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    How to launch your own beer brand for $5,000

    You’ve run the numbers for starting a craft brewery—and you’re absolutely shocked at the costs. Or maybe you’re lucky enough to already be operating, but you can’t keep up with demand.

    In either case, one lower-cost alternative is contract brewing. Here’s what you need to know.
    What is contract brewing?

    With contract brewing, you hire another brewery to brew and package beer for you, or you can rent out another brewer’s facility and brew the beer yourself. It’s still your beer: You own the recipe and decide how the beer is made.

    “The contract brewing model is often is a lot less labor- and time-intensive to get a brand to market, because you have a brewery already set up and ready to roll to brew that brand,” says Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association, a trade group with more than 3,800 U.S. brewery members.

    Lower brewing startup costs

    The startup costs for a craft brewery can easily exceed $1 million, depending mainly on the size of the operation and its location. Costs include essential brewing equipment, such as kettles, kegs, boilers and fermentation tanks. Upgrading equipment to meet increased demand can also be costly.

    “On top of that, when you are a brick-and-mortar brewery, you are dealing with a lot of compliance by making alcoholic beverages in the U.S.,” Herz says, referring to the licensing, permitting and government paperwork involved with this industry.

    By contrast, for $5,000, startups can launch a beer brand, says Page Buchanan, owner and founder of House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin, which offers contract brewing services.

    Once they start, owners need to think hard about marketing their beer and building a following, Buchanan says.

    More established breweries also turn to contract brewing to save money.
    Everything you need to do in your 20s for a great financial future
    Contract brewing drawbacks

    Contract brewing can save you time, money and stress, but it does have potential drawbacks.

    No local presence: You’re handing over your production to another brewery, which may not sit well with customers. New breweries often gain traction in the marketplace by having a local presence, a brewpub or a taproom where the beer is brewed that people can visit, Herz says.

    “The key with craft brewers today is integrity behind the brand, the people and a presence behind the brand,” she says.

    Contract brewer relationship: The brewery you work with needs to be reliable and trustworthy; it should fill your orders on time and follow recipes exactly as instructed. Ideally, you’ll want to work closely with the brewery and oversee its brewing process.

    Networking logistics: Finding a contract brewing service may be tough, as there’s no directory of contract breweries. You could join a brewery association and network with brewery owners who have gone the contract brewing route. This can help you decide if it’s is a fit for your business and, if so, find contract brewers in your area or near a desired distribution point.

    No matter which route you choose, the goal remains the same: to produce a quality brew that stands out from the competition.

    “Beer is more than just marketing. For many beer lovers, it’s also what’s in the glass and where it came from,” Herz says.

    For more details on getting your business off the ground, check out NerdWallet’s guide on how to start a business.

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    Colin Kaepernick explains protest of national anthem

    SANTA CLARA, Ca. -- Forty Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly and knowingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

    His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium.

    "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

    The 49ers issued this statement: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

    By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.

    However, refusal to support the American flag as a means to take a stand has brought incredible backlash before and likely will in this instance. The NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, formerly Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, refused to acknowledge the flag in protest, citing similar reasons as Kaepernick and saying that it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs.

    Abdul-Rauf drew the ire of fans and was briefly suspended by the NBA before a compromise was worked out between the league and player, who eventually stood with his teammates and coaches at the playing of the national anthem.

    Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem.

    "This is not something that I am going to run by anybody," he said. "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."

    Kaepernick said that he has thought about going public with his feelings for a while but that "I felt that I needed to understand the situation better."

    He said that he has discussed his feelings with his family and, after months of witnessing some of the civil unrest in the U.S., decided to be more active and involved in rights for black people. Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents and siblings.

    Kaepernick's Twitter feed is filled with civil rights Tweets and messages.

    The former Super Bowl starting quarterback's decision to go public comes while he is fighting for his football life with the 49ers, who drafted him in the second round in 2011. He lost his starting job last season after being one of the most promising players in the NFL during his run under former coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Over the past few months, his relationship with management has turned sour. He requested a trade last spring, which never came to fruition. He also has spent most of the offseason rehabilitating from operations to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, his hand and knee. That left him unable to fully compete with Blaine Gabbert for months and now, just weeks before the regular season starts, has him seemingly in a bind to regain his starting job.

    He made his preseason debut against the Packers and played for the second quarter, completing two of six passes for 14 yards. He looked as rusty as you'd expect from someone who has not played since last November.

    Following the game and without any knowledge of Kaepernick's non-football behavior, coach Chip Kelly said that there has never been any discussion about cutting Kaepernick.


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    Exams, classes, etc

    I just totally bombed on my biology exam recently smh got 45%. Was depressed damn near the whole day lol

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    Here's a small clip but does this still hold weight?

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    A police department in Oklahoma released body camera footage Monday of former State Senator Ralph Shortey caught in a hotel room with an underage boy, days after he pleaded guilty to child prostitution and pornography charges.

    The Moore Police Department released the footage of the encounter that occurred early on March 9 at a Super 8 Motel in Moore, Okla., FOX59 reported.

    The footage showed police knocking on the door of a room occupied by Shortey — a Republican — and the underage male. Police said they went to the room after receiving a welfare check call placed by the teen boy’s father.

    “So, what are they saying?” one of the officers asked the other.

    “Well, drug-related, maybe,” an officer replied. “Maybe was coming here to buy some weed. Either here for narcotics, or prostitution for narcotics.”

    “Like the kid’s prostituting himself out?” the other officer asked.

    The officers said they smelled marijuana and later discovered a small amount of it in the room along with condoms and lotion found in a backpack that belonged to Shortey, FOX25 News reported.

    “Hey, it’s Moore Police Department, man. We just need to check on your welfare, make sure you’re OK. We’re not going away,” the officers were heard saying.

    Later the officers were heard talking to someone inside and telling the person to hurry up and get dressed.

    The video cuts when the teenager appeared and then picks back up to the officers speaking to Shortey, who was hiding behind the door.

    “Come out,” an officer ordered Shortey. “Now, you’re getting me worried, show me your hands.”
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    Shortey appeared and was wearing a shirt with a reference to the Bible verse from Ephesians 5:22, which called for women to “submit to their husbands,” FOX25 News reported.

    The officers told Shortey he was with a 17-year-old male but the former state senator replied, “Can you show me that he’s only 17?”

    “I can’t,” an officer replied. “But I can convince you that he is. I can put you in handcuffs and throw you in the back of the car.”

    The officers asked what Shortey was doing in the room with the teenager and he said they were having a conversation.

    The former state senator was eventually arrested. Police accused Shortey of hiring the 17-year-old for sex.

    A police report indicated a search of the teen’s tablet computer uncovered a series of sexually explicit exchanges in which Shortey referred to him as “baby boy” and offered him cash in exchange for “sexual stuff.”

    The FBI became involved in the case following Shortey’s arrest and searched his Oklahoma City home.

    The married father of four resigned in March after he was arrested on state charges of engaging in child prostitution and transporting a minor for prostitution.

    Married dudes buying lil boys off craigslist???


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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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    Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe is a trends and forecast publication now in its 13th edition produced by PwC.

    The report is widely seen as an authoritative source of information in the real estate industry worldwide, surveying over 700 industry experts in the creation of the report.
    Berlin #1 in City Rankings 2017

    For 2017 Berlin is ranked #1 for Real Estate in Europe, for the 3rd year in a row. According to the report, four out of the top five leading cities for overall investment and development prospects in 2017 are located in Germany, reinforcing the country’s role as the new haven for capital in Europe.

    “Germany replaces the UK as Europe’s Number 1 safe haven”


    Berlin: Gateway to Europe

    Industry leaders agree that Berlin is a city full of opportunity, with a still underdeveloped real estate sector. The housing demand continues to be strong, with an estimated 60,000 newcomers arriving in Berlin in 2016. The city is becoming more international, with a healthy jobs market and a trendy reputation. Unemployment is at a historic low in the city, meaning more disposable income to enjoy Berlin’s growing cosmopolitan lifestyle.

    “Berlin is now established alongside London and Paris as a large, highly liquid real estate market with truly global appeal.”
    Opportunities for Germany post-Brexit

    PwC confirms that Berlin is a particularly attractive location for real estate investment in Europe, with a strong positive migration, upward growth in business and technology fields and stable property yields. Only 21% of survey responders think Brexit will have negative impacts on property values and transactions in rest of Europe. It is very likely that some equity planned for the UK will now switch to Germany post-Brexit.

    “Germany is by far the most popular destination in Europe now. Post-Brexit, it is now only 20 percent lower than the UK in investment volumes, according to Real Capital Analytics.”
    New market trends looking to 2030

    Is it time to rethink real estate? PwC survey respondents predict a significant change in the industry over the next 15 years. The sharing economy is changing the real estate industry from its core, where real estate as an asset is transforming into real estate as a service. Furthermore, urbanites are demanding housing options that offer more services at competitive prices without the burden of car-ownership.

    “We are moving from smart homes to smart offices to smart cities and megacities. We’ll start seeing a different attitude to size and space. Micro-living is coming”
    More market insights

    In Berlin, both housing and offices are hot markets. Some other top categories for real estate investment this year are hotels, student housing, retirement homes and healthcare. Student housing in particular is destined to be the leading European real estate investment prospect in 2017.

    “Berlin is a big city where we will see most growth over the next 10 years.”

    While prices are growing steeply, buyers are prepared to pay well for property in a rising market. There is still significant room for growth in rental rates and the potential to increase yields in the future. The current economic environment with low interest rates and low inflation continues to be advantageous in attracting investors to the European property market and opportunities in Berlin.




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  • 12/11/17--11:28: The way back machine
  • find old archived internet sites.

    maybe even some of your old porn you missed out on the last download

    old nudes from an ex

    give it a try

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  • 12/11/17--14:52: Hearing Test
  • I stopped hearing between 14,000-15,000


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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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    Before u crybabys n white knights come in here this a players ball...its natural for men to be with alot of women

    I got one bitch thats caked car etc....but i want another side piece...i been using snapchat n other text locks

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  • 10/16/17--10:09: SEX DOLLS ARE COMING
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    What are your thoughts my fellow ninjas and Swayettes?

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    This should be good. Let's not make this all about Dro

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  • 10/13/17--20:46: Body bag thread

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    Until recently, Andrea Ramirez, 43, thought she was part Mexican.
    But the results from an at-home genetic test from 23andMe revealed that she is a mix of Northern European, North African and a little Native American. And not at all hispanic.
    Ramirez, who hails from the Bay Area and works in marketing, bought the $199 genetic test in 2013 for a lark after her brother Danny's own test came back with some curious results. She and Danny are both fair-skinned and freckled, and don't closely resemble their half-siblings from their father's first marriage, but they never questioned their heritage.
    As expected, Danny showed up on a list of Andrea's DNA relatives on 23andMe. But his DNA was only about a 25 percent match with hers, meaning that he wasn't a full sibling as she had expected.
    More strangely, a mysterious woman also appeared on that list as a potential relative. This woman's profile stated that she was donor-conceived.

    More people than ever before are expected to buy a DNA-test this Christmas from sites like AncestryDNA or 23andMe, as well as on Millions have already gotten tested. And for many of these people, the results are unexpected, shocking, and occasionally even life-changing.
    The direct-to-consumer genetic testing market, which includes both health and genealogy tests, is expected to grow from about $70 million in 2015 to $340 million by 2022, according to a report from Credence Research.
    CNBC spoke to a dozen people who took a DNA test to find out fun facts about their ethnic roots, then were surprised to learned they were donor-conceived. That means the men who had raised them were not their biological fathers -- instead, their parents had faced fertility problems, and their mothers had used sperm from donors at a fertility clinic.
    Research from 2005 found that so-called paternity discrepancy, when a person is identified as being biologically fathered by someone other than the person they believe is the father, occurs between 0.8% to 30% in the population.

    Most of them don't regret learning the truth, but needed to have some tough conversations with their parents and were left with many unanswered questions. In some cases, they did find likely family members but that didn't always lead to a reunion.
    Some bio-ethicists say that 23andMe, Ancestry and the rest should do more to educate their users about the risks and potential outcomes. Making matters more complex is that a donor who wants to stay anonymous might decline to send in their DNA, but can still be traced through their family members.
    To its credit, 23andMe does warn its users in its terms of service that the information "has the potential to alter your life and worldview." AncestryDNA's website doesn't make that quite as clear, although it does stress that users might find unknown relatives.
    Others believe that fertility clinics should take additional steps to alert donors that anonymity is a thing of the past. Donors should know that if any of their family members get a genetic test, they could be found

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    I know a lot of people were all for that viral video of the kid crying talking about bullies. I was suspicious of it because I'm suspicious of all videos of parents recording their children crying and up loading online for views. But the stuff that dropped on his mom has me questioning if that video is even real.

    Before you parade your child on social media, sobbing about being bullied, and then have celebrities rally behind you, you might want to clean up your own racist social media posts. That’s exactly what Keaton Jones’ mother, Kimberly Jones, didn’t do—and now her past Facebook posts are coming back to bite her in her racist ass.

    Over the last 72 hours, actors, athletes and regular folks on social media have rallied behind Keaton Jones, a Union County, Tenn., middle schooler, after his tear-filled video went viral. They rallied so much that a GoFundMe has raised over $55,000, and he’s received numerous invites to big-time Hollywood movie premieres.

    But wait, there’s more.

    After internet detectives found Kimberly Jones’ Facebook page, they realized that she may be on the wrong side of history when it comes to her love of the Confederate flag:

    After more digging, MMA fighter Joe Schilling posted an Instagram conversation that he had with someone alleging to be Jones:

    So, sure, Keaton may be the vicious victim of bullying (and also may have called a few classmates the n-word, which was noted on Kimberly’s Facebook page before she closed it), and his mother is using his pain for her own interests, but it’s ironic that she’s willing to accept money from black athletes and other celebrities that she would probably consider “butt hurt Americans.”

    Of course Jones’ Facebook has now been locked down and her privacy settings have been updated.

    Now i cant help but wonder if his "bullying" was just kids not wanting to be around him because he was talking that crazy stuff his parents taught him.

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  • 12/12/17--12:17: Gofundme or nah?
  • cops handcuff and detain 11 yr old black girl in search of a 40 year-old white woman

    Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, handcuffed an 11-year-old girl and held her at gunpoint after she walked out of her house during a search for a stabbing suspect.

    Honestie Hodges told WOOD-TV she exited the back door of her home to go to the store on Dec. 6 when officers confronted her. Her mom, Whitney Hodges, who witnessed the confrontation, said police ordered Honestie to raise her hands and walk backward. Then officers handcuffed the girl, patted her down and put her in the back of a police car, Hodges said.
    “It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” Honestie told the TV station.

    “The whole time they are telling her to come down, I’m telling them, ‘She’s 11 years old. That’s my daughter. Don’t cuff her,’” Hodges said of the officers.

    Honestie, who is black, said she sat in the back of the cruiser banging on the windows and screaming to her mom, “Please don’t let them take me.”

    Grand Rapids police, who have begun an internal investigation into their handling of the incident, said officers were at the Hodges home searching for the child’s aunt, Carrie Manning, 40, who is white. Manning, who was later arrested, was being sought in a domestic stabbing a few blocks away, and police said they suspected she was armed with a knife.

    Honestie said she remains shaken.

    “I’m afraid to open or go near my back door ... because of what happened,” she told WOOD-TV. “I wanted to be a detective or police officer, but now I don’t want anything to do with those kind of things.”

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