow the world to achieve all 17 SDGs together, the authors say.
These policies might include rapid phase-out of fossil fuels , greater use of family planning to stabilize populations, and actively encouraging the reduction of wealth inequality so that the richest 10% of people take no more than 40% or so of income.
The report is a vindication of the Club of Rome’s initial world view and a welcome alternative to mainstream economics’ focus on growth and equilibrium, says Steinberger.
“Most of The Limits to Growth’s original conclusions still hold true,” said Johan Rockström, a sustainability researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a co-author of the report, at its release. “This is scientifically satisfactory, but for societies it’s not.”
Club of Rome has a skeptical take on the future
Forty years ago, the Club of Rome released "The limits of growth." Now, it has released another look into the future. But how accurate are such predictions?
This points to an old dilemma: Is a prognosis a neutral scientific statement or is it a call to action? Ossip Flechtheim, one of the fathers of modern future studies already in the 1950s described his field as a synthesis of ideology and utopia not in line with a traditional concept of science.
"A synthesis of ideology and utopia not in line with a traditional concept of science"?? How better to describe Ikeda's "grand vision"??
What do they want to do? Depopulate the world!
What's SGI's vision of its utopia? When 1/3 of the population is converted. That number will do nicely as a target population for the whole world! The rest can just be erased!
Where does THIS fit into the Club of Rome 2030 conspiracy theory? For such an important question, we of course must consult the ConspiracyWiki!
In the August, 1980 edition of Fusion magazine, Howard Odum, a marine biologist at the University of Florida, who was a member of the Club of Rome, was quoted, saying: “It’s necessary that the U.S. cut its population by 2/3 within the next 50 years.” He did not mention how this should be accomplished. Source
"Within the next 50 years" - given a start date of 1980, what's the end date? 2030!
And if the US cuts its population by 2/3, what's left? 1/3!
Throughout the world, the Club of Rome has said that genocide should be used to eliminate people who they refer to as “useless eaters.“
Oh dear!
U.S. Association of the Club of Rome
In 1976, the U.S. Association of the Club of Rome (USACOR) was created, its purpose is to shut down the U.S. economy gradually. Henry Kissinger was then, and still is, an high ranked member in the service of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, a member of the Club of Rome and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kissinger met with Ikeda, you know O_O. In 1975 - well after the Club of Rome had been created. The US Association of the Club of Rome did not emerge fully formed from Zeus' forehead as Athena, Goddess of War, supposedly did; by 1975, everybody involved was fully informed about what was going on.
Backtracking a bit:
The Club of Rome was created in 1968 by the Morgenthau Group, its original purpose was to create a New World Order by the year 2000.
Welp, missed that target!
The Club of Rome has an hidden agenda to divide the entire world into ten regions or kingdoms.
This gets interesting - bear with me. Here's the map. Notice something peculiar? JAPAN, which is all of about 10 square miles and 100 million people out of the world's >7 billion, gets to be its OWN "kingdom"! Not even the world power USA gets to be its OWN "kingdom"! So what's up with Japan's obviously "special" status?
Here's the list of the "Ten Kingdoms":
Imagine, the all-powerful USA having to share a "kingdom" with Canada and Mexico!. Notice how the "Kingdom" of "Western Europe" pretty much fits the outlines of the EU.
Can't talk about the European Union without talking about Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi:
Ikeda not only linked to Club of Rome, but met up with and praised the starter of the EU, Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi
We've been talking about Kalergi a bit - notice that he's got his OWN conspiracy theory, the Kalergi Plan aka "the Coudenhove-Kalergi Conspiracy" - far right, anti-semitic, white nationalist, etc. It's the kind of ethnically-superior, nationalistic rhetoric Ikeda would definitely get behind.
Richard von Coudenhove-Kalerghad his own idea for how the world's nations should be grouped - into five "superstates" (map from the 1920s). It pretty much keeps the British Empire intact; lumps Mexico, Central America, and South America in with the USA; sticks Japan in with China (serves them right); keeps the borders of the Soviet Union; and divvies up Africa among the continental Western European colonial powers (France, Belgium, Portugal, Amsterdam, whoever else), which are all lumped together. Can't we all just get along??
Coudenhove-Kalergi cuts quite an intriguing figure. Not only is he the one who proposed Beethoven's Ode to Joy as Europe's anthem, he also served as inspiration for Victor Laszlo, the fictional resistance hero in Casablanca. Source
Et tu, "Dr. Beethoven"??
Kalergi's mother came from a wealthy Japanese family, you know.
In 1922, Coudenhove-Kalergi co-founded the Pan-European Union, together with Austrian Archduke Otto von Habsburg. A year later, he published the manifesto Pan-Europa, and in 1924 he founded an eponymous journal, which ran until 1938. In 1926, the first Congress of the Pan-European Union elected Coudenhove-Kalergi as its president, which he would remain until his death.
Notice how, as soon as he seized the presidency of the Soka Gakkai, Ikeda changed all the rules to make himself dictator for life as well. Perhaps Toda wasn't Ikeda's most influential role model...
Ikeda intended to take over Japan, elevate Japan to World Power status alongside the USA and the Soviet Union, export his own minions throughout the world and use them to take over entire countries on a grassroots basis. BOY that didn't work O_O
"Some day 20 or 30 per cent of the people in the United States will become members of Nichirens Shoshu and disciples of President Ikeda." World Tribune
I'll take the world. Japan is too small. The world is waiting for me. Firmly protect the future of Japan for me! Ikeda
"...while I daydream plot scheme make plans to rule the werld! Muahahahahahahaha!!
And the best way to take over the world would be to take ovecolonialize the world's top superpower, the United States! I've described how (and why) this was such an Ikeda kind of goal here. He'd install his firstborn son Hiromasa as viceroy President of the United States (see "remaking the rules", above), which was the consolation prize for the firstborn being passed over for Daddy's inheritance rights - those were to go to the second son who resembled Daddy more strongly (again here). Hurts to be the ugly sister... Source
Just an aside - a company in Rome (since we're on the subject) claims to be on the forefront of human cloning...
So NOW - finally - on to the rest of the "1/3 of the world's population" bit.
Under the “business as usual scenario,” world society proceeds in a traditional manner without major deviation from the policies pursued during most of the 20th century. In this scenario, society proceeds as long as possible without major policy change. Population rises to more than seven billion by 2030.
And humanity gets an "exceeded expectations" review on its 2011 performance review!
But a few decades into the 21st century, growth of the economy stops and reverses abruptly.
Hmmm...how could anyone cause that to happen?? O_o
blah blah industrial decline, which forces declines in the service and agricultural sectors. About the year 2030, population peaks and begins to decrease as the death rate is driven upward by lack of food and health services.
Today we review a study from Australia that compares the business as usual scenario to 2100 presented by the Club of Rome in its Limits to Growth book to the observed trends in population, resource depletion and pollution for the last 40 years.Results indicate a very close match and leads to a fear that the collapse that was indicated in the BAU scenario around 2030 may still take place, given the reluctance of many of the world’s largest resource consumers and polluters (China, USA, Russia, Brazil, Canada, etc) to replace carbon fuel with alternative fuels. Added to that is the very real concern that the transition to renewable energy, along with decreased population rates recommended by the Club of Rome may not be possible before the impending collapse.
I'm afraid that there are too many very rich and powerful people who have way too much invested in fossil fuels and the status quo to embrace and promote a change to renewable energy.
“As pollution mounts and industrial input into agriculture falls, food production per capita falls. Health and education services are cut back, and that combines to bring about a rise in the death rate from about 2020. Global population begins to fall from about 2030, by about half a billion people per decade. Living conditions fall to levels similar to the early 1900s.” Source
The population of the US will likely peak at about 300 million by 2030, before declining (UN 1998 Revision).
And the US population earns an "exceeded expectations" review on its 2006%20%2D%2D%20The%20United%20States,the%20U.S.%20Census%20Bureau%20estimates.) performance review!
And no shortage of related crazy!
It appears that this plan has been green-lighted by the elite, as recent MIT research validates the conclusions drawn by Limits to Growth at this crucial time when we see the world economy imploding, and a jack-booted green police ready to hit the streets. According to MIT, we are headed toward a guaranteed planet-wide economic collapse and "precipitous population decline" if we do not heed the words of The Club of Rome. Source
The sky is always falling - somewhere...
This worldview was encapsulated in a follow-up book to Limits to Growth, called The First Global Revolution, which 21 years later laments and chastises the failure of wider humanity to aggressively implement the Club's previous suggestions, while openly touting manipulation as a way toward global unity.
There are many key passages in this book that give a clear indication of the mindset leading us through the present into the future, but a particularly striking section comes when they discuss the "limits of democracy:"
Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything, and is unaware of its own limits.
In its present form democracy is not well suited for the tasks ahead.
We overlook (psychologically speaking, we deny) our ignorance and say we lack the political will. The crucial need is to revitalize democracy and give it a breadth of perspective that will enable it to cope with the evolving global situation. In other words, is this new world we find ourselves in governable? The answer is probably not with the existing structures and attitudes. Source
Notice how neatly these points line up with Ikeda's disdain for democracy?
"When democracy is put into practice by the unthinking masses, liberty will be misinterpreted as license; rights will be claimed while duties remain unfulfilled; and the loss of order will allow evil to become rampant." - Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda, page 176
Rather than having a great number of irresponsible men gather and noisily criticize, there are times when a single leader who thinks about the people from his heart, taking responsibility and acting decisively, saves the nation from danger and brings happiness to the people. Moreover, if the leader is trusted and supported by all the people, one may call this an excellent democracy. - Ikeda, quoted in The Sokagakkai and the Mass Model, p. 238.
Don't like democracy? Just make up some other governing structure and call that "democracy"! Or maybe "Buddhist democracy"!
But within Ikeda's worldview, the 1/3 of the world population that will consist of his followers will be the ones calling all the shots, running the whole show - the only ones who count:
Dear Leaders, We received a call from Sensei's secretariat informing that Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda are very concerned about the Chennai floods. Sensei has further asked that the following message be conveyed to the members in Chennai: "Please convey my heartfelt sympathy to the members in Chennai who are affected by the recent flood. Along with my wife, I am sending daimoku." With best regards, BSG Administration
Notice how Ikeda's sole concern is for his OWN cult faithful. Everybody else can go rot.
The purpose of shakubuku is actually to DOMINATE others - FOREVER! So they'll be your servants in future lifetimes! It's PURE SELFISHNESS!!
"ALL of us in the SGI are "old friends of life", "old friends across eternity", precious beyond measure and linked by bonds from the `beginningless' past. We have treasured this world of trust, friendship and fellowship. How sad and pitiful it is to betray and leave this beautiful realm! Those who abandon their faith travel on a course to tragic defeat in life. ... IN our organisation, there is no need to listen to the criticism of people who do not do gongyo and participate in activities for kosen-rufu. It is very foolish to be swayed at all by their words, which are nothing more then abuse, and do not deserve the slightest heed." - Daisaku Ikeda
"IGNORE everyone who isn't in OUR group."
SGI does NOT want dialogue
If you aren't going to talk with anyone outside of your group, what's the use of having them around at all?? It's YOUR fellow members who are going to be running everything, making all the important decisions, after all:
"If you stick with me, if you devote your life to following this teaching and helping to spread it, you'll experience things you never believed possible. Think of your friends, the ones who are giving you such a hard time about practicing. I bet you that ten years from now they'll be married, working at gas stations or in offices, raising a couple of kids, going to the movies on weekends. Stick with me, and in ten years you'll be the leader of five thousand people, perhaps ten thousand. In ten years you'll have abilities that will change the destiny of this planet. Ten years from now the organization will be unrecognizable, compared to what you see today. Right now we're in a phase of developing leaders for the future. Once that phase is completed, those leaders will be ready to take charge of important areas of society. We'll have senators, doctors, lawyers, and yes, writers, developed through the [SGI]. Of course I cant tell you exactly how long that will take; it won't be a sudden transformation, either. But within ten years, I think it's safe to say you won't see anything remotely resembling what you see today. ...you will be growing up into one of the leaders of this country." SGI leader from 1970
"When Kosenrufu is accomplished, (Kosenrufu is a Buddhist term. According to Ikeda's interpretation, it is a situation where most people have become faithful Soka Gakkai members), some of us will have gained influential positions in Japanese politics such as in the House of Councilors or the House of Representatives. They will usually have at least 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen in their wallet. They will wear nice clothes which will not be purchased in monthly installments but will be paid for in cash. Let's meet in the Diet Building or the Prince Hotel. We must place the Soka Gakkai members in all the key positions of Japanese government and society. Otherwise Kosenrufu will not be accomplished." - Ikeda, September 6th 1957, Seikyo Shimbun (SG's daily organ newspaper)
Clearly, "kosen-rufu" depends on seizing political power FIRST. THEN they can impose whatever they want on everybody else.
And notice how SGI intends to destroy all culture and replace it with SGI's OWN Ikeda-centered "culture".
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2020.09.29 19:15 knowbody_you_no22 Monday Night Trivia - Singles and Doubles

I hosted a trivia game last name that was meant to be played by individuals rather than teams. The scoring was standard until the final round, where people lost a point for each incorrect guess. I can't include the visual round here, so it will impossible for you to accurately compare scores, but the winning score was 33. Let me know what you think.
General Trivia Round #1:
  1. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, what 1984 English-language West German fantasy film was, at the time of its release, the most expensive film ever produced outside the United States or Soviet Union?
  2. What Union general, nicknamed the "Old Snapping Turtle", is best remembered for defeating Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg?
3. Not counting national monuments, national historical parks and the like, what is the only national park in the state of Idaho?
  1. Although she died in 2017 before making it to "Z", Sue Grafton did manage to publish 25 novels in her "Alphabet Series" featuring what former police officer turned private investigator?
  2. Taken from the shortened name of a famous English physicist, what is the 5-letter SI unit for electrical capacitance, that is, the ability of a body to store an electrical charge?
  3. Although Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain as measured relative to sea level, the summit of Chimborazo is the furthest from the Earth's center due to the planet's equatorial bulge. In what country is Chimborazo located?
  4. What territory became the 45th U.S. state on January 4, 1896?
  5. Muhammad Ali's fifth and final defeat of his career came on Dec. 11, 1981 to Jamaica's Trevor Berbick, after which he retired with a career record of 56-5. Other than Trevor Berbick, name 3 of the 4 boxers who also defeated "The Greatest". (1 point)
  6. Although the geology proved unsuitable for building to the originally planned height of one mile, a stalled construction project in what Arabian peninsular city on the Red Sea is still planned to be the first building to reach a height of 1 km, roughly 591 ft. taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa?
  7. What is the 2-word Latin term for a judicial proceeding where the opposing party has not received notice nor is present?

Mini-Themed Round #1
Three Questions on Microbiology
  1. What process in sexually-reproducing organisms is used to produce sperm or egg cells, accomplished through two rounds of cell division that result in four haploid cells with only one copy of each chromosome?
  2. Living cells get their fuel by converting sugars & acids to carbon dioxide & energy via what 8-step cycle named for a German biochemist?
  3. O negative is the universal donor, but what human blood type is the universal recipient?
Three Questions on U.S. Presidents
  1. What figure of the American Revolution eulogized George Washington as being, "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen"?
  2. What POTUS fathered the most children with 15, and is the earliest president to still have surviving grandchildren, through his son Lyon?
  3. After leaving the White House, what POTUS and his family were saved from a life of poverty when Mark Twain offered him a 70% royalty for his "Personal Memoirs"?
Four Questions on 90s Movies
  1. Sixteen years after gaining fame for a very different kind of movie, who directed the 1995 sequel "Babe: Pig in the City", named by Rolling Stone magazine as the 55th best film of the decade?
  2. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, what animated fantasy film, released in Japan in 1997 and the U.S. in 1999, tells the story of a prince named Ashitaka, and his involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources?
  3. Widely regarded as one of the best documentaries ever made, the 1994 film "Hoop Dreams" tracks the high school basketball careers of Arthur Agee and William Gates in what U.S. city?
  4. According to Cher Horowitz in "Clueless": "Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a _________ movie." What is the name of the actor and comedian who fills that blank?

General Trivia Round #2:
  1. The "Triple Crown of Hiking" in the United States consists of the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and what trail that runs from Glacier National Park in Montana to the Crazy Cook Monument at New Mexico's southern border?
  2. What porcelain figurines, which became popular after American soldiers started sending them home as gifts after World War II, are based on sketches by the Bavarian nun for which they are named?
  3. Although Psalms has the most chapters of any book in the Bible, it is only the third longest by word count. What Bible book, named for a major Old Testament prophet, is the longest at 33,002 words?
  4. After 43 years without ratifying a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution, two new amendments were completed in 1913. The first of these permitted Congress to levy a national income tax, but what did the latter amendment ratified that year concern?
  5. In the novel "Jane Eyre", what is the first name of the French girl for whom the title character is hired by Mr. Rochester to serve as governess?
  6. Although Hiram Revels became the first African-American U.S. Senator during Reconstruction, it wasn't until 1966 that what Massachusetts Attorney General became the first African-American senator elected by popular vote?
  7. With music, lyrics and book by Anais Mitchell, what musical based on a Greek myth led the 2019 Tony Awards with 14 nominations and 8 wins, including Best Musical?
8. Many famous celebrities, including Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe are buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. What trait is shared by the graves of George C. Scott, Frank Zappa, and Roy Orbison, who were all laid to rest there as well?
9. After Luciano Pavarotti popularized "Nessun Dorma" during the 1990 World Cup in Italy, he was joined by Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to perform it at the next three World Cup Finals in Los Angeles, Paris, and Yokohama, respectively. From what Puccini opera, set in China, is the aria taken?
  1. In economics, what term refers to a market in which a single buyer substantially controls the market as the major purchaser of goods and services offered by many would-be sellers? Fighter jets are one such example of this imperfect market condition, the name of which sounds very similar to its more well-known inverse.

Mini-Themed Round #2
Three Images of Famous Miniseries: Lonesome Dove, The Pacific, V
Three Images of "B"irds: bustard, boobie, barred owl
Four Images of Islands: Baffin Island, Sulawesi, Grenada, Rhodes

Jeopardy Round
1. What Middle Eastern country is led by the House of Al Thani, whose ancestors settled in the area around the 1720s?
  1. There are only four eons on the geologic time scale dating back to the Earth's formation approximately 4.6 billion years ago. Name any one of them.
3. Sister to fellow poets Robert and James Russell, what woman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1926? (First and last name required.)
  1. What businessman and politician became President of Mexico in 2000, thus becoming the first presidential candidate to defeat the Institutional Revolutionary Party since the election of Francisco Madero in 1910?
  2. In 1983 what Apple computer bearing a feminine name was released with a price tag of $9,995, thus becoming the first commercially available personal computer with a mouse?
  3. What Portuguese nobleman is credited as the first European to discover Brazil, after he made landfall there in April 1500, upon which he claimed it for the King of Portugal?
7. What former Murray State Racer, who was taken with the #2 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, won NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2019-2020 season?
8. What U.S. State Quarter features a schoolhouse with a teacher and students planting a tree, and is based on a Grant Wood painting titled "Arbor Day"?
  1. More than a century before Futurama introduced us to "Marilyn Monroebots", what 19th century comic ballet tells the story of a doctor who creates a doll so beautiful and lifelike that village youth Franz ditches his fiance Swanhilda for it?
  2. Dubbed the "Queen of the Curve" by The Guardian, what late British-Iraqi architect became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize in 2004?
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2020.09.29 16:32 JBL_0 DEA / CIA and FBI operated in Mexico to hunt and trap "El Chapo," reveals NYT reporter's book

DEA / CIA and FBI operated in Mexico to hunt and trap
“'El Jefe' by Alan Feuer, available in Spanish only in audio, is not a book about narco-corruption in Mexico; nor an analysis of the failed war against the cartels, much less the history of drug trafficking. It is the journalistic work of a reporter specialized in criminal proceedings who, with privileged sources, incurs in the hidden world of cyber espionage that presided over the capture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, ”says journalist Dolia Estevez in this special installment for the readers of SinEmbargo.
By Dolia Estévez Sinembargo September 29, 2020 12:05 am
Washington, DC, September 29 (Sinembargo) .– When the eyes and ears of the vast wiretapping apparatus of US agencies located Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera in a remote migratory bird wetland in southern Baja California in 2013 What followed was not to inform the Government of Mexico about the finding, as appropriate, but to internally debate which of the Mexican agencies was the least corrupt in order to invite it to capture .
The Federal Police were the first to be ruled out due to the legacy of narco-corruption left by Genaro García Luna . The FBI and CIA favored the Army , as they usually do. But, just as the FBI and the CIA did not trust the Federal Police, the DEA did not trust the Army. The Marshals Service and other agencies proposed the sailors, for their reputation for bravery and skill. However, there was a problem. Capturing Guzmán Loera carried the risk of pitting the Secretary of the Navy against civilian leadership. Protection of the leader of the Sinaloa CartelHe came from the high hierarchy of the Government of Mexico. However, when the DEA offered them the delicate task of capturing him, the sailors accepted without hesitation.
Víctor Vázquez, chief of the DEA station in Mexico, accompanied the sailors to the naval base in La Paz from where they would launch the operation that they called “Duck Dynasty” (duck dynasty), because it was near a club of duck hunting. Vázquez's job was to eat, sleep, and travel with the sailors. He trained with the unit. He rappelled down from the Blackhawks helicopters with them, helped them analyze the signals from the drones that covered the area where they located El Chapo, and shared the accumulated erudition of the interception and hacking machines to build what he called a “capture intelligence manual. ”. For practical purposes, Vázquez, a Mexican American from Durango, was in charge of the security of the operation. Everything in national territory.
But as impressive as the intelligence of the Americans was, they could not with the methods of counter espionage and with Guzmán's network of government spies. The resources and equipment of "Chapo" rivaled those of the most sophisticated terrorist organizations in the world. A few days before the attack, planned for January 2014, wiretaps picked up signs that the cartel knew about "Duck Dynasty." The mission was aborted. "El Chapo" won the play. Once again.
The unpublished account comes from the new book "El Jefe The Stalking of Chapo Guzmán" (" The Boss, the stalking of Chapo Guzmán "), by Alan Feuer , correspondent for The New York Times who became known in Mexico for his timely coverage and real-time tweets about the famous drug lord's trial in New York. 235 pages long, edited by Flatiron Books, the text focuses on the marathon intelligence work to capture "Chapo" by a select group of secret agents from the FBI, the DEA, the CIA and the Marshals Service, known as the "coalition".

Forerunners of the effort were Stephen Marston and Robert Potash, FBI agents in New York. Ray Donovan, from the DEA's Special Operations Division, a secret unit in charge of wiretapping narcos, was the link with the agents in Mexico. Feuer details how they intercepted and hacked the communications of Guzmán's inner circle: lieutenants, bodyguards, wife and lovers. The team, which operated largely on the sidelines of Mexican authorities, was obsessed with apprehending him. If they didn't do it before, it was because of Mexican corruption.
Between 2009 and 2016, the "coalition" planned seven captures: Los Cabos, two in Tepic, a raid in Culiacán led by the CIA, "Duck Dynasty" in La Paz, the arrest at the Hotel Miramar in 2014 that ended in his escape from Altiplano in 2015 and the last one in Los Mochis in 2016. With the exception of two, the rest failed because they fled earlier or because the missions were aborted. The big obstacle, Feuer says, was corruption in the Mexican government.
“Finding Guzmán, as the DEA well knew, was always the easy part. Communications were so essential to their operation that there was always surveillance intelligence to pinpoint their whereabouts. The hardest part… due to the corruption in the government, was deciding who to trust with his arrest among the local police agencies, ”Feuer writes.
It was not until "Operation Third Strike", which led to his arrest in 2016, that CISEN finally got involved. “El Chapo” had fled the Altiplano again through a tunnel a year earlier, which not only humiliated Enrique Peña Nieto but also revealed his government's collusion with the cartels. Surprised that every lead they developed was already owned by the Mexicans, eventually the “coalition” realized that CISEN had a secret weapon: the powerful Israeli technology spy program, Pagasus. He did not skimp on using it to find "El Chapo."
Feuer's work affirms the broad scope for US agencies in Mexico. It leaves little doubt that the location and eventual arrest of "Chapo" was primarily the work of persistence by the United States. Although foreign policemen by law cannot make arrests and be armed in national territory, it is known that DEA agents invariably carry weapons when they accompany Mexicans in operations to arrest high-ranking whites. The Mexican government turns a blind eye.
As I wrote in this space, three consecutive presidents - Fox , Calderón, and Peña Nieto - gave orders for DEA, FBI, CIA and ICE agents to operate in Mexico with complete freedom ("DEA Academy, factory of double agents ”, 03/17/2020, SinEmbargo).
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Feuer mentions the alleged narco payments to García Luna and Peña Nieto that protected witnesses brought up in the “El Chapo” trial. They are part of the criminal accusation against García Luna in court in New York. The version about Peña Nieto has not been corroborated.
What the New York reporter did corroborate was the drug's penetration into the Sensitive Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Federal Police, whose members were trained at the FBI academy in Quantico and passed the confidence tests that the DEA applied to them. Feuer says that, after the failed attempts to capture him in Los Cabos and Tepic, the DEA began to doubt the SIU, his counterpart in the Federal Police. The FBI assigned a senior official to investigate her in 2013. At the end of that year, the investigation confirmed the suspicions. "The SIU and the Federal Police could be described as the uniformed law enforcement arm of Guzmán's organization," Feuer writes.
The suspicions of the FBI were confirmed years later with the imprisonment of Iván Reyes Arzate, accused of spying for the Beltrán Leyva, at the same time as head of the SIU, and the arrest of García Luna, head of the SIU and founder of the Federal Police, for serious crimes related to drug trafficking. Feuer failed to include the recent accusations against Luis Cárdenas Palomino and Ramón Pequeno García, also high-ranking officials of the Federal Police and henchmen of the DEA. The author does not explain how the DEA did not find out that he was in bed with the enemy.
Feuer bases his account primarily on three sources: interviews for attribution with US officials who conducted the electronic espionage, the full transcript of the 12 weeks of the trial, and thousands of pages of investigative records on Guzmán and related cases, many of them unpublished. . The book lacks Mexican filers. She tried to talk to some of the protagonists in Mexico, but, she notes, almost all of them declined.
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The book records the role of the CIA and NSA in the persecution of Guzmán. One of the failed operations in Culiacán, of which almost nothing is known, was led by the CIA. Both declined requests for information through the US Transparency Act. “The role of the CIA in the El Chapo case is buried in secret files… thousands - perhaps tens of thousands - of documents in scores of cases related to the capo and his collaborators remain under seal to this day. They contain the equivalent of the untold story of Mexico's drug war. "
“El Jefe” by Alan Feuer, available in Spanish only in audio, is not a book about drug-corruption in Mexico; nor an analysis of the failed war against the cartels, much less the history of drug trafficking. It is the journalistic work of a reporter specialized in criminal proceedings who, with privileged sources, incurs in the hidden world of cyber espionage that presided over the capture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera. The result is a compelling crime thriller- like tale based on real life.
*** The stalking of "Chapo" is a sample button of the historical interference of US espionage agencies in Mexico, from the "proconsul" Winston Scott to date. While, in the cold war, espionage was conducted from a secret room in the United States Embassy in Mexico, today it is carried out through an extensive technical menu that includes eavesdropping machines and decryption of encrypted communications, hacking of computer systems, real-time monitoring drones, spy planes in Mexican skies, and blank checks to jam phones of selected targets in Mexican territory, as long as they are authorized by a US judge ... because Mexico is a sovereign country.
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2020.09.28 23:55 Leather_Term Former NM Governor Bill Richardson accused of using bribes to fund 'sexual services and favors'

DailyMail.co.uk 28 Sep 2020
The scandal plagued former governor of New Mexico - who Virginia Roberts claimed she had underage sex with on Jeffrey Epstein's orders - has been dragged into the mud once again.
Career politician Bill Richardson has been accused of raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks while in office - money which allegedly funded a luxury and debauched lifestyle including 'sexual services and favors', according to a recently unsealed legal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com.
According to the lawsuit, Richardson ran a scam dubbed the 'Richardson Ring' which saw the one-time governor benefiting from money he grafted from business investments into the state of New Mexico in the early 2000s.
The greedy politician lined his own pockets with cash, used some money to fund his political campaigns and organizations and also enjoyed lavish meals, wine and liquor as well as luxury travel and entertainment, the legal filing claims.
Richardson, 72, served as Governor for New Mexico from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2010 and during that time he was the chairman of the State Investment Council (SIC).
Richardson's alleged 'pay to play' scheme was exposed by a man called Frank Foy and made public in unsealed court documents in January 2009.
The resulting public scandal forced the SIC to begin investigating kickbacks in state investment business and Richardson himself.
Now in a civil action filed in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, in May, but only unsealed last week, it's alleged that Richardson oversaw a sophisticated cover up of his scheme.
The lawsuit claims that Governor Richardson was able to place his trusted 'operatives' in state government jobs to cover-up his wrongdoing.
The documents allege Richardson installed several key allies into the SIC to help cover his tracks and thwart any corruption probe.
The filing states: 'So far, the defendants have succeeded in covering up Bill Richardson’s wrongdoing.
'To date, upon information and belief, Bill Richardson has managed to evade being deposed under oath about his graft.'
It added: 'As Governor, Bill Richardson controlled the hiring of all state employees in the executive branch. He used his control to carry out corruption, and to cover it up.'
The suit, the paperwork states, is brought on behalf of the State of New Mexico, Frank Foy and John Casey, under the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, and seeks damages from Richardson and several of his alleged cohorts to repay the state the money they allegedly took.
The allegations will bring yet more unwanted attention on Richardson.
Richardson's office did not respond to a request by DailyMail.com for comment.
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In court documents in 2015 the once influential politician was accused of being involved with Jeffrey Epstein's child trafficking ring.
Epstein victim Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, named Richardson as being among a list of powerful men she was told to have sex with by Epstein and his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre, now 37, filed a Florida lawsuit in 2009 against Epstein stating she was a sex slave for him from 1999 to 2002
Giuffre later alleged that she had sex with British royal Prince Andrew three times and was forced to have sex with Richardson.
The court documents were unsealed to the public in 2019 and Prince Andrew and Richardson have vehemently denied the claims.
Giuffre alleges that she was 'told to have sex' with Richardson by Epstein and his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Epstein, who died from suspected suicide in his jail cell in New York last year, owned the huge 10,000 acre Zorro Ranch in New Mexico where it's believed he assaulted young girls and threw lavish parties for his powerful guests.
'Ghislaine told me from her mouth to do these things,' Giuffre said in a deposition.
'Jeffrey told me from his mouth to do these things with these people. Ghislaine instructed me to do the things that I did with Jeffrey Epstein on the very first meeting that I had with him.'
When the allegations first emerged, Richardson, who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997-1998, and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton from 1998-2000 as well as chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, said the claims were 'completely false.'
In a statement issued to Fox News by his reps, it said: 'Governor Richardson has never even been contacted by any party regarding this lawsuit.
'To be clear, in Governor Richardson's limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls.
'Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein's residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre.'
The claims all date back to the early 2000s, which is also the same time that his co-accused Prince Andrew started doing business in New Mexico with Richardson as part of his role as the UK's special trade envoy.
In October 2003, the prince's trip to New Mexico was front page of the local newspaper, The Santa Fe New Mexican, with the royal and Richardson swapping presents - with the governor giving a black concho belt and receiving a wine coaster made by a cousin of the prince, according to the paper.
The pair talked about wanting to increase trade between Britain and New Mexico with the prince saying he 'was honored to be here'.
They dined together that night at Richardson's mansion, who told the paper that it was the third time he'd met the prince after meeting in 1999 in Turkey. 'He happens to be my friend,' Richardson added.
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2020.09.28 01:44 niass2 Is GD Merchandising using Fake Heads to Drum Up Support as Deadco's Revenue Flatlined?? They are actually gaslighting us, after we've been their friends for 55 years!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gaslighted by Deadco? yes they are!! there are posts on here that look like fakeheads trying to ensure the bands popularity is maintained. If this is true, Jerry would puke. But I think its true. Fake posts by GD marketing staff that never saw jerry! Yes Indeedi!!!!!!! Jerry would die laughing if Bob ok'd that!!!! Is it true? Someone better ask Bob as this is truly a yuge and funny "scandal" if GD Merchandising thinks they can do that. Deadco seems to have few if any values (Whatever Bob says is law but he says almost nothing that isn't about Bob and he won't address their sky high ripoff $250 show prices), so I wouldn't put it past them. They even got paid at their benefit in 2015 while locking heads from Boston out. Yes Andy/HeadCount you did get free tickets for 11/7/15. Time to just admit it finally!!!!!!!!. A stack of them. And we, from Boston got locked out of your "free" show, cause we are not from NYC. But we still love HEADCOUNT and Andy!!!!!!!!! At this point HEADCOUNT is one of the few things that make deadcorp seem like a thing that should remain a going concern.
But No one should get paid to do a benefit. But They did in 2015!!!!! Then they, as it was a FREE SHOW (BS) told people who work in human services in Boston and other places to donate to the agencies that do the same in NYC, And we PUKED and got rather pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!
As if Boston has no needs!!!!! They stepped in it when asking us to do that when we work in human services and healthcare right here!!!!~!!!!!!!~ Fools! That was really stupidly done by whoever at GD land did it. What a kick in the teeth for heads that spend all day every day working in health and human services. That's US! So we missed the so called free show. LOCKED OUT I should say!!!!!! And yes we will not stop talking about it as we have not had this acknowledged. .
They simply don't care that they totally screwed us over. We tried to talkto people who would undestandta the Phily show andthey told us to get lost!!!!!
They think its funny, We don't. Andy and the Monstrous GD Staff jerks (Yeswe tried totalk to them at th POhilly show they are indeed toital jerks) still denies that happened but it did!!! jason flew out to see that from cal, went to Philly and had to drive right by NYC that day. Jason mentioned it last week in [email protected]! That's your 11/7/15. We care as we went to 11/7/85 and 87 so 11.7 is a key date for us. You all don't care cause the heads AND the band have a mob mentality. We are heads so we remember EVERYTHING. Especially whenwe got crewed. We've beento over 200 shows w/jer etc pre 1996..
They (deadcorp) are not what they say or think or assume they are at all, which has been the problem since 2015. Its just a money grab, not a real band. The old heads know that. Its totally obvious we are being gaslighted by deadco. The Who don't do that. The Rolling Stones don't do that. . And the fake posts are 100% obvious. The idea that this band does that is truly bizarre. Its like God being unable to find water. I don't get it. Its as if Donald Trump had become President. Imagine if that happened...........
This is a GDamn family and if Bob treats us like this we throw it right back at him. We ALWAYS did and that's why this band is special. The only one. He's just Bob. Treat him as such. Jerry did.
The GD WAS not like any other band. It isn't. so not criticizing them is like not telling your brother he's wrong after he runs over your aunt after drinking just (just!) 1.75 liters of Vodka daily for five years.........When things look dumb they must be addressed. saying deadco is great all day long is stupid and ill advised if you saw actual shows and know this is all a sad and terrible joke.
Our band and ability to tour have been taken (even before corona) so that a bunch of pasty see through yahoos can go to Mexico and get drunk and so mayer heads can bash us all day and tell us all about John. Who cares? We like John but so what!!!!!!!!!
This is a cultural clash and I don't think its going as well as Bob says. He gets the cash, we heads get the shaft. Yaay! I doubt he truly cares anyways! This isn't a real thing.
The grateful dead had reason and a group effort, deadco only has greed and confusion. There is a difference
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2020.09.27 18:06 laur3en Advice from a Canadian Immigration veteran - Do your research

Hi guys,
I've been lurking around this sub for months and I couldn't help it but notice a series of common mistakes many of you make when gathering information and resources to move to Canada.
I'm 21, but I consider myself a veteran when it comes to Canadian immigration. I started to look at how to move to Canada since I was 14 years old. Before Express Entry existed and LMIA's were called LMO.
Now, I graduated from a Canadian college a couple of months ago, and if everything goes well, I'll be applying for PR next month. With 0 work experience, a bachelor, or having taken the IELTS. How is that possible? Because I did my research, and hopefully by creating this post I'll convince you to do yours before resorting to an immigration agent.

For most people Immigration is not a straight line
Immigration doesn't mean you're in your home country, get PR right away, move to Canada and live happily ever after. Unless you have a killer professional profile, chances are that you'll need either to study in Canada, gain more work experience or get a Canadian work permit.
Many newcomers that use the "straight line" paths struggle for years before getting settled, while people who come with Study/Work permits have a very smooth transition to PR and don't deal with issues such as credit history, landlord references, credit checks and the famous "Canadian Experience" excuse.

Do not use Immigration agents
Seriously, unless you have a very complicated case (criminal record, having lived illegally in other countries...) you should be able to do EVERY. SINGLE. THING on your own.
I took care of my own study permit when I was a clueless teenager, if you're a grown up adult you don't need an immigration agent to manage your application as IRCC makes it extremely easy for you to get the right documents. An immigration agent/consultant will just be a middle man between you and IRCC and you could be using those funds to buy a car, pay rent and your initial expenses when you land.

Don't forget PNP programs
I'm surprised at how many people don't know what PNP programs are, especially considering obtaining a PNP via Express Entry can give you up to 600 points or even better, can help you to avoid going through the Express Entry system at all.
Paper-based PNP programs have signifincatly less requirements than Express Entry, so people who have NOC C or D professions, don't speak English very well, don't have a bachelor's and are over 30 - 40 years old still have a chance to obtain PR without competing with younger and more educated applicants.
Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-...e-program-oinp
Manitoba: http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/immigrate-to-manitoba/
Saskatchewan: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/resident...ominee-program
Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/ainp.aspx
British Columbia: https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-t...ominee-Program
Newfoundland: https://www.gov.nl.ca/immigration
/New Brunswick: https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/wel...eeProgram.html
Nova Scotia: https://novascotiaimmigration.com/move-here
/Prince Edward Island: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en...minee-program]

For international students, think it twice before choosing a province
If you plan to come to Canada as an international student to obtain PR you should know all of your possibilities to stay permanently BEFORE coming to Canada, not after graduating. Why is this a problem?
I have a friend who studied in Ontario, got a NOC C job and worked until his PGWP was almost up (3 years). When he checked his immigration options he was horrified when he realized his NOC C job didn't give him any Canadian Experience points. He had to leave, and the money he invested on his education was wasted.
If he had done his research, he'd known a NOC C job wouldn't give him any Canadian Experience points towards Express Entry, but would have made him eligible for PR under a PNP in certain provinces if only he had lived and worked there for 6 months.
My advice if you want easy PR, is to consider what province you'll move to and what province-specific immigration a job prospects you have. Is it known that Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces offer easy permanent residence for people who commit to the province by working or studying there, while Ontario is more picky as most international students end up here.

Know your work permit options
The US, Mexico and some South American countries have NAFTA agreements with Canada, which means obtaining a work permit is way easier than it is for people who need LMIA's and regular work permits.
Europeans, Aussies and Kiwis also have IEC programs, and can obtain a Working Holiday Visa (1 year open work permit) which can be changed to a Young Professionals visa. If you're smart about it, you could easily get 50 extra points towards Express Entry + 2 years of Canadian work experience totally hassle-free. This is, of course if you do your research beforehand and don't "waste" your WHV.
The program is not just for Europeans, Aussies and Kiwis. There are a range of other countries that participate in this program too. Some South American countries and Asian countries can take advantage too.
A WHV can be 6 months to 2 years, depending on country of citizenship.
Not all allow you to switch between WHV and YP, or even offer all options to participants.
If you are not a citizen of one of the countries participating directly in the program, this doesn't mean you can't take advantage of it still, you instead need to go through a Registered Organisation.
Seriously, PGWP and WHV are a once in a lifetime opportunities, don't waste them and make sure you know all your options BEFORE your permits expire.

Immigration consultats can be great or terrible
There are some cases where I recommend using an immigration consultat, especially if you have a difficult case. But they are also a good resource if you have very specific questions that the IRCC website can't solve.
I myself found some immigration loopholes that would have made my CRS score skyrocket if I had gone through with them, and to double-check I asked an immigration consultant.
But some immigration consultants will give you false hopes and waste your time and money, in the Canadavisa forums there are many cases where immigration consultants "promise" PR and all they do is to set up an EE profile...knowing the applicant's score is not going to be enough with current cutoff scores.
If you decide you want to hire an immigration consultant's services, make sure they're ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) approved because at least, that means they're legitimely approved by IRCC to give immigration advice.
Here you can check if your representative is authorized: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigration-citizenship-representative/choose/authorized.html

Keep your EE profile dynamic
Learning French, getting a 1-yr diploma either in your home country or Canada can make the difference between getting an ITA or not. Keeping your NOC up to date or even changing it if your duties align better with a NOC that falls into a PNP target stream can give you up to 600 points.
Don't let your EE profile idle and just hoping scores will drop, try to actively increase your score by learning French, studying, finding a job in Canada or getting an IEC permit if you're eligible.

Have a plan B
As you must know by now, Express Entry is the quickest way to get PR in Canada but it's not the only option. Studying in Canada, PNP, NAFTA and IEC can also lead to permanent residence. If you can, try to write down all of the possible immigration pathways you could use.
The "Come to Canada" tool is a good resource to get started, but it's too basic and doesn't really give personalized answers in the same way you could learn on your own. If you want to immigrate permanently it's just going to tell you Express Entry, but won't mention studying and working as PR pathways or PNP programs.
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/come-canada-tool.html
That's all I wanted to say, it's a bit discouraging how many people post here without having done any research or taking the effort to go through the IRCC page, expecting to get easy answers while the truth is Canadian immigration is extremely complex and the different options to stay permanently in the country vary from one person to another.
DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Edit:
Thanks for the award! Since some people PM'd me asking among other things about the acronyms' meaning, here's a list of the most common used ones:
PR = Permanent Residence
PNP = Provincial Nominee Program
EE = Express Entry
ITA = Invitation to apply
CEC = Canadian Experience Class
FSW = Federal Skilled Worker
FST = Federal Skilled Trades
TFW= Temporary Foreign Worker
PGWP = Post-graduation work permit
DIP = Decision in Progress
WHV = Working Holiday Visa
YP = Young Professionals visa
LMIA = Labour Market Impact Assessment
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2020.09.26 13:36 InterestingNews1 Some interesting value stock news in the stock market this week

Western Digital $WDC spiked on Wednesday on speculation that it may be split into two. Deutsche helpfully carried out a sum of the parts valuation to illustrate the potential upside.
They used a comparison to Seagate to value the Hard Disk Drive business at $18bn and a comparison to the upcoming Kioxa IPO to value the Flash memory business at $13bn.
That’s a total of $31bn or a potential premium of $10 bn compared to $WDC’s $21bn Economic Value.

Suburban Propane $SPH is a gas marketing and distribution business split 50% between residential and 50% everything else (commercial, industrial, agricultural and government). Its stock price is down 36% year to date (with a 2021 fPE 12.9) after a warm winter and a Q2 that saw 20%-25% lower volume in the non-residential business due to Covid.
However, things have started to pick up again in the third quarter. Commercial and industrial volume was down 9% year-over-year, but residential volume increased by 21%. That allowed adjusted EBITDA to increase 61%. The highest third-quarter figure in company history.
In a Benzinga interview on Friday, CEO Michael Stivala said Suburban Propane was pleasantly surprised by the demand from the residential sector in the third quarter. A trend that has been reported across the industry. Additionally, investors have been citing propane’s potential growth in outdoor seating areas for restaurants and, as winter nears, it's expected that more propane will be needed to heat these areas if restaurants want to maintain seating capacity. Further Stivala has said that it’s not just restaurants but that other businesses, schools and weddings are leading to increased demand for propane. Those anecdotal comments appear to be partly backed up by Google Trends which shows that searches for outdoor patios and fire pits have seen huge spikes.
After this year’s fall, the $SPH stock price is trading on a 2021 fPE of 12.9. That looks cheap as those forecasts look like they need to be revised upwards.

Commercial Vehicle Group was up 6% after OLMA Capital disclosed it had acquired a 6% stake saying the company has huge value and potential for growth. OLMA pointed to the company’s resilience during the Covid pandemic and its recent business wins to deliver warehouse automation and provide services to the e-commerce sector.
Providing cab equipment, seating, mirrors and wiring for trucks has been a fairly low margin and cyclical business for $CVGI - thats why it currently trades on a forward PE of less than 10. But the new CEO, Harold Bevis, has some interesting plans. Firstly to optimize profitability in the seating business by shutting down the low margins businesses and moving manufacturing to Mexico. Secondly to develop its electronics subsystems business to support the fast growing Warehouse Automation (WA) market.
Management believes that they can quickly target $100mn to $150mn of new business. However that’s a small portion of the fast growing total addressable market for WA currently estimated at $25bn. The new business will still be competitive but putting the growth and the focus of profit maximisation together the current valuation does look cheap.
This is is not a recommendation to buy or sell. Stocks are not suitable for everyone. Some of the stocks mentioned are risky small cap and/or highly speculative. Please do your own research.
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2020.09.25 07:07 annehenrietta Is it me or is there a surge of christian fundamentalists?

So I live in Mexico, a predominately catholic country, but until recently I always felt that for most Mexicans being a catholic was little more than social and cultural convention. Seldom did I encounter hardcore church goers. I mean when I was a teenager I’d attend the 8 PM service with my friends every Sunday only because it was THE meet-up spot to run into cute girls who basically were there for the exact same reason. I even signed up for a kind of crash course to be confirmed as a catholic only because it would get me out of school for a couple of days, and indeed many people I know did the same. Every sacred date for catholics was a free pass to hang out and ditch classes, and so on. Still, I never perceived it other than casual occurrences and a normal part of growing up Mexican. I know most of my close friends share a similar view and had almost identical experiences growing up. None of us went back to church after the mandatory services we had to endure in high school (most private schools are catholic), except to attend a wake or a funeral, you know, ‘cause grannies get sad if they don’t see you at church when some random third cousin of theirs kicks the bucket.
Anyway, my point is a lot of us here grow up catholic, but aren’t, not really. However more and more do I see an aggressive catholic/christian agenda being pushed. Bigotry is on the rise, the abandonment of common sense and freedom of thought is becoming apparent. I have a hard time describing it but I suppose what frightens me is seeing people I know, even some I cared for or respected, wilfully complying with dogma, submitting too literally to the moral guidelines church provides, shunning their friends for not doing the same. Downright frustrating I must say, because as many of you know, there’s no dialogue to be had there. I feel once they’ve embarked on that path chances are they won’t challenge their beliefs.
Bottom line is these are things as I perceive them, but does anyone feel the same way? Are christians bringing back their greatest hits from the Middle Ages?
Hail thyselves homies!
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2020.09.25 02:08 AutoModerator General Questions Thread, September 25, 2020

A thread for new collectors to ask basic questions of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions below!
A longer version of the subreddit rules is here.
For questions specifically concerning bootlegs or vendor legitimacy, please ask in the Bootleg Megathread.
NSFW & Spoiler Guidelines
  • For Self Posts: include a bolded NSFW note next to links in that post.
  • For Links to sites/images: If the figure is NSFW, or the website has any NSFW content (including ads) be sure to tag your post NSFW and use the appropriate link flair.
Bootlegs
Any collection posts containing bootlegs, comments advocating buying bootlegs, or links to sites selling bootlegs, recasts, or unlicensed merchandise will be removed.
People often ask about the legitimacy and/or safety of a number of websites which sell large resin statues. The more commonly-asked of those deal primarily in resins from studios which do not have a license from the Japanese IP holders to produce merchandise. Therefore links to those sites are not permitted here. Another sign is if MyFigureCollection doesn't list the either the statue, its manufacturer, or the shop it's being sold on.
MyFigureCollection
My Figure Collection is like MyAnimeList... but for figures! Their database includes thousands of items which been produced during the last couple of decades, along with reviews of shops and other helpful articles. One can also list their own collection and post gallery photos.
Shops
Retailers:
AmiAmi HobbySearch Mandarake (sells rare figures) Good Smile Company Online Shop (often has exclusives) Good Smile Company US shop Crunchyroll Shop Hobby Link Japan (aka HLJ) Solaris Japan (MFC partner) Big in Japan (also has proxy service) Tokyo Otaku Mode FigureHaven Archonia (EU retailer) Jungle
List of retailers on MFC
/AnimeFigures' List of Retailers
Community Guide to Shopping in Japan
Blogs/News:
Nekomagic (News/Previews) NyaaFigurines (Reviews/Releases) Kahotan's Blog (News/Reviews) Figma Blog (JP)

Buying & Shipping

1. What’s the best place to buy my anime figures from?
That’s going to depend a lot on what works for you, but most people around here buy them from Amiami, Big in Japan, Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, or Tokyo Otaku Mode. If none of those work for you for whatever reason, there’s a list of reputable retailers in the sidebar that you can check out at any time. Be extra careful when ordering figures from websites like Amazon or ebay, as there are a lot of bootlegs on those sites. Don’t be afraid to ask in our Bootleg Megathread if you’re unsure.
2. What differences are there between the shipping options I get from most Japanese shops?
Below is a rundown of the main shipping choices you’ll get at most retailers. Keep in mind that if an order is large enough you will be forced to use one of the more expensive options, as SAL shipments have lower size and weight restrictions.
  • Unregistered SAL: Sometimes referred to as uSAL, is usually the cheapest method. It does not come with any tracking or insurance. Usually takes up 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Registered SAL: Sometimes referred to as rSAL, is insured for the declared value up to 6,000 yen. It comes with a tracking number and usually takes 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • EMS: This method of shipping is much faster than either SAL options, usually arriving within a week of shipment. EMS shipments are insured for the declared value up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • Airmail
  • E-packet
  • Surface: Shops don't offer this very often. It's an actual cargo ship and slow as a result.
  • DHL: Becoming more available as an alternative to EMS on AmiAmi and other sites. Can be less expensive than EMS and of comparable speed, but may be more reliant on the specific geographical area being shipped to. Offers their own tracking.
3. I placed two+ orders for figures at different times. Will my items be shipped together, or will I have to pay shipping twice?
Most shops will ask you to pay shipping on a per-order basis, but here are some that will allow combined shipping:
  • Amiami: You can combine orders here, as long as the orders ship in the same month. It doesn’t matter if the item is new or preowned. Any preorders that are set for that month can also be combined with other orders for that month. However, be aware that if the preorder gets delayed, Amiami will remove that item from that month’s shipment and place it on a new order. To combine orders on Amiami, use the “Combine Orders” feature under “My Account”.
  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
  • GSC Web Shop: Here you’ll pay a flat 2,000 yen fee per order. It doesn’t matter how many items you put in your order, or how many different months the items release in. They will charge you 2,000 yen and ship all items as they release. The exception to this rule is their Wonder Festival exclusive items. Those can only be placed in the same order as other Wonder Festival items.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQ’s.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • Europe: Using EMS raises your chance of getting charged for customs. SAL can still avoid customs in some countries, but generally gets checked in the UK now if the items are above the threshold. Amiami offers a shipping service called “Small Air Packet” that is really good for avoiding customs when you are only shipping one or two figures. Small Air Packet usually takes about the same amount of time as EMS, and still comes with tracking.The minimum declared value for customs charges in the Europe is pretty low- around £15 (£36 for gifts) / €20.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.
If you're looking for help completing a garage kit, /brushforhire may be useful.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.09.24 03:16 RedditSuggestName 38 [F4M] - SoCal 4 SoCal - (locals only) LTR - I know my person is out there, we just have to find each other

TL;DR: BBW, loves Disneyland, TV and her pets (2 cats and 1 dog); looking for a fellow DDF guy, who wants to get married and have kids in a couple years too.
Locals only, because I do want to meet, COVID safe of course.

The long post:
My dream is to find the whole 9 yards: friendship, marriage, raise kids together; then we retire someplace warm or with a beach view. Does that sound good to anyone else?
If you sub to financialindependence/ we'll get along. I'm determined to retire early.
I’m a Hispanic 5’2, single, curvy/BBW, with hazel eyes, naturally dirty blonde hair (I dye it purple); living in the Santa Clarita Valley. I'm 38 years old.
I'm at the stage in my life where I'm financially stable, and am ready to have kids in a couple years. I'm looking for a partner who is in the same life stage as me. So age isn't important to me, but this is. Please don't DM me unless you want and are ready for the same.
I have 2 cats and 1 dog, I love them a lot. I'll always have pets in my life.
I’m a chatty texter; I respond as soon as I can.
I’ve never been married, nor do I have kids; I’m STD and drug free - I’m looking for the same.
As for age, race, height, weight; none of that matters to me. It's more important to me that we're in the same life stage.
Apparently I have to say this explicitly. Only message if you are single and are also looking for commitment.
Be prepared to video chat. I have no desire to be catfished.
I'm staying sane through the pandemic with the help of my 3 fur babies, and lots of TV.
Let's see, I've watched: Ozark, Narcos, Narcos Mexico, Dead to Me, Legacies, Living with Yourself, Preacher, Fleabag, Silicon Valley, Twin Peaks (old, movie and new), Ray Donovan, On Becoming a God in Central FL, Penny Dreadful (original series), The Umbrella Academy, Perry Mason, The Boys, Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows (still need to watch the movie; it's not on any of my streaming services right now), The Orville.
I am looking for a new show to watch....
I got a COVID test in June. It was the up the nose one, ugh. Negative, yay! I'm more than fine getting another test before meeting you. Please be prepared to do that same.
I know COVID has added challenges to the already difficult world of dating. But I have faith we can find a way to safely meet. There are places we can drink/eat at patios.
Honestly, if there isn't at least a plan to meet within a month of talking, I'm out. I'm not looking for a penpal.
ABOUT ME:
-I want to live my life filled with love, laughter, family, yummy food, my puppy and kitties, and one day, kiddos.
-I'm a homebody who likes going out on special occasions.
-My hobbies include TV show and movie marathons; Disneyland (at night); Rock concerts.
-My Favorite shows: Arrested Development, Chuck, Friends, Agents of Shield, Game of Thrones, Schitt’s Creek, Supernatural, Umbrella Academy.
-Favorite movies: Corpse Bride, Airheads, Blow, The Departed, Office Space, The Prestige, Marvel Comic Universe, Harry PotteFantastic Beasts, Star Wars.
-Favorite bands: Pantera, Metallica, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, AFI. The most recent concerts I've been to are movie composer orchestra combos. i.e., Danny Elfman, and Ramin Djawadi.
-I have (had? Haha) a long commute. I listen to a podcast in the morning (The Ralph Report) and audiobooks at night; music too when I’m in the mood. Constantly looking for new audiobooks. Would appreciate recommendations. I like fantasy books; Harry Potter, A Song Of Ice and Fire. I fell in love with the Mistborn trilogy this last year.
-I'm looking for a serious, long term, monogamous relationship. I hope to meet someone with some similar interests, so we have something in common, but not someone exactly the same as me, because I don't think that'd be interesting or make for a good partnership. We’d be partners that help each other out, making life more enjoyable along the way.
-I live a healthy lifestyle (mind and body). Pre-COVID, I worked out daily. I’m on a weightloss journey. I would need to be with someone who’s supportive. Possible even currently going through the same thing or did in the past.
I need to be with someone that doesn’t give a shit about stretch marks and what not. Besides, if we have kids, I’ll get more.
If you eat healthy most of the time, it would make things easier.
I do still enjoy cheat meals, with carbs and sugars on special occasions. It just isn’t a daily thing anymore.
-Be hygienic, I am. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be a fan of mint and gum. Wash everywhere, including behind the ears.
Bonus points: if you wear cologne. I wear perfume on special occasions; mostly floral scents.
-I‘m Liberal. Being honest, I won’t have anything in common with someone who voted for, agrees with, and/or plans to vote for Trump or any of his butt kissers.
For example, I don’t think wanting universal healthcare so that I don’t have to worry about bankrupting myself and my loved ones, should I get in a horrible accident or cancer, makes me an evil socialist. It makes me want my country to be on par with the rest of the civilized world.
-I’m not very religious, I don’t think I can be with someone who is. I wouldn’t be good at religious conversations and I would not go to church.
-I don’t have any tattoos, only my ears are pierced (I wouldn’t care if you have tattoos or piercings).
-I’m middle class, and would need someone in at least a similar financial situation, so we can enjoy doing things together (restaurants, events, travel, tickets to Disneyland for the kids, etc...). I’m a fan of paying for my own food, tickets and what not. I am NOT looking to be a sugar baby and won’t be someone else’s sugar momma. We’re adults here; adults pay their own way.
-Traveling, of course I love to travel. I want to go back to Europe, I need to visit places like the PNW, Niagara Falls, Boston. When I have kids, I want to take them at least one to NYC for xmas (I love Christmas Tree lights); I would love to spend the other holidays in some place warm, like Australia/New Zealand. I like staying in fancy hotels. Room service is awesome. Taxis/Ubers are awesome. Right now, my job allows me to take a month off for vacations in summer. I need to start taking advantage of that.
-My dream is to retire early; in about 20 years. Not sure how that'll work with having children, but both things are worth attempting.
-I'm not a fan of being in the sun, because I get sunburnt easily. This is a big reason for why I am not an outdoorsy person.
-I hate being cold. I’m a big fan of heaters and electric blankets.
-I won’t care if you watch sports. Just don’t make me watch, don’t make our lives revolve around them, and we’ll get along. I don’t mind going to live sporting events, maybe once or twice a year. I’ll have no idea what’s going on, but I’ve had fun attending the few sporting events I have.
-I love my family, but it's a complicated relationship. I need a partner who understands this. Who will follow my lead with dealing with them, and above all else, will not try to interfere.
-Living Apart Together (LAT) appeals to me; or at the very least, we'd have a very big home. I never want to share a bathroom again. And I like the idea of each of us having a private space to go to if we just need some alone time.
-I’m pro vaccinations; sorry, can’t let an anti vaxxer touch me. If we were lucky to have kids, they would be vaccinated. In 2019, I got up to date with MMR and DTap booster shots, got the flu vaccine, and got the HPV vaccines. You’ll get bonus points if you’ve done this too.
-as far as sex life goes, I need to be with someone who gets off on making me orgasm. Be good with kissing, cuddling, oral, fingering (you gotta know where the G-Spot is). Bonus points is if you can do this for hours. Do it right, and you’ll be rewarded. Only a guy willing to wear condoms gets to touch me.
And no, I’m not looking for anything casual or a FWB. no we would not see if we’re sexually compatible out on the first few dates.
Sex is an important part of a lasting relationship, but it’s not the only thing. We have to click elsewhere before we get to sex.
-I don’t do drugs, don’t smoke anything at all; this includes 420 stuff. I drink alcohol on special occasions, but it’s not often. I’d need to be with someone who is the same.
In the subject line, please put your eye color.
Thank you for reading. I know this was long, but I know what I want. Has anyone seen the great early 2010s show Happy Endings? There’s a quote that I think describes what I’m looking for. Someone to realize: “I found a woman who was so sure of what she wanted, and she wanted me.” Brad to wife Jane, S2E18 ‘Party of Six.’
Those who need NOT apply:
-Addicts
-Liars and cheaters (I will be honest and monogamous, and expect the same)
-Racists (I do not think people who move to a new country, searching for a better life, are criminals. If you disagree, we won't get along.)
-Physically abusive, violent (maybe I've watched Big Little Lies too many times...)
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2020.09.24 03:15 RedditSuggestName 38 [F4M] #SoCal4Socal (locals only) - LTR - I know my person is out there, we just have to find each other

TL;DR: BBW, loves Disneyland, TV and her pets (2 cats and 1 dog); looking for a fellow DDF guy, who wants to get married and have kids in a couple years too.
Locals only, because I do want to meet, COVID safe of course.
The long post:
My dream is to find the whole 9 yards: friendship, marriage, raise kids together; then we retire someplace warm or with a beach view. Does that sound good to anyone else?
If you sub to financialindependence/ we'll get along. I'm determined to retire early.
I’m a Hispanic 5’2, single, curvy/BBW, with hazel eyes, naturally dirty blonde hair (I dye it purple); living in the Santa Clarita Valley. I'm 38 years old.
I'm at the stage in my life where I'm financially stable, and am ready to have kids in a couple years. I'm looking for a partner who is in the same life stage as me. So age isn't important to me, but this is. Please don't DM me unless you want and are ready for the same.
I have 2 cats and 1 dog, I love them a lot. I'll always have pets in my life.
I’m a chatty texter; I respond as soon as I can.
I’ve never been married, nor do I have kids; I’m STD and drug free - I’m looking for the same.
As for age, race, height, weight; none of that matters to me. It's more important to me that we're in the same life stage.
Apparently I have to say this explicitly. Only message if you are single and are also looking for commitment.
Be prepared to video chat. I have no desire to be catfished.
I'm staying sane through the pandemic with the help of my 3 fur babies, and lots of TV.
Let's see, I've watched: Ozark, Narcos, Narcos Mexico, Dead to Me, Legacies, Living with Yourself, Preacher, Fleabag, Silicon Valley, Twin Peaks (old, movie and new), Ray Donovan, On Becoming a God in Central FL, Penny Dreadful (original series), The Umbrella Academy, Perry Mason, The Boys, Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows (still need to watch the movie; it's not on any of my streaming services right now), The Orville.
I am looking for a new show to watch....
I got a COVID test in June. It was the up the nose one, ugh. Negative, yay! I'm more than fine getting another test before meeting you. Please be prepared to do that same.
I know COVID has added challenges to the already difficult world of dating. But I have faith we can find a way to safely meet. There are places we can drink/eat at patios.
Honestly, if there isn't at least a plan to meet within a month of talking, I'm out. I'm not looking for a penpal.
ABOUT ME:
-I want to live my life filled with love, laughter, family, yummy food, my puppy and kitties, and one day, kiddos.
-I'm a homebody who likes going out on special occasions.
-My hobbies include TV show and movie marathons; Disneyland (at night); Rock concerts.
-My Favorite shows: Arrested Development, Chuck, Friends, Agents of Shield, Game of Thrones, Schitt’s Creek, Supernatural, Umbrella Academy.
-Favorite movies: Corpse Bride, Airheads, Blow, The Departed, Office Space, The Prestige, Marvel Comic Universe, Harry PotteFantastic Beasts, Star Wars.
-Favorite bands: Pantera, Metallica, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, AFI. The most recent concerts I've been to are movie composer orchestra combos. i.e., Danny Elfman, and Ramin Djawadi.
-I have (had? Haha) a long commute. I listen to a podcast in the morning (The Ralph Report) and audiobooks at night; music too when I’m in the mood. Constantly looking for new audiobooks. Would appreciate recommendations. I like fantasy books; Harry Potter, A Song Of Ice and Fire. I fell in love with the Mistborn trilogy this last year.
-I'm looking for a serious, long term, monogamous relationship. I hope to meet someone with some similar interests, so we have something in common, but not someone exactly the same as me, because I don't think that'd be interesting or make for a good partnership. We’d be partners that help each other out, making life more enjoyable along the way.
-I live a healthy lifestyle (mind and body). Pre-COVID, I worked out daily. I’m on a weightloss journey. I would need to be with someone who’s supportive. Possible even currently going through the same thing or did in the past.
I need to be with someone that doesn’t give a shit about stretch marks and what not. Besides, if we have kids, I’ll get more.
If you eat healthy most of the time, it would make things easier.
I do still enjoy cheat meals, with carbs and sugars on special occasions. It just isn’t a daily thing anymore.
-Be hygienic, I am. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be a fan of mint and gum. Wash everywhere, including behind the ears.
Bonus points: if you wear cologne. I wear perfume on special occasions; mostly floral scents.
-I‘m Liberal. Being honest, I won’t have anything in common with someone who voted for, agrees with, and/or plans to vote for Trump or any of his butt kissers.
For example, I don’t think wanting universal healthcare so that I don’t have to worry about bankrupting myself and my loved ones, should I get in a horrible accident or cancer, makes me an evil socialist. It makes me want my country to be on par with the rest of the civilized world.
-I’m not very religious, I don’t think I can be with someone who is. I wouldn’t be good at religious conversations and I would not go to church.
-I don’t have any tattoos, only my ears are pierced (I wouldn’t care if you have tattoos or piercings).
-I’m middle class, and would need someone in at least a similar financial situation, so we can enjoy doing things together (restaurants, events, travel, tickets to Disneyland for the kids, etc...). I’m a fan of paying for my own food, tickets and what not. I am NOT looking to be a sugar baby and won’t be someone else’s sugar momma. We’re adults here; adults pay their own way.
-Traveling, of course I love to travel. I want to go back to Europe, I need to visit places like the PNW, Niagara Falls, Boston. When I have kids, I want to take them at least one to NYC for xmas (I love Christmas Tree lights); I would love to spend the other holidays in some place warm, like Australia/New Zealand. I like staying in fancy hotels. Room service is awesome. Taxis/Ubers are awesome. Right now, my job allows me to take a month off for vacations in summer. I need to start taking advantage of that.
-My dream is to retire early; in about 20 years. Not sure how that'll work with having children, but both things are worth attempting.
-I'm not a fan of being in the sun, because I get sunburnt easily. This is a big reason for why I am not an outdoorsy person.
-I hate being cold. I’m a big fan of heaters and electric blankets.
-I won’t care if you watch sports. Just don’t make me watch, don’t make our lives revolve around them, and we’ll get along. I don’t mind going to live sporting events, maybe once or twice a year. I’ll have no idea what’s going on, but I’ve had fun attending the few sporting events I have.
-I love my family, but it's a complicated relationship. I need a partner who understands this. Who will follow my lead with dealing with them, and above all else, will not try to interfere.
-Living Apart Together (LAT) appeals to me; or at the very least, we'd have a very big home. I never want to share a bathroom again. And I like the idea of each of us having a private space to go to if we just need some alone time.
-I’m pro vaccinations; sorry, can’t let an anti vaxxer touch me. If we were lucky to have kids, they would be vaccinated. In 2019, I got up to date with MMR and DTap booster shots, got the flu vaccine, and got the HPV vaccines. You’ll get bonus points if you’ve done this too.
-as far as sex life goes, I need to be with someone who gets off on making me orgasm. Be good with kissing, cuddling, oral, fingering (you gotta know where the G-Spot is). Bonus points is if you can do this for hours. Do it right, and you’ll be rewarded. Only a guy willing to wear condoms gets to touch me.
And no, I’m not looking for anything casual or a FWB. no we would not see if we’re sexually compatible out on the first few dates.
Sex is an important part of a lasting relationship, but it’s not the only thing. We have to click elsewhere before we get to sex.
-I don’t do drugs, don’t smoke anything at all; this includes 420 stuff. I drink alcohol on special occasions, but it’s not often. I’d need to be with someone who is the same.
In the subject line, please put your eye color.
Thank you for reading. I know this was long, but I know what I want. Has anyone seen the great early 2010s show Happy Endings? There’s a quote that I think describes what I’m looking for. Someone to realize: “I found a woman who was so sure of what she wanted, and she wanted me.” Brad to wife Jane, S2E18 ‘Party of Six.’
Those who need NOT apply:
-Addicts
-Liars and cheaters (I will be honest and monogamous, and expect the same)
-Racists (I do not think people who move to a new country, searching for a better life, are criminals. If you disagree, we won't get along.)
-Physically abusive, violent (maybe I've watched Big Little Lies too many times...)
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2020.09.24 03:05 AutoModerator General Questions Thread, September 24, 2020

A thread for new collectors to ask basic questions of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions below!
A longer version of the subreddit rules is here.
For questions specifically concerning bootlegs or vendor legitimacy, please ask in the Bootleg Megathread.
NSFW & Spoiler Guidelines
  • For Self Posts: include a bolded NSFW note next to links in that post.
  • For Links to sites/images: If the figure is NSFW, or the website has any NSFW content (including ads) be sure to tag your post NSFW and use the appropriate link flair.
Bootlegs
Any collection posts containing bootlegs, comments advocating buying bootlegs, or links to sites selling bootlegs, recasts, or unlicensed merchandise will be removed.
People often ask about the legitimacy and/or safety of a number of websites which sell large resin statues. The more commonly-asked of those deal primarily in resins from studios which do not have a license from the Japanese IP holders to produce merchandise. Therefore links to those sites are not permitted here. Another sign is if MyFigureCollection doesn't list the either the statue, its manufacturer, or the shop it's being sold on.
MyFigureCollection
My Figure Collection is like MyAnimeList... but for figures! Their database includes thousands of items which been produced during the last couple of decades, along with reviews of shops and other helpful articles. One can also list their own collection and post gallery photos.
Shops
Retailers:
AmiAmi HobbySearch Mandarake (sells rare figures) Good Smile Company Online Shop (often has exclusives) Good Smile Company US shop Crunchyroll Shop Hobby Link Japan (aka HLJ) Solaris Japan (MFC partner) Big in Japan (also has proxy service) Tokyo Otaku Mode FigureHaven Archonia (EU retailer) Jungle
List of retailers on MFC
/AnimeFigures' List of Retailers
Community Guide to Shopping in Japan
Blogs/News:
Nekomagic (News/Previews) NyaaFigurines (Reviews/Releases) Kahotan's Blog (News/Reviews) Figma Blog (JP)

Buying & Shipping

1. What’s the best place to buy my anime figures from?
That’s going to depend a lot on what works for you, but most people around here buy them from Amiami, Big in Japan, Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, or Tokyo Otaku Mode. If none of those work for you for whatever reason, there’s a list of reputable retailers in the sidebar that you can check out at any time. Be extra careful when ordering figures from websites like Amazon or ebay, as there are a lot of bootlegs on those sites. Don’t be afraid to ask in our Bootleg Megathread if you’re unsure.
2. What differences are there between the shipping options I get from most Japanese shops?
Below is a rundown of the main shipping choices you’ll get at most retailers. Keep in mind that if an order is large enough you will be forced to use one of the more expensive options, as SAL shipments have lower size and weight restrictions.
  • Unregistered SAL: Sometimes referred to as uSAL, is usually the cheapest method. It does not come with any tracking or insurance. Usually takes up 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Registered SAL: Sometimes referred to as rSAL, is insured for the declared value up to 6,000 yen. It comes with a tracking number and usually takes 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • EMS: This method of shipping is much faster than either SAL options, usually arriving within a week of shipment. EMS shipments are insured for the declared value up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • Airmail
  • E-packet
  • Surface: Shops don't offer this very often. It's an actual cargo ship and slow as a result.
  • DHL: Becoming more available as an alternative to EMS on AmiAmi and other sites. Can be less expensive than EMS and of comparable speed, but may be more reliant on the specific geographical area being shipped to. Offers their own tracking.
3. I placed two+ orders for figures at different times. Will my items be shipped together, or will I have to pay shipping twice?
Most shops will ask you to pay shipping on a per-order basis, but here are some that will allow combined shipping:
  • Amiami: You can combine orders here, as long as the orders ship in the same month. It doesn’t matter if the item is new or preowned. Any preorders that are set for that month can also be combined with other orders for that month. However, be aware that if the preorder gets delayed, Amiami will remove that item from that month’s shipment and place it on a new order. To combine orders on Amiami, use the “Combine Orders” feature under “My Account”.
  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
  • GSC Web Shop: Here you’ll pay a flat 2,000 yen fee per order. It doesn’t matter how many items you put in your order, or how many different months the items release in. They will charge you 2,000 yen and ship all items as they release. The exception to this rule is their Wonder Festival exclusive items. Those can only be placed in the same order as other Wonder Festival items.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQ’s.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • Europe: Using EMS raises your chance of getting charged for customs. SAL can still avoid customs in some countries, but generally gets checked in the UK now if the items are above the threshold. Amiami offers a shipping service called “Small Air Packet” that is really good for avoiding customs when you are only shipping one or two figures. Small Air Packet usually takes about the same amount of time as EMS, and still comes with tracking.The minimum declared value for customs charges in the Europe is pretty low- around £15 (£36 for gifts) / €20.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.
If you're looking for help completing a garage kit, /brushforhire may be useful.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.09.24 00:06 MotionLawImmigration Texas Sponsors Six Naturalization Ceremonies Despite Delays Motion Law Immigration

Texas Sponsors Six Naturalization Ceremonies Despite Delays Motion Law Immigration

Dallas hosts six naturalization ceremonies in one day
On Friday, September 18, 2020, Dallas, a Texas city, sponsored six naturalization ceremonies and allowed 208 immigrants to become US citizens.
It is important to clarify that naturalization ceremonies are the last step that immigrants must take in order to have the same rights and receive the same benefits as any other American citizen.
They must meet certain mandatory requirements for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve their naturalization applications.
The ceremonies sponsored in Texas hosted immigrants from different nations such as Mexico, Vietnam, India, New Zealand, North Korea, Colombia, Somalia, inter alia.
This is definitely hopeful news for immigrant communities, who are patiently awaiting their opportunity to become legal citizens of the US.
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Delays in naturalization ceremonies

One of the most controversial issues since the arrival of the global Coronavirus pandemic in the North American territory is the substantial delay in the country’s immigration processes, including naturalization ceremonies.
Since the USCIS closed its offices and face-to-face services to the public for more than two months, there are thousands of pending applications and an estimated backlog of approximately 1 million immigration cases across the country.
However, there are activist organizations who claim that delays in immigration processes stem mainly from the ideals of the Trump administration.
They argue that the global pandemic did indeed contribute to their delay, but that emergency measures implemented by the Trump administration during the health crisis are only part of its plan to reduce the number of immigrants entering the country and prevent more foreigners from becoming legal citizens before the elections, which will take place in November, 2020.
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Naturalization ceremonies increase around the country

Despite immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration during the current juncture, we are witnessing how immigration services gradually return to normal, including naturalization ceremonies.
In recent weeks, apart from Texas, other states in the country have also hosted naturalization ceremonies, allowing thousands of immigrants to become legal citizens after considerable waiting time.
Now, they have the ability to vote in the November presidential election and can apply for any government benefit offered during the health crisis.

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2020.09.23 23:40 guitarguy5147 How to convince my extremely strict parents to let me visit my girlfriend

I (25) want to go see my girlfriend (22). She currently is in Minnesota going to school while I live in mexico. Because of my parent's religious views however, (islam) I am hardly allowed to talk to women, much less date. And my parents are extremely strict on that. We're both getting extremely frustrated with waiting forcibly, and while right now with pandemic it is impossible to meet, it would be nice to have something planned for the near future. I've thought of most everything, going to see a friend they know, going to some kind of event, etc. But for whatever the excuse is, my dad refuses to let me go on my own and demands my mother go with me. I can't just off and leave either because I don't want to cause tension in the family and because I am not financially dependent (job market is awful here, very low wages,, and worse for a US expat who doesn't have great Spanish and I have to wait till i finish grad school to move back to the US when I'm accepted into medical school). Any tension or knowledge of me dating could lead to cancelation of my cell phone service, plus them being even more strict. And I dont want to lose any freedoms I've obtained over the years, with me finally being able to play a guitar and wear graphic tees, something I would have gotten in ALOT of trouble doing in high school. My parents are even okay with me having non Muslim friends now. So I'm kind of stuck and not sure what to do. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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2020.09.23 13:34 JBL_0 Chiapas- Customs seizes 627 kg of cocaine hidden in plastic recycling truck bound for Veracruz

Chiapas- Customs seizes 627 kg of cocaine hidden in plastic recycling truck bound for Veracruz

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The Tax Administration Service (SAT) reported that the General Customs Administration (AGA) seized 627 kilograms of cocaine, located in a tractor-trailer that transported recycled plastic bales bound for the port of Veracruz. It was discovered in the Huixtla customs section, belonging to the customs of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas.
In a statement, he indicated that according to the official report, customs personnel found 627 packages in the form of bricks lined with plastic and hidden between the bales. Following the discovery, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) was notified in order to integrate the corresponding investigation folder.
From March to date, 2,591 kilograms of cocaine have been seized at said customs with the use of high technology, which represents the largest seizure of the six-year term.
“The intelligence tasks in customs are giving us results. In Chiapas, we detected that these amounts of cocaine are being transferred by land and that they were going to Veracruz. That is why we achieved this historic seizure in the last three years”, said the general administrator of Customs, Horacio Duarte.
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2020.09.23 01:47 Leather_Term Revealed: Bill Clinton’s Intimate Secret Dinner With Ghislaine Maxwell

thedailybeast.com Sep. 22, 2020
The former president invited Ghislaine Maxwell to a cozy dinner in L.A. in 2014, years after she had been accused by a victim of procuring girls for Epstein’s sex ring.
After a star-studded gala in February 2014, Bill Clinton and his entourage headed to a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles for an intimate dinner with friends.
Their destination was Crossroads Kitchen, a Melrose Avenue hotspot that counts Beyoncé, Christina Applegate, and Katy Perry as fans, and features a menu with artichoke “oysters,” hearts of palm “crab cakes” and tagliatelle “bolognese.” That night, the restaurant was bustling. One insider spotted producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Bruce Willis, while TMZ recorded actor Sean Penn gliding through the front door.
Producer Steve Bing—Clinton’s friend, major Democratic donor, and investor in the restaurant who died by suicide this year—was already there waiting for the former president.
Former Clinton staffers Ben Schwerin, a future Snapchat executive, and then-talent agent Michael Kives were also invited to the swanky soiree.
But two other unlikely guests joined the party that night: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell—accused of procuring underage girls for sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein—and tech CEO Scott Borgerson, now rumored to be her husband.
According to information obtained by The Daily Beast, Clinton’s advance team secured seating for the invitees and specifically noted Maxwell and someone named “Scott” had RSVP’d for the Thursday gathering.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein. Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.
The sources told The Daily Beast that longtime Clinton gatekeeper Doug Band cut Maxwell out of the president’s network in 2011 before he left Clinton’s employ the following year. (Band flew on Epstein’s private jet, including for Clinton’s 2002 humanitarian trip to Africa, and was listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book.)
Information obtained by The Daily Beast indicates Jon Davidson, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, knew Maxwell was attending the 2014 dinner, which he helped to organize. Davidson did not return messages seeking comment.
“This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A.,” said one source who was disturbed by the decision. “Think of all the people he knows in L.A., and Ghislaine gets to attend.”
Schwerin told The Daily Beast he has no recollection or record of being at the dinner, while Kives said he did not attend and has never met Maxwell or noticed her at other Clinton dinners.
Angel Ureña, a spokesman for Clinton, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to a statement he issued in 2019:
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes. The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.
“It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true,” the friend said. “They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”
By the time of the Crossroads dinner, the press had widely reported on Epstein’s abuse of girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and lawsuits filed by victims of his trafficking scheme.
Claims of Maxwell’s involvement were known to Clinton staffers in 2011, when the Daily Mail reported on survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to Prince Andrew when she was 17. The report included a photograph of the British royal posing with Giuffre at Maxwell’s London home. In the picture, Maxwell smiles in the background as Andrew grips Giuffre’s bare waist.
It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle—at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014.
The night of the dinner, one person remembered Borgerson in particular because he wasn’t Ted Waitt, Maxwell’s ex-boyfriend and the billionaire Gateway co-founder. Waitt is a friend and supporter of the Clinton family, donating at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. “She had dated Ted Waitt for some time, so for her to go to a dinner like that, with someone who’s not Ted, was indicative that things moved on,” the source added.
TMZ reported Clinton dined with Penn that night but didn't mention any of the other boldfaced names. The gossip site published video footage of Clinton slipping into the back of the restaurant after a Secret Service motorcade parked, and of Penn striding through the entrance, ignoring a stringer’s questions about meeting Bill.
Hours earlier, the men rubbed elbows at the Unite4:Humanity gala at a Sony Pictures Studios lot, where singer Demi Lovato and other celebrities took selfies with the former president. Clinton, who received a “unity recognition award,” was the keynote speaker.
Clinton flew to New York the next morning, but Maxwell stayed in California. Three days after the group dinner with Clinton, Maxwell attended the Vanity Fair Oscar bash in West Hollywood, where a photographer snapped her with Elon Musk (who, in response to Twitter critics, claimed he was photobombed).
Another source with long ties to Clinton told The Daily Beast they were relieved Page Six or another outlet didn't catch wind of the gathering.
In 2014, Maxwell worked to reinvent herself through her oceans nonprofit, the TerraMar Project, and was photographed at a slew of society parties. She jet-setted to Alaska for the Iditarod, and spoke at a UN roundtable, Google’s Ocean Agenda conference, and a TEDx conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Maxwell, now awaiting trial for perjury and grooming girls for Epstein, was friendly with the Clinton clan for years. She had a front-row seat at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, reportedly as Waitt’s plus-one, at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Maxwell, Chelsea, and husband Marc Mezvinsky “flew together on a private plane to rendezvous with Waitt for a trip on Waitt’s yacht” around that time, Politico reported.
Last year, a spokeswoman for Chelsea told CNN the former first daughter was only acquainted with Maxwell because of Waitt.
Still, Maxwell’s ties to the Clintons run deeper. As The Daily Beast previously revealed, Maxwell and Epstein attended a reception at the White House during Clinton’s presidency. Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted the 1993 event for donors to the White House Historical Association, which funded Oval Office renovations including gold draperies and a new rug.
Maxwell’s dubious charity, the Max Foundation, showed a $2,500 contribution to the “Clinton Library and Foundation” in 2003. And in 2002 and 2003, the socialite traveled with the former president when he took trips on Epstein’s plane throughout Asia and Africa. Maxwell also flew from Miami to Westchester County, New York, with a group that included Epstein, Clinton, Secret Service agents and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s personal assistant and alleged accomplice.
In 2009, one attorney for Epstein victims hired an investigator to serve Maxwell with a subpoena as she schmoozed at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. “To say she was upset about being publicly served at this function is an understatement,” attorney Brad Edwards wrote in his book.
Clinton isn't the only high-profile politician under fire over ties to Epstein and Maxwell.
President Donald Trump palled around with Epstein in the '90s and at least until 2002, when he called the hedge-funder a “terrific guy” in an interview with New York.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump told the magazine.
In 1992, Trump held a “calendar girl” competition at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, and Epstein was reportedly the only guest.
The same year, Epstein and Trump were videotaped at what appears to be a different party at Trump’s private club. Found in NBC archives, the footage was for a talk-show profile on Trump’s new life as a divorcee. The men ogle women on the dance floor, and Trump apparently tells Epstein, "Look at her, back there. ... She's hot." Epstein smiles and nods before collapsing into giggles after Trump whispers something in his ear.
Jane Doe, one survivor of Epstein’s sex ring, said the financier introduced her to Trump in 1994, when she was 14 years old. Her lawsuit said Epstein “elbowed Trump playfully” before asking, “This is a good one, right?”
“Trump smiled and nodded in agreement,” Doe’s complaint alleges. “They both chuckled and Doe felt uncomfortable, but, at the time, was too young to understand why.” (Doe does not accuse Trump of any misconduct.)
Epstein and Trump “were good friends,” Epstein’s brother Mark told the Washington Post, adding that Trump flew on Epstein’s plane “numerous times.” The financier’s address book contains multiple entries for Trump and now-First Lady Melania.
The men supposedly had a falling out over real estate in 2004, when Epstein tried to outbid Trump in a bankruptcy auction for the Palm Beach mansion of nursing home magnate Abe Gosman, according to the Post.
Three years later, Page Six reported Epstein was banned from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump also apparently hobnobbed with Maxwell. At a COVID press conference in July, Trump told reporters he met Maxwell “numerous times over the years” but couldn’t answer whether he thought the beleaguered socialite would spill dirt on other famous people accused of partaking in Epstein’s trafficking scheme.
“I don’t know. I haven’t been following it too much,” Trump said. “I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.”
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2020.09.22 23:26 AndiCain Should I go NC with a nearly life long friend because of his on & off relationship?

I discussed this with my husband and he suggested I throw it over to Reddit, so here goes! I apologize as this will be a long one.
My friend, let's call him Nathan (33M), and his ex, who we'll call Lisa (36F), have been on and off for nearly 12 years. When they are together, they are absolutely toxic. They openly admit they do not trust each other, they constantly argue, and both have some questionable views on gender roles in a relationship.
To give you one example: a few years ago, Lisa cheated on Nathan. They broke up (4th time at this point), and while they were broken up, she planned her birthday party at a club. Obviously, Nathan wasn't invited. However, when he found out that Lisa had invited the man she cheated with, he took it upon himself to go to the club, start an altercation with dude, and was kicked out when he punched him. A few months after that, they got back together.
Fast forward to a year later and Lisa mentions to Nathan that she and a few of her girlfriends are planning a trip to Mexico. Nathan was under the impression that it would be just the ladies but imagine his surprise when he was told (by one of her friends) that the same guy she cheated with going as well. Nathan let Lisa know that he wasn't comfortable with her going if dude was going to be there. Her response, "This is a trip I really want to go on, therefore, I am going." Needless to say, Lisa ended up going and they ended up breaking up, yet again. Honestly, I could go on but even thinking about the way they treat and what I've personally witnessed them do and say to each other makes me cringe.
Whenever something.. less than ideal would happen in their relationship, Nathan would ask my opinion because he said he likes to get a (woman's) outsider perspective on the situation and I have always been honest with him. However, when they are back on, Nathan becomes someone else entirely. He becomes angry, bitter, and just generally unpleasant to be around or talk to. Whenever we would talk, whether that be through text or phone (we grew up living close to one another but have since moved to opposite ends of the city and don't get to see each other much) all of our conversations would consist of him complaining about something Lisa said or did. I would listen because he's my friend; I love him and maybe he just needs to vent, but I would honestly come away from the conversations mentally exhausted. I'm talking one to two hour long convos where I would barely speak, and Nathan never really seemed to notice. It got to the point where I would find myself calling Nathan less and less and sometimes just outright ignore his calls. It breaks my heart because when they are 'off', Nathan is hilarious, kind, and a joy to interact with.
Their latest breakup happened in April 2019. They both agreed to go no contact and were sticking to it. However, the passing of a mutual friend about a month ago had them seeing each other for the first time in over a year. About a week after the funeral, Nathan told me that after the service, he asked Lisa if she wanted to go back to his place and they ended up sleeping together. I told him I couldn't judge him for it because they're both grieving and grief can make some folks do/say things they wouldn't normally do/know they shouldn't do. He also admitted that he was hoping to plan some kind of socially distanced birthday activity for her as her birthday is in October. I wanted to tell him I didn't think that was a good idea but kept that to myself as he didn't ask for my opinion. Nathan then went on to say that he wanted to suggest to Lisa they try couples counselling (again).
I told him that I hoped the situation worked out the way he wanted it to and changed the topic to the new show Raised By Wolves that I think he would get a kick out of because he loves hard sci-fi (and the show is awesome). About twenty minutes later, we said our goodbyes. A few minutes after that, my husband came out of his office (I was sitting in the living room) and the first thing I said to him was "Nathan wants to get back with Lisa." His reply, "Oh, my god." We're both having a hard time understanding why Nathan thinks they will work out this time. To date, they have broken up and gotten back together about seven or eight times.
I should mention that I have brought up how he changes when they are together and he has said that he tries not to be that way but he can't help it.
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2020.09.20 16:57 PromisePublications 200920 - fromis_9 Weekly Recap

For better viewing experience, access this Weekly Recap through Promise Publications’ Website

Our Write-Up for this week - My Little Society: Album Reviews

My Little Society Promotions

Teasers, MV and Behind

200914 - fromis_9 - 'Feel Good (SECRET CODE)' M/V Teaser 1
200915 - fromis_9 - 'Feel Good (SECRET CODE)' M/V Teaser 2
200916 - fromis_9 - 'Feel Good (SECRET CODE)' M/V
200917 - Feel Good M/V Filming Behind (Naver Post) ENG SUB by maychiatto

Performances

200917 - Mcountdown - 'Feel Good' Comeback Stage
200917 - Mcountdown - 4K 'Feel Good' fromis_9 Fancam
200917 - Mcountdown - 4K 'Feel Good' Individual Fancam Playlist (All Members)
200919 - Show! Music Core - 'Feel Good' Comeback Stage
200919 - Show!MusicCore - 'Feel Good' fromis_9 Fancam
200919 - Show! Music Core - 'Feel Good' Individual Fancam Playlist (Jisun and Hayoung Only)
200920 - Inkigayo - 'Feel Good' Comeback Stage
200920 - Inkigayo - 'Feel Good' fromis_9 Fancam

Official Music Show Photos

200916 - fromis_9 via MnetMcountdown
200917 - Mcountdown Photos 1 via MnetMcountdown
200917 - Mcountdown Photos 2 via MnetMcountdown
200920 - Inkigayo Photos via kpop_sbs

News

200916 – fromis_9 Q&A
Q. What are your thoughts after 1 year and 3 months since the release of your special single album ‘FUN FACTORY’?
Jisun: Because we’re having a comeback after so long, there is pressure for us to do well. However, because we’re showing a new side of ourselves, I’m both curious and excited as to how people will view us. I hope it will be a promotion that is filled with love and support.
Gyuri: I’m nervous, but my excitement is greater. Our title song ‘Feel Good (SECRET CODE)’ is a little more mature compared to our previous songs, and I want to show our performance as soon as possible.
Q. If you could describe your 3rd Mini-album ‘My Little Society’ in one word, what would it be?
Hayoung: ‘Feel Good’ / Similarly to the name of our title song, it’s a feel good song and I hope that people will feel good while hearing the songs in our new album.
Nagyung: Honest / We revealed each member’s individuality, an individuality that we haven’t revealed before.
Jiwon: Come over / The meaning is we’re inviting you to come over to our personal little spaces where we can show our individual vibes and hobbies. Just like my answer says, we want to show you our individual spaces and invite you to come and have a good time with us.
Read the full interview translated by from_usSUBS here!
 
200916 – fromis_9 to Hold Their 3rd Online Promise Event
Off The Record Entertainment announced this Wednesday that fromis_9 will be holding a third online Promise Event. In the same format as the previous two, fans will have to pre-order the group’s upcoming album on specific Korean stores to apply. Winners will be picked through a random draw.
For the event, the group will be divided into three units, with 33 lucky winners per unit getting the chance to talk to the members for a short amount of time. Winners will also receive their album signed and exclusive pictures of the girls.
Sales for the event are running on BeatRoad online store until September 19. The Promise Event will be held on September 20 through KakaoTalk.
Injured, Seoyeon won’t take part in the event.
UPDATE 1: A fourth event will be held on September 25. Sales on Soundwave until September 20.
UPDATE 2: A fifth event will be held on September 26. Sales on Apple Music KR until September 22.
 
200916 – fromis_9 Homepage Re-Open
fromis_9’s official website was re-opened on September 16. Their homepage, now up to date with the group’s latest comeback, can be accessed on fromisnine.com.
 
200917 – 'My Little Society' iTunes 1st + All Songs Chart 'Hot'
Translated Excerpt (Naver):
“According to the global music streaming platform iTunes, fromis_9’s third mini album My Little Society, released on September 16, has topped the album charts in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Latvia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
In addition, it has become the top 10 in 17 regional album charts including Sweden, Vietnam, the Philippines and Turkey; the 5th place in Chile and Russia; 6th place in Australia and Japan; 7th place in Denmark; 8th place in Mexico and New Zealand; and 9th place in Singapore. Responses in South Korea are also high. The title song, “Feel Good,” has topped real-time charts of various music sites. The transformation of fromis_9 has also continued to receive positive reviews.”

YouTube

Official Video

200917 - fromis_9 - ‘Feel Good (SECRET CODE)’ Fanchant Guide
200918 - fromis_9 - ‘Feel Good (SECRET CODE)’ Choreography Video
200919 - fromis_9 - ‘Feel Good (SECRET CODE)’ Choreography Video - Cheer Guide Ver.

Jisun ASMR

200919 - fromis_9 - ASMR Interview Part.1
200919 - fromis_9 - ASMR Interview Part.2

Instagram

Official Instagram

200916 - Jisun

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2020.09.20 01:00 JoshuaLozano98 My (22m) Father-in-law (41m) is terminally ill, just left a toxic relationship, and is lost...

What a title, am I right? Well... It's kinda a long story.
So I've been dating my girlfriend since we were both in High School. I graduated and she still had a couple years. I've had to live with her and her dad for a year since my folks kicked me out (another long story there, for another sub), and I've been helping out with the house and her siblings (a brother and sister).
Everything was fine! Her father helped me get my life on track, helped me get a full-time job at an oil change shop, and he got me the push I needed to eat healthier.
There's one aspect of his life that's always been really rough on him and everyone around him, his girlfriend (we'll call her Lucy).
He used to be a marine, and had a really rough divorce with my girlfriend's mom. The split basically left him alone, and he worked his hardest to get his children back. That's where Lucy came in. She encouraged him to get active and helped him sober up. She gave him a lot of positivity and eventually he got the kids back and he now has a house and loved mountain biking and sharing those activities with his children!
That all sounds good right? What's wrong with that? Lucy is ABSOLUTELY FUCKING TOXIC TO HIM.
I should add for context, but she had a hard upbringing in Mexico from her folks, as well as a terrible divorce from her ex-husband, and she might have undiagnosed high functioning Autism. It is hard for her to open up to people, and she's especially cold with her own children.
With my father-in-law, she has him wrapped around her finger. She would constantly ask him to run around all day and do errands for him, be her pool boy and clean up for him, spend time with her kids, take her to and from wherever she needs. Whenever he asks her for at least one of those things, she never does it. She never helps out or attempts to initiate herself with his family, and back when he had visitation, she would never join him and left him out to dry. She never comes over, unless they want "alone time" which would mean me and my girlfriend would have to leave the house in order for them to TRY, and in the end nothing would happen. He would be asked and would make an effort to hang out with her kids, but she NEVER does that with HIS kids, and was so cold and flippant with his daughters and son.
On top of all that, she treats him HORRIBLY. Early on, she would have other guys on the hook, had text messages from people trying to slide into her dms, and she would try to break him away from his family without explicitly saying it. The thing is, she NEVER got the idea that this was all wrong. The cherry on top of everything - and I know how misoginistic this is gonna sound, but my girlfriend and I have seen this first hand and know it's true - is she is absolutely MONSTROUS during that... special time. I mean, she would fight him and blow up at him for two weeks a month. In these times, she'd blow up at him for talking to family, getting something to eat, running errands without her, getting something that wasn't what she wanted, and then she would threaten to go hangout with other guys (that she had history with).
They were dating for 6 years, and they were CONSTANTLY on again off again because of how she is. In my year that I've lived with them, they've broken up 4 times. The pattern goes that they'd fight, she'd never apologize, then say "Can we move on?" and he does, she asks to come over, and they're back together. Each time, it gets worse and worse, but whenever we'd ask why he's with her, and he'd constantly say "I know she's bad, but she loves me! The highs are REALLY high." Every one knows she's horrible to him, and everyone hates her. My girlfriend, her siblings, my father-in-law's family, MY family, EVERYONE. But we just put up with it for now...
Then... well, 2020 is the year that keeps on giving.
Back in January, he got incredibly sick and practically slept for 3 days in his room, heavily medicated and really under the weather. We didn't think anything of it, but he never got back to 100%, and started finding it harder to breathe and walk, and there were points where his hands became swollen for no reason. We rode our the lockdown due to COVID, but he started freefalling. Meanwhile, while he was feeling this way, Lucy STILL had him running around doing whatever she needed at the time. Last month, she took him to Mexico to get checked out, and after a week waiting for tests, he told me very shakily to drive him to the hospital. We worried it was the Rona or something even worse, but after another week, we found out what was really going on.
The doctors more or less diagnosed him with scleroderma, which is a rare blood disease that causes his body to produce too much colagene, makes his organs harden, and apparently is really dangerous. His lungs are at 50%, and he's had muscle DEATH. He'll never be able to mountain bike or do most of the things he used to do ever again, and if he gets sick, it's a death sentence.
He gave Lucy an out, but she said that leaving him was the farthest thing from her mind. All was good, and we hoped this would be the end of all the problems and she'd change, right?
EARLIER THIS WEEK
Me and my girlfriend got sick, and Lucy insisted my father-in-law put us in a hotel so we wouldn't get him sick, even after he had plans to quarantine us. This meant that he had no help with cleaning, and to put in perspective how hard the illness has gotten to him, he did his own laundry, and it winded him and he almost passed out moving the laundry basket from the living room to the bedroom. And - as mentioned before - she never does anything for him. So he originally had plans to call a maid service while me and my girlfriend were at the hotel, but he decided to go call his niece who lives nearby with some other family members to see if she'd be down to help do some cleaning. That should be fine, right?
Not according to Lucy logic, especially this week since it's... THAT time. She was upset about it, but then asked her three times if it was okay. She said she was fine, but then later that night she said "Since you're having her over, I'll go ahead and since you can't do anything for me, I'll call up my ex boyfriends and have them come over and help me out! And I won't tell you and if you get upset? You don't get to say anything!"
My father-in-law got PISSED. It was the final straw for him, equating having people over that she's slept with to his 17 year old NIECE? He ended up calling things off like usual, but unlike the other times he's done this, he actually let me and my girlfriend in on what's happening. Because of his upbringing and his time in the Marines, he's not usually emotional. That wasn't the case last night, because he opened up about how scary and emotionally devastating it is whenever she dangles the fear of her pushing him away for another guy, and how much it hurts him. He even opened up that the scleroderma has basically made him... Dossile and unable to be intimate. He broke down crying, and we finally told him to just cut it off. Everyone agrees that it's for the best. And that'd be it, right?
Well, cut to earlier today, and Lucy calls him up and insists that me and my girlfriend get involved. She doubles down that she's right, and even goes as far as to say that my father-in-law is controlling and holds her on a tight leash and "doesn't let me invite anyone over, but he can invite his niece??"
My girlfriend asked "Ok, well... Can you give me an example of a time that happened?" "Well, he didn't let me invite an employee over to my house, or a guy I friended on facebook who offered to cook dinner for me, and I don't have any mutual friends with him --" my father-in-law immediately cut me off and revealed that "employee" she was talking about was AN OLD FLAME SHE STALKED AND FUCKED, and he pointed out the absurdity of inviting a guy who just wants to cook for her and ONLY her. He's terminally ill, but it doesn't mean he's stupid.
So then she just went back to how much she was hurt for him asking someone else to come over, and that "I might as well ask an ex to come over. I mean, I know that you're sick and all, and I'm sorry that you're in pain, but you should at least do basic exercises, so I think you're full of shit."
I immediately cut her off and said "There shouldn't be a 'but' in that sentence. When you've got someone you love and they're sick, you have to understand what their going through. You may not relate, but you can empathize. When you say 'I know that you're sick,' there should NEVER be a but." It froze her up, and after a solid beat give or take, she never relented and I just said out loud to hang up because she kept talking over everything anyone said. She expected everyone to side with her, and just went on the offensive. I thought it was over, but AS I AM TYPING THIS, she called him THROUGH HER DAUGHTER'S PHONE to bitch him out, and even said that he should not even be asking for help and that he's more than capable of cleaning the entire house by himself.
Shortly before, she left a message that says that she didn't want to argue, and that she is on her period (I forgot to mention that, solely because she admitted it later) and that she's in a bad position, and that she "loves him."
I really feel for him, and I have never put my two cents into his love life until he asked me to. Neither me or even my girlfriend have ever seen him this emotional and heartbroken, and I wish I could help him any way I can. I know it's obvious, but he's admitted to me that he is weak when it comes to this stuff and doesn't even want anything sexual, but rather someone to talk to in all this. Because of the years invested, he's not able to move on so easily. Any advice for this?
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