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    Technology decouples economies. AirBNB owns no rooms, but provides accommodations; Uber owns (essentially) no vehicles, but provides transport; Stripe is not a bank, but provides bank accounts; a vast panoply of corporate services run on Amazon-owned servers. There are many excellent things about this decoupling; it improves efficiency, aids focus, and spurs innovation.

    But technology also has an increasingly nasty habit of decoupling authority from responsibility. Is there a problem with your gig-economy service? Oh, no, don't take it up with the company. You know, the entity who actually charges you the money, whose name will appear on your credit-card statement. They're very sorry for your problem, and will provide a full refund, but don't expect them to take any further responsibility whatsoever for the situation. They're just a matchmaker, suddenly, after all; your problem is with of the independent contractor providing the service; the company washes their corporate hands of it.

    Or, alternately: did something go wrong? Oh, well, it's not really the company's fault. The company is made up of human beings, you see, and no human being did anything wrong, so you can't really fault the company. It was just the algorithm. Your negative experience will be noted as a valuable data point to train the algorithm in future. But responsible? Good heavens, no. Like we just said, no human being was at fault; therefore, no one is responsible. Right?

    Am I being too abstract? OK, I'll name a name: Facebook. In particularly, Facebook's attitude towards advertising, and its refusal to take any a priori responsibility for the content of its ads. Consider:

    That is a remarkable claim. It is also deeply disingenuous. If advertisers started showing Facebook users hardcore pornography, you can be absolutely certain that they would very quickly find a way to stop this and prevent it from happening in the future, without defending the porn on the basis that "we don't check what people say and I don't think people should want us to." Especially in light of this "horseshit":

    Now, in fairness, I agree with Zuckerberg that the malevolent-disinformation problem is relatively small. If you think $100,000 in Facebook ads and $270,000 in Twitter ads meaningfully elected the multibillion-dollar U.S. election, you are delusional.

    And of course you can make a very good case that political advertising should not be censored. But proudly trumpeting "we don't check what people say" is not that case; rather, it implicitly passes the responsibility for Facebook's ethics from its employees to its algorithms. Just because something was done by a corporate algorithm, rather than a corporate employee, doesn't mean the corporation is not responsible for it.

    This decoupling of authority and responsibility is not unique to new technology, of course. Consider Equifax, who help to dictate the all-important credit ratings of the American public ... but have zero incentive to treat the American public well, since they are not customers. Again, it's authority without responsibility, while individuals are left with responsibility without authority.

    This disjoint isn't inherently endemic to technology. And there's a lot tech can do to improve the correlation between authority and responsibility. But we can't expect major companies to do so; almost by definition, the more authority-without-responsibility they have, the more money they can make. We'll have to find other ways to balance those scales.

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    The NFL is looking for an artist that will top Lady Gaga’s 2017 Super Bowl halftime performance(and ratings) and they found everything they need in Jay-Z. Problem is, Hov says no.

    The rap mogul turned down the coveted halftime spot for next year’s Super Bowl, which boasts past shows from the likes of Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson and his wife Beyoncé.

    Last week, Jay showed his solidarity with ousted NFLer Colin Kaepernick by shouting him out during his stage performance in NYC.

    Could this be Jay’s way of supporting the NFL boycott after the booting of Kaepernick and Ezekiel?


    Boss shit!

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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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  • 10/01/17--06:36: Breaking out the 9-5 system
  • How many of y'all have a dream or true passion that you either passively or actively pursue on the side of working the day job or whatever it is you do to pay bills and put food on the table? How is it coming along so far, and what is some advice you have for balancing it with your personal life outside both, times of working the day job and times when you are pursuing your dream?
    Are you failing at it? Gaining ground? Sleeping on it?
    You ever feel like the 9-5 didn't make sense and was getting in the way of what you really wanted, to the point you decided to quit and just m try to just do it on your own ?

    For a long time I've always felt like for what I'm trying to do, my regular 9-5 always got in the way and took valuable time away from me and contributed to hell missed opportunities. I'll get into some of that later after more posts.

    Share your mistakes and successes in your pursuit of these things and what you've learned.

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    something that you was raised up doing and you now bring your family to.

    a certain holiday at the beach?

    a park bbq

    camping in the woods.

    anything you did as a whole family......brothers sisters cousins aunts baby mothers.

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    What y'all think?......


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    Recently there was an article where I called some chick a nagging mom. At the time I was being silly but after really thinking about's incredibly accurate.

    For my entire life any time I and the rest of the world really loved something there was a woman trying to take it away or change it.

    For starters: C. Dolores Tucker and her activism against Gangsta Rap in 1993

    Then a Wall Street Journal article (penned by a woman) denouncing popular anime show Dragon Ball Z in the mid to late 90s.

    Parents Councils, though led by a man...technically, tried to take down the WWF in the late 90s. The loudest voices were women.

    Women were roundly anti-football, proclaiming the game too dangerous and refused to let their boys play.

    #Gamergate began in 2013-2014 led by women who wanted to "end sexism" and "promote inclusion" in video game culture.

    And today, the vitriol has moved to comic books, where women are fighting for "inclusion" and "non-sexualized" characters.

    What does all these things have in common?
    The audience is primarily male, specifically young boys to middle aged men. Then the people who want to change it are women, most of whom aren't even interested in show or culture.

    So what's the deal with nagging moms and censorship in the United States?
    Why can't women, especially women who have no interest in the subject, leave men and boys alone to have fun?

    Why must everything be about you and your likes and wants ladies?




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    Wife has friends and associates in Las Vegas right now. They talmbout there's an active shooter near Mandalay Bay. I'lll see if I can get a link, but some chick was streaming that she was an Uber driver and dropped off fare and as soon as dude got out the car he got hit in the chest, so her ass bailed on foot streaming the whole time.

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    Yall up on this shit?
    Kenneka Jenkins(left) ,19 and bestfriend Monifah Shelton who people are alleging set her up for $200

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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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    Ever since her online spat with Khloe Kardashian who called her out for being a former stripper, Amber Rose has been on a mission to fight slut-shaming, defined as the practice of making women feel ashamed of or embarrassed by their sexual self. In addition to posting several sexy selfies, she also plans to organize a "Slut Walk" to hammer home the idea that the way a woman dresses doesn't make it okay to verbally harass, grope or rape them. In addition to the Khloe incident, Rose claims Kanye's "30 Showers" comment is also a great example of making women feel less-than because of their actual (or perceived) sexual history.

    "It's important for me because I deal with it every day," Rose told Entertainment Tonight. "I deal with it via social media, people out on the street. I recently dealt with that with my ex saying he had to take 30 showers after he'd been with me. [As for Khloe] She didn't have to tweet 11 times and try to humiliate me."

    While Rose's intentions are likely in the right place, she has also been accused of slut-shaming herself, as she's brought up Kim's sextape as a way to dig at the reality star before.

    See Amber tweet about her upcoming "Slut Walk" and see pics of Rose above. What do you think of the idea?


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    This is how you know the state of black men is constantly under attack. It's bad enough to deal with white supremacists, but it's completely something else when our own sisters. SMH Here's the article:


    Because “Harrasser” Is Just Not Enough: Why I Consider Calling Black Men Terrorists
    September 27, 2017 | By Veronica Wells

    I’ve started taking a new route to work that puts me closer to my actual office building. It helps me avoid a ten minute walk. While the commute is shorter, when I step off of the train, there’s so much more to see than what I notice on the longer trek. Outside of this train stop there’s a farmer’s market every morning. There are vendors selling dresses and other, mostly women’s, goods.

    For years, I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of those Jamaican mesh dresses. You know the ones that often feature the colors red, black, green and yellow. Something like what Rihanna wore in her “Work” video. When my boyfriend traveled to Jamaica earlier this year, I tasked him with procuring one of those dresses but, to make a very long story short, it was stolen.

    Anyway, so when I saw the dress hanging there outside, I kind of started meandering, wondering if I should keep on my course toward the office or stop and inquire about the dress I’ve been tryna cop forever. In my stagnant indecision, a man, Black, steps and bends into my line of vision, making sure I heard him over the music coming from my headphones.

    “Are you looking for the Statue of Liberty?” He asked.

    I frowned a bit until I noticed he was wearing a shirt with the image of Lady Liberty embroidered on it. He worked for some tourist company.

    “Oh no, I’m not.”

    Since I had been further delayed, I decided to ask the man with the dress a few questions. I was touching the dress on the hanger, asking how much it cost and did he have one with the red color in it, when the Statue of Liberty man says, “You don’t want that cheap sh*t.” I looked over at him, waiting for him to tell me something I didn’t know or explain further why this wouldn’t be a good use of my money. But he didn’t have anything else to offer. He repeated himself, “You don’t want that cheap sh*t…Unless you’re into cheap sh*t.” Then, looking me up and down, he said, “Oh yeah you look like the type who like cheap sh*t.”
    At that point, I’m just confused. The Statue of Liberty brotha was going out of his way to clown both this Black man and his products as well as me and my taste. It was childish and uncalled for. And so I did what I often do when I deal with children who are behaving poorly.

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    If Texas and/or Florida were all black states, the same would be happening to our people. The only reason he sent immediate help was because there are mostly white people living in those states.

    Lost weekend: How Trump’s time at his golf club hurt the response to Maria

    At first, the Trump administration seemed to be doing all the right things to respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico.

    As Hurricane Maria made landfall that Wednesday, there was a frenzy of activity publicly and privately. The next day, President Trump called local officials on the island, issued an emergency declaration and pledged that all federal resources would be directed to help.

    But then for four days after that — as storm-ravaged Puerto Rico struggled for food and water amid the darkness of power outages — Trump and his top aides effectively went dark themselves.

    Trump jetted to New Jersey that Thursday night to spend a long weekend at his private golf club there, save for a quick trip to Alabama for a political rally. Neither Trump nor any of his senior White House aides said a word publicly about the unfolding crisis.

    Trump did hold a meeting at his golf club that Friday with half a dozen Cabinet officials — including Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who oversees disaster response — but the gathering was held to discuss his new refugee travel ban, not the hurricane. Duke and Trump spoke briefly about Puerto Rico, but did not talk again until Tuesday, an administration official said.


    “The Trump administration was slow off the mark,” said Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.), the first lawmaker of Puerto Rican descent elected by the state of Florida to Congress. “. . .We’ve invaded small countries faster than we’ve been helping American citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”


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    Don’t get caught up in the hype that LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand have racked up millions of dollars in sales of Lonzo Ball’s signature shoe. Even at $495 each.

    The sneakerheads at Nice Kicks did some legwork to refute the rumors that Ball’s ZO2 Prime had sold 5,000 pairs in as little as four hours after its initial release. Like most internet rumors, that turned out to be bunk. Matt Halfhill over at Nice Kicks explained in a post how they figured out the number is much, much lower.

    Basically, Halfhill ordered a pair a few hours before Chad Johnson ordered a pair and posted his confirmation email on social media. By Halfhill’s count, just 34 total transactions on the entire Big Baller Brand site had occured between those two orders, and that could have been for shirts, hats, and anything else there that isn’t a pair of very expensive shoes.

    When another Nice Kicks staffer ordered a pair of shorts the next day, the transaction number simply didn’t account for thousands of shoe orders—there were just 328 individual purchases.

    Out of the 328 transactions that happened on in the first 24 hours that the shoes were offered for sale, we tracked that a total of just 263 pairs of sneakers had sold in both signed and unsigned versions of the ZO2 Prime.

    While we have no access to sales receipts, transactions or traffic data, we have been monitoring the inventory levels of the footwear listed on After noting the initial product levels at the start and deducting the current units sold, we can confidently say that 210 pairs of unsigned ZO2 Primes had sold (103 pairs in size 8.5 alone), along with 53 autographed ZO2 Primes.
    While it’s tough to confirm anything here from a secondary source and incredibly unlikely the Balls are going to talk down rumors of big sales, the logic used by Nice Kicks here makes sense. And then there’s the big sales numbers that don’t match the actual sales thus far.

    Not accounting for shipping or sales tax (that doesn’t appear to be properly applied to transactions anyways), the total revenue for footwear in the first 24 hours was $157,685, based on the numbers sold for signed, unsigned, and the larger sizes that are priced at an extra $200.

    While $157,685 is an incredible amount of sales in one day, it is far from the $2.5 million that numerous outlets have reported today online.
    It’s an interesting look at the reality of the shoe business, an industry the Balls are now going it alone in. Though opting not to sign with a major shoe company is clearly not a decision to take lightly, the Balls seemed forced to do so. Talks with Nike blew up and the pursuit of growing Big Baller Brand as a whole was sidetracked by talk of top tier price points. LaVar Ball wanted to package his three sons into a single billion-dollar shoe contract, and the companies that dominate the industry wanted nothing to do with it.

    While the initial release on Thursday created a huge amount of Internet buzz—both good and bad—it didn’t immediately translate into massive sales. Like Stephon Marbury warned, it’s very difficult to grow a brand on your own. It’s easy to LaVar Ball to get people talking about him, his sons and their very expensive shoes, but actually convincing people to buy them takes a lot more than calling them “premium” and walking away.

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    A black Cornell student said he was beaten and called the n-word, roiling the Ivy League campus

    Fraternity Psi Upsilon is shutting down its chapter at Cornell University after an alleged assault that authorities said is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

    Following an incident, apparently involving members of Psi Upsilon, in which a white student allegedly attacked a black one, Cornell President Martha Pollack said this week that pending an investigation, the university would not reinstate the fraternity. Cornell had revoked the fraternity’s recognition last year for violating its code of conduct, according to the Associated Press.

    “I will not tell you ‘this is not who we are,’ as the events of the past few weeks belie that. But it is absolutely not who we want to be,” Pollack said in a statement.

    The school’s president said Sunday that its leaders are working to “develop and implement steps to be a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming university.”

    Cornell University Black Student Group Complains of Too Many African, Caribbean Students

    In a lengthy letter to Cornell University President Martha Pollack last week, members of student group Black Students United hand-delivered a list of demands calling on the school to address recent incidents of campus racism and a culture of white supremacy.

    After slamming the Ivy League university for its shortcomings on diversity and inclusion, however, students complained, in so many words, about the disproportionate number of African and Caribbean students on campus compared to African-American ones.

    Their demand? That university admissions devise a plan to actively increase the presence of underrepresented Black students on campus, who they define as those who have more than two generations in the U.S.

    “The Black student population at Cornell disproportionately represents international or first-generation African or Caribbean students,” BSU wrote. “While these students have a right to flourish at Cornell, there is a lack of investment in Black students whose families were affected directly by the African holocaust in America.”

    “Cornell must actively work to support students whose families have been impacted for generations by white supremacy and American fascism,” they added.
    West Campus Residents ‘Stunned’ by Use of N-Word at House Dinner

    ollowing two high-profile incidents in which Cornell students reported being targeted physically or verbally because of their race, the use of a slur last week at a house dinner has left a West Campus house community “shattered.”

    Students at the Carl Becker House’s weekly house dinner on Wednesday night were answering poll questions by anonymously texting responses to questions such as, “What is your favorite place on campus?” Their answers appeared in bubbles on a projector, and soon people began submitting silly and somewhat inappropriate answers, people who were there said.

    Then, in response to one prompt — “Name your key strength” — someone responded by submitting the N-word, which appeared prominently at the front of the room, projected onto a screen.

    “The room went completely silent,” Prof. Neema Kudva, the house professor and dean, said in an email to residents of the house the next day, adding that “a sense of shock at the intent to violate and intimidate slammed into us.”

    Prof. Thomas Fox, biology, who attended the dinner, said he has been a member of the house since 2005 and has never heard the room get so quiet.

    “I have never, ever heard it that silent there,” he said. “There was dead silence for five minutes. People were stunned. There were some students at my table who were literally in tears.”

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    On early Friday morning, MMA fighter War Machine (motto: “I do Alpha Male sh*t”) allegedly barged into his ex-girlfriends home and nearly beat her to death. He still hasn’t turned himself in, insisting that he is being framed by the police.

    According to Christy Mack, the two had been broken up for several months and she doesn’t know what made him decide to break into her house and attack her. She says that once he was in the house, he went ballistic immediately. A friend was over who War Machine punched several times before throwing him out of the house. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of the hours-long nightmare that played out at Mack’s home.

    Mack, who is recovering at a hospital recounted her assault and harrowing escape on her Twitter account.

    Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face. I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries resulted from my beating. My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken. I am unable to chew, or see out of my left eye. My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side. My leg is so badly injured I have not been able to walk on my own.

    Mack also alleges that War Machine tried to rape her, but was unable to perform. Instead, he grabbed a “dull knife” and chopped off much of her hair. After prolonged abuse, her attacker went into another room to find a sharper knife and Mack made her escape out her back door. She managed to get to a neighbor’s house and was taken to a nearby hospital. When police went to investigate Mack’s house, War Machine was gone.

    Highlighting how close Mack had come to being murdered, she also said that War Machine had cancelled her cell phone plan so that “no one would worry about” her whereabouts if she went missing.


    Police have offered a $10,000 reward for his capture, but so far been unable to locate him.

    That isn’t to say he is laying low since the assault, War Machine has been very active on social media. Despite the mountain of evidence against him, War Machine has spent the weekend at-large and sending out a series of tweets claiming that he was being framed for the crime.

    Astonishingly, some of War Machine’s fans have come to the fighter’s defense accusing Christy (who works as a porn star) of being unfaithful and that if War Machine caught her with another man he was justified in how he reacted.

    Hey folks, it shouldn’t have to be said, but here we go again: There is never an excuse to beat your partner, ex-partner or any variation in between.

    Note: I call him “War Machine” throughout this article rather than by his birth name of John Koppenhaver because that is what he changed his name to. He is legally named Mr. War Machine.


    Her account of what happened...

    At around 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face. I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating.

    My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken. I am unable to chew, or see out of my left eye. My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side. My leg is so badly injured I have not been able to walk on my own. I also attained several lesions from a knife he got from my kitchen. He pushed the knife into me in some areas such as my hand, ear, and head. He also sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife. After some time, the knife broke off of the handle and continued to threaten me with the blade. I believed I was going to die. He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly.

    He took my phone and cancelled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one would worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard. After another hit or two, he left me on the floor bleeding and shaking, holding my side from the pain of my rib. He left the room and went to the kitchen where I could hear him ruffling through my drawers. Assuming he was finding a sharper, more stable knife to end my life, I ran out my back door, shutting it behind me so the dogs didn't run inside to tip him off. I hopped the fence to the golf course behind my house and ran to a neighboring house. Naked and afraid he would catch me, I kept running through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Finally, one answered and I was brought to the hospital and treated for my injuries.

    I would like to thank everyone for their support through this rough time. I am healing fast and well, and I appreciate all of the prayers and visits I have received over the past few days. After many months of fear and pressure to keep this man happy, although I fear for my life, I feel that I can no longer put myself in this situation. The cheating by him nearly every day, and almost weekly abuse is now more than I can stand. There is a $10k reward for the capture of Jonathan Koppenhaver at this time. Please report any information to your local police

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    I see some of y'all talking about it in the Celebrity Death thread, but this man deserves his own, respectful thread.

    "Tom Petty rode to the pinnacle of pop music stardom with his beloved and long-running rock band the Heartbreakers, born out of the ashes of a group that flopped when he brought them from Gainesville, Fla., to California in the mid-1970s. He emerged as one of the most vocal and tireless champions of artistic integrity and musical purity in the record business.

    Reportedly found unconscious at his Malibu home on Sunday night, Petty was rushed to UCLA’s Santa Monica hospital in full cardiac arrest and died Monday at 66. For hours, multiple media outlets reported his death only to retract those reports; his death was confirmed Monday night by his family’s spokeswoman. A cause has not been announced.

    “On behalf of the Tom Petty family,” said Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

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