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2020.09.24 20:13 olookitslilbui Called to cancel, account did not get closed

Hi all, hoping you could help me.
My partner and I moved back in May. The Xfinity account was under his name so he called to close the account, but didn't think to take down a name/confirmation and didn't receive one by email. We just received a letter from a Xfinity at our new place stating that the account was closed due to overdue balance, but we never received any bills before this one (we had mail forwarding, so we would have received them even if they had been sent to our old apartment). We received a letter from a collections agency as well.
My partner insists that he did call to cancel and doesn't know why it wasn't noted on the account and closed. Is there any possibility that the rep he spoke to just didn't enter the cancellation request? He paid (what should have been) the last bill prior to cancelling, but lazily did not return their router. I made sure he did after we received those notices. I spoke to a rep and she said the cancellation was not noted on the account, but she noted that there was no data usage after our moving date.
I filed an informal complaint with the FCC and received this response:
"After reviewing your account I was unable to find any interactions with yourself and Comcast in May 2020 to request a disconnect in services. The only interaction we have it a payment made on the account. Therefore, I am unable to absolve the debt of $178.64 owed on your account. We ask our customer to contact Comcast when requesting a service disconnect or to update ay bill to information."
Are we SOL since my partner doesn't have any proof that he called to cancel? Would really appreciate any help since I'm about to be out of a job. TIA
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2020.09.22 16:22 spacej3di Morning Market Synopsis - Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

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Notable Gainers:
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2020.09.22 05:56 morshedulpython Watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Texas Rodeo Onlin

Watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Texas Rodeo Onlin

Watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Texas Rodeo Online


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When talking about 2020 Rodeo is basically it basically refers to an annual [National Finals Rodeo](https://nfrliverodeo.com/) event that is meant to happen on Thursday, December 3rd to the Saturday 12th at the Globe Life Field which is located in Arlington, Texas, United States. Additionally, the scheduled event is supposed to cover about Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Time-down Roping. Importantly, NFR live stream 2020. The NFR is shaping up to be one of the most competitive and entertaining rodeos that the world has ever seen. The top cowboys in the world will be putting their boots on and taking each other on to try and claim a world championship in their respective events. Mark your calendars and make sure you do not miss out on a single second of action this December.
Long before the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls in American football, real-life cowboys were competing in the “Super Bowl of Rodeo” in Dallas, Texas as early as 1959. The seven-competition tradition began there, but also saw stops in Los Angeles, California from 1962 to 1964, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1965 to 1984, and Las Vegas host since 1985 but in 2020 The National Finals Rodeo will move from its usual home in Las Vegas to Globe Life Field in Arlington in what would be the park’s first major non-baseball event since its opening this past spring.
Rodeo fans are eagerly waiting to see theNFR live stream. The National Finals Rodeo is not the only showcase of the best cowboys but also showcase of patience, bravery and spurs.

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Venue
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas, United States
Start Date
Thursday, 3rd December 2020
End Date
Saturday, 12th December 2020
Broadcast
The Cowboy Channel
Live Stream
Watch Here
So, don’t miss a single moment of the WNFR live action. Don’t worry, If you can’t attend in Texas NFR, we’ll discuss here how to watch National Finals Rodeo online real-time TV coverage.
Contents [hide]
  • 1 When is the National Finals Rodeo?
  • 2 Where will the NFR Texas 2020 be held?
  • 3 What TV Channel will the NFR be on?
  • 4 How to watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Online
  • 4.1 The Cowboys Channel
  • 4.2 PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App
  • 4.3 RFD-TV Now
  • 4.3.1 Supported platforms
  • 4.4 Sling TV
  • 4.4.1 Supported platforms
  • 4.5 2020 NFR Live Stream Using a VPN
  • 4.5.1 ExpressVPN
  • 4.5.2 IPVanish
  • 4.5.3 NordVPN
  • 5 Can I listen to NFR 2020 live stream on radio?
  • 6 NFR Live Online on Social Media
  • 6.1 YouTube
  • 6.2 Facebook
  • 6.3 Twitter
  • 6.4 Reddit
  • 7 How much are tickets to the NFR?
  • 8 Everything You Need to Know About NFR
  • 9 Main Performance
  • 9.1 Bareback Riding
  • 9.2 Steer Wrestling
  • 9.3 Team Roping
  • 9.3.1 Headers
  • 9.3.2 Heelers
  • 9.4 Saddle Bron Riding
  • 9.5 Tie-Down Roping
  • 9.6 Barrel Racing
  • 9.7 Bull Riding
  • 9.8 All-Around Champion
  • 10 Contestants
  • 11 Super Bowl of Rodeo
  • 12 Miss Rodeo America
  • 13 Wrangler NFR Preshow
  • 14 Cowboy Christmas
  • 15 Standings
  • 16 NFR Prize Money
  • 17 Wrangler NFR World Champions
  • 18 Final Words

When is the National Finals Rodeo?

For individuals who plan on attending the NFR festivities in Texas, there are a variety of sponsored activities to get involved with during the 10-day period between 9:00AM to 5:00PM (PT). Each night’s NFR performances will officially take place between 6:45PM to 9:00PM (PT). See complete NFR schedule page.

Where will the NFR Texas 2020 be held?

All of the NFR’s main performances will take place at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Normally home of the home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, this venue can seat up to 40,300 people and tickets will go on sale to the public on Sept. 25, 2020.

What TV Channel will the NFR be on?

The Cowboy Channel is the official media partner for the PRCA and Wrangler NFR 2020. Because this is an exclusive deal between the network and the PRCA, the NFR will not be shown on any other TV network during the 10-day period.

How to watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Online

The Wrangler NFR is a 10-day event that includes the fan-favorite Cowboy Christmas as well as the PRCA National Convention. The schedule also includes nightly Buckle Presentations, Benny Binion’s World Famous Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse Sale, the PRCA Awards Banquet and Gala also the Pro Rodeo League of Women Style Show and Luncheon. All performances will be covered by The Cowboy Channel live and simulcast on RFD-TV. Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) move to The Cowboy Channel (TCC) and RFD-TV beginning in 2020. The performances will also be streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app. The PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app users will be able to stream events both live and recorded.

The Cowboys Channel

The ultimate annual rodeo event will now be seen by millions of people live simultaneously on two national TV networks. Also included in the deal is a wide variety of other PRCA programming, including expanded live coverage of the PRORODEO TOUR and the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour events which will result in a huge increase in the amount, availability and quality of PRCA PRORODEO coverage on The Cowboy Channel here. The Cowboy Channel now available on Dish Network-232, Direct TV-603, Cox-260 anytime, and anywhere. You can enjoy Rural Media on these platforms:
  • AT&T (Channel 568 & 1568)
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Comcast
  • Cox
  • DIRECTV (Channel 345)
  • DIRECTV NOW
  • DISH (Channel 231)
  • Mediacom
  • Sling TV’s Heartland Package
  • Suddenlink
To find out if RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel are available in your area, please click here and enter your zip code also choose your Pay TV provider.

PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App

The PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App will keep fans up-to-date with their favorite PRCA rodeos and athletes, as well as provide behind-the-scenes access to livestreamed and on demand PRCA rodeo events from around the country. The content can be accessed via the mobile app (available on Android and iOS), as well as any browser, smart TV or device. Viewers will be able to enjoy free access to up-to-the-minute news, bios, rodeos and highlights. Those with a subscription will unlock premium content such as up to six simultaneous live rodeo feeds, classic PRCA archived rodeos, The Cowboy Channel video-on-demand programming, and the only place viewers can stream the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). The Cowboy Channel+ is available for only $9.99 a month or save up to 25% and purchase the whole year for $89.99. To sign up for the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App, visit www.cowboychannelplus.com.

RFD-TV Now

RFD-TV Now delivers both real-time NFR 2020 LIVE programming as well as an expansive on-demand library with access to more than 90 shows such as Hee Haw, Opry Encore, The Best of the Marty Stuart Show, Ag PHD, and FarmHer, as well as daily broadcasts of Market Day Report and Rural Evening News. RFD-TV Now is available on a huge lineup of streaming players and devices including Roku players, Roku TVs, and Amazon’s Fire TV. RFD-TV Now costs $9.99 a month or $89.99 a year.
Supported platforms
Can I watch RFD-TV on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast? Yes! you can here is the complete list:
  • Android 4.4+
  • Android TV 5.0+
  • Apple TV 9.0+
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • IOS 9.0+
  • Roku
  • Web: Chrome, Firefox, IE11, Edge

Sling TV

Sling TV includes RFD TV as part of their Sling Blue Heartland Extra package for $35 a month. Sling TV has 30 channels as part of their plan, including A&E, AMC, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, Disney Channel, E!, ESPN, Food Network, Fox News, Freeform, FX, HGTV, History, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, Paramount Network, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, and USA Network.
This is the full Sling TV Channel List.
Every Sling TV subscriber can record to their 10 hours Cloud DVR, while 3 users can stream at the same time.
Supported platforms
Sling TV supports a wide-range of devices to stream including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, iPhone/iPad, Web Browsers, Android Phone/Tablet, Android TV, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV. Sling TV is not available to stream on PlayStation and Nintendo.

2020 NFR Live Stream Using a VPN

Sling TV is only available to residents of the United States. Even viewers located in our neighbor to the north, Canada, cannot access the Sling TV service. In these situations, a reliable and encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network) can prove to be helpful. A VPN will allow an individual to remotely connect to a server located in a different country that allows the desired website viewing to take place. The following VPNs can prove to be very useful:
  • ExpressVPN
  • This source offers a selection of servers that spans over 90 countries. Currently, they offer monthly ($12.95/month), semi-annual ($59.95/6-months), and annual ($99.95) plans. Included with each plan is the offer of a 30-day money back guarantee in the event that a user is dissatisfied.
  • IPVanish
  • The offering from this source includes servers that span over 60 countries. The current subscription plans consist of monthly ($10/month), quarterly ($26.99/3-months), and annual ($77.99/year) options. Included with each plan is the offer of a 7-day money back guarantee in the event that a user is dissatisfied.
  • NordVPN
  • While maintaining a selection of servers that spans over 60 countries, this VPN source currently has subscription plans that consist of monthly ($11.95/month), semi-annual ($54/6-months), annual ($83.88/year), and bi-annual ($95.75/2-years) options.
Once you have connected to US’ Fastest server, the Sling website will instantly be accessible to you. Simply subscribe to Sling Live TV service and enjoy live streaming of all your favorite TV channels right at home!

Can I listen to NFR 2020 live stream on radio?

This season, you can hear daily from the ten days of the Wrangler NFR, scheduled for Dec. 3-12 (find an affiliate near you), as well as on SiriusXM serving rural America and Canada and is available to more than 34 million vehicles and homes. RURAL RADIO also offers a broad slate of Western sports programming year-round featuring Western Sports Roundup and coverage of WPCA and PRCA events.
Launched in March 2019 under the theme of “All Dirt, All Rodeo, All Year,” NFR Extra follows current and former rodeo contestants, country music performers, stock contractors, rodeo industry insiders and more. New episodes are released weekly with the plan to broadcast daily from the ten days of the Wrangler NFR, scheduled for Dec. 3-12. If not listening on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM, NFR Extra can be accessed at NFRexperience.com or on Spotify, Apple Podcast, iHeart or anywhere fans like to listen.

NFR Live Online on Social Media

One increasingly popular method of viewing NFR live stream comes in the form of social media viewing. The way this typically works is through an individual using their mobile device to live stream the event to a social media platform of their choosing. The most popular platforms for this method are as follows:
  • YouTube
  • The most popular video-sharing site on the planet has historically built its name upon uploaded videos. However, the site now allows live-streaming capabilities, making it perfect for free viewing of live events such as NFR, as long as a streaming user can be found.
  • Facebook
  • Various individual accounts or pages are bound to be streaming the National Finals Rodeo events. Interested individuals will have to search for these opportunities throughout the platform as it gets closer to the festivities.
  • Twitter
  • This platform has increasingly become the go-to place for action as it happens in real-time. That makes it a prime destination when searching for all things related to NFR. A quick search bar or hashtag follow will almost assuredly lead to the discovery someone streaming the NFR.
  • Reddit
  • Mainly known as a news aggregation site, this platform has increasingly become a well-known discussion forum hub. Within those forums, there is undoubtedly discussion concerning how to watch the NFR live stream on Reddit.

How much are tickets to the NFR?

National Finals Rodeo Tickets have been placed on this website by our trusted brokers, who offer those tickets in a range of values. Have a look at all the ticket prices and select the tickets which best suit your budget. 2020 Wrangler NFR new ticket prices are as follow:
  • Balcony: Individual – $76, Season – $760, 4pk – $304, 6pk – $456
  • Plaza: Individual – $105, Season – $1,050
  • Gold Buckle: Individual – $300, Season – $3,000

Everything You Need to Know About NFR

Beyond the payouts for the Cowboys, the PRCA estimates that the event brings in about $90 million annually to the Las Vegas economy. Furthermore, recent attendance stats have shown that 177,565 rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, Justin boots and cowboy hats attended events at the Thomas & Mack with an additional 40,000 fans who watched at the 40 hotels who hosted watch parties. It is during this rare time of the year that many marquees on the Strip have the face of bull riders replace DJs’ faces.

Main Performance

Seven main events have historically taken place at the NFR. Each event has its own monetary prizes that are paid out, and those payouts are determined by each top-placing competitor’s rank in relation to the event’s overall prize pool. Individuals placed in the top-six of a particular event are paid out accordingly, while individuals placed in the top-eight of the overall NFR are also paid out. The NFR’s main events are as follows:
  • Bareback Riding
  • This consists of a horseback cowboy using a bareback rigging as the primary means of staying on top of the horse. This grip has often been compared to the equivalent of hanging on to a suitcase handle and makes for the only support that a cowboy has on top of the wildly bucking horse. An 8-second ride constitutes a qualified ride and the cowboys is judged on riding technique.
  • Steer Wrestling
  • This act involves a horseback steer wrestler, alternatively known as a “bulldogger”, bringing a fast-moving steer to a halt on its back as fast as possible. The bulldogger utilizes a combination of strength, technique, speed, and precision to jump off of their horse from a designated starting point and onto a steer sprinting off from the same starting point.
  • Team Roping
  • Headers
  • One of two horseback team members whose job is to successfully rope the head of the steer in one of three tries as fast as possible; around both horns, around one horn and the head, or around the neck.
  • Heelers
  • One of two horseback team members whose job is to successfully rope the hind legs of the steer as soon as the header has successfully done their part. To avoid a 5-second penalty for roping only one hind leg, the heeler must rope both hind legs.
  • Saddle Bron Riding
  • Similar to Bareback Riding, the goal of the horseback cowboy is to maintain their balance as much as possible for 8 seconds while the horse is bucking. In this event, however, the cowboy sits on a saddle while using one hand to hold on to a thick rein that’s attached to the horse’s halter.
  • Tie-Down Roping
  • This event centers around a cowboy on horseback attempting to restrain a calf by throwing a well-timed rope loop that’s attached to the cowboy’s horse. The cowboy and the calf both leave from a designated starting point, with the calf getting a slight head-start. The cowboy depends on the horse to mitigate any slack in the rope after dismounting, then proceeds to tie-up the calf as fast as possible.
  • Barrel Racing
  • This is a women’s event where horseback cowgirls race against the clock to complete a strategically set course where barrels are set up as landmarks. The intent is for the cowgirls to complete a cloverleaf-shaped run around 3 barrels placed in a triangular formation as fast as possible. Barrels that are accidentally knocked over result in 5-second penalties.
  • Bull Riding
  • The cowboy on top of the bull has the main objective of staying on top and maintaining their balance for 8 seconds. They are judged based on technique and can earn extra points by spurring while the bull is bucking. The cowboy stays on top of the bull by grasping a flat braided rope, which also wraps around the bull’s chest.
  • All-Around Champion
  • Being crowned the All-Around Champion speaks volumes about the versatility and high level of talent exhibited by the winning cowboy. In order to receive this honor, the cowboy must have won the most prize money in a given year and competed in at least 2 NFR events while earning at least $3,000 in each of those events. This is widely known as the highest honor bestowed by the PRCA.

Contestants

There are 120 cowboys from all over the United States that will step foot as competitors within the NFR. A full list of the contestants can be found on the event’s Contestant Roster page. The top 10 ranked competitors are as follows:
  1. Tuf Cooper – Tie-Down Roping
  2. Trevor Brazile – Tie-Down Roping
  3. Sage Kimzey – Bull Riding
  4. Tim O’Connell – Bareback Riding
  5. Jacobs Crawley – Saddle Bronc Riding
  6. Caleb Bennett – Bareback Riding
  7. Ryder Wright – Saddle Bronc Riding
  8. Rhen Richard – Team Roping (Header)
  9. Shane Hanchey – Tie-Down Roping
  10. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi – Barrel Racing

Super Bowl of Rodeo

The NFR has consistently been referred to with this phrase because of the sheer massiveness of its popularity and money-generating power within the context of rodeo. The event is considered to be so big and consistently sold-out that the UNLV basketball team that normally uses the NFR’s venue during the season has to annually build its schedule in a way that keeps the team on the road for the duration of the NFR festivities.

Miss Rodeo America

This event is a pageant that takes place in conjunction with the NFR as part of the NFR’s overall festivities. State rodeo queen winners from across the United States compete for the Miss Rodeo America crown and put themselves in line to potentially win $20,000, among other smaller prizes. In addition to the prizes, the winner is expected to travel to various rodeos throughout the United States and to promote the rodeo during the subsequent year.

Wrangler NFR Preshow

The former Miss Rodeo America titleholder is no stranger to the excitement of the “Super Bowl” of Western competition, with six years of WNFR reporting under her belt. She is most excited about bringing the pre-show to the fans. Be prepared for this Wrangler NFR Preshow, don’t miss a single moment of the Pro Rodeo live action.

Cowboy Christmas

For those that need a break from the constant adrenaline that comes with the NFR’s main events, the Cowboy Christmas experience allows for a welcomed change of pace. This portion of NFR centers around cowboy shopping and serves as a marketplace for hundreds of exhibitors from the United States and Canada to sell to thousands of eager buyers. Typically taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Cowboy Christmas will also move to Arlington, TX in 2020. All exhibitors will have the opportunity to Opt-In/Opt-Out for 2020.

Standings

The 2019 PRCA season has been extremely competitive as a lot of the top cowboys are gunning for glory. Tuf Cooper sits atop of the all-around standings and many experts believe that he is going to win his second all-around title in a row. There will be a lot of close competitions and many of the world championships could come down to the last day. You can check the current standings here.

NFR Prize Money

The total payout for the entire event is $10 million and will remain at that amount until 2020. After that, the amount will be adjusted and remain in place for the subsequent five years. All 120 qualifying contestants receive $10,000 as part of participating. This year’s detailed payout structure can be found on the PRCA’s 2019 Wrangler NFR Payoff page.

Wrangler NFR World Champions

2019 All Around World Champion
Stetson Wright
The 2019 NFR World Champions
Bareback Riding
Clayton Biglow
Steer Wrestling
Ty Erickson
Team Roping (Header)
Clay Smith
Team Roping (Heeler)
Wesley Thorp
Saddle Bronc Riding
Zeke Thurston
Tie-Down Roping
Haven Meged
Barrel Racing
Hailey Kinsel
Bull Riding
Sage Kimzey
For a full recap, please click here.

Final Words

All in all, the National Finals Rodeo is a landmark event and a de facto defining period of time within any given rodeo year. For anyone who is a fan of rodeo, the main events and the surrounding festivities are must-see events and must-participate experiences if the financial means allow for it. Don’t miss a minute of the exhilarating NFR live stream action this year from December 3rd until December 12th.
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2020.09.21 22:19 psychotrader00 Here is a Market Recap for today, Sept 21, 2020. Please enjoy!

PsychoMarket Recap - Monday, September 21, 2020
Stocks continued sinking Monday, with the three major indexes extending last week’s declines. The drop continued as traders became concerned with stagnating improvement in coronavirus cases and political uncertainty, with the US presidential election around 6 weeks out. The Dow fell the hardest today, finishing 1.84% down, the Nasdaq finished 0.39% up, and the SPY was 1.07% down.
Nicholas Colas, Co-founder of DataTrek Research said, “The root causes of the recent drawdown in US large caps are [first], recent weakness in real-time economic indicators, [second] the lack of movement on a fiscal stimulus package that could offset #1 and [third] the Fed’s lackluster forecasts in its Wednesday release of the Summary of Economic Projections”.
Shares of major bank stocks including JPMorgan Chase (JPM), HSBC (HSBC) and Deutsche Bank (DB) fell following a report that they and other financial institutions for decades facilitated fund transactions used for allegedly criminal activities, and failed to report suspicious activity. The report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found five global banks moved "staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks that have spread chaos and undermined democracy around the world." The report cited documents leaked by BuzzFeed News that identified more than $2 trillion in transactions between 1999 and 2017 that were flagged by financial institutions’ internal compliance officers as possible money laundering or other criminal activity, including $514 billion at JPMorgan and $1.3 trillion at Deutsche Bank.
“Reopening stocks”, or stocks benefits when the economy looks like it will reopen soon amid the pandemic, fell steeply today, as fear over coronavirus cases here and abroad led to fear of more business closure. In the US, there are now, sadly, 200,000 deaths and new cases have risen in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota, per Yahoo Finance. WHO officials warned that the spread of coronavirus in Europe now is worse than it was in March, near the start of the pandemic and that a ‘very serious situation is unfolding in Europe”. Cruise stock Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) fell more than 7% in intraday trading, and airlines including United Airlines (UAL), Southwest (LUV) and Delta (DAL) were each down at least 6%.
Highlights
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2020.09.21 22:19 psychotrader00 Here is a Market Recap for today, Sept 21, 2020. Enjoy!

PsychoMarket Recap - Monday, September 21, 2020
Stocks continued sinking Monday, with the three major indexes extending last week’s declines. The drop continued as traders became concerned with stagnating improvement in coronavirus cases and political uncertainty, with the US presidential election around 6 weeks out. The Dow fell the hardest today, finishing 1.84% down, the Nasdaq finished 0.39% up, and the SPY was 1.07% down.
Nicholas Colas, Co-founder of DataTrek Research said, “The root causes of the recent drawdown in US large caps are [first], recent weakness in real-time economic indicators, [second] the lack of movement on a fiscal stimulus package that could offset #1 and [third] the Fed’s lackluster forecasts in its Wednesday release of the Summary of Economic Projections”.
Shares of major bank stocks including JPMorgan Chase (JPM), HSBC (HSBC) and Deutsche Bank (DB) fell following a report that they and other financial institutions for decades facilitated fund transactions used for allegedly criminal activities, and failed to report suspicious activity. The report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found five global banks moved "staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks that have spread chaos and undermined democracy around the world." The report cited documents leaked by BuzzFeed News that identified more than $2 trillion in transactions between 1999 and 2017 that were flagged by financial institutions’ internal compliance officers as possible money laundering or other criminal activity, including $514 billion at JPMorgan and $1.3 trillion at Deutsche Bank.
“Reopening stocks”, or stocks benefits when the economy looks like it will reopen soon amid the pandemic, fell steeply today, as fear over coronavirus cases here and abroad led to fear of more business closure. In the US, there are now, sadly, 200,000 deaths and new cases have risen in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota, per Yahoo Finance. WHO officials warned that the spread of coronavirus in Europe now is worse than it was in March, near the start of the pandemic and that a ‘very serious situation is unfolding in Europe”. Cruise stock Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) fell more than 7% in intraday trading, and airlines including United Airlines (UAL), Southwest (LUV) and Delta (DAL) were each down at least 6%.
Highlights
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2020.09.17 20:03 kjonesatjaagnet What Is Influencer Marketing? An Industry on the Rise

What Is Influencer Marketing? An Industry on the Rise


$15 billion. It’s the estimated worth of the influencer marketing industry come 2022. If that seems like a lot, it will appear even more extreme when you consider the same industry was worth ‘just’ $8 billion in 2019.
But, what is influencer marketing?
If you follow brands like McDonald’s and Dunkin’, you’ve likely got a good taste for its modern day use-case. Earlier this month, McDonald’s partnered with artist Travis Scott and Dunkin’ with Tik Tok star Charli D’Amelio to create a signature meal and drink named after the two pop-culture icons.
Associate Professor of Marketing Anjali Bal says these contracts and product placements, no matter how simple they are, can build a connection between company and customer in ways not otherwise possible.

What Is Influencer Marketing?

Bal defines influencer marketing as a type of social media marketing that uses endorsements made by people, organizations, and/or groups seen as influential or experts in a particular area.
“The nature of influencer marketing is that consumers tend to trust information coming from influencers more than traditional marketing and advertisements,” Bal says. “It can also be seen as a modern form of a celebrity endorsement.”
These real-time product placements and demonstrations, most frequently used in conjunction with Instagram, have unsurprisingly correlated with the rise of social media.
“Because of the changes to how we view content, marketing had to adjust,” Bal says, mentioning how streaming services, which have largely replaced cable among younger generations, typically do not advertise in the middle of production. “We are seeing Millennials and Generation Z move to social media as their primary source for information. Companies that want to be relevant to these target markets need to show their products and services where their consumers are.”

Examples of Influencer Marketing, and How Followings Are Built

According to Bal, influencers like Kylie Jenner, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Selena Gomez successfully market products to their audiences through their likability, memorability, adaptability, and meaningfulness.
These soft advertisements include everything from serums, to cologne, to ice cream.
“If the individual is likable, they get people in the door,” Bal said. “But, all of these things work together to both build and then maintain a following.
“When the consumer is soliciting information themselves, they are more likely to be influenced by it,” she added. “A traditional ad can be seen as interrupting what I really want to do, whereas the influencer product placement is often seen as less aggressive.”
Originally published by Bryan Lipiner September 16, 2020 Babson Thought & Action - Babson College
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2020.09.17 02:43 nattiecatlovesyou Eero 3 pack vs one Pro and one Eero for 1100 sq ft, 3 story townhouse with Ethernet?

TL;DR -- trying to figure out if it makes more sense to buy the Eero 3-pack versus one Pro and one Eero for a small-footprint, 3 story townhouse with Ethernet backhaul on 2 floors. Wall of text with various considerations ensues.
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My partner and I are moving from a tiny apartment into an 1100 sq ft, 3 story townhouse. I am looking into replacing our current Apple AirPort Express 5th Gen routeWAP, which is barely cutting it for me as-is, and so I'm almost certain it will be inadequate in a multi-story home, even with as small a footprint as the place we're moving into.
One piece of good news is that the place is wired for Ethernet on the second floor (living room) and third floor (2 bedrooms, one of which will be an office), where we will be doing a majority of our existing. The ground floor is a laundry room and the garage, so no real need for a dedicated AP down there, but I'd like to have APs on the second and third floor, rather than buying one new router and trying to blast signal between floors.
I know enough about computers and the internet to know that I would have no idea what I'm doing with a solution like Ubiquiti's UniFi, even if the internet suggests it would be "easy enough" to add one or two AP-AC-LITEs to our current router. Eero looks friendly and gives me the whole "I won't shoot myself in the foot with this" vibe, so I'm looking at picking up either:
  1. The Eero 3-Pack, or
  2. One Eero Pro and one Eero,
with the intention of using Ethernet backhaul in either case.
The 3-pack has the advantage of being cheaper, but I don't know that we need 3 access points; there's no place for a third AP on the ground floor, and it seems like overkill to have 2 APs on the third floor (one in the master bedroom and one in the office), unless it would be more likely with 2 APs that devices would be able to connect to 5ghz consistently (the rooms are separated by a short hallway, and the master bathroom sits between both rooms, so that's 2 walls of separation for signal to get through.
One Eero Pro and one Eero is slightly more expensive, but it might make more sense to have only one AP each for the second and third floors, with the added benefit that whichever floor has the Pro will have that much more 5ghz capacity with the third radio. (Which floor would it make more sense to have the Pro on? Living Room, Master Bedroom, and Office all have coax so we can put the modem anywhere assuming we're using the Pro as the gateway.)
Other considerations:
We basically only have Comcast as an option, and we won't have a plan with more than 200Mbps down, because sh*t's expensive and honestly we don't need a ton of throughput for what we do. Honestly, low latency is more important to me than max throughput speed, but it would be nice for large file downloads to be able to take advantage of that kind of speed over Wifi (we're getting ~35Mbps max now with the AirPort Express, so 200 is going to feel ridiculously fast in comparison).
We don't have a ton of wireless clients. Wired clients include an Apple TV (non-4k), Synology NAS and PlayStation 3. I'll also probably connect my laptop to ethernet while in the office (edited to add: I'm planning on picking up one or more switches as necessary to add more ethernet ports in rooms that need them). Wireless clients include 2 Apple MacBook Pros, an iPad Pro, and 2 smartphones. Neither of us game online, and we usually are only streaming Netflix on one device at a time.
The townhouse shares walls with neighbors on two sides, so I'm guessing there's a potential for some wifi network congestion there.
Any advice on which scheme makes more sense for our situation would be greatly appreciated!
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2020.09.14 17:44 CGraye TIFU for low-key gaslighting my partner for five years.

This story begins five years ago when my partner and I moved into our new house. We had Comcast installed with a standard 120 Mbp/s down circuit. I elected to purchase my own equipment instead of leasing it through the ISP. The rough network map looks like such:
DMARC/Modem
^
v
Fortigate firewall <--> Work wireless
^
v
Linksys Router <--> Home wireless
^
v
Dumb Switch

I got everything installed and worked with only just a little bit of configuration. Life was good, until a week later when I started downloading new Steam games. I had not set a rate limit and I noticed things took longer than expected to download. I found that Steam capped out at around 20Mbp/s and my partner's connection went to complete crap every time Steam hit that cap.
Ran some speed tests and determined that Comcast had provisioned the circuit wrong, giving us only a 20Mbp/s rate. I called them up and am told they cannot help me as I am not the account holder - that is my partner's job.
The thing is - 20Mbp/s is bad, but it is not unlivable. If I rate cap Steam to 12Mbp/s and only do downloads during off hours it is hardly noticeable. I was more concerned that my partner was paying for a service that she was not receiving. If we pay for 120, I expect 120 and not 1/6th of that. But, as I am not the one paying the bill, it does not bother me a whole lot.
Over the course of five years I every so often remind my partner to contact Comcast and ask them to resolve the issue. I only ask about every six months, usually when one of us notices the low speeds and makes a comment about it. It is extremely low on her priority list and is put off. She feels bad about it, but not bad enough to take a day to speak to Comcast about the speeds.
Then COVID hits, and due to circumstances that are not relevant, my partner is forced to move out of our house. She rents an apartment, has Comcast installed, and starts moving stuff over. After settling in, she tells me that she gets ~300Mbp/s down at the apartment. Must be nice. So I make some off hand comment...
"Would you rather live in our house with 20 down, or in an apartment with 300 down?"
I must have sounded pretty salty because she responds with adding me to the Comcast account and elevating me to manager. Kickass!
I immediately spring into action. First I decide to gather as much information as I can pre-call. I start by running speed tests on all my devices. 20Mbp/s on gaming desktop. 20Mbp/s on my cell phone. 120Mbp/s on my work laptop.
Wait... where did that '1' come from?
I run the work laptop again - 118Mbp/s down. That's... oh. This means the Linksys Router I put in five years ago has been rate limiting me for some reason. To verify I move the ethernet connection from my gaming desktop off of the switch and onto a free port on the Fortinet firewall - instantly the speeds go up to 120Mbp/s down.
Reddit - I'm a Network Engineer for a living. There are people who pay me a good salary to figure stuff like this out on a daily basis. I let this issue go for FIVE YEARS before recognizing that the issue was something I implemented.

TL:DR - Pestered my partner for five years to address an issue an issue that I caused and was easily within my power to fix.
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2020.09.04 01:51 throwaway17880 Confessions Of A Former Child Prodigy Turned Heroin Addict [Ch. 3: The Plug]

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Background info:
The true story of how I went from being a former child actor, serial internet entrepreneur (selling my first startup at age 15 in a deal worth around $1.5M), finishing a master's degree in computer science from an ivy league university by the time I turned 21, to subsequently losing everything - becoming a large heroin dealer and severe addict by the time I was 23. I don't know how this will end, to be perfectly honest. I'm hoping it's a story of redemption in which I eventually get clean and sober, becoming healthy, happy, and successful.
This is a serial story with the first 3 chapters (linked below) completed thus far.
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Introduction: https://steemit.com/fiction/@xmathemagician33/confessions-of-a-former-child-prodigy-turned-heroin-addict-introduction
Chapter 1: https://steemit.com/fiction/@xmathemagician33/confessions-of-a-former-child-prodigy-turned-heroin-addict-ch-1-the-first-time
Chapter 2: https://steemit.com/fiction/@xmathemagician33/confessions-of-a-former-child-prodigy-turned-heroin-addict-ch-2-the-first-overdose
Chapter 3: https://steemit.com/heroin/@xmathemagician33/confessions-of-a-former-child-prodigy-turned-heroin-addict-ch-3-the-plug
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Chapter 3: The Plug
As the past couple chapters have implied, my dealers were two guys named Jeff and “Black”. Black was high up on the drug dealer food chain. He was dealing in kilos and had a handful of dealers working under him. Jeff was one such dealer, but Jeff was also Black's nephew, which meant that he was a lot more trusted than the other dealers that worked for Black. He was essentially Black's right hand man, but they were most definitely not partners – Jeff worked for Black, and Black never let him forget it. That said, despite being a scary looking drug dealer who often reminded his dealers that they worked for him, Black took a liking to me rather quickly. Black did prefer to handle certain customers himself, especially if it was to fill a large order, or a first time customer. I soon came to find out that Black was personally responsible for putting out a very large portion of the entire heroin supply in west Philly. This became obvious when I saw him and Jeff personally cutting and bagging kilos of heroin into stamp bags they had stamped themselves. Those same stamps were soon all over the area, very clearly dominating the local heroin market. I knew Black and Jeff had been selling heroin since I met them, but I was only buying Oxycontin for the first couple months that I did business with them. I should to make the following clear: there is absolutely no way that my customer base would have dealt with Jeff or Black on their own. Jeff and Black were relatively nice dudes as far as drug dealers go, but I was selling primarily to students, trust fund kids and yuppies/young alums, whereas Jeff and Black were straight out of the hood. That said, Black was a person who I would describe as a drug dealer with a heart of gold. Perhaps it was because I was not the sort of customer he typically dealt with that he took an almost instant liking to me.
Andy had been buying OC80s from Jeff for a few months at that point, but it was strictly for personal use. Andy was making enough money dealing coke that he didn't really need to sell oxy as well. As far as I know, he would typically call Jeff around once a week after going out to the bars, and would buy a handful of pills, most of which he'd end up snorting that weekend. On the other hand, I was not bringing in money the way I used to when I was a student – moving around 10 lbs of weed every couple of weeks between my roommates and I, and a few thousand dollars worth of liquid xanax vials. I simply couldn't keep up with the volume and was reduced to selling only about a pound of bud every couple of weeks. Without my former roommate's access to incredibly precise scales, I also no longer felt comfortable moving vials of xanax, and decided it would be best to simply keep a small amount for personal use. I did (honestly) have issues with anxiety and insomnia anyhow, and figured it was likely to come in handy at some point.
The first time I met Jeff and Black, I bought 25 OC80s for $1000. Andy said he would introduce me to Jeff, though he didn't realize Black would be coming as well. Andy was typically spending a couple hundred dollars each time he saw Jeff, so I'm guessing Black wanted to make sure everything was legit with the significantly larger order Andy had asked for. Andy had also let Jeff know that he was going to bring me along and make an introduction.
Andy's phone rang. “I'm outside man, come on.” “Be right there,” Andy replied.
Andy and I exited out house, walking quickly to the corner, where an all black Tahoe with tinted windows pulled up next to us. The window rolled down.
“This your boy Andy?” Jeff asked, gesturing to me. “I'm Reese,” I said, extending my hand to shake Jeff's, and noticed Black staring at me from the driver's seat, not saying a word. “Get in,” Jeff said, without shaking my hand.
Andy and I hopped in the back seat and the car rolled down our street. Black introduced himself to both Andy and I, but told us that most of the time we'd be dealing with Jeff. He was just there to make sure everything went smoothly.
“So whatcha'll need? 25 right?” Jeff asked “Yeah...” I replied. “Aight well, look, this time we just gon' do the 25, but next time you call, I'ma let you cop the 25 and throw you another 25 on the arm,” Jeff matter-of-factly stated. He obviously knew I was planning to sell the shit. I would've appreciated being asked rather than told, but as I said, I wasn't bringing in money the way I used to, and wasn't opposed to taking a few more pills on consignment, especially if that reduced my cost per pill.
“So what you do anyway?” Black asked. “Me? Oh, I do computer stuff, right now I'm trying to get my company off the ground – we make software for phones,” I explained. Mobile apps were not yet commonplace as they are today. “It's your own company?” Black asked. “Uh, yeah - me and my partner. We've got a staff of about 6 right now and a small office over on Market Street. Nothing too fancy.” “That's wassup though man, you a smart nigga for real, I got instincts about this shit,” Black said, glancing at me from the rear view mirror. I smiled at the compliment. “Hey, is you Muslim, Reese? I was finna say salaam but I wasn't sure. My whole family converted like 10 years ago.” “Oh ok... Yeah, I've got Muslim family.”
From then on, Black always greeted me by saying As-salamu alaykum. Despite not being Muslim myself, I always replied with “walekam salaam” as a sign of respect. The next few weeks passed relatively uneventfully, with me calling Jeff/Black every few days to pick up more Oxycontin. First I was buying 25 pills, typically increasing my buy each subsequent time. Before I knew it, my “standing order” had jumped to 200 pills at a time. Except for that first time, it was always Jeff who came to serve me, without Black.
The next week, I got a phone call from Black, about something totally and completely unexpected to me. He wanted me to help him pick out a computer for his son and daughter, and help him “program it up with a few games and all that, nahmean?”
I knew he would likely throw me a couple hundred dollars worth of pills, so I had absolutely no problem spending the afternoon with him – picking out a reasonable desktop computer from the local tech store in west Philly and then helping him set it up at his house. I was a little surprised that he was willing to bring me to his house, where I met his wife, son, and daughter, only a couple of weeks after meeting me. That said, he saw me as a nice, respectful kid, and knew I wasn't any sort of threat. We had also done a fair amount of business at this point, all of which had gone smoothly. Black was around 20 years my senior and had been in the game for a long time, so clearly he had learned to judge people's character pretty quickly.
Over the next few hours, I got to know Black quite well. He was a former addict himself, having used heroin for around 10 years, then ended up going to prison for 3 years on a drug charge, and had been clean ever since. His wife worked a modest office job, but he was the primary breadwinner of the family, supporting 4 people in his own household, along with often helping out his "fuck up of a little brother". I honestly don't know how he was able to have multiple kilos of heroin around him and not be tempted to use. The guy obviously had incredibly strong will power and deep convictions about what he saw as his responsibility to family. We traded stories for a couple of hours while looking at a few desktop computers. I did my best to explain the differences between each one and he eventually settled on an HP desktop, monitor, and printer, that came bundled together for around $500. We loaded the boxes in to the back of his Tahoe and took off towards his house.
“Reese... you know you can't tell nobody I brought you to the crib, right? Not Andy, not nobody else. That's home, you feel me? Fam only.” “Don't worry, I got you. It ain't no thing man.”
I noticed Black relax a little after that. He was clearly a little apprehensive, though obviously I had no intention of doing anything but helping him setup his new computer.
There are essentially two kinds of drug dealers, in my experience. Those who are in it to make money fast, with the intention of making as much money as possible before it becomes clear that continuing will lead to either prison or death; and those who just want to make enough to support themselves and/or their family. Dealers in the latter category are generally much, much more careful as they would prefer to run their operation for a much longer period of time. Dealers in the former category usually want to stack as much money as they can in a short period of time, and then get out – with hopefully enough saved up to last a reasonable amount of time. Black was the sort of dealer who just wanted to take care of his family. Despite controlling such a large network of dealers, he lived a fairly modest life. From the way that I saw him interact with his loved ones at home, he was a family man. Drugs simply happened to be his job.
After getting his new computer and peripherals setup, I quickly realized we wouldn't be able to download certain necessities, like Windows updates, since the house had no internet access. I called Comcast for Black and his family and set up an appointment for a tech to install their new internet access the following week. I assured Black that I'd come back at that time to make sure it was working properly with the computer, and to download and install a few more software packages that I figured would be useful for them.
“So what you gon' charge me for all this shit, Reese?” “Um, well...” “Listen dawg, I know you normally get OC80s from me and Jeff, but if you want I'll throw you a couple bundles of dope. Better deal, but it's up to you – if you'd rather just have three pills that's straight.” “I'm good with the bundles.” “You cool though, right? I know Andy been doing this shit forever, but you still kinda green around the edges, Reese, you feel me? Go ahead and snort one of them bags just so I know you ain't finna OD on the shit or nothing. I can see you sweatin', you must be getting sick.”
Black was right – it had been several hours since I last dosed and was starting to get sick. Two things crossed my mind at that moment – either he wanted to make sure I wasn't a cop or other law enforcement by asking me to snort hard drugs in front of him, or he was just genuinely concerned that my tolerance might be a little too low for his heroin. Nonetheless, I was getting sick and did need to put some opiates in my body sooner rather than later. Black pulled out 3 bundles of heroin, each waxpaper bag meticulously double wrapped in glasinine and then rubber banded in groups of 13 (bundles in Philly are usually a “baker's dozen” - though you only get 12 in most other east coast cities), and tossed them to me, one at a time. What struck me immediately was that despite being incredibly naive to heroin, I recognized the stamp on the bags – it was the same one adorning the bags when I tried heroin for the first time. I did notice, however, that the stamp was in a different color ink.
“Yo I think I've seen these bags before... I've had this 'Playboy' stamp but the ink was a different color.” “Oh ok, we stamped some of them bags red and some blue, same dope in both of em though.” “So those were your bags?” “I mean, most likely, especially if you got 'em in west Philly.” “Some kid traded them to Andy for coke, no idea where he copped though.”
At that point, Black proceeded to explain to me how the black market economy in which he dealt worked. At some point around 10 years earlier, the major dealers in the city of Philadelphia had essentially divided up the city between roughly 10 dealers, save for an area of north Philly that was referred to as "The Badlands" and was basically one huge, open air drug market, with dealers from all over having their bags for sale somewhere in the area. Black (and his network of dealers) were responsible for everything from the 30th Street bridge, extending west until around 72nd Street. This territory gave them control of the “University City” neighborhood, consisting of three college campuses. They had wanted to capitalize on that market for some time now, but without an insider, getting access to that group of customers is nearly impossible. On the other hand, a young alum who looked like students, spoke like them, and knew the area well, was a gold mine to dealers like Black and Jeff. There were a handful of customers like Andy who were buying OC80s at a fairly regular rate from Black/Jeff, but they knew there was far more money that somebody like me could potentially get them access to.
I ripped open one of the bags that had been handed to me and poured it out on the computer desk in front of me, that I had just helped set up. I chopped it up quickly with a credit card and drew it into three lines before rolling up a dollar bill and inhaling. Yeah, it was good. The first line instantly took my sickness off, and within a minute after snorting the other two lines, I felt a comfortably numb warmth begin in my abdomen and slowly spread throughout my body. It was at that point that I realized the stigma surrounding heroin is largely bullshit and that it's not much different than OC80s. I began to seriously consider switching my drug of choice from OC80s to heroin, though at the time, I was selling enough OC80s that I had no trouble funding my habit. I also found that I enjoyed the high of OC80s slightly more. While all opiates are very similar, there are certainly subtle differences – one being that oxycodone is less sedating than other opiates and actually provides users a “jolt” of energy. Nonetheless, I had heard a lot of talk around that time about the supply of OC80s drying up soon, and I was relieved that a similar alternative was easily available to me. Only later did I realize that I should have taken the opportunity to simply quit at that time.
Things continued as such, with the days and nights blending together in some sort of surreal, opiated dystopia (or was it euphoria?) for quite some time. I was selling both Oxycontin and heroin, but my Oxycontin supply seemed to get smaller every week, and at this point, both myself and a few of my customers had switched to heroin, and were satisfied with the fact that it provided “more bang for your buck.” Things didn't really change until Andy and I essentially got “promoted” in Black's organization. Unfortunately, it wasn't just a promotion. We had been promoted because Jeff fucked up somehow and ended up getting arrested. Black called me the night of the arrest and told me very clearly what was going to be expected of me. The first thing I was going to need to do was post Jeff's bond the following morning. I was incredibly inexperienced when it came to situations like this, but I was determined to get it done without looking like a sheltered idiot in the process.
Up next - Chapter 4: The First Arrest...
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2020.09.02 19:41 SteveMcQueen36 The Hunger Games series comes to TubiTV - Press Release

ALL FOUR INSTALLMENTS OF THE HUNGER GAMES FRANCHISE NOW AVAILABLE ON FOX ENTERTAINMENT’S AVOD STREAMING SERVICE TUBI PRESENTED BY ADVENTURE ACADEMY
All four installments of Lionsgate’s blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, which grossed nearly $3 billion at the global box office, are now available on Tubi, presented by Adventure Academy, creators of ABCmouse (https://www.adventureacademy.com/). The films are based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book trilogy and star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, who begins her journey fighting to survive the brutal Hunger Games before rising to lead the rebellion against Panem’s tyrannical president (Donald Sutherland). Throughout the franchise, Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 battle to save Panem’s future. All four blockbuster movies join Tubi’s massive library of 23,000 movies and television shows, absolutely free to viewers.
The Hunger Games franchise is composed of four installments: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. The films star a critically acclaimed cast, including Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012), Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (Best Actor, The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore (Best Actress, Still Alice, 2014), Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Actor, Capote, 2005), Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, HBO’s “Angels in America,” 2004), with Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (Best Supporting Actor, The Lovely Bones, 2009), and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Citizen X, 1996).
With total view time surpassing 200 million hours of content streamed in June alone, Tubi has over 23,000 movies and television shows from over 200 content partners, including nearly every major studio. The service gives fans of films and television programs an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.
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2020.08.31 22:39 j190e RE: Financial Soundboard - Bankruptcy or Strapdown_NEED HELP

Hi all -

I am going to seek some legal advice here soon but my gut tells me I am not quite there yet (bankruptcy) - but I could be naïve … I have a good amount of debt that is hovering over my head. I will post my budget in detail. I am not sure it matters too much how I got here but a lot of it is from a separation, a failed business and then some of it is from bad consumer habits that occurred after feeling extremely down about the failures. I'm 30 years old, I am on the up now with an awesome job making ~$108K (my work week is roughly 40-60 hours but average closer to 45) and am attending a part-time MBA program at a top school which was something that I wanted to do since I was 23.. but now waited until I am 30 and though excited, the financial aspect of it gives me anxiety given my current circumstances. My feedback from my friends/colleuges is that I am a smart, ambitious, and honest person. At work I am a high perform.. however, these personal finances are an absolute embarrassment and it took all I had to really outline this and post it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

To break my specific debt down:

Debt Amount Utilization Min Pay Interest Rate Notes
Loan 1 22,000 ** responsible for 11K but loan is in my name N/A $309 5.99% split loan with a partner but I am responsible for $309
Loan 2 13,000 ** responsible for 6.5K N/A 90 7% split this with a partner $90 is what I am responsible for
Credit Card 1 12,000 91% 135 16% Personal card with business related expenses - 0% APR expires 1/21
Credit Card 2 6,000 95% 110 16%
Credit Card 3 2,800 98% 50 19%
Credit Card 4 $3,200 54% 40 0% New card - 0% APR for 18 months
Credit Card 5 4,567 98% 135 23% I believe this is the card i should tackle first
Credit Card 6 4,578 92% 103 22%
Credit Card 7 4,323 96% 63 14%
Business Card (not reported on credit report) 7,600 98% 258 17.99% This is an AMEX and they said I could enroll in a 60 month program at 7.99% and greatly reduce the the monthly payment - may be a viable option for while i tackle other debts non-business
Autoloan 26,000 N/A 588 4.3%
TOTAL $88,000 $1,881
I am going to breakdown my monthly budget further but want to call out that one of my fears with going BK is I will have to withdraw from school and that has been a life long dream of mine.. though I know I am being very naïve in this sense - hoping someone can give good insight how to tackle this while still attending school.

My current monthly take home pay is $5,491. My savings is next to nothing <$1K for emergencies.
Monthly Bill Cost Notes
Rent $2,400 Utilizing $900 of student loans as school has forced me in the city
Parking 200
Electric 100
Comcast 85
Water 60
Loans 399
Auto loan 588
Credit Cards 894
Netflix, Amazon, Spotify 42
Mattress 42 Forgot to put this up there but this is 0% for 2 years and will be paid off soon
Travel to City $400 My school is located in a different city thus needed train access - covering with student loans
Student Loans - under grad 360
Phone 140
Dog 120
Food 300
Total Expenses 4,830 Excluded items covered by student loans ~$900 rent, ~ $400 travel to school.. could include parking but trying not trade debt for debt
Disposable Income $661

Please notice that I did not put any budget in for fun as I would like someone to outline what they think I should realistically budget, if at all given my circumstances. I should note I just paid off a 5K loan that freed up $400 a month and that felt really freeing but until then for the past two years I couldn't get anything to budge. I also have tried side hustles - think bookkeeping since I have experience. I have signed up for rover but barely get any bites.. I think a side hustle would go a long way in accelerating the payment of this debt.
Also, this may be a silly, but I have been dating someone just recently since my separation a year ago and really like this person but clearly I have a lot to sort out on my own - any thoughts on this matter. Should I close off my love life to strap down and pay this off in 3-5 years?

If you've read this far I really appreciate it! Hope to hear from you
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2020.08.31 22:12 street-guru $T - thoughts on the potential sale of DirecTV

On Friday, WSJ reported AT&T is exploring a deal for its DirecTV business, and has been in talks with private-equity players. This follows several other media reports over the last few years (CNBC, WSJ) that AT&T has been considering selling its DirecTV business, as well as comments by DISH management that a combination of Dish's satellite operations with DirecTV are inevitable.
Goldman issued the following report this morning outlining some interesting thoughts:
Why would AT&T sell DirecTV? Three potential objectives:
  1. Streamlining AT&T's operations to focus on mobile, broadband and streaming entertainment. AT&T is the most diversified company in the US communications and media sector. While this diversification has the potential to yield certain competitive advantages, such as AT&T's bundles of wireless and broadband connectivity with its streaming video services such as HBO Max, we believe it has also created a degree of operational complexity. This is especially the case, in our view, for the DirecTV satellite TV service, which is experiencing significant structural headwinds owing to industry-wide cord-cutting that is not only resulting in customer losses, but reducing the appeal of the service in AT&T's product bundles.
With AT&T having already made its flagship HBO Max streaming service available to its DirecTV customers, we believe the company has now captured the majority of the product and cost synergies from this asset. As such AT&T may view that it can be a more focused and nimble competitor in its core mobile, broadband and streaming markets by divesting control of its satellite TV operations in the US. Indeed, separating from AT&T could also allow DirecTV to operate in a structure that works better for a mature cash-generative business, which could benefit AT&T to the extent it retained a stake in the company.
2) Accelerate AT&T's balance sheet deleveraging. Since completing the acquisition of Time Warner in 2018, AT&T has reduced it net debt by $25 billion from $177 billion to $152 billion as of 2Q20 through a combination of strong FCF, asset sales and other asset monetizations. While this has lowered its net debt/EBITDA from 3.3x to 2.7x, the company remains well above its historical leverage in the low-2x range, which we believe remains its long-term target. As such, we believe that AT&T could likely consider any transaction that enabled it to accelerate its delevering by pulling forward value for non-core assets. Even if a transaction were only modestly delevering, in terms of its net leverage ratio, we believe that simply lowering the gross dollar amount of outstanding debt could improve AT&T's financial flexibility by making it less reliant on the investment grade credit markets during a period of significant economic uncertainty.
3) Achieve further cost efficiencies and synergies. This opportunity would likely only apply to a combination with another pay-TV operator (vs. a financial buyer) owing to significant overlapping costs. We have not attempted to estimate synergies from this type of hypothetical combination, but AT&T's own combination of DirecTV with its U-verse business in 2015 could be a potential precedent.
That merger represented the combination of DirecTV's base of 20 million US satellite TV subscribers with AT&T's base of 6 million landline U-verse video subscribers. While these services were based on different infrastructure, the company initially estimated cost synergies would exceed $1.6 billion on an annual run rate basis by year-three after closing. One year later, AT&T increased this target to $2.5 billion, based on lower programming costs across the combined video operations (DirecTV + U-verse) with other savings from core operational functions (e.g., truck rolls, billing, customer care, advertising, etc.).
A combination with Dish could face regulatory scrutiny.
For details on the potential regulatory considerations facing a potential merger of DirecTV and Dish, please see takeaways from our discussion with Andrew Lipman, partner at law firm Morgan Lewis, at the 28th Annual Communacopia conference in 2019. Here is our summary of Mr. Lipman's comments, which you can find in the report cited above:
Mr. Lipman believes that Dish and DirecTV could potentially get a deal through federal regulatory authorities if there was a will from both companies to merge. This is despite the failure of a similar proposal to merge between the two satellite operators in 2002. He believes that the pay-TV market has changed drastically since the original merger attempt (i.e. fiber and cable presence in rural areas, OTT offerings). Mr. Lipman believes that such a deal could potentially be structured in different ways to address the government's likely concerns that rural areas could be hurt by this merger including 1) price freezes or 2) allowing the two companies to combine back office functions, prior to a potential full merger.
What impact would a sale of DirecTV have on the pay-TV market?
We do not believe that a partial sale of DirecTV to financial partners, or any entity which would continue to operate DirecTV as an independent satellite TV operator, would have a material impact on the pay-TV market. This is because such a hypothetical transaction would not significantly impact the number of competitors. To some extent, it could yield a modest increase in competition as DirecTV would now compete directly with AT&T's other pay-TV services, including its new Internet-based service AT&T TV. However, we do not see this as a material change in the overall competitive backdrop.
A theoretical combination of DirecTV with Dish would represent a merger of the 2nd (DirecTV) and 4th (Dish) largest pay-TV providers in the US, resulting in a new company with over 25 million video customers (as of 2019), ranking it ahead of the current #1 Comcast (21.2 million). As such, a merger of the US's two satellite TV operators could lower competition among traditional facilities-based pay-TV providers. However, as we detailed in our recent initiation report on the US media sector, traditional pay-TV services are already experiencing material subscriber losses owing to competition from new streaming services. The pressures on satellite TV providers have been particularly intense, with the combined customer bases of DirecTV and Dish declining by 13% in 2019 vs. video subscriber declines of approximately 3% for the major cable providers. As such, a theoretical combination of these companies could potentially enable them to generate synergies that position them to remain viable competitors in the pay-TV sector longer than if they remained independent.
What is DirecTV's financial contribution to AT&T
AT&T does not report any financial or operating metrics for its DirecTV satellite TV operations. This business is included within the company's Entertainment Group segment, which in 2019 generated $45 billion of revenue (25% of consolidated revenue) and $10 billion in EBITDA (17% of consolidated EBITDA). Below, we provide our rough estimates for the size of the DirecTV subscriber base and its contributions to AT&T's revenue and EBITDA in 2019. These estimates are intended to be illustrative in order to provide context for the scale of DirecTV within AT&T's consolidated operations and relative to peers in the pay-TV sector.
We estimate that AT&T ended 2019 with approximately 16 million DirecTV satellite TV subscribers, out of 19.5 million total Premium TV subscribers. As of YE2018, when AT&T last disclosed the mix of it Premium TV subscriber base, the company had 19.2 million DirecTV satellite TV subscribers and 3.7 million U-verse video subscribers. In 2019, the company's combined Premium TV subscriber base declined 15%, which we believe was primarily driven by losses of DirecTV customers owing to the end of promotional pricing. For context, the large cable operators, whose video + broadband service bundles are more comparable to the U-verse offerings, saw their video subscriber bases decline by approximately 3% in 2019. If we assume the same trend played-out with U-verse, then that implies the DirecTV subscriber base declined 17% in 2019.
For context, this implies that DirecTV ended 2019 roughly tied with Charter (16.1 million video subscribers) as the second largest pay-TV service in the US. This compares to Comcast's video subscriber base of 21.2 million and Dish's satellite TV subscriber base of 9.4 million.
We estimate that DirecTV generated approximately $25 billion of revenue in 2019. We arrive at this estimate by assuming that ARPU for DirecTV subscribers is comparable to AT&T's reported Premium TV ARPU in 2019 of $121. This implies that in 2019 the DirecTV satellite TV service contributed 57% of Entertainment Group revenue (14% of consolidated).
We estimate that DirecTV generated approximately $7 billion of EBITDA in 2019. This estimate implies an EBITDA margin in the mid/high 20%s. We believe this is a reasonable rough estimate based on few factors. First, DirecTV's closest peer, Dish, operates with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20%. Based on AT&T's scale in video vs. Dish, we estimate that its average monthly programming costs per Premium TV subscriber is approximately $5 lower than DISH's. This estimated cost advantage represents approximately 4-percentage points of margin benefit for DirecTV vs. this peer.
Second, we assume additional scale benefits in SG&A. For context, when AT&T acquired DirecTV in 2015, its US satellite TV operations generated an EBITDA margin of approximately 25%. While we estimate that the DirecTV subscriber base in the US has declined by over 20% since the acquisition, we also estimate that AT&T has increased the service's ARPU by over 10% and generated cost synergies, which management previously estimated would reach a run-rate of $2.5 billion. We therefore believe it is reasonable to estimate that margins have remained at least flat, and likely improved, since the acquisition of DirecTV, despite material subscriber losses.
Our approximate estimate for DirecTV's EBITDA implies that in 2019 it contributed nearly 70% of Entertainment Group EBITDA (12% of consolidated).
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2020.08.31 22:11 street-guru $T - thoughts on the potential sale of DirecTV

$T - thoughts on the potential sale of DirecTV
On Friday, WSJ reported AT&T is exploring a deal for its DirecTV business, and has been in talks with private-equity players. This follows several other media reports over the last few years (CNBC, WSJ) that AT&T has been considering selling its DirecTV business, as well as comments by DISH management that a combination of Dish's satellite operations with DirecTV are inevitable.
Goldman issued the following report this morning outlining some interesting thoughts:
Why would AT&T sell DirecTV? Three potential objectives:
1) Streamlining AT&T's operations to focus on mobile, broadband and streaming entertainment. AT&T is the most diversified company in the US communications and media sector. While this diversification has the potential to yield certain competitive advantages, such as AT&T's bundles of wireless and broadband connectivity with its streaming video services such as HBO Max, we believe it has also created a degree of operational complexity. This is especially the case, in our view, for the DirecTV satellite TV service, which is experiencing significant structural headwinds owing to industry-wide cord-cutting that is not only resulting in customer losses, but reducing the appeal of the service in AT&T's product bundles.
With AT&T having already made its flagship HBO Max streaming service available to its DirecTV customers, we believe the company has now captured the majority of the product and cost synergies from this asset. As such AT&T may view that it can be a more focused and nimble competitor in its core mobile, broadband and streaming markets by divesting control of its satellite TV operations in the US. Indeed, separating from AT&T could also allow DirecTV to operate in a structure that works better for a mature cash-generative business, which could benefit AT&T to the extent it retained a stake in the company.
2) Accelerate AT&T's balance sheet deleveraging. Since completing the acquisition of Time Warner in 2018, AT&T has reduced it net debt by $25 billion from $177 billion to $152 billion as of 2Q20 through a combination of strong FCF, asset sales and other asset monetizations. While this has lowered its net debt/EBITDA from 3.3x to 2.7x, the company remains well above its historical leverage in the low-2x range, which we believe remains its long-term target. As such, we believe that AT&T could likely consider any transaction that enabled it to accelerate its delevering by pulling forward value for non-core assets. Even if a transaction were only modestly delevering, in terms of its net leverage ratio, we believe that simply lowering the gross dollar amount of outstanding debt could improve AT&T's financial flexibility by making it less reliant on the investment grade credit markets during a period of significant economic uncertainty.
3) Achieve further cost efficiencies and synergies. This opportunity would likely only apply to a combination with another pay-TV operator (vs. a financial buyer) owing to significant overlapping costs. We have not attempted to estimate synergies from this type of hypothetical combination, but AT&T's own combination of DirecTV with its U-verse business in 2015 could be a potential precedent.
That merger represented the combination of DirecTV's base of 20 million US satellite TV subscribers with AT&T's base of 6 million landline U-verse video subscribers. While these services were based on different infrastructure, the company initially estimated cost synergies would exceed $1.6 billion on an annual run rate basis by year-three after closing. One year later, AT&T increased this target to $2.5 billion, based on lower programming costs across the combined video operations (DirecTV + U-verse) with other savings from core operational functions (e.g., truck rolls, billing, customer care, advertising, etc.).
A combination with Dish could face regulatory scrutiny.
For details on the potential regulatory considerations facing a potential merger of DirecTV and Dish, please see takeaways from our discussion with Andrew Lipman, partner at law firm Morgan Lewis, at the 28th Annual Communacopia conference in 2019. Here is our summary of Mr. Lipman's comments, which you can find in the report cited above:
Mr. Lipman believes that Dish and DirecTV could potentially get a deal through federal regulatory authorities if there was a will from both companies to merge. This is despite the failure of a similar proposal to merge between the two satellite operators in 2002. He believes that the pay-TV market has changed drastically since the original merger attempt (i.e. fiber and cable presence in rural areas, OTT offerings). Mr. Lipman believes that such a deal could potentially be structured in different ways to address the government's likely concerns that rural areas could be hurt by this merger including 1) price freezes or 2) allowing the two companies to combine back office functions, prior to a potential full merger.
What impact would a sale of DirecTV have on the pay-TV market?
We do not believe that a partial sale of DirecTV to financial partners, or any entity which would continue to operate DirecTV as an independent satellite TV operator, would have a material impact on the pay-TV market. This is because such a hypothetical transaction would not significantly impact the number of competitors. To some extent, it could yield a modest increase in competition as DirecTV would now compete directly with AT&T's other pay-TV services, including its new Internet-based service AT&T TV. However, we do not see this as a material change in the overall competitive backdrop.
A theoretical combination of DirecTV with Dish would represent a merger of the 2nd (DirecTV) and 4th (Dish) largest pay-TV providers in the US, resulting in a new company with over 25 million video customers (as of 2019), ranking it ahead of the current #1 Comcast (21.2 million). As such, a merger of the US's two satellite TV operators could lower competition among traditional facilities-based pay-TV providers. However, as we detailed in our recent initiation report on the US media sector, traditional pay-TV services are already experiencing material subscriber losses owing to competition from new streaming services. The pressures on satellite TV providers have been particularly intense, with the combined customer bases of DirecTV and Dish declining by 13% in 2019 vs. video subscriber declines of approximately 3% for the major cable providers. As such, a theoretical combination of these companies could potentially enable them to generate synergies that position them to remain viable competitors in the pay-TV sector longer than if they remained independent.
What is DirecTV's financial contribution to AT&T
AT&T does not report any financial or operating metrics for its DirecTV satellite TV operations. This business is included within the company's Entertainment Group segment, which in 2019 generated $45 billion of revenue (25% of consolidated revenue) and $10 billion in EBITDA (17% of consolidated EBITDA). Below, we provide our rough estimates for the size of the DirecTV subscriber base and its contributions to AT&T's revenue and EBITDA in 2019. These estimates are intended to be illustrative in order to provide context for the scale of DirecTV within AT&T's consolidated operations and relative to peers in the pay-TV sector.
We estimate that AT&T ended 2019 with approximately 16 million DirecTV satellite TV subscribers, out of 19.5 million total Premium TV subscribers. As of YE2018, when AT&T last disclosed the mix of it Premium TV subscriber base, the company had 19.2 million DirecTV satellite TV subscribers and 3.7 million U-verse video subscribers. In 2019, the company's combined Premium TV subscriber base declined 15%, which we believe was primarily driven by losses of DirecTV customers owing to the end of promotional pricing. For context, the large cable operators, whose video + broadband service bundles are more comparable to the U-verse offerings, saw their video subscriber bases decline by approximately 3% in 2019. If we assume the same trend played-out with U-verse, then that implies the DirecTV subscriber base declined 17% in 2019.
For context, this implies that DirecTV ended 2019 roughly tied with Charter (16.1 million video subscribers) as the second largest pay-TV service in the US. This compares to Comcast's video subscriber base of 21.2 million and Dish's satellite TV subscriber base of 9.4 million.
We estimate that DirecTV generated approximately $25 billion of revenue in 2019. We arrive at this estimate by assuming that ARPU for DirecTV subscribers is comparable to AT&T's reported Premium TV ARPU in 2019 of $121. This implies that in 2019 the DirecTV satellite TV service contributed 57% of Entertainment Group revenue (14% of consolidated).
We estimate that DirecTV generated approximately $7 billion of EBITDA in 2019. This estimate implies an EBITDA margin in the mid/high 20%s. We believe this is a reasonable rough estimate based on few factors. First, DirecTV's closest peer, Dish, operates with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20%. Based on AT&T's scale in video vs. Dish, we estimate that its average monthly programming costs per Premium TV subscriber is approximately $5 lower than DISH's. This estimated cost advantage represents approximately 4-percentage points of margin benefit for DirecTV vs. this peer.
Second, we assume additional scale benefits in SG&A. For context, when AT&T acquired DirecTV in 2015, its US satellite TV operations generated an EBITDA margin of approximately 25%. While we estimate that the DirecTV subscriber base in the US has declined by over 20% since the acquisition, we also estimate that AT&T has increased the service's ARPU by over 10% and generated cost synergies, which management previously estimated would reach a run-rate of $2.5 billion. We therefore believe it is reasonable to estimate that margins have remained at least flat, and likely improved, since the acquisition of DirecTV, despite material subscriber losses.
Our approximate estimate for DirecTV's EBITDA implies that in 2019 it contributed nearly 70% of Entertainment Group EBITDA (12% of consolidated).
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2020.08.21 21:24 MyRemedeCLS Business Opportunity

Business Opportunity
Hello Deming Business Owners!
I have a great opportunity to become an Xfinity Prepaid Home Internet Authorized Dealer! We are currently looking for partners to carry the product for Deming. We provide in state support directly from Comcast/Xfinity representatives, sales portal and payment portal. Everything you need to sell the product on your city.
Please reach out to me with any questions. I look forward to partnering with like minded entrepreneurs.
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2020.08.21 03:00 finnagains Directors Neil Marshall, Joshua Newton Accused of Trying to Extort NBCUniversal’s Ron Meyer - by Sharon Waxman (The Wrap) 19 August 2020

“Hellboy” director Neil Marshall has denied the accusation
Two movie directors, both of whom have dated actress Charlotte Kirk, attempted to extort veteran Hollywood executive Ron Meyer, according to two individuals with knowledge of the drama that led to the mogul’s abrupt ouster as vice chairman of NBCUniversal on Tuesday.
Neil Marshall, the director of 2019’s “Hellboy” who is currently dating Kirk, and Joshua Newton, a former boyfriend of Kirk’s whose credits include the 2009 Roy Scheider film “Iron Cross,” separately contacted Meyer in the past year demanding money and threatening to expose Meyer’s extramarital affair with Kirk from eight years ago, the individuals said.
For nearly a year, Meyer had been in individual negotiations with the directors, each of whom threatened to file lawsuits that exposed his affair and that named Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, in an attempt to pressure Meyer into greenlighting one of their movie projects, the insiders said.
Meyer and NBCUniversal both declined to comment for this story.
Marshall flatly denied the accusation. “The allegations concerning me, Ron Meyer and Comcast have no basis in fact,” he said via email. “They are malicious and harmful, and you should not be a party to spreading false statements you now know are untrue.”
Newton, who dated Kirk for five years and cast her in the lead role in his film “Nicole & O.J.,” did not respond to an email or phone calls seeking comment.
On Tuesday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell announced that Meyer had disclosed the extortion attempts last week and that the 75-year-old would step down from the company after a 25-year run.
Kirk is the same actress whose later affair with Kevin Tsujihara between 2013 and 2014 led to his own ouster as Warner Bros. CEO last year after word of the relationship and Tsujihara’s subsequent efforts to advance Kirk’s acting career surfaced in the press.
Meyer, who had an affair with Kirk when she was roughly 20 years old and new to Hollywood, advised the young actress when she was seeking a settlement from Tsujihara and other related individuals whom she claimed had promised her movie roles, according to two individuals with knowledge of the matter. A lawyer for Tsujihara denied that he had ever made a settlement with Kirk.
However, a monetary settlement was ultimately struck with James Packer, the billionaire movie financier who works closely with Warner Bros. and was then partnered with director Brett Ratner on the production company Ratpac-Dune Entertainment, a third knowedgable individual told TheWrap. Kirk had also dated James Packer, according to texts published by The Hollywood Reporter.
The amount and timing of that settlement are not known. Reps for Packer and Kirk did not respond to requests for comment.
According to two insiders, Kirk later regretted the terms of that settlement and blamed Meyer for the sum she received. She demanded that Meyer pay her to even the score, they said, and threatened to expose their affair to the media if he refused. Rather than risk public embarrassment, Meyer chose to pay Kirk an undisclosed amount of money — and did not tell Comcast at the time, two insiders said.
Meyer reached out to the FBI for assistance on the two directors’ extortion attempts, two individuals familiar with the matter told Variety. The FBI would not confirm or deny whether there is an investigation into the matter.
According to THR, there was an “increasingly desperate struggle” among Tsujihara, Packer and Ratner to “manage Kirk’s urgent demands to be cast in movies and TV series.” She was subsequently cast in small roles two Warner Bros. movies, 2016’s “How to Be Single” and 2018’s “Ocean’s 8.”
Genre director Neil Marshall first broke out with 2002’s indie horror cult classic “Dog Soldiers” and followed that up with 2005’s “The Descent,” which cemented Marshall’s place among “The Splat Pack” — a collective of indie filmmakers who write, direct and produce R-rated horror films known for their low budgets and use of violence. Marshall went on to direct television episodes and directed the very popular “Blackwater” episode of “Game of Thrones.”
Marshall’s direction of “Game of Thrones” season 4’s penultimate episode “The Watchers on the Wall” garnered him an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a drama series. Marshall soon followed with last year’s troubled Lionsgate reboot of “Hellboy,” a fraught production on which TheWrap exclusively reported. Marshall would go on to direct Kirk in the horror movie “The Reckoning,” which is scheduled to screen this Thursday at Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival.
In 2019, Newton told the Daily Mail he was deeply in love with the actress but cast her as Nicole Brown Simpson in his O.J. Simpson film for professional reasons: “‘Charlotte and I were together for five years and it would be difficult to argue that it didn’t influence me. But she was given the role on merit and for all the right artistic reasons.”
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2020.08.18 23:39 AutoNewspaperAdmin [Local] - Housing Authority, Comcast partner to provide low-income families with internet access Pgh Post-Gazette

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2020.08.17 22:59 1337wifey How do you explain how bad this is to other in a way that’s accepted?

I know a lot of people experience invalidation from dr., relative, friend, partner, co-worker, Comcast employee, etc.
My boyfriend and his online therapist think I can stop turning into a BPD werewolf 1-2 weeks per month. I have a legit diagnosis of PMDD. Nobody gets that! I had to chart my moods and stuff for almost a year. It’s like clockwork and it feels like this man believes it’s total bullshit because that’s what he said (and apparently his therapist agrees.) I don’t know what else to do.
I have driven 2 hrs round trip IN TRAFFIC to go DBT group for months. I’m on meds, therapist weekly, calcium supplements, yoga, meditation, the whole nine yards. I’ve done this consistently for two years. Recently I graduated to a trauma therapist. Also currently doing CBT a second time.
He believes EVERY OTHER SYMPTOM. He watches me bloat 3 pant sizes. The pain, the depression, that’s all legitimate to others, but not the paranoia and mood switch. I really am so fed up, you guys. Too many people have been like this; They just think it’s an extra bitchy PMS and I’m being dramatic. Why would I be “dramatic” alone then? He said he thinks it just isn’t that bad and I use it to blame my bad behaviors on. He’s been living with it for 8 years...JFC
Is there a different way I can go about it? Anyone been successful using a particular technique or maybe ideas?
Am I over dramatic? Am I making PMDD larger than it actually is? Does it even exist?
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2020.08.14 04:27 jocarl84 Sewer line question

Hello,
I am going to build a pull-up bar in our backyard that requires me to dig two holes between 2-3 feet down for the posts. Called 811 and all partners (PG&E, ATT, COMCAST etc. signed off on my diy project except Alameda County Water District who I found out will only clear the front area of the house. Correct me if I am wrong but the only thing that my shovel risks of hitting is the sewer line in my backyard?
I see two sewer drain cleanout (red arrows). For those somewhat familiar w/ sewer planning, I don't suppose sewer lines will stray towards the area where I have marks do you?
I will assume that the two cleanouts are connected to the same line and that nothing branches out to the left of that?
Appreciate your input.
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2020.08.04 19:45 flintj Billing Issues

Hello, Team!
I’m having billing issues, and would like some help as the call center isn’t getting it done.
My partner and I are very frustrated, as our first bill (for the month of June) didn’t reflect the agreed-upon charges.
At that time, we called and spoke to customer service, who assured that on there July bill the charge would be adjusted to the one we agreed to, as well as a credit being applied to our bill for the June overcharge.
Our frustrations returned when the bill arrived yesterday, not having been adjusted and reflecting no credit being applied.
We’ve spent over an hour on the phone today feeling like we’re being given the runaround, and were told there’s no way for us to even review the contract we agreed to without going into an Xfinity store (which is also ridiculous, since the area where we live is still experiencing an increase in Covid cases). We’re (hopefully) in a queue to get a call from a supervisor, but have little confidence in the team we’ve been dealing with.
We just want to pay the price we agreed to, for the services we agreed to. That’s all.
Help us, Reddit ComCast team, you’re our only hope.
P.s. I did already send a ModMail.
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2020.08.01 07:11 genuisgeek ACCD DD - Accolade, new health tech disruptor or bust?

Accolade Inc ($ACCD)
this is my DD on Accolade that just IPO'd earlier this month. I'm generally bullish but am interested in people's thoughts as well. Let me know.
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IPO July 2020: https://www.geekwire.com/2020/accolade-ceo-raj-singh-health-tech-companys-ipo-path-profits-pandemics-second-hit/
SA Op:
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4356956-accolade-interesting-tech-and-healthcare-offering
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4355508-ipo-update-accolade-proposes-terms-for-u-s-ipo

Business Model:
ACC plays in the healthcare industry. Their target customers are employers that are interested in helping their employees manage benefits through the employee insurance. What do they do exactly? Two things: Technology + Service. But let’s look at the business model in example:

Accolade currently only has 60 customers, they have some big ones (Comcast, Intuit, American Airlines)
- AA sets up with Accolade to manage their employee benefits
- ACCD already has a partner ecosystem with various payers (Cigna, united, etc.)
- AA employees will still choose their desired insurance plan based on their needs during Open Enrollment (US-only)
- Throughout the year, employee John needs to see a doctospecialist but is unsure of what to do, where to go, or how much it will cost
- Because AA has Accolade, John is able to connect with a health advocate at ACCD to directly ask for help on what he should do
- ACCD with their data analytics and network helps John and advises on who to go to
- Once John is done, he also needs help with his claims to the insurance
- ACCD once again, helps John along with filing the insurance claims
- AA pays a per employee cost for their entire service contract

Example ACCD benefits by customers:
- Intuit: https://www.intuitbenefits.com/health-care/accolade-health-assistant
- American Airlines: https://my.aa.com/accolade/
- Seattle City Gov’t:https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/HumanResources/Benefits/Accolade-FAQs.pdf

-Let’s break down their market advantage-
Technology:
- Their competitive advantage is what they market, using data analytics to evaluate what is the best treatment, medication, and cost for a customer’s employees when they need care. They also have various tech in place to support this business process: mobile app for customers to connect, portals directly for the employees to access (https://login.myaccolade.com), and integrated service facing tools.
- They recently bought claims data company in 2019 (https://www.inquirer.com/business/comcast-accolade-healthcare-digital-california-20190801.html). My guess is that they’re using this to add to their analytics to provide better recommendations to employees on what doctors and benefits to use.

Service:
- This one is simple, they hire health advocates and nurses, etc. as service reps on the other side of the line to respond to employees. These advocate reps are would review an employees benefits and provide the recommendations.
- They also help the employees with filing any paperwork or additional claims processing.
- Typically, a single customer account will have a designated service team that handles their employee benefits.

Competitors:
- Collective Health is their main competitor (https://collectivehealth.com/). They also provide a benefit concierge service. Their target is on self funded insurance plans. Biggest customers are Zendesk, Palantir, Activision, etc. They have had ~400mil in investor funding to date.
- CastLight Health ($CSLT) plays in this similar space but only provide the technology backend. They do not provide or manage service in the way that ACCD and CH do. They have also fumbled poorly with the leadership and revenue, their stock has plummeted as a result.
- It is worth noting that ACCD and CH do not compete with HRIS and Benefit Planning software (e.g. WDAY, ADP, Peoplesoft, etc). Those processes and tools remain as-is for target customers. It is my understanding that this health care service is focused on post-benefit enrollment and day-to-day needs of employees with their actual healthcare prescribers and practices.

Financial Analysis: See the SA article: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4356956-accolade-interesting-tech-and-healthcare-offering
- They are currently running a very high cost/loss with growing revenue. Trading at ~7-8x revenue
- They hire a lot on payroll for their services (~1500 employees). CH only has several hundred.
- Growth risk and continuation is needed, AA and Comcast make up a significant portion of their revenue

Personal Take:
- I favor their executive team, heavily. ACCD was founded in 2007 by Tom Spann. But the leadership was replaced by current CEO in 2015, who brought along his Concur co founders. He and his co founders sold concur off to SAP for billions back in 2014. Concur is big in the corporate world. If Singh and his team can be strategic about this space and market, then I think we can see ACCD bag more customers and be a staple name in corporate health insurance.
- The risks to this company - in survey data, ~47% of individuals in the US get their insurance from their employer. (https://www.ehealthinsurance.com/resources/small-business/how-many-americans-get-health-insurance-from-their-employer) This means their growth is limited in size. Additionally, what about global? I have no idea how insurance plays globally and whether this has market fit.
- IPO price action sold off on the first day. It seems while we see interest in tele health such as LVGO and TDOC, the market doesn’t favor ACCD - possibly due to its weak financials.
- Personally, I see this as a 50/50. There financial risk at this time but has high potential to succeed if their management is able to sell, execute, and change the industry in general.
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