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Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does provide all the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative.   You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions:  How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16...   Answers to frequently asked questions:  - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave.  - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave.  - Soldiers do not need permission to get married.  - Soldiers emails are in this format: john.doe.mil@mail.mil Caution-mailto: john.doe.mil@mail.mil anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account.  - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses.  - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles.  - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind.  - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops.  - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country.  Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you.  We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual.  For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles:   This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/   CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers  Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749   FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx   U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130...   DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450...   Use caution with social networking  Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146...    Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ or visit Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ .  The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot provide this information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056.   If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not.  If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is:  Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357  In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately.  Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution-www.ic3.gov Caution-http://www.ic3.gov (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution-http://www.ftc.gov Caution-http://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission's website)
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
Musicians: How many songs do you think you'd need to perform to fill out a two-hour gig?
A two-hour gig? That's 120 minutes of on stage performance or setup inclusion? I'll go with stage time, and also assume you've negotiated appropriate setup, and such.Another assumption is genre. I'll assume it's pop structured (as most radio friendly music is these days), so average song time would be roughly 3 and a half minutes…give or take.You're looking at roughly 30 songs. Thats…over 2 hours. Now, that's a rough estimate, as song times vary, etc.Oh, but wait. You'll need to include breaks, for “personnel” i.e. the band members. Normally, the drummer will need the longest break, followed by others. The drummer is using all four limbs continuously, so…they need them.If you're headlining, and depending on what you've negotiated, you might not be allotted “dead air”, so someone's staying on stage on breaks. Usually, that means at least a guitar player and/or the singer. Maybe not a long guitar solo, but…maybe an acoustic filler/singalong for the crowd. Plus, in between banter, there's that too (paring that down was always a plus for us back in the day)So, practice 30ish and get them flawless, because you're only going to need 20ish. Why 30ish? Because…more is good for flexibility. Always. Plus, it allows you to keep your set list semi-”fresh”, while only putting in a little extra work.setlist.fm - the setlist wiki is a good resource for structuring a setlist in a professional way (I wish it was around during the “trial and error” days.)
What should I do to overcome the feeling of loneliness?
Loneliness, can bring about stress and an unbearable feeling, or fear, of being alone. Loneliness can keep us from enjoying life. To feel lonely is to feel separated and disconnected from others in our lives.(my current state)1 - Sit down and accept that you're broken. Embrace it. Pamper yourself. Give yourself love. I am not joking. This takes the pressure off you to be a "normal person." There is no normal person. We're all broken in different places. Anyone pretending to be normal is putting on a show and is not living a full life.2 - Find a wide variety of things you love and enjoy. Video games? Sure. Reading? Sure. Biking? Why not. Don't center your life around any single one of them. Open yourself up to the variety of the world. You can be an anxious person who bikes. You can be a lonely person who reads. You can be an insecure person who learns something. The world is as much yours as it is mine.3 - Forgive others. That forgiveness will rebound into your heart and free you in ways you can't imagine. Knowing that you have all these crippling issues, don't become the person that turns around and hates on everyone else. Find that tender open part inside you and nourish it. Be understanding and be kind and you will absolutely fall in love with yourself.4-You realize, in the bottom of your heart, that everything's gonna be ok. :)Fear of mistakes are often worse than making the mistakes themselves.Deep breaths and good posture help too, more than you'd think.AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART5-Learn to be alone. When factors in life turns to being alone, it can be the loneliness that is more painful than the alone-ness. In other words, alone-ness and loneliness are not the same things – ever though it may feel like they are the same. By learning to be alone, you are better able to control the negative emotions that loneliness can cause.Stay happy!&Keep smiling
How many job applications do I need to fill out in order to be hired at any job?
I think you’re asking the wrong question. Let me explain.Some things in life are a numbers game, and some games have higher hit rates than others.Gambling, for example, has a very low hit rate and low odds of winning (1 in a million or worse), no matter how many times you do it. Slot machines are designed to fuck you.On the other hand, if you are trying to pick up a girl at the bar, you could get lucky on the first try or it might take you ten to twenty cheesy pick up lines, largely depending on your strategy, quality of your pick up lines and perhaps what cologne you’re wearing.I recommend Burberry.Even better, if you have a wing man to “introduce” you to the other girl, a la Game, come prepared with jokes/stories, focus on her friend and deploy psychological tactics, buy her drinks, don’t make a complete ass of yourself or come off as to desperate, visit several bars in one night… then you’ll probably increase your odds.Picking up girls, like applying for jobs, can be easily mistaken for a “numbers” game but there are clearly strategies you can identify and employ to increase your likelihood of success.“I’m not just a number, you little cockboy!”Back to jobs. So, unfortunately just “sending” job application falls into a pure numbers game. I have a friend who sent over 200 applications, despite having a nice resume, and didn’t get a response for hardly anything. I think he was invited to one interview and failed.Most HR won’t review your resume because their reviewal system is fucked, or inefficient. Or maybe they have someone they are already interviewing, and its not a priority. Or they have a bias and read something on your resume that immediately turned them off. Or maybe they’re racist. Who knows.The solution? Look at other ways to “boost” your application, or other ways in. Here are some ideas:Forget quantity. Focus on quality. Don’t send 200 resumes — just don’t do it.Include a detailed, personal cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role/company, and why you think you can add value. Tell them why you have always wanted to work at the company, and why you have a strong work ethic to get shit done. Find the email address of the HR person (you can use a tool like Rapportive thats free) or send them an inmail on Linkedin.Call the company. Most people are afraid of doing this or don’t bother, and you will most certainly stand out in an employers eyes if you do this. Find the number of the company, call in, ask for HR or the hiring manager. Basically summarize what you’ve written in your cover letter, except in shorter words, and tell them why you’re so interested in their business. Ask them to meet.Letter: Physically post your cover letter and resume to their address. This will get their attention. Kill some trees, it’s worth it.Network: Go to networking events. This will increase your chances of finding a job in general, or meeting someone who is connected to the company you are interested in and can therefore give you a referral.Persistence: I have always gotten an interview request for any job I have applied to, or at least a casual meeting, because I was persistent and creative. I wrote a good cover letter, followed up, called in directly to the company, sent written thank you letters, and asked to be referred.Sending resumes and clicking “apply” is easy and won’t get you anywhere. The above tips take more time, effort, and several tries to see their effectiveness. But they sure as hell beat applying to hundreds of jobs online aimlessly. I guarantee you’ll get some results if you give them a shot!Good luck!“Moshi moshi Mr. CEO, I’d sent my resume previously through your website with no response, so wanted to follow up and express my sincere interest in applying for a job at your company. I’d love the opportunity to meet you in person to discuss further. How’s this Wednesday at 4pm at your office?”
How do you know if you need to fill out a 1099 form?
Assuming that you are talking about 1099-MISC.  Note that there are other 1099s.check this post - Form 1099 MISC Rules & RegulationsQuick answer - A Form 1099 MISC must be filed for each person to whom payment is made of:$600 or more for services performed for a trade or business by people not treated as employees,Rent or prizes and awards that are not for service ($600 or more) and royalties ($10 or more),any fishing boat proceeds,gross proceeds of $600, or more paid to an attorney during the year, orWithheld any federal income tax under the backup withholding rules regardless of the amount of the payment, etc.
How exactly can I get out of this comfort zone by motivating myself?
10 Ways to Get out of your comfort zone:Give more money than you feel comfortable with away tomorrow (amount is usually relative on your current situation)Answer a call from an unknown number. Even better if it's a debt collectorDo something others are waiting for someone else to do. Today at the post office, there was a long line. There was no one answering the door there to pick up packages. People would come in, ring the bell and wait. All of us in line knew they were wasting their time, but said nothing because we didn't want to look weird. I didn't say anything, so I failed at this because I didn't want to "stand out"Invite someone you don't know to meet for coffee (someone in your field). Don't stop at a no response, wait for someone to say No or the more common "My schedule is very busy, maybe another time."(A polite No)Talk to someone in an elevator. It's regularly NEVER done by 99% of people. You'll find most people are really pleasant, but no one wants to say the first word.If a waiter or barista or anyone messes up something today (work included). Don't "be nice" and let it go. That's back talk for "not wanting to make waves." Be polite and ask them to correct the mishap. My wife, infant and I were out at a restaurant and a waiter hadn't greeted us to start for over 10 minutes. My inners were saying, "Oh, don't worry someone will notice you, just sit tight." That's your inner back talk "wimp" voice. So, I got up, went to the manager and told him (politely) to have a waiter sent over immediately. They offered us a free appetizer for the mishap.Every person you walk past today, give a smile and "hello." Most people wait for the other person and then it just looks sad as 2 glum faces make eye contact. We don't want to look too "eager" or "weird." Do it, most will return it.As Matt said, ask for a discount somewhere. It doesn't have to be Starbucks. I just had a late fee on a credit card. My inners are telling me, "you deserve it, just let it go." I swallowed, dialed the bank, asked them to remove the late fee, and they did. Ask and you shall receive.At any point in the day you realize you haven't exercised at all (typically when you're in a lazy position) immediately get up and do a set of 25 pushups. It's hard. I'll couple this willpower exercise with getting up right when the alarm goes off. Immediately. Not even 10 seconds later. Right away. It's this same muscle that pushes you that builds new habits.Write a FB status about a failure you've had, or a personal story about struggle (without the "feel sorry for me" feel to it). When no one comments, celebrate the rejection. I once posted a status about one of my most embarrassing moments in my life on FB (from HS, I was in a talent show, everyone was looking forward to our band playing, I couldn't hear myself over the drums, I knew I sounded terrible based on the looks in the crowd, so I faked a cough to get off stage). NO ONE commented on FB. Awkward.
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