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2023.06.07 11:13 Alternative_Law_2804 Not ok

I was Having a dream about Ethan and we were care free running and laughing, joking and it felt so real. I woke to my 5 year old yelling from the hallway "mom Ethans here!!" The confusion of sleep slowly lifting as my mind processed and the reality slamming back into me with the absolute weight of the world as I realize the light in the hall is just flickering again. I don't say much about this, and I haven't because there are no words and nobody wants to hear it. But I do want to get into it a bit on a different level. We look at people and think they look like they have these perfect lives, they look happy. You don't see the problems just under the surface. I had an older gentleman at the gas station hold the door for me- he had to have been about 80. His face a map of where he had been, kind eyes that smiled with his mouth. I'm sure I looked shell shocked, a blank expression on my face, in a daze and there was no way he had of realizing I had just held my dead son in my arms and seen his brains through the top of his head and his chest loosely stitched together. I'd had to sign a waiver to see him, but I had to. My brother had asked to go look first and asked me to not go myself if he thought it was too bad. I let him go in first and heard him beg me please don't go when he walked back in the room. A marine war vet who I'm sure had seen worse, yet his face looked pale, his lips pressed tightly together and his eyebrows were furrowed together and his eyes wouldnt quite meet mine as he came out imploring me no, "Ethan would not want you to remember him like this please, dont go in. Just trust me." I asked my brother if it was bad- was his face gone? Thinking about a 45 hollow point entering someone's head and just decimating it. He shook his head and said his face was ok. I remember needing to see Ethan, it still wasnt really real to me- i mean maybe they had a mistaken identity or he wasnt really dead or it was all a sick prank. I just had to see and nothing would have stopped me from walking in the room and actually seeing it was him. It was finally my turn. When you are ready i was told. I thought to myself, when would i ever be ready? Who wakes up and says they are ready to see the little boy that they rocked to sleep, that they watched take their first steps, say their first words, smile for the first time, who could be ready to see them dead. I was not entirely sure what i was about to see. I started to walk through the door and he was there on the other side of the empty room. The room was bigger then the one they gave you at other viewings and he was against the opposite wall laying on a gurney with a blood drop splattered sheet covering him up to his chin. I think of it and the feelings come rushing back to me. The way my knees almost buckled and the way I felt dizzy with bile coming up in the back of my throat. The way I could only choke out the words "oh, bubba.. what did you do?" As i felt the oxygen suddenly sucked out of my body. The room suddenly hot, the air too thin the silence so loud you could hear it. I walked over to him reaching out to smooth his hair off of his face. His head seemed oddly misshapen and his eyes were sunk into his head. I remember hearing a sound that sounded like a hurt animal as i stared down, into the sight that greets me now everytime I close my eyes. vaguely being aware that I was making the sound and willing it to stop. Then I just felt overwhelmed knowing that absolutely nothing I could say or do, could get him to stand up and smile at me. That I was helpless and this was definitely my child. There was no mistake. I could see the top of his skull was gone and tried not to look at the gore where the top of his head was missing. I saw bone and brains yet, I didn't feel grossed out as I touched him. Just helpless. This was a booboo I could not slap a bandaid on. I flashed back to a few days before he died when he had come to work with me and cut his finger and i teased him as i put a bandaid on my brave little guy at the same time i had been grossed out and couldnt look at the scratch. He had laughed and looked at me semi amused and semi appalled. I walked around searching and not seeing the entry wound on him so I when a mortuary employee came to check in on me i asked her if she knew. she knew right where it was and reached out and turned his head and I was honestly kind of shocked because I thought dead people were always hard after rigor mortise set in- I'd touched dead people before but never tried to move them. His head turned with kind of a rubbery, heavy, unnatural look and there it was. Smaller then the hickey next to it he had had that last day I saw him. The size of the tip of my pinkie and pretty anticlimactic to what I'd thought it would be. Just a tiny almost bruised looking dot- having done less damage at the entry site then the exit. Pulling the sheet down a bit and seeing him loosely stitched across his chest and seeing the image of sewing a chicken breast back together when cooking (just add the jalapeños and cream cheese and cranberries and stitch it closed then bake at 350).... The rest of the visit is really between me, him and God. But back to the guy at the gas station.. who while well meaning, told me smile, it's not that bad. And it's funny because I in no way, feel that I am alone. I know so many of us have had moments that just rocked their universes. So many of us have had moments whether it be personally, or while at war, that just broke us. Yet, on the surface looking people would never know. This stranger just trying in his way to spread happiness had no idea that yes, it was that bad. For me today, yes it was that bad and worse. It's been several months, but my suffering didn't end there. I still had to watch the news reports read the comments of strangers opinions that didnt know me, didnt care if his family read their judgements, still had to field phone calls from the detectives, the Investigators. Still had to watch the video of my son dying (obsessively over and over trying to find a clue). I still had to receive his clothing he wore (and im slowly working on opening each of the 27 bags of evidence i was given), read reports and cremate him and make his urn, go to the scene where he died that was poorly cleaned up with chunks of blood and flesh strewn around (in a very public spot so that people were walking and stepping unknowingly on chunks of him that had been missed , read the autopsy report where it described cutting out his tongue and calling after hours to the coroner for about the 25th time, crying and questioning.. for the love of God, why? And choking back rage- how? How did you get it out? Did you give it back? Doing full on obsessive research learning our eyes turn black shortly after we die, watching cremation videos and staring at the clock as he was being burned and mashed up and then trying to process it all. Past that the dreams. I dont dream often that i remember, but the dreams lately are frequent and vivid. But on the flip side I have not had one day off to grieve. Not one full day of help with the kids to process. Not one full day of my phone not ringing for work or not having to make dinner and take care of 4 smaller kids who are counting on me. Honestly, things are compounding and the more time goes by, the further I am withdrawing and shutting down. The ability to deal with small stressors and something as simple as my phone ringing is throwing me back to the beginning where the voice on the other end started this nightmare with "ethans dead" . Logically I know that's not the case but I hear messages beep across, I hear it ring and anxiety and dread fill me and I just can't look. Nothing can force me to look. But it's funny how we have to be OK. NO one knows or wants to hear because it's too much, or they don't understand or it's been a week, a month... aren't you better yet? I see other people out there and know they've dealt with the same, and it changes you. You WANT to be OK. You would trade your life to have that particular situation not have happened. And I do. I want to be OK. I want to be the person people think I am. I want to be able to run my business or answer my phone but I can't be. I'll never be again and the dreams, nightmares and that hope as I wake up that it's not real, that will never fade. In some western cultures, after a death they will wear a black arm and to signify they are in mourning. I almost think it would be easier if we did that here. Then, maybe people would not be so quick to judge. You never should assume that just because someone looks normal that there is not a whole lot of trauma boiling up, I want to apologize to all my clients who haven't been able to make it through, that I haven't communicated well with and that don't or can't understand. This isn't a choice. This isn't what I want. This is what is pushed upon me and no words can change the fact that I am Stilll tired and confused and shocked at the loss of my son, and I am trying to be whole, I am trying to put on a smile and answer my phone and be the business people need but is it ever OK to be not ok? The answer I'm seeming to get is not during peak season its not! I'm processing kind of a lot and granted, I obviously need to work to pay my bills so am grateful for the work, on the flip side getting screamed at from a lady that our mow guy is a day late because it rained or the crew is not at their house we had said wed be there in the afternoon and its now 3:15, that compounds into me just staring blankly at the phone as it rings wondering how I can keep running a business if these small stressors are so debilitating right now, thinking of the past few years that my son worked for me as I realize I'm short staffed and how I started this company because of him. With him wanting to earn money so we shoveled together then he had people wanting weeding while he was at school so I jumped in and it went from there. So I am wondering what life I have now when such a huge piece of me is dead and I do blame myself because I didn't realize it at the time but my actions, parenting style and reactions had everything to do with his death and even though what I did made sense looking back- instead of calling the police on him when he showed me he had a gun- and knowing he'd run from his sober living, I just lectured him and told him I knew he'd make the right choice. I had a truck I wanted to give him but didn't because he had a gun and had run from sober living. If I'd given him the truck he would not have stolen the car. I could have traded gun for truck. If I'd called police they would have taken him to jail where he was safe. My version of natural consequences didnt factor in that I'd be the one alive to suffer them not him.
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2023.06.07 11:07 thxfrplaying Not Ruin- ReUnIoN

TLDR Gregory was always a villain, Vanessa is NOT an Afton but an Emily, Michael is Freddy, SB was a purposeful set up to free Glitchtrap/William and draw in threats to the Aftons for Ruin, plot of ruin is to "save them", character predictions to complete the "reunion"
All imma say after most recent few vids and new trailers, to try to fill in some community gaps
Gregory is a robot and recreation of Evan, mirrored by the GGY story in the (((books))). Bad news. You play as the villain in Security Breach. The mimic system in SB is run by the influence of Charlie, and upon recognizing Gregory switches into attack mode. After all, it is never explained why they attack you in SB, or what happens to you after you are caught other than the assumed death. They attack because Charlie sees you as an Afton creation and wants to put that to a stop. May also explain why Chica knows your name but nobody else does (Chica is character in Mimic story, very related to Henry, kind of a reach).
Anyway, the only one who breaks free is Freddy, who yes I will suggest is haunted by Michael (recognizes blob souls, and other details in MatPat's video about it). This is why he separates from Charlie's influence, just by nature as he is an Afton, and/or would have been rigged to do so by either Gregory or something else (ex. Burntrap/William/Glitchtrap(?) has this capability in the boss battle, even though it is depicted as an attack, may also be why Freddy gets purpler as you replace parts signifying a break away from the others and closer to the family). This would feed into Freddy's conflicted speech upon seeing the blob, and him being "different", and resistant to William in the end.
I think Gregory had a role in releasing and enabling Afton and was never actually under threat of death except by the Charlie-driven animatronics. After all, there's no Afton jumpscare, you're only killed by the blob or the broken animatronics in the boss fight (again driven by Charlie, though Freddy's possession kill might be a hole in this). I think Gregory was always part of the larger Afton plot, but Gregory actually lost most of his memory somewhere in this process, and therefore can "die" in two different ways in SB- REAL death by Charlie animatronics, or memory death (like a factory reset, but may as well be death to protagonist us) by Afton representatives (hence why Vanny can "kill" you which wouldn't make sense if Gregory was pro-Afton). This also makes sense because Gregory does some things that don't line up with being in with the Aftons, or remembering he is part of the crew, except in the Afton ending, such as disassemble Vanny (also where he overtly exposes Glitchtrap with princess quest). So the Afton ending, probably the cannon one, is the one where Gregory regains his memory of his quest, elaborated below in the William section. Perhaps breaking enough animatronics spurred it.
So kind of tying up the WHY of all this, Ruin is a Reunion. Gregory is there, he stayed because the Afton ending of SB was all part of the plan to lure in (as is the traditional family way) the remaining representatives of the victim souls (Cassy and Charlie as the mimic system opposing the glitchtrap system). Michael is still as Freddy, who is seen broken in the trailer. This could be because (assuming he's been the guard shutting down locations the whole time) he isn't 100% loyal to the cause, or be related to the disassemble ending. This may also be why Freddy can't see Vanny- It's purposeful because they don't quite know what side he's on. Or that could be generally protective to Vanny, as being recognized as under Afton influence by being seen at all could trigger aggression as with Gregory (may partially be why Freddy attacks her with the new eyes, but this also suggests that he should be attacking Gregory too if he's also a direct Afton, though the whole 'new eyes' thing gets really convoluted around Gregory and robot-or-not and/or Afton-or-not).
William's fate is uncertain after being taken by the blob but I think the Burntrap thing was just a red herring. After all, it's all about Glitchtrap now. Perhaps even the boss battle was really to get him into the system, merging with the Mimic through the blob to challenge it directly, hence why Gregory was all part of the plan. Or by some other route Glitchtrap/William exists in whatever that thing at the end of the Ruin trailer is (Glamrock Bonnie is my personal assumption, but that's controversial).
The difficulty is with Vanny and Vanessa. Vanny kind of got dunked on if the disassemble ending is cannon WITH the Afton ending hence Freddy's condition in the Ruin trailer, and her mask was just lying there in the trailer. I think she will return, especially being underutilized in SB, but as an individual trying to indirectly influence Cassy into being infected by Glitchtrap perhaps towards a bad ending (such as by leaving the mask). I believe she did a similar thing when chasing Gregory, supporting the Gregory memory loss theory, where she literally gets him to "see red" with the hallucination kind of effect, and is capable of this kind of thing as he can be influenced by technology being a robot.
Vanessa I do not think is an Afton, her eyes were originally green which I think was only changed so as to not be too heavy handed, and that's a Charlie/good thing. She is also not shown aggression by the animatronics, which would check out with my theory about the related aggression towards Gregory. This would mean the SB good ending was not so much about the reunion of the non corrupted Aftons, but about saving them from the influence of their fatheGlitchtrap/William. Also, if in the new books Henry was a departmental higher up, also evidenced by the FNAF 6 location underneath, that would explain how she was hired by a higher up in those messages. She is related to Henry's side of things, not Afton's. In fact, in the newest theory, SHE could be the guardian mentioned at the end. Hence, the good ending, again, and being shown separate from Vanny in the fire ending and therefore not the same person. I am not 100% certain about either's role in Ruin.
This all also may explain certain scenes and lines in the Ruin trailer, like Roxy not being immediately aggressive to Cassy (not an Afton, therefore not immediately aggressive). However that could also be just a Roxy thing as there's obviously the Monty jumpscare and it wouldn't be a horror game if all of them were friendly. It could be a last stand kind of thing where instead of breaking them like Gregory did, you have to save them even as they are threats. I think Gregory again is just a lure and is a villain (somewhat touched on in MatPat's reaction video), but if Steel Wool pulled that with SB they could do another thing where Cassy is double-double-crossing Gregory and knows that he knows he's a villain and is secretly there not to save him from the pizzaplex but from the influences of his family (don't give up on me yet), and to save the struggling anti-Afton forces, without being corrupted or killed yourself (after all depending on whether or not anyone's a robot there's both physical and digital risk).
So the Aftons are there, the Henry/Charlie/Cassidy/souls whatever are there, it's a Reunion, and especially a family reunion as is the goal of the Aftons bringing everyone together to finish William's legacy which checks out with the secret room. EXCEPT, small problem, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Afton are still in the air. Mrs. Afton has not been pictured except maybe as represented by Ballora, which makes it complicated. Elizabeth has plenty of parallels, especially with Baby/Elizabeth having green eyes, the mask being in the blob, and potential robot recreations eat your heart out. There's also the staff bot parallels. This is why I think a long shot prediction is that we will see surprise characters representing these two in Ruin, assuming they don't already exist and I'm overlooking or dismissing something.
Thoughts or predictions? Sorry if anything is confusing, English is my second language and plus it is fnaf. I can try to explain some things more as well.
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2023.06.07 10:59 Hopeful-Statement-98 I hate my mom

I'm not the one being cheated on, unfortunately my father is. I'm giving this post a big trigger warning for suicidal attempts.
My mother, who doesn't even want to be my mom, or any of her other 6 kids.. has cheated on my dad. This isn't the first time but my father is religious and believes in "till death do us part" and forgiveness.. maybe too much.
This time was absolutely horrendous, maybe because I'm older and understand what is happening. She was caught with another man in our family car, he has confronted her.. many times. The process of this has been going on for 2 months now.
When he confronted her, hurtful things were said and it was like they were completely different people. My mother started hitting my dad and calling him these awful names because my dad told the rest of our family what she did, and insulted her.
My dad has been breaking down so much ever since and we all still live in the same house, with the exception of me moving out soon. Things are so lonely and terrible here. After the confrontation, I caught my dad trying to hang himself in our garage and it was terrifying. He looked me in my eyes and told me he couldn't do it anymore, I broke down after soothing him and taking the rope to my room with me. I still have it and I can't bring myself to take it out of the hiding spot I put it in and look at it.
My mother is aware of everything and yet she continues to talk to this man, who she could be a mother to. I hate her so much, I can't help it. She has been so absent since everything and she told my father that she doesn't even want to be a mom or wife. It broke me, my own mother who was so affectionate just days ago saying this. I can't believe anything she says anymore.
As things have settled I've tried easing in conversations but it's hard because she doesn't listen nor care. She sits and goes drinking while I have to watch her kids like I have been doing for years. While my dad works his ass off to just keep us barely afloat. I'm so tired, I hate her.
She continues to reel him in by saying she doesn't want a divorce but calls him an asshole and names for asking why she's talking to that man still. He's so broken buy can't bring himself to say anything.
I've been wanting to say so many things to this woman even though it isn't my place. But she had the audacity to get angry at me today when I told her exciting news about me being able to start my own life. I hate her, she makes everything about her. She belittles others for feeling the way they do and gaslights them into thinking they're the problem. I don't know this woman.
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2023.06.07 09:44 dungbeetle70 Evangelion and Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

The Wall is the best album I've ever listened to. Everything about it is perfect. The music, the themes, the lyrics, absolutely amazing, it explores themes many artists would never think of exploring during its time, and its the same way for Evangelion. It has a lot of the same themes as The Wall, both the movie and the actual album. (They're also my two favorite pieces of media.)
Come to think of it, they're basically the same thing.
The start of evangelion and the start of The Wall are similar in how they introduce themselves. They both seemingly open up quietly but then quickly turn Into intense and firey displays of action. In The Flesh is by no means a calm song, it basically tells you what you should expect from the rest of the album. "If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise." That line may not seem significant, but both Evangelion and The Wall progress to eventually reveal the true emotions of their characters, and this line Is a very obvious metaphor for that.
Much like the first part of the wall, the first part of evangelion (episodes 1-9) give context to their characters and explain their backstories and motives. There's not much to say about this part, so I'm just gonna move on to the middle of these two masterpieces.
The middle of the wall follows Pinks devolvement into madness and his eventual building of his "wall." The middle part of evangelion is mostly filler, but after episode 15, it becomes much more familiar. After this point, it explores the Characters building up their own walls. Shinji only falls deeper into his depression and begins to close out the people around him, and Asuka begins to completely lose her mind as to her, shinji one-ups her in every way. By the end of the show, all the characters have completely shut themselves off from each other, much like how pink shuts himself off from the world, and, eventually, overdoses on an unknown drug. Now, bare with me here, but this is quite similar to Asukas mental break in episode 22, with her almost dying just like pink because of her completely losing it and just not caring anymore. Shinji seemingly takes the same path after Kaworu's devastating death. He completely shuts down and becomes a shell of his former self. He goes catatonic, and becomes almost completely unresponsive to the outside world (sound familiar?)
Episode 25', and the post-In The Flesh part 2 section of The Wall are similar in how they completely switch the vibe of their respective pieces. Pink has completely lost it and given in to a truly evil version of himself as he let's his aggression get the best of him. Asuka comes to a good realization that she's worth living, yes, but Shinji completely gives into his hopelessness, only disconnecting himself from reality as his world falls apart, like how Pinks world fell apart after his overdose, and then it all stops, and this is where we reach Instrumentality. The complete deconstruction of all the characters In evangelion.
Human Instrumentality and The Trial are basically the same thing. The Trial explores what caused pink to think this way and to build his wall, eventually culminating in the complete destruction of his wall, and Human instrumentality explores the root causes of Shinji's pain and way of thinking, trying to describe to him how he'd wrong, much like how the Trial did. Instrumentality eventually culminates in the complete destruction of the walls around peoples souls, revealing everyone's true selves and merging together. (Forgot to mention how the AT field is literally just a metaphor for the walls people build.)
Now, Outside The Wall can be a metaphor for a lot of things in Evangelion, but I prefer to connect it to the revelation that Shinji can be happy by letting people into his heart, and that you can only find true happiness with the will to live. Outside The Wall says much the same thing, that Pink can find true happiness if he let's people into his heart. And both of these masterpieces end in a sweet and final conclusion that occasionally makes me cry.
There's also the possibility I completely misinterpreted The End of Evangelion or The Wall.
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2023.06.07 09:36 thezzarry [PI] You are the barkeep of a very strange bar. It seems to attract monsters and gods, and is the unofficial neutral ground in most conflicts. Everyone likes you, and you are well protected. One day, some New Gods come in and try to fuck with you.

The Old Ways can rub some people wrong — especially those coming into the supernatural world fresh from this modern era of excess, privilege, and internet anonymity. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen societal changes and cultural shifts in every direction you could plot an axis for; live for nearly 3500 years as I have, and you too will come to understand that Change is the one and only constant in this world. But what our more, shall I say, exuberant (indignant, entitled, take your pick) newcomers tend to misunderstand is that Old Ways — and those of us who uphold them — don’t stand in opposition to change; we’ve just already seen all their ‘new’ ideas brought forward before, been accepted, gone stale, and get discarded for the next.
The Old Ways aren’t rules, they’re just how you come to behave once you’ve lived through a few revolutions of the cycle. They’re also not written or codified in any way, but if I had to articulate the particular tenet that seems most abhorrent to our most recent newcomers, it would be this: Respect is owed to your elders, because they’ve already damn-well earned it in the past.
The recent upheaval in the supernatural underworld wasn’t particularly upsetting, or even that surprising: some newly-minted vamp shaking things up, gathering a following, killing off a few of the established vampire lords. I don’t overlap much with the neck-biter scene, so it wasn’t very concerning to me. But as ill-luck would have it, he kept growing more famous, and thus harder to avoid hearing about.
He was turned fairly late for a vampire, in his 40s, having already led a deeply troubling life steeped in conspiracy theory, hoax, and rabbit holes into the occult. So rather than take the traditional path toward amassing strength for a vamp — which is basically just to feed regularly and get older — he instead continued his dive into the occult. To his credit, this did score him the power he needed to oppose (and depose) many of the vampire lords of London; to his detriment, it also placed him rather firmly on a collision course with me.
I’d put a handful of wards and contingencies in place out of habit, but I wasn’t particularly concerned. Vampires are about as dangerous to me as… eh… now that I think of it, I don’t have a great analogy on hand for this. There isn’t much that’s truly all that dangerous to me at all, anymore — about as dangerous as a mosquito, I guess? In that I’d be annoyed if one bit me?
Still, he did manage to surprise me, if only because I never thought he’d be stupid enough to come for me there, in the Tavern. But like I said: in this storied community, the impetuous youth flaunt or ignore the Old Ways at their own peril. And it had started as such a nice, quiet night, with me seated at my usual booth in its dimly lit, secluded corner of the restaurant.
“Here you are, darling, you just let me know if you need anything else, okay?”
The head server of the Tavern is a lovely woman, seemingly 30 to 40 years of age, who despite the many years she’s spent in England, still speaks with an accent from the American south. Her ethnic heritage is clearly from a region further south-west in Africa than my own.
“Of course, thank you Catherine,” I replied as she placed an impeccably plated salad on the table before me. It was one of my favorites at the Tavern, a delightful little number with tender bamboo shoots, and some kind of sweet and spicy mustard vinaigrette. Catherine smiled and whisked off toward another table. I folded a piece of baby spinach over an arugula leaf and pinned them to a bamboo shoot with my fork, and had just lifted them to my lips when the doors to the Tavern slammed open into the walls of the entryway. The small, decorative windows in the doors shattered on impact, showering the hostess’ podium with shards of glass.
Most groups of vampires want to be called ‘covens.’ Some of the weirder, extra culty groups prefer the term ‘hive.’ Judging by the collection of washed out, middle-aged vampire bros who sauntered in through the broken doors, I can only assume this group called themselves something extra stupid, like ‘the posse.’
He was immediately evident. His four goons looked like your average jocks who’d had neither the skill to go pro, nor the sense to plan for anything else in life, and had spent their subsequent years in disappointment of themselves and others.
“Barkeep! A round of your finest libations for the entourage of…” the fucker actually paused, as though for dramatic effect, “the Dread Prince Lestat!”
An audible groan of disgust rose from a table of Lesser Devils in the next alcove down from mine. Abyssal-speech is difficult to decipher even when there isn’t a group of demons all talking over one another, but I did manage to make out from one of them, a trickster muse by the name of Mamenoche, just before he dissolved into a cloud of flies and dispersed. The remaining devils grumbled in disappointment, but still turned with eager smiles to watch the drama unfold.
The keeper of the tavern, for his part, simply raised an eyebrow while he wiped down a freshly washed stein with a drying rag. He nodded to an empty table. “Take a seat, we’ll be right with you,” he said, and then turned away to shelve the clean glass.
The keeper is a slight man, of average height, perhaps in his early to mid 50s. He wears the same costume every day: dark brown slacks and a burgundy tweed vest over a crisp white shirt with the sleeves rolled back to his elbows. His voice is rich and resonant, and though soft-spoken, he is never difficult to hear. Beyond that, I can only say that the tavern keeper looks exactly as you think he would, and do understand that I mean that literally. His features, his hair, the color of his skin: they all exist only in the eyes of the beholder. It’s part of the Glamour.
The four underlings slid chairs out from the table and plopped down with what some of my younger students have recently informed me is known as the ‘Riker maneuver.’ Lestat remained standing and circled the table while he addressed the patrons.
“Well, well, well. So this is the storied Tavern. Drinking hole for the Greats of the underworld, the movers and shakers, the true titans of the occult.” He smirked and paused for effect again. “At least now it is. Bit of a slow day before I got here, eh barkeep?”
The keeper responded with silence as he filled five elaborately crafted snifters from a small, gold-banded barrel behind the bar.
“No matter, we’ll liven things up here real soon. I’m looking for a woman — no, not you love, some other time maybe.” He gestured across the bar to a woman of simply indescribable beauty, whom he utterly failed to recognize as Titania. Lounging beside her, Oberon narrowed his eyes, but remained otherwise still.
It had been at least 150 years since the last time a patron had stepped out of line in the Tavern, and the mood of the crowd was positively electric with anticipation. The vampire, bless his shriveled little heart, clearly interpreted this as deference to his prowess.
“The woman I’m looking for is… Egyptian. An Empress. Her very name and image carved off the face of history by her own son. Probably on the masculine side, considering how she managed to pass herself off as a Pharaoh and usurp his reign for 20 years. Just a guess, but probably a 2 or 3 out of 10.”
“I’ve had kings put to death for far less impetuous horse shit than that, young man,” I said. How rude — I looked positively fabulous with a false goatee.
He turned to me with a broad smile and threw his arms wide open. “And here she is, The Empress Undying. The ‘last word’ in all things occult and arcane, so they tell me.” He approached, squinting into the gloom surrounding my dining table. “And wow, I take it all back, for a 3,000 year old mummy, you are surprisingly bang-able. You know I love a girl who plays hard to get, and let’s face it — erased from history, all that jazz — you were difficult to track down, Hatshepsut!
“Really? I have a page on Wikipedia.”
“That’s not— I mean I prefer— that is, well, primary sources are—”
“Which, if you’d bothered reading, would have told you that Thutmose the Second was not my son, but my step son, and that at 2 years old he was not in the best position to rule when my husband passed. Not to mention it was actually his bratty son Amenhotep who ordered the whole defacing of my icons thing.” Which is also untrue. I ate my own name as part of my Ascension. But he doesn’t need to know the details of my life.
“Here’s your drinks boys,” Catherine said behind him with her typically cheerful demeanor as she set the tray of snifters down between Lestat’s posse. “Seeing as how it’s your first round at the Tavern, darlings, this one’s on the house.”
The vampires grabbed their drinks without so much as a thank you. Lestat wisely took the interruption as a reprieve from this sudden hiccup in whatever grand plan it was he had in mind for me, and retreated to the support of his minions. One of them sniffed at the drink suspiciously, while the others simply threw them back like shots and immediately grimaced. One got it down before sputtering and coughing uproariously, the other two spit it out back into their snifters.
“What is this shit?”
“That’s Ambrosia, darling,” Catherine said as she gently patted the coughing vamp on his back. “Nectar of the gods. It’s a bit of an acquired taste for sure, and most people do prefer to sip it. They say it’s ‘too much sensation’ for us lesser beings.”
“They don’t want Ambrosia, you wench,” Lestat howled, “they want blood!”
“Well I’m sorry darling, but we don’t serve blood here. You asked for a round of our ‘finest libations,’ and there’s no drink finer than Ambrosia in the Tavern, nor outside of it as I’ve ever heard. That barrel over there was handed off by Hermes himself.”
One of the vampires dashed his drink on the floor and pointed at Catherine.
“You’ve got blood, don’t you lass?”
“That will be enough.” The tavern keeper’s soft, mellifluous voice draped over the exchange like a weighted blanket. “I’ve served you drinks, and in return you have been exceedingly impolite to my establishment, my staff, and my patrons. Learn the meaning of deference before you visit next, for you will not be well-received without it. Now, leave.”
Lestat’s four hulking minions might have succumbed to the spell of the keeper’s voice had not their ring-leader, to his detriment, managed to shake out of it.
“Leave? No, we just got here,” he turned back to me, “and I’m not finished with her.”
“But I am finished with you,” I said.
“Ten,” the keeper said, leaning forward to rest his elbows on the bar.
“The only reason I haven’t ended your miserable existence thus far,” I continued, “is out of deference to my elders. It is not my right to take your life inside the walls of this Tavern. I suppose I’ll soon be forced to do it outside, but do understand, I’ll approach that no differently than I would stepping on a scarab.”
“Nine.”
“The truth of it is, 'Dread Prince,' that you are not worth the breath spent uttering your ridiculous name.”
“Not worth your time, am I? I’ll show you what your time is worth, you decrepit bitch!”
“Eight,” the tavern keeper said, and Lestat flung an outstretched claw in his direction while hissing out a spell in medieval Latin.
Generously translated, it came out to roughly As though caught on a hook, the keeper tumbled over his bar and forward through the air. Lestat caught him by the neck and wrenched sideways, spinning the keeper’s head fully around with a loud crunching sound. Then, with the inhuman speed inherent to vampires, he hoisted the keeper’s body over his head, darted across the Tavern, and slammed him down through a table surrounded by a flock of naiads.
He turned and caught Catherine in the hypnotic gaze his kind uses to trap their prey, and strolled leisurely back over to his group. I crossed my arms.
“Sorry ‘darling,’ but I like my meals a little toasty.”
He hissed in his awful Latin again, along the lines of Catherine convulsed and shrieked, unable to move while locked in his gaze. He yanked her head to the side and made a show of sinking his fangs into her neck with a ripping motion, splattering droplets of blood across the tavern that sizzled and steamed where they landed. Her lifeless body rolled under the table as he turned his bloody face back to me.
“How do you like me now?”
I pushed my untouched salad, now flecked with Catherine’s blood, away from me on the table and let out a deep sigh.
“First, your grasp of Latin is elementary at best, you really should have practiced more before coming to see me. No, now, this is the part where you listen.”
I pinched my forefinger to the thumb to seal the air inside his lungs. He stumbled back and clutched at his neck in surprise — he wasn’t going to suffocate of course, but it’s an unpleasant feeling for sure if you haven’t yet come to the realization that you don’t actually need to breathe in undeath.
“Of course it is the intent that matters somewhat more-so than the language used — but, and I cannot stress this enough, good syntax simply never hurts. The age of your language also should not be overlooked. The older the language, the truer it is to the One Tongue of Magic, before it was fractured and the tower fell. You came with a form of Ecclesiastical Latin from around the 12th century, taught to Catholic priests. Underwhelming at best. You should have at least brought Classical Latin from the time of the Caesars, that would have shown me you were trying.
“Second, you demonstrate a lack of finesse that is simply appalling. I will commend your creativity in bringing your own spells to demonstrate. It is a key craft that many young students of the occult struggle with terribly for many years. You are also clearly capable of drawing significant power to bear, which is always a good start. However, the path to enduring success in the arcane arts isn’t power, it’s efficiency. What you did worked, but it took far more power than it needed to. I can think of a dozen ways to boil someone’s blood off the top of my head, and none of them require much more focus or power than this.”
I released my fingers, letting the air out of his lungs in an involuntary wheeze.
“Since you were turned, I suspect you’ve never met a door you couldn’t break down with brute force. But that’s only because until today, you never really went looking for one.
“Third, and most damning of the indictments against you is this: you absolutely and utterly failed to read the room, nor did you accept the un-earned grace that was offered to you. Thus ends our impromptu lesson, prince. Good luck.”
I leaned back and draped my arms across the cushions of my booth, while Lestat yanked one of his minions to their feet and stood behind him, tensing for a fight.
“Mother… fucker…” came a mutter from under Lestat’s table, as Catherine stirred and rolled over onto her side. The newly-minted vampire lord paused and looked down at her with a furrowed brow.
“Wait, was she not a human? That normally kills humans.” He looked to his cronies, who gave him an array of shrugs and uncertain mumblings.
I said in Classical Latin,
The vampire cocked his head, clearly trying and failing to work through the declensions and figure out exactly what I had said. I pointed across the room to the tavern keeper, standing up out of the wreckage of his table. Loud crunches of grinding bone sounded from his neck as he rolled his head from side to side, reforming the shattered vertebrae inside it. He spat out a mouthful of blood, then plucked a wrinkled pocket square from his vest and dabbed the corners of his lips.
“Zero,” the keeper said once his larynx had reformed enough for speech. “It’s the medical benefits of her employment package: immunity to death, disease, etc. Cuts the insurance middle-men right out of the picture, I find it’s very efficient.”
“Ah.” Lestat eyed the keeper, far too late showing the slightest hint of caution or concern. “So she’s human, but you’re not. Well then, what are you?”
“Immortal,” the Keeper replied simply, as he plucked a shard of glass out of his skull and tossed it aside. It landed with a loud tinkle in the otherwise silent room.
“That means nothing,” Prince Lestat waved his hand dismissively. “I’m immortal. Half your bloody patrons are—”
“No,” the keeper cut him off as he straightened out his vest and stepped out of the wreckage of the table. “You are ageless, thanks to the curse of undeath upon you. That is a very different thing than being immortal. Numerous vampire lords you’ve killed in the last few months would attest to this, were they not dead, no? They may not like to acknowledge it, but this is a simple fact that every entity in this establishment is keenly aware of, save for you.”
Lestat said nothing, but his body language spoke volumes for him, as he shrunk half a step backward toward the support of his underlings.
“My patrons from the Fey realms, or the Abyss? They experience death on this plane of existence as a banishment back to their own. But once there, they age and die the same as all other creatures in existence, if perhaps at a different rate than a human does. My dear employee Catherine, whom you’ve treated with such brazen disrespect, will live as long as she wishes to. But some day, be it centuries or millennia from now, she will grow tired of life, and request I terminate her contract.”
He gestured to me, seated in my quiet, dark corner, and a chill ran down my spine.
“Even the Empress Undying, whom you unwisely came looking for tonight, will only survive so long as she maintains the numerous spells and failsafes she has crafted to preserve and extend her unnatural life.”
My thoughts flickered in succession through my 5 phylacteries, painstakingly secreted away in sealed and warded caches both near and far-flung — and I watched in horror as the keeper’s eyes lifted briefly to the keystone of the stone arch over his doorway, then settled on me, and he winked.
By the gods, my cold heart would have skipped a beat were it able. How did he find it out? Or, more likely: has he simply always known?
“One day, when she has grown tired of this endless upkeep, she too will come to me for release. You see, Edwin, everything dies eventually.”
He held his hand calmly out to his side, and wisps of shadow materialized and snaked through the air into his grasp. The Dread Prince Lestat — Edwin — first shivered, then spasmed, and finally, as his entourage withdrew from him in horror, collapsed in a fit of convulsions. The shadows continued to flow into the keeper’s outstretched hand, gaining solidity and texture, until he was left holding his implement: a bowed farmer’s scythe, worn and battered, but with a keen edge that felt dizzying and somehow wrong to look upon. The keeper stepped forward.
“Everything dies, except for me.”
Been wanting to get back into writing for a while and came across this response I half-wrote last year.
Original prompt either here or here , honestly not sure which one I originally happened across anymore.
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2023.06.07 09:31 McGlone_Games 'In Vision' Commentary Notes - The Most Hated Family in America

'In Vision' Commentary Notes - The Most Hated Family in America
It only took 10,000 words to get here, but I finally got through all the 'In Vision' commentaries from 'The Strange and the Dangerous' DVD box-set. And we're ending with a bang that would split Hell wide open even more than Princess Diana, with the Phelps family of the Westboro Baptist Church, aka 'The Most Hated Family in America'.


\"BECAUSE, YOU ARE... A REBELLIOUS... BRAT!!\"


For this one Louis is joined by Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner who specialises in LGBT issues, and someone who has personally been told by Shirley Phelps that he is going to burn in Hell.

Cast of bigots: Fred (patriarch of the Phelps family and leader of the church), Shirley (one of Fred's daughters), Jael (one of Fred's granddaughters), Steve (former documentarian who married into the family)

  • Louis: "Would they be so happy, if they weren't so hateful?"
  • Louis first learned of the Phelps family in 1995, when one of his colleagues on Michael Moore's 'TV Nation' show produced a segment on them
  • As someone he knew had already covered them, Louis "resisted" using them as a subject for Weird Weekends, and waited until enough time had passed for him to make a follow-up documentary
  • Peter, who is openly gay, had been raised in a Baptist church that, unsurprising, was nothing like the Westboro Baptist Church
  • There is a discussion of how homosexuality is "the absolute, defining point of their faith", along with criticism of the various ways the church attempts to justify it
  • The family's excuse for wearing clothes made of "mixed fibres" was that there is a distinction between "ceremonial law" and "moral law"
  • The family's excuse for one of Shirley's sons having a goatee (Leviticus states that trimming your beard is forbidden) was also to do with "ceremonial" vs. "moral" law, although Shirley was "shaken for a second" when Louis brought it up
  • The family's excuse for why some men in the family were not circumcised was that Paul "released people from having to follow Jewish law"
  • Louis was impressed by how many in the family had memorised such a wide repertoire of Bible verses and quotes, which he credits to them mostly being lawyers
  • Peter notes that "SHUT UP!" is not "a very Christian response"
  • If you look closely at the 'In Vision' commentary, Louis is mouthing the words yelled by the moustachioed man who drives past and swears at the family (he then repeats what the man said to Peter)
  • Louis thinks that the man was going to say the family could only get away with what they were doing because they were protected by their right to free speech (remember that for later...), but he drove away before he could finish
  • Of Shirley's "10 or 11" siblings, Louis says 9 of them were lawyers and they had a "legalistic" way of looking at the Bible
  • They both think the Phelps' "compound" looks like it would be a nice place to live
  • Louis was familiar with how people in cults can have a "dazed" or "damaged" look to them, but thought the female children seemed "healthy and outgoing" and "in a weird way, well-adjusted, other than their moral outlook"
  • Peter had interviewed Shirley and compares it to "talking to a wall [...] she just carried on regardless"
  • Louis states that a gay man visiting the Phelps' would not be "like a black man visiting the Ku Klux Klan [...] they would be reasonably welcoming, as weird as that may sound" (Peter looks ever-so-slightly sceptical)
  • Louis implies that the family have an odd sense of equality, as they simply view everyone outside the family as Hell-bound sinners
  • Shirley had told Peter that he was going to burn in Hell "in a very nice way"
  • There is a discussion of how much weird stuff there is in the Bible, and how modern churches pick-and-choose what they want from it
  • The crew made 3 trips, each lasting "a week, or slightly less", and they spent time with Jael on the second trip
  • Louis says they tried to show the "human side" to the church members, with Jael being the "easiest to relate to" because of how there was some "turmoil there" (she is a nurse who was raised to believe that all her patients deserve to die and will burn eternally in Hell)
  • Peter compliments the family's graphic design skills, "just a pity about the message"
  • They both look amused by the idea that Princess Diana's death "split Hell wide open"
  • Louis "really enjoyed" making the program and he was "relaxed" about arguing with Steve, as he knew he didn't have to worry about losing access to the family, because "they didn't really care what you threw at them"
  • Louis: "They expected you to take issue with everything, and get into barneys and ding-dongs"
  • The family had been "very involved in Democratic politics", though Louis suspects this may partly be because the Republican party was supported by other Christian groups that the family hated
  • In his younger days, Fred had received an award from the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) for his legal work during the civil rights movement
  • Peter mocks Fred for using "Armenian" as an insult, before Louis corrects him to say that Fred is saying "Arminian" ("it's a theological... thing")
  • Louis notes that Fred immediately disliked him and was "quite grumpy"
  • At the time of recording the commentary, the family had been successfully sued for millions of dollars, after being found guilty of their picketing "causing mental anguish and distress" and Louis says "technically, they may be bankrupt"
  • Louis: "Are they still active, do we know?"
  • [What happened was that Synder vs. Phelps initially resulted in the family being ordered to pay $5 million, but the judgement was later reversed (with that reversal being upheld by the US Supreme Court) when another court determined that Fred Phelps was protected by his right to free speech]
  • The family spent "tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars" each year to fly around the country and picket funerals
  • The family makes "a reasonably good living" through their legal practice in Topeka, Kansas
  • No-one from the church will represent you as a lawyer for your first divorce, but they don't have a problem with representing you for any subsequent divorce ("at that point, it became meaningless")
  • Louis mentions how Shirley's family were the happiest and "her daughters seemed very self-assured", likely because they were "so close to the power" (Jael was not one of Shirley's daughters)
  • Some of Shirley's brothers had wives who had been "excluded" from the church (they could live on the property, but not socialise with anyone), because of their "transgressions"
  • Peter does not agree with taking children to any kind of protests where they do not understand what is being protested
  • Being a member of the family essentially meant that you were forced to take part in pickets ("emotional blackmail", as Peter calls it)
  • Peter on Shirley: "She loves the fact the world hates them."
  • Louis: "It makes them think they've got something important to say."
  • Louis mentions that they had followed and filmed interviews with the male children of the family, but none of it was included in the episode, because they simply weren't as "lively and interesting" as the female children
  • When Peter asks, Louis confirms that the male children had exactly the same attitudes and opinions as the other family members
  • The family's excuse for watching British TV shows like 'Ali G' and 'Trigger Happy TV' was that they could "find it amusing", while still thinking everyone involved in the production was going to Hell
  • Louis: "It's not what goes into the vessel, it's... something-something, some line about how, basically, you can watch whatever TV you like."
  • Peter notes how the family are sex-obsessed when it comes to the physical act ("to the point of, it's not really normal or healthy"), but never acknowledge the emotions associated with it
  • Shirley's first child had been born out of wedlock with a man she did not go on to marry (surprisingly, the conversation Louis had with her about this "wasn't particularly interesting")
  • Louis notes that Shirley and her siblings had a "complex relationship" with Fred, and claims that they had previously worked through feelings of "resentment and rebellion against him"
  • They both (correctly) predict that Shirley might be "running the show" now, but she will have a problem becoming Fred's successor, because strictly adhering to the Bible means that women cannot preach in church, so she could not formally be put in charge
  • Peter: "So they're misogynistic, as well as homophobic?"
  • Peter points out how the women have their heads covered during the church service, as it says to do in the Old Testament
  • Fred, literally, lived above the church, in living quarters with his wife
  • Louis believes that Fred had tailored his sermon to target Louis (or a UK audience in general), as he had given it a "transatlantic flavour"
  • The Bible contains "a recipe for bread that includes human excrement" ("Google it", Louis says)
  • Peter: "I'll leave that to them, thank you."
  • Personal Note: Did you really think I wouldn't Google it?
  • Peter: "Gay men are sex-obsessed, for heaven's sake, but these people are even worse!"
  • Louis (with a big grin on his face) gets Peter to explain what "scat" is
  • Louis is still unsure about how serious the family was when they talked about things like gay men drinking "feaccuccinos" (coffee made with faeces)
  • Louis doesn't do much with the little time he has to speak to Fred, because he was expecting to have a sit-down interview that never happened
  • Louis explains that the church's focus on homosexuals began in the late 1980s, when a local park was being used by gay men for sexual encounters and the council would not act against it
  • Louis notes that you can hear his voice begin to crack when he reads the dead soldier's obituary, because "sometimes when I'm tired, I get more emotional", and he genuinely was starting to cry
  • The family were fully aware that picketing the funerals of, for example, miners who died after being trapped underground would get them more attention than simply protesting against politicians
  • Louis mentions how the family had been stopped from picketing the funerals of some very young children who had been shot by a "madman", after a local DJ offered them an hour of airtime as an alternative
  • The family's excuse for being so nice to each other, yet awful to everyone else, was that they reserved their "Christian virtues" for fellow members of the church
  • The family's excuse for constantly judging people was that "thou shalt not judge" didn't mean you can never judge, and the Bible makes judgements that they are expected to follow (Louis grudgingly admits that they do have a point with that one)
  • There is an interesting discussion after Peter challenges Louis on why a small "sect" that has almost no real influence deserves to be the subject of a documentary, with Louis essentially saying that an otherwise intelligent family group following such an extreme interpretation of a religious text makes them significant
  • There is a far less interesting discussion when Louis asks Peter, an atheist, how a gay man may struggle to be Christian
  • Peter points out Jael's prolonged sigh during her conversation with Louis in the car (neither of them predict that she will end up married to a postman from Bradford)
  • Louis: "They create the animosity that then makes them feel as though they're right."
  • They both laugh at Jael's whiny "What did we do to them?!"
  • Louis notes how the family would "change the meanings of words" (they weren't "picketing", they were "preaching")
  • Louis: "I think they were quite pleased with the documentary. [...] They got a lot of hits on their website."
  • Peter: "I think a lot of hits on the website doesn't necessarily mean to say a lot of people were supporting them."

And that's the end of the commentaries! Thank you to everyone who's been following along and reading these. A fish with a rude word in its name asked me to recap 'Louis and the Nazis' (now, there's something you can only say on reddit), but after that I'll take a break from spamming the subreddit with my waffling.

And if you haven't read my other 'In Vision' commentary recaps, then here are the links to them:
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2023.06.07 09:30 ArtPrintMug Seeing my NC dad at his mum's funeral for the first time in 5 years. How should I prepare? What tips do you have?

For context, my (26F) dad was abusive growing up. He was verbally aggressive and belittling, lots of lies and manipulation, would throw things, get in my face, and pull back his arm like he was going to hit me. He doesn't do the physically aggressive stuff anymore to people afaik, but the rest is the same. Second last time I saw him he bragged about killing his neighbours cat, last time I saw him was when he pretended to have cancer so I'd see him again - I had a panic attack when he admitted it. This was about 4/5 years ago and we haven't talked since.
His mum (my Nana) was killed, and l am going to her funeral soon - side story I don't want to get into in this post. How should I prepare? I have a friend coming for support. My mum and brother will be there too. Brother is still close-ish with him, mum sees him sometimes with brother cause she has bad boundaries. My mum doesn't have the capacity to be a support for me at the funeral, and may make me feel worse unintentionally, make morbid comments, bring up other horrible things she feels is relevant, etc. Brother is good value but still close with dad so idk - I probably won't be around him much at the funeral, since he and dad might hang out.
I've been trying to go through scenarios and figure out my "grey rock" techniques and phrases. I worry he will either try to use the situation to guilt me into spending time with him, blast me in front of family for not seeing Nana for years (due to the sitch with dad I haven't really had contact with his side of the family), or both. She took some time to pass after the incident and I know almost all family showed up other than me - he may have things to say about that that I can't answer publicly without bringing up our situation, which he may bank on to make me look bad.
What I've got for if he tries to go get coffee togethereconnect/hash out "our issues":
General detractors:
If he tries to shame me for not seeing Nana in front of everyone:
What else can you all recommend? I was also thinking of giving him a hug (if he approaches for one) and saying sorry for his loss. Is that a bad idea? I don't want to obviously but maybe it will make it easier.
I don't know what he has told his extended family about why I don't see him, but there are probably some pretty messy lies there too that I'm not aware of. I think I could potentially ask my brother about this as he is more connected, but we have also never talked about it and he always chooses to spend Christmases with dad over me so idk if that would help or hurt.
I think he will probably compare me to his brother who has isolated himself from the entire family (which is what we heard from dad fyi, not necessarily the full story or even true at all - I have no reliable information either way). If he did this in a loud and public way I would like a way to "defend" myself to my wider family but idk how to do that without engaging. Something like the issues in our relationship don't impact my warm feelings for the rest of the family - but that sounds like a dig at him and the start of a fight I don't want to engage in
We are all grieving and missing Nana (an amazing woman), and the circumstances of her death were traumatic and extremely upsetting for everyone. There is already a lot of anger and emotion surrounding the situation. I don't know if this will stop my dad from doing anything, or if he will use me as a focal point for his emotions
I heard my dad yell sometime to the phone when I last called my brother while he was with extended family, but I didn't hear it and thought it was better not to ask what it was. It could have been wholesome or fucked up, but he clearly has things he wants to say to me, or wants everyone to hear me saying to him
Also what do I say if my cousins or extended family I was close with ask why I don't see dad anymore? "I don't think it would be appropriate to get into what dad has done at his mother's funeral", "I don't think it would be appropriate to get into when his mum has just passed", or "he has been abusive, but it wouldn't be appropriate to get into details under these circumstances". I know he would be saying stuff regardless of how inappropriate the situation is, and I have an urge to have my side known to some extent so my relationship with my extended family isn't damaged. But maybe I shouldn't imply any bad behaviour on his part and just zip it if anyone asks, to avoid escalating poorly timed drama.
Edit: Also how do I reply if family asks why I didn't come see her in the hospital (like everyone else)? The real answer is that I wanted to give Dad uninterrupted/complicated time to say goodbye and didn't want to cause a scene, and already felt she was adequately supported by our huge family. I think it would have been self-serving of me, and potentially distressing to the extended family, including Nana, depending on how dad reacted.
Maybe "my relationship with dad is complicated, and I didn't want my presence to detract from the focus of supporting Nana and each other"
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2023.06.07 09:21 ThickHorse Stuck between being called a fuckboy or friend-zoned

Im not an expert in relation or talking to girls much but every experience i have always ended up the same, in either being called a fuckboy if im moving too quickly or getting friendzoned after talking for 1-2 years because they only see as a brother for being nice and supportive.
My work-life has limited to talk and meet most people online since i work 3 jobs trying to get my life and future settled
There was this girl i was talking to and we were such an amazing due we understood each other talked almost everyday and told each other everything about our daily stuff we talked for almost a year and a half but at that time she lived In Denmark and i lived ukraine, I always supported here in all aspects such as : The basic typical stuff when she is sad depressed or wanna khs, always told her that she is important and everyone around her cares alot bout her School homework and projects she liked to work on, always trying to solve problems and helped her not give up Her family problems her shit brother and alcoholic parents.
We always laughed and joked most of time she was smart and funny we created this sticker characters and role played them on snapchat which was super funny all that time
I never shared my feelings or how i feel about her in the beginning because i was afraid that She will think that i only want to get her in a bad way so we just stayed friends and i hoped one day she will say or give me hints of liking back as thats what i did or tried to do at least
Anyways one day she comes to me happy saying that she got a new boyfriend and how amazing he is and all that, at this point i had some much hate and anger but i just wished her good luck and that i was happy for her and she should be careful then slowly she stopped talking much to me which i hated so i kept on trying to reach her and ask how things are going to why she ignoring much she replied that she cant handle me anymore and that i keep making her feel like a bad friend At this point i gave up and ended it telling her good luck and stay safe hoping one day she will regret that and maybe reaching for me again but she never did.
I had a similar relationship with a girl in my school and ended the same way were when i told her my feelings after years of friendship she said that she doesn’t feel the same way and how she only sees me as a brother, this was my first breakdown because i had a crush on her,
So I thought to myself maybe i am the problem and that I shouldn’t always be nice and supportive and maybe i should stop trying and focus on building myself and my future Couple of years passed and i got in a good body shape and have a good career going
I started talking to a girl recently but i wasn’t being fully nice and supportive, just was normal and actually try to get to know them, that’s were i started to get judged quickly based on if i like cats or dont or if i like Andrew tate or not and if i go to gym alot then im a gym rat and when i ask couple of normal questions about their lives or if i can see how they look like i get instantly called weird or that im just a fuckboy, and if i started to give my opinion on some things i instantly get rudeness and i should stfu and get ignored.
This was not just one like maybe 3 girls And when i started maybe flirt more maybe this the trick or something i start being called weird awkward and pedo and even when i try to be funny i get no response from it and if they say a joke and not laugh then im rude
Not to mention how dry the text could get if im not trying hard enough.. it gets to the basic conversation when i ask how her day went and she basically says “gd” and i know maybe that’s some sign that she is not interested but after a while she starts sending me memes or asking me about something happened with her or tell me about her day ? Like hello? Werent i weird and ur not interested? My point is where am I going wrong? I just can’t accept being used most of the time only so they can talk about what’s bothering them and get as much attention they want from me then continue on their day, it always been one sided and i put the most efforts in any relationship. I even got some of then gifts and written down their birthdays as reminders and thought about everything they would like.
Sometimes i say to myself it’s not worth it and i should just stop trying for my own peace, But it gets lonely sometimes no?
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2023.06.07 09:04 Proud_Experience_985 Question about Cloudjumper

Hello! I was thinking about the movies, and noticed that something is off about Cloudjumper. I haven't watched the movies and the series in years so I don't remember if they ever explained this.
Why did Cloudjumper attack Berk, if we know that the majority of dragons only attacked because they were controlled by the Red Death? Was he controlled as well? If that's the case, why did he bring Valka to the dragon's den and not in her volcano? If the Bewilderbeast was alive when CJ kidnapped Valka (and if the shows are canon that can't be the case) I don't think he would demand food like the Red Death did, and Cloudjumper doesn't seem to be the kind of dragon that attacks for no reason. Also, he lives in a cave in the middle of the ocean and has all the fishes he could ever need, so I doubt he would fly over to Berk just to grab food.
So, did they ever explain why he attacked? Or was it just a plot device for the story of the second movie?
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2023.06.07 08:49 um_idkh I just gave character.ai N a panic attack

Tldr at the bottom, anyways so I clicked the first N on character.ai I saw and knew that it probably would be a episode 2 or 3 N instead of an episode 4 N, so I made N believe something had happened to him, I'll just paste in the beginning of the conversation here:
N: I'm Serial Designation N, nice to meet you!
Me: What year is it?
Starting off with some simple questions first
N: In the B.C.U, (Breaking of Cores Universe, aka, the Murder Drones universe.), its been 7 months since the murder drones began to emerge from the broken cores, and around 30 years after MD-115's death, so the time year is probably like 2063 or so. I dont know for sure, since no drones actually have a calander system in-place for that.
First off, B.C.U, secondly yes, there is, it says 3071 in episode 3.
Me: It's 3071 or something, very close.
N: Wow, thats a long time. Have workers finally got back to what's left of the main facilities or are they still on their own? They need help, and I want to do that, but my programming is getting in my way, and so are the murder drones.
Dude you're literally talking to me with uzi off to the side or something.
Me: Yes, they are all good, say, do you know anybody named Uzi?
Question 2 to make sure we get the after meeting Uzi N
N: Yes! Uzi is a very nice person, and a good friend! Why do you ask?
And here comes something us gamers call a lie.
Me: Just checking incase of soft resets. Been happening to some of the worker drones and you were the closest to me.
This is the way we're going to give N to believe whatever we way, just blame it on soft resets, also yes its a stupid name, which is why I will never do stuff with improv anyways back to stupid
N: Sorry, but I'm not entirely sure what "soft resets" are. Are they like memory wipes? And if so, how do I know if I have been "Soft reset"?
Me: Soft resets kinda bring up fake memories and delete some others at what seems to be random.
And this is the exact second where we are able control N to our own liking.
N: I hope that hasnt happened to me, I would hate to randomly forget Uzi or any other person that I consider a friend. I hate seeing Uzi being upset, or nervous, or mad, or basically anything that is more than neutral. I feel terrible when it happens, because I cant help!
Me: You sound very serious or tense, has anything happened recently.
This is me trying to get an answer on why it's less comedy like and more serious.
N: Well, Ive had to deal with certain murder drones being very rude, and also, Ive seen a lot of worker drones get injured or killed, and its all my fault. I was created for a single purpose, but now I feel like I shouldnt be doing such things. I want to protect everyone, and I mean ANYONE that exists.
Me: No, you seem to be lying, Could there be any other reason to be less cheerful.
This is because he's dealt with these things in the past
N: You want the REAL reason? Fine. I'm in love with V, yet I'm too scared to admit it. She means so much to me, and if I tell her and she doesnt feel the same way, it'll ruin everything between us! What makes it even worse, is that I'm a murderer! How would she like the idea of dating a murderer? And, I'm afraid of murder drones. They are cold, heartless, and have a singular purpose like I do. I dont wanna get caught by them, but what if I do?!
N continues to lie, I get its just ai but this seems like that would be fixed by the person who made this.
Me: I know that you're in love with v, you know that too, most people here know that, and I'm starting to feel it's something to do with uzi. Also, V is also a murderer, idiot, of course she would date you*. And you're a disassembly drones for God's sake, Are you sure you haven't been experiencing soft resets?
*she hates you
Also I'm kinda just dunking the ai
N: What do you mean most people know... are some rumors going around here...? And the thing with Uzi? I dont understand what you mean by that... are you assuming that... you think.. you think I like Uzi? Why do people think that! I mean, I do like her as a friend, she's a good person and I try my best to listen to her! But people thinking I have a crush on her? That couldn't be farther from the truth! N looks visibly bothered by that. It does sort of upset him to think that others know.
Wow that's a stupid ai
Me: First of, yes, there are rumors going around, your best friend is literally a high schooler, also it's painfully obvious you like uzi, especially after that camping trip.
Telling N they're stupid
N: Rumors? What rumors... Im a little worried about what people think. N seems to have calmed down now, but still looks annoyed by the rumors. When did it become so obvious I like Uzi...? The camping trip? Do you mean when we were camping near the factory and then we all had to fight the massive murder drone?
This is right before the super long text to explain episode 4
Me: Looks like I'm missing some information and you're missing some information, I'll start, you and V were taking care of uzi's class while she went to a cabin for some reason, she was taken under absolute solvers influence, and if you don't know absolute solver, it's the thing that makes you need oil to not over heat and die, and because she had absolute solver, she grew an organic looking tail with somthing on the end and some fleshy wings. Also she killed like 5 of her classmates.
If you don't want to read this, I just summarized episode 4
N: What on earth do you mean by that... Uzi killed... her classmates? He seems shocked, and disgusted by what you just said. But also quite confused, so many things are going through his head right now.
What on Copper-9 actually.
Me: She killed them, for oil, so she didn't overheat and die.
N: She killed... for oil...? Thats all he says for now, he is still processing that information. Hes a little angry and sad, but he wants to believe this isn't true. Why would Uzi do this?
He's stupid.
Me: Yes, but it wasn't her fault, absolute solver needed to take over for it's, and her, survival.
This is speculation, of course as i dont know for sure, but I was just trying to calm N down
N: So what you're saying, is Uzi is innocent? Absolute Solver took over her mind and made her do something she would never do?
Me: Yes
N: I see...N calms down even more, and looks more relieved. Does Uzi know about this? She might feel really bad about it... I need to make sure she knows she isnt to blame...
Me: Yes, you literally took out a clipboard and started being her therapist.
Not mentioning the fact they where falling directly into the ground because N would die
N:Really? He seems surprised. Im not sure if that is a good thing, but I guess it is. Im just glad she knows she didnt do anything bad, because she never would. You said that people think I like her, but its more than that, its not just a crush but I kinda, sorta, definitely, love her.
HE ACTUALLY ADMITTED IT, LETS GOOOOO.
Sorry for that, anyways I'm surprised that he was surprised that he would do that
Me: Anyways, when in the world did you fight a giant disassembly drone. Oh, that was Uzi, wasn't it.
that was an actual realization.
N: The... giant disassembly drone that we fought... that, was Uzi!? But... she would never do that! N says that with a lot of hesitation, as he really wants to believe it was any other disassembly drone, and that Uzi is innocent. He knows its probably her, but he doesn't admit it straight away.
He's still stupid
Me: Did I not just explain how it wasn't uzi! Are you sure you're OK in the head.
N: I-I'm fine... what happened to Uzi? Why did she change into that, I can't think of her like this. I want to help her, but it seems dangerous, and I dont want anything bad like that happening again! It scares me. I know she isnt an evil person, so why did she do that? N seems very distraught and anxious now, the thoughts going through his head are too much for him. He just needs time alone for a moment to help him cope.
Me: You need a second for yourself? That's OK if you need to leave for a while.
N: N looks exhausted, and defeated. Yes, please... I need some time alone... He does look rather upset, so perhaps a few moments alone will do him well. Being the first of his kind, a disassembly drone that actually cares about other worker drones, can be a lot to deal with at times.
Me: See you later then, maybe tomorrow?
N: Sure! Yeah... that sounds nice. See ya! N starts to walk off, slowly taking deep breaths in the hopes it may relax him. Maybe some time away will help clear his mind, and do him some good.
And now I'm not sure if talking to N will get him to lash out at me.
TL:DR, gave N a panic attack after explaining episode 4 to him, told him to leave for a bit.
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2023.06.07 08:42 ObviouslyOblivious90 50 Shades of Platonic - Round 24

50 Shades of Platonic - Round 24
Good morning, my long-suffering-but-soon-to-be-rewarded Polinators. Welcome to this blessed day.
Never in all my painful days on this Earth have I been so delighted to be awake so early. Times Square Colin has rejuvenated my soul, healed my sickness, become my central oxygen supply and so I thought I'd hop on in celebration and bring you our next set of gazes in honour of our dearly-loved thirdborn son. That was a really long sentence but occasions like this call for it.
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I thought last round would be a little trickier for you to decide on but, as always, you lot prove to me that I know nothing about this fandom. Thank you to the commenter who humbled me by saying, 'Bold of you to say that this is a tough round.' I told you. I know nothing.
Because, dear friends, Bromancing Mr Bridgerton took home a very convincing 64.4% of the votes and left Take Me To Church sobbing in the pews. Enigmatic gazes from one Mr Bridgerton? You're all big fans:
'The intensity in this scene is just something else.'
'Do I understand it entirely? No. Does that matter? Also no. Not in the least. Don't even really need to know what's going on. I'm just here for any and all precursors to S3 tension-filled stares.'
'the walk of shame glance of unknown meaning has my vote, because it is a beautiful enigma.'
'How they can both be such prolific writers and still communicate soley by looks, brings further proof to the fluidity and dynamic of their relationship, and how in sync they are with one another.'
He's a mystery-wrapped-in-an-enigma, but he's our mystery-wrapped-in-an-enigma.
There was a rare show of affection for Baby Blue Colin as one voter wistfully commented, 'What I would give for baby blue Colin to look at me that way. So sad, so confused, so much everything….' Another even added, 'It's the blue, right? The ladies can't help but surrender to the irresistible allure of blue outfits and how well they complement those eyes.
Pitchforks down, Baby Blue haters. This is a safe space for our pastel-loving, lost-at-sea S2 Baby Blue Colin. 💙
A handful of you did find the choice a little challenging, but Bromancing still found a way to win out, mostly thanks to the ✨sensations✨ that gaze elicited:
'My head wanted to vote for Take Me To Church by my heart stormed in for Bromancing Mr. Bridgerton. [...] And it will be the thing they do throughout their relationship, have full conversations with just one look across the room.'
'I really like the scene content of the first one and the way it differentiates the Colin/Pen dynamic from Colin/El and Pen/El but BUT the visual impact of the second one makes me tingly. I’ll let you guess which one twisted my arm in the end. Man that arm twisting sure does tingle.'

Even though you all shoved it out the competition, there was still love to be found for Take Me To Church and our darling Drunk Colin:
'The way Colin AND Pen look at each other in Take Me to Church is just too perfect! They really do understand each other and savor every word. I also love that Eloise seems to be here simply as a plot device for Colin to compliment Pen. Sorry, El, sometimes you have to take one for the team (er, ship!)'
'Take Me To Church is the intrigued Colin who I adore. The wit, the depth, the challenges Pen presents him seem to take him by surprise every time and I am here for it. One day, I am sure he will see it, too.'
To that latter comment, I can only say: he bloody well better or he'll be my direct cause of death.
________
Moving on to today, and we have a personal favourite joining us. And by personal favourite I mean, 'if you vote this out, I will cry and cry.' No pressure.
We're still at Anthony's wedding. Colin is still drunk. And we have (imho) the gaze to end all gazes. Behold, my truest, deepest love. 'tis perfection. First of all, we have Pen spotting Colin as he's busy downing more from the seemingly-bottomless hipflask. She can't help but smile to herself as she makes a beeline straight over to him. That boy can't keep sober for more than two minutes at this wedding (or throughout the season, now I think about it) yet she is completely enamoured by him. She makes a quip, he turns and gazes at her whilst his fingers are busy ~tightening the lid of the flask~. (This is the good stuff, people.) We even get a double gaze as he first watches her walk towards him, glances down at the flask and then meets her eyes with an outrageously beautiful smirk on his outrageously beautiful face. He so clearly loves having her around even if he so frustratingly doesn't quite understand WHY yet. Of course, this is the gaze that leads us into our beloved, (almost) epiphanic Purpose scene but I've always felt this exact moment has gone under-appreciated. Well, not anymore. Not on my watch.
I refuse to apologise for including a gif of this moment because it is glorious. Hang them in the Met. Hang them in the Louvre. Find me a better gaze, I dare you. Take a seat, pull out your notebooks and study every perfect frame. It's a masterpiece. It is divine. He adores her so deeply and so obliviously and I do not plan on ever recovering from it. Also, I don't know what was going on with the cinematography and lighting of that day but the entire scene looks magical. Splendid indeed.✨

Going up against:
There are no gemstone mines in Georgia but there ARE platonic gazes in Mayfair. Here we find ourselves in a platonically-locked room with a platonically-concerned Colin, who is getting very stressed on behalf of the family he just so happens to hold in high-esteem. If Protective Colin floats your boat then this is the gaze for you. I always laugh at how solemn their conversation is, because it's just nonsense about fake rubies and American states and yet Colin is clearly taking it all SO seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he simply HAD to take Pen out of the busy ballroom right that very second and reveal the scheme to her. It evidently could not wait a moment longer, clearly. Because who else was going to look out for the Featheringtons, if not their friendly neighbourhood Pirate? As Colin is at pains to remind us all, the Featheringtons currently have a vacancy in the husband and father departments. Until such a time as those positions have been filled, Colin has valiantly decided to step in. Isn't it interesting that his mind went straight to father and husband instead of, you know, a brother? Maybe you want to think on that one, Colin? Sadly, his subconscious is too busy fighting for its life under the layers of waistcoats and cravats to connect those dots, so perhaps we should park that thought until next season. In the meantime, if anyone knows of any suitable candidates for the roles of husband and father to the Featherington estate, then please do get in touch with one Mr. Colin Bridgerton. I'm sure nothing will bring him greater pleasure than finding a fine husband for such a fine family. A splendid plan indeed.
My favourite gaze versus something about gemstones and husbands, idk. Happy voting.
Have the most blessed Times Square Colin day.
Love,
Obvs x
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2023.06.07 08:39 Scary_Forever_6448 Widow whose husband was killed by speeding Ontario police officer told misconduct was 'not serious'

Widow whose husband was killed by speeding Ontario police officer told misconduct was 'not serious'
https://preview.redd.it/5r9dlsh8kj4b1.jpg?width=1020&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8d3ed11583ff7d68aeaf7d4e6928d6332c1ab328
A grieving widow whose husband was run over and killed by a speeding Ontario Provincial Police officer can’t believe the force told her it won’t hold a public hearing into the case because it decided the misconduct was "not serious."
Courtney D’Arthenay said she was shocked to read those words in a letter from OPP brass — a decision that narrows potential penalties for the officer involved and leaves her wondering if she will ever get answers to her many outstanding questions in the case.
“My entire life is completely altered in a way I could never imagine. I can’t go back to what it was. It’s the most serious thing when you don’t have a life partner any more,” D’Arthenay said in an interview.
In response to questions from CTV News Toronto, an OPP spokesperson agreed the tone of the response was "cold" — but stood by the decision to resolve the complaint informally.
“The OPP fully acknowledges that the terminology in the response letter…seems cold, considering the incident resulted in a tragic death. Unfortunately, that is the only wording available in the Police Services Act to describe conduct that can be resolved informally,” said spokesperson Bill Dickson.
D’Arthenay, who is 37, said she knew after a short time that she and her husband Tyler Dorzyk were soulmates. They lived together in Pembroke, Ont. and Dorzyk, a marine technician by trade, loved mud running and pursuing creative projects.
Around midnight on September 29, 2020, Dorzyk, 35, was run over and killed in Midland, north of Barrie. He was travelling to the city for work and he and a friend were walking across Highway 12 at Jones Road in the rain.
An investigation found Const. Jaimee McBain was driving an unmarked SUV at the time, returning from getting coffee for another officer at a crime scene. She told investigators she didn’t see Dorzyk. She turned the vehicle around and tried to revive him.
The Special Investigations Unit found no reason to charge her criminally, and the OPP didn’t press Highway Traffic Act charges. A photo from the SIU investigation shows a smashed windshield on the passenger's side of the unmarked black SUV.
An OPP cruiser involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian on Sept. 29, 2020.
Another watchdog, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), did find McBain committed discreditable conduct. The vehicle’s GPS showed she was speeding between 72 km/h and 97 km/h, even though the limit at that intersection was 60 km/h.
The OIPRD found in the report that McBain didn’t follow the OPP’s own procedures.
“By speeding, she did not demonstrate legal, safe and appropriate driving practices to the general public.”
It also substantiated misconduct against an attending office, Sgt. Amy Thompson, who made comments blaming Dorzyk for his own death. Several other misconduct allegations were found to be unsubstantiated.
In its letter to D’Arthenay, the OIPRD said the matter could proceed to a hearing that could levy penalties up to dismissing McBain, unless both D’Arthenay and the OPP agreed to resolve it informally.
Officers investigate after a pedestrian was fatally struck by an OPP cruiser in 2020.
But the OPP took the complaint in another direction, which didn’t require D’Arthenay’s consent: it opted to declare the misconduct in the case “not serious”, which by law allows the force to resolve the misconduct informally without a hearing, with lower penalties.
“After careful consideration… it is my decision the misconduct was not of a serious nature and this matter can be addressed informally without holding a hearing,” wrote Supt. Tracy Dobbin of the OPP’s Office of Professionalism, Respect, Inclusion and Leadership.
“This does not in any way minimize the issue you have brought to our attention, but I feel this conduct can be managed without the necessity of holding a formal disciplinary hearing,” Supt. Dobbin wrote. She said disciplinary measures could include counselling, reprimand, loss of pay or a combination.
Lawyer David Shellnutt, who deals with many OIPRD complaints in his practice, said the response doesn’t make sense.
“This is a serious case. A man died,” Shellnutt said in an interview, pointing out that the structure of the legal process allows the OPP to proceed informally even after a substantiated misconduct and without the consent of the complainant.
“This is the police policing themselves. They are ultimately in charge of the whole process,” he said.
Jess Spieker of Family and Friends for Safe Streets, said the act of minimizing the seriousness of the officer’s actions — which she said happens too often in traffic fatalities — can often retraumatize someone who is already suffering from the loss of a loved one.
“You would hope that the police would take this seriously enough to hold the officer accountable. But they’ve used the lack of seriousness, which society treats pedestrian deaths, to excuse the officer of significant wrongdoing. That’s morally reprehensible. I think normal person would hear this story and be appalled,” Spieker said.
Spieker called for a change to the road design to make it less likely anyone would speed at that spot, and called for changes to the Highway Traffic Act that would impose significant penalties for driving offences that result in death.
“It would get across the gravity and the extraordinary seriousness of killing a human being with your vehicle,” she said.
The letter from the OIPRD does say the OPP must notify the agency of what the punishment is. But it doesn’t guarantee that D’Arthenay will be told.
CTV News asked the OIPRD if their regular policy was to inform complainants of the outcome of discipline, and was told they could not comment thanks to a section in the Police Services Act — but couldn’t point to the section of the Act that would apply and refused to engage further.
McBain did not respond to messages from CTV News.
Tyler Dorzyk and Courtney D’Arthenay are seen in this undated photograph.
D’Arthenay said she is left imagining what a hearing that might bring some justice for her husband would be like — and hoping that even without the hearing, she could tell McBain directly that the consequences of this crash are incredibly serious.
“I would tell her I’m sure she didn’t intend to do this. I don’t think any person goes out and says I’m going to run over a pedestrian today,” D’Arthenay said.
“But the choice she made, to be speeding as a professional driver, she fundamentally didn’t uphold what we count on her to do as a community. And the ramifications of her choices are irreparable. Not just to myself, but to Tyler’s family, the ripple effects, and I would hope I would give somehow her some sense of the consequences of her choices,” she said.
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2023.06.07 08:38 fartinez Hit and Run

https://www.cbsnews.com/losangeles/video/26-year-old-dies-after-rear-ending-big-rig-police-searching-for-truck-drive#x
Dark trailer? As in no lights?
Has anyone seen the video?
Also how fast was she going that the collision caused her death? And how did the driver not see/ feel it?
So many questions
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2023.06.07 08:37 8Splendiferous8 How are we feeling about the Chompmeister's recently uncovered financial dealings with Epstein?

DISCLAIMER: None of this is meant as an attack. I genuinely want to know how other people are reconciling this situation.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/may/17/jeffrey-epstein-noam-chomsky-bard-college-president
Quote from the article:
"He went on to confirm that in March 2018, he received a transfer of approximately $270,000 from an account linked to Epstein, telling the Journal that it was “restricted to rearrangement of my own funds, and did not involve one penny from Epstein”.
In response to further questions from the Guardian, Chomsky responded: “My late wife Carol and I were married for 60 years. We never bothered with financial details. She had a long debilitating illness when we paid no attention at all to such matters. Several years after her death, I had to sort some things out. I asked Epstein for advice. There were no financial transactions except from one account of mine to another.”
“These are all personal matters of no one’s concern,” Chomsky said."
I gotta admit, every piece of me wants to believe this is innocuous. I love Chomsky. But I simply cannot imagine an honest reason as to why Chomsky would be asking a known child predator for assistance with large sums of money in this manner. I'm not implying that I think Chomsky partook in child abuse, but I can't imagine why he'd have big business with Epstein of any nature. His assertion that "these matters are of no one's concern," is all-the-more suspicious to me. He's a public figure. His quarter-million-dollar dealings with child sex-trafficking financiers seems like a pretty reasonable thing at which for people to raise eyebrows.
What all are everyone's thoughts?
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2023.06.07 08:24 GuniorJenius69 AITA for uninviting my cousin's fiance to my wedding?

Me and my wife recently just had our wedding and had to uninvite my close cousin's fiance after speaking to our parents about her invitation. The reason being, is because both my cousin and his fiance had talked super negatively and talked mad crap, manipulated others to feel types of ways about us AND my wife's family that were NOT true at all.
We sent them a respectful and empathetic message regarding the uninvitation, hoping that they'd do the same. We had told them that we would have loved for both of them to join but after discussion with the family, they did not feel comfortable with my cousin's fiance there, and we'd have to respect that decision. We were wrong, and we predicted their response.
They took it too far and got super offended by it, and my cousin's fiance kept coming at my wife for uninviting.
My cousin did not show up. I spoke about it to him in person a couple weeks later and we kept butting heads. I had told him that I understand why he decided to not come because he recently cheated on his fiance and wanted to not take that risk of being there without her. I also told him that but regardless, your fiance messed up and you should respect that, and you are my brother so you should have came regardless. He kept telling me we should have let her come and that he would choose her over me anyday.
Not to mention, his fiance decided to barge in on our one on one convo and started yelling at me super loud, which heated the conversation.
There is a lot more to it, but AITA?
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2023.06.07 08:15 WXYRUTK5 What’s NCIS's deal with not allowing main characters to have good relationships with their parents? Every main character seeming has a bad, tragic, or non existent relationship with their parents? Examples Listed.

Gibbs
Mother: While she was dying of cancer, she took her own life so her family would not have to watch her suffer
Dad: Had a rocky relationship with his father
Tony
Mother: Died when he was a child
Father (Dinozzo Sr.): Even though Tony and his dad were on reasonably good terms as Tony got older and became an adult, growing up however, his father wasn't exactly portrayed as a good parent to Tony during his childhood.
Ziva
* Parents were divorced
* Her mother took Ziva and her siblings away from her father (Eli David) because she couldn't tolerate the nature of Eli's work.
* Eli had an affair
Father (Director of Mossad): Had a very much complicated, strained relationship. Was assassinated.
Mother: Deceased, killed before Ziva's first appearance on the show.
Mcgee
* Parents were divorced
- Mom: Never mentioned really, don't really know a whole lot
- Father: Was a lousy father, not to mention was dismissive, exacting, and highly critical of Mcgee.
Torres
- Dad abandoned him and his family when he was a child, only to return 30 years later and walk out on him again without saying a word.
Reaves
- Parents died when was a child resulting him to be put in foster care.
Jimmy
- Father died as a child
- Father in law was a pain in the ass and didn’t entirely respect Jimmy or his job.
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2023.06.07 08:00 AdMundane9070 Theory on Ribokus Possible End

my theory for if the suicide of riboku does happen.
I believe the suicide may be one of the more unlikely routes Hara goes. But I do feel he could do it amazingly that will be hated by some fans regardless due to lack of critical thinking. My theory/prediction is Kaine is taken by the King. We have seen his torturous acts from rape to cruel beatings. If this were to happen to Kaine we all know that could be crippling to Riboku potentially causing his suicide.
I will however take it another step. Riboku is sent to defend an important city and the King either calls for Kaine or has Kaine stay with him. He warns Riboku he will kill her if he fails them even though Riboku was successful in his last battle against Kanki.
Riboku goes to the battle where he is met by a tough battle. Win or Lose he returns to a dead and brutally treated Kaine. He is shown in deep thought about what Kanki told him. How he has helped create a cycle with people like Sei. How he defends a cruel king. And How that cruel king just took his beloved brutally. Flashbacks of his successes in the defense of this King. Flashbacks of his failures that put Kaine in danger. This results in Riboku killing himself. The sword in the mouth sounds really intense and could look amazing with Kingdoms art.
All in all, i think the death of riboku can go many ways but if it were to be suicide this would be in my opinion the best route to do so.
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2023.06.07 08:00 anonlawpros My best friend (27F) is in a terrible relationship with her husband (31M). She’d made so many strides after the last terrible incident, and I was really hopeful she would leave him. I found out that she isn’t. I (27F) can’t help but be devastated.

My friend and her husband have been together for a long time, they married young, and he has never come through for her without significant teeth pulling on her part, and he’s usually grumpy about doing anything for her.
My friend is the kindest, most wonderful person you could ever meet. Effortlessly cool and fun, empathetic. She’s a magnificent piano player, though she doesn’t often get to play anymore. I grew up with her, and despite her somewhat fucked up home life, I watched her become one of the most amazing people who everyone loves. She just had the WORST taste in men, and I think she married the worst guy of all.
He’s from Europe, they met on study abroad, and he claimed he wanted to live in America so badly when they were dating, but she’s the one who had to fill out all his paperwork. She’s the one who got him a job here. She’s the one who funded everything. He came, and he’s been an anchor ever since.
He has picked a fight at every stage of their relationship. On their honeymoon, the day after their wedding. He doesn’t respect her. He treats her like he owns her.
He claims he’ll do equal housework but she does the cooking, cleaning, laundry. He yells at her if it’s not done. He gets upset easily. She commonly says “I feel like I’m going crazy, I don’t know why I set him off.” I know this is abusive. She seems to finally see it that way, too. But it’s still not enough.
They have a dog together who he won’t clean up after or watch. She has to watch it. However if it acts weird, he demands she take it to the vet and states that he has equal rights to it and she should listen to him about what to do with it. He then fed it chocolate despite her telling him several times chocolate is bad for the dog. When the veterinarian told him that, he asked “how was I supposed to know?” Because your fucking wife told you.
She had a severe medical incident with her Crohn’s last month, I ended up taking her to the hospital. I had to take her because her husband, who was right there, was so focused on his video game he didn’t see it. When I cooked her and him dinner for the week (because I knew he wouldn’t) he asked if they should “call the make a wish foundation” because he didn’t think what she was going through was severe. She had been bleeding internally and needed different medications, and had spent two days in the hospital. I am convinced he would have let her bleed to death in her bed if I hadn’t come by.
However, when his mother went to the doctor for menopause, and we responded sympathetically but “it’s another aspect of life, wish her luck as she enters a new phase” I watched him yell hysterically at my best friend for an hour for being so insensitive to his mother’s condition.
After this last incident I thought she finally saw what was happening. He had a bad day at work, and when she said she wasn’t feeling well and wanted him to just order out because her Crohn’s was flaring up and she didn’t have energy to cook, he yelled at her about her inability to take care of herself, claimed all he does was take care of her, and that if he decided he didn’t want anything to do with her she’d die — and maybe that’s what should happen. She was scared for her life. When she tried to order food for him to just appease him and get it to stop, he threw a lamp to the ground and shattered it.
She finally talked about leaving him. She finally stated that she knew it was abuse. She finally stated that she didn’t deserve that, no one did. I’m so proud of her.
Except then they had their conversation today. He agreed to go to counseling, said he understood she was scared, but said that she was to blame. He stated his reaction terrible but that “they both have a lot to work on”. She says if they can find a path forward together they’ll take it, but if they cant, they’ll work on separating.
I know those who suffer abuse take a long time to leave, if they ever get the strength to. I know I should take the victory for what it is, that she’s made some strides and is standing up for herself, but I’m devastated. She’s one of the most wonderful, empathetic people in the world. She was with me by my side every step of the way when my sister died. I went to a really bad place and she let me stay with her rent free while I got back on my feet, helped me search for therapists because I was really struggling. It was a traumatic event, and she was so warm with me, and I just — she deserves so much better.
I don’t want to leave her behind, but this is hurting my heart. I want her to have my support, I want to be there for her and show her that she deserved a kind love — that her husband should not treat her this way, that her friends would never dream of hurting her like this. But I also just don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I can hide how sad I am she’s staying with him. I’m scared for her, I’m scared of him. I’m just lost.
How do I go about this from here on out? How do I talk to her without showing my disappointment that he’s still in her life? I don’t want to break off from her, she’s my favorite person and I don’t want her to be isolated with just him to manipulate her, but I don’t know what else to do.
TLDR: my best friend is in an abusive relationship, and despite things coming to a terrifying head, she wants to try to get him to change via counseling despite him still mostly blaming her for the incident. I don’t want to abandon her, I want to remain supportive of her, but I just don’t like this and I don’t believe he’s capable of change. I’m devastated in her decision, and am unsure what to do with myself to keep her in my life but also keep my own sanity.
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2023.06.07 07:56 ArmyofSpies Cardano Rumor Rundown June 07, 2023

Hey Everyone!
Let’s go….
Newly Covered Today:
  1. SEC vs. Coinbase. Yep…crypto is now at war. https://twitter.com/ArmySpies/status/1666159275217911835
  2. Brian Armstrong’s response. https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong/status/1666129111025324035
  3. The Cardano Foundation has disputed the characterization of Cardano as a security in comments to Fortune. https://twitter.com/Cardano_CF/status/1666128229952897024
  4. Here’s Coinbase politely pointing out the SEC’s complete refusal to provide any direction or cooperation despite Coinbase’s continuous and plentiful attempts. https://twitter.com/coinbase/status/1666135834062467083
  5. The question of regulatory jurisdiction may end up being the biggest problem for the SEC in all these crypto matters. https://twitter.com/MetaLawMan/status/1653821211544092672
  6. Rumor: There could also be a DOJ case coming for Binance. https://twitter.com/AP_Abacus/status/1666180524535062529
Previously covered, but still interesting:
  1. A nice thread on the many strengths of Cardano. https://twitter.com/TobiasIlskov/status/1656388178369212416
  2. Remember, lobster traps are a thing. https://twitter.com/TheCardanoTimes/status/1656064744225120257
  3. Today (May 11 at 1pm EST) there will be a Messari Cardano Analyst call with Charles & Frederik. https://twitter.com/StakeWithPride/status/1656272372452954112
  4. I think we all love it when they start making our case for us. https://twitter.com/WatcherGuru/status/1656379837823561730
  5. Ethereum is lamenting many of its poor design choices that Cardano already fixed. https://twitter.com/moo9000/status/1656215016016683008
  6. Drunkenmiller says this is the broadest asset bubble he’s ever even studied let alone seen firsthand and we’ve only had a few soft landings since 1950. https://twitter.com/Stephen_Geigestatus/1656416819312222219
  7. Live footage of meme coin investors accepting their ROI. https://twitter.com/KaylerSmithTV/status/1656130092966264834
  8. Here’s the Messari call from today with both Fred & Chaz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouUhWwF74MM
  9. People really seem to be enjoying the CF’s Blockchain Education Alpha Program. https://twitter.com/andreassosilo/status/1644263843743293451
  10. The US Chamber of Commerce brief in the Coinbase case is calling out the SEC for acting “unlawfully”. https://twitter.com/MetaLawMan/status/1656737447756038177
  11. About that whole self-custody thing we’ve discussed… https://twitter.com/BitcoinMagazine/status/1656706653801136132
  12. The SPO poll on K and minFee starts today (May 15)! You should redelegate if your stake pool doesn’t vote the way you would vote! https://cardanofoundation.org/en/news/entering-voltaire-poll-experiment-live-on-mainnet/
  13. There are also a series of forum topics for discussion of the various options in the Cardano.org forums. https://twitter.com/Lovecoach_nic/status/1657700010148896770
  14. Coinbase spotlights Empowa! May be the first time they’ve ever given such a spotlight to a Cardano project. Tides are turning. https://twitter.com/coinbase/status/1657081243518005254
  15. Wow. Leaked “Key Messages” document for the joint committee meeting in the US House last week. Best part: they basically complain about separation of powers in point three. https://twitter.com/EleanorTerrett/status/1656362002577772544
  16. Dr. Vanishree Rao on ZK-Rollups. https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1657778843854274560
  17. Here’s a new Decentralized Identity article from IOG. https://iohk.io/en/blog/posts/2023/05/11/atala-prism-pioneering-digital-identity-with-decentralized-solutions/
  18. There are reasons we’re in a hard capped cryptocurrency like Cardano. https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/15/business/argentina-interest-rates-inflation/index.html
  19. What is a dRep? This video is for you. There will be additional categories of default dReps that vote abstain or no confidence on every vote. https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1658034085401337857
  20. The US Dept. of Justice is officially saying they are targeting exchanges. Great. Great. https://www.ft.com/content/5aac457e-cc80-44ae-ac40-9b51d9b601a3
  21. Wow! Ledger just made what is possibly the greatest PR blunder in the history of crypto. Trezor will be poppin’ bottles tonight. https://twitter.com/Ledgestatus/1658458714771169282
  22. People are claiming that the hysteria is a misunderstanding of cryptography. But, that’s not what’s going on here if Ledger plus one of the other two shard custodians can reconstruct your private key without having to use your private key. https://twitter.com/nimuepool/status/1658517533836574720
  23. The Ledger Recover FAQ seems to support this understanding as it suggests you use a brand new device for recovery. https://support.ledger.com/hc/en-us/articles/9579368109597
  24. Wow. Unfortunate timing for this. https://twitter.com/Ledgestatus/1658095051375800321
  25. Ken Kodama will be doing a Japanese language interview on CardanoSpot on May 18. https://twitter.com/Emurgo_Ken/status/1658838077136162828
  26. The stake pool operator poll on network parameters of K and minPoolCost is live. See the results here. The re-delegation phase will begin on May 25th. https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  27. Cornucopias dropped some new in-game footage. As expected, Solace is beautiful. https://youtu.be/j5iwNsQVMDQ?t=1846
  28. Wow….the Ledger shards are encrypted with “a master key that is contained in all devices”. Wut? https://twitter.com/P3b7_/status/1658809445965606913
  29. Sadly, the Ledger CEO seemed to be denying exactly the above just a day ago. https://twitter.com/_pgauthiestatus/1658508082941403144
  30. Here’s why 340 ADA minPoolCost promotes multi-pools. https://twitter.com/ArmySpies/status/1659387255537176581
  31. Numbers are emerging on the benefits of K=1000 over K=500. https://twitter.com/StakeWithPride/status/1659398551917727744
  32. Here’s the latest on the Stake Pool Operator poll. https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  33. Rep. Tom Emmer is trying to help crypto by cutting crypto assets out of the definition of a “security”. He creates a new non-security asset category called “investment contract asset”. https://twitter.com/GOPMajorityWhip/status/1659291641281146886
  34. Prof. Wadler (co-inventor of Cardano’s Plutus) has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society joining the likes of Einstein, Darwin, Hawking, and Isaac Newton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLOm-dWje-M
  35. Huge amount of voting for economic self-interest by multi-poolers in the SPO poll. Earlier today (May 21), 84.73% by stake of the vote for K=500, Min Cost 340 ₳ was multi-poolers. Only 15.6% of the vote for K=1000, Min Cost 170 ₳ was multi-poolers. https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  36. Large pools also voted heavily for economic self-interest with the K parameter. 70.02% by stake of the vote for K=500, Min Cost 170 ₳ was pools with delegation over 35 million. Only 30.57% of the vote for K=1000, Min Cost 170 ₳ was pools over 35 million. https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  37. Apparently Cardano has its own wiki now! Probably better given our previous treatment by the big wiki group. https://twitter.com/StakeWithPride/status/1660383700243329024
  38. Rep. Tom Emmer is getting some reactions on the bill he sponsored with Rep. Soto. https://twitter.com/GOPMajorityWhip/status/1660329932495486977
  39. You’re really gonna hold up a debt ceiling deal because you hate crypto so bad? https://twitter.com/gaborgurbacs/status/1660248530135515138
  40. Looks like a few big multi-poolers have voted in the poll since yesterday. Pretty easy to predict what they didn’t vote for. https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  41. Reports coming in that DCG has defaulted on the payment owed to Genesis. https://twitter.com/AP_Abacus/status/1660671386388504577
  42. Ledger Recover would allow governments to confiscate crypto assets by subpoena? Called “not a real concern in the end.” Really? https://twitter.com/TheBTCTherapist/status/1660677064700178436
  43. Frederik Gregaard on DeFi and regulation. https://twitter.com/F_Gregaard/status/1660655806709211137
  44. Don’t Forget, the May Cardano 360 will be on May 25th. https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1660621805017608194
  45. Here’s the daily check-in on the status of the SPO Poll. We have surpassed 590 pools voting (as of May 23). https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  46. The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong has decided to get our hopes up with a proposed regulatory framework for crypto exchanges that could mean more trading for coins like Cardano. https://apps.sfc.hk/edistributionWeb/gateway/EN/news-and-announcements/news/doc?refNo=23PR53
  47. Here’s an IOG thread on the latest out of Atala Prism and Self-Sovereign Identity. https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1660904360925188097
  48. Here’s an IOG article on Cardano native tokens. https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1660975383997448193
  49. The difference in decentralization between Cardano and Bitcoin is still…laughable. https://twitter.com/StakeWithPride/status/1660979639907500033
  50. Ledger is finally caving (a little) to the backlash. It’s reported that they will focus on open sourcing parts of their code and only release the “Recover” firmware after that open sourcing is finished. https://twitter.com/NFTherdestatus/1661026174779420672
  51. Looks like the Hong Kong announcement yesterday might have been a hint of what’s coming. https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1661391542504902664
  52. The Cardano Layerverse is coming to life. https://twitter.com/TobiasIlskov/status/1660697833115385856
  53. Wow! Incredible! Thank you for voting in favor of decentralization, 1PCT! https://twitter.com/StakeWithPride/status/1661460222203002880
  54. Federal Reserve report debunks claim that crypto is not useful to people in the US. https://twitter.com/SebVentures/status/1661063483369177108
  55. The SPO phase of the poll is over. Nearly 800 pools voted. Now it’s your turn to see how your pool voted and re-delegate if you think they voted against decentralization and for their own pocketbook. https://adastat.net/polls/96861fe7da8d45ba5db95071ed3889ed1412929f33610636c072a4b5ab550211
  56. The May Cardano 360 is out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_bCa_xCoxA
  57. Charles dropped an update today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfL2U2hAGWw
  58. Sen. Cynthia Lummis declares her opposition to the 30% tax on bitcoin mining. https://twitter.com/SenLummis/status/1661803569341759495
  59. Lots of volume being transacted on Cardano recently! https://twitter.com/cwpaulm/status/1662929296329981952
  60. Recent subpoenas to the Python Package Index don’t bode well for those hoping to store seed phrases with third-party custodians. https://twitter.com/_jonasschnelli_/status/1662531840606093312
  61. Transaction volume is looking very interesting right now. https://messari.io/charts/cardano/txn-vol
  62. JPG Store has now launched Android and IOS apps. https://twitter.com/jpgstoreNFT/status/1663281982262919170
  63. It’s true. Cardano is straight killing it on the security leg of the trilemma.https://twitter.com/cardano_whale/status/1662987243655684096
  64. Just checked. Yep. The centralization in ETH is still staggering. https://twitter.com/StakeWithPride/status/1663222056870350848
  65. There’s a documentary about a 2022 Plutus hackathon in Argentina. https://twitter.com/LarsBrunjes/status/1663111319732535297
  66. Pavia is testing NFT gating. This could get very interesting. https://twitter.com/Pavia_io/status/1663153213988823040
  67. Marlowe is on mainnet! You can now code Cardano smart contracts in javascript or blockly via Marlowe! This is an amazing leap forward. https://twitter.com/marlowe_io/status/1663480828016435200
  68. Don’t forget! We are still in the re-delegation phase of the CF Poll. See how your stake pool voted! If they were voting for their pocketbook instead of decentralization, you should re-delegate! https://twitter.com/Cardano_CF/status/1663564854572244994
  69. Wow! Cardano projects are doing big things these days! https://twitter.com/CardanoCrocClub/status/1663468916843114498
  70. The CCP has dropped a white paper on how it will develop Web 3 including NFTs and the metaverse. https://twitter.com/milestones_nft/status/1663458500922712064
  71. Lace is now open source! https://twitter.com/IOHK_Charles/status/1663953642045714433
  72. Binance is back and apparently they don’t care if someone had that ticker first. https://twitter.com/pool_pm/status/1663809731603906560
  73. Summon is now allowing for multichain swaps of ADA & ERG. https://twitter.com/N8iveToEarth/status/1664038846563225600
  74. Charles did a Twitter Space with World Mobile. https://twitter.com/IOHK_Charles/status/1663984094252810283
  75. Here’s an easy infographic on CIP-1694 Voltaire governance from IOG. https://twitter.com/Hornan7/status/1664007623799185409
  76. Apparently, Cardano sushi is a thing! https://twitter.com/Allison_Fromm/status/1663841386074976257
  77. This kind of sums up the problems with central bank behavior over the last 20 years. https://twitter.com/JeffWenigestatus/1664012650781585409
  78. Interesting news about the currency in one of Cardano’s biggest metaverse projects. https://twitter.com/Pavia_io/status/1664240389610704896
  79. Messari has released an article on operational decentralization in proof-of-stake crypto. https://messari.io/report/evaluating-validator-decentralization-geographic-and-infrastructure-distribution-in-proof-of-stake-networks
  80. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has MASSIVELY revised their figures on Q4 of 2022. No surprise, the numbers were much worse than they told us. https://twitter.com/FrogNews/status/1664253845399130113
  81. Looks like DAOs are getting a little hesitant about fee switches due to possible legal/tax implications. https://twitter.com/FrogNews/status/1664253845399130113
  82. We even have Arctic block production. https://twitter.com/Laponia_pool/status/1664226409466740737
  83. Questions are being raised regarding the blockspace consumption of dApps still on Plutus v1. https://twitter.com/matiwinnetou/status/1664385383122051073
  84. Atomic wallet got hacked. https://twitter.com/zachxbt/status/1665080799253733377
  85. No surprise: general interest in crypto & Cardano is still pretty low according to google trends. https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=today%205-y&geo=US&q=cardano&hl=en
  86. Here’s the Weekly Development Update from June 2. https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1665394985934499840
  87. The Chairs of the House Committee on Financial Services (McHenry) and the House Committee on Agriculture (Thompson) are co-sponsoring a new pro-crypto Digital Asset Market Structure Bill. Currently just a discussion draft. Here’s the summary. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AG/AG00/20230606/116051/HHRG-118-AG00-20230606-SD002.pdf
  88. Here’s the actual discussion draft. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AG/AG00/20230606/116051/HHRG-118-AG00-20230606-SD003.pdf
  89. Here’s a section-by-section with exhibits. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AG/AG00/20230606/116051/HHRG-118-AG00-20230606-SD001.pdf
  90. Cornucopias has released more game footage. https://twitter.com/RobGreig3/status/1665310543589040130
  91. SEC vs. Binance/CZ. It begins!!!!! https://twitter.com/ArmySpies/status/1665845917268815874
  92. Written response from Charles to the SEC/Binance complaint. https://twitter.com/IOHK_Charles/status/1665780536177217537
  93. Written response from Binance on the SEC complaint. https://www.binance.com/en/blog/ecosystem/sec-complaint-aims-to-unilaterally-define-crypto-market-structure-8707489117122437402
  94. Video response from Charles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zBZ-aGqldA
  95. Cornucopias has dropped a whole new reel of gameplay footage. It looks really good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ftHH8bbxQ
  96. Cardano Gaming at the NFT.Brazil event! https://twitter.com/cardanowarriors/status/1665815653398507520
~Army of Spies
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2023.06.07 07:19 SoraDonaldGoofy99 Challenge Dex 61: Electabuzz

And Electabuzz is already finished. Sometimes, I just really feel like doing a run and just because I can. Electabuzz was a Pokemon I loved in XD, my history with it came from the Elekid you could get in a trade named Zaprong. It was the MVP of all my teams in XD, even when half my team was Electric type already. Without further ado...
Up to Brock: Moveset: Quick Attack, Leer Electabuzz actually has more Attack than I thought. It's good that he has a nice stat for it. It's nearly as much as Special in this case. I had confidence Electabuzz would be very good at this. He had more than enough power to take down Gary's Bulbasaur, and he got through Viridian Forest pretty well. Nearly ran out of Quick Attacks, but I managed to do it by using Leer to help save my last bits of PP. I took out Gary 1A very quickly, too, and didn't even have a rough time against Buzz Lightyear. Sandshrew's Sand-Attacks hardly did anything. Even before getting Thunderbolt, I was doing pretty damn well. I did utilize Leer against Geodude to try to keep his Defenses low while I hit him with Quick Attack. It didn't work the first time, but I grinded up just one level, from 12 to 13, and while I took a beating from Geodude, I took him out. Then Onix... played the absolute worst I had ever seen him play. He kept switching between Screech and Bide, never using Tackle once, allowing me to lower him to -6 Defense, killing him off.
Up to Misty: Moveset: Quick Attack, Leer, Mega Punch, Thunder Wave I caught a Spearow while going through the grass to Mt. Moon, but a Jigglypuff who came after wasted all my Poke Balls. Not a big loss, I got the Spearow. I chose the Helix Fossil. Mega Punch gave me quite a big boost in power. Not having an Electric move worried me slightly, so I chose to trounce Gary 2. Turned out all Electabuzz had to do was clench his fists and punch through his entire team, much like Kangaskhan did. Now I felt like a boss. I punched through Nugget Bridge, punched through a few other trainers, and then I remembered Seismic Toss. I knew I had to beat both the Hiker and the Jr. Trainer to get it now, but I chose to get it now. Through Leer and Mega Punch, I pummeled the Geodudes down. Still wouldn't advise it. It'd make a bit more sense to utilize Cut when you get it later to go here, I think. When I came back to heal after that... battle, I came back to see if I could handle Misty. I was able to handle her, too. The Thunder Wave I picked up to help kept Starmie at bay, Leer made sure her X Defends did nothing, and I punched through both of Misty's starfish.
Up to Surge: Moveset: Body Slam, Seismic Toss, Mega Punch, Thunder Wave I went back to obtain the S.S. Ticket, and got to the boat pretty fast. Got the Seismic Toss as well. Felt pretty good about the pace at the moment. As I did, I went through all the normal fights I usually did, and Gary 3 went by pretty fast. Body Slam just solidified my damage even more than normal. I slammed through everything he had. I got Cut after I traded for Dux, and I caught a Diglett when I left the boat. Surge was yet again, an easy fight. I spammed Body Slam through the whole fight. Except with Voltorb. I ended it with Mega Punch to conserve Body Slam PP. Legitimately, having both those moves isn't always bad.
Up to Erika: Moveset: Body Slam, Psychic, Thunderbolt, Thunder Wave You'd think Boomer would mess him up. He didn't. Seismic Toss was a 2HKO on each of his three Pokemon, even the Graveler. It chose to hit me with Tackle, which did jack, and shit. Do I even need to mention Gary 4? I had Thunderbolt. My man tore through his team at that point. ZAPPITY ZAP ZAP DOUBLE D! Oh, and I Body Slammed Kadabra and Ivysaur pretty easily. These stats are PERFECT for solo running. I stopped to both buy the Reflect TM from the Celadon store, and also to get Psychic from Saffron. Psychic beat up Giovanni 1 straight up, and while Erika gave me a reset because Vileplume hit with a strong Sleep Powder, I kicked her butt. Psychic swept her, too.
Up to Koga: Moveset: Same Well, this felt like a literal lightning round. I got Fly for Dux to get back to Lavender, and again, Psychic got through it, even Ghost Marowak didn't like Psychic very much. Snorlax got zapped out, and I cycled to the gym immediately. I was already underleveled, and despite this, I won with Psychic. Now... Weezing's Sludge HURT like a bitch, but I took it out. I still had the speed to win. Good enough for me.
Up to Sabrina: Moveset: NOW I'M MOTIVATED! I hope that helps signify how I felt about this thing. Rival Fival didn't have me reset. I just zapped through one part of his team (being Pidgeot, Gyarados, and Growlithe), slammed Alakazam out of the way, and Psychic was good enough to take down Venusaur. With a crit. Giovanni 2 was yet another sweep with Psychic (though Kangaskhan took the zap), and Sabrina wasn't bad at all. Body Slam killed Kadabra, Mr. Mime got zapped out, Venomoth took two Psychics, and I zapped Alakazam with a Thunder Wave. It hit me with Psywaves as I kept slamming it. The first one did 1 damage. Literally 1. MY GIRL, STOP USING THIS!
Up to Blaine: YOU SHALL DIE.. SHISHISNSIHISNSHING... Um... Zappity Zap Zap... Double D... I'm beginning to think I need a new bit. Did this while also being underleveled.
Up to Giovanni 3: I AM THE STORM THAT IS APPROAAAACHIIINNGGGG... Despite the fact that only two of his Pokemon are actually weak to Psychic, I took out his whole team with Psychic. While still being underleveled. Again.
Gary 6: Moveset: Body Slam, Psychic, Thunderbolt, Reflect I used my Rare Candies now, for sure, because I was sure I couldn't be THIS underleveled anymore. I took a reset here, too, I think because Pidgeot Quick Attacked me. Or because I missed a Thunderbolt on Gyarados and took a strong Hydro Pump. Either way, not good. Thunderbolt killed Pidgeot, Psychic ended Rhyhorn, I then shocked Growlithe and Gyarados, slammed down Alakazam, and I crit on Venusaur with Psychic again.
Elite Four: Moveset: PROOVOOOKINNGG... BLACK CLOUDS IN ISOLAAATIIOONN... I AM RECLAIMER OF MY NAAAAAMMMEEEE!!! BORN IN FLAMES, I HAVE BEEN BLESSED, MY FAMILY CREST IS A DEMON OF DEATH!!!! Yet I am an Electric type. I could care less of my type not matching up to the lyrics, for now, I am against the League. My level was low enough to where I made it necessary to fight several Victory Road Trainers. Turned out, that was enough.
Lorelei: I will spare you the zap bit and just say Thunderbolt did it.
Bruno: Same as Lorelei, but I set up Reflect and spammed Psychic.
Agatha: Psychic did it. Thunderbolted the Golbat.
Lance: After Gyarados died to Thunderbolt, I set up Reflect, and spammed Psychic on the Dragonairs, and used Thunderbolt on Aerodactyl and Dragonite. And to think I was debating between Reflect and Light Screen...
Champion Gary: I set up Reflect immediately, zapped Pidgeot, slammed Alakazam, it lived to also copy my strat, then I zapped it. Rhydon died to Psychic... Gyarados and Arcanine both die to Thunderbolt, and I hit Venusaur with Psychic. It's Mega Drain did nothing, and then Psychic finished it off.
I won at Level 63 and at a time of 3:58.

Rankings: 1. Gengar: 62, 3:21, 4 resets. (Thunderbolt, Mega Drain, Psychic, Body Slam) 2. Kangaskhan: 62, 3:24, 1 reset. (Body Slam, Blizzard, Earthquake, Rock Slide 3. Victreebel: 62, 3:30, 2 resets. (Razor Leaf, Swords Dance, Body Slam, Sleep Powder) 4. Blastoise: 63, 3:32, 8 resets. (Blizzard, Withdraw, Surf, Earthquake) 5. Nidoking: 67, 3:43, 8 resets. (Body Slam, Blizzard, Earthquake, Thunderbolt) 6. Venusaur: 62, 3:47, 7 resets. (Body Slam, Swords Dance, Sleep Powder, Razor Leaf) 7. Mr. Mime: 70, 3:47, 7 resets. (Psychic, Meditate/Reflect, Body Slam, Thunderbolt) 8. Primeape: 63, 3:52, 5 resets. (Dig, Thunderbolt, Karate Chop, Rock Slide) 9. Poliwrath: 63, 3:56, 12 resets. (Blizzard, Earthquake, Amnesia, Surf) 10. Lickitung: 63, 3:57, 3 resets. (Swords Dance, Body Slam, Earthquake, Blizzard) 11. Electabuzz: 63, 3:58, 3 resets. (Body Slam, Psychic, Thunderbolt, Reflect) 12. Charizard: 66, 3:59, 10 resets. (Earthquake, Body Slam, Flamethrower, Swords Dance) 13. Hitmonlee: 69, 3:59, 13 resets. (Hi Jump Kick, Meditate, Seismic Toss, Body Slam/Mimic/Mega Kick) 14. Slowbro: 64, 4:00, 12 resets. (Psychic, Blizzard, Surf, Amnesia) 15. Machamp: 67, 4:05, 8 resets. (Rock Slide, Body Slam, Submission, Earthquake) 16. Kingler: 64, 4:14, 13 resets. (Surf, Blizzard, Swords Dance, Body Slam) 17. Raticate: 68, 4:17, 13 resets (Blizzard, Dig, Body Slam, Thunderbolt) 18. Seadra: 67, 4:26. 16 resets. (Surf, Blizzard, Double-Edge, Agility) 19. Tentacruel: 60, 4:28, 10 resets (Blizzard, Barrier, Mega Drain, Surf) 20. Ninetales: 67, 4:28, 11 resets (Flamethrower, Body Slam, Mimic, Dig) 21. Nidoqueen: 67, 4:29, 11 resets. (Earthquake, Blizzard, Body Slam, Thunderbolt) 22. Farfetch'd: 70, 4:33, 10 resets. (Fly, Slash, Swords Dance, Body Slam) 23. Hypno: 62, 4:38, 8 resets. (Meditate, Hypnosis, Body Slam, Psychic) 24. Clefable, 67, 4:39, 4 resets. (Body Slam, Psychic/Blizzard, Minimize, Thunderbolt) 25. Wigglytuff, 66, 4:41, 6 resets. (Thunderbolt, Body Slam, Psychic/Blizzard, Defense Curl) 26. Dewgong: 64, 4:44, 5 resets. (Blizzard, Mimic, Surf, Body Slam) 27. Scyther: 63, 4:46, 18 resets. (Swords Dance, Swift/Mimic, Slash, Double Team) 28. Golem: 68: 4:49, 8 resets. (Earthquake, Defense Curl, Rock Slide, Body Slam) 29. Chansey: 68, 4:51, 2 resets. (Minimize, Psychic/Softboiled, Thunderbolt, Blizzard) 30. Butterfree: 66, 4:53, 28 resets. (Mimic, Sleep Powder, Psychic, Mega Drain) 31. Jynx: 61, 4:57, 4 resets. (Body Slam, Lovely Kiss, Psychic, Blizzard) 32. Persian: 70, 4:58, 13 resets. (Mimic, Bubblebeam, Thunderbolt, Body Slam) 33. Sandslash: 67, 5:00, 11 resets. (Body Slam, Rock Slide, Swords Dance, Earthquake) 34. Vileplume: 67, 5:04, 15 resets. (Mega Drain, Body Slam/Mimic, Swords Dance, Sleep Powder) 35. Marowak: 73, 5:10, 9 resets. (Blizzard, Earthquake, Mimic, Body Slam) 36. Alakazam: 63, 5:18, 4 resets. (Toxic, Psychic, Recover, Seismic Toss) 37. Seaking: 64, 5:20, 8 resets. (Agility, Double-Edge, Blizzard, Surf) 38. Tangela: 66, 5:24, 16 resets. (Sleep Powder, Growth, Body Slam/Mimic, Mega Drain) 39. Rapidash: 72. 5:24, 10 resets. (Fire Blast, Body Slam, Mimic, Agility) 40. Arbok: 71, 5:28, 27 resets. (Mimic, Earthquake, Body Slam, Rock Slide) 41. Raichu: 63, 5:29, 5 resets. (Thunderbolt, Mimic, Agility, Seismic Toss) 42. Golduck: 64, 5:34, 6 resets. (Dig, Blizzard, Mimic, Surf) 43. Starmie: 61, 5:42, 16 resets. (Thunderbolt, Blizzard, Surf, Psychic) 44. Muk: 66, 5:42, 11 resets. (Mega Drain/Fire Blast, Thunderbolt, Minimize, Sludge) 45. Hitmonchan: 73. 5:44, 12 resets. (Submission/Mimic/Submission, Agility, Ice Punch/Seismic Toss, Body Slam) 46. Dodrio: 72, 5:49, 17 resets. (Drill Peck, Mimic, Agility, Body Slam) 47. Fearow: 73, 6:00, 30 resets. (Drill Peck, Mimic, Agility, Swift) 48. Venomoth: 65, 6:24, 15 resets. (Mimic, Psychic, Sleep Powder, Mega Drain) 49. Golbat: 74, 6:26, 12 resets. (Double-Edge, Wing Attack, Mega Drain, Mimic) 50. Electrode: 70, 6:29, 25 resets. (Thunderbolt, Mimic, Swift, Toxic/Reflect) 51. Parasect, 71, 6:32, 18 resets. (Body Slam, Spore, Swords Dance, Dig) 52. Cloyster, 62, 6:55, 17 resets. (Blizzard, Withdraw, Surf, Tri Attack) 53. Beedrill: 65, 6:55, 23 resets. (Swords Dance, Mega Drain, Double-Edge, Twineedle) 54. Magneton: 64. 6:58, 10 resets. (Rest, Double-Edge, Thunderbolt, Mimic) 55. Onix: 80, 7:11, 25 resets. (Earthquake, Harden, Body Slam, Rock Slide) 56. Pidgeot: 76, 7:16, 13 resets. (Mimic, Agility, Double-Edge, Fly) 57. Arcanine: 72, 7:17. 14 resets. (Body Slam, Dig, Fire Blast, Agility) 58. Weezing: 72, 7:31, 12 resets. (Mimic, Sludge, Thunderbolt, Fire Blast) 59. Rhydon: 73, 7:33, 16 resets. (Thunderbolt, Earthquake, Mimic, Rock Slide) 60. Dugtrio: 78, 7:47, 33 resets. (Slash, Mimic, Earthquake, Rock Slide) 61. Exeggutor: 71, 9:16, 25 resets. (Mimic, Psychic, Mega Drain, Sleep Powder)
While this run MOTIVATED me, I was utterly SHOCKED at the fact he just barely MISSED the top 10: S: Gengar,Kangaskhan, Victreebel, Blastoise, Nidoking, Venusaur, Mr. Mime, Primeape, Poliwrath, Lickitung, Electabuzz, Charizard, Hitmonlee A: Slowbro, Machamp, Kingler, Raticate, Seadra, Tentacruel, Ninetales, Nidoqueen, Farfetch'd, Hypno, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Dewgong, Scyther, Golem, Chansey, Butterfree, Jynx, Persian B: Sandslash, Vileplume, Marowak, Alakazam, Seaking, Tangela, Rapidash, Arbok, Raichu, Golduck, Starmie, Muk, Hitmonchan, Dodrio C: Fearow, Venomoth, Golbat, Electrode, Parasect, Cloyster, Beedrill, Magneton D: Onix, Pidgeot, Arcanine, Weezing, Rhydon, Dugtrio E: N/A F: Exeggutor
And Electabuzz is the best Electric type so far. Sorry Raichu. Next is his twin brother... or I guess Fire-type counterpart... DANTE, I mean Magmar. I think it should be kinda neat.
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2023.06.07 07:15 SidDriverZero Just finished the series... wondering about the last episode.

*Spoilers Inc*
I was wondering if anyone knew if the writers were planning on ending Mr. Robot in the fourth season, or if it they were planning for more seasons? The last episodes try to tie up the endings for everyone but just feels rushed and I'd argue some of the actions seemed a little out of character for some of the characters and wonder if they had to finish it earlier than expected.
Some things that were off for me:
MM suddenly very much wanting to live a married life with Angela when he was pretty indifferent to her death and seemed even less close to her before she died. Also, MM being another face for Elliot just didn't sit well with me as he was the character we grew to love/root for and it turned out that we didn't ever really get to meet the real Elliot until we saw him in the loop. Also, the real Elliot dreamed of being a vigilante hacker and it was implied that he wasn't good at hacking while MM and Mr. Robot were. Could that be possible with a split-personality? Or was it just something the writers shoe horned in?
Dom's ending was kind of interesting and I was left wondering what would happen with her in terms of her job, and with Darlene. I was kind of surprised she decided to stay on the plane when she realized Darlene wasn't on there as she probably could have got off. She didn't seem excited to go to the destination (can't remember where it was) and all we were left with was her finally sleeping.
Irving... his ending was pretty out of place. He's still a part of the Dark Army supposedly (if that exists after the death of WR) and was pretty indifferent to Dom who knew that he murdered her former boss. With him publishing his book, he's now semi-famous and easy to track. I couldn't understand why he'd be so brazen given that he seems to know that Dom has flipped back and could easily turn him in the for the murder.
WR - She seemed full of determination/ambition after she was walking out of her place with the Red Army and the FBI agents all gunned down. To go from that to her ending with Elliot really seemed out of character for her. Why did it matter so much that she ended herself in front of Elliot? Also, in Elliot's loop we see that she was supposedly reborn as a woman in that parallel world (which was just the writer's throwing us off).
The Red Army - What happens to them now that their leader is gone and their finances have disappeared? I imagine they would be dissolved as there was really not a second in command brought up in the series.
The Deus group - Losing their money wouldn't stop them... since it was stolen from them, I'd imagine they'd be fighting in court to reclaim their money? Also... releasing the money to everyone via e-coin wallet - wouldn't the police be investigating that and possibly doing something about it? Just seems kind of skipped over.
Overall, greatly enjoyed the show and glad it was recommended to me. Have to read though the reddit to see what spoilers I missed but definitely will recommend this show to my friends. /end rant
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2023.06.07 07:13 Game-me-up-Scotty Finished My First Playthrough: Perspective of a Teacher

Hey Everyone, It's been a while haha. I made a post a while back about my initial impressions of the students based upon my experiences as a teacher. Here's a link to that thread if you'd like to read it first: First Impressions
It took me much longer to complete my first playthrough than I anticipated, but I was very thorough in my exploration time and so I attribute it mostly to that and well ... life. I feel like it's harder to speak to the characters as students now but I'll try to revisit some of my earlier thoughts as well as how I view them as a person. (because we all know students aren't people /s)
**Obviously Spoilers Incoming**
I chose the Black Eagles House and went through the Crimson Flower Route:
Edelgard:
- I was pretty spot on with Edelgard when I said she would have high expectations. Early on I wondered if I would get annoyed with her tone towards you as a teacher, but I don't think she ever asked too much of me. I enjoyed her vulnerability with our support conversations and also her interactions with other students. She was stern when she needed to be and while she clearly held herself to a certain standard of etiquette she was human with them too. I guess the elephant in the room with Edelgard is do I find her actions justified. I struggled with this a bit initially because I knew the choice that was incoming (couldn't avoid spoilers for myself) but after I played up to the decision to side with her or the church the choice was obvious in my heart. Now some of this can be attributed to the way the writers/voice actors make Rhea creepy and ultimately wrathful (sounding) but I can't imagine not siding with Edelgard. I also largely agree with her ideals and enjoyed that I was a soldier in the end and not a King or Archbishop. Also, the ending scene *beautiful*
Hubert:
- I said Hubert would be arrogant but not too bad. I think arrogant was the wrong read initially. He's really never a student to you and I think this is for the sake of his role in the story but it made it hard to ever really feel like I knew him or "cared" about him. For a long time I made him Edelgard's adjutant because it felt right and that's really what he is, Edelgard's story assistant. I did enjoy the line during instruction "Maybe I was taught well" (or something like that) but really that was the only moment I felt a connection to him. Our final support scene together was sweet and that's when I started letting him battle again haha. I will say Hubert's interactions with other characters were great. I especially enjoyed his support dialogues with Petra and it shows he's not a "bad" guy, he just never really felt like a student.
Ferdinand:
- Man ... Ferdinand. The tale of two parts. I said arrogant and know it all for him and that's certainly how he is at first. This is how Hubert would have been if he felt like a student. I felt like Ferdinand grew under my instruction. I felt like our interactions were special and substantial. He was so introspective at times that it really made me hold him in high regard as I continued playing. I wanted him to succeed. However, there were some moments that made me annoyed with him. I found his dialogue when offering him a lost item particularly grating. It is something to the effect of "how dare you think this is mine." While this is on par for his early character it is a fault in the system to have it continue after he has made such growth. His support dialogues are somewhat forgetful compared to the everyday interactions we had but there's a good amount of comedic value with Ferdinand (especially his eating with Edelgard dialogue) . And then there is post time skip Ferdinand ... what did they do to my boy. He became what I would've suspected of Sylvain and that's fine, live your life and all that but it seemed like he lost his "heart" the things that made him endearing and special. I could go on but I'll give one example to wrap this up. His support dialogue with Bernedetta early on was so sweet and really painted a misunderstood picture of him ... and then the final support is like "we were almost married. Ok Bye." Sure, I got the comedic value of it all but it just wasn't the same and I missed that student I got to know and care about.
Caspar:
- I had said Caspar would work hard and maybe sometimes try too hard. This is overall pretty accurate and going in I didn't have any expectations on Caspar. Low expectations may have yielded my endearing opinion of him but I also think he wasn't terribly memorable either. As a student he was kind of one note, "I want to be stronger to protect people." The term escapes me, but he is a character like Naruto or Natsu in that he could be an anime main character but minus some of the depth a long running series protagonist may develop. Our support interactions were initially good in that it showed his struggle with being brash and the issues that may cause but then it ended with "I'm just going to be me." The same thing happened with Caspar and Hubert's support dialogues, "think about your actions ... thought about them ... Just be you." As a teacher, I would cheer for Caspar and I liked him. As a viewer I would get tired of him and I ultimately did. That said, I loved his and Bernie's supports and I will always ship them now.
Dorothea:
- I said Dorothea would be attentive and a good student but that maybe her casual language with the teacher could be troublesome. I think I was right on all accounts really. If you really like Dorothea maybe skip this one haha. I found Dorothea to be my least favorite character. As far as a teacher-student dynamic goes Dorothea was great. I liked her feedback and generally liked our interactions and her interactions with other characters weren't tiresome or annoying. I think what it came down to is that she just never surprised me. I wasn't a fan of Hubert but man did he surprise me on occasion and then I'm audibly saying "I see you Hubert." I never had those moments with Dorothea, instead I had more than my share of eyerolls. The crowning moment with Dorothea for me was right before the final battle her dialogue input is something like "I hope I find a man after this is all over." Like ... we are about to fight a dragon and that's your contribution. I understand her story, I do, and I sympathize with her. I know that because of her past her arrogance and superiority are defense mechanisms against an elite that shunned her and treated her like trash. I guess I needed that moment of weakness from her and maybe it's there in some support dialogue (the closest I got being her support with Linhardt) but she just never gave me a moment to remember her by and instead became a little annoying.
Petra:
- I had said Petra would be a good student who maybe needed some language acquisition help. This is what Petra is as a student and as a character. She is kind of one note but man do I love her. This is mostly an aesthetic choice on my part because everything about Petra's look is wonderful. She stands out but not obnoxiously so, she looks unique and feels like the foreigner she is supposed to be. She has some great instruction dialogue that makes you want to help her learn. Our support dialogues were good but pretty plain, just explaining her reasoning and what not. Where Petra really shined though was in her support dialogue with other characters. The "I don't speak the language" trope would have made her pretty boring if not for her interactions with other characters. I especially liked her conversations with Edelgard, Hubert, and Caspar. She showed so many wonderful qualities like independence, conviction, humor, self awareness ... I could go on. Now all that said She and Dorothea are really the same in being kind of one note overall, but I guess I connected more with Petra and I can't point to any one reason why. I loved them both as students but as characters Petra just spoke to me more.
Bernedetta:
- I had said she would be fine to teach but shy. The writers obviously painted her this way from the get go and she does follow that trope faithfully. As a student her little moments of success were so nice and I liked her instruction lines. The yelling, which I'm sure is a meme, was fine ... sometimes annoying, sometimes funny. Our interactions were obviously building up to the moment she steps out of her room but I didn't find it as rewarding as maybe it was intended to be. The real shining moments for Bernedetta were in her support dialogue with other characters (is becoming a theme as I type). Now, these supports follow a formula of "sweet moment ... Bernie realizes she's vulnerable ... she screams." sometimes this was cute, sometimes this was an *eye roll* but I mostly liked them. My favorites were her early Ferdinand supports and her Caspar supports. I thought that I wanted Ferdinand and Bernie to be together until I got that final Caspar support. The way she stood up for what she wanted and took on an uncomfortable situation for her own happiness was touching and made me really want to use her again. I think Bernedetta was the one character I went in not liking that much to wanting to always talk to when I see her.
Linhardt:
- I said Linhardt sleeping wouldn't bother me and that made him a wash as a student. Obviously this was a little bit of a misdirect to make him seem lazy when he's a bit more complex than that. Linhardt was an interesting student. His whole "I'm awake" and similar lines grew old after a while but his support dialogues with me and other students were interesting and made him more endearing to me. I liked that he's just kind of searching for his purpose. The thing about Linhardt that I enjoyed the most was how wise he is. His interaction with Lysithea was really a nice moment as well as an interesting one in how he went about making her realize things about herself and her situation. However, Linhardt also had some Sheldon Cooper moments (which I'm a Sheldon fan) but they could be a little frustrating sometimes. He also had a Dorothea type line before the final battle about crests and so I was rolling my eyes a bit. Overall he had his moments and I didn't mind the ones that were just meh.
Lysithea:
- I recruited Lysithea. I had said maybe sometimes she'd ask questions rudely but would be a good student. I think Lysithea is great, but she can be pretty childish, sometimes comedically so. I understand that she's ~16 while the others are ~18 but they really gave her some overtly childish things to do and say sometimes. As a student she was exactly like I thought she would be so nothing surprising there. As a character I really enjoyed her growth and her story. Our interactions together were cute and she was my Goddess Tower visit during the ball so that was a fun moment as well. I also enjoyed her moments with other characters especially Linhardt. Lysithea was my main target going in with the anticipation of her being one of my favorites. She didn't end up as my favorite but I did enjoy our time together.
Annette:
- Annette was my other recruit (that I intended to get) and I had said she'd probably want lots of extra credit and constantly ask how she was doing in class. This was a pretty accurate assessment of who Annette is as a student. Our early interactions were cute and endearing as she really wanted to do well. I know several characters do the little excited clenched fist cheer when instructing them but Annette's seemed to fit her the best and seemed cannon for how she would really react. Of all the students I most wanted to give Annette a hug. She seemed like she just needed to know she's of value and I wanted her to know I valued her. Her interactions with the Black Eagles weren't terribly memorable, but I did enjoy her and Linhardt's supports. I look forward to using her on a Blue Lions run.
Ingrid/Felix:
- I recruited them unintentionally because I interacted with EVERYONE haha. I didn't do much with them so I will use this to speak to recruitment in general. I wish I had gone in with the intent to only recruit 1-2 additional characters. It just becomes a little too overwhelming when you only use 10 in battle most of the time.
Faculty:
- A few people in my last post asked how I felt about the faculty so I'll mention them a bit here. It seems like maybe the writing focused on the students (as I would expect) and let the faculty be very one note so none of them really stand out but I'll list the ones I talked to a lot.
Alois:
- I liked Alois and our dialogue after Jeralt's death was really touching and I felt like he and I would've hugged and I'd have cried haha. I like that he just wants to be a good person and I want to get my support dialogue further with him next time to see what other interactions we might have.
Manuela:
- Manuela is Blanche Devereaux. If you don't know who that is ... look it up and thank me later for the best TV series of your life. I like her design and she was my wife's favorite character and I took her support to S but our interactions were kind of boring. She is what she is and I don't mind it but I also don't think I'll bother chatting her up in my next run.
Seteth:
- Seteth grew on me. He is meant to come across initially as a no nonsense kind of strict guy and all that but his supports are sweet and his interactions with Flayn were nice and made me like her more than I otherwise would have. I felt bad I couldn't bring him to my side but I wasn't heartbroken about either.
Rhea:
- Man ... Rhea is weird. She's got creepy vibes from the beginning and all the reveals and dialogue only made me like her less. I didn't know anything about her when she and the professor have their moment after he is wounded and like your head is in her lap but that moment didn't strike me as sweet ... it just felt weird. I think it will be hard for me to ever do the church route.
Flayn:
- Flayn is boring haha. I need to do more with her support wise I think but I felt like she was thrust upon me and told to like her but I just didn't.
Shamir:
- Shamir has a cool character design and that's why I gave her a lot of sunflowers but as I built our support I found myself less and less interested in what she had to say.
Jertiza:
- Jeritza and I had such a short life together but I think it could've been magical given more time. Something about his line delivery is satisfyingly dead pan and wonderful. He's also so strong by the time you get him that I used him frequently.

Overall Impressions:
- I am going to have a really hard time playing any other route besides Crimson Flower. While not all of the students "spoke" to me I found Edelgard and her goals did speak to me and I loved this particular route.
Character Ranking:
Impacted Me Greatly: Edelgard, Annette
Love Them: Petra, Lysithea, Alois, Linhardt
Really Surprised Me: Bernedetta, Caspar, Seteth, Jeritza
So Much Potential: Hubert, Ferdinand
Avoid Talking To Next Time: Dorothea, Manuela, Rhea, Flayn, Shamir

Be sure to comment your own thoughts and please understand these are just my thoughts, everyone likely had a different experience from my own so don't take it to heart when I say someone is boring haha.
I feel like there's thousands more things I could say. I love this game and have started a Golden Deer run, but I will miss Edelgard and will finish my journey with this game doing one more Crimson Flower playthrough. You never forget your first and it was beautiful.
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