Tomorrow is the 21st anniversary of Kamelia Maria Spencer's disappearance. She was born January 7th 1997 to Sonia Coppulecchi and Derek Spencer. Sonia and Derek were together only four months when Sonia found out she was pregnant and split up six months after Kamelia was born.
Four months after their relationship ended, while Sonia was hospitalized for a seizure, Derek's mom Helen Barbara Gruning accused her of child abuse and filed criminal complaints against her claiming she had made terroristic threats over the phone and had tried to kill her, Derek, and Kamelia. This led to Sonia being charged with multiple felonies, including child endangerment, attempted murder of her daughter and terroristic threats against Helen and Derek. She was acquitted of most of the charges but convicted of making threats against Helen Gruning and sentenced to a year in jail, although she was released early.
Sonia lost custody of Kamelia to Derek and his mom in February 1998. Once she had custody of Kamelia, Helen, Derek's mom, brought Kamelia to various doctors and hospitals claiming she suffered from shaken baby syndrome and needed medical treatment. No medical staff found anything wrong with Kamelia and Gruning was eventually reported to social services as possibly having Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy. This was further supported by Kamelia, when she was old enough to talk, telling a therapist that her grandmother had told her to behave as if she were sick. Caseworkers found that Kamelia had been prescribed medications she didn't need and a doctor found Depakote in her bloodstream, a medication used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, which had not been prescribed to Kamelia.
Kamelia was placed in foster care in February 1999 after social services ruled that her grandmother and father had subjected her to unnecessary and invasive medical procedures. After she was put in foster care, her grandmother, father, and mother were allowed supervised visitation with her. Derek and Helen continued to claim that Sonia had intent to harm Kamelia, leading to an armed guard and social worker present at every visit.
Sonia claims that during a visit with her daughter a few days before her abduction, Kamelia told her "Mommy, they're going to steal me."
Although Derek was only supposed to visit Kamelia at the social services offices, he convinced staff to allow a visit with her at the Funland amusement center for four hours. One hour into the visit, at approximately 12:15 pm, durin... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm re-listening to my 'Ask Me About My New God' album tonight and am truly blown away with how amazingly funny Maria Bamford is! I first became aware of her on the 'Comedians of Comedy' docu-show with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and (eventually) Zach G-(not spelling it); She had an amazingly awkward parody of "Old McDonald Had A Farm" with pterodactyl's involved and I fell out with laughter. 'Ask Me About My New God' is IMHO a perfect album. For both the performer and the audience, I don't know if it could have gone any better.She has more recently done a lot of work with and for mental illness / charity work; I encourage everyone unfamiliar to please look her up and support her - she's what's right with the world. To that end, I would like to share a spoiler clip from said album:
Also why can't we tell both Javala and Eris that they are fighting on the same side. And No my muscles look exactly the same cause Bungie don't allow customization for characters.
So I mentioned this theory in the chapter discussion but figured I’d make an expanded version of the theory and share it.
So the main theory is the “human” form of Black Maria we see is a lure/puppet that is being controlled by the true Black Maria hiding within the black robe.
When I read 998 i found it weird how Oda displayed Black Marias devil fruit.
Every other Tobi Roppo in this chapter was portrayed in their full zoan form Whos Who was a Tiger, Sasaki a triceratops, and so on; meanwhile Black Maria was in a strange transformation that mixed full zoan and full human.
Her design involved a face and fanged spider head and her whole human body we’ve seen throughout wano. This was when I started thinking that the human body is fake as this breaks the laws of zoan fruits we’ve been accustomed too. For it’s not a hybrid form that combines the two forms into one; rather it specifically looks like two distinct forms.
Once I started thinking of them separately I considered what we’ve seen of Black Maria so far and how she used a lure and trap to grab Sanji. This is when I started contemplating that this is Black Marias preferred style of taking down enemies through the use of bait and switch. This is when I realized it’s fully possible that the beautiful woman Black Maria is just another way to bait enemies while the true Black Maria defeats them.
Now let me discuss why I think she’s a puppet:
It’s no secret that wano is based off of a kabuki play theme. However, along with Kabuki there existed a second prominent play type known as Bunraku, traditional puppet theater.
The main part of bunraku involves 3 roles and the puppets.
The puppets are different than the typical marionettes the western audience is thinking about. Their size typically ranges from half of a grown adult to 3/4 the size and uses multiple puppeteers to control. The puppets basic design is a typical geisha wearing a black robe, similar to Black Marias design.
Black Maria does share similar to the other two roles of a typical Bunraku show. The Tayu and Shamisen.
A shamisen is an individual who plays the three stringed guitar we’ve seen throughout wano; however, there’s a difference between the shamisen typically played in a kabuki play and in a banraku show. Size and tone.
The shamisen used in bunraku is slightly larger than other kinds of shamisen and has a different sound, lower in pitch and with a fulle... keep reading on reddit ➡
Anyone else beyond pissed?
Murray just tweeted the phone number for a support line to "help manage stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic" an hour ago, adding further insult to injury.
We deserve better representation than this.
Editing to clarify why I'm pissed: like u/Haole_D pointed out, our country spends more on the military than the next 10 countries combined. I would be pissed at them voting yes on this even WITHOUT the pandemic, I'm done with the excuses for why we can't afford to take care of people when the military budget is so disgustingly bloated.
It's just made worse right now by the fact that the Democrats have an opportunity to fight, but they don't.