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2023.06.10 19:44 Automatic_Essay_1625 I forgot to put on makeup while my in laws came to visit and they thought he was abusing me

I (F23) and my husband (M23) have been married for almost a year. Now, before we met my husband was very vanilla, not typically having sex or anything too intense. that changed when he met me and we began having rougher sex since i’m much more into I wouldn’t say pain but just being roughed around. He was hesitant to spanking and biting but eventually got into it.
So, i’m pregnant so of course we had to tone down the roughness but I still really enjoyed being marked up, the solution to this was hickeys. He likes to make them and I love having them. The only thing is that I have to remember to cover them when going out because the sheer amount of them. It doesn’t help either that since I bruise easily he finds it pleasurable to just add more and more.
Anyways, my in laws are traditional but I wouldn’t say traditional as in they don’t support us for the things we do that aren’t traditional. They’re just older and not from the US. I was actually scared of my in laws since i’m a mixed girl with tattoos and piercings but they completely accepted me and loved me.
So, they flew in to the US to visit me during my pregnancy and drop off some gifts. We thought that they would come after visiting their american friends, so tomorrow. With an extra day, we decided to have sex and of course my husband marked me up. The sex was great and we were both happy, plus I had enough makeup to cover the marks before we saw my in laws.
So I change into a tank top and shorts and he’s wearing sweats and we’re watching family feud and there’s a knock on the door. I look at my husband and i’m like “did you order something?” and of course he shakes his head and we both get up to open the door and there stand my in laws in all their glory. Instantly I hide behind my husband (He’s 6’3 i’m 5’0 1/2) and he greets his parents in dutch as if i’m not their and his mom instantly asks why i’m hiding and if i’m okay. At this point i’m like “Oh my fucking god this can’t be happening right now.” I try and wave from around my husband and I tell them that I need to go and change but his mom grabs me and hugs me tight. While she’s doing this, my husband turns pale and his dad is examining me and see my neck, frowning and tells my mother in law to back off. And when she does they see my neck fully and instantly my father in law looks my husband up and down and accuses him of abusing me and how wrong it is to hurt me while i’m pregnant and his mom started going on about how they didn’t raise him like that and she starts crying.
Instantly, me and my husband turn red and shake our heads and have to explain our sex life. Safe to say that i’m definitely carrying around much more makeup and not randomly opening to door.
TL;DR My in-laws visited and saw my hickeys, thinking my husband was abusing me.
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2023.06.10 19:44 _wolf_93 Looking for an anime

I'm really hoping someone can help me find this anime, but I've been watching so much anime that I don't even have the plot exactly correct. It's jumbled in my head lol
I'm pretty sure it's a boy, but it might be a girl and I'm pretty sure it's a demon lord, but it might be a tyrant king or prince.
Anyway, these people fear the demon lord (tyrant king/prince) and are constantly trying to give him gifts so he won't smite them, but he's not interested in their gifts. He just wants to be left alone because he doesn't like people. Enter the boy (maybe a girl) who comes from a poor village and has nothing else to offer except for an old manga. The demon lord (king/prince) actually loves manga so he bonds with the boy (girl?) and they become friends, but then the demon lord ( get it) is supposed to choose a princess from a neighboring village as a suitor, but since he hates everyone except for his new friend he wants to invite his new friend to stay with him. So the boy has to pretend to be a princess from his village (an unknown sister or something) to stay in the demon lord's castle and be with him forever.
Sorry that is such a mess 😅 Any help is appreciated, but I'm not getting my hopes up because I never got to finish the anime I only remember that stuff from the first two or three episodes. I think I watched it on Funimation, if that helps at all lol
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2023.06.10 19:43 InitialSkill927 "The Story of the Strongest Swordsman in Academy" - Kamen Rider Saber Origin Story

The Story of the Strongest Swordsman in Academy - Kamen Rider Saber Origin Story (強き剣士学園の物語 − 仮面ライダーセイバーの起源, Tsuyoki kenshi gakuen no monogatari − kamen raidā seibā no kigen, lit "The Story of Strong Swordsman Academy - The Origin of Kamen Rider Saber")
Plot: The human world collides with a realm of fairy tales called Wonder World due to a conflict over the Omniscient Tome – a legendary artifact of unparalleled power as a trio of monsters called the Megids mount a failed attempt to claim it and create more of their kind.
A 17 years old young man named Jason who found himself lost in the forest after being awakened in coma. He set out to his journey and discover his new strength and abilities that makes him stronger.
This is the origin story of Kamen Rider Saber from a thousand years ago.
Main Characters:
Logos Holy Knight Academy (ロゴス聖騎士学院, Rogosu Sei kishi gakuin): a upper-level school that teaches a sword technique and mana abilities. The academy is part of Sword of Logos country.
Public Morals Committee (風紀委会, Fūki-i-kai):
Student Council (生徒会, Seito-kai):
Students of Logos Holy Knight Academy:
Teachers and staff of Logos Holy Knight Academy:
Sword of Logos (ソード・オブ・ロゴス, Sōdo Obu Rogosu) - is a global peacekeeping organization and a kingdom dedicated to protecting the Omniscient Tome and humanity.
Megid: The Megids (メギド, Megido) are monsters who tried to steal the Omniscient Tome a thousand years ago before they were thwarted and renew their efforts to the current day.
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2023.06.10 19:40 Realistic-Cap-7635 Personal reflection on the game, and how it could be better

SAs someone who has:
  1. Completed all quests
  2. Completed Badum quests
  3. Unlocked Everything (Factions all 20)
  4. Have 285/285 with gear and guns
  5. Have around 8m - 10m Kmarks
  6. Am at best average at straight up PvP, most of my success is from playing smart and cautious (making moves at the right time, rotating and repositioning in fights, coordinating with my team, counting shots, etc)
These are the following things that I have observed about the game, but more specifically after patch 3.4:
  1. Most of my time playing the game is spent PvPing in duo and trio squads, helping out some of my friends do their quests, or just going around solo gathering cables for letium drills, doing data drives for dungeons, or farming pistons and aluminum for oil, or just doing jobs for scrips
  2. Having 10m sometimes but nowhere to spend it on since my stash is perpetually full means that I have to sell perfectly fine guns such as Flechettes and Advocates to buy Kors and Brutes just to keep my money down so I can pick more stuff up to sell and not waste K-Mark rewards from jobs.
  3. There has been a significant rise in cheaters after the patch. Before the patch, there were at best 1 cheater every 4 or 5 raids. Now it seems that there are cheaters almost every other raid, and raids without cheaters are either empty or full of white gear guys doing what white gear guys do.
  4. Dungeons somehow outclass Lab Keycard rewards. I understand that they are not the same thing, but I have over 800 hours this season, not once have I found a Lab Keycard. Good thing I opened the Lab keyroom just before it got nerfed.
  5. Due to all the end-game content being around the north-western part of Crescent Falls, the south-eastern part of the map is empty. The only people I ever find there are either white gear guys questing, or cheaters who ape for my brute that ran from Starport Warehouse.
  6. Matchmaking is still not fixed. I still get trios in my Crescent Falls/Tharis raids despite being a solo. (I literally see their drops, no they are not teaming)
  7. Before the patch, I had to forge around ~125x before completing the 10 Slags I need for Badum. After the patch, I have managed to get 5 slags in less than 20 forges, and got 2 slags back to back just a few raids ago. The drop rate may be slightly higher than intended, but the sample size of my personal experience may not reflect the actual statistics.
  8. Tharis is dead. As someone who actually enjoys Tharis Island, it's frustrating to have my favorite map nerfed to the ground that no one ever comes there anymore except for some white gear warriors looking for a comeup or just mining Tharis Iron, or those who are there to farm slags. It's a shame, because currently, Tharis is the only map that is actually almost free of any cheaters because of the level requirement to unlock the map in the first place(Most cheaters get banned before unlocking it, and the cheaters that actually play on Tharis are most likely retail cheaters meaning they are legit players but decided they needed an edge to play the game)
  9. I've been randomly getting disconnected from the raid, with my gear just vanishing, then immediately dropping back into the same raid naked. Sometimes, this happens over and over again, until I can find respite from a stranger who mercy kills me or until I exit to station which I usually do.
Now what exactly can be done about the game? I will enumerate suggestions that directly mirror the points that I have made above.

  1. The end game loop is absolutely terrible (wow, 103,127th time this has been said on the sub, i know). The game is absolutely in need of some content especially for end game players. PvPing is absolutely the only real thing that can be done, and while that is fun, why not just play other shooters that go straight to the point like Apex? Jobs are mostly tedious and annoying to do, and it does need either an update or a rework. A global leaderboard would also be cool, as we saw several people actually playing the game just to get on the howlerbuster boards.
  2. The money cap seems like a band-aid solution to a bigger problem. With the current economy of increased ammo and repair costs, more items added into the item pool, and no more permanent insurance, below average players are having a hard time keeping a steady economy in the station whereas successful players still are successful. I personally never really had a hard time hitting the money cap over and over again, the harder thing to do is actually keep my stash from overflowing. I thought the approach to season 3 was to make it easier for newer players to get into but the current system hard gatekeeps casuals while barely doing anything to sweats. Something they could do is just to add a high-roller lobby where you cannot insure gear, and the lobbies cost Kmarks to drop into or even aurum, and is locked with gear requirement so you know you will be fighting people in gear. This also means that if you die, you do not get anything back, and that what you paid for to get into the raid is also gone. (An immediate effect of this implementation might be that we would get almost empty lobbies in regular and high roller instances due to the players being further split into separate buckets but this change alone would bring back so many of the sweats who stopped playing the game back, and the casuals could actually just finish their quests)
  3. Nothing to say about cheaters really, but a few hours into the patch, guys were flying everywhere once again despite " 3.4.0 containing various backend improvements and tweaks to the anti-cheat formula and Yager adding new systems to the game to help detect and prevent the kinds of cheats we have found to be the most common ". I understand that 10 devs vs 1000 cheat makers is a tough battle, but certain measures to make reporting and banning cheaters can be done. Adding a death cam that can only be played after either the whole squad is dead, or the enemy squad is dead is one thing that can be doable, many other games have this feature. And before anyone starts going, "well, you can't do this because you can drop in the same lobby if you drop back down again and now you know where the enemy is", just make it so that players have a 15-minute cooldown per instance of the map which aligns with the time it takes for gear to despawn. That way, even the information you receive from the death cam is irrelevant 15 minutes later, and is only really useful for reviewing deaths and as evidence for cheating. Sure, you can get a lucky 5-headshot beam with a Kor on someone but 12x in a row in the same raid? That's an easy ban if anything.
  4. Key rooms are massively underwhelming right now. Community Room? Here's a green creature mod for your smg. What's that purple keycard you got there? - Oh, it's an Overgrown Keycard. That's 3 Circuit Boards, 21 Basic Light Ammo, and a white backpack. I've gotten 5,000 Overseers Office Keycards, but 1 Basecamp Armory Key, please explain how this is possible? Back in Season 1, key rooms were heavily utilized(as they should). Base Camp Luggage Room was always open, so was Armory in Jungle. Garage in Greens? Good luck. Hell, even Community Room was worth the trek because Loose House was there as well. I've since sold all my keycards early into the season as I have found it utterly useless and I have better luck picking up high tier weapons and armor just running around Tharis Island. Something clearly should be done here, the Lab Keycard during the start of Season 3 was perfect - it was hard to get up there, it's an extremely rare card, and it can be only used once. The loot was god tier, but that's assuming you can evac with it. And almost everyone only really got one shot at opening it, but I suppose that was too good because now all you ever really get is 3 PKR Maelstroms and a blue set. Sidenote: Puzzle Rooms are also really bad. They really are only for the reactors, and the weapon crate is a bonus, but the process of completing the puzzle, especially solo, is way too much of an ask for so little of a reward. The only puzzle really worth doing is the one by greens prospect since it can be done solo in 15 seconds, but even then you get shot as soon as you start doing it.
  5. South-eastern side of the map of Crescent should get some love. Add something there that would actually make players want to go there, or at least make them decide which side of the map they should go to. As of now, all the high-gear players go Warehouse/Pinnacle due to the large open areas which make it ideal for fights, versus the thick jungles of Favela that has dense foliage and full of cliffs where you die if you slip off of. Sure missions take you there, but everyone eventually completes their missions and its off to Pinnacle most of the time from hereon out. Buffing Community Key will not pull players there since keys are single use, and I understand the dungeon is there but let's face it, not many people enjoy doing the dungeon in the first place, be it easy as it was back then or how it is now.
  6. Fix matchmaking. That is all. Please.
  7. Whatever this is, keep it the way it is. Don't find out oh, the drop rate was increased to 30% instead of increasing it by 3% and reverting it back.
  8. Add gear lock to Tharis. That's it, plain and simple. There should be some risk to Tharis, and on the opposite side of the stick, there should also be reward. What is the point of ammo being more expensive, repairs being more expensive, money being harder to keep, if I can just keep dropping back in to Tharis with just a white backpack, mine for 5 minutes and evac with 30-50k worth of Kmarks in Tharis Iron? Imagine doing that for an hour, that's an easy 300k right there. Just about the same amount you get from completing a letium drill, but with no investment, no risk, just sacrificing your sanity for the sake of money. As it stands, in order to add 5% less fauna damage and 5% less damage from storm strikes to my shield and stamina regen during storm on my backpack, I have to fight 6 free loadouts ratting in and around Tharis without gaining anything yet risking everything.
  9. I understand ping limit, server issues, yada yada yada. Just make it so if you go poof, let our teammates pick our shit up. PLEASE GODDAMNIT. This is so dumb. I've lost countless loadouts to this dumb mechanic of being booted out of the raid, and now just to add insult to injury I get dropped back in but naked over and over again. What spaghetti code is this where you fix one thing and 12 other things become broken. Just please drop our shit, let some rando pick it up and have a nice feeling picking up a kor and purple set. I don't care. JUST DROP OUR SHIT PLEASE and thank you.
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2023.06.10 19:40 BigchungusXDfunny Selling and buying several things

Selling and buying several things
Selling vbuck accounts and method Selling at these rates 7k vbucks - $18 20k vbucks - $35 35k vbucks - $50 Can do much more vbucks and negotiate prices and these are all fa which means you will have access to the gmail associated with the fn acc and the epic games acc itself. I will let you know how to avoid getting the vbucks revoked with purchase. These are completely safe and can be used to gift your main account whatever you’d like. I have already tested them out on my own personal main and I have kept all the things I’ve bought to this day. I can negotiate prices and accept Amazon giftcards and cashapp :) vouches can be shown and I have currently sold on eBay as well. Also selling a vbuck and pulling method for any offers. I’ve made several deals on eBay already and will continue to do more so I’d say I’m legit I am also doing gift card services dm me if you need any and FINALLY, I am selling my fn acc it’s fa and has 200+ skins. I AM BUYING AGED AMAZON ACCOUNTS FOR CHEAP LMK AND SELLING MY AA1 BK MINTY ACC ON MY PROFILE. also have a $25 xbox gc looking to trade for a $25 ubeuber eats gc or $20 cashapp, lmk if you do 25% amazon purchases or have an emote stacked fn acc that is Xbox linkable and full access.
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2023.06.10 19:39 jackletoast Has anyone got the Target Mastercard?

I've seen a thread about this a few years back but I figured I'd bring it up again, does anyone have a Target MasterCard? or has gotten one recently? Target shows no criteria on how to get them; i called their customer service line but they said it was automated. I'm just wondering because I got my Target instore Credit Card back in 2020, stayed below 30% utilization, never missed a payment and my limit has been $1000, but its never changed. it's pretty frustrating especially since all I wanna do is increase my line of credit
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2023.06.10 19:38 CheekyChec Powkiddy v90 64gig question?

Hopefully I found the right place I’m thinking about buying a Powkiddy v90 and I’m not sure If I should buy the one with the 16gb card or the 64gb card? What’s the difference does the bigger cars have more systems or games? I’m very new to emulation please give me some answers!!! Also should I buy from Powkiddy direct or eBay?
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2023.06.10 19:36 bby-bae The poetry and greater meaning of who sent the catspaw (SPOILERS EXTENDED)

I originally wrote this as a response to a question about why Joffery would have sent the catspaw, but i found myself writing so much I am making my own post. I believe that Joffery sending the catspaw to kill Bran has meaningful and poetic weight, and that it is much more meaningful in the larger story than if it were something as direct as Cersei, for example, even though the "logic" for Cersei is more straightforward.
Joffery sending the catspaw after Bran has meaningful weight, because Joffery doesn’t have motive, it’s just his interpretation of what Robert wanted, because Robert, really, was so callous of a person that he would that way about the death of even his dear friend. It’s poetic because even though Joffery did the actual act of hiring the catspaw, it really was Robert’s doing — yet another way that a misunderstood idea in a terrible father-son relationship can turn into a conflict that ruins the realm, and yet another way in which the Westerosi culture of strength brings its own ruin.
Also, it has poetic importance to Jon’s fate, and why Ned had to hide Jon for so long. Joffery is just responding to Robert’s attitude, which is that killing a child might be the better thing to. We see this in regards to the Targaryens in the Ned/Robert conflict over killing the child Daenerys — which is really an analogue for Ned standing up for Jon’s right to live. However, even after the idea that Robert would gladly kill a child Targaryen heir, the counter-argument stands: “but Robert wouldn’t kill Jon, surely, now that he’s been raised as Ned’s own son all these years …” Well, the revelation about the catspaw proves otherwise — Robert was talking about how the death of Ned’s younger and actual child would be a greater good for the child, so imagine how unsympathetic he would be about a child that isn’t even Ned’s, and whose death might be a greater good for the whole realm?
As for the importance of it being Joffery — Joffery isn’t “just crazy”, like how the show ruins him makes him look. Robert at least he has the understanding necessary to know that, even if he believes that Bran would be better off dead, it would be a terrible and a stupid thing to do, but Joffery simply doesn’t have that understanding. Joffery doesn’t end up the way he does from him being “crazy”, his personality results from him being raised by Cersei, who was raised by Tywin, and how Cersei wants to raise another Tywin without understanding what makes Tywin a powerful ruler. Note that Kevan and Jaime both fear that if Cersei got her hands on Tommen, now, he could end up like Joffery too — because it’s not his innate nature, it’s his upbringing. And this is not as clear on a first read, but once we get an insight into Cersei’s mind in AFFC, we see how one-dimensional her interpretation of power is, and it explains all of her behaviors, as well as Joffery’s.
The shadow of Tywin’s strength looms over the entire Lannister clan, but none of his children, each living in that shadow, learn how to emulate his successes. As one example, Tyrion comes close, learning how to make allies and talk his way into advantageous situations, but all of his successes in AGOT and ACOK are proven hollow by his fall in ASOS: all the times that Tyrion thought he was being a strategist, he was often just paying people off with money that was, really, Tywin’s. So we see the ultimate consequence of that empty power and inability to emulate Tywin’s actual strength when, on Tyrion’s fall, when he has no more money and influence and therefore no more allies, we get the entire scenario as sexual metaphor — all of Tyrion’s power was just borrowed from Tywin, and, in the end, that is stripped away: Tywin gets his due and sleeps with Shae, the symbol of Tyrion’s empty influence.
Cersei learns a different lesson from Tywin: that of fear and brute force. She spends the entirety of AFFC wondering why her brutality isn’t met with the appropriate fear. She creates increasingly brutal scenarios in her attempts to inspire fear, because she believes that Tywin’s strength was entirely through things like Castamere, and that the path to respect is fear. When she doesn’t get respect, she concludes that the issue is her lack of manhood, and so she tries to enact her brutal will through Jaime, who can operate in a man’s space, and who she sees as her duplicate — and, formerly, she had Joffery to do this with, as well, and Joffery to mold entirely to her intended image.
That’s not to say that I think Cersei had anything to do with the catspaw directly, I don’t think she told Joffery to do anything or even knew about it, but Joffery’s doing is the result of years of her passive influence that Joffery behaves the way he does. He’s been told for years by his mother that his success as king will depend on people fearing him, and through acts of violence. You see this play out repeatedly — through his abuse of Sansa, his punitive acts in situations like with Ser Dontos — and with his beheading of Ned, because Joffery has been raised to think that you need to kill to command respect. Cersei has at least the political acumen to not actually kill Bran, and she later chastises Jaime for even throwing him out the window, but consider the repeatedly warping that each generation experiences: we get to see how poorly Cersei interprets the qualities of Tywin, so imagine how twisted Joffery's understanding of these lessons is, a third generation down, already bent by his mother's misinterpretations. Of course, Tywin isn't the start, either — he perceived his own father's amiability as weakness, and has spent his whole life becoming violent and hard because of his own personal misinterpretations of what kinds of strength are valuable.
But here’s where it goes back to Robert: because it’s not just Cersei that sends Joffery the message that power comes through force, fear and killing. Force, and killing, may not be all Robert does anymore, but it’s all Robert thinks he’s good at. Moreover, it’s the entirety of Robert’s legacy: Robert did win his throne through killing Rhaegar at the Trident, and that specific legacy and image is what Robert is most remembered for. So, in this way, Joffery’s actions make perfect sense — he’s being told by history that killing wins power, he’s being told by his mother that killing wins power, and then here we have another instance where the great and powerful Robert — or, more personally, dad — suggests another killing. Because Joffery understands only that killing wins power, and lacks all the nuance of politics that Cersei lacks and more, it follows that when his father suggests it, he acts.
Of course, even this is part of a larger cultural issue, one that we see in Randyll Tarly, and Tywin, and the Cleganes, and the Ironborn, and countless others across Westeros and the world of ASOIAF — that the weak are doomed to die, while the strong (and male) prevail. It's reflected in Sansa's momentary disappointment in being betrothed to the lame Willas Tyrell over any other, even as it is her best escape out of King's Landing. Even Bran, without the use of his legs, cannot escape the shadow of this culture, as through his whole journey north he believes that at the end will be a wizard who will fix his legs and allow him to become a knight after all. So, ultimately, even Robert’s suggestion is just a product of this cultural failing, and it is a perfect irony that it is this exact cultural failing which begins the war that starts to destroy Westeros. Without the notion that a seven-year-old boy is expendable, and perhaps better off dead, the Catelyn would not have captured Tyrion and the war may yet have been put off (although not forever, because the Tywin’s murder of Elia’s children, a mirror of Robert’s willingness to murder children, is creates it own boiling problems).
Ultimately, it’s important that it’s Joffery because it’s yet another instance of ASOIAF’s fraught parent-child relationships, and because in that way, it’s really both Robert’s doing, and in a more abstract way, it is the entirety of Westerosi culture’s doing. Considering the comparisons to Tywin, it’s notable that Robert’s suggestion to kill Bran is, honestly, more direct than Tywin’s suggestion to kill Aegon V and Rhaenys — and Tywin’s hand in that is enough to earn the ire of Oberyn and the Martells for nearly two decades.
Really, I'm barely scratching the surface of all of the implications of this; I'm sure there is plenty more to be said about examining the numerous other parent-child legacies and misinterpretations of will throughout ASOIAF and how they mirror the influence of Cersei's and of Robert's will being interpreted by Joffery to kill Bran, but that's too much for even me to dive into here.
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2023.06.10 19:34 tulpacat1 To Kill a Predator, Finale

Hi everyone.
To Kill a Predator is a work of fan fiction set in the Nature of Predators universe originally created by SpacePaladin15 whose Patreon you should subscribe to.
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Memory transcription subject: Martin Russo, Human Refugee
Date [standardized human time]: January 10th, 2137

Without the girls, life settles into a boring rut. I talk to them as much as I can on the pad, but they’re busy on Earth, hitting the ground running.
There’s been a lot of ground to cover before they’re caught up to where everyone else will be, particularly for Vilek. She’s often had to pull double-claws of studying, working her fluffy ass off to gain a baseline understanding of psychology in record time. Thiva’s classes on VP by contrast have prepared her well for humanity’s relatively simple technology.
That, and they’ve had to get used to Earth. Earth food, Earth culture, and a planet full of omnivores with forward-facing eyes. I’ve been doing what little I can to help coach and encourage them.
For my own part I’ve been restless. Given that I’m not able to look for a job yet, that physical therapy kicks my ass every other paw, and that I’ve got nothing to do other than look forward to a half-hour of chatting with my friends… I’ve started up on software again. It’s something I can do even while laying prone. Particularly since I have a way to write without using my hands.
What do I do with that, anyway? I can read minds. I can even use the raw data from a full brain scan to extract memories. There’s got to be something useful to do with this. It’s practically the only part of this entire debacle I haven’t bothered telling the UN about.
Honestly after what I’ve been through, I can’t imagine trusting them, or the Venlil government, with this. Bastards would be prosecuting thought-crime by the end of the week.

Jarkim’s opened his business a couple of weeks back. Without an actual office, since he plans to simply operate out of Slavik’s farm. As I understand they tolerate it as long as he also helps out in return for food and board. I hope the arrangement works out for the both of them.
I gave Jarkim some help with his online presence. He wasn’t initially sure about the black and white picture of him in a fedora and a tie, or about the business name “Jarkim Krakotl, Private Eye”. But as soon as humans heard about Venlil Prime’s only Krakotl detective they’ve ended up coming to him with their problems.
He sent me a picture of his first solved case, some runaway kid who got lost and reunited with her mother. He was still wearing the hat. No tie, though.

Today is my paw off from Chasa’s torments, and it coincides with the launch of another exciting new business venture. So I take the time to visit Mosun.
“Hey Martin! Hold on a minute!” I see the Yotul wrangling a bunch of foam mats around the large, empty room. And its wall-length mirror. Fittingly the place look like the midway point between a dance studio and a martial arts dojo, except for the soft and spongy floor. It’s meant to safeguard against falls.
I glance around the room while he huffs and plops the last few ones down. There’s perhaps thirty-five or forty foam mats scattered on the floor. “So are you being optimistic, or did you get a good reception?”
He looks at me, bouncing with excitement. Though his ears signal a bit of nervousness. “Five Yotul have signed up so far! That’s almost half the Yotul in the entire town! And almost twenty humans! Hanya’s bringing a couple of Gojid friends too, and we’ve got a few Venlil coming along with their humans… Oh, and an Iftali, that was a surprise. Honestly I may be a little in over my head here; I’ve never taught crowds before! I’m not even sure how much will translate across species!”
“So you’ll be learning on the job. I have complete faith in you. Are the Exterminators going to give you any trouble?”
He barks a laugh. “Hah! No, Jarkim had a talk with the magister. I got permission from Vaska’s office to teach the classes in the name of cultural preservation, so those motherfuckers can’t touch me!”
I laugh as well. “You might need to censor your language a bit as a teacher.”
“Combat Dancing is about honesty and expression, Martin. If I can’t live it, how am I supposed to teach it?”
Well, he got me there. “Anything I can do to help?”
He glances at me, his voice gets a little uncomfortable. “Um, I don’t know. Can you carry heavy stuff right now?”
I shrug. “Probably not, no.”
“Then I’ll be fine. You’re not interested in taking the class?”

“I think my dancing days are over, for the foreseeable future.” I wryly lift my cane and wave it as a small reminder. It’s wood, and I’m quite fond of it. Chasa found a Venlil craftsman who wanted to be the first to make one for a human, and he made it out of the wood of some kind of tree called Lampan. The color reminds me of mahogany.
His ears droop a bit. “Ah yeah. How permanent is that looking?”
I shrug. “Finger dexterity on the right hand’s likely never going to be the same, but I’ll be able to play video games. Left arm should recover enough for daily use. Leg should get a full range of motion, but I won’t be going jogging. Thankfully I look dignified with a cane.”
He wags his tail teasingly and cocks his head as he regards me. “Do you? …Must be a human thing.”
“Piss off. Mind if I sit in on the class?”
“Of course not!”
Turns out first class of Yotul Combat Dancing is a quick demonstration, and then Mosun talking to the quite large and varied crowd. He talks about the history and cultural significance of Combat Dances to the Yotul, the philosophical underpinnings of the artform, and the mentality to be cultivated in practitioners.
Everyone is listening with rapt attention, and a few of the humans are even taking notes. When he opens the floor for questions, a Venlil asks “Isn’t this an expression of Predator Disease?”
To which Mosun answers “No. Next question?”
Which is honestly as much of a response as that warrants.
I talk with Hanya briefly after the class. She says that she’s been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that human therapy is helping her out. She even talks excitedly about piloting shuttles again, someday soon. I’m glad for her.

Once I get back to the house, there’s a man in a suit waiting for me. He’s tall, bald, and has very dark skin. I don’t recognize him. He extends his hand toward me, and I shake it. He speaks English with an African accent, instead of letting the translator handle it. I’d guess western Africa, but I’m hardly an expert. “Bamidele Adeyemi.”
“Martin Russo. Can I help you?”
He indicates the door. “May I come in?”
“Sure. My Venlil hosts aren’t home right now.”
“Of course.”
Once he’s been let in, and I’ve given him something to drink, I wait patiently for him to explain his presence.
“I am the UN liason to the district magister’s office.”
I keep my tone neutral and politely curious. “What happened to Robert McGinley?”
He keeps his tone neutral too, but friendly. He smiles at me. “It was decided that he should be replaced.”
Oh no. Anyway. “Alright. But… No offense mister Adeyemi, but why are you here?”

He takes out a pad. “I have some documents that the UN and the District Magister would like you to sign.”
I sigh inwardly and make a quite heroic effort to not sigh outwardly. I look at the pad briefly anyway. As I expected, it’s about making myself legally liable should I speak up about what I’ve gone through. “I’m afraid you are wasting your time. McGinley told me to sign papers like this too, and I told him ‘no’.”
He nods, entirely unsurprised. “I understand you signed similar documents over a smaller… altercation with the Exterminators. Why the difference of response, if I may ask?”
“Because the first time he threatened to have me thrown out of the refugee center if I didn’t.”
Bamidele’s eyes widen briefly. “I see. That does explain why you told him to ‘fuck off’.”
“Yes.” I pause briefly. “…You’ve been polite enough that I don’t want to use the same language. But.”
He laughs briefly. “Haha, yes, I understand. Different circumstances, yes? My predecessor tried the stick. I am here to try the carrot. So tell me, mister Russo, what will it take for you to sign?”
“There’s nothing that…” I pause.
I sit down. I’m briefly quiet. I miss my friends so goddamn much. I swallow, mouth feeling dry as I tentatively reach for the proffered lifeline. “I… hear Sweden’s lovely this time of year.”
He flashes his teeth at me in a broad smile and chuckles pleasantly. “Hehe, I thought you might say that. But… You do realize it is January?”

Date [standardized human time]: January 12th, 2137

The thought of leaving this wretched planet and its wretched food and its wretched government and its wretched ever-present sun makes me feel like I’m already back in Earth’s lighter gravity.
I ended up paying Chasa back for all the pain and suffering she inflicted on me: The largest gift basket I could find online, filled with fruits, candies, and preserves of both Zurulian and human origin.
When I wake up at the start of the paw, my arch-nemesis has sent me two pictures. The first one is a schedule to keep for the next couple of months. In the second picture she’s put pillows and blankets in the basket and is using it as a bed, a paw raised in goodbye.
If the medi-teddies ever learn to weaponize their cuteness, humanity is in real trouble.
Packing is easy. I don’t have a lot. A band shirt from when I went to see ‘Where Angels Fear’, a few bad sketches of fruit, my dad's chess set, my pad, and a neural scanner.

Date [standardized human time]: January 13th, 2137

The space flight actually lands directly in Sweden, somewhere north of the polar circle at a place called Esrange. I immediately realize that winter’s back on the menu, as the cold makes my left leg and arm ache like hell. It’s the dead of night, too… But I’ve missed night. So has everyone else, as despite the cold people are walking straight out into the snow to just stare up into the starry sky and stare in open awe at the sky, where the stars form a backdrop for the northern lights. I join them.
A poetic whimsy falls over me, making me grin at the cheesiness. It’s like the sky itself is welcoming us back home.
From Esrange we take cars to Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city. From there it’s a long train ride south. I’ve gotten a sleeper cabin. With the generous stipend from the UN, I have no need to scrimp.
Even so, it takes significantly longer to travel 1400 kilometers across Sweden than it did to travel 16 light-years from Gliese 832. I’ve got almost twenty hours to appreciate the irony.

Date [standardized human time]: January 14th, 2137

I’m met at the train station in Lund by a man holding a sign with my name on it. His car takes me directly to the university. Everything feels very… ordinary, except I’m a bit dazed at having so many humans around me again.
We arrive a little before 8 in the morning. Excited students scurry to and fro, eager and hopeful for the first day of spring term. The driver is named Markus, and very kindly helps me find my way to my meeting. I’m left outside a door, standing around awkwardly.
The man I’m meeting with is Jonas Falck, and he’s the head of the department of computer science. While the UN has ‘encouraged’ the university to take me in despite it being so close to the term start, the decision remains with him.
I really wanted to see the girls first, but the meeting time was set for me. I desperately wish I had thought to shave beforehand. I’ve been using my beard to hide my weak chin, but it probably looks more unprofessional than-
“Hey, are you Martin Russo?”
Ah, I see.
Mister Falck is holding two cups of coffee and offers one of them to me with a smile. He’s got a full beard, a full belly, hair past his shoulders, and a pink hawaiian shirt to go with his khaki shorts and flip-flops. This man is clearly one of the most talented professionals working in the field today.

“So, do you mind if I ask…” He motions to my cane while I take a seat.
“How that happened?”
“That’s classified. I’m not even joking.”
He nods once, like that was more or less what he expected to hear. He leans back in his chair, which creaks a bit, and takes a slow drink from his coffee while reading on his computer. “So you studied at Columbia University before the Bombing?”
“And your family lived in New York?”
“I’m sorry to hear that.” He doesn’t say it unkindly, but he does say it as rote. ‘Oh you’re from one of the places that doesn’t exist anymore? Sorry to hear that.’
I nod awkwardly. “Yes.”
“And you were focusing on studying brain-computer interfacing?”
I feel like a recording. “Yes.”
“It’s very uncommon to add a student this late. The term begins today.”
“We can’t provide housing for you on such a short notice, for one.”
“I have that handled, sir.”
He scrunches his face up. “Jonas, please. Americans are so formal.”
“Alright, er, Jonas.”
“So, Martin, what I’m asking for is a reason. To take you in right now, I mean, instead of next year.”
I nod. This is thankfully something I had planned for. My hand slips into my pocket, fingering the box holding the scanner electrodes. “Well, Jonas… I think there’s something you should take a look at.”

Handling paperwork and basic orientation takes most of the morning. I manage to get morning-and-evening classes to share my time off with the lambchops. That only works because most people don’t want evening classes. Evenings are for partying if you’re a student, so late classes are mostly for adults with jobs.
I end up standing around nervously by the entrance to the university building, counting down the time. I watch people passing by as calmly as I can, still checking my pad every minute or so for any messages and jerking my head around like a bird at anything that’s even a bit of a shade of gray.
I can tell the alien girls are coming even before I see them, since everyone is glancing curiously their way. I straighten my back and shift my weight from foot to foot. I feel like a dog at an airport, waiting for the return of its owner.
They’re looking around as I see them, and Thiva’s the first to spot me. Her ears perk up and Vilek immediately looks to me as well. As they speed up into a sprint, I’m a bit surprised to see them both wearing clothes. Both girls are wearing custom boots made to fit their digitigrade legs.
They’re both wearing coveralls, Vilek’s in a hospital teal and Thiva’s in a bright red. It’s been explained to me that many at the university have a student culture of wearing colorful coveralls that they decorate with patches, called ‘Ovve’, and that Thiva’s red marks her as a mechanical engineering student. Vileks’s teal, presumably, mark her as studying healthcare. Or specifically therapy, perhaps. I need to look it up.
Seeing as computer science students are apparently expected to wear pink ones, I’m thinking I might sit out this grand and colorful tradition. On the other hand according to the Internet it’s an informal rule to cut a bit from the ‘Ovve’ of anyone you’ve exchanged body fluids with and patch it onto your own. So I suppose I could be convinced.
The girls collide with me, thankfully gently. Their tails are wagging like crazy out of the back of their outfits, and they’re clinging to me. I inhale deeply, take in the distinct and pleasant scent of my cute Venlil friends, and cling to them as well. My fingers stroke through their thick fur, and I hear their happy wordless bleating and whistling.
I close my eyes and enjoy the moment, not giving one whit for the passersby watching the scene.
“Oh, girls, I-” Vilek punches me in the arm unexpectedly. The right one, thankfully.
Even though her ears signal joy and her tail is wagging, her voice is still stern. “We learned what ‘lambchops’ means!”

The student flat isn’t very expansive, but it’s larger than the one we shared on Venlil Prime. Probably because humans are just plain larger.
It’s currently sparsely furnished. There’s a couple of desks, a couch, a table, a beanbag chair, and a bunk bed. I take my shoes off in the hallway, as the girls do. When in Lund.
They help me unpack. There’s not a lot, but they had already set aside a little corner for me. I’ve got the beanbag chair instead of a desk, which I’m perfectly fine with.
I sigh and lean against a wall briefly. “I’m… so glad to be home.”
Thiva turns her head a little, flicking an ear in question. “You missed being on Earth?”
I chuckle, and pinch her ear-tip lightly. I lean over to give Vilek one too, for fairness. It earns me a pair of bleeps from them, and I go on the offensive to rub their heads and scratch their ears and do everything I can to make the lambchops squeal happily. They thankfully oblige. “I missed being with my herd.”
My friends are safe, they’re here with me, and we all have paths forward. I’ve fought and bled for this opportunity. I’m allowed to enjoy it.
I sit down on the couch with a quiet groan of satisfaction, finally getting to put my cane aside. “So, girls… how are you feeling about Earth so far?”
They grumble immediately. “It is so freaking cold!” “Snow! We do not like the snow!”
“It’s only for another couple of… Months.” They’re undressing right in front of me. I am left briefly stunned.
Oh right they don’t normally wear clothes.
Reminding myself of that doesn’t help. The context is what it is. They’re my best friends and my two favorite girls and they’re stripping naked before me.
My brain fails me. “…Okay, so, uhh. Um. Hmmh. Huh.”
Mother of God there’s nothing different! They’re naked. They’re always naked! It hasn’t been a problem on VP, it won’t be a problem here! Man up!
I take a deep and steadying breath and resolutely refuse to think of patches of white and red on a set of pink coveralls, with pink patches on their matching ones.
“I guess we should… buy some food? And some clothes for me to use? And…”
And they turn their heads toward me, staring at me with one eye each. Side by side. Making me feel like I'm being stared down by a single creature. One with forward-facing eyes. And an orange blush.
They take slow steps closer. Thiva speaks first with an amused lilt to her voice. “Or maybe this is a good time to talk. You know, about the house rules.”
Vilek speaks as well, moving her tail sinuously in a teasing motion. “Relationship statuses.”
Thiva comes in with the finisher, practically purring. “Sleeping arrangements.”

And that's the end! Thank you all so much for reading, and check the comments for a small request from yours truly!
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2023.06.10 19:32 Branlynn11 AITA (52F) for being angry my husband (53m) still talks to his Ex

I 52F have been with my husband 53M for 28 yrs, married 20. Last week, he mistakenly took my phone with him when he left the house and left his phone behind. Looking for my phone, I saw his and decided to use it. I got a feeling like something wasn't right when I saw his texts and noticed he had one from his ex-girlfriend. So I decided to look into this further. I saw they had an ongoing text since 2019. Yes, I read them. There were many times he said things to her that shouldn't have been shared. Even called me bad names.
He travels for work a lot, and many times, he doesn't even tell me he has a trip to go on until he has already arrived at the location (I have expressed many times how this bothers me) He also has never he asked me to go with him even when I was off of work and could easily travel with him. However, he has told her about all his trips and has even invited her to show up (She lives in a different state). In his texting to her, she would ask him if he was available to talk at times, and he would say, " Not now, she's sitting here." Then he would call her back. He also told her about me being upset at things for no reason, and his love for her is still strong, and he would never love another the way he loved her. He offered to send her flowers and money many times. He has never purchased me flowers and said it's a money wasted. She told him that she treats her man like a king and would never be mad at him for no reason. But she also only hears his side where he's an innocent person and never does anything wrong. He told her I was jealous of her and he didn't know why. He was on a trip with friends in the city she lives and even invited her to come to his hotel, saying the guys are out right now, come meet with me.
I was so hurt and angry seeing this that when he got home, I blew up. I told him to leave and go be with her if he wanted her so badly. He tried to tell me nothing happened, and he didn't do anything with her. I dont want to believe he did anything, but the messages say otherwise. He broke my trust, even speaking to her. I asked him years ago to cut ties with her, yet he ignored me.
It's been 1 week, and he won't leave the house like I told him to. He says I'm stupid for thinking he did anything wrong with her, but I feel he did even if it wasn't physically. It was implied, and I'm broken.
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2023.06.10 19:32 VeganNazarite Let’s Put It to the Test: Hebrews Part 8

Shabbat shalom everyone! Today I’m continuing the most important lesson ever. Many say that Yeshua abolished the Mosaic Law, and that the Old Testament is long gone and obsolete. Is the Law and the Prophets abolished? Let’s put the some of the writings of the New Testament to the test of the Law and the Prophets.
Last week we learned who is King Melchisedec, and that even Abraham tithed 10 percent of the spoils to the King. We learned that King Melchisedec means King of Righteousness and King of Salem means King of Peace. The author of Hebrews also declared that the king was of a greater honor then Abraham because Abraham tithed to him, and King Melchisedec blessed Abraham with a blessing after they defeated the four kings. The author of Hebrews also compared the High Priest of the order of Melchisedec and the High Priest of the Levites and declared that Yeshua’s high priesthood was declared by King David in Psalm 110 by an unremovable oath by Father himself and Yeshua’s priesthood will never need an additional sacrifice for his personal atonement, because he no longer has the infirmary of the Flesh. We also looked at Isaiah 66 and learned that the Levitical priesthood will restart one day, but with Levites chosen by Father himself.
Again, we can see that looking at the New Testament writings with the lens of the Torah, that the verses become clearer and there are no contradictions. Here is the score far:
The Torah: 16
Doctrines of Devils: 0
WMC no. 16 is Genesis 14:18 and Psalm 110:4. In these verses we lean that Yeshua is our High Priest forever, in the order of Melchisedec, and that oath can never be undone.
Let’s keep sharpening our proverbial spears and swords, which is the Word. Let’s continue our study of the epistle to the Hebrews.
Hebrews chapter 8:1-5
Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; [2] A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. [3] For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. [4] For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: [5] Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
In chapter 8 the author starts with a summary of his point. We who have accepted Yeshua as our teacher, High Priest, and master, have accepted a High Priest not of the tabernacle on earth, but of the tabernacle in the heavens, made by Yahweh himself. He then declares that the tabernacle on earth is a copy of the tabernacle in heaven because Moses received the pattern (or plan) as detailed when he was up on the mount. This verse is from Exodus 12:40. Yeshua, as the Levites, is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices, but of the heavenly fashion, because if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all. Being of the tribe of Judah rather than the tribe of Levi.
Hebrews chapter 8:6-12
[6] But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. [7] For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. [8] For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: [9] Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. [10] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: [11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. [12] For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
In verses 7 to 12 the author of Hebrews quotes Jerimiah 31:31-34 verbatim. I wrote an extensive lesson already on the new covenant as prophesied by Jerimiah and Ezekiel, you can get a refresh at this link: Was the Law abolished by Yeshua? What is better in the new covenant, and that has better promises? In the old covenant, Israelites had to learn and set the Law in their hearts and mind. We see this in the Shema at Deuteronomy 6:4-9:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: [5] And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. [6] And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: [7] And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. [8] And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. [9] And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
A command from Father that the Israelites failed to do. There was something wrong in the people, not the Law. The Law is sealed and can never change. So, in the new covenant, God takes the responsibility from his elect and those who seek Him with all their heart and strength receive a new heart of flesh and a new spirit that empowers them to honor the Law of Moses instead of rejecting it as Jerimiah predicted in Jerimiah 6:19. That’s it. That’s all that’s new in the new covenant as prophesied by Jerimiah and Ezekiel. Make no mistake the Law of Moses is alive and in full effect to this day.
Hebrews chapter 8:13
[13] In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Now that we are empowered with the new spirit and receive a new heart of flesh (rather than a hard heart of stone), God’s elect are now complete and can once again obtain the blessings and the promises from Yahweh to his people as detailed in the Torah. Father’s elect are now made by His own hand, instead of men and women’s. That’s what is ready to vanish because the people failed at internalizing Father’s laws, statutes, and ordinances. Not the Law of Moses itself.
Next week we will continue with chapter 9. Faith as steel brothers and sisters!
Don’t take it from me! Prove all things and judge for yourself. Let the spirit lead you where it wants you to be.
Yeshua is our master, savior and rabbi, we need no other man to lead us!
Shalom, VN

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2023.06.10 19:32 King__Kook Anyone have any recommendations for a VR PC setup for DR 2.0?

I recently acquired a quest 2 for DR 2 but it's a lot for my laptop with the VR. Does anyone have any graphics card/CPU/ram/mobo advice?
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2023.06.10 19:30 zakian3000 B1543 - Shareholder Loans (Anti-Avoidance) Bill - 3rd Reading

Shareholder Loans (Anti-Avoidance) Bill




make provision for further anti-avoidance measures in relation to Section 445 of the Companies Act 2006 .
BE IT ENACTED by the King’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
Section 1: Amendments to Section 456 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010
(1) Clause 4 of Section 456 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010 is amended as follows:
(4) Condition A is that—
a. the amount of the loan or advance does not exceed £5,000, and
b. that amount does not exceed £5,000 when taken together with any other outstanding loans and advances which were made to the borrower by—
i. the close company, or
ii. any of its associated companies.
Section 2: Amendments to Section 457 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010
(1) Clause 2 of Section 457 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010 is amended as follows:
(2) Relief is to be given from that tax, or a proportionate part of it, if—
a. the loan or advance or part of it is repaid to the company, or
b. the whole or part of the debt in respect of the loan or advance is released or written off, and;
c. no new loan or advance to the recipient is established within 2 years of the original loan date.
Section 3: Commencement, short title and extent
(1) This Act will come into force on the 6 April 2024
(2) This Act will extend to the entirety of the United Kingdom.
(3) This Act shall be cited as the Shareholder Loans (Anti-avoidance) Act 2023
This Bill was submitted by His Grace Sir Rea-wakey KCT KT KD KCMG KBE MVO FRS, Duke of Dorset, Secretary of State for the Home Department, on behalf of His Majesty’s 33rd Government.
Opening Speech:
Deputy Speaker,
I now present the second of the anti-tax avoidance laws that I wish to bring to the House, this one tackling the Section 455 avoidance measure.
Under previous laws, it was a known tax avoidance scheme for employed shareholders of a business to extract profits in the form of a “shareholder loan”, which in effect operated as a tax free dividend to shareholders. While successive Governments have tried to curb this avoidance measure over time, including through amendments to the Companies Act 2006 to include Section 455 and it’s related clauses, a number of issues remain. Firstly, the existing anti-avoidance measure fails to tackle loans of less than £15,000, which is not an insignificant amount of money on which tax should otherwise be due. Therefore this Bill reduces that threshold to £5,000 in line with other tax legislation to ensure that only trivial loans which would be expected in the normal course of business (e.g corporate credit cards) are incurred. Secondly, despite the anti-avoidance legislation a tax avoidance known as “bed and breakfasting” remains prevalent - these transactions are carried out around the end of the accounting period to prevent the loans etc appearing on the company’s Balance Sheet but it may also be done around the date which is 9 months after the end of the accounting period as that is the trigger date for liability to the charge, thereby meaning that a temporary repayment of the same loan and the return of these funds 9 months after the end of the accounting period mean that the funds remain not taxable on a technicality. Finally, given shareholder loans are not subject to interest, even if these loans are eventually repaid the present value of the loan value will be lower when such profit is formally extracted and therefore taxed by HMRC, which the legislation fails to prevent. To tackle these issues, this Bill also creates a measure in which any repaid loans made within 2 years of a previous loan being made are treated as though the original loan remained outstanding, and therefore taxable under the Section 455 clause of the Companies Act.
It is the position of Her Majesty’s Government that shareholders must extract profit from their business through a legally authorised and taxable dividend, and we will do everything in our power to remove the opportunities for avoidance.
In combination with the other two pieces of anti-avoidance legislation I will be/have submitted to the House, these measures are collectively expected to raise £3.4 billion. This proposed revenue generation and these Bills were raised at Her Majesty’s Budget Committee and unopposed. My thanks go to my friend the Right Honourable Phonexia2 for their assistance in costing.
I urge the House to rally behind this Bill.
(M: These costings are calculated as 40% of the tax gap for “Evasion” and “Non-payment”, given the difficulty of calculating the actual revenue generated from these measures).
This reading will end on Tuesday 13th June at 10PM BST.
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2023.06.10 19:28 tutubunny8 trading adopt me pets for rh halos and dims, amazon gift cards and more (lmk what u have <3)

the pets I have are..
- hedgehog (ride)
-neon fly ride king bee ( 2 )
-neon fly ride dragon
- lava dragon (ride)
-3 guardian lion (1 fly 2 normal)
-neon ride persian cat
-ride pot
-neon fly ride business monkey
-mega cat (no pot)
-no pot pink cat
-ride ninja monkey
and I have more I just can't remember! <33
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2023.06.10 19:24 Edocow1 Looking for some advice

Hi there, so I have recently come to a stage in my life as a result of some less than savory situations and have been thinking about making a shift from Landscape Architecture to ecology and conservation as a career as I would like to better situate myself to make a bigger difference than just draw up plans for well off individuals here in the US like I currently do. I would like to uproot myself from the United States and pursue it in the UK but am unsure if I would be able to meet all the requirements in order to work over there on a visa with this particular field.
I have been putting together a plan in my head to return to school in the UK to get a degree in ecology (which seems like it would need to be and undergraduate due to the requirements my current degree does not fill for a masters) in order to hopefully make it easier to secure a job after graduating vs trying to apply for something from over the pond.
Ultimately, I feel the landscape, culture, and vibe and priorities of the UK better jive with me than that of the US which is why I feel that the move would be a good move for me. Unfortunately it seems like the cards are not necessarily in my favor when it comes to securing a job upon graduation. I am hoping that there is some advice or guidance out there to help inform me whether my plan is just a dream or if it has some substance to it. Also, if anyone has a similar story or any recommendations I would love to hear them.
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2023.06.10 19:17 DangerRacoon We need to have more rebellious clans than just the yiga, Especially for other races. So I decided to write some

What I especially love about the yiga, Is that they are different antagonists of ganon with different intentions, And they seem to be a comic relief, They are pretty fun characters, And I want to see more of antagonists like them, Especially with other species, Basically what I had in mind is that their needs to be more yiga clan like clans for species like zoras, rito, gerudo, and goron korok too And they all have their dumb comic relief intentions and so on.
Ritos: Name: White Crescent
Mostly chickens, Roosters, And doves, They here beak masks, And have like sky diving suits on them, They also wear red goggles that allow them to see in the night, Their leader is rucko, Who seems to be a giant chicken, Who has an obsession with eggs, Not in a way of wanting to eat them, But protecting them, He thinks the rito village has the eggs held hostage and sold at a "black market" Not to forget how jealous of he is, of revali and tulin. because of their skills.
The white crescent is usually spotted flying in formations, The doves mostly fly and land shots through arrows, The chickens can land on the ground and use their wing daggers, And the roosters wield a giant spear they throw around, Rucko wields a Gatling bow, And his also a coward. The white crescent mostly steals supplies from the rito village, Like rice, And especially eggs, And their goal is get rid of that annoying tiny bird known as tulin and egg the entirety of hyrule, How? Even they don't know. They get easily distracted by eggs, Not to mention Rucko's helper dgidgi the rooster who seems to be a bigger coward than him, But rucko sees him as a helpful assistant. Finally their base would a giant flying blimp with automatic cannon turrets on them.
Zora: Deep
A group of deep sea creatures having glowing yellowish green eyes, And being a constant threat and annoyance to the zora, Their colors mostly range from darker colors, Some of them wear swimming armor similar to a scuba, The normal variants are angler fish while the buffer variants are octopus, Their leader is Brobu, A giant slimy fish, Who has his jelousy over king dorephan (And now sidon) wanting to take over the zora domain, And drown hyrule, He also has a cute axolotl prince who he takes care of, And the axolotl just so happens to be a huge fan of link.
They come out of the water usually, And you can spot them through the glow in the water, the normal variants wield a trident, While the bigger variants wield a great sword, Brobu seems like he can control sludge and water, But he has his greatest sneaky stealthy body guard on his side, Sikon, A black, Quick, blind, squid who can sense link anywhere, Wielding a special spear that allows him to control water, Also his pretty cocky too, And he enjoys food like alot, Gourmet meals can distract him too much, Sense he can smell them, Their location is located through a deep sea cave domain.
Gorons: BoroCorp
A rival of yunobo corp, Borocorp is a group of evil gorons, Who steal from other gorons in the mine, Even attacking their base of operations to take over, These gorons seem to be darker and grayer, And they would attack anyone who try to interfere in their mines and base of operation, Their also very dumb, I mean it, For some reason they enjoy eating gems more than normal rocks unlike the other gorons, Even amber, Which seems to be pretty sweet for them, Their leader is boroboro, A giant goron, Who is known for having a bouncy roll, Allowing him to bounce against walls, His ability is too powerful to the point he flies off from the place on accident, He even knows his too weak for his own power, As much as he seems serious, His also old, And has a childish rivarly with the goron elder and yunobo, His goal is to be rich, And get rid of yunobo corp becoming number one source of gems for hyrule, He also sleeps alot too. The normal black gorons would have a fire trial roll, While the bigger gorons would use their claymore and shield. their base of location is under a volcano.
Gerudo: Warriors of ganon
A group of rebellious gerudos who still have their faith and trust in ganon, Still following ganon to this day, They are evil gerudos wearing strong metal armor with swords, shields, and spear, And some who appear to be stealthy assassins, They can be seen wandering around in the deserts, With higher chances in desert storms, Their location seems to be located below in the middle of the gerudo desert, Their lead by a devout follower of ganon, Rina, A gerudo warrior who seems to have practice in her assassin skill, And she also loves sand seal much like riju, Despite rina hating riju's guts, She owns several land seals who she considers her pets with names too, Shes childish, And not to forget their sort of introverted especially to voes, Rina is pretty quick, Wielding her two swords, But she does mess up alot, She wants to take over gerudo town and dethrone riju, And help in bringing back ganon.
Yeah those are my ideas or take on other evil clans aside from the yiga, Keeping them as also comic reliefs
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2023.06.10 19:15 Zahcattack [Chaos] [Moogle] [fc] [discord] [lfm] [lfg] Magitek Moogles《M M》

Magitek Moogles《M M》is a rank 30 causal FC founded in 2018 that are recruiting friends of all types from all countries to do all content with and also other fun games. We accept any players new or old.
Our goal is to make a inclusive safe fun active community where all members become friends with each other and enjoy their time and help each other after work or school. Any input from friends is always appreciated.
The FC dosn't have a leader since Mitchell stopped playing in 2018. It's a group/community so feel free to invite others yourself if you know they are also looking for friends.
FC buffs active always.
Kupo bot on discord.
Jockie bot is on discord for music playing.
Barado also added a music sharing channel if you don't want to use the bot and just want to link a music video.
We have a medium house. but are currently saving up for a large. Your own private chambers in the house are available to.
A workshop with 2 airships, also a submarine ready for all you crafters.
A level 6 Aetherial wheel stand
A fully decorated garden for farming Thavnairian onions for training chocobos
A retainer bell and Cystal bell in our FC house for convenience next to the FC chest. As well as all the housing NPCs
We do all content from raids to chill, never are we forced to do any content we don't want we do a bit for everyone's play style. The weekend schedule is flexible
We do Treasure maps
Fun game nights such as Jackbox, scribble or cards against humanity.
Extremes synced minimum item level and no echo.
Mount farm whenever people want.
Moogle tombstones farming when the event is on.
Daily roulettes and casual PVP
We do have a kupo ideas channel in the discord for people to suggest fun things to do.
Carl-Bot allows you to pick your combat role and allows you to pick what type of content you like to play.
Royal Pomguards- Discord Technician: Barado. Raid Leader Mog: Grant.
FC founders- Lord Mitch: Mitchell, Created the FC in 2018.
Blood Drunk Mog: Ryul, local Girdania bunnjit.
King Moogle Mog: V'xisu, PVP lover and local Limsa NPC male miqo'te.
Moogle Princess: Skiti, Crest designer and later creator of the discord.
interested in becoming part of our friendly community? Submit a application in game or Join the discord
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2023.06.10 19:14 YukiteruAmano92 Remembrance, Chapter 9 of 28

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---Simone’s perspective---
---Thursday, 4th of January, 2683 Terran Calendar---
---Southern England---
“So… let me get this straight…” I say, frowning at the pair before me “…Within an hour of landin’, you…” I point at the tall, dark haired boy “…were bitten by a king brown snake and were laid up for the next two days, unable to contribute more than advice to Reid while she did all the heavy liftin’… You weren’t able to call an evac because, between the two of you, you’d managed to leave the beacon you should have had here in Graffham… and you think I should pass you for that, do you Privates?”
“Yes, Ma’am!” answers the redhead.
Why should I pass you for that, Reid?”
“We fulfilled the terms of the assignment: We survived the full five days in the environment we were dropped in using only the allowed equipment and without calling for an emergency evac, Ma’am.” answers the Scot, straight faced, somehow.
“You admit that you would have called an evac if you could have, Private?”
“Yes, Ma’am… but we couldn’t so we didnt.”
“You admit that it was your own shared stupidity that meant that you didn’t have a beacon with you when you went, Privates?” I ask, drily.
“I… don’t believe lack of stupidity was a requirement of the test, Ma’am.” answers Reid, cheekily.
“Guess again, Private! Lack of stupidity is always a requirement in the Military! Stupid Soldiers are dead Soldiers!” I correct, sternly.
“My mistake, Ma’am.” apologises Reid, hastily.
My anger subsides as I say “Buuut… as you say… you did make it out alive… you didnt call an evac, even if only as a result of bein’ stranded by stupidity… and…” I take a sniff and then chuckle “…it certainly smells like you two are gettin’ along better than you were when you left…(!)”
“I’m… not sure what…?” starts Reid but I cut her off.
“Don’t play dumb, Private!… You’ve tried to wash it off but Im half Tshwane… you cant fool this nose!”
The pair shift uncomfortably before I reassure them “Relax! You’re not breakin’ any rules… So long as this relationship doesn’t negatively affect either of your performances, we have no issue… I also trust this means you two wont be at eachother’s throats so much… At least, in public… don’t really much care what you’re into doin’ in the privacy of a bedroom… or a cave, as the case may be(!)”
“I think it’s safe to say our rivalry is a thing of the past, Ma’am.” provides Taylor.
Or shifted onto much friendlier terms, at least…” smirks Reid.
“Good…” I turn to Taylor “…Taylor, now you’ve reached the age of majority, you’re eligible to be moved to a bunk in a shared room…”
His face falls, clearly having hoped I’d forget about that.
“…but…” I continue, causing him to perk back up “…I’m a busy woman and assignin’ you one is able to remain low on my list of priorities… so long as you (or Reid) aren’t givin’ me the impression that you might benefit from more rest, that is!… Do we understand eachother, Taylor?”
The boy gives me a rare smile and answers “We understand eachother perfectly, Ma’am.”
“Good!… You are dismissed, Privates.”
The two of them turn to go.
“Oh, and, Privates?”
They both turn to look at me, expectantly.
“Happy New Year…”
---Esme’s perspective---
---Friday, 5th of January, 2683 Terran Calendar---
“I can’t believe you’ve been sleeping in a conjugal room this whole time!” I grin at the handsome man, currently acting as my mattress in the broomcupboard sized space.
Technically, it wasn’t a conjugal room… it was designated as a private room for me, since I was a minor…” he smiles without opening his eyes.
“Oh, aye(!) Let’s protect the wee baby boy from any indecency by putting him in the rooms where he’ll be able to hear all the sex through the paper thin walls, every night(!) I see no issue here(!)”
He shakes his head “It wasn’t that bad…”
“Oh it wasnt, was it(?)… You nasty little perv(!)” I smirk, mischievously.
“Most of the time… people are some combination of embarrassed and considerate enough to keep the noise down… It’s rare that I would have out and out screamers next door… That’s all I meant…”
Attention all:…” comes Sands’ voice, making the morning wake up call over the PA “…It is now 0630hrsTime to wake up!… After breakfast, you are to assemble in the yard. Father Christmas came by last night to drop off some late presents for all of you(!)”
---Oskar’s perspective---
I find the crate that has my name on, shaped (ghoulishly) somewhat like one of the wooden boxes that Christians bury their dead in.
I pick it up and carry it aside… it’s heavy!
Looking around for someone who’s done using one of the crowbars that are being passed around, I make eyecontact with Milligan.
He raises the length of metal he holds, proffering it to me.
I take it, appreciatively, and thrust the claw end between the box and its lid.
What is inside does nothing to dispel the ghoulishness of the container’s outward appearance…
The box contains a humanoid figure, almost my exact height and build, rendered in jet black metal with a rippling, wootz pattern.
Fresh off the forges of Ivaldason and SonsDurasteel Foundry, Iceland…” announces Sands, strolling through the throngs of people opening their respective crates “…Between 20 and 30kg each, dependinon your proportionsWearinthis armour, you become nearly as close to indestructible as it is possible to get without enterinthe realm of divinity!… These suits are bulletproof and bombproof!… They do have some limitationstheyll not, for instance, protect you from a long drop and a sudden stop! Your organs will still be rendered into slurry in that caseNeitherll they protect you from bein' cut in half with a plasmasword!… From now on, youll wear these from dawn to dusk! Classes may be taken with your helmets offDurinPT, however, you WILL wear them in their entirety!… Itll be hard to begin with but, after less time than you think, your bodiesll have acclimatised to the extra weightand youll find movinin these almost as easy as movinout ofem!… This mornins workshopll be an instructional on how to properly don, remove and maintain your armour!… Do please give it all your attention!"
---Esme’s perspective---
---Tuesday, 9th of January, 2683 Terran Calendar---
This is HELL!
The armour is perfectly fitting and nicely padded… but it’s so fucking heavy to wear that I can’t think about much more than how sweaty I am and how much my muscles ache from the days I’ve already been wearing it!
Sands said we’d get used to it sooner than we thought but, so far, I feel like exhaustion is making me worse, day on day!
I had to go and sleep in my dormroom last night because I was just too exhausted to engage in any… extracurricular exercise with Oskar(!)
He was quite understanding about it… A little too understanding… I wish he’d seemed at least a touch disappointed!
Back in the present moment, the black metal giant (boosted to over 2m by the height he gains from the boots and helmet) rams the tip of his training sword into my solar plexus… the one upside is that I’ll probably get less bruises wearing this armour!
“You’re dead, Esme…” is the only answer that comes from that expressionless helmet.
“You not feel like going a little easier on me now, Oskar?!… I am your girlfriend!!!”
“Caring more about you makes me wish to see you better able to protect yourself… So, no… I’m not going to coddle you…”
Perfectly logical…(!)” I mock in a flat, midAtlantic accent, holding up my right palm, the ring and little finger splayed from the middle and index.
Change partner!” shouts Sands.
Not too long ago, my heart would have leapt at that instruction and I would have utterly squashed any feeling of disappointment… Now, however, it causes my already flagging morale to vaporise!
Of course… it makes sense… If you only ever fight with one partner, you only ever learn to fight one way…
I shuffle along while Oskar stays where he is.
The next partner I’m up against is Kilroy… I might have a chance of holding my own against him at least!
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2023.06.10 19:13 sweetangel622 Not knowing when to be upset. Not trusting your own emotions.

My FP is getting married soon but he’s been going through a rough patch with his partner. He has also been helping me a lot with a project I’m working on. He had a big fight with his partner recently and I helped him through it. Today, I brought him a handmade gift and card to thank him for his help and as a little pick me up. He said thank you but basically implied that he didn’t like gift. I was so excited when I was making it and I feel like I got slapped in the face.
I don’t trust my emotions here. I’m telling myself I can’t control how anyone reacts. And he has a lot on his plate right now. But what about me? Can I not feel hurt? I don’t think I have the right to feel hurt here and I don’t want to make a big thing of it, or a thing of it at all (that’s why I’m writing here instead of lashing out at him). I just get so confused. I don’t know if my emotions are rational or a BPD, blown out of proportion reaction.
I also get so jealous of people who have a significant other, since I’ve been single for 7 years. Things like this don’t matter as much cos they know they have a person. They’ve been chosen. Someone wants them and validates them. I’m so jealous that I don’t have that and so little things like this really effect me. I fuckinh hate this.
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2023.06.10 19:13 Desmond536 No content except TM and Kizuna. And those usually only works with new units.

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2023.06.10 19:12 Magolli [PC][NA] NBK Is Recruiting for Warzone, Destiny, BF2042, Minecraft, Diablo 4, and Apex Legends!

Natural Born Killers is an exclusive, friendly, and active community of Warzone and DMZ, Apex Legends, Battlefield 2042, Destiny 2, Minecraft, and Diablo 4 players that keep you engaged and active, so you don't have to jump from discord server to discord server to find people to play with. We are active all day throughout the week and on weekends and run 4 to 6+ squads daily.
Our player base ranges from casuals to sweats, and you can group up with people that match your playstyle for a better gaming experience. Our mature community averages 26 years old, and most have full-time jobs and families. However, we dedicate a reasonable amount of time to gaming every day.
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2023.06.10 19:09 Magolli [PC][NA] Natural Born Killers is Recruiting all levels!

Natural Born Killers is expanding into Diablo 4, and we are looking for new and experienced players to join our ranks. We expect to have multiple leveling events upon release and dungeon-raiding events. We are an active, friendly, non-toxic community that will keep you engaged and active. We also play games like Warzone 2 and DMZ, Apex Legends, BF2042, Minecraft, and Destiny 2.
Our player base ranges from casuals to sweats, and you can group up with people that match your playstyle for a better gaming experience. Our mature community averages 26 years old, and most have full-time jobs and families. However, we dedicate a reasonable amount of time to gaming daily, and you'll see people playing throughout the day.
About Our Community: - Monthly Gaming Nights - Giveaways (Gift Cards, Merchandise, etc.) - Level 3 Boost Discord Server - StreameContent Creator Support - Fun & Safe Environment
About You - Be 21+ Years Old - Have a good working microphone - Be on PC, XBOX, or PS and in the North American Region - Use Discord for Clan and Voice Communication - Wants to participate in the community.
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