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Scientists prepare for expedition to the world’s deepest depths

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(Reuters) – For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 5.5 miles (9 km) below the surface.

The project, known as Five Deeps Expedition, will use a special submersible vehicle that took more than three years to build. It is made of titanium and other special materials that can dive to the bottom of the ocean, said Victor Vescovo, an explorer who will pilot the vehicle after it leaves its supporting boat and descends toward the deepest parts of the ocean.

“I’m very much looking forward to pushing not only the limits of the technology and myself and my crew, but also hopefully push humanity forward a little bit in terms of our understanding of our world and showing what we can do as a species,” said Vescovo, who has climbed the world’s seven highest mountain peaks and trekked to both the North and South Poles.

The maker of the submersible vehicle, Triton Submarines LLC of Vero Beach, Florida, said on the company website that it is the only submersible certified to carry humans on dives of 36,000 feet (11,000 meters). Discovery and Science Channel will capture the entire mission for a project known as “Deep Planet” that will air in 2019.

Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault in New York; Editing by David Gregorio

ZF takes 35 percent stake in autonomous driving specialist ASAP

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen said on Friday it acquired a 35 percent stake in ASAP, a Germany-based maker of software and testing systems for autonomous driving applications and electric vehicles.

ASAP specializes in car-to-x communication, human-machine interfaces and electronic architecture and last year generated sales of 84 million euros. It employs 1,100 staff.

ZF’s Chief Executive Officer Wolf-Henning Scheider recently said ZF will invest about 12 billion euros in electromobility and autonomous driving over the next five years.

A purchase price for the ASAP stake was not disclosed.

Reporting by Arno Schuetze, editing by Riham Alkousaa

Championship Central

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Fall DIII Women’s Volleyball Nov. 15-17 Pittsburgh, PA A.J. Palumbo Center DI Field Hockey Nov. 16-18 Louisville, KY Trager Stadium DI Women’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Verona, WI

Thomas Zimmer Championship Course

DI Men’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Verona, WI

Thomas Zimmer Championship Course

DIII Women’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Winneconne, WI Lake Breeze Golf Club DIII Men’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Winneconne, WI Lake Breeze Golf Club DIII Field Hockey Nov. 17-18 Manheim, PA Spooky Nook Sports DII Women’s Volleyball Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA A.J. Palumbo Center DII Men’s Soccer Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Highmark Stadium DII Women’s Soccer Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Highmark Stadium DII Field Hockey Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field DIII Men’s Soccer Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Greensboro, NC UNCG Soccer Stadium DIII Women’s Soccer Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Greensboro, NC UNCG Soccer Stadium DI Women’s Soccer Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Cary, NC WakeMed Soccer Park DII Women’s Cross Country Dec. 1 Slippery Rock, PA Cooper’s Lake Campground NC Men’s Water Polo Dec. 1-2 Stanford, CA Avery Aquatic Center DI Men’s Soccer Dec. 7-9 Santa Barbara, CA

Meredith Field @ Harder Stadium

DI Women’s Volleyball Dec. 13-15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center DII Football Dec. 15 Kansas City, KS Children’s Mercy Park DIII Football Dec. 15-16 Shenandoah, TX Woodforest Stadium DI Football Jan. 5 Frisco, TX Toyota Stadium Winter NC Skiing Mar. 6-9 Stowe, VT

Stowe Mountain Resort Trapp Family Lodge

DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Birmingham, AL Birmingham CrossPlex DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Birmingham, AL Birmingham CrossPlex DII Wrestling Mar. 8-9 Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University – The Wolstein Center

DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Pittsburg, KS Robert W. Plaster Center DII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Pittsburg, KS Robert W. Plaster Center DIII Wrestling Mar. 8-9 Roanoke, VA

Berglund Center (Roanoke Civic Center)

DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Boston, MA Reggie Lewis Center DIII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Boston, MA Reggie Lewis Center NC Rifle Mar. 8-9 Morgantown, WV WVU Shell Building DII Men’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 13-16 Indianapolis, IN

IU Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI

DII Women’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 13-16 Indianapolis, IN

IU Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI

DIII Women’s Ice Hockey Mar. 15-16 TBD TBD DIII Women’s Basketball Mar. 15-16 Salem, VA Cregger Center DIII Men’s Basketball Mar. 15-16 Fort Wayne, IN

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Arena

DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 20-23 Austin, TX

Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center

DIII Men’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 20-23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Aquatic Center DIII Women’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 20-23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Aquatic Center DI Wrestling Mar. 21-23 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena NC Fencing Mar. 21-24 Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University – The Wolstein Center

DIII Men’s Ice Hockey Mar. 22-23 TBD TBD NC Women’s Ice Hockey Mar. 22-24 Hamden, CT TD Bank Sports Center DII Women’s Basketball Mar. 26-29 Columbus, OH Alumni Hall DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 27-30 Austin, TX

Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center

DII Men’s Basketball Mar. 27-30 Evansville, IN The Ford Center DI Women’s Basketball April 5-7 Tampa Bay, FL Amalie Arena DI Men’s Basketball April 5-10 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium DI Men’s Ice Hockey April 11-13 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center NC Bowling April 11-13 Wickliffe, OH Game of Wickliffe NC Men’s Gymnastics April 19-20 Champaign, IL State Farm Center NC Women’s Gymnastics April 19-20 Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Convention Center Arena

Spring DIII Men’s Volleyball April 26-27 Union, NJ Harwood Arena NC Men’s Volleyball May 2-4 Long Beach, CA Walter Pyramid NC Beach Volleyball May 3-5 Gulf Shores, AL Gulf Shores Public Beach NC Women’s Water Polo May 10-12 Stanford, CA Avery Aquatic Center DII Men’s Lacrosse May 11 TBD TBD DIII Men’s Golf May 14-17 Nicholasville, KY Keene Trace DIII Women’s Golf May 14-17 Houston, TX Bay Oaks Country Club DII Women’s Golf May 15-18 Palm Beach Gardens, FL

PGA National Resort – Champions Course

DI Women’s Tennis May 16-25 Orlando, FL

USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center)

DI Men’s Tennis May 16-25 Orlando, FL

USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center)

DI Women’s Golf May 17-22 Fayetteville, AR The Blessings Golf Club DII Women’s Lacrosse May 17-19 Allendale, MI GVSU Lacrosse Stadium DII Men’s Golf May 20-24 Daniels, WV The Resort @ Glade Springs DIII Women’s Tennis May 20-25 Kalamazoo, MI Stowe Stadium DIII Men’s Tennis May 20-25 Kalamazoo, MI Stowe Stadium DII Men’s Tennis May 21-25 Altamonte Springs, FL Sanlando Park DII Women’s Tennis May 22-25 Altamonte Springs, FL Sanlando Park DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Kingsville,TX Javelina Stadium DII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Kingsville,TX Javelina Stadium DIII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Geneva, OH

SPIRE Institute – Outdoor Track & Field

DIII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Geneva, OH

SPIRE Institute – Outdoor Track & Field

DII Softball May 23-27 Denver, CO

The Regency Athletic Complex @ MSU Denver

DIII Softball May 23-28 Tyler, TX Suddenlink Field DI Men’s Golf May 24-29 Fayetteville, AR The Blessings Golf Club DI Women’s Lacrosse May 24-26 Baltimore, MD Homewood Field DIII Women’s Lacrosse May 25-26 Ashland, VA

Randolph-Macon College Day Field

DI Men’s Lacrosse May 25-27 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field DIII Men’s Lacrosse May 25-27 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field DI Softball May 30-June 5 TBD TBD DIII Rowing May 31-June 1 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Rowing Center DI Rowing May 31-June 2 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Rowing Center DII Rowing May 31-June 2 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Rowing Center DIII Baseball May 31-June 5 Cedar Rapids, IA

Perfect Game Field @ Veterans Memorial Stadium

DII Baseball June 1-8 Cary, NC

USA Baseball National Training Complex

DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field June 5-8 Austin, TX Mike A. Myers Stadium DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field June 5-8 Austin, TX Mike A. Myers Stadium DI Baseball June 15-26 Omaha, NE TD Ameritrade Park

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Robot market growth slows as trade war hits industrial spending: robot industry chief

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TOKYO (Reuters) – An escalating trade war between the United States and China has dampened manufacturers’ appetite for investment in equipment, causing growth in the industrial robot market to slow, the chief of the global robot industry group said.

Many global manufacturers “are now in a wait-and-see mode, wondering whether to shift production (away from China) to, let’s say, Vietnam or the United States,” said Junji Tsuda, chief of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), in an interview on Thursday.

IFR, which brings together nearly 60 global robot suppliers and integrators, predicts worldwide industrial robot sales this year to grow 10 percent compared to last year’s 30 percent jump.

China is the world’s largest robots market with a 36 percent global share, with its sales volume exceeding the total of Europe and the Americas combined.

Tsuda, also the chairman of Japan’s Yaskawa Electric Corp, said the manufacturers would move out of the wait-and-see mode by the end of this year.

It will take a while for the direction of the trade war to be clear, Tsuda said. “But global demand for smartphones, semiconductors and autos have been solid, and the time will eventually come that they can wait no longer and will resume investment to meet the demand.”

Yaskawa, one of the world’s top robot manufacturers, last week cut its annual operating profit forecast to 59 billion yen ($524.40 million) from 65.5 billion yen, citing a slowdown in smartphone-related demand in China and growing caution over the trade dispute.

From next year onwards, however, IFR expects the robot market growth to pick up again, forecasting an average 14 percent increase per year through 2021.

($1 = 112.5100 yen)

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

Insurers call for delay in prising open ‘black box’ accounts

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LONDON (Reuters) – Insurers from across the world have called for amendments and a two-year delay to a change in accounting rules aimed at increasing visibility of how they earn their money.

Nine national and regional insurance industry bodies from Europe, Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa want the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to amend and delay its “IFRS 17” book-keeping rule by two years to January 2023.

Twenty years in the making, the rule seeks to make it easier for investors to compare how much insurers earn from policies by prising open a “black box” of opaque national practices. IASB rules are used in over 100 countries, though the United States has its own accounting standards.

The industry bodies said in a letter to the IASB that preparatory work has confirmed that a number of important issues need to be resolved to make the new rule practical.

“As a result, we strongly believe a two-year delay in the effective date of the standard is required,” the letter to IASB chair Hans Hoogervorst said.

“There is no expectation that a delay will result in insurers stopping or slowing their implementation project.”

The CFO Forum of chief financial officers from major European insurers like Allianz, Aviva, Generali and Axa has said the new rule leads to inconsistent reporting, and requirements that are unnecessarily complex.

Implementation costs range from 50 million euros to 320 million euros per CFO Forum member, it said, with ongoing operational costs expected to be significantly greater than for applying existing insurance book-keeping rules.

The IASB board will discuss staff reports about a potential delay and amendments next week, but no decision is expected at that time.

“In determining what amendments, if any, to make to IFRS 17, the board will need to balance the potential benefit of any amendments against the effect of an undue delay to a standard that is needed to address many inadequacies in the existing wide range of insurance accounting practices,” an IASB staff paper for the meeting said.

Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Jan Harvey

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Kangaroo attacks couple in northeastern Australia, injures woman

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian wildlife carers Jim and Linda Smith are lucky to be alive, an ambulance official said, after they were attacked by a kangaroo in northeastern Queensland state.

The Smiths were feeding wild kangaroos on their property in the Darling Downs when a grey kangaroo buck struck out at Jim Smith, knocking him to the ground.

The kangaroo attacked his wife, Linda, when she ran to help him, leaving her with a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and scratches.

“It’s scary, it knocked me over once or twice and once they grab you, you can see what they do”, Jim said, showing his injuries.

It was only when their son came out and hit the kangaroo with a piece of wood that the marsupial stopped the attack and returned to nearby bushland, Australian media reported.

Linda Smith was taken to Toowoomba Hospital, where she underwent surgery, media reports said.

“If the kangaroo was able to continue to inflict further injury, her life was, yes, in danger,” Queensland Ambulance Service’s senior operations supervisor Stephen Johns said.

Australia has roughly 45 million kangaroos and it is not unusual for them to come into conflict with people as housing has expanded to areas where the marsupials live.

They are even more likely to be driven into populated areas in search of food and water in drought-stricken areas.

Reporting by Stefica Nicol Bikes; Writing by Karishma Singh

Selling Or Buying A Home? You’ll Know What Comps Are Soon.

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It’s all about Location, Location, Location they say in real estate, but to a buyer or a seller it may be Price, Price, Price.  You may be buying your first starter home or selling the family home to move into retirement in Florida either way you’ll need to know “How much is it actually worth?”  In real estate lingo “Comps” is a second word that comes with little ambiguity, but to the laymen that same word could leave you wondering.  Comparables are reports on similar houses in the area and how much they went for when they were recently sold.  These reports give insight into the value of the home you wish to sell or buy and allow you to determine if it is really a dream home or it is actually a home you can afford.

Sites like Zillow.com attempt to determine a comparable price for a home through open records and information about a home provided over the years in these open records. Ask any realtor and they’ll tell you they hate Zillow.  Not because it takes their clients, the site doesn’t facilitate home sales but due to the inaccuracies made when determining a home’s value without firsthand knowledge of the area or the home.

Real estate agents usually determine these with local knowledge and understanding of the area.  These are performed though after a home buyer or seller has contacted a real estate agent.  Sometimes you’d just like to know without beginning a search with someone who’s commission based.  The perceived pressure that comes with a real estate agent may make Zillow more attractive than an accurate price or at least get you by until you absolutely have to contact an agent.

Other sites are now offering a blended opportunity that borrows the best of both previous options and provide accurate real estate comps but free of the pressure of working with an agent.  RealEstateCompsToday.com is one of these services that offers national coverage but contracts with local agents to provide investors, sellers and buyers with the best possible comparable home price reports.

Too often in life we see black and white or right and wrong and forget that life choices don’t have to be bilateral.  More often a third method is available that includes the best of both original options and today it seems there is a third option in real estate comps.  Consider this next time you search for comps in my area.

Influences

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I’m way too angry to do this point form, so we’re breaking out the old panel by panel analysis!

Panel One: I know I’ve been saying it out loud for about a week or so now, but I’m still amazed she just out and said it’s about Sal making them look like bad parents. Because you two sure had nothing to do with your own bargain basement bin low quality parenting, did you, Linda? Charles also doesn’t really seem all that concerned where she was or what she was doing, so I’m giving that a point too. I won’t give him one for being concerned she’s smoking though. That’s reasonable. Fuck you, Walkerton Parents Count: 3

Panel Two: And we all know what she means by that too. I wonder if Marcie would be a ‘bad influence’ if she were middle class and her parents were documented immigrants? Actually, nah, I think Linda’d still have ‘a bad feeling’ anyways. Regardless, I’m giving that a count because fuck off, Marcie’s stable and came out of her childhood, so far as we’ve seen, with considerably fewer issues than Sal has. Fuck you count: 4.

Panel 3: I love Sal. So much. Calling out her mom on her hypocrisy (yeah, I know, she SHOULD be worried her preteen/young teen is smoking so young, but she hasn’t said shit about her age, just that she smokes, so I’m calling hypocrite) and pointing out where that influence came from. I’m also appreciating that piece of info that Marcie did not in fact smoke yet. Interesting. I wonder when she took that up? Fuck you count: 5 for hypocrisy.

Panel 4: Fuck off. Marcie hasn’t done anything wrong so far as we can tell and Linda has no good reason to ban her from seeing Marcie except Marcie is poor and brown and Sal’s finally having enough of her mother’s bullshit so Linda’s blaming her friend. Count: 8 because all three of those reasons piss me off.

And you go, baby Sal for defending your friend.

Panel 5: Linda, this might shock you, but even if Marcie’s parents ARE shit, she cannot help that. She doesn’t get to decide where they live either because she is 12-13. And yeah, she probably hangs around with kids who live in her low income area, so clearly she’s co-signing everything they say and do even though we know she objects when her friends do things that make her uncomfortable or upset or she thinks are wrong.

And frankly? I’m not convinced her parents are shit. Bare minimum, they took her side when she was being bullied (even though they couldn’t help her much). More than you did, you fucking hellbeast. Better parents than YOU is the dictionary definition of damning with faint praise though, so I won’t waste too much time insulting the Diazes, you piece of shit.

Also, even if the kids in her neighbourhood ARE awful, Marcie pretty clearly prefers Sal. So I dunno what Linda’s Wannabe Perfect Upper Middle Class Suburban Americana ass is whining about. Fuck you count: 13.

Panel 6: Again, I’m so so proud of Sal here. She deserved better parents. Yeah, I see you there not saying anything about the bullshit your wife’s spewing, Charles, so I’m giving you a count too. Fuck you count: 14.

Panel 7: And yeah, totally dismissing Sal’s concerns about how she’s treated and belittling/ignoring her. Who wants to bet she’s done this before? Fuck you count: 15.

Holy fucking shit, I hate these two and I really wish Sal had better fucking parents.

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Asher

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So many notes!

– Sal, Marcie’s known you since you were five. She knows where this is going – straight off a cliff.

– It’s sweet Marcie doesn’t seem to blame Sal for what happened, although she seems to have more realistic expectations for her situation (and as such may not appreciate those comments – or, at least, not believe them).

– Sal’s face in that last panel. She’s BREAKING ME guys.

– Sal’s still clinging to that hope of this being temporary. Thanks a LOT, Charles.

– Shit. Sal’s smoking already? Oww. That can seriously mess you up. It can take up to 15 years to reverse damage done by cigarettes. I found that out googling health benefits for quitting for a story (and kinda felt pretty good about making my parents quit 18 years ago).

– I’m not quite sure what Marcie would mean. That Sal doesn’t smoke and Marcie wouldn’t approve? If so, why did Marcie take up smoking? Does it mean she already smokes? Did she meant Sal doesn’t chill?

– This Asher kid worries me. Sal’s said before she and Marcie have bad taste in people, other than each other, so I’m worrying we’re going to see this.

*clapping meme* Let. Sal. Have. Friends.

Just. Not. This. One.

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Purrfect job; Russian town hires cat chief to attend to strays

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was an unusual job advert. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town’s approximately 70 stray cats.

Some 80 applicants applied for the new role with the municipality in the small town in the Kaliningrad region, which has also erected a cat statue and added a feline to its emblem in a bid to rebrand itself as Russia’s foremost cat-loving community.

In the end, local resident Svetlana Logunova was appointed guardian of the town’s felines. To help her with the task, she was given a bicycle and uniform, including a bright green jacket, black bow tie and hat.

She has been given a budget of 5,700 roubles ($85) a month to ensure all the seaside community’s cats are happy, dishing out food, strokes and free rides in the basket on her bike.

“I alone cannot care for every single one and a helping hand would go a long way,” Logunova said.

($1 = 66.1257 roubles)

Editing by Patrick Johnston

Alphabet

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Do you want to support me on Patreon but don’t like Patreon and wish you could support me in some other-but-similar way, possibly a way that currently has fewer features and perks than Patreon and is still in beta?  Then I have a Drip!  Drip is like Patreon, but by the Kickstarter folks!  And there’s just two days (one?) left to join my Drip and be forever labeled a “Founding Member.”  What does being a Founding Member entail?  I don’t know!  I think it’s just a title to make you feel special.

I’m really good at selling this, you guys, you have no idea of the level of my craft!

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Value

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To me, the issue with Walky’s joke/honestly I actually read it as him sincerely asking her for money was that Sal was clearly concerned at the time. Note here that Sal DOESN’T buy it because she feels so guilty (and probably feels guilty about thinking of spending money on Frivolous Things when Marcie Needs Her, which is its own brand of ‘kiddo NO.’)

Walky wasn’t displaying any concern for Marcie at all – hell, he came off as asking ‘if you only get $250 can we spend it on snacks since it won’t cover the bills anyway?’ Walky never mentions Marcie at all. That’s pretty insensitive given she’s Sal’s best friend. Not surprising given Walky and their supremely fucked sibling relationship, but still insensitive as hell.

That said, while Walky was being pretty bratty, the people I really blame for this are the elder Walkertons, for all the reasons outlined yesterday and upthread. This burden should never have fallen on the 12-year-old. The Walkertons have extremely influential contacts who could be convinced to raise this money with a very small amount of PR spin. The Walkertons could help contribute to the ambulance bill and it would almost certainly strain their finances less than it would the Diazes. The Walkertons could, at the very least, spearhead a town fundraiser on Marcie’s behalf and almost certainly raise more than $250 in the process. They are not. And if they aren’t willing to help, then Charles telling Sal exactly how much the ambulance costs contributes nothing to the situation except piling on more guilt for Sal.

If the Diazes had told Sal that information, it wouldn’t be great (again, way more than any 12-year-old can do anything about or emotionally handle,) but at least they would be doing so because their daughter is hurt, they can’t pay for her expenses, and people do not always react well under that stress. (The GoFundMe amount probably did come from them, but without knowing anything about Marcie’s parents but a lot about Sal, my guess is Sal was insisting on helping raise the money and they agreed to the crowdfunding because it can’t hurt and might help the clearly traumatized kid feel less powerless. We also don’t know who set the page up, for that matter – the way Walky phrased things last strip made me think Sal, but it’s at least as likely to be the Diazes and Sal just latched onto it. In which case, being frank about what they need on the page is totally the right call and they’re NOT expecting Sal to shoulder all this.)

But the Walkertons are supposed to be on their daughter’s side. They’re supposed to be looking out for Sal. And part of that is not letting a kid take so much on her shoulders, and keeping her from blaming herself, and telling her the best thing she can do for Marcie isn’t to worry about money or medical treatments, it’s to be there and be her friend and do nice things for each other while she’s going through something tough. They did not do any of this. Charles actively made the situation worse. So yeah, they suck.

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Station

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I really liked the strip where she was talking about how being trans doesn’t mean she needs to buy into the forever sweet and passive BS version of femininity and that she CAN be a female, trans AND an asshole.

It’s so HARD to reject that BS even when you recognise how harmful it can be. I can only imagine that it’s even harder for trans women, who (a) apparently STILL need to perform hyper-femininity to get taken seriously by professionals and access medical services to physically transition, (b) thanks to our awful society have even more reason than most women to at least sometimes want to blur silently into the background, (c) have spent some portion of their lives being told that they are not female, which must build extra internal pressure to embrace all aspects which can be spun as being female, even the cruddier ones. And she’s what, 19? She has her head more together than a lot of people twice her age.

So yeah, she’s being an asshole. It’s delaying plot from happening. It’s irritating. If she doesn’t knock it off soon it’ll cross over into bullying territory and that really isn’t OK.

But it’s still kinda awesome that she’s comfortable being such an asshole.

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Healing

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Well, it’s not the worst superpower ever, but is “having nicknames ready to go for everyone” the lamest superpower ever?

I’m trying to remember the nicknames she bestowed, but this is one of those searches for which tags aren’t particularly effective. These are what I’ve been able to recall/find:

Danny: Wonderbread
Joyce: Blue Eyes
Jason: Bow Tie

Others?

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Growth

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I maintain that the only problem is we didn’t enforce the “Well-Regulated Militia”. in my dream world, where money is no object, firearm ownership and purchase of ammunition requires maintained certification:yearly training, marksmanship expectations, examinations on proper maintenance and current state and federal ordinances. These courses would be held twice monthly, and attendance of the training course would count as civil service like jury duty so your work can’t punish you for missing a shift or three. The initiate course would drive out every Hollywood misconception about firearms, and there would be a seperate refresher course for returning applicants.

If you fail, your weapons would be sealed in a case as “Collector’s Items” until such time as you pass.

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Subterfuge

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In a presidential election, 40-some years from now:

Candidate Adolf Shitstain McHannibalLecter may have committed a little tax fraud, money laundering, grand theft auto, methamphetamine dealing, first-degree serial murder, genocide, and treason, he might have blown up the entire state of Delaware as a science project, and he might have built a doomsday device and held the Earth ransom for one million dollars, but shrug, boys will be boys, amirite?

But what’s this? Candidate Dorothy once assisted in hiding an illegal iguana! IGUANAGATE! IGUANAGATE! LOCK HER UP!

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I’ll be in Bloomington, Indiana, on October 12!

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It’s once again that time of year where I make my annual pilgrimage back to Bloomington, Indiana, where all the Dumbing of Age magic fictionally happens!  Mark Friday, October 12 on your calendars.  And, as always, you can find me at Vintage Phoenix Comics, from 5-7pm.  I’ll bring books!  I’ll bring magnets!  I’ll bring an insatiable desire to rack up as many gifts from the “Cat Statue” Pokestop as I can!

and maybe i’ll get to visit that new computer science building that i drew into the strip before it was completed in real life i dunno

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Smoochy

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The first of September’s Patreon bonus strips is up, and y’all voted for Jocelyne!  (it was up a few days ago actually, but this space was busy promoting my CXC2018 table)  Any Patron can go log on to the Dumbing of Age Patreon and go check out her strip.  There’s also a cat!

also i have a drip now, which is like a patreon but run by kickstarter, and it’s still in beta so it’s not quite up to patreon functionality at the mo’, but if you want a way to support me that isn’t patreon now i have one thank you

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Europe’s sprawling new financial law enters into force

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A disaster-free launch of MiFID 2 is not the end of the worries

AFTER years of rule-drafting, industry lobbying and plenty of last-minute wrangling, Europe’s massive new financial regulation, MiFID 2, was rolled out on January 3rd. Firms had spent months dreading (in some cases) or eagerly awaiting (in others) the “day of the MiFID” when the law’s new reporting requirements would enter into force. One electronic-trading platform, Tradeweb, even gave its clients a “MiFID clock” to count down to it.

Apprehension was understandable. The new EU law, the second iteration of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (its full, unwieldy name), affects markets in everything from shares to bonds to derivatives. It seeks to open up opaque markets by forcing brokers and trading venues to report prices publicly, in close to real time for those assets deemed liquid. It also requires them to report to regulators up to 65 separate data points on every trade, with the aim of avoiding market abuse.

Title: Europe’s sprawling new financial law enters into force
Publication: The Economist
Publisher: The Economist Group Limited
Date: Dec 31, 1969
© The Economist Group Limited, London 1969

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