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[Neighbourhood Dogs] Parents angry at dogs

2020.09.26 01:26 th0w4w4y_2020 [Neighbourhood Dogs] Parents angry at dogs

Hello! Longtime lurker and was once mentioned in a relatively popular post on here (wow I feel #famous?!). This post is my first post here ever, so I'm not sure if it's any good, but here's some ☕️ about the dogs in our neighbourhood. I know this might not be a conventional hobby, but I spend an absurd amount of time listening to dog tea in our neighbourhood.
Context:
My parents live in suburbia around a 30-minute drive away from a relatively big city. This neighbourhood is considered relatively well-off. It's close to a high-achieving high school, and all of the homes are single homes that cost between $2 million and $5 million (at most). Most people in our neighbourhood are Chinese, so most of them use WeChat as their primary form of communication.
Puppy Parties:
I got a dog recently (almost a year ago!), and it's been one of the best things that have ever happened to me. I made new friends and felt so much more connected to the neighbourhood I live in. Every day at around 7:30 pm, a group of people with their dogs end up in the same park. It's purely coincidental - Most people in this neighbourhood have 9-5 jobs, so this is a convenient time to walk their dogs. I've officially named it the Puppy Party. At these Puppy Parties, people spill lots of tea.
The case of the missing Shiba Inu:
Shiba Inus are known for running away. Someone in our neighbourhood had JUST gotten a Shiba Inu (probably had them for around 2 months) when their Shiba Inu ran away. They posted to WeChat about their missing dog. Around a week goes by, and there was no word about their Shiba Inu until they receive a text from an unknown number. The texter said that they were an old grandpa in the neighbourhood across from ours. They picked up the Shiba Inu, and their grandson loved the dog, so they decided to KEEP IT! The old grandpa told the owners not to worry about the dog anymore because they were in good hands. LMAO, WHO DOES THIS. Unfortunately, the police said they couldn't do anything about it, and the owners never got their dog back. They took out their frustrations on WeChat.
German Sheppards:
There are 6 German Sheppards in our neighbourhood, and most of them are related to each other.
Fallout/Breaking Point:
People in this neighbourhood are passive-aggressive, so there wasn't much blowing up... UNTIL NOW (kinda). There's a circle of 5 huge houses in our area (think: swimming pool, tennis court, tall gates). A relatively #famous Instagram dog (one of the German Sheppards) who lives in one of those houses lost hundreds of followers within a day because he mauled a dog in our neighbourhood, and a bunch of people in our neighbourhood were UPSET. This anger escalated a lot during quarantine because all the dogs and parents were at home. People have started to carry around whistles, and when they see a German Sheppard, they'll blow the whistles to try to keep them away. There's a buy-and-sell group on an Asian group-buying app that has sold our neighbourhood thousands of whistles. People are mad at the German Sheppards as a whole because they can't tell them apart when the kids are walking them, so every German Sheppard has been subjected to this treatment.
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2020.09.25 22:25 bassingpreeze17 29 [M4F] CA/Los Angeles - COVID Free and College Educated for Cougars and other Curvy Company

Greetings all, I hope my goofy alliteration was enough to catch your attention
I'm Joseph, it's a pleasure.
If you're stopping by this post it's mostly likely because you may be like me. Doing your best to follow the rules during the pandemic, holding on but still feeling like you miss good human connection and maybe want something just a little more than the average hook up and run fair that most are looking for here. (Trust me I feel the heat after being locked in for so long and I'm ready to go to town but I like to make sure we connect a bit first). I've poked my head into other spaces but dating apps feel a bit less personal than a long winded essay about me so here I am
Anyways, hopefully my blurbs and willingness to talk will attract you and keep wanting to chat more and get into it before you get into my pants. If you're looking for something that's a little more than just a hook up, look no further because this one has details that won't completely disappoint. So lets get to it:
Stats (so you can size me up): I'm 29 years old, 6'0 tall, brown hair and eyes, white/hispanic mixed, in decent shape, 170lbs, 7 inches and thick, college educated (BA in Communications, and applying to Grad School), can travel/drive, don't mind some weekend drinking but I watch myself and while enjoy an edible sparingly here and there, I'm drug free otherwise and polite and laid back.
Career and Hobbies:Work wise I work for small businesses as a project and digital media manager, usually helping them grow. Currently I'm with an electrical contractor and I help them manage projects and their digital output (mostly advertising but how they do it online) and I also do a bit of teaching on the side to kids in music programs but that's obvs on hold right now with how the world is turning. And as far as hobbies I'm big into video games, I like to collect and learn about old and new projects and try out new games as much as I can. I also like following movies and shows. I'm a big fan of new cooking recipes and when quarantine isn't happening I do like traveling
My status: I'm single. My last relationship ended months ago and it wasnt a long one, COVID just ensured it wouldn't last. It sucks but we mutually made the best call and we are still friends now. With that, I've taken some time to myself and I'm finding being single to feel good. Still, it's been awhile since I've just been on my own and while I know I'll be fine by myself for now, the pandemic makes meeting new people in a more normal fashion tough so here I am shooting my shot. I'm just trying to see who I meet and if there's any kind of decent connections to be made. No pressure.
What I'm into/looking for: Now here's where you come in, as my title says I'm looking for the pleasure and company of an older lady but considering I've actually gotten some messages from interested ladies my age or younger as well I'm open to anyone really. Appearance wise i don't have a long list of preferences, but thickecurvier body types tend to be what I find myself attracted to. Need my dose of thiccc thighs. Age wise I figure 40-60 is a fair range but if you meet the curvy credentials than as long as your are 18-60 I don't mind, shoot your shot. And I have no ethnic background preference but I've happened to mostly date white, hispanic and asian women (could be that's who I attract, just an observation not a limitation) so that is what it is. Beyond appearance as long as we can carry a conversation together and click in that regard I think we'll get along fine
Anyways, if my description sounds like the kind of man you are after, send me details or what you think we'd have in common and a pic of you will get some of me.
Lets keep each other sane and satiated as we can during this quarantine.
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2020.09.25 22:23 Rickard58 200 reasons not to vote for Trump

In case you or your friends needed 200 reasons to not vote for Trump, here’s his terrible record:
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2020.09.25 22:22 Rickard58 200 reasons not to vote for Trump

In case you or your friends needed 200 reasons to not vote for Trump, here’s his terrible record:
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2020.09.25 22:22 Rickard58 200 reasons not to vote for Trump

In case you or your friends needed 200 reasons to not vote for Trump, here’s his terrible record:
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2020.09.25 13:40 scar_throne2901 Men of Reddit, what do you do when you feel empty in your life because you’re single?

Didn’t want to make this about me, but I need some advice too <3
Basically I’m a 19 yo dude, have a full time 9-5 job, education is completed (as for now, until I do my degree which is gonna be later, since I’m focusing on my FT job), just haven’t dated before / have a GF and it makes me feel quite empty.
Men of Reddit, What do you do when you feel empty / an emptiness in your life because you’re single ?
Edit: Should have mentioned more info. Here it is
My parents are conservative Asians. My friends are all busy with THEIR gfs’s and I’m on dating apps (have likes & matches but never leads to a date) Can’t leave the job because it’s a 2 year contract (and I’m doing my degree after the job ends) which means I’m basically unable to meet anyone until Uni.
Don’t know what I’m supposed to do. Feel trapped and lost
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2020.09.24 21:03 beenInTherapyFor12 How do I meet someone that doesn't care about looks?

The problem is dating apps are for people that care about looks, and I don't. I would swipe right on everyone but apps will shadow ban you if you do that so I can't use them. Since I'm an introvert and not very attractive myself things like church and parties don't really work for me. I spend most of my time doing research.
I have never rejected anyone on the basis of looks, the only "rejection" I ever did if you can even call it that was a single mom who kept asking me to give her money to help raise her son, while I barely even knew her. Like most males, I get pretty much 0 matches on dating sites, only bots or people asking me to give them money, even when I paid hundreds to buy "boosts" and "superlikes".
About me: 6'2 barefoot, 6'4 with shoes/risers in, work out but have hypogonadism and can't go on TRT so very skinny, spent a lot of time, money, and effort on appearance (minor cosmetic surgeries), social skills / confidence rated "good" by multiple therapists, software engineer, living with parents even though I can afford my own place and would be willing to do that if it would make me attractive (I tried that for 4 years and it didn't improve my luck), 32 years old, no balding, regularly showeshave, mostly vegan and like animals, have a car, lost virginity at 26 to a sex worker, went to college between 24-28, paid off student loan, ex-member of Mensa (I joined thinking it would help my social status but turns out no one cares so I let my membership lapse), had a vasectomy, read and learn a lot, Hapa (half asian half white).
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2020.09.24 07:16 Popular_Peach I was on a mission for Keebler Fudge Stripped Cookies....

Not 2 hours ago, I caved. I wanted something sweet but most sweets turned my stomach and I suddenly saw the YouTube ad. Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies. Real Cocoa. I had to have them after battling my pitiful wits all day. So after 3 days not leaving my house, I put on a pair of pants and muted tone pull over, got in my car, and drove 3 minutes to my local CVS.
I got out the car, whooshed through the automatic doors and beeline to the 2nd aisle where I knew the cookies were by heart. I immediately spotted the iconic yellow packaging with elves and grabbed the little cookies accompanied with the crinkling sound of shiny packaging. Victory! I got it and I refused to feel guilty for it! With the overpriced cookies in hand, I perused the aisle casually. I noted these peanut butter cups that had that I'm healthy packaging pick me! packaging on sale. Curious, I picked it up, turned it over out of habit and read the nutrition. I winced. They were not that healthy. It was a serving size trick. Suddenly, I realized with my single minded addict like mission, I hadn't read the back of the Keebler. I curse this skill!
The nutrition was the same as the nutrition of the peanut butter cups. The sugar, number of calories, everything. Here's the thing I am aware of. If I buy something I will devour it. If I bought the stripped cookies, I would promise not to eat all of it and later demolish the entire package. Frustrated I placed the cookies back where I found them looking for something else. I found dark chocolate almonds, a bag of chips (for my tuna romaine lettuce wraps) and non alcoholic Welch's.
Did I make a better choice? Debatable. I am trying to keep my insulin down and make better food choices. So the Welch's and the carbs in chips may be a bad decision but I felt.....ambushed.
Its one thing to decide to make better choices but its worse when things that claim to be healthy are no better than a pack of Oreos and I honestly feel guilty picking up any junk food. I know they make me feel bad and I know how I look late at night 270lb in the store for some cookies. But even the healthy stuff .....I'm just..ugh! Even the chocolate covered almonds are a Hershey's brand confection.
I'm working at getting better at this. I just wish this didn't have to be such a battle. Am I the only one who notice our shelves full of products owned by only 2 or 3 mega companies? Aren't they considered monopolies? Anyway I wanted to share my (not so) epic store adventure.

P.S I have been using the Loseit App to track how I've been eating. I'm noticing a major lack of protein on some days and fats on others. My carbs are a quite high. Any suggestions? I love Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian and East Asian cuisine.
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2020.09.23 03:41 mysterymachine1111 Unfortunately can’t cross post... but a very good post from r/JordanPeterson BLM TRUTH

Credit: u/IDislikeYourMeta
*Link to original post with links available below.
The black lives matter Movement is the Largest Scale Mass Hysteria Incident in Modern History - In Depth Discussion
The blm movement is going to be remembered as one of society's largest scale incidents of mass hysteria built on overt lies and hatred. By nature of their support, hundreds of thousands of otherwise good people are socially endorsing the violence that arises from these hateful "causes" based on utter fabrications.
The definition of terrorism: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
Whether you support their cause or not, both blm and antifa as organizations fit the literal definition of terrorism. If you don't call them that yourself, that's fine, until recently neither did the American government, but merely saying that they aren't terrorists because you might think they have a reason for their actions is a subjective opinion on something that is otherwise an objective fact. blm/antifa and their supporters are responsible for a great number of increasingly violent attacks in recent years targeted towards opposing views (namely white people and Trump supporters), where they've earned the ire that's currently directed towards them. It's time we collectively began to address these left-wing extremists for what they truly are.
black lives matter as both an organization and as a "social statement" were founded primarily on the basis of "systemic racism" and "police brutality". Both of which have very little merit outside of left-wing echochambers, with almost all of its messaging crumbling under the slightest bit of scrutiny (if it's supporters ever bothered to scrutinize what they are being indoctrinated by).
"Systemic racism" is a catch-all term for any and everything to do with race, applied ad hoc to whatever scenarios people would like changed, whether that's in the public and private school systems, our systems of law and the histories of great nations. No legal definition or even standard application of the word has been decided, and everyone has their own variation on what the word means. And yet, governmental bodies themselves and people are changing the way we act, talk and think in order to combat this vague THEORY (and I stress that word).
"Police brutality" has been a term applied to virtually any instance of law enforcement being applied with force (and sometimes even without it), specifically and especially in regards to any crime committed by someone of the black community. Repeated study after study of police shootings has disputed any notion of "racism" being a factor in police shootings, and yet the stereotype of "evil, racist police" continues to spread. Some studies have even shown the opposite to be true, that white officers are less likely to shoot black suspects, and adjusted for ratios in crime and population white suspects are more likely to be shot by cops (various studies to follow below). And yet, every time a black person is killed by police, regardless of whether or not they were resisting arrest or actively trying to hurt or kill other people, the "police brutality" and "racism" cards have been pulled to demonize lawful shootings to undermine the faith citizens have in their police and government.
Here are some facts and statistics (or what would probably be considered the real enemy to the blm movement...the truth).
In American cops make about 10,000,000 arrests a year. Those ten million arrests don't include detentions, traffic stops or any of the other peaceful public interactions that make up the remaining approximately 60,000,000 police and citizen contact every year. On average per year, only about 1,000 of those 70 MILLION people interacted with end up dead due to police. Yet, people act like their chances of dying at the hands of a cop are anything but minuscule. The entire blm narrative is built on the foundation of "police brutality" and "racism" that simply isn't reflected in reality.
We're not even going to begin to discuss how many of those 1,000 people killed by cops each year are armed and dangerous (which is the majority of cases), or how many of them aren’t black (also the majority). It's also important to note that in police reporting "unarmed" does not mean "not violent". We can even assume, for the sake of argument, that none of those 1,000 police killings each year are justified (even though the vast majority of them are). The ratio of unarmed black men shot and killed (23) in 2018 was 1 out of 67,334 black men arrested. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting, there were 686,665 sworn police officers in the United States in 2018. That’s one unarmed black male shot and killed for every 49,047 sworn police officers. Out of the nearly 47.8 million black Americans, the police have shot roughly one unarmed black male per roughly 2.1 million people.
The inevitable conversation that follows is that black people only represent 14% of the US population, how is it that they make up such a high number of overall police deaths**.** blm and it's supporters would like to propagate the idea that it's racism. Which fortunately has little factual basis in this topic. This is where we need to have those brutal, honest conversations that everyone claims to want to have regarding race (silence is violence after all), but nobody is actually allowed to discuss without being banned, canceled or called a racist nazi.
In the US, the American black population represents 53% of convicted murders, 29% of rapes, 54% of robberies, 33% of assaults, 43% of weapons charges, 29% of domestic abuse and 27% of drug abuse violations among others (continuing to over index in almost all areas of remaining crime). The vast majority of these crimes were conducted by males, meaning that half of the violent crime in America is committed by less than the roughly 6-7% of black men in the US. It's not only understandable but expected that there would be a higher degree of violence involved in these arrests, as usually the type of person that's being arrested for murder isn't likely to go without a fight, nor would they like to spend their lives in prison. Ignoring these facts is tantamount to delusion.
Almost all studies that conclude that black people are killed disproportionately fail to factor in crime rates into their models, whether on purpose to reach a desired conclusion or via a poor scientific process. Those are very relevant statistics that cannot be ignored when discussing police interactions with black people, nor can they be discarded in studies, as they help to explain why there is a disparity between the black population and arrests/deaths. Many who like to dismiss these figures do so by doing what they always do, and cry "racism", whether it's the mere use of these statistics or in the very core of every single arrest that makes up the data.
But simply hand-waving away the reason that there are so many violent interactions between the black community and the police due to "racism" is disingenuous and deliberate. The reasons behind those crime rates and why the black community is plagued by crime are extraordinarily complicated, and very well may contain elements of race and racism reaching back decades (such as the Welfare system and Jim Crow laws), but that’s an entirely separate conversation for another day unrelated to the premise of "police brutality towards blacks". The fact of the matter is, the black community has and will continue to have problems with overwhelming violence without real intervention, and its these problems that lead to further violent interactions with police.
Keeping the aforementioned statistics in mind, each year, American cops kill more white people, both in raw numbers and when adjusted for crime rates, than black people (note: the study has since been retracted due to public inference, however, the data included remains valid, even more studies with similar findings below). Only roughly .009% of all arrests ended with a civilian death regardless of race, and for every 10 deadly weapon assaults on a police officer there was as a result of 1 fatal police shooting, or in other words, even in encounters with deadly weapons police will only fatally shoot about 10% of the time. In fact, research done by the National Police Research Platform, only roughly 27% of those 680,000+ officers report ever even firing their gun on duty (which doesn't specifically entail actually shooting someone either, just the fact that they've shot their weapon). And yet the narrative of blood thirsty police persists.
Contrary to the black lives matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police.In 2015, black civil-rights commissioner Peter Kirsanow famously defended the police by acknowledging that a police officer is roughly 18.5x more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer, a number that's been repeated ad nauseam and is roughly supported by statistics year after year (it lowers to roughly 2.5x more likely for a cop to be killed by armed black males than the reverse). Factually, black males have made up nearly 50 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade even though they are only 6-7% of the overall population.
White people make up roughly over 50% of known race homicide victims, with caucasians representing roughly 76% of the total US population. Black people were 45% of known race homicide victims, but only 13% of the population. Which means the homicide rate for blacks was 3.5x their percentage of the US population, making them over five times as likely to be homicide victims.
According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics 2018 study, 15.3% of violent crimes against whites were committed by blacks for a total of 547,948 crimes, with violent black offenders being 1.8x their percent of the population. In contrast, whites committed 10.6% of violent crimes against blacks for a total of 59,777 crimes, making up 0.8x their percentage of the population. But of violent crime against black people, 70% of the time the offender was reported by the victim themselves as black, which is supportive of the epidemic of black-on-black violence increasing across the country. The offender to victim ratio shows that violent incidents involving black offenders (22%) was twice the percentage of black victims (11%).
Hate crime statistics actually show that in recent years, anti-black incidents overall fell to a recent record low share of all hate crime, while anti-white and other races have seen increases in hate crime towards them. Meanwhile hate crimes committed by black offenders continues to increase year over year, reaching a high of 24% of all reported hate crimes despite making up only 14% of the population. In major cities such as New York, black perpetrators make up the majority of hate crimes towards Jewish and LGBT people, again, despite the narrative that says black people are society's current victims of discrimination.
People need to stop acting like, just because they’re black, they’ll die if they interact with the cops or that white people are targeting black people with racism and hatred. Of course in a country of hundreds of millions of people there is going to be anti-black racism. But it certainly isn't to the degree in which activists like to perpetuate, such as it being a public health crisis. Statistics simply do not reflect any reality in which this absurdity is true, unless a concentrated effort is put into disqualifying and discounting data that opposes the narrative. If anything, the crime data, statistics on police shootings and the general modern societal zeitgeist would suggest an active and ongoing discrimination against whites. But hey, that's another topic for another day isn't it.
The questions that decent human beings need to seriously ask themselves in regards to police is, are you committing crimes? Are you going to resist if the cops try to arrest you? I would hope not for both of those questions. In 2020, there's no excuse for that level of ignorance. Therefore, your chances of dying at the hands of the police are virtually zero. But, the best part is, even if you are committing crimes and resisting arrest, your chances of dying at the hands of the police are still virtually zero, regardless of your skin color or particular demographic.That's the statistical fact. No matter how many slogans are chanted or how many times ACAB is gratified onto buildings, it doesn't suddenly mean the police are out to kill anyone.
The gaslighting from the media and the blm supporters claim that the violent actions of a "few" rioters do not represent most of the "peaceful group" (a courtesy not extended to the legitimately mostly peaceful police). The left-leaning Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project reports that in the summer of 2020 alone (not including the continued riots in September) there were 7,750+ demonstrations related to blm. Of those, over 1000 included some sort of assault on police and/or bystanders, arson or looting but yet were not declared riots.
Over 570 of those "peaceful protests" in 220 locations turned violent to the degree that they were declared riots. That's 570+ "mostly peaceful protests" barely covered by mainstream news, that seemingly most supporters of blm refuse to acknowledge even occurred, which included an estimated $2 billion dollars in damages (most of which isn't covered by insurance, done to local family businesses, many black owned), along with a few dozen related fatalities (including targeted, accidental and incidental, more to follow below) and countless incidents of arson, looting and assault against bystanders and police. ACLED also stated that of those demonstrations, only 5% of them have been met with force by police, which is obviously roughly the same percentage of "protests" that become violent riots.
Only of course the media and blm supporters would like you to believe that police (by way of "fascist" Trump) are arresting and attacking "peaceful protesters utilizing their 'freedom of speech'", which couldn't be further from the truth. The freedom of speech was designed to protect people from those who think violence is the solution to democratic problems. Inciting violence was written in as an exception to the amendment, in part so that people couldn't use strength against others to assert beliefs. There's legal and historical precedence for proper "freedom of speech" and "freedom to protest", and nobody should care about the personal interpretations of rioters and terrorists on those fundamental freedoms.
And yet here we are, in a society where the mainstream media, an extraordinarily vocal minority of citizens, multinational billion dollar businesses donating hundreds of millions to the cause that partially goes to fund rioters' bail from jail after arrests (multiple criminals who then went on to commit other murders), celebrities and sports teams are all siding with blm over blatantly false lies and misinformation. All the while supporting the notion that black people are being "oppressed and victimized". None of their opinions on equality, inclusive ideologies and the freedom of speech, actually extends to the mostly peaceful police officers, towards white people, or any other demographic that condemns these actions (such as the increasing number of liberals leaving the party #WalkAway, or the various minority groups now increasingly supporting Trump). People need to forgo emotional arguments for rational analysis, stop confusing correlation with causation, and understand the impact of confounding variables and their own bias in these discussions.
Because what is happening is society and the Regressive Left is fostering an environment based on hate in the name of acceptance, including the willful return of Segregation, Affirmative Action and identity politics based on race, the demand for reparations (despite the Welfare system predominately geared towards blacks, having spent $22 TRILLION in the past 50 years towards poverty, costing 3 times as much as all of America's wars since the Revolution), special considerations in academia (like lowered admission standards or testing requirements, even though more money is spent on additional education funding for black students than any other race, and racial quotas hurting Asian Americans), the desire to rid society of capitalism (while hypocritically selling copious amounts of branded merchandise), two parent households (which has now quietly been removed due to criticism) and the abolishment of police and prisons. Democrats and blm leaders have continually called for public violence, including attacks on police and white folks, with the demonization of white people as a sub-human race and as racist demons.
Compound this with the contrasting fact that nearly 80% of the black community not only disagrees with the notion of defunding the police, but a significant portion would like to see either the same amount or more police presence in their neighborhoods. As anyone who grew up in a crime ridden black community knows (such as myself), a lack of policing only hurts the people that soft-bellied liberals claim to want to help. If any of the organizations and rioters actually cared about black lives mattering, then they would be focusing on the real tragedies occurring within their own communities. Such as the uncontrolled black-on-black violence, drug use and absentee fathers, and not whatever viral case makes the news in order to further the political agenda. The black community that actually deals with the rampant violence and gangs realize that defunding police is tantamount to forfeiting their lives and the lives of loved ones.
If the two tenants of the blm and antifa supporters are based on "systemic racism" and "police brutality" and both are built on misinformation and lies, then what are all of the riots, looting, arson and murder actually for? Why as a society have we both allowed and endorsed these horrific actions to the point of normalcy? Why is it so difficult for liberals to disavow the actual closest things our generation has seen to Nazism?
Why does the violence inspired by the "blm cause" not count as extremism other than social bias of the people who believe in it (despite glaringly obvious examples that say otherwise)? Defenders would like to argue that just because these killers and anarchists believed in the blm narrative, doesn't mean they have killed all those cops or Trump supporters specifically for blm. And just because people aren't card carrying members of antifa, then obviously they aren't rioting specifically for antifa...it's all just a magical coincidence that they buy their branded t-shirts and wave their affiliated flags.
But yet, if an individual police officer happens to kill a black man in the line of duty, that's somehow representative of all officers and "systemic racism" according to these same groups. We wouldn't excuse this type of behavior if it had been done in the name of ISIS. We wouldn't judge an act of terrorism on whether or not it's followers actually traveled to Syria before stabbing someone in the throat. Like logical, intelligent human beings we would determine their guilt via their extremist beliefs and horrific actions, which at this point is undeniable despite the feverish attempts to deny virtually all of it (a relatively small list compared to all incidents of blm and antifa inspired attacks to follow).
When we have such divergent attitudes in the way the very cultures and people of various races approach life, are we still feigning surprise that there's a difference in terms of wealth, crime, education, economic or job status between races? Eventually we need to be honest and look at how people actually behave and how society functions, instead of playing pretend and arguing about microagressions and white fragility.
Allowing this toxic blm rhetoric continue in this state for political reasons is entirely the opposite of being respectful of other views and is a direct attack on democracy. The sheer unfathomable damage done for this "cause" will go down in history as one of the worst decisions our society has ever inflicted upon itself perpetuated by the willful ideological delusion of one political side and its ever increasingly unstable base. If there are any blm supporters still reading this, I implore you to reconsider your stance. You can be against racism and support the real black community without endorsing the hate and lies of the blm organization. There is no requirement to martyr violent criminals just because they died while being black.
Please. If you're honestly trying to do what's best for society and the real black families adversely affected, ensure you're not on the wrong side of history while doing it.
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Edit: Please feel free to copy and paste this information where you see fit, I know not everyone interested in these conversations wants to do the leg-work and a lot of the discussions revert back to the same topics (crime rates, demographics, studies, etc). And rather than "own" a stupid Reddit post, I would rather see more people discussing the realities of this situation with the most concrete information.
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2019 Study from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland via the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded: "We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers. Instead, race-specific crime strongly predicts civilian race. This suggests that increasing diversity among officers by itself is unlikely to reduce racial disparity in police shootings" and "Examination of National Violent Death Reporting System data shows racial differences across types of fatal shootings. Black civilians fatally shot by police (relative to White civilians) are more likely to be unarmed and less likely to pose an immediate threat to officers. In contrast, White civilians (relative to Black civilians) are nearly three times more likely to be fatally shot by police when the incident is related to mental-health concerns and are seven times more likely to commit 'suicide by cop'".
Bonus points: the Vice President of Research & Innovation at Michigan was forced to resign partially due to his contrary findings that stated there was no racism in police shootings, which was among his other "racist science" that some faculty and students found offensive.
2018 Study from Michigan State and Arizona State University concluded: "When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects. Multiverse analyses showed only one significant anti-Black disparity of 144 possible tests. Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for Blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive."
2016 Study from Washington State University via American Society of Criminology concluded: "We found that, despite clear evidence of implicit bias against Black suspects, officers were slower to shoot armed Black suspects than armed White suspects, and they were less likely to shoot unarmed Black suspects than unarmed White suspects. These findings challenge the assumption that implicit racial bias affects police behavior in deadly encounters with Black suspects."
2016 Study from Harvard via the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded: "On the most extreme use of force – officer-involved shootings – we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account. We argue that the patterns in the data are consistent with a model in which police officers are utility maximizers, a fraction of which have a preference for discrimination, who incur relatively high expected costs of officer-involved shootings."
2018 Follow-up Study from Harvard via the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded: "In stark contrast, Fryer (forthcoming) finds that, conditional on a police interaction, there are no racial differences in OIS on either the extensive or intensive margins. Using data from Houston, Texas – where I have both OIS and a randomly chosen set of interactions with police where lethal force may have been justified but was not used – I find, after controlling for suspect demographics, officer demographics, encounter characteristics, suspect weapon and year fixed effects, that blacks are 27.4 percent less likely to be shot at by police relative to non-black, non-Hispanics. Investigating the intensive margin – who shoots first in an encounter with police or how many bullets were discharged in the endeavor – there are no detectable racial differences."
2018 Study from Rutgars University and Kookmin University and Purdue College concluded: "This article aims to answer this question: are white police officers more likely to use lethal force on minority suspects or people of a specific race? To answer this question, the authors construct a data set of all confirmed uses of lethal force by police officers in the United States in 2014 and 2015. They find that although minority suspects are disproportionately killed by police, white officers appear to be no more likely to use lethal force against minorities than nonwhite officers"
2016 Study from the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation, Curtin University, University of Columbia found: "On average, an estimated 34 people were killed or medically treated for injury by law enforcement per 10 000 stops/arrests. That ratio is surprisingly consistent by race/ethnicity. Blacks have high arrest and stop rates, and per capita are much more likely than whites to die at the hands of police. However, when blacks are stopped or arrested, they are no more likely than whites to be injured or die during that incident.Consistent with our findings, simulation studies find police are no more likely to fire on unarmed blacks than unarmed whites, and high rates of black speeding citations per capita result from high violation rates. A systematic review identified 10 studies that found suspect race/ethnicity did not predict use of force or its escalation. However, one study found blacks were more likely than whites to face force during compliance checks. The PPCS survey also found that blacks were more likely to experience physical force and to perceive the threat of force during a stop, although few respondents actually were injured by the force applied. The large majority of incidents that those stopped perceived as undue force was stops where officers shouted at or threatened people, presumably to deter resistance."
https://www.reddit.com/JordanPeterson/comments/ixmtjf/the_black_lives_matter_movement_is_the_largest/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
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2020.09.22 14:55 IDislikeYourMeta The black lives matter Movement is the Largest Scale Mass Hysteria Incident in Modern History - In Depth Discussion

The blm movement is going to be remembered as one of society's largest scale incidents of mass hysteria built on overt lies and hatred. By nature of their support, hundreds of thousands of otherwise good people are socially endorsing the violence that arises from these hateful "causes" based on utter fabrications.
The definition of terrorism: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
Whether you support their cause or not, both blm and antifa as organizations fit the literal definition of terrorism. If you don't call them that yourself, that's fine, until recently neither did the American government, but merely saying that they aren't terrorists because you might think they have a reason for their actions is a subjective opinion on something that is otherwise an objective fact. blm/antifa and their supporters are responsible for a great number of increasingly violent attacks in recent years targeted towards opposing views (namely white people and Trump supporters), where they've earned the ire that's currently directed towards them. It's time we collectively began to address these left-wing extremists for what they truly are.
black lives matter as both an organization and as a "social statement" were founded primarily on the basis of "systemic racism" and "police brutality". Both of which have very little merit outside of left-wing echochambers, with almost all of its messaging crumbling under the slightest bit of scrutiny (if it's supporters ever bothered to scrutinize what they are being indoctrinated by).
"Systemic racism" is a catch-all term for any and everything to do with race, applied ad hoc to whatever scenarios people would like changed, whether that's in the public and private school systems, our systems of law and the histories of great nations. No legal definition or even standard application of the word has been decided, and everyone has their own variation on what the word means. And yet, governmental bodies themselves and people are changing the way we act, talk and think in order to combat this vague THEORY (and I stress that word).
"Police brutality" has been a term applied to virtually any instance of law enforcement being applied with force (and sometimes even without it), specifically and especially in regards to any crime committed by someone of the black community. Repeated study after study of police shootings has disputed any notion of "racism" being a factor in police shootings, and yet the stereotype of "evil, racist police" continues to spread. Some studies have even shown the opposite to be true, that white officers are less likely to shoot black suspects, and adjusted for ratios in crime and population white suspects are more likely to be shot by cops (various studies to follow below). And yet, every time a black person is killed by police, regardless of whether or not they were resisting arrest or actively trying to hurt or kill other people, the "police brutality" and "racism" cards have been pulled to demonize lawful shootings to undermine the faith citizens have in their police and government.
Here are some facts and statistics (or what would probably be considered the real enemy to the blm movement...the truth).
In American cops make about 10,000,000 arrests a year. Those ten million arrests don't include detentions, traffic stops or any of the other peaceful public interactions that make up the remaining approximately 60,000,000 police and citizen contact every year. On average per year, only about 1,000 of those 70 MILLION people interacted with end up dead due to police. Yet, people act like their chances of dying at the hands of a cop are anything but minuscule. The entire blm narrative is built on the foundation of "police brutality" and "racism" that simply isn't reflected in reality.
We're not even going to begin to discuss how many of those 1,000 people killed by cops each year are armed and dangerous (which is the majority of cases), or how many of them aren’t black (also the majority). It's also important to note that in police reporting "unarmed" does not mean "not violent". We can even assume, for the sake of argument, that none of those 1,000 police killings each year are justified (even though the vast majority of them are). The ratio of unarmed black men shot and killed (23) in 2018 was 1 out of 67,334 black men arrested. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting, there were 686,665 sworn police officers in the United States in 2018. That’s one unarmed black male shot and killed for every 49,047 sworn police officers. Out of the nearly 47.8 million black Americans, the police have shot roughly one unarmed black male per roughly 2.1 million people.
The inevitable conversation that follows is that black people only represent 14% of the US population, how is it that they make up such a high number of overall police deaths**.** blm and it's supporters would like to propagate the idea that it's racism. Which fortunately has little factual basis in this topic. This is where we need to have those brutal, honest conversations that everyone claims to want to have regarding race (silence is violence after all), but nobody is actually allowed to discuss without being banned, canceled or called a racist nazi.
In the US, the American black population represents 53% of convicted murders, 29% of rapes, 54% of robberies, 33% of assaults, 43% of weapons charges, 29% of domestic abuse and 27% of drug abuse violations among others (continuing to over index in almost all areas of remaining crime). The vast majority of these crimes were conducted by males, meaning that half of the violent crime in America is committed by less than the roughly 6-7% of black men in the US. It's not only understandable but expected that there would be a higher degree of violence involved in these arrests, as usually the type of person that's being arrested for murder isn't likely to go without a fight, nor would they like to spend their lives in prison. Ignoring these facts is tantamount to delusion.
Almost all studies that conclude that black people are killed disproportionately fail to factor in crime rates into their models, whether on purpose to reach a desired conclusion or via a poor scientific process. Those are very relevant statistics that cannot be ignored when discussing police interactions with black people, nor can they be discarded in studies, as they help to explain why there is a disparity between the black population and arrests/deaths. Many who like to dismiss these figures do so by doing what they always do, and cry "racism", whether it's the mere use of these statistics or in the very core of every single arrest that makes up the data.
But simply hand-waving away the reason that there are so many violent interactions between the black community and the police due to "racism" is disingenuous and deliberate. The reasons behind those crime rates and why the black community is plagued by crime are extraordinarily complicated, and very well may contain elements of race and racism reaching back decades (such as the Welfare system and Jim Crow laws), but that’s an entirely separate conversation for another day unrelated to the premise of "police brutality towards blacks". The fact of the matter is, the black community has and will continue to have problems with overwhelming violence without real intervention, and its these problems that lead to further violent interactions with police.
Keeping the aforementioned statistics in mind, each year, American cops kill more white people, both in raw numbers and when adjusted for crime rates, than black people (note: the study has since been retracted due to public inference, however, the data included remains valid, even more studies with similar findings below). Only roughly .009% of all arrests ended with a civilian death regardless of race, and for every 10 deadly weapon assaults on a police officer there was as a result of 1 fatal police shooting, or in other words, even in encounters with deadly weapons police will only fatally shoot about 10% of the time. In fact, research done by the National Police Research Platform, only roughly 27% of those 680,000+ officers report ever even firing their gun on duty (which doesn't specifically entail actually shooting someone either, just the fact that they've shot their weapon). And yet the narrative of blood thirsty police persists.
Contrary to the black lives matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police.In 2015, black civil-rights commissioner Peter Kirsanow famously defended the police by acknowledging that a police officer is roughly 18.5x more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer, a number that's been repeated ad nauseam and is roughly supported by statistics year after year (it lowers to roughly 2.5x more likely for a cop to be killed by armed black males than the reverse). Factually, black males have made up nearly 50 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade even though they are only 6-7% of the overall population.
White people make up roughly over 50% of known race homicide victims, with caucasians representing roughly 76% of the total US population. Black people were 45% of known race homicide victims, but only 13% of the population. Which means the homicide rate for blacks was 3.5x their percentage of the US population, making them over five times as likely to be homicide victims.
According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics 2018 study, 15.3% of violent crimes against whites were committed by blacks for a total of 547,948 crimes, with violent black offenders being 1.8x their percent of the population. In contrast, whites committed 10.6% of violent crimes against blacks for a total of 59,777 crimes, making up 0.8x their percentage of the population. But of violent crime against black people, 70% of the time the offender was reported by the victim themselves as black, which is supportive of the epidemic of black-on-black violence increasing across the country. The offender to victim ratio shows that violent incidents involving black offenders (22%) was twice the percentage of black victims (11%).
Hate crime statistics actually show that in recent years, anti-black incidents overall fell to a recent record low share of all hate crime, while anti-white and other races have seen increases in hate crime towards them. Meanwhile hate crimes committed by black offenders continues to increase year over year, reaching a high of 24% of all reported hate crimes despite making up only 14% of the population. In major cities such as New York, black perpetrators make up the majority of hate crimes towards Jewish and LGBT people, again, despite the narrative that says black people are society's current victims of discrimination.
People need to stop acting like, just because they’re black, they’ll die if they interact with the cops or that white people are targeting black people with racism and hatred. Of course in a country of hundreds of millions of people there is going to be anti-black racism. But it certainly isn't to the degree in which activists like to perpetuate, such as it being a public health crisis. Statistics simply do not reflect any reality in which this absurdity is true, unless a concentrated effort is put into disqualifying and discounting data that opposes the narrative. If anything, the crime data, statistics on police shootings and the general modern societal zeitgeist would suggest an active and ongoing discrimination against whites. But hey, that's another topic for another day isn't it.
The questions that decent human beings need to seriously ask themselves in regards to police is, are you committing crimes? Are you going to resist if the cops try to arrest you? I would hope not for both of those questions. In 2020, there's no excuse for that level of ignorance. Therefore, your chances of dying at the hands of the police are virtually zero. But, the best part is, even if you are committing crimes and resisting arrest, your chances of dying at the hands of the police are still virtually zero, regardless of your skin color or particular demographic.That's the statistical fact. No matter how many slogans are chanted or how many times ACAB is gratified onto buildings, it doesn't suddenly mean the police are out to kill anyone.
The gaslighting from the media and the blm supporters claim that the violent actions of a "few" rioters do not represent most of the "peaceful group" (a courtesy not extended to the legitimately mostly peaceful police). The left-leaning Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project reports that in the summer of 2020 alone (not including the continued riots in September) there were 7,750+ demonstrations related to blm. Of those, over 1000 included some sort of assault on police and/or bystanders, arson or looting but yet were not declared riots.
Over 570 of those "peaceful protests" in 220 locations turned violent to the degree that they were declared riots. That's 570+ "mostly peaceful protests" barely covered by mainstream news, that seemingly most supporters of blm refuse to acknowledge even occurred, which included an estimated $2 billion dollars in damages (most of which isn't covered by insurance, done to local family businesses, many black owned), along with a few dozen related fatalities (including targeted, accidental and incidental, more to follow below) and countless incidents of arson, looting and assault against bystanders and police. ACLED also stated that of those demonstrations, only 5% of them have been met with force by police, which is obviously roughly the same percentage of "protests" that become violent riots.
Only of course the media and blm supporters would like you to believe that police (by way of "fascist" Trump) are arresting and attacking "peaceful protesters utilizing their 'freedom of speech'", which couldn't be further from the truth. The freedom of speech was designed to protect people from those who think violence is the solution to democratic problems. Inciting violence was written in as an exception to the amendment, in part so that people couldn't use strength against others to assert beliefs. There's legal and historical precedence for proper "freedom of speech" and "freedom to protest", and nobody should care about the personal interpretations of rioters and terrorists on those fundamental freedoms.
And yet here we are, in a society where the mainstream media, an extraordinarily vocal minority of citizens, multinational billion dollar businesses donating hundreds of millions to the cause that partially goes to fund rioters' bail from jail after arrests (multiple criminals who then went on to commit other murders), celebrities and sports teams are all siding with blm over blatantly false lies and misinformation. All the while supporting the notion that black people are being "oppressed and victimized". None of their opinions on equality, inclusive ideologies and the freedom of speech, actually extends to the mostly peaceful police officers, towards white people, or any other demographic that condemns these actions (such as the increasing number of liberals leaving the party #WalkAway, or the various minority groups now increasingly supporting Trump). People need to forgo emotional arguments for rational analysis, stop confusing correlation with causation, and understand the impact of confounding variables and their own bias in these discussions.
Because what is happening is society and the Regressive Left is fostering an environment based on hate in the name of acceptance, including the willful return of Segregation, Affirmative Action and identity politics based on race, the demand for reparations (despite the Welfare system predominately geared towards blacks, having spent $22 TRILLION in the past 50 years towards poverty, costing 3 times as much as all of America's wars since the Revolution), special considerations in academia (like lowered admission standards or testing requirements, even though more money is spent on additional education funding for black students than any other race, and racial quotas hurting Asian Americans), the desire to rid society of capitalism (while hypocritically selling copious amounts of branded merchandise), two parent households (which has now quietly been removed due to criticism) and the abolishment of police and prisons. Democrats and blm leaders have continually called for public violence, including attacks on police and white folks, with the demonization of white people as a sub-human race and as racist demons.
Compound this with the contrasting fact that nearly 80% of the black community not only disagrees with the notion of defunding the police, but a significant portion would like to see either the same amount or more police presence in their neighborhoods. As anyone who grew up in a crime ridden black community knows (such as myself), a lack of policing only hurts the people that soft-bellied liberals claim to want to help. If any of the organizations and rioters actually cared about black lives mattering, then they would be focusing on the real tragedies occurring within their own communities. Such as the uncontrolled black-on-black violence, drug use and absentee fathers, and not whatever viral case makes the news in order to further the political agenda. The black community that actually deals with the rampant violence and gangs realize that defunding police is tantamount to forfeiting their lives and the lives of loved ones.
If the two tenants of the blm and antifa supporters are based on "systemic racism" and "police brutality" and both are built on misinformation and lies, then what are all of the riots, looting, arson and murder actually for? Why as a society have we both allowed and endorsed these horrific actions to the point of normalcy? Why is it so difficult for liberals to disavow the actual closest things our generation has seen to Nazism?
Why does the violence inspired by the "blm cause" not count as extremism other than social bias of the people who believe in it (despite glaringly obvious examples that say otherwise)? Defenders would like to argue that just because these killers and anarchists believed in the blm narrative, doesn't mean they have killed all those cops or Trump supporters specifically for blm. And just because people aren't card carrying members of antifa, then obviously they aren't rioting specifically for antifa...it's all just a magical coincidence that they buy their branded t-shirts and wave their affiliated flags.
But yet, if an individual police officer happens to kill a black man in the line of duty, that's somehow representative of all officers and "systemic racism" according to these same groups. We wouldn't excuse this type of behavior if it had been done in the name of ISIS. We wouldn't judge an act of terrorism on whether or not it's followers actually traveled to Syria before stabbing someone in the throat. Like logical, intelligent human beings we would determine their guilt via their extremist beliefs and horrific actions, which at this point is undeniable despite the feverish attempts to deny virtually all of it (a relatively small list compared to all incidents of blm and antifa inspired attacks to follow).
When we have such divergent attitudes in the way the very cultures and people of various races approach life, are we still feigning surprise that there's a difference in terms of wealth, crime, education, economic or job status between races? Eventually we need to be honest and look at how people actually behave and how society functions, instead of playing pretend and arguing about microagressions and white fragility.
Allowing this toxic blm rhetoric continue in this state for political reasons is entirely the opposite of being respectful of other views and is a direct attack on democracy. The sheer unfathomable damage done for this "cause" will go down in history as one of the worst decisions our society has ever inflicted upon itself perpetuated by the willful ideological delusion of one political side and its ever increasingly unstable base. If there are any blm supporters still reading this, I implore you to reconsider your stance. You can be against racism and support the real black community without endorsing the hate and lies of the blm organization. There is no requirement to martyr violent criminals just because they died while being black.
Please. If you're honestly trying to do what's best for society and the real black families adversely affected, ensure you're not on the wrong side of history while doing it.
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Edit: Please feel free to copy and paste this information where you see fit, I know not everyone interested in these conversations wants to do the leg-work and a lot of the discussions revert back to the same topics (crime rates, demographics, studies, etc). And rather than "own" a stupid Reddit post, I would rather see more people discussing the realities of this situation with the most concrete information.
https://pastebin.com/JHcuxmL0
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Edit #2: IT'S HAPPENING KIDS. Top post on ProtectandServe and Conservative (and technically FreeSpeech, but I did that one, so it doesn't count). Keeping spreading the word! If it does well, let me know here so I can update the original post with the good news.
Funny enough, somebody else previously posted this in ProtectnandServe for me, but a bunch of people called me a racist for writing it and it was removed by mods. Now a day later and a few more cops have been shot, suddenly it's the greatest thing they've ever read and it did better there than here. Fuck me eh.
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PS. Don't be a daft hypocrite. People laugh at you.
Like this and that. The leaps in anti-logic to support their world views are astounding. I would think a lot of this was satire if we didn't live in the world we are.
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2019 Study from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland via the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded: "We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers. Instead, race-specific crime strongly predicts civilian race. This suggests that increasing diversity among officers by itself is unlikely to reduce racial disparity in police shootings" and "Examination of National Violent Death Reporting System data shows racial differences across types of fatal shootings. Black civilians fatally shot by police (relative to White civilians) are more likely to be unarmed and less likely to pose an immediate threat to officers. In contrast, White civilians (relative to Black civilians) are nearly three times more likely to be fatally shot by police when the incident is related to mental-health concerns and are seven times more likely to commit 'suicide by cop'".
Bonus points: the Vice President of Research & Innovation at Michigan was forced to resign partially due to his contrary findings that stated there was no racism in police shootings, which was among his other "racist science" that some faculty and students found offensive.
2018 Study from Michigan State and Arizona State University concluded: "When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects. Multiverse analyses showed only one significant anti-Black disparity of 144 possible tests. Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for Blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive."
2016 Study from Washington State University via American Society of Criminology concluded: "We found that, despite clear evidence of implicit bias against Black suspects, officers were slower to shoot armed Black suspects than armed White suspects, and they were less likely to shoot unarmed Black suspects than unarmed White suspects. These findings challenge the assumption that implicit racial bias affects police behavior in deadly encounters with Black suspects."
2016 Study from Harvard via the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded: "On the most extreme use of force – officer-involved shootings – we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account. We argue that the patterns in the data are consistent with a model in which police officers are utility maximizers, a fraction of which have a preference for discrimination, who incur relatively high expected costs of officer-involved shootings."
2018 Follow-up Study from Harvard via the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded: "In stark contrast, Fryer (forthcoming) finds that, conditional on a police interaction, there are no racial differences in OIS on either the extensive or intensive margins. Using data from Houston, Texas – where I have both OIS and a randomly chosen set of interactions with police where lethal force may have been justified but was not used – I find, after controlling for suspect demographics, officer demographics, encounter characteristics, suspect weapon and year fixed effects, that blacks are 27.4 percent less likely to be shot at by police relative to non-black, non-Hispanics. Investigating the intensive margin – who shoots first in an encounter with police or how many bullets were discharged in the endeavor – there are no detectable racial differences."
2018 Study from Rutgars University and Kookmin University and Purdue College concluded: "This article aims to answer this question: are white police officers more likely to use lethal force on minority suspects or people of a specific race? To answer this question, the authors construct a data set of all confirmed uses of lethal force by police officers in the United States in 2014 and 2015. They find that although minority suspects are disproportionately killed by police, white officers appear to be no more likely to use lethal force against minorities than nonwhite officers"
2016 Study from the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation, Curtin University, University of Columbia found: "On average, an estimated 34 people were killed or medically treated for injury by law enforcement per 10 000 stops/arrests. That ratio is surprisingly consistent by race/ethnicity. Blacks have high arrest and stop rates, and per capita are much more likely than whites to die at the hands of police. However, when blacks are stopped or arrested, they are no more likely than whites to be injured or die during that incident.Consistent with our findings, simulation studies find police are no more likely to fire on unarmed blacks than unarmed whites, and high rates of black speeding citations per capita result from high violation rates. A systematic review identified 10 studies that found suspect race/ethnicity did not predict use of force or its escalation. However, one study found blacks were more likely than whites to face force during compliance checks. The PPCS survey also found that blacks were more likely to experience physical force and to perceive the threat of force during a stop, although few respondents actually were injured by the force applied. The large majority of incidents that those stopped perceived as undue force was stops where officers shouted at or threatened people, presumably to deter resistance."
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2020.09.22 07:08 KingXF88 Asian Parents Freaking Out Over B+'s in the Hardest Classes I'm Taking This Year

TL;DR: My Asian parents are trying to stress me out even more despite already having enough stress to begin with because of supposedly bad grades in the hardest courses I take this year.
As seen in the title, that's exactly what's going on right now. I currently have an 89 in Humanities/World History AP and an 87 in English II Honors, which are the hardest courses I'm taking this year. My parents literally wasted at least half an hour of my work time today just to lecture me on why I need to have all 90 and above because apparently I'm smart enough to get straight A's and having a B is completely unacceptable. While I do understand that they're doing this for my own good, it definitely is annoying and is gonna make me stressed even more. And even if I explain to them that what they're doing is just more stress for me, they're just going to disregard what I said and still make me do this since I'm "capable" of it. They also made me email the English assignments I did poorly on so they can review what I did wrong (funny thing is their English is much worse than mine so I doubt they can even understand it if even I can barely do so.)
Anyway, here are some things they're gonna start doing now:
  1. During classes --regardless if it's synchronous(live) or asynchronous(not live)-- I must put my phone in the kitchen. I must have all social media apps closed on my computer, which includes Discord so no communicating with my friends if I'm confused with what we're learning in class. There will be consequences if this rule is broken.
  2. When doing work that does not require technology, I have to turn off my computer and do it at the dining table. I cannot listen to music either.
  3. Everyday for humanities notes, I must preview the previous day's reading AND review the next day's in addition to taking notes for the pages I have to read every day.
  4. I have to read a book every single day including during winter and summer breaks. Mind you I absolutely despise reading since half the time I find what they make me read to be boring af.
  5. They are going to enroll me in a writing class so I can improve my essay writing skills, and I already take a math class outside of school so this means more homework for me. Fun.
So yeah, I'm already pretty busy to begin with and I'm also trying to make a YouTube video at least once every 2 weeks, but with this new schedule my parents are forcing upon me, I'm not sure if that's even possible. I do understand that parents are going to worry about their child having bad grades, but freaking out over 2 B+'s(not that bad at all considering the difficulty of these classes) which can soon be bump backed to an A in the matter of a week or 2 is just excessive. All I know is that I'm not going to be this strict on my children in the future when it comes to grades.
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2020.09.21 18:23 Rtraveller16 Nightmare workaway experience

I decided to go on Workaway cause I saw a opportunity to get some experience in my area (social media and graphic design) and travel at the same time without spending a lot. I was planning to visit a friend in Italy aswell. And my first option was to find a host there. But there wasn’t many options for my area. And the only one that I thought about going, acted a bit weird on the video call and didn’t clarify about all my tasks. All he could say is that I wasn’t going to do the social media only. So I had to consider other Countries. I decided to search for Castle, because would be a different and nice experience to live in one. That’s how I found the host. We did video call and she seemed to be a normal and nice person. She told me my tasks would be working with the castle’s social media and help cooking for the other volunteers. (Little did I know that this wasn’t exactly the plan.)
I had really bad luck in this trip with the flight company because in the first flight I lost my bag with computer and camera. And the sencond they took 7 days to delivery my luggage. So I arrived in the castle just with a backpack. I just had the clothes of my body. So I was already upset with all that. The host was nice at this point , she gave me 2 shirts, shampoo, anti transpirant and toothpaste to survive. The 2 first days I spent trying to contact the flight company to solve the problem, and trying to download graphics design programs in my new computer (since I lost my computer before where I had all my files) so I could do nice material for the host. (Usually when you are in a company the employer is the one that has to pay for the program, and not the employee). I thought a bit strange that I wasn’t being asked for doing nothing. In the end of the day we discussed about the social media plans. And I thought I would start in the next day.
For my surprise in the next day the Host complained about me not being proactive. That she understands my situation but I should wait for her to ask to do tasks. Like taking coffe to the other volunteers (how I would guess that ?!?), taking pictures of the place (with we discussed the other night, decided I would use her Ipad to do it, and she told me the light wasn’t good anymore to do in that day. So how the hell I would have done it before?) She also asked me to wake up more early. I was presenting my self to work at 10. But she never determined what was the waking up time. So I asked what time should I wake up, and she said 8-8:30. (From that day I always woke up at that time.)
It was a bit difficult dealing with the Ipad. Since she didn’t gave me the password and I had to ask everytime to be able to send me the pictures. I felt like I was being annoying with that.
In the next day I noticed she hasn’t had followed any of my social media instructions. And after talking to her I noticed she would not.
But before, inspiring about the “not wait for her to tell me do do stuff” conversation, I decided to do a storie to engage the folowers with the pics I did. I showed her and I said: I’m doing a storie , what do you think about that? She that was cute and looked in a positive way. So I posted. For my surprise, 5 minutes later she came back really angry asking why I did that without her permission. She that if I was smart I would have knew that she already posted something that day. ( is there a rule that forbids you to post more the one storie a day??? lol the smart is too post a good amount! How come she didn’t know that?). She also inquire if I was in a company I would post something without the boss aproval. When it comes to stories, yes is not unusual to do that. And I thought I had her approval. But this didn’t convince her and she thought I was being “mean on purpose” or whatever.
Her social media was looking very unprofessional. It looked like a personal account and not a professional thing. Didn’t have a beautiful feed, was not organized, the information was confusing for people that didn’t know the place, there was text on the photos that was hard to read. She was posting on the feed like people post at the stories. Being a heavy social media user, having a publicity and advertising degree, having done facebook and instagram courses with people authorized by facebook to teach, and had a company that menage lot of business social media , I knew that wasn’t right. I had already 2 experiences on previous internship managing social media, and they were positive. Even so for some reason the Host belived that she knew better because she has being an entrepreneur her hole life. Im sure she is a good business women. But that doesn’t make you good in everything. She is old so most of her life she never dealed with social media. The instagram of the Castle started at 2015 and just had around 4000 folowers. In 4 years thats not a lot. She had a good engagement % (maybe because halph of the followers were her friends, since they were mostly from Australia, the place she is from) I had a look in famous castles that had more then 10K folowers, and they were following the kind of social media strategy I would do. She told me she didn’t like the follow and unfollow system. And she had no idea thats how almost all companies grow on Instagram. So I didn’t even tried to suggest that.
In the end , speacially after me doing the story post without being “authorized”. She told me she would use my help for social media. Because I didn’t have enough experience to deal with that and I didn’t understand the purpose of it. (???)
While that was happening , I wasn’t doing my second task. (Cooking) she never asked me to do it. In the beginning I always asked her I she needed help, but as the answer was always no, I gave up.
When I asked her why. She said was because I didn’t have cooking skills. (Wtf she never tried my food, and she knew I was cooking every day when I lived bymyself because I told her). She never mentioned she was looking for a professional cooker lol. Is a bit hard for me to understand the true reasons about that. But maybe because she didn’t want people doing mess on her kitchen or she just wanted to hear the other volunteers complimenting her food. Who knows.
After all that I was felling really uncomfortable there. Because it felt like I wasn’t doing enough. I was basically just helping setting the table, and put all the dishes in the dishwasher. Some dishes she washed handly while I was putting the others on the dish washer.
And one day she asked me why I never helped to washe it. (Well maybe because she was always there first?? ). I had just washed the dishes once, when I found them there. Maybe I was a bit distracted with this. But why is was so hard for her to ask anything?? Im not a guest, Im a volunteer, I need daily tasks! (From that day I always runned to the sink to wash dishes after setting off the table.)
Since I had the weekend off I went to a trip with a friend and come back sunday around 6pm. I was super tired and wanted to sleep, even so on dinner time I tried to stay the maximum I could to don’t seem rude by just eating and leaving. I told then the city where I’ve been, and heard the trip story about the other volunteer. I put the dishes on the dishwasher and left around 9pm saying I was really tired and needed sleep.
The other day she told me that it was alright for me to travel on the weekend since was my free time (clearly it wasn’t) but it was very rude that I just arrived, barely talked to people, and didn’t empty the dishwasher (that was full of dishes that only her and the other volunteers used on the
She usually brings coffe/tea for the volunteers that were working in the garden. So she asked me to go to one of the volunteers and ask if he wanted tea. As the other volunteers was working next to him, I thought it would be rude asking just one and I asked all of them. I thought I had done something nice, but the host was angry because I didn’t follow right her instructions.
Being not able to work with the tasks I was there for, and seeing the host getting very angry for small things, I was feeling really uncomfortable at the house. In the beginning of the week she told me I wasn’t helping enough and asked If I could leave earlier. I was chocked since she wasn’t asking me nothing. But at the same time relief, because I wasn’t having a nice time there at all, and the place was isolated from everything. I couldn’t go by the supermarket by myself .
In fact, she never invited me to go. Once I invited myself when I saw she was going, because I needed to buy clothes since I didn’t have my luggage.
In my last 4 days there I just had more 2 social media tasks. One of then was to create a sequence of stories with the voluntary work information to be fixed on the story for attracting volunteers. It was a bit hard to get feedback from her about the stuff. It always felt like it wasn’t the right time and Im bordering her. When I finally showed her and she asked for changes we here at the kitchen, around 20 min after the changes was made, and I went to show her, while she was cooking. And she said she was busy, can’t do a lot of stuff at the same time, and I had to learn when is the right moment to come to people asking if they are available first.
Well I am a multitask person, and didn’t know she couldn’t look at something while cooking. I think this varieties from person. But you can always be clear about that first. I was always waiting long time to finish tasks because of stuff like that. I was afraid to be bordering her. But I needed her aproval b4 continuing stuff.
The storie couldn’t be post until she has a Form on the website to be filled by the volunteers. Witch I could do, since her website is on a Wix, a very simple plataform to be used. But she said she didn’t trust me to do that (after me postings that other story without her approval). And she was going to send the people that menage the website to do it, and I just had to write the text for it. I did it, and had no feedback. So I ask her, she wasn’t angry with it (what a relief) and told me about some changes and how she wanted that to be on the website. She never touched this subject again, or asked me to send the stories I done. ( I was expecting her to say: “the website page is ready, last post the stories.) Not sure if she left this for later or the website guys haven’t finished the page.
Well I thought things could not get but I was wrong.
The dinner there usually lasted very long. From the time she started to cook to the time we leave the table, clean everything and go sleep was around 3, 4 hours. She liked to spend long time talking with the volunteers after finishing eating. So I was going to my room between 11-11:30 pm. And I always have shower before sleep. Well that day, we finished 11:30, I went up rested for 20 min and went to shower. At midnight my hair was really wet so I dried a bit. When it was almost 2 I dry it again because it wasn’t totally dry and I needed to sleep. In the next day she was very mas because I woke her up with the noise of the hair dryer. Saying that I don’t know how to behave, that when I’m at someone’s house I need to think about other people. Well I didn’t know she had a light sleep, I wouldn’t wake up with a hairdryer. And Im pretty sure if I had left the table earlier to wash/dry my hair she would have thought that I was rude.
On my last day there, I had no tasks. So I was dealing with personal stuff and work at my computer. In the end of the day I realized that I was so annoying with the situation that I haven’t had the idea to take pictures inside the beautiful castle. But that day the host decided to go to bed around 9pm. The sun was still in the sky. And the sky wasn’t dark until 22:30. I decided to go around for taking pictures. I put socks because I was afraid of waking up the host with I were shoes. I took some pics on the first floor, and then went to the last floor. I tried to be quiet as possible, but the wood floor wasn’t helping, and when I went to the room that was up to hear room she could hear me, woke up very angry. And asked why I was there in the middle of the night. (Thats not middle of the night, 11pm you are usually outside chillin and talking with the volunteers.) But as I was very embarrassed of waking her up again I just said that I was having a look there since I haven’t done that before. I went downstairs to pickup clothes I left drying and when she saw me going back to my room, she order me to go sleep.
In the next day I woke up early to pack my stuff. When was around the time to leave she came to my room furious, and told me how she was angry with me, and she hated the experience, and was relieved that I was leaving. She told me I didn’t engaged. (I not very talkative but I tried, and was there during all those “confraternization”moments before and after meals.) She asked me why I was upstairs in the middle of the night, because she knew I’ve been there once so I wasn’t just looking. She said that was very rude and strange behavior, and I couldn’t walk around the house without permission. So I said I went to take some picks. And she said that I should have asked If I could before doing “whatever I wanted”. Then she asked me to delete all the pics I took from the inside, and delete them from the “deleted files” aswell. And she looked to check if I did. By this time I was chocked and without reaction . (Once she asked me to take pics of the house. And now because them were for me I couldn’t? Or it was because it was after she slept?) And she continued, saying I had a good free holiday and she got nothing in return. I said she wasn’t asking enough stuff. She reply because there was nothing I could do, and continued with the complains. Saying she didn’t trust me and I had a suspicious way to behave. (Wtf) Then she asked why I followed her friends on her Facebook. I reply that I was just following people that follows the Instagram Castle. Since it was the social media I was working with. She continued: - but they are MY friends, why would you do that. I said that I didn’t look exato who was it, at that’s a common practice to gain more followers. If they don’t followed me , I would unfollow, like everyone in the social media world with a lot of followers does. But ofc she doesn’t know that, she thinks all followers fall from the sky by magic, and kept referring to it like I was doing something criminal.
She finish the complaining and went downstairs. I got my bag and tried to go down with it. But since is very heavy I needed to go step by step. She appeared, and complained: “ah now you’re gonna destroyed my stairs aswell”, took my bag, and when she got to the final 6 steps she FURIOUSLY THREE MY BAG DOWN TO THE FLOOR!! Left the bag fallen there, kept walking while said on a cold voice : I hope there wasn’t nothing that can break there. (And yes my computer was there, just on the side that felt hard on the floor. Honestly I don’t even wanna look if is broken or not.)
I couldn’t believe what was happening. Wtf was that??Was she trying a to get revange, or show how angry she was?? Doesn’t matter. I think if you guys was is still in doubt who is the problematic, unbalanced, and weird person in the story, now you know.
Honestly, I could have washed the dishes from the beginning, or asked with the volunteers wanted tea every day, and that wouldn’t change Nothing.
At the end I left without eating nothing. I still didn’t because, I can’t eat when I feel bad. But I just needed to leave that place as soon as possible. When I went to say goodbuy, I told her: - thanks for having me, and sorry for the trouble - she made a disapproval face and replied: yea I hope you have enjoyed you nice holidays.
She really thinks that was a holiday for me?? I never travel by myself for turism. I just travel alone if Im going to study or work. So it was a disgraceful experience. Im sure ir was worst for me then for her. She was in Her place, ir her home, with her food, with her rules. And me I travel all the way from south america to France to have a bit of marketing experience and put my social media and graphic skills in practice FOR NOTHING. I was with out my luggage for one week, without all my belongings. I was feeling uncomfortable from the beginning to the end with the all situation that was going on. I tried to keep calm but inside I got so nervous that bited all my nails. Smth that I never do, unless Im doing a exam, or smth stressful.
The other volunteers that was there, were an old couple, around the same age of her, they were very talkative, and they were working in the garden (so they had a list of tasks every day to do there). So that’s why they got well with her.
Im really sorry for the next volunteers that go to this place to work with social media. Or even the young ones that appreciate a bit of freedom and personal space or young ppl vibes. You have to be really careful to not make the host mad. Like DONT MOVEE, she can get mad. Ask permission for literally EVERYTHINK but drink water. Otherwise can be rude. She will be looking every step you take. But at the same time try to be extra polite and do stuff for her without her asking, otherwise she will get a really bad impression with you. Or even that you do that, she might won’t like aswell.
I could think that behavior rules in my country are different. But the true is that I had several international experiences. I have done voluntary work in South Africa and was amazing. It was for nature and animal caring. They were very organized and I had a list of tasks for me everyday. After that I had the freedom to spend the time how I wanted. Talking to ppl, walking around, taking pics or in my room. It was in a reserve, I shared lodge with other volunteers. So yea it wasn’t on someone’s house. But I lived with a english elderly couple for a month when I did exchange program. I haven’t had not a single problem. Have lived with a asian young girl, in a small app full of rules. Again: No Problem Have done 2 internship program, where I did well, and people appreciated my skills.
So I know with that one, the problem was her and not me. Because that type of experience doesn’t fit in any of those: She didn’t give me the type of experience I had as a volunteer before, she wasn’t similar to my bosses in the internship aswell. She wasn’t welcoming , normal and relaxed like the people I shared house/apparent before. It was none of those, was just a bad experience. Doesn’t matter how beautiful and confortable the place was. I would have rather somewhere simple, shared room, and small space, with a decent volunteer life, with tasks and a normal host that don’t freak out about everything.
I know that there are work away stories much worst then mine. So Im not feeling like the most unluckily person in the world. But that was a quite traumatizing experience and I hope to forget it.
I’m sorry for any english mistakes. I just wanted to write everything that happened and how I’m feeling to feel relieved. And to share the story with ppl that are thinking about doing workaway, or to ppl that also had bad experiences to know they are not alone.
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2020.09.21 17:47 97thumper Chance Me, an overwhelmed Asian girl :”)

this is my first time posting one of these... yeah
Demographics: Female, Asian-American, born + raised in suburban MI, coming from a large public school, legacy for Purdue
Intended Majors: Biomedical Engineering mainly, but Bioengineering or Biomolecular Engineering where BME isn’t offered
Schools: Applying EA where possible, RD for the rest - University of Michigan - Michigan State (safety) - UC Berkeley, LA, SD - Stanford - Columbia - NYU - Northwestern - Johns Hopkins - University of Washington (safety?) - Purdue (safety?)
ACT/SAT: 34 ACT, 1570 SAT (with 16/24 essay if that’s going to hurt anything, I really hope it doesn’t bc I’m not going to retake)
UW/W GPA and Rank: UW - 3.9?, W - 4.24, Rank 1/2000
Coursework: - AP World - 5 - APUSH - 4 - AP Lang - 5 - AP Micro/Macro - 5 - AP Physics 1 (absolute trash class but it’s the only physics my school offers) - 4 - Currently Taking: AP Psych, AP Calc BC, AP Bio - Honors math and biology as underclassman - Straight A’s except a single B+ in soph year Alg2 :(
Awards: - AP Scholar with Distinction - Academic Honors - HOSA Regionals x 2
Extracurriculars: - Asian-Pacific American Club - Dance Crew (Captain or Choreographer all 4 years) - GET-IT (females in CS/STEM club) - HOSA (co-founded a mental health awareness club for Public Health) - NHS - Track (not varsity though) - CAP (charter alumni club, helping incoming charter school freshmen adjust to public school system)
Essays/LORs/Others: I’m a decent writer? and I think my common app essay/specific school supplements are pretty creative and unique? I intend to get my rec letters from my physics, bio, and engineering class teachers and they know me well but I don’t know how strong their letters will be. maybe a solid 7/10 for recs.
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2020.09.21 16:41 Colourblindness The Polaris Experiment

Funerals used to bother me, but not much anymore. It’s difficult to feel any sort of apprehension for death when that is practically what I experienced for the better half of a year.
I was in a coma, but not like the kind you might be familiar with. It was a dreamless and numbing state of dread that I couldn’t escape. One caused by forces beyond my understanding, evil ethereal behavior that I can hardly even properly describe.
I can’t focus on the memories of that void for too long, or else I feel myself slipping backwards. Into an endless sinking pit. It makes my whole body become paralyzed with a sense of dread and apprehension toward everyone and everything.
Then just as it becomes overwhelming, there is a gentle tug and I look and see my sister’s calming eyes. Honestly if it wasn’t for Jesse, I’m not sure I would be around at all anymore.
This entire experience was the closest to traumatic that I can think of. It resulted in the loss of my sister’s arm. She sacrificed that much for me, to save me from hell. Madness and unholy nightmares are something that we have become burdened with ever since we stepped foot into the Thurston Manor over a year ago.
And now as a result we might be fighting something far far worse.
In these somber moments as the casket is brought to the front of the small chapel, I can’t help but to reflect back on the months that led to this horrible end.
It was only a few days after I awoke from my coma while I was still recovering in the Olath Rehabilitation Center that the debacle started to form. A mysterious representative of an even more shadowy organization known as the Janus Project came to see me. Already Stephen Leng had convinced Jessie that we needed to help him in his group’s grand effort to fight otherworldly evil while I was in my coma. But now he was looking to do the same for me.
He came into my room carrying a portfolio filled with grainy pictures and placed them counterclockwise on my tray to show. They were of men and women that looked as though they had also seen their fair share of hell. Most of them had a state of shock written all over their features, or perhaps one of despair and panic. None of them had any color to their faces or body. What life they had, was drained from them without remorse.
“What is this?” I asked Leng as I instinctively looked away from the grisly images.
“I understand you may not be ready for this, but this is the reality we are facing. All of these people are victims of the Mirror Devil I have spoken of at length with your sister about. This is just a sample of his latest prizes. You must focus Danielle, do you recognize any of their faces?” he asked me.
“What do you mean by that?”
“You know as well as I do, the sleepless state you experienced for the past six months was nothing medical or remotely ordinary. Your body was trapped here, yes. But your spirit was taken elsewhere. To the world of beyond, the dreamlands,” the Asian man said evenly, watching my reaction to his words.
I did my best to not shiver impulsively. The darkness and fear I could easily taste any time I focused on those memories was all too powerful.
“Are you saying these people were taken there as well? Their spirits I mean?” I said looking at one picture of a young man with dirty blonde hair. His eyes had a gentle appeal to me, stirring me to think about the surreal landscape I had been trapped in.
Then I pushed the picture away and shook my head. “It’s no use. It’s… it’s too hard for me to even try to comprehend those months in my own mind, let alone to explain them to someone else! I’m sorry,” I said. I was trying my hardest to not let my emotions show to him, but I could tell Leng was frustrated.
“I’ll come back later,” he said.
I didn’t bother telling him it would be no use. Instead I peered out my hospital window toward the dreary gardens of the rehab to the rolling hills of Dunwich County. Just gazing at the green patches of grass and swirling clouds was so intoxicating and therapeutic. I could get lost in those colors so easily.
My mind drifted and I felt like I was in a trance, transported to the high slopes of the Derleth Pass miles away. I was being called there by someone. By some force. A summon from beyond, the force I had escaped from, beckoning me back.
I felt a sharp tug at my hand my vision returned to the hospital where I found myself standing on the precipice of my own window, my toes dangling off the side as I turned in horror to see that Jessie was desperately working to get me off the ledge.
I stumbled down to her and grabbed her shoulders trying my best to not shudder. “I’m… i… I don’t know what overcame me,” I admitted. Her eyes showed concern and worry for me, but also resolve. Leng had sent her there to talk to me.
“Dani… we are never going to be free of this until we confront it… you know that,” she whispered.
“How… how can we. It’s beyond our comprehension,” I insisted as I tried to regain control of my body. My muscles were still spasming from the blackout I had just experienced.
“Stephen wanted me to share with you a suggested treatment we could try, together. Something that could allow us to enhance our natural abilities and hone them. And then use that to help others,” she explained as she helped me back to my bed.
“A treatment? What do you mean?” I asked.
“Several of the hospital staff here at Olath are former members of the Auset research group from Clearriver. They managed to escape whenever the takeover occurred a few years back… anyway, Doctor Kelce was working on an experimental treatment known as Polaris. I wouldn’t be able to explain it properly but from what I understand, it would allow us to… be able to walk in between this world and the one that you were trapped in,” Jessie explained.
“That’s out of the question,” I said immediately.
“Dani!”
“No! Don’t even try to rationalize whatever sob story they sold to you! These people want to use us as Guinea Pigs, nothing more! I was nearly trapped in that nightmare for the rest of my life, Jessica. And now you want to risk going back there with some theoretical experiment? It’s not only dangerous, it’s fucking stupid,” I snapped back at her.
My sister lowered her eyes in defeat.
“But what if Leng is right and there are others just like you, trapped there in that hell? Don’t they deserve a chance to be saved too?” she insisted.
“Trust me when I say that they are too far gone. It’s not our problem,” I insisted.
Jessie looked at me angrily. “How would you have felt if I had said that about you?!”
I looked away toward the window again. “Jessica… I’m far gone myself. You just haven’t accepted it yet.”
I knew she was giving me the stink eye, but I didn't give her the chance to stare me down. Instead I stubbornly looked toward the hills, waiting for her to give up and storm out.
When I was alone again, I got back into my bed and let out a weary sigh. She would never understand what I went through and I couldn't blame her for hating me. I hated myself to be honest.
But I couldn’t go back there. I wouldn’t.
I closed my eyes, letting my weary brain relax as I tried to push aside all the worry and dread in my heart.
But the swirling memories of darkness that had been my reality for half a year easily returned during my slumber.
I was still in the hospital, in my bed even; but instead of bright blinding light I was looking through a peephole of shadows. This was far more vivid than the other terrifying dreams I had and it instantly sent a chill down my spine. My body felt overwhelmed with a coldness that shook me as I stood and walked out of my room.
The halls were empty, the darkness seeping from the edges of my vision absolute. Long strings of slime and blackness ebbed in and out of the floor as I heard a distant soft cry in the night. “Jessie?” I called out.
There was only a wail in response. I began to run. Trying to find my sister. The noises were like a hundred people languishing together as the shadows grew stronger. I could hardly see my feet in front of me.
Then I turned the corner and I saw in front of me hordes of children. They were turned away, looking toward another hallway that fell into endless dark.
I could feel the evil of that place in my soul and I froze. Then the children came to me. They were without eyes or faces. Just mouths filled with shark like teeth. Gnashing and chanting a single name.
“She comes. She comes. Nvayart. Nvayart. By blood born. By blood destroyed. She comes.”
Their senseless words grew louder. I covered my ears to block them out but instead only felt it shake my body more. Then amid the children I saw Jessica standing there. She was wrapped in a cocoon of red silk, darker than blood. She was being consumed by these hellbeasts.
Instinctively I ran to her, using my bare fingernails to try and tear apart the silky mess.
It wasn’t long before I noticed that the cocoon was made not of web, but skin. Jessica’s skin. I was ripping apart her body. I stood back, looking at my bloodstained hands and then toward my tormented sister. What had I done?
Suddenly her eyes opened and she screamed, joining the faceless children in their chant. I covered my ears again, trying to ignore it.
Then I was jolted awake by one of the orderlies. They were shaking me, helping me wake up. Pulling my hands away from my head I saw that I had been scratching my ears. Trying to tear them off.
Once I was calm, the orderlies told the staff to contact the nearest physician.
A few moments later I had a visitor.
“Danielle. Are you all right?” Doctor Kelce asked as he checked my hands and my face.
I was still trying to grasp all that I had seen. But I already knew it hadn’t been a dream. It was a warning of what would come if I didn’t listen to what Jessie had told me.
“I need to talk to my sister,” I told him, not bothering to explain much else to the older man.
He nodded, checking my vitals and then leaving my room to find her. I was still shaking about thirty minutes later when there was a knock on my door.
I turned expectantly, but instead of my sister it was Leng.
“Where is Jessie? I need to see her,” I said.
“Calm down Danielle. Please. Tell me what happened,” Leng insisted.
Instantly I knew something was wrong.
“Where is she?” I snapped at him.
“She’s fine. She’s in a room just a floor above you,” Leng answered. A room?
Then it hit me and I knew what had happened.
“She subjected herself to your experiment didn’t she?” I asked.
Leng didn’t make a response at first as he walked over to my bed and placed a hand on my shoulder before remarking, “She knew you wouldn’t agree.”
“Is she hurt?” I asked fearfully.
Instead Leng said evenly, “First, tell me what you saw.”
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PART II
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2020.09.21 03:51 Microwave_Warrior My views on the 2020 California Propositions. Please let me know if I am wrong or missing something on any of these.

Prop14 – Can the state sell bonds to fund stem cell research. My stance: Leaving it blank. This is a great example of legislature deferring responsibility to the public. The public is not qualified to make these decisions and doesn’t have sufficient knowledge of our budget and economics, regardless of their views on stem cell research. Representatives should consult experts and make a decision on their own.
Prop15 –Fund schools/local government by taxing commercial/industrial property based on current market rather than purchase value. No increase for businesses that own less than $3M. Reduces taxable value of business equipment by $500k. My stance: Yes On the one hand businesses are victims of rising property values like everyone. Good businesses where I live have shut down because they can’t afford property taxes. This will drive some old local longstanding businesses out. But, it does exempt very small businesses and reduce their equipment taxes. On the other hand, big businesses like Facebook should have to pay their fair share. They can afford to move if the value of their property increases. This bill could also mean that many small businesses are able to buy their own stores since the larger businesses they rent from might be pushed out. Plus funding schools is good.
Prop16 –Should the state be allowed to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment and education? My stance: Skeptical yes. I will always have cognitive dissonance about revoking any law that prevents discrimination. My family is Jewish and for generations were affected by a quota system and rules preventing Jews from being hired in certain positions (Professors etc.) I worry that in the future, removing this law will be used to discriminate rather than create equity. The reason I am voting yes is that we currently live in a society with drastic racial inequity. I believe affirmative action in academic institutions will help alleviate this to some degree. This alone will not solve racial inequity and we must do more, but this can be a step in the right direction. I only hope that in the future I do not come to regret my vote.
Edit: After reviewing the admittance numbers for UC vs the population of California high school graduates we can see that the racial representation of various groups % UC admits/% high school grads) is as follows.
African American 90%
Native American 85%
Asian 328%
Latinx 70%
Pacific Islander 51%
White 80%
While racial affirmative action would be able to bring some of these groups up to a more equitable stance, I fear that we would merely be replacing socioeconomic affirmative action with a misused racial affirmative action that prioritizes rich underrepresented minorities at the expense of poor. Thank you u/usaar33 for your convincing arguments. End edit
Prop17 -Should people on parole be eligible to vote? My Position: Yes Voting is one of our most fundamental rights. The state should not be able to take it away by jailing people. If someone has broken a law they disagree with (eg. marijuana legality) they should be allowed to vote to repeal that law else our system can never fix laws that are wrong and opposed by a majority.
Prop18 -Should 17 year olds be able to vote in primary if they will be 18 in the general election? My position: Yes If a minor will be able to vote in the election, they should have a say in who will be on the ballot.
Prop19 -Should disaster victims, the disabled, and people over 55 be allowed to move into a more expensive home and keep their proportionally lower property tax rates? Also, should inherited land be taxed based on market value instead of original purchase value when the property is not used as a residence by the heir? My position: Yes, but the law is too convoluted. This one is complicated. Right now, if you bought a home a long time ago, you still pay taxes on the purchase value adjusted up to 2% each year. The affected groups can already buy a house of equal or lesser value one time in their life and pay their old property tax. These rules are so that people are not forced out of California when the housing market goes out of control. This way people can downsize or move when they are old or impacted and not be penalized. In 2016 there was a prop to allow these groups to buy houses of greater value and keep their old property tax. I voted against this because the change would only help the wealthy who could presumably afford higher tax rates. It failed. This new Prop19 says there groups can buy a home of greater value and pay additional tax on the difference between the market values of the homes. This is much better than the previous prop because rich people will be taxes on the increase in their property value. Prop19 also allows these groups to do this up to 3 times in their life which will help those affected by wildfires and have already done this once. Prop19 also changes the rules so that people who inherit homes they will not live in will have to pay property tax on the market value. So those who can afford two homes in California will have to pay fair market taxes. Meanwhile over half of my generation cannot afford a home and live with their parents. 67% do not own a single home. If they want to keep the old tax rate on their family home they are still free to move there. This will increase tax revenue and stop inherited wealth from being kept off the market, allowing more people to afford homes.
Prop20 -Should we bar parole for certain non-violent felonies? If someone violates parole should it have to be reported to a judge? Should we collect DNA for more misdemeanor crimes. My position: No Don’t ban parole for non-violent offenders. We don’t need to have more people in prison for longer. We should not harshly further penalize theft and drug offenses which will largely be how this is used. Also, if Prop17 passed this will be used as a way to restrict voting rights.
Prop21 -Should we expand local government’s ability to enact rent control for 15 year old buildings? My stance: Yes Rent in California is out of control. Rent control can help stop people from being driven out of their residences. If implemented poorly, it can also negatively impact the housing market and benefit the wealthy. This law does not create rent control, it allows local government to enact rent control.
Prop22 -Should rideshare and delivery apps be exempt from providing legally required worker benefits? Should these apps be exempt from paying employees the minimum wage? My stance: No These apps contend that their drives are independent contractors, not employees and should therefore not be guaranteed the minimum wage or legally required benefits. This prop was created so that rideshares could exploit their workers and avoid their legal obligations. The other side of the argument is that as independent contractors, drivers are able to set their own hours.
Prop23 -Should dialysis clinics require an on-site medical professional? Should dialysis clinics be required to take patients regardless of their insurance provider? My stance: Leaving it blank. This sounds like a good thing, there should be doctors on site on a medical related clinic. People on Medicare or MediCal should not be turned away from dialysis clinics. However, I do not have great knowledge of dialysis clinics and their economics. I am not an expert in medicine. Is it currently a big problem that there aren’t always doctors on site? After reading analysis I feel like I do not understand dialysis enough to make a great judgment. Representatives should consult experts and make a decision on their own.
Prop24 -Should consumers be able to prevent or limit buisinesses from using their personal data (location, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic data, health information, ethnicity and private communications)? Should smaller businesses (>100k consumers) be exempt from existing data privacy requirements? My Stance: Yes The amount of data accessible by businesses is unacceptable. It is my opinion that personal data should not be a business. The law needs to adapt to new technologies and protect consumers. This prop is lying to you in a way as it also changes the size of businesses that are exempt from former data privacy laws that prevent buying, selling, and sharing of data. The size changes from 50k consumers to 100k consumers. This is not a big concern compared to the large scale data mining by large corporations.
Prop25 -Should we re-approve a 2018 law that replaces money bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk? My stance: Yes Money bail is deeply problematic. It creates a wealth gap on who is held in jail. If someone is dangerous or a flight risk, they should be held, otherwise they should not. It is frankly bizarre to impose an additional financial barrier that holds only poor people. There will still be bias in the new system, but it is not doubly compounded by wealth disparity.
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2020.09.20 23:31 Samara_Buckley_Derby [The Beginning of the End] [Derby]- Chapter 13: The Attack on Terminal K

Summary: Fighting immortals is a sweetheart job for someone obsessed with the afterlife. Dying on the job, however, is cutting it too close. However, Julian's curiosity with the great beyond pushes him a little too far, back to the land of the living and cursed with a newly damned soul, just like the immortals he's sworn to fight...
First chapter --- Previous chapter here!! --- Next chapter!
Cover art --- Rate me on Royal Road!
As soon as Blake pushed the cart into the women’s restroom, Pooja whipped off her niqab, balling the fabric in a tight wad.
“You’re late,” she said, wrenching open the cart and pulling out her weapons.
“Yeah, uh…” He scrunched up his face, as if thinking hard. “Tara, or… Milly? She said—”
“Yes yes, I know.” Pooja set to work, affixing her various weapons to her concealed holsters.
“Wouldn’t be easier to hide that if you were wearing the burqa?” Blake asked.
“Niqab. And it would be unnecessary given the size of my guns. Only Lapinsky actually needs a large weapon.” She pulled her new disguise, airport security. “Besides, we want to consider optics.” To round out the look, she popped her earpiece in. Currently none of the other members had theirs in yet. They needed to ensure they had control of security before doing anything that might raise suspicions.
“Optics?”
Pooja just shook her head. “Don’t worry about it. I need to get into security only zones anyway, so.” She gestured at her disguise before clipping her badge on and adjusting her hat. Then she looked back at Blake, contemplating what to do with him.
Xing had reported that she’d meet him here but she’d also been vague on the nature of her disruption. It was too risky to be specific but whatever was delaying her meant that Pooja couldn’t necessarily rely on her to keep Blake informed.
Pooja sighed. “Alright. Let me give you a quick rundown, in case she doesn’t show up. If this thing goes well, we get Von Marwitz separated from her entourage and take her out near an exit location. That’s going to be loud and cause immediate panic. We’ve got people, people who AngelThana thinks are your followers, disguised as airport personnel. They’ll deal with Von Marwitz but things might get hairy…” Dammit where was Xing? Pooja checked her watch. Blake, for all his well meaning, wasn’t a soldier and judging by the blank look on his face, a lot of this was news to him. He clearly hadn’t retained much of his prior briefings but this was eating her buffer.
Then the door burst open and Xing was there, panting. “Apologies,” she said. “Everything is sorted. We have eighty seven minutes to get into position.”
Pooja’s shoulders relaxed at her specialist’s arrival. “Thank god. Get him into position.” She put a hand on his shoulder, as that familiar, overwhelmed grew in his eyes. “Just remember, you’re here to keep civilians safe. She,” Pooja pointed at Xing, “will identify Von Marwitz’s guard but your job is to keep civilians away from the action.”
He nodded and raised a hand to his forehead in what he probably thought was a salute. “Copy that Colonel.”
“Good. I’m off.” With a salute of her own, she vacated the bathroom, face immediately taking on the dispassionate if intimidating expression of a security officer. First task: shut down the camera feed storage. She would have to manually link them to Sykes’ control, where his team could hack and loop them. Pooja had gotten her BS in electrical engineering, which made her among the best suited for this job, second only to Mati. But he needed to set up where he had a clear shot to Gate K01, where Lady von Marwitz would deplane. There was no time for the group’s only computer scientist to also infiltrate security.
Besides, Pooja had the tools she needed.
She slid through a secure door with a flash of her card and let out a well concealed sigh of relief. She pulled out her phone, alternating between the airport map, directing her to the surveillance room, and some burner apps meant to busy up her phone’s screen. Phone hypnosis was an excellent disguise. Most people were too polite to interrupt someone who seemed engrossed and as long as she avoided any collisions, she was fine.
Finally she found the entrance to the main surveillance center. She took a deep breath to steady herself and then tapped her badge, allowing her instant entry.
Inside sat two men, both droopy eyed and blank faced. One looked over and gave her a halfhearted nod before returning to dully surveil the feeds.
She cleared her throat, grateful for the three foreign language requirements necessary for Colonel. “I’m sorry? When are you two off?” Pooja asked in passable German, her voice lifting in surprise. “I thought…”
“No?” One of the two, an older man with a salt and pepper moustache rose to his feet, cracking his back, a puzzled look on his face. “We’re here til fourteen hundred. We have another—”
He paused to check his watch but Pooja was satisfied with his answer. No one would check on the room for three hours, which was entirely sufficient. The single, fluid motion she’d needed to unholster her stunjet, was so natural that the man didn’t realize she’d pulled out a weapon until she’d shot him with it.
“No, no please,” he said, holding his hands in the air, dart protruding from his neck already. His companion had barely turned around before he too got a round.
“You’ll be fine,” Pooja said. “Give it a few hours, you’ll be groggy but you’ll pull through.” She had to give it to Cortez, the stunjets were effective. Airpowered, strong enough for a dart to puncture skin, probably leave a bruise, but not enough to kill anyone.
Both guards slumped to the ground before either had another word to say and Pooja stashed their unconscious bodies to the side.
“Alright,” she said, fishing out the chip from her pocket, eyes darting across the screens. She took a few minutes to locate her agents. Nearly every team had reached terminal K by this point. The terminal was in a separate building from the other terminals and Sykes had pulled some technical witchcraft to book as many flights to other gates as possible. Only four flights would be arriving or departing in the next two hours. Currently one of those planes was ten minutes from boarding and there was a lot of movement around it. But once that area thinned, there would be plenty of space to maneuver. Blake, Xing, Jha, and Grace weren’t there yet but they were all on their way.
After confirming the positions of her soldiers, she tapped over to the observation deck, which was on the seventh floor of the main building. The space was entirely evacuated, again thanks to Sykes’.
“Alright Officer,” she said under her breath. “Let’s get your people in here.” She plugged the chip into the appropriate port on the computer and tapped her earpiece. “Sykes, you should be in.”
“Copy Laghardi. Standby for confirmation.”
“Standing by.”
Pooja watched the passengers in terminal K begin to flow into a line outside their gate while waiting for Sykes’ confirmation. Any of the remaining passengers in the terminal could be a follower of Von Marwitz. She wouldn’t land for another hour, so it was still too early for Pooja to tell which travelers were good candidates. One more flight would leave in twenty three minutes and another would land in half an hour. After the commotion from those settled down, she’d get a better eye on who stuck around.
“Alright Laghardi, they’re as good as blind,” Syke’s voice finally crackled through her headset.
“Copy that Sykes and well done. We’re all in position with barely a hitch.” She thumbed her phone to send a message to the rest of the squad that they were good to equip their earpieces. After a minute or two, she tested the connection.
“Each operative radio back with your alias name, in alphabetical order. Don’t go until the person before you has replied or has had at least ten seconds to do so.” Her eyes darted across the screen and jumped from agent to agent as they each tapped their earpieces and called in. All in order, all on time. Maybe this would go well after all.
“Laghardi to all,” she said, “this channel is open. You say something, we all hear it, so don’t clutter coms.” She probably could have sent a text just to Blake with this but it didn’t hurt to remind everyone. “Any questions?”
This was, of course, rhetorical, but Blake, of course, missed that.
“So they don’t have eyes on us? Like the cameras—” his voice cut and Pooja’s eyes found him and Xing on the map, where the specialist was scolding Blake for improper radio etiquette.
“Laghardi to Blake. To answer your question, yes they still see us. Any attempt at fully cutting the transmission would raise immediate hackles so we won’t do that until Lapinsky gets a lock on the target. We’re simply pre-wiping the feeds to ensure none of this is captured.” Nothing suspicious so far had happened but as the agents moved into position, their actions would grow suspicious in hindsight. Anything captured would be open game for investigators after the fact. Such as eighteen people ranging from security officers to passengers to janitors all wearing earpieces, all in the same nearly deserted terminal. Little things that no one would notice watching active feeds but would definitely light up on an investigation.
“Oh ok. Right. Copy that. Uh. Blake to Laghardi.”
She grinned. “You’re doing good, kid. Laghadri to Sykes, loop the observation deck cams for eight seconds, prepare for sniper relocation.”
The officer’s voice crackled back.“Sykes to Lapinsky, standby.”
“Lapinsky to Sykes, standing by for your mark.”
“On my mark… now.”
Pooja’s eyes remained glued to the feeds, knowing that Matti was, god willing, darting from the external hallway to the camera’s blindspot in the observation deck.
The eight seconds passed in half a heartbeat.
“Sykes to Lapinsky, feeds restored. Status?”
“Matti to Bart. I’m in.”
Pooja saw an outbreak of smiles, laughs, even little fistpumps from her agents on the screen. Whether or not they were fans of the renegade class, everyone was pleased to hear that their sniper was in position.
“Matti to all.” He sounded both calm and smug. “I’ve got a lovely shot of the windows right by gate K01. I can see some of your smiling faces and we are ready to rock this.”
“Alright Lapinsky, let’s keep coms clear.”
“Copy that Pooja.”
God he was cheeky. She rolled her eyes but knowing he was in the observation deck, setting up his darling rifle, and peering through his scope did made her feel better. He’d get the job done. Pooja turned back to the two unconscious guards. The stunjet should keep them out for at least four hours but ‘should’ was one of Pooja’s least favorite words, so she gagged them and ziptied their hands and feet together. Someone would find them once this was all done.
With that, she slipped out of the room and latched the door behind her. It was time to head to Terminal K.

The terminal was bustling with Fleur rebels, chatting animatedly, sulking over phone calls, mopping floors, and just generally making a nuisance of themselves. They hadn’t been hers for long, and god knows she missed her soldiers back at Iota, but a bond had formed here over the past few months that had really stood some harsh trials.
They were good soldiers.
“Sykes to all. Plane’s entered its landing pattern.” A few of the soldiers, the younger or less experienced ones jumped at this, just a subtle tell that no one would notice but made Pooja smile. Obtaining an immortal would put them in possession of two and with Julian and Von Marwitz with them, they could actually make some progress.
Pooja placed a hand over her mouth, blocking her lips from any who might try to read them. “Laghardi to all, keep coms clear besides my commands or Lapinsky and Sykses’ updates.”
Her eyes moved to the window, outside of which planes took off and landed and taxied around, calm and mundane. She was about to ruin a lot of holiday and business travel. The thought made her smile, if a little wryly. One of those planes in the sky held Von Marwitz. Lady Helga, they called her. Or the bitch, if they were pissed off at her, which they usually were.
“Sykes to all. Plane touching down. Estimated eight minutes to gate.”
Pooja leaned back against the wall opposite the gate. “Laghardi to all. Take note of the following agents. Female, caucasian, mid forties, approximately 5’ 4”, 140 pounds, blond hair, cropped below ears. Red shirt, jeans. No bag.” Pooja’s eyes flicked to her next suspect, a man who’d been sitting in Ternimal K for about three hours. “Man, east asian, twenties, 5’ 10”, 150 pounds, short dark hair. Suit.” Then her eyes fell on a young woman who’d just recently sprinted to the terminal despite no planes leaving for another hour. “Female. Early twenties. 5’ 8”. 130 pounds. Brown braid. Black leggings and green tank top. Roller bag.”
As she spoke, her agents fanned across the hall, still talking animatedly with each other, barely even taking in the place around them. Damn they were trained well for some privates. Of course, AngelThana did only take the best of the best and as an underground organization, covert missions were a bit more of the norm. Still, she was impressed.
Meanwhile, Blake and Xing were starting to mop near the gate, filling the air with enough unpleasant cleaning smells to ward off most civilians. When two middle aged women stayed up, Pooja gave their identities to her agents. Every single one of the suspects would have to act first before Pooja’s operatives could strike. There was no room for trigger happiness in this situation.
“Sykes to all. The bird has docked. Preparing for deplaning.”
“I’ve got my eyes on the jet,” Matti’s voice call from the observation deck. “Any idea where she’s sitting?”
“Boarding pass says 6C. Business.”
Pooja could almost hear the smirk in Sykes’ voice as much as she could see the eyeroll from Grace across the hall.
“So she’ll be among the first out? That’s dirty.” Matti didn’t sound happy and Pooja echoed his sentiments. First out meant all civilians and airplane staff would still be close by during the attack.
“I’ll handle that,” Pooja said, righting herself from where she’d been leaning against the wall. “Breakers, you’re on her.” The six Spring Breakers had been Julian’s alleged followers and they were the primary faces that she wanted any social media livestreaming to show. A glance at anyone allegedly dead or still loyal would blow the entire Fleur Insurgency open.
The Breakers moved to the gate, chatting loudly and checking their phones, expressing frustration that their apps were reflecting the wrong gate. The two middle aged women, whom Pooja had already called out as potential enemies, moved over to offer the six young adults with assistance. No doubt wanted them away from the gate.
“Careful Breakers. If they notice that you’re made up or at all disguised, they could radio Von Marwitz to stay on the plane.” The immortal may be packing explosives or ready to hijack the flight, try to force it back into the air. She’d done both already, on record.
The Breakers conceded and began heading away, not wanting to blow their cover, when radio from Sykes rang in.
“Deplaning has begun!”
“Scope’s on and trained. Waiting on a visual and then waiting on Pooja’s ok,” reported Lapinsky.
“Breakers, scatter and try to keep someone by the door. Xing, move in. Blake, hang back with Shanti and LaForge, you’re all on civilians.”
Xing muttered something to Blake and pointed at something by K01, before rolling her eyes and gesturing back at the two privates. Blake nodded, too nervously, and headed back over to them, talking about something hopefully janitorial related.
“Jha, with Xing, provide backup but keep your distance.” Pooja’s knuckles would have been white if she hadn’t kept such an effort to appear disinterested, surveying the room dully. By now, the Breakers had moved away from the position, but one, Bruni, had stopped to take a selfie, stalling the group for a few seconds.
“She’s here.” Matti’s voice was so calm over comms that Pooja almost didn’t realize the significance.
But then she looked and saw the woman, dressed in mostly red with a large black sunhat primarily blocking her visage and dark sunglasses.
“One hundred percent confirmed, Lapinsky?” Pooja asked. “You get it wrong, there’s no second tries.” Suddenly a million doubts flew through her head. This could have been a bait, the whole thing, just to draw them out, get them to shoot up a random airport for no reason. That could be a totally innocent woman.
“Positive.” There wasn’t room for doubt in Matti’s voice and Pooja knew that, three years on the job, he’d never taken out the wrong target.
She’d have to trust him.
“Xing, go.”
The agent, still decked in janitorial garb, plunged her mop into its basin, splashing water everywhere, including the woman’s dark red pants. She backed up a few steps and Xing launched forward, apologizing frantically. The woman looked annoyed, gestured down at her pants and Xing motioned her over to where the main cart was, right by the large window next to the gate.
“Laghardi to Schmidtt. Move into position.” He’d have to be landed and very close and very ready to intercept the whole group as soon as possible once the shooting started.
“Schmidt. Copy.”
Xing knelt at Von Marwitz’s feet, mopping up her shoes.
“Aim obtained. Am I clear to fire?”
There wasn’t time for hesitating. Another few seconds to potentially lose their mark wouldn’t confirm her one way or another.
“Fire when ready.”
The explosive blast from the sniper rifle erupted about a second after Pooja’s command. In that second lapse, something happened that Pooja hadn’t anticipated. Really, it was the first thing to go wrong so far but it was bad.
A civilian stepped between Von Marwitz and the shot, taking it and dropping.
Screams spread throughout the terminal.
“I took down a civie?” Matti’s alarmed voice pierced through the ringing in Pooja’s ears. No, he hadn’t. Not really. The civilian had been sitting on a chair between Von Marwitz and Matti. He’d jumped up with almost impeccable timing, launching up onto his seat, to intercept the bullet. Pooja had barely even registered him when talking with Matti but his movements were so uncannily timed, he had to have been intentionally grabbing it. He was a follower and their plan had officially gone to shit.
“No.” Her train of thought had taken the space of half a second. Half the terminal was on the floor, hands over heads, or scrambling for cover. At least she knew who the targets were now. “Just a follower. Reload and fire on my command. Breakers, in, eyes on people who haved ducked for cover. The rest of you, evac the area.”
Pandemonium broke out as half of Pooja’s people jumped into action, ushering away civilians while the other half immediately drew their weapons. Von Marwtiz’s agents followed suit, but their resulting gunfire was widespread, interested in causing death and chaos, apathetic as to where the bullets landed. Pooja’s people were smarter and more focused and within the first thirty seconds of combat, three of the twelve hostiles had been definitively killed, with another two incapacitated. Comparatively, only one of Pooja’s soldiers’ had been hit, Silva.
“Grace, turning over battle strats to you, I’m taking on the immortal,” Pooja radioed before sprinting to the fight between the Breakers and Von Marwitz’s agents. The immortal herself looked rather unconcerned by this whole thing. She lazily surveilled the room, eyes combing over everyone involved, all while her lips moved, almost distractedly. It was clear that she was giving orders but her attention seemed elsewhere.
Pooja’s hand hovered over her various holsters. Gun, stunjet… venojet.
“Matti, belay firing until you’re given the command.”
“Copy that.” He sounded confused, which Pooja understood, but there wasn’t time to give more info.
She’d been close enough to the wall to, thankfully, avoid most attention, but now it was time to move. Unholstering a weapon in each hand, she made her move towards the fighting, careful to keep an eye on any hostile that she could reasonably take out without endangering an ally who might be too close, or even more dangerous, behind the enemy. She couldn’t risk missing a shot and causing more harm than help but as she sprinted across the terminal, she was able to fire off two rounds into a retreating enemy. So at least that was one more down.
Amid the gunfire and her headset filled with Grace’s voice barking orders, the noise and chaos was unbelievable. It was both standard combat and also a strange level of insanity she’d never experienced. There were no superiors waiting with any kind of support, what they were doing was completely unsanctioned, they were entirely at the mercy of Sykes’ computer skills, Schmidt’s piloting, and their own meddle.
Finally Pooja reached firing range of the immortal, ducking behind the cover of a gate check desk. Von Marwitz knew that she was more protected than shielded by Pooja’s surrounding agents, as with combat being so close, a misaimed shot could wound or kill an ally. This wasn’t something their enemies cared about, being as fanatical as they were. An ally that respected neither their lives nor the lives of their allies were dangerous indeed.
Von Marwitz aimed a lazy smile at Pooja, an eyebrow raise, the kind of look that made her blood boil. So she reached out with her weapon, took aim, and fired.
The immortal’s eyebrows shot way up, and understandably so. As hard as Pooja tried, the swaying combat, the bodies darting in front of her, between the two, she simply couldn’t make her target the first few shots. The first ricocheted across the ground but the second struck deep into the side of one her own agents, who barely noticed the hit. The third hit one of Von Marwitz’s, the fourth missed, and the fifth hit another one of Pooja’s soldiers again.
The sixth landed its target. Von Marwitz tapped her arm, where the dart had made its landing and then looked up back at Pooja, that same belittling look on her face. Immortal’s processed toxins quickly; most incapacitating drugs didn’t work for very long on them. But then the woman’s eyebrow creased as she examined the room, taking in the other agents who’d been hit, with no apparent effects.
Pooja ducked for cover again and tapped her earset. “Now.”
This time the gunfire, so much louder than the other shots, was almost instantaneous.
And judging by the dead silence that followed it, Matti had hit his target this time.
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2020.09.20 18:00 chaosdunk69 29 [M4F] LosAngeles - COVID Free Game Collector and All Purpose Nerd for Quality Connections

Welcome all, shooting your shot just doesn't work the same during a pandemic so here we are.
I'm Clint, nice to meet you.
If you're stopping by this post it's mostly likely because you may be like me. Doing your best to follow the rules during the pandemic, holding on but still feeling like you miss good human connection and maybe just want someone to connect with who hopefully has similar hobbies and interests. I've poked my head into other spaces but dating apps feel a bit less personal than a long winded essay about me so here I am (doing everything I can...the new Tony Hawk remake is wild).
Anyways, hopefully my blurbs and willingness to talk will attract you, keep you wanting to chat more and get into it. If you're looking for something quality that we can chill and take our time with, look no further because I think I've got some personal details that won't completely disappoint. I don't need to get married and don't need to find the love of my life right at this moment but I can't deny I'd like to make a good quality connection again. So lets get to it:
Stats (someone rolled me a good stat sheet awhile back): I'm 29 years old, 6'0 tall, brown hair and eyes, white/hispanic mixed, in decent shape, 170lbs, college educated (BA in Communications, and applying to Grad School), can travel/drive, don't mind some weekend drinking but I watch myself and while I enjoy an edible sparingly here and there, I'm drug free otherwise laid back and easy to get along with.
Career:Work wise I work for small businesses as a project and digital media manager, usually helping them grow. Currently I'm with a fire security company and I help them manage projects and their digital output (mostly advertising but how they do it online) and I also do a bit of teaching on the side to kids in music programs and that's been all digital with how the world is turning.
Hobbies: I'm big into video games, I like to collect and learn about old and new projects and try out new games as much as I can. I also like following movies and shows. I'm a big fan of new cooking recipes and when quarantine isn't happening I do like traveling. I also play Dance Dance Revolution as my main means of working out so if you also love going to the arcade gym, that's a good start.
My status: I'm single. My last relationship ended months ago and it wasnt a long one, COVID just ensured it wouldn't last. It sucks but we mutually made the best call and we are still friends now. With that, I've taken some time to myself and I'm finding being single to feel good. Still, it's been awhile since I've just been on my own and while I know I'll be fine by myself for now, the pandemic makes meeting new people in a more normal fashion tough so here I am shooting my shot. I'm just trying to see who I meet and if there's any kind of decent connections to be made.
What I'm into/looking for: Now here's where you come in, as my title says ideally I'm looking for a good connection that can grow and who knows, maybe we can work to make it last. Appearance wise i don't have a long list of preferences, but thickecurvier body types tend to be what I find myself attracted to. Age wise I figure 21-32 is a fair range. And I have no ethnic background preference but I've happened to mostly date white, hispanic and asian women (could be that's who I attract, just an observation not a limitation) so that is what it is but all shades and backgrounds are welcome. Beyond appearance as long as we can carry a conversation together and click in that regard I think we'll get along fine. Someone who also has a passion for games and enjoying life is preferred.
Anyways, if my description sounds like the kind of man you are after, send me details or what you think we'd have in common and a pic of you will get some of me.
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2020.09.18 20:57 Alarming-Tennis-3881 Bf’s past preferences are making my BDD even worse

Unfortunately I was made painfully aware of my boyfriend’s preferences regarding women. And let’s just say it couldn’t be farther from my appearance. My height is my biggest issue and it’s pretty clear to me he liked girls who were a lot shorter than I am. When we first met he made some jokes about having ‘yellow fever’ but I think he was/is genuinely obsessed with Asian girls. He says that he was never serious and that he was just pretending/playing a charactenot being himself etc. He was in a discord group that I’m also in and I was able to see all the porn he’d posted in the NSFW channel (before we were dating) and it confirmed what I believed. When I said something about it, he once again said that he was just trying to get a reaction out of people but it seems pretty hard to believe that someone would go out of their way to find porn to post just to keep up with a character. He also posted dating app match screen shots and none of his matches were anything like me either. Meaning he only found Asian girls worth sharing with everyone even though he would have had plenty of matches with girls of other races. He insists that none of that was the ‘real him’ but it just feels like he’s trying to back peddle. I can’t stop the intrusive thoughts and I keep just thinking about all the things he posted and obsessing over how he hadn’t once posted a girl who looked anything like me. I’ve been spiraling and I don’t know what to do anymore. Any nice things he says to me just feel like he’s trying to placate me and it just makes me hate myself further. When I was single I would go down self hatred rabbit holes on the internet but now all I need to hate myself is my boyfriend. Every time I see a girl I think he would like it makes me want to die inside. I feel overwhelmed and like I’m drowning. He’s never been anything but good to me and it’s not fair to hold things against him that he did before we were dating but I don’t know how to feel like I’m what he wants. I feel disgusting and I can’t even shower with the lights on anymore. When he’s asleep I just go out into the living room and cry. I know I need therapy but I just wanted to vent because right now I don’t have any other options since he can’t make me feel any better and I can’t make all these terrible thoughts stop.
Also generic placations like ‘well he chose you’ don’t make me feel better because I feel like he’s only with me because he couldn’t get a cute girl to date him and he was tired of being alone.
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2020.09.18 17:40 Samara_Buckley_Derby The Beginning of the End --- Chapter 13: Attack on Terminal K

Summary: Fighting immortals is a sweetheart job for someone obsessed with the afterlife. Dying on the job, however, is cutting it too close. However, Julian's curiosity with the great beyond pushes him a little too far, back to the land of the living and cursed with a damned soul, just like the immortals he's sworn to fight...
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As soon as Blake pushed the cart into the women’s restroom, Pooja whipped off her niqab, balling the fabric in a tight wad.
“You’re late,” she said, wrenching open the cart and pulling out her weapons.
“Yeah, uh…” He scrunched up his face, as if thinking hard. “Tara, or… Milly? She said—”
“Yes yes, I know.” Pooja set to work, affixing her various weapons to her concealed holsters.
“Wouldn’t be easier to hide that if you were wearing the burqa?” Blake asked.
“Niqab. And it would be unnecessary given the size of my guns. Only Lapinsky actually needs a large weapon.” She pulled her new disguise, airport security. “Besides, we want to consider optics.” To round out the look, she popped her earpiece in. Currently none of the other members had theirs in yet. They needed to ensure they had control of security before doing anything that might raise suspicions.
“Optics?”
Pooja just shook her head. “Don’t worry about it. I need to get into security only zones anyway, so.” She gestured at her disguise before clipping her badge on and adjusting her hat. Then she looked back at Blake, contemplating what to do with him.
Xing had reported that she’d meet him here but she’d also been vague on the nature of her disruption. It was too risky to be specific but whatever was delaying her meant that Pooja couldn’t necessarily rely on her to keep Blake informed.
Pooja sighed. “Alright. Let me give you a quick rundown, in case she doesn’t show up. If this thing goes well, we get Von Marwitz separated from her entourage and take her out near an exit location. That’s going to be loud and cause immediate panic. We’ve got people, people who AngelThana thinks are your followers, disguised as airport personnel. They’ll deal with Von Marwitz but things might get hairy…” Dammit where was Xing? Pooja checked her watch. Blake, for all his well meaning, wasn’t a soldier and judging by the blank look on his face, a lot of this was news to him. He clearly hadn’t retained much of his prior briefings but this was eating her buffer.
Then the door burst open and Xing was there, panting. “Apologies,” she said. “Everything is sorted. We have eighty seven minutes to get into position.”
Pooja’s shoulders relaxed at her specialist’s arrival. “Thank god. Get him into position.” She put a hand on his shoulder, as that familiar, overwhelmed grew in his eyes. “Just remember, you’re here to keep civilians safe. She,” Pooja pointed at Xing, “will identify Von Marwitz’s guard but your job is to keep civilians away from the action.”
He nodded and raised a hand to his forehead in what he probably thought was a salute. “Copy that Colonel.”
“Good. I’m off.” With a salute of her own, she vacated the bathroom, face immediately taking on the dispassionate if intimidating expression of a security officer. First task: shut down the camera feed storage. She would have to manually link them to Sykes’ control, where his team could hack and loop them. Pooja had gotten her BS in electrical engineering, which made her among the best suited for this job, second only to Mati. But he needed to set up where he had a clear shot to Gate K01, where Lady von Marwitz would deplane. There was no time for the group’s only computer scientist to also infiltrate security.
Besides, Pooja had the tools she needed.
She slid through a secure door with a flash of her card and let out a well concealed sigh of relief. She pulled out her phone, alternating between the airport map, directing her to the surveillance room, and some burner apps meant to busy up her phone’s screen. Phone hypnosis was an excellent disguise. Most people were too polite to interrupt someone who seemed engrossed and as long as she avoided any collisions, she was fine.
Finally she found the entrance to the main surveillance center. She took a deep breath to steady herself and then tapped her badge, allowing her instant entry.
Inside sat two men, both droopy eyed and blank faced. One looked over and gave her a halfhearted nod before returning to dully surveil the feeds.
She cleared her throat, grateful for the three foreign language requirements necessary for Colonel. “I’m sorry? When are you two off?” Pooja asked in passable German, her voice lifting in surprise. “I thought…”
“No?” One of the two, an older man with a salt and pepper moustache rose to his feet, cracking his back, a puzzled look on his face. “We’re here til fourteen hundred. We have another—”
He paused to check his watch but Pooja was satisfied with his answer. No one would check on the room for three hours, which was entirely sufficient. The single, fluid motion she’d needed to unholster her stunjet, was so natural that the man didn’t realize she’d pulled out a weapon until she’d shot him with it.
“No, no please,” he said, holding his hands in the air, dart protruding from his neck already. His companion had barely turned around before he too got a round.
“You’ll be fine,” Pooja said. “Give it a few hours, you’ll be groggy but you’ll pull through.” She had to give it to Cortez, the stunjets were effective. Airpowered, strong enough for a dart to puncture skin, probably leave a bruise, but not enough to kill anyone.
Both guards slumped to the ground before either had another word to say and Pooja stashed their unconscious bodies to the side.
“Alright,” she said, fishing out the chip from her pocket, eyes darting across the screens. She took a few minutes to locate her agents. Nearly every team had reached terminal K by this point. The terminal was in a separate building from the other terminals and Sykes had pulled some technical witchcraft to book as many flights to other gates as possible. Only four flights would be arriving or departing in the next two hours. Currently one of those planes was ten minutes from boarding and there was a lot of movement around it. But once that area thinned, there would be plenty of space to maneuver. Blake, Xing, Jha, and Grace weren’t there yet but they were all on their way.
After confirming the positions of her soldiers, she tapped over to the observation deck, which was on the seventh floor of the main building. The space was entirely evacuated, again thanks to Sykes’.
“Alright Officer,” she said under her breath. “Let’s get your people in here.” She plugged the chip into the appropriate port on the computer and tapped her earpiece. “Sykes, you should be in.”
“Copy Laghardi. Standby for confirmation.”
“Standing by.”
Pooja watched the passengers in terminal K begin to flow into a line outside their gate while waiting for Sykes’ confirmation. Any of the remaining passengers in the terminal could be a follower of Von Marwitz. She wouldn’t land for another hour, so it was still too early for Pooja to tell which travelers were good candidates. One more flight would leave in twenty three minutes and another would land in half an hour. After the commotion from those settled down, she’d get a better eye on who stuck around.
“Alright Laghardi, they’re as good as blind,” Syke’s voice finally crackled through her headset.
“Copy that Sykes and well done. We’re all in position with barely a hitch.” She thumbed her phone to send a message to the rest of the squad that they were good to equip their earpieces. After a minute or two, she tested the connection.
“Each operative radio back with your alias name, in alphabetical order. Don’t go until the person before you has replied or has had at least ten seconds to do so.” Her eyes darted across the screen and jumped from agent to agent as they each tapped their earpieces and called in. All in order, all on time. Maybe this would go well after all.
“Laghardi to all,” she said, “this channel is open. You say something, we all hear it, so don’t clutter coms.” She probably could have sent a text just to Blake with this but it didn’t hurt to remind everyone. “Any questions?”
This was, of course, rhetorical, but Blake, of course, missed that.
“So they don’t have eyes on us? Like the cameras—” his voice cut and Pooja’s eyes found him and Xing on the map, where the specialist was scolding Blake for improper radio etiquette.
“Laghardi to Blake. To answer your question, yes they still see us. Any attempt at fully cutting the transmission would raise immediate hackles so we won’t do that until Lapinsky gets a lock on the target. We’re simply pre-wiping the feeds to ensure none of this is captured.” Nothing suspicious so far had happened but as the agents moved into position, their actions would grow suspicious in hindsight. Anything captured would be open game for investigators after the fact. Such as eighteen people ranging from security officers to passengers to janitors all wearing earpieces, all in the same nearly deserted terminal. Little things that no one would notice watching active feeds but would definitely light up on an investigation.
“Oh ok. Right. Copy that. Uh. Blake to Laghardi.”
She grinned. “You’re doing good, kid. Laghadri to Sykes, loop the observation deck cams for eight seconds, prepare for sniper relocation.”
The officer’s voice crackled back.“Sykes to Lapinsky, standby.”
“Lapinsky to Sykes, standing by for your mark.”
“On my mark… now.”
Pooja’s eyes remained glued to the feeds, knowing that Matti was, god willing, darting from the external hallway to the camera’s blindspot in the observation deck.
The eight seconds passed in half a heartbeat.
“Sykes to Lapinsky, feeds restored. Status?”
“Matti to Bart. I’m in.”
Pooja saw an outbreak of smiles, laughs, even little fistpumps from her agents on the screen. Whether or not they were fans of the renegade class, everyone was pleased to hear that their sniper was in position.
“Matti to all.” He sounded both calm and smug. “I’ve got a lovely shot of the windows right by gate K01. I can see some of your smiling faces and we are ready to rock this.”
“Alright Lapinsky, let’s keep coms clear.”
“Copy that Pooja.”
God he was cheeky. She rolled her eyes but knowing he was in the observation deck, setting up his darling rifle, and peering through his scope did made her feel better. He’d get the job done. Pooja turned back to the two unconscious guards. The stunjet should keep them out for at least four hours but ‘should’ was one of Pooja’s least favorite words, so she gagged them and ziptied their hands and feet together. Someone would find them once this was all done.
With that, she slipped out of the room and latched the door behind her. It was time to head to Terminal K.

The terminal was bustling with Fleur rebels, chatting animatedly, sulking over phone calls, mopping floors, and just generally making a nuisance of themselves. They hadn’t been hers for long, and god knows she missed her soldiers back at Iota, but a bond had formed here over the past few months that had really stood some harsh trials.
They were good soldiers.
“Sykes to all. Plane’s entered its landing pattern.” A few of the soldiers, the younger or less experienced ones jumped at this, just a subtle tell that no one would notice but made Pooja smile. Obtaining an immortal would put them in possession of two and with Julian and Von Marwitz with them, they could actually make some progress.
Pooja placed a hand over her mouth, blocking her lips from any who might try to read them. “Laghardi to all, keep coms clear besides my commands or Lapinsky and Sykses’ updates.”
Her eyes moved to the window, outside of which planes took off and landed and taxied around, calm and mundane. She was about to ruin a lot of holiday and business travel. The thought made her smile, if a little wryly. One of those planes in the sky held Von Marwitz. Lady Helga, they called her. Or the bitch, if they were pissed off at her, which they usually were.
“Sykes to all. Plane touching down. Estimated eight minutes to gate.”
Pooja leaned back against the wall opposite the gate. “Laghardi to all. Take note of the following agents. Female, caucasian, mid forties, approximately 5’ 4”, 140 pounds, blond hair, cropped below ears. Red shirt, jeans. No bag.” Pooja’s eyes flicked to her next suspect, a man who’d been sitting in Ternimal K for about three hours. “Man, east asian, twenties, 5’ 10”, 150 pounds, short dark hair. Suit.” Then her eyes fell on a young woman who’d just recently sprinted to the terminal despite no planes leaving for another hour. “Female. Early twenties. 5’ 8”. 130 pounds. Brown braid. Black leggings and green tank top. Roller bag.”
As she spoke, her agents fanned across the hall, still talking animatedly with each other, barely even taking in the place around them. Damn they were trained well for some privates. Of course, AngelThana did only take the best of the best and as an underground organization, covert missions were a bit more of the norm. Still, she was impressed.
Meanwhile, Blake and Xing were starting to mop near the gate, filling the air with enough unpleasant cleaning smells to ward off most civilians. When two middle aged women stayed up, Pooja gave their identities to her agents. Every single one of the suspects would have to act first before Pooja’s operatives could strike. There was no room for trigger happiness in this situation.
“Sykes to all. The bird has docked. Preparing for deplaning.”
“I’ve got my eyes on the jet,” Matti’s voice call from the observation deck. “Any idea where she’s sitting?”
“Boarding pass says 6C. Business.”
Pooja could almost hear the smirk in Sykes’ voice as much as she could see the eyeroll from Grace across the hall.
“So she’ll be among the first out? That’s dirty.” Matti didn’t sound happy and Pooja echoed his sentiments. First out meant all civilians and airplane staff would still be close by during the attack.
“I’ll handle that,” Pooja said, righting herself from where she’d been leaning against the wall. “Breakers, you’re on her.” The six Spring Breakers had been Julian’s alleged followers and they were the primary faces that she wanted any social media livestreaming to show. A glance at anyone allegedly dead or still loyal would blow the entire Fleur Insurgency open.
The Breakers moved to the gate, chatting loudly and checking their phones, expressing frustration that their apps were reflecting the wrong gate. The two middle aged women, whom Pooja had already called out as potential enemies, moved over to offer the six young adults with assistance. No doubt wanted them away from the gate.
“Careful Breakers. If they notice that you’re made up or at all disguised, they could radio Von Marwitz to stay on the plane.” The immortal may be packing explosives or ready to hijack the flight, try to force it back into the air. She’d done both already, on record.
The Breakers conceded and began heading away, not wanting to blow their cover, when radio from Sykes rang in.
“Deplaning has begun!”
“Scope’s on and trained. Waiting on a visual and then waiting on Pooja’s ok,” reported Lapinsky.
“Breakers, scatter and try to keep someone by the door. Xing, move in. Blake, hang back with Shanti and LaForge, you’re all on civilians.”
Xing muttered something to Blake and pointed at something by K01, before rolling her eyes and gesturing back at the two privates. Blake nodded, too nervously, and headed back over to them, talking about something hopefully janitorial related.
“Jha, with Xing, provide backup but keep your distance.” Pooja’s knuckles would have been white if she hadn’t kept such an effort to appear disinterested, surveying the room dully. By now, the Breakers had moved away from the position, but one, Bruni, had stopped to take a selfie, stalling the group for a few seconds.
“She’s here.” Matti’s voice was so calm over comms that Pooja almost didn’t realize the significance.
But then she looked and saw the woman, dressed in mostly red with a large black sunhat primarily blocking her visage and dark sunglasses.
“One hundred percent confirmed, Lapinsky?” Pooja asked. “You get it wrong, there’s no second tries.” Suddenly a million doubts flew through her head. This could have been a bait, the whole thing, just to draw them out, get them to shoot up a random airport for no reason. That could be a totally innocent woman.
“Positive.” There wasn’t room for doubt in Matti’s voice and Pooja knew that, three years on the job, he’d never taken out the wrong target.
She’d have to trust him.
“Xing, go.”
The agent, still decked in janitorial garb, plunged her mop into its basin, splashing water everywhere, including the woman’s dark red pants. She backed up a few steps and Xing launched forward, apologizing frantically. The woman looked annoyed, gestured down at her pants and Xing motioned her over to where the main cart was, right by the large window next to the gate.
“Laghardi to Schmidtt. Move into position.” He’d have to be landed and very close and very ready to intercept the whole group as soon as possible once the shooting started.
“Schmidt. Copy.”
Xing knelt at Von Marwitz’s feet, mopping up her shoes.
“Aim obtained. Am I clear to fire?”
There wasn’t time for hesitating. Another few seconds to potentially lose their mark wouldn’t confirm her one way or another.
“Fire when ready.”
The explosive blast from the sniper rifle erupted about a second after Pooja’s command. In that second lapse, something happened that Pooja hadn’t anticipated. Really, it was the first thing to go wrong so far but it was bad.
A civilian stepped between Von Marwitz and the shot, taking it and dropping.
Screams spread throughout the terminal.
“I took down a civie?” Matti’s alarmed voice pierced through the ringing in Pooja’s ears. No, he hadn’t. Not really. The civilian had been sitting on a chair between Von Marwitz and Matti. He’d jumped up with almost impeccable timing, launching up onto his seat, to intercept the bullet. Pooja had barely even registered him when talking with Matti but his movements were so uncannily timed, he had to have been intentionally grabbing it. He was a follower and their plan had officially gone to shit.
“No.” Her train of thought had taken the space of half a second. Half the terminal was on the floor, hands over heads, or scrambling for cover. At least she knew who the targets were now. “Just a follower. Reload and fire on my command. Breakers, in, eyes on people who haved ducked for cover. The rest of you, evac the area.”
Pandemonium broke out as half of Pooja’s people jumped into action, ushering away civilians while the other half immediately drew their weapons. Von Marwtiz’s agents followed suit, but their resulting gunfire was widespread, interested in causing death and chaos, apathetic as to where the bullets landed. Pooja’s people were smarter and more focused and within the first thirty seconds of combat, three of the twelve hostiles had been definitively killed, with another two incapacitated. Comparatively, only one of Pooja’s soldiers’ had been hit, Silva.
“Grace, turning over battle strats to you, I’m taking on the immortal,” Pooja radioed before sprinting to the fight between the Breakers and Von Marwitz’s agents. The immortal herself looked rather unconcerned by this whole thing. She lazily surveilled the room, eyes combing over everyone involved, all while her lips moved, almost distractedly. It was clear that she was giving orders but her attention seemed elsewhere.
Pooja’s hand hovered over her various holsters. Gun, stunjet… venojet.
“Matti, belay firing until you’re given the command.”
“Copy that.” He sounded confused, which Pooja understood, but there wasn’t time to give more info.
She’d been close enough to the wall to, thankfully, avoid most attention, but now it was time to move. Unholstering a weapon in each hand, she made her move towards the fighting, careful to keep an eye on any hostile that she could reasonably take out without endangering an ally who might be too close, or even more dangerous, behind the enemy. She couldn’t risk missing a shot and causing more harm than help but as she sprinted across the terminal, she was able to fire off two rounds into a retreating enemy. So at least that was one more down.
Amid the gunfire and her headset filled with Grace’s voice barking orders, the noise and chaos was unbelievable. It was both standard combat and also a strange level of insanity she’d never experienced. There were no superiors waiting with any kind of support, what they were doing was completely unsanctioned, they were entirely at the mercy of Sykes’ computer skills, Schmidt’s piloting, and their own meddle.
Finally Pooja reached firing range of the immortal, ducking behind the cover of a gate check desk. Von Marwitz knew that she was more protected than shielded by Pooja’s surrounding agents, as with combat being so close, a misaimed shot could wound or kill an ally. This wasn’t something their enemies cared about, being as fanatical as they were. An ally that respected neither their lives nor the lives of their allies were dangerous indeed.
Von Marwitz aimed a lazy smile at Pooja, an eyebrow raise, the kind of look that made her blood boil. So she reached out with her weapon, took aim, and fired.
The immortal’s eyebrows shot way up, and understandably so. As hard as Pooja tried, the swaying combat, the bodies darting in front of her, between the two, she simply couldn’t make her target the first few shots. The first ricocheted across the ground but the second struck deep into the side of one her own agents, who barely noticed the hit. The third hit one of Von Marwitz’s, the fourth missed, and the fifth hit another one of Pooja’s soldiers again.
The sixth landed its target. Von Marwitz tapped her arm, where the dart had made its landing and then looked up back at Pooja, that same belittling look on her face. Immortal’s processed toxins quickly; most incapacitating drugs didn’t work for very long on them. But then the woman’s eyebrow creased as she examined the room, taking in the other agents who’d been hit, with no apparent effects.
Pooja ducked for cover again and tapped her earset. “Now.”
This time the gunfire, so much louder than the other shots, was almost instantaneous.
And judging by the dead silence that followed it, Matti had hit his target this time.
I listened to the Mission Impossible theme song on loop for an hour while writing this. I hope you appreciate what I do for you.
More chapters up next week! Hope you're enjoying the show :D
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2020.09.17 02:00 MarkLCM Maintenance Magazine #23: PES2020 IMs and Legends Round-up

Hello again my dear readers, it's been a while! Hope all of you are well and safe!
PES2020 had been a downward slope for me overall, with the lack of offline event variety and legend releases being the real deal-breakers that almost prompted me to quit the game outright. Thankfully KONAMI fixed the latter half of the problem at the end of the season, sparked a wave of excitement for me and I got my hands on a few good legend players. To give credit where it's due, IMs were a touch of genius from KONAMI, as I believe they bring a nice balance between the dynamics of F2P and P2P. Moreover, permanently setting the conditions of legends and IMs to B is simply fantastic. Some of you in the sub believe legends have hidden stats; well, that's your hidden stats right there.
With PES2020 coming to a close, I think it's the time again to re-re-review every legend in my collection (I really hope you guys don't find these boring tbh, but I do really enjoy reviewing my legends) and give proper recognition to the new legends/IMs I gained. The departing Inter / Milan legends also deserve a proper send-off.
To those unfamiliar with my work, my review is purely subjective and your mileage may vary. The effectiveness of a player depends highly on the playstyle, formation and his teammates. Nevertheless, I rate players using a tier system (S > A > B > C etc.). I've also included reference ratings of popular base players for comparison and calibration. Anyone can compare stats on PESDB; in contrast, I try to focus less on the stats and convey how the player feels in actual gameplay.
For my regular followers, I'll avoid repeating myself as much as possible, keeping it short for old players unless I have new opinions about them. Some of you might find my reviews and ratings of certain players to have changed quite significantly this time, mostly due to difference in gameplay of PES2020 vs. previous iterations (e.g. nerfed skill moves, rise of finesse dribbling, nerfed passes etc). Here's a tiny tease to treat the fans: previously exclusive to Cruyff and Vieira, the S+ tier club now tentatively has 5 members! What are their identities? What's with the "tentativeness"? Read on to find out!
An important caveat is that I am a largely F2P & offline player. This means I have very limited access to coins and thus I do not own many IMs / coin-exclusive new legends. Needless to say I have not been lucky in the European legends free pulls, but I've emptied the latest box draws to get the most out of them. Sorry for the incomplete list but that's just the way I roll.
Just to be clear on my stance, I am all for the P2P exclusivity of IMs. In fact, let P2P have coin-exclusive box draws to make sure people get what they want without having to spend a mortgage. I just wish KONAMI can allow the use of GP in legend agents (non-guaranteed draws), so the F2P population has limited but farmable access to any future new legends released.
And without further ado, let the reviews begin!
Unless stated otherwise, all players reviewed below are legends and the reference players are base players. IMs will be explicitly stated. All players are rated by their performances at max level.
GK (reference - - Alisson: A)
TOLDO: A
I used to think of him quite poorly, and quite honestly he still sucked for me earlier this year. Not until recently when I played him again for this review when he finally started to play quite well, using his towering height to his full advantage. As if a last hurrah before getting removed.
Despite all that, I'm not unhappy to see him go, especially since I've got three copies of him waiting to Digivolve into Casillasmon. By the way, KONAMI, I have 3 Toldos and 4 Kahns in my squad. Can I have other non-dupe outfield players instead?
CECH: S- (tentative)
I got Cech, along with several others on this list, very recently in the current box draw. Due to my limited experience of these players, I felt uneasy assigning a definitive rating to them. On the other hand, I didn't want to leave them out as I wanted to help players make their decision on whether to go for them or not. Hence I settled on the tentative rating and review, which should be treated more appropriately as my first impressions.
Cech has been stopping all kinds of shots for me. Powerful long rangers, point-blank first-timers, crosses, he's got them all covered. He's not the best when it comes to rushing out in one-on-ones, he manages to react in about half of those instances. Also he's dreadful against free kicks. His Low Punt skill, quite rare among legend GKs, come in handy quite often.
KAHN: S-
Der Titan has considerably improved compared to PES19, thanks to the buff to defensive GK playstyle. He has been my starting GK for almost all-year. From experience he makes around two-thirds of shots on target against Superstar COM by my estimation, which is not bad at all! Kahn's strength lies in the fact that he's equally good staying on the line and rushing out (he charges at an astonishing pace too!), but the player has to consciously make the right decision. The more I use him, the better I get at noticing the subtle differences between shots that require rushing and shots that don't.
CB (reference - - Koulibaly: A; VVD: S-)
SAMUEL: C+
In this day and age, where you find featured Mbappes, Ronaldos and Rashfords in more teams than they are not, ol' Samuel is simply too slow to keep up. Pairing him with a defensively minded (non build-up) & fast CB might help slightly, or he might work with triple/quadruple CB formations, but that just goes to show how independently unreliable he is.
Adieu, Samuel. Unfortunately you will not be missed.
CAMPBELL: S-
This ex-GB may be upgraded to BB, but his in-game performance seems slightly worse than PES19, when he used to be nigh unstoppable in the air. Again, this may be due to the opponents he's against (looking at you featured Ronaldo/Lewa). That said, with his decent speed and tackling, he's still one of the better defenders in the game.
BERGOMI: S
Got this underrated gem in the European legends draw and has grown quite attached. His skillset is frankly quite extraordinary. He is one of the fastest CBs out there, which makes him excellent in tracking back and covering for the defence. It also makes him an excellent full back as well. His defensive ability is solid, with strong positioning and physicality. He scores additional points for breathtaking long-rangers, even netting several match-winners for me which I'd never forget. Tackles are not first-rate, which is his major setback.
Despite my short time with him, he is one of the three players whose departure greatly saddens me. And the saddest part? I already own all the possible replacements that we know of so far.
MALDINI: S
Still remember getting him in PES18 and he single-handedly revolutionized my defence. The most all-rounded and versatile out of all my defenders, he always finds a place in any defensive line-up. You can literally pair him with any other CB and he'll play well. I was scared af by the thought of losing him but thankfully he survives the snap.
PUYOL: S
This is the second (and final) player I managed to get from the free European legends agents. He's the only player I hoped to get and I was lucky to get him for free. Growing up watching invincible Barca made me respect him as a player. He's also the closest I can get to legendary Chelsea captain Terry, both in terms of playing style and aura of captaincy.
Digressions aside, Puyol is magnificent in the game. He has one of the highest accelerations among CBs, and together with his positioning he is rarely off his mark. His tackles, particularly his standing tackles, are absolutely the best, even ahead of Maldini. Practically steals the ball anywhere near him. He is also majestic in the air and a constant corner threat. Could not have been more happy with him.
BECKENBAUER: S+ (tentative)
Before I go on, I should really stress that I only obtained him for a week, but what I've seen so far has already convinced me to place him in the S+ tier.
In defence, he is performing at the same level as Maldini. Clean tackles, majestic headers and plenty of interceptions due to his masterful ability to read the game. His speed is top-notch among CBs, and he's been showcasing his ability to track back and defend. He's also surprisingly good in the air.
What makes him unique is his offensive capabilities. Even when playing as CB, he charges forward aggressively, with a frequency unmatched by any other so-called offensive CBs like Pique or Ramos. The CB closest to him in offence is perhaps Bergomi, in terms of their finishing and speed, but that's where the similarities end. He has an acute positional sense, pinpoint passing and reliable goalscoring. To put it simply, Beckenbauer has the complete skill set of an AMF.
His 85-rated stamina is often drained around the 80-minute mark, but that is just a testament to the amount of ground he covers. Like his German compatriot Matthaus, his Fighting Spirit skill also helps keeping his performance consistent until the final whistle. I suppose the only problem with Der Kaiser is that playing him in CB is putting his attacking talent to waste, and when he joins the attack there's no guarantee he can make it back in time to defend every threat. For these reasons, he is exceptional at DMF/CMF. I've yet to experiment playing him in other positions like RB/AMF, but I'm pretty sure he excels in whatever position he's being deployed.
LB/RB (reference - - TAA: A)
LIZARAZU: A (tentative)
So far he has been fairly consistent in defence, despite his unimpressive defensive stats; his pace and stamina makes up for his lack of tackling and interception abilities. Nothing to complain about his offensive game either. A solid alternative to Carlos given the limited choice of legendary full-backs.
CARLOS: A
The Brazillian full-back has been solid for me. His work-rate has been excellent, but lately he's been the sort of silent contributor that's hard to notice or appreciate. A tackle here, a run there, but he's not really doing a lot in terms of attacking and crosses. His presence is noticeable but not dazzling. He is also a quality LMF. As for free kick takers, I have better choices.
ZANETTI: S
He is a rock-solid defender who actively charges forward when there's space available, but also knows when to fall back and cover defensive gaps. His endless stamina befits his nickname of El Tractor. His crossing is also impeccable.
I'll likely be getting Cafu as a replacement, but Zanetti's imminent departure from the franchise leaves a gaping hole in my squad and in my heart.
DMF (reference - - Busquets: B+)
PETIT: B-
An average player for all intents and purposes. Interestingly, he positions himself like an Anchor Man despite his playstyle, meaning he stays at the back more often, which suits me just fine. His tackling is merely average; it's sometimes frustrating with him as I find him in good positions more often than most DMFs on this list, but he does so little when given the chance.
PIRLO: B+
Pirlo, Pirlo, why do you pains me so? I really, really liked Pirlo irl. So much so that I've written a long piece about him (and if you haven't done so already, I recommend giving it a read, as it is the piece of work I'm most proud of).
Months have passed and my review of him is largely the same. His defense sucks just as his stats suggest, and his passes and dribbles are not as perfect as his stats seem to suggest. On the other hand, he charges forward quite often and his runs are great. As a result, he's been scoring consistently in open play in addition to his deadly free kicks. His long range curlers from the edge of the box has also been a regular source of goals.
The Italian Maestro is an enigma. He is not your typical DMF. He contributes more offensively than defensively, so bear that in mind when you balance your squad. I would say he functions like a CMF/AMF in terms of offence vs defence.
IM PIRLO: A-
Apparently KONAMI must have read my article of base Pirlo and rewards me with an IM, coz that's the only IM I've got from the recent free draws so far.
Stats-wise, his IM version is nearly identical to his regular version when maxed. In play, IM Pirlo is visibly better at his defensive duties, although still way behind the usual standards of a typical DMF. Offensively, his long range power shots now find the target more often than they did before. Overall the way he plays feel the same, and the IM is just a minor upgrade. You're not missing out if you have the legend version.
CAMBIASSO: A-
A very defensive-minded player who arguably plays better as a CB. He's simply great at defending, very all-rounded in most defensive aspects. The problem with him lies in his lack of contributions to the build up play. He's usually unwilling to move, and that makes me feel I'm missing a midfielder to link up my play, consistently missing one passing option. Also when he decides to involve himself, his low passes (especially through balls) are nowhere as accurate as his stats would make you believe. Similar to Pirlo, he nails one half of the prerequisites for a great DMF, only to absolutely flop the other half.
As solid as he his, there are better DMFs out there so I'm not too sad to say goodbye to the Argentine.
INAMOTO: A
I was initially skeptical when KONAMI gifted me a GB legend; when I tried him out, I only regretted not having done so sooner. He's got a very balanced skill set that enables him to contribute in both defending and attacking. He's got good marking and tackling, can pass the ball well, and can score bangers from range. One of the main duties of my DMFs is to scoop up the loose ball after the opponent defence heads the ball clear in corners, and I notice Inamoto does this extremely reliably. His main drawback is his unimposing stature, meaning he gets outmuscled quite often and concedes possession.
VIEIRA: S+
If you have been in this sub for a while, you would have seen everyone sing praises about him, myself included. This legend deserves every bit of praise he gets, and he simply cannot be better. An absolute monster in defence, with an often overlooked eye for long rangers. The man once scored a hat trick during the first half of a campaign game. This truly extraordinary player proudly retains his position in the S+ tier club.
CMF (reference - - S.M.Savic / Kante: A)
SCHOLES: C+
In stark contrast to the next player on the list, Scholesy is often nowhere to be seen. Sometimes I even forget he's on the pitch. You read his stats and you think, I could do with a complete player like him, and then he turns out to be a complete....disaster. With his playstyle he hangs in the back, but he's terrible at tackling, man marking and headers. Passing play with him is a nightmare, he's either too slow or unwilling to move when he's on the receiving end of a pass. Even his trademark cannonballs are gone; I tried three shots with him just at the edge of the box and none of them ended up on target, and that was during an exhibition match at Regular difficulty. I was thrilled to see him in a GP box draw, and could not be more disappointed.
Despite my one-sided rants above, I'm perhaps in the minority among the sub when it comes to opinions on Scholes. u/big_rom9 once commented he also had problems playing IM Scholes at CMF, but eventually playing him well as SS. Personally yet to try this out, and if anyone has done so please share your experience in the comments! I've also read there's a rather large disparity between his IM and legend versions.
MATTHAUS: S-
The German has always been one of my top players, but his performance this year slightly dipped compared to previous years. His positioning seems a bit off, and his inability to withhold the ball under pressure has never been more apparent. Despite all that, he's still covering miles like the Kante meme, and his interceptions, passes and assists are still top-notch.
LMF/RMF (reference - - Asensio: A)
PIRES: B+
The Frenchman makes good runs, but does very little with it. His finishing is good but not great, and he can't really cross with his weaker left foot. He took a big hit when skill moves were nerfed, and he lost the means of cutting into the middle and score, like a reverse Robben in the left wing.
IM PIRES: A
The IM stat boost here really shows! His runs are much more effective thanks to the hefty boost in offensive awareness, and his finishing is considerably improved by his swerve and kicking power. Unlike his legend counterpart, Pires has become a real goalscoring threat, and defenders will be punished for leaving him alone.
NEDVED: A
I've always held Nedved in very high regard but lately his renowned long rangers have been lacking in accuracy. It is funny how most of his contribution is tied to his goalscoring; take that away and I'm still left with a versatile midfielder with an incredible workrate, but he's just not the same. He's an omnipresent passing option when your team has the ball, but he does little to help win possession back, so basically he's Matthaus halved.
BECHKAM (aged 27): A
Becks is a textbook example of a classic winger: he runs into wide spaces and crosses with pinpoint accuracy. Conversely, play him as a left CMF or left AMF (not many formations have those though), and be amazed by the accuracy of his curlers from range. I still get mad when I see him at DMF just for his OVR though. I toy around him when I see him at DMF in campaign matches. Not even Superstar COM can make him good there, and you know something's gone wrong.
PARK JI-SUNG: A+
The South Korean legend is undoubtedly the best Asian player in the game! He has so much in common with Nedved in PES18: endless stamina (I'm almost convinced his stamina is around 150, judging from his stamina bar at the end of a match), quick on his feet, close ball control, strong passing game, and incredible versatility. Don't let his measly finishing stats fool you too. I've been shooting with him from 20 - 25 yards from goal and getting used to see them fly in untouched. It really goes to show how unreliable stats are; or to look at it another way, how the performance of legends can really catch you by surprise!
AMF (reference - - Mount: B; featured Messi (no.10 campaign): S) (sorry I haven't been using a lot of base players as AMF)
VAN DER VAART: C
Dude's slow. Like, REEEEALLY SLOWWWW. His terrible attacking positioning also does not help at all. Despite his decent passing and goalscoring ability, Van der Vaart is a beaming symbol of a old-fashioned playstyle that has been rendered powerless by the current, physical footballing climate.
DECO: C+ (tentative)
Another AMF with terrible offensive positioning that I did not enjoy using. Deco's slowness is less prominent as he can dribble past defenders, yet that same defender will rapidly catch up and force Deco to pass the ball away. His passing and finishing is slightly worse than Van der Vaart. Notably, he is a rare AMF with the Creative Playmaker style rather than CN10. If you are a fan of that style you might want to check him out, but he's a hard no for me.
ONO: B-
I was surprised to see KONAMI releasing a 94-rated legend for free, but his stats wildly overestimates his ability on the pitch. He's just a normal midfielder that has above average dribbling, passes decently and nothing really impressive up his sleeve.
DJORKAEFF: B-
I used to think highly of him due to his excellent dribbling, but that aspect of him has been nerfed to the ground. Marseille Turn is like an open invitation for tackles, and finess dribbling without physicality to back it up is often disastrous. He remaining strength lies in his surprisingly clinical finishing.
You can probably guess I'm perfectly fine with him getting replaced. The problem is I already own every single legend AMF (I believe), so hopefully KONAMI releases somebody new straight at launch!
GULLIT: B+
If Gullit was just an AMF, I would rate him a B at most. Gullit's biggest strength is his versatility. He's a strong CF with a powerful right foot and great in the air. He's a good CMF/DMF with a strong tackling and intercepting game, coupled with highly effective finesse dribbling thanks to his physical strength. His performance is surprisingly consistent at CB, making tackles ably and great in the air. Did I mention he's great in the air?
NAKATA: B+
Nakata is a surprisingly effective attacker. For me, he plays his best games on either wing. If you have access to one of those rare triple AMF formations, play him on either side; otherwise, he's decent at LMF/RMF, but not as great in central AMF. The timing of his runs are excellent, and he can finish from range. His stamina also keeps him effective for the entire game.
IM NAKAMURA: A-
I recall seeing him in a box draw, and with mountains of GP to spare I decided to go all-in, only to get him in my second try. The renowned free-kick specialist is just as deadly in the game; not quite as godly as Becks or Pirlo, but still comparable with Messi in that regard. His finishing is quite strong in open play, and he's a technically gifted playmaker.
RONALDINHO (GB, aged 39): A
I originally thought of including him as a bit of a joke, and spent the cash to get him fully expecting him to be quite useless (look at what I'll do for you guys!). Turns out, Grandpa Dinho with the Nike headband is not to be messed with. In a world where Busquets can outrun Messi (a.k.a. campaigns), Ronaldinho still manages to outpace defenders with his speed bursts at a ripe old age of thirty-nine and sporting a rather large belly (irl). His long rangers are absolutely lethal. Unsurprisingly, his main drawback is his stamina not lasting the entire match, which is very understandable, to say the least. During the limited time he's on the pitch, his impact is quite remarkable.
ZICO: A+
I notoriously criticized Zico in one of my earlier entries, and since then the White Pele has been consistently improving. Like Nakata, he is most effective on the wing (wide AMF or SS), where his devastating runs and finesse shots are in full effect, and he avoids the amount of pressure he faces when he is deployed in the center.
RONALDINHO: S
If Ronaldinho way past his prime is that good, surely he should be great in his prime? Indeed he is unstoppable, being one of the best finesse dribblers in the game and a deadly eye for goal. He plays as well on the wings as he does in the middle, and when it comes to beating defenders, he has a vast array of options to choose from, be it dazzling dribbles or sudden bursts of speed. In terms of offensive skills, he is the complete package.
If I have one reservation about him, it is his inability to transform the players around him. He shines brightly on his own, but there's only so much a single player can do. He's not a gamechanger, if that makes any sense.
RIVALDO: S+
As someone once said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get". And in the Brazillian's case, what I got was a perfect offensive player comparable to Cruyff, which are words I never thought I would attribute to a CN10.
Rivaldo is another example that demonstrates the inadequacy of stats in measuring player quality. Contrary to all common stereotypes of CN10s, Rivaldo charges forward all the time, whenever he gets the chance, and always with impeccable timing. His long rangers find the back of the net nine times out of ten. His amazing first touch is reminiscent of Cruyff, where he switches from the receiving end of a pass to a playmaking position in one swift, fluid motion. For those who are complaining about Cruyff being absent in the recent draws, Rivaldo was the next best thing.
Compared to the Dutch grandmaster, Rivaldo is definitely slower, but he makes it up with superior powerful shots. Either way, both S+ tier players have the transformative property that revitalizes the entire offence, bringing out the best in every attacker.
LWF/RWF (reference - - Sterling / Sancho: A; Messi / Ronaldo: S)
GIULY: B- (tentative)
In the short time since I've got him, he has yet to impress me. His picture shares an uncanny resemblance with the ex-Chelsea player Pedro, and the same can be said for his play. He's just a fairly average winger with decent speed and crossing, but he doesn't make intelligent runs as often as I would expect from a Hole Player.
He's another player to be replaced that I probably won't miss. Since the only eligible replacement so far is Figo, I'd say it's worth it to go for Guily if you haven't got Figo yet.
FIGO: S
Now that I've established how players like Nedved and Scholes, experts of their craft, can mess up their long range shooting all the time, the ability to reliably score from outside the box suddenly seem all the more valuable, and Figo does that masterfully with either foot. His long rangers (both power and finesse) are a joy, and his dribbling is elegant and effective. His versatility among the offensive ranks is remarkable. His movement off the ball and accurate passing also allows solid buildup play. He's a breath of fresh air in contrast to speedsters like Sane and Sancho, but this also means I had to adjust my play style to get the best out of him. Overall the Portuguese is a phenomenal winger.
SS (reference - - Dybala: A; Joao Felix: A+)
RECOBA: B+
A striker with a deadly left foot and incredible curl. Unfortunately, his passing is below average for an SS, and he has to be subbed after an hour or so.
I've had a decent time with him, but I'm not at all unhappy to see him get replaced. Several top-tier SSs are still missing in my squad and I'd be thrilled to get my hands on any one of them.
TOTTI: A
The Italian genius plays unlike any other SS on the list. He is considerably stronger than the rest, while his speed and dribbling is sub-par. To use him well, I had to rely on my passing game, which hasn't been the most reliable in PES2020.
BEBETO: A+
Bebeto wrecks havoc in dangerous areas with his runs, sensational dribbles and low centre of gravity. His ambidexterity makes him highly effective on either wing. He is also a great assister thanks to his One-touch Pass ability. His celebration never gets old.
MARADONA: S
I feel like I don't have to elaborate on the strengths of Diego Maradona. The reason he's not S+ is similar to Ronaldinho: the brilliance is in himself and himself only.
IM MARADONA: S
Maradona's free IM version is the most generous guaranteed player KONAMI has ever gifted for free. Despite inferior stats, his ranged shots curl right into the net reliably like his older counterpart. The increased pace and stamina of IM Maradona also balances out his weaker dribbling and passing. Overall the two players are similarly effective in my opinion.
CRUYFF: S+
Again, it feels silly to explain why the Dutch legend is S+ tier. He is simply the most complete attacker in the game with no apparent weaknesses. The kind of player to build a squad around and can turn the tide of a game.
CF (reference - - Auba: A-, Jovic/Kane: A; Haaland: A+; Aguero: S-; Mbappe: S)
YORKE / COLE: B-
The Man Utd twins play so similarly I've decided to group them together. "Adequate" is the word that describes them most adequately, pun intended. Both players are moderately strong, mildly clinical, somewhat quick and position themselves quite well. They have a bit of everything in a typical CF's skillset, but nothing stands out at all.
KLUIVERT: B
At least some clear strengths on this one. The Dutchman is splendid in the air. He's also one of the better dribblers among CFs. On the flip side, he seldom makes useful runs so he's almost restricted to the crossing playstyle.
MASSARO: B+
An often overlooked CF due to his low OVR of 89. His finishing is clinical, positioning is surprisingly solid and he has the strength to withhold the ball. He plays like an ambidextrous Giroud, though weaker in the air.
Since I've got most of the GB CFs, I'm not sure how I feel to see him go. It would be great if I get Inzaghi in exchange, but I believe I've already got all the other good ones.
KOLLER: B+ (tentative)
Aerially dominant just as one would expect of a 2-metre forward. He reminds me of playing PES on the console back in the old days in 2004-05, when crossing was basically OP with Chelsea/Inter. Any cross that reaches Koller basically guarantees a header on target, although the Superstar GKs nowadays tend to save most of those. His right-footed finish isn't half bad either. The best thing about him is his Super-Sub skill, which makes him a great player on the bench and nearly always in top form when subbed in.
SALAS: B+
Salas resembles a SS more than a CF. He's a great retainer and passer of the ball, and his finishing is exceptional; yet, he falls back to support the build up quite often, and he's usually not the one who makes the mazing runs that tear across defences. He mostly scores from one-twos or back passes from a holding forward, someone like his devastating Chilean partner irl. He excels in double CF formations, but don't expect him to perform well on his own.
ZAMORANO: A
Zamorano is an exemplary predator. There's nothing flashy about him, he just gets into the right position and scores. His finishing is top-notch with either power or finesse, despite his stats heavily leaning into the former. The reason he's not higher up on the tier list is occasionally he can be completely contained by a top-tier defender (e.g. Featured Koulibaly).
OWEN: A
You don't have to look hard to notice his uncanny similarity with Aguero. Both men are deadly strikers with low centres of gravity, devastating runs and clinical finishes. Owen's blinding speed looks good on paper, but in reality often does not work when he's being marked by a quick CB. He is often outmuscled during his runs and dispossessed by the slightest of tackles, so he desparately needs another CF / hole player / dummy runner to draw away pressure from him. However, with his top-notch finishing, he converts reliably when he's free from his mark. He is also a surprisingly strong assister.
ADRIANO: A+
The archetypal power forward with beastly strength, speed and shot power. Sadly, Adriano will never be S tier material when he consistently runs out of steam near the hour mark.
He's probably the closest to Ronaldo Nazario we'll ever get, and he will be sorely missed alongside Zanetti and Bergomi. I do hope I get a nice non-duplicate as replacement though.
BATISTUTA: S-
Among all the forwards on the list, Batigol is the most complete player and my go-to choice in single CF formations. He's like the Swiss army knife of CFs, he can do everything extremely well: he can score with power or finesse with either feet, he is a threat in the air, he has strength to retain the ball under pressure, he makes great runs and has enough stamina to last an entire match.
LAW: S
Law is OP in very specific areas: spatial awareness, runs and finishing. Basically like an ambidextrous Zamorano on steroids. What he does have is a very particular set of skills. Skills that make him a nightmare for all defenders alike. If there's a space in the defence or a loose ball around, he will look for it, he will find it, and he will score a goal out of it.
Like Zamorano, his playstyle is atypical and there's a bit of a learning curve. But when you eventually get past it, boy you are in for a ride.
Annoyingly, the AI often auto-subs him off for no apparent reason during half time despite he's still full of stamina. This only happens to Law and I'm still yet to figure out why.
ROMARIO: S+
A lot of people on the sub have recently got hold of Romario in the box draw, and have finally recognized the beauty of this endgame striker. He is simply the best at putting the ball into the net. His incredible speed, unyielding strength and remarkable finishing makes him the most consistent goalscoring threat in my entire legends squad. The more CFs I got, the more I appreciated how rare his remarkable goalscoring ability is. It's unfair but true that goalscoring is the first and foremost way a player can impact the results of a match, so I felt the best player in this department deserves a place in the prestigious S+ club.
And that is the end of my lengthy review! Hopefully this gives an idea of whether to go all-in for a box draw or not. Thanks for sticking with me to the very end! Cheers everyone!
...........Sad to see this end? Well let's keep it going with a bonus feature! The top 5 released legends on my wishlist!
  1. Del Piero
A potentially endgame attacker who's just as good at creating goals as scoring them. Looking forward to his amazing curved shots!
  1. Van Basten
Probably the best CF alongside Romario according to this sub, Van Basten's stats certainly live up to his hype, but we all know how dangerously unreliable stats are...
  1. Inzaghi
Surprised to see him ahead of MVB? Inzaghi is one of the rare legends, alongside Koller, to have the Super-Sub skill, and together with his permanent B condition he'll be constantly in top-form. His 99 attacking awareness and finishing also sounds like pure gold.
  1. Rummenigge
Hailed by the sub as the next Cruyff, I certainly had a hard time defending against him. He seems to be another true all-round attacker which can strengthen any squad.
  1. Lampard
Can you blame me as a Chelsea fan? He will always be a true legend close to my heart, and I am dying to experience his incredible goalscoring ability (please don't mess this up KONAMI, although from what I've heard on this sub he seems to be fineeeeeee). I once predicted him to be worse than Matthaus, but upon release Lampard seems even better! His Hole Player playing style and complete stats looks like my dream come true.
Having said all that, KONAMI wil likely stick to their trend of releasing new legends in 2021. There's already a plethora of attackers in the pool, so I desperately hope to see more representation among CBs (e.g. Terry, Cannavaro, Nesta, Ferdinand, Vidic), keepers (Yashin, Zoff, Banks, Schmeichel), full-backs (Lahm, Thuram, Neville, Cole) and CMFs (Charlton, Keane, Gerrard, Seedorf). It's also sad to notice not a single African have joined the ranks of Legends, even though there's a literal gold mine out there (Weah, Drogba, Essien, Eto'o, Toure).
And this really is the end of this piece, everyone. Not gonna lie, feeling a bit nervous as this is my first full post in months, but it's been fun writing once again. To new members of the sub, if you liked my content, there are more entries of the Maintenance Magazine just one search away. For now, my friends, stay safe, be well, and have a lovely maintenance day.
EDIT: if the data miners are right, looks like I'm getting no. 2 and 5 on my wishlist!
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2020.09.15 02:47 God_Is_Good123 Refuting 10 Common Atheistic Arguments

What I’ve noticed about the general nature of atheist responses to this kind of post is an unfortunate misunderstanding concerning my purpose. Most seem to imagine that I have in mind a full scale Christian apologetic against atheism, or at least a presentation of insurmountable evidence for Christianity’s claims. This is not the vision.
For the sake of clarity, this post is meant to expose why the following atheist arguments (or, rather, assertions) fail to hit their target when debating with Christians. There are great arguments against Christianity, but this post is not about the great arguments, it's about the most popular ones.
My rebuttals are aimed at exposing why these overplayed hands are ineffective and will continue to be ineffective, not with atheists, but with many (hopefully most) believers. If I were to present an exhaustive apologetic against atheism, it would require many more posts, which I have no intention to write since it’s all been done before.
So, let's get on with it, shall we?
  1. "There is no evidence for God’s existence."
There is at least one major problem with this line as it is typically presented.
One often hears, “there is no evidence for God, therefore Christians believe in fairy tales,” (or something to that effect) when what is actually meant is more like, “there is no physical proof of God’s being in the physical world, therefore Christians believe in fairy tales (since all ‘real’ things for the atheistic-materialist are assumed to be physical).”
The fact that Christians have never claimed to believe in a physical God – as merely one more physical Being among all other physical beings in the universe – does not stop these sorts of atheists from thinking they have laid waste to 40 centuries of religious thought, experience, and refinement with the mere mention of this evidentiary boogieman. It rarely occurs to them that such physical proof would actually run 100% counter to Judeo-Christian theistic claims. Their argument against a physical God is actually applauded and defended by Christians. The Bible proudly declares many times over that God is Spirit.
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."-1 Timothy 1:17
"Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased."-Psalm 115:2-3
"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."-Isaiah 66:1-2
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."-John 4:24
Simply put: Christianity believes in an immaterial God, thus to demand material proof of His existence is nonsensical. This fact is not, of course, proof that the Christian claim is true, but merely proof that with such attacks the atheist has not even begun to swing in the direction of Christianity.
Many atheists will protest saying rather that God’s ‘activity’ should be detectable in the physical world, not His actual Being. Fair enough, but when presented with evidences of God’s activity in the world these same atheists roundly reject them, regardless of the soundness of said evidence. There simply seems to be no evidence of God’s activity in the world that passes the jury of popular atheist opinion. Many seem to think that admitting a single evidence into their court would equal a total breakdown in their case against Christianity. I remind the reader to please keep in mind: “evidence” does not equal “proof”. One is not intellectually forced to accept Christianity based on good evidence. Indeed, for this reason, when it concerns the Bible's command to make disciples and win souls, I am a practicing fideist, since I believe that a fideistic approach in persuading the non-believer of Christianity is consistently the most Biblical. Thus, evidence is for the believer to enjoy, rather than the unbeliever. However, this doesn't necessarily mean we as Christians should suddenly eliminate any and all discussion of evidence with unbelievers. It just means we shouldn't expect such evidence to bring them to faith, as that was never its intended purpose. In fact, depending so heavily on evidence instead of sound doctrine to convert others carries with it the risk of someone falling to Catholicism or, God forbid, Mormonism or JW theology, rather than simply getting saved. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17) and "he that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Matt. 11:15). For "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit" (Rom. 8:16) that the Bible is true and "if we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son [...] that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son" (1 John 5:9, 11).
"(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"-2 Corinthians 5:7
What is discouraging when engaging with atheists in debate, particularly online, is the constant charge that faith is somehow illogical or irrational. However, the cut-and-dried distinction atheists attempt to make between religious belief and other forms of knowledge is ultimately untenable. There is no universal, rational foundation upon which indubitably certain knowledge can be built. All human knowing is built on believing. This is the human condition. What should instead be our main concern is whether or not one's faith in something is justified. This is how we discuss the validity and/or reasonableness of any other conclusion made by the human mind. To take this away would be to destroy science, and result in nothing more than unfiltered hyper-skepticism (otherwise known as solipsism...).
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."-1 Corinthians 13:12
It’s one thing to willfully deny the evidence for God after giving it an honest hearing, its another thing to remain willfully ignorant of an opposing view while claiming the opposing view is ignorant. I have found that such behavior is typically a sign of a person woefully insecure about his or her position, using an abundance of insults and/or trumped up charges of fallaciousness as cover for a bankruptcy of insight.
  1. "Believing in God is the same as believing in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster."
What I love about this well-worn atheist ‘argument’ is that it actually serves to demonstrate how vastly different a belief in God is to these myths and imaginations. When one honestly assesses the Judeo-Christian doctrine of God, he will find multiple thousands of years of human testimony and religious development; he will find martyrs enduring the most horrific trauma in defense of the faith; he will find accounts in religious texts with historical and geographical corroboration; etc. (these facts are of course not ‘proofs,’ but rather ‘evidences’ that elicit strong consideration). Pit this against tales of the Tooth Fairy, Santa, and Spaghetti Monsters and one finds the exact opposite: no testimony or religious refinement, no martyrs, no historical and geographical corroboration, etc. Instead, one finds myths created intentionally for children, for point making, or for whatever. It’s strawman argumentation at its worst.
Again, just to be clear, testimony, martyrs, geography, etc., are not “proof” that God exists, but rather proof that comparing faith in God to faith in fairies and Santa is totally different.
  1. "We don't need God."
According to the Bible, Jesus says "without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). But let's turn to a few other key passages to see if the 'argument' raised by the atheist here holds any water.
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."-Genesis 2:7
"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."-Job 33:4
“All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;”-Job 27:3
Without God, we would have no life. We simply would not be alive had He not created us, nor given us the breath we take that we usually take for granted every day. The next time you breathe could very well be your last, because God gives, but He can also take away (Job 1:21).
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."-Genesis 3:19
As a Christian, I appreciate the gift of life I have and accordingly give praise to the One who gave it to me. The very last verse in the very last psalm of the book of Psalms reads, "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD" (Psalms 150:6).
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."-Ecclesiastes 12:7
To put it bluntly, man needs God. The existential argument for faith which asserts that faith in God is justified because it satisfies certain human needs can be summarized as this: We need answers to the big questions of life. We need cosmic security. We need to know that we will live beyond the grave in a state that is free from the defects of this life, a state that is full of goodness and justice. We need a more expansive life, one in which we love and are loved. We need meaning, and we need to know that we are forgiven for going astray. We also need to experience awe, to delight in goodness and to be present with those we love. Faith in God satisfies all these needs. Therefore, we are justified in having faith.
An example fideists would use for this line of logic is the mother who has to believe that her son is alive in order to preserve her sanity. Or the lawyer who has to believe that his client is innocent so he can do a good job in representing him. Or, most poignantly, the person who’s life is so hard that she has to believe that the next world will be better than this one.
The existential argument for belief states that a person is justified in believing something—and is, in fact, being entirely reasonable in one’s belief—when that belief fulfills his need for meaning and helps him function in the world.
Imagine the person who has understood the logical implications of their atheism and, therefore, needs faith to function in order to quench his existential dread. He needs faith to carry on when everything seems hopeless. He thus decides to take a leap of faith in the direction of God. In the end, his belief that there must be something better than the life he is currently living gives him the resolve to do what he has to do.
The existential argument for belief, then, asserts that we are justified in having faith for no other reason than that it gives us the courage we need to act—and in acting, live meaningful lives with real intrinsic value (and hope in a better one that comes after this one).
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”-Matthew 4:4
At this point, the big shiny purple elephant in the room is that while the existential argument for faith may be psychologically valid, it is still only pragmatic. People may be justified in having faith because it helps them function, but the existential argument still gives them no reason to believe that the object of their faith actually exists. At this point, it seems that all the argument has done is score a point for old-fashioned American pragmatism that says, “if it works, then it’s true.”
However, to conclude that this was ever an argument for the existence of God is to miss the point entirely. The point is this: to cause unbelievers to take seriously enough the Christian faith so as to actually try it. Due to the noetic affects of sin, no argument will ever convince the non-believer, and this one is no different. Rather, this argument (and all others) should simply be used to spark within someone the drive to take the necessary leap of faith required to break through the barrier of man's inclination towards distrust and sinful rejection of God, thereby causing them to come to objective knowledge of the truth of Him through faith that's self-attesting.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen [...] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear [...] But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."- Hebrews 11:1,3,6
  1. "Why should we believe in the God of the Bible? We could just as easily believe in zeus, allah, or some other [pagan] god(s) or goddess(es). There is just no reason for someone to place their faith in the Judeo-Christian God, since He is just another in a long line of many who claim to be the 'one true God.'"
I've previously discussed why this argument fails here. I highly suggest others take a gander and see the fuller refutation of this argument given in that post. For the sake of time (and length), however, I'll just quote the main objection I raised in regards to this charge.
[...] every other religion teaches us to earn our way to God. Christianity is the only religion that teaches that God came to us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died for us before we did a thing for Him. God didn’t wait for us to get things right before He sent His Son to die. In fact, God sent His Son because He knew we could never get things right apart from Jesus! Other religions have systems of rules to appease their god. Christianity is a relationship with God. Other religions give us a list of things to do and not do. Some religions call them laws or pillars. These are things that you do in hopes of getting into heaven. Yet Psalm 145:18-19 tells us, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them." We don’t have to appease God to receive His favor. He already showed us His love for us by sending Jesus to die on a cross in our place, for our sins. The separation between us and God was appeased, and we didn’t have to do a thing except believe. Christians go to church, read the Bible and obey God’s commands, not because we have to but because we want to. We want to learn about this God who would go to such great lengths for us. We want to show our thankfulness for His grace by representing Him well with our lives. And we choose to follow His plan, knowing that a God who loves us enough to sacrifice His Son for us has our best interest at heart.
Put simply, man could not have conceived of a religion like Christianity on his own, because man (in his natural unregenerate state) is too proud to ever believe that heaven is a gift, and that it is not something you could ever earn by your own works or merit. Man's ideas of what constitutes righteousness before God is completely different than what God Himself expects of those who enter His kingdom, as sin is not allowed in the presence of a holy and just God. Therefore, the only way one could ever receive salvation is by being clothed in the righteousness of God Himself, and this only happens through faith and trust in His Son (and what He already did for you). Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Some have argued that the mere existence of splintered denominations and beliefs within Christendom itself poses a problem for this line of logic. However, the apostle Paul (who wrote most of the New Testament) states that such a thing is really just another opportunity for those who preach the truth to stand out amongst the crowd. In 1 Corinthians 11:18-19 we read, "For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you."
  1. "Why did God choose the Hebrews of all people?"
Israel stands at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Geographically, it belongs to the Asian continent and is part of the Middle East region. In the west, Israel is bound by the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon and Syria border it to the north, Jordan to the east, Egypt to the southwest and the Red Sea to the south.
The land of Israel just so happens to exist in a place where every continent touching it (those being Europe, Asia, and Africa) would have to go through said land and interact with its inhabitants in order to make trade with anyone else. This, to me, seems awfully coincidental if the God of the Hebrews didn't exist, and yet making proselytes were one of the goals of their religion.
Mind you, the point raised here isn't meant to undeniably "prove" that YHWH exists or anything like that. It's simply something that, I believe, should illicit serious consideration when one tries to find the answer(s) to the oft asked question "Why did God choose the Hebrews?"
  1. "Christian’s only believe in Christianity because they were born in a Christian culture. If they’d been born in India, they would have been Hindu instead."
This argument is appealing because it pretends to wholly dismiss people’s reasoning capabilities based on their environmental influences in childhood. The idea is that people in general are so intellectually near-sighted that they can’t see past their own upbringing, which, it would follow, would be an equally condemning commentary on atheism (if one was consistent with the charge), but the idea is fairly easy to counter.
In short, this is an example of the "genetic fallacy," trying to invalidate a view by showing how a person came to hold the view. This is a fallacy because the truth of a view is independent of how a person came to believe it. For example, if you had been born in ancient Greece, you would've believed (like Aristotle, an ancient Greek polymath) that the sun goes around the earth. Does that make your current belief that the earth goes around the sun false, or unjustified?
No.
Furthermore, this objection is a double edged sword. For if the atheist had been born in India, he'd likely have been a religious particularist respective of what he had just assigned for said society. So his "lack of belief" in religion is just the result of his being born in contemporary western society and, therefore, is not objectively true.
[Note: I was raised in a mostly secular household all my life, and didn't become a Christian until I was 18. My mother was a nominal Catholic, and my dad might as well have been an atheist (and is now, in fact). I was once an atheist myself, but now I'm a Christian. I'm living proof for why this argument fails, and so are many others within Christendom.]
  1. "If God created the universe, who created God?"
This is one of the more peculiar arguments I’ve ever come across. It is an argument usually levied once a theist posits that God is required for the existence of the universe (an absolute Being upon which all other things exist by way of contingency). Some atheists then shift the weight over to the theist saying, “Well then who created God?” This very familiar argument demonstrates a failure to understand what almost any form of classical theism understands by the name “God”. Speaking for Christianity, God is the One who is – i.e., the only One who is the source of His own Being. He is worshipped as the uncreated One who always was and always will be. God is not seen by the Christian as one more being in the total aggregate of all beings in the universe. Rather, He is the source and ground of all being, of all existence.
One way to say it, though it might sound odd at first, is that Christians do not believe that God ever came into existence (Kierkegaard). Think of it in the old ‘Cosmological Argument’ sense: Whatever begins to exist must have a cause. The universe began to exist, therefore it had a cause. But God never began to exist; He always was, i.e., eternal. Asking "Who created God?" is like asking, “What does blue smell like?” Blue is not in the category of things that have a smell, so the question itself is flawed. In the same way, God is not in the category of things that are created or caused. God is uncaused and uncreated—He simply exists.
How do we know this? We know that from nothing, nothing comes. So, if there were ever a time when there was absolutely nothing in existence, then nothing would have ever come into existence. But things do exist. Therefore, since there could never have been absolutely nothing, something had to have always been in existence. That ever-existing thing is what we call God. God is the uncaused Being that caused everything else to come into existence. God is the uncreated Creator who created the universe and everything in it.
The atheist will typically respond with, “who cares what you assert about God, it still does not answer the question.” And this is a great example of the moment when atheists and Christians begin to talk past one another. For the Christian, the question is purely nonsensical, for the atheist it’s pure logical fallacy.
On that note, for those who would cry “Special Pleading” at this claim must defend the alternative, which, strictly speaking, is illogical in a universe made entirely of contingent realities. Without the logical assignment of an absolute upon which all things are contingent, one is left with something like absolute contingency or unconditional conditionality of the physical universe (this assuming one believes in the eternality of nature; if not, if one believes the universe had a beginning, then he must defend an even more fantastic illogical leap, that of “just-thereness” of the universe, which differs very little from pure magic). But the belief that God alone is eternal in His being is not special pleading to begin with for the simple fact that the subject matter is something truly unique, justifiably “special”. If one cannot claim that at least one thing is Absolute, or “Necessary” in a universe of conditionality, then reality as we know it is irrational.
Better to be wrongly accused of a logical fallacy then rightly accused of a logical absurdity.
Of course, at this point, the atheist will then ask, "What was God doing before creation?"
Atheists are missing the fact that there was no time before God created. Time is actually a created entity. The first verse of the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). A study of this verse reveals that God created time, space, and matter on the first day of Creation Week. No one of these can have a meaningful existence without the others. God created the space-mass-time universe. Space and matter must exist in time, and time requires space and matter. Time is only meaningful if physical entities exist and events transpire during time.
“In the beginning...” is when time began! There was no time before time was created! Remember, God is spaceless, timeless, immaterial, and uncaused.
I like to explain it this way. There was no “before” God created. There was not even “nothing”. There was God existing in eternity.
This is something humans, as finite created beings, can never really understand. That’s why the Bible makes it clear there is always a “faith” aspect to our understanding of God. Now, Biblical faith is not against reason, but such things go beyond our understanding (Pro. 3:5-6 cf. Luke 1:37).
  1. "God is not all-powerful if there is something He cannot do. God cannot lie, therefore God is not all-powerful."
This argument would be fantastic—devastating maybe—if God was more of the ancient Greek god persuasion, where the gods themselves were subject to fate and limited to their specific roles in the cosmos. The orthodox doctrine of God is much different. Christians view God’s ontology as subject to His perfect free-will. Why is He good? Because He wills to be good. Why does He not lie? Because He wills to be honest. Why does God exist as Trinity? Because He wills it. He could just as easily will to not exist. And yes, He could just as easily will to lie. The fact that He doesn’t is no commentary on whether He could.
[Note: Due to the immense amount of discussion that this point usually raises, one clarifying statement is worth noting. An argument based on strict logical word games can render the idea ‘all-powerful,’ or ‘omnipotent’ self-defeating. When one considers the juvenile question, “Can God create a rock so heavy that He can’t lift it?” this point becomes clear. But there is a serious error at work here if one interprets the Christian belief in an “almighty God” with this understanding of omnipotent. Christianity’s claim that God is almighty simply means that all power and authority are God’s. If the nuance escaped you, please read the last sentence again. It’s very important. Christians do not mean by all-powerful that God can do the logically absurd, such as make a two sided triangle, count how many miles are in purple, or defeat the flying spaghetti monster in a rock-paper-scissors death match. But, for giggles let’s answer the question: can God create a rock so heavy that He can’t lift it? No. There you have it. If you’re in jr. high school you may now slap yourself a high-five for defeating the “all-powerful god” that Christianity never claimed to believe in. Of course, on the other hand, if we say that God can do the logically impossible, then there's no problem there either because then God could create a stone too heavy for Him to lift, and then He can lift it! And if the atheist says, "Well that's logically contradictory," then alright, God can do the logically impossible. Either way, the question itself is flawed to begin with and nothing more than bar banter at best.]
  1. "Why doesn't God speak to people anymore like He did in the Old Testament?"
The long answer to this question is given here. The short answer is that God has already spoken. His words were faithfully written down, and they have been miraculously kept for us through the ages. The Bible is finished. God’s progressive revelation is done (Rev. 22:18). Now we have the completed canon of Scripture, and we need no further miracles to “validate” the Bible, which has already been validated (and whom the inner witness of the Holy Spirit testifies to believers is true; 1 John 5:9-13). In God’s perfect Word is everything we need “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is perfectly able to make us “wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). It is a “more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed” (2 Pet. 1:19).
[Note: For my Christian readers, I am not a cessationist. I clarify my views of miracles (which I still believe in) and their function within the Church and the world in the aforementioned link.]
  1. "The God of the Bible is evil. A God who allows so much suffering and death can be nothing but evil."
I devoted a separate post addressing this oft raised accusation, but let me deal here with the problem inherent in the criticism itself.
The argument takes as its presupposition that good and evil are real; that there is an ultimate standard of good and evil that supersedes mere fanciful ‘ideas’ about what is good and evil at a given time in our ethical evolution, as it were. If there is not a real existence—an ontological reality—of good and evil, then the charge that God is evil because of this or that is really to say nothing more than, “I personally don’t like what I see in the world and therefore a good God cannot exist.” I like what C.S. Lewis said on a similar matter: “There is no sense in talking of ‘becoming better’ if better means simply ‘what we are becoming’—it is like congratulating yourself on reaching your destination and defining destination as ‘the place you have reached.’”
What is tricky for the atheist in these sorts of debates is to steer clear of words loaded with religious overtones. It’s weird for someone who does not believe in ultimate good and evil to condemn God as evil because He did not achieve their personal vision of good. So, the initial criticism seems sound (at first), but it is subversive to the atheist’s staging ground in the end. If one is going to accept good and evil as realities, he is not in a position to fully reject God. Instead, he is more in a position to wrestle with the idea that God is good.
"Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?"-Romans 9:20
"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?"-Job 4:17
"Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?"-Job 35:2
Of course, the atheist will then try to argue that the Biblical world view is incoherent and inconsistent within its own self, due to the belief that the Christian God is omnibenevolent and yet does (and/or commands) seemingly horrifying things throughout the Old Testament. So its a problem for the Christian trying to justify the acts of his own God, rather than a problem for the atheist (who believes in no god, and no objective moral values to begin with). However, I deal with this kind of charge here as well.
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2020.09.13 18:55 swanlaike How I Got into Stanford (+ Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, Princeton) as an Average Student

As a sophomore attending Stanford, I wanted to share my journey of applying to college and the factors that made me stand out amongst my peers (hopefully, this will help your application process as well!). Honestly, I consider myself a 'Pro Ultra Deluxe Reddit Academia Lurker' because I have used Reddit for every single aspect of my application (finding free SAT/ACT practice tests, browsing other people's specs, jotting down tips from successful applicants), so I wanted to share my knowledge with the masses.
EDIT: I put "average" in the title, but I just want to mention that my test scores are definitely not average on a nationwide perspective. I was simply average compared to my graduating class. There were tons students in our class with better specs than me (better scores, better extracurriculars, higher math levels, more APs, full score subject test results, legacy students, sports scholar, ect). I titled this post in the scope of our own little high school bubble, so it may be misleading.
GENERAL INFO:
Why I Believed Others Were More Qualified
The school county that I attended was known for having one of the most rigorous and competitive academics in the nation. Naturally, the students who attended reflected those ideals. I had 300 volunteering hours, but that was absolute garbage compared to the girl who had been receiving awards for 1,500 service hours since MIDDLE SCHOOL ! There was also a good chunk of kids who were in a higher math level than me (and boyyyy were they arrogant...) These same kids would create functional computers from scratch, intern in the White House/NASA, win tons of gold medals in science olympiad (and placing first nationally), and all around just impossible things for teenagers to imagine. Stanford has been my dream school, but I quickly gave up on that idea when I learned a fellow classmate (who I deemed better than I ever would be) also had Stanford as their dream school. Let's call her, Emily -- Emily was the Asian daughter that I had always aspired to be: captain of the tennis club, champion of science awards, the booty-licker of all teachers, 1600 SAT score + perfect subject tests, conqueror of multivariable calculus, perfect report card since birth, 4.7 GPA, volunteered in an undeveloped country, coded a phone app, future pre-med neuroscience legend, leader of a church youth group, bold, brave, and oh yeah a snake. Emily always assumed that Stanford was going to accept her and BY GOD she had all the means to achieve it. She would use caffeine pills to stay up all night to study, hired tutors to co-write her essays, went to a monthly SAT training camp, convinced teachers to let her co-write the rec letters, made up stories in her personal essays to sound more impactful, and rehearsed interview questions with Ivy League alumnus, and who knows what else... Honestly, I thought all T20 schools were meant for people like her; cut-throat, competitive, insanely brilliant, and haughty. (I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Stanford and most people were actually...human... but 25% of students are still Emily replicas lmao)
I always knew that I would apply to some Ivys because I genuinely believed that I had at least a 10% shot with my standardized tests alone. However, I crossed out Stanford because that was reserved for Emily. In the afternoon of one wintery day, I received a surprising Facetime call from my friend. 'Yooooooo', she began in a sing-sang voice. 'Guess who applied for Stanford early decision and got denied? It was Emily!' she cackled. I think my heart stopped in that moment. I don't believe myself to be a cruel person; I genuinely felt bad for Emily who had dedicated her entire high school career into building a resumé for Stanford. Yet, I was proud of Stanford for being able to distinguish between an authentic student versus one with a fake persona. That night (2 days before the application deadline btw) I wrote my Stanford essays in a frenzy and sent them in. Spring brought joyous tears as I opened my application portal and read the magic word, 'Congratulations'.
Why I Got In (Realistic)
My Advice for 2020 Applicants

Good luck! Feel free to message me with questions about college, Stanford and the Ivys, or standardized testing. I'm here for you, just like the sub was here for me :)
p.s. Emily didn't get accepted into any T20 school
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