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Everything Everywhere All At Once: The Citadel Big 3 and how Citadel’s sphere of influence has its fingers stuck not just in the stock market, but the municipal/bond market and sovereign debt/sovereign debt credit default swaps to dangerous degree

2023.03.21 21:23 throwawaylurker012 Everything Everywhere All At Once: The Citadel Big 3 and how Citadel’s sphere of influence has its fingers stuck not just in the stock market, but the municipal/bond market and sovereign debt/sovereign debt credit default swaps to dangerous degree

Everything Everywhere All At Once: The Citadel Big 3 and how Citadel’s sphere of influence has its fingers stuck not just in the stock market, but the municipal/bond market and sovereign debt/sovereign debt credit default swaps to dangerous degree
TL;DR: Citadel doesn't just have a major outsized influence in the US stock market via its market making firm/hedge fund, but also a major indirect influence via Headlands (biggest municipal bond trading firm made of 3 ex-Citadel employees), and direct influence on sovereign debt (can decide when sovereign credit default swaps pay out) with its seat on the CDDC (Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee).


Hi y’all. Been some while since have been able to post regularly here, so I’m returning alongside my recent post on FHLB with a bit of a “DD". Partial rush job, so all errors are mine and mine alone (obviously)

0. Sphere of Influence

Over the past 84 years (/s), you lovely apes at Superstonk have been able to fish out many of the finer points of corruption crystallized into pure, unadulterated financial terrorism and financial terrorist-level crime undertaken by Steve Cohen (Point 72), Jeff Yass (Susquehanna), Doug Cifu & Vincent Viola (Virtu), as well as Wolverine Trading, Jane Street, TwoSigma, and more. But, of course, much of it has centered on our Mayo-artist-in-residence and his firm, that of none other but Ken Griffin and Citadel.
One of the biggest finds that has come to light has been the complete and utter bullshit of having (1) a hedge fund and (2) owning a market making firm that most DEFINITELY does not use that non-public information to its benefit? I mean, it would be easy for us to check except that we need 5 swipes to even access that level of inner sanctum at Citadel, which–per DLauer’s words–is more than the fucking Pentagon.

But despite Ken Griffin’s reach into every aspect of the most influential stock market in the world, that is not his ONLY level of his sphere of influence. For we, dear apes, can step back and revisit this idea that Citadel’s power duo (its market making firm and hedge fund) is more like a single part of a Big 3.

1. Meet the Big 3

Citadel’s sphere of influence includes not JUST (1) the stock market business, but directly or indirectly, the (2) U.S. municipal and bond markets, plus (3) the sovereign debt/sovereign debt credit default swap markets.

Yes, you heard that right. Citadel not only has some sufficient level of influence to tank your favorite stock–and, in turn–retirement fund, but can also effectively drive your city into the fucking ground, or even your country.

I’ve written about each of these at length, and wanted to revisit some pieces in the wake of our recent dick twitchings of the coming financial crash.

2. Meet the Municipal Bond Market

Citadel has an indirect grip tickling the taint of the municipal bond market, believe it or not. I first wrote about the municipal bond market here (“Headlands: How ex-Mayo mercenaries copy pasted Citadel’s model in the muni bond market”): https://www.reddit.com/Superstonk/comments/sy6ubj/headlands_how_exmayo_mercenaries_copy_pasted/. For those unfamiliar with municipal bonds, I’ll reiterate what they are and why many push them as a safe investment in most times (with some caution being thrown intermittently due to the collapse of regional banks like FRC and Silicon Valley Bank):


“Municipal bonds (or "munis" for short) help towns/cities raise money for projects like building schools, parks, and fixing highways. Many retail investors--admittedly, on the wealthier side--invest in munis for tax incentives like not paying federal tax on bond returns. In certain cases, certain muni buys also mean no state taxes are paid…Just like what had happened to stocks, the old-school market for buying and selling muni bonds is going electronic. This is mainly done through an ATS, or "alternative trading system" known also as a dark pool. This speeds up the process of buying and selling munis, making it closer to a "house auction".
In the wake of the SVB (Silicon Valley Bank), there have already been rumblings of its effect on the municipal bond market (Bloomberg “Bank Woes Create Bond Bargain in Obscure Corner of Muni Market”):

“Investor concerns over the crises within the financial industry are bleeding into a corner of the $4 trillion municipal-bond market where major investment banks guarantee energy for public utilities….
Spreads have widened on so-called prepaid gas bonds, which government agencies use to purchase long-term supplies of natural gas. Large institutional banks act as facilitators of the transactions, guaranteeing the supply and providing investors tax-exempt exposure to bank credit….

3. San Jose, Revisited

That part about “large institutional banks” acting as facilitators of the transactions is what we saw in part in this post by [redacted].

A commenter spoke about this, and how it wasn’t Wells Fargo in doo doo but the city of San Jose.

“I believe in theses cases it’s not Wells Fargo that has a problem but the city of San José.

„Because presentments are currently processed automatically at DTC, IPAs have the option to refuse to pay (“RTP”) for maturing MMI Obligations to protect against the possibility that an IPA may not be able to fund settlement because it has not received funds from the relevant issuer. „ -> Wells Fargo didn’t receive the money from San José city.
Wells Fargo acts as an issuing agent for the city - the city transfers assets to the trustee and the trustee securitizes the assets and offers the money market securities to investors. The assets generate money (for example a sports arena that was build) and that money goes through the city of San José to the trustee who is managed by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo has no liability or influence on the money that comes from the city and is distributed to the investors. If the money doesn’t come or isn’t sufficient, the assets are sold or liquidated and used to pay investors.
Anyway: Wells Fargo acts on behalf of the city and is not responsible they just handle securitization but don’t have any influence on payments or failure/default.”

In this case, we might be seeing one of the first of MANY issues of cities up shit’s creek over this.

4. The Municipal Bond Market Time Bomb

The size of the municipal market is A SHIT TON BIGGER than the corporate bond market, which will already show even more signs of being turbo fucked due to borrowing at low interest rates for years. Here’s the size of the municipal bond market for scale, sans banana:

Unfortunately, just like retirement funds, many muni investors are “buy and hold”: they buy a muni expecting a safe, long-term return with no federal income tax and then, welp, shit hits the fan. The market is heavily illiquid too, meaning if shit needs to move, then you might be fucked. Only about 1% of municipal securities trade any given day, in auctions that often take HOURS:

“Now, the primary method of trading on this doesn't look like the New York Stock Exchange or like Nasdaq. It looks like an auction. It takes about 4 hours. An auction is initiated. Participants who come in can bid on this, and it is a competitive auction that yields a very good price.”

Now to my understanding you can’t short these bonds, but the long time frame means its hard to sell these illiquid assets. Not only that, THERE IS NO NATIONAL NBBO (National Best Bid Offer)...you’re flying blind while this shit happens.

Now if you’re wondering what magnanimous souls are helping municipal bonds be sold or fixed in a timely manner for cities like San Jose, well have I got news for you.

5. Meet Headlands, U.S. Municipal/Bond Market Making Firm…Run by 3 Ex-Citadel Employees

Two months after the sneeze (March 2021), TD Ameritrade bought municipal bond market maker Headlands. Yes, that’s right…an electronic market maker just like Citadel, this time for bonds for cities and towns vs. stocks. Now let’s check the fine fellows that run this:

  • Jason Lehman: Citadel Investment Group, began/ran their global options market making, dipped his dick in Japanese convertible bonds, and managed “Private Investments”
  • Neil Fitzpatrick: Citadel Execution Services COO (Citadel Investment affiliate), ran equities/options. Ex-Knight Capital Group, did Citadel’s OTC and equity shit. Direct Edge board of directors.
  • Matthew Andresen, co-CEO Citadel Derivatives (Citadel Investment affiliate). Previously served on board of directors/committees in the past from International Securities Exchange, Direct Edge, CFTC, Lava Trading (Citi’s electronic trading unit that made LavaFlow)

Of note, Matthew Andresen founded Island, one of the 1st dark pools EVER and 2nd only to “Instinet” (who also got an even bigger wave of funds during the sneeze, info courtesy of Ringing Bells) and was featured heavily in the Scott Patterson book “Dark Pools”.

Ol Matty told us that Headlands is completely automated, and where some muni traders make 75-100 muni bond sales a day (sometimes over the phone), Headlands currently bids on 10,000+ bond auctions a day with its algo. Matty Boi even said if that number ever 10x’d “we wouldn’t notice.” Even more sus, Headlands has been growing its own “holdings” of muni bonds on its books.

6. In Bros We Trust

So remember, this branch of 3 ex-Citadel bros is front and center to the issues already rearing their head. In my previous post, these were just SOME of the already teetering municipal bond issues:

  • Some might have history befall them again: last time the market crashed, Michael Burry’s California went spiraling down to BBB rated for many municipal bonds. California is a special muni case where it generally does well when times are good; much of their revenue is tied to personal income taxes. But when shit goes tits up, it goes tits up.
  • Major projects have tons of debt piling up due to the [March 2020 crash] New Jersey built a giant ass mall–I kid you not--called “The American Dream” over 10+ years that has no sales receipts to cover it in part due to the dropoff in retail buying. As of 2 weeks ago, the mall only had like less than $1000 in the bank to pay off muni debt (“Developer Triple Five Group also sold US$800 million of muni-debt backed by payments they agreed to make to bondholders instead of paying property taxes”)...

  • NYC’s MTA has been getting reamed by both ends. One of the biggest shitstains on its books is that it took out a shit ton of municipal debt and opted to sell $3 billion in bonds to the Fed’s muni lending program to stay afloat
And this issues extends way beyond the U.S.' 50 states...it even affects our territories too.

7. Hurricane

What began this rabbit hole was the one and only welp 0 0 7, who caught wind of some fuckery in the municipal bond market:


In the post, he mentioned how "American Thinker" 's Joseph Lawler mentioned the SEC has been giving fucking STIFF Heismans nonstop (or per [redacted] the ol' Dustin Martin "don't argues" for you Aussie apes!) on FOIA requests (Freedom of Information Act) related to the municipal bond default in Puerto Rico, the BIGGEST bond default in America's history EVER.
It went all the way the way up to a federal court in California where the SEC said "we don't know what you're talking about" when others found they have fucking 2800 pages of documents on it and nearly 270,000(!) emails referencing it referencing a billion dollar Ponzi scheme on the level of fucking Bernie Madoff.
Big banks (Citi, Wells Fargo, BoFa) had their scheme collapse in 2016, potentially bribed senators to kill investigations into it by the DOJ and now the SEC is caught in yet ANOTHER 2 lawsuits saying they fucking aided and abetted this shit.

You see, because this level of municipal bond includes fuckery includes not just cities and towns, but U.S. TERRITORIES. In my post about Hurricane Maria’s effect on Puerto Rico, I talked about how UBS and others loaded up Puerto Rico with debt because of what’s called a “Treasury Put” guarantee that was even called “an exit strategy” for banks (“They describe the "treasury put" as "...the implicit guarantee -- as perceived by investors -- from a government agency to provide support in the event of financial distress by the issuer of Puerto Rican bonds."”).
Puerto Rico’s default was the largest in US history, EVER. And all this the same while guess who was holding the bag? Let’s see what W S O P tells us:

“The reality is that a large percentage of Puerto Rico’s debt is held in tax-free municipal bonds and municipal bond mutual funds, owned not by Wall Street banks or tycoons, but by mom and pop investors seeking tax-free income.”

So once again, whether its retirement funds or municipal bonds, its retail caught holding the bag. And this hasn't changed for years. We’ve seen similar fuckery with bonds for NYC in the 70s, and more recently in the 00s for Detroit.

One astute wrinkle by the name of [redacted] posted this on that original post trying to dig into how it could all be related:

…how the MMLF fund that expanded money/credit to towns/cities started including commercial paper…but also leveraged near the 15 to 1 ratio perhaps under the Net Capital Requirement limit:
[redacted said]: "$500B at 14:1 Leverage? If I'm making the right connection between the flavor of asset, that's just under the 15x Net Capital Requirement limit. Is this all the Fed had/could afford? Or is this all they needed at the time?

8. Don't Bet Against America...Says the Banks and Hedge Funds That Already Did

Commercial Paper? Municipals related? Now where does that sound familiar? Ah, yes…the city of San Jose got its call-out by Wells Fargo over COMMERCIAL PAPER. This comes as the push for ppl into municipal bond markets continues, trying to sell it as a “safe haven” to retail investors. Vanguard just recently launched its first ETF–surprise, its first US-listed ETF in 2 years– for municipal bonds (selling point: “hey everyone it’s tax-exempt! Give us money plz!”) for example:


Many of us can see all of it for what it is. Bullshit. In the wake of the SVB collapse, there is still a strong push that these regional banks–many of which lend to municipalities–will be fine. This “safe haven” theory continues, even as articles try to have them appeal abroad (such as a few days ago, “ ESG Factors of Munis May Attract Non-US Investors” “https://www.marketsmedia.com/esg-factors-of-munis-may-attract-non-us-investors/”)
Even further, one last find is that . I mean it’s not like credit default swaps can be taken on cities and towns in theory right?

FWIW also I found an interesting research paper talking about hedge funds buying up credit default swaps, and how they could potentially bankrupt towns/municipalities through some of these moves if they wanted: https://openyls.law.yale.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.13051/8264/MingJieWangCreditDefaultS.pdf?sequence=2
"Another potential concern is that even in a market that is generally liquid, the market for individual single-name [Credit default swap]s may be quite small, which could allow a single bad actor (a hedge fund, for example) to force a municipality into default..."


This is all while we have 3 ex-Citadel heads in charge of just how the municipal bond market moves, like that of San Jose.
So is this where Citadel’s reach stops? Clearly, no. It doesn’t stop at the US border, just like how Mayo Force One doesn’t.

10. ELI5: What’s a Soverign Credit Default Swap?

That’s right, mofos. You read that sub-header right. In case you’re wondering, not only can you take out credit default swaps on a failing Swiss bank like CS, but you can do so ON ENTIRE FUCKING COUNTRIES.
In one of my old posts “Sovereign Debts & Ransom Notes: Pt. 1 The Importance of Being Non-Linearly Destabilized through Sovereign Credit Default Swaps”
(“https://www.reddit.com/Superstonk/comments/t35rdi/sovereign_debts_ransom_notes_pt_1_the_importance/”), I talked a little more about the insanity of these things even existing.

Sovereign credit default swaps exist. Long story short: sovereign credit default swaps are insurance policies that if a country defaults (usually on its debt)then you get paid! Like many other shit that we’ve seen in the GME saga, they are a form of financial derivative (a bet that something goes up, a bet that something goes down) on an underlying (the thing you’re betting on)....They can be used to insure government debt for a country in case that country is unable to pay its debt, for example. However, just like other instruments, naked sovereign credit default swaps also exist.

Naked sovereign credit default swaps are used to bet that a country or a country's debt will fail without you owning that country's debt. In part, they were destabilising during the Euro-crisis immediately after the 2008 financial crash. Greece was one of the countries that got naked shorted in 2008. In fact, the country got shorted so bad they were worried about fucking SHORT SQUEEZES on Greek debt and the sovereign CDSs!
In 2012, the EU put a ban on naked sovereign credit default swaps. However, workarounds include the fact that a country can effectively change its mind on it within 24 hours and all the regulatory agency can do is offer an opinion.

There were a tons of perhaps “we will see soon” if relevant additional points in that old research, including:

  • The VIX affects sovereign credit default swaps A LOT

  • The Big Bang Protocol: ISDA helped formulate a set of rules that decides when a country “defaults”
  • You can “short” a sovereign bond if you find a locate (sound familiar?: “Short sales of shares and short sales of sovereign debt will be permitted only where the seller has “located” the share or debt instrument prior to entering into the agreement and has a “reasonable expectation” of being able to borrow the shares.”)

Crazy shit. So you might say, now this post is meant to be about Citadel’s sphere of influence you might say? “Where does Citadel fit into all this? ”

11. Meet the CDDC (Credit Derivatives Determination Committee)...Where Citadel Sit and Helps Decide Which Countries Default on their Debt

One of the biggest GFC 2008 scenarios of sovereign credit default swaps being misused was against Greece. Afterwards, one of its biggest cases of misuse was by Elliot Management (ran by Paul Singer) who was using their position on the Credit Derivatives Determination Committee, or CDDC, to help decide when their sovereign credit default swaps against Argentina would pay out.
Wait, Eliot Management doesn’t sound big enough. Who else is on this committee?

Oh wait, so Citadel is ALSO on this committee? Alongside our favorite fucksticks like Chase, Goldman, Deutsche, and BNP?

It’s not lost on me with seeing now that Credit Suisse has been sucked up into UBS, maybe its position on the CDDC has been absorbed further by UBS. Back then, I wrote about the fact is we know next to nothing about the sovereign credit default swaps that might be opened up against countries (be it Russia, Sri Lanka, or otherwise):

Here's one such example of a swap dealer: Swiss financial terrorist aficionados UBS AG, who registered to be a swaps dealer with the US at the end of 2012. (UBS had also been a member of the CDDC through the Greek crisis in early 2012, alongside Citadel. In Mar. 2012, they were also one of the members pressing to ask whether Greece had defaulted already.)
UBS AG registered as a swap dealer in the US at the end of 2012 enabling the continuation of swaps business with US persons. Regulations issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) impose substantial new requirements on registered swap dealers for clearing, trade execution, transaction reporting, recordkeeping, risk management and business conduct.
If UBS AG decides to make a market on sovereign credit default swaps like Russia, then we might also have no idea who is on the other side of the trade. This also goes for many of the other swap dealers who (surprise surprise) also sit on the CDDC board and can determine just when these sovereign credit default swaps pay out.

Not only that, but the CDDC even can say when CORPORATE BONDS even shit the bed: late last year, they were the ones who were deciding to let everyone know whether Sunac (an Evergrande-relate company) went tits up.

12. We Say When

For months, there has been talk of a looming debt crisis (alongside all the other ones) in the sovereign debt world.
And shit continues to hit the proverbial fan. Apart from Russia, Sri Lanka and others, emerging markets like Ghana and Zambia are beginning to feel the hits from their sovereign debt (oftentimes, trying to restructure it with creditors like China).


Even further, now that Credit Suisse has gone under. We may have another thing to worry about: what banks and prime brokers are housing these opaque sovereign debt structures, loans, and swaps? Even worse, what happens when they go under? Roll that less than beautiful bean footage:


“Before collapse, Credit Suisse quietly conquered an obscure debt market
Before its rescue by Swiss rival UBS, Credit Suisse had quietly become a major player in an obscure market that purports to help developing countries ease their debt burdens in exchange for protecting nature. Known as debt-for-nature swaps, the complex financial instruments help governments restructure their debt to raise money that can be used to fund conservation efforts.

Credit Suisse was the sole structurer and arranger of the world’s largest debt-for-nature swap, a $364 million deal that it orchestrated in 2021 along with The Nature Conservancy, a charity, for Belize. Last year, it sealed another $150 million deal for Barbados. Credit Suisse has in recent years helped revive interest in the instruments and for the first time opened them up to institutional capital. The bank raised money for Belize and Barbados from pension funds including Sweden’s Alecta and Nuveen LLC, a unit of the US’s TIAA, by issuing so-called blue bonds tied to the deals.

he convoluted setup has drawn criticism from sovereign debt experts for its high cost and lack of transparency. And the opaque terms of the Belize and Barbados deals — the first of their kind — mean outside analysts will struggle to assess precisely what comes next.

A lot of poorer, especially emerging market countries were already in dire straits. Now as opaque deals meant to help these countries might not come to light (are these some of the Level 3 assets that UBS was talking about?), we can ask ourselves wtf will happen when the same banks looking to save their own ass while holding these sovereign, are the same fuckers that sit on the same board that can decide when they are worthless (while I’m sure being positioned net short).

All in all, these banks and holders of sovereign debt credit default swaps, who decide when a country goes boom, are sitting arm in arm alongside Citadel, who themselves potentially hover their greasy mayo-covered finger over the button that decides just when and how the US stock market will eventually implode.

13. Everything Everywhere All at Once

To recap, we then have Citadel with (1) the biggest market maker and arguably one of the most influential hedge fund able to decide which stocks rise and which fall as the US stock market teeters on the brink of collapse…
…with having (2) three of its ex-employees in charge of (not even counting other Citadel employees working there) operating at Headlands ready to help position themselves when the municipal bond market gets nuked, whether as a continued result of regional bank failure or in spite of it…
…while (3) sitting on the board that determines when ENTIRE COUNTRIES FAIL, in such a way that their hedge fund and associated pals can be ready to short and profit off failing nations that they and their fuckstick friends help cause.
Did I miss anything? Because remember, Citadel is not just Citadel, the market-maker that we all love to hate; Citadel’s sphere of influence via the Big 3 means the grip that it holds over the US and world economy is even greater than we think…and as such, far far more dangerous.
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2023.03.21 20:43 AC_the_Panther_007 Rebooking WrestleMania: Part 3 (WrestleMania XI to WrestleMania XV)

Part 1:

Part 2:

WrestleMania XI (April 2, 1995 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut):
Alundra Blayze (w/Wendi Ritcher) def. Bull Nakano (c) (w/Luna Vachon) - No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere for the WWE Women's Championship (TITLE CHANGE)
Hakushi def. Razor Ramon
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) def. Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/The Roadie) - WWE Intercontinental Championship Match (with Larry Young as Special Guest Referee) (TITLE CHANGE)
Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo) (c) (w/Oscar) def. The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart Gunn), The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) (w/Johnny Polo), The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner), The Allied Powers (Lex Luger and The British Bulldog), and The Blu Brothers (Jacob and Eli Blu) (w/Uncle Zebekiah) - Tag Team Gauntlet Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Bret Hart def. Owen Hart by Submission - "I Quit" Match with Roddy Piper as Special Guest Referee
The 1-2-3 Kid def. Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) by Countout
Lawrence Taylor (w/Carl Banks, Rickey Jackson, Steve McMichael, Ken Norton Jr., Chris Spielman, and Reggie White) def. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Ted DiBiase, King Kong Bundy, Kama, Irwin R. Schyster, Tatanka, and Nikolai Volkoff) (with Pat Patterson as Special Guest Referee)
Diesel (c) (w/Pamela Anderson) def. Shawn Michaels (w/Jenny McCarty and Sycho Sid) - WWE Championship Match

WrestleMania XII (March 31, 1996 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim, California):
Vader, Owen Hart, and The British Bulldog (w/Jim Cornette) def. Ahmed Johnson, Jake Roberts, and Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji)
Goldust (c) (w/Marlena) def. Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid (w/Ted DiBiase) - Three-Way Dance Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/Ted DiBiase) def. Savio Vega by Technical Knockout
The Ultimate Warrior def. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/Sable)
Alundra Blayze (c) def. Bertha Faye (w/Harvey Wippleman) by Escaping the Cage - Steel Cage Match for the WWE Women's Championship
The BodyDonnas (Skip and Zip) (w/Sunny) def. The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I. Godwinn) (w/Hillbilly Jim), Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo) (w/Clarence Mason), and The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart Gunn) (c) - Four-Way Dance Tag Team Elimination Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship (TITLES CHANGE)
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) def. Diesel
Shawn Michaes (w/Jose Lothario) def. Bret Hart (c) 1-0 by Pinfall in Sudden Death Overtime - 60-Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship Match (TITLE CHANGE)

WrestleMania 13 (March 23, 1997 at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois):
Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon def. The Headbangers (Thrasher and Mosh), The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I. Godwinn) (w/Hillbilly Jim), The New Blackjacks (Bradshaw and Windham) (w/Uncle Zebekiah), and The New Rockers (Leif Cassidy and Marty Jannetty) - Tag Team Gauntlet Match to Determine the #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Vader (w/Jim Cornette) def. Brian Pillman
Ahmed Johnson and The Legion of Doom (Animal and Hawk) (w/Paul Ellering) def. The Nation of Domination (Faarooq, Savio Vega, and Crush) (with Clarence Mason, D'Lo Brown, J. C. Ice, and Wolfie D) - Chicago Street Fight
Mankind (w/Paul Bearer) def. Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario) by Technical Submission
The British Bulldog (w/Diana Hart) def. Owen Hart - European Final Tournament Match for the Inaugural WWE European Championship (NEW TITLE)
Rocky Maivia (c) (w/Rocky Johnson) fought Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/Chyna) by Double Disqualification - WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Undertaker def. Sycho Sid
Bret Hart (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin by referee stoppage - Submission Match for the WWE Championship (with Ken Shamrock as Special Guest Referee)

WrestleMania XIV (March 29, 1998 at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts):
LOD 2000 (Hawk and Animal) (w/Sunny and Paul Ellering) won by last eliminating Owen Hart and The British Bulldog - Tag Team Battle Royal to Determine the No. 1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship
Taka Michinoku (c) def. Aguila - WWE Light Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/Jim Cornette) def. Sycho Sid - NWA North American Championship Match
Triple H (c) (w/Chyna and Rick Rude) def. Brian Pillman - WWE European Championship Match
Marc Mero and Sable def. The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust and Luna Vachon - Mixed Tag Team Match
Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie def. The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) (c) (w/Chyna and Rick Rude) - Dumpster Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship (TITLES CHANGE)
The Rock (c) (w/Faarooq, D'Lo Brown, Kama Mustafa, and Mark Henry) def. Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson, and Vader - Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Undertaker def. Kane (w/Paul Bearer)
Stone Cold Steve Austin def. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels (c) (w/Chyna and Rick Rude) vs. - Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship (with Mike Tyson as Special Outside Enforcer) (TITLE CHANGE)

WrestleMania XV (March 28, 1999 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania):
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) def. Edge and Christian (w/Gangrel) - WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Brian Pillman def. Goldust, Val Venis (w/Ryan Shamrock), Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett (w/Debra), and Ken Shamrock (c) - Six-Pack Challenge for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Sable (c) def. Chyna - WWE Women's Championship Match
Jim Neidhart def. X-Pac (c) - WWE European Championship Match (with Shane McMahon as Special Guest Referee) (TITLE CHANGE)
Jacqueline (w/Terri Runnels) def. Ivory (w/D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry) - Evening Gown Match
Vader def. Al Snow and Hardcore Holly - Triple Threat Hardcore Match for the WWE Hardcore Championship
Marc Mero def. Bart Gunn (w/Jim Cornette) by 8th Round Knockout - Boxing Match
Kane def. Triple H (w/Chyna)
Droz, LOD 2000 (Animal and Hawk), and The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) (w/Paul Ellering and Michael "P.S." Hayes) def. The Ministry of Darkness (Sycho Sid, Faarooq, Bradshaw, Viscera, and Mideon) (w/Paul Bearer and Luna Vachon) - 10-Man Tag Team Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin def. Big Show (with Mr. McMahon as Special Guest Referee)
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) def. Big Boss Man - Hell in a Cell Match
Bret Hart def. Mankind and The Rock (c) by Submission - Triple Threat Elimination Match for the WWE Championship (TITLE CHANGE)

Part 4 is coming soon (WrestleMania 2000 to WrestleMania XX)
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2023.03.21 20:02 Baconisbetterthanyou I'm disappointed

I little while back I posted a discussion that no jumped on. A. No one said any other cool authors and their powers for this anime B. No artist jumped on a Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter vs Stephen Crane Red Badge of Courage. I mean that is the literal blood manipulation skill match up of the century. C'mon guys. This is your chance at redemption.
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2023.03.21 19:02 Perspective666 Budget Studio Setup Recommendations, for a Cause

Hey guys,
I'm pretty new to this sub, and this is gonna be a kinda weird post, but hear me out?
I'm an engineer, producer, and (just started out) releasing my own music based out of Mumbai, India. But besides that, I work with an org called The Dharavi Dream Project, which you guys really should check out. It's a "school" (kinda like a rec centre) based in Dharavi, Mumbai, widely considered the largest slum in the world, where kids come to learn how to rap, beatbox, bboy, and basically just produce music to escape the harsh realities of their lives. We've been around since 2014 and have honed some insane talents.
we recently made the decision to start teaching the kids the basics of recording and production, with the hope that our mentors (including Oscar and Grammy-winning artist A.R. Rahman) will foster them into industry talents and turn them away from lives of distress, poverty, and often, crime.
for this, we're setting up a small studio (think less than a thousand square feet) with multiple machines and interfaces, allowing upto 6 kids to work on a basic DAW set up. I know this sounds like an ambitious project, but we've already raised some money, and are in the process of raising more to buy equipment, computers, treat the room, and install circuitry, air con, and power supply. think of the closest you could get to a state of the art studio, but in a slum.
we're take the studio to the streets.
But I need your help.
I'm basically one-manning the entire geacomputers/soundproofing acquisition and have no experience as a studio designer, beyond setting up my own basic home studio. (though I have and am currently working with several pro studios around India.)
We've found a vendor who can do a fairly professional soundproofing job for about 10k, which is one of the benefits of doing this in a developing country I guess?
I've prepared a tech rider with budget laptops, and wanted recommendations on the rest of the gear. I know the exact prices will vary considering that a lot of you are from other countries.
I'd request you to consider general performance, durability, and a total budget of approx $15k while answering the following questions:
Which is better?
  1. Interface: Focusrite 2i2 3rd Gen vs Arturia Minifuse 2 vs Audient Evo 8
  2. Mics: Audio Technica AT2020 vs AKG P220 vs SE Electronics X1A
  3. Headphones: Audio Technica AT M20X vs Sennheiser Professional Audio HD 280
  4. MIDI Keyboards: AKAI MPC Mini MK3 vs Arturia Minilab Mk3
  5. Studio Monitors (1 pair to be shared for the entire studio): Kali Audio LP6 vs Adam Audio T5V
Besides all of that, any general advice on best practices to keep in mind during set up (what is a really weird and might I say, unique, studio), soundproofing, acquiring gear, electrical wiring, acoustics, etc would really be appreicated
Once again, I request that you keep in mind while answering, that this is one studio where access matters more than perfection. We want to make this as professional as possible, while recognising the limitations of our model at the same time.
If you've reached the end, congratulations. You have an amazing soul (besides your already amazing ears lol). my most heartfelt thanks in advance to everyone who responds to this, really means a lot
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2023.03.21 18:18 pickleback95 Concert at the Benedum Center

I'm going to see Jackson Browne at the Benedum Center in June and would absolutely die to catch him for an autograph and or picture outside. Any locals know where around the building people can generally meet artists? I know it's generally a side door, but I'm not from the area so I'm going in blind
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2023.03.21 18:05 sideswipe781 UFC San Antonio Betting Preview (& UFC 286 Review)

Bet record: 17-31, Staked: 53.75u, Profit/Loss: +4.96u, ROI: 9.24%, Parlay Suggestions: 21-6
If you’re not bothered about my ramblings on last week’s opinions, scroll down for UFC San Antonio Breakdowns
(For context, my UFC 286 Preview for that event can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/MMAbetting/comments/11qh6nn/ufc_286_betting_preview_ufc_las_vegas_review/)

UFC 286
Bets: 4-3, +5.74u, Parlay Suggestions: 3-1
✅ 3u Gunnar Nelson & Marvin Vettori both to Win (-115)
✅ 2u Jack Shore & Impa Kasangany to Win (-180)
✅ 1u Jack Shore to Win in Round 2 or 3 (+241)
❌ 1.5u Omar Morales to Win (-110)
✅ 1u Leon Edwards to Win (+250)
❌ 1u Juliana Miller & Omran Chaaban to Win (-125)
❌ 0.25u Marvin Vettori, Gunnar Nelson, Jack Shore & Juliana Miller all to Win (+205)
As I said in my initial comments about UFC 286, I think it really under delivered from a fan perspective because of the lack of high level UK prospects. Without a Molly McCann, Darren Till, Paddy Pimblett or a Tom Aspinall, the fans just weren’t as excited or vocal throughout the card.
With that said, I’m always having fun if I’m making money! This was my third winning event in a row, a streak of over 10u profit in March. It was obviously a card of strong favourites but I’m mostly happy with the spots I chose to pull the trigger on. The Nelson/Vettori parlay was nice as both men delivered exactly what I expected them to, and Jack Shore also came through to cash a bigger priced prop bet. It’s really satisfying when your reads on fights turn out to be spot on, and your bets cash with relative ease as a result. Here's some live thoughts on the card + my breakdowns:
- So proud of Leon Edwards man, that was one hell of a performance. The way he levelled up that takedown defence and made his shots count in the clinch. It was one of those complicated fights to score in that he was moving backwards and fighting defensively for the most part, but he certainly landed more shots and had the better moments. Really happy to have gotten 2/1 and 3/1 (boosted) on the dog there.
- Jesus Christ Rafael Fiziev is quick. The combinations he was throwing in the first minute of round three were some of the most terrifying spurts of offence I’ve seen in some time. And then just a minute or so later Justin Gaethje starts winging massive uppercuts and cannot miss with them. That was such a good fight, real back and forth stuff. I feel like Gaethje was lowkey a really good underdog spot all week but it’s hard to give those opinions credence sometimes when the masses are all hyping up Fiziev. At least I identified Fiziev was not a good bet.
- Massive shoutout to Gunnar Nelson for performing exactly like a -400 should, as I expected him to! He got in, landed a takedown, and found the sub soon after. I still wish he would have done that against Takashi Sato, bur he rounded out the parlay with Vettori and made it a winning night for me! Along with Hadley, he was the best parlay option on the card (as I suggested).
- Casey O’Neill didn’t shoot for a takedown. Not the fight anyone was expecting. It’s disappointing when that happens but there’s not really a whole lot you can do. Jennifer Maia is a really underrated striker so god knows why Casey chose that path. When you consider the way Jake Hadley approached his fight and compare it with O’Neill…that’s the difference between good fight IQ and bad. I actually said in my analysis “I trust O’Neill’s dedication to her gameplan here” which is hilarious. Don’t think I can be blamed for not seeing it coming though haha.
- All week I was a little bit confused by all the love for Roman Dolidze, as I got on Marvin Vettori pretty early and didn’t really see a whole lot of reasoning that I understood. To be perfectly honest, Dolidze had more success than I expected him to, and any fighter other than Vettori would probably have wilted and got stopped. With that said, that’s exactly why I bet Marvin, so I don’t necessarily think it was a bad read at all. A solid parlay leg.
- Jack Shore vs Makwan Amirkhani played out exactly as I expected it to. Amirkhani’s a good grappler, so I wasn’t surprised nor worried when he clearly won round 1. In fact, I was more confident in winning my bets as soon as the horn sounded, and it showed. I don’t really understand how a professional fighter can have such a glaring cardio issue and not address it or adjust his style. I hope they keep Makwan around, those Round 2/3 props will always be good. Happy to finally win one of those bigger priced prop bets. I’ve historically been pretty good with props but somehow been on a dry patch since I started posting here.
- Chris Duncan v Morales was a frustrating one. Morales will look back on that one and be pissed off at himself, because he should absolutely be winning that. Chris Duncan really isn’t very good and I am already looking forward to fading him in the future. Hope they try and build him up because there’ll be a good fade waiting to happen. Annoying fight to lose but fair play to Duncan for identifying the path to victory. Glad I went with a smaller stake for a volatile fight.
- A shame what happened to Dusko Todorovic. Christian Leroy Duncan is a really exciting striker so I was looking forward to seeing more of him, but you never want to see that happen. I hope we don’t have to wait until the next England card for C L Duncan’s next fight, but I also hope they give him a bit of a lay-up for to allow for a proper “debut”.
- Nicely done from Jake Hadley, making use of his striking advantage and not getting sucked into a grappling affair. Always annoys me when someone has a distinct advantage but doesn’t use it because it’s not their plan A. He was the best parlay piece of the card. Good for Hadley and I’m excited to see what else he has to offer. Wish I’d gone with him instead of backing Juliana Miller.
- I was keeping half an eye on Herbert/Klein and Wood/Carolina whilst at work. Doesn’t look like I missed a whole lot and haven't bothered to rewatch.
- Juliana Miller with an awful performance. Veronica Macedo looked much improved but it didn’t take a whole lot to defeat an opponent with no plan B. I didn’t anticipate Macedo being the stronger fighter of the two, which changed a whole lot. Poor decision from me to back an inexperienced fighter at -400 like that. Grim. Inexperience really showed.

UFC San Antonio
I'm really excited for the main event of this one, very glad they put this fight together. Unfortunately the headliner is a massive cut above the rest of the card in terms of popularity and calibre, but we’ve had worse cards this year, I don’t mind it. Usually I’d rejoice over the fact we aren’t in the Apex…but we are in Texas, where judging has been historically AWFUL. There isn’t a whole lot we can really do with that information though, except consider how much of a fighter’s win probability is based around them finding a finish. Fighters who are likely to win without the judges getting involved will be the less volatile spots this week.
From a betting perspective, it’s a very weak card. The bookies have done a really good job of pricing the punters out of any value, as my conclusions to most fights see me lining it pretty close to the books, where there ends up being no real numerical edge on either side! Nonetheless, I’ve broken down most of the bouts on the card below:

Cory Sandhagen v Marlon Vera
Marlon Vera has always been one of my favourite fighters. Backing him to win inside the distance when he was a prelim fighter was a spot I always looked out for back in the day, so it’s great to see him climb so high in the rankings. I always support and ride with the fighters that make me money over the years, and Vera has been one of the best of them.
Unfortunately, Vera’s always relied on his power and finishing ability to really carry him through fights, as there are a lot of instances where he’s down on the overall scorecards, before finding a finish. His wins over Dominic Cruz and Frankie Edgar are the two best examples recently, but his issue of being a slow starter also made this applicable in wins over Davey Grant, Nohelin Hernandez and Guido Cannetti. Also similarly, he was being thoroughly outboxed by Rob Font in their main event encounter last year, but the Ecuadorian was stealing rounds with knockdowns in a very similar way.
Considering I expect this fight against Cory Sandhagen to be a closely contested one, Vera’s inability to win minutes and start strong could end up becoming a problem here. The pivotal question in this fight is whether or not Vera can hurt or finish Sandhagen, as I certainly lean towards favouring Cory if this fight goes the distance and Vera hasn’t scored multiple knockdowns.
Vera is one of the most dangerous guys P4P on the roster, with KO and Submission potential across all five rounds – but Sandhagen has been pretty damn durable in his MMA career. Aljamain Sterling was the only man of 19 able to finish Cory, and it came in under 90 seconds. Sandhagen’s performance there was such a disappointment that I’m convinced there was something else going on that hindered him that night. Petr Yan also dropped Sandhagen with a spinning back fist combo, but that seemed very much like Cory getting caught unaware – and he looked like he recover instantly.
Given the calibre that Sandhagen has fought against in the last four years – I think we have to give him the benefit of the doubt in assuming he can stay safe here. If that is the case I expect him to win rounds with superior output and a faster pace – especially considering he’s got a high likelihood of being one round up after five minutes.
I’m not super confident in that take though as it’s hardly on the level of Garbrandt vs Jones or something! So it’s a fight I’m definitely lining as quite close. Sandhagen deserves to be deemed the favourite for the above reasons, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Vera’s dangerousness was enough to tip the balance in his favour, or if he was able to win a round by just point striking anyway.
I saw a stat this week that said there have been 10 rounds in 2023 where a knockdown is landed but the round still ended and was scored. Of those scorecards, the fighter landing the knockdown won 8 of 10 times. Whilst it’s highly implied that a knockdown means you’re more likely to win the round based off how the following minutes take place, that does still imply the judges are leaning towards awarding damage over minute winning (I personally hate the way MMA judging has gone these days but it is what it is). Just something to consider when you think about Chito’s path to victory.
At the end of the day, it’s an intriguing fight, and not one I think anyone should be rushing to the betting window for due to the small margins in the various skill discrepancies.
How I line this fight: Cory Sandhagen -150 (60%), Marlon Vera +150 (40%)
Bet or Pass: Pass

Holly Holm v Yana Santos
Holly Holm is one of those fighters who makes your memory play tricks on you. I instinctively feel like I have a good read on her style and overall calibre, but then when I watch tape she’s always a much more underwhelming version of that fighter I have in my head. She just doesn’t really put her stamp on rounds – spending too much time in the clinch and does not have high enough volume. 3.24 significant strikes landed per 15 minutes is a shockingly low number, especially considering it’s Women’s MMA and Holm has a lot of in cage time. To make matters worse, Holm averages 0.72 takedowns per 15 minutes and is now 41 years old.
Whilst there’s a lot of data to crunch on Holm, there’s actually a surprisingly smaller sample size on Yana Santos. Considering Kunitskaya (previous surname) has been a known name in Women’s MMA for some time, it’s pretty crazy to think she only has 7 UFC appearances to her name – most of which are against a lesser calibre than Holly Holm. She’s also coming off a two year lay-off having had a child with Thiago Santos, which adds further uncertainty to an already tepid read.
As I’m sure you may have noticed by now, this breakdown is much more stat-based than I typically offer (though Women’s MMA is a lot more accessible for stats), because I honestly cannot bring myself to re-watch Holly Holm’s career and I’m instead relying on what the numbers are telling me. Perhaps that’s a bit lazy, but this is the 8th week of UFC cards in a row and I am feeling very burnt out! I just don’t think either woman has a particularly commanding style, and there’s a hell of a lot of intangibles floating around this fight (old age, post-child birth, lay-offs, levels of competition, Texas judging etc), so it’s a very easy pass.
How I line this fight: I won’t line a fight I haven’t taped, but I do not recommend Holm at this price.
Bet or Pass: Pass

Nate Landwehr v Austin Lingo
It’s a shame Alex Caceres had to pull out of the originally scheduled bout against Nate Landwehr, but good to see they managed to find Austin Lingo a fight so soon after the Ricardo Ramos one fell through a couple of weeks ago (still annoyed I didn’t get to cash some easy money there). From a fan perspective, this bout is probably the most entertaining of the three available!
Both dudes are hardnosed strikers that like to fight gritty and wear out their opponents. Neither are particularly gifted from a technique perspective, but you’d be hard pressed to find fighters that can out work these two. Pitting them against one another is going to lead to an exhausting fight.
Landwehr is the much more experienced of the two and has clearly had more career success implementing the brawling style, but I think this is just one of those matchups that’s going to be fought quite closely, given how it should play out. Landwehr relies on sheer busyness and drowning his opponents to win rounds but, if he can’t necessarily do that to Lingo, do you really have a whole lot of confidence that he’s going to be the clear round winner? The guy gets hit by 5.56 significant strikes per minute. Considering we are in Texas and there is added volatility to the judging, any fighter that can land 5.56 S.Strikes is live to win a round or two!
Landwehr’s key to winning this fight is going to be in his wrestling, as that’s where he will clearly assert himself. But can he even get it there though? Lingo’s debut performance against Youseff Zalal was a big red flag in terms of his takedown defence, but he looks to have improved it in his following two bouts. However, those came against a lower level of competition so could well be flattering Lingo’s overall ability. His takedown defence stats are quite skewed, and he’s coming off an 18 month layoff which muddies the water even more.
I think the edge in experience and overall competence at the hard-nosed styles means that Landwehr deserves to be favoured here, but I think the pricetag is a bit ridiculous. He should get the win, but I would be very surprised if he does it with the dominance of a -275. The lay off for Lingo means that he can have anywhere from a very low floor to a reasonably high ceiling. Both men are durable and will have moments in this fight, so this is one of the fights where I’m expecting some wild shit from Texas judges. If you’re convinced about betting Landwehr at -300 here, you’re crazy. Lingo the value side, but mostly based off intangibles and hypotheticals, which doesn’t fill me with enough confidence to pull the trigger.
How I line this fight: Nate Landwehr -200 (67%), Austin Lingo +200 (34%)
Bet or Pass: Pass

Andrea Lee v Maycee Barber
This one should be pretty fun! It’s speed and agility vs power and force.
Andrea Lee is a complicated fighter to get a full read on, as her performances have really varied throughout her career. She’s well rounded enough to outstrike most equally levelled opponents on the feet, and her grappling isn’t too bad either. Takedown defence needs a bit of work though.
The biggest issue with Lee is those back-to-back losses to Lauren Murphy and Roxanne Modafferi. It’s just inexcusable to lose both of those of those fights when you’re the calibre that Andrea Lee is. I know you can argue she got robbed against Murphy (it’s probably the key example of Texas judging being so bad), but she let the fight become quite close. And yes, Barber lost to Modafferi, but that was all determined by an injury and anyone who tells you otherwise is a hater or hasn’t watched it.
I’ve always thought Barber was overrated in terms of skills, but her physicality and strength are a bit of a gamechanger in the Women’s divisions. She’s well-rounded, but statistically has lesser output than Andrea Lee…which is always concerning. I expect this one to be quite competitive, where Andrea Lee could easily stay safe on the outside and jab her way to a win, as long as she gets on her bike and utilises good footwork. Maycee will plod forward and look to land the power shot, but that’s not a particularly high percentage outcome to rely on in Women’s MMA. If she can get her hands on her and utilise the clinch, I think it’s all one way traffic from there though. Maycee is reliable to do that, at least.
I can understand Barber being the favourite based off the finishing upside, imposing striking with good metrics and ability to land takedowns…but I’m just still not wholly convinced by her ability as a mixed martial artist outside of the way she implements brute force. It might be enough here, but I just don’t like her at this short of a price. Lee has a clear path to victory that, whilst I’m not convinced she can execute it, should be taken seriously.
How I line this fight: Andrea Lee +163 (38%), Maycee Barber -163 (62%)
Bet or Pass: Pass

Alex Perez v Manel Kape
It’s just impossible to know what we’re getting from Alex Perez at this stage, isn’t it? I like Manel Kape and rate him relatively highly, but I have always maintained that Perez on his best day could well be a champion at Flyweight. I bet him in most of his fights in the buildup to the title bout against Figgy – and I bet him there as well. Unfortunately Figgy was still in his explosive prime so it didn’t work out, but I expected Perez to become somewhat of a title eliminator gatekeeper from then on. Since that loss two and a half years ago his career has taken a peculiar turn – eight fight cancellations and a 91 second loss to Alexandre Pantoja.
There are just so many question marks surrounding Alex Perez at the moment, and that makes it impossible to know what to expect in this fight. If he was at his best, I’d consider him a slight favourite here, but who knows. Kape’s weakness is clearly defensive wrestling, and he can sometimes be low volume enough on the feet that he makes fights closer than they need to be. Perez has a good enough style to make that work and win here…providing we get him at his best.
I didn’t dive into much tape for this one as I knew I wasn’t going to bet it at all. If you think Kape beats Perez based off the footage available then you’re getting a decent price!
How I line this fight: Didn’t tape, won’t line it.
Bet or Pass: Pass

Chidi Njokuani v Albert Duraev
It’s crazy how much Albert Duraev’s stock has fallen, all in one loss to Joaquin Buckley. Before that bout he looked sensational on the Contender Series, and followed it up with a dominant win over Roman Kopylov as a -450 favourite. He absolutely does his best work in the grappling and showed that he doesn’t have much of a plan B if he can’t land takedowns or settle his opponent on their back. I’m also not too convinced by his cardio, and any opponent that will make him work hard to secure top position can weaponise his questionable endurance in the later rounds.
Buckley’s such a physical and stocky guy though, I think he’s naturally going to be a tough opponent to take down when you’ve got a bit more of a wirey frame like Duraev does. Chidi Njokuani isn’t so muscular and stocky, so I think it’s fair to assume that Duraev’s going to be more of a threat with the takedowns than he was against Buckley.
The problem is, Chidi showed some really impressive get ups after the initial takedown and doesn’t usually settle on the bottom whilst he’s fresh. Dusko Todorovic isn’t the best grappler in the world by any stretch, but Chidi was doing all the right things to prevent hit back from lying flat on the mat, and if he has similar success against Duraev he’s cruising.
The finish to the Robocop fight was a bit of a concern, but that fight heated up to a ridiculously fast pace in round 1 that I think Chidi cardio dumped, got rocked, and kind of quit on the bottom against Rodrigues. The same could happen again, but it would rely on Duraev pushing the pace aggressively with his striking, which isn’t something he often does.
Overall, I think Njokuani definitely deserves to be a favourite here as he is much more dangerous on the feet and has shown us already that he can successfully answer the questions that Duraev will ask. The Russian also does not have much of a plan B and doesn’t always do a whole lot with his top control except set up submissions. Considering Njokuani is a BJJ Black Belt, and the judges probably won’t appreciate those kind of optics from Duraev, I’m not massively convinced by his chances here.
I’m interested to see what kind of price they’re giving for Njokuani ITD in this fight, as I’m quite convinced by his finishing ability since he moved up to Middleweight, and Duraev is very hittable if he gets stuck on the feet. If I can get + money on it I think I’d have a small wager.
How I line this fight: Chidi Njokuani -175 (64%), Albert Duraev +175 (36%)
Bet or Pass: 1.5u Chidi Njokuani & CJ Vergara Both to Win (+122)

Steven Peterson v Lucas Alexander
I complain pretty much every week about the UFC’s current fighter calibre having massively declined recently, and nothing proves my point like Steven Peterson finally becoming a betting favourite for the first time in 8 UFC bouts. The guy has been the perfect litmus test to determine whether any fighter is UFC level, and those he has beaten were notoriously bad at the time and didn’t last long at the top level (Chase Hooper excluded because he had some “name value”).
He’s got some similarities to Austin Lingo in that he is some generic white guy with bad tattoos, that doesn’t have any real skill but is gritty and dedicated to the fight. If you can’t put him away, you’re going to have keep your shit together or he might surprise you by sheer output and ruggedness. No fighter that is credited mostly for their ability to take a punch and walk forward deserves to be a -175 favourite, but they also don’t always deserve to be massive underdogs either (see breakdown of Landwehr vs Lingo). The thing that baffles me the most though is that Peterson isn’t much of a finisher (6 of his last 7 went the distance), meaning the books are putting a fair bit of stock into his ability to win a decision.
So…Lucas Alexander. His UFC debut was a quick loss via RNC, but it came off a slip from a kick and the rest was kind of a formality at that point once Brito got the back as a result. Personally I don’t really put much/any stock into that loss as I don’t think it showed us anything about him apart from his defensive grappling isn’t elite? Ask yourself this…if this was Lucas Alexander’s UFC debut, would the line still be the same? It depends on what the regional tape looks like, but I’m quite sure it wouldn’t!
Therefore, we have to go back to the regional scene to actually get a glimpse of Alexander…and there is a lot more to be intrigued by than you might think. He’s a better technical striker than Peterson! He’s got great fluidity and movement, throws a varied arsenal of kicks and combos (lots of leg kicks, which will halt that forward pressure), and switches stances quite often. I’m not too sure how he’ll deal with being crowded by Peterson and his intense style, but I fully expect him to get the better of the majority of the striking exchanges whilst they’re at distance.
To win this fight cleanly, the grappling is the answer for Peterson…but Alexander’s defensive wrestling and get ups aren’t bad at all from what I’ve seen! I’ve seen evidence of him using the cage to get back to his feet and reversing position in the clinch, as well as maintaining position in top control. Apparently he’s a black belt as well, but I try not to immediately assume that makes you a good grappler (he does have 3 submission losses tbf). I did see a few submission attempts and successful reversals from bottom against Jeremias Fernandez, and was impressed with how he handled being on the bottom. The two regional scene submission losses both came in 2018, and honestly he looks like he’s improved his wrestling/grappling a lot since then so I’m not massively concerned by them.
Peterson has averaged just 1.61 TDs landed per 15 minutes, which isn’t a massively high number and doesn’t really fill you with a whole lot of confidence that he’s going to stick to a grappling based gameplan in this fight, especially when we know how much he enjoys brawling. If he does come with that kind of gameplan then I guess I expect him to be favoured (still hard to say how good/bad Alexander’s grappling is), but if he opts to strike I think he’s at a disadvantage.
For me, this fight is clearly a pick’em, or at least leans slightly towards Peterson as the favourite. I do expect Alexander to perform better than his +150 price tag suggests, as I think he’s got the potential to keep out of danger with the grappling and actually outscore Peterson on the feet. This fight probably goes the distance and, given the hesitance I have about Texas judges, I’d much rather be on the + money side there as well. Alexander is still being regarded as a “UFC debut” fighter in my eyes so I won’t be staking much here…but if you’re betting Peterson at -180 I think you’re crazy.
How I line this fight: Steven Peterson -120 (54%), Lucas Alexander +120 (46%)
Bet or Pass: 1u Lucas Alexander to Win (+150 or better…waiting to see if the juice continues)

Trevin Giles v Preston Parsons
Preston Parsons looked really good in his win over Evan Elder last year, with the latter going on to impress everyone with his latest performance against Nazim Sadykhov a few weeks ago. Parsons has a really suffocating wrestling/grappling style, forcing his opponents to work and threatening with a variety of submissions. He can be a little “submission over position” but he’s got an arsenal of really good sweeps from bottom. His striking also looked decent in the loss to Daniel Rodriguez, throwing shots at angles and landing pretty cleanly on D-Rod a few times.
He faces Trevin Giles, who has had a pretty eventful UFC career so far. Giles suffered back to back R3 losses to Zak Cummings and Gerald Meerschaert in fights he was clearly winning, where lapses in concentration saw him snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. He then went on to be the benefactor of one of the worst decisions in MMA history when he beat James Krause by decision. Giles hasn’t really gone on to do a whole lot in his UFC career since, but a well-aged win over Roman Dolidze stands out as the highlight.
Giles has decent striking himself, but he is such a low volume fighter that I think he’s going to struggle to win rounds against Preston ‘Pressure’ Parsons if he doesn’t do damage. The younger fighter will be happy to push the pace in this one, varying up his striking with a few takedown entries and just overwhelming Giles, who likes to fight patiently and methodically on the feet. Giles looks clean when he’s involved in a staring match on the feet, but when the tempo turns up and things get a bit wild he kind of loses all composure and technique (see losses to Morales and Du Plessis recently). Giles is also a decent enough grappler, but he’s prone to reversals on the mat (which Parsons will definitely try to execute), and can accept bottom position if his initial guard sub or two get shut down.
I’m struggling to really see why this one is being lined as a pick’em here, as Giles doesn’t hold a whole lot of advantages that I think he’ll be able to implement. He’s clearly a good striker, but the low volume should prevent him from really being able to show that off properly, and he won’t be the fighter looking to put his stamp on rounds when he’s fighting at a tempo way higher than he wants. He’s more experienced, but we’ve also seen lots of examples of poor fight IQ consistently creeping into Giles’ game and he hasn’t addressed the flaws of his style.
I’d line Parsons as a small to moderate favourite in this fight, and I’ll be betting him for a couple of units as a result.
How I line this fight: Trevin Giles +150 (40%), Preston Parsons -150 (60%)
Bet or Pass: 3u Preston Parsons to Win (+100)

CJ Vergara v Daniel Da Silva
To me, this seems like one of those fights where the UFC are acknowledging Vergara has paid his dues, and are giving him a bit of a softball as a result.
No one really knew what to make of Vergara when he got to the UFC – a KO win on the Contender Series in 41 seconds is usually a red flag more than anything! They lined him up with Ode Osbourne for his debut, where he was a +170 underdog. He put a really impressive display in that fight, with many thinking he actually won against a guy that is quite well respected at Flyweight.
Next, he was a +270 underdog to Kleydson Rodrigues, who was making his debut as a highly, highly touted prospect. Everyone and their mothers was on Rodrigues in that fight, yet Vergara fought a really smart and dedicated gameplan and won a close split decision. I had a big bet on Kleydson in his fight a few weeks ago, and rewatching the Vergara fight had me respecting him all over again. Given what we saw Kleydson do to Shannon Ross (not that the latter is a world beater) did nothing but improve Vergara’s stock.
Then, for his third UFC bout, he gets Tatsuro Taira! Probably one of the top 5 hottest unranked prospects in the sport right now. That was the first time we saw Vergara actually look like the +220 underdog that the books had him as, but given the hype around Taira that’s actually a respectable number to be graded at! There really isn’t a long list of fighters who are willing to fight Taira at the moment, so the matchmakers have probably scheduled this fight as a thank you for Vergara being a company man.
They’ve given him Daniel da Silva (Lacerda) as a reward. DdS is a pretty wild fighter, with 15 bouts all ending inside the distance (and none even reaching round 3). That kind of kill-or-be-killed style is certainly fun to watch, but it doesn’t really work out as well as you’d think when you hit the big shows. Don’t get me wrong, he looks pretty decent in round 1, but Vergara is a durable guy that has shown good IQ in the cage so far. He should find a way to stay safe in that opening round, probably by landing a takedown and coasting in top control like Jeff Molina did (also, shoutout Jeff Molina for handling the social media chaos with grace last week!), or by pushing that ferocious striking pace and keeping da Silva on the backfoot.
Even so, da Silva is a liability to himself in Round 1 as well, as we saw in losses to Francisco Figueiredo and Victor Altamirano. Getting kneebar’d by Figgy’s subpar brother is a pretty bad look, and he had absolutely no answer for Altamirano’s ground striking as soon as he was on his back. His commitment to the guard sub is insane, and it’s probably going to be responsible for yet another loss here against Vergara.
I think we’re getting a decent price on Vergara here. The blueprint has been written on Da Silva and, whilst Vergara will have to be careful for the opening few minutes, I think CJ’s got him covered here. I jumped in on the -275 as a parlay piece, as I think there’s an argument Vergara should probably be a bigger favourite here?
Also, as a side note from watching Molina vs Da Silva – Damn James Krause was a good coach. What a waste!
How I line this fight: CJ Vergara -300 (75%), Daniel Da Silva +300 (25%)
Bet or Pass: 1.5u CJ Vergara & Chidi Njokuani Both to Win (+122)

Vinicius Salvador v Victor Altamirano
I loved Vinicius Salvador’s DWCS performance against Shannon Ross and I’m really excited to see him make his debut, but I’m not massively sure about how good he is as an overall fighter. His style instantly makes him a fan favourite, but using nothing but head movement to defend, and having that cocky style that throws ridiculous highlight reel kicks isn’t really a positive trait when you’re looking to put your hard earned money on a fighter. It looks cool and can sometimes impress the judges…but it’s a risky game and can easily see you getting caught clean or making mistakes. There’s a reason Michel Pereira doesn’t fight like a lunatic anymore.
Salvador hits hard and absolutely has knockout power, having finished 13 of his 14 wins by KO (the other was a submission). He’s also lost inside the distance in three of his 4 losses, and Shannon Ross did have him hurt for a second or two in the DWCS fight. He’s a chaotic fighter, and I’m really annoyed we got robbed of the chance to see him fight Daniel Da Silva a few months ago. It would have been fireworks.
This might sound stupid as a genuine piece of logic and reasoning, but I have always fully believed the notion that Mexican fighters have the best chins and next level toughness. It’s kind of a dumb narrative for me to hang my hat on, but I am always hesitant to side with a knockout-based fighter if it’s a Mexican opponent they’re trying to put to sleep. We saw Altamirano eat a few clean and heavy shots from Daniel Da Silva in his last bout, which makes me think I might have to side with my illogical narrative once again.
With that said, I still think Salvador deserves to be favoured by a small margin here. Victor Altamirano just isn’t very good. His win over DdS was kind of a high variance random knee, and he was clearly losing that fight up to that point. He was competitive in the win against Carlos Hernandez, but I feel like that fight didn’t do much to show off the skills of either guy and it really solidified that they are equally matched as entry level UFC fighters. It was like an intense sparring session, where neither guy had any real sting on their shots and only looked to point score, with a bit of cage pushing thrown in for good measure.
The power discrepancy between Altamirano and Salvador is too big to ignore here. Salvador is going to come out hot and look to take Victor’s head off, and I just don’t think Altamirano is going to be able to earn back the respect of Salvador here. The striking should be one-way traffic whilst they’re fresh, simply because Salvador’s going be doing damage with almost every shot that he lands. As the fight wears on though, I expect Altamirano have a lot more success in the later minutes, as he settles into the fight and has grown confident he can withstand the power (as well as some of the sting coming off Salvador’s shots).
Altamirano doesn’t look like wrestling/grappling is his preferred skillset, but I think he would do well to lean on it a bit here. I haven’t been able to really find any tape on Salvador’s defensive wrestling/grappling, but I have to assume that a fighter with as little technical discipline as him is probably not the greatest grappler in the world.
I see Vinicius Salvador as something similar to the Brazilian equivalent of Trevor Peak. It's easy to get ahead of yourself and try to fade a guy with brute force and no technique, but it’s important to realise that the judges don’t score technique and as long as Salvador is landing something, he’ll earning favour with the judges and threatening to score a finish too.
I don’t think Altamirano is the guy to capitalise on those defensive lapses of Salvador, so I think the Brazilian is the rightful favourite. However, there’s not enough value on the line to justify a bet here, and Salvador could easily be the maker of his own downfall with his reckless style, and that’s not the kind of guy I like to back.
Very excited to see this one play out. I will probably throw Salvador into a couple of my untracked degenerate parlays, but officially it’s a no-bet for me.
How I line this fight: Vinicius Salvador -120 (54%), Victor Altamirano +120 (46%)
Bet or Pass: Pass

Tamires Vidal v Hailey Cowan
The UFC are being very generous to Hailey Cowan, aren’t they!? After trying and failing to set her up with one of the worst fighters on the roster, Ailin Perez, they’re trying again to offer her a bit of a soft entry into the UFC.
The problem is that Cowan is just simply not very good, so I think she’s going to struggle against anyone that’s borderline UFC calibre. Tamires Vidal sits on the fringe, and she seems to be the much more dangerous of the two and actually has some process to her striking, so I think Cowan deserves to be the underdog once again.
The betting line here has been on a real journey already. Books opened Cowan as a +200 underdog, and it looks to have been jumped on by some opportunistic value bettors – and rightly so! I just hope the steam has come in because they think the line was wide, not because they have any real faith in Cowan!
I’m intrigued to see how far the overcorrection goes, as this one really should land around a pick’em. The books won’t mind tipping the balance towards Cowan if it means they’ve got equal money on each side, as this isn’t going to be a high stakes fight so they’ll prioritise keeping the book green.
I have to remind myself of the calibre I’m dealing with here though…both women are low level and high variance is at play! If all the money on Cowan continues to come and Vidal’s price gets bigger, then a true value bettor should pounce on any decent size + money…but you really do have to accept that you’re getting into bed with variance here.
How I line this fight: Tamires Vidal -110 (52%), Hailey Cowan +110 (48%)
Bet or Pass: Pass

Bets (Placed bets in bold, others are pending as line may improve)
3u Preston Parsons to Win (+100)
1.5u CJ Vergara & Chidi Njokuani Both to Win (+122)
0.25u Njokuani, Parsons & Vergara All to Win (+330)
1u Lucas Alexander to Win (+150 or better)
Parlay Do’s: Njokuani, Parsons, Vergara
Parlay Don’ts: Sandhagen, Holm, Landwehr, Barber, Peterson, Cowan

UFC 287 (Breakdown next week but don’t expect line to hold)
2u Michael Chiesa to Win (-150)
Best of luck with your bets!
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2023.03.21 18:04 Kaboio Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood vs Magnus Chase, Taako, and Merle Highchurch (Percy Jackson vs The Adventure Zone) (connections in comments)

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2023.03.21 17:21 Gangters_paradise Spooderman VS Sanic “Artistic Masterpiece”

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2023.03.21 16:48 timmyjim2 Does the streaming era help show the longevity/the aging of artists’ catalogs? Is this a creative way for older/veteran artists to be introduced to younger generations? Is there a pattern in what songs tend to go viral vs. songs that don’t?

I know there’s many examples of this such as Die For You by The Weeknd, but I wasn’t sure if anyone else can come up with more examples of this happening in an artists music catalog. Another example I can think of is how Deja Vu by Beyoncé is going semi viral on tik tok for a bit, and increased her streams of the song for a bit. I actually had never even heard the song until I saw it was seeing an increase in streams during that time.
Are there any other examples you’d like to discuss on this topic? What are some smaller artists that became more known because of this, and have they become a long term favorite of yours or just a flash in the pan? What makes a song more likely to go viral than others in an artist’s back catalog? Is there any research done on this or is it super random?
Any thoughts are appreciated :)
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2023.03.21 15:29 IPRDaily OREO VS AO LI GEI, Who Is the Winner?

OREO VS AO LI GEI, Who Is the Winner?
With exaggerated facial expressions and impassioned tones, the cheering phrase of “奥利给 (Ao Li Gei in Chinese) ” went viral on short-video platforms. This phrase’s popularity also earned it a spot in the top ten internet buzzwords of 2020. However, the widespread use of this phrase also caught the attention of a company called Shanghai Senyi Industry Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Senyi”), who smelt a business opportunity. In the same year, they began to apply for and register trademarks for “奥利给(Ao Li Gei in Chinese)” as well as “奥力给(Ao Li Gei in Chinese) ”. Afterwards, they started using these trademarks on their own cookies and wafers, and conducting large-scale sales. These products were not only sold in some small and medium-sized convenience stores, but also quickly entered high-end convenience stores and chain supermarkets like 7-11, BHG, and Tesco, as well as major online sales platforms such as TMall, JD, and PDD.
Consumers brought this product to the attention of Mondelēz China, a member of the Mondelēz International group of companies, due to the confusing similarities of the AO LI GEI products to its OREO products. Let's take a look at the comparison pictures of the two products.
From the brands, to the cookie device, packaging, and other aspects, there are many similarities between the two products, making it easy for consumers to mistakenly think that “奥利给” / “奥力给” (Both are “Ao Li Gei” in Chinese) brand is one of OERO’s sub-brands, or like the well-known Asian artist Jackson Wang, mistakenly believe that the providers of the two products are related. However, neither of them are the fact.
In order to protect its own and the legitimate rights and interests of consumers, Intercontinental Great Brands LLC (hereinafter, “IGB”), the owner of the OREO trademarks and a member of the Mondelēz International group of companies, entrusted attorneys Michael Fu and Yang Luo from Chang Tsi & Partners (hereinafter referred to as “this Firm”), to send a cease and desist letter to Senyi and the manufacturer of its products (Dacheng County Mei Sa Jia Shi Da Food Co., Ltd., hereinafter referred to as “Mei Sa Jia Shi Da”) in August 2020, requiring these two companies to immediately cease the infringement. Since these companies showed no intention of cooperation and launched more product lines and further expanded their online and brick-and-mortar sales network, IGB eventually filed a trademark infringement civil litigation against these two companies before the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing.. IGB mainly demands that Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da immediately stop producing, selling, and promoting cookies and wafers using trademarks
, which are highly similar to the “OREO Series Marks” and “OREO Cookie Device Marks” (hereinafter referred to as the “infringing products” and “infringing trademarks”), and they shall jointly compensate for the economic losses and reasonable expenses incurred in investigating and stopping the infringement.
Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da argued that their trademarks do not infringe on the “OREO Series Marks”, for the following reasons: First, Senyi owns the registered trademarks No. 53389500
and No. 21979391
, both in Class 30, so it has the right to use the infringing trademarks; Second, the infringing trademarks are distinguishable from the “OREO Series Marks” and “OREO Cookie Device Marks”, so the two trademarks do not constitute similar trademarks; Third, the use of “奥利给 (Ao Li Gei in Chinese)” on the products is the use of an internet buzzword, not a trademark; Fourth, the infringing products have low sales, low prices, a limited market reach, and have not had any impact on the sales of IGB’s products. Moreover, they allegedly claimed that they did not profit, and even suffered losses, so IGB’s claim for compensation has no factual basis.
In December 2022, however, the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing (“Court”) issued its Civil Judgment (Case No.: (2021) Jing 0102 Min Chu 35274), which ruled in favor of IGB and ordered Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da to stop infringing on the exclusive trademark rights of IGB and to compensate IGB’s economic losses and reasonable expenses at the amount of CNY700,000. The court held that:
First, the trademarks
are similar to 奥利奥(OREO in Chinese) marks from pronunciation, overall appearance, and meaning so they are similar trademarks. The cookie device mark “
”, is similar to “OREO Cookie Device Marks”, including but not limited to
, from composition, colour, overall structure, and etc., so they are similar trademarks. IGB’s trademarks have obtained high distinctiveness and reputation through their extensive promotion and use. As the competitors in the industry of cookies, it is impossible that Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da do not know IGB’s trademarks. However, instead of actively avoiding any disputes, they chose to manufacture products with the trademarks similar to IGB’s, which shows their obvious bad faith of free-riding. Even though the evidence provided by Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da could prove that “奥利给 (Ao Li Gei in Chinese)” is an internet buzzword, this word has weak correlation with the ingredient, function, and raw materials of cookies so it is not a generic word of cookies. From how the infringing trademarks are used, Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da are not using “奥利给 (Ao Li Gei in Chinese)” maintaining its original meaning but separately marking them in an extensive way and with the “TM” logo. This can sufficiently prove the subjective intention of Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da for using
as trademarks. In terms of the position and mode of use, these two marks have played the role to distinguish the source of goods. The infringing products, including cookies and wafers, are identical to cookies designated by IGB’s trademarks.
When the two parties’ marks are similar, the way how the infringing trademarks are used can sufficiently cause confusion. Considering that Mei Sa Jia Shi Da is authorized by Senyi to manufacture the infringing products, it shall be determined that they both proceeded with the manufacture of the infringing products. Hence, Mei Sa Jia Shi Da’s act of producing the infringing products and Senyi’s acts of authorizing Mei Sa Jia Shi Da to produce and of selling the infringing products shall be recognized as the use of trademarks similar to IGB’s trademarks on identical goods. This shall easily cause confusion and harm the exclusive trademark rights of IGB. The evidence in this case cannot prove that the infringement has been ceased. Therefore, Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da shall be liable to cease the infringement and compensate the loss of IGB.
Second, as for the amount of damages, the court determines that Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da shall burden the damages and reasonable expenses at the amount of CNY 700,000 by taking into consideration factors including 1) IGB’s trademarks have high reputation; 2) the sale of the infringing products are sold both online and offline and sale territory is wide; 3) the sale volume of the infringing products is relatively big; 4) the proportion of the infringing trademarks on the infringing products is relatively large and their font is relatively extensive, which will greatly affect consumers’ choice; and 5) the subjective bad faith of Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi is relatively obvious.
After the court judgment, Senyi and Mei Sa Jia Shi Da finally decided not to appeal and complied with the first-instance judgment. In this trademark infringement battle between 奥利奥 (OREO in Chinese) and 奥利给 (Ao Li Gei in Chinese), 奥利奥 (OREO in Chinese) has always been the more powerful contender and ultimately emerged victorious. Not only did it successfully combat the egregious trademark infringement behavior in this case, but it also strongly and vigorously protected its own and the legitimate rights and interests of consumers at large.
Michael Fu
Chang Tsi & Partners
Partner、Attorney at Law
Michael Fu has focused his practice on intellectual property law for more than 15 years. He could provide intellectual property strategy with creative thinking for clients, and he has represented many Fortune 500 companies including Mondelez, HP, Under Armour, Michael Kors, Tiffany, Four Seasons, etc.
He excels at helping clients with the enforcement of their IP rights through administrative and judicial channels in China.
As a litigator and partner, Michael leads a professional team with more than 20 attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. He also teaches the young attorneys and associates with his knowledge and helps them to grow up faster. With his lead, he and his excellent team have won numerous high-profile cases which often attract the media’s attention.
Yang Luo
Chang Tsi & Partners
Attorney at Law
Yang Luo has been engaged in foreign-related intellectual property legal services for seven years. She excels in providing comprehensive rights protection strategies and effectively implementing specific actions for foreign clients facing intellectual property infringement issues in the Chinese market, earning high recognition from her clients.
Source: Chang Tsi & Partners
Editor: IPR Daily-Ann
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2023.03.21 13:58 assholeinwonderland Thoughts on extremely specific book recommendation requests

My husband had a romance question a couple days ago and it got me thinking, so I’ll pose it here:
Why do people ask for such specific things in book requests?
I have several theories.
(Some of the examples below are from actual posts, but to be clear I am not casting judgment on these requests at all. As you’ll see, I have made many very specific requests myself.)
1 - RomanceBooks requires book request posts to be pretty specific and not semi-recently asked, so a more generic request may not get left up. It’s also much easier to find existing recommendation lists if the request isn’t that specific.
2 - They see a random thing in their daily life and think “huh I wonder if there’s a romance like that.” The flurry of football requests around the super bowl each year would fit into this. A request for a basketball cheerleader FMC was posted during March madness last night.
My example: book ft an emergency backup goalie (the day after one played in an NHL game).
3a - They want to see themselves and their experiences reflected in what they read. This gets talked about most often in terms of identity (race, sexuality, etc), but applies to situations or more mundane traits as well. Height, eye color, occupation, state/country of residence, etc.
3b — They want to see an idealized version of something that is/was difficult in their life. Awkward sex with a new partner. A crush on someone in a committed relationship. Being cared for during rough period cramps.
My example: books where the couple spends a good chunk of the story in a long distance relationship.
4 - They’re writers trying to scope out books similar to their project.
5 - They recently liked a book that had some specific characteristic or situation, and want to read another version of it. Sometimes these requests will call out the recent fave, but not always.
My examples: HR where the FMC runs a gambling hell; a scene where one MC poses nude for an artist MC; hockey romance but the player must be a goalie
6 - They noticed a pattern in the books they’ve been reading, and are curious to see that subverted, or to see if there’s more variety out there. HR set somewhere other than 19th century England. An FMC who is like other girls. FMC is an athlete, MMC is not.
My example: sports romances ft pro soccer players (vs the more common college and/or hockey)
Side note: I’ve noticed a fair number of these are flipping the gender roles typically seen in MF romances (sometimes with terms I hate like “reverse age gap” or “reverse grumpy sunshine”)
Anyone else have thoughts? Think I missed a reason?
Where do you think the sweet spot is between being too vague and not getting helpful recommendations, vs being too specific and missing out on great books just adjacent to the ask?
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2023.03.21 11:58 FelicitySmoak_ On This Day In Michael Jackson HIStory - March 21st

1970 - "ABC" by the Jackson 5, enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at #1 in April knocking The Beatles' "Let It Be" from the top spot
1988- Michael is once again on the cover of Jet magazine
1988 -Michael Jackson's BAD album is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
1997- Michael attends a Sony Conclave in Marbella, Spain where he is presented with a special award from Sony Music, for 100 million singles sales internationally outside the USA, since his first solo career album with Epic Rec in 1979. It is attended by SMI executives from around the world, it's NY headquarters as well as label executives and artists management.
1997- The "Blood On The Dance Floor"single is released. The song becomes a top ten hit in almost every EU state. “Blood on the Dance Floor” peaks at number one in the UK, Spain and New Zealand, charting for 11 weeks in the latter two nations. It would peak at #42 in the US
2001 - Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,ended his trip to the US by visiting with the king of pop, Michael Jackson. The Prime Minister and Jackson chatted into the night at a private reception for Sharon. The two were introduced by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The Prime Minister told reporters that Jackson said he was a "big fan of Israel". The meeting was set up because Jackson may travel to Israel for his charity this summer In hopes of fostering Peace and Harmony between children of Arabs and Jews. The people who surrounded Michael at the time warned that it might not be a good idea to meet with him. They said that Sharon was hated in many parts of world, especially in Arab nations. But Michael dismissed their concerns and stated he wanted to meet with the Israeli leader. The pictures of Michael greeting Prime Minister Sharon, appeared throughout the world. The very next day websites called for a boycott of Michael's music saying that he supported Israel's "hated" leader. However, Michael did not care, he said, his love was for Israel and the Jewish people
2005 - Trial Day 16. Week 4 Begins.
Michael Jackson appeared to fall apart in court on Monday arriving late to his trial for the second time in two weeks.
He was once again taken to the hospital because of back pain. He then goes to court with Katherine, Joe & Jackie.
This day sees testimonies of Detective Conn Abel, flight attendent Lauren Wallace & child molestation specialist Anthony Urquiza.
The singer's entrance was less dramatic than his previous late arrival , but it caused speculation that the judge would possibly issue another bench warrant or otherwise sanction the singer for delaying proceedings once again.
However, Judge Rodney Melville made no mention of the delay in open court. Arriving just a few minutes past the usual court deadline, a fully dressed Jackson limped slowly inside the Santa Maria, California, courthouse, flanked by his brother Jackie and a bodyguard.
Once inside, according to observers, Jackson grabbed a wad of tissue and started sobbing. He was then excused and went to a restroom with Dr. Bert Weiner (who accompanied him from the hospital, still in scrubs) while lawyers met with Melville in chambers. That conversation is sealed, and Melville gave no explanation of what was discussed. After the 45-minute delay, the trial got under way with Jackson back in his seat.
Sometime later, Dr Weiner would explain the health state of Michael to the judge who agrees to let him go home.
Testimony continued with a detective who found porn at Neverland but conceded that it was legal. Detective Conn Abel said on cross-examination that he had never seen a home security system with hidden cameras at Neverland
Perhaps the most telling testimony of the day was when flight attendant Lauren Wallace corroborated the prosecution's allegation that Jackson drinks wine in Diet Coke cans on planes. Wallace said she was instructed by another flight attendant to pour white wine into the soda cans and she would typically have three of them ready for Jackson when he boarded the plane. She also said she would hide the mini bottles of alcohol up high in the bathroom, so that kids could not reach them.
Though the defense attorney tried to suggest that the singer drank wine this way so that children wouldn't see him drinking, Wallace testified that Jackson would drink wine from soda cans even when children were not present.
2007 -MJ and his children leave Heathrow Airport in London and return to Los Angeles, followed by a connecting flight to Las Vegas
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2023.03.21 11:47 Priestkc31 ARTIST BATTLE: Ludacris vs T.I.

Which ATL legend do you like more?
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2023.03.21 11:46 LittleTreeGarden Scream VI - alternative scenes and versions

Here's a list of possible alternative scenes and versions cut from Scream VI. I complied this from articles/interviews with the directors, producers and screenwriters, and some tweets by Vieweranon. I doubt we'll get to see much if any of these on the home release, maybe only one or two scenes, but this looks to be some of the alternative stuff either scripted, shot or planned:

*Warning - list contains full killer spoilers (though all are spoiler-tagged).\*

  1. Alternative version of the opening scene. The opening scene with Samara Weaving was originally shot with Roger L. Jackson speaking to her throughout and a picture of Richie instead of Reggie on the phone so the viewer knew for sure that it was Ghostface from the very start. Looks like this may have been shot too.
  2. An extended scene of Kirby and Bailey in the police station. Kirby mentions her personal life briefly, saying she was once married, "one and done". Looks like this was shot. I think the directors removed it due to other things said by Bailey that was making him too suspicious.
  3. An extended version of the Gale vs. Ghostface scene. They speak face to face, GF using the modulator behind the mask, as they face off with each other through the bookcase. There may also have been additional lines about GF being in Gale's life for so long (that we heard in a trailer) during this. Would love to see this deleted scene the most if it was shot.
  4. Deleted scene. Bailey talking with police in the apartment after the attack, telling them not to touch Quinn's "body", that he was the only one who would. Removed as directors felt like it was making him even more obvious. Looks like it was shot. Vieweranon mentioned this being the only deleted scene he knows about (he may not have read the interviews about these other ones or assumes they weren't shot). This might be the main deleted scene we get on home release, perhaps the only one, if we get any.
  5. Deleted/cancelled scene. A scene involving the the twins running around the park and grabbing cell phones from people while Kirby is tracing call in the van. Direct homage to the Randy scene in Scream 2. A door in another van even opens behind them. Looks like this was scripted but never shot.
  6. Deleted/cancelled scene. A closing monologue from Gale delivered from hospital bed. Cancelled because it took away from the ending of the two sisters. Unsure if just scripted or also shot, likely just scripted.
  7. Earlier script - alternative Sidney version. Would have featured the character in NYC. Described by Neve Campbell (via Jamie Kennedy) as a "hefty" part. Radio Silence first described Campbell's absence as affecting the script "greatly", but later said she left early enough in the process that it didn't affect the overall structure of the script. It's likely it affected the early drafts a lot, but perhaps not later ones. No further details have emerged yet.
  8. Earlier script - alternative motive. The directors mention the motive was originally different. Unsure if killers were too, but they weren't "Richie's family" until later on in the development process, when they decided they wanted a more "emotional" / "primal" motive. No further details yet.
  9. u/Living-Tiger3448 adds: "There’s also a scene of Mindy/Ethan at the hospital where Ethan gets a text from Bailey and Mindy figures out they’re the ghostfaces."
  10. u/Living-Tiger3448 adds: "There’s also an extended scene of Dr Stone’s office where Sam sees a GF doll."
*ETA* Another thing I remembered. In early script sides, we saw the Danny character flirting with Samantha after meeting in the laundry room and he mentions her seeing him shirtless through the window. Some elements of this remain but this too seems to have been changed as in the movie the two are actually dating and have been for some time, which happened offscreen before the movie began, rather than them just starting to get together at the beginning of the movie. This makes more sense as I think Sam wouldn't let him in as much as she does if they'd just met right now. Plus it parallels him to Richie a bit - who she was also dating for a few months when 5 began.
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2023.03.21 11:19 NoLogic101 (Selling) HD, 4K, Collections - Toy Story HD (1,2,3,4), Indiana Jones 4K (1,2,3,4), Jaws HD (2,3,The Revenge), Mummy Trilogy HD, Mission Impossible HD (1,2,3,4,5,6), Tom Holland Spiderman HD (1,2,3), Exodus 4K

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Codes have to be redeemed immediately upon receiving.
********** HD Titles **********
Baby Driver - HD - MA - $5
Daddy's Home 2 - HD - Vudu - $5
Edward Scissorhands - HD - MA - $5
Hacksaw Ridge - HD - Vudu / GooglePlay US - $5
Home - HD - MA - $5
How to Train your Dragon 2 (2014) - HD - MA - $5
Instant Family - HD - Vudu - $5
Jaws (2,3,The Revenge) 3 Movie Collection (1978, 1983, 1987) - HD - MA - $12
John Wick 1 and 2 - HD - Vudu / GooglePlay US - $10
John Wick 2 - HD - Vudu / GooglePlay US - $5
Jurassic Park - HD - MA - $4
Jurassic Park The Lost World - HD - MA - $4
Jurassic Park 3 - HD - MA - $4
Jurassic World - HD - MA - $5
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom - HD - MA - $5
Mission Impossible Collection (1,2,3,4,5,6) - HD - Vudu - $25
Mummy (1999), Mummy Returns (2001), Mummy Tomb of Dragon Emperor (2008) - HD - MA - $15
Pitch Perfect (2012) - HD - MA - $5
Power Rangers (2017) - HD - Vudu / GooglePlay US - $5
Robocop (2014) - HD - Vudu/GooglePlay US - $5
Rush (2013) - HD - MA - $5
Schindler's List (1993) - HD - MA - $5
Skyfall - HD - Vudu/GooglePlay US - $5
Spiderman Homecoming - HD - MA - $5
Spiderman Far From Home - HD - MA - $5
Spiderman No Way Home - HD - MA - $5
Stallone First Blood - HD - Vudu / iTunes US - $5
Star Trek into Darkness - HD - Vudu - $5
Ted (Unrated) 2012 - HD - MA - $5
Ted (Unrated) and Ted 2 (Unrated) - HD - MA - $12
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) - HD - Vudu - $5
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - HD - MA - $5
The Expendables 2 - HD - Vudu/GooglePlay US - $5
The Hateful Eight - HD - Vudu / Google Play US - $5
The Last Stand - HD - Vudu/GooglePlay US - $5
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - HD - Vudu - $5
Venom Let There be Carnage - HD - MA - $5
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - HD - Vudu - $5
Wolverine (Unrated) 2013 - HD - MA - $5
World War Z - HD - Vudu - $5
********** 4K UHD Titles **********
A Quiet Place - 4K - iTunes US - $5
Alvin and the Chipmunks - Road Chip - 2015 - 4K - iTunes US - Ports to MA - $5
Bumblebee - 4K - Vudu - $6
Dawn of the Planet of apes - 4K - iTunes US - Ports to MA - $5
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - 4K - MA - $6
Exodus Gods and Kings - 4K - iTunes US - (Ports to MA) - $6
Fate of the furious (Extended Director Cut) - 2017 - 4K - MA - $5
Fault in our Stars - 4K - iTunes US - Ports to MA - $5
Hell or High Water - 4K - itunes US/Vudu - $6
Home Alone - 4K - iTunes US (Ports to MA) - $5
Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark - 4K - iTunes US /Vudu - $7
Indiana Jones -Temple of Doom - 4K - iTunes US /Vudu - $7
Indiana Jones - Last Crusade - 4K - iTunes US /Vudu - $7
Indiana Jones - Kingdom of Crystal Skull - 4K - iTunes US /Vudu - $7
John Wick 3 - 4K - iTunes US/Vudu - $6
Jurassic Park - 4K - MA - $6
Kingsman The Secret Service - 4K - iTunes US - Ports to MA - $5
Leon The Professional ( Theatrical & Ext Cut) - 1994 - 4K - MA - $7
Night at the Museum - Secret of the Tomb - 2014 - 4K - iTunes US (Ports to MA) - $5
Spectre - 4K - iTunes US - $5
Terminator 2 : Judgement Day (1991) - 4K UHD - iTunes / Vudu - $6
Top Gun (1986) - 4K - iTunes/Vudu - $6
Total Recall (1990) - 4K UHD - iTunes / Vudu - $6
********** SD Titles **********
21 Jump Street - SD - MA - $3
A Dog's Way Home (2019) - SD - MA - $3
Ghostbusters AfterLife (2021)- SD - MA - $4
Hunger Games 4 Movie Collection - SD - Vudu - $10
Pixels - SD - MA - $3
Resident Evil Retribution 2012 - SD - MA - $3
The Shallows - SD - MA - $3
Zombieland Double Tap - SD - MA - $3
********** TV Shows **********
Big Little Lies S01 - HD - GooglePlay US - $5
Breaking Bad S05 and Final - HD - Vudu - $10
Game of Thrones - Season 1 to 7 - HD - GooglePlay US - $25
Outlander Season 1 Vol 1 - HD - Vudu - $7
The Knick S01 and S02 - HD - GooglePlay US - $10
True Blood S04 - HD - GooglePlay US - $5
********** US GooglePlay HD - $4 Each (Ports to MA) **********
Aladdin 1992
Aladdin 2019
Alien Covenant
Antman and the Wasp
Avengers Endgame
Avengers Infinity War
Beauty and the Beast
Big Friendly Giant (BFG)
Black Panther
Black Widow
Captain America First Avenger
Captain America Winter Soldier
Captain Marvel
Cars 3
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Doctor Strange
Finding Dory
Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Inside Out
Into The Woods
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Lone Ranger
Maleficent Mistress of Evil
Mary Poppins Returns
Monsters University
Mulan 2020
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Raya The Last Dragon
Rocky Horror Picture
Saving Mr.Banks
Shang Chi
Star Wars -
A New Hope, Force Awakens, Rise of Skywalker, Rogue One, Solo A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi
Thor Dark World
Thor Ragnarok
Toy Story 1
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 4
********** UK Google Play HD - $3 Each**********
2 Fast and Furious / 21 Jump Street / Amazing Spiderman 2 / Angels and Demons / Arthur Christmas / Baby Driver / Black Hawk Down / Blade Runner 2049 / Cloud Atlas / Concussion / Conjuring / Dawn of The Planet of the Apes / Deadpool / Deadpool 2 / Die Hard / Django Unchained / Elysium / Fast and Furious 1 / Fast and Furious 4 / Fast and Furious 6 / Fast Five Theatrical / Fifty Shades of Grey / Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2 / Ghostbusters Answer the Call / Hobbit The Unexpected Journey / Independence Day / Independence Day Resurgence / Inferno / Jason Bourne / Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle / Jurassic Park / Jurassic Park 3 / Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom / Jurassic Park The Lost World / Labyrinth / Lego Batman / Lego Batman Super Heros United / Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates / Murder on the Orient Express / Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters / Pitch Perfect / Predator / Resident Evil Retribution / Secret Life of Pets / Smurfs 2 / Sully / Taxi Driver / Trolls / Turbo / Whiplash / Wolverine /
********** Canada Google Play HD - $3 Each **********
300 Rise of Empire / Alita / American Sniper / Batman vs Superman Ultimate edition / Batman vs Superman Theatrical edition / Birds of Prey / Chappie / Edge of Tomorrow / Godzilla / Goosebumps / Hang Over Part 3 / Into the Storm / Jaws / Mad Max Fury Road / Onward / Pacific Rim / Skyscraper / Spiderman into the Spiderverse / Snatched / X-Men Apocalypse (iTunes CA / GP CA)
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2023.03.21 10:38 OkImagination2131 Disappointed sa fine arts professor na gumamit ng ai art

I wanted to share my thoughts and concerns lang regarding the recent art exhibit that was on display at UP Cebu. Esp the fine arts professor who used AI art for his works sa exhibit. Nakakaputangina bruh esp it's a form of cheating and plagiarism siya sa art. Lahat ng prof dito pinaghirapan all works nila sa exhibit then there's this prof na nag AI lang.
I find it somewhat ironic that UP is known for its strict policies on plagiarism, yet we have recently seen the use of AI art dito. Akala ko ba di okay UP sa mga chatgpt shit but they're okay rah sa Ai art?????? What the hell?
I'm not rlly against sa tech/machines helping us in daily lives endeavors, but taenang Ai art and chatgpt? Sure gamitin mo for your personal shit or guide but pag gagamitin mo sila sa exhibit or contest??? Whaaaa
Tas may bs shit pa like pang defense nila "Against ka sa AI art?!! 😡 Hindi mo ba alam may conflict lagi sa art like realism artists vs. camera dati, okay lang naman? You're okay with 3d printing, cgi, photography, diigital art & printer right?!!!? Then dapat okay ka lang sa ai art!!"
BIG NAUR! I think it's important to clarify na talaga that there is a big difference between AI art and other forms of digital art like 3D printing, photography, and CGI. While these other forms of art also involve technology, they require REALl skills and efforts from the artist. AI art, on the other hand, is generated by algorithms and machines, and does not require the same level of skill and effort.
Lol like to me, it feels like using AI art in this context is akin to cheating like wth, in the same shit that entering an essay writing contest using ChatGPT or using Google Images for a photography exhibit or like entering a cooking contest tas gumamit ka instant noodles from the microwave instead like of putting in the time and effort to make a delicious and original dish loooool.
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2023.03.21 10:11 autotldr Police finds an unknown Jackson Pollock painting in Sofia

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 6%. (I'm a bot)
A hitherto unknown painting by Jackson Pollock from 1949 has been discovered in Bulgaria during an operation by the Bulgarian and the Greek anti-organized crime services, coordinated by Europol, the BNR has found out from sources of its own.
According to experts, the painting may be worth up to EUR 50 million.
The operation, targeted at the trafficking of cultural objects, took place in Sofia, in Athens and on the island of Crete.
Three Greek and one Bulgarian citizen have been detained.
Five other paintings by prominent artists have been seized during parallel operations by the Greek police on the island of Crete and in Athens.
Jackson Pollock is an American painter, a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.
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2023.03.21 10:03 MacsPowerBike How did betting on yourself go?

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