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Canadian sale subreddit for your PC needs. Deals on monitors, cables, processors, video cards, fans, cooling, cases, accessories, anything for a PC build. News and current events related to PC building in Canada. Inspired by /buildapcsales and /buildapc.

2023.03.30 05:53 ehsra_ What Microphone Works Best With Deeper Voices?

Hey, so I have a more deep and “rougher” voice. I also do Fiverr voice acting. I’m planning on buying a new mic, either a Sm7b or Electro Voice re 20. See, I already have a Re20 that I’ve had for a few years, but it’s gotten this horrendously loud buzzing noise which is apparently common. What I’ve learned is that this buzzing aka mic failure is common within the EV 20. This leads me to wanting to get an SM7b although I’m worried it would be worse for my voice, as the EV is meant for radio. What do you all think? Should I risk getting the electro voice again, or just get a sm7b. And which is generally regarded as being better for deeper, and raspier voices. I just really don’t want to sacrifice the sound of my voice by getting a sm7b, but I’m also worried about practically wasting another 450 dollars on a re20 just to have it fail in a year or two again. Any other potential microphone recommendations that suit deeper voices would be appreciated as well!
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2023.03.30 05:46 HomelandPatriot 23 [M4F] #US - Looking to fall in love

Hey there. I am looking for a serious relationship. Now, I'm not expecting it to be instantly "serious", when I say that I really mean your attitude towards dating. I'm looking for someone kind, wise, intelligent, and who will standup for what she thinks is right. Someone who can call me out when I'm being stupid, and hold me accountable. I want us to be co-captains, and equal.
Who am I?
I spent the early part of my life in FL, but at this point I consider TN to be my home. It has it's problems, but I actually like it here. Currently I'm studying Computer Science with a concentration in Cybersecurity and a minor in International Studies in a small college town. I enjoy learning, programming, and just generally being a geek.
I would consider myself to be loyal, honest, and thoughtful. My #1 goal is to make this world better than the way I found it - that may sound naive, but I genuinely believe that a single act of kindness can ripple out. There's so much negativity in the world, and I contribute to some of it, but I try to minimize it.
What's my type?
I don't have a "type", that I can figure - so don't worry about not being "my type" as long as you're 18+.
If you have any other questions I'd love to answer them for you. I wish you the best!
Please include a * in your message so that I know you read my post
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2023.03.30 05:20 FoundationOfFarts CMV: the criminal justice system should focus more on rehabilitation, ALSO it should not include the death penalty

two for one in this post, I'd like to discuss each. & I'm feeling less firm on my view of the death penalty. becAuse i find the argument "wasted resources" (like those spent on prisoners who failed/are uninterested in rehabilitation.)to be pretty valid. of course i was thinking about this all day, i went down a lot of different subs and collected points from each side of these arguments.
one idea that i firmly agree with, which conveniently combats the waste concept is.. we COULD have less people inside. as in.. victimless crimes should not result in incarceration, (not NO punishment, i think its important to keep a deterrent in place, maybe.. via retribution? whether solely financial or not, idk. but) this would apply to minor drug possessions, and with that, its only reasonable everyone currently inside for (only) that.. should be released.! we've seen before how the war on drugs is ineffective, im not here to discuss this. (well unless you rly want to) i just mean we wouldnt have to worry about the money and food put towards keeping those "lost causes" alive if we stopped locking up 22yros for having 3lbs of pot. (or more dangerous substances. thats moot so long as they were intending on using it personally, and not giving it to children or something evil like that.)
i feel like prison should only be a place for those who lack empathy, honestly. it should function like a strenuous "get mentally well" course, that will go on and on until you pass. OR as a holding place for those who dont want to participate. <-- these are the only people that i think would be viable for the death penalty. like in a situation where our country runs out of food, it should be the dangerous population that gets cut off first. not that i think they should be cut out when theres currently no harm in keeping them where they are. (of course, maybe we could use the taxpayer dollars for healthcare.. thats an option. BUT if we're looking for taxpayer dollars, i can name a few other places to start >! 👀 corrupt policeforce.? !< fair argument though. we could prosper with even more resources available.)
anyway, to get into the real meat n' potatoes of this post; IMO murder should only be acceptable in self-defence situations, as a last resort. (yes this includes abortion (if you consider that murder) since pregnancy&birth can take your life or lead to irreversible mental and/or physical damage.) I'll go into furthur detail of what i feel constitutes "self defence" if requested.
i believe anyone can change for the better, learn empathy/to behave. so long as they want to. yes even rapists, racists & pedos. in the circumstance of dealing with a damaged&confused individual, we should lead with pity. not pain.
you can see that even in the very beginning, during CHILDHOOD, people respond better to positive reinforcement & being given the chance to understand what is right and what is fair. I'm sure we're all capable of coming to the same consensus that no one deserves to be hurt. with time, pity, effort and patience, an attacker can be taught to be better. FORCING people to submit will only work for as long as you are in control, it does not result in respect, or an individual who aspires for the success of his brothers. just someone who waits for their next opportunity to continue doing what they know.
this same logic applies to an argument that i think will be prompted in response to my "death penalty bad" and that is.. "the death penalty can offer closure to victims and their families" and i DO think its reasonable to not want your attacker to be free, risking a repeat offense.. but wishing for their death? its malicious.
honestly, its so hypocritical to punish someone's inflicted pain with more pain. "youre not supposed to hurt others! now feel my wrath!" like what. what lesson is being taught there. the lesson of "dont get caught" maybe jfc its so simple to just not hurt others at all. if our system's response to crime looked more like an effort to teach empathy (while simultaneously separating attackers from the vulnerable) wouldnt we all be happier.?
"they deserve it" is the evilest argument there is. no one deserves to die.
today, i was trying to come up with an alternative to the death penalty, not releasing the perp into the general population again & not killing them either. like what should you do with the "lost causes" ? but..idk.. it doesnt seem like there's any option other than imprisonment for those that cant help but be evil. you've got to protect the vulnerable.
i wouldnt mind getting some more feedback on THAT idea, even tho its entirely unrelated, probably via DM, since the sub doesnt allow comments not pertaining to the CMV aspect.
anyway. rehabilitation/teaching empathy & keeping possible threats in a position where theyre not able to do damage should be the first and foremost goal of the penal system:) but, there should be less people being punished in the first place. only the malicious & those SO confused they could do harm. also, death should only be a last resort.
im really just looking to develop my stance on these things further. especially since im kinda on the fence about the death penalty thing. how far could you carry the argument that we NEED those resources so badly that someone should instead die. (remember, i dont think killing them because they "deserve" it is ..empathetic enough? it makes me question if anyone posing that argument should be treated with the same pity & effort towards teaching better behavior as the criminals they condemn.)
(maybe these prisons should be self-sufficient? at least in food?)
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2023.03.30 05:20 EstablishmentNew7113 I Climbed to Infinite with M’Baku. Here’s What I Learned

I Climbed to Infinite with M’Baku. Here’s What I Learned
  • F*** Around and Find Out
  • Leech is a Necessary Evil
  • “Too much a good thing” is a saying for a reason
  • This is still better than Zabu Season
Welcome back long-awaited return of the “Here’s What I Learned” saga, a series where I go in-depth about my deck building and piloting strategies for different decks I reach Infinite with. I usually try to switch up my deck every season, so my first post follows my journey using a Cerebro combo deck while my second revolves around a completely different playstyle in a Storm-Spiderman control deck. (I talk a lot about general deck building and strategy in these posts, so I won’t go into nearly as much depth in this one)
I decided to spice it up again this time around. Storm still plays an important role in this deck, but the methodology of this deck vastly differs from the previous ones. For context, the past couple months have been really rough for me, between getting surgery for my ACL for the second time (preventing me from playing football for about a year), college starting back up again (in which I’m taking pretty difficult classes like quantum physics and relativity), and of course, Zabu Darkhawk making f2p decks unplayable for a solid month. As such, I ended up taking a break from Marvel Snap until recently, and honestly, I just wanted to see Big Numbers go BRRR, and there’s no better engine for that than Lockjaw.
Overall this deck is a lot less innovative and consistent than my previous decks but it’s a lot easier to use and matches up with the current meta pretty nicely. However, there are some downsides I want to address first, because this deck is NOT for everyone.
The Negatives
  • You are extremely likely to brick (i.e. draw an unplayable hand), since half the cards are 5 cost or higher. If I had a dollar for every time my opening hand was Giganto, Infinaut, and Magneto…
  • You are extremely vulnerable to Shang Chi. Because you will be getting out so many high power cards early (hopefully), Shang Chi can and will have a field day, and there’s enough protection to prevent this.
  • You are gambling. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Your opponent doesn’t know what’s going to happen. You could put a Wasp down and pull Infinaut. You could put M’Baku down and get Wasp. It can be extremely dopamine-inducing, or it could be extremely frustrating. You just kinda have to let fate take the wheel.
  • This is an extremely deep Pool 3 Deck. Unless you’ve been playing for a while you won’t have all of the cards in my decklist.
If even one of these things is a dealbreaker, then this deck IS NOT for you.
Alright, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the deck.
The Cards
  • Wasp/M’Baku - Low Cost fodder for Lockjaw (helps ensure M’Baku is in the deck at end of game)
  • Sunspot - Early game tempo/Lockjaw fodder
  • Storm - Secures early lanes
  • Lockjaw/Jubilee - Cheat out Big Power early
  • Leech - Let’s be serious we all know what Leech does
  • Vision - Contest Storm Lane and allow for more Lockjaw procs if pulled early
  • Magneto/Doctor Doom - Big Power across the boards/situational disruption
  • Infinaut/Giganto - Big PoweLeech fodder
The Strategy
Storm-Lockjaw, or Budget Thanus (spelling intentional) as I sometimes like to call it, is a deck that has a very clear gameplan: get big cards out early. In an ideal scenario you Storm on turn 3 and either Jubilee or Lockjaw + some other card on turn 4. This is the best case scenario, since it means that hopefully you can get big power on the board without having to worry about Shang-Chi or other disruption later. Unfortunately, more often than not it doesn’t work out this way, which is where your other cards come in. If you are able to get Storm by turn 3 but no Jubilee or Lockjaw, don’t be afraid to put Storm down anyway. You have more than enough resources between Vision, Doctor Doom, and Magneto to win that lane. It also means that if you’re up against a Shuri deck you don’t have to worry about any beef in that lane, so Storming when you have a chance is more often than not the right move.
If you don’t have Storm at all, if you are playing in a Kyln or TVA where a location/game ends after turn 4, or if the matchup requires it(e.g. you’re up against a Zoo or Dracula Deck that can consistently get more power in a Storm lane than you), then Lockjaw will be the turn 3 play for you. Sometimes you can even spice it up by putting a Storm on top of Lockjaw so you can get the effect for hopefully more power. If you have neither, that’s what Sunspot is for. You won’t have a turn 3 play but you will be able to buff up Sunspot and hopefully start focusing on other lanes turn 4 and onwards. Also, it might be useful to put Sunspot in the middle or right lane in this case so that you have room for Giganto in the left lane later. If you are unfortunate enough to not draw Sunspot, Lockjaw, or Storm (which will happen frustratingly often), then at that point you might as well scoop and take the 1 cube loss.
Let’s say you survived to turn 5. You realistically have three options: Leech, Vision, or feed Lockjaw. In general, if you are winning, then Leech. If you are losing, then Vision. If you have neither in your hand, then feed Lockjaw and fish for either of these 2 cards if they’re not already on the field. Of course there is a lot more nuance, and there are certain situation where even if you’re losing you want to Leech (like if you’re up against Red Skull/Shuri and you don’t want them to get Taskmaster off) or times when you are winning where you don’t (like if you’re up against Patriot or suspect Infinaut is in their hand). I’d be happy to discuss these finer situations with you in the comments if you are interested in picking up the deck, but a lot of it just comes with experience.
Now one of the cool things about this deck is that on turn 6 you have a lot of freedom given that there are 4 6-costs in the decklist. If you’re confidently winning in the Storm lane, realistically you only need to secure one more lane to win, so Giganto will be your best move in that case. If you’re close in all three lanes only need a little push to get over the edge, or if you need just a little more power in the Storm lane, Doctor Doom is your guy. There are too many possibilities on turn 6 to go over right now, but the more you use the deck and the more you play the game the more of a feel you will get for this turn.
Like I said earlier, this isn’t the most difficult deck to play (it still takes more brain power than Shuri though imho), but there are a couple of learning curves if you want to consistently win cubes, especially at higher ranks.
  • Know how to move Vision. This is something that took me a while to figure out but once I did it I immediately saw the difference in cube gains,
  • Know when to snap/retreat. This is gambling by nature so snapping/retreating is even more prevalent than normal, given you don’t have as much control over the deck as others,
  • Know how to track your deck. If you click on your profile in-game, you can see exactly how many cards are in your deck, and you can keep track of what cards are on the field, what cards are in your hand, or what cards you fed to Lockjaw to know exactly which cards are in the deck and what PROBABILITY you have to pull them through Lockjaw or Jubilee. Even though it’s random, you can calculate the exact randomness if you’re smart and attentive, and that might inform your plays especially later in the game.
What I Learned
This is a fun deck. You can get big cards out quickly. You can enjoy the gambler’s high with relatively low risk. You can cheat out wins that no other deck can. And, if you’re lucky, you get to see M’Baku jump out at the end. I have lost games because of M’Baku. I have won games with M’Baku. I have had games that weren’t affected by M’Baku. But hell if that son of a mother doesn’t make me smile every time he pops out.
However, this deck does get exhausting. I value being able to outsmart and outplay my opponent, and the very nature of this deck means that it won’t happen as often. Sure, you can use your knowledge of probability to your advantage, but sometimes you stick around to the end of the game where you very well could either win or lose and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s really fun and has some of the highest highs out of any deck, but it’s so remarkably inconsistent that it can get frustrating sometimes. Also, sometimes you just get an opening hand of all 6 drops and you have to retreat instantly, and after a couple of games like that where you spend 2-3 minutes winning 1 cube and then 2-3 seconds losing it the game after, it can be hard mentally. It was really fun for a little bit but I don’t think I’ll be using this deck to climb in the near future. It also didn’t help that I had to restart from low rank since I haven’t played the past couple seasons, so I spent more time with this deck than usual.
One of the most difficult things about climbing in this deck is that it’s hard to switch decks in the middle, especially if you’re really proficient in one deck but it takes a while to build/learn another deck, and you don’t want to lose cubes while experimenting. For all of my Infinite climbs I usually spent the first week theorycrafting, building, tuning, and learning the deck, and then I started the climb after, sticking with that deck for the entirety. However, you can’t do that in the middle of a season, so what I might do is start that process for multiple decks while I’m Infinite so that I’ll be able to switch in-between, especially since I’m starting to experience burnout a lot quicker than before.
Finally, Leech and Lockjaw are the only real meta cards on this decklist, and for good reason. Getting Leech out early or being able to flip Leech into an Infinaut late can be game-breaking, but it’s also the only way for most decks to be able to compete with the Shuris and the Thanos…es? Thani? *insert plurality of Thanos here* of the world, and he singlehandedly won me games. I think without Leader his power is a lot less oppressive, but it is still something to keep in mind.
Anyway, that’s my summary. As always, I’ll be around in the comments the next couple days if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this deck or my playstyle. Happy Snapping!
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2023.03.30 05:20 Plane_Book6981 Favorites from hunting on my road trip I just got back from! Really loving the matchbox Toyotas and the Best Buy exclusives which I found at the dollar general in Moab 🏜

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2023.03.30 05:06 Hamus8246 Dollar General manager

Just became manager and I regret it. I probably won’t make it. It’s so not worth it. I’m working close to 70hrs a week for the past two weeks and working two stores while trying to hire help run frate and do training. For only 45,050.00 a year that means I’m making about 10$ a hr. My question is does it get better?
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2023.03.30 04:05 irl_president Look out for sponsored content about CEI ahead of the April meeting.

There have been a few links shared recently that users may read as good news. There are a lot more coming ahead of the company meeting. Be aware of the disclaimers on those pages. Always read the fine print.

Example 1:

Research reports on profiled stocks in the Opportunity Research format typically have a higher risk profile and may offer greater upside. Goldman Small Cap Research was compensated by a third party in the amount of $4000 for research report production and distribution, including a press release.
(Emphasis mine)
Unless otherwise noted, investors should view all of our reports, updates, notes, alerts and podcast interviews as sponsored content, or sponsored research.

Example 2:

This is a sponsored article and should not be considered investment advice
(Emphasis mine)
Also note the age of the site and how few of the links lead to the pages they say they do.

Example 3:

Our reports/releases are a commercial advertisement and are for general information purposes ONLY.
STM, LLC has been compensated up to twelve-thousand-five-hundred-dollars cash via wire transfer by a third party to produce and syndicate content for Camber Energy, Inc.. for a period of one month ending on 04/19/23.
(Emphasis mine)
While that one is reposted on Benzinga, content from this source gets distributed all over the place. You can see several recent publications on CEI all with the same disclaimer on Primetime Profiles (A site owned by STM).
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This is long overdue, but here we go.
TLDR: You don’t need strong business extracurriculars to get into Wharton, which is arguably the number one business school in the world. Do what you love. And yes, I am aware that this is doxxing myself… Oh, well… Free publicity, I guess? I am also willing to share my essays on a case-by-case basis, so feel free to reach out.
Intended Major(s): Huntsman Program (Business at Wharton + International Studies at the College)
Standardized Testing
  1. Swim, Team Captain and Swimmer, Club Advanced Level and High School Varsity Swim Team 2x State Championship Finalist; Made daily workouts and coached newer swimmers; Speedo Sectionals Qualifier; Attended practices 2x/day, 6 days/week
  2. Climate Data Science Intern, FSU Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies Published paper exploring novel climate prediction technique; Instructed a graduate-level Python lecture series; Identified anomalies in NASA datasets
  3. Delegate, Florida American Legion Boys State Elected Chairman of Nationalist Party (Top 1/218); Boys Nation Nominee (Top 6/436); Devised party platform; Conducted primary elections and hype-rally
  4. Commissioner's Summer Youth Intern (Paid Position), County Commissioner’s Office Research on homelessness presented at County Board; Briefed Commissioner before meetings with clients; Reported district-wide concerns, drafted solutions
  5. Executive Board Member and Delegate, Model United Nations Club - Organized national conference with FSU; Taught position paper, parliamentary procedure, and resolution writing workshops; 6 National Awards
  6. Founder and President, Speech & Debate Club - 2x County Debate Tournament Director; Coached Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum to members (50% NSDA/NCFL Qualification); Prepared weekly lectures
  7. President and Captain, Quiz/Brain Bowl Club - 4x NAQT Championships Qualifier (2x Playoffs Qualifier); County Quiz Tournament Director; Made Team Study Packets for 15 topics (300+ Pages)
  8. Competitor and Official Test Writer, Mu Alpha Theta Club - Wrote tests for and organized annual statewide competition (1,000+ competitors); Coached 10 students (3 state, 1 national champion); Won 30+ awards
  9. Self-Taught American Sign Language (ASL), American Sign Language University (Online Course) Studied ASL 1+2; Exploring non-verbal communication altered my perspective; Motive was to communicate with deaf friends; Currently taking ASL 3+4
  10. Motivational Speaker and Content Creator - Made 6 videos on teenage physical health and mental well-being during COVID-19; Reached 7,500+ viewers without publicity; Learned filming and editing
  1. Recognized by the UN and Australian Govt. (InternationalMUN Director of Public Relations/Outreach)
  2. Best/Outstanding Delegate (PMUNC2021, GTMUN2021, GatorMUNXIX, KnightMUNXX, TSMUN24 and 25)
  3. AIME Qualifier (Top 5% of AMC 12) and 1st Place History of Math (2021 MAO National Convention)
  4. Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship Startup Pitch Competition (1st Place in Florida)
  5. Bob & Gail Knight Scholarship (Top 2/436 on Boys State Government, Law, and History of Florida Exam)
Letters of Recommendation
I read both of my teacher recommendations. Honestly, these were amazing and I couldn’t be more grateful. In length, they were nothing crazy (600 - 700), but in terms of content, they were completely personalized. Other than the advice that y’all have probably seen everywhere about teachers including unique anecdotes and tying these back into how your character traits will benefit the school in question, I was lucky enough to have my teachers do something especially special for me. It is not very often that you notice teachers including comparisons in their letters of recommendation. Phrases like, “the best in my class,” “the top student,” “one of my favorites,” “most enjoyable to write for,” and “will be one of the few that go on to the big stage” are phrases that exemplify how strongly a teacher advocates for you. These phrases can be deal-breakers, as the letter of recommendation is the only component that allows for someone other than you to speak on your behalf. Regarding my counselor recommendation, unfortunately, I do not have access to it, but I am probably one of the closest students to him in my class. He also happens to be the IB Coordinator and the Quiz Bowl Sponsor.
This was super enjoyable and probably my favorite part of the entire process. Although Penn claims that this interview is more-so for you to ask questions and to get to know the school, my interviewer practically guaranteed that she would write a stellar report. Out of the 90 minutes that we spoke for, only 30 were actually devoted to her asking me questions. The remaining 60 minutes were just us talking about… Life? It got to the point where she taught me how to make croque monsieur (it’s basically a French grilled cheese). I actually lost my note sheet, as my interview was back in November, but if I remember correctly, the following were the questions (the part that y’all readers probably care about) asked: “Introduce yourself by telling me three things about yourself,” “Tell me about your favorite extracurricular activity and its impact on your life,” “Tell me about what inspired you to want to study business at Penn, and specifically at Wharton,” and “Tell me about why you want to be a part of the Huntsman Program and why you chose the target language that you chose.” It’s important to note that while these do appear to only be 4 questions, the interview is supposed to be conversational, so many follow-up questions were asked in between.
Especially for someone of my demographic, I haven’t experienced many of the shared struggles or common experiences that most speak of in their essays. With that being said, I believe that I have also experienced many things that others of my background have not, so that probably made my essays a bit more unique. Without revealing too much, my personal statement was about how I combined my own struggles and attachment to the community to engage in three unorthodox activities. My supplements went into depth regarding these three activities. I’d say that this was a very risky strategy, considering that if one of the essays didn’t really hit home with the readers, the rest would also fall flat. Luckily, this was successful. One thing that I would definitely suggest to applicants in general, especially for Penn, is to look at a school’s mission statement and “values” (just Google *school name* “values”) and ensure that all of your essays showcase at least three of those values and make it a prominent theme throughout them. Additionally, take advantage of the UStrive Platform. Trust me, I haven’t been paid to advertise or anything like that, but it was a life-saver. College consultants can charge thousands of dollars, but with UStrive, if you choose the right mentor, you can get an even better experience completely free of charge.
Decisions (indicate ED/EA/REA/SCEA/RD)
Additional Information:
Honors 1: Led team of 5 individuals from Chile, India, Nigeria, Norway, and Singapore, and conducted Instagram, Facebook, and cold-emailing publicity campaigns to promote the annual conference; Created MUN discussion Discord server that now has 1,000+ active members; Doubled conference turnout and extended reach to Australia; Managed monthly subscription-based MUN resource network; Received $1,000 grant from UN and Australian Govt. to continue work and make free MUN courses for underprivileged children in rural areas
Honors 4: One-week Summer Program hosted by Florida State University; Familiarized myself with lean business canvas, retail marketing, and STEM entrepreneurship; Pitched for custom prosthetics company called FuseIt; Responsible for data analytics, customer acquisition, and innovating revenue streams; Engaged in corporate philanthropy (30% of profits back to community)
Activity 1: (i) Main events are 50-yard, 100-yard, and 200-yard freestyle, but I also swim 50-yard and 100-yard butterfly. Relay events are 200-yard medley (anchor leg) and 200-yard freestyle (anchor leg).
(ii) School Representative at 2022 Leon County Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2x Coach’s Award, 2x Highest Points Overall
Activity 2: (i) Paper Title - “The Regional Diagnosis of Onset and Demise of the Rainy Season over Tropical and Subtropical Australia”
(ii) Journal Title - "Earth Interactions" (American Meteorological Society)
Activity 3: (i) “Nationalist” Party is not indicative of any partisan or extremist views (it can be interpreted this way nowadays), as the 436 delegates are randomly split into 2 separate parties (“Nationalists” and “Federalists” were chosen to avoid labeling of Democrats and Republicans)
(ii) Delivered annual Boys State “Americanism” Speech in front of Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and Mayor John Dailey of Tallahassee
Activity 4: Research Briefing Title - “Characterizing the Prominent Causes and Effects of Homelessness in Leon County and Exploring Potential Public Policy Solutions”
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2023.03.30 03:58 deltrontraverse Healthy Options for 2ws $50 or $100

Super poor. I need a food plan to survive 2 weeks on either $50 (that would be best but I suspect impossible) or $100. It has got to be healthy though. I can't eat processed foods anymore like hot dogs or whatnot, it's killing me, and I need a healthy diet for weight loss as well (doctors say it will help me). I have a Krogers, Wal-mart, Dollar General and ALDI's near me.
Can someone help me out? Thank you!
U.S, by the way.
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2023.03.30 03:20 Jay314stl Bank Deposits CBDC's ?

Bank Deposits are CBDCs
It surprisingly failed to make headlines, but last week Chair Powell announced the introduction of a US dollar central bank digital currency (CBDC).
Here’s the formal announcement: "We took powerful actions with Treasury and the FDIC, which demonstrate that all depositors' savings are safe."
Got that?
Ok, fine. He didn’t actually say “CBDC.” But that’s what he meant (even if he didn’t mean to).
Because CBDCs are best defined as digital money that is a liability of a central bank.
Your bank deposits are digital, right?
And Powell just told us they are now liabilities of the US central bank.
Ipso facto, presto chango: Bank deposits are CBDCs!
Risky money business
Of course, Powell’s personal guarantee of bank deposits is not yet law, so the US CBDC is an informal one.
But formal ones appear to be coming: You can see here just how popular the idea has become, with central banks around the world actively working on it.
It’s a funny time to be pursuing such a thing. We’ve just witnessed how dependent our banking system is on the deposits it holds for us — and how quickly we can take those deposits elsewhere: SVB lost $40 billion of deposits on the Thursday before it was seized and the $100 billion of outgoing wires queued up for Friday is what prompted regulators to shut the doors.
But at least those deposits were mostly leaving for other commercial banks.
If leaving for the central bank was an option (via a CBDC), those deposits would have left the commercial banking sector entirely.
That would be expensive: A recent McKinsey report estimated that global banks would lose $2.1 trillion in annual revenue if retail CBDCs gained broad adoption.
That’s nearly one-third of the $6.5 trillion of revenue banks recorded in 2022.
Seeing as we have a banking crisis once every decade or so, it’s hard to imagine the system would survive losing a third of its revenue.
And yet, central banks around the world are contemplating just that.
What could they be thinking?
Ask ten central bankers and you might get ten different answers:
Hong Kong: financial innovation. China: eliminate cash so they know what everyone’s doing. Russia: replace SWIFT. Brazil: financial inclusion. Japan: promote international use of the yen. UK & EU: maintain monetary sovereignty. Indonesia: combat crypto. US: all of the above?
For most central banks, the allure of CBDCs is likely some mix of these.
But if they had to pick just one, it would be monetary sovereignty: Central banks fear losing control of the currencies we choose to use.
Slippery money slopes
People don’t use cash much anymore: A Bank of England study on CBDCs noted that the use of cash for payments has fallen from 55% of transactions to 15% over the past decade.
Central bankers take that personally because cash is central bank money.
Bank deposits are a close substitute, but even that is starting to give way to fintech money (PayPal, Venmo, stablecoins) that’s one further step removed from central banks.
To a central banker, that looks like a slippery slope: If people start paying for everything with their phones, who’s to say the phones have to use the local currency?
Christine Lagarde, president of the ECB, expressed this sense of unease last week: “If we are not involved with experimenting, with innovating, in terms of digital, central bank money, we risk losing the role of [monetary] anchor that we have played for many, many decades.”
CBDCs are a way to keep us anchored to central banks — by getting us to use central bank money again.
Keeping up with the Joneses
Maintaining monetary sovereignty is more of a concern for countries that don’t happen to issue the world’s reserve currency, which is why CBDCs are proving more popular with central bankers outside the US.
For the Fed, it seems like the biggest risk is just generally falling behind.
In China, you can exchange CBDCs between phones, without internet access. (And even without any battery charge, somehow.)
Hong Kong is exploring the possibility of using a CBDC in DeFi.
And CBDCs may already be eroding the dollar’s dominant role in cross-border transactions.
Still, it’s hard to imagine the US going full CBDC: The risk of draining deposits from commercial banks seems too great — not to mention the privacy concerns that have already raised political hackles.
Some sort of public-private partnership seems more likely and more consistent with US history.
Maybe tokenized bank deposits would be a happy medium?
Or maybe give fintechs like Circle a Fed master account and see what they do with it?
The Fed certainly doesn’t want to give you a master account, which is what a full-fledged retail CBDC would amount to — they have no interest in managing your car loan.
But they don’t want to fall hopelessly behind, either, so I expect they’ll increasingly be brainstorming some hybrid options.
In the meantime, we’ll just have to make do with the clunky, de facto CBDC that Powell gifted us last week. — Byron Gilliam
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2023.03.30 02:55 Wonderful_Kick7858 Experiences/Knowledge on bankruptcy

Hey all!
This might be a long one but I'll try to be succinct. Straight up, I'll admit, I was stupid with money when I was a bit younger. Improperly medicated mental illness, poor decisions on my part, and being terrible with money in general led to me winding up in a fair bit of debt. I spent years trying to pay it off without any assistance to no avail due to interest etc, so ended up utilising a personal insolvency agreement to set up a payment plan I could manage.
That went great for a year, but now I've ended up very ill which has resulted in me being unable to work, and it is unknown just when I will be well enough to be able to get back to work. Thankfully I have income protection, but attempting to cover all my existing bills/cost of living etc on top of the debt repayment just isn't possible. The company that arranged my PIA is now heavily suggesting I file a bankruptcy, which I am against the idea of because although I made stupid decisions that got me into this mess, I still want to be responsible for paying my debts off. The problem being, that given my circumstances, it isn't exactly feasible for me to do.
I guess what I'm reaching out for, is real world/practical knowledge and experiences of just how much this could impact my life? I don't own anything, and only own one primary vehicle. The agency advises me that if I were to declare bankruptcy, I wouldn't lose anything (except my pride) due to not owning anything and my vehicle not being worth over the dollar threshold that it could be taken from me. Even just making this post on a burner account causes me to be overwhelmed with shame, and in no way am I looking for pity because these are MY mistakes, and the idea of a 'financial reset' without paying these debts just doesn't sit right with me, but I do believe I'm without any other options (no I don't have family money or anybody I could get a loan from to get me out of trouble and pay them back).
If doing this allows me to get my life back on track after having learned some very hard lessons, I'm for it, but I'm just not familiar with the ramifications it could have on my life. I know that something like this stays on my credit record for a few years, but what wider implications does it have? I guess I'm just asking for any and all practical/real world information people could share on the matter, because the way my PIA agency describes it is basically 'yeah it'll be on your credit record for a couple years and that's it' - and I absolutely do not see it as being anywhere near that simple. And yes, I'm aware that nothing here constitutes actual finance advice, but thank everyone in advance for their input and time :)
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2023.03.30 02:18 GWPtheTrilogy1 To women: Why a lot of men like coffee dates

We generally ask for coffee dates not to be cheap. But because in the time of dating apps you're not meeting people in person and in person attraction is very different then seeing pictures online.
For example, I have gone on so many first dates ove the course of my life and spent so much money on first dates with women who don't find me attractive. I wanted to see them again but they weren't interested, and thats disappointing but fine, they don't have to like me, but for me, thats just my money down the drain. I'm not whining because it's money I had, I didn't overextend myself, but it's frustrating to go on first date after first date spend your hard earned dollars on women who aren't interested in you she gets a free date and goes about her life having rejected me, I get nothing from that experience, except money spent. It's not that I need to ask her to split it, if she's interested I don't want her to pay for the date, the issue is always if I'm interested and she's not then as a man who took her out to get to more dates with her then I gain nothing from this interaction.
I love coffee dates because if after meeting me there isn't a connection ok no problem I spent $20 bucks on a couple of coffees at least I feel better about the rejection. And if she is interested in going on a actual date, great, now I feel more confident that there's an interest there and I'm down to spend more money.
This is something women just don't understand. It's not always that guys are broke and cheap we just want to spend money on women who want us, if I meet a woman at a bar I wouldn't ask her on a coffee date, I only do that with women I meet on dating apps.
All we ask as that women see it from our POV
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2023.03.30 01:59 sitting_cort_side Dumb as rocks!!

Dumb as rocks!!
You can’t be this dumb to pour detergent like this in a front load washer. I’ve gotta stop watching her videos before I lose brain cells! 🤦🏾‍♀️
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2023.03.30 01:19 Unknown_Personnel_ Living Wage Calculation for Ann Arbor, MI

This is the document cited by the GEO.
Despite not working full time and only works for 8 months (outside CoE), the GSIs still make $24,053. They obviously cherry-picked the annual income instead of the hourly wage.
HOWEVER, my argument is that even this $24,053 should be enough for a college student currently enrolled in the university. Remember the Living Wage calculation is targeting the general population and situation could be different for a student. Here is the technical document behind the living wage calculation for your reference. I would assume each student to be able-bodied and is without children as this description fits into the majority of student on campus. I personally support additional assistance from the university to the students who do not fall into that category.

First, the Housing Cost is $12,564. This is a reasonable estimation of rent price in Ann Arbor. Living here means you will have access to the Ride and Umich bus service. Therefore, we should review how the Transportation costs are calculated as specified in the technical document:
Transportation. The transportation component is constructed using 2019 national expenditure data by household size from the 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey including: (1) Cars and trucks (used), (2) gasoline and motor oil, (3) other vehicle expenses, and (4) public transportation. Transportation costs cover operational expenses such as fuel and routine maintenance as well as vehicle financing and vehicle insurance but do not include the costs of purchasing a new automobile.
As we can see, this cost estimation obviously sets driving as a default method of transportation. This is reasonable for the general population because they have to drive. But as students, you will have access to free bus services that could cover all your commuting expenses. You do not need a car to work for the university. You also have access to the Ride, which covers several major grocery stores such Meijer and Kroger. There should be no transportation costs at all.

The health component of the basic needs budget includes: (1) health insurance costs for employer sponsored plans, (3) medical services, (3) drugs, and (4) medical supplies.
GSIs are eligible for GradCare, which is entirely covered by the university.Upon inspecting the actual copays, I do not believe $3,108 is a reasonable estimation for their medical related costs. (Remember UHS visit is entirely free)
The civic engagement component is constructed using 2021 national expenditure data by household size from the 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey including: (1) Fees and admissions, (2) audio and visual equipment and services, (3) pets, and (4) toys, (5) hobbies, and playground equipment, (6) other entertainment supplies, (7) equipment, and services, (8) reading, and (9) education
Apparently, most university-related events are free and education is obviously free for GSIs.

Other necessities
The basic needs budget includes cost estimates for items not otherwise included in the major budget components such as clothing, personal care items, and housekeeping supplies. Expenditures for other necessities are based on 2021 data by household size from the 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey including: (1) Apparel and services, (2) Housekeeping supplies, (3) Personal care products and services, (4) Reading, and (5) Miscellaneous.21 These costs were further adjusted for regional differences using annual expenditure shares reported by region.22 Values were inflated from 2021 to December 2022 dollars using the Consumer Price Index inflation multiplier from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Again, this report is for a typical household. For example, you are required to mow your lawn and clear snow. Many costs are not applicable to students. For example, the library is entirely free and students don't need some apparels such as lawn mowers or snow blowers.
Other institutions
This is also misleading. The salary they cited for Umich is based on a 8 month appointments. For example, the salary they cited for MIT is $41,976. However, this warning can be found literally on the same page:
For students in 12-month programs who have a 9-month funding appointment, it is very important that you check with your department or program about opportunities for summer support, since nine months of support is typically insufficient to cover living expenses in the area.
It's a common practice for students without summer appointments to seek external fundings.

In conclusion, the GEO report is very misleading

Bro, you guys don't need to organize a special downvoting operation on reddit.
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2023.03.30 01:11 zzill6 Dollar General: Underpaid And Dangerously Understaffed. (article link in comments)

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2023.03.30 01:04 Monsur_Ausuhnom But No One Wants To Work Anymore.

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2023.03.30 00:57 Sussy0909 Back in her natural habitat!!!

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2023.03.30 00:04 xSiberianKhatru2 #20: James A. Garfield

#20: James A. Garfield
Master Post
Previous: Rutherford B. Hayes

James A. Garfield

20th President of the United States
Republican Party (Half-Breeds)
President James A. Garfield

The Election of 1880

The presidential election of 1880 followed the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican who had pledged to serve only one term. Hayes’s commitment to civil service reform had exacerbated a rift in his party between the Stalwarts, a faction of openly corrupt Republicans led by New York Senator Roscoe Conkling, and the Half-Breeds, anti-Stalwart Republicans who generally sought to weaken the patronage system. This split in the party was particularly apparent during the Republican National Convention in early June: former President and General Ulysses S. Grant was backed by the Stalwarts, while the Half-Breeds split between Senator James G. Blaine and Treasury Secretary John Sherman. No candidate reached the necessary votes for nomination until the thirty-sixth ballot, when the vast majority of both Blaine’s and Sherman’s supporters suddenly broke for Ohio Representative James A. Garfield, a Half-Breed delegate who had not declared a candidacy. To appease the defeated Stalwarts, the convention nominated Chester A. Arthur, chairman of the New York Republican Party who had previously served as the infamously corrupt port collector at the New York Custom House, as Garfield’s running mate.
The 1880 election was held on November 2, 1880. General Winfield Scott Hancock, a Civil War veteran and the Democratic presidential nominee, took the entire South—where the voting rights of African Americans were no longer under active federal protection—as well as most of the West. But Hancock failed to clinch New York’s decisive 35 electoral votes, cementing a victory for Garfield by 214 to Hancock’s 155 votes. The popular vote was much closer, with a difference of only 1,898 votes (0.11%) out of the more than nine million cast. Garfield remains the only incumbent member of the House of Representatives to be elected president.

Conflict with Conkling

The Republican Party’s nomination of Chester Arthur to the vice presidency failed to placate Senator Conkling. A close friend and crony of Conkling’s, Arthur had rebuffed his boss’s order to reject the nomination, instead accepting it with honor. Although Conkling soon relented on the matter, as well as President Garfield’s nomination of Senator Blaine as secretary of state, he was angered once more when Garfield declined to nominate New York Representative Levi P. Morton, a Conkling ally, as Treasury secretary, and again when Garfield nominated Thomas Lemuel James—a New York Stalwart who had accepted the offer without consulting Conkling—as postmaster general. Garfield attempted to appease Conkling by nominating Morton as minister to France (and some local Stalwarts as attorneys and marshals in various New York districts), and his conciliatory efforts were initially successful.
But tensions suddenly reached an irreversible boiling point when President Garfield unexpectedly nominated former New York Representative William H. Robertson as collector of the Port of New York, jeopardizing Senator Conkling’s statewide political machine. The contested position was the most lucrative in the nation, with the collector managing over a thousand coveted jobs and millions of dollars in government revenue. Although the current collector, Edward A. Merritt, had already been appointed by President Hayes to combat the Stalwarts, he had proven only to be a relatively moderate reformer who Conkling preferred to keep in place. Robertson, on the other hand, was a full-blooded Half-Breed, and would deprive the Stalwarts of their power if given the seat.
Often criticized by journalists, politicians, and much of the general public for supposedly having no backbone, President Garfield flatly rejected Senator Conkling’s repeated demands that Robertson’s nomination be withdrawn. A dirty legislative confrontation ensued. Near-unanimous motions in the state legislature of New York showed overwhelming support for Garfield against Conkling, but the senator was undeterred. Seeking to avoid a vote on the collectorship, Massachusetts Senator Henry Dawes suggested voting on the rest of Garfield’s more than 300 nominations—including a significant number of New York Stalwarts—saving Robertson for last. Conkling endorsed the idea, planning to adjourn the Senate when the vote on Robertson was reached and forcing either Garfield’s capitulation or a riskier recess appointment. Garfield, at Secretary Blaine’s advice, counteracted by withdrawing every major Stalwart nomination still pending, eliminating Conkling’s ability to move for adjournment without disrupting much of his own machine. In protest, both Conkling and fellow New York Senator Thomas C. Platt resigned from Congress, intending to reaffirm their political influence by easily winning re-election; an exasperated Senate immediately used the opportunity to unanimously approve Robertson’s nomination. Both Stalwart senators returned home to a surprisingly uninspired state legislature, and neither would ultimately return to the Senate. Garfield’s commitment to resisting corruption and the consequent end of Conkling’s congressional tenure helped destroy the Stalwart faction, empowering Congress to pursue lasting civil service reform.

The Star Route Scandal

Amid all the uncovered scandals of the Gilded Age, one ring of corruption survived for decades undisturbed. In 1845, Congress reformed the national postal service, granting delivery contracts to the lowest bidders who could guarantee “celerity, certainty, and security” along special mail routes. Marked by three stars denoting the aforementioned guarantees, these contracted routes became known as “star routes”. The system was naturally vulnerable to corruption, with postal officials granting such contracts in exchange for bribes, and businesses tampering with the bidding system to receive excessive payments for their services. The expanding West of the nineteenth century only widened the scope of star route corruption.
Although preliminary investigations conducted over the past decade had been the first to reveal the scandal, it was President Garfield who first actively pursued the destruction of the star route ring. Ordering investigators “not only to probe this ulcer to the bottom, but to cut it out,” the star route investigations unveiled a massive underground ring of postal fraudsters who had cost Congress millions of dollars in wasted expenditures, with officials from local to federal government implicated in the scandal. Although most of the suspects would eventually be acquitted (under dubious circumstances), Garfield’s determined fight against the star route ring would result, under his successor, in its permanent dismantlement. Furthermore, the publicity Garfield brought to the scandal would increase national awareness of government corruption, strengthening support for and hastening the drafting of a major civil service reform bill.

A Stalwart's Revenge

As the episode around the port collectorship played out, Charles Guiteau—a dangerously deranged and disgruntled office seeker denied a consulship to Paris—observed through the New York Herald what he deemed an unforgivable betrayal by President Garfield and Secretary Blaine of the Stalwarts, of whom Guiteau irrationally considered himself an influential member who had helped secure Garfield’s electoral victory through a speech amateurish in actuality. Realizing the vice president, a Stalwart, was one step away from power, and believing he possessed the divine mandate to effect such radical change, Guiteau resolved to “quietly remove” the president. On July 2, 1881, Guiteau shot Garfield twice with a British Bull Dog revolver at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station. Although the first shot hit Garfield’s arm in a relatively harmless manner, the second entered his lower back, fracturing his spine before lodging itself near his pancreas. A dying Garfield was subjected to a variety of unsafe medical procedures over the next two months before finally succumbing to his infected wounds. On September 19, 1881, Vice President Arthur became the twenty-first president of the United States, swearing his oath of office several hours past midnight. Arthur did not pardon Guiteau as the assassin had expected, who instead was hanged on June 30, 1882.
Although President Garfield’s untimely demise denied him the potential impact of a full-term president, the influence of his administration would endure into that of his successor. President Arthur, once a Conkling crony, would capitalize upon the dissolution of the Stalwarts and the attention brought against corruption by Garfield’s investigations of the star route ring to enact meaningful civil service reform. Garfield would influence such reform in death itself, with the national grief behind his murder by a Stalwart office seeker epitomizing the woes of the spoils system.
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2023.03.30 00:01 nicktee24 Top shelf DG

Top shelf DG
Dollar general near me has been just peg warmers for a minute and I jumped up to look at the top shelf and found these two.
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2023.03.29 23:49 cosmic_bolshevik Reflections by Comrade Fidel: The Two Koreas.

Reflections by Comrade Fidel: The Two Koreas.

Kim Il Sung in a massive welcome to comrade Fidel Castro in Pyongyang (03/11/86), Photo by Prensa Latina.
The Korean nation, with its unique culture different from its Chinese and Japanese neighbors, has existed for three thousand years. These characteristics are typical of societies in that Asian region, including those of China, Vietnam and others. There is nothing like it in Western cultures, some of which are less than 250 years old.
In the war of 1894, the Japanese had seized from China its control over the Korean dynasty and turned its territory into a Japanese colony. Protestantism was introduced in this country in the year 1892, following an agreement between the United States and the Korean authorities. On the other hand, Catholicism was introduced in the same century by missionaries. It is estimated that today in South Korea, around 25 percent of the population is Christian and a similar percentage is Buddhist. The philosophy of Confucius had a great influence on the spirit of Koreans who are not characterized by fanatical religious practices.
Two important figures outstand in that nation’s political life in the twentieth century: Syngman Rhee, born in March of 1875, and Kim Il Sung, born 37 years later in April of 1912. Both personalities, of different social background, confronted each other due to historical circumstances that had nothing to do with either of them.
The Christians opposed the Japanese colonial system. One of them was Syngman Rhee who was an actively practicing Protestant. Korea changed its status: Japan annexed its territory in 1910. Years later, in 1919, Rhee was appointed president of the provisional government in exile, headquartered in Shanghai, China. He never used weapons against the invaders. The League of Nations in Geneva paid no attention to him.
The Japanese Empire was brutally repressive with the Korean population. The patriots took up arms against the Japanese colonialist policy and succeeded in liberating a small area in the mountain region of the north at the end of the 1890’s.
Kin Il Sung, born in the vicinity of Pyongyang, at the age of 18 joined the Korean Communist guerrillas to fight the Japanese. In his active revolutionary life, he attained the position of political and military leader of the anti-Japanese combatants in North Korea, at the young age of 33.
During World War II, the United States decided the fate of Korea in the post-war period. It joined the conflict when it was attacked by one of its own, the Empire of the Rising Sun, whose tight feudal gates were opened by Commodore Perry in the first half of the 19th century, aiming his cannons at the strange Asian country that refused to trade with America.
The outstanding disciple later became a powerful rival, as I have already explained on another occasion. Decades later, Japan successively struck at China and Russia, additionally taking over Korea. Nevertheless it was a cunning ally for the victors of World War I, at the expense of China. It amassed forces and, transformed into the Asian version of fascist Nazism, attempted to occupy Chinese territory in 1937 and attacked the United States in December of 1941; it brought the war to Southeast Asia and Oceania.
The colonial domains of Great Britain, France, Holland and Portugal in the region were doomed and the United States emerged as the most powerful country in the world, matched only by the Soviet Union then destroyed by World War II and by the heavy material and human losses resulting from the Nazi strike. The Chinese Revolution was about to conclude in 1945 when the world massacre ceased. The united anti-Japanese combat was taking up its energy then. Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gandhi, Sukarno and other leaders later carried on the fight against the restoration of the old world order which was already unsustainable.
Truman dropped the nuclear bomb on two civilian Japanese cities; this was a terribly destructive new weapon whose existence they had not reported to their Soviet ally, as explained, one which had been the major contributor to the destruction of fascism. Nothing justified the genocide committed, not even the fact that the tenacious Japanese resistance had taken the lives of almost 15 thousand American soldiers on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Japan was already defeated, and that weapon, had it been dropped on a military target, would have sooner or later had the same demoralizing effect on the Japanese military machine preventing more casualties among U.S. soldiers. It was an act of indescribable terror.
Soviet soldiers were advancing on Manchuria and North Korea, just as they had promised when fighting ceased in Europe. The allies had defined beforehand the point each army could reach. The dividing line would be in the middle of Korea, equidistant between the Yalu River and the southern end of the peninsula. The U.S. government negotiated with the Japanese the rules that would govern the surrendering of troops on their own territory. Japan would be occupied by the United States. In Korea, annexed to Japan, there would remain a large force of the powerful Japanese army. South of the 38th Parallel, the established dividing line, U.S. interests prevailed. Syngman Rhee, reincorporated to that part of the territory by the U.S. government, was the leader the Americans supported, with the open cooperation of the Japanese. This is how he won the hard-fought election of 1948. That year, the soldiers of the Soviet Army had pulled out of North Korea.
On June 25, 1950 war broke out in the country. It is still unclear who fired the first shot, whether it was the combatants in the North or the American soldiers on duty with soldiers recruited by Rhee. The argument does not make any sense if one analyzes it from the Korean angle. Kim Il Sung’s soldiers fought against the Japanese for the liberation of all Korea. His armies advanced irrepressibly up to the far reaches to the South where the Yankees were defending themselves with the massive back-up of their fighter planes. Seoul and other cities had been occupied. MacArthur, commander-in-chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific, decided to order a Marine landing at Incheon, at the rearguard of Northern forces which by now were in no condition to counterattack. Pyongyang fell in the hands of Yankee forces, preceded by devastating air strikes. That fostered the idea of the U.S. military command in the Pacific to occupy all of Korea, since the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China, lead by Mao Zedong had inflicted a resounding defeat on the pro-Yankee forces of Chiang Kai-shek, supplied and supported by the United States. The entire continental and maritime territory of that great country had been recovered, with the exception of Taipei and other small near-by islands where Kuomintang forces found refuge after being transported there by vessels of the Sixth Fleet.
The history of what happened then is well known today. It should not be forgotten that Boris Yeltsin handed over to Washington the Soviet Union archives, among other things.
What did the United States do when the practically inevitable conflict broke out under the premises created in Korea? It portrayed the northern part of that country as the aggressor. The Security Council of the recently created United Nations Organization, promoted by the victorious powers of W.W. II, passed a resolution that none of the five members could veto. Precisely in those months, the USSR had expressed its disagreement with the exclusion of China from the Security Council, where the U.S. was recognizing Chiang Kai-Shek, with less than 0.3 percent of national territory and less than 2 percent of the population, as a member of that Council and with a right to veto. Such arbitrariness led to the absence of the Russian delegate, with the result that the Council agreed to give the war the character of a UN military action against the alleged aggressor: the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Korea. China, completely outside the conflict, which was affecting its unfinished fight for the total liberation of the country, saw the threat hovering directly against its own territory, this being unacceptable for its security. According to public information, Prime Minister Zhou Enlai was sent to Moscow to inform Stalin of China’s point of view about the inadmissibility of the presence of UN forces under U.S. command on the banks of the Yalu River which marks Korea's border with China, and to request Soviet cooperation. At the time there were no profound contradictions between the two Socialist giants.
It is affirmed that China’s response had been planned for the 13th of October and that Mao postponed it for the 19th, awaiting the Soviet reply. That was as long as he could put it off.
I intend to finish this reflection next Friday. It is a complex and laborious subject which requires special care and information as precise as possible. These are historical events that should be known and remembered.
Fidel Castro Ruz
July 22, 2008.
9:22 p.m.

Part II
On October 19, 1950, more than 400 thousand voluntary Chinese combatants, on orders from Mao Zedong, crossed the Yalu and waylaid the US troops that were advancing towards the Chinese border. The US units, surprised by the vigorous response of the country they had underestimated, were forced to withdraw towards a region near the southern coast, pushed back by the joint action of the Chinese and North Korean forces. Stalin, who was immensely cautious, offered far less support than Mao had anticipated, though the MiG-15 aircrafts piloted by the Soviets, over a limited 42.5-miles front, proved valuable help during the initial stage of the conflict in protecting land forces during their intrepid advance. Pyongyang was again recovered and Seoul re-occupied once more, attempting to fight back the incessant onslaught of the US Air Force, the most powerful which has ever existed.
McArthur was anxious to attack China with nuclear weapons. He called for their use following the shameful defeat they had tasted. President Truman saw no other choice but to dismiss him from his command and appoint General Matthews Ridgeway head of US air, sea and land forces in the theatre of operations. Next to the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Canada, Turkey, Ethiopia, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Colombia took part in the imperialist adventure. Colombia, then under the unitary government of conservative Laureano Gómez, who was responsible for the mass slaughter of peasants, was the only Latin American country involved. As we said, the Ethiopia of Haile Selassie, where slavery still existed, and a South Africa still under the domination of white racists, also took part in the invasion.
It had been scarcely five years since the world slaughter that began in September 1939 had come to an end, on August 1945. Following bloody combat in Korean territory, Parallel 38 once again became the border separating North and South. It is estimated that, in that war, about two million North Koreans, nearly half a million or one million Chinese and more than a million allied soldiers perished. Around 44 thousand US soldiers lost their lives. No few of them had been born in Puerto Rico or other Latin American countries, recruited to take part in a war they were driven to by their condition as poor immigrants.
Japan was to reap many benefits from the conflict. In a year’s time, industrial output grew by 50 % and, within two years, it again reached pre-war production levels. What didn't change, however, was how the acts of genocide perpetrated by China's imperial troops in Korea were perceived. The governments of Japan have paid tribute to the acts of genocide carried out by their soldiers, which, in China, had raped tens of thousands of women and brutally murdered hundreds of thousands of people, as was explained in a reflection.
Hard-working and tenacious, the Japanese have transformed their country, bereft of oil and other important raw materials, into the second most powerful economy in the world.
Japan's GDP, measured in capitalist terms, though the data varies across different Western sources, is today over 4.5 billion dollars, and the country has over one billion dollars in hard currency reserves. This is twice China’s GDP, of 2.2 billion, even though China has 50% more hard currency reserves than Japan. The GDP of the United States, of 12.4 billion dollars, for a country with 34.6 times more territory and 2.3 times Japan’s population, is only three times that of Japan. Its government is today one of imperialism's main allies, at a time when it is threatened by economic recession and the sophisticated weapons of the superpower put at risk the entire human species.
These are historical lessons which cannot be forgotten.
The war, however, took a considerable toll on China. Truman instructed the 6th Fleet to prevent the landing of Chinese revolutionary forces that would achieve the complete emancipation of their country by reclaiming the 0.3 percent of their territory that had been occupied by the rest of the pro-Yankee forces of Chiang Kai-shek that had fled there.
Sino-Soviet relations were to deteriorate later, following the death of Stalin, on March 1953. The revolutionary movement splintered nearly everywhere. The dramatic call issued by Ho Chi Minh made evident the damage that had been done and imperialism, through its immense media apparatus, poked the fires of extremism among false revolutionary theoreticians, an area in which US intelligence agencies were to become experts.
Following the arbitrary division, North Korea had been dealt the most rugged part of the country. Each grain of food had to be reaped through sweat and sacrifice. Pyongyang, the capital, had been razed to the ground. Many, who had been wounded or mutilated during the war, were in need of medical attention. They were enduring a blockade and had no resources available. The Soviet Union and other countries of the socialist block were in the process of recovering from the war.
When I arrived at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on March 7, 1986, nearly 33 years following the destruction caused by the war, it was still difficult to believe what had transpired there. That heroic people had constructed myriad things: large and small damns and canals to store water in, generate electricity, service cities and irrigate fields; Thermoelectric plants, large mechanical and other types of industries, many of them underground in the depths of the bedrock, all created through hard, methodical labor. Because of cooper and aluminum shortages, they had been forced to use iron to create electricity-guzzling transmission lines, iron which, in part, was produced from coal. The capital and other cities that had been devastated were reconstructed, inch by inch. I estimated that millions of new homes had been built in urban and rural areas and that tens of thousands of other kinds of facilities had been set up. Countless hours of work were contained in stone, concrete, steel, wood, synthetic products and machinery. The fields I had the opportunity to see, wherever I went, looked like gardens. Well-dressed, organized and enthusiastic people were everywhere, ready to greet visitors. The country deserved cooperation and peace.
There was no issue I didn't discuss with my illustrious host Kim Il Sung. I shall never forget this.
Korea was divided into two parts by an imaginary line. The South was to have a different experience. It was the more densely populated part and endured less destruction during the war. The presence of an enormous foreign military force required the supply of local manufactured and other products, from crafts to fresh fruits and vegetables, not to mention services. The military spending of the allies was huge. The same thing occurred when the United States decided to retain extensive military forces in the country indefinitely. During the Cold War, Western and Japanese transnationals invested considerable sums of money, siphoning out incalculable wealth from the sweat of South Koreans, a people who are as hard-working and industrious as their brothers in the North. The great markets of the world were open to their products. They were not blockaded. Today, the country has high levels of technology and productivity. It has suffered the economic crises of the West, following which many South Korean companies were bought over by transnationals. The austere nature of its people has allowed the State to accumulate significant reserves in hard currency. Today, it is enduring the United States' economic depression, particularly the high prices of oil and food, and the inflationary pressures from both.
South Korea's GDP –787.6 billion dollars– is almost equal to that of Brazil (796 billion) and Mexico (768 billion), countries with abundant hydrocarbon reserves and incomparably larger populations. Imperialism imposed its system upon these nations. Two fell behind; the other made much more progress.
There is hardly any emigration from South Korea to the West. There is emigration en masse from Mexico to what is currently US territory. From Brazil, South and Central America, people emigrate everywhere, in search of employment and lured by consumerist propaganda. Today, they pay them back with rigorous and contemptuous laws.
The position of principles on nuclear weapons supported by Cuba within the Non-Aligned Movement, ratified during the Summit Conference held in Havana in August 2006, is well known.
I met the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Il, when I arrived at the Pyongyang airport. He was standing discretely beside his father, to one side of the red carpet. Cuba maintains excellent relations with his government.
When the Soviet Union and the socialist block collapsed, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea lost important markets and sources of oil, raw materials and equipment. As in Cuba’s case, the consequences were severe. The progress that had been attained through great sacrifices was at risk. In spite of this, they showed themselves capable of constructing a nuclear weapon.
When the nuclear test was conducted around a year ago, we conveyed the government of North Korea our points of view on the damage this could cause poor Third World countries that were waging an unequal and difficult battle against imperialist designs, at a decisive moment for the world. It might not have been necessary. Kim Song Il, at that point, had already decided, beforehand, what he had to do, mindful of the geographic and strategic characteristics of the region.
We are pleased to see North Korea’s declaration on its intentions of suspending its nuclear weapons program. This has nothing to do with the crimes and the blackmail of Bush, who now touts the declaration as proof of the success of his policy of genocide. North Korea's gesture was not aimed at the government of the United States, before which it never budged an inch, but, rather, at China, a neighboring ally, whose security and development is vital for the two States.
Third World countries are interested in the friendship and cooperation between China and the two Koreas, whose union need not be from coast to coast, as was the case of Germany, today a US ally in NATO. Step by step, unhurriedly but indefatigably, as befits their culture and history, they shall continue to knit the bonds that will unite the two Koreas. With South Korea, we are developing more and more ties. With North Korea, these have always existed and we shall continue to strengthen them.
Fidel Castro Ruz
July 24, 2008
6:18 p.m.

References: Part I and Part II (English)
Las dos Coreas (parte I) and Las dos Coreas (Parte II) (Spanish)
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2023.03.29 23:48 QuartzPuffyStar A Chronological Overview of The Ongoing US Government's Crypto Crackdown

To give the recent events a chronological context, so we all see how well structured and directed these actions against the crypto are, I created a list of the most important events I have memory of, that one way or another paved the path to where we are now:

  1. May 2021. the Treasury Department announced that it would require any transfer worth $10,000 or more of cryptocurrency to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as part of a broader plan to crack down on tax evasion and close the tax gap. The Treasury said that cryptocurrency posed a significant detection problem for tax authorities and that reporting rules would help improve transparency and compliance.
  2. November 2021: the White House released a comprehensive framework for responsible development of digital assets, which outlined six key priorities and nine reports with recommendations to address the risks and benefits of digital assets. The framework called for increased enforcement of existing laws, consumer and investor protection, financial stability, countering illicit finance, U.S. leadership and competitiveness, financial inclusion, and responsible innovation.
  3. November 2021: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected a proposal by VanEck to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), citing concerns about fraud, manipulation and investor protection in the bitcoin market. The SEC also delayed decisions on several other bitcoin ETF applications, signaling its reluctance to approve such products without more regulation and oversight of the crypto industry.
  4. September 2022: Treasury officials called for a crypto crackdown, recommending that agencies continue to rigorously pursue their enforcement efforts focused on the crypto assets sector. The Treasury Department and other federal agencies released a series of reports that — among other things — encourage the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission to “aggressively pursue” investigations and enforcement actions against "crypto scams, frauds, and other illegal activity in the digital assets space".
  5. November 2022: the Federal Reserve announced that it would launch a public consultation on the potential design and policy issues of a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC), also known as a digital dollar. The Fed said it would publish a discussion paper in mid-2023 and seek feedback from stakeholders and the public on various aspects of a CBDC, such as benefits, risks, legal frameworks and operational considerations.
  6. October, 2022: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reported to have brought 82 enforcement actions in the fiscal year 2022 – a whopping 22% of which were filed against crypto-related entities.
  7. December 2022: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a policy statement on deposit insurance for stablecoins, a type of digital asset that is pegged to a fiat currency or other asset. The statement clarified that stablecoins are not eligible for deposit insurance unless they meet certain criteria, such as being backed by actual deposits at an insured bank and being redeemable at par value on demand. This confirmed their posture released on May 20, of the previous year.
  8. January 2023: the U.S. Justice Department announced a major international cryptocurrency enforcement action, involving multiple agencies and foreign partners. The details of the action were not disclosed, but it was expected to target illicit actors using digital assets for money laundering, terrorism financing, ransomware and other crimes.
  9. January 2023: the New York Attorney General’s office ordered BlockFi, a crypto lending platform, to stop offering interest-bearing accounts to New York residents, saying that the products violated state securities laws. The order was part of a broader investigation into BlockFi’s operations and compliance with consumer protection and anti-money laundering rules.
  10. February 2023: the SEC fined several public figures for crypto promoting, as well as TRON network CEO for releasing "unregistered securities". This development happened a couple of months after the mentioned network released Stablecoins pegged to foreign currencies (GBP, EUR, and CNH/Chinesse Yuan in Dec, 2022).
  11. February 2023: the SEC charged Coinbase, a leading crypto exchange, with misleading investors about its revenue and profitability projections ahead of its public listing in April 2022. The SEC alleged that Coinbase made false and misleading statements in its registration statement and prospectus, inflating its expected revenue growth and concealing its exposure to market volatility and regulatory risks
  12. March 2023: President Biden signed an executive order on ensuring responsible development of digital assets, which outlined the first whole-of-government strategy to address the risks and benefits of digital assets and their underlying technology. The order laid out six key priorities and called for measures to protect consumers, investors, businesses, financial stability, national security, and the environment.
  13. March 2023: after the collapse of the SVB Bank (one of the leading banks serving crypto-related businesses) following the raise of the interest rate by the Fed. Reserve; First National Bank bought all SVB's assets, excluding the crypto branch, a move that many experts pointed out as forced by anti-crypto regulators' pressure.
  14. March 2023: the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a civil enforcement action against Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, accusing it of illegally offering derivatives products linked to cryptocurrencies to U.S. customers without registering with the agency. The CFTC also alleged that Binance failed to implement adequate anti-money laundering and customer identification procedures.
  15. March 2023: a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill to ban TikTok, a popular social media app owned by a Chinese company, from all federal devices and networks. The bill, called the “Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (RESTRICT)” Act, also gave the president and the secretary of commerce the authority to regulate or ban any communications technology products and services linked to foreign accounts. If passed, it could have far-reaching consequences for the US crypto industry, since the bill could be used to ban or restrict access to crypto applications or web portals hosted or developed by foreign adversaries or their affiliates, limiting the choices and opportunities for crypto users and developers in the US market. Additionally, imposing harsh penalties for using communications technology products and services with applications or web portals associated with foreign adversaries, which could create a chilling effect on the freedom and privacy of crypto users and developers who use VPNs or other tools to circumvent geo-restrictions or censorship. Moreover, the bill's broad and vague powers could undermine the innovation and competitiveness of the US crypto industry by creating uncertainty and fear among crypto companies, investors, and customers, thus creating a hostile and unpredictable environment for the industry.
As you may notice, the events are escalating in both number and boldness; the encirclement is advancing at an accelerating rate, and is followed by a lot of mainstream FUD against the industry and its main players.
We are not yet threatened directly by them, but the way is being paved for it. And we do nothing, the big boots will arrive at each of our doorsteps.
If the RESTRICT act is passed in congress, we might be also seeing the seed of a development similar to the "War on Drugs", where the US forced the whole world to completely ban and make all kinds of drugs -illegal, basically forbidding any research on very useful compounds, and ruining the lives of millions across the world. Just this time crypto and privacy might be the next target.
Ps. If I got any date or fact wrong, missed something, or whatever, please point it out so I can correct it! This is by no means a definitive list, and it's probably quite flawed and incomplete :).
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2023.03.29 23:35 JonnyBoii7555 Double-Tails Half Dollar

Double-Tails Half Dollar
This is a double-sided half-dollar. I am pretty sure this isn’t an error but rather it was made by someone. Was looking to see if anyone know anything more about this one or half-dollars like this in general.
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