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Women's College Softball
2011.02.25 16:52 garyp714 Women's College Softball
Official subreddit of NCAA Women's College Softball.
2018.07.26 18:06 PraiseBeToScience The only true racism is racism against wh*tes.
A subreddit for mocking reddit's large, vocal, and hypocritical fragile white population. We are a satirical /TopMindsOfReddit style meta sub where a mocking tone is highly encouraged. Courtesy warning, this is not a safe space (in the proper sense) for those who'd simply rather avoid bigots and not have to argue for their own dignity and right to exist. Many of us sometimes prefer to take the piss out of the pigs. We completely respect your right not to participate.
2011.03.15 04:58 blacksuit "This subreddit is better than hogville" - u/MrPeriodNiceGuy
Everything related to Razorback sports: football, basketball, baseball, track, softball, gymnastics, and so on and so forth.
2023.06.06 14:52 throwaway112320104 Pls give m help/guidance/advice
My girlfriend, 24F is bipolar disorder diagnosed. I am 24M I have ADHD of the hyper focus variety, but not to the level that it becomes enough for a major relationship issue and I do my best to submit to her ancient induced OCD.
I should start by saying she taken daily seroquel for years but there is a noticeable tolerance built that seems to coincide with these issues.
90% of the time in our relationship. My girlfriend is wonderful, she is thoughtful, kind, the type who wouldn’t squash a bug even if it was in her way but would rather save it and move it outside. She’s morally vegetarian and loves animals just like I do she’s also not a mean person generally, she’s very forgiving and loving.
However, there have been two major episode periods throughout our relationship where she has changed completely during these times. Since like i said she is diagnosed bipolar disorder and is prescribed Seroquel she raised her dose temporarily the first time this happened and that eventually helped (I Think that was it). She said some pretty horrible things to me, and kind of threatened to end the relationship, even though I was almost certainly positive that that’s not what she really wanted, because immediately before & following the clarity after the episode, she changed completely back to how she normally was. Most loving all over me wonderful girl ever.
We spoke about the fact that that was really hard time for me, but because of my commitment to her and our relationship I took it and worked out with her (by ignoring it and letting it go for the most part) because I loved her and I understood that that’s not who she really ie in my mind and the majority of the times (3 Year relationship)
But for the last two weeks she has been in what I would consider her worst episode similar but more severe than before. I wanna seriously note that it that has been significantly worse to a major degree than the previous one. I should note that we are living together now rather than seeing each other weekly like during the first episode, so there is a lot more opportunity for contact verbally, and etc..
Multiple different times upon low amounts of drinking, but also upon sobriety, she said, unspeakable things to me regarding deeply personal things. Things I’ve only spoken to her about things that you that if anyone else had said to me, I would immediately end any relationship or a friendship with this person, but I recognize that it was the beginnings of this sort of episode.
She initially denied that it was anything to do with her mental health, and that it was completely my fault, but after a week or so, and me repeating to her what she had said, in this moment, she admitted she needed to re-raise her meds (which helped last time) for the time being and focus more on Getting better when she wasn’t doing well at this time.
Hearing this, and a admission, the other night of her being scared of her self, and what she’s capable of verbally was extremely relieving and validating to me as it can feel like I’m being blamed and gaslit. However, often on, he goes back-and-forth between there are only few moments of clarity like that, and most other moments where she says that having me there is the thing that’s causing her mental health to be bad, and that if I was only gone (For however period of time she needs…not broken up). That she should and would feel better. She claims she needs space from me to “work on herself”. Okay, fair.
She has said these sort of things before and I never ever leave because she takes it back last minute and I always stay there and take it and forgive her no matter what she says, but with the things that have happened in this episode, the things she said this last two weeks l, I feel as if it’s crossed a line for me and I feel like there needs to be some sort of not only accountability but that i do have the ability and strength to leave for a little while. Even though I know she’s not well and doesn’t understand what she’s even doing to me, But she still human being in a relationship and need to take some sort of responsibility for it and I’m a human being that can only be pushed so far too. I want to be clear going forward that I do NOT want to break up with her and that I love her with all my heart.
But Tonight for the first time I actually left when she screamed at me to do so, and I spent the night at a male friends house in order to give her the “space & peace she needed” to get better
But, When she realized I would follow through with what she was threatening me with and her demanding i do, she began to say I was abandoning her, and that I was being a horrible boyfriend by leaving her and by not staying in experiencing it with her. I have done this many times already stayed with her while she’s done this to me but after it’s over, I’m so relieved that it’s done that I never ever really hold her accountable for the things she says, and does during the these periods (Specifically two major ones)
I am currently staying at a friends house, and I plan on staying here for at least two or three days, but I am concerned that this will only make it worse. This will make her feel abandoned, and this will make her worse and hate me more than she already feels like she does because of her current state , but as a human being myself, I needed a break from the torment of the verbal abuse and emotional abuse that she throws at me whenever she gets angry or anxious and lashes out.
Am I in the wrong here? What should I do? What should I do to help her through this episode that I know only time will resolve when she simultaneously blames me for causing it when I’m there and blames me for not being a good boyfriend when I’m not there Again, this is the first time I’ve ever not actually been there for more than a 20 min walk and it’s been less than 24 hours in.
Any advice or help from someone who has been in a similar situation or experienced this before please comment or DM. I only want to do what’s best for her while maintaining my own mental sanity
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2023.06.06 14:51 Sordum Coinbase Faces SEC Lawsuit over Exchange and Staking Programs
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, alleging it functioned as an unregistered broker and exchange. The legal action, which seeks a permanent injunction against such operations, led to a precipitous 15% drop in the company's stock in premarket trading on Tuesday.
Coinbase's share price had already taken a 9% hit on Monday following the SEC's announcement of charges against Binance, a rival cryptocurrency exchange, and its founder Changpeng Zhao.
In the complaint, the SEC alleges that Coinbase's prime brokerage, exchange, and staking programs are in violation of U.S. securities laws. It accuses the company of consistently disregarding regulatory frameworks and sidestepping the disclosure requirements of these laws over the years.
According to the SEC, at least 13 of the crypto assets available to Coinbase customers, including Solana’s SOL token, Cardano’s token, and Protocol Labs’ Filecoin token, are classified as “crypto asset securities” by the regulator.
SEC chair Gary Gensler stated, "We allege that Coinbase, despite being subject to the securities laws, commingled and unlawfully offered exchange, broker-dealer, and clearinghouse functions."
Coinbase has yet to respond to the SEC's allegations and the request for comment regarding the lawsuit.
2023.06.06 14:51 Sp3c1alS Failed theory of the abyss: Reg met Bondrewd.
This is the very first theory I ever made. I have never truly shared it simply because of how much of a challenge this one truly is. Basically there's enhough details that support the idea. but they are never enhough to actually prove it.
(And being completely honest here. TOTK ain't going to play itself and I've kept this theory on the back of my head since the first time I ever read volume 7. I'm on my 8th reread now. If I haven't figured out a way to fully convince myself by now, I don't think I'll convince anybody else and there's just other theories I want to explore at the moment)
But here we go.
The idea behind this theory was to tackle the possibility that reg may have met bondrewd in his ascent. And potentially even used his help to get to the 5th layer From the 6th.
I would had also used several key details from this particular theory to explain some of the weird things that happen regarding bondrewd.
Some of the most notable ideas that revolved around this theory would had been
The idea that when reg met bondrewd and attempted to get to the 4th layer he had to "barter" his way through bondrewd with either knowledge of the abyss or relics.
which would explain bondrewd owning sparagmos or bondrewds appearance in belafs chambers on the 6th layer.
The idea that Reg somehow helped bondrewd fully understand the phenomenon that he called "the blessing" through some of the memories he had lost. Which leads to bondrewd finding a way to duplicate the phenomenon.
The idea that bondrewd is fully aware of what regs goals were and who asked him to conduct a favour when they sent reg up the layers.
The idea that despite how his arc ended bondrewd was intentionally helping both reg and riko continue their journey down to the 6th layer despite having used them to further his own agenda.
The idea that through regs memories, bondrewd is the only cave raider who at the moment has a more vast knowledge of
Lyzas status. The blessing. A much more advanced understanding of the curse of the abyss to the point no other cave raider is able to match him. Knowledge into the 2000 year cycle and its actual impact. Deep knowledge into the 6th layer probably the 7th layer. And potentially, knowledge of what is at the bottom of the abyss. The abyssal shrine maiden and potentially knowing the cave raiders identity. And lastly being in possession of the true nature of the abyss and its history.
(The knowledge bondrewd is carrying within his soul and in zoaholic. It's very likely considered aubade he will very likely live up to his goal of dispelling the darkness withing the abyss)
Anyhow those where the biggest points I always tried to convey with the theory. As you can see it was a pretty big idea as just giving you the 5 minute summery of this theory is pretty long. It would take way more than this to actually explain all of the points I gathered for this one.
Disclaimer: as of chapther 65 I am well aware srajo stated that there is accounts of the "girl type" being spotted around ido front , but that doesn't necessarily prove and more importantly help disprove the idea bondrewd has met either clawbot and more importantly reg. Which was my original thought procces. By me "failing" this theory dosent necessarily mean I'm saying it's incorrect, I'm more saying that if it's true or false I could not prove it.
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2023.06.06 14:49 yes_its_him So this past week, Jace Jung went 13 for 19 with 3 walks and two home runs.
Our top draft pick from last year Jace Jung is stepping it up at West Michigan. This past week (5 games) he had the headline stats: thirteen hits, five for extra bases. Five straight multi-hit games against the Dayton Dragons.
About equal to what the Tigers did the last five games. (I'm kidding about that. The Tigers had 16 hits in just the last four games.)
That's a .684 batting average, .720 on-base percentage, 1.158 slugging average, and 1.878 OPS.
That's pretty good. Up to .855 OPS on the season. (Equal to his brother's MLB OPS this season.)
Maybe he was motivated by his brother's back-to-back rookie of the month awards?
Maybe he saw Colt Keith taking reps at 2B at Erie? (He's a year older than Keith.)
Jace is playing a pretty good second base; he's not going to get everything hit over there, but he's sure-handed when he makes the play, 1 error in 147 chances for a .993 fielding average. (That's equal to the major league career 2B fielding percentage record held by Placido Polanco. But also making 20% fewer plays over there than Polanco did.) His range factor is like Ozzie Albies' MLB range factor this season.
For his minor-league career, Jace has 55 walks to 76 strikeouts in 74 games, already controlling the strike zone. Whereas Josh had 56 walks to 143 strikeouts in 153 games.
Looks like we might have us a player here. (At least when playing Dayton.)
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2023.06.06 14:47 Personal-Vanilla-138 Come on everybody!!! Please stop the fighting ok?
Hey fucker. I just read this again! Listen to me. If you don't know my situation, don't call me that because I'm humble as shit. Unless you come at me and mine with some bullshit because it's what 9ne did and are too pussy to say it. I am living in America. I sleep in my car and slums is a good map on cod btw. I'm not only American, but alot are selfish. I AM ITALIAN BECAUSE OF MY BIG MOUTH AND MY ATTITUDE . MY OLIVE SKIN, THE SICILIAN TYPE FIODS I CRAVE. IM INDIAN BECAUSE I AM SUCH A SPIRITUAL EARTH TYPE PERSON. NY HEARTS IN THE DESERT SO WHATEVER INDIANS QRE THERE. I am POLISH, they are very intelligent, but are all around very happy go lucky people who seems goofy and ditzy. I'm very ditzy, it's just because they are lovers and love and do for others and things without thinking. They don't procrastinate. I am RUSSIAN, ROMANIAN, UKRAINE area. German type cars are what my mind is wired to do. I'm backwards from everything here. Love gymnastics, like to be healthy, running, working out, take care and love my family. All those countries fight for ones they love nd reasons they believe to be true. Stubborn as hell too. Me too, but work hard. There is some ASIAN somewhere in there. My youngest, I see it big time. I'm like child, where did you come from??!? Oh, me. My oldest is blonde hair blue eyed Italian, has some SWEDISH, Norway type stuff going on from my birthmoms side. The men are all very tall. I am made kinda of like I don't know CHINESE OR JAPANESE. ASIAN IS ALL I KNOW. Small frame. Spiritual. Have undeniable faith in a mustard seed and love chipping stuff with a cycle thing. Sewing though, I'm too hyper. I am disciplined very. When it's something I believe in and it's good for my mental state. I tend to carry alot of things over my head. Like the water things. So, with the way I tan, must be some African in there or Arabic. I love Arabic people's eyes. The men are handsome and the women re beautiful.
Hey!!!! Putin!!! I'm really sorry if I spelled it wrong ok? Vladimir? I love that first name. I just want to I don't know what a hug means to you but to me it's just like slow dancing but I just hug you instead of dancing. Or I'll give a I love ya dude pat. I'm weird. You have a good heart and I see it. Actually for years I have and some weird way felt some kindred spirit with you. Ah!! Lol it's cool. I like your nose. Um? North Korea. Your name, and china I don't watch the new so I don't know. May I please just give you a normal friend hug please??? KISTEN ASSHOLES! Oh,my kids dad is Hispanic. Y'all are some hard working fuckers and you are so nice and happy!! So, ones who do the well you know mean stuff to people. Fuck it. Cartel stuff. Some of you have been better to me than many from my hometown. I KNOW SOMETHING REALKY BAD HAD TO HAPPEN TO YOU to make you not nice because you guys are ladies aren't even made to be like that. Though me and mine get pretty fucking crazy when you mess with our family. So, I kind of get it for real. I wanna do some fucked up shit. Then I couldn't protect my family. I love you guys and whatever u do bad or good you go 100. I get that too. All countries with hate nd no love!!!! I'm gonna be really mad if you just don't put yalls pride aside!!! Please. Let's learn to love. If you don't know how I'll show you and not make you feel bad. I'll let you show me how to shoot guns and have good aim. That stuff is cool. I just don't want to hurt anybody with it. Ok? If I'm too hyper and I make you mad shoot the dirt, just make sure it doesn't ricochet and hit us. Lol death by ricochetted dirt. That would be shitty!!!!!
I SERIOUSLY LOVE YOU MEANIES AND HAATEFULS. KNOW WHY? I AM JUST LIKE YA INSIDE. I JUST GO WORKOUT AND TAKE IT OUT THAT WAY AND GET BEAST MODE YEP!!!
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2023.06.06 14:47 YOW-Weather-Records 8am today was was Ottawa's 18th smoky hour this year which puts 2023 in 17th place for the most in any year since records began. Just 1 more hour to get to 15th place.
2023.06.06 14:44 pibminstitute Unveiling the Significance of Placements in MBA Colleges
Selecting the right MBA college is crucial for individuals seeking a management career. Amidst various considerations, an MBA college with placements
stands out as a vital factor. Placements play a pivotal role in MBA programs, offering students promising career prospects and acting as a testament to the quality of education.
This article sheds light on the importance of placements in MBA colleges, with a subtle focus on Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM), an esteemed B-school in Maharashtra
known for its exceptional placements.
Thriving MBA Landscape in Maharashtra:
Maharashtra has emerged as a thriving hub for MBA education, housing numerous prestigious colleges. Among these, the city of Pune has gained prominence as a hotspot for B-schools. The state's dynamic business environment creates many opportunities for MBA graduates, making it an attractive choice for management education. B-schools in Pune
, including PIBM, leverage this advantage by forging strong connections with industries and building extensive placement networks. These collaborations facilitate internships, live projects, and on-campus placements, providing students with hands-on experience and exposure to diverse sectors.
The Significance of Placements:
Placements hold immense significance in MBA colleges due to their impact on students' careers. They serve as a gateway to fruitful employment opportunities, allowing graduates to launch their professional journey on a solid foundation. A college's ability to provide placements across various sectors reflects the quality of education and training it imparts.
A consistent track record of successful placements enhances the college's reputation, attracting more recruiters and employers for future campus placements. This virtuous cycle strengthens the institution's brand value and makes it a preferred choice among aspiring MBA students.
Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM):
The Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM) is an exemplary institution highlighting the importance of placements. As one of the leading B-schools in Pune, PIBM boasts a remarkable placement record. The institute's curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry, providing students with practical knowledge and skills that align with market demands. PIBM's strong ties with the corporate world and its dedicated placement cell ensure that students have access to a wide array of placement opportunities.
Placements play a pivotal role in MBA colleges, paving the way for successful management careers and serving as a barometer for the quality of education provided by the institution. The abundance of MBA colleges in Maharashtra
, particularly in Pune, highlights the state's reputation as a hub for management education.
Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM) shines as a prime example, renowned for its exceptional placement opportunities and collaborations with the industry. As prospective MBA students embark on their educational journey, evaluating the placement track record of institutions like PIBM becomes crucial, as it directly influences their career trajectory and ensures a prosperous future in the competitive world of business.
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2023.06.06 14:43 Chele15 Pharmacy Tech requirements
I’m looking for a job and there’s a cvs near my house. I was looking at their job listings and I saw Pharmacy Tech and the requirements were: “Must be at least 16 years of age Licensure requirements vary by state. Learn more by visiting your state’s Board of Pharmacy website or asking the hiring manager”
Idk if I’m misunderstanding but, can literally anyone be a pharmacy tech?? Like you don’t need some kind of special school qualifications? If I apply they’ll just train me there for whatever they need me to do? Am I basically just an assistant? How much is starting pay generally?
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2023.06.06 14:43 glasgowriter Flowers for Algernon: What happens to Celtic now Ange Postecoglu has left?
Daniel Keyes’ 1966 sci-fi novel tells the story of Charlie Gordon. Charlie is 32, has an IQ of 68, works a menial job in a bakery, gets teased by his co-workers. In a stroke of luck, Charlie is approached by two scientists, undergoes an experiment–already successfully performed on a mouse named Algernon–that slowly takes his IQ from 68 to a whopping 185.
During this period of enlightenment, Charlie experiences the highs of intellectual curiosity. But, just as everything is going well, Algernon gets ill and–spoiler alert–dies.
This foreshadows Charlie’s regression back to his original state. And, just before he loses his enlightenment for good, Charlie asks someone to put flowers on Algernon’s grave.
It’s a great novel, but a sad story. And it’s a story that has parallels with the goings-on at Celtic of late.
Seatbelts on? Then let’s cast our minds back to 2020…
The Botching of the Ten 2020/21 was going to be the year of years. That was when we’d secure ten league title wins on the trot, and gain bragging rights in perpetuity.
The only stumbling block, it seemed, was the raging worldwide pandemic. Coronavirus had cut short the previous season, and in order to keep the games going, clubs were forced into an eerie closed-doors environment - football a capella, without the cheers and jeers of crowds.
Some teams reacted well to the new normal. Some teams didn’t. In the year of years, Celtic looked sluggish on the pitch, and quickly fell behind Rangers in the most important of title races. Why so bad? Rumours of the board reneging on gentlemen’s agreements swirled; the virus created a growing injury list; the compounding effect of poor results drained confidence.
As the weeks went by– and the tenth title slipped further and further away– a defiant manager doubled down on his position. If the results kept going poorly, the manager would resign. He said so himself. The results kept going down. The manager didn’t resign.
Instead, he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ in post-match interview after post-match interview after dropping more points. His refrain echoed that of a doomed predecessor: Tony Mowbray–after a run of bad defeats of his own–said we would all just have to ‘take it on the chin’. But, as Tony found out, there are only so many punches you can take before your chin collapses. Things weren’t looking good.
Purses in fridges CSC In the middle of all the chaos on the pitch, the board stayed mostly silent off it. When it did speak, it was only to back a beleaguered boss. Angry crowds gathered outside Celtic Park in ugly scenes. The gap between board and fans widened. The chasm hadn’t been this big since the ousting of the Kellys almost thirty years prior.
It got worse. While watching the ten melt away in real time, the manager was putting all our purses in the fridge and telling us we’d stuck them there ourselves. ‘The ten isn’t that important,’ he said. ‘You guys are too entitled.’ What?
Lennon resigns Eventually, things reached a singularity. Lennon resigned, but it was way too late. We wouldn’t have eternal bragging rights after all. We’d have a summer to chew on the what-ifs, a couple of months to figure out how we were going to climb out of a right mess.
While we were still reeling from a triple-whammy of Dubaigate, Lennogate, Ten-was-never-that-important-anyway-gate, we’d convinced ourselves Eddie Howe was the right man for the job.
Fan speculation fed media conjecture which strengthened fan speculation, and the whole thing gathered a tail-eating momentum that sustained itself for an entire summer, without any confirmation from the club.
We’d also convinced ourselves we’d be getting a shiny new director of football, too, something we all nodded and agreed was a necessity; a safeguard against the sort of shitshow we’d just endured and were still slithering out of.
Fergal Harkin, a City Group guy, was floated as a potential candidate. Then it was somebody else. Actually, it could be this young Man City up-and-comer. At any rate, negotiations with Eddie were going pretty well behind the scenes. There was just the small quibble over his backroom staff, all of whom Eddie would be taking up the road. No bother Edward, you bring your mum if it helps; we need you now more than ever.
Howe no? As the summer dragged on, however, Eddie (nor his mum) were anywhere to be seen. He certainly wasn’t draped in a green-n-white scarf on the steps at Celtic Park, giving a motivational maiden speech à la Martin or Brendan.
On 28 May 2021, the club released this statement:
‘Following very positive and detailed discussions with Eddie Howe, with the belief that he would be an excellent candidate for the position of Celtic Manager, we allowed time for the process, given he’d previously made it clear he was not looking to return to management until this summer at the earliest.
We can now confirm that Eddie will not be joining the Club, for reasons outwith both his and Celtic’s control. We wish Eddie success for the future.’
Instead, we learned, the board would be appointing *checks notes* Ange Postecoglu as manager.
This appointment–coupled with the failed acquisition of Eddie Howe–seemed on-brand. Were the club custodians actually saboteurs? As fans, what other conclusion could we draw?
The Experiment begins In the wake of the managerial announcement, fans fired up their internet machines and looked to Japan for the first time since Naka left. Just who was this Ange fellow? Apparently he had managed a number of Australian clubs, guided the national team to the 2014 World Cup, and won the Japanese league with Yokohama F. Marinos.
FollowFollow and Rangers Twitter rubbed its hands with glee. Get ready for 56, they gloated.
They had a point. We needed a marquee signing to help us get over a disastrous season, and the board have cheaped out with some random Aussie.
Soon after his arrival, Ange’s compatriots flooded fan forums to pour water on the flames of indignation. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, they said, but you’ve caught a winner in Ange. Honestly, they said. Give him a while to settle in, and you’ll see, you’ll all see.
They promised even more riches in season two. That’s when Ange really gets going, they said.
Year two? It’s only day fucking two, lads. We’ve got a bunch of players who want to leave, and nobody has any faith this board can tie their shoelaces, never mind appoint a good coach. Cheers for the words of encouragement, but let’s suspend judgement.
The Enlightenment The Ange experiment didn’t start well. We lost the first three league games, still had those wantaway players at the club, and were looking at the prospect of another long season ahead.
Footage of Ange directing training sessions appeared online. He told the players ‘we never stop’. It sounded like faux-motivational twaddle.
But then. Wantaway players got their moves. A Japanese contingent arrived to take their place, and it turned out they were all class at football. Games destined for draws became last-gasp wins.
The Aussies were right. Things were changing for the better. We never stop wasn’t just empty rhetoric. It was a philosophy stamped into a team playing their hearts out for a man whose system had transformed our fortunes in a short space of time.
In a blink, we’d won the league cup and regained a title. We never stop appeared on hoardings, on Twitter, on t-shirts. If the Aussies were right about Ange, then his second season in charge would be even better. All this seemed scarcely believable, just one year out from the worst season in living memory.
Today Not even a week on from recording a world-record 8 domestic trebles, Ange’s second season in charge was better than the first. However, instead of enjoying unalloyed celebrations, we're mourning the loss of our manager.
The Regression? Now Ange has left, thoughts will immediately turn to his successor. Who will we get? The longer it takes to announce his replacement, the more time there’ll be for the type of speculation that fans and media generated around Eddie Howe in the vacuum of concrete knowledge.
For me, the most pressing question is whether or not the board got lucky with Ange. Did they know he was a success story just waiting to happen? Or was he a third-choice gamble that paid off without their involvement?
Who knows. But if the board hasn’t learned from the disastrous 2020/21 campaign, then we’ll be in the same situation now as we were back then. The only difference is we'll be starting from a position of strength heading into the unknown.
In a way that’s much scarier than the 2020/21 season. That’s because 2020/21 was an outlier, albeit a painful one. It was a sliver of doom bookended by great success.
More than a club In any event, now Ange has left we’ll do what we always do when heroes leave the club: we’ll continue supporting it. When Larsson left, it seemed like we’d never recover. When the 1967 European Cup-winning team dissolved gradually over time, it was heartbreak for the fans who watched it happen.
And now, as another hero leaves, it’s a sore one. But remember, no matter how much a player or coach professes to love Celtic–with a couple of rare exceptions–they’ll never love Celtic as much as I do or you do.
When you keep that in mind, it’s easy not to get swept away in the idea of everlasting players or managers.
Let’s just hope, no matter what happens, we don’t regress.
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2023.06.06 14:43 Ekocare A review of the book "The Broken Buddha"
Carl Stimson, a vipassana meditator who has been in and out of Myanmar for the last ten years, offers this review of Shravasti Dhammika's book The Broken Buddha.
Having been a meditator in a Theravada-associated tradition for many years, an enthusiastic reader of books by Theravada monks and teachers, and an infrequent visitor to Southeast Asia for Dhamma purposes, I have long seen this religion as the most faithful representative of the Buddha’s teachings. ...
The book is the work of Shravasti Dhammika, an Australia-born man who ordained as a Theravada monk in 1976. It was published in 2008, though as he states in the preface, most of it was written several years earlier and he only decided to publish after an “unauthorized draft” appeared online. I am unsure how much the official version differs from this draft, but the text retains a rough feel. At less than 80 pages, it is somewhere between long essay and short book, and is at turns angry, funny, cutting, astounding, and, unfortunately, sometimes poorly researched. For some, Bhante Dhammika’s casual relationship with facts and tendency toward generalization may limit their ability to take the thrust of his arguments seriously. ...
He gives many examples from his long years in robes to illustrate these tendencies. Many of the most absurd and humorous of these involve the Vinaya. For instance, “handling money” (in Pali, ‘gold and silver’) is often the focus of criticism. ...
The author is not critical of monks who handle money, indeed he admits to having done so himself in certain circumstances, his point being that a balanced approach is needed, one that avoids unnecessary anxiety over running afoul of extreme interpretations but is also intellectually honest enough to admit when the spirit of the law is being broken. ...
The first category—the slavish adherence to or disregard for Vinaya— may be the easiest to dismiss as having nothing to do with “true” Theravada. Indeed, there is so much variation among Theravada monks it is difficult to make a unified critique. ...
The second category—wasteful giving— is something I believe many Western Buddhists struggle with when encountering Theravada in its native setting. .. The most nuanced answer, which simultaneously disarms the critic and paints the practice in a positive light, is that lay Theravadins give out of a desire to support the Sangha and perform wholesome deeds, thus making merit that will help them karmically in the current life and lives to come. .. It seemed to cover all the bases—one couldn’t blame the lay people because their desire to give was pure and founded in solid Buddhist logic, and one couldn’t blame the monks because they are simply vessels for the lay public’s generosity—and remaining critical made me feel somewhat culturally insensitive. .. Theravadins are not stupid—when presented with such clear cost-benefit figures, who would want to waste their dana on the poor and needy when there are monks around? .. The generosity of Southeast Asian Buddhists is often described in glowing terms, in many ways rightly so. ...
The third category—self-centeredness— was something I had not thought of before and caused a dramatic shift in my understanding of how well Theravada puts the Buddha’s teachings into practice. The typical explanation of the difference between Theravada and Mahayana goes that the former sticks only to what was taught by Gotama the Buddha, while the latter adds teachings from other “buddhas” and spiritual figures. To the faithful, this lends Theravada an air of purity, which by implication means Mahayana teachings are somehow “polluted.” Leave it to Bhante Dhammika to burst this bubble. His fascinating contention is that Theravada has a pronounced negative and selfish tendency that ignores many things the Buddha taught. ...
But wait, one might ask, weren’t you just criticizing Theravada for an excess of giving? Even if wasteful, isn’t this the opposite of a “negative and selfish tendency”?
The Broken Buddha and its Implications
I don't think any sensible person believe S. Dhammika's opinion against the strictness of the Theravada Vinaya.
Apart from the above observations, we can find another attempt of S. Dhammika to painte the Visuddhimagga as negative which have got refused by many other scholars.
"The Broken Buddha by S. Dhammika:
“Even Buddhaghosa did not really believe that Theravada practice could lead to Nirvana. His Visuddhimagga is supposed to be a detailed, step by step guide to enlightenment. And yet in the postscript […] he says he hopes that the merit he has earned by writing the Vishuddhimagga will allow him to be reborn in heaven, abide there until Metteyya (Maitreya) appears, hear his teaching and then attain enlightenment.”
Let's look at what other scholars have said (including an ancient king):
"Visuddhimárga-mahásannaya" by King Parakramabahu (1234 - 1269 CE):
"The postscript of Visuddhimagga wass written by Venerable Buddhamitta who was an student of Venerable Buddhagosa."
[Visuddhimárga-mahásannaya of King Parakramabahu-II of Kingdom of Dambadeniya is a Sinhala glossary (Sannaya) to Visuddhimagga written within 1234 to 1269CE and also called Parákramabáhu-sannaya.]
The scholar monks below have noticed that S. Dhammika's observation is immature though they have seemingly not known about the above precise mention of the King.
Ven. Dhammika is making the common mistake of confusing Buddhaghosa’s colophon with that of the scribal copyist. The former dedicates the the merit of composing the Visuddhimagga to the happiness of all beings. It’s the scribe, not Buddhaghosa, who wants to go to heaven and later meet Metteyya.
In any case, the passage that expresses a wish to be reborn with Metteyya has multiple indications that it is a later addition, probably a scribal remark by a copyist.
It is only found in Sinhalese manuscripts
It doesn’t identify Buddhaghosa at all, merely saying “through the merit I have gained by this”.
It appears after the rather elaborate praise of Buddhaghosa, which itself appears to be a later addition (it’s not good form to praise oneself in this way).
It is right at the end, exactly where a copyist’s scribal mark would be added
This belief is implicitly rejected in the text itself (Vism 1.135)
Ven. Panditha of Burma:
Those colophons have not come from Acariya Buddhaghosa’s hands.
Acariya Buddhaghosa wanted to have all the credit transferred to the Mahāvihāra community.
Those introductions, epilogues, and colophons still have certain aspects not yet sufficiently examined.
Traditional scholars hardly believe that those colophons are written by Acariya Buddhaghosa.
All the works of Acariya Buddhaghosa were anonymous at the beginning.
This anonymity is the reason for someone in posterity to add such colophons in order to save the author’s name.
The reason for anonymity was to get the works endorsed by the prestige and authority of Mahāvihāra, expecting the longevity of books. If only a less number of people were interested in manually copying his book, it would remain “unpublished".
In this way, Acariya Buddhaghosa could successfully publish his works inland and internationally.
This circumstance of Acariya Buddhaghosa can be compared to presidential speech-writers. Although writer’s name is not a secret, no president would acknowledge the writer in the speech itself.
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2023.06.06 14:42 Johnny_Boy398 Africa Rework Proposal: Bêafrîka, Katanga, and the Mercenary Kingdoms of Africa
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(This is part of a continuing series, links to which will be provided in the comments below) Bêafrîka State: Bob Denard, Jean-Bédel Bokassa and the mercenary state.
The term “warlord” has been abused by many as a catch all term for any armed african group. It brings to mind images of a barbaric, violent oaf seeking to enrich themselves with trinkets and money off the back of their military extortion: an example of the primitive and bloodthirsty nature of the african. This is certainly the purpose of the term for the Germans, who seek to paint all native armed resistance in this light in order to justify their own return to the continent. But despite this abuse of the term, and its unjust application, it is not made up out of whole cloth: bandits, criminal gangs and short sighted thugs do exist among the africans as they do in all people, and the chaos of the German collapse has given these characters the opportunity of a lifetime. In the former RK Zentralafrika this is seen most clearly in the “mercenary state” of Bêafrîka. Borders of a successful Bêafrîka. Many post-colonial African nations are accused of being artificial: random lines drawn on a map for the convenience of foreigners, and thus doomed to be either failures or exploitive facades. The truth of this statement is debatable: what makes a nation “organic”, is it truly critical that one be so? Are the struggles of new African nations so easily encapsulated? The argument goes on but all will agree on this: Bêafrîka is an utterly artificial and extractive state which can only begrudgingly be called a nation at all.
The north-west of Zentralafrika has always been something of a hodgepodge. The initial conquest of the area from the Free French meant the roll back of any “nation building” expenditures in favor of reverting back to the old company rule. Corvee slavery, plantations and almost non-existent infrastructure was the rule even under the French, and as such the transition to German ownership was almost seamless. If the average native african noticed a difference at all it was in the flags and helmets of the whites who terrorized them: their managers and guards stayed essentially the same. As such the region was seen by independence agitators as ripe for their own movements to grow in. Though such resistance was kept on a tight leash by the Germans it finally burst forth in the northern incursion of 1954. Supported by Nigeria and with the German forces drawn thin by the ongoing Wester Russian War, socialist militants made a lightning strike southward in the hopes of toppling Zentralafrika. For a moment it seemed as if they would do it: the road to Leopoldville was only lightly guarded and the rebel numbers were, in theory, vast. But it was not to be: poor command structures and infighting slowed the rebel advance for long enough that Kommissar Krogmann and Seigfreid Muller were able to reorganize and counterattack with the aid of a new breed of soldier: the Mercenary.
Though having been present in the role of corporate security for years this war was the instance when the Congo Mercenaries truly became a force to be reckoned with. Restrictions on who could hold a gun were dropped and the ranks of mercs swollen with Europeans, Asians and Africans. Though typically small groups and far more independent than Krogmann would have liked, they were all well acquainted with their trade and often brought along their own equipment. They could move fast, hit hard, and there was no reason to suspect their siding with the revolutionaries. With the aid of mercenaries and the cash of selling off vast tracts of land to private holders the revolutionaries were pushed back, and the long guerilla war began. Some areas of Zentralafrika were essentially passive, or had other security solutions. But in the north it was the mercenaries and the garrison which enforced the German order. Names of these men would soon become minor celebrities to the military minded, and their benefactor Seigfreid Muller got a promotion. But for our story only three names matter: the French “mercenary king” Bob Denard, “black Napoleon” Jean-Bédel Bokassa, and “the tiger” Alexandre Banza. Though it is the armed men who hold real power in their hands, the counter-revolutionary forces are not all German and French soldiers of fortune. The APL’s anti-clerical excesses and radical nativism also alienated the thin class of native collaborators and most of all the catholic church. Barthelemy Boganda was one such native conservative, being a native priest who has tried to act through the church to both reform and aid his flock. After the death of his mentor Marcel Grandin Boganda has become a leading figure of pro-native reform without resorting to violence or leftist radicalism.
With the alliance of French and German landowners paying for their protection the mercenaries, though still technically led by Europeans, became the foremost armed presence in the north. Battling against resistance internal and external by 1962 they have become a hated and envied force, and one which Krogmann is eager to bring into line. But the South Africa War will get in the way of any reforms, with mercenaries once again being called on to shoulder the burden of warfare and internal suppression. By the end of the conflict, no matter how it ends, the mercenaries will have become an even more entrenched force in Zentralafrika. Of course when Huttig takes over this will no longer be tolerated. Having already been humiliated by Muller before, Huttig will take great pleasure in dismissing and rounding up the mercenaries, forcing them to join his forces as regular conscripts without any special privileges. Or rather he would, if he had been fast enough to catch them. When news came of Krogmann’s death and Huttig’s assumption of control the mercenaries did not wait for the order to come: they fled if they were able, and if not they seamlessly transitioned from paid agents of the state to new warlords out for their own survival and enrichment. And more than anyone they congregated around the new king of the mercenaries: Bob Denard.
For the year Huttig’s reign lasts the gangs of former mercenaries will be yet another thorn in his side: raiding, bribing and leading his forces on goose chases. And thanks to Huttig’s destruction of any boats or airplanes he could not gain control over these same former mercenaries had nothing else they could do, unless they cared to gamble trekking all the way to Free France. But Huttig’s flailing attempts to bring them to heel was only one of many threats: in this same area socialist militants and petty warlords also sprung up, and sought to destroy the hated mercenaries themselves. When Huttig dies and the German forces retreat to Leopoldville all pretense will be dropped: the Pan-africans, Fang Gabonese and Cameroonian revolutionaries will all attempt to proclaim new states and to expel the gangsters of German capitalism for good. But with their attention divided and the mercenaries still possessing skill, fire power, and all the money the old landowners could scrap together the attempt will only be half successful. Right between the three of them the new Bêafrîka State will be proclaimed. Born in 1929 Bob Denard first got the taste for battle during the French State’s failed expeditions against De Gaulle in the late 40s. Deciding that there was better pay and better leadership to be had in Zentralafrika he was one of the first mercenaries brought in through the “King of the Mercs” Siegfried Müller. Though he has little patience for the Reich’s racial code he is a brave commander and an ardent anti-communist. After Müller’s disappearance upon Hüttig’s ascension the stranded mercenaries looked to those bold and skilled enough to lead them, and found it in Denard.
Under the nominal presidency of Boganda, who was practically kidnaped to take the role, the new state is in perhaps the most precarious position of all post-independence states.Their domestic support rests on a incredibly thin strata of white landlords, a handful of native conservatives and a mercenary army which is already looking for a way out the back door. And opposing them is a very dedicated coalition of native nationalists and revolutionaries. It would be the most natural thing in the world for this ramshackle “state” to disintegrate. But there is one thing which can unite them, and can make them all take the risk of fighting it out: Money. Specifically diamonds, gold, and other precious metals which can be sold high on the global market. The mercenaries, native or foreign, have struck for fame in Bêafrîka with the process of becoming more than the lap dogs of the wealthy, but instead to be the wealthy themselves. Baganda hates this of course, but no one asked: the guns call the shots here. And besides, the APL has already branded him a traitor to the people: in the mercenaries' eyes he should be thankful that he still has his head. And so it is decided, the mercenaries would make their own little heaven, and all they had to do to keep it was win the war for it.
Against them stands the APL, their long-time adversary. When the war begins these Pan-africanists, supported by Cameroon and Nigeria, will take the fight to Bêafrîka. This would probably be a death sentence if it were not for the fact the APL is fighting a two front war with the Nationalists to their east. If the mercenary state should still fail it will be dismantled, with the surrounding states taking over its former territory. But if it should win this first war the gamble will have, for now, paid off. Bob, Bokassa and the rest will be able to begin bringing in the money as they use outright criminal methods to both extract and then sell the bounty of the land. The people, of course, hate this as does the nominal “president”. And within the mercenary ranks new fissures will soon begin to show. When faced with a united enemy these men were willing to work together, but now that the threat of death no longer hands quite so close the question of dividing the spoils has quickly turned into a feeding frenzy: it seems to be every mercenary clique for itself trying to carve out its own privileged fiefdom. And it is here that the reformists, such as they are, spy an opportunity. Alexandre Banza, born 1932 to the Gbaya people, is one of the very few high ranking officers who have a ethnic connection to the land they now rule. His story is much the same as the rest of the black mercenaries: born to a poor family he saw mercenary service as a path to excitement, respect and advancement he would never get on his own. Intelligent, ambitious, and unscrupulous he would rise to become a commander of his own group before the Huttig takeover, and should he take power will rename his state the Bêafrîka Republic, embarking on a cynical campaign of “reform”.
The continued presence of white mercenaries is especially resented by the people, and none more so than commander of the presidential guard and de facto leader of the Bêafrîka State Bob Denard. As such soon after the emergency of war has passed Denard will be dismissed from his position and the two most prominent native warlords Alexandre Banza and Jean-Bédel Bokassa will be invited in to take command. Denard of course has no interest in leaving, and will arrest the president in his own residence, but not before word of the new decree leaked to the streets and the other mercenaries. So it is that the fate of Bêafrîka will be decided the only way a state built on mercenaries could be: with a shootout for control of the president. On one side is Denard: he has already made overtures to Free France and the OFN, as well as criminal contacts in Europe. By leveraging these contacts, and with the aid of the remaining white mercenaries who see his removal as the precursor to their own, he may be able to fight his way out and rise to power over the bodies of his rival warlords.
If Bob Denard and his presidential guard emerges victorious president Boganda’s days will be numbered. Unceremoniously removing and replacing him with a more compliant puppet who I will not even bother you with the name of, any promised elections will be delayed, and then delayed indefinitely. In the end even the facade of democracy will be left behind as the government instead relies on various emergency decrees and under the table deals, as well as outright coercion to cement its power. This is the true mercenary state, in which the armed and powerful take what they want from the weak and destitute: the state will see its revenues come from precious minerals and eventually oil, but just as much from the underground world of smuggling, arms trading, mercenary contracts on behalf of any who will pay, and even (if rumors are to be believed) human trafficking. Denard himself is not so unsophisticated as many of his henchmen: he portrays himself and his state as anti-communist crusaders who are willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect the people from the bolshevik menace. But it makes no difference to the people and to his neighborhood: unless those friendly to him such as the Free French and the Belgian regionalists are victorious both Denard and his state will find themselves facing external invasion sooner or later. When that happens, surrounded by disciplined enemies and facing ever increasing internal revolts, Denard will do what mercenaries do best: he will gather what valuables and guns he can before fleeing. But if this should not happen: if the Congo should remain shattered, and Nigerian ambitions fail, who knows how long the dream may last? Living as they do in a half criminal status all mercenaries are well acquainted with the underworld. Under Bob however the state itself will come to resemble a crime syndicate, with Bob acting as the Mafia boss. More than any other single resource diamonds are the breadwinner for the “White King of Bêafrîka”, but taking a page out of Manchuria’s playbook drug production and trafficking are increasingly filling the ledger as well. The diplomatic denouncements are nothing: there are always back doors which money can open.
But all this is only if Bob and his people should win the battle for President Boganda. For the first time having the full backing of the streets and with a larger manpower pool to draw from it is likely that the native warlords Alexandre Banza and Jean-Bédel Bokassa will become the victors, chasing out the (competition) colonizers in favor of their own rule. They shall of course be rewarded by the eternally thankful president for their good deeds: Bokassa will take over as the new head of the presidential guard, while Banza will become minister of finance and foreign minister. But just as inevitably there is no throne on earth big enough for two people and so the former allies will soon look for a way to oust the other. The hope of the civilians lay in the victory of the Alexandre Banza clique. If he should succeed in arresting and disappearing his rivals Banza will seek to somewhat moderate the state. Rather than rely on naked coercion he will enforce the most basic of social contracts: in return for the country's obedience he will provide protection. Though the basic facts of the Bêafrîka State shall remain: a thriving underground, an economy based on raw export, and a army of criminals, the worst aspects of this rule will be softened and the “civilianization” of government give cosmetic reform to the regime, and finally permit the nominal president a level of dignity, even being allowed to push some of his catholic inspired social reforms. Though not much more than swapping a military uniform for a business suit this will go some way to providing a sense of normalcy, and allow the state to take a non-aligned stance rather than become the plaything of some foreign power.
On the other hand is the favorite of the soldiers Jean-Bédel Bokassa. You know him as the “mad” emperor of the C.A.R. otl, but there was always a method to his madness: one cannot remain in power for over a decade by being stupid. Where Banza seeks to normalize his regime and to be seen as a developmental junta rather than a warlord, Bokassa will lean into his reputation as a warlord, adding esoteric elements to bolster his rule over strangers. Under Bokassa the new system will be entirely personal: he will take the already weak state apparatus and effectively dismantle it, instead relying on personalized dependents to govern the capital city, and leaving the remainder of the country to its own devices so long as it bent the knee when ordered. No longer able to convincingly portray himself as a benign figure to a people who are mostly foreigners to him, he will instead tap into local superstitions to appear as the master of the occult, ruling as a man to be feared even beyond the grave and allegedly indulging in cannibalism. Perhaps even more importantly however he will make a hard switch from western backing to eastern, seeking the protection and the money of Japan. In this at least he will be fairly competent: negotiating the relationship with Japan through a mixture of bribery, utility, and threatened confiscations to wring out as much foreign aid and diplomatic backing as he can. Beyond this his rule will be one of chaos and decline with the people seeing their standard of living decrease yet further to a near subsistence level. But it will be a chaos which Bokassa alone is the ruler of. Jean-Bédel Bokassa has been fighting longer than most: volunteering for the Free French during WW2, he was captured and ultimately released during the German conquest of Gabon. From there he drifted as a menial laborer until the northern insurrection forced the Reichskommissar to bend, and Bokassa was called up by an old french commander. From there he rose to be the de-facto head of his own suit by 1962, and now the undisputed leader of his own fiefdom. The extreme personalism and close relation with Japan will eventually result in his coronation as the sovereign of the Central African Empire.
Whether it be cynical pragmatism or esoteric terror the Bêafrîka State will remain a pariah among their fellow african nations. Cameroon and Gabon will consistently attempt to undermine and take over their territory for themselves, while even the Germans will see any government as traitors and rebels. Though its military may find a backer and its people may become cowed, the incredibly fragile state will come to an end sooner than later, unless they get very lucky. Any Nigerian victory will be a disaster, but a successful unifyer to the south and east would be a great threat as well. They were already founded in the war against one of those potential unifiers and all contenders for power recognize that a united Congo is a dangerous Congo. So, either through direct aid in the case of Denard or cheering from the sidelines Bêafrîka must hope for the victory of the regionalists and Jean Schramme. Katanga, the Regional Alliance, and “The Belgian”.
For the Pan-Africans, the Republicans, the Nationalists and even the Germans survival is not enough: they wish to reunite the old Belgian colony under their vision of the future, and perhaps even seek expansion beyond that. But not all “congolese” feel this way: in particular the province of Katanga sees no reason why it should not be free to plot its own course. Wealthy in its own right with economic ties to the south the elite of the mining provence see no reason why they should be chained to a central government, and are at least partially supported in this by the people. Just what future this “independence” takes is is still up for grabs, but in the chaotic aftermath of Huttings death Moïse Tshombe, Albert Kalonji and Jean Schramme will form a triumvirate to lead the Regional Alliance. Élisabethville slum. Katanga is the richest province in the Congo, as well as the one with the highest concentration of Belgians, and as such has seen the beginning of a modern city develop in its capital. It has also been the prime region for victims of the Congo Dam to migrate into, on account of its relative stability and high labor demand. This has all combined to put a great deal of pressure on those populating the land south of the lake and the development of modern slums alongside the growing city.
Katanga is, in 1962, the last remnant of Belgian colonial rule left after the German takeover. Not formally of course, that had been swept away along with Belgum itself in the 50s. But just beneath the German surface the old colonial trinity of church, company and stick still held true, and mostly under Belgian control. In the aftermath of WW2 and the establishment of Burgundy many Belgians had chosen to migrate into their old colonial territory, either for political or economic reasons. Their numbers would soon fill out the officer ranks of the Force Publique, the managerial posts of various new mines and plantations, and the pews of the catholic church. But it would not be the end of their difficulties: the old trinity clashed with Krogmann’s designs for the colony and after formally absorbing it in 1955 the contest began. Where the catholic church once held near total control over healthcare and education, not to mention religious life, Krogmann favored secularism for the european and promoted dechristianization for the native. His hopes for dissolving the FP and for removing french and dutch from the lexicon would be similarly resisted. By 1962 this contest of wills has continued to grind on, with the steady advance of germanization being constantly interrupted by economic and political expediency. The Belgian Katangaians find themselves stuck uncomfortably between German pressure from above and Native pressure from below.
This native pressure is on one hand from the educated evoles, always looking to improve the lot of themselves and sometime of their kin. But it also increasingly comes from the restless masses who have come under pressure from the fallout of the Congo Dam. As the Belgian congo moderately prospered the cities began to grow as well, with the colonial authorities making tentative attempts to accommodate the influx. But after the Congo dam and the German takeover both of these trends changed. Millions of refugees fled the great flood into the wealthiest regions they could go: Leopoldville and Katanga. The population of the cities exploded, and the subsistence agriculture still practiced by most Congolese came under incredible pressure as migrants and squatters proliferated. The Belgian authorities meanwhile were left without the resources needed to truly accommodate this change, and were left with only the Force Publique to try and keep the “indigenes” separate from the new “foreigners”. It was in this context that regionalist associations with the goal of protecting specific people, such as the Lula or Lunda, came to dominate the native political scene, such as it was. Both of these movements discovered that they had similar enemies: both resented German power and feared the “national” native resistance. But this did not yet mean they became allies. Moïse Tshombe, the nominal head of Katanga. Born to a noble lineage and always wealthy, his desire to be liked and his lack of spin have made him into an ideal puppet for other interests. His current sponsor is the remnants of the old Belgian Union Minière, which comprise much of Katanga’s economy. Though not hated by any “his” government is in reality more beholden to his lieutenants such as Godefroid Munongo.
Katanga had lived in an atmosphere of tension even before the rise of Huttig and the advent of the “Afrikareich” did nothing to alleviate this tension. As part of Huttig’s program to fully disarm the natives and bring all armed forces under SS command he attempted to disarm the Force Publique and Belgian mercenaries, rolling them into its own armed forces. Prominent civilian Belgians were arrested and replaced with SS men, leaving both the Belgians and the natives angered. Under this new pressure some decided to give it up: the new regime could not be bargained with as the prior one was, and any resistance clearly meant death. But enterprising elements were not willing to take death laying down: most prominently this included Godefroid Munongo and Jean Schramme. Using their own wealthy connections and estates as payment they would form small resistance groups, and would be the first formal alliance between the Belgians and the regionalists. To cut a long story short when Huttig dies and the Germans retreat to Leopoldville, those SS governors who do not flee will find their lifespans much shorter than expected, and those brave or desperate enough to resist Huttig will return to power. In the face of nationalist calls to reunite the congo however, the regionalists will move first. With the lavish bribery of local mining conglomerates and the justification of “popular will”, the Belgian community led by Schramme and localist leaders will form the first concret result of their ad-hoc alliance: The State of Katanga.
In its first years Katanga is a divided and unsettled place, forced into unity by the common fear of external subjugation but beholden to competing political camps. The state itself is at least nominally led by Moïse Tshombe, descendant of the kings of the Lunda people and scion to one of the last wealthy native families. He is the figurehead of a poorly organized class of native elites and collaborators, most often independently wealthy and committed just as much to their own economic privileges as they are to the cause of regionalism itself. But despite this Tshombe heads the closest thing to a “popular movement” in the new state: the "Confédération des associations tribales du Katanga" (CONAKAT). Formed in the interest of protecting the livelihoods of the Lunda against the encroaching migrants it is through this party that the people are mobilized for war. Relying on traditional authority and elite connections in the name of a tribalism has been effective in at least countering the partisans of the republicans and nationalists which contest the provence. Just as in the other contenders the war is as much a mater of internal division as it is defeating external challenges. But in order to meet those external enemies the party has been obliged to do so with the aid of their “ally”, the Belgians. Jean Schramme, despite his official profession, is less of a mercenary and more of a Belgian “contractor” who has a reputation for getting things done and resisting German encroachment. Coming to Africa soon after the end of WW2 he is part of a new breed of Belgians who consider Zentralafrika, or more accurately Katanga, as their true home and embrace the ideal of a paternal ruler of their “primitive” neighbors. Being a successful entrepreneur as well as part time leader of the “Leopard Battalion” Jean has become a prominent part of the Belgian expat community. But though he no longer wishes to return to Europe do not think he has forgotten what the Nazi’s did: the old motherland is dead by German hands, and he has not forgiven them.
Just as on the native side the Belgians are divided internally: German policy was frustrating and insulting, but it was also relatively stable and offered a protection against the natives surrounding them. To forgo this protection and risk battle with the world's superpowers in the name of an uncertain independence requires a boldness uncommon in men. But since when did the meek make history? Returning from his armed exile Schremme will find the FP and Belgian police in disarray, and take it upon himself to topple the last of the SS governors. In his mind there is no question: in order for the Belgians to be free and prosperous they must take the risk of rebellion against Germany and carve out their own state in the chaos. But despite his personal exploits he is unable to do this on his own, and so despite his personal distaste for allying with the native regionalists his own backers in the belgian mining and administrative class have forced him to make common cause with “their” evolese. Regardless Schremme has become the critical belgian commander in this rebelion, bringing the remainder of the belgian community with him whether they like it or not. He leads in a mercenary style, never far from the front lines and with a greater emphasis on personal bravery than more mundane things like logistics.
Though Katanga is the heart of the Regionalist Alliance it is still only one part of that alliance: to the eastern flank is Sud-Kasaï, led by Albert Kalonji as the vanguard state of the Luba secessionist movement. Both Kalonji and Tshombe claim to be protecting their people (Luba and Lunda respectively) from becoming minorities within their own land and from becoming the playthings of another foreign power, whether that be Germania, Washington or any other place. They are also both from prominent and wealthy local families, who have cooperated with the belgian colonizers for generations and have every personal incentive to resist foreign acquisition. As such their support is not primarily from the people, but from the oligarchs and the army. These are two significant advantages however: While other factions are scrambling to put together a military, a state, and to pay for it all, Katanga and her allies are able to fall back on the old colonial power structures, expanding the FP and leveraging oligarchical ties to slap together an army faster than their rivals. With the mix of audacious leadership, money and the Schramme loyalist mercenaries/formed FP officers the alliance may be able to snatch its independence despite the lack of international backing. Map of regionalist victory, Azandeland acts as a placeholder for local authority (or lack thereof), Sud-Kasai is the Luba Empire. The immediate issue facing the regionalists will be export access: the states survival depends on the revenue from its extensive mining operations, and if that material cannot be exported it is worthless. For this Katanga must either negotiate a trade deal with the German remnants, or seek a detente with the self proclaimed frontline of liberation Zambia. Neither is eager to do this, but the world calls for what Katanga can provide, most of all Uranium. Eventually the market will win out, and one side will decide it is better to compromise principle than give the other an opportunity to gain access to the Katanga bounty.
IF VICTORIOUS the Regionalist Alliance will comprise an expanded State of Katanga, the Luba Empire, and a number of minor eastern powers propped up by Katanga. For the Luba and the Eastern chiefs the question of post war politics is an easy one: tribal traditionalism shall prevail as Albert Kalonji names himself king and the local chiefs are either bribed or threatened into compliance with the new order. While some may make efforts to modernize and advance their domains it will only be done under the watchful and occasionally helpful eye of Katanga. The only question remaining is who will be in control of Katanga itself. Jean Schramme is not a reasonable man, or at least not a moderate one: if he feels that he and the Belgians are not granted their proper place he may well try to overthrow Moïse Tshombe and install himself as the leader of the new state. The natives are less than satisfied as well: though free of foreign control it is clear to them that the old order is no longer acceptable: the people who fought and won the war for independence demand that their sacrifice be rewarded in some meaningful way. And most of all the question of race can no longer be papered over: The Belgians and Europeans remain on top, the migrants have been savaged, and the land and jobs available are not enough to satisfy them all.
To reconcile these internal difficulties a conference shall be held between the Belgian leadership of the army and company's one on hand, and the native oligarchs and officers on the other to see if a viable solution can be worked out. On the Belgian side the question is that of security and property: they wish to maintain the full roster of legal rights granted to them by belgian law, to keep their property and company concessions, and for a Belgian “veto” in the national government to ensure that Belgian rights are not trampled by some future populist government. On the CONAKAT side is a desire to renegotiate the terms of the “social contract”: to ensure a majority native voice in government which cannot be overruled by Belgian privilege, greater native ownership of property and the full abolition of any legal barriers to their advancement. However both sides are united in seeking stability and in their distrust of the congolese “masses”. Those masses are not without a voice themselves: through labor unions, dissident political parties and new officer associations the experience of warfare has made the people politically aware. If the result of the conference does not give some bones to the people it may find that its support is far too narrow to be stable. Union Minière, once the undisputed master of the Katanga economy, has declined somewhat under German overlordship. With a majority of its shares owned by the Belgian state and its former leadership fleeing to America after the end of the war its foundations were shaky. When Krogmann began the great sell off and rescinded the Belgian Congo’s autonomy the company found itself in yet more hot water. Transitioning to a locally owned company within Zentralafrika itself the Union has been forced to cut back on its paternalistic spending to make ends meet. Beyond the typical demands for labor rights and wage increases the Kantaga people also wish for a return to the housing, education and social protection once afforded by the leviathan. With its place in Katanga once again secure this may just be possible.
A successful conference will be one of compromise. For the people a number of social protections and laws will be promised: greater state funding to education, hospitals, and housing will be promised, along with a hike in wages. In order to afford this the belgians will need to accept their privileged economic position comes with a responsibility to fund the state which protects it: though direct taxes may be a bridge too far a system of expected “gifts” and an expansion of the old paternalism into state guided policy may work out. In return for their material contributions the Belgians will receive legal autonomy, organizing their own political parties and keeping their land. The native oligarchs meanwhile would take the national stage, being granted privileged places within the Katanga economy as well as using CONAKAT as their vehicle for political dominance. Concessions and compromises such as these require that all parties trust the other to keep up their end of the bargain, and not simply alter the deal when they feel they are able. And in the aftermath of a brutal civil war and a political culture of corruption such trust is very hard to come by. But if these difficulties are overcome, and Jean Schramme is kept mollified, the new State of Katanga will be ruled as a collaborative oligarchy, keeping real representation out of the hands of the people and wealth in the hands of a few, but also a relatively stable and moderate government which is willing to compromise when need be. Unless it is a question of distrusted ethnic groups attempting to secede from the state or restart Congolese unification, in which case the Katanga Gendarmerie will be the only answer given.
But what if this conference does not succeed? What if the protests outside become too large, or the sides are too inflexible, or if Jean Schramme believes the rights of Belgians are being sold too cheaply? Then the Rule of Fire will come back and those with the force to crush their opposition will prevail. And in Katanga that can only mean one thing: Schramme and his allies will stage a coup, placing themselves in charge once again as an emergency government. Those unwilling to ally with him will be dismissed, replaced with those who are. The new mission of the state is the protection of “Belgian civilization” in Katanga, with Schramme attempting to revive the old trinity of Church, State and Company under his guiding hand. He never truly wanted to be in this position: he would much rather simply go back to his plantation and be master of his own little world. But he belives that his new homeland calls out for leadership and guts it seems only he can provide, and so he will seek to lead it into the future he envisions. One where the Congo natives are grateful and subservient to their betters, where all the structures of the trinity are led by Europeans to the benefit of all. Of course most of the natives have very different ideas about what the future should look like, and so Schremma’s Katanga will immediately be thrown into a bush war as the old civil war factions reform as guerrilla movements seeking to topple his dictatorship. The profits of Katanga are vast, especially if one is willing to sell uranium to anyone willing to buy, but how long will money and determination be able to hold against the will of the people? At a stretch the white population of Katanga is 100,000, while the total african population is somewhere north of 1.5 million. This is before one considers the increasing populations of the Luba Empire and the eternal frontier of the Eastern Congo. And then there is the highly likely presence of hostile regimes on the borders: all the money in the world cannot win Schramme this Bush War, and he will either need to swallow his pride and accept democratization for the natives or accept the return of the Reich as suzerain. And even that may not be enough to avoid the rage of a people betrayed.
2023.06.06 14:42 doctorgecko Respect Yukari Yakumo (Touhou)
"Would you like to have a near-death experience? By crossing the boundary between life and death." Themes:
Yukari Yakumo is a legendary youkai with the ability to manipulate boundaries. She is one of the sages who created Gensokyo in the first place, and a good contender for its most powerful resident. Despite this she is also exceptionally lazy, spending most of her time sleeping and foisting most of the problems off on Reimu or Ran. Still, her incredible intelligence and completely inhuman nature means one can never tell quite what she's thinking, and making her angry is a very
- Source Index
- Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and Symposium of Post Mysticism is an in universe book written by Hidea no Akyuu. She has a tendency to exaggerate and speculate, so her claims should be taken with a grain of salt.
- Yukari herself is noted to lie quite a lot, so her own claims should also be taken with a grain of salt.
- In 15.5 Yukari makes use of the urban legend Teke Teke, but her attacks while using this urban legend are fairly in line with her normal capabilities. As it's unclear what effect the Urban legend is having, these feats will be included in this section but marked with Occult
- Yukari scales to a large number of characters, so here is every Touhou respect thread for the games
Defining Some Terms Spell Card System: The Spell Card Rules were put in place by Reimu Hakurei in order to make duels between everyone fair, formalized, and safe. It is also the method nearly all Touhou characters will use in-character. Spell card battles have very clearly defined rules and attacks that are agreed upon before a duel with the purpose being that the most beautiful attacks win. In general Spell Cards are characters going easy on the foe, with ZUN outright stating they're not something the characters would ever use if they were serious.
Danmaku: Danmaku are the "bullets" fired in a bullet hell, take many different forms, and are able to be fired by most Gensokyo citizens. They're an essential part of duels in Gensokyo, being used to control an opponent's movement and overwhelm them. They can either be fired in intricate patterns, or just fired rapidly from a single point.
Youkai: Supernatural beings typically born from humanity's fear of the unknown, and the primary residents of Gensokyo. Youkai can be highly varied, but tend to be highly resistant to physical attacks while far more weak to spiritual attacks, such as names and traditions.
Gensokyo: Genoskyo is the region Touhou takes place in, and is a small landlocked region of Japan. It is fully enclosed by the Great Hakurei Barrier (more information bellow). The clearest picture of it shows it containing a few mountains, with it also being noted Gensokyo is small enough to see almost all of it from the Hakurei shrine
Urban Legend Incident: Due to the occult balls various Urban Legends begin to manifest in Gensokyo, and some characters are capable of controlling an urban legend in battle that matches their tempermant. It's worth noting that the effects are present even after the occult balls are removed from Gensokyo though Reisen notes it will soon settle down.
- The Sages of Genoskyo (of which Yukari is a member) are the beings responsible for the creation and maintenance of Gensokyo
Boundary Manipulation General Description: Summarized, Yukari's power allows her to manipulate the boundary between any two things.This can apply both to physical boundaries (such as between Gensokyo and the outside world), or even the boundary of concepts (such as human and youkai or night and day).
Direct Combat Usage
Gaps and Warping
- Spell Cards
- Last Word
- [Occult] Lend Me Those Beautiful Legs!: Locks her foe in place with boundary lines and then uses a gap to split them in two before putting them back together
Great Hakurei Barrier
- Spell Cards
Gensokyo's Boundary of Reality and Illusion
- The Barrier Itself
- Living Things
- Large Scale
- Boundary of Reality and Illusion - Moon
- Lunar Capital
- Misc Conceptual
Other Abilities Note that a number of feats here potentially involve boundary manipulation, but it's less explicit
Shikigami: Shikigami are spirits that have been turned into tools via a patter, that have software installed to control them
- Spell Cards
- Standard Danmaku Pattern
- Combo Attack with Others
- Last Word
- Spell Cards
- Summoning Rand and or Chen to attack enemies
- Spell Cards
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2023.06.06 14:41 Intel81994 Crypto Ruined My Career/Life - Why I Became ANTI Crypto
Crypto user since 2014, not a noob. Started working in crypto in 2021 professionally - as in PIVOTED career to industry.
Worked for a major financial publishing firm (publicly traded, won't name) covering crypto for investment research.
Got most of my savings hacked via a crazy computer intrusion, Feds got involved, couldn't help, mental health went to complete shit, VERY dark days, almost 6 figures stolen.
Found out it was a vulnerability in a certain wallet that led to a data breach of my computer (not phishing like usual butters get hacked), but the amount stolen is apparently too small for attorneys to even take the case or try to prove.
To this day, no updates on the funds from the Feds.
Had heavy depression and even more fucked up at times. As you can imagine, if someone like me who is sophisticated can get hacked and completely lose it all with ZERO recourse, this ruined my entire idea of the industry and thereby fucked my career up mentally as I could hardly work without having PTSD.
I was in hell, had to sell my car to survive and pay rent. Fuck crypto.
Then, 2022 happened. Luckily I was too fucked up to buy any crypto since 2021 so I stayed out of the market with any buys. The people in my firm kept shilling crypto and buying themselves. Lol
Voyager went belly up, lost more there that I had stored. They lied about FDIC insurance. Luckily avoided FTX save for $500 dollars worth. Now saw the Atomic wallet hack this weekend... sad but obvious it was bound to happen. Many more such hacks coming.
Butters don't realize that with how fast AI and computing is advancing, there is NO guarantee that even hardware wallets won't get hacked one day. Sure, forensics for hacks get better, but hackers now are state actors and they will also advance.
Butters love to preach about self custody but that's not realistic for anyone in the real world as we know.
To prevent my hack I would literally have had to have a compsci PhD from Stanford and then cybersecurity training. What the fuck?
And these clowns want mass adoption and grandma to put her 401k into self custody crypto? There is a reason we use custodians, with armed guards, and insurance, and regulation.
Then, lost my job in the industry 3 months ago due to the market being shit and rate hikes. Saw it coming. But I didn't realize that being affiliated with crypto must be some sort of black mark on my resume?
Tech industry feels bad for me, finance industry thinks it's a cute joke. Worse than being affiliated with Lehman Brothers or working in porn industry.
No one thinks that there is a serious career risk/political risk/person risk of working in crypto industry. It's clear where things are heading. DOJ charges against Binance next. I interviewed with Binance last year when I was applying around. Also with Coinbase.
Can’t take the risk now. Unfortunately looks like industry US stateside has contracted sharply due to macro, layoffs likely to get worse, regulatory pressures - have to pivot industries in this economic environment.
Glad it’s getting regulated out and I plan to actively encourage regulators to ban it and speak out against it due to the lives it ruins.
Firmly believe crypto is mostly useless now except for crimes and actually it’s a major security risk for everyone / national security. Imagine if people across the country get mass hacked what that does for society.
Crypto has caused more harm than it's ever helped anyone. Speculation is net negative for society.
I don't know what to do to get my funds back since it's been over 1.5 yrs, this vulnerability was covered in the press so I could try to ask the wallet company to compensate my 75K + the 15K I spent in therapy from being so fucked up over it.
Applying to MBA programs, deadlines are 3 months away, I have no job atm, savings dwindling, have to pivot industries to survive, if I somehow land a crypto role now I would probably get laid off again because rates are staying higher for longer and I believe more dominoes will continue to fall for a while, and I can't afford another layoff anytime soon, due to the hack.
Honestly at this point you have to be mentally ill to work in crypto or keep buying it. UST's yielding almost 6%, corporate bonds almost 12% for some of them, not to mention the capital gains when rates drop.... why would you keep buying crypto? Lol
FUCK CRYPTO. I'll start by writing to my congressmen about my experience and hope they can legislate further against this shitstain of an industry.
I don't care what I have to do, if it's get the press to talk about my hack, or get CFPB to act, or DOJ. I don't give a shit.
I went to a top public US uni, am extremely hard working and sharp, and there is no reason I should be in this position in my late 20s due to this retarded industry.
P.s. To NFT grifters or influencers making shitcoins to rug people: AI (decr. cost of compute, labor) + advancing forensics/ KYC + immutable public ledger aka blockchain will make it possible to retroactively charge criminals for billions of years. Most low IQ move ever. Better to raise $ off the blockchain and flee to Dubai.
Ironically, to commit crypto crime today, you have to be so bearish on tech/ the future to think you won't ever get caught. Definition of spazzed out short term thinking TikTok brain.
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2023.06.06 14:40 girl_from_the_crypt Stuck on earth and looking for a job: We're burning down a dollhouse
When somebody suggests you commit arson together, your reaction is most likely to differ based on the identity of that person. If anyone else had asked me to come along to burn down a building, I would have assumed it was a joke. However, being aware of Frankie Preston’s barely suppressed murderous tendencies made me take his request quite seriously. Of course, three main questions presented themselves upon first consideration.
“A small developmental factory owned by FunFlair.”
“Do you plan on burning it while there are still people inside?”
“Only one, and that one deserves to burn alive.”
Shelving my thoughts on that answer for the moment, I inquired as to when he was hoping to go about this endeavor.
“The sooner the better. My sister—you haven’t met her—found out that they’re going to move sites in the near future, so if I want to take revenge on my old boss easily, I need to do it now. It won’t be too difficult. I know the layout of the place really well, they can’t have changed much these last three years. It’s small, hidden but unprotected. A bunch of containers in some woods a couple hours from here. The human I hate most in the entire world is there, every night, working all alone.” His shoulders twitched. “I drove by the place a couple times, and I kept thinking about doing it, but I was too scared. Having you there would make all the difference.”
“It would?” I echoed.
“Yes! Sunshine, you’re strong. Amazingly so. I don’t want you to feel like I’m using you, but the thing is, I can’t do this on my own. If you tell me to go away and never mention this again, I will. That I swear to God. Or whatever sadistic omnipotent being has put me on this world to suffer.” He briefly glanced heavenward, or rather at the ceiling, then back at me. “I can’t hurt anybody, remember?”
I nodded along slowly. “This person, your old boss… what did they do to you?”
“Simply put, she’s why I hate everything.” He spoke with an uncanny intensity, staring past me like he was miles away.
“Who is she?”
“Her name is Philomena Wallis. She’s the one who keeps sending people after me. She wants me back to do fuck knows what to me because she's still pissed I screwed her over." He paused. "She did—does
horrible things. You'd want her dead, too."
"Why isn't she in prison?"
"Nobody gets taken to prison if they're rich enough. Either way, what she does isn't technically illegal… and no one knows about it either. It's a tricky situation."
I took a deep breath. “Do you have a plan?”
“I do. We’ll go there at night, I’ll slip in and make sure the door to Phil’s workspace is locked, and then we’ll douse the whole thing in gasoline.”
“Are you sure you’ll need me for that? It doesn’t sound like you’d be inflicting hurt directly. I mean, you wouldn’t have to actually raise a hand to your boss, not physically. Or can you not do that either?”
“The risk lies rather within what could happen if she finds me.” He rubbed his arm, a look of uncertainty crossing his features. “I’m different when I’m around her. I can’t help it, she… she can just walk all over me. She made me be this way. There’s nothing to be done about it, except to get rid of her once and for all.”
“I’m not following. She made you
be this way? What do you mean?”
“Exactly what I said!” he snapped, only to shrink back and raise his hands. “Sorry! I’m so sorry!”
I stared at him in silence for a beat. “You’re terrified,” I said.
He glanced at his chucks, then back at me, looking like he wanted to say something but didn’t know what.
“Sad, too,” I added. “Sometimes, I can’t tell what you think, so I apologize if I’m reading this wrong…”
“You shouldn’t have to guess what’s going on inside my head anyways,” he muttered. “I can’t believe what I’m trying to rope you into again. It’s like I didn’t hear myself talk for a minute there.”
“I’ll help you.”
He raised a skeptical brow. “I don’t want to force you. I swear I don’t. I will
do this, and I’d feel so much better if you came with, but if this is something you’re gonna resent me for in the long run…”
“The long run?”
“I mean—” He started playing with his gum again. “Are we not doing this? You really like me, I think?”
think we shouldn’t be talking about this in the same breath as committing lethal arson.” I rubbed my nose before letting go of a long breath. “If I can’t stop you from doing this, I’ll at least make sure you come back out in one piece.” I wonder if this is how Nettie Peterson usually feels.
Frankie beamed. “You will? You’re absolutely sure?”
“Yes. Here’s the plan, I drop off what I bought for my savior human and then we can prepare; do what’s needed. I don’t want to put this off. The sooner it’s over, the better.”
“Definitely,” he agreed with an eager nod. “I’ll drive you right over.”
“Good. And Frankie… you know precisely how I feel about you.”
We got on our way the following morning. The car ride lasted several hours, most of which I spent fast asleep stretched out on the backseat. It was a wonderful nap; I hardly felt any of the vehicle’s movements, admittedly a credit to the server’s abilities as a driver. Eventually, the road was getting too bumpy to ignore, and I drowsily lifted my head to find us pulling onto heavily wooded terrain. Upon noticing I was awake, Fran gave me a fleeting, quite obviously forced smile. After a few more minutes, we came to a halt on a clearing. I got out and produced a canister of gasoline from the trunk, handing it to Fran after opening the door for him. He looked strangely absent, gazing off into the distance with a vacant look in his eyes. He grabbed the offered canister and clutched it to his chest, almost like he was hugging it.
“We’ll be going the rest of the way on foot, then?” I inquired.
He nodded wordlessly.
I couldn’t hide my frown. The air around us was warm and fragrant, the moonlight shining through between the branches that seemed to reach out for us as we began walking. There was not even a hint of a breeze, and yet, a chill ran down my spine. My companion’s demeanor was nothing short of uncomfortable; he seemed to suck the warmth out of the atmosphere around us, together with my initial confidence and the sweet scent of pine needles. His silence instilled in me a clammy sense of dread, and I couldn’t shake it no matter how hard I tried. Normally, I would have probably appreciated the perfect calm and serenity of the lush forest around us, but seeing him in such obvious, unspoken distress drove away all my idyllic thoughts.
“This seems like an odd place to hide a factory,” I remarked, trying to open a conversation once more.
“That’s the point. You wouldn’t go looking for a doll manufacturer in bum-fuck nowhere,” he replied.
“It’s strange to think about. What kind of shady stuff can a toy manufacturer even get up to? Don’t get me wrong, I trust you when you say they’re bad people, I just wish you’d give me a little more information. I feel like I’m not getting something here.”
He let out a low hum. “You… are really innocent.”
“No, I’m not,” I argued, affronted.
“Not in a bad way. I said innocent, not naive. I’ve been cagey again, I know that, but the thing is, you’ll see exactly what I was talking about when we get there. You’ll understand everything, and to be honest, I’m very afraid of what you’ll think once you do.”
We finally reached the building Fran had told me about. If it could indeed be called a building. It looked more like something that had been thrown together by a larva using Lego bricks. It was, as predicted, a bunch of containers lined up and stacked atop one another, small corridors and open metal staircases connecting them. It seemed to be almost entirely empty—all the lights were out, except for a single one. From behind a window on the upper floor, filtered through gray blinds, a cool, bright glow shone down upon us. It bathed Frankie in its surreal luminescence that seemed completely out of place given our raw, natural surroundings.
“You were right,” I stated, tearing him from his rigor. “Seems like there’s only one person in there.”
“That’s Phil,” he mumbled. “I’m certain.”
“Then let’s do this.”
Frankie detached himself from the canister, peeling it off his body like a piece of clothing. I took it from his hands while he walked over to the nearest door, reaching into his pocket to produce a set of shiny, slim tools. Despite the darkness, he set his fingers to work on the lock. It didn’t take long at all for him to let out a satisfied sound, straightening up as he held the now open door for me. “I’m very skilled at lockpicking,” he said lightly, by way of conversation.
I couldn’t hide the admiration in my gaze, and I gave him a proud smile that briefly caused his features to soften. I had not yet crossed the threshold when he grabbed me by the wrist, holding me back. “One more thing,” he whispered, his voice suddenly ringing desperate again, “you won’t like what we might see in there.”
“I know,” I answered. “It was implied.”
Stepping forth into the dark room, the smell of plastic and coffee instantly hit my nose. Fran fumbled for a lightswitch before thinking better of it and turning on the flashlight he’d brought. We were clearly in a breakroom; there was a table in the middle surrounded by chairs, an espresso machine in the corner and several calendars and posters taped to the walls. Unsuspecting. Frankie didn’t comment, immediately moving across the cube and towards the door on the other side. It led out into a small corridor, improvised using more corrugated iron elements, and into another larger container. There was a desk with a computer in one corner and an empty operating table in the center.
A large shelving unit occupied the entire left side of the room. A closer inspection revealed that it held all sorts of small parts, though what they were parts of
was beyond me. Opening the plastic drawers at random, I glimpsed all sorts of metallic and silicone pieces, forming strange little… thingies
“What is all this?” I asked Frankie.
He had been standing by the operating table, staring at it with unblinking eyes. His expression was once more perfectly vacant. Not even his jaw was moving around his bubble gum. He didn’t look up, and for a minute, I wondered if he’d heard me at all. “Doll parts,” he suddenly answered, his voice lacking any inflection.
I frowned, picking up one of the tiny metallic objects and inspecting it closely. I could see what he meant now—it appeared to be a very small joint, perhaps for a finger. “When you said FunFlair made dolls, I thought you meant these stiff little baby dolls. I didn’t know they made them this detailed.”
“Oh, they can be detailed alright.”
“Is this, like, a robotics thing? Can they move on their own, too?”
Frankie let out a sharp, mirthless laugh that was much too short. He fell completely silent again, and it felt as though the room had gotten colder. I bit my lip, placing the finger joint back in its box. I tentatively reached out to Fran and rested a hand on his upper arm, only for him to flinch, drawing away as if burned. “D-don’t touch me right now,” he pleaded.
“I’m sorry,” I breathed.
“No, I am. Don’t mind me, okay? Let’s—let’s just go on.”
So we did. Another makeshift corridor led us over into the next container. The beam of our flashlight cut through the darkness, revealing a sight that made me stop in my tracks. There were several bodies propped up in the corners of the room, bodies that I only realized on second glance were artificial. They were of roughly the same size as the average person, with fully formed arms, legs and everything. Their faces however were different. Most of them weren’t even fully complete, the skin-like material not fully covering their heads and leaving the mechanical structures underneath uncovered. Their eyeballs—sitting in hard plastic sockets and unframed by lids—stared out at us blankly, utterly void and expressionless.
Cold dread began to seep into my bones, paralyzing me for a second before I managed to break from my stillness. Taking a step towards one of the lifeless figures, I bent down to get a closer look. Keeping my distance, I reached out a single finger to trace along one of the countless delicate wires peeking out from the soft patches of facial material. It was cool to the touch, making my skin crawl. I pulled back, turning to Frankie in bewilderment. “Wh-what is all this?” I asked hesitantly.
“That’s them. That’s the dolls.”
“Well, yes, I can see that but this… this is really, really unnerving.”
He let out a strangled, mournful sound. “I guess it is,” he said eventually, his voice low and flat. He knelt down beside me, a little closer to the doll, and started fumbling around with the back of its neck, clearly looking for something. Finally, I heard a little click, followed by a whirring noise as the doll jerked up its arm. I squeaked, scrambling back on my hands and rear, only to find my back suddenly pressed up against the chest of another mannequin. I hadn’t done a thing, but it instantly sprang to life; robotic fingers clamping down around both sides of my nape. The painfully fierce touch wiped away every last bit of my composure, and I let out a shriek that seemed to tear apart the relative silence. Frankie spun around to fix me with the beam of his flashlight, causing me to squeeze my eyes shut. My heart was hammering against my ribcage, seemingly exploding when the hands started pulling me closer against the lifeless, yet animate body.
The next thing I knew was that Fran had leapt forward and removed me from the doll’s clutches with one swift, powerful yank. My chest was heaving and I couldn’t suppress a low whimper when I pressed myself to his side, frantically glancing about my surroundings. My fangs were bared, but my racing pulse was admittedly overtaxing me. I couldn’t seem to form any coherent thoughts. My flight-instinct was kicking in, further setting off my panicked response when I realized I might end up involuntarily jumping dimensions again.
Suddenly, I felt Frankie’s hand on my cheek, the gentle pressure tilting my head up to make me meet his gaze. “It’s alright,” he said, his voice equal parts firm and understanding. The fog in my head lifted just a little.
“They’re not going to hurt you,” he went on, his thumb stroking the curve of my outer ear. However he managed to convey such certainty when he himself had been so uneasy mere moments ago was beyond me, and yet, I found myself believing him. My breathing slowed and I hazarded a second glance at the doll I had bumped into.
It had stopped moving, its body having locked into an unnatural, almost feral-looking position. It was cowering on all fours, its torso lowered and its head up. Its neck was bent at such an extreme angle that it was approaching the comical.
“What the fuck was that?” I whispered, the curse word escaping me before I could stop myself.
“Some of them have to be activated manually, others can be turned on just by touch. I remember that,” Frankie replied. “There’s no need to be afraid of them, though. Even if it’s hard to believe considering… well.” He gestured at the oddly crouching doll at our feet.
“Something’s very wrong here,” I muttered, unable to tear my eyes off the lifeless, incomplete face. “I didn’t even know they made toys like that.”
“They’re not for children,” Frankie said, his eyes glazing over once more.
“Are they, like, robots? Do they know what they’re doing?”
“Not if they’re lucky, they don’t.” He paused. “They’re not made to think. Any awareness they might have would be unplanned for.”
“And you really used to work here? Did you help build them?”
“We can talk about that once we’re out of here.”
I swallowed. “Look, I’m freaking out. This can’t be a normal production site.”
“It’s not. I wish you didn’t have to see this. It… it only gets worse. And your instincts aren’t failing you, none of this is right. If you want to back out, I don’t blame you. This place shouldn’t exist.”
I took a deep breath. I wished I had insisted on knowing the full truth before coming here, but it couldn’t be helped now. Instead of prying further, I pointed at the canister of gasoline. “Then let’s remedy that.”
Despite himself, Frankie smiled.
Instead of mirroring the expression, I felt my own features suddenly derail. “Oh crap.”
“What is it?”
“Do you think she heard me scream?” X 1 2: deadbeat roommate 3: creepy crush 4: relocation 5: beach concert 6: First date 7: Temp work 8: roommate talk 9: a dismal worldview 10: warehouse 11: staircase 12: explanation 13: hurt 14: hospital 15: ocean 16: diner 17: government work 18: something in the caves 19: shopping cart 20: olms and Jewels 21: long hair 22: recruitment 23: waitresses
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2023.06.06 14:39 itsSmooth1 National Merit, Housing, etc
- I'm a national merit finalist (OOS, I'm from Arizona), and I enrolled in USF and the Honors College on May 1, but due to some familial circumstances (they didn't want me to leave out of state for college, got into big argument, got kicked out for a couple of days), I didn't put USF as my first choice college on the national merit portal at that time. However, I looked at the deadline on the national merit instructions handbook thing, and it says you have until May 31 to declare a first-choice institution. I also called the USF office of financial aid on like May 5th and they told me the same thing, that I had until May 31. However, I forgot that Winsome Nisbette sent an email like in March saying that you had to put them on the national merit portal by May 1st. Currently in my OASIS awards, I see a USF Tradition of Excellence (NM) (2500 dollars) and a USF Green and Gold Presidential scholarship (5500 dollars), but I don't see a full cost of attendance national merit scholarship there yet. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same thing in their OASIS I'm so panicked I missed the deadline or something and am gonna be stuck paying like 30k a year loll. They're supposed to announce it on June 7, per the national merit website, so I'm praying. (I've tried to email Winsome Nisbette multiple times and I haven't ever gotten a response, I called fin aid office and she couldn't tell me whether I was gonna get the full COA scholarship or not)
- My other thing is, I got assigned a double suite in Juniper-Poplar, and my dad doesn't want me living in a dorm, he wants me living by myself in an apartment (idk smth about college kids being bad influences). I got assigned off the standby list, and I wonder if I'd be able to cancel it and how much the cancellation fee would be. Also, if anyone has any good off-campus apartment recommendations that would be nice to hear. Do they usually come furnished?
- What's your guys' opinion on the Juniper-Poplar dining hall?
- I only had in person options for my orientation, does that just mean that the online spots all filled up? I'm on August 3.
- I'm in pain because there is the 10,000 dollar Genshaft Greenbaum Travel scholarship, where the application was apparently on the Honors College application, but because I was national merit, I get into the Honors College automatically so I never applied, so I missed out on the application and you can't apply unless you're an incoming freshman. Does anyone have any info on the Honors Travel Scholarship?
- I want to maybe do study abroad in Japan (Kansai Gaidai trip in spring 2024), but I was wondering how much it would cost because they don't have any numbers posted.
I know I wrote a lot thx for taking the time to read it 😭
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2023.06.06 14:35 Choice_Client_5400 Uncovering Potential Under $1 ( $EPAZ, $CLNV, $ENZC, $AMBL)
CapitalGainsReport: Uncovering Potential Under $1 (EPAZ, CLNV, ENZC, AMBL)
In the dynamic realm of stock trading, a captivating segment can often catch the eye of countless investors: stocks trading under $1 on the OTC exchange. These intriguing securities, commonly known as penny stocks, attract those who enjoy ventures that are risky but rewarding.
Are you ready to set out on a journey that explores the thrilling world of these intriguing stocks? Let's set the stage with Epazz, Inc., an up and coming drone company that could hold immense promise
EPAZZ, INC. (OTC: EPAZ)
EPAZ is a provider of mission-critical business solutions, revolutionizing the way businesses operate with a diverse portfolio encompassing drone technology, blockchain mobile apps, and cloud-based business software.
In 2023, Epazz showcased its innovative technology through its subsidiary, ZenaDrone Inc. Specializing in intelligent unmanned aerial vehicle technology, ZenaDrone has seamlessly integrated machine learning software and AI to enhance its capabilities. While initially targeting the hemp farming sector, the ZenaDrone has expanded its reach, offering versatile solutions for industrial surveillance, inspection, and monitoring.
At the forefront of Epazz's technology stands the ZendaDrone 1000, an intelligent drone that has garnered significant attention in various demonstrations this year, notably from the US Military. The ZendaDrone 1000 has been recognized for its potential as a valuable tool in hazardous environments for package transport, as well as its capability in transporting critical medical supplies. Its advanced technology and adaptability make it an indispensable asset across various sectors.
In a recent move, Epazz announced the creation of Galaxy Batteries Inc., a subsidiary solely dedicated to housing the company's intellectual property in battery technology. Epazz has been actively engaged in the development of specialized batteries to power high-performance devices and aircraft, including the ZenaDrone 1000.
Dr. Shaun Passley, CEO of Epazz, said, "The journey of our drone project has paved the way for unforeseen opportunities that we couldn't have anticipated back in 2019. We are now actively evaluating how to monetize our diverse range of developed technologies and maximize the value they bring to our company."
With ongoing patent filings for their innovative battery technology, EPAZ envisions Galaxy Batteries emerging as an independent entity in the near future. To streamline and consolidate their battery technology initiatives, the company launched galaxybatteries.com, a dedicated website catering to the subsidiary's offerings.
Epazz's strategic venture into battery technology aligns with the surging demand for high-powered batteries for various devices. EPAZ is positioning itself favorably to capitalize on the expanding market. Investors should keep an eye on Epazz's battery technology subsidiary, which could hold potential and is could make an impact across multiple industries for EPAZ
Epazz's focus on advancing drone technology, combined with its explorations of cutting-edge battery innovations, shows its dedication to remaining at the forefront of technological advancements. With a unique approach in an ever-evolving landscape, EPAZ emerges as a compelling company that deserves close attention.
CLEAN VISION CORPORATION (OTC: CLNV)
CLNV is a company operating in the sustainable clean technology and green energy sectors. The company's focus is on acquiring and operating a portfolio of synergistic companies in these sectors.
In a company update from June 5, Clean Vision announced a significant development for its subsidiary, Clean-Seas West Virginia. Clean-Seas, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clean Vision, is actively working towards providing efficient and cost-effective technology solutions to address the global plastic crisis.
The subsidiary focuses on plastic diversion and conversion, including securing plastic feedstock and off-take agreements. By deploying pyrolysis technology and forming strategic alliances, Clean-Seas aims to create economic opportunities and social benefits worldwide.
According to the company update, Clean-Seas West Virginia has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the West Virginia Department of Economic Development (WVDED). The MoA aims to leverage state incentives amounting to over $12 million to establish a manufacturing facility in West Virginia.
The facility will be dedicated to the conversion of plastic feedstock into precursors for recycled content plastics and clean fuels, including hydrogen. This initiative aligns with Clean Vision's commitment to delivering innovative solutions for a sustainable environment and supporting clean economic growth.
The project has received strong support from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and WVDED Secretary Mitch Carmichael, who recognize the potential for job creation and industry development. The MoA includes $1.75 million in forgivable loans, with additional support provided through tax and employment incentives.
Once operational, the facility is expected to process 100 tons of plastic per day, starting in 2024, and gradually scale up to 500 tons per day. This project not only contributes to the clean energy sector but also addresses the global plastic crisis by removing harmful plastic from the environment.
Clean Vision's expansion into West Virginia and its commitment to clean energy demonstrate its dedication to sustainable practices and contributing to a cleaner, greener future.
ENZOLYTICS, INC. (OTC: ENZC)
ENZC is a drug development company focused on commercializing its proprietary proteins and monoclonal antibodies to treat infectious diseases. The company's primary compound, ITV-1 (Immune Therapeutic Vaccine-1), has shown promising results in treating HIV/AIDS and modulating the immune system.
In recent updates, Enzolytics provided details regarding the sale of its subsidiaries, Virogentics, Inc., and Biogenysis, Inc., to Sagaliam Acquisition Corp. The negotiations and regulatory filings are currently underway, with both parties working towards completing the transaction efficiently.
Furthermore, the Bulgarian Academy of Science for Korporativ Klinik Drug Research and Development conducted a comprehensive study that highlighted the efficacy and molecular composition of ITV-1. The preparation for phase 3 clinical trials, following the European Medicine Agency (EMA) guidelines, is in progress.
Furthermore, the final protocol for administering ITV-1 under the supervision of Neuro Pharma Ltd. in Rwanda is expected to be completed soon. The impact of the treatment on the HIV/AIDS virus will be reported after the 17-week cycle, with plans to begin the trial in late July or early August 2023.
Enzolytics continues to make significant strides in its projects and looks forward to ongoing success.
AMERICAN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY (OTC: AMBL)
AMBL is a company focused on providing low-cost, environmentally friendly, and domestically sourced battery metals. With its three divisions focused on lithium-ion battery recycling, primary battery metal extraction technologies, and primary resource development, AMBL aims to meet the growing demand for battery metals. The company's ESG-principled platform emphasizes ethical and sustainable sourcing of critical materials, contributing to a closed-loop circular economy for battery metals.
Last month, AMBL announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter 2023, highlighting its continued and accelerated progress in bringing new, domestically manufactured battery metal products to market.
During this quarter, AMBL expanded its recycling business by securing a move-in-ready facility for lithium-ion battery recycling operations, with commissioning planned for summer 2023. AMBL also published a resource report for its Tonopah Flats Lithium Project, which is identified as one of the largest known lithium resources in the United States.
In addition, AMBL chose engineering firm Black & Veatch to build a commercial-scale lithium hydroxide refinery with the help of a US Department of Energy grant.
Key financial highlights include $12.6 million in cash as of March 31, 2023, and total operating costs that are 47% lower year over year.
In addition, AMBL is in final contract negotiations with the U.S. DOE for two recently awarded competitive grants to further develop its advanced recycling processes and the commercial refinery for lithium hydroxide production from claystone resources.
AMBL aims to continuously improve battery recycling and manufacturing processes to align with new technologies, conserve resources, reduce environmental impacts, and maintain economic viability. The company's participation in the DOE-funded initiative aims to enhance economic competitiveness and reintegrate more constituent components into the domestic battery manufacturing market.
For interested investors, AMBL's CEO, Ryan Melsert, will be sharing industry insights and perspectives on building a sustainable, domestic supply chain for lithium-ion battery materials at the TD Cowen Sustainability Week.
The virtual conference will feature a fireside chat with Melsert, hosted by David Deckelbaum, TD Cowen's equity research analyst and managing director of sustainability and energy transition. The fireside chat is scheduled for June 6, 2023, from 2:20-2:50 PM EST. The event will be live-streamed on AMBL's website and will be available for viewing for up to a year.
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2023.06.06 14:35 BadBlastoise7 Hiring Process Expedited during Signing Bonuses?
I am in the process currently, taking my cbt later this week. I'm hoping some of you may have some experience with this, and this ca also answer the same question for others.
The airport I am applying to (Boston) currently has a 5k sign on bonus, and in my research I saw that applies to all new hires who begin by Spetember this year. The application I applied to closes early July, so that would leave only a few months to get applicants through the process to receive this bonus which is stated on the application. Considering there is a bonus, I would imagine that means they are hurting for people. My question is if all goes well with my exam and screenings and such, would the process be moved along faster given these circumstances? Has anyone else faced a similar situation? I've read on here people have waited over a year from start to finish while others have gotten through rather quickly.
Thanks for your help!
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2023.06.06 14:33 Accomplished_Lab1383 Choosing the Right Construction Company in Chennai: Key Factors to Consider
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When it comes to undertaking a construction project in Chennai, choosing the right construction company is of paramount importance. The success of your project hinges on selecting a reliable, experienced, and capable company that can bring your vision to life. With numerous construction companies vying for your attention, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice. In this article, we will discuss the key factors you should consider when selecting a construction company in Chennai, with a particular focus on Bluemoon Construction, a renowned player in the industry. Reputation and Experience
One of the primary factors to consider is the reputation and experience of the construction company. Reputation is built over time through consistently delivering high-quality projects and satisfying clients. Bluemoon Construction has established a strong reputation in Chennai through its track record of successful projects and satisfied customers. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Bluemoon Construction has honed its expertise and gained insights into various construction techniques and practices. Portfolio and Expertise
Evaluating the company's portfolio and expertise is crucial in assessing their capabilities. Bluemoon Construction boasts an impressive portfolio of completed projects, ranging from residential complexes to commercial buildings and infrastructure developments. Their expertise extends across various construction types, including traditional, contemporary, and sustainable designs. By reviewing their portfolio, you can gauge the company's versatility and ability to handle projects of different scales and complexities. Licensing and Insurance
Before finalizing a construction company, it is essential to ensure that they possess the necessary licenses and insurance coverage. Bluemoon Construction is a licensed contractor in Chennai, complying with all the legal requirements. They also maintain comprehensive insurance coverage to protect their clients, employees, and the project itself. This aspect provides peace of mind, knowing that you are working with a legitimate and responsible company. Chennai Construction Company Client References and Testimonials
Gathering feedback from previous clients is an effective way to gauge a construction company's performance and client satisfaction. Bluemoon Construction willingly provides client references and testimonials, allowing you to get firsthand insights into their work. Speaking directly to their past clients or reading testimonials will provide you with valuable information about their professionalism, project management, adherence to timelines, and overall customer experience. Quality of Workmanship
The quality of workmanship is a crucial aspect when selecting a construction company. Bluemoon Construction takes pride in delivering top-notch quality in every project they undertake. From the selection of materials to the execution of construction techniques, they ensure meticulous attention to detail. The final outcome is a testament to their commitment to excellence, ensuring that your project is built to withstand the test of time. Project Management and Timelines
Efficient project management and adherence to timelines are essential for the smooth execution of a construction project. Bluemoon Construction employs experienced project managers who oversee every aspect of the project, ensuring effective coordination among various stakeholders. They utilize advanced project management tools and techniques to optimize efficiency and minimize delays. By choosing Bluemoon Construction, you can have confidence that your project will be completed within the agreed-upon timeframe. Safety Standards
Construction sites are inherently risky environments, making safety a paramount concern. Bluemoon Construction prioritizes safety and strictly adheres to industry-standard safety protocols and practices. They provide a safe working environment for their employees and take necessary precautions to mitigate potential hazards. By choosing a construction company with a strong focus on safety, you are safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in the project. Sustainable Practices
In an era of growing environmental awareness, incorporating sustainable practices in construction has become imperative. Bluemoon Construction recognizes the importance of sustainability and implements eco-friendly construction techniques wherever feasible. They employ energy-efficient systems, use environmentally friendly materials, and promote practices that minimize the project's carbon footprint. By selecting Bluemoon Construction, you contribute to a greener future. Cost and Budget
Budget considerations play a significant role in any construction project. Bluemoon Construction offers transparent and competitive pricing, providing detailed cost estimates upfront. They work closely with clients to understand their budgetary constraints and offer suitable solutions without compromising on quality. By collaborating with Bluemoon Construction, you can achieve the desired outcomes within your financial framework. Communication and Collaboration
Effective communication and collaboration are vital for a successful construction project
. Bluemoon Construction emphasizes open and transparent communication throughout the entire project lifecycle. They keep clients informed about progress, address any concerns promptly, and encourage active collaboration to ensure that the project aligns with your vision. Their approachable and friendly team fosters a positive working relationship, making the construction journey a seamless experience. Warranty and After-Sales Service
A reputable construction company stands behind its work and offers warranty provisions and after-sales service. Bluemoon Construction provides warranties on their projects, giving you assurance that they are committed to resolving any issues that may arise post-construction. Their prompt after-sales service ensures that you receive the necessary support even after project completion, further enhancing their customer-centric approach. Awards and Recognitions
Awards and recognitions received by a construction company serve as a testament to their expertise and exceptional performance. Bluemoon Construction has been honored with several prestigious awards for their outstanding projects and contributions to the construction industry. These accolades demonstrate their commitment to excellence and validate their position as a trusted construction company in Chennai. Client Support and Flexibility
Having reliable client support and flexibility in accommodating changes can make a significant difference during a construction project. Bluemoon Construction values client satisfaction and offers excellent support throughout the project duration. They understand that changes or unforeseen circumstances may arise, and they are flexible in adapting to new requirements without compromising the project's integrity. Their client-centric approach ensures that your needs are met with utmost priority. Conclusion
Choosing the right construction company in Chennai
is a critical decision that can determine the success of your project. By considering the factors discussed in this article, such as reputation, experience, expertise, licensing, client references, quality of workmanship, project management, safety standards, sustainability, cost, communication, warranty, awards, and client support, you can make an informed choice.
Bluemoon Construction, with its proven track record and commitment to excellence, emerges as a highly recommended option for your construction needs in Chennai. Frequently Asked Questions
1.Can I visit some of Bluemoon Construction's completed projects before making a decision?
Absolutely! Bluemoon Construction welcomes you to visit their completed projects to witness their workmanship firsthand. Simply reach out to their team, and they will arrange a site visit for you. 2.How long has Bluemoon Construction been in the construction industry?
Bluemoon Construction has been operating in the construction industry for over 20 years, gaining extensive experience and expertise in various types of projects.
3.What safety measures does Bluemoon Construction have in place on their construction sites?
Bluemoon Construction prioritizes safety and strictly adheres to industry-standard safety protocols. They have comprehensive safety measures in place to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in the construction process.
4.Does Bluemoon Construction offer customizable construction solutions?
Yes, Bluemoon Construction believes in tailoring their services to meet clients' specific requirements. They work closely with clients to understand their needs and offer customized solutions accordingly.
5.What warranty coverage does Bluemoon Construction provide for their projects?
Bluemoon Construction offers warranty coverage for their projects, ensuring that any issues or defects discovered after completion are addressed promptly and efficiently.
2023.06.06 14:33 Dismal-Jellyfish Would you like to know the net aggregate amount of any Payment For Order Flow received, profit-sharing relationship, transaction fees paid, & transaction rebates received for OTC securities? FINRA delayed implementing a proposed rule from 12/6/2022 for this data until at least 8/3/23. How to comment
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- The proposed rule change was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on December 6, 2022.7 June 4, 2023 is 180 days from that date, and August 3, 2023 is 240 days from that date.
- FINRA finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and its comments.
- Accordingly, FINRA pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, designates August 3, 2023 as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove the proposed rule change (File No. SR-FINRA-2022-031).
What are they delaying?
- Rule 606(a) of Regulation NMS3 (“SEC Rule 606(a)”) requires broker-dealers to publicly disclose specified information about their order routing practices for NMS Securities, including for non-directed orders in NMS stocks that are submitted on a “held” basis.
- The SEC has stated that, as a result of these disclosures, “customers—and retail investors in particular—that submit orders to their broker-dealers should be better able to assess the quality of order handling services provided by their broker-dealers and whether their broker-dealers are effectively managing potential conflicts of interest.”
- "FINRA believes these same goals would be furthered by providing investors with similar order handling information for unlisted stocks, which are not covered by the existing SEC Rule 606(a) disclosure requirements."
- "Accordingly, FINRA is proposing to adopt new Rule 6470 to require members to publish quarterly order routing disclosures primarily for non-directed held orders in OTC Equity Securities, generally aligned with the SEC Rule 606(a) disclosures for NMS stocks but with modifications to account for differences between the market for NMS Securities and over-the-counter (“OTC”) markets."
- "In addition, to make both the existing SEC Rule 606(a) disclosures and the new OTC Equity Security disclosures more accessible to investors, FINRA is proposing new Rule 6151 and paragraph (d) of new Rule 6470 to require members to send both disclosures to FINRA for centralized publication on the FINRA website".
Disclosure of Order Routing Information for OTC Equity Securities:
- Proposed new Rule 6470, entitled “Disclosure of Order Routing Information for OTC Equity Securities,” would require the publication of order routing disclosures for OTC Equity Securities.
- Specifically, as is already required for broker-dealers with respect to held orders in NMS stocks under SEC Rule 606(a)(1), proposed Rule 6470(a) would require, among other things, every member to make publicly available for each calendar quarter a report on its routing of non-directed orders in OTC Equity Securities that are submitted on a held basis during that quarter, broken down by calendar month, and keep such report posted on an internet website that is free and readily accessible to the public for a period of three years from the initial date of posting on the internet website.
- Also in line with the required publication timeframe for NMS stock disclosures under SEC Rule 606(a)(2), proposed Rule 6470(c) would require that a member make the new OTC Equity Security report publicly available within one month after the end of the quarter addressed in the report.
- Under Rule 606(a)(1), the SEC Rule 606(a) reports for NMS Securities are required to be broken out into separate sections for NMS stocks in the S&P 500 Index as of the first day of the quarter, other NMS stocks, and NMS Securities that are options.
- Since these categories are not relevant to the OTC market, FINRA is proposing to instead require that the new quarterly reports for OTC Equity Securities under Rule 6470(a) be separated into three sections to better reflect the OTC market. Specifically, the new reports would be required to be separated into three sections for:
- (i) domestic OTC Equity Securities;
- (ii) American Depository Receipts (“ADRs”) and foreign ordinaries that are OTC Equity Securities; and
- (iii) Canadian-listed securities trading in the United States as OTC Equity Securities.
- To provide for consistency across member reports, FINRA will publish a list of the OTC Equity Security symbols that fall under each category, and members would be required to publish reports in a manner consistent with such list.
- Under Rule 606(a)(1), the SEC Rule 606(a) reports for NMS Securities must be made available using the most recent versions of the XML schema and associated PDF renderer as published on the SEC’s website. Similarly, Rule 6470(a) would specify that the new OTC Equity Security reports must be made available using the most recent versions of the XML schema and associated PDF renderer as published on the FINRA website.
With respect to the content of the new reports, Rule 6470(a) would require that each section of the new OTC Equity Security reports include the information specified in paragraphs (a)(1) through (4) of proposed Rule 6470, specifically:
- The percentage of total orders14 for the section that were not held orders and held orders, and the percentage of held orders for the section that were non-directed orders
- The identity of the ten venues to which the largest number of total non-directed held orders for the section were routed for execution and of any venue to which five percent or more of non-directed held orders for the section were routed for execution, and the percentage of total non-directed held orders for the section routed to the venue
- For each identified venue, the net aggregate amount of any payment for order flow received, payment from any profit-sharing relationship received, transaction fees paid, and transaction rebates received, both as a total dollar amount and per order, for all nondirected held orders for the section.
- A discussion of the material aspects of the member’s relationship with each identified venue, including, without limitation, a description of any arrangement for payment for order flow and any profit-sharing relationship and a description of any terms of such arrangements, written or oral, that may influence a member’s order routing decision including, among other things: incentives for equaling or exceeding an agreed upon order flow volume threshold, such as additional payments or a higher rate of payment; disincentives for failing to meet an agreed upon minimum order flow threshold, such as lower payments or the requirement to pay a fee; volume-based tiered payment schedules; and agreements regarding the minimum amount of order flow that the member would send to a venue.
- "FINRA believes that requiring members to provide information about the relative amount of a member’s held and not held orders in the new reports proposed to be published under Rule 6470(a)(1) would provide investors, regulators, academics, and others seeking to review the reports with additional information regarding the business of brokers active in the OTC market."
- "Studies analyzing the market for NMS stocks indicate that broker-dealers may route orders to maximize order flow payments by sending market orders to venues making payments and sending limit orders to venues paying large liquidity rebates. Such routing may not always be in customers’ best interests."
- "Make-take fees may lead to agency conflicts and rebate volume pricing tiers may worsen such conflicts further."
- Theoretical models of the conflict between investors and their broker-dealers, who may be incentivized to route orders based on the take fees charged or rebates paid by exchanges, find that the conflict of interest reduces investor utility
- Using Rule 606 data, one study examined broker-dealer routing of non-marketable limit orders in NMS stocks to exchanges offering the largest rebate. This analysis combined with proprietary limit order data found that low-fee (i.e., low-rebate) exchanges fill or fill more rapidly when high-fee (i.e., high-rebate) exchanges do not fill, and non-marketable limit orders earn higher average realized spreads on low-fee than high-fee exchanges.
- "In addition, in the absence of order routing and payment for order flow information, customers may not possess information necessary to assist them in forming a preference concerning their brokers’ routing choicesparticularly where customer commission charges have been reduced or eliminated."
- "Furthermore, if customers have information on how brokers route orders and are able to negotiate commissions to more closely represent the broker dealer’s average execution cost for a particular customer’s order flow, then customers may be better able to submit the mix of liquidity-supplying and demanding orders to minimize commissions and improve order execution."
Economic Impacts/Anticipated Benefits (AGAIN, this is what they are CHOOSING to DELAY): https://preview.redd.it/qa4pxqtb0e4b1.png?width=838&format=png&auto=webp&s=00d46452848f7ab383db755d303d4fd5939a5ee1 https://preview.redd.it/sd0xjvpc0e4b1.png?width=874&format=png&auto=webp&s=225163cdecc73cb8a6be2af68042c68e53a3b879 https://preview.redd.it/wx1iyajd0e4b1.png?width=846&format=png&auto=webp&s=a4dcd04edcd242357157bf8456cb9c3ad05b4ae6
- The proposed rule change aims to provide customers with increased transparency about financial incentives that could impact their brokers' order routing decisions.
- These include any payment for order flow received, profit-sharing payments, transaction fees, and rebates.
- Currently, without order routing reports, customers may not fully understand the indirect costs that can affect their trading quality, especially for retail investors using zero-commission broker-dealers.
- The proposed rule change allows customers to consider these less observable costs better and assess potential conflicts of interest.
- The standardized reports would be accessible on both the member's website and FINRA's website, enabling customers to compare order routing practices across firms and observe changes in a firm's behavior over time.
- This would help customers understand if the received payment for order flow and net transaction fees paid might be influencing some firms' routing decisions more than others.
- However, FINRA acknowledges that direct benefits might be limited by a customer's ability to interpret the information in the reports... (do they not get we will teach each other if we have to?)
- The reports would allow us to compare order routing to competing firms and consequently HAVE DATA for calling out how firms can improve their order execution quality.
- Furthermore, academic or industry researchers can analyze the data in the proposed public reports, making their findings public and describing differences in broker-dealer routing practices.
- The centralization of the new OTC Equity Security reports and the existing Rule 606(a) reports on FINRA’s website should also reduce FINRA's costs and ease their access to the reported data for regulatory purposes.
How can you comment to get them to consider action on 8/3/2023:
File a regulatory Tip: https://www.finra.org/contact-finra/file-tip https://www.finra.org/contact-finra/file-tip
FINRA encourages individuals with information about potentially fraudulent, illegal or unethical activity to submit a regulatory tip. If you are aware of unfair practices or specific instances of abusive conduct, FINRA wants to know about it immediately. Often, violations of our rules and the federal securities regulations come to light through the receipt and investigation of regulatory tips from members of the industry and other industry professionals.
FINRA may find it useful to contact you for the purposes of verifying the information provided and soliciting additional information. While anonymous regulatory tips will be accepted and reviewed, their value may be diminished if FINRA is unable to conduct this additional inquiry.
It is requested that you provide a brief summary of the significant types of abusive conduct and/or rule violations that:
You believe to have taken place;
You believe may now be occurring, and/or
You believe may be about to occur.
All regulatory tip information received will be treated in confidence to the fullest extent possible. FINRA, however, cannot guarantee that during the course of a related investigation or possible prosecution of the matter that the identity or documents of the source of a regulatory tip will not become known.
A possible comment template you could use for the basis of a comment:
Dear FINRA, https://preview.redd.it/c2eqofnu5e4b1.png?width=997&format=png&auto=webp&s=e12e7bca2c122b0209510ab5b3e9dd70d7358e31 Firm and individual details can be selected as 'Unknown' Then hit submit!
I am a retail investor writing to express my concern regarding the delay in implementing the proposed changes to the FINRA rule SR-FINRA-2022-031 that aim to increase transparency in the financial industry. These changes promise several anticipated benefits that will enhance investors' ability to make informed decisions and potentially prevent instances of financial misconduct.
I believe that there may have been past and ongoing instances of conflicts of interest affecting order routing decisions that could be mitigated by the proposed rule change. The lack of transparency about brokers' financial incentives and their potential impacts on routing decisions makes it difficult for customers to discern these issues.
In addition, the lack of standardized reporting and easily accessible data on members' websites inhibits investors' ability to compare firms' order routing practices effectively. This lack of comparison and oversight could potentially enable unethical practices to continue unchecked.
I also foresee the possibility of further conflicts of interest or suboptimal execution quality, especially given the increasing prevalence of zero-commission broker-dealers. These firms might be influenced by hidden costs such as payment for order flow or net transaction fees, potentially affecting their order routing decisions and execution quality.
The delayed implementation of this rule change may allow such unethical practices to persist or even proliferate. Therefore, I urge you to expedite the process to implement these changes, providing the transparency necessary to empower investors and ensure fair practices in the industry as soon as possible!
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
- FINRA can kicks implementing disclosure rules for OTC
- because PFOF data is involved?
- Will consider again on August 3rd...
- Please consider commenting so that they KNOW retail wants this approved and implemented!
2023.06.06 14:27 abruptlyMinstrel What are the cons of using a stock research service?
Right from the start: I'm only learning stock investing and trading (college freshman). I write this post because I saw many people in trading communities claiming that you can't consider yourself stock educated if you're not researching on your own every stock you add to your portfolio. They state that trading pros never rely only on someone else's expertise and check everything on their own.
I'm a dilettante, but I don't see anything wrong with research apps or websites. I did my own research when making my first steps into trading, and it's exhausting and time eating. There are so many things that you have to consider that it's hard for me to believe that pro traders have time to research a company's manager or its profits from 10 years ago while simultaneously monitoring stock prices and news. The only thing that independent research helped me with was understanding how the market works and enhancing my analytical skills. Still, there's no way I'd do this daily when there's a whole range of services that could spare me the time and effort.
I may be mistaken, but research apps seem the best solution: they save a ton of time, provide expertise from people who know the market, cover a wide range of stocks and industries, and help you diversify your portfolio with stocks you never even considered. Besides, most of the best stock research websites
have a track record of past recommendations, so you can evaluate their performance and see if their analysis has been accurate and beneficial to investors.
But as I mentioned, I'm only a beginner, and I may be wrong in my judgments, so I'd be grateful if more experienced traders could let me know about the cons of stock research services. Have you experienced any downsides of such services?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
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