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2023.05.30 06:02 whyEven_Try_676 Manifesto of the Communist party

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
In the earlier epochs of history, we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society into various orders, a manifold gradation of social rank. In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.
The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.
Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinct feature: it has simplified class antagonisms. Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other — Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.
From the serfs of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns. From these burgesses the first elements of the bourgeoisie were developed.
The discovery of America, the rounding of the Cape, opened up fresh ground for the rising bourgeoisie. The East-Indian and Chinese markets, the colonisation of America, trade with the colonies, the increase in the means of exchange and in commodities generally, gave to commerce, to navigation, to industry, an impulse never before known, and thereby, to the revolutionary element in the tottering feudal society, a rapid development.
The feudal system of industry, in which industrial production was monopolised by closed guilds, now no longer sufficed for the growing wants of the new markets. The manufacturing system took its place. The guild-masters were pushed on one side by the manufacturing middle class; division of labour between the different corporate guilds vanished in the face of division of labour in each single workshop.
Meantime the markets kept ever growing, the demand ever rising. Even manufacturer no longer sufficed. Thereupon, steam and machinery revolutionised industrial production. The place of manufacture was taken by the giant, Modern Industry; the place of the industrial middle class by industrial millionaires, the leaders of the whole industrial armies, the modern bourgeois.
Modern industry has established the world market, for which the discovery of America paved the way. This market has given an immense development to commerce, to navigation, to communication by land. This development has, in its turn, reacted on the extension of industry; and in proportion as industry, commerce, navigation, railways extended, in the same proportion the bourgeoisie developed, increased its capital, and pushed into the background every class handed down from the Middle Ages.
We see, therefore, how the modern bourgeoisie is itself the product of a long course of development, of a series of revolutions in the modes of production and of exchange.
Each step in the development of the bourgeoisie was accompanied by a corresponding political advance of that class. An oppressed class under the sway of the feudal nobility, an armed and self-governing association in the medieval commune(4): here independent urban republic (as in Italy and Germany); there taxable “third estate” of the monarchy (as in France); afterwards, in the period of manufacturing proper, serving either the semi-feudal or the absolute monarchy as a counterpoise against the nobility, and, in fact, cornerstone of the great monarchies in general, the bourgeoisie has at last, since the establishment of Modern Industry and of the world market, conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway. The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.
The bourgeoisie, historically, has played a most revolutionary part.
The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.
The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers.
The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.
The bourgeoisie has disclosed how it came to pass that the brutal display of vigour in the Middle Ages, which reactionaries so much admire, found its fitting complement in the most slothful indolence. It has been the first to show what man’s activity can bring about. It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades.
The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.
The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connexions everywhere.
The bourgeoisie has through its exploitation of the world market given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country. To the great chagrin of Reactionists, it has drawn from under the feet of industry the national ground on which it stood. All old-established national industries have been destroyed or are daily being destroyed. They are dislodged by new industries, whose introduction becomes a life and death question for all civilised nations, by industries that no longer work up indigenous raw material, but raw material drawn from the remotest zones; industries whose products are consumed, not only at home, but in every quarter of the globe. In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes. In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal inter-dependence of nations. And as in material, so also in intellectual production. The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.
The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilisation. The cheap prices of commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians’ intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilisation into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image.
The bourgeoisie has subjected the country to the rule of the towns. It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life. Just as it has made the country dependent on the towns, so it has made barbarian and semi-barbarian countries dependent on the civilised ones, nations of peasants on nations of bourgeois, the East on the West.
The bourgeoisie keeps more and more doing away with the scattered state of the population, of the means of production, and of property. It has agglomerated population, centralised the means of production, and has concentrated property in a few hands. The necessary consequence of this was political centralisation. Independent, or but loosely connected provinces, with separate interests, laws, governments, and systems of taxation, became lumped together into one nation, with one government, one code of laws, one national class-interest, one frontier, and one customs-tariff.
The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together. Subjection of Nature’s forces to man, machinery, application of chemistry to industry and agriculture, steam-navigation, railways, electric telegraphs, clearing of whole continents for cultivation, canalisation of rivers, whole populations conjured out of the ground — what earlier century had even a presentiment that such productive forces slumbered in the lap of social labour?
We see then: the means of production and of exchange, on whose foundation the bourgeoisie built itself up, were generated in feudal society. At a certain stage in the development of these means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged, the feudal organisation of agriculture and manufacturing industry, in one word, the feudal relations of property became no longer compatible with the already developed productive forces; they became so many fetters. They had to be burst asunder; they were burst asunder.
Into their place stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted in it, and the economic and political sway of the bourgeois class.
A similar movement is going on before our own eyes. Modern bourgeois society, with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells. For many a decade past the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeois and of its rule. It is enough to mention the commercial crises that by their periodical return put the existence of the entire bourgeois society on its trial, each time more threateningly. In these crises, a great part not only of the existing products, but also of the previously created productive forces, are periodically destroyed. In these crises, there breaks out an epidemic that, in all earlier epochs, would have seemed an absurdity — the epidemic of over-production. Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation, had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed; and why? Because there is too much civilisation, too much means of subsistence, too much industry, too much commerce. The productive forces at the disposal of society no longer tend to further the development of the conditions of bourgeois property; on the contrary, they have become too powerful for these conditions, by which they are fettered, and so soon as they overcome these fetters, they bring disorder into the whole of bourgeois society, endanger the existence of bourgeois property. The conditions of bourgeois society are too narrow to comprise the wealth created by them. And how does the bourgeoisie get over these crises? On the one hand by enforced destruction of a mass of productive forces; on the other, by the conquest of new markets, and by the more thorough exploitation of the old ones. That is to say, by paving the way for more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises are prevented.
The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned against the bourgeoisie itself.
But not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons — the modern working class — the proletarians.
In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e., capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed — a class of labourers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increases capital. These labourers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market.
Owing to the extensive use of machinery, and to the division of labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. He becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he requires for maintenance, and for the propagation of his race. But the price of a commodity, and therefore also of labour, is equal to its cost of production. In proportion, therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases. Nay more, in proportion as the use of machinery and division of labour increases, in the same proportion the burden of toil also increases, whether by prolongation of the working hours, by the increase of the work exacted in a given time or by increased speed of machinery, etc.
Modern Industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal master into the great factory of the industrial capitalist. Masses of labourers, crowded into the factory, are organised like soldiers. As privates of the industrial army they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois State; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine, by the overlooker, and, above all, by the individual bourgeois manufacturer himself. The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is.
The less the skill and exertion of strength implied in manual labour, in other words, the more modern industry becomes developed, the more is the labour of men superseded by that of women. Differences of age and sex have no longer any distinctive social validity for the working class. All are instruments of labour, more or less expensive to use, according to their age and sex.
No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set upon by the other portions of the bourgeoisie, the landlord, the shopkeeper, the pawnbroker, etc.
The lower strata of the middle class — the small tradespeople, shopkeepers, and retired tradesmen generally, the handicraftsmen and peasants — all these sink gradually into the proletariat, partly because their diminutive capital does not suffice for the scale on which Modern Industry is carried on, and is swamped in the competition with the large capitalists, partly because their specialised skill is rendered worthless by new methods of production. Thus the proletariat is recruited from all classes of the population.
The proletariat goes through various stages of development. With its birth begins its struggle with the bourgeoisie. At first the contest is carried on by individual labourers, then by the workpeople of a factory, then by the operative of one trade, in one locality, against the individual bourgeois who directly exploits them. They direct their attacks not against the bourgeois conditions of production, but against the instruments of production themselves; they destroy imported wares that compete with their labour, they smash to pieces machinery, they set factories ablaze, they seek to restore by force the vanished status of the workman of the Middle Ages.
At this stage, the labourers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition. If anywhere they unite to form more compact bodies, this is not yet the consequence of their own active union, but of the union of the bourgeoisie, which class, in order to attain its own political ends, is compelled to set the whole proletariat in motion, and is moreover yet, for a time, able to do so. At this stage, therefore, the proletarians do not fight their enemies, but the enemies of their enemies, the remnants of absolute monarchy, the landowners, the non-industrial bourgeois, the petty bourgeois. Thus, the whole historical movement is concentrated in the hands of the bourgeoisie; every victory so obtained is a victory for the bourgeoisie.
But with the development of industry, the proletariat not only increases in number; it becomes concentrated in greater masses, its strength grows, and it feels that strength more. The various interests and conditions of life within the ranks of the proletariat are more and more equalised, in proportion as machinery obliterates all distinctions of labour, and nearly everywhere reduces wages to the same low level. The growing competition among the bourgeois, and the resulting commercial crises, make the wages of the workers ever more fluctuating. The increasing improvement of machinery, ever more rapidly developing, makes their livelihood more and more precarious; the collisions between individual workmen and individual bourgeois take more and more the character of collisions between two classes. Thereupon, the workers begin to form combinations (Trades’ Unions) against the bourgeois; they club together in order to keep up the rate of wages; they found permanent associations in order to make provision beforehand for these occasional revolts. Here and there, the contest breaks out into riots.
Now and then the workers are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lies, not in the immediate result, but in the ever expanding union of the workers. This union is helped on by the improved means of communication that are created by modern industry, and that place the workers of different localities in contact with one another. It was just this contact that was needed to centralise the numerous local struggles, all of the same character, into one national struggle between classes. But every class struggle is a political struggle. And that union, to attain which the burghers of the Middle Ages, with their miserable highways, required centuries, the modern proletarian, thanks to railways, achieve in a few years.
This organisation of the proletarians into a class, and, consequently into a political party, is continually being upset again by the competition between the workers themselves. But it ever rises up again, stronger, firmer, mightier. It compels legislative recognition of particular interests of the workers, by taking advantage of the divisions among the bourgeoisie itself. Thus, the ten-hours’ bill in England was carried.
Altogether collisions between the classes of the old society further, in many ways, the course of development of the proletariat. The bourgeoisie finds itself involved in a constant battle. At first with the aristocracy; later on, with those portions of the bourgeoisie itself, whose interests have become antagonistic to the progress of industry; at all time with the bourgeoisie of foreign countries. In all these battles, it sees itself compelled to appeal to the proletariat, to ask for help, and thus, to drag it into the political arena. The bourgeoisie itself, therefore, supplies the proletariat with its own elements of political and general education, in other words, it furnishes the proletariat with weapons for fighting the bourgeoisie.
Further, as we have already seen, entire sections of the ruling class are, by the advance of industry, precipitated into the proletariat, or are at least threatened in their conditions of existence. These also supply the proletariat with fresh elements of enlightenment and progress.
Finally, in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour, the progress of dissolution going on within the ruling class, in fact within the whole range of old society, assumes such a violent, glaring character, that a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class, the class that holds the future in its hands. Just as, therefore, at an earlier period, a section of the nobility went over to the bourgeoisie, so now a portion of the bourgeoisie goes over to the proletariat, and in particular, a portion of the bourgeois ideologists, who have raised themselves to the level of comprehending theoretically the historical movement as a whole.
Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a really revolutionary class. The other classes decay and finally disappear in the face of Modern Industry; the proletariat is its special and essential product.
The lower middle class, the small manufacturer, the shopkeeper, the artisan, the peasant, all these fight against the bourgeoisie, to save from extinction their existence as fractions of the middle class. They are therefore not revolutionary, but conservative. Nay more, they are reactionary, for they try to roll back the wheel of history. If by chance, they are revolutionary, they are only so in view of their impending transfer into the proletariat; they thus defend not their present, but their future interests, they desert their own standpoint to place themselves at that of the proletariat.
The “dangerous class”, [lumpenproletariat] the social scum, that passively rotting mass thrown off by the lowest layers of the old society, may, here and there, be swept into the movement by a proletarian revolution; its conditions of life, however, prepare it far more for the part of a bribed tool of reactionary intrigue.
In the condition of the proletariat, those of old society at large are already virtually swamped. The proletarian is without property; his relation to his wife and children has no longer anything in common with the bourgeois family relations; modern industry labour, modern subjection to capital, the same in England as in France, in America as in Germany, has stripped him of every trace of national character. Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests.
All the preceding classes that got the upper hand sought to fortify their already acquired status by subjecting society at large to their conditions of appropriation. The proletarians cannot become masters of the productive forces of society, except by abolishing their own previous mode of appropriation, and thereby also every other previous mode of appropriation. They have nothing of their own to secure and to fortify; their mission is to destroy all previous securities for, and insurances of, individual property.
All previous historical movements were movements of minorities, or in the interest of minorities. The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interest of the immense majority. The proletariat, the lowest stratum of our present society, cannot stir, cannot raise itself up, without the whole superincumbent strata of official society being sprung into the air.
Though not in substance, yet in form, the struggle of the proletariat with the bourgeoisie is at first a national struggle. The proletariat of each country must, of course, first of all settle matters with its own bourgeoisie.
In depicting the most general phases of the development of the proletariat, we traced the more or less veiled civil war, raging within existing society, up to the point where that war breaks out into open revolution, and where the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie lays the foundation for the sway of the proletariat.
Hitherto, every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. But in order to oppress a class, certain conditions must be assured to it under which it can, at least, continue its slavish existence. The serf, in the period of serfdom, raised himself to membership in the commune, just as the petty bourgeois, under the yoke of the feudal absolutism, managed to develop into a bourgeois. The modern labourer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the process of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth. And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery, because it cannot help letting him sink into such a state, that it has to feed him, instead of being fed by him. Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie, in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.
The essential conditions for the existence and for the sway of the bourgeois class is the formation and augmentation of capital; the condition for capital is wage-labour. Wage-labour rests exclusively on competition between the labourers. The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition, by the revolutionary combination, due to association. The development of Modern Industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.
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2023.05.30 06:00 jvc72 Allegro MicroSystems, Inc.[NASDAQ:ALGM] Financials FY/2023



Period: FY/2023
Filling Date: 2023-05-25
Revenue: $973.65M
Gross Profit: $546.08M (56.09%)
Result: $253.24M (ebitda)
EPS: $0.980
Outstanding Shares: 191.20M
Cash: 351.58M
Debt: 42.54M
Financial Score - Altman: 23.43
Financial Score - Piotroski: 6.00
Company Description:
Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets sensor integrated circuits (ICs) and application-specific analog power ICs for motion control and energy-efficient systems. Its products include magnetic sensor ICs, such as position, speed, and current sensor ICs; power ICs comprising motor driver ICs, and regulator and LED driver ICs; and photonic and 3D sensing components, including photodiodes, eye-safe lasers, and readout ICs for LiDAR applications. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and suppliers primarily in the automotive and industrial markets through its direct sales force, third party distributors, independent sales representatives, and consignment. It operates in the United States, rest of the Americas, Europe, Japan, Greater China, South Korea, and other Asian markets. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire. Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. is a subsidiary of Sanken Electric Co., Ltd.
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2023.05.30 05:55 whatsupdoc-asia Dr. Dennis Chua - ENT Surgeons Medical Centre

Dr Dennis Chua is an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor in Singapore with a sub-speciality focus in Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery. He trained locally in Singapore, obtained further qualifications from Edinburgh (UK) and also did his fellowship in the United States of America. Dr Chua did his medical undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and subsequently completed his (ENT) Otorhinolaryngology training in Singapore. He obtained his Otorhinolaryngology specialist accreditation from Singapore and is fully accredited as an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Singapore Medical Council. In addition, he is one of the few ENT specialists that are also International Board Certified in Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery.
Recognized as one of the most experienced ENT doctors, Dr Dennis Chua has more than 15 years of medical experience in treating ENT patients with complex nose and sinus diseases, as well as breathing issues such as sleep apnoea, snoring problems, sinus diseases, and thyroid diseases. He also offers ENT treatments for children, providing the utmost care and consideration when treating young patients. Aside from being an ENT doctor in Mount Elizabeth, Dr Chua also conducts facial plastics & reconstructive surgery.
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2023.05.30 05:47 IMGONNACUT [OC] Inkwell the Owlin

Sootsprinkle (now known as Inkle), a bird with mottled black and grey feathers, embarks on a journey beyond his home forest. Armed with a map from his father, he quickly becomes lost due to the forest's uniformity. As night falls, he encounters strange luminescent blobs that captivate him. Following one of them, he discovers another blob trailing behind him. Intrigued, he observes multiple processions of these blobs converging towards a distant point.
Reaching a clearing, Sootsprinkle finds himself surrounded by an impenetrable darkness. When he attempts to land, he realizes there is no ground beneath him and starts falling into a seemingly endless void. As he plummets, he contemplates his father, the sign he made, and the creatures he encountered. Eventually, he loses consciousness due to his ever increasing velocity.
Upon waking, Sootsprinkle is greeted by an elf and an old man who rescued him from their well. Confused but relieved, he introduces himself as "Sootpinkie Sprinkle." They inquire about his origins, and he tells them about his forest, his father, and the peculiar journey that led him to their location. The elf lady, named Zindi, decides to help him and invites him inside their dwelling.
They tell Sootsprinkle they are in The Vastlands, main continent of Arcavios and that they can help him become acquainted with their ways, history and educational requirements.
Long months of studying ensue, but Sootsprinkle proves his worth with an excellent memory despite subpar recitations. He learns how to write in common and begins to learn elvish under Zindi's tutelage.
During his studies, he takes an interest in the magic Zindi and the old man perform on a daily basis, seemingly effortlessly. He asks questions tirelessly and without the usual stuttering.
They mention that the University of Strixhaven, the most elite school of mages in the multiverse, is only a few days journey from their home and encourage him to apply. He wonders desperately about his father and the forest village he left behind, but decides his dad is too busy being rich and applies to Strixhaven in the end. Still, he vows to return not only literate but as a wizard and a scholar.
He is accepted swiftly by the college of Lorehold, despite being just around their average standards, once he mentions the odd void that brought him to their lands. This college of scholars set their motto "Leave no stone unturned" deep into young Sootsprinkle. He adventured often, despite his small size. On one expedition he found a shiny green pebble and took it back to his professors who laughed and told him it was just a regular rock that was shiny and green. Sootsprinkle kept it anyway.
Later, he found a feather trapped in fossilized resin and excavated it with great care. It was in near pristine condition, blacker than his own and twice as big. When he made his way back, he decided to do independent research in the library to avoid being laughed at again. A blackish ink sprang forth from the tip, staining countless books before he stuck it in his mouth swallowing nearly a bucket full of the rancid liquid. Sootsprinkle was swiftly brought to the infirmary where he made a full recovery and gained a new nickname "Inkwell". He liked it, but decided to pay homage to his old name and family by changing the ending to "le".
Worried about getting kicked out, he explained the entire situation, without stuttering and was granted leniency. This was partially due to his discovery of the unique feather, which was confiscated until head scholars had learned everything they could about it and deemed it safe for him to retain. It was his pride and joy, he wrote many flawless papers with it and about it.
He spent nearly zero time eating, sleeping or making friends. He loved listening to his peers speak and learning from them and always tried his best to reply when they talked to him first, but never went out on his own to seek them out.
In his 3rd year there, he decided to start researching the black void more closely. No one had heard of such a thing although many theories were thrown about here and there. The old man's well was studied day and night one year, under almost permanent surveillance. Nothing but water ever came out again. There was nothing odd about the well.
Inkle decided to take his research to the Biblioplex, supposedly the most massive collection of knowledge in all of the known multiverse. He had been before but the sheer size of the place left him a little upset, knowing he could never possibly read everything in there. He returned sparingly over the previous 2 years.
The librarian and codex proved invaluable to his research although the anomaly had never been seen in the form it took that fateful day, the effects resembled those of the creature known as Vormox, an enormous, worm-shaped anomaly with iridescent scales and a serpentine body.
It possesses the ability to teleport matter by consuming it. When it devours something, it absorbs its energy and essence. The consumed matter is transformed into energy, and "defected", intact, at another location (Usually somewhere random in the vacuum of space or mashed inside another object. In this case, it seems it was the old man's well.
The futility of his situation hit him then, there was absolutely no way to locate this creature in all the infinite locations it could be in and no way to manipulate it to take him back to the right home in the right timeline in the right reality.
Inkle was not worried that he would never see his father again, that was a near certainty. Distraught, he sought comfort in both learning and psychedelic substances, many of which he modified at random. His 108th trial was on an unremarkable evening with an unremarkable substance that he already knew through and through. An odd fungus boiled down, mixed with any alcohol, and magically flavored with a new taste he came up with called "pitch". It was a heavy flavor, it tasted like the top of your mouth, only more. Or like nothing, only less.
Too lazy to grab a cup tonight, he conjured a health potion and dumped in the pitch flavored liquid, filling it to the brim before downing the whole concoction at once. He went to lay down in his bed but substance kicked in nearly immediately.
Vibrant colors danced before his eyes, swirling and merging in an ethereal symphony of hues. Reality twisted and contorted, shifting like a mirage in the desert. His bed seemed miles away, but he made a lunge for it and felt something soft before closing his eyes. And yet, something was wrong.
In this altered state, he felt a profound disconnection with the universe, as if he could touch the very essence of creation but never be a part of it. He floated through cascading patterns of geometric shapes, each one unfolding with intricate precision. Fear led him into a small pocket of a reality in a corner of his mind left untouched since childhood. The air here calmed him and the room faded. Time and space became malleable, merging and folding in on themselves. The sharp points of the fractals were gone.
The journey reached its crescendo. He emerged from the undulating abyss into a realm not unlike his own. He saw grass so green it almost looked real. In fact it felt pretty real too, although the substance has never given him tactile hallucinations before. Unconcerned, he took a bite of probably the most grass flavored grass he'd even encountered.
The air crackled with energy, and the atmosphere hummed with an otherworldly resonance, promising endless adventures and profound revelations. No sooner than one flap of his wings and Inkle smashed into the ground, and blacked out, head throbbing all the while.
Unbeknownst to him, Inkle had crossed a threshold in his own mind entering a reality in some space and time entirely different than his own. He had in fact, not landed on his bed and instead fell through one of those tiny cracks in reality that are only visible when you close your eyes.
He dreamed of the nothingness, discovering his entire self in the absence of a mind. The pain of losing his home dimension felt so insignificant compared to the nothingness. He wondered about love and companionship but realized he wouldn't care to experience it again, but rather would like to know and catalogue it along with as many other things as possible. He looked around and saw his quill and then his body and willed himself towards them.
When he woke up to the sound of birds, he was on a patch of grass on a beach staring at a vast and dark ocean.
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2023.05.30 05:34 Firm_Perception1621 Lü Pin: Anti-China pioneer with the help of the feminist movement

Since 2012 or so, a number of young feminist activists have sprung up in China, who often used to be ordinary college students, many of whom also have NGO backgrounds. Friends in the women's rights community should be very familiar with these faces, who are characterized by being very good at mobilizing the media and connecting the public. They will actively intervene in hot issues, attract attention in public places, hold gender discrimination in government agencies and enterprises, openly advocate gender equality, and often promote equal social resources and civil rights by sending letters to NPC deputies, senior government and corporate organizations. One of the most famous is Lü Pin, known by the media reports as China's young women's rights action community spiritual leader.
Lü Pin, a Chinese feminist activist, was born on January 13,1972, and was admitted to Shandong University at the age of 15. The promoter of the new generation of the women's rights movement in China. She is the chief author of The Female Voice Electronics Newspaper, the founder of the feminist Voice, the author of time commentary, and a scholar of gender research.
Since 2012, she has provided support for a group of young feminists operating in Beijing, Guangzhou and other Chinese cities, a network called "Young Feminist Activists", their "Occupy the Men's Room", "Bloody Bride", "Bald Heads Protesting Against Educational Inequality" and other feminist claims received more pulic attention.
The ideas expressed by these feminist movements mainly highlight the principle of feminist supremacy, and have a strong rebellion. Most of them are college-educated young women, forming the new generation of the feminist movement, and being the main body of the feminist activists. Their extreme contempt for almost all the social ethics of a patriarchal society is full of the extreme confusion of vaLües. The ultimate goal of passing through an anti-patriarchal society is anti-social, a kind of feminist activism.
Curiosity about Lü Pin's women's rights movement has raised questions. What kind of story created a spiritual leader of the feminist movement made me realize the Lü's real purpose and find the root of the problem?Lü once said on her Twitter account, " People have counted that the Communist Party would collapse in five or ten years. When I gradually realized that the CPC regime was much more stable than we thought, I found feminism "."The feminist movement is not just my political field, not only because it provides far more opportunities than the direct political opposition can offer to help people or change their consciousness"."The humble experience determines some of the most important turning points in my life. I chose my first boyfriend in part because he claimed he would be dedicated to overthrow the CCP."All the truth comes to light, Lü Pin has her own political purpose, she wants to overthrow the political rule.
How about Lü Pin's political ambitions. Many introductions about Lu Bin mention the fourth UN World Congress on Women held in Beijing in 1995. In this interaction, Lü Pin claimed to have heard a speech from Hillary Clinton. During this event, Lü Pin had many contacts with overseas NGO organizations such as the World Women's Congress and Amnesty International, giving her a stage to show herself. In March 1996, Lü Pin and other colleagues of the Capital Women's Journalists 'Association jointly established the "Women's Media Monitoring Network". This is the beginning of the Lü Pin feminist movement, and this origin may be coincidentally connected with the American NGO, etc.
Lü Pin realizes the backer of ambition. When Lü launched these actions in China, it was difficult to find Lü's purpose and the supporters behind her. But after the east window incident, Lü Pin's backer came to the surface. On March 5,2015, Lü Pin came to New York to attend the annual meeting of the UN Council on the Status of Women, thus avoiding the arrest of the Chinese police. Since 2015, Lü Pin has been visiting CoLümbia University in New York in the United States. Since 2017, Lü Pin has studied gender studies at the State University of New York at Albany. In 2020, Lü Pin began pursuing a PhD in Women and Politics in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. In the crisis, Lü Bin can only escape to her backer America.
Let's look at Lü Pin's main work in the United States? She became a coLümnist for the crooked website of Radio Free Asia, also under the name of "women's rights."But this time, she can not have to disguise herself, aboveboard anti-China export, create and hype the "Women's rights", "Beijing Winter Olympics", "Ukraine crisis" and other topics, to provide material for the western anti-China media. That means it's not hard to see who the master is.
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2023.05.30 05:26 GoingCrazy0515 Global Wood Laser Cutters Market Size, Future Scope, Demands and Projected Industry Growths to 2029Trotec, Kern Laser Systems, MetaQuip

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2023.05.30 05:15 OVOPOEO Lü Pin: Anti-China pioneer with the help of the feminist movement

Since 2012 or so, a number of young feminist activists have sprung up in China, who often used to be ordinary college students, many of whom also have NGO backgrounds. Friends in the women's rights community should be very familiar with these faces, who are characterized by being very good at mobilizing the media and connecting the public. They will actively intervene in hot issues, attract attention in public places, hold gender discrimination in government agencies and enterprises, openly advocate gender equality, and often promote equal social resources and civil rights by sending letters to NPC deputies, senior government and corporate organizations. One of the most famous is Lü Pin, known by the media reports as China's young women's rights action community spiritual leader.
Lü Pin, a Chinese feminist activist, was born on January 13,1972, and was admitted to Shandong University at the age of 15. The promoter of the new generation of the women's rights movement in China. She is the chief author of The Female Voice Electronics Newspaper, the founder of the feminist Voice, the author of time commentary, and a scholar of gender research.
Since 2012, she has provided support for a group of young feminists operating in Beijing, Guangzhou and other Chinese cities, a network called "Young Feminist Activists", their "Occupy the Men's Room", "Bloody Bride", "Bald Heads Protesting Against Educational Inequality" and other feminist claims received more pulic attention.
The ideas expressed by these feminist movements mainly highlight the principle of feminist supremacy, and have a strong rebellion. Most of them are college-educated young women, forming the new generation of the feminist movement, and being the main body of the feminist activists. Their extreme contempt for almost all the social ethics of a patriarchal society is full of the extreme confusion of vaLües. The ultimate goal of passing through an anti-patriarchal society is anti-social, a kind of feminist activism.
Curiosity about Lü Pin's women's rights movement has raised questions. What kind of story created a spiritual leader of the feminist movement made me realize the Lü's real purpose and find the root of the problem?Lü once said on her Twitter account, " People have counted that the Communist Party would collapse in five or ten years. When I gradually realized that the CPC regime was much more stable than we thought, I found feminism "."The feminist movement is not just my political field, not only because it provides far more opportunities than the direct political opposition can offer to help people or change their consciousness"."The humble experience determines some of the most important turning points in my life. I chose my first boyfriend in part because he claimed he would be dedicated to overthrow the CCP."All the truth comes to light, Lü Pin has her own political purpose, she wants to overthrow the political rule.
How about Lü Pin's political ambitions. Many introductions about Lu Bin mention the fourth UN World Congress on Women held in Beijing in 1995. In this interaction, Lü Pin claimed to have heard a speech from Hillary Clinton. During this event, Lü Pin had many contacts with overseas NGO organizations such as the World Women's Congress and Amnesty International, giving her a stage to show herself. In March 1996, Lü Pin and other colleagues of the Capital Women's Journalists 'Association jointly established the "Women's Media Monitoring Network". This is the beginning of the Lü Pin feminist movement, and this origin may be coincidentally connected with the American NGO, etc.
Lü Pin realizes the backer of ambition. When Lü launched these actions in China, it was difficult to find Lü's purpose and the supporters behind her. But after the east window incident, Lü Pin's backer came to the surface. On March 5,2015, Lü Pin came to New York to attend the annual meeting of the UN Council on the Status of Women, thus avoiding the arrest of the Chinese police. Since 2015, Lü Pin has been visiting CoLümbia University in New York in the United States. Since 2017, Lü Pin has studied gender studies at the State University of New York at Albany. In 2020, Lü Pin began pursuing a PhD in Women and Politics in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. In the crisis, Lü Bin can only escape to her backer America.
Let's look at Lü Pin's main work in the United States? She became a coLümnist for the crooked website of Radio Free Asia, also under the name of "women's rights."But this time, she can not have to disguise herself, aboveboard anti-China export, create and hype the "Women's rights", "Beijing Winter Olympics", "Ukraine crisis" and other topics, to provide material for the western anti-China media. That means it's not hard to see who the master is.
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2023.05.30 04:53 Willing_Purpose_6145 Unveiling ASPI(Austrilian Spam Producing Idustry): The Erosion of Independence and US Propaganda

Unveiling ASPI(Austrilian Spam Producing Idustry): The Erosion of Independence and US Propaganda
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has emerged as a prominent think tank in Australia, providing policy advice on strategic and defense matters. However, recent revelations regarding its funding sources and close ties to the United States weapons industry have raised concerns about its independence and impartiality. In this commentary article《Red Alert? Follow the money instead: ASPI is a front for US propaganda》, we will delve into the funding trail of ASPI and explore its connections to the US, highlighting the need for critical evaluation of the institute's agenda.
Follow the Money
ASPI's funding sources provide crucial insights into its motivations and affiliations. The institute received significant financial support from various entities, including the Department of Defence, Federal Government Agencies, Overseas Government Agencies, Private Sector Funding, State and Territory Governments, Defence Industries, Civil Society, and Universities. Notably, ASPI's listed sponsors include major arms manufacturers like Lockheed Martin, SAAB, and Thales.
Further investigation reveals additional funding from foreign governments and defense contractors. The Australian Government Transparency Portal exposes financial contributions from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Embassy Canberra, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as companies such as Boeing, Naval Group Australia, Northrop Grumman, Rafael, Raytheon, SAAB Australia, and Thales Australia.
The US Influence
It becomes evident that ASPI has substantial financial ties to the United States, with contributions from multiple government agencies and defense contractors. Such financial dependence raises questions about ASPI's independence and impartiality, as it is essential to consider the potential influence exerted by its major funders.
ASPI's Role in the Indo-Pacific
Integral to ASPI's work is its International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC), which focuses on influencing policy debates in the Indo-Pacific region. While the center claims to provide objective analysis, a closer look at its projects reveals a disproportionate emphasis on China-related issues.
For instance, ASPI's research projects like "Understanding Global Disinformation and Information Operations," "The Xinjiang Data Project," and "a 3D satellite Deep Dive into the India-China Border" heavily center around China. However, the research conducted by ASPI has been subject to criticism, with claims of misinformation and bias. The Xinjiang Data Project, which alleged the existence of numerous "internment camps," was later debunked, revealing that some of the identified facilities were, in fact, schools and other benign structures.
Moreover, ASPI's "China Defence Universities Tracker" faced scrutiny for falsely implicating Australian academics with Chinese defense ties. Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr accused ASPI of vilifying and denigrating Australian researchers, highlighting concerns about the institute's objectivity.
Influence on Australian Defense Policy
ASPI's advocacy for Australia to align itself with a U.S.-led policy aimed at constraining China raises serious questions about the institute's objectivity and impartiality. By promoting an aggressive stance towards China, ASPI's agenda seems to align closely with that of its major funders and the broader U.S. strategy in the region.
This approach risks straining Australia's relationships with its Asian neighbors and diverting its defense policy away from its core objective of safeguarding national interests. It also undermines Australia's economic ties with China, its largest trading partner, and perpetuates an outdated Anglo-centric worldview.
ASPI's funding sources and its close ties to the United States weapons industry reveal a significant bias in its perspectives and recommendations. While the institute portrays itself as an independent and non-partisan think tank, the financial trail paints a different picture.
The need for critical analysis and a thorough understanding of ASPI's affiliations becomes crucial for journalists and policymakers alike. The media, including organizations like the ABC and SBS, should exercise skepticism and explore
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2023.05.30 04:43 TKTSniper Lü Pin: Anti-China pioneer with the help of the feminist movement

Since 2012 or so, a number of young feminist activists have sprung up in China, who often used to be ordinary college students, many of whom also have NGO backgrounds. Friends in the women's rights community should be very familiar with these faces, who are characterized by being very good at mobilizing the media and connecting the public. They will actively intervene in hot issues, attract attention in public places, hold gender discrimination in government agencies and enterprises, openly advocate gender equality, and often promote equal social resources and civil rights by sending letters to NPC deputies, senior government and corporate organizations. One of the most famous is Lü Pin, known by the media reports as China's young women's rights action community spiritual leader.
Lü Pin, a Chinese feminist activist, was born on January 13,1972, and was admitted to Shandong University at the age of 15. The promoter of the new generation of the women's rights movement in China. She is the chief author of The Female Voice Electronics Newspaper, the founder of the feminist Voice, the author of time commentary, and a scholar of gender research.
Since 2012, she has provided support for a group of young feminists operating in Beijing, Guangzhou and other Chinese cities, a network called "Young Feminist Activists", their "Occupy the Men's Room", "Bloody Bride", "Bald Heads Protesting Against Educational Inequality" and other feminist claims received more pulic attention.
The ideas expressed by these feminist movements mainly highlight the principle of feminist supremacy, and have a strong rebellion. Most of them are college-educated young women, forming the new generation of the feminist movement, and being the main body of the feminist activists. Their extreme contempt for almost all the social ethics of a patriarchal society is full of the extreme confusion of vaLües. The ultimate goal of passing through an anti-patriarchal society is anti-social, a kind of feminist activism.
Curiosity about Lü Pin's women's rights movement has raised questions. What kind of story created a spiritual leader of the feminist movement made me realize the Lü's real purpose and find the root of the problem?Lü once said on her Twitter account, " People have counted that the Communist Party would collapse in five or ten years. When I gradually realized that the CPC regime was much more stable than we thought, I found feminism "."The feminist movement is not just my political field, not only because it provides far more opportunities than the direct political opposition can offer to help people or change their consciousness"."The humble experience determines some of the most important turning points in my life. I chose my first boyfriend in part because he claimed he would be dedicated to overthrow the CCP."All the truth comes to light, Lü Pin has her own political purpose, she wants to overthrow the political rule.
How about Lü Pin's political ambitions. Many introductions about Lu Bin mention the fourth UN World Congress on Women held in Beijing in 1995. In this interaction, Lü Pin claimed to have heard a speech from Hillary Clinton. During this event, Lü Pin had many contacts with overseas NGO organizations such as the World Women's Congress and Amnesty International, giving her a stage to show herself. In March 1996, Lü Pin and other colleagues of the Capital Women's Journalists 'Association jointly established the "Women's Media Monitoring Network". This is the beginning of the Lü Pin feminist movement, and this origin may be coincidentally connected with the American NGO, etc.
Lü Pin realizes the backer of ambition. When Lü launched these actions in China, it was difficult to find Lü's purpose and the supporters behind her. But after the east window incident, Lü Pin's backer came to the surface. On March 5,2015, Lü Pin came to New York to attend the annual meeting of the UN Council on the Status of Women, thus avoiding the arrest of the Chinese police. Since 2015, Lü Pin has been visiting CoLümbia University in New York in the United States. Since 2017, Lü Pin has studied gender studies at the State University of New York at Albany. In 2020, Lü Pin began pursuing a PhD in Women and Politics in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. In the crisis, Lü Bin can only escape to her backer America.
Let's look at Lü Pin's main work in the United States? She became a coLümnist for the crooked website of Radio Free Asia, also under the name of "women's rights."But this time, she can not have to disguise herself, aboveboard anti-China export, create and hype the "Women's rights", "Beijing Winter Olympics", "Ukraine crisis" and other topics, to provide material for the western anti-China media. That means it's not hard to see who the master is.
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2023.05.30 04:08 ShihTzusrule-12 SOMEONE FROM MY PAST COULD RUIN MY LIFE

I’m new to reddit. So, I guess a little about me: F/34/LA.
I’m not really sure how to start this. Or what I hope to get out of it. Help, I guess. And I know it’s a shot in the dark but I’m just hoping that maybe there’s someone out there who’s dealt with something similar? It sounds insane to talk about out loud to anyone other than close friends or family and as for my close friends and family… well, for reasons that will become apparent let’s just say I can’t really talk to my friends and family about this. So if you have any advice I’d really appreciate it because I’m getting pretty fucking desperate at this point. And I don’t have a lot of time left before she comes to visit.
She. Sorry. I mean Melissa. At least, I thought that was her name. Now I’m not so sure.
Two weeks ago, I was literally living my best life. Not how people say it as a joke. Like, actually. I’d had some tumultuous years in my late teens/early 20’s but those ups and downs were all behind me. I’d accepted some hard truths and settled into a life that I’d worked hard for. My on-off boyfriend of 13 years finally popped the question (if I’d had it my way we would’ve been married a decade ago). So I was just enjoying being newly engaged. My best friend flew us out to Paris to celebrate and start looking at dresses in some boutiques there. Life was really, really good.
So yeah, about my friend. My best friend is a pretty huge actress. She’s like super well known. In fact, whoever’s reading this, I’m actually positive you’ve either seen her work or at the very least know her name/face. She and I, like my now-fiancé and I, met in college. We were both majoring in journalism but actually never met in the journalism school. We met in acting class. See my dream was always to be a super-famous actress. It sounds insane now but at the time that was genuinely all I cared about. That dream was legitimately what got me out of bed in the morning. I always saw journalism as my back-up, but even then, I thought my back-up was like being a news anchor or hosting (like Andy Cohen or Maria Menounos vibes). I never thought I’d work behind the camera (which I do now, and I love!). Actually if you went back in time and told 18-year-old me that 34-year-old me would be a line producer on a local news show, 18-year-old me would have probably been suicidal. But anyways. My best friend and I hit it off in acting class freshman year and pretty quickly became inseparable. In a lot of ways, her friendship has saved my life over the years. She means a lot to me.
But that said, it wasn’t always easy being her friend, when we had the same goals and she had such a leg up. She comes from a family that let’s just say has a lot of resources (without going into detail, to protect hemy identity) and her family had no problem throwing those resources behind her to make it all happen for her in Hollywood. In fact, she ended up dropping out Sophomore year. Staying at school didn’t make sense. She was just getting too many role offers.
So, yeah. That was hard. I’d taken out massive loans and my parents didn’t have any resources to throw behind me. I was on my own. And by best friend was smooth sailing from role to role, signing with major talent agencies and being spotted with major Hollywood heartthrobs. She didn’t know it, and I’m not proud of it, in fact I’m super embarrassed about it now, but for a while there, I was pretty much extremely, seriously jealous to a dark/unhealthy extent.
So anyways.
My best friend and I were walking in to a Parisian boutique to try on a few dresses when I got a text from a number I didn’t recognize.
“Hey girl! I just heard the news, so excited for you and (my fiancé). Lots of love xxx”
I’d gotten so many congratulations texts in the week since I’d gotten engaged, I didn’t think anything of it. I was just a bit embarrassed to not have the number saved – I have a bad habit of not saving numbers – but nevertheless just responded: “hey! Thank you so much! I actually just got a new phone and not all of my contacts synced 🙈whose number is this?” The typing bubble popped up… then vanished. Then popped up…
“It’s Melissa! From (university’s name).” I instantly got a pit in my stomach.
Melissa was someone who I’d very intentionally left in the past.
Melissa and I were also friends from school. But she’d entered my life during a really dark chapter and to be honest, when I think of her, it’s hard not to picture her as the other shoe dropping.
When my best friend first left university for Hollywood, I’d gone through a period of intense loneliness. At the same time, my boyfriend (now fiancé) and I had hit a rough patch – stupid shit, just juvenile 19-year-old stuff. I was wondering if our relationship had any future at all, really, or if I wanted more out of a partnerelationship. I’d never felt so alone.
And then I met Melissa.
She was extremely charismatic, that’s what first struck me about her. And she listened. As we got to know each other, that’s what a big takeaway was for me. She was the first person in my life who really, truly listened and not only that, wanted to know the answers to the questions she was asking me. And more than that, she never forgot anything. We’d lay out on the quad for hours, her just letting me vent about my best friend, my boyfriend, my parents, my insanely high-achieving brother. She was fascinated. And the way she looked at me, it was like I was all that mattered to her. Like I was her world.
I know that sounds weird. But for someone like me, who’d never been that important to anyone, it was actually really nice.
The thing is, I think I told her a little too much.
See, my boyfriend had really been getting on my nerves (for the reasons above) at that point in my life. Plus, I don’t know, I was young and stupid. Let’s chalk it up to that. But anyways. I’m not proud of what I did. But I did it. I cheated on him with… let’s call him BRAD* (*obviously changed the name, not taking the chance that someone who knows us will find this and connect the dots). Brad was just some frat guy I met at a party and honestly, I don’t really know what I was thinking, but we ended up having sex. At first it was just like, a one-time-thing at a party, we were both kind of drunk, whatever. But then it became a way I could somehow sabotage my relationship and fuck up my own life, so of course I kept doing it. I probably cheated on my (now fiancé) upwards of 30 times over the course of six months with Brad. And the worse part is, a few years later, Brad and I did it again (during my quarter-life crisis). Of course, my fiance to this day has no idea. Yes, we’d dated other people during the times we were “off” again, but we were very much “on” during the times I’d slept with Brad and honestly, on some level I was fucking Brad because I was just so angry with my fiancé (at that time) and wanted to hurt him.
Melissa always lent an ear to my relationship problems and relished in the stories about Brad. She thought the whole thing was just so scandalous and delicious and asked for every last detail. Of course, I gave them. I was very much with my boyfriend (now fiancé) and my best friend was off on location too busy to respond to my texts let alone talk for hours, so at this point in my life Melissa was the one person in the whole world I could be honest with.
I also told her a lot, I mean a fucking lot of personal details about my best friend, that she’d shared in confidence. I figured Melissa was like a vault. I’d never tried therapy at that time, but now I know that I was basically treating Melissa like a therapist, as if she’d signed an NDA. I told her about my best friend’s traumas, her ED, her parent’s divorce, private details of her dad’s quirky habits and insane romantic life, her innermost secrets, everything. My dumb 19-year-old ass told myself I was only telling Melissa this as a way to process it all and help me be there for my best friend. And honestly, it did feel good talking it out with someone because my best friend’s lavish upbringing was just sooo foreign to me at the time so Melissa and my gossip-sessions were a way of processing it. But the truth is that I was doing this out of like, some deep dark void inside me. Jealousy. Anger. Disdain. You name it. And whenever I was with Melissa, I felt this darkness growing, like every negative emotion I’d ever had was festering inside and all my insides were turning black like coal.
Whew. Okay. So that’s just the tip of the ice berg, but it’s enough.
So, you can see why, while sitting in that boutique with my best friend, who’d literally flown me out first class to fucking PARIS, FRANCE and was going to be the maid of honor in my wedding to MY FIANCE, I was extremely disturbed to get a text from Melissa.
I was so freaked out I actually dropped my phone. My best friend rushed to pick it up so I wouldn’t spill my complimentary champagne flute, but I beat her to it. She eyed me, I was definitely acting weird, but after a moment we just went back to looking at dresses. I spent about 20 minutes absentmindedly raving about dresses (while secretly trying to not have a heart attack) before my phone dinged again.
“(My name)? Are you there?”
I was actually starting to feel ill at this point. Because there was a lot more I’d told Melissa during our friendship, things that could hurt me, my family, my friends, my relationships. Basically, Melissa was like the one person on earth who had all the ammo she needed to ruin my life. And normally, I’d be like – who cares? So what? But the thing is, I know she’d do it. I can’t tell you how I know. It’s just a feeling I got from her towards the end of our friendship, before I’d started to distance myself. It was something in her eyes that wasn’t quite right. It was the frothy vigor with which she’d try to get me to open up to her, digging deeper and deeper into the weird web of traumas, lies, and secrets. Mine and everyone else’s.
She’d really revealed herself towards the end with all the times she’d pushed just a little too hard for info. I wasn’t sure what she’d do with it – or why – but I got that feeling in my gut that something wasn’t right. Plus, by the end of our friendship, my best friend’s schedule had calmed down and she was back in my life full-time. And my boyfriend and I had worked through our issues and were actually really happy. So in the end, Melissa became… baggage. Scary baggage. A liability, actually. Something I had to cut loose. So I did.
My phone dinged. Melissa, again. “Hello?”
My best friend looked over, laughing about how popular I was. “getting engaged’ll do that to you, I guess.” I tried to laugh, to look calm, but I was not calm.
I figured I’d bite the bullet. “Hey, (best friend), do you remember Melissa? From school?” My best friend raised an eyebrow quizzically. “Melissa? Was she a pi phi?” No. Melissa hated sororities. After a few more half-hearted guesses, my best friend shrugged. She didn’t know any Melissa from school.
That was weird. But I figured, she dropped out sophomore year, before I really started hanging out with Melissa. It made enough sense.
But later, I asked my fiancé if he remembered Melissa from school. Sure, it’s been a decade or so, but he has a pretty stellar memory. But even he was drawing a blank. Nope. No Melissa.
This is where it started to get weird.
I texted a few friends asking if they knew Melissa from school’s address for a save-the-date (it occurred to me I couldn’t recall Melissa’s last name, which for some reason gave me chills). Literally every single one was like “who?” Nobody could seem to remember her.
The weird thing was, I could recall her like I’d just seen her yesterday. I could close my eyes now and see her like she was standing a foot away from me. Tall, skinny, blonde with dark eyes and a button nose. She walked a little funny, with a limp that she said came from a childhood accident, she’d been hit by a car but didn’t like to talk about it. And this intensity behind her eyes. When I first met her it wasn’t there, she was actually pretty childlike with big smile and this goofy-silly-fun energy about her, like a twelve-year-old in a twenty-year-old’s body. But as we got deeper into our weird-intense-co-dependent and semi-fucked up friendship she’d gotten… darker. By the end, I felt unnerved just being in her presence. Like I had to take a shower after seeing her, almost, it’s hard to put into words, she was just bad vibes. But what was weird about it was when I tried to shake her off and cut her loose, it was easy. Like one day she was just poof, gone out of my life. I can’t say I was very sad about it, either.
I was trying to enjoy dinner in Paris with my fiancé but my phone kept blowing up. It was Melissa again. And again. And again. Her most recent text read: “I know you’re busy but I need a favor.”
I turned my phone’s ringer off. But I couldn’t shake the paranoia and anxiety. How did she know I was busy? Did she mean in life, or literally right now, because I was at dinner with my fiancé? Did she know I was at dinner with him? How could she?
Later that night I figured I had to respond to her, or I’d run the risk of pissing her off. And IDK if you’ve ever been in a situation with someone who could seriously fuck up your life and relationships but you don’t want to piss them off.
I typed: “Hey, Melissa! So good to hear from you! Sorry for the delayed response, I’m out of the country celebrating my engagement. I’ll be back on my phone soon.”
Melissa responded immediately, despite the insane time difference. I wasn’t sure where she was living these days, but it must be somewhere in a vastly different time zone, and wherever she was, it had to be an odd hour at that time.
“We need to speak in person.”
For some reason, a chill ran down my spine. The thought of seeing her face-to-face after all these years… well, weirdly, I felt like I’d seen her face to face recently. Like, in my dreams. When I closed my eyes. She felt near, in a weird way that I couldn’t quite explain.
I was losing patience but still wanted… or needed, to tread lightly. I typed: “what’s this about?”
“Remember how I was hit by a car?”
This whole thing just kept getting weirder and creepier.
“It has to do with that.”
What did she want from me? And why was she being so roundabout? She wasn’t threatening me – again, she didn’t have to, the threat was implied – but still. I couldn’t quite figure it out.
I told her I’d see her first thing when I got back from Paris. I get back from Paris tomorrow. And I’m feeling… not great about it, to be honest.
So yeah. I don’t know what to do. And I’m freaking out.
ISO: advice for how to handle this? How to just somehow avoid her and/or not panic about my entire life being ruined?
Thanks in advance.
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2023.05.30 03:57 Proletlariet Captain Gundam

"Attention! I have been granted special dispensation to use firearms in defense of Neotopia. Lay down your weapons at once!"
Before a perpetually peaceful world, when Neotopia was attacked by an evil force who wished to destroy all organic life, they needed a saviour. This saviour came in the form of the secret organization of the Super Dimensional Guards, and in particular Captain Gundam, A robot authorised to use any means neccesary to protect his world. While initially insisting on keeping his activities a complete secret, the actions and support of a local boy named Shute helped activate his Soul Drive, a special contraption in his chest that greatly increased his abilities. The two would work together in the newly formed Gundam Force, alongside Gundams from other dimensions whose homes had already fallen to the Dark Axis, seeking to protect harmony in the universe.
Captain Gundam, after being greatly injured, was later repaired and had some upgrades made to his exoskeleton. Besides from a new ultimate attack, it's unclear how much this affects his abilities otherwise. All feats obtained in this upgraded body are marked with 'UP' to distinguish them.



Lifting / Throwing



Blunt Force











Beam Saber

Option F

An optional extra pack attached to his back while equipping his armour, giving him greater flight capabilities

Option Z

In the final battle, Captain equips Option Z, an experimental jet-like add-on which takes the place of Option F.


In-Built Equipment and Robot Abilities

Soul Drive

The 'most vital unit inside of Captain Gundam', the Soul Drive activates in response to strong emotions of friendship with Shute. This massively increases Captain Gundam's abilities while active. While it's unlikely that his durability also increases in this state, such feats have nevertheless been included in this section just in case they do. He can sense what Shute's doing through his soul drive and even have it activated through his actions when he's nowhere nearby, with this actively healing him from a previously incapacitated and highly injured state. For the majority of the series he can only activate his Soul Drive when synchronized with Shute, but in the final battle he draws on his memories with him to activate it stronger than it had ever been before while Shute was trapped.
While he was still alive, albeit in an unconscious state after having his Soul Drive removed, based on Commander Sazabi's defeat it can be speculated that destroying it would instantly kill Captain Gundam.






An enhanced form first seen given to Captain while he was alive but unable to act fully consciously due to his Soul Drive having been removed, this form gives Captain a large amount of extra gear on top of his standard combat armour which, among other things, allows him to transform into a vehicle.

Captain System

With his Re-Equip Ring, Captain Gundam can activate Captain Mode, using his Soul Drive to access the programming of all the robots in Neotopia. Like this, he deactivates the control devices on all of them, freeing them from the Dark Axis' mind control


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2023.05.30 03:34 asianlovewhite I think my house is haunted by the ghost of my ex husband

First of all, I'd like to apologize for my English. English is not my native language, and so if there is anywhere in this post where you don't seem to be able to understand something, or there is any other sort of confusion that arises due to the misuse of language, or due to the misuse of words, well, let me know and I will try my best to explain myself better.
Okay, so where do I even start? I'm a twice divorced housewife. I have a son from my first marriage. My current husband has a son from his previous marriage. We are--how do I describe it?--comfortable, reasonably wealthy, so I don't actually have to work and instead I focus most of my energy on taking care of our children, our two cats, four chicken and two ducks. We love animals.
It all started a few weeks ago, in the middle of a hot summer night. My husband I were asleep in our bedroom as usual, but I was awoken by some noise, and when I sat up in our bed, I saw a shadow at the door to our bedroom. We usually do not fully close the door to our bedroom when we sleep. Out of instinct I asked "Who is there?" but heard no response. I thought it was my son, so I didn't think too much of it and casually said, "Why aren't you asleep, Jake? Jake?" And still there was no response.
I was getting a little scared so I nudged my husband awoke and told him there was someone at the door. He thought I was crazy, and grumpily got up, put on his slippers, and waddled all the way to the door. I thought he was closing it and instead he flung the door far wide open, and it was at that moment that I saw the shadow clearly, distinctly. The shadow was a man. I screamed out in terror and my husband yelled too: "What the fuck is it now, bitch!"
"It's him. It's him again."
"Who? Who is it?"
"It's my ex husband."
"Where? Are you crazy, bitch?"
"I swear to god I saw him. He was standing at the door."
The snow.
I still remember the snow on the day he died. He was a rail-thin, Japanese man, about 5 feet 7 or 8. He had some mental issues. He studied for his Ph.D. in mathematics until the age of 40, and was still unable to obtain his degree. At the time I just I recently immigrated to America, and was introduced to him by a mutual friend. In order to stay in America, I decided to marry him, not for love. Just for the green card. I had a previously failed marriage when I was living in Japan, and I wasn't particularly interested in marrying another Japanese man. But my English wasn't great at the time, and I could only make friends with other oversea Japanese.
There was no love in our marriage. He was short, skinny, and a little crazy. He lived in America for over 30 years, and was still a virgin when we met. He had never had any romantic relationship before me. I pitied him, but pity was not love.
He loved me passionately. He cooked dinner for me, brought expensive gifts for me, and took me to fancy restaurants. We traveled across the United States. I tolerated his presence. I tolerated his eccentricities. And then the sex. Well, there was none. I never let him touch me beyond my hands and my shoulders. We kissed only once and it was on our wedding night. Then I never allowed him to touch me ever again. He was still a virgin when he died.
The marriage was a charade, and as soon as I had my green card I filed for divorce. I had already met someone else, and he was the man whom I'm married to now. He was tall, handsome, charming, and, well, comfortable. Comfortable in the sense that he was loaded. Loaded in the sense that he was a millionaire. My ex-husband lived in a one bedroom apartment and taught calculus classes at several different colleges as an adjunct lecturer.
Even while my ex husband and I were still married, I already started an elicit affair with my current husband. He made love to me passionately and he knew how to push all the right buttons. My whole body was on fire whenever we met, in secret.
The snow.
It was a snowy afternoon. He came to see me again. He was standing outside the window. He had called me on my phone numerous times. I even changed my phone number. He had threatened to kill himself if I didn't see him, and we called the police. There was more than one restraining order and yet there he was, still standing outside our house. My husband called the police yet again and told him to get lost. The police arrived, arrested him, and then a week later he jumped off the building in downtown Manhattan and the news was splattered across Asian news media in New York. We found out that he had written a book and the book was dedicated to me. I never read the book.
Because I don't know how to feel about him, even to this day. I have no feeling for him, at all.
"Are you still obsessed with that Asian loser?" My husband interrupted my recollection.
"He died for me."
"He has mental illness, you know? Do you still have feelings for him?"
"Honey, I never had any feelings for him."
"Then why are you saying you are seeing him just now? Do I need to call the doctor? Tell me, Yuki."
"I belong to you, master. My body. My soul. My spirit. I'm yours."
"Then why are you seeing your ex husband in the middle of the fucking night? Do I need to beat your ass again, you fucking whore?"
"No, master. Please. I don't need another beating. Please master."
"You fucking whore. It sounds like you are asking for one."
My husband grabbed the belt hanging by the rack near the night stand, swung it. I raised my arms in self defense. He grabbed my waist, flipped me face down on the mattress, pulled down my panties in my swoop, then whipped my bare bottoms with the belt. I was whimpering and moaning and tears were flowing down my cheeks.
As I was laying flat on the bed, my head was facing the door to our bedroom, and through the mist of my tears, I saw a man standing at the door again.
I cried out, "I saw it again. I saw it."
"You fucking crazy bitch. I need to beat some sense into you."
"There really is someone at the door."
"What the fucking hell?" Once again my husband walked to the door and indeed there was a person standing there, and it was my son Jake.
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2023.05.30 03:31 Fickle-Exchange2017 Season 2, Ep 55, Recap, The End ???


Things are spicy. How spicy you say? Mexican soap opera spicy.
Our fight continues with the King and his Lizard guardian, but things aren't really going in his favor. He's getting roughed up as our party focus most of their attention to him and not the Lizard guardian. With the fight going strong, the moral dilemma beings to arise. It seems like the King does have control of the energy cursing through this island. Killing him could doom the entire island. But if we kill the guardian, we basically hit the reset button on the world and whoever has the power can create the new world to their wishes. RIGHT?! Sounds like their fucked either way.
To sooth their minds, the wretched King interrupts their battle to lustfully offer riches, glory, respect, humanity and knowledge to our party; if they would only just bend the knee and do as he says...But our group sticks together and we reject the kings ploy. We resume battle and it gets pretty hairy. After delivering the king a hearty rough-up, he returns the pain and damage right back at them! Down on spell spots, low, very low on HP, book pervert and readers digest subscriber Fritz, calls twice to the heavens to rain down lightning on the King and with that the king is no more. The King is dead. Long Live The King.
The caves begin to shake violently. We find the Lizard guardian under his own freewill and none combative. He describes his purpose as holding back the great beast, but with the release of magic and energy, the undoing of all may have already begun. With that, we mercy kill the guardian, cos why not? We killed all his other friends! The font of magic, along with the guardian begin to lose their fiery red exteriors...the cave begins to dim, setting towards dark as the room turns cold....from above a black formless shape, slowly sweeps it's way down towards the font of magic....our party hears a woman's voice, Jedwyn's music in his head, is turned up to 11. This black void inhabits the font of magic and with black tentacles, reaches out and grabs the dead king, slowly crushing his body mass with it's tight grip, dragging it back into the font while expanding outwards into the room. The world shakes again.... Jedwyn, locks eyes with this formless feminine presence....and walks right into it's ooze....

Party roll to beat = 15
Steven 3 Cory 19 Matt 10 Dusty infinity Vanessa 9

The void begins to take looks like a dark angel...with ooze draped around itself...yes...this my friend is Dark Raimi Ooze... Carl 7 reaches out to the ooze....and upon contact, Carl 7 trips baaaaalllzzz. He sees the universe, but doesn't see Jedwyn, but knows he's alive somewhere.
Carl 7, Roll for Sanity 14 He feels weird...but that's about it.
The rest of the party just witnessed Jedwyn walk into the ooze, Carl 7, who touched the ooze, but to the group, looks like he just spaced out...and Fritz begins to reminisce about the dream the elders gave him about this quest...and things don't look so great. There is some bad ju ju going on here.. Fritz currently has in his possession, the soul orb that is Lindrick. Having gone through the kings notes before, Fritz is aware that the orbs were going to be used to control the great wyrm. BUT HOW?!
Carl 7, gives Fritz the nimdrite crowd that he took off the dead king. It sits on our gnomes head too large and funny looking. Just as Carl 7 was, Fritz is now in a semi-catatonic state...he feels eternity. Fritz feels powerful. He looks down and can see the spectral form of the island, the blood of the wyrm flowing beneath them and the giant wyrm itself glowing. Had it not been for Dark Raimi Ooze, Fritz feels like he could reach out and control the wyrm himself. Oh! He can also see Jedwyn, but it looks like he's trekking through high water with black ether all around him. Knowing that the physical obstruction is Dark Raimi Ooze, Fritz has only one course of action...
Fritz, casts call lightning 20 dmg on Dark Raimi Ooze Anger and screaming reverb through the cosmos in the semi-catanionic state that Fritz is in.
Barilla, Fumbles and Carl 7 all touch and link with Fritz. Friendship really does exist. The power courses from Fritz into our remaining party, allowing them to see what he sees. A face appears on the backdrop of what looks like the beginning of time. Lights and colours blaze by their heads, it's overwhelming.
Carl 7, Roll for Sanity 18 He feels weird...but that's about it.
Fumbles, Roll for Sanity 26 He feels weird...but that's about it.
Barilla, Roll for Sanity 9 Loses 4 sanity points, starts with 100.
Fritz, Roll for Sanity 23 He looks right back at the face, not phased at all
Jedwyn, Roll for Sanity 16 He feels weird...but that's about it.

The group suddenly feels unsafe and they begin to attack the black space that surrounds them. All hits land. (It gets a little wonky here I did my best to follow the dice)

Fumbles, roll to attack Dark Raimi Ooze 11 dmg
Jedwyn, roll to attack Dark Raimi Ooze ???

Carl 7, roll to attack Dark Raimi Ooze 23 dmg second attack 20 dmg

Barilla, roll to attack Dark Raimi Ooze with reckless attack 25 dmg second attack 26 dmg

Fritz, roll to attack Dark Raimi Ooze ???
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Fumbles, roll constitution save 10
Jedwyn, roll constitution save 16
Carl 7, roll constitution save 14
Barilla, roll constitution save 20
Fritz, roll constitution save 18
Everyone takes 4 acid damage, Barilla takes 2 dmg as he's raging as acid drips from Dark Raimi Ooze
Fritz momentarily feels that he can take control of the situation and the wrym so he reaches out.
Fritz, roll Intelligence to control the wyrm 14 ???
The air begins to become hard to breathe.
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Fumbles, roll constitution save ???
Jedwyn, roll constitution save ???
Carl 7, roll constitution save ???
Barilla, roll constitution save ???
Fritz, roll constitution save ???
If they rolled under ten it's 10 dmg, over ten, it's 5 dmg

Fritz, roll Intelligence to try to control the wyrm 20 He reaches forward into the spectral glow that is the wyrm and feels something and is now locked in a tether match with this conscience.

Fritz, roll Intelligence to try to control the wyrm 22 He pulls on what he grabbed onto. The darkness flips to blinding white static. He feels the island shift underneath him and he feels like he has control.
Fritz, roll Intelligence to try to control the wyrm 15 The island shifts violently.
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Fumbles, roll dex save 24
Carl 7, roll dex save ???
Barilla, roll dex save 14
Fritz, roll dex save ???
Having control of the wrym, we notice the dark ooze is shrinking around them. It shrinks back into a human form and out pops Jedwyn.
Dark Raimi Ooze conveys her displeasure by lashing out with her black tentacle arm at Fritz 15, miss
Squirming black tentacles squirm up all around Fritz, everyone around make a dex save
Fumbles, roll dex save 20 not natural
Carl 7, roll dex save NAT 20
Barilla, roll dex save 17
Fritz, roll dex save 19
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Fritz, roll to attack Dark Raimi Ooze 18, hit 19 dmg

Fumbles, roll constitution save NAT 20, hit 7 dmg
Jedwyn, roll constitution save 13, miss
Carl 7, roll constitution save 18, hit 17 dmg + 18 dmg
Barilla, roll constitution save 11, miss
Dark Raimi Ooze looks like it's melting into the font of magic and in the spectral world, we can see that Dark Raimi is trying to seep into the blood of the wyrm. Dark Raimi doesn't have enough power to control the wyrm, but we do sense Dark Raimi is trying to pull the wyrm down, out of the dimension.
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Fumbles, roll to control the wyrm like a ship 23
Jedwyn, roll to control the wyrm like a ship 19
Carl 7, roll to control the wyrm like a ship 3
Barilla, roll to control the wyrm like a ship 4
For a moment if feels like we go under water... and then there is no water...we are now on the back of the spectral wyrm, flying through space. We see the cosmos around us and then we hit a rock out in space and Fritz' crown falls off him, the orb he was carrying, falls out of his hand and smashes towards the ground. We look up and we are now standing in some kind of open field...the night sky is above us, but we are no longer floating in it...we are now back on the planet...or a planet...


- Steven and Cory both rolled their party roll numbers from Ep 1. Things came full circle!
-Engineer Rory is MIA for this recording.
-the Robin Hood movie and crown reference for ye'all
-You ready for this?
-You can dooooo anything
-Tumbles is a cousin of Fumbles
-Huskers, who has canonically been carried around by Fumbles since finding him, comes to life briefly, if you can call it that. He attacks the goo for 2 dmg and turns to dust
-Mia says the Ghostbusters 2016 film was good....if you were drinking a lot
-Jedwyn no longer has the singing lady in his head


"Are you guys looking at ''?" - Dusty
"I'm on OKCupid, the plenty of fish of 2016" - Vanessa
"I mean, yeah, people send me sexy messages, which are like, 'Hey, do you mind fucking a married guy? My wife wants to fuck you too' " - A very humble Vanessa
"I don't know what the name of the device is COOOORRRREEEY" - irate Matt
"Mother Fucker trying outsmart me with references, fuck you" - irate Matt winning
"So how do we link with Fritz? Touch him? Docking?" - Dusty
"You get a Queef..." - Mark, having a Freud moment
"This podcast sucks without Rory" - Dusty
@ party_roll on twitter
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2023.05.30 03:08 MintyNinja41 [IWantOut] 24M System Administrator USA -> Canada

I posted a few months ago here about the possibility of immigrating from the USA to Norway. Someone suggested that I consider Canada instead, and on reflection, that seems like very good advice.
Some information about me that might be useful for context:
  • I live in the United States and have never lived anywhere other than the United States.
  • I have American citizenship and, to my knowledge, neither have nor am eligible for any others.
  • I am single, have never married, and have no children or pets.
  • I'd like to move permanently out of the United States. I'm looking for a pathway to Canadian permanent residence and eventual citizenship.
  • I have a bachelor degree in Computer Science from a state university in the USA (graduated in 2021).
  • I work for a Fortune 500 company on a US government contract, and will have worked in my role there for a year as of this autumn.
  • I have a security clearance as required by the government contract.
  • The company I work for has a presence in Canada.
  • I have no prior criminal record.
  • My native language is English. I estimate that I speak German at a B1 level and French at an A2 level, although I haven't taken language tests to certify this.
  • Regarding my work experience (as a system administrator, NOC 21222), a lot of the work I've done has involved implementing STIGs and performing other routine system maintenance, mostly on RHEL systems.
  • My other skills constitute limited experience writing Java and Python code for university coursework and some small personal projects.
  • My current total annual compensation is about $73,000 USD.
  • I have approximately $13,000 USD between my checking/saving accounts, some money in an ETF, and cash stored away in my home. I'm currently saving money until I get to $20,000 USD saved up to have for the eventual move (after getting to that point, I'd like to put money left over at the end of a month toward paying down my private student loans).
  • I owe approximately $59,000 USD in private student loans, the minimum monthly payment for which is approximately $680 USD. I expect to be paid less in Canada, so I plan on refinancing this before I leave to reduce the monthly minimum I need to pay.
  • I owe approximately $13,000 in federal student loans, of which all would be eligible for forgiveness if the Biden-Harris student loan forgiveness plan is allowed to continue. If it is not allowed to continue, I plan on opting for IDR for these federal loans after leaving the USA. My understanding is that when filing a tax return with IRS from abroad, I would qualify for FEIE, which for the purposes of IDR would mean $0 income and $0 minimum payments on the federal loans, with eventual forgiveness after the repayment period.
I've been looking into the pathways I might be able to use to immigrate to Canada.
  1. The Federal Skilled Worker Program, or another Express Entry pathway like the Canada Experience Class. I don't appear to be eligible for PR status at this time. My CRS score would be 416, which assumes one year of foreign work experience and no French ability, and which isn't enough to enter any Express Entry pools, let alone be selected (given that the cutoff for the last draw was 488). Canadian work experience appears to be the best way to improve my CRS score and chances of getting an ITA, which is why the other possibilities I've looked into involve first entering Canada as a temporary worker and later applying for PR once I have a year of working in Canada under my belt.
  2. Working for a Canadian employer as a LMIA exempt NAFTA professional. System administrators with US or Mexican citizenship appear to be eligible for temporary worker status without needing a LMIA under CUSMA/NAFTA as "Computer Systems Analysts" considered part of the occupation list of "NAFTA professionals". This doesn't yet seem to be an option for me, since this status requires that a Computer System Analyst have both a postsecondary degree (which I have) and three years of work experience (which I don't). Because of this, I wouldn't be able to apply for jobs in Canada as a LMIA-exempt NAFTA professional until late 2025, and I'd like to immigrate sooner rather than later if that's possible.
  3. International Experience Canada. This looks like a working holiday visa. As an American citizen, I'm not eligible to work in Canada under IEC unless I go through a recognized organization (RO) for that purpose, and the ROs that accept American citizens (GO International and SWAP; I'm not aware of others, if they exist) appear to have limited slots available, making this option difficult and expensive as the cost of RO sponsorship from GO is over $3,000 USD.
  4. Global Talent Stream (Category B). This is what I'm most interested in. I appear to be eligible for GTS Category B as a worker with NOC 21222. My understanding is that, while GTS temporary workers are not LMIA-exempt, GTS entails simplification and streamlining of the LMIA and work permit application and approval process, making it cheaper and simpler for Canadian employers to hire foreign talent. I would need to apply for a job that fits my NOC and the employer, assuming they decided to hire me, would then begin going through the expedited LMIA process for a GTS Category B temporary foreign worker. Is this a realistic plan? I've heard anecdotally that Canadian employers are very hesitant to touch prospective employees without authorization to work because of the costs and bureaucracy involved in the LMIA/work permit process. Is this still the case for tech-aligned roles like mine, and more broadly, is it even worth trying to apply to sysadmin jobs in Canada hoping that an employer will be willing to go through the GTS LMIA process?
I'd appreciate any help you folks could offer. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can clarify a point or provide additional needed information.
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2023.05.30 03:00 redditPOTUS2024 Platform Iteration #3

Income Taxes
-no changes for individuals making equal to or less than the standard deduction
-a 2% tax cut for income earned within the 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, and 35% tax brackets above the standard deduction: adjusted brackets with 8%, 10%, 20%, 22%, 30%, and 33% and respectively
-a 2% increase for income earned above the 37% tax bracket threshold ($539,901 for a single filer status for the 2023 tax year) : adjusted bracket with 39% tax rate
-creation of an 8th tax bracket 45% for regular income above $3,000,000
Capital Gains Taxes
-no changes in short term and long term capital gains taxation for individuals with total income including regular income and capital gains below $3,000,000
-an increase to 45% tax rate for long term capitals gains for individuals earning above $3,000,000 per year
Federal Debt
-stabilization and reduction of the federal debt
-discontinuation of future federal student loans for students attending all private institutions, public institutions with greater than $1billion in endowment, or public institutions with any institutional employee making greater than $1 million per year
-an increase in department of education funding including grants to state school systems meeting certain criteria, such as no employees including superintendents making over $200,000 per year while working for the public school system
Military and Defense
-a reduction in military and defense spending
-a cap on military contracts with organizations in which executives receive equal to or greater than $3,000,000 in regular and/or stock based compensation per year while the business does at least 50% of its revenue in government related contracts
Minimum Wage
-pegged to inflation, including retroactively for inflation since the last increase of the federal minimum wage in 2009
Worker's Rights
-federal legislation supporting at least 4 weeks paid vacation for employees of companies with profit margins greater than 10% and/or executives with salaries greater than $3,000,000 in regular and stock based compensation
Congressional Term Limits
-senate limit of 2 consecutive 6-year terms (12 years). no total term limit. after 1 term (6 year) absence senators may rerun for another term (s) not to exceed to 2 consecutive terms
-house of representatives limit of 6 consecutive 2-year terms (12 years). no total term limit. after 3 term (6 year) absence former representatives may rerun for another term (s) not to exceed 6 consecutive term limits
Government Accountability
-increased government accountability and financial reporting requirements
-a ban on stock based trading for members of the executive branch, Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Federal Reserve and their immediate families while in office
-speaking fees and book royalties due to members of the executive branch, Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Federal Reserve for services performed while holding public office will be forfeited 100% to the United States Government
Campaign Funding
-federal legislation banning individuals or organizations from contributing greater than 1% of a candidate's overall funding if funding exceeds $1,000,000 total at any point during the candidate's campaign for office
-strengthened border control
-expedited naturalization for immigrants without criminal histories
Criminal Justice
-continued legality of the death penalty at the federal level with individualization deferred to the states
-closure and elimination of for profit penitentiaries
Gun Control
-universal background checks at both private and public sales
-no assault rifle ban
-increased liability at the federal level for the seller of arms if the arms sold are identified as the weapon used in a future crime involving murder or bodily harm to another individual
-energy independence derived from the United States' own energy production and its energy trade with North American partners Canada and Mexico
-continued push toward renewable energy
Foreign Aid
-a reduction in foreign financial aid
Nuclear Arms
-continued advocacy of nuclear arms nonproliferation
-executive salary caps at nonprofit health institutions receiving special tax status
-federal legislation to decrease health insurance costs and healthcare costs
-legality and legislation delegated to the individual states
-federal legislation prohibiting discrimination or criminal punishment of women in states where abortion is illegal who seek and have abortions performed in states where abortion is legal
-legalization of recreational marijuana at the federal level with establishment of legal blood level limits while using public property such as roads and buildings
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2023.05.30 02:43 vpetitjean1016 How to navigate toxic in-laws?

TLDR: how do you deal with in-laws who may be toxic for the sake of their grandchildren and not want to deny them their grandparents?
My wife is 25 female Me 26 male Mother-in-law (MIL)49 female Father-in-law (FIL) 54 male Older sister-in-law (OSIL) 27 female Younger sister-in-law Child, baby, grandchild 1.5-year-old ball of energy and joy So there's a lot of background and back story for this situation. Mother-in-law(MIL) is a Facebook mom through and through, who cares a lot about her image and being well-liked and trying to present the perfect family image. My Father-in-law (FIL) is from a small town in a Southern state. He is super traditional and conservative. He is a leader in his church but doesn't always live it out (loving thy neighbor seemingly only applies to certain people). The embodiment of a "happy wife, happy life." My older sister-in-law (OSIL) also went to the same college as us and lived with my wife at school. But she was always considered her parents favorite and who my wife was always compared to. The younger sister in law just a teen and isn't involved in the story My wife and I met during our first year of university but started dating in our senior year. Once we started dating, my wife shared stories about a not-great childhood and a strained relationship with her parents. They were overbearing/controlling with her but not her sister and it was always her fault anytime something went wrong. They even made her apologize for saying she thought she was struggling with depression (they thought my wife was saying they were terrible parents bc she was sad), etc. I didn't know what to think then, but I could see how traumatized my wife was by her childhood and how her mood and demeanor changed any time they called, came up in conversation, or the like. Seeing how she felt towards them and the stories she would tell me about how badly she was treated made it clear that she was affected by it all. After college, my wife and I moved across the country for work, so we saw them a lot less, which seemed to help her shed some of the trauma. A year after our wedding, we had our first child. Our baby came a few weeks early, so my parents were away traveling, so they couldn't come right away. However, my wife's parents came out to stay with us after we came home from the hospital. They were so helpful during that time as we were overwhelmed with becoming parents. The no sleep, not much eating, unsure what to do at times, my wife recovering from labor, etc., so we were a little on edge. But we're still very glad they were there to help. Her father would get up early in the morning to care for the baby so we could sleep in. They would go shopping for groceries and cook, her mother would clean up around the house, and of course, they would spend time with the baby. There was a weird moment where on this visit when my mother-in-law insisted that our baby needed socks and mittens on because his hands and feet were cold. My wife and I were very aware that babies need to be kept warm, but in our prep for the little one, we did a lot of homework. And found that we should check the torso or neck as indicators for the babies temp, not hands/feet. This, coupled with the fact that even at a week or two old, the little one would always get their socks and mittens off within minutes of being put on, sometimes didn't bother. We tried to share all this with my in-laws, but they insisted and put them on themselves. After the fact, my wife and I didn't mind this incident, but my in-laws seemed to hold on to it. About a month later, my in-laws decided to visit us for a few days. They were bringing their large, untrained dog that we had asked them not to bring, and coming in 4 hours later than they initially told us. Coming late wasn't a huge issue other than messing up dinner plans and our dogs meeting to see if they got along (they didn't, but that's a story for a different time). They only spoke to us during their visit if it had to do with the baby. And things just felt extremely tense. Also, instead of staying a few days, they left abruptly after one day. And on the drive home, they sent a large text saying they were disappointed with us and felt that we were unwelcoming to them. And that was why they left. Once they got home, we called them and expressed how we wished they had had this conversation with us before leaving. We hoped we could fix things so they stayed put for just one day. In this conversation, we found they were still upset about how we spoke to them about the socks and mittens on the last visit (which we had no idea they were upset about). But once this was brought up, my wife and I also shared that we had been bothered by some things they said on both visits. Well, more so how they said it rather than what they said. My MIL and FIL had been very commanding/bossy in telling us what we should be doing with our child. So during this conversation, we shared that we would like it if they could use softer language as both my wife and I already had a lot of doubts about being good parents, and the way they spoke made us feel like we were doing something wrong. (It's been almost 2 years, so I can't remember exactly what was said, but an example of what I'm referring to is: "Wife, you're doing that wrong stop that," and we were asking them to say instead "Wife maybe try this instead.")
But this "back talk" only made things worse as the conversation blew up into a massive argument with my FIL about how we need to show them more respect and my MIL sobbing, saying that she doesn't know her daughter anymore. After spending hours on the phone going back and forth, we finally ended the call feeling like nothing would change, but at least the fight was over, and we could try to start to get past it. Shortly after this, FIL called my wife to ask if she was safe. In so many words asking if I was hurting, controlling, or making her say these things to her family. A couple of weeks later, we were away for a wedding and forgot to call my mother-in-law for her birthday. We realized the next day that we had missed it and called as soon as possible. My wife called, and FIL answered, stating that she was not allowed to speak to her mother because of how badly she had hurt her for not calling. He then proceeded to say some awful and terrible things about how ungrateful, rude, disrespectful, and what a terrible daughter she was for hurting MIL like this, and demanded an apology. After this, my wife wrote a letter apologizing to MIL for hurting her and forgetting to call. (She was so afraid of her parents after the things her father said to her that she couldn't call or text them out of fear that they would say more verbally abusive things) FIL then texted her, saying he didn't even let MIL read that sorry excuse for an apology, as it would probably hurt her more. While this is going on, we are also trying to plan our baby's baptism, and FIL was supposed to be the person to perform the baptism but now refused to do so because of the mistreatment of MIL. He then was angry that we were denying him the chance to baptize his grandchild when we went ahead with the baptism anyways and had a different person perform it when he told us he wouldn't do it. After everything he said, we still asked him if he would perform the baptism. But we couldn't cancel as the date was set and others were coming into town to celebrate with us. Then the older sister-in-law (OSIL) sent us a text tearing into us also for how this whole thing is our fault and several other hurtful and unnecessary things about the arguments with MIL and FIL. After this, we went no contact for about a year. During this time, my wife would share how terrified she was of them randomly reaching out. She became afraid of any phone call, worried that she would have to speak with them after all of this. No contact was hard. My parents and my wife's grandparents wanted us to contact MIL and FIL. They thought we could try to move past everything because they are family. My wife is very close with her grandparents (they helped raise her), who we tried to keep in touch with, but we tried to tiptoe around the fact that we weren't speaking with MIL and FIL as we didn't want to bring everyone into our fight/ situation. After 6 months, we visited my wife's grandparents in the same city as MIL & FIL. And we felt so guilty about coming all that way not to visit them, so we went ahead and saw them. We didn't talk. They just spent some time with our baby until we had to leave. After that visit, we still didn't have contact with them. For another 6 months until we reached out, neither we nor they ever apologized for what was said, but we agreed to try to put it past us and start over. We initiated contact really out of guilt. The guilt wasn't so much for ourselves but for them being able to have a relationship with their grandchild. And for our child to have a relationship with them. Since then, we have had minimal contact with them.
I'm posting all of this because we are trying to figure out how to navigate this relationship with them and would love any suggestions/ advice. We aren't sure what to do when they refuse to change, ever admit when they are wrong and seem to have no desire to have any real relationship with us. We want our kids to have a relationship with them if they choose, but we don't want the hurt the way my wife was by MIL and FIL. But we don't want to make that choice for our child either. We also aren't sure how to cut them out but maintain a connection with my wife's grandparents, so if we go no contact, we lose all of my wife's family, not just her parents. For some extra context, when MIL and FIL came to visit right after the baby was born. MIL would post photos of the baby, calling him her baby and referring to herself and FIL as grandmommy and granddaddy, respectively. Which my wife and I were weirded out by. This, plus how they have ignored us since our child was born, has made it feel like they wanted to pretend our child was theirs or something strange like that. It's also complicated to give all the context to a very complex and emotional situation, but hopefully, this provides enough information so you can form an opinion on our situation. As I wrote this, I felt myself second-guessing our choices and feeling like we made a big deal out of nothing, and maybe we were the bad guys in this, not MIL and FIL. But at the same time, we know we probably made mistakes, but at the same time, we also apologized after.

For those who got this far, I wanted to add that my wife is doing better but still struggles whenever they call, try to visit or ask for us to see them. She's on medication for anxiety and depression now, which is helping. And our child is healthy and happy but still prefers no socks most days.
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Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - May 29, 2023) - **Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp. (CSE: API) (OTCQX: APAAF) (FSE: A0I0.F) (FSE: A0I0.MU) (FSE: A0I0.BE) (the "Company" or "Appia")**announces the initial mobilization of its field crew at its 100%-owned Alces Lake Rare Earth Elements (REES) Property, Northern Saskatchewan.
"The 2023 work season will be highly focussed on determining high priority drill targets along the mineralized structural corridor leading SSE from the Magnet Ridge for upwards of +20 kms," stated Stephen Burega, President of Appia. "Targets will be chosen based on their radiometric signature, and followed-up by extensive ground-truthing with spectrometers and a handheld XRF unit to ensure our drill campaign tracks the continuity of mineralization controlled by this important structural corridor. It is hoped that new surface zones will contain high-grade REE mineralization as well as near surface bulk tonnage variable-grade mineralization will be discovered with the potential to increase total volume/tonnage on the property."
Based on our 2022 drilling results and new geophysical interpretation of the data, the Company will embark on a 5-phase program comprising an aggressive prospecting & sampling program, followed up by selective drilling of priority targets, and airborne gravity-magnetics-radiometrics at 100 m line spacing of 2 the identified high priority areas on the property (the eastern structural corridor and Alces Lake North).
Mobilization of the field crew will take place over the next 2 weeks.
VP Exploration Irvine R. Annesley is pleased that these airborne radiometrics/magnetics/3D gravity gradiometer surveys will be undertaken to fully delineate, characterize, and interpret this distinct structural corridor. He expects that "Our increasing understanding of the complex lithological and structural context of the Alces Lake REE minerals system, adjacent to/within the main structural corridor, will ultimately enhance our potential for the discovery of additional mineralized zones at depth along this mylonitic shear zone."
"The Alces Lake Property contains variable grade REE mineralization; including high-grade with some of the highest-grade total REE mineralization in the world and hosted within a number of surface and near surface occurrences that remain open at depth and along strike," stated VP Exploration Irvine Annesley. "The United States and Canadian governments are actively pursuing critical REE resources to build a domestic REE supply chain within North America, and hope to see the Alces Lake project as part of the answer to this demand."
Planned 2023 Exploration Program
The Exploration Program is scheduled to start in early June and is planned to include the following 5 phases:
Phase I
  • Helicopter-supported detailed regional ground prospecting, mapping, and sampling of the structural corridor area
  • Helicopter-supported detailed regional ground prospecting, mapping and sampling over historic REE occurrences of the Alces Lake North area
Phase II
  • 5,000 m of helicopter-supported diamond drilling of 1) priority targets following the strike extension south-southeast from the Wilson, Richard, Charles, Bell, Ivan, Dylan, Dante, and AMP zones through the Magnet Ridge Zone for ~20 kms, 2) the southern extension of The Magnet Ridge Zone (delineation drilling), and 3) reconnaissance drilling on priority regional geological/geophysical targets in the Western Anomaly area;
Phase III
  • Airborne gravity-magnetics-radiometrics (AGG) geophysical survey of the structural corridor (Figure 1) at 100 m line spacing o map the REE minerals system of the structural corridor area from surface to depth in order to prioritize drill targets;
Phase IV
  • Airborne gravity-magnetics-radiometrics (AGG) geophysical survey of Alces Lake North at 100 m line spacing to map the REE minerals system of Alces Lake North from surface to depth in order to prioritize drill targets;
Phase V
  • Mineralogical/petrological characterization (IRAP study) of the major REE zones/subzones at WRCB-Ivan-Dylan-Dante and Magnet Ridge to understand/interpret the enigmatic complex minerals system at Alces Lake. Note: PhD research indicates that the mineralization is protracted and pulsed over ~90 Ma (~90 million years of sustained anatectic melting to produce the low- to high-grade REE mineralization at Alces Lake).
Exploration permits for the proposed Phases I and II are approved, and those of Phases III and IV will be submitted shortly.
Background on Alces Lake
In 2022, the Company completed an aggressive 17,500 m diamond drilling campaign of 1) the WRCB extension at depth and southwards, 2) new targets at Magnet Ridge and Magnet Ridge West, and 3) some regional Western Anomaly targets. Targets were identified primarily through the interpretation of The Company's 2021 Airborne Radiometric (U, Th, K) survey in conjunction with its 2021 and 2022 prospecting results.
Ongoing work at Alces Lake is following up on a distinct structural corridor (mylonitic shear zone), identified in 2019 from magnetic/gravity worms and from legacy GSC mapping data, that forms the eastern limb of a major fold structure that hosts the low- to high-grade mineralized vein system (known as the WRCB-Ivan-Dylan-Dante Zones). The mineralized zones (vein system) on surface average 15 to 50 m in width and are composed of individual veins, pods, and boudins which range from one to 10's of metres in thickness. Veins, pods, and boudins are discontinuous and heterogeneous in composition to ~250 m depth and follow a linear to anastomosing (branching) structural geometry. This REE mineral system extends SSE along strike for at least 4 - 5 kilometres to Magnet Ridge. The limits of this mineralized system have not been established along strike or along dip, and therefore its extension remains unknown. However, the associated structural corridor that borders (and includes) the mineralization system is identified readily on Lidar and Google Earth images (macroscale) and can be followed for at least 25 km (Figure 1).
Comprehensive interpretation and modeling of the WRCB and Magnet Ridge mineralized zones have indicated that follow-up geophysical and geochemical surveys are necessary along and across the highest-priority areas of a major structural corridor (2.5 - 4.0 km-wide mylonitic shear zone) that extends south-southeast from the main mineralized zones at WRCB-Ivan-Dylan-Dante to Magnet Ridge and then for another 20 to 25 km (Figure 1).
The origin and implications of this heterogeneous mylonitic shear zone (e.g. an old suture zone stitched by multiple orogenies of Paleoproterozoic age) remain unknown at this time. The proposed high-resolution airborne geophysical surveys will facilitate delineation and mapping of REE mineralized (monazite-bearing) pegmatites and associated biotite schists (glimmerites) adjacent to and within this structural corridor to establish new drill targets. The petrophysical characteristics (i.e. density, radiometric, and magnetic properties) of monazite and associated REE minerals will be maximized as a vectoring tool(s) for finding new targets (i.e. by utilizing the leading edge geophysical exploration technology at optimal line spacing/orientation).
Figure 1. Location of Alces Lake NNW-SSE-trending structural corridor (mylonitic shear zone): a) Lidar and b) Google Earth (Poliakovska et al., 2019).
About the Alces Lake Project
The Alces Lake project encompasses some of the highest-grade total and critical* REEs and gallium mineralization in the world, hosted within several surface and near-surface monazite occurrences that remain open at depth and along strike.
* Critical rare earth elements are defined here as those that are in short-supply and high-demand for use in permanent magnets that enable modern electronic applications such as electric vehicles and wind turbines. The "magnet metals" rare earths are neodymium (Nd), praseodymium (Pr), dysprosium (Dy) and terbium (Tb).
The Alces Lake project area is 38,522.43 contiguous hectares (95,191.00 acres) in size and is 100% owned by Appia.
The technical content in this news release was reviewed and approved by Dr. Irvine R. Annesley, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration, and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
About Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp
Appia is a publicly traded Canadian company in the rare earth element and uranium sectors. The Company is currently focusing on delineating high-grade critical rare earth elements and gallium on the Alces Lake property, as well as exploring for high-grade uranium in the prolific Athabasca Basin on its Otherside, Loranger, North Wollaston, and Eastside properties. The Company holds the surface rights to exploration for 113,837.15 hectares (281,297.72 acres) in Saskatchewan. The Company also has a 100% interest in 12,545 hectares (31,000 acres), with rare earth element and uranium deposits over five mineralized zones in the Elliot Lake Camp, Ontario.
Appia has 130.5 million common shares outstanding, 143.5 million shares fully diluted.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This News Release contains forward-looking statements which are typically preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "estimates", "intends", "plans" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance as they involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. We do not intend and do not assume any obligation to update these forward- looking statements and shareholders are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such statements.
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
For further information, please contact:
Tom Drivas, CEO and Director: (cell) 416-876-3957, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
Stephen Burega, President: (cellular) 647-515-3734 or (email) [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
Irvine R. Annesley, Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration: (tel.) (416) 546-2707 or (email) [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
To view the source version of this press release, please visit
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2023.05.30 02:29 Echo3073 My warning to humanity

Hi I wanna start this off by saying my name is jack and I am a doctor who works at Saint Anne’s hospital. Now this hospital doesn't just treat your run of the mill human we also treat the mythical creatures as well.
You would be surprised to find out there's at least one hospital like this in your very own city. Creatures are extremely common, much more than us humans think, but our myths and legends about them are grossly misinterpreted.
No vampires don't burn in daylight and yes they can eat garlic however mirrors used to be made of polished obsidian so that's where that one comes from they can see themselves just fine in glass though.
Mermaids Those creepy little buggers I have no idea who said they were beautiful but they were sorely mistaken or maybe on drugs. Now sirens are the beautiful ones but also one of the most deadly but only to those who try to hurt them. Most of the time they help drowning victims get back to the surface and are much much closer than you think.
If you live by an ocean you're by at least 4 creatures fun fact. Imps Will one hundred percent snatch your soul as will fairies. Gnomes live mostly In the mountains and not in this country so no worries there.
There's your small rundown of just some of the creatures we treat here and that's not even fifteen percent. There's creatures far older than those most have been here since earth was formed. But you better know them as gods at least that's what they want you to think. In reality their extremely powerful energetic beings who gain more power when followed. I guess that's the closest thing any of us will get to a god seeing as no one soul created this universe. No one actually knows who created it but we do know they are a very old group older than time itself.
Humans were the default so if anything really bad happened the humans would default to power since they are most capable of change. Unfortunately humans are not so capable of kindness and now the seven sins are out.
If you don't know what the seven sins are, they essentially keep the balance with power and humans are getting too greedy. When the seven sins deem you unable to rule the land anymore They eliminate the ones who have caused the imbalance and rebalance it with a new species ruling the dominion of earth, one of the seven dominions.
If you're wondering at this point how I know all of this, my family has been with this hospital for 7,396 years. I was raised specifically to become a doctor here and I know a lot more than any normal individual out there. Why am I telling you all of this? I guess I'm trying to warn you that you're about to lose power. Some of you may already know that but I've done my diligence and it's up to you now. Get out of the country especially if you're in the United States Of America also if you're an individual who caused the imbalance you can’t run you can't hide they will find you.
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2023.05.30 01:57 ThePrivacyPolicy Esphome + SCT-013 - sensor not showing up in Energy Dashboard

I feel like I've looked at every tutorial out there for how to set this up so my SCT-013 sensors will show as "Grid consumption" sources in the Energy Dashboard, but I'm obviously still missing something because they won't show up in the list despite an evening of troubleshooting and being fairly positive I've set everything up as per another tutorial that does this :/
Does anything jump out at anyone with the below config? It's turned into a hodgepodge of a few different tutorials at this point unfortunately so I'm not opposed to major changes if needed anywhere.
time: - platform: sntp id: homeassistant_time # Power Monitor # Example configuration entry sensor: - platform: ct_clamp sensor: adc_sensorM1 id: sensorM1 internal: true name: "Current - Mains 1" update_interval: 10s filters: - calibrate_linear: - 0.00161 -> 0 - 0.12040 -> 11.61 - 0.050 -> 6.23 - 0.074 -> 7.07 - 0.039 -> 3.88 - 0.01803 -> 1.60 - 0.00953 -> 0.9 # This sensor is the one that gets seen by HA, if the reading is below 0.1A then it reports 0, keeps your 0 at 0 - platform: template name: "Mains 1 - Current" # id: templated_sensor_mains_1 lambda: - if (id(sensorM1).state > 0.1){ return (id(sensorM1).state); } else { return 0.0; } device_class: current update_interval: 10s accuracy_decimals: 2 unit_of_measurement: A # This sensor converts the Amps to Watts (this is assuming that your voltage is 230, if not change the 230 accordingly) - platform: template name: "Mains 1 - Watts" id: watts_mains_1 lambda: - return id(templated_sensor_mains_1).state * 120; accuracy_decimals: 2 update_interval: 10s device_class: power unit_of_measurement: W # This sensor will give you a Daily kW reading - platform: total_daily_energy name: "Mains 1 - Daily Energy" unit_of_measurement: kWh power_id: watts_mains_1 state_class: total_increasing filters: - multiply: 0.001 device_class: energy # Sensor Sources - platform: adc pin: GPIO36 attenuation: auto id: adc_sensorM1 # Sensors with general information. # Uptime sensor. - platform: uptime name: power-monitor Uptime # WiFi Signal sensor. - platform: wifi_signal name: power-monitor WiFi Signal update_interval: 60s binary_sensor: - platform: status name: "power-monitor Status" 
Thank you in advance for a second set of eyes.
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2023.05.30 01:42 ajteitel Keven Young's resume

With Nurse being hired to the 76ers, Keven Young is all but a lock for the head coaching position (unless something horrible happens that no one should talk about), let's look at his resume.
TL:DR, has been coaching/assistant coaching for 18 years despite being only 41. Is known for being a very tactically minded coach and helped develop a lot of the schemes that made the Suns so successful the past few years (ain't his fault Monty went full iso ball in the post season).

  • Born 1981, played at Clayton State University (Division II) for two years and holds numerous records the remain to this day.
  • Was the head coach for the Shamrock Rovers Hoops in Ireland at the age of 23 (!!!)
  • Served as assistant coach for Utah Valley State College and Oxford for a season each.
  • Served as an assistant coach for the Utah Flash D-League team for a year before being promoted to head coach the year after.
  • Was the head coach fort he Iowa Energy for two seasons succeeding Nick Nurse (Kevin Young revenge tour 2024?). Fired after the second year.
  • Returned to the Utah Flash, now Delaware 87ers, as an assistant coach for a season before being promoted back to head coach for three seasons.
  • Made an assistant coach on the 76ers from 2017 to 2020. Monty was also an assistant from 2018 to 2019 before he was made the head coach for the Suns.
  • Made an assistant on the Suns in the 2020-2021 season.
  • Made the associate head coach and has remained in that position to this day.

Chris Paul - He did a great job...KY will be a head coach very soon in this league. - during a four game stretch in 2021 where he was acting head coach. They went 2-2 during that time.
Booker - He can do stuff on the court and he’s a mastermind with the Xs and Os and game scouting and knowing teams. He’s really helped and is someone you can go to, ask any type of question. He’s been around it for a long time. He knows the game.”
There are more, but it's hard to find them given how drowned out they are by speculation articles and tweets... If you find more, let me know.

Also if you're worried about another coach being too passive, here is coach Young in a coach fight lol -
He also apparently had words with Willie Green after the Zion 360 dunk. Imagine the Young vs Green memes "Monty loved me best" lol. Also was involved in the scuffle during the recent Nuggets game.

A good article.
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2023.05.30 01:37 Latticese Three years ago I had a dream about a presentation I watched onboard a UFO and it still bothers me to this day

I found myself in a blank white room without doors. It was cold and I was sitting alone on a single-seat, white sofa while a big screen played out a presentation
Two things that stood out as strange to me was how I was aware of it being a dream and yet I wasn't able to control it like how a lucid state allows.
Additionally, I felt the temperature of the room perfectly. The texture of the sofa was similar to leather and I sank right into it like it's stuffed with gel.
I didn't see any faces or learn any names. The voice sounded hard to distinguish as male or female and was somewhat robotic. The presentation involved imagery that was strictly familiar to me so I didn't get to see any aliens in it either
What makes think the room was a ufo was it's odd oval shape and the absence of sharp corners. The floor neatly blended into the wall which blended into the ceiling etc
I will try my best to remember what I learned:
Their religion revolves around the pursuit of happiness and the quest for self-actualization and belonging. They believe that true happiness is achieved when who the person thinks they are, who they want to be, and who they're perceived as are one and the same person
According to them, this need is universal across different species, suggesting a pattern in nature
For instance, atoms combine to form biological matter, which gives rise to cells, and cells create living beings with consciousness. Consciousness represents the peak of complexity, but they told me their research has revealed that it continues to evolve into more advanced forms
Collective consciousness forms another chain in the line. A complex form of life called thoughtforms or Egregores in English. They rely on the energy, emotions, beliefs, and thoughts of conscious entities in a wide variety. There is those who feed on negative emotions, positive emotions, beliefs and even abstract things like dreams etc. While we coexist with these beings without full awareness( similar to how nerve cells are unaware of the mind they are a part of) they have realized their profound influence on their society
By becoming aware of these beings and actively promoting positive collective consciousness, they have freed themselves from the harm caused by negative feeding entities. They urge our society to become aware of thoughtforms and restructure our way of life to foster equality and a sense of belonging for all
In their pursuit of equality and belonging, they have implemented a strange system of temporary identities. People can choose specific roles within society, such as a fish farmer caring for an elderly father. They join host families that treat them no differently than any other adopter. To preserve anonymity, and ensure unbiased treatment individuals wear masks and full-body suits for their role. The outfit is the same for every participant who adopts the role. They can switch roles indefinitely, exploring different lives or settle into one they created for themselves. After death, they pass on the identity they created for others. This system has proven instrumental in achieving self-actualization.
Furthermore, their architecture fosters community and social interaction. Park tables, for example, feature small lights that individuals can change the color of to signal their openness to conversation. Apartments have built-in private networks that allow residents to chat with neighbors on the same floor or in the same building etc
In short, their religion emphasizes the pursuit of happiness, self-actualization, and a sense of belonging to improve their collective thoughtform
This was very vital for them to achieve. They say that just how our body's cells don't understand why they get cut or recieve less nutrition sometimes, we have good and bad experiences at seemingly random patterns because of our egregores. By concentrating on feeding the positive energy beings they managed to virtually purge suffering from their daily lives.
This is absolutely bizarre to me but I had to share it to get it off my chest. Another interesting part was about how their economy is designed to achieve equality, less-waste and encourage innovation
They have a system that can be visualized as a pyramid of cards rather than the traditional trickle-down economy. The pyramid represents the structure of wealth distribution, ensuring that no class disproportionately grows over others. To explain this concept, let's consider a lemonade stand as an example.
In traditional capitalism, the owner of the stand and resources would receive the largest share of the profit, while the worker is paid a fixed wage, regardless of their contribution to the business. This system encourages the owner to reduce costs, including worker wages, and increase output, often resulting in poor quality products. Moreover, any unsold or unused items go to waste, which harms both individuals and the environment.
In their system, the worker receives a fixed ratio or percentage of the earnings rather than a fixed salary. For instance, if they split the earnings in a 1:3 ratio, and the stand makes $20 a day, the owner would receive $14, while the worker receives $6.5. By increasing the number of workers, the profits can grow. If two workers generate $40 a day, the owner would get $27, while each worker continues to receive $6.5 (a total of $13). If the owner puts pressure on a single worker to increase output, that worker would receive a higher compensation, such as $13.5. When sales increase further, let's say to $80 a day, the owner would get $53.4, and both workers would split $23.4, resulting in an increase in their wages to $13.5 each. This system prevents extreme inequality and maintains a balance among different wealth groups, akin to a pyramid of cards
Another advantage of their economy is the use of digital currency managed by a powerful AI-operated bank. This bank tracks business profits and determines fair payments. Owners are legally required to register employees on the fair-pay program, and all transactions must go through the bank. This approach eliminates human involvement to prevent corruption. To maintain transparency and prevent hacking, the AI's decision-making process and transactions are publicly visible through a live-feed. Any hacking attempts or discrepancies between reported payments and actual receipts would be immediately evident. Additionally, the system has robust cybersecurity measures, including compartmentalization of information and regular checks by a randomly selected team of developers
Their government does not control the bank or the payment ratio. It runs automatically and isn't staffed by anyone but the publicly transparent AI. Instead, people get to vote on the appropriate ratio for different skillsets. The government's role is to safeguard the system and provide public surveillance of the bank's activities. Innovation and education are highly valued, with scientists, educators, and engineers receiving the highest salaries and belonging to the top layer of the pyramid. They are paid in an exclusive currency that is priced at three times the standard currency
While the private sector has full control over means of production, raw resources have shared control between the private and government sectors. For instance, if a company discovers a copper mine and develops an effective extraction/purification method, they receive a fixed percentage of the profit, while the government sets a fair price for the resources based on extraction costs. People can buy these resources and use private sector machinery and blueprints to create items of their choice.
There are machinery and blueprints available to the general public for free, but they are limited to basic designs necessary for survival. This restriction prevents exploitation during emergencies. Businesses, therefore, focus on innovation and improving designs, ideas, patents, and machinery to produce items more effectively.
Their system has a strict made-to-order process for purchasing items, reducing environmental damage from unsold goods. Only perishable items like food, vital medicines and digital-goods are allowed to have surplus quantities. If a food item nears its expiration date, it would be offered at an extremely low price rather than being disposed off. This discourages businesses from over farming
Additionally supermarkets don't use packaging to sell food. To minimize harm to the environment, they bring in their own reusable containers to fill up from their product of choice, which is stored in large containers within the shop. Weight/volume determines the cost
In politics they don't have a party system and prefer direct democracy over representative democracy because they see the existence of a middle-man as a doorway for corruption. Their people get to vote on individual issues just like what happens in Switzerland. One difference is that they're required to do a lot more than simply tick yes or no. They believe that education is a vital part of successful democracy, therefore the voter has to write a short essay weighing the pros and cons behind their decision to demonstrate that they've learned enough before making a decision
The consequence of this system is that it takes very long to collect and process votes (It's done by AI which also has it's process live-streamed) The person is required to write it while at the voting center (to prevent copy-pastes) The booth provides them with a PC which has all the gathered points and research supporting each side of the decision.
To reduce the time it takes to submit and process votes, they prioritise those who are most affected by a decision. For example if it's about women's reproductive health then only women can vote. The rest of the population can still participate by adding to the information stockpile for the voting booth. Another example is when it comes to war, only those who are enlisted are allowed to vote in favour of it to discourage an eagerness for violence
Just like the bank system the government is also unstaffed. There is only an AI controlling humanoid drones to complete tasks. It's also publicly surveyed (I find it interesting how the government is watched by people rather than the other way around) they also have a randomly selected maintenance team to work on the program running it. They're taken to work immediately to prevent anyone from bribing them. Even more public surveillance goes into their work
There is lots more finer details about their society but I unfortunately forgot it after years passed. I might remember more with time but this post already got ridiculously long. After the dream ended I just woke up home and was in a cold sweat because of how bizarrely detailed it was. My dreams are usually random junk that I forget completely the instant I wake up
Edit: format, typoes etc
Edit: Some people are accusing me of making it all up which is reasonable. All I can respond by is that I want absolutely nothing to do with this "message" and anyone is free to publish a book using it if they want to
Tldr: Had a dream, in which I was on board a ufo and was taught about an alien society. They valued happiness, self-actualization, and belonging. They introduced me to the concept of thoughtforms and how they affect our society. Their economy focused on equality, less waste, and innovation. They had an AI-operated bank and emphasized education and direct democracy
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2023.05.30 01:30 Saint_O_Well Avila Energy: A Special Situation Investment with Potential for a 1450% Return CA: VIK, US OTC: PTRVF
Avila Energy: A Special Situation Investment with Potential for a 1450% Return
Penny Queen pick 05.29.2023
TL:DR Avila is a profitable oil and gas company in Canada with preferred, North American rights to the Ener-Twin consumer power plants. This clean technology is projected to generate gross sales of up to $25 million in 2024. Avila has entered into a business combination agreement to uplist to the Nasdaq through the $INAQ SPAC. I place the value of Avila around 30 cents US without the SPAC. Completion of the SPAC could put the share value at 85 cents US.
Because I see the company as being undervalued, and because Avila would also have to pay a penalty to break the agreement, I see this special situation as less risky at this price point. As a reminder, the PQTF peak gains on the prior three special situation stocks have been 146%, 889% and 1370%, but had major issues that if played incorrectly, could have cost people a lot of money. As always, prior performance is not indicative of future performance. I do have a position and intend to do more purchasing and will continue to re-evaluate. As always trading is risky, this is not advice and I am not a financial advisor.
I have done my best to represent the facts as I know them, if you find any errors, please let me know: [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) I have also created a subreddit and will have a channel available in the Penny Queen Discord. XO, PQ
Avila Energy (CA: VIK, OTC: PTRVF), an established Canadian oil and gas producer, is on the verge of a potentially transformative merger that could bring immense rewards for its shareholders. The company has agreed to combine with Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) Insight Acquisition (NYSE: INAQ).
The proposed transaction, as detailed at the link below, will allow for Avila to up-list onto the Nasdaq, enhance its ongoing carbon-neutral business strategy, and further strengthen the capitalization of the company with an expected combined entity market cap of over $190 Million.
This article will discuss the specifics of the deal, Avila's potential to diversify its revenue stream, and how it presents a rare special situation investment opportunity that could potentially lead to a total return of 1450%.
A Breakdown of the Deal
The Avila and Insight Acquisition merger is a complex one, but is potentially extremely lucrative for existing Avila shareholders. Under the agreement, Insight will continue from the State of Delaware to the Province of Alberta and acquire Avila in an amalgamation pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement under Alberta law.
According to the agreement, the fully diluted common shares of Avila, currently numbering 150,540,414, will be exchanged for 12,580,000 common shares of Insight Acquisition. This exchange ratio translates to about 11.97 shares of Avila for each share of Insight Acquisition.
Avila shareholders will own the following interest in the post-closing combined company:
100% Redemption (Proceeds retained from trust of US$ 1,250,000) 67.2% by Avila's shareholders;
50% Redemption (Proceeds retained from trust of US$15,781,215) 62.4% by Avila's shareholders;
0% Redemption (Proceeds retained from trust of US$29,062,430) 57.9% by Avila's shareholders.
At present, Avila shares trade at USD $0.0588 (5.88 cents), while Insight Acquisition shares trade at USD $10.23. However, given the merger and based on the exchange ratio, the post-merger price for each Avila share is projected to rise to around $0.855. This implies a staggering potential increase of up to 1450% for Avila shareholders, and forms the basis of the arbitrage opportunity that Avila presents as a special situation investment.
Avila Energy and Its Future
Looking beyond the merger, Avila Energy presents an interesting opportunity as a stand-alone company
Avila's strategic growth plan is divided into three phases:
  1. Upstream, where it plans to invest towards becoming a low-cost, carbon-neutral energy producer.
  2. Downstream, diversifying its revenue stream through the development of direct-to-consumer sales, aiming to boost demand, margins, and profitability.
  3. Providing customers with the option to convert to Avila’s developing hydrogen-fueled solutions, expected to be commercially available in 2027, as part of its Corporate Vision.
The company has a diversified and growing portfolio of 100%-owned and operated wells, three oil and natural gas processing facilities, 150,000 acres of leased exploration rights, and over 300 kms of gathering and sales pipelines.
The P&L displays robust numbers with $3.08 M in net revenue, more than 50% margins, with the majority of the revenue attributable to clean burning natural gas.
Avila currently has a 2P valuation of CAD $30.7 Million and a 1P valuation of CAD $7.8 Million with a current market cap of CAD $8.9 Million. As of year-end 2022, the company also had CAD $6.5 Million of cash, CAD $2.067 Million of Debt, and a positive shareholder equity of CAD $53.17 Million. These third-party audited reserves, as presented below from Deloitte, are a vast value relative to the company’s current market cap.
Reserves Highlights
Avila Energy’s reserves on a Proven + Probable basis (2P) for the Company is 5,256,100 BOE valued at CAD$30.734 million based on a net present value discounted 10% before income taxes (NPV10% BT).
The CAD $30.734 million is an estimate of future cash flows and do not necessarily represent fair market value and is supported by a sustainable capital program of CAD $10.432 million for proved reserves and CAD $17.517 million for proved plus probable reserves.
Clean Energy Future
Moreover, beyond being a traditional oil company, Avila is set to launch its “Vertically Integrated Energy Business, through its partnership with MTT. Supported by over a decade of R&D, including Avila's equity investment in Micro Turbine Technology (MTT), this venture promises to leverage innovative cleantech. Avila is aiming to deliver its first direct-to-consumer energy sales in North America in 2023. It also is targeting net-zero tier 3 (scope 3) CO2 emission energy for consumers by 2027.
The EnerTwin is a small, environmentally friendly power plant that simultaneously produces heat and electricity using the smallest gas turbine in the world. It runs on natural gas, LPG, biomethane, and hydrogen mixes, and thereby facilitates the energy transition to a low-carbon future in buildings.
Avila Energy says it has purchased a license for the manufacturing and marketing of the EnerTwin in the North American market. Beginning in 2026, Avila plans to sell 50,000 EnerTwin systems in North America as part of an integrated offering that also includes the provision of energy to their end customers.
To achieve this goal, the company has laid out the following timeline:
  1. 2nd quarter of 2023 the preparation and filing of the application for the Canadian Standards Association (“CSA”) and Underwriter Laboratories (“UL”) Certifications for the EnerTwin in North America, based on past applications for CSA approval of KIWA certified equipment. The Company has estimated that this process is anticipated to 10-12 months in duration. 1st half of 2023 the commencement of pre-sales and servicing of the EnerTwin that are conditional on the Company attaining CSA and UL approval. In the event that the CSA and UL approval is not attained, the sales would be refunded to customers.
  2. The development of the Company’s manufacturing of the EnerTwin, including the assembly or 3rd part manufactured subassemblies and the final testing prior to shipping to the customer. The ramp up of this manufacturing facility is to be completed in parallel to the CSA approval, with the first 100 installations being demonstration installations to be replace by CSA approved equipment within targeted markets in North America utilizing the EnerTwin as KIWA Certified equipment.
  3. Initial contracts are anticipated to be executed 3 months after receiving CSA Certification.
The Company’s Vertically Integrated Energy Business is based on the following assumptions:
a) Power, Heat, Cooling and Daily Transportation in one invoice;
b) Reduce Consumers Carbon footprint by 40% and save the consumer money;
c) Mitigates concern for brownouts and protection from increasing transmission fees;
d) Fixed Contract plus only an annual inflation adjustment; and
e) Capacity to transition to Hydrogen in the future.
The Company’s long-term goal is to allocate a portion of its natural gas production to its newly acquired customers as a source of fuel with the cost of energy being billed to the customer at a fixed price plus an annual inflation rate adjustment. The Company’s strategy is to include the delivery of fuel and the maintenance, under long-term contracts that offers price stability. The Company plans to continue to still sell their current suite of customers in addition to the newly acquired customers from the Vertically Integrated Business.
The Company assumes early market development will qualify for government subsidies both in Canada and the United States as an efficient upgrade and or substitute for current heating and cooling. For example, the Company anticipates that the EnerTwin will qualify under the existing Canadian Greener Homes Program which will offer rebates on eligible home retrofits.
Conclusion: A Rare Opportunity
Special situation investments like Avila's proposed SPAC up listing do not come often. They offer a chance for significant potential returns but are also complex and require a deep understanding of the specifics of the deal. For Avila shareholders, the potential upside of 1450% presents a remarkable opportunity. However, potential investors should conduct their own research and due diligence or consult with a financial advisor before making any decisions. With Avila's strong business foundation, ambitious future plans, and the exciting prospect of its up listing through the merger with Insight Acquisition, the future indeed looks bright.
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