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  One should consider what they are asking for prior to posting it publicly...
Posted by: Chinchillin777 - 2 hours ago - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (1)

I feel very conflicted reading many of the threads here, in particular, the public subsection of “who’s got it” (I do not yet have access to private areas of the site so I can’t speak to the nature of the discourse in that area), however, there appears to be a pretty distinct dichotomy at play in this public area of the forum:

It’s either a totally innocent request regarding a non-controlled medication of almost any kind (antibiotics, blood pressure meds, anti-fungals etc.) asking for sources/feedback in that regard. These individuals are usually met with a number of helpful replies (that I can see publicly, at least) and generally kind words, for having used this section of the public forum as intended. OR, contrastingly, it’s a member with either very few posts, or one that has already been banned by the time I actually read the thread (usually banned specially because of what they were repeatedly asking for, irrespective of their rank or the forum’s rules about asking for sources/PMs regarding  “rare breeds”. In these instances, I almost don’t have to scroll down to even see Charon, Icewizard, Admin of Steel, etc. laying into them for violating not just one or two rules - more like half of the entire guidelines.

Now I don’t wanna be a hypocrite, because I know I’ve already made some (hopefully) minor mistakes. I posted one or two too many replies in a 24 hour period by mistake & I'm still embarrassed. Also I think may have used a curse word or two by force of habit, etc., but I always try to think at least some about a topic before I speak, as well as am starting to learn mimic the type of language and way that people go about speaking+referencing subjects, without drawing unnecessary attention or creating posts that make the forum look bad, or making any of the more senior members uncomfortable. No one is perfect, especially not the chronically ill members that makeup the core of this community - we are all human beings, but I think ones intent & motivation has a tremendous influence on how they come across to others, and whether or not they belong as a member in this small community.

Do I have questions that I would like to put forward to the community? Subjects and details
I would like to share for the potential benefit of others? Information/resources that I am interested in exploring? Of course! Why else would I be here? That being said, I recognize that at this point my account has so few posts and so little reputation that asking any of the above questions publicly (or even sending PMs to senior members, assuming I was even able to do that) that I am not entitled or verified enough by the community to be asking or putting fourth any of the above. 

So when I see others do this (click on virtually any thread under the public section of “who’s got it” that is specifically regarding a “rare breed” of some sort) I just cringe a little bit to myself, because I know what the overwhelming response of “NO” is going to be. Those of you who are admins or even longtime members sure do have to repeat themselves quite often... Sad 

Not only does it accomplish nothing to try to “push ahead” as fast as possible to either unlock more private posts, or berate/guilt those who already have access to sending PMs, etc., it makes the community as a whole feel less safe, more guarded, and more apt to put in place even higher requirements to access the private section(s) of the site where some more serious discourse is no doubt taking place among trusted members (again, I don’t know what exactly, but I’m sure I’ll find out when I get there).

In a perfect world I would tell anyone who needed to know the information/resources that I have access to, and vice verse, but that is just not how things work, especially not in 2019. As much as these safeguards are a direct hinderance to myself, and many others in need, I am sure, one has to assess the situation logically and realize that in to retain the quality and trust among the top tier members/vendors, and keep this forum such a valuable resource to those who need it, some degree of inconvenience/patience must be had for those who are new to the fold, I can’t think of any other way to go about it, and I can’t understand why others still start threads asking directly for things that are enormous red flags to us and to LE alike. 

To those of you who are new like myself, understand that nothing worthwhile comes easily or overnight. Just based  on the feedback and comments I have witnessed from the moderators of this forum thus far, those who embrace the system rather than trying to circumvent it seem to ultimately receive all of the help, guidance, and information that they are in need of. Anyone more experienced than myself, feel free to edit/correct me or give your own opinion on said situation. Anyway, I know I ramble a lot but I just felt like after reading a number of threads in this section, that some people need to re-examine their attitude if they want the privilege of yall’s collective knowledge and wisdom from this community. Smile

Best wishes to all of you, have a great afternoon,

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  That time of year!
Posted by: Levi517 - 2 hours ago - Forum: IOP General Discussion - No Replies

For 2017 and 2018, the 100-country-plus Oper***on Pan**a took place in late September/October. The added vigilance cost me a couple of subscriptions and my only official LLs (though I've had other orders that didn't arrive). It also shut down a number of legitimate and not so legitimate vendors. Anyone else concerned or should we carry on with business as usual?

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  Cokie Roberts, renowned journalist with ABC News, dies at 75
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-17-2019, 06:45 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Sept. 17, 2019, 10:58 AM EDT / Updated Sept. 17, 2019, 12:57 PM EDT
By Janelle Griffith and David K. Li

Renowned ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts, among the first female broadcast reporters to cover the highest levels of U.S. government, died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, her family and the network said. She was 75.

"We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness," her family said in a statement.

ABC News President James Goldston called Roberts, an award-winning political commentator and author, "a true pioneer for women in journalism."

"Cokie's kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists," Goldston said.

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Cokie Roberts in 1998.Susan Watts / NY Daily News via Getty Images file

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama hailed Roberts for rising to leadership roles in journalism at a time when the field was "dominated by men," and "informing voters about the issues of our time."

"Michelle and I are sad to hear about the passing of Cokie Roberts," the 44th president said in a statement. "She was a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men; a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way.

The former first couple added: "She will be missed — and we send our condolences to her family."

Former President George W. Bush said he and wife Laura Bush had admired Roberts' fairness and sense of humor.

"We respected her drive and appreciated her humor," the 43rd president said. "She became a friend."

In addition to her ABC News career, she was among the first female reporters at National Public Radio, working alongside other renowned journalists like Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg — often called "the Founding Mothers of NPR," the outlet said.

"Roberts helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism," NPR tweeted.

Roberts' storied career also included stops at CBS News and NBC Los Angeles, according to ABC News.

Goldston at ABC News said Roberts won all of the major awards in journalism and was relentless in pursuing unnoticed episodes in American history.

"A terrifically talented writer and historian, Cokie published six books, many of them best-sellers and most about women in American history, whose stories often had been overlooked," the network's news president said.

"Cokie was named one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television, and the Library of Congress declared her a 'Living Legend' in 2008, making her one of the very few Americans ever honored," Goldston said.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski laughs with ABC commentator Cokie Roberts at the Democratic Convention in August 1996.
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Even with her busy career in front of the camera, Roberts found time to be a prolific author, writing several books on the role of women in U.S. history.

Her works included: "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation;" "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation;" "Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868;" and "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters."

"Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom and in our history books," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. "Over five decades of celebrated journalism, Cokie shone a powerful light on the unsung women who built our nation, but whose stories had long gone untold."

Her colleague Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, called Roberts a “mentor, friend and one of my favorite people in the world.”

“Cokie attended 22 national political conventions — that may be a record — I had the privilege of interviewing her on the floor of her last convention,” Karl tweeted.

Karl's statement was re-tweeted by Andrea Mitchell, NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," with the added message of: "We are so sorry for the loss of your friend and colleague a beloved person and role model to generations of journalists."

Former "Today" host Katie Couric echoed those sentiments, saying of Roberts: "She was a pioneer for so many and will be sorely missed."

Roberts was born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs in New Orleans on Dec. 27, 1943.

She came from a political family and throughout her childhood and young adult life, Roberts rubbed elbows with some of Washington's most prominent figures.

Her father was Rep. Hale Boggs, D-Louisiana, who was elected to Congress in 1940 and went on to become House majority leader.

He died in a plane crash in Alaska just before the 1972 election but was nevertheless re-elected.

Cokie Roberts' mother, Lindy Boggs, won a special election for her late husband's seat in 1973 and served in the House through 1990. Lindy Boggs later served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, under President Bill Clinton.

Among those close to Roberts' family were President Lyndon B. Johnson, who attended her wedding to the columnist Steven Roberts, and former Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, a frequent dinner guest at the Boggs's home in New Orleans.

Roberts earned her bachelor of arts in political science from Wellesley College in 1964.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, journalist Rebecca Roberts; a son, Lee; and several grandchildren.

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Posted by: Danny - 09-17-2019, 12:14 AM - Forum: Blacklist - Replies (3)

Yes, has anyone heard of this site.  Seems to be similar to ss4u.  Tried contacting them but it says error.

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Posted by: IceWizard - 09-16-2019, 04:26 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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Ric Ocasek -- the frontman and lead singer of the rock band The Cars -- has died.

Police say Ocasek was discovered unresponsive Sunday at his townhouse in NYC, and was pronounced dead at the scene -- according to an NYPD spokesperson. It's unclear for now how he might've died. He was reportedly found in his bed by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova.
Ocasek started The Cars back in the '70s and made a name for themselves with their 1978 song, "Just What I Needed." They went on to churn out a number of hits, including "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Bye Bye Love" and many others.

Their first Top 20 single, "Let's Go," arrived from their second album, "Candy-O" in '79, with other hits to follow such as "It's All I Can Do," "Double Life" and more. Their biggest hit to date, "Drive," peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped other charts as well.

The tune was prominently featured in the 1985 event Live Aid, where it was used as the background song in a montage depicting famine in Ethiopia.

The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year, where they reunited to perform at the induction ceremony.
Ocasek is survived by his five children. He was 75.

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Sad Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Hitmaker, Dead at 70
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-16-2019, 04:12 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Singer-saxophonist behind “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Baby Hold On” recently battled stage 4 esophageal cancer and heart complications.

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Eddie Money, the rocker whose hits include “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight," died Friday at the age of 70.

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Eddie Money, the singer-saxophonist whose string of hits include “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 70.

“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,” the family said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

Money suffered a series of health problems in recent years, and revealed in August that he was 

battling stage 4 esophageal cancer

 in a promo for the upcoming season of ,Real Money, a TV series about the rocker’s life.

“What I don’t want to do is … keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody,” Money said. “It’s not honest. I want to be honest with everybody. I want people to know that cancer [treatment] has come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the Fifties and Sixties. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows? It’s in God’s hands.”

In July, Money canceled his summer tour after developing pneumonia while recovering from his recent heart valve surgery. “The heart issue was a condition unrelated to his cancer,” AXS TV noted. Despite the multiple health issues, Money still planned on returning to the road later this year.

The Brooklyn-born, Long Island-raised rocker born Eddie Mahoney broke into the music scene after moving to Berkeley, California in the late-Sixties; after nearly a decade honing his craft on the Bay Area rock scene with manager Bill Graham, Money inked a deal with Columbia Records, which distributed his self-titled album in 1977. 

Eddie Money opens with perhaps the singer’s most enduring hit, “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

“Well, I was going with a girl at the time. She was in college and I was in college and her mother wanted her to meet somebody that was actually making a living,” Money told Rolling Stone of the song’s inspiration in 2018. “She had been dating the mayor’s son and I didn’t have any money to take her to Bermuda or Hawaii or anything else like that. So I wanted to take her on a Greyhound bus ride to the California Redwoods. It would only cost maybe 62 dollars for the both of us. But she dumped me and it never happened, so who knows?”

Eddie Money went double-platinum and both “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On,” Money’s first single, landed in the upper quarter of the Hot 100, beginning a decade-long stretch where the singer’s tracks routinely charted, despite being largely disregarded and derided by rock critics at the time.

“They used to call me ‘Freddie Foodstamps’ or ‘Eddie No Money,” the singer told Rolling Stone. “You read reviews and people get ‘shortchanged by the Eddie Money show.’ These critics are soooo clever with the words, but if you got a name like Money, people are gonna love it or hate it.”

In the early Eighties – following a 1981 incident that gave Money the unfortunate distinction of being the first rocker to overdose on fentanyl – Money made a comeback with his platinum-selling 1982 album No Control and its Hot 100 hits “Shakin'” and “Think I’m in Love.” While the rocker continued pumping out radio gold like “Club Michelle” and “The Big Crash,” 1983’s Where’s the Party? marked the lowest-charting album of his career at that point. However, following another battle with addiction, Money scored the biggest hit of his career in 1986 with “Take Me Home Tonight,” a duet with Ronnie Spector.

Money continued to register hits throughout the late Eighties but slowed his output over the next decade, releasing only three albums including 1999’s Ready Eddie, his last LP of original music. Beloved by his fanbase, Money spent the next two decades as a workhorse-touring artist before health issues slowed him in recent years. The always-quotable Money was also the star of the AXS TV reality series Real Money, which focused on the rocker and his family life. (On Friday, the network announced it would air the remaining five episodes of the series on Thursdays alongside a day-long tribute this Sunday featuring 

Eddie Money:
The Real Money Concert 
and his interview with Dan Rather on The Big Interview.)

“I don’t want to retire, because I get the chance to dress up, I can shave and shower and get a haircut and go out there and do ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ and ‘Baby Hold On’ and the fans love it. I’m helping my kids out. I got my son back there on drums, my other kid’s great on rhythm guitar, my daughter is dancing around like it’s her first gig. I feel very fortunate that I’m still doing what I’m doing,”
Money told Rolling Stone in 2018.

“I’m gonna stop when I’m rich, and I don’t think that’s ever gonna happen,” he added. “For some reason, I missed the boat when it comes to the big money. I don’t know what happened, you know? I’m not really getting rich out here. But I look at it like this: The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator. I’m having a good month.”

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Edward Joseph Mahoney (Eddie Money) as N.Y.C. police

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(March 21, 1949 – September 13, 2019)

R.I.P. .... You will be missed

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  Just saying Hello.
Posted by: Psyboi - 09-16-2019, 05:14 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (6)

Hi everyone, I am new here. I just wanted to say hello.

I have been looking long and far for a place such as this, I have heard this is an amazing community. (the community is a plus! -- and something I value)

I have also read the rules and have made it a mission of my mine to memorize them, and follow.

A little about me, I used to snowboard and do sports everyday before I had a major snowboarding accident.( I used to think snowboarding without a helmet on a half pipe was cool -- lesson learned) I now have gotten slowly into computers as I find it as a "safe" alternative to extreme sports lol. 

Hope to make some friends on here, and be a life time member.

Cheers and thanks again for having me !  Heart Heart Oh yea, If anyone ever needs any IT advice/anything related to computers, I would love to help as open source is the best thing we can do to advance our culture and brains! I value education, and always love to learn new things, that being said -- I respect everyone older than me as life experience(s) are crucial to evolution. 

Thanks again for having me. 



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  Importance of carrying narcan
Posted by: Traygold - 09-16-2019, 03:12 AM - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (1)


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  Use GREAT care acquiring Alprazolam!
Posted by: Chinchillin777 - 09-14-2019, 05:24 AM - Forum: Pill Identification - Replies (4)

I have noticed a number of threads making mention of this medication in specific, and it seems like it has an overall positive reputation and thus consistently high demand both here and abroad. 

Be very careful when acquiring this medication, especially since the last few months. I have it on pretty good authority (a source I use frequently which is somewhat expensive but has never caused me a single issue in any regard. Unfortunately it does not belong on the public part of this form, so I will have to wait to elaborate more specifically). At any rate I was informed via a mass email that there was a significant “shortage” of alprazolam in the UK and EU.

I took this to mean that the source in particular was having issues with their supplier, but on the off chance that it is a legitimate shortage throughout Western Europe, this would create added incentive for counterfeiters, whose current substitution of choice has terrifyingly been the dreaded F.

Regardless, due to its incredibly short onset of action and efficacy in controlling panic attacks/anxiety in general, alprazolam tends to be one of the more sought-after benz@s, leading to higher rates of counterfeiting. ESPECIALLY if it is “name brand”, even if you do not have a testing kit, examine them VERY closely, compared with the pictures, dimensions, markings, etc. cited on the OFFICIAL manufacturer’s website. A HUGE giveaway is if the tablets themselves appear “off-color”, appear to have eroded/dulled easily around the edges (not tightly “pressed”), and beyond all else, if upon close visual inspection you can make out different colored/sized substances within the tablet, with the exception of very few medications that are intended to have this “look”, a “speckled” or “non-uniform” color/composition is a sign of a (very poorly made) counterfeit. If in the form of sealed packs/boxes, check all the “offical” documentation and packaging - look for poor quality printing, misspellings, lack of warnings/offical contact info, as well as the batch/expiration dates that should either be stamped into each sealed sheet or somewhere on the cardboard packaging. 

Under no circumstances should you take even a tiny fraction of the tablet or “bar”, as if it contains F or some other really sketchy adulterant, that tiny dose could put you in the ER. I know how tempting it can be when you are suffering from a legitimate medical condition, and all you have to work with is something “unconfirmed” or “suspicious”, but please recognize that a trip to the local ER if you are that anxious/in need of alprazolam or a similar medication is ALWAYS worth playing it safe and not risking your life. Had a very close friend pass away from pretty much these exact circumstances (unconfirmed source, urgent, medical need for relief, took a gamble and it ended up being the dreaded F. Hospital was diagonally “across the street” in Toronto, took less than 5 minutes for EMts to arrive... and it was too late. 

If you really want to go the extra mile (just short of ordering a testing kit/sending a sample to a lab), you can call the phone# associated with the country of distribution and/or manufacture. Ask to speak to a representative and confirm that the serial numbers on the medication you received match up with relatively recent, “legitimate” batches. This is by no means a guarantee, as this information can be falsified just as easily as any other aspect of the product, however it is a detail that most people tend to overlook, and as such is less likely to be a concern for counterfeiters- as they will be relying on the fact that you do not want to call the “offical” distributor and give any personal information or context.

In reality this is simply due diligence on the part of the patient, and with the terrifying stories circulating the globe about fake/adulterated pharmaceutical medicines, one can NEVER be too careful. I don’t have much more to say regarding alprazolam as it offers me very little relief (Though I have very severe GAD, SAD, OCD, etc., I rarely, if even, experience acute panic attacks - they are more like day-long periods of severe rumination/anxiety) so I take/am far more familiar with the nuances of the  “long-acting” group of benzodiazepines, as they provide a more stable day-to-day plasma serum level.

I know it’s been said time and again, and I know it’s advice that’s easier to give than to take, & that I’m just a noob in regards to your community, but I have seen other communities (that I lived in) devastated by a single wave of “bad product”. BE SAFE!!!

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Big Grin Please allow me to introduce myself
Posted by: jimmymontana - 09-13-2019, 03:18 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (9)

Hello All,

I have been lurking in this forum for many years and have finally decided to post.
I understand the rules and would like to become a valued member of this community.

I hope everyone has a great weekend  Smile


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