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    The hundreds of people waiting on the dock in St. Thomas on Friday night had just survived a hit from Hurricane Irma that had crippled the airport and devastated pretty much every building not made of concrete.

    Supplies of food and water were dwindling. Electricity was spotty. And Hurricane Jose had not turned north yet. The people on the island feared that the second storm could boom in, bringing more misery to St. Thomas.

    But a large ship with enough room to transport all the tourists was approaching the dock. Just in time, help had come.

    Just not for everyone.

    The ship had been chartered by the Marriott hotel chain for guests who had to stay behind because the airport had closed.

    And officials — there are disagreements about who exactly — said the only people who would be allowed on to the rescue ship were the registered guests of the chain’s hotels and lavish resorts on St. Thomas.

    Shortly after the ship arrived, about three dozen people — tourists not staying at Marriott hotels who had also ridden out the hurricane — watched as the vessel pulled away with hundreds of empty seats.

    “We just felt hopelessness,” said Cody Howard, a professional storm chaser who had been contracted to shoot weather footage on the island. His exit strategy evaporated when the island’s airport closed

    “We’re grown men. We could take care of ourselves,” he said of himself and his chase partner. Howard had endured similar conditions filming footage of Hurricane Harvey. “We didn’t need a whole lot. But it was really hard to see people with kids and elderly people who don’t have anywhere to stay get turned away by this boat … For some people, that was the only [glimmer] of hope. After the boat left, they just felt hopeless and helpless.”

    Officials on the ship said they had contacted people higher up in the company about the evacuation, Howard and other stranded passengers said. The company officials said they “didn’t want the liability,” according to Howard.

    In her anger, Naomi Ayala, a Dallas resident who had been vacationing on the island but was now watching her chance at rescue edge toward the horizon, pulled out her phone and posted a video on Facebook.

    “They had 600 and something seats,” she said, citing a number that she later revised upward. “They filled it with 300 Marriott guests and there are 35 people over here waiting and we can’t get on this large boat that will hold at least 2[00] to 300 more people.”

    Then she named names:

    “And it was Marriott’s decision. Marriott did not let us on this boat to get to San Juan so we can get on flights back home. Instead, we have to ride out Hurricane Jose on St. Thomas when we just went through Hurricane Irma.”

    Tim Sheldon, president of the Caribbean and Latin America region for Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International, told The Washington Post that the St. Thomas port manager instructed the crew that anyone not listed on the manifest could not get on the ship.

    The company had already worked with authorities to get the boat into the port on short notice in an emergency — and to construct a manifest with all the appropriate passenger information. But Sheldon said the company didn’t control access to the port.

    And with Jose approaching, there was no time to negotiate passage for the people who were ultimately left stranded.

    “We were told by the port manager … that if they weren’t on the manifest that we weren’t able to bring them on to the boat,” he said. “We were told we had to have our boat out of that port by nightfall. We knew that it was in our best interests and in the best interests of our guests to get that ship out of there that night.”

    In a statement to The Post, the company alluded to bureaucratic red tape:

    On Friday, Marriott was able to secure a ferry to transport about 600 of our guests from St. Thomas to Puerto Rico. These were guests who had to stay behind after the airport closed in advance of Hurricane Irma.

    The ferry departed St. Thomas Friday, September 8, with the Marriott guests onboard. There were a number of additional people gathered at the dock who were not our guests who also expressed a desire to leave St. Thomas. We very much wanted to assist these other travelers to Puerto Rico, however, the Marriott team on-the-ground was told they had no authorization to board additional passengers who were not on the approved manifest. This was enforced by dock security.

    With Hurricane Jose on a path to St. Thomas, the ferry had a tight window to pick up passengers and safely depart.

    As a company, Marriott places a priority on the safety and security of our guests, but we also have a long tradition of looking out for the greater community. In this case, we weren’t able to help and as grateful as we are that we were able to transport our guests, we are saddened that we were not able to do the same for more people. We continue to work with local authorities in St. Thomas to help support the relief efforts there.

    But Howard and others saw it as a case of corporate callousness during a life-threatening situation. He told The Post that local officials were pushing for the tourists to get on the boat — they were using limited resources that could be used by islanders who couldn’t sail away from the aftermath.

    Hurricane Jose did ultimately turn north and had minimal effect on the battered island.

    But as the people watched the Marriott-chartered vessel pull away, no one knew that — or how long St. Thomas would be cut off from supplies of food and water. People had also received scattered reports of lawlessness at other increasingly desperate Caribbean islands.

    But still, Howard said, the people on the ship said no.

    “The whole sense that I got out of it was: We didn’t pay enough money to stay at a Marriott place, therefore, we weren’t good enough to get on that boat,” he said.

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  • 08/27/17--15:05: Nevada, What's Up?
  • I'm flyin out next week, to the Reno area for bout a week

    what spots I need to check out?

    I already kno the 1st thing I'm doin... go to a dispensary lol

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  • 01/20/14--15:15: The Random Facts Thread
  • Im just going to put all the facts i find on the internet into one thread, kinda like chitlin and his news thread.

    I just got these off the internet, i dont know if they are true or not. Google it if your so curious.

    Ill post infographics and cool educational type gifs in here as well.

    Feel free to post some too if you come across any.

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    Startup Bodega’s glorified vending machines are sparking major Twitter backlash


    This morning, we published a profile of a startup that created glorified vending machines that can be placed inside apartment buildings, dorms, and gyms.

    The concept itself is fairly benign. The problem was that the founders decided to call it Bodega and use a cat–a nod to the bodega cat–as a logo.


    To many readers, this immediately seemed like two Silicon Valley dudes had just appropriated a term beloved to many immigrants, while simultaneously creating a business designed to obliterate these neighborhood corner shops.


    The ensuing Twitter rage was voluminous and palpable. “Bodega” has been trending on Twitter all day, mostly thanks to people vociferously defending bodegas.


    Jack Dorsey himself says that he’s digging this new “bodega defense Twitter.”


    There was much thoughtful commentary about why the startup’s name is so offensive. And then, some have done some in-depth analysis about Bodega’s business strategy. This entire chain, from Eater writer Helen Rosner, is worth a read.


    A big source of concern was bodega cats. Where will our cuddly neighborhood felines live and nap without the bodega?

    But maybe the bodega cats will actually save the bodega?


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  • 09/13/17--12:09: From perms to prom dresses
  • Why is this going down?


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    Hungry pizza lovers, some of whom spent $75 each to attend the New York City Pizza Festival, are demanding refunds for what they're calling a "total scam" that had them waiting over an hour to enter a "shady parking lot" for empty tents and barely any food. And there's a familiar name attached to Saturday's widely panned event: the organizer is allegedly one Ishmael Osekre, the man behind last summer's "EPIC DISASTER" African Food Festival.

    "It was like the people from Fyre Festival decided to throw a pizza party," quipped Connell Burke about the Pizza Festival, referencing the infamous luxury festival that promised supermodels and Ja Rule and instead delivered disaster relief tents and slices of cheese, and an indefinite stay on a Bahamian island.

    "It was my girlfriend's birthday so I got the VIP tickets, so I spent $150 total for the two tickets," Burke told Gothamist. "There's three pop-up tents to my left, one where they're taking cold pizzas out of delivery boxes and cutting them. Those pictures don't do it justice, because they look like they're normal-sized plates but they're actually cake-sized, like what you'd use for cake at a children's birthday party. They're small, tiny little slivers of pizza."

    The event, which took place in a parking lot on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, was promoted as a "day long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings." But attendees report they were greeted with "pizza...smaller than a sample size," according to one person on Facebook. "Cold and tasted awful."

    "Total shit don't spend your money if you haven't yet, and if you have get a refund," festival guest Oscar Mendoza posted to Facebook. "Three small tents are here, paid $75 for a slice of pizza smaller then my palm."

    "We came up all the way from DC and all we got was this slice," attendee Chip Shannon said of the above photo.

    "This is bullshit! The fact that my friend and I spent 55 dollars each for such a shitty event like this unbelievable!" another said on Facebook. "All we got was warm red wine that tasted like ass!"
    Last August, Osekre organized the African Food Festival, which attendees also called a scam, saying there were only a handful of the promised "24+" chefs and vendors. To make matters worse, the Festival was staged inside the Duggal Greenhouse in the middle of a heatwave, with no air conditioning and prices for a bottle of water running between $3 - $5.


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    Serious question.

    these are questions only for you to ask and answer yourself....some may apply and some may not.

    I ask because whats stopping you from reaching your greatest point of potential....

    do you not have anything to wake up and go to work for outside of paying bills with enough left over for some sneak...

    do you wake up with a sense that you need to better than you was yesterday.

    do you wake up and see if the chick you want to smash , texted you in the night..

    do you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with what you see or what you have become...

    do you have or have you made any future plans..

    where are you in your future plans? how far does your future plans go?

    are they listed step by step with contingency plans or are they just dreams of something you want?

    when was the last time you was proud you completed something, a task?

    Are you aware of how your surroundings effect your thoughts?

    whats your ringtone? what does it say about you?

    Are you strong enough to block out the negative or must you be in the middle of drama to feel alive?

    does you music you listen mostly consist of being in the club, fukk this bitch, i fukked a bitch, beat a nigga ass, im tough like Nigerian hair, alpha male, jumpman jumpman? do you understand how these lyrics effect your thought process and how you view the world?

    When was the last time you heard or had an inspirational song in your rotation that didnt have nothing to do with getting illegal money or bagging a hoe?

    speaking of hoes....are hoes appealing to you?..why?

    if they are women who give themselves freely to any man, how is that attractive to you? regardless of how good she looks, do you think you deserve better? even if its just to get a nut, do you think you time is more valuable than to be laid up with a known cumrag.

    Are you happy with your health?

    are you happy with your body?

    they say a man is only as good as his last challenge...what was your hardest challenge....when was the last real challenge. Are you ok with easy more than you are with hard?

    Are you the smartest in your group or the dumbest?

    are you a man of strong moral values and principle that cant be changed no matter whats in front of you?

    are you a manager or you family or a leader?

    do you push those around you to be better or are you ok with being the best and fukk the rest?.

    Do you share your knowledge or do you keep it to have an advantage over those you hold close?.

    do you make your family or does your family make you?

    Are you goals something you would like or something you wont stop until you get ?

    Are you living for today or planning for tomorrow?

    Do you have a plan for your grandkids if your kids fukk up?

    If you die tomorrow...will your family be able to move forward without struggles?

    If someone asked a lil kid that knows you.....what do they see when they see you...what would they say?

    Do you think your viewed as a person to be admired because you are not to be fukked with or a person to be admired because you have strong morals and ethics.

    All these get you to ask yourself....who are you really.

    are you the person you want people to see you as or the person you want to be or the person you think you are.

    you deserve your best you.

    you have alot of motivating things on this site,

    @kai is a black female sceintist
    @sion is smart as hell and wont be told he can not be a billionaire and stays up all night to stay ahead of the game. and knows investing.
    @Will Munny lived his dream of fight an MMA fight. got his ass beat but he did it.and he is ok with being himself and going hunting and fishing. seems hes ok being him.
    @not_osirus_jenkins building up himself an empire. one flipped house at a time.

    are you motivated yet....
    @EmM HoLLa. driving around in porches and sneaking in shots of his watch....are you motivated.

    @BOSSExcellence be lowkey stuntin.... saying he at the movies and sends a pic to prove it but lets all know he was wearing loubintins.

    but i guess your not motivated by money.
    @BigBallsNoWorries travels around the world. so does @scorpio4lfe @vagrant-718 @Knock_Twice @Figo @usmarin3 and alot others.
    are you motivated

    @zzombie @Cinco invested in homes and their futures are set . imagine being 30 and not have to go to work anymore....

    motivated yet. no

    @Young_Chitlin posts weekly links or youtubes about getting outta debt...

    helpful posts and links are always in the business forum

    @Black_Samson and @SimptimusLEMZUS are into fitness. are you afraid to ask them to hook you up with a program to get into shape. scared to video chat with them to scream at you to motivate you ?

    all these examples can choose to think its all a why come here if you think that. that say more about your mindframe than it does anything else....

    do you only come to pass the time.....even passing can network for future potential.

    dont trust internet people ? ok,,, do you think an inperson broker can be trusted. they dip out with peoples money everyday.

    those that are rewarded are those that take risks.

    so many things...where are you in your life. honestly answer yourself.

    honestly create a timeline of your life and see where you came from and where you trying to go and where you are in obtaining what you want.

    what drives you ..

    what motivates you...
    are you happy with who your laying next to at night?
    are you happy with where you go to work at?
    are you happy with where you are living?
    are you happy with what you look like?
    are you happy with your physique ?
    are you happy with what you are driving?
    are you happy with what you see when you log into you bank account?
    but more importantly

    and lastly,

    Are you happy with your life.

    what are you waiting for....tomorrow will be today in a few hours and yesterday was once today. how many more times does that need to be said to be a better you.

    greatness should not be should be required.

    have a good day people.

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    Anytime a regional term for something pops up in the news/ a thread it's always interesting to see what the same thing is called in difference places.

    So what do you call it?

    Where I'm from it's a corner store or a tienda.

    While we're at it, what are other regional names for things/activities that are particular to where you are from?

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  • 09/13/17--17:39: The SPOILER Thread!!!!
  • Drop some secret shit in a 'spoiler'


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    White House: ESPN’s Jemele Hill should be fired for calling Trump a ‘white supremacist’

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday struck back at ESPN host Jemele Hill for referring to President Trump as a “white supremacist,” calling the comment “outrageous” and saying she should lose her job.

    Asked about Hill's tweets Monday evening, in which the sportscaster also said Trump's rise was “the direct result of white supremacy,” Sanders responded: “That's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”

    ESPN scolded Hill, who is African American, in a public statement distancing the network from her remarks, but it has not suspended her from her co-hosting gig on “SportsCenter.” The network, which has been accused by far-right conservatives of being too openly liberal with its politics, called Hill’s tweet “inappropriate” and noted her comments do not “represent the position of ESPN.”

    In her tweets, Hill wrote that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.” She said his “rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period,” and that he is “unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”

    Sanders said she did not know whether Trump was aware of Hill's comments.

    Trump has faced widespread criticism for his handling of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counterprotester. The president did not immediately denounce the specific hate groups, including the KKK and neo-Nazis, which had organized the event, and he continued to equivocate even after condemning them, later saying there were “very fine people” on both sides.

    Trump met privately at the White House on Thursday with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who is African American, about the aftermath of the Charlottesville incident.

    Sanders asserted Wednesday that Trump has been clear in his condemnation of hate groups.

    Asked why Hill and her supporters don't think so, the press secretary said: “I know that the president has met with people like Senator Scott who are highly respected leaders in the African American community. He's committed to working with them to bring the country together. I think that's where we need to be focused — not on outrageous statements like that one.”

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  • 09/08/12--16:49: The Powerful Pet Thread
  • I noticed that a lot of people had pets in the Summer Pics thread so I decided to make a thread dedicated to the pets of the IC...

    Here's mine. Isis my 13 year old Siberian Husky. To say I love this dog is an understatement. She's the best dog I've ever had.










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  • 07/22/14--16:11: The General Business Thread
  • Alright yall this is a spinoff from the Tax Implications thread that was started by @JonnyRoccIT‌ . I made this thread to help out anybody who has general questions about getting started or going forward, legal matters in business, financing/banks/credit, how to find information, building websites, structure, taxation, business plans/proposals, investing, motivation - anything that has to do with running a business please ask the question here and me or @pralims will answer you promptly.

    Anything that has to do with even supplying apps or anything for that matter that can help someone, anybody, somewhere do something easier or better will be greatly appreciated.

    To kick things off I have put the topics in spoilers to make the O/P organized and easier to browse for mobile users.

    Business Entity/Legal Structures

    Sole Proprietorship

    The simplest structure is the sole proprietorship, which usually involves just one individual who owns and operates the enterprise. If you intend to work alone, this structure may be the way to go. The tax aspects of a sole proprietorship are appealing because the expenses and your income from the business are included on your personal income tax return, Form 1040. Your profits and losses are recorded on a form called Schedule C, which is filed with your 1040. The "bottom-line amount" from Schedule C is then transferred to your personal tax return. This is especially attractive because business losses you suffer may offset the income you have earned from your other sources.

    As a sole proprietor, you must also file a Schedule SE with Form 1040. You use Schedule SE to calculate how much self-employment tax you owe. In addition to paying annual self-employment taxes, you must make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in federal taxes for the year after deducting your withholding and credits, and your withholding will be less than the smaller of:

    1) 90 percent of the tax to be shown on your current year tax return or

    2) 100 percent of your previous year's tax liability.

    The federal government permits you to pay estimated taxes in four equal amounts throughout the year on the 15th of April, June, September and January. With a sole proprietorship, your business earnings are taxed only once, unlike other business structures. Another big plus is that you will have complete control over your business--you make all the decisions. There are a few disadvantages to consider, however. Selecting the sole proprietorship business structure means you are personally responsible for your company's liabilities. As a result, you are placing your assets at risk, and they could be seized to satisfy a business debt or a legal claim filed against you.Raising money for a sole proprietorship can also be difficult. Banks and other financing sources may be reluctant to make business loans to sole proprietorships. In most cases, you will have to depend on your financing sources, such as savings,
    home equity or family loans.


    If your business will be owned and operated by several individuals, you'll want to take a look at structuring your business as a partnership. Partnerships come in two varieties: general partnerships and limited partnerships. In a general partnership, the partners manage the company and assume responsibility for the partnership's debts and other obligations. A limited partnership has both general and limited partners. The general partners own and operate the business and assume liability for the partnership, while the limited partners serve as investors only; they have no control over the company and are not subject to the same liabilities as the general partners.

    Unless you expect to have many passive investors, limited partnerships are generally not the best choice for a new business because of all the required filings and administrative complexities. If you have two or more partners who want to be actively involved, a general partnership would be much easier to form.

    One of the major advantages of a partnership is the tax treatment it enjoys. A partnership does not pay tax on its income but "passes through" any profits or losses to the individual partners. At tax time, the partnership must file a tax return (Form 1065) that reports its income and loss to the IRS. In addition, each partner reports his or her share of income and loss on Schedule K-1 of Form 1065.

    Personal liability is a major concern if you use a general partnership to structure your business. Like sole proprietors, general partners are personally liable for the partnership's obligations and debts. Each general partner can act on behalf of the partnership, take out loans and make decisions that will affect and be binding on all the partners (if the partnership agreement permits). Keep in mind that partnerships are also more expensive to establish than sole proprietorships because they require more legal and accounting services.

    The other portion is in the next post

    As for what state is best to incorporate in, it really depends on what type of business you're trying to build. Please PM me and I may be able to assist you.


    For motivation give these books a read:

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki


    Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


    @black caesar

    Feel free to post if yall can contribute, anything is plenty.

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    Bill Whittle has a long history of promoting academic racism — and hits Barack Obama

    Bill Whittle, a host for the National Rifle Association’s news outlet NRATV, claimed that the country’s first black president “set race relations back 100 years” with his administration, effectively comparing today’s America to a time when state-sanctioned segregation was permitted and lynchings were commonplace.

    Whittle is the host of NRATV’s newest program, “Bill Whittle’s Hot Mic”, a show that supposedly focuses on “left-wing pop culture’s war on our freedom and rights,” but which routinely veers off topic to discuss race, with African-Americans bearing the brunt of the criticism. On his program, Whittle has repeatedly slammed Black Lives Matter for focusing on police brutality instead of “black-on-black homicide,” has claimed “90 percent or more of the racial problems that we have in this country are manufactured by the left,” and has accused both cities run by Democrats and mainstream news organizations of being racist.

    Whittle has also made racially insensitive comments as a regular guest on NRATV’s news program “Stinchfield”. He previously called CNN’s Don Lemon a “miserable racist” against white people for noting that President Donald Trump sounds different when using a teleprompter, and he has claimed the country doesn’t need the Democratic Party because there is no “genuine black oppression as there was in the past.”

    During the August 28 edition of Bill Whittle’s Hot Mic, Whittle claimed the goal of the Democratic Party over the last two decades has been “to take America, . . . divide it up into little tribes, and set the tribes at war against each other.” He went on to claim that the Obama presidency “set race relations back 100 years in this country”:

    Bill Whittle (Host): Ladies, I want to talk to you about something real quick here. I had a friend who was talking about this today on camera. He said he watched a little clip of “All In The Family” last night and it was an episode where Lionel Jefferson had a girlfriend whose parents were mixed race or something. And he said you simply couldn’t air that show today, that episode of “All In The Family”, because it was so open, it was so honest about the discussion of these things. And it’s pretty clear to me that the entire job of the left over the last 20 years has been to take America, which is essentially unbeatable if it’s one country, divide it up into little tribes, and set the tribes at war against each other. And it seems to me that Barack Obama’s presidency set race relations back 100 years in this country.

    Whittle also has a long history of promoting academic racism, including endorsing discredited theories that posit black people are intellectually inferior to other races, while appearing as a regular guest on “alt-right” commentator Stefan Molyneux’s YouTube channel. During interviews with Molyneux, Whittle described African-Americans who support the Democratic Party as literal slaves who prefer to remain in captivity because they can trade a willingness to commit voter fraud for welfare benefits. During one 2016 appearance, Whittle called inner city residents “unemployed and unemployable” and said that they should get jobs because a job “beats the laziness” out of people and “disciplines” them into “civility.” He also called then-President Barack Obama an “unqualified, unknown individual” who was elected “specifically and only because he is black” during a January 2016 appearance and said that by electing Obama, “we’re atoning for our slavery.”
    Whittle’s comments should come as no surprise to viewers, as another NRA TV host recently suggested the Black Lives Matter movement is attempting to have white Americans “tortured and killed.” Besides the wild comments of their TV hosts, the NRA’s racial politics came under fire when there was an outcry for them to speak out about the killing of the legally armed Philando Castile.

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    Is this an accurate to what you do when you see a stranger staring at you?

    Is this more of a problematic issue in our community that goes unaddressed

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