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Please help. I’m so frustrated.

2020.10.18 00:49 Ohshit_itsNina Please help. I’m so frustrated.

So I started keto and IF September 20th. I’m 4’10 and was 209 lbs. I got down to 196.8 on October 6th, but I’ve been stuck at 198 ish since then. I have Hashimoto’s, PCOS, Pseudotumor Cerebri, and ADHD. I had a shunt placed in July, my doctor has recently bumped my levothyroxine up to 75 mcg, I’m being medicated for ADHD, and my doctor is thinking about putting me on metformin for my PCOS. Basically what I’m saying is my health problems are semi-under control—except for my weight.
I am not cleared to exercise yet. I fast between 16 and 21 hours a day. Most of the time it’s around 18 hours. I’m not eating enough calories during my eating window—but I get so full that there is no way I can eat more without making myself sick. What am I supposed to do? I typically eat any combination of salami, some kind of cheese (havarti, Colby Jack, provolone), I’ll usually drink a La Croix, I’ll have one sometimes two squares of Choczero Chocolate, or Lilly’s milk chocolate, a single pouch of pistachios, and typically some raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.
A chunk of my carbs come from my supplements which include, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, a probiotic, and an Ashwagandha, Damiana, and Maca blend. I usually end up eating around 500 or so calories and around 13 net carbs. 9 carbs are from my supplements. I’ll typically end up eating between like 30 and 50 grams of protein in a day.
I also weigh every morning even though I know I shouldn’t. I’m currently away on a work trip for 21 days and purposely didn’t bring my scale.
Please help. Any suggestions? I’m going to add more veggies in (I love most veggies), I just typically break my fast with meat, cheese, and pistachios, and after that I’m pretty much full. Any suggestions other than adding veggies? I’m at a loss. ☹️
TLDR; I’m severely obese and have a ton of health problems and can’t seem to truly lose weight on IF and keto.
Edited to add, I don’t eat ALL of the food listed above every day. Just some combination of what’s listed. I use a tracking app which is how I got my numbers. I took a screen shot of one of my days to add to this post but didn’t know how to do so.
So on average, 500-700 kcal, 30-40g of protein, 12-14 net carbs, 35-40g of fat.
Also corrected start date.
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2020.10.15 23:36 DTG705432 My life is a mess.

I’m insanely stressed. I’ve just switched to a full online connection academy. i’m already failing a week in, i’m smart in person but when it comes to school i’m absolutely terrible. My girlfriend doesn’t talk to me. I always text my girlfriend normal things like “i love you” or “goodnight❤️” every day and she never responds. i ask why and somehow she is “always” with a friend 24/7 even though she posts tiktoks daily. our only communication is through tiktok messages because she won’t get discord and apparently her snapchat and skype “broke” at the same time and every time i bring it up she ghosts me. it’s always incredibly awkward between us even though we’ve been dating a whole 3 years. she fantasizes over Sam And Colby way too much. Now some more about other things, my grandpa has cancer but he’s a fighter. i love him so much. everyone in my family is in poor physical condition. my friends are all fake. i have roughly only 3 hours of free time daily because my parents own a company and i have to work every single day (no pay) from mainly 3-10pm every night. i’m unmotivated. i’m lazy. i’m socially awkward. i’m out of shape mainly because of my height (6’4” and i’m only 13) i don’t want to keep ranting because i’m just wasting your time at this point. i hope you have a good day.
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2020.10.10 03:32 tengrrl New: AWAC Executive Committee Statement on Antiracism and Social Justice

Forwarded from: Stacey Sheriff[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 2:59 PM
The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC) stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, and community members. We recognize that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) continue to be disproportionately and negatively affected by not only the historical but also the ongoing effects of segregation, bias, and racism in the United States. We condemn racism; Black lives matter.
AWAC recognizes that writing programs and pedagogy can play a problematic role in the perpetuation of systematic oppression for BIPOC students. AWAC urges WAC scholars, administrators, and practitioners to call immediate attention to structures of systematic oppression in their home programs; and, wherever possible, advocate for anti-racist practices and pedagogies. AWAC also urges that we all mindfully and intentionally bring research-based, anti-racist strategies and perspectives to WAC research, theory, program administration, and the teaching of writing across the curriculum. We ask members to productively call us “in,” and we invite suggestions for and dialogue about initiatives and resources for AWAC to develop in support of antiracism and social justice in writing across the curriculum.
As a newly established organization, AWAC is indebted to and will work to support the powerful calls for pragmatic work, self-education, and action by established professional organizations in our fields. We refer, specifically, to ATTW President Angela Haas's ATTW Call to Action to Redress Anti-Blackness and White Supremacy, to ATTW Vice President Natasha N. Jones’s and ATTW Fellow Miriam F. Williams’s The Just Use of Imagination: A Call to Action, and the CWPA Executive Board and Officers’ “CWPA Statement on Racial Injustice.” We urge members to read these statements and use the resources to further anti-racist dialogue at their home institutions.
To that end, we also offer, as a beginning, the following (non-exhaustive) list of resources and scholarship for WAC, antiracism, and social justice: www.wacassociation.org/awac-statement-and-resources-for-wac-antiracism-and-social-justice/. We see this as a "living" resource to be built and modified over time, and we invite additions. Please email them to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
AWAC Executive Committee,
Dr. Stacey Sheriff, Chair
Dr. Ann Blakeslee, Incoming Chair
Dr. Michelle Cox, Past Chair
Dr. Laurie Ann Britt-Smith, Treasurer
Dr. Justin Rademaekers, Secretary
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2020.10.08 18:10 thetokyotourist Top 10 Winners Reactions to Winning

  1. Vecepia Towery. I mean come on the woman literally fell out of her seat crying when she won. Sean rushing to her side making sure she was okay. It was also a big cultural moment too because she recognized she was the first African-American winner.
  2. Tina Wesson. The first woman, she was 39, to win Survivor against essentially Captain America, Colby. When she covered her face while she was crying and Colby jumping out of his seat with joy for Tina. It's just an amazing celebration of joy and excitement with a super hype crowd.
  3. Chris Daugherty. The dude jumped off the stage and screamed "Fuck Yeah!!!" it's just super hilarious.
  4. Todd Herzog. You can see the utter disbelief on his face and how that morphs into happy tears. Todd has stated many times he was certain that Courtney had won over him. Courtney and Amanda were both genuinely happy for him too because they were all super close friends with one another at that time.
  5. Ethan Zhon. It's impossible to hate the guy and he's got the biggest heart in the world. The pure excitement along with the loud "Wooooh!!!!!" he lets out is priceless. As the years have gone by since he won I realized him winning is the reason he's still alive today.
  6. Michele Fitzgerald. The Social Queen is still a controversial winner to some, but the reaction was super sweet and cute because even she had doubts she won the game. Also love her dress too.
  7. Kim Spradlin-Wolfe. A dominant female winner who has arguably the strongest win to date of any first-time winner. The love that both Chelsea and Sabrina showed her felt really genuine and was incredible to watch the first all-female final 3 be so supportive.
  8. Parvati Shallow. It's the disbelief on her face the entire time and her trying to process what just happened.
  9. Earl Cole. The first winner to clean sweep the jury and the only knowledge he had of the game was from watching the first episode of Cook Islands. He's so humble with his fists high up in the air just basking in the glory of his win.
  10. Jenna Morasca. A super unexpected winner to many at the time even to Jeff himself. Seeing her be so overwhelmed as she hugs her mom and dad in the audience makes this bittersweet to watch since they've both passed away. I can't imagine how it must have felt to win at the age of 21.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Holloway. He played one heck of a game and fought harder than anyone to win. He’s a big kid at heart and his reaction shows exactly that. Yul Kwon. That man carried the weight of representing his culture and heritage in the most honorable way. His reaction is truly comforting to watch as he finally saw all his hard work pay off.
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2020.10.04 02:55 killatubby r/Toonami's Monthly Gaming Megathread - October 2020

Hope everyone had a great September! I hope every was able to stay cool and safe last month. Last month was kind of slow burn to be honest. Here's last months thread if you want to check it out.

What games have you been playing?

Halo OSDT came to MCC in the so you know the music time to dance, we are green a very very mean. And did some PSO 2 grinding.

GamerTag Exchange

You can also use this thread to share your active gaming handles for your favorite platforms!
I'd also recommend sharing some games you like to play on these platforms. If sharing your steam account please link to it like I have done below.
Xbox live: Killatubby
Sea of Thieves, Gears of War 5, State of Decay, and Halo: Master Chief Collection(pc).
Steam: Killatubby
Risk of Rain, Brawlhalla, Awesomenauts, Insurgency: Sandstorm, and Dying Light.
Epic Games: Killatubby
Borderlands 3,Dauntless, and Fortnite.
Discord Tag: killatubby#0001
Message me here if you want to play a game.

Upcoming game nights

Among Us (PC/Phone/Tablet)
  • Host: Tunic and Boppydoopy from the discord
  • Date: October 10th at 9:00 PM ET/6:00PM ET
  • Notes: Free to play on mobile, $5 on steam. We will be hosting giveaways for the game over at our discord server.
Tabletop Simulator (pc)
Jackbox Party Pack(pc/phone/tablet)
  • Host: u/prevailingdragon
  • Date: October 17th
  • Notes: We will be playing party pack 7 until ToonamI starts!!!
Phantasy Star Online 2(Xbox/PC)
  • Host: u/killatubby
  • Date: 18th at 8:00 pm ET/ 5:00 pm PT
  • Notes: Grinding raids and gambling.
Terraria [PC]
  • Host: BoopyDoopy1 from Discord
  • Date: 23rd at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT
  • Notes: Last time we best Skeletron! Who do you want to take on next?
100% Orange Juice (PC)
  • Host: BoopyDoopy1 from Discord
  • Date: October 30th time TBD.
  • Notes: Will likely be at 10 ET.
Make sure to to join our discord server to play along! We also post updates on our Twitter
Past Game nights
Jackbox Party Pack(pc/phone/tablet)
  • Host: u/prevailingdragon
  • Date: October 3rd and either the Friday or Saturday that Part pack 7 comes out.
  • Notes: Party pack 7 hype!
Among Us (PC/Phone/Tablet)
  • Host: The discord mods.
  • Date: October 4rd at 9:00 PM ET/6:00PM ET
  • Notes: We plan to host this game a lot! People have really been enjoying the game.
Terraria [PC]
  • Host: BoopyDoopy1 from Discord
  • Date: 9th at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT
  • Notes: We're playing even more Journey mode!

Important Threads

Schedule Prediction, Speculation, and Wishlists Megathread - October 2020
Hikaru no Go ReWatch!
Kyle Colby Jones' AMA
Sean Chiplock AMA
Jordan Bayes AMA
Laura Stahl AMA
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2020.10.03 20:18 throwaway199715931 How do I (23m) move on from being cheated on and emotionally abused by the person (21f) I thought I was going to spend my life with?

First off, sorry for the long post that's to come. A lot has happened and I want to try to be as objective and unbiased as possible while including everything that's happened. I also realize I'm violating the "throwRA" username rule but I'm currently using my "shit hit the fan" throwaway. I'm going to type things up in the order that I experienced them and not the order of when they actually happened (I learned about a lot later on).

So in March, I (23m, 22m then) moved back to my parent's house in PA due to COVID-19 as I was living in NYC and it was a hotbead at that point. Well, I matched with this girl on Tinder, Brittany (21f, yes that's her real name.. I hope people we know see this tbh), and we started texting a lot. By mid/late April we started seeing each other casually and in mid-May, we discussed only seeing each other since there was literally a pandemic going on and we wanted to limit contact with more people. On June 12th, she explicitly asked me if we were exclusive and I said yes and that I thought we already were. On June 20th we become "official". Official as in one year from that date we would be celebrating our anniversary.
Well, throughout the summer I really enjoyed spending time with her. She would stay over at my parents' house, we would go to my family's camps for a few nights, and I went to her house twice and met her family (there's very little privacy there). Well, on June 3rd she told me she was "on an adventure" with a friend, and when I asked what that meant she said that she was just going on a drive. I then asked who she was with and she said her mom's friend's son Evan (18m I believe) who she worked with. Just to make sure, I asked if I had anything to worry about and she said of course not and that she was happy just seeing me. On June 12th, she said she was with him, her friend Gianna, and some of their friends. I later learned Gianna was not there. I again asked if I had anything to worry about and she got mad and said of course not and that I had nothing to worry about and she doesn't understand why I keep asking. That then led to her asking if we were exclusive. Occasionally, she would say she couldn't text me because she was going to be on a boat drinking all day with her friends and I said okay sure just be safe. On June 19th, I had an old roommate visit me and couldn't hang out with her and she went to a fire that night. She said she was at her friend Matthew's house (Matthew is her best friend and is engaged so this wasn't a big deal) and that she couldn't text because she didn't have service. Eventually, she just stopped talking about Evan, and I forgot about it. No big deal, right?
So, at the beginning of us being in a relationship (late June) I saw her snap chatting someone I graduated with named Colby (23m). Well, I like Colby. He and I were never best friends but we were friends nonetheless. However, I know Colby and I know that he asks every single girl for naked pictures. I asked her if anything had ever happened between them and she said no and I said I was just uncomfortable because I know how he is but she assured me that nothing happened and that he has never asked before. After more conversation about how I would appreciate if she just told him we were together, she got pissed and said "fine, I'll just block him". I didn't understand that because I didn't ask for that and just wanted her to set boundaries. I also was somewhat frequently playing video games with Colby so I didn't want it to be awkward. After she blocked him that was kind of it.
She had this neighbor who I'll call J (22m or 23m) who I knew in early High School. When he told me that she was neighbors with him and that she's close to him I was excited. I really liked him when I knew him and was excited to reconnect with him. Again, in June, I saw her open a snapchat from him that was flirty - it said something like "why are you ignoring me and not talking to me 😂". I said that I saw it (we were cuddling and she opened it in front of me) and was uncomfortable and she immediately got emotional and said "I won't choose this relationship over that friendship" with tears in her eyes. I assured her that that isn't what I wanted or expected and I just wanted her to reassure me that nothing was going on or ever went on. She said of course nothing was and we were fine. About a month later I saw they were talking a lot and again just said "hey, I know you said I have nothing to worry about but you guys talk a lot and it seems like you actively try to avoid me and him interacting". She just said "fine, I'll block him" which seemed ridiculous to me. I asked her just to talk to him and establish boundaries and that would be it. She refused. I ended up moving 1,500 miles away for school (which she was aware of and frequently said that she really didn't want me to move and just forget about her) and when I moved, the topic of J somewhat frequently came up because I was bothered that she just blocked him on snapchat instead of just talking to him. At one point, we were on the phone and she said that he and his family were at her house and I said "you know what? I don't think he likes me and we used to be friends. I'm going to send him a follow request on Instagram." He later denied the follow request and while I know it isn't a big deal it still felt like something was going on with them. The reason her just blocking him bothered me is because J is close to Brittany's dad and is frequently over at her house os blocking him didn't actually limit communication. Well, one day she got mad and in a fit of rage said "and you know what? I threw away one of my favorite friendships for you" which pissed me off and made me feel horrible. She then said "it's late and I have a big day tomorrow so I'm going to bed". I responded by saying something along the lines of "I think I'm just going to message and talk to J so you guys can be friends again. I'm still uncomfortable by this situation and I feel bad that you lost a close friend. I won't do it until you respond." She got pissed. Like she said "if you do that I will never talk to you again," so I never did.
So about 2 weeks after that, she got really mad at me and said I never trust her and that it's challenging for her. She had been saying that for a while in our relationship but it wasn't until this time where she actually explained how she felt that I understood. I immediately started trying to trust her more (and was more trusting too). For a few days after this, she was cold with me and refused to talk to me that much claiming she had a lot of school work (this could have been true but she couldn't even spare 20 minutes to talk on the phone to me). So another thing is all throughout our relationship I would have to ask her to talk to me - I would literally say "Brittany, you need to ask me how I'm doing and about my life" which she would get angry at me for saying and claim that we just had different communication styles. I believed that except she wouldn't talk to me in person, either. We would be driving to my family's camp and I would talk for 30 minutes straight and say "okay, I need you to talk now" and her response was always "I don't know what to talk about". About a week after I moved from PA, her and I had a little disagreement which was quickly resolved and then I said "hey, you haven't asked me about how my living situation is. Can I tell you?" I then told her I live with 2 girls, L (19f) and M (22f) that I found randomly online before her and I were together and I chose to live there because it was the cheapest I could find. She ended up saying something like "I will never come visit you and stay in the same house as them" which was absurd to me. However, I get it. I would have been a little uncomfortable had she moved in with 2 guys. I deescalated the situation and it was fine for the most part - she would bring it up and I would assure her that I wasn't interested in them, that they were in relationships, and that I was excited for our future, and we were fine (we had already said I love you to each other, she discussed moving to live with me for a couple of years after she graduated college, and we discussed how we were in that relationship for the long run).
Well, I had plane tickets to fly home on September 18th to see her. On September 15th, I brought up that I was really feeling close to my limits because I was frustrated that she didn't seem like she wanted to be with me. She never once asked me to have a Skype date, she never once called me, and I always asked those things of her. I literally offered to order her delivery and pay for it so that it could be an "across the states date" where we eat the same type of food and watch a movie together (the best I could think of doing with/for her since I was so far). Well, on the 15th, she just texted be back and said "I will never be able to give you what you want" and broke up with me over text. I called her back and said I won't do on and off and she said "me neither, we're done". Well, on the 18th when I flew home I texted her and asked if we could talk the next day just to clear things up. We got together the next day and talked for 2.5 hours with the first 2 hours just being us being angry and the last 30 minutes being us discussing getting back together. We said that to make it work she had to communicate with me more and I had to trust her more. We ended up getting back together and decided to spend a few hours at my camp so we could just relax. On the way, I saw her texting her friend Jared (25m) who I know a bit, and said "I just want full transparency for this fresh start. Do I have anything to worry about with Jared?" And she said (as sweetly as possible) "we just got back together. I wouldn't do that to you. You have nothing to worry about." Perfect! We were fine. We went to camp, hung out a few times after that, and we were totally fine.
So on Tuesday (Sept 22nd), she stayed at my parents' house and we had a really wonderful time. I woke up at 4 am and looked at my phone and while looking at it noticed she had a snapchat notification from Colby (mentioned before). Now I am a firm believer in privacy and because of that, I had never looked through her phone before. However, in the wake of just getting back together on the stipulation that I trust her and thinking that she still had Colby blocked, I opened the conversation. I saw dozens of naked pictures saved including ones of her and him. The latest one saved was from June 25th, 5 days after we started dating. I woke her up and told her to explain and she said she didn't know what exclusive meant and that she thought I would just leave PA and not talk to her. I said "what else has happened?" and she said to look through everything because she has nothing to hide.
Well, first off, she had multiple week snapchats with 2 high school students (either 17m or 18m) which I was uncomfortable with. She worked with the one and the other's dad worked with her dad (and his mom is close with my dad). I then opened the conversation with J and there was one message saved. It said "I broke up with him because he was controlling and didn't trust me. He messaged one of my guy friends to see if I was cheating on him." This is not true and she was actually referring to when I offered to talk to J about their friendship. I then started reading text messages and found one to her best friend, Abby (21f), saying "I'm worried I'm pregnant. Do you think I waited long enough after Evan?" At one point in June right after we started dating, she made it seem like I should be worried she was pregnant because we had unprotected sex. She assured me she took 3 tests and was not pregnant. Turns out she was worried that Evan got her pregnant. I then found another text to her friend Abby from June 20th saying "I really want to see where things go with Evan. He does cute shit that (me) doesn't do for me and he even introduced me to his family when (me) hasn't." However, she has social anxiety and my family is loud and sometimes abrasive so I just introduced them to her one at a time. I also found a text to her friend Rosie (21f, I think) that said "I'm thinking about ending things with (me) because he doesn't trust me when I'm hanging out with my friend Evan and nothing has ever happened with him." Turns out she was having sex with him and "wanted to see where things go".
I then looked at my phone and realized that she hung out with Evan when she was mad at me - one day I had to reschedule plans with her to come over because we were celebrating my dad's retirement and another time my buddy who I hadn't seen in months came to visit. I also found out that she sent naked pictures to Colby when she was mad at me for not texting her back for 4 hours while I was swimming with my sister and brother in law. I also found other texts to her friends that were blatant lies - at one point she told multiple friends in multiple texts that I "went to a cabin with 3 guys and 9 girls. Literally 9 girls." In reality, I had to go to NYC to move out of my apartment which was basically abandoned due to COVID-19 and I then went to a cabin with my roommates (23m, 23m, 24m), my one roommate's girlfriend (20f), and her friend (20f) who every dislikes (which I frequently said). Essentially, she made me feel like the bad guy in every single situation. Sure, I wasn't perfect and I did things that would have bothered me, but I was a good boyfriend and was loyal, treated her well, made her feel loved, and tried being reasonable.
I also found texts between her and her mom and her and her sister talking about J. Her mom would say "is (me) over? Are you hanging out with J later?" and at one point Brittany went to dinner with J, J's friend, and J's friend's fiancee (sounds a lot like a double date) and her mom texted her saying "Did J do the parent thing so he could put his arm around you?" Brittany also sent her sister a text saying "I'm done waiting for J to get his shit together. I'm with (me) now." This was in late July when we had been seeing just each other for a few months.
I told her that I needed to think and I didn't know what was going to happen (this was Wednesday morning). We met that evening after her classes were over and I said I wanted to try staying together (I know, stupid as hell) on the stipulation that she 1. cuts out Colby and Evan, 2. messages J and tells him that we are together, 3. stops snapchatting high schoolers, 4. is fully committed and transparent. She agreed to those terms and blocked the people she needed to block and messaged the people she needed to message. She then said "how can I be more transparent" and I said "I know you delete texts but there's a way to recover them" and she jumped on the opportunity to do so. Well, I found texts with that guy Jared that she was texting immediately after we got back together. First off, she bought a PS4 so we could play together. We played exactly once and only once because we fought since she wouldn't talk to me. I literally would ask her questions and she just wouldn't say anything. Turns out, she texted Jared that day and said "are you alive I haven't heard from you in a while" and then they texted back and further occasionally until she said "I'm playing PS4 so I'm responding slowly". Then she says "I just died and can talk now" and started rapid-fire texting him while not talking to me. At some point, he stopped responding. She then texted him again in September a few days after we first broke up and said "why didn't you text me" and his response was that he saw she was in a relationship on FB. She says she's not anymore and they have a phone call. This is fine. This alone wouldn't have bothered me (but her not talking to me while playing PS4 still would have). However, the texts she was sending less than an hour after we got back together when we were sitting a foot apart were so messed up. At one point, he says "I didn't want to text you because I was afraid of getting attached." She said "I get that" and then goes on to say "well now I'm mad. I miss our daily conversations, nightly phone calls, and I miss you in my life". Remember how I was upset that she wouldn't ask me to talk? She also was saying "YES, please come visit me!" Honestly, I read these and thought "this isn't as bad as I expected" and just said that she had to text him and tell him that we were seeing each other again. She did and it was fine.
Well, I told her that I thought the only way we could get through this is if we did things as a couple and tried acting like a couple and talk about what happened when needed but not just be hung up on it. She agreed and the next day (Thursday) I took her on a date and we went to my camp. It was amazing. It was the nicest time we ever had together, we had the best sex we've ever had, and she was caring and attentive to me. We also always talked about getting a picture on a date but have always forgotten (we both did). On the way to my camp I said "damn, we forgot to get pics again" and she said "lets take some at camp!" We took really cute pictures with her on my lap and we were laughing and we were happy. At one point later in the night, I got emotional (I was drunk) and brought up what happened and I cried and she held me and was so supportive. She said she was always going to be there for me and that she would talk about it whenever I needed to. The next morning was really nice and when she went to class I went back to my parent's house. The last thing she said to me was "I'm all in for only you for forever. I want to spend my life with you and I love you so much. I want this to work." Wonderful, that was really helpful to hear.
Throughout the day I was really anxious. Part of it was because I told her that she needed to make me feel like she wanted me in her life - I had been to her house twice and I invited myself both times. She also would lie to her parents about where she was and what she was doing and she said it's because her mom is really controlling (which I somewhat believe). She offered for me to come to her house that night after her sister's senior night for cheer. I said I wanted her to talk to her mom first. Her mom apparently said she only wanted it to be family and that I could come over the following week. I understood this but was uncomfortable because J and his family are often at these things. I texted Brittany after she told me this (I had to ask her and she didn't just bring it up) and she got mad saying that she can't control who is there and that it isn't fair. I said I just wanted reassurance nothing would happen and that's it. She said "of course nothing is going to happen. I'm all in for forever with you." Then, my BIL texted me to hangout. I started having a panic attack and texted Brittany saying "hey, I'm having a panic attack and I don't know what to do." She asked me to explain and I said that my BIL invited me over and that I was worried because the last time I hung out with him and my sister she sent naked pictures to my friend. I said "is anything going to happen if I'm with my sister and BIL for 2 hours and can't respond". She just said "No." She then stopped texting me back but was actively opening snapchat. I finally said "Brittany, why aren't you talking to me? I can see you're opening snapchat and I think it's reasonable that I get worried about this." She said "I need time to think". I get radio silence for an hour and finally she says she's rethinking things and that she doesn't think we will ever get better. I tried calling her but she didn't answer and she wouldn't answer my texts. I finally said "Brittany, your next text has to say whether we are going to stay together and work through this or if this is it. It is cruel that you are stringing me along like this". She said "this is it." And I responded saying she's horrible, that I hate that I love her, that I gave her more than she deserved, and that she gave me close to nothing. She said "understood, I wish you the best. I am no longer going to contact you, it's the best for you." and she blocked me on everything.
More has happened since then but not with her. Her and I have not talked since she broke up with me over text.

So, Reddit, what do I do? How do I move on? She made me hate myself because she never acknowledged me and my needs and she literally never gave me a compliment about anything (except the two times I asked her if she thought I was attractive). How do I stop hating myself? How do I trust someone ever again? Am I off base in thinking that something is very wrong with her?
The past few days (and months, honestly) have been horrible - I have been borderline suicidal, have been drunk and high for the past 11 days, and have genuinely thought absolutely horrible things. I just don't know what to do.
Sorry this is so long.
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2020.09.29 03:32 CyrusWaugh Every Taylor Swift Song Ranked (2006-2020) Part 2

67. The Lucky One (Red)
I view this one as her missing her old life, if we had a path to stardom, there is no doubt we'd all take it. But the path is like a contract, with hidden messages that will screw you over at times, great messaging and irony throughout all of it.

66. Haunted (Speak Now)
The orchestra is amazing, this is some of the amazing experimentation I was talking about, they capture every emotion Taylor envisioned for this song, and they build to such an emotional climax.

65. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince (Lover)
After watching the documentary of the same name last night this song risen by like 15 spots. You can see her mentality at the time of writing this record. I've had a complete 180 in how I view the production. I still view it as inferior to her old high school style, but that still doesn't mean its bad, the cheerleader part is ingenious, as is a lot of the song.

64. Speak Now (Speak Now)
Man a lot of people seem to dislike this song, I don't see it, I find it so charming, when was the last time you heard a song about crashing a wedding like this one, it is very descriptive, and ties into the theme of suppressed emotions.

63. Paper Rings
It is pretty simple, but the message is so wholesome. 2018 was so many wedding songs, some worked, like Speechless, or Homesick, and some didn't like Big Big Plans or Good As You. This isn't a first dance song, but it gives a better message than all 4 of them. (scratch that, Speechless is still better)

62. Red (Red)
Red is a song I adore, from its relation of emotion to colorization, its blending of pop and country. The lyrics are great, the melody is iconic, but I CANNOT stand the weird audio effect they put in the word red. It annoys the living daylights out of me.

61. Change (Fearless)
I relate to this message so hard, and maybe that's why it is ranked as high as it is. The usage of the word hallelujah, its a great inspiration for overcoming adversity. It's an iconic melody, and I can't recommend this enough especially if you're feeling down.

60. Call It What You Want (Reputation)
Originally this song was supposed to be waving a white flag to the critics, where she's saying call it what you like, she doesn't care anymore, great way to close out a record, but this doesn't hold up at all in the Lover Era.

59. Tied Together With A Smile (Taylor Swift)
After re-watching Miss Americana the documentary, I was listening to the album one last time before writing this and I shed a tear or two, after reminding myself of her insecurities of personal image and her eating disorder. I don't think that is what the song was originally about so I can't really give it bonus points for that but now I get a whole new perspective every time I hear this.

58. This Is Me Trying (Folklore)
This song highlights how she has to juggle so many things in her life, songwriting, recording, touring and personal family issues. How she acknowledges she isn't a 16 year old anymore. She's done so much in 14 years, won several accolades, become a political advocate, even though I don't agree with what she stands for, I'm proud regardless.

57. Tell Me Why (Fearless)
This song has a lot of fun instrumentally and lyrically. Definitely the last 2 songs beat it in a lot, but it blends pop and country so well, and really is a blueprint for what mainstream country should follow, even if this song is dated.

56. I Know Places (1989)
Definitely leans on the more bombastic side of things, but with some intellectualism sprinkled throughout it, its fun and clever which is something you don't get a lot of in the Reputation to Lover Era.

55. Mary's Song (Oh My My My) (Taylor Swift)
The story telling is so good, and the instrumentation is great, but it misses the one aspect Love Story hits which is great melodies and vocals. I'm not saying its bad, I'm just saying there is better stuff she's done, at this point we've reached the 8/10 range, and a lot of songs get heavily competitive.

54. A Place In This World (Taylor Swift)
One of my favorite melodies from her first record, and it's my last year in high school so I'm giving it bonus points for the messaging. It sounds great as does 90% of her first record.

53. My Tears Ricochet (Folklore)
I need a bit more time with this song, its obviously well written and sung, but it really only succeeds when you get the full context of what it's about, give it more time this could end up in the top 30.

52. This Love (1989)
Similar to how I Almost Do relies too much on I Bet, this one relies too much on This Love, but still it's a great song regardless. Beautiful and kind of haunting at the same time.

51. I Knew You Were Trouble (Red)
A great introduction to the pop world, instant classic for her, and demonstrates how to do pop well and not fake it like a 50% of country stars, signifying the best of Taylor Swift was coming soon.

50. Enchanted (Speak Now)
Enchanted brings out this shimmery feeling I really only see in Disney musicals, which is amazing. When was the last time you said to yourself this country song sounds like a ballad in a Disney musical? It is beautiful and builds up to a great climax.

49. Epiphany (Folklore)
A great dedication to those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, still have issue with the reference to the storming of the beaches but hopefully I'll let go of it after a while.

48. Superman (Speak Now: Deluxe Edition)
What a great way to show off unique storytelling, I never thought I'd adore a country song talking about Clark Kent but here we are, beautifully narrated, and shows off this new style of writing which would get better and better as years passed.

47. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Red)
Instant classic right here, not the most emotional (at all) not the best written, one hell of a time and there is no doubt about it.

46. Exile ft. Bon Iver (Folklore)
One of her best collaborations ever, we get 2 different perspectives and those are often the most emotional, I don't really get the whole film line, that still eludes me and feels out of place, but the climax of the track makes up for it.

45. So It Goes... (Reputation)
I've stated many times I will never go to a club, I've vowed never to drink, I think it is just a place to hook up and that grosses me out. But if there ever was a reason for me to go to a club, it would be to jam to this song, it is one of my all time favorite club anthems.

44. Mean (Speak Now)
The acoustics are some of her best, its goofy, I love how she says pathetic it still makes me laugh, I'm still shocked it won a Grammy, being how goofy it was, but still well deserved.

43. Long Live (Speak Now)
A great way of looking towards the future, not so much for Taylor as it would be a downwards spiral for emotionally and I sympathize for her, but for me it gives me hope and makes me believe all of dreams will be achieved.

42. Teardrops On My Guitar (Taylor Swift)
Just because its #42 doesn't mean I think it's dull. Lyrically the using of names still is great, but a lot of the lyrics don't really hold up to my standards today, I'm not asking you to agree I just hope you can understand it.

41. The Other side Of The Door (Fearless: Platinum Edition)
Little simple stories are the best. How she's testing this person to see if he is willing to commit and endure, and he fails to do so, and how she blames her stubborn pride. Great storytelling plain and simple.

40. Dancing With Our Hands Tied (Reputation)
Great imagery and messaging, I view there are two ways to interpret this song's message and both are equally great. It is my late night street jam kind of like Blinding Light's by the Weeknd.

39. Come In With The Rain (Fearless: Platinum Edition)
A lot of the platinum edition songs are so good, she's done calling out his name and leaves her window open just a little bit because she's hoping still he'd come back. It is extremely well rounded as are a lot of songs are from this point on.

38. Ours (Speak Now: Deluxe Edition)
My favorite of all the deluxe tracks, is one of her best, and before she was really obsessed with her public image, she could churn out a great song. It is great melodically and we lyrically with the details of elevator buttons, and gaps in teeth. This is one of the more glanced over tracks of all the bonus tracks which makes sense, the more intellectual songs get their popularity goes down which is a darn shame.

37. Clean (1989)
Still one of my least favorites in the percussive sense. But it does a good job in ending the emotional story this record tells. Clean represents the aftermath of a breakup so well, and only going through the storm are we able to finally be free.

36. Fifteen (Fearless)
From this point on honestly every melody is iconic. Fifteen while bringing this wave of nostalgia that makes me feel like a kid again, isn't one her best written songs, it's pretty dated and corny so a lot of people these days won't really connect to it as much as I do.

35. How You Get The Girl (1989)
A fun time from beginning to end, little simple pieces of advice for the dos and don'ts of a relationship and in way calls back older songs. Brings out what I love about a majority of 1989, fun times, neat lyrics, and loads of synth.

34. Innocent (Speak Now)
There is so much I love about Innocent but it is such a long song and I'd need to go into every detail and I don't have much time. In a way its an anti-power ballad, as it doesn't really rise to this big epic moment, it stays mostly grounded which is something I love, it has a meaningful message, my only real complaint is that the opener is out of place.

33. Mad Woman (Folklore)
Mad Woman is kind of Reputation's message in one song, after so much time poking her she's fighting back, people say she's petty, she'll be even pettier, she's too angry, you get the idea. Great reinvention of talking about reputations, and I doubt she'll ever stop singing about it, but I'll take it in this style.

32. Bad Blood (1989)
Bad ass, all that needs to be said, it has a tremendous bridge, Kendrick Lamar does a great job (unlike future) I don't really see the hate for this song, the point of the song is to be petty and it doesn't come off as over petty at least to me, great single and one of the best of 2014-2015.

31. Last Kiss (Speak Now)
It is the 5 stages of grief in a song, we get every gritty detail, from sadness, anger, denial, not so much of bargaining and by the end of the song we reach acceptance, its a beautiful ride for all 6 minutes of it. And it just barely missed the top 30 if I'm being honest.

Now that we're in the top 30, I can go into these songs in greater detail, and show my full appreciation for them.

30. Breathe ft. Colbie Caillat (Fearless)
It isn't as compelling as Last Kiss, but I just connected more to this on an emotional level. How letting go of someone is so hard, but for us to move on and be better people, we need cut the loose for both your sakes. And it may be painful, like holding your breath, its supposed to, it's kind of like working your muscles, in order for us to get stronger, we need to feel pain. The chorus is so nostalgic, while I agree it is pretty simple and repetitive, I don't care, as my emotions get the best of me. This song has stuck with me, for so many reasons, my personal struggles, the vocals, the instrumentation. I'm still bitter it didn't become a single but hey, what are you gonna do.

29. Picture To Burn (Taylor Swift)
This was either the first or second Taylor Swift song I could remember hearing and therefore it has a special place in my heart. It does pander to southern audiences I'm not denying that, but its rocking country feel is so good. One of the best sounding tracks on her first record, and yes in terms of messaging involvement this song would land itself way lower, but I have such an emotional connection and how important this song was to me as it is arguably one of the major reasons I listen to country music today.

28. Begin Again (Red)
Her farewell letter to country music couldn't have been better. About how love isn't a cycle of bitterness and moral high ground. But it is truly about emotional connection and sincerity. Little things like laughing at jokes, coming early, pulling a chair out. Love isn't a glamorous story of epic proportions as most try to view it, it is pretty underwhelming, but I find the underwhelming details more compelling than anything. Red definitely has its issues but the beginning and ending of this record is perfect. Even though I view this as a pop record, she still has so much respect for the genre, its not a drum loop song, not about going to a club, nothing bombastic, just real instrumentation honest lyricism and compelling vocals.

27. Shake It Off (1989)
I admit Shake It Off, isn't anything truly special, but it is one of the songs that define Taylor as an artist. And I love it regardless of all of its problems and false promises. It's a jam, which at the time, was her taking the high ground of addressing haters. Shake It Off out of the big 5 of 1989, is the most unique instrumentally, it isn't using synth and as a marching band type feel, with marching snares, trumpets and Bari sax and as someone who does marching band, this has a soft spot. Some people hate the bridge. I don't, there are arguably 10 songs better than it critically, but for once I'm gonna stand by my ears not my brains.

26. The Archer (Lover)
The Archer is one of the more emotional songs on Lover. About a collage of themes, the media's perspective of her, her dating habits of men, and arguably politics. And if it is this is the best song about politics she's ever written, Only The Young is tedious and comes off as pandering, the man is her worst song by a lot, but the archer addresses politics not in the way you think, its all about her perspective of it, I don't have to agree with your politics, just present it in a compelling manner, The Archer does it so well. And besides that, she asks herself the question when it comes to love interests which is one her most compelling lines. Who would dare leave her, but who would dare stay. It is heartbreaking, emotional, and it adds up to one of the best songs on Lover.

25. Mirrorball (Folklore)
Mirrorball is one of her most honest songs yet, how writing songs can emotionally tear one apart, Taylor isn't know for being the most fun artist, or the most powerful vocally, she's known for being one of the most honest. And this highlights that perspective of herself, while we see her shine, there are cracks for every honest story she's written into song. But she's so passionate about what she does, she will keep pushing for us, for her fans. One of the most compelling songs I've heard from her yet.

24. Getaway Car (Reputation)
The documentary once again boosted the ranking of a song. I felt so engaged in her songwriting process, its so interesting and fun. Getaway Car is a prime example of singing about relationships in new and profound ways. The Getaway Car being Tom Hiddleston and how he was just an escape from her previous relationship. And the song is her saying sorry for what she did to him. One of her best metaphors yet. I think my love for Getaway Care is just gonna grow as time moves on, but who knows, I love the rest of these songs just as much or even more.

23. Cardigan (Folklore)
At this point yeah I think Cardigan is a better metaphor than getaway car, mostly because of how it ties into the story of James & Betty, but that might not last long. Cardigan is a great first single, similar to Blank Space, she says random things that don't really correlate to each other. One of the most vivid songs on Folklore, which is why I put it above Getaway Car, in terms of message its better but Cardigan paints an amazing picture of this world she's singing about. It gives the melancholy reflective emotion I don't really know how to describe and after listening to the 3 remaining songs of this story, everything just makes sense. Grammy noms are coming soon I have no doubt this will be nominated as it should be.

22. Welcome To New York (1989)
One of my favorite album openers ever, it gives me such a rush, it is what 22 failed to do for me, which was be relatable, look this song isn't the smartest, I'm not saying it is, but it draws a fine line between what pop tends to do which is either be smart in their writing or vocals, or just go for a catchy beat. It also serves as a welcome to the pop world, she finally left the genre holding her back and would've destroyed her if you think about it. It's a well written smash that would've fit perfectly with the big 5, and I'm still bitter it didn't.

21. Wildest Dreams (1989)
1989 had so many great singles, this was its big ballad. My perception of this song is a one night stand, and how she knows this can damage her but she doesn't care. Chances are these 2 will never see each other again, so he's asking him to remember her in this way and not the (you know what) The melody while only 6 years old, feels even older somehow. Production is around 9.5/10 for me, lyrically is around 7.5/10, the bridge really boosts that score, and vocally it is around a 9/10. Wildest Dreams set a standard for a lot of pop ballads for years to come and not many have reached it or surpassed it.

20. Back To December (Speak Now)
I've met people who've said this song isn't really mature, I've met people who say it isn't really emotional, but I've yet to meet someone who said it isn't good. I think it is all of those things, Taylor Swift was know as the girl who wrote the best break up songs mostly about douche bags. So for her to take the blame is a sign of real maturity. Her vocals reflect the sincerity of her apology, an the orchestra elevates everything. I wish she did more work with an orchestra the tracks that use it are so good. Back To December, is one of those songs that makes you go back to terrible mistakes, awkward moments that could've gone differently. This was one of her major stepping stones in how she writes songs, she still wrote breakup songs but it would be in more unique ways, some not as good, but a few have surpassed its greatness.

19. Look What You Made Me Do (Reputation)
Yeah I love this song:
Deal With It
I think it is one of her best written songs, most just say the chorus is garbage and skip it. They don't check anything else, a lot of effort was put in this song after you get past the chorus. The pre chorus was a well added touch, people kept complaining about Taylor, so she decided to become their critiques, and come back with a vengeance. The song broke the internet, it shocked the world leaving most people's initial reaction as confusion, I thought that too, but over time I've come to appreciate this song for what it is, as has a lot fans. Most still won't give this song a chance, they won't even give the record a chance because of this song, you're doing yourself a major disservice. A neat thing I realized is that with most pop songs, they go for the ears instead of the brains. This one goes straight for the brain and ignores the ears entirely, which is something pop should do a lot more often.

18. August (Folklore)
August is the 2nd part of the saltbox house chapter, giving us the conflict of this story, coming from the perspective of an unknown girl. How she seduced this boy James, how overtime he felt guilty, and how it tore a rift between the 2. How she thought they were in love but it was all an illusion, the entire of month of August. And now everything she thought was love was lie, and how she describes it like slipping though time, bottles of wine sipped away. One of the best bridges she's ever done, giving us fictional emotion that feels so real. It makes you invested in this story line, like a book or a film and you can't look or well in this case hear away.

17. Cornelia Street (Lover)
Cornelia Street takes a page in her personal love life, which she doesn't usually talk about, she mostly talks about the aftermath of a relationship, not the present. How Cornelia Street, represents so much she's invested into a relationship and she's so afraid to lose it all, lose the memorization of creaks in the floor, playing cards and board games, she leaves but unlike others, he goes after her, and gets her to stay, if you notice, in past songs, the one thing the dude in most of her relationships, was willing to endure, willing to stay, but he is willing, that's the cherry on top for me, Lover is so far away from being an amazing record, but it gives me some of the most satisfying moments in any album.

16. You Belong With Me (Fearless)
The most well known melody in her entire catalog. I know people who hate pop country, and can't help sing along to this, it is so heartwarming, silly, encapsulates the narrative of the small town boy and girl better than almost every song that has before and after. I think everyone at some point has felt this way about a person, and if you haven't well than lucky you. It captured everything I loved about the 2000's all American pop, its silliness, emotional value and nostalgia, I could back to this song 15 years from now and feel the same way I do about it now. It is one of the only reasons I tolerated pop at the time, club anthems weren't my style and nor was people Britney Spears, Beyonce or Rihanna and I could go on. The song is an iconic piece of pop culture, that generations from now will never be forgotten.

15. White Horse (Fearless)
White Horse was the baby steps to her getting more mature. As we got into the 2010's the all American genre was fading away, and in a similar way, she acknowledges this isn't a lovey dovey story like You Belong With Me, this is real, and she's sick of trying to achieve that story, and it's time to cut this dude love. And now he's everything she's ever wanted, but that phase of her life is over. So she'll keep looking, because the fairy tale is fake, and move on with her life. I've felt that way and this song helped me mature and see new perspective in love.

14. Never Grow Up (Speak Now)
I still view this as the best track of the record but I'll put it lower for its emotional impact. I think the message is so compelling. How she doesn't want to grow up, kids like dream about being astronauts and presidents, they don't understand how big and often cruel the world can be. During our time innocence we don't often experience, true heartbreak, sadness, stress so the little details of going to the movies, dancing in PJ's move me so much. The vocals have a touch of sincerity and wisdom into them, and we build to a soft climax, about how she wishes she never grew up, money and fame is great and all, but her truest possessions are her family and friends, and those will fade away in time. It's a wholesome simple message that is so powerful and speaks volumes and I think this song should get more appreciation than arguably any of the one ahead as they are more well known.

13. Love Story (Fearless)
Unfortunately no song from Fearless could make the top 10, makes me sad, but I knew at least one record was going to miss out, I'm shocked it was this one. But still, this is the equation for a great Taylor Swift song, great instrumentation/production, iconic melodies, great storytelling, and clear crisp melodies, that last one really only applies to her country songs. Love Story, is one of the most well rounded songs in all of country, I don't understand how someone can hate it, the only opinion I can really agree with is the corniness of Romeo & Juliet, but still I love that this is what the song is about. We get phenomenal story progression, to how they met, sneaking out, a conflict and an emotional climax with a great ending. One of my favorite fiddle tracks, if I'm ever sick of what's on the radio I'll just play this a nostalgic actual country song. A lot of Fearless could be argued to be not country, but Love Story is and that isn't an opinion, its a fact.

12. Delicate (Reputation)
Delicate also claims the title for my favorite music video from Taylor Swift. The rhythm is so calming, and makes everything around me disappear. Which really blows my mind, which is what the song is about. For roughly a year she disappeared from the media's eyes in 2016. The verses highlight this as she question's if what she said was okay, is it okay to let this person in my life? And how during this time period, she experiences more freedom than ever. I can always rely on Delicate to relax me whenever I'm stressed out. Delicate is an excellent way to enter Reputation, most are so afraid to touch the record, Delicate is the best produced song on the record and my 3rd favorite produced song regardless of albums. Never before has a song's production reflect the message of a song as well as this song did for me.

11. Lover (Lover)
Just barely not making it into the top 10 is Lover. Which is a great first dance song, I've seen people use it, and this feels like the vows of her if she ever gets married. She sees herself at a point where they don't have to fight for moral high ground. They have such a well understanding of each other, they leave Christmas lights till January, let friends crash. As well as the fact that I view this as her best bridge yet. It is endearing and kind of provocative. Lover is a great blend of country and pop, I'm kinda shocked this wasn't promoted there, I would rather have be number one for 20 weeks then see the Git Up at #1. I'm a little bitter that Bad Guy won over it, I get it Bad Guy is insanely catchy but Grammy's are about critically choosing a winner, does anyone really think Bad Guy is a critical masterpiece? Lover is her coming full circle, she doesn't need to sing about boys being douche bags anymore, as she's found the 1 for her.

Finally I've reached the top 10, this has spun around a lot over the past week, 10th originally peaked at #6, this list went through some crazy changes

10. Betty (Folklore)
Betty is an evolved version of Love Story in terms of structure, it has everything it does, great instrumentation, storytelling, the whole package. But what puts it above it at least for me is the greater emotional investment. I've gotten to know the story of Romeo & Juliet in less than 4 minutes, and I was totally invested in the story, but with Betty, we've gotten to understand this story for the past 3 wrongs, arguably 4 if you count Exile. You wonder how this will be resolved, will it have a sad ending, like in most realistic circumstances. Or will we get a semi-unrealistic ending. We get the second option but at least we get to understand why this is the way it is. Take out the 3 other songs this takes out of the emotional impact this song gives. It's a new way for how she approaches music and I'm here for all of it.

9. Dear John (Speak Now)
While I view this as inferior to Never Grow Up, I cannot deny the emotional impact this has had for country music and her entire fan base. I enjoy every moment of this near 7 minute song, how she's felt like she had to fight to enjoy this relationship. And now that he's out of her life she gets a new perspective of love, it isn't clear cut, it isn't always happy, Dear John really was one of her biggest stepping stones in singing about relationships, up to here you'll see a lot of stories about a sweet sincere relationship and after Speak Now, you never really see that until Reputation. This relationship has scarred her, I realized this honestly hours before writing this. Dear John hurts so much, and was the most emotional song for me, for about 2 years. I remember skipping halfway through this song like an idiot because I got bored, never again, whenever it is on, I stay and listen to its entirety. Dear John is an monumental piece of the long and winding road of her career, and it's a piece I'll cherish, till I die.

8. State Of Grace (Red)
Is my second favorite produced track, it is a pop song that doesn't really rely on electronics, I get real drums, guitars. It is a legendary album opener, while I prefer Mr. Misunderstood as a song, it never really made sense to me why it was the opener to the album. State Of Grace right out of the bat tells you this is different, and different couldn't have been better. State Of Grace while 8th is #1 in what I want to see live, it gives a sense of freedom most songs can only dream of achieving. It sums up how I felt when I first felt in love. Trigger, one of her harshest critics gave this a 2 guns up. 2 for crying out loud!!! If he gives it a score that high you know it is good. State Of Grace climbed the highest out of any song on this list, I originally had it at I think #16. I was reminded of that time when I really first experienced love, because I tend to keep my emotions to myself when around people. And I told myself no, this has to be higher, which is why no song from Fearless is in the top 10. Man the 2010's were so good for a lot of stuff, Eric Church's Springsteen, Josh Turner's Why Don't We Just Dance, and Red, which made me creep into pop just a little bit after 2-3 years.

Okay Time To Bust Out The Tier List:
134-132 You Got The Bad Taylor Swift Songs
131-116 You Got The Decent Taylor Swift Songs
115-81 You Got The Good Taylor Swift Songs
80-38 You Got The Amazing Taylor Swift Songs
37-13 You Got The Iconic Taylor Swift Songs
12-8 Are The Masterpieces
And At 7-1 You Got The BIG BOI'S

These songs are the reason I love music regardless of genre.
7. Illicit Affairs (Folklore)
Illicit Affairs is the best track of Folklore plain and simple. She has mastered the dual perspective storytelling tool she's used for several years, we get every detail going through their minds in a clear vivid understandable and arguably relatable manner. We go through James' mind, what to tell his friends, where to go. The unnamed girl's mind is whether or not to wear perfume for him. Don't get too attached, but she does regardless, and ruins her image for him and be rewarded with rejection. The music begins to swell as we get catch up to the reveal that James told Betty everything. I'm definitely in the minority here as not many tend to see this as one of her best, it brings us to the emotional climax of the story in the album, my favorite point of a story isn't really the build up or the ending, its the climax, and this is one hell of a climax, my first listen I told myself woah, and kept listening onward.

6. Soon You'll Get Better ft. The Dixie Chicks (Lover)
Lover's emotional peak is without a doubt this track. The first verse broke me, my favorite verse in any Taylor Swift song, nothing else from the song really tops it. It is heartbreaking, this isn't her singing about her personal problems, it is dedicated to her mother diagnosed with cancer, and you may wonder, why would you bring this up in a song? Well she brings this up, and that's because she might not make it. I'm strictly assuming, I know very little about her condition as of today, but if this were true I would rather keep this as private as I could, but I assume she's running out of time and this is a eulogy for her, god I hope it isn't, I pray it isn't. I can her emotion, and empathize as I was in a similar position just a few months ago, thankfully this person came out of this okay. This song prepared me for the worst, but now I view it in a sense of slight joy and hope, that if you have someone who is terminally ill, it's never too late.

5. New Years Day (Reputation)
New Years Day is the best love story she has ever written. It isn't a glamorous love story, with beautiful gowns, clubs, unique story telling. Just vivid honesty. How a new years kiss is meaningless, its just a shallow tradition, how true love can be found in some of the most uninteresting areas, like cleaning up after a party, that is what I love to see. I don't by the BS, of hooking up at a party and boom you're married for the rest of your lives. Chances are if I ever get married, the story of how I met my significant other will be pretty similar to New Years Day. As is for a lot of people. You may never enjoy Reputation as a whole but you can enjoy this song. It isn't this big bombastic trap song, it's not a 80's synth jam which I adore. It's just simple piano chords and masterful lyrics.

4. Tim McGraw (Taylor Swift)
Tim McGraw I'm 90% sure is the first Taylor Swift song I remember. In today's standards yeah it sounded like an FGL song. But before the bro era, I could actually enjoy singing about dirt roads eyes and jeans. The acoustics are beautiful, we fast forward to where the guy is gone from her life. But one thing connects them, their love for one artist. I don't even need to say the artist's name that's irrelevant. Love for an artist adoration for their music can speak volumes, my friends listen to songs for how catchy it is. They question my taste of music, I always say, I'm here for the emotions a song gives, the stories it provides, one day they'll understand at least I hope, because they are missing out on so much. The story of Tim McGraw has been done in bigger ways, one being Springsteen by Eric Church, but as much as I love Springsteen, how much I adore it, Tim McGraw is simply better.

3. Style (1989)
Style is the best produced song in the history of ever. That's really a personal preference. Now you're probably thinking I'm full of crap putting Style in the bronze spot. But it is my favorite song of hers plain and simple, I listen to it more than any song in any playlist of mine. So there was no way I couldn't put it in the top 10. Is it irrational yes, but I don't care. Yes it is pretty shallow lyrically, but the instrumentals and production are flawless, which is next to impossible to do. Style captures everything of the 1989 era I adore, irresistible melodies, 80's appreciation. This is one of the only songs that don't really have a bridge. But it doesn't need it, it's not a story, its an emotional rush. I lose all of my inhibitions when listening to this song. I never do that, even to songs I relate to so hard. For 6 long years no song has been able to touch, no artist could claim the spot, not Eric Church, Cody Jinks, Luke Combs or Tyler Childers not even Castle On The Hill which is my favorite pop song, and chances are its going to stay that way for a long time or possibly forever.

2. Blank Space (1989)
Without a doubt the best song about her reputation. While not flawlessly produced, it is a flawless pop song. It is her best pop song by far. It is sassy, well written, produced and great story wise. Some might complain of why these 2 pop songs are so high, but 80% of the top 10 are country songs, well 70% if you don't count State Of Grace. This is my opinion and I will be honest, I'm not going to pander to certain audiences, this is just how I view it. Blank Space is one of those songs where you could release it any time and it will always cement itself as a timeless classic, the are very few songs capable of doing that. For years people questioned her date life, complained and this is the only time she look the low ground and came out triumphant. For years people have taken advantage of her in relationships, that is evident with a majority of her output from Fearless to Red. But now she has all the power in a relationship, while I don't think its right, this feels like a mid way point in her story telling, she's taking jabs at the media and comes out victorious. If she wants someone gone she can do it with a snap of her fingers, its a (lord help my soul) yass queen moment. Dear god what did I just say. Still it's a great song, I'm everyone's heard it at one point, maybe even tap their foot to it who knows. It's a timeless piece of art that will be cherished for years to come.
And Now The Moment You've All Been Waiting For What Is In My Opinion The Very Best Taylor Swift Song In Existence:

1. All To Well (Red)
All To Well feels in a way the inverse of Dear John, Dear John talked about the dark parts of a relationship, whereas All To Well, gives us the entire package. We get the good and the bad, the good is painted into my mind like a dream, and the bad feels like a tragedy. Most people like the lyric about breaking the promise is their favorite it's great no doubt about it, I take a bit of a more weird path, I prefer the line where he's described as kid with his cheeks red, and how he used to be a kid with glasses in a twin sized bed. Giving an introduction to innocence and it makes the break up even more emotional as she makes it seem like this can work out if they try hard enough, but unfortunately she knows this situation all to well, god the songwriting on this track is damn close to flawless. And then we go back to the scarf, we've come full circle, and it feels like being hit by an emotional garbage truck. All To Well stands tall above the rest because of its emotional honesty, the most emotional I've really ever seen her. One day I'll see her perform this song live, that is on my bucket list, I've never cried to this song shockingly, like Soon You'll Get Better, but no song has tugged at my emotions this hard, not even Mr. Misunderstood, my all time favorite song. It is a masterpiece, if you've never heard this song, stop reading this. You need to hear this song. All To Well, has taken everything I loved about Taylor Swift, songwriting, honesty, production, instrumentation, vocals, and brought it all together to create a masterpiece. I may give Style, Blank Space and Tim McGraw 10/10's but if I was as critical as I could be those songs would be lower. But All To Well is an actual 10/10 through and through, and for the rest of my days be the greatest song she'll ever sing.
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2020.09.28 04:09 tracileann I've quickly realized how sex-oriented the poly community can be and it's making me a bit salty....

This is definitely going to be venty.
I consider myself a demisexual person with pan/bi-romantic tendencies. With Covid it's hard to date in general and it's nice to spend a bit more time getting to know people before going on any sort of date.
I've found it hard to explain myself in an odd situation.. poly-friendly apps like Feeld and OKCupid leave me with matches that are forward and typically say that they're looking for something casual.. e.i. FWB. 🤮 "No, Jenna, I won't be your unicorn."
Mono-oriented apps have given me luck as far as people making friendly small talk and what not but I typically find a way to bring up my partner early on so that if they didn't read my profile they haven't wasted a bunch of time. I even started talking to someone who said they were open to poly and then they completely ghosted me when I was honest that I wasn't just looking for casual sex but a real relationship.
Then there are the people where I have to carry the entire conversation because they have the personality of a gnat. I WANT to say, "I'm sorry Colby, but wanting someone "to adventure with" is fucking basic." "Stephen, I get that you like to party but what do you think about the socio-political atmosphere of the country? Public education? .. No? The only thing you care about is legal weed..? Uh, okay."
Like, is it so hard to get to know someone before you start fucking?? BOND over our mutual hatred of Trump and/or the patriarchal nature of our country? Can you build a relationship with me befoee you invite me into your bedroom?
I'm not trying to slut shame those that don't need to feel a connection, but I do. So many people don't seem to get that in the poly community.
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2020.09.27 13:00 lenalikesboots A few of my POTO wants

Hi guys!!!
I'm close to completing my POTO video collection! However, for that to happen, I still need a few videos. Hit me up if you have any of these videos:
Phantom Follies Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Dale Burridge, Maree Johnson, Caroline Ferrie 1992; Australia "Australian cast puts on skits and spoofs for charity, runs for over two hours. Some of the skits/parodies: 'Beauty School Dropout,' 'The Three Raoul Amigos,' 'A Charade,' 'I'm Too Sexy,' a rock version of 'Il Muto,' and a rap/dance version of 'Think of Me'."
Brad Little, Elizabeth Southard, Tim Martin Gleason January 11, 2004; Orlando Matinee performance. Three DAT files. Small picture with a lot of washout and fuzziness. Looks like it was filmed by the same person who did the evening performance on the same date. Brad Little's last matinee performance in the national tour
Damian Aleksander, Paulina Janczak/Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski/Piotr Domalewski 2008 (?); Warsaw, Poland Various clips, highlights, and trailers from the Polish production, mostly ripped off YouTube. Combination of MP4 and FLV file
Brad Little, Claire Lyon, Anthony Downing Late 2014/Early 2015; Hong Kong, China Poorly shot, very far away video. MP4 files. Lots of blackouts, often not focused on the stage in Act 1, but improves slightly in Act 2.
Dmitry Ermak, Tamara Kotova, Eugeny Zaycev 2015; Moscow, Russia MP4 files, highlights of Act 1 only: Hannibal, 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', and the title song
Brad Little, Emilie Lynn/Kristi Holden, Anthony Downing 2015; World Tour A bunch of Instagram clips of various scenes and actors from the World Tour. To be gifted.
Hugh Panaro, Sandra Joseph, John Cudia, Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt, Joelle Gates* August 9, 2003; Broadway Rather massive head blocks most of the bottom, but filmer does their best to shoot around it.
Howard McGillin, Rebecca Pitcher, Michael Shawn Lewis, Julie Schmidt (u/s), David Cryer, George Lee Andrews, Marilyn Caskey, Roland Rusinek, Heather McFadden* August 18, 2006; Broadway Terrific quality video, very sharp colors and details. Audio is out of sync starting at 'Angel of Music' but is fixed by the title song.
Absolutely Phantomless April 13, 1995; Australia "The Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in their annual Easter Charity Concert. Each of Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro-shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only."
Chopper Opera Rob Guest, Danielle Everett, John Bowles April 4, 1996; Sydney, Australia "The Sydney casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon feature in this Easter Charity concert. Features "adapted" music from both shows in addition to pop music and songs from other shows. Pro-shot for video but generation loss."
Tomasz Steciuk, Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski, Anna Gigiel, Jan Bzdawka, Jakub Szydłowski, Wojciech Socha July 8, 2011; Wieliczka, Poland 5 MP4 files of a concert version of the Polish production. Includes most of the big numbers and limited sets and costumes.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays December 10, 2013; Broadway Highlights, turnofthescorpion's master.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 18, 2014; Broadway
Marcus Lovett, Sofia Escobar, Simon Thomas, Lara Martins, Duncan Smith (u/s), Gareth Snook, Cheryl McAvoy, Jeremy Secomb, Layla Harrison (u/s) March 6, 2013; London 6 minute WMV video, containing parts of 'Think of Me', 'Angel of Music', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', 'Stranger Than You Dreamt It', and 'All I Ask of You'. Blurry shot most of the time, but sometimes clears up, though is not zoomed in. Still, great to see video of Sofia Escobar.
Marcus Lovett, Anna O'Byrne, Simon Thomas April 22, 2013; London Two VOB clips only, 'Music of the Night' and 'All I Ask of You Reprise'. (Note: Image is cropped; it's much taller than it looks here.)
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays October 4, 2013; Broadway Turnofthescorpion's master. Starts from 'Wandering Child', mostly blindshot. MT2 file.
James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Jordan Donica July 15, 2016; Broadway Act 1 only, MP4 file, mostly blindshot.
Phantom Compilation 1 Original review: "San Francisco local news behind-the-scenes segment with Franc D'Ambrosio and Lisa Vroman; Mid-August 1999, All I Ask of You and Music of the Night on Today Show with Ted Keegan, Sarah Pfisterer, and Gary Mauer; 1993, Today Show Broadway 5th anniversary segment with Mark Jacoby, Karen Culliver, etc.; 1993, Michael Crawford interviewed and performing "Since You Stayed Here" on Regis & Kathie Lee and Good Morning America; E! Entertainment behind-the-scenes special of LA production hosted by Davis Gaines, with Dale Kristien, Michael Piontek, and Calvin Remsberg; 1989, CBC Behind the Mask behind-the-scenes documentary on Toronto production with Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine, Byron Nease, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, etc."
Phantom Compilation 2 Behind-the-scenes special on the national tour in Buffalo with Ted Keegan and Rebecca Pitcher, mainly in black-and-white, as well as similar behind-the-scenes special in Seattle with similar content (in color) and interviews.
Rob Guest, Maree Johnson, Peter Cousens 1994; Sydney, Australia Midday Special that aired on TV; includes interviews and four proshot songs: 'Music of the Night', 'Prima Donna', 'All I Ask of You', and 'Masquerade'.
Laird Mackintosh (u/s), Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 22, 2014; Broadway Laird Mackintosh's second time as the Phantom on Broadway; includes 'All I Ask of You Reprise', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. M2T file.
James Barbour, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jeremy Hays March 2, 2015; Broadway A bunch of MP4 videos consisting of scattered, generally Christine-oriented highlights. This was uploaded to Instagram live at the performance, so all parts are 15 seconds long. Consists of parts of 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', rooftop, 'Wishing', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. Parts are well-shot (sometimes it looks like the person is right under the cast member!). 
Various Phantom of the Opera-Related Clips Clips all copied off of TV: Steve Barton & Sarah Brightman singing AIAOY live, Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley's concept POTO video, interviews with Michael Crawford during his Phantom run, 1988 Tony Award Presentation to Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien performing POTO, Michael Crawford AIAOY duet with Dale Kristien, Michael Crawford in concert performing MOTN, Davis Gaines and Tracy Shayne performing MOTN, German version of MOTN sang on a TV set, German version of POTO Video, PONR with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performance at the Tony Awards, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien – Music of the Night, Sarah Brightman singing MOTN,footage of the OBC at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Guillaume and Dale Kristien – MOTN, Colm Wilkinson singing MOTN, Unidentified Raoul and Christine performing AIAOY, Michael Crawford video of MOTN, interview footage with Steve Barton.
Tim Martin Gleason, Trista Moldovan, Sean MacLaughlin* 2010; Cleveland Not my review: "This documentary aired on August 9, 2010. It includes interviews with the Advance Stage Manager, the Conductor, a Playhouse Square VP, Trista Moldovan and Tim Martin Gleason, and the Wardrobe Supervisor. Also includes footage clips from the current 2010 Phantom cast, filmed here in Cleveland."
Peter Karrie, Teresa DeZarn, Kip Wilbourne 1997; Vancouver, Canada Half hour segment from The Slate on BBC Wales about Peter Karrie's time in the Phantom Canadian production. Includes interviews and proshot clips with the cast at the time, but has some pretty heavy distortion and color bleeding.
Ian Jon Bourg, Alison Kelly, Janine Kitzen, Maike Switzer, Beatrix Reiterer 2000 and onwards; Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Essen, Germany Proshot videos of Ian Jon Bourg performing in-concert with various Christines. About 30 minutes long.
Ian Jon Bourg, Lori Zeglarski (?), Kyle Gonyea 2000 (?); Hamburg, Germany Act 2 only, includes part of the March 31, 1999 video with Jerzy Jeszke, Carla Nicholson, and Bjorn Olsson. Christine was labeled as Colby Thomas, but it looks like Lori Zeglarski. Date is also a guess.
Ian Jon Bourg, Janine Kitzen, Michael Shawn Lewis November 16, 2002; Stuttgart, Germany Monitor video of one of the first shows in Stuttgart, with audio fed in from the soundboard. Decent color and exposure; better than the other two monitor videos that came out of Stuttgart. Filming continues through intermission, so video features 30 minutes of curtains. LIMITED TRADE.
Ian Jon Bourg, Sandra Danyella September 4, 2005; Essen, Germany Promotional outdoor concert for the Essen production, includes 'Wishing', title song, and 'Music of the Night'.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Charles Hart, Gillian Lynne, Richard Stilgoe, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, etc. December 26, 2006; Various Locations Not exactly an online video of the show, but the 'Behind the Mask' special documentary, taken directly off the BBC 2 channel.
Some other POTO videos:
- Video: Steve Lucas, Kristin Holck, Carsten Lepper; March 2004; Stuttgart, Germany; monitor video - Video: Hugh Panaro, Susan Owen, Tim Martin Gleason; October 1, 2005; Broadway; Panaro's last matinee of his 2005 run - Video: Christian A. Muller, Anne Gorner, Niklaj A. Brucker; March 11, 2007; Essen, Germany; last performance, monitor video - Video: Osamu Takai, Shiho Ito, Yusuke Kitazawa; June 30, 2008; Osaka, Japan - Video: Nic Greenshields, Gina Beck, Simon Bailey; May 16, 2009; London; Phanasma's master - Video: Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Ryan Silverman; June 25, 2009; Broadway; Howard McGillin's last - Video: John Cudia, Marni Raab, Ryan Silverman; November 17, 2009; Broadway - Video: John Owen-Jones, Celinde Schoenmaker, Nadim Naaman; December 1, 2015; London; cityofemeraldtrading's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; May 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Fred Silveira, Giulia Nadruz, Henrique Moretzsohn; August 2019; Sao Paulo,Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 14, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; evening, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Giulia Nadruz, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last matinee, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last performance, P. Rose's master
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2020.09.27 13:00 lenalikesboots A few of my POTO wants

Hi guys!!!
I'm close to completing my POTO video collection! However, for that to happen, I still need a few videos. Hit me up if you have any of these videos:
Phantom Follies Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Dale Burridge, Maree Johnson, Caroline Ferrie 1992; Australia "Australian cast puts on skits and spoofs for charity, runs for over two hours. Some of the skits/parodies: 'Beauty School Dropout,' 'The Three Raoul Amigos,' 'A Charade,' 'I'm Too Sexy,' a rock version of 'Il Muto,' and a rap/dance version of 'Think of Me'."
Brad Little, Elizabeth Southard, Tim Martin Gleason January 11, 2004; Orlando Matinee performance. Three DAT files. Small picture with a lot of washout and fuzziness. Looks like it was filmed by the same person who did the evening performance on the same date. Brad Little's last matinee performance in the national tour
Damian Aleksander, Paulina Janczak/Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski/Piotr Domalewski 2008 (?); Warsaw, Poland Various clips, highlights, and trailers from the Polish production, mostly ripped off YouTube. Combination of MP4 and FLV file
Brad Little, Claire Lyon, Anthony Downing Late 2014/Early 2015; Hong Kong, China Poorly shot, very far away video. MP4 files. Lots of blackouts, often not focused on the stage in Act 1, but improves slightly in Act 2.
Dmitry Ermak, Tamara Kotova, Eugeny Zaycev 2015; Moscow, Russia MP4 files, highlights of Act 1 only: Hannibal, 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', and the title song
Brad Little, Emilie Lynn/Kristi Holden, Anthony Downing 2015; World Tour A bunch of Instagram clips of various scenes and actors from the World Tour. To be gifted.
Hugh Panaro, Sandra Joseph, John Cudia, Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt, Joelle Gates* August 9, 2003; Broadway Rather massive head blocks most of the bottom, but filmer does their best to shoot around it.
Howard McGillin, Rebecca Pitcher, Michael Shawn Lewis, Julie Schmidt (u/s), David Cryer, George Lee Andrews, Marilyn Caskey, Roland Rusinek, Heather McFadden* August 18, 2006; Broadway Terrific quality video, very sharp colors and details. Audio is out of sync starting at 'Angel of Music' but is fixed by the title song.
Absolutely Phantomless April 13, 1995; Australia "The Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in their annual Easter Charity Concert. Each of Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro-shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only."
Chopper Opera Rob Guest, Danielle Everett, John Bowles April 4, 1996; Sydney, Australia "The Sydney casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon feature in this Easter Charity concert. Features "adapted" music from both shows in addition to pop music and songs from other shows. Pro-shot for video but generation loss."
Tomasz Steciuk, Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski, Anna Gigiel, Jan Bzdawka, Jakub Szydłowski, Wojciech Socha July 8, 2011; Wieliczka, Poland 5 MP4 files of a concert version of the Polish production. Includes most of the big numbers and limited sets and costumes.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays December 10, 2013; Broadway Highlights, turnofthescorpion's master.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 18, 2014; Broadway
Marcus Lovett, Sofia Escobar, Simon Thomas, Lara Martins, Duncan Smith (u/s), Gareth Snook, Cheryl McAvoy, Jeremy Secomb, Layla Harrison (u/s) March 6, 2013; London 6 minute WMV video, containing parts of 'Think of Me', 'Angel of Music', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', 'Stranger Than You Dreamt It', and 'All I Ask of You'. Blurry shot most of the time, but sometimes clears up, though is not zoomed in. Still, great to see video of Sofia Escobar.
Marcus Lovett, Anna O'Byrne, Simon Thomas April 22, 2013; London Two VOB clips only, 'Music of the Night' and 'All I Ask of You Reprise'. (Note: Image is cropped; it's much taller than it looks here.)
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays October 4, 2013; Broadway Turnofthescorpion's master. Starts from 'Wandering Child', mostly blindshot. MT2 file.
James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Jordan Donica July 15, 2016; Broadway Act 1 only, MP4 file, mostly blindshot.
Phantom Compilation 1 Original review: "San Francisco local news behind-the-scenes segment with Franc D'Ambrosio and Lisa Vroman; Mid-August 1999, All I Ask of You and Music of the Night on Today Show with Ted Keegan, Sarah Pfisterer, and Gary Mauer; 1993, Today Show Broadway 5th anniversary segment with Mark Jacoby, Karen Culliver, etc.; 1993, Michael Crawford interviewed and performing "Since You Stayed Here" on Regis & Kathie Lee and Good Morning America; E! Entertainment behind-the-scenes special of LA production hosted by Davis Gaines, with Dale Kristien, Michael Piontek, and Calvin Remsberg; 1989, CBC Behind the Mask behind-the-scenes documentary on Toronto production with Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine, Byron Nease, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, etc."
Phantom Compilation 2 Behind-the-scenes special on the national tour in Buffalo with Ted Keegan and Rebecca Pitcher, mainly in black-and-white, as well as similar behind-the-scenes special in Seattle with similar content (in color) and interviews.
Rob Guest, Maree Johnson, Peter Cousens 1994; Sydney, Australia Midday Special that aired on TV; includes interviews and four proshot songs: 'Music of the Night', 'Prima Donna', 'All I Ask of You', and 'Masquerade'.
Laird Mackintosh (u/s), Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 22, 2014; Broadway Laird Mackintosh's second time as the Phantom on Broadway; includes 'All I Ask of You Reprise', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. M2T file.
James Barbour, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jeremy Hays March 2, 2015; Broadway A bunch of MP4 videos consisting of scattered, generally Christine-oriented highlights. This was uploaded to Instagram live at the performance, so all parts are 15 seconds long. Consists of parts of 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', rooftop, 'Wishing', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. Parts are well-shot (sometimes it looks like the person is right under the cast member!). 
Various Phantom of the Opera-Related Clips Clips all copied off of TV: Steve Barton & Sarah Brightman singing AIAOY live, Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley's concept POTO video, interviews with Michael Crawford during his Phantom run, 1988 Tony Award Presentation to Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien performing POTO, Michael Crawford AIAOY duet with Dale Kristien, Michael Crawford in concert performing MOTN, Davis Gaines and Tracy Shayne performing MOTN, German version of MOTN sang on a TV set, German version of POTO Video, PONR with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performance at the Tony Awards, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien – Music of the Night, Sarah Brightman singing MOTN,footage of the OBC at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Guillaume and Dale Kristien – MOTN, Colm Wilkinson singing MOTN, Unidentified Raoul and Christine performing AIAOY, Michael Crawford video of MOTN, interview footage with Steve Barton.
Tim Martin Gleason, Trista Moldovan, Sean MacLaughlin* 2010; Cleveland Not my review: "This documentary aired on August 9, 2010. It includes interviews with the Advance Stage Manager, the Conductor, a Playhouse Square VP, Trista Moldovan and Tim Martin Gleason, and the Wardrobe Supervisor. Also includes footage clips from the current 2010 Phantom cast, filmed here in Cleveland."
Peter Karrie, Teresa DeZarn, Kip Wilbourne 1997; Vancouver, Canada Half hour segment from The Slate on BBC Wales about Peter Karrie's time in the Phantom Canadian production. Includes interviews and proshot clips with the cast at the time, but has some pretty heavy distortion and color bleeding.
Ian Jon Bourg, Alison Kelly, Janine Kitzen, Maike Switzer, Beatrix Reiterer 2000 and onwards; Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Essen, Germany Proshot videos of Ian Jon Bourg performing in-concert with various Christines. About 30 minutes long.
Ian Jon Bourg, Lori Zeglarski (?), Kyle Gonyea 2000 (?); Hamburg, Germany Act 2 only, includes part of the March 31, 1999 video with Jerzy Jeszke, Carla Nicholson, and Bjorn Olsson. Christine was labeled as Colby Thomas, but it looks like Lori Zeglarski. Date is also a guess.
Ian Jon Bourg, Janine Kitzen, Michael Shawn Lewis November 16, 2002; Stuttgart, Germany Monitor video of one of the first shows in Stuttgart, with audio fed in from the soundboard. Decent color and exposure; better than the other two monitor videos that came out of Stuttgart. Filming continues through intermission, so video features 30 minutes of curtains. LIMITED TRADE.
Ian Jon Bourg, Sandra Danyella September 4, 2005; Essen, Germany Promotional outdoor concert for the Essen production, includes 'Wishing', title song, and 'Music of the Night'.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Charles Hart, Gillian Lynne, Richard Stilgoe, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, etc. December 26, 2006; Various Locations Not exactly an online video of the show, but the 'Behind the Mask' special documentary, taken directly off the BBC 2 channel.
Some other POTO videos:
- Video: Steve Lucas, Kristin Holck, Carsten Lepper; March 2004; Stuttgart, Germany; monitor video - Video: Hugh Panaro, Susan Owen, Tim Martin Gleason; October 1, 2005; Broadway; Panaro's last matinee of his 2005 run - Video: Christian A. Muller, Anne Gorner, Niklaj A. Brucker; March 11, 2007; Essen, Germany; last performance, monitor video - Video: Osamu Takai, Shiho Ito, Yusuke Kitazawa; June 30, 2008; Osaka, Japan - Video: Nic Greenshields, Gina Beck, Simon Bailey; May 16, 2009; London; Phanasma's master - Video: Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Ryan Silverman; June 25, 2009; Broadway; Howard McGillin's last - Video: John Cudia, Marni Raab, Ryan Silverman; November 17, 2009; Broadway - Video: John Owen-Jones, Celinde Schoenmaker, Nadim Naaman; December 1, 2015; London; cityofemeraldtrading's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; May 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Fred Silveira, Giulia Nadruz, Henrique Moretzsohn; August 2019; Sao Paulo,Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 14, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; evening, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Giulia Nadruz, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last matinee, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last performance, P. Rose's master
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2020.09.27 12:55 lenalikesboots A few POTO wants

Hi guys!!!
I'm close to completing my POTO video collection! However, for that to happen, I still need a few videos. Hit me up if you have any of these videos:
Phantom Follies Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Dale Burridge, Maree Johnson, Caroline Ferrie 1992; Australia "Australian cast puts on skits and spoofs for charity, runs for over two hours. Some of the skits/parodies: 'Beauty School Dropout,' 'The Three Raoul Amigos,' 'A Charade,' 'I'm Too Sexy,' a rock version of 'Il Muto,' and a rap/dance version of 'Think of Me'."
Brad Little, Elizabeth Southard, Tim Martin Gleason January 11, 2004; Orlando Matinee performance. Three DAT files. Small picture with a lot of washout and fuzziness. Looks like it was filmed by the same person who did the evening performance on the same date. Brad Little's last matinee performance in the national tour
Damian Aleksander, Paulina Janczak/Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski/Piotr Domalewski 2008 (?); Warsaw, Poland Various clips, highlights, and trailers from the Polish production, mostly ripped off YouTube. Combination of MP4 and FLV file
Brad Little, Claire Lyon, Anthony Downing Late 2014/Early 2015; Hong Kong, China Poorly shot, very far away video. MP4 files. Lots of blackouts, often not focused on the stage in Act 1, but improves slightly in Act 2.
Dmitry Ermak, Tamara Kotova, Eugeny Zaycev 2015; Moscow, Russia MP4 files, highlights of Act 1 only: Hannibal, 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', and the title song
Brad Little, Emilie Lynn/Kristi Holden, Anthony Downing 2015; World Tour A bunch of Instagram clips of various scenes and actors from the World Tour. To be gifted.
Hugh Panaro, Sandra Joseph, John Cudia, Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt, Joelle Gates* August 9, 2003; Broadway Rather massive head blocks most of the bottom, but filmer does their best to shoot around it.
Howard McGillin, Rebecca Pitcher, Michael Shawn Lewis, Julie Schmidt (u/s), David Cryer, George Lee Andrews, Marilyn Caskey, Roland Rusinek, Heather McFadden* August 18, 2006; Broadway Terrific quality video, very sharp colors and details. Audio is out of sync starting at 'Angel of Music' but is fixed by the title song.
Absolutely Phantomless April 13, 1995; Australia "The Australian cast of Phantom of the Opera in their annual Easter Charity Concert. Each of Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro-shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only."
Chopper Opera Rob Guest, Danielle Everett, John Bowles April 4, 1996; Sydney, Australia "The Sydney casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon feature in this Easter Charity concert. Features "adapted" music from both shows in addition to pop music and songs from other shows. Pro-shot for video but generation loss."
Tomasz Steciuk, Edyta Krzemien, Marcin Mrozinski, Anna Gigiel, Jan Bzdawka, Jakub Szydłowski, Wojciech Socha July 8, 2011; Wieliczka, Poland 5 MP4 files of a concert version of the Polish production. Includes most of the big numbers and limited sets and costumes.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays December 10, 2013; Broadway Highlights, turnofthescorpion's master.
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 18, 2014; Broadway
Marcus Lovett, Sofia Escobar, Simon Thomas, Lara Martins, Duncan Smith (u/s), Gareth Snook, Cheryl McAvoy, Jeremy Secomb, Layla Harrison (u/s) March 6, 2013; London 6 minute WMV video, containing parts of 'Think of Me', 'Angel of Music', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', 'Stranger Than You Dreamt It', and 'All I Ask of You'. Blurry shot most of the time, but sometimes clears up, though is not zoomed in. Still, great to see video of Sofia Escobar.
Marcus Lovett, Anna O'Byrne, Simon Thomas April 22, 2013; London Two VOB clips only, 'Music of the Night' and 'All I Ask of You Reprise'. (Note: Image is cropped; it's much taller than it looks here.)
Hugh Panaro, Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays October 4, 2013; Broadway Turnofthescorpion's master. Starts from 'Wandering Child', mostly blindshot. MT2 file.
James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Jordan Donica July 15, 2016; Broadway Act 1 only, MP4 file, mostly blindshot.
Phantom Compilation 1 Original review: "San Francisco local news behind-the-scenes segment with Franc D'Ambrosio and Lisa Vroman; Mid-August 1999, All I Ask of You and Music of the Night on Today Show with Ted Keegan, Sarah Pfisterer, and Gary Mauer; 1993, Today Show Broadway 5th anniversary segment with Mark Jacoby, Karen Culliver, etc.; 1993, Michael Crawford interviewed and performing "Since You Stayed Here" on Regis & Kathie Lee and Good Morning America; E! Entertainment behind-the-scenes special of LA production hosted by Davis Gaines, with Dale Kristien, Michael Piontek, and Calvin Remsberg; 1989, CBC Behind the Mask behind-the-scenes documentary on Toronto production with Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine, Byron Nease, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, etc."
Phantom Compilation 2 Behind-the-scenes special on the national tour in Buffalo with Ted Keegan and Rebecca Pitcher, mainly in black-and-white, as well as similar behind-the-scenes special in Seattle with similar content (in color) and interviews.
Rob Guest, Maree Johnson, Peter Cousens 1994; Sydney, Australia Midday Special that aired on TV; includes interviews and four proshot songs: 'Music of the Night', 'Prima Donna', 'All I Ask of You', and 'Masquerade'.
Laird Mackintosh (u/s), Mary Michael Patterson, Jeremy Hays January 22, 2014; Broadway Laird Mackintosh's second time as the Phantom on Broadway; includes 'All I Ask of You Reprise', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. M2T file.
James Barbour, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Jeremy Hays March 2, 2015; Broadway A bunch of MP4 videos consisting of scattered, generally Christine-oriented highlights. This was uploaded to Instagram live at the performance, so all parts are 15 seconds long. Consists of parts of 'Think of Me', 'The Mirror', title song, 'Music of the Night', rooftop, 'Wishing', 'Point of No Return', and 'Final Lair'. Parts are well-shot (sometimes it looks like the person is right under the cast member!). 
Various Phantom of the Opera-Related Clips Clips all copied off of TV: Steve Barton & Sarah Brightman singing AIAOY live, Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley's concept POTO video, interviews with Michael Crawford during his Phantom run, 1988 Tony Award Presentation to Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien performing POTO, Michael Crawford AIAOY duet with Dale Kristien, Michael Crawford in concert performing MOTN, Davis Gaines and Tracy Shayne performing MOTN, German version of MOTN sang on a TV set, German version of POTO Video, PONR with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performance at the Tony Awards, Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien – Music of the Night, Sarah Brightman singing MOTN,footage of the OBC at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Guillaume and Dale Kristien – MOTN, Colm Wilkinson singing MOTN, Unidentified Raoul and Christine performing AIAOY, Michael Crawford video of MOTN, interview footage with Steve Barton.
Tim Martin Gleason, Trista Moldovan, Sean MacLaughlin* 2010; Cleveland Not my review: "This documentary aired on August 9, 2010. It includes interviews with the Advance Stage Manager, the Conductor, a Playhouse Square VP, Trista Moldovan and Tim Martin Gleason, and the Wardrobe Supervisor. Also includes footage clips from the current 2010 Phantom cast, filmed here in Cleveland."
Peter Karrie, Teresa DeZarn, Kip Wilbourne 1997; Vancouver, Canada Half hour segment from The Slate on BBC Wales about Peter Karrie's time in the Phantom Canadian production. Includes interviews and proshot clips with the cast at the time, but has some pretty heavy distortion and color bleeding.
Ian Jon Bourg, Alison Kelly, Janine Kitzen, Maike Switzer, Beatrix Reiterer 2000 and onwards; Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Essen, Germany Proshot videos of Ian Jon Bourg performing in-concert with various Christines. About 30 minutes long.
Ian Jon Bourg, Lori Zeglarski (?), Kyle Gonyea 2000 (?); Hamburg, Germany Act 2 only, includes part of the March 31, 1999 video with Jerzy Jeszke, Carla Nicholson, and Bjorn Olsson. Christine was labeled as Colby Thomas, but it looks like Lori Zeglarski. Date is also a guess.
Ian Jon Bourg, Janine Kitzen, Michael Shawn Lewis November 16, 2002; Stuttgart, Germany Monitor video of one of the first shows in Stuttgart, with audio fed in from the soundboard. Decent color and exposure; better than the other two monitor videos that came out of Stuttgart. Filming continues through intermission, so video features 30 minutes of curtains. LIMITED TRADE.
Ian Jon Bourg, Sandra Danyella September 4, 2005; Essen, Germany Promotional outdoor concert for the Essen production, includes 'Wishing', title song, and 'Music of the Night'.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Charles Hart, Gillian Lynne, Richard Stilgoe, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, etc. December 26, 2006; Various Locations Not exactly an online video of the show, but the 'Behind the Mask' special documentary, taken directly off the BBC 2 channel.
Some other POTO videos:
- Video: Steve Lucas, Kristin Holck, Carsten Lepper; March 2004; Stuttgart, Germany; monitor video - Video: Hugh Panaro, Susan Owen, Tim Martin Gleason; October 1, 2005; Broadway; Panaro's last matinee of his 2005 run - Video: Christian A. Muller, Anne Gorner, Niklaj A. Brucker; March 11, 2007; Essen, Germany; last performance, monitor video - Video: Osamu Takai, Shiho Ito, Yusuke Kitazawa; June 30, 2008; Osaka, Japan - Video: Nic Greenshields, Gina Beck, Simon Bailey; May 16, 2009; London; Phanasma's master - Video: Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Ryan Silverman; June 25, 2009; Broadway; Howard McGillin's last - Video: John Cudia, Marni Raab, Ryan Silverman; November 17, 2009; Broadway - Video: John Owen-Jones, Celinde Schoenmaker, Nadim Naaman; December 1, 2015; London; cityofemeraldtrading's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; May 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Fred Silveira, Giulia Nadruz, Henrique Moretzsohn; August 2019; Sao Paulo,Brazil; P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 14, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; evening, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Giulia Nadruz, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last matinee, P. Rose's master - Video: Thiago Arancam, Lina Mendes, Fred Silveira; December 15, 2019; Sao Paulo, Brazil; last performance, P. Rose's master
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2020.09.26 07:01 RazgrizInfinity Hasbro PulseCon Day 2 & 'Power Rangers' Megathread

Megathread for the Power Rangers Panel and Day 2 of the online convention.
Day 1 Megathread: https://www.reddit.com/powerrangers/comments/izdfyf/hasbro_pulsecon_day_1_megathread/
3:00 EDT PM - Hasbro Power Rangers Panel Panelists: Hasbro Power Rangers Brand Team
Join us for the Power Ranger Brand Panel, featuring Morphinomenal news and brand announcements across new Power Ranger’s product. Be the first to see new Power Rangers Lightning Collection figures and other products yet to hit shelves, as well as sneak peeks of upcoming items. All of this exciting news will be followed by a Q&A with the design, sculpting, creative, and marketing teams from Hasbro. Go Go Power Rangers!
3:45 - 4:30 PM EDT - Power Rangers Entertainment PanelPanelists: Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd), Power Rangers Beast Morphers Cast
Unleash the Beasts! The cast of Power Rangers Beast Morphers will be reuniting live at PulseCon sharing behind the scenes stories from the set and talking about what life has been like being a Power Ranger! The panel, moderated by Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd), will feature never before seen footage and a live Q&A. Cast includes Rorrie Travis, Jacqueline Scislowski, Jazz Baduwalia, Abraham Rodriguez, Colby Strong, and Liana Ramirez. If that’s not enough, we’ll be making a historic announcement….or should we say PREHISTORIC! Ranger Nation, if this panel could be summed up in one word, it would be MORPHINOMINAL!
Prior Press Release:Additional details: https://comicbook.com/powerrangers/news/power-rangers-panel-hasbro-pulsecon-beast-morphers-dino-fury/?fbclid=IwAR1kbM6TFqPQGNEqU2Ec-501BNPUJoQxFhD5_k-TwlAIkd8POogNAB7Uwd4
Link to Hasbro Pulse Con:https://hasbropulse.com/pages/hasbro-pulsecon-2020
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We will be updating the Megathread in real time as best as we can, but we will be mainly focusing on the products and their release dates, as well as any interesting tidbits from the Q&A and the 'surprise' cast reveal.
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2020.09.25 16:57 cknouse01 My thoughts on the first eight seasons

8) All-Stars - The only season that I could classify as bad, All-Stars is by far my least favorite of the first eight. When it's not boring, it's heartbreaking, or disgusting. None of the actual All-Stars had a chance, leaving us with a disappointing final seven. The last half doesn't even feel like Survivor, it's a dating show.
7) Australia - I enjoyed Australia, I just don't think it's as strong as the seasons around it. It was pretty devoid of conflict, and had some dud characters (Nick, Amber), not to mention the finale is pretty repetitive. However, it gave us two all time great characters in Colby and Jerri, and the first eight episodes are killer.
6) Thailand - My opinion might change as I continue watching the show, but I think Thailand is underrated. Obviously it's not perfect, but there are some great things about it. Clay was hilarious, and Brian is a great winner. Not to mention the finale is amazing.
5) Amazon - A great season to watch, and I wish I could rank it higher. Fun is the best word to describe it. My main issue is that the finale didn't fit the storyline. Matt was edited to be the hero, only to be dusted by Jenna in the jury vote.
4) Marquesas - I loved Marquesas, and the storyline of John's rise and fall might be my favorite of these early seasons. However, after John's boot, there were three pretty dull boots, and the finale was pretty good, but nothing special.
3) Pearl Islands - Pearl Islands was as great as the hype. Might be a hot take, but I enjoyed the Outcasts twist, as it resulted in one of my favorite episodes, the Savage boot. The Rupert boot is amazing, and is followed up by the Dead Grandma lie. (The entire post-merge is great) My only complaint is that some of the cast got bad edits (Darrah, Christa, Trish, Michelle).
2) Africa - The reason I love Africa so much is the cast. After the last couple Australia episodes, it was fresh and exciting to get conflict with the Samburus and Beangate. (I think Lindsey, Frank, and Clarence are all very underrated) While it did lose a little steam after the Kelly/Brandon boots, the rewards and culture kept the season fun. The music was great, and the finale was satisfying.
1) Borneo - I don't think it's fair to rank Borneo as a normal season. In a way, it's the only real season, as anything could have happened, whereas every season afterward was going to pan out with alliances. I love the psychology, and the cast is the closest thing we got to the premise of the show.
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2020.09.22 18:05 CyrusWaugh Fearless (2008) All Songs Ranked

We’ve Now arrived at part 2 of Appreciation Week, and its time to talk about Fearless, which led Taylor Swift to world wide fame, going into this record intellectually, I had pretty big expectations as I do with most sophomore records, and let me just say Fearless is one of the greatest sophomore albums in modern music, most people aren’t going to listen to this record and come out and say “this is one of the greatest sophomore records ever made”, and yes there are flaws with this record, some big glaring ones but we’ll get there, I believe there is no such thing as a perfect album, Mr. Misunderstood my all time favorite has its problems with percussion and some minor writing issues, but a perfect sophomore album is possible, famous ones include and here’s a hot take for you Anything Goes is a perfect sophomore album, another one is Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves. Here are my requirements for a perfect sequel album: expand your instrumental sound in profound ways, continue the writing in a new compelling manner. Expand on themes created from your first album or introduce new ones, Fearless does all of this to a t, and it feels effortless. But enough of me ranting that’s for later, lets do what I originally aimed to do which is rank each song from this record.


13. The Best Day
While I think there are beautiful details in this song, this one just doesn’t really have cohesiveness in details, with lines talking about why trees change in the fall to how he’s scared of nothing at all, this happens a lot, it feels like a puzzle that looks amazing but the pieces don’t really fit together at all. It sounds really pleasant, and her voice is brought out so well, but I feel like if they trimmed and tightened the story it would be better. The final verse of this song is definitely my favorite, where she is feeling down and being bullied and its compelling how little things like window shopping can make you feel better. I think the song had a good theme for it, just needed a little more effort in the writing.

12. Hey Stephen
I think the lyrical rhyming of this song is so good, but it just falls a bit flat in instrumentation and production, drums are a little too loud for my taste and I wish the other sounds could come out. It’s a fun little love song and there’s just a whole lot more songs where the writing is more compelling or the melodies are more fun, this one is just on the lower end of this album, I think most people can agree on that, its not like I want to look with problems I just think it’s a clean performance of a simple plan. And its really hard to write about these as it can just be summed up with its too simplistic, I and don’t really enjoy doing that.

11. The Way I Loved You
The blending of pop sounds and country sounds on this record blow my mind, revisiting this record I see that this is what I’ve been wanting out of these mainstream bozos, about having this seemingly stable perfect relationship with nothing truly negative in the relationship and she feels like that is dull. She needs these arguments, she may not want to curse his name, but she needs to, I find these perfect relationships in high school definitely questionable, and a little toxicity separates those that last for years to those that last months. And this song brings up why we need it, we don’t necessarily want it, but in order for people to become more fleshed out well rounded individuals this has to occur.

10. Forever & Always
I love it when she gets bitter, if I remember correctly this was a last minute addition to the record after she recently broke up with Joe Jonas and how he said he'd love her forever and always, and after all this time he's yet to prove that, you could argue she's kinda hypocritical as she's written songs about couples no longer together but appreciate each other regardless. But then again Jonas immediately did date some other chick after breaking up with her so let her rain her vengeance, hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn. The song is definitely is a blast. I think the opening drum loop is a bit out of place and it doesn't really hold up to today's standards, but still a great write and a welcome addition to the record.

9. You're Not Sorry
This is the countrier version of WANEGBT, not as fun but the sound is definitely better. After giving a dude many chances to be sincere with his apologies, so she's given up and shutting him out of her life, I've dealt with people I've given many chances to but the responsible thing to do is cut them loose like a fish dangling off the side of a boat. The buildup is executed very well with little by little each instrument enters. It isn't the most profound lyrically, but the vocal and buildup make up for that.

8. Fearless
I think this is carried by the opening detail outlining the significance of the glow from wet pavement, IDK why I love that detail so much. It is supposed to talk about this great first date, but I view it a little differently, as this can really apply to someone you care about enough to show them everything and they appreciate you for what you are. And your willing to let go of your insecurities and open not just to him/her but to the world because with them you are fearless, I haven't really reached that point but this song gives me hope that one day I will.

7. Tell Me Why
This song's true meaning has always eluded me but from what I can gather is that she wants to be with this person but he keeps changing and more and more she sees the real version of him and she can only take it so much and eventually cuts him loose, I pick this up in the opening verse and ending line about being hit with bullets and they aren't bulletproof and by the end, this person still kept shooting regardless of that, both want each other but neither can give the other what they want/need, maybe I'm over-ranking this one because its meaning is still questionable for me, but still it is one of the catchiest songs on the album regardless.

6. Change
The final song which definitely leans into the rock sound of the 2000's I just found out this was the very first song to break the top 10 for her on the hot 100, this is all about giving hope to help overcome adversity, I've had a bit of the same opening scenario she describes, and even though I'm not the one who stood tall in the end, I keep moving forward because it will happen eventually. It inspires very well and you may not agree, a majority of critics give this song a mixed response from what I've read but I adore this song, probably because the line of hallelujah feels out of place and I agree it does to a degree, but I like it nonetheless, it shows a little bit more honesty in my opinion, its a good write, from walls put around us mentally and our adversity and relentless to give up will knock them down, I like to relate this song to the quote "first they ignore you, they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win. That is this songs message summed up fairly well, if you're down on your luck with something and need a little faith, give this song a listen .

5. Breathe (ft. Colbie Caillat)
The acoustic work here is so well done, the metaphors she compares to this relationship are arguably pretty on the nose, then again I don't see other people comparing a farewell to to bumps in the road you try to avoid. And this relationship is like breathing, its something so natural, and leaving in like holding your breath which hurts, and in a way they are our lungs. It’s pretty obscure in terms of messaging. I definitely think the bridge could've been better for this track as it is the same verse. The vocal delivery definitely pushes it above the others for me, as it does tend to struggle in some other key areas, but still it is great, I've kept this on my relaxation playlist for years now, whenever I get angry or stressed out its songs like this that calm me down.

4. Fifteen
I've been one of the biggest critics of high school driven narratives, but this just feels nostalgic, where I come from, High School does not work like this at all, but I do relate to the line where she says this is life before you know who you're gonna be, I do appreciate the vivid details of this like names like Abigail, but I do admire the naivety people feel at this time which is something I feel most can relate to, as life always throws curve balls, it definitely gets the farewells right, given who I want to be, I doubt I will see most of these people I've spent four years with ever again, my ambitions are either greater or lesser than theirs, I wish I could go back and change some things, nudge some things in the right direction rather than the wrong, but still I wouldn't be where I am without them. Fifteen definitely isn't a song I can directly relate to, but its still great nevertheless.

3. You Belong With Me
You've been waiting for this, now ironically this song is amazing!!! And unironically its still amazing, look there are some songs with better writing and messages on this record but still I love it so much, while not her biggest hit it is definitely the most recognizable. It has a bit of a hidden advantage as this was literally me junior XD, the music video elevates why I love this song so much, it brings up the corniness of the small town boy and girl and makes it work so well. It is the biggest ear worm of this record, elevating Taylor Swift to a new level of stardom and to this day I think it is still the most watched country music video, I'm so glad it is as there are so many fake country songs like Meant To Be and 10,000 Hours and I would hate if they took the record. Yes, production and instrumentally this isn't the best but it takes me back to a time of innocence and young love which is probably one of the best feelings in the world, and after your first break up you have new perspective, and this song can in some way allow me to relive this feeling.

2. White Horse
At least to me this her transition of leaving her high school narrative behind, as while she continued to write many songs about relationships they didn't really rely on that high school narrative. She's done seeing this person in a fairy tale, and after letting him go, he now sees her in a new light but its too late and him on a white horse. My favorite line is where she says to be in love you have to fight to have the upper hand, and honestly she's right, every time I didn't I'd lose somebody. And unlike other songs on this record, she's not looking for revenge or being bitter, she's just sorry and says its too late. It's a really mature message, and possibly the best message of the entire record.

But come on! We both know what #1 is:

1. Love Story
This is a song I've haven't let go of for years, every thing about this song is beautiful, everything about this song brings a wave of nostalgia, it so well rounded in everything, in the writing, vocals, instrumentation, this retelling of Romeo & Juliet is one of the best I've ever heard, (because I really haven't heard another one) On spotify its one of most streamed country songs and if you cut out all the fake stuff, its the 3rd most popular. The progression of this song is amazing, I love the fiddle in this song and I'd put it up there with some of my all time favorite fiddle tracks like Feathered Indians, Ain't A Train, you'll probably take that as an insult but I don't care. It is one of the best story driven songs of the 2000s and I feel a rush every time, the key change signifies a happy ending to a love story I've only gotten 3 minutes and 55 seconds to know, and to feel emotionally invested in something so short, that is the peak of art imo

Next up is the Speak Now era, which I can tell is a fan favorite for this group, what are your personal rankings, what was you're favorite track, your experiences with this album, I 'd love to know.
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2020.09.17 20:07 Rumored17 Refutations for Every Main Pro-Pit Argument

1."It's all how you raise them."

And more:
• ⁠Lockwood, R. A. N. D. A. L. L. (2016). Ethology, ecology and epidemiology of canine aggression. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour & Interactions with People,, 160-181.
• ⁠Abrantes, R., Site, A., Camp, S., Diving, F. A. Q., Camp, G. P., Pages, M., ... & User, C. C. (2016). Aggressive Behavior—Inheritance and Environment.
• ⁠van den Berg, L. I. N. D. A. (2016). Genetics of dog behavior. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People, 5, 69.
• ⁠O'Neill, D. G., & Packer, R. M. (2016). The First Canine Behavior and Genetics Conference: Summary and recommendations for future directions in canine behavioral science. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 16, 6-12.
• ⁠Sørensen, M. (2016). Breeding aggression: Review of recent literature concerning the influence of genes on aggressive behaviour (Doctoral dissertation).
• ⁠Schilder, M. B., van der Borg, J. A., & Vinke, C. M. (2019). Intraspecific killing in dogs: predation behavior or aggression? A study of aggressors, victims, possible causes and motivations. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.
These studies all show that genetics play a large role in dog behavior. Most are related to Pit Bulls or aggression, but some just show that there are noticeable differences between dog breeds based on their breed. Here are some anecdotal sources to support the claims that Pit Bulls are born with a tendency to be aggressive:
In addition, "it's all how you raise them" goes against the very existence of dog breeds. If someone is arguing this, they are saying a Labrador Retriever will have the same instincts as a Border Collie, which will have the same instincts as a Doberman, which will have the same instincts as a Great Pyrenees, which will have the same instincts as a Dachshund, etc. This is observably and demonstrably false. Humans created different dog breeds with different temperaments and physical and behavioral traits through selective breeding. This is why dog breeds exist, this is why breed standards exist, this is why people can reasonably and accurately predict how a dog will act based on breed. Are there exceptions? Of course. However, that is just what they are- exceptions. Different dog breeds have different traits and tendencies dependent on what they were selectively bred for.

2. "Chihuahuas are more aggressive."

This is just a disingenuous attempt to derail the conversation. Even if Chihuahuas are more aggressive, they don't/can't kill people. If Chihuahuas were as large as Pit Bulls, perhaps this would be a conversation worth having- seeing as this is not the case, there is no argument to be had here.
I try to emphasize that the issue with Pits is how many people and pets they kill. Pit Bulls are not just biting people- they are killing, severely maiming, and mauling people. There is a huge difference, and it is important to recognize many Pit fanatics will try to lump in all dog bites with the maulings Pit Bulls are responsible for. They are not the same. This is similar to the "Labs bite more" argument- again, we are not just talking about bites. Keep the discussion focused on severe maulings, maimings, and deaths, because that is what BSL targets.
From 1982-2020 no Chihuahua has ever killed anyone. This source breaks down attacks by breed, child or adult victim, and death or maiming.

3. "There's no such thing as a Pit Bull." and "Pit Bulls can't be identified."

A good way to avoid even getting to this apologist bingo point is by using the phrasing "Pit Bull type dogs" as opposed to Pit Bulls. However, you can also just explain that "Pit Bull" is an umbrella term for four closely related dog breeds- the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bully. The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are actually so similar they can be dual registered as an AmStaff with the AKC and a APBT with the UKC. Until recently, most dog DNA tests would not even separate AmStaff from APBT due to the extreme similarities. This is also just another deflection technique- everyone knows what someone means by "Pit Bull" just as everyone knows what someone means by "Golden Retriever." This is what "pit bull" means legally.
Now, because "Pit Bull" does refer to 4 dog breeds rather than one, Pit apologists will often cry "well of course 4 dog breeds will kill more people!" but keep in mind that these 4 dog breeds have killed more people than 300+ other dog breeds combined. The Pit Bull umbrella kills more people than every other group or type of dogs and more than every other dog breed combined.
Regarding Pit Bulls being unidentifiable:
Pit Bulls have just as many obvious identifying characteristics as other dog breeds. There is no reason to believe Pit Bulls suffer from misidentification more than other dog breeds. There is reason to believe Pit Bulls are intentionally mislabeled as other breeds when in shelters, however. In addition, when discussing fatal Pit Bull attacks specifically, more often than not there are photos of the Pit Bulls involved so anyone can verify for themselves if they were Pit Bull type dogs. Genetic testing is not required for breed identification- anyone who argues this is being disingenuous. Another point is that we are constantly inundated with Pro-Pit propaganda; there is simply no way we can have Pixar shorts such as Kitbull and a new Dodo video every week about Pit Bulls and still be expected to believe the average person cannot visually identify a Pit Bull.

4. "Pits are no more dangerous than other dogs."

The statistics also support our side here- Pit Bulls have killed more people than all other dog breeds combined. Pit Bulls are not the largest, nor the strongest dogs out there. They do not have the strongest bite force. They are more deadly than other dog breeds because humans selectively bred them to be as deadly as possible. They are deadly due to the nature of their attacks and the behavioral traits they display when attacking such as gameness and a bite style mentioned in some of these studies, along with their physical traits.

5. "It used to be Dobermans, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds that people wanted to ban!"

Pit Bulls have killed more people than those three breeds ever did, even at the height of their popularity, even combined. There is also no evidence supporting this claim, and in fact, quite a lot of evidence showing it's completely false.
It is important to note as well that none of these breeds have an entire lobby supporting them. They do not have communities dedicated to attack victim harassment, misinformation, and lies, unlike the Pit Bull has. Something interesting to consider is the bias online when looking at these breeds and other restricted breeds vs pages about Pit Bulls. Wikipedia in particular is very obviously being manipulated by Pit Bull fanatics.
None of this manipulation is occurring on the pages for Dobermans, Rottweilers, or German Shepherds. These three breeds never reached anywhere close to the level of suffering and carnage Pit Bulls are responsible for. There has never been a concerted effort to ban these breeds, although some are targeted by apartment restrictions due to insurance issues. There is also no lobby supporting the misinformation and misrepresentation of these breeds.

6. "Dogsbite.org is biased and unreliable."

Dogsbite is completely open and transparent about their data collection strategies. They provide identification photographs and have all of their citations publicly listed. Citations and Photographs
Here is a challenge I like to give to people who claim Dogsbite is unreliable, although I have yet to receive a legitimate response:
Have you actually looked into dogsbite.org yourself? You do know that dogsbite tracks every fatal dog attack, regardless if it's a Pit or not? It appears anti-Pit because most fatal dog attacks are done by Pits. They're not only posting Pit attacks- there are just so many more fatal Pit attacks than other breeds it appears they are. Here's a proposal for you: Go to 2020 and late 2019, a time frame for which news reports are still abundantly available all over the internet, and fact-check ANY FOUR DOG-BITE FATALITIES OF YOUR CHOOSING, two where the killer dogs are said to be pit/mixes, and two cases where the killer dogs are not said to be pit/mixes:
  1. Did DogsBite accurately name the person killed?
  2. Did DogsBite accurately summarize the circumstances in which the person was killed?
  3. Did DogsBite accurately identify the breed(s) of the killer dog(s)?
  4. Did DogsBite provide a photo or photos of the killer dog(s) so you can judge for yourself what type of dog(s) you think did the killing?
DogsBite and Wikipedia both provide links to news stories about these fatal attacks. If you don't want to use the news links provided by DogsBite, then use the ones on Wikipedia that cover the same stories. DogsBite also provides links to autopsy reports, police reports and 911 calls, so you can compare these primary sources with the summaries on the DogsBite page and assess whether those summaries are accurate.

7. "Human aggressive Pit Bulls were culled!"

This is a myth. While human aggression was not something that was typically selectively bred for it is a myth that most human aggressive Pits were culled. That was not the case, and it still is not the case today. One look at shelter descriptions of Pits with bite histories and severe aggression issues shows these dogs are not being euthanized, and there are several instances of Pit Bulls who have killed people being bred.
There's no evidence whatsoever that dog fighters routinely destroyed human-aggressive dogs and refused to breed them. u/NorthTwoZero wrote at length about why it's a myth here, and this blogger put together a documented list of famously human-aggressive fighting dogs who not only weren't "culled" but were bred so often that they produced over 1,200 known, registered offspring:
"The man-biters were culled and the pit bulls were not bred for human aggression myths were created from thin air, complete fabrications. There is not a sliver of truth in the myth that dogmen culled man-biters. Not only weren't human aggressive pit fighters NOT culled, but a talented man-biter was heavily bred, his stud services were in high demand and the stud fees commanded a premium. The progeny of man-biters are still sought out long after he or she has passed away. This Italian game-dog website lists their choice for the Best Ever fighting dogs, three of the five are known man-biters and the other two trace their origins to the others on their "Best" list. Some famous man-biters have their own facebook fan pages. If you happen to be a 10x winner with 3 kills and scratching on the carcass, people tend to overlook a little thing like the danger she poses to people and she is also likely to be nominated for the cover of this month's International Sporting Dog Journal. Some famous man-biters not only have a facebook fan page, they have their own promotional merchandise too."

8. "Pit Bulls were nanny dogs!" or "Pit Bulls were America's dog!"

First, I usually ask questions that demonstrate out how absurd that claim is. What is a nanny dog? What duties does a nanny dog perform? Why would a dog type be called a "Pit Bull" if it nannied? Where does the name "Pit Bull" come from? Why is it necessary for Pits to have such large, gaping mouths and extremely muscular bodies if they were nannies? Then here is some actual info:
The first appearance of the term "Nanny Dog" dates from a 1971 NYT interview with the then president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, Lillian Rant, who called Staffordshire Bull Terriers "nursemaid dogs" for no apparent reason (other than to attempt to re-brand fighting dogs as family pets).
BAD RAP shared a link. It's Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that there was never such thing as a 'Nanny's Dog'? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls (see link for details about vintage photos). While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog - A recipe for dog bites!
Regarding Pits being "America's dog": Bronwen Dickey (author of incredibly biased and unscientific book "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon") and other pit bull advocates argue that pit bulls were historically beloved in the U.S. until the dogs became associated with urban people of color in the 1970s, so Pit Bull stigma is really about being racist toward black and brown people.
But pit bulls were not historically beloved in the U.S. nor were they popularly regarded as a positive symbol of plucky can-do spirit. Joseph Colby, in his lifetime one of the world's leading authorities on the Pit Bull Terrier, wrote in 1936 that "The general public is under the impression that this breed is carnivorous, vicious, and, fed on a diet of raw meat, will devour a human being" and "When the pit bull terrier was introduced into America, he was more commonly found to be owned by prize fighters, saloon keepers and habitues, sporting men and the like. From the start the breed earned an unjust reputation due to his fighting ability and the character of the owner. To this day he is still trying to live down an unjust and undeserved reputation."
Sometimes Pit people will randomly mention how Sergeant Stubby, a decorated war hero dog, was a Pit Bull. He was not. Primary (contemporary) sources most often describe Stubby as a Boston Terrier or Boston Terrier mix (this breed was sometimes called the Boston Bulldog). He is sometimes said to be a Bull Terrier (the egghead dogs) mix but he obviously resembles a Boston Terrier significantly more than a Bull Terrier. Stubby is never said to be a Pit Bull in primary sources.

9. "Pit Bulls scored 2nd highest on temperament tests and better than most family dog breeds!"

This is always referring to the ATTS, or the American Temperament Testing Society. It is refuted thoroughly in the BanPitBulls FAQ, but this is what I usually say as well:
The test was developed to test working dogs, specifically dogs meant for schutzhund work. It has never been, nor ever purported to be about testing companion animals or a breed's suitability as family pets. Scoring actually favors dogs that bite, in some cases. Breed specific temperament, aggression, and each dog's training is taken into account when scoring. This means that if a relatively untrained Lab bites a "threatening stranger" it will score far lower than a German Shepherd that bites a "threatening stranger." According to the ATTS itself, "95% of dogs who fail do so because they lack confidence" NOT because they bite. Dogs that exhibit avoidance behaviors will fail. Dogs that bite do not automatically fail. The ATTS also states that comparing scores with other dogs means nothing- the pass/fail rates cannot be compared. Different dog breeds that behave the same exact way on the test will get hugely different scores due to the fact they take inherent breed tendencies into consideration. The test is not designed to test for breed aggression, according to the ATTS website. It is more of a test of bravery for individual dogs. Timid dogs will always fail. Dogs that bite will not always fail. If anything, you could argue that the reason Pits have a high passing rate is because they bite or show aggression, although that is speculation and not proven. Either way though- the test does not test breed aggression, passing rates cannot be compared, and the test absolutely does not test for suitability as a family pet. More info here: What the ATTS is really showing.
It is also worth mentioning that the only dogs that participate in the ATTS testing are dogs brought in by their owners- it is not a random sample or scientific study of any kind. Considering the evidence showing the existence of an actual Pit Bull lobby, it would not be a reach to say these results have been intentionally manipulated (if they did even matter, which they don't).
Also, a controlled temperament test found that 13 percent, or one out of seven, pit bulls tried to bite or attack during a one hour test simulating a neighborhood walk. One out of seven pit bulls tried to bite in the span of just one hour compared to only one out of 70 golden retrievers. Note that this study was funded and authored by anti-breed ban activists: They found "no significant difference" between breeds when the definition of aggression was watered down to include even whining or crying. But pay close attention to Table 5 on page 138: out of all the breeds tested, pit bulls were markedly the worst when it came to the percentage of dogs that reached a more serious level of aggression.

10. "It's racism for dogs!"

Humans are not dogs, and dog breeds are not analogous to human races.
In addition, one cannot compare a race of people to a breed of dogs for a multitude of reasons. Dog breeds were selectively, intentionally bred for specific characteristics and traits by human beings. Humans created dog breeds based on what physical and behavioral traits we wanted them to have. (Spaniels for flushing, retrievers for fetching prey/birds without damage, livestock guardian dogs such as Great Pyrenees for protecting livestock, Huskies for endurance and energy, Pointers for pointing, etc. Different dog breeds have different behavioral tendencies because humans selectively bred them to have those tendencies). Dogs also do not suffer from cultural differences, institutionalized racism, or socioeconomic disparities. Humans are also not as heavily influenced by our instincts as dogs are. Dogs behave based on their instincts and training. Humans behave mainly on their "training." Humans also have far more complex thought processes and the ability to make complex decisions. Dogs do not. You could go on and on but that is the basic overview there- dogs were selectively bred and rely mainly on their instincts. Humans were not selectively bred and are capable of making complex and rational decisions.
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2020.09.17 07:23 RoseFigSage A story of ignored red flags during a 1 year employment. Awkward, Inappropriate, and Aggressive behavior.

I am an experienced nanny. I’ve worked for four families, and all but the last ended with the natural transitions of life on good terms. I left my first family to continue college in another city. The second family switched to daycare because they had more kids than they could afford to have a nanny for and qualified for free state childcare. My third family was happy for me when I became pregnant and we set an end date for my employment near the end of my pregnancy allowing them time to find a new nanny. I loved all my families and they were all great references for me. Although I am very knowledgeable when it comes to childcare, I am also gullible and naive. I understand that I am these things, but I can’t seem to stop myself from seeing the best in people and assuming everyone has good intentions. What follows is the story of the last family I worked with. I’ve changed insignificant details for their privacy.
My child had just turned one and I was ready to get back to work. I was looking for jobs when I found a family who listed they were open to someone who had kids. They liked the idea of their child having some socialization. I thought it sounded a little unorthodox but upon interviewing and and starting work, I learned they were also looking for friends and hoped my husband and I would be their friends and our children could grow up together (they are one year apart). Red flag? My husband thought so, but I thought they were just being nice. DB (Dad boss) and MB (mom boss)were about 10 years older than my husband and I and didn’t have any friends in the area. They lived in the city for three years and DB actually grew up in the city we are all located, but they lived an another state for a few years. I rationalized that it’s normal to lose friends while moving and maybe they didn’t have friends yet because they were so busy. (I later learned they didn’t have friends because DB drove them all away, but we’ll get to that later). Anyways, I proceeded cautiously because I didn’t understand what dynamic they wanted.
MB was the kindest person I’ve ever met. She worked at a hospital as a doctor and DB worked in an office setting. She always told me to “help myself to anything in the fridge” and spent the first few hours of my shift chatting with me and getting adult socialization while I primarily cared for NK (nanny kid who was a brand new baby). She worked nights so she would eventually go upstairs to go to bed after she ate dinner (breakfast time). I never ate their food even though MD offered constantly because I brought my own lunches. I enjoy cooking and meal prepping healthy food. I also have certain allergies which makes it hard to eat normal meals anyways. But if she baked cookies and wanted me to try one I would so I wouldn’t hurt her feelings. DB started off as very enthusiastic overly friendly. They both seemed very excited to have a friend. I wasn’t used to this type of behavior but I obliged because they were my bosses. They invited my husband and I over for dinners and game nights pretty frequently. We weren’t always available because my husband worked out if town and frankly I was at their house every week day and sometimes I just wanted to be at home and enjoy time with my husband before he had to travel again. I could tell their feelings would get hurt if we couldn’t make it. My husband also got a creepy vibe from DB when we hung out with them but I told him he was just reading too much into it and that they were very friendly people and he just wasn’t used to affectionate friendships.
Things were really good for a while. I would bring my child half the time because some days I worked my dad had off work and they would have special grandpa days. DB would chat with me like a friend until he left for work and MB would do they same when she got home from work before she went to bed. She constantly thanked me for being her friend and told me she was so thankful to have me. Our relationship stayed the same throughout my entire employment. We would hang out outside of work sometimes just the two of us. She became an amazing friend.
DB slowly started displaying concerning behaviors as time went on.. he would ask me to “watch his wife”... (red flag!) he wanted me to make sure she got to bed on time and ate healthy. I thought this was pretty odd and I didn’t really push anything. The most I would do is say something like “you must be tired from working all night!! You should go to bed and rest, that’s what I’m here for!”. It was always well received. One night DB texted me and asked me to come in for an extra day. He said MB would be very tired and needed to sleep all day. I thought nothing of it and showed up the next morning. When I arrived DB was already gone for work and MB was confused as to why I was there. I asked her if she new her husband asked me to work another day she said no. I showed her the text and she was irritated that he didn’t ask her, she said she felt bad that I drove all the way to work but was looking forward to a day alone to spend time with her baby and didn’t need rest. I told her it was no problem and left. Weird right??? This happened one or two more times. I think she talked to him about it and he stopped. But I was starting to realize that he would try to control things in her life for her own good. It was odd but I decided he was good natured and trying to be helpful.
MB eventually started sharing her frustrations with me. I learned that he was controlling more than just her sleeping habits. Over our friendship she let me know that he decided they should move away from her parents because their politics were toxic. They are very one side, and her family is very the other side. I understand how that can cause disagreements, but I don’t think it’s worth not living by them or visiting them. She expressed she missed them and wanted to see them but DB would always get in some sort of verbal altercation with her family members and it almost wasn’t worth it. She also told me she was upset because she’s lost good friendships because of DB. She said (her side of the story) that he didn’t like the way his friends treated her and stopped being friends with them even though she didn’t notice any bad behavior. His side of the story he separately told me was that his friends were jealous of him for finding such a good wife and he couldn’t handle the jealously. She also said they stopped being friend with two other couples because they either “took advantage of them” or “weren’t good enough friends” or something like that. Again, MB said she didn’t notice any of these things. But when DB would talk to me about it he would talk about MB being naive and not knowing when people were taking advantage of her or being unfair. I never asked for specifics but he seemed to really view himself and her protector.
DB always talked as if he was the victim (red flag). He constantly complained about being over educated for his job and underpaid. He said he was more experienced than his bosses and had issues with many coworkers. Everyone seemed to be out to get him. He vented to me frequently and I mostly just listened or empathized.
At some point, his attitude towards me shifted. I noticed him becoming suspicious and untrusting, which was a huge difference from his usual overly friendly self. He also exhibited some erratic and angry behavior. Looking back, I’m wondering if it was from my husband and I not being able to make it to every game night. He started telling me stories about his life where the moral of the story was “this person screwed me over and now they’re out of my life. No one messes with me and gets away with it” (red flag). They almost seemed threatening, but I decided that I was reading too much into it and let it go. One instance of erratic behavior was him pacing quickly back and forth in the kitchen yelling and cussing about a coworker who “lied to him”. They story is, there was an ice storm in our area, we usually don’t have any snow or ice so people don’t know how to drive in it all. During this specific week there were abandoned cars on the freeways and school cancelations. I guess DB had invited some coworkers over for a game night, one coworker lives about 40 minutes away from DB. He kept asking this specific coworker for confirmation of whether or not he would be attending and “last minute” (the morning of the game night) he texted saying he wouldn’t be able to make it because of the ice. DB lost his shit, honestly. He was yelling about how he checked the weather and it would be safe to drive in. (There was still a chance of ice and no one wants to be stranded 40 minutes away from home). He said some of these specific quotes: “if he didn’t want to go he could’ve just f***** told me instead of lying” “You f**** with me once, and you’re done!!” “I know a liar when I see one”.... all this over someone not being able to make it to his game night because they don’t want to get stuck in the ice....
Things continued to get worse with him. The family had an iPad. They used it to play music and on the days I brought my child with me, I used it to play silent videos for my child to watch so NK could be put down for a nap and not distracted by my child wanting to play with him. This kept them separate and kept my child quiet long enough for NK to nap. DB and MB are the ones who told me to use it whenever I wanted, they set up their Hulu on it and told me to watch whatever I wanted during nap times and stuff like that. So it was known, and allowed, that I used it occasionally. One day the iPad went missing after they took it on a car ride. They told me that specifically. They searched their car and the while house and asked me to look and keep an eye out. DB asked me Dailey if I’ve seen it. I told him I looked a few times but couldn’t find it. A week goes by and he asks me again, I have the same response. Then every few days he brings it up, but his tone changes and so does his wording. He started saying things like “where’s the iPad?” And “let me know when the iPad is back”.. as if I knew where it was all along?... or if I’m supposed to bring it back because I have it?...and he didn’t even try to hide his tone. It made me very uncomfortable but he wasn’t directly accusing me of taking it so it’s not like I had reason to actually feel I was being accused ... it was passive aggressive and I just told myself I must be overthinking it.
Another odd thing he did was accuse me of eating their cheese sticks. One day MB came home from work and wanted to spend some time with NK before she went to bed for the day and wanted to take part in breakfast, NK was probably about 10 months old at this point and eating small amounts of solids. I had my son with me this day and she got out about four cheese sticks and gave us all one because she liked the new flavor they got and was excited to share. I usually declined food when she offered but it was only a cheese stick and I didn’t want to be rude. It was a fun time introducing NK to cheese and he loved it so much and ate a good amount. MB got herself one or two more cheese sticks and ate them. So a lot of cheese sticks were eaten that day, one by me, one by my child, and 4 ish between NK and MB. She again reminded me to help myself to whatever I wanted in the fridge, which I, again, didn’t do lol. I literally never ate their food. So a few days later I’m guessing DB notices a good amount of cheese is gone from the pack. Instead of asking “hey did you eat my cheese?” he starts this weird conversation: DB: do you like cheese? Me: idk I guess. I like cheddar but I hate Colby jack DB: how much do you like cheese? Me: a regular amount? DB: would you eat a cheese stick? Me: theoretically yeah .. maybe if I was in the mood (completely forgetting about the cheese party a few days prior) DB: do you want this cheese stick? (Pulls one out) Me: I guess if you’re having one. Those are pretty good! DB: you can have this cheese stick, but don’t eat all my cheese. Me: what?... I had one cheese stick that MB offered me a few days ago, she gave one me my child and I and she ate several. DB: hmmm... MB wouldn’t eat multiple cheese sticks in one sitting. Then he left for work... why does he think he knows exactly what his wife would and wouldn’t eat? .. I felt upset because it seemed like he was telling me “I don’t believe you and I think you ate all my cheese”.
A few weeks passed from the cheese incident and I got hit with another odd question. DB asked “Do you like yogurt?” And I’m thinking “here we go again” so I said no. He then asked if my son likes yogurt and I said no again. Then he mentioned how all his yogurt is going missing and I said “maybe it’s because MB is eating them before bed and feeding them to NK for breakfast” (which is true, I noticed her eating yogurt and feeding it to NK but didn’t think anything of it because it’s normal for a mother to share food from her own fridge with her child) and he proceeded to tell me he knows MB wouldn’t be eating that much yogurt... I don’t understand why this guy is obsessed with his snacks going missing and why he thinks he knows his wife well enough to know she isn’t doing it... it seemed oddly controlling. Not like he was controlling what she ate, but that he thought he knew exactly what she was doing or would be doing when he’s not home which to me, is a (red flag!). Also, I don’t u deter and why he’s mad at the thought of me eating them (which I didn’t do!!!) when they are constantly telling me to help myself to anything. DB made it pretty clear that he thought I was stealing and I felt very uncomfortable.
In addition to being cold/suspicious of me, DB started to be rude to my child. I brought my child about half of the time, but eventually stopped bringing my child altogether because I was uncomfortable with DB’s behavior. I was always giving NK hand me downs from my child because babies grow quickly and MB seemed very excited whenever I mentioned I had a new round of clothes to give away. I had a very nice baby toy that my child had outgrown, one of those big light up walkers. I asked MB if she wanted it and she said yes so I brought it over. I still had the box and it was in perfect condition so I put it in the box to present it nicely. It was a hit! NK loved it! But so did my child, and my child didn’t understand that it didn’t belong to us anymore and tried to play with it all the time. I used it as an opportunity to teach them to take turns. At this point NK is almost 1 and my child is almost 2. Both children equally snatched it away from the other and I would make whoever took it give it back and wait their turn. I never let one bully the other or hog the toy. One morning, the kids are going back and forth with the toy taking turns and my child take it away from NK and runs down the hall saying “mine!” (Which makes sense, it used to belong to my child) As I take the toy away from my child and give it back to NK, DB says “stop taking NK’s toys! It’s not even yours!” and his tone of voice showed that he was actually upset. Learning to share is a process, and I never let anything get out of hand, and you would think another parent would understand that... DB should’ve been thankful that I gave NK the toy in the first place and that I was teaching him to share. But the way he aggressively snapped over nothing made me avoid bringing my child near the end of my employment.
One weekend, BD called me in a panic asking me to come right away and watch DB because he took NK for a walk and left the diaper bag there and there was something very important inside and for some reason couldn’t take NK back in that short walk to go retrieve it. I didn’t question it because I didn’t notice it was weird and came right over. He was very anxious and left right away to get it. When he got back he rushed upstair with the diaper bag and then came back down with it a while later and set it down and said I could go. I asked what was so important in the bag (I should’ve asked why he couldn’t have taken NK with him to get it if he took him there in a walk in the first place) and he got very agitated and took a while to think of a reason. He ended up saying “a new pack of wipes” was in there that he didn’t want to waste... your think I the diaper bad itself was more valuable than a single pack of wipes... he write me a check immediately and sent me off, which was odd because usually all my days/hours are added up and I’m paid at the end of the week by MB. It was even more strange because MB had no idea it happened. It all happened when she was sleeping and when I went back to work the next week they asked how my weekend was and mentioned NK missing me because he didn’t get to see me for two whole days... but I saw him the day before. Looking back, I speculate there was something in the diaper bag that wouldn’t be safe to bring NK around if someone got ahold of it. DB was talking a week or so prior about buying guns or having a new gun or something.. maybe that’s what it was? But who know, I can only speculate. All I know is that it was a weird situation that didn’t make sense and that he didn’t tell his wife about.
Then corona virus happened. I used this as an excuse for not bringing my child over anymore so there was no indication that I was upset with how my child was treated. It was the very beginning of the where panic buying and extreme quarantine was the norm. Everything was closing and most people were either laid off, or working from home. MB being a doctor, set some strict rule for my personal life (which I happily abides by so I could continue working) and DB started to work from home, tucked away upstairs. Everyone was stuck inside all the time so DB asked me to take NK on more walks in the stroller, so I did. I took him on 1 20-40 minute walk a day. Then DB started attending our walks, which I didn’t have a problem with at all, it’s DB’s kid and he can spend whatever time with NK as he wants. My husband thought it seemed weird but I explained everyone was stuck inside so long and it was nice to get out. But then DB started making some odd comments on our walks. He would say things like “what will the neighbors think of us going on walks together?”.. (red flag) That question made me uncomfortable so I blew it off and said “probably nothing”. It’s not like I was the one asking him to go on walks with me... he was the one going on walks with us. Walking NK was my job. He joined because he wanted to. Another day he asked that same question multiple times and I gave the same answer until I finally said “if they think anything at all, they’ll probably just think I’m MB because we’re both women of similar stature in a sweat shirt”.. this seemed to upset him and he said “we’re going home now”.
Another uncomfortable thing DB would do is come to the kitchen in ONLY a pair of shorts and call NK to come say hi to him but expect me to come grab him when NK would start to pull his shorts down (not all the way, but if you let NK keep tugging they would be..) I would turn my head away and grab the baby because I was uncomfortable being that close to him, and being near that area of his body. DB has two hands and is fully capable of removing NK from his shorts to keep them up. He doesn’t need me to do that. It seemed like a strange expectation. I always kept NK away from him when he was busy and DB never had to call me to get NK. The only time he ever need my help with that was when NK would start to pull his shorts down. Looking back it was inconsistent with everything else and I think it was inappropriate.
The pandemic reached a point in early April where everyone was scared and everything was unknown. Nothing was open and only essential workers were allowed out past a certain time. Everyone was advised to stay inside 24/7 unless it was to get groceries. MB told me multiple times “We love having you, and if you’re comfortable continuing to nanny then we are comfortable with you staying, but we 100% understand if you need to stop. You have your own family to think about. You can leave at any time and we can hopefully pick back up when all this ends”. I stayed for about a week more when my husband called me and told me he would like if I stopped working for the time being. MB was at high risk of catching and spreading the virus because of her job and he thought it wasn’t worth the risk. My husband was the breadwinner and my income was just supplemental so it made the most sense for our family for me to stop. I immediately group called DB and MB to let them know. DB answered and I told him what my husband said and that I would work a few more days because it worked out that we wouldn’t have any new exposure for those days. He seemed very upset over the phone, which is understandable. But they did tell me they understood if I needed to leave at any time and hoped to resume when the pandemic ended (LOL which we know know is never). I went to work the following day and started to notice that DB was blatantly ignoring me. Anything I said has no response. Every question ignored. He spent the entire day upstairs working (That detail is important). Near the end of the day NK took his normal nap. When he woke up, he started to poop. NK needed about 5-10 minutes to finish pooping. If I changed the diaper before then I would either get pooped on while changing it, or change another poopy diaper five minutes later because the pooping wasn’t finished. This is a known fact about NK. So, NK has just woken up, has been pooping for maybe 5 minutes and DB comes downstairs and says “Did NK poop?” And I say “Yes, NK just woke up from a nap and he’s sleepy but working on it”. DB let out an exasperated groan and aggressively picked NK up and said “I guess I’ll just change your diaper” (still not talking to me) I told him he didn’t need to and that I would do it right then if he felt like NK was done pooping and it wasn’t a problem. He left NK on the changing table so I changed the diaper and held back tears because I started to understand that DB was intentionally ignoring me. All the things that went right past me all day I now realized that he was being mean. MB woke up and noticed I seemed upset, she said she needed to get changed but would come out and say goodbye and talk before I left for the day. Once MB left DB rudely talked through NK to me saying “let’s write my name her last check so she can leave”. DB handed me the check without a word and told me through NK it was time for me to leave, even though MB wanted to talk to me. I left, obviously and cried in the way home. I finally realized that all the things I made excuses for weren’t all in my head and DB was mean.
By the time I had gotten home I received a text message from DB saying I was fired (even though I already ended my employment, that was my last day). DB said that I neglected NK by “leaving NK in a poopy diaper for over forty minutes and making him change a pot diaper the day before” (the day before NK was by chance working on a poop right as I got off work and DB told me I could go home not knowing NK was working on pooping. I told DB that NK was working on pooping and left. Didn’t think anything of it) . Even if I did leave NK in a poopy diaper for forty minutes (WHICH I DIDN’T) there would be no way for him to even know, as he was upstairs the entire day working besides the morning. He wasn’t even downstairs long enough to have any idea that NK was pooping. DB came down and immediately smelled poop and assumed it had been there for however much time he decided to make up.
I never heard from MB again, which was upsetting, but understandable. I didn’t reach out either because I wanted to be respectful of their relationship and the fact that I was no longer employed. I feel bad because she never had any inclination any of this was happening until the last day. Anything rude or inappropriate he did was when she wasn’t around, and I never told her anything because I didn’t have proof, it was awkward, or I was making excuses for his behavior. In retrospect I should’ve said something, but I was just telling myself that it wasn’t a big deal or that I was overthinking it. With all these things added up, I should’ve expected something rash to happen in the end. I was hurt by the false accusation of neglect, I loved NK and I would never neglect a child, but I’m more hurt that my child lost NK as a friend because they really loved each other. I didn’t go into this expecting a friend, but that’s what I got in MB, and it’s also what I lost :/ I feel bad for MB because losing contact with friends and family seems to be a pattern for her an DB.
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2020.09.15 23:29 Rumored17 Refutations for Every Main Pro-Pit Argument

1."It's all how you raise them."

And more:
• ⁠Lockwood, R. A. N. D. A. L. L. (2016). Ethology, ecology and epidemiology of canine aggression. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour & Interactions with People,, 160-181.
• ⁠Abrantes, R., Site, A., Camp, S., Diving, F. A. Q., Camp, G. P., Pages, M., ... & User, C. C. (2016). Aggressive Behavior—Inheritance and Environment.
• ⁠van den Berg, L. I. N. D. A. (2016). Genetics of dog behavior. The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People, 5, 69.
• ⁠O'Neill, D. G., & Packer, R. M. (2016). The First Canine Behavior and Genetics Conference: Summary and recommendations for future directions in canine behavioral science. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 16, 6-12.
• ⁠Sørensen, M. (2016). Breeding aggression: Review of recent literature concerning the influence of genes on aggressive behaviour (Doctoral dissertation).
• ⁠Schilder, M. B., van der Borg, J. A., & Vinke, C. M. (2019). Intraspecific killing in dogs: predation behavior or aggression? A study of aggressors, victims, possible causes and motivations. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.
These studies all show that genetics play a large role in dog behavior. Most are related to Pit Bulls or aggression, but some just show that there are noticeable differences between dog breeds based on their breed. Here are some anecdotal sources to support the claims that Pit Bulls are born with a tendency to be aggressive:
In addition, "it's all how you raise them" goes against the very existence of dog breeds. If someone is arguing this, they are saying a Labrador Retriever will have the same instincts as a Border Collie, which will have the same instincts as a Doberman, which will have the same instincts as a Great Pyrenees, which will have the same instincts as a Dachshund, etc. This is observably and demonstrably false. Humans created different dog breeds with different temperaments and physical and behavioral traits through selective breeding. This is why dog breeds exist, this is why breed standards exist, this is why people can reasonably and accurately predict how a dog will act based on breed. Are there exceptions? Of course. However, that is just what they are- exceptions. Different dog breeds have different traits and tendencies dependent on what they were selectively bred for.

2. "Chihuahuas are more aggressive."

This is just a disingenuous attempt to derail the conversation. Even if Chihuahuas are more aggressive, they don't/can't kill people. If Chihuahuas were as large as Pit Bulls, perhaps this would be a conversation worth having- seeing as this is not the case, there is no argument to be had here.
I try to emphasize that the issue with Pits is how many people and pets they kill. Pit Bulls are not just biting people- they are killing, severely maiming, and mauling people. There is a huge difference, and it is important to recognize many Pit fanatics will try to lump in all dog bites with the maulings Pit Bulls are responsible for. They are not the same. This is similar to the "Labs bite more" argument- again, we are not just talking about bites. Keep the discussion focused on severe maulings, maimings, and deaths, because that is what BSL targets.
From 1982-2020 no Chihuahua has ever killed anyone. This source breaks down attacks by breed, child or adult victim, and death or maiming.

3. "There's no such thing as a Pit Bull." and "Pit Bulls can't be identified."

A good way to avoid even getting to this apologist bingo point is by using the phrasing "Pit Bull type dogs" as opposed to Pit Bulls. However, you can also just explain that "Pit Bull" is an umbrella term for four closely related dog breeds- the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bully. The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are actually so similar they can be dual registered as an AmStaff with the AKC and a APBT with the UKC. Until recently, most dog DNA tests would not even separate AmStaff from APBT due to the extreme similarities. This is also just another deflection technique- everyone knows what someone means by "Pit Bull" just as everyone knows what someone means by "Golden Retriever." This is what "pit bull" means legally.
Now, because "Pit Bull" does refer to 4 dog breeds rather than one, Pit apologists will often cry "well of course 4 dog breeds will kill more people!" but keep in mind that these 4 dog breeds have killed more people than 300+ other dog breeds combined. The Pit Bull umbrella kills more people than every other group or type of dogs and more than every other dog breed combined.
Regarding Pit Bulls being unidentifiable:
Pit Bulls have just as many obvious identifying characteristics as other dog breeds. There is no reason to believe Pit Bulls suffer from misidentification more than other dog breeds. There is reason to believe Pit Bulls are intentionally mislabeled as other breeds when in shelters, however. In addition, when discussing fatal Pit Bull attacks specifically, more often than not there are photos of the Pit Bulls involved so anyone can verify for themselves if they were Pit Bull type dogs. Genetic testing is not required for breed identification- anyone who argues this is being disingenuous. Another point is that we are constantly inundated with Pro-Pit propaganda; there is simply no way we can have Pixar shorts such as Kitbull and a new Dodo video every week about Pit Bulls and still be expected to believe the average person cannot visually identify a Pit Bull.

4. Pits are no more dangerous than other dogs.

The statistics also support our side here- Pit Bulls have killed more people than all other dog breeds combined. Pit Bulls are not the largest, nor the strongest dogs out there. They do not have the strongest bite force. They are more deadly than other dog breeds because humans selectively bred them to be as deadly as possible. They are deadly due to the nature of their attacks and the behavioral traits they display when attacking such as gameness and a bite style mentioned in some of these studies, along with their physical traits.

5. "It used to be Dobermans, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds that people wanted to ban!"

Pit Bulls have killed more people than those three breeds ever did, even at the height of their popularity, even combined. There is also no evidence supporting this claim, and in fact, quite a lot of evidence showing it's completely false.
It is important to note as well that none of these breeds have an entire lobby supporting them. They do not have communities dedicated to attack victim harassment, misinformation, and lies, unlike the Pit Bull has. Something interesting to consider is the bias online when looking at these breeds and other restricted breeds vs pages about Pit Bulls. Wikipedia in particular is very obviously being manipulated by Pit Bull fanatics.
None of this manipulation is occurring on the pages for Dobermans, Rottweilers, or German Shepherds. These three breeds never reached anywhere close to the level of suffering and carnage Pit Bulls are responsible for. There has never been a concerted effort to ban these breeds, although some are targeted by apartment restrictions due to insurance issues. There is also no lobby supporting the misinformation and misrepresentation of these breeds.

6. "Dogsbite.org is biased and unreliable."

Dogsbite is completely open and transparent about their data collection strategies. They provide identification photographs and have all of their citations publicly listed. Citations and Photographs
Here is a challenge I like to give to people who claim Dogsbite is unreliable, although I have yet to receive a legitimate response:
Have you actually looked into dogsbite.org yourself? You do know that dogsbite tracks every fatal dog attack, regardless if it's a Pit or not? It appears anti-Pit because most fatal dog attacks are done by Pits. They're not only posting Pit attacks- there are just so many more fatal Pit attacks than other breeds it appears they are.
Here's a proposal for you:
Go to 2020 and late 2019, a time frame for which news reports are still abundantly available all over the internet, and fact-check ANY FOUR DOG-BITE FATALITIES OF YOUR CHOOSING, two where the killer dogs are said to be pit/mixes, and two cases where the killer dogs are not said to be pit/mixes:
  1. Did DogsBite accurately name the person killed?
  2. Did DogsBite accurately summarize the circumstances in which the person was killed?
  3. Did DogsBite accurately identify the breed(s) of the killer dog(s)?
  4. Did DogsBite provide a photo or photos of the killer dog(s) so you can judge for yourself what type of dog(s) you think did the killing?
DogsBite and Wikipedia both provide links to news stories about these fatal attacks. If you don't want to use the news links provided by DogsBite, then use the ones on Wikipedia that cover the same stories. DogsBite also provides links to autopsy reports, police reports and 911 calls, so you can compare these primary sources with the summaries on the DogsBite page and assess whether those summaries are accurate.

7. "Human aggressive Pit Bulls were culled!"

This is a myth. While human aggression was not something that was typically selectively bred for it is a myth that most human aggressive Pits were culled. That was not the case, and it still is not the case today. One look at shelter descriptions of Pits with bite histories and severe aggression issues shows these dogs are not being euthanized, and there are several instances of Pit Bulls who have killed people being bred.
There's no evidence whatsoever that dog fighters routinely destroyed human-aggressive dogs and refused to breed them. u/NorthTwoZero wrote at length about why it's a myth here, and this blogger put together a documented list of famously human-aggressive fighting dogs who not only weren't "culled" but were bred so often that they produced over 1,200 known, registered offspring:
"The man-biters were culled and the pit bulls were not bred for human aggression myths were created from thin air, complete fabrications. There is not a sliver of truth in the myth that dogmen culled man-biters. Not only weren't human aggressive pit fighters NOT culled, but a talented man-biter was heavily bred, his stud services were in high demand and the stud fees commanded a premium. The progeny of man-biters are still sought out long after he or she has passed away. This Italian game-dog website lists their choice for the Best Ever fighting dogs, three of the five are known man-biters and the other two trace their origins to the others on their "Best" list. Some famous man-biters have their own facebook fan pages. If you happen to be a 10x winner with 3 kills and scratching on the carcass, people tend to overlook a little thing like the danger she poses to people and she is also likely to be nominated for the cover of this month's International Sporting Dog Journal. Some famous man-biters not only have a facebook fan page, they have their own promotional merchandise too."

8. "Pit Bulls were nanny dogs!" or "Pit Bulls were America's dog!"

First, I usually ask questions that demonstrate out how absurd that claim is. What is a nanny dog? What duties does a nanny dog perform? Why would a dog type be called a "Pit Bull" if it nannied? Where does the name "Pit Bull" come from? Why is it necessary for Pits to have such large, gaping mouths and extremely muscular bodies if they were nannies? Then here is some actual info:
The first appearance of the term "Nanny Dog" dates from a 1971 NYT interview with the then president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, Lillian Rant, who called Staffordshire Bull Terriers "nursemaid dogs" for no apparent reason (other than to attempt to re-brand fighting dogs as family pets).
BAD RAP shared a link.
It's Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that there was never such thing as a 'Nanny's Dog'? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls (see link for details about vintage photos). While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog - A recipe for dog bites!
Regarding Pits being "America's dog": Bronwen Dickey (author of incredibly biased and unscientific book "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon") and other pit bull advocates argue that pit bulls were historically beloved in the U.S. until the dogs became associated with urban people of color in the 1970s, so Pit Bull stigma is really about being racist toward black and brown people.
But pit bulls were not historically beloved in the U.S. nor were they popularly regarded as a positive symbol of plucky can-do spirit. Joseph Colby, in his lifetime one of the world's leading authorities on the Pit Bull Terrier, wrote in 1936 that "The general public is under the impression that this breed is carnivorous, vicious, and, fed on a diet of raw meat, will devour a human being" and "When the pit bull terrier was introduced into America, he was more commonly found to be owned by prize fighters, saloon keepers and habitues, sporting men and the like. From the start the breed earned an unjust reputation due to his fighting ability and the character of the owner. To this day he is still trying to live down an unjust and undeserved reputation."
Sometimes Pit people will randomly mention how Sergeant Stubby, a decorated war hero dog, was a Pit Bull. He was not. Primary (contemporary) sources most often describe Stubby as a Boston Terrier or Boston Terrier mix (this breed was sometimes called the Boston Bulldog). He is sometimes said to be a Bull Terrier (the egghead dogs) mix but he obviously resembles a Boston Terrier significantly more than a Bull Terrier. Stubby is never said to be a Pit Bull in primary sources.

9. "Pit Bulls scored 2nd highest on temperament tests and better than most family dog breeds!"

This is always referring to the ATTS, or the American Temperament Testing Society. It is refuted thoroughly in the BanPitBulls FAQ, but this is what I usually say as well:
The test was developed to test working dogs, specifically dogs meant for schutzhund work. It has never been, nor ever purported to be about testing companion animals or a breed's suitability as family pets. Scoring actually favors dogs that bite, in some cases. Breed specific temperament, aggression, and each dog's training is taken into account when scoring. This means that if a relatively untrained Lab bites a "threatening stranger" it will score far lower than a German Shepherd that bites a "threatening stranger."
According to the ATTS itself, "95% of dogs who fail do so because they lack confidence" NOT because they bite. Dogs that exhibit avoidance behaviors will fail. Dogs that bite do not automatically fail.
The ATTS also states that comparing scores with other dogs means nothing- the pass/fail rates cannot be compared. Different dog breeds that behave the same exact way on the test will get hugely different scores due to the fact they take inherent breed tendencies into consideration.
The test is not designed to test for breed aggression, according to the ATTS website. It is more of a test of bravery for individual dogs. Timid dogs will always fail. Dogs that bite will not always fail.
If anything, you could argue that the reason Pits have a high passing rate is because they bite or show aggression, although that is speculation and not proven. Either way though- the test does not test breed aggression, passing rates cannot be compared, and the test absolutely does not test for suitability as a family pet.
More info here: What the ATTS is really showing.
It is also worth mentioning that the only dogs that participate in the ATTS testing are dogs brought in by their owners- it is not a random sample or scientific study of any kind. Considering the evidence showing the existence of an actual Pit Bull lobby, it would not be a reach to say these results have been intentionally manipulated (if they did even matter, which they don't).
Also, a controlled temperament test found that 13 percent, or one out of seven, pit bulls tried to bite or attack during a one hour test simulating a neighborhood walk. One out of seven pit bulls tried to bite in the span of just one hour compared to only one out of 70 golden retrievers. Note that this study was funded and authored by anti-breed ban activists: They found "no significant difference" between breeds when the definition of aggression was watered down to include even whining or crying. But pay close attention to Table 5 on page 138: out of all the breeds tested, pit bulls were markedly the worst when it came to the percentage of dogs that reached a more serious level of aggression.

10. "It's racism for dogs!"

Humans are not dogs, and dog breeds are not analogous to human races.
In addition, one cannot compare a race of people to a breed of dogs for a multitude of reasons. Dog breeds were selectively, intentionally bred for specific characteristics and traits by human beings. Humans created dog breeds based on what physical and behavioral traits we wanted them to have. (Spaniels for flushing, retrievers for fetching prey/birds without damage, livestock guardian dogs such as Great Pyrenees for protecting livestock, Huskies for endurance and energy, Pointers for pointing, etc. Different dog breeds have different behavioral tendencies because humans selectively bred them to have those tendencies). Dogs also do not suffer from cultural differences, institutionalized racism, or socioeconomic disparities. Humans are also not as heavily influenced by our instincts as dogs are. Dogs behave based on their instincts and training. Humans behave mainly on their "training." Humans also have far more complex thought processes and the ability to make complex decisions. Dogs do not. You could go on and on but that is the basic overview there- dogs were selectively bred and rely mainly on their instincts. Humans were not selectively bred and are capable of making complex and rational decisions.
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2020.09.10 14:27 Joyffree Matched To His Bear: An M/M Mpreg Romance (The Dates of Our Lives) by Lorelei M. Hart & Colbie Dunbar ➱ Release Tour

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2020.09.08 08:59 Alamedo The Settlements of Geeska

The times are changing for the Harla and their young nation, as the clans adjust themselves to the new ways of life brought by the world and the push for a new type of leadership, what was once a family of families now starts to take the form of an true nation.
But the rising nation has still a long path to go, as the Harla remain diverse on their way of life and form of responding to the changes the world pushes on them.
For long, the way of life of the Harla was one of constant struggle, an eternal dance around the arid mountains and caring plains of Geeska, following ancient paths fathers and mothers had travelled with their herds in constant balance with the earth and its seasons. But with time and contact with the outside world, the Harla started to find new ways of life, ways that would not be found in travelling the steppes of the homeland, but on the markets of foreign nations and making goods valuable for others. Camps became villages and villages cities through Geeska as a new form of wealth was found from the earth and the blessings it held for the Harla.
While the new leaders of Harla believe in emulating the outside world and look forward to the birth of great cities of stone, the people are still diverse in their ways of life, with many different types of settlements being found through Geeska.
As the Council of Mosylon desires to help the Harla to go into a new age of order and wealth, there is now a need to know not only the natural world but the world men have created for themselves, to know where the people live, as to improve and better the ties between the Harla.

The Settlements of Geeska

As a nation going through an era of change, one can find many different types of settlements in Geeska, with most of them adjusting to the environment they have been built on:
Aqal
The aqal is the ancient, traditional house of the Harla, a house that can be carried through Geeska on the back of a camel, and can be built fast and be taken down and moved as the seasons change and pastures ask for compassion as they become tired of the herds feeding upon them. For most of the history of the Harla, the aqal was the dwelling of the Harla, as being dependant on pastures and weather made the people of Geeska live in a cycle of constant migration within their own homeland. While the aqal is no longer the only form of living for the Harla, there are still many who still live as nomads in Geeska, living in large camps made of aqals, moving with the seasons. The camps constantly move but the locations where they can be found are somewhat constant as those who set the camps get the knowledge of said pastoral grounds from their fathers. The caravans also use the aqals for their travels, as they move from market to market.
Mundal
The mundal is a somewhat new type of dwelling for the Harla, as they were born from the need of settling in the fertile lands of the south of Geeska settled by the Daarood. The mundal is a small, round house made of poles and vines plastered with mud and ashes, with a simple thatched roof, as those materials are easy to find on the riverlands of the south. A family of farmers would live in a mundal and build their farms close to them, planting bushes around their fields to protect their crops from animals and for marking their plots of land. Both the single house and a settlement composed of them are known as mundal.
Tuulo
A tuulo is what outsiders would consider a village, a settlement composed of houses made with wood from short trees of the steppe mostly, built close to sources of wealth like mines, areas with an abundance of aromatic trees or born as a stop for caravans moving between markets and later on growing to hold a permanent population. A tuulo can be very diverse, depending on where it is, as some tuulos can have "neighborhoods" composed of aqals or small stone buildings, all depending on the wealth of those who conform the tuulo.
Magaalada
The largest type of settlement of the Harla are the magaalada, conformed by large amounts of stone buildings obtained from mines or local stone sources, these settlements can be found only on the northern coast of Geeska, as they are the product of wealth obtained from trading with egyptian and mahri merchants. The magaaladas host the largest markets in Geeska and the most important ports for trade and transport, they are the place where all merchants and goods from Geeska can be found, products brought north from all corners of Geeska. Mosylon, while being the home of the Council and Gerad of the Harla, is not the largest magaalada, that would be Malao.
Map of the Settlements of Geeska
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2020.09.08 05:40 erikaclouds I think my boyfriend is an alcoholic and I don’t know what to do

( UPDATE!) Writing this out and hearing the comments helped me so much. Reddit is a amazing bc when you can’t talk to your close friends, you always have Reddit, I feel like it provide very cathartic emotions. Anyway, I expressed my concern to Colby, he claimed “it was a a couple bad days” and I told him that a couple bad days can be a couple bad weeks and I also expressed his attitude change when he is drinking etc. And he said, “Youre completely right. I completely understand and appreciate you so much” and expressed that he is going to put more effort into cutting back, or at least be aware of the effect it has on me. I literally couldn’t believe it!!! Thank you for reading my post and giving me the courage to express my concern, I’m so happy with this outcome!
Hello, I’m sorry for some long text, this is just been going on for a while and I haven’t really talked to anyone about it
My boyfriend is 24, will call him Colby and I’m 21M
I’ll give you some background information first:
When We first started dating sometimes I felt like he couldn’t do anything unless he had two beers first, at first I felt like it wasn’t my place so I didn’t really say anything, But I distinctly remember thinking it was odd that he had to have at least three or four beers wherever we went whenever the time of day.
In the beginning of quarantine, his job went online and he grew to hate it more and more and more he couldn’t go to any bars, and he would drink at home, this is when we fought the most, sometimes I felt like I was crazy because of the things that he would say that was so mean and I would wake up with so much anxiety knowing that he would say something to me and we would get into another fight, sometimes when we hung out in our first couple of months he will be in these really bad moods that I would think “wow he needs a beer” but then I started thinking... that isn’t normal for someone to physically need a beer like that. But I saw so much similarities to him and his dad, who is 100% and alcoholic
When he started living on his own in April he started to drink more, he told me that in the beginning of living on his own he drank 12 or more beers in a night.
He had a really bad hangover in May causing him to throw up blood, this was a wake up call for him and he started to “cut back“ although I never hung out with him without him having a beer since I met him, and nothing changed (from what I saw) even after he threw up. I expressed my concern when he threw up bc I read that was a bad sign, and he tried to cut back alittle bit, i would say he cut maybe 10% of his intake, but even from cutting that much for a couple of months (June-Aug) we have been very happy and our fights were far and few between
Today, was a personal wake up call for me, I went over his house and he was in this horrible mood he had a very bad day, there was nothing I could really do to make him feel better and he was scrambling to look for a liquor store, he finally found one that was open and SPED there, as soon as he had the beer in his hand when we went back to his place his attitude completely changed, the 180 degree turn he had from a beer was actually kind of unbelievable and I’m getting extremely concerned. Although I felt like it wasn’t my place when I felt like he drank too much before, as someone who loves him I don’t want to stay quiet about this
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