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Critical Race Theory
2011.04.29 04:38 FerrisWheelsDayOff Critical Race Theory
A civil place to discuss this hot topic
2012.02.24 10:09 Chisaku One massive toolkit for discussion on all the various "tools" of literary and social criticism.
Critical theory is a school of thought that stresses the examination and the critique of society and culture by applying knowledge from the social sciences and the humanities.
2021.11.04 02:00 rs16 CRT_so_scary
Glenn Youngkin is terrified of this sub. Republicans have found a new boogeyman in “Critical Race Theory” to scare white people.
2023.03.30 19:00 Shadow_side1872 Targeted Individuals
Been waiting 2 months to post this...
Ive recently discovered that i may be an Enemy of the State. Let me explain.
Ive always been a critical thinker, 9/11 happened to fall on my first day of high school, and i quickly realized that what i was watching and what i was being told were not the same thing at all...
Interestingly enough, right around the same time, i was starting to come to the realization that the family that adopted me at birth, was not your typical family, and a lot of the most respected and loved family mebers happened to be privileged, wealthy, and a lot had government, military, and security jobs. I knew that was never gonna be me, and would always call out the bullshit they were supporting (war in iraq, war in afghanistan)
For the next 20 yrs, i passionately researched the truth, and posted my findings online, from the early days of Myspace, to FB, to IG. The more i became socially conscious, the more i noticed certain family members start to mistreat me and talk shit about me to other family members, to manipulate their opinion of me...
My friends were pretty solid and didnt treat me like a pariyah til recently, when their screens told them to, but back around 2012 or so, the worst i would get is people who would ask why i waste my time with conspiracy theories. To which i would reply, maybe prophetically lol, "if they ever try this shit again, ill see it coming a mile away"...
Which i did. I connected Kissingers "whats for lunch?" Speech, with Gates' parents' involvement inintelligence, eugenics and PP, and followed the vax tech, and who was funding it, and it wasnt hard after Agenda 2030 and Event 201 to see what was coming...
So when all the madness of 2020 started, i hopped back online, to FB of all places, since most of my family and loved ones are on there, and started warning people of the vaccine agenda and how it was never gonna be just "2 weeks". Of course i was censored and shadowbanned to hell, and my loved ones just called me a racist conspiracy theorist rightwinger (even though ive never fallen for the polotical theatre, and expose both wings as the same evil corrupt bird) and, most notably, the lockdowns shut down my job...
Once i became jobless, a certain family member, who ive always known worked for a huge govt contractor, all of a sudden took interest in me and what i had to say...
i blabbed about the race war tptb were setting up, the tech they have that was designed 30 yrs before being released to us, once theyve figured out how to weopanize it against us (cell phones, cpus, social media, apps etc) and how the people had it right during The Occupy Movement, which is when/why the coorporations started pushing this divisive "woke" messaging...
He begins to open up to me about what he really did for work. How he was one of the people who worked in black sites, that they would never acknowledge to the public, until they had served their purpose and were demo'D, how he was on a team that invented the F15 Raptor... and how in his later yrs, was an Electronic Specialist for Lockheed.
Knowing i would research everything he said.
I did, and immediately realized he left out a word in his official title. When i looked up "Lockheed Electronic Specialist", i damn near had a panic attack. There was no Electronic Specialist. But there was an Electronic PUNISHMENT Specialist!!!
So i dug. And found the book, Targeted Justice, that explained Gangstalking, and detailed the lengthy measures used to punish POLITICAL DISSIDENTS.
I quickly, and sadly, put all the pieces of my life together. The people i loved and trusted the most, hurt me in the worst ways (programmers)
In my emotional state, and pushed on by my partner to expose them as the monsters they are, i posted a lengthy FB post, exposing this persons identity and his involvement with a certain 3 letter agency. Which... i know you cant do.
The months that have followed, my phones, email and social media accounts were hacked multiple times,, my car was broken into twice, i was followed and chased on the road, surveilled at my own home, by "neighbors"... all which died down once i lost my mind, almost checked outta here early, and was finally told "when you stop, it stops".
Now that im not talking to others about it, the harrassment has stopped, but ive found that theres a whole website dedicated to this exact thing, and even support groups.
Came here, to see if any of you have been going through the same thing, to maybe find support or community.
Ive also seen, from my 2 months of lurking before i was allowed to post, that this place is infested with disingenuous bots/trolls/shills, so if this post truly resonates with you and youd like to talk more, send me a DM
Thank you to anybody who took the time to read this, and im an open book if anyone has any legit, non-troll, questions
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2023.03.30 18:57 Nebachadrezzer The Debate Over Postponing AI Development Beyond GPT-4: Weighing Pros and Cons
A recent open letter advocating for the postponement of AI development beyond GPT-4 has been making headlines, sparking a debate on the potential consequences and benefits of such delays in AI research.
Proponents of postponing AI development argue that it allows for the establishment of robust ethical frameworks, ensuring responsible progress that takes societal consequences into account. It could also offer time for comprehensive regulations and policies to be put in place, governing the use and deployment of AI technologies.
On the other hand, critics warn that delaying AI research may cause us to fall behind in the global race for AI innovation. Countries that continue to invest in and advance AI technology could gain a significant competitive advantage, leading to potential economic, technological, and geopolitical disparities.
Furthermore, postponing AI research could slow progress in areas where AI has the potential to create positive change, such as healthcare, climate change mitigation, and disaster response. Delaying research could hinder our ability to develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.
Considering the various arguments surrounding the postponement of AI development beyond GPT-4, what are your thoughts on the matter? Do you believe the benefits of delaying AI development outweigh the potential drawbacks? How can we find a balance between responsible AI development and maintaining a competitive edge in AI research
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2023.03.30 18:52 MysticCherryPanda What is your opinion on the Social Credit theory by C.H. Douglas?
is a distributist theory proposed by British economist C.H. Douglas which attributes the cause of economic depressions to discrepancies between the cost of goods and the compensation of the workers who made them, and that this could be remedied by issuing debt-free credit directly to the public.
Note: This should NOT be confused with the unrelated Social Credit system in China. View Poll
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2023.03.30 18:52 Formal-Mud-990 For what it's worth this is the proof for later when some try to say I didn't try
Misinform comes in all shapes and sizes. To all degrees and extents. In ever form and fashion's conceivable. Only as limited as the limitless stretch of human imagination. I strongly encourage to do google checks on any and indeed all if you can manage the parts of this you don't understand or believe to be correct. I challenge you to prove it wrong with reliable and trustworthy sources. If I am wrong then you proved it. An only time was lost. If I'm right . Then it is your future loved ones who are yet to be born that are lost. If that seems worth checking into then I say do it.
As a life long Minnesota home grown individual. I tend to believe as a whole MN is better . Better then those who will blindly follow without doing the due diligence of staying the course when necessary and going around when need arise. Maybe I'm wrong there too huh?
Earl Miller along with alot of original top level of various positions like head of marketing, the guy who made the thumbs up like icon on face book is a specific example for instance, all agree on attention grabbing tactics being used to work for the interest of someone rich. Misinformation comes in all shapes and sizes. all Forms and fashions. To all conceivable degrees and extents. As countless and limitless as the ppls own personal perspectives allows them. It can be on purpose on accident. For fun for harm and even just for the fuck of it. This is a problem for us all that can only get worse the longer it goes unaddressed. Trickle down economics: Reaganomics as it's sometimes referred to as. The only responsibility of the corporation is that of the fiduciary responsibility to it's stock holders even at the expense of the stake holders, at the expense of the environment, and community. this is not the solution it is in fact the problem. It is the reason for 90% of the suffering by the 99% less rich then the top 1% of wealth holders. If I create money in my home it is considered bad counterfeit and illegal. When businesses do this with no money it is called " cooking the books" Also illegal. When private and commercial banks do it it is legal, and when you continue to allow fraud to remain legalized it creates a lot of problems that can have nothing done against them. In 1971 Nixon takes America off the gold standard system replaced with the FIAT system. Fiat is Latin for let it be so by the way. Only governments can make a Fiat currency. And only banks can create by lending. Central banks lend to investment banks , who lend to commercial banks,who lend to top corporations who go to giant govt contractors who then finally lend to borrowers. It was in 1932 that the glass steagall act was passed to help oppose this. Yet in 1999 treasury's Secretary at the time Larry summers as well as his predecessor Robert Rubin repealed this glass steagall act. Then congressman Hank Paulson more or less said if you don't bail is banks out for letting this problem occur via these methods ever citizens bank account emptys and they revolt and you lose so do what you got to make it borrow it whatever we need a 700 billion dollar bail out now. This is how along with Allen Greenspan's timely encouraging you get inflation and insurance causing subprime housing crises. The FED is the lobbyist for the commercial banking system. Plutocracy is government by the rich. Goldman Sachs uses money to buy influence in Congress to pass laws to make it easier to make money on wall street to buy more influence in Congress....one of the most influential investment banks of the world in Sept 2008, just about one month before the stock market crashed conveniently changed it's banking status from investment to commercial,this made it eligible for state protection. It was in ancient Greece that Pluto stated it should never be more then six to one ratio in financial pay between the highest and lowest paid position. It wasn't until 1923 that J.P Morgan said it was actually 20:1 as optimal difference. I'm sure him being a banker is just coincidence. Now just 100 years later it is sometimes 500:1 even 1000:1 and when the income inequality is in a ratio of 500 to 1 the whole concept of living may as well be between two different species. The difference in economy ideals the ways of living all together. The ranges of disparity is in entirely different brackets. One never seeing even the best of the worst of the other in any circumstances. There can be no sense of community's if there is no common ground on which to live next to one another. It takes good communities to raise good kids teaching them in good schools without biases and agendas other then that of allowing the next generation to be the most capable and competent when the time comes to pass the torch as no one can hold it up forever no matter how strong it must be passed. Human beings right now at this moment are acting to accelerate if not make it a certainty the lives of our grandchildren will be worsening. More world wide famine disease and war. All creating more death . We all follow suit unquestionably due to the slavery of greed stemmed from this income inequalities. We do this even though we all love our grand kids when over a time any system is built to create laws for legalization and moral codes for the justifying these walks of life. We do I think deserve to be walked on by them. For if that is not so then it is equally as not so possible for us to rise together for the future of mankind. Truly then and only then will the systemic changes necessary for elimination of the evils allowing this way of life. The American declaration of independence states the following in it's article 11 but for those saying I take what I want out of context to suit my own ends...yes that is correct. I would encourage all to go when able and read the thing in it's entirety to see the context for themselves. --" All experience has shown that mankind is more disposed to suffer- Whilst evils are sufferable- then to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."-- American declaration of independence --"God made all men equal and gave them the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit to happiness. That to secure these rights governments are instituted amongst men deriving there just powers from the consent of governed. That when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends. It is the rights of the people,it is the duty, to alter or abolish it and institute new guards for there future security."-- George Washington (1796) - In his farewell address, President Washington discussed the dangers of political factions and foreign entanglements. He warned that excessive partisanship and international alliances could undermine the unity and independence of the country. Washington's concerns reflected the challenges facing the young nation as it sought to establish a stable and democratic government, while also dealing with powerful European powers and internal divisions.In his farewell address in 1796, President George Washington warned of the dangers of political parties and foreign entanglements, and called on Americans to preserve unity and avoid division.
Andrew Johnson (1869) - In his farewell address, President Johnson discussed the importance of constitutional government and the rule of law, and warned against the dangers of corruption and abuse of power. Johnson's presidency had been marked by conflict with Congress and controversy over his approach to Reconstruction following the Civil War. His farewell address reflected his belief in the importance of preserving democratic institutions and norms, and avoiding abuses of power. In his farewell address in 1869, President Andrew Johnson discussed the importance of constitutional government and the rule of law, and warned against the dangers of corruption and abuse of power.
William Howard Taft (1913) - In his farewell address, President Taft discussed the importance of international peace and cooperation, and called for greater emphasis on diplomacy and mediation in resolving conflicts. Taft had been involved in international affairs throughout his presidency, and had worked to promote international arbitration and disarmament. His farewell address reflected his belief in the need for greater cooperation and dialogue between nations, and his concern that the world was becoming more divided and dangerous. In his farewell address in 1913, President William Howard Taft discussed the importance of international peace and cooperation, and called for greater emphasis on diplomacy and mediation in resolving conflicts.
Herbert Hoover (1933) - In his farewell address, President Hoover discussed the challenges of the Great Depression, and called on Americans to work together to address economic and social problems. Hoover had been widely criticized for his handling of the Depression, and had faced growing calls for government intervention in the economy. His farewell address reflected his belief in the importance of self-reliance and individual initiative, but also acknowledged the need for collective action and government assistance in times of crisis.In his farewell address in 1933, President Herbert Hoover discussed the challenges of the Great Depression, and called on Americans to work together to address economic and social problems.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1969) - In his farewell address, President Johnson spoke about the need for continued progress on issues like civil rights and poverty, and called on Americans to remain committed to the values of justice and equality. Johnson's presidency had been marked by significant progress on issues like civil rights and social welfare, but had also been marred by the Vietnam War and growing social and political divisions. His farewell address reflected his belief in the importance of continued social and political progress, and his hope that the country could overcome its divisions and work together for a better future.In his farewell address in 1969, President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke about the need for continued progress on issues like civil rights and poverty, and called on Americans to remain committed to the values of justice and equality.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938) - In his "Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies," President Roosevelt was responding to a growing concern among Americans about the power of big business and monopolies. During the Great Depression, many people felt that corporations were exploiting workers and consumers, and that the government needed to step in to protect the interests of the people. Roosevelt's speech called for stronger government regulation of the economy, including antitrust laws to break up monopolies and promote competition. Roosevelt argued that a fair and just society required strong government intervention to prevent abuses by powerful economic interests.
Harry S. Truman (1951) - In his "Labor Day Address," President Truman was responding to concerns among workers about the state of the American economy. Truman argued that the government had a responsibility to protect workers' rights and freedoms, and to ensure that the economy worked for everyone, not just the wealthy. Truman called for stronger government regulation of the economy to prevent abuses by employers and corporations, and to promote fair wages and working conditions for workers. Truman's speech reflected a growing concern among Americans about economic inequality and the need for government intervention to promote social justice.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1965) - In his "Special Message to the Congress: The Quality of American Life," President Johnson was responding to a range of social problems facing the country, including poverty, discrimination, and environmental degradation. Johnson argued that government had a crucial role to play in addressing these issues, and that unwarranted influence by special interests was a threat to American democracy. Johnson called for stronger government action to promote social justice and environmental protection, including new laws to protect civil rights and preserve natural resources. Johnson's speech reflected a growing concern among Americans about the need for government intervention to address social and environmental problems.
Richard Nixon (1971) - In his "Message to the Congress on Reorganization of the Executive Branch," President Nixon was responding to concerns among conservatives about the size and power of the federal government. Nixon argued that excessive bureaucracy and regulation were stifling economic growth and innovation, and that government needed to be streamlined and made more efficient. Nixon's speech called for a reorganization of the executive branch of government to make it more effective and responsive to the needs of the American people. Nixon's speech reflected a growing concern among conservatives about the need to reduce the size and power of government
Bill Clinton (1993) - In his "Address to the Nation on Health Care Reform," President Clinton was responding to concerns among Americans about the high cost and limited access to health care. Clinton argued that the government had a responsibility to ensure access to affordable health care for all Americans, and that the current system was subject to unwarranted influence by special interests. Clinton's speech called for comprehensive health care reform, including new regulations to control costs and expand coverage. Clinton's speech reflected a growing concern among Americans about the need for government intervention to address the problems in the health care system.
John F. Kennedy (1961) - In his inaugural address, President Kennedy famously called on Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Kennedy's speech reflected his belief in the importance of civic responsibility and public service, and his hope that Americans would be willing to work together to address the challenges facing the country.
Jimmy Carter (1979) - In his "Crisis of Confidence" speech, President Carter discussed the need for Americans to confront the energy crisis, and to work together to build a more sustainable and equitable society. Carter's speech reflected his concern that the country was losing its sense of purpose and direction, and his belief in the importance of public engagement and citizen involvement.
Barack Obama (2009) - In his inaugural address, President Obama discussed the need for a new era of responsibility and citizenship, and called on Americans to work together to overcome the challenges facing the country. Obama's speech reflected his belief in the importance of community and shared sacrifice, and his hope that Americans would be willing to come together to address issues like climate change, healthcare, and economic inequality.
Donald Trump (2021) - In his farewell address, President Trump discussed his accomplishments as president, and called on Americans to continue to support his agenda and vision for the country. Trump's speech reflected his belief in the importance of strong borders, economic growth, and America-first policies, and his hope that his supporters would remain committed to these values in the years to come
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1961) - In his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the military-industrial complex, and called on Americans to remain vigilant in protecting democratic values and institutions. Eisenhower had served as a general in World War II before becoming president, and had witnessed firsthand the growth of the military and defense industries during his time in office. His farewell address reflected his concern that the power of these industries could threaten the stability and security of the country, and his belief in the importance of maintaining a balance between military preparedness and civilian control.
Richard Nixon (1974) - In his resignation speech, President Nixon discussed the need for national healing and reconciliation following the Watergate scandal and his resignation from office. Nixon's presidency had been marked by significant achievements in foreign policy and domestic issues, but had also been marred by corruption and abuse of power. His resignation speech reflected his recognition of the damage done to the country by the Watergate scandal, and his hope that the country could move past it and focus on the future.
Ronald Reagan (1989) - In his farewell address, President Reagan discussed the importance of individual freedom and limited government, and called on Americans to remain committed to these values. Reagan's presidency had been marked by a conservative shift in American politics, and he had championed policies like tax cuts, deregulation, and increased military spending. His farewell address reflected his belief in the importance of these policies in promoting economic growth and national security, and his hope that they would continue to guide American policy in the future.
In his 1936 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expressed concern about the increasing concentration of economic power in the hands of a few large corporations and wealthy individuals. He argued that the government had a responsibility to protect the rights of workers and consumers and to promote competition and economic opportunity for all Americans.
In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the potential dangers of the close relationship between the military and the defense industry. He believed that this could lead to the creation of a powerful military-industrial complex that would distort national priorities and threaten individual liberties.
President Jimmy Carter's 1979 speech on the energy crisis reflected his concern that excessive government regulation was hindering the development of alternative energy sources and impeding economic growth. He called for a more balanced approach to energy policy that would promote conservation, innovation, and private investment.
In his 1981 inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan expressed his belief that government had become too large and too intrusive, and that excessive regulation was stifling economic growth and individual freedom. He advocated for a smaller, more limited government that would give individuals and businesses more control over their own lives.
In his 1992 State of the Union address, President George H.W. Bush was responding to concerns that government regulations were placing an undue burden on businesses and impeding economic growth. He called for a "regulatory bill of rights" that would give citizens and businesses greater protection against unnecessary government interference.
In his 2000 State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton called for a renewed focus on economic growth and innovation, emphasizing the importance of investing in education, research and development, and technology. He also highlighted the need for greater economic opportunity for all Americans.
In his 2008 campaign speech on the economy, then-Senator Barack Obama called for a more balanced approach to economic policy that would address growing income inequality, promote job growth, and provide greater support for the middle class.
In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama emphasized the need to invest in education, innovation, and infrastructure in order to promote long-term economic growth. He also called for greater cooperation between government and business to create jobs and spur economic development. In his 1936 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was responding to the increasing concentration of economic power in the hands of a few large corporations and wealthy individuals, which he saw as a threat to American democracy. He argued that the government had a responsibility to protect the rights of workers and consumers and to promote competition and economic opportunity for all Americans.
In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was warning of the potential dangers of the close relationship between the military and the defense industry, which he believed could lead to the creation of a powerful military-industrial complex that would distort national priorities and threaten individual liberties.
President Jimmy Carter's 1979 speech on the energy crisis reflected his concern that excessive government regulation was hindering the development of alternative energy sources and impeding economic growth. He called for a more balanced approach to energy policy that would promote conservation, innovation, and private investment.
In his 1981 inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan expressed his belief that government had become too large and too intrusive, and that excessive regulation was stifling economic growth and individual freedom. He advocated for a smaller, more limited government that would give individuals and businesses more control over their own lives.
In his 1992 State of the Union address, President George H.W. Bush was responding to concerns that government regulations were placing an undue burden on businesses and impeding economic growth. He called for a "regulatory bill of rights" that would give citizens and businesses greater protection against unnecessary government interference.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his 1936 State of the Union address, warned against the dangers of "economic royalists" who sought to control the government and manipulate the economy for their own benefit.
In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously warned of the "military-industrial complex," cautioning against the undue influence of the military-industrial complex on American foreign policy and domestic affairs.
President Jimmy Carter, in a 1979 address on the energy crisis, criticized the "excessive growth in government bureaucracy" and called for a reevaluation of regulations that were hampering the development of alternative energy sources.
President Ronald Reagan, in his 1981 inaugural address, declared that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," expressing his belief in the importance of reducing government regulations and increasing individual freedoms.
In his 1992 State of the Union address, President George H.W. Bush called for a "regulatory bill of rights" to protect citizens from overzealous regulators and bureaucratic red tape.
These examples demonstrate the range of concerns and challenges facing presidents as they leave office, and the importance of reflecting on these issues in farewell addresses. They also show how these addresses can be used to call attention to important issues and values, and to set the tone for future national debates and policies. Eariguardless of your side or preference.for perceived better or worse. In this there is togetherness that is truly American at heart.
Systemic Changes During Economic Downturns:
Increase in unemployment rates Decrease in consumer spending Increase in government spending on social welfare programs Decrease in government tax revenues Decrease in corporate profits Increase in business bankruptcies and closures Increase in foreclosure rates and home price declines Decrease in GDP growth Increase in government debt levels Increase in poverty rates Increase in income inequality Controversial policy's passing congress during economic downturns:
Economic stimulus packages Unemployment benefit extensions Bailouts for specific industries Changes to tax policy Changes to regulations on financial institutions Infrastructure spending Presidential remarks during economic downturns:
Calls for bipartisan cooperation to address the economic crisis Promises to create jobs and stimulate economic growth Urges for increased government spending on social welfare programs Proposals for tax cuts or other measures to spur economic activity Systemic Changes During Economic Upswings:
Decrease in unemployment rates Increase in consumer spending Increase in government tax revenues Increase in corporate profits Decrease in business bankruptcies and closures Increase in home prices and decreases in foreclosure rates Increase in GDP growth Decrease in government debt levels Decrease in poverty rates Decrease in income inequality Controversial policy's passing congress during economic upswings:
Tax cuts Deregulation of industries Changes to government spending priorities Infrastructure spending Presidential remarks during economic upswings:
Claims credit for economic growth and job creation Proposes tax cuts or other measures to continue economic growth Promises to maintain fiscal responsibility and decrease government debt levels Many of these systemic changes have persisted from their time of origin to present day, although the specifics may vary depending on the time period and the context. For example, government spending on social welfare programs tends to increase during economic downturns and decrease during economic upswings, but the specific programs and amounts of funding may change over time. Similarly, tax policy changes and deregulation can have long-lasting impacts on the economy, but the specific policies and their effects will depend on the political and economic context. Other systemic changes, such as changes in unemployment rates, GDP growth, and income inequality, may be more cyclical and subject to fluctuations over time. However, even these changes can be influenced by long-term factors such as technological innovation, demographic shifts, and globalization. George Washington, who warned against the dangers of political factions and the concentration of power in his farewell address. Abraham Lincoln, who famously described democracy as "government of the people, by the people, for the people" in his Gettysburg Address. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the New Deal as a way to restore economic power to ordinary Americans and protect them against the excesses of the wealthy and powerful. Lyndon B. Johnson, who declared a "war on poverty" and passed legislation like the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act to promote greater equality and fairness in society. Barack Obama, who frequently spoke out against income inequality and the influence of big money in politics, and who warned of the dangers of authoritarianism and polarization in his farewell address. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who warned against the dangers of the military-industrial complex and emphasized the need for balance between national security and civil liberties. Ronald Reagan, who championed conservative principles such as free market capitalism and individual liberty, but who also spoke out against government corruption and waste, and who signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which granted amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants George H.W. Bush, who championed a "kinder, gentler" conservatism and who signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibited discrimination against individuals with disabilities
Gerald Ford, who emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in government and who sought to heal divisions in the wake of the Watergate scandal Richard Nixon, who championed conservative policies such as law and order and the war on drugs, but who also signed into law important environmental and workplace safety legislation, and who famously declared in his second inaugural address that "we cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another" John Quincy Adams, who spoke out against slavery and who called for greater investment in education and science, and who famously declared that "if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." James Madison, who helped draft the U.S. Constitution and who championed principles such as federalism and separation of powers, and who famously declared in Federalist No. 10 that a well-constructed government can control the effects of factions and prevent them from undermining democracy. Thomas Jefferson, who championed democratic principles such as individual liberty, religious freedom, and popular sovereignty, and who famously declared in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal."
Andrew Jackson, who championed the interests of the common man and who fought against the power of entrenched elites, but who also faced criticism for his treatment of Native Americans and his expansion of executive power Franklin Pierce, who emphasized the importance of compromise and reconciliation in the face of political divisions, but who also faced criticism for his support of pro-slavery policies and his handling of the issue of states' rights James K. Polk, who presided over a period of territorial expansion and economic growth, but who also faced criticism for his aggressive foreign policy and his handling of the issue of slavery in the territories James Monroe, who championed the principles of nationalism and self-determination, and who famously declared in his Monroe Doctrine that the United States would not tolerate European interference in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere John Adams, who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and who emphasized the importance of civic virtue and education in maintaining a healthy democracy, but who also faced criticism for his handling of the issue of free speech during the Alien and Sedition Acts. Again, as we go further back in history, the language and context of presidential speeches may differ from what we are accustomed to today, but many of the underlying principles and ideals remain relevant and important.
Martin Van Buren, who championed the principles of limited government and individual liberty, and who emphasized the importance of protecting the rights of minorities and marginalized groups William Henry Harrison, who emphasized the importance of public service and civic responsibility, and who called for greater investment in infrastructure and public works projects James Buchanan, who emphasized the importance of preserving the Union and upholding the Constitution, but who also faced criticism for his handling of the issue of slavery and his failure to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War Millard Fillmore, who championed the principles of free trade and religious tolerance, and who signed into law the Compromise of 1850, which sought to resolve the issue of slavery in the territories Zachary Taylor, who emphasized the importance of national unity and the preservation of the Union, and who faced criticism for his handling of the issue of states' rights and his failure to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the principles of social justice and economic equality, and who led the country through the Great Depression and World War II, and who famously declared in his first inaugural address that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" Harry S. Truman, who emphasized the importance of international cooperation and who oversaw the establishment of the United Nations and the Marshall Plan, but who also faced criticism for his handling of the issue of civil rights and his decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed the principles of national security and economic growth, and who oversaw the construction of the interstate highway system and the launch of the space race, but who also faced criticism for his handling of the issue of civil rights and his reluctance to push for greater social and economic reforms John F. Kennedy, who emphasized the importance of civil rights and social justice, and who led the country through the Cuban Missile Crisis and the early years of the Cold War, but who also faced criticism for his handling of the Bay of Pigs invasion and his personal life and character Lyndon B. Johnson, who championed the principles of civil rights and social welfare, and who oversaw the passage of important legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but who also faced criticism for his handling of the Vietnam War and his expansion of the federal government's role in domestic affairs. Again, these examples span a wide range of historical eras and political contexts, but they all demonstrate the ways in which presidential speeches and policies can have a lasting impact on American society and its political and economic systems.
On how Presidential speeches and policies can have a significant impact on American society id point to the following.
Presidential speeches can inspire and mobilize the public to support certain policy initiatives or social movements. For instance, Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous Fireside Chats during the Great Depression helped to restore confidence in the government and laid the groundwork for the New Deal, while John F. Kennedy's call to "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" inspired a generation of Americans to volunteer and engage in public service.
Presidential policies can have far-reaching effects on the economy, including on employment, wages, and the distribution of wealth. For example, Ronald Reagan's policies of deregulation and tax cuts in the 1980s helped to stimulate economic growth and job creation, but also led to rising income inequality and a decline in union membership. Similarly, Barack Obama's stimulus package and health care reform efforts in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis helped to stabilize the economy and expand access to health care, but also faced criticism for their cost and potential long-term effects.
Presidential speeches and policies can also shape the country's political and social structures, including issues such as civil rights, immigration, and foreign policy. For example, Lyndon B. Johnson's support for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act helped to dismantle legal segregation and expand voting rights for African Americans, while Donald Trump's policies on immigration and trade reshaped the country's relationship with its neighbors and with the world.
And while arguably at worst and debatable at best I'd summarize it by way of how It's difficult to quantify exactly how many presidential speeches and policies have lasting effects to the present day, as the impact of a given speech or policy can depend on a wide range of factors, including historical context, political opposition, and implementation challenges. However, it's safe to say that many of the examples we've discussed earlier in this conversation have had a significant and lasting impact on American society and its political and economic structures. For instance:
The New Deal programs and reforms initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression continue to shape the country's social safety net and regulatory framework, with programs like Social Security and the National Labor Relations Act still in place today.
The civil rights legislation passed during the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, helped to dismantle legal segregation and expand voting rights for African Americans, although issues of racial inequality and discrimination persist to this day.
The deregulation and tax cuts implemented during the Reagan era continue to shape the country's economic policies and debates, with questions about the role of government in the economy and the distribution of wealth remaining hotly contested.
The health care reform efforts of the Obama administration, including the Affordable Care Act, have had a lasting impact on the country's health care system and access to care, although challenges to its implementation and ongoing political opposition continue to shape the debate.
These are just a few examples, but they demonstrate how presidential speeches and policies can have a lasting impact on American society and its political and economic structures.
The Marshall Plan, proposed by Harry Truman in 1947, helped to rebuild Europe after World War II and cemented the United States' role as a global superpower.
The War on Poverty and Great Society programs, initiated by Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s, helped to reduce poverty and expand access to education and health care for millions of Americans, although issues of poverty and inequality remain a challenge today.
The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, passed under Richard Nixon in the 1970s, helped to protect the environment and improve public health, although debates over environmental regulation and climate change continue to be major issues today.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by George H.W. Bush in 1990, helped to expand access and opportunities for people with disabilities, although challenges to implementation and ongoing debates over disability rights and accommodations remain.
1987 CDC knew how and who aids would most likely effect and harm. Instead of being helpful and precise a fear campaign was launched. " Aids will explode into the hetero sexual community." , So instead a lot of in reality not even needed but now clogging the lines for those who do from being tested, Was said on commercials to the public at large. Just like covid is not Russian roulette, and of course technically anything can kill anyone or anything else at any time, yea sure it's not wrong. That is the just the law of the universe and as such it applies at all times to all things regardless of gender , race economic status , or personal preference of the plethora of human enjoyments practiced throughout the ages. As of may 2021 according to the CDC 75% of covid deaths are 65 years or older in America. 98-99% of those are unvaccinated.
So if if your 65 years old or older and not vaccinated don't go crowd surfing at a concert or you will probably be a goner.
The easy said an not implemented as easy as said I get that but none the less a fact for it Solution here is simply put help the most vulnerable after discovery of who that is and how to do so. Not to panic into a pandemic Robbing kids of education and sanity via stupid ,pointless , unhelpful, horrible means. Just to parade them around like masked bandits is both as ironic as it is ignorant. And what the whole world was doing not so long ago.when the same people in private health care, who are the very ones always saying to go get a second opinion, want to allow only one in the public debate you have problems. Problems including but not limited too Countless prescriptions labeled effective, safe , now giving out lawsuits for those who took them.
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2023.03.30 18:42 Megagirl100 My therapist Bf thinks he might know why I think the way I do but won’t tell me. What do I do?
To give context I am in college. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in hs and also struggled with eating disorders then. I don’t think I struggle with depression now as bad as I did then. Last year I was diagnosed with ADHD which made a lot of things make sense to me. I’m taking Vyvanse and it’s helped me a lot. I still though often struggle with overthinking and being overly emotional. I don’t think I’m good enough a lot, even when I achieve things. I compare myself to others and am overly critical of myself. And I’m good at writing and speaking but when it comes to my emotions it’s hard for me to speak my feelings.
My bf is getting his masters to become a therapist. He is in his last class which is an internship with patients. He is very emotionally intelligent and very insightful to my feelings. He’s also had a lot of experience working in a mental health hospital so I respect his opinions.
One night I was overthinking about something he said and once he showed me his perspective or more accurately the reality of the situation I got frustrated with myself because I do it so much and I’m worried I’m gonna drive him away because of it. He then started to say “that’s just how your thinks” and began to talk about he’s been able to understand me better examining the way I think about things. “You are a very emotional person who values your personal relationships so when they’re gone they affect you a lot” “you use me (not in an objectifying way) to help you calm down” He then said he has a theory of how my brain thinks (mental disorder) but he won’t tell me because he doesn’t want to be wrong and he thinks it would be unethical. Idk what to do with this. I don’t think he wrong not wanting to tell me but I also want to work on my stuff and if he has an idea on the underlying cause I want to know. Any advice or guesses? I asked if it’s ocd, asd, or bipolar disorder and be said no.
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2023.03.30 18:41 unknowny_userishy What if humans are spying on Zootopia as aliens
Now this sounds weird but hear me out. I had theory in mind that Zootopia was an experiment made by Human Scientists as a way of demonstrating how human civilization work. the theory goes like this. long ago before the world Zootopia was created, human scientist made an artificial planet filled with plant life and a working ecosystem, so they experiment with animals fused with human DNA and release them on their artificial earth, they observe their finding through a space ship. but why they didn't use monkeys or apes you may asked? Well probably it's because that they don't want to get mixed up with their earth, and starting the human race again is going to be an issue for them. And so as they continue with their experiments, they decided to land their space ship on one spot, but however some of them witness the landing so they tried to tell the others and got up ducted, many of them are in a great panic and so to as cover up the scientist created an artificial city where the ship landing takes place, and they decided to called it "Zootopia"
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2023.03.30 18:37 nobil2115 How The Witness, vex radiolaria, the veil and Neon Genesis Evangelion(lol) are all connected
Ok, so recently I came across an interesting theory (I dont't have a link to the post, but I will add it when I find it). In a nutshell, the author claimed that the veil is a tool for separating ones soul/consciousness from their body (Neomuna citizens transfering their minds to the cloudark) and merging multiple consciousnesses into one (in the said theory The Witness was created by all members of its original race transfering their consciousnesses into a single entity using the power of the veil).
While reading I've got an idea - what if the vex were created in a simmilar manner? In the Avalon mission we learn that the vex were aware of the veil's existence, and that the data regarding it was present within the network. This data could be ancient memories of the vex, or their previous form, from the times before this hypothetical race unified their consciousnesses through the veil, thus creating the radiolaria (sort of like the human instrumentality worked in Evangelion).
This would be a potential explenation to the Eliksni splicers, above all Mithrax, using the light to manipulate the vex network.
Since english is not my first language some stuff I said might be hard to understand, so feel free to ask any questions and to share your thoughts about this theory :)))
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2023.03.30 18:33 cmbhere Reg sho threshold list and a class action suit. Is it possible?
First allow me to lay some ground work based upon today's filings.
At first glance the filings do not look good. Not going to sugarcoat it. Basically, BBBY has said we need 300 million dollars, and we need it by 4/26. Oh by the way, we fired our financier we just got in February.
This can be countered with the following:
- No more death spiral financing. Seriously, this is good news.
- Reverse split still coming. Maybe? At this point we're not sure.
- There will be rumor that the 300 milling in ATM offering is already all arranged.
- Tons of theories (including my own which didn't exactly go as I predicted).
- We're all expecting SOMETHING to happen by 9am EST on 4/3.
Here's what I DO KNOW for a fact:
- Sue and the board are there to ensure the continued operation of BBBY. They will do whatever they need to keep the company going. Often this is not obvious to outside observers.
- What they are doing seems to be pretty timing critical.
There you go. That's it.
So why the title of this post?
Ah, well I'm glad you asked. You see if BBBY does not succeed and our positions are reduced to zero then I want to call foul.
- We know SI is ridiculous. Hell, even with the new and milder formula for calculation the published SI is crazy, and the only glitch is the new formula they are using to hide true SI.
- We also know BBBY has been on the threshold list for what seems like 84 years (actually 55 days). This is clearly in violation of the forced closure rule. Yet, here we are.
Seems to me that a lot of investors will be quite upset. Perhaps upset enough to realize they got screwed by the "rules for thee but not for me" mindset of the market regulators.
Thing is I'm not a lawyer so if there are any floating around in here with experience in securities law some input would be nice.
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2023.03.30 18:29 ToughDM [Online][5E][UTC-04][Monday][6pm EST][10pm UTC] Greybeard seeks others for purpose of Entertainment and Adventure.
Opening a new table for one shot. (5 seats available)
Estimated length 4-8 sessions.
Timeslot: Mondays 6pm EST - 10pm EST (10pm UTC - 2am UTC)
Land, Gold and Title!
The trade route through the Bloodsworn Vale must be opened.
If you be of stout heart and able body, Captain Tolgrith needs your help. Rewards aplenty for those who help tame this wild land.
Interested persons should report to Fort Thorn, inside the vale, immediately.
- Experienced 5e DM. I have run multiple lengthy campaigns.
- Started with Moldvey pink box and spent many years with ADD and 2e.
- Looking to run a 5e table with an old school feel.
- Punctual and reliable
- Willing to actively participate in the game.
- Enjoys developing a character through gameplay.
About the game:
- Verisimilitude is paramount
- Tactical combat with cover and terrain
- Role-play not Roll-play
About the Rules:
- Race Restrictions: PCs are Human only
- Stat Gen: Standard Array
- Variant encumbrance
- Hard hitting criticals (base die is maxed)
- Other minor house rules
About the table:
- Foundry VTT (free)
- Discord Voice
Please message your interest.
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2023.03.30 18:21 _Raspootin_ We put a man on the moon only 2 years after the last lobotomy was performed.
It makes me shudder to think that less than 60 years ago we were literally playing god with people's brains.
It amazes me we were smart enough to send men to the moon on very primitive computer processing power, but not smart enough to realize maybe sticking sharp objects inside someone's head isn't going to push some magical reset button.
Autistic people don't have anything wrong with them, and more research is finally supporting that, but it's still mind blowing just how in the dark we've been until now.
I'm not saying "autism is a super power", but our brains simply work differently, but to think the alltistic brain is "right" and the autistic brain is "wrong" is simply incorrect. It's as ignorant as thinking one race is more "right" than the other. We are all the same human beings.
Autistic brains can be very logical and analytical, which can be a valuable asset to have in the appropriate careers (programmers, auditors, engineers, etc).
I personally think it's wrong to try to "shape" your brain into being more "alltistic", as autism isn't treatable (in the physical sense), but I honestly think alltistic people should learn to adapt more to US, not the other way around, as they already have the emotional/social skills to do that, and expecting us, who may not..is asking the wrong people to do the right thing.
That isn't to criticize cognitive therapy, but to simply state trying to have us "fit in" is no different than asking a gay person to "be less gay" or a person of a certain race "to be less of that race". It just doesn't seem right, and both people were born that way, and asking them to change something they were born with just doesn't make any sense.
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2023.03.30 18:14 griii2 Just watched the Oscar-winning movie "Promising Young Woman". Is it the most misandrist movie ever made?
"Wickedly smart" and totally 1-dimensional Cassie seeks a revenge for her BFF who killed herself after being gang-raped at Uni where rape was reported "one or twice a week" but never investigated because "it could ruin young man's' life".
Ten years later, Cassie goes to blind dates or night clubs where she pretends to be dead drunk so that men would prey on her and try to rape her - which they always do. This way she catches hundreds of predators!
All men in this movie are evil - I am not kidding, 100% of them, minus one who repented. Most are rapists, predators and creeps, few are even murderers. Even the "father" and random policeman simply don't care about women's safety. At the same time all the male characters turn out to be whiny and fragile cowards as soon they are under pressure.
The female characters are either strong 1-dimensional heroes, or traitors of the female cause who will inevitably realise they are not immune to the male menace just because they are male allies. Every women is in danger when men exist.
The whole movie is a male-hating farce: There are the cat calling builders that become scared when Cassie stares back at them. There is the aggressive male driver that flees when 120 pound (54kg) Cassie starts to demolish his car with a golf club. There is the "allegations can ruin young man's live" school administrator. There is the law firm that digs up dirt on rape victims because "one drunk photo [of the rape victim] at a party, oh you wouldn’t believe how hostile that makes a jury". I am not kidding. Of course there are the hundreds of men that try to rape Cassie when she pretends to be incapacitated. And a cherry on the top: the one "nice guys" who Cassie almost ends up dating turns out to be - are you ready for it - a rapist too!
All in all, the movie immediately reminded me of Goebbels' propaganda movie Süss the Jew
, except for one thing: "Promising Young Woman" is incredibly bad movie. The characters are styrofoam flat and all the scenes and dialogues feel comically unrealistic because the whole script is subordinated to one master idea - that all men are rapists.
Yet despite all that, the movie won accolades and earned stellar reviews from both critics and audience
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2023.03.30 18:00 RangerFrank Deathworld Commando: Reborn-Vol.6 SS- A King's Guarantee. Part.2
This is Part.2, please read Part.1 here.
“Tell me, Bishop, why are you suddenly interested in all of this? Why is Cerila here lying in bed?” I asked.
“Kaladin asked me to help her reach the level of a War God. I was testing her when I started to piece things together. But a deaf Beastmen woman trained by a Grandmaster light mage straight from the Holy Kingdom…things are starting to make sense,” Bishop said more to himself than me. So he knocked her out…this man…what if he angered Kaladin? Ah, I suppose Kaladin isn’t so close-minded…hopefully.
He turned his intense eyes to me. “I request your help, old friend. I ask that you train Cerila on your own time. Her magic is amazing, and she is quite creative. I believe she can learn a thing or two from you. I would also request that Jessica, if she is feeling better, speak with Cerila as well. After that, I shall make moves on my own.” I see. This is Bishop speaking to me, not King Maxwell. He must be earnest now if he is asking for my wife and me. It’s not every day I see this side of him.
I raised an eyebrow at him. “You are awfully adamant about this. Can I ask you why?”
The king smirked slightly, but his eyes were smiling a great deal. “It’s rather simple. I owe Kaladin a lot as a father and a man. He saved my family and my daughters not once but twice. I need to fulfill the first quest he’s given me, or I’ll never be able to rest easy. Helping him from the shadows can only accomplish so much and doing it alone would be a waste. I must guarantee her success.”
I shook my head. Sometimes I even forgot Bishop’s true nature. The man wasn’t just a genius on the battlefield but off of it as well. He hid behind this persona of being a meathead despite being a calm and collected person. After all, history may see that his wife was the one that spurred him into her plans, but it was actually the other way around.
Queen Maxwell was undoubtedly intelligent and crafty, but Bishop’s skills and natural charisma changed the minds of the people, nobles, and generals alike. He was the one that led the army into the city for an ambush and quickly surpassed the Brax nobility. He even lurked in the shadows, hiding behind the visage of his wife to complete his goals. The man is quite cunning. And far from the babbling idiot, he portrays himself to be sometimes.
“And besides, I’m quite interested in this woman now,” Bishop added.
“I think she should be afraid, but I’ll agree to help. Jessica is another matter. I don’t see her being ready for anything physical for some time,” I told him.
Bishop nodded. “I understand, but I don’t need her physical prowess this time around. I’m hoping for Jessica to accomplish something only a woman can do. It will take some time, I imagine. How is she these days? I haven’t spoken to her in some time.”
I just chuckled. “You know how it is. She is getting more ravenous by the day. Trying to eat for two is quite taxing.”
“Isn't that the truth? They get so moody as well,” the king muttered. Huh? Why did you phrase it like that?
My eyes widened as I looked at him. “Wait, don’t tell me!”
Bishop just smiled at me once more and put a finger to his lips.
Good day everyone. I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I've very much enjoyed my break, but I'm already ready to get back into the swing of things. And we are going to start a bit early with Vol.6 recap :D
To start, thanks to those of you who took the to fill out the survey in a meaningful way. I'm happy to say that 99% of the people that filled out the survey did so with good intentions. Also, the information I got from it was beneficial, and everything is on the up and up.(Regarding Ko-Fi and general operations)
As for that 1%...well, you probably know who you are and what you did. It would have been best if you perhaps at least waited for more people to fill it out not to make it so obvious :)
Also, huge thanks to uncannybook581 for helping me compile all the data into more digestible information.
So let's get into it?
General Story- https://i.imgur.com/7ZCMLtP.png
Here is the first bit of general story stuff. Things are somewhat balanced for the most part. Vol.6 was full of significant events, so there was a lot to choose from.
Also, the average for Vol.6 on a scale from 1-10 was a nine, so Vol.6 was well received overall, according to the survey.
Personally, I think this split is pretty good, and it's what I wanted. Obviously, the more significant events got more votes, but that's to be expected, but it's good to see that the more minor events were enjoyed as well. Also, the primary genre for this volume was "Drama," which probably also played a part.
General Kal info- https://i.imgur.com/AZGeH1b.png https://i.imgur.com/Tf2BrMZ.png
Let's get into Kaladin some more.
Overall, people are enjoying Kal's progress and the way he is going emotionally. Two hundred fourteen of you who responded believe that Kal should remain the same, while the other 21% want him to use the fame just a bit more. Which is good for me because I agree wholeheartedly with that outcome.
Kal's character isn't the type to want riches and fame. It was never his goal nor a desire for him. I think if Kal started unnecessarily swinging his weight around for minor reasons, that would reflect poorly on the character I've created.
Don't get me wrong that doesn't mean he won't ever use his fame because that would be just as dumb. But, when the time comes, and the situation is appropriate, Kal won't be afraid to utilize that newfound fame/powerank, I promise.
= Vol.6 https://i.imgur.com/evynrBo.png
I thought this was a fun tidbit. I asked this question oh so long ago after Vol.3, and it brings a smile to my face to see things are still going in the right direction.
Kal Power Level-
So, it appears that many of you want to see a more powerful Kaladin. And I can understand that.
Kal is in a weird spot right now. He's stronger than most of the people around him in a one-on-one fight to the death, but those who are in the top percent of the world's power are still giving him a hard time.
I like it. I know that might not be the answer you are looking for, but Kal's strength has come a long way from the kid who passed out just making a small gust of wind behind his house. Also, I don't see myself giving Kal too many schools of magic. He's already at a high number for this world, and he has hardly mastered what he has. So giving him more right now would be too much.
Also, giving him some arbitrary power boost isn't in the cards. To be honest, I think the only "plotty" power I gave him was the Dragon eye, and that probably wouldn't help in a life-or-death fight against, say, King Maxwell.
We also have yet to see Kal fully go out against a powerful humanoid who is in that top-tier strength of the world. Sure, he's sparred with his dad, Cerila, Syvlia, and Professor Garrison, but there is a huge difference between a spar and an actual fight. In all those fights, Kal never had the intention to kill his opponent, which is a massive difference and can easily skew results, as it should, in my opinion.
I've been pretty consistent on Kal's stronger magic being dangerous not only to his enemies but to him, after all. It wouldn't make much sense for him to go around and start plasma bolting Cerila in a duel just because he wanted to win, now would it?
Although I hope you don't think that will be the case forever. Things would be boring if Kal never fought a strong enemy of that caliber. So we will be seeing something soonish in the story. Also, we are going to soldify the powerscale for the most part in Vol.7.
Also, things would be boring if Kal just stayed where he was, never able to deal with some of these severe threats himself. We will see some training and development on multiple fronts (magic/equipment) in making Kaladin "stronger." And we are going to see that in Vol.7.
Will he achieve the Dragon Emperor level of power that many of you wanted? Who knows :) I guess we will have to read and find out.
This brings me to a question some of you asked, "Why does Kal's power level seem to be all over the place." And the answer is, "What were his intentions and the circumstances of him going into the fight?"
If he was fighting, say, Tsarra, he's not going to drop blue plasma fire on her head and attempt to kill her. Nor is he going to engage in that brutal close-quarters combat and break her bones (Unless that was the goal of the fight, which would be weird). Kal going into a spar with Tsasrra should be different than Kal going into battle with The Chapter of Despair. The motives are different, and so should the outcome.
It's the reason he lost to Cerila for the first time. He went into the battle nonchalantly, with no intentions of taking it seriously. And in return, he lost(Although there was more to that, to be fair.)
Same with Sylvia and the fight at the ranch. They both got heated, the goal shifted, Kal got too serious, and he put Sylvia in a bad position. The goal changed briefly, and so did the outcome.
Kal Politics/Luminar- https://i.imgur.com/VPDr45j.png
And now, onto this part. This was also interesting, especially the second question, since for a long time, it was deadlocked at 50-50. Like, actually, at 50-50 even with 200+ responses.
But, judging by the third question, most of you want him to interject somewhat into Luminar's politics, even if it is just a little bit.
In the coming chapters and volumes, if this survey is to go off of anything, I think most of you will be happy about the future of Kal's involvement with Luminar and its politics.
There will be a little of that in Vol.7, but we can look forward to it later on. After all, we have 3 siblings who can take the throne. Kal's gotta handle that somehow :)
Kal & Mila- https://i.imgur.com/GC14JUE.png
This one surprised me a bit. I would have thought that many of you would have wanted to keep Mila out of the fight. Although thinking about it, I did put in "protect herself" which is an obvious want.
Of course, Kaladin would want Mila to be able to protect herself. That has been drilled into Kaladin for a long time. Even his parents were like that, so it makes sense that he would want to do the same.
But I also feel that he would be hesitant at the same time, even if it were slightly illogical...huh...
Well, I suppose we will have to wait and see. She is a bit too young to be training so hard anyway.
And for the 12 who strongly dislike Mila, you truly are the worst :'( How could you hate this face? What's wrong with you, huh? You probably kick kittens or something, you psycho. https://i.imgur.com/RI6wkHZ.png
Kal & His Past https://i.imgur.com/2A6s2VH.png
So, we are mostly in agreement on this section. I also think Kal's reveal to Sylvia was important and a good thing that needed to happen. It did a lot for both of them and their relationship, which was the goal.
As for the reveal of his past to more people and the open responses, most of you wanted something along the lines of "some event needs to happen for him to share more." What those events were depended on the response, but it boiled down to much the same thing.
And I agree. I think Kal going off and telling people about his past for no good reason would probably be a net negative thing overall. Some external factors or forces would have to make him do so.
And that is also in regard to his parents.
I think him telling Sylvia versus him telling his parents are similar yet vastly different things. I mean, look at it this way.
The relationship someone has with their mother or father is entirely different from their spouse, right? Sure, there are overlapping things like love, being a family, seeing them succeed in life, and wanting to be with them, amongst other things, but the things a mother does for a son or daughter are different from what a husband would do for a wife.
Just imagine if the child who was your pride and joy, the little creature that you thought was half of you with the love of your life, and the little monster that you changed its poopy pants for years turned out to be a grown man—a killing machine from another world at that who lived an entirely different life before coming out of you.
I think that revelation of that fact would be different for a mother or father than, say, a girlfriend or boyfriend. And the ramifications would also be different. So I think Kal should be 10x more afraid to tell his mother about his past than Cerila.
At least, in my opinion, that is. What happens in the story remains to be seen.
Kal, Love, Relationships, & Harems-
The section I'm sure many of you have been waiting for. This is probably going to take a while, and I hope that I can call my points across. I've been going over this section and my eventual response in my head for weeks... let's just hope it writes out as good or better than what I've been thinking. https://i.imgur.com/iGQ29ql.png \Throw out any idea of forcing someone into a relationship for this section—no slave harems or making people do anything against their will. That's an entirely different subject matter and has nothing to do with what I am writing or will write.
So, I got a question in the Q&A section I thought I would start with. "What makes a harem, a harem to you?"
I am of the orange response, mostly. I don't believe that a small group of people entering into a mutual relationship is automatically a harem. Multiple people vying for one person's affection also does not equal a harem in my eyes. Not all polyamorous relationships are a harem.
Basically, I only used harem because it is the most frequently used term to describe something like this. Although, I believe that term to be wrong in most cases and only really applies to anime esq harems that are over the top.
And before we delve deeper, I want to thank all of you who came into these questions to actually give me proper feedback, constructive criticism, and advice. Those of you who did so, even if you believe this to be a personal negative aspect of the story or don't care either way, are fantastic people. Thanks for putting the time into some of those open responses.
And to those of you who just left one-word sentences or some gibberish in the open responses, you missed the point and the opportunity.
And to those of you specifically who are sending me meaningless threats of "I'll leave or drop the story if you do XYZ" with no actual substance, I find you to be obnoxious. Please slither back into whatever dark hole you crawled out from. Your opinions mean nothing to me, and they won't sway my vision of this story in the slightest. If I had given in to people like you, I would have stopped writing this story in Vol.2. This is my story. It always has been and always will be. So I'll tell it how I want to.
Now... let's talk about it. https://i.imgur.com/aVUjXVV.png
According to the survey, things mainly seemed split. 99, no, 73, yes, and 106, no opinon. Now, depending on what side of the fence you sit on, you might think that 106 no opinion is more toward your side. But it seems a lot of those 106 people left similar responses in the open section (I think). I'm choosing to think of those 106 no opinions as "Certain things need to happen, and they need to happen well," instead of, "I don't care at all."
A lot of your concerns were the same, "Sylvia wouldn't allow it." "Cerila and Sylvia do not mesh at all right now. Them being romantic together makes no sense." "A group of women "fighting" over one character is bad." "As the characters are, them all entering a relationship together makes no sense." "The partners should all be equally considered and not just be shallow prizes for Kaladin." "Things should be thought out and developed." "It needs proper build-up and a real connection between the different characters." "They should behave like ordinary people and make realistic choices." "Kaladin is currently not fit to have dozens of women in a harem." "Having an obscene amount of partners in a relationship is typically bad and becomes cumbersome in the story. Diverting attention from what matters as it tries to get all the "partners" a piece."
Although these are primarily boiled-down versions of your responses, you get the gist. And to these concerns/remarks, I wholeheartedly agree with you, 100%. These are spot on and how I also feel, and I recognize all of this.
For those of you who said it was "impossible regardless" or "is too much of a suspension of disbelief," I disagree. Is a polyamorous relationship less likely to succeed than a monogamous one? Yeah, most definitely. Not that monogamous marriage is all that successful and the end all be all in the first place, but I do recognize these things. I also don't think it requires any more suspension of disbelief than is what is needed to believe in a reborn supersoldier in a fantasy world as an elf that slays dragons.
But hey, that's my humble opinion.
Anyway, to those above concerns, I once again agree. As things are now, Sylvia and "insert any character" would never be able to enter a relationship together with Kaladin as a package. If I forced it, it would be disingenuous to the characters I created and would be wrong. And there is no reason to pretend otherwise,
Sylvia is the number 1 candidate to be with Kaladin right now.
It would also be just as bad if Kaladin suddenly flipped the story on its head and started telling Sylvia to allow him to have a bunch of women or even to begin seeking out other women under Sylvia's nose or directly in her face. That's not Kaladin. That's not the character I created, so it won't be like that in this story.
Regardless, instead of telling you what I'm going to do. Let me tell you what I'm not going to do.
As I've said before, Kaladin is not going to suddenly become a playboy and start collecting women just because they showed interest in him. It took him this long to openly and purposely flirt with Sylvia in chapter 150, and it was the equivalent of "You as pretty as da moon." For him to go from that to banging any woman that showed interest in him would be wild, and it won't be happening, ever.
I said this once before, truly loving Kaladin should be hard. Sure, on the outside, being interested in Kaladin makes complete sense. He has money, power, prestige, a pedigree, looks, and a decent enough personality to tie it all together loosely. However, genuinely loving him would be challenging the second you peer through his cracks and see him for who he really is.
Just look at what happened to Ren. I'd say her feelings got crushed the second she saw him for who he was underneath the mask (literally, heh). Even if they did bounce back, saying they were the same as before would be hard.
Also, for example, Sylvia and Cerila having a single heart-to-heart conversation and just being like, "Oh yeah, I guess this is okay. Let's do it." Won't be happening. If it were to happen, far more things would have to go down in the story. And that includes any character being with Kaladin.
My track record of deep emotional issues in this story has been relatively successful, or so I think. I don't think I've done any character injustice so far regarding a serious "Drama" orientated matter. Things have been slow, and I've built a solid, somewhat realistic foundation for many of these characters, and I have 0 intentions of breaking them now. Just look at Kaladin. If a small half-assed conversation were enough to set him right, things would have been over a long time ago, right?
Basically, what I'm saying is, trust me and the process. I don't think I've let you down yet, and I don't intend to do so ever.
Also, for those of you who left questions about the current stance on Kal's relationship with Sylvia, I thought I gave a pretty good indicator in chapter 150. But maybe I missed the mark?
What I thought I did was Kal set a wall in front of Cerila with conditions for both of them that needed to be met to move forward in any capacity. Many of those conditions were realistic, would be challenging to accomplish, and there were no hollow guarantees of some fantasy outcome. That Kal openly accepted his feelings for Sylvia and will be progressing forward, even if it's awkward and a bit slow.
That's what I thought I did, but once again, maybe I missed that mark for some of you. Either way, you will see a marked difference in their relationship in Vol. 7, a big enough difference to go, "Oh, I see things really are changing." https://i.imgur.com/cEwK5uM.png
As for anyone else, we will have to wait and see how things develop.
Whew, hopefully, I got everything. Now that that is done, let me give a few more quick reminders.
Graphic, written out in detail, sex in this story won't be happening ever, no exceptions. Things, if/when they ever do occur, will be fade to black 100% of the time.
Basically, what you are going to get is what you've got now. At this point, thinly/scantly dressed characters or omissions to an appearance of a character in that kind of situation are as spicy as it gets.
Also, just because Vol.5/6 had lots of romance and drama doesn't mean that every single volume is going to be like this. I've got a lot in the tank, and that being the focus 24/7 isn't the goal. Although, don't get me wrong, Drama was always a primary genre of this story, and it won't be going anywhere.
Volume 7 & The Story- https://i.imgur.com/9tEUnjo.png
So, yeah, Vol.7 is gonna be fun, hopefully. Action is coming and all that :) But we have to get there first, so there is some usual volume build-up, but I swear it will be worth it! And the fighting tournament should be fun with a bit of...well, yeah. No spoilers for that.
Honestly, the best way to look at the story right now is to think of Vol.6 as the end of the story's first half. And maybe seeing chapters like 143ish as the new prologue.
So that leads me to some Q&A questions I got regarding the story-
Q: How long is this story?
A: We are halfway through it.
Q: So does that mean there are 6 or 7 more volumes left?
A: I honestly have no idea. I know that sounds dumb, but it's the truth. There was a point in my head that I thought Volume 4&5 was the same volume. So telling you that there is going to be "x amount of volumes" at this point would be a lie because I don't know how long it's going to take me to get to the end.
Q: Is there an end to this story? To Kaladin's journey?
A: Yes, 100% there is an end, and I will make it come to life even if everyone leaves me. This story will not last forever or for ten thousand chapters. This will also not be an open-ended ending either because I'm not too fond of those in 99% of cases.
Q: Why don't you know about your own ending? Why can't you give us a guess?
A: Because if I give you a guess and I'm under, you will be disappointed for no reason. And if I overestimate, you might think things are going on too long. So I hope you know that I have the destinations for this story in my head. I'm just writing the journey :)
Q: Will we see Squeaks again?
A: Yes, in this volume, actually :) (Only spoiler you are getting from me)
Oh, and here is Vol.7's cover https://i.imgur.com/mBYLldy.jpg
What I've Been Up To & The Future Plans.
Keep this section rather short, hopefully.
One, I thank all of you who are concerned about my health. I know recently I've been saying I've been going to the doctor a lot lately, but I swear nothing is going on.
I'm in good health and just went over my biannual blood results—nothing of note or to be concerned of. I got glasses for driving at night and for far distances. That's a recent problem, I guess. But that's all my fault since I spend most of my life watching a screen. My up-close vison is still amazing and doesn't affect my writing at all.
As for the plans, I wanted to let you know about some behind-the-scenes things.
For one, I'm looking for a professional developmental editor(Whole nine yards of editing, not just a line editor), so if anyone out there knows one or is one, hit me up.
Before I think about getting a webcomic going up, I decided to solidify Volume 1's content and get it fully edited and published because it makes no sense to adapt a comic on content that isn't finalized.
And yes, I do plan on going back to all the old volumes and doing just that. Add more content/chapters, get artwork, and all that jazz.
Also, if you are or know a voice actonarrator and are interested in doing an audiobook, also hit me up.
I have some plans for all this. I think I'm going to go through with it in the summer. Things are looking good, and I'm looking forward to it.
Also, the second story... I've been slacking on this a bit. I intended to finish it last month, but things happened...oops.
As of writing this, I'm 75% done with both of the starts, and I'm almost ready to get people to pre-read them. We shall see how that goes.
I also figured I would give a notice of some breaks I'll be taking in the coming months, especially during summer. I'll be taking about a week off in June and maybe 1-2 weeks off in July. So I figured I would just warn you now and remind you again when it comes around.
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2023.03.30 17:56 elmoisaracist Datto RMM
I'm hoping some others can share their best practices for using Datto RMM. I'm inheriting an environment from someone who did not document their changes or reasons for various setting changes. As it stands, the patch management policies are chaos and there's a number of monitors that seemingly do the same things. I would like to get critical updates approved ASAP in a safe manner, work on the backlog of other patches, and figure out the best way to safely deploy driver updates. I have approximately 20 sites to manage.
1) I'm thinking of wiping out all existing patch management policies and starting fresh. We would need separate policies for servers & workstations, but I'm unsure of how many different policies would be best.
2) I would like to do a tiered release of updates - internally, smaller clients, larger clients. Does anyone have experience with this structure?
3) I've read the "best practices for patch management" article from Datto. Do others find these to be the best practices in theory or also in practice?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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2023.03.30 17:55 RangerFrank Deathworld Commando: Reborn-Vol.6 SS- A King's Guarantee. Part.1
NextMapsWiki+DiscordRoyal RoadWebNovelTapasKo-FiFandom/wiki Remember, the end of the volume recap is coming; make sure you check that out. She's a big one. And yes, I know I'm splitting these chapters weirdly. It's because the recap is just that big.
--- King Maxwell’s POV Mmm…yes…today is another good day. The soreness in my arms just won’t go away. What a wonderful feeling. Me? Sore? It’s been years…that man is truly something. My only regret is that I didn’t get to meet him sooner.
“Ah, Your Majesty, are you injured? You keep nursing your arm as if you are in pain…” Arbra asked hesitantly.
I just chuckled at her concern. “There is nothing to worry about, Arbra! It’s a good pain that your magic would only take away from me!”
Arbra bowed deeply. “I’m so sorry, Your Majesty, I had no idea!” she shouted. “Please for—” Sigh…this is also why I like Kaladin so much. I feel as if he doesn’t care that I’m the king and treats me like a comrade. Well, he wants to, but whatever sense of formality he has keeps getting in the way. It’s been too long since I’ve been around those kinds of people. I wish he would just forget that I was a ruler.
Arbra looked up at me with teary eyes. “H—have I offended you?”
I gave the poor girl a pat on the shoulder. “Why are you crying, Arbra? Raise your head. People might think that I abuse you or something. I’m simply just thinking about this and that. Pay no mind to me.”
Arbra’s smile returned as she wiped her eyes with her sleeve. Sometimes people like her could be so burdensome, but she’s a good soul and a trusted healer. If I could call old man Paine, I’d like nothing more, but I could hardly do that for such a personal reason. I just wonder when she is coming…you know, come to think of it, I never did ask Kaladin if it was Sylvia.
I just assumed it would be her, after all. Her strength has been recorded more than once. She felled a Troll with ease and can even train with Kaladin on equal footing. Plus, she was some kind of ancient Vampire that could survive even the strike of a Dragon? If somebody was on the verge of being a War God, it had to be her, right? “I already know she is a War God. She has the aptitude. She is just missing…something. And sadly, I don’t know what that something is.”
What an exciting thing to say to someone. It almost sounded like a hopeful parent that was full of themselves. A person should be very aware if they are a War God or not. At a young age, the differences might not be noticeable, but they should become evident over time. But since it was Kaladin that said that, I had to believe the man’s intuition.
“Your Majesty, may I ask why you have retrieved me so suddenly? Are you expecting another fight…”Arba asked meekly.
“Ah, I suppose I did abruptly rip you from your duties. But it seems you already answered your own question!” I laughed. “I’m here on a personal favor from a friend!”
She gave me a blank look. “Huh? Friend?”
I slapped her on the shoulder a few times and nodded while I looked out at the courtyard. “Yes! A friend! Haha!” Now then…oh? Who—oh…it’s her? Huh… interesting.
Breathtaking long muscular legs that strode through the halls, hair as white as the freshest snow, and a face straight out of a painting. I’d only seen her from a distance but she was truly a beautiful woman. To think Kaladin could surround himself with such beauties and remain unaffected. He’s as strong-willed as they came. My daughters are nothing to scoff at, but they need to get their heads out of the mud! Haha!
“Yo! Ah…damn…Celia!?” I yelled. “That’s your name, right?! Come!” Damn, I should have read her file more. I didn’t think much about it, and my concerns have lied elsewhere recently.
“It appears she is ignoring you, Your Majesty,” Abra commented as the woman continued to walk down the hall.
“Well, that’s rude,” I muttered as I picked a clump of snow up and reared back. “Haha! This should grab her attention!” I yelled as I tossed the snowball. Whoosh.
“It appears she dodged your attack, Your Majesty,” Abra stated.
“Thanks, Abra. I appreciate the narration,” I mumbled. She dodged at the last moment, and what’s with that disgusted look on her face? And wait—wait! Why is she walking away?!
“Now, I can’t stand for that!” I yelled as I took off toward her.
Once again, she flicked around at the last moment and batted my arm away. It seemed her instincts were pretty good, but that’s to be expected from a Beastmen. I intended on testing her today anyway, so let’s find out what Kaladin sees in this girl!
“Show me what you got!” I chuckled.
Of course, I had no intentions of going all out. I just planned on picking up the pace a bit. I wonder if that sword was just for decoration!
I put a little more oomph
into the next series of attacks, and she unsheathed her sword and deftly parried and blocked my attacks. Her speed was pretty good, and she had no trouble reading my simple attacks, so let’s go a step further! Let’s see some footwork!
I stepped into her aggressively and started swinging with more precision, randomizing my punches as I forced her onto her back foot. She gave a short slice at my exposed ribs, and I coated the strike zone in crystal. I had purposely left myself open to see if she would capitalize, and she did just that.
I jumped back and crossed my arms, and went into deep thought. I had to examine her in a more favorable light now. She was indeed skilled as she was beautiful. Her footwork and blade skills were well-honed. Not perfect by any means, but far better than most.
My only critique at this moment was that she seemed too practiced. One could swing a sword under instruction all day for eternity, but if they never put that practice into any worthwhile experience, it would amount to nothing but eye candy. Even so, saying she was entirely without experience wasn’t right either…mmm…
And there was something off about it all. Her swings and her stance didn't seem to match her weapon choice. She was using a typical iron sword, but her movements and stance indicated she was used to something a bit heftier. Does this mean there is an imbalance in her skills, practice, and experience? Or is she perhaps holding back? Mhm…I wonder if she is using a weapon that’s not her primary one. Only people who want to hide their power do that. Is that why Kaladin sees she has the aptitude but isn’t able to apply them No…more testing is needed before I can come to a decision. I’m getting pumped already! Haha!
“To think I’d be this serious! All you young ones are impressive these days!” I said with a laugh.
The girl looked at me like I was a strange creature. Suddenly a black stone tablet materialized from thin air, and she started writing on it. the tablet read, the lettering glowing a faint blue light.
I could feel my jaw drop. “Who am I?” I asked in utter disbelief.
The Beastmen nodded her head, her confused look not disappearing. I tapped my head to make sure my crown was still there. “There is a crown on my head! I’m the king! What is there to be confused about?”
A flash of understanding crossed her face as she started writing on the tablet with her finger.
I heard somebody gasping and looked back at Abra, who was white as a sheet and wholly mortified. I guess she must have read the tablet and had quite the shock. But me…I couldn’t contain my laughter.
“That’s a new one! To think you would insult me directly to my face! You are, without a doubt, a friend of Kaladin’s!” I yelled into the afternoon air.
But wait a moment…that collar…is she his friend? Have I been rude and insulted his fiance or…mhm…questions to be answered, I’m sure.
“Now that you’ve connected the dots, it’s time for a true test! I’ll be getting serious, so prepare yourself, Cela!” I shouted as I bounded toward her.
She gave me a slightly miffed look before the tablet disappeared, and her sword blocked my first strike. But now, I would test her strength. Beastmen weren’t just known for their heightened senses and speed but also for their strength! I can already tell Kaladin has trained her just by looking at her body!
I brought both my fists up and sent them down with the full intention of crushing her with pure strength. Before, I hadn't been putting much effort into my strikes, but now every blow from me would come at a cost if it connected. The only way to see someone’s true worth was to put them in danger!
“Oh! As strong as you are beautiful!” I yelled in excitement, hoping to get a reaction out of her.
But she didn’t even react to my words as she blocked my double power strike with the strength befitting a War God candidate. I wonder if she was perhaps what the Beastmen called a Child of The Hunt? A rare individual amongst their race. Even though I don’t quite understand the qualifications for what makes a Beastmen a Child of The Hunt, I know they are supposed to be quite strong.
I mean, her mana enhancement was where it needed to be! No doubts about it—
Huh? A spell core?
I couldn’t help but marvel at the feeling of a spell core suddenly being formed in front of me. Its instantaneous formation from her feet was nothing short of pure talent and skill. And she did that all while maintaining her mana enhancement, not so much as faltering even an inch.
I let the spell hit my chest, which was covered in my crystal, and broke away from our little grapple. Tiny ice spears floated around her, and she aimed her sword at me. I just laughed, which probably made her angry, judging by her expression.
She was just like Kaladin, and they were just like those taught in the Holy Kingdom of Arotal. That ability to cast magic and form spell cores without a drop in mana enhancement was a talent many high-ranking officials from that country possessed.
It took me almost a decade to unlearn my habits and learn their technique, and even then, I could only copy it. I don’t mean to brag, but I was a cut above the rest. I tried to teach their technique to all three of my children, but none of them could learn it. Even Bowen was unable to perform the technique.
To be honest, it was a technique only those who possessed talent and were brought up with it could learn. I thought Kaladin was simply a genius of that caliber, but now I’ve seen a pattern.
Who trained those two? Alanis was not capable of using that technique either, so does that mean it was The Lightning Witch? Ah…I’m just so excited.
I burst forward and crushed down the spells that were thrown at me. Most of them I ignored, allowing them to break harmlessly against my body. It was slightly annoying that she wasn’t putting more strength into her spells. If she could manifest them this quickly, I expected the power to be more!
I guess I just need to show her how serious I am.
I increased my speed suddenly and arrived in front of her. Her amber-orange eyes went wide. She managed to block my fists, but this entire time I had only used them. She tried to react, but she was too slow for me. My kick landed on her quad with a meaty smack followed by a loud crack. She buckled to the floor and yelped in pain. I had broken her leg.
A flurry of ice spikes came at me, and I retreated instead of finishing her off. I wasn’t done testing her yet. I was far too curious to end things so soon.
“Arbra! Heal her leg!” I ordered.
Arbra scurried off from the side, mumbling apologies to her as a golden light left her hands and infused the injury. Celia looked to be in quite a bit of pain, but a moment of confusion appeared in her eyes only to disappear. She stood on her freshly healed leg without a lick of hesitation.
So an injury like that is nothing to her? Sure, she reacted to the pain, but that’s only natural. To stand right back up after having your leg healed isn’t normal. It appears her will was quite tempered. And those eyes…
Her eyes blazed with a cold fury that wasn’t there before. She dropped her sword into a low guard, a position that was more suited for a long or even a great sword, and I felt a powerful spell core being formed.
A gust of wind blasted me, and a blizzard suddenly appeared around me. The cold wind whipped at my exposed skin, and I could feel minor cuts on my face.
Finally, show me what Kaladin sees in you!
I swatted down an incoming spell core only to be momentarily covered in water. I hadn’t expected her to be able to use water magic while maintaining this silent blizzard, which was another odd phenomenon. Only for my surprise to grow as I felt a powerful wind arrow approaching me.
It cut through the blizzard and had enough power to rip a limb off, but I batted it away. I was buffeted by powerful spell after spell, and I couldn’t contain my laughter. I thought the speed at which she formed her spells was at least the skill of a Master mage, but to think she could use three schools of magic to this proficiency. Of course, she may just be a Grandmaster mage, but I felt that something was off.
I decided I was done gauging those spells and burst through the blizzard right at her. She had positioned herself behind me using her magic as cover and near silent steps. Beastmen were also tricky ones. They seemed to be able to disappear from most people’s senses when they wanted to.
But not mine.
I punched forward and expected a look of surprise, but Celia was more than ready for me. I was greeted by two large ice spikes aiming for my legs and a sword aiming to cut my head off my shoulders. I kicked one of the spikes down and used its debris against her, sending chunks of ice magic into her face, only for those chunks to melt into harmless water that splattered against her face.
Amazing, she was maintaining control over her spells the entire time while also striking at me. Truly fantastic, I thought as I slipped under her swing.
I punched her underneath the leather breastplate and grabbed Celia by the belt, and gave her a good toss into the wall, just like ol’ Kaladin. But unlike Kaladin, I was ready to end things here, or…so I thought.
Amazing. Truly amazing. I’m actually feeling the need to preserve my life. How long has it been?
I felt dozens of spell cores form around me, and the puddle I stood in turned into a creeping frost that threatened to consume me. Dozens of ice spears formed from the snow left by the blizzard, and I watched as a wall of ice formed only for the girl to use it to bounce rebound off of and aim straight for me once more.
She had completely changed the battlefield to suit her, something very few mages could do, let alone at the level she showed. And it appeared she even led me by the nose. How far ahead did she plan all of this? Did she anticipate these things the moment she used the blizzard to distract me and morph the battlefield?
But I also understood what Kaladin meant when he said she had the “aptitude.” Why she felt so close yet so far, she had all these well-honed skills and even put them into practical use. And despite having the upper hand on me.
It just wasn’t enough.
I forced mana into my body at a much greater rate and felt the familiar feeling of my crystals enveloping me. Her spells crashed against me, but I remained steadfast as I moved forward. Her eyes widened again in surprise, and it was the last thing I saw before I grabbed her by the face and sent her face down into the snowy soil with a loud boom.
I turned my head slowly. “Arbra, heal her,” I ordered.
Arbra slowly nodded her head like she was in a daze. “I’ll be gone for a while. I have an old friend to find. Please see to it that she is comfortable.”
Bowen Taurus’s POV
I gave the door a solid knock and announced myself. “I have arrived as you requested, Your Majesty.”
“Good! Hurry up and come in, old friend!” the king bellowed.
Sigh…would it kill him to uphold a little bit of digni—huh?
“Cerila? Why…why is she here? Why is she unconscious?”
The king smacked his fist into a meaty palm. “Ah! Her name was Cerila! That’s why she was annoyed with me!” he said with a chuckle. But he puffed his lips out at me. “And unconscious? Why are you assuming that? Maybe she is just sleeping.”
I just sighed and shook my head. “The girl may be deaf, but your incensive laughter could wake the dead.”
King Maxwell looked at me with an expression of surprise as his head snapped back and forth between the sleeping Cerila and me. “She’s deaf? Like really deaf? No hearing at all?”
“That’s right…please tell me you knew that,” I muttered in disbelief. I could feel a headache coming on.
“That makes so much sense. I thought she was just shy or a mute,” the king mumbled to himself. “Tell me, why hasn’t anyone healed her? She is close to Kaladin, no?”
I walked into the room and sat down in an available chair. “I’ve already spoken with them on the matter. She was born deaf, and not even a Grandmaster light mage could heal her ears. So—Your Majesty?”
Bishop wore a thoughtful expression. His deep blue eyes were wide and searching for something, and I felt my skin start to crawl somewhat when he looked at me. “A Grandmaster light mage, you say…tell me, is that confirmed?” he asked, his voice lacking the friendly tone he typically used.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him like this, not since he first started to investigate Kaladin.
“I’ve heard the same thing from three different sources, including Cerila when I spoke with her at great length. I have no reason to believe any of them are lying to me at this point. The girl is completely deaf,” I explained.
King Maxwell rubbed his chin slowly. “So…do we know who trained Kaladin and this girl?”
Wait, I thought he cared more about her deafness…what is this about?
“Kaladin has mentioned to me before that his teacher was his grandfather,” I told him.
The king looked even more surprised at that but quickly shook his head. “That’s impossible. Neither of those old Elves would have come into contact with—”
“That’s because it wasn’t a blood-related grandfather but an adoptive one of sorts. I’ve met him once or twice now. He’s an old Human man at the end of his life. And appears to be quite smart and witty despite his declining age. He often teaches the young ones various skills at my spare home.”
“An old Human man…isn’t Kaladin from Syn’nari?” the king trailed off.
I shot out of my seat. “Wait a moment…a Grandmaster light mage in Syn’nari… are you suggesting their teacher and Grandfather is a remnant of the Holy King invasion force?”
The king smirked and crossed his arms. “It’s not a suggestion. It’s almost a guarantee at this point.”
I ran a hand through my beard. “The old man referred to himself as a doctor, so I never questioned why he considered himself to be one. Even Kaladin’s parents call him Dr. Jacobs. And the man doesn’t seem to be pious or even wear symbols of the faith. I never connected these points because I didn’t think they were relevant.”
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2023.03.30 17:53 StepwiseUndrape574 Rockstar Launches GTA+ Subscription Service With Member Exclusive Benefits But Is It Worth It?
Once upon a time, it was commonplace for online games to have subscription fees. The earliest popular graphical online games, including Ultima Online and EverQuest, all had recurring service fees, as did many games that came after, such as Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft.
That model has largely given way to the "freemium" model where the publishers give the game itself away for free, but much of the game's content is locked behind the choice of either extended play times "grinding" for materials, or the option of skipping that grind with a real-money payment.
However, some games have both, and that usually includes the longest-lived and most-successful ones. Sega's ten-year-on Phantasy Star Online 2 is free-to-play, but has extensive cash purchases and also has a "premium" subscription available. In Final Fantasy XIV and the venerable World of Warcraft, the subscription fee is still required despite the presence of a cash shop.
Grand Theft Auto Online has a lot of similarities to what we usually think of as qualities of "MMO" games. While it isn't "massively multiplayer" on a local scale—sessions normally include a maximum of 32 players—there are tens of thousands of players online at any given moment. It has named player characters with persistent progress and all of the other things we think of from MMO games: equipment, appearance customization, player housing, difficult multiplayer "raid" events, and so on.
With that context in mind, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Rockstar is launching a subscription service for GTA Online. It's called GTA+, and it costs $6 a month. Ponying up for the premium subscription earns you a cool $500,000 in the in-game GTA$ currency every month and extra GTA$ on "Shark Cards," as well as exclusive benefits. Here's the list of benefits for the first month: The Principe Deveste Eight — along with a complimentary Hao’s Special Works upgrade for it before it is made available to purchase by the general public — plus the HSW Orange Trip and HSW CMYK Glitch Liveries. The Auto Shop located in La Mesa, introduces an assortment of gameplay updates from Los Santos Tuners. Current Auto Shop owners can relocate to La Mesa at no additional cost. Waived LS Car Meet Membership fees. Current LS Car Meet members with GTA+ will be reimbursed GTA$50,000 during this event period. Yacht owners can upgrade to the Aquarius Super Yacht at no additional cost. The Gussét Frog Tee and Broker Prolaps Basketball Top and Shorts automatically added to your wardrobe. The Conveyor Livery for the Mammoth Avenger, HVY APC, and TM-02 Khanjali. A selection of free paints and emblems for the Auto Shop. 3X GTA$ and RP on Hao’s Special Works Race Series. 2X Car Meet Rep on the Street Race Series. It would be easy to criticize Rockstar for this move because the company has already taken $60 of your money for the game. That's to say nothing of the grind-heavy nature of GTA Online that practically forces players to purchase Shark Cards for in-game currency if they want to make progress at any kind of reasonable rate. There's also the fact that the company is charging money for what is honestly an extremely minor update on the current-generation consoles.
In the interest of fairness, though, we'll note that many players who bought GTA V (including GTA Online) purchased it nearly a decade ago. Just like other major online games, GTA Online has seen years of additional content and improvements through continual updates, and that stuff does cost money to create.
deveste eight The Principe Deveste Eight, one of the rewards for subscribing this month.
If you own GTA V, you don't actually have to pay Rockstar anything to play it for the rest of eternity, so giving players an option to spend a little every month to support continued development is fair. However, the list of benefits, at least for the first month, is pretty weak.
There's another caveat, too: this program is only available to players on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. We've asked Rockstar if GTA+ will be coming to the PC version, and will update this post if we get a response.
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2023.03.30 17:46 IronAlcoholic Foreigner curious about status of language in Malaysia
I am a student studying in America and pursuing a degree in second language education. I dream of teaching English in Malaysia, so I have been reading a lot about language policies in ASEAN countries.
Recently, I finished a book called Language policy and modernity in Southeast Asia by Antonio L. Rappa and Lionel Wee, published in mid-2000s. In the chapter about Malaysia, the book said that there are two main problems:
- the need to resurrect English as the language of globalisation and technology, citing its marginalisation by the Constitution Amendment Act of 1971. It was addressed sporadically, but positively:
Some journalists and critics believe that the government and parents have glorified English to the exclusion of Bahasa Melayu. Mahathir, supported by captains of industry, has said that Malaysians will be left behind if they refuse to learn English, the language of globalization and technology. (The Straits Times, March 6,2001)
- Maintaining the importance of Malay as Bahasa Malaysia
without antagonising non-Bumiputera communities. In addressing this, there were the following setbacks:
- some Malays and Malay students have the impression that since Bahasa MelayuIBahasa Malaysia is their mother tongue, it is fairly simple and need not be taken seriously;
- Students of any ethnic community may be admitted into private colleges without a pass in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia. (New Education Act (1995), University and University Colleges Act (UUCA))...;
- the state is torn between the push for economic development with English, and the need for the study of mother-tongue languages for social bonding.
It further concluded that the status of language in Malaysia is tightly connected to the conversation around race and ethnicity, which was my anticipated conclusion. However, I have a few questions.
First of all, do non-Malay/non-Bumiputera Malaysians still reject Malay? Do they still tend to, however, outperform ethnic Malays in Malay language classes, as the book says?
Secondly, what status does the English language hold in modern-day Malaysia? How spoken is it in major cities (KL, Johor Baharu, maybe Ipoh?), and how much in rural areas?
Additionally, what is the status of Malay, currently, especially in urban areas? Would it be the lingua franca between different ethnicities or do people tend to default to English?
Lastly, if you have any reading material suggestions, as well as any other thoughts that you have on the topic, I would absolutely love any input.
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2023.03.30 17:11 FuckTragicComedian At least nothing of value was lost
I commented about a man who claimed to be epsteins driver but since the man posted his confession to 4chan, that means I am spreading QAnon bull.
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2023.03.30 17:10 ThisIsSoooStupid 37 [M4F] GMT+5:30 / Online - Looking for Someone with Similar Interests for Long-Term Connection
Hello, I am a 37-year-old man, looking for a woman who is somewhat similar to me and interested in building a long-term friendship or maybe even a relationship. Here is some basic information about me:
- I have a silly, sarcastic, and sometimes dark sense of humor. I enjoy roasting and being roasted, but I would never want to hurt someone intentionally. I appreciate open communication to avoid misunderstandings.
- I drink socially, usually with a select few friends, and smoke occasionally, but only when I'm drunk.
- I'm neutral towards tattoos and don't have any myself.
- I'm an atheist and passionate about music.
- I'm very logical and politically a left social moderate, supporting a mixed economy and the separation of religion and state.
As for my interests and hobbies:
- My favorite movies include School of Rock, LOTR, Red, and the Bourne series, and I enjoy superhero movies.
- I'm not into novels but used to read a lot of history, philosophy, and science-related stuff. Now I mostly read about tech and watch YouTube videos.
- I'm a fan of sci-fi and sitcoms, especially Doctor Who and FRIENDS.
- I have an eclectic taste in music but mainly enjoy classic and progressive rock, as well as electropop/synthpop.
- I prefer dogs over cats and used to be a casual gamer.
- I enjoy photography and would love to get started again someday. Things I want to do in the future:
- Move to another country, such as the UK, Nordic countries, or Canada.
- Visit different countries to learn about their culture and food.
- Have a game/media room with a wall-sized projector, a badass PC, and a racing game controller fixed in the center.
- Own a small cottage on a secluded hilltop with a backyard observatory for stargazing.
Some more information about me:
- I have brown eyes, black hair, wear glasses, and am Indian. I have been called handsome by women who weren't my mom.
- I'm about 170 cm tall and weigh around 72 KG right now, but I have a thinner frame and room for improvement.
- I try to be a nice person and avoid hurting others intentionally.
- I'm geeky and curious, always trying to learn new things.
- I'm easily distracted and tend to go overboard talking about things that interest me.
- I eat meat but would be open to trying vegetarian/vegan food.
- I'm looking for someone who is open to criticism, willing to learn and improve together.
If you're interested in getting to know me, here are some things about you that I'd appreciate:
- You love music and would be willing to attend concerts with me.
- You're either an atheist or agnostic.
- You enjoy trying new foods and appreciate different cultures' cuisines.
- You love cooking and trying new recipes.
- You're a good human.
- You've moved to another country or are from a more liberal place socially and politically.
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2023.03.30 17:01 hockeydiscussionbot Elimination/Clinching Scenarios + Daily Free Talk Thread - Plus, game thread links & live scores/video replays inside - 30 Mar 2023
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2023.03.30 17:01 Lust4Ketchup Psychic Death Explainable via Non-Materialist Physicalism and Molecular Perspective on Consciousness?
Few days ago I wrote a post that refers to the Jungian concept of Ego Death, generally considered as a spiritual fairytale. This is somewhat a naturalistic perspective on explaining this phenomenology. Here's a short summary of my post which will be linked at the end.
Since consciousness research has recently been on the rise, we've encountered some methods and ways of thinking that could hopefully help us prove that many similar "spiritual" experiences aren't made up, but can rather be thought of as physical processes in the field of consciousness that we humans with our limited capacities try to put in clumsy words.
I am referring to several theories known foremost in physics (which seemingly offers us tools that can be used to describe consciousness) - those are hyperbolic strings (from strings theory), and as a consequence of a change in their manifold they can be measured via hyperbolic geometry. Next thing to know is that consciousness is thought of as a topological pocket/bubble within an electromagnetic field (this is QRI paradigm - www.qri.org
) , which I am hypothetically taking to be seen not just as a bubble, but a molecule of consciousness that can also independently act like a molecule!
The funny part is that if you take cymatics for example (if you don't know what it is you can Google it and literally just watch the first video, shortly: vibrations create a geometric shape) it shows us that music resonance can be translated into geometry. What if this way of observing *resonance of our consciousness* will help us understand those subjective feelings of loss of identity and fundamental changes in the psyche?
Of course, ontology in this case is not materialistic. I hope materialists here will not eat me for breakfast.
What are your thoughts? Does it make sense? :) 9. Phenomenology of “Psychic Death” as Molecular and Geometric Docking – Things I Wasn't Supposed to Talk About (thingsiwasntsupposedtotalkabout.com)
I am more than happy to hear criticism and further research/reading suggestions. I am aware that E. Weinstein hates String Theory but it seems more like an emotional reaction.
Happy to have found your community!
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2023.03.30 17:00 _call-me-al_ [Thu, Mar 30 2023] TL;DR — This is what you missed in the last 24 hours on Reddit
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5-year-old fatally shoots 16-month-old brother at Indiana apartment
FDA Makes Overdose-Reversal Drug Narcan Available Over-the-Counter
Children exposed to indoor cats and dogs during foetal development and early infancy have fewer food allergies, according to a massive study of more than 66,000 children up to the age of three in Japan. Children exposed to cats were significantly less likely to have egg, wheat, and soybean allergies
Firearms deaths involving preschool-aged children had increased at an alarmingly high rate in the United States in the past decade, but state laws may help curb shooting deaths among young children.
People, and especially women, are more willing to harm men rather than women for the "greater good", even in (traditionally female) caregiving domains.
Today's SpaceX launch, as seen from the causeway between Merritt Island and the base
The supermassive black hole Abell 1201 BCG was 32.7 billion times heavier than the Sun, and the event horizon accommodates six solar systems
The brightest gamma-ray in human history hit our planet this past Fall
Tech leaders urge a pause in the 'out-of-control' artificial intelligence race
if AI replaces middle class jobs, buyers may not have money to purchase products, and the economy & innovation will decline, is this suicide?
If you're wondering what AI will do to your job, look no further than the translation industry
What’s the hottest thing a guy can say during sex?
What scientific fact scares the absolute shit out of you?
What is a subtle sign that someone is a GOOD person?
TIL about the Davy Crockett - a tripod mounted gun developed by the US during the Cold War. It fired a tactical nuclear warhead with a range of up to 4 miles and a yield that caused fatal radiation within a radius of a quarter of mile
TIL In 2012, a solar Coronal Mass Ejection that might have taken the world 4 to 10 years to recover from missed Earth by about 9 days
TIL Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony was initially his tribute to Napoleon, whom he admired. But when Napoleon crowned himself emperor in 1804, Beethoven angrily declared that Napoleon had become a tyrant, and he erased Bonaparte's name from the score’s title page.
European Electricity Mix by Country [OC]
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[OC] Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) - IMDB Scores 2023
What's your cuisine's "Jewish penicillin"?
Does anyone have a canned foods "dump and stir" recipe that actually tastes delicious and turns out great?
Are tomatoes and onions in a bowl with salt and pepper a "thing"? It's great on a sandwich.
Corned beef hash with corn [homemade]
[homemade] instant noodles with air fryer chicken and soft boiled egg
New Poster for Ben Affleck's "Air"
Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander Set For Thriller ‘Hope’ From ‘The Wailing’ Director Na Hong-Jin
‘Squid Game’ Star Hoyeon Joins Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander In Korean Thriller ‘Hope’
"Behold! The Wizard!", Me, Digital Collage, 2023
Chester Bennington, me, string art, 2023
Wicked Beauty, by me, pen, copic marker and white pen, 2023
Disney Lays Off Ike Perlmutter, Chairman of Marvel Entertainment
'Jackass' Star Bam Margera Arrested for Public Intoxication
'Fargo' Season 5: FX Unveils First Look at Jon Hamm, Premieres in Late 2023
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) wearing an AR-15 tie pin after the Nashville shooting.
Can you believe this is all you can get for $1,089 worth of groceries
Rowdy pig zoomies
Purple flowers and a Beeee
Rocket Engine Plumbing Overview - How they get the fuel to the engine nozzle
Bird laid a nest in our holiday wreath and had babies
My wireless charger charges my aluminium mug
My coworker is still using the same post-it-note for 2 years to check his pens
Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missile moments before it destroys its target.
Modular Hand Grip
Protests in France are intensifying.
McDonald's getting aggressive trying to hire those 14 year olds
Found a strange animal in the shower, this can't be a cat
Came across this when souvenir shopping in Tokyo
Does anyone here know what breed this is?
My girl just gave birth to these beauties! So proud of her!
Chopstick thief caught in the act
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