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Strange Love: Maybe I'm lonely

The air in the bar was almost as stifling as it was outside. The weather hadn't gotten any milder after the day of the concert. I had been hoping for it to cool off but no such luck, so me and my sensitive pale skin were better off inside.
I had called Brook the day right after our first encounter. It had been the first thing I did that morning and to be honest, I had only waited this long to keep at least a little bit of my dignity. She answered the phone with a lively voice and out of sheer nervousness, I told her I was the "concert from the Clarence in the park" or something. After she was done laughing, she happily agreed to meet me for drinks that same evening.
The bar we would meet at was in the inner city, a place bustling with people both during the day and at night. While I did enjoy the company of the few friends I had, I was never one for excessive partying or nightlife in general. The neon lights of the flashy signs welcoming me to this central part of town stood out from the darkness when I arrived. They were almost blinding.
Inside, slightly cooler air greeted me, and I made my way over to the counter right away. I sat down on one of the barstools and took out my phone. I was about ten minutes early and hadn't been expecting her to show up on time anyway – something told me she wasn't the punctual type. However, just a few moments after I had situated myself, I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I found Brook smiling at me.
"Hey," she said casually.
"Hi. You're… early."
She shrugged and sat down beside me. We ordered our drinks, she chose some flashy tropical-looking thing with a name way too long to remember. "I was looking forward to seeing you," she explained bluntly.
I wasn't sure how to respond. "Me too," I finally replied. "Did you get back home safe yesterday?" I added, mostly to get the conversation going.
"Of course. That concert was pretty nice. I wish they'd do stuff like that more often. Feels like it's only every other month and it's not always this good."
"So you like this kinda thing?"
She nodded. "I go out pretty often, yeah. What about you?"
I chuckled and awkwardly ran a hand through my hair. "Not really. I spend a lot of time at work. But I try to get myself out there a little more. Don't wanna rot at home either."
She hummed and placed her chin in her hand. Regarding her, the way she sat and looked up at me, the image of a rose gold ring I had discovered on an investigation with Ernest Kraft back in the day appeared before my inner eye. I wasn't sure why I had to think of it all of a sudden.
"So what do you do for work?" she asked. "Is it fun?"
"Yes, a lot… I've been working there for ages now, I'm a security guard at an occult museum." I had rehearsed this line for occasions such as this, namely for when I had to introduce myself to people who weren't affiliated with the museum. I normally didn't mind bending the truth a little, but for some reason, telling her this made me feel rather guilty. Of course, there was no way I could tell her the truth. I wasn't even sure if she would be able to handle the abridged version I gave her.
"An occult museum?" she inquired, her eyes growing wider.
I nodded. "It's a collection of objects and archives related to all things paranormal basically. Most visitors are pretty wealthy. It's private and, not to brag… kinda exclusive?" I laughed quietly. "I mean, tours are expensive and need to be booked in advance."
We had now reached the point where quite a lot of my dates before had come to an early end. When Brook didn't immediately respond and instead took a slow sip of her drink, I was getting understandably fidgety. She let go of a refreshed breath before turning back to me, her smile even wider than before. She looked excited, a new, bright glow on her cheeks. "Tell me more, please."
As someone who has been retelling his experiences to visitors of the museum and in archive writings alike, I have a ton of stories ingrained in my memory I'm basically just waiting to recount. I don't know what exactly it was I told her, but I think it was something about a doll. Could have been the little cowboy Ethan or maybe even Lacey, but I do remember the look on her face. She was attentive, immersed even; her brows twitching and lips parting every so often in surprise or astonishment when I got to an especially intense point in the story.
I ended my account by falling silent as I held her gaze and took a sip of my beer. Brook sat back, stretched her arms and stared up at the ceiling for a few seconds before turning back to me. "That is so crazy," she muttered. "You know, I can't tell if you're kidding or not…"
"I'm not," I replied sternly. "Although I can't really blame you."
"Yeah… guess not. Woah. I've never quite believed in these things, like, I'm always more on the questioning side. Undecided, you know? But I do think it's interesting. Like, that shit is amazing."
"Bet you like horror movies then," I remarked.
She nodded eagerly. "More than what's good for me probably." She chuckled lightly. "Used to watch them as a kid without my mom and dad knowing. Scared me shitless, but I couldn't stop. Like an addiction almost. So, can you summon demons too or something?"
I coughed a little and hurried to hide my face behind my glass as I shook my head. "I mean, that's a bit much for just a security guard, don't you think?" I asked in response.
She grinned. "Yeah, okay. That's true. Got a bit ahead of myself there."
The thing is, I can and I have, but I wasn't about to tell her that. There were a lot of things I wasn't going to tell her. Funnily enough, I had a conversation about just that a few weeks later with Elias Smith, who had taken over his father's place as the collection's co-owner by my side not too long ago. I guess one could call us close friends.
He had grown from a bright but slightly spoiled boy into a snarky but sharp young man. I appreciated his company and his wits, but not so much his tendency to make me look into the proverbial mirror. He did that a little too much for my liking. So when we were sitting in the break room with some of the other staff members one day, he noticed the bags under my eyes.
"Were you out with that girl again?" he asked with a grin. I nodded sluggishly. "That's been going on for a while now. Getting serious, huh?"
I shrugged. "I guess so." I didn't really want to talk about Brook at work. She was eighty percent of my private life and discussing my relationship with her at the museum was like trying to mix oil with water.
"Did you tell her about you-know-what?" Elias asked casually. I shook my head. This obviously hadn't been what he was expecting and I flinched at his reaction. "You have to, you know that, right? It'd be so fucked up if you won't."
"I will tell her, but not yet. Also, that's sorta personal, can we not –"
"She doesn't know who you are! She's basically dating a total stranger." By now, he was talking so loudly half of the employees were following our conversation.
"I'm sorry," a female voice suddenly chimed in from beside us, "but this is hard to watch."
Both of us spun around to find a slender, tall young woman with short hair standing next to our table. I recognized her to be the new hire, a tour guide who had started working at the museum not long ago. I couldn't think of her name though. We've never had enough employees to lose track of them, but I've found that it can take me a while to learn all their names by heart. That's always a bit embarrassing in the beginning since we try to keep a friendly atmosphere around here. No one is required to be formal.
"With all due respect, Strangelove has a life outside the collection. You should respect that, sir," she said, facing Elias with a deadpan glare. "And even if you choose not to, you might want to be at least a little more discreet about it."
"Thank you," I told her, challengingly tilting my head at my partner.
"You're welcome. Name's Jenna, I'm a big fan," she explained curtly as she gave me a small wave before leaving for the hallway.
Elias turned in his seat to look after her. When he turned back to face me, he looked almost impressed. "Well, that was unexpected."
"Not really. Someone was bound to say something, with you trumpeting out the details of my love life," I hissed. At least his mind seemed to be elsewhere now.
"She's pretty cool though," he remarked, nodding towards the doorway Jenna had vanished through. "Girl's got guts."
I thought about what Elias had told me for a long time after that. In the end, I could never get myself to tell Brook the truth. I was reluctant already, plus, everything about my "other" life seemed to fade into the background when I was with her. I never stopped feeling guilty about it when she was gone though. So many missed opportunities to let her in on the truth.
Then of course, part of me feared she would leave if I were to tell her. My life was weird enough as it was and she probably already had trouble wrapping her head around my strange job. Perhaps the truth about who I was would act as a fatal blow of sorts.
Maybe I had been lying to myself all along though. After all, I knew how much she loved my stories. She had seen the scar on my chest and to be honest, she had been so impressed by it it had made me feel proud. It's hard to describe, but I think I read something nice in some drama by Shakespeare once that reminded me of it.
She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them.
Part 3: You took the words right out of my mouth
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[Lore] The Continuation of a Dream: Rhodes Island

Disclaimer: Spoilers for all chapters up to Chapter 7, and all the events of CN.
“For all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness. Be sure of this, O young ambition, all mortal greatness is but disease.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
In this moment of content drought, let’s look away from Siesta, from the Contingency Contract, from Code of Brawl, and back on a little landship docked in Lungmen City.
This will be your handbook to Rhodes Island.
Edit: added DM operators I completely forgot about; some changes.
May I enjoy my life and practice my art / Respected by all men and in all times.

The History of Rhodes Island

Rhodes Island’s first appearance was more than three years ago from current time, during the Kazdel civil war. The mercenary group composed of Hedley, Ines, W, and other Sarkaz mercenaries received a commission from the spies left by Babel: escort a convoy from Rim Billiton through Kazdel. Ines, using her Arts, discovered an enormous skeleton within the convoy.
The convoy was soon attacked by Theresis’ soldiers. W and Ines were saved by Theresa and Kal’tsit, and brought onto Rhodes Island. As W wandered around, she finds Theresa and Closure trying to fix an automatic door. Closure, frustrated that she couldn’t figure out the inner workings of the door, asks Theresa to give her three days to change the entire security system.
After Closure leaves, Theresa finds W. In their conversation, Theresa reveals that the landship they were on wasn’t built in Kazdel, and that she found the name “Rhodes Island” in documents hidden deep within the ship and wishes to call it such.
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An unknown amount of time later, Theresis executed a beheading operation. Theresa was killed and Babel crumbled, but Rhodes Island managed to escape Kazdel. Later, the Rhodes Island Pharmaceutical Company was created, and set their goals on treating the infected and finding a cure to oripathy. With their methods, they have solved many situations instigated by the infected, while staying neutral among the various forces. Now, they face Reunion, the greatest infected riot to date.

The Current Rhodes Island

"Rhodes Island’s public information did not indicate that they were a company involved in arms, but there is a certain professionalism to a portion of the personnel and its security measures. Considering that there has only been a few years since Rhodes Island’s registration until now, there were many questions lingering in my head. From public information I believe they (referring to Blacksteel International) are in a competitive relationship. Now that I see it… perhaps they have another connection."
—Recorder
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Three years after the end of the Kazdel civil war, Rhodes Island sent its forces to Chernobog to rescue us. W disrupted reserve team A1 and A4 and prevented our escape. Team E3, led by Ace, sacrificed themselves to hold off Talulah and save us, and team E1, E2, and E4, led by Amiya, Dobermann, and Nearl escaped with us. The recon team led by Scout killed the enemy Sarkaz mercenary leader Galson, but Scout and his team were killed in the process as well.
Rhodes Island then moved to the next closest city—Lungmen. A deal was made with Wei Yenwu to exchange intel and protection for Lungmen's support. Rhodes Island was tasked to secure Misha, and gathered the help of the L.G.D., Blacksteel International, and Penguin Logistics. However, due to the events in Chapter 2-3, Misha and her brother Alex, also known as Skullshatterer, both died.
Rhodes Island then sent out rescue teams to the ruins of Chernobog to look for survivors, where they encountered Frostnova and the Yeti Squadron. Amiya and we headed to the ruins, and fought off Frostnova with Blaze. Then, receiving news of the attack on Lungmen, we joined the battle with Amiya and Blaze.
After defeating Mephisto and his herd, Rhodes Island's forces pursued him to Lungmen's underground foundations. Frostnova stops Rhodes Island, and dies fighting us. We return to the landship to take care of Frostnova's body, while Amiya went to Wei Yenwu to cancel the contract between Rhodes Island and Lungmen, where she heard the news that Talulah is ramming Chernobog into Lungmen, and will arrive in 36 hours
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By Chapter 7, Rhodes Island has already nullified its contract with Lungmen and is currently on route to the next mobile city. Meanwhile, five teams led by us, Kal’tsit, Amiya, Raidian, and another elite operator have infiltrated the Chernobog core city in order to stop the Talulah.

Known Personnel

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Leader: Amiya.
Head of the medical department and founder S.W.E.E.P.: Kal'tsit.
Tactical commander: the Doctor.
Engineers: Closure, Weedy.
Blood bank overseer: Warfarin.
Mechanist and weapon engineer: Mechanist.
Other elite operators: Logos, Mechanist, Outcast, Mantra, Raidian, Misery, Blaze, Rosmontis, Whitesmith (possibly deceased), Ace (deceased), Scout (deceased).
S.W.E.E.P. senior member: Ascalon.
S.W.E.E.P. members: Projekt Red, Scavenger, Platinum (unconfirmed), Manticore (unconfirmed).
Operations team E3: Ace (captain, deceased), Guard, Greythroat.
Operations team E4: Nearl (captain).
Scout's recon team (all deceased): Scout (captain), Slink, Pter, Scorpion, Leafa, Milim, Tipsy, Slanna, Mimi, Mary, Thumbtack, Mudflower, Macron.
Special ops team 3: Mantra (captain), Elysium.
Reserve ops team A1: Fang(captain), Kroos, Beagle, Lava, Hibiscus.
Reserve ops team A4: Melantha(captain), Ansel, Steward, Adnachiel, Cardigan.
Reserve ops team A6: Orchid(captain), Catapult, Spot, Midnight, Popukar.
Ops team A4: Yato(captain), Noir Corne, Durin, Rangers.
Instructors: Dobermann, Gris, Tess, Falon, Victor, Leia.
Other non-playable members: Simone, Heavyrain, Summers, Owl, Hypatia, Neon, Dora, Harmony, Thorns.

Treatment of the Infected

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Contrary to “popular belief”, Rhodes Island does in fact perform treatment instead of killing 600 enemies every day. Money is not an issue, as out of all the infected operations in the roster, only Melantha, Perfumer, Cliffheart, and Mousse are said or hinted to be from a wealthy background (Ch’en is also technically from a rich background, but she isn’t really here for treatment). Other than that, operator background ranges from blacksmits, assassins, child soldiers, geologists, and even criminals.
For those who cannot afford treatment, as long as they can provide services for Rhodes Island (washing dishes is fine too), Rhodes Island will take them in. Even children Rhodes Island picks up will be taught by operators, and do what they can to benefit Rhodes Island, such as making paper flowers for a party.
Additionally, those affiliated with Rhodes Island will often wear an infection monitor bracelet, no matter if you’re infected or not. The blazelet can track the infection progress and monitor body signals. Those wearing a monitor are as follows:

Rhodes Island’s Armaments and Equipment

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Not a lot of information is given on Rhodes Island’s military equipment. Elite operators such as Blaze and Rosmontis seem to have their own weapons, while normal Rhodes Island operators wield standard swords and staves. Rhodes Island also possesses numerous land vehicles and at least two helicopters. There is at least one shooting room on board, and several training rooms used by the reserve teams. During the infiltration of Chernobog’s core city, several windmakers were used to create a miniature sandstorm.
When an infected individual dies, their body can crystalize and turn to dust, causing secondary infections. Rhodes Island is equipped with a biological processing room with several incinerator chambers to dispose of the corpses. All of Rhodes Island’s infected personnel will eventually come to this place.
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PRTS, which stands for Primitive Rhodes Island Terminal Service, connected our nervous network to Rhodes Island during the tutorial. It acts as an AI around the landship, and sometimes makes jokes that are uncalled for.
I feel like the situation here has gone cold. Should I raise the temperature in the control room?
When Rhodes Island is docked, the onboard operators can freely move around in the local area, provided that they do not interfere with Rhodes Island’s interests.
S.W.E.EP. was an inside organization created by Kal’tsit after Rhodes Island’s previous leader was killed, in order to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

Connections with Other Organizations

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Contingency Contract
Rhodes Island accepts the missions given by Contingency Contract in exchange for supplies. They were one of Rhodes Island’s important collaborators. Contact with Contingency Contract had been temporarily cut due to Reunion, but it has since been reestablished by messenger operators.
Blacksteel International
Blacksteel International is a personal security company located in Columbia. As oripathy gradually became more widespread and more of its employees became infected, Blacksteel collaborated with Rhodes Island to treat its infected employees, and sent some of its interns (including Vanilla) over to Rhodes Island. Rhodes Island has also sought Blacksteel’s help during the Lungmen mission to rescue Misha.
Rhine Lab
Saria, Silence, and Ptilopsis are no longer affiliated with Rhine Lab after their arrival on Rhodes Island with Ifrit. Rhine Lab and Rhodes Island have a collaboration contract which brought over Magallan, and Mayer, a researcher from Rhine Lab, is currently collaborating with Rhodes Island as well.
Lungmen Guard Department
After the events of Chapter 6, the collaboration between the L.G.D. and Rhodes Island has officially ended.
Raythean
Raythean is a manufacturing company active in Rim Billiton and Columbia, and manufactures electronics, mining equipment, and military gear. It has made Savage’s hammer, Vulcan’s riot shield, Glaucus’ Raythean Franker, Specter’s saw, and Ch’en’s Chixiao. Additionally, Lancet-2, Castle-3, and THRM-EX were all operation platforms developed by Raythean and modified by Closure. Raythean has also produced the Pioneer skin series for Silence, Meteorite (thanks u/Coud31), and Jessica, as well as the MARTHE summer skin for Castle-3.
Penguin Logistics
Penguin Logistics’ agreement with Rhodes Island has allowed Sora to stay on the landship, on the condition that they protect Sora’s safety and increase her popularity. Rhodes Island has also sought Penguin Logistics’ help during the Lungmen mission to rescue Misha.
Glasgow Gang
Two of Glasgow’s members, Siege and Indra, are currently on Rhodes Island. The rest of the members are unknown.
Karlan Commercial
Karlan Commercial’s chairman, Enciodes Silverash, is in a collaborative relationship with Rhodes Island. His younger sister Ensia is being treated at Rhodes Island, and his other younger sister Anya is also at Rhodes Island
Followers
Nearl, Shining, and Nightingale are all currently serving Rhodes Island.
Ursus Student Self-Government Group
After escaping from Chernobog, the group led by Zima joined Rhodes Island.
Li’s Detective Agency
Waai Fu is employed by Rhodes Island during the Lungmen-Rhodes secret commercial-communication contract. Hung and Aak are recommended by the owner of the detective agency and are subsequently employed.
King’s Wand
After their pet “Phil” was killed in an infected riot, the King’s Wand collaborated with Rhodes Island, partially because they wanted to take revenge.
Azazel
Azazel’s leader, Hellagur, is currently collaborating with Rhodes Island after the clinic was destroyed in the Chernobog invasion.

Additional Information

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Poor and middle class white American people should hate rich white people much more than they do.

In all my life no concept has confused me more than the convenient scapegoat of “ the other” in our american society.
It’s always “ the others fault that poor and middle class white people suffer” .
It’s the blacks fault that the white politicians have ravaged 2nd amendment rights in america .
It’s the mexicans fault that white people lose jobs that white business owners gladly pay them half the salary to do .
it’s the native americans fault that white politicians take MASSIVE kickbacks fro mcasinoes and therefore have a premium reason to minimize legal gambling in large sections of the country paid for by wealthy white -lead gambling institutions and organizations .
and got recently it’s the asians fault ( specifically the Chinese) that america has been infected with a virus our wealthy white political leadership has avoided and tried to curtail as much as possible but agonizingly couldn’t get over the reduce profits for this years quarters.
But let’s look deeper because it’s truthfully not a White wealth issue… it’s a Wealth issue .
who raises your taxes, who avoids offering common people bailouts? Who makes it expensive to create a daycare, which makes your childcare more expensive and then gives your children subpar education as they defund the schools ? Who makes you pay annually for your car, your house, your ability to run a business. Every step you take to be successful there’s some rich asshole with his hand in your pocket taking your hard earned wages into his hands.
Yellow, Brown, White, or black the rich f this country have taken everything share nothing and exploit anything .
As poor and middle class people across the country receive horrific medical bills, get pushed out of their homes, lose their jobs, and fight for survival the wealthy sit comfortably and hmm and aww over your life and your success happily taking their sweet time as you and everyone you love and respect suffer.
The rich in this country have poisoned the minds of the poor and middle class to tell us it’s our GENDER that’s the problem or our SEXUALITY, or our race, our political affiliation … They never seem to allow us enough time to really analyze their wealth and how little they pay back into the system .
Just saying The rich are the enemy to all the common people.. .and as the saying goes the enemy to my enemy is my friend.
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Manifesto of an Anti-Centrist

I want to preface that Jreg didn't inspire these ideas into me, I believed this way long before I watched his content, he just introduced me to a community of potentially likeminded people.
I am going to link pictures of my political test results and I am going to copy paste my unironic manifesto and you guys tell me how much of an anti-centrist I am, and if I'm not specifically an Anti-Centrist, what ideology would you give me? Pictures of tests results:
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These texts come from a website called Nationstates where I run my nation, so I will place a link at each end for better context and in case I am missing anything, this post will be extremely long, will be containing weird formatting, controversial opinions, etc. Please take into account it is because it contains a lot of information and is coming straight from my factbooks, this will be my most detailed account yet, and will help figure out my position politically, so grab a snack, a drink, and enjoy:
"I would like to specify that I use Syncretism within my theory a lot.
My first primary ideology/theory. It's an ideology focused on Communism in one Nation, but Worker's Democratically run the Industries in Cooperatives, employees still earn profit as well based on their position and effort, instead of earning on wage, a fusion of Marx's "to each according to their ability," and what the workers deems for what each individual earned, ensuring a fair form of meritocracy. And there is still welfare no one has to work for the minimal things to live and enjoy life. I believe in a cooperative market over a competitive market, businesses should be reinforced to be more likely to work together. The market should also be protectionist, Autarky based (so self sufficient), and economically mercantilist, meaning trading foreign only to make profit. The market should also predominately be Black Markets, Gray Markets, and be using Crypto Currency inspired advanced so economy.
This part speculates the government itself acting as a Council, the leadership being only the people doing the most important jobs, like Veterans, Doctors, Scientists, Engineers, Inventors, Environmentalists, Philosophers, etc. They each get delegated to their local government to vote important decisions, and then the most significant in each individuals field will represent the government body above that, and then the government body above that, so on and so forth, until the sole leader being chosen by the top group. Within said society, the citizens would have an extreme amount of freedom, marriage also wouldn't be a legally recognized concept or at least not legally significant, and they have to take a test to make sure they are ready to parent and to have children. Otherwise the society is extremely free and progressive, and immigrants can only come in if they are going to be a member of the science community(i.e. Doctors, Scientists, Engineers) laborers, or are refugees, and they can't join the government. If they are refugees they must either be an average person fleeing a nation, or be supplying the nation with political information(if the latter than you MUST work), none of the refugees can be used for propaganda no matter what. Drugs are completely legal, but in order to get high on the dangerous drugs, they must go to a safe facility that doses the drug, and oversees them using it. While less lethal drugs are allowed on the streets, but selling/giving to someone 14 or under is a criminal penalty. Non-violent crimes are only treated with rehabilitation, while violent crimes are treated punitively, and rape, molestation, are dealt with by castration and public ridicule, and serial murder(from someone not disturbed) is given death penalty by opiate overdose. Citizens would have id chips, to help prevent violent crimes, and to read vitals of citizens for their health, especially within the drug facilities, or if a disaster happens. Cloning, genetic engineering, and other fringe sciences would be completely legal. Trying to increase economic net gain from other countries would be the primary goal of the nation. Citizens would act as the military, police, and security, being licensed weapons to them, and being trained how to efficiently handle them.
The economy for the most part will be electronic, as a Kredit system, and an A.I. will proportionately spread the wealth to the unemployed, Industries, Government, etc. The a.i. will use an advanced mathematic system to justify what regions will need the most profit where in the upcoming time. The a.i. will also be advanced enough to figure out how to ensure a net gain when trading with other nations.
Vehicles would be banned in suburban and urban areas, as Public Transportation would be the mandatory expectation. Buses, Monorails, Subways, Bikes, and other options would be available. In Rural areas, automobiles would be the most viable option, but must be kept to a minimum.
Firearm ownership is mandatory, this works 2 fold, it's to prevent the nation from becoming corrupt. It's also used to decrease violent crimes, and corrupt uprisings/rebellions that the general populace does not agree with.
Vaccines would be mandatory.
The nation runs on only the most basic form of welfare, where the Disabled receives most of it, but the unemployed still receive a basic form of it. The disabled get actual set income, the unemployed are just aloud to get what everyone else can get, that's free, basic housing, a set amount of food, water, and education, television access, telephone, internet, cable, and computer.
Jobs like Private Lawyers and Businessmen do not exist within this society. Everyone gets true equal representation. And individuals making a profit by taking from others labor, or guessing the economy don't deserve money, same with gambling.
Communication with the "government" should be completely transparent, the "government" informs their citizens that they are keeping track of their activity(for their safety) and they inform the citizens of any type of disaster, instead of pretending to have it under control like America. (I.E. CDC informing people that they should continue to get flu shots if they are in perfect health, even though the people dying in 2018 were perfectly healthy adults, who were given the shot. What they died from was their own immune system, and it's called cytokine storm, the US and CDC spread disinformation, instead of properly educating their citizens on who should get the shots. This is due to mass panic being an issue, but it only happens because the people can't trust their government and doctors. But transparency would solve it) Next is transparency on withholding public information for the nation's safety, if the government allows citizens to openly know there is stuff they have that can't be shared with the general public, because it could get into the wrong hands, a larger populace would be understanding of the withholding of information.
In relation to my latest flag, and to understand how it relates to the theory I have been writing on.

The primary concept is environmentalism is key, in order to ensure survival of the Human Race, while not sacrificing technological advancement. And even using technology as a tool to help the environment. This means abandoning wasteful energies, like petroleum and coal, for more efficient energy sources that are also cleaner, like Nuclear, Hydroelectric, Geothermic, etc. Including the belief that GMOs are helpful, Transhumanism would be a net environmental gain, etc.
The next part of the theory is expansion of the theory to other Sentient+Sapient Life, like if A.I. becomes a reality, another organism becomes our equal, or we encounter extra-terrasterials. But the theory must not be spread very much amongst other people, as the people themselves have become mostly closed off and unreceptive to these ideas.
The final part of the theory is to achieve a state of Vanguard, as to help more workers liberate themselves from their chains. These workers must already try to push for their freedom from hierarchy, like what's going on in France today.
The text on the flag says "Asen, Wanen, und Buddhas mit alles," meaning "Aesir, Vanir, and Buddhas with all," which is a Germano-Nordic and Dharmic Universalist adaptation, of the Teutonic Knights "Gott mit uns," which meant "God with us."
What is my Definition of Nationalism?
A nationalist should be a set of leaders that cares about their people, no matter their ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, etc. not unjustly killing them for reasons they see fit. They should never allow labor to be done abroad, abusively, or such. They should ensure that living isn't something the citizens pay for or earn, but rather it's just a right to everyone, this means housing, food, water, transportation, and education come free. They should never try to spread their ideals, unless others want to take those ideals on, and only help them achieve that goal, nothing beyond that. They should ensure their citizens have vast freedoms, but can't have their rights taken away from themselves through methods like voting. A nationalist should be an individual that makes their citizens proud to be of that nationality and culture.
This final final part will contain a post I made on newwackyideologies
Firstly this is a copy paste from a post I made in whatsmyideology because I unironically believe in much of this. And I know my ideology is pretty whacky and I'm okay with this.
I call myself a Market Socialist, but likelihood is I am far too left for that, I don't have better wording for what I am other than "Market Socialist."
Some people might say I believe in contradictories, but if I go down a certain path long enough I can find a conclusion that fits nicely. In some ways I am what a Centrist is to regular politics, I am to left and market politics.
Capitalism is a stepping stone to my end goal, which I believe in some variation of accelerationism is required to achieve the next state, either electing Trump or Biden because they can't run the country because of their senility, or electing Buttigieg because he'll make military service Compulsory, basically arming the working class. Or even Bioaccelerationism, by having everyone old who controls the economic power die from this virus, and superstars act like idiots because they no longer have people controlling their behavior.
I believe in Workers rights, thus I believe that they should not have certain things stolen from them, like their value or taxes, this means I believe that their cannot be CEOs, Corporate overlords, Stockholders, Shareholders, or Politicians. In a lot of words this means I believe in a Workers Democracy, they should be allowed to vote together who earned how much on a fairly regular basis, this prevents bias, and allows others to have insentive to vote for the harder worker than the lazier worker, or the worker who's position matters more, or is harder to learn, etc.
I believe in Agorist Markets, meaning I support concepts like CryptoCurrency, Grey Markets and Black Markets, Mutualist value on products, Radical Free markets, etc. Although I believe everyone has certain inalienable rights, these are freedom to food, freedom to clean water, freedom to shelter, freedom to firearms and proper training with said firearms, freedom of speech and freedom of consequences, bodily freedom, children have freedom to not be mistreated by adults, freedom to abortion, adoption, Homosexuality, transgenderism, and contraceptives, freedom to assisted suicide, freedom to education, freedom of religion and religious expression, freedom to deny service, freedom to drugs, freedom to healthcare, freedom to a clean environment, freedom to communication technologies, and freedom to basic entertainment.
I believe in the Marxist dialect, where this is not the last system, but instead a transitionary phase to the next system, and should at no means halt progress to any further phases.
I believe in a unique form of direct government, where it's based on local governments for most laws as to prevent people who have no idea what life is like for others controlling life for them, and the next phase is direct government based on relevance, teachers vote education laws, STEM and Environmentalists vote both Infrastructure and Economic laws, Agriculturalists, Horticulturists, and farm hands vote farming laws. Even judging for crimes is treated this way, with a mix of peers, psychologists+therapists, and criminal investigators, voting based on an individuals crime if it's relevant or if they even did it. And that the people should be the police/military.
I believe that the wealthy, famous, and politicians all have a culture of pedophilia, I believe this is due to how they either directly exploit the people or enforce the exploitation, and they all have this obscene wealth simply to partake in hedonistic lifestyles, pedophilia isn't a much further leap from this. I also believe that the elderly make up an obscenely large percentage of those that control the wealth, media, politics, industries, property, etc.
I believe in a fusion of extreme Environmentalism, mixed with technocracy/transhumanism and gmos, I believe technology will be necessary for preserving the environment.
Non-political opinions I have that can be seen as mildly political, I think old people should die. I hate Anglos, especially Australians and Canadians. And I hate the Japanese, South Koreans, Hong Kong, Israelis, and Taiwanese. I wildly respect the Germans, Norwegians, Swedish, North Koreans, Palestinians, Chinese, Cubans, Lybians, Burkina Fasci, Indians and Pakis, Albanians, Irish and Scottish, Australian Aborigines, Native Hawaiians, American Aborigines, Mezo-Americans, Eskimos, and Venezuelans.
My votes would have been in this order; Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, Vermin Supreme, Warren, and Sanders, but someone currently has me looking into PSL and they may be my new vote, I'm not big into Electorialism, but I definitely liked Yang and Castro, Warren and Sanders not so much, Supreme is my usual go to vote because I love him for satiricism. But PSL sounds like a potentially good option." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1193444
"The nation in it's entirety is an advanced Neural Network, this term is called Technonoocracy /tekˈnäˌnōəkrəsē/ -the idea that a mechanical brain can run a society. This Brain also has many organic brains, as anyone who is a member of the nation, will be attached to the brain, for various reasons: Technonoodemocracy (voting through the brain), Technonooactivism (protest, unionizing, etc. throught the brain) {Crypto}Technonooconomy (payments, workers democracy, welfare, mutualism, barter, etc. through the brain.) Technonoomilitary (the militarization, security, espionage, etc. through the brain) Technonooarchy (Panarchy, Anarchy, Communism, etc. through the brain) Internet, and other forms of entertainment
As you can see the brain is the center for a lot, it thinks about a lot, the brain runs machines for a lot of factories, it runs the power, but because it needs the organics, it wouldn't feel the need to oppress or overthrow it's creators." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1242983
"Now with quantum technology introduced, everyone has nanomachines and implants in their bodies to make them automatically interconnected, connected to the mainframe. Their bodies now act like power armor, giving them extreme durability, strength, bulletproof, etc. They also can experience time slowed, immediately have knowledge to what everyone else knows, giving everyone the same training, etc." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1191852
" NeuesTeutony
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The Supranational Teknate of
NeuesTeutony
Democratic Socialists
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A.I. Economics, Kreditnomics, and more!
S.A.I.B.E.P.
Socialist Artificial Intelligence Backed Economic Plan
The Overall National Economy is ran by an extremely advanced automated A.I. system. It must plan the economy in a way to decide what syndicated unions, government agencies, technological/medical funding, GDP, etc. gets the best value for their effort in the upcoming pay period. To ensure the A.I. is the most intelligent in its field we had many various economic scientists of varying philosophies, statisticians, quantum realists, and such giving all information available, and the A.I. processed it to formulate a system best efficient for a Market Socialist Nation. We also ran the A.I. through a degree of tests with high end hackers, programmers, worms, malware, trojans, and viruses, so it could learn to best defend itself against these attackers. And finally we gave it a test of people trying to make more money they earned, and to not pay taxes, so it can detect these anomalies and fix them automatically. The A.I. is also extremely advanced in self learning, surpassing any A.I. before it, meaning it will become more efficient at it's tasks.

Made by: Almonaster Nuevo
Symbol for Kredit, to read further about Kredits refer below.
All citizens are now allocated a set amount of Kredit, depending on how much their position serves the Nation. Scientists and Engineers, that focus on solving our planets problems, Teachers, who teach our next generation, Doctors and Nurses, that help treat the people of the nation, Psychiatrists/Therapists, Psychologists/Sociologists, and Philosophers, because of the importance they add to exploring morality+ethics, Historians and Archeologists, finding a way to create sense of belonging for everyone, Anglers, Miners, and Farmers, who feed the people and supply the nation with resources, Security and Soldiers, who defend our nation's people, and Inventors are the wealthiest members of our society and are the upper class.
Our middle class consists of the labor force, whom run the businesses as a democracy, and disabled whom couldn't choose the way they were going to be born.
The lower class consists of felons and excons, that were people who willingly harmed others in the past, unemployed, that are living on societal welfare, but won't contribute to the collective, and a mix of undesirables.
The belower class consists of 2 types of people, the elderly, because their life is almost over, and thusly they don't care about bettering anything, so thus after a certain age they lose welfare. And gamblers, or any other individual who uses unsavory methods to gain wealth, and because they did it, they also temporarily lose welfare until they spend that money up.
Bottom class is a place reserved for only the terrible, many of these subgroups on this class are tried for death, the death group are: Pedophiles, Sexual Molesters, Abusers, Rapists, Serial Murderers/Mass Murderers, people that run prostitution rings, people that run gambling events, bestiality, animal cruelty, neglect, someone trying to become a business owner, scam artists etc. Those that aren't bad enough to be put on the death group includes, Hate Speech, Bigotry, installing vpns, doxxing, hackers, violent people, stalkers, etc. they go through conversion therapy.
**This is no longer relevant, the societies goal is to limit taxation as much as possible as Marx said "from today, therefore, taxes are abolished! It is high treason to pay taxes." Society has advanced past the need of taxes, we have better methods of assisting the needy, by allocating certain goods, services, and needs as free to all." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1196467
"RAINBOW-Pink-Green-Red-Brown-Black Unity
A syncretic philosophy centered on multiple parts
RAINBOW
The support for LGBTQ+ rights and recognition in society, pushing for equality
The Syncretism of Schools-of-Thought and pragmatism of thought
PINK
The belief of forwarding women's rights to being equal of men's and also progressing societies perception of masculinity
GREEN
The goal to make a cleaner society, but not attack common day people who don't produce enough waste to be truly harmful
A push for Arab Nationalism similar to Gaddafi's Jamahiriya, talked about in his Green Book. And a goal for Israeli removal for the Palestinian people
RED
A goal to create a society ran by workers, with certain classes removed from society, or frowned upon
A goal for Native American Nationalism, and many nations for their people, in order to preserve their cultures from extinction
BROWN
A goal of forming a cultural nationalist system, that is centered on the workers and creating a cultural identity
Goal to push for African Pannationalism, while still preserving each individual culture
BLACK
The system is Pseudofascist on how it's leadership works, but this is to ensure citizens can live happy and proud of their nation
A system dedicated to making sure that the minorities are treated equal and given the same opportunities as everyone else, movements like BLM and the Black Panthers will be heard" - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1199838
"During times of court, the job of deciding the innocence of a defendant, are separated into 3 Judge/Juror subgroups.
The primary group consists of 3 individuals trained in district, territory, and federal law, along with ethics and morals, justice, and philosophy. This is to represent the unbiased perception to look into the perpetrators potential motivation, upbringing, and other moral factors.
The secondary group consists of 5 individuals with educations and jobs within the fields of CSI, Psychology, Sociology, and Psychiatry. This is to look into material factors, like mental health, social/cultural condition, and actual physical evidence.
The final group consists of members of the community, all from various walks of life, but none connected to the victim or perpetrator. This allows for an even perspective, where the community can weigh in on their feelings of the innocence.
All 3 groups have equal say, so if 2/3 or all say the individual is guilty/not guilty, that is the final verdict.
This is only if the social system deemed that the crime was worthy enough to put into court or if the crime may have been deemed imagined, if the former, than only a group of the peers will vote on how it will be delt with, and they will have a lot more limited power, or if the latter than an Anti-corruption movement of the other 2 groups will vote based on the basis of the peers to see how corrupt the peers are in order to change who will be the new peers that vote in that region." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1241641
"BANNERS

This design is to be interpreted as the focal shift of the society between it's Post-Leftism to it's Left-Nationalism, to represent this from left to right, there is;
Deleuze, for his Post/Anti/NeoFreudian look of things. Albert Camus, for his Absurdist interpretation of life, which he was directly inspired by the next 3, Stirner, whom wrote on the Ego, Nietzsche, the one that expanded on Nihilism, Queer Politics, and invented the concept of an Übermensch, and Schopenhauer whom was a Cynic that believed that people should test to be parents. Zizek is also inspired by Freud, only he uses the works to expand on his ideas of Marxism and leftism in General. Parenti is a unique case for Post-Leftism, because even though he believed in criticism for Marxism-Leninism, he did believe in praise for it, too.
The Left-Nationalist side begins soft with De Leon, a Marxist Syndicalist and Libertarian Constitutionalist. He directly inspired the next one, Connolly, whom both were IWW/IWA and Connolly was the first Republican Socialist. Malcolm X was replaced with Xi Jinping a Maoist that applies Marxist Dialectics to his philosophy (Malcolm X was a Maoist who founded the Black Panthers and believed in Pan-Africanism and Self-Determinism). Thomas Sankara was a Marxist-Leninist leader of important significance, for he saved Burkina Faso economically, and he enforced vaccinations, he also believed in Pan-Africanism and Self-Determinism. Hugo Chavez, a man who's ideology has been turned into a slur in the United States(Chavismo), but he believed in Autarky and Self-Determinism. Enver Hoxha a man who was directly a member of the Comintern, Whom believed in third worldism, and mined up their borders alongside creating tons of bunkers. And finally another ideology similar to Hoxha's, Kim Il Sung founded Juche, the MOST Self-Determinist and Autarkist ideology out there.

POLITICAL FLAG
NATIONAL FLAG
Political flag stands for both it's former nation, United States of America, it also stands for it's political position. The emblem; a book, a torch, and an eclipsed sun, together all stand for Patriotism and Constitutionalism. The torch stands for technology, the book stands for knowledge, and the sun stands for environmentalism. The red stands for Socialism and Syndicalism, the blue stands for Thallasocracy or rule by water, the White stands for pacifism or isolationism, and the gold stands wealth(Meritocracy, Agorism, Autarky, and Mercantilism)
National flag stands for Nations unique population of Wolverines, and the populations various historical significance with bears; Germans+Norwegian with Berserkers and Bear Worship, the various Great Lakes Aborigines' Bear Worship and Animism, Irish and Scottish association with Celtic Bear Goddess Artio, and Chinese and their major culture of bears (and minks). The symbol is also used for the LGBT bears community. The colors are for the unique political atmosphere in NeuesTeutony; Forest Green is meant to Symbolize the extreme association with Environmentalist philosophies, especially Technogaianism and Veganarchism. The pink is mean to represent the deep connection with Feminist philosophy and Queer politics, and how socialism is so engrained into the minds that it's stained and turned everything pink(or a pale red) The violet is meant to represent Technocratic-Transhumanist philosophies within the nation, and even further representation for Queer politics. The Teal is meant to represent a strong affiliation with Individualist philosophies, like Agorist Markets, Egoist Socialism, Post-Leftism, Nihilism, Schopenhauerian Eugenics, and Agerontocracy/Antigerontocracy.
Current Flag is just an Accelerationist variant of the latter of above.

ANARCHIST FLAG

Personal Flag
The Anarchist flag is designed to represent a fusion of many ideas; Red spectrum top-left(Mutualism, Syndicalism, Feminism, Queer, Nationalism) Green spectrum Bottom-right(Agorism, individualism, Transhumanism, Veganarchism, Egoism, Nihilism)
My Personal Flag is a fusionist design, middle symbol represents my MutualSyndicalism+MutualAgorism, top left symbol overall is based on the Juche design, but the torch replaced with a cross to represent my Christian Socialist tendencies, hammer replaced with wrench to represent Technosyndicalism, Workerism, Councilism, DeLeonism, Marxist Syndicalism, and Guild Socialism. The machete replaces the sickle to represent my Patriotic Socialist and Left-Nationalist leanings. The rifle represents Hoxhaism, Republican Socialism, my 4th+ international beliefs, and Marxist Confederalism. The symbol on bottom right has already been discussed in detail, the color choice is to represent Marxism with Free Market Economics. I also added a symbol to the top middle for the political organization I'm affiliated with, that goes by "Left Unity for Pirates" basically they are a subsection of the Pirate Communists.

Accelerationist Parties Bioaccelerationist Parties Combined Parties
In various different Nations, and in the United States, before the transition of government to NeuesTeutonian Worker's Government, there are political parties who's radical goals are to push the nation to it's most extreme economic conditions in order to thrust it into the next transitionary stage. Like exposing more people to viral outbreak, destabilizing economies, electing political bodies that are terrible at running the system, etc.
Many Accelerationist members are installed from NeuesTeutony as Espionage in order to help resistance groups take down their oppressors" - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1182629
"What is currently going on is a perfect tool for intergenerational warfare, the virus is targeting the elderly and not harming the youth. As Baby Boomers have been performing intergenerational warfare for ages, what goes around, comes around.
We should work together and infect the rich, famous, and political, go to their houses, and spit on various stuff on the outside that you suspect they will touch. If you're feeling extra ballsy and they don't have security, lick the doorknob to their house." - https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1345251
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[Request/Complex/Detailed]What's my Ideology(borderline manifesto)

These texts come from a website called Nationstates where I run my nation, so I will place a link at each end for better context and in case I am missing anything, this post will be extremely long, will be containing weird formatting, controversial opinions, etc. Please take into account it is because it contains a lot of information and is coming straight from my factbooks, this will be my most detailed account yet, and will help figure out my position politically, so grab a snack, a drink, and enjoy:
"I would like to specify that I use Syncretism within my theory a lot.
My first primary ideology/theory. It's an ideology focused on Communism in one Nation, but Worker's Democratically run the Industries in Cooperatives, employees still earn profit as well based on their position and effort, instead of earning on wage, a fusion of Marx's "to each according to their ability," and what the workers deems for what each individual earned, ensuring a fair form of meritocracy. And there is still welfare no one has to work for the minimal things to live and enjoy life. I believe in a cooperative market over a competitive market, businesses should be reinforced to be more likely to work together. The market should also be protectionist, Autarky based (so self sufficient), and economically mercantilist, meaning trading foreign only to make profit. The market should also predominately be Black Markets, Gray Markets, and be using Crypto Currency inspired advanced so economy.
This part speculates the government itself acting as a Council, the leadership being only the people doing the most important jobs, like Veterans, Doctors, Scientists, Engineers, Inventors, Environmentalists, Philosophers, etc. They each get delegated to their local government to vote important decisions, and then the most significant in each individuals field will represent the government body above that, and then the government body above that, so on and so forth, until the sole leader being chosen by the top group. Within said society, the citizens would have an extreme amount of freedom, marriage also wouldn't be a legally recognized concept or at least not legally significant, and they have to take a test to make sure they are ready to parent and to have children. Otherwise the society is extremely free and progressive, and immigrants can only come in if they are going to be a member of the science community(i.e. Doctors, Scientists, Engineers) laborers, or are refugees, and they can't join the government. If they are refugees they must either be an average person fleeing a nation, or be supplying the nation with political information(if the latter than you MUST work), none of the refugees can be used for propaganda no matter what. Drugs are completely legal, but in order to get high on the dangerous drugs, they must go to a safe facility that doses the drug, and oversees them using it. While less lethal drugs are allowed on the streets, but selling/giving to someone 14 or under is a criminal penalty. Non-violent crimes are only treated with rehabilitation, while violent crimes are treated punitively, and rape, molestation, are dealt with by castration and public ridicule, and serial murder(from someone not disturbed) is given death penalty by opiate overdose. Citizens would have id chips, to help prevent violent crimes, and to read vitals of citizens for their health, especially within the drug facilities, or if a disaster happens. Cloning, genetic engineering, and other fringe sciences would be completely legal. Trying to increase economic net gain from other countries would be the primary goal of the nation. Citizens would act as the military, police, and security, being licensed weapons to them, and being trained how to efficiently handle them.
The economy for the most part will be electronic, as a Kredit system, and an A.I. will proportionately spread the wealth to the unemployed, Industries, Government, etc. The a.i. will use an advanced mathematic system to justify what regions will need the most profit where in the upcoming time. The a.i. will also be advanced enough to figure out how to ensure a net gain when trading with other nations.
Vehicles would be banned in suburban and urban areas, as Public Transportation would be the mandatory expectation. Buses, Monorails, Subways, Bikes, and other options would be available. In Rural areas, automobiles would be the most viable option, but must be kept to a minimum.
Firearm ownership is mandatory, this works 2 fold, it's to prevent the nation from becoming corrupt. It's also used to decrease violent crimes, and corrupt uprisings/rebellions that the general populace does not agree with.
Vaccines would be mandatory.
The nation runs on only the most basic form of welfare, where the Disabled receives most of it, but the unemployed still receive a basic form of it. The disabled get actual set income, the unemployed are just aloud to get what everyone else can get, that's free, basic housing, a set amount of food, water, and education, television access, telephone, internet, cable, and computer.
Jobs like Private Lawyers and Businessmen do not exist within this society. Everyone gets true equal representation. And individuals making a profit by taking from others labor, or guessing the economy don't deserve money, same with gambling.
Communication with the "government" should be completely transparent, the "government" informs their citizens that they are keeping track of their activity(for their safety) and they inform the citizens of any type of disaster, instead of pretending to have it under control like America. (I.E. CDC informing people that they should continue to get flu shots if they are in perfect health, even though the people dying in 2018 were perfectly healthy adults, who were given the shot. What they died from was their own immune system, and it's called cytokine storm, the US and CDC spread disinformation, instead of properly educating their citizens on who should get the shots. This is due to mass panic being an issue, but it only happens because the people can't trust their government and doctors. But transparency would solve it) Next is transparency on withholding public information for the nation's safety, if the government allows citizens to openly know there is stuff they have that can't be shared with the general public, because it could get into the wrong hands, a larger populace would be understanding of the withholding of information.
In relation to my latest flag, and to understand how it relates to the theory I have been writing on.

The primary concept is environmentalism is key, in order to ensure survival of the Human Race, while not sacrificing technological advancement. And even using technology as a tool to help the environment. This means abandoning wasteful energies, like petroleum and coal, for more efficient energy sources that are also cleaner, like Nuclear, Hydroelectric, Geothermic, etc. Including the belief that GMOs are helpful, Transhumanism would be a net environmental gain, etc.
The next part of the theory is expansion of the theory to other Sentient+Sapient Life, like if A.I. becomes a reality, another organism becomes our equal, or we encounter extra-terrasterials. But the theory must not be spread very much amongst other people, as the people themselves have become mostly closed off and unreceptive to these ideas.
The final part of the theory is to achieve a state of Vanguard, as to help more workers liberate themselves from their chains. These workers must already try to push for their freedom from hierarchy, like what's going on in France today.
The text on the flag says "Asen, Wanen, und Buddhas mit alles," meaning "Aesir, Vanir, and Buddhas with all," which is a Germano-Nordic and Dharmic Universalist adaptation, of the Teutonic Knights "Gott mit uns," which meant "God with us."
What is my Definition of Nationalism?
A nationalist should be a set of leaders that cares about their people, no matter their ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, etc. not unjustly killing them for reasons they see fit. They should never allow labor to be done abroad, abusively, or such. They should ensure that living isn't something the citizens pay for or earn, but rather it's just a right to everyone, this means housing, food, water, transportation, and education come free. They should never try to spread their ideals, unless others want to take those ideals on, and only help them achieve that goal, nothing beyond that. They should ensure their citizens have vast freedoms, but can't have their rights taken away from themselves through methods like voting. A nationalist should be an individual that makes their citizens proud to be of that nationality and culture.
This final final part will contain a post I made on newwackyideologies
Firstly this is a copy paste from a post I made in whatsmyideology because I unironically believe in much of this. And I know my ideology is pretty whacky and I'm okay with this.
I call myself a Market Socialist, but likelihood is I am far too left for that, I don't have better wording for what I am other than "Market Socialist."
Some people might say I believe in contradictories, but if I go down a certain path long enough I can find a conclusion that fits nicely. In some ways I am what a Centrist is to regular politics, I am to left and market politics.
Capitalism is a stepping stone to my end goal, which I believe in some variation of accelerationism is required to achieve the next state, either electing Trump or Biden because they can't run the country because of their senility, or electing Buttigieg because he'll make military service Compulsory, basically arming the working class. Or even Bioaccelerationism, by having everyone old who controls the economic power die from this virus, and superstars act like idiots because they no longer have people controlling their behavior.
I believe in Workers rights, thus I believe that they should not have certain things stolen from them, like their value or taxes, this means I believe that their cannot be CEOs, Corporate overlords, Stockholders, Shareholders, or Politicians. In a lot of words this means I believe in a Workers Democracy, they should be allowed to vote together who earned how much on a fairly regular basis, this prevents bias, and allows others to have insentive to vote for the harder worker than the lazier worker, or the worker who's position matters more, or is harder to learn, etc.
I believe in Agorist Markets, meaning I support concepts like CryptoCurrency, Grey Markets and Black Markets, Mutualist value on products, Radical Free markets, etc. Although I believe everyone has certain inalienable rights, these are freedom to food, freedom to clean water, freedom to shelter, freedom to firearms and proper training with said firearms, freedom of speech and freedom of consequences, bodily freedom, children have freedom to not be mistreated by adults, freedom to abortion, adoption, Homosexuality, transgenderism, and contraceptives, freedom to assisted suicide, freedom to education, freedom of religion and religious expression, freedom to deny service, freedom to drugs, freedom to healthcare, freedom to a clean environment, freedom to communication technologies, and freedom to basic entertainment.
I believe in the Marxist dialect, where this is not the last system, but instead a transitionary phase to the next system, and should at no means halt progress to any further phases.
I believe in a unique form of direct government, where it's based on local governments for most laws as to prevent people who have no idea what life is like for others controlling life for them, and the next phase is direct government based on relevance, teachers vote education laws, STEM and Environmentalists vote both Infrastructure and Economic laws, Agriculturalists, Horticulturists, and farm hands vote farming laws. Even judging for crimes is treated this way, with a mix of peers, psychologists+therapists, and criminal investigators, voting based on an individuals crime if it's relevant or if they even did it. And that the people should be the police/military.
I believe that the wealthy, famous, and politicians all have a culture of pedophilia, I believe this is due to how they either directly exploit the people or enforce the exploitation, and they all have this obscene wealth simply to partake in hedonistic lifestyles, pedophilia isn't a much further leap from this. I also believe that the elderly make up an obscenely large percentage of those that control the wealth, media, politics, industries, property, etc.
I believe in a fusion of extreme Environmentalism, mixed with technocracy/transhumanism and gmos, I believe technology will be necessary for preserving the environment.
Non-political opinions I have that can be seen as mildly political, I think old people should die. I hate Anglos, especially Australians and Canadians. And I hate the Japanese, South Koreans, Hong Kong, Israelis, and Taiwanese. I wildly respect the Germans, Norwegians, Swedish, North Koreans, Palestinians, Chinese, Cubans, Lybians, Burkina Fasci, Indians and Pakis, Albanians, Irish and Scottish, Australian Aborigines, Native Hawaiians, American Aborigines, Mezo-Americans, Eskimos, and Venezuelans.
My votes would have been in this order; Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, Vermin Supreme, Warren, and Sanders, but someone currently has me looking into PSL and they may be my new vote, I'm not big into Electorialism, but I definitely liked Yang and Castro, Warren and Sanders not so much, Supreme is my usual go to vote because I love him for satiricism. But PSL sounds like a potentially good option." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1193444
"The nation in it's entirety is an advanced Neural Network, this term is called Technonoocracy /tekˈnäˌnōəkrəsē/ -the idea that a mechanical brain can run a society. This Brain also has many organic brains, as anyone who is a member of the nation, will be attached to the brain, for various reasons: Technonoodemocracy (voting through the brain), Technonooactivism (protest, unionizing, etc. throught the brain) {Crypto}Technonooconomy (payments, workers democracy, welfare, mutualism, barter, etc. through the brain.) Technonoomilitary (the militarization, security, espionage, etc. through the brain) Technonooarchy (Panarchy, Anarchy, Communism, etc. through the brain) Internet, and other forms of entertainment
As you can see the brain is the center for a lot, it thinks about a lot, the brain runs machines for a lot of factories, it runs the power, but because it needs the organics, it wouldn't feel the need to oppress or overthrow it's creators." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1242983
"Now with quantum technology introduced, everyone has nanomachines and implants in their bodies to make them automatically interconnected, connected to the mainframe. Their bodies now act like power armor, giving them extreme durability, strength, bulletproof, etc. They also can experience time slowed, immediately have knowledge to what everyone else knows, giving everyone the same training, etc." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1191852
" NeuesTeutony
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The Supranational Teknate of
NeuesTeutony
Democratic Socialists
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A.I. Economics, Kreditnomics, and more!
S.A.I.B.E.P.
Socialist Artificial Intelligence Backed Economic Plan
The Overall National Economy is ran by an extremely advanced automated A.I. system. It must plan the economy in a way to decide what syndicated unions, government agencies, technological/medical funding, GDP, etc. gets the best value for their effort in the upcoming pay period. To ensure the A.I. is the most intelligent in its field we had many various economic scientists of varying philosophies, statisticians, quantum realists, and such giving all information available, and the A.I. processed it to formulate a system best efficient for a Market Socialist Nation. We also ran the A.I. through a degree of tests with high end hackers, programmers, worms, malware, trojans, and viruses, so it could learn to best defend itself against these attackers. And finally we gave it a test of people trying to make more money they earned, and to not pay taxes, so it can detect these anomalies and fix them automatically. The A.I. is also extremely advanced in self learning, surpassing any A.I. before it, meaning it will become more efficient at it's tasks.

Made by: Almonaster Nuevo
Symbol for Kredit, to read further about Kredits refer below.
All citizens are now allocated a set amount of Kredit, depending on how much their position serves the Nation. Scientists and Engineers, that focus on solving our planets problems, Teachers, who teach our next generation, Doctors and Nurses, that help treat the people of the nation, Psychiatrists/Therapists, Psychologists/Sociologists, and Philosophers, because of the importance they add to exploring morality+ethics, Historians and Archeologists, finding a way to create sense of belonging for everyone, Anglers, Miners, and Farmers, who feed the people and supply the nation with resources, Security and Soldiers, who defend our nation's people, and Inventors are the wealthiest members of our society and are the upper class.
Our middle class consists of the labor force, whom run the businesses as a democracy, and disabled whom couldn't choose the way they were going to be born.
The lower class consists of felons and excons, that were people who willingly harmed others in the past, unemployed, that are living on societal welfare, but won't contribute to the collective, and a mix of undesirables.
The belower class consists of 2 types of people, the elderly, because their life is almost over, and thusly they don't care about bettering anything, so thus after a certain age they lose welfare. And gamblers, or any other individual who uses unsavory methods to gain wealth, and because they did it, they also temporarily lose welfare until they spend that money up.
Bottom class is a place reserved for only the terrible, many of these subgroups on this class are tried for death, the death group are: Pedophiles, Sexual Molesters, Abusers, Rapists, Serial Murderers/Mass Murderers, people that run prostitution rings, people that run gambling events, bestiality, animal cruelty, neglect, someone trying to become a business owner, scam artists etc. Those that aren't bad enough to be put on the death group includes, Hate Speech, Bigotry, installing vpns, doxxing, hackers, violent people, stalkers, etc. they go through conversion therapy.
**This is no longer relevant, the societies goal is to limit taxation as much as possible as Marx said "from today, therefore, taxes are abolished! It is high treason to pay taxes." Society has advanced past the need of taxes, we have better methods of assisting the needy, by allocating certain goods, services, and needs as free to all." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1196467
"RAINBOW-Pink-Green-Red-Brown-Black Unity
A syncretic philosophy centered on multiple parts
RAINBOW
The support for LGBTQ+ rights and recognition in society, pushing for equality
The Syncretism of Schools-of-Thought and pragmatism of thought
PINK
The belief of forwarding women's rights to being equal of men's and also progressing societies perception of masculinity
GREEN
The goal to make a cleaner society, but not attack common day people who don't produce enough waste to be truly harmful
A push for Arab Nationalism similar to Gaddafi's Jamahiriya, talked about in his Green Book. And a goal for Israeli removal for the Palestinian people
RED
A goal to create a society ran by workers, with certain classes removed from society, or frowned upon
A goal for Native American Nationalism, and many nations for their people, in order to preserve their cultures from extinction
BROWN
A goal of forming a cultural nationalist system, that is centered on the workers and creating a cultural identity
Goal to push for African Pannationalism, while still preserving each individual culture
BLACK
The system is Pseudofascist on how it's leadership works, but this is to ensure citizens can live happy and proud of their nation
A system dedicated to making sure that the minorities are treated equal and given the same opportunities as everyone else, movements like BLM and the Black Panthers will be heard" - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1199838
"During times of court, the job of deciding the innocence of a defendant, are separated into 3 Judge/Juror subgroups.
The primary group consists of 3 individuals trained in district, territory, and federal law, along with ethics and morals, justice, and philosophy. This is to represent the unbiased perception to look into the perpetrators potential motivation, upbringing, and other moral factors.
The secondary group consists of 5 individuals with educations and jobs within the fields of CSI, Psychology, Sociology, and Psychiatry. This is to look into material factors, like mental health, social/cultural condition, and actual physical evidence.
The final group consists of members of the community, all from various walks of life, but none connected to the victim or perpetrator. This allows for an even perspective, where the community can weigh in on their feelings of the innocence.
All 3 groups have equal say, so if 2/3 or all say the individual is guilty/not guilty, that is the final verdict.
This is only if the social system deemed that the crime was worthy enough to put into court or if the crime may have been deemed imagined, if the former, than only a group of the peers will vote on how it will be delt with, and they will have a lot more limited power, or if the latter than an Anti-corruption movement of the other 2 groups will vote based on the basis of the peers to see how corrupt the peers are in order to change who will be the new peers that vote in that region." - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1241641
"BANNERS

This design is to be interpreted as the focal shift of the society between it's Post-Leftism to it's Left-Nationalism, to represent this from left to right, there is;
Deleuze, for his Post/Anti/NeoFreudian look of things. Albert Camus, for his Absurdist interpretation of life, which he was directly inspired by the next 3, Stirner, whom wrote on the Ego, Nietzsche, the one that expanded on Nihilism, Queer Politics, and invented the concept of an Übermensch, and Schopenhauer whom was a Cynic that believed that people should test to be parents. Zizek is also inspired by Freud, only he uses the works to expand on his ideas of Marxism and leftism in General. Parenti is a unique case for Post-Leftism, because even though he believed in criticism for Marxism-Leninism, he did believe in praise for it, too.
The Left-Nationalist side begins soft with De Leon, a Marxist Syndicalist and Libertarian Constitutionalist. He directly inspired the next one, Connolly, whom both were IWW/IWA and Connolly was the first Republican Socialist. Malcolm X was replaced with Xi Jinping a Maoist that applies Marxist Dialectics to his philosophy (Malcolm X was a Maoist who founded the Black Panthers and believed in Pan-Africanism and Self-Determinism). Thomas Sankara was a Marxist-Leninist leader of important significance, for he saved Burkina Faso economically, and he enforced vaccinations, he also believed in Pan-Africanism and Self-Determinism. Hugo Chavez, a man who's ideology has been turned into a slur in the United States(Chavismo), but he believed in Autarky and Self-Determinism. Enver Hoxha a man who was directly a member of the Comintern, Whom believed in third worldism, and mined up their borders alongside creating tons of bunkers. And finally another ideology similar to Hoxha's, Kim Il Sung founded Juche, the MOST Self-Determinist and Autarkist ideology out there.

POLITICAL FLAG
NATIONAL FLAG
Political flag stands for both it's former nation, United States of America, it also stands for it's political position. The emblem; a book, a torch, and an eclipsed sun, together all stand for Patriotism and Constitutionalism. The torch stands for technology, the book stands for knowledge, and the sun stands for environmentalism. The red stands for Socialism and Syndicalism, the blue stands for Thallasocracy or rule by water, the White stands for pacifism or isolationism, and the gold stands wealth(Meritocracy, Agorism, Autarky, and Mercantilism)
National flag stands for Nations unique population of Wolverines, and the populations various historical significance with bears; Germans+Norwegian with Berserkers and Bear Worship, the various Great Lakes Aborigines' Bear Worship and Animism, Irish and Scottish association with Celtic Bear Goddess Artio, and Chinese and their major culture of bears (and minks). The symbol is also used for the LGBT bears community. The colors are for the unique political atmosphere in NeuesTeutony; Forest Green is meant to Symbolize the extreme association with Environmentalist philosophies, especially Technogaianism and Veganarchism. The pink is mean to represent the deep connection with Feminist philosophy and Queer politics, and how socialism is so engrained into the minds that it's stained and turned everything pink(or a pale red) The violet is meant to represent Technocratic-Transhumanist philosophies within the nation, and even further representation for Queer politics. The Teal is meant to represent a strong affiliation with Individualist philosophies, like Agorist Markets, Egoist Socialism, Post-Leftism, Nihilism, Schopenhauerian Eugenics, and Agerontocracy/Antigerontocracy.
Current Flag is just an Accelerationist variant of the latter of above.

ANARCHIST FLAG

Personal Flag
The Anarchist flag is designed to represent a fusion of many ideas; Red spectrum top-left(Mutualism, Syndicalism, Feminism, Queer, Nationalism) Green spectrum Bottom-right(Agorism, individualism, Transhumanism, Veganarchism, Egoism, Nihilism)
My Personal Flag is a fusionist design, middle symbol represents my MutualSyndicalism+MutualAgorism, top left symbol overall is based on the Juche design, but the torch replaced with a cross to represent my Christian Socialist tendencies, hammer replaced with wrench to represent Technosyndicalism, Workerism, Councilism, DeLeonism, Marxist Syndicalism, and Guild Socialism. The machete replaces the sickle to represent my Patriotic Socialist and Left-Nationalist leanings. The rifle represents Hoxhaism, Republican Socialism, my 4th+ international beliefs, and Marxist Confederalism. The symbol on bottom right has already been discussed in detail, the color choice is to represent Marxism with Free Market Economics. I also added a symbol to the top middle for the political organization I'm affiliated with, that goes by "Left Unity for Pirates" basically they are a subsection of the Pirate Communists.

Accelerationist Parties Bioaccelerationist Parties Combined Parties
In various different Nations, and in the United States, before the transition of government to NeuesTeutonian Worker's Government, there are political parties who's radical goals are to push the nation to it's most extreme economic conditions in order to thrust it into the next transitionary stage. Like exposing more people to viral outbreak, destabilizing economies, electing political bodies that are terrible at running the system, etc.
Many Accelerationist members are installed from NeuesTeutony as Espionage in order to help resistance groups take down their oppressors" - https://www.nationstates.net/nation=neuesteutony/detail=factbook/id=1182629
"What is currently going on is a perfect tool for intergenerational warfare, the virus is targeting the elderly and not harming the youth. As Baby Boomers have been performing intergenerational warfare for ages, what goes around, comes around.
We should work together and infect the rich, famous, and political, go to their houses, and spit on various stuff on the outside that you suspect they will touch. If you're feeling extra ballsy and they don't have security, lick the doorknob to their house." - https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1345251
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The ladders of wealth creation: a step-by-step roadmap to building wealth

This summer I wrote a post on growing my software company to $15M ARR (reddit thread) that you all seemed to enjoy. So I thought I'd share my latest writing.
Back when I did web design people would often pitch me an idea for a business that would be "Uber for X" or "Facebook, but for Y" and I always struggled to explain how what they chose was an insanely difficult business and all the skills they would need to learn in the process.
This article is my first draft of an attempt to lay out the roadmap to building wealth and the pitfalls and principles you'll encounter along the way.
I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!
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In college I first heard Jason Fried from Basecamp talk about how making money is a skill—like playing the drums or piano—that you can get better at over time. That resonated with me immediately. I wouldn’t expect to be able to sit down at a piano for the first time and immediately play a concerto.
We could outline the progression to mastering a musical instrument, so we should also be able to do the same with earning a living.
What lessons do you need to learn to go from odd jobs around the neighborhood to owning a real estate empire? From working as a freelancer to selling your own digital products? What about from working at Wendy’s to owning a SaaS company earning over $1 million per month? That last one is my own path.
There’s a reliable progression that anyone can take to earn more and build wealth. In fact, I like to think of it as a series of ladders side by side. Each one can climb to different heights in both the quality of business and potential earnings.
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Ladders of Wealth Creation Diagram
(this is important and explains the concept visually)
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In this model the potential earnings increase the higher up each ladder you climb. They also increase as you move left to right to more advanced ladders. But the difficulty increases with each move as well.
Each step requires that you learn new skills to overcome those new challenges. Let’s break down a few of those skills and opportunities at each stage:

TIME FOR MONEY

Our first ladder is trading time for money. This is how most people you know earn a living. It may start with an hourly job working for Starbucks, but then transition into a salaried position working at a company.
At the most basic level you need the skills of:
Every job, even the most entry level, require those three things.
Then in order to take the next step up the ladder you will need to specialize in certain skills (design, copywriting, legal, becoming a nurse, etc) to gain a salaried position.

YOUR OWN SERVICE BUSINESS

If you choose to make the jump to the next ladder of running your own services business there’s an entirely new set of skills you need to learn that build on the last step. Things like:
Looking back there are so many things that seem easy and intuitive now (such as filing for an LLC with the Secretary of State) that were daunting to me at the time.
This is also where many business owners expand beyond their ability and start to lose the lessons they should have mastered from the previous ladder like being reliable and showing up consistently. Which is how a friend of mine with no plumbing experience bought a small plumbing company and doubled revenue in the first year with two simple changes:
  1. Following up with customers
  2. Doing what he said he was going to do
As business owners we underestimate just how much there is to learn so we get overwhelmed and start dropping the ball on the basics.

PRODUCTIZED SERVICES

Up until now each sale has been made by talking to customers or an employer directly in person or over the phone or email. But to truly reach new levels of income you need to learn a different lesson: how to sell without ever talking to the customer.
Our goal is to scale sales to new levels. That means removing every possible bottleneck. On the productized service we’ll remove the sales bottleneck, then on the next ladder we’ll remove the product delivery bottleneck.
A productized service is when we take a set offering (e.g. search engine consulting) and bundle it up as a set offering with a fixed price (an SEO site audit for $1,000).
A few examples include:
Because the project scope and price are fixed the service provider will make more on some projects than others, but the profits will average out.
On this ladder we need to learn:
If you choose to move further up this ladder you can add recurring revenue and employees to scale further and add predictability. For example, my brother-in-law Daniel used to edit any video for $30 per hour, but now he’s launched a recurring productized service to edit up to four vlog episodes per month for $1,000.
First he answered the question, “how many hours will this take?” by moving from hourly to a fixed per video cost. Then he clarified exactly who it is for by specifying vlogs, rather than just any video. And finally he made it recurring by moving to a monthly price, rather than a per video price.
Now he has a predictable income stream from a handful of clients and a waiting list for those who want to sign up when he has more availability.

SELLING PRODUCTS

A productized service works to remove the manual work from making the sale and selling a full product continues that trend by also removing the manual work from delivering the product.
Physical products fall into two categories: handmade and manufactured.
A product takes far more work to create up front, but then each individual sale and the fulfillment of that sale happens without much (or any) additional effort from the business owner.
Examples include:
At this stage there are an entirely new set of skills you have to learn in order to sell products in bulk:
That’s just a few of dozens of skills you’ll need. With that intro to the ladders of wealth covered, let’s turn to principles that will help you navigate this new concept.

8 principles to grow your wealth and income over time

  1. Extra time and money need to be reinvested
  2. You can skip ahead, but you still have to learn the lessons from each step
  3. Apply your existing skills in a new way to build wealth
  4. There’s a difference between working for a better wage and truly building wealth
  5. Using an earlier rung on the ladder to fund the next one
  6. Moving between ladders often means a decrease in income
  7. Each step is easier with an audience
  8. It takes longer than you think, but the results can be incredible

1. EXTRA TIME AND MONEY NEED TO BE REINVESTED

On a recent trip to Seattle I talked to my Uber driver between SeaTac and downtown Seattle. The conversation ranged from travel, our favorite islands in Hawaii, his love for music and gadgets, what he does for work, and why he’s driving for Uber on the side.
He has a solid career working downtown for the City of Seattle and Uber allows him to earn a little extra on the side driving a couple mornings a week. It’s fantastic that services like Airbnb and Uber allow those on with a set salary to earn more on the side.
So what was he spending this extra money on? Well, he loves gadgets and wants two things:
  1. To replace a broken speaker in his home theatre system.
  2. To buy a DJI Mavic drone.
Those are both super fun purchases and it’s great he’s able to work extra to make those happen. But it reminded me of why most people don’t build wealth: increased earnings never go into wealth.
All across society extra money—whether from a raise or working extra—disappears into lifestyle inflation or temporary purchases, when it could be put to work so much more effectively.
The drone would be really fun, but there are so many small parts and fancy electronics that it’s bound to break after a couple years—and that’s if you don’t fly it into a tree before then.
If you want to build wealth that thousand dollars should be spent on new skills or invested in the stock market, retirement accounts, or another business, rather than burned on the latest gadget.

2. YOU CAN SKIP AHEAD, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO LEARN THE LESSONS FROM EACH STEP

At ConvertKit we run one of the largest affiliate marketing programs of any SaaS company, bringing in nearly half a million dollars in revenue each month. But it’s a pain. None of the software available to manage these systems works well and as a result we spend at least one day a month doing manual work.
My brother-in-law, Philip, saw this manual work and decided to build a better platform for SaaS companies to run affiliate programs. His new tool, called LinkMink, is gaining traction, but still early. After working on it for nearly two years he can’t help but feel frustrated he and his co-founder are only at a couple thousand a month in revenue.
I can relate to this. 2 years into starting ConvertKit we were at the same level. It sucks how slow SaaS can be.
But then I started thinking about Philip’s path. He’s got a bachelor’s degree in business, has worked as a designer, then as a software developer. Then he started working on LinkMink.
His path has been:
Okay, so far this is great. On our income-earning ladder he has gone from the first rung to the second and done it quite quickly. In just four years going from an entry-level position to a fantastic salary.
Somewhere in there he also did a little bit of contract design work, so he picked up the basics of invoicing, finding clients, and marketing your services.
So let’s look at his next step, which was too… Start LinkMink.
Starting a software-as-a-service app isn’t the next step on the spectrum. Hell, it’s not even in the next 10 steps!
Running a SaaS company is incredibly hard with so many moving pieces: development, servers, customer support, legal, payment processing, etc. No wonder it’s taking a while!
It’s not that he can’t do this or that he even made a poor choice in jumping to this step: simply that he has a lot of lessons to learn and he chose to learn them all here, rather than slowly in incremental steps throughout the journey.
Because of that, he should set his expectations that this will take longer and feel harder than it does for other people.
Those downsides are balanced by the fact that it can also have an incredible reward because recurring software is one of the greatest business models on the planet, which is why acquiring companies and investors will pay an incredible premium to own them.

3. APPLY YOUR EXISTING SKILLS IN A NEW WAY TO BUILD WEALTH

My friend Patrick bought a house that needed plenty of work and immediately dove into renovating it himself. Since he works construction full-time he was well equipped with the skills to transform this fixer-upper.
But the real magic and value wasn’t in the main house, which he is remodeling for his family, but in a detached 1-car garage that is accessible from the back alley. Originally this building was so run down that you wouldn’t even park a car in it, but after 6 months of work on nights and weekends Patrick renovated it into a beautiful little 300 square foot studio apartment.
Just a couple hours after listing it for rent on Airbnb he had his first booking. His first month booked up immediately generating over $1,800 in revenue. When combined with his job working on a construction crew, this new revenue stream was a 50% increase in his monthly earnings.
Because Airbnb already exists he has a product to sell (a cozy place to stay), in an existing marketplace, to a steady stream of buyers.
The best part is that not only is this making him money while he works construction, and that the extra work he put in will raise the resale value of his house, but really that for as long as he holds on to it, he has steady cashflow to more than cover his mortgage no matter what job he does.

4. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING FOR A HIGHER WAGE AND TRULY BUILDING WEALTH

While I love working on the computer and creating digitally, often I want an escape from that and to see projects come together in real life. Like many people I’ve been fascinated by tiny houses for years, so this year I decided to pull the trigger and build one myself. While it’s been a lot of learning and quite challenging at times, the break from sitting in front of a computer to start creating in real life has been so rewarding.
Since I’m a complete novice when it comes to home building, I’ve relied on experienced friends like Patrick for the trickier parts, such as installing a double-swing french door.
After finishing his own tiny studio and helping me build my tiny house Patrick said, “Maybe I should quit my construction job”—which is something he’s wanted to do for a long time—”and build tiny houses for other people.”
While it’s a solid idea, and would certainly be more fun than working for a construction company, I talked Patrick out of it. Not because I want to crush someone’s dream, but because it would be a step backwards on our earning a living ladder.
Patrick was on the first ladder of hourly or salaried work for a company. The next logical step would be to start his own company doing similar work. That actually takes him to the next ladder.
Then if he were building tiny houses specifically he could specialize and sell them more as a product—not just labor for x dollars per hour, but actually selling the completed tiny house for a fixed price. Which would mean any efficiencies gained would be his to keep.
Wait, those all sound like good things and steps forward, so why discourage it?
Because Patrick actually has a solid footing on a much more advanced ladder: selling products. His Airbnb is selling a product into an existing marketplace. He’s making money while he sleeps! So instead of using his time and skills to create another hourly or project based income source, he should build a tiny house for himself, put it on Airbnb, and double his product revenue.

5. USE AN EARLIER RUNG ON THE LADDER TO FUND THE NEXT ONE

The one downside to jumping ahead is that it often costs money before you will get money back. Because he did all the work himself, Patrick’s studio renovation only cost about $10,000. While it’s a great return, $10,000 is a lot to come up with!
In the same way Patrick’s biggest obstacle to running another airbnb unit is actually initial capital to get started through buying land and building materials.
That’s where the early rung on the ladders can help. You might stay at your software job longer to stockpile savings to fund your living expenses longer, or you might pick up extra shifts as a bartender to help save for your next set of building materials (which is what Patrick did). Often it requires extra work on one rung of the ladder to fund the jump to the next one.

WHEN IS IT WORTH IT TO WORK FOR A WAGE?

You may have heard the quote, “you shouldn’t trade time for money.” While true that there are better ways to build wealth, early in my career I found that advice quite discouraging. That was the only way I knew how to make money and apparently it was wrong!
You should trade time for money, especially early in your career when it’s the only option available with your current skill set. So rather than writing off entire methods for earning a living, let’s break down five examples of when you should trade time for money:
  1. When you are just getting started. Early in your career, the important thing is to make enough to pay rent and buy groceries. Don’t look down on any job that allows you to do that. Once you have a stable foundation you can start to pursue better opportunities.
  2. When you are learning a new skill. If you can get paid to learn a new skill that will grow your earning potential you absolutely should! Let’s say I want to be a YouTuber and are just getting started. Working as a camera assistant for an ad agency would be a great way to learn more about cameras and video while still paying rent.
  3. As a step in getting to a higher rung or on to the next ladder. It always takes time, money, or both to move to a higher rung on the ladder. If you spend conservatively and save any extra money you can have enough to buy the tools, training, or time necessary to get to the next level.
  4. To build relationships and find mentors. The right people will shape your mindset and opportunities. You should absolutely trade time for money if it means expanding your network to people who can help you jump to the next ladder.
  5. When the work is rewarding and meaningful in its own right. If you found work that you find meaningful and fulfilling, you should do that. Even if some expert says you shouldn’t trade time for money. A lot of money is far from the only kind of wealth.
The most important thing is that you aren’t just treading water as you work for a wage. As much of that money as possible should be saved and invested to help you jump to the next ladder.

6. MOVING BETWEEN LADDERS OFTEN MEANS A DECREASE IN INCOME

I hope this has been helpful and inspiring so far, because I’m about to hit you with some bad news: while income increases as you move up any one ladder, it often decreases when you jump between ladders. Sometimes that drop may be only for a few months, other times it could be a few years. Let me give you an extreme example.
In 2013 I earned over $250,000 from selling books and courses on design. My income head been steadily increasing for the last few years and I was damn proud of my blog and business. But then I decided to make the leap and switch from selling ebooks to starting a software company—one of the most difficult rungs on the product ladder.
My income immediately and substantially dropped as I focused on ConvertKit. So how long do you think it took to set a new one year income record? A year? Two years?
Nope. I didn’t earn over $250,000 in a year again until…2018. 5 years later!
Software can take a long time to get going and for years after we got traction I still reinvested everything. Now, because of the exponential growth of ConvertKit (more on that later), I’m now earning far more than my previous record of $250,000.
As you eye the next ladder to make the leap from a stable job to freelancing, or from a successful freelancing business to your next product, plan for a valley to follow your current revenue peak.
This is especially hard when you’re used to being successful in one area and then you start over in a new area and lose the signs of progress and forward momentum.

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING

You can start your blog while still helping freelance clients. Build the habit of writing while you still have your full-time job. Or do what I did and use book and course revenue to help fund building a software company.
A side project is an incredible way to bridge the gap and cover the dip as you move between ladders. Just one note: I said, “a side project” not “side projects.”
It’s so easy to get carried away with dozens of exciting ideas, working on each one as motivation and inspiration are there. But if you keep that cycle going it’s so easy to be spread thin between so many projects that will prevent you from making any one of them actually successful.

7. EACH STEP IS EASIER WITH AN AUDIENCE.

While the dip is always going to be frustrating, imagine that instead of making the leap alone you had dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people cheering you on at each stage. Each person enjoying hearing about your journey and eager to help you make the next step.
Sound too good to be true?
It’s not. It’s called an audience.
By sharing your journey publicly—and inviting friends, family, and complete strangers along for the ride—you will create your own fan club who are actively rooting for your success.
That’s exactly what I did when I made the jump from selling ebooks about design to starting a software company: I talked about the entire journey through what I called The Web App Challenge. A public challenge to build a customer-funded SaaS product from scratch to $5,000 in recurring revenue in six months.
While I didn’t hit the goal—only achieving just over $2,000 per month—the people who rallied around to support my public journey were incredible.
That next endeavor that you launch, whether it’s creating handcrafted products for the farmers market, starting a new coffee shop, if you share your story and give people a way to follow your journey, they will. Some will buy your products, others will tell their friends, and still more will cheer you on.
An audience is actually easier to build than we make it seem:
  1. Have a goal. The goal could be to make your first sale at a farmers market, write a book, renovate an airbnb, pay off your debt, landing your first four design clients, or just about anything else. The point is for it to be clear who you are and what you are trying to accomplish.
  2. Document your progress. This next step is a little harder—not because it’s difficult to document progress, but because it’s difficult to do consistently. Choose a cadence and write updates reminding people of what you are trying to accomplish and sharing your progress, learnings, and challenges on that journey. That could be through a monthly blog post or even just through more regular Instagram posts.
  3. Ask for help. Finally, understand that everyone wants to help, so let them! If you need advice on how to price your products or how to setup your business, just ask. If someone in your small audience doesn’t know, they most likely know someone who does. Throughout my journey I’ve been blown away by how many people step up with advice, introductions, and support whenever I’ve asked.
So as you plan your next big step to build wealth I encourage you to set a clear goal, share it publicly, and give your community the opportunity to rally behind you and make it happen.

8. IT TAKES LONGER THAN YOU THINK, BUT THE RESULTS CAN BE INCREDIBLE

A few years ago my friend James’ grandmother passed away in her 90’s. She had grown up in the small town of Council in central Idaho. When she was 60 years old her husband, my friend’s grandfather, passed away. Leaving her alone. She was financially secure through two paid off houses, one in Boise, the other in Council, but she still had a long life ahead of her.
She always loved cute little houses and decided to buy one to rent out as a new hobby to fill her time. A couple years later she bought another and rented it out as well. Then another and another.
By the time I met her she was 80 years old and in the 20 years since she started, she had acquired more than 25 cute little homes throughout Southwest Idaho. None were very expensive, probably around $100,000 each, but combined they turned into quite the real estate empire. Each returning a great monthly cashflow that she rolled into buying the next property.
In addition to this she bought a one hundred acre ranch on the Boise river outside of town.
What had started as a hobby to pass her time and distract from loneliness turned into a real estate empire worth over $5 million.
The takeaway is not necessarily to buy more houses (though that has been a great path to wealth for many), but that consistently reinvesting time and money into wealth creation rather than lifestyle inflation can have incredible results if allowed to play out for long enough.

The unique shapes of increasing income

I mentioned earlier that the further to the right on the income ladders you go the more difficult they become, but also the greater the upside. It may be hard to understand exactly why that is, so let’s explain it with three visuals:

STAIR STEP

Stair step diagram
Most people will experience a stair step approach to income in their life. As they move from an hourly position to a salary that comes with a raise, which would be a step up in income. Then each additional salary increase will be another step. In some careers these may be small and often, in others they may be spaced out over more time and be quite large (residency to a full doctor or making partner at a law firm).
You can also supplement a salary with an additional project (a rental property, buying an e-commerce site, a recurring consulting agreement) that will result in another stair step in your income.
While this model isn’t the best possible, it is how nearly all wealthy people built their wealth. You won’t have unlimited upside, but over 40+ years it is one of the most reliable paths to wealth.

LINEAR

Linear diagram
Enough stair steps that are close together will simply look like a linear growth curve when you zoom out. So while a raise every few years will look like a stair step, a freelancer steadily able to increase her rate will look linear. In the same way that adding a rental property once is a worthwhile stair step, adding one per year is linear.
The most common linear growth that I see in my work is in selling digital products: as traffic increases, so do sales. It isn’t exponential because traffic is still the bottleneck, but each new blog post or search engine ranking brings a few hundred more people to the site each month. Over time that drives more sales and income increases.

EXPONENTIAL

Exponential diagram
Exponential growth comes from when each sale of a product truly makes the next sale come more easily. It requires a product that you can sell repeatedly (whether physical or digital) that can be created at a large scale. Meaning you can’t be selling your time.
Exponential growth often starts slowly, taking months or years to reach any kind of meaningful revenue. But fast forward a few years or a decade and the growth can be absolutely astounding.
Software companies, marketplaces, and large e-commerce companies have an incredibly high ceiling and can grow insanely fast in their prime. But that usually takes time, significant skill, and meaningful capital.

My own journey to building wealth

The one thing I can guarantee is that your journey won’t be linear. Mine own journey involved jumping all over the place. Let me show you:
  1. Woodworking (2003 — 13 years old). The very first way I made money—other than my parents paying me for work around the house—was making wood carvings on a scroll saw a family friend had given me, and selling them around the neighborhood. Each one making between $10-$40, depending on the complexity. While after that it would be a few years before I would revisit products, I still find it interesting that I had such an early foray into products. Most important skill acquired: the courage to knock on a stranger’s door and sell them something.
  2. Wendy’s (2005 — 15 years old). I was in a hurry to grow up and wanted to start taking college classes. I needed money in order to pay tuition. So I picked up the phonebook and started calling businesses asking how old you had to be to work there. Most said 16. Wendy’s was the first to say they’d hire at 15. Working the drive through we would compete with other local stores to set the fastest drive through services times. I worked the cash register and learned to type on it without looking in order to make sure I wasn’t the bottleneck. Most important skill acquired: how to work very fast.
  3. Freelance web design (2006 — 16 years old). I learned web design in high school and started to make money designing websites and logos. In 2007 I dropped out of college to do it full time. My biggest success was building a web application for $10,000. Most important skill acquired: how to find, work with, and charge clients.
  4. Lead designer in a startup (2009 — 19 years old). In 2009 I was hired on full time by one of my clients (a 14 person venture backed startup). I stayed for nearly three years, growing to lead their product design team. I spent my time designing in Photoshop, learning to code iOS apps, and working with a large team as the company eventually grew to over 80 team members. Most important skill acquired: an introduction to leading a team.
  5. Building and selling iOS apps (2011 — 21 years old). While working for the software startup I started building iOS apps on the side. Then I went out on my own to freelance and continue to build my own apps. As my first venture back into products since the days of selling handmade goods door to door, I had to learn to write a sales page, code apps, market products, and launch into the iOS app ecosystem. Most important skill acquired: building a product and selling into an existing marketplace.
  6. Selling my first book (2012 — 22 years old). After building quite a few iOS apps I turned to writing a blog and then eventually writing a book teaching how to design apps. The book was quite successful, selling nearly $20,000 worth in the first week! This launched my entire journey with building an audience and self-publishing. Most important skill acquired: how to build an audience.
  7. Building a software company (2013 — 23 years old). My next—and final—venture was to focus on software again and build the email marketing company I wish I had when I started growing an audience. Today ConvertKit earns over $18 million per year. Nearly seven years after starting ConvertKit it is what I’m still doing and plan to do for at least the next decade. Most important skill acquired: how to work relentlessly on one idea for long enough to reach its full potential.
Over the years I’ve done so many different things, but each one was a step towards learning the skills required to earn a living and build wealth.

Considering leveling up your income and wealth?

As you’re considering making the jump to the next level, ask yourself these questions:
These aren’t meant to discourage you from making a move. Instead, the answers to these questions will give you awareness to make you more likely to succeed in the journey ahead.
Let’s close with one final example.

The Patel Motel Cartel

Did you know that 50% of motels in the United States are owned and operated by people of Indian origin? One of my favorite articles I’ve read in the last year was in the New York Times and was actually written back in 1999, it’s titled, A Patel Motel Cartel?
In the 1950s families from India started to immigrate to the United States. Because it was so expensive they often relied on money from family to help them get settled.
Once in the United States they got jobs, earned more, and paid it forward to others in their family to help them make the same move. The money was never repaid, but always paid forward.
But the real magic came with what they did next. Instead of pursuing normal jobs a family would pull together all the money they could (from their own savings and from extended family) and use it as a down payment on a small motel. The family would then move into it and run it full time. Spending their days and weekends working the front desk, cleaning rooms, and making beds.
Over time as it grew into a meaningful business they would have some free capital to pay forward to another relative who would do the same thing.
They worked hard hosting thousands of guests and carefully stockpiling money. Whenever the stockpile grew large enough it didn’t go into increasing their lifestyle, but instead into the next opportunity, which was nearly always another motel.
By 2003, when the article was written, Indian immigrants owned half of all the motels in the United States. Not only were they continue to earn great revenue from each booking, but the land has appreciated over the decades to become incredibly valuable, making these families rich.
My three favorite things are that they:
  1. Rallied together to make one family succeed, and in doing so raised the tide for everyone.
  2. Never paid back the money, but instead paid it forward to the next family member to create opportunity for them.
  3. Always poured the money into the next revenue generating asset (another motel) rather than inflating their lifestyle.
While he doesn’t come from a culture where that kind of assistance and collaboration is common, my friend Patrick is well on his way to creating wealth through following the same model as he leverages his construction skills to build more Airbnbs.
Philip is doing the hard work to launch a SaaS company—learning all the skills necessary to jump 3 ladders in a single move. His company, LinkMink, is now growing quickly and we even switched ConvertKit to their platform a few months ago.
And I’ve used the skills I learned from each ladder to build a company to nearly $20 million in revenue.
No matter where you are in your journey, whether you are searching for a job, living paycheck to paycheck, launching your first business, growing an audience, starting a side project, scaling your company, or looking for the next venture to invest in, I hope this article helps to serve as a roadmap of what’s possible.
Building wealth is a skill. A skill anyone can master given enough time and a relentless desire to learn and work hard.
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Should the Leafs Acquire LTIR Contracts

The Toronto Maple Leafs have, for all of recent memory, carried players on their team who had suffered career ending injuries. These players took up contract spots, needed to be paid their salaries (either partly if covered by insurance, or entirely if Nathan Horton), and took some valuable cap space away from the roster. The 2019-2020 season is the final contract year for all of the Leafs current Long Term Injury Reserve (LTIR) contracts. The question raised by some sports writers is: should the Leafs acquire more of these players?
Why LTIR Contracts Are Detrimental:
Standard Player Contracts:
The first and most obvious problem with LTIR contracts is that they count against a team’s 50 Standard Player Contract (SPC) limit. Teams often carry between 40 and 50 contracts in a season, and the more contracts a team has, the less flexibility it has with regards to future trades, free agent signings, and prospect signings.
When Lou Lamiourello first came to the Leafs, the team was close enough to 50 SPCs that Lamiourello needed to shed contracts before the 2015 season began. He traded five prospects to the New York Islanders for Michael Grabner — a then cap dump who would see his career revitalized just a year later with the New York Rangers. One of those prospects was Carter Verhaeghe, who has since developed into the fourth line center for the Tampa Bay Lightning — the Leaf’s likeliest opponent should the 2019-2020 playoffs resume.
Cap Space:
Aside from taking up contract spots, LTIR contracts do count, in part, against a teams salary cap. LTIR is designed so that players who are injured can be replaced by another injury — a team who is at the salary cap is allowed to exceed the salary cap by the cost of that new player. If the Leafs are capped and Zach Hyman goes down, they can replace him with Nick Robertson and exceed the cap by Robertson’s $850 000.
For a team to not have an LTIR contract count against their cap structure, they need to have the replacement roster at the salary cap, so the entire LTIR contract is above the cap. In the example above, having replacing Zach Hyman with Nick Robertson, Martin Marincin (as a 7th D) and Kalle Kossila (and a 14th forward) allows us to exceed the cap by $850 000 + $700 000 + $700 000, or the entirety of Hyman’s $2.25 million dollar contract.
Any space that a team cannot fill with other player’s contracts is then lost cap space for the season. Teams close to the cap can manage their rosters by calling up different prospects, and get exceptionally close to the salary cap — the Leafs last season were within $11 000 dollars of the cap when they first used LTIR — but teams further from the cap ceiling will lose significantly more cap space that season. This lost cap space prevents playoff teams from acquiring upgrades to their playoff rosters, and prevents basement teams from acquiring bad contracts in packages with futures.
Player Bonuses:
The second last concern with LTIR contracts come from player bonuses. Entry Level Contracts (ELCs) are given to players under the age of 27 when they come into the league. These contracts are regulated both in terms of value (the yearly salary can be between league minimum and $925 000) and in length (a player under 22 must sign a three year contract, a 22 or 23 year old player must sign a two year contract, and a player 24 years or older must sign a one year contract).
To compensate top athletes and to push prospects to make the NHL regularly and be productive during these low paying years, teams are able to assign bonuses to ELCs. These bonuses can range from playing a certain number of NHL games to being voted for an NHL award. While many prospects in the NHL hit some of their bonuses, most prospects do not meet all of their bonuses — as a result, these bonuses are an additional cap and salary cost that is calculated and paid out after an NHL season.
Teams close to, or over the cap (as a result of LTIR contracts), often do not have the room in their yearly cap structure to accommodate NHL prospect bonuses — in this case, the overage is pushed ahead one year and the NHL team has less cap space to work with.
Famously, Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Travis Dermott, Nikita Zaitsev, and Connor Brown (among other, less notable players) hit all or some of their ELC bonuses over the past four seasons. Each of those seasons, the Leafs used LTIR contracts to be over the cap, and every season the Leafs had between a three and four million dollars cap space penalty.
Players signing contracts at or above the age of 35 are also allowed to negotiate for bonuses. These bonuses are often around games played or production, and are rarer than ELC bonuses, but they do exist to reward older players with the conditioning and skill to continue playing in the NHL long after their peaks.
Dollars Spent:
An uninsured contract must still be paid by the team, even if the player is unable to play. The Blue Jackets famously traded Nathan Horton to the Leafs because they could not afford to pay his contract.
An insured contract similarly needs to be paid, though it is mostly paid by the insuring company with the team only paying a small percentage of the original contract. When reacquiring David Clarkson this past season, the Leafs paid a reported $200 000, with insurance paying the rest.
In each of these cases, payroll is used to pay players who do not ever play NHL games. Many owners are adverse to these frivolous spendings — others use this as an opportunity to collect assets by paying salary costs to LTIR players.
How LTIR Contracts Would Affect the 2020-2021 Leafs:
Standard Player Contracts:
As of May 15th 2020, the Leafs have 35 players signed to standard player contracts in the 2020-2021 season. Ilya Mikheyev and Travis Dermott are the two biggest signing priorities for the organization. In addition, Frederik Gauthier, Jason Spezza, and Dennis Malgin, could all potentially receive contracts, along with Marlies Jeremy Bracco, Teemu Kivihalme, and Kasmir Kaskisuo (Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci are likely too expensive to bring back into the organization; Kyle Clifford is not in the NHL with a healthy Leafs lineup and costs a second round pick if re-signed). There are additional unrestricted free agents on the Marlies, but if need be, these players can easily be replaced with AHL contracts.
Next year, Gauthier, Malgin, Clifford, Bracco, Calle Rosen, Martin Marincin, Kenny Agostino, Nicolas Petan, Adam Brooks, Kaskisuo, and Kivihalme will all need to clear waivers if they are sent to the AHL. It is quite likely that at least one of these players will be claimed and their contract will not stay with the Leafs.
At maximum, the Leafs organization will have 43 SPCs next season, and very likely less due to waivers. The Leafs can easily acquire a bad contract and have enough contract spaces left to comfortably make trades before and during the 2020-2021 season.
Cap Space:
LTIR contracts have their biggest negative impact when teams are not at the cap ceiling, since the contract value counts against the team’s cap. While we do not know the NHL’s cap ceiling next season, we know the team is already at $77 million dollars, that Dermott and Mikheyev still need to be signed, that two more forwards will need to be added to the roster, and that up to three additional contracts can be added to the final roster. The 2020-2021 will likely struggle to sign enough players without hitting the salary cap; they can easily acquire LTIR contracts and then negotiate with Dermott or Mikheyev to get the roster exactly at the cap ceiling.
The only concern the Leafs should have with an LTIR contract is its length — in the short term, this roster will easily hit the cap ceiling every season. Over a longer term, when the Leafs need to start trading away existing assets and weakening the roster to retain other players, LTIR contracts are one additional hurdle to overcome.
Player Bonuses:
Kyle Dubas has almost entirely phased ELC bonuses out of the Leafs organization. Jesper Lindgren is the Dubas contract with bonuses remaining for next season, and Ian Scott and Timothy Liljegren are the only two Lamiourello era contracts remaining with entry level bonuses. Barabanov and Lehtonen just signed in Toronto as two of the biggest European free agents, and both turned down contracts with performance bonuses to play in Toronto. Top prospects Rasmus Sandin and Nick Robertson reportedly avoided performance bonuses so they could more easily fit onto the Leafs’ roster.
Scott missed the entire last season recovering from an injury — he will need years between the ECHL and AHL before he comes close to a roster spot on the Leafs. Lindgren is reportedly behind Liljegren on the Toronto Marlies depth chart — either could make the NHL as an injury replacement defenseman, but both likely spend much of the season with the Marlies. Combined, their bonuses potentially cost $532 500, but neither likely to meet their full bonuses and it is even more unlikely that both play substantial NHL minutes this season.
Give the fact that the Leafs might be at the cap ceiling after signing Dermott and Mikheyev, any bonus incurred by Liljegren or Lindgren will count against the 2021-2022 cap anyways; the Leafs are no better equipped to handle player bonuses by avoiding LTIR contracts
Dollars Spent:
The Leafs organization has not been stingy these last few seasons. Under Lamiourello, the team was quick to pay spares to sit for entire seasons, and happy to absorb Nathan Horton’s multi-million dollar contract, if it made the team more competitive overall. Under Dubas, the team has been more of the same, paying $190 000 and $200 000 in exchange for a 5th and a 4th round pick from the Vegas Golden Knights.
With the additional costs and resources that the Leafs spend on their minor league affiliate each season, it seems that MLSE is willing to front the cost of future success.
2020-2021 Targets:
While as fans it is easy to think that ownership will be happy accepting these costs going forwards, this might not be the case. Elliotte Friedman recently wrote in a “31 Thoughts” article, which implied the Leafs might shy away from LTIR contracts in the future due to difficulties navigating the salary cap and making trades. It is also possible that the organization is hesitant to spend as freely, given the current economic climate around COVID. It is always possible that the organization sold on spending today to win tomorrow grows frustrated with the lack of post-season success thus far — though that is far more accurately a product of the Atlantic boasting the top teams in the league over the last four seasons than anything else.
If the Leafs were to take on LTIR contracts for picks, as they have done recently with David Clarkson, then we have a few trades to base fair value on. The Leafs spent $200 000 in salary to bring Clarkson back to the team, receiving a fourth and the cap flexibility to sign Marner. The team participated in a three way trade where they paid $190 000 to Robin Lehner in exchange for a fifth round pick. And they Leafs gave up a first round pick so the Hurricanes would buyout Patrick Marleau at a total cost of $4 666 666. Though the Marleau trade had other motivations and cap implications, we will roughly state that multi-million dollar transactions cost early second to late first round picks.
Should the Leafs pursue LTIR players, here is a list of targets, and their value in draft picks:
  1. Marian Hossa (Arizona Coyotes): the Coyotes have long had solvency issues, though new ownership seems to have brought in more stability. Though they likely do not need to trade his contract, to save costs or to better navigate their own salary cap, the Coyotes might package Hossa and a pick to a team willing to take the contract. Hossa is owed $1 000 000 on an insured contract, so the team footing the bill likely pays around $100 000. Based on similar trades, taking on that cost would likely only net the Leafs a 5th or a 6th round pick.
  2. Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings): Detroit is a wealthy and stable franchise. They are also a rebuilding team that can absorb a large cap hit. Still, ownership might push Steve Yzerman to move the contract if the price is reasonable, or Steve Yzerman might intend to make a big splash on the UFA market, sign his RFAs to longer terms, and help Vancouver out of their future cap troubles in exchange for early picks and good prospects. At $1 000 000 in insured salary, Zetterberg again would only net the Leafs a 5th or a 6th round pick most likely.
  3. Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks): The Ducks, for most of the decade, had an internal cap that limited how much the team was allowed to spend not only on players, but across the entire organization. Though recent years have looked better, the recent economic crisis might lead the Ducks to explore financially motivated hockey trades. Kesler has had multiple surgeries, did not play this season, and is not projected to play an NHL game again. His salary is $6 675 000 for the next two years, which likely equates to over $1 million total expenditure. Taking Kesler’s contract would likely net the Leafs a third round pick in 2020 or 2021.
  4. Mariam Gaborik (Ottawa Senators): The Senators have seen a history of financially motivated hockey decisions in recent years. They also have a history of not working with teams in their division — they sent Mike Hoffman to San Jose for almost nothing, especially compared to the package San Jose received when they flipped Hoffman to Florida. Still, as an owner Melnyk has proven to be too involved with his franchise and an owner willing to trade away expensive assets. Gaborik has a salary slightly over $3 million next season, which likely equates to $300 000 in team spending — worth an early fourth round pick based on previous trades.
  5. Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks): The Blackhawks are a solid financial team who are capable of absorbing Seabrook on LTIR. They are also a cap team, and have Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, Alexander Nylander, and others potentially earning millions in ELC bonuses. Seabrook has four years left on his contract and, if ruled an LTIR contract, will have a $10 000 000 (insured) on his contract. Taking his contract could net the Leafs a third based on salary, but potentially much more based on the impact his cap hit can have on Chicago’s future cap situation. The four year length presents a difficulty to any team acquiring Seabrook, which further increases the price the Blackhawks would pay -- a second seems more fair considering the contract length.
  6. Brandon Dubinsky (Columbus Blue Jackets): Columbus would much rather keep Dubinsky than lose him, but if he cannot play another game the team might be forced to look for alternatives. The last time they were in this situation, they traded Nathan Horton to the Leafs in exchange for a current roster player; this time, they might be more agreeable to give up draft capital. With a salary expense of $5 850 000, an acquiring team would expect to pay around $600 000 next season. Based on comparable situations, a third round pick roughly seems to be fair value, though Columbus won’t have one of those until the 2021 draft, and the Blue Jackets are likely wary of three sequential drafts without second or third round picks.
Note: All players are assumed to have insured contracts. All expenditure is based off a 10% deductible on the insured salary — this is based off David Clarkson’s contract since his salary this year is $2 250 000 and the Leafs reportedly paid just over $200 000 in salary for him.
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Poor and middle class white American people should hate rich white people much more than they do.

In all my life no concept has confused me more than the convenient scapegoat of “ the other” in our american society.
It’s always “ the others fault that poor and middle class white people suffer” .
It’s the blacks fault that the white politicians have ravaged 2nd amendment rights in america .
It’s the mexicans fault that white people lose jobs that white business owners gladly pay them half the salary to do .
it’s the native americans fault that white politicians take MASSIVE kickbacks fro mcasinoes and therefore have a premium reason to minimize legal gambling in large sections of the country paid for by wealthy white -lead gambling institutions and organizations .
and got recently it’s the asians fault ( specifically the Chinese) that america has been infected with a virus our wealthy white political leadership has avoided and tried to curtail as much as possible but agonizingly couldn’t get over the reduce profits for this years quarters.
But let’s look deeper because it’s truthfully not a White wealth issue… it’s a Wealth issue .
who raises your taxes, who avoids offering common people bailouts? Who makes it expensive to create a daycare, which makes your childcare more expensive and then gives your children subpar education as they defund the schools ? Who makes you pay annually for your car, your house, your ability to run a business. Every step you take to be successful there’s some rich asshole with his hand in your pocket taking your hard earned wages into his hands.
Yellow, Brown, White, or black the rich f this country have taken everything share nothing and exploit anything .
As poor and middle class people across the country receive horrific medical bills, get pushed out of their homes, lose their jobs, and fight for survival the wealthy sit comfortably and hmm and aww over your life and your success happily taking their sweet time as you and everyone you love and respect suffer.
The rich in this country have poisoned the minds of the poor and middle class to tell us it’s our GENDER that’s the problem or our SEXUALITY, or our race, our political affiliation … They never seem to allow us enough time to really analyze their wealth and how little they pay back into the system .
Just saying The rich are the enemy to all the common people.. .and as the saying goes the enemy to my enemy is my friend.
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How they traffic children across the globe...The Art in Embassies Program gave Podestas, Jeff Koons, Rockefellers, Clintons, Marina Abramovic, Rothschilds even James Alefantis access to a private shipping channel that BYPASSED SECURITY COMPLETELY! Mods this is all Public and not Doxxing anyone!!!

NOTE: **This is ALL in the Public Domain. No social media posts or links to Doxx anyone.
Summary
Welcome to Skull and Bones. The Foundation for Art and Preservation of Embassies is made up of dozens of billionaire families and politicians with ties to the global elite who are able to ship artwork around the world without passing through conventional security channels. They have partnered with the Rothschild, and Alefantis, The Podestas and Hillary Clinton are involved.
Group Photo ( http://i.imgur.com/DuSqSGy.jpg )
Body
50 years ago, the museum of Modern Art decided to spread “cultural diplomacy” by establishing a program whereby artworks could be spread around the world through American embassies. This matches similar exchange programs by the UK (GAC) and France (Foundation Pompidou, French-American Foundation). Hillary Clinton wrote an article for Vanity Fair 1 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program. Here are some of them posing for a photo. 2
1 ( http://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2013/02/hillary-clinton-art-embassies )
2 ( http://i.imgur.com/6bxyWUV.jpg )
Here is a detailed listing of the FAPE board members, which includes such figures as The Rockefellers, the Annenbergs (funded Obama), Tony Podesta, the Estee Lauder family, John Kerry and Meryl Streep.
( http://www.fapeglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2015members.pdf )
Here is another member's list and event worth looking at.
( http://www.bluemedium.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/FAPE-Annual-Events-2015_Wrap-Up-Release_VIPlist-140430_FINAL.pdf )
Take a close look at that member list. It’s absolutely baffling how much money they all own.
Tony Podesta at FAPE
( http://i.imgur.com/qsXoHQZ.jpg )
The M.I.T. Negropontes, tied to allegations of pedophila/Epstein Island by Japanese journalist Yoichi Shimatsu 1, are in FAPE (Pictured: Diana NegroponteJ 2). Also, the M.I.T. Negropontes, tied to allegations of pedophila/Epstein Island by Japanese journalist Yoichi Shimatsu, linked him to a Cambodian location. This is another connection to the D.C. ring that few are seeing but is right out in the open. This is another connection to the D.C. ring that few are seeing but is right out in the open. 3
1 ( http://rense.com/general95/swartz.html )
2 ( http://i.imgur.com/QZ6MAUd.jpg )
3 ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1770143 )
Jeff Koons with Rockefellers at FAPE event.
( http://i.imgur.com/nuYq3fZ.jpg )
My research into the Embassy Art shipments began when the Howard Gutman Belgian embassy pedophilia scandal appeared on Voat, and somehow no one in the state department did anything to stop Gutman from doing his job.
( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10114694/US-state-department-accused-of-covering-up-prostitution-investigation.html )
An ambassador, believed to be Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman, who "routinely ditched ... his protective security detail," and inspectors suspect this was in order to "solicit sexual favors from prostitutes," some of whom were underage. The investigation into Gutman was called off after his meeting with Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy.
Beth Dozoretz
Today, Art in Embassies in run by Beth Dozoretz, a close friend of Hillary Clinton and famous for helping Bill Clinton pardon Marc Rich on his final day in office. 1 To quote Vanity Fair, Dozoretz became drew attention to herself when "she played a key role in persuading her friend Bill Clinton to pardon her fugitive billionaire ex-husband, Marc Rich”. As is the case with most Hillary Clinton confidantes, the more effort they put into covering up international crime and trafficking, the higher they climbed. And even though Hillary’s state department did little to oversee embassies during her tenure as SoS, she still invested a ton of time and effort into promoting Art in Embassies.
1 ( http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2001/06/rich200106 )
Dozoretz has worked with Alefantis before and they are closely linked among the D.C. elite. This shows that Alefantis, at the very least, is closely tied to the center of globalist power in America, and with the podesta brothers & company.
( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1770143 )
Skull & Bones, kings of opium and smuggling
The Art in Embassies program is run by many members/alumni of the Yale circle of elites, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Robert Storr (Dean of Yale School of Art) and many other industrialist families behind some of America’s best-known brands. The Sackler's, the family behind Purdue Pharma (Valium and Oxycontin), clearly took time away from their role as drug-pushers to promote the arts with the global elite. Here they are with their esteemed lapdog Alec Baldwin.
( http://i.imgur.com/F9wpq7x.jpg )
This is an important detail I can’t stress enough. They literally controlled the Opium market with a prescription drug, exactly as the United States did in Afghanistan, all the way back to the era of the Opium Wars in China…which Skull and Bones controlled. Remember, these families are primarily located around connecticut.
The Sacklers, who have coordinated events with James Alefantis, 1 presented medals to Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons, whose former wife stated that Koons made his Child touch his private area 2 both of whose work have been transported on these aircraft multiple times, some directly through the Tony and Heather Podesta collection. In fact, Podesta “gifted” transported some of Abramovic’s "bloody" work to Whitechapel, London, 3 supported in part by the "UK Friends of the National Museum of Women Artists". Notice how they conceal their organizations--diplomatic groups functioning within art galleries.
1 ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1530742 )
2 ( http://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2013/02/hillary-clinton-art-embassies )
3 ( http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/terrains-of-the-body-photography-from-the-national-museum-of-women-in-the-arts/ )
The event shows that it’s not simply celebrating art, but actually announcing the sending of the paintings.
The event marks the beginning of a landmark collaboration between the Sackler and Art in Embassies. In coming years, the Sackler will host exhibitions of works by contemporary Asian and Asian American artists before their installation by Arts in Embassies at new U.S. embassies overseas.
Here’s where it gets weirder. Jeff Koons was actually socializing with Philippa Rothschild days before the event. 1 Previous parties where they’ve been seen together in France include cameos by The Hearst family, the Lauders and other globalists. [Jeff Koons had literally just met the Rothschild Family in Paris, an annual meeting that appears to be coordinated with the Art in Embassies event.
1 ( http://www.gettyimages.de/ereignis/jeff-koons-honored-at-french-american-foundation-gala-157184148#american-artist-jeff-koons-attends-the-annual-gala-evening-of-the-picture-id157049776 )
In light of the French election, it’s worth knowing that the Rothschilds and the Clintons are two major pieces in a secretive, international group with access to cargo planes.
Please Note Koons had literally just met the Rothschild Family in Paris, an annual meeting that appears to be coordinated with the Art in Embassies event.
( http://www.gettyimages.de/ereignis/jeff-koons-honored-at-french-american-foundation-gala-157184148#american-artist-jeff-koons-attends-the-annual-gala-evening-of-the-picture-id157049776 )
Rothschild with Hearst and Ronald Lauder of FAPE.
( http://i.imgur.com/2okn0sB.jpg )
Rothschild/Koons/Hearst/Lauder.
( http://i.imgur.com/MjOmYVK.jpg )
Conde Nast Europe connection to FAPE/Rothschild Events. Conde Nast (Vogue's owneReddit's former owner) is deeply involved in event organizing for this group.
( http://i.imgur.com/QCOGap6.jpg )
Masterpiece INTL Shipping - Proof of Security Bypass
One of the standouts on the Art in Embassies program is Masterpiece INTL, a Manhattan-based cargo shipping service specializing in fine art. While that’s not exceptional in itself, information on the Masterpiece website proves that (1) there is proof that the works of art can bypass security, and (2) that they also permit the shipping of “perishables”.
( https://www.masterpieceintl.com/finearts/history.php )
( http://www.multimodalintl.com/ )
The description of the services of Masterpiece, located a literal stone’s throw away from the Rockefeller Standard Oil Headquarters, shows that FAPE’s shipping service gets special privileges when crossing national boundaries.
This includes in-house consultation and coordination of shipments requiring specialized expertise with other US regulatory agencies such as US Fish and Wildlife Service (for shipments that contain endangered species or animal products), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (for shipments containing objects whose country of origin is under current embargo with the U.S. or where cultural property restrictions are in place), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF – for those works that contain such products), among others. We also operate and maintain a TSA Security Program which includes National TSA Security Coordinators on each coast, and worked closely with the TSA during the preliminary phases of the Certified Cargo Screening Program to facilitate the early approval of museums, galleries and fine art warehouses into the program.
While their corporate headquarters are in Manhattan, Masterpiece International has other 'public' locations which are interesting, including West Palm Beach and Miami Beach; places famous for all kinds of "cargo" so bypassing security is very convenient for them.
The founder of this shipping outfit is David B. Epstein (his genealogy is scrubbed as it that of Jeffrey Epstein, so I couldn't see if they might be actually related. Not much about David on the web, but there's this in the public domain.
( https://www.corporationwiki.com/New-York/Great-Neck/david-b-epstein-P4269592.aspx )
When I noticed that Masterpiece International has a business relationship with the largest shipping container firm in the world which is 49% owned by the govt of Israel, then it got interesting. You can see ZIM on this rate increase PDF from Masterpiece Intl:
( https://masterpieceintl.com/Newsletter2012/GRI_SEPT_1.pdf )
And on this sample bill of lading (scroll down):
( https://panjiva.com/Masterpiece-International-El-Segundo-Ca/25759501 )
About ZIM
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zim_Integrated_Shipping_Services )
ZIM is global, even has a port in Turkey
( http://www.zim.com/countrysites/asia/turkey/en-us/pages/aboutzim.aspx )
Information that ZIM moved radioactive remains of WTC and sold this "steel" to China had been completely scrubbed, but most people have heard of them because they broke their lease to get out of the WTC before 9/11, losing $50K in the process, which is maredly interesting.
The Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co. moved their North American headquarters from the 16th floor of the WTC to Norfolk, Virginia, one week before the 9/11 attacks (VIRGINIAN-PILOT, 9/4/2001). More than 200 workers had just been moved out; about ten were still in the building making final moving arrangements on 9/11, but escaped unharmed. (JERUSALEM POST, 9/13/2001; JOURNAL OF COMMERCE, 10/18/2001)
There's a lot on that topic, but here's a link with documentation
( http://historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=zim-american_israeli_shipping_co. )
When ZIM moved out of WTC, an Israeli moving company occupied their floors but escaped unharmed on the big day as well. [How many Muslim owned companies moved out of the WTC complex just before Sept. 11, 2001? 0]
A year later, ZIM was busted with US/Israeli weapons heading to Iran.
( https://100777.com/node/83 )
So, crime scene evidence, armaments, what else? The closer to the top of the pyramid, the more interconnected it all is. Don't forget that all major art transactions are highly suspect and that "modern art" which is a farce, at best, is without value but is great for money laundering. See Miles Mathis excellent paper on this topic here
( http://www.mileswmathis.com/launder.pdf )
Anyone with an Art Gallery whose part of the program can ship large, cumbersome, ridiculous, bloody, pedophilic works of art around the world under the supervision of the Podestas, Kennedy’s, Kerry’s and people connected to history’s largest smuggling rings?
This is the big picture that everyone is missing. And they’re pulling this off right under our noses. The Rockefellers run the folk art industry and are prominent donors. Tony Podesta is a record-breaking collector. They all visit the Venice Biennale and go to major art events all over the world. If you do not know what the Venice Biennale is, google the logo. Exactly logo to the FBI Boy Lover symbol.
James Alefantis and the Comet Ping Pong Link
The Transformer Gallery hosts an annual silent auction, but few have picked up on the detail that every auction requires the transportation of art from another country that we can now know is shipped through diplomatic channels and part of the same larger network of diplomatically-exchanged art. Per the Gallery program:
This is the 13th Annual Auction and a celebration of Transformer’s 15 year anniversary. The Italian Ambassador is our diplomatic chair this year – highlighting year long collaboration with the Italian Embassy in D.C., and artistic exchange with artists and art spaces in Rome and D.C.
From BrightestYoungThings 1
1 ( https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/preview-transformers-13th-annual-auction )
There’s more than 175 works up for silent bidding this year – I think we actually have 190 works! We say this every year – but I truly feel this is our best selection of work up for bidding yet.
For more on James Alefantis and his friends; Google Heavy Breathing, The Apes Band and Pedophilia.
Be warned, what they say and the images and videos the bands produce are pedophilic in nature and depict torture. Did I mention the main singer of The Apes was a former Special Needs teacher. You can also google her name, I'll let you find it and search her alter-ego drawings of weird creatures. It's as if all of these people were abused in child hood and so too are they doing the same.
Connection to Skull and Bones
Alefantis’ connection to Skull and Bones is rather subtle, but it’s telling that all news media has reported Alefantis’ role as an event organizer for this group. This is two-pronged. First, he coordinates events with the Sackler Freer gallery owned by the Opium family. Secondly, regular Comet performer Kid Congo Powers is married to the curator of the Yale University Art Gallery. 1 You know, the former headquarters of Skull and Bones.
1 ( https://vimeo.com/67959660 )
Kid Congo powers performs with DJ Baby Alcatraz, sometimes at Planned Parenthood events. 1 Remember DJ Baby Alcatraz was the one who owned what appeared to be Pizza Map near Marfa. 2 I won't be getting into the details of how perverted these bands are, as that isn't the premise of this post. Do know though, if you google some of these bands do not click tumblr posts of Google+ posts as many lead to boy lover forums and offputting and pedophilic pictures.
1 ( http://i.imgur.com/F5E0E8a.jpg )
2 ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1647807 )
Kid Congo Powers, former member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, shows a few suspicious habits on his Tumblr.
( https://imgur.com/a/ip3ZO )
  • Making Erudite references to actual Bavarian Illuminati members and strange comments about the tomb at the Skull and Bones headquarters.
  • Wearing a Bavarian Illuminati-themed Jacket
  • Showing up at Transformer auction around ambassadors
  • Vampire Teeth, and references to pizza and blood; so not a normal guy.
We can’t forget Alefantis’ hosting of the Roosevelts and CFR-connected reporters like Wolf Blitzer. 1 A pizza owner who just so happens to know media affiliates for years, who would have thought. The fact that he and Dozoretz are closely linked in hosting these parties, and that major news networks seem just as involved in the afterparties, there’s no question why the entire Beltway wanted to shut this all down.
1 ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1770143 )
Note that you see the exact same pattern with Susan Alefantis and the Chris Kloman case. 1 Those who defended Kloman include CFR-connected anchors like Charlie Gibson and Clinton cronies like Ken Starr.
1 ( https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/835134-kloman-letters.html )
Uribe and the Colombian connection
The Colombian ambassador to the United States worked for a law firm that, around the time that Comet Ping Pong first became a household name, became involved in a case of satanic abuse homicide in Bogota. The murder of Yuliana Samboni by Rafael Uribe would not be so intriguing were the diplomatic chair at Alefantis’ 10th annual Transformer Gallery auction not connected to the same law firm as the assailant.
The blog ‘Blueberry Perspective summarizes the link very well.
James Alefantis has political ties to the same colombian oligarch family where the rich architect son is involved in a satanic ritual abuse case with other people of a rape and murder of a seven year old poor girl, and it's being covered up in the colombian media, and by the colombian police, and colombia is a country that at the same time has the clinton foundation, carlos slim and frank giustra heavily involved in raping the natural resources, fake foundation activities, that all deal with youth and children, and banking regulations, are tied to haiti, robbing oil money killing union leaders and workers rights abuses, running illegal investment slush funds, etc
( http://www.transformerdc.org/special-events/overview/the-10th-annual-transformer-silent-auction-benefit-party )
Art world connections
The reason that the wealthy run art galleries is that they have a lot of money and want to engage in improving civic culture. That would be all fine and dandy if nearly every major family involved in the Skull and Bones network seems to have a connection to this Shipping lines. James Alefantis, in a sense, works for the Maccoby family because of their links to the Folgers, one of the families involved in FAPE.
The Folgers are heavily involved in the so-called Skull and Bones power circle, and they share both the credentials of being an early connecticut settler family and having an ancestor who was ambassador to Belgium. Notice Alefantis’ proximity to the Folger family. From this Voat Post:
( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1673862 )
The Folgers, are a secret power elite family since at least the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Lee’s mother is Barbara Sue (Bitsy) McElroy.[8] She was the daughter of Harvard’s Neil H. McElroy, former president of the multi-million dollar corporation, Procter & Gamble, and October 9, 1957, appointed President Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense. Neil’s grandmother was Mary Camilla Fry of England- baroness, suspected British Knighthood bloodline lineage.[9]
Neil’s father is financial advisor Lee Merritt Folger– a child sacrifice (Moloch, also spelled Molech) pagan member of the Bohemian Grove.[10] Lee’s father was investment banker, John Clifford Folger (1893-1981), U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (1957-59)- Alfalfa Club.[11] The Folgers are descendants of Peter Folger. Peter was an early 17th century English settler of Martha’s Vineyard.
Ellen Susman & Pay 4 Play
Texas Democrat writes to John Podesta asking to be Ambassador to New Zealand after her and her husband donate to HRC. This fits in line with the pay-to-play allegations surfaced by Guccifer 2.0, when he released the ambassador names and the amounts paid to Obama/HRC to get an ambassadorship.
But what’s more interesting is the Ellen Susman sits on the 2015-2016 National Leadership Board of the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas.
( http://blantonmuseum.org/national-leadership-board/ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/19/us/politics/well-trod-path-political-donor-to-ambassador.html )
Not everyone wants a gilded posting in a European capital. Ellen Susman, a Texas philanthropist who contributed $100,000 to the “super PAC” supporting Mr. Obama, has alerted people involved in the decision-making of her interest in serving as director of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program, responsible for managing the art collection that hangs in American embassies around the world.
Amman, Jordan
But the Transformer gallery not only takes art in from other countries, but also ships the art outward, as well. The presence of art by Matt Sesow, the artist involved in several Transformer auctions and who once painted an uncanny ‘cumpanda’ 1, was featured in a Jordanian art exhibit. Notice the imagery of the gallery and it’s pederastic “Da Vinci Children’s Exhibition” and the all-seeing eye out front.
1 ( http://i.imgur.com/bdVvSBg.jpg )
An interesting tidbit to add is that a Syrian diplomatic cable showcases one of the Jordanian gallery’s 1 exhibitions (Wikileaks - A Shout Out From My City 2), and explains that the exhibition occurred under the patronage of the Ambassador to France. What is important to note is that the auction at the Transformer gallery hosted by James Alefantis was always patronized by a guest ambassador, who made a special art donation to the gallery. Is it proof that he’s smuggling children? No. But does it prove that his connections—including to the Rockefeller’s through Luzzatto, to the Rothschilds, to Skull and bones.
1 ( http://www.foresightartgallery.com/ )
2 ( https://wikileaks.org/syria-files/docs/665100_-32-foresight32-a-shout-out-from-my-city-2-hello-salut-hallo.html )
EXTRA INFO
Historical precedent to Comet Ping Pong -- an 18th century occult club that lured politicians, lobbyists and ambassadors into a web of blood ritual
Germaine de Staël, was not only connected to major American diplomats, but also to a mysterious building in Switzerland that Tony Podesta seems to be visiting today. Given their current relationship with ambassadors and actual nobility, it is highly plausible that the Podesta brothers and James Alefantis are involved in the same type of operation.
Body
During the French Revolution, several notable figures at the highest seats of power in Switzerland and France played decisive roles in overthrowing Louis XVI and guillotining the royal family. It's worth knowing that Soros-type bankers still lorded over Europe at the time--after all, this was the age of Rothschild. Jacques Neckar, from Switzerland, was one such rival and became a finance minister under Louis XVI for France. During the revolution, he barely managed to hold France together, but according to Wikipedia, he also helped spark one of the bloodiest days of the Revolution:
Necker's dismissal on 11 July 1789, provoked by his decision not to attend Louis XVI's speech to the Estates-General, enraged the people of France and sparked rumors that the king meant to attack Paris or arrest the deputies. These fears provoked the storming of the Bastille on 14 July.
But there's so much more to this. His daughter, Germaine de Staël, was a gifted writer and power player in the French Salons. She would end up being one of Napoleon's sworn enemies as she tried to subvert his power on several occasions. She was also married to the Swedish ambassador in France. While still young, she ran her own salon in Paris with the ambassador, and they quickly gained a reputation as being a hotspot for the actual Illuminati and Swedenborgian Cult. Quotes from the book "Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Stael" reveal she was known to the American political elite as well.
Germaine’s salon in the rue du Bac had become a political meeting place for the liberal aristocracy which soon was to carry out the first phase of the Revolution. Gouverneur Morries, a frequent guest, described Germaine to George Washington as “a woman of wonderful wit, and above prejudices of every kind,” and her house as a temple of Apollo.
Evidence also suggests that the Illuminati/Swedenborgians were involved in some bizarre sorcerer deep-state activities, as we see now with Jimmy Savile, 'Especially' Michael Aquino, wikipedia page scrubbed and the 'Podestas' activities.
[Monsieur de Stael] had also turned to the Swedenborgian sect, was deeply involved in the mysticism of the Illuminati, and indulged in conjuring spirits...In the Age of Reason, at at the court of the enlightened despot Gustavus, two opposed schools of sorcerers and soothsayers were engaged in secret and mortal combat. King Gustavus’ clairvoyant, Miss Arfwedsson, whose oracle he consulted on every important occasion, was all-powerful, but she was decidedly outnumbered by the soothsayers who surrounded the King’s brother, Duke Charles of Sudermania, for whom they predicted a glorious future. Most influential among them was the Duke’s friend, Baron Reuterholm, who, before witnesses, had put the Duke into a hypnotic trance to make him prophesy the role he was to play in the regeneration of Mankind.
Baron de Stael already had attached to his embassy a Swedenborgian named Halldin, whose specialty it was to make spirits appear in mirrors (he thus produced John the Baptist) and to read the future in books stained with blood. Under Reuterholm’s influence these innocent pastimes took a more serious turn.
At one of the seances held in 1790 in Stael’s presence, a medium revealed that Duke Chatlr was “in possession of the truth itself” and that Reuterholm be his only instrument…”Mention of the King was also made; what has been said concerning His Majesty is of great interest but of such a nature that I dare not trust it to my pen.”
They were literally performing mind control/hypnosis to major political figures to help them carry out political goals. This is congruent with allegations of both the CIA and Globalists blackmailing VIP pedophiles to further their aim. What's also interesting is that Le Bac was a favorite among lobbyists, and was actually known to court the most powerful American diplomats at the time. Staël met Jefferson, Washington, Adams; but what's most interesting is that Madame de Staël is (1) in such an identical position to American socialite James Alefantis, who frequently courts ambassadors from his art functions. Think I'm exaggerating? Here he is hosting the Swedish ambassador. 1 Another Transformer event was even held at the French embassy, and Alefantis has helped organize events with actual French nobility. 2 History repeats itself, and there's even MORE proof.
1 ( http://www.transformerdc.org/special-events/diplomatic-chaitransformer-11th-annual-silent-auction-and-benefit-party ) 2 ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1530742 )
In some amazing coincidence, Stratfor leaks indicate that Tony Podesta was subscribing to Stratfor from a property in Lausanne. 1 Turns out, he's actually connected to Lausanne through his family and through the art world: Several pieces by Giovanni Battista Podesta, one of the purported "founders" of Art Brut, appear at the Collection Art Brut, 2 located in a castle in the town called Le Chateau Beaulieu. He is a worshipper of Mammon. 3 If you want a better idea of what art brut is, please look here. 4 Art brut is essentially "trauma art", 5 where victims of trauma, including satanist abuse and pedophilia, paint their experiences. I have spoken to actual art brut collectors who have confirmed this, and who have also admitted that many of the artists come from "transcendental cults". Also, abuse victim Kim Noble's work is Art Brut. 6
1 ( https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/13/1318076_bawl-of-whacks-.html )
2 ( http://web.archive.org/web/20160817013327/http://www.artbrut.ch/f21004/1022/auteurs/podesta--giovanni-battista )
3 ( https://www.choisir.ch/arts-philosophie/theatre/item/download/298_60322ed8320e02a81899ee14d28a953f )
4 ( http://artbrut.com/ )
5 ( http://artbrut.com/about.shtml )
6 ( http://www.outsiderart.co.uk/noble.htm )
We also know that Tony Podesta is connected to this Art Brut art movement for three reasons: (1) He opened the "Art Blu" café in Venice, where he owns another property, (2) 1 he owns countless paintings that are or could be deemed Art Brut and (3) James Alefantis is one of the biggest patrons of art brut on the East Coast, if not America. And the painters he helps showcase have painted pedophilia 2 and cumpandas 3 (Matt Sesow, the artist in question, appears to have been a regular at Comet Ping Pong). So what's the big deal with this castle that Podesta is secretly visiting?
1 ( https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1561189 )
2 ( http://web.archive.org/web/20160817013327/http://i.imgur.com/NcCrOhw.jpg )
3 ( http://web.archive.org/web/20160817013327/http://i.imgur.com/oc10aJ4.jpg )
  • It's the old home of Jacques Neckar and Madame de Staël. Literal Illuminati members use to live there and held unimaginable financial power over Europe. Now Tony Podesta is directly involved with visiting the same property as one of the top--if not THE top American lobbyist--in the world.
  • The group at the Chateau Beaulieu appears to be still tied to pedophilia. There is a call to the board at the bottom of the page to go on an excursion "every leap year" 1 to Sciacca in Sicily. It's the home of a sculpture garden and art brut artist pictured here. 2 Now it's owned by a vineyard called Strada Del Vino Terra Sicane. This is their logo. 3 That logo is one we've seen time and again--and yes I am going to make the case that Comet Ping Pong is far, far more than just a one-off fake news hoax. I think it's at the very heart of this organization, whether it be a place to blackmail people or meet secretly with members of the global elite. It's a perfect cover.
1 ( http://web.archive.org/web/20170210093523/http://www.artbrut.ch/en/21045/ )
2 ( http://www.artbrut.ch/en/21035/302/ )
3 ( http://web.archive.org/web/20170322164648/http://i.imgur.com/Lh5qQm9.jpg ) As Blatent as it gets!
EDIT: link for the Strada Del Vino Tierra Sicane has since been updated by the web host and conveniently no longer shows their logo... I have since found another link so you can see what their logo happens to be... https://www.tigulliovino.it/strade_del_vino/strade_del_vino_sicilia_terre_sicane.htm
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