Upper cumberland reporter

Cookeville, TN

2011.01.18 05:46 lengau Cookeville, TN

Cookeville, Tennessee is the hub of the Upper Cumberland region and the seat of Putnam County. It is located along I-40 at approximately halfway between Knoxville and Nashville. Cookeville is home to Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, and "nearby attractions." Folks live here because it's beautiful. Within 30 minutes you have easy access to 3 state parks, 1 state natural area, 7 wildlife management areas, and two large recreational lakes.

2023.06.01 01:26 FormalSmoke Release Date: Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue

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Release Date: Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue
Following the Stussy x Nike Air Max 2013 which debuted last month, reports now indicate that a Stussy x Nike Vandal High Collection will be releasing in 2023. Suggested to be offered in three colorways done in your choice of “Black/Metallic Silver”, “Fossil”, and “Deep Royal Blue”, the classic silhouette features canvas uppers, a removable nylon ankle strap, co-branding throughout, and boasting special packaging.
It has been announced that the Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue will be releasing on June 15th at select retailers, Stussy, and Nike.com (SNKRS) for the retail price of $130. . Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
In Jordan Brand news, the Air Jordan 13 Wolf Grey is set to arrive in the near future.
UPDATE (5/31): It has been announced that the Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue will be releasing on June 15th at select retailers, Stussy, and Nike.com (SNKRS) for the retail price of $130.
UPDATE (5/24): Here is a first look at the Stussy x Nike Vandal High in the Deep Royal Blue colorway. We are still waiting to get a first look at the two other colorways from the collaboration done in Black and Fossil colorways. Images via brandon1an.
h/t: SBD
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2023.06.01 01:26 FormalSmoke Official Images : Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make

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Official Images : Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make
We got another Nike Air Max 1 86 colorway to share with you. Dropping later on this year, here are official images of the Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make.
Said to be a Korea-exclusive, the Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make comes constructed out of earthy materials such as the hemp upper along with the woven textile overlays decorated with the Black edging. Taking a closer look you will find Bone-colored tumbled leather Swooshes and mudguards, a Sail midsole with the visible (and larger) Air-sole unit and Black rubber outsole. Finishing touches include the “WM” (Word Make) stitched on the tongue labels with cork-graphic insoles that read “Designed for sport. Crafted for life. World Make.”
Retailing for $170, current reports have the Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make releasing in the coming months at select retailers and Nike.com. Keep it locked for official release info.
In Jordan Brand, did you peep the recently unveiled Air Jordan 2 Low Quai 54?
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2023.06.01 00:36 GlumdogTrillionaire Is it just me or is this yet another deflection tactic by MPs to take the focus off the ineffective speed campaign?

Is it just me or is this yet another deflection tactic by MPs to take the focus off the ineffective speed campaign?
Seems they always like to cherry pick the evidence from overseas which favours a heavy revenue-raising speed campaign.
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2023.06.01 00:31 Jay2KWinger Account of a Parley

The little cluster of rocks wasn't much, but the cabling and paneling and sundries that had lashed them all together marked them as being a part of the asteroid belt known as the Reef. It was a nest of scum, the sorts that had been banned or kicked out of the Tangled Shore, that even The Spider didn't want to associate with. Because it was where the worst sorts filtered down to, the locals called the area "The Trench." Awoken enforcers never went near it, unless they had numbers and firepower at their backs.
In recent months, the Trench had become more crowded. Ships of all stripes had parked around it-- Eliksni ketches and Cabal cruisers, Awoken galliots and Arcadian shuttles. The makes meant little, as they were frequently stolen. The livery and banners they flew all varied, but there were two specific ones worth noting. One was blue and bore a sigil of a broken sword stabbed into a stylized crown, the other black and portrayed a stylized Eliksni skull with an upper jaw full of jagged teeth. The banners of House Salvation and the pirate lord Gresdin Sawtooth.
A skiff dropped out of a short-range jump and docked itself between a sloop and a cobbled-together transport, both of which had their old livery scored and scratched away. As the skiff's captain disembarked, he could see that crews were already at work painting Sawtooth's standard onto them. A vandal stepped out in front of him, crashing into him, but the vandal took one look and thought better of finishing their scowl, instead scuttling away to another ship.
Similar reactions followed, even from a few of the Legionless Cabal that plodded the walkways of the Trench. But soon enough, the skiff captain approached the Trench's topmost suite of cabins. Two Eliksni guards glared at him, but he stared them down in kind, until one turned and barked into the cabin, "Tell them the Technomancer's back."
But the Technomancer-- a Fallen reaver named Bansiks-- raised his bulky mechanical arm and shoved the two House Salvation Elites out of his way as he barged into the cabin. His synthesized voice rasped as he approached the high table. "Lord Gresdin," he called.
Several other figures were clustered around the table, turning toward him as he approached. One was just Kalsek, one of Gresdin's lieutenants, bristling with indignation-- but not just from Bansiks's interruption, the Technomancer could tell. Kalsek was more angry about the two interlopers at the table. Both were Eliksni, and one towered over all present at the table, wearing scarred armor and clutched in his lower hands was a heavily modified forge hammer, the head of which glowed with Scorch energy. He stood behind an older Eliksni seated at the table, but Bansiks could see the lightly-armored elder's own scarred body beneath the faded, priestly robes he wore. Both wore the blue banner of House Salvation.
He knew them both by reputation. The giant was, despite his size, the lesser of the two, a retainer to the elder. One of the many outcasts of the scattered House of Scars, he had become a reaver in his way, taking part in pirate raids and eventually seeking more glory for himself in the Last Attempt at conquering the human City. He had been captured along with many others and languished in the Prison of Elders, but had escaped along with so many others when the Prison had fallen, and eventually came to House Salvation, eager to smash the wretches that had defeated his people and imprisoned him. But in the end, Brekkis the Breaker was simply a brute to his core.
On the other hand, the elder, Morsik, was a former archon of a lesser House that had long ago fractured and fallen apart, one who had suffered much abuse in the time since, but largely at the hands of Lightbearers and the Reef folk. Drawn to Eramis by the promise of a reborn Riis, he had become a very effective recruiter for his new House, speaking in an almost hypnotic fashion as he whipped up the furor and fervor for revenge against the Lights for the pain they'd all experienced. It worked so well, it was little wonder why they called him the Demagogue.
Seated at the midle of the table, opposite the entry to the chamber, was a broad-shouldered, barrel-chested Eliksni. A bandolier strapped across his chest had several Shock pistols at hand, and though they were blocked by the table, Bansiks knew there was an array of swords and knives and similar bladed weaponry around his waist. His Ether-mask had a twice-bifurcated crest, two flanges of which twisted forward and down, almost like tusks, while the other two were bent into horns. The front of his mask had its grill wrought to resemble a mouthful of jagged fangs. He wore his own black standard, with one upper hand resting on the grip of his namesake sword, a zweihander with a jagged edge. Gresdin Sawtooth, pirate lord of the Trench, looked up at him.
"Bansiks," Gresdin acknowledged. But then he turned back to the House Salvation envoys. "For all she demands of me and mine, Eramis could not come herself, and sends you instead?"
"Eramiskel," Brekkis growled.
But the pirate lord slapped his palm on the table. "Not my Kell," he snarled back. "She disrespects me like this, she does not get that wisp of respect from me in turn."
The brute glowered down at him. "No one--"
"No one sends a thug like you unless they're trying to send a message," Gresdin interrupted. He turned his gaze instead to Morsik, dismissing the retainer immediately. "The Shipstealer expects much from me, and all the other crews that berth in my Trench." A rasping snarl rattled in his throat. "Running down and looking for old relics, but what does she offer in return? A vague threat that we will be allowed to live?"
"Eramiskel has been given purpose." Morsik's voice was soft, quiet, the kind that forced the listener to strain to hear, and to thus better absorb his words. "To revisit the pain our people have suffered upon those who inflicted it."
"Lightbearers," Brekkis snarled.
"You know better than others, Lord Gresdin," the Demagogue continued, "that our people are plagued by weakness. Those with the means to lift us up simply won't make the decisions necessary to shape a place for us to live. No one, apart from Eramiskel."
"She wants trinkets that grant their bearers power," Bansiks rumbled, and raised a relic in his hand, setting it on the table in front of the pirate lord. "Iriks is dead," he told him. Brekkis made a move to reach for the lantern-like relic, but the Technomancer's bulky synthetic arm twitched up and extruded a blade that touched the brute's throat. "That's not for you."
Morsik's expression did not change, but there was the impression of a frown. "Eramiskel has asked for the relics."
"This is not the new Riis that Eramis ruled," Gresdin picked up the relic and passed it to Kalsek. "You are in the Trench, and this is my domain. Not even the Lightbearers dare come here. What makes you think you can make demands of me?"
The Demagogue placed two hands on the table as he ponderously rose, his scarred, aged body trembling some as he did so. Brekkis moved to assist him, but Morsik waved him off. The elder Eliksni stood with an almost regal air, and then slapped a hand down on the table. Cobalt blue ice crystals rippled outward from where he struck, spreading across the table, and then the floor, flash-freezing Kalsek in place, relic included. As the pirate lord bellowed in fury, Brekkis slapped aside Bansiks's blade and grabbed him by the throat.
"You think you have power," Morsik murmurred, as he lifted his hand, letting the pirate see the Splinter embedded in the gauntlet he wore. "But you do not. And there is a power beyond even this, which eclipses even the Light."
To the former archon's surprise, however, Gresdin began laughing. "Your House kneels to the Black Gale. But the Gale is not here--"
At which point, red SIVA clouds snaked out of Bansiks's gauntlet, winding around Brekkis and pinning him to the floor with hardened cables of metal. As this happened, the Technomancer raised his synthetic arm and the blade unfolded as the barrel of a cannon emerged from it. Morsik stared this down, raising his hands carefully. The Stasis crystals receded, Kalsek staggering as he was freed, and Gresdin arose from his chair, hefting his namesake sword to one shoulder with a speed that belied its weight.
"--and Gresdin Sawtooth bows to no one."
Morsik inclined his head thoughtfully. "How would you like to strike down the Reef folk?"
The Lord of the Trench paused, lowering his sword briefly, though not fully. "Explain."
"The man-folk and their Lightbearers have plagued our people since the moment we first reached this star. But only one of their Houses has ever enslaved Eliksni." The Demagogue spread his hands. "The House of Sov." Gresdin stared him down, but then glanced at Bansiks, gesturing subtly with a spare hand. The Technomancer lowered his cannon, but left Brekkis pinned under SIVA tendrils. With a nod, Morsik continued, "The apologists will say the broken Weavers swore oaths, but oaths made under duress are not binding, as they proved later when they rebelled."
"A rebellion that got them all killed," Kalsek pointed out.
"Because the man-folk will never let Eliksni live unless they kneel to their Lightbearers and to the Traitor Machine," Morsik spat. "If we start to rise back up, they send their ghouls to slaughter us."
Gresdin grunted again. "No one dares attack the Trench. Even the Lightbearers stay away." But he looked over as Bansiks shook his head.
"The Lightbearers have pirate hunters now," he reported. "Not only have they taken out several of the ketchkilers, they are hunting relics like that," he indicated the lantern in Kalsek's hands.
Gresdin chewed on that thought for a moment before Morsik folded his lower hands over his belly, the other set behind his back. "The relics have power. The old crews knew this." He eyed the pirate lord. "You broke from your House because your Kell was weak. House Blades was renowned for its prowess in battle, but Yovariskel had been too cautious to join the Last Attempt, and Koussakskel is too cowardly to seek the glory you crave. You earned your place as Lord of the Trench as befits your old House's ways.
"You have supporters in House Blades," Morsik continued. "They grumble and whisper and want their glories, but Koussakskel holds them back. A bold move on your part-- scouring the Reef of House Sov-- would galvanize them. They would flock to your banner. And Eramiskel would honor your deeds, and offer you pride of place as High Baron in her House, as admiral of Salvation's ketch fleet."
The pirate lord mulled this over, while Kalsek argued, "Why should Lord Gresdin lower himself to serve a kell who failed her House? The Lights defeated her, her House was scattered." But the expression on Gresdin's face told that he'd already taken the bait, and now the Demagogue just needed to reel him in.
"Perhaps her House had been weak," Morsik suggested. "And with you at her side to assure the strength of her followers..."
Bansiks looked at Gresdin, who regarded the elder with a long stare. Then, with a ponderous move, he planted the end of his jagged zweihander on the floor, and nodded to the cyborg Eliksni. The Technomancer stepped back from Brekkis as the cabling binding him down dissolved back into clouds of nanites, which withdrew into the tanks on his back.
"Then let us speak," Gresdin Sawtooth smiled, "of what your Kell will do for me."
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2023.06.01 00:26 mgineer One Year Surgery Update -- Experience after having Diverticulitis for Several Years

I had surgery one year ago in May of 2022. I had diverticulitis for a number of years. I was first diagnosed when I was 38. After my surgery last year, I said that I wish I would have had the surgery sooner. I still think it was too risky for me to wait as long as I did to have surgery.
Here’s a summary of my experience in the year since I had surgery:
  1. I have not had any additional episodes of diverticulitis since my surgery and I have not taken any additional antibiotics.
  2. I have been fully recovered from my surgery for probably nine months. At first, I was careful in the gym about doing too many leg lifts or crunches. That’s no longer a concern.
  3. My scars healed great. I used 100% silicone scar cream, which maybe helped.
  4. I still have diverticulosis in other parts of my colon. Because of this, I still minimize the amount of nuts, seeds, and popcorn that I eat.
  5. Based on my Doctor’s recommendation, I took Colace stool softener for several months to minimize straining. I took Colace daily for probably 6 months, then every other day for maybe another 3 months. Now, I only take it as needed. I did fell a little pain a couple of times after straining, so I am trying to be very careful about this.
  6. Overall, my diet is very normal / typical now. I eat a moderate amount of fiber. I don’t totally avoid any foods.
Here's the original summary that I posted a couple of weeks after my surgery last year in May of 2022. It summarizes my surgery experience and recommendations:
  1. Over the last couple of years my attacks became more frequent and more severe without me being able to identify a specific trigger. All of my episodes were uncomplicated and I was never admitted to the hospital. I could manage most attacks with fluids, diet, and rest. But I also had several attacks that required antibiotics.
  2. While I wanted to delay elective surgery, I also really wanted to avoid emergency surgery. I had a friend who had emergency surgery a year ago. His experience helped me re-frame whether it was a good idea for me to keep delaying my surgery.
  3. I had an attack in the middle of last year that required a round of antibiotics to clear.
  4. I did a colonoscopy in December and my Surgeon's advice was to strongly consider surgery.
  5. I had another attack in March. I had a CT scan done which showed severe diverticulitis and required another round of antibiotics. That convinced me that it was time for surgery.
  6. To recover from the attack and prepare for surgery, I was careful about what I ate, lost a few pounds, and got in better shape.
  7. The prep the day before surgery was similar to colonoscopy prep. My prep included taking antibiotics.
  8. Before the surgery, my Surgeon mentioned that the colon mostly experiences pain when expanding outward and that I wouldn't feel colon pain from the surgery. He was correct, I never felt internal pain like during an attack.
  9. My surgery was scheduled for 8am and lasted until 11am. I was in recovery for about an hour. I only remember leaving the pre-op area and then waking up in my hospital room.
  10. When I woke in the hospital room, I was not in much pain. Like maybe a level 2. The Anesthesiologist injected a couple of long-lasting numbing shots in my abdominal muscle which he said would last from 4 to 48 hours. I think it lasted about 8 hours for me which was helpful.
  11. The surgery pain I had was from the incision sites and from the gas used to inflate your abdomen. I had laparoscopic and robotic surgery with 4 small incisions and a larger incision on my lower right abdomen which was used for colon removal. I had 6.5 inches of my sigmoid colon removed.
  12. I did not have external stitches or bandages. All of my incisions are dermabond glued closed. It's like a layer of super glue over the incisions. I'm currently day 11 post surgery and all of the dermabond is still there.
  13. Lying in bed after surgery, I really didn't have much pain. Like maybe a 1 or 2.
  14. The pain when getting in or out of bed at first felt similar to an attack, like maybe a level 7. I also had some pain in my diaphragm and upper right chest / shoulder from the gas used to inflate my abdomen. The abdominal gas pain made it difficult to take a deep breath.
  15. My hospital did not "schedule" pain meds other than Tylenol. My surgeon prescribed stronger pain meds and muscle relaxers, but I had to "ask" for them. I took me some time to understand that I had to request the stronger pain meds. The pain meds made it much easier to get in and out of bed, sit, stand, and walk.
  16. The big objectives in the hospital were: a) standing, which I did the afternoon of my surgery, b) urinating, (I had a catheter inserted during surgery), which started happening the afternoon of my surgery, c) passing gas, which I think first happened the morning after my surgery, d) walking, which I did the day after surgery, e) bowel movement, which also happened the day after surgery.
  17. My surgery was Tuesday morning and I was discharged Friday morning. My wife spent the first night in the hospital with me. I had great night nurses and didn't need her the second and third nights.
  18. I was initially on a "full liquid" diet which allowed things like yogurt and pudding. After the BM, I was advanced to a low-residue, low-fiber diet which allowed solid foods.
  19. The hospital provided an "abdomen compression binder" which helped when moving and walking. I'd recommend buying one if the hospital doesn't provide one.
  20. For home I bought a bed step stool with a handle which helped getting in and out of bed.
  21. When I was discharged on Friday, I was prescribed a pain med and a muscle relaxer. My Doctor also recommended Colace stool softener.
  22. I think about 80% of my pain was from the larger incision site and 20% from my belly button incision site (where I also had a small umbilical hernia that was fixed during surgery. I never felt much pain from the other 3 small incision sites.
  23. I started tapering my at-home pain meds after about 3 days. I stopped taking all pain meds after 5 days at home (8 days after surgery).
  24. I'm currently on a low residue, low fiber diet. I have my 2-week follow-up appointment on Tuesday. I'll probably be allowed to gradually advance my diet.
  25. My post-surgery restrictions are: a) no swimming or bath for 4 weeks, b) don't lift anything heavier than 20 pounds for 6 weeks.
  26. I was able to take 2 weeks of short-term disability which was very helpful. I'm planning to go back to work next Tuesday which is 2 weeks post-surgery. My job is currently work from home and I don't think I'll have any issues. If you have a physically active job, you may want to plan for more time off.
I have diverticulosis in other parts of my colon, so I'll continue to be careful with my diet and potential triggers. I've avoided nuts, seeds, popcorn, and spicy foods. Having the right amount of fiber was important in managing my diverticulitis. Too much or too little fiber both caused issues. I standardized on eating high-fiber cereal (Kashi GO) for breakfast with kefir or a probiotic.
I'd tried a number of other things including VSL #3, mesalamine, butyrate, resistant starch. I didn't notice a benefit from these, but my condition may have been too advanced.
The pathology report from my surgery indicated that I did have a perforation in the past that healed itself. I feel good about having had the surgery. I hope you find this information helpful.
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2023.06.01 00:21 mommyluvzyou [Tenant - US - WA] seeking advice for application denial

hi everyone. so im currently looking for housing and have found a great place that i was understandably denied for because of my poor credit (in the upper 500s, plz don't judge me). In the credit report I saw that I had two open accounts in collection. I paid those off as soon as I found out about them, they honestly got swept under the rug during the pandemic and as i was simultaneously preparing for my first child, so i honestly was not aware of them until the credit report. Additionally, I don't have much else on my credit report as I've never had a credit card or taken out any loans. I usually pay for everything in full and when it comes to school I get grants and scholarships.
Would an appeal help? I understand the landlord doesn't need to even acknowledge my appeal let alone accept, but I meet income requirements, have great rental history as well as other references that speak of my character, and am an active member in the neighborhood community (it is labeled as the arts district in my city)
I also inquired about paying a larger deposit. I'm confident I would make a great tenant as I always have, and the property is nearby where my daughter will be attending school, and also just around the corner from the gallery my partner and I run, which is why i am very interested in it. I spend nearly everyday in the neighborhood even without living there.
Have any landlords accepted an appeal after an initial denial? how do you feel about appeals as a landlord? do any tenants have any experience with this as well? thanks for any help
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2023.05.31 23:26 FormalSmoke Release Date: Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue

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Release Date: Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue
Following the Stussy x Nike Air Max 2013 which debuted last month, reports now indicate that a Stussy x Nike Vandal High Collection will be releasing in 2023. Suggested to be offered in three colorways done in your choice of “Black/Metallic Silver”, “Fossil”, and “Deep Royal Blue”, the classic silhouette features canvas uppers, a removable nylon ankle strap, co-branding throughout, and boasting special packaging.
It has been announced that the Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue will be releasing on June 15th at select retailers, Stussy, and Nike.com (SNKRS) for the retail price of $130. . Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
In Jordan Brand news, the Air Jordan 13 Wolf Grey is set to arrive in the near future.
UPDATE (5/31): It has been announced that the Stussy x Nike Vandal High Deep Royal Blue will be releasing on June 15th at select retailers, Stussy, and Nike.com (SNKRS) for the retail price of $130.
UPDATE (5/24): Here is a first look at the Stussy x Nike Vandal High in the Deep Royal Blue colorway. We are still waiting to get a first look at the two other colorways from the collaboration done in Black and Fossil colorways. Images via brandon1an.
h/t: SBD
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2023.05.31 22:44 fishyfishyfishyfish My niece's (20F) CT scan report of pleuroparenchymal fibrosis and bronchiectasis, questions on next steps?

F20, H5'1", W97lbs, Asian, active, no other medical issues, no drinking, smoking or drugs.
Country: Philippines
Symptoms: chronic dry cough with pain in the chest.
Chest CT Scan Report states the following (which has us very very worried):
"Left upper lobe volume loss with bronchiectasis. Pleuroparenchymal fibrosis at lower left lobe.
No pulmonary nodules or masses.
Left pleural fluid is present with passive atelectasis.
No enlarged lymph nodes are present.
The heart is not enlarged. No pericardial fluid is present. The aorta is normal in course and caliber.
Left upper lobe volumen loss with bronchiectasis. Pleuroparenchymal fibrosis, left lower lobe. Left pleural fluid. "
End Report
When I google this it sounds so serious (and rare)! Should we go for another CT scan elsewhere? She had it done in a relatively smaller city in the Philippines (where she lives). I was thinking we could have her re-tested in Manila that has more modern equipment. Any suggestions on next steps would be greatly appreciated. Right now I'm leaning toward a 2nd set of tests and pushing for care/treatment ASAP. Thank you for any information!
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2023.05.31 22:26 FormalSmoke Official Images : Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make

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Official Images : Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make
We got another Nike Air Max 1 86 colorway to share with you. Dropping later on this year, here are official images of the Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make.
Said to be a Korea-exclusive, the Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make comes constructed out of earthy materials such as the hemp upper along with the woven textile overlays decorated with the Black edging. Taking a closer look you will find Bone-colored tumbled leather Swooshes and mudguards, a Sail midsole with the visible (and larger) Air-sole unit and Black rubber outsole. Finishing touches include the “WM” (Word Make) stitched on the tongue labels with cork-graphic insoles that read “Designed for sport. Crafted for life. World Make.”
Retailing for $170, current reports have the Nike Air Max 1 86 World Make releasing in the coming months at select retailers and Nike.com. Keep it locked for official release info.
In Jordan Brand, did you peep the recently unveiled Air Jordan 2 Low Quai 54?
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MTB Minerals CEO Lawrence Roulston joined Steve Darling from Proactive with news that the company and its joint-venture partner Decade Resources have announced that drilling has begun on the Red Cliff gold project. Decade is the operator and MTB holds a 1.35% NSR royalty and a 35% interest in this historic mine.
Roulston telling Proactive the plan is for drilling on the Upper Montrose Zone (UMZ), which is 200 meters north and 200 meters higher than the Lower Montrose Zone (LMZ). The property hosts a 1.2 km mineralized trend, extending from the Red Cliff Zone, through the LMZ and the UMZ. Lawrence also mentions MTB's busy work plan for the summer, with a primary focus on the Telegraph Porphyry copper-gold project. Exciting developments are expected in the coming months.
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2023.05.31 22:20 Rand_moss2 Channeling Aaliyah Videos: Interviewing Her Soul

I know this is hard to believe for skeptics especially on reddit, but if you're spiritual like most Aaliyah fans who are keeping her legacy alive, these 2 are the ones that I believe:
For superfans channeling Aaliyah with Tarot cards and the sorts, they tend contaminate what they heard on the news, rumors, and documentaries to cast judgement on the cards drawn instead of having actual channeled Aaliyah tell her story because similar to her music, the message she is trying to convey is sweet yet subtle while hiding the complicated truths to unveil on their own to those who are more in tune with the details. People using cards tend to cast judgement too harshly on what ambiguities they mean and try to shovel this narrative that conspiracy theory videos already exploited with clickbait.
I feel like the tarot card readings are a sham because if you are a good storyteller already familiar with her story trying to convey an agenda with a few slight-of-hand parlour tricks, you can just tell a story and hide all the cards that don't go with the narrative...there are videos where people literally drew a boar but because a boar didn't have anything to do with Aaliyah, she put it back in the deck and reshuffled...she also drew 3 cards in advance for a clickbait narrative without actually getting them by random or the cards were color coded to begin with so she knew what to pick even upon shuffling.
Similar to those psychics who are held captive by the powers that be, they tend to have platinum hair and the first thing they do after being freed is to cut their hair and dye it brown to diminish their psychic/ESP abilities so to be less useful for their handlers. For that one guy who has this device that plays the voice of dead people, that guy just chops up random vocals from old clips and make it talk like that, prior to AI covers, as some type of necro performance arts to desperate and gullible people for views. For his Kobe video, it's not even Kobe's voice, because fans have watched enough of Kobe interviews to know which interview those chopped clips came from, so that's why it's in another voice -- debunked
Watch her other videos channeling other souls of Left Eye, Diana, and 2Pac -- it's easier to actually conduct an interview and upload back to back with new subtle details, do an impression of their active voice of how they feel present day, and what direction of conversation they want to lead than to do all the background research like for a documentary piece just to fake their personality, because people change over time, especially after death, with time to reflect on it all from the vantage point to review what really happened that led them down their path.

Notes from the 2 videos: watch them for yourself to draw your own conclusions and turn on captions to note the subtleties, but like for any veteran Aaliyah fan, links go down or missing all the time so take heed to save. I actually had something tugging at my heart almost like a backseat editor to present the notes as accurately as possible from what was reported in the videos. For these notes, I don't have this distinction between her energy/soul/spirit and I use them interchangeably in case there is a distinction. The eternal present is not aligned with the human perception of time so her soul can traverse her life from the vantage point of how old she was then and visit other memories of past lives. Her current soul identifies as Aaliyah in her past life but she has moved beyond that spiritually to be identified as who she truly is.
Both channelers got signs that her soul wanted to speak either in signals from their dreams or being awakened with signs of her presence. Her soul got the attention of one channeler by portraying herself as Akasha from Queen on the Damned, because her initial sign was somewhat naively ignored. The other more veteran channeler basically read her star chart and found her soul by meditating to find the distinct outline of her spirit and personality. They literally have the outline spirit of Aaliyah here in front of them while they were doing the video where her spirit could correct them in the middle of talking if they got something wrong. I like how in the middle of these soul channeling conversations, her soul is actively telling the channeler to look and interview other souls like Whitney and Left Eye as more evidence that the industry is vile and deceptive like that.
Aaliyah's mom was supposed to be the superstar singer that Aaliyah came to be back in the 80s, but Aaliyah's mom had a pregnancy and stalled her career to raise a child with Aaliyah's dad, who was a bit passive in the relationship. Aaliyah's soul upon reflection realized that at a young age that Aaliyah was given positive conditioning to sing, dance, and perform not realizing what she really wanted in life but she grew to appreciate it and be good at it by living her mother's dreams vicariously through her to be in childhood servitude for entertainment value. Because she was positioned in an entertainment family, it was said that her soul constantly chose these type of families to be born in -- lifetime after lifetime of entertainment servitude for being dependent upon for raising overall family wealth and status -- and that her soul in the afterlife said that she is thriving alongside older women idols (including Whitney Houston and her Grandmother) to figure out who she really is, by identifying and correcting who she really wanted to be to not fall into another life like that. The soul is said to be a thousand to a million years old and they spend time living life (sometimes being indoctrinated or groomed to become a certain individual by families who predetermine your life when you are born), taking time in between lives, and going back and forth in between realms of existence almost like a conditioning for the soul to learn from its own strengths and mistakes when pit against the realities that be. Her soul at the present is thriving and fully disassociated herself from the entertainment industry and when the Channeler praised that "Aaliyah was a good dancer, singer, and performer" at 13:18 in the second video, her soul was actually saying "what?" and disagreeing because her soul moved beyond that identity in the afterlife.
In terms of the R Kelly relationship, both videos said that there was a pregnancy and a pregnancy scare associated with an unnamed family member and R Kelly, respectively. The faces of the channeler reflected how hard of a topic it was for her with regrets and sadness. There was sexual abuse at a young age and because Aaliyah was inside a family record label business which was more ran like a gang-organized crime ring, it was like a pyramid scheme inside a pyramid scheme structure because her family signed off on and was aware of a lot of things she had to do in the industry for her to advance her career when she was just a minor. Her soul also admitted when asked that more than one person in the family including her uncle had sexual advances towards her when she was 12-13 and she was later married to "protect the family asset." In the Chris Brown video remixing "Don't Think They Know" with Aaliyah, there was a lot of imagery where the Bloods that Chris Brown initially was a part of represented "The Family music business" with children and adults -- it was a homely vibe but your royalties are diminished by two layers of pyramid schemes. Then Chris Brown moved and joined the Crips, which were more males, which represented "rappers and industry sharks like Dame Dash" that Aaliyah associated herself with to remove herself from the family business and deal directly with labels. Near the end of the music video, the whites of Chris Brown eyes were shown representing her death and the last scene had him be with all different colors and children as a depiction of heaven, representing unity and no longer associating gang-organized crime by colors. Aaliyah was very intuitive and realized that her talent is multiplied by image for her branding of music to sell -- There are plenty of talented individuals that became ghostwriters because the general public requires image, which creates the branding package to drive sales and relevancy. Therefore, half the interview in one of the channeling sessions had her soul emphasize how protective she was of her image and how her image was affected in a series of events in her life. In terms of Kelly's current image, her soul says that his reactions to the accusations have gotten him to look more guilty than who he actually is and that he himself was in servitude of his environment being born into these type of families with entertainment expectations.
Both Channelers made it their point to revile R Kelly as their separate opinion, but when they asked her soul about it, she explained that R Kelly is a sweet person ("sweet" being a word she commonly said in a particular intonation -- remember this is her soul speaking in the present and not from past conversations with Dame) who wants to do good but has different compartments in his head, where he forgets all the misdeeds that he did or was a part of, from issues stemming from his own upbringing of musical servitude and sexual abuse, which alter his perception towards females. Kelly and Aaliyah have similar backgrounds in victimhood from similar family pressures to succeed and be harvested for wealth and status to benefit the gang-organized crime ring AKA the family-run music business, so a lot of things her soul said was deemed "normal" sounds outrageous for the general public to hear and were brushed under the rug to keep moving forward. Her soul said things were done behind the scenes to protect the image of both and cannot be directly explained because the general public wouldn't understand it. Her parents were well aware she was pregnant and got the paperwork to get a marriage certificate to get an abortion, where the hormone imbalance stunted some of her growth as a woman. The channeler saw some type of pill being exchanged through a mouth to mouth kiss between Kelly and Aaliyah. The marriage was not out of love but was a ritual exchange of goods and services to protect both families' musical assets, like back when royal families strategically married to form alliances and to exchange their resources more evenly. The marriage was initially set up to protect Aaliyah from being preyed by the sexual predators of the industry when in studio collaborations, but that ended up being R Kelly and blackballed her career by her second album to work with new producers after the marriage certificate leaked by a rival record company. Since Aaliyah's first album was mostly produced and written by R Kelly, it may have also been used for accounting purposes to split the profits more evenly or claim tax benefits once they were married to satisfy both family-ran music businesses (which is similar to Jay-Z's and Beyonce's marriage seen more as a business merger). It was later annulled because the public found out, which leveraged the outrage towards Kelly to give up the proceeds of his first 3 albums to Aaliyah's family, except that Barry managed both artists, so the majority of the money literally moved from his left pocket to his right pocket.
Her soul said Aaliyah realized that she could wield her sexuality, body, and confidence as a flirtatious tool in exchange for goods and services without having to participate in sexual acts to be worth value and move into that power. For the sake of her image gaining relevancy to rise up the pyramid scheme to have more control and autonomy over her career, she was proud and not ashamed to use it because of how sexualized the industry is. She used her sexuality as her empowerment to woo strong male figures into her life that she could trust (DMX, Dame) to protect her more from her family and shady industry individuals who 'expected' her to perform for granted and on harsh schedules/deadlines without much royalties going to her. Her soul reflected and said that she should have taken the industry for granted instead of deeming it as a chore to complete, and instead should have taken a break, where she could have gotten married and had kids with Dame regardless of limelight relevancy, which she still regrets not being able to start her own family. Her soul made it a point to analyze her facial expressions to when she was "feeling it" or when it was done out of haste to impress certain authorities. Her soul said that manipulating sexuality for personal gain does destroy something within you spiritually but she was incorporating it for the image and hopefully fans can separate what is depicted by the media versus what truly happened. Her soul said that Aaliyah really loved Dame Dash and what benefited her was that Dame was the cofounder of Rocafella records, which would have gotten her leverage and the connections to move away from her family-ran music label and directly negotiate her deal. Her soul said that her uncle was nefarious and he was losing control and rank in the pyramid scheme that he made with his music label. She was in the middle of being freed from Blackground records to record new material under her control but because she died, he got to keep the majority of the unreleased recordings while her estate was responsible for her image. As stated, the image in tandem with the artistic talents in music are multiplied to propel the branding for relevancy and sales. The estate doesn't want her music to profit the wrong individuals in the family business except that both need to work together for her legacy to be revived. She has a heartfelt message to her fans who uphold and still bring her legacy into prominence after all these years.
Outside of Whitney Houston (that she is really good friends with), her soul kept on pointing to Jennifer Lopez to the channeler in terms of similarities in industry arrival -- JLo was doing dance, Latin, and pop music on her first albums before she transitioned into hip hop and R&B with the help of industry heads in Diddy and Tommy Mottola buying leftover shelved demos from Usher and Brandy, etc and emulating Mariah Carey singles before having Ashanti and Natasha Ramos, etc craft her next singles. JLo leveraged her sexuality to woo heads of record labels (similar to the gentler, natural relationship that Aaliyah found with Dame), where JLo was used to fill the R&B void that Aaliyah left, outside of the rise of Ashanti, Mya, Beyonce, Ciara, Keri Hilson, revival of Monica, etc where Missy was helping some of them succeed. Aaliyah would have found a more flattering way to produce hits and be a trendsetter without harming relationships with other artists in the industry. At the time of her Red album, she said her uncle and his shady industry partners were losing the battle for control and custody over her and she was supposed to be set free from her Blackground label. Her soul said Jay-Z was nefariously scheming over her but wanted her to be in servitude for him in marriage, which is why in the pictures Jay grabbed her by the waist to dance with her (pay attention to facial expressions, similar to how worried she looked at the Nas I Am album release party). She said Jay was wanting to control her towards something sinister to cover up his own insecurities, and that he wanted to teach her a lesson for choosing Dame (which was also why later Dame got screwed out the deal when Rocafella folded and was sold to Def Jam). The Rocafella hand symbol was just a representation reminder for those climbing the pyramid to aim for the top, for how the industry is structured. For example, Kanye took advantage of Rocafella Records and Dame Dash by having his creative output of The College Dropout without the standardization of how rap records were supposed to sound like, where every song Aaliyah sang about was about Love and relationships for R&B records, dictated by her uncle. She was more in control and freeform being in a relationship with Dame, where she said she truly loved him, had a heart connection, and was happy with him.
Upon reflecting on the day of her death, her soul said that her uncle was losing leverage towards controlling her (where she made the majority of the record label's profits) and how she was about to be freed from her uncle's record label. The shady industry conglomerates that her uncle had shady dealings with were also upset and her soul said there were a consortium of shadowy industry conspirators that wanted her demise to control and profiteer off her discography had she died, from how 2Pac and Biggie's music sold way more as one last huzzah before they were supposed to get out their initial contracts and launch their own independent labels. Given that Blackground did a new deal with Virgin Records for her Red album after leaving Atlantic after OIAM, look into Richard Branson (who was associated with Jeffery Epstein, a wall-street magnate) and how the new label backed out and dropped Aaliyah when she died so they wouldn't have to pay for funeral services. Because Aaliyah was dropped from Virgin records after death, Blackground records stopped receiving payments and the funeral bill of $60k went to the estate to cover, where Maxwell picked up the tab. Obviously, she had a premonition dream about her death being floating and weightless from some entity chasing her where all her worries wisped away.
She had a bad feeling about the plane. Her soul reflected that there was something wrong with the airplane tire pressure and one of the airplane instruments was being tampered with and was malfunctioning done on purpose to sabotage the plane. The heavyset man was probably her 300 pound bodyguard discussing some type of deal with the pilot to get them back into the states that she wasn't paying attention to happening in the background. She said that the pilot was the fall guy placed in that position and that the autopsy report saying that there were traces of cocaine and alcohol was a "media trick" to impress upon the public something was at fault with the pilot. It was said that the airplane pilot was the son of a veteran pilot and he had many undocumented hours when flying as a kid with his dad because he had an innate skill to fly without having proper documentation procedures. The pilot was put in this predicament of being on probation for stealing airplane parts and was pressured to fly to keep his job. Her soul said that at the time, she was blind sighted by her anger and the pursuit for her career to be successful and to prove the executives at Virgin Records wrong that 'Rock the Boat' was a good single to be release for her album. Because of this anger, he soul said that she claimed responsibility for flying out a day early to catch other deadlines of recording the Timbaland remix to more than a woman and a feature with Freeway in Miami and that the pressures that resulted in her decisions and actions created hasty judgement overlooking the obvious danger signs and common sense of overloaded/unbalanced luggage. She said that once they were in the air and the plane began to dip and the pilot had to readjust, it was reported in the autopsy report that she died of a shock to the system from a weak heart, suggesting that she was in a coma. She was found 20 feet away from the wreckage where there was one bruise on her forehead and she was in a fetal position. One of the channelers said that when she fainted in midair from her anxiety of flying, she actually felt no pain from the impact and transitioned to the other side where there was a rescue for her soul by her Grandmother that she honored on her red album.
Her soul said that it took her soul 4 years after her death to piece together what had happened that lead her down this path and how to correct for it. She said in her afterlife, she is surrounded by older women as guidance, especially her Grandmother and Whitney, to learn the lessons of not choosing her mortal life path to be stuck in this life of expectation and servitude of having entertainment as a chore to complete for the dangling pursuit of true freedom, but to choose freedom from expectations the minute it appears instead of toil in the guise of it being a careereputation to uphold. She was on the right path towards finding true love with Dame without using marriage as a business pact. She got the upper hand but because she was so low on the pyramid structure of the industry, the powers that be can pull the plug or interfere from her attempts to get free even though she came so close into doing so. Her soul has learned to not pattern her lifetime to be born into these families with entertainment expectations. She said that life is one big stage and some choose the spotlight but everyone has this expectation to contribute to become something. Certain families that your soul ends up being born in have certain agendas for their kids -- they give you the luxuries of life but you have to serve their agenda instead of letting souls pick up life on how they naturally want to be. Her soul said that in order to correct this, she is thriving in the afterlife towards identifying who she really is and recognize the pattern of what life she wants to pick up next without falling into the same situations. My thoughts are that she was so different and had so much style and swag and stood alone that she was a trendsetter without being one by proving to the public she can be her own without following any previous standards or expectations. Even though she was put into that life, she took over and quintessentially became her own person with humility, class, and grace -- people eventually become divas almost as a defense mechanism because of how brutal the industry is towards casting judgement or casting falsehoods about your character because of their struggle for power, greed, and control.
Her souls' words to her mother said that she loved and forgave her in terms of being casted the expectations to perform in industry at such a young age before she had her own impressions of what she wanted in life. She had a lot of good laughter and fond memories but it was in a somber tone due to all the secrets kept. Her soul said that she loved her brother with a lot of emotion and she will never speak badly about him for defending her reputation. She said industry politics got in the way of true progress on her legacy and it wasn't up to the spiritual realm for when her legacy is fully restored to the public. Her soul said that she sacrificed the parts of herself that she understands and identifies with now for the branding and the image of Aaliyah but nobody can decide who you choose your life to be but it is manipulated by the media and family to chase certain ideologies and lifestyles over others. The last message her soul had was that there is a 10 year old girl with her similar looks and poise that they are bringing to the public, who also have this strong connection to her Grandmother, except that this is coming from another entertainment family where the kid is positioned to perform out of expectation and they are drawing inspiration from Aaliyah to mimic and recreate her energy for another money grab. Notice that the 2 videos were done in 2017 and 2019, so they have no way to name that individual except that Blue Ivy was mentioned by her Grandmother that she reminded her of Aaliyah on IG recently, so Blue Ivy is probably the person her soul is talking about that they are trying to rechannel her energy through this little girl as a part of their family entertainment business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLOuP7WxP-Q If the channelers had "lucky guesses", then how did they stick their neck out and predict that 4-6 years in advance without even having a name?
If there are other channeling videos that you deem to be legit without the cards, let me know.
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2023.05.31 21:24 Hurlebatte A Misbegotten Rune on the Ruthwell Cross?

Here's a short paper I was working on. A while ago I submitted it to Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies and although it wasn't accepted, I got some critiques that I used to make this latest version of the paper.
An unusual runic shape ᛤ appears once or twice on the Ruthwell Cross. Raymond Page and others have supposed that this runic shape is an innovative rune which was invented to stand for an allophone of /k/. This paper proposes a different explanation, that the runic shape may be the result of an error which was detected during the carving of the inscription, then not repeated again.
The runic text of the Ruthwell Cross is written on two opposite sides of the cross. The text is something akin to a short version of the Old English poem The Dream of the Rood, which can be found in The Vercelli Book. By comparing the Ruthwell Cross’s text with matching text from The Dream of the Rood, one can make an informed guess as to which side of the cross bears the first half of the text, and therefore determine which side’s inscription is more likely to have been planned and carved first. This is relevant because the strange runic shape ᛤ appears only on the “first side” of the cross, where it stands for /k/ in the word ᛤᚣᚾᛁᛝᚳ (cyning) and maybe in the word ᚢᛝᛤᛖᛏ (uncet), but on the “second side” of the cross instances of /k/ are written as expected with ᛣ (calc) in the words ᛣᚱᛁᛋᛏ and ᛣᚹᚩᛗᚢ. I say “maybe” about ᚢᛝᛤᛖᛏ because that segment is badly damanged, and sketches of the cross from the past do not all agree; Vetusta Monumenta and Itinerarium Septentrionale have ᚢᛝᛤᛖᛏ, George Stephens has ᚢᛝᚸᛖᛏ in his Runic Monuments, and Reverend Carlyle has ᚢᛝᛯᛖᛏ in Riddell MS Volume VI. Based on the readings of ᛤᚣᚾᛁᛝᚳ and ᚢᛝᛤᛖᛏ, Raymond Page supposed that ᛤ may have been a rune invented to stand for an allophone of /k/ before secondary fronted vowels (Page 2006, p. 45), but I propose that ᛤ may be the result of a mistake wherein the author accidentally carved ᚸ (gar) instead of ᛣ, noticed the mistake and did not repeat it on the second side of the cross, and at some point attempted to fix the mistake by laying ᛣ over the mistaken instance or instances of ᚸ, resulting in a misbegotten bindrune.
Runes being fumbled is not uncommon in the runic corpus, the Overchurch Stone for example has ᚹᛁᛞᛞᚪᚦ where it should have ᛒᛁᛞᛞᚪᚦ. On top of that, ᚸ and ᛣ in particular may have been tricky for the author of the Ruthwell Cross inscription, as they were later additions to futhorc and may have been novel to the author. It does not seem that ᚸ and ᛣ ever reached the same level of familiarity as the older futhorc runes: Thornhill Stone 3 shows the new ᛣ rune doing its job in the word ᛒᛖᛣᚢᚾ, but ᚸ is not found standing for /g/ in the word ᛒᛖᚱᚷᛁ where we might expect it; the Bramham Moor Ring also uses ᛣ while foregoing ᚸ; ᚸ appears in the rune-row in Codex Sangallensis 878, while ᛣ does not; the Lancaster Cross, which may be contemporary with the Ruthwell Cross or postdate it (Page 2006, p. 29), uses ᚳ for /k/ in ᚳᚣᚾᛁᛒᚪᛚᚦ and ᚳᚢᚦᛒᛖᚱᛖ[ᛏ] rather than ᛣ. Manuscripts may also reflect some confusion concerning these runes, as Cotton Vitellius A XII folio 65r wrongly transliterates ᚸ as ⟨k⟩ (the same general mistake I suspect was made on the Ruthwell Cross), while Cotton Domitian A IX and Codex Sangallensis 878 seem to show confusion over the shape of ᚸ.
There exist two suspicious spellings on the Ruthwell Cross that may be instances of the carver fumbling other runes. The first is ᛤᚣᚾᛁᛝᚳ again, this time not because of the strange runic shape that appears in it, but because of the unexpected ᚳ (cen) at the end of it. Perhaps its appearance can be explained by supposing the author may have pronounced [ŋg] as [ŋk], as some do today, and may have chosen a spelling to reflect that, but if so, ᛝᛣ would still be more expected than ᛝᚳ because elsewhere on the cross the carver consistently used ᚳ for /tʃ/, never for /k/. Many Old English Latin alphabet texts do swap between using ⟨c⟩ and ⟨k⟩ to represent /k/, so it may not seem problematic for both ᚳ and ᛣ to be used for /k/ in an Old English runic inscription, but the Ruthwell Cross's ᛣᚹ and ᛣᚱ combinations (rather than ᚳᚹ and ᚳᚱ combinations) are very unlike Old English Latin alphabet spelling, which represents /k and /kw/ with ⟨cr⟩ and ⟨cƿ⟩ in almost every surviving document, including documents which do use ⟨k⟩ for /k/ elsewhere. The author of the spellings showed a similar desire for consistency when using ᚸ, as every instance of /g/ on the cross is written with ᚸ, even when ᚷ would not have been ambiguous. A second suspicious spelling, somewhat isolated on the upper part of the eastern face, reads ]ᛞᚫᚷᛁᛋᚷᚫᚠ[.]. One interpretation is that this text was intended to read [ᚹᚫᛈ]ᛞᚫᚷᛁᛋᚷᚫᚠ[ᛏ], mirroring the text “ƿeop ealge sceaft” found in the Vercelli book (Page 2006, p. 148), but if ᚷᛁᛋᚷᚫᚠ[.] is a spelling of gesceaft then the carver has mistakenly used ᚷ instead of ᚳ.
Gaby Waxenberger posits that ᛤ may appear in a second inscription, in the word ᛤᚱᛁᛋᛏᛏᚢᛋ, on the Bewcastle Cross (Waxenberger 2004, p. 736). The two crosses are likely “twins”; the Bewcastle Cross is less than 50 kilometers from the Ruthwell Cross, is dated to the same time period, and shares strikingly similar, in some places almost identical, designs (in particular, the same general layout of birds in coiling vines). However, Waxenberger rightly points out that the Bewcastle Cross is too weathered to be certain if ᛤ appears (Waxenberger 2004, p. 735), and old sketches of the cross made when the cross was presumably less weathered (such as the one in Henry Howard's Observations on Bridekirk Font and on the Runic Column at Bewcastle, in Cumberland) do not show ᛤ. Note that ᛤᚱᛁᛋᛏᛏᚢᛋ is unexpected under the popular origin hypothesis of ᛤ, which predicts ᛣ in that context. A more reliable reading, from elsewhere on the Bewcastle Cross, is ᛣᚣᚾᛁᛒᚢᚱᚢᚸ, which Waxenberger agrees with (Waxenberger 2004, pp. 734–735), and which is supported by old sketches, and which can almost be seen on the cross today, though faintly. This ᛣᚣᚾᛁᛒᚢᚱᚢᚸ spelling is also unexpected under the popular hypothesis, which predicts ᛤ in that context.
I recognise that my hypothesis for the origin of ᛤ is not founded on hard evidence, but I propose it as an alternative explanation because the popular hypothesis, that the rune was intentionally invented to stand for an allophone of /k/, is also not founded on hard evidence, and has troubling weaknesses. For one, ᛤ is unexpectedly complex, consisting of an unwieldy 7 lines while the average futhorc rune tends towards the range of 3 to 4 lines. For two, the obvious similarity of ᛤ to ᚸ is odd, since if ᛤ were an innovative rune standing for an allophone of /k/, then why does ᚸ, a rune for /g/, seem to serve as its visual base? ᛤ has been interpreted by some as a mirrored ᛣ rune, but this does not explain the shape of ᛤ, which has distinctive bows it shares with ᚸ. If ᛤ has no particular relationship to ᚸ, then why would the inventor of ᛤ not forgo these bows and considerably reduce the rune’s complexity? On the other hand, if ᛤ is a combination of ᚸ and ᛣ, then the rune’s shape is fully accounted for. For three, why would a rune with so little apparent purpose be invented in the first place? It is true that ᛣ was invented to accommodate an allophone of /k/, which at first makes it seem plausible that ᛤ could also have been invented to stand for an allophone of /k/, but the invention of ᛣ had a real benefit as it allowed people to more easily distinguish between certain pairs like chin and kin (spelled cinn/cin/cinne/cynne/cyne and cynn/cyn/kynn/kyn/cinn respectively in Old English Latin alphabet texts). What ambiguity is alleviated by ᛤ? What confusion could have arisen from writing ᚢᛝᛣᛖᛏ and ᛣᚣᚾᛁᛝᚳ (or ᛣᚣᚾᛁᛝᛣ) instead of ᚢᛝᛤᛖᛏ and ᛤᚣᚾᛁᛝᚳ? One can argue that ᛤ may simply have been more fanciful than practical, but that would be very unexpected for an epigraphical futhorc text. Yes, futhorc does contain fanciful runes like cweorð (equivalent to ⟨q⟩) and stan (equivalent to ⟨st⟩), but these runes are only found in manuscripts, and these manuscripts are notorious for being fanciful with their accounts of the runes; where manuscript rune-lists contain dozens of strange and unexplainable runes, the entire corpus of epigraphical futhorc contains only three such runes (one is from Sedgeford, one is from Baconsthorpe, and this paper is about the one from Ruthwell). It is not uncommon for an epigraphical futhorc text to be quirky, but this quirkiness is usually due to language drift, not intentional invention. For example, the rune ᛇ (ih/eoh) was quirky because it was a totally redundant rune, but this redundancy was inherited into futhorc, it was not invented for futhorc.
Page, R. (2006). An Introduction to English Runes. Second Edition. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.
Waxenberger, G. (2004). “The 6th Rune and its Additions Rune 29 and Rune 31 in the Old English fuþorc: Graphemic Variants and Phonological Realizations”, Namenwelten, Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 44, Van Nahl, A & Elmevik, L. & Brink S. (eds.). Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, pp. 730–738.
Waxenberger, G. (2017). “A New Runic Character on the Sedgeford Runic Handle/Ladle: Sound-Value Wanted”, Anglia: de Gruyter, pp. 636–638.
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2023.05.31 19:01 Namdnas78 Dog bite on property of a DoorDash customer (U.S.)

Hey, all.
My wife has been temporarily DoorDashing full-time for the past few months. She was making a delivery yesterday and when she got out of the car to head to the residence, their dog (at the back of the house) broke it’s lead, ran to her, lunged and bit into her upper thigh.
The police and ambulance arrived. The owner of the property called the Humane Society. The Humane Society wound up not being able to take the dog because the they took in a new dog that was sick, so they’re on a 10 day quarantine lockdown (is what she was told). I don’t believe this, at all.
Anyway, the EMS suggested her go to the ER, which she did. She spent 4 hours there. They treated the wound (multiple punctures), took an X-Ray, gave her a Tetanus shot and sent her home with antibiotics.
She has the police report and we’ve taken multiple pictures between when it happened yesterday, as well as today. She’s not able to continue DoorDashing at the moment and now has an inherent fear of Dogs due to this with any future Dashing.
The only thing she’s not done yet is complete the insurance paperwork that DoorDash sent her, which she will do by the end of the week.
I’ve called multiple local personal injury law firms and have been unable to find anyone to take the case. Never even got to talk to an actual lawyer. They all pretty much say cases like this aren’t worth it because there’s not much “recovery money” from them. I asked what about pain/suffering and now, the mental fear of dogs in the future for her. They were just like….you may get a “little bit” from that, but nothing substantial….
I was also told that there’s generally a “first bite” rule and that if the dog doesn’t have a history of aggression or bites, there’s no case to take. Even tho the owner blatantly admitted the the dog frequently growls at people and also breaks its leash and roams the neighborhood. If that’s the case, we don’t know 100% that it’s never bitten anyone before.
Then, I browse online and even here on Reddit and I see cases where the wounds are even less severe than what my wife received and it doesn’t seem like they had any issues and did pretty well in their cases…
I’ve enclosed a few pictures here, for reference. I’ve also cross-post this over on /DoorDash
Can anyone please provide any advice or suggestion in regards to this? Much appreciated!
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2023.05.31 18:59 Namdnas78 Dog bite on property of a DoorDash customer

Hey, all.
My wife has been temporarily DoorDashing full-time for the past few months. She was making a delivery yesterday and when she got out of the car to head to the residence, their dog (at the back of the house) broke it’s lead, ran to her, lunged and bit into her upper thigh.
The police and ambulance arrived. The owner of the property called the Humane Society. The Humane Society wound up not being able to take the dog because the they took in a new dog that was sick, so they’re on a 10 day quarantine lockdown (is what she was told). I don’t believe this, at all.
Anyway, the EMS suggested her go to the ER, which she did. She spent 4 hours there. They treated the wound (multiple punctures), took an X-Ray, gave her a Tetanus shot and sent her home with antibiotics.
She has the police report and we’ve taken multiple pictures between when it happened yesterday, as well as today. She’s not able to continue DoorDashing at the moment and now has an inherent fear of Dogs due to this with any future Dashing.
The only thing she’s not done yet is complete the insurance paperwork that DoorDash sent her, which she will do by the end of the week.
I’ve called multiple local personal injury law firms and have been unable to find anyone to take the case. Never even got to talk to an actual lawyer. They all pretty much say cases like this aren’t worth it because there’s not much “recovery money” from them. I asked what about pain/suffering and now, the mental fear of dogs in the future for her. They were just like….you may get a “little bit” from that, but nothing substantial….
I was also told that there’s generally a “first bite” rule and that if the dog doesn’t have a history of aggression or bites, there’s no case to take. Even tho the owner blatantly admitted the the dog frequently growls at people and also breaks its leash and roams the neighborhood. If that’s the case, we don’t know 100% that it’s never bitten anyone before.
Then, I browse online and even here on Reddit and I see cases where the wounds are even less severe than what my wife received and it doesn’t seem like they had any issues and did pretty well in their cases…
I’ve enclosed a few pictures here, for reference. I’ll also cross-post this over on /LegalAdvice
Can anyone please provide any adive or suggestion in regards to this? Much appreciated!
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2023.05.31 18:50 B4jiqu4n Luke’s Partner in Crime


Lucario is a bipedal, canine-like humanoid with predominantly blue and black fur. It possesses a short, round spike on the back of each forepaw, in addition to a third on its chest. It has red eyes, a long snout, and ears. When its mouth is open, two pairs of pointed teeth, one in the upper jaw and one in the lower, can be seen. It possesses cream-colored fur on its torso and blue fur on its thighs that resemble shorts. It has a medium-length tail of the same blue color as well. It stands on its toes rather than on its entire foot. It has developed four black appendages that hang down from its head, which rise when Lucario reads or manipulates aura, a special energy that it senses.
Lucario can study auras to predict the movements of its opponents and track their quarry. With sufficient training, a Lucario can read auras to understand how living beings are feeling from more than half a mile (1 kilometer) away. However, it sometimes ends up learning things it would rather not know, causing it to get stressed out easily. It also has the power to manipulate this energy in an offensive manner, in the form of explosive spheres of energy. Lucario can understand human speech and have been reported to communicate with humans through telepathy. Lucario is considered to be prideful and is extremely loyal to its companions. It also seems to have a natural sense of justice, as it only trusts those with righteous hearts. It is an exceptionally rare creature that usually lives deep in mountains very far from people to improve their skills. Lucario are primarily carnivores, hunting their prey in packs. It has also been seen eating chocolate, even though chocolate is not part of its natural diet.
50% HP
Lucario has a +4 to attack rolls and a +2 to dodge and initiative rolls.
Aura Sphere - Lucario puts its hands together and creates a blue ball of energy in between them. Lucario then fires the ball at the opponent dealing high aura damage. This attack is guaranteed to hit, unless the target is flying/burrowed underground. However, creatures with resistance against bullets or outright bulletproof creatures can defend against the attack. This ability has a 5 round cooldown.
Close Combat - Lucario gets up close to an opponent with rapid kicks and punches, and on a hit, lowers an opponent's bonus to block rolls by -1 for the rest of combat and deals high bludgeoning damage. This ability has a 4 round cooldown.
Counter - Lucario attempts to use an opponent's own attack against them. When an opponent makes a melee attack against Lucario, they can use Counter in order to make their own melee attack that will deal double the damage they took from the opponent's melee attack in bludgeoning damage on a hit. This ability has a 6-round cooldown.
Heal Pulse - Lucario focuses their own aura, recovering from their wounds. Lucario recovers 10% + 1d10% HP. This ability has a 5 round cooldown.
Inner Focus - Lucario is immune to being stunned.
Justified - When hit by a dark/evil attack, Lucario’s damage will increase by 10% for the rest of combat.
Resistant - Lucario has a 50% resistance against non-magical melee/ranged attacks, along with metallic, ice, dark/evil, draconic, and nature damage (vines, grass, etc). They also have a 75% resistance against attacks from insects or stone/rock attacks.
Flaws: Lucario takes X2 melee, fire, and ground-based damage (Spikes, Earth, etc)
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2023.05.31 18:03 forex_traders Trade Ideas for This Week - 31.05.2023

Here's our weekly batch of trade ideas. Including potential trades on GBPUSD, EURUSD, SP500, Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Two technical indicators now point to further GBPUSD weakness. The first is the break of the long-term wedge pattern formed by the upper trendline of the downward price move, which started in June 2021, and the support level of 1.24480. The second is the move across the 50 SMA made by the 20 SMA on the Daily Price Chart.
Despite exchanges being closed for national holidays on Monday, the coming week is set to be a busy one for Eurodollar traders. German and Eurozone inflation and jobs reports are due out, and the price of the EURUSD currency pair will also be influenced by the US Non-Farm Payroll numbers due on Friday.
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2023.05.31 17:43 m80mike I Was a Foreman at the Grazer Tower Demolition

Summary: A demolition firm struggles to take down a damaged building for their mysterious clients
I Was a Foreman at the Grazer Tower Demolition
By now Grazer Tower has faded as a household name but to some the rumors and madness surrounding it refuse to die. The demolition of the massive three hundred twenty foot octagonal hotel left a gap in the Atlanta skyline but little fondness in anyone's hearts. I have no particular first hand insight into the freak lightning strikes on the 30th floor atrium which killed 13 people but I am willing to tell my side of the story about the demolition effort leading to the botched implosion. I tell this as a full, open, and honest disclosure. The legal maneuvering and ink has dried, all of the dead are buried, and all the bleeding stopped. The scars remain, the pain persists, the things I saw there are burned in my head even after they've been discredited into the conspiracy theory woodwork of the internet. The lightning storm struck on a Sunday afternoon and the next day for all we knew the bodies were still warm when a lawyer representing the owners of Grazer Tower entered our corporate office. I look back on it now with open and clear eyes and realize it was all very strange from the start when my Lead Foreman, Tom, and I were called into the meeting in progress.
The lawyer and now our client, looked like a fairly normal man in his mid thirties aside from his impeccably white suit which was ironed to the point of looking like stone rather than cloth. Beside the white suit his lips were an uncomfortable maroon and glossy. Besides this he spoke in a plain, clear, and disarming manner refraining from legalese and maintaining a firm but not imposing eye contract with whomever he was speaking directly to.
He told us in no uncertain terms he was instructed to contract with our firm to take down his client's building. Tom and I were shocked when we heard this after all, the lightning disaster, while tragic and perhaps undeservedly tarnishing in the short term to the Grazer Hotel's reputation, did not render the structure unusable nor unsafe to its surroundings. The worst damage was that the steel dome of the 30th floor atrium had collapsed into the vaulted restaurant and ballroom of the 29th floor but that's where the structure damage started and ended, in fact aside from the 28th, 29th, and 30th floor, city engineers working overnight already declared the building sound. So while perhaps still time consuming and costly, repairing the building was definitely possible and cost effective but owners, to make an analogy, were basically insisting on totaling a car after a minor parking lot fender bender. They gave us a specific date by which the building needed to be taken down. When our Boss, Jim, rebuffed the lawyer, not only because the date was challenging and soon but also because it was possible we could have it dropped BEFORE the date specified. The lawyer insisted the building go down on the date given – not later and not earlier. Jim swallowed hard and then glanced at Tom and I. Then the lawyer involved the name of the head of the owner's group, a Mr. Rohmer.
Mr. Rohmer, according to the lawyer, was offering our firm one hundred percent of the cost upfront and another twenty perfect of the total cost plus any overruns – stating if the implosion came early or late, it would mean all very little – no, that's no a typo, that's how the lawyer phrased it from his client, Mr. Rohmer. With that detail out of the way, you can see how the car totaling analogy breaks down considering the owners did not stand to profit from it's demolition – in fact quite the opposite.
The lawyer chuckled a bit to break the tension. He explained his clients and Mr. Rohmer in particular were an unorthodox bunch and then even insisted he wear the white suit in any of their dealings. The lawyer produced a tablet PC from his messenger bag and leveled it to Jim. On the tablet was all the banking confirmation codes ready to go for a direct deposit into our firms account alongside a contract. Jim seemed to hiccup or belch in excitement as he hurried around the short side of his desk to sign it since his stubby t-rex arms could not reach across his desk.
The firm was committed, we were committed – I was committed and I started to mentally cramp up over the challenges we all faced. The Grazer Hotel was in the middle of a dense urban grid. It had to be precise drop with virtually no margin for error. Jim poured us a dram of scotch from the bottle hidden under his desk. None of us a second thought about Rohmer's cryptic remark – after all, how often did you get a one hundred twenty perfect no-bid contract walk in off the street, out of the blue?
A combination of exhilaration over the money and anxiety over the work load kept us all from sleeping that night. Jim and Tom ended up going out and having a wild night to celebrate while I went home to mentally prepare not only myself but also my wife and kids. As a family they were staring down a month and a half of late nights and weekends with no dad. My wife was frustrated until I told her about the bonus and then she said she'd fill the lonely time making plans to send the kids to Disney World and then find a place for us to spend alone together. The promise of a much needed vacation after this only super charged the butterflies in my stomach further in anticipation of this challenging season ending.
As the assistant foreman I had office and on-site duties. Most of it was coordinating between the two. This included personnel, setting up site security – including guards and cameras to keep urban explorers and vagrants of out the dangerous site and satisfy OSHA hazardous work place safety requirements. The most challenging duty was site prep which included disposal of furnishings, removal of windows and other flourishes of the structure's facade which could become deadly shrapnel during an implosion. Fortunately, despite all of this, the nagging questions about permits and clean-up contracts were already handled by the lawyer. Rohmer's group also waived any rights to furnishings which means they could be unceremoniously hauled out in any way we chose to and disposed of.
Now I suppose some of these things should have came as red flags to me – or at least some one in the company but we all justified it as the group must have connects and short cuts to permits and it was a relatively new building, only about twenty years old in fact and furnishings – whether old or new probably weren't of any antique or sentimental value. All in all these were blessings since they freed our hands a bit and made a near impossible deadline more possible.
Of course the good news came with some bad news. The city engineers forbade us from working at the 28th, 29th, and 30th floors – unless we brought in a separate crew to stabilize those levels first. This was quite the fly in the ointment for the controlled implosion plan we sketched out. The 30th floor wasn't as much of a problem but the 29th floor ballroom and the weakening of the 28th floor meant we can't inspect for how compromised they were by the steel atrium dome. For all we knew if we blew the 27th floor on down the dome could shift and topple over the top three floors outside of the implosion safe zone, imperiling people and nearby structures.
I raised holy hell about it while Tom stood calm. It could take months to stabilize and clear those floors and far more money than I thought our eccentric client would pay in overruns. Jim waved me off mid sentence and simply told me he'd take care of it. That was good enough for Tom so it had to be good enough for me. I went back to my job – securing site and planning drop.
Although we had a problem with the top floor our saving grace lie in the basements. It had a three story subterranean parking garage, a basement level pool, and a utility sub-basement. We could easily smash the first ten or twelve floors into that deep footprint. Also the utility sub-basement gave us a clean cut off from the grid and a fairly convenient way to protect the surrounding grid without interruption. Still, at least part of our team would take have to take three weeks out of our six and change to handle the utilities.
The first week was hectic, they always were but we hit no major snags. By the end of it were on schedule and all of the parts were coming together. We thought maybe, just maybe, we were well on our way to an early Christmas bonus but nothing could prepare us for what was coming.
If you work on a site long enough and work anywhere on the site security reporting chain you're bound to get a few questionable reports from your night guys. Let's face it, for folks who are wake all night five or six nights a week poking around with flashlights chasing shadows, every building every where is haunted. I've been on the site security chain for thirteen years so it was easy for me to dismiss reports from the night guys about unusual glows on gutted floors and stairwells, elevators which moved on their own with no one calling for them or inside when they opened on a random floor, or the security cameras and cellphones constantly going offline on the 27th floor and the utility sub-basement.
I wasn't convinced anything of concern was going on until I got called on site by the test drilling team. This team was responsible for sampling the support materials to determine where it was best to place the explosives and what explosives would be best to use. They reported the interior supports were designed in an unusual way with a honey comb of unorthodox metals and concrete not reported on the building's records or blueprints. Specifically, they reported the concrete was impregnated by some kind of metal veins which gave off a bright shimmer. I was asked to come identify it but they claimed it disappeared by the time I arrived.
I was irate at the team and their supervisor for having me to come on down on site for something that sounded so wrong to begin with. They showed me a grainy cellphone video and told me they would swear on a stack of Bibles the sparkling compound welled up in the test coring like mercury, turned blood red and bled on the floor before disappearing into the torn up carpet. I chastised them for making this up and threatened to get new sub contractors if they kept wasting my time. I spoke with a separate sample team on the lower levels and they too discovered some unusual metal compositions – ones which were different then the ones found the top floors. One of the engineers speculated that the contrast in metals between the top and bottom floors could be cause the building to hold an electrical charge, like a battery or like a capacitor. Either way, the engineer said it would require more explosives than initially thought to take down the structure.
A couple of weeks later we were painfully behind – glass removal in particular was going slow because those contractors claimed they were constantly losing their toys. They also claimed one night to have cleared the top five floors on the east side of all their glass – only for all the windows to appear fully intact the next morning. I was forced to end their sub contract due to misrepresentation of work accomplished.
The glass wasn't the only thing slowing us down. The wire and plumbing removal was hindered by the wires somehow were fused to the pipes and in some places, the pipes were fused to the load-bearing members – we thought maybe it was due to the lightning strikes but that really didn't make sense since all of the wiring and plumbing otherwise seemed to work fine before we turned off the utilities. The only thing going for us was the helicopter loophole. Instead of accessing the 30th floor through the condemned floors we were able to get work teams on the atrium floor by helicopter. The bodies of the 13 were removed before we started working and before the atrium fully collapsed into the ballroom but the teams working on the roof reported many unusual artifacts including stained glass and Greek letters comprised of unusual amalgams of metal.
All of the strangeness culminated in the disappearance of one of the night time security guards named Phillipe. I say disappear because his girlfriend filed a missing persons report with the police and when they came to investigate Tom was busy with the atrium operations so the job fell to me. I walked the investigator through guard's smart phone filed reports from the previous evenings. Admittedly I was behind on my end approving the reports so I was embarrassed when things in the report took a turn. His reports including the same odd glows the others were reporting in the stairwells and seeing metallic veins throb on the walls.
His last reports stuck in my head: Report: Sub-basement 4 clear, 0312. Report: Sub-basement 5 clear, 0305. Report: Sub-basement 6 clear 0237.
His “all clear” reports documented levels of the building which did not exist and the further he went into the areas which did not exist, the automatic timestamps went backwards in time. It made no sense – unless he was confused as to where he was due to intoxication and there was software glitch with the timestamps. I was forced to give the investigator no firm explanation.
It's easy to write off a high security guard – they're flaky by their nature and have plenty of reasons to ghost a part time gig and even to pull prank on their final reports. I almost wrote it all off until I saw his girlfriend – apparently his fiance, handing out missing persons fliers outside of the site gate one morning. She seemed absolutely heartbroken and I got stabbed in the gut thinking maybe this wasn't a ghosting and prank after all. Seeing is believing and the next week I started to believe. Tom was finishing up on the atrium level. We used some heavy lift choppers to remove the rest of the frame and glass. Now we could get a better look into the section which collapsed into the 29th floor. We started by using a series of video drones to investigate the melted twisted dome through the collapsed roof. We quickly learned that the drones were being interfered with as their feed would cut out or their batteries would die almost immediately upon entering the ballroom.
So, we had to cut some corners, against city regulations, we let Tom and two others rappel in from the roof on secured anchored lines with helicopter over watch support. We needed to do this because we needed make sure that collapsed wreckage would not move and potentially change the implosion direction. Tom got twisted in his gear as he tried to lean into one of the holes in the roof. He slipped and fell in, disappearing from sight. We frantically radioed for Tom as the other two workers abandoned their own attempts to peer in and scrambled to Tom's aid. Tom was pulled out of the section uninjured but he appeared to be in shock, he looked wild eyed and shook as he was put on the helicopter and lowered back to ground level. Within minutes, Jim called us back to the office to discuss the near miss.
Two weeks to go and week behind, a missing guard, and now a near fatal accident. That for Jim, was the last straw. Tom and I had run out the rope Jim gave us to hang ourselves with. Jim slammed his hand on his desk as he catastrophized, red in the face, nearly breathless, he yelled we could very well kiss that twenty percent goodbye with the way things are going. He pressured Tom to go on the record after his dip into the structure that the atrium debris ball in the ballroom posed no threat to the implosion. Tom was elsewhere. He stared off in a thousand yard stare before replying to Jim that it posed no threat. Then Tom headed for the door. Jim screamed at him that he wasn't done chew us out but Tom only said he had to get back to it. I supported Tom and followed him. He and I headed back to the site to secure the night shift changes – another night not at home and having a late dinner.
I asked Tom in the car ride back what he saw in there. Tom was fixed in a trance and barely responded. He said it was wild. When we got back to the site, Tom separated from me through the gate while I strolled across the street to grab us some dinner from a street vendor. As I stood around waiting for two gyros and two cokes I could help but be mesmerized by the gutted tower. It seemed to breath in the spotlights inhaling puffs of the dust and dirt on the site and then exhaling it. A faint glow, barely perceivable against the light pollution, seemed to brighten, dim, and fade from the upper floors with each of the building's breaths. I was transfixed on it and it was the first time the building gave me an eerie feeling.
I got back on the site, food in hand, there was a buzz in their air as the night shift streamed in and the day shift streamed out. I barely had my hardhat seated corrected on my head when the site's emergency alarm blew. The interim foreman tossed me a radio as I was swept with him and our site occupational safety and emergency personnel to the basement.
Our increasingly panicked footfalls blotted out the squawk of the radios but I could hear one name again and again in the equally panicked messages – Tom Tom Tom. Whatever was happening was happening to Tom.
We reached the pool level and a trail of gasps proceeded me into the pool. There was Tom in his vest and hardhat face down in the middle of the pool with crimson oozing out him into the cerulean tiles lining the drained pool. We piled in from the ladders and shallow end to get to him. It was apparent when the first folks reached him that he was dead. They hauled him out on a stretcher and to our shock he looked like he had been dead for much longer than possible and his skin was water logged despite there being no water. He had died of fall trauma possibly despite the pool only being six feet deep. The paramedics also claimed he had water in his lungs. Then I noticed he was wearing his rappelling harness weaved in his vest – but that made no sense – he took it and his vest off when we were getting chewed out by Jim. Why would he put his rappelling gear on again.
I was the assistant foreman no more. Now the buck stopped with me. As they took Tom to the morgue we all knew the show must go on – our client demanded it, Jim demanded it and Tom would have wanted it that way. The same police investigator from the guard's disappearance met with me over Tom's death. They said it was standard procedure with work place deaths. I gave him a copy of the footage on an SD card and left the moment after it left my hand.
I had the recording queued up to the time of the commotion. The video we provided had a poor angle and was focused on the door to monitor access – the comings and goings of people. It was shift change so people were filing in and out Tom was somewhere in the crowd. The pool was one of the areas which required both foot patrols and constant video monitoring. I hit the rewind button on accident and watched his body lie there and lie there and then the timestamp sped past the 1900 hour mark. We were in traffic from meeting with Jim at that time. This was impossible but I kept my finger on the rewind button. Around 1400 the camera shakes a bit and there is slight glow reflecting on the doors so I let it play back to the shake. There is a soft green glow and then could hear a heft thud in the room. I gulped knowing that was Tom falling into the pool around the same time he fell into the hole in the roof. The soft glow turned brighter and brighter like a laser shining into the lens – something that wasn't present on the rewind. There was a flash of an incomprehensible shape or form on the screen. I was physically hurt in my eyes like I had just stared into the sun. I was left dazed with the shaped burned into my eyes with each blink. Then the camera system shorted out and a tiny puff of smoke left the memory module. The cameras blinked off wall to wall, the whole system was dead.
With the cameras fried, regulations required someone high in the company to be on site or we'd have to leave for the night. So I stayed knowing we couldn't afford to lose an hour much less an entire night. I circled the pool between approving payrolls and directing the increased security guard traffic required to monitor more areas. I was thinking about what I would say at Tom's funeral. I was thinking about Tom's family and what they would think about his apparent suicide.
I was forced to patrol the rest of the sub-basements as well since most of the guards were at the site perimeters or higher levels. I would have to follow paths of Phillipe, the disappeared guard, and all of the other guards who had mismatched timestamps on their increasingly strange reports. If not for today's incident and the recording of Tom's death, I would have stood fast to the idea that these reports were the product of night jitters and drugs but now, no.
I gritted my teeth as I exited the pool area to patrol the lower levels. I hated this building I muttered to myself. I couldn't wait to see it all rumble. I thought about which part I'd like to keep from the site to place in Tom's casket – then I realized it probably wasn't going to be an open casket funeral. I was lost in my thoughts and hatred for the building as I roamed through the parking garage into the utilities basement. I lost track of where I was as I weaved down stairwells.
I shown my flashlight on the wall and the floor level sign said “Sub-basement 999”. I stopped cold in my tracks. I was hoping it was a prank but I knew it was no prank. Then I thought maybe I'd have some answers. Maybe I would finally see what all the strangeness was about. But then I freaked out about Phillipe's disappearance and turned to run back up the stairwell. I ran up four levels to what I thought was the lobby and I pushed the door open.
My jaw hit the floor when I saw a black and white galaxy – the stars were black and the space was white with gradations of gray. The whole room was just white outer space and the whole universe swirled fast counter clockwise. I tried to breath and when I did the galaxy shrunk before my eyes until it was the size of a tiny of marble and then even smaller to a speck of dust. I reached out as it floated towards me. I stared at the speck in a cold sweat. As I stared, I was looking deeper and deeper into impossible detail. In the dust I found the milky way galaxy, I found our solar system, I found Earth and then I found North America, and then I found myself back in the pool room dripping in sweat.
Time seemed to skip and space was malleable in that hotel. As we approached the deadline to drop it, some jobs which would take hours took days and some jobs which would take days took minutes. The anomalies seemed to swarm tonight and day and yet we pressed on. Tom was buried and I couldn't go.
We met the deadline and the city came out in numbers to watch us drop the thirty floor structure. They gathered nearly two blocks away clad in ponchos and dust masks bracing for the implosion triggered by half a ton of high explosives.
I was so burned out and demoralized. My mantra became “this is for Tom, this is for Tom” and it was the only thing carrying me to this day. I chalked up all the anomalies and even my own experience on 999th sub-basement level as a reaction to shock, loss, grief, and exhaustion.
We were on the thirty minute countdown and Mr. Rohmer's attorney was designated as the trigger man. He stood there with Jim and I in the command trailer with the detonator remote. The remote triggered a two minute countdown on the charges from a master control station in my command trailer. All the charges had to be hardwired old school style because we were getting too much walkie talkie and radio interference from inside the structure for any other method of trigger to be reliable. I was too tried to make a stink about insisting I do it. I just wanted it to be over but suddenly a freak thunderstorm brewed up over the city. The skies were overcast and we were on the verge of having to abort the implosion until the next day – despite the next day being a day past the deadline. If we didn't abort and went through with the implosion, there was a strong chance the shock waves from the blast would bounce back off the lower cloud base and shatter windows and ears across the city.
I sat in my command chair at the perimeter in dismay, almost in tears as it started to rain. I felt my heart drop into the acid of my stomach as I ordered the suspension of the implosion for the day. The lawyer, surprisingly, did not resist. I watched as the crowds dispersed from the viewing lines and police started to permit traffic back through the streets surrounding the site.
Then a group of unauthorized personnel threw open the door of the trailer. They were a mass of men and women clad in pressed white suits, stoney faces with thin maroon lips, one of them carried a white covered book.
The attorney dropped his eyes and head in deference to elderly man at the head of the congregation. The attorney addressed him as Monsignor. The man introduced himself as Monsignor Rohmer and he placed his hand on his attorney, calling him a cousin of the congregation, stating there will be no postponement and no delay.
Rohmer, a man I judged to be in his late 50's or early 60's was bald and covered it with a white derby hat. He was tall, about six five, and thin, so thin his suit fit him like snake half shedding its skin. His was face long and his cheeks thin and worn like a mountain side. His voice was steady and low like waterfall. Everything he said bloomed with authority and confidence. He ordered the building would be dropped in twenty minutes.
I told him I didn't care if he was the owner, the building could not be blown in this weather and I snatched the detonator out of his attorney's hands. Rohmer, moving faster than I believed humanly possible with some kind of martial arts move swiped the detonator from my hands. Simultaneously, he had two of his followers press Jim against the wall. They put him in a sleeper hold and he slumped down to the floor barely getting a word out. Then Rohmer gestured to his flock to follow towards the building.
They left in a fast deliberate almost choreographed walk like a flock of geese flying in formation. I grabbed the radio to get police help but I realized that was hopeless. I watched as our trailer was shrouded in the same interference we experienced in the building's interior. The CCTV monitors flickered out and the radio squawked static. Then I realized Rohmer had no control over the detonation and no way to contact his followers still with us in the command trailer. So I did what I had to and pulled the master key out of the master detonator in the command trailer and chased after the flock. I needed to know what was happening I needed to see with my own eyes what all of this was all about.
The Congregation had reached the lobby and I saw the trailing end of the clad white congregate into the stairwell. I darted at my best speed to follow them.
I reached the stair well door. I found Rohmer standing on the top step, apparently waiting for me. I was out of breath while he began to speak to me in his booming voice. He explained to me that if the building did not fall in the next twenty minutes, all of Earth would be pulled, sucked, inside out and down through the building into the black and white universe. The entire building, but especially the atrium dome, he continued, was designed and built to create and then temporarily contain an impossible shape, a living form, a 4 dimensional object, a tesseract, when struck by lightning in the presence of thirteen self-sacrificial Congregate members. This shape would slowly expand and cause space and time anomalies before growing so large inside compared to its size would pull us all into place with no life.
The shape was still in the process of forming even as we spoke, he said. It would reach critical mass and dimensional contortion and the only way to stop it was to disfigure and crush it in the hotel's collapse. He led me into the pool level where his entire congregation was sitting cross-legged where Tom fell. A green pulse, like a laser, came down from the ceiling into the group's center, where their white book lay open on blank pages. I had a feeling this glow was being projected down from the ballroom where the dome of the atrium was taking its final fourth dimensional form.
After a loud chant from the white clad followers, the book slammed shut and turned from a brilliant white shimming cover to one black as night. As they passed around book, their white suits turned black and the formed a single file line. Rohmer left my side and pulled the detonator from his suit. He showed it me and tossed it at me. In my panic I reached out with both hands to catch it but I forgot I still had the master key in my sweat slick hand and it fly out and fell at the foot of Rohmer.
I asked what he planned to do with the key without a lock and a jammed detonator. Rohmer bent down and grabbed the key and looked me without a hint of concern. He took the new black book into his hands and opened it facing the wall of the pool. A new green pulse launched from the book and flickered on the tiles. An octagonal outline appeared to frame a hazy image of a tropical beach. One by one Rohmer's congregation walked into the side of the pool, into glow and seemed to arrive safely on the otherside of the beach.
Once all his compatriots were on the beach, he turned a page in the book and reopened it, projecting another octagon portal on the side of the pool. I could see his destination – it was the command trailer. He stepped through portal and yelled to me from the other side that I had two minutes. The portal sealed.
I could hear the warning sirens we installed going off above me. Needless to say, I made it out, just barely. I reached the perimeter fence screaming to anyone who was in ear shot to run away. The building imploded as planned but I was caught in the dust cloud and developed tinnitus severe enough to be comparable with combat veterans.
The shock waves from the explosions were reflected off the cloud base and channeled down the street by other skyscrapers. Virtually every window in a two block radius around the site was shattered and hundreds of people were hurt in the resulting stampede and vehicle collisions caused by fleeing from the flying glass cascade. Parts of downtown looked like a war zone for weeks afterward.
Rohmer and the rest of his group, including the lawyer, had disappeared out of the trailer in another portal leaving a suitcase of gold equaling the twenty percent promised. Our company was fined, sued, and threatened with criminal charges and eventually put of business. There wasn't much left after paying the cities fines and lawyer fees.
Though I was spared any direct sanctions, I forced into an early retirement. I've had time to research Rohmer's group. There are at least six mentions of figures like Rohmer on the deepest parts of the conspiracy web. They seem to show up at a locale experiencing paranormal activity with a white book and then leave with a black book. Their departure usually marks the end of any strangeness. I can't be sure but this congregation seems to be summon demons, which they exorcise, by trapping them in their books. Trapping maybe a poor term to use since, as in the case of the Grazer hotel encounter, they can apparently cleanse the anomalies and then use the book containing them to weaponize a portion of the traits of whatever their unholy creations posses.
I suspect Rohmer and his congregation, now with the ability to teleport, are accelerating their plans, to whatever ends these paranormal means enable them.
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2023.05.31 16:36 megjashi DRAGI ZMIJANAC: “It is a challenge to be the leader of this great global movement!” Founder and President of the First Children's Embassy in the World MEGJASHI - MACEDONIA

DRAGI ZMIJANAC: “It is a challenge to be the leader of this great global movement!” Founder and President of the First Children's Embassy in the World MEGJASHI - MACEDONIA
DRAGI ZMIJANAC: “It is a challenge to be the leader of this great global movement!”
*Being a pillar and the head of the First Children’s Embassy in the world MEGJASHI is a feeling and experience that only you a familiar with. There were no working conditions, you were the one who created them over all these past years completely oriented towards children, you were alone against the established rules and patterns of behavior, prejudices, discriminations, institutions, loopholes in the law, and above all the mentality of the environment that we live in, as a transitioning society. MEGJASHI is grounded by the milestones of your struggle for children's rights, you leave values ​​behind you, and traces. What motivated you to embark on this great struggle, maybe the fact that you are a parent yourself?
- In the beginning, we were the three pillars - Gorde, Kole and I, and as time passed, more pillars were built into this global children's movement called the First Children’s Embassy in the world MEGJASHI, which represents children and has been fighting for a fairer world for children for 30 years. Since you already asked me about the feeling and experience that I have experienced throughout all these 30 years, the one thing that I can emphasize is that you cannot build something significant and motivating only if you want it, if you are dedicated and believe in what you are doing. It takes persistence and courage in order to see the outlines of the structure, from the very beginning and in the first few years. Now when I look back, I have to admit to myself that everything has to be earned, through work, belief, perseverance and honesty. When you strongly want something and believe in what you are doing, the Universe has your back. Change does not happen overnight. You need to stand strong, be mobile, resilient to attacks and blows and come out stronger after every battle. Defending and fighting for a fairer world for children is not only difficult, but also inspiring. I saw this challenge as an opportunity to be a driver and leader in this great worldwide movement called the First Children’s Embassy in the world. Recognizable and recognized all over the world. It is the pillar of success. Everything else builds upon it, complements it, changes it and pushes it forward. We are here and exist because we are needed. I often joke when I say that if this embassy, ​​the first one in the world, whose heart is in Macedonia, did not exist, it would have to be invented. And, since it exists and continuously proves itself, creates, creates, it should be selflessly supported and helped. In one of UNICEF's manuals, the author, Ms. Sue Gilbert wrote: “Macedonia is famous for children’s rights, because that’s where the First Children’s Embassy in the world, MEGHASHI, was formed”.
The conditions when we started working to help and support children affected by the war in former Yugoslavia were tense, the war had started. Gordana Pirkovska Zmijanac, who is the initiator and founder of the First Children’s Embassy in the world MEGJASHI, appealed for the care of children affected by the war. At her strong insistence, the editor Ljubisha Nikolovski allowed her to make an appeal for solidarity, for help and care for the children affected by the war, on the prime news block of the Macedonian national television. The appeal reached Macedonian citizens. And that's how it all started. It was on April 12, 1992. While Gordana was on MTV, I was at home, I recorded her appeal, the phone rang continuously, I registered all the calls and requests from citizens to take a child under their in their homes. It was real solidarity and humanity in action. That's how we started, as an informal citizen initiative. Due to the fact that we agitated and mobilized all state institutions and demanded the opening of children's resorts, hotels, etc., we realized that we had to get formalized as an organization. On April 29, we had the Founding Assembly in the “Karposh” Youth Home (Pionerski dom), and we got officially registered as a civil soviety organization at in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, back then, on May 25, 1992. Otherwise, I draw the main motive, inspiration and incentive in this struggle from my childhood. I grew up in conditions of social and educational injustice and neglect. I grew up in a family with a single mother. I grew up in a dysfunctional family. The conditions were hrash. Not to mention bordering on poverty and social injustice. But for me as a person it posed a major challenge - to either become strong or to break down. I chose the fight for justice and it has been my guide all these years in my life. It is my life energy, mission and vision. I know that I was not born by accident and I have a task to do something. At least to change and improve things a little. Injustice affects me. And that's why I'm often rebellious, I speak loudly about it and I'm not afraid to raise my voice. My voice is the echo of millions of children. That's how I bring myself up and enter from one battle to another. I know it's difficult, painful, uncertain, but I'm waiting, I'm patient and I'm watching even the smallest changes as a big step forward towards a fairer world for children.
*It is subtle job to deal with children's rights, first of all you need be familiar with all the laws, as well as the mechanisms of their functioning in reality. At the same time, it is not easy at all, because we live in conditions in which society, instead of facilitating, gives resistance against the citizens and their needs, many rights are violated, and many crimes against children are concealed in a well-organized manner. Did all that resistance scare you, this entire situation around you that created pressure, did it discourage you at times?
- Sometimes I feel that our work stagnates. That's the initial impression. There is an improvement in the defense of children's rights, but the state institutions sometimes seem to shift the responsibility between each other. They are not sufficiently efficient and mobile, they do not implement violence prevention in time, they only impose sanctions when there is a case of incest or death, which is a belated measure. The level of abuse of children in Macedonia is constantly increasing, and this is due to the aggressiveness, loneliness and alienation of children, they are increasingly left to fend for themselves. First of all, the most important thing is that we broke the silence surrounding children's suffering, we spoke publicly about all the problems that children in Macedonia face, which were previously shameful and scary to talk about, we encouraged children to talk about violence, to recognize us as protectors of children's rights, as their advocates. Of course, we have instruments, indicators, how to reach information about the problems that children encounter. In 1993, we opened the SOS telephone line for children and youth, now known as “Hello, Bushavko” 070 390 632. This hotline for children has been operating for 29 years, so far over 21,000 children, parents, guardians, relatives have contacted it to report child abuse, violence, violation of children's rights. We use our mechanisms to resist and often with the help of the media we exert pressure, sometimes we can be even louder than what is expected of us, to push the state institutions into working with maximum functionality and efficiency, in defense of children's rights. To respect the best interest of the child. The motto of the Children’s Embassy MEGJASHI is that “All the ideals in the world are less important than the tears of a child”.
*It has been proven that in order to improve a child's right or at least to initiatite a change, unfortunately, one has to see or experience the worst example or incident. After all, we can't do anything about those sad and devastating facts or terrible statistics, but we can build a fairer children's world on their foundations and on the basis of lessons learned.
- In the fight for a fairer world for children, we upturned many taboos, stereotypes, opened up and initiated the solution to many problems affecting children, prioritized the importance of respecting children's personality and their best interests. We broke the silence about the children suffering from sexual abuse, from physical violence, from the problems they have when their parents’ divorce, from the sadness due to the secrecy of adopted children not having access to their biological parents, from the everyday problems that children encounter, from bullying, from the fact that there are still children without a birth certificate, children whose labor is abused, children who are not included in primary education or are prevented from completing their education. But what worries me the most in recent years is air pollution and the carcinogenic particles that children breathe. Air pollution is one of the leading causes of death in children because that air permanently crosses the blood-brain barrier and permanently damages a child's developing brain. Due to the negligence and absence of measures against the extremely polluted air in Macedonia, the most basic right of the children is violated and threatened - the right to life according to Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was ratified by the Republic of Macedonia in 1993.
*You were a scanner and with your work you brought to light the fact that, in fact, children are not deviant towards society, but that society is completely upside down towards them. That what they do is, in fact, only a response to the irresponsible behavior of adults and that all of us together bear responsibility.
-Society and state institutions are often deviant towards children. Instead of being their support and help, they often act against their needs and interests. Very often when they do not act properly or act wrongly, the state does not have a mechanism to sanction those who are responsible, but rather protects them. And so the problems only deepen, and the state and institutions become complicit in the dysfunctionality of the system. There are many examples in practice. The alienation between the child and the parent is a deviation that adults and society are responsible for, and such direct and irresponsible behavior affects the proper growth and development of the child. It is difficult for parents from dysfunctional and broken former marital relations after leaving the marital union to be participants in functional and responsible parenting. Joint and responsible parenting even after divorce should be focused on what is most important, which is the best interest of the child. The child should not feel guilty about the divorce and should live a normal life, receiving attention from both parents equally, because the termination of the marital union puts an end to the marriage, but not to the process of parenting. The mother and the father are equally important and significant for the correct growth and development of the child and under no cirscumstances should a child be put in a situation to choose between them. Divorce is the end of marriage, not the end of parening, the child needs love from both parents during the process of growing into a healthy individual to avoid deviant phenomena in adolescence. The child is not to blame for the divorce and must not feel any remorse. The child should not feel guilty about the divorce and should live a normal life, receiving attention from both parents equally, because the divorce of the marital union is the termination of the marriage, but not the termination of parentage. The mother and the father are equally important and significant for the correct growth and development of the child and it should not be put in a situation to choose under any circumstances. Divorce is the end of marriage, not the end of parenthood, the child needs love from both parents during the process of growing into a healthy individual to avoid deviant phenomena in adolescence. The child is not to blame for the divorce and must not feel any remorse.
*Society really swallows up children's rights. The youngest seem to be the most discriminated against and have no way to defend themselves from the adults, unless another adult helps them. Young people need to know that there is a solution to their problem, even though it seems like the whole world has collapsed on them. You indicated this through numerous engagements and campaigns. What would you single out in particular?
- We live in a completely divided society along ethnic, social, educational and any other lines. We live with rude and aggressive, violent behaviors towards those different from ourselves. We live in a segregated society in which students from different ethnic communities study in different schools. Although we each speak our own language, we rarely understand each other when it comes to building trust, shared values ​​and life. That's why we decided to launch the campaign “Foster Peace”, to stir things up and be part of the change, acting both individually and as a civil organization, and on a collective level. At the same time, let's ask the state to be more mobile in terms of what we ask of it, to nurture, build and promote values ​​such as empathy, solidarity, responsibility, dialogue and non-violence.
*Generally, it is a great injustice - with their existence, children paint the world with the warmest and most cheerful colors, and the world often shamelessly paints their childhood in the darkest, gray, sad colors, in the color of tears. We all need to change our attitude towards
children and we must educate them about their rights. You have done a lot in this direction. What is most valuable in all of this?
- One of the most difficult traumas that can happen to a child is sexual abuse. And this trauma is shrouded in silence for many years. But we raised our voices and spoke clearly and loudly about these traumas suffered by the children and sought solutions. Both preventive and punitive. The strong advocacy, support and lobbying of the First Children’s Embassy MEGJASHI for stricter sanctions against sex offenders, incest perpetrators, pedophiles, especially towards children under the age of 14, bore fruit, three out of our four recommendations were accepted and I think that in this way there is an opportunity to put this pathological phenomenon under control, especially when it comes to recidivism. What we advocated for was accepted, drug therapy or chemical castration, a minimum of 15 years in prison, but they did not accept the wearing of electronic bracelets after the pedophile leaves the prison institution. We believe that chemical castration should be mandatory as a measure, especially for recidivists and that it should be established immediately after leaving the prison institution and the pedophile will thus be helped not to repeat the crime, because the Children's Embassy advocates for lifetime in prison for every repeated offender. This is not corporal punishment, because it affects the psyche, i.e. the mental disorder that the pedophile has because he is not able to control his drive and libido, and in this way we believe that we are helping the pedophile, as well as the children, not to commit these crimes again.
*All of the people in the Embassy have experience in all directions, profound, extensive, long-lasting, and each of you can write a thick book of experiences. Can you recall which was the most difficult moment for you in all these 30 years, and which was the brightest and the greatest source of pride?
-”The girl fell on the rolling pin and lost her virginity”, this is how the case of the then nine-year-old girl, who was raped by her mother's friend, ended somehow. Case closed! In cases of sexual offenses, the procedure for determining the origin of the injuries cannot be performed by a gynecologist, but exclusively by a forensic medicine expert. But back then no one reported the case to forensic medicine, where if there had been a case of rape, it would have been discovered due to the specificities of the injuries. It is interesting to note that the two injuries that the gynecologist found could not have been caused by one fall, or even by any rolling pin, but were done on at least two occasions. So, the case was closed, there were neither suspects nor was anyone accused. Macedonia will remain the only country in the world where “virginity is lost by falling on a rolling pin!”
Then, we helped thousands of children affected by the war in the former Yugoslavia, responded to the challenges of rescuing and evacuating children from Bosnia and Herzegovina and taking them into care in Macedonia. We responded to the Kosovo crisis and worked with the children in the camps in Radusha, Bojane, Chegrane, Stenkovec 1 and 2 in the period between 1999 and 2000. During the conflict in Macedonia in 2001 we opened a Shelter for Internally Displaced Persons and took care of 16 people, they were taken care of at the Children's Embassy MEGJASHI during a period of five years. Three babies were born here - Alexander, Marija and Nikola. We responded to the migrant crisis. We had a rapid response humanitarian action to help the children from the flood in Skopje, the children who fled from Syria and were taken care of in Turkey. We also adequately responded with humanitarian aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, by distributing aid to the competent institutions and providing them with overall protective equipment, gloves and masks…
*You moved a world from inside to outside, from invisible to visible, you instigated changes. Going back through the timeline, you can see how quixotic your work was, but then you add things up at the end, when it all comes together, you manage to see the scope of work and the conclusion that nothing was in vain. That MEGJASHI became a “moral” home for any child, barefoot, hungry and starving, but also for those who have a roof over their heads and dream of higher goals... That MEGJASHI became a school for transformation towards democracy and children's rights and managed to impose many positive changes. *Was it worth it?
- The state is more focused on the legal amendments and what the legal norms stipulate, and less or in some parts it is not mentioned at all how those legal provisions are applied in practice. There is no established system of monitoring how the laws are implemented, nor is there any information that an adequate analysis has been made as to what funds are needed for the implementation of the laws. The omission in the protection of children's rights usually occurs during the implementation of laws, and in certain cases it happens due to legislative gaps and inadequate regulation of certain issues. For example, there are laws where it is stipulated that the child has a certain right, but it does not specify how the child can exercise that right, through which procedure, before which authority and in accordance with which law. Such legal solutions are unenforceable in practice and instead of promoting children's rights, they represent an additional obstacle. But yes! It was worth it. The Children's Embassy has not only become a school for transformation towards democracy and children's rights, but also strengthens and encourages children's activism and participation. Namely, Macedonia is one of the few countries in the world that has managed, for the second time, to prepare an Alternative Report on the situation with children's rights in Macedonia - from the children's perspective. To submit, present and defend it in front of the members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the UN. Children state that they are victims of various forms of violence, among which bullying is the most common, and emphasize that schools should do much more to educate children to prevent this type of violence. They point to the problems in education, which are numerous, including the poor quality of teaching, insufficient care for hygiene, inadequate conditions for children with disabilities and insufficient care for children's mental health. However, they believe that polluted air, especially in winter days, as well as illegal landfills, factories near populated areas are part of the environmental problems that children face, and they believe that there is neither sufficient awareness nor sufficient care on the part of the government. Not to mention any liability and criminal prosecution. They listed many other problems that children face. We expect the specific recommendations from the Committee on Children's Rights to arrive soon. But, also specifically their implementation and realization by the Macedonian state. Our engagement will still be necessary here, because in every report so far there were numerous problems that children were facing, that have been noted down in the reports sent to the Committee, and are repeated.
*The hard-working team of the Embassy, very gently and carefully, with filigree-like precisions, weaved a network of children's rights. And, with your relentless persistence, you made people to increasingly realize that children's rights are not one or two and that there is no right dosage for fulfillment of children's rights, they need to be exercised down to the last percent. And no matter what is settled, new rights always arise that the heirs of the world deserve. *According to you personally, what is the first most inviolable and supreme right of every single child, wherever he/she may be on this Planet?
- The right to a healthy environment. The right to life. The population most affected by air pollution is children. Air pollution has a harmful effect on children's health. The negative effects of air pollution on children begin even before they are born. The polluted air that pregnant women breathe can lead to damage to the fetus and its development. Polluted air also leads to reduced body weight at birth, premature births, various anomalies in newborn children whose mothers were exposed to polluted air during pregnancy. Children who breathe polluted air have an increased number of upper and lower respiratory tract infections. As a result of frequent infections of the respiratory organs, permanent damage to the lungs and chronic diseases that last a lifetime can occur, such as asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis. As a result of polluted air, there is also a disturbance in the development of the central nervous system in children, a change in the immune system, and the occurence of malignant diseases. Air pollution directly affects children and their right to life. Namely, according to data from the World Health Organization, more than one in every four deaths of children under the age of five is directly or indirectly related to exposure of children to air pollution. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution. Children inhale a larger amount of air, and thus a larger amount of harmful substances.
*What other message would you like to send?
- In the upcoming period, we plan to focus on achieving the following long-term goals of the organization, such as respecting and understanding the rights of children and children's personality; promoting and advancing the culture of peace and non-violence among children from an early age, mobilizing, updating and undertaking initiatives and actions for the benefit of children; joint and responsible parenting even after divorce, children having the right to find out who their biological parents are, the right to a healthy environment and clean air, and the struggle to mobilize and build functional institutions that act in the best interest of children.


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2023.05.31 13:21 Mimetic_ v1.10 Experimental I

v1.10 Experimental I
Hello Galactic Survivalists!
Welcome to Empyrion Galactic Survival version 1.10 Experimental!
In this update for you to test, we've added locale missions for each starter playfield (5x5 = 25 in total) to offer more variation to the early gameplay experience. Although these missions are fully optional and do not (yet) relate to the main storyline they will be shedding some early light on a few important story backgrounds in the Empyrion universe.
The introduction of the location missions is accompanied by a major maintenance of the main missions to make the final adjustment to the new game start environments. To achieve this, we have implemented numerous fixes for improved story progression and several bug fixes for reported issues (see full changelog below)
In addition to the mission updates, we've expanded the game universe by updating the existing faction homeworlds and adding new ones. Thanks to our community contributors, these updates come with an impressive addition of over 300 new Points of Interest (POIs) and vessels, enhancing the scope of exploration and discovery..
On the technical side of things, we've worked on visual and auditory enhancements to provide a more immersive in-game environment. While the visuals of the suns got a general overhaul, the addition of ‘tessellation’ will significantly improve the planetary terrain quality. In the meantime, our sound department not only worked on the SFX themselves, but also added the long-wanted dynamic combat soundtrack feature!
For our multiplayer and co-op players, we've incorporated a new role system, designed to expand cooperative possibilities within the game. You can now grant access to devices based on your player faction role!
We also haven't forgotten our creative players, with improvements made to the Creative Scenario Building Helper Tools, adding several convenience features and even completely new functions to improve building and reduce friction.
Last, but not least, there are two crucial infos you should be aware of:
  1. The Mass/Volume + CPU + Blocklimits are now enabled by default. This setting can be adjusted in the game start menu if desired.
  2. The Blueprint Factory can now only be used when all devices of a blueprint have been unlocked in the tech tree. There are new (colored) info & messages to indicate what is missing.
Please refer to the full changelog for a comprehensive overview of all updates, adjustments, and fixes. We always appreciate your feedback on these changes.
Report bugs over here: https://empyriononline.com/forums/bugs.34/
Feedback: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/
Best regards,The Empyrion Team
Changelog v1.10 B4201 2023-05-31
Default Scenario Update (WiP):POI & OPVs:Added/updated about 300 space & ground stations, wreckages, dungeons, small and large, weak and strong combat and civilian vessels - created, reworked and updated by various authors and community contributors (check details at: https://empyriononline.com/forums/showroom-submissions.108/).
Thanks a lot to everyone building for Empyrion <3
  • Added locale mission arcs (with 5 missions each) to all starter planets:
  1. Akua: Clear Skies
  2. Ningues: Andromeda Strain
  3. Masperon: Bad Wolf
  4. Skillon: Deserted Powers
  5. Ashon: To Good Business
Note: To start the mission, find the main mission hub on the playfield (there are indications in PDAs and/or notifiers when approaching a mission relevant POI)
  • Adjusted main storyline contents, mission structure and dialogues (eg. shortened amount of text and/or added more SKIP routes)
  • Changed start location and context of main storyline (Prelude now starts when arriving on Omicron Sector!)
  • Fixed several reported bugs and issues with the main storyline (please retest!). Most important changes:
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Totally Overpowered' updated to new settings and faction references. Dialogues updated to reflect context changes.
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Glacial Grave': Reduced Log content (amount of text) found on the system consoles down to 1-page logs and made several other refinements on procedures.
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Ancient Revelations': fixed issues with opening doors too early, changed creatures to variants that better fit some room sizes. Staircase now cleared when using shortcut from main access to upper level; added some additional markers in some places.
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Uncertain Outcomes': fixed several issues in mission progression; Set stations to civil + admin cores; removed Tier3 ores from mission asteroids.
  • Updated: Story Mission Interlude 'Meet the GLaD': added some skip areas to Dialogues and streamlined text info for summaries
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Sigma Fulcrum': Reduced clickcount on station console (each message now only shown once as long as player stays in the dialogue); Fixed a few inconsistencies with mission progress; Note the station is still set to Colonists faction you won't damage your reputation with. So first ask, then shoot.
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Unexpected Allies': Fixed faction settings to not break mission progress. Updated some dialogues; updated info + added more SKIP routes in dialogues.
  • Updated: Story Mission 'Wins and losses': Adjusted some text elements; Fixed progression issues. (Note, this is currently the LAST mission. Final mission might be added for 1.11 or 1.12)
  • Deactivated 'Murky Christmas' mission (as this is seasonal content).
  • General change on story mission factions & enemies: When there is no chance to proceed in a story mission other than to fight against a dynamic-RP faction, the opponents will be set to "Alien" to not forcefully ruin player reputation. If there is a choice, e.g. to trade, talk or fight, a dynamic faction might be used & the decision to ruin the Reputation towards them is up to the players themselves.
Factions & Reputation & NPCs
  • Set UCH to dynamic faction reputation
  • Added a static player-friendly 'technical' faction 'PlayerAssistDefaultHostile' (PDH) to help with mission setups that require combat against default-hostile factions and RP is not spoiled by friendly-fire or the faction is already used in another context. The faction is not intended to have POI or territories but is a "technical" static faction only.
  • Reworked faction reputation matrix: eg. added more crossover effects (pos and negative), removed too strong level-drop effects and added specific RP-loss amounts to some blocks (f.ex. Cores)
  • Changed NPC groups (EclassConfig) and updated terrain-spawned patrol groups (Egroup)
  • Telluropod now available from NPC Spawners
  • Updated home systems and home planets for all major and minor factions (1st iteration)
  • Added home systems for community-submitted factions
  • Sorted/changed blueprint groups of lots of POIs for the factions
  • Sorted blueprint groups for all faction OPVs (space and planet) into tiers.
Note: if your scenario uses default BP groups, their contents might have changed!
  • Changed: Several story-mission-relevant POI did not have an admin core
  • Changed: Enemy attack in story mission context is now mostly set to "alien" faction to avoid spoiling reputation unintentionally.
  • Added a few battered, free-roaming cannon drones to Ningues, Skillon and Masperon (Alien faction; will attack player, but not other NPCs)
  • Changed: Activated Base Attacks on Akua (Talon) and Masperon (Zirax/Abyssal)
  • Changed: Akua SupplyDepot swapped Raptor02 with RaptorNight and interior AlienBug01v2 with Spider01
  • Updated Ocean planet (decoration, atmosphere, textures & biomes)
Gameworld - Stars
  • Space: Tweaked looks for star types O,B,F,A,G,K,M, LegacyNexusHub
  • Space: Adjusted playfield lighting colours and brightness. (O: Much brighter; B: Bright)
  • Galaxy map: Star types easier to tell apart in distance
  • Increased size class for G, A type stars and SmBH
Config ChangesGlobal configs
  • Important change: Mass/Volume/CPU/Blocklimit = default on (Can be changed in settings at gamestart!); Full changelog & feedback & known issues thread: < >
  • Important change: Blueprints cannot be put into the Factory if the player hasn't unlocked the needed items in the techtree yet!
  • New optional parameter "ignoreOtherTarget" is available for Pf-Ops SpawnDrone, SpawnOPV and SpawnTroopTransport
  • Updated info in galaxyconfig.ecf about hiding a solar system
  • Added information about AuxPoi setup to example playfield yaml
  • Added new parameter 'DisableProximityLog' (true/false) for gameoptions.yaml to allow disabling the proximity log button in registry
Dialogue System
  • Added possibility to omit the cone for NPC with dialogues (class NPCDialogue) by adding the property OmitCone: true in BlocksConfig.ecf
  • Added function string GetFaction(int entityId) that returns the faction name from the FactionConfig.ecf
  • Added a property "DialogueState" to BlocksConfig.ecf to be used in blocks of class "NPCDialogue" to allow specifying a hard coded target dialog. If this is present, this block can be placed by users on player bases and be also triggered using "F".
  • Added new function GetStructure(entityId)
Multiplayer / Coop
  • Added PlayerFaction Role dropdown UI to Control Panel's Devices page. To make use of this add a lock code for the device then check the “Private” box & select one of the roles from the drop down GUI
Creative Mode / Scenario
  • WIP: Added a new tool to manage blueprint part collections “Blueprint Parts Collection Tool”. To try this tool out in creative mode use 'di wdw' in the console to test it. See this video for tips on how to use it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDZ0Rof3cbw
  • Creative mode improvement: if SHIFT (run key) is pressed the focus box now focuses inside the target block (pressing RMB will remove it and LMB will replace it). The removal was working before, but now the focus is also placed correctly.
  • BuildSettingsMenu: Green pasted area can now also be mirrored "in place"
  • BuildSettingsMenu: Green pasted area will now collide with its surrounding structure if pressing LEFT-SHIFT while moving (using the move handles)
  • Default Creative scenario: Updated Temperate and Arid playfields to new decoration. Updated selection pictures.
Visual Refinements & Controller upgrades
  • Added Global Illumination, Dynamic Shadows & Terrain Tessellation & video options to toggle these on & off
  • New force field VFX added to all blocks that have a forcefield visible

  • New swimming animations added
Sound / SFX:
  • Added dynamic combat soundtrack change
  • WIP: Adjusted device volume levels to be lower overall
Guided Tutorial:
  • EndSpace: Fix for broken dialog of Fleet Command
  • Explorer Token for faction homeworlds should now work/be given again (also for the new dynamic factions!)
  • Explorer Token for first-pickup for ores did not work anymore or were given randomly
  • Falling animation is playing when you fly a vessel.
  • pf data not found if trying to respawn to it
  • 00858: Collision model for deco block - Antena 05 is missed
  • 00912: Collision model for block Deco SVDecoAeroblister01 is missed
  • 00910: Large thrusters are flickering in 1PV after resume the game
  • 00897: Retractable turrets can be invisible when they are turned off
EAH:- https://eah.empyrion-homeworld.net/download/patch-notes-emp-admin-helper-full
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2023.05.31 13:02 Lehrasap Dear Iranian Friends! This one issue can destroy the Hijab completely (along with the Iranian Regime and the whole of Islam itself). Warning: You will start crying while reading it as it happened with all of us, but stay patient and read it till the end.

Do you know that:

Tafsir al-Tabrasi, under the commentary of verse 33:59 (link):
فقال { يا أيها النبي قل لأزواجك وبناتك ونساء المؤمنين يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن } أي قل لهؤلاء فليسترن موضع الجيب بالجلباب وهو الملاءة التي تشتمل بها المرأة عن الحسن. وقيل: الجلباب مقنعة المرأة يغطين جباههنَّ ورؤوسهنَّ إذا خرجن لحاجة بخلاف الإِماء اللاتي يخرجن مكشفات الرؤوس والجباه عن ابن عباس ومجاهد. وقيل: أراد بالجلابيب الثياب والقميص والخمار وما تستتر به المرأة عن الجبائي وأبي مسلم. { ذلك أدنى أن يعرفن فلا يؤذين } أي ذلك أقرب إلى أن يعرفن بزيّهن أنهنَّ حرائر ولسن بإماء فلا يؤذيهن أهل الريبة فإنهم كانوا يمازحون الإِماء وربما كان يتجاوز المنافقون إلى ممازحة الحرائر فإذا قيل لهم في ذلك قالوا حسبناهنَّ إماء فقطع الله عذرهم.And regarding the verse, {O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they should draw down their outer garments over them (Verse 33:59)}, it was said: The women’s veils cover their foreheads and heads when they go out for a need, unlike the female slaves who come out uncovering their heads and foreheads, … and regarding the verse {So that they should be recognised as free women and not be offended (Verse 33:59)}, that is, they are known by their dress that they are free women and not female slaves, so that the people with ill intentions do not hurt them, like they were teasing the female slaves. And sometimes the hypocrites were teasing the free women. And when they (i.e. the hypocrites) were asked about it, they made an excuse that they thought them to be slave women. So, Allah cut off their excuse (through Hijab for the free women, while prohibiting it for the slave women).**More Shia References:**Tafsir by al-Tousi (link)Tafsir al-Safi (link)
Wasail-us-Shia (link) and Alal Sharai (link):
سألت أبا عبد الله (ع) عن المملوكة تقنع رأسها إذا صلت؟ قال لا قد كان أبى إذا رأى الخادمة تصلى في مقنعة ضربها لتعرف الحرة من المملوكة“I asked Aba `Abd Allah [al-Sadiq] (as) concerning the possession’s (i.e. the slave women) covering of her head when she prayed? He replied: ‘No! For when my father (i.e. Imam al-Baqir) saw the female servant *praying* with a Muqna (outer garment sheet) on, he *hit* her; so that the free (Muslim woman) can be known from the possession (i.e. slave woman).”
And it is in Man La Yahduruh al-Faqih – the author al-Saduq – [1:373] and Wasail-us-Shia (link) that Imam al-Baqir said:
ليس على الأمة قناع في الصلاة
“There is no cover for the slave girl during prayer.”
This report is declared “Sahih” by the Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Sadiq al-Ruhani in Fiqh al-Sadiq [4:228].
In fact, it is narrated in Qadi Nu`man al-Maghribi’s Da`a’im al-Islam [1:177] and al-Nuri’s Mustadrak al-Wasa’il [3:217] that Ja`far al-Sadiq was asked about the permissibility for a slave girl to cover her through Muqna (outer garment sheet) during prayers and he replied (link):
لا كان أبى رضوان الله عليه إذا رأى أمة تصلى وعليها مقنعة ضربها وقال يا لكع لا تتشبهي بالحرائر
“No, when my father, `alayh as-salam, saw a slave girl praying and she had a Muqna, he hit her! And he said: ‘You rascal! Do not resemble the free women!’”
Bahar-ul-Anwar (Arabic Online link):
ابن طريف، عن ابن علوان، عن الصادق، عن أبيه عليهما السلام أن عليا عليه الصلاة والسلام كان إذا أراد أن يبتاع الجارية يكشف عن ساقيها فينظر إليها
Translation:Imam Sadiq (as) said when Imam Ali (as) wanted to buy a slave girl, then he used to undress her thighs and check them.
According to Shia Madhab too the "Awra"(nakedness) of a slave girl is only from naval to knees. Bahar-ul-Anwar (Link):
ابن طريف ، عن ابن علوان ، عن الصادق ، عن أبيه عليهما‌السلامأنه قال : إذ ازوج الرجل أمته فلا ينظرن إلى عورتها ، والعورة ما بين السرة إلى الركبة
Translation:Imam Sadiq (as) said: If the owner wants to marry his slave woman to another person, then the owner should not see her "Awra" (nakedness) which is between naval till knees (i.e. her breasts are naked).
Bahar-ul-Anwar (Link):
ابن طريف، عن ابن علوان، عن الصادق، عن أبيه عليهما السلام أن عليا عليه الصلاة والسلام كان إذا أراد أن يبتاع الجارية يكشف عن ساقيها فينظر إليها
Imam al-Sadiq said: When Imam Ali wanted to buy a slave girl, then he used to uncover her thighs and inspect them.
And Dhimmi woman also has no "Sanctity" (حرمۃ) like the slave woman.Wasail-us-Shia (link):
ـ محمد بن يعقوب ، عن علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن النوفلي ، عن السكوني ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : قال رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) : لا حرمة لنساء أهل الذمة أن ينظر إلى شعورهن وأيديهن
Translation:The holy Prophet said: "There is no Sanctity (حرمۃ) of Dhimmi women (i.e. Non-Muslim woman living in Muslim Country). The hairs and hands of such woman could be seen.

Shia Fiqh: An owner is allowed to separate the slave-wife of his slave, and have sex with her

Just like Sunni Fiqh, in Shia Fiqh too, an owner is allowed to separate the slave-wife of his slave and start doing sex with her after she is free from her first menstruation blood.
Tafsir al-Mizan of Allamah Tabatabai (tafsir of verse 4:24, and those around it -- can be accessed here):It has been narrated in traditions that the owner of a married slave woman may take away that woman from her husband, keep her untouched for the prescribed term, then have sexual relation with her, and thereafter return her to her husband. ۔۔۔ Ibn Muskan has narrated through Abu Basir, from one of the two Imams (a.s.), about the word of Allah: And all married women except those whom your right hands possess, that he said: "They are the women having husbands except those whom your right hands possess. If you have given your slave girl in marriage to your slave boy, you may remove her from him if you so wish." "I said: 'Do you see, if he has given her in marriage to other than his own slave boy?' He said: '(Then) he has no right to remove (her from him) until she is sold away; then if he sells her, her affair is transferred to other than him (i.e, to the buyer); then the buyer may separate (her from her husband) if he so desires, and may reconfirm (the marriage) if he so wishes." (at-Tafsir, al-'Ayyashi)
The same thing is present in these 3 traditions of Al-Kafi:
Al-Kafi, vol. 5, page 481 (link):(باب) * (الرجل يزوج عبده أمته ثم يشتهيها) * 1 - علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن عبد الله بن المغيرة، عن عبد الله بن سنان، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: سمعته يقول: إذا زوج الرجل عبده أمته ثم اشتهاها، قال له: اعتزلها فإذا طمثت وطئها ثم يردها عليه إذا شاء. 2 - محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن ابن محبوب، عن أبي أيوب، عن محمد بن مسلم قال: سألت أبا جعفر (عليه السلام) عن قول الله عز وجل: (المحصنات من النساء إلا ما ملكت أيمانكم) (1) قال: هو أن يأمر الرجل عبده وتحته أمته فيقول له: اعتزل امرأتك ولا تقربها ثم يحبسها عنه حتى تحيض ثم يمسها (2) فإذا حاضت بعد مسه إياها ردها عليه بغير نكاح. 3 - محمد بن يحيى، عن محمد بن أحمد، عن أحمد بن الحسن، عن عمرو بن سعيد، عن مصدق بن صدقة، عن عمار بن موسى، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: سألته عن الرجل يزوج جاريته من عبده فيريد أن يفرق بينهما فيفر العبد كيف يصنع؟ قال: يقول لها: اعتزلي فقد فرقت بينكما فاعتدى فتعتد خمسة وأربعين يوما ثم يجامعها مولاها إن شاء وإن لم يفر قال له مثل ذلك، قلت: فإن كان المملوك لم يجامعها، قال: يقول لها: اعتزلي فقد فرقت بينكما ثم يجامعها مولاها من ساعته إن شاء ولا عدة عليها.
Chapter on a man who marries his (male) slave to his slave-girl, then desires her (the slave-girl).The three hadith basically say the same thing that Allamah Tabatabai mentioned in his tafsir--that an owner of a slave girl, who is married to his (male) slave, can separate the slave-girl from her husband until she menstruates (or separate her for a period of 40 to 50 days, according to the third hadith), and then can have sexual relations with her. And then she can be returned to her husband (the male slave) without any need to renew their nikah.The gradings of these three Ahadith, according to Allamah Majlisi are: (1) Hasan (i.e. Fair), (2) Sahih (i.e. Authentic and (3) Muwaththaq (i.e. Reliable).

Kitab al-Kafi: Whole chapter about slave women

The most important Hadith book of Shias is Al-Kafi. And it contains a whole chapter regarding slave women, which contains more than a hundred Ahadith, and all of them are about the worse type of humiliation of slave women.
Shias did translate the whole book of Al-Kafi into English, except for this particular chapter about the humiliation of slave women.
No wonder, they had to show this dishonesty, as these Ahadith about slave women were exposing the Injustice that the so-called Allah did against the poor slave women.
Shias made an excuse (for not translating the chapter about slave women) in the following words (link):
Chapter 112 to 137:Chapters one hundred twelve to one hundred and thirty-seven deal with issues of slaves and slave-girls, which are not of any practical benefit today and its translation may not be of any benefit as well.
Nevertheless, we are presenting a few traditions (with English Translation) from this chapter of Al-Kafi regarding slave girls, so that you can see for yourself why Shias didn't translate it.

Minor slave girls can be used for driving sexual pleasure by multiple men without any waiting period

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 112 H 3:
3 - محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن ابن محبوب، عن ابن بكير عن هشام بن الحرث، عن عبد الله بن عمرو قال: قلت لأبي عبد الله أو لأبي جعفر (ع): الجارية يشتريها الرجل وهي لم تدرك أو قد يئست من المحيض؟ قال: فقال: لا بأس بأن لا يستبرئها.
Muhammad Bin Yahya, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Ibn Mahboub, from Ibn Bukeyr, from Hisham Bin Al Haris, from Abdullah Bin Amro who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullahasws or to Abu Ja’farasws, ‘The slave girl whom the man buys, and she has yet to be an adult, or has despaired from the menstruation’. So, the Imam said: ‘There is no problem if he does not clear her womb (i.e. observe any waiting period before penetrating in her vagina)’.
It practically means, multiple men can drive sexual pleasure from a minor girl (from the age of breastfeeding till the age of 12 when she gets her first menstruation) one by one even in one day, while there is no "waiting period" for her, even if her vagina is penetrated by these multiple men.
According to Shia Fiqh, marrying a minor girl (even if she is breastfed) with the permission of her father, and then driving sexual pleasures is "Halal Allah" (i.e. permissible). This minor girl can be made naked and then her husband can kiss her body, and he is also allowed to do "thighing" (i.e. rubbing their penis in the thighs of that minor girl and ejaculate), or if she is 4 or 5 years old, then he can compel her to masturbate his penis. And if she is 6 or 7 years old, then she can even be penetrated into her vagina if the husband thinks that she is strong enough to bear the penetration.
For details, please read our article: Islam: Even a breastfed baby girl can be married and used for sexual pleasure. Shia Mujtahideen like Khomeini and Khoi etc. gave this fatwa in the light of the Quran.
The differences are:
Not only a minor girl, but it is also true about a slave woman who does not get any menstruation due to her age (i.e. when she is 45 years old when menstruation stops naturally). Such a slave woman can also be raped by multiple men in a single day one by one, and it is totally Halal Allah (i.e. permissible).

The waiting period for a slave girl is only becoming pure from her menstruation (i.e. 3 to 5 days)

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 112 H 6:
۔۔۔ وسألته عن رجل اشترى جارية وهي حائض، قال: إذا طهرت فليمسها إن شاء..
He (the narrator) said, ‘And I asked the Imam about a man who bought a slave girl and she was menstruating. He said: ‘When she is pure, then let him touch her if he so desires to’.

Taking all kinds of pleasures except for penetration in her vagina is allowed even before the end of the waiting period

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 112 H 9:
محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن علي بن الحكم، عن موسى بن بكر، عن زرارة، عن حمران قال: سألت أبا جعفر (ع) عن رجل اشترى أمة هل يصيب منها دون الغشيان ولم يستبرئها؟ قال: نعم‘
I asked Abu Ja’far about a man who bought a slave girl. Can he attain from her besides the overwhelming (copulation), and he has not cleared her womb?’ He said: ‘Yes, when it Obligates her, and she comes to be from his wealth. So, if she were to die, it would be from his wealth’.

Taking pleasure is allowed (except for the vagina) even if the slave woman is pregnant from another man

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 114 H 5:
محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن ابن فضال، عن ابن بكير، عن زرارة بن أعين قال: سألت أبا جعفر (ع) عن الجارية الحبلى يشتريها الرجل فيصيب منها دون الفرج قال: لا بأس، قلت: فيصيب منها في ذلك؟ قال: تريد تغرة.‘
I asked Abu Ja’far about the pregnant slave girl whom the man buys, so he attains from her besides the private part. He said: ‘There is no problem’. I said, ‘Supposing he attains from her in that (i.e. vagina) too?’ He said: ‘Do you intend deception?’

If a slave woman marries a person without the permission of her master, then it is adultery, while if a male slave marries a woman without permission, then it is not an adultery

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 118 H 1:
عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد، عن أحمد بن محمد بن أبي نصر البزنطي، عن داود بن الحصين، عن أبي العباس قال: سألت أبا عبد الله (عليه السلام) عن الأمة تتزوج بغير إذن أهلها، قال: يحرم ذلك عليها وهو الزنا‘
I asked Abu Abdullah about the slave girl who gets married without the permission of her owner. He said: ‘It is Prohibited unto her and it would be the adultery’.
Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 117 H 5:
محمد بن إسماعيل، عن الفضل بن شاذان، وعلي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن عبد الرحمن بن الحجاج، عن منصور بن حازم، عن أبي عبد الله (ع) في مملوك تزوج بغير إذن مولاه أعاص لله؟ قال: عاص لمولاه، قلت: حرام هو؟ قال: ما أزعم أنه حرام وقل له أن لا يفعل إلا بإذن مولاه
(It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah regarding an owned slave who married without permission from his master, has he disobeyed Allah?’ He said: ‘He disobeyed his master’. I said, ‘Prohibited, is it?’ He said: ‘I do not claim that it is Prohibited, and say to him that he should not do it except with the permission of his master’.

A new master can rape the slave woman after purchase, even if she previously had a husband

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 121 H 1:
محمد بن إسماعيل، عن الفضل بن شاذان، وأبو علي الأشعري، عن محمد بن عبد الجبار جميعا، عن صفوان بن يحيى، عن ابن مسكان، عن الحسن بن زياد قال: سألت أبا عبد الله (عليه السلام) عن رجل اشترى جارية يطؤها فبلغه أن لها زوجا؟ قال: يطؤها فإن بيعها طلاقها وذلك أنهما لا يقدران على شئ من أمرهما إذا بيعا
I asked Abu Abdullah about a man who bought a slave girl. He slept with her, and (news) reached him that for her is a husband. He said: ‘He can sleep with her, for her sale is her divorce.

Raping a pregnant slave woman with penetration in her vagina, after buying her

Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 126 H 1:
محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن علي بن الحكم، عن سيف بن عميرة، عن إسحاق بن عمار قال: سألت أبا الحسن (عليه السلام) عن رجل اشترى جاريه حاملا وقد استبان حملها فوطئها قال بئس ما صنع، قلت فما تقول فيه؟ قال: أعزل عنها أم لا؟ قلت: أجبني في الوجهين، قال: إن كان عزل عنها فليتق الله ولا يعود وإن كان لم يعزل عنها فلا يبيع ذلك الولد ولا يورثه ولكن يعتقه ويجعل له شيئا من ماله يعيش به فإنه قد غذاه بنطفته.‘
I asked Abu Al-Hassan about a man who bought a pregnant slave girl and her pregnancy had manifested, so he slept with her. He said: ‘Evil is what he has done’. I said, ‘So what are you saying regarding it?’ He said: ‘Is he isolated from her or not?’ I said, ‘Answer me regarding the two aspects’. He said: ‘If he had isolated, so let him fear Allah and he should not repeat (i.e. there is no physical punishment for him), and if he had not isolated from her, so he should not sell that child, and the child would not inherit him, but he should emancipate the child and make something from his wealth to be for the child so that the child can live by, for he had nourished the child with his seed (i.e. semen)’.
Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 126 H 2:
علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن النوفلي، عن السكوني، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) أن رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) دخل على رجل من الأنصار وإذا وليدة عظيمة البطن تختلف فسأل عنها، فقال: اشتريتها يا رسول الله وبها هذا الحبل، قال: أقربتها؟ قال: نعم، قال: أعتق ما في بطنها، قال: يا رسول الله وبما استحق العتق؟ قال: لأن نطفتك غذت سمعه وبصره ولحمه ودمه
.(It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah that Rasool-Allah went over to a man from the Helpers, and there was a mother with a large belly arguing. So he asked about her, so he said, ‘I bought her, O Rasool-Allah, and with her was this pregnancy’. He said: ‘Did you go near her?’ He said, ‘Yes’. He said: ‘Emancipate whatever is in her belly’. He said, ‘O Rasool-Allah, with what is emancipation deserved?’ He said: ‘Because your seed nourished his hearing, and his vision, and his flesh, and his blood’.
Therefore, even if he rapes the pregnant slave woman with penetration, still there is no punishment for him.
It happened during the Jihadi wars, where the poor prisoner women were hand-cuffed and then distributed among the Jihadi Muslims, where they were alone with them in their camps during the night. Although it was not allowed to penetrate their vaginas if they previously had husbands, nevertheless, we can better imagine that it was almost impossible for Jihadi Muslims not to penetrate them, while:

Scientific Mistake of Shia Imam/Prophet:

Both Shia Imams/Prophet and Sunni Prophet (i.e. Muhammad) made a huge scientific mistake as they thought similarly, like the people of Jahiliyyah (i.e. the time of ignorance), that the semen of another person can indeed nourish the fetus. And due to this huge scientific mistake, both the Shias and the Sunnis put an extra burden upon the poor divorced/widow pregnant woman and prohibited them from marrying another person until the delivery of the fetus. A woman needs a lot of love and care and financial support during her pregnancy, and the only way for a divorced/widowed pregnant woman to get all these things is to marry another man. But Islam again oppressed the poor divorced/widow pregnant women in this case, by imposing unnecessarily the hardships of the waiting period upon them and taking away the chance from them to have the love, care and support of another man during their pregnancy.

The Evil of "Separating the child from the slave mother, and selling in the market" in Shia Islam:

Just like Sunni Islam, Shia Islam also allows the owner to separate the child from the slave mother and then sell the child in the Bazar of Slavery. Just look at this hadith, where the Shia Imam is asking the owner to not to sell the child. This means, if the owner had not penetrated the vagina of the pregnant slave mother, then he would have all the right to sell the child in the slave market.
Therefore, it was actually a blessing for the child if the owner raped his/her slave mother with penetration in her vagina. It became a reason for the freedom of the child, and his good luck that he/she would not be separated from his/her mother and sold in the slave market.

The Evil of "Slavery By Birth" in Shia Islam:

Just like Sunni Islam (link), Shia Islam also has the same evil of "slavery by birth". The child of a slave woman, who is not from the owner, he/she will be automatically born as a slave to the owner of the slave woman.
For example, if she was pregnant from the earlier owner (as in the above-mentioned hadith), or if her master marries her to another free Muslim man, or to any of his slaves, then the children from such a union will automatically be born as slaves to the owner of the slave woman.
A child from a slave woman can only be free if the owner himself rapes the slave woman, and then his own child is born, then that child will be free.
In the Quran, it was "discouraged" that a free man does Nikah with a slave woman of any other person. And the reason behind this is, the children of that free Muslim men will automatically born as slaves of the owner of the slave mother.
Quran 4:25:
And whoever among you has not within his power ampleness of means to marry free believing women, then (he may marry) of those whom your right hands possess from among your believing maidens; and Allah knows best your faith: you are (sprung) the one from the other; so marry them with the permission of their masters ... This (permission of marrying a slave woman) is (only) for him among you who fears falling into evil; and that if you abstain (from marrying a slave woman) is better for you (while your children will be automatically born as slaves), and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
All Shia Muffasirin and Fuqaha (jurists) are unanimous on this. Allamah Tabatabai wrote under the commentary of this verse 4:25 (link):
However, abstinence and patience is better (than marrying the slave women), in any case. If it indicates abstaining from marrying slave girls, it is because of the rights their masters have on them and on their offspring — as described in books of jurisprudence.
An 'Akhbari Shia Website' (that doesn't follow Shia Mujtahidden, but only Shia traditions) in fact translated this chapter into English. You can read all these Ahadith here (link). Please start from reading page 31 to read all these Ahadith, which are humiliating and discriminate against the poor slave women in the worst possible way.

Excuse from Shia Apologists: These Ahadith are not 'authentic' and against 'The Quran'

As usual, Shia apologists came, and they claimed that these Ahadith about slavery are not 'authentic', and they are also against the Quran.
But we ask them that:
Therefore, if Shia Muslim apologists claim that ALL these Ahadith are weak, then we ask them why the writer of the Quran didn't reveal the human rights of slave women in the Quran, which could have saved them from these sufferings.
As far as these Shia Ahadith are concerned, then please note that:
Today, these Shia apologists want to declare these tons of Shia Ahadith to be weak, but the reality is, this is the 1300 years long history of Islam (both Shia and Sunni) where slave women were prohibited from taking Hijab, where breasts were kept naked, where they were raped by multiple Muslim men, where their children were taken away from them and sold in the slave markets etc.
How are you going to deny this 1300 years long history of your Shia and Sunni Islam now (due to which millions of poor slave women suffered badly), by making the lame excuse of Weak Ahadith?

Please also read our article about Slavery in Sunni Islam too:

Even if you are a Shia, we request you to please still read our article about slavery in Sunni Islam too, while it has 5 times more material than the Shia article, and you will find a lot more evils of Islamic Slavery there.
Sunni Islam: Hijab is not 'modesty', as Islam prohibited the Slave-Women to take Hijab or even to cover their naked breasts in public
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2023.05.31 11:00 Alternative_Split112 Superman Year one

Chapter 39: Unveiling the Truth
After the tumultuous events that had transpired, Perry White, the chief editor of the Daily Planet, summoned Clark to his office. It was time to shed light on the extraordinary events that had unfolded in recent times. Perry believed that Clark's unique perspective as both a reporter and Superman made him the perfect candidate to document and analyze the city's transformative journey.
With a sense of purpose, Clark took up the task and began crafting an article that would recount the trials and triumphs the city had experienced. He delved deep into the details, carefully weaving together a narrative that captured the essence of the extraordinary battles fought and the resilience displayed by its citizens.
As Clark dedicated himself to his writing, he also found solace in the company of his family and friends. He cherished moments spent with his wife Lois, his cousin Kara, and his faithful companion Krypto. Their unwavering support and love served as a constant reminder of the joy and purpose that fueled his dual existence.
Martian Manhunter, a trusted ally and confidant, offered his wisdom and guidance. Together, they explored the complexities of their shared past and the potential of their combined powers. Through their conversations, Clark deepened his understanding of his own origins and discovered new ways to utilize his abilities for the greater good.
In the bustling newsroom of the Daily Planet, Clark had the opportunity to build a stronger bond with Perry White, the gruff but fair-minded chief editor. As Clark shared his experiences and insights, Perry began to see the depth and integrity that lay beneath Clark's mild-mannered exterior. Their connection grew, and a mutual respect formed between the seasoned editor and the intrepid reporter.
Meanwhile, Supergirl embraced her newfound role as a leader and mentor. Inspired by her cousin's legacy, she formed a team of young heroes known as Young Justice. Robin, Kid Flash, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl joined her in their quest to protect the innocent and preserve the values of justice and compassion. Together, they faced their own unique challenges and grew stronger with each mission.
As the city healed and rebuilt, a new threat emerged on the horizon. Lobo, the intergalactic bounty hunter, arrived on Earth, causing havoc and destruction wherever he went. Recognizing the imminent danger, Superman rose to the occasion, ready to confront the formidable adversary head-on.
The battle between Superman and Lobo was fierce, each unleashing their full power in a clash of titans. Lobo, known for his relentless tenacity, proved to be a formidable opponent, testing Superman's limits like few others had before. But Superman's unwavering determination and commitment to justice propelled him forward, allowing him to tap into reserves of strength he never knew he possessed.
In a stunning display of courage and strategic thinking, Superman managed to outmaneuver Lobo, using his superior intellect and honed combat skills to gain the upper hand. With a final surge of power, he incapacitated the intergalactic bounty hunter, bringing an end to the immediate threat.
As the dust settled, Superman's victory stood as a testament to the power of will, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit of Earth's mightiest heroes. With Lobo defeated, the city breathed a collective sigh of relief, knowing that their champion would always be there to protect them.
The story of Superman continued to unfold, with each chapter bringing new challenges and triumphs. Clark Kent, the unassuming reporter, continued to document the extraordinary events that unfolded in Metropolis. With each word he penned, he aimed to inspire hope, unite the community, and remind them of the resilience and strength that lay within each of them.
And as the city prepared to face the next chapter of its story, Clark, Superman
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