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An old interview with Joe Kucan

An old interview with Joe Kucan
So, it's just a few days before the Release, and I'd like to share with you . In 2014 I’ve managed to make an interview with Joseph D. Kucan. The interview was in russian, and for — russian internet media giant. Here is english verson of the text (I've cutted some unrelated stuff). I know it's an old arcticle but I think you'll find some bits of information interesting. It's even mention Reddit AMA, so it's a recursion loop.
Young and happy Nod leader
Joe Kucan: Hello. I’m sorry for the delay; I’ve been extremely busy. My theatre company, A Public Fit, just closed our inaugural show, Foxfinder by Dawn King. By all accounts it was a tremendous success and I’m just now catching my breath after a hectic couple of months. I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions!
You are holding the Guinness Record as the longest recurring actor in any video game franchise to date, so we thought you’d never leave gaming industry — but you did. Why so? And what are you doing now?
I didn’t leave the gaming industry so much as IT left ME! As you know, Electronic Arts decided to end the Tiberian storyline in the Command & Conquer franchise, pretty much guaranteeing that Kane would no longer be making any of his trademarked resurrections. Since then, the gaming industry has not been exactly beating a path through the Las Vegas desert to my door. I spend my time these days with construction projects around my house and busying myself with A Public Fit, a theatre compnay I co-founded with my girlfriend. We stage monthly readings of plays we consider «overlooked» and have just recently closed our first full-scale production — a dystopian fable called Foxfinder by Dawn King.
We’ve stumbled upon your crowdfunding project at IndeieGoGo, A Public Fit. Could you explain the idea behind the project? How is it different from other theatres? Why did you choose to participate?
Stumbled upon it, did you? How much did you contribute? HOW MUCH?? A Public Fit started when my girlfriend and I were reading a play that we both found difficult to visualize. So we recruited a group of friends to read it out loud, hoping that hearing the text would help us to better evaluate the quality of the story. Afterwards, we had a spirited debate about the merits and shortcomings of the material and we realized pretty early on that it was the discussion following the reading that we most enjoyed. We decided to do it again the following month; our little group of 8 turned into 12 and the month after that it swelled to 20 and the month after that it grew again to, like, 35. We soon outgrew our living room as word spread among the Las Vegas theatre community that we were doing monthly readings. Everyone, it seemed, wanted to be involved and came to join in the ensuing debates.
We moved the readings to a downtown Las Vegas arts venue called The Window and began publicizing them, opening them up to a wider audience. The readings were fun, free and feisty as we invited everyone who attended to stay for the moderated discussions following each performance. But we were hungry for more. So a number of months ago we committed our resources to producing a full-scale production of a play that would run for a couple weeks. And, true to our mandate to treat each performance as the beginning of an unending conversation, we invited the audience to stick around following each show to engage us in discussion about the themes, style and subtext of the play — a lively affair we took to calling «The Buzzz.» Audiences loved it and on average we had 60-80% of the crowd hang around to discuss the evening’s event. We are now regrouping, assessing our experience and deciding what our next full-scale project will be. Las Vegas has a number of community theatres but suffers from the lack of a truly professional acting company; we are trying to fill that gap. And through it all, we continue to do our free monthly readings!
We know that your brother Daniel wrote a book on martial arts. We even saw your AMA session at Reddit, promoting the book. Did it help to boost the sales?
I can’t say whether or not it helped with sales; Daniel steadfastly refuses to let me audit his accounting ledgers! I will say that I’m a big fan of the books and encourage everyone to check them out at amazon. They are ridiculously well-written and tell a great story. But I wouldn’t say that they were strictly «on martial arts.» Instead, they’re the collected stories of an aging prize fighter, written in his unique voice and told with great panache. People get beat up, make no mistake. But they’re more poetic than martial, more stylized than titillating. If I were you, I would stop reading this interview RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND and head on over to Amazon and buy the whole set before they’re all sold out. THAT’S how good this book is — there’s a very real danger of all the electronic versions being COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!
You’ve said that after the Westwood times you’ve become a pro in poker. What’s the biggest pot you’ve won in one night?
The biggest single pot I ever won was $3800.00. I was playing no-limit hold-em on the strip and was dealt pocket Aces. There was a lot of action pre-flop and I chose to slow play my hand, hoping that enough cash would build that the right flop would allow me to make a quick decision and push the table around a little bit. The flop comes 3S 6C 9D and there’s a bet and 2 raises. The button had folded so I’m last to act and I push all-in and am immediately called by a woman at the far end of the table. I honestly hadn’t realized she was in the hand because I felt that the real threats were in the blinds — maybe a couple of straight draws. Everyone else folds and she turns over pocket 9 for a set and I’m figuring it’s all over for me. The turn comes a QC and then, out of nowhere, the dealer spikes a red ace on the river. I win with a set of Aces and the woman hurls her busted 9s across the table at the dealer. The only thing I feel bad about is not paying attention to her in the first place and not seeing the flopped set in her eyes.
How does it feel to live in the game, when everything depends on the hand and fate (and a little bit of mathematics & psychology, evidently)? Personally we imagine it being like in the movie Maverick with Mel Gibson. And in reality?
I haven’t played seriously in awhile. But it was never too dramatic for me. I never played with an enormous bankroll or got myself involved in a game that was bigger than my wallet. My margin was very low and and I didn’t need much of a win to push me away from the table.
Let’s talk about other games — for PC and consoles. Our main question on this: is it easier now to make acquaintance with girls since you are the main villain in the most famous RTS series? It’s a well-known fact, that ladies are somehow more attracted to bad guys.
Yes, I am near-constantly surrounded by super models; they’re pesky, like gnats. And I swat them away like gnats too, but this only seems to tantalize them more and more. I ear naught but caviar, I drink naught but champagne. I drive a solid gold motorcycle. It is a well-documented FACT that in between trips down the runway, Victoria’s Secret underwear models pass the time backstage with LAN parties of C&C tournaments, so of course I am their idealized man. Most of them, however, seem mysteriously loyal to GDI. Probably because of all the starving.
How the image of Kane was born? Since what age are you so cool, bald and bearded?
Well, I was bald at birth so it wasn’t really uncharted territory when I shaved my head at 28. The notion of the scary bald guy sprang, I assume, from the fact that in the 90’s Westwood was populated almost entirely by weaselly little computer nerds who jumped in terror at the whiff of even the slightest hint of testosterone, so pushing them around was really no challenge at all. I had been roughing up Ted Morris for lunch money almost from the first day I started working at the place and since Ted’s shrieks of compliance could be heard across the entire campus it wasn’t long before my reputation had solidified.
Imagine you had the budget for any movie star at the times of the first C&C — whom would you cast for Kane?
Pauley Shore. No question, and without hesitation: Pauley Shore.
It all started with Kane being the leader of terrorists. Then he entered Stalin HQ and helped poisoning him. Later on (in the dark times of EA) we’ve been told he’s some kind of an ancient being, who use tiberium to lure the aliens to the Earth, so they build teleport towers, so Kane could escape from our planet. So who is Mr. Kane, really? And what was the initial concept for him? How far did EA make you go from it?
When Eydie Laramore and I first envisioned the character back in the early 90’s, we purposely kept as many specifics about the origin, nature and goals of Kane as mysterious as possible. It seemed to us that a lot of the questions that the players had about Kane would either keep them invested in the storyline or else they’d just make up their own answers to satisfy themselves. I liked this approach because it seemed the most realistic — no one really knows much about the true nature of the larger-than-life people that exist in the world other than what we access through the filter of the media. A lot of the early images of Kane in the game are literally filtered through various media agents, as well as through the Seth character, and so I really like the ambiguity of the reality of Kane. Towards the end though, clearly EA felt the need to be much more specific…

The making of Red Alert
Kane said in C&C that he invented the word “tiberium”. And who is the actual author of it?
The way I remember it, I was. But i’m sure that Eydie remembers herself as the author. And I’ll bet that Brent W. Spiny believes he made it up himself.
Political propaganda can be very persuasive. We believe that both in the US and USSR everything was fine with it. When you worked on Red Alert, how strong did you believe in the possibility of event portrayed in the game? Could you even imagine the full-scale war between the SU and the US?
No, I never felt that the Cold War would lead to any full-blown military conflict. I try to be very sensitive as to when I’m being pushed in a certain direction through fear-mongering or jingoism. It’s probably naive of me but it never occurred to me that the threat of war was anything other than political opportunism to funnel money into absurd military budgets, a gimmick that continues in our country to this day.
Do you play video games? Can you name a couple of your favourites? Maybe there are good poker simulators?
I truly enjoyed the «Bioshock» games; the level of complexity in tone and story-telling was near-genius in my opinion and raised the bar for not just «games as art» but also, somehow, «games as literature.» I loved the atmosphere of «Dishonored» and spent a lot of time exploring its dystopian environment; it made me want to create a game based on «The Threepenny Opera.» These days, I spend a LOT of time playing «2048.» …
Kari Wuehrer as Tanya
Could you name your favourite game in C&C franchise? And tell why namely this one?
I am particularly proud of C&C’s first venture into true internet gameplay: «Sole Survivor.» This game was truly ahead of its time and I was sad to realize how few gamers appreciated its metaphoric symbolism and homage to Alfred Jarry’s 1896 revolutionary masterpiece «Ubu Roi.» Much as Jarry’s play is seen as a precursor to the Theatre of the Absurd, surely «Sole Survivor» is notable for it’s influence on such titles as» Grand Theft Auto: V» and «Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis.»
What about your favourite Westwood game outside C&C franchise (and tell us why it’s so)?
I have a soft-spot in my heart for «The Legend of Kyrandia.» It was the first Westwood game I was ever exposed to and honestly opened the door to my career at Westwood. I had played «King’s Quest» and «Police Quest» and really thought adventure games were just about the coolest things ever long before I’d ever even heard of Westwood Studios. «The Legend of Kyrandia» made me smile then and even now, when I think about it, it makes me smile to this day. I also happen to think «Blade Runner» is a hell of a game.
Do you think there’s any chance to resurrect those old bestselling Westwood franchises like Kyrandia via crowdfunding?
How funny — I mention Kyrandia and up it pops! I’m IN! Put me down for $50!
We know that you’ve been in Russia at Igromir Expo (2009) *. What surprised you the most this time in Russia?
I was most surprised by the remarkable ability of 5’11» Russian women to navigate ice-covered streets in 6″ heels and mini-skirts. Seriously. It was snowing so hard I couldn’t take a full breath without inhaling a pint of water and all around me these impossibly tall beauties with legs that seemed to start at their necks were charging across sheets of ice as if they were wearing football spikes. I’d never seen anything like it. And it seemed that the colder it got the fewer clothes they felt the need to wear. It was both arousing and terrifying! Russian women are FIERCE!
*Igromir Expo was Moscow game show like E3. Later it was merged with ComicCon Russia. I have a lame photo with J.Kucan from this show.
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[Translation] Which La Liga club fits each Premier League team?

Good morning lads and lassies of soccer. To celebrate that the Bundesliga finally comes back I bring you the transcripton/translation of a pretty interesting video I had watched some time ago, related (and literally titled) "Which La Liga team fits each team of the Premier League?"
Now, I know the issue about fans that have simpathy for "second" teams is polarizing and as we all know after last year, it can become something completely vomitive, but this video is indeed trying to give fans of Spanish clubs reasons to like a particular English club, and with that said, tbh I believe at the end of the day most fans, plastic or not, do feel at least some simpathy for some clubs above others excluding their own. From the small town fan who supports their local club but also the "big" team that challenges for the league in the top division, to the Ultra that hates every club of their country that isn't his but do likes a foreign club of which he befriended their respective Ultras in the past, I'm pretty sure that most football fans do feel at least a bit of simpathy for some particular club of a foreign league.
But well, that discussion shouldn't be the topic of this. The fact is that these Spaniards of the video do like particular English clubs and to guide other similar Spaniards analyzed the situation and created this "guidebook" about which Premier League club "currently" fits each La Liga club, and that is what will be shown here.
With a last emphasis in the "currently", there's nothing else to say as preview. Just remember that these aren't my opinions and I'm only sharing what they decided.

Newcastle United & Athletic Club

Crystal Palace & Getafe

Liverpool & Real Madrid

Norwich & Valladolid

Bournemouth & Eibar

Burnley & Alaves

Sheffield United & Mallorca

Brighton & Levante

Leicester & Villarreal

Southampton & Leganés

Watford & Granada

Chelsea & Atletico Madrid

Tottenham & Sevilla

Manchester United & Valencia

Everton & Real Sociedad

Manchester City & Barcelona

West Ham & Espanyol

Wolves & Real Betis

Aston Villa & Celta de Vigo

Arsenal & Osasuna

*and that's it. Hope that you liked it as I did. Do you have any opinions about how to make this even more accurate? feel free to share them.
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Mega-List: Israel's Crimes and Controversies

Updated on 11June 2020, Arranged in Chronological Order
All articles cited are from reliable and trustworthy sources (some may be NSFL):
Use this website to read any paywalled site you might encounter in this list.
Major Incidents:
ONE. Assasination of Jacob Israël de Haan (1924), a Dutch-Jewish diplomat, for attempting to make a peace deal with the Emir of Mecca - his plan was a Palestinian state in a Jordanian federation, the Zionists would drop the Balfour declaration and any claim to a state in exchange for unrestricted immigration. He was assassinated when leaving a synagogue by Avraham Tehomi (who admitted to it much later), on the orders of Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, who later became the 2nd President of Israel:
Wiki, Haaretz, 972mag
TWO. King David Hotel Bombing (1946) where right-wing Zionist terrorists attacked a British HQ located within the hotel killing 91 and injuring 46. The leader of the perpetrators, Manachem Begin became the Prime Minister of Israel in 1977:
Wiki, Haaretz
THREE. Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) where 110 villagers were slaughtered, some members of the perpetrators were at a later time, absorbed into the IDF, one even became PM of Israel:
Wiki, Haaretz, Britannica
FOUR. Document from IDF archives (1948) which after translation states:
"In the villages lying between Nahraiya and Tarshiha there are no foreign troops for the time being.The villages are armed and ready for action1. Your orders are to occupy, kill the men2, destroy and burn down the villages of Kabri, Umm al-Faraj and al-Nahr."
[1] Ilan Pappe notes that the villagers had no proper arms, only for hunting purposes and people who served in the police; without Arab troops that were absent they stood no chance [2] In April 1948, the Intelligence of the Hagana defined men as anyone above the age of 10
-Photo taken from IDF Archives 1676\51\12
-Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949, ISBN 0-521-33028-9. P. 133
-Hagana archives, 100\35, dated May 19, 1948
FIVE. Palestinian Exodus "Nakba" (1948) was an expulsion of 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their Homeland during the war and establishment of Israel in May 1948, these includes testimonies of massacres, rape and looting. During and immediately following the state’s creation, Israel expropriated approximately 4,244,776 acres of Palestinian land.
Haaretz, Haaretz, Atlantic, Vox, TheWallsOfJerusalem
SIX. Assassination of Folke Bernadotte, (1948) UN Mediator for Palestinian Refugees by Israel's Zionist Paramilitary Group, Lehi. The killing was approved by the three-man 'center' of Lehi, one of which, after the assassination, became 7th Prime Minister of Israel (Yitzhak Shamir). No one was convicted for the assassination:
Wiki, Independent, Haaretz, WRMEA
SEVEN. Lavon Affair (1954) a failed false flag operation where Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli Military Intelligence to plant bombs inside Egyptian, American, and British-owned civilian targets, their foiled plan was to blame the attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood:
Haaretz, TimesofIsrael, Wiki
EIGHT. Kafr Qasim Massacre (1956) where Israeli Border Police killed 49 Arabs (19 men, 6 women, 23 children, 1 unborn child) returning home from work during a curfew they were unaware of. Those involved in the massacre were found guilty but were pardoned and released from prison in a single year. The highest ranking official prosecuted for the massacre confessed before his death, that the massacre were planned to ethnically cleanse Israeli Arabs from the region, and that his trial was staged to protect Israeli political and military elites, including Prime Minister Ben Gurion, from taking responsibility for the massacre:
Wiki, Haaretz, 972mag, Medium
NINE. Apollo Affair (1965) an incident where 200-600 pounds of highly enriched uranium disappeared from a Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Highly suspected to have gone to Israel's Nuclear Program particularly given the visit of Rafi Eitan who was under the guise of a chemist but later revealed as an Israeli spy and who was later involved in the Jonathan Pollard incident:
Wiki, LATimes, Mondoweiss,
Archive of the findings of Roger Mattson, a Physicist who investigated the Incident for the Nuclear Regulatory Commision,
YouTube, 1968 FBI Report, FBI's Declassified Memo PDF
TEN. USS Liberty (1967) where Israel deliberately attacked an American Cargo Vessel killing 34 without any repurcussions:
YouTube, Haaretz, Wiki
EVEVEN. Operation Trojan (1986) according to ex-Mossad agent in his book, Mossad instigated the US bombing of Libya by planting a transmission device and impersonating as the Libyan Govt sending terrorist orders to its embassies around the world. (Story in Page 113-117) (Downloadable PDF File):
Other Side of Deception PDF
TWELVE. Cave of Patriarchs Massacre (1994) Israeli Settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire in Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 worshippers and wounding more than 125:
Wiki, JPost
THIRTEEN. Qana Massacre (1996) IDF fired artillery shells at a UN Compound where 800 Lebanese civillians were taking refuge. 106 civillians were killed, 116 injured, 4 Fiji UN forces were also seriously injured:
Wiki, AlAraby, Independent, DailyMotion
FOURTEEN. 2nd Qana Massacre (2006) air-strike carried out by IDF on a building Lebanon during the war. 28 civillians were killed out of which 16 were children. Upon investigation, IDF concluded that there was in fact no rocket launched from Qana on the day of the deadly strike by IDF:
Wiki, BBC, Norman Finkelstein
FIFTEEN. Israeli Mossad posed as CIA agents to recruit terrorists to carry out False Flag Operations against Iran (2007-2008)
Haaretz, ForeignPolicy
SIXTEEN. Four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated and another was seriously wounded in an attempted murder between (2010-2012). US officials confirm that Terror Group, MEK was financed, trained, and armed by Israel in killing the nuclear scientists:
NBC, Guardian, Guardian
What is Zionism?
Palestine before Zionism (Pre-1948):
Youtube (1896)
Youtube (1900s)
Youtube (1930s)
Youtube (1946 - Arrival of Illegal Zionist Immigrants)
Divide & Conquer: An interactive map explaining the Israel divide and control of Palestinian Land (2019):
Interactive Map
JIDF: Israeli Government is paying and giving away scholarships to students who fight internet battles and spread propaganda (2013):
BBC, USAToday, Huffington Post
Israel's JIDF Hasbara App (2017):
App on GooglePlay where people defend Israel on Social Platforms to gain points (2019):
Intl Law:
Apartheid Against Palestinians:
Protected Wiki
International Law (Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, UN Resolution 37/43) dictates that Palestinians have a legal right to an armed struggle to resist occupation:
Add. Protocol I, Geneva Conventions (PDF), UN Resolution 37/43 (PDF)
Israel's building of settlements in occupied territories such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law, violating Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 as well as the Statute of Rome, Art. 8 (2)(b)(viii) which states: "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.":
Wiki, UN, International Law on Occupation, Al Jazeera, Amnesty, Amnesty, B'Tselem, YouTube
Israel's destruction of homes in occupied territories such as the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law, violating Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 which states: "Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons ... is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.":
Fourth Geneva Convention (PDF)
Israeli former nuclear technician turned whistleblower was lured to Italy where Mossad drugged and abducted him back to Israel for the trial that was held secretly behind closed doors. He spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 in solitary confinement. Says he suffered "cruel and barbaric treatment" at the hands of Israeli authorities while imprisoned because he was Christian. After his release in 2004, he was subjected to a broad array of very strict restrictions on his speech and movement (1986):
Wiki, Youtube, NYT, Guardian, CNN, Wired, Telegraph
2nd Intifada, 12 yr old boy shot dead, father severely injured (2000):
CNN, Twitter
Breaking the silence - targeting civilians with grenades and machine guns during the 2nd Intifada (2000):
5 Israelis working for an Israeli Company "Urban Moving Systems" were arrested on 9/11 after being seen photographing and celebrating the attack on the WTC. Owner of the company fled to Israel after the incident. FBI still lists him as a 9/11 suspect but Israel refuses to extradiate him (2001):
9/11 War by Deception, YouTube, Forward, NYT, Haaretz
Netanyahu caught on tape: "America is something that you can easily maneuver and move in the right direction" (2001):
Netanyahu lying during his speech at the US House of Representatives on Saddam Hussiens WMDs which doesn't exist (2002):
Advocating racial purity in Israel, Chinese workers in Israel sign no-sex contract (2003)
Tom Hurndall, a British Peace Activist, was shot in the head by an IDF sniper while he was helping Palestinian children flee from cross-fire in Rafah, Gaza strip. His killer was released from prison 2 years early of his 8-year sentence (2003):
Wiki, BBC, Guardian, Evening Standard
Rachel Corrie, American Activist who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer destroying Palestinian homes in Gaza (2003):
Imgur, BBC
New Zealand imposed diplomatic sanctions on Israel over an incident where 2 Australia-based Israelis, who were allegedly working for Mossad, attempted to fraudulently obtain NZ Passports by claiming the identity of a disabled man. 2 others, Ze'ev Barkan and David Reznick, are believed to have been the 3rd and 4th men involved in the scandal but they managed to leave NZ before being apprehended. NZ PM viewed the incident as "not only utterly unacceptable but also a breach of NZ's sovereignty and international law". The following year, Israeli foreign minister apologized for the incident. (2004)
Wiki, NZHerald
Breaking the Silence, testimonies from IDF Whistleblowers (2004):
Not guilty, IDF Captain who empties his magazine on a 13yr old girl, says he would have done the same if she was 3 yrs old (2005):
Phosphorus and cluster bombs which is illegal under international law heavily used by Israel during the Lebanon war (2006)
Israel celebrates Irgun Hotel Bombing (2006):
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami: “If I were a Palestinian, I Would Have Rejected Camp David” implying that the Camp David Summit Offer by Ehud Barak in 2000 was unreasonable and designed to be rejected (2006):
Jewish National Fund (a charity) owns 13% of the land in Israel and stipulates that only Jews can buy, mortgage or lease their land. (2007):
Economist, Wiki
Operation 'Cast Lead', estimated 1391 Palestinians killed, 759 to be civillians, 344 children, 110 women 13 Israeli killed, out of which 10 are soldiers (2008-2009):
BBC, Haaretz, Haaretz, Amnesty
Israel admits using White Phosphorus during their military offensive on Gaza (2009):
Palestinian who claimed to be a Jew after a consensual sexual encounter with an Israeli woman jailed for 'Rape By Deception' (2010)
Israeli Organization, Kav La Oved: "Israel owes billions of shekels to Palestinian workers" (2010) (Downloadable PDF File):
KavLaOved PDF
Using Palestinian captives as human shields (2010):
Imgur, Guardian, Haaretz, Haaretz
Gaza Flotilla, Israeli Commandos raid 6 civillians ships carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, 9 activists were killed, 10 Israeli commandos wounded (2010):
Guardian, CNN
Hashomer, Haganah, Irgun and Lehi which operated against the British Government and Arabs in Palestine used to hide weapons in synagogues, women's rooms and kindergartens. Something Israel criticises Hamas of doing today. (2011):
IDF soldier caught kicking a Palestinian child (2012):
Hierarchy of the Human species according to Eli Ben-Dahan, Israel's former deputy minister of defense: Goyims (Non-Jews) placed below Homosexual Jews (2013):
Israeli Trade Minister: "I've killed alot of Arabs in my life, there's no problem with that" (2013)
IDF soldier posting an Instagram pic of a Palestinian clild in his rifle crosshairs (2013):
Ethiopian Jews injected with contraceptive birth control without their consent (2013):
Haaretz, Independent, Guardian
In 2013, Israel awarded 'Genie Energy', an American Oil and Gas company, rights to drill in Golan Heights (Syrian territory occupied by Israel) despite international opposition. In 2015, Israel claimed a massive discovery of oil in the area, which Israeli officials reportedly believe could supply the country’s oil needs for many years to come. (2013):
Here are the prominent figures in Genie Energy's Board of Advisors:
Jacob Rothschild (British banker of the prominent Rothschild family), Dick Cheney (Ex-Vice president of USA), Rupert Murdoch (Billionaire American Media Mogul), James Woolsey (Ex-CIA Director), Lawrence Summers (Ex-Head of US Treasury), Bill Richardson (Ex-Energy Secretary of USA), Michael Steinhardt (Wall Street Trader, Investor and Hedge Fund Manager)
BusinessInsider, TRTworld, Yahoo Finance
4 boys playing soccer in an open beach bombed by an Israeli warship, a later report in 2018 then revealed that it was two missiles fired from an Israeli armed drone that actually killed the boys (2014):
NYT, Intercept, Haaretz, Independent
Israeli police officers beats up a 15yr old American boy a week after the boy's cousin was killed, no jail time was given to the officers (2014):
BBC, TimesofIsrael
Palestinian boy beaten and burned alive by Israeli settlers (2014):
Guardian, Wiki
Israelis cheering on the Gaza bombing (2014):
Statistics of Palestinian children killed in Operation 'Protective Edge' (2014):
Avraham Shalom (Former Head of Shin Bet) compares Israel's Occupation to Nazi Germany's actions in WW2 towards the Czechs, Poles and Dutch (2014):
Killing Gaza: Documentary on war crimes committed by the Israeli Military, with direct testimonies and evidence from survivors (2014):
IDF beating up a Palestinian man who told them to stop firing tear gas (2015):
Eli Ben-Dahan, Israel's former deputy defense minister: "Homosexual Jews are superior to Gentiles (Non-Jews), a jew always has a higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual" He also says "To me, they (Palestinians) are like animals, they aren't human" (2015):
Israeli Foreign Minister says disloyal Arabs should be beheaded with an axe (2015):
Israeli Radicals celebrate by stabbing picture of Palestinian baby that was killed in a firebomb attack (2015):
Beitar Jerusalem, the most racist football fanbase in the world (2015):
IDF Soldier assaults and beats up Palestinian Shopkeeper as he was loading boxes (2015):
Former IDF Soldier Ido Gal Razon testifies to murdering people in Gaza (2015):
Israeli racist police officer assaults their own african soldier (2015):
Shir Hever, Israeli Economist: "78% of Palestinian aid money ends up going to Israel" (2015) (Downloadable PDF File):
ShirHever PDF
Brooke Goldstein (Director of the Lawfare Project who has assisted in many lawsuits towards Palestinian activist groups) declared to enthusiastic applause at a meeting of key Israel lobby operatives in New York: “Why are we using the word Palestinian? There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person” (2016)
Many Palestinians including children are detained in Israeli prisons without trial or charges (2016):
Time, Haaretz, 972mag, B'Tselem
Jewish Community Watch: "Israel becoming a safe haven for paedophiles worldwide" (2016):
IDF Soldier throws disabled man out of his wheelchair after he attempts to help a 14yr old who was shot (2016):
IDF throws stun grenade at unarmed Palestinians talking outside their home (2016)
IDF soldier laughs as Palestinian man is crushed at the gate (2016):
IDF killing a 15yr old Palestinian travelling home from a family outing (2016):
Report: Israel's repetitive destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine (2016):
Former Director of Mossad defends Israel providing aid to Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda's Affiliate) in Syria (2016)
Youtube, WSJ, Haaretz
Israeli Former Defence Minister says ISIS fighters apologizes to Israel after mistakenly launching an attack on IDF. Refused to comment on how they expressed their apology. Have since forgiven ISIS (2017)
Independent, DailySabah
Reports of Torture during custody from Palestinians held imprisoned without charges or trial (2017):
IDF Veteran: "I was the terrorist" (2017):
Israel seizes solar panels donated to Palestinians by the Dutch govt (2017):
Israelis speak candidly about Palestinians to Abby Martin, includes lots of racism (2017):
Gaza: World's Largest Open-Air Prison (2018):
Sentence to 9 Months after killing 2 unarmed Palestinian teens (2018):
972mag, WashingtonPost
Unarmed protestor holding flag shot by live bullets (2018):
Unarmed protester shot in the head during the protest (2018):
IDF assaulting medics and injured protesters (2018):
Abdullah Shamali, was shot while standing and talking with his friends 700 metres away from the fence (2018):
Muhammad Ayoub, 15yr old was shot in the head while running away from the fence (2018):
Mentally disabled man shot in the back of his head as he was walking away (2018):
Elderly man waving a flag and a medic got shot at by a live round (2018):
Shot dead for waving flag (2018):
Medic shot dead by an IDF sniper (2018):
IDF edits video of Palestinian Medic who was shot dead by them to misleadingly show that she was a human shield for Hamas and justify her death (2018):
Independent, BuzzFeed
Canadian Doctor shot by IDF sniper (2018):
Israeli Border police throws stun grenade at a Palestian couple and their infant baby as they were fleeing (2018):
IDF Snipers cheering as they shoot an unarmed Palestinian (2018):
Similar incident, cheering after shooting a Palestinian (2018):
"Nation State" Law gives Jews exclusive rights over Arabs living in Israel (2018):
List of active discriminatory laws in Israel:
Did you know that 97% of drinking water in Gaza (under Israeli control) is contaminated? (2018):
IDF Soldiers shooting tear gas into a Palestinian school (2018):
Israeli settlers beating up Palestinian farmer in front of his children (2018):
Former Chairman of Israel Labour Party says relationships between Jews and Non-Jews are "an actual plague" (2018):
4 year old child dies 4 days after being shot by the IDF while protesting (2018):
Reuters, PressTV
An alternative view, Palestinian Christians on Israel (2018):
Chief Rabbi calls black people "monkeys" in his weekly sermon (2018):
Israel's Supreme Court rejects legal challenge on the military's rule where soldiers can fire on UNARMED protesters (2018):
Mohammed Tamimi, 16, who was shot in the head by Israeli forces held in prison for 2 days without explanation (2018):
Haaretz, Haaretz
Most demonstrators shot by the IDF with live rounds are unarmed and not in immediate vicinity of the perimeter fence (2018):
IDF edited out key footage of Gaza missile strike which killed 2 Palestinian teenagers (2018):
Youtube, 972mag, B'Tselem
Multi Award-winning short documentary on the occupation of Gaza (2018):
What if your whole family was being forcefully evicted from a home you lived in since 1948 to make way for new settlers? (2019)
Palestinian Boy on the way to school shot in the head by Israeli Police (2019):
Video of war crimes screened at UN Human Rights Council (2019):
Top Rabbis in Israel defending and calling for donations to an Israeli charged with killing a Palestinian woman (2019):
Haaretz, Haaretz
Israeli Settlers attack Palestinian Mother and her son (2019):
IDF Harrasses ambulance crew and demands for their key (with sound) (2019):
"Israel is the nation state of Jews alone" Netanyahu responds to TV star saying Arabs are equal citizens (2019):
Arresting children in school, IDF threatened breaking the teacher's arm if he doesn't let go of his student (2019):
IDF Soldiers laughing as they assault a Palestinian Father and Son handcuffed while in custody (2019):
i24News, Haaretz
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Semi-Factually Best Uni Combos in College Football

Hello and welcome back to another addition of the AAC uni tracker week 18 random offseason stuff week offseason. I’ll be talking about my favorite the factually best unifrom combos. I just want to mention that when I started making this post the coaches at the schools in Mississippi were Joe Morehead and N/A, now we live in the year 1 A.L.F. (After Leach and Freshwater). Format is 5ish teams that use the combo in relative order of quality.
Music for this week in honor of Matt Luke’s coaching career

I. Stormtrooper
Penn State: simple, clean, and classic. The blue numbers and facesmaks are complemented well by the blue stripe. Also the black cleats are a nice nod to the tradition.
The entire Big XII (one word per team in no partiuclar order)
  1. Texas - Iconic
  2. Oklahoma (roughrider) - unique
  3. Kansas - simple
  4. Kansas State - solid
  5. Texas Tech - meh
  6. TCU - creative
  7. Baylor - generic
  8. OSU - loud
  9. Iowa State - clean
  10. West Virginia - okay
Tulane: the angry wave is sexy, stripes on jersey are very nice and the facemasks all look very good. The green and powder blue mix very well and the shiny decals are real nice.
Michigan State: green and white go well together. The white facemasks are real nice and the green stripes are good. The flat finish on the helmet stickers are interesting as well.
Auburn: this is a very solid, traditional uni. The helmet decals being very dark and shiny is a bit unique and really good looking.

II. Blackout
Cincy: they are very good, Lucille approves.
Hawaii: Island chain helmets are beautiful. Also the white stripe that is on one side of the helmets and pants is a cool touch.
Iowa: Tiger-Hawk is a thing of beauty. The normal steeler-ish home uni is very nice and goes well with the inverted black with gold (yellow) stripe.
Louisville: the black helmet with red teeth cardinal is solid, as are the black pants with the old english “L”. I also like the black jersey, type is nice and the wings are a great touch.
ASU: the Black helmets with the black trident outlined in yellow was a good choice plus maroon outline around the whole thing is solid. The yellow numbers stand out well and match the decals very well. Finally the subtle flag of airizona pattern is very cool. Straight up firm

III. Gold-White-White
CU: the Buffs simple white jerseys are a thing of beauty, when matched with the elite gold helmet it is always a winning combo.
Texas State: Speaking of simple and great, Texas State? Well yeah, they have an awsome white uni, the maroon texas is a great touch and everything being outlined in gold is cool. The bobcat inside of texas is a nice helmet logo and excellently uses maroon, plus the white facesmasks just look stellar. This is pretty much 1b to CU’s 1a.
Tulsa: the blue facemaks, decals, and numbers make this look really pop, plus script “Tulsa” is nice and the thin gold outline really adds a nice extra bit.
Akron: the big white “Z” outlined in blue is nice and navy is always a good color for jersey numbers especially with gold outline, the blue masks really ties together an elite look for a far from elite team.
Army: I’m half putting these on the list because Navy needs to bring back white pants, but I’m also half putting them on because they are so good. The thick black stripe is a good look and the stencil numbers outlined in once again, gold, are nice without being too over the top. Simple and solid.

IV. Gold-Blue-Gold
Notre Dame: I would not live another week if didn’t include these...
UCLA: ...and these because although they may be different (stripes vs. no stripes, baby vs. navy, decals vs no decals, gold masks vs. grey) they are both Iconic and the standard for for good home unis. The recent changes to each (gold masks for UCLA and brighter gold for ND) may not be universallly beloved but in my opinion both were solid changes.
Cal (throwback): yes technically this is gold. Yes I don’t care if you disagree. Yes the lighter colors are so, so much fun. Yes the stripes work well. Yes to these.
Navy: Stripes are a good touch, Navy masks tie together the look, and Perry fast.
Akron: bet you didn’t think you would be seeing the zips again but alas their unis are great. Much like CU they could use a template update but they remain solid. Helmet with script are always good and the jerseys are simple and solid (but man please get rid of tire track template).

V. Red-White-White
Cincy: Satin helmets are sexy, Lucille approves.
Oklahoma: Classic look and I have always loved the finish on their helmets. The dense white logo is nice and the simplicity with the numbers and stripes is a thing of beauty.
Bama: slightly worse Oklahoma (don’t kill me) with the Iconic helmet of the tide. Grey mask is nice and stripe and numbers are cool.
Minnesota: Satin Maroon with white decals are sexy, Gophy approves.
Louisville/ISU: Chrome red helmets with all white, clean unis are always gonna be good. Too close to call in this case.

VI. Black-Grey-BlacK
CU: my personal favorite look for CU. The black on the helmets goes great with the black numbers. Also the ralphie logo is very basic and little more than an outline here and it works as the gold outline on the number matches the gold outline here.
UCF: these are basically CU’s look but slightly worse due to inferior logo. The chrome gold stripe is a nice touch though and I love that they actually updated their set (glares at nike with Buffalo like intent).
North Texas: Black Collar Works well here with the black number outline and the helmets. Green decals and green number are really sweet.
OkSU (military): the Black helmets with orange decals and black pants with grey stripe and a bit of orange were cool. The one problem is the lack of orange on the jersey. Black numbers are good but an orange outline would help this look.
Northwestern: the Black helmets with chrome decals are sweat. The one big problem is the grey jersey has white numbers which would just be better if they were black. Also purple stripe is very nice.

VII. White-Red-White
Wisconsin: classics.
Nebraska: classics part 2: the corn strikes back
Houston: white helmet with the abundance of white on the jersey is nice. Interlocking “UH” is good and the stripes are clean.
Rutger (throwbacks): the option for long sleeves is kinda cool plus the throwback “R” is amazing. Jersey is simple but good. Nice look.
Miami (Oh): the big red stripe was cool on helmet and pants, white one on the jersey is cool. Script miami is sexy. Good look for Tuesday night #MACtion.

IIX. White-Purple-White
LSU: the White helmets are almost as good as the gold and the stripe featuring alot of white is cool. Classic decals are good. The throwback block “L” on the pants is nice. The Purple Jersey with minimal gold and tons of white goes so well with white pieces. Geaux tigas.
Northwestern: I love Northwestern’s purple jerseys, the black stripe is nice and the white numbers pop. Also also the helmets, especially cardiac cat, are super cool.
TCU: unique look inspired by past frogs look. The white helmet may very well be their best and the white pieces go great with the buisy but nice purple jersey.
Kansas State: very solid alt. Simple and pretty traditional and the logo is good as ever. Stripes are always nice plus great grey masks.
James Madison: ayy we ran out of purple teams so how bout JMU. The FCS runner up’s white/purple/white features a very cool purple and gold striupe. The subtle lion on the shoulder is cool. Gold numbers outlined in white is a solid touch.

IX. Blue-White-White
Michigan: classic helmet, stupendous (Whatever, I ran out of words) stripe, solid look
Ole Miss (powder blue): ditto plus baby blue with chrome red is always cool.
Cal: very differnet from Michigan /s. Script “Cal” is also sexy though.
Air Force: satin finish is soooo nice. Plus grey just works outlined in white with blue. Light blue numbers are also very fun.
KU: I see you Mad Hatter. Blue with grey masks and chrome red stripe is awesome. The blue numbers are very nice aswell. simple “KU” was also a good choice.

X. Generic team combo
Oklahoma: helmets are still cool, plus red jersey is every bit as good as white.
Maryland (Throwback): Script “Terps” sexy, 4 stripes sexy, white heavy helmet stripes are usually good with white masks and that remaines here.
Indiana: the satin helmets are nice (starting to see a trend) and the big block “I” is real nice. Stripes add a bit. Rest of the uni is simple and clean, subtle stripes included.
Louisiana: “Rajun’ Cajuns” is the coolest name ever and looks good on the helmets. Stripes are sick and the grey facemasks look way too good here.
Houston: hey these are wayyy different from Oklahoma. Seriously solid though.

Honorable mention to Akron, CU, ULM (throwbacks) and potentially UCF’s elite white/white/gold combo. So simple but works so well.
CU, OU, and Akron were my most often mentioned teams, take from that what you will. That’s it. Always remember making the original title of a post something sexy for a football sub is a bad idea.
Edit: all these are from teams current sets. Yes I know that some teams have other good versions. I only did 5.
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A Loooong Ass Perspective Into the Club Board and Ali Koç

This post will carry a lot of pejorative shit towards a lot of people on this sub after having the experience to read ignorant ass opinions on the aforementioned thread so if this comment will get me banned from the sub, so be it. I don't give a shit because I think some people are in dire need to be called the fuck out for their bullshit even if that makes me an asshole.
Before starting, it is absolutely crucial to stress one thing. I don't watch our football matches. I watch the highlights from time to time to keep up. I'm only able to watch the first few matches every season before the basketball and volleyball seasons start. Out of 5 teams of the club in 3 team sports, if they all had a match at the same time my preferance to watch in order, ceteris paribus, would be: men's basketball, women's volleyball, men's volleyball, women's basketball, football.
And I'm the kind of supporter that leaving aside the effect of my personal experiences, doesn't differentiate between titles won across all sports. Like, really the rowing team winning the Turkish Championship isn't less to me than football team winning Süper Lig. Or yes, CEV Champions League title is not lesser than EuroLeague title to me even though I reacted to the EuroLeague title way more viscerally.
I never watched any football match from start to finish in my life excluding when I was in the stadium but I only went to stadiums as a Fenerbahçe ultra and it's questionable that I watched the matches there, was focused on with our performance in the stands always more. And I've never attended Şükrü Saraçoğlu ever since passolig and will never again as long as passolig continues.
The point is, I'm not qualified to talk about the football team really. Point to fingers, argue, whatever. I don't do that. This write-up isn't about that.
Throwback to Announcement of 621m€ Debt
Shortly after Aziz Yıldırım's two decade reign was over and the club got its 2nd president in the 21th century in 2018, Ali Koç went on FB TV to give a summary on the state of the club.
The debt was 3,2 billion Liras. 1,77 billion of that was financial debts, to banks and factoring companies as he announced that day. Because so much of the debt was to private financial institutions; the revenues from the club's season ticket sales, matchday revenue, VIP Box revenue, stadium sponsorships, Fenerium sales were granted to these corporations and did not go through the club's bank account. Those different revenue streams had different end dates on this, but mostly were up in 2021 or 2023. So until 2021, the club is not getting that revenue. And some of them until 2023. And they still had 3,2 billion TRY to pay without getting that revenue.
This wasn't the worst thing to come out from that briefing. Ali Koç openly threated some factoring companies that day on the basis that certain corporations were eager to take over the ownership of the club because the club was not paying the debts.
Now have a reality check here. I would prefer Fenerbahçe to compete only in amateur levels across any sport it competes in for my entire lifetime before I would be okay with some financial corporations taking over the club due to debts as if the club is fucking Türk Telekom. If you think 3 Temmuz or team bus getting attacked is even %1 as bad as that, I don't know what to tell you.
I'm willing to bet a lot of people loved Aziz Yıldırım after 2006 for differing time period. Since 2006, I always hated him. I'm willing to bet you guys won't even understand that, don't know what happened Bursaspor and AZ matches in Kadıköy, how evil of a human being Aziz was, how he used his friendship with Mehmet Ağ*r to oppress, arrest, beat up thousands of Fenerbahçe supporters. 3 Temmuz aside, I could not tell the utter joy I felt when Aziz went to prison. It was like a glimpse of hope in the midst of utter tragedy. By 2018 election time, I would have want to choke him to death by my own bare hands if you know, if it wasn't a criminal act. And I had that feeling much before that, by 2018 he was simply pathetic, the power hungry evil shit he did in and around the club was much higher during mid to late 2000s.
I said all this to emphasise how much I hated our former club president. And you see, it was never about "football team bad" criticism for me Aziz. I would never hate a human being for that lol. It was all personal and he operated as a Fenerbahçe president in non-sporting affairs. But... I never hated him more for anything, for all the evil shit he did that you won't ever know in his tenure, than when Ali Koç announced the state of club finances that day. They left the club to be bankrupt to be hunted down by financial corporations hoarding away money from Fenerbahçe loving rich people like Murat Ülker, Ferit Şahenk and spending it away to factoring companies.
I still think perhaps only about %10 of the club's supporters understood how fucked up the club was announced to be by Ali Koç that day. People just focused on the pure debt number out of all things announced and that 3,2 billion debt was like the 6th worse news coming out of that evening.
Anyway, this sub had a thread then:
Top, most upvoted comments then:
I hope people will stop complaining about the lack of star transfers/loans now. We are virtually bankrupt. Now is the time to rebuild, slowly. I also hope turkish media will stop pumping rumors about transfers. Thank god we did not buy/loan wilshere or any of the names circulating in the media
FFS Aziz, this is uncanny. His every move in the club should be scrutinized and he should be sued if any shady transactions are spotted.
Bad news: we're kinda fucked... Kinda a lot...
Good news: we can't be more fcked by Aziz and his followers.
Is there an option to sell something or demand money from the responsible men?
Fenerbahce A.Ş currently owns 67.07% of the fenerbahce Stocks, 38.38% of that has been given to various banks in exchange for loans that means if Fenerbahce can not repay its loans it will no longer have a majority its own stocks.
Ya arkadas millet nerdeyse 200-300 milyona oyuncu alacak biz binleri hesapliyoruz makas ne ara bu kadar acildi ya.. Ayrica bu kadar borca soktuktan sonra da aday olmak diger adaya tehditler savurmak falan.. O adamin acilen her isinin takip edilip dava ustune dava acilmasi lazim. Ben bu isin sadece “taraftar yildiz istedi aldik sansimiz boyleymis oynamadi adam tutmadi burda” olduguna inanmiyorum. Birileri hesap vermeli artik. Borcunu surekli az gosterip bankada 100 milyonum var demek nedir ya
Aziz and co. have gang banged the club it seems. What a horrible betrayal...
And these were the statements given out all across the supporters then. "Ah, don't worry, let's not expect anything, give donations to the club, just focus on saving the club from the banks".
So I ask you this, what changed? Do you think we are in 2020 and now all that shit is fixed? Because you sent a couple SMSs in FenerOl and think the club has money to spend now? Do you think the revenues from basic revenue streams go the club now instead of the banks and the factoring companies simply because time passed and you forgot about all this now?
The entire money summed up in FenerOl doesn't even account for club's expenses for a month. For one month.
Ali Koç gave twice the amount of the entire money summed up in FenerOl as soon as his presidency started out of his own pocket.
And I'm not talking about the sponsorships. Like half the sponsors of Fenerbahçe teams are Koç companies and each of them are overpaying the amount based on the value those sponsorships have. FB TV and magazine ads are mostly from Koç companies too. Nobody knows the real number but Ali Koç, but I'm willing to bet more than half of the entire club revenue comes from Ali Koç one way or the other and I'm adding those revenue streams that just immediately go to financial debt collectors too. Whatever the amount is, Ali Koç is channeling the club more money than any UCL team who doesn't make the semifinals gets from UEFA despite u/griwulf claiming the opposite.
Also without analysing the decisions with regards to player personnel, they've done a great job of reducing the personnel salaries each year since they've begun the presidency. The comparisons for 17-18, 18-19, 19-20 seasons were presented in that Güntekin Onay interview at beinsports a few months ago. And they reduced down the budget of the women's basketball significantly while retaining a domestically competitive team. They kept the budget of men's basketball team the same whilst increasing the quality of the squad. They also constructed competitive squads for both of the volleyball teams for CEV Champions League even, not just domestically.
As you know, football division is the least successful among the 5, I'm not talking about this season, in general. I always thought Ali Koç would be the one chance this club has for our football division to rise within his tenure with the structural changes he would bring and be competitive in Europe a la the other teams. But I was so pissed at Aziz when 3,2 billion was announced because I knew it would take the incumbent president more than a presidential tenure to fix all that shit if he or she ever could before take on the stuff that they'd want to accomplish. I was pissed because wasting away Koç's presidential years like that was wasting away the one chance we had for the football division to rise above the petty little shit that is Turkish football and just do better like other divisions of ours. This club has had Olympic athletes at every individual sport it competes in and European success at every team sport it competes in, except football.
But again, this is our financial reality. And you people don't realise the job they are trying to do, trying to keep the club competitive while dealing with immense debt with extremely limited financial resources available since most of the revenue streams go to debt collectors. Ali Koç's 50m USD out of pocket and FenerOl barely keeps the club afloat, still drown by debt, but at least doesn't bring new debt. Are we going to inject synthetic money like that every season? The future is not that bright in that regard financially too. One more significant USD and € downturn in Turkish economy could bankrupt the club still. Just so you know, the financial situation of the club is more fragile than an iced lake facing a 25 degrees weather.
Just because months pass, and you don't pay attention to club's affairs beyond "who we gonna sign", doesn't mean things are better. They are just about the same.
And by the way, it's not just wealth Ali Koç has. The man is a chairman of a Turkish bank himself. Do you think contractors like Nihat Özdemir or Aziz openly threatining debt collectors hold more water than Ali Koç threatening them? The club board was able to hold back a sure fire UEFA suspension with a promise of re-structuring the immediate bank debts with Bankalar Birliği in October.
That deal is still not finished. If it were not going to get done in October, we would see the UEFA suspension. But UEFA didn't do that either. The club board is able to, in January, still operate without the re-structure of the debts because they are negotiating for better terms while simultaneously holding back the UEFA suspension despite the fact that we did not deliver on the promise for a re-structure deal in October 2019. Do you think if Ali Koç was not the president of this club, that would happen? That Bankalar Birliği would give a shit about Aziz? Or the Aziz administration at its late stages when Aziz had purged everyone away in Stalinist fashion was competenet enough to not get a UEFA suspension when we clearly broke the terms?
All the people who say dumb shit like "at least Aziz was like this" "At least Aziz loved Fener" "At least with Aziz, we won some championships" now. Like, I'm not even going to get into how much that shit infuriates me, these motherfuckers are clueless about the club to have the audacity to say Aziz loved Fenerbahçe more than Ali Koç does. But I'm not going to go into horseshit like that, just asking these people, would you think an Aziz Yıldırım administration would be able to solve all these gigantic problems the club faces today the way Ali Koç administration solved it or maybe better?
u/Horkosthegreat care to counter-point any of this? Because you said and I quote:
We are practicly in worse financial situation then before. Majority of the positive income we have are transfers of 4 players that were bought in Aziz Yildirim admin. We have much less income from sporting also.
Only thing positive in extra sponsors but that is barely an administrative achievement as most of them are owned by Koc himself, not like he had to sit on a heated arguement to get those.
Oh, and let me correct some statements you pulled from your arsehole in there.
a) The club has much less sporting income because of the grants Aziz administration gave out to financial corporations which exchange they now own a sizable portion of the club and not just its revenue streams btw. Just not the majority thanks to Ali Koç.
b) You don't understand corporations' structure if you think he did not have to have heated arguments for those sponsorships. All of those Koç brands are either parent companies or tied to a big parent company. Those parent companies each have boards of their own, Ali Koç is not even on the board of some of those companies. And because debt of Turkish private sector is at an all time high, these companies don't make profits like they used to in early 2010s. They have a lot of debts themselves, do you think it's easy for Ali Koç to convince these companies to pay 35 million annually like AVIS or Beko do? This is why his family didn't want him to become Fenerbahçe president. Not because of bad press, maybe partially that, but mostly because voila he goes asking around family companies many millions annually to save the ass of the club he supports.
You also said:
But at last years, we weren't going worse. We hit the bottom but at last years we going in positive direction. Since Koc came are worse than those last years.
How in the hell this club did not hit rock bottom when Aziz lost the presidency, left the club with a 3,2B debt whilst debt collectors were crawling to increase the owner percentage Aziz gave them as %38 to a controlling percentage of at least %67?
The Vision of the Board
So this vision might be something that we might disagree. I'm not sure I agree with the board on this vision, but I admire it.
And that vision is that, they are not effectively downsizing when they are doing all this. And it comes from the idea that however fucked up the situation could be, they cannot downsize in ways that diminish an ounce of prestige of the club. This is clearly stated in the speeches of the board members during Divan and other regular meetings.
Again, you might disagree with that. I don't know if I agree with that. It can be called stupid even, but I admire it.
Other two huge Turkish sports clubs, Beşiktaş and Galatasaray, also have a lot of debt, there are different reasons for this trend across Turkish sports clubs, I won't go into that. It's off-topic. As big as their debts are, not even close to our situation.
But both of them downsized every sports division they had except the football one. They want to downsize the football division too, they explicitly say so (although idk new Beşiktaş president, the previous one was saying all the time though). But they cannot do it because Turkish football fandom consists of millions of insecure people who latch onto football teams of BJK, GS and FB looking to hunt for their glorify because they have low self esteem and not much else. They also shut down their TV channels, magazines and let go of personnel.
Fenerbahçe only did a significant downsize on the budget of the female basketball team which isn't even close to downsize these two clubs did at their other teams. And the only thing Fenerbahçe let go was the magazine, which was only very recently. The board refuses to give up FB TV. And they are keeping the costs of things that they find prestigious even as fucked up of a financial situation the club has, much moreso than Beşiktaş and Galatasaray.
So again, feel free to call this stupid, but this only adds to the humongous job the board has. They are trying to keep what they see as the values of the club even though they cost money and don't turn in profit at all. How many millions this adds to the costs of the club annually? Who knows? A lot though.
Correlation does not imply causation
A club president and a club board should not be judged by the sporting performances. It's not their job. This is as much of a basic fact that 2 plus 2 equals 4 or that Ankara is the capital city of Turkey to me. But somehow needs to be uttered on this sub.
This doesn't even apply to them only. As I said, I'm not qualified to talk about football shit, so I am trying to stay away from that but following the logical footprint of your arguments, many of you do this with regards to club executives like Comolli too. I'm not defending Comolli, once again I don't even follow things to know whether he did a horrendous job or an amazing job or wherever in between. But his name doesn't matter, the club executive who makes the football personnel decisions are not successful just because the team plays so well and are not unsuccessful just because the team plays badly. You can't go "oh what a great transfer" in the summer and then shit on the executive who signed him when he performs under expectations months later.
Same shit, it's not the job of the club board to perform on the pitch, on the court, on the ring, swimming pool, wherever the fuck club competes at. It's not their job to make personnel decisions. I see a bunch of "Ali Koç signed this player" and criticising him because the player was bad or whatever. That's just beyond idiotic, it's not a club president's job to determine who to sign. If Ali Koç is signing players he wants, you should not criticise him on the condition that the player performing badly. You should be outraged with him and demand him to resign because he wants to make player personnel decisions over the qualified people in the first place.
And finally, correlation does not imply causation. The success of a club board's does not hinge on whether the football team wins the Turkish League title that season or not. That's not how you evaluate their jobs. So "We won a couple titles in Turkish League in two decades with Aziz, none so far with Ali Koç, hence Aziz was better" sentiment has to be coming from someone who is either more stupid than a plastic chair or doesn't know any shit about this but likes to give opinions anyway in a neurotic dunning-kruger syndrome.
The most moronic and infuriatingly ignorant statements with regards to Yıldırım and Koç came from u/Some_Username12 in that thread but it's a laughable comparison that some others attempt to do in less stupid ways. So this goes for all of that.
There are lot more to say to expose the logical fallacies when people "criticise" the club board and Ali Koç, and the inaccurate statements, and the claims produced from their asses but I want to watch Fenerbahçe play Barcelona and I don't want to ramble any further because I admittedly started this post solely to call out the people who say stupid ass shit so I invite anyone over to challenge that in the comments for me to be able to respond within precise arguments. But still wrote this long ass shit that nobody will ever read to perhaps remind some things that people forget because they desperately need the 3 points from the football team for self-glorification and lose all perspective in sight of that.
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AITA for getting revenge on my old Bullies?

I really cant believe that I'm writing another revenge story while my first one isn't even done yet until friday afternoon. This one just has happend in the grocery store. I still hope I'm NTA since the original story happend like 2 years ago and their parents are blaming me like hell now. Pls ignore my bad english this was super exhausting and I'm too tired to think straight.
As normal I go shopping for my family since Corona would affect them badly. This time I went late ( around 8 pm, its 10pm now ) because I was hoping for an empty store. As I walked in a group of 4 people ( 2 guys, 2 girls) aka my old Bullies came in the store without a shopping cart or a mask ( you have to wear them and walk around with a cart). I wanted to do nothing and let karma hit them but then I remembered all they've done to me before I changed schools. ( I am some years older then them btw, but still the whole schools target since forever ) I am not a violent person or someone who loves to fight. These 4 are the typical entitled teenagers you all know and love. I always let it go since I'm used to be the target but no one really tried anything after they know I ripped off someones left ear years ago ( he was in 10th grade, constantly bullying me and I was just in 5th grade and had some anger problems because of the whole bullying ) and so they feared me but that still didnt stopped from calling me names and stuff. One day I decided to wear my fav top to school since it's the most comfy thing I have and my fiance got it for me. But it has some lashes that closes all from chest height to the neck ( I hope you can imagine it since I cant describe it better) and while getting lunch the girls though it would be funny if the guys would grab me and the girls would expose my body...the girls not even opend the lashes they even ripped the shirt so my stomach was seen. I hate my chubby stomach. I'm proud of my curves and my big chest but I am always insecure about my body since everyone I was with over the years shamed me for being too fat. ( I ate all my sadness and anger and was about 100kg with an age of 13...I lost weight after changing schools and lost more after getting a bf who supported me with everything and I just 40kg so I'm now at a normal weight) I was standing there in shock and started to cry and they screamed loudly in the whole cafeteria that its funny that the fat freak is even crying now. The staff put me aside and handed me a tshirt in the back I could wear. My teachers were informed and they did nothing else than suspending the boys since they already had something written up. They're parents were called and they blamed me for wearing something showy and i just wanted this attention on my body. Since everyone with fake breast ( they really said that ) would want attention of their new plastic surgery. My teachers were shocked and calmly explained to them that saying that has nothing to do with the situation and they should not say anything that isn't true. In the end the I wasn't in school for 2 weeks. I felt so ashamed and humiliated. I cried the whole weeks and I was shaking going to school again. My bf came around on a weekend since we like 250km far away and was there for me my family wasnt in these 2 weeks. He made me smile and happy and he gave me some bravery. Monday morning I went super early so no one else was there when I arrived. Only some teachers of them who asked how I'm feeling and if theres anything they can help me with. They said within 2 days the whole school knew what happend and of course who it was. Until those 2 month before the end of the year I skipped to get into a mental hospital because of my Bpd I was the fun of everyone and everyone knew know I wasn't that dangerous as they thought...I was allowed to stay in class for breaks and went home earlier so no one would see me since the bullying really started...Because of that I always wanted revenge but I knew I am too weak. I always was so I just have to bear with it.
So.. now you know why I wanted revenge. Since it's against the law now to ge in groups bigger than 2 people, with less than a distance if 1,5 meter and they weren't without mask or shopping cart in the store I knew I could teach them a lesson for beeing stupid to do all you shouldn't when you're in a pandemic. First I went to the stuff and informed them about the missing masks and shopping carts. Then when I came to the checkout I stared at them the whole time and noticed they were buying Vodka. YES! I know for a fact that all of them are not 18 years old. One of them was 16 if I remembered right so I told the cashier to ask for ID. Of course the one guy was able to get beer which of course he shared with the others. When I arrived at the store earlier I noticed some police cars heading fast in the next street which was right next to the store and when I was at my brothers bycicle ( mine got destroyed by my crazy aunt ( the other revenge story) ) I called the police to let them know that theres a group of 4 underaged teenagers, breaking the not more than 2 people and distance rules and one of them was buying beer for those who weren't allowed to drink at their age. They said there are some officers near by and they would look at it. I opend my coffee after packing the stuff together and waited. I played the act on sitting with a coffee on my bike to enjoy the nice cold evening and a clear sky but I only waited for them to come out and the show to start. Not even 5 min later they came out of the store all cuddly again and short after a police officer approached them. Let the show begin I smiled and enjoyed my coffee while hearing to their stupid excuses that they're shopping for their parents or for neighbours and they just met in the shop and weren't together the whole time. Staff was called, Cashier admitted they came in together without mask or shopping cart. They looked like they fucked up. Parents got called, everyone of them had to pay
  1. 250 euro for meeting in a group of more than 2 people. 2 . 150 euro for not keeping the distance
    1. The one guy got sued by the other parents for letting their kids drink alcohol
    2. He is facing some other problems because he smelled like weed, had some with him and bought underaged kids alcohol.
When the one fucking entitled mother looked at me enjoying the show with my coffee she yelled " OH YOUUUUU " I wanted to laugh so bad since she sounds like those cheap demon sounds from horror movies XD she ran to me, slapped my coffee out of my hand and started to scream. " I bet this is all her fault! She must've called the cops for the thing 2 years ago. Are you still not over this? The shirt they ripped off was ugly anyway and look you've lost weight at least that's a good thing after they showed your body to the whole school " I was grinning like hell when the police approached her with a shocked " what was that? Did you just admitted that these kids ripped off her clothes and humiliated her in front of the whole school ? " I knew that she was fucked up the moment she saw me. She answered it with a " it was just a prank on an senior. Kids to that all the time " the police officer asked me about it since they have never heard of a case like that that in the past 20 years. I, of course said no. Because the parents only shamed me and it would be a scandal to the school itself if people knew they're students are like that so they kinda forced me to not to do it. I'm rather shy and quiet and because of my Bps I was almost about to loose control because of my anger and I just hold back and just started to cry. I was thanks to them even more insecure and was home for 2 weeks crying and in therapy because of the shock. I dont want to have anything to do with them anymore. Yes I called you but only because they broke the law and it's dangerous for everyone if Corona is spreading even more. For 2 weeks there was no one else who got infected or died but since school starts again there more infected people and I know that this school ( pointing to the one on the hill ) is not having enough sanitizer and asked students to bring their own. Even for the final exams. The school itself is danger now and they are going to this particular school. I just wanted to enjoy the nice empty space and the sky before going home with my groceries since I'm not often going out to keep me and my family safe. And since my coffee, which I wanted to enjoy is all on the ground now I don't see a reason to stay. The mum was speechless. The police officer told me to go home, enjoy my evening and stay healthy. The family has to pay what their children did and the one guy got arrested because of the drugs. I'm still shaking again because this woman humiliated me again for my body which I still don't feel comfortable with. Only when I'm with my fiance I can wear a bikini when we go swimming because he loves me no matter what. If I'm fat or just chubby he loves me and he helps me accepting myself and getting over my insecurities with a lot of support. I'm enjoying now my revenge donuts but I still ask myself if what I did was a bit too harsh and mean. I know they threated me awful back then but I'm still not someone who wants to harm people. And since I got home my mum informed me that the families called several times to let my parents know what I did wrong and how I humiliated her kids in front of the store they go shopping and the police and now that they are put in the system as criminals I ruined their lives and future because one of them might end up in jail and no one wants criminals as their workers.
AITA for getting revenge after almost 2 years?
Btw...I'm living in the most entitled City someone can imagine. I don't make a secret where I live because theres always a good story about Karen's and entitled Parents and their entitled children to write. Oh and don't forget the Kevin one. I was in a school with ONLY Kevin's XD Things like this happens all the time except for one story. In my last year of middle school everyone if the senior classes could manage an own after school activities for other students. One of them was a 2m tall sport guy who plays soccer and football from my class I call S. He looks like a tall stick but he is dangerous and strong. In our neighbour class we had this one entitled, racist and homophobe guy who was in his after school activities. He once said something super entitled racist shit about one one of his class who was also in this activity and then it happend. S lost his cool, ran towards that asshole and punched him in the face that he was kinda flying 4 meters away from S. The asshole ended up with a broken nose, 2 lost teeth and a pretty swollen blue,purple and green eye he had for 2/3 month. When his parents were called S and his parents expected the worste since they were pretty high ranked people in Volkswagen ( I live in the city where it was founded and people like them get a biiiiiiiiiig paycheck ) and nothing. No charges pressed against S. Instead Assholes parents thanked him. They said they know that their son is a huge asshole and he deserved even more than this punch. They don't know why he got like that since they always treated him with love. He started to act like that in kindergarten when he made a lot of friends. We never wanted to punch or hurt him in any way since he should know that this isn't a method to raise a kid when he will once have children on his own. ( I do knew him since kindergarten btw and he started bullying at that time...guess who was the target...) Well this is why I have a new entitled people story every time I go out...just to let u know if there are some more updates in one week. I still have some that happend last weekend only from seeing outside of my window on the parking lot XD karma always hit the sucky neighbours :3
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