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Ever wanted to buy a stock before it's a rocket or 10 bagger? SBW got you covered.

Hello, you may know me from DD posts about IVZ and 3DP. I'm still heavily in these. But today I bring you SBW.
Ok for real, this might be the laziest DD you've read because it was copy pasted direct from hotcopper. But it will also be the best DD you've read (no offence to u/bigjimbeef recent DD on this but he's always drunk and while his DD did get me interested in this, I think maybe some people didn't take his post seriously because the post read like he had a beer in one hand and his dick in the other).
But I've been thinking lately... wouldn't it be nice if I could, for once, jump on a stock, before it rockets? Like... Every stock I've been in so far has holders who are already 10 bagging. How do they find these stocks and how can I become one of them?
Well, here is your chance. Full disclosure, I'm in at 26.5c, closing price today is 24.5c. It IPOd at 35c so we are still at bargain prices. No rocket yet. If you can think of a reason not to buy, please say so, before I take a larger position tmw morning, as I am trying to keep myself from getting overly keen on yet another stock but so far I can't find a good reason to put money anywhere else.
Copy pasta below:
I thought it was about time that I made the “Ultimate Guide to SBW” and consolidated months of research and analysis into one comprehensive post. Then we can add bits to it from there as more positive news develops.
Let us start with capital structure.
Capital Structure and Why This Is Important!
There are currently 139 million shares on issue, sitting at a price of 32 cents.
This gives a Market Capitalization of approximately ~45 million AUD.
Keep this in mind when we discuss partners and peers later - it’s arguably a more important metric than share price.
The Top 20 shareholders of SBW (which includes key management as the Top 2 holders) have about 90% of the stock on issue. The interests of management are well-aligned with shareholders.
What does this mean in plain English? It means management are extremely incentivized to perform, and are not just idly sitting by collecting an easy paycheck like so many other ASX companies. They have as much at stake as you do! Probably more.
The Core Business
The core business is a profitable operation which has been selling weighing systems to both retail and healthcare sectors – with reliable recurring revenue from customers including, but not limited to, household names like Toshiba and Fujitsu.
SBW have a combination of weighing + artificial intelligence + advanced mathematics which cannot be easily duplicated. The company was first founded in 1971 and was one of the first to shift from mechanical to digital weighing and ultra-thin IoT load sensors.
If you are interested in reading up on some of their patents, please see this link:
https://patents.justia.com/search?q=Shekel scales
I found 11 separate patents here, which are probably not an exhaustive list, but ranging from weighing vehicles in motion, to load cell devices (this is the flagship technology), point of sale apparatus and infant weight systems (for their medical customers)
SBW's three main technology pillars, including patented ultra-thin high precision load sensors, can distinguish between Coke, Fanta & Pepsi - even if they are all in 1.5 litre bottles!
The Hitachi Project (Hitachi’s Market Cap = roughly ~33 billion USD at time of writing, SBW = ~45 million AUD)
http://hlds.co.jp/product-eng/1079
[Translated from Japanese] Hitachi-LG Data Storage. Inc. exhibited in “NRF 2020 Retail’s Big Show” which took place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York from 1/12-1/14/2020, where Unmanned Store solution using 3D LiDAR(TOF) was jointly exhibited with Hitachi America, Hitachi Vantara, and Shekel Brainweigh (Israel).
Some quotes I found from Hitachi themselves
“Micro-markets are the fastest growing segment of convenience shopping. We see them exploding in high traffic areas, such as workplaces, campuses, train stations and airports,” said Hideki Hayashi, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hitachi EU Ltd.
“Deploying the joint Shekel-Hitachi solution enables retailers and micro-market operators to provide the 24/7 frictionless shopping experience consumers demand without sacrificing accuracy, performance or profitability.”
“As the manager responsible for LiDAR products in EMEA markets, I consider the R&D and commercial collaboration with Shekel Brainweigh to be the perfect partnership as we both bring our respective capabilities to develop a seamless consumer shopping experience. We are extremely pleased to collaborate with Shekel Brainweigh, which we believe is the best digital weighing technology developer globally."
“The collaboration builds on our expertise in optical motion sensors, together with Shekel’s advanced Product Aware Technology, and further strengthens our commitment to overcome the challenges, and address the significant opportunities, in global retail store automation.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-uxk2Ycoqw
The Open Retail Initiative
https://www.lfedge.org/2020/02/13/n...ensor-fusion-for-intelligent-loss-prevention/
For the one-year anniversary of ORI, six initiative members Edgify, Flooid, Shekel and LF Edge members HP, IOTech and Intel inspired by the initiative, worked together on a demo for the Intel booth that showcased the value of Real Time Sensor Fusion for a loss prevention use case at self-checkout. The retail environment has become incredibly complex. The latest technologies enable data-driven experiences and unlock business value like never before, yet there is still a lack of interoperability making it difficult for retailers to deploy integrated solutions with speed and ease. The demo illustrates how integration roadblocks can be a thing of the past.
The demo pulls together real time data through the EdgeX middleware from different common systems including POS real-time transaction log, CV-based object detection, scale solution, and RFID, and data fusion—all in a single pane of glass.
Here are some PowerPoint slides of IBM, Intel & Hewlett-Packard talking about the joint solution
https://wiki.edgexfoundry.org/downl...amp;modificationDate=1579904283000&api=v2
The Fast Track Project
https://www.edgify.ai/retail/
Reduce time at till and selection at self-checkout by up to 98%. Computer vision-based product recognition, that continuously learns directly on the till, so the accuracy of the detection always increases.
Friction-less stores are great in theory but extremely complicated to scale in practice. Our edge training solution makes autonomous stores scalable, by having all the AI train directly on the camera. No infrastructure costs and no added complications.
Reduce incorrect selections by up to 90%. Either intentional or unintentional, use computer vision that is trained directly on the SCO itself to reduce loss by more than half!
No barcodes, no packaging, no worries. Simple USB cameras can detect the produce at close to 100% accuracy. Use as a decision support for cashiers, or to avoid consumers having to go through long and confusing menus.
https://www.edgify.ai/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Retail_Intro.pdf
https://twitter.com/Edgify_AI/status/1277859718413930505
https://twitter.com/Edgify_AI/status/1230534216133332997
Shekel’s Visual Recognition Platform embedded with Edgify’s machine-learning training framework is the world’s first cloudless software that automatically recognises products, including fresh produce, at a retail self-checkout.
This ~45 million AUD Market Cap company allows retailers to potentially bypass expensive cloud services from Microsoft, Google and Amazon.
Sending data to the cloud is a very costly process with the Google Cloud Platform charging 1,000 stores more than US$7.2 million in cloud computing power per annum.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrpZ56IdFtg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpqwqQ1tJ4A
You can see the Shekel system 35 seconds in.
Patnership with Madix (2nd Largest Retail Shelves Manufacturer in NA)
https://www.bloomberg.com/press-rel...ade-product-aware-cabinets-to-retail-industry
NEW YORK -- January 13, 2020
Madix Inc., the second largest retail shelves manufacturer in North America, and Shekel Brainweigh Ltd. (ASX: SBW), the leader in advanced weighing technology, today announced the availability of ready-made Product Aware shelves and solutions for the retail industry.
“By seamlessly integrating Product Aware shelves into our hardware, our customers are armed with accessible data giving them reliable inventory visibility and assisting them in addressing over-stock and out-of-stock problems, as well as better control over shrinkage” said Steve Kramer, VP Sales, Madix.
“For the retail industry, this is a defined competitive edge that promotes the opportunity to increase profitability.”
Conclusion
So, remember - the core scales business is what drives the revenue we see today, but the innovation division is where the real potential resides. That will take a few more months/years to play out. I think most people are buying for the fully autonomous frictionless retail technology which comes with a huge addressable market. That’s still being undervalued in my humble opinion.
Considering there are quite a few ASX-listed tech companies with no revenue and over 100 million market cap (some even @ 1 billion market cap right now…
I don’t see why SBW couldn’t move past ~45m market cap in the near future.
Now if you read all this - links included- I commend you for your diligence. It should be obvious now that the Capsule (in partnership with Hitachi) is the “crown jewel” or “holy grail” of retail disruption technology plays (look at the success of Amazon GO for example).
So you are probably thinking: "This sounds great @verce but it’s all just aspirational and hypothetical. When will it be put into operation?" Well I’m glad you asked. The answer might surprise you. And it may be sooner than you think.
The SBW Half Year Report from 31 August 2020 had a little snippet that I think a lot of people missed. Specifically, the following text:
“Flagship micro-market project Capsule is in an advanced stage of pilot in Europe, and expected to be open to the public for trial in the second half of 2020.”
Now you are probably wondering: "That’s great but what if it’s just some obscure insignificant corner store somewhere?" Again, the answer may surprise you, and requires a little digging.
Enter Groupe Casino. A historic player in French retailing since 1898, the Casino Group is one of the world leaders in food retailing with more than 12,200 stores worldwide, located in France, Latin America and the Indian Ocean and a turnover of 37.8 billion euro.
In their Annual Report this year, they mentioned an exciting new disruptive project they were working on with a relatively obscure company.
https://www.groupe-casino.fwp-content/uploads/2020/06/RapportActivite_Casino_2019_EN.pdf
And we have some commentary from SBW featured on Page 42-43 of their Annual Report plugging "the first fully autonomous store in Europe". I'll leave it to readers to determine the significance of being mentioned in the Annual Report of a leading mass-market retail group with billions of Euro in revenue.
The same group who claim to be the source of many innovations such as the first distributor's brand in 1901, the first self-service store in 1948 or even the display of a sell-by date on consumer products in 1959. They are always pushing the boundaries of innovation, and it's an exciting partner to have.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that issuing shares are not the only mechanism by which to raise money. And that a placement at a premium to a sophisticated cornerstone investor can yield great results. Kind of like what happened with 3DP and IHR.
If I was them, I’d be asking Hitachi to chip in.
SBW also have the luxury of generating enough revenue (we are talking USD millions) in 2H20 from the core scales division, that a capital raising may not actually be necessary at this point in time. So they can wait for a better outcome.
Source: “Post 30 June 2020, the business has seen a resurgence of orders for Shekel’s products, resulting in July 2020 sales exceeding July 2019 sales by approximately 18%.”
The final thing I would like to add (if you have in fact read my other two posts which are worth reading) is coming to an appropriate valuation. This is the tricky part, especially with microcap stocks which are valued on their future potential.
We do know that there are medium to high barriers to entry, and that SBW have accumulated a competitive edge with their technology iterated over several decades, with certain patents in place.
We also know that the opportunity is global in scope with a huge total addressable market (TAM) - and that traditional retail is ripe for disruption.
Remember when there were more human checkout lanes at supermarkets than self-checkout? Now it's the other way around. We are even starting to see self-checkout in Bunnings. The trend for autonomous and friction-less shopping - what some term "Grab & Go" - was inevitable. And coronavirus has only accelerated this trend.
https://www.ibtimes.com/5-tech-tren...-end-year-result-coronavirus-pandemic-3011819
5 Tech Trends Expected To Shape Retail Through The End Of The Year As Result Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
“Retailers and brands will need to collaborate more than ever with technology startups to futureproof their businesses and be better equipped to meet fast-changing consumer demand and behavior,” Coresight said.
Coresight reported the pandemic has piqued consumer interest in cashierless models.
Technology firm Shekel Brainweigh said 87% of respondents to its global consumer survey indicated they would choose stores with self-checkout over those with only cashier lines.
So if you ask me, when you consider all the different technology projects SBW are working on - most of which we now know are "close to commercialisation*" - is 45m AUD market cap really fair value for something that has the potential to roll out globally? I personally think it is still undervalued, but the market will eventually decide one way or the other.
Even at 70 cents per share, the implied market cap with only 139 million shares on issue is about ~97 million AUD. Which is still less than 100m. And still quite low when you compare SBW's proven technology and revenue to a lot of unproven technology companies with no real customers whatsoever. And extremely low when you compare SBW's market cap to their collaborative partner Hitachi (ranked 38th in the 2012 Fortune Global 500).
Even at 32 cents as it currently stands, we are still below the IPO price when SBW first listed at 35 cents per share. How does that make any sense?
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Question culinaire: Est ce qu’il y’a une différence entre le tarama Français et Greque?

J’étais introduit au tarama quand j’ai visité Paris et je l’ai bien aimé. Au Liban et en France j’ai eu seulement la chance d’avoir la version industrielle Française comme celle là.
J’ai visité la Grèce récemment et j’ai commandé le tarama aux restaurants plusieurs fois mais la couleur était différente et le goût bien trop amère. Est-ce pareil en France pour le tarama fait-maison/servi au restaurant ou c'est proche à la version industrielle?
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Top 14 2020/2021 Jersey Guide

Top 14 2020/2021 Jersey Guide
This post aims to show as many Top 14 jerseys as possible for the upcoming season - after all, since it is also reasonably likely to be cancelled, those might become collector items in the future. And for those who care about it, I have been trying to identify both the brands, sponsors (and what kinds of companies they are) along with other anecdotes when I can find some.
The reason is that some sponsors really make the shirts uglier - I'm thinking of Bordeaux' Bourse de L'Immobilier on the chest, this one I'm sure will be more popular without sponsors. It's also interesting to see what kinds of companies sponsor rugby teams in France.
I'll try to update it when new kits are revealed (including Away/Third when applicable - although I will just link because the max number of images is reached there) - looking at you Stade Français. Also some sponsors are still missing due to me not having had access to all full kits yet, I'll see if I have the courage to look at butts in scrums to complete the list.
Image size has nothing to do with personal preference, I just tried to save some of my sanity by cropping the ones that were easier to crop (e.g. La Rochelle & Toulon). you can click on them I guess.
Favorite ones: Bayonne A, Montpellier H, Brive A
Edit: BTW, when I wrote "back - bottom" in the sponsor description, it means "bottom of the shirt, in the back", not "on the player's bottom" - that one is marked "shorts - back".

Agen


L & 3rd: Home, R & 2nd: Away
Brand: Errea
Main sponsor: Bigard (meat processing)
Other sponsors:
  • Mazda (automaker), chest - right
  • Accès Industrie (handling equipment rental), chest - left
  • UPSA (pharmaceuticals), back - top
  • Ultra Premium Direct (pet food), back - bottom
  • Saur (water and leisure management), left sleeve
  • Stef (controlled temperature transport), right thigh
  • Clima Froid Aquitaine (air conditioners and refrigeration systems), left thigh
  • Vigipets.fr (lost pet tracking service), shorts - back
Bonus: Video reveal of the new shirts. Apparently, the third jersey for European duties will be red, but it has not been revealed yet.

Bayonne


L: Home, R: Away
Brand: Kappa
Main sponsor: MGP (insurance)
Other sponsors:
  • Lauak (aeronautics contract manufacturer), chest - left
  • City of Bayonne (self explanatory), chest - right
  • Mercedes (automaker), right thigh
  • Maison Rivière (cooked meals), left thigh
  • Banque Française Mutualiste (Bank), back - top
Bonus: the motif on the Away kit is the Lauburu, or "Basque cross".

Bordeaux


Home

Away
Brand: Kappa
Main Sponsor: Arkea (insurance)
Other sponsors:
  • Bourse de l'immobilier (real estate), chest - left
  • Cdiscount (online sales), chest - right
  • Cacolac (cocoa drink), left sleeve
  • Fayat (construction), back - top
  • edenauto (car sales), back - bottom
Bonus: The V motif on the Home shirt is named a "scapulaire", and is a symbol of Bordeaux sports teams - the football team also usually uses it.

Brive


Home

Away

Third
Brand: Adidas
Main Sponsor: Vivendi (media)
Other sponsors:
  • Allianz (insurance), chest - left
  • De Richebourg (recycling and maintenance services), chest - right
  • Renault (automaker), left sleeve
Bonus: Vivendi is also the owner of Canal+, which is the Top 14's broadcaster.

Castres


L: Third, C: Home, R: Away
Brand: Kappa
Main Sponsor: Matmut (insurance)
Other sponsors:
  • Tarn (tourism agency from the region where Castres is hidden), chest - left
  • Sud de France (wine label), chest - right
  • Renault (automaker), left sleeve
  • Pierre Fabre (pharmaceuticals), back - top
  • Bigard (meat processing), back - bottom and right thigh
  • CCL (construction), shorts - back
Bonus: Video reveal of the new shirts.

Clermont


L: Away, C: Home, R: Third
Brand: Macron
Main Sponsor: Paprec (paper recycling)
Other sponsors:
  • Groupama (insurance), chest - left*
  • Omerin (cable manufacturers), chest - right
  • Renault (automaker), left sleeve
  • Michelin (tire manufacturer), back - top
  • Accenture (professional services), back - bottom
  • CGI (IT consulting), left thigh
  • Crédit agricole (bank), right thigh
  • Labo France (construction products), shorts - back
Bonus: Video reveal, but without players getting involved

La Rochelle


L: Home, C: Away, R: Third
Brand: Hungaria
Main Sponsor: Apivia (insurance)
Other sponsors:
  • Sodebo (cooked meals), chest - left
  • Merling (coffee roasting), chest - right
  • Avia Picoty (filling stations), left & right sleeves
  • Lea Nature (organic products), back - top
  • COGEP (accountants), shorts - back
  • Bigard (meat processing), back - bottom & right thigh
  • Charente Maritime (La Rochelle's county), left thigh
Bonus: It is the same shirt as last year - the Stade Rochelais decided to cut costs due to the uncertainty of the pandemic (they are the team whose stadium has the highest filling rate in the league and rely on it for their finances, hence why Covid hurts them a lot. Merling is the company founded and owned by La Rochelle's president, Vincent Merling.

Lyon


Home
Brand: Macron
Main Sponsor: Matmut (insurance)
Other sponsors:
  • 6e sens immobilier (real estate), chest - left
  • GL Events (events), chest - right
  • Serfin (financial services), left sleeve
  • Eiffage (construction), back - top
  • BFM Lyon (media), back - bottom left
  • Justin Bridou (delicatessen), back - bottom right
  • EM2C (real estate), left thigh
  • Crédit Agricole (bank), right thigh
  • Samsic (business services), shorts - back
Bonus: Matmut is also the brand of Lyon's Gerland stadium.

Montpellier


https://preview.redd.it/qih7dvvi6kl51.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c72184b1b2000f5fbec31d96950fe498efcdfecc

https://preview.redd.it/tw5nfvxj6kl51.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=69dfd0fcf508a7e933abc5570e91bff2f0e2cd41
Brand: Kappa
Main Sponsor: Altrad (construction equipment)
Other sponsors:
  • Hectare (real estate), chest - left
  • Montpellier métropole (self explanatory), chest - right
  • Hérault (Montpellier's county), left sleeve
  • Tressol Chabrier (car sales), back - top
  • Sud de France (local food producers), back - bottom
  • Urbaser (environment services), shorts - back
  • Crédit Agricole (bank), right thigh
Bonus: Altrad, whose founder Mohed Altrad is Montpellier's owner, is also the French NT's shirt sponsor.

Pau


L: Home, R: Away
Brand: Macron
Main Sponsor: Total (oil and gas) - also on the back of the shirt
Other sponsors:
  • Terega (gas transportation), chest - left
  • Cancé (metallic construction), chest - right
  • Autaa (handling and logistics), left sleeve
  • essor (real estate, shorts - back
  • Leclerc (supermarkets), left thigh
  • PLH (real estate), right thigh
Bonus: The twin peaks on the back of the shirt symbolize the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, the most famous summit in the Pyrénées-Atlantique county, with a height of 2884m, and whose nickname in Béarn is "Jean-Pierre".

Racing


Home

Away
Brand: Le Coq Sportif
Main Sponsor: Natixis (bank) - also on the back of the shirt
Other sponsors:
  • Clarins (cosmetics), chest
  • Assystem (engineering), chest - left
  • Hauts-de-Seine (club's county), left sleeve
  • alila (real estate), back - bottom
  • Foncia (real estate), right thigh
  • Andros (fruit and milk transformation), left thigh
  • Triangle Interim (temp agency), shorts - back
Bonus: Le Coq Sportif is also the brand used by the French NT.

Stade Français

https://preview.redd.it/sic5sto1tpl51.jpg?width=4096&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1ce377cabdebba07c9195942292d4ec3be620e25
Brand: Kappa
Main Sponsor: Capri-Sun (fruit beverage)
Other sponsors:
  • Talan (digital tech), chest - left
  • Acadomia (school help), chest - right
Bonus: What else but a list of 15 of the most emblematic Stade Français jerseys.

Toulon


L: Home, C: Away, R: Third
Brand: Hungaria
Main Sponsor: SPVIE (insurance)
Other sponsors:
  • Groupe Loudane (specialized transportation), chest - left
  • AGV Garelli (real estate), chest - right
  • Team Interim (temp agency), left sleeve
  • Volkswagen (automaker), back - top
  • Pizzorno (environment), back - bottom
  • yack (air conditioners), shorts - back
  • JOA (casinos), shorts - left thigh
Bonus: Shirt reveal video. The man in their back is Felix Mayol, whom you might know from the stadium's name - he was a singer in the beginning of the 20th century and a RCT fan, and funded the building of the stadium.

Toulouse


Home

Away
Brand: Nike
Main Sponsor: Peugeot (automaker)
Other sponsors:
  • Airbus (plane manufacturer), chest - right
  • Jimenez (logistics), left sleeve
  • Fiducial (accounting), back - top
  • Parera (cartography), back - bottom
Bonus: The stripes are inspired by the 85-86 shirts - they won back-to-back titles in these years.
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Casino launching no clerk shop

After a successful try in a not so good neighborhood², they decided to add 10 more shop in the next 2 years. This could open a new market in "deserted" residential area. While these are not the norm in France they do exist in mid size city and small town.
Casino is one of the biggest retailer group in France. ²: it's not the worst but also not a fancy one. sample of the article translated with deepl :
[The box] "will be satellite-based from another shop in order to facilitate supply". These futuristic supermarkets will also allow "Monop'" to establish themselves in new places, previously inaccessible. "We need 15m2 to install a "Blackbox", compared to 150 to 200 m2 for a classic Monop'. This will enable us to set up in areas that are not suitable for traditional shops, such as hotels or car parks. Discussions are underway with players such as airports, hospitals and company headquarters," says Monop''s managing director.
With this technology, Casino saves itself the payroll costs associated with cashier staff and considerably reduces its rent costs. However, according to the group, the model is no more profitable than that of traditional shops. "The average BlackBox basket is 6 to 9 euros. The turnover is therefore much lower than in a classic Monop'. But it must be understood that this project was not imagined for economic or profitability reasons. Above all, we will try to meet a real customer need," says Olivier Rego.
The project "launched more than 6 months before the pandemic" comes at the right time in the midst of a health crisis. Casino plans to operate the "Boxes" with other shops of the group and to export the concept to other retailers. Link to the article in French
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Covid-19 Megathread 8: All Corona related opinions, discussion,... here!

New Megathread for all Covid-19 discussion, new cases,...
Major news like new nationwide measures is allowed as a separate post, all else goes here.
We will crack down on false or unconfirmed information. If you post things that have major implications (closures,...): add a source. Other posts will be deleted. Regular discussion is ofc no problem.
VRT: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/dossiers/2020/01/coronavirus-china/
De Morgen: https://www.demorgen.be/nieuws/live-coronavirus-dodentol-in-italie-loopt-op-naar-79-15de-geval-in-belgie-bevestigd~b638c04f/
LN24: https://www.ln24.be/2020-03-13/covid-19-en-direct
(feel free to post other liveblogs, I'll add them)
Official Belgian info: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/news/ (Thanks GiveMeFalseHope)
Flemish school guidelines: https://www.onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/nl/nl/coronavirus
Sciensano Stats: https://epidemio.wiv-isp.be/ID/Pages/2019-nCoV_epidemiological_situation.aspx (Thanks igor_sk)
https://datastudio.google.com/embed/reporting/c14a5cfc-cab7-4812-848c-0369173148ab/page/tpRKB (Thanks again igor_sk)
https://covid-19.sciensano.be/sites/default/files/COVID19/COVID-19_FAQ_NL_final.pdf & https://covid-19.sciensano.be/sites/default/files/COVID19/COVID-19_FAQ_FR_final.pdf (Thanks a third time igor_sk)
Global Stats: https://ncov2019.live/ (Thanks Kenethica)
WHO guidelines: https://multi-clean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/WHO-Infographic-corona-1-2020.png
French guideline version: http://enseignement.be/index.php?page=28291
For questions about Belgians who are abroad: https://www.facebook.com/Diplomatie.Belgium/
Info on amount of tests: https://epistat.wiv-isp.be/Covid/ (Click on Excel complete dataset, thanks JohnisAFKB)
Want to help?: https://www.hulpvoorhelden.be/ (Thanks dobbelsteentje)
How to make your own mask: https://maakjemondmasker.be/
Status 07/06/2020, 11h00:
Subject Total Care homes Other
Total cases 59.226 (+154) 9.247 (+15) 49.979 (+139)
Currently in hospital 571 (-74) N/A N/A
Currently in ICU 111 (-10) N/A N/A
Deaths 9.595 (+15) 4.830 (+7) 4.640 (+8)
Recovered or out of hospital 16.291 (+101) N/A N/A
New developments: 29/05: below 1.000 in hospital, below 200 in ICU
Guidelines: Keep a lookout for symptoms (fever, respiratory problems). Contact your doctor if needed.
Guidelines in other languages: https://www.integratie-inburgering.be/corona-meertalige-info (thanks State_of_Emergency)
As of 02/06:
From 08/06:
From 15/06:
From 01/07:
Until (at least) 31/07:
Until (at least) 01/09:
Previous megathreads:
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fbrv96/second_case_of_corona_virus_in_belgium/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fd1e56/covid19_megathread/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fgagd3/covid19_megathread_2/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fhl2ef/covid19_megathread_3_all_corona_related_posts_here/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fk1557/covid19_megathread_4_all_corona_related_opinions/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fnfyzh/covid19_megathread_5_all_corona_related_opinions/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/fu30rh/covid19_megathread_6_all_corona_related_opinions/
https://www.reddit.com/belgium/comments/g39sjp/covid19_megathread_7_all_corona_related_opinions/
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Your Pre Market Brief for 07/24/2020

Pre Market Brief for Friday July 24th 2020

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A Tour to the Moon, Part Four: "Demon Wars and Good Ending For Us All"

Most of the Lunarians abandoned all, it was just me and Yorihime standing against whatever armies of Hell were there. Usually they'll get the rabbits and Toyohime to stay behind, but this time, they really needed to GTFO quickly and there wasn't enough time to coerce the baku or prepare the rabbits.
Yorihime absorbed all 8 million Japanese kamis and gained a new appearance with pure white armor with golden trimmings, a purple cloak, some alien-metal mask, and 2 oversized swords. She was probably some sort of god queen, my god queen at least, where I was the Demon Lord.
Speaking of Demon Lords, I transformed into a giant demonic skeleton, with 6 of my dark wings, a mask resembling the one I made in prison, and what was probably Hellfire or something lighting me up.
It was just them and the 2 of us. It didn't matter how many of them there were, this was Yorihime's home and she was my girlfriend, as much as I didn't like admitting that. It was like that time when the cops raided my new safehouse. Those bastards will learn not to fuck with Hoxton and Yorihime.
"When those bastards come... we better kill every last twat."
"I know what's at stake, it's them or both worlds."
"Here are some last words... I... love you, Yorihime."
"I love you too, Hox- WATCH OUT!"
Hell has finally reached the Moon, a demon slugged me in the face and tried taking my soul or something, but I didn't feel pain, in fact, the next thing I heard was cries of pain. Now if their average soldiers were that weak, I was going to show everyone behind him their fate.
I breathed out an inferno and incinerated the bastard. I was expecting them to be scared and to fuck off. But they just kept coming like a bunch of mindless twats. Me and God Queen Yorihime were ripping and tearing through Hell's fodders, it was rather pathetic, as they were no threat to us.
Minutes of extensive fighting and they send in the "nightcrawlers," basically some giant crawling demon bugs, nasty bastards. Being more resilient than the fodder demons sent in to initially attack us, but still as weak as the other things sent to attack us both..
"Impure insects! I will behead whoever created these abominations!"
I felt myself going deeper into my demonic nature, my power was increasing, but at the cost of my sanity slipping... Damn it, I hope I don't end up like one of them... I remembered what Tsukuyomi said about me being able to "consume sin and not be corrupted by it," perhaps I was limiting myself!
I did some thinking about it while sending the fodders to their doom. I was contemplating if eating the source of sin would corrupt me, but I may not be corrupted but I also could have in generating in me for eternity... Forget it, the risk was worth it, my girlfriend was safe, and I still kinda owe Tsukuyomi a favor. Pulling the portals away from the Moon, I told Yorihime I was going to consume the rift there.
Then I transformed into 2 planet sized hands and a head, and held the moon under the safety of my hands, God Queen Yorihime managed to poke her way through my grasp and increased her size to adapt to my changing tactics.
I was ready to try a new taste in my mouth, the infinitely spicy variety. Maybe I can hopefully end this once and for all with one bite. I told Yorihime to knock everyone out unconscious so that they wouldn't need to experience the sheer terror that was caused by the infernal incursion, or me having a snack out of Hell.
Opening my mouse, I mashed all the demonic portals and chewed hard, making sure I was going to choke on it or something embarrassing like that. Not in front of my girlfriend.
My body felt like there was some resistance, like some braindead animals trying to walk through a trap, thinking they have a chance in Hell to escape, but inevitably dying while suffering. Creating a giant soda bottle out of nothing, I hoped that the sheer amount of acid in a planet-sized Coke is enough to get the survivors to melt.
We didn't celebrate yet however, something felt off, like this was only the beginning, just like how the cops sent FBI agents, then GenSec Elites to attempt stopping me and my crew. But these fodders weren't like the SWATs. Rather, they were the first responders, the ones who proves if the actual assault force is needed.
I saw a bunch of portals open up, with larger demons and more horrifying monsters, Yorihime took out her sword and had to get a good cut on them to truly put them down instead of blasting them, while individually they weren't too useful. As a group, they could probably take us down if we weren't being careful.
While these dumbasses still swarmed us, except with magic instead of bullets, it would hurt a bit, until Yorihime struck her sword into the cosmos and surrounded all of them in blades. I was watching to see if other fuckers will sneak up on us, but it seems that she stalled the entire assault in a field of blades.
"The last time there was in invasion on the Moon, there were 4 earthlings, teaching me 'spellcard rules and mercy.' This time, you went for bloodshed, and I only played fair with you... it was challenging battling you all, I will admit, forcing me to go into my God Queen form by absorbing all 8 million gods. Something I wanted to save as the absolute last resort..."
Next thing I saw, Yorihime swung her second sword and beheaded the unholy assault force. We were a bit tired, but could go on continually. I felt the ultimate evil presence, like Satan, or whatever thing like him was lurking. Yorihime looked a bit concerned and calculated our chances to be 1/10 to win if I was correct.
By then, I tore a hole through the portal, and I saw it, multiple demon lords at a table, all calling themselves "The Devil" while they made shitty excuses for why they get that title. This time, they were going to personally get involved instead of using "stupid fucking good-for-nothing lackeys."
I saw a massive fly flying out, I wasn't going to assume it was some braindead insect, not after all the bullshit I witnessed. It flew after Yorihime and broke her helmet, exposing the most beautiful face I've ever seen. I saw the bug trying to use his leg for an impalement attempt, then without thinking, I tackled down the massive fly and wanted to teach that bastard a lesson for hurting my girlfriend.
Demons lords... fly... is that Beelzebub? Probably. Grabbing him by the body with one hand while crushing him slowly, I wanted to let him learn that there is a fate worse than Hell, using my other hand, I started ripping his wings, then tearing his legs and antenna thingy, I then whispered in his ear, "👎︎ ⚐︎ ✡︎ ⚐︎ 🕆︎ 👌︎ ☜︎ ☹︎ ✋︎ ☜︎ ✞︎ ☜︎ ✡︎ ⚐︎ 🕆︎ ✌︎ ☼︎ ☜︎ ❄︎ ☟︎ ☜︎ ⚐︎ ☠︎ ☹︎ ✡︎ 👎︎ ☜︎ 💣︎ ⚐︎ ☠︎ ☹︎ ⚐︎ ☼︎ 👎︎ ☟︎ ☜︎ ☼︎ ☜︎ 📬︎ 📬︎ ✍︎"
Then I heard a laughter, some really twisted last words, like he knew this was all part of a plan, "F̸͈̜̯̎͐ō̶̳͎͗̀̕o̴̭̦͖͂l̸̲͗̆́̊ï̶̘s̸̳͗̆͠h̸̬̜͇̱̍̌͝ ̶͉̜͓̯̎́̀̈L̸̢̤͍̞̇ũ̸̜̕n̶̜̟͊ā̴̖͉͗͝r̷͕̍̄i̵̦̓̈͆̄ą̷̩̪̎n̵̳̙̟̭̉.̶͓͛̎̔͐ ̸̮͠Ÿ̶̪͇o̸͉͐͆̈́̃ü̷̗̭̓͝ ̴̞̤̜̂w̶͉̐̓̌͜o̵̱̹̎͝ń̶̤̭̔'̴̱̱̭̗̏̒͒͒t̶̤̘̓̈͘͜ ̷̱́b̷͎͍͉̑e̴̙͚̬̦̒͗̍̚ ̴̼̣̣̳̀͘͠a̸̦̳͔͗̒̍̈b̶̨̜͗̐̉ľ̴̻̣̼̭ẹ̴͚̿̊͒ ̷͈̦͔̊̕t̴̟̑͛̆̆ô̴̖̰̠̺͂͊ ̶̳̲̈́̐̋͝s̷̪̤͇̾t̶̮̻͝o̵̢̬̼̟͐̒̕͝p̶̯̜͑̈̌͊ ̷͉̍͋̆o̷̟͊͜u̵̗͊ͅr̷̖̂͛ͅ ̵͔̗̦̀̐̚͝ǐ̷̫͓̂̏̂n̵̩͖̮̂́v̸̬͊̈̑͒a̸͓̰̿̀s̸̯̺̣͍̍̂ĩ̴̱̌o̷̤̽́n̵̙̺̠̱͊͗̕,̸̦̜̪̉͋ ̶̝͚̼͗̐́̚ȋ̶̹͓̍͝t̸̨̛͎̞͂̈̅ͅ ̶̱̖̩̆͘ȋ̴̢̛̃͘s̵̱͈̳̘̒̔ ̶͓̩͛i̷̖̙̜͔͛̐n̵̡̗̮̱͐̌̐e̴̤̟̙̕v̸̜̍ͅi̴̧̤͗t̸̩̚a̸̬̙̰̍̚ͅḅ̵̺̦̞͊͝l̷̖̿̌ȇ̴̛̪̠͚͚́̌ ̷̹̜̪̐̌͐t̵̮̠̎̊̆͝h̸̙̃͆à̶̰͔͐͝ţ̴̲̼̿̐̏ ̸̭̯́͜ͅt̶̼̂͊͆͒h̶̹͉͓̾e̷̛̹̿̓̿ ̸̭̺̱̊͘͝ṡ̴͎̘̠̤͗͝i̵̪̇n̵̛͓͎̠̍͘ ̷̢̛̿̐ẅ̵̤́̽̏̋i̴̢̒̏l̸͇̗̅͋̀l̴̟͎̬͐̾̿̓ ̵̛͓̯͈̯̓̊͠c̴̲̔̄͘ò̴̼͔n̸̜͊́̽s̴͕̒̓͂̑u̸͚͒͛̃̕m̵̬̗͂̅͘͝ͅe̴̖͇̓̓̄̾ ̶̮̣̝͛͊̈́y̶̥̠̑o̸̯͚͈͂͑̈́̓ͅủ̶̞̻̋̔ ̴̛̱́͒a̸͓̓̂n̴͇̹͈͕͝d̸̨̗̞̅͐͂͜ ̵̙̳͖̓w̷̛̞̃̓͜e̷̢̽̈͆ ̶̣̲̣͗̋̽͠ͅs̴̡̊̋͊̚h̸̟͛͂̏̉ạ̷̀̊͌̃ḷ̸̛̻̯̤̉͛̚l̶͋̒ͅ ̵̩͂̃͝f̴̧̱͎̖̈̏̃͌ë̵͙͈́̈́̉͠ā̴̺̯̭̀͑̇s̶̢͕̪̎́͂̚t̷̢̛̩͎͎̾̾͒ ̶̩̀ű̴̠̚p̸̻͖̯̃̾o̷̙̗̥̽̓͂͝ń̴̯̖̄̀̿ ̸̞́̅̋̾y̶͕̔ͅŏ̴͚͖u̸̢͈̮̒̇̿͝.̷̢̋͝"
I then absorbed the demonic powers of who was probably Beelzebub, set part of my angelical powers within him as a bomb, and threw segments of his corpse into the portals. If my thoughts were right, the sheer explosive power, along with divine energy, should be able to destroy whatever army of the damned were hiding.
I saw the other demon lords, they were trying to tempt me and get to me by hurting God Queen Yorihime, I tackled all of them and forced them back into staying into their home dimension... I probably won't ever come back, but everyone is safe... ☼︎✋︎☝︎☟︎❄︎📬︎📬︎✍︎
I then heard a cry from the dimension, that of an old friend! If that is really who I thought it was, then I owed him one... I transformed into what I was trying to conceal for the longest of times...

God Queen Yorihime's Perspective, Some Time Later...
"Keep this universe safe, love, I'll take them all on, make them sorry and wish for death, especially for what they did to my old friend...
"👌︎ ✌︎ ✋︎ ☠︎ 📪︎ ✡︎ ⚐︎ 🕆︎ 👎︎ ☜︎ 💧︎ ☜︎ ☼︎ ✞︎ ☜︎ ✌︎ 💧︎ ☜︎ 👍︎ ⚐︎ ☠︎ 👎︎ 👍︎ ☟︎ ✌︎ ☠︎ 👍︎ ☜︎ 📪︎ ☺︎ 🕆︎ 💧︎ ❄︎ ☹︎ ✋︎ 😐︎ ☜︎ 🕆︎ 💧︎ 📬︎ ✌︎ 💧︎ ✡︎ ⚐︎ 🕆︎ 💧︎ ✌︎ ✋︎ 👎︎ 📪︎ 🕈︎ ☜︎ 🕈︎ ☜︎ ☼︎ ☜︎ ❄︎ ☟︎ ☜︎ 👌︎ ☜︎ 💧︎ ❄︎ 📬︎ "
Those were the last words I heard from Hoxton, before he transformed transformed into a demon overlord and told me to set everything back to normal before he left to battle whoever was pulling the strings of this conflict. He persuaded me to completely seal off the door that connected the 2 worlds.
The 8 million kamis that I absorbed were now getting tired and would probably be permanently de-powered maintaining my God Queen form, and I wasn't exactly a huge fan of this "cosmic responsibility." My armor was dented, my men-yoroi was shattered by the insect, my helmet was scarred with a battle, worst of all, my love, missing.
I was getting tired, and the war seemed to have been won. They're probably all missing me, Tsukuyomi, Toyohime, Reisen, Sagume, maybe Eirin and Kaguya... all of them. I miss them all too, it was time to playing God and go back to normalcy. Something to forget about this cursed day.
Using my swords, I shattered them to create the energy necessary to start cleaning up the world, the havoc that the demons made were a large-scale mess. But it was simply a mess, and all messes can be cleaned up with enough effort. I was going depower myself by putting back the gods in their correct roles, even the malevolent ones. It was going to be while... but it's a challenge, and I desire challenges.
3 days later...
I hung up my God Queen armor in secret, the remnants of my swords were hidden down in that "Golden Grin Casino" that Hoxton allegedly owned. I had a picture of Hoxton... the best man I've ever met, just for him to seal himself away for the good of everyone. Everyone on the Lunar Capital wanted to bring Hoxton back, but we didn't have the means to, even with our advanced magic and technology, nobody had an idea to how we wanted to bring that devil back. We were all depressed, but understood we had to continue.
Then, we all detected a supernatural phenomena in the middle of the city. 6 wings, similar to that Hoxton had, manifested, we were all waiting. We all saw a figure, with glowing blue eyes, white hair, and a crimson robe manifesting around the figure. Had Hoxton changed his appearance? Hopefully not.
What we saw next was even more surprising, the figure introduced herself as "Shinki" and claimed to be Hoxton's mother. While there was some talk about it being a way to get a rouse out of us, I connected the dots, those 6 wings were exactly the same, they both have demon angel powers flowing through them, and I could feel the infinite potential these 2 had. Wait a minute... was she "The Devil" that we were afraid of? Why is it that Eirin told us about a "Devil's Offspring" being our savior.
My sister decided to step up and ask if she was trying to lie to us, and if she was, then she would be arrested on the spot.
Seeing a massive portal, I saw the words "☺︎♋︎❍︎♏︎⬧︎ ☟︎□︎⌧︎⬥︎□︎❒︎⧫︎♒︎📪︎ ⬥︎♓︎●︎●︎ ⍓︎□︎◆︎ ◻︎●︎♏︎♋︎⬧︎♏︎ ◻︎♋︎⬧︎⬧︎ ⧫︎♒︎❒︎□︎◆︎♑︎♒︎ ⧫︎♒︎♏︎ ◻︎□︎❒︎⧫︎♋︎●︎📬︎ ✡︎□︎◆︎❒︎ ♐︎❒︎♓︎♏︎■︎♎︎⬧︎ □︎■︎ ⧫︎♒︎♏︎ 💣︎□︎□︎■︎ ♋︎❒︎♏︎ ⬥︎♋︎♓︎⧫︎♓︎■︎♑︎ ♐︎□︎❒︎ ⍓︎□︎◆︎📬︎ ✡︎□︎◆︎❒︎ ❍︎□︎⧫︎♒︎♏︎❒︎ ♓︎⬧︎ ◻︎❒︎□︎◆︎♎︎📬︎" above it.
I pieced together Hoxton's mysterious alphabet, and I had no doubts about this woman, but where is his father? What was next shocked us all, the letters pieced themselves together perfectly to create a portal and we saw Hoxton with a maid.
"Yumeko, it's fine, I don't need to iron this suit any further."
"James... your mother wants you to look the most pristine returning to your people. Just give me a second."
I saw Hoxton, he had a gold embroidered three-piece suit. Hoxton then floated down, seeing he had a halo above his head, but it slowly faded away after he landed. He pulled something out, a crystalline box. He approached me with a wedding offer. How could I resist? Mikoto was gone, and the political fallout could be repaired easily by his popularity. Plus, Hoxton is someone I truly loved.
Hoxton then opened it, and it contained a ring, something so magical and so attractive, in such a small package. Something us Lunarians couldn't do without having to use some form of technology or magic. It felt natural, like Hoxton lived in a better world for a bit. Shocking.
Tsukuyomi decided to ask if Hoxton was going to try to screw us over some time later, but he responded with, "I have sealed my infinite power in this world within that ring. Also, you should know that The Devil always keeps his promises."
I could feel it from here, Hoxton's presence and power in that ring, I then accepted the offer and everyone cheered, before his mother ruined it.
"✌︎⬥︎⬥︎ ❍︎⍓︎ ♎︎♏︎♋︎❒︎ ☟︎□︎⌧︎⧫︎□︎■︎📬︎ ✡︎□︎◆︎ ♒︎♋︎❖︎♏︎ ♋︎ ♑︎♓︎❒︎●︎♐︎❒︎♓︎♏︎■︎♎︎ ■︎□︎⬥︎✍︎ 💣︎□︎❍︎❍︎⍓︎ ♓︎⬧︎ ◻︎❒︎□︎◆︎♎︎✏︎"
With the most embarrassment I heard from that man, he responded with, "💣︎⚐︎💣︎📪︎ ☼︎☜︎✌︎☹︎☹︎✡︎✍︎ 👎︎✋︎👎︎ ✡︎⚐︎🕆︎ ☟︎✌︎✞︎☜︎ ❄︎⚐︎ 💧︎✌︎✡︎ ❄︎☟︎✌︎❄︎ ✋︎☠︎ ☞︎☼︎⚐︎☠︎❄︎ ⚐︎☞︎ ✌︎☹︎☹︎ ⚐︎☞︎ ❄︎☟︎☜︎💣︎📬︎📬︎📬︎"
Now the only person on the Moon who I would even think would have a chance of knowing what they're saying apart from me is Eirin, but I don't see... wait a minute, is that her, and Kaguya? Why would they be here, they're notorious fugitives!

Hoxton's Perspective
And now a new chapter of the book of my life opens, after I bargained with the Hell goddess to get those demons to fuck off and stay out. When she refused my offer, an unknown variable changed the playing field. The goddess I saw in that flashback showed up and erased the demon lords I was fighting against effortlessly. Then, the Hell goddess was ready to deal with The Devils... me and my mother. Oh well, I was going to get a marriage today, and it will be great. This will end well. Maybe a good ending for us all... definitely after those demon wars.
Tomorrow will be a great day, I will get married to Yorihime.
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Incoming inflection point for general market decline: more studies are emerging showing that existing cheap and widely available treatments have high efficacy in treating covid19 patients

Hi guys, I am back with some good news. Back in February 10th, 9 days before the market began its crash, I wrote a thesis about why an impending serious global economic downturn was inevitable unless two things happened: 1) immediate treatment is developed 2) vaccine developed by next flu season:
https://www.reddit.com/China_Flu/comments/f1fm6y/the_world_economy_will_enter_a_serious_downturn/
So if my logic and assumptions are correct, we are looking at an inescapable catastrophe for the Asian tourism industry at the very least. Just in Time manufacturing keep about 2 weeks worth of parts. Most businesses already adjusted their supplies to account for the normal Chinese New Year shutdown. We are now coming up on the limits of most JIT supplies. So expect some pretty bad news to be coming out this week and especially by later this month. I'm seeing pretty big dips in the stock market by April. Probably -15% by April and up to -35% by the end of the year. This will be our "dip".
I also wrote a follow up literally a trading day before the oil war started between Russia and Saudi Arabia and prices went crashing that went into further details about what will be unfolding in the coming weeks/months. I detailed trouble for oil industry and oil communities, needed government policies (bailouts, stimulus, helicopter money to consumers), hidden losers like casinos (will be trading cents on the dollar) and private prisons, etc. All of this developed literally within days after the thread was posted.
This will be my third post in this series but it will be a brief post:
I believe that the market decline is quickly coming into sight because we have increasing evidence of efficacy of various widely available drugs in treating covid19.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/186Bel9RqfsmEx55FDum4xY_IlWSHnGbj/view
This is the latest peer review study showing that drugs like hydroxychloroquine has been shown to cure (test negative) 90% of patients after 6 days vs 96% still positive for virus after 6 days in the control group.
This builds on what we've seen reported in countries around the world:
So here's some info on what's happening:
Drugs like Chloroquine works in treating the virus because they are Zinc Ionophores. Zinc inhibits viral reproduction but zinc has a hard time making it past our cell walls. Zinc ionophores solves this problem and has been shown to work for other viral infections as well.
Data coming out of countries like China and South Korea shows that case fatality rates dropped immensely after adopting widespread use of these drugs. France is following their lead and the data coming out of France in the coming weeks will help confirm the efficacy of using zinc ionophores.
Chinese data are rightfully criticized for being unreliable, but South Korea's case fatality rate is an order of magnitude lower than countries like Italy where the zinc ionophores has not been reported being widely used.
The discovery of this existing cheap and widely available treatment is what will help return us to normal. The next step will be a rushed vaccine by the next flu season to hopefully permanently put covid19 behind us.
I should note that the early studies have "flawed" methodologies. The most recent peer reviewed study has a very small sample size. But this is the nature of emergency crisis situations. You need to use incomplete and often flawed data, apply a giant margin of safety on it, and then draw conclusion about what will likely develop.
My opinion is that there has been enough data to show that we can probably dramatically decrease the scary case fatality rate to something manageable. All studies are showing the efficacy of these drugs and CFR data from countries using these treatments show drastically fewer deaths.
Another good news is that my feared "paradigm shift" may be alleviated as well. I warned that the most important news to look for is the mutations of this virus. This virus's spreading characteristics makes it very unlikely evolutionary pressures will heavily favor more benign versions of the virus. This is because other viruses like SARS burn out quickly and prevent its own transmissions. They show symptoms too quickly and kill too quickly making it easy to detect/contain. This virus with its multiweek asymptomatic spread means the deadliness of it will not be easily selected out through evolutionary process. So it can evolve deadlier strains and propagated almost as easily as it can evolve more benign strains.
And with rapid mutation of new strains, this will hamper efforts to vaccinate against it.
However, with zinc ionophores, we may have a more general treatment option that will work on subsequent mutations and strains. This may help us stomp the virus out and prevent a paradigm shifting reality where we have "seasonal flus" of various strains of covid19 that kills 15x-20x more people than our current seasonal flus.
Once news of this starts circulating through America, and more data comes out of countries like France, I believe that the market will reach its bottom.
I should note that there are a lot of "lagging indicators" like unemployment that will continue to worsen for months after the market finishes nose diving. Just because the market bounces back doesn't mean a lot of layoffs, bankruptcies, and foreclosures won't continue to happen.
For this third post, I had originally wanted to create a thorough discussion on the 35 or so crucial leading indicators I believe will predict and even pin point he exact turning point in our financial markets. There are some fascinating data points from other countries/regions/industries that leads our financial market remarkably consistently. But I have repeatedly warned against using models based on previous crises to predict what will happen with this virus because of its unique and unprecedented effect on our markets. We can't use past models of previous diseases to model this because those previous diseases have vastly different characteristics (rates regarding spread, hospitalization, death, effect on economic actors). So I'll put those leading indicators off for now and stick with my original thesis. We almost certainly have the treatment now, the next step is a vaccine before the next flu season. The end of this market bloodshed is likely in sight.
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MAME 0.219

MAME 0.219

MAME 0.219 arrives today, just in time for the end of February! This month we’ve got another piece of Nintendo Game & Watch history – Pinball – as well as a quite a few TV games, including Dream Life Superstar, Designer’s World, Jenna Jameson’s Strip Poker, and Champiyon Pinball. The previously-added Care Bears and Piglet’s Special Day TV games are now working, as well as the big-endian version of the MIPS Magnum R4000. As always, the TV games vary enormously in quality, from enjoyable titles, to low-effort games based on licensed intellectual properties, to horrible bootlegs using blatantly copied assets. If music/rhythm misery is your thing, there’s even a particularly bad dance mat game in there.
On the arcade side, there are fixes for a minor but long-standing graphical issue in Capcom’s genre-defining 1942, and also a fairly significant graphical regression in Seibu Kaihatsu’s Raiden Fighters. Speaking of Seibu Kaihatsu, our very own Angelo Salese significantly improved the experience in Good E-Jan, and speaking of graphics fixes, cam900 fixed some corner cases in Data East’s innovative, but little-known, shoot-’em-up Boogie Wings. Software list additions include the Commodore 64 INPUT 64 collection (courtesy of FakeShemp) and the Spanish ZX Spectrum Load’N’Run collection (added by ICEknight). New preliminary CPU cores and disassemblers include IBM ROMP, the NEC 78K family, Samsung KS0164 and SSD Corp’s Xavix 2.
As always, you can get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page.

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Incoming inflection point for general market decline: more studies are emerging showing that existing cheap and widely available treatments have high efficacy in treating covid19 patients

Hi guys, I am back with some good news. Back in February 10th, 9 days before the market began its crash, I wrote a thesis about why an impending serious global economic downturn was inevitable unless two things happened: 1) immediate treatment is developed 2) vaccine developed by next flu season:
https://www.reddit.com/China_Flu/comments/f1fm6y/the_world_economy_will_enter_a_serious_downturn/
So if my logic and assumptions are correct, we are looking at an inescapable catastrophe for the Asian tourism industry at the very least. Just in Time manufacturing keep about 2 weeks worth of parts. Most businesses already adjusted their supplies to account for the normal Chinese New Year shutdown. We are now coming up on the limits of most JIT supplies. So expect some pretty bad news to be coming out this week and especially by later this month. I'm seeing pretty big dips in the stock market by April. Probably -15% by April and up to -35% by the end of the year. This will be our "dip".
I also wrote a follow up literally a trading day before the oil war started between Russia and Saudi Arabia and prices went crashing that went into further details about what will be unfolding in the coming weeks/months. I detailed trouble for oil industry and oil communities, needed government policies (bailouts, stimulus, helicopter money to consumers), hidden losers like casinos (will be trading cents on the dollar) and private prisons, etc. All of this developed literally within days after the thread was posted.
This will be my third post in this series but it will be a brief post:
I believe that the market decline is quickly coming into sight because we have increasing evidence of efficacy of various widely available drugs in treating covid19.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/186Bel9RqfsmEx55FDum4xY_IlWSHnGbj/view
This is the latest peer review study showing that drugs like hydroxychloroquine has been shown to cure (test negative) 90% of patients after 6 days vs 96% still positive for virus after 6 days in the control group.
This builds on what we've seen reported in countries around the world:
So here's some info on what's happening:
Drugs like Chloroquine works in treating the virus because they are Zinc Ionophores. Zinc inhibits viral reproduction but zinc has a hard time making it past our cell walls. Zinc ionophores solves this problem and has been shown to work for other viral infections as well.
Data coming out of countries like China and South Korea shows that case fatality rates dropped immensely after adopting widespread use of these drugs. France is following their lead and the data coming out of France in the coming weeks will help confirm the efficacy of using zinc ionophores.
Chinese data are rightfully criticized for being unreliable, but South Korea's case fatality rate is an order of magnitude lower than countries like Italy where the zinc ionophores has not been reported being widely used.
The discovery of this existing cheap and widely available treatment is what will help return us to normal. The next step will be a rushed vaccine by the next flu season to hopefully permanently put covid19 behind us.
I should note that the early studies have "flawed" methodologies. The most recent peer reviewed study has a very small sample size. But this is the nature of emergency crisis situations. You need to use incomplete and often flawed data, apply a giant margin of safety on it, and then draw conclusion about what will likely develop.
My opinion is that there has been enough data to show that we can probably dramatically decrease the scary case fatality rate to something manageable. All studies are showing the efficacy of these drugs and CFR data from countries using these treatments show drastically fewer deaths.
Another good news is that my feared "paradigm shift" may be alleviated as well. I warned that the most important news to look for is the mutations of this virus. This virus's spreading characteristics makes it very unlikely evolutionary pressures will heavily favor more benign versions of the virus. This is because other viruses like SARS burn out quickly and prevent its own transmissions. They show symptoms too quickly and kill too quickly making it easy to detect/contain. This virus with its multiweek asymptomatic spread means the deadliness of it will not be easily selected out through evolutionary process. So it can evolve deadlier strains and propagated almost as easily as it can evolve more benign strains.
And with rapid mutation of new strains, this will hamper efforts to vaccinate against it.
However, with zinc ionophores, we may have a more general treatment option that will work on subsequent mutations and strains. This may help us stomp the virus out and prevent a paradigm shifting reality where we have "seasonal flus" of various strains of covid19 that kills 15x-20x more people than our current seasonal flus.
Once news of this starts circulating through America, and more data comes out of countries like France, I believe that the market will reach its bottom.
I should note that there are a lot of "lagging indicators" like unemployment that will continue to worsen for months after the market finishes nose diving. Just because the market bounces back doesn't mean a lot of layoffs, bankruptcies, and foreclosures won't continue to happen.
For this third post, I had originally wanted to create a thorough discussion on the 35 or so crucial leading indicators I believe will predict and even pin point he exact turning point in our financial markets. There are some fascinating data points from other countries/regions/industries that leads our financial market remarkably consistently. But I have repeatedly warned against using models based on previous crises to predict what will happen with this virus because of its unique and unprecedented effect on our markets. We can't use past models of previous diseases to model this because those previous diseases have vastly different characteristics (rates regarding spread, hospitalization, death, effect on economic actors). So I'll put those leading indicators off for now and stick with my original thesis. We almost certainly have the treatment now, the next step is a vaccine before the next flu season. The end of this market bloodshed is likely in sight.
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JoJo's Bizarre OC Tournament #5 - Round 1 Wrap Up Part 1

The results are in for Match 29.
It was the final few hours of the Taste of Fortuna, an event which had transformed so much since its inception, yet still remained the most popular of public showcases for culinary creations of all levels of acclaim, persons passionate about food, though increasingly joined by those simply wishing to peacock.
As much as their camera crew tried to watch the action of the player characters, of course, the two most famous local celebrities who had received some considerable camera time had at once been commenting live over the events in their own ways. There wasn’t much time left on the show’s production schedule; this episode, though the final one shot for the first season, would be the first Being So Normal to air… Capitalizing off the recent success and gossip that was sure to come of such a unique Taste of Fortuna, Producer Million Dollars had shrewdly suggested. These hours of footage and Cairo spending so much of it AWOL would lead to a crunch time hell for post-production, on their own side in particular, but damn if it wouldn’t be worth it.
CaraMel Dansen, wide-eyed and mouthed, looked over the sheer positivity which had spread like whatever was the opposite of a plague among every single booth there, recommending one another and especially Bad Apples, and to the cameras she couldn’t help but say, free of any vitriol, “they’re not at each other’s throats, trying to one-up one another, or anything like that… Everyone here is pointing guests towards that big cake, but they also all seem so. So appreciative of each other’s foods, one another’s skills, and people are hitting up stall after stall until their wallets are empty! Has it been this cooperative in over a century? Has the event found touch with its-”
“Yeah, that’s nice and all, but it’s hardly Stand action,” Well, in one case, their spirit was. Cairo’s Peach Pit, in particular (still drawn by Boy George!), serving hosting duties on their user’s behalf, took attention away from CaraMel’s musings and towards the sole booth which, rather than riding this wave that gradually lifted everyone else up, had sought to do its own thing heavily, resulting in a stand that had bursts of massive popularity in between the lower numbers of the round in ‘off’ time, “check out what’s going on there, though… Hell of a costume, right? It reminds me of that scene in ‘The Last Unicorn’ where they stuck a fake horn on the real thing so average people could see it..! A taste of a live Stand battle for everyone!”
“Stay back!” Zebra, as the man with the even stranger real name of ‘Ice Station’ was nicknamed, warned, “the sun’s down. It’s too dangerous!”
His own Stand, cloaked and dubbed ‘Horror-kun,’ beckoned a finger towards London Lovett, whose eyes lit up. His voice, quivering and austere, asked, “it’s time?” and Horror-kun simply nodded.
In and above the crowd, an epic battle, astoundingly improvised in such short notice, ensued, teleporting about, scythes swiping, fists flying, both persons involved in the battle proud to see it, only for London to fall to his knees. “I’m not enough…” He whispered, gazing out to the crowd who had, finally, become pretty sure that this was a bit, and safe to approach. As his grinning partner stomped his feet, he grew louder. “I need your belief in me. I need to feel your pulse resounding through my chest! Come on, let me hear you stomp to the beating of your hearts! Lend me your power - your spirits - and I can do this!”
Not long after, he leapt forward, dealing the finishing blow and causing ‘Horror-kun’ to disappear, the crowd cheering as he stood there.
Of course, the baggage boy who volunteered himself knew his part here. Sure, he wasn’t really usually the type to cheer with childlike glee, but his blood was pumping and he needed to steer this show into a way for these people to buy food. “YEAH!” He made himself yeah, “YEAH! You were like, the coolest! The way you were all, bam! And he was all, pow! You guys are the. COOLEST.” Then he looked to a piece of paper in his hand. “Oh, uh… Yeah! Hey everyone! Thanks for helping London save the world from the forces of Horror-kun! And to show how grateful we are, everything’s 30% off for the rest of the night! Come and get it!”
“Now that is a damn good show,” the sentient Stand said, cool-toned and impressed, leaning towards CaraMel slightly. “Like, even you’ve gotta admit, something like that is top-tier.”
Through the excitement of London Lovett’s battle with Horror-kun, the sentient Stand’s eagerness to see it, and the massive crowd going and buying things up in the aftermath, something seemed to snap in the young chef, whose lip trembled as she stormed off.
Th-that was so… It’s everything I don’t want this place to be..! Her feelings were petty, on some level mad that people were having a good time in a way that she didn’t like or approve of, that people might learn from this example, and so she ran off, booking it through the stalls and trying to force a massive smile.
“Like an eagle-eyed foodie, I spy trouble…” Purple remarked, having himself thoroughly enjoyed his time with BADD here, in spite of Pandora Anada saddling him with the nickname ‘Afton’ early on in spite of his lack of slaughter perpetration.
Pandora Anada, then, concurred with a frown, “one of our cohosts, the one who ran this, she’s ran off… This doesn’t make the game over, does it?”
Ryuga, having been focusing on food, looked the scene over, tugging at his shirt collar. “Yeah, I’ve seen that kind of look before… You two take over one last time. I’m going to talk to her.”
Which was how, sulking at a bench, Ryuga encountered CaraMel, simply standing there quietly, unsure quite how to broach the conversation until she looked over at him, holding out a piece of the ‘Concept of Love’ cake he’d made and sliced up. “It’s, uh… On the house. Hey, I don’t know you well, but are you okay?”
“Thank you…” CaraMel whispered, calming herself with a forkful of the stuff, shuddering and smiling wistfully as the experienced baker felt it along her tongue and vanish into her gullet. “It’s amazing…” And then, she found herself able to speak more, looking at the rush of customers to Elephant Bones. “That… Street performance stuff. None of it is about the food here, and that’s… That’s what this whole thing should be all about! Passionate chefs, and goodwill between them, and-”
When he realized she wasn’t going to finish, Ryuga answered, shaking his head. “Chef Dansen… They’re doing the same thing that we are, in their own way. Sure, that sort of thing isn’t to my tastes, either, but I can still see the effort behind it, how cool it is, their skill with running a menu of their choice, and I’ve stopped by there myself at least once during this festival; what they’re serving is really good, too. You shouldn’t… Make yourself miserable because people are having a good time.”
“But it’s getting more attention than anyone’s food, and if it takes them to the top people might-”
“If they win, that’s fine by me,” Ryuga answered then, “I mean, sure, I would like to, but I didn’t want to be on Cairo’s show in the first place, any more than you wanted them here… Even if we did, it wouldn’t be okay to hold whatever happens against them. Pandora and I, we just did what we’d meant to here anyway, with the added pressure of cameras. I don’t think I regret a moment of this… It’s been a great day. That’s what matters to me most right now.” He looked around then. “I’d love to talk more, but… I should probably get back to our stand now. Are you going to be alright?” He waited to see her nod, looking genuinely slightly better, and then started off. “Talk to you later, then.”
As he left, CaraMel could have sworn that she’d seen a strange form, one different yet similar to the dragons which had only briefly emerged to help cut the cake, perched on Ryuga’s back, flickering in and out of existence quickly. I don’t even know what his Stand can do, but it can change..? He doesn’t even seem to have noticed it…
With a massive sale on the Elephant Bones coming into play in the final minutes, Bad Apple continued to sell food as they were.
When 9 PM hit, all that was left was for the final last-minute orders on either side to be made.
Pandora was humming happily and floating the orders to people with a, “remember always to live, laugh, love… Have a good lovely evening also.”
Purple chuckled. “You, Pandora Anada, are yet the only person I have met to say that and sound so non-artificial… As if the words are truly profound to you.”
Zebra, too, was finishing up serving orders, then, the airport baggage boy and London disappearing behind the grill to handle those final discount orders. Despite the booming attention they were getting, he couldn’t help but wonder about the pending results. “Did we play it up enough..? We were fighting uphill this entire time, and I can’t shake the feeling…”
“Dude, relax,” the stoner helping London said, his overplayed enthusiasm for the sake of helping him win chilling to his usual mellow wit, “we’ve been pulling in numbers… I mean, so has everyone else, but we’ve been pullin’ in more, and a rising tide raises all ships, yeah?”
“You make good points…” London agreed in his post-’battle’ calm, “you should come work at Elephant Bones full-time. We could always use more, and that bird you admire so much is there…”
“Huh?” He seemed confused. “You, uh… Do realize I live literally the entire ‘Earth’ away… Uh. A-D to you outsiders. Biit of a commute for a guy with a suspended driver’s license… Honored, though, really, just to be asked.”
Cairo’s voice came through then, for one of the first times in hours, where they were walking around on a date, that anyone had glimpsed the supposed host. “Alright, everyone, I can see you’ve completed every transaction. No way to pad it out now… Fall in, it’s time for us to announce results!”
The six were exhausted, then, and shared some of their thoughts with the cameras when prompted hard to, but otherwise, waited patiently, sweatily, for the well-groomed host and the also very sweaty and tired-looking event organizer, Cairo and CaraMel, standing side-by-side, to announce the results.
“So?” CaraMel asked, at least in a better, if resigned, mood from before, “who won this show of yours? Your people have been filming for nearly twelve hours after all…”
“…Being So Normal is a show dedicated to the celebration and uplifting of the Stand User, to show the world what we’re capable of so we don’t have to live like some secretive underground.” They turned towards London in particular, earning a mildly disappointed but overall even face from BADD, but slight satisfaction from them. “Stand Users can be heroes, superstars, top-tier community figures, and we can encourage the best of the world while being the best in the world. I thoroughly believe that, and I know who for damn sure lived up to the spirit of this show more… And the people who lived up to that are definitely London, Zebra, and… This guy!”
“I did what I could,” Purple tried to quietly console.
The bagboy elbowed him. “Their next line is a ‘but,’ I can feel it…”
“But,” Cairo continued, “the numbers don’t lie… On top of boosting the sales of every single person around here, and making them want to stick around, Ryuga, Pandora, ‘Afton,’ you wound up serving exactly as many customers in the end, to the one, even if you were just… Running a restaurant stall. You barely even gave us any prime Stand footage..!”
Despite his words earlier, Ryuga looked like his heart skipped a beat, genuinely proud of his accomplishment. The smile typical to Pandora’s face grew wider, and Purple Kid, then, spoke with renewed vigor, “I did not at once doubt us! I’m an invaluable ally, aren’t I?!”
The winner is the Taste of Fortuna, Cairo’s episode having no winner and both teams scoring 70!
Category Winner Point Totals Comments
Popularity Graveyard Shift 14-16 BADD GUYS managed to catch up in votes in the nick of time, but in the end, easily the most consistent and frequent votes were for those calling to make the match a tie.
Quality BADD GUYS 23-22 Reasoning
JoJolity BADD GUYS 23-22 Reasoning
Conduct TEAM 10-10
CaraMel, for whatever her reasons, asked to step away with London and Zebra, wanting to tell them something somewhere more quiet and ensuring them it was important.
Cairo, of course, was professionally obligated to not act bitter about how one half of the side didn’t really have much Stand shenaniganry whatsoever, so they spoke with a smile. “That was… Quite the showing, seriously! I don’t know that Peach and I would’ve gone about it the same, but… Not bad, yeah. Good work rivaling each other completely and leaving no conclusive winner!”
“I’m proud of what me and the youngsters did, yes,” Pandora agreed, nobody able to tell if she had missed the tension here or simply was billowing past it with positivity, the slightly intimidating woman a never-ending wellspring of good vibes, after all. “Good food we can stand by, happenstance resolving in our way, I’m sure there is some love in the air… All of it is very nice-as-icing.”
“We really were just trying to make the best Taste of Fortuna possible… This was our way, and Elephant Bones had theirs,” Ryuga said, slightly uncomfortable at the host’s word choice and implicit disappointment in their lack of a ‘loss,’ but refusing to let it ruin the good feeling he’d had about the day. “And you got us to be in your show, in spite of us adamantly refusing.”
They could tell that even the most skillful editing possible probably couldn’t make BADD GUYS look like the episode’s antagonistic side here, especially with all the positive talk about them, so c’est la vie. He was right, after all; there was still a really good episode buried in these hours of footage!
“Everyone is the victor here, Cairo,” Purple reassured them, “me most of all, I like to think, but fret not, for soon, days from now, Being so Normal will drop! And oh, the fantastic episodes you’ve filmed right here in Agora Row for its first season.”
“Yeah, you’re right… We’ve had some bumps along the road,” they said, “but stuff like that building match in the warehouse, and even that fight in sOOp at the mall ended as good as they could. It was just a matter of course that with CaraMel and Peach watching it, the Taste of Fortuna would go well too.”
“Bumps along the road?” Ryuga asked in a somewhat tired, dry tone. “Never mind… I’d like to start cleaning up now, if you don’t mind.”
“Next to godliness and have a good home,” Pandora remarked with a nod, “ahhh… Stop by again some time, won’t you? But we’d rather you not trick us into being on your show more…”
A tall, broad, bald man in sunglasses, utterly eclipsed by an even bigger man beside him, were also among the last of the crowds to disperse. Chief Churchyard held a piece of cake and plate in one hand, a plastic fork in the other, both utterly eclipsed in size by his palms as he took demure bites. Mr. Jones was coolly sipping warm bone broth.
“Mm, I gotta say, Church, I came here to get some tips outta watchin’ a young legend like Cairo film their show live, but this cuisine is top-of-the-line! Lucky you gettin’ the last slice of cake, though.”
“Feels like a million bucks,” Churchyard answered between bites. “Somethin’ like this is just what we needed after the last few months… What with the fatal duel at that baseball game,” he paused then, as if stopping himself from saying ‘which Cairo filmed,’ “and the serial killer turning out to be that girlfriend of yours, so many people moving away and selling their houses… You hear the buyer’s gonna tear those down and build new apartments or something? Black Angel hasn’t been around as much lately either… Think I scared ‘em off?”
“Heh, you sound concerned ‘bout the feelings of someone who beat my boys blue. They a personal friend, officer?” Jones answered, chuckling, sipping more broth as Churchyard visibly tensed. “Relax, just messin’ with ya. You’re too good-hearted sometimes… Hurts more people than it helps for a lawman to be like that.”
Churchyard blinked, visible through his glasses. “You… seriously think that?”
Nearby, a trio of young women glanced towards the very tall men, all various degrees of cross.
Jillian Heart shuddered a bit, backing from them. “After all he did, all that’s been said about him, he’s just out in the open socializing like it’s nothing… He should be rotting in some cell, not laughing it up with an officer.”
“That guy… He’s a pain in the ass, and Mr. Jones is gonna make a monster out of him.” ‘Lou’ Reed was wearing a ‘#FreeStone’ t-shirt under her open leather jacket, hair down and kept out of her eyes by a black headband, clenching her fists. “We have a chance to set things right here and now, before he can corrupt anything else.”
Violet, clutching her still scarred torso, frowned. “Lou, not here… We’re in a crowded public place, and people are trying to have a nice time. Don’t throw yourself into this…”
“Ruining one night to stop so many others from being ruined too sounds worth it to me,” she answered, stepping forward again. “Jill, text Gioia, she should still be around here. Together the two of us can easily-” She gasped a bit, wincing and feeling a sharp if mild stinging in the back of her neck. “Nngh, how big are mosquitoes around here..?” She rubbed at her neck, blinking and looking at her friends. “Uh, totally spaced out there… What were we talking about?”
Violet hurried in front of her now, giggling a bit, “oh, just small-talk shit, ya know how it is. About how glad we are to just be having a nice time, Stand Users all over and not being in mortal danger… Ya know? Stuff ‘round all the Campuses have been, like, totally hectic lately.”
“Heh…” Jill mused, playing along with the shift in the scene. “That’s Midnight Sun for you… Arts, Culinary, Law, Social Work, whatever school, you’re gonna have a time and a half.”
“I’m used to worse, so honestly attending there might be kinda chill if anything,” Lou answered, shrugging with a casual grin, “I’m just happy you’re all alive and stuff… And have you tried all of the food around here? I’m gonna be so sick tomorrow but it’ll be sooo worth it for how I feasted today.”
“That’s the spirit…” Violet said with some amusement. “I mean, even with stuff like that fight in Professor Kirk’s sculpting room and the Institute Library, you can still do shit like campus games, yeah? …and I still have no idea how the Assassin game I ran to mess with those guys went in the end.”
“You made people play that game to jerk ‘em around and then ditched before it ended?” Lou raised an eyebrow. “That is rich.”
A perfect set of ears overheard all of that and so much more, to the point where it was a little bit overstimulating to try and discern literally everything, honestly… But Metra Doria, who Los Fortuna and the world knew as TD/MD, wasn’t one to shy away from an event like this, where exactly the sort of people she might be seeking could be.
She was accompanied, of course, by her ever reliable agent and friend, Thutmose, who in recent times had seen a 100% decrease in his role of cowing to outside pressure to turn Stand Users on one another, concerns of retaliation for which had prompted him to spend more time around Metra again.
“That’s definitely the voice of ‘Worm,’ from those streams… But I can’t really make sense of it,” she thought aloud, using her ally as a soundboard. “I mean, these are guys who turn their own casinos into arenas and stuff, and he doesn’t seem like the sort… You got any hunches?”
“Unfortunately, I do not…” Thutmose shook his head. “When that performance at the Alexander Dickinson went so amazingly, it saved our friendship and our professional relationship, and I am completely grateful for that, but Mr. Sins isn’t quite as willing to chat my ears off anymore now that he doesn’t stand to gain much from me besides a punching bag…”
“So we’re at a bit of a roadblock on all sides,” Metra said with a pout, before remembering an incident shortly after that fight in traffic they showed to the dark web.
She’d said in private a bit ago, “I was supposed to meet with one of those guys after that, but all I got when I went down to the meeting spot was a note with this weirdly perfect, almost machine-like handwriting from him, saying something about how they were followed by the winner of that fight, he got spotted, and now there was too much heat to hang around and chat… Talk about unlucky, huh? Blocked because people were trying to do the same thing…
“Well,” she said in the present, “we’ll just have to try harder to get to the bottom of it all, won’t we? Worst-case scenario, though, even if I never get another lead again, at least I just had a nice day without any trace of that Fox guy hanging over my shoulder.”
Peres Straviat’s Clinic, near The Devil Blue, Waterfront District, 9:56 PM Peres Straviat sat back in front of a computer, mouse in her hand while her stand took care of the keyboard. Together, they navigated through a mess of spreadsheets, contracts, and other such bits of classified information. The screen was currently open to a sheet documenting The Devil Blue’s Niter sales and the expenses spent on gathering them, and the situation was… complicated.
The past few months had been turbulent, with a boom in their supply followed almost immediately by a drastic drop (the latter of which likely occurred due to The Ocean Soul having been defeated by an incredibly annoying “villain” and a somewhat less annoying dog.)
The Ocean Soul hadn’t been killed, but it had been weakened and had become incredibly cautious, leading to the drop. With the drop in the luxury good’s supply came an increase in demand, and the only people capable of keeping up with it were The Devil Blue, in no small part due to Peres’s own assistance.
Following her research into the effects of The Ocean Soul’s ability, Peres had figured out how to create imitations of Niters with her stand. They weren’t as good as the real thing, but when people wanted them that bad, they certainly accepted a small drop in quality if it let them get their hands on Niters.
Then again, the Niters didn’t matter much - they weren’t the true focus of her research, and at the end of the day, this was nothing more than a “milestone” along the way. What truly mattered was not the Niters, but managing to capture The Ocean Soul. Before the train of thought could continue, Peres was interrupted by three loud knocks at the door.
“Hello~! Peres, are you in here?” from behind the door came the familiar voice of Modern Holiday, her business partner. “Whatever, I’m coming in either way!” and with that, he opened the door, and light flooded into the room as the bright-eyed man stood in the doorway. In his hands were multiple plastic bags with a “Taste of Fortuna” label, filled to the brim with all sorts of food.
“I see you brought something along with you. How was the festival?” Peres asked. “Oh, it was great! There’s so much good food there, I’m stuffed!” Holiday jubilantly said. “And you still couldn’t help but bring more with you.” Peres jokingly remarked. “Of course I couldn’t! This is a once-in-a-year opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it! Not to mention that you haven’t gotten to- OH! I forgot to mention that I saw a stall for the Elephant Bones there!”
“The Elephant Bones? Were they the restaurant that that ‘Glitch’ woman you met a while back worked for?”
“Yeah! They did a whole big routine there as well, giving one of their stands a costume and everything! And there was this other group of stand users that made a massive cake and showed it off to everyone, and their food was so good! Here, see for yourself - I got you a piece!” Holiday said, beaming, as he took a small box out of the bag and placed it on Peres’ table, before opening it to reveal a slice of cake and handing her some plastic cutlery.
“Well, it sounds like you enjoyed yourself.” Peres said, taking a chunk out of the cake and tasting it. “Hm. Good cake.” “Yeah! I knew you would like it!” Holiday said, placing the plastic bags by the entrance of the room, before grabbing a chair and moving it over so that he could sit down in front of Peres.
Holiday stretched back in his chair and yawned before speaking. “So, putting that aside - Cairo’s gonna launch Being So Normal soon, yeah? You think we’re good to go before Vitus starts harassing us even more than usually?”
“Hmm… Hard to tell. We’ve made significant progress in our preparations for capturing the Ocean Soul, but once the footage from the fight against the Ocean Soul is publicly released, I’m certain that Vitus will make his move as well. We might have managed to prepare quite a bit ourselves, but he’s got significant influence, both within ODIN and outside of it, and I’m certain he’ll try to use sabotage in the future.”
“Yeah… Well, at least we’re better off than we would have been had we not cooperated with Cairo in order to get the footage from the fight, yeah? Who knew that the cameras would end up capturing that weird hermit talk about the secret to summoning the Ocean Soul? Without us finding out about that before Vitus, we’d have been so screwed!”
In response, Peres shrugged, but it was clear that she was still somewhat antsy about the whole situation. “Possibly. Not that it matters anymore - we got the footage, and we’re taking steps to make sure that our plans will be successful. No use thinking about what might have happened.”
Holiday sighed. “Yeah, I guess you’re right. Still… I can’t help but get nervous about this all, you know? We can’t underestimate Vitus, or any of the other stand users in this city for that matter, and if we screw this up, then… Well, I’d really rather not think about that, and I’m sure you don’t either, yeah?”
“You’re right in that regard, but you know I’m not backing down on this - it’s a risk we have to take. I… I can’t afford not to.”
Back in Agora Row, a public park near Sweet FA Mall - Roughly 10:45 PM
The Elephant Bones trio had a bad feeling about getting dragged out into the empty park by the host who had been less receptive to their show, especially when she proceeded to say she needed to do some stuff back at the Fest and would be back in a moment, proceeding to run late as hell in the process.
Still, though, in time, CaraMel Dansen came back, enthusiastically greeting them with a, “hey, hey, sorry for the wai~t! You just get so busy when you’re organizing the largest culinary event in the city and your coworker on the University Board drops an entire reality TV event on you about it, you kno~w?”
The bagboy nodded, sagely. “I know the feeling… Happens to me every hour on the hour.”
“I’m not in a joking mood, little man.” She snapped on the man not too many years younger than her, and quite taller, before turning to London and Zebra. “Anyway, uh… Sorry if I read as hostile there. Nerves, tensions, life’s work, you know how it is.”
London, having no small supply of exciting stories, some in the not-fun way, nodded. “I can feel it… We got really on edge too, just knowing Bad Apples were here, and then it all wound up good. Ryuga even came by and just… Talked to us, during the proceedings.”
“All that walking around and we tied them…” Zebra was still a bit in disbelief. “But you didn’t need to drag us all out here just to apologize, right? What’s the real reason for the secrecy?”
“Well, I so completely just came out here to apologize off the cameras that that’s part two of my apology, actually!” She popped her foot. “See, things are about to get really hectic in the Slums, for… The first time in awhile. Because people are moving in to try and arrest a very very important person, by the time it’d take you to commute back there, it’ll probably be on the verge of a chaotic full scale war in the streets!” She brought her hands to her cheeks Home Alone style and shook in place somewhat. “So poor, poor Elephant Bones is probably one of the least safe places to be right now… I’d suggest you check into some nice hotel or something and just wait it out, maybe warn any of your friends to hang low!”
“Danger out there, huh..?” London asked, “honestly, you’ve just made me more curious about whatever’s going on out there… Though I imagine you’re only telling us this because we can’t do anything to get in its way.”
“Yep! I may have been against the move, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna undermine my colleagues! You can’t get in the way, so I wanted to suggest you get out of the way as a show of good faith! At least for a few days…”
“I don’t suppose that’s making you reconsider our job offer at all, is it..?” Zebra asked the bagboy.
“Yeah nah, not really vibing with that… But hey, if your place gets wrecked in whatever riots or police attacks or whatever else goes on out there, I’ll do ya a solid and foot the bill to have one of the best builders where I live come take care of it. Just, uh… Don’t get too chummy with him if that happens, yeah? Old man like, actually kinda gets uncomfortable at that kinda stuff.”
London, Zebra, and the Elephant Bones gang don’t have any way to change what’s happening in the Slums right now, but a LEGO sculptor and the most mushroom-based of the city’s motorcycling vigilantes are fighting the Slum Queen, who stands accused of the murder of Andrew Tiffany. You still have a day to influence the outcome of that with your votes!
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