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2023.06.06 15:36 YaaliAnnar NoP: Lost and Found (58)

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Memory Transcription Subject: Vichak, venlil school principal
Date [Standard Human Reckoning]: 2136-10-23
I told my vice principal that I didn't come to this predator planet for a vacation, so I need some knowledge or study results to bring home. Johan, my possible future brother-in-law, suggested that I could perhaps observe a human school. Keristian, the human coordinator for the refugee apartment, assured me that he had contacted an elementary school and came up with a schedule. For now, he told me to familiarize myself with the amenities in the apartment.
Besides their blocky design, human apartments had the same general functions as venlil ones. The staff provided us with a stepping stool to account for the larger dimension of the furniture, but other than that it has all that we needed.
Well... we could use a full-body dryer.
I found some alien features too in the apartment, such as the artificial pond, which humans use for recreation. They call this activity 'swimming', something that translates into "moving in water". Their First Contact package insisted that they came from arboreal lineage. Yet, their movements in water betrayed a hidden skill. After considering it, it made sense in a way. The water in their world is teeming with life, and they would benefit from aquatic hunting skills.
Adjacent to this 'swimming' pond, the apartment also had a gym. We have gyms back in the home world, but here on Earth, a wide range of humans frequented them, not just their armed forces personnel. They perform a variety of body movements such as lifting and putting things back down or running on a conveyor belt.
Does this dedication to simulated hardship serve as a means to channel their inherited predatory aggression? They didn't turn themselves from savage beasts into civilized people without some way to temper that excess.
We expected to meet a lot of gojids in the apartment, but it felt sparser than I had imagined. Keristian explained that the gojids here had entered into employment within the Capital. A large number had secured work on the farms. Some had brought seeds from their homeworld, which they planted back in the camp. After the human experts determined it safe enough for Earth, they transplanted the sprouts to one of the farms around the city.
I wondered if any venlil plant species had established themselves on this foreign soil. After Timür explained the concept of invasive species, I realized that I misinterpreted their cautious approach as predatory territorialism. On the other paw, the unspoiled wilderness that I witnessed on my journeys to and from the camp made me appreciate the inherent beauty of preserving such a wild landscape.
Some other gojids chose careers in logistics, serving the complex system that kept the goods in the region moving. Right now, humans directed most of their effort into alleviating the ruined cities. Some of the gojids had even volunteered to help the human, despite the presence of arxurs in the affected cities.
For our last meal of the day, we had gojid dishes made out of earth ingredients. I have to admit that I have not tried gojid cuisine before, but it grew on me just like human cuisine did.
The midday heat on Earth felt milder compared to the scorching intensity of a Deep Day in Venlil Prime's sunward section. Unlike our homeworld, where night temperatures could plummet beyond freezing, Earth's night felt comfortable.
I spent my first night on Earth sitting on the rooftop garden of the apartment. The blanket of darkness that stretched all around us sparked feelings of unease. However, the glimmering towers of the Capital provided a comforting backdrop, their lights twinkling like terrestrial stars. One of the staff members commented on how the city's light pollution obscured all but the brightest celestial bodies.
The staff member was a human after all and would do insane human things like complaining about their city not being dark enough.
Nevertheless, humans did appreciate the necessity of artificial lighting. As night fell, we could illuminate our room with the voice command, a comforting alternative to the deep night outside. I shuddered at the thought of enduring a night in such complete darkness.
Yesterday, I decided to explore the downtown capital to familiarize myself before I visited the school today. Mom insisted on tagging along and Keristian wanted Sukma, his aide, to guide us. We wanted a self-guided exploration, so as a compromise, the human equipped us with wrist-worn devices. These gadgets allowed him to track our whereabouts and also functioned as a means of payment. While the coordinator insisted we needn't worry about finances, he explained a rough price guide to prevent any possible exploitation.
Humans, in stark contrast to the lone arxurs, put heavy importance on socializing. While we waited in the station, the rhythmic cadence of Bahasa, their local language, filled the air. Thanks to Vani's provision of a language model, I could comprehend their dialogues, and snippets of human conversations drifted toward my ears.
"Do you see those domba?"
"Shhh... don't call them that. But yeah... I thought we had just one here?"
"Maybe Vani's relatives came to visit?"
However, even with the additional language model, my translator couldn't decipher all of their voices. Vani informed me that Bahasa serves as a trade language for the region and they had a plethora of other tongues that our translation device has yet to have the data for.
Once aboard the train, the humans adopted a collective silence. Being surrounded by humans aboard the train felt daunting, but this discomfort came from me standing out in this setting. I would feel the same on any other planet inhabited by a different species, carnivorous or not.
When we came to the downtown station, we plunged right away into an endless sea of humans.
Timür's unapologetic display of his face had acclimatized us to humans. We learned to perceive them not as threats but as just xenos with weird faces. It also helped that the humans in our vicinity maintained a respectful distance. However, they almost always locked their curious gaze onto us, averting their eyes when they figured out that I noticed them from my peripheral vision.
Distinguishing individual humans posed a challenge due to their similar appearance, but I soon learned to note the distinctive fabric of their clothing and the accessories they adorned.
The bustling capital of Nusantara presented us with new experiences and opportunities to learn about human culture. Mom and I took full advantage of our time there, immersing ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere provided by the city.
We first stopped at a local market, a bustling hive of activity that operated around the clock. Here, we observed humans haggling over the prices of fruits and vegetables, inspecting textiles, and purchasing a bewildering variety of cooked foods. The rich aroma of exotic spices and prepared meals filled the air.
We had a pleasant experience in the market until we stumbled onto the flesh section. Mom caused some embarrassing commotion when she vomited at the sight of the flesh.
So we decided to visit something less challenging and found ourselves going to museums and galleries. The tour guides in each institution we came to explained the history of this island while showing a collection of historical artifacts and artworks. It offered a captivating glimpse into the ancient human civilizations that once inhabited this region, and their struggles and triumphs.
We decided to have our last meal of the day in the city. With many of the buildings crammed in the city center, the place we had access to the open air lay at the top of the building. We watched the sun setting on the horizon.
As we ate through a platter of addictive fritters, Mom said that we venlil did construct similar dense settlements. Her explanation surprised me at first, as I almost forgot that Mom used to work as a civil engineer. She then explained that dense arrangements for habitats like this only made sense in colonies that lacked land or breathable air.
Humans seemed to have other motivations. They prefer gathering close to one another, creating bustling metropolises to allow for large swaths of untouched land for their wildlife.
So today, having learned to navigate the urban labyrinth of the Capital, I bid a temporary farewell to my mother at the outskirt station. Her exploration of this city would take her further out, where she would visit one of the human agricultural facilities. On the other paw, my destination lay at the heart of downtown.
Once I arrived at the downtown station, I switched on my visual overlay, allowing it to project directional instructions across my visual field. It painted a pathway to my destination through the tunnels and covered walkways. The direction landed me in one of the city's gargantuan towers.
The visual overlay translated the name of the school in venscript. Since humans write horizontally, the resulting translation turns a quarter circle. The sign above the entrance says:
"State Elementary School #1"
Number one? I suppose in a city this big, they did need more than one school. Under the sign, I spotted a human figure standing. She waved her arms and I could tell that she had waited for me. When I got closer, I made out the warm and inviting expression on her face
"Hi, I'm Andin, and you must be Principal Vichak?" Her voice sounded melodious and soft for a human. The human clasped her hands in front of her and bowed.
"Hi Principal Andin, nice to meet you," I replied to her with the same gesture. "I can't wait to see your school."
"Excellent! Follow me," she said. Her billowy one-piece dress twirled around her when she turned around.
Andin led me through the lobby and toward a balcony overseeing the heart of this educational facility, an internal atrium spanning three stories in height. The humans embedded the school inside one of their superstructure, and due to the lack of outdoor space, this architectural feature provided a simulated outside area where young humans could engage in physical activity and socialize. A synthetic material replicating grass covered the atrium's floor. Simulated sunlight streamed projected from the ceiling bathed the area in warm daylight.
An assortment of colorful play structures and exercise apparatuses dotted the periphery of the atrium. I presume they provided the students with ways to release those predator energies. Balconies jutted out from each floor, giving educators an overview of the bustling space and enabling effective supervision during playtime. The classrooms and learning spaces surrounded the atrium. As we walked past, I noticed that several of the glass panes had turned opaque.
"I read from the sign that this is an Elementary School. How old are your students?"
"Our elementary school caters to students from the first through fourth grades, so they are between six to ten years old. However, we sometimes admit older students. For instance, we have a few twelve-year-olds in the fourth grade."
Something felt a bit off from her answer. "What's next for them after this?" I probed.
"After completing their time here, students move on to four years of middle school, followed by another four years of high school. During high school, they can choose a specialization before they move on to university."
Her response left me flabbergasted. "Twelve years of education?" I said in disbelief. "It takes a full twelve years to complete education here?"
"Uh... yeah. That's pretty much the standard timeframe for education all over the planet. Just... how long does it take for you to finish your mandatory education?"
"Seven years," I responded. "By the age of thirteen, kids can start two years of vocational school and most venlils started working at fifteen."
Andin's eyes widened, "Wait, you have children working full-time at fifteen?"
"No, they're not children. They're adults." I realized that humans might have different lifespans. "What's... your age of majority here?"
"In this country, people can vote at the age of seventeen. But in our local culture adulthood starts at twenty." Andin explained.
"Alright, maybe we have a different lifespan?" Andin suggested, echoing my thought. "What's the typical lifespan of a venlil?"
"The average life expectancy hovers around ninety years, although many people live past one hundred," I explained. I wonder if perhaps humans live much longer? I didn't expect predators to live long, but humans tend to defy the norm.
"We had the same lifespan," Andin admitted.
"Wait... what?"
"Maybe we have a different education system?" She suggested again. Andin offered me her pad. "Feel free to observe any class that interests you. Here you can see the schedule for today." The contents had been translated into Ventongue. It presented a timeline of various subjects that took place throughout the day.
As my eyes skimmed over the list, one caught my attention. "Can you explain physical education?"
"In this class, we teach children how to exercise." she explained, "In fact, a PE class should begin now."
An adult human arrived on the field, followed by human children chattering and making all sorts of kid noises. They sounded just like venlil juveniles. At the command of the teacher, the students aligned themselves into a tidy grid pattern. A rhythmic melody started to play, filling the atrium with an energetic ambiance. The teacher at the front began to move in sync with the music, demonstrating a series of actions that the children mirrored.
"What are they doing?" I asked, intrigued.
"They're warming up to prepare for the activity ahead."
They performed various movements, the fluidity and synchronization of which appeared almost like a dance to my venlil eyes.
Once the 'warm up' concluded, several large, blocky objects rolled into the atrium. With a series of arm gestures from the teacher, these objects positioned themselves around the area. Some expanded to form rudimentary structures complete with roofs, transforming the atrium into some sort of tiny city.
The children gathered in a circle. Following a brief, excited chatter, they each presented a hand, some with palms facing upward, others showing the backs of their hands. According to some unspoken rule, those showing the backs of their hands stepped back, causing the circle to contract. This ritual continued and I figured out that the group with the most members excused themselves until one kid remained.
"Ah, it seems they're playing 'Hide and Seek' today," Andin commented, watching the unfolding scene with a warm smile.
"Hide and Seek? What's that?"
"One child plays as the 'cat' while the others will play as the 'mice'," she explained, her expression turning somewhat hesitant. "Ah... perhaps this wasn't the most appropriate activity for you to observe."
My translator didn't quite capture the nuances of 'cat' and 'mice', but I gathered they referred to Earth animals. The child designated as the 'cat' stood in the center of the atrium, standing near a pole with their eyes covered, while the 'mice' scattered, seeking shelter behind the fabricated structures and blocks.
The 'cat' began a loud countdown. Upon reaching zero, they removed palms hands from their eyes and commenced their search. A realization struck me as the 'cat' started prowling around.
"This... is," I murmured, taken aback by the implication of the game. "You're simulating a hunt."
From time to time, the humans can't help but remind me that despite their friendliness and civility, they had a history as predators.
"Well... yeah, when you put it like that…" she paused. "But, the children didn't see it as a hunting simulation. I mean… I doubt that none of them will become a hunter when they reach adulthood. Most of us nowadays don't hunt."
"I understand." I looked down and the cat had found a mouse, chaos ensued as the two of them rushed to the pole. The mouse touched the pole first and laughed. "You humans do need an outlet for your aggression to maintain a civil society."
"What? No…" Said Andin. "We have Physical Education to encourage a habit of fitness."
"So, you don't feel the urge to get violent, sometimes?"
"Most of us don't. Those with that kind of urge receive treatments so they don't harm themselves or other people."
I looked down at the human children below. Despite their concerning activity, they looked like they enjoyed it.
"But if this display makes you uncomfortable, we can see other classes."
I looked at the pad, where another class intrigued me.
"You have an art class? In elementary school?"
"Yeah, it encourages creativity… you don't have art classes?"
"No, those with the aptitude will go to art colleges after they graduate from school."
"Oh…" She gave me a look that I think signifies pity? "Are there other things you don't see in Venlil school?"
"The English class seems interesting. I noticed that most of your people can speak in English when needed."
"Heh, that one is contentious." She chuckled. "English is waning now, and people proposed that we teach our kids Chinese, Hindi, or Swahili for the foreign language class. I take it… you don't have a foreign language class?"
"We do, but… like art school, you learn it at the university level, usually as part of a Foreign Relation Studies. Because foreign languages are spoken by other species."
"Interesting." Again, she gave me that concerned look. "So, do you want to see the art class or the language class?"
"Art class. I think."
"Sure, let's go," Andin said, guiding me down the stairs toward the art classroom.
Upon entering the room, chaos greeted us. An eclectic array of children's artwork adorned the walls, showcasing vibrant landscapes, portraits, abstract shapes, and depictions of what I assumed were various earth creatures.
"Ah, Principal Andin," the art teacher greeted us with an inviting smile as we entered. "And we have Principal Vichak as well!"
"Meet Harta, our art teacher," Andin introduced me.
The moment we entered the room, a sea of young faces turned towards us. It felt like a forest of eyes scrutinizing us.
"Children, say hello to our visitor today, Principal Vichak."
"Good morning, Principal Vichak!" They speak in harmony. The children then refocused on their tasks, their hands returning to their brushes and colored pencils.
Some students here worked alone, while others collaborated in small groups. In one corner, I spotted a screen displaying 3D artwork, sculptures made from what looked like recycled materials, clay, and even intricate artwork made of folded paper.
"Today we have a free-form class," Harta explained. "With your visit, I asked them to make something about our two species."
Several children gathered around a large screen at one end of the room, using it to sketch out their designs before replicating them on canvas. They drew scenes of humans and venlils with a level of technical skill and creativity that amazed me, considering the young age of these kids. In one section, busy children molded a piece of clay, their tiny hands trying to create something that looked like a venlil.
"But how do you evaluate their work?" I asked, confused. "And for that matter, how do you grade students in the Physical Education class?"
"In this school system, we don't include art and physical education to determine if a student has what it takes to continue to the next grade," Andin clarified.
"We do give individual feedback to each child," Harta chimed in. "We aim to ensure their personal growth and development, not just their academic achievement."
"Indeed," Andin asserted, her voice reflecting a sense of profound conviction. "The role of the school has evolved over time. These days, we don't work just as a hub for academic instruction, but as a second home where children learn essential life skills. We work hand-in-hand with parents to nurture these young minds, helping them develop into thoughtful and responsible individuals."
This notion brought back memories of my own school back on our homeworld. People would often refer to our school as a "nursery" due to our additional class on socializing and communication. I remember Renata, the human psychologist stationed in our homeland, said that my school had the basis of a well-rounded education. Here I learned just how more "rounded" we need to be.
Throughout the day, we ventured into different classrooms, each offering a snapshot of the subjects covered in human elementary education. The STEM classes felt lackluster by my standards. However, I soon appreciated their teaching approach which encouraged students to arrive at their conclusions.
On the other hand, the social studies and citizenship curriculum appeared more intricate, which made sense, given the complex social structures of the human race, a species as varied and divided as the primitive yotuls.
Midday brought a meal break, during which I had the chance to mingle with some of the other faculty members. I learned that a significant portion of the adults currently abstained from food and drink, on account of what they called the "fasting month". Andin observed the fast as well, but she kept me company in the cafeteria despite her abstinence from eating.
"Are you sure it's alright for me to eat while you're fasting?" I asked, somewhat.
"Of course," she assured me, her face warmed by a gracious smile. "Self-restraint is a fundamental aspect of being human."
Self-restraint, a quality I found woven into the fabric of human nature. Despite the invasion hurling their world into chaos, humans displayed remarkable restraint, refraining from lashing out in anger.
Post-meal, our educational exploration resumed. The sheer number of classes devoted to non-academic skills struck me. For instance, they had a class dedicated to environmental education, where they instructed young learners on how to care for their planet. Another class, called Health and Wellness, focused on areas such as hygiene, nutrition, safety, emotional well-being, and mental health. My visit coincided with a session of "meditation", a peculiar human practice to calm themselves. When I observed the children sitting in tranquil silence with eyes closed and serene music enveloping the room, I realized that they do have a method of quelling aggression, by nurturing a peaceful disposition.
The complexities of human pedagogical methods began to dawn upon me. The length of their educational journey lasted longer than ours because of this multifaceted curriculum. They didn't focus just on the injection of academic knowledge, but they also introduced human development in theirs. Even their academic lessons went beyond feeding students with facts and figures. Instead, they encouraged a more gradual learning pace that fostered independent thinking.
Such an extensive approach to education daunted me. Could we even implement such a model in our venlil school? Considerable obstacles lay on our path, given the expectations of parents and our society at large, who were accustomed to a quicker, more streamlined education.
In any case, my day reached its conclusion, and my time to depart came. When I bid her farewell, Principal Andin provided me with a binder filled with artwork created by the students, along with personal messages for me and the students back at my own school.
I had time to reflect and consider as I walked toward the downtown station. I recalled how Andin and Harta viewed the institution not as a place of learning, but as a secondary caregiver, working hand-in-hand with parents to nurture the holistic development of their young ones.
On my way to the station, my mother called. She informed me she would be coming downtown so we could share a last meal of the day together.
"How did the farm tour go, mama?" I queried, eager to hear about her day.
"It was enlightening," she replied, leaving me curious about her experience. "And what about your day?"
"Oh, mama," I began, a sense of excitement rising in my voice, "I had an extraordinary day."
Afterwords: Humans with their 22nd century education.
Somehow this is the longest chapter I have ever written. Also note on my update schedule. I'm posting update on every date divisible by 3. That means some updates can appear 96 hours later when the last post is on 30th and the month ends in 31st,
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2023.06.06 15:36 Acceptable-Task3233 I (25F) struggle with social quese, making friends and understanding people and My boyfriend (30M) helps so much...but lately he doesnt anymore and just says its too much work. Whats going on?

I (25F) have always struggled with people. I dont understand social quese, i NEVER get hints, i struggle to make friends and Ive accidentally insulted, upset or offended people more times than i can count...My boyfriend (30M) is literally my saving grace! Hes sits me down and explains how people think and why they may be upset on what i said or did and hes even saved a few of my friendships from imploding by telling me what to say to apologize and recognize where i messed up when interacting with them. Weve been together for a year and i love him soo much! Lately though, Ive noticed that he hasnt been doing that lately. In fact a few days ago i did something (im still not sure what) they upset his mother and his friend at the same time when we all were hanging out at the mall and bowling. Later that night i asked what was up because i truly didnt know what i did and he just said "*sigh* dont worry about it, when you went to the bathroom i already apologized and smoothed things over with them for you"....I thanked him but asked what i did and his response was kind but a little cold with saying "babe...i love you but its been a long day and its just oo much work to have to explain to you what normal people do and how they operate and even if i do, there will just be something else youll be oblivious on and ill have to explain. I love you, im just mentally tired from a long day and i worked 10 hours. I just want to lay down" Hes never this cold toward me. But for the last few weeks he stopped explainging these social quese to me and just says not to worry about it or its too much time to explain..what do i do? My sister has autism...i think i may be also
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2023.06.06 15:35 yakhinvadim Tuesday, June 6 — 7 significant news stories

Tuesday, June 6 — 7 significant news stories
Today ChatGPT read 1128 top news stories and gave 8 of them a significance score over 7.

After removing duplicates and repeats, here is today’s significant news:
[8.6] UN climate official warns world at "tipping point" in climate crisis — The Guardian
The world is at a "tipping point" in the climate crisis that requires all countries to put aside their national interests to fight for the common good, the UN's top climate official has warned. Simon Stiell, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, pointed to recent findings from scientists that temperatures were likely to exceed the threshold of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels within the next five years. Stiell was addressing representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Bonn, the UN's climate headquarters, to discuss how to forge a "course correction" that would put the world on track to meet the aspirations of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and limit global heating to 1.5C.
[7.5] Binance faces investor exodus following SEC lawsuit, crypto value impacted — Reuters
Investors have withdrawn approximately $790 million from cryptocurrency exchange Binance, in the last 24 hours, following a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC accuses Binance of evading U.S. laws through deceptive practices, such as inflating trading volumes and diverting customer funds. Binance, in response, insists it has cooperated with the SEC and will defend its platform vigorously. This legal action, coupled with previous lawsuits, contributes to a shaky period for Binance and has had a noticeable effect on the value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Binance's own BNB.
[7.4] Mycorrhizal fungi play larger role in carbon storage than previously thought — The Conversation
New research suggests that mycorrhizal fungi, which live in symbiosis with plants, could play a significant role in storing carbon, helping to offset carbon emissions. The fungiform vast underground networks, exchanging nutrients and water for carbon-rich sugars from plants. It's estimated that these fungi absorb around 36% of the world’s annual carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Although the fungi also naturally release some carbon back into the atmosphere, their net contribution to soil carbon storage is substantial. Despite the lack of data from certain ecosystems and regions, the findings indicate the importance of these fungal networks in the carbon cycle. Preserving these networks, particularly in the face of deforestation and land-clearing, could offer an additional avenue for tackling climate change.
[7.4] Rich industrialized countries could owe $170tn in climate reparations by 2050 — The Guardian
A new study published in the journal Nature Sustainability has calculated that rich industrialised countries responsible for excessive levels of greenhouse gas emissions could be liable to pay $170tn in climate reparations by 2050 to ensure targets to curtail climate breakdown are met. The proposed compensation, which amounts to almost $6tn annually, would be paid to historically low-polluting developing countries that must transition away from fossil fuels despite not having yet used their “fair share” of the global carbon budget. The compensation system is based on the idea that the atmosphere is a commons, a natural resource for everyone which has not been used equitably.
[7.4] Canada faces unprecedented wildfire season — Toronto Star
Canada is facing an unprecedented wildfire season, with officials warning that by the end of August, the country could have more scorched forest than ever before. The situation is the result of a convergence of factors, including climate change, which is delivering conditions conducive to more frequent and severe wildfires, and large-scale weather patterns that are fanning the flames. There are significant fires burning in every single province and territory. Already this year, there have been 2,214 wildfires that have blackened more than 3.3 million hectares of Canadian wildland, more than five million football fields’ worth.
[7.2] Dam destruction in Ukraine prompts mass evacuations and potential large-scale devastation — CNN
The Nova Kakhova dam on the Dnipro River in Kherson, southern Ukraine, was destroyed, prompting mass evacuations and fears of large-scale devastation. Ukraine accused Moscow’s forces of committing an act of “ecocide.” The critical dam spans the Dnipro River, a major waterway running through southeastern Ukraine, and there are multiple towns and cities downstream, including Kherson, a city of some 300,000 people before Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour. The dam is a critical piece of infrastructure, holding around 18 cubic kilometres in the Kakhovka Reservoir, about equal to the Great Salt Lake in the US state of Utah. It also supplies water for the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which lies upstream and is also under Russian control.
[7.1] Reserve Bank of Australia raises interest rates to 11-year high to tackle inflation — news.com.au
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has raised interest rates to an 11-year high of 4.10%, up 0.25 percentage points, in a bid to tackle inflation. The move means that the average borrower with a $500,000 home loan could now be paying $1,134, or 49%, more a month. Economists were split on whether the RBA would raise rates, with some citing the decision to lift the minimum wage as a cause for concern. The RBA's governor, Philip Lowe, defended the increases at a parliamentary hearing last week.
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2023.06.06 15:34 garagedoorvip Tips for Maintaining your Garage Door

The most significant moving object in your house, the garage door, is utilized daily throughout the year and at all hours. You must invest time in routine preventive maintenance and care if you want your garage door to run well for many years. You can appoint a licensed garage door service for the best repair. Below mentioned are the tips for maintaining your garage door:
Test the Garage Door Balance:
Your lift Master Garage Door Opener will have to work more and function less efficiently if it is not balanced correctly. The door should then be manually raised about halfway once the opener has been turned off by pulling the release lever, which is typically a red cord. The spring counterweight system is out of balance if it doesn't stay in place. Leave the adjustment of garage door springs to the experts.
Clear Tracks and Tighten Hardware:
Clear the tracks on the garage door's two sides of any rust and debris. Examine the brackets anchoring the ways to the wall and ceiling and the bolts holding the garage door opener device in place to tighten any loose bolts caused by door vibration.
Replace Weather Stripping:
The rubber weather stripping prevents the passage of trash, water, and cold. It can be purchased from big-box and hardware home improvement stores. The weather stripping on Roll-up Garage Doors is often fastened with nails. Replace this weather stripping on the bottom if it is ripped. If there is any loose weather stripping around the sides of the door, reattach it or replace it if it is very worn or damaged.
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Remember that your garage door accounts for nearly one-third of the outside of your home, so maintain it neat. Call a garage door expert to schedule a tune-up service call if you don't have time to perform this check-up.
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2023.06.06 15:33 Gentlemoth Is it time to junk it?

I drive a VW golf A5, 1.6l engine from 2004. Car is still serviceable and drives but it's starting to get a bunch of problems from it's age. It's been standing outdoors in a cold country(Sweden) for nearly 20 years so rust is starting to become a serious problem. Had to repair the load bearing beams a few years ago, quite expensive fix.
Mileage is still good for its age , 150,000km/93,000 miles. Timing belt replaced by 130,000km, clutch been replaced in the last 5 years(manual transmission).
In Sweden we need to do a yearly vehicle inspection, and if you fail on certain parts you need to fix them or it becomes illegal to drive the vehicle. This year's verdict is the left brake disc is damaged, and brake pads(?) pulsating, probably needs to be replaced as well. A failure on inspection and I have a month to fix the problem.
I'm assuming if you replace one disc you should probably replace the one on the other side. No problems reported with it but I assume it's standard practice? Right rear brake disc also got a notice for rust problems, but not critical enough to get a failure in inspection.
I'm starting to feel like the car is becoming a money sink to fix the problems, and I assume they'll get worse over the years as well. So the question is whether or not I should junk it, or if I should fix the problems and then try to sell it.
Best estimated is a car of that age and mileage will go for at most $3000. That would probably if it's good shape, which this most certainly is not. I don't know what the cost of a disc repair would be, especially if I need to do 2(or all 4?). I'm assuming around $1000. No idea what it'll go for if you junk it, I'd have to
Is it time to say goodbye?
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2023.06.06 15:33 OutsideDry3084 So hostile

So hostile
His response to me sending him $10 so he can fill his car up and go get an application at McDonald’s 🤣
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2023.06.06 15:33 OutsideDry3084 So hostile

So hostile
His response to me sending him $10 so he can fill his car up and go get an application at McDonald’s 🤣
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2023.06.06 15:33 DsnopPhoto Flowers.

Walked by this flower shop in Berlin today while out adventuring. I feel like it perfectly describes how most of Western Europe is to me. A sliver of beauty peeking through the cracks of what a “modern” generation have reduced it to.
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2023.06.06 15:31 Ch3wyCo0kie Is it even worth running pipe without Dragon Claw or Mera?

I currently have Mochi and have been looking at different weapon options for pvp builds. I really like how pipe plays but I know I'm not getting nearly as much value out of it as I could be by eating Mera and having DC. Would it still be worth it to use pipe? Or what other weapons are good fits for Mochi? Or does it not really matter and I'm totally overthinking this
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2023.06.06 15:31 RiskyBiscuits150 I'm so confused - pregnancy of unknown location

I am hoping to find someone who might have experienced something similar to me but it feels like a long shot.
I tested positive on 15th May. It was the month after an egg retrieval, but before we had done a transfer. It felt like a miracle. I've had two previous losses so got my hCG checked and initially it was going up, but only doubling every 60-68 hours and overall was quite low. I had a scan at what should have been 5w3d by my ovulation date (which I am sure of) and they couldn't see anything at all, not even a gestational sac. They kept checking my hCG and it was doubling at 60 hours, then 99 hours then 270 hours and finally 171 hours.
I was scanned again on Friday (6w) and there was still nothing visible in the womb and only a very small collection of fluid near my right ovary that suggested possible ectopic. They carried on taking hCG over the weekend and scanned me again yesterday morning (Monday). This time they said there was a definite ectopic pregnancy at the top of my right tube. They showed me it on screen and measured it, saying it was 2cm. By this time my hCG was 3249 (far too low for 6w3d but still rising).
I was given the option methotrexate or surgery and chose surgery as they said the tube was almost definitely damaged and it would be a definitive resolution. They got in there, and to my surprise found absolutely nothing. No ectopic, both tubes looked fine externally, there was a tiny bit of endometriosis but that was all. My uterus is enlarged consistent with a pregnancy of 6-8 weeks (they've written this in my notes).
They now want me to come back in on Friday for a further scan. The diagnosis right now is missed miscarriage. Can hCG keep on going up with a missed miscarriage? I have had no bleeding at all, and still have sore boobs which have been my only symptom so far, but I know all that can be normal for a MMC.
I know this pregnancy is almost certainly not viable. I am concerned though that they have stopped me taking heparin, aspirin and progesterone that I would need to support a pregnancy as I have antiphospholipid syndrome. In the absence of a definitive diagnosis I wonder if I should keep taking them.
Has anyone else been in this situation? I'm not looking for success stories as I don't think this possibly can be one, but right now I feel like a medical mystery.
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2023.06.06 15:30 Easy-Discipline-7521 Texting anxiety

I think I have texting anxiety because I either don't want to text at all but if I do then I get really anxious thinking that the other person doesn't want to text me or I just start thinking about it and I can't do anything else until they reply. I usually deal with this problem by not texting 😂 but obviously texting is necessary to start a relationship and continue it especially if that person is not near you. I just feel really awkward about all of these small things you are supposed to do in dating like texting and going on dates and paying for meals and things. I don't know how to behave and I don't know how to talk about it so I just get really anxious and I think my main response is to kind of shut down and shut off the other person which makes the other person feel like I'm rejecting them when actually I'm so scared of being rejected that I just completely loose my shit and don't know how to do the most basic things like how hard is it to ask somebody out on a date or text them to ask them how their day was? I think I'm good at the deep stuff like all the deep emotional and conversational and partner things, I'm good at making deep connections with people that match my energy I just feel like in relationships there are some of these steps that I want to be able to do because they're important in a relationship but I don't know how to do them or like how to not get so worked up about these small things? Why am I good at the complicated things and so bad at anything simple that everybody else finds so easy????
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2023.06.06 15:30 LegitimateWorry1132 Why do you think touring has become a more important metric for popularity in recent times within kpop?

Genuine question.
I can't recall people (i.e. 2nd gen fans) saying in any volume when the 3rd gen broke through, "their popularity doesn't mean much until they prove it in touring", yet it's a fairly common rebuttal when people bring up 4th gen groups being more popular than 3rd. I remember TVXQ fans would bring it up a bit but that was basically 95% Japan so was played little heed.
Considering general popularity in kpop is fleeting with groups peaking in the first 2/3 years (including a lot of 3rd gen groups), why do we now need to wait for a few years for a decent sized tour to judge them as more popular when popularity is incredibly dynamic and always changing? I can't recall people waiting years until Twice did a decent sized tour to judge them as biggemore popular than SNSD for example.
It just feels very convenient that the 3rd gen groups, who got a massive boost in touring due to Covid-19 and all its impact, now has fans that think touring is the main barometer to judge a groups success and popularity.
Album sales? Inflated by versions and new markets that the 4th gen benefit from, downplayed
Digitals? Everyone knows the public tire of acts quickly so doesn't mean much when comparing against older acts
Touring? Needs a big discography for a decent sized tour, can take years to do i.e. beneficial to older acts who have years building up a discography and their fandom - very important now.
Has anyone else noticed the massively increased focus on touring?
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2023.06.06 15:29 Timely-Arachnid1394 BF (34m) says he'll go to therapy with me (31f) but keeps putting it off. Among other things.

We have been together 2.5yrs. Our relationship started off rough. He was following hundreds of local women which I didn't initially have a problem with. Then I noticed he only liked all of they cleavage/nice butt photos. I mean predictably so. Even a few accounts linked to only fans. I thought if he likes me it will stop. I brought it up and he said he understood. But he didn't follow through on unfollowing them. This was two months in. He was already calling me his girlfriend. The second time I brought it up I was more stern with the fact it was a huge boundary issue for me. He did not react well. He yelled at me and told me I was being controlling. I know this is a huge red flag but he later apologized and got rid of some of them. Some. At 6mo in I noticed he was still engaging in the behaviors. I gave him an ultimatum that if he didn't give it up I was out. He apparently did soul searching and finally gave it up.
Now I have insecurities about his phone. Which surface sometimes I reach out to him for support and he gets frustrated. Saying things like "I'm not doing that anymore, we're going to have to find a way for you to get over that or deal with those thoughts". Fine. I get it, he did stop.
Other issues. He has ED from time to time which made me feel like he badly. I am a pretty attractive woman traditionally speaking. I get offers which I don't engage with and actively turn down. Even doing oral on him doesn't get it going. Which makes me worried he's masterbating too much. Maybe it's a stretch but let me continue.. next issue.
I have given this man 100s of blowjobs. Like to the point I'm tired of it. My throat is sensitive from how hard he tries to put it in. I told him this which he acknowledged and promised he'd not go so hard. The past 3 times I tried to do it without letting him go deep he pushed it and hurt my throat. He said sorry I forgot when I stopped him but I'm already turned off.
Yesterday I was telling him a very sensitive issue that has to do with my sister. I was upset. Later comes into the room where I'm resting on the bed. He was laying next to me taking a break from work. He had a boner which was surprising bc he's been having ed issues lately so I just mentioned it, like oo nice. He replied "Why don't you give it a kiss?" I said no thank you. He then said kinda aggressively "Suck my dick." Mind you I was sitting on the bed researching how to help my sister and obviously not in the mood. I even said no once. I told him it was rude and I don't want to do it bc it's been hurting my throat and he told me that, "it's not like I told you I was going to skull f*ck you." I was super hurt and grossed out by him in that moment. He is uncircumcised and hadn't event showered (we had sex the night before). Like I said no.
So I approached him once I gathered my thoughts and told him I felt like it was insensitive they way he demanded after I said no then got mad when I told him why. He could have just said sorry or made out with me before and got me in the mood. He said "I was kidding" and basically acted like I overreacted.
I'm sick of his crass insensitive nature. He knows I have a history of SA abuse and I need more tenderness. I've told him I want to go to therapy bc I'm sick of these types of this ruining our good times. He does something insensitive and I retreat then bring it up and he gets mad when I point out how those patterns of behavior are unsettling.
I made an ultimatum 7 or 8mo ago we go to therapy or we need to let it go. He said yes I may an appt and he said he wasn't comfortable with who I chose. So he said he'd look into it. He hadn't and the fights are getting more intense and I don't even want to touch him any more.
He has redeeming qualities I promise. It's just the bad are really fucking uncomfortable at this point.
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2023.06.06 15:29 Srxq Euphoric City RP Public (Monday-Wednesday), Allowlisted (Thursday-Sunday), 18+

Website Discord Trailer
Do you want quality, immersive roleplay? Are you desperate to be part of a server that is community lead? Do you want a city that is loaded with opportunity, jobs, custom content and so much more? If the answer is yes, Euphoric City Roleplay is perfect for you!
Whether your character is a Civilian, Criminal or hired by the Government, everyone has the opportunity to grow, learn and move up ranks and find secrets hidden in Los Santos thanks to our Progression Based Economy. Civilians support the economy.
Features include:

Custom Framework & Scripts

ECRP has been developed using its own custom framework; enabling our scripts the ability to offer new and unique experiences from the day you first fly in. With continuous daily development and an open forum to our ever available Development team, resolving any code-based concerns or adding in new custom jobs, features, businesses, clothing, sports...you name it, it couldn't be easier.
With a clear focus, we wanted the City as interconnected as possible so that every character has their part to play. Supply and demand!

Our Community

Our community is one of the friendliest and most welcoming you will ever meet! Scared to get involved in a new server? No need to worry, someone will always be willing to help and show you the ropes! We like to show appreciation to our community by listening to them and implementing new features that they have asked for. We hold monthly meetings in our discord to communicate with our players and talk about what people want.
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2023.06.06 15:28 AriCapVir How do you make physicians take your symptoms seriously?

I hope this doesn’t break the “is this cancer” rule, but I’m not asking if I have cancer. I’m pretty sure I do, I’m just seeking advice as to where to start.
I am a 33F mom of two little boys. Since April I have lost about 20lbs, not dieting or exercising. I developed a random antibiotic resistant UTI that required a 10 day course of IV antibiotics at an Infectious Diseases infusion clinic. I am in nearly constant pain that starts in my right hip and radiates upwards into my back. I urinate probably 50 times a day. My primary doctor did a full abdominal and pelvic ultrasound at the end of April, which revealed nothing significant. Also in April, I lost consciousness in public and was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. They did their own full work up but found nothing. In May I saw a urologist about my urination who told me everything looks fine. I finally convinced my primary doctor to order an abdominal CT with contrast because of my constant pain and discomfort; that’s next week. I scheduled an appointment with another urologist and gynecologist but that’s not until next month, and I have to travel quite a way to get there (I live in a small town). I get bouts of extreme nausea but don’t throw up. I also get dizzy frequently, and a weird confused feeling like I cannot focus on anything and just want to sleep. I am SO fatigued. I know something is not right with my body. Prior to all of this, I have always been healthy. Never smoked, never drank, had two healthy pregnancies. Something feels so off inside me. I stepped on the scale again this morning and I’ve lost more weight.
Am I doing all that I can? Is there anyone else I can contact? My primary last did blood/urine lab work in November of 2022, which was normal except I had trace blood in my urine and low Vitamin D. I would assume the ER when I went in April also did labs but they never contacted me about the results. I don’t know if I’m being proactive or not, and I really don’t know how much more I need to advocate for myself. I just know something is wrong with me and all I can assume is some type of cancer.
Thank you, and please let me reiterate this is not a “is this cancer” question; more so, a question about where to start with doctors. How did you get them to take your symptoms seriously and preform the necessary tests?
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2023.06.06 15:27 ZephyrFloofyDerg I recently realised that I am demiromantic. Still lonely but trying to get by

At nearly 36 years old, I've just realised that I am a demiromantic heterosexual. There are quite a few tell tale signs which resonate with me quite heavily. When I make relationships with others they tend to move slowly, by the time I'm starting to build up a connection the initial spark has fizzled out on their side and it is hard for the relationship to continue at that point.
It's very rare that I experience a crush and I don't fall in love that often. For me it usually takes a very long time before romantic feelings start to appear, making it hard to progress. When speaking to people who have had multiple relationships and former partners, it does make me feel different that I've only had one LDR back in 2010 and very little experience at physical contact with others.
I'm hoping that things will change in the future. I'm trying to get out there more and be active as a photographer in the community. I'm someone who goes to conventions and hangs around with friends so hopefully I'll be able to meet someone who likes me for me. I try not to feel lonely but sometimes it just hits me really hard and my emotions do take a turn for the worse. I'll try and be stronger. Any advice to a new demiromantic would be helpful.
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2023.06.06 15:27 Srxq Euphoric City RP Public (Monday-Wednesday), Allowlisted (Thursday-Sunday), 18+

Website Discord Trailer
Do you want quality, immersive roleplay? Are you desperate to be part of a server that is community lead? Do you want a city that is loaded with opportunity, jobs, custom content and so much more? If the answer is yes, Euphoric City Roleplay is perfect for you!
Whether your character is a Civilian, Criminal or hired by the Government, everyone has the opportunity to grow, learn and move up ranks and find secrets hidden in Los Santos thanks to our Progression Based Economy. Civilians support the economy.
Features include:

Custom Framework & Scripts

ECRP has been developed using its own custom framework; enabling our scripts the ability to offer new and unique experiences from the day you first fly in. With continuous daily development and an open forum to our ever available Development team, resolving any code-based concerns or adding in new custom jobs, features, businesses, clothing, sports...you name it, it couldn't be easier.
With a clear focus, we wanted the City as interconnected as possible so that every character has their part to play. Supply and demand!

Our Community

Our community is one of the friendliest and most welcoming you will ever meet! Scared to get involved in a new server? No need to worry, someone will always be willing to help and show you the ropes! We like to show appreciation to our community by listening to them and implementing new features that they have asked for. We hold monthly meetings in our discord to communicate with our players and talk about what people want.
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2023.06.06 15:26 The_Shorto Noooo, not Bacon!

Brand new player here I went to get a one star boar and after a romp through the black forest while killing greylings and dwarfs left right and center I get the boar back and set him in my fenced in area (Victory! or so, I thought).
I afk a little bit while feeding him some yummy mushrooms trying to get him acclimated to his new digs. I check when i get back, and he is 88% acclimated (ALMOST THERE!)
I meander out of my base for a deforestation exhibition while staying near my base to hopefully get him all the way. I come home to see the fence I constructed for him seemingly turn back into finely hewn lumber, (just the way I get it from the tree.) I wonder to myself, "that's not how I left you".
I hadn't noticed at first that by my bees, there was a nice stack of boar meat and leather scraps... THERE'S A STACK OF BOAR MEAT AND LEATHER SCRAPS BUT NO 1 STAR BOAR!
Slowly, realization sinks in that my new friend was no more. His curiosity about the birds and the bees got the best of him.
Ahh, well, it's time to go farm some more.
(Side note: I should use stronger fencing and repair often with higher than base level animals)
Cheers, everyone!
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