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From Rud Hud Hudibras to Meryptah
2020.09.15 23:01 StevenStevens43From Rud Hud Hudibras to Meryptah
Rud Hud Hudibras: Rud Hud Hudibras was king of Loegria. The first sensational claim about Rud Hud Hudibras, is that he founded kaerreint (Catnerbury). Rud Hud Hudibras Rud Hud Hudibras (Welsh:Run baladr bras) was a legendary king of the Britons) as recounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth. He was the son of King Leil and ruled during a civil war. During the waning years of Leil's reign, the kingdom of the Britons became unstable, and civil war broke out. Rud Hud Hudibras became king after his father's death and reigned for 39 years, ending the civil war and restoring peace to the kingdom. During his reign, he founded Kaerreint, later renamed Canterbury by the Angles. Link for photo Canterbury Arms Durovernum Cantiacorum: Now whilst there is nothing to support the claim that there was a settlement founded here by Rud Hud Hudibras, there is also nothing to contradict the claim. There is believed to have been a tribe known as the Cantiaci which settled in this area in a pre-roman settlement known as Durovernum Cantiacorum. Cantiaci
Julius Caesar landed in Cantium in 55 and 54 BC, the first Roman expeditions to Britain. He recounts in his De Bello Gallico v. 14: "Ex his omnibus longe sunt humanissimi qui Cantium incolunt, quae regio est maritima omnis, neque multum a Gallica differunt consuetudine.""Of all these (British tribes), by far the most civilised are they who dwell in Kent, which is entirely a maritime region, and who differ but little from the Gauls in their customs."
Link for photo Oppidum British Late Iron-age: The late British Iron age began in approximately 100 BC. Therefore it would appear archaeologists do not believe the Oppidum to be any older than 100 BC. Periodisation Hill forts. However, three Iron-age hill forts were also mentioned. And according to the periodisation link above, the British Iron-age dates back to beginnings in 800 BC. Now no date is actually given for what appears to be the oldest of the Iron age hill-forts, St Catherines Hill. So could be anywhere between 100 BC, and 800 BC. St Catherines Hill
Link for photo St Catherines hill Paladur Castle: So, you can decide for yourself whether or not we found evidence to support the claim. Certainly did not find anything that contradicts the claim. But that is not all. Apparently Rud Hud Hudibras also founded Paladur Castle, in what would today be Shaftesbury. Rud Hud Hudibras
Link for photo Shaston 12 Caer Palladour: Whilst some historians dismiss this legend as "mere invention", it does not take away the fact, that even today, "Caer Palladour", is an alternative name for Shaftesbury. Toponymy
The original Celtic name is first recorded in Medieval Welsh literature as Caer Vynnydd y Paladr (The Mountain Fort/City of the Spears) and Thomas Gale records the name as Caer Palladour in his work of 1709. Though "Palladour" was described by one 19th-century directory as "mere invention", it has continued to be used as a poetic and alternative name for the town.
Fíacha Fínscothach, son of Sétna Airt, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. His father became High King after killing the previous incumbent, Rothechtaid mac Main, in single combat at Cruachan in defence of Fíachu. Fíachu went into exile, but returned at the head of a "black fleet", and, with the assistance of Muinemón,
Flag of Cornwall: Now i just wonder if the words "Black fleet" give a clue as to where he went in to exile? And i wonder if it was in the lands of Queen Gwendolans descendants in Cornwall, desperate to ally themselves with others, for their fight against Loegria. Link for photo Flag of Cornwall Prophets of Israel: Now, surprisingly, i am not going to bother verifying the prophets of Israel. Quite simply, during the Egyptian 18th dynasty, which pre-dates the prophets of Israel by some considerable margin, there was a High priest of Ptah, named Ptahmose. Thutmose)
14th Century BC: Just to get a rough idea of what period we are discussing, Thutmose IV reigned from approximately 1401 – 1391 BC . Thutmose IV
Thutmose IV (sometimes read as Thutmosis or Tuthmosis IV, Thothmes in older history works in Latinized Greek; Ancient Egyptian: ḏḥwtj.msj(.w) "Thoth is born") was the 8th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt, who ruled in approximately the 14th century BC.
The High Priest of Ptah was sometimes referred to as "The Greatest of the Directors of Craftsmanship" (wr-ḫrp-ḥmwt). This title refers to Ptah as the patron god of the craftsmen.
Link for photo Temple of Ptah Prophet: Now, Thutmose also had another son, named Meryptah, whom also became a vizier. Meryptah likely became the first ever vizier, to be awarded with the title "prophet", in his job description, amongst his other titles, such as chief steward of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III, which i imagine translates to, "architect of the construction of Amenhotep III's resting place. Thutmose)
2020.09.11 21:16 turkeysallthewaydownResources for those in need
I understand that times are tough financially for many students due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19. I've tried to compile a list of resources in case you (or someone you know) is struggling right now. If you know of any other resources in Allendale or the surrounding areas, please comment. Stay safe, Lakers <3 Clothing:
I've found that most Goodwills and other major thrift store corporations have hiked their prices in recent years due to the 'thrifting' craze. Not all of us can afford these ever-increasing prices. Ripple Effect has much more reasonable prices, and additionally offers a substantial student discount. EDIT: Unfortunately I have been informed that Ripple Effect no longer has a student discount. Hopefully their prices remain reasonable! Last year I was able to buy 2 on-sale winter coats for under 5 dollars with the student discount. Food:
A food pantry located in the lower level of Kirkhoff (room 074). School ID required to obtain resources. The website states that you are able to get one bag per visit, up to two times per month. They also have personal hygiene items available.
GVSU offers a program where students can 'donate' meals from their meal plan. You can request meal swipes on this website, and may be eligible to use this resource on an as-needed basis. EDIT: The form for requesting a meal through the meal share program states that it is currently closed. The website states you can contact Emily First ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])) with any questions or concerns.
Students and community members are able to volunteer in GVSU's greenhouses and may be able to take home organic produce for their efforts. As of the Fall 2020 semester, students are able to volunteer Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm. For more information, contact: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
I haven't personally utilized this resource, but I understand that it has been helpful to many people in West Michigan. Attached is a list of dates that Feeding America's Mobile Food Pantry is available in various sites across West Michigan. The only issue is that you will need transportation, and a trunk to haul your resources. Their phone number on their website is 616.784.3250 for further information.
Dick Grayson stirred in his bed, cold and stressed. He had tried his best to roll out the red carpet to welcome Stephanie into Wayne Manor - bringing her in much as Bruce had once done with him - in order to honour the promise Dick had made to her father Arthur Brown *, the henchman Dick had gotten killed while trying to take down the Penguin. However, Stephanie seemed determined to make things difficult. She was suspicious of the family, of why a young billionaire bachelor like himself would take in a working class orphan, to the point of accusing them of adopting her as a publicity stunt. Dick wanted nothing more than to set her straight, to tell her who really lived in Wayne Manor, but he knew he couldn’t. Not unless he wanted her to put on a mask and swear her revenge on Penguin. After enough discomfort, Dick gave up trying to sleep and sat upright in his bed. His back panged with a stiffness he had never felt before as his eyes adjusted to the darkness ahead of him. The sun must have been up by now, and Dick was more than used to the early morning sunbeams piercing his blinds and rousing him from sleep, the joys of sleeping in a room facing the sunrise. But, curiously, there was no such disturbance. Seconds later, Dick’s eyes scanned through the blue-grey darkness, and he realised something was wrong. He sat in bed in the far end of an unfamiliar room, a modern, low-ceiling bedroom; a far cry from the ancestral home of the Waynes. This was not his bed, this was not Wayne Manor. Dick pulled himself to his feet, his knees clicking as he dropped his weight onto the wood panel flooring. He searched for his cell phone and found nothing. He looked down at himself and searched for puncture marks across his body in the dark, wondering if he had been drugged, but other than a killer headache and a sore back, he was entirely healthy and unharmed, dressed only in a pair of loose boxer shorts. He furrowed his brow. What was going on? Slowly, Dick emerged through the bedroom door and crept into an open plan apartment. Large, lavish. In fact, the more Dick searched the place, the more he realised he recognised it. Though heavily renovated, it was Bruce’s old penthouse in Wayne Tower, where he’d lived for a while after Dick left for college. But who would bring Dick here? Dick searched some more, pushing through the kitchenette and into the lounge area, still with all the lights off. He couldn’t risk tipping off that he was awake and sneaking around if someone was here holding him captive. There, Dick found a cell phone resting on the coffee table, though he was certain it wasn’t his, along with a plain gold band. He picked up the phone, but before he could look at it closer, he was struck by the sunlit vista pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling window, dully lighting the blue hued room. The sun shimmered off of the lakes of Grant Park, visible below, and peered around the corner of the GCPD building. Except… it wasn’t the GCPD building. Not the one Dick knew. Gone was the limestone municipal building. In its place… a fortress with searchlights and spires, looking more like Blackgate Penitentiary than what Dick was expecting, behind it a towering white wall stretching far across the width of Old Gotham. In that moment, a fear crept into Dick’s mind just as a sharp chill crept down his spine. How long had he been asleep? Dick held the unfamiliar cell phone in his hand. It was smooth and black, nothing unsurprising there, but as thin as a sheet of glass to the point where he was afraid he’d crush it if he gripped it too hard. He pressed the screen, and the phone lit up. The time, 0600, glowed in white, but behind it shone a photo that only gave Dick more questions: a young boy with raven black hair and the cracked, 50-something-year-old face of a smiling Barbara Gordon. Solemnly, he looked back down to the coffee table and took the gold ring in his hands, realising what it was. Quickly, Dick put the fear of his potential kidnapper out of his mind, more fearful of his grip on reality slipping, and searched the apartment from head to toe. He was alone, though photographs of Babs and this boy, along with ones of an old and infirm Jim Gordon and an elderly woman Dick didn’t recognise littered the place, without a single image of Bruce, Jason, Helena, Tim, Kate or even Alfred to be seen. That was when he found the mirror hanging in the bathroom. Though Dick looked down at himself and saw the scar-littered body he was used to, in the mirror he found the visage of a Dick Grayson many years his senior, with tanned, leathery skin, a scraggly black goatee and ashy, greying hair. It was as if one minute he was in bed at Wayne Manor, and the next he was in an apartment on the other side of Gotham filled with photos of his wife and son, thirty years in the future. In his shock, his mouth fell agape as he spoke two words. “Oh, boy…” He swiped across the phone screen and was prompted for a four digit PIN. Easy, the month and day Bruce took him in. No. The date he first became Robin. No. When he first formed the Titans? No. The date Bruce died? No. Dick hung his head in his hands. If he couldn’t get in contact with someone fast, he was going to fall to pieces. His heart was racing, his every hair raised. He looked back at the phone and read the passcode hint printed in thin black letters. ‘clark’s birthday’ Dick shook his head. Why would his phone’s passcode be Superman’s birthday? Clark Kent’s death affected Dick greatly, but presumably decades had passed since then. The penny dropped. Clark had always been an inspiration to Dick: an uncle, a mentor, a friend. The Blue to Dick’s Red, back in his days as Robin. ‘Clark’ was the name of his and Barbara’s son. Suddenly he had a name, and suddenly he became infinitely more real. Dick had always dreamed of being a father: starting a family, passing on his wisdoms, teaching them acrobatics and then watching them fly. In the burgeoning sun, Dick searched the eyes of the raven-haired Clark Grayson and choked back tears. This was their home, so where was he? Then, as Dick pawed helplessly at the locked cell phone, it began to blare. Clark and Babs’ picture was gone, replaced with the text “Incoming Call”. Dick pressed the green button and threw the phone up to his ear. “Hello? Who is this?” Dick spoke hurriedly, swallowing the frog in his throat. The voice of a younger man replied, one Dick didn’t recognise. “Sorry to bother you, Commissioner, but we’ve tracked Dent to a location in Chinatown. The sarge thought you’d want to be there for the arrest.” Commissioner? What more had Dick missed? He wanted to shout back down the phone, begging for an explanation, for answers, for any kind of help, but Dick didn’t know what his relationship with this officer was, whether he could trust him. Instead, he played along. “Thank you, I’ll see you at the GCPD.” “GCPD?” the voice replied. “You still call it that?” Dick said nothing, lost for a response. He’d seen a lot growing up in the Age of Heroes, but this situation was new. But, as it happened, he didn’t need to speak. Instead, the officer on the phone bleated nervously. “Forgive me, Commissioner. Your daughter’s waiting with a car outside Fort Gotham.”
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Dick fastened his necktie as he crossed the street, the trench coat he had found in his wardrobe pulled tight over his shoulders to beat the chill. He knew the streets of Gotham - especially Old Gotham - to be crowded, hectic and loud, but today, in whatever year it was, that couldn’t have been further from the case. As he made his way to what used to be the GCPD headquarters, now apparently known as Fort Gotham, Dick saw that the streets of Old Gotham were basically empty, with only the odd car passing through, and mostly police cruisers at that. After barely a minute’s walk, Dick reached the foot of Fort Gotham, and there saw a black and silver car parked waiting for him, and a woman in a white blouse and a violet leather jacket waiting beside it. His daughter? No, she only looked about ten years younger than the Dick Grayson he had found in the mirror. Then, as Dick approached, two things happened. First, the woman’s eyes lit up in recognition and she flagged Dick down. Second, Dick realised who she was. Her golden blonde hair, her firm stance, her blue eyes. “S-Stephanie?” said Dick as he reached her side of the street. “Oh no, am I in trouble?” she laughed. A golden police badge hung around her neck, suspended by a silver bead chain. Dick cocked his head, which still throbbed. “Sorry?” “You haven’t called me Stephanie since way back when you first adopted me.” Dick laughed, playing it off. “What would you rather I call you?” She shook her head. “‘Steph’?” she shrugged, “Or, in front of the men, ‘Sergeant’?” “Ha!” Dick nodded, “Right.” Clearly this Stephanie, or Steph, had already spent decades warming up to Dick and his choice to take her in. She was so much more at ease with him, so much happier. And the cop on the phone had described her as Dick’s daughter. Was that their relationship here? If it was, Dick thought, he couldn’t help but think it was incredibly unearned. “Now come on, old man,” Steph pulled the passenger door of the car open. “We got a villain to take in.” From this close, Dick had a much better look at Steph’s black and silver vehicle. It was streamlined, low to the ground, but well armoured, with silver panels strategically placed. If Dick didn’t know better, he’d say it was the Batmobile. For all he knew, it was. Moments later, Steph bolted the car along the wide, open streets of Old Gotham, Dick at her side, on their way to apprehend Harvey Dent, Two Face. All the while, Dick shuffled restlessly in his seat, desperate to figure out what was going on. But, yet again, regardless of how she was with him, Dick didn’t know if he could trust the younger woman beside him. Instead, Dick silently weighed up his options. Option one: he was dreaming. The human mind could play terrible tricks in the right circumstances, Dick learned that after Bruce told him of fearfully vivid hallucinations he had suffered while participating in a study into the effects of isolation, of an alien world, of living statues, and of failing to save Dick’s life. Option two: he had been drugged. Dick had seen substances like Crane’s fear toxin warp the minds of the most sane men - hell - he’d suffered the effects of fear toxin himself enough times. But no, this was nothing like what he had suffered then. Then, Dick considered option three: he was being manipulated by some metahuman or alien creature, like the Black Mercy plant Superman had been subjected to years ago, the one that had him trapped in a world of his wildest desires. Was something similar happening here? As they moved through the streets of Old Gotham, Dick couldn’t help but notice how still the city was, how peaceful it had become. He and Babs had a son, Stephanie trusted him, and Gotham was peaceful? As terrified and lost as Dick was, he had to admit things were looking up in this time period. Then there was option four: time travel. He knew it was possible, if not risky, Max Crandall - the Flash - had pulled it off when he really needed to. But Dick definitely didn’t have super speed, or a time machine. So how would he have gotten here? And how was Dick walking around in the body of his older self? Finally, Dick considered the most terrifying possibility of them all. Five: what if this was all real? What if Dick had lived this life, raised this family, worked his way up to Commissioner, and then lost his memory? Then what? What could he trust if not his own mind? “Dick?” Steph looked across to him from the driver’s seat. “Everything okay?” Dick shook his head, breaking out of his descending fear. “Y-Yeah. Just an off day.” “A big day,” Steph looked ahead to the road. “We helped Dent. Shut down Arkham, got him real help, rehabilitated him. Even gave him a seat of power in the city hall district. That took a lot. And now here we are.” “Two-Face,” Dick grumbled. Back when Dick could recall, Two-Face was still firmly behind bars, resisting all forms of treatment. Yet he’d apparently missed Harvey’s recovery, redemption, and subsequent return to villainy. The car turned a corner, and they turned onto Broome Street, the bridge across to the Somerset borough dead ahead of them. It was then that Dick realised Gotham was more different than he realised. He recalled the towering white wall he had seen erected behind the GCPD building and saw an identical wall lining the riverfront. They came to the foot of the bridge, the edge of the wall, and stopped at a highly militarised checkpoint. Men wielding rifles and clad in armour reminiscent of Luke Fox’s Batwing gear approached the vehicle and quickly waved them through, and as they traversed the Broome Street bridge, Dick saw yet another wall on the other side of the river, stretching along the length of it. Then, they came to another checkpoint. Though this checkpoint wasn’t staffed by men in suits of armour. Instead, two figures in waistcoats with dark tribal masks pulled over their faces approached the car. “What do you want, pigs?” one of them groaned dismissively. Steph didn’t even turn her head, keeping her eyes forward. “We’re passing through to Chinatown. Roman’s more than aware.” The masked man paused, inching back a step, and looked sheepishly to his masked colleague. “The boss?” the other figure asked. Steph said nothing. A beat later and the two masked guards ushered them through into the East End. Dick was dumbfounded. “What was that?” he asked. “Roman’s men aren’t happy about it, but they know better than to try and turn away the cops,” Steph replied coldly. The car took a corner around the perimeter of Robinson Park and into the East End proper, and it became quickly apparent that not all of Gotham was afforded the same tranquility Dick found on the other side of the river. The roads were packed tight with cars, old cars that blustered black fumes. Windows along the streets were shattered and boarded up, and men and women going about their daily business clutched at firearms slung and their hips. “Where are the police?” Dick asked. “On every street corner,” Steph replied, the car continuing along. “It was my idea to have them all plainclothes. That way they can keep Roman’s thugs in check without seeming too intrusive.” Along Oldman Avenue, they then came to another checkpoint at another towering wall. Two bald men, one with a heart tattooed on his cheek, and the other with a diamond, approached the car and waved them through with little resistance. It was like Gotham had been carved up piecemeal, and if Black Mask loomed over the East End, Dick supposed they were now entering Mad Hatter’s domain. Steph picked up in speed as they did, blitzing across four blocks. All the while, Dick could count all the people he saw on one hand. Then, along Cooke Avenue, they passed a final wall and arrived at Chinatown. And instantly Dick was grateful he wore his coat, as an icy chill swept over him. “Freeze,” Dick chattered his teeth. “We told her it’s not appropriate,” Steph replied. “That people can’t live like this. But Nora likes it cold.” “Gotham’s in pieces,” Dick hung his head. This was no paradise. “Blame old Commissioner Forbes,” Steph replied. “He thought dividing Gotham would stop the riots. And it did. He thought giving the villains domains to roam free would give them an outlet… and keep the people in line, and it did. But…” “But it’s chaos,” Dick interjected. “Of a different breed, yes.” Steph nodded. “It can’t stay like this,” Dick spat. “It won’t. Not with your plan. The people depend on the police to protect them from the villains, but that doesn’t mean they appreciate us,” Steph explained. “You’re right: we have to earn their trust before we can free them, otherwise we’re back to the mass anarchy Forbes tried to get rid of.” “So, Dent,” Dick replied, remembering why they were here. “We’ve got Dent. Once we’ve made an example of him for all of Gotham to see, we can put our plan in motion to free it.” The car came to stop by a warehouse on Grant Street. Outside was parked a dozen other cars like Steph’s. She and Dick stepped out of the car, and moments later the warehouse door swung open. Two men emerged and threw an aged Harvey Dent onto the pavement. His face - or rather his faces - were bloodied and bruised. Then, as Dent attempted to scurry away, a dozen more police officers piled out of the doors and surrounded him. Steph approached and dragged him back onto his feet, ready for the first two officers to cuff him. Dick moved closer, getting a good look at Harvey’s visage. His scars, they were different. Gone was the half-melted face, purple and raw, the bulging, exposed eye. In fact, Harvey looked better than ever, the right side of his face reconstructed with skin grafts far beyond what was commonplace back when Dick could remember. However, he was indeed still a man of two faces. Intent on returning to his old ways, Harvey had clearly taken a knife to his fixed face and carved it to pieces, allowing infection to set in to hue it a sickly green. There was no going back. “Heh,” Two-Face spluttered and spoke with a voice as if he had been gargling glass. “Took you long enough. We had a bet going that you weren’t coming.” Steph ignored him and turned to face Dick, beckoning him closer. “You want to do the honours?” Dick hesitated then stepped forward and began to read him his rights. “Harvey Dent, you are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you do say--” “Is this a joke?” Harvey cut him off, speaking a deep and smooth voice. “Are you the Joker all of a sudden?” Dick stopped and looked to Steph, then ahead once more. In a brief look, he caught several of the other officers present staring at him. “What are you gawking at?” he coughed. One of the other officers shook her head and wiped the look of surprise off of her face. “Sorry, Commissioner.” Steph interjected, ending the awkward silence. “Get him out of here,” she spoke to the two officers binding Dent. “Yes, Sarge,” the first nodded. The pair then walked Two-Face two dozen paces along the street and then tossed him onto the road. A handful of the other officers on the scene then leapt up to him and began kicking him while he was down, making an example for the many onlooking civilians wrapped up tight in fur-lined coats. Dick was bewildered, and pushed past Steph to shoot to Dent’s side. “Get off of him!” he barked with an unfound confidence. And, instantly, the officers leapt back as if God himself had decreed it, terrified, and falling into line. So this was justice in Gotham these days? And from the look of utter surprise on all of their faces, it was clear that Commissioner Dick Grayson was party to it. Dick stood there, his fear turned to rage, and Steph slowly approached him from behind, laying a tender hand on his shoulder. “Come on, Commish,” she spoke. “Let’s drive somewhere nicer.” Reluctantly, Dick stepped away, confident the officers wouldn’t be stupid enough to defy the Commissioner and continue to brutalise Dent. He threw himself back into the passenger seat of Steph’s car, to be joined by her moments later. But then, as they set off back towards Old Gotham, the police district, Dick’s paper-thin cell phone rang once more. Steph quietened down, and Dick held the phone to his ear. “Hello?” “Dick,” spoke the panicked voice of Barbara Gordon, his wife. “Babs?” he replied. “Dick, it’s Clark. He’s run away, left a note saying he has business in Gotham.” She spoke with absolute fear in her voice. Dick was lost, but had to stay calm for her. “Okay, take a deep breath. Do you know where he is?” “He left Metropolis in the night,” Barbara explained, trying her best to wrestle against her rapid breaths, “Took the car. He should already be in Gotham. Please, Dick, tell me your men found him when he tried to get into the city. Tell me our son is safe.” They lived in Metropolis. Dick quickly surmised why his apartment was so empty, why he was alone, why his wedding band wasn’t on his finger when he woke up there. “I’ve heard nothing,” Dick replied. Barbara took a sharp breath in. “If the police didn’t pick him up when he crossed the border, it could only mean one thing.” “What is it?” Dick looked to his left as he spoke. Steph had begun to show concern, having no idea what was happening. “Babs?” “Dick, promise me. You can’t tell anyone else in the police. Not even Steph,” Barbara warned. Dick looked to Steph and then back to the road ahead. “If they knew, they’d put him away for a long time.” “Babs, what is it?” Barbara lost her temper and snapped down the phone. “You know damn well, goddamn it!” she cried. “People don’t get in or out of Gotham without the police knowing unless they’re working with the Bat-Mob.” Click. The line was dead. “Dick, what’s wrong?” Steph asked. A million thoughts were swirling in Dick’s mind. He had a son, and now his son was in danger. Working with the Bat-Mob? Who was the Bat-Mob? And why was it so important the police didn’t find out? This was terrible. This was awful. This was hell. “I have something to see to,” Dick replied. He looked to Steph, who looked back in genuine concern. This was a Stephanie he had lived to grow to trust, one who trusted him deeply, and now once again he had to keep the truth from her. “I have to go back to the station.” “What?” she replied. “Just take me to Fort Gotham!” Dick snapped.
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Dick pushed through the doors atop the steps of Fort Gotham, the maximum security fortress that stood at the site of the old GCPD building. Quickly, he passed through three, five, ten security checks and measures and into a wide open office space with ebony black walls, illuminated with white and blue light. If Dick had woken up here, he would have assumed he was back in Steppenwolf’s Fathership, not some future police station. He didn’t like that he had snapped at Steph, but he knew he didn’t have much time if his son was in danger, and he didn’t have the knowledge of this timeline to navigate an intimate conversation and still conceal the truth. From what he had gathered, Gotham City had been divided into several territories, each separated by giant, looming walls. Each territory had been ‘entrusted’ to one of Gotham’s worst and most iconic criminals, giving them illusions of power while the police - massive in number - kept everyone safe and pulled all the real strings. This was to keep the Gotham public dependent on the police, keeping the ever present threat of costumed crime stoked and burning and keeping the police as the only force saving them from total destruction. It was disgusting, and something Dick’s future self clearly had plans in motion to correct. But, of course, to have the police as the sole protectors of the city, there was no role for Batman, or any of the Gotham Knights. Dick supposed that that was why the ‘Bat-Mob’ were so maligned, why the police could never find out that Clark was working with them. Dick cursed that he couldn’t get into his cell phone and use it to track down Tim, Jason, Kate or Helena directly, or even use it to research this Bat-Mob. Instead, Dick had to use the Fort Gotham library. He paced back and forth through the aisles of bookshelves, surprised that books still had a place in this time period, but the majority of the books were outdated, historical accounts and textbooks. To research newer information, Dick had to use one of the many computer terminals littered about the floor. He approached one, which quickly prompted him for his police ID. Dick reached into his coat and retrieved his wallet, catching a glimpse of yet another photograph of young Clark, as well as a photo of Tim, himself and Luke Fox. No Jason? He pulled out a thin plastic ID card and swiped it across the computer terminal screen, but immediately after, Dick drove his fist into the desk in frustration. He read the screen: ’Enter Passcode.’ “Oh frakk!” a voice chimed up behind him. Dick turned around, taking a second to search for the source of the voice before following the angered gazes of the rest of the library’s patrons to a blond man in an amber coat. Dick recognised the voice but couldn’t quite place the face. Dick joined in shooting a glare at the man, searching his face intensely to try and identify him, all the more so as the man began quickly dancing past tables to reach to Dick’s side. “Oh man, you have really gone off the rails,” the man continued in a more hushed tone as he arrived by Dick. “You are not making this easy.” Already, Dick knew this man was different. He spoke with an insubordination Commissioner Dick Grayson hadn’t seen since he woke up this morning. He may have been in the police library, but he was clearly no cop, which begged the question: How did he make it past all of the security checks? “Who are you?” Dick grabbed the man by the forearm and pulled him close, speaking in a harsh whisper. “What are you talking about?” The man rolled his eyes and pulled his arm free. “World’s Greatest Detective?” he sighed, “Not yet, you aren’t.” He moved back, rolled his hands up and put them together like binoculars, or perhaps goggles. He raised his hands and placed them over his eyes, miming a mask. Then, Dick recognised him. They met briefly during the Incursion, and he hadn’t aged a day since. “Booster Gold?” Dick called out. “Hey!” Booster shushed him. “Not so loud! There might be guys here that know that name… maybe.” Dick took him by the arm and marched him out of the library and out onto the street. “Did you do this to me?” “Yes,” Booster nodded, able to speak more at volume now. “Well, Rip did, my… associate.” “Well, put me back,” Dick barked. “Sure, and abandon your kid?” “This is just a possible future, right?” Dick replied. “It isn’t real.” “It’s real as long as it is, and until it isn’t,” Booster replied back with a furrowed brow. Dick took a deep breath, deeply frustrated with the man’s babblings. “What is this? Why am I here?” Booster sighed. “Rip’s looking to do some recruiting. Looking for new Time Masters,” he explained. “And with your ‘highly variable effect on the timeline’, he thought you were a good candidate. Judging by how you’re doing so far, I’d say he’s pretty off the mark.” “Highly variable?” Dick shook his head. “Well, count me out. I don’t want to be a Time Master, whatever that is.” “Yet,” Booster continued. “Look, I’m just doing as I’m told. Rip thinks you’d up to the job specs, so we used experimental time tech to drop your consciousness into the body of your future self in a possible future.” Dick hung his head, taking it all in. So was Clark, his family, this Gotham real? Did Clark’s fate matter? Did this Gotham City even need saving? How likely was this future to even come to pass? “It’s… basically Quantum Leap,” Booster added. “If you’ve seen that.” “Yes, I’ve seen Quantum Leap,” Dick snapped. “Look, just tell me what I need to do to get home.” “Well...” Booster rolled up his sleeve to expose the golden gauntlet underneath. He began poking around at it’s interface, reviewing his data. “It’s not a precise science, but you should be put back exactly where and when we nabbed you once you--” Booster squinted as he read off of the hard light display, “-- fulfill your purpose here.” “And what is my purpose?” Dick asked, steadying his breath. “I don’t know. You tell me, Circus Boy.” Dick grumbled and looked off across the city. If he were Bruce, it would be saving this fractured Gotham, liberating it from it’s awful circumstances. But he wasn’t Bruce. Clark Grayson was in danger, and regardless of if this future was going to come to pass at all, Dick had a duty to find him and protect him. Dick turned to Booster Gold. “Do you have any information on the ‘Bat-Mob’? Who are they and where can I find them?” Booster smiled and a small airborne drone appeared beside him, emerging from being cloaked. The floating metal ball bobbed up and down, the red line of its visor shifting back and forth . “Greetings Richard Grayson,” spoke Skeets, Booster’s robot companion, “Your reputation precedes you. It is always a pleasure to work with competent heroes for a change.” “I had my boy Skeets gather what info he could from the library while I was busy causing a scene,” Booster explained, ignoring the robot’s implied insult. “So, come on, Skeets, what’s the Bat-Mob, and where can we find them?” “The Bat-Mob is an organisation recognised by the GCPD as a terrorist group born out of the now-defunct Bat Family,” Skeets replied. “Though vigilantism was outlawed in Gotham City following the historic Joker-Batman conflict in 2021, the Bat-Mob was assembled from the remains of the Gotham Knights and anti-GCPD resistance fighters and was subsequently driven underground. Their base of operations is known to be in the catacombs below the condemned Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.” “Easy,” Booster grinned. “So we go underground, take your boy back from your old family and save the day. Then you get to be a Time Master and I get to find someplace a bit sunnier than Orwell’s Gotham City.” “I have no interest in being a Time Master, Booster,” Dick stayed firm. “Just help me set things right, then we can all go home.”
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Dick had learned that many in the GCPD had tried to penetrate the well stocked and fortified catacombs the Bat-Mob called home, all having failed. Many attempted to storm the asylum, which itself was defended by the Mob’s fiercest resistance fighters. Others, such as former-Commissioner Forbes attacked by the sewers. But, with limited paths in and out of the decrepit tombs and tunnels, the Bat-Mob could focus their limited manpower to best thwart even the best the police could throw at them. Instead, the police had elected to allow the Mob to remain bunkered down in their headquarters, instead preparing to snuff them out should they ever make a move outside its safety. However, one thing puzzled Dick. All of Bruce’s past acolytes had an exhaustive knowledge of the city’s history and geography, including the well kept secrets of the other hidden entrances. Once such was via the cave systems beneath Gotham that Bruce used as his city-side Batcaves. As Commissioner, Dick would have been more than able to provide his police colleagues this information, and use it to root out the Bat-Mob. Perhaps, Dick supposed, his future self was turning a blind eye intentionally. But not anymore. Dick led Booster Gold and his robot Skeets along the dry and shadowy tunnels, each wall lined with the bones of those that died within Arkham’s custody ages ago. So far, they had met no resistance at all. “Any idea why your kid would run all the way from Metropolis to hang out here?” Booster jested. “From what Skeets downloaded, Metropolis is a utopia in this future.They don’t even need a Superman anymore.” “What’s the Joker-Batman conflict?” Dick stopped and turned to Booster, the phrase having bugged him their entire journey this far. “The one in 2021.” “Um,” Booster twitched nervously. Ahead of them, Skeets came to a slow halt, a beam of light from its front face lighting the path ahead. Booster continued, “Depending on your choices, it may very well be part of your future after we get you home. Maybe it’s best I don’t tell you too much about your own future.” “Depending on my choices this future might end up happening,” Dick replied indignantly. “If something awful might happen, I deserve a chance to at least try and change things.” Skeets turned to face the pair, blinding both as it neglected to deactivate its flashlight. “It is unwise to give you further information on future proceedings. I overstepped earlier by mentioning the conflict at all, for which I apologise.” “Joker’s dead,” Dick spat back. “Batman’s dead.” “So everyone thought,” Booster replied. “Booster, I really think--” “Some kid Joker showed up and caused chaos, turned Gotham against itself,” Booster cut Skeets off. “And, sure enough, Batman rose to fight him. A meaner Batman, one determined to make sure Gotham was never brave enough to revolt again.” “Fascism,” Dick grumbled. “Until the real Joker showed up,” Booster hung his head. “And this new Batman? He was no match. KIA.” “Who?” Dick asked plainly. “I think you know,” Booster replied grimly, thinking back to the relentless methods of the young vigilante he had fought alongside against Steppenwolf’s terraformer. Jason. “That’s why Forbes and the police came down as hard as they did. Gotham relied on a Batman that was unjust and corrupt. Then, when he died, they were defenseless. They had to make sure they never needed Batman ever again.” Dick took a deep breath, the air catching along his through as a chill cut through him. He couldn’t allow any of this to come to pass. For Gotham’s sake. For Jason’s. “Hands up!!” a voice boomed along the tunnel. Instantly, Skeets leapt back and Booster threw his hands in the air, but Dick barely flinched. Nameless, faceless figures in jet black armour, much like that of the police, like Luke Fox’s Batwing gear, led Dick, Booster and Skeets further along the tunnel, their rifles levelled at them. Silently, they marched them into an opening, a large round chamber joining four adjacent tunnels. Free standing work lights illuminated the chamber, with long shadows framing the central stone floor. Crates of ammunition littered the ground, along with numerous camping cots. In this chamber alone, twenty figures stood, all in black Batwing-esque gear. All wore sleek, bat-eared helmets. All except three. “Yeah, take a long look,” snapped Luke Fox, his hair thinning and now with a thick beard, having caught Dick staring at the geared out soldiers. “You blue bastards stole my tech, we stole it back. I even made some improvements.” “I really hoped you’d stay away, Dick,” spoke Tim Drake, with a shaved head, a five o’clock shadow, and his face wrought with exhaustion, “This is our turf.” “I’m glad he’s here,” added Kate Kane. Her short red hair was scraped back, her skin as pale as snow and her eyes sunken and bruised, burning with rage. “It’s long overdue we made you pay.” “I’m just here for Clark,” Dick replied. It pained him to see the people he cared about harbour such resentment for him. He had to remind himself it wasn’t him for whom it was for. “Clark?” Tim cocked his head. Dick watched him looking at him with such disdain… Dick knew he hadn’t been a good brother to his Tim since Tim’s father dragged him away from Gotham. Dick had to change that if he got out of this alive. “My son,” Dick added. “We know who Clark is,” Kate spat. “He’s family. Unlike you, you traitor.” “Where is he?” Dick persisted. Booster looked around the room, they were completely surrounded by Bat-Mobbers. ”Hey, Grayson, you might want to try some more diplomacy,” he laughed nervously. “These guys aren’t the henchmen you beat up for info on the street.” But Dick ignored him. “Where is my son!?” Kate moved to scream back, but caught herself. Instead, she smothered that energy and pulled back. He wasn’t worth it. The older Tim sighed, pinching the bridge of his nose. “He’s up in Otisburg. Running recon.” “Oh frakk,” Booster came to an awful realisation. “What?” Dick turned to him. “What’s ‘oh frakk’?” Booster said nothing. “Who has Otisburg?” Dick cried, “Which one of them is it?” Solemnly, it was Skeets that replied. “Otisburg, much like the vast majority of the Burnley island, was conquered by the one known as the Joker.” Dick’s face went stone white. “He’s only just joined up… and you sent him into Joker territory...?” “It’s a routine job,” Kate explained. “We sent a squad with him, they know those streets, how to navigate them.” “You fed my son right to the Joker!” Dick roared. “He’s not yours, Dick,” Luke shook his head. “Not anymore. He’s Bat-Mob.” “I’m going after him,” Dick turned over his shoulder. “Booster, come on.” But Booster looked once again at the many figures surrounding then. “I, uh…” “You won’t make it,” Luke continued. “There are no cops in Joker territory. They’ll hunt you like animals.” “They can try.” The Bat-Mobbers levelled their guns once more, and Kate cried “Well, you’ll have to escape us first.”
Next: Things go south in Booster Gold #15 - Coming September 16th
2020.08.26 01:30 SilithDarkUrsae Minoris -- 19 August 2020
Overview Name of Run: Ursae Minoris Metaplot: Only needed for metaplot runs. Run Link:https://www.reddit.com/NeonAnarchy/comments/i99zzw/ursae_minoris_wednesday_august_19_2200_utc/ Date: 19 August 2020 Duration: 6+ Hours Threat: High Threat Scheduling: Scheduled GM:SilithDark @SilithDark#2350 Runners: TheTroll/Metatype A (Argyle), Mega (Mint), Joshybones (Razor’s Edge), Grynner (Orca), Dr.SaTaN (Kuro), Johnson: Kodiak -- Bear shifter and owner of The Dens a number of safehouses specifically tailored to Shifters and Changelings and freaks of all sort in and around Seattle. Relevant NPCs: Jaelisha -- Parazoologist contact. Location: Tukwila, Seattle Opposition: Corp Sec Casualties: None Collateral: Underground Parking Structure Synopsis: Break into Osvaldo EVO Research Facility and rescue bear cubs. Run Rewards: 25,000 Nuyen 6 Karma Increased Jaelisha’s connection by 1 for a total of 3 Kuro, Orca and Argyle given Jaelisha as a 3/1 Gear (CritteParacritter) contact. Background Kodiak’s nieces and nephews were taken from their home inGlacier Peak Conservation and Wildlife Preserve and brought to an EVO facility in Seattle. (See here) Jaelisha learns of this fact and offers help in order to get good and expand her influence. Meet The crew meets Jaelisha at The Redmond Den. Introductions are made, and then Orca and Argyle show up. Commotion happens as a troll woman appears from a backroom bandaged and wounded and still healing. Accuses the two of stealing her cubs. (The normal-looking bear from Mortuus Ursae was, in fact, a shapeshifter.) Argyle tries to smooth things over, doesn’t work very well, Kodi steps in and calms his sister, sending her back to rest. Argyle promises to do his utmost to get the cubs back, a sentiment shared by the rest of the runners as well. Kodiak offers 5k nuyen per cub rescued safe and unharmed. Kodiak and a couple others turn down the offer of payment. They are given the location the cubs were taken to Osvaldo Research Facility in Tukwila, downtown. Run Matrix searching and reconnaissance happens. Osvaldo Research Facility makes and designs, among other things, warforms and animal-reminiscent ‘ware. Find out the guards are armed with less-than-lethal ammunition, meant to contain the animals more than deal with infiltrators. Find mention of cubs that have been split up in three separate labs and are set to be moved to a ‘more secure’ facility, but no mention of when. Inclination being the more secure facility is a black site. Find out the place has a mana barrier and watcher spirits patrolling. Mint places explosives in the underground parking garage before the gates leading into the facility proper to hamper any pursuit and work as a distraction. Mint is set up outside the main gates herself to be a distraction. Infiltration team will climb the building from the back where it backs up onto the Green River. Avoids watcher spirits. Hacks door through direct connection. Enter through roof. Immediately starts firefight with guards inside. Guards are accompanied by Hellhounds with two heads, thicker skin and barbed tails. Obviously warforms. Basically kill their way through the facility rescuing bear cubs. Cubs have been kept sedated and are easily controlled. Bash their way out the bottom floor and race back towards the river where Orca’s vehicle is waiting to make a quick getaway. After taking potshots at various guards and/or just the building (and taking a few shots in return) as a distraction, Mint makes her own getaway and meets back up with the crew as they return the cubs to Kodiak at the nearby Renton Den in Kent. Aftermath Jaelisha has a greater range of connections through Kodiak and the Dens, raising her connection from 2 to 3. Osvaldo Research Facility has taken a blow to their physical defenses and will be shoring up, meanwhile Jaelisha may or may not be putting together further plans to hire more teams to break into the place and stop the abominable practices and animal testing going on inside. Expenses
2020.08.11 01:01 postmalonefacetatsGVSU Covid plan update
Dear Grand Valley community, We are fast-approaching the start of the new academic year, with all the positive energy that ignites. We have safely brought back many of our faculty, staff and student employees over the last month, and we are excited to bring many more of you safely back to campus this month. The global pandemic has required all of us to exercise more care and compassion for one another. This national crisis has required enormous effort, vigilance and more detailed campus planning than ever before. I am grateful for the hundreds in our university community who have joined me in this journey. I can assure you that health and safety are paramount in our minds, and that through all the challenges, we remain true to our mission to educate students and provide them with rich experiences. The world has moved from reacting to a sudden incident to living with the presence of the virus, and so we are making changes in our response. These changes will enable us to continue to effectively manage campus life, while doing our best to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and care for our community members. Virus Action Team A newly named Virus Action Team (VAT) will be replacing the daily work done to date by the Incident Management Team (IMT). The IMT began its work with COVID-19 management in late January and since the first of March has met almost daily planning the ramp-down and ramp-up of campus operations. I want to extend my sincere thanks to this team and announce members of the VAT who will lead us through the health and safety monitoring phase we have entered. Vice President for Finance and Administration Greg Sanial will direct the team that includes project manager Lisa Haynes; faculty liaisons: professor of biomedical sciences Doug Graham, associate professor of physics Ben Holder, and program director and associate professor of occupational safety and health Dave Huizen; tracking and tracing leads: Jean Nagelkerk and Tina Barnikow; academic affairs lead, Ed Aboufadel; student affairs and experience leads: Lynn (Chick) Blue, Nykia Gaines and Kate Harmon. Three members will devote all their energies to this team, while the remaining members will dedicate significant time working daily with the team. The VAT will be monitoring the health and safety in the Grand Valley community as well as the surrounding region, and will report to the Senior Leadership Team. Any health monitoring questions or concerns should be sent to: [email protected]. Partnership with Spectrum Health I am pleased to announce our partnership with Spectrum Health to assist us in monitoring and managing the virus. This development is significant as we repopulate our campuses. Infectiousdisease specialist Habiba Hassouna, M.D. will serve as our consultant. BeginningAugust 17, Spectrum Health will operate a 24/7 COVID call center for GVSU.The phone number will be available on that date. SpectrumHealth staff will follow-up on self-assessment flags, including testingfor individuals with symptoms or exposure. Thepartnership will increase our testing capacity with results in 24-48hours. SpectrumHealth will provide daily check-ins following positive tests. Campus Repopulation Plan – pre-arrival requirements Critical to the success of our 2020 plans is our behavior. As we return to campus, it is the responsibility of every member of our community to always follow the best practices outlined by public health professionals and part of our “Lakers Together Protecting Each Other” campaign. We need to do our part in safeguarding others and ourselves. Self-assessment Beginning August 17, 2020, all students, faculty and staff are required to complete the daily COVID-19 risk self-assessment. This is required seven days a week whether you are coming to campus or not to more completely track the virus, and your compliance will be monitored. The self-assessment should be completed each day before noon. Just as with face coverings, we will start with care and reminders, move to educate, then look for a remedy, which could include a failure to comply report to Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution or Human Resources. Not completing the self-assessment would be considered a violation of university policy and would be actionable. Test prior to coming to campus The university is encouraging everyone to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. While these test results will be a snapshot in time, any positive results will be caught before arriving on campus. Testing can be arranged through your health care provider or you can consult the State of Michigan testing site finder with a “no cost” filter. Details on a new protocol for expanded on-campus testing will be announced prior to move-in August 23. Currently, students who have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who tests positive can be tested at two university sites: Allendale: GVSU Campus Health Center, 42nd & Pierce Grand Rapids: GVSU Family Health Center Lakers Together on campus Ongoing testing We have the agreement with Spectrum Health in place, and we are finalizing an agreement with another lab for additional testing capabilities. We will be able to facilitate thousands of tests with quick turnarounds to help track the virus. Expect that announcement soon. We will be conducting regular testing on high-risk groups such as athletes, resident assistants and critical personnel. Randomized testing Randomized testing of 1,500 people on campus will begin two weeks after the start of classes and continue throughout the semester. Students, faculty and staff will be selected at random to be tested. This will give us a sense of the presence of the virus within our community and the data will be used to identify any “hot spots” and to make decisions regarding campus operations. Cost for testing facilitated through Spectrum Health as part of the university’s self-assessment process will be billed first to insurance with any balance billed to the university. Cost for the randomized testing will be covered by the university. Tracking and Tracing All positive tests are reported to county health departments. Grand Valley has a close working relationship with Ottawa and Kent county health departments and will work with them to support their tracking and tracing efforts within our community. Spectrum Health will assist in providing follow-up with all students who are in quarantine (been exposed to someone positive) or in isolation following a positive test. Nearly 20 of our students will be hired to work as contact tracers with the county health departments through the GVSU Student Employment + program. We are also investigating the possibility of using technology to assist with tracking and tracing, and hope to enter a pilot with two companies offering this service in the coming weeks. We do have plans to care for students who are quarantined or in isolation, and they will receive more detailed information from Housing and Residence Life and the Dean of Students Office by August 17. Faculty and staff who need to be quarantined or isolated should work with their appointing officer to determine the best course of action, as each case will need individual attention. The best source for up-to-date information on the Fall Semester is Lakers Together Fall 2020. Ability to switch to all remote education This virus has underscored the need for flexibility. Just as we are planning to welcome everyone back safely to campus, the truth is, the virus is unpredictable, and we must be able to react to any significant spread within our community. We are planning under the current Phase 4 designation by the State of Michigan, meaning we can be on-campus with heavy restrictions. We will continue to follow state and federal regulations. Our faculty have been making plans for resilient teaching to be able to shift courses quickly to remote if the need arises. Our health experts are devising a dashboard to monitor data and to identify triggers that would indicate we should move to remote education. The dashboard will be vital in our decision making and will be made public when it is operational. It will track testing of faculty, staff and students at Grand Valley and the rate of positive results. It will also monitor Kent and Ottawa counties as well as students’ home counties. Fall 2020 We all understand this year will be different, but what makes the Laker community special will never change. We are committed to caring for each other, and we are committed to intellectual growth and endless opportunities. Sincerely, Philomena V. Mantella, President
2020.08.04 00:24 TarkisAdams26 [M4F] Nerdy guy looking for someone to geek out with - Southeast England
Hello! I've been debating posting up something like this for a while but after having no real luck with dating sites I figured why not; can't get any worse right? I'm 26 from the southeast of the UK, Kent specifically. I'm a huge gamer and all around geek; name something geeky and I probably enjoy it! LotR, Wheel of Time, Warhammer, D&D etc etc. I'm a bit overweight at the moment but it's something I'm working on as I'd like to be a bit more in shape to get more enjoyment out of my more physical hobbies, LARP and airsoft. I've not had a serious relationship for... probably three years now? I'm really looking for someone who I can share my passions with, someone who I can be myself around and who'll get just as excited as I do over a new game release or film! if you've read the above and I sound like someone you'd want to get to know, please feel free to drop me a message!
An editing base for David Bowie's photographers. The original was removed by bots so I'm using my profile instead. Don't think I'll be able to put it anywhere else... made it for myself anyway, hmph. Anyone coming into my profile to use this, feel free. It's unorganized as hell. A:
Fraser Gray: nice '78 stage pics, sailor hat, kicking leg up and all that jazz
Francesco Scavullo: wearing ill fitting shirt in 1974, also wearing old school clothes holding fedora with big bow-tie
Frank Edwards: gonna have to use getty, wearing flat cap 75
Frank Micelotta: 96 rehearsal pic
Frank W. Ockenfels III: great ones in '95 with a jawline beard (Buddha of Suburbia shoot), red background and blue suit in 2003
Frank Trapper: walk of fame with Iman
Frans Schellekens: nice singing '89 photos
Fred W. Mcdarrah
Gary Gershoff: with Gervais in '07, 83 sitting cross legged
Gavin Evans: finally found this man- he took the shushing photos from 95, some in very dark room, edited for him to have an extremely defined visage (found one unedited though), worth looking into story
Geoff MacCormack: aka Warren Peace, lots of results will just be him with Geoff because they're great friends and you may ask yourself "but who took the dang photo?" (timed camera?)– the photos you do find by him are wonderfully intimate
George Chin: David bringing back the red platform boots wearing only blue jeans – TM
George Hurrell: 77, these are beautiful, his face is glowing– taken old Hollywood style, like Elvis
George Rose: 78 stage
George De Sota: use Getty, tan 1997 jacket with orange spiky hair, later on– some rather feminine 2001 pics
Mark Allan: very cool guy photos, looks somewhat pissed off
Mark Blackwell: took behind the scenes photos of the Outside Kerslake shoot (minotaur)
Mark Seliger: wearing royal clothes, leaning against brick wall, nice 04 pics
Mark Sullivan: grabbing milk
Markus Klinko: cool 2002 Heathen photos that were unseen for a while
Masayoshi Sukita: wonderful! I especially love the B/W Ziggy ones, very crispy looking– also did Heroes of course and very dignified '89 pics
Matthew Rolston: 93 wearing white shirt over a t-shirt and suspenders '93
Michael Benabib: with very short '98 hair, wearing red shirt making many faces
Michael Childers: looking very euphoric in the The Falcon studio for This is Not America... stupid watermarks
Michael Lavine: several fondling with a large Bowie knife wearing a cow pattern shirt with a high collar– some in front of brick wall wearing striped– shirt (which I have trouble finding again, it was on tumblr)– some in '86
Michael Ochs: the variety in eras of these pics is astounding
Michael Stroud: or M. Stroud, photos with Dana Gillespie
Mike Abrahams: nice smiling B/W portraits from '92, one is serious
Just over a month ago, when I highlighted the Broadway Federal bank, and its ongoing takeover fight, I thought that once the price spiked, and Sugarman was effectively "paid off" to go away, that the stock might retreat into obscurity. But circumstances and investor consciousness has been steadily moving forward. According to Robintrack, over 16,000 individual accounts just on Robinhood continue to hold $BYFC. While it has retreated recently to as low as 1.83 (as of this posting, back to 1.85), that's still significantly higher than it was a month ago, when I first started writing about it. And it should go back up again soon, as its earnings are reported next week.
Upcoming Earnings & Forecasts
Though not yet announced, BYFC is expected to report earnings either on August 7 or August 10. (Will update once the announcement is made.) Last quarter, the company reported its 10Q on May 11, covering the three months to March 31, before the pandemic got into full swing. Following the CARES Act, passed on March 27-- with its $1200 "rebate" and additional weekly $600 unemployment benefit-- deposits at banks along with savings rates have skyrocketed. Last month, it was noted that "U.S. banks are ‘swimming in money’ as deposits increase by $2 trillion amid the coronavirus." Even before the end of March, BYFC reported assets of $506M, a huge increase over the $440M it held at the end of December. Deposits had increased from $298M to $333M (nearly 12%) in that three months, too. It also reported a small "loss" of $33,000 -- due in part to increased compensation (+$174,000 over the previous year) and the end of a $233,000 grant from Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) Fund. Those numbers should actually improve, under the pandemic, as the bank's budgets have been tightened. Note also that nationwide, revolving loans (i.e. credit cards, personal loans and HELOCs) have been paid down in record numbers -- falling to the lowest levels since 2011. Longer term loans, like mortgages which benefit the bank, have actually increased. What may offset any gains is how much of a set-aside provision Broadway Federal makes for "bad loans" -- something that larger banks have been dealing with. At its June 24 Annual Shareholder's Meeting, CEO Wayne-Kent gave a presentation about BYFC's loan default rate and growth strategies -- which I recommend anyone interested to take a look at. He revealed that as of May 31, the bank had only one loan delinquency, an old church loan of less than $600k. And "non-performing" assets accounted for just 0.06% of its total assets.
Investment in black community
Launched last month, black billionaire Robert Smith's plan for a reparative "2% Solution" has actively called for greater investment into minority owned-and-run business and financial institutions. According to the Forbes article,
He figured just 2% of that would amount to $19.4 billion, which could be used to fund the core Tier 1 capital of community development banks and minority depository institutions that primarily service Black communities.
This has led to billions being pledged by corporations to minority causes, businesses and financial institutions. Last month, widely reported was Netflix's announcement that it would be shifting 2%, at least $100M, of its banking to minority institutions -- which was just a start. Less covered was Google's announcement that it would be investing $175M in black businesses, noting "$50 million will go toward financing and grants for small businesses, focused on the Black community. $100 million will go toward funding participation in Black-led capital firms, startups and organizations supporting Black entrepreneurs." Likewise, less mentioned was PayPal's investment: "It will kick out $530 million to Black-owned businesses and newly established proprietors through its “PayPal Equity Investment for Underrepresented Minority-led Startups and Investment Funds” program." And where will all that money have to be kept and funneled through? Banks, of course.
Broadway's role & location
Consider that Broadway Financial is the only remaining traditionally black community-oriented bank headquartered on the West Coast -- and it's right in the heart of Los Angeles: two branches in LA, and one in Inglewood. Broadway Federal's Mid-Wilshire location is a little over a mile away from the famed Park La Brea, The Grove and about 2.5miles from Paramount Studios. Think about all the Hollywood "liberal elite" (to use the derogatory) and how they might want to demonstrate support for minority-oriented businesses. Broadway has one competitor in the region: privately held OneUnited Bank, based in Boston, which has had a single branch in Los Angeles at a less desirable location, 3683 Crenshaw Blvd for years.
Surprise! Earnings released with no warning — and they are good! EPS of .01 (versus loss of .01) Highlights: * “Total assets increased by $50.9 million to $491.3 million at June 30, 2020 from $440.4 million at December 31, 2019. “ As predicted, deposits are up: * ”Deposits increased to $315.8 million at June 30, 2020 from $297.7 million at December 31, 2019, which consisted primarily of an increase of $54.9 million in liquid deposits (NOW, demand, money market and passbook accounts) and an increase of $8.3 million in certificates of deposit...”
“To date, the Bank has had no delinquencies related to COVID-19 and has received only two requests for loan modifications.”
2020.07.22 21:55 BellevueNewsDistricts’ plans for reopening schools across Western Washington
From an RSS feed Every school district across Western Washington has a different set of challenges for reopening in the fall of 2020 as it navigates the effects of coronavirus on students and staff. The state Office of Public Instructions has given the districts general guidelines based on data from health officials, but has left the details up to each district. MyNorthwest has put together a reopening tracker so that it’s easier to compare districts’ plans as they develop. Many districts are trying to solidify their plans early so that families have time to prepare. This tracker will change as they meet those deadlines.
_(Please note that this is a snapshot of each district. This is in no way is a comprehensive deep dive into each district’s plans and timeline.)_King County
Auburn School District
The district hasn’t finalized plans yet, but is working toward that goal. Read more.
Currently, our preliminary plan for reopening school buildings includes full-time in-classroom instruction for grades PreK-5, a full day A/B/A/B hybrid model for grades 6-12 or a K-12 full-time online option. More detailed information will be sent out Thursday, July 23, on all three of the above options as well as information regarding a timeline for registration for the full-time online option. Read more.
Federal Way School District
From the Superintendent: I shared the hybrid model for Fall 2020 aligned with OSPI guidance that would allow for scholars to attend school face-to-face 2 days per week and engage in remote learning 3 days per week. A 100% fully remote instruction was not an option for reopening in the fall unless there was a stay at home order. In light of this most recent data about the continued rise of COVID-19 infections in the region, we are preparing for the possibility of starting the school year with 100% full remote learning. I will be offering another parent Zoom session at the end of July, so please stay tuned for this meeting invite. Read more.
Highline School District
We are planning for two options for families for the 2020-21 school year. (Read more):
A hybrid of classroom instruction and distance learning, with students attending school in person two days a week and doing distance learning three days a week.
An online virtual academy with students supported by Highline teachers but no in-person instruction.
Issaquah School District
In order to follow the COVID mitigation requirements most districts are considering remote learning and hybrid models that bring students back into the school facilities in a limited fashion rather than the traditional five-day-per-week schedule. The Issaquah School District is no different. Any plan must be approved by our elected School Board and then submitted to the State Board of Education and OSPI. The District plans to make our recommendation to the ISD School Board during the July 30, 2020 meeting. Read more about the hybrid model.
Kent School District
Kent will begin the 2020-21 school year on August 27, 2020, with remote learning. Read more.
Lake Washington School District
We are planning for both in-person and fully-remote instruction. Our overall goal is to have every student back at school every day and we know it will be a process for us to get there. Read more:
A hybrid model with 2 days a week in-person and 3 days remote with the intent to provide full time in-person instruction for preschool through grade 1 provided space and staffing availability to preserve physical distancing.
Fully remote for grades K-12.
Mercer Island School District
We intend to deliver dynamic learning whether our students are learning remotely, learning in the classroom, or a combination of the two. Thus, we developed the following flexible continuum of learning ranging from learning remotely to learning back in the classroom. The district will move between Red to Orange to Yellow to Green Learning Days. Read more.
Northshore School District
At this time, we plan for our students to begin the 2020-21 school year with a more robust and flexible 100% distance learning model through Northshore Learns 3.0, using a staged approach for in person re-entry to school. Read more.
Renton School District
Our preliminary plan for reopening school buildings calls for a hybrid in-school/in-home model, which seeks to ensure all safety regulations and guidance are met while providing students with as much face-to-face time with their educators and peers as possible. Read more. However, it is important for our community to know that we are also doing parallel planning so that we are prepared to potentially start the school year fully remote on September 2, if health conditions and safety requirements dictate that is the best way to keep students and staff safe.
Riverview School District
At this time, we are looking at a model where students in grades K-3 will attend school four days per week, with the first half of Wednesday being used for targeted types of interventions for identified students needing extra help. Our final reopening plan will be available in mid-August. Read more.
Seattle School District
We are currently planning for a minimum of two days of in-person instruction per week for all K-12 students, while prioritizing as much in-person instruction for students receiving special education services as allowable. This model will include time built in for small group instruction, social emotional supports, and services in alignment with our strategic plan, Seattle Excellence. The final plan will be adopted by the school board in August. Read the most recent Planning for Re-entry update.
Shoreline School District
The district is developing its plan.
July 24: Final recommendations from workgroups presented to the superintendent
July 31: Finalize proposals
August 14: Resolution to Board to include final reopening plan required by OSPI
Our district is planning for four models next fall. Together, these models represent a range of options, combining remote online learning and in-person instruction. By limiting the number of students in school at the same time, these models enable our schools to adhere to the social distancing requirements, while also building in regular connections with students. Read more.
Tahoma School District
Tahoma School Board is currently considering offering two models to families in the fall — Hybrid/Remote and 100% Online. Read more.
Tukwila School District
Currently the district is proposing these draft models for our return to school: Option 1: Offering both in-person learning and distance learning, Option 2: Hybrid model with student spending time in-person and distance learning combined, and 100 Percent distance learning for both models. The Board Meeting adoption August 11th, 6:30pm Read more.
Vashon Island School District
These models are far from being complete and VISD staff will continue to co-design many of the final details of these models: VISD Continuous Learning 2.0 (Safe Start Phase 1 and Phase 2): All students will participate in distance learning 2.0 at home; Elementary In-Person Four-Day Week and Secondary In-Person Two-Day Rotation (Safe Start Phase 3 and Phase 4); and VISD Online/Remote School (Safe Start Phase 3 and Phase 4). Read more.
Bainbridge Island School District
Families have the option to select either the Hybrid Learning Model or 100% Online Home Learning Model for their students. Many families expressed concern that the timeline was too fast and that more time was needed to make the decision. We heard your concerns and have extended the decision date for all K-12 students to July 23, 2020. It has been decided that high school students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model will also attend in-person learning four days a week, like the students in grades K-8. Read more.
North Kitsap School District
We have created an in-person model and an online model that reflects the recommendation of the stakeholder group, the survey data from families and staff, and the feedback from our operations teams. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will provide a hybrid in-person model for students. Read more.
Central Kitsap School District
We are developing three options for families to consider (Read more):
Hybrid – This would allow students to receive as much in-person instruction as possible. Students would learn both in-person _and _online with a CKSD classroom teacher. It would feature a consistent schedule with specific expectations for instruction, online work, and teacher access/support. This model would function on a rotating basis, with students attending in person two days each week and learning online three days each week (about half our students would attend on each in-person day). We’ll provide more details about this option soon. In case of school closure, students would temporarily move to all-online instruction with Google Classroom, and no in-person instruction. In-person instruction would resume upon clearance from health authorities.
All Online (Pearson Connexus) – Students will complete 100% of their learning and assignments via Pearson Connexus, an online curriculum platform. A CKSD teacher will be assigned to each student. This home learning option will operate at the district level and will not be directly tied to an individual district school. Guardian support is necessary for younger students and highly recommended for older students.
Homeschool (Barker Creek Community School) – This learning option would be supported through our Barker Creek Community School with parent instruction, using traditional textbooks and resources provided by CKSD.
Bremerton School District
We are moving forward with the instructional models for fall 2020 as presented at the July 20 Bremerton School Board meeting. Read more. Families will have the opportunity to choose from three learning pathways for fall 2020.
Hybrid Learning: Students will be split into two groups (A,B) and will attend school in-person two days a week and have continuous, remote learning with classroom teacher support the remaining days of the week.
Continuous Learning 2.0 (enhanced, 100% remote learning): All learning is conducted remotely using consistent digital learning platforms throughout the District. This will be an improved model over the distance learning implemented on an emergency basis in spring 2020, incorporating more accountability, robust learning, individualization, and teacher support.
Existing BSD Alternative Learning Experiences (ALEs)
South Kitsap School District
Based on current state guidelines, we won’t be able to accommodate all students in school buildings at the same time. Our draft plan offers two options to families if we are not able to return to school full time. Families choose between two options: SK Flex or SK Online. Read more.
Arlington School District
This fall in order to meet health and safety requirements, the committee is considering a hybrid model for learning which would include in-person instruction and distance learning. July 30- Reopening Arlington Schools (RAS20) committee to finalize recommendations. Read more.
Darrington School District
Darrington School District is currently surveying families about options for fall. Read more.
Everett School District
The committees will report back to the re-entry leadership team at the end of July in order to a recommendation to be made to the Board of Directors the week of August 10, and will be announced to the public shortly after. Read more.
Edmonds School District
The district will move forward with Hybrid Model AA/BB for fall 2020. In this model, families may choose in-person learning, in Student Groups A & B. Families may also choose to participate in online-only learning, in Student Group C. In addition, we are looking into an extended schedule for preschool through grade one students that would create a Student Group D. Read more.
Granite Falls School District
As our reopening committee plans for next year, the highest priorities will be student and staff safety while in school and devising a rigorous online presence. We are planning to resume school with students in our buildings but there are a number of conditions by the OSPI and Department of Health in order for that to happen. All guidance may be found at this website. The re-opening committee will follow these guidelines as Plans A, B and C are developed.
Lake Stevens School District
We have a School Reopening Workgroup made up of educators, nurses, school support staff, and parents. They began meeting last month to create important recommendations in three areas—Operations, Health & Safety; In-Person Instruction; and Online Instruction. We also have groups focused on student meals and transportation, and we will have a student focus group. These groups will present their findings to our Administrative Team in early August. Read more.
Marysville School District
Following the core team and planning group work during the month of July, a recommendation will be made to the school board at their first meeting in August. The school board will ultimately be responsible for adopting the reopening plan through a formal resolution. Read more.
Monroe School District
We are planning to welcome students and staff members back to our schools this September and our Reopening Committee is exploring what school schedules will look like. This may be a combination of in-person and online learning, or a phased-in reopening by grade level. We are also exploring an online learning only option for those families who do not feel safe sending their children to school. Read more.
Mukilteo School District
We are planning for in-school instruction for elementary students and a hybrid instruction model of in-person and distance learning for middle and high school students. We are also upgrading the distance learning model in the event a school or the district may need to close again. Our goal is to make a final decision by July 24. Read more.
Northshore School District
At this time, we plan for our students to begin the 2020-21 school year with a more robust and flexible 100% distance learning model through Northshore Learns 3.0, using a staged approach for in person re-entry to school. Read more.
Snohomish School District
The Re-Opening Committee (ROC) has formalized its Educational Offerings recommendation to the School Board, which will be considered at the School Board’s July 22 meeting. The ROC’s recommendation to the School Board includes the following three programs. Each family will have the opportunity to choose the one that best meets the needs of their child(ren): Hybrid, Parent Partnership Program (PPP), and Online Learning.Read more.
Stanwood-Camano School District
The tentative plans is for those families making the choice to learn from home this next year, Continuous Learning 2.0 provides a dedicated teacher that will develop materials and instruction via online instruction for any student. For those families seeking the opportunity to return to the classroom, we will provide two days of in-person instruction coupled with three days of off-site learning in a hybrid learning model. Families will be asked to make a selection for the entire 2020-21 school year. Read more.
Sultan School District
Some of the educational models that we are considering and planning for include a new virtual/distance-only learning option for families (see links below), a parent-partnership program, and a traditional educational model to include as much in-person instruction as possible given the requirements provided by OSPI and the Department of Health. Our goal is to have our educational opportunities finalized after a school board study session on July 30, 2020. Read more.
Bethel School District
Two models have risen to the top, both of which take into account the guidelines from the state and the limitations we have with building capacity:
AM-PM: Every student comes to school everyday for a half-day, Monday-Thursday.
A-B: Full days for students, but only half the student body four days of the week, Monday/Thursday – Tuesday/Friday.
If families do not feel comfortable with a face-to-face return to school in the fall, our teacher committee began reviewing online curriculum options for the Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA). This week our certificated and classified staff members weighed in on both models for reopening school. Read more.
Carbonado School District
Best Case Scenario:
Early Kindergarten: Students will be on campus two days a week with the teacher from 8:30-11:00. Families will receive individual phone calls from us as school gets closer.
Kindergarten-5th Grade: Students will be on campus 8:30-2:00, Tuesdays-Fridays.
Sixth Grade-8th Grade: Students will be on campus 8:30-12:30, Tuesdays-Fridays and flexibility to stay until 2:00.
We will use Mondays for any student who may need some more individual time to meet a need.
For those who are not comfortable sending their children back to school, your options are:
Distance learning with us–students will be expected to connect online when teachers are live teaching in the classroom with students. There will be more work and scheduled classes than what was delivered this past campus closure.
Homeschool your child(ren) on your own accord by declaring an intent to homeschool through the district office.
The task force has developed a plan for face-to-face learning on site for all students, a hybrid model that alternates learning time in school and at home, and a remote learning model in which students will learn at home. Based on current state and health department requirements, the district will begin the school year using a hybrid learning model. A final plan will be shared with families in early August. Read more.
Dieringer School District
A family survey is underway. Tentatively, for grades 4-8, we are planning a Hybrid A/B Schedule Instructional model. This model would allow for two to three days of in-person instruction each week along with continuous distance learning on the days students aren’t physically in school. K-3 students may be in class four or five days per week, depending on how many families decide to keep their students home. Otherwise, these students will also be on a Hybrid A/B Schedule. Families choosing to keep students home will have access to a robust rigorous online learning experience that will be an improvement on what was offered this past spring. Read more.
Eatonville School District
Our faculty have committed to maximizing in-person instruction this fall by using the innovative CORE 4 and Google Classroom approach, which emphasizes strategies for inperson, hybrid and flexible course designs. This approach will allow students to engage with class activities and assignments no matter their individual circumstances. The specific implications of this approach will depend upon class size, a teacher’s ability to be in the classroom, and other particular needs of the class. Other details include: –Students who for health reasons need to access all of their course content online will be able to do so. –Our plans will be finalized upon ESD School Board approval and submitted to OSPI and State Board of Education for final review. We intend to publish our models by August 4, 2020. –Decisions are still being made concerning more specialized instructional areas. –Should the public health situation deteriorate in the fall such that all in-person classes are suspended for a period of time, teachers will be prepared to deliver course content exclusively online. Read more.
Fife School District
Families have been asked to choose between: (Read more.)
Hybrid A/B Model: Offer face-to-face learning for all students, with 50% of students at school at a time. Continuous Learning 2.0 for the at home school days, with teacher contact. Every effort will be made to keep students from the same family on the same schedule.
Full time At-home learning: Students would learn at home, utilizing the Continuous Learning 2.0 framework, working with Fife teachers.
Franklin Pierce School District
While there are still many unknowns, we envision an option for_ full remote learning_ for students with medical conditions that prevent them from attending school, and a _hybrid learning model_where students would attend school 2-4 days/week and participate in remote learning on the other days. Read more.
Orting School District
A family survey is underway. The Orting Schools Reopening Task Force approved a plan that allows families a choice between a rotating A/B schedule and online (Continuous Learning 2.0). High school students will also have an alternative site choice. -The rotating A/B schedule will include both in-person and online instruction on the days students do not attend school-The online model will utilize a platform called Edgenuity.Read more.
Peninsula School District
Given the information received from families, we will make appropriate space throughout the district to safely accommodate those students who want to return to schools for in-person learning five days a week. We will also offer a robust teaching/learning model for those families who choose remote learning. Whether on-site or remote, students will be fully engaged in school with lessons, assignments, feedback, and grades. Our goal is to provide enough details about our reopening plans by the end of July so that families can feel even more comfortable with their choice for school in the fall, especially for those who responded to our last survey as ‘undecided.’ Read more.
Puyallup School District
As we plan for the 2020-21 school year, the goal is to have students back in the classroom — there is no substitute for in-person teaching and learning. But school may look different from what we’re used to, and we are planning for multiple scenarios, including the possibility of another shut-down. Read more.
Steilacoom Historical School District
Check the current plan for a hybrid model schedule, here. August 26 is the approval date for the reopening plan.
Sumner School District
After (a family) survey closes on July 23, we will collect and review learning model preferences for all students. Staff will immediately begin creating class lists and schedules for students in all learning models: K-3 Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Online Learning Academy. Schools will notify families in mid-August about class schedules and more specific back-to-school information. Read more.
Tacoma School District
For the 2020-2021 school year, families will have two options to choose from for their students:
An online-only school taught by certificated teachers.
A hybrid model with some days of the week in school and some days doing schoolwork from home. The number of days in a school building will vary by grade level. Read more.
University Place School District
We are busy planning for schools to open on September 8th with students in either a fully online program or a “hybrid” program where students attend school on a part-time basis and complete other learning at home. We remain hopeful that in-person learning will be possible in September, and we are planning for this complex option. However, recent increases in COVID19 infections in our region may impact our ability to bring students to school safely. Our planning will allow us to open in either format. Read more.
2020.06.17 22:30 ThirdEyeLiftsNew to HSV1/2: This is a Guide for Living with Herp
This is my guide and what I have learnt to cope over 12+ years of having both mouth and genital herpes. Take from this as you will, do let me know what you think? If you can’t look at yourself in the mirror, in the eyes and say “I love you” with meaning, without feeling a sense of unease or awkwardness then read on… Likely hood is, you probably would of felt uneasy saying this anyway, long before you even gained the gift that just keeps on giving…. For those who are here and want to know the lessons I’ve learnt, coping mechanisms, red flags and the ladders I’ve gained to climb out of holes over the last 12 years. Then this is an article for you…it isn’t an answer as there currently isn’t a cure… but it is a personal experience and perhaps some helpful information that may be of use to those new to the members club. Now you are in the club, congratulations!!! Party streamers and confetti all over the place you are 1 of 100’s of millions of people who are part of this exclusive club. Welcome, you are probably wondering a few things... is my life going to be the same? Am I going to ever be accepted by anyone? Will it stay like this for ever? How often will it appear? Can it spread without symptoms? I feel disgusting, I’m embarrassed to let anyone know, how did I get it? I can’t tell my family and friends etc or my future partners. There are many questions you may have and you could be thinking on how to cope… but I will cover these, along with topics on foods, to remedies, to mental coping mechanisms and how to break the news to a new partner. If you haven’t seen by now or experienced, the most impactful thing about the herp that will stay with you in the long run, if you don’t address it, is your mental state. At first yes, the outbreak is painful but overtime it becomes less and less every year to the point you may have 0 symptoms for months/ years. Realise this, the first thing is acceptance. It may take you a week or 2 months, but after a while you will learn to see it will not go. But what it will do, is allow you to re-evaluate yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. You may be filled with guilt, regret, rage, frustration, lots anxiety and insecurity. Moreover, you’re probably thinking I had those to begin with, but remember we are human beings not human doings, so it is normal to feel those emotions especially on a higher level when you are given the news. Know this, there is direction and the grass is greener on the other side, should you choose to put in the work and not sit on your thoughts (if you do, it is only going to hurt you more). Everything in your life starts in your mind, 90% of the problems we have as humans start and end in the mind. The mind will affect all of these below as what you do day to day in life will fall into at least 1 or more of these 4 areas: Your Personal Relationships (romantic, yourself, family and friends) Your Mentality/Mind ( what you feed it and your thoughts, what you consume) Your Job/Business (money, career goals) Your Body (fitness and food consumption) Where to start? So, where do you start now you have an unwanted friend? The key word in that question is friend not unwanted, the reason I say that is, this is a very good tool for yourself awareness, actualization, an indicator of your health, a companion to your intuition and a steering wheel to help you get in the driver’s seat of YOU. The first thing you need to address is you and as I said before it is acceptance, if you haven’t done that already, then hopefully by the end of this you will have or be on your way. Virus Basics Now that you have herp it is good to get a basic understanding of what it actually is, I could list out %’s and numbers but in reality, that isn’t going to help you live with it day to day. So, I will keep this brief…. it comes mainly in two varieties and there are others like Shingles etc, but we will specifically focus on HSV 1 and HSV2. HSV 1 typically effects the mouth and lips giving cold sores and is usually the one everyone gets as a kid from the overly keen Grandma kissing your face or kid contact at pre-school. It tends to live in the nerves in your neck and lower back. This can be passed via oral sex and is very contagious. Most people will get this or will have contact with someone at some stage in their life who does… if you have had sexual contact with someone or people throughout your life, the likely hood is, you have probably come into contact with it… whether that be an office Christmas party kiss or a full-blown slutty escapade. It does not matter. HSV 2 is predominantly the type that causes genital herpes, it appears as a small cluster or lesions that can get pretty tender. This is usually transmitted via sexual activity and also lives in the nervous system in the lower back or neck. It is as easily transmittable from one human to another and It can be spread from mother to child through birth. This does not mean giving birth is going to be 100000% worse, there are millions of other health problems that can affect birth, But it is something to be mindful of and isn’t something to get worked up over, and isn’t something to neglect. Ultimately, both viruses are very similar and can appear at both the mouth and private areas. Symptoms start with an uncomfortable tingle sensation later developing to sore little clusters that can open. The good news here is the first outbreak is always the most painful and over time they become less and less, so the more you look after yourself the even higher chance of suppressing it you have. The 4 Areas of life: Now to the 4 areas of life, these are the areas that this little critter can affect and so here is what to watch out for: The first one I am going to cover is Your Body: Your Body is very important, as it is the vessel that carries your spirit and it is the thing that taps your keyboard, shakes the hand of people, hugs your family, gets you up in the morning and carries you through till the next chapter. It is very easy to go through life and not look after your body, but when you step back and really look at it, you soon realise how important it is and how often we do take it for granted… I mean some of people will eat a covered glazed bun with friend chicken stuffed in between it, that has been deep fried in oil, chased down by a highly sugary fatty milk shake, followed by a post meal coffee and cigarette. But they wouldn’t dare put diesel in a petrol car, as they need to look after it, as it gets them from A to B and without it, they’d be fucked. However, not as fucked as they’d be without their body, as that allows them to drive the car and walk! Hopefully you can see what I am trying to say here. Look after your body and it will look after you. Food: Herp has a spicy reaction to certain foods, certain foods that contain an amino acid called arginine. Arginine tends to help carry the proteins of the virus out and down the nerve endings encouraging break outs. Foods to limit or be wary of that contain high amounts are: Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, chickpeas, prawns, shell fish, lentils, Oats, Legumes. Others foods to note that help cause outbreaks and should be moderated: Caffeine, alcohol, sodas, junk food additives, bad quality diary. Good Foods: Herp doesn’t like food that is high in lysine, another amino acid, this tends to suppress the activity of the virus proteins carried down the nervous system. Foods high in lysine are: Lysine supplements tablets or powder, lean beef, lean chicken breast, quality diary yoghurt & cheeses, eggs, broccoli, salmon, tuna, avocados, potatoes, pears, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, sardines, spirulina. Other goods foods to add: Manuka Honey, Epsom Salt, Cranberries and Green tea Treating the sores on your body: Now here are some of the things I have learnt and have been passed over the years in dealing with herp using home treatments: The Mouth: Salt - rinse your mouth 1-3 times a day inside using warm water and salt/Epsom salt. This is a disinfectant and can calm the outbreak pain down. Repeat, until the sores have gone down in the mouth. Zovirax/ Acyclovir Paste - Acyclovir is an anti-viral and is specifically for fighting cold sores can be applied as per the packet. Manuka Honey - This can help the healing process of the sore and ease the pain. Also tastes really really good. The Genitals: I recommend the following that worked for me: Salt- An Epsom Salt bath for 30min-1 hour, treat yourself with some candles and music if you like. Do this 1-3 times a day on the first initial stages of the outbreak. Decaffeinate green tea bags – Take a squeezed damp warm green tea bag hold and apply to the sore area for 2-5 minutes. This can be mixed with Manuka Honey (do not put the manuka honey inside you ladies) Acyclovivalacyclovir tablets - These are a must; this is the first priority before home remedies. Get this online via a recommend health professional and online pharmacist. I use Medexpress.co.uk. take them when you have an outbreak or when one is coming on using the recommended dosage, take these daily with no symptoms as it reduces transmission risk!,. For sure opinion on consistency, speak to your Doctor or GP. I found for me daily use wasn’t great for my gut health , but This is my experience not medical advice. Last but not Least, EXERCISE: As I implied at the top of this section for Your Body, it is the machine that runs everything for you. You must look after it and you must treat it well. This means keeping it well oiled… Water: Drink at 2-3 litres a day, make this a habit. By a 2L bottle and drink 2 of these a day from the moment you wake up. Do not touch your phone, drink some water. Water also helps flush out toxins and keeps the body clean, it will keep your mental focus high and generally keep your mood elevated. You will be on top form. Your brain and body doesn’t get hydration in the night and most of the time you wake up grouchy is because your brain and body want’s water. I will explain later how to deal with the emotional side of the virus in the morning to set the day. The Gym: Work out 3-5 times a week, there are 24 hrs in a day you only need 1. You can workout at home or in the gym, I recommend get a PT as they keep you accountable and provide you with an actionable plan, so you can get in and out of the gym asap. This not only will give you elevated endorphins throughout the day, it will re-build your mental confidence, teach you discipline, raise your immune system and have you looking and feeling good. Look after your body and do the work… the first month is the hardest, once that is out the way you will feel hungry for more. Sleep - keep a routine and schedule this, if you are the type of person to wake up whenever. cut that shit out. You need it, to recover from the gym and it is when your body is at its most active to heal, so sleep must be consistent. Take Vitamin tablets before bed and Lysine with a small glass of water. Special recommendation- CBD oil, this stuff is amazing. It really helps to reduce anxiety, inflammation and reduces pain. It is also cancer fighting, helps the gut and fights the virus symptoms. I take 3000mg oil drops every 2 days, sometimes every day depending on how much I have left. For the body that is all I can conclude, manage the pain and manage your health. People say you live only once, that is wrong. You live every day and die once. The aim is to live as young as possible. So, look after your health as you are number 1! The Second one I will cover is Your Mind: This is probably if not the most important one to look after, as what a lot of people don’t tell you, is that herpes is more of a mentally tough disease than it is physical. Yes, the sores hurt, but they don’t stay around all day every day. What does, is the knowing and shame you try put on yourself and society tries to attach to it, if you don’t address it. First thing is, it is okay to have a disease, it is okay to feel hurt you are only human, and it is okay to cry. There is nothing wrong with grieving, but you can’t live like that forever. As time goes on you will heal and learn to live with it. But what we don’t want to do is suppress the negative emotions it gives you; we want to manage them. suppressing only leads to subconscious actions and surfacing insecurities later on in life, these can pour into relationships, your job and your mental health. I will say this, some of the coping skills I use, as a bonus, help all areas of life not just managing the herp… try incorporating some of these into a morning routine after your water, do not touch your phone for comfort. If you feel relaxed on your phone after a worrying or angry thought about herp, you are medicating the pain and hurt you are feeling from getting this disease or life situations, face them head on and make them your bitch. This is also a great opportunity to set up your day and learn the real you! I would say the first 90 days of doing this while you have been diagnosed, stay off all social media, YouTube (Unless mediation guided), Instagram and Facebook for mental sake. Journaling – If you don’t do this already or you do, don’t overlook it. Try some of these: Brain Dumping - write out 1-2 pages every morning for the next 3 months of whatever comes to your head for the day ahead and from your dreams. Anything goes. When I mean anything, I mean it. E.g. If you liked the flying space snakes serving you ice cream in your dream, write it out, if the next thought is that bitch Linda who goes on about her kid who doesn’t shut the fuck up about dinosaurs in the office, write it out. ALL THE THOUGHTS UNTILL YOU FEEL SATISFIED. Feelings - write out how you feel there and then in the present, then trace it back to a memory as far as you can relating to that feeling. Do this 2-4 times a day over the next 3 months… this will give you a real insight into your past and you will start to see emotions and patterns of what your insecurities are and how you are formed by them. It also allows you to become familiar with yourself. I must stress, do this everyday for the rest of your life if you can, you will become a self-ware wizard your intuitive thinking will align with your gut instinct. Its main purpose is so you address and process the emotions while shifting the mental weight as you are healing from the mental pain you took on from having herp. It also allows you to cope in everyday upset and hard times in life. Write a letter – write a letter to herpes, and tell it how much you are hurting and how much of a bastard you think it is, but also thank it for allowing you to understand yourself and how you can be cautious of who to open up top, only allowing the finest of fellows into your castle. The letter helps accepting herp and forgiving it/yourself, it adds to the process as you become comfortable looking for a genuine person as you will find someone who will truly accept you for you, and the herp doesn’t even matter. When you hit that level, you hit true love and the intimacy is fire, also the sex ;). Self-love - Write a letter to yourself as well, telling yourself everything you love about yourself. Every morning, every mirror or reflection you see, wake up in the morning and look yourself in the eyes with meaning and tell yourself “ I love you”. Do this until you no longer feel cringey and or uneasy and it makes you smile. One morning it will make you crack a smile and you will see the deeper meaning behind it.. that is the door opening to self-love and your higher self. This will allow you to accept yourself and move forward with the respect and high standards you deserve, you are no less a human than the next. Meditate - Focus on emptying your mind, one of the best things is guided YouTube meditation on meeting your inner child. Work this thoroughly and add it to your morning and evening routine, learn to go deep as you can and lose your mind and body in separation. DO this after journaling feelings or brain dumping thoughts. Volunteer – I mean go and help animals, homeless or just something simple with friends like setting up a party. This will give you a sense of being and fulfilment. It shows you are not a hermit, eating and watching Netflix to hide the shame. Gratitude and thankful list - Every morning and every evening, start and end your day with 5 things you are genuinely grateful or thankful for. FEEL them as you write it out, if you can’t it isn’t genuine, write one until you do. It should leave you with a smile…This allows you to see there is more to life than herp and it really isn’t that bigger deal. Reading - Read a positive book or self-help book, not money orientated. Something that expands your consciousness and you are drawn too. This will help you understand you are not the stories you tell yourself. Books: Eckhart Tolle- Power of Now As a man thinketh – James Allen re-wire your brain - Dr Joseph Dispenza Technology - It is perhaps ironic I write this while you read on a device, but this I something I highly recommend and that is limiting your use of social media and what you consume. An easy question to ask yourself before you watch a screen is, does this add value to my life? If it doesn’t you know the action to take… I talk about technology as this goes hand in hand with mental health and if you are trying to address the acceptance of self and healing of getting herp you will only want to nourish your brain with what elevates you… you see no matter what you watch or listen too or read, no matter how much you don’t agree or don’t think it will impact you, it will. Your subconscious mind is dissecting anything and everything you consume whether you like it or not. Also, getting away from technology will help you with your true self, we use technology to sedate and subconsciously mediate the things we need to work on. If you put the phone down see how long it take for you to reach for it? It’s a co-dependence we have built. In order to become settled and accepting with herp you can either go through the burying of trauma and regret like I did, or you can give yourself the quickest chance of being a fulfilled person. The good thing about addressing yourself for herp is, you will also learn a lot about you as a person and can start working to mend any trauma you had prior! If you are healing self, you might as well do the whole thing and not leave the cake half-baked right? Put down the phone and Netflix and write out 5 things you enjoy or like the idea of and do it, you will be surprised with how quickly that builds your ‘not give a fuck’ gauge of what people think of you. Give it a try, it will help you massively! Porn - I have put this in here as a lot of people will feel disgusted and think that they can’t get love, so they turn to porn for comfort. That is not healthy at all, I did this, and it fucked with my ability to function in a relationship as I medicated my self-loathing over a herp barrier in my sex life, I thought was huge. It is unrealistic, they don’t show you the cut scenes, the guy telling them to jump into different angles or the porn star in pain from the endless railing and the make-up man. There is no emotional intimacy and it will make you numb/apathetic in your emotions and give struggling ability to connect with another. You are already in a small predicament, don’t add to it. What would you rather have, the confidence from the above Your Body and Your Mind exercises? Or sitting in the dark with your dick/clit in hand feeling shameful and lonely trying to get off to two (or more lol) people who don’t know you and you don’t even have a real human connection too. Your choice. Pick a real person to know and open up too…. I will write later about the least fearful way to do this. If successful you will have all the sex and fun time. Porn doesn’t teach you anything before saying that. If you want to learn how to be good in the bedroom, just ask your partner what they like and work as a team with guidance from them and BE PRESENT, do not think about what you saw in porn. It is really that simple. The best sex is comfortable sex with someone who doesn’t mind your weirdness…you will find that as you are a great person and deserve love like everyone, just be true to yourself and show a willingness to your partner. (You are also amazing as you made it this far reading, my first article by the way) Porn creates a lot more damage than I realised mentally… if you have ever felt emotional or anxiety swings did you ever find yourself a few hours later that day watching porn? hoping to get that rush and dopamine hit to feel a sense of relaxed relief (medicating comfort blanket). Just read up on “your brain on porn” and google how it affects relationships….it is legitimate. If you feel you need to hide what you are watching from your other half. Then you already know deep down what you need to do. The Third one is Your Relationships: This is an important step, as we humans are creatures of love and intimacy. The most crucial relationship you have is with yourself and this defines how you treat and accept others. Love yourself and you can love others, the point of this article is to help you love yourself. By hopefully taking on board most if not all the mental and physical exercises I have mentioned already, you will start to love yourself as you are learning to be yourself. Here are somethings that I have learnt that may help you, broken down into groups the best way I can: Friends: First and foremost, it is okay if your closest friend knows and the rest don’t. I have 9 friends I grew up with and talk too regularly and only 4 of them know. 2 are not part of the same group, 1 is my twin brother and the other my closest friend. To your greatest surprise, they don’t really see you any different. It is only what you are telling yourself in your head and you will know off your gut who you can open up too. The reason I mention friends is, you may feel like an island when you first get it and all your friends are talking about their current romances and partners. But know this, your life isn’t any deprived of romance as theirs. When you feel like you need to talk to a friend, do it in a place you feel like you could leave if you wanted too and somewhere comfortable perhaps over casual fast food. This is for YOUR sake not theirs; this takes the impact out of it for you and makes it not such a big deal, which it isn’t. You are merely just opening up to your friend as you want someone you can trust for a bit of comfort. A handful of people is fine, the whole world doesn’t need to know, but those closest you know have a good bone, will make you feel less isolated! Therapist/Councillor: This doesn’t mean you are at rock bottom or a crazy person, despite what society portrays… If I had known about how little problem you need to speak to one, I’d have done it years ago. The reason I mention a professional like this is, they see way worse situations than yours. The great thing is, you can say whatever you want and about whoever you like without them judging you. They are there for you to pour your heart out too with all your pain and resentments, so they can help dig out the wound, not put a plaster over it with a Netflix or social media binge. See one twice a month or once a week, it will pay dividends into your life and journey in self-acceptance and self-love. It’s a great time to be selfish! This is about you. Work Colleagues: unless your sleeping with them, they don’t need to know anything. If they joke about herp in a convo at some point. Just laugh and join, joke about it too, so you get comfortable with it. Because in reality they don’t know anything about it and it is not a big deal. If you work in a huge office block, chances are someone else will have it walking around. Imagine it like a super-secret power that only the mightiest of people are selected to have. You’re like Clark Kent, expect you aren’t superman. The reason it is funny to view it as a superpower is you get to selectively cherry pick the finest and highest form of most intimate relationship! (Which always has the best sex and connection). You get to filter who you think is worthy of the cookies and your heart. I detail more of this below. Romantic Lovers: outside of self-care and acceptance, this is something to take note of seriously. You must always give them a choice, some of us didn’t get a choice and some of the people we got it from didn’t show any signs or know they have it. When you are getting to know someone, always know sex is just one part of what you are building. I would recommend not jumping into bed with them right away, this is where the filter process comes in. You are dating someone because you want to have a connection, you want to find love; you want to connect with them emotionally before anything. That means going on dates: I would recommend dates for 2-3 months before breaking the news… In this time go on dates outside of your house or theirs. With at least 2-3 dates being of physical activity something fun, other dates go to places like the zoo, museums or a walk in the park, perhaps a pizza making course or street food market in the city. The whole point is to get to know them, find out their interests, have fun and compatibility because at this point herp doesn’t even matter, neither does sex. You want a best friend you can mess around with, hey, even chuck in a cheeky kiss at the end of the date. When you finally feel like you are really connecting 2-3 months in and you have a good gauge of how genuine and nice this person is (you will just know after that long) and now want to let them know, try and pick somewhere they will feel comfortable and somewhere you can leave if they want time to think. I would recommend over at their place or somewhere public like a quiet coffee shop. This will give you the reassurance in your environment. You want to tell them about it before taking clothes off, not during by the way, I’ve been there it doesn’t work. Wait till you’re both settled it and had a bit of laugh let it flow naturally… This is where you will probably say something calmly along the lines of “(Name), I’ve been thinking a lot about us recently and I really like the way things are heading, I’d love to be more romantic with you as I think you are a great person and I care about you a lot. That is why I think if we are to sleep with each other, I have something you should know about and I think you deserve the choice to know (if you didn’t get a choice tell them, it only builds respect). I went to the doctors (the time you found out) as I had a small ingrown like hair pimple and I was diagnosed with a form of herpes like virus, I don’t show many noticeable symptoms, maybe if not any ( because you look after your health, hence why I said health is wealth) but I wanted to let you know as I care about you and you deserve a choice, I totally understand if you need some time to think about it and I am okay if you don’t want too, I am happy if you still want to be friends” Let them reply… If they say yes, great. If they need time to think, that is also great, they may ask you more about it. Educate them with stuff the doctor says, or your personal experience. Not what society paints. If they say no, that is also a good thing. As it means they were probably not committed after 3 months anyway but you will find 99% of the time you will have their up most respect for being bold and honest with them. There are very few people if any, after 3 months of building a connection with them, that they will spike you down for being honest. You will find a surprising reaction; people are very opened minded when you show boldness and vulnerability and they will keep that to themselves as you told it in confidence and respectfully. You can then walk away with full integrity and another situation off the bucket list, the second time around will be a breeze! It is only a big deal if you make it a big deal, so keep calm and slide it in like you have had it for years because you will. It is easy, the great thing is there is also dating sites for people with it where millions of people go like positive singles. So, if you don’t want to break the news to someone who may not have it, then happy days you will always have a choice. Last but not least - Your Business This I will keep short and sweet, You should use this opportunity in your job and business to build your confidence and slow things down mentally before making a decision. Each of the things I mentioned above and how you approach them will all help with your job and business, as ultimately you are helping you. For business to keep yourself aligned, just right out a list of 10 things in order of super importance for your day. Once you have done that, then get rid of anything from 5 down as you probably won’t complete all 10 and the rest are over thought to fill the numbers. Keep it very simple, 4 things and do them in order of importance. Every lunch I go for walk as you need to connect with reality again, look at the sky or people watch, perhaps even be thankful for your morning routine. Once those 4 things are done right them in your journal in the evening, that’s a win. You crushed the day. The Very Last bit Hopefully this has helped some of you, and that you read it again to understand it all starts with how you approach yourself and your day. Your mind will make or break you, so make sure you give yourself a fighting chance first, herp is just a small hurdle you need to jump over with your new confidence shoes, that light up and shit like when you were a kid. You are a member of the club and millions and millions of people are too, don’t worry about it and just smash being the best version of you. Herp will fall to the wayside and you will stand above average, as you have built above average habits, you define you. Have a great life and I hope you give yourself the life you deserve, as you are a unique and wonderful person!
2020.06.17 22:09 ack_ack_ack_The students are coming back! Fall 2020
How do you all think this will play out? I'm particularly interested in the "assigned sinks and stalls" for students on Grounds. And how they will manage the insane amount of data from this "daily app project". Some interesting ideas here. Press release from the Prez today: To the University Community, We hope this note finds all of you well during this incredibly difficult time for our country and the world. With so much uncertainty these days, we write to provide a measure of clarity on one issue we know many of you have been wondering about: our plans for the upcoming academic year at UVA. Last month, we sent a letter outlining our decision-making process and some of our thinking about the fall. Today, our goal is to share a more complete framework for the next academic year. We have a good deal of information to cover, so we will be as concise as possible, providing details about, among other things, our academic plans (including new options that will increase flexibility for undergraduate students), residence and student life, public health measures, and our focus on equity during this process. Much more information and FAQs are available on our new Return to Grounds website and Fall 2020 Student Resource site, which will be updated frequently to convey decisions and information. Here’s the basic plan: Return to School This summer we are phasing in our return to on-Grounds academic life. Guided by public health requirements, we are in the midst of a return to research in our labs; several schools have welcomed professional school students; and we are planning for more in-person educational offerings later in the summer. We do this planning even as we plan for the fall. Assuming federal and state guidelines allow it, we plan to start the fall semester on time—with undergraduate courses beginning on Tuesday, August 25th. First-years and other students living on Grounds who wish to return will move in on a staggered schedule over several days. (Start dates for our graduate programs are available here.) For our undergraduate schools, there will be no fall break, and in-person instruction will end by Thanksgiving. In an effort to minimize travel and possible transmission of the virus, students will not return until the new year. Students will receive more information about what will happen after Thanksgiving from individual schools. Academic Options and Flexibility The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for students and their families. For that reason, we have adapted so that students have additional options this coming year. We are welcoming all students who wish to join us to be back on Grounds. Unlike in the past, however, we have designed this fall so that students can take courses from wherever they are. (The few exceptions will be practicums and other courses that require a specific in-person experience for licensure.) While we hope and expect that many students will return to Grounds, we also know and appreciate that others will need to or choose to stay in their home communities. Regardless of where students are, our aim will be to provide all of them an engaging and enriching academic experience. Because of social distancing requirements and their effect on our classroom capacity, large classes will be all online. We will, however, offer as many in-person classes as we can. For classes and sections offered in-person, there will be a remote option for students who are not on Grounds. The deans and faculty in every school are thinking creatively about how we can maximize the number of in-person classroom experiences; decisions about which classes will have an in-person option will be made based on the format of each class, our classroom capacity in light of public health requirements, and the availability of faculty instructors to teach in person. Students can expect to hear more from individual schools in the coming weeks and no later than the end of July, which is before the start of the add-drop period. We have also created an option designed to offer undergraduate students more flexibility while still earning a full year’s worth of academic credit. In addition to fall and spring courses, every undergraduate student will have the opportunity to take a January term course and a course in the first summer session of 2021. While these courses normally require the payment of additional tuition, next year they will be included within the regular tuition for fall and spring semesters. To enhance our offerings, we are designing new, interdisciplinary courses for the January and summer terms. These courses, tailored specifically for this year’s new and returning students, will be taught by professors from across the University and will explore some of today’s most relevant topics—from the science of pandemics, to racial justice, to analyzing the 2020 election. Most students will therefore have the option, depending on their degree program requirements, to spread out what would normally be taken in fall and spring over fall, J-term, spring, and summer. Schools will provide additional guidance on this, and you can find more information here. Finally, as always, undergraduate students will be able to request a deferral (gap year) or leave of absence. The deadline for new students to apply for a deferral through the Office of Undergraduate Admission is July 1st, and current students may request leaves of absence according to individual schools’ policies. Students who plan to live in the dorms will be asked to confirm whether they plan to join us in the fall by July 1st. Our graduate and professional schools are thinking creatively about how to tailor their programs to these new conditions. Deans of graduate and professional schools will be communicating directly to their students about plans for Fall 2020 in their respective schools. Faculty and Staff The success of every aspect of these plans depends on the dedicated and talented faculty and staff of this University, whose health and safety is of paramount importance. Just as we know that some students will not return to Grounds this fall, we know that even with the extensive precautions we describe below, not all faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants will be in a position to resume in-person work and teaching. We will make every effort to grant requests to work or teach remotely or for other reasonable accommodations or modifications in light of COVID-19. We are mindful that individual circumstances make some individuals more vulnerable than others to the effects of this disease. As always, employees entitled to reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act will receive them. Beyond that, we will prioritize requests for modifications from those who are at higher risk for severe illness, as well as anyone with a household member at higher risk. Outside of those categories, we will make every effort to grant reasonable modification requests. As deans, department chairs, and managers plan for the fall, they will work with Employee Relations and HR Business Partners to honor requests while considering the impact on and constraints of research, curricular, student, and workplace needs. We are keenly aware that each individual and unit of the University is as unique in our needs, constraints, and opportunities for flexibility as we are united in the common goal of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care. Just as faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants may currently request modifications directly from their dean, department chair, or supervisor, those comfortable making COVID-19-related requests through those channels are free to do so. Anyone concerned about privacy or confidentiality may instead submit this form to Employee Relations. Schools and units will follow up with additional details about implementation and timing. Let us say in advance: We know how much we have asked of you already this year, and we know how much what lies ahead will require of you and of us. We are beyond grateful. Student Life First-years and other students living on Grounds will be in double rooms by default, as they have been in years past, and will be able to choose their roommates. We made this decision in consultation with medical and public health professionals, and we are making changes to residence halls and bathrooms to reduce risk. Students in residence halls will be assigned to specific sinks, stalls, and showers, and we will be limiting the number of students allowed in a communal bathroom at any given time. Housing and residence life staff will work with residents to apply social distancing guidelines to all communal spaces and to make additional changes, as necessary, such as assigning specific doors for entry and exit. In-person dining on Grounds will be provided consistent with social distancing requirements and will include more options for takeout. While many activities will be held virtually, there will be opportunities for in-person gatherings and events that meet university and public health guidelines. We are also developing additional guidelines, including around limiting travel to and from Grounds. Those decisions are being made now, and we will share more information once we have it. Athletics We are planning for fall sporting events to be held on Grounds, and student athletes will be hearing from coaches about steps that will allow them to train and compete safely. We have not yet made final decisions about fan attendance, but we will communicate plans to our ticket holders and supporters as those decisions are made. Public Health Measures We have made and will make every single decision about our plans in close consultation with physicians and public health professionals. Every student, faculty, and staff member who will be on Grounds this fall will have to meet certain health and safety requirements designed to keep members of the UVA and broader community safe. Students and their families will receive details about these requirements over the summer and will be asked to agree to them as a condition of returning to—and remaining on—Grounds. While parts of our plan are evolving, some parts are settled and will include the basics we all know well by now: social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, encouragement of frequent hand washing, and enhanced cleaning of the environment. We are modifying our facilities to operationalize these essential elements that help prevent the spread of the virus. As noted above, dining will be available, but modified consistent with these basic rules. Libraries, labs, studios, and study rooms will be open, provided they can accommodate social distancing and other health requirements. Anyone sharing a classroom, lab, dining hall, lounge, or other common space will need to maintain a six-foot distance for any contact longer than 10 minutes. The University will enhance its cleaning of these spaces, including classrooms. Face coverings will also be required in common spaces, and physical barriers will be provided in libraries and in public-service locations like dining hall cashier stations and help desks. We will be providing all students, faculty, and staff with personal protective equipment, including masks, and will be installing hand sanitizing stations across Grounds. We are creating, in concert with the Virginia Department of Health, a comprehensive COVID-19 testing plan that will include students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. We have settled on some of our plans (outlined below), and we continue to evaluate others. In the latter category, we are still evaluating the options for testing our students for COVID-19, including whether we will test all students upon arrival. We will make an announcement on that in the coming weeks. Below, however, are the elements of testing strategy that are settled:
Students, faculty, and staff will be required to track their symptoms daily using an app.
We are and will continue to offer testing to anyone who exhibits symptoms.
In addition, we will make available voluntary testing for faculty, staff, contract employees, and students who are concerned and may not exhibit symptoms. These tests will be available through an online schedule.
In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), UVA will help support voluntary testing of community members.
We are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health to effectively trace contacts of anyone who contracts the virus.
Once classes start, we will perform testing and other monitoring to assess the prevalence of viral infections; we will be monitoring Grounds closely and respond with increased testing to detect any asymptomatic or presymptomatic cases anywhere where our examinations suggest there might be a cluster of cases.
We have plans to isolate students living on Grounds who test positive for the virus, and to quarantine students who have been exposed.
Our testing and community tracing plans raise important issues of privacy, and we are committed to protecting the privacy of student records and health information. That commitment will guide us as we create protections that will limit access to that information consistent with relevant statutes like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). More information about our plans and these privacy protections will be available in the coming weeks. Finally, it is important to emphasize that both expert knowledge and developing technology around COVID-19 continue to evolve quickly. Relying on our expert team, we will be closely following all of this, and will stand ready to modify our plans in light of the best information and technology. Expectations The steps above are designed to keep students safe, protect all faculty and staff, and prevent the spread of the virus in the broader Charlottesville community. In this case, the actions of even one person can affect many others. Keeping people healthy—and keeping students on Grounds—will require all of us to do our part. For that reason, and consistent with our strong tradition of student self-governance, we are working with students on a set of expectations that will govern student behavior on and off Grounds. As noted above, students will receive details about the public health requirements that will apply next year and will be asked to agree to them as a condition of returning to and remaining on—Grounds. In addition, the undergraduate and graduate student members of our Fall 2020 committee are deeply involved in this effort, along with a diverse and inclusive group of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This work will continue in the coming weeks, aiming to design and implement a campaign to promote social-distancing behavior and the other essential elements of our public health strategy. Any student who has suggestions or ideas about the campaign may submit them here. *** Faculty, staff, students, and parents will receive more specific guidance in the coming weeks, and all the latest information, as well as an updated list of frequently asked questions, can be found on the new Return to Grounds website and Fall 2020 Student Resource site. We will continue to work around the clock on our plans to re-open the University and welcome back our students, faculty, and staff. In the coming weeks and throughout next year, we will continue to rely on our team of experts tracking the evolution of the virus and the related public health guidelines that could affect our plans. As noted at the outset, as we prepare and then implement our plan, our work will focus on equitable treatment of the most vulnerable members of our larger community, including our students with financial challenges, our employees whose work exposes them to particular risks, and members of the greater Charlottesville community who are affected, deeply, by our actions and to whom we must be good neighbors and partners. As we move forward in our work, we will put together a working group of students, faculty, staff, and community members whose singular focus will be on issues of equity related to our return to Grounds and next fall. Finally, please understand that some or all of what we are sharing today could change based on the spread of the virus, the advice of public health experts, or an order by the Virginia Department of Health. We sincerely hope that will not be the case, but our top priority will always be keeping our entire community safe—and we will let you know if circumstances require us to adjust. All of this will make life—and this semester—more difficult, but our hope and expectation is that we can come together in these extraordinary times and make the best of an incredibly difficult situation. Doing that will require flexibility and patience. But if the past is any indication, this year will also push us to be more creative, inspire us to be more selfless, and in many ways bring us closer together than ever before. This is a special community that has done some amazing things over the last few months, and we will need to summon that energy and spirit once again in the fall. We look forward to working with all of you to meet this moment and make this coming year a memorable and successful one. Best, Jim Ryan President Liz Magill Provost K. Craig Kent EVP for Health Affairs J.J. Davis EVP and Chief Operating Officer
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