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Musings on the Free Zone: Hateful Redditors, Self-Appointed Warlords, and What Comes Next

I'm seeing a ton of misinformation being posted about the Free Zone and Capitol Hill in general and I just wanted to take this opportunity to clear some things up and discuss ways to move forward.
I'm a mixed race photojournalist from Detroit who has lived in Capitol Hill for the past five years and I've worked at two restaurants in the Free Zone (I call it the Free Zone for ease of writing fucking CHAZ a thousand times).
Like so many others, these blocks of Capitol Hill represent "home" -- it's the heart of Seattle's art scene, nightlife, and progressive gay community.
I've been fortunate enough to track this entire movement from its inception and I've been able to witness the in-fighting of the organizers and the lack of strategy amongst our police department.
Please check my post history for more information of my past efforts. I'm currently part of the group forcing Mayor Jenny Durkan to be recalled.
First off, it's important to discuss the false allegations currently being floated by the Assistant Police Chief and KOMO News. No, their precinct was never under the imminent threat of fire. No, the protesters aren't trying to extort local businesses. No, there aren't ID checkpoints.
These rumors are baseless and would be almost funny if the situation weren't so tense and polarizing.
These "hot takes" are being perpetuated and regurgitated by right-wing media pundits to paint the Free Zone as some sort lawless-vegan-Waterworld. It's preposterous.
Anybody who has ever lived or worked in Capitol Hill -- the LGBTQ+ headquarters of Seattle -- knows that this notion of painting us as violent, pyromaniac Antifa Anarchists is asinine.
Which leads to the next point: a surge of "hate subredditors" flooding the Seattle subs with biting cynicism and tons of displaced anger.
From the looks of the posts, and the content of the comments, it looks like not only have these users never lived in Cap Hill, it seems unlikely that they've ever even visited at all.
While their rhetoric is divisive -- and fueled by Trump and Breitbart and Sinclair Broadcasting -- it really isn't an effective tactic of making a mature, sustained argument.
So avoid giving these users the attention they so desperately crave.
As for the "warlord": We as Capitol Hill residents have to hold him accountable for his actions just as we did with the police.
His self-centered antics in the name of peace have absolutely de-legitimized the cause and has all but eradicated the progress our protestors have made.
And now he's threatening the Free Zone's representation as a whole.
To the rest of the world: Trust us, this guy doesn't represent our movement, our message, or the people of Capitol Hill AT ALL.
He showed up about 4 days late in his Tesla, with an AK, preaching peace, then got into a fight with a popular live-streamer, then he's Dr. King for a few hours, then his crew booed our elected city councilwomen and mocked her accent, then he threatens a graffiti artist's life and breaks the dude's glasses, then his people have the audacity to lie about it.
We don't stand for that shit and we never will.
It distinctly goes against the principles established in the Free Zone and we all know it.
He's been trying to hijack these protests for his own cause since, like, day 4... but now he's out of control.
He will absolutely be held accountable for his actions, but in a peaceful, proactive Capitol Hill way. We'll all make sure of that.
As for moving forward, it's really quite simple. As a BLM movement supporter since Aiyana Stanley-Jones was murdered by Detroit police in 2010, before BLM was even a hashtag, I've been following these issues closely and with increasing disgust, intensity, and frustration.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the uprising that George Floyd's murder would cause -- it's incredibly inspiring to see the collective outrage of America.
Keep in mind that the BLM King County movement is only loosely affiliated with the national chapter and I've witnessed first-hand the disorganization of the organizers.
And, in all fairness, that AMA with the BLM National leader the other day didn't look too good either, despite being bombarded by racists questions, including the "13% // 50% argument".
Within the BLM movement -- like any social movement advocating for change -- there are conflicting messages, differing demands, exaggerated ideas... It's all very confusing.
In my opinion, this movement has grown beyond just Black Lives and is now addressing oppression as a whole -- from women to Natives to queers to Hispanics to Asians to Amish? -- and to remain narrow-minded by the color of our skin defeats the entire purpose of the cause.
Yes, we all started here because we're disgusted by the treatment of blacks by police. But as we congregate and communicate and share our individual messages, we're all starting to realize just how prevalent oppression is in our everyday society. Even in a liberal safe-haven like Seattle.
One thing we should agree on is the amount of power Jeff Bezos has over the city of Seattle. If you think that he doesn't play a hand in all this, you're sadly mistaking.
His reputation with law enforcement agencies is well-documented and his facial recognition software has been proven to be discriminatory -- it's terrifying when you think of the considerable wealth and influence he has.
Bringing this fight to him, and the other leaders of Seattle's big tech companies, is an important step in dismantling the system and actually achieving lasting reform.
In my opinion, it definitely starts with recalling Mayor Durkan and firing Police Chief Best.
I think taxing Amazon is a good idea and using that money to invest in the communities and residents Bezos benefits from.
I think reallocating the funds of the Police Department is also a great idea and using the surplus to turn the East Precinct into a museum or community center that honors those who have lost their lives to police brutality.
That should be a no-brainer PR move.
Until then, I'll continue to thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie and positive atmosphere of the Free Zone -- and all the memes -- especially considering the violent week we all just endured.
Basically, this whole thing is about optics. So, moving forward, let's continue to keep that in mind when outsiders try to threaten our reputation and hard work.
And let's continue to build up our community together to keep Capitol Hill the lawless-vegan-Waterworld it was intended to be.
If anybody has any questions, comments, or concerns, DM me.
OMG YOU GUYS WERE RIGHT OTHER WARLORDS ARE TAKING OVER THE FREE ZONE AND ITS CHAOS
Edit (3:14pm): Spotted -- Cops on bikes and a large truck filled with stuff from the East precinct
Edit (3:36pm): ITS HAPPENING
Edit (3:50pm): OH FUCK ITS RAZ -- THE WARLORD -- AND HES HORSEBACK WIELDING A GIANT SWORD INSCRIBED WITH THE LYRICS FROM HIS NEW HIT SONG "WE THE POLICE NOW"
Edit (3:57pm): Cops are definitely inside the building but they're not doing anything.
Edit (4:00pm): No sign of Raz.
Edit (7:10pm): Still pretty chill. The cops did show up, there was a tense moment but they left and only pepper-sprayed one guy -- I know you guys are probably disappointed. Heard Raz is here, haven't seen him though. A few arguments throughout the day, mostly among the protesters. There was an anti-abortion dude that they yelled at, but that's pretty normal for around here.
Edit (7:17pm): A sleeping homeless guy just got hit in the face with a soccer ball and didn't wake up.
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SUBJECT: Nationwide Police Brutality Compilation
BODY: Hello,
I have found where some concerned citizens, such as myself, are documenting examples of excessive force being used by law enforcement officers during the 2020 protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Their catalog is constantly growing as the protests continue, and I believe this is something you should definitely keep an eye on:
https://github.com/2020PB/police-brutality/blob/masteREADME.md
Thank you!

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Covid-19 update Monday 27th April

Good afternoon from the UK. It’s Monday 27th April.

It was an up and down weekend in the Fwoggie2 household. I went and did a major grocery shop at a Tesco Extra supermarket near me (Tesco = major supermarket chain in the UK) on Friday night. The store has a one way system to navigate round the store and you’re supposed to keep 2m away from anyone else. This is almost impossible I found as I constantly had to back the hell up as people barged in to grab what they wanted and to hell with any one way system. The older they were it seemed (I’m in my 40’s), the less they cared about social distancing. It took me 2.5 hours to finally complete the shop (I had to go back for a few more things on the Saturday morning).
As for Sunday, my wife was well enough to join me and the dog on a hour long walk (we never got within 10 metres of anyone else because we have lots of open countryside outside our front door so social distancing on walks is very easy to do) and the allotment got a major update; it now has 20 more white onions, over 50 red onion seeds, about 60 parsnips (which are notoriously hard to germinate especially in heavy soil like ours but it's worth a try), 7 rosemary plants and about 50 radishes. By the end of this week I hope to plant 75 carrots, 60 spring onions, 45 beetroot. The more we can grow the better; squash, courgettes/zucchini are on the agenda soon too with sweetcorn and brassicas a week or two further down the line.
Life though can twist and turn in an instant; #RIPMark has been trending on UK Twitter todayas Covid-19 takes another victim here in the UK with the death count now well over 21k (if you believe the government stats) or over 41k (if you want to believe the Financial Times instead). To see an example of the British Covid-19 story in three brief tweets, click here. Failing that, please continue to stay at home if at all possible.

Virus news







Supply chain news in depth


While passenger flights stay on ground freight rates are flying high - Stat Times reports that while passengers are going nowhere, there’s considerable demand for airfreight. Airfreight is the most expensive mode of transporting goods, but also the fastest, reliable and secure style of moving it. Roughly, airlines handle just one percent of all the global trade volumes but at the same time enjoy 35 percent of its value. In that sense, the pre-Covid-19 world was pretty sure about what sort of goods must move in the ocean and what in the air. But in the world hit by Covid-19 pandemic, air cargo has moved from the premium mode to the super-premium with freight rates climbing new heights each day it says. Demand for airfreight capacity from the West to China is limited, but large quantities of PPE are coming out of China resulting in rapidly growing rates.
(Cont’d) According to TAC Index, on April 13, 2020, the airlines reportedly charged a new record price of $9.64 per kg to move cargo from Shanghai to Frankfurt compared to $2.46 on March 9, a jump of 291 percent in just one month. Meanwhile, on the Frankfurt-Shanghai route, it fell around normal rates of $1.17per kg as of April 13 compared to $2.78 on February 17, when the rates were at its peak. The average air freight rate to transport goods from Shanghai to Europe is around $8.65 per kg, while from Frankfurt to China is $1.41. The same for Hong Kong to Europe is $4.66 compared to $5.11 on April 6 and $2.58 on March 9. The falling rates from Hong Kong are reportedly due to the new regulations introduced by the Chinese government in April to clamp down the low-quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) exported from the country. The government made it mandatory for PPEs to have customs clearance which pushed the companies to ship them from mainland airports instead of trans-shipping through Hong Kong.
(Cont’d) Airfreight rates on Shanghai-Dallas/Fort Worth route rose to $8.72 per kg on April 13 compared to $4.91 on March 9, while Hong Kong-Dallas is at $4.88 compared to $5.79 on April 6 and $3.53 on March 9. On average, air cargo from Shanghai to the US is now available at $6.92 compared to $3.36 on March 9, an increase of 105 percent in one month. Meanwhile the same from Hong Kong is available at $5.55 per kg compared to $3.35 on March 9. Rates from London to the US stood at $4.04 per kg compared to $1.12 on March 9, an increase of 260 percent, while Frankfurt to the US reported $4.12 compared to $5.31 on March 30, when it witnessed a steady increase of 223 percent, from $1.64 on March 9. While on the other side, from Chicago to European destinations, rates reported an increase of 173 percent. From $0.96 on March 9, it went up to $2.63 per kg on April 13.
(Con’td) It’s not all good news however, with some people priced out of airfreight moving to rail - and liking it. In the meantime, a large section of cargo that used to travel in the air is moving to more predictable rail route between Europe and China. Stakeholders of air cargo fear that a significant amount of cargo will move to rail, permanently. On April 3, 2020, the freight forwarding company, Davies Turner announced that its weekly rail import service from China to the UK has broken previous records in transit times amid demand spike. Philip Stephenson, chairman, Davies Turner said “The impact of Covid-19 will push many shippers to rethink their supply chains, and that could see a lot more Asia-Europe air and ocean freight traffic moving permanently to the rail.”

Coronavirus chokes the drug trade from Wuhan, through Mexico and onto U.S. streets - The LA Times explains Wuhan is known for its production of chemicals, including the ingredients needed to cook fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids. Vendors there shipped huge quantities around the world. The biggest customers were Mexican drug cartels, which have embraced fentanyl in recent years because it is cheaper and easier to produce than heroin. But the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan late last year before spreading across the planet has disrupted the fentanyl supply chain, causing a ripple effect that has cut into the profits of Mexican traffickers and driven up street drug prices across the United States. The narcotics trade, which relies on the constant movement of goods and people, has been stymied by lockdowns, travel bans and other efforts to contain the virus, according to government officials, academic researchers and drug traffickers.
(Cont’d) Logan Pauley, a researcher at C4ADS, a Washington-based think tank focused on transnational security, noticed a decrease in advertisements for fentanyl precursors. He said vendors switched to selling other products, including face masks and anti-malarial drugs that some doctors and politicians initially hoped would help treat the coronavirus. The drop in exports has left some Mexican drug producers with less access to needed chemicals. Simultaneously, cartels have encountered another colossal challenge: new restrictions on entry to the United States — the world’s biggest market for illegal drugs. Kameron Korte, a spokeswoman for the San Diego field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, said fentanyl pills in her region now sell for $7 each, up from $5 a few months ago. The average cost of methamphetamine has risen from $1,000 per pound to $1,400 per pound, she said. Similar price hikes have been seen in other parts of the country. Drug users have grumbled about rising prices on online forums. On a message board on the website Reddit, one person complained that prices of fentanyl pills in Phoenix had nearly doubled. “Border shut = less trafficking,” it said.

Supply chain news in brief













Donations


Several asked if they can send me $/£/€ via Patreon (in some cases because I've saved them time or money, others for no reason at all). I don't need the cash (that's lovely though) but as you may have read above, food bank charities are getting really hit hard with all this panic buying. Please consider giving whatever you'd have given me to a foodbank charity instead:
UK: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
France: https://www.banquealimentaire.org/
Germany: https://www.tafel.de/
Netherlands: https://www.voedselbankennederland.nl/steun-ons/steun-voedselbank-donatie/
Italy: https://www.bancoalimentare.it/it/node/1
Spain: https://www.fesbal.org/
Australia: https://www.foodbank.org.au/
Canada: https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
USA: https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Thanks in advance for any donations you give. If there's foodbank charities in your country and it's not listed above, please suggest it and I will include it going forward.
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Survey Results Are In!

Hello comrades! Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey.
I'll break down the survey below for those who want a transcription of it or for those who want a more organized presentation instead of the raw data. Here is a link to the survey results. For comparison, here is the previous survey. Please discuss your thoughts on the survey in the comments, and also continue the conversation started in the old thread about what you want to see for the sub’s future
We had 600 responses to the survey, which given the size of the subscriber base is a statistically significant amount that we can confidently extrapolate from.
Question 1: Age demographics
We are trending younger than the previous survey, with zoomers making a major jump in demographics at the expense of 26-30 and 31-40 year olds. The early 20s seemed to hold relatively consistent. I am unsure if this means the old people are leaving or if more young people are joining. 25% of us are under 17, 29% are 18-21, 21% are 21-25, 14% are 26-30, and the rest are older.
Question 2: Gender Identity
Overall, we are very much dominated by men at 79.5% of the sub. There has been a slight decrease in male identification in favour of women and non-binary. But this is definitely a weakness of the sub. We need to work on ways to be more inclusive of non cis-male voices.
Question 3: How non-white are we
The answer is very mayonnaise at 76% non-PoC. We had an almost 5% drop from a year ago which is great but I think we can do much better.
Question 4: LGBTQ+
This one is much better. We seem to have a strong representation from LGBTQ+ folks which is consistent from last year, and it is good to see the number be pushed up by around 4 points from 32% to 36%.
Question 5: How non-cis are we
Considering around 3% of the population is trans according to GLAAD, we seem to have decent representation on the subreddit at 7.7%.
Question 6: Where do we live
This question is worth looking at on the google form. They all are, but this one particularly so what with all the different possible answers. Suffice it to say, we are very much situated in the imperial core. This is somewhat problematic but to be expected given the overall reddit userbase. This is something that we should definitely try to combat. Since last year it seems the US portion has decreased by around 5 points to favor eastern europe, canada, and some growth outside the imperial core.
Top five regions:
  1. US (52%)
  2. Western Europe and British Isles (tie at 9.8%)
  3. Canada (5.2%)
  4. Northern Europe (3.2%)
Question 7: Living environment
Largely unchanged from last year, socialism is split roughly evenly between city living and suburbia, with a small but important section living in a rural area.
Question 8: English
75% of the sub considers English to be their primary language, which is a slight drop from last year.
The top non-english primary languages are as follows in descending order:
  1. German
  2. Spanish
  3. Swedish
  4. Dutch
  5. Portuguese
  6. Italian
  7. Polish
  8. Romanian
  9. Turkish
  10. Hindi
Question 9: Religion.
We are largely not a religious sub, and the demographics here have largely not changed in the last year.
Top religious beliefs (above 1%) are:
  1. Atheist/non-religious-72%
  2. Spiritual but not religious- 11%
  3. Roman Catholic- 4%
  4. Protestant- 4.2%
  5. Buddhist- 1.8%
  6. Sunni Muslim- 1.7%
  7. Folk/Pagan- 1.5%
  8. Jewish- 1.3%
Honorable mention to the 5 people who wrote in "Materialist" lol, I like you.
Question 10: How long have you been a socialist
We've shifted down to subscribers having less overall experience with socialism, losing from all categories above 3 years and gaining on all the lower choices. This could be from an influx of new people from the election, and hopefully it does not mean we are losing more experienced folks in large numbers. Half of the sub has been a socialist for either a year or 3-5 years, with relatively even responses for the options on either end of the spectrum
Question 11: Education
We seem to be an educated group. Almost 50% of the sub either has a college degree or is actively pursuing one, with 12% of us having gone to college without achieving a degree. 20% are currently in secondary education. 7% have or are chasing a graduate degree, and 6% had their education stop at secondary level.
Question 12: Employment
37% of us are students who are not employed, and 18% of us are students with a job. 25% of us have a full time job, while 7% have a part time job and 7% are unemployed. Smaller amounts are either self-employed or of a non-working population.
Question 13: Relationship to production
Thankfully, 85% of us are either working class or dependents of working class folks. 5% are petite-bourgiosie small business owners or self employed. 3% of us are (hopefully class betraying) capitalists.
Question 14: Living situation
Pretty even split between renting our living situation and living rent free with family/friends. Of the rest, 13% of us have alternate living arrangements such as home ownership or mortgages.
15 and 16: Living conditions
The majority of us are at comfortable or adequate arrangements (around 80%), pointing again to reddit's overall demographic. 20% of us would describe their situation as poor. 41% of us did not have difficulty in in our budgets.
Top things socialism had difficulty affording over the last few months in descending order:
  1. Medical bills
  2. Necessary repairs such as home and auto
  3. Rent/mortgage
  4. Student loans
  5. Transportation
  6. Tendency
Time for the fun stuff. Top labels people use to describe their politics (over 5%) of socialism are in descending order:
  1. Socialist
  2. Marxist
  3. Communist
  4. Democratic Socialist
  5. Libertarian Socialist
  6. Marxist Leninist
  7. Anarchist and/or Anarcho-Communist
  8. Anarcho-Syndicalist
  9. Unsure
  10. Marxist Feminist
  11. Social Democrat
  12. Trotskyist
  13. Market Socialism/Titoist
  14. Leftcom
  15. Marxism-Leninism-Maoist and Communalist (tied)
More people are identifying as a tendency from the last survey, which means more people are reading
Questoin 18: Who are we reading
There were a lot of answers to this one, so I will just list our top ten most widely read or read about comrades
  1. Karl Marx (duh)
  2. Lenin
  3. Freidrich Engels
  4. Malcolm X
  5. Che
  6. Rosa Luxemburg
  7. Fidel Castro
  8. Angela Davis
  9. Leon Trotsky
  10. Pyotr Kropotkin
Overall as a sub I think we definitely need to read more. Its great that we can recognize the big names on that top ten list, but the real proof of how widely read our sub base is is in the smaller names. There are a lot of people on there I hope to see increase next time!
Honorable mentions from the write in list that got more than 2-3 submissions include Richard Wolff, Victor Serge, Daniel DeLeon, Stirner, and Assata Shakur
19: Working with liberals
This question not worded very well or needs to be broken up into a few different questions, as working with liberals can take many forms and is something the next survey will take into consideration. Showing up to a protest organized by a liberal NGO is very different than actively campaigning for a Democrat or other capitalist party. This is a question that will definitely change next time.
Anyhow, a majority of the sub supports working with liberal capitalist organizations; 40% in a limited capacity and 18% are fully on board for it. A strong majority opposes this kind of involvement, 21% saying they are generally opposed to the idea and 14% taking a principled stance against such tactics.
20: Organization
28% of us are actively organized in some way, which is great! But those are rookie numbers, we gotta pump those up. 29% of us are searching for an org in some way, and 28% are not actively looking but plan on doing so sometime in the future. 12% of us have no intentions of organizing.
21: Unions
A disappointingly large 76% of the sub have never been unionized. Given that a quarter of the sub is under 17, that's partially excusable but the rest of us need to get on it!
13% of the sub actively belongs in a union, and 5% have been in one in the past. 8 of us are actively organizing one, good on you!
21: Types of organization
For those that are organized, the most popular methods of organizing on socialism appears to be:
  1. Mainstream labor union (45%)
  2. Big tent parties such as DSA (35%)
  3. Non-party organization (20%)
  4. Explicitly radical labor unions (15%)
  5. Tendency specific revolutionary party (14%)
  6. Internationally affiliated party (10%)
  7. Tenants union (4%)
  8. Problems organizing
By far the largest stumbling block appears to be lack of options in a given geographic area. There's only one way to fix that however, these things don't just spring up out of the ground fully formed!
After that follows more access to information, more free time, too many shitty socialists, too much time spent working, more money, organizations not open enough, and transportation difficulties
  1. Organizational satisfaction:
Overall people seem to run the full spectrum of satisfaction with their organizations. 45% of those organized are happy with what they got, and 55 either see much room for improvement or are not happy with the organizations.
  1. How should socialism be achieved:
Overall we tend to be more revolutionary. Only a quarter of the sub takes a reformist stance which is good. Almost half the sub is open to seizing power through elections if it is possible, same with those who think we should explicitly have a revolution. Doing so using general strikes seems to win support from everyone. Overall, this is an important question that the sub does seem a bit split on.
  1. The struggles of oppressed groups:
This one had great responses. An overwhelming majority (87%) chose the correct response that socialism must fight form all struggles. There were a few different takes on the **wrong** answers, 7% think these struggles should be ignored until after the revolution and 2% actively call these issues divisive. I will politely yet firmly ask both of the latter to leave, or even better get educated.
  1. Free speech:
I seriously need to consider editing or removing this question because I am not sure what it really achieves.
41% of the sub rejects the existence of bourgeois rights in the first place. 43% acknowledge that free speech is a right but does not trust a capitalist state to honestly enforce it. 18% take an absolutist stance on it, and 22% are happy with how speech is currently treated under capitalism.
  1. Immigration:
There is roughly 2/3 split on this, the majority calling for open borders and the minority calling for some sort of loose restrictions but still maintaining freedom of movement.
  1. Planned economies:
Overall, the sub is in favor of planned economies, and are split over the question of more decentralized production for luxury goods or local community needs. Only 8% of the sub is totally against planning. This is a moderate change from the last survey where just over half the sub was for total planning.
  1. The future:
Just under half (48%) of the sub is unsure if they will live to see socialism, and 36% of the sub think they will. This is almost exactly the same as last time.
  1. State of the subreddit:
Most users have a positive time here, with 43% giving us a 4/5. This has also not changed much since the last survey. Hooray!
  1. How often do you use the sub:
We see a full spectrum of use. Fairly evenly split between a once or twice a month, a few times a week, and almost every day.
  1. Sub activity
Only 7% of the sub posts, and 31% comments. Not much to say here other than much more people are commenting now than they were a year ago, which is good for how we are able to engage folks!
  1. No Mods No Masters
I have to say I am seriously dissapointed with the subreddit here. Us mods are more or less unelected self appointed regulators, and 2/3 of the subs of a *socialist* subreddit passed on the opportunity to tell us to take our authority and jump in a lake. For shame smh.
  1. Mod Approval:
There seems to be an overall mandate from the users that we are doing a good job at keeping this a healthy place for socialists to interact with each other. Under 5% think we are doing a poor job.
  1. Modding Liberals:
Largely the same story here, though there is a bit of a jump in dissaproval. Overall the majority of the sub is happy with our stance on liberal politics, and 10% think we are not modding liberals correctly.
  1. US Election and the subreddit:
Sub seems a bit split on this, but overall the mandate appears to be to remove liberal content, emphasize organizing over voting, while not being super aggressive with banning politically center folks. Just over a third (37%) think socdem content should not be removed, but frankly I do not see our policy on supporting capitalist party content changing anytime soon
  1. Reading group:
58% of the sub would be interesting in some form of organized reading circles. Look out for this in the future, we are unsure how this will manifest but something will be decided on. We will probably have a separate thread for organizing this in the future to choose what pieces we should do, but feel free to spitball in the comments for the *form* you would like to see this take.
Cheers,
Mods Team
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B1008 - Local Football Relief Fund Bill - Amendment Division

Local Football Relief Fund Bill

A
BILL
TO
Support struggling local football clubs that are crucial to local communities.
”BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
Section 1: Interpretation
(1) “The fund” refers to the DCMS Local Football Relief Fund as outlined in this legislation.
(2) A small local football club means a football club with less than 10 million pounds in revenue and located in England.
(3) "Secretary of State" shall refer to the Secretary of State enforced with the functions of overseeing sporting bodies
Section 2: Relief Fund
(1) The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports shall set up a Local Football Relief Fund with 50 million pounds to provide support to small local football clubs.
(a) The amount allocated to this fund and the distribution of the fund to various clubs shall be under the complete jurisdiction of the Secretary of State.
(2) Any local football club may apply for a loan from the fund provided it meets the following standards:
(a) The club is financially struggling and has exhausted all other means of financial relief
(b) The club has importance in the local community and significant support exists for the continued operation of the club in the community.
(c) A plan has been submitted to repay the loan and make the club financially solvent in the future.
(d) Any other standards the Secretary may make by regulations.
Section 3: Public Notice
(1) During the review period of the application for 30 days, the Secretary of State must;
(a) Give notice of the application being received on all platforms, and publish the full application,
(b) Set up a feedback system so the public may respond either online or by mail, and
(c) Hold a hearing on the application open to the public near the football club’s location.
Section 4: Violations
(1) Bi-annual audits shall be done on all football clubs by the Secretary of State who have received a loan from the DCMS Secretary of State.
(a) If they are found to be misusing funds for any purpose another than the club’s operations, then the loan shall be recalled.
(b) If the club violates any rule of the league they belong to including but not limited to match-fixing, bribery, or doping the Secretary may decide to recall the loan.
(2) Any club that has an outstanding loan must seek the approval of the DCMS before;
(a) Increasing any salaries;
(b) Accepting outside investment or a buyout;
(c) Considering relocation or closure.
(3) The Secretary of State may withdraw financial support from the Club if the Secretary of State finds out that the club in question has:
(a) Misused Funds for non-club related activities and forms of personal spending using public money
(b) Violation of the Rules prescribed by their respective Football League and any other offence committed as defined by law.
Section 5: Extent, commencement, and short title
(1) This Act shall extend to England and Wales.
(2) This Act shall come into force immediately three months after receiving Royal Assent.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Local Football Relief Fund Act of 2020.
This Bill was written by the Rt. Hon ThreeCommasClub, Member for Manchester North on behalf of the LPUK.
A01
Amend Section 1 (2) from the existing to the below
(2) A small local football club shall refer to any football club with less than 3 million pounds in revenue and assets.
A02
Amend Section 2 (2) to add -
(e) Been sponsored to or featured by any other Football organization (f) Football Organization shall refer to Premium Leagues, FIFA and other football related leagues and bodies. (g) The Secretary of State may make regulations determining which body can be classified as a Football Organization as per Section 2 (2)(e)
Explanatory Notes
My Lords,
When I brought out amendments to the Commons, whilst its member, I expressed my regret at being unable to research more at that time to bring out an amendment to the definition to ensure that we do not waste money on teams that can afford to get sponsorship from larger entities like Premium League or FIFA, or anything similar. I have therefore brought out a vast and expansive amendment which helps us determine which organization can be interpreted as a small local football club.
The First Proposed Amendment calls for a lower income standard because even if you have a decent football pitch in any part of the country, your total revenue would be nearly 10 million or further than that, thereby setting a illogical standard on who is eligible. My amendment makes it 3 million to prove an incentive to smaller clubs, and supplemented by my second proposed amendment, this Bill can be far more beneficial than it is now. The Second Proposed Amendment creates a rule that football clubs sponsored or featured by FIFA, Premium League and other football leagues cannot be eligible for sponsorship through this bond, why.
Because generally, clubs affiliated with these organizations tend to have a help bank or money pool of sorts where they can certainly grab money from and therefore borrowing from us just because this pool cannot pay is totally stupid and therefore unacceptable in my honest view. Finally, by providing the Secretary of State the authority to classify organizations, we are allowing for more flexibility and more organizations can be added or subtracted as per the needs of the day, and I hope my common sense amendments can be supported by my fellow Noble Lords.
These amendments were submitted by the Rt. Hon. the Lady Kilmarnock.
A03:
Insert a new section 4:
4. Conditions The Secretary of State may require that any small local football club which receives a loan under this Act adhere to written conditions regarding the operation, ownership, and management of the club.
and renumber.
Insert, within the current 4(3), a new paragraph (c):
(c) failed to adhere to a condition made under section 4.
This amendment was submitted by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Greencastle.
Please vote Content/Not Content/Present only on each amendment.
This division ends on Wednesday 15th July at 10PM BST, with final division on Thursday.
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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ May 13, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002
  • Okay, look, here's the deal. The obituaries, as sad as they are, contain some of Dave's best work. But good lord, they are looooooooooong. And they never contain anything newsworthy that is relevant to 2002 or anything. But they're always super interesting from a historical perspective. But last week, Dave wrote a brief obit for Lou Thesz (only 5,000 words, ahem) and promised to go into more detail this week. So this week, we open with a 16,000+ word obituary for Lou Thesz and I just can't. Sorry. It's really good though, you should all go read it. But I've got, like, a family and a job and responsibilities and stuff. I can't recap this. It's an incredible piece of work though.
  • The World Wrestling Federation is no more. On May 5th, the company unveiled its new name, World Wrestling Entertainment. Dave recaps the history of the company briefly (was originally called "World Wide Wrestling Federation, or WWWF, until 1979 when it was shortened to WWF, which is has remained for the past 23 years). But as of this week, the company has been rebranded to WWE. The website domain was changed to WWE.com and all references to "WWF" were changed to "WWE." The scratch logo was also changed, with the F being removed, so now it simply looks like "WW" (which, honestly, never really did make much sense to me. Even though the logo has changed, it's still "WW" to this day). Anyway, this all stems from the World Wildlife Fund lawsuit over in the UK, in which the WWE lost every court case and appeal. They were planning to appeal the ruling in the UK's highest court, their final last-ditch effort to save their name, but the reality is, they weren't going to win that case. Vince McMahon and the company blatantly and repeatedly violated the agreement they signed in 1994. It was 1000% obvious they were in the wrong here and they had gotten spanked by every single court before, often losing their appeals by unanimous decisions. So they weren't going to win this final appeal either and they knew it. So they dropped the appeal and threw in the towel and finally agreed to just change the name. The WWE has until May 15th to remove all references to "WWF" from their shows and merchandise. Any merch with "WWF" on it can no longer be sold after that date. All video packages and posters will have to be changed and any "WWF" mention or logos after that time on television or in past footage will have to be censored. Last year, during the court case, the WWE claimed it would cost them more than $50 million to change their name and to deal with all the legal and rebranding headaches that come with it. But this week, they backtacked on that and said it wouldn't be that expensive after all. Who knows if that's true, but the idea of this costing $50 million was enough to make the shareholders shit themselves, so Dave says they claimed it won't cost that much in order to keep the stock from plummeting. Anyway, none of this had to happen. In 1994, Vince McMahon and the Wildlife Fund signed an agreement that the wrestling company would not use the "WWF" name for promoting itself outside of the U.S. (since the Wildlife group is based overseas) and that worked well for a year or two. But then Vince McMahon apparently decided, "Meh, who cares about agreements?" and began repeatedly and blatantly violating it, constantly, for years, at which point the Wildlife group finally got upset enough to file a lawsuit. Anyway, on the first Raw since the name change, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler repeatedly stumbled over the new initials, accidentally saying "WWF" multiple times. Gonna take time for everyone to get used to calling it the new name.
  • The buyrates for Wrestlemania 18 are in and it appears the event will have to settle for being the #2 biggest money show in wrestling history after it came up short and failed to surpass Wrestlemania 17. Final numbers aren't in yet, but latest estimates put it somewhere around the 800,000 buys range (ended up being about 880,000) which is quite a bit down from WM17. It was also #2 in total revenue from live gate and merch. Internally, it's actually being seen as something of a disappointment because with the power of the Hogan/Rock dream match, they were hopeful this show would top 1 million buys but unless something drastic changes with these buyrate numbers, it looks like the final total will be a good bit short of that.
  • NJPW's latest Tokyo Dome show is in the books. The show drew a sellout crowd of 57,000 fans, there to see the Masahiro Chono vs. Mitsuharu Misawa dream main event (which ended up going to a 30-minute draw). It was the biggest non-Jan. 4 crowd NJPW has drawn to the Dome in 2 years. So that's the good news. The bad news is that the show flopped in the ratings on TV. A big part of that is because the Chono/Misawa match didn't air as part of the show (due to the Asahi-TV/Nippon TV network issues discussed in past issues) so the televised show was built around the Shinya Hashimoto/Naoya Ogawa vs. Scott Norton/Hiroyoshi Tenzan match and man, the fans sure didn't seem to give a fuck about that. In fact, the rating was so bad that there's concern that this will be the end of pro wrestling on prime time TV in Japan for the foreseeable future. But there are justifiable reasons for the rating. The show went head-to-head with the Kirin Cup soccer tournament, which was a huge deal and did more than double the rating the NJPW show did. Unlike the U.S., wrestling and "real" sports in Japan have a major crossover audience, so having real sports competition severely hurt NJPW's show. Also, while Ogawa is a draw as a singles star, putting him in a tag match against Norton and Tenzan isn't exactly setting the world on fire. The show lasted 6 hours, which was way too long and the crowd was burned out before Misawa vs. Chono even started.
  • Other notes from the NJPW show: it opened with an hour long 30th anniversary ceremony. They had a 10-bell salute for Lou Thesz and brought out a bunch of legendary NJPW names from the 70s and 80s. Then they did an angle where Antonio Inoki came out to give a speech, but he was attacked by Tiger Jeet Singh. But then Chyna made the save, attacking Singh, running him out of the ring, and challenging him to a match. Inoki's ex-wife, famous Japanese actress Mitsuko Baisho then made an appearance, getting a huge pop, and she and Inoki did his famous catch phrase to kick off the show. Minoru Suzuki of Pancrase (who started with NJPW as a pro wrestler) was also there. Jushin Ligher and Minoru Tanaka won the IWGP Jr. tag titles and then Liger challenged several NOAH wrestlers who were at ringside (most notably KENTA) and they all jumped in the ring and it ended with a staredown. The Steiner Brothers reunited to face Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kensuke Sasaki, with Chyna as the special referee. Tanahashi was working hurt, but he still worked. They did a spot where Tanahashi ran into Chyna and he went down off the bump instead of her and Dave seems annoyed by this since Tanahashi is a guy they really need to be pushing who can be a huge star for this company. Dave doesn't like him selling bumps for Chyna. Anyway, decent match but the Steiners basically steamrolled them and Tanahashi was pinned by Scott Steiner. Chyna then challenged several All Japan Women at ringside as well as Scott Steiner, Tanahashi, Sasaki, and even IWGP champion Yuji Nagata, saying she wanted a title match. Dave thinks this company has lost its damn mind. Speaking of Nagata, he retained his title in the next match. And then, of course, the main event. Usually during interpromotional matches, the crowd is always super pro-NJPW but this time, they went insane for Misawa and it was clear there were a ton of NOAH fans in the building. Chono did some Inoki moves and Misawa did some Great Baba moves, to kinda have a spiritual "Baba vs. Inoki" tribute in the match I guess. Ended in a draw and by the time it was over, no matter how big the dream match was, the crowd was burned out and weren't as hype for the match as you might expect once the entrances were done.
WATCH: Misawa vs. Chono highlights
  • Goldberg has received a full buy-out of his WCW contract from Time Warner and as of this week, he is now an unsigned free agent. Goldberg did not request the buy-out, the decision was made by the Time Warner side after the most unprofitable quarter in their history. The company was looking to cut expenses, even at a loss, just so the books can look better in future quarters. Goldberg reportedly received almost all of his remaining salary (more than 90% of the nearly $3 million he was still owed) in order to get him off their books. When Goldberg realized he's going to be a free agent a year earlier than expected, talks with WWE started up. But as usual, they went nowhere. WWE (I feel like I'm having to get used to typing that all over again. Really does feel like 2002 again) has interest in him, especially given the way ratings continue to plummet lately. But Goldberg has always wanted more than WWE is willing to pay. Plus, they're feeling burned right now after signing Hall and Nash to big money, long-term contracts for part-time work, only to have Nash get injured and Hall likely to get himself fired at any moment (that moment is coming sooner than you think), and neither of them really getting over in any meaningful way. Even Hogan, who is also making big money for a reduced schedule, was hot for a minute and boosted ratings and buyrates. But after only a few months, that train already seems to be out of steam and TV ratings are back to floundering with Hogan as champion leading the shows. So WWE is kinda gun-shy on opening the checkbook and paying out the ass for these big stars, futilely hoping that one of them is the quick-fix that can stop the bleeding.
  • There's also the question of how Goldberg would fit within the WWE locker room. He hasn't been shy about his dislike for Triple H, dating back to WCW when Triple H trashed Goldberg in a radio interview and saying that even if Goldberg was available, they wouldn't want him (which, at the time, when WCW was still alive and Goldberg was the biggest star in the company, is just about the dumbest thing he could have said. In 1998, WWF would have gladly traded 10 Triple H's for Goldberg). Anyway, Goldberg took the comment personally and even confronted Triple H face-to-face at the Toy Fair convention in New York a couple of years ago, in a bit of an ugly scene where Goldberg was yelling at him and Triple H and Stephanie kept their heads down and said nothing. Goldberg also has a lot of dislike for Scott Hall, which is another of Triple H's good friends, so ya know. The latest on Goldberg is that he's considering working some in Japan but he's just fielding offers right now. Word is he's interested in working with PRIDE as well as NJPW. Of course, if he's looking to maximize his money potential, WWE is still the place to go if you want to make big bucks. If promoted right, matches against Rock, Austin, Triple H, and others could do huge buyrates. And if they keep Goldberg and Austin apart for a year and build to a match with them at Wrestlemania, well, needless to say, that show would set records. Dave talks about how Goldberg got nuclear hot in 1998 and even in 1999, he was the biggest drawing wrestler in the business. But by 2000, the company was dying, Goldberg was injured, and "Jesus Chris with an Etch-a-Sketch" couldn't have drawn in WCW. Dave again does the math and talks about how WWE should have brought Goldberg in for the Invasion angle. Yes, it would have cost them a lot of money and upset the salary structure, but he would have more than made up for it with the kind of buyrates he could have drawn with those dream matches and the Invasion angle might have had a chance. But alas.
  • And of course, who's to say how WWE would use Goldberg? They already have Brock Lesnar and they're currently giving him the unstoppable monster push. Lesnar is bigger, younger, and a more legitimate athlete (for whatever that's worth). And WWE probably isn't going to give Goldberg an endless string of jobbers to beat. In WWE, he's going to be expected to work longer matches, sell for people, etc. They won't book him the way WCW did so who knows how he'd get over in WWE? If they wanted to build to an Austin/Goldberg match, it would make sense that Goldberg first has to plow through guys like Triple H, Undertaker, etc. And politically, that just ain't gonna happen. Dave doubts NJPW can afford him for anything more than one or two big shows. As for PRIDE, he could probably make a lot of money there, but the problem is.....PRIDE is a shoot. They haven't had "worked" matches in a couple of years and doing so now would kill their credibility. Which means Goldberg would have to go into a legit shoot and one embarrassing loss there would severely hurt his future earning potential. In the end, Dave thinks it's inevitable that Goldberg will end up in WWE, but probably not any time soon. But he's certain it will eventually happen. There's too much money on the line for both sides and WWE's ratings woes are making them desperate, so it'll happen some day (yup, less than a year from this).
  • And the moment is here! For those of you who had "under 3 months" in the "How long will Scott Hall last?" pool, come collect your prize. Scott Hall was released by the WWE this week due to misbehavior on the European tour. Firstly, he went on a drunken binge during the entire tour and was even worse on the plane ride home (much more on that in a bit). Dave says this was inevitable. WCW fired him. Even ECW stopped using him when he got arrested at one point. And even though he was seemingly behaving during his Japan tours, even NJPW cut ties with him shortly before he went back to WWE because they were fed up with some of his antics. And now WWE has fired him. Dave talks about how Hall made a drunken spectacle of himself in the locker room on his very first day back in WWE, before the NWO even debuted on TV, then he showed up in Toronto for Wrestlemania in no condition to perform (later came out that he was hungover from the night before), which caused Austin to insist on ending their feud at WM (which was the plan, but Dave says Austin has continued working with Hall afterwards simply because they don't really seem to have any other credible opponents for him). Hall's match with Bradshaw at Backlash was an embarrassment and the night before that show, agents had to help him back to his hotel. Just endless incidents like this. In Europe, Hall was such a blatant drunken mess that even the other wrestlers were calling for him to be fired. Hall was 45 minutes late for the bus they all took to London and then passed out in the locker room during the show. On the plane ride back, he was starting fights with people and eventually passed out and it got to the point that people were worried about his health. When they got back to the U.S. for Raw, they literally had to wake him up from a drunken stupor backstage to send him to the ring to do his segment (and yes, he wrestled). After the show, they fired him. No one came to his defense, and even Hall's closest friends are now admitting that he simply can't handle the pressures of being on the road and being released is the best thing for him right now. Dave talks about how a lot of wrestlers have been fired in the last couple of years for drug and alcohol issues and that's all well and good, but the big problem is why hire them in the first place? Scott Hall's issues were not a secret. It wasn't like he cleaned himself up before he came to WWE. He was getting in trouble and collecting arrests like Pokemon all the way up until the day they brought him back. Anyway, Hall had a 2-year deal, believed to be worth $600,000-per-year downside for only 10 dates per month. So a really sweet deal, but it's gone now.
  • Hey, speaking of that European tour, turns out there was a bit of trouble on the flight back to the U.S. Perhaps you've heard of it. Most of the trouble wasn't even due to Scott Hall. Turns out Vince McMahon didn't make the trip and lots of people decided that was a good reason to cut loose and have fun. Plus, since everyone has seen Hall get away with being drunk 24/7 for the last few months, they figured nobody would get in trouble. So....folks got DRUNK. Among the various incidents on this flight: Goldust got on the speaker system and began drunkenly serenading his ex-wife Terri with love songs. Terri was extremely uncomfortable and begged him to stop and then Jim Ross had to go sit him down. Ric Flair also "started to get wild" but Jim Ross calmed him down as well (Dave doesn't seem to know just yet exactly what Flair "getting wild" entailed, but if you don't know, it involved getting totally naked except for his robe and started helicoptering his dick at flight attendants. And it gets worse if you feel like researching it. The flight attendants later filed a lawsuit against Flair and accused him of sexual assault). Curt Hennig was spraying people with shaving cream and he kept trying to get Brock Lesnar to fight him. Lesnar, being a newcomer, didn't know how to handle it and didn't want to get in trouble, but he ain't gonna let Hennig talk shit to him either. So anyway, Lesnar got up and basically annihilated Hennig, repeatedly taking him to the ground and embarrassing him because, well, of course he did. It's Brock Lesnar. At one point, Lesnar slammed Hennig up against the side of the plane, right into the emergency exit door, which freaked everybody out for obvious reasons. Michael Hayes got into a scuffle with Bradshaw and then tried to pick a fight with Hall (although everyone on the plane said Hall had it coming). Anyway, Hayes was apparently obnoxious as hell and annoyed everyone. But then he made the mistake of falling asleep and someone (believed to be X-Pac) cut his hair off. When Hayes woke up, he was furious and tried to fight several people. The next day at the Raw tapings, his entire mullet was in a plastic bag, pinned to the wall of the locker room for everyone to see. Gerald Brisco, Arn Anderson, and Hayes all caught a ton of heat from Vince afterward since they were the people who were supposed to be in charge. Anderson and Hayes especially, since their jobs are to keep the boys under control, but they were apparently having just as much fun as everyone else. Everyone's waiting to see how Vince is going to handle this situation. As noted, Hall was already fired and Hayes got an earful from Vince, Stephanie, and JR at Raw the next day, but there will likely be more fallout. Undertaker was also said to be furious over how out of hand everything got (I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this).
  • Anyway, while they were in Europe, WWE presented its latest UK PPV, Insurexxtion. As usual with the UK PPVs, this was little more than a glorified house show. They announced the show as sold out, but there were empty seats everywhere. RVD vs. Eddie Guerrero for the IC title was the show-stealer according to every report Dave heard, and was said to be far better than their Backlash match. Brock Lesnar teamed with Shawn Stasiak (lol wut) and lost to the Hardyz. Brock beat up everybody after the match. Triple H beat Undertaker in the main event and Dave doesn't know why since Undertaker is the one challenging Hogan for the title at the next PPV. The top rope broke during the match when they did an Irish whip into the corner and when the rope snapped, a metal piece broke off from the corner and flew into the crowd and barely missed hitting a small child in the face.
  • Smackdown on 5/2 drew the all-time lowest rating in the history of the show. Dave says that's the scariest thing to happen to WWF in the past 5 years. It was also the 3rd lowest rating for any Smackdown or Raw dating back to 1998. The rating was a full 18% drop from the week before, which was already scary. The rating was even lower than previous holiday episodes. So what was the problem? Well, it was headlined by Hogan defending the WWF title against Chris Jericho (as it turns out, the final time the "WWF" title was ever defended). Dave says the title has been meaningless for years now and Hogan's steam is running out. And Jericho hasn't recovered from spending the first part of the year being emasculated and playing second fiddle to Stephanie McMahon in the Wrestlemania feud. Add all that together and you've got a recipe for a shit ratings night. Among other things. Dave isn't blaming this all on Hogan and Jericho by any means, there's a lot of problems with the company as of late, from bad storylines to failing to make new stars, and it's all starting to come home to roost.
  • Keiji Muto wrestled a match in AJPW under his alternate gimmick of Kokushi Muso. Turns out "Great Muta" isn't his only other persona. The Kokushi Muso gimmick is basically like Hakushi in WWF, where he's covered his entire body in Japanese writing. He originally debuted the gimmick in Michinoku Pro last year, when teaming with....Hakushi (Jinsei Shinzaki, who occasionally brought back the old Hakushi gimmick in Japan). Anyway, same thing here. He teamed with Hakushi for this match, while using that gimmick (Muto would use that gimmick a handful of times throughout the years, always when teaming with Hakushi. It's like that was only his gimmick for that team. The last time he used it was in 2009, also in a tag match with Hakushi).
  • Former NOAH Jr. champion Naomichi Marufuji underwent knee surgery this week and should be out around 6 months (ends up being 9 months).
  • NJPW is doing an angle (according to Dave) similar to the Vince/Flair angle last year where Antonio Inoki and Masahiro Chono are battling over control of the company. Although it's more realistic. Inoki is in the press talking about how many of NJPW's shows aren't doing well and is pushing for them to use Naoya Ogawa more, while Chono doesn't want to. Inoki is also saying Chono needs to retire from wrestling and focus his energies on managing the day-to-day business of the promotion full-time. Dave says this is an angle, but it doesn't sound like much of one to me, and I think later years have kinda proven there was a lot of blurring between fiction and reality here, because there was a ton of behind the scenes turmoil in NJPW during this period.
  • Will Smith appeared alongside Antonio Inoki at the Japanese movie premiere for the film "Ali" based on Muhammad Ali's life. Crowd went absolutely insane for Inoki (I've tried like hell and can't even find a picture of them together. But then again, I can't find a single pic from the premiere at all).
  • When reviewing the recent Dos Caras Jr. shoot fight in Japan, Dave talks about the guy's potential as a wrestler. He has a strong amateur background, legit shoot skills, and a famous name. Dave thinks, if he's even halfway a decent worker, he can almost be a guaranteed star in Mexico (based on his name alone) and probably Japan too, if he decides to pursue that career (indeed he did, and indeed, he was fairly decent at it. Of course, he later became Alberto Del Rio, accused rapist and pretty much confirmed all-around piece of shit).
  • Former long-time WCW referee Randy Anderson passed away this week after a long battle with testicular cancer. Back when WCW was still around and he first got diagnosed, they did an angle out of it where Eric Bischoff fired him and then laughed at his wife and kids when they begged him to give Anderson his back. Of course, he was later re-hired when Flair became on-screen commissioner and continued to referee until 1999 when the cancer forced him to retire.
  • Random news and notes: Bobby Heenan is said to be in good spirits and is especially excited because WWE recently contacted him about doing a WWE Magazine feature on him. Verne Gagne's wife Mary passed away from cancer this week. Goldberg will be appearing on this week's Wrestling Observer Live show to be interviewed. Mil Mascaras is releasing an autobiography (in Spanish of course) and man, I'd love to find an English translation of that because I bet it'd be interesting. Chyna appeared on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" this past week.
WATCH: Chyna on Sabrina The Teenage Witch
  • Bruno Sammartino turned down an invitation to attend the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony in New York (yes, that HOF existed and still does, in a different city now). Bruno did an interview with the local paper and said "Wrestling is how I made my living and supported my family, but it's over. I don't want anything to do with it anymore." Bruno managed to turn the discussion to the WWE, despite them not having any affiliation with this HOF and grumbled about how Vince McMahon blocked him from being inducted into the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame. However, the new MSG owners have apparently promised Bruno he'll be inducted this year, since he sold the place out 200 times (Dave jumps in here to correct it and says the real number of sellouts is closer to 45. Bruno only main evented the Garden 127 times and by no means were they all sell-outs. But it's one of those myths that has been perpetuated for so long that Dave begrudgingly recognizes that people are always going to believe the 200 number is true, but it's not even close. He compares it to the claim that Andre The Giant was 7'4, which also wasn't true but people repeated the lie so often that it became accepted as fact).
  • Afa Anoa'i Jr., the son of the legendary Wild Samoan, is a star football player at his high school and is being recruited for Penn State. He also sometimes wrestles on his father's indie shows (that would be Manu, who was very briefly part of Legacy with Orton, Dibiase Jr., and Cody).
  • Former WCW announcer Scott Hudson will be doing commentary for Jerry Jarrett's new promotion, and Bob Ryder is said to be in a major front office position.
  • Jarrett has put out a press release saying that his new promotion has had talks with Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior. Word is Warrior wanted a 15% ownership stake in the new company, which pretty much ended those talks right there. They're also apparently interested in Scott Hall now too, with the idea that since they're only doing 1 show per week, he won't be a screw-up here. Dave is skeptical. Anyway, currently Road Dogg and Brian Christopher expected to be some of the company's top stars and Dave's not optimistic.
  • XWF wrestlers were told last week that a television deal should hopefully be finalized this week. But Dave has been told no chance it's happening that soon. The rumors are that the deal is either with the FX or Fox Kids networks. Ted Turner had inquired about buying this promotion a few months ago, but when he learned how much it would cost to get them off the ground and make them competitive, he lost interest (TV deal never materializes, company is already dead, etc. etc.).
  • The Scorpion King slipped to 2nd place this week, falling to the new Spider Man movie which did a record breaking $114 million opening weekend. Randy Savage has a small role in that movie.
  • Speaking of, The Rock worked his first match in about a month at a Fort Lauderdale house show, teaming with Hogan to beat Jericho and Angle. After the match, Hogan tried to get Rock to pose with him, but Rock wouldn't do it. Rock thanked the fans for the success of Scorpion King and said it would likely be his last match for awhile. There was a ton of local media there, but Rock didn't talk to any of them. Basically, the house show was in his neck of the woods and he simply decided to show up and work it just so he could see his friends and hang out with the locker room, he had no interest in doing interviews. He was just there because he wanted to be. Backstage, Rock was telling people that Hollywood higher-ups have told him he has to leave the wrestling business if he wants to be taken seriously as an actor. Those in the company feel it's a certainty that Rock really is leaving and he's likely going to break out of wrestling into Hollywood and actually become a rare success story (yeah, you could say that).
  • Look how long this is already. Imagine if I had covered that Lou Thesz obituary in full. JUST IMAGINE!
  • Notes from Raw: Dave compares it to an episode of Thunder, with the crowd half-dead for everything. Also, the roster was exhausted after just returning from the Europe trip (and the plane ride shenanigans) and that was apparent too. Brock Lesnar won his match via pinfall instead of the usual ref stoppage and Dave says that word is Triple H got in Vince's ear and convinced him to end the ref stoppage gimmick for Brock. Sure, why not? Hogan was supposed to ride off on Undertaker's bike at one point, but then the motorcycle wouldn't start. It was one of those awkward live-TV moments where time stood still and nobody knew what to do. Flair finally turned heel on Austin, to a shocking lack of heat from the crowd. Nash returned, etc. Dave recaps the rest of this show and it sounds like a lot of bad WCW stuff, coincidentally enough with a lot of the same people.
WATCH: Hogan can't start the motorcycle
  • The man who played the effeminate gay guy applying to be Vince McMahon's secretary on Smackdown a few weeks ago was new creative team member David Lagana. He recently joined the company and has written for several other TV shows, including "Friends" and has a strong knowledge of the industry (Dave says if you've been reading the Observer closely for the last few years, you're probably familiar with him, he's written in to Dave a lot over the years).
  • Dave goes on a brief rant about how to use older stars. In the past, everyone, even Vince McMahon, talked about how you should use guys like Hogan and Flair in small doses and how WCW's reliance on older stars like that is what made them less special. Dave talks about back in the day in Memphis, Jackie Fargo would come back once or twice a year and he was always the biggest star in the company when he did. Because he was used sparingly. But WWE has pretty much built its company around Hogan and Flair (and to a lesser extent, Vince and Undertaker) over the last few months and they've been totally overexposed because of it. Just 6 weeks ago, Hulk Hogan was getting some of the largest crowd reactions in the history of the business. Now, he and Undertaker are practically hearing crickets during their on-screen interactions.
  • Lita underwent neck surgery this week and isn't allowed to do anything physical for 9 months. Scotty 2 Hotty also had neck surgery and is expected to be out for about a year. Both are expected to make full recoveries though.
  • Jesse Ventura admitted this week that he received WWF stock options as partial payment for some work he did with them. Dave doesn't know if it's related to the Summerslam appearance a few years ago or the XFL announcing gig. Ventura says he has 10 years to exercise those stock options but wouldn't give any further details.
  • Scott Steiner told WWA he will work their next UK tour but after that, he's going to WWE. Dave is skeptical. Reports are that Steiner was in horrible pain after every match he worked on the last WWA tour and there's significant doubt that his body will hold up to a WWE schedule.
  • The new Steve Austin "What!" DVD has a lot of WCW footage, including the full Austin vs. Steamboat match from WCW Bash at the Beach 94. Dave doesn't say so, but I believe this is the first time WWE used any of the WCW library for commercial release after they purchased it the year before.
  • Someone writes in and asks Dave to stop spending so much time writing about steroid use in wrestling and instead says he should write a story about racism in the business. This person writes about the allegations from years back of Dusty Rhodes using the N-work with impunity, or the time DX parodied the Nation by wearing blackface. The WCW discrimination lawsuit, the embarrassing angles they've done with Mark Henry such as Sexual Chocolate, etc. This guy is asking why is it white wrestlers outnumber black wrestlers by 35-to-1 ratio in the U.S. (70-to-1 in Mexico and 80-to-1 in Japan). He wants to know why Dave isn't writing about that stuff. Dave responds and agrees that the blackface DX promo was racist, and it was racist when Buff Bagwell did it in WCW and when Roddy Piper did it in the 80s. Dave says wrestling, especially from the 70s through the 90s, had a horrible history of exploiting stereotypes and/or saying and doing racist things. You can argue it's gotten better, but no doubt the problem still exists. Dave lists some examples but he also pushes back on some others. For example, he's heard people complain that Booker T isn't being used properly due to his race and Dave disagrees. It's true that Booker T probably deserves a bigger push, but you can make the same case for guys like RVD and Jericho and Raven or DDP (when he first debuted, at least) and that didn't happen either, so Dave doesn't necessarily think Booker's lack of top-star push can be blamed on his race (we're less than a year away from Triple H definitively proving otherwise).
  • There's also 2 letters about the Rock/Hogan match at Wrestlemania and they couldn't be more different. One guy writes in and he can't understand why people are praising that match because if you put aside the hot crowd, it was awful, everyone's moves looked bad, it was embarrassing, etc. and says Hogan should have retired afterward. Then someone else writes in and says he was there live and, taken as a whole, Rock vs. Hogan was the greatest match he's ever seen. Basically the same "love it or hate it" opinion people have about that match to this day. Also, someone else writes in about the recent Low-Ki vs. American Dragon match from an ROH show and puts it up there among some of the greatest matches of all time (listing off several classic WWF matches like Shawn/Razor and Owen/Bret at WM10 for example). So there ya go.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: more fallout from the Plane Ride from Hell, more on the beginning of Jarrett's new NWA-TNA promotion, more on the NJPW Tokyo Dome show, and more...
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Growing A Blog Network To >$25,000 A Month! - May 2020 - $6447/$25,000.

So rather than just track one domain as I had planned, I have decided to just track the progress of all of the domains in my network as I look to grow it in the future. My initial goal is to get to $10,000 a month with an outsourcing system that I am trying to put together and then use it to rapidly grow from $10,000 to >$25,000 as soon as possible. Last month I managed to make around $6447 but I think that the stimulus cheques going live in the USA helped increase the sales for the month and expect this to normalize to $80-$130 a day until my newer domains age in and start making money.
I have no idea how long this journey will take to grow to being able to pull over $25,000 a month or even if I will reach it but its something to work towards for the future. I also have a video version of this post on Reddit that you can check out if you prefer information in video format too. One quick thing to add is that the Amazon Affiliate income screenshots below for the actual domains are from Amazon.com that usually makes up around 75% of a domain's income with the other 25% coming from the other Amazon storefronts with a very small amount coming from Adsense and eBay.

Domain 1 - >$169 Income

I have a dedicated site report video for this domain on Reddit covering the domain and its history. This is the oldest domain that I still have in my money site network and as you can see from the screenshot of its traffic analytics, it was hit by the Google Medic update drastically slashing its traffic pull from Google. It managed to limp on from that pulling just over $300 per month but it was then hit by the Amazon commission rate cuts in April 2020 falling from a commission rate of 8% down to 3%.
Due to being in a niche policed by the Google Medic update, I have no plans to put any more time or money into this particular domain so I am just going to leave it as it is to limp on. As you can see from its income, it managed to make almost $170 last month from Amazon.com plus its income from the other Amazon storefronts as well as Googles Adsense program.

Domain 2 - >$1612 Income

I also have a dedicated site report video for this domain on Reddit covering the domain and its history. As you can see from its traffic analytics, this domain has also been hit by two Google updates, the Florida 2 update in Feb 19 and the September 2019 update too almost killing the domain, thankfully though, the Google update in November 2019 managed to recover it from both of the updates and it is currently doing better than ever with May being its highest income month. The dip around March/April 2020 is due to the virus lockdown and people panicking as this niche is far from essential buying so people were not searching for the items.
Outside of being previously hit with two Google updates, the main issue with this domain is that it is extremely niche and hard to scale with nw content until the next generation of products are released for it. Although I will release new content for these products when they are released for the domain, I have no plans to add any new content to it until then and product cycles can be as long as five years for this niche with some being around three years.
Another problem for this domain right now is that the majority of the products are made in China and they are currently out of stock with the official Amazon supply chain for the USA. I think that this is due to the virus lockdown causing issues with shipping and I have no idea when the products will be back in stock. On the flipside of this though, local retailers who already have these products have been listing them on Amazon charging as much as double their normal price and they have been selling. More and more retailers have worked this out though so the prices are rapidly normalizing again but someone paid over $1200 via my affiliate link when the item is usually $550-$650.

Domain 3 - >$3047 Income

I also have a dedicated site report video for this domain on Reddit covering the domain and its history. As you can see, this domain has also been hit by a Google update, this one was hit by the May 4th 2020 update dropping traffic by around 20% unfortunately but it is still my highest income domain to date. Again, the dip in traffic around March/April 2020 is due to the virus lockdown and these items being in a niche that is not essential so people were not searching for them as much.
Just like domain 2 above, this domain has an issue with being too niche that I have already managed to cover the vast majority of the content that I can think of for it until the next round of products are released. Thankfully though, product releases for this niche are usually every two to three years with multiple brands being involved in it so I should be able to churn out more content in a few months for this domain.

Domain 4 - >$156 Income

I started this domain in January but I am currently just planning to leave it to see if its traffic ends up growing or not. Unfortunately, this domain is having a number of issues with the indexing problems Google are having right now and although domain 5 also has these issues, force indexing posts for domain 5 seems to help but with this domain, Google just kick the posts back out of its index after a week or two. The content in unique and usually over 2000 words so I doubt it is a thin or duplicate content penalty or anything like that but its really annoying me.
This screenshot is from this domain Google Search Console showing the coverage tab for this project. The bars are the number of pages that Google has in either their crawled, not indexed or discovered, not indexed categories. I became aware of these issues with Google indexing system around the 9th May and you can see that the initial force indexing of the content did help and the number of pages Google were aware of but didn't index reduced drastically but they then started to increase again.
I have not published any new content to this domain so the pages getting kicked out of the index are the older pages that force indexing initially managed to get in the index. There have been posts on Reddit from other people having this same issue too and Google has also said that they are aware of it and have pushed a fix live. Unfortunately though, judging by the comments to this Tweet from Google where they say that they have pushed their fix live, it seems it has done little to nothing with some webmasters reporting that it is actually worse now.
In addition to this, the niche for this domain has been hit hard by the Google May 4th update too. Although the domain is too young and still in the Google Sandbox to see the effects of this in its traffic analytics due to not having many posts on in the top 3 of Google for their search terms, many of the keywords are now much higher competition than they were prior to the update. Just like domain 3 though, many of these higher strength pages now ranking on the first page for this domain search terms are only niche relevant and not keyword-relevant so I think Google may make some tweaks and may make this a viable niche again.
For the foreseeable future though, I have no plans to publish any more content for this domain and if it is not making enough to cover its domain registration and hosting renewal in January I will just leave it to die. Fingers crossed that Google can fix the issues with their indexer and potentially tweak their May 4th update for this niche.

Domain 5 - $0.03

This is the domain that I launched last month but unfortunately, this domain is also having similar problems to domain 4 above with the May 4th update from Google having an effect on the pages on the first page for its search terms as well as the indexing issues. Thankfully, this domain seems to be keeping its pages in the index once force crawled though giving me some hope that future domains will not be like domain 4 and have their pages kicked out of the Google index. The increases in domains that are not indexed for this domain is due to new content being added rather than older content being pushed back out of the index.
This domain is targeting broad informational keywords rather than later targeting specific buyer intent keywords like the domains above. This means that the May 4th update from Google has had a more serious effect on the domains on the first page and although the new pages Google has put there after the update are more generic, many of them are relevant to the keywords now. I did a manual check of all of the keywords a few days back for this domain and I would only consider less than 30% of the keywords with published content on the domain to still be low competition.
I do plan to come back to this domain in the future but I am going to wait before publishing more content to it. I want to see if the indexing problems get fixed, stay as they are requiring forced indexing or if the pages start getting kicked out of the Google index like domain 4. In a few months, I will check how this domain is doing and make a decision on putting more time and money into growing it but for now, its paused.

Domain 6

This domain is not currently online and is only in the very early stages of planning. With any luck, I will be launching it early next month or the month after. The goal of this domain is to serve two purposes, the first is to test out a system that I plan to use for outsourcing as much of the blogging process as possible to freelancers to free up my time. The second is to try out some patterns for keyword research that I have seen after going over the SERPs for my domains above. Google definitely seems to be putting more weight on results from sites such as YouTube, Reddit, Quora, Amazon, and Pinterest since pushing last month's update out so I have had to adapt my keyword research method.
Essentially, I am hoping that this domain will be a way to move forward with outsourcing as much as possible as well as developing a successful keyword research method for the future. I currently have just over 100 keywords planned for this domain that I plan to use for the project that I would still consider to be low competition.

Domain 7

This domain is not currently online yet either but I am considering using this domain as a project to keep me busy where I can publish the content myself as I plan to outsource content creation for domain 6. Not only will this keep me productive and hopefully result in an income from the project but I am half considering using nothing but this keyword research method based around nothing but zero search volume keywords for the project too.
I have been messing around with it for a few years now for a small number of pages on each of my sites but PhilReddit7 posted in the comments that it is basically the same keyword research method that he uses for the domain in his case study that managed to pull almost 50,000 organic hits last month on a domain that is only five months old.
As I plan to publish the majority of the content for this domain myself, I will have to find a niche that I am comfortable enough with to smash out tons of content without having to do much research so I will probably go with one of my existing hobbies or interests. On top of this, if I can find solid, low competition keywords that actually have some search volume then I will go with them rather than the zero search volume keywords but still plan to integrate some of the zero search volume stuff into this domain in the future too.
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Cheap vs. High End Hand Grinder: An Experiment

Intro
Essentially I intend for this to be a layman's version of James Hoffmann's video on Premium Hand Grinders. His video(s) are great and I highly recommend checking out that one and the cheap hand grinder one too. He brings the cheap hand grinder winner into the high end grinder comparison as well so you will get some of that. Although the video is informative and great, you are kinda left wondering "ok like it get it, but he is also a huge coffee guy with a highly developed pallet, would I get the same results?". Sometimes it can feel like that for many people. Tasting notes are a bit weird and complex and often we don't really get it. People will taste and say a coffee tastes one way and we don't really get that when we do it.
Background
Hi everyone, this is gonna be a somewhat lengthy but fun post. I will start out with some background to bore you. Just skip to next section for comparison. I wanted to make this post to combine what I have learned to help people who want equipment or maybe have equipment and are thinking about upgrading but are not sure what to get and if it is better than what they have. I started brewing my own coffee about 8 years ago in high school. I had heard from the beginning that a burr grinder is the way to go, so I got the cheapest thing that "burr grinder" turned up on Amazon and a Sterling Pro French press. I used that for 3 years until I graduated high school and enjoyed the coffee I was making. For high school I then got one of those cheap hand grinders, like the two identical ones in James Hoffmann's video (definitely worth a watch). I used this with a French press for 3 years in college and made occasional pour over. Then I got into espresso and the world of more expensive coffee brewing. I found out that that cheap hand grinder I had been using was not the best. Longer story short, I got a Lido 3 and made some delicious brews with a Chemex. A few days ago, however, I sold the Lido and while waiting for a new grinder, found that old cheap hand grinder in my cabinet. I had ground some coffee before shipping off the Lido so that I could make coffee in the meantime (don't fret, it was stored in an Atmos) and also I wanted some espresso, which I knew the cheap grinder couldn't do. I decided I would do a comparison between the two to see if the the expensive grinder really did brew something better, or was it just 10x the cost for little to no benefit?
Equipment
Ok so obviously the two grinders were the ones mentioned and linked above. In addition I used a basic Kalita 102 dripper with some compostable filters and poured using a stovetop gooseneck kettle. The coffee used was from a local specialty roaster, Black & White. It is a medium dark roast, fairly basic notes, nothing fancy. It is called The Classic. Notes are dark chocolate, caramel, and subtle stone fruit.
Note: No none of these are affiliate or sponsor links. honestly I have no affinity for any of these things other than the coffee (strongly recommend B&W stuff), and all of these things were gifted to me. I only linked each just so people who do not know can check stuff out. I am tactile and visual so I like when things are linked in posts like this.
Final thing before getting to the experimentation and results is a bit of a disclaimer. Yes, I know none of this is super high end stuff. It is what I had on hand though. Yes, I could have used a lighter roasted coffee and a Stagg with a Chemex or a V60. That probably would have made even more of a difference, and I may do that in the future, but I thought it was good because I is probably similar to what a lot of people have or would get to start as it is inexpensive. So, take the conclusions here with that grain of salt. And I will readdress at the conclusions.
User Experience
This is pretty important to me. A lot of people are turned off from hand grinders because it is long and laborious vs sticking beans in a hopper (or even storing them there) and just pushing a button in the morning. Let me tell you the difference here between cheap and expensive is night and day! The Lido makes it super easy to grind (especially for drip) and the massive, aggressively cut sharp steel burrs chew through coffee. It took me about 30 seconds to grind my 25g dose on the Lido 3 vs like a minute or so on the cheap grinder. Yes I grind pretty quickly, but expensive grinders tend to have good grip to reduce the effort needed to hold them from slipping and they have larger more ergonomic handles, often with long lever arms, that make grinding not that hard (unless grinding super fine). I will often grind through 50-80g on my Lido. Yes, it is more work that pushing a button, but the time it takes is not that much longer, and for the premium grinders you do not really need to apply a ton of force (although less force will mean less speed and therefore a longer grinding time). The cheap grinder, on the other hand, is smooth bodied and a bit harder to grip. Overall it is fine for about a max of 20-25g of coffee (which is about one cup) but certainly not enjoyable, whereas the experience with the Lido (and most of the expensive hand grinders) could be described as such.
Grind
So, we always hear that grind consistency is key to good extraction. You do not want boulders that will underextract and produce sour tastes, not fines that will over extract and produce bitterness. So I briefly checked out how each one looked and there was definitely a difference. You could tell there were more fines and boulders for the cheap hand grinder than the Lido, but just spread around on my hand I couldn't really see a major difference, but after the brew the difference was hugely apparent. The cheap grinder produced way more fines that appeared as muck on the top after draining whereas the Lido (while obviously it had some fines) looked solid with even grind consistency after brewing. There is definitely a huge difference in grind consistency between the two. Part of this I think is the burr set. The ceramic burrs in the cheap grinder are rather dull vs the steel burrs of the Lido are very sharp. Due to this you get more cutting and shearing versus crushing the beans and producing a bunch of dust. This is why false burr grinders like the Mr. Coffee are only technically burr grinders and are probably much worse than regular manual cheap hand grinders like the one I used. The other big difference is the burr wobble. The cheap grinder you can move the burr around a good bit and it even will move when you turn it and there are no beans inside. Obviously when you get the beans in there, the wobble will be even more.
Here are the pics of the grind before and after brewing:
Cheap grinder
Lido 3
Brew
I tried to make the brews pretty similar. To do so I ground on the Lido around how I have normally done for pour over for the past few weeks. For the other grinder I adjusted until the grounds looked pretty similar. I then brewed a pretty standard pour over with a 2x bloom for 30 seconds followed by one pour to ~50% total weight and then did a second pour to finish off pouring around 2 minutes and let it draw down. Despite how rough and unscientific the method for making them similar were (visual), they both brewed fairly similarly, finishing at the 4 minute mark. I brewed 25 in and 415 out (60g/L). I gave each a stir during bloom and then a stir once before finishing. The cheap grinder actually needed a bit more stirring at the beginning to saturate all the grounds and it did not seem like the water was flowing through. At that point I was kinda worried I went too fine or that fines had clogged it already, but I gave it a stir and it ended up draining fine.
Taste
This is probably what we all care about. The answer is yes. The cups definitely did taste different. Yes the grind distribution is different. The cup from the Lido was much clearer. This flavors came out much clearer. You got the chocolate and the caramel and the subtle stone fruit. It was also less bitter for sure. The taste also lingered much longer. I still have caramel aftertaste in my mouth while writing this. Now, that being said. The cup from the cheap grinder was by no means bad. Honestly it was better than a good amount of coffees I have gotten in cafes. It was definitely better than Keurig (while being cheaper). If I were served that at a restaurant and it was pretty cheap (~$2), I would be more than happy with it. It had been a while since I had used it and I was honestly surprised how enjoyable the cup was. But there is no question, the one from the Lido tasted better.
Conclusions
Where do we go from here? Ok, so the Lido 3 (and pretty much any of those high end hand grinders) will make a better cup of coffee than a $12 hand grinder? I certainly hope so for 10x the cost! Honestly, I was a bit surprised at the performance of the cheap grinder. At the end of the day I think the takeaway is that so long as you have good water and good coffee, you can get by with a cheap grinder. Now I will say that these cheap Porlex style grinders are definitely better than blade grinders and even the false burr electric grinders. If you are getting good quality coffee and grinding fresh and brewing with decent water at proper temperature, these things are a solid bang for your buck. Only have $50 to spend on a coffee setup? This will be your best option. Have a machine but are currently buying pre ground stale coffee? Yeah get this and buy whole bean, it will make a difference. Now, the coffee I used was not complex. Honestly it is a specialty shop version of probably what most people drink and like. The brew method is also pretty forgiving, certainly more forgiving that a V60 where grind size and distribution matter a ton because they will control flow and extraction directly. With more complex, lighter coffees, I think the difference would be way more apparent. The grind time would be much different, and the extraction if going to be more pronounced because more of those acidic and bitter compounds are present to be extracted from the uneven grind. If that is your thing, I highly recommend a high end hand grinder. Otherwise I would still recommend one. From a quality perspective, I think something like the Aergrind or 1Zpresso is not that expensive and is a great investment. It would be all you would need for a grinder for ever. These things match and exceed any electric grinder that is <$500. They are also quiet and not bad to use. Will they make coffee that is 10x as good as a cheap grinder? Maybe not, depending on how you brew and what you drink. Are they a joy to use, versatile, and make a better cup? 100%.
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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Apr. 8, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002
  • Buckle in everybody, it's business analysis time! Fuck yeah, math and percentages! The WWF is still stronger than any other promotion in wrestling history, but they've still seen some declines. 2001 live attendance was down over 20% from the the year prior. Even with increased ticket prices, gate revenue was down 12%. Sellouts were down 53%. And even though Wrestlemania 17 and the Invasion show did huge numbers, 2001 PPV buyrates were still down 20% from the year before, though some of that decline can be attributed to the DirecTV conflict during the final months of the year. Raw's TV ratings are down about 21% from last year. Dave weirdly doesn't mention Smackdown's ratings, but I looked it up and they were also down 16% from the year prior. Needless to say, 2001 was a tough year for the WWF. But they're still riding the momentum of the Attitude Era and even though all these numbers are significantly down from only a year ago, they're still in strong shape.
  • Just as things were starting to finally go right for AJPW, disaster struck as Triple Crown champion Toshiaki Kawada suffered a serious knee injury this week when Steve Williams landed on his leg in a match. Kawada is expected to need reconstructive surgery to repair several torn ligaments and will likely be out about 6 months (ends up being out for over a year). The match was stopped immediately (which is how you know it's serious in AJPW, because "working through injury" is practically the foundation of that company) and he had to be carried out of the ring and taken to the hospital. The timing is terrible, as Kawada just won the title about a month ago, after chasing it for nearly 2 years and the long-term storyline with he, Muto, and Genichiro Tenryu. As expected, it was announced that Kawada will vacate the title, which is expected to set up a Muto vs. Tenryu match to crown a new champion. Muto vs. Tenryu was the 2000 Observer Match of the Year so...should be a barn burner! To make things even worse, Kawada's injury took place during the Champion Carnival tournament and because of the way the tournament is laid out, with wins and losses and point totals being carefully booked to get the desired result in the finals, an injury to the top guy completely destroys those plans (it's the same round robin format as NJPW's G-1). So who knows how they'll work their way around this. But AJPW was just starting to gain some momentum for the first time in 2 years, so this couldn't have come at a worse time.
  • Dave talks about the big story in Japan with K-1 promoter Kazuyoshi Ishii being investigated for tax evasion and writes about what it would mean for K-1 and MMA in general if Ishii were to go to prison and how the business could be affected. In the overall "sports entertainment" landscape, K-1 is the biggest thing going in Japan and the second biggest in the world, behind WWF (in 2003, Ishii does indeed get found guilty on tax evasion charges and goes to prison for almost 2 years).
  • More questions and details regarding recent WWF pay cuts. First, Dave mostly talks about how the loss of WCW completely destroyed all negotiating leverage for wrestlers in the U.S. and how dire the industry is for the workers. Now you're pretty much forced to accept whatever Vince wants to pay you or hey, fuck off and go find a new career if you don't like it. Up until 1996, WWF offered very minimal guarantees. As late as into the mid-90s, many guys were only paid a guarantee of $50 for TV tapings. Of course, with gate money and all the other streams of revenue, most guys made plenty more depending on their position on the card. But $50 was the only thing you were promised. There were always exceptions of course. Don't think for a second Hulk Hogan left AWA in 1983 for a $50 guarantee, for instance. But for the most part, that's how it worked. Then in 1996, Nash, Hall, and Piper all jumped ship to WCW for big guaranteed money and Vince was forced to start offering the same in order to keep everyone from leaving. And then there's the comparison to major sports. WWF pulls in double the money that most pro sports franchises do annually and in many cases, draw better TV ratings, larger crowds, sell more merch, and do bigger PPV numbers than any of those sports franchises do. And yet Rock and Austin aren't making even a fraction of the money as guys like Michael Jordan, Mario Lemieux, Randy Johnson, Lennox Lewis, Alex Rodriguez, etc. In fact, Austin and Rock don't even make the same amount of money as guys lower than them in other sports. Many of the lowest paid pro athletes make more than all but the highest paid WWF guys, even though in many cases, WWF generates far, faaaar more money. And then, add to that the fact that WWF stars still pay their own road expenses (rental cars, hotels, meals, etc.) WWF pays for air transportation but that's usually it. That's unheard of in any real pro sport. Other pro sports also offer a pension plan and post-career medical insurance. Wrestling? Nope. (It's now 2020 and to this day, almost all of this is still true). Wrestlers get none of these benefits from the money they generate. This just goes on and on but TL;DR - unionize already.
  • God, this section isn't even close to done. Pay cuts. Anyway, Dave talks about how, with the split rosters, more guys will be working more shows, which is good. But the real money is in TV revenue based on ratings, and the ratings are declining already. The brand split is likely to cause them to fall even further, at least in the short-term, since they're diluting the star power of both shows. PPVs are still going to be dual-branded for now, which means more guys fighting for less spots on PPVs to share in that money. Long story short, the undercard people in WWF are really going to feel these pay cuts hard. A $25k-per-year pay cut might not affect Rock or Austin at all, but 25k less per year definitely hurts, say, Hugh Morrus or Mike Sanders in developmental. Seriously, none of this is news and it just keeeeeeps going...
  • And now, Dave writes—I shit you not—over 7,000 words about the crossover history between pro wrestling and shoot fighting. You know, the lifelong question in wrestling: if it was real, who would actually win? There must have been NO news this week. Jesus. In the end, this is an analysis of NJPW's failures in recent years that have come from Inoki trying to steer the company in an MMA direction, which has resulted in some of NJPW's top stars getting humiliated by PRIDE prelim guys and is a big reason why NJPW business is struggling so much right now. The whole history is here. From guys in the early days like Strangler Lewis and Frank Gotch, who had to be legitimate tough guys to keep from being double-crossed by promoters, to Bill Watts firing any wrestler that lost a real out-of-the-ring fight. Territories in the 70s and 80s bringing in real amateur wrestlers to take on all-comers in shoots. Things like that. But then MMA came along in Japan, and Brazillian jiu-jitsu, then UFC, and then everyone realized how much of an art form there is to real fighting. It became a major part of the training for pro wrestlers in Japan, since Inoki wanted guys who could do both, and of course, Inoki made a career out of having shoot matches with athletes from other combat sports, most famously with Muhammad Ali. Guys like Haku had the tough guy bar fight reputation as being the toughest guy in the business, and to this day, he has that rep. But put Haku in there with a skilled MMA fighter, and he'd get eaten alive. WWF's Brawl For All exposed just how easily untrained "tough guys" can be dismantled in a shoot. This just keeps going. UWF in 80s Japan, Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada, PRIDE, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, K-1, Cro Cop, Tank Abbott, Naoya Ogawa, Don Frye, RINGS, the Gracies, Kazushi Sakuraba, Pancrase, Kendo Kashin, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar....you name it, Dave touches on it. It's a great history lesson on how these 2 sports are so intertwined and how they have affected each other.
  • AJPW is planning to give Tenryu some time off on the upcoming tour because he's old and has been working a lot of singles matches and he's beat up. And now, with Kawada's injury, the pressure is on Muto to carry the load. Muto hasn't worked a full schedule in years and his knees can't handle it over the long haul, but it's all on his shoulders for the time being.
  • Mitsuharu Misawa reportedly tore some ligaments in his knee at the latest NOAH show, in what is probably the worst possible news for the company. Misawa worked through it and even did a short match the next night and an angle after (he ended up taking no time off at all). Naomichi Marufuji is also in need of knee surgery but is working through it (he works one match to drop his title and gets surgery and is out for a loooong time).
  • NJPW's 30th anniversary Tokyo Dome show will be airing live in prime time on TV-Asahi in Japan, going head-to-head with the World Cup, which is the biggest sporting event in Japan in decades and, on a global basis, is the biggest sporting event in the world. The World Cup is being broadcast by rival network NTV, which is the television network NOAH is signed with. NJPW had planned for several NOAH wrestlers to work the show but that may not happen now because of this (it happens, Misawa works the show but there's more to the story, we'll get there).
  • NJPW opened a dojo in Los Angeles and most of the roster flew out for the grand opening. They also had several matches, including one featuring a young Rocky Romero. Chyna was there as well, took photos with Inoki, and talked about wanting to face male wrestlers in NJPW. "Oh dear God," Dave writes. Just wait.
PHOTO: Chyna working out at the Los Angeles NJPW Dojo in 2002
  • One of NJPW's big problems in recent years has been the failure to create new stars, which is what made them so successful in the 80s and 90s. But they're finally getting aggressive on that again and have recently brought in a new batch of trainees. Their names are Shinsuke Nakamura, Hirooki Goto, Naofumi Yamamoto, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Yasuke Moriakaku. Dave runs down their athletic backgrounds (mostly all accomplished amateur wrestlers).
  • A big show in Japan featuring Japanese shoot fighters against Mexican luchadores in legit shoot fights went....about as you'd expect. In the undercard, Pancrase founder Minoru Suzuki ("who is now a beaten up shell of a fighter") defeated wrestler Solar in just 2 minutes by DQ when Solar twice kneed him in the groin. The main event saw Pancrase fighter KENGO defeat Dos Caras Jr. (Alberto Del Rio) by submission in the second round, avenging his loss from last year when he suffered a broken arm in a fight with Caras Jr.
  • Latest on the old WCW racial discrimination lawsuit. Turner Broadcasting has been added as a defendant in the case. There are 10 wrestlers involved in filing the lawsuit and they're seeking $2 million each. There was a recent story about the case in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Dave spends most of this paragraph talking about all the obvious things the article got blatantly wrong about WCW and the business in general. Otherwise, the article featured quotes from some of the wrestlers (Sonny Onoo, Hard Body Harrison, etc.) about how they weren't pushed, were paid less than white stars, or were told to do offensive racial stereotypes (Onoo in particular talks about how WCW had him do the broken English Japanese stereotype, leading Dave to point out that Onoo kept doing that gimmick on the indies long after he left WCW. And for what it's worth, Onoo's boss who allegedly forced him to do this was his close friend, Eric Bischoff, who he remains friends with to this day). The lawsuit also claims wrestlers shouldn't be classified as independent contractors and should be given the same retirement and health benefits that other Turner employees got.
  • Notes from the latest Ring of Honor show: despite all the rave reviews of their debut show, the attendance was down for this one. The show was build around Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki, and American Dragon all working separate matches against each other. All those matches ended in submissions, with them clearly trying to get that style over. Dragon vs. Low-Ki in the main event was reported to Dave as a possible 5-star match but he hasn't seen it yet. Ken Shamrock was the referee for it. So once again, this ROH company is getting rave reviews for putting on another excellent indie show. A wrestler named Chris Marvel suffered a broken ankle that was said to be as bad as the Sid Vicious injury.
  • There's talk that Jerry Jarrett's new promotion will be affiliated with the NWA, which would allow Jeff Jarrett to, inevitably, become the NWA champion. Dave says that's a big win for the NWA because Jeff would be a better champ than Dan Severn and if this promotion has any level of success, it'll be the biggest thing to happen for the NWA in years (indeed, that's what we eventually get).
  • Steve Wilkos, the big bald security guard from the Jerry Springer Show, made his pro wrestling debut at a show for Maryland Championship Wrestling. Wilkos teamed with Gillberg against some local guys. He was awful and the match was clearly comical and Wilkos' only offense was clotheslines. But the crowd of 1,600+ was the biggest in the history of the promotion and were there specifically to see him. ABC World News Tonight was there filming it as well.
WATCH: Steve Wilkos & Gillberg vs. some dudes
  • Various news and notes: Nicole Bass is back to bodybuilding after a recent health scare and she still has a sexual harassment lawsuit pending against WWF. Dusty Rhodes is in a TV commercial for Northwest Title Loans. K-Kwik is not working indies right now because he's still got a non-compete in his WWF contract, so he still gets paid and can't work anywhere else until that runs out.
WATCH: Northwest Title Loans commercial. Tell 'em Dusty Rhodes sent ya.
  • XPW is claiming promoter Rob Black (who also produces porn) suffered a stroke while editing a porn movie and is in critical condition. But Dave says there's no record of him at the hospital they claim he went to and this is apparently yet another of XPW's stupid hoax publicity stunts (yup. Rob Black is garbage).
  • If you recall, Eddie Guerrero won the WWA cruiserweight title on their last PPV. But just like Curt Hennig with XWF, Guerrero wasn't signed to a contract. Now he's heading back to the WWF and won't be around to drop the belt. Once again, Dave says if you're serious about starting a company right now, you have to lock your key guys into contracts or else Vince McMahon will pick you apart before you can get off the ground. Especially if you're gonna put a belt on a guy.
  • Notes from Raw: the show was built around Austin deciding which show he's going to sign with since he's a free agent. But Raw had a new opening video, featuring only the Raw stars that were drafted last week and Austin was heavily featured in that video, so they pretty much gave away the answer to the storyline from the second the show went on the air. They also had a new Raw stage setup for the arena. Eddie Guerrero made his return to the company, attacking RVD and getting a huge pop. So naturally, WWF capitalized by never once acknowledging his return for the rest of the show. Dave talks about how Jeff Hardy's physical decline over the last year is scary for only being 23 years old (drugs are bad mmm'kay). Trish took on Terri Runnels, while wearing bikinis, in a paddle-on-a-pole match, which is just about the most Russo sentence ever. Bubba Ray Dudley, Spike Dudley, and Bradshaw seemed to be the new guys getting a little bit of a push in this new split roster era. They presented Triple H with a new undisputed title belt to replace the 2 (WWF and WCW) that he was carrying around. And of course, it ended with Austin signing to Raw and giving everyone stunners.
  • Speaking of Austin, he and Vince apparently worked out all their issues which is why he was back on Raw. It was his first show back though, as he continued to no-show all his scheduled house show appearances last week. WWF knew in advance he wouldn't be there but never tried to make that clear to the public for any of those shows. Dave says it's one thing if a guy misses the show because of unforeseen circumstances, but if you know in advance he's not going to be there, to continue advertising them up until the doors open is bullshit. Especially a star like Austin who, let's be honest, is the guy most of the fans are there to see. And when they did announce it, even that was shady. At one house show, they announced Austin wouldn't be there and offered refunds. But then Undertaker cut a promo and commented that Austin was probably in the back hiding because he's scared of him. Naturally, fans then assumed he was there and would probably come out later in the show since a comment like that from a heel is an obvious tease. But....nope.
  • Random WWF notes: former WCW wrestler The Wall worked a dark match at the Smackdown tapings. Rock is hosting Saturday Night Live next week. The plans to have completely separate writing teams for both Raw and Smackdown seems to have already been dropped and looks like it'll mostly be the same people writing both shows. Former ECW performers Nova and Dawn Marie were both signed to WWF deals this week.
  • Bill O'Reilly on Fox News had a show that featured Linda McMahon among several other guests. The hook of the show was O'Reilly confronting all of these random people from different forms of entertainment (wrestling, music, movies, etc.) and accusing them of marketing to children and corrupting the youth. Along with Linda McMahon was Insane Clown Posse, Opie & Anthony, Russell Simmons, and others (in different segments, not all sitting together because holy shit, what a group that would be). Naturally, they all defended themselves and said it's up to the parents and yada yada. Linda came off better than everyone else on the show, but it was a low bar.
  • WWF has sent Rey Mysterio his contract. Dave doesn't give exact numbers but says it's in line with the baseline that they're trying to get everyone to sign for after the pay cuts (so figure in the $100-125K range per year). Dave also says Eddie Guerrero is rumored to have signed a similar contract, but he's also heard rumors that Guerrero's deal is possibly as low as $75,000 per year. Dave is skeptical, but then again, given how he left last time (rehab, DUI as soon as he got out, fired), it's possible WWF is hesitant to make a big commitment to him until he proves himself again.
  • Here's a quote from Big Show in a recent issue of the UK tabloid The Sun, presented without context: "Married life is good. Bess (his wife) is a good friend and my teammate. She is good looking and has one hell of a figure. Before this interview, I was looking at your Page 3 girls, and one of the guys said that one of the girls (Jordan) had Double F breasts, but they were just Double D. I told him: 'Trust me, mamma at home has got bigger.'"
  • Several of the wrestlers who had tryouts recently have been offered contracts. Dave isn't 100% sure on the names but he thinks it was Matt Stryker, Race Steele, Chad Collyer, Rene Dupree, Kevin Fertig, Doug Basham, and AJ Styles. The contracts are said to only be for $500 per week. Dave expects most of them to take it because, well, it's WWF and it's a steady paycheck. But AJ Styles is said to be leaning against it actually, because he knows he can make more money as a major star for one of these new start-up companies (WWA, XWF, or hey....maybe he could make a name for himself in this Jarrett promotion that's starting soon). Plus, he would have to move to Cincinnati and that's not much money to uproot your entire life (I think Styles has said in years since that his wife would have had to give up her job to move there and the WWF offer just wasn't enough money to make it worth it, so he turned it down).
FRIDAY: A look at Rock's rising movie career and what it means for his wrestling future, Kodo Fuyuki diagnosed with cancer, Yuji Nagata wins IWGP title, and more...
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Growing An Affiliate Blog Network To >$25,000 A Month! - May 2020 - $6447/$25,000.

So rather than just track one domain as I had planned, I have decided to just track the progress of all of the domains in my network as I look to grow it in the future. My initial goal is to get to $10,000 a month with an outsourcing system that I am trying to put together and then use it to rapidly grow from $10,000 to >$25,000 as soon as possible. Last month I managed to make around $6447 but I think that the stimulus cheques going live in the USA helped increase the sales for the month and expect this to normalize to $80-$130 a day until my newer domains age in and start making money.
I have no idea how long this journey will take to grow to being able to pull over $25,000 a month or even if I will reach it but its something to work towards for the future. I also have a video version of this post on Reddit that you can check out if you prefer information in video format too. One quick thing to add is that the Amazon Affiliate income screenshots below for the actual domains are from Amazon.com that usually makes up around 75% of a domain's income with the other 25% coming from the other Amazon storefronts with a very small amount coming from Adsense and eBay.

Domain 1 - >$169 Income

I have a dedicated site report video for this domain on Reddit covering the domain and its history. This is the oldest domain that I still have in my money site network and as you can see from the screenshot of its traffic analytics, it was hit by the Google Medic update drastically slashing its traffic pull from Google. It managed to limp on from that pulling just over $300 per month but it was then hit by the Amazon commission rate cuts in April 2020 falling from a commission rate of 8% down to 3%.
Due to being in a niche policed by the Google Medic update, I have no plans to put any more time or money into this particular domain so I am just going to leave it as it is to limp on. As you can see from its income, it managed to make almost $170 last month from Amazon.com plus its income from the other Amazon storefronts as well as Googles Adsense program.

Domain 2 - >$1612 Income

I also have a dedicated site report video for this domain on Reddit covering the domain and its history. As you can see from its traffic analytics, this domain has also been hit by two Google updates, the Florida 2 update in Feb 19 and the September 2019 update too almost killing the domain, thankfully though, the Google update in November 2019 managed to recover it from both of the updates and it is currently doing better than ever with May being its highest income month. The dip around March/April 2020 is due to the virus lockdown and people panicking as this niche is far from essential buying so people were not searching for the items.
Outside of being previously hit with two Google updates, the main issue with this domain is that it is extremely niche and hard to scale with nw content until the next generation of products are released for it. Although I will release new content for these products when they are released for the domain, I have no plans to add any new content to it until then and product cycles can be as long as five years for this niche with some being around three years.
Another problem for this domain right now is that the majority of the products are made in China and they are currently out of stock with the official Amazon supply chain for the USA. I think that this is due to the virus lockdown causing issues with shipping and I have no idea when the products will be back in stock. On the flipside of this though, local retailers who already have these products have been listing them on Amazon charging as much as double their normal price and they have been selling. More and more retailers have worked this out though so the prices are rapidly normalizing again but someone paid over $1200 via my affiliate link when the item is usually $550-$650.

Domain 3 - >$3047 Income

I also have a dedicated site report video for this domain on Reddit covering the domain and its history. As you can see, this domain has also been hit by a Google update, this one was hit by the May 4th 2020 update dropping traffic by around 20% unfortunately but it is still my highest income domain to date. Again, the dip in traffic around March/April 2020 is due to the virus lockdown and these items being in a niche that is not essential so people were not searching for them as much.
Just like domain 2 above, this domain has an issue with being too niche that I have already managed to cover the vast majority of the content that I can think of for it until the next round of products are released. Thankfully though, product releases for this niche are usually every two to three years with multiple brands being involved in it so I should be able to churn out more content in a few months for this domain.

Domain 4 - >$156 Income

I started this domain in January but I am currently just planning to leave it to see if its traffic ends up growing or not. Unfortunately, this domain is having a number of issues with the indexing problems Google are having right now and although domain 5 also has these issues, force indexing posts for domain 5 seems to help but with this domain, Google just kick the posts back out of its index after a week or two. The content in unique and usually over 2000 words so I doubt it is a thin or duplicate content penalty or anything like that but its really annoying me.
This screenshot is from this domain Google Search Console showing the coverage tab for this project. The bars are the number of pages that Google has in either their crawled, not indexed or discovered, not indexed categories. I became aware of these issues with Google indexing system around the 9th May and you can see that the initial force indexing of the content did help and the number of pages Google were aware of but didn't index reduced drastically but they then started to increase again.
I have not published any new content to this domain so the pages getting kicked out of the index are the older pages that force indexing initially managed to get in the index. There have been posts on Reddit from other people having this same issue too and Google has also said that they are aware of it and have pushed a fix live. Unfortunately though, judging by the comments to this Tweet from Google where they say that they have pushed their fix live, it seems it has done little to nothing with some webmasters reporting that it is actually worse now.
In addition to this, the niche for this domain has been hit hard by the Google May 4th update too. Although the domain is too young and still in the Google Sandbox to see the effects of this in its traffic analytics due to not having many posts on in the top 3 of Google for their search terms, many of the keywords are now much higher competition than they were prior to the update. Just like domain 3 though, many of these higher strength pages now ranking on the first page for this domain search terms are only niche relevant and not keyword-relevant so I think Google may make some tweaks and may make this a viable niche again.
For the foreseeable future though, I have no plans to publish any more content for this domain and if it is not making enough to cover its domain registration and hosting renewal in January I will just leave it to die. Fingers crossed that Google can fix the issues with their indexer and potentially tweak their May 4th update for this niche.

Domain 5 - $0.03

This is the domain that I launched last month but unfortunately, this domain is also having similar problems to domain 4 above with the May 4th update from Google having an effect on the pages on the first page for its search terms as well as the indexing issues. Thankfully, this domain seems to be keeping its pages in the index once force crawled though giving me some hope that future domains will not be like domain 4 and have their pages kicked out of the Google index. The increases in domains that are not indexed for this domain is due to new content being added rather than older content being pushed back out of the index.
This domain is targeting broad informational keywords rather than later targeting specific buyer intent keywords like the domains above. This means that the May 4th update from Google has had a more serious effect on the domains on the first page and although the new pages Google has put there after the update are more generic, many of them are relevant to the keywords now. I did a manual check of all of the keywords a few days back for this domain and I would only consider less than 30% of the keywords with published content on the domain to still be low competition.
I do plan to come back to this domain in the future but I am going to wait before publishing more content to it. I want to see if the indexing problems get fixed, stay as they are requiring forced indexing or if the pages start getting kicked out of the Google index like domain 4. In a few months, I will check how this domain is doing and make a decision on putting more time and money into growing it but for now, its paused.

Domain 6 - $0

This domain is not currently online and is only in the very early stages of planning. With any luck, I will be launching it early next month or the month after. The goal of this domain is to serve two purposes, the first is to test out a system that I plan to use for outsourcing as much of the blogging process as possible to freelancers to free up my time. The second is to try out some patterns for keyword research that I have seen after going over the SERPs for my domains above. Google definitely seems to be putting more weight on results from sites such as YouTube, Reddit, Quora, Amazon, and Pinterest since pushing last month's update out so I have had to adapt my keyword research method.
Essentially, I am hoping that this domain will be a way to move forward with outsourcing as much as possible as well as developing a successful keyword research method for the future. I currently have just over 100 keywords planned for this domain that I plan to use for the project that I would still consider to be low competition.

Domain 7

This domain is not currently online yet either but I am considering using this domain as a project to keep me busy where I can publish the content myself as I plan to outsource content creation for domain 6. Not only will this keep me productive and hopefully result in an income from the project but I am half considering using nothing but this keyword research method based around nothing but zero search volume keywords for the project too.
I have been messing around with it for a few years now for a small number of pages on each of my sites but PhilReddit7 posted in the comments that it is basically the same keyword research method that he uses for the domain in his case study that managed to pull almost 50,000 organic hits last month on a domain that is only five months old.
As I plan to publish the majority of the content for this domain myself, I will have to find a niche that I am comfortable enough with to smash out tons of content without having to do much research so I will probably go with one of my existing hobbies or interests. On top of this, if I can find solid, low competition keywords that actually have some search volume then I will go with them rather than the zero search volume keywords but still plan to integrate some of the zero search volume stuff into this domain in the future too.
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