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No case is Unwinnable

2013.11.19 13:03 No case is Unwinnable

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2020.09.23 08:29 IamWordMadeFlesh This post is where real teachings about how to save the world is going down

So I have a real unstabilized mood. Legit goes back and forth forever. It's in my opinion because of a few things.
  1. I'm inside a house
  2. Food is garbage
  3. Cold weather stabilizes mood, for example I grind my teeth a lot which is due to a lack of blood to the brain. I grind my teeth in order for blood to enter my brain. If I didn't grind my teeth I also wouldn't be raging, so cold weather will naturally tense muscles and in turn increase blood circulation, which will reduce the amount of rage you or I feel.
  4. Frequency waves created by everything alter thought patterns, the exterior world to be is one big god's mind. I disagree with it as much as possible. I get an itching ear typing that but even though that's a clear sign of going to hell fuck it bro I done too much for you guys not to go to hell and back for you.
  5. Eating different foods and doing different drugs will alter your mind state into different things. If you are doing drugs and not going outside enough this is where major mental illnesses could grow. I notice when I go out in the cold with minimal clothing I often times get a ringing in my ears when I come back inside to the computer. Ringing in the ears from what I can tell is when you think contradictory thoughts. So in turn it shows me my thoughts are contradictory at the computer. Sadly there is nowhere to go and in a good mood or a bad mood I always describe humanity as a large mass of idiots other than the golden 1%.
  6. I am always whether in a good mood or a bad mood in a permanent conversation with demonic presence for the most part. I have no idea how to find Mary Magdalene or what. It's like impossible and it doesn't matter what I do, nobody understands me. I'll have to save the world a ton even for people to see what I've spent my whole life doing. How to even put it into words is impossible. I cross on everything. Problem is that I am denying a lot of my existence and should potentially break mass amounts of laws in a short period of time. There is no help for me anywhere legit everyone completely useless. It gets super morally hard cause all the crosses I've acquired tells me I don't have to break the laws, but then my psyche tells me it contrarily. No help for me anywhere. My job is way too big and I don't have the patience for people anymore cause the things that I hear come out of others just pisses me off cause the level of intelligence is so low.
  7. The game they're playing with me if you want to see how it works, is they are basically forcing me down a road really hard. For example when I go and write this reddit all over the place, it'll be a sheer chance whether people actually come and read this subreddit and understand what I'm saying or if the police come and find me and get me. They purposely send a chain of people one after another to wrong me over and over and over. It's legit like people purposely say the dumbest shit they can possibly think of just to see if I'll hurt them. That's why I talk about how far down you guys are going, cause no matter how long you guys think you're going I'll take you even farther. (When I wrote "I'll take you even farther" I wrote "I'll go even farther" which is how the demons communicate you me inside of me. typos like that. See how it works, where is my help? Nowhere. I want to research the supernatural but there is nowhere to go and nowhere to research Satanism. On top of that I would imagine it'll lead to violence but I just spent 17 days in a hospital and almost force medicated for talking about it.
So some keys to the world. The voice in my head says "Don't matter" to me often times. Like that's my next mission. The problem is we're always in matter. Even if I close my eyes I'm always either sitting, standing, or laying down. Get it? The things I do to save the world bro. The fear I have since we're on that note is I gotta do literally every single thing in the entire world just to find out where Mary Magdalene is and help others. So hopefully people appreciate the help I give them or else I'll happily send over 95% straight to hell. The problem with finding Mary is that it's impossible to even identify her really. For example my name on Reddit from years ago is "Flat_earh-Fat_Girth" so does that mean mary is flat? Doesn't really line up in my opinion. This is how it gets really confusing it's encoded into reality. It's just gonna be the worst if she a ho. Like for real how many wives am I meant to have and how to know her actual opinion on anything is impossible. Cause no women are really that impressive to me, like I just don't feel like any of them actually care but maybe that's just the curse women are under. Women time and time again promote me to do terrible things. In which case that's why I'm trying to save people cause it's really annoying to me I got nothing in common with hardly anyone. Sad part is I'm into pretty much anything, just nobody really understands God or the supernatural which is what I think everything revolves around. The truth of the world is that the world is going to be turned into a mostly fluid thing. The world is solid right now but it's going to change drastically from what I can tell.
The way this works, let me explain. Everything I do relates to what everyone else is doing. If I sneeze, someone says something related to me sneezing. If I burp, someone says something related to me burping. If I hurt myself, someone says something related to me hurting myself. Everything is correlated. Now knowing this, you can hack the world with this fact because for example if I want to cough a lot I could smoke 5 grams of weed and 20 cigarettes a day. If I pluck nose hairs I automatically sneeze. By observing what actions I take all the time, for example if a part of my body is itchy and I don't itch it, it will even dictate the actions around me in some way. If I am touching a piece of metal that will generate a reaction at least thoughts related to touching it. This is how the super natural works. If I am looking in a mirror that is a blatant sign of being possessed. Whenever I look in a mirror I always get a demonic thought with it. The pathetic part is it works like this with everyone and this is probably why women are the worst in my eyes. 1) They sit there every day and look in a mirror for extended periods of time and think. 2) They wear Mask-Care-Ra in which they don't actually care about me they just pretend to. The list goes on forever really, if I'm fasting, who's practically forcing food down my throat? It just never stops. Who reacts adversely to absolutely nothing and freaks out over nothing? Women. This is why men should be in charge of relationships. Or the good ones at least. On top of that women wear make-up. Which could be just a mask over their person so that they have an invented persona. Or they just "make up" up being heaven they just invent it themselves. All of these things basically tell me either all the women I'm going to be with acknowledge I am God or I don't even know. It's just not even, the women I talk to, unfair is a compliment to how fair they are. They're all awful for different reasons. Men are awful too, I just don't really need to associate with them. You guys all are the worst really. This is why I say 95% of people straight to hell, why? Cause why not, what do you have to offer me? Words? no. Items? no. Knowledge? no. What do you have to offer me? Outside of outright worshipping me and everything I do you have nothing to offer me, and even worshipping me, that's a burden to me now I gotta take care of all you idiots. Humanity is like a bunch of gazelles, the gazelles are dumb fuck crazy at this point you guys are dancing around the lions acting like we aren't going to eat all of you. You guys have taken my kindness and mercy as a weakness and shortly you will likely find out in a very drastic way how bat shit insane you guys all are. You don't understand anything at all about the world.
It's all encoded into music. To lead you into the next post. Let's go over rappers and music artists.
Jay Z = Representation of Ja being the last
Kanye west = Con Ye(cocaine) West, the sun rises in the east and sets(satans) in the west
A$AP Mob = A$AP Mark of Beast
A$AP Rocky= A$AP Rock E. Notice they use the $ sign as well. A represents the bull
A$AP Ferg = F is the 6th letter of the alphabet. Er could represent Satan idk there are too many things really for just me to go over and know everything so that's just a guess.
Tupac = Two Pac clear sign of possession
Biggie = Big E
Note how a lot of artists have the sound E in their name. This is because the sound E represents something. For example Egypt is an ancient city and that's where everyone's E's got gypt from them.
Now imagine you are saying "Owe my God", now take away the E from that statement. Do you see likely why the egyptians were all slaves? "OW! MY GOD"
But a lot artists end in I, or IE, or Y, or E, all this represents they're representing the E for everyone. Maybe I am in egypt right now. I am really hard to observe I would say. I don't move around physically to a crazy amount cause since I am always dealing with the devil it doesn't matter if I'm here where I am or talking to people somewhere else. Same shit, different place. Really doesn't matter about moving. One thing that intrigues me though is I've never been to the US. The US is the "united St 8's"
Using an ST 8 against the canadian government could clap all of them. But the borders closed. They say there is a "Z Ro Tolerance" in which case I am Z Ro. But it still doesn't matter I try jumping through those loop holes in reality all the time for myself and I always get denied. I'm seriously ready to side with generation O. I really am. Humanity is pathetic. I can just never win anything. In my opinion I should be able to go anywhere I want, all the time, no matter what. I am God. It doesn't matter what I say or what I do like I've said in other posts, the entire power structure just wants me to kill people. That's all they want me to do. Every single time I interact with any of them that's my reaction.
I think what I need to do is look into a mirror since it's a sign of possession and type everything I think of and then let you guys see what I think of and type. Sadly a lot of it will have to be censored cause no one cares, and no one stands up for me. If I got picked up by police today who would do anything? Nobody. If I got shot by the masons today who would do anything? Nobody. If I got a charge for something who would do anything about it? Nobody. Nobody cares at all. I'm going to keep saying it, seems like humanity is going to be mass dunked into the lake of fire (GUILT) before you guys even decide to do anything. Fucking pathetic. Maybe because I slept in a bed with a pillow (PILL OWE) and I didn't take a pill today I'm extra pissed. I feel like I could call you guys pathetic worthless and everything else nonstop and you guys care so little you are just unaffected you are completely content with me calling you guys pathetic, worthless, dumb fuck idiot sacks of shit, and that's a compliment to your existence. Yet even people reading that will just stand there and do nothing. Which is even more pathetic. Fucking useless people. You guys wanna see what's going to happen if we stay on this route. It will go something like "boom boom boom" then breakaway civilization. Imagine dealing with massive hurricanes and storms and having no power to begin with. You guys just don't care so I'm borderline ready to restrict food, knock out the power and hide from the masses because you guys are such idiots why would I want to be around you guys in the first place?
I don't know how much of a war to consider this because from all I can observe I'd estimate over 99% of people are hostile units to my existence. I'd be the winning force even if you all went to war with me too. Useless sacks of shit are compliments to you guys. Truly I believe every offensive word is a compliment to you guys. For example "Useless" you guys are worse than useless, if you were useless I'd say thank God. For example "Worthless" you guys are worth less than nothing so worthless is actually a compliment as well, on top of that the bible says "the ones without the mark will be bought and sold for nothing" in which case being a slave and being sold for nothing is a major compliment so being worthless is a good thing. I'm practically worthless but I know almost everything that's why I'm a paradox. If I'm a slave I'll be bought and sold for nothing and I will also be the slave master. Permanent paradox. It's like I believe in infecting myself with aids and bacteria and gross shit like that, why? Because I believe it's super healthy. Meanwhile people are dying of that stuff. Permanent paradox. "Dumb Fuck" well Fuck is a god potentially God itself, so really dumb fuck is a compliment too. It just goes for so long like really what should I call you guys that's offensive? "you guys are productive members of society" that's highly offensive in my opinion. But not half as offensive as I want to be. That's why I believe in inventing a new word. The new word will be the most offensive thing you can possibly be called and that will be your names. You will all have the same name cause you're all the same person anyway. Is this wrong to think like this? No idea. Seems like you guys are all possessed, but maybe I am too. Where do I go for a problem like this cause they're always on me. People are the worst really though. How much is a human life worth? Depends on the human but mostly practically nothing.
If you are the police or government in the future reading this. Never come up to me, never attempt to arrest me, never attempt to do anything to me, you're asking for it. I have absolutely no sympathy for any of you hard working members of society. If I found out you all shot yourselves I would be unphased, likely happy about it. I've talked to you guys way too much and you guys do nothing for me. Stay out of my way. And fuck off of anyone I know too. You're all asking for it. So are the doctors. I'm ready to storm a hospital. Sadly if know nothing random idiots want some I gotta do it to em too. I am capable of anything. Don't want to do it, but you should see what I deal with all the time. Fools don't respect nothing but the gangbang. So either you guys are going to start respecting my words or else you'll see.
Fuck is the being in charge of it. That's why you can be
White as fuck, black as fuck
Dumb as fuck, smart as fuck
Ugly as fuck, attractive as fuck
cold as fuck, hot as fuck
violent as fuck, peaceful as fuck
rude as fuck, kind as fuck
strong as fuck, weak as fuck
Fuck is a demonic spirit I believe but it is possible it is God the father. Or God the father is just a demonic spirit and the entire bible is a lie. That's what I believe but then I believe in demolishing every religion pretty much. You should see how off road this could really get. Humanity would weep hard, I get no help anywhere ever under any circumstance. Like it's legitimately infuriating. Years ago I asked myself if sending everyone to hell except a couple handfuls of people would be right. The answer I got was that it "Wouldn't be wrong." I still have itchy skin and parasites but people give me no comfort or support with anything I really would rather spend the vast majority of my time alone or all of it. Alone forever sounds appealing. Dying of boredom legitimately sounds more enjoyable than going into the world and doing anything. Women are the worst they all wanna bang but none of them care about anything. I don't know what I'm supposed to say. It's like I love a demonic spirit in a way also. This is why I'd rather die of boredom dealing with people is cancer. I am so far ahead of the game it's ridiculous too. If I was in the military I'd hold every title for everything cause I am anything, everything and nothing. The only reason I even want power is so that I can reach all people worldwide and teach them the truth of the world and then hopefully die or forget everything after I've done it. My life is just torture nonstop.
I can see magical shortcuts to take through reality to get to the very top of the spiritual game. What my goal is, is to show people how I can go to the top from the bottom, and then fall all the way from the top back down to the bottom and do it repeatedly to break reality cause people's minds would break watching it happen. Especially when they see me burn all the money in the world and purposely strip myself of all power. The way I would strip myself of power would be savage too. I would get to the top of the world, reveal how I'm the best ruler the world will ever have, ever could have and I am God. Then change a minor amount of things and then strip myself of all power and go to the bottom of the world. Everyone would be pissed cause they would want me to be leader at that moment and that's exactly the moment when I purposely don't become ruler. You guys have never met a paradox before. Sort of like how I'll become the richest person alive by sitting at home doing nothing except researching and thinking. Then making this subreddit and breaking laws to get publicity out there. Then when I become a trillionaire I'll use it to implode as much of the world as possible. Then once that's done it would be sheer knowledge. People would want to know as much about the world as possible but there is a barrier to the entire thing. That is peoples ability to understand and comprehend how reality moves around them. That's what I'm the master at. I wouldn't strip myself of all power when I become king because I think it's funny or something. I truly believe that's the optimal way to go about it. If I don't do it in a short period of time, then I might get locked into being king forever. Fuck that shit.
My thought process is corrupted right now and being king shouldn't even be on my radar. The only reason it is is because of circumstances with family really. I'm tied together with others and so in a way I'm forced to become king in order that others don't. Becoming king would be a form of hell and so, if I don't become king others tied to me will. If I become king I can abolish the position or spread the power, but even then it'll still be a curse. The reason why it's a curse is because everyone intelligent won't want to be king, just like I don't want to be, I don't care about power, the world is just fucked entirely so I have to become king to unfuck it. Others like me don't really want power so they would just gravitate to me as well. Then who wants to be king? People who want to rule over others? Who wants to have a king? People who are inadequate in living life. If I am the one in charge of your life I am not your king I am going to attempt to find out the perfect actions to take in the shortest amount of time possible in order to free your mind entirely and be in command of reality around you.
That's why I talk in other posts about for example wearing glasses and observing thoughts. It's not just about wearing glasses and observing thoughts, it's about doing everything and observing thoughts. Do every action possible and observe how your thoughts change. That's one key to heaven majorly that I know of. The problem turns into, since I am possessed and I can tell, the way I get in true command is by becoming unpossessed. The way I will do that is by being outdoors, eating nothing and wearing limited or no clothing for parts of it. Facing whatever I occasionally see when I close my eyes. They might shapeshift, but when I saw it once it looked very alien like and it's face was right in my face. I got called a snitch when I wrote that by music. What if I just got a clip of someone calling me a snitch and put it on repeat and just wrote everything down I thought of, cause I don't care if I snitch on the entire plan I feel like that's a great way to go about it. It's like they use snitch as an insult but if I don't snitch on it, you guys are entirely fucked, when I say you guys are idiots I really mean that. Most people wouldn't escape this in a thousand years or more if I don't snitch. That's why I want to snitch. I'm snitching on demonic spirits in my head lol. I'll still get flamed by people for it though. Humanity is insane. It's like this entire debatable thing in my opinion. Like I'm pretty light only weigh 130, but I consider myself death and the angel of death is the AC-130. In which case weighing 130 and going into air conditioning, wouldn't that line me up with my angel? I am living and dead at the same time. So in turn if I eat more food or go to the gym and put on muscle wouldn't that just turn me away from my angel? This is how the world tries to distort you hard. Tries to tell me going to the gym would help me, sure it would help me in ways. But at the same time maybe I shouldn't eat extra protein, protein is amino acids and I like fasting for periods of time so I probably wouldn't gain much muscle. Maybe I should though. No $$$$.
To make it clear the perfect life I think I should live would be to do random shit all the time. Randomly do drugs, randomly starve myself for periods of time, randomly sleep outdoors on the streets, randomly do anything. Randomly do random stretches or poses. Randomly eat random plants, randomly do anything. If there is a way to help someone somewhere do it automatically and don't even think. Don't ask for any payment. I think everything should be free everywhere and people should just work when necessary. End goal, observe how my psyche works entirely and get the devil to leave my body as simple as possible.
Also side note. If I enter a house I automatically become the neighbour to the right. The reason I know this is because I became the thing (It's a curse) and the thing becomes it's victims. Well in the house I grew up in my neighbours to the right were "Vic and barb." At the house I am at now my neighbours are "Tim and Candy" so if you put those together if I am the thing, my victims are my male neighbours to the right. Therefore I need to find where the most spiritual person lives and go to his neighbours house and enter it. But unless I get pretty famous for saving the world I could get arrested for B+E if I'm forced to just enter their houses. It's just not fair this is where I need humanity to get up and do something. I am still being the best but I will flip to the coldest worst you'll ever see if you force me to.
Martial law, no power, emp, purposely using magic against everyone. Do you want to see it or are you guys going to cooperate and let me fix everything. Fucking useless human beings. You guys just infuriate me to even think about you're all so worthless. You guys want me to buy you all when you're worth 0$? Knowledge is power and power corrupts. The corruption I face is being infuriated whenever I think about the help I get from others or the intelligence I witness from collective humanity.
So if you are reading this, for the love of God it is getting diminished drastically. I have multiple personalities I have a ton and it's going to drag me into a different realm if people are the worst here. Cause I'm sick of all of you. I am the entire illuminati pyramid from what I can tell. Self sacrifice in place of others. Been trying to call it out the entire time but none of you care or do anything and that infuriates me even more to think about. Let me put it to you like this. My table is broken I've hit it so many times in the past. I smash my keyboard all the time. I break anything sitting at this computer. If I don't eat food within like 8 hours if I'm indoors I'm ready to break something out of sheer rage. I broke the door off the side of my desk a couple days ago typing stuff into wordpad cause everything just pisses me off mad. I weigh nothing and I'm permanently fed up if I don't eat.
If you're wondering what we should do. Here's what it is, take over the hospitals so I can feed people what they actually need and prepare the world for a massive covid 19 hit when I get to a place to teach the world. We need mass amounts of items so that we can observe demonic presences in all of us. We need to get the police to stand down. We need to get a lot of people out of prison but not everyone. We need to bring real food to the people in jails and prisons. We need to get the police to stand down. We need to get doctors to stand down. I and some others need a steady pharmaceutical drug supply. We need to generally just observe how reality moves around us. I don't believe in paying for anything, for us, since we're saving the world everything should be free cause I'm going to abolish money anyway cause I am money itself. I need to get on top of the governments worldwide and then show everyone how actions taken here in Canada influence peoples actions in other countries even, even if we never meet, then knowing that knowledge fix it all. Then at the end of it all the demonic presence will appear in me the most and I will die to it and have to fast until I remove it from myself entirely. It'll be really dark on that day though. Then when I remove it from myself, I'll be able to remove it from others it'll be entirely magical at that point. Then power will reside in others and how much they look up to others. From there I am willing to go even farther and abolish even that power. I am God.
When it gets going I will be able to abolish the entire power structure in an extremely short time. Don't forget to love others. Don't forget to not judge others. Then I'll teach people and myself how to walk on top of words even more. I could make it easier than it is but I'm still human so even though I know there are easier ways to do it potentially I can't really see how to do it. Maybe there's not I don't know. Maybe I'm just always thinking about dying. That's honestly what I basically think about most of time is dying another spiritual death. I sometimes have visions of women being really sad if I give my life again. I don't know maybe I'm the worst for that, everything tells me they just don't care. How can you tell if you're meant to be with someone. It's like today I would be out there teaching all kinds of people how the world works but nobody cares. It's the worst situation ever cause I can't force someone to care and I can't find anyone who cares. So it's like I'll die on the cross before people even find out I'm Jesus Christ really. Super sad to me cause it's like I let you guys down or something. Then I'm forced into a life of crime in order to even get people to listen to me. Crime leads to everything. Then I just turned into a tyrant who had to acquire power over the world just to be able to teach people that's the stupidest thing to do. Humanity basically forces me to do everything I don't want to do. How can I tell if that's the right way to go about it? It's just the worst this is pivotal to why I want to die I just live in the worst situation ever. Anytime I win I lose. It's like for me to get a girlfriend, easy. For me to get a girlfriend and not live a mirage of a life, impossible. So it forces me to complete my mission in order to just have simple things. On top of that no one cares to begin with. Satan is a liar so therefore I believe if I live a mirage of a life I would be being Satanic. I hope there's a super magical woman on top of the world when I finally get there. But I'm really not sure, life is just too unfair for me to have hope in something like that. I hope, but I can't be positive. It creates this entire thing where it's going to be hard for me to not 6 all. 6ing everyone is falling. In turn the way my life has been set up is to make women turn on me for nothing and be entirely uncaring. So I basically know Mary Mag is going to be insanely caring cause that's one thing that I actually appreciate among many. But idk it's just the worst I wish humanity would just do something. That could also be a deception. Mary might be completely uncaring and I'm just deceiving myself. Idk. Just let me save the world and get out of my way. Magic is the only way up from here and I know the most of it.
My magic basically leads me to believing I should permanently be on drugs in order to understand the world better. Sadly can't get my hands on money or drugs without committing crime. Can't even get my words out there without crime. Either that or I should just starve myself for 40 days and 40 nights now but humanity is already so far away from it, on top of that it's 40 days of prayer and fasting. That means I need to uncover all the perfect word commands for it. Which I am fairly sure I could figure out, but if I was able to do heroin and crack for a few months and save the world as much as possible it would be way easier for me. I can't see E that good when I'm 5 days into a fast. When you get deep into a fast there is less thoughts and so you have to understand every word you think really good. Be able to distinguish that when you hear "Okay, that is Owe Kay and Kay is the fire of your soul" What does all the other sounds mean if that's what okay means. I really don't know. But on drug states I would be able to uncover it way better. I really want to save everyone and have this be really peaceful and I really want it to be really good. If you're wondering why I am the way I am it's because enlightenment and what it is today is defeated by me to a higher enlightenment. I am destroying the largest worldwide illuminati plan possible. The struggle is it get's really really intricate and hard. Morals become very tough to deal with, like how equal I am to other human beings and what I deserve, what other people deserve. What is a fair way to treat others. The problem is that I am willing to treat them so good many will view it as wrong potentially, that's the struggle I am facing. There is always a price to something, the way they are living there is a price to it. It's like I am choosing which side wins the war and I am on neither side. I want the war to end, but the wars already been happening. It's really hard to explain my mind will be perplexed when we all look at it. But that's what the goal is, to get to the top of the world and observe the entire world. Some will laugh, some will cry, some will be fearful, some will be silent, some won't stop talking. What is the correct way of looking at it though? That's the real question I have it is impossible nearly to completely figure out. Maybe I am just mind fucked currently.
Just played a game of league of legends and it makes me think thoughts that Mary just a bitch and I shouldn't even bother thinking about her. Even though I get told in my head thoughts like "You're torturing me" coming from her. I get thoughts like that whenever I do anything. I sleep with anyone, that's what she says. If she turns out to be tinkerbell she purposely ruins friendships or relationships I get with women by possessing them. Idk on one level it's like this massive abuse thing. I been abused so much they want me to find her and then reject her or not think it's her. I wonder if that's what's happened. Really not sure. Met someone who is "Not Mary Magdalene" but does that mean its Mary? Idk it's so confusing I really hope it isn't. So in this game of league a player on my team called "Godoman" ragequit the game. So either I am God which I guess is the mindset I'm going on from here, so by that logic I owe man, or actually another one is that I have a God Oman which makes me believe I am God. But then by that logic he left the game, so the God oman left me and then I lost the game to "datingurwifelul" which in case you guys don't know, they sea the winner. This means that whoever wins will get drowned or turned into a fish. He left the game, never said anything, left the game 2 minutes into the game. The other mid laner was called "DatingUrWifeLUL" so it always gets me thinkin. Listening to kanye he said "Turn me up yea" when I typed that. Idk maybe others will just never make me happy. Maybe the only way I'll be happy is by sending the majority of people to a form of hell and calling it heaven. Who knows. Since I wrote who knows. I am going to look at the world health organization. It's just so boring to do it sober. On top of that I wonder what would happen if I just abandoned everything completely and didn't touch anything metal for awhile. Ate minimal food and then ate nothing. I would be so disconnected from society. You guys all appear like jokes to me already, so by the time that happens I would probably opt to lock everyone who couldn't make it out forever. That's what the bible says is possible. It says "People who go to hell will go to hell for 1000 years or forever." I could conceal my true identity and just behave satanically whenever people find me. Or maybe I'm just thinking about this cause I'm playing league of legends and listening to rap music.
I really don't know. Most women I meet I appreciate for different reasons. The more physically attractive a woman is the more obvious her flaws are. There are pretty much 3 women who are above the rest I've met and they're all sorta similar. Another side note is always get along best with short girls. What comes to mind is snow white and the seven dwarves. Basically I am snow white and then if I just started racking women up, I'd have 7 dwarves. Them being short is a parasitic thing. Parasites choose partners for you. So because it's linked together like this the idea of being snow white I guess is demonic itself.
See it turns into, alright please look at this. See how I wrote see there. Well before I wrote "They sea(see or C) the winner. So when I wrote "See it turns into," that means that's for the winner. Which is me all I do is win, unless I choose to lose. The question with choosing to lose is when should I choose to do so, if ever. What I was writing though is, See it turns into having no limits under any circumstance. But what that then turns into is laws will be broken in mass by me because that's the only route there is to go. Which I am getting no support by anything or anyone and I don't hold any pride so why is the government forcing me to kill people? From here my memory is going to be so bad if I get pharmaceutical medication forced on me they will be able to do people swaps in my life and convince me they're the same person. That's how bad it is. They just don't care, none of them care. They just want to fry my brain entirely and put me in a state of permanent psychosis and laugh about it.
A song came on my ipod, 1197 songs. "Settle for nothing - Rage against the machine" never really listened to that one. But see settle for nothing means multiple things depending which way you look at it.
See what it turns into is I am deciding the fates of massive levels of people mainly my own in the world. I get death threats through music and everything whenever I think of doing certain things.\
The best way I see of saving the world would be entire indescribable. There is always a price to pay no matter what. The best way I see of saving the world would be to fulfill every role. I would be all 3, the devil, God, and Jesus Christ. In which case by doing all 3 roles since I would be doing everything, the argument wouldn't be that I was all 3. The argument that would go forever would be which one is the devil, which one is Jesus Christ and which one is God? Cause I wouldn't even be able to distinguish if I did that. On top of that I am impossible to see. Like I am for real impossible to see. If you observed my entire life the vast majority of people wouldn't have a fuckin clue what they were looking at. That's a problem I believe. Turns into how insanely religious I really am if you wanna call it that. I don't follow any religion, my life itself is like a religion.
Is death the proper way to go about everything? What is the course of action to take? Should I live to die? Should I live to conquer the world? How should I live? How can I unfuck my mind as much as possible? Should I just talk to women and do the absolute opposite of everything they say all the time permanently? Then when they figure it out and they try to reverse psychology the whole thing do exactly what they tell me to do? Is this focusing too much on women? Life is just hell man. I'd still choose death at birth today. Maybe I should just be demigod. Maybe I am Begotten because I should do everything that adds up to 13. 1:12, 11:2, 10:3, 9:4, 8:5(2),7:6.
What those mean 13:0 means be nobody. 13 means 1(me)3(lucifer)0(nobody), basically if I'm being lucifer be nobody.
1:12, that means be 12 but be 1 while I do it.
11:2 means be Jesus and Satan. That makes 2.
10:3 10 means say you knew everything and then be lucifer.
9:4 9 represents Satan and 4 represents being king. So basically rule the earth as Satan
8:5 8 is infinity and 5 is E. Five starts with F so basically infinitity-demigod-being everyone.
7:6 is 7 is the number of perfection and 6 is the number of the beast, demigod number again. Basically just take whatever I want anywhere all the time no matter what if they got a problem with it -censored-
So just to be 100% clear I am Jesus Christ. The only one. The question is what it is to be Jesus Christ.
I just believe in saving the world but you guys suck so hard. I don't even think the sun radiates light to the world at this point you guys suck the life out of me.
Like really I believe every person is special but then running down that exact line of thought makes me think wow these people should get their faces bashed in if they're special cause they are completely useless. Then it turns into, wow they have major problems health wise with their bodies, so I need to help them. Let's go to a hospital and start curing people of illnesses! Oh wait I'd get arrested or taken away by security if I did that. Alright let's -Censored-
Then it just turns into this entire bullshit thing where I got kicked out of a police station trying to explain this to police and nobody cares at all. So then it turns into me thinking about a 5 billion person worldwide genocide cause why not? Then I think what real me wants and that's just to simply explain to everyone how the world works in one big synchronicity thing where what you do here makes things happen in other locations through other people. Except no one cares again. The internet is entirely censored and people will want to stop me. On top of that I been wronged so much I pretty much hate everyone anyway. But it's in my nature to forgive. I'm just forever not happy I need to be on drugs, either that or I need to starve myself for extended periods of time with minimal food and purposely freeze my body as much as possible and then heat my body up as much as possible. But maybe there is an easier way I'm always pissed off or depressed 100% of the time. Everyone is an idiot.
Starting the write up of the next one right after I post this one.
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2020.09.23 03:24 FrankTimS 21 Rocket League Ideas

New Rocket League Ideas
I’m not a day one player but I love the game. I was hesitant to post here because of all the new F2P things going on, not everybody is happy about some of the changes. But I think this F2P move is the perfect time to introduce some new ideas.I understand some of these are not really that realistic but I would love to see some implemented in future versions.
Here was what I play and where a large amount of my ideas come from: I play mostly ranked all types, casual 2s and 3s for warming up, and an occasional match of rumble and dropshot to get out of a bad groove (never snow day lol).
I know some of these have already been brought up, but let me know what you think! 👍
  1. A Ghost power up in rumble. The user selects another enemy player and puts them in “ghost mode” where the player will go through cars and the ball.
  2. Ranked only demo penalties: once a player gets a certain number of demos, apply a player timeout, a couple seconds, spawn as if you yourself were demoed. Number of demoes should be on the higher side maybe 4 to 6.
  3. MMR changes: when a game is being played while a team is at a disadvantage (player disconnects or leaves early). The mmr change should be lowered on both the winning and losing team. the player who has left will receive the full mmr penalty. If the player rejoins before a time threshold no mmr changes will be applied. Although people do have intermittent internet issues the other players should not be penalized for it.
  4. Allow customizations or decals to the ball. Each player can select a decal in there garage. Then at match startup the game will select a random one to implement including the default.
  5. To help with distance or “depth” perception, make the name tag appear smaller and bigger as the player gets farther or closer to the ball. Or something of this effect.
  6. Display MMR and plus minus on all ranks, either in the tag or when selecting a game mode.
  7. Show win or loss streak at the game type selection.
  8. Perform a ping check to restrict a player from playing until there ping is under a threshold for (only for ranked).
  9. Add Rocket league fantasy something to give daily users to make there selections. Provide A top Fantasy prize or specific items for guessing correctly, lower prize for making all selections.
  10. For common wheels allow the user to use credits to change the paint color. Color would be random.
  11. In the clan menu track clan stats: wins, losses, and individual player stats when playing in clan matches. Maybe number of days inactive. Clan rewards. Some of this would be useless to most but a nice to have.
  12. Add color mods to the headlights, these can be gathered only as car specific items.
  13. Allow users to share custom training packs, when shared it would show up in the favorites or created menu (just give a time limit so the user can choose to keep it there or let it drop off)
  14. Allow multiple players to choose whether or not they want to join a leaders training session.
  15. I don’t care for fortnite but the more themed items the better. For example I think Epic has partnered with Marvel, this opens the door to more themes and events.
  16. Implement more servers to help the gameplay across regions.
  17. I’m a software developer so I know users love ease of use. Add a couple extra clicks and a large portion of users will go crazy. Maybe keep something similar to the older UI’s usability but add a little spice like the updated UI.
  18. Probably won’t sit well with most of the user base but maybe introduce the capability to vote for a random set of maps before match start or while the game loads.
  19. Add demo explosion themes.
  20. Allow for custom quick chat with character limits. use the same word checker that is used in game chat along with the Reporting tool to eliminate unwanted character combos.
  21. Add the “Find new match” option in both ranked and casual instead of going all the way back to main menu.
“That was fun!” “gg”
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2020.09.23 02:00 DuncnIdahosBandurria NTC claps back at NOW for selling "4th telco" title (Wednesday, Sept 23)

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  • [UPDATE] NOW [NOW 3.28 ▼8.38%] gets defensive about that whole “4th telco” thing... yesterday we reported NOW’s huge stock bump after the NTC extended its provisional authority to operate a nationwide mobile network. Today, we get to report on the meta to that development, as there is a fight brewing about NOW’s insistence on referring to itself as the country’s “fourth telco”. Yesterday, the former Department of Information and Communications Technology head, Eliseo M. Rio, made statements inferring that NOW’s claim that it is the fourth telco has no basis and was only made to pump up its stock price to investors. In response, NOW submitted a “clarification” disclosure, saying that since there are only four companies with a cellular mobile phone license, Globe [GLO 2080.00 ▼1.61%], SMART [TEL 1382.00 ▲0.51%], DITO Telecom, and NOW, that it indeed is the fourth telco. Weirdly, the NTC Deputy Commissioner, Edgardo V. Cabarios, chimed in to say that there are only “three major players” in terms of market cap (TEL, GLO, DITO), and, after that, there are many “other players”, inferring heavily that NOW was simply one of these other players.
    • MB: This might seem like a petty fight, and on many levels it certainly is. NOW is insisting that it’s cool, and everyone else is pretty much all like “no, you ain’t cool.” But on a deeper level, I take the squabble to show the government’s intentions with respect to its plans for NOW’s eventual reach; it’s a re-hash of the “don’t go chasing waterfalls” speech that the NTC gave NOW when NOW first received its mobile license and the stock popped 20%. Like it or hate it, thanks to the government and its enormous reach, there are fast lanes and there are slow lanes and it does not appear as though NOW is in the lane that will result in it being a meaningful contender against the marketshare hopes of DITO or the marketshare realities of GLO or TEL.
  • [UPDATE] MacroAsia [MAC 4.73 unch] and its Chinese partner seeking another extension... when MAC and its Chinese partner, the island-building China Communications Construction Co. Ltd., “won” the $10bn Sangley Point International Airport bid for the construction phase of the project, the “MAC and Cs” team had a reasonable amount of time to complete the bid requirement paperwork and that step seemed like nothing more than a procedural rubber-stamp. That was back in mid-February. The first deadline for documentation completion was mid-April, which it missed, and was then given an extension to mid-June. MAC and Cs missed the extension deadline in mid-June, and asked for a 90-day extension to early-September, which has now been missed as well. It was reported that MAC and Cs are asking for a two-week extension to complete the paperwork. Then, late yesterday, MAC clarified that it was actually seeking an open-ended extension “until normal commercial air travel between China and Philippines is resumed”. Grabe.
    • MB: The group is asking for another two weeks to complete what it already had seven months to accomplish, and while Cavite Governor Remulla has little to lose by granting the extension (and seriously, why start being strict now?), members of the “board” that Gov. Remulla refers to must be getting antsy about the project timeline. Groundbreaking on this project was already meant to have happened in Q2, and we are only a week away from the start of Q4 with the bid “winners” still flailing at the starting line trying to put their race bibs on. This project has raised tons of red flags throughout the bid tender phase, but the actions of the government and other corporations surrounding the project have always been crystal clear in terms of the desire/need for this project to be completed. At some point, the project must move forward... but will it still be with MAC?
  • [NEWS] 8990 Holdings [HOUSE 6.98 ▲0.87%] penalized by the PSE for rules infractions... the disclosure by the PSE indicated that HOUSE committed two infractions, but failed to provide insight into the penalties that will be administered to HOUSE. The first infraction: “Transaction of a director and principal officer during the black-out period”. The second: “delayed disclosure of the penalty imposed by the Philippine Competition Commission against HOUSE and an indirect subsidiary”.
    • MB: I don’t have any more background on this issue aside from the very brief PSE notice, but perhaps this is related to the P27m fine that the PCC levied against HOUSE for HOUSE’s anti-competitive policy of ISP-locking its low-income developments to prevent residents from receiving internet services from other companies. If that is indeed the event that HOUSE failed to disclose to the public in a timely fashion, perhaps the first infraction is related and one of HOUSE’s directors sold his/her own HOUSE stock before the news became public. This is another reason why large companies attempt to make news public as quickly as possible; rapid disclosure minimizes the risk of insider trading should any of the company’s directors or officers, with knowledge of the non-public information, place a trade based on that information.
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2020.09.22 19:27 sailor_venus_cutie Tired of the “As a father of daughter, I...” comment

Everytime there’s a post somewhere on the Internet about women’s issues, there’s always a random cis man who comments about how having daughters changed him and that now he started to care about women. Everytime.
You know the one. He takes up our space and makes it about him and about his concerns for his daughters. Not about his concerns for his mother, his sisters, his grandmothers, his female coworkers, his partner (if he’s attracted to women), or just women and non binary people in general. Nope. Just his daughters.
Like it took him 20+ years to start caring about women and non binary people and he’s only doing it now because his sperm contributed to make a human... And now he wants to brag about how he’s becoming a better person?
It’s so infuriating to me. Guess what? Most of us also have fathers. We already know what our fathers think. So you’re not adding anything to the discussion on women issues. And honestly, if all the men who have daughters would reunite and actively work together to end these issues, there wouldn’t be sexism, violence against women, discrimination, etc. anymore.
But I guess that they prefer to brag online about how they’re concerned for their daughters so they can earn a cookie for being “one of the good ones” instead of actually doing something about it.
I’m just so tired that cis men get to be congratulated for only being decent people. And I’m tired that they feel the need to take up our space for that. We do not get many safe spaces to talk about our perspectives and issues online, especially on Reddit. But still, they want to dominate our discussions here too.
One last thing : I won’t be adding #NotAllMen to this post. I’m writing this rant, because I need to express how I feel and I hope that my post will resonate with you. I am angry and hurt about this situation and maybe you are too.
But if this post causes some cis men to experience unpleasant emotions, it’s not my responsability to make them feel better about themselves. I’m not gonna walk on eggshells to say how I feel because of the risk that it might hurt their egos.
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2020.09.22 14:48 ManonFire63 Circumcision of the Heart

As I write about a Circumcision of the heart, many of you reading didn't have one. You may have had a degree or two and were educated. You failed in God's Classroom thus far. Possibly whatever divinity school you graduated from was working to tolerate Kabbalaic Judaism or worse. 2020 has taught that no moral man tolerates everything.
What is Mysticism? Someone is experiencing cause and effect with the Spiritual. Someone experiencing cause and effect with the Spiritual may be able to point out some spiritual things for you in profound ways. Any Christian growing in Faith and seeking God, may be in some form of Mysticism as they grow in Faith. They may not consider themselves a mystic. It means that they experiencing God. Today the topic is Hearts of Stone and The Bible.
Given someone were to do an internet search of "Heart of Stone and Jews" someone may be able to find a lot of valid information very quickly from a variety of sources. Christian sources, Jewish source, Professors, and other news sources. Having a Heart of Stone may be a particular spiritual condition with cause and effect to it. Talmudic Jews have been said to have hearts of stone, and do mean things to gentiles. In the media, someone with a Heart of Stone, like the Rolling Stones song, "Heart of Stone," may be someone who behaves as a love'em and leave'em type. He may be a self-centered seeker of pleasure. He may not care about love or marriage. Harvey Weinstein was a married man. He used his position of authority in such a way as to pressure women who were not his wife towards being with him. Harvey Weinstein may of had a Heart of Stone.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' (Matthew 13:15)
As a 29 year old man, I was calloused. Not just my heart. I had been through some rough things in my late 20's, and I was a calloused man. I wasn't a tough guy. I was a callused man. I received a calling from God. I worked to grow in Faith. I developed a close relationship with him. June 2014, at the age of 30, I suddenly felt like a was a New Born Child. Having been calloused, I was hardened against certain stimuli. Watching certain movies or Youtube videos, I was hardened against various stimuli like violence or whatever. Suddenly, one day, due to my relationship with God, I felt like I was a child. Stimuli that I had previously been hardened against would effect me like I was an innocent and starting over. To get into the Kingdom of Heaven someone has to be like a Child.
Prior to my calling, I was aware of Don Cheadle as Captain Planet. I thought it was funny. After my calling, based on my experiences, I saw something else with it. One day God challenged me to create a "Captain Planet" for him. I didn't really understand what it all meant at the time, but having a new born innocent spirit as a 30 year old man, it hit me just right, and helped build me up.
Don Cheadle is Captain Planet.
Go Son of Man!!!
The above may have been created around June - July 2014. At the same time, God had been shepherding me to be a Bridegroom. In the Bible, Jesus is a Bridegroom looking for a Bride. Given you internet search "Jesus is the Bridegroom" you may find many articles very quickly about it, and a Bible concordance. I was not Jesus. I had lived like a Prodigal Son for a few years. God was pushing to be a Bridegroom. I would pick up my iphone4, and I started deleting out any females that I was not interested in marrying, and did not have a strictly professional relationship with in someway. Given they were in my phone, and I belied or knew there could be something that wasn't leading to marriage, or there were there for the wrong reason, I deleted their numbers. I worked to marry about six females from my past that summer, one at a time, like a was "Black Jesus" Everlast. I would put all my hope, love and future into each one. I was working for God full time. That was my job. God may have told me about their number, as in former partners, and showed me ugly things about them. I would get to the point where I found they were playing games with me, God would show me their true hearts, and/or it just wasn't going to work out. I would kick them out of my heart.
Have you ever heard the terms "She got her hooks into him." Given a young man meets a pretty woman, and after a few days he thinks about her a lot or likes her, she got some hooks into someone. Given she likes him, she works to get more hooks into him until they marry? With old girl friends or people someone knew, they may have in their subconscious, some of those hooks. They may not think about it. They may have been married to someone else for many years. There may be some hooks or emotional attachments there. In a man's heart, given he was in sin or hook up culture, there may be lingering hooks he doesn't know about or think about. Over the process of working to marry six females from my past, I found that I had things lingering in my heart. I worked to kick them out. How? I don't care. I don't care about them. They are not my responsibility. They may live or die. I don't care.
Circumcision of The Heart.
Bible Verses:And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person's praise is not from other people, but from God. (Romans 2:29)
At one point growing in Faith, and having a relationship with God, it felt like what I had felt below the belt, on some level, went up into my heart. Before I may of had a callused heart like there was something around it. Afterwards I was more aware of my heart in a way that brings greater meaning and understanding to The Word of God. This happened around Spring 2014 or so, but as I worked through being a Bridegroom, I found my heart had been wrapped around a few females from my past.
Given someone were to research people with "Hearts on Fire for Christ" or "Sacred Heart" in the Catholic Church, they may be able to find people, Saints, with valid testimony of having cause and effect, and circumcision of the heart.
Question: Did that mean you stopped feeling things below the belt?
God is love. I became more aware of his love. God is Holy and Separate from sin.
A man walks by a woman on the street. What does he think about? There is nothing wrong with appreciating beauty. Is a woman in God's plan for someone? A man may be aware of these things, and he doesn't allow his mind to drift other places. He has God's Fatherly Love, and he would like Good things for people.
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2020.09.22 07:23 Significant-Notice- How should America regulate TikTok and other Chinese tech companies?

I say focus on data protection but let them keep the algorithm. From my new Bloomberg column here is one excerpt:
A second principle for good policy is that the U.S. government should not cut off the U.S. — including of course Chinese Americans and visiting Chinese — from the Chinese internet. Let’s say TikTok and WeChat are banned altogether, along the lines of the (now court-halted) Trump executive order banning WeChat. Are all Chinese apps to be kept out of the country? How about clicking on Chinese links, which also could compromise security? Would Chinese newspapers (including from Hong Kong) be allowed?
The costs of these restrictions would be very high, most of all for Hong Kong, but for America too. Americans would become more ignorant about China, and China would fall out of touch with America. Chinese students and tourists would find it much more difficult to come to the U.S. and stay in touch with home, and as a result many of them would avoid the U.S. altogether. America’s world knowledge and soft power would decline. These too are major national security disadvantages, in addition to their economic costs.
More generally, China is America’s No. 1 trading partner. Can it really make sense to cut off the flow of so much information across the internet? For how long?
There is also a problem of enforcement. The rest of the world is unlikely to take a comparably harsh approach to Chinese technology. Will the U.S. also have to stop Americans from downloading an app from a privately owned joint Cambodian/Chinese company? Where exactly will these lines be drawn?
Regulating the algorithm won’t work, so the deal on the table, despite its ugly, politicized origins, is perhaps the best we can do at this point. There is much more at the link, and here is more from Elaine Ou at Bloomberg.
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2020.09.22 02:19 prokirti A polyamorous person in India. Story/rant/seeking advice. Long post.

TLDR: Poly in India, had a hard time understanding what was going on. Can't find other polyamorous partner, thinking of moving to the US. Seeking advice.
Holla, fellow polyamorous people. I want to cover a lot of points, so this might become a long post. I'll do the best I can to keep it interesting and well formatted.
I am a 24M, from India. Ever since I started dating people, in high school, I kind of never understood why people make such a big deal out of finding their 'one'. And why everyone always had to choose between people.
I started my first relationship when I was 17, with a nice, laid back girl. I also had a crush on another girl in my class. I knew it since then that I wanted to be with more than one partner, but I did not want to cheat. I had never heard of the concept of polyamory, and I did not know what my feelings meant. But I knew one thing, I did not want to cheat.
I did what every teenager does. I talked to my friends. Big mistake. They gave me the false and toxic impression, that this is how all men are. My only options were to cheat, or to suck it up.
I ended up doing neither, but I found a compromise. I'd be serially monogamous. 7 years later, it sounds so childish, but hey, hindsight is 20/20, right? I dated multiple girls, one after the other. Never cheated on any. But I will admit, the only reason I broke up with most of my then partners, was that I wanted to date someone else too. I wanted my cake and to eat it too! And I was told this wasn't possible. This did make me feel horrible though, and I was never at peace with what I was doing. I felt like an animal for feeling what I was feeling.
In college, one day while browsing the Internet, I found someone called Franklin Veaux, on quora (look him up if you don't know who he is). OMG! He changed my life. He taught me what polyamory was. He taught me cheating is breaking the rules of a relationship. He taught me what red flags are. He taught me the rules of a relationship, and what standard to strive for. He gave me peace, made me realize I was not just an asshole, but what I felt was acceptable and right.
But, by this time. I was in about a year long relationship with one of my classmates. We were very good at having hard discussions, or so I thought. I happily told her what I had figured out, without thinking too much of it.
Then shit hit the fan. She started crying. I didn't understand, here I was, having clarity, finally understanding my feelings I had been closetting for so long. But the then most important person in my life was a sobbing mess due to what I had just told her about myself.
Thus began 6 months of hell. I figured something new everyday about polyamory. Diving deeper and deeper. My relationship and mental health (also my partner's mental health) took a nose dive. My ex and I made a compromise, I could maybe have sex with other women. Then I realized, I did not just want sex, I wanted multiple emotional partners, then I realized not only did I want multiple partners, I wanted multiple primary partners, then I realized 'veto' is a very toxic concept, and I don't want that. That was the last straw. Everything took 6 months. We finally broke it off.
After my soul searching was over. I had made my decision, I wound never be in a mono relationship. Ever. But where do I find poly partners in India? I tried tinder, I tried okcupid, I tried fetlife, I tried everything. Nada, nope, zilch, nothing.
Nobody had heard of polyamory in India, it felt like. My close friends were very supportive, everyone else thought I had gone crazy. They still told me to either cheat, or suck it up.
I spent a long time without a partner. Then I made a compromise with myself again (2018). I would allow myself to be in a fwb relationship if possible, that is the only 'acceptable' form of non monogamy, I could find in India. But that is not what I actually want. (Have any of you had to make such 'compromises' due to lack of available partners?)
It's 2020, and I am still without a polyamorous partner. Not only without a partner, without ever having met another polyamorous person in my real life. The only polyamorous persons I know of, are all online, that too not in India. Sometimes (for a few seconds) I feel I have made all of this up, and I have a psychiatric condition :) Joking of course.
What is my plan? This is where I want advice.
I have decided not to give up. In the last 2 years, I have worked hard, to try and get into a course in the US (will be done by 2022 at the earliest). My plan is to first, get myself into a place, where people atleast know what polyamory is. Then try to get to know actual people who are polyamorous. We'll see where this takes me.
My issues?
What do you people say?
About me. And some FAQ
24M, as I already said. A doctor, with a very good social life. My post might have led many to believe that I may have clinical depression. Yes, I was depressed for about a 6 month period of my life. But that is way behind me.
I am happy, I have a lot of friends. I have a very active social life, despite the pandemic. I have a ton of hobbies. I am very good friends with ALL my exs. After I figured out what I wanted in life. I made sure of it, to go back, and explain myself to every partner I had. I apologized for behaving the way I did, and for any wrongs I've done in the past. All of them (including my college gf) forgave me, and we are in very good terms. I talk to them almost daily.
I have been actively talking about and promoting polyamory and good relationship ethics in my social circle. I also cut all the toxic people out of my life. I have very open minded friends, and everyone of them supports what I want in my life. Which is nice.
Some more things I need advice on.
Due to be being a vocal supporter of polyamory, I am starting to think my identity is becoming too mixed up with polyamory. Everytime I meet someone new I have to explain everything from the beginning, again. I want to be 'the guy who happens to be polyamorous', and not 'the polyamorous guy'. How do you tackle this?
At what point, if needed, do I end up accepting that a monogamous relationship is all I have the chance of getting? When I'm 25, 30, 35, 40, never? I don't have too much trouble finding people who'd like to date me, if I were monoamorous. But I have to decline.
I prefer to be single, than to be in an average relationship. Specially one that doesn't let such a big part of me, be me.
Note: For those who don't know much about India. India in general is a very conservative community, specially among the older generation (parents). I can never ever ever begin to imagine coming out to them as polyamorous. But, I can't/don't tell them about a lot of things in my life like drinking or even that I've had partners before, and that I've had sex. Yes India, including my parents, are that conservative. I don't think about it much, and honestly am not much bothered by it. It is what is.
But the younger generation, is a lot better. You still have to be careful who you open up to. But specially in a highly educated company, such as what I have, I have never had issues with people giving me a hard time.
Bonus question: 😝😂
I also think I'm bi/pansexual to some extent. And I do not have the guts to ever explore this in India. Never ever, not in a million years. Can I talk about it in my safe social sphere, yeah. Without hesitation. Can I ever risk doing something with a guy? No. If word got out, my social life/ actual life would be in real danger. Yes this still is the reality in India. Even in 2020.
This makes me want to move to a safer country, even more. Advice?
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2020.09.22 00:16 spacej3di Top Stories - Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Summarized to save you time.
September pullback continued:
Cyclical and value sectors led the market lower:
Trump expected to name SCOTUS pick soon, Republicans expected to approve by year-end:
Banks under pressure again:
Trump recasts some doubt on TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart:
Uptick in coronavirus cases another concern for stocks:
Powell, Mnuchin expected to be pressed on need for more stimulus:
Obamacare becomes key issue in SCOTUS saga:
Democrats file bill to avert government shutdown that doesn't include farm aid sought by White House:
CBO projections show large and growing deficits even after Covid spending wanes:
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2020.09.21 18:06 Unessential Skinny basic is required before pick and pay? is it actually a regulation?

I've cut the cord for over a few years. Netflix, and antenna gives about 80-90% of everything I watch.
Over the past year, CTV Sci-fi started showing the Star trek series that in the US would be exclusive to CBS All access. I also wanted to watch the US Political drama unfold on CNN. So I purchased one of those grey market TV packages. It was good enough, but I got tired of random drop outs for certain channels and the unreliability.
Well, my grey market IPTV is expiring in 10 days. So I decided to look up some legitimate IPTV providers, and only found two that didn't require me to switch ISPs, The service provided by my own ISP, (which is quite expensive) and ATOP TV. (which I ended up purchasing) Really though. I only want 3 channels so I wanted to do the "pick 5" get my CNN and CP24 all news networks, CTV-Sci fi, and two random channels. (it was cheaper to do pick 5 than all 3 separately)
I called them up, got set up, then when I picked my 5 channels, they said that I'm required to get skinny basic. It's "not them" but it's a regulation. Really? I ended up paying for skinny basic which consists of all the channels I get through my antenna + a couple of american ones I get unreliable reception for but don't really watch.
Is this really a regulation? or do they just want to bundle skinny basic so the costs work out or whatever? (which i'm fine with, just don't lie about it) it's an absurd regulation.
Does anybody know an IPTV provider where:
strongly preferred but optional
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2020.09.21 11:32 OOPS_Studio I wish man-hating wasn't so normalized on Reddit, or just the world in general.

I feel that a lot of females have a deep inner resentment towards men, simply because they're men. I only recently was exposed to people who think this way, and it confused me. I grew up with 4 sisters, and most of my closest friends through all my life up to this point (and going forward) are female. I've been exposed to females so much in my life, and I've always been inexplicably attracted to them. I feel more comfortable around females than I do around males usually, and I just appreciate them a lot. (Maybe that's because of my sisters) I've always had so much respect for every female (and male) I've met, and they've always respected me as well...
But then I got on the internet... And I found the contempt that some females have for men. I see post after post about how bad men are, or how men need to change, or how some woman was mistreated by some man, or how all men do x thing, etc, etc... And I get tired of it. I'm a male. I love females a ton. I have so many amazing relationships with so many amazing people, and females are absolutely included in that. I get so tired of seeing all the people on this site complaining about "all men." I wish they would just realize that some people mistreated them in some ways, and that's it. It's not that we're all that way or that we all think that way or behave that way. I seriously wish people would just realize that and stop with all the man hating.
I won't go into too much detail here, but I could give so so so many examples of this... However I feel I really don't have to. I assume you all are aware of this and have noticed it in your own ways.
I feel that some females on Reddit (most of the ones I've come across are under 20 years old...) feel that it's women vs men. It's a "man's world" and women need their own spaces and their own groups and their own beliefs, and they need to compete against the men for everything. I saw a post today about "I have so many amazing male friends, and they're so great and supportive and they give so much of themselves for me... But I never realized how much I need a female friend who knows what it's like to be me." I take offense to that. That feels personal for me to read. Could you imagine giving so much of yourself to somebody, and then have them write a post about how "one sided" your relationship is (that's a direct quote) and how all they really wanted was a female friend? Your actions no longer matter. You're a male, and you'll never mean as much to her as a female. It creates a very male vs female idea... And I'm noticing it more and more.
You know, there's a subreddit called TwoXChromosomes that has 12.9 million members... Meanwhile OneXChromesome has a whopping 529 members. There's a massive subreddit for women to go and complain about the men in their lives, but not one for men to do the same... Does that seem a bit strange? Not to me. It just makes me realize how many women on Reddit feel the need to create their own women-only community, while men feel no such need. I wonder why that is? I myself have never wished that I had a place to go and complain about the women in my life... But I suppose 12.9 million women feel the need to go complain about me...
It feels personal to me because I try so hard to be a great person... And to see all the people who call me a woman-hater, sexist, and feel the need to disconnect themselves from me simply because of my gender... That just hurts. I would never do that to somebody, and yet there's an entire subreddit with 19.9 million members literally dedicated to doing that to me. I don't want to give too many examples and I feel this is a bit rambly at this point, but another one just came to mind that I feel I could share.
I remember I was Reddit a long time ago, and I found a post about a female-only Discord server... I had never seen one for a male-only Discord server, and honestly I've never even heard of a male-only Discord server... But I came across this one female-only one... I read the post thoroughly and thought about it, and realized how straight up sexist it was. It said right in it that "your behavior doesn't matter, only your gender. Sorry men, but you're not welcome." (paraphrasing, but hardly) I then checked the comments and so many people were completely behind it. All the "you go girl" stuff and "yeah women really need their own place on the internet" etc etc...
So I made my own post about my new male-only Discord server just to see how it would go... And I got a TON of hate over it and it was ultimately removed by moderators... And honestly, it doesn't matter. Men don't need their own place anyway. We don't live in a males vs females world. We don't need a place to go and complain about the females in our lives. We don't need to surround ourselves in people consisting of only our gender.
I'd like to close with some lovely quotes to help make you cringe... Sadly, a lot of what I'm writing about is from my memory... But with a quick look around, sure enough I managed to make a list! It's as common as I always thought it was.
"Why is it that when someone does something they have no control over, the woman has to make the man feel better? Is it our job to make sure they don't have to do the emotional work of being a mature and rational adults......The answer unfortunately seems to be yes."
"when a man feels insecure in a relationship, more often than not instead of addressing his own problems in a healthy way, he puts the onus on his partner to make him feel better, and will often blame her is she doesn't"
"If us women reacted the way to these small uncontrollable instances the way men did they would call us overbearing, psychotic, and clingy."
"There are just some aspects of sharing with men that feel a bit one-sided, like I am the complainer and they are the compassionate listener, and there's a limit to that interaction. Support is wonderful and I'm grateful for it, but what I need is solidarity that it seems could really only come from another woman."
"In absolutely done with men having no respect for woman! I hate it [...] Can't they just have some self control?? [...] Have some damn decency men and be respectful"
I'll stop there. It only took me like 15 minutes to find all of those, that's how common they are. There's so much disrespect for men in the world, and it really offends me. I get it, some men do horrible things... But 90% of us are perfectly fine. Quit saying that ALL MEN are a certain way and realize that SOME MEN are a certain way, just like SOME WOMEN are. I really don't like how much the internet has normalized man-hating.
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2020.09.21 11:11 KindheartednessOk878 Redditors who are cult survivors, does my story look to you like I was in a cult? Struggle to put pieces together

I was recommended a therapist, when I was 20. Young, didn't know much, was not much info on therapy on the internet. She was supposed to practice gestalt. It was horror, later I figured out there were at least 3 more things present.
1) My local esoteric movement that it popular and that is basically the idea that one can control the reality with thoughts. You think of nice things -> nice things happen. If you have panic attacks then you bring those horror that appear in your mind on you.
2) Somewhat of a conservative gender restoration movement, that suggest all women suffering is bc they forgot their place, and one must wear only skirts, support husband, be kind and soft, and everything would be healed, including painful periods.
3)Something about the connection to ancestors, ''therapist'' made other clients play the roles of people from my life, and apparently their reactions = what those people not present actually feel. It is also heavy geared on subordination in family, younger obey older, women obey men and so on.
4)the gestalt in her arms turned into some horror where say I say I don't want something - she says it's a sign that I actually want it, bc I have very strong reaction against it. etc. gaslight basically. Or brainwashing.
To make things worse I'm gender non conforming and I don't have any attraction to men. At part I was seeking to correct myself, bc at this point I used to see those things as aberration also. So her therapy hit hard...
For some reason she focused on pregnancy. Basically she pushed that I must be pregnant already at my very old age, otherwise my body and The Universe would punish me, and all the problems I have are also a punishment. When I told her I don't want it , she told me I actually do want it. Or raged that I want to be selfish and don't want to grow up. Apparently the only way to heal trauma was to give birth. I wanted to heal so much that I even began to entertain the idea! Also she said that men abuse me simply bc I don't accept my female place in a world, and don't' act like female, and those abusing me are right. That it's normal to be addicted to men at my age. And whenever something bad happened to me she asked me why I made this happen to myself, bc surely I could control the world. There was much more, I have previous post in my history you can check it out if you want.
She also sold me hardcore all her workshops. Really fast from weekly therapy I ended up going to two more groups she had with partner. To belly dance classes of her partner. Sometimes had extra therapy session.
My money run out and my life was becoming more and more a mess. She gave me many advice that I tried to follow that ruined my relationships, or got me abused. But she was sure those ppl are nice, they just don't know I'm afraid bc I'm stupid and never told them, so I should just tell... And yeah when I was abused more it was my fault again.
When I really run out money for real, they all told me I can come in debt. I had only this therapy in my life, and it was so painful I was thinking of it 24/7 anyway. So I visited in debt. She still kept selling me her workshops, she had even more of those. I managed to get a job, and worked hard to repay huge sum I owed them.
After one huge trauma I wanted to leave. They didn't want to let me go till I'm married. I was surprised and told them I don't plan to marry. They told me it's the codependence group, until you marry you haven't healed. I still didn't come anymore. They kept calling me. Telling me how they worry of me, how ofc even if I have no money, I should come. It's important. It would help. Yes, even if I have fever, the fever would be healed on the group.
They kept asking WHEN am I going to pay at the end of the group. I really had no money, not even for food, fun away from home bc their ''advice'' send my dad in rage (he's pretty crazy, my whole family grayrock at him, but all the talks about the feelings therapist pushed made him snap, but hey she was sure he's the nice guy and i'm the crazy one), was barely getting by and couldnt' find a single job. Dropped out of the uni as the result.
So they figured out I really have no money and I suppose that's why they never called me. Therapist kept sending me sms with ads about her workshops tho. Few times I week. Finally I wrote her to please stop that, that I'll pay back when I can, at this moment I really can't. She never replied but didn't send me ads anymore.
We never had contract or anything about the debt I owe (it was somewhat normal for therapist to be like that at that time and place bc it was a new thing, so I paid it no mind at this point, she said she was somewhat registered and paid taxes somehow idk, basically there is no way to be a therapist officially so officially they were giving me personal lectures or smth like that).
Now, I spend 10 years trying to return the money. But I just couldn't, bc first my life was a mess. Then I began to figure out WHAT had happened. And it breaks my heart to pay up for abuse. And I also have panic at the mere idea of talking to that woman.
But it begin to look a bit more like a cult to me? All the stories about cults getting all the money out of members, selling more and more stuff, they seem very similar to that? I read there were many of psychological and esoteric workshops in my area that people more or less consider a cult and a scam, she was never mentioned, but it's a thing.
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2020.09.21 04:15 thehappypsycho I was just diagnosed with AD/HD

I’m in my 20s, and a pretty good student despite always struggling with mental health issues. I never would have characterized myself as having a learning disability. Due the pandemic, I had a lot of time for dawdling around on the internet and came across a forum by an adult with AD/HD talking about the symptoms and how they’re different from diagnosis as a kid. I had always thought about AD/HD as the bouncing off the walls, can’t sit down 8 year old boy. However, as I read this forum I began to recognize traits that I thought everyone had, or traits that I have that didn’t quite fit into my depression, anxiety or OCD diagnoses.
I requested a test from my psychologist and as I began to read over the items I was like.... oh my god.... they are describing me. Occasionally I would come across an item and say, “well I’m not like that...” and read it to my partner who would then list about 10 examples where I was, just exactly, that.
I always thought there was something really wrong with me, that I must be a narcissist because I couldn’t focus on a deep conversation with someone I care about. That I must be dumb because I can never remember instructions even seconds after I’ve read them or been told them.
I am so relieved to finally have a diagnosis that I feel truly fits. I sought a second opinion from a psychiatrist and they confirmed the diagnosis. I start on a non-amphetamine (my choice, I’ve heard bad stories) AD/HD medication soon, and I’m looking at specialized help. I hope this is the beginning of finally getting a better grip on my mental health, and not feeling like a goddamn walking disaster.
TL;DR: got a AD/HD diagnosis and I’m hoping this is the first step to a brighter future for myself
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2020.09.21 02:47 Leather_Term Meet Brock Pierce, the Presidential Candidate With Ties to Pedophiles Who Wants to End Human Trafficking Sep. 20, 2020.
The “Mighty Ducks” actor is running for president. He clears the air (sort of) to Tarpley Hitt about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein and more.
In the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president’s son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as “definitely the most powerful kid in the universe.” Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States.
Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.
DEN became “the poster child for dot-com excesses,” raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The plaintiffs later dropped their case against Pierce (he made a payment of $21,600 to one of their lawyers) and Shackley. But after a federal grand jury indicted Collins-Rector on criminal charges in 2000, the DEN founders left the country. When Interpol arrested them in 2002, they said they had confiscated “guns, machetes, and child pornography” from the trio’s beach villa in Spain.
While abroad, Pierce had pivoted to a new venture: Internet Gaming Entertainment, which sold virtual accessories in multiplayer online role-playing games to those desperate to pay, as one Wired reporter put it, “as much as $1,800 for an eight-piece suit of Skyshatter chain mail” rather than earn it in the games themselves. In 2005, a 25-year-old Pierce hired then-Goldman Sachs banker Steve Bannon—just before he would co-found Breitbart News. Two years later, after a World of Warcraft player sued the company for “diminishing” the fun of the game, Steve Bannon replaced Pierce as CEO.
Collins-Rector eventually pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender. In the years that followed, Pierce waded into the gonzo economy of cryptocurrencies, where he overlapped more than once with Jeffrey Epstein, and counseled him on crypto. In that world, he founded Tether, a cryptocurrency that bills itself as a “stablecoin,” because its value is allegedly tied to the U.S. dollar, and the blockchain software company Like his earlier businesses, Pierce’s crypto projects see-sawed between massive investments and curious deals. When announced a smart contract software called EOS.IO, the company raised $4 billion almost overnight, setting an all-time record before the product even launched. The Securities and Exchange Commission later fined the company $24 million for violating federal securities law. After John Oliver mocked the ordeal, calling Pierce a “sleepy, creepy cowboy,” fired him. Tether, meanwhile, is currently under investigation by the New York Attorney General for possible fraud.
On July 4, Pierce announced his candidacy for president. His campaign surrogates include a former Cambridge Analytica director and the singer Akon, who recently doubled down on developing an anonymously funded, $6 billion “Wakanda-like” metropolis in Senegal called Akon City. Pierce claims to be bipartisan, and from the 11 paragraphs on the “Policy” section of his website it can be hard to determine where he falls on the political spectrum. He supports legalizing marijuana and abolishing private prisons, but avoids the phrase “climate change.” He wants to end “human trafficking.” His proposal to end police brutality: body cams.
His political contributions tell a more one-sided story. Pierce’s sole Democratic contribution went to the short-lived congressional run of crypto candidate Brian Forde. The rest went to Republican campaigns like Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, John McCain, and the National Right to Life Political Action Committee. Last year alone, Pierce gave over $44,000 to the Republican National Committee and more than $55,000 to Trump’s re-election fund.
Pierce spoke to The Daily Beast from his tour bus and again over email. Those conversations have been combined and edited for clarity.
You’re announcing your presidential candidacy somewhat late, and historically, third-party candidates haven’t had the best luck with the executive office. If you don’t have a strong path to the White House, what do you want out of the race?
I announced on July 4, which I think is quite an auspicious date for an Independent candidate, hoping to bring independence to this country. There’s a lot of things that I can do. One is: I’m 39 years old. I turn 40 in November. So I’ve got time on my side. Whatever happens in this election cycle, I’m laying the groundwork for the future. The overall mission is to create a third major party—not another third party—a third major party in this country. I think that is what America needs most. George Washington in his closing address warned us about the threat of political parties. John Adams and the other founding fathers—their fear for our future was two political parties becoming dominant. And look at where we are. We were warned.
I believe, having studied systems, any time you have a system of two, what happens is those two things come together, like magnets. They come into collision, or they become polarized and become completely divided. I think we need to rise above partisan politics and find a path forward together. As Albert Einstein is quoted—I’m not sure the line came from him, but he’s quoted in many places—he said that the definition of insanity is making the same mistake or doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting a different result. [Ed. note: Einstein never said this.] It feels like that’s what our election cycle is like. Half the country feels like they won, half the country feels like they lost, at least if they voted or participated.
Obviously, there’s another late-comer to the presidential race, and that’s Kanye West. He’s received a lot of flak for his candidacy, as he’s openly admitted to trying to siphon votes away from Joe Biden to ensure a Trump victory. Is that something you’re hoping to avoid or is that what you’re going for as well?
Oh no. This is a very serious campaign. Our campaign is very serious. You’ll notice I don’t say anything negative about either of the two major political candidates, because I think that’s one of the problems with our political system, instead of people getting on stage, talking about their visionary ideas, inspiring people, informing and educating, talking about problems, mentioning problems, talking about solutions, constructive criticism. That’s why I refuse to run a negative campaign. I am definitely not a spoiler. I’m into data, right? I’m a technologist. I’ve got digital DNA. So does most of our campaign team. We’ve got our finger on the pulse.
Most of my major Democratic contacts are really happy to see that we’re running in a red state like Wyoming. Kanye West’s home state is Wyoming. He’s not on the ballot in Wyoming I could say, in part, because he didn’t have Akon on his team. But I could also say that he probably didn’t want to be on the ballot in Wyoming because it’s a red state. He doesn’t want to take additional points in a state where he’s only running against Trump. But we’re on the ballot in Wyoming, and since we’re on the ballot in Wyoming I think it’s safe—more than safe, I think it’s evident—that we are not here to run as a spoiler for the benefit of Donald Trump.
In running for president, you’ve opened yourself up to be scrutinized from every angle going back to the beginning of your career. I wanted to ask you about your time at the Digital Entertainment Network. Can you tell me a little bit about how you started there? You became a vice president as a teenager. What were your qualifications and what was your job exactly?
Well, I was the co-founder. A lot of it was my idea. I had an idea that people would use the internet to watch videos, and we create content for the internet. The idea was basically YouTube and Hulu and Netflix. Anyone that was around in the ‘90s and has been around digital media since then, they all credit us as the creators of basically those ideas. I was just getting a message from the creator of The Vandals, the punk rock band, right before you called. He’s like, “Brock, looks like we’re going to get the Guinness Book of World Records for having created the first streaming television show.”
We did a lot of that stuff. We had 30 television shows. We had the top most prestigious institutions in the world as investors. The biggest names. High-net-worth investors like Terry Semel, who’s chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers, and became the CEO of Yahoo. I did all sorts of things. I helped sell $150,000 worth of advertising contracts to the CEOs of Pepsi and everything else. I was the face of the company, meeting all the major banks and everything else, selling the vision of what the future was.
You moved in with Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley at a mansion in Encino. Was that the headquarters of the business?
All start-ups, they normally start out in your home. Because it’s just you. The company was first started out of Marc’s house, and it was probably there for the first two or three months, before the company got an office. That’s, like, how it is for all start-ups.
were later a co-defendant in the L.A. County case filed against Marc Collins-Rector for plying minors with alcohol and drugs, in order to facilitate sexual abuse. You were dropped from the case, but you settled with one of the men for $21,600. Can you explain that?
Okay, well, first of all, that’s not accurate. Two of the plaintiffs in that case asked me if I would be a plaintiff. Because I refused to be a part of the lawsuit, they chose to include me to discredit me, to make their case stronger. They also went and offered 50 percent of what they got to the house management—they went around and offered money to anyone to participate in this. They needed people to corroborate their story. Eventually, because I refused to participate in the lawsuit, they named me. Subsequently, all three of the plaintiffs apologized to me, in front of audiences, in front of many people, saying Brock never did anything. They dismissed their cases.
Remember, this is a civil thing. I’ve never been charged with a crime in my life. And the last plaintiff to have his case dismissed, he contacted his lawyer and said, “Dismiss this case against Brock. Brock never did anything. I just apologized. Dismiss his case.” And the lawyer said, “No. I won’t dismiss this case, I have all these out-of-pocket expenses, I refuse to file the paperwork unless you give me my out-of-pocket expenses.” And so the lawyer, I guess, had $21,000 in bills. So I paid his lawyer $21,000—not him, it was not a settlement. That was a payment to his lawyer for his out-of-pocket expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses so that he would file the paperwork to dismiss the case.
You’ve said the cases were unfounded, and the plaintiffs eventually apologized. But your boss, Marc Collins-Rector later pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender. Were you aware of his behavior? How do you square the fact that later allegations proved to be true, but these ones were not?
Well, remember: I was 16 and 17 years old at the time? So, no. I don’t think Marc is the man they made him out to be. But Marc is not a person I would associate with today, and someone I haven’t associated with in a very long time. I was 16 and 17. I chose the wrong business partner. You live and you learn.
You’ve pointed out that you were underage when most of these allegations were said to take place. Did you ever feel like you were coerced or in over your head while working at DEN?
I mean, I was working 18 hours a day, doing things I’d never done before. It was business school. But I definitely learned a lot in building that company. We raised $88 million. We filed our [form] S-1 to go public. We were the hottest start-up in Los Angeles.
In 2000, you left the country with Marc Collins-Rector. Why did you leave? How did you spend those two years abroad?
I moved to Spain in 1999 for personal reasons. I spent those two years in Europe working on developing my businesses.
Interpol found you in 2002. The house where you were staying reportedly contained guns, machetes, and child pornography. Whose guns and child porn were those? Were you aware they were in the house, and how did those get there?
My lawyers have addressed this in 32 pages of documentation showing a complete absence of wrongdoing. Please refer to my webpage for more information.
[Ed. Note: The webpage does not mention guns, machetes, or child pornography. It does state:“It is true that when the local police arrested Collins-Rector in Spain in 2002 on an international warrant, Mr. Pierce was also taken into custody, but so was everyone at Collins-Rector’s house in Spain; and it is equally clear that Brock was promptly released, and no charges of any kind were ever filed against Brock concerning this matter.”]
What do you make of the allegations against Bryan Singer? [Ed. Note: Bryan Singer, a close friend of Collins-Rector, invested at least $50,000 in DEN. In an Atlantic article outlining Singer’s history of alleged sexual assault and statutory rape, one source claimed that at age 15, Collins-Rector abused him and introduced him to Singer, who then assaulted him in the DEN headquarters.]
I am aware of them and I support of all victims of sexual assault. I will let America’s justice system decide on Singer’s outcome.
In 2011, you spoke at the Mindshift conference supported by Jeffrey Epstein. At that point, he had already been convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor. Why did you agree to speak?
I had never heard of Jeffrey Epstein. His name was not on the website. I was asked to speak at a conference alongside Nobel Prize winners. It was not a cryptocurrency conference, it was filled with Nobel Prize winners. I was asked to speak alongside Nobel Prize winners on the future of money. I speak at conferences historically, two to three times a week. I was like, “Nobel Prize winners? Sounds great. I’ll happily talk about the future of money with them.” I had no idea who Jeffrey Epstein was. His name was not listed anywhere on the website. Had I known what I know now? I clearly would have never spoken there. But I spoke at a conference that he cosponsored.
What’s your connection to the Clinton Global Initiative? Did you hear about it through Jeffrey Epstein?
I joined the Clinton Global Initiative as a philanthropist in 2006 and was a member for one year. My involvement with the Initiative had no connection to Jeffrey Epstein whatsoever.
You’ve launched your campaign in Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by a police officer. How do you feel about the civil uprising against police brutality?
I’m from Minnesota. Born and raised. We just had a press conference there, announcing that we’re on the ballot. Former U.S. Senator Dean Barkley was there. So that tells you, when former U.S. Senators are endorsing the candidate, right?
[Ed. note: Barkley was never elected to the United States Senate. In November of 2002, he was appointed by then Minnesota Governor Jesse Venture to fill the seat after Sen. Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. Barkley’s term ended on Jan. 3, 2003—two months later.]
Yes, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis. My vice-presidential running mate Karla Ballard and I, on our last trip to Minnesota together, went to visit the George Floyd Memorial. I believe in law and order. I believe that law and order is foundational to any functioning society. But there is no doubt in my mind that we need reform. These types of events—this is not an isolated incident. This has happened many times before. It’s time for change. We have a lot of detail around policy on this issue that we will be publishing next week. Not just high-level what we think, not just a summary, but detailed policy.
You said that you support “law and order.” What does that mean?
“Law and order” means creating a fair and just legal system where our number one priority is protecting the inalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” for all people. This means reforming how our police intervene in emergency situations, abolishing private prisons that incentivize mass incarceration, and creating new educational and economic opportunities for our most vulnerable communities. I am dedicated to preventing crime by eliminating the socioeconomic conditions that encourage it.
I support accountability and transparency in government and law enforcement. Some of the key policies I support are requiring body-cams on all law enforcement officers who engage with the public, curtailing the 1033 program that provides local law enforcement agencies with access to military equipment, and abolishing private prisons. Rather than simply defund the police, my administration will take a holistic approach to heal and unite America by ending mass incarceration, police brutality, and racial injustice.
Did you attend any Black Lives Matter protests?
I support all movements aimed at ending racial injustice and inequality. I​ have not attended any Black Lives Matter protests.​ My running-mate, Karla Ballard, attended the March on Washington in support of racial justice and equality.
Your platform doesn’t mention the words “climate change.” Is there a reason for that?
I’m not sure what you mean. Our policy platform specifically references human-caused climate change and we have a plan to restabilize the climate, address environmental degradation, and ensure environmental sustainability.
[Ed. Note: As of writing the Pierce campaign’s policy platform does not specifically reference human-caused climate change.]
You’ve recently brought on Akon as a campaign surrogate. How did that happen? Tell me about that.
Akon and I have been friends for quite some time. I was one of the guys that taught him about Bitcoin. I helped make some videogames for him, I think in 2012. We were talking about Bitcoin, teaching him the ropes, back in 2013. And in 2014, we were both speaking at the Milken Global Conference, and I encouraged him to talk about how Bitcoin, Africa, changed the world. He became the biggest celebrity in the world, talking about Bitcoin at the time. I’m an adviser to his Akoin project, very interested in the work that he’s doing to build a city in Africa.
I think we need a government that’s of, for, and by the people. Akon has huge political aspirations. He obviously was a hugely successful artist. But he also discovered artists like Lady Gaga. So not only is he, himself, a great artist, but he’s also a great identifier and builder of other artists. And he’s been a great businessman, philanthropist. He’s pushing the limits of what can be done. We’re like-minded individuals in that regard. I think he’ll be running for political office one day, because he sees what I see: that we need real change, and we need a government that is of, for, and by the people.
You mentioned that you’re an adviser on Akoin. Do you have any financial investments in Akoin or Akon City?
I don’t believe so. I’d have to check. I have so much stuff. But I don’t believe that I have any economic interests in his stuff. I’d have to verify that. We’ll get back to you. I don’t believe that I have any economic interests. My interest is in helping him. He’s a visionary with big ideas that wants to help things in the world. If I can be of assistance in helping him make the world a better place, I’m all for it. I’m not motivated by money. I’m not running for office because I’m motivated by power. I’m running for office because I’m deeply, deeply concerned about our collective future.
You’ve said you’re running on a pro-technology platform. One week into your campaign last month, a New York appeals court approved the state Attorney General’s attempt to investigate the stablecoin Tether for potentially fraudulent activity. Do you think this will impact your ability to sell people on your tech entrepreneurship?
No, I think my role in Tether is as awesome as it gets. It was my idea. I put it together. But I’ve had no involvement in the company since 2015. I gave all of my equity to the other shareholders. I’ve had zero involvement in the company for almost six years. It was just my idea. I put the initial team together. But I think Tether is one of the most important innovations in the world, certainly. The idea is, I digitized the U.S. dollar. I used technology to digitize currency—existing currency. The U.S. dollar in particular. It’s doing $10 trillion a year. Ten trillion dollars a year of transactional volume. It’s probably the most important innovation in currency since the advent of fiat money. The people that took on the business and ran the business in years to come, they’ve done things I’m not proud of. I’m not sure they’ve done anything criminal. But they certainly did things differently than I would do. But it’s like, you have kids, they turn 18, they go out into the world, and sometimes you’re proud of the things they do, and sometimes you shake your head and go, “Ugh, why did you do that?” I have zero concerns as it relates to me personally. I wish they made better decisions.
What do you think the investigation will find?
I have no idea. The problem that was raised is that there was a $5 million loan between two entities and whether or not they had the right to do that, did they disclose it correctly. There’s been no accusations of, like, embezzlement or anything that bad.
[Ed. Note: The Attorney General’s press release on the investigation reads: “Our investigation has determined that the operators of the ‘Bitfinex’ trading platform, who also control the ‘tether’ virtual currency, have engaged in a cover-up to hide the apparent loss of $850 million dollars of co-mingled client and corporate funds.”]
But there’s been some disclosure things, that is the issue. No one is making any outrageous claims that these are people that have done a bunch of bad—well, on the internet, the media has said that the people behind the business may have been manipulating the price of Bitcoin, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the New York investigation. Again, I’m so not involved, and so not at risk, that I’m not even up to speed on the details.
[Ed note: A representative of the New York State Attorney General told Forbes that he “cannot confirm or deny that the investigation” includes Pierce.]
We’ve recently witnessed the rise of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that Hollywood is an evil cabal of Satanic pedophiles and Trump is the person waging war on them. You mentioned human trafficking, which has become a cause for them. What are your thoughts on that?
I’ve watched some of the content. I think it’s an interesting phenomenon. I’m an internet person, so Anonymous is obviously an organization that has been doing interesting stuff. It’s interesting. I don’t have a big—conspiracy theory stuff is—I guess I have a question for you: What do you think of all of it, since you’re the expert?
You know, I think it’s not true, but I’m not running for president. I do wonder what this politician [Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene], who’s just won her primary, is going to do on day one, once she finds out there’s no satanic cabal room.
Wait, someone was running for office and won on a QAnon platform, saying that Hollywood did—say what? You’re the expert here.
She won a primary. But I want to push on if we only have a few minutes. In 2006, your gaming company IGE brought on Steve Bannon as an investor. Goldman later bought out most of your stock. Bannon eventually replaced you as CEO of Affinity. You’ve described him as your “right-hand man for, like, seven years.” How well did you know Bannon during that time?
Yes, so this is in my mid-twenties. He wasn’t an investor. He worked for me. He was my banker. He worked for me for three years as my yield guide. And then he was my CEO running the company for another four years. So I haven’t worked with Steve for a decade or so. We worked in videogame stuff and banking. He was at Goldman Sachs. He was not in the political area at the time. But he was a pretty successful banker. He set up Goldman Sachs Los Angeles. So for me, I’d say he did a pretty good job.
During your business relationship, Steve Bannon founded Breitbart News, which has pretty consistently published racist material. How do you feel about Breitbart?
I had no involvement with Breitbart News. As for how I feel about such material, I’m not pleased by any form of hate-mongering. I strongly support the equality of all Americans.
Did you have qualms about Bannon’s role in the 2016 election?
Bannon’s role in the Trump campaign got me to pay closer attention to what he was doing but that’s about it. Whenever you find out that one of your former employees has taken on a role like that, you pay attention.
Bannon served on the board of Cambridge Analytica. A staffer on your campaign, Brittany Kaiser, also served as a business director for them. What are your thoughts on their use of illicitly-obtained Facebook data for campaign promotional material?
Yes, so this will be the last question I can answer because I’ve got to be off for this 5:00 pm. But Brittany Kaiser is a friend of mine. She was the whistleblower of Cambridge Analytica. She came to me and said, “What do I do?” And I said, “Tell the truth. The truth will set you free.”
[Ed. Note: Investigations in Cambridge Analytica took place as early as Nov. 2017, when a U.K. reporter at Channel 4 News recorded their CEO boasting about using “beautiful Ukranian girls” and offers of bribes to discredit political officials. The first whistleblower was Christopher Wylie, who disclosed a cache of documents to The Guardian, published on Mar. 17, 2018. Kaiser’s confession ran five days later, after the scandal made national news. Her association with Cambridge Analytica is not mentioned anywhere on Pierce’s campaign website.]
So I’m glad that people—I’m a supporter of whistleblowers, people that see injustice in the world and something not right happening, and who put themselves in harm’s way to stand up for what they believe in. So I stand up for Brittany Kaiser.
Who do you think [anonymous inventor of Bitcoin] Satoshi Nakamoto is?
We all are Satoshi Nakamoto.
You got married at Burning Man. Have you been attending virtual Burning Man?
I’m running a presidential campaign. So, while I was there in spirit, unfortunately my schedule did not permit me to attend.
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2020.09.20 20:43 casinogoodorbad How a make choose between blackjack and poker

I wrote this article for gamblers. What we hear is true? Read and conclude yourself. If you don’t know what to do, take a step forward. Poker and blackjack are the two most popular card games. Blackjack takes this place from the moment when the first casinos began to open. Blackjack became popular without the help of anyone. The rules of the game are simple. Each player can learn the basic blackjack strategy in one evening. The popularity of poker would not have been possible without big advertising budgets. You can read more about poker in the articles "Online poker was born dead", "Poker myths", "5 steps that won’t help to win when playing poker".
Poker has gained its popularity in the last 20 years and has begun to lose it recently. The proliferation of online casinos, the opportunity to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in tournaments, and the high costs of promotion are made the game popular.
I will consider poker and blackjack from different angles. Everyone will be able to make a choice which game suits him.
When I say poker, I mean the most common kind - Texas Hold'em.
Here are some key features of poker:
  1. You can play poker at home and avoid paying a casino fee. You will enjoy playing at home. If there is no commission, then the money will go to more skilled players. It is the best option for me. In such conditions, it’s nice to play, even if I losing. Everything's under control. You play at the same table, unlike playing on the Internet. It is easier for a player in such an environment to keep control of himself. Once a week, rest from working days will not hurt anyone. Great hobby.
  2. It is difficult to start playing poker in online casinos, as there are so many nuances. A beginner cannot immediately process the required amount of information. Most likely, he does not even know about her. Do not forget, every mistake will cost money. At the player's table, sharks are waiting for who have grandiose plans for money of fish.
  3. It’s hard to control yourself. You may lose ten times in a row. It is enough to lose control over yourself for 10 seconds, and the player will lose even more money, this will happen often. Learn mathematics. Mathematics is one of the tools of knowledge.
  4. It’s hard to find the acceptable bets-limit. How it usually happens. You start playing poker, read several articles on training sites, and now nothing can stop you from playing. You open an online casino site. You make a deposit. Stop. You are not ready for the game. I affirm that every poker player is familiar with the state of loss of self-control. Everyone considers himself the best. If there are no prerequisites for this, that the brain will invent them. I will explain it with a simple example. Let's say you have a friend who received the Nobel Prize in Physics. What will your brain tell you? Yes, he is smart, but you quickly tie the shoelaces. It will seem meaningful to you. Small bets prevent motivation. In poker, luck affects a lot. If the stakes are too big and luck is against the player, the money for the game can end quickly. If you do not have money, then you cannot remain a gambler.
  5. Successfully playing poker is unlikely. The online casino has registered 100 million poker players. How many successful players do you know? I know about 20. Even if you are 100% confident and you do not know how to losing. Maybe it's worth putting your efforts elsewhere?
  6. Casino commission is too high. The casino provides a platform for the game and takes a commission for this from each pot. Online casinos and all those who advertise poker on the Internet always win. They don’t care if you win or lose. Partners attract new players, and online casinos share revenue. That is why poker sites love to talk about the success of players, although such success is rare.
  7. The reward is too small. There is too much to do to get a chance to become a successful poker player. No one will give you guarantees.
  8. You need to spend a lot of time studying. There are two main strategies: GTO and exploiting. When you understand the differences in these strategies, you will already spend a lot of money. I promise.
  9. There is no example when a poker professional is a successful specialist in another field and works in his speciality. You have to adjust your life to the game. Your friends go to the club on Friday nights, and you try to catch a drunken newcomer at the poker tables. Your loved ones should adjust your life to the time when you are available for communication. You have to spend four hours a day studying poker. You should look for fish. It is the minimum set of requirements for a professional player. A professional player does not mean a successful player.
  10. Bots. The machine works without error.
  11. If a person wants to become a professional, it will take him a lot of time to understand where to start training and how to build it. Spend your efforts on real goals.
  12. Psychology. You don’t know how you will react to stress.
Features of the game blackjack:
  1. A small casino commission if you play one deck. The commission is 0.05%.
  2. Blackjack is easy to play. You can spend one evening to learn all the subtleties of blackjack.
  3. Gamblers love to play blackjack in silence. If you do not like online casinos, you can go to a regular casino. Take a seat at the blackjack table. You will immediately understand that nothing distracts you from the game. Most players use gestures to communicate. The game is measured and calm.
  4. If you want the opportunity to win a progressive jackpot, then just select the appropriate version.
  5. No need to change the mode of the day. The player does not have to wait for special events. The conditions are always the same. No need to wake up at an inconvenient time to get a dubious advantage. No need to sit until morning so as not to miss a weak player. At any time, the player can open the site of his favourite online casino and launch the version of blackjack that he likes. There is a variant of the game with a progressive jackpot. There are blackjack options with side bets.
  6. You can exit the game at any time. In a regular casino, you can get up after any distribution and leave. In the online casino, you can close the program at any time and go to sleep.
  7. You can successfully work by profession and has blackjack hobby. You can be a successful specialist and sometimes play blackjack for fun. The same approach to poker will simply increase your expenses.
It’s not for me to decide which game you choose. If you to choose poker, then play in the best online casino.
If you to chose blackjack, then learn about the nuances of variations in the article "Blackjack variations".
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2020.09.20 18:18 tianbuyung1 The Future of NFTs — Polyient Games

The Future of NFTs — Polyient Games
Currently, the interest in using Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) is getting higher in various industries, not only in popular industries such as games and art but it has also penetrated into other sectors such as Dapps, Developer tools, VR, Defi, Real-world asset tokenization. This is what drives Polyient Games in 2020 to become a new player in this sector.
Polyient Games is the first investment firm and startup ecosystem entirely dedicated to growing the NFT industry. Polyient Games’ investment focus is aimed at startups seeking to unlock the full value potential of NFTs.
To achieve it all, they choose Ava Labs as a partner to build a dedicated NFT decentralized exchange (DEX) because Avalanche is the highly-scalable open-source platform for launching decentralized finance (DeFi) applications. This is also in line with the spirit of Avalanche, Build the Internet of Finance.
Now, Polyient Games has its own ecosystem with 6 startups in the blockchain game sector, namely Axie Infinity, The Sandbox, Battle Racers, Blockchain Cuties, Neon District, and Dissolution.
In addition, they also open the greatest opportunities for developers in the blockchain games sector, dapps, NFT & DeFi startups, both institutions and individuals to join their ecosystems.
Polyient Games was created by the same team behind Polyient Labs, and has entered the Polyient Games Founder’s Key (PGFK) sale stage which starts today Tuesday, September 15 at 8 AM EST details about sales are here.

Polyient Games Token Economy

Polyient Games, introduced 2 types of tokens in their ecosystem:
  • PGFK — ERC-721 NFT — membership and rewards token
  • XPGP — ERC-20 Fungible Token — 1:1000 fractional unit of PGFK and main platform utility token

Polyient Games Founder’s Key (PGFK)

PGFKs are ultra-rare NFTs enabling holders to gain membership to exclusive sections of the Polyient Games Ecosystem (PG Ecosystem) and earn unique rewards that evolve over time.
PGFK perks include:
  • Early-access to partner games
  • PGFK Holders-only Lobby
  • Random NFT drops and other giveaways
  • Early-Access to the Polyient Games Marketplace
  • Polyient Games Marketplace Fee Reductions
  • Much more…
The more PGFKs held in a user’s wallet, the higher the PGFK Holder Weight. As the holder weight increases, so does the odds that random chance rewards are collected by the user. So, users may wish to “stack PGFKs” during the upcoming sale to tip the odds in their favor.
PGFK Supply
  • Total Supply: 20,000
  • Sale Supply: 12,500 (this includes all Vouchers)
  • Reserve Supply: 7,500
Reserve Supply Breakdown*
  • Partners & Giveaways: 7.26%
  • XPGP Liquidity: 66.67%
  • Team: 26.07%
*Disclaimer: The Reserve Supply Breakdown percentages are subject to change.

PGFK Particle (XPGP)

PGFK Particles (XPGP) are ERC-20 tokens that represent a 1:1000 fraction of a full PGFK. We are introducing XPGPs to solve the issues inherent to the NFT asset class, namely the lack of liquidity that hinders mainstream crypto user adoption.
The PGFK-XPGP combo is a first of its kind, where a digital asset exists in two simultaneous states, each with unique use cases and reward structures. XPGP will be available for trading via a decentralized swap protocol that will be accessible only within the Polyient Games Marketplace.
Use cases include:
  • Main transactional unit for all purchases made within the Polyient Games Ecosystem platform
  • Main payment option for NFT pre-sales and auctions conducted within the PG Marketplace
  • Main trading pair for all fungible tokens listed on the PG DEX
Conversion between PGFKs and XPGPs will be a freely accessible functionality within the PG Ecosystem platform. Users are in control of their holdings and will be able to decide which token they wish to hold. The 1:1000 (PGFK:XPGP) ratio and capped 20,000 PGFK supply means there can only ever be 20,000,000 XPGPs in existence.
That’s a brief explanation about Polyient Games, now is the time for you to decide whether you have future NFTs or just as a spectator.
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2020.09.20 16:46 xHappyHour Note9 to Pixel4a: Why I made the Switch

Note9 is a great phone, but does not have a long shelf life as a Flagship, and for not the niche market is overly complicated, and at times cumbersome. Pixel 4a has solved most of these problems for me. It may not be the same experience for everyone.

I switched from a Note9 to a Pixel 4a due to simplicity. For anyone who has owned a Note9, or any Note, they may know where I'm going with this.
Notes are great devices, and seem fairly attractive:
This leads to have a powerful device that lasts a long time and gives you superb bang for buck, with all the modern Flagship staples.
Here are the downsides:
-Device often feels too Large
This doesn't occur all of the time, but for example I have fairly large hands with thin fingers, perfect for holding a large device, but the Note9 often comes off as a chunker. It's fairly heavy, so holding it while in bed can often become a two hand chore.
-Battery Degrades over time
This is expected in any phone, and not a major pitfall but still a con nonetheless. When you're buying a phone and one of its major pros is battery life, seeing it fall of 10-20% over 2 years isn't a great feeling.
-Camera Quality
I've seen a few reviews online that rate the camera quality on the Note9 as still somewhat compatible to modern phones. Truthfully, there are times when a Note9 can take some stellar, HDR shots. That said, I've found compared to the Pixel4a, these are often less common than one would hope for.
-Screen Brightness
Neither phone has incredibly bright screens, infact based on Nits value alone, the Note9 wins here, however I've found in outdoor settings, I'm often set digging through the Note9s settings to engage higher Brightness on average, than with the Pixel4a. The Pixel4a adapts far more fluidly, and this could easily be chalked up to better software design.
Samsung hates that it has to partner with Google. For a good example watch the MrWhoseTheBoss video here:
This is prevelant in the adware/bloatware from Samsung. The device is littered with apps for the samsung ecosystem that just do not play well with other devices, including many samsung devices (I own the Active Watch, 2 TVs and a sound system.
-The Stylus
Oh this one is disappointing. Look, I've used the Stylus on many occasions, but truthfully, it lives in its dock 90% of the time, hogging battery and popping out when the phone bumps a surface. The phone isn't big enough to truly warrant it. I know some will contest this, but for me, the Stylus wasn't useful, perhaps for those that go into meetings and find it easier to write notes than type, or those that like to doodle.
Overall, the Note9 is a great phone, and has served me well as my daily driver, but I think it's getting close to time, and perhaps I pulled the trigger a little quick, but close to time to take her out to pasture.
The Pixel4a does all a phone really needs to in my book.
Keeps things simple Takes great photos Lightweight and small More Customizable Easily Access the Internet/Social Media
I know people will contest, this is truthfully just my opinion, but the Pixel4a will serve as my new daily driver for the next few years to come.
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2020.09.20 10:27 ThrowRA-kor72 My [28M] girlfriend's [26F] behaviour is becoming more extreme and I don't know how to exit the situation safely.

We've known each other for 8 years, been together for 7, and living together for 5. I should preface this by explaining she has had issues with her mental health and with self-harm since she was young. While we've been together there have obviously been times where her mental health has been very good and very bad, I feel like I've always been kind and supportive. I encourage her to speak to her doctor, do stress management courses and try different treatments, I go to appointments with her for support etc.
A lot of times the anger and frustration she feels during a bad episode gets directed at me, which I've always been able to take without letting it affect me much, and always just try to diffuse the situation, but I feel like this behaviour is getting more frequent lately and is really worrying me. She has also during these times become accusatory towards me, calling me abusive for things which I believe are absolutely not abusive. At the same time she is doing and saying things to me which can be incredibly cruel, but I've always just told myself that it's due to her mental health and that it isn't her fault, and things will get better. For example:
She has called me disgusting, stupid, pathetic and that my body makes her feel sick. Even during the most heated arguments I have never called her names or insulted her.
Destroyed sentimental gifts in front of me that I've spent days making her.
Hit me multiple times by punching me in the balls twice during arguments, punched me in the stomach, thrown objects at me. I have never tried to cause any physical harm to her.
She hates being criticised and instantly feels like she's being attacked. There was a time I came home from work late at night, the front door was open, all the windows were open, the heating was on full, all the lights in every room were on, the TV was on, but she was in bed asleep. I wanted to be careful as I didn't want to upset her so I innocently asked her when she woke up how come she'd left the place like that. She flipped and started calling me controlling and that she should be able to do what she wants, this is one of the times she punched me in the balls. I didn't want to just let her walk over me so I calmly tried to explain the issue (the money the wasted electric costs, the safety issues with the door and windows being open etc) while trying to calm her down, saying I'm not angry etc and she grabbed a knife and pointed it at her stomach and threatened to kill herself. I dropped the situation and just calmed her down.
She has done this same thing with the knife once since then, when I came home to find the place smelled of cigarette smoke and she had driven home after drinking all night with her friends (third time she has driven drunk recently). She initially told me she got a taxi back until I mentioned the car was on the driveway. She threw her phone at me and lunged towards me and started hitting me, I held her arms back and shouted "stop" as loud as I could then went back to calmly trying to diffuse the situation. She also told me I was "crazy, insane and need help" because she doesn't smoke as she hates it and it makes her feel sick, I found her hidden pack of cigarettes the next day. I voice recorded this argument.
A couple of years ago I found maybe 20 holes in our mattress, when I asked her about it she said she was stressed and stabbed it with a knife. All the holes were on my side of the bed.
She wrote down instructions from the internet on how to kill someone in their sleep and left it on my bedside table after an argument.
She made a noose out of my clothes and put it at the bottom of my wardrobe where I could easily find it.
We smoke weed weekly and we planned on quitting because of the money but when it came to it she told me I'm abusive for expecting her to give it up, even though it was both our decision.
I saw a tinder verification text on her phone, so I made a fake account and found her on there. She again called me crazy and insane for checking up on her. Told me she did it because she didn't consider us together as during an argument months prior she told me in anger she was done with me, even though we made up afterwards and she spent every single day since acting like we were in a relationship, sleeping with me, going to my families birthday parties and generally being a couple. She lied to me about no one having messaged her on the app. She gaslights me.
I've started recording whenever things become heated, because I'm getting very worried by her accusing me of being abusive and controlling. I feel like she's trying to plant the seeds so if we do separate she can accuse me of mistreating her, which just isn't the case. The worst thing I've done is crack a light switch by slapping it when I left a room, this was a total accident and she wasn't in the room when it happened, I tried to hide it, so it was not an attempt at intimidating her, but that is what she accused me of when she saw it. I instantly regretted it and felt terrible, I don't feel like she's ever felt bad about the things she's said and done to me.
When I'm stressed or generally in a bad mood I just get quiet, distant and I brood. From the very start of the relationship she has hated it if I'm ever upset or down because of the way that it effects her, even if its about something like work, if I was ever upset she used to ask me to leave and go away because me being in a bad mood made her in a bad mood, I never got any support, just criticised for having normal human emotions.
I don't know where to get support from now. The reason I haven't just left is mainly for two reasons. Firstly I'm worried that I'll be leaving her with hardly any support system and that she'll hurt herself. I've asked her to make a doctors appointment these past couple of weeks but she says she won't because of the pandemic, she doesn't want to visit a doctor. She tried to commit suicide once before we met, and while I think she uses suicide as a threat towards me I do believe she is capable of it, she told me very early in the relationship that if we ever broke up she would probably kill herself and that has always been in my head. I care about her. I also don't want that hanging over my head for the rest of my life. I'm worried people would blame me. Secondly I'm worried she will accuse me of abuse and that I don't have enough evidence to support myself. She could ruin my life with those accusations.
I don't feel I can contact her parents because she's explained throughout the relationship that so much of her mental health problems are due to them. Her mum tells her that it's all in her head and she doesn't believe in mental health problems. When she attempted suicide before we met she told her off for making her look bad in work (she works in the hospital) and threw her out of her house. A few years ago I went to her mum and told her about the talk of suicide and she blatantly ignored me and just walked away. Her dad lives abroad and barely ever speaks to her, only calls her maybe once a year, speaking to him only ever makes her more upset and all they do is argue. He knows about her mental health issues and never ever checks in on her. Her step dad has been abusive to the entire family.
I have an amazing, kind and supportive family but I've never really told them about the sort of things that happen as I don't want to worry them, they've had a lot going on recently too. My mum has anxiety problems and worries about me a lot so I've never wanted to add to that. I know that my next port of call is to speak to them as they're the only people I can turn to. The truth is I don't feel like I can support my partner any more and the stress of everything is eating away at me, but I don't know how to deal with this situation in a safe way without anything bad happening. I know if I sit her down and point out all these things that she will go into attack mode, but I can't just leave her with no support because I feel that's dangerous. I have no idea how we would even go about the logistics of who is keeping what furniture, we still have debts to pay back together, who would stay in the house we rent, neither of us can afford the rent on our own, who gets our cat etc. I know that she won't sit down and work all that out amicably. I just really don't know where to go from here.
tl;dr Girlfriend has become increasingly hostile towards me however I don't feel I can leave as she has been suicidal and has no real support system except for me. She has also accused me of mistreating her, this is not the case and there has been numerous occurrences of cruel behaviour from her towards me. I don't know how to resolve the situation without making things worse.
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2020.09.20 01:45 TheManIsNonStop [Econ] Making the Best of a Very Bad Thing

November 2030
Well, uh, this sucks. Just a few short months after the Arab States of the Gulf finally unified, the world economy decided to explode. This is what we in the business of economics call a very bad thing.
The effects across the FAS have been relatively disparate. The United Arab Emirates, easily the most diversified economy in the region, has been the least heavily impacted (though it's still bad). Diversification programs in Oman and Bahrain have also helped to stave off some of the worst impacts of the crisis, though they haven't been as successful in avoiding the effects as the UAE. Qatar and Kuwait, still almost entirely reliant on hydrocarbon exports, are not happy with this turn of events. Falling global oil prices, though propped up a little by a sudden increase in demand from China, have left their economies struggling much more than the rest of the country, and in desperate need of assistance from the better off parts of the country.
One major pain point in this crisis has been the FAS's economic ties to the United States. While most of the FAS's trade is with Asia, Africa, and Europe, the US financial system still plays a crucial role in the FAS. The stability of the US Dollar has long been used to protect the economies of the Gulf using their vast Forex reserves (earned from oil sales) to peg their currency to the US Dollar. With the US Dollar in complete collapse, the value of the Khaleeji is plummeting right along with it, causing a significant degree of harm to the FAS's economy.
To help offset this harm (and to decouple the FAS's economy from a country that the FAS is starting to view as maybe not the most reliable economic partner), the Central Bank in Dubai has announced that the Khaleeji will switch its peg from the US Dollar to a basket of foreign currencies (the Euro, the Pound Sterling, the Swiss Franc, the US Dollar, and the Japanese Yen). The FAS hopes that this will help to salvage the Khaleeji's value, better protecting the economy from the collapse of the dollar-based international financial system. Rumor has it that the Central Bank is discussing the idea of unpegging the Khaleeji entirely and allowing it to float freely, but so far, the Central Bank has made no moves towards floating the Khaleeji.
Crises suck. They shatter the status quo and throw established norms and procedures into chaos. No one really wins during a crisis.
But in another sense, they're a double-edged sword. The status quo is often a repressive entity, reinforcing existing hierarchies and preventing dramatic shifts in the order of things. Chaos breaks that apart, giving the ingenuitive and the entrepreneurial on opportunity to better their lot in ways they otherwise could not.
Put differently: chaos is a ladder, and the FAS intends to be the one climbing it. As the largest economy in the Arab World (and one of the world's 20 largest economies) by both nominal GDP and GDP per capita (by a significant margin--it's probably either Saudi Arabia or Egypt in second place in nominal GDP, and definitely Saudi Arabia in second place in GDP per capita, but the FAS more than doubles the country in second place in both categories, so it's sort of a moot point), the FAS hopes to cement its place as the regional economic power.
The FAS has announced a new slate of policies intended to attract rich investors, manufacturing firms, and financiers fleeing the new nationalization program of the United States. New free trade zones have been created throughout the country--especially in the struggling, undiversified regions of Kuwait and Qatar--with the goal of convincing fleeing American manufacturers to set up shop in these areas. Attractions include wildly low tax rates (as low as zero percent in some instances), a common law framework (as opposed to the Sharia-based legal system in most of the FAS), highly subsidized land prices (sometimes free), relaxed financial restrictions (making it easier to move money in and out of the FTZ), and, for large enough firms moving enough operations into the country, preferential visa treatment (making it easier for them to relocate foreign employees into the country). Sitting at one of the major crossroads of global trade, moving operations to the FAS offers easy access to both the world's established consumer markets (like the EU and East Asia) as well as to some of its largest growing markets (South and Southeast Asia, East Africa, and MENA). Pair this with wildly high standards of living (for people who aren't slaves Asian or African migrant workers) and established expatriate communities, and the FAS becomes an incredibly attractive option for American and other foreign firms looking to relocate.
In addition to manufacturing-oriented FTZs, special attention has been paid to attracting service-oriented firms to new and existing FTZs in the vein of Dubai Internet City, Dubai Design District, Dubai Knowledge Park, and Dubai Media City, with the goal of developing a robust service economy that can capture growing markets in the MENA, South Asia, and East African regions. In advertising these zones, the governments of the FAS have highlighted the success of previous ventures in Dubai, which have attracted the regional headquarters of giants like Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, Google, Dell, Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Tata Consultancy, and more.
Perhaps one of the most substantial pushes, though, is to attract American financial services and FinTech firms to base in the FAS (particularly Dubai, Kuwait City, Doha, and Abu Dhabi, the traditional centers of regional finance). New financial industry free trade zones have been set up in the four cities, structured in the vein of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). These financial FTZs boast an independent and internationally regulated regulatory and judicial system, a common law framework, and extremely low taxation rates. All government services in these regions are available in English (the lingua franca of international finance), and in events where ambiguity exists in the legal and regulatory systems, the systems are set to default to English Common Law (except for the Kuwait City International Financial Centre, which is hoping to better tailor itself towards American financial firms by defaulting to American Civil Law from pre-2020 rather than English Common Law). Much like in the DIFC, these new FTZs will also run their own courts, staffed in large part by top judicial talent from Common Law (or in the case of Kuwait City, American Civil Law) jurisdictions like Singapore, England, and (formerly) Hong Kong. Using these FTZ, the four cities hope to raise their profile as financial centers. Dubai in particular is hoping to break into the top ten global financial centers--and it stands a good chance of doing so, too, as it sits at number 12, just behind cities like LA, SF, and Shenzhen--while the other cities are just hoping to boost their profile into the 20s or 10s (according to Long Finance, Dubai is number 12 in the world and 1 in the region, Abu Dhabi is number 39 in the world and two in the region, Doha is number 48 in the world, and Kuwait City is number 91).
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2020.09.19 17:22 queromato Where's Q when you need him? Pt 2: Pornography & Pornhub

Whether you watch porn or not, the industry is clearly tainted by cases of child abuse and human trafficking.
The below text and examples were taken from here:
In the last few months, there have been several shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.
Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant.
One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top ten search term on the site for six consecutive years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum.
Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives.
Recently the Internet Watch Foundation stated that it alone had confirmed 118 cases of child rape, sexual abuse and trafficking on Pornhub—half of the videos were Category A level abuse which is the worst kinds of abuse.
What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg.
Rose Kalemba, 14yr old raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub for months.
15yr old rape and sex trafficking victim found in 58 Pornhub videos
Pornhub verified 15yr old sex trafficking and rape victim
14yr old victim from Palo Alto, CA raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub
Internet Watch Foundation confirmed 118 cases of child rape on Pornhub
The Sunday Times investigation found "dozens" of illegal abuse videos in "minutes"
Paypal cuts off service to Pornhub amid evidence of child rape and sexual abuse on site
22 sex trafficking victims on Pornhub partner channel GirlsDoPorn
GirlsDoPorn sex trafficking ring a partner channel on Pornhub with 784,000 subscribers US federal indictment for sex trafficking and child pornography
Nicole Addimando of NY sentenced to life in prison after killing attacker who sexually abused her and uploaded videos of her sexual assaults to Pornhub
14 rape victims of Taiwan's Justin Lee had their sexual assaults and rape videos on Pornhub
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2020.09.19 13:38 DoekaanET What your smash main says about you:

Mario: You easily suffer from choice paralysis and always make the most boring and default choice. Your favorite ice cream is vanilla, your favorite color is blue, your favorite animal is dog, and your favorite movie is The Godfather. If you were in Nazi Germany, you would 100% use the “just following orders” defense. You will go to Hell when you die. Inkling: Why don’t you have a seat? What were you planning when you came here tonight? King Dedede: You masturbate to Deviantart ironically. Meta Knight: You masturbate to Deviantart unironically. Peach: You’re the girlfriend of the guy who bought this game. You thought Link’s name was Zelda and Samus’ name was Metroid. After 15 minutes, you’re gonna want to go back to playing Mario Kart. Daisy: The same as Peach, except you’re a lesbian. Bayonetta: You have said “Rawr XD” at some point in your life, and use Facebook to post memes about depression. It’s getting impossible to tell where your stretch marks end and your self-harm scars begin. You are bisexual. Wolf: You are either currently 14 years old, or you were 14 years old when Brawl came out, and haven’t matured at all beyond that. You watch way too much anime, you’ll never improve as an artist, and your OTP sucks Corrin: You unironically own multiple anime figurines, a body pillow of your waifu, and a katana. You’re either a furry or have a shitty OC that’s half dragon, half demon, and half vampire. You either have autism or are just an oblivious asshole with no social skills, it’s hard to tell. Squirtle: You bought the Switch and this game on launch day. You threw a tantrum when Fox stopped showing Saturday morning cartoons. Your mom wishes you’d move out of the house. Ivysaur: You’ve got weird arm and back acne. You like to pretend you main all three of the Pokemon, but everyone can see right through you. You love cute animals, but if you ever tried to take care of one by yourself, it’d die in a week. Charizard: You are a basic ass bitch. You spent the first 5 matches spamming smash attacks and your side B. You’re the only one on this list who has gotten laid recently, but it doesn’t matter because you lasted a minute. Donkey Kong: You actually hate playing Smash, and everyone playing with you. You don’t play to win, you play to inspire the greatest amount of anger around you. You cannot go 48 hours without saying the N word. Hard R. Jigglypuff: You were born incomplete. Some piece of you is missing. Maybe it’s the part of your brain that dictates rational choice, or the part that controls empathy. Maybe it’s your impulse control. Maybe, just maybe, you were born without a soul. You started small, at first. Mice and squirrels, and then you grew bolder. Your neighbor’s cat had gotten outside. She would never find the poor thing. Your parents soon discovered what you did, and their punishments forced you to keep dormant your dark desires. You carried on with your life, feigning normalcy, a model student and son. That was until the day you met her. It was autumn, your first semester at college, your first time away from home. She stirred something in you. You took her out, flirted with her, bought her drinks, she was so pure and sweet, so trusting. You left with her, the intoxication swelling inside you both. She tripped, you caught her. You looked at her then. She was so beautiful, so alive. You cut her open. You cut her open because you had to know. Why was she so beautiful? How was she so alive? You cut and cut until she was no longer beautiful, no longer alive. You stared at what you had done, tears in your eyes, not from guilt or remorse, only the pure reflex, as though you knew you should cry, but didn’t understand why. When you came back down to a neutral calm, you disposed of the body, washed yourself of any and all evidence. You knew the first thing you needed to do was establish an alibi. You called up your roommate: “Hey” you said “Wanna hang out tonight?” Your roommate replied “Sure, my friend brought over his Switch, we’re gonna play Smash Ultimate.” You smiled, licking the final traces of viscera from your teeth, and said “Great, I’ll be there in 10.” Kirby: You are Masahiro Sakurai, desperately trying to convince everybody that your favorite boy is best. Put Mappy in the game you fucking cunt. Lucina: You are the comedic straightman of your group. You go through life with two moods, neutrality or exasperation at your louder, more fun friends. Your spirit animal is Squidward and, like Squidward, you are the top sad boy. At least your cats love you. Chrom: You’re the mouthbreathing kind of weeb. You have objectively bad taste. You either want Goku and Sora in Smash, or you want the entire roster replaced with other characters from Fire Emblem. Little Mac: You have a 2 digit IQ, and managing air combat is too much for you. You have eaten at least three Joycons since you started playing Smash. Your go-to excuses for losing are bad recovery moves and the helmet you’re forced to wear falling in front of your eyes. Robin: You have LARPed before. Ironically, considering the game your main comes from, your best friend is a Chrom main. You honestly can do better than hanging out with them, but then you’d have to find a new 4th for your D&D group. Sonic: You’re just a sad person. Either because you’ve got the specific kind of autism that develops in fans of Sonic the Hedgehog, or because you’ll inevitably be lumped in with those people. You know deep down the speed isn’t worth the pain you feel inside. You ask yourself why you keep playing, but you can never come to an answer. You can’t outrun your problems, Sonic main. Pichu: You didn’t know that your attacks did damage to you until someone pointed it out to you, and you didn’t want to look like an idiot, so you pretended like you knew that. In a panic, you came up with some lie about how Pichu is actually really good, and now you’re just sorta stuck with it. Pikachu: You are the boyfriend of a Peach main. You don’t actually like playing Pikachu that much, it’s just that whenever she gets bored playing, she’ll just sit and watch you play, but demand you play as Pikachu because “it’s so cute.” Even when you’re playing with your friends, and you really want to win, you curse yourself and choose Pikachu. Ness: You love Earthbound. You have also never played Earthbound, you just know it by reputation. You also love Undertale, and you probably voted it as game of the year when it came out. You like to think you’re really skilled at Ness, but when things get too hard, you just spam PK Fire and the baseball bat. You’re not impressing anyone. Fox: You played Smash Ultimate for 5 minutes, saw all the items and stages, got mad, and went back to Melee. You’re currently waiting for the Project M version of Ultimate. You get the saltiest out of everyone on the list. You have told someone who doesn’t like Dark Souls to git gud. Duck Hunt: You’re like a Donkey Kong main without the hate, or a Jigglypuff main without the urge to kill. When the Duck Hunt dog laughs at someone for not shooting all the ducks, you feel that on spiritual level. You are probably the happiest person on this list, which makes other people angry, and in turn, only makes you happier. Zelda: You secretly crossdress and are ashamed of it. Within 5 years, you’ll gradually become more and more comfortable with it, until you eventually become a really obnoxious drag queen. Like, the kind that only watches Ru Paul’s Drag Race and nothing else. Regardless, you spam Din’s Fire like a motherfucker, just like everyone else who plays Zelda. Link: You’re boring and suck ass. You play as Oddjob in Goldeneye and use the rocket launcher in Halo. There’s a good chance you’re the least skilled player on the list and don’t even know it. Your favorite skin is the Dark Link skin, because of course it fucking is. R.O.B: You have a video game collection that’s about the cost of a mortgage. You have at least 6 or 7 Game Gears, a fully functional arcade cabinet, and a R.O.B which you brag about whenever you play Smash with new people. If you could have one wish, it would be to work for Nintendo. Snake: You think gamers are the most oppressed minority, and the reason for why Quiet from MGSV is half-naked makes total sense and is genius writing. You respond to news stories about black criminals with something racist, and then cite average IQ scores to defend yourself. If there’s a comment section attached to this list, you’ll leave an angry comment about being called racist. Bowser: You’re a divorced dad in your 40s who bought a Switch to try to win your son’s affections for when he comes over on alternating weekends. You picked Bowser because you thought it would be cute to do Team Smash with him as Bowser and Bowser Jr., but whenever your kid comes over, he only ever plays something called Fortnite. You tried it out, and it was too scary and confusing, so now you just drink and play Smash because at least you recognize the characters. Your ex’s new husband is a better and more attentive lover than you ever will be. Mewtwo: Unlocking Mewtwo in Melee by spending a total of 20 hours in VS matches was the greatest accomplishment of your sad, pathetic life. Conversely, Mewtwo being replaced by Lucario in Brawl was the worst tragedy you have ever experienced. You got the Smash 4 DLC just to bring some meaning back into your life. Out of all the Pokemon mains, you are the only one who is still an avid Pokemon player. You are the most likely person on this list to kill yourself. Ike: You totally go to the gym all the time and drink all those protein shakes. For reals though this faggot is a slow faggot who couldn’t air recover if his life depended on it. Honest to god you might as well just admit your a fagot who just wants to pretend he’s Guts so you can make your peepee big. Or better yet you circlejerk on smashbros about how much Sakurai is biased. Captain Falcon: Loudest player on the list. Will scream Captain Falcon quotes and be one of the most frequent taunters. Is retarded, but only for attention. If anyone in the list is drunk right now, it’s you. If you get a KO with Falcon Punch, you will never shut the fuck up about it. Incineroar: You’re 10. You only picked this character because you picked Litten in Pokemon Sun or Moon. You only picked Litten because it was the Fire starter and you thought Fire was cooler than Grass or Water. Even you think it’s dumb that one of Incineroar’s special moves is a counter. You will either pick a different main or lose all of your friends. Simon: You are roughly 40 years old and racist. Not as racist as the Snake main, but still racist. The “deus vult” kind of racist. Despite this, you have a thing for Asian chicks. You have thought about joining the military at some point. You have unironically used the term “alpha” to describe yourself. Lucario: 75% chance you’re a furry. 20% chance you were a Mewtwo main in Melee and had to make do with Lucario in Brawl. 5% chance you’re really holding out for Goku to be in Smash, and play Lucario because he plays closest to how you imagine Goku would play. Ridley: You are an incredible piece of shit. Now that Ridley is in Smash, the new top characters on your wishlist are Master Hand and Master Chief. You don’t care about balance or thematic consistency, winning or losing, you are simply here to disrupt. You quit the game whenever you’re about to lose. Mr. Game and Watch: Shut the fuck up. You don’t main Mr. Game and Watch. Nobody mains Mr. Game and Watch. You spam B and then do side B whenever somebody gets too close. You first learned about the Game and Watch from Melee just like the rest of us. You’re not special. You’re NOTHING. Pit: You mained him in Brawl back when he was OP, and since he’s been nerfed, all you do is sit in the corner, spamming projectiles and the occasional side B when somebody gets too close. If the match has more than two players, you will guaranteed be the first to die. Wario: The most graceful winner on the list, which is faint praise, because they’re among the saddest in real life. They know they’re pathetic though, and that’s why they don’t get angry about losing. Will either kill themselves one day or die of a heart attack by age 50. Lucas: Even moreso than Ness mains, lies about playing the Mother games. Will do nothing but PK Freeze and PK Thunder. Will never, ever win, and will only ever cost you a victory. If they do manage to win, you’ve either found the top 1% of Smash players, or you’ve started the apocalypse. Ice Climbers: Like Duck Hunt mains, except you aren’t trying to troll anyone intentionally. You will forget how annoying your specials can be right up until after you’ve hit someone with them. Nobody is happy when you win, and you are definitely the least happy out of everyone. You just want everyone to get along. Don’t be such a damn pussy, pussy, you a damn pussy. Villager: You suck ass, but you’re the only one who doesn’t know it. You think Villager is better than he actually is, and you overemphasize how creepy he looks. You are the kind of person who thinks button mashing is a strategy, and that having having no strategy counts as “mind games.” You like creepypastas way too much. Mega Man: You are the least likely person on the list to have had sex, which is good because there’s a 50% chance you’re into little boys. You are also the person on the list who has played an NES game most recently. You complain about the number of characters with swords in the game, but it’s secretly because any decent player who mains one can beat you easily. Will sing along to the theme music whenever on the Wily’s Castle stage. Samus: You are the only one on the list who actively wants all items on. You alternate between spamming your charge shot, and spamming your grab. If you’re good, you will always get first. If not, you will always die first and bitch about it. Nobody knows who invited you over, but everyone secretly wishes you weren’t here. Dark Samus: You mained Samus and always picked her dark suit skin before Ultimate. Not even you asked for this character to be in Smash, and even you couldn’t really explain how they’re different from Dark Samus. When you tell someone you play Smash and they ask who your main is, you forget Dark Samus exists for a minute before telling them. Yoshi: There’s a 50% chance you are an actual child. If you’re not a child, then you either only play Smash for fun, or you are the best player on the list. Either way, it makes you among the saddest people on the list. You’re a good sport for the entire game, right up until you win by spitting them out as an egg right on the edge of the map. Wii Fit Trainer: You’re not actually good at Smash, you’re just good at improvising. You’re playing the game on the fly and just so happen to be lucking out every time you use the volley ball. There is a bone in your brain that compels you to yell “SALUTE THE SUN!” at least once per game. You definitely want to fuck the Wii Fit Trainer. Luigi: You are a down-to-earth, lovable loser who thinks Mario is too normal or obvious a choice. You legitimately find Luigi’s moves and animations to be funny and probably still laugh at Adam Sandler movies. Whenever you win a game, you take forever to press start just because you want to watch his victory pose for as long as possible. If you ever win with the kick taunt, then everybody you know literally hates you. Sheik: You are on both the LGBT and autism spectrums. You also have a Tumblr account. You met all of your friends online and have never talked to them in real life. You are unable to talk and play at the same time. You are probably really good at the game, but are still a sore loser, and will likely be the first to rage quit. Dr. Mario: You are a hipster that only picked Dr. Mario becomes nobody mains him. You pretend like you’ve always mained him, even though you used to main Link, and thought “why the fuck is Dr. Mario a character” when you saw him in Melee, just like the rest of us. You think it’s really cool that his side smash has lightning coming out of his hand but will never admit it. Richter: You embody all the negative traits of a Simon main, except you’re half as old and not OPENLY racist. Instead, you’re just really into metal and think you’re way more badass than you actually are. You own a Punisher t-shirt and have taken a picture of yourself posing with an assault rifle. You have the smallest dick out of everyone on the list. Diddy Kong: Your play style is the strategic equivalent of an infant slapping at a control. You will use the same move over an over again until it stops being effective, at which point you simply move onto a new one. You are the worst person to lose to. You will wake up one day realizing everybody hates you and not know why. This. This is why. Cloud: You only picked Cloud because you were excited to see him get added to Smash. You also will freely admit that fact with no shame whatsoever. You are the Chrom main’s only other friend besides the Robin main. You both bond over your love of anime boys and desire for Sora to be playable in Smash. You are easily the gayest player on the list. Mii Fighters: Either you’re playing as your actual Mii, in which case you have the lowest functioning level of autism on the list and are taking the game seriously, or you’re playing as a joke Mii, in which case you are guaranteed to have a fun time. It doesn’t matter either way, because you’ve never won a single game of Smash in your entire life. Roy: You’re like the Marth main, except you were also the kind of kid who had serious anger issues and screamed swear words at people in class when you were mad. You picked Roy over Marth because his special moves had fire. If Snake were playable in Melee, you would’ve picked him as your main. Olimar: You are the only person on the list who has ever played one of the Pikmin games all the way through. You are an eldritch abomination whose schemes and machinations are unknowable by man. You are the only one boring enough to pay attention to damage types. The ultimate irony of your playstyle is that you will die alone. Greninja: You are also 10. Your best friend is the Incineroar main, at least for now. If you don’t currently watch Naruto, you’re going to get way too into it very soon. You will make excuses and get salty every time you get hit, but you will brag and act like you’re the ultimate chessmaster every time you land a hit. You insist on playing with Final Smashes and no other items. Dark Pit: You’re right in the middle of a venn diagram between Ike main and Greninja main. You’re 13 years old. Everything you do and think is cool right now, you will look back on with embarrassment when in 5 years time. Unless you have actual autism, in which case you’ll never have a moment of self-realization. Instead, you’ll make really bad fan art of your favorite video game and cartoon characters. Ignorance is bliss. Toon Link: You are only the tiniest bit better than the Link main, and yet inexplicably aren’t nearly as hated as them. Lying comes as easily to you as breathing, and you do so without any semblance of guilt. You have a career in politics, Palutena: You pick your main in every game based on waifu status, and your playstyle is finding one combo you like and spamming it repeatedly. You play Skyrim with a mod that lets you play as a big-titted anime lady. You say you prefer subtitled anime to English dubs, but you actually don’t. Your taste in music is shit. Ryu: You’re insecure about playing a kid’s game and refuse to play as any characters that are cartoony, female, or a prettyboy. You won’t ever actually buy a Switch, because Nintendo is for babies, but you’ll still play it with your bros, because you’re the guy who calls people “bro.” You’re only playing as Ryu until they put in Goku or Master Chief. Ken: You’re confused about your sexuality and compensate for it by making overtly sexual statements and calling them jokes. You probably shit talk the most out of everyone else playing. You go to the gym just so you can talk about going to the gym. Bowser Jr. You’re one of the biggest Nintendo fanboys on the list, and got really excited when you saw that all of the other skins for Bowser Jr. were the Koopalings. You pretend like you know all of their names, but there’s always 1 or 2 that you keep forgetting. You can see what they look like in your mind but you can’t remember their name. You know they were all named after different musicians, but that doesn’t help you remember their names, because you know even less about the musicians than you do the characters, because the only thing you’re really knowledgeable about is pointless minutia about video games, and even now you’re proving how little impact that knowledge has on your life. If Nintendo did an NES Classic type deal for the N64 or the Gamecube, you would pay thousands of dollars for them, even though you’ve already got both consoles. Isabelle: You’re a mom that doesn’t actually play video games, you’re just doing this because your kid wanted somebody to play with. You picked the dog because she was cute. You’re either accidentally too good at the game, kick your kid’s ass, and make them cry, or you suck so hard that you’re actually less fun to fight against than the CPU. In 3 years, your kid will have moved on to FPS’ and you’ll look back on Smash with a mix of nostalgia and sadness, because your kid doesn’t want to play with you any more. You read James Patterson books, love win, and masturbate in the shower. Rosalina & Luma: You play the piano, harvest bull semen, or do something else outside of video games that requires two hands. You’re also big into RTS games. Something about controlling legions of forces, sending hundreds to their deaths, having so much power at your disposal awakens something deep inside of you. Even you leave off the “& Luma” part when talking about the character. Young Link: You are the token girl of a group of guys. Every single one of them wants to fuck you because you’re an average-looking girl who likes video games. You will be oblivious to all of it, and date some guy outside of your friend group. Half of them will start to resent you. All of them will be waiting for the opportunity to catch you at a vulnerable moment and have a one night stand with you. It will inevitably happen. It will be with the least shit guy of the group (which isn’t saying much) and ruin most of your interpersonal relationships. You also spend way too much money at conventions. Ganondorf: You are also the token girl of a group of guys, but you’re also a fat, butch lesbian. You try way too hard to be one of the guys, chug beers even though everybody else is drinking like normal, and you very blatantly burp and fart. You will continue to act like this into your 40s at which point your hair will be gray and permanently styled in a faux hawk. Despite all this, you will have the hottest wife out of everyone on this list. Zero Suit Samus: You picked her so you could play as her two-piece skin and masturbate with the screen paused, didn’t you? King K. Rool: You were the kind of kid who ate paste and would always demand first choice of characters because it was your birthday. You use the most OP options in any game but will say that something is unfair when it beats you. The only reason we’re letting you play with us is because mom says have to, and you’ll tell on us if we don’t. Shulk: You have an annoying voice. You don’t eat gluten, even though you don’t have any food allergies. You think all FPS games are stupid except for Overwatch. You use Tumblr slang in real life and have to ship every fictional character you come across. You’ve cried more recently than anyone else on the list, and you literally can’t even right now. Falco: You’re like a Fox main with less autism. In some ways, however, you are much worse than them. When you aren’t using Falco’s blaster to make enemies flinch, you’re telling women to kill themselves on the Internet. You are the guy who goes to the bar to go after women with low self-esteem. You definitely yell the N word during heated gaming moments. Pac-Man: You are the antithesis of the Mario main, and the type of person who always want to have new “experiences.” You will date a teenager and defend it to your friends by saying “age is just a number.” You also cheat on your partners and then act like you were the victim because you were “suffocating” by being expected to be monogamous. Your favorite food is some weird kind of pizza or burger that’s named after an Arcade Fire song and only available at a local restaurant whose name is a pun. Piranha Plant: Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. Joker: You decided you would main this character before you ever played them because you love JRPGs so much. You say “u mad bro?” to annoy people even though you have the worst anger management of anyone on the list. You unironically liked the game “Hatred” and will switch to Doomguy if he gets put in Smash. Random: You’re pretty cool.
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2020.09.19 12:04 finnagains US Wants To Steal Successful Chinese Technology - Trump bans TikTok and WeChat - A major intensification of internet censorship (r/Socialist_) 19 Sept 2020

In a major escalation of the anti-China campaign ahead of the election, the Trump administration announced on Friday that it was following through on its executive orders of August 6 and banning the social media apps TikTok and WeChat from being downloaded from US app stores on Sunday.
The move is a frontal assault on the freedom of expression and an effort to consolidate control of the internet by a handful of massive corporations working in partnership with the American government. TikTok is used by millions of people every day to connect with friends and family, share ideas and communicate, and has been used to organize social protests. WeChat is a major link of communication between the United States and China.
An official statement released by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said downloads and new versions of the two mobile apps would be prohibited on Apple and Android app stores as of September 20.
With regard to WeChat, the Commerce Department statement prohibits all electronic payments and funds transfers as well as the hosting, transferring internet traffic or “utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code” within the US. WeChat, “for all practical purposes… will be shut down in the US, but only in the US, as of midnight Monday,” Ross said.
TikTok faces a similar US ban on November 12, unless the Trump administration approves the proposal made last weekend by the American software giant Oracle Corporation to become a “trusted tech partner” with ByteDance, the Chinese company that currently owns it.
The transfer of TikTok to US ownership would be aimed at creating conditions in which it can be subject to the same type of government-backed censorship that has already been implemented by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other US-based social media companies.
TikTok is the tenth most popular social media platform in the world, with 500 million users, 100 million of which are in the US.
WeChat is the fifth largest social media platform in the world, with 1.06 billion users, of which 3.3 million are in the US. Described as China’s “app for everything,” WeChat is a multipurpose instant messaging, social media and mobile payment app owned by Tencent Holdings.
The impact of this shutdown was explained by the WeChat Users Alliance, a non-profit group founded by five Chinese-American lawyers after Trump’s executive order was announced: “WeChat is a messaging app most commonly used by several million Chinese Americans in the U.S. Many other non-Chinese Americans also use it to communicate with their friends, clients, or business partners whose first language is Chinese. The complete ban of WeChat will severely affect the lives and the work of millions of people in the U.S. They will have a difficult time talking to family, relatives and friends back in China.”
Michael Bien, a San Francisco attorney representing the organization, said that WeChat is the primary way for many of its US users to communicate, organize social groups, run businesses and engage in political activities. Bien said, “It is our contention that [the ban] violates the Constitution, as you cannot censor such a fundamental part of communication, especially when it affects an insular group that has historically been a minority that’s been subject to discrimination in the US, by law or by practice.”
The Trump administration’s actions against TikTok and WeChat are an attack on the ability of the working class to both express itself politically and to freely communicate in daily life.
Every worker and young person in the US must reject the Trump administration’s attempt to whip up reactionary anti-Chinese sentiments on the basis of unsubstantiated claims of “national security” threats.
Not one shred of evidence has been presented to back up US government claims that TikTok or WeChat have been engaged in a “malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data” and are active participants in “China’s civil-military fusion” in mandatory “cooperation with the intelligence services” of the Chinese Communist Party, as claimed by Ross.
Any objective assessment of the two apps thoroughly contradicts the Trump administration’s attacks on TikTok and WeChat and shows that the emergence of the China-based social media platforms is part of the globalization and integration of the world economy that has been accelerating over the last four decades.
Social media platforms—such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube—emerged as a consequence of the convergence of smartphones and tablets with wireless broadband Internet services internationally in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The initial years of this global development—Facebook was launched in 2004, fourth generation wireless Internet access (4G) was first available in 2006 and the first model of the Apple iPhone was released in 2007—were dominated by US companies.
The adoption of these technologies spread rapidly throughout the world over the next decade. For example, in 2007 only 1 percent of the population of the developing world had mobile broadband subscriptions. Today this number is approaching 85 percent.
During this period, the integration of the US and China in the development and production of these technologies expanded dramatically. The relationship of Apple to the Taiwanese Foxconn and Pegatron—which both have facilities in Shenzhen, China where hundreds of millions of iPhones have been assembled by highly exploited Chinese factory workers—is but one example of this process.
Globalization has integrated the US and China on many levels, economically, scientifically, academically and culturally. The number of Chinese immigrants in the US has grown seven-fold since 1980, reaching 2.5 million people in 2018. The effort by the Trump administration to demonize China by attacking the immensely popular social media apps expresses a level of reckless desperation within the administration.
Amidst growing social and political opposition within the US, accelerated by the disaster sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, the ruling class is seeking to divert tensions outward by provoking an international conflict with China.
The central target of the economic attacks on China is just as much the working class at home as it is the external “enemy.” As demonstrated by the ban on TikTok and WeChat, the US-China conflict has already become the occasion for major inroads on the freedom of speech, and the escalation of the conflict would create a pretext of further attacks on democratic rights.
No one should have illusions that the Democrats are opposed to Trump’s anti-Chinese aggression. They have fully embraced the framework spelled out by the White House and have claimed that Trump is “soft” on China.
As Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told the Wall Street Journal on September 10, “Regardless of who wins, US policy toward China is going to be tougher over the next five years than the last five years. China has changed, and the US thinking on China has changed.”
Writing in the New York Times on Tuesday, economic historian Chris Miller wrote an op-ed column entitled “America Is Going to Decapitate Huawei,” where he warns that the US global lead in technology is waning. “Huawei’s digital decapitation is a shocking display of American power. At the whim of the American president, any other Chinese tech company could suffer such a fate. Imagine if a foreign power could do the same to Google or Amazon.”
The attacks on Huawei, TikTok and WeChat are all demonstrations of the criminality of American imperialism, but also ultimately an expression of the weakness and decline of the world hegemon that emerged after World War II. The US is using its geopolitical leverage to destroy the competitors to US-based social media companies.
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