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2013.09.06 07:58 chromer123 The planning center of r/psychonaut's 2014 Ayahuasca retreat!

Come one, come all! Here is we begin deliberation, planning, and logistics for a 2014 trip to Peru to attend an Ayahuasca retreat. This offer is open to all members of the psychonaut community, or anyone interested in expanding their mind/healing their soul.

2023.05.29 13:57 ECrispy Lounge access at HND?

Incoming flight is at 14.30, connecting flight next day 10.20, flying Premium Economy on JAL which has lounge access.
Will they let me enter lounge when I land, stay till 1am (when it closes) and reenter next morning?
from here -
"Customers arriving at Haneda on JAL operated International flights with JAL flight number are eligible for the service on the day of arrival."

So this is a yes, right? Can anyone confirm please?
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2023.05.29 13:56 Chirashi_Sushi Cat Mama of Eight

Hi Everyone! I know this is the wrong sub to put this into and it's very hard for me to post this kinds of stuff since my whole life I've never asked help from anyone. I am a lone cat rescuer. I've rescued like hundreds of cats now, some of them re-homed, some released back outside while some were adopted by me. I usually adopt kittens. Like days old to few months old kitten. Kitten formula is not cheap like baby formula, if you want something as healthiest or closest to the real deal, you get the most pricey one.
Thankfully as of now I have no baby kitten in my possession. I do have 8 cats, 4 adults and 4 months old kittens. I just recently lost my job. Funny how no matter how much effort and skills you put into your job, you are just expendable to the companies. I was underpaid and negotiated my value by the management thought of otherwise and just let me go. I'm doing my best and bursting out of my comfort zone to find a job, or any job that will pay for my expenses.
As of now I need some help as things are looking pretty cloudy (more stormy as days past) for me. Any job posting I find I tried to apply but weeks have past and none responded. I'm getting pretty desperate and depressed as I have bills to pay but I'd rather put those behind as my priorities are my cats. I wake up for them everyday even if I feel like not waking up at all most of the time. I try to eat one decent meal per day and just stay hydrated to reduce my food costs.
I'm just getting back to my feet as I moved out from my abusive mother's place but things do tend to throw you into deeper pit as you start climbing back up.
Anyways, I set up a fundraising campaign and any amount will do and much be appreciated. Even if your small amount feels like a pebble to you it's still a stepping stone for me to get out of this pit of misery. Here's the link to the fundraising website I set-up. Not so sure how this works but it's worth a try:
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2023.05.29 13:54 flarp_o FLR Airport

I’m leaving FLR airport on Wednesday. The flight is at 6:40am (-> FRA) but I’m reading online from other reviews that the airport opens at 4:00am. Is this true?
I plan to check-in online the day before but do have a bag to check. Unsure how early I should get there, reviews online make the airport sound like a hell hole.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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2023.05.29 13:52 h2onj88 Looking for an RPG with a great story

I've got a flight to Japan from NYC in a few weeks. Looking for a fun RPG with a solid story to keep me occupied for the 14 hours.
I can never sleep on planes.
My laptop isn't the best, so I could really only handle up to PS2 era
Preferring something I've never played before. Here are some RPGs I've already played-
FF6-10 Persona 5 Skies of arcadia Grandia 2 Breath of fire 3 Chrono trigger
Open to hearing about non-rpgs as well.
I appreciate your suggestions in advance!
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2023.05.29 13:45 Available-Damage-540 Mistakes

Long story short, im a college student with bad school related anxiety. Actually took a leave last school year to rest (advised by my psychiatrist). Anyway, patapos na finals namin. My school still asks for clearance para may exam permit but not all profs ask for it. Overwhelming na din schoolworks kasi naghahabol ako para makapasa (more pressure since delayed nga ako). One subject asked for an exam permit and i submitted an old one from last sem (cropped Ing ung pic tas mejo crumpled para di halata) yes i know it was wrong, i was really trying to buy myself more time kasi akala pag wala nabigay, bagsak na. Of course, the prof caught me about the exam permit thing and confronted me. Triny ko pa malusutan, sobrang fight or flight mode na ko kaya nag lie na Ing ako (yes i know its also wrong) but di kinaya ng conscience ko and admitted it agad the following day. I honestly really hate the feeling of lying. Mas naanxious ako pero may times na pag sobrang anxious and pressured ako, i result to it to somehow protect myself. Add ko Ing wala na din kasi ako gamot during this time when i was spiraling down (mahal na psych ko ngayon). I know what i did was wrong and the guilt is eating me up even if umamin na ko. Prof told me she understands my situation but she'll still think about it if she'll push a case. Last week pa to and so far wala pa namang update. Ayun Ing i just wanted to share. I know it was my mistake and umamin na din ako. Im just having hard time to forgive myself for what i did.
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2023.05.29 13:41 12steps4life Monday, May 29, 2023 l Non-Real-time Meeting of OA

Welcome to this non-real time meeting of Overeaters Anonymous!
I’m 12Steps4life. I’m a compulsive eater and your leader for this meeting.
Will those who wish, please join me in the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.
Our Invitation to You
The Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.
The OA tools of recovery help us work the Steps and refrain from compulsive overeating. The nine tools are: a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, telephone, writing, literature, an action plan, anonymity, and service. For more information, read The Tools of Recovery OA page.
Sponsorship is one of our keys to success. Sponsors are OA members committed to abstinence and to living the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions to the best of their ability. Sponsors share their program up to the level of their experience and strengthen their recovery through this service to others. To find a sponsor, look for someone who has what you want and ask how he or she is achieving it. Will all abstinent sponsors please identify themselves in their post?
According to our Seventh Tradition, we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Our group number is 99038. Please use the group number when making your contribution. As our virtual group currently has no expenses please consider donating directly through this link to the OA World Service Office, who provides resources for OA groups all around the world to carry the message to other compulsive over-eaters.
Suggested guidelines for sharing: As you share your experience and strength in OA, please also share your hope. Please confine your sharing to your experience with the disease of compulsive eating, the solution offered by OA, and your own recovery from the disease, rather than just the events of the day or week. When responding to other member’s posts, please focus on your personal experience rather than advice giving. If you are having difficulties, share how you use the program to deal with them. If you need to talk more about your difficulties and seek solutions, we suggest you speak to your sponsor and other members after the meeting.
This is a literature meeting. Today we are studying the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Chapter 4, We Agnostics, Pages 54-55
We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn't apply to our human problems the same readiness to change our point of view. We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people - was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight? Of course it was.
When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the spirit of the universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did.
The Wright brothers' almost childish faith that they could build the machine which would fly was the mainspring of their accomplishment. Without that, nothing could have happened. We agnostics and atheists were sticking to the idea that self-sufficiency would solve our problems. When others showed us that "God-sufficiency" worked with them, we began to feel like those who insisted the Wrights would never fly.
By following the Twelve Steps, attending meetings regularly, and using the OA Tools, we are changing our lives. You will find hope and encouragement in Overeaters Anonymous. To the newcomer, we suggest attending at least six different meetings to learn the many ways OA can help you. The opinions expressed here today are those of individual OA members and do not represent OA as a whole. Let us all reach out by private message to newcomers, returning members, and each other. Together we get better.
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2023.05.29 13:41 Snoo_76168 Don't Book a Vacation without a Travel Agent - Here's Why

Are you planning a vacation and trying to decide if you should book it on your own or work with a travel agent?You may be tempted to go the DIY route and save some money, but there are some very compelling reasons why you should consider the services of a professional travel agent.Here we'll discuss why it's important to use a travel agent when booking a vacation, and how they can help make your getaway the trip of a lifetime.Read on to learn more about the advantages of working with a travel agent!What is a Travel Agent?A travel agent is a professional who assists clients in planning, booking, and managing their travel arrangements. They are knowledgeable about the travel industry and can offer personalized advice and recommendations based on their client's preferences and budgets. Travel agents also have access to exclusive deals and packages, making them an invaluable resource for anyone planning a trip.THE BENEFITS OF USING A TRAVEL AGENTThere are several benefits to using a travel agent for your next vacation. Firstly, they have access to exclusive deals and packages that you may not be able to find online. Additionally, they possess extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry, allowing them to provide valuable advice and recommendations. A travel agent can also assist with complex itineraries, saving you time and effort in planning. Finally, they offer peace of mind with support and advocacy throughout your trip.Access to Exclusive Deals and Packages
One of the greatest advantages of working with a travel agent is the access they have to exclusive deals and packages. Often, travel agents can offer discounts and perks that are not available to the general public, thanks to their relationships with various travel suppliers. These deals may include everything from free upgrades to resort credits, and can really add up to significant savings. Additionally, travel agents are often able to bundle these exclusive deals with other travel services to create comprehensive vacation packages that are tailored to your specific needs and preferences. So if you're looking for a great deal on your next vacation, be sure to reach out to a travel agent.Knowledge and Expertise in the IndustryOne of the key benefits of working with a travel agent is their wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry. Travel agents have extensive training and experience in planning all types of trips, from cruises to guided tours to independent travel. 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With a travel agent, you can rest assured that every detail will be taken care of, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your journey.Time-Saving ConveniencePlanning a trip can be a time-consuming and overwhelming process, but that's where a travel agent comes in. Travel agents save you time by taking care of all the details of your trip, from finding the best flights to booking hotels and excursions. They have access to powerful travel booking tools that make the process seamless, saving you hours of research and comparisons that would otherwise be necessary. By delegating these tasks to a travel agent, you can spend your valuable time focusing on other aspects of your trip, such as creating a packing list or getting excited about your adventure ahead.Personalized Recommendations and AdviceOne of the key benefits of working with a travel agent is the personalized recommendations and advice they offer. Instead of relying on generic online reviews and recommendations, a travel agent can offer personalized insights based on your specific preferences, needs, and interests. For example, if you're planning a honeymoon, a travel agent can recommend romantic destinations and accommodations that fit your budget and preferences. Or, if you're traveling with young children, a travel agent can suggest family-friendly activities and accommodations. Additionally, travel agents can offer advice on travel documents, vaccinations, and local customs, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience. With their expertise and personalized attention, a travel agent can make your vacation truly unforgettable.Peace of Mind with Support and AdvocacyTraveling can be stressful, especially if something goes wrong. That's where having a travel agent can be invaluable. Not only do they provide support before you even depart on your trip, but they can also help you out if something goes wrong.If your flight gets delayed or canceled, or if your hotel reservation isn't what you expected, your travel agent is just a phone call away to help resolve the issue.They have connections in the industry that allow them to advocate on your behalf and find solutions to any problems that arise. Knowing you have someone to turn to in these situations can provide much-needed peace of mind while traveling.The Last Note:Booking a vacation without a travel agent may seem like a cost-saving option, but the advantages of working with a professional travel agent are undeniable.They have access to exclusive deals and packages, allowing you to enjoy significant savings and added perks. Their knowledge and expertise in the travel industry enable them to provide personalized recommendations and advice tailored to your preferences and budget.Travel agents also excel in handling complex itineraries, taking the stress out of planning multi-stop trips, and ensuring every detail is taken care of.By entrusting your travel arrangements to a travel agent, you save valuable time and benefit from their convenience and efficient booking tools. Moreover, their personalized attention and support offer peace of mind throughout your journey, as they are there to assist and advocate for you in case of any issues or emergencies.So, before booking your next vacation, consider the invaluable services of a travel agent and make your getaway the trip of a lifetime.
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2023.05.29 13:39 Johnny_Boy398 Africa Rework: The Leopard of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko

Africa Rework: The Leopard of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko
(This is part of an ongoing series, links to which will be posted in the comments below)
The Nationalists of the “Mouvement Authenticité de la Révolution” (MAR)
Who is Mobutu Sese Seko? Just another warlord who got a lucky break? A champion of the nation willing to do what is necessary for unity and freedom? A traitor to the people who was happy to crack congolese heads until his pay got cut? A revolutionary Father-Marshal or a reactionary kleptocrat? No one can say for sure, but when the Congo war begins in 1966 it will become clear what he wishes himself to be: the great liberator, unifyer, and undisputed master of the great Congo nation. And with Japanese help he may just pull it off. But no man is born great, and even the Fuhrer does not rule alone. So let us discover how Mobutu came to be, and what his victory will mean for the Congo and Africa at large.
For the Japanese, who will become his greatest supporters and headaches, he is the African Oda Nobunaga: a martial and cruel man whose vision for unity and glory far outweighs whatever sins he may have committed. Always one for the cameras and adept at winning over an audience, Mobutu will successfully win over the Japanese public by playing the role of the justly tyrannical “Great Man”, even while he personally prefers western delicacies.
Joseph-Désiré Mobutu lived an unremarkable life before being thrust into greatness. He was only 16 when the Congo was violently transferred from Belgian to German hands, and like many rebellious students he joined in the 1949 protests against the construction of the Congo dam, stowing away from boarding school to do so. In the aftermath of the MNC repression Mobutu was assigned to the still technically Belgian controlled Force Publique as punishment. Unlike many of his fellows however Mobutu immediately took to military life, embracing the strength, discipline and martial values it provided. In part because of this he served without noticeable disobedience, and was even bribed to be an informant on clandestine communist cells within the force, ratting out a few of his “comrades”. From the point of view of the Belgians he was a model soldier. But this was an act: in truth Mobutu never ceased holding resentment for his arrogant Belgian commanders or the priests who had “educated” him. Behind their back he was a contributor to the native underground press, writing under assumed names and attacking the Belgian presence. It came as quite a shock then when in 1955, as his mandated time in the force was drawing to a close, Mobutu did not accept demobilization quietly but instead went into revolt. It is still a matter of debate about what pushed him into this. He claims that this had been the plan all along, while cynics say the impending annexation of the belgian Congo by Zentralafrika forced him into it. Some think that his double life was about to be exposed, while the more conspiratorial leftists say that he never went into rebellion at all, and that his “revolt” was ordered by the Belgians as a way to counter the APL insurgency. But whatever the case it was here that the public figure was born.
After killing several belgian officers and stealing as many weapons and valuables as they could Mobutu and his co-conspirators quickly fled east. This was not entirely unusual: the sudden annexation of the colony led to many sporadic demonstrations and revolts. But it immediately became clear that Mobutu had larger ambitions than these local disturbances. His strategy at this time was one of survival: he would only accept those who could move fast and hit hard, with his armed band always staying on the move as they fled to the east. But unlike other petty warlords he understood the importance of a political and social message for his long term survival, as well as local alliances. For this he essentially copied the platform of the now underground MNC while adhering to none of its tenants in reality: he would tell the people whatever they wanted to hear so long as it got him what he wanted. More practically he made tight alliances with local eastern notables as well as Tutsi refugees which had fled reprisals to the east. In this he was successful, forging for himself a loose alliance in the north east which permitted him to slip the noose where so many others were eventually caught.
One of his most important lieutenants in these early days was Victor Nendaka Bika, his de facto “foreign minister” and torturer who would make initial contact with those Mobutu saw the need to coerce or charm. Unlike many warlords Mobutu never gave into the temptation to rule by fear alone, instead seeking to co-opt useful men into his own organization. But he was just as happy to let loose his jackal to show the consequences of disloyalty.
These early years from 1956-1962 were defined at first by mere survival: banditry, illegal trade and bribery were the only ways to stay alive. But slowly, with plenty of self promotion to help it, Mobutu’s reputation as a survivor and a winner grew locally, and then regionally. As the remnants of failed rebels and warlords drifted into his growing camp Mobutu was able to step beyond being a bandit king and into becoming a local powerbroker. He had already made himself the allied protector of the Tutsi refugees, and soon after the APL’s protracted people's war in the north began he sought to become the patron of his own native Ngbandi people as well. Where he had the most power in the eastern fringes the pan-Africanist APL held the north, with the Ngbandi in the middle still “up for grabs” between the APL, Mobutu and the German administration. It is here that he first developed his own separate political platform: unwilling or unable to come to an agreement with either of the other two factions Mobutu began developing his own ideology of an “authentic” congolese nationalism which was opposed to both pan-african and communist radicalism, “self defeating” regionalism and demanded the full liberation of the congo from european imperialism. But most importantly to those who heard his call was for unity under Mobutu: if the African people remained divided and timid they would be slaves forever, and only a great leader like Mobutu could bring them true liberty. As one may expect, this call for subordination won him very few new friends.
The see-saw of influence in the Congo north and east is set to be radically upended in 1962, as kommissar Krogmann finally thinks he has enough stability in the west to launch a pacification campaign. In this he will be superficially successful: all anti-German factions will be forced to retreat and large swaths of land will be returned to German control. But it will not accomplish its primary objective of capturing and killing the leadership: Mobutu will once again avoid the hangman and will return when the Zentralafrika army goes marching south to the SAW. And when he does it will be with a new purpose. Much of his army was scattered or deserted by the German offensive, with many of the local allies he thought were in his hands all but begging to come to terms with the Germans after he was forced out. He had survived yes, but only by the skin of his teeth: this time he would do things differently. Taking lessons from the APL he will return in 1964 as a popular revolutionary rather than as a mere warlord with a printing press. Though still not fully developed it is here that “Joseph-Désiré” would become “Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa za Banga” or “The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake”. A new ideology of “Authentic” nationalism came with this new name, seeking to truly win over the hearts of the people as well as the loyalty of their leaders. It was a threat and a promise, as he would go about tearing down symbols of westernism in his wake and giving personal “gifts” to people or organizations which he wished to win over. He also sought to portray himself as an avenging angel, throwing “bad actors” such as denounced priests and hated collaborators against the wall.
This new ideology, disseminated through the “Manifesto of Goma” is long in emotion and short in concrete policy. As such it was quickly denounced by the intellectuals of the Pan-Africanists and Liberals as not a “real” ideology and merely a cheap populism. But it is taken deadly seriously by the newly declared Mouvement Authenticité de la Révolution: for its supporters it promises a true rebirth of the congolese people from within rather than without. The Congo would be purged of malignant western influence by remaking the congolese individual in body, mind and spirit. This was the way to true freedom and dignity, far more than mere “material conditions” or to ape their constitutions.
With his newfound identity and strategy Mobutu will of course be a prime target for Huttig’s retribution, but as is always the case too few men and not enough supplies will stop Huttig from ever putting him down for good. Plus Mobutu had found a new friend: the Japanese. In the immediate aftermath of Huttig’s takeover the Japanese will support the APL, but will quickly grow disenchanted: the naked radicalism and distrustful nature of the APL will lead to the Japanese looking for a more reliable partner, and Mobutu will aggressively angle to become just that. After having been rejected by the Americans in favor of the MNC Mobutu is the only big game left in the Congo for Japan to back, and was always a master at co-option and personal magnetism. He will charm the Japanese mission to sing his praises in Tokyo, even if there is little they can do for him at the moment. This will change when Huttig dies: taking a gamble Mobutu will strike at Stanleyville, successfully forcing the retreating garrison to leave behind most of their weapons and capturing an airport through which he will finally have solid connections with the outside world. The bad blood between him and the MNC and APL will mean that there is no choice but to fight it out as the Congo war begins in 1966, this time with Japan backing him to the hilt.
Mobutu now seeks to become a legend. Already having gained a personal mythos after having been declared dead by the Germans several times, his wartime strategy will be to force the mass mobilization of the population. Under his personal name and with the backing of Japan he will force every man who comes under his control into his army, seeking to form a tidal wave of men which will overwhelm his enemies and make up for his lack of supply. If an enemy cannot be rooted out with simple force of numbers, it will be the job of his all Ngbandi “Leopard Division” or even better of Japanese “volunteers” to root them out. The success of this strategy is heavily dependent on momentum, and will rely on Japanese backing to arm itself. But if it is successful Zentralafrika will be no more, and neither will the Congo: The Republic of Zaire will rise as the newest power in Africa under the leadership of the nation's great guide: Mobutu Sese Seko. After a partial demobilization and a reconfirming of his alliance with “internal allies” such as the Tutsi under François Rukeba and the Bakongo under Holden Roberto he will initiate a grand campaign of national revolution and self aggrandizement: Zairianization.
Asian inspired architecture of the newly built Presidential Palace. Among those celebrating the creation of Zaire will be the Japanese. All sides have poured a great deal of resources into the conflict, and the victory of Mobutu will doubtless be a strategic boon for Japanese influence on the continent. Mobutu for his part recognizes the usefulness of his new “friends”, but neither side is blinded by the propaganda: the dangers and opportunities of Nationalism are all too familiar.
As mentioned in my previous post there are several common issues which any native unifyer must account for. The first among these is The Looming Famine: in the aftermath of years of war and mismanagement the supply of food to urban areas is critically unstable. And it is in this issue that the weaknesses of Mobutu’s regime will first be seen. Mobutu’s agricultural reform centers mostly on seizing land owned by the whites and his political enemies, and then redistributing it to himself, his political allies, and occasionally to the people. As everything with the Zairean revolution the purpose is twofold: to meet the needs of the people and to entrench Mobutu's personal political power. But often the second goal far outstrips the first: many of the people who gain this land do not know how to use the land productively, or if they do, are more interested in producing cash crops than they are in food staples. This is certainly the case for the massive amounts of land brought under Mobutu’s personal ownership, which will most often continue to grow the same way as the colonial plantations they were before. This reckless reorganization and focus on exports ensure that hunger will be an early and acute crisis for Zaire. The issue will be solved slowly, as roads are repaired and the rhythm of agricultural life is no longer disrupted by war, but the people need food now and more than anything else it is cassava and rice which the people demand from their leaders.
It is by meeting this need that Japanese influence first becomes a powerful thing. Though motivated in part by genuine charity from well off Asians, the provision of food and aid is also cynically used by the Japanese state to buy the support of the people and the local power brokers away from Mobutu, and towards themselves. This aid, plus the government's own subsidies of food imports, plus the natural healing from war, will lead to the crisis fading away but leaving all sides on notice that the future of Zaire is still being made, and that the Japanese are a major player in it.
The Mutilated Independence: The inability of Mobutu to take Leopoldville during the independence war is a blow to Mobutu’s prestige, not to mention Zaire as a whole. However he is pragmatic enough and has enough friends in Japan to hash out a deal with Nigeria and Gabon: the loss of the major port will not strangle Congolese exports or imports, only make them more expensive. But for both political and economic reasons the retaking of Leopoldville and the Kabinda port remain absolutely vital to the continued reign of Mobutu. To this end Mobutu’s solution to retaking Leopoldville is direct conquest, not because he can think of no other option but because it will give him the greatest personal prestige as a great conqueror. As such along with his policy of “Zairianization” and economic consolidation he will also invest a great deal into the army.
This army will see its strength tested as Mobutu tries to expand his influence beyond the Zaireian borders. Gabon may be protected by America, but unleashing blitz style attacks on Angola and Rwanda is fair game. In Angola he will seek to set up Holden Roberto as a fellow autocratic “Authenticité” leader by supporting his meager army against the warring angolan factions in an attempted knockout blow. In Rwanda he will need to be somewhat more cautious (unless something very bad happens) but ultimately seeks to return Kigeli V to the throne on the backs of his long time exile allies. In this way he will both expand his influence as well as surround Leopoldville with friendly regimes. When the oil crisis hits Mobutu will leap at the opportunity to crush the Germans by launching an all out assault on “Festung Leopoldville”, and if successful will greatly increase his prestige, as well as rehabilitate his image in the eyes of other revolutionary leaders as a “true revolutionary”. If he fails in these wars however he will decline, and need to lean ever more heavily on Japan to prop himself up. This is somewhat awkward for Japan itself: having previously backed leftist movements as their best options they must now choose between their old allies and the new anti-leftist gambles taken by Mobutu. But despite the heartburn Zaire is simply too valuable in the african chaos for Japan to not continue supporting it, and so the rising sun shall backstab their allies in the name of pragmatism to the benefit of Mobutu. And besides, these new factions typically promess a better deal than the socialists did.
Mobutu walks a fine line in African politics: though he has denounced the APL’s brand of pan-africanism he also wishes to be seen as a great revolutionary. Surrounded as he is by pan-african or otherwise revolutionary movements it is only good sense to say you are one of them. And to many Mobutu is just that: a liberating revolutionary who both freed and united great swaths of africa from pernicious white influence. But for the wider Marxist inspired world of African liberation his clear anti-communist is difficult to accept, no matter how well he speaks the language of pan-african pride.
Lingering Regionalism: In this question Mobutu is the most radical, and his policy is what you may know him for OTL. While all revolutionaries desire to establish a united identity, and some of them will do so by autocratic centralization, Mobutu makes the establishment of a “true” Zaireian nation a core part of his rule. As established in the Manifesto of Goma Mobutu promesses a national revolution in which regionalism will be swept away by a new, authentic program of nation building which will decolonize the Congolese mind as well as their hands. In practical terms this means the creation of a totalitarian state which will regulate and make “african” all aspects of life. Western influence will be attacked via the banning of christian names and nationalizing catholic church property. A citizen dress code will be implemented as well as a “traditional” family code which will favor male-dominated polygamy and property laws. Though his own praetorian guard of the leopard division is tribally biased the army as a whole will have a new organization forbidding any unit to be more than 20% uniform in tribal origin. This campaign is carried out with special zeal against the influence of Catholicism. Seeing it as both a challenge to his own power and as a malignant foreign influence Mobutu will make a great show of putting priests on trial and instructing his followers to declare that Mubutu is like Jesus and the MAR like the church. Schools, previously run almost exclusively by religious organizations, will be nationalized and their curriculum no longer permitted to teach Christianity but instead to teach “Mobutuism”. Though he will not have the strength needed to wipe out the church entirely during the 60s or early 70s Mobutu will be able to effectively cow this institution and dare any priest to say “sacrilege”.
This campaign will provide a degree of unity, pride and self confidence to the shattered nation beyond what any other program could do, but it is all provided through the image of Mobutu as the great sun king of the new nation. Mobutu will seek to become the center of a pseudo-religious cult of personality with mass public celebrations of his figure following him wherever he goes and an entourage singing songs in his praise.
A consequence of the personalism in this campaign is than any embarrassing failures will not only reflect poorly on the nation but on Mobutu himself. As such he will often get worked up by seemingly trivial matters: if the football team should be lucky enough to participate in the world cup they will do so under the threat that if they do not perform well enough it will see retribution on them at home.
But as part of building this cult he must never let any other person, even his own children, get a moment in the spotlight. Below him is transient chaos, while above him is none: he alone is the rock on which Zaire can be built. This policy is most clearly seen in his handling of the Warlord Plague. Here Mobutu has a two sided policy: All those military figures which he believes could pose a threat to his rule will at first be executed publicly and brutally. In the opening months of his reign he will institute a mini reign of terror to make an example of many warlords and political enemies. However, once the example has been made he will move on to a policy of co-opting these same men. Often through direct bribery, or through positions of prestige and other perks, local strongmen who will accept his rule are brought into the state machine by promising the opportunity to profit in exchange for loyalty. This opportunity is often revoked without notice or reason and personal rivalry at the top is encouraged: in this way no other individual is able to form a stable powerbase. But at the same time individuals previously kicked out of power may be rehabilitated just as quickly, rising once again to wealth and prestige on the auspices of Mobutu’s favor. In this way no elite is a permanent outsider, and the best move for many will seem to be “wait and see”. This of course makes the internal administration of the nation hell, but it does keep Mobutu in undisputed power without even the glimmer of a rival.
This policy of personal co-option extends even to The Belgian Question. The Europeans remaining property will be nationalized and they will be deported, but it will not come with the punitive brutality of the pan-africanists. Mobutu has no love for the Belgians, and will not tolerate their continued dominance, but he also has no special hatred for them, seeing them mostly as political liabilities and rivals rather than ideology defining enemies: that distinction goes to the Germans. But after this show of nationalistic force the door will be left open to their return: many of the nationalized properties are redistributed to those without the knowledge, skill or desire to maintain their productivity. As such when those same Europeans are offered the chance to buy back their property or even return to the Congo Mobutu will not get in their way: so long as they avoid getting lynched along the way by Mobutu’s notoriously brutal and poorly disciplined soldiers he will let them have their piece too so long as they accept that it is by his grace alone that they keep it.
Part of this leniency is out of a calculated mercy to Europeans: Mobutu is smart enough to know that making himself solely reliant on Japan is a poor strategy, and will seek to make connections with America, Italy and Brazil. Having mercy on the Belgians and keeping the door open to cooperation with the Euros is an easy way to mollify western opinion and thus maintain his own independence on the world stage. Of course even this policy has limits: Germany and those under her will see the door slammed shut.
Which brings us neatly into the great struggle which defines the early Mobutu regime: addressing the Economic Devastation. In keeping with his Authenticité program Mobutu wishes to nationalize all previously foreign owned industry, which is the vast majority of all industry, under the one-party state. These national corporations, modeled off of the Japanese Zaibatsu and Italian corporatism, will be either controlled directly by Mobutu, by his close political allies, or (to his own displeasure) by East Asians, most often the Japanese. Mobutu’s Japanese backers are willing to prop up his regime, to allow whatever social and political organization he wishes, but they have come to the Congo for a reason. That reason is money and resources, and with Authenticité pushing for the cartelization of all money in the Congo the Japanese demand to be let in. Mobutu cannot simply dismiss them: it is Japanese credit and weapons which ensure he stays secure and on top. But he is also unwilling to simply roll over for them: he is a nationalist and a deeply ambitious man, and will not be satisfied with anything less than personal ownership of the Zaire economy. As such the 60s and early 70s will be a contest between true Mobutu loyalists and pro-Japanese opportunists for who will gain a majority share of the new nation's economic resources. Japan offers cash, guns, food, technical advisors and diplomatic support (all of which Zaire really needs) in return for shares in the national corporations and local extractions. They will also play dirty by employing bribes, intimidation tactics, organized crime and even clandestine support of anti-mobutu civil resistance to put pressure on the regime to open up more space for the Japanese. To counter this Mobutu has all the tools of the state at his disposal, as well as the mobilization of his own hard core group of supporters for intimidation or political pressure on local leaders.
“Kazi ndjo baba, ndjo mama” (work, it is my father, it is my mother), is a common phrase in Katanga which alludes to the paternalist role played by large companies such as the Union Minière, which would provide housing, education, and sometimes even wives to their workers in exchange for productive loyalty. Even after the full German takeover “company work” maintained a facade of this relationship. Japan is well positioned to take up the old Union Minière paternalism tactics, offering workers higher and more regular pay than what native organizations sometimes can, while also reinforcing a culture of dependency which Mobutu is trying to break (or bend to his own ends).
It is this contest for the hard cash and rare metals provided by the Congo which will determine the final form the Authenticité regime takes. If Mobutu is victorious and secures the lion's share of the economy for himself and a large enough share for his allies the Zairean Revolution will be complete with major bonuses to stability and political power, and even more importantly to Mobutu’s personal fortune. Though never giving public access to his personal books Mobutu will be plausibly rumored to be worth billions, with he and his family being some of the foremost african business people in the world and minor celebrities in the co-prosperity sphere. However the economy will suffer greatly from this as all economic efficiency and business skill has been sacrificed in the name of Mobutu’s personal power: though he is the undisputed master of Zaire it will be a deeply dysfunctional country economically, and if commodity prices were to fall he may need to go crawling back to the outside world to bail him out. On the other hand if Japan wins Zaire will become a neo-colonial strip, with its most lucrative industries owned in part or in full by the Japanese and the state unable to do anything about it without critically undermining its own elite support. This will make Mobutu into only a multi-millionaire rather than a billionaire, as well as undermine his public image of all powerful invincibility. With the Japanese ambassador keeping a hawkish eye on him and his party Mobutu will be left to stew in his unhappy lot knowing that if he ceases to play the part assigned to him the Japanese can always find someone else. This will also be the end of the Authentice campaign as even uneducated workers can see that their bread comes not from “Father Marshal” but from their places of work, owned by foreigners once again. But it is arguably better economically, as the extractive industries are at least run competently and its workers will be paid in full and on time more often. In all cases Zaire will be a sphere observer, but in this case it will be a part of the Japanese economic sphere as well. The later 70s and 80s will be difficult times for either end as prices crash and the cumulative effects of bad government and foreign domination come to the fore. But that is a story for another day.
Japan or Mobutu, success or failure, unity or farce, one thing remains constant: the Zairean military officers are the new nobility of the new nation. Corruption is an endemic and potentially crippling issue in Zaire, and this is seen most clearly in the military, where officers will steal wages and army units will act close to bandits in the more remote regions, creating an atmosphere of fear. But the best position is that of an Air Force officer, with prominent families often paying through the nose for their sons to be educated in Japanese military academies to earn their wings.
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2023.05.29 13:38 Available-Damage-540 Issues because of mental health

Long story short, im a college student with bad school related anxiety. Actually took a leave last school year to rest (advised by my psychiatrist). Anyway, patapos na finals namin. My school still asks for clearance para may exam permit but not all profs ask for it. Overwhelming na din schoolworks kasi naghahabol ako para makapasa (more pressure since delayed nga ako). One subject asked for an exam permit and i submitted an old one from last sem (cropped lng ung pic tas mejo crumpled para di halata) yes i know it was wrong, i was really trying to buy myself more time kasi akala pag wala nabigay, bagsak na. Of course, the prof caught me about the exam permit thing and confronted me. Triny ko pa malusutan, sobrang fight or flight mode na ko kaya nag lie na lng ako (yes i know its also wrong) but di kinaya ng conscience ko and admitted it agad the following day. I honestly really hate the feeling of lying. Mas naanxious ako pero may times na pag sobrang anxious and pressured ako, i result to it to somehow protect myself. Add ko lng wala na din kasi ako gamot during this time when i was spiraling down (mahal na psych ko ngayon). I know what i did was wrong and the guilt is eating me up even if umamin na ko. Prof told me she understands my situation but she'll still think about it if she'll push a case. Last week pa to and so far wala pa namang update. Ayun lng i just wanted to share. I know it was my mistake and umamin na din ako. Im just having hard time to forgive myself for what i did.
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2023.05.29 13:38 kevindavis338 Foreign Technologies in the C919

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2023.05.29 13:30 could_b Track endurance wheel recommendations please.

I am looking to upgrade from Mavic ellipses. For masters endurance, bunch racing (I am slow).
Big name or AliExpress? Proper spokes or 5spoke on the front? (eg light carbon 5spoke
Which tubs, for outdoor and indoor tracks? (UK)
I am after a performance advantage rather than a poser advantage. Probably not a rear disc, not very stealth. Any available specific examples, I want to buy once and keep forever, does not need to be mega cheap, but some prices are a bit sharp.
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2023.05.29 13:29 Yung_Carrot to the flight attendant that i exposed as going to edc from SFO to DEN

sorry i outed you in front of your coworkers LMAO. i was just so excited to see an insomniac 30 pin on someone that wasnt in my friend group. hope you had a good time ✌️
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2023.05.29 13:21 meowalot5 Healing is impossible with pmo. Let me explain

I noticed every-time I released I get a huge appetite for junk foods like sugary snacks. I can work 12 hour days lifting some heavy stuff and not have nearly the appetite compared to a pmo release. Had my first buffet of junk food in years because of a long session of pmo the night before.
Also, noticed my body being in fight or flight mode when having lots of sex. Felt drained and had to take a few hours to recover from that experience with slow breathing. A 12 hour shift at work was still somewhat better than the sex for my anxiety. Was able to recover greatly from work with only a 30 min nap.
My body immediately craves the missing sugar after every release, imagine the other nutrients lost. Also being in fight or flight probably greatly reduces healing. That is a recipe for tooth decay and lots of other problems.
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2023.05.29 13:21 Adventurous_Mix_1008 These comments on Kris’ Instagram are ENRAGING!

These comments on Kris’ Instagram are ENRAGING!
The amount of Kris support like this is enraging about jeymi when it was Kris who told her she should quit and start the food truck and then BAILED without at least doing research before doing that! Like can’t google some shit to be sure? It’s like she expected it to be dirt cheap and it is a LOT cheaper in compared to the US, but still a big chunk of change and to have the kitchen set. I saw it can range from 10k-20k. While America is 50k-175k. Wild. Big price difference but still a lot. It makes me mad cuz She’s Venezuelan and they hate them. So like people are prejudice To hire her. No one is more racist, or what’s a word for specific ethnicity regardless of color? But yeah it’s hard for her to get a job and she’s worked all her life too. Did these morons skip over all those scenes or???
But now she gunna be a lawyer!! Woo! Kris is so abusive and I hate that people can’t see It. Maybe many of us have been in abusive relationship and we recognize the behaviors from learning for so long researching 🤣
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2023.05.29 13:19 Tiredworker27 My financial reserves are exhausted - I dont know what to do.

Ok so a house or kids/a family are out of the question. But in recent years I have been struggling to maintain even my regular life. My saving are mostly gone. I have 400 Dollars in the bank. I have already cut back on pretty much everything - yet I still spend more than ever and it keeps getting worse.
I already buy the cheapest brands and skip some meals. I already moved to a cheaper apartment. My car is 8 years old and I use every trick in the book to keep it going and doing most small repairs by myself. I buy second hand products. I unsubsribed from all streaming, I dont even have a tv. I dont even go out with my budy anymore because the pub is to expensive. Rather I buy some beers in the supermarket and we meet to watch football at home.
I dont go to the cinema and if I do like twice in a year I dont buy anything to eat there. I recycle my stuff as long as possible, use it as long as possible, trade my few valuables for necessary things like shoes. I dont do any vaccations and I cook only at home - bulk as much as possible - to save money. Yet it still isnt enough. Sometimes I do 20 or 30 hours of overtime so that I can stay ahead of my bills.
But there is no long term solution. I things get just another 5% more expensive in the next few months, I will run out of money within a few weeks. I just cant do 20-30 ours overtime every week just to keep up. I am just exhausted.
Just for info I am an accountant and earn 55 000/year. After taxes Im left with 40 000/year. My "cheap" apartment alone costs me 20 000/year. Food another 5000/year. So I am left with just 15 000 for the entire year to pay insurance, internet, phone, gas, electricity, water, heating and buy the occasional new clothing/machinery that I need in order to survive/not look like homeles. I dont know what to do and dont know how this can keep going.
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2023.05.29 13:19 PFTETOwerewolves Just watched the show all the way through for the first time since the 80s

  1. What a gorgeous location, can't believe they knocked the house down
  2. All there in the pilot but you're glad when they introduce the proper theme music.
  3. Really it all comes down to the relationship between Magnum and Higgins, in fact the writers sometimes seem to struggle to fit Rick and TC into the plot. John Hillerman is such a good actor, Don Luis is my favourite sibling.
  4. The lads are missing from a lot of shows?
  5. You forget how dark it could be at times, especially the ep with the serial killer taunting Thomas with rhymes and the Frank Sinatra ep (basically recreating his character from The Detective). Can't believe how they killed off Tanaka. I'd forgotten about the ending to Faith and Begorrah, still shocking.
  6. Some interesting familiar faces, notably a very young Shannen Doherty and a very gorgeous Sharon Stone. Really liked Dana Delany, it would have been nice to see her and TM together.
  7. Very much a boys club, Agatha is my favourite female character, amazed to find that the actress was just a legal secretary who did some am dram on the side, this is her only role
  8. Some stunning women but Erin Grey is my favourite, I'd have watched a J Digger Doyle series but she went to Silver Spoons instead.
  9. The show was definitely running out of steam in the last couple of seasons, they keep coming up with goofy filler eps to break the formula. Although I did like Raiders of the Lost Art, Tom would have made a great Indiana Jones.
  10. Solo Flight is frustrating for me, Magnum has his watch, his belt buckle and his bracelet, why not just use them to scrape the soil out from under his legs and free them from under the plane? It's obviously trying to recreate Home from the Sea but doesn't quite do it.
  11. Glad they didn't finish with Limbo although it's a good ep
  12. The Murder She Wrote crossover is just plain weird. Simon and Simon work better, so many backdoor pilots, especially Luthor Gillis.
  13. Home from the Sea is the best ep ever, really tugs the heartstrings although Unfinished Business comes close, you see what a military badass TM is and so feel for him when he has to make his decision at the end, his final letter to his daughter is a tearjerker.
  14. Yes, the paranormal is real in Magnum. Is Higgins Robin Masters? I say no but he may be his ghostwriter.
  15. Loved the ending, Magnum has his daughter back and re-joins the navy. I always thought he did that to provide for her but on rewatching he seems to have made the decision beforehand, his final goodbye to the camera is great.
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2023.05.29 13:18 SeaweedCareless9467 University of Bradford LLM thoughts? Career plan thoughts?

Career changer here (32) Just finished GDL at King's college london (hoping for a 2:1..). liberal arts bachelors and previous masters in another field from abroad, 2:1. A few years of work experience in other fields. Planning to spend the next upcoming year 23/24 taking SQE1 and 2 using BARBRI prep course (I have a discount and its a lot cheaper than SQE at Ulaw/BPP) (My GDL has covered everything on SQE1). Also plan to apply for (many) vac schemes, mini pupillages, and TCs, going to law firm events.
I also would like to continue with my studies. I believe that the PG diploma in law which I have from King's college London will be poorly understood as being a two years in one program abroad, and I want to keep my options open to working in Europe, where 5 years of law study is the norm. I understand that for the solicitor route, having an LLM is not particularly important. However, if I ever want to go back to the US, not having at least an LLM I think will be a disadvantage. Likewise if I want to work ever in Brussels or Luxembourg I believe the academic qualification will be a plus.
I found the University of Bradford has several LLM programs as distance learning, and very cheap too! Under 7k. I hear that ULaw has a terrible reputation, and do not want to spend 13k for a horrible experience. I have had a look at online LLMs at Queen Mary, KCL, and Edinburg but all are highly specialised and extremely expensive (13k-20k). At QMUL there is an online int'l dispute resolution llm which does appeal to me, but at this early stage in my career I would probably just do it as a PG certificate because don't know if I will every work in that area, so just a couple modules is probably enough for me to get a sense of it.
KCL has a tax law LLM but I am not sure if I am really interested in this subject or just sort of interested, as I haven't had any chance to try studying it yet. I know I am interested in Tax policy and financial fraud and crime in general (love keeping up in these fields podcasts books articles etc.)
Aberystwyth also has a cheaper online LLM with a variety of courses (10k). I am not yet sure what I want to specialise in (or what type of law firm I will be hired at!) so would prefer to take a variety of courses regarding trade, commercial, environmental, and tax law. I want to do it online because I will not be living in the UK 23-24 in order to save money. My long term plan is to get a TC for Sept '26, and to start full time work in 24-25 as a paralegal or something else related to law, hopefully with a TC lined up for Sept 26.
My question is, does anyone have any experience taking online LLMs at Bradford or Aberystwyth?
Would an LLM from these low ranking schools (500-600 world ranking) reflect badly on my resume?
In terms of resume, am I much better off having my LLM from a top 10 school?
Am I better off waiting a year and trying to get into Oxbridge for an LLM/BCL for 24/25? (again hoping to start a TC in Sept 26)
Should mention, I pay home fees.
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2023.05.29 13:17 Winter-Wallflower How much do I as matron of honor need to interact with the bridesmaid before the wedding?

My best friend is getting married next year, and she lives on the other side of the country (US). I and the bridesmaid are both from her hometown so we would be able to rendezvous as needed.
However, we do not talk to each other. There's an awkward history between us so since my best friend became her friend, we only hung out once with all 3 of us when we went to a concert years ago. I don't like the kind of person she is, so I have never had an interest in seeing her outside of doing it for my best friend.
I only have wedding experience from my own, which was small and quickly planned, and at the time my best friend still lived around me. My mom honestly did most of the work because I was pretty young, and we just did small things when she said she needed help.
Given that my best friends wedding will be much larger, lengthy time to plan, and there's an entire country between us, I am less sure of my responsibilities as matron of honor. Part of that being, should I be coordinating with the bridesmaid?
There are 3 specific things I can think of where I maybe should be, but I'd love any other thoughts on this and other things I've not considered yet.
1, the bridal party gets to pick our own dresses. Should I be checking in with the bridesmaid to coordinate? First thought is that we want our colors to match. Burgundy/maroon is the color, but that can technically be a wide range of shades so I don't know if they could end up looking drastically different. Second thought is that she's not had an upbringing with special events of any kind (not even prom/graduation) so I don't know if she'll dress for the occasion. It'll be a large wedding with 100 guests.
2, the something borrowed, blue, old, and new. My mom did all of this for me, but I believe it's standard for some of this to be on the bridal party. Is that right? Or is that on me and the mother in law (her own mom has long passed)?
3, we will join the bridal gown shopping via video chat. Should i make it easier on the person in charge of that interaction by meeting with bridesmaid in person so that's there's need for only one video connection? It will likely be on a phone, so I'm not sure the capability of Zoom or something where i know multiple people can be on at once.
Did I miss any other important milestones? What more should I expect as matron out of state? I will likely only be able to fly over once for the week leading up to the day, and the bridesmaid will likely only be a day or two before. Though with so much time until the wedding, I am hoping to afford another flight before then.
With all of that said, I would highly appreciate any advice. My best friend is very important to me and she waited a long time for the proposal so I want to help make her day as great as I can.
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2023.05.29 13:16 0ld_Owl Please read this. I spent weeks on it. Decades really.

I tried to post a link on this very reddit to the beginning of a multi part series I spent weeks producing SPECIFICALLY for you guys based off a presentation i did for for a very select group of people who wear suits and uniforms and it was taken down.
There are over 10,000 companies in the adtech space. Its everyone from your device manufacturer, service providers, app manufacturers, etc. Its literally every aspect of your tech.
I keep telling you guys and you want to argue about if you can get around it using this trick or that... NO. You cant. Not if you're still going to use their technology anyway. If you disconnect, well... you can get part way there.
20+ years ago when they scared the shit out of everyone, the response from the general public was "well, I dont care. I'm not doing anything wrong, so I have nothing to worry about. Let them spy on me." And BOOM an entire industry was born and it was designed around keeping you in the dark as much as possible to harvest the purest data possible from you and sell it to the largest customer with the deepest pockets. It was quite literally a challenge accepted.
The inside scoop is the governent cant legally spy on you. But! They can buy access to your data from private companies that do. So they do. That is the work around.
In the vast majority of cases, almost without exception, all these cheap and free pieces of tech, and gear, are that way because they want as many people as possible using their shit. Once they get there, they have the greatest opportunity to attract the largest client they can hope to get, the government, to buy access to your data from them. They are con men, even companies like apple who publicly claim a level of privacy are just blowing smoke up your ass and taking your money. (And dont start. I get it.)
I'm annoyed as all hell it was taken down, cause I literally spent weeks working on the first part of this series of videos explaining this stuff in detail and I did it in part because I promised you guys I was going to.
The video is out there, i uploaded it to other sub reddits. Search reddit for > "This is the future from the looks of it."
And since I see some of you already are, if you're going to down vote this, provide some sort of explanation as to why. There are some of us out here who are honorable people working in this space that cant believe what we're seeing and how people are responding to it. Including people who should know better.
Even government folks, made up of people just like you and I are locked in this mindset of "whatever" and they have the most to lose. Well, we all do if THEY cant pull their heads out of their own asses and see what has developed. Dont forget, they all carry phones and use tech too and they aren't the only government buying access to youtheiour data. It's a huge problem, founded in willful ignorance and cognitive dissonance.
For those of us who work directly with them, trying to get the vast majority of orgs and agencies to realize the level of exposure, and having them respond like the average person is mind blowing.
(Dont forget, the good men and women in there are just you in a uniform. They were raised in the same world you were, have been handling this shit since they could hold a physical object, they're as blind to it as you are. And the folks buying access to your data from the "friendly side" are a very select group within. The "other teams" buying access to the data arent just tiktok, but are usually shell companies buying "market/consumer research data" from the same adtech companies the "good guys" buy from.)
In short it's a fucking nightmare of a mess and nobody wants to hear it. They love their tech too much.
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2023.05.29 13:14 SubzeroBeef DnD Honor Amoung Theives

Finally got around to see it after seeing all the hype and posts about, and I feel people judge it to much on how close it is to a DnD campaign and not on its merits as a movie. I found the story uninteresting and bland, the characts one dimensional and boring, the actor portrayals, with expecting of the paladin, to range from bad to meh with many seeming to be uninterested in the character they were playing. The pacing of the movie was all over the place, which made it a real chore to sit through all of it in ine go. It really seems to me that they sacrifed so much of what could've been a good movie for the sake of cheap fanservice and member-berries. All in all, good portrayal of an actual dnd campaign but subpar movie. 5/10
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2023.05.29 13:12 BenjiTheWizzard My first track project 131.000 miles!

My first track project 131.000 miles!
Hello everyone! Here’s my recent acquirement, it’s a Mini Cooper S R53 from 2003. I used to have a JCW but sadly I had to sell as I tend to buy and sell regularly however I got this one fairly cheap and I’ve always wanted to take a car to the track.
That leaves me with a few questions to however has tracked their Mini and what to expect. To give a context this car has been sat for 2 years it has 131.000 miles on the clock and that’s about it! I don’t know much more about it apart from it starts up fine, sounds healthy and drives great!!
I need to service it but if I’m going to track it I’d like to know what I should/shouldn’t do. I plan to have it as a street/track car.
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