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#1   Kanye releases snippet of new song before Instagram shuts his page down

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  @hiphop      By Kodack sixnine      3 hours ago


Man, this sh*t ACTUALLY sounds good. The lyrics are whatever but that beat is a 10/10

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#2  2022 Video Game Awards (VGA) Show Tonight live tonight at 7:30p ET / 4:30p PT / 12:30a GMT

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@games      By letitallg0      6 hours ago

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#3   How A 28 Year Old Built a Side Hustle That Brings in $30,000 a Month

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@wild'ish      By BreakkerSzn      3 hours ago

Before the pandemic, I worked at an ad-tech startup in California and made $240,000 a year, including sales commission.

But as the country went into lockdown in March 2020, so did many of my retail, restaurant and entertainment clients. Even after putting in long hours, I struggled to meet my sales quota.

That spring, I read on Twitter about someone making passive income by placing vending machines in office buildings. It immediately piqued my interest.

So in June and July, I purchased two machines for $5,000 to get a side hustle going. Things were slow at first, but I was hopeful that I could scale the business. I quit my day job that summer to focus all my time and energy into it.

I'm glad I took the risk: Today, I have 57 vending machines scattered across my hometown and bring in an average of $30,000 in monthly revenue.

Over the last two years, I've spent about $160,000 on machines, but I have a positive cash flow and no debt. I only have to work six hours a week on vending machine operations. I can spend the rest of my time on other projects, like my online coaching business and trying to land new machine locations.

Here's my five-step process on how to get started in the vending machine business:

1. Land a busy location.

For my first location, I called up a friend whose dad owns a mechanic shop. The shop had 10 employees and only sold $181 worth of products during the first three months, but it got my foot in the door

My second location was in an apartment building, and sold $1,200 worth of products in the first month.

The best way to land a location is by cold-calling. I target buildings that have a lot of employees or foot traffic. I recommend using D7 Lead Finder, which helps you find different types of businesses in a specific area and the contact information.

Ask to speak to the business owner or manager and tell them that you'd like to place a machine in their location. Explain the benefits (e.g., convenience of snacks and drinks for employees or customers) and lay out how you'd be handling all of the responsibilities.

Many venues just want the vending machine services without having to pay a premium for installation and upkeep. One vending machine business owner, for example, has 21 locations but only pays one venue 15% of his monthly profits.

2. Buy a quality machine.

I bought my first vending machine on Craiglist for $1,000. I also got some deals on OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace.

But looking back, it was a waste of time and money. I've found that it's more worth it to buy new machines through a local supplier, even though it could cost up to $4,000. They are more reliable and require less maintenance.

I frequently purchase from Ross Vending, which has an entire warehouse of new and refurbished machines.

For first-time vendors, I suggest getting a stacker drink machine. It holds six to 10 types of products, which means you don't have to buy as many variations and can experiment with what sells.

3. Buy a credit card reader.

Not all machines come with credit card readers, so I bought one from Nayax for my first machine. They can cost up to $399, but are well worth the price.

Nayax card readers show you sales on a live basis through their website and app, meaning you don't have to physically go to the machine to see what needs to be restocked.

Credit card readers give customers an alternative payment option. Losing a sale because someone doesn't have cash on them isn't good for business.

Plus, it's the customer who takes on the credit card processing fees, not the seller.

4. Pay someone to move the machine to your location.

Vending machines are heavy and dangerous to move, so it's hard to fit them into tight spaces.

It costs about $100 to $150 to pay for a professional mover, but it's worth it. Your machine distributor can connect you with a local and experienced mover.

5. Buy products from wholesale stores.

I have a 2,000-square-foot warehouse where Pepsi and wholesale suppliers deliver products that my two part-time employees use to stock our machines.

But I still buy products from bulk stores because the deals are great. When it comes to stocking, Sam's Club takes the crown.

Depending on your product mix, it costs anywhere from $250 to $1,000 to fill a machine. My first machine cost $250 to stock.

When deciding what to sell, start with popular, recognizable brands. Test what sells and what doesn't. Aim for items will give you a profit margin of between 50% and 75%.

I love being a vending machine business owner. My biggest problem is when coin slots getting jammed, but I wouldn't trade that in for the stresses that came with my previous 9-to-5 job.
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#4   steph curry picks his all time starting 5...no bron no kobe

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#5   Pau Gasol has been right there for Vanessa & the kids since Kobes passing!

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  @sports      By Sonya Blade      4 hours ago


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#6  Nyc has had enough

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  @wild'ish      By Stylisticstunna      3 hours ago

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#7   Dec 8 - Viktor Bout "Merchant of death" This is Who The US Swapped For Brittany Griner

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@news      By FireBeats      4 hours ago

Man is responsible for Thousands upon Thousands of deaths in Africa

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#8   Sizzla and DJ Khalid Beef? Sizzla burns the Khalid plaques

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#9  EST Gee took the dinner w/ Jay-Z

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@hiphop      By Sincere730      1 hour ago

gotti gave him the 750k already so it make sense

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#10   Black Girl travels to Afghanistan! Kicks it with the taliban by herself (Dangerous!)

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  @wild'ish      By ReDvIaGrA      6 hours ago

Wow! Hats off to this chick. She could get an award for this one!

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#11  Dinner with Jay Z

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#12   Week 14; TNF; Silence of the Lambs; Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams Gameday Thread🐏

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@sports      By theFREAK      1 hour ago

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#13   Air Jordan 11 CMFT Low "University Blue"

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@gear      By Eclectic      2 hours ago

"The connection between the Air Jordan 11 CMFT Low and the chief model look way more obvious when the earliest and most recognizable colorways make their way onto the model. Such is true with this upcoming release, which resembles 2001s Air Jordan 11 Low UNC.

Much like the other AJ11 CMFT Low drops, this upcoming release makes use of the glossy patent leather mudguard, with the Tar Heel-friendly University Blue flooding the toe as well as the Jumpman logo at the heel, A full grain synthetic leather is used at the heel, while a transparent TPU layer with a mesh grid adds a bit of a modern twist. The black interior lining is certainly a fresh addition, while the iced out translucent sole speaks that Air Jordan 11 language that few other details can.

Expect these to be available on Nike.com for $130; see the official images ahead.

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#14  Producer of Battlefield 4 / 1 / V returns to DICE as Lead Producer for Battlefield

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@games      By x Tha Arkitek x      2 hours ago

Hopefully he can save Battlefield, because 2042 was/is a dumpster fire.

David Sirland previously worked for DICE in the following roles/projects:

Associate Producer / Producer for Battlefield 4 (Premium Offerings & "year 2" content)
Producer for Battlefield 1 Incursions
Multiplayer Producer for Battlefield V

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#15  Dec 8 - Why the US was able to bring home Brittney Griner but not Paul Whelan

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@news      By Wrong Move      6 hours ago


The release of WNBA star*Brittney Griner*in a prisoner swap with Russia has brought renewed attention to the case of retired Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Russia since 2018.*

Griners case received outsized media attention compared to Whelan given her status as a star womens basketball player and Olympic gold medalist. But Whelan has been detained in Russia longer, and Thursdays announcement, while celebrated by many, has raised difficult questions about why the U.S. was able to secure Griners freedom but not Whelans.

Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Pauls case different than Brittneys. And while we have not yet succeeded in securing Pauls release, we are not giving up. We will never give up, President*Biden*said in remarks shortly after Griners release was made public.

Griner was arrested in February on charges that she illegally brought vape cartridges containing hashish oil into Russia. She was convicted on drug smuggling charges and sentenced in August to serve nine years in prison. She* had been recently transferred to a penal colony. Advocates had raised particular concern about her fate given she is a Black, gay woman.

The White House announced Thursday that Griner was freed in exchange for the release of Viktor Bout, a Russian arms deal who was serving a 25-year sentence for weapons trafficking.

Whelan, a former U.S. marine, has spent four years imprisoned in Russia following a conviction on espionage charges in 2020. The U.S. has determined his detention to be unlawful and criticized the Russian criminal allegations and court process as a sham. The State Department said last week he had been transferred to a prison hospital in recent weeks, but has since been returned to the penal colony where he is serving his sentence.

A senior administration official said Thursday they believe the Russians are holding Whelans release to a higher bar than Griners because of the espionage charges.*

We as a government have sought to bring*Paul Whelan*home as well. We did so in good faith with the Russians and proposed multiple different options. Regrettably, due to the nature of the sham espionage charges Russia levied against Paul, the Russians have treated, continue to treat, his situation differently from Brittneys and rejected each and every one of our proposals for his release.

In an interview with CNN from Russian prison, Whelan said he was surprised he was not included in the swap, but seemed to agree that it was because Russia is holding him to a different standard because of the espionage charges.

While the Biden administration spent recent months trying to negotiate a deal that would lead to the release of Griner and Whelan together, including a reported deal that involved the release of Bout, the senior administration official said Russia ultimately rejected efforts to free Whelan.

This was not a situation where we had a choice of which American to bring home. It was a choice between bringing home one particular American, Brittney Griner, or bringing home none, the official said, speaking in a call with reporters shortly after Griners release was made public.

Whelans brother, David, released a statement following Griners release calling it the right decision by the administration to secure her freedom. He said hed been in touch with the Biden administration prior to the public announcement, giving the family time to process the news that Paul would not be coming home at this time.

It is the second time this year the Whelan family has learned the U.S. had secured the release of an American wrongfully detained in Russia while Paul Whelan remains imprisoned there.*

The White House in April was able to free former Marine Trevor Reed as part of a prisoner exchange for a Russian citizen, Konstantin Yaroshenko, who had been serving out a 20-year sentence on drug charges.

At the time, David Whelan expressed happiness for Reeds release but questioned whether Biden was willing to make the choices necessary to bring his brother home.

In recent weeks, the Whelan family had raised concerns about Pauls status after they did not hear from him during the Thanksgiving holiday or on his fathers birthday, two dates where they were typically in touch.

They have since heard from him, but David Whelan on Thursday appeared pessimistic about his brothers case moving forward.

We do worry about whats in Pauls future, David Whelan said Thursday on CNN. I think its become clear that the U.S. doesnt have any concessions that the Russian government wants for Paul. So Im not really sure what the future holds.
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#16   Trae Young buys $20 million home in Southern California

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  @sports      By Wrong Move      6 hours ago


Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is currently playing on a contract worth*north of $240 million, so its no surprise he can afford some very nice things. Records show the Texas native, 24, who mainly splits his time between Atlanta and Oklahoma, has paid exactly $20 million for the sprawling Calabasas home of retired NFL linebacker Clay Matthews. The all-custom estate sits within the Estates at the Oaks, a double-gated community where other residents include Britney Spears, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker.

While thats the second-biggest sum ever paid for a Calabasas home, behind only the*$30 million*a tech entrepreneur forked over on the same street last year, its also a 50% discount off Matthews original asking price. The former L.A. Rams star picked up the then-vacant property in 2013 for about $2.6 million and spent untold millions custom-building his California dream home, much of which was designed by his wife Casey. The couple is reportedly relocating from their palatial Calabasas digs to Nashville.

Vaguely French Provincial in architectural style, albeit with a serious contemporary twist, the hulking manor spans some 14,000 square feet and comes complete with seven bedrooms suites and 11 bathrooms. In addition to a large front motorcourt and separate gated second motorcourt, theres also a partially subterranean garage with room for up to nine cars.

Inside, highlights include numerous bespoke finishes intricate millwork and moldings, wide-plank walnut flooring, antique wood beams reclaimed from ancient barns, and unusually high ceilings throughout add to the feeling of grandeur. Theres also a wine cellar with storage space for thousands of bottles, a movie theater that can accommodate 15 guests, and perhaps the propertys most impressive feature a wood-paneled library with an 800-gallon aquarium, professionally designed for Matthews on a 2018 episode of Tanked.

The upstairs master suite features a sitting area and a sumptuous bathroom slathered in Borghini marble, per the listing. Out back, the 1.63-acre lot boasts views of the Santa Monica Mountains, a saltwater swimming pool and a sports court, plus the manicured gardens and lawns one would expect to find at a $20 million Los Angeles estate.

In addition to his giant new Calabasas digs, Young continues to maintain homes in Atlantas Brookhaven neighborhood and Oklahoma, where hes got an 8,000-square-foot mansion in the city of Norman.

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#17  Celine Dion Announces She Has Stiff-Person Syndrome

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#18  Dec 8 - Welp first NC now powerstation attacks are happening all over the country

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  @news      By Voodoogeddon      6 hours ago

no arrests made can't arrest the arresters

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#19   britney griner answers a couple of quick questions

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#20  Judge Joe Brown has a Big F*U to Wakanda Forever

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@movies      By jholla31      6 hours ago

Turn out its not just Toxic Yt males hating on this film...

Agree with him or not he brings up some interesting points... Can't wait to see how BX goes back and forth on this one.

He says a lot in the first 11 mins alone...

Another perspective from another Joe

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