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2023.06.10 18:53 Portugalxpert [Guide] D7 Visa Portugal & The Way to Get One

The D7 Visa, also known as the Portugal Passive Income Visa, is a type of Portuguese residency visa designed for foreigners who wish to reside in Portugal based on their regular, passive income. This income can be derived from pensions, rental income, dividends, or other passive income sources. It cannot include a salary or an income that you work for.
Who Qualifies for the D7 Passive Income Visa?
The D7 visa is ideally suited for retirees, individuals with rental properties, or other adequate passive income, or remote workers. The critical eligibility criteria for the D7 visa are:
You must have a stable and sufficient income from ‘passive means’. A general guideline is that the minimum passive income requirements should exceed the Portuguese minimum salary, which stands at €740.83 per month as of 2023.
You must have already secured somewhere to live in Portugal. This can be a rented or owned property.
How to Apply for the D7 Visa
The process to secure the visa, while a little time-consuming, is relatively straightforward. You need to demonstrate that you receive a regular income that will be enough to support you while in Portugal. This can be pension slips, investment reports, rental agreements, etc. You also need to provide proof of accommodation in Portugal.
NIF and Portuguese Bank Account
A Número de Identificação Fiscal (NIF) is a tax identification number in Portugal. This nine-digit number is unique to each individual and is required for a wide range of financial and administrative activities in Portugal. Establishing a Portuguese bank account is a crucial step in the Portugal D7 visa application process.
Expat Health Insurance
Expat health insurance is a crucial aspect to consider when planning a move to Portugal, and yes, it’s compulsory for your visa application. Expat health insurance is a comprehensive insurance plan designed to provide health coverage to individuals living abroad.
Exchanging Your Visa for a Residency Permit
After you arrive in Portugal, arrange an appointment with your local immigration office (in Portugal it is called SEF), where they will want to see your paperwork, they take your biometric data, and then exchange your visa for a residency permit.
Expected Timeframes and Costs
The processing time for the D7 visa can range from 2 to 4 months, although closer to 2 months is normal. The visa application fee is around €100, and the residence permit fee is about €77. There's also an issuance fee for the approved residence permit, (which you pay in Portugal) which is approximately €74.
For more detailed information, you can read the full article here.

DISCLOSURE: The blog linked in the guide contains links to various services relevant to the process of obtaining a visa where I will get a kickback should you sign up for those services with my links. I also redirect the reader to other blog posts that might complement the subject.
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2023.06.10 18:52 888planets advice please : i don’t like my job but i’m scared to get another one

it’s been about 7 months since i started my first job post grad and the actual work is good but i hate the workplace - bad communication from higher ups, unorganized most of the time, and very low pay compared to industry standard.
a recruiter reached out to me to discuss a role that they are trying to fill, the job sounds like what i want! we had a phone call about the role and my current work, and suddenly i got a gut feeling and feel scared/panicked, i’m not sure if i’m sending red flags or if i’m just overthinking since i’m so new to the corporate working world.
in the interview they told me that the position they’re hiring for is a bit senior to what i currently do and they’re worried about that … but they still want to meet me, it made me feel incompetent for some reason. they also told me how they’re tough but a fair person, which makes me intimidated.
i currently work 4 days in office, 1 remote with an extremely low pay. this job they’re hiring for is all in office but the pay would be higher, plus i’d learn a lot more hands on and travel.
i guess this is a small vent / advice because i’m not sure what to do or how to feel, i’m wondering if i’m just getting scared or if my gut is telling me something, anything is appreciated, thanks!
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2023.06.10 18:50 VeryLargeArray25 David Grusch and the 1933 Magenta Crash Retrieval

David Grusch and the 1933 Magenta Crash Retrieval
Long time lurker, first time poster. What a few couple of weeks! I’m on a burner account here, to further protect my anonymity, hence the lack of posting history. This is long, but bear with me. I think it’s worth it...
Something David Grusch (DG) said in his interview with the French newspaper is sticking in my craw.
According to DG in that interview, the first (and only) recovery he was approved to disclose by the DoD was the 1933 Magenta crash in Italy.
According to DG in that interview, the OSS recovered the vehicle / bodies from where they were being stored in Italy in 1944. Here’s his quote from the interview:
I: Can we learn more about the places where these "vessels" were recovered?
DG: One of them was in Italy in 1933, it is the oldest case on which I have been briefed. I can't talk about others. What would have happened? In 1933, a vessel resembling a bell, about ten meters in size, was recovered in Magenta, northern Italy. It was kept by Mussolini's government until officers from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, a former US intelligence agency) recovered it in 1944. The irony is that it Predates anything the public has heard of for decades, like Roswell, etc. I was cleared to speak about it by the Department of Defense Security Prepublication and Review Office.
Now, I want to say that so far DG has is about as reliable as they come. Unimpeachable qualifications, following the proper protocol / whistleblower disclosure procedures, etc. The real deal.
But here’s my problem with DG’s 1944 timeline…
The 1933 Magenta Crash happened in Northern Italy, outside Milan, in a district called Magenta.
Source: https://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/the-ufo-files-of-mussolini-fascist-ufo-files-by-roberto-pinotti/
According to UFO Contacts in Italy Volume One by Roberto Pinotti, after the purported crash, the Italian Government, under the control of Mussolini, was determined to study the vehicle and its pilots and put on a lid on the entire situation.
This is basically the gist of the Fascist UFO Files, *if* you believe them to be authentic.
Pinotti hypothesized that the crash wreckage and possibly pilots were either transferred nearby to the SIAI Marcheti hangars at the airfield in Vergiate, IT… OR transferred to the SIAI Marchetti HQ/factory in Sesto Calende (also very close by):
Source: Author.
All that tracks so far with what DG has said, right?
But then, Pinotti claimed that the SIAI Marchetti airfield was liberated by the 1st Armored Division during Operation Grapeshot in Apr 1945 and that’s when the 1933 crash wreckage was recovered by the United States.
And that’s where my issues lies — what timeline, if either, is correct?
Was the 1933 crash wreckage recovered by OSS agents in 1944, as according to DG?
Was the SIAI Marchetti Airfield at Vergiate (where the crash wreckage was supposedly stored) liberated by 1st Armored Div in 1945, as hypothesized by Pinotti?
Obviously, DG seems like a more reliable source, given his unimpeachable reputation. But… there is a well documented historical record here for further context, so I started digging.
In 1944, Northern Italy was still under Italian / German control. Which means that if we’re to believe DG’s claim that OSS agents recovered the 1933 Magenta Craft in 1944… the OSS team would have had to parachute behind enemy lines, steal quite likely one of the most heavily guarded secrets in the entire Nazi empire, and then somehow transport the wreckage (10m bell) and the pilots' biological remains south through enemy territory and back across allied lines.
A) I want to see that movie.
B) That operation stretches the bounds of credulity. I’m not saying it’s not possible. And OSS Leader Wild Bill Donovan was called Wild Bill for a reason. But I’ll be damned if it’s not one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard.
So, that’s DG’s stated timeline on the recovery.
What about Pinotti’s hypothesis? Well, he was right about a lot of things.
That area of Northern Italy (Milan and its environs) was liberated by the US 1st Armored Division in April 1945 during Operation Grapeshot.
But a US Army division is massive, comprised of tens of thousands of soldiers. An entire division didn’t likely liberate the airport.
A specific unit did.
After some digging, I discovered the US Army 81st Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) was responsible for that sector of territory the 1st Armored Div was liberating.
What's interesting about that is that on the very public facing webpages like wikipedia, the 81st Cav isn't listed in the order of battle under the 1st Armored Division. But if you dig into the historical record, they were definitely there.
The 81st Cav was a Squadron or Company sized unit, fielding roughly 200 soldiers in mechanized vehicles. It was a scout unit. Out on the vanguard of the offensive. Highly mobile and fast.
And keep in mind, this is warfare. The US Army in Italy and its allies are pushing hard against the German and Italian lines, trying to liberate northern Italy.
Here’s a pic of one element of the 81st Cav in Vergato, a few weeks prior to Apr 1945:
Source: https://granger.com/results.asp?inline=true&image=0180605&wwwflag=4&itemx=17
So, if we're to believe Pinotti's hypothesis that elements of the 1st Armored Division liberated the SIAI Marchetti Airfield in Vergiate (and discovered the wreckage of the 1933 Magenta crash stored there), it's a very good bet that elements of the 81st Cav Reconnaissance Squad liberated that airport1.
So, why is it important to understand what unit specifically was there?
Because, the US Military loves paperwork. And during the war, these frontline units would write daily / weekly / monthly after-action reports, detailing what missions occurred on each day. Those became part of the unit's history of the war. A documented paper trail of what was happening when.
Here's an example of what one of those reports looked like, from April 1945:
Source: https://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4013coll8/id/3642/rec/7
An entire after-action history of the 81st Cav Reconnaissance Squadron exists for the months of Apr 1945 and May 1945 in the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Digital library. The link to the specific page is listed as the source for the image above.
It's a pretty thick PDF of AARs that you can download, and you can track the 81st's movements through northern Italy in the areas around Magenta and Milan. The time period we're interested in begins on page 142.
(One quick note -- the archivist got the title of the unit wrong in the library's classification system, calling them the 81st Armored Battalion. But it's the same unit, as you can tell from the top of the photo above. If you play around with searching for more documents look both for 81st Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron AND 81st Armored Battalion).
This is where it gets weird, IMO. If you download the document of the 81st Cav's AARs, the scans of the original pages are pretty decent. Not great, but decent. But when you reach the page about the 81st Cav's activities in the beginning of May of 1945, it begins to look funky.
Here's what May 1945 looks like:
Source: Same site as above, pg. 152 of downloaded PDF.
It's readable, if you try. But it's very, very difficult to follow.
And it makes me wonder, is that intentional? Was this an addendum or altered AAR, given what the 81st Cav may have discovered when liberating the SIAI Marchetti Vergiate Airport? Was it written after the events of late Apr / early May 1945 on different paper or with different ink, and that's what contributed to the bad scan?
That's all highly speculative, I know. If you read the next page in the section, there are multiple days of "No Change for the squadron."
Source: Same as the above, additions in pink by the author.
Why was there no change for the squadron? Well, one possible reason is that Germany officially surrendered in Italy on May 2nd, 1945. But mop-up operations, prisoner transport, etc were ongoing for weeks afterwards.
But also, if your unit had come across something wholly unbelievable, and you were pulling guard duty while waiting for the higher-ups to figure out what to do with it, but you still had to officially document what your unit was up to while pulling that top-secret guard duty...
Again, speculative. I know.
Anyway, this was all born out of a desire to understand who's timeline of events concerning the recovery of the 1933 Magenta Crash wreckage is correct -- David Grusch's or Pinotti's.
My 2 cents? I think DG maybe the date wrong by 6 months, claiming OSS recovered the wreckage in late 1944 when in actuality it was in Apr / May 1945 right after that area had been liberated. And the 81st Cav Reconnaissance Squadron was pulling guard duty at either the SIAI Marchetti Airport in Vergiate or the SIAI Marchetti HQ in Sesto Calende for a few days in early 1945 while waiting for OSS to organize the retrieval.
But, I'm sure we'll know soon enough.
1 - There was another unit operating in the area at that time. The 34th Infantry Division. I haven't dug into their movements as much.
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2023.06.10 18:50 emmylou_lou Told my mom about my recent diagnosis… (vent/support)

Maybe TW: very very brief mentions of domestic/emotional abuse.
And she said “oh that’s a misnomer” and the went on to spend 30 minutes worrying about the neurological disorders my sister (32f) likely has.
My mom and I (29f) have a very codependent relationship that I’ve been working on, due to her using me as her marriage therapist since I was 10/11ish. My sister was adopted after me and is older and came with a ton of trauma that got transferred to me in the name of humiliation, terrorizing, gaslighting, and concussions. I haven’t spoken to my sister in over a year because of her inability to recognize that being cruel doesn’t really make people feel comfortable. I invited her to therapy to work on our shared traumas that are obviously still affecting our relationship and my feeling of safety, and she responded with a “bye Felicia” gif.
So yesterday, on the phone with my mom, and she’s talking about the book called “The Woman who Changed her Brain”, just going on and on about how my sister likely has neurological development issues (shocker for a person who spent the first 5 years of her life in a post-Soviet Russian orphanage), and that she’s just amazed at all this research. Then she said that my sister wouldn’t likely understand the book but I would. I told my mom my new psychiatrist has diagnosed me with adhd and I reminded her of my issues in school, and she said “you know, they say that adhd is a big misnomer”. And didn’t bring it up again.
My life has radically changed this past month. Literally everything is clicking after a lifetime of “sort of this, sort of that” diagnoses. Not to mention, growing up, my parents had me in a new dr’s office for new meds with each of my meltdowns. I’ve gotten BPD, histrionic, substance abuse, depression, anxiety… all of my feelings and meltdowns and sensitivities, and failing grades alongside AP classes make more sense under the adhd umbrella.
But my sister has always had it worse, and I’m reminded of that all too often.
Just feeling sad and dejected.
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2023.06.10 18:38 OddDrawer5 [WTS] Deadair Flash Hider 556, TW Bump pads, DNC Sling

Timestamp: https://imgur.com/a/sXZHM99
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  1. Dead Air 3 prong flash hider, 5.56 - <50 rounds. Looks new, no suppressed rounds. $70 shipped
  2. DNC Sling - brand new; got it from a gafs / vendor. Pretty slick. Never used it. $25 shipped
  3. Team Wendy Bump Helmet Pads - FDE: Used but not by me since it came with a helmet I got here on GAFs. Comes as pictured. Was a size 1 (M/L). $20 shipped
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2023.06.10 18:30 smbrynien Complete List of Gluten Free Places to Eat in Philly

My partner has celiac and we have lived in Philly for a long time and eaten at many places in Philly and the surrounding suburbs, so I thought I would post my list of all the places she is able to eat at safely and that we like. Feel free to add any suggestions or places you have been to in order to help grow this list.
Obviously everyone has a different level of sensitivity to gluten, I cannot speak for cross-contamination at these places. If that is a concern to you, please call ahead to verify.
Restaurant Cuisine Location
Schmear It Bagels Center City/University City
Batter & Crumbs Bakery Passyunk
Flakely Bakery Manayunk
Happy Mixer Bakery Chalfont/Langhorne
High Fidelity Bakery South Philly
Taffets Bakery Italian Market
P.S. & Co. Bakery/Cafe Rittenhouse
Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse BBQ Northeast Philly
Winkel Brunch Washington Square West
P'unk Burger Burgers South Philly
Front Street Cafe Fishtown
Gilda Cafe Fishtown
EMei Chinese Chinatown
Unit Su Vege Chinese Vegetarian Fairmount
Fox & Son Fair Foods Corn Dogs/Funnel Cake/etc. Redding Terminal
T-Swirl Crepe Crepes Chinatown
Okie Dokie Donuts Donuts South Philly
Doro Bet Ethiopian University City
Lovebird Fried Chicken Sandwiches Various (suburbs)
El Merkury Guatemalan Rittenhouse
Real Food Eatery Health Food Rittenhouse
Veda Indian Rittenhouse
Cry Baby Pasta Italian Queen Village
Giorgio on Pine Italian Washington Square West
Panorama Italian Old City
Prunella Italian Center City
Double Knot Japanese Center City
Jomon Japanese BBQ Center City
Moonbowls Korean Bowls Girard
Bar Bombon Latin American Rittenhouse
Mission Taqueria Mexican Rittenhouse
&Pizza Pizza Rittenhouse/University City
Couch Tomato Pizza Manayunk
D'Oliva Pizza Northern Liberties
Emmy Squared Pizza Queen Village
Jules Thin Crust Pizza Various (suburbs)
Slice Pizza Italian Market
Prohibition Taproom Pub Poplar
SouthHouse Pub South Philly
Jay's Steak and Hoagie Joint Sandwiches Langhorne
Middle Child Sandwiches Washington Square West/Fishtown
High Street Sandwiches/Pastries Washington Square West
DanDan Sichuan/Taiwanese Rittenhouse
Kalaya Thai Fishtown
Primary Plant Based Vegan Fishtown
Puyero Venezuelan Queen Village
Some personal favorites of ours:
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2023.06.10 18:26 sweetmomentslikethis My journey from loving a Marie Sexton romance to never wanting to read another book from this author again

(This ended up being longer than I anticipated, but when I went back to find quotes there was just...so much more than I remembered there being. And I still ended up cutting out a lot.)
A while ago, I read Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton and I loved it. It’s not a perfect book (I don’t want or need to read about homophobic violence for a story to feel “real” so it’s something I try to avoid), but it was perfect for me at the time I read it. I decided to search for other books by the author, and One Man’s Trash immediately stood out to me. Trailer Trash, One Man’s Trash, it seemed like a good omen. And I really liked it! It was a lot more flawed, however. I found the characters and plot a little frustrating at times, but that’s normal with a more grown up kind of story. But I had some reservations, and what really pinged my “this might be some bullshit” radar was this particular section:
“But it’s just like being part of the LGBT ‘community.’” He made quotation marks with his fingers around the word. “They give a lot of lip service to ‘diversity’ and open-mindedness—and most of them follow through—but there’s always this little, loudmouthed subset telling you how to behave and what to say. It starts out ‘all for one, and one for all,’ but by the end, somebody’s drawing lines in the sand, telling you to choose a side. You can’t be gay or bi or trans if you don’t vote a certain way, act a certain way, follow some ridiculous set of rules. They all want you to be a round little peg in a round fucking hole. They want you to pick a box and a label so they know just where to put you, rather than accepting that we’re all separate, unique people, and that our stories are all valid, no matter whether we fit in the box or not.” He stopped, feeling himself headed into one of the rants that only Phil and Gray or Charlie would have understood. The confusion on Taylor’s face was the response he was accustomed to. He took one more stab at it. “There’s always that pissed-off minority who think their ‘rules’ outweigh your right to live your life.”
I initially brushed it aside. I mean, I’ve known a few people who like to rant about this topic who also have a lot more extreme opinions to go along with it, so it reminded me of those people and it didn’t endear me to the character, but I don’t need to like a character to like the story. As long as it feels real and not like a mouthpiece for the author, you know? But that’s what I found troubling about this kind of sermonizing. I wondered if the author was about to get ahead of herself and make a habit of yanking me out of the story to deliver these rants. Fortunately, it wasn’t an issue. I ended up giving the book a strong 3.5 stars, and I even went back and skim-read it a second time. I found myself intrigued by the rest of the friend group (the aforementioned Phil, Gray, and Charlie) so I decided to read their stories too.
Book 2 in the series, Terms of Service, was somewhat like the first. Good points, bad points, a little less polished than I’d like, but intriguing enough to keep me turning the page. For a while at least. Because – you guessed it – this time we get double the amount of ranting in the form of a crotchety senior citizen who’s taking his turn serving as the author’s mouthpiece. He really badly wants to tell us how people need to take responsibility for their medical bills, and all about the problem with medicine today. He’s a nonagenarian with dementia, but thankfully he’s sharp enough at this point in time to really give us a sermon. One of the characters offers a token protest, but that’s just so the author can have an opportunity to rant some more.
“I’m not sure it’s that simple,” he said to Pops.
“Bah!” Pops gave another wave as if to send him on his way. “Of course it is. You get a doctor’s office on every corner instead of a Starbucks, suddenly they’d have to compete for our business. ‘Buy a pap smear, get a mammogram for free!’ That kind of thing. Suddenly, accepting a plate of cookies or a dozen fresh eggs as payment for a blood pressure check doesn’t seem so silly. But nobody talks about lowering the cost of procedures. All they talk about is premiums. Switching the burden of payment from the individual to the government
It’s paragraphs of this stuff, but you get the gist. I thought it was blessedly over, but nope, on the way home from their visit, his grandson (one of the MCs) has a fun childhood story for his love interest (would not blame you for skipping this part, but I found the tone so weird that I had to share the bulk of it):
“And then one day, Pops looks at my textbook and realizes I’m reading about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He takes the paper I’m writing on JFK, and he starts reading it, and he’s just shaking his head, saying, ‘no, no, no’”. Phil laughed. “I couldn’t believe it, because I knew the material. I’d read it twice! I knew I had everything right, and I told him so.
“So then he starts telling all the stuff that isn’t the text book. Like how JFK was under the care of the original Doctor Feelgood, who’d been in the White House that evening, giving Kennedy one of his famous ‘cocktails.’ Then they woke Kennedy in the middle of the night and hauled his ass into this emergency meeting about Russia putting nukes in Cuba. Pops had a book that contained a transcript of that meeting, and reading it, you can tell Kennedy’s so fucking high, he has no real idea what’s going on. At one point, he says something like, ‘Why would Russia do that? That’d be like us putting nukes in Turkey.’ And there’s a pause, and then one of the other people in the room says, ‘We did, sir.’”
They stopped at a red light, and it seemed to make Phil’s stream of words stop too, although this time, he was smiling. “It’s weird, because I’ve looked for that transcript more recently, and it doesn’t come up in a Google search. I mean, maybe twenty pages deep or something, but it’s buried. The only thing you’ll find is a transcript from the next morning, when he’s more with it.” He shook his head as the light turned green. “Anyway. Next thing I know, Pops is telling me all about JFK’s famous Camp David parties, just him, his political allies, Dr. Feelgood, and a few high-priced call girls. Pops talked for hours about how the lone gunman theory doesn’t make sense, how the Warren Report’s nothing but bullshit. At the time, it floored me. It was like this revelation, that history could be more interesting than just memorizing names and dates. That maybe there was stuff they didn’t want us to know.”
So he writes a report all about his grandpa's conspiracy theories and he gets an F. His mean overbearing father, who apparently is the villain of the story, made him write the report again. I mean, cool. It’s a story from his childhood, not much to see here. But the author doesn’t leave it alone. She really wants to hammer home her message:
“So, he’s kind of a conspiracy theorist?”
Phil practically rolled his eyes. “Have you ever considered how often we use that phrase to dismiss people simply because they disagree with us? I mean, Pops isn’t a moron. He knows the Earth is round. He doesn’t think the moon landing’s a hoax or anything. He reads constantly. He just has a few key things he can’t let go—”
“Like JFK?”
Phil nodded. “Like JFK. But really, he’s pretty reasonable. Now, wait until you meet Gray’s father. He’s a trip. He has two Ph.Ds. Probably the smartest, most intimidating guy I’ve ever met. And yet, he gets brushed off as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ because he questions the status quo.” He laughed. “I dare you to say those two words to his face.”
So deep.
I ended up DNF’ing this one, mostly because it was boring and I didn’t vibe with the couple, but I decided to try book 3 because that particular character had intrigued me the most so far.
I didn’t read the reviews beforehand. Why oh why didn’t I read the reviews beforehand? Because what the fuck was that?
Gray is a cop. Ex-military. And he has a lot of opinions about ~~social justice warriors~~. His love interest, Avery, is a younger man who spends a lot of time on Twitter and Tumblr and is every stereotype stuffed into one convenient straw man. Avery is a masochist and Gray is a sadist, so he's literally just there to get whipped and flogged while Gray rants about the spooky mainstream media. He even takes away Gray’s phone, and he suffers withdrawal like a drug addict, then magically finds himself happier. I mean, sure, okay. We could all probably do with less scrolling. But then he gets his phone back and suddenly turns into a mean and vicious harpy who’s snapping at everyone. Because he’s addicted to outrage, you see. And who doesn’t love an anvil falling from the sky?
If you want to get a feel for Gray, here are some words of wisdom from our Ben Shapiro-wannabe main character:
But the give-and-take, fact-based process of discussion and debate were lost on Avery. When Gray pointed out Avery’s argument resorted to the straw man fallacy, Avery only blinked at him in confusion. When Gray countered one of Avery’s points, Avery had no arguments. He had no logic. As soon as he was challenged, he resorted to name-calling. If Gray disagreed, he was automatically stupid or racist or mansplaining. Never mind that Avery couldn’t ever explain what about Gray’s point was wrong, or what part of it supposedly made him a racist.
I lost it at "He had no logic" fucking hell 😂 I was approaching cringe overload, but I obviously hate myself, because I just couldn’t look away from this gruesome wreck.
“You think you know everything that matters, and anybody who disagrees with you is ignorant or uneducated or a ‘fascist.’ But I’ve seen your tweets and your Tumblr posts and the ridiculous fucking memes you love so much. I’ve seen what you think qualifies as a rational argument, and I have to tell you, it’s neither rational, nor an argument. It’s nothing but self-righteous hot air.”
Hello, Marie? I didn’t realize this was a 3-way call. Kinda thought it was just gonna be me and the characters. It’s just, you’re butting in an awful lot. Can you hang up, please?
Apparently the answer is no, because she’s not done yet. Our main character conveniently meets a black woman who tells him she was shunned by her friends and family because she refused to vote for Hillary.
My husband and I, we talked about it, and we decided we were done voting for the lesser of two evils. My husband said that’s what got us into this mess, and he wasn’t doing it anymore. So we agreed to vote third party. And ever since then, my sister’s refused to speak to me except to attack me. Before that, my husband and I babysat their kids. We took them to Water World or the amusement park. But now she’s decided we’re both white supremacists in disguise. When that article came out online about how it’s okay to punch a Nazi, she sent it to me. She said, ‘Just so you know what to expect if you show up at Christmas.’”
Avery didn’t know what to say. It was absurd. Emily was one of the nicest people he’d ever met. How could anybody call her a Nazi?
FUCKING LOL. Are you kidding me right now? This author bypassed the sock puppet “as a black man” twitter account and just decided to write it into her book. Amazing. Why is this going on for chapter after chapter after chapter? Start a blog or something, I don’t caaaaare.
Robert spoke next, his voice so quiet, Avery barely heard him over the noise of the bar. “Try being a gay Republican.”
Ah, gay Republican, I was wondering if you’d make an appearance. I was expecting a lesbian in a wheelchair who’s all prepared to deliver her treatise against “cancel culture” but I guess you’ll do. So we have a a black woman and a gay man, I guess we're missing a Mexican Trump supporter. No worries, Gray's mother is here to save the day.
“You really voted for Trump?” he asked.
“I didn’t vote for him in the primaries,” she said without embarrassment. “I was horrified when he won. I thought about voting third party, but in the end, I sure didn’t want Hillary to win. So yeah, I voted for him.”
“But how could you?” Avery asked. “You’re a woman! Plus, you’re Latina.”
“I’m third-generation Mexican American. And yes, I’m female. You see those two things and think you know everything you need to know about me? But I suppose you think you’re not racist or sexist.”
It was said with a lightness that told him it more a jest than an accusation, but nevertheless, Avery’s cheeks began to burn.
“Go ahead,” Gray said. “Attack her. Call her a racist or a Nazi or a white supremacist.”
“Gray, stop!” Avery whispered, his cheeks burning hotter.
He also has a climate change-denier for a father, but this is getting long enough.
I just want to know what the author was thinking. Where was the common sense? Where was the self-awareness? Have your beliefs, that's your business, but keep it your business. Why are you shoe-horning them into your romance and ambushing your readers with your shitty “both sides are equally good and bad, really” manifesto, with a cast of literally unbelievable token characters, like that's a completely normal thing to do? That has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen someone do while simultaneously patting themselves on the back. And if her beef is with people who are chronically online, may I just point out that she's sitting at almost 56 THOUSAND tweets right now? So perhaps the call is coming from inside the house, idk.
Anyway, that was my rollercoaster journey with this particular author (is it still a rollercoaster when the lows vastly outnumber highs?) Maybe book 4 is magically tolerable, but I guess I'll never know 🤷🏽‍♀️
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2023.06.10 18:25 thinkingstranger June 9, 2023

At 3:00 today, Washington D.C., time, Special Counsel Jack Smith delivered a statement about the recently unsealed indictment charging former president Donald J. Trump on 37 counts of violating national security laws as well as participating in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Although MAGA Republicans have tried to paint the indictment as a political move by the Biden administration over a piddling error, Smith immediately reminded people that “[t]his indictment was voted by a grand jury of citizens in the Southern District of Florida, and I invite everyone to read it in full to understand the scope and the gravity of the crimes charged.”
The indictment is, indeed, jaw dropping.
It alleges that during his time in the White House, Trump stored in cardboard boxes “information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries; United States nuclear programs; potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack; and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack.” The indictment notes that “[t]he unauthorized disclosure of these classified documents could put at risk the national security of the United States, foreign relations, the safety of the United States military, and human sources and the continued viability of sensitive intelligence collection methods.”
Nonetheless, when Trump ceased to be president after noon on January 20, 2021, he took those boxes, “many of which contained classified documents,” to Mar-a-Lago, where he was living. He “was not authorized to possess or retain those classified documents.” The indictment makes it clear that this was no oversight: Trump was personally involved in packing the boxes and, later, in going through them and in overseeing how they were handled. The employees who worked for him exchanged text messages referring to his personal instructions about them.
Mar-a-Lago was not an authorized location for such documents, but he stored them there anyway, “including in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room.” They were stacked in public places, where anyone—including the many foreign nationals who visited Mar-a-Lago—could see them. On December 7, 2021, Trump’s personal aide Waltine Nauta took two pictures of several of the boxes fallen on the floor, with their contents, including a secret document available only to the Five Eyes intelligence alliance of the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, spilled onto the floor.
The indictment alleges that Trump showed classified documents to others without security clearances on two occasions, both of which are well documented. One of those occasions was recorded. Trump told the people there that the plan he was showing them was “highly confidential” and “secret.” He added, “See, as president I could have declassified it….Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret.”
This recording undermines his insistence that he believed he could automatically declassify documents; it proves he understood he could not. In addition, the indictment lists Trump’s many statements from 2016 about the importance of protecting classified information, all delivered as attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of mishandling such information. “In my administration,” he said on August 18, 2016, “I’m going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law.”
The indictment goes on: When the FBI tried to recover the documents, Trump started what Washington Post journalist Jennifer Rubin called a “giant shell game”: he tried to get his lawyer to lie to the FBI and the grand jury, saying Trump did not have more documents; worked with Nauta to move some of the boxes to hide them from Trump’s lawyer, the FBI and the grand jury; tried to get his lawyer to hide or destroy documents; and got another lawyer to certify that all the documents had been produced when he knew they hadn’t.
Nauta lied to the grand jury about his knowledge of what Trump did with the boxes. Both he and Trump have been indicted on multiple counts of obstruction and of engaging in a conspiracy to hide the documents.
Eventually, Trump had many of the boxes moved to his property at Bedminster, New Jersey, where on two occasions he showed documents to people without security clearances. He showed a classified map of a country that is part of an ongoing military operation to a representative of his political action committee.
Trump has been indicted on 31 counts of having “unauthorized possession of, access to, and control over documents relating to the national defense,” for keeping them, and for refusing “to deliver them to the officer and employee of the United States entitled to receive them”: language straight out of the Espionage Act. Twenty-one of the documents were marked top secret, nine were marked secret, and one was unmarked.
These documents are not all those recovered—some likely are too sensitive to risk making public—but they nonetheless hold some of the nation’s deepest secrets: “military capabilities of a foreign country and the United States,” “military activities and planning of foreign countries,” “nuclear capabilities of a foreign country,” “military attacks by a foreign country,” “military contingency planning of the United States,” “military options of a foreign country and potential effects on United States interest,” “foreign country support of terrorist acts against United States interests,” “nuclear weaponry of the United States,” “military activity in a foreign country.”
Smith put it starkly in his statement, “The men and women of the United States intelligence community and our armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people. Our laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States and they must be enforced. Violations of those laws put our country at risk.”
On Twitter, Bill Kristol said it more clearly: “These were highly classified documents dealing with military intelligence and plans. What did Trump do with them? Who now has copies of them?” Retired FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi noted that there is a substantial risk that “foreign intelligence services might have sought or gained access to the documents.”
There is also substantial risk that other countries will be reluctant to share intelligence with the United States in the future. At the very least, it is an unfortunate coincidence that the Central Intelligence Agency in October 2021 reported an unusually high rate of capture or death for foreign informants recruited to spy for the United States.
Since Trump supporters have taken the position that Trump’s indictment over the stolen documents is the attempt of the Biden administration to undermine Trump’s presidential candidacy, it is worth remembering that Trump’s early announcement of his campaign was widely suspected to be an attempt to enable him to avoid legal accountability. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith precisely to put arms length between the administration and the investigations into Trump.
Smith noted today, “Adherence to the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the Department of Justice. And our nation’s commitment to the rule of law sets an example for the world. We have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everyone. Applying those laws. Collecting facts. That’s what determines the outcome of an investigation. Nothing more. Nothing less.
“The prosecutors in my office are among the most talented and experienced in the Department of Justice. They have investigated this case hewing to the highest ethical standards. And they will continue to do so as this case proceeds.”
Smith added: “It’s very important for me to note that the defendants in this case must be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. To that end, my office will seek a speedy trial in this matter. Consistent with the public interest and the rights of the accused. We very much look forward to presenting our case to a jury of citizens in the Southern District of Florida.”
Likely responding to MAGA attacks on the FBI and the rule of law, Smith thanked the “dedicated public servants of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with whom my office is conducting this investigation and who worked tirelessly every day upholding the rule of law in our country,” before closing his brief statement.
The indictment revealed just how much detailed information Smith’s team has uncovered, presenting a shockingly thorough case to prove the allegations. Trump’s lawyers will have their work cut out for them…although the team has shifted since this morning: two of Trump’s lawyers quit today. The thoroughness of the indictment also suggests that Trump and his allies might have reason to be nervous about Smith’s other investigation: the one into the attempt to overturn results of the 2020 election.
Some of Trump’s supporters are calling for violence. After Louisiana representative Clay Higgins appeared to be egging on militias to oppose Trump’s Tuesday arraignment, Democratic senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) issued a joint statement calling for “supporters and critics alike to let the case proceed peacefully in court.” Legal scholar Joyce White Vance noted that it was “extremely sad for our country that this isn’t a bipartisan statement being made by leaders from both parties.”

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2023.06.10 18:24 InconsistentPoster Standing desk that is 40inches wide?

I am 5’7” and looking for a standing desk for my very small office. It needs to be no more than 40inches wide. I live in Canada so that also limits options. Everything seems to be 47inches wide, or if it is 40inches wide it is a two piece top and reviews say it is wobbly. Maybe split top desk isn’t that bad?
Ideally I’d like a desk that goes from 25 to 38 inches but I am fine if it is only 28 at minimum height since I can get an under desk keyboard tray. I run webinars where I am show what I am writing so being wobbly at the top height is not great.
Any suggestions? I feel like I have searched through all the posts here and I am still coming up empty. I am willing to be open on cost if it just works. I’d prefer under 700-800$ if possible.
Is this an impossible ask? Does a stable standing desk that is 40inches wide and you can order in Canada exist?
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2023.06.10 18:20 PrudentBalance3645 [sun care] mineral sunscreen that doesn’t make eyes feel tired?

I don’t know if anyone else has this issue, but I used to wear Cetaphil mineral, and it was okay minus the white cast. But the biggest issue was it made my eyes SO tired, no clue why, but it was awful. I would have to nap. I switched to a Korean chemical sunscreen, and I no longer have that issue.
But I would love a mineral again so that I can have a waterproof sunscreen to wear on days I’m out. Any suggestions? I was taking la roche Posay? But I’m scared to spend that money and have the same issue I had with Cetaphil. I don’t live near a post office to where it’s easy to return things.
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2023.06.10 18:17 dirtyharrison Indiana Police Officer Fired Over Racist George Floyd, Martin Luther King Memes Posted on Facebook Just 2 Days After Being Sworn-In

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2023.06.10 18:14 TheBala2000 New Asus laptop has a bunch of issues. Please guide whether I should return/get it repaired.

Abstract - Facing issues with battery, screen and charging. Normal, or grounds for replacement/repair?
I got a new Asus Vivobook Pro 16 OLED (K6602 i5-13500h). It's a great laptop overall, but there are some things that have bothered me this past week since I have got it.
In order of what bothers me the most:
  1. It has a 96Wh battery, but only charges to 92Wh. Software like HWMonitor tell me that the wear level is 2-4% (it fluctuates). Many a time, the battery stays at 99% and takes HOURS to reach 100%. Is this normal for a new laptop?
  2. The laptop has a wide colour gamut screen, and the website says I should have options to switch between sRGB, DCI-P3 and Display-P3 modes. However, MyAsus does not show me the option to switch these modes. Also, there is a yellow tint on the display, which I have read about on this subreddit before. Moreover, colours seem too saturated when HDR is not enabled, so I keep HDR on. Will I get colour options in an update or is something wrong? (All drivers and software are currently up-to-date).
  3. When I play games at my home, the laptop hibernates after 5 minutes of gameplay. However, this does not happen at my office. After testing various things, I think the power outlets at my home are borked and cannot provide enough power when there is spiked demand (temps stay below 90 throughout). Do you guys think that is likely, or could there be some other issue? Can it be an issue with my power brick instead, or something with the battery?
Thank you so much if you've read this long-ass post, and I would greatly appreciate any guidance you can give me.
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2023.06.10 18:13 yourlocalsewer Buying a laptop from NewEgg

I'm looking to buy a gaming laptop from NewEgg, I just wanted to know whether it delivers to doorstep or it goes to the post office?
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2023.06.10 18:08 Southern_Evidence_34 Participación ciudadana y apoyo ciudadano

Fue difícil escoger algún título, lo siento si no queda con el contenido del post.
Mi duda es porque veo mucha gente que pública sobre notas, videos que ve en redes sociales o hasta chismes y memes con contenido ya sea político o sin confirmar ni nada específico, pero no veo que alguien se ponga a investigar o hacer las preguntas correctas.
Por ejemplo, se ha hablado de la falta de medicamentos y se ha hecho enfasis en los niños con cancer, pero alguien ha revisado el presupuesto? lo que se destina a salud? lo que llega a cada clínica pública? osea nos dicen que no hay medicamentos y así termina la cosa y nadie hace algo más?
Yo no creo que sea tan fácil como culpar directamente a todo morena que claro que es su responsabilidad cumplir a los ciudadanos, pero no nos podemos quedar cómodos esperando que el gobierno resuelva todo viendo que no se está haciendo y no es una crítica a morena, sino a nosotros como ciudadanos que no apoyamos al conciudadano mexicano.
Haciendo referencia al poema "primero vinieron" de Martín Niemöller
"Primero vinieron por los socialistas, y yo no dije nada, porque no era socialista. Luego vinieron por los sindicalistas, y yo no dije nada, porque no era sindicalista. Después vinieron por los judíos, y yo no dije nada, porque no era judío. Luego vinieron por mí, y ya no quedaba nadie que pudiera defenderme."
Por eso creo que un meme o publicación del tipo.
"Los niños con cancer no tienen medicamentos" "Los niños con cancer no tienen medicamentos" "Los niños con cancer no tienen medicamentos" "Los niños con cancer no tienen medicamentos" "Los niños con cancer no tienen medicamentos"
Que siempre se ve en Twitter (y no por criticar a la persona) no sirve de nada.
Con los mecanismos de transparencia existentes y la exigencia a las autoridades porque no nos encargamos no se por ejemplo de hacer un post en reddit o algun mecanismo o plataforma ciudadana agrupada que rastree y verifique con certeza que está pasando con el dinero o porque no hay medicamentos (ver si no alcanza para aumentar el presupuesto, ver si no los compran, si se los roban, en qué parte desapareció el dinero y quién fue el responsable) y que los ciudadanos organizados puedan defender sus derechos.
Tal vez es un pensamiento muy utópico pero esto no fue creado para criticar a algún partido ni nada por el estilo, sea PAN, PRI, PRD MORENA, PT, VERDE, ETC. Siempre habrá una oveja negra sin importar las buenas intenciones de los demás, esto es más compartir un pensamiento y que se pueda platicar y debatir con respeto y sobre la ciudadanía principalmente y su participación.
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2023.06.10 18:06 DrGenial [Importante] Reglas no escritas, abogados en el sub y comentarios varios.

Voy a tratar de mantener esto breve, un resumen de cosas que quiero comentarles hace bastante tiempo.
No quiero que el sub tenga quinientas reglas porque después terminan sin ser leídas. Hay algunos criterios que estoy aplicando con la moderación y aprovecho a ser más transparente sobre esto:
1) Abogados ofreciendo servicios en el sub.
Nunca lo explicité en un posteo dedicado a esto, pero no es la idea que el sub se convierta en un coto de caza de clientes. Yo mismo que armé todo esto me mantengo al margen de ofrecer activamente tomar casos.
Si los usuarios no lo solicitan explícitamente, les pido que se abstengan de hacerlo. Sí lo veo bien cuando son situaciones muy particulares donde se nota que quien hace la consulta realmente necesita una mano y no sabe por dónde empezar, o cuando es un tema muy específico y no va a ser fácil conseguir un abogado.
Usuarios, si lo que buscan es que un abogado les ofrezca sus servicios, avísenlo en el post así podemos hacerlo abiertamente.
Sí valoro a múltiples usuarios abogados que se dedican a responder X tipo de consultas y empiezan a generar una reputación positiva (no voy a nombrar casos específicos pero hay colegas que siempre dan una mano con laboral, siniestros, etc). El camino es ese, vengan a dar una mano, háganse conocer, y en todo caso que la gente los contacte.
No puedo evitar que los busquen por mensaje directo y demás, pero tratemos que el sub se mantenga como una herramienta ayudando a la comunidad.
Si veo comentarios de "mandame un MD" o "te dejo mis datos", los voy a borrar.
2) Extensión de los posteos.
El límite es de 1500 caracteres porque es muy excepcional que el núcleo de un problema requiera más que eso. Noto que hay muchos usuarios que escriben dos líneas y luego continúan en comentarios, o que suben una imagen del texto. Voy a estar bloqueando esos threads igual.
Como moderadores tratamos de revisar todo lo que escriben para que nada o lo menos posible quede sin responder, y si cada usuario va a escribir cómo atravesó sentimentalmente una situación cualquiera, no podemos dedicarle ese tiempo a otras consultas.
3) Preguntas frecuentes.
Todas las semanas hay múltiples consultas reiteradas sobre temas repetidos, como alquiler o de reclamo de deudas. Me estoy limitando a poner "tema ya hablado, usar el buscador". Puede sonar mala onda, pero me remito a lo anterior. Con el equipo de mods dedicamos tiempo nuestro a dar una mano, y esos 5 minutos que nos puede llevar a nosotros reiterar respuestas valen. Porque son 5 minutos todos los días con un montón de posteos. Por favor, busquen antes.
4) Que todo quede respondido.
Con el equipo tratamos de que todos los posteos tengan una respuesta. Últimamente, como hay varios colegas que dan muy buenas respuestas, no agrego una yo para no sobreabundar. Por eso puede suceder que a veces no haya respuestas del equipo de moderación.
A lo sumo cada dos o tres días trato de peinar todo el sub para ver que esté todo respondido, salvo casos excepcionales es así. Si ven que no aparecimos después de un par de días, es que estamos conformes con la solución encontrada en el sub.
Me gustaría estar más activo diariamente, pero la verdad es que está siendo un año muy intenso y no le puedo dedicar a cada cosa las horas que quiero dedicarles.
5) Cierre de temas resueltos.
Si cerramos un thread que tiene varias respuestas, lo más probable es que sea porque está resuelto y no queremos que se desvirtúe. En casos así, si hay dudas relevantes pendientes, pueden abrir otro posteo. Pero muchas veces con las respuestas dadas ya no queda mucho más que comentar, y dejar abierto el post hace que aparezcan usuarios a desvirtuar, y nos agrega tiempo de moderación.
6) Títulos.
Buen comentario que me mandó u/Thotila: sean expresivos en los títulos. No titulen "necesito ayuda", porque de eso se tratan todos los posts. Sean claros: "me acosa estudio de cobranzas", "mi vecina me clavó un tenedor en el brazo, cómo reclamo?", "Mi club murió cuando River le ganó una final en Madrid, ¿voy a sucesión?". Gracias.
Eso es todo por ahora, ¡gracias a todos por ayudar a que el sub siga creciendo!
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2023.06.10 18:05 RedJokerXIII 7 pequeñas acciones que nos pondrían más cerca una mejor sociedad.

Inspirado por el post DESPIERTA: ¡Cambia tu país con pequeñas acciones! quise aportar con 7 acciones, que son pequeñas pero si todos lo hacemos nos haría una mejor sociedad.
1-Ahorrar pan para Mayo : el ahorro es la base del crecimiento, la inversión y de la prosperidad. No solo ahorres dinero, ahorra insumos, ahorra tiempo, ahorra todo lo que puedas aplicando las 3 R (reduce, recicla, reutiliza), la vida hiperconsumista no hace más que hacernos más ricos de objetos pero más pobres financieramente.
2-El medio ambiente es tu casa, mantenlo limpio :Tira la basura al zafacon o clasifícala de ser posible, aprende a disponer de los desperdicios de manera responsable, usa materiales amigables y compra productos de múltiples usos, a nadie le gusta una casa sucia, a mi no me gusta un medio ambiente sucio tampoco, y sobre todo, no tire basura a las calles o ríos desde su vehiculo, no se arriesgue a que le miente la madre si yo lo veo en eso.
3-La violencia en la mayoría de los casos no es la mejor respuesta: respeta a los demás como quisiera que te respeten, habla los problemas primero, sino acude a la justicia, aprende a controlar tus emociones. Que un parqueo o un rayón en el vehículo no cause una desgracia entre varias familias.
4-La educación es la puerta al éxito: Estudia no para pasar, estudia para la vida. El conocimiento no pesa y los libros no muerden. Alguien más capacitado o con más conocimiento tiene más posibilidad de ser exitoso. Un caso personal, yo no me preocupe por aprender trigonometría en la universidad por que decía que no iba a sembrar cosenos, vaya sorpresa me tome al tener que calcular áreas.
5-Valora a tus Mayores, tus familiares y tus amigos: La vida por mas larga que parezca, es más corta de lo que uno se imaginan, y así la gente va desapareciendo, cada adulto mayor es una biblioteca de historia y conocimiento, cada familiar solo estará contigo por un tiempo, los buenos amigos mientras más pasa el tiempo se harán más escasos.
6-Toda la ayuda cuenta: Por mas sencillo que parezca una ayuda, esta puede significar un cambio de vida para una persona y su familia. Aprendamos a ser caritativos.
7-Ama tu pais: Después de todo, es el único lugar donde no serás un extranjero.
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2023.06.10 18:04 malatovcock fucked up Bible class part 2

Some of you have read my first post detailing the first semester of the senior Bible class in my evangelical highschool, here's the an overview of the second semester. (This gets long, but it's a good insight into how these people think and indoctrinate young members)
We didnt have time to go over every chapter of the second book we were given, so we only covered these topics:
-history of xtianity -"thinking and speaking clearly" -value of human life -sexuality -religious persecution
And every single one of these was just, morally reprehensible all around. Starting with Christianity: a history, we covered the effects that Christianity has had on human rights, woman's rights, charity, society.
It was basically a giant justification for colonialism. There was an entire part claiming that the colonization of India was a good thing because they stopped them from killing widows, ignoring absolutely everything else Christianity has done for woman's right, ignoring the rape of Africa, or how colonialism restricted a lot of women's cultural roles in places like some regions of Africa and the America's. They went on to say that in every instance of colonialism Christianity raised a woman's standard of living by giving them purpose and dignifying them through modesty. They also went on to claim that charity comes from Christianity, that they brought civilization to other cultures, ect. Also claimed that public education and psychology came from them (ignoring how messed up the 40s psych wards they were claiming were), they even claimed the concept of music. They claimed that the story of the resurrection and their cultural belief in it elevated modern music to the point its at now that other cultures couldn't reach. It was really disgusting, my country was colonized, my parents and all my friends parents lived through a war and were dislocated, only for me to have to hear these bastards praise themselves for saving us from our own backwards cultures. It was so racist, talking about how other cultures needed them to save and civilized them.
Oh and also how they never forced conversion. Obviously.
I do remember that one historical xtianity thing they didn't like was the social gospel though, which basically posited that rich people should help poor people, that's a massive simplification but they disliked that it implied that the way to heaven was being a good person instead of through faith, which is technically blasphemy in most xtian denominations.
The thinking and speaking clearly portion was hilarious honestly. I remember for a week we solely covered logical fallacies but. The examples they gave for logical fallacies were fucking hilarious.
This was their example for the logical fallacy of bandwagoning: "You notice tons of scientists all believing in climate change just because other scientists believe in it, following a bandwagon. Don't fall for it just because everyone believes in it"
About 50% of the examples were like that, and the other 50% were the basic non political examples. I remember this one example they used made me really angry, it was like, appealing to empathy, and the example the gave was a gay person talking about how hard it is to deal with discrimination/ how painful conversion therapy is/ how miserable homophobic parents make them. And they went on about how it was a baseless appeal to empathy, not a logical argument, and that they shouldn't fall for it, because we're still dangerous [insert slur of the day]. Like yeah, teach that empathy is a bad thing to base actions on, real mask off moment.
We had a project where we had to come up with an example with all 40ish types of fallacies they introduced, I only took examples from the class itself. I got 5 points deducted but it was worth it.
The next part of the thinking and speaking clearly was exclusively about how to argue, which I thought yall might be interested in. It was tactics that a lot of people know, stay unemotional, don't be condescending even if you hate the person you're talking to, even if you're making the other person react stay cool and ask "where did you get that belief", "why do you believe that", make yourself look like you're the even headed one. They emphasized the Columbo tactic a lot. The real scary part is that. This was the most component part of the class. They were all good argument tactics. If you guys are interested I recommend looking up the Columbo tactic, it was less focused on being right and more focused on "winning hearts"
(Sidenote: it wasn't in the senior Bible class, but in my freshaman Bible class we had a lesson on pretending to tolerate trans ppl to convert and change their minds in the long run, which was, yikes, gave me trust issues around xtians)
The value of human life was, yk, abortion. It was longgg drawn out and I was so fucking angry the entire time. But it was mostly the same shit we've all heard before: human life is precious, here's a long list of why murder is wrong... which yeah but were talking about abortion not murder, which is denying a fetus access to using my body. It's like taking someone off life support except the life support is yourself.
They had 2 interesting twists though, both in response to the argument I just gave. 1. Abortion is murder bc the fetus has to be beheaded burned with chemicals and bloodied up. Which um. They aren't even big enough to do that in most abortions (https://myanetwork.org/the-issue-of-tissue/) since 90% happen in the 1st trimester and isn't even true for late term abortions, since they're usually preformed by injecting something in the heart and 3. If it does happen late stage it'd be bc of the procedure to remove it intact is banned and illegal. The point about fetuses being murdered via chemical burns was used to say, "it is murder, not taking off life support"
The second interesting twist was this: they presented the life support via the well known "what if you woke up kidnapped and medically connected to a world famous musician and it would kill him if you took away your life support, is that murder, are you morally obligated to stay there?" Which yeah its an imperfect metaphor because it's a metaphor. And they said if that was true then they'd be wrong BUT abortion is murder bc see the above false claim and because the metaphor isn't what is actually happening. Woman have an obligation to their children that you don't to a random musician, blah blah motherly instinct. And secondly that it wasnt like the musician example because the woman caused the fetus to be attached to her by having sex and should deal with the consequences. Which wow. The idea that women are inherently beholden to a clump of cells of womanly responsibilities. And the idea that a child should be punishment for having sex.
I actually came up with an alternate metaphor that addressed both of those later 'arguments': what if you had asymptomatic covid and went to a family reunion with your young niece, no mask at the height of the pandemic. She got covid and it was somehow traced back to you. The only way for her to live is if you stay as her life support for 9 full months. It will wreak havoc on your body and your career from the months long break, you will also be fully financially responsible for the 200k hospital bill. Are you morally obligated to do that? Is it murder? What if you wore a mask? What if you knew and wore a mask? No matter what, you owe your neice more in this situation than a woman owes a fetus because of her parents emotional involvement, if you want to play the maternal instinct amd owing family card. So are you obligated? No. The argument wasn't taken well and I couldn't get into a fight over it bc my mom would find out and she's pro life so i had to back down.
The sexuality section was just homophobia! Yay! It also talked about how contraception was bad and porn destroyed lives. Here's some highlights: contraception increased the number of wedlock babies so therefore it is bad and we shouldn't use it, sex is for making babies and marriage. Married Christian women have the best sex (no sources cited) (my gf had a good night that night) because married Christian woman have stability and financial security so therefore the sex must be good. Because??. Because their relationship is stable and their husband is there the morning after. So it must be good. Don't look at marital rape statistics. Woman are not capable of hugging a man without forming an emotional connection due to their hormones...
Actually I'm gonna expand on that one. I almost murdered someone. Made me see red. The argument was that woman have the chemical oxytocin, unlike men (no sources found) and that chemical forms a permanent bond for woman when physical contact is made. Which is why woman love their children (???) And that all woman will eventually love their children no matter how bad the pregnancy, since that hormone will kick in when she holds the baby, and obviously woman are slaves to hormones. And that's also why having premarital sex as a woman is bad, because even a simple hug from a man activates that hormone and permanently attaches you to that man. So if you have casual sex you'll always be missing all those connections that your body will long for, causing feelings of emptiness and great psychological distress, and she'll never be happy with relationships bc of all those missing connections. OH AND ALSO. Oxytocin in a woman is only released during sex and birth. And hugs apparently, or is the logic that woman's bodies are so ready for men that they register hugs as sexual? I am still angry about that.
More highlights are: porn makes men sexist. It's impossible to respect women after watching porn. Also it's cheating. We didnt spend much time here because we spent two weeks on homosexuality. Which, pretty standard, gay men are pedophiles, all societies have fallen exactly 3 generations after accepting homosexuality. Yes that's an exact line from the book. Ignore the Romans ig. Since transness was a hot topic we kind of ignored the book to talk about transness and um. I'm queer so I just skipped class. But I ran out of classes I could skip and still graduate so here's the one lesson I didn't miss: words like transgender, genderqueer, they/them, genderfluid, are just like new speak in 1984. The words made to describe some people's unique experiences that only 1% of the population has experienced is just like how in 1984 certain words were outlawed and forgotten so less people could describe their experience and the human condition made less diverse since that diversity doesn't have words. Words introduced specifically so people can talk about their unique experiences and expand the human condition with unique words that only a few people relate to is just like how in 1984 they were all forced to use the same handful of words to describe their lives and make the human experience smaller. Also trans people are just like Hitler. These people have worn swastikas to school. Also Hitler killed queer people too.
Also divorce is just as traumatic for a child as surviving the holocaust. That is a real line from the book. Having your parents divorce is equally traumatic. To surviving gas chambers. Also if your husband is [redacted] and you're unhappy you're obligated to stay for the child. If you leave you're making your child go through something equal. To the holocaust. These people hate jews. But they'll so happily use them to say whatever stupid bullshit they want.
This is getting really long.
The final chapter, religious persecution, I also mightve slept through some classes. Look i was a high school senior. The gist was basically there's a holy war. Culture war is very serious and not a political distraction at all. Responsibility as Christians to shape the culture around you. It's for the betterment of society. Society needs to be led by Christians. Run for office. Vote. Oh and also let's talk about how other countries persecute xtians. Which they do. Some. We had a project where we choose a country that persecuted xtians and some do, I chose ones that actually do. Someone chose like Portugal or Venezuela. I don't remember which one. It was a hispanic country and um. How do i say this. I am from a hispanic country. Saying a hispanic county persecuted xtians is absolutely insane. Her presentation was mostly on gang violence. Also another option to pick was Mexico. Mexico. Deeply catholic Mexico. It's worth mentioning that they hated Catholics and racism is definitely a part of it.
Alright that concluded the second semester honestly. I missed a lot from the first semester in my 1st post since I made it at 2am. I missed a whole section where we talked of each worldviews view on ethics and philosophy and stuff. Also sorry this is so long, I maybe should've split it into 2 posts but I've already typed it all out so. Basically this entire class was. More than hell to sit through.
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2023.06.10 18:00 autotldr Boy, 9, shot dead by Iran police. Reason: His father stole a car

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 60%. (I'm a bot)
A boy was shot and killed by police after his father stole a car in the southwestern Khuzestan province in Iran.
Authorities said as per Associated Press that after stealing the car, the man drove off with the boy.
Ruhollah Bigdeli, chief of police in Shushtar County, was quoted by Iran's official police website as saying that officers tried to stop the "Stolen vehicle by shooting at it," but the boy was caught in the crossfire.
The man was issued several warnings before the police started shooting, authorities informed.
Iran's Jamaran news website identified the boy as 9-year-old Morteza Delf Zaregani.
The father accused the police of not issuing any warning before shooting as per the report.
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2023.06.10 17:56 13ofc ATTENTION: Election process details

Attention all people of the republic of banana.
With the bananablessings of our supreme god u/70percentbanana here are the election processes -
On Sunday 11 June, there will be 5 diffrent pole posts created on this sub. Each post will have 6 candidates each. Please read the reason with their name and vote the most appropriate.
Make sure to cast your vote on all 5 posts.
After that, i will create another pole post with the 5 most voted people on Monday 12 June. Please make sure to vote here.
On TUESDAY 13 JUNE, the president (most voted out of the 5 finalists) and the vice president (second most voted) will be welcomed to office. I will make a post declaring this.
I will be serving as secretary to the state as the creator of the state and bananaism.
Everyone who wishes to apply to any position you can contact the vice president or me the secretary, we will pass the request to the president.
Please vote as this is very important.
The vice president will be re-elected in 4 months while the president in 6 months. Only the supreme lord can remove them
I will handle all state affairs and pass the info to the state heads. (State heads are p, vp and overlord.) For everyone asking, only president and the overload can approve of big changes like wars etc. If you have any questions leave em below. If you read this post then please leave a like to indicate that.
Happy Voting! 🙃
For candidate information please visit this.
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2023.06.10 17:54 openalcohol3333 Pulled over for speeding, and got caught with open alcohol container (New Jersey)

The story is that I was going 24 over the speed limit on the highway, I obviously got pulled over. During the stop, the officer noticed a bottle of opened alcohol and questions me about it. I told him truthfully it wasn't mine, and made me do a sobriety test in which I passed. The officer made me throw it out which was understandable and gave me a court date for having the open alcohol container.
I am 17 years old with a probationary license, I've already paid off the Careless Driving ticket he gave me but other than that I've had a clean record. The alcohol wasn't mine but was my friends, it wasn't in the front seat and was behind me on the floor, I physically could not reach it and had to have my friend help me get it.
His officer buddy who showed up to the scene a little late was very nice and understanding, and told me that because I'm 17, 'first' infraction, and because of the alcohol not being mine, I could have my friend show up with me to the court date to testify that it was indeed his and possibly have the case dissmissed.
I honestly don't know what to do as I can't afford having my insurance rates go up, would the case be dissmissed bassed on these factors? I really do not want this on my record. If any clarification is needed I would be more than happy to oblige. I also don't know what flair to post this under.
E: I do realize I fucked up, no doubt about it so we are clear
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2023.06.10 17:53 Ill-Sun4059 Took miso pills before i went to sleep. Went very smoothly. Also saw the fetus.

I posted after the first pills /before second ones. Here’s an update. Yesterday 6/9/23 i Took first pill in office at 10am At 930pm I took Tylenol & nausea meds At 1030pm I had my boyfriend insert 4 miso pills vaginally I then tried to fall asleep as fast as possible before feeling any symptoms. I ended up waking up because of my 9 month old at 1230 am.. I was in a little pain but able to get up go pee , breast feed my baby , i was really hungry the whole night shockingly. I wasn’t nauseas or anything… I ate a yogurt parfait and fell back asleep .. also no blood yet My baby woke me up again at 330 am and I ate an ice cream at 4 I went to the restroom and I sat down and pushed a lil to pee when I felt a few clots come down and out. One of them had the fetus sitting right on top. Which I didn’t mind . I was shocked but glad I got to see it. Now it’s 8 am and I’m having some cramping still and bleeding a lot but I feel way better than I had imagined I would. I thought I’d be very sad. Maybe that was just my pregnancy hormones. I’m not too sad at all. Just thinking of all the what ifs and stuff. But I know I did the right thing.
Did I go through the worst of it physically?
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2023.06.10 17:50 Front-Firefighter604 Donativos para la Olimpiada de Física.

Acerca del muy reciente post sobre la no participación de la Selección Nacional en la Olimpiada Europea de Física pregunté y encontré el sitio donde se pueden hacer los donativos si ustedes gustan.
Como podrán ver este es el sitio oficial.
Me gustaría comentar que hace un tiempo también me tocó participar en estos concursos de Física durante este sexenio, y tristemente los apoyos no están ahí. Muchas veces hay problemas para encontrar recursos para el viaje y el hotel, por lo que no siempre se está en las mejores condiciones y ahorita está todavía peor ya que se daba financiamiento por parte del CONACyT y como ya se le dio en la madre...
Pero bueno, yo personalmente si voy a cooperar y los invito a que lo hagan también, este es uno de los pocos eventos de gran calibre científico en el país para jovenes de prepa, y me parece muy egoísta por parte del gobierno que les quiten dicha oportunidad de sobresalir, porque luego de esto se abre muchísimas puertas para estos chicos.
Excelente día a todos.

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