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2020.09.20 20:31 nyanrobotWhat will the future be like for incels?
Dystopia things worsen as females standards rise and more men become incels. Prostitution dies out due to women making easier money online via only fans / camsites. Ugly men are banned from public spaces and Looking at women becomes illegal. Utopia Things improve as awareness of the blackpill spreads. Prostitution becomes legalized and ugly men are given discounts. Dating reverts to a more balanced state where men aren't expected to be rich chad . VR / sexbots become advanced enough to replace real women. What is your incel vision of the future like?
2020.09.13 23:44 Jonah_MarrinerThe Weekly Map Recap, Special - The Launch of Guild Wars 2
Welcome to the Weekly Map Recap, a series where we look back at one map in the game each week. We’ll look with a critical eye at how each map represents its theme, proves faithful to its lore, and implements its design. We’ll see how effective its gameplay is, whether the art holds up, and the forecast for the map’s long term retention. With 52 maps to date, it’ll be quite the journey! Today's a bit different. As we continue through the post-launch maps, we're occasionally going to be stepping back to take a look at the larger context of the game at that time. This will help us get a better understanding of design intentions and decisions. Links to the previous entries in a reply at the bottom! Also, before we get to the recap, you should know that I'm currently conducting a survey on map preference. I'm currently still accepting responses - and I'll be publishing the results in a Weekly Map Recap Special article. Get in those responses while you still can!
Weekly Map Recap Special: The Launch of Guild Wars 2
Okay, so before we continue talking about maps, we should talk about the launch. Wait a second - I hear you asking - isn’t this a series of articles about environmental design? What does the launch have to do with it? Well, content development for any live product is a conversation. No map exists in a vacuum. All of them exist as part of a large conversation between not only the developers and the player base, but also between dev teams at different times and with different members. Given that, it’s important to talk about the context of early map design in Living World Season 1 and 2. And to do that, we need to talk about launch.
The Second Coming: The Run Up to Launch
To set things up, before the launch there was a great deal of unity in the Guild Wars 2 community. There was a minority of folks that felt Guild Wars 1 had been abandoned too abruptly - and there was some truth to that, with the bait and switch with Utopia - but the run up to release had been so long that the GW1 only contingent had long since either quieted down or moved on. In general, the pre-release community was an evangelistic one. Especially after the ‘Manifesto’ there was a sense that GW2 really had a chance. You know, the chance to carve a place for itself in the MMO market and make a change. SWTOR and GW2 were neck-and-neck in many fan’s hopes for the future of the genre, and after SWTOR turned out to be a high-budget clone of WoW in many respects, a number of those looking for the ‘next thing’ looked at GW2 and TERA. The Arenanet team played up this aspect of the game. From the earliest conversation in PC Gamer about the game - sadly impossible to find these days if you don’t have the actual magazine - they talked about doing things that would change the way MMOs worked. Some great info from that interview in this old forum thread here. Note references to the movement mentioned - they talked about players being able to jump, climb trees, swim, and slide. They talked about a system where dynamic events played into each other. If you didn’t stop a mine from being taken across the map, the bandits in your event would be more powerful - supplying themselves from the mine. If a bridge fell, it wouldn’t be rebuilt until the players pushed an event to rebuild it. It was exciting, early days. But regardless of all that, this community was united in its hype. I would even go so far as to say that hype is the fundamental condition of the GW2 fandom. It has been since its inception, when the game was seen as (laughably to us today) the true, long prophesied ‘WoW-Competitor’. Most folks knew it wasn’t a ‘killer’, we just thought it would be the game that would finally offer real ‘competition’. And we were loud about it. There was a controversy in 2011 regarding some of the early demos with fans actually attacking youtube personalities for not saying nice enough things about it - notably Totalbiscuit. But by and large, this evangelization was effective. The pre-release hype was huge, and marketing coverage was big. While since launch the marketing team at Arenanet has (as we all know) made consistently baffling choices, the pre-release trailers, information drip, and show floor presence were all brilliantly done. GW2 news was front page stuff of IGN. After years since 2007 of being on ‘hibernation mode’ the community swelled by the month from 2011 to August 2012. Cue the launch.
The Rubber Meets the Road
Not many people talk about this anymore, but the launch was rough. Not as bad as some, but not great. There were a slew of problems, but some of the largest were persistent botting issues, a trading post that didn’t work for months, and a lack of support for play at higher levels. Most higher level maps - from about level 60 and upwards - were riddled with bugs. And I do mean riddled. From an explosion of initial population, these last two elements (the higher level map bugs and the lack of strong support for higher level play) caused a pattern of players reaching the highest level and subsequently dropping the game. Worse than the population loss was the PR hit. I’m not sure that the game ever really recovered from this initial marketing disaster - most MMO players badmouth the game using the same info that was spread during the months between August and November 2012. But more relevant to our analysis, let’s talk about what you did if you were level 80 for the first three months of the game’s launch. I recommend reading this guide to take a time machine back to look at the Cursed Shore farm. This was the ‘endgame’ of Guild Wars 2. The other was the CoF farm - but up until around November that was still a little less talked about, a little hush-hush for fear that it would be nerfed. So essentially, players walked back and forth between two or three ‘defend’ events and spammed AoE skills. Occasionally they took a break to farm orichalcum ore. That was it. The meta on the map was largely ignored - it wasn’t worth it. Especially in the early days when inflation increased by the day, every hour that you spent not farming was an hour you were getting left behind. On top of that, there was a system called ‘Diminishing Returns’. Still in the game today, although less prominent than it was early in the game’s life, it essentially meant that after a certain amount of killing mobs on a given map, your rewards would be nerfed hard. Combine these different elements - the boring AoE event farm, the feeling of rewards being a competition with everyone else every day, and the Diminishing Returns making it an uphill battle, and the stage was set for a spillover of frustration. Promises that had been made about how dynamic the Orrian maps would be were laughed at. Continued difficulties with the trading post prompted large arguments online about the ‘state of the game’. We were only two or three months in.
Vision and Division
Then, on November 13th, Arenanet posted a Lindsay Murdock article announcing something called ‘Ascended’ gear. The community exploded. (Side note, check out the reference Lindsay makes in that article to ‘Legendary scavenger hunts’. That was the first mention, as far as I’m aware, of a system that would be in development hell for the next three years) Check out this thread in direct response to the article. All of this was the result of tensions that had been boiling since the release of the game. Not only did it feel to many like the ‘end-game’ (although it’s much memed about, there isn’t really a better way to describe it) was running back and forth between two events in Orr, but now the ‘no gear treadmill’ promise was being broken. Some didn’t feel this way, of course. They were content with the content in the game because they were taking their time in it. They didn’t mind Ascended gear as much because they were feeling like Legendaries were an impossibility, and so something closer to work towards was welcome. It was hard, I think, for many to see at the time, but this was the beginning of the ‘hardcore’ and ‘casual’ divide in GW2. This is where it started. The unity that the community had before and during release, in betas and through launch, was gone. It would never be captured again. It’s taken many forms over the years - ‘elitist’ raiders vs. ‘casual’ open world players is only the latest incarnation. Notably, the ‘every game type for themselves’ wasn’t present yet in our community. In the same November patch, there was content for WvW, PvP, and PvE players. We were at least still united there - and would be at least through the next year to the beginning of 2014, while content was still regularly releasing for all game types. It can be really astonishing and fascinating to go back and read reddit threads from this time period, in early 2013. Look at the ‘Flame and Frost’ storyline announcement post reaction here versus the reaction to the last part here. The first is unanimously euphoric, the second is disappointed but regret that they are - wish that they weren’t, talk about their hopes for next release. We were so young then. But the wedges started to grow - not just between the players but also between our expectations and team priorities - and they would expand over the years to create a fractured, polarized community that alternates between short periods of deliric excitement and prolonged stretches of hangover induced infighting and tail-biting. (If it sounds like I’m high-horsing, I want to note that I’m included with the rest of you goobers. We’re in this together whether we like it or not) Cue Living World Season 1. ---------------------------------- That's it for today, folks. Next week we'll continue our look back with a Primer for Living World Season 1 and 2. In this article, we'll take a look at a couple different design elements and team decisions that led to the maps of this era. The week after that, we'll be headed to the beach. Don't forget that survey!
2020.09.01 09:05 marekvseA religion-less society actually exists right now!
Hello Jodan, I'm sending this letter to you, Sam Harris and Douglas Murray, and hoping that it will reach at least one of you directly as I believe it could move all of your individual viewpoints as well as your future conversations forward. I'm sending it in the interest of possibly alerting you to at least one country, the one I grew up in, which seem to have completely evaded your research efforts and leaving you all, it would seem, agree on one, to me a very curious and strange point, that a successful and happy society without a (major) role of religion in it does not exist or have ever been tried. Sam is sure it would work, you say it did not work in Stalin's Russia case (you also add Hitler, who clearly was not an atheist and his most brutal forces had "God is with us" written right on their belt buckles which pretty much destroys the non-religious assertion), but none of you seem to be aware that it worked and is still currently working already very well. I respect all of you greatly. I identify most with Sam's points of view at matters - perhaps unsurprisingly given the country I grew up in and the personality I am - and least with you Jordan, but that's only because of the religious part of views he seems to insist on deeply. I admire Jordan for your abilities to reason and, most of the time, reason so for clearly logical things. I admire the other two for the same reason without the need for that exception. I've watched a great many videos featuring you 3 plus of course other very intelligent people like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and others in the past few years. The one thing that always keeps surprising me is the point where the discussion gets to the point of arguing about "how viable would a theoretical society" built basically purely on reason and no religion look like and what state it would end up in. Not even Christopher Hitchens seemed to ever have any other answers than a very good, but yet still purely theoretical arguments regarding such a society. From all of those occasions in those conversations, I am basically forced to believe that you all guys, however much-traveled and intelligent, have completely missed at least this one real-life, well-working example, which is my country - The Czech Republic. I think that if you haven't and if you then talked to a few people who grew up there at least at the time when I did - born 1973 - you would find not theoretical, but very real examples of a great many people who not only grew up completely without any religion or any stories coming from it and yet, still grew up very nice, intelligent and maybe surprisingly to you all VERY HAPPY people. I'm not sure how many people exactly like me you would find because I really set up my life to be very happy, not even knowing how exactly stress would feel - I just maybe get hints of what it may feel like when I'm cold, which is why I have relocated to Queensland, Australia a long time ago - but you would definitely find heaps and heaps of people who are undergoing the same stresses in life as in any other western-type society with handling family, work and the other aspects of life, yet without any regard whatsoever to notions of any religion or any need to any type of any kind of comforting mythical stories. That, of course, is not to say that many of us do not enjoy fiction books or entertaining stories in the form of books, tales, or other arts. We can enjoy it all the same with the full knowledge that those are fiction. All the above is the result of the socialist/communist system we grew up in which not necessarily stifled but certainly did not promote any religion. It is the one thing I am grateful for to that system I grew up in, apart from a very happy childhood since nobody's parents had existential struggles. I do believe that there were efforts to eradicate the religion, many of which may probably be identified as forceful, but we've always kept our history including its buildings like castles and churches as opposed to destroying them, which would be an extreme way to get rid of something. Even clergy was tolerated and some very tiny minority of mostly the old-times people were attending services even at those times. The actual real fact of life was, however, that we never were taught about religion apart from being a part of history, including ours. And we would still go on school trips some of which may include admiring a great cathedral purely for its architecture and art. Strangely, even the name of the "person" who brings the presents at Chrismas (which in the Czech language is called "vanoce", which has nothing to do with Christianity - at least not obviously - I did not study its etymological roots) is "Jezisek", which, funnily and very interestingly enough I personally only realized when I was about 14 years old, means "a little Jezis = Jesus - "little" here meaning a kid, a baby). So the presents were being brought by a baby Jesus and yet, for almost all of us it was just a name, same as the west had Santa Claus or any other name you could use for a fictional character. It had NO religious meaning whatsoever to us, nor any story was attached to it at all. It was (and is for us) simply a holiday with the ritual of decorating a tree and having a very nice, extraordinary family dinner before (mostly the kids) would enjoy the present unwrapping under the tree. (Yes, our Christmas all happen on 24th Dec). We had no idea that it was originally a celebration of the winter solstice or that it was then stolen as a Christian holiday. We enjoyed it and frankly still enjoy it for the same family reasons, all the same. Actually now knowing that it has been for the past many hundreds of years appropriated by a religious cult if anything taints the experience. It probably would not if that cult was a thing simply belonging and part of the history of "less educated" times of us humans. The fact that this magical thinking still sways great sections of global citizens' everyday lives is what taints Christmas for some us Czechs. It surely does for me. I feel more at ease with it knowing that actually it is the winter solstice celebration. I would surely be more fine with it if it was just a date that someone decided to arbitrarily put on a calendar rather than thinking of it in terms of a cult that brutally killed and tortured so many innocent people in history and still thinks that magical thinking is just a fine idea. Similar to Christmas, we in the Czech Republic also celebrate Easter (another holiday appropriated for itself by Christianity as I learned much later in my life). We also enjoy it purely for the tradition or maybe just for the fact that it is a day off work :). In Czech, a part of the tradition regarding Easter is that man create a nice looking weaved supple "sticks" from the branches of a willow tree, and in the morning we go around as many girls/women we know as possible to "hit" their behinds with it so that they stay young and supple too. I'm sure that in today's "politically correct" society many would find something very wrong with it, but the simple fact was that it ended up being a very nice and very social day for everyone. (By the way, I never knew that anybody would consider women as any lesser than men. I grew up in a society where had no reason to even suspect such a thing.) In the afternoon the girls and women had the right on the other hand to pour buckets of water over the men's' heads, even though that part was never really practiced. (At least in our parts of the Czech Republic. There are more traditional areas.) I suppose that is because it is not as convenient to run around with buckets of water around than it would be with sticks. Also, we - boys and men - would get a colorful ribbon bound to the ends of the sticks by each female we've visited and "paid off" - we don't really call it hitting or beating. It would leave the omitted girls and women feel neglected rather than happy not to get hit. I'm sure that the absolute majority of us were always as gentle as myself and my friends in performing that "stick-and-behind" ritual. I actually never wanted or was planning to do this whole thing, but I had a friend who always came on the morning of Easter Monday to my home with a couple of those "sticks" - one for himself, one for me, and basically had to talk me into joining him every single year. And it always ended up being one of the best days of the year, finishing in a mixed group having a great time (including a bit of drinking in our later teenage years). It was very nice and social and NOTHING to do with any religion or anything other than "this tradition actually turns out to be fun" and we did not need some deep explanation for it that I'm sure Jordan would try to dig out at this point. It was the same fun we can end up with when we come up with brand new social events, out of which, when they turn out fun, we often try to make a tradition of too. All that being completely atheist and secular. I really don't understand what seems to be so hard to comprehend even to Sam - not that he could not seem to be able to imagine it - clearly, he very much is - but that it actually has already been tried and is still going on successfully. Admittedly though, traditions like the Easter ones in Czech are fading as the capitalist style of life requiring most of us to work more and more puts a strain on that too, together with an overload of other modern culture distractions obviously. In any case, my point is that what Sam is saying, what Christopher used to say and others too, is NOT a theoretically working "utopia", it IS a reality for millions in just my own country of origin and we suffer no ill effects from it! On the contrary, despite being a tiny nation of 10 million people we have (even though thanks to globalization, corruption, and not in small part thanks to the totalitarianism of the European Union) we are loosing great industry and very clever people. We used to be (before EU) totally self-sufficient in basically everything, were exporting fighter jets, cars, atomic reactors, locomotives, food, and much more to the rest of the world, gave the world some amazing people and inventions like contact lenses, nanofibres, the lighting rod, or even small things like sugar cubes, pencils or Koh-i-Noor snaps for our jeans :) and we needed no religion or the related stories to do that. And that is the one thing I'm happy the "communist" regime gave us - true freedom from religion, freedom from bullshit stories if you pardon me. It lets us concentrate on interesting and important stuff in life instead of trying to solve mute problems like why are we here. We are, so enjoy it. I must say that without the religious ideas surrounding us that most of us don't even think about it as something to worry about. We worry about "we are here now, what can we do to live well" and some of us also "what can we do to leave my imprint on humanity". The more curious of us sure ask "how" did we get here and maybe do think about how in the great scheme of things we are totally insignificant, but I don't think it makes us unhappy. I know it does not make me unhappy for sure. I enjoy learning new things, discovering, making logical conclusions, and, apart from other things, being truthful to myself and others, which is probably why I'm also so happy in my life and have always been, which all of you I'm sure will very easily understand. All of you guys seem to imply or straight away say that "sure, there is not a person who would not have major problems in life, who would not have "demons"" etc. Well, sure, I've encountered problems in my life. I'm solving software problems every day (I'm a software engineer) I've traveled around the world on a motorbike so I've encountered life-threatening situations, I've lost family members (fortunately for me just the ones who naturally died of old age, no tragedies so far, so yes, I've been lucky in that respect). But problems are here, to my eye, to be solved. They are a challenge, not a tragedy. They make life interesting. And demons? No, I do not have any. Things I regret? Maybe, a tiny little ones like not asking that beautiful girl on a bus for a coffee. But I've never done anything I would be ashamed of. That does not mean that I never failed of course. But I freely admit and not try to hide my failings so I have no demons. Am I really the only person in the world you think? I may be rare, but I'm sure I'm not alone. Regardless, many, or basically I'd say almost all of my friends, much as they may have more normal everyday problems and stresses than I have (and it is not at all related to money - I'm not wealthy at all - we even still rent the place where we live), would tell you the same thing regarding the role of religion or religious stories in their lives and their decisions - NONE whatsoever. The Czech Republic is very rich in culture too. Our country has one of the biggest concentrations of castles for example. I do not think that religion was necessary for those structures to be built for powerful people in our history. Yes, many, many churches too. Beautiful buildings. Some of them truly amazing, as some of the castles, too. And our secular society still builds and creates amazing things with no religion required for it. Just yesterday I was sent a link to a video about the biggest chandelier and at the same time, the biggest jewel ever built anywhere. (Link here if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/embed/AQ2udSvqx28 .) It could very well hang in a cathedral of some type. But it was built by a Czech company for a Saipan casino. Only human talent, work, and lots of money was needed to build this wonder. No religion whatsoever. So I'm pretty sure, Jordan, that you can stop worrying about losing culture if there was no religion. Sure, cassino may not be considered culture by many, but it is simply a fact of today's world that casinos are one of the areas where the money is. If you want to start to argue that we need religion as a way of extracting money from the population to build such marvels, as was historically exactly one of its functions and is one of the reasons those grand structures like great cathedrals exist, then fine. I would, like Sam, argue that it is possible to do without the pretense of magic, but at least that would be a simple point to defend. Not the only way though!! An example - and I'm sure there are also many modern ones too.. The National Theatre in Prague... It is a grandiose building with high ceilings covered with similar gold ornamentry and paintings to any cathedral you may find. It also has a huge painted curtain - a great painting of its own right. This all was built from money collected from donations of the citizens expressly towards building a national theatre, which was opened in 1881. The first idea came in 1844 at a congregation of Czech patriots. As far as I can tell no religion was involved. Certainly, none needed. And that great building is also a part of our and the world's registered cultural heritage sites. So to summarize, the reason for this letter was to let all of you three guys know that you can stop only theorizing about a society without religion. Look at the Czech Republic especially before the Velvet Revolution (after which slowly more and more religion starts very slowly creeping in again), but where still today three-quarters of the population are completely irreligious. We are one of the safest, most educated, and happiest countries in the world. And if you look over the state ideology at any one time, where communism was making some people unhappy with restrictions on travel for example, and capitalism in its demands on sacrificing more of one's private / family time for work time, we are generally really happy people, nice to each other (without having to be threatened by hell or whatever other stupid magic idea), helping each other. And it is probably partly thanks to the LACK of any religion that we are that way. There is one less thing to partition us into opposing groups which argue about something they actually cannot even know. Actually, that makes me think about my friends and people I know. I know and have experienced that my friends or even friends of my parents, for example, would (and in the past have) helped me when I really needed help, despite it being a great inconvenience for them. Yet, I was in similar situations when I only had a religious person to help me and they would not. It would seem to me that religious people like to listen to the stories that Jordan insists are shaping majorly their principles and behavior, rather than actually behave according to them. And then some feel great to tell you how good they are thanks to Jesus. Ok, I think that concrete examples would be good here: I know, that every time I go back to the Czech Republic for the summer I have offers from my friends to take me to the airport - both in Czech and in Australia (still from Czech friends interestingly enough). In both cases, it is over 100km and I do not want to inconvenience them if it is not necessary so I thank them and decline. But I know that even if I called them at three in the morning that I needed an urgent lift to the airport they would just tell me how long it would take them to pick me up. Contrast that with this: I've known a great person for 7 years and actually shared a house with her for 5 of those years. I consider her a very nice person and considered her a very good friend. I still visit her once a year or so when I have a chance, but thinking back on the story I'm about to tell you certainly makes me feel less worm towards her than I always thought she otherwise deserved. So the story: I found a new life partner while again staying for the whole European summer in the Czech Republic. For reasons irrelevant to this story she could not join me permanently in Australia for the first few years of being together, so we were overcoming that problem by her periodically visiting me in Australia for 3 months, then we would not see each other for another 3, then I would go to Czech for 3 and a bit, again 3 months apart and then the cycle would repeat. At the end of one of her stays in Australia with me, while I was still sharing the house with my friend, Jean, my partner was flying home the next day and I, shortly before that, decided I would actually fly back with her. I could not get a seat on the same flight so my flight was at 8 AM and hers the same day at 1 PM. My partner is a bit lost when traveling and she did not speak English at that time yet either, so we decided to travel the 150km to Brisbane in the evening before and arranged to stay with a friend there overnight. We were supposed to catch the second one of the only two trains that goes from that place to Brisbane daily. It was leaving around 9 PM. The nearest train station is about 8km from the place I lived in with Jean, who agreed or maybe even offered to take us to that train station, I can't remember that bit for sure. What is for sure is that once we got there it become clear that the train was not coming as the train tracks were not there and the workers currently working there under the floodlights confirmed that the trains were not operating on that track for the past 14 days and will not be going for another 14 more. I was amazed and surprised, especially after we got back home and I confirmed on the computer that the online time schedule directly on the Queensland Rail website still insists that there are no exceptions or delays and that that train is scheduled as per normal. There was no other public transport for us to use from that place. So after another couple of hours of trying to figure out any other possibility of getting us there on time, I finally asked Jean if she would be so kind and took us to the airport (we did not want to bother the friend in Brisbane to sleep over anymore because we would arrive too late for that we felt) so that we could make our flights. Jean told us that "she would but that she promised her sister to accompany her to a church service the next morning and that if she took us she would be too sleepy for that the next day".................. I probably don't have to say that I was a bit disappointed that someone I considered a friend and a good person would refuse to help us in a situation in which I would have no other safe viable option. I never analyzed it further beyond the disappointment. However, a couple of years later I was telling this story to a friend and he, I think very spot on, pointed out that "So she would rather go to church to listen to the preacher to tell her that she should be helping people rather than take the opportunity to actually help someone in a real need.". How is that for "Christian" values? I know my non-religious friends would not hesitate to help me in that situation as I'll give you an example of in a couple of lines. Just to finish the story, Jean was "nice enough" to suggest that we can try hitchhiking on the highway (at 1 AM no less!!) and "kindly" offered to take us there. We had no other choice so we accepted. To start with, there were literally 2 cars in 40 minutes we stood there. Fortunately, the second car actually stopped for us, and also fortunately we survived that. I say the second "fortunately" since it was a German traveler who told us that he stopped because he needed someone to keep him awake since he has been driving at that point non-stop for 16 hours from Cairns. Needless to say that traveling in a car 20km over the highway speed limit with someone who is grossly falling to sleep is quite scary... The story still developed into having quite a few very interesting twists, but those are not relevant to this anymore. So now a concrete matching example: When I was 15 I was to travel by bus 150 km to my brand new high school. I was obviously gonna have to be staying at a boarding school there so I wanted to take an earlier Sunday bus to have a chance to choose my new bed. But after waiting over an hour over the scheduled time for the bus I concluded that it was not coming and I was going to have to take the late afternoon one. After returning to the bus station and waiting for that one for almost an hour again I finally figured out that it was actually a brand new holiday celebrating the two (religious - interestingly enough :)) men who managed to enforce the recognition of our language as a language recognized by the religion, based and thanks to which our writing was established. (Religion would not allow our writing if it did not recognize the language as being worthy.) It was never celebrated before as it was shortly after the Velvet Revolution so I had no idea. Anyway, the result was that there was no other bus that day and that not only I would arrive dead last to the boarding school, but I would also miss probably the important first half of the first day at the actual new school as a freshman since my dad was away somewhere at that time with our only car. That evening, at about 10 PM, a neighbor and my parent's friend came to pick something up from my mum. He was surprised to see me still at home and so he asked how come? When we told him he said that we should have told him earlier because he would have taken me there. He also told us that he was supposed to be at work the next day at 5 or 6 AM so it was too late to drive me there now. I remember thinking that it is easy to say now if he can't prove he would have done it anyway. Three minutes later I hear him saying: "You know what, let's go, I'll take you there." It was a 3-hour drive one way!!! The Czech Republic is quite dense with towns and villages and there were at that time many quite large detours on the way, too. So this man would get home about an hour or two before having to go to work! How big of a difference this is to a church on Sunday where you go by your own volition, you are not required to go and being able to take the highway instead of in that case basically the whole way, so that trip would have cost Jean 3 hours max! So the person who is NOT compulsed to help me for fear of any hell or any other even slightly unpleasant result helps me for purely the good feeling that one gets from helping others by his own choice despite majorly inconveniencing himself is the one that actually helps me and the one that thinks of themselves as the chosen and the most kind people chooses to go listening about how kind they are rather than actually be. Does not that give you a pause? :) Another example. I was renting a room in a home of another of my friends and I happened to accidentally either drop the clear plastic fridge bucket for fruits and veggies or drop something on it (I cannot remember), resulting in its cracking. The, for me absolutely obvious thing to do, despite that it was "just a crack" and the bucket was still capable of fulfilling its function (and in fact until this day I still use it in my garage to store stuff in), I went ahead and spent almost a whole day trying to find where I could buy the correct replacement and spent something like 60 bucks on it at a time I did not have much money at all. Just because it was a normal logical thing for me to do for the pure "golden rule" reason. And Jordan would maybe say "ha, see, Christian values". And I, same as Sam or Christopher or probably Douglas too, would say that that rule is very logical, self-evident, and much older than the Christianity that appropriates that too for itself. It is just logical. I did not ever need any kind of story behind it and definitely not one where I would be punished other than that others may start doing the same to me seeing me do that to others. And since I want others to be nice to me, I, quite logically and without complicated explanations that some try to fit to some ancient stories they happen to believe in, will behave nicely to them. And now again, contrast this to a very similar situation the other way around, this time, however, the other person is a church-going Christian. I now live in a nice big house, which we rent as I mentioned. For the past 10 years, it has been our home and we can only afford it because we are sub-letting one of its rooms directly connected to the main bathroom. And we do this because we fell in love with the house and felt immediately at home as soon as we inspected it. And we originally inspected it purely just as a point of comparison with other houses we went to see afterward because it was available for inspection first that day. Later, comparing it to the other houses, I realized we could make it affordable (same price as the others) by renting out just those two of the 4 rooms that were on the top of what we actually needed. So we did and it has been 10 years since. We look for people who want to stay longer-terms. Last year, a guy from the Christian part of Nigeria was finishing his stay of over 2 years with us. He would go to church every Sunday without fail and was obviously a devout Christian. He was studying nursing and was working as well, earning quite good money too. In the home, we usually all fit in our big fridge together with our boarder. This one, however, said he needed more space so we bought an additional fridge for him. It was one of the smaller ones which still needs to be periodically defrosted. When we noticed that he is leaving the freezer to become overgrown with ice we told him that he will need to do that so that the fridge does not break. We asked him to do that several times over several months until the plastic hinge of the plastic freezer door broke by the ice pushing it out. It was obviously not even an accident. He would ignore that. So eventually I told him that now he, unfortunately, had to find a replacement freezer door for it because otherwise, the fridge will be consuming much more energy (and we are paying all the energy bills, the boarders have it included in a single unchanging rent amount, which is by the way cheapest in this area) and that it will freeze over faster and that the person after him will surely need the door, too. Nothing at all happened until he left. I meant to force him to do that before I'd return his bond when he would eventually be leaving, but it happened just at a time when we were holidaying aborad and I forgot about the freezer door. So I remotely returned his full bond. Sometime after that, when he came to pick up some of his post that he still did not change the address for, I gave him the broken door and asked him if he could please finally get a replacement. It's been almost a year now and he tells me he did not find it. So I asked him obviously if he actually tried. He said he did. A couple of simple questions later it is clear that he actually did not even try but is happy to lie about it. So what exactly has the church taught him?? I know it has neither taught him for sure to be responsible for his own actions nor to be honest. Clearly. Qualities that I and all of my close friends who I grew up with, who have never been touched by religion of any kind, have. I am not necessarily saying that these almost exactly one-to-one comparable examples are totally indicative of the difference of morals between Christians and completely irreligious people, but since it does fit pretty well with many others we see in history and also currently around us, I think it is time to stop theorizing about the necessity or even utility of religious values for modern people. I'm not disputing that religion does have utility for people who follow it, but it certainly is not the necessary or even important tool for people in general. It seems to me that religion has a utility of a rock that you use to beat in a nail. Take the rock from me and you leave me with a hammer that actually makes much more sense, similarly to taking away the stories and threat of hell and replacing it with something that has been there all along - the genuinely nice feeling of helping someone even if I am otherwise not compelled by anything else than the great feeling and the very logical realization that I have a much better chance to be treated nicely if I treat everybody else nicely. And that I am much more likely to be helped by others if I unconditionally help them. And I may help someone who never helps me, but helps somebody else. And somebody I never helped may actually help me because he was also at some point helped or at least sees it as all so logical how this works. Jordan, your well-researched arguments on many societal topics are great and helpful and make sense. But I must say that even though I heard a couple of ways you very interestingly matched biblical stories on some current situations or general human behavior, I also think that you are totally overcomplicating stuff in these cases and you are getting many, myself included, lost as to what you are in fact trying to do other than somehow trying to reconcile your Christian belief with current reality and as you just discussed during the talks with Douglas and Sam, smuggling the Jesus into it where really, it is not necessary at all, objectively. I understand that it is important to many, you including, but it really is not necessary. We can very nicely do completely without it. As an exercise in reasoning it is, or can be, for sure interesting, especially for scholars like you. For us, normal people (or normal engineers like myself :)) it seems pretty pointless otherwise. And the case of the Czech Republic, I think, even takes a base from your case completely, even though I'm sure you could find connections. As an engineer I can tell you I can map anything to anything if I put enough abstractions in between. But the simple truth is, that almost everybody in a real country that has been historically doing well, grew up a perfectly decent person, arguably in a bigger percentage more decent than the majority in much more religious countries. And we do not suffer. Again, I'd say we suffer less because we are not burdened by any traumas like worrying about ending up in hell. Sure, in our folklore we have another tradition where St. Nicholas (we never used the "St" part, for us it was just "Mikulas") comes on 5. December together with one or more devils to our home and gives our children presents or coal if "they were not good". And yes, for most children the devils are scary and some parents use that to elicit the promise of being good "from now on", but I think that at least most parents (certainly mine) were not trying to persuade us these were real beings. It was a (scary) theatre happening in almost everybody's homes. And as soon as you figure out those under the masks are just normal people you feel clever as a kid. And you feel like you've grown and maybe also that you outsmarted the adults who would not tell you straight away those are just people. When you are like 6, 7, or 8, you are looking forward to running outside with the Mikulases and devils despite sometimes still being scared by them if they play the role well. It is thrilling. But it never needed to be shoved down our throats as a reality and not even a story was needed. We have folklore fairytales that feature devils punishing bad people, yes. But we do not need them to tell us what is right and what is wrong. We can figure that out for ourselves and the stories are just a nice entertainment, if done well. And yes, we can see the useful allegory in it. We would still, however, know quite naturally the difference between clear right and wrong, between hurting others and not hurting others. But we recognize the difference between entertainment and reality. We still enjoy stories all the same. You do not need organizations that actually believe those, are exempt from paying taxes and are praying on those who cannot reason themselves out well enough or prevent themselves being reasoned in by these fantastical stories and the ability of the storyteller to manipulate. I'd say that the about 25% of people in the Czech Republic who identify themselves as somehow religious are exactly those types of people. Ones who severely lack logical thinking. I have an uncle and a stepdaughter both like that. Neither of them has very good reasoning ability and so they are hanging there to be hooked on by the use of fantastical and magical stories, despite the fact that they were not indoctrinated into it as children, which then makes it more understandable when even pretty intelligent people still have this illogical partition in their brain reserved for god. OK, that's it. Quite a bit longer than I intended it to be, but I hope it will eventually reach at least one of you in person and maybe give you some more arsenal for good arguments. It is obvious that you are very busy people so I do not expect any reply at all, but it would be great to get something like: "Hey Marek, it reached me, thanks." so that I know that I haven't completely wasted almost the whole day today instead of fixing my server and getting back to my coding in which I'm so much behind. Wish you all all the best. Sincerely, Marek Vsechovsky Aside: As I'm reading what I wrote after myself I realize that although not absolutely necessary to explain this, you may wonder if I'm not "telling you stories" since at one point I mention that I am a software engineer and in another talk about affordability of rent. Well, I really don't revolve my life around money. And since I very much enjoy my job and have large amounts of ideas, I'm trying to implement them running it as my own business. However, I am kind of a Wozniak without a Jobs, meaning that rather than marketing a finished product I immediately start working on the next one since I just can't wait to work on it, so I end up with no income to my business and so from time to time I have to accept a paid outside contract. Since my expertise is large and well valued, and since I am a very frugal person (if I compare myself to most other people who say they are too :) ) I only need to work for about 3 months to be able to live from that for the next two years developing my own ideas. That's why I'm still renting rather than owning. I do what I love, I spend as much time on it as I want and I live at a very nice place where I can take a 30-minute holiday jumping in the surf basically all-year-round, so I'm really happy.
I made a list of documentaries focusing on Rojava and Bakur that are either in English or have English subtitles. This list only contains documentaries that are free and available to stream online (mostly links to YouTube and Vimeo). I organised them by release date and roughly divided them into the following categories: Rojava, Women's Movement, International Volunteers, Battle against ISIS, Bakur and Short Docs. This is a work in progress. I'll add more in the future and try to keep this list up to date. Hope you enjoy these, and feel free to suggest more in the comments or dm me. Tips are welcome.
Since the United States withdrew from northern Syria in October 2019, and the Turkish military operation began, what remains now of Rojava, created in 2014 during the battle of Kobane, won by Kurdish forces at the cost of enormous sacrifices?
What will happen next in northern Syria? All of the parties to the conflict — the Americans, Assad's regime, Russia, Iran and Turkey — have their own agendas for the war-torn region. But what do the Kurds themselves think about their future?
In the ruins of ISIS's caliphate syrian kurds are building a radical experiment in democracy and women’s rights in the old badlands of Islamic State. But as Yaara Bou Melhem reports, it could be crushed in an instant.
The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also called Rojava, is passing through a dangerous period. Turkey attacked and occupies Afrin, one of the three Kurdish provinces. The Islamic State is still active. The authorities of the Democratic Federation had talks with the Damascus government on its de facto autonomy, without success, as for now. A film by Chris Den Hond and Mireille Court.
An in-depth look into the inner workings of the commune system in Northeast Syria (Rojava) and how they work in practice to give people direct say over the decisions that affect their lives at the most local level. I also call for people to form communes throughout North America and the world. This is a 45 minute documentary about the Kurds, Assyrians, Arabs, and Yezidis in Northeast Syria (Rojava) who’ve spent the last 9 years dealing with the uncertainty and precarity we are just now beginning to face, turned to their neighbors to get themselves through civil war and ISIS attacks, and are emerging through it all with a new society that is far more beautiful and far more free than they had before. It’s a story of hope and I think it is very instructive for us about the possibilities that can emerge out of crisis when neighbors “pod up”.
While battling the Islamic state, Kurds and other ethnic groups in Northern Syria are trying to install a political project. They call it the “Democratic Federation of Northern Syria”. This project is at opposite to the religious project of part of the Syrian opposition, but also to the Arab nationalist project of the Syrian government. And it's also opposed to an independent Kurdistan." We don't want a Kurdistan for Kurds, but a democratic federation for everybody," they say. From Qamishli to Kobane, from Membij to Raqqa, this story describes the difficult implementation of a new political experience in Syria, despite the obstacles of a the war and a suffocating embargo.
The documentary is telling the Rojava Revolution, with stories of Assyrian, Kurdish, Arabic people. This people are subjected to the ISIS attacks, on the other hand they are trying to build a communal system like democratic autonomy. This struggle is not easy in a region like Syria, where the war continues and showing the effects on people’s life.
“The future of the extraordinary feminist and democratic revolution in Rojava is now in danger. The US has announced it will withdraw its military forces from Syria, with whom the Kurdish forces have been fighting against ISIS. This will be a green light for Erdogan’s Turkey to fulfill its threats to attack Rojava and eradicate its nascent democracy. There’s never been a more important time to support Rojava. This clip from Accidental Anarchist shows why it matters.” - Carne Ross
The documentary The Silent Revolution explains the revolution involving nearly 3 million kurds living in Syria. With the outbreak of the civil war —in the frame of the called ‘Arab Spring'— the Kurds of Syria have taken advantage of the context to fight for their political and cultural recognition and thus end the repression that started more than 50 years ago.
In October 2019, a rising star of Syrian democratic politics, 34-year-old Hevrin Khalaf, was brutally murdered in the Kurdish-governed north east of the country. Yalda Hakim travels to Syria to investigate this young woman's killing, her battle for freedom and empowerment, and her colleagues' view that her death was the result of President Trump's withdrawal of support from the Kurds, who have been a key American ally in the defeat of so-called Islamic State.
The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also known as Rojava, managed to free itself from Syria in 2011 during the upheaval of war. Since this revolution, won by both men and women, a peaceful society is forming where women have taken up leading roles in government and wider society.
On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in Alba Sotorra’s empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria broke, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance assembled the YPJ—Women Protection Units. Arian, who witnessed at a young age the nefarious treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to battling ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to their target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unprecedented access to the commander and her troops, including delicate scenes of her recovering from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission.
The catastrophic war in Syria has brought about one good thing: the forming of the autonomous region of Rojava is radically changing the position of women in the Middle East. The fascinating story of Jiyan, a female guerrilla fighter who devoted twenty years of her life in the Kurdish militant struggle, reveals women's determination for freedom not only against another oppressive regime, but also against patriarchy.
Kongreya Star is a confederation of women's movements through out the region of Rojava, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria, also referred to as West-Kurdistan. Kongreya Star was founded in 2005 and originally called Yekîtîya Star. Under the fierce oppression of Bashar Al Assad's Ba'th regime, women in towns and villages across the northern areas of Syria began to come together and organise themselves, creating a strong basis for the confederated women's movement. Kongreya Star plays an active role in organising women across all areas of life: education, culture and arts, economics, self-defence, social affairs, problem-solving and justice, politics, local government, ecology, press and media and international relations.
As the forces of ISIS and Assad tear through villages and society in Syria and Northern Iraq, a group of brave and idealistic women are taking up arms against them—and winning inspiring victories. Members of “The Free Women’s Party” come from Paris, Turkish Kurdistan, and other parts of the world. Their dream: To create a Democratic Syria, and a society based on gender equality. Guns in hand, these women are carrying on a movement with roots that run 40 years deep in the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey. GIRL’S WAR honors the legacy of Sakine Cansiz, co-founder of the PKK who was assassinated in Paris in 2013, and reflects on the sacrifices made by all of the women in the movement, who have endured jail, rape, war, and persecution in their quest to liberate their lives and sisters from male dominance. With scenes of solidarity, strength, and love amongst these brave women soldiers, GIRL'S WAR is a surprising story of Middle Eastern feminism on the front lines.
RTD correspondents received an exclusive permission to spend three weeks in a training camp of the YPJ, the female division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units fighting ISIS. The town of Serekaniye in Syria is the last major town bordering the “Islamic State”. The mainly Kurdish local population is determined to fight the murderous ISIS and prevent them from entering their town. Among the fighters are young women, who chose to defend themselves and their families from the belligerent invaders.
Deep within Kurdish Syria, the YPJ, made up of local women, are fighting the barbaric ISIS terrorist movement. Tara Brown travels to the war zone to see firsthand just how these extraordinary female fighters are winning the war. They are brave women who have lost family and friends, but won’t let anything weaken their resolve to defeat ISIS.
In 2019, Unicorn Riot interviewed three New Yorkers who volunteered to fight alongside the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces against ISIS and Turkey. The documentary features their oral accounts overlaid with contributed footage from anonymous sources to bring you a first person point of view of what happened to fighters as they held the front line in defense of Rojava, an autonomous zone in northern Syria. The three men share their perspectives of what they witnessed while playing a small role in the Syrian Civil War as international volunteers for the YPG.
To date at least 20 British nationals, some with no previous experience of combat, have travelled to Syria to fight Isis on the frontline. Eight of these Brits have lost their lives. This film follows the journeys of parents as they investigate why their children went out to join the Kurdish army in their fight against Isis, including visiting the places they died in Syria. What led these young Brits to risk everything, travelling thousands of miles from home to wage war against the world’s most feared terrorist organisation, fighting someone else’s war?
The New International is a biweekly, bilingual show broadcast on Kurdistan's Stêrk TV. Each episode follows a day in the life of an internationalist revolutionary who has travelled to Rojava, Northern Syria, to work in solidarity with the democratic-confederalist, women-led revolution.
In an eye opening report, journalist Yuri Maldavsky follows an international brigade fighting for the Kurdish cause against Islamic state and subsequently Turkish forces, in besieged Afrin, northern Syria.
Fear Us Women follows Hanna Bohman, a Canadian civilian who has spent the last three years in Syria as a volunteer soldier battling ISIS. As a member of the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish army, Hanna gives an inside look at the brave women fighting for liberation in one of the world's most dangerous countries.
Part One: This 2-part series follows River Hagg as he travels to war-torn Syria, in hopes of documenting stories of the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. He finds a medical unit of foreign volunteers as they provide aid to civilians, YPG fighters and ISIS. Part two: The volunteers continue to push with the YPG to the ISIS defended city of Manbij, Syria. River hears news from home and plans his exit. The team is granted access to the front lines and they find themselves on dangerous ground, surrounded by ISIS.
The documentary film documents the construction of a new health care center by international volunteers in the city of Kobane (North Syria/Western Kurdistan) that was destroyed by the fascist IS to 80 per cent. 177 brigadists of ICOR from 10 countries constructed the health care center together with local construction workers. With that they set a signal for the return of more than one hundred thousand people to their home city who had fled the city.
VICE journalist, Sebastian Weiss, met up with a German ex-soldier and former Foreign Legionnaire, a 19-year-old Canadian fighter, a mother of four from Poland, an ICOR brigade member, German social workers and a 25-year-old from Saarbrücken, who are deployed under the command of the People’s Protection Units, directly on the front and only 50 kilometers from the IS stronghold, Raqqah.
NAKED TRUTH: ISIS Fighters follows several American and western volunteers embedded with Kurdish militias as they make a push deep into ISIS strongholds, uncovering the brutality of life under the Islamic State.
The foreign Fighters who took part in Syria Civil War subscribe to different Ideologies & come from different countries: from USA, France, Germany, The Netherlands, etc; from a simple farmer to a university scholar; all gathered together in one place, either fighting for ISIS or fighting to defeat ISIS. The Documentary speaks about them, but this time we do not deal with those 25 thousand combatants who fight along with ISIS; rather, we selected those who are fighting against ISIS, along with other eight hundred foreigners, together with the Kurdish forces. They have arrived in Syrian Kurdistan which Kurds call Rojava from all over the world, and are fighting on the front lines under the command of the YPG, the People's Protection Units. Jordan Matson is a former U.S. Army infantryma and one of the first foreign volunteers to fight within the YPG. Matson flew from Chicago to Istanbul and then drove to Diyarbakir in southeast of Turkey. In October 2014, he crossed the border into Syria pretending to be a doctor. Matson currently lives in Sweden with his wife and son, Verdi and Kosta Leonidas Matson.
The road to ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa, has been long and hard. The battle rages in the suburbs of the Syrian city. Improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers, sniper fire and grenade-dropping drones have been deployed by the surrounded terrorists. This film features the stories of fighters in the Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG), as well as European volunteers who joined them. There are also stories of military hospital staff. Dr. Akhiv, a veteran military doctor considers his work a “sacred calling.” Adham, a frontline nurse, joined the field hospital after his brother was killed fighting ISIS. Sema, a Kurdish female commander, left her family to join the fight. “We’re not fighting for a certain nation. Humanity is what we’re fighting for,” she says. Some Europeans have joined the YPG as volunteers. Rosa left a mundane life in Sweden to fight for women’s rights in Syria. Robin, a volunteer from Germany, got sick of hearing how “someone should do something about” ISIS after every terrorist attack in Europe. He left his girlfriend and a comfortable life to do something about them himself.
FRANCE 24 reporters Romeo Langlois, Mayssa Awad and Mohammed Hassan were able to gain exclusive access to the fighters of this interethnic coalition that is taking on the IS group "caliphate". They witnessed firsthand the battle to take back the town of Shaddadi. This is their extraordinary 35-minute documentary.
If almost everything you had in life was lost, your house was turns to ashes, your neighborhood wiped out and most of your friends and family were killed... what were you doing? Leaving Kobani and Syria in favor of a new promising future in Europe? Or the opposite: Now, more than ever, fight for your land and for what might become a historic opportunity for independent state and freedom, in a place where Assad and ISIS are your immediate neighbors? It is a difficult question and we analyse it in Syria and in Germany. We check it with someone from Kobani who tried to flee - Abdullah Kurdi - who lost his wife and two children while trying to go on a boat and cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, and whose little boy Alan, was drifted to the shores of Turkey and was immortalized by a shocking photo that led to the opening of the gates and the heart of Europe (momentarily) to the refugees from Syria.
My second and longest journey to Kurdish controlled regions of Iraq and Syria. We explore the frontline against ISIS stretching from Shengal (Sinjar) Iraq, all the way to the edge of the Euphrates River in Syria. Without the constraints typical of our mainstream media, this documentary offers a deeply personal and humanizing view of the war.
In March of 2015, I set off to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to begin a new personal project. In the beginning, I thought perhaps it would be a still photography trip only. But just as I left the door, I decided to grab my GoPro kit in case anything interesting happened and I could just film it myself. This is that footage.
The City That Beat ISIS: For months the Syrian city of Kobani was under siege in a struggle that became emblematic of the international fight back against ISIS. In January 2015, ISIS were driven out - an event that made world headlines. Few journalists managed to enter Kobani during the siege. But reporter Kiki King and director James Brabazon were there to witness the final week of the battle.
The Kurdish border city of Kobane in Northern Syria has been under siege by Islamic State fighters for more than three months. But Kurdish forces are managing to retain hold of most of the city. As well as keeping IS at bay – they see getting their story out to the rest of the world as a vital part of their mission. An Iranian Kurdish film-maker spent two weeks inside Kobane following the men and women risking their lives to publicise the ongoing battle.
On September 19th, 2014, after 2 months of siege by the Islamic State, the kurds from the city of Kobane, in northern Syria, are forced to flee to Turkey. Two days later, my father and I decide to make a trip to the Turkish-Syrian border to find our family and assist the refugees from my father's city. But what we will find there, at the foot of the border, will surpass any expectations.
In September of 2013, VICE crossed the border into Syria's Kurdish region to document the YPG's counteroffensive against the jihadists, who had struck deep into rural Hassakeh in an attempt to surround and capture Ras al-Ayn. With unparalleled access to the Kurdish and Syrian Christian fighters on the frontlines, we found ourselves witnessing a bitter and almost unreported conflict within the Syrian war, where the Assad regime is a neutral spectator in a life or death struggle between jihadist-led rebels and Kurdish nationalists, pitting village against village and neighbor against neighbor.
Is the Middle East's newest country a territory called "Rojava"? Out of the chaos of Syria's civil war, mainly Kurdish leftists have forged a radical, egalitarian, multi-ethnic mini-state run on communal lines. But with ISIS Jihadists attacking them at every opportunity - especially around the beleaguered city of Kobane, how long can this idealistic social experiment last? Our World has gained exclusive access to Rojava, from the frontlines, to the politicians and refugee camps.
On the frontline with the women taking up arms against Islamic State. These highly effective female fighters are taking on Islamic State forces in northern Iraq and Syria as part of the Kurdish guerrilla army. Through the camera of Israeli filmmaker Itai Anghel, we meet young women giving up any prospect of a normal life to train and fight in tough conditions.
Voices of Bakur looks at the Kurdish movement in Bakur, Northern Kurdistan. It focuses on the period of 2015-2016, when more than a dozen Kurdish towns within the southeastern borders of Turkey declared autonomy from the Turkish state. In the summer of 2015, the Turkish state launched a brutal war against the Kurds who were organizing an assembly based social system founded on the principles of women’s liberation and autonomy. According to the Diyarbakir Human Rights Association, 1,552 people, 320 of them civilians, and 75 of them children, were killed in Turkey between July 2015 and July 2016. The film features interviews shot on the ground with various Kurdish organizers, many who are now facing jail sentences, are already in jail or were killed, about democratic autonomy, women’s liberation, self-defense, and the civil war in southeastern Turkey. It features footage from various news sources, which have now been shut down and banned by the state. Voices of Bakur is an important document of an under-reported popular insurrection for autonomy. The film was created by Two Rivers and a Valley, a collective of Turkish, Kurdish, European, and US radical filmmakers.
Shot in secret, BAKUR: Inside the PKK is the worlds first documentary made with inside access to the Kurdish separatist group, who are considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and NATO. The result is an inside look at the undeclared war going on in Turkey for decades. This was the first time any film crew had ever accessed these camps.
Kurdistan, which is split over Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria, could play a major role in a Middle East that has been torn apart. But who are the Kurds? What influence do they have? And who exactly is Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party?
FRANCE 24 brings you a rare look inside the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, in the midst of fighting a guerrilla war against the Turkish army and the Islamic State group. Some, such as the United States and the European Union, see them as terrorists, others as saviours. PKK fighters are waging a war on two fronts, between Turkey and Iraq. FRANCE 24 was able to meet several members of the group in their stronghold of the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq.
Cizre, extreme south-east of Turkey. On 4 September 2015 a measure of the governor of Sirnak declares a state of emergency, a curfew of 24 hours 24 is imposed on the entire population. No one can leave the house, the hospital is closed as well as all commercial activities. There is no water or electricity, cell phones do not work, Cizre is isolated from the world. It begins the siege. The story of what happened in the 9-day curfew told directly by the people of Cizre. A journey through the streets of the neighborhoods where they are consumed very serious violations of human rights in the attack launched by the Turkish army against men, women and children that caused 28 deaths and over 100 injured.
From Boudica of the British Celts to Corporal Klinger, few things unsettle the male mind like a lady in arms. The Kurds of Northern Iraq have long recognized this principle and incorporated it into their quest to build a Kurdish homeland in the overlap between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. Fighting alongside their male comrades in a region not exactly known for its progressive stance on women's rights, the female Peshmerga guerillas of the Kurdish Liberation Movement built a reputation for themselves in the 70s and 80s as demure diaboliques with the deadly poise of Leila Khaled or Tania-era Patty Hearst.
As a Kurdish teenager she refused to be given in marriage. Thirty years later Nuriye Kesbir is still fighting, now as a wanted female guerrilla leader. This film is a frank portrait of the background and motives of one of the leaders of the Kurdish resistance movement PKK. Director Wietsma followed Kesbir, warrior name 'Sozdar' (meaning: someone who keeps a promise) on her remarkable journey, beginning in a Dutch prison and ending in the rough mountains of Northern Iraq.
The film is a portrait of Leyla Zana, the first Kurdish deputy woman of the Turkish Parliament elected in 1991, and the «mother» of a whole country torn by a tragic history. A symbol of civic courage, a model of respect for all those who fight against injustice all over the world, the life of Leyla Zana also questions the commitment of a woman and the sacrifice of a mother. Through archives and accounts given by her relatives, the film recalls her development and her fight.
A war of national liberation or a war against terrorism? Film-maker and acclaimed freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan poses this question at the outset of this stirring, provocative film shot in part by legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It's all in how you define "good" and "bad." "Good Kurds" are those in Iraq: they're Saddam Hussein's victims, whom we want to help. "Bad Kurds" are those waging an armed insurrection against Turkey, an American ally: they're at the receiving end of U.S. weaponry. McKiernan went to northern Iraq to cover the revolt against Saddam Hussein. Just a few miles away, no one was covering the hidden war in Turkey. McKiernan determined he would report the story independently. 'Good Kurds, Bad Kurds' brings a sharp clarity to a complex history, while providing disturbing insight into immigration practices and U.S. foreign policy.
In May 2017, Charlie left everything behind to go and fight against ISIS in Rojava, Kurdistan, a Middle Eastern utopia based on the notions of feminism and equality. Charlie recalls what it is like to be at war with ISIS and takes us to an outpost in the battle of Raqqa, ISIS’ capital. As Charlie re-adapts to ordinary British life, his comrades in Syria are still fighting and paying the price. But if the price is high, so are the stakes.
Documenting the life of Mehmet Aksoy, a British-Kurdish filmmaker, a leading figure within the UK’s Kurdish community and an activist. Mehmet was tragically killed on 26th September 2017, at the age of 32, while documenting the war between Kurdish forces and ISIS in Raqqa, northern Syria.
The documentary collective "Şopdarên rojê ya çandê" has made a short film about Jinwar, which gives a short introduction on the perspective of the free women's village with very nice shots from the village life.
The People's Protection Units (YPG) was formed underground in 2011 to defend the people of Rojava against attacks from the Syrian Bashar al-Assad regime and other reactionary forces as the war in Syria started. Today, it is a force of 50,000 people and at the forefront of the revolution in Syria and the region. Watch this short documentary to learn about the struggle, sacrifices and victories of this amazing force.
Filmed during the battle of Kobani, this film reveals the women at the heart of the fight against IS. With stoical perseverance and the aid of American airstrikes, these women are leading the fight for freedom.
This short documentary about the radical democratic experiment in Rojava was made by the New World Summit, an artistic and political organization dedicated to providing “alternative parliaments” to host organizations that currently find themselves excluded from democracy. The documentary focuses on the ongoing political, military and ideological transformation in Rojava-Northern Syrian Federation.
The report takes us into the new front against ISIS on the Euphrates River in Syria (Rojava for the Kurds). On the east bank of the river the Kurdish guerrilla - YPG. On the west bank - ISIS in the city of Jarabulus . Kurdish women are firing across the river on the positions of ISIS and explain the added value of the women in the battle against Jihadists. We focus on volunteers who came to Syria to fight alongside YPG against ISIS. Where countries have decided not to intervene on the ground and look away from the atrocities, there are hundreds of individuals who left their comfortable life in the west and came to fight in Syria and Iraq . Here we tell the story of three of them: A doctor from Norway , a teacher from Sweden and an American student.
2020.08.24 20:31 Spin_LiquidUnofficial 2020 TIFF OFFSALE List
********** UPDATED ************* With TIFF365 Members purchasing today most in person screenings are already offsale. *********************************** Lots of screenings going OFFSALE today with Contributors Circle buying tickets. I will try and keep this list as up to date as possible. ********************************** After the first day of ticket sales, lots of movies go OFFSALE including some digital screenings. Let me know if I missed any or if there are any errors between this post and the tiffr account as well. ********************************** https://tiff.net/available-tickets It looks like TIFF has already put in place their official availabilty list. I will still keep an eye on the comments here and any other crowd sourced information, but I suggest people check the official TIFF availablity list. ********************************** TIFF 2020 will look very different than previous iterations of the festival. There will still be in-person screenings and drive-in screenings. Digital at-home screenings will also be available in limited quantities. I don't know if this post will be of any use since there are no ticket package redemptions, but since there still is a tiered system for ticket purchasing and limited quantities, I thought I would still maintain this thread. I will update this list with any comments posted to this thread as well as any info posted in the comments of tifftalk.blogspot.com. If tiffr.com goes online for 2020, I will keep an updated offsale list on there as well. https://2020.tiffr.com/schedules/tiff_offsale *** There is currently a problem with tiffr.com where digital screenings aren't listed properly. I will add them to the offsale list when the problem is fixed.
UNOFFICIAL TIFF 2020 OFFSALE SCREENINGS
THU SEPT 10 ENEMIES OF THE STATE - 3:00 PM TBLB4 NIGHT OF THE KINGS - 3:00 PM TBLB2 GAZA MON AMOR - 4:400 PM TBLB1 UNDER THE OPEN SKY - 7:00 PM TBLB2 SPRING BLOSSOM - 7:00 PM TBLB4 NO ORDINARY MAN - 8:00 PM TBLB1 DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA - 9:00 OpenAir OP GET THE HELL OUT - 11:45 PM TBLB1 GET THE HELL OUT - 11:59 PM TBLB2 FRI SEPT 11 FALLING - 4:30 PM TBLB1 THE DISCIPLE - 4:45 PM TBLB2 THE DISCIPLE - 5:00 PM TBLB4 ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI - 7:45 PM DRIVE-IN CV AMMONITE - 9:15 PM TBL1 NOMADLAND - 9:15 PM DRIVE-IN OP AMMONITE - 9:30 PM TBL2 BEGINNING - 9:30 PM TBLB4 SAT SEPT 12 PIECES OF A WOMAN - 12:00 PM TBLB1 LIMBO - 12:00 PM TBLB2 PENGUIN BLOOM - 12:30 PM TBLB4 INCONVENIENT INDIAN - 4:45 PM TBLB1 LIFT LIKE A GIRL - 5:00 PM TBLB4 INCONVENIENT INDIAN - 5:15 PM TBLB2 AMMONITE - 6:00 PM DIGITAL BRUISED - 6:00 PM DIGITAL ANOTHER ROUND - 9:00 PM TBLB1 ANOTHER ROUND - 9:15 PM TBLB2 VIOLATION - 9:30 PM TBLB2 PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME - 9:30 PM TBLB4 I CARE A LOT - 9:30 PM DRIVE-IN OP SUN SEPT 13 ANOTHER ROUND - 12:00 PM TBLB4 BEANS - 12:00 PM TBLB1 BEANS - 12:30 PM TBLB2 THE DISCIPLE - 4:30 PM TBLB1 QUO VADIS, AIDA? - 4:30 PM TBLB4 FALLING - 4:45 PM TBLB2 THE NEW CORPORATION: THE UNFORUNATELY NECESSARY SEQUEL - 9:00 PM OpenAir OP CONCRETE COWBOY - 9:00 PM TBLB1 NIGHT OF THE KINGS - 9:00 PM TBLB4 MON SEPT 14 AMMONITE - 12:30 PM TBLB1 180 RULE - 12:30 PM TBLB4 76 DAYS - 5:00 PM TBLB1 76 DAYS - 5:15 PM TBLB4 VIOLATION - 9:00 PM TBLB1 NO ORDINARY MAN - 9:00 PM OpenAir OP GOOD JOE BELL - 9:15 PM TBLB4 TUES SEPT 15 TRICKSTER - 12:30 PM TBLB1 THE BEST IS YET TO COME - 4:30 PM TBLB1 MLK/FBI - 5:00 PM TBLB2 MLK/FBI - 5:15 PM TBLB4 NOTTURNO - 9:00 PM TBLB1 NEW ORDER - 9:15 PM TBLB2 NEW ORDER - 9:30 PM TBLB4 WED SEPT 16 THE NEW CORPORATION: THE UNFORUNATELY NECESSARY SEQUEL - 11:30 AM TBLB1 BANDAR BAND - 12:30 PM TBLB4 TRUE MOTHERS - 3:45 PM TBLB1 TRUE MOTHERS - 4:00 PM TBLB2 ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI - 4:30 PM TBLB4 FAUNA - 9:15PM TBLB2 NEW ORDER - 9:15 PM TBLB4 THURS SEPT 17 SHIVA BABY - 12:00 PM TBLB1 TRUE MOTHERS - 12:00 PM TBLB4 INCONVENIENT INDIAN - 5:00 PM TBLB2 PENGUIN BLOOM - 8:30 PM TBLB1 PENGUIN BLOOM - 9:00 PM TBLB2 SUMMER OF 85 - 9:15 PM TBLB4 FRI SEPT 18 WILDFIRE - 12:00 PM TBLB2 PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME - 12:00 PM TBLB4 MLK/FBI - 4:30 PM TBLB1 THE BEST IS YET TO COME - 4:30 PM TBLB4 PIECES OF A WOMAN - 9:00 PM TBLB1 SAT SEPT 19 ANOTHER ROUND - 12:00 PM TBLB4 GAZA MON AMOR - 4:30 PM TBLB4 GOOD JOE BELL - 8:00 PM TBLB1 CONCRETE COWBOY - 9:00 PM TBLB4
2020.08.22 19:36 biggreekgeekFlatten the Curve. #50. PART 1. Jeffery Epstein & Espionage. Peter Thiel & Carbyne. Isreali Surveillance Tech & UAE. China Uyghurs Dentions & Erik Prince. Human Rights Watch; Similar Tech in China & Carbyne. Carbyne in the USA 911 SYSTEM. Michael Chertoff: Wrote Patriot Act + Carbyne Director.
Read Flatten the Curve Part 49. Link Here Headlines. A line designed to get into your head. And it works, judging by the amount of circulation of conspiracy posts that help move those headlines that masquerade as revealing connections, but are merely propoganda headline clones being disseminated. So lets get ahead of the lines before the lines get into your head. Humans have two primary modes of communication; verbal and nonverbal. Nonverbal is body language. Body language on it's own can give you insight. Pairing verbal and nonverbal gives you the whole picture. Headlines are verbal. The content is nonverbal. That's how you get a glimpse of the bigger picture. But we can't look at each article as a completed part of the communicative process. That would be like only watching hand gestures while having a conversation with someone. The article isn't the subject, the event is the subject, and if the subject was person, then we have to find as many articles as we can to profile the body language and interpret the nonverbal communication. Let me show you what I mean.
Offender Conspiracy Article Profiling • criminal article profiling, is an investigative strategy used by law enforcement agencies conspiracy theorists to identify likely suspects hidden motives and has been used by investigators conspiracy theorists to link cases subjects that may have been committed by the same perpetrator. Multiple crimes may be linked to a specific offender event and the profile may be used to predict the identified offender's conspiracy's future actions real intent. Criminal Profiling Here
Nonverbal communication (NVC) Multiple Article Profiling (MAP) • is the transmission of messages or signals through a nonverbal platform multiple article content searches (MACS) such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, and the distance between two individuals, article source, differing information, dates, pov, and the connections between the sources. It includes the use of visual cues such as body language (content), distance (dates) and organizations/politicians, corporations, law enforcement, environmental issues, economics, and technology/AI. Original NVC Content Here
I have no doubt that the actors who have advanced copies of the script are using data algorithm aggregation that compiles the different content sources into a complete picture for them. We plebs aren't so lucky, we have to peruse and parse multiple sources to connect the dots. In essence, we are the plebs living in a technofuedal era before the invention of the modern Gutenberg technopress for the masses. So let's throw on some work boots, grab a shovel, and start digging.
The Hacks and Muckrakers.
May 18, 2018: Vanity Fair • “We just got back from the Middle East,” he told a room full of Israelis, upon arriving in Jerusalem from Saudi Arabia last May. Source Here
May 22 2017: Slate • The President Just Told a Room of Israelis That He “Just Got Back From the Middle East” Source Here
Trump. The man's Presidency has come at a time where it's all starting to fall apart. And I can't help but think of Trump as Julius Caesar part two. A populist leader who threatened the establishment and upended the republic, paving the way for Augustus Caesar and the soft introduction of Roman empire, as it let the pretenses of being a Republic fade away. If you aren't familiar with that time of history, I would highly recommend doing so. There is more to my comparison that I'm not elaborating on, except to say, if you dig you will find someone else who loves Roman history, looks like a clone of Augustus, and we watched as he made rounds while articles suggested that he had aspirations of becoming President. Do I think that it'll happen soon? Probably not. History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. And we're only at the start of the Hollow Men by T S *Eliot *.
December 14, 2016: Techcrunch • President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the most prominent executives from the tech industry today at Trump Tower, with investor Peter Thiel and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at his side. Trump opened the meeting with CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others by thanking Thiel for his support. “I want to add that I am here to help you folks do well. And you’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by the bounce. They’re all talking about the bounce. So right now everybody in this room has to like me, at least a little bit,” Trump said, perhaps in reference to the fact that he received little support from Silicon Valley during his campaign. “We’re going to try to have that bounce continue. Perhaps even more importantly, we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room and anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me, it doesn’t make any difference. We have no formal chain of command around here,” Trump said.
Interesting, wouldn't you say? No formal chain of command around here. They thanked Peter Thiel for his support. Ok. Maybe nothing, maybe something. Ok. It's something.
August, 2018 Articles: www.theverge.com • Trump claims Google is suppressing positive news about him.
www.cnbc.com • Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google 'have to be careful'.
Stop the presses, because were getting squeezed and pasteurized. The tech leaders meet with Trump. They thank Thiel, suggesting that he organized the assembly. And then Trump starts bashing the Technocrats that he's meeting with? Nothing but Bread and Circus. Plain and simple.
June 27, 2017: Tech Transparency Project • No other company in America was as intimately tied to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party during Barack Obama’s eight years in office than Google. Today the company is doing everything it can to restore the same cozy White House access it enjoyed under President Obama. Eric Schmidt has attended at least two meetings with Trump and attended a third White House meeting with tech leaders last Monday. At the same time, The Groundwork – a secretive Schmidt-funded startup that ran the Clinton campaign’s data operation – recently relaunched itself as a technology platform for liberal organizations working to fight the Trump Administration’s agenda. By all appearances, Google appears to be working overtime to both ingratiate itself with the Trump Administration while simultaneously cashing in on the “resistance” to Trump’s agenda. Source Here
By all appearances? He's working both sides? Trying to cash in? Really? Seriously? Let's break that down. ** 2020 • Eric Schmidt/Net worth: 15.3 billion USD. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a guy with 15 billion dollars is worried about "cashing in**". As I've stated numerous times, this is no longer about money, it's about control. That's imperative to understand. You don't worry about the money hidden under the mattress when you have a locked vault full of cash. Money is only an incentive for those who either don't have it or need more of it. Neither of those categories apply to Eric Schmidt. So lets examine how badly the Tech guys and Trump aren't getting along, shall we?
March 2, 2016: Defense News • Google Executive Schmidt To Head New DoD Advisory Board. Source Here
Ah. He's working for the Pentagon to make it better. And this happens almost a full year before meeting with Trump. This doesn't look like someone playing both sides, this looks like a team player in a game that only has one team. This is political wrestling that would make Vince McMahon envious. If you want to dive deeper into how Eric Schmidt funded the non profit that started fake news, here's a previous Flatten the Curve post. Part #19
Attendees included Eric Schmidt and Larry Page of Google, Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella and Brad Smith of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos of Amazon (who expressed his excitement that Trump’s administration could be “the innovations administration“), Safra Catz of Oracle, Chuck Robbins of Cisco and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook. Thiel’s business partner, Palantir CEO Alex Karp, attended as well.
Those are big names and big companies. But they all hate Trump, right?
Thiel has been instrumental in shaping Trump’s approach to technology, helping assemble a list of candidates for technical roles in the upcoming administration and reportedly bringing David Sacks and other long-time associates to the transition team. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thiel talked about spreading the prosperity of Silicon Valley to other regions across the country and cited space travel as one of America’s great technological achievements. “Instead of going to Mars, we have invaded the Middle East,” Thiel said.
I should point out that Thiel and Musk started PayPal together.
November 24, 2019: Business Insider • What do the founders of YouTube, Yelp, Tesla, and LinkedIn have in common? Apart from leading massively disruptive technology companies, their founders all share a common resume line item: employment at PayPal. Known for their entrepreneurial mindset and anti-establishment attitude, this elite group is known as the "PayPal Mafia," and they all put in time during the payment platform's early days some 20 years ago. Source Here
Oh. And Pete's instrumental to creating Facebook. Thiel became Facebook's first outside investor when he acquired a 10.2% stake for $500,000 in August 2004. He sold the majority of his shares in Facebook for over $1 billion in 2012, but remains on the board of directors. And he funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit to take down Gawker. Told ya, it's just political wrestling to entertain us.
However, one of the biggest proponents of travel to Mars, Elon Musk, has also been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics. Musk donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and frequently denounced Trump, saying that the former reality television star “doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.” But since the election, Musk appears to have warmed up to Trump. He was a late addition to the invite list for today’s meeting. The transition team also announced this morning that Musk will join Trump’s strategic and policy forum, a group of business leaders that will serve as an advisory committee to the president-elect. Source Here
Musk and Trump, a marriage made in heaven. It's destiny, I tell you, destiny. Or an act (don't worry Elon, I haven't forgotten about you) designed to make us believe that somebody up there is fighting for us down here. Yet the inclusion of the quote about Mars and War in the Middle East stands out, wouldn't you agree? And we have environmental collapse triggers happening. Riots happening. Why those riots are also happening in Beruit, aren't they? And Isreal and Saudi Arabia don't get along with Lebanon, or the Hezbollah. And President Trump went from Suadi Arabia to Isreal, didn’t he? And wasn't there an explosion there recently? Must all be a coincidence. Let's get back to Pete the magical Thiel and see what else Hulk Hogan's buddy is mixed up in.
He co-founded Valar Ventures in 2010, co-founded Mithril Capital, serving as investment committee chair, in 2012, and served as a partner at Y Combinator from 2015 to 2017. Through the Thiel Foundation, Thiel governs the grant-making bodies Breakout Labs and Thiel Fellowship, and funds nonprofit research into artificial intelligence, life extension and seasteading. A co-founder of The Stanford Review, he is a conservative libertarian who is critical of high government spending, high debt levels, and foreign wars. He has donated to numerous political figures. At the 2009 Singularity Summit, he said his greatest concern is the technological singularity not arriving soon enough. Source Here
Singularity. Not. Arriving. Soon. Enough. Call me paranoid and pass the tin foil hat, but what Matrix code is needed to decipher his words intent? Not soon enough for what? Better Netflix selection? The Alien invasion? Godzilla awakening because of Fukushima? Are the Decepticons already here? Or have they been downplaying the ELE that's approaching? I'll take ELE for a thousand, Alex. So he's into AI (he backed Deepmind and OpenAI) and life extension. He went to Stanford. He's also going to have his body cryonically preserved. And his Palantir surveillance is, well, nottofreakyououtoranything, everywhere. Palantir's first backer was the Central Intelligence Agency's venture capital arm In-Q-Tel. Then Palantir became Big Brother. Literally. The Palantir clients include the CIA, DHS, NSA, FBI, CDC, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point, the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization and Allies, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And Palantir is also being used by Banks, Hedge Funds, Financial Services, and other corporate clients. Big Brother wants to be Palantir went it grows up. Now, are you wondering why I started with Trump, Saudi Arabia and Isreal? Are you curious about how it goes from ex CEO of Google Eric Schmidt "playing" both sides of the fence to Palantir and Peter Thiel? Just sit right back and hold tight, cause I'm about to take you on a one way trip to a Brave New Normal World that's called 1984. Warning. What you're about to read will make you forever question every officially sanctioned narrative. Trust me. Still game? Are you sure? Last chance. You're about to leave neverneverland and you can't go back. Alright. Let's go.
It's All Hidden In Plain Sight.
Let's talk about Epstein. Yep. Him. I've been strangely quiet about Jeffery haven't I? Nothing written about the Captain Pedo and his Amazing friends didn't mean there was nothing there, it just meant that I didn't find anything that indicated something deeper than a pedophile blackmail ring. And sex and political blackmail is as old as time itself. There's a reason they say the world's two oldest professions are prostitutes and politicians. Yet it turns out the professional pimp and the abducted teens may be playing a bigger role than we thought.
July 31, 2019: NY TIMES • Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding. Mr. Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, which he confided to scientists and others he hoped to use as the site for seeding the human race with his DNA.
Welcome to the Island of Dr. Moreau. We're it's the monsters trying to make humans. Do you still think this was all about blackmail, cause it wasn't. Stop thinking in normal terms, because normal is dead, long live the New Normal.
At one session at Harvard, Mr. Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care to the poor because doing so increased the risk of overpopulation, said Mr. Pinker, who was there. Mr. Pinker said he had rebutted the argument, citing research showing that high rates of infant mortality simply caused people to have more children.
Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care. Hmmmm. My memory is foggy, but isn't there someone in Africa trying to provide health care and reduce starvation? Who could that be? Wasn't he into computers and had pictures taken on Epstein’s private jet? Wasn't it Bill Gates? Now why would Billy be hanging around someone who would vocally espouse an ideology that is completely antithetical to his stated humanitarian goals?
Also at the Indian Summer dinner, according to an account on the website of Mr. Brockman’s Edge Foundation, were the Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Jeff Bezos, who was accompanied by his mother.
Then there was Mr. Epstein’s interest in eugenics. Once, at a dinner at Mr. Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Mr. Lanier said he talked to a scientist who told him that Mr. Epstein’s goal was to have 20 women at a time impregnated at his 33,000-square-foot Zorro Ranch in a tiny town outside Santa Fe. Mr. Mr. Lanier, said he had the impression that Mr. Epstein was using the dinner parties to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children. Mr. Epstein did not hide his interest in tinkering with genes — and in perpetuating his own DNA. Interviews with more than a dozen of his acquaintances, as well as public documents, show that he used the same tactics to insinuate himself into an elite scientific community, thus allowing him to pursue his interests in eugenics and other fringe fields like cryonics. One adherent of transhumanism said that he and Mr. Epstein discussed the financier’s interest in cryonics, an unproven science in which people’s bodies are frozen to be brought back to life in the future. Mr. Epstein told this person that he wanted his head and penis to be frozen.
More Epstein and Eugenics. Source Here Now call me crazy, but there's some strangeness happening. Cryonics, don't die, just Let It Go and get Frozen. First Peter Thiel, now Epstein. Let's hope the AI Singularity arrives in time, right? Now I wouldn't have even bothered with their shared interest of joining the Walt Disney Cryonics Club, if there wasn't more in play, and there's more in play.
August 9, 2019: TRT World • The billionaire shared the same personal network that included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, infamous Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
According to investigative journalist Vicky Ward, quoting a meeting with Trump’s transition team, Acosta told a White House official: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.”
That's a bit of an exclusive club, kinda like being in the Mouseketeer CIA club. But, hey, nothing to see here, is there? But just in case, let's look into the company that Epstein worked with, Carbyne.
This single company, Carbyne, brought together a who’s who of power brokers and intelligence figures from multiple regions including Russia, China and the Trump administration itself, with Epstein at its heart. Officially, Carbyne provided high-tech solutions for emergency centres. In reality, it existed in a grey area giving it unprecedented access to private information, with significant potential for privacy abuse. Carbyne provides a service for police emergency centres, providing complete access to the caller’s camera and GPS, providing the dispatcher with a live video feed.
Ok. So Epstein and Thiel both are into AI, Surveillance, and Cryonics. President Trump was in Isreal and Saudi Arabia in May 2017. And who ended up in Isreal just afterwards? PayPal Founder in Israel: Too Much Copying and Not Enough Innovation in High-tech
June 15, 2017: Haaretz • Billionaire Peter Thiel visits Israel – and gives out tips on how to build a successful startup. Source Here
Hey, one month after Trump visited the Middle East, Peter Thiel decides to take middle eastern vacation to give out business tips. And then Thiel must've reciprocated and invited the Fresh Prince of Saudi Arabia to get the all inclusive Palantir surveillance pitch. Smile for the camera everyone, cause the world's a stage and we're filming a world wide Truman Show.
April 7, 2018: Gulf News • Google, Thiel feature in Saudi Prince’s Silicon Valley tour. The Saudi delegation visited several Silicon Valley corporate campuses, including Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. In addition to Facebook, where Thiel sits on the board, the Saudi delegation visited data-analysis start-up Palantir Technologies Inc and a trio of investment firms created by Thiel: Clarium Capital, Valar Ventures and Founders Fund. Thiel is chairman and co-founder of Palantir. Source Here
March 17, 2020: Forbes • These responders are now using a tool built in part by former members of Israel’s military intelligence—Elichai being one—that’s backed by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who is now the company’s chairman, and a small, passive investment from deceased multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. SourceHere
Ok look. I get it. Rich people make investments, those investments are bound to end up in the same company. But these companies aren't exactly run of the mill home security systems, are they? Nope. This is the kind of surveillance systems that the KGB or the Stasi could only dream of. And when you wish upon a star dreams come true. And Peter Thiel must be wishing upon a star. Ok. Strap in, buckle up, and try to keep up, or you're gonna get left in the dust. Cause it's boom or bust from here on out, and we're gonna add it up like the count. So Elichai owns Carbyne. Peter Thiel invested in Carbyne. And Carbyne is in the USA linked to the 911 system, and it's being used to fight the pandemic.
Forbes (Link Above) • Its founder thinks Carbyne’s tech could make the lives of 911 dispatch and healthcare professionals much less chaotic in the Covid-19 crisis. Carbyne relies on callers submitting themselves to self-surveillance via their own mobile phone. Once a caller uses their Android or iPhone to call 911 (85% of emergency calls now come from mobile devices), they receive a text message that asks for permission to get their precise location and access video from their smartphone camera.
Step right up and give your permission to be saved. Big Brother is looking out for you. So Elichai used to work for the 8200. Cool name, right. I'm not sure about you, but that sounds pretty dystopian. And I've gotta say, that all of Technocrats that are promising us an AI utopia, sure seem to be getting ahead of the curve by building doomsday bunkers for a dystopia. And here we sit wasting our time Doomscrolling. So what else has sprung up from the 8200? Have you ever heard about the NSO Group?
November 1, 2019 - WhatsApp identified an Israeli company, NSO Group, as having developed the spyware called Pegasus, which it held responsible for the breach. This disclosure was part of a lawsuit WhatsApp has filed against the NSO Group in a US federal court, saying the company was actively involved in hacking users of the encrypted chat service. As per the WhatsApp complaint the “target users included attorneys, journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats, and other senior foreign government officials.” NSO’s spyware Pegasus has been reportedly used to target journalists in Mexico investigating drug cartels, rights group Amnesty International, human rights activists in UAE, activists in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. According to Israeli news reports, Saudi Arabia paid $55 million for its use. The contract was later frozen over the scandal alleging NSO software's role in Saudi Arabia tracking slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the months before he was murdered in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. In India, 17 people, who are known to be targeted include activists and human rights lawyers. Source Here
Whoops. Do you remember Jamal Khashoggi? He was trying to expose Human Rights abuses against Saudi Arabia. And then Suadi Arabia decided to murder him, and confirm that they were abusing human rights. Jamal paid the ultimate price to prove his point. But who is selling the hacking tools? At this point they all seem to be springing up from members of the 8200, and the companies they started.
TRT - Link Previously Provided • DarkMatter, a UAE surveillance and intelligence group employing former NSA operatives was built on the back of a larger initiative to modernise Emirati intelligence and military operations. The group took part in at the Arab Future Cities Conference in November 2015, where it presented a vision of smarter, tech-driven cities, which caught the eye of Chinese officials. Smarter cities meant Big Brother-esque widespread surveillance installed throughout the UAE. Only two years later in April 25 2017, DarkMatter signed a Global Strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei, a leading Chinese company, for the same ‘Big Data’ systems and ‘Smart City’ solutions. The middle man? None other than Erik Prince, who had gone from working for the Emiratis, to working for a Chinese billionaire. In suspect timing, the Memorandum of Understanding also took place right before China scaled up its total surveillance and crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, China.
February 2, 2019: Reuters • Xinjiang is a major part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure network but the region has faced attacks blamed on members of the Muslim ethnic Uighur minority. Beijing has responded with a security clampdown condemned by rights groups and Western governments. Frontier Services Group (FSG), a Hong Kong-listed company founded by Prince, said in a Chinese-language statement posted on its website on Jan. 22 that it had signed a deal to build a training centre in southern Xinjiang. Prince is deputy chairman, a minority shareholder and a board member of FSG, a security, logistics and insurance provider. Source Here
Watch this video.
Chinese authorities are using a 911 mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region. Source Here Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Aren't we condemning China for the camps, and yet the West is helping to build those camps? Must be a big mistake. We didn’t know what was happening. And Erik Prince swears he didn't know. Honestly. He's not lying. Cross my heart and hope to die. Pinky swear.
8200 leads to NSO and Carbyne. DarkMatter is in the UAE with NSA employees. The NSO hack was used to capture Khashoggi. Peter Thiel invested in Facebook, Facebook owns WhatsApp. Peter Thiel invested in Carbyne. Eric Prince works for and founded FSG, which built the Muslim reduction school. China is using similar tech to target Muslims and send them back to school. Carbyne 911 surveillance tech accesses your phone camera after you click on the link to give permission. So. Peter Thiel funds Carbyne. Eric Prince is working for the UAE developing security and the UAE ends up with Dark Matter, and then his company (FSG) is sold to China, and they build re-education centers, which uses technology like Carbyne, and that technology is being used in the USA. Got it? Good. Because I'm seriously having a hard time keeping up with the behind the scene footage of this LARP.
Link Previously Provided • 1,400 people worldwide, including Indian lawyers, rights activists and journalist, were targets of an online spying campaign that used highly sophisticated spyware developed by an Israeli firm via WhatsApp. WhatsApp is at the centre of a global storm over privacy after it was revealed that at least 17 Indians and about 1,400 people worldwide had their phones breached through the social media app. Their privacy was compromised by surveillance technology so invasive that could read and transmit the entire contents of a phone as well as operate its camera.
WhatsApp, Doc, I think I need an appointment because I'm suffering from Mass Psychogenic Illness from too much Doomscrolling. Do you want to get deeper? I mean really deep? Yes? Ok. Let's jump into the deep.
October 18, 2019: fortune.com - How a WhatsApp Tax Launched Massive Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon.
What a crazy New Normal World Order we live in. What are the odds that we have a WhatsApp hack tax protest and we also have a WhatsApp hack that uses your phone camera, while also using similar tech in the USA and China. That's inconceivable! That's incredible! Someone call the press and let them know about this! Uhm. Wait. Better not. You might get Khashoggid. So Eric Prince is involved. Peter Thiel is involved. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook, and Peter Thiel helped Facebook grow. And then there was this.
March 28, 2018: Daily Mail • Employee of Peter Thiel's company Palantir helped Cambridge Analytica harvest the data of millions of the Facebook users. Alfredas Chmieliauskas is said to have suggested to Cambridge Analytica that it create a personality quiz smartphone app to get access to networks of Facebook users. The Times report also claims that Sophie Schmidt - the daughter former Google executive Eric Schmidt - had urged Cambridge Analytica to work with Palantir. Source Here
At this point, I think I'm going to need to buy a whole lot of tacks and string and make pciture maps on my walls. If we're all living in a Truman Surveillance Show, might as well play the part of the New Normal crazy conspiracy theorist, right?
January 17, 2017: The Intercept According to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in December Prince attended the annual “Villains and Heroes” costume ball hosted by Mercer. Dowd wrote that Palantir founder Peter Thiel showed her “a picture on his phone of him posing with Erik Prince, who founded the private military company Blackwater, and Mr. Trump — who had no costume — but joke[d] that it was ‘N.S.F.I.’ (Not Safe for the Internet).”
No. Sanity. Fracking. Involved. Is more like it. This insanity can't pass for sanity, can it? And yet they label us crazy when we start to find the big picture, even if we aren't entirely sure what the big picture means.
The Intercpt Continued: In July, Prince told Trump’s senior adviser and white supremacist Steve Bannon, at the time head of Breitbart News, that the Trump administration should recreate a version of the Phoenix Program, the CIA assassination ring that operated during the Vietnam War, to fight ISIS. Such a program, Prince said, could kill or capture “the funders of Islamic terror and that would even be the wealthy radical Islamist billionaires funding it from the Middle East, and any of the other illicit activities they’re in.” Prince also said that Trump would be the best force to confront “Islamic fascism.” “As for the world looking to the United States for leadership, unfortunately, I think they’re going to have to wait till January and hope Mr. Trump is elected because, clearly, our generals don’t have a stomach for a fight,” Prince said. “Our president doesn’t have a stomach for a fight and the terrorists, the fascists, are winning.” Source Here
Sounds good, right? Kill people who kill people and maybe someday we won't have people getting killed. Killer idea! HEWDSHAWT! Grab your BFG and let's go BGH. It's a date! But then why are these cell phone surveillance hacks companies being constantly linked with their names, and those hacks are being used to target journalists and human rights activists? It's a small New Normal World Order after all. And it's getting smaller everyday. No worries though, Keep Calm and Carry On, We're All In This Together, and You're Either With Us Or Against Us. It's all good. That kind of thing could never happen here.
July 27, 2019: NARATIV • Michael Chertoff, who ran Homeland Security under George Bush, serves on Carbyne’s advisory board. Chertoff wrote the Patriot Act, which authorized digital surveillance of Americans. Source Here
Uh. Is nobody paying attention? Are the wolves guarding the sheep?
March 16, 2003: Washington Post • It didn't help that as the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden. Former president Bush, a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day. Source Here
Need more proof?
September 16, 2015: Carlyle Group • The Carlyle Group and The Chertoff Group Acquire Majority Stake in Coalfire Systems. Founded in 2001 and based in Louisville, Colo., Coalfire is a global cybersecurity and technology services provider specializing in cyber risk advisory, compliance assessments, technical testing and software services for private enterprises and government organizations. With its technical depth and breadth of IT services, Coalfire serves clients in sectors including technology, retail, payments, healthcare, financial services, education, local and state government, and utilities. Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and the co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, said, “Cyber threats are an existential risk to companies and individuals around the globe. We and Carlyle are excited to partner with Coalfire, an innovative technology-enabled services company helping clients to address cyber risks.” Source Here
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... ( "Lord of a Fire" = "Nine One One" = "One One Nine" = 322 primes )
Pi code, of the circle:
"Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon" = 1,227 jewish-latin-agrippa
There are 360 degrees in a circle.
"Lord of Fire" = 360 english-extended
The speed of sound ( Mach 1 ) is 1234.8 km/h at standard atmosphere ( which rounds to 1235 )
"The City of Beirut, Lebanon" = 1235 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and reflecting the 119 pattern:
"The City of Beirut, Lebanon" = 1019 in the so-called satanic cipher
... which is the cipher in which the phrase...
"When Disaster Strikes" = 911 satanic
What did the explosion create?
"The Mushroom Cloud" = 666 primes
... noting, as documented previously...
"The Mushroom" = 911 english-extended
... ( "To Shake the Earth" = 911 english-extended )
... ( "To Shake the Heart" = 911 english-extended )
I've recently been examining the notions surrounding the 'Language of Branches'. Lebanon is known for it's great cedar trees, the 'Cedars of God'. And I've been reading through The Lord of the Rings again, for the 5th or 6th time, and I just recently got through the chapters between Aragorns march through Lebennin, and onwards to Minas Tirith. The Beirut explosion centered on the main sea-port of the city (ie. the harbour). Here is the main port of Tolkien's Lebennin (an abstract Beirut, we might say, in this mythic association): http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Pelargir
"At Pelargir the Heir of Isildur will have need of you." [..] It became an even greater haven in the days of the Ship-kings. Tarannon Falastur built a great house there, with its roots in the water which he so dearly loved. His wife, Berúthiel, did not, however.
In the book, LotTR, we learn of the wizard Gandalf and his penchant for fireworks. There is much debate online about 'fireworks' being involved in this Beirut explosion
"A Firework" = "Work a Fire" = 1,666 squares
...( "Ritual Code" = 1,666 squares )
The Great Fire of London was in the year 1666 AD, we are told.
"The Great Fire of London" = "Temperature" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa
When was that Great Fire, again?
"Know the Great Fire of London" = 1666 jewish-latin-agrippa
The speed of sound is 343 meters-per-second at standard atmosphere ( Mach 1 ) The sound of the fireworks reaches your ears at this speed, as does any nearby...
"Human Voice" = 343 primes ( noting 7x7x7 = 343 )
A term used in older writings, and less so today, for a great shout, is an...
"Ejaculation" = 343 primes ( ponder the esoteric maxim: as above, so below)
A commanding human voice, and the wielding of fireworks, evokes, and requires...
"Control" = 343 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and since, in this cipher, the word 'Know' sums to 1000, we have:
"Know Control" = 1,343 jewish-latin-agrippa
"The Fireworks" = 1,343 jewish-latin-agrippa
Q: What of the fireworks? "A: The Fireworks" = 1337 trigonal ( "The Bringer of Light" = 1337 trigonal ) Some select entries on my page for 1337:
"To Control Man" = 1337 trigonal
"Explosion of Society" = 1337 jewish-latin-agrippa
...as well as...
"Legal Battle" = 1337 squares
Of which, according to the news, this Beirut blast comes at a time when a UN-backed panel is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Of course, fireworks are let off at many a...
No doubt the people nearby felt totally "Defenseless" = 844 trigonal Remembering that the golden ratio, accurate to three decimal places, is 1.618... ...and it's inverse is 0.618... ... and 1.618 is one618. ... .. and the numerological Rule of Colel is the allowance of off-by-one ( useful to hide the obvious ):
"Textbook" = 617 jewish-latin-agrippa
... "A Textbook" = 618 jewish-latin-agrippa
... "1 Textbook" = 618 jewish-latin-agrippa
"Recommendation" = 617 english-extended
..."A Recommendation" = 618 english-extended
..."1 Recommendation" = 618 english-extended
"The Official Narrative" = 617 primes
... ( "The 1 Official Narrative" = 618 primes )
...and since the word "Know" = 1000 jewish-latin-agrippa ... we can gain the full golden ratio as so:
"Know a Textbook" = 1,618 jewish-latin-agrippa ( which one, do you think? )
"The Port Explosion" = 1,617 english-extended
Q: what happened? "A: The Port Explosion" = 1,618 english-extended What is the original explosion?
... and in terms of there being two explosions in Beirut:
"Double Orgasm" = 1984 squares
... ( "Coronavirus Novel" = 1984 trigonal )
The off-by-one rule ( the Rule of Colel), discussed above, is hinted at in the formal specification of...
... which usually has a comma placed between the elements, and which we might view as marking a hidden '1'. Let us take it into account by using the Q&A format, where 'A' = '1': Q: Where was the disaster? "A: Beirut, Lebanon" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa ... which reflects numbers like:
August 4 is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.
This year, 2020, is a leap year, but due to the Rule of Colel, even though it is the 217th day of the year, the baseline of 216 is still relevant, and might still be regarded as canonical. We note that 216 is 6x6x6. Of 217 ---> 2.17 --> 2.17 --> to.17 --> to "kill" = 17 in reduction
"The Time" = "One Time" = 247 primes ( "The Riddle" = "Brutal" = 247 primes )
Wikipedia tells us there is a 'harvest' component to this event...
The explosion occurred near the grain elevator on the right [of the image].
"The Grain" = 247 primes ( a spell I documented within the last few months )
"The Grain Elevator" = 1,474 trigonal
.... ( "Numerology" = 474 primes )
ie. the alphanumeric code of Agriculture
"The Grain Elevator" = 1,161 english-extended
"ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" = 1,161 primes
... ( "Undercurrent" = 161 basic alphabetic )
Alphanumeric code of Agriculture? ... ( wordplay: Agree Culture @ A Greek Culture? ) The word 'Grain' is built on the GRN cosonanantal root, which I examined very recently in terms of the Green Language (ie. the Language of the Birds, the secret esoteric language ) The word 'Groin' is also constructed on the same root ( ie. sexual innuendo involved - fertility rites of the fields, and such-like ) And of course... this is the time of the Coronavirus... Corona @ Crown @ CRN / GRN --> Corn / Grain / Kernel --> Agriculture When describing the use of explosive mechanisms in The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien uses the term....
"Blasting Fire" = 369 jewish-latin-agrippa
In terms of the different superlatives used by the press to describe this explosive event: Huge --> Colossal ( ie. some news reports use 'colossal' to describe the explosion )
... which, I argue is under the Aegis of a "Fake Virus" = 360 primes ... .. but that is not the topic of this post ( except that all themes are tributary to the greater glory ) Nonetheless, safety in numbers, they say, for divided we fall, and alone, one is...
The symbolism of the fasces suggests strength through unity; a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is very difficult to break.
The headline again:
Widespread damage after huge explosion in Beirut - BBC News
"Widespread damage after huge explosion" = 1100 primes
... ( "The Glory" = 1100 english-extended )
ie. Eleven is known in numerology as the 'Master Number' ( and ponder: Glory @ Gallery ) Revelation 11, first verse:
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
And the 11th verse of Revelation 1:
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
"Widespread damage after huge explosion" = 166 reduced
The number 242 combines 24 (the number of hours in a day, and the number of thrones around that of God, as described in Revelation) and 42, which many know of as the 'answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything'.
"Math" = 42 basic alphabetic ( it's a "Sin" = 42 basic alphabetic ) [ sine trig function ]
The Garden of Eden (Hebrew: גַּן־עֵדֶן – gan-ʿḖḏen), also called the Terrestrial Paradise, or simply Paradise, is the biblical "Garden of God" described in the Book of Genesis [...] the man and the woman were seduced by the serpent into eating the forbidden fruit, and they were expelled from the garden to prevent them from eating of the tree of life, and thus leaving forever. Cherubim were placed east of the garden, "and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way of the tree of life"
"Original Sin" = "The Infection' = "SARS-nCoV-2" = 933 trigonal
... which is "The Count" = 933 trigonal ...and hence...
"Missive" = 933 jewish-latin-agrippa
If you've been reading here a while, you know I've been tracking 933 and 1933 in terms of the coronvirus pandemic and the HG. Wells novel The Shape of Things To Come, which speaks of a great plague paving the way to a World Dictatorship (and eventual 'Utopia'). Anyway, in terms of the power of the Force...
... ( "A=1: To Learn by Example" = 1,666 trigonal )
Baʿal Berith ("Lord of the Covenant") and El Berith ("God of the Covenant")
Elbereth is the Lady Varda, Queen of the Valar, maker of the stars, in Tolkien's mythology, and she is called upon by Frodo, Sam and others in time of desperate need. The evocation of her name was powerful enough to dismay the Nazgul when they attacked the fellowship on Weathertop hill.
A relationship with Hebrew bərīt ("covenant") or with the city name Beirut have both been suggested for Beruth
"God Covenant" = 1000 jewish-latin-agrippa
.. ( "Know" = 1000 jewish-latin-agrippa )
... ( ( "Forgotten" = 1000 trigonal ) )
"The Final Discoveries" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa
... ( "What is in a Name?" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa )
EDIT 2: In my part of the world, it has clocked over into the day after this explosion. It is now the 5th of August as I add this edit. Wikipedia has updated their front page to feature new content. The featured article is now about ...
The Eurasian crag martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) is a small swallow with brown upperparts, paler underparts, and a white-spotted square tail.
It says, at the bottom of the summary about this bird:
This article is part of a featured topic: Crag martins.
The word 'martin', my brain immediately turns into 'martian'.
"The Crag Martians" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
... which can be permuted into...
"The Martian Crags" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
... which makes one think of...
"The Mountains of Mars" = 742 primes
... ( "A Red Planet" = 742 trigonal )
And just for interest sake, since I mention 'my part of the world', I live in the cape of Southern Africa, which is labelled as the 'Cape of Diab' on the ancient and interesting Fra Mauro map of the world, which is of South-up orientation. Currently the Prime Minister of Lebanon is Hassan Diab.
A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons A CDC report from a Georgia hot spot illuminates just how easily kids can spread coronavirus, adding to our understanding of kids’ role in transmission.
Summer Camp --> Mathematics Camp @ Do Sums
"A Sum Camp" = 555 english-extended ( and 747 trigonal )
"The Mathematics Camp" = 555 primes
Using consonantal roots to navigate the fractal tree of language: Georgia @ GRG @ Gregorian @ Grigori @ The Watchers Georgia @ GRG @ KRK @ ChRCh @ Church ( ie. Crag @ Gorge @ Valley ) ie. Saint George and the Dragon
"Mathematics Camp" = "The Magic Words" = 454 primes
On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog — #MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19 BethAnn McLaughlin invented @Sciencing_Bi, a Hopi anthropologist who died of COVID-19
"A Virtual Anthropologist" = 1776 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and given that...
"Cryptography" = 1999 english-extended ( year of the film The Matrix )
... we have...
"MeTooSTEM" = 1999 squares
Of this #MeToo movement:
The Me Too (or #MeToo) movement, with variations of related local or international names, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual abuse. [...] the movement began to spread virally as a hashtag (ie. # ) on social media.
Having great respect for the feminine, I am sympathetic to such initiatives, and I understand the pressures and difficulties that woman face in the arena of sexual consent and the abuses faced by many woman (and men for that matter)... however, one might want to pay more attention to the potential for mocking, since, arguably, nothing goes 'viral' unless the Powers-That-Be want it to. What is the hashtag symbol really? It implies 'number', and it is known as the 'pound' sign.
The symbol '#' is known as the number sign, or hash, or (in North American usage) pound sign.
Ponder it: Pound Me Too? Ponder it: Number Me Too? Any hashtag implicitly asks one to decode the number behind the name. Imagine a hashtag "#TheNumber'. Let's pound out the number of #TheNumber:
2020.07.28 22:41 49911232020: where to find actual and reliable news?
TL;DR at the bottom. The main body is several years of frustration that I had to get off my chest. Feel free to just scroll past it. I haven't had any faith in the media since I was in primary school, when I still believed the teacher's story that newspapers are sources of factual and unbiased information. Yet, as someone who likes to stay up to date with what's happening in my country, I still read up on the news pretty much daily (online). But the past couple of weeks, my disgust has reached a new high. I want to break my habit of browsing to the same newspaper website every day, and financing them even though I'm disgusted by what they do. Forgive my rant, but I just have to make this (non-exhaustive) list of what grinds my gears...
Polarising news: deliberately twisting politician's (and other people's ) sentences, or using words out of context as big headlines (example: politician B gives interview about how important he thinks gay-rights are, newspaper headline: "politician B hates gays" ). Left-voters will say the media is right, and right-voters will say the media is left-biased. But seriously... all they want to do is make money. And when people are angry, they want to read more about the outrageous stuff the people they hate have said... Imo this is one of the main reasons we have such a huge gap in our society. Leftists hate rightists and vice versa, mainly because of the lies and twisted stories the media has fed them.
Recycled Reddit posts: It's often that I see a frontpage post on Monday, and discover it on newswebsites on Wednesday. Is this really their job? Are they being paid for browsing Reddit and copy pasting the video's? (without giving any credit of course)
Made up bullshit articles about tech/science/...: Every time I read an article that relates to the field I'm active in, I can't help but facepalm... Seriously... how much imagination do they have? Don't they have Wikipedia at the office? A 2 minute search would have prevented them from publishing such ridiculous stories... If it happens in my field, I can only image that other people in other fields experience the exact same thing.
Spelling and grammar mistakes a 10-year old wouldn't even make: If they don't even know the DT rule, or don't know the difference between an algorithm and a logarithm. Then how the fuck do they expect us to take the contents article serious?
Not giving any sources: I admit, this is not something new, and it's something that no newsmedium anywhere in the world does, but I've never understood why newspapers can claim all sorts of things and pretend it is the truth (by saying "Scientists say X"), without citing any sources? Imo it's one of the most important pieces of any informative text. A scientific paper or thesis has absolutely no value without citations and references. Then why would news articles have value without sources?
Also not checking their sources: it's been proven several times now that they knowingly publish utter nonsense stories (Remember Basta?)
March: "Because of the gravity of the situation, we will not place paywalls on any corona-related articles"; July: "New coronameasures in effect starting tomorrow! Find out what they are here!" --> "Subscribe to a plus membership to read this"
Disgusting practices of gathering information: It is borderline criminal how they invade people's personal lives (remember Zonde van de Zendtijd? Or the Sven Nys interview-attempt?)
Interfering with justice by placing sentiment on certain events. Trial by media is definitely a thing. It has destroyed lives.
Framing people: I won't elaborate on this point, because I know it can be a heated topic here. I want to avoid derailing the thread. Yet to me, and I believe to many others it is clear they do this.
Sorry for this huge rant, and I hope most of you have simply scrolled past it. I just had to get this off my chest. But now for the question: Where can I find reliable and unbiased news (preferable also local news, so not some kind of international website) nowadays. So not one of the newspapers of De Persgroep or Mediahuis, not de VRT, but also not any clearly left-or right winged newswebsites (like 't scheld , apache or Sceptr). And ofcourse also not one of those "alternative-news" websites full of conspiracies and bullshit pseudo-science articles. Does such a website even exist? Or am I dreaming of an Utopia? Ideal would be a website that does some kind of "peer review". A news website made by the community where the readers can vote on every article for its value and its neutrality. But ye... this is definitely sounding like a pipe dream :) TL;DR: Where can you get reliable and unbiased news anno 2020?
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2020.07.18 02:40 baldgasper_Advice on letting go of old friends?
I'm going to try to make this as brief as possible, since explaining the whole situation would probably take a good hour, anyways, here goes. Not so long ago, me and my best friend had an argument (a pretty big one) over a girl I liked, and him basically charming her over, even though he knew about me liking her. I won't go over who's actually right or wrong here, that's not important, in the end, I still blame him, no matter how many times we talked about it. People online told me that I didn't consider the girl's opinion at all, and that people can/will do what ever they want, but really, I disagree, if a guy's best friend has a crush on a girl, and the guy knows about it, and he gets invited to come along with them, what should his natural behavior in this situation be? A - Making sure to help his best friend out the best they can, or B - Saying "screw that", and stealing her away instead. Sure, maybe he did a better impression or something, maybe she didn't like me from the start, but who says that that couldn't have changed over time, it's not exactly right to make assumptions and just barge into things like that, that's just messed up. And then there's the lying... Well, like I said, I'll try to make this as short as possible, me and my best friend had a good run for three years, we we're like bread and toast, but after that whole fiasco, I just don't feel like hanging out with him anymore. In the end, neither of us got the girl (as I was told by them), so that should make things good again, right?, no not really, because the guy I saw back then, my best friend, now I see him as a completely different person, with very little hope that that's ever going to change. If you were to imagine yourself in this situation, and would consider forgiving the guy, then let me tell you, you have strong guts, be proud of that, but that ain't me, and I know that eventually, when I get a way, I will cut my ties with him (and the rest of the people that were involved in that crap), because like I said, I don't see him as my best friend anymore, or really anyone who I want to spend time with. It's like he damn well knew I ain't a sociable person, I barely ever get opportunities like this, and when they don't work out, I get really depressed, and the way he behaved in the end is just downright abysmal. I tried forgiving him, apparently I have, but that "have" needs big air quotes around it, because in reality, I haven't. Nowadays, when ever I'm around him, I'm a completely different person, I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm paranoid, I'm always about to lose my shit. That's not how I want to spend my days, walking around outside being a massive sag, I just want to get over this whole thing, and move on, and with him as my friend, I can't see that happening, especially when he ain't taking this seriously, and is not crossing out the possibility of him dating that girl some day in the future, didn't we agree not to? It's like, back then, I used to see him as a bright shinning star in the night sky, now all I see in him is a snake, I can't forgive his behavior, I would have never done something like that, which means we ain't on the same level. To conclude things, I just want to get away from him, we ain't fighting anymore, but inside of me, there is still a huge blood-boiling battle, and I want it to stop. Eventually I'll stop hanging out with him anyways, I'm going to go to 12th grade this year, after that I'll move to a different town to go to college, that's when I'll make the move, but my question is, should I do it now, and try slowly moving on, or wait through twelfth grade, and do it afterwards? I'll do it anyways, and we barely go out nowadays anyways, but I don't know which is the better choice. I'll cut ties with my other friends that were involved in that bullshit too, since I see them as a bunch of liars as well, I want a fresh new start, but I mean, living for a whole year with very little friends, I don't know if that's healthy, and I'm know for a fact that I won't find anyone else here to hang with, so that's also a dilemma. Anyways, thanks for reading, it's probably the third time I talk about my problems here, and as always, all replies are much appreciated. I've made my choice on the friendship part, and that's what I'll stick to. It's been an education, as is everything in life, and if there's one thing I learned - don't trust nobody, except maybe the person you're married to, and also, I really need to get out of the utopia I've been living in my whole life. People ain't predictable, and frankly, that's what makes us people to begin with. Stay safe out there homies, and always watch your backs ^^.
In the face of so many recent high profile self-immolations, I thought it might be a good time to do some musing about what this place is and what it’s good for. Apologies in advance for the rambling and the terrible organization; I pretty much always end up writing these things when I really ought to be doing something else, and wanted to put it up ASAP, so as the saying goes I didn’t have time to write a shorter post. Our sub has an interesting history. On the one hand, we clearly exist specifically because reddit’s SSC community needed a place where we were free to speak openly about politics (and, TBH, Voldemort). On the other hand, our mission statement is ostensibly to be
a place for people who want to move past shady thinking and test their ideas in a court of people who don't all share the same biases.
I don’t think either of those really captures us. But I do think we’ve reached a point where our past is at odds with our present and, inshallah, our future. The Practical Motte Granted, we discuss the culture war a lot. But then you have stuff like
I could go on listing these for quite some time, (1) (2) (3) (4), etc., seriously just go look at the all-time top posts. Is it any wonder that, when I found myself at loose ends in Hawaii, I thought “Man, I have got to tell the Motte about this!”? Though maybe that’s not a great example, because it sort of fits in with our origin story, whereas the point I’m trying to make with the others is that they don’t. And they don’t fit in with our mission statement, either. Yet they are somehow absolutely integral to what this place is. I’ve been re-reading Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle and can’t help but draw some parallels between the Motte and the Royal Society. Or perhaps some sort of enlightenment-era alchemical Hermetic order might be a better model. We’re intentionally hard to find. We shroud our identities in secret and meet underground to exchange knowledge which is either abstruse, but in which we have a shared interest, or else is outright forbidden. We put forth papers/effortposts for group consideration, analysis, and dissection. And we take great pains to avoid being outed as members of the brotherhood, because -- as on-the-nose as it is -- we have good reason to fear being burned as witches, and even talk about it in those terms. Vitally, we have a shared (and now concealed!) esoteric literature in common, and I was amused to see Scott call it exactly that shortly after I’d started thinking of it as such. This means we enjoy a lot of shared understandings that don’t need to be constantly relitigated, such as memetic darwinism, political cynicism, and disillusionment with the Academy. In a world where we almost can’t have real discussions with anyone else due to the sheer inferential gulf between us, we can have them here, with each other. And we’re just dying to do so, for roughly the same reason that /atheism is a thing. Certainly we’re prone to bringing up certain red- and blackpills more often than is perhaps strictly appropriate. How can we not? We live our lives surrounded by people who are evidently insane, biting our lips, trying to smile and nod and just get through the day without going mad ourselves. So, yeah, sometimes I just need to scream, e.g., MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIFFERENT REPRODUCTIVE INCENTIVES, so I come here and, pretty soon, a suitable opportunity usually presents itself. When the only thing stuck in your head is a burning need to blurt out what you truly think, it’s amazing how relevant any given conversation can seem. Hammer, nail, etc. In some sense, then, we are necessarily a de-facto support group. It’s extremely common for me to hear about some news item all day, then cruise over to the Motte in the hope that someone else has already been galvanized into setting the record straight. Just for the sheer relief of dysphoria it brings me to see the matter presented in an informed, thoughtful, sane manner. The Moderate Motte We exist in a precarious balance between /SlateStarCodex on one side and /CultureWarRoundup on the other. Below us yawns the abyss of wider reddit beyond which the fell glow of general social media can be perceived flickering dimly in the darkness. Seriously, have you ever been to reddit? I get so used to this lovely walled garden we’ve built that trying to read any thread on the front page usually results in me pulling one of these. Upon viewing Kathy Newman’s infamous interview with Jordan Peterson, my first thought was, “My God, this is the experience of years of trying to talk to people online distilled into a half-hour conversation.” The difference is charity. There is an appalling lack of it pretty much everywhere. And this is not just tolerated, but encouraged and amplified! Go look at any other forum discussing why their outgroup says and does the things they do. At the horrific motivations they impute unto each other. If there’s one thing we should strive not to be, it’s that. And, yes, this requires that we remain militantly on-guard against outgroup-bashing, or even outgroup-denigrating. The line between critical analysis and disparagement can be a fine one, but it absolutely must be walked if we don’t want to turn into /CWR, or if we want to maintain even any hope of diversity of thought. The privilege we have of interacting in a space where we can pretty much trust that the people with whom we’re arguing will take the time to try to make sure they understand what we’re saying, and take care not to put words in our mouths, is quite simply priceless. And when it’s gone, I expect that it’s gone for good. Meanwhile /SSC, once the mother country, has felt more and more like a foreign land to me with each passing month. I remember one occasion when I was about to jump into a conversation there when it hit me that I couldn’t even be forthright about my perspective on trans issues, because in that milieu it would be seen as backwards and assholeish and is explicitly proscribed at any rate. Importantly, the conversation in question had nothing to do with trans issues, and I had no intention of bringing them up, but just the realization, the sheer culture shock, stayed me. At one point /SSC was unquestionably my primary ingroup; these days it feels much more like an outgroup. It is no place for our societas eruditorum to conduct our affairs. The Probative Motte Another thing which unites us here is a nearly-pathological thirst for intellectual integrity, especially within our own heads. We are driven crazy by inconsistency, yet intelligent enough that we can’t help but find it everywhere. We have this maddening urge to pop the bubbles of wrong ideas even if they, and the people espousing them, are on ‘our side’. As TracingWoodgrains once put it,
We're a bunch of cranky contrarians (meta-contrarians? probably) who can't help but prod at everything whether it's a good idea or not.
We can’t rest easy maintaining beliefs that we know might not be true, that we sense we might discard if only we could encounter someone capable of engaging us, someone perhaps more informed than we are. But anyone as afflicted by this condition as the representative Motte user knows that such people are damned near impossible to find. Now, the Motte is a precious and probably irreplaceable resource for doing exactly this. Less than it was before we lost most of our lefties, and /SSC would unquestionably be the better forum for this purpose if it hadn’t been so hamstrung -- but we don’t have /SSC any more, and the Motte is still pretty good for it. This is where our mission statement ought to come in. We are almost uniquely suited to be a testing ground for ideas, among exactly the sort of people we’d want for the job. But we aren’t that, because we’re not built to be. Hate to say it, but look, we cannot expect to become the net’s premier platform for refining one’s beliefs when we have intentionally structured our community around the one thing universally acknowledged to be the mind-killer. To be blunt, we are suffering from an overreliance upon political discussion. (The evaporation of many non-grey viewpoints is a problem for obvious reasons. Much has been written about it and I don’t have anything new to add, so I’ll let it pass with only a mention for the time being. But it is important enough that it does demand the mention.) Also, I don’t know about you, but I can go days without noticing a new top-level post outside the thread, because we all know that the thread is where the action is to be had. I’ve seen good posts get more or less starved to death, where I’m sure that if they’d been erroneously posted in the thread there would have been some fantastic discussion. My only thought is that perhaps we could have a parallel non-CW thread such that there’s a comparable, if inevitably lesser, flow of new content. Standalone top-level topics miss a lot of eyeballs, but if they’re all in one place, maybe not. This is also one of the most glaring issues which would need to be addressed on any potential future platform. What I’d like to see is an intentional culture of putting forth things we believe but are less-sure about, with the explicit understanding that we’re admitting we suspect we might be wrong. These could range from small-scale to sprawlingly open-ended. I’m working on what I hope might serve as a prototype. Working title is “Power: What is it? Who has it? What do they want?” Because, if I’m being honest with myself, it’s pretty clear that my existing mental framework on the matter is egregiously out of touch with reality. I’d like to be able to post this tomorrow; we’ll see how that goes. But other suitable questions might be “I’ve been operating under the impression that Roe v. Wade is responsible for a big decline in violent crime; is that position supported by the evidence?” or “Is Democracy just an illusion?” or “I’m planning on homeschooling my child -- is that a mistake?” The point is to bring our weaknesses out into the open and work to correct them. This will also go a long way toward making new blood comfortable enough to contribute. See, one drawback of our extraordinarily-gifted contributor base is that a lot of people are too afraid to join in the project. I have been contacted by something like five lurkers who have all said that they don’t feel smart enough to contribute, even at the level of replies. In some sense this is understandable. A selection effect is created by virtue of people mostly only responding to topics on which they’re comparatively competent; to an observer, it must seem as though we are all frighteningly well-informed about everything. To all such people reading this: I promise, we’re really not. It’s an unrealistic standard that no one could hope to meet. Just jump in. My first several posts were pretty sub-par. One learns by doing. So do! Summary and Suggestions All maps are wrong; some maps are useful. I contend that all current maps of the Motte are woefully inadequate and that we need to completely reframe what we’re doing and why, if we’re to have any hope of keeping it alive. Therefore, I propose the following: The Motte is an esoteric society and must be understood as such. Within that we have three major imperatives (in no particular order):
Incentivize the continued production of high-effort, high-quality submissions.
Lean into our role as social club and emotional support for those dealing with the burden of verboten understanding.
Serve as a crucible for refining our members’ thinking.
These things must be actively pursued, and everything else must flow from them. As to #1, we’re doing okay, though I think we could be doing a lot better. But we’ve almost entirely failed on #3, and up to this point the second half of #2 has actually been regarded as a bad thing! Most conspicuously highlighted by the tragic exit of Qualia_of_Mercy. In retrospect, we as a community, the Motte as an institution, and I in particular failed him, and have failed many others. If you’re reading this, buddy, please forgive me. I was so fixated on #1 that I couldn’t even see #2 as a valid goal, let alone one that might at times supercede #1. As to pursuing these things, let’s take them in numerical order. Incentivizing quality content is really hard to do on reddit. Maybe we’ll end up somewhere else where contributors actually get some sort of perks for their contributions, but I’m not about to hold my breath for that. Instead, I want to start up a patreon and outright commission people to write good stuff. I can fund this myself if need be -- there’s no chance of actually paying people what I assume market rates are for top-shelf prose and analysis -- but it’d be cool if others chipped in. Perhaps a project for this weekend. Seriously, what is this place worth to you? If it vanished, how much would you pay to get it back? That's how I'm looking at it, anyway. [EDIT: I didn't spend nearly enough time elaborating on this; see here.] Sometimes I expect to approach people and ask if they’re interested in formally expanding upon certain topics to which I’ve seen them allude; e.g. 2cimarafa’s passing remark about her low regard for the Constitution. But maybe we could also offer (small) cash prizes for especially good stuff that turns up in the wild, as it were. Esoteric societies sometimes have journals. I think we should start putting out quarterly publications. I already find myself thinking stuff like “Boy, I can’t wait to see KulakRevolt’s next column.” These would also showcase what we have going on and perhaps serve as a draw for valuable newcomers, now that SSC no longer exists as a suitable attractofilter. Also, to be frank, we need to rethink our stance on consensus-building. Not in the general case, necessarily, but we should be encouraging people to make strong arguments in long-form format, perhaps collaboratively, with an eye to being able to cite them as we have previously done with Scott’s work. The Motte has put out some really cool stuff, but how often do we -- or anyone else -- link to it as foundational material for our conversations? Where is our Meditations on Moloch? Our Neoreaction FAQ? I know that the people here are capable of turning out such things. It’s high time that we start making our own meaningful contributions to the esoteric literature, such that rat and pararat communities across the interwebs know and fear respect us, and incorporate our work into the canon. Finally, as we bleed into imperative #2 (social club, emotional support), it’s just clear that we need different codes of conduct for different spaces. Qualia_of_Mercy should have had a place to rend his clothes and gnash his teeth. Yes, that sort of thing should be kept out of the more formal operations, but he put it where he did because he had nowhere else to put it. To some degree we’re doing really well with the social club aspect. The Wellness Wednesday and Friday Fun threads are exactly the sort of thing we need, and the mods and contributors do a fantastic job of running them (shoutout in particular to j9461701!). In that capacity, the main adjustment to be made is just one of attitude. Let’s see this place for what it is and embrace it. And, maybe, a general/offtopic/informal thread is called for, but once again we run smack into the limitations of reddit. Now, as for imperative #3 (i.e. what the sidebar says we are), I think we pretty much need to admit that we’re starting from square one and this is going to have to be built from the ground up. And, yes, the culture war thread is a problem. I don’t think we can just get rid of it, and anyway it’s too valuable to jettison, but it poses a direct obstacle to this whole notion of testing our ideas in an intellectually diverse environment. Yet again reddit rears its head. We can’t de-emphasize the thread, or even comparably-emphasize other threads, because of the hard limit of two stickies. Well, what we can do is institute something like ‘Turnabout Tuesday’ where instead of arguing for our positions we argue against them. This is really intellectually healthy anyway, and might serve as a good opportunity to invite progressives into our project. “Hey, tomorrow I’m planning on ripping Western CivilizationChristianityThe Nuclear Family a new one, care to lend me a hand?” Now, that will get the ball rolling on testing our ideas. And of course everyone will be free to criticize those arguments, too. Or perhaps we might have a weekly event where user-submitted, mod-approved propositions are debated with participants randomly assigned to either side. There’s really a lot of potential in #3, and IMO the sooner we put something like this into motion, the better. In closing, the last few weeks have served as an opportunity to do a lot of soul searching regarding this community and my relationship thereto. What is it to me, really? A bunch of pretentious internet degenerates circlejerking about social justice? And yet I keep finding phrases like ‘the light here kindled must not go out’ running through my head. As I take stock of the situation, weirdly enough, it occurs to me that somehow what I am is a patriot.
\*Please note this is a fictional story* basedon true events. I am part of the LBGT community and wrote this with a gay conversion survivor. Please be respectful. “You do not have to do this Micah...you do not have to change who you are” my mom pleaded to me, as we sat in her parked car. I could see she was fighting her tears as I sat in silence. I told her that it was my choice and that I wanted to do this. I could see it broke her heart. I hugged her and told her I’d see her in 90 days when my recovery was complete. I grabbed my luggage and got out of the car. I waved to her as she backed out of the long driveway and watched as she drove away. Now here I was, in the pouring rain, in the middle of a secluded forest, standing in front of a beautiful cottage-like building. This was as Greystone. A gay conversion facility...and my home for the next 90 days. I walked up the gravel driveway and up the steps of the porch, took a deep breath and knocked on the massive wooden door. I was greeted by a high-energized man, maybe mid 20s. “Hi! You must be Micah, come on in...you are the last of the group to arrive.” He said. I stepped inside. The place looked very clean and homey. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was a massive fireplace that was burning. “I’m Dillon. A leadership trainee here at Greystone. If you don’t mind, please put your luggage on this table so that I can go through it. In the meantime, here is our Greystone contract that you must sign.” I complied and then signed the contract. “What are you looking for?” I asked as I watched him rip apart my luggage. “Well, we have at Greystone, have a zero policy for drugs, weapons, alcohol or any type of electronics. This is a place for you to come and be completely disconnected from the outside world, to totally focus on your recovery,” He said. Then, he pulls out my watch that my grandfather had given me before he passed away. “Watches are also not allowed,” he said as he put it in a zip-lock bag. “You'll notice there are no clocks here at Greystone. Think of it like an oasis where time doesn't exist. It's too distracting to the process. No calendars either,” he said. I was dumbfounded. How the hell am I going to go 90 days without a sense of time or date. Before I even argued, he pulled out my medication bottle. “What’s this for?” He asked. “That’s...a little personal…” I replied. “What are these pills for, Micah?” He asked again, but more stern this time. I froze. I confessed that it was for my auditory hallucination, a form of schizophrenia that I suffer from. Reader, please, don’t judge me...It’s something I’ve dealt with since childhood. I hear voices, I hear things that are not there...I was diagnosed with this issue at the age of twelve but the medication eliminates my mental illness. So there I was, pleading with him that I need these pills for my sanity, and that I don’t want to have a auditory hallucination episode. “Brother Micah...I'm so sorry...but medication falls under the category of ‘drugs’ here at Greystone. we believe that in order for you to get the maximum benefit of this program and fully eliminate your same-sex attraction...you must be completely sober of everything, including medication. We need your brain to be in it's complete and natural form. You signed a contract. If you disagree, there is the door.” He said with a stern tone. I had no choice. I was in the middle of nowhere, two hours away from any civilization, deep in a forest. Besides I really wanted to come here, I wanted to change, so I figured I haven’t had a hallucination in years...maybe I don’t need the medication after all. So I decided to stay and follow the orders. Dillon walked me to my bedroom. As we walked, he explained to me that in one hour I will hear a bell come over the speaker, and that would mean I would have to report to the auditorium where orientation would take place. Here would be my chance to meet the other nine “brothers” attending the camp. This is also my chance to meet my mentor for the summer, Father Joseph Burns. Dillon’s voice changed when he started speaking of Father Joseph, almost like he was talking about a real life messiah. I could just tell that this Father Joseph Burns was special to Dillon and I was excited to meet him. From what I’ve read online, he is the only guy in the world who can successfully convert someone's sexuality and he doesn’t use any religious approach or some crazy exorcism as you see in the movies. Instead, it’s all about opening up and getting as deep to the core of your soul. Apparently the experience is euphoric. So we finally get to my room, Dillon unlocked the door and I was speechless. The room was beautifully designed with big windows and everything was white. White walls, white bedding, even the lamps, rug and night stand was white. Dillon told me it was designed this way to help promote purity back into my life. I thanked him, shut the door and laid on my bed. I took a deep breath. For once in my entire life, I felt like I finally belonged somewhere. An hour later I found myself sitting in an auditorium in a circle of men. I was by far the youngest. I’m 19 years old, but there were guys who were in their 30s to 50s. All together there were ten of us. The room was dimly lit and I noticed a massive gong at the front of the room. After a few moments, Dillon and two other leadership trainees walked in and addressed the room: “Good evening, Brothers. Welcome to orientation. We're pleased to have you. As per your contract, I want to make something very clear: everything that happens in this container of the space, is to never be spoken of outside of these walls. The reason being is because things will be shared here by you, and your fellow brothers that are deeply personal and or traumatic. So for confidentiality reasons, please do not talk about anything that happens here. That ALSO includes our methods of recovery and the practices you partake in...each man is on their own journey and we must respect that. You have signed your contract, so honor that. If anyone disagrees with this, Please speak up now.” Silence. “Fantastic. I officially Welcome all ten of you to the brotherhood of Greystone!” Dillion enthusiastically said. One of the other leadership trainees then hits the gong, almost like it solidified our spot in the brotherhood. Brandon continued, “Now, it is time for your leader and mentor to join the circle. I now introduce you to Father Joseph Burns.” The gong is hit again. My heart started to race, I started to get clammy. I felt this powerful energy, this strong presents in the room. Dillion opened the two wooden doors and there stood a man in his late 40s; he was tall and quite handsome. This was the man I’ve been excited to meet, the man that will change my life, Father Joseph Burns. He walked in with confidence and a million dollar smile. You could hear a pin drop. Then, finally he spoke. “Good evening... Welcome to Greystone. I am Father Joseph Burns. Now, I am not a priest nor a rabbi...or any type of religious figure, in fact we will barely use religion in our methods of recovery. The reason why you call me "father" is simply because I am here to guide you into the right path of life, like how your real father should've done. What do I mean by that? Okay, let me put it this way...you are currently sitting here before me, because you are on the detour path of your life, which is because you are experiencing a Same Sex Attraction right? This is because somewhere along the lines of your upbringing, something went wrong..and who's to blame for that? It is your parents. Your parents are supposed to guide you through life and raise you to have the foundation of man. But at some point, they have failed. Which is why you are here today seeking my help. You have put trust in me to undo what your parents have done, and rebirth you into the man you are meant to be. Put you back on the RIGHT path of life! That is why I have created the perfect utopia, which is Greystone, where you will erase all that you've ever known about the outside world. Everything that has happened to you...all of your fears, traumas, anxieties. Even if you've lived a perfectly happy life. I want you to forget everything and surrender your entire being to me, your new father. By following my methods and being completely honest with me over the next 90 days, you will experience a metamorphosis, a transition and your same-sex attraction will be no longer.” I couldn’t help myself...it was at that moment I blurted out: “And what if we don’t transition back to heterosexuality even IF we follow your methods and be completely honest and want to change?” Once again, you could hear a pin drop. My heart was beating so fast...what did I just do? Finally he smiled and asked what my name was. I told him. He then told me how happy he was that I asked this question… “Believe it or not, everybody here IS heterosexual.” he said. “Homosexuality... is not a real thing. It is by design that males are to mate with females. It's just human biology. "Homosexuality", "gay", "queer" whatever the hell you want to call it, is just a word modern day society uses to categorize people with same-sex attraction. Now, what is Same-sex attraction? or also known as S.S.A? It's when you confuse lust for envy. For example: Micah, right now, in this room... who do you find to be the most attractive?” I froze. I was put on the spot. I felt a cold sweat down my back. “I prefer not to answer that, father,” I whimpered. But he insisted. I looked around the room and noticed a really good looking Leadership trainee in the back corner by the door. So I awkwardly pointed at him but made no eye contact and just looked at the ground in humiliation. “Ahh, That’s Kevin. One of our leadership trainees here at Greystone. What makes him desirable to you?” I didn’t know what to say...so I just said that he was handsome but that wasn’t a good enough answer for Father Joseph...he wanted to know specifics. I awkwardly looked over at Kevin and then quickly looked away. “His jawline... his...uh.. muscular build...and dark complexion” I said. Joseph looked satisfied and sat back in his chair. He looked at the group and said “And that, gentlemen, is how to get to the root of someone's Same-Sex Attraction. Now...everyone look at Micah. Micah's physicality is quite frail and scrawny built, he's really pale, has a crooked nose and overall not what you would call a typically handsome guy, am I right?” My heart sunk when the crowd agreed...I always knew I wasn’t the most handsome guy...but having the whole group agree was heartbreaking to me. Joseph continued: “And now we look at our wonderful Kevin, who is quite buff, masculine, has a great jawline and beautiful chocolate skin. Pretty much a perfect male specimen. You can see the contrast between the two boys - clear as day. Now on the count of three, I want you to point at who you think a WOMAN would choose..Kevin or Micah. Three, Two, One.” Everyone pointed at Kevin. “I rest my case.” Joseph said. “Micah wants what Kevin has so badly, that his brain is actually confused and thinks he’s sexually attracted to kevin, instead. In reality, it's just a deep envy and tons of self hate. That is where I come in...I will help break you down to your rawest form and build you back up again. So to conclude, you are not working towards becoming heterosexual, Micah...you are working towards untangling the mess your parents made of you. Less self-confusion and more clarity in yourself as a heterosexual man.” Joseph spoke with such conviction, I believed every word he said. That night I cried in the shower. Hard. I felt a range of emotions. I was so happy to be here at Greystone and to have the opportunity to finally fix this problem I had with same sex attraction, but I also felt humiliated and angry about what happened in front of the other “brothers” today. As I got out of the shower, I saw Kevin standing there. He was on shower duty...monitoring the restroom while everyone took a shower. I tried not to make eye contact as I felt so embarrassed from what I said earlier. “Micah” he called. “Can I have a word with you?” “What’s up?” I asked. “What you said today about me at orientation…” He said. “Yeah I know I’m very sorry”. I was bright red at this point. “No...What you said was really sweet. I’m extremely flattered...but what Father Joseph did to you out there was fucked up. He put you on the spot, and body shamed you...calling you a scrawny...he humiliated you.” “It didn’t bother me.” I lied. “I heard you crying in the shower. No guy wants to be called that in front of his peers...It's a psychological tactic, and you're going to experience loads of this throughout your entire time here. Lord knows the shit he did to me when I went through Greystone.” He said softly. “So why do you work here?” I asked. “Don’t worry about that...just be aware...and don’t buy everything Father Joseph is selling to you just because you’re desperate to change your sexuality.” I didn’t know what he meant by that...I didn’t know what to say. So, I just gave him a sheepish smile and walked out of the washroom. That night I had a lot of trouble sleeping. I was tossing and turning. I had no idea what time it was since I haven’t seen a clock since I checked into Greystone earlier that day. After what felt like forever, I started drifting to sleep...that is when I heard a loud bang which sat me right up in my bed. I didn’t know what to make of that noise? It sounded like a gunshot...but it couldn’t be. I slowly got out of my bed...and opened the door to my bedroom. One of the biggest rules here at Greystone is that you are not allowed to leave your bedroom during sleep hours...not even to use the restroom...so I knew if I left, I could get in massive trouble for violating this rule. I stood at my door for a few moments...maybe I just imagined it? Just as I was about to give up and go to bed...I heard it again... BOOM. This was forsure a gunshot. My heart started to race... What do I do? There are no phones on the facility so I can’t even call 911 if there is an intruder...I’m in the middle of nowhere. My mind started to race. I wanted to know where that noise was coming from...so I bravely stepped out of my room...I started walking down the long hallway towards the staircase...each footstep felt like a risk. Before I could even reach the stairs, that's when I felt a hand on my shoulder...
2020.06.30 00:03 GeneralWalters421Theological questions from a confused agnostic.
So recently I’ve gotten out of a long and deep depression, only accelerated by trouble with girls. I’m 18 now but I’ve been in a state of depression since I was about 14, started by a rough divorce and having to move across the world multiple times as a result. I got into university, became friends with a girl and long story short I fell deeply for her. She obviously didn’t feel the same way which upset me a lot and I got kinda obsessive but further long story short I’ve finally gotten over that along with some sort of philosophical enlightenment. I’ve always had an interest in history, it’s what I study in uni, but I was raised in a liberal, atheist household in New Zealand. When I did get involved in politics I did want to find something else in a world which I subconsciously knew was missing something. I eventually stumbled into the likes of Jordan Peterson and Sargon of Akkad but that only brought me down the neo-conservative, unrestricted capitalism rabbit hole. Something felt wrong, this was not what brought me to these beliefs in the first place. I called myself a libertarian but this libertarian “utopia” I advocated for seemed like a hellhole and I didn’t understand why. I can’t remember why but I eventually stumbled onto a sub called monarchism and something about that really intrigued me. It wasn’t so much the core political beliefs, but the idea of a romanized past and a cultural heritage that needs preserving. Thankfully because of this I never went into the dark depths of degenerates like the alt-right. So with this new ideal which I finally felt a real connection to, I started reading “theory” which happened to be a lot of philosophical classics. Think “the Republic” and” Meditations”. Because of this I started “reading” or listening to audiobooks while walking my dogs. Now I hope to fully pursue asceticism over a hedonistic lifestyle of chasing wealth which will bring me no more happiness than I always get when buying a new game and getting bored within a few hours. I also hope to escape porn not because of a addiction, but to escape some of my more degenerate fetish’s. I did meet new girls through online dating, but my new found confidence made me far less obsessive over the idea and I truly feel attractive, intelligent and that I have no need to simp to anyone. I finally understand why people tell you to “find yourself” before dating. But this finally brings me to my point. I am trying to live a “good life” of virtue through discipline but I am still a skeptical agnostic. I used to be a snarky atheist watching DarkMatter2525 but now I hold immense sympathy to these religions that teach the same ideas of virtue and morality. I still can’t put my faith into the idea though, because it raises questions like “which one”, which faith has got it right? If I submit to Christianity which would make sense given my cultural heritage, I wonder would I be sinner if Islam was right? I just wonder, that if there is a God, will He forgive me for my lack of faith, seeing that I am trying to live a life of virtue and morals...
2020.06.29 17:40 Noire-HimeSome questions about the series
Heya! I just recently became a fan of Date a Live. I just finished all the anime (all 3 seasons, the movie and the OVAs) yesterday and I'm currently starting the VNs and the Light Novel. I'm really enjoying this series! With that said though, I do have a couple of questions, and I'm hoping some of you guys here could help answer them.
So this is about Season 3 of the anime. I know that they packed an entire light novel volume into Episode 12 (and it definitely shows how bad of a decision this was, it feels like filler), but my question is, did they do a really bad job adapting everything up until then (like the whole Natsumi and Spirit Origami arc) or was it more or less the same as in the previous seasons?
This has to do with the status of the VNs. I've just started playing through Rinne Utopia, and I've read online that the VNs aren't canon, but in Season 3, they depicted Phantom transforming into Rinne. I was wondering if that was more of an homage to the game, or if there's actually some deeper meaning behind that.
This is about Mana. She's one of my favorite characters in the series but she doesn't really get a lot of screen time in the anime (none at all in Season 3 for some reason), so I wanted to ask if I should expect more of Mana in the light novels, or if she'll appear just as often as the anime.
This is about Date a Bullet. What is it exactly? I know it focuses a lot on Kurumi, but is it a backstory of some sort? Or maybe just a side story with a big focus on Kurumi? Is it something that I would prefer to read, or should I wait instead for the movie adaptation.
That's about it. Sorry if this is a lot, but I really enjoy this series and I would love to have these questions answered if possible. Thanks a lot <3
2020.06.09 10:22 RenaatVDBJohan Bruyneel on Lance Armstrong in Belgian magazine HUMO [Translated]
"When I needed someone during my depression, Lance was there The new and much-discussed documentary about Lance Armstrong proves once again: The Boss is one of the most fascinating and polarising figures in sports history. For some he is a psychopath, for others one of the best cyclists of all time. Johan Bruyneel, his former team leader with whom he still forms an inseparable duo, has done the same turbulent course as his poulain in recent years. He has fought a bitter battle, also with himself. But he has knocked off the dust. I'm proud that I'm still upright. On the terrace of his house in a suburb of Madrid, Johan Bruyneel (55) improves the homework of his 11-year-old son Christian. In the background I hear daughter Victoria compellingly asking where the iPad charger is. They speak English with each other, I notice via the Skype connection. Only recently Bruyneel has been reunited with his children. They haven't seen or spoken to each other for more than two years: they are at the stake of a divorce with his ex-wife, who is staying in London. BRUYNEEL "My family is the only thing that still counts for me. It feels great to have both my children with me. Finally. (sighs) I'm a full-time housefather: I cook for them and we try to do as many things together as possible, to make up for lost time. Although, my daughter is 16: everything I suggest is boring or old-fashioned (laughs). (laughs) With Christian I go mountain biking every night. During the day, he takes the lessons from his school in London online." HUMO On the footage you sent me, I saw that your son has the same graceful pedaling as you did back then. BRUYNEEL "I'm not objective, but I also think he's good on his bike. He doesn't want to race later, although he's looked at cycling races a lot in recent years - even my earlier victories. I'm only finding that out now." HUMO What do you think of that new ESPN documentary about Lance Armstrong? BRUYNEEL "I didn't watch it: it would only ruin my day. I'm sick of having to listen to moral knights like Jonathan Vaughters or David Zabriskie (former Armstrong teammates, who were the first to testify about his doping, ed.). What they say is hypocritical. They wallow in a victim role and try to put their doping in our shoes." HUMO Why is everyone still considering their version of the facts? BRUYNEEL "It's a mystery to me. Vaughters (now team leader, ed.) is now regarded as a great opponent of doping, while as a rider he was one of the biggest dopeers of the peloton. Yet he got away without a penalty. He was one of the key figures in the USADA-file (the investigation of the American anti-doping agency into the use of forbidden substances within Armstrong's team, ed.). You know, I didn't watch a single documentary on that whole USADA investigation, let alone read the books about it." HUMO That does surprise me about the control freak Bruyneel. BRUYNEEL "All those stories have taken on a life of their own, and I've established that I no longer have any influence on them. It's been 21 years since Lance won his first Tour, and he's still a hot topic. Then it must be that we have realized something special, right? Lance is an unlikely figure, with a lot of charisma: he leaves no one untouched. Frank Vandenbroucke was also like that. It's just that with such strong personalities it's like this: you have to get into misery before people find you sympathetic. Which is a bit the case with Armstrong now. By the way, Lance and I have grown even closer as friends since the affair." HUMO How do you explain that connection? BRUYNEEL "We're on the same wavelength. Men like Vaughters, Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie are pussies, they're not men with balls. And I don't know much about that kind of crying. I just can't stand it. Even if my son starts whining for nothing while cycling, I get it. Lance is just like that. I'm sorry. To have the people's backing, you have to be a whiner. When I read the testimony in the USADA file, it seemed like I was constantly intimidating everyone. But I don't remember ever having done that. I did always say what it was like, and that they shouldn't be so childish and faint. I'm strict, but I'm just. And riders with problems could always count on my help." HUMO 'Top sport is not for moral knights,' you once told me. BRUYNEEL (nods) "We wanted to win, and we did everything it took. In the period that we won everything, they once told me: 'Wouldn't you bring a journalist to training camp, that will improve your image'. But I always thought: I'm here to win, not to be liked. That turned out to be a mistake. Had we done it, it would have been spared a lot of misery." HUMO Is this documentary Armstrong's way of getting back into the public's grace? Like his visit to Jan Ullrich last year, when he was in a rehab clinic in Germany? BRUYNEEL "No, you don't have to find a strategy behind it. And as for Ullrich: Lance really wanted to help Jan. There were disturbing reports. We consulted Ullrich's former teammate Andreas Klöden. He also said it was going to be one big catastrophe, with nothing but booze, drugs and whores. After he threatened a prostitute, Jan was admitted. Lance looked him up. When he came back, he was completely off the map: "Johan, he won't survive, he's going the same way as Pantani." HUMO In the documentary he even started crying when he talked about it. BRUYNEEL "Those were sincere tears, he had just returned from that visit. You don't just fly there either, huh. He offered Jan to be treated in the United States." HUMO 'I love him: Jan Ullrich was the most important person in my life,' Armstrong said. BRUYNEEL "We were only dealing with him. He was the only one who could beat us: physically he was Lance's equal. As a rival, he was also our biggest motivation: we went to sleep with Ullrich, and got up with him. It seems he's doing better now." HUMO Lance Armstrong is a good man. BRUYNEEL "I'm sure he is. Even though some call him a psychopath or a narcissist. But you have to distinguish between the killer he was on the bike, and the person next door. Only his family and friends get to see that latest version. I assure you, with them he becomes someone completely different. He's done things for me the last few years that I'll never forget. When things got tough and I needed someone, Lance was there. As one of the only ones. Lance really wanted to help Jan Ullrich. After he went to visit Jan after his shooting, he was completely off the map. "Johan, he's not going to survive. HUMO Has it been such a hard time? BRUYNEEL (quietly) "Yes, I've seen the bottom." HUMO Did you need professional help? BRUYNEEL "Yes. And contrary to what you might expect from me, I didn't find that difficult. Once you've accepted that you have depression, seeking professional help is the same as going to the doctor for an ailment. Now I know what the signals are and I can pick them up." HUMO How long did your depression last? BRUYNEEL "Years. It started about a year after the USADA investigation. I didn't feel like anything, everything was too difficult. Eventually I couldn't do anything, like there was a lead weight hanging around my shoulders: I slept all day. But at those difficult moments I learned: there is always a next level, both up and down. Now I'm on my way back up, I don't need antidepressants anymore. It's over." HUMO Do you have an identifiable cause? BRUYNEEL "After the doping affair in 2012, my life collapsed like a house of cards. My marriage fell apart, I had a serious skiing accident, I was suspended for life and to the outside world I became a pariah - no one wanted to be associated with me anymore." HUMO Did you come out of that period? BRUYNEEL "It's been a great life lesson. I learned to look at things differently: to put things into perspective, to enjoy small things. Like the beauty of nature. Actually, cycling has helped me on top of it. I had spent years in a bubble where all we thought about was winning - all the rest was subordinate to that. I do regret how we behaved. I behaved haughtily and arrogant towards a lot of people - like: 'We're here to win the Tour, what are you actually doing here'. If I could change that, I'd do it right away. It's the rush of success that came with me." HUMO Can that damage still be repaired? BRUYNEEL "Our only real victims are Filippo Simeoni, Christophe Bassons (two ex-riders who were targeted by Armstrong after openly talking about doping in the peloton, ed.) and Emma O'Reilly (carer who was worn out by Armstrong for prostitute and alcoholic after testifying against him, ed.), but Lance and I made up with them. They also want the page turned. To the rest - people like ex-shift buddy Frankie Andreu and his wife Betsy (who were vetted by Armstrong after testifying about his doping, ed.) - we have no accountability. Just yesterday I got a message from Emma O'Reilly: she still feels bad about what happened. Her testimonies after her resignation as caretaker of our team have set everything in motion. She feels used now, and thinks we have been punished too severely." HUMO There is also former teammate Floyd Landis who with his trial against Lance really started the downfall. The resentment at Armstrong remains great. BRUYNEEL "Also with me. He's the one who did the most damage. Landis makes all kinds of excuses, but it all felt very malicious. It wasn't: I'm going to sue them for the good of cycling. No, he deliberately wanted to damage Lance, and had personal gain in mind. As a rider, he was always angry with the whole world. He used that anger on the bike." HUMO Just like Armstrong. In the documentary, his stepfather Terry Armstrong testified: "I drove him like an animal. In between, he regularly gave him a beating and taught him to win at all costs. Is that the explanation for Armstrong's legendary anger and steely character? BRUYNEEL "I think so. From childhood, Lance has always felt, "It's my mother and me against the rest of the world. He felt responsible for her and wanted to give her a better life. He had to find a solution for the bad situation they were in at a very young age. That forms someone's character." HUMO You could tell from his eyes that he had changed, he seemed more humble. Although other passages showed the absolute opposite. BRUYNEEL (laughs loudly) "I see it like this! (laughs loudly) Lance has certainly come to his senses, and he's changed. But he'll be a league animal until the end of his days. In everything. You can't get that out. Eddy Merckx is just the same. It's got to be something small, they'll try to win." HUMO A question they're throwing at everyone in the docu: when did you first take doping? BRUYNEEL "In my third year as a pro I rode the finals of a big race, and an old soigneur of the team told me: 'This is cortisone, the older riders take it all, the time is ripe for you too'. I immediately felt the effect, like when you drink a glass of beer for the first time: it goes straight to your head. Medication puts you in an incredible intoxication." HUMO From then on, you lived with the lie. Did you have trouble with the double life you had to lead? BRUYNEEL "No, it was the normal thing to do. They didn't test for cortisone, so you couldn't get caught with it. It was doping, but in my head I didn't think so. Everything was also common knowledge in the environment: I experienced the riders coming to the race with a thermos full of ampoules of epo - there were no taboos. As a team leader it became very different from 1999: the outside world wasn't allowed to see it. But in the race everything stayed the same. When a rider from another team came over, he immediately asked: 'What about doping? A lot of questions came from journalists, but once you're in, it's hard to admit at a press conference that your team is doping". HUMO There's a tragedy about the riders of the 90's and early 2000's. It seems 'a lost generation', because their performance is reduced to epo and blood doping. How are we supposed to look at that? BRUYNEEL "Very simple: all champions in cycling history were the best of their generation. In the 90's everyone had access to the same means: blood doping and epo. Greg LeMond always says: "I'm the only clean winner. Fat bullshit! He always drove for French teams, they were les rois de la cortisone. You can't imagine he never took anything, can you? He won from Hinault and Fignon, who admitted to taking. You can't beat world leaders who've doped themselves without taking something. But: LeMond was the best of his generation, just like Hinault, Anquetil, Merckx and Indurain. And so was Lance." HUMO Armstrong would have won the Tour seven times without doping? BRUYNEEL "I'm sure of that, provided that the rest also rode clean. Everyone in cycling knows that doping hasn't made a difference. We have won all those Tours based on talent, vision, strategy and meticulous preparation. I recently saw a video in which Lance, as a 15-year-old, kicked the ass of the best triathletes in the world. I can't believe how talented he was. World champion Mark Allen said in the interview afterwards: 'He needs to keep his ego under control. And he was right, because the fire was already burning in Lance, that boy was full of swagger: 'I want to be the best in the world, and win everywhere'. The unique thing about Lance was that he was so strong, both mentally and physically. Why, unlike others, didn't we get away with it? Lance has won the Tour seven times: that's too much. And our arrogance didn't help either. HUMO How did it feel then when everyone from the cycling world dropped you? BRUYNEEL "It's the hypocrisy that hurt the most. When I hear some ex-colleagues busy on television, I think: do what you want, but keep silent about doping. Take team leaders Marc Madiot, Vincent Lavenu and Jean-René Bernaudeau - the éminences grises of French cycling. They keep judging me on my past, but what they have done is supposed to be forgiven". HUMO You once saw Marc Madiot put a syringe in the race, you once told me. BRUYNEEL "I drove my first foreign lap as a sophomore pro. I hung out completely between the follow cars, but did everything I could to finish that lap. The doping control was done by lottery draw, which they announced half way through Radio Tour. Madiot let himself down to the follow car of his team leader Cyrille Guimard, heard that he wasn't there, rolled up his sleeve and put a flechette, as they so beautifully said, in his upper arm. He drove to the front, and didn't come off his head anymore. That image has stayed with me all my life. And those are the men who continue to condemn me and Lance." HUMO How do you explain that you didn't get away with it, and so many others did? BRUYNEEL "Armstrong won the Tour seven times. That's too many. And our arrogance hasn't helped either. If Lance had just kept quiet like the rest, nothing would have happened. Hinault, Fignon and Indurain were also once accused. Only they kept silent. If you counterattack, you create even more hostility. And at some point, you have to set an example, and that was us." HUMO 'A convenient scandal', someone recently called thermstrong affair. BRUYNEEL "Apparently we are the big culprits of everything that went wrong in cycling. But now you have to explain to me what the difference is between me and Bjarne Riis. We are both from 1964 and have been racing in the same period. He won the Tour, but for the rest we were more or less on the same level. I competed with a Spanish team, he competed with an Italian team - in terms of doping there were no differences. Although: I never had a hematocrit of 60 (laughs). (laughs) Also as a manager we rode almost the same course. I worked with Ferrari, he worked with Fuentes. Only legally there's a difference: the Danish anti-doping agency respected the statute of limitations. That didn't happen to me, with the result that I was suspended for life, and he is still allowed to play along. Make no mistake, I'm happy for Bjarne: he's a good manager. It bothers me that Tour boss Christian Prudhomme and UCI president David Lapartient welcome him with open arms: 'He deserves a second chance, the facts date from a long time ago'. But it's also a good thing that he gets a second chance, because he won't make the same mistakes. Only his situation is the same as mine. If they want your head, you don't stand a chance. They shouldn't have Bjarne's: in Denmark they have too much respect for their Tour winner to take him off his pedestal. Two years ago I challenged my lifelong suspension at the sports tribunal TAS. I shouldn't have done that, because it cost me a fortune. I recently reviewed those bills from my lawyers: it made me sick, I'm not allowed to do that anymore." HUMO Your generous pay from Astana back then came in handy. BRUYNEEL (waving away) "That money's long gone." HUMO They did offer you a reduced sentence once. BRUYNEEL "In 2013, an anti-doping agency from a country I won't mention - I'll keep it in my book that will be published next year - proposed to reduce my life sentence to one year. In return, I had to give them incriminating information about an important person in cycling so they could nail him to the cross. I didn't do it, but I did play along to some extent. It didn't make much sense either: the WADA would still appeal against such a reduction in punishment. But I did keep a record of all correspondence and contracts, as evidence of what they are capable of if they want to catch someone. In the world of cycling, no proper justice is possible. Cycling is cleaner than it used to be, but in recent years I have seen certain things from the old box. Also with the 'pure' Team Sky. HUMO What do you still dream of? Your expertise and heart are in cycling. BRUYNEEL "I don't want to become a team leader or manager again: I can't motivate myself for that anymore. But I can help cycling in other ways. I have experienced everything, including the period that should never come back. And poachers become the best forest rangers, right? Suspension or not, I'm still often asked for advice by people in cycling - riders, team leaders, riders and organisers. I certainly still have a value." HUMO What role do you see for yourself then? BRUYNEEL "Maybe I can be a good UCI president. Why not? It's a utopia, I realise that. With my experience I'd do better than Lapartient, who hasn't done anything for cycling yet. I have volunteered in the past on UCI doping cases, and said everything I knew, but they ignored my advice. We'll see about that. I have a small company that I do sports consultancy, and it's running." HUMO Do you still have contact with Michele Ferrari? Rudy Pevenage explained to Cyclingnews that he is still active under the euphonious nickname 'Testarossa'. BRUYNEEL "No, the contact has been diluted. I still think he is one of the most brilliant movement scientists the sport has ever seen. I don't know if he's still active, but it wouldn't surprise me: my advice is in demand, so I'm sure they'll step up to him as well". HUMO And to Fuentes? BRUYNEEL "That could be, even if Rudy says not. I've read that interview too. He says in it that Lance and I incited Ullrich to do drugs. That's really from the lowest of the low. I can't take Rudy seriously anymore, he's bad." HUMO He's annoyed that you were with the UCI. He's right about that, isn't he? BRUYNEEL "That's not right. It's true that former UCI president Hein Verbruggen wanted Armstrong to be on the throne. He wanted to make cycling worldwide grow, and he succeeded. But we were never protected: positive epo tests were never swept under the mat." HUMO Didn't you give the UCI a machine to detect epo? BRUYNEEL "No. Bridges complained of a lack of resources at a meeting, and challenged Lance. "Do something with all your money back for cycling. Lance isn't from yesterday: it's always better to be on good terms with the big boss. He donated money, and he bought test equipment with it afterwards." HUMO At the moment they are retesting on samples from the 2016 and 2017 Tour. BRUYNEEL "They probably check for ITPP and HIF's - products that stimulate the production of body epo. Where there is smoke, there is fire. When they test for it, they have information that it's been used effectively." HUMO It's the aftermath of the doping case of Veerlass. BRUYNEEL "Which riders were involved in Veerlass? All unknowns. If they're taking it, what do you think the big riders are doing?" HUMO There's a change in mentality in the current generation of riders, isn't there? BRUYNEEL "Change of mentality, all well and good. But if there really is a fight on the edge... You're always looking for something that makes you perform better than the rest. Whether it's material, medication or nutrition. I ate raw liver with salt, because I had seen Roger De Vlaeminck do the same on TV. Or I drank a small pulleke of champagne in the finals, like Freddy Maertens - but I could barely ride straight. Those are innocent anecdotes, but I want to say: competition changes the way you think. And you can be sure it's still being used today. I'm not accusing anyone, but the speeds are a lot higher than when everyone was at the epo." HUMO I could call you cynical. BRUYNEEL "No, I'm not. It's really cleaner than it used to be, but I've seen certain things out of the old box over the last few years. Even with the "pure" Team Sky. Their asthma drugs are really much more than just a puffer. Their coach Shane Sutton has stated: 'We used the system as we could. Isn't that doping? The platoon is full of cunning guys. Once I felt like Tyler Hamilton had no problem, but he did take care of the doctor's car to get a prescription for a cortisone injection." HUMO Hamilton could finish the Tour with a broken collarbone, and even win a stage. BRUYNEEL "That was a big farce. When he won that stage in the Pyrenees, he suddenly put his hands in the air at the finish line. You should try that with a broken collarbone. I know of no greater comedian than Hamilton." HUMO How do you look at the world of cycling after all you've been through? BRUYNEEL "I think cycling is a reflection of life, but of hard life. You don't get anything there. You know, as a boy from Izegem, I dreamt of the race, and all those dreams came true. Then you can only be grateful. (Starts coughing) That's from my allergy. I'm gonna have to take cortisone." HUMO Who wins the Tour? BRUYNEEL "Egan Bernal. Over the next few years, he's gonna be the best lap rider. A new, fantastic generation has emerged, including Tadej Pogacar and Remco Evenepoel. That boy is a phenomenon. Unseen. He will definitely win a big round. It's gonna be fun."
2020.06.02 13:53 NoStateGreeneryNeckbeard pities himself after not getting Pussy from his Roommates
So, this story is kinda still ongoing but not much has happened since the tale I am about to tell you. I ofentimes thought about this specific individual, but only lately have I realized how well his tale fits into this Sub. Let me start in the beginning... The Prologue My friends and I are big into punk rock. You know, fast music, Oi!, strong beers and a very open and tolerant mindset. This is exactly what will get us into this beardy situation we're in now.We often hang out in our local squat/autonomous culture centre as most punks do. Usually it's very nice there and people are non-judgemental if you get too drunk or act weird. Unfortunately, this sometimes attracts really really messed up people who kinda see it a some crooked way of safe space. Most of the time you can hush them away. This was impossible with Hobbitbeard (as I like to call him). One day we were just hanging out on a couch when the probably cringiest sight I've ever seen irl arrives: A rather small and slim but beardy guy with glasses, wielding a two meter druid staff, wearing military pants and a brown hobbit-ish cape with the LOTR leaf brooch (I absolutely adore Tolkien but this... Not so much). A female friend of mine, let's call her Streetcat awkwardly said hello to him, since he stood there for a while, just staring at us (or into nothingness, idk). He then made himself known and sat with us through the evening. We were talking about DnD since me and one of my male friends have just gotten into it. Hobbitbeard was already an expert (what a surprise). So the evening goes by without anything weird happening, but we all could feel that destiny has bestowed a great challenge unto us... The Empty Room At this point in time, all roommates of Streetcat decided to move out and so she had to find three people as a replacement, otherwise she wouldn't be able to pay the rent. She quickly recruited our mutual female friend (let's call her) Rathead for her cause and also a good male friend of mine. So Streetcat only needed to find one more roommate and her time was running out...But one evening, Streetcat met Hobbitbeard again and surprise - surprise: He was looking for a place to live. Streetcat being the kinda girl to treat everyone the same invited him into the last empty room where he moved in. That means he just brought his mattress and his gaming computer and some clothes - Everything his lair needed. Most of the time, he would be gaming or smoking pot. Everytime I talked to him when I visited my friends he told me weird shit about how he fought off a kidnapper as a kid and how inanimate objects have souls etc. A failed Romance Streetcat and Rathead were quick to notice that Hobbitbeard wasn't a pleasant roommate. He would constantly try to integrate himself into their conversations, kinda creepily hover around them or even get out of bed in the morning as soon as he heard them being awake. Streetcat began to suspect that he had a crush on her. He acted even weirder around her and always tried to invite himself in, when she was going somewhere with us. Critical point is, that Hobbitbeard is 35 years old, ten years older than Streetcat. I mean yes, there are lovers with a bigger difference but you gotta reflect - This kinda old dude still lives like someone who just moved out of home - and acts exactly like us, people who legitimately just moved out from our parents houses. Streetcat began to be disgusted by him and Rathead started trying to avoid him as well. But oh boy, this wasn't the end of it. The Letter Approximately one month into this living situation something unforseen happens: Hobbitbeard leaves a weird letter in the waste paper bin, in a way that everyone can find it. This letter would be the absolute proof of all theories made up in the past: Dear Streetcat and Rathead,I can't help myself but to write about my deepest feelings. I somehow developed a crush on both of you and there is nothing I can do against it. There was more written there, but these where the most relevant lines. Streetcat and Rathead were understandably angry. I mean, what was he trying to achieve? That one of the gals finds the letter and burns up in hot love to him? There wasn't even poetry or something like that on it, it was written like those weird information letters big companies write when they steer into a crisis.Streetcat and Rathead just ignored him completely after that. When I visited one day, Hobbitbeard and I talked. The conversation went something like this: HB: "I assume you heard what happened..." Me: "Yes I did - You messed up man." HB: "I just feel so unwelcome here." Me: "Not that big of a surprise isn't it? Maybe you should try online dating to find a gf and to proof that you don't just lust after your roommates." HB: "Yeah, but this is impossible for me to have feelings for a girl if I don't know her so well, my mother was overprotective when I was a kid and stuff..." (remember: he's 35) I tried my best to be supportive and stuff but in retrospect I should have been harder. I really tried to convince him to date someone but he just ignored my well-intended recommendations. Nothing changed much directly after the incident, except that he tried to play victim and kinda convinced my male friends that he has mental problems by doing that. The Aftermath What really angers me is how he fucked up Streetcats vision of her ideal home. Her place was like utopia to hang out at and to party together. But now both Streetcat and Rathead are moving out because they won't stand his hobbit shenanigans any longer. And my male friends nonetheless protect this poopyhead?! I can't grasp it. He still pushed his version of the story that his mother was too protective of him and now he demands more empathy and maybe even sex from my female friends! What was he thinking by making the bold claim to "have a crush on both of them"? Is this like a weird porn-intro story where they have a threesome in the end? Moral of the story: If you get weird vibes of a person, check twice before let them move in. TL;DR: Neckbeard moves in with women and starts making advances on both of them, whilst pitying himself that "his mother was too protective of him" to justify it.
Hello travellers, Hope you are well, and your family and friends are safe in this global pandemic. My name is Miles Williams, I’m a Masters Student at the University of the Arts London: London College of Communication. I am currently working on a speculative co-design project, which is my chosen theme which is the future colonization of Mars, and my question is: ‘What would a self-sustainable home look like on Mars?’. I would be grateful if you could join me in hosting an online co-design workshop that I’ve set up. I am looking for volunteers who specialise in different fields, such as Engineering, Farming, Psychiatry, Space Exploration, Biology and Architecture. The duration of these workshops will be a maximum 1-hour long session and will be hosted every Saturday, starting on the 16th of May 2020. I have not put time as of now, so as, to make it convenient for all participants. Perhaps a poll could help? What time works best for you? These methods of co-design can be widely used in your practices when you are collaborating with other practitioners, which can be of benefit for you. Please note, the workshop will be recorded for insights for my academic project. Thanks for taking the time to read this. The link below is a form, please fill in the requirements.https://drive.google.com/open?id=19-8Y8b5RiIs6zZ4ylTRo5PNFnCTc9DNvq6bKbfDtp40 details of my email are in the link. #mars#codesign#speculative#speculativedesign#Engineering#Farming#Psychiatry#SpaceExploration#Biology#Architecture#nasa Please note. In order to join the online workshop, I have to send you an invitation link via Mural. Please drop me an email to confirm you can join. Much appreciated. I'm not expecting everyone to commit to each session, but, you can invite your friends who would be interested in taking part in the session if they are available. _________________________________________________________________________Name: Workshop 1: Signal and Patterns mapping with stakeholders Date: Saturday, 16th May, 2020 Time: TBA Platform: Mural Details:To help determine the direction we are heading in. As Thomas More once said, “You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.” Our goal is to make Future 1 the priority: what legislation, demographic, resources and technological advancements need to take place? Could we create a Utopia on Mars? Future 2, can be a Future we can accept, but it is not perfect; what needs to take place for it to become reality? How do we remove the metaphorical pebble from the shoe? And Future 3 will be a future we don't want. What don’t we want to happen? A disastrous dystopia!___________________________________________________________________________ Name: Workshop 2: 6 thinking hats with Stakeholders Date: Saturday, 23rd May 2020 Time: TBA Platform: Mural Details:In pairs, we are using Sir Edward de Bono's ‘Lateral Thinking’ to creatively think of a narrative utilising your expertise and industry knowledge.___________________________________________________________________________ Name: Workshop 3: Exploring the 5 senses and drawing the scenarios Date: Sunday, 24th May 2020 Time: TBA Platform: Skype and Google slides Details: Following on from the idea of de Bono’s 'Lateral Thinking', exploring the five senses of smell, touch, hearing, sight and taste; you’ll illustrate your thoughts and present them on Google slides.
Hello travellers, Hope you are well, and your family and friends are safe in this global pandemic. My name is Miles Williams, I’m a Masters Student at the University of the Arts London: London College of Communication. I am currently working on a speculative co-design project, which is my chosen theme which is the future colonization of Mars, and my question is: ‘What would a self-sustainable home look like on Mars?’. I would be grateful if you could join me in hosting an online co-design workshop that I’ve set up. I am looking for volunteers who specialise in different fields, such as Engineering, Farming, Psychiatry, Space Exploration, Biology and Architecture. The duration of these workshops will be a maximum 1-hour long session and will be hosted every Saturday, starting on the 16th of May 2020. I have not put time as of now, so as, to make it convenient for all participants. Perhaps a poll could help? What time works best for you? These methods of co-design can be widely used in your practices when you are collaborating with other practitioners, which can be of benefit for you. Please note, the workshop will be recorded for insights for my academic project. Thanks for taking the time to read this. The link below is a form, please fill in the requirements.https://drive.google.com/open?id=19-8Y8b5RiIs6zZ4ylTRo5PNFnCTc9DNvq6bKbfDtp40 details of my email are in the link. Please note. In order to join the online workshop, I have to send you an invitation link via Mural. Please drop me an email to confirm you can join. Much appreciated. I'm not expecting everyone to commit to each session, but, you can invite your friends who would be interested in taking part in the session if they are available. _________________________________________________________________________ Name: Workshop 1: Signal and Patterns mapping with stakeholders Date: Saturday, 16th May, 2020 Time: TBA Platform: Mural Details:To help determine the direction we are heading in. As Thomas More once said, “You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.” Our goal is to make Future 1 the priority: what legislation, demographic, resources and technological advancements need to take place? Could we create a Utopia on Mars? Future 2, can be a Future we can accept, but it is not perfect; what needs to take place for it to become reality? How do we remove the metaphorical pebble from the shoe? And Future 3 will be a future we don't want. What don’t we want to happen? A disastrous dystopia!___________________________________________________________________________ Name: Workshop 2: 6 thinking hats with Stakeholders Date: Saturday, 23rd May 2020 Time: TBA Platform: Mural Details:In pairs, we are using Sir Edward de Bono's ‘Lateral Thinking’ to creatively think of a narrative utilising your expertise and industry knowledge.___________________________________________________________________________ Name: Workshop 3: Exploring the 5 senses and drawing the scenarios Date: Sunday, 24th May 2020 Time: TBA Platform: Skype and Google slides Details: Following on from the idea of de Bono’s 'Lateral Thinking', exploring the five senses of smell, touch, hearing, sight and taste; you’ll illustrate your thoughts and present them on Google slides.
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