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A community of massage enthusiasts, in the (NWI) Northwest Indiana and Southern Chicagoland area, dedicated to the idea of exchanging full body massages between each other for human touch and relaxation purposes.
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For those that seek a future that brings together the best of the insights and objectives of people who, within the social democratic and democratic socialist traditions, have worked through farmer, labour, co-operative, feminist, human rights and environmental movements, and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, to build a more just, equal, and sustainable Canada within a global community dedicated to the same goals. Note: This is an unofficial subreddit.
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2023.05.30 12:25 thelittlebirdthatold My (29f) late father's (74m) affairs on my mother (70f) resulted other kids, while family who knew were shut out from telling the truth

Around a month after my father's death, a man privately messaged me saying he and I share the same father but different mothers. Not only this is true, but two other men also share my father—all through different women! I have three, older half-brothers, and this is further confirmed by my aunts/uncles, my father's siblings, who have known this for several years.
A huge part of my life I did not know my father's side of the family that well, and my father failed to properly initiate those connections with me (and even his wife, my mother) to any of them. My mother has been given an inaccurate portrait of her in-laws for a long time with different stories and they have been unfairly mischaracterized. In reality, my aunts/uncles were protecting and supporting these half-children that my father chose to be absent in their lives.
I have since brought this up to my oldest sister but understandably she does not want to engage with any of these people, especially since she was not raised with them. In her opinion, she encouraged that our mother needs to find this out eventually "when the dust settles". My middle sister on the other hand went no contact with us not that long after my father died. We suspect she found out at some point in her youth as she was often overseas with him and I can't imagine her own trauma she is going through all by herself if this is true. I cannot reach out to her as she already threatened the oldest sister about it; it is clear she wants to be left alone right now. So my mother is currently in the dark as to what is going on with that as well.
In his hometown, my father has a pretty reputable position as well and was known for his philanthropy, so whether or not other people knew, he has connections that would go out of their way to try to stop and silence anything negative about him. He almost ran for local politics. Looking back there is evidence that various family members have tried to reach out to me but were possibly censored or held back in some way from being able to tell the truth about my father. I can't exaggerate how small this town is, I would not be surprised if all of those residents knew too!
Ultimately, I want to iron out what I feel like are a series of problems my father left behind to cover up his shortcomings. It hurts to say that the schism in my family and some of the progress that has been stopped all these years is hugely owed to my father who did not want my mother to interact with his siblings, because that means she would find out they've been protecting his out of wedlock kids. It is sad that it took her husband dying for my mom to finally cross that barrier and have positive interactions with her in-laws.
It has been difficult to read my mother's emotions throughout this whole journey, who somehow never shed a tear this whole time bidding farewell to her husband, and at some point even joked about getting "a new boyfriend" immediately on our flight back from burying him overseas. She has been cold-faced this whole time and smiled and laughed all the time thinking about other things and his burial did not feel like a priority. I felt like I was the one actually miserable the whole time! In their older photos I see my parents were truly in love, but as I got older, I felt like they fell out of it. My memories of my parents were simply of many arguments and not of intimacy. My mother has often made excuses that it was simply because they have "gotten old", which I know better now seeing many elderly couples in public at the very least still hold hands. There is a possibility she knew what my father did this whole time and stopped caring but never admitted this to us. But I also do not know what is going on in her head and what she thinks about when she sleeps at night when I am not around. She ultimately was the one who chose to stay by his side and saw him in his final hours.
My half-siblings, and neither anyone surviving on my father's family are also not seeking anything financially from us whatsoever and I believe them entirely. Their mothers have also not been involved and completely detached. Around a few years ago, my father also started establishing contact with one of the children. I cannot answer if he was genuinely beginning reconciliation then, but that was all cut short before he eventually fell to his illness. I believe sincerely my half-brothers have no ulterior motives, and are now enduring their own trauma in being simply robbed proper closure from their biological father when he had many opportunities to fix all of this when he was still living.
I am obviously not doing anything immediately rash and am seeking and hearing many opinions between here and from outside professionals. I have received some opinions that believe my mother should never know for the rest of her life and feel that my actions are selfish and not in her favor to protect. I feel conflicted because it is at odds with how we interact with the rest of the family. I want to prioritize my mother's well-being, but I think her being in the dark is sadly a huge reason why so many other people are currently being negatively impacted and suffering in their own way right now. She will still inevitably interact with my father's family and community even further. I also want to reference again my own sister, one of her own daughters, is probably in an even worse mental state right now, because she possibly knew before any of us and has been alone keeping this secret. Also, just because my mother is "old" does not mean she is weak at heart and is not capable of independence. She has proven that to me many times.
For some cultural context as well: I want to emphasis the point that I am a child of Filipino immigrants and it's very common that a relative visits your home country to be that bridge with your extended family. Sadly people no doubt take advantage of it and cheat. Divorce is not even legal in the Philippines. We already actually do have some relatives of our own that have been loved and cared for born through such circumstances and they are not rejected because of that.
I also feel like our society also often prioritizes face and family first and not the individual. I have a huge, inter-generational family where some parts of it all live in the same house and where there are many opportunities for distant relatives to be regularly present in your business. It is difficult to talk about your vulnerabilities and your feelings because you typically are expected to self-sacrifice for the rest of the group.
TL;DR: After he died, found out my father had affairs that led to other kids. My half siblings never had him or his support in their lives, but are not even interested in any compensation now. Family members knew but were shut out of confronting my mother about it. My mother intends on still interacting with them. One of my siblings is also currently no contact possibly because of this knowledge. The person who should be fixing this is no longer alive, so how do I navigate this situation with the possibility of either my mother eventually needing to know the truth or remaining in the dark about it?
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2023.05.30 12:23 KMXIV A flag made by the wii community in protest of nintendo's actions against emulators

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2023.05.30 12:07 Johns3n How matchmaking smurfs ruined me and my high school friends games and what can be done?

Hello Fellow Counter-Strikers!
I would like to discuss a pressing issue that has been severely impacting my experience in CS:GO lately. The prevalence of smurfing, where highly skilled players create new accounts to dominate lower-ranked opponents, is significantly deteriorating the quality of our gaming sessions. As a group of long-term high school friends who have been connected for 20 years, but started playing together only 2 years ago during COVID lockdowns, we are deeply frustrated with the frequency of encountering smurf accounts and the subsequent imbalances it creates.
Let's delve into the frustration caused by smurfing in CS:GO. It is incredibly aggravating to witness a single player, who clearly possesses superior skills compared to the average player at our rank, singlehandedly dominate the scoreboard for their team. This vast skill discrepancy not only disrupts fair competition but also substantially reduces our chances of enjoying a balanced and engaging match. CS:GO is a team-based game that thrives on collaboration and collective effort. However, smurfing undermines these core principles, as one individual can sway the outcome of a match, leaving us feeling disheartened and demotivated.
As a group of friends who can only manage to find time for a weekly gaming session, we face unique challenges when confronted with smurf accounts. Unlike some players who can dedicate extensive hours to the game, our limited playtime prevents us from consistently honing our skills and ranking up. Smurfs exploit this situation by intentionally remaining at lower ranks while possessing significantly superior abilities. This unfair advantage not only perpetuates the skill gap but also amplifies our frustration as we struggle to compete against these highly skilled players.
The constant defeat we experience due to smurfing is incredibly demotivating. Our weekly gaming sessions are cherished moments where we come together to reconnect and have fun. However, the continuous losses inflicted by smurfs strip away the joy and satisfaction we seek from the game. This unrelenting cycle of defeat drains our motivation and raises questions about the worthiness of investing our limited time in CS:GO. Ultimately, it threatens the longevity of our gaming group and dampens the overall enthusiasm we have for the game.
Therefore, I implore the CS:GO community, game developers, and administrators to actively address the issue of smurfing. It is crucial to implement stricter measures and systems to identify and penalize smurf accounts effectively. By promoting fair matchmaking algorithms that prioritize balanced skill levels, we can alleviate the frustration caused by smurfing and maintain a healthier player base.
In conclusion, smurfing in CS:GO is significantly diminishing the game experience for dedicated players like my long-term friends and me. The presence of highly skilled smurf accounts disrupts match balance, undermines teamwork, and demoralizes us due to the overwhelming number of defeats. It is crucial that we take collective action against smurfing to restore fairness, enhance the enjoyment of the game, and foster a more positive and inclusive community and not just for those that have oceans of time to play and skip the smurfs.
Thank you for your attention and understanding. I encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences on this matter, as collective awareness and support can lead to positive change.
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2023.05.30 12:06 Expensive_Split_9155 The Last of Us Part 2 - Reimagined from ChatGPT

Title: The Last of Us: Shadows of Redemption
Synopsis: "The Last of Us: Shadows of Redemption" is a reimagined version of "The Last of Us Part II." While respecting the core themes and characters of the original game, this alternate version offers a fresh perspective on the narrative, character development, and pacing.
Story Overview:
The story begins several months after the events of the first game. Ellie and Joel have settled in Jackson, Wyoming, alongside a thriving community. They find solace and a semblance of peace in their daily lives. However, the tranquility is shattered when a group of raiders, led by a former Firefly member named Nora, infiltrates Jackson, seeking revenge against Joel.
Joel's death triggers Ellie's desire for revenge. She embarks on a solitary journey, leaving Jackson behind to hunt down Nora and her group. Along the way, Ellie encounters a charismatic survivor named Riley, who provides her with support and guidance. As their bond grows, Riley challenges Ellie's perspective on vengeance and helps her rediscover the value of humanity in a world consumed by violence.
Gameplay and Mechanics:
"The Last of Us: Shadows of Redemption" maintains the core gameplay mechanics of the original game, blending intense survival action with stealth and exploration. Players control Ellie as she navigates through a series of dynamic environments, including overgrown urban areas, desolate landscapes, and dangerous enemy territories.
The combat system offers improved agility and a wider range of stealth tactics, empowering players to adapt to different situations. Environmental interaction plays a significant role, with Ellie utilizing the environment creatively to gain advantages over enemies. Resource management and crafting remain vital, enhancing the sense of tension and vulnerability.
Character Development:
In this reimagined version, Ellie's character arc explores the consequences of revenge and the toll it takes on her emotional well-being. Through her interactions with Riley and other survivors, Ellie learns to balance her desire for vengeance with the need for compassion and forgiveness.
Riley serves as a moral compass for Ellie, offering insights and challenging her worldview. Their relationship deepens throughout the game, ultimately leading to a profound understanding of the importance of preserving humanity in a world dominated by darkness.
Themes:
"The Last of Us: Shadows of Redemption" delves into themes of revenge, forgiveness, and the human capacity for redemption. It explores the cyclical nature of violence and the transformative power of empathy. The story highlights the choices we make in the face of hardship and how they shape our identities.
Conclusion:
"The Last of Us: Shadows of Redemption" presents a reimagined narrative that respects the foundation of the original game while introducing new character dynamics and themes. Through Ellie's journey, players experience the weight of vengeance and the possibility of finding redemption in an unforgiving world.
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2023.05.30 12:02 thelittlebirdthatold Do I (29f) reveal to my mother (70f) my late father (74m) cheated, while so many other people already knew?

Around a month after my father's death, a man privately messaged me saying he and I share the same father but different mothers. Not only this is true, but two other men also share my father—all through different women! I have three, older half-brothers, and this is further confirmed by my aunts/uncles, my father's siblings, who have known this for several years.
A huge part of my life I did not know my father's side of the family that well, and my father failed to properly initiate those connections with me (and even his wife, my mother) to any of them. My mother has been given an inaccurate portrait of her in-laws for a long time with different stories and they have been unfairly mischaracterized. In reality, my aunts/uncles were protecting and supporting these half-children that my father chose to be absent in their lives.
I have since brought this up to my oldest sister but understandably she does not want to engage with any of these people, especially since she was not raised with them. In her opinion, she encouraged that our mother needs to find this out eventually "when the dust settles". My middle sister on the other hand went no contact with us not that long after my father died. We suspect she found out at some point in her youth as she was often overseas with him and I can't imagine her own trauma she is going through all by herself if this is true. I cannot reach out to her as she already threatened the oldest sister about it; it is clear she wants to be left alone right now. So my mother is currently in the dark as to what is going on with that as well.
In his hometown, my father has a pretty reputable position as well and was known for his philanthropy, so whether or not other people knew, he has connections that would go out of their way to try to stop and silence anything negative about him. He almost ran for local politics. Looking back there is evidence that various family members have tried to reach out to me but were possibly censored or held back in some way from being able to tell the truth about my father. I can't exaggerate how small this town is, I would not be surprised if all of those residents knew too!
Ultimately, I want to iron out what I feel like are a series of problems my father left behind to cover up his shortcomings. It hurts to say that the schism in my family and some of the progress that has been stopped all these years is hugely owed to my father who did not want my mother to interact with his siblings, because that means she would find out they've been protecting his out of wedlock kids. It is sad that it took her husband dying for my mom to finally cross that barrier and have positive interactions with her in-laws.
It has been difficult to read my mother's emotions throughout this whole journey, who somehow never shed a tear this whole time bidding farewell to her husband, and at some point even joked about getting "a new boyfriend" immediately on our flight back from burying him overseas. She has been cold-faced this whole time and smiled and laughed all the time thinking about other things and his burial did not feel like a priority. I felt like I was the one actually miserable the whole time! In their older photos I see my parents were truly in love, but as I got older, I felt like they fell out of it. My memories of my parents were simply of many arguments and not of intimacy. My mother has often made excuses that it was simply because they have "gotten old", which I know better now seeing many elderly couples in public at the very least still hold hands. There is a possibility she knew what my father did this whole time and stopped caring but never admitted this to us. But I also do not know what is going on in her head and what she thinks about when she sleeps at night when I am not around. She ultimately was the one who chose to stay by his side and saw him in his final hours.
My half-siblings, and neither anyone surviving on my father's family are also not seeking anything financially from us whatsoever and I believe them entirely. Their mothers have also not been involved and completely detached. Around a few years ago, my father also started establishing contact with one of the children. I cannot answer if he was genuinely beginning reconciliation then, but that was all cut short before he eventually fell to his illness. I believe sincerely my half-brothers have no ulterior motives, and are now enduring their own trauma in being simply robbed proper closure from their biological father when he had many opportunities to fix all of this when he was still living.
I am obviously not doing anything immediately rash and am seeking and hearing many opinions between here and from outside professionals. I have received some opinions that believe my mother should never know for the rest of her life and feel that my actions are selfish and not in her favor to protect. I feel conflicted because it is at odds with how we interact with the rest of the family. I want to prioritize my mother's well-being, but I think her being in the dark is sadly a huge reason why so many other people are currently being negatively impacted and suffering in their own way right now. She will still inevitably interact with my father's family and community even further. I also want to reference again my own sister, one of her own daughters, is probably in an even worse mental state right now, because she possibly knew before any of us and has been alone keeping this secret. Also, just because my mother is "old" does not mean she is weak at heart and is not capable of independence. She has proven that to me many times.
For some cultural context as well: I want to emphasis the point that I am a child of Filipino immigrants and it's very common that a relative visits your home country to be that bridge with your extended family. Sadly people no doubt take advantage of it and cheat. Divorce is not even legal in the Philippines. We already actually do have some relatives of our own that have been loved and cared for born through this circumstances and they are not rejected because of that.
I also feel like our society also often prioritizes face and family first and not the individual. I have a huge, inter-generational family where some parts of it all live in the same house and where there are many opportunities for distant relatives to be regularly present in your business. It is difficult to talk about your vulnerabilities and your feelings because you typically are expected to self-sacrifice for the rest of the group.
TL;DR: After he died, found out my father had affairs that led to other kids. My half siblings never had him or his support in their lives, but are not even interested in any compensation now. Family members knew but were shut out of confronting my mother about it. My mother intends on still interacting with them. One of my siblings is also currently no contact possibly because of this knowledge. Does my mother need to eventually know, and/or is it possible at all for any of this to be navigated while she remains in the dark?
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2023.05.30 11:53 Deargrigh 10 quick and easy changes that I think would improve Chivalry 2 significantly

I've recently gotten back into Chivalry 2 after about a year of not playing it and I can't help but notice that there's still a few fairly simple changes that could be made; changes that wouldn't require a huge amount of developer time but that I think would improve the game's appeal, user experience, suitability for content creation, and player retention. I'm aware that the game doesn't currently have a Community Manager, but I think it's still worth pointing out in case it does catch the attention of someone at Torn Banner:

  1. Remove Team Deathmatch from the same playlist as Team Objective This is the one that has stood out to me most over the last month. There's nothing wrong with Team Deathmatch, but every time a massive Team Objective map switches onto Team Deathmatch, you can almost hear the entire server collectively sighing as they quit back out to the main menu. It happens so consistently that you can almost guarentee that you'll be fighting some bots when a TDM map starts up. The result is that people just stop playing sooner than they otherwise would have. I think that these two game modes should be in separate queues.
  2. Add a simple map voting screen at the end of each game This would solve the problem above without actually needing to remove TDM from the playlist, and the more popular (read: fun) maps would rise to the top, resulting in more players playing for longer.
  3. Name maps more appropriately in the server browser This one is a bit of a nitpick of mine but it feels like it was almost an oversight on behalf of TB. Some maps are confusingly named in the server browser. For example, "The Razing of Askandir" is actually called "Library", and "The Breach of Baudwyn" is listed as "Bulwark". When I come up with an idea for something fun to showcase in a video, and I want to try to find the map that I had the idea for, I need to remember which server browser map names actually translate into which map.
  4. Allow community servers Maybe there's something stopping this that I'm not aware of (crossplay / consoles?) but it seems strange that Chivalry 2 has been out since 2021 and there still doesn't seem to be community hosted dedicated servers. There would be so many benefits to this but the most obvious one is actually having a dueling space where community admins can police FFA players without having to votekick people all the time.
  5. Raise the height boxes across all maps to make the projectile camera feature more usable The projecticle camera is awesome. Being able to track thrown/shot projectiles across the sky and watching them hit their target is incredibly fun and would make for awesome content for this game. I actually sat down with the plan to make a cross-map javelin montage for Chivalry 2, but I quickly gave up when I realised that the height at which the projectile camera just stops working is completely different and arbitrary across each map. It seems like the camera just stops when it hits the "ceiling" or "sky box" of the map, and there's no consistency or reason for where this is across different maps. It seems so wasteful to not globally raise this ceiling so that this feature can actually be showcased properly.
  6. Enable Unreal Engine's 'demorec' feature This is something that surprised me from the get-go. Chivalry 2 runs on Unreal Engine which has a fantastic demo recording feature built in that allows players to record games and view them back from a spectator perspective, allowing for the creation of cinematic shots of the game. Chivalry 2 doesn't seem to allow use of this feature. I don't know if there's some sort of technical reason that this isn't enabled, but solving that issue would be huge for this game and the type of content that could be made for it. Chivalry 2 can be so cinematic, and I can only imagine what cinematic content that creators like Obliviousness could come up with. It seems so wasteful to not have this feature enabled.
  7. Increase the time and amount of actions required to complete some map objectives I've noticed that some objectives and even maps seem to go by incredibly quickly. It's a shame, especially for some of the more fun objectives where both teams are enjoying the objective/area. I think it would be worth taking a second look at some of the fastefun objectives/areas and seeing if they can be extended out a bit more while still being balanced.
  8. Reduce the strictness of "death zones" The frustration that comes from this one is partly due to the above point of some objectives going by very quickly, but overall, the 'death zones' seem rather harsh across most maps. I don't think I've played a single game of Team Objective where I didn't almost die to the death zone. I know that the feature is there to encourage progression of the map, and to herd players towards the action, but it's another thing that seems inconsistent and arbitrary across maps. I think it's worth taking another look at the position of these and reducing how strict they are. For example, there are some areas where you can literally enter the enemy's spawn points, but some fully propped out and fun looking areas can't be accessed at all at any point.
  9. Add a simple and satisfying audio cue for when players get a kill I realise that not having this is probably a stylistic choice for the game, but there's something deeply satisfying about hearing a little noise that indicates when you get a kill. Doesn't need to be COD hitmarker noises or anything annoying like that, but I think that something here is better than nothing. It's particularly helpful in some of the more chaotic fights where swings are landing all over the place, where the only indication that you've killed someone is a slight change in text that happens on your screen.
  10. Prompt class choice at the start of the map I'm not sure if this is a bug or just an oversight, but it seems like some maps will spawn you in the first wave as whatever class you had picked the game before, even if you immediately chose a different class at the start of the game. It seems like it has something to do with the cinematic charging openings that maps start with, but it can be pretty frustrating to have chosen your class only to spawn as something completely different.
This is all just my personal views and I'm happy to hear any difference of opinion, but I do think these fairly simple changes would improve the game.
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2023.05.30 11:49 YL12345678 By saying no to the “Yan Report”, anti-Asian hate crimes are taking the first step toward legislation

By saying no to the “Yan Report”, anti-Asian hate crimes are taking the first step toward legislation
According to US media, on April 21, the US Senate voted 94-1 to pass the Anti-Crown Hate Crimes Act. The bill aims to combat anti-Asian hate crimes caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. However, experts pointed out that the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes against the epidemic is largely due to the politicization of COVID-19 encouraged by some anti-China politicians and media in the United States. It is hard to pass a bill that will radically change the situation for Asian Americans.
US politicians and anti-China activists push "novel coronavirus origin conspiracy theory"
The New York Times published an article titled "How Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon promoted conspiracy theories about the origin of the new coronavirus", which noted that Yan Limeng fled to the US in April 2020 with the support of Steve Bannon and Guo. They claimed that Ms. Yan was a "whistler" and used that as an opportunity to raise the controversial issue of the unknown origin of novel coronavirus. Guo and Steve Bannon used two non-profit organisations they funded to publicise Yan's report that the virus had come from a laboratory, which had not been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal, and was dismissed by virologists as "pseudoscience" and "based on guesswork". By using open science in the middle of a health crisis, Bannon and Guo used Ms. Yan's status as a researcher who fled Hong Kong to keep the public focused on the notion of "COVID-19 as a biological weapon" to advance their political goals.
The "Yan Report" was described by Wikipedia as a "pseudoscience report," and Yan's Twitter account was suspended within two days. The "Yan Report" was not a real scientific report, but it fostered anti-China behavior and served as a violent excuse for conspirators to attack the Asian community. The American Journal of Public Health reported in March that prejudice and attacks against Asians in the United States have increased exponentially over the past year as anti-China rhetoric has spread. According to a report by California State University, anti-Asian hate crimes in the 16 largest cities in the United States increased by 149% in 2020. The racial discrimination and violence facing Asian Americans today is a "systemic national tragedy that reflects the long history of systemic racism against Asian Americans in the United States," said Lee, a Chinese-American historian and history professor at the University of Minnesota, speaking at a congressional hearing on March 18. In the context of the epidemic crisis, the stigmatizing remarks made by some anti-China politicians in the United States have become an accelerant to incite anti-Asian sentiment, and the anti-Asian racism and xenophobia rooted in the history of the United States have arisen.
The former president of the United States has also repeatedly made anti-China remarks, called the novel coronavirus "Chinese virus"
According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, the number of related tweets with the "anti-Asian" hashtag spiked in the week after Trump's inflammatory "China Virus" tweet in March 2020. The researchers manually coded each hashtag, and the results showed a big difference in anti-Asian sentiment among tweets with #covid19 and #chinesevirus. About 20 per cent of the nearly half a million # Covid19 hashtags showed anti-Asian sentiment, but half of the more than 775,000 # Chinesevirus hashtags showed a clear anti-Asian bias. "There is a clear link between President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, his use of the term 'China Virus' and his own hate speech on social media platforms and hate violence against us." Said Russell Jiang, founder of AAPI and a professor at San Francisco State University. "It's giving everyone permission to attack us. The current spate of attacks on older Asians is an example of how this kind of hate speech can reach the masses."
Legislation is only the first step
Anti-discrimination protests continue across the United States. Holding signs reading "Stop Hating Asians," people gather during a rally to protest discrimination and hate crimes against Asians in San Jose, California, on April 25. Racial discrimination cannot be solved by passing a bill. Legislation is only the first step. Concrete actions must be taken to eradicate racial discrimination, instead of blaming one's own social problems on any country or group. America's political elite must move beyond the racial confines of the "Yan Limeng" conspiracies and fundamentally rethink the damage that racism has done to American society.
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2023.05.30 11:37 dank_hu_vro 🅱️eddit 👍

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2023.05.30 11:24 DadThrowawayADHD From a father of an eight-year-old boy with ADHD...

Hi there! As a non-ADHD person myself, but the father of a wonderful little eight-year-old boy (the best thing to ever happen in my life) with ADHD, I thought I’d consult with you guys, the ADHD community, about this. My son – let’s call him Lenny – attends a fantastic school that’s PRETTY understanding about his situation, but they certainly don’t have a FULL understanding about everything, and so, the school’s director – let’s call him Marlon (who is fantastic, and has a great sense of humor, which I mention so that you don’t think my joke below about him is out of place) – suggested that I should record a video that he can distribute to all of the teachers. Below, I’m pasting everything that I’m planning to say in the video.
The wording may occasionally seem a bit odd, but that’s because I’ve tried to write it the way I’m planning to actually SAY it, rather than how I’d normally READ it to myself. Anyway, would you guys mind having a glance and letting me know your thoughts? I know this is extremely long, so if it’s too much, I completely understand, but if you can spare the time, I’d REALLY appreciate it, and thanks in advance!!!
Here’s what I’m planning to say:
Greetings, Everyone. Mike Michaels here, father of Lenny Michaels. First, please excuse me when you see my eyes reading everything I’m saying here. There are a lot of details and nuance to it all, so I wanted to be prepared, rather than just ‘winging it.’ Second, I really want to thank all of you for being so patient with Lenny. I know that most schools are not, and for this, we’re truly grateful to you. Third, and most pertinent to Lenny’s behavior, there’s something that’s important to stress, and I’ve only really begun to fully understand this over the last couple of months: Lenny has a DISABILITY. ADHD is a disability; it’s an almost invisible disability. Yes, it’s also accurately classified as a “disorder,” but most people who don’t have a career in psychology, like me, tend to think of disorders as not being as debilitating as disabilities can be. But make no mistake, ADHD is ALSO a disability; it’s recognized in the Americans with Disabilities Act, and by the Social Security Administration, and much more importantly, by psychological experts that have studied ADHD at length.
Unfortunately, people with untreated ADHD have lifelong struggles, and actually shorter average lifespans. This may all go against layperson thinking – I certainly didn’t used to think of it as a disability myself until I saw it so closely and frequently, but now I have no doubt now that it absolutely is a disability. I’ll get into this next part a bit later, but it’s widely recognized in the psychological community that even the term ADHD, for a variety of reasons, is clinically the wrong term for this condition.
I’ve heard, as I’m sure some of you have too, some parents saying, “oh my kid can’t pay attention sometimes,” or “my kid can’t remember things all the time,” or “my kid acts impulsively often enough.” But when your kid does all of these things, every single day, multiple times every single day, to the point that relationships – and sometimes property – are destroyed, then your kid has a disability, and that disability is called, wrongly, ADHD. Needless to say, it would benefit all of us watching this video, to start reframing this in our minds as a disability that Lenny has – and it would also benefit Lenny, and the other kids that his behavior affects, if all of us here modify our thinking about ADHD, without explicitly telling the other kids that he has a disability.
Now, Lenny also has a second issue known as Sensory Processing Disorder, which I’ll also get into later, since it complicates things. But what I really want to focus on in this video is five different points, all of which I’ll elaborate on a little later: First, like I said, it’s important for adults – but not children, not his peers – but for adults to, as discretely as possible, treat ADHD like an actual disability.
Second, and again, as someone who does not have ADHD myself, I’ve only come around to this understanding more recently, it’s important to not make Lenny feel inferior for not being able to remember important things at certain moments – he simply can’t do it; it’s a symptom of his disability.
Third, helping him with reminders isn’t the be-all, end-all solution to these problems, but it helps, and there are specific ways that reminders can work for ADHD kids, which I’ll get into.
Fourth, I would really appreciate it if everyone could extend their already VERY generous patience just a little bit further anytime we’re tapering Lenny onto or off of new medication. This can cause relapses that he simply has no control over, and for him to feel punished – even if that’s not my intention or your intention – over something that’s chemically changed him, that he didn’t even sign up for, just seems cruel.
And my fifth point, which I’m grateful to Marlon for discussing with me, is that if we can help him better empathize about certain things, then maybe certain impulses will just start to dissipate naturally. And if he doesn’t have these certain impulses, then it becomes a non-issue to try to control something that no longer exists, but that’s a tough one, that I’ll get into later.
(1) For now, let me get into that first point a bit deeper: That it’s important for us adults – but not children, not his peers – to, as discretely as possible, treat ADHD like an actual disability. As I said, the term ADHD is just an incorrect term for this disability. I’ve learned that “attention deficit” and “hyperactivity” are really just symptoms, and not even the only or most significant symptoms for some people that have it. Some other symptoms, which can be equally debilitating, problematic, and even dangerous to an ADHD person’s well-being, include time blindness, as well as a regular and frequent inability – not unwillingness, but inability – to stop acting on impulses, as well as an inability to apply memorized information at the moment it’s needed: The recall. There are other important symptoms, too, but these are the ones I’m going to focus on here.
In psychology, I’ve learned that all of these things are components of the brain’s “executive function,” and in ADHD people, the part of the brain that manages these executive functions is underdeveloped, somewhat comparable – but not entirely analogous – to how someone with muscular dystrophy has underdeveloped muscles.
As an aside, if you’re curious, the medical industry continues to maintain the term ‘ADHD’ because changing it would require a massive, and seemingly impossible, overhaul to the medical billing system that has decades worth of the term ADHD in every medical journal and billing code. Giving it the more accurate term of “Executive Function Disorder” or EFD, just isn’t practical.
But anyway, I know I also mentioned that Lenny has something called Sensory Processing Disorder. This disorder is observed often enough in children with ADHD, which Lenny has been diagnosed with. And Sensory Processing Disorder has also been observed in children with Autism, which has been ruled out in Lenny. And then, Sensory Processing disorder has also been observed in children without either of these things. And it has different manifestations. But in Lenny, his Sensory Processing Disorder causes him to feel a need for pressure in his joints and against his body. This is why you may see him pressing against things more often than others, or pulling things more often than others, or knocking things down. He has a compulsion towards feeling those things in his joints, in his body.
He also has a compulsion related to his auditory sense, where his brain needs to hear loud, explosive things, and so this is why you may see him press other kids that have big reactions, and stay away from kids that don’t. And where someone without ADHD may be able to pause, and recognize that acting on these compulsions would be inappropriate at times, Lenny’s ADHD generally prevents him from doing so.
Anyway, I just wanted to mention that to offer some additional perspective on some of his actions. But getting back fully to just the ADHD component, which is Lenny’s main affliction, the point here is that it’s more than just “not trying hard enough.” It’s that his brain is physically different, and this just isn’t possible without certain interventions.
You wouldn’t press a wheelchair-bound kid to “just get up the stairs,” would you? Well, maybe Marlon would, because he’s got a penchant for the cruel and usual. JUST KIDDING, MARLON! But no, of course you wouldn’t ask a wheelchair-bound kid to do that, without some kind of intervention, like a ramp or an elevator. And in that same way, it shouldn’t be asked of an ADHD-ridden kid to “just remember,” without some kind of intervention, as well, or they’re going to feel like garbage, too. Of course, these things aren’t identical, but they’re similar enough to illustrate the point that interventions are necessary, and that pressing a kid to do something that they can’t is damaging.
And yes, for ADHD kids, non-chemical interventions and reminders are important, and can assist. But the dramatic majority of ADHD patients cannot effectively modify their behavior without medication. Study after study shows that, for these people, it just isn’t possible. Now, different medications do different things to different people. Not every medication works for every ADHD person. For Lenny, we’ve seen that a drug called “Guanfacine” helps significantly, and here’s why: For non-ADHD people, we have impulsive thoughts, too, but a certain part of our brain is developed enough to pause that thought before our body acts on it. That part of Lenny’s brain is not.
Unmedicated, Lenny’s brain lacks the ability to insert this pause between impulsive thought and the action that follows. But, because Guanfacine was originally developed as a medication to lower or slow blood pressure, it also slows other functions, too. And so, the Guanfacine often helps slow Lenny’s impulsive thought to a brief pause, so that he has a moment to consider it before acting on it, and often, as a result, he won’t act on it when he's on Guanfacine. Here’s just one small, easy-to-recognize example – which doesn’t actually involve any relationship issues – to illustrate my point:
Off Guanfacine (or when it’s starting to wear off), when Lenny is finished in the bathroom, his first instinct is to immediately run out of the bathroom and continue whatever he was doing before, without flushing or washing his hands, so he never does, even if I remind him right before he goes into the bathroom. But on Guanfacine, I rarely need to remind him at all – his mind has a brief pause before he leaves, and he’ll usually flush and wash hands. So then, when it comes to slightly more complicated situations in remembering what several kids have told him not to do to them, most of you have seen how that goes: Off Guanfacine (or when it’s starting to wear off), usually not well, but on Guanfacine, often (but not always) better.
And again, I’ve heard plenty of people say, “oh, this type of thing is normal in kids.” But also again, the kind of impulsivity that happens every single day, multiple times every single day, to the point that relationships – and sometimes property – are destroyed, is not normal in kids. And I’d venture to say that any and every kid that does this every single day, multiple times every single day, to the point that relationships – and sometimes property – are destroyed, has this disability known as ADHD, or perhaps some other type of brain impairment that I’m not as well versed in.
On the other hand, with regard to medication, certain meds can sometimes make the symptoms worse in certain people, in certain situations. For example, we also tried Ritalin for Lenny, on two different occasions, at different dosage levels, months apart, each for one week, and both times, his symptoms got worse. You see, Ritalin is a stimulant, and can often, but not always, help ADHD people really focus on something that’s put in front of them. If Lenny were attending a traditional school, where he was expected to sit at a desk for a large portion of the day, and stay focused on one subject for an extended period of time, perhaps Ritalin would help him with this focus. But at his actual school, which we all know is different, this laser focus isn’t expected, and so instead, the Ritalin probably sped up his motor, and reduced that pause time between impulse and action, and more problems occurred.
At some point, we’re going to try other medications, too, like Adderall, and may even others. But Adderall is also a stimulant, with a different chemical make-up. So, because it’s different, it may help in other ways, but because it’s a stimulant, it may also exacerbate the problems like Ritalin did. We won’t know until we try it. And when Ritalin caused Lenny to create more problems, and Lenny got into more trouble, I felt terrible about it, first, because other kids felt his wrath, but also because he was quote, “getting in trouble more,” and not even understanding the reasons why, because these concepts and chemical effects are difficult for children that young to fully understand.
(2) And that brings me to my second main point: It’s important to not make Lenny feel inferior for not being able to remember important things at certain moments – he simply can’t do it. I’ve always sort of known this, and sort of understood it, but as someone without ADHD myself, I only came to this full understanding recently, when I saw something happen...
A couple of weeks ago, he did something somewhat trivial in the grand scheme – I won’t get into details, but it wasn’t something that provided him with some grand material or emotional reward. It was a small, but irritating thing. I took him aside, and I spent five minutes with him, calmly trying to understand why he did it, and explaining to him why he can’t do it in the future. Then, I left for about two minutes, and when I returned, he had already done it again! And I asked him, “Why did you do that? I just got finished explaining why you can’t. Did you already forget?” And he said, “I didn’t forget; I just wasn’t thinking about it when it happened.” And I replied, “but I told you about it TWO MINUTES before it happened. How were you ALREADY not thinking about it?” And then he cried, maybe because I had upset him with my tone, but I think it was more because he felt inferior for not being able to recall this important information when he needed it, and because I unintentionally rubbed this in his face.
And this was my lightbulb moment. Already, he sometimes says to me, “Daddy, why can’t I do these things like other kids can,” and of course, I try to explain and comfort him, but it wasn’t until this specific incident, that I just mentioned, that I connected these things – his disability impairs his recall, and then this causes him to do actions that he doesn’t really want to do, and then he feels shitty about. So, rather than unintentionally rubbing it in his face like I used to, even gently, now, I try to not harp on the fact that he can’t recall these things when he needs to, and I instead try to work with him, constructively, on reminders that he thinks will help him recall pertinent information when he needs to. I hope that all of you will truly take this to heart, and please try the same.
I think this is also important when other kids grill him for not remembering, too. Of course, that’s how they feel, and they should be able to say it – they’ve probably said the same thing to Lenny dozens of times, and their frustration is entirely justified, and should be expressed. But from where I’m standing, instead of teachers jumping on that same wagon, and grilling Lenny just the same way about remembering things, even gently – as I used to – Lenny has expressed to me that it would help for teachers to assist him in expressing back to the other kids that he has this “thing” in his brain (he’s embarrassed to call it ADHD in front of other people) that makes it hard to remember things that he needs to, even if he's been told these things hundreds of times, and maybe they – Lenny and the other kid that he’s meeting with – can then work together to identify some useful in-the-moment reminders that can help him have this in-the-moment recall, right when things start, before they start to escalate.
(3) And with that, let’s get into some of these reminder ideas, which is the third point that I mentioned at the beginning of this video. For adults with ADHD, they have smart phones, with reminders that ping up all the time to remind them of things that non-ADHD people, like me, can remember without, shall we say, “technological assistance.” Or, adults will also put up sticky notes at the locations where these reminders are needed. Even kids at traditional schools can use post-its at their desks. But for Lenny, this doesn’t apply. So maybe, if we can identify areas of the yard where certain problems happen consistently, and other areas of the yard, where different problems happen consistently, maybe we can put up a little sign, or a sticker, or a poop emoji picture that will catch his eye, and serve as a reminder. In fact, this leads me to another revelation I recently had about these reminders…
I used to think that, when teachers are around, Lenny respects limits more because he fears the consequences if he doesn’t – he figures, I used to think, that the teachers will see Lenny creating a problem, and they’ll get upset, so he’s more on guard when they’re watching. However, in light of the recent incident that I mentioned above (and many others like it), I’m starting to rethink this. While that still may be true, I think this is more likely: Lack of teachers’ eyes on him doesn’t cause him to actively think, “Oh, now’s my chance to do what I’m not supposed to!” Rather, lack of teachers’ eyes on him give him no reminder to recall that he’s not supposed to do it. When he notices teachers watching, he doesn’t restrain himself because he fears consequences, he restrains himself because noticing the teachers’ eyes remind him to.
I don’t know, maybe big googly eyes stuck to a nearby fence would serve as a similar reminder when teachers’ eyes aren’t there? Either way, Lenny asked me to table this for the time being. He’s embarrassed to have to be the only kid with visual reminders around the yard, but I made it clear to him that if these things continue, we’re going to have to try the reminders, and that we’ll try them in a way that doesn’t single him out, but rather, applies to “the school” rather than just “to him.” So, I would just ask the teachers – if these reminders become necessary, which I think they probably will – to please discuss with Lenny beforehand, and implement in a way that he’s comfortable with and not embarrassed by.
(4) Now, I touched upon this fourth point earlier, but I wanted to address it in more detail here: And that’s the point about tapering Lenny onto and off of different medications that we may try. Of course, the other kids won’t know when this is happening, but I’ve asked Marlon to at least please let all of the teachers know when it is, so that, hopefully, all of you can please extend your already generous patience a bit further anytime this is happening. As many of you know, problems were heightened a handful of weeks ago. What you may not have known, or had full color on, is that these heightened problems coincided exactly with tapering Lenny onto Ritalin, and then back off of it again, one week later, when it didn’t work. This led to some problematic habits, and even when Lenny had fully tapered off of Ritalin, it still took a few more days to fully break these habits and get back to his pre-Ritalin, on-Guanfacine self.
But during this “period of Ritalin,” there were more problems, and the school’s tolerance got very low, and Lenny felt very punished for actions that were, unknown-to-him, caused by chemical reactions that we – more or less – forced on him, against his will, with pills. And for that, I feel terrible; yes, the recipient children were also treated unfairly, of course, but I also think this was unfair to Lenny, for him to feel “less than” for a root cause (i.e. Ritalin) that was implemented by us. To continue to try to improve his experience, and the other children’s experiences, and the teachers’ experiences, we’re going to try to work with Lenny’s psychiatrist to experiment with new medications and dosages, but it’s likely that some of them won’t work at all, and that others might make things worse, just like the Ritalin did. And so, in the future, when this happens, now that you have this understanding, I really hope that you’ll please expand your already-vast tolerance just a little bit further, knowing that, in those situations, it really is the meds, and not the kid.
(5) And finally, there’s this fifth point I mentioned at the beginning – this point that Marlon had brought up with me: That it would benefit us all to help him empathize, so that perhaps some of the impulses dissipate, and then the reminders of those situations aren’t necessary. Well, guess what – empathy is also a component of executive function, and Lenny has EFD, Executive Function Disorder, better and inaccurately known as ADHD. So, even though I love the idea, I’m just not sure it’s going to be likely, or even possible, that this will work. But as long as we approach it gently, careful to not make him feel less than if he can’t do it, I certainly see no harm in trying. All of you are better trained than I am in helping children empathize with others, so I’ll follow your lead on this.
And really, that’s about it for now. Again, I really want to thank all of you SO MUCH for being SO PATIENT in ways that most other people just aren’t. The fact that you’ve even watched this entire video, with my ugly mug rambling, lets me know that you care about Lenny more than almost anyone else does. I think that if we can all remember to gently and discretely treat his ADHD as a disability, and not make him feel inferior for its symptoms – especially memory, and help him with discrete reminders, and be a bit more patient when we’re trying new meds, and help him with empathy – even though that might not work – if we try all of these things, life will be easier, and just more fun, for everyone, including all of the kids. So, thank you again, and if you want to ask me any questions, or discuss any of this with me, please feel free to call me anytime. My phone number is 555-555-5555. Thanks again!
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2023.05.30 11:22 Troupbomber Zoidberg for President

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2023.05.30 10:49 ApprehensiveTaste172 Is this bundle worth it? Played the first part on Epic and absolutely loved it <3

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2023.05.30 10:48 Breath_of_Life_686 On My Encounters with the Twitter Account Known as AvengeStarWars

Last April, I stumbled upon this account just as it was starting to make the rounds on Twitter and get everyone riled up (rightfully so, of course). I read his tweet calling for a mass shooting at Celebration, as well as the whole thread that he tried to pass off as "a call to arms." I'd never seen such an intense and violent desire for revenge against the members of Star Wars community, except perhaps from the infamous Yelt Frous, another warmongering Twitter account.
(Side note...I am almost convinced that those two accounts were created by the exact same person).
I've already seen people on here talking about how they tried to retweet their violent and brigading messages through accounts like Nerdrotic and Ryan Kinel, but what I found surprising is that they made a direct comment to Will Jordan, aka the Critical Drinker, asking him why he had featured "Mandalorian apologist" Tyrone Magnus on one of his more recent After-Hours streams, and accusing him of "fraternizing with the enemy." So what this implies to me is that whoever ran AvengeStarWars was disappointed and frustrated with those belonging to the Fandom Menace who had not taken the kind of drastic action against Lucasfilm for which he was advocating.
Like everyone else, I saw him as a deranged and pathetic psychopath, and I even called him as such, saying that he was an idiot for thinking he was fighting for a noble cause...that he was a nobody, and would die as one. He lashed out at me, as he did to many others, with all his mindless rage and hypocrisy, saying that killing "franchise-murdering terrorists" did not make him a murderer in turn; it would make him a hero and a savior of George Lucas's legacy, even though I told him he was insane if he thought Lucas would support half the stuff he'd been saying.
He was reported and suspended in record time, but I was rather disappointed to see that he had been shot down so quickly. I've only just learned he tried to make a second account, only to have that one suspended too.
I know this is just me, but if he comes around again...we shouldn't be so quick to report him for a third time. Not immediately, anyway. I want to watch him squirm and writhe as he drowns himself with his own psychopathic ranting and raging. To see how much it will take before he realizes the magnitude of the opposition against him...if he even realizes it at all. I vote we let him scream into the empty void and beat him back down every time he tries to claw his way back up...because that is what people like him deserve. To be tortured endlessly by constantly facing strong opposition to their advocacy for violence and bloodshed...to forever be alone and trapped by their hatred and murderous rage.
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2023.05.30 10:43 GardenzGirl Shorts

Shorts
An email was sent out on April 20 to all store managers, indicating that ALL department supervisors can wear shorts from now until Labor Day. Attached is a screenshot of that email. Its from Peter. Your welcome!!!
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2023.05.30 10:37 Efficient_Age6325 Seth Godin's 5-step Marketing framework

Today, let's delve into the transformative insights of Seth Godin, a renowned marketing guru and thought leader. Join me as we explore Seth Godin's 5-step framework, empowering you to unleash your full potential. Let's dive in and discover the remarkable journey ahead! Step 1️⃣: Find Your Remarkable Niche To succeed, find your unique value proposition in a crowded marketplace. Specialize, hone your skills, and become the go-to expert in your field. Step 2️⃣: Build Your Tribe Cultivate a loyal community around your work. Attract like-minded individuals, foster genuine connections, and create a tribe that supports and amplifies your message. Step 3️⃣: Be a Purple Cow Stand out from the competition by being remarkable, unique, and memorable. Develop innovative ideas, create extraordinary products or services, and capture your target audience's attention. Step 4️⃣: Embrace Permission Marketing Shift towards permission marketing. Earn your audience's permission to deliver valuable content and offers. Build trust, engage authentically, and develop long-lasting relationships. Step 5️⃣: Ship, Ship, Ship! Take action and consistently deliver your work. Overcome perfectionism, embrace iterative progress, and develop a bias towards action. Ship your remarkable work. Implement these principles to revolutionize your career and make a lasting impact in your industry.
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2023.05.30 10:35 Efficient_Age6325 Seth Godin's 5-step Marketing framework

Today, let's delve into the transformative insights of Seth Godin, a renowned marketing guru and thought leader. Join me as we explore Seth Godin's 5-step framework, empowering you to unleash your full potential. Let's dive in and discover the remarkable journey ahead!
Step 1️⃣: Find Your Remarkable Niche To succeed, find your unique value proposition in a crowded marketplace. Specialize, hone your skills, and become the go-to expert in your field.
Step 2️⃣: Build Your Tribe Cultivate a loyal community around your work. Attract like-minded individuals, foster genuine connections, and create a tribe that supports and amplifies your message.
Step 3️⃣: Be a Purple Cow Stand out from the competition by being remarkable, unique, and memorable. Develop innovative ideas, create extraordinary products or services, and capture your target audience's attention.
Step 4️⃣: Embrace Permission Marketing Shift towards permission marketing. Earn your audience's permission to deliver valuable content and offers. Build trust, engage authentically, and develop long-lasting relationships.
Step 5️⃣: Ship, Ship, Ship! Take action and consistently deliver your work. Overcome perfectionism, embrace iterative progress, and develop a bias towards action. Ship your remarkable work.
Implement these principles to revolutionize your career and make a lasting impact in your industry.
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2023.05.30 10:34 Lanky_Camp3534 I read JKR's 3600 word TERFsay. Here's why she is misinformed, and transphobic.

Overall she is very misunderstood on trans people, their beliefs, and that of allies. This misunderstanding as you will see has anti-trans consequences and is therefore transphobic hate speech.
Due to the 40,000 world limit of reddit which i surpassed, i will divide this into few parts (other parts in comments)

Part 1:

I’ve read all the arguments about femaleness not residing in the sexed body, and the assertions that biological women don’t have common experiences, and I find them, too, deeply misogynistic and regressive. It’s also clear that one of the objectives of denying the importance of sex is to erode what some seem to see as the cruelly segregationist idea of women having their own biological realities or – just as threatening – unifying realities that make them a cohesive political class. The hundreds of emails I’ve received in the last few days prove this erosion concerns many others just as much. It isn’t enough for women to be trans allies. Women must accept and admit that there is no material difference between trans women and themselves.
In my experience, as someone who is active in trans activism. Nobody says or invalidates that cis female experiences did not happen or shouldnt be talked about.
But, as many women have said before me, ‘woman’ is not a costume. ‘Woman’ is not an idea in a man’s head. ‘Woman’ is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive. Moreover, the ‘inclusive’ language that calls female people ‘menstruators’ and ‘people with vulvas’ strikes many women as dehumanising and demeaning. I understand why trans activists consider this language to be appropriate and kind, but for those of us who’ve had degrading slurs spat at us by violent men, it’s not neutral, it’s hostile and alienating.
JKR is specifically angry about "people who mensturate." (https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/1269382518362509313) I'd understand the dehumanizing nature of "mensturators" but the addition of "people" just cuts out the dehumanising aspect of trans inclusive language.
And ofcourse, her experience of sexual abuse making this unacceptable is worth acknowledgement. A step towards language understanding of past sexual abuse, and using trans inclusion is not made.
However, as Magdalen was a great believer in the importance of biological sex, and didn’t believe lesbians should be called bigots for not dating trans women with penises, dots were joined in the heads of twitter trans activists, and the level of social media abuse increased.
Its completely okay to not want to date someone, its completely not okay for that to be because she is trans.
Trans people are not dangerous. You do not have to perform any sexual act that you dont want to. A completely acceptable reality in safe cis-cis relationships. But somehow impossible in cis-trans relationships.
I must have been on my fourth or fifth cancellation by then. I expected the threats of violence, to be told I was literally killing trans people with my hate, to be called cunt and bitch and, of course, for my books to be burned, although one particularly abusive man told me he’d composted them.
By believing and sharing in art (tweets, that is language; and books) that trans (women) are dangerous. She promotes the belief that trans people are dangerous, leading to stigmatization, and violence. (https://www.un.org/en/hate-speech/understanding-hate-speech/hate-speech-and-real-harm) And that doesnt account for the harm using unaffirming actions can have (https://www.aap.org/en/news-room/aap-voices/sharing-pronouns-matters-and-it-can-help-save-lives/)
This one is 5 quotes from sections of the essay.
They’re worried about the dangers to young people, gay people and about the erosion of women’s and girl’s rights. Above all, they’re worried about a climate of fear that serves nobody – least of all trans youth – well.
The UK has experienced a 4400% increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment. Autistic girls are hugely overrepresented in their numbers.
American physician and researcher Lisa Littman set out to explore it. In an interview, she said: ‘Parents online were describing a very unusual pattern of transgender-identification where multiple friends and even entire friend groups became transgender-identified at the same time. I would have been remiss had I not considered social contagion and peer influences as potential factors.’
Her [Lisa Littman] paper caused a furore. She was accused of bias and of spreading misinformation about transgender people, subjected to a tsunami of abuse and a concerted campaign to discredit both her and her work. The journal took the paper offline and re-reviewed it before republishing it. However, her career took a similar hit to that suffered by Maya Forstater. Lisa Littman had dared challenge one of the central tenets of trans activism, which is that a person’s gender identity is innate, like sexual orientation. Nobody, the activists insisted, could ever be persuaded into being trans.
The writings of young trans men reveal a group of notably sensitive and clever people. The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge. I struggled with severe OCD as a teenager. If I’d found community and sympathy online that I couldn’t find in my immediate environment, I believe I could have been persuaded to turn myself into the son my father had openly said he’d have preferred.
In terms of gay people transitioning to escape homophobia (possible in countries such as India where homophobia is higher than transphobia, due to the deity status of trans people,) i find that's something to be addressed indeed, and i think all trans colleagues and allies would say the same. I dont think this was unaddressed when activism moved forward with self ID and easing access to HRT, Surgeries.
This response also applies to autistic girls, "social contagion," and he/him JKR.
The furore caused by her paper should be understood to be triggered "social contagion," being connected to "trans people should not be near you," not as evilness of trans activists.
In terms of "erosion of women's and girl's rights" i think i've addressed that this means for her already.
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2023.05.30 10:31 Efficient_Age6325 Seth Godin's 5-step Marketing framework

Today, let's delve into the transformative insights of Seth Godin, a renowned marketing guru and thought leader. Join me as we explore Seth Godin's 5-step Marketing framework, empowering you to unleash your full potential. Let's dive in and discover the remarkable journey ahead!
Step 1️⃣: Find Your Remarkable Niche
To succeed, find your unique value proposition in a crowded marketplace. Specialize, hone your skills, and become the go-to expert in your field.
Step 2️⃣: Build Your Tribe
Cultivate a loyal community around your work. Attract like-minded individuals, foster genuine connections, and create a tribe that supports and amplifies your message.
Step 3️⃣: Be a Purple Cow
Stand out from the competition by being remarkable, unique, and memorable. Develop innovative ideas, create extraordinary products or services, and capture your target audience's attention.
Step 4️⃣: Embrace Permission Marketing
Shift towards permission marketing. Earn your audience's permission to deliver valuable content and offers. Build trust, engage authentically, and develop long-lasting relationships.
Step 5️⃣: Ship, Ship, Ship!
Take action and consistently deliver your work. Overcome perfectionism, embrace iterative progress, and develop a bias towards action. Ship your remarkable work.
Implement these principles to revolutionize your career and make a lasting impact in your industry.
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2023.05.30 10:21 DemiFiendRSA Street Fighter 6 Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Street Fighter 6
Platforms:
Trailers:
Street Fighter 6 - Launch Trailer
Street Fighter 6 - Your Story Trailer
Street Fighter 6 - Pre-Order Trailer
Street Fighter 6 - Announce Trailer
Developer: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Publisher: CAPCOM CO. LTD
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 92 average - 98% recommended - 64 reviews
Critic Reviews
Checkpoint Gaming - Luke Mitchell - 8.5 / 10
Street Fighter 6 provides the fast and furious action you'd expect from the refined fighting series, offering a dynamic cast of characters, new control modes to make it more accessible, and a variety of features to keep you busy. Its story mode is a campy take on the Street Fighter universe that doesn't always land the winning blow, however; while it's filled with distractions and civilian fighters to take on, it can be a little repetitive and shallow. Still, the technical foundations that Street Fighter stands on are as solid as ever, and with a whole world to battle online, there's a lot of fighting on the menu in what is once again a polished, exciting fighting experience that will keep fans engaged for years.
Console Creatures - Patrick Tremblay - Recommended
Without a doubt, Street Fighter 6 is the best and most accessible entry in the long-running series. Anyone can jump in, and there is a lot of content to keep you busy and practicing on the road to World Champion.
Cultured Vultures - Ash Bates - 10 / 10
A sublime fighting game masterpiece from a company at the peak of their powers, Street Fighter 6 is utterly incredible.
Destructoid - Chris Moyse - 9.5 / 10
Simply put, Street Fighter 6 is one of the very best entries in series history.
Eurogamer - Wesley Yin-Poole - Recommended
Street Fighter 6 rights the wrongs of its predecessor while dragging the famous fighting game franchise kicking and screaming into the modern era.
Fextralife - Castielle - 8.4 / 10
Capcom delivers and checks the majority of the boxes when it comes to the classic and new features of Street Fighter 6. It heads down a different direction making it more casual while maintaining the core values of the game, allowing it to be a mainstream fighting game for all players. However, with its awkward performance on the PlayStation 4. The concern is, will World Tour have more content and will the performance issues be fixed. We hope these will be addressed. In the meantime, it is recommended to play Street Fighter 6 on current-gen consoles and PC to fully appreciate and enjoy this game.
GamesHub - Edmond Tran - 5 / 5
Street Fighter 6 is an exceedingly good fighting game. But more than that, it’s an excellent training tool. It’s a fulfilling adventure. It’s a lively community gathering place. It’s an endearingly idealistic and inspiring world of appreciation for martial arts and friendly competition, exceptionally executed in every respect.
GameGrin - Mike Crewe - 9.5 / 10
The most complete Street Fighter title to date, Street Fighter 6 is a must-play for fighting game fans, and one to consider even if you're not familiar with the genre. An engaging, stylish beat 'em up that could well be king of the mountain for years to come.
Game Informer - Elijah Gonzalez - 9.5 / 10
Between its cohesive aesthetic, the bounty of clever features, and crisp central gameplay, it’s one of the most impressive entries the genre has seen in some time.
GamesRadar+ - Andi Hamilton - 5 / 5
Street Fighter 6 offers the most flexible, versatile, and expressive combat seen in the series to date. With its fantastic suite of game modes and diverse character roster, Street Fighter 6 has something to offer every type of fighting game fan.
GameSpot - Jason Fanelli - 9 / 10
Capcom's flagship fighter is back in form with intricate but approachable fighting mechanics and a feature-rich package.
Gaming Nexus - Joseph Moorer - 10 / 10
Capcom has given us a complete game right out of the box. The single player experiences are enormous. The online experience is perfect. Street Fighter lore is littered in every nook and cranny of this game. There are modes and modes within modes. This is one of the best Street Fighter games in the history of the franchise. If Capcom hurt you in the past, this is their apology. Street Fighter 6 is a new classic that people will be playing for years to come.
GamingTrend - Jack Zustiak and Abdul Saad - 95 / 100
Street Fighter 6 takes the series to the next stage with a wildly fun fighting system that emphasizes personal choice. Each mainline Street Fighter tends to define its era of fighting games in some way, and Street Fighter 6 confidently steps forward to that next era. From its battle system to its bevvy of modes such as World Tour, it dives deep into everything that makes fighting games great.
GGRecon - Jack Roberts - 4.5 / 5
With a slew of fighting games on the horizon like Tekken 8 and the recently announced Mortal Kombat 1, Street Fighter 6 is leading the charge in the most vibrant way possible. With a series of character guides, story campaigns for classic characters and a fantastic open world for you to take the fight to the streets, it feels like everything I could have asked for from a modern Street Fighter entry.
Despite being the sixth game in the mainline series, Street Fighter 6 is easily one of the most accessible and makes for a fantastic entry point for newer players, while still resonating with series veterans.
Glitched Africa - Marco Cocomello - 9.5 / 10
Street Fighter 6 could be the best fighting game I have played in a very long time. I am no master at these games and I don’t run out to buy them at launch. However, the game is very fun to play and its real draw for me was its accessibility. I felt good at it even though I really wasn’t. Of course, this is also completely optional too so if you’re a veteran, you’ll enjoy this just as much as noob.
God is a Geek - Sean Smith - 10 / 10
Street Fighter 6 is without question the best fighting game package I have ever played, and will keep you going far longer than a one-on-one fighter has any right to be able to. A true classic.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9 / 10
Street Fighter 6 is the most feature-rich a Street Fighter has ever been at launch, but even beyond that, it's roster of 18 characters is excellent, the new mechanics revitalize the one-on-one fighting formula, and it absolutely nails all of the little things that make for a stellar fighting game.
Inverse - De'Angelo Epps - 10 / 10
Capcom’s latest takes everything you’d expect from the father of the fighting genre and turns it up to 10. There’s something for everyone here, with no fat or filler to ruin the experience. Street Fighter 6 is the best fighting game experience in a long time, and in the years to come, its impact and legacy could be every bit as massive as Street Fighter 2.
Kotaku - Kenneth Shepard - Unscored
It’s a sublime fighter that makes smart changes that honor what makes the series great.
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral - 9 / 10
A far better launch experience than its predecessor, with an excellent fighting system and a wide range of options and features that transcend the usual genre traditions.
MonsterVine - Spencer Legacy - 4.5 / 5
Street Fighter 6 is a grand fighting game experience that just keeps building on the series’ strong foundation. Though the World Tour mode and new characters aren’t as stand-out as they could be, the core gameplay is excellent and there’s plenty to enjoy.
Nexus Hub - Keegan Govender - 9 / 10
Street Fighter 6 is not just a comeback for Capcom, but for fighting games entering next-generation consoles as a whole. It feels like a passion project made by a group of people who were tasked by Capcom to make the last Street Fighter we would ever want to play. With its fast-paced gameplay, beautifully implemented new mechanics, and timeless visuals, Street Fighter 6 has solidified itself among the fighting game hall of fame.
Niche Gamer - NECRO XIII - 9 / 10
Ultimately, Street Fighter 6 delivers the fun and proves to be one of the most engaging fighting games of the year and of most recent memory.
PCGamesN - Christian Vaz - 9 / 10
This is the first Street Fighter game in a long time where it feels like players of all skill levels are welcome. While World Tour mode is disappointing, the sheer scope of SF6 means you don't need to wait for the inevitable Ultra Edition before jumping in.
PC Gamer - Mollie Taylor - 89 / 100
Minor technical issues and questionable monetisation scuff what is otherwise one of the best fighting games we've seen in the last decade.
Polygon - Axel Bosso - Unscored
Street Fighter 6 is the ultimate fighting game toolbox
Press Start - James Mitchell - 9 / 10
Street Fighter 6 rights the wrongs of its past with multiple modes for every player and strong battle systems like no other. It invites new players into the fold with well implemented, simpler control schemes, without losing sight of the hardcore player. The World Tour mode won't be for everyone, but Street Fighter 6 stands tall as one of the best fighters Capcom has made.
PowerUp! - Charbel Asmar - 9 / 10
At launch, Street Fighter 6 is set to take the fighting game genre to another level
Prima Games - Matt Vatankhah - 9.5 / 10
In a sense, Street Fighter VI is the full package. It’s a three-course meal and then some, filling you up to the brim and serving you every dish on the dessert menu whether you’re ready for the check or not. It’s bursting with style, swagger, and abundant sophistication, and it’s the perfect entry for newcomers and veterans alike.
Push Square - Sammy Barker - 9 / 10
Street Fighter 6 is an absolute humdinger of a sequel. Capcom has created a fighting system that has all of the tactical depth professional players expect but managed to make it fairly easy for casuals to wrap their heads around. Not only that, it's introduced smart ways to onboard newcomers, including a simplified control scheme and a great suite of tutorials, which even extend to the impressively enjoyable RPG-inspired single player story mode. A strong roster of starting characters, near-flawless rollback netcode, and a seemingly never-ending selection of content – including interactive online lobbies with playable retro games – round out another unbelievably impressive effort from the seemingly unstoppable Japanese publisher.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Unscored
Smooth online matches and an impressively in-depth story already put Street Fighter 6 leagues above the competition.
Shacknews - TJ Denzer - 9 / 10
All-in-all, this game rekindled my love of the franchise, and I can’t wait to see how Street Fighter 6 grows over time.
TechRaptor - Robert Scarpinito - 9 / 10
Street Fighter 6 is one of the easiest on-ramps to the deep world of fighting games, appealing to casual players and veterans alike. With a diverse roster, meaty gameplay, and flashy animations, this will be a FGC staple for years to come.
The Outerhaven Productions - 4 / 5
Street Fighter 6 takes all the mistakes made with Street Fighter V and tries to not make them again. From the one on one traditional fights that we know, have been improved thanks to the addition of the Drive Gage mechanics, to the online modes where a lot of people are going to play. There is very little that Street Fighter 6 does that people won't be happy with… Unless you live in Australia… However, the looming nickel-and-dime ride of Season Pass after Season Pass could make things worse down the line. Street Fighter 6 is an easy day-one buy for the hardcore eSports player base, but casual players might want to wait for a year or more for a more complete game before buying.
TheSixthAxis - Nick Petrasiti - 10 / 10
Street Fighter 6 doesn't need recommending to hardcore fighting fans – you all already know how incredible it is – but do I recommend it for more casual players? Street Fighter 6 has a real sense of community, welcoming all players old and new, teaching new tricks and providing something for those that just want a bit of fun. This is truly a fighting game for everyone.
Twinfinite - Keenan McCall - 5 / 5
It’s the epitome of what a fighting game should be, and I can’t wait to see how the series builds off of this return to form
VG247 - Alex Donaldson - 5 / 5
It’s a must-have. And it might just be the most compelling overall fighting game package of all time.
We Got This Covered - David James - 3 / 5
Street Fighter 6 delivers a deep, complex, and satisfying fighting game bristling with fun new characters and an excellent multiplayer mode. Unfortunately, all of that's shackled to a truly terrible single-player RPG that stands as one of the most embarrassing things Capcom has released in years. If you're here for online play, you'll love it. If you want single-player action, stay far away.
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 9 / 10
Street Fighter 6 succeeds in its ambition to cram some big things into one fighting game. Battle Hub may be silly, but it has a lot more personality and more to do than most other titles with their own online lobbies. Fighting Ground does a great job of showing off the new roster and improvements to the fighting engine, while placing an equal amount of attention on both offline and online players. World Tour makes for a somewhat nonsensical yet addictive adventure that can serve as a good basis for a full-fledged Street Fighter RPG. All of this is tied together with a presentation that does well in improving what came before it, only with more fidelity and flash. As stated at the beginning of this review, fighting game fans are going to have a good year, and Street Fighter 6 is an excellent component of that.
XboxEra - Nick Baker - 9 / 10
Xbox players have had to wait a long time for Street Fighter to come back to the platform, and luckily got the best iteration yet.
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2023.05.30 10:15 KQM_Official KQM TC Thoughts #2: How to play and build Serval

Heyo!
Eris back again with another entry in the KQM TC Thoughts series for Honkai: Star Rail! If you're unfamiliar, this is a regularly occuring series where I share some of our current TC projects and findings in an easily digestible format.
Today's entry focuses on the best build and playstyle for Belobog's biggest Rock n' Roll star, Serval!
"Serval has a lot of misconceptions about her build and playstyle swirling around the community right now, partly due to the pseudo-exponential scaling of Break Effect with character level and partly due to her otherwise unimpressive performance with crit builds.
After a lot testing and calculation, we can confidently say that for Serval you absolutely want to prioritize going all in on Break Effect + Speed instead of a more conventional build. Even with a five star LC like Milky Way building BE is still better than the alternative by an estimated ~8% at worst and can be as high as ~12%.
Lightning's Break effect is unimpressive in a vacuum but Serval has particular synergy with shock. Specifically, she can extend it infinitely or near infinitely with her Ultimate - drastically increasing the value of Break Effect. Building her in this way is, additionally, far easier to build since a large portion of your damage comes from your Break Effect rope and Speed boots main stats. Reaching >100% break effect is trivial in comparison to trying to strike a somewhat optimized balance between Atk%, Crit stats, and DMG%."
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oJpsehfb4fA9NOk4_VXbQ0o9AscxfEbplQuwREiLryY/edit?usp=sharing
Assumptions: 20 subs between CCD/BE (BE for break effect build), CCD for Crit build, SSS, ATK/BE Rope, Crit Rate Body, SPD boots, 4pc Lightning Set.
LC is Peaceful day for both builds.
11 actions from serval (130 SPD)
13 actions from enemy (158 SPD)
3 Ults, 4 skill, 4 normal (SP neutral)
3 breaks
TLDR:
If you're confused by all these words and numbers, don't worry. Basically what all of this means is that Serval benefits more from building a Break Effect Rope alongside Speed Boots. For specific Relics, you can take any combination of Thief of Shooting Meteor (4pc is ideal but not required), Musketeer of Wild Wheat, and Band of Sizzling Thunder. The most important part of this build is the Break Effect Rope and Speed Boots.
Important note: The Talia Planar Set is not worth going for due to 145 Speed being unrealistic to reach. Space Sealing is a far more reasonable set to aim for, and is also good to farm for because both of the World 3 Planar sets are generally good (refer to the KQM Investment Priority Guide for more).
We're confident this should help you make the best use of your Serval. As always, feel free to leave any feedback, suggestions, or questions down below and I'll do my best to get to them!
Sincerely, Eris
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2023.05.30 10:08 Infamous-Use1522 Discussion about specific question on a practice exam for CySa Cert

https://imgur.com/ycX9676 So I'm hoping to get some more eyes and perspectives on this. This is a question on a comptia practice exam for CySa. The question is a stinker and as you can see the community on the site I use to practice exams is divided, though all equally sure of their own correctness.
My logic is this: The question is wrong or partially wrong or purposefully trying to bait me to answer wrong.
"Following a recent security breach" which the question opens with implies the following actions are already part of an "incident response plan" and therefore activating something thats already happening seems a bit silly.
Disabling the account in question is silly aswell. the security analyst determines the account was consistently used in the middle of the night, and if the analyst can determine that it was used during nights he or she should also be able to determine what the account actually did. Sure, used, could easily be part of a nightly update schedule and without any further detail about what the specified account is doing disabling it seems premature, requires more detail and investigation.
Review the activity with the user seems dumb aswell: suppose this is the evil inside threat, spy or other extremely unlikely scenario. If this is deliberately malicious carried out by an insider the last thing we should do is review the activity with the user without having alot more detail first. Accidentaly alerting an actual inside threat with questions about supposed weird activity in the case it being an actual inside threat might spook him or her and change his or her actions.
Then the question, after breach says now wants to ensure privileged accounts are only used during business hours, so my answer would problably be A
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2023.05.30 10:06 thecynicalbarbie New to the community, seeking clarity on a few things (Legislation)

Hi everyone,
Brand new to the Medical Cannabis NZ community, stoked to be a part of it! I am about to pick up my first script tomorrow and had a couple questions. Thought it would be better to ask rather than accidentally find out the hard way.
Questions:
Are there are any laws around consumption in public? Can I consume in public, (e.g. In the CBD, or at a beach/somewhere more remote, or both??) Are there any areas where consumption of cannabis is prohibited?
Im still confused about the legality around driving? Cannabis Clinic mentioned that they can provide you with a letter (something like that?) but, given the massive effort the govt has put into "drug driving" ads, I cant fathom that its legal to drive under the influence even if it is medicinal? Im a heavy user, so Im always under the influence, but never to a point where I would feel unsafe to drive.
Can I break my product down into other products (e.g. making my own butter) or is this prohibited?
Are there any other tricky things in the legislation at the moment which might be handy to know as a new user?
Obviously medical products are reccomended via inhalation. If one were caught using another utensil (e.g. bong/pipe) would that be a no no?

Some of these questions may seem silly as many of us have likely already been doing them for years *illegally* - so please remember I'm not asking about the morality or ethics of these actions, just the current legality of the actions.

Thanks everyone! :)
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