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Name: Michael Morris Marsden
Weight: 215 pounds
Hair: blonde/ white
Ethnicity: Caucasian (American of Russian descent)
Known relatives: Edward James Marsden (father, deceased) Margaret Marsden (mother, deceased)
Education: Lakeview High School, Chicago, Illinois. Parris Island, South Carolina. Specialty training at 29 Palms, California
Best known for: Selfless bravery under fire. After realizing he had stepped on land-mine, Marsden stayed in position and engaged in a 4 minute firefight with the enemy to buy his team time to make it to the extraction point before lifting his foot andtaking down as many insurgents as he could.
Group affiliations: None, formerly Monsterwatch
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Marital status: Single
Skills and abilities: TORRENT can absorb various forms of energy and quickly redirect them in powerful streams. It has been theorized that his upper strength level could be somewhere in the 70 ton range but he had to be neutralized and incarcarcerated before more comprehensive tests could be conducted. He possesses speed and reflexes well beyond even the most elite athletes.
Brief personal history: Marsden was what you would call a bad seed. The child of a father who took out his anger at the world on his family and a mother who could not stand up to her husband or son, it’s no surprise that Michael grew up angry. His father died in a bar fight when he was 10 and by the time he was 14 he had been in and out of IDJJ (Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice) several times. At his last court appearance he was given two options, adult prison or the Marines. He chose the latter.
Shortly after boot camp, Marsden found that this was the perfect outlet for his “restless” lifestyle. His superiors were impressed with the success of a recon mission in Japan and for the first time in his life, Michael was on the fast track to something that wasn’t prison.
In 2006, he was deployed to the conflict on the Horn of Africa. This extension of Operation Enduring Freedom was titled OEF-HOA. Unlike other operations contained in Operation Enduring Freedom, OEF-HOA was not initiated with a specifically designated target in mind. OEF-HOA instead focused its efforts on detection/disruption of various emerging militant groups in the region, partnerships with willing governments/factions to deter the reemergence of said militant cells and the extraction of any abandoned or captured personnel. The almost nonstop extractions for Marsden and his team had him hopping across most of North Africa and the Middle East. Before his last mission he met with a nonattached General who was recruiting talent for what would become Monsterwatch. He felt this would become a chance to escape his past and become someome highly regarded.
The official report read that Marine Sgt. Michael Morris Marsden, 29, of Chicago Illinois died on August 16, 2006 at Franklin Memorial Medical Center, Shelby City, Tennessee, from shrapnel wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on March 15. He had been assigned to 9th Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Recon Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
In truth, Michael was transformed into a torrent of destruction and revenge with little memory and one mission: to hunt down and destroy the man who took everything from him.
Written and illustrated by Quinn McGowan
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A Torrent of Water and Concrete Imperil Chennai’s IT Boom
Dealing With Disaster
The triple whammy of flood, cyclone, and drought revealed how vulnerable the IT corridor is to disruption. Companies are now busy writing contingency plans for environmental disasters. “Ecology is a serious economic factor in people’s minds,” said Preetam Mehra of CBRE.
Just how serious is a matter of dispute among IT office executives and city authorities. Many executives assert that Chennai’s business climate is stable and the city’s ecological torment is consistent with conditions in other competitor metro areas. They also said in interviews that the extreme weather events of the last two years are aberrations.
“As of now, it’s not a big issue,” said Narasimha NK of Ajuba Net. “Despite all the problems, Chennai, especially the IT corridor, is a better place to do business than other locations. We believe the risk of a flood sort of situation repeating again is not very high and hope the worst is behind us.”
“The lack of infrastructure is a relative factor,” said Aubrey Daniels of the American Chamber of Commerce in India. “The fact is that Chennai is a cheaper city to work compared to other cities. It also has a large, well-educated talent pool available, which is not the case elsewhere. I doubt there’s a serious risk of losing business. The ability to bounce back from catastrophe is high here. In case of disasters, if there is no power, companies are happy to run generators because they know that the city authorities will step up and restore electricity as soon as they can.”
Other authorities insist that the risk of serious environmental disruption is grave and likely to grow worse without evasive action. “It is a big risk already,” said Arun Krishnamoorthy. “Many IT firms get damaged massively every time there’s an extreme weather event. More importantly, they lose working days, which means a tremendous loss of business for them.”
“A lot of companies are looking at their business continuity plans in a big way,” said Mehra, including relocating. During the floods many companies arranged for their employees to travel to Bengaluru and Hyderabad where they were accommodated for a few weeks before returning back to Chennai.
“This is definitely a cause for concern,” said Krishnamoorthy. “The fact that Chennai’s natural environment is taking such a hit, not only because of extreme weather but also because of rampant development, will definitely affect business in the long run. The city, which has a reputation of being great for business, will lose its sheen if things continue as is.”
The conflicting demand for water, food, and energy is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Global Choke Point, a collaboration between Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center, explores the peril and promise of this nexus with frontline reporting, data, and policy expertise. “Choke Point: Tamil Nadu” is supported by the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai. Jayshree Vencatesan of Care Earth Trust, Nityanand Jayaraman, and Amirtharaj Stephen provided expertise and invaluable guidance.
Sibi Arasu is an independent journalist based in Chennai. Follow him on Twitter @sibi123.
Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata) – Peru Aves
Order: Anseriformes | Family: Anatidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult | Sex: Males & Females | Loc. Southern Peru
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. A. Calientes, Cusco
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Colombia
Age: Adult & Chicks | Sex: Female & Chicks | Loc. Ecuador
Identification & Behavior: ~40 cm (16 in). The male Torrent Duck has a striking black and white head and neck pattern and a red bill. The rest of the body is gray and white. The female is smaller, has orange-rufous underparts and throat, with gray head and upperparts, and a yellower bill. The juvenile is gray above and whitish below with barring on the sides.
Status: The Torrent Duck is uncommon to common in fast flowing rivers in both sides of the Andes at elevations ranging between 900 to 3500 m.
Name in Spanish: Pato de los Torrentes.
Sub-species: Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata) Gould, 1842.
M. a. leucogenis: Andes from C Ecuador to C Peru. M. a. turneri: Andes of s Peru (Cuzco and Arequipa).
Meaning of Name: Merganetta: Gr. Mergus= a merganser, and netta=a duck. armata: L. armed, armoured, in reference to the carpal spurs in Torrent Ducks.
See more of the Family Anatidae
- Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.
Torrent Of Soap Issues From Wildly Unexpected Part Of Dispenser
LIMA, OH—A wall-mounted soap dispenser in the men’s bathroom of Rigali’s Pizza Village reportedly startled local resident Sam Milsom on Monday night, discharging a copious jet of soap from an entirely unexpected location.
Milsom confirmed that when he attempted to operate the dispenser, a torrent of foamy white hand cleanser discharged from a site drastically higher on the device than any normal person could have reasonably foreseen, defying his expectations and causing him to recoil in surprise.
“Jesus!” said the 29-year-old, in reaction to the hygienic gel’s expulsion, the velocity, volume, and origin of which were all far different than he had anticipated. “What the fuck?”
“I thought it was going to come out the bottom,” he added.
According to Milsom, while preparing to sanitize his hands, he looked directly at the black Enco model 328-6002 soap-dispensing unit affixed to the right of the restroom’s sink, noting nothing that appeared unusual or amiss to him about the device or its manner of function.
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Still unaware of what was to come, the man then reportedly cupped his left palm directly below the mechanism while using his right hand to depress a three-inch-wide convex plastic button labeled “PUSH” at the top of the apparatus.
“I was just about to wash my hands,” the man told reporters, adding that his preparations, he believed, had ideally positioned him to receive a small quantity of soap from the bottom of the machine, which he then intended to combine with water from the nearby faucet to create a suitable lather for cleaning his palms and fingers. “It looked like a normal soap thing.”
However, in the jarring series of events that ensued, Milsom reported that a stream of foam was expelled outward from the device at an oblique angle, some of which reportedly grazed his left sleeve, while the remainder cleared his arm entirely and cascaded onto the washroom’s tile floor.
Milsom then reportedly alternated his gaze between the soap puddle and the dispenser in utter bafflement.
“Some of it got on my shirt,” said Milsom, who stated that the dispenser’s behavior was a stark departure from longstanding precedent established by hundreds of similar mechanisms he had encountered in the past. “Now my shirt’s all messed up. Oh, man.”
According to Milsom, locations on the device from which it would have made logical sense for soap to emit included the area that he referred to as “the usual place” at the bottom of the dispenser, as well as anywhere that was either labeled or contained a clearly visible nozzle.
Notably absent from the list of sensible soap-dispensing locations, Milson noted, was a seemingly inexplicable plastic hood-like component located near the top of the device, precisely the part of the dispenser that was, in fact, responsible for the errant blast of cleanser.
At press time, Milsom was frenziedly waving his hands around the base of the bathroom’s automatic paper towel dispenser in a prolonged attempt to activate its motion sensor.
Australian teens bombarded Ocean Vuong on Instagram after his writing showed up on their exams. ‹ Literary Hub
November 10, 2021, 12:10pm
Today in things that should definitely not be possible: Ocean Vuong received a torrent of real-time reviews from a horde of confused Australian teenagers on Instagram after they tried to interpret his writing for an exam.
Students in Australia take the HSC exams every year to finish their high school studies. This year, more than 70,000 test-takers in New South Wales were asked to read and analyze passages from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, including one where the protagonist, Little Dog, plucks grey hairs from his grandmother’s head.
As he plucks, she tells him stories:
…Scenes from the war, mythologies of manlike monkeys, of ancient ghost catchers from the hills of Da Lat who were paid in jugs of rice wine, who traveled through villages with packs of wild dogs and spells written on palm leaves to dispel evil spirits.
There were personal stories too. Like the time she told of how you were born, of the white American serviceman deployed on a navy destroyer in Cam Ranh Bay. How Lan met him wearing her purple áo dài, the split sides billowing behind her under the bar lights as she walked. How, by then, she had already left her first husband from an arranged marriage. How, as a young woman living in a wartime city for the first time with no family, it was her body, her purple dress, that kept her alive.
Students’ thoughtful feedback to the moving passage included “Wtf was ur text about?” and “BROOO FFFSSS FAM we gonna fail because of u now why did you make that text. Wat was it bout. Bro.” Bro, indeed!
As students messaged him on Instagram, Vuong posted, “yo, what the hell is an HSC exam and why are all of y’all failing it?”
“Ur text was something we had to write abt, but bro what the **** was it about,” one of them replied.
To him, Vuong only offered the only possible reply: “Hmmm. Aboutness I too am haunted by it. Sorry, lad.”
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Inv – Chapter 2533: Joining Hands
“What?! The key to the seventh floor?!” Xie Bufan jumped in shock, and his gaze landed on the item in Huang Xiaolong’s hand.
Since he had just obtained it, Huang Xiaolong didn’t have time to put it away.
“That’s right! I only managed to destroy the restriction protecting it after using up a lot of my strength! Huang Xiaolong attacked me from behind, causing severe injuries before taking the key for himself! He’s a sneaky b*stard!” Li Chen continued, “After killing him, we’ll open the seventh floor together and share whatever’s inside!”
Xie Bufan’s heart shook, and he chuckled, “Of course. As a person who upholds justice, I will never allow despicable brats to run rampant. We have to get rid of someone like Huang Xiaolong!”
He shot towards Huang Xiaolong after he spoke.
As a holy pill appeared in Li Chen’s palm, he swallowed it without hesitation.
“White Flower Holy Pill!” Xie Bufan’s eyes were extremely sharp, and he called out the name of the holy pill Li Chen ate instantly as shock flashed through his heart.
The White Flower Holy Pill was something the All Extinguishing Holy Emperor had refined in the past with countless precious herbs. It was exceptionally effective for healing wounds, and it was perfect for someone like Li Chen at his current level.
Seeing as Xie Bufan had already recognized the pill, Li Chen felt that there was no point hiding the dao artifact, and he summoned the Eight-Sided Desolate Beast Ring.
“Dao artifact!” Xie Bufan’s eyes flashed once again.
Without a change in expression Li Chen ‘warned’ Xie Bufan, “Brother Bufan, you have to be careful! Huang Xiaolong isn’t as weak as we thought! He has three holy souls!”
“WHAT?! Three holy souls?!” Xie Bufan was stunned.
That was indeed something unthinkable.
It was the first time a single person had managed to form three holy souls!
Moreover, he wasn’t even in the True Saint Realm yet!
“That’s right!” Li Chen nodded seriously. He felt a trace of fear and shock in his heart, along with a smidge of envy when he mentioned Huang Xiaolong’s holy souls, “He also has the Opening Heaven Dragon Spear my master gave him! That’s not all. He has something that might be a dao artifact, and we have to work together to prevent him from escaping!”
That was what Li Chen was truly afraid of.
If Huang Xiaolong managed to escape and locate the seventh floor, all his hard work would be wasted.
Xie Bufan’s expression sank when he heard that Huang Xiaolong had the Heaven Opening Dragon Spear and another suspected dao artifact. Just a moment ago, he had felt that with the dao artifact given to him by the Devil Palace, he would be able to suppress Huang Xiaolong singlehandedly. However, it seemed as though he was too hasty.
When he looked at Huang Xiaolong again, it was as though there was an invisible pressure pressing down on him.
Of course, it came from Huang Xiaolong’s holy souls.
It seemed as though Li Chen was a deceptive little b*stard. With Huang Xiaolong’s current strength, he would be able to kill Li Chen with a sneak attack if he attacked with all he had. Xie Bufan instantly called the bluff as he realized that Li Chen was injured after an intense battle with the other party.
After a slight hesitation, he still summoned the Fiend Moon Blade.
As soon as it appeared, sharp rays of light pierced through the skies.
The might of a Primal Ancestor started to spread out as the devil qi rolled about.
With the blade in hand, Xie Bufan seemed to have turned into a devil king.
“Fiend Moon Blade!” Li Chen was shocked. He didn’t think that Xie Bufan would be holding onto the treasured Fiend Moon Blade of the Devil Palace.
There were different grades when it came to dao artifacts, and the Fiend Moon Blade was the strongest Primal Ancestor Dao Artifact the Devil Palace had to offer. It was several times stronger than his Eight-Sided Desolate Beast Ring.
When the All Extinguishing Holy Emperor had obtained the Eight-Sided Desolate Beast Ring in the past, he had failed to fully refine it as he lacked a Dao Heart. He wasn’t able to continue refining the ring, and it was stuck at its original level. On the other hand, Fiend Moon Blade was different. Qiao Jinyang was a Primal Ancestor, and he had used all he had to refine the blade. Who would have thought that he would allow Xie Bufan to bring the Fiend Moon Blade into the Cangqiong Holy Manor…
Huang Xiaolong stared at the blade and felt a trace of surprise. It seemed as though the Devil Palace would stop at nothing to kill him.
However, a sneer soon formed on his face. The Devil Palace was bound to be disappointed. No one would have thought that Huang Xiaolong had an Inextinguishable Dao Heart!
If they knew, Qiao Jinyang wouldn’t have been delusional enough to lend Xie Bufan the Fiend Moon Blade.
Of course, Huang Xiaolong knew that he couldn’t be careless when dealing with the two of them.
Upon glancing at each other, Li Chen and Xie Bufan came to an understanding immediately. Soaring to the skies, they sent the two weapons out in unison.
Pincering Huang Xiaolong, Li Chen attacked Huang Xiaolong’s head while Xie Bufan went for the lower body.
Eight Eight Horned Desolate Beasts emerged from the ring as a torrent of blades shot out from the Fiend Moon Blade.
“Huang Xiaolong, die!” Li Chen roared.
After swallowing the White Flower Holy Pill, his injuries were fully healed. Moreover, his combat strength had risen to another level.
Seeing as they were attacking him together, Huang Xiaolong snorted coldly as he activated all three holy souls. With the Opening Dragon Spear and the Flying Heaven Blood Stele, Huang Xiaolong attacked.
With the power to smash and overturn the heavens, the three of them exchanged several tens of blows in mid air.
Li Chen and Xie Bufan used their high-grade holy arts to their maximum power, but they were unable to do a thing to Huang Xiaolong. Instead, they were forced to retreat time after time.
The looks on their faces were extremely ugly. Initially, they tried overestimating Huang Xiaolong’s combat prowess. However, it seemed as though they were still wrong.
After several dozen more rounds, the three of them stopped. Li Chen and Xie Bufan cut an extremely sorry figure.
A weird light emerged from Li Chen’s body suddenly, and a string of weird runes charged into the skies.
The runes seemed to be human, but they started to transform into other living beings in the next instant.
“Myriad Creations Saint Godhead!” Huang Xiaolong and Xie Bufan yelled in unison.
The Myriad Creations Saint Godhead was ranked fifth in the Holy World, and it was a heaven-defying existence.
In the past, Su Baili had revealed his godhead that ranked in the top ten, but it paled in comparison to the Myriad Creations Saint Godhead.
“That’s right!” a smile formed on Li Chen’s face.
No one would be humble if they possessed the fifth ranked godhead.
Seeming as Li Chen was planning to risk it all, Xie Bufan no longer held back. He activated his Undead Heart, and boundless death qi filled the area.
90,000 Life at a glance. Book 2 (Bogdanova Irina)
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90,000 Available palmistry.3 easy ways to determine the character of a person by hand
Affordable palmistry. 3 easy ways to determine a person’s character by hand. Photo: https://pixabay.com/
Not everyone wants to tell everything about himself, but in such cases his hands will do it for him. It is not at all necessary to be a palmist, it is enough to know the main signs of the lines on the palms, which will reveal to you the nature of a stranger, the correspondent of cheltv.ru reports.
This knowledge is used when applying for a job or an important acquaintance, it also applies to children’s hands, when a parent strives to know in advance the inclinations that will help his baby in the future.
- The first thing that can be noticed without drawing too much attention is the color of the hands. Pale white hands in people with weak energy, as a rule, have a refined nature and are often weak-willed.
- Red hands indicate excessive irritability and irascibility, such people may have health problems due to stress.
- Pink hands with noticeable streaks in people with a well-developed intellect and a calm disposition.
- Dark red hands indicate health problems and unwillingness to overwork oneself.
- A slightly brown hand with a pink tinge is a sign of physical well-being and a friendly attitude towards others.
Available palmistry. 3 easy ways to determine a person’s character by hand. Photo: pixabay.com
Palm shape will tell about inner ambitions and experiences.
A cone-shaped hand with narrow fingers indicates a constant striving for success.
People with an oval palm, or as it is also called from a philosophical one, strive for loneliness and asceticism, are uncommunicative, often withdraw into their thoughts.
The square shape of the hand speaks of a firm character, the priority of material values and perseverance.
The pointed or artistic form belongs to dreamy and emotional individuals.
Wide palms for energetic and active people.
Available palmistry. 3 easy ways to determine the character of a person by hand
Length of fingers
The length of only two fingers of the index and ring fingers will determine the three main personality types.
The index finger is shorter than the ring finger.
Such a person – the soul of the company, can easily win over. He is a good friend, will listen and give advice. A well-developed intellect disposes people with this personality type towards science and engineering.
The index finger is longer than the ring finger.
Self-sufficient person, avoiding noisy companies, prefers solitude. Excessive pride rarely allows such people to take the first step on their own; in a relationship with him, the initiative should lie with the partner.Appreciates praise and attention to himself.
Equal length of index and ring fingers.
This is a pacifist man with a gentle character and good intentions. Avoids conflict situations and tries to build friendly relations with everyone. This type of personality is often found among exemplary workers, these people are obligatory and diligent, they are patriots of their “enterprise”. Such people are rarely offended, but at the same time they will not give themselves offense.
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