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There are 7 inmates on death row in a secret prison and I've been tasked with eating their sins. Lust can be a suffocating, sickening experience.

2020.10.22 13:04 tjaylea There are 7 inmates on death row in a secret prison and I've been tasked with eating their sins. Lust can be a suffocating, sickening experience.

Sin Eater - A person who consumes a ritual meal in order to spiritually take on the sins of a deceased person.
If only it were that simple.
My name is Eleanor Lockwood, but you can all call me Nelle. I wouldn’t call sin eating my job or anything superfluous like that. It simply is my reason for being.
My grandmother Efa Lockwood was one of the last in Wales to keep the practice going. With no mother or father to speak of and no desire for children of my own, responsibility fell to me, the unlikely descendant, to take up the mantle and keep it going.
But I will be the last, that much is certain.
People have lost touch with that aspect of the world; the traditions of days gone by, respect for the old ways and the rituals small towns and villages would undertake to safeguard their communities from wayward souls, unseen terrors and creatures of the night.
When Efa met my Grandfather Ajani, an immigrant from Jamaica, he brought with him stories of Voodoo curses, known as Obeah. Traditions held for centuries and the importance of respecting one's kin through practice. But the world was changing and when I came of age, I knew I’d need to see the wider world to bring our family talents to prominence.
That’s when I stumbled across Sturgeon. A town with a bar between places that caters to those in need, a town with a hotel sporting physical impossibilities on every floor, a town where the dead are ferried across on seaplanes and where monsters meet martial artists in a tournament of nightmares.
But what I have to tell you all today goes far, far away from that. To the outer reaches of Sturgeons eyes and finds itself situated in a maximum security prison in the middle of the most dangerous location on Earth;
The Bermuda Triangle.
I am The Last Sin Eater. And this is my story.
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“Miss Lockwood, Mr McGraw;
Your presence is urgently requested to deal with the final requests of our Death Row Inmates. More information will be provided upon your acceptance and arrangements will be made to bring you here within 48 hours. Simply dial the number attached and we will organise the rest.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Warden Leichenberg.”
Buck kicked back in his recliner and swirled his whiskey around lazily as I finished reading, smirking from underneath his stetson.
“You gonna go? Hell, why am I even asking? O’Course you are.” He downed it in one and slammed the drink down as he gasped, standing up to his full height and cracking his back. He was a burly man in his early 30’s, rippled muscles and a thick black beard hiding a chiselled brown jaw and piercing green eyes. Buck was as tough as they came, but calmer and more patient than most men thrice his age. He never judged, never tried to speak for me or tell me what to do. He respected me as an equal and I admired him all the more for it.
“Wonder what the hell kinda prison situates itself in the heart of a place like that, how do you even get in there without it being a crash and burn scenario?” I pondered aloud, taking note of the number and walking over to the landline in our office. We’d been operating as business partners for a couple of years, taking on odd jobs involving “unusual specimens and occurrences” that nobody else wanted. Buck called us “Nightmare Detectives”, I called us scholars who got underpaid for our troubles.
“Makes sense to me, especially if the rumours of this place are true.” Buck played with his beard and rifled through a book he’d picked from the large shelf on the back. “Tempestas Penitentiary is spoken of only in passing by scholars as a place that the most problematic individuals in history's shadows would be housed. Not your serial killers or political murderers, but the monsters that history tries its best to scrub from the pages… if we go, it’s going to be a rough ride…” He snaps the book shut and grinned at me, my heart skipping a beat.
“Sounds like a hell of a hunt, I’m in.
One furtive phonecall later and we were packed with our instructions to meet the porter at the airport.
“Caracossa airways, you’re sure about that, right?” Buck asked me, face buried in a notebook he’d been pouring over in the weeks leading up to our letter from the warden. Said it was his “greatest scholarly project”, but never showed me a damn thing from it.
“Yep, they said a guy with a raven will greet us, kinda hard to miss in Sturgeon, right? Even walking around with an Indiana Jones impersonator like you!” I chuckled, punching him in the arm playfully, my other hand running through the playlists on my iPod. Could never relax on a trip without some good music.
“Speak for yourself, you dress and act like you’re trying your damnedest to be the next Van Helsing. Albeit Welsh and female.”
“And better hair.” I dramatically brushed a loc aside as we both laughed, the anxiety of a sea of people rushing past us ebbing away.
Out of the crowd came a tall man sporting an all black attire and an over-excited Raven on his shoulder, preening his hair and shouting “BRAIN FOOD” as he tried, and failed, to coax him.
“Damnit Edgar, I told you to cool it!” He hissed, offering up a finger for the Corvid as a warning, instead making him tilt his head quizzically before nipping him and shrieking in delight.
“IT’S RAW! IT’S RAW!” He chirped as the man came closer, pinching his brow.
“You guys must be Lockwood and McGraw, could spot you two a mile away. Welcome to Caracossa Airways. I’m Nestor Holden and this little delight is Edgar, we’ll be your guides to Tempestra Prison. You got everything you need? We won’t be making any stops on the way and I’ve been instructed to assist in any way I can when we arrive, which is a pretty good excuse to get some R&R for us.”
“RAW AND ROWDY! RAW AND ROWDY!” Edgar screeched as Nestor clicked in front of him. “What’d we say about crass behaviour in public?” He hissed.
“Only when funny.” Edgar replied solemnly, his head lowered, myself and Buck chuckling as we grabbed our bags.
“Oh and by the way, I’ve been told to give you this before take off, keep it on you at all times. It’s a charm to help ward off negative aura or something, my boss L. D. said it was imperative to get it to you.”
He passed us each a totem. They were old and hand carved, both sporting frail individuals with their boney hands holding a thick hood in a perpetual state between up and down, unable to tell if they were raising or lowering it, but the eyes were obscured.
It unsettled me, but I kept it in my pocket, as did Buck and we departed.
For a split second, as we passed through the terminal, I spotted something in my peripheral vision; a thin, gangly sort of creature peering from behind a thin concrete beam that jutted out of the floor. Bioluminescent, black little eyes fixated on me and drool running down its elongated lips, curled into a smile as gnarled fingers awkwardly crunched until it was holding up a number in my direction. A number that would become synonymous with the rest of my life from that day forward;
The number 8.
-
The ride in was… interesting, to say the least. Our pilot was in a perpetual state of drunkenness, spouting off Lord Alfred Tennyson as he took us through rocky shores and across foreboding blackened skies. I had my music on and i’ll be damned if it wasn’t atmospheric when the opening riff kicked in.
As I looked out of the window, Buck snoring something fierce next to me, my jaw fell slack at the sight that greeted me.
Where the ocean had been calm and the wind even more so for the duration of our journey, we were now greeted with a storm of tumultuous proportions; sharp winds sliced at the window, whipping the ocean into a frenzy and slamming swathes of frothy green liquid at the plane with malice, trying in vain to stop us from approaching.
“The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;He watches from his mountain walls,And like a thunderbolt he falls!”
The pilot sang over the intercom as he took the plane into a nosedive, sending Bucks still snoring head forward with a snap, Edgar crying out as we descended further, my hands clasped to the sides of the seat and my stomach firmly in my boots.
“NO SURVIVORS! NO SURVIVORS!”
“Edgar! Don’t mind him, we’re fine. The approach is normal, for a place like this…” Nestor kept his arms crossed, seated opposite me in the flight attendants area, eyes cast outside as bright lights began filling the windows. “Take a look. It’s your new home for the next week.”
Buck roused from his sleep just in time to catch a glimpse of the imposing structure waiting for us as the plane levelled out and we were on approach for landing.
A circular structure spanning several thousand feet rising out of the sea with torrents of water spilling off the top of the oval base and back into the ocean, several landing pads visible as lights guided us in. At the centre of the structure was a thick steel tube that extended down into the deeps.
All around the prison were heavy winds, crashing waves and darkness for miles on end.
If someone wanted to escape, they’d find no respite upon getting out.
We were waved down by a sea of guards and a tall, imposing man stood in the back. Black trench coat and a patterned umbrella sporting blue cherry blossoms. He waved dramatically as we stepped off the plane and a leather gloved hand clasped my own with extreme enthusiasm.
“Wilkommen to my own personal tartarus! Do you like the location?” He beams proudly at me, stretching his arms out and spinning around. “All of this just to prevent the worst of the worst from getting out. Crushing their hopes and dreams under mein steel toe capped heel…” He turns back to us and Buck scoffs.
“Always the eccentric types in positions of power, huh?” he murmurs, jabbing me playfully. “C’mon, indulge him. This IS his kingdom, after all.”With that, Buck strides forward, ignoring the rain and ocean froth drenching him in moments. He gives the Warden a firm handshake before gesturing to me.
“Ah, you must be our revered sin eater! I’ve never seen what your people do up close and personal, but I will take great pride in seeing it enacted on our inmates, if it means they will suffer just a little bit more…”
My eyebrow raised involuntarily, the warden noticing and immediately holding his hands up defensively.
“Oh no, don’t mistake me for a sadist! I just wish to ensure my job is done properly. These are bad, bad creatures. I deign to even call them people for what they’ve done. Each one has committed a crime... er, a “sin” if you will, so egregious that god himself would sooner spit on his own son that allow a single one amongst them into the kingdom of Elysium.”
“You a religious man, Mr Leichenberg?” I asked, Buck and I following him to the central tube that connected the entrance to the main prison, Nestor and Edgar bringing up the rear as the pilot cackled and began taking off again.
“Are you not, Madame Lockwood? In a world of such horrors as what we house here, one must have something to cling to that enables us to believe there is truth, justice, punishment and reward. A balance for all things, such was the way the Greeks believed things to be. With your profession, I would’ve assumed du to be ein woman of the cloth, no?
”I shook my head as we piled into the chamber, the doors closing on our last look of the outside world for a week.
“If there is a god, he blinded himself to our struggles long ago. Whatever goes on here is up to us, now. I just do my part in the process.”
Buck sighed and Nestor fed Edgar to keep him calm as we descended, the front section of the tube showing nothing but steel as we descended.
But after a moment, the view gave way to the top of a sprawling prison, the general population area. Thousands of inmates, some human and others… well, monsters of the most literal sense. All in turquoise jumpsuits and either congregating in groups, doing work for the officers or working out. As we got closer, it became apparent this was a building far bigger and deeper than I could’ve imagined.
“Our prison houses 7,000 inmates of various backgrounds, crimes and origins. We are tasked with making sure they never get out and cause more havoc up above. I’d inform you more of them or even give you einen tour, but alas, we’re not here for them…”The tube dropped down and we were plunged into darkness once more, save for a few maintenance lights that flooded the room in a red and purple hue.
“Your prison is… expansive, Warden. I’m impressed. How many legendary beasts ya got locked up here? I’d enjoy cataloguing some of ‘em for my compendium…”
The Warden seemed to think on it for a moment before politely shaking his head.
“Ah, my apologies, but there’s no chance on your schedule. Each session will be… difficult and take your day to complete. With 7 of them, I do not wish to waste extra energy. But I am proud of the structure wherein these individuals are housed. Since my appointment to the position, we have had a far more complacent criminal populace and far less deaths!” He clapped his hands together excitedly as we came to a stop in front of a single white hallway.
“You know, I never envisioned getting my dream job by 34, but here we are! Strange how the world works, no?”
He ushered us out and towards a makeshift office. Fitted with a bed, couch, vending machine and research area.
“This is your workstation area, we will provide you with anything you may need and any extra facilities can be provided to you with an escort. Your first inmate is already waiting.”
Placing my wet clothes and baggage down, I stared at him, incredulously.
“Now? What about any information on him or her first?
”A smile rippled across his face, his shoulders hunching. The man wasn’t necessarily threatening, but his height coupled with the power he held here certainly made it an uncomfortable look.
“I want to see if your skills are as true as they come. His as well.” He looked over at Buck who grinned back, but there was offence right behind it.
“What about me? I need a test?” Nestor quipped, Edgar trying to get at his eyebrows and preen them.
“No, you’re a bodyguard. So long as you protect them, I think we have no issue. Even if I’m not fond of your… pet.”Edgar cocked his head in the Wardens direction before screeching:
"TASTY EYES! TASTY EYES!" And laughing as Nestor scolded him.
“As good a time as any, I suppose. Let’s go, lead the way, Warden.”
With that, he escorted us out and down the long hallway, through the one locked door and out into a visitors centre, of sorts. Several guards stood on watch and patted us down for contraband before we could even step foot into their interview areas.
“Welcome, Warden. Who are our esteemed guests visiting today?”
“Cell 2, Officer Mitchell. Prisoner #4822”
He passed us a pen to sign in with and nodded before buzzing the gate and allowing us through.
“Remember; if they catch you, we won’t negotiate. Not for anything or anyone.”
Nestor smiled as we went through to the interview room on the left of the cells.
“If I fail them, they’re dead anyway.”
-
The interview chamber was odd, to say the least. It seemed cordoned off from the rest of the building, as if quarantined. A small table with four chairs greeted us, a thick plexiglass window stretching across the length of the far wall, total darkness on the other side.
“The Prisoner will be with you momentarily. I’ll be watching from my office, but there is a button to the right of the wall if anything should go wrong. I’ll speak with you after you’re done. Good luck frau lockwood!” He paused as the door held open, as if contemplating whether or not to say something else. “Don’t be fooled by this one, looks can be… deceiving.”
With that, the door shut and our first interview began.
For a moment, there was a silence that permeated the room, as if waiting for someone to start things off. Buck was sat down with his compendium open and ready, a small microphone attached to a dictator machine, Nestor leaning against the wall and keeping Edgar entertained.
I called out, hoping to get a response.
“The Warden called you Prisoner #4822, but i’m hoping you have a more fitting name. Never been a fan of complexities. I’m Madame Nelle Lockwood, the person you all asked to come here for your uhh… sins. Are you there?”
Something shifted in the darkness. A thick, bulging, undulating shape that began wheezing and hacking as it moved forward.
“Yeah. I’m here, Ma’m. Names Tallulah Makepeace. Thank you for coming.”
I felt… something. Still not sure what, but I pressed on and tried to find a natural groove, the session wouldn’t work if we didn’t get off on a good footing.
"Why'd you ask for me? I'm to understand none of you are particularly sorry for what you did." I may as well get the awkwardness out now, seemed silly to ignore. To her credit, she scoffed at my comment.
"Just because I ain't sorry, don't mean the sin shouldn't be excised. Maybe it'll make me feel remorse, who knows... I know what I did was wrong, but it was for a greater purpose, you'll see."
“You know what I do? How I do it?” I asked, the figure hacking and chuckling before replying.
“Yeah, I know whutchu do, honey. I got a lot of sins, but it’s the early ones… the ones that put me in this metal coffin, that I needta get off my chest. And boy, if my chest ain’t heavy enough already!”
She laughed and I began to get the impression she was a heavier woman, even with the shroud of darkness. But instead of pressing her to move forward, I did what I’d always done;
I encouraged her to tell her story.
“It all started when I was about 11 or 12. I was a pretty young thang, lemme tell ya. Wore nice floral dresses, had fair skin, all the boys wanted to take me out. Heck, even the girls, not that I minded. Mama said I was her perfect angel. Problem was, I didn’t care for any of ‘em. Not really, anyway. They were just… there. Background noise to absorb when I needed attention, gifts or favours. I tell ya, if the world had dropped another atom bomb and I was the only one left standin’, i’m not sure i’d have been too concerned with the aftermath.”She snorted and spat on the floor, clearing her throat before continuing.
“One night, right before Valentines day, something appeared at the end of my bed. He was tall, muscular, completely covered in red hair and washboard abs… I mean, my goodness…” She let out a shudder and I felt my skin crawl. “He said his name was Azazel and that he was an Incubus, someone sent here to pass on a message; I wasn’t attaining my true form, but the form that others wanted me to partake. Until I became what he knew I could be, both inside and out…, well, I was destined to be alone and unloved.”
“So what did you do next, Tallulah? Were you inspired to change or did you seek a doctor?” I asked, hands tapping the table as I gained a better idea of the woman in front of me.
“A doctor? Bitch you crazy? I got a vision from my ideal man and he told me I had to change. You don’t just ignore that… so, I did as I was told. Began eating more, not worrying about my hygiene unless my parents forced me to… but they gave up eventually. Stopped studying, dedicated myself wholeheartedly to the craft of perfection. Gained 150lbs in just a few years and my god… I was beautiful. I still am, o’course, but when you SEE yourself for the first time, it’s like peeling off your old skin and steppin’ out of a cocoon.” She leaned back and I heard the chair groan under the pressure.
By now, a thick mist was forming around her. A byproduct of the session, but she wasn’t to know just yet.
“Was it around this time you started luring young men and women into the woods, Tallulah?” Buck asked, his eyes dark and his grin replaced with a scowl.
“You must’ve been around 17 years old when you started, right? I know the name and what you did.”
Tallulah shifted in her seat and made an approving noise, leaning in the darkness to see Buck better.
“My, my. As if it weren’t enough to have ONE looker in here, I got two. Are y’all helping me with a sin to be eaten or are Y’ALL the snacks? You look good enough to eat…” She giggled and continued. “When I completed the physical metamorphosis, Azazel came back to me, cooing in my ear that to have the perfect love, I had to be willing to give up everything and go further. To take love from others.”
She scratched at her face, thick calluses resisting the nails and I swear I heard a pimple pop, my stomach turning but ignoring the desire to lose composure.
“First few I just told ‘em there was an animal in need or that I'd lost my baby brother in them woods. I guess the damsel in distress thang is still pretty popular. They’d always come in, help me and get caught… that’s where the real process began. See, it weren’t enough to just kill ‘em. The point of true love was to carry them with you forever. To take their lives, take a piece of ‘em and ensure it was always a part of ya. THAT was true power.”She leaned forward and it took every inch of my body not to recoil in horror.
She was a gargantuan woman in her 30’s. 600lbs easily. Undulating fat and heavy folds spilling out of her turquoise jumpsuit and spilling over the chair. Her black hair was matted to her head and her facial features were so sunken into her elongated and fattened skull that I struggled to comprehend how she saw anything. But that mouth… my god, it was double the size of my own. The teeth were yellowed and the gums bright red, random hairs and pimples littered her face like badges of honour.
“See, they say bees make the best honey. But that ain’t quite true. Azazel taught me all about the mummification of old human beings. Men and women who willingly gave their bodies to be something “more”. But, there are far quicker ways to make it happen… if you have a guiding voice.”
She grinned and a long, black tongue escaped her lips, like a serpent tasting the air around a frightened victim.
“I’d make sure the holes were deep, the coffins were done perfectly to their measurements… it helped to have a friendly neighbour who made ‘em special for me if I gave him… favours, in return. Once they fell in, the drop was steep enough that they couldn’t get back out, the liquid would act like a gelling agent; stoppin’ em from going very far until I came back with the rest of the ingredients… watchin’ ‘em struggle like flies in a trap was always immensely satisfying…”
She groaned and the hairs on my body stood on end. It felt more and more like I was being sized up. The red and pink mist filling her room now gaining mass at a rapid rate.
“So you made these people into… food?” I asked, trying not to dry heave as I finished my sentence.
“Mhmm, they’d struggle until their strength gave out and their heads fell under the water. Then, I'd put the lid on and wait. My own little garden of eden… it was like I was a god in my own backyard. Give it just 2 months, they’d be nothin’ more than a sweet liquid that kept me young, beautiful and immortal. So long as I had that sweet nectar, I weren't goin’ nowhere. I had a task to fulfil and a part to play, so sayeth Azazel. I couldn't stop until I met the one I was destined to fall in love with.”“But that’s not all you did, is it? Because if it was, we’d be done by now.” I pressed on, the mist beginning to form into a shape, but not quite there. Tallulah shifted uncomfortably in her seat, finally showing a degree of emotion before she continued.
“I started to lose track of how many I was putting into them pits. Didn’t matter if it were a couple, an older guy, a younger girl. Whatever. But, importantly, I knew to be smart and to be careful. Never any personal ties. So, when Candace wandered in…” She paused, beady little eyes welling up with tears and her jowls quivering with sadness. “I broke my only rule. My little girl was only 3 when she went out to play. She wandered into an open pit that I’d dug for our next victim, he was a playmate of hers and if she’d just… just waited a little bit longer…”
She burst into tears, greasy, filthy hands covering her face as she sobbed heavily.
“And after that, you gave yourself up?” It seemed too convenient, but she nodded, snot running down her face.
“I saw no way forward with mine or Azazel’s goal without Candace. My progeny. So, I gave myself up and here I am. Waitin’ for death.”
The haze was nearly fully formed now, but something was still missing…
“That’s not the worst of it, is it, Tallulah?” Buck pressed, something in his voice commanding the room. "You lure in people with pity and sexual favours, we're expected to believe you had any soft spot? I don't buy it. I know what the greatest sacrifices entail. Candace didn't wander in there, did she?”
The crying grew louder as Buck pressed her more.
It took a moment, but her demeanour shifted once again and I swear I have never felt more like a diver in a sharktank waiting to be devoured. Every fibre of my being urged me to run as the crying gave way to uproarious laughter and a thunderous pounding against the plexiglass, damn near jumping me out of my skin as she cackled.
“Aw, I thought my actin’ would’ve fooled y’all! Guess i’m losin’ my charm, huh?”
I felt sick, my nostrils filling with the scent of honey, I knew we were close.
“Naw, I didn’t give myself up outta grief. I did it because Candace was the last one. My little angel with her pink bow, flowing locks and curly hair, she saw me as a god... but I saw her as a means to an end. A love unrequited from daughter to mother. She didn’t even put up a fight when I dropped her into the pit. Just looked up at me with those doe eyes and said “mama, why?” as I poured the mixture in. And lemme tell ya…”
Tallulah leaned forward, her fetid breath fogging up the glass as the mist around her took the shape of a tall man, clad in red fur and with thick horns. Yellow eyes beaming at her with an expectant grin.
“She was the most delicious of ‘em all. And they’re with me always. All of ‘em.”
"Tallulah, why even have me here if you've got no real fears of what happens next? Why put us through that sordid and disgusting tale?" I tried to keep my emotions in check, struggling to hold my nerve.
"Because I wanted someone to look at my beauty one last time and see me, unburdened by sin, as I move to the next phase. This is just the first part, you were my witness. That's all there is to it."
She got out of her seat as I held back my sheer disgust, knowing in a few moments I'd need to devour the sin. She cracked her large back and neck, smiling at us as if we were those same victims she’d lured into the woods, moments away from their death;
“Been nice meetin’ ya, glad you were there to hear my sin. But, time’s a wastin’. Azazel and I are off to greener pastures of godhood. But i’m sure we’ll see one another again, someday…”
With that, she walked over to the man, embracing him in a passionate kiss as he pinched her nose with one hand, gripping her throat with the other. She struggled and despite her sheer weight and height advantage, could not break his grip. I watched in horror as her fighting grew weaker and as her arms fell limp, he pulled away to crack her neck and let her fall to the floor.
His eyes scanned us once before Buck called his name and he faded from the room in a puff of smoke.
Nestor ran for the panic button and pushed it as the sirens rang out and furtive footsteps rushed down the hall. But I was already fixated on the final part of the ritual.
Some sin eaters only needed to devour the sin in a meal form, carrying it with them and moving on. But in my case, there had to be a story, a reason and a connection. Now, i'm staring down the end result of this creatures exploits. Knowing it will be a part of me forevermore.
In front of me lay a small bowl filled with a golden liquid that bubbled and frothed. I knew I had to eat it, to finish the ritual, but there was something stopping me. Something I could see in the broth that made me realise I would regret visiting this prison for the rest of my life;
A lock of hair, tied to a small pink bow, floating to the surface before fizzling away.
Eyes closed and hands trembling, I brought the bowl to my lips and did as I was instructed to;
I devoured the sin.
Inmate: #4822 Tallulah Makepeace*.*
Sin: Lust.
Food: Mellified Man.
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2020.10.21 09:05 mahsa7878 The best programming languages 2020

Learning a new programming language is always synonymous with time and effort. If you are a part-time developer or already familiar with several languages, you can also learn a new modern language. But if you want to start a new programming-related job this year or learn your first or second programming language, then it is better to choose one of the main and established programming languages ​​to learn. Here are some of the best programming languages ​​based on the following criteria: Mainstream language and fully established in the software development industry. Programming languages ​​have top rankings on ranking websites. Its popularity is increasing or stable and at least has not decreased significantly. Have a collection of libraries, frameworks, support tools, and a large community. There should be demand for these languages ​​in the labor market and good salaries should be paid for them. We have also summarized the best programming languages ​​with framework, key features and major applications.
1.Python
The first item in the list of the best programming languages ​​is Python. When Guido van Rossum developed Python in 1990 as a side project, no one thought it would one day become the world's most popular programming language. Considering all the known rankings and trends in this field, Python can be ranked as the number one programming language in the world today. Python has never been as popular as Java or C + C ++ languages. By the way, Python was not a malicious programming language of other languages. From the beginning, Python has focused on the developer experience, working to remove barriers to programming so that school children can write code at the production level. In 2008, Python underwent a major overhaul, and since then we've seen a lot of upgrades, albeit at the cost of incompatible changes with the old version and the introduction of a newer version of Python, Python 3. Today, Python is ubiquitous and is used in various areas of software development, and there is no sign of its decline in popularity.
Python job market In this section of the Best Programming Languages article, we examine the Python job market. Python is one of the most sought-after languages in the US job market, with 74,000, according to the job search website Indeed. Python also ranks third with an annual salary of $ 120,000.
Main Applications of Python Data Science Artificial Intelligence Data Analysis, Deep Learning of Web Application Organizational Applications.
2.JavaScript
The second item in the list of the best JavaScript programming languages. During the first browser war, Netscape commissioned one of its programmers, Brendan Eich, to develop a new programming language for its browser. Brendan Ike developed the prototype in just ten days, and the rest of the story is about history. Software developers often made fun of JavaScript in the early days because the language design was poor and had no functionality. JavaScript has become a high-level, dynamic multi-paradigm programming language over the years. The first major JavaScript leap was made in 2009, when Ryan Dahl released a multi-platform JavaScript runtime environment called Node.js, allowing JavaScript to run on the server side. Also found. Another major leap in JavaScript was around 2010 when Google introduced its own JavaScript web development framework called AngularJS. Today, JavaScript is one of the most widely used programming languages ​​in the world and runs on almost everything from browsers, servers, mobile devices, clouds, containers, and microcontrollers.
Key Features of JavaScript JavaScript is an undisputed competitor in the field of browser programming. Today, web development is largely dominated by JavaScript-based frameworks such as React, Vue.js, and Angular. JavaScript provides event-driven programming thanks to Node.js, which is especially suitable for heavy I / O tasks. JavaScript and Node.js run on almost all platforms, including servers and mobile devices. JavaScript has undergone a lot of modernization and has been completely rebuilt in recent years, especially in 2015, 2016 and later. The original versions of JavaScript, including ES5 and ES6, added many modern features to the language, and JavaScript today is completely different from JavaScript ten years ago. The popularity of JavaScript JavaScript has become the leading programming language in all directories due to its widespread use on all platforms. Octoverse has ranked JavaScript as the number one programming language for five consecutive years based on its participation in GitHub repositories.
3.Java
The third option in the list of the best Java programming languages. Java is one of the most revolutionary programming languages ​​in history. In the 1990s, commercial applications were developed mainly in the C ++ language, which was quite complex and platform-dependent. At this time, James Gosling and his team at Sun overcame this barrier to business application development by providing a simpler, object-oriented, and interpretive programming language that supports multithreaded programming. Java became independent of the platform with the development of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), providing a low-level operating system for developers to use a programming language that could write code once and use it anywhere. Dad. JVM also introduced the garbage collection feature, which manages the life cycle of objects. With the advent of new programming languages ​​such as Python and JavaScript, Java has lost some of its markets in recent years to programming languages ​​that are more popular with developers. Also, JVM is not very suitable for cloud space due to its large size. Oracle recently imposed a heavy licensing fee on JDK, which has led to a sharp drop in Java popularity. Fortunately, Java is working on its shortcomings and trying to adapt the language to the cloud through the GraalVM initiative. OpenJDK is also available for free as an alternative to Oracle's Money JDK.
Key Features of Java Java is a powerful, multi-paradigmatic, multi-paradigm-interpreted programming language with a medium learning curve and high productivity for developers. Java is highly compatible with its predecessors, which is a vital requirement for enterprise applications. Java has never had major incompatible changes like Python and Scala. As a result, it remains the number one option for organizations. The Java runtime environment called JVM is a masterpiece in software engineering and one of the best virtual machines in this field. JVM offers the best Java performance and capabilities despite 25 years of engineering effort and effort. JVM also provides some advanced Garbage Collection methods to Java.
Major Applications of Java
Enterprise Application Development
Android Application
Big Data
Web Development.
4.C #
The fourth item in the list of the best C # programming languages. In 2000, software giant Microsoft decided to introduce a C-like object-oriented programming language for the .NET initiative. Invent yourself to be managed, that is, run on a virtual machine like Java. The language's expert designer, Anders Hejlsberg سی, invented C # as part of the Common Language Initiative (CLI) platform, which, along with many other languages, often owned by Microsoft, mediated a format. They were compiled and run on an executable environment called the Common Language Execution Environment (CLR). In the early days of the introduction of C #, it was criticized as an imitation of Java. But then the two languages ​​separated. How to issue a Microsoft license for a C # compiler / runtime is not always clear. Although Microsoft does not currently require its partners to use the Microsoft Open Specification project, this situation may change in the future. Today, C # is a multi-paradigm programming language that is not only widely used on the Windows platform, but also on the iOS / Android platform thanks to Xamarin, as well as on the Linux platform.
Key Features C # Andreas Heisberg did an amazing job of getting C # out of the shadows of Java and giving the language an independent identity. C # is more advanced than Java in terms of developer experience. With Microsoft's support for C # as well as its 20-year presence in the industry, a large ecosystem of libraries and frameworks have been created for it. ASP.NET is used for web development, especially on Windows. Like Java, C # is platform-independent thanks to CLR and runs on Windows, Linux, and mobile devices.
  1. C
The fifth option in the list of the best programming languages ​​is C language. During the 1960s and 1970s, every CPU cycle and every byte of memory was expensive. Dennis Ritchie, an engineer at Bell Labs, developed a multipurpose programming language from 1969 to 1973 that was compiled directly into machine language. The C language provides low-level access to memory and gives you complete control over your underlying hardware. Over the years, C has become one of the most popular programming languages ​​used. In addition, the C language has been one of the most revolutionary and influential programming languages ​​in history, influencing almost every other language on the list. However, C is criticized for its random complexity, unsafe programming, and lack of capabilities. Also, this language is not platform independent, meaning that the C code is not portable. But if you want to get the most out of your hardware, then C + C / C and Rust + languages ​​are your only options.
Key Features C is one of the fastest and most powerful programming languages because C provides low-level access to memory and is compiled into binary instructions. C provides complete control over the hardware executing the code. Program C can run on any platform and take advantage of any hardware. It does not matter if it is a CPU, GPU or container, cloud, mobile device or microcontroller. C is one of the "language programming languages", meaning that compilers of many other languages such as Ruby, PHP and Python are written using C.
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2020.10.19 16:06 Spiritedsoft_ Professional help has not helped enough

Ok. For the one thousand time my therapist said that I have gender dysphoria AND the severity is "enough" to require a HRT. The choice is mine. I have times with no doubts where I only want to start (I'm waiting for next endocrinologist appointment) and times where I have a lot of theories that invalidate my gender dysphoria. I'm keeping to have doubts because I'm a really unsure person, I've OCD and I have a bad familiar situation with a mother that castrated me, refused how I was since I said that I wanted to be male/I was male when I was 3 yo. She disliked me for almost everything and most of times, and other times she idealises me in a way that I'm not (she wanted so badly a daughter).
I'm confused because I'm afraid that my gender dysphoria is only a result of the fact my mother disliked me. I was also a gender non conforming child, and this in my mind isn't right because is "less trans", because now it's difficult to distinguish between GNC and being trans. For a gender conforming afab it's easy to say if it's gender dysphoria or not. For GNC afab is more difficult, in fact some detrans people were gnc I think. I know GNC is about roles and trans is about body. But I also had GNC roles, and at the start of my gender questioning I was trying to delineate "what was a man" by roles. Now, I would HATE to do "male things", I only want to do what I like because it's stupid to gender interests. And I prefer to use "male", not "man", because unless they are synonyms I don't want to refer to any social role, I want to refer to having a male face, body, etc. But what if I'm only GNC and for this reason I feel dysphoric? Now I look like a butch (I also never shared a thing with lesbian world because I like men), but originally I didn't want to look like a butch, I only wanted to seem a boy. I know that my body is female but I keep thinking and feeling that I want on me a male physical form.
Then, yes I am too GNC to be a girl, but I repeat, I needed it because I wanted to pass and see myself "more male". I also actively started to do things for enlarge shoulders, reduce breasts, reinforce facial hair and this helped me a lot, I love how I dedicated myself to "prepare" my body to HRT, I learned to love sport and healthy stuff. But a "voice" keep questioning: why can't you be female/woman and still be like this? You should give a try. Or "you should be ashamed of how you are ruining your body, you're becoming an ugly girl".
Then, I have some serious problems in relationships, expecially straight relationships. These problems got worse over years, since my "first time". I hate/I'm disgusted when someone likes me as "girl", when I'm sure he's/she's staring at my "female parts" like face, hips, breast, genital etc. . In a first moment I can tolerate, then I just want to escape. I also have problems with bisexual people that want "a female and a male in one". I'm disgusted about bottom Piv sex, I would like to feel a penis, but I can't, and sometimes I can't stand other form of stimulation with my genital. I feel a little better when I'm alone, but still I would like to feel a penis or at least a micro penis. I don't want to make a second person cope with my personal problems. I don't want to be reminded that I'm a pretty girl, I know I am, I just don't know why it's so fucking difficult to be a female or love myself being a girl.
What if these are the real problems and it's not dysphoria? Maybe it's only difficult to find partner for a GNC female that hates his feminity and for this reason I want to be a male, because now I'm having good experience with gay men (because they aren't attracted to my femininity and this is perfect, I feel better). But there are plenty of FTMs that enjoy Piv sex, I can't say that I'm a trans man only because I'm disgusted about my genital and only because I fantasize about being a man. Maybe I'm forgetting something.
Ah, and I also trying to understand if I want to be a tomboy/GNC girl by see other women that are like that. Well, by instinct I can say that I don't feel happy to become and adult woman. I'm slightly terrified to being more feminine physically. And yes, I also hate social roles (as I hate to demonstrate that I'm a man by following social roles). But this feel like a phobia, and it wasn't like that five years ago for example. Five years ago I just didn't want to think about future, I just "passively accepted being female" because that was my only choice. It was when I felt that I was being an adult that my distress increased at these levels like a phobia.
Since it's like a phobia, what if I'm living a conflict between me and my mother? Maybe my reject for femaleness is connected to a reject for mother. And since my mother rejected me being a GNC child (as female, I think) I'm rejecting the fact that I'm GNC and not trans. So if one of you people was struggling to understand the difference, how did you resolved that doubt?
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2020.10.18 16:51 mej84 The Ring (2002)

Synopsis
The Ring is a remake of Ringu, a 1998 Japanese horror film that draws on the folk tale, Banchō Sarayashiki. As legend tells it, there was once a beautiful servant named Okiku who worked for a samurai, Aoyama Tessan. Often refusing his amorous advances, Aoyama became enraged and threw Okiku down a well to her death. It is said that Okiku became a vengeful spirit (Onryō) who tormented her murderer.
In the 2002 American adaptation, a group of teens watch “a video tape that kills you when you watch it.” As urban legend has it, the phone rings after watching the tape and a voice on the other end whispers “seven days.” Exactly one week later, you die. The film depicts Rachel Keller, an investigative reporter, who is looking into her niece’s death when she discovers the urban legend.
The Ring may have also been inspired by The Tragedy at Road Hill House. In June 1860, 3-year-old Francis “Saville” Kent disappeared from his home. His body would later be found in a privy on the property. While the boy’s nursemaid, Elizabeth, was initially arrested, Francis’s sister, Constance Kent, would confess to the murder five years later.
Yet another perspective comes from the study of the corporeal undead. Also known as “utburd,” mylings are phantasmal incarnations of the souls of unbaptized children who are forced to roam the earth until they could persuade someone to bury them properly. Mylings – translated as “that which is taken outside” - refer to the practice of abandoning unwanted children (usually in the woods where death is almost certain). In The Ring, the teens discover Samara’s myth in a cabin in the woods. Interestingly, another Asian (Tai) horror film depicting a “floaty girl” continues this narrative. Shutter (2004) illustrates how mylings chase lone wanderers at night and jump on their backs, demanding to be carried to the graveyard so they can rest in hallowed ground. In The Ring, Rachel completes the parable of the utburd when she discovers Samara’s body and gives her a proper burial in 7 days.
How it relates to the field of psychiatry
Two taglines from the movie highlight teaching points in psychiatry. First, “she never sleeps” hallmarks the inevitability of death. Interestingly, a story with the same moral, Appointment in Samarra, shares its title name (synonym) with The Ring’s evil antagonist. Second, “she only wants to be heard” represents a major theme in patient-centered medicine, with patient histories - and the need for patients to convey them in a milieu of unconditional positive regard (Carl Rogers) - being a critical component of healthcare.
Another teaching point focuses on whether Samara is “pure evil.” The Ring is a fictional case study of a “bad seed” (see Damien from The Omen, 1976) in the ‘nature versus nurture’ discussion of the etiology of Antisocial Personality Disorder. While fictional characters such as Dr. Sam Loomis (Halloween, 1978) have used this pejorative term and promote the stigma of mental illness, for pedagogic purposes, it is worthwhile to reference such terminology (pure evil) to engage in the discussion of the biopsychosocial determinants of human – and utburd – behavior.
A final teaching point focuses on the nonverbal communication of horses. In the film, the horses at the Morgan ranch drown themselves, a fate similar to the horse on the ferry on the way to Richard Morgan’s island home. The animal’s intuition is scientifically based. As prey animals, horses have hearts 5x the size of human hearts. Their electromagnetic pulse (torus) results in a coherent heart rate that synchronizes with humans (or mylings). Institutions of higher education such as Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School take advantage of the coherent heart rate of horses by partnering with equine centers (Spring Reins of Hope, http://www.springreinsofhope.com/) to run innovative curricula that use horses to teach medical students nonverbal communication to improve bedside manners.
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2020.10.17 21:01 Firm_Main Can we please stop excusing/normalising grown men preying on teenage girls? It's dangerous and the research backs this

Resubmitted because the original title kinda sucked.
Buckle in if you're interested in this sort of this...this is a long-ass post. I'm beyond frustrated with seeing ephebophilia dismissed all over reddit.
Quite a number of people seem to think that an adult (I am talking about 20+ here, not 18/19) having a sexual relationship with a teenager (15/16, we aren’t talking 18/19 here) isn’t that bad, or even cause for concern at all. This is particularly prevalent when discussing teenage girls and adult men. This is an area I'm interested in and the research we have demonstrates that there is great cause for concern. I'm going to go through some common arguments I've seen across reddit and try to address them. This is by no means complete - there are some studies that would be great additions but I just couldn't find them and I spent three hours curating this already.
For ease of referencing the studies, I’m going to talk about the teenagers in these relationships as ‘victims’ and the adult as an ‘aggressor’/‘perpetrator’. Yes, I know some of these relationships are voluntary and we’ll get to that. I will also be referring to ‘statutory rape’, which in the studies I have cited, is talking specifically about voluntary sexual relationships between teenagers and adults (as ‘pedophilia’/‘sex with a child’/whatever it’s called where you are refers to prepubescent children and forcible rape of minors is also defined separately, although depending on your country’s laws, it will probably be a compounding charge). Because in a lot of countries, the AOC (age of consent) is 18, 16yos are included in ‘child sexual abuse’ (CSA) studies. Yes, I know they aren’t literally children, but often, CSA studies include prepubescent children up to teenagers, including all the ones I've cited. The results are broken down within these studies themselves so you can read through and pull out the bits you want. I’m also using the royal ‘you’, so pls no personal offence. Almost all studies are done in America/UK/Western Europe, although some are worldwide and have been referenced to give a more general idea. I have tried to keep all studies as recent as possible (2000s onwards), however recent research is still limited.
Some common arguments:
Pubescent teenagers aren’t children, it’s not as bad as pedophilia.
Correct that they aren’t children, however studies show that the impacts of ephebophilia are comparable to the impacts of pedophilia. When it comes to attributions of blame, perceived victim naivety_(24_Feb_10)_1185.pdf) plays a big role in how much we trust the victim. Older children (ie: teenagers, 14-16) are generally less trusted as victims and blamed more because they are older. It’s not unusual for you (again, royal ‘you’ here, nothing personal) to want to dismiss or diminish the impact of adult-adolescent sexual relations against them. However, this is not fair or accurate, as we’ll go on to see when we look at studies about the impact of ephebophilia.
Teenagers know right from wrong, they can make their own choices
As teenagers are getting older and developing, they are indeed more autonomous. They’ll have their own opinions and make their own choices. Including on who they are attracted to. However, they lack life experience. They are also not fully developed mentally, emotionally or physically (more on this in a minute). They are hormonal and these hormones are still regulating themselves. Brain development in pubescence is analogous to the brain development children go through during toddlerhood - a lot of connections are being broken and re-made. This mades teenagers vulnerable to risk-taking, not foreseeing consequences, being easily swayed by others (particularly adults they admire), being highly naive and easily manipulated. Here are some studies (looking very broadly at this - it’s not exclusive to sexual relationships because I don’t think that would present a holistic view when I am speaking holistically of brain development). 1, 2, 3 - this is an article but it’s well cited, 4, 5, specifically on teenage girls.
But…puberty, especially for girls, is finished at 16! They are fully developed!! 16yo girls can be the same maturity as a 20yo man because men develop slower and girls develop faster and puberty finishes earlier etc etc etc
Ok, we need to understand what puberty is and what it means. Puberty is characterised by the growth spurt and the introduction of secondary sexual characteristics. Most of our research on puberty is actually pretty outdated, and while it’s helpful in measuring most aspects of adolescent development, it can be…a little archaic. Especially for girls. Not unlike most historical trends in healthcare, men are generally the default and things will be defined in a way that best suits them. For teenage boys, the end of their growth spurt (18-20) tends to coincide decently ok with other aspects of their holistic development like becoming fully sexually mature and skeletal development. For teenage girls…not so much. Their growth spurt finishes around 16. Their hormones and menstrual cycles are often not fully regulated (see previous study, also 2, it takes *at least& 5 years after menarche for girls to just start regulating provided they started early and in terms of sexual maturity? Sure they have secondary sexual characteristics, but there’s reasons why teenage mothers are higher risk in terms of their child’s birth weight, maternal mortality (risk of the mother dying), and complications. 1, 2, note this is worldwide, 3, multi-country but maternal mortality is at an increased risk even in developed countries70179-7/fulltext). Female teenagers are not fully physically developed. Female reproductive organs continue developing to 18 and a bit beyond. As you can see for males, testis growth levels out at 18, when we consider puberty to be ‘done’ for them. Female skeletons, unlike male skeletons, continue to experience significant development after puberty…it just isn’t in terms of their height. It’s their pelvis, 2. Emotionally, we know teenage girls are a high-risk group for mood disorders which makes them particularly vulnerable to being taken advantage of. Please note that female reproductive development is a very understudied area - it’s only in the last decade or so that we’ve even noticed that female development continues beyond the end of puberty at 16. There’s likely a lot more we don’t know but take for granted.
So we can safely say that puberty is not a holistic measure of overall teenage development, and is a particularly bad measure for female development, particularly in terms of sexual maturity. Teenage girls are not on par with adult men.
But I know teenage girls who are super mature because they have a part-time job while in high school and take care of their siblings OR I know teenage girls who try to take advantage of older men using their looks etc
Maturity is linked to development which is linked with age. We often talk about maturity as synonymous with being sensible, which is generally fine because we understand what is meant by that. But when we are saying that someone being more sensible means they are mature enough for a relationship with an adult, we are conflating two separate things that aren’t the same. Teenagers can be very sensible. Adults can be very…un-sensible. Teenagers can be very clever. Adults can be pretty stupid. But we make those judgements relative to their maturity/development. As detailed above, teenage girls are simply not as mentally, physically or emotionally as mature as adults, even when adults are choosing to behave immaturely. An obvious exception to this would be adults with mental disabilities. This is where things like courts and specialists are very useful. We use them as opposed to just a ‘you fucked a teenager, jail now!’ Because they can look at these kinds of nuanced situations. This article is about such a situation. The disabled man was not convicted of any statutory/sexual relations with minors charges, because he was the victim in the situation despite being older.
But what if the teenager wanted it? Teenage boys looove sex with a hot professor, teenage girls are mature seductresses who want to gold dig older men, bla bla bla….Look at those teenagers on Tik Tok dancing sexily and looking older! They’re basically adults!!
These are cultural, victim-blamey myths that have been talked about long before you brought it up right now. Look through classical texts and you’ll see the same sexualisation of teenagers from adults, talking about how ‘nubile’, ‘wanting’ and ‘seductive’ those teenagers are. There is a long-standing problem of sexualising youth. It particularly impacts girls, but boys are also affected. It has a two-pronged affect. Sexualising teens (and in some cases, celebrating this sexualisation) leads to us trusting them less (see first study), more often viewing them in a sexual way, dismissing this attraction/fantasising about them as ‘normal’. It also leads to teenagers sexualising themselves. Media and cultural attitudes have a huge impact on all of us, but particularly teenagers who have begun being influenced by things outside the home. It has a damaging impact on teenage mental health (inlcuding a higher risk for mood disorders, particularly for girls) and emotional development for starters, even before we get into them being at a higher risk for adults taking advantage of them. 1, 2, 3 an article, but medically reviewed, 4. Note that the majority of catcalling women experience happens before they are 18, with 1/10 catcalled before they turn 11.
On the gold-digger front…we know teenagers partake in risky activities. We know teenagers are easily bribed by popular material goods. It’s why unexplained gifts are considered a key sign of grooming. We know from our risk-taking study above that it’s not unusual for teenagers to want to take part in risky activities like drinking, smoking, etc. An adult who is able to afford these things thus becomes very attractive. We should not blame teenagers for an adult’s choice to capitalise on this and buy them things to groom them. This is not to say we don’t blame teenagers for taking part in risky activities, but we need to separate the accountability out properly here. Teenagers should be reprimanded for their choice to seek out alcohol, smokes, etc. They should not be blamed for an adult’s choice to exploit this. Similarly, teenagers should be monitored for risky behaviour like ‘sexy’ Tik Toks so that they can be supported, but we should understand the core of why they’re doing it.
Ok, so a lot of factors make teenagers vulnerable: they’re not fully developed (even if they have finished puberty), they can be sensible but that doesn’t make them analogous to adults, acting in a sexualised way doesn’t mean they’re adults either, a 16yo is not on the same level as a 20yo. But…where’s this impact that supposedly comes from ephebophilic relationships? The one that is supposed to be comparable to pedophilia which I find far more disturbing?? And 20yos aren’t even that much older???
Now that we understand the context of the relationship in terms of adolescent development, we can get into this. Again, these relationships can be voluntary and I’ve focused on studies where this is the case. 1, an excellent study as it doesn’t just focus on adolescent female/adult male, but also adolescent males - although justice intervention can be further damaging to victims, victims were generally impacted negatively by their ephobilic relationships regardless, 2, focussing on reported statutory rapes for male and female victims, 3 about CSA broadly, but goes into long-lasting impact on physical and mental health for teenagers in ephebophilic relationships specifically too, 3, older study, found similar effects as 2, 4 similar meta study, again a little older as from 2002. To summarise the findings, eephebophilic relationshipships impact the teenage victim’s brain development and puts them at significant risk for mood disorders, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.
I’m going to highlight this teenage pregnancy point in particular. Age gap relationships are still uncomfortably common, and unfortunately…an adult male is disproportionately likely to impregnate a teenage girl than a teenage boy would, 2. And the consequences for the mother aren’t just the health risks of teenage pregnancy we’ve already gone into, but a lasting impact on her life outcomes. 1, 2, 3. Those poorer life outcomes include being more likely to be in poverty, becoming single mothers, suffering from poor mental health (including PPD which also endangers the baby), and so on. Even if you don’t really care about the individual impact, the societal impact is that more is going to need to be spent to support these teenage mothers and their children. Unfortunately, single-motherhood - particularly for socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers) - also impacts life outcomes for the children, such as susceptibility to abuse, gangs, and crime. It’s in everyone’s best interest that this doesn’t happen.
Well, I had a relationship when I was 16 with an older person and I’m fine! OR My parents had a big age gap and got married young and it was fine?
Great! I’m glad it was a positive experience for you. However, the majority of the time, it doesn’t go fine. The exception is not the rule. Also if this is a set-up your parents had, I’m not here to insult them. But we should be basing our judgements off research. What we have demonstrates that ephobilic relationships are very risky for teenagers. While teenagers are growing into (and should be getting) increasing autonomy, they are still a vulnerable group who need protection.
The age of consent in some places like Europe is 16! In some places it’s 12!!
I’m from one such country where it’s 16 and, given the research we have now, it shouldn’t be. However, please consider the context of these laws. They weren’t made in 2020, in the past decade, or more. The UK government didn't wake up in 2015 and decided 16 would be the AOC. These are archaic laws that have been grandfathered in. They were generally made by powerful people which served the interests of the rich (eg: royals who married their children off young for diplomatic reasons) and those of the powerful adults making them (who, unfortunately, often exploit this to abuse others. Remember how teenagers are sexualised not only now, but in older texts where you get gratuitously sexual descriptions of 13yos). Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll change in developed countries, but the reasons why I think that are purely my opinion and this is supposed to be research-based so I’m not including it here.
Oh yeah…about that…people used to marry young and have kids all the time! Like in Medieval times when it was 14! Girls especially got married super young so what’s the issue now?
Oh dear. Yes, rich and powerful people married their kids off young for diplomatic reasons and unfortunately, sometimes they did start families early. However, this was not the norm for most people. I’m using ‘marriage’ here as a proxy for having sexual relationships because (1) sexual relationships weren’t studied separately from this, or if there is research I truly cannot find it and please direct me to it, (2) privacy for most people was not the way it is now. It was much more difficult and much more risky to sneak off and have premarital sex together so yes, while marriage =/= sex at all now, for these times we can arguably use it as a rough proxy.
For low-middle class women in the Medieval period…girls usually married between 18-22. In some areas, like urban Yorkshire, women were marrying in their early-mid twenties. A bit young by our standards…but not 15. Also…people in ancient historical periods did a lot of shit we don’t agree with or find acceptable. This is such a weird argument but I see it very often.
I’m not a researcher, but I am someone who is interested in this area.
Oh yeah, is this because you had a bad experience so now you think everyone will?? Not everyone is you!!
Uwot, m8? I’ve acknowledged people can view these relationships positively. However, the exception is not the rule. I haven’t gotten personal anywhere and if I had a negative experience, it wouldn’t detract from the plethora of research I’ve provided.
I have this study saying it’s fine!
Please post it - I’ve seem some research saying these relationships are fine but they were generally very old and/or the methodologies sucked. There is also research against ephobilic relationships that is old and/or has a sucky methodology, so I didn’t include them. However, neither of us should fall into confirmation bias - one positive study, while interesting, is coming up against a looooot of reputable research saying the other way. I know exceptions can exist. With what we have at the moment, the risks are quite severely outweighing the potential benefits. When it comes to people and long-lasting impact on their lives - particularly vulnerable people like teenagers - we should be taking a ‘better safe than sorry approach’ (to a reasonable extent, I haven’t advocated cotton-wooling teens at all).
So...you think teenagers shouldn't have any sex or relationships?? Unrealistic puritan!!1!
No, I don't think this. Given what the research says, teenagers should be experimenting and exploring with teenagers their own age. Even from a teenage pregnancy standpoint, it's better. It's better for teenager's mental and physical health. I would personally set the general AOC to 18, but have clauses for teenagers from the age of 12 within 2/3 years of each other. So 17 and 19 are totally fine.
This general AOC is based on 18 being a legal adult in all respects where I live. It's also generally when you leave school/home to become independent. This is of course not the same for every country, and it should be balanced against the research above.
I hope this was interesting for whoever managed to read through the whole thing. If nothing else, it gives you some sources to chew on.
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2020.10.16 21:59 OneWingedDevil28 Booking Pac's Return to AEW (Part Two: Opposition)

Since Pac’s return, he has sent shockwaves around the AEW roster. Defeating Cody Rhodes at Double or Nothing, following it up with victory against the Elite, and finally, a victory in the main event of All Out against the Cleaner, Kenny Omega, to win the AEW World Championship in a gruelling 60 Minute Iron Man Match.
While he had reached the top of the ladder, there is no rest for the weary, and many would line up to take down the Bastard and gain the top prize in the company. But for now, Pac was untouchable, and with the Death Triangle by his side, he was on the road to immortality.

Booking Pac’s Return to AEW (Part Two: Opposition)

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 1st September 2021
“I am immortal! I am your AEW World Champion!” Pac insults the crowd in his championship coronation, the Death Triangle now the most decorated faction in AEW, with Pentagon and Fenix holding the AEW Tag Team Championships by Pac’s side. The first team that opposes the Death Triangle are SoCal Uncensored, who interrupt Pac, who feels disrespected.
A brawl breaks out, with a six man tag being booked for next week, the Death Triangle going up against SoCal Uncensored.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 8th September 2021 – SoCal Uncensored vs Death Triangle
The ambitious Scorpio Sky is able to keep up with Pac, a duel emerging between the two that takes centre stage in this eccentric six man tag, the two teams feeding off each other superbly in a team contest. SoCal Uncensored come within inches of victory when Sky plants Fenix with a Blackout, Pac breaks up the pin with a Black Arrow, Pentagon and Fenix pin Kazarian with a PiledriveStomp combo for the 123, the Death Triangle coming away with an impressive win.
The Death Triangle def. SoCal Uncensored (10 minutes)
Pac and Sky exchange eye contact after the match as Pac drapes the world championship over his shoulder, the trio celebrate their victory, before Pac calls for a mic. SCU trot up the ramp, defeated, while Pac cuts a promo. “Nobody can stop me now, baby! And if you dare oppose me-“ a figure begins to rise from his knees behind the Bastard, with a snarly look on his face… It’s the LUNATIC!
The fans begin to cheer, Pac chuckles, believing he’s being cheered, but he gets pounced on by JON MOXLEY, THE FORMER AEW WORLD CHAMPION HAS RETURNED TO ACTION AFTER BEING OUT FOR MONTHS! Pentagon and Fenix grab Moxley and hold him in the corner, Pac goes over to him, Moxley puts up his middle finger as a full on brawl breaks out, Moxley takes Pentagon out, he lobs Fenix over the top rope, Pac goes to strike Moxley with the championship, but Moxley ducks under it, he goes for the Paradigm Shift, Pac slips out of it, he grasps his championship and slides out of the ring, retreating with the Lucha Bros.
Jon Moxley has returned to AEW, and he wants his World Championship back!

September
Moxley and Pac enter a long term program. On the same Dynamite Moxley is supposed to face Pac for the championship at the end of the month, Moxley begins to walk through the arena, a group of masked men leap onto Moxley from the crowd, they ambush him, Moxley tries to fight them off, but there’s too many of them, they put Moxley through the table and hospitalize him, as all Pac can do is stand in the ring and shrug to the crowd.
Despite refusing medical attention and continuing to make his way to the ring, Moxley is deemed not able to compete, as he is taken to a local medical facility, Pac goes another day still with the AEW World Championship, but one thing is for sure: Pac needs to watch his back for Mox.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 6th October 2021
It is announced on the 6th October edition of Dynamite that next week, Pac will and must host an AEW World Championship Open Challenge to get a defence under his name after he was able to escape a match with Moxley for the AEW World Championship. In an exclusive interview with Tony Schiovane, Pac is accused of being responsible for the attacks on Moxley, Pac acts offended, claiming that he’d embarrass Moxley himself if he wanted to, and Pac was already in the ring when Moxley was making his entrance, he couldn’t have orchestrated anything.
It ends with Pac storming away from the interview and threatening Tony.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 13th October 2021
Tonight, Pac will defend his AEW World Championship for the first time since defeating Omega for the belt at All Out, as he holds an Open Challenge. Pac makes his entrance, the Lucha Bros by his side tonight, he sits cross-legged in the ring, laying the belt out in front of him and pointing the attention towards the stage, he gestures for his competitor to come out and fight, as he waits…
The one facing Pac tonight will be… Matt Sydal! An energetic Sydal emerges onto the stage, the fans popping for his appearance, he marches down to the ring, a dream match in the making right now. When he makes eye contact with Pac, that’s when the tension in the arena begins to rise. Both men loosen off, Pac reluctantly hands over his championship to the ref, the bell rings and we are underway.

Matt Sydal vs Pac © for the AEW World Championship
Pac and Sydal have a conservative start to the match, entering a traditional tie up, Pac asserts dominance early, with Sydal flipping out of the hold, deadlock to start the match. Pac urges Sydal to run against the ropes, he does, but Pac drags him straight back and clobs him in the back of the head with a forearm, he throws Sydal out of the ring, Pac rebounds off the ropes, but Sydal slides back into the ring, he goes for a kick, Pac holds him, Sydal flips, he goes for an enziguri but Pac ducks under, he goes for the deadlift german suplex, but SYDAL LANDS ON HIS FEET, he goes for a Standing Shooting Star Press, but Pac moves out of the way, he rolls over Pac, roll up pin attempt, 1…2.. Sydal counters it into a roll up of his own, 1…2… Kick out, an AMAZING exchange sees deadlock yet again.
And deadlock is a key term referred to throughout the match, Pac and Sydal have an insane one-on-one bout with Sydal acting as a substantial threat to Pac’s world championship reign. Pac frustrates himself with the extent he has to go to put Sydal away, he isn’t able to strike the 3 count with any of his signature moves, when Pac becomes frustrated, it puts his guard down, giving Sydal room for a comeback, and he does, capping off an overwhelming sequence, with a Sasuke Special, he slides Pac in the ring, he goes to the top rope, DOUBLE HELIX! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, NEW CHAMP, 1…2… PAC KICKS OUT!
Later on in the match, another theme begins to emerge, that being the interference of the Lucha Bros. While Fenix goes up on the apron, Pentagon gets inside the ring, he plants Sydal with a Package Piledriver, he drags Pac’s arm over Sydal, the ref turns around, but it’s delayed… 1…2… SYDAL KICKS OUT! The Lucha Bros’ antics are eventually recognised, as they are ejected to the chagrin of Pac, he turns around and he walks straight into an Aftershock, Sydal drags Pac, Sydal staggers to the top rope, he goes for the Shooting Sydal Press, but PAC GETS UP TO THE TOP ROPE, DRAGON SUPLEX FROM THE TOP ROPE!
Pac slams Sydal with authority with a sit out powerbomb, he transitions to a Neutralizer submission, and from there, Sydal has no choice but to tap, as Pac retains in his first AEW World Championship defence, albeit a very close match, one that was never comfortable for the Bastard.
Pac © def. Matt Sydal (18 minutes)
Pac props up against the bottom rope, the Lucha Bros scurry down the ramp to aid him after being ejected earlier. Pac stares at a motionless Sydal, and Pac is not pleased with the match he has just endured. Pac his handed the AEW World title and he looks almost relieved, he is helped to his feet by Pentagon and Fenix and escorted to the back, there’s no time for a promo or a pose or any sort of post match celebration, Pac retains the AEW World Championship, but only just on this episode of Dynamite.

October
After hanging onto the world title by a thread, Pac is watching his back, awaiting the inevitable return of the Lunatic, Jon Moxley. However, the one moment he turns his eyes back forward, that’s the time Moxley strikes. He’s seen limping onto the arena on the 27th October edition of Dynamite to the regret of Pac, Moxley limps his way down to the ring, he grabs his crutch, stares at it, before lobbing it into the crowd, his rush of adrenaline means he shrugs off his injury, he slides into the ring, he knocks Fenix and Pentagon out with two punches and goes straight after Pac, the two brawl through the crowd, Moxley getting the upper hand, as he plants Pac with a Paradigm Shift onto the AEW World Championship, sending a message to Pac.
“Put me in front of the roster, put me in front of the Death Triangle, I’ll knock down each of those fuckers, because I am synonymous with the AEW World Championship… And at Full Gear, ima knock the Bastard down a few pegs.”
On the go home show of Dynamite before Full Gear on 3rd November, it is announced that Pac and Jon Moxley will fight for the AEW World Championship in a singles contest, Pac’s second defence of the AEW World Championship. At Full Gear, the AEW Champion will end up united with its true champion.
At Full Gear, it will be the Lunatic vs The Bastard. The headlines write themselves.

All Elite Wrestling: Full Gear – 6th November 2021
The Full Gear PPV has led to some of AEW’s most personal matches, and it’s no different this year, with bouts such as Kenny Omega vs Cody Rhodes, The Lucha Bros vs SoCal Uncensored vs FTR, and of course, the main event for the AEW World Championship, the true champion will be crowned as the Lunatic Jon Moxley goes up against the Bastard Pac. Both men believe they are the definitive champions, one ideal will become a reality tonight.
After the promo package outlining just how personal this feud has been, how far their desire for the championship has gone, the challenger, Jon Moxley, makes his entrance through an ecstatic Portland crowd. Marching through the arena with the fans as his backdrop, Moxley looks prepared, determined, unhinged.
Pac’s music hits, he emerges into a sea of hostility at the Moda Center, alongside the Lucha Bros, who successfully retained their AEW Tag Team Championships earlier in the night. At the top of the ramp, Pac reluctantly dismisses Pentagon and Fenix, wanting to fight this battle by himself. He heads straight to the ring, not even making eye contact with Moxley, Pac ascends to the top rope and poses to the crowd, he gets down and MOXLEY LUNGES ONTO PAC!

Jon Moxley vs Pac © for the AEW World Championship
The lights go up and the bell rings, Moxley is laying into Pac, the ref breaks them up, Pac recovers in the corner, but Moxley isn’t giving him any time to breathe, he charges straight towards him, knee to the skull! He gets Pac up, PARA-DIGM-SHIFT! He goes for the cover mere seconds into the match, 1…2.. PAC GRABS HOLD OF THE ROPE AND DRAGS HIM OUT OF THE RING, THE ONLY ACTION PAC COULD DO!
Moxley slaps the canvas, before chasing after Pac, who leapfrogs, Moxley going into the steel steps. Pac grabs hold of Moxley’s head, he trickles up the apron and leaps off, SPIKE DDT ONTO THE CONCRETE! Pac gets Moxley back into the ring, he connects a combo of kicks, he goes for the final spinning midsection kick, but Moxley catches it, he shakes his head to Pac, who uses his initiative, he connects an Enziguri! It sends Moxley to the ropes, he goes for the Pendulum Lariat, Pac ducks under it, he pushes Moxley against the ropes, roll up attempt is kicked out of, the pace slows down, the Bastard gaining control, a huge sigh of relief for the AEW World Champion, who was overwhelmed from the opening bell.
Throughout the match, the contrast between Moxley’s aggressive style and Pac’s more methodical approach is a huge theme, Pac attempts to outsmart his opponent, who just tries to outbrawl him. In a significant turning point in the match, Pac repeatedly strikes a groggy Moxley, who is able to stay on his feet, he goes down to his knees but powers straight up, using the support of the crowd for his own benefit. Moxley’s defiance frustrates Pac, straying him away from his tactical approach, giving Moxley the perfect opportunity to strike, Pac goes for a lariat on Moxley, who chucks Pac to the outside of the ring, he connects a suicide dive, and in a blaze of adrenaline, he slides back into the ring, and connects another suicide dive, and he gets back into the ring, and hits ANOTHER SUICIDE DIVE!
He gets Pac back inside the ring, Moxley goes to the top rope, but Pac springs to his feet and goes after Moxley’s legs, he gets him into the tree of woe, Pac sits down, staring at a dazed Moxley, who is reaching for Pac, who plays with Moxley. Pac turns to the crowd, chuckling, but when he turns back round, Moxley is back on two feet, he gives Pac a death stare, who slides out of the ring, Moxley follows, slides back in, Pac is one step ahead, he connects a SPANISH FLY!
Pac goes to the top rope, going for the Black Arrow, but Moxley gets to his feet, he connects a SUPERPLEX! HE GOES FOR THE FALCON ARROW FOLLOW UP, BUT PAC GETS ONTO HIS FEET, DRAGONRANA! He goes to apply the Neutralizer, but Moxley simply has too much will, he won’t let Pac apply it! Moxley powers to his feet, he goes for a Paradigm Shift, and he connects it! That’s how easy the tide can change in a match! The crowd are on their feet, Moxley goes for another one, but Pac lands on his feet when being launched into the air, he connects a THUNDEROUS ROUNDHOUSE KICK! Pac ascends to the top rope, BLACK. ARROW! 1…2…3!
Pac © def. Jon Moxley (25 minutes)
Pac has retained the AEW World Championship yet again! Moxley was so close to victory, he seemed to have hit the decisive Paradigm Shift, but he wanted pull power on it, so he went for another, and it lost him the match in a valiant effort, Moxley just never seemed to stay down, as Pac pulled out all of the stops yet again, a thrilling main event sees the Bastard walk away with the belt, as the ‘definitive’ champion.
Pac celebrates to close out an amazing night of wrestling.

November
After taking two weeks off to recover from the gruelling war with Jon Moxley, the Lucha Bros enter a faction war with the trio of Orange Cassidy and the Best Friends, continuing their faction war from early 2020. Pac comes back on the 24th November edition of Dynamite, reinforcing the Lucha Bros. Despite Pac’s attempts to come across as intimidating, Orange Cassidy is not fazed, as the two recall their classic Revolution bout. It is announced that on the first Dynamite of December, there will be a six man tag, the Death Triangle against Cassidy and the Best Friends.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 1st December 2021 – The Death Triangle vs Best Friends and Orange Cassidy
The opening match of the show is the heavily-anticipated six man tag, a callback to a previous war between the two groups. The fans become particularly invested when Pac and Cassidy run back their Revolution bout, with Cassidy coming out on top, overwhelming Pac, who hasn’t seemed to learn his lesson from the last time they stepped in the ring.
An eventful tag ends with the Best Friends getting the pin on the Lucha Bros, Pac and Cassidy preoccupied with each other. After the match, Pac and the Lucha Bros have a disagreement, with Fenix stepping in and calling for civility. They leave, but with the burden of Orange Cassidy and the Best Friends on their tail, wanting their championships.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 15th December 2021 – Orange Cassidy vs Pac © for the AEW World Championship
This show sees Pac have his first defence of the AEW World Championship since Full Gear, as he shows down with Orange Cassidy in their second instalment. The match plays out similar to their first encounter, with Pac dominating the first half, with an OC comeback not amounting to anything as Pac pulls away with a win.
Nevertheless, Orange Cassidy is able to fight back into the match, simply slipping out of a Neutralizer with ease. Pac calls for the interference of the Lucha Bros, who sprint down to the ring, but OC had it scouted, as the Best Friends emerge and fight with the Lucha Bros into the crowd. With Pac on the backfoot, he falls victim to a Canadian Destroyer, Pac kicking out at 2.
From there, it’s all downhill for the Number One contender, as Pac is able to cruise to victory, defeating Orange Cassidy with the Neutralizer.
Pac © def. Orange Cassidy (13 minutes)
After the match, there are no Lucha Bros to celebrate with Pac, who are instead preoccupied with the Best Friends. Pac celebrates yet another victory, but his post match promo is interrupted by Darby Allin, who won a Number One contendership battle royal earlier in the night. Pac and Allin stare down, teasing a program in the future.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 29th December 2021
The conflict between the Lucha Bros and Best Friends ends in a culmination on the final Dynamite of the year, as the two teams show down for the AEW Tag Team Championships on the 29th December episode. A long fought war sees The Best Friends finally capture tag gold, a career defining moment for the team as they ruin the Death Triangle’s Golden Prophecy, with Pac watching from ringside.
The Best Friends celebrate with the crowd in an emotional moment, one worthy to end the year. After the match, Pac goes to aid a frustrated Pentagon and Fenix, who refuse Pac’s help, and then complain that he didn’t help out as promised. Pentagon pushes Pac away, as the Lucha Bros help each other limp up the ramp, Pac left in the middle of the ring, disgruntled to end the year.

2022

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 5th January 2022
It is announced that next week, Darby Allin will get his shot at Pac’s AEW World Championship in singles action. When interviewed about what he thinks of Darby Allin, Pac refuses to acknowledge an inner respect for Darby. Allin claims that this is the biggest match of his life, and he will take every opportunity as it comes.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite – 12th January 2022 – Darby Allin vs Pac © for the AEW World Championship
The match takes a slower, more story paced vibe, with Pac dominating the early goings, but Allin follows his plan of seizing every opportunity as it comes, he mounts a comeback, enough to take Pac out with a DDT on the apron. In a significant spot in the match, Allin completes his comeback, working the leg of Pac. He goes for a Coffin Drop, but PAC CATCHES HIM MID-AIR AND LOCKS IN THE NEUTRALIZER!
Allin sprawls for the ropes, does all he can, he finds a remedy in the form of rolling over and pinning Pac’s shoulders to the mat, 1…2.. Kick out, Pac takes Allin out with a dragonrana, and both men are down… Then, the Lucha Bros begin to march down the ramp, with a chair in hand. Fenix pops up on the apron, Pentagon goes around and slides into the ring.
Pac holds Allin, ordering Pentagon to strike him with the steel chair. However, Pentagon shakes his head, he throws the chair out of the ring, and leaves. Allin connects a Pele Kick, he follows it up with a Canadian Destroyer, he goes to the top rope for a Coffin Drop, but Pac catches him in a roll up, 1…2…3!
Pac © def. Darby Allin (10 minutes)
Pac has ran away with the win, but perhaps more importantly, the Lucha Bros nearly sabotaged Pac’s own match, Pac’s own reign! Pac walks over to Allin, who is leaning against the ropes, out of breath, and Pac helps Allin to his feet, staring him in the eyes, a tense atmosphere. Pac sees part of himself in Allin – the daredevil nature. Allin gives Pac a nod of acknowledgement before leaving.
Pac turns around and sees The Lucha Bros walking up the ramp, Pac slides out of the ring and confronts them regarding the incident. Pac specifically goes after Pentagon for throwing away the chair, but then, Fenix intervenes. Pac pushes Fenix, Pentagon gets involved, Pac decides that he’s not having any of it, but Pentagon grabs the hand of Pac, FENIX SUPERKICKS HIM!
Pentagon gets Pac up, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER ONTO THE RAMP! Fenix and Pentagon stare at the motionless AEW World Champion, Pentagon exclaims ‘Cero Mideo’ into the mic in a cracked voice. The Lucha Bros leave their factionmate for stranded, the Death Triangle may have just imploded!

January
With the Death Triangle imploded, it becomes a full program, with Pentagon and Fenix acknowledging the AEW World Championship as their goal, but also understanding that only one of them can win it, this increases to higher tensions between the two as a three-way dynamic emerges between Pac, Pentagon and Fenix.

February
Just months ago, the Death Triangle were an unstoppable force. Pac with the World Championship, the Lucha Bros with the Tag Championships. Now, the group has fully broke up, with the Lucha Bros on the verge of breaking up as well with the common goal of the AEW World Championship. The feud leads to a Revolution main event being arranged, Pentagon vs Rey Fenix vs Pac for the AEW World Championship.
Pac tries to drive a wedge between Pentagon and Fenix, playing a psychological game. The stakes reach a fever pitch as the main event for Revolution is set in stone. This is the most endangered Pac’s reign has been since he won it from Omega last August, as his chances are even lower in a triple threat environment.
This is more than a title match, this is a grudge. Pac wants to cement himself as AEW’s best ever world champion. Pentagon wants to finally break into the limelight of AEW, believing he is one of the most talented men on the roster. Fenix wants to prove that he was never the ‘weak link’ of the Death Triangle, referring to a comment Pac made when trying to drive a wedge between Pentagon and Fenix.
The stage is set for a thrilling main event at Revolution, the AEW World Championship is on the line, it will be Pentagon vs Fenix vs Pac, the Death Triangle wages war on each other.

All Elite Wrestling: Revolution – 26th February 2022
The main event of the night sees a rarity in AEW – a triple threat match. Pentagon, Fenix, Pac, formerly known as the Death Triangle, the most dominant force in AEW ripped apart due to their overwhelming desire for dominance, and a misunderstanding of aspirations. After the brief promo package outlining each man’s motivations, Fenix makes his way to the ring.
The most ‘babyface’ man in the match, Fenix made his best attempt to hold the Death Triangle together. He is coming out with a vendetta tonight, however, which could be a make or break aspect of Fenix’s performance. He wants to, he needs to prove that he is not the weak link of the trio. Pentagon is the next out, he daren’t make eye contact with his tag partner, his opponent for tonight. Pentagon believes this is all lining up to be his moment – he has been waiting for his singles breakthrough moment ever since he joined AEW, and this may be it tonight.
The final man out, the Bastard, Pac. The AEW World Champion marches to the ring, while this doesn’t have the emotional implications for Pac as much as the other two, he does feel like the Lucha Bros betrayed him, and while he has a viable claim, others say that Pac needed the Lucha Bros and has relied on them for a great duration of his reign.
With every man in the ring, the bell rings and the main event of AEW: Revolution is underway.

Fenix vs Pentagon vs Pac © for the AEW World Championship
Every man moves towards the middle of the ring, surveying each other. Pac backs away, urging Fenix and Pentagon to fight, continuing that psychological game. Fenix and Pentagon glance at each other, before turning towards Pac, who becomes defensive... Suddenly, Pentagon turns to Fenix and delivers a superkick, he throws Fenix out of the ring! Pac is shocked, both him and Pentagon circle the ring and enter a tie up.
Pac takes the upper hand, he rebounds off the ropes but he is scooped by Fenix, who slides back into the ring and connects a tilt-a-whirl hurricanrana on Pentagon, sending him to the outside of the ring, Pac goes for a headbutt, but Fenix dodges and throws Pac out the same side, Fenix connects a pitch perfect Tope Con Hilo.
He slides Pac inside the ring, he goes after the champion, taking him out, as Pac retreats to the apron. Fenix turns around, and sees his long time tag partner, Pentagon, standing in anticipation. Fenix and Pentagon have a duel, Pentagon goes for an early Fear Factor, Fenix fights out of it, he plants Pentagon with a Fenix Driver, 1…2.. Pac breaks it up.
With all three men in the ring, they have a unique, fast paced sequence with the momentum shifting numerous times. Pentagon goes for a spinning heel kick, Pentagon catches it and throws the leg into Fenix, Pentagon then connects a backbreaker, he holds Pac in position, Fenix connects a springboard 450 on Pac. Pentagon then rolls Fenix up, trying to sneak in the win, Fenix kicks out, he connects a sudden Spanish Fly on Pentagon, Fenix goes to the top rope, but Pac leaps up to the top rope, hurricanrana off the top!
Pentagon is in the corner, Pac lunges for him, Pentagon moves out of the way, he irish whips Pac straight into a superkick from Fenix, Pentagon then gets Pac into the Fireman’s Carry, Pac fights out and pushes Pentagon in the direction of Fenix, Pentagon baseball slides under, he goes to the top rope, Pac gets Fenix in the Fireman’s Carry, Fenix gets out and pushes Pac into the corner, stopping Pentagon from ascending to the top rope. Fenix then uses Pac as a springboard up to the top rope, he connects a Spanish Fly onto Pentagon from the top rope, Pac then takes Fenix out with a dragonrana, and everyone is down, this AEW World Championship main event not breaking its stride.
Pac exposes the concrete, he goes for a Sunset Flip powerbomb to the outside from the apron, but Pentagon hangs onto the apron until Fenix kicks Pentagon, who then thuds onto the concrete, sending him out of the match for a few minutes. Pac gets back inside the ring, Fenix goes for a Black Fire Driver, Pac sprawls out of it, Fenix goes out onto the apron and goes for a springboard, but HE IS CAUGHT IN MID-AIR WITH AN ENZIGURI! Pac goes to the top rope, he goes for a Black Arrow, HE CONNECTS IT! He goes for the cover, 1…2.. PENTAGON BREAKS IT UP WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP FROM THE TOP ROPE!
The three men eventually get to their feet, and enter a carousel striking exchange. Pentagon takes the upper hand, he goes for a Fear Factor on Pac, Fenix hits Pentagon with a Superkick, but Pac then takes Fenix out with a tilt a whirl DDT! Pac is able to lock the Neutralizer on Pentagon, Pentagon is about to tap, but Fenix connects a Corkscrew Somersault Senton onto the two men! He covers Pentagon, 1…2… Pac drags Pentagon outside of the ring!
An aggrevated Fenix chases Pac around the ring, Pac slides back in, Fenix does as well, Pac goes to the top rope as Fenix falls right into a Fear Factor on Pentagon, BUT JUST AS THAT HAPPENS, PAC LEAPS FROM THE TOP ROPE, BLACK ARROW ON PENTAGON, HE LOCKS IN THE NEUTRALIZER, AND PENTAGON TAPS, PAC HAS RETAINED!
Pac © def. Pentagon vs Fenix (29 minutes)
A thrilling, fast paced main event sees Pac run away with the victory, he is becoming the most dominant AEW World Champion of all time, as he celebrates the PPV main event with another win, but this time, he has no one by his side, just him and his AEW World Championship. Each man came so close to winning, but it was Pac’s psychology that came out supreme in the end.

With Pac coming out on top yet again, the question looms: Who will be the one to dethrone the Bastard? Is anyone capable of dethroning the Bastard? Pac walks out of Revolution with the championship still in hand.
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2020.10.16 21:54 Mine_Frosty Grading Practice AW Essays

Hi All! I was looking to get some feedback on my practice essays for the GRE. Here are two Issue prompts and one Argument prompt from the Kaplan Prep book. I plan to use the ETS e-rater as well but I was hoping for someone to look over my work and provide feedback.
I’m mostly looking to see where I’m lacking with my diction because I think that is what will keep me from scoring higher in comparison to the example essays I'm seeing in the book. I have an engineering background so I feel like my writing style is very straightforward and doesn't have much variety in vocabulary. So if you have some suggestions on where I can use other synonyms or rephrase my sentences for a better style, I would greatly appreciate it!
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Issue Essay
Prompt: The perceived greatness of any political leader has more to do with the challenges faced by that leader than with any of his or her inherent skills and abilities.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you either agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not be true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
A political leader’s heightened ability is captured by the challenges they face throughout their duration as a leader. As a leader, many decisions have to be made quickly and efficiently in order to maintain the mission of the people they represent. Through these perceived challenges, leaders grow from their experience and are able to follow a career path that they originally may not have envisioned for themselves. While a leader’s merit holds true in attaining them to their current rank, it is their ability to face various challenges that enhance what they already have brought to the table.
In politics, things are continuously changing and various circumstances arise from decisions made by leaders left and right. For a leader, this means being able to adapt quickly to each situation and act accordingly. Just like a CEO would want to change their quarterly activities for their business, a political leader would also want to plan each initiative in response to the political climate for that period. This requires the leader to be able to “think on their feet” and react to the changing atmosphere.
Most people, when faced with various challenges, learn from difficult situations. They may observe what went well, what did not go well, and what they could’ve done better. Similarly, a political leader may be facing challenges that may be different in nature, but each time they teach the leader something new. In doing so, the leader is not just carrying the expertise that they have but also continuously learning from the experiences. In politics, specifically, leaders take various stances on a variety of issues. When observing certain issues, leaders may find themselves opening up to understanding different viewpoints and/or become more interested in one issue over another. This may enable the leader to begin specializing in the issue and see their career path shifting from one area to another. For example, a leader may be a child of immigrant parents and sees current struggles in immigration law. The leader may begin learning more about immigration laws and begin to encourage budget planning to include contributing to visa efforts for migrants looking to enter the country for better life opportunities.
Leaders are obviously appointed with the expertise that they bring to the table in the form of education, past experiences, personal attributes, and more. However, an individual that is qualified on paper does not necessarily mean that they are able to perform in various job environments. This is especially applicable in the case of a political leader because the job itself is constantly faced with upcoming challenges and changing circumstances. Someone may have received their bachelor’s in political science from a top-ranking university and may have experience working for gender-equality rights, but will they be well-versed in addressing poverty-related issues when the time arises? Will the same political leader be able to make proper decisions about climate action in a limited amount of time? For a political leader, it is incumbent that they be able to translate their abilities to a variety of issues and be able to do so quickly.
In all, a political leader is regarded in a high manner based on the challenges that he or she has faced. This is reflected in the type of atmosphere that political leaders are commonly found in; the situations are continuously changing. A leader can be selected for their position based on their past experiences and how they have grown their skillsets but this does not necessarily showcase their ability to perform in their current role. Others will regard fondly of a political leader only after seeing the leader facing challenges in their current role and overcoming them.
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Issue Essay
Prompt: Progress should be aim of any great society. People too often cling unnecessarily to obsolete ways of thinking and acting because they enjoy feeling comfortable and fear the unknown.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you either agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not be true and explain how these considerations shape your position.
For a society to grow and continue an upward trend in progress, it is essential for people to work towards change. No society ever stays stagnant and limits itself when new ideas or things prove to better their livelihoods. For example, the Amish community is known to limit their interactions with technology, however, most of these communities have welcomed a communal telephone booth for the benefit of all community members. In doing so, they are able to stay current with the times and maintain communication channels in and outside their community.
We see a lot of societal changes practiced in modern-day businesses where many leaders are looking to diversity their product portfolios and expand their consumer base in order to generate greater profits for the company. Nike is one such company, typically known for its athletic wear, which is now working with big technological partners to develop smart watches that can measure their customer’s fitness goals. This initiative not only creates a change in the company’s processes but also engages more individuals to be a part of the product making process such as research & development, technology marketing, maintenance, and more.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices both in personal and professional lives have changed to a large extent. Professionally, employees are recognizing the benefits of working remotely from their homes. This was a sudden change that occurred all across the world due to safety concerns but from it many owners and employees alike, who otherwise were expected to be in a common space, could now work from wherever they pleased. It can be expected, that this change will impact many company policies and encourage employers to trust their employees to work remotely more often with lesser costs to the company. Similarly, personal lives have changed with how individuals are caring for other’s health more than ever before and more sanitation practices have been seen in public environments.
It is recognized that progress can be a disruptive practice, however, without an upward change people are limited to their current resources and abilities. People can grow to be comfortable in their spaces and limit themselves from further growth mentally, emotionally, and physically. Not progressing allows for those still catching up to be on an equal playing field with others, but limits their ability to go any further. If societies are not progressing, we all face a dead end and can exhibit a lack of motivation and distrust in our capabilities because we are not actively pursuing additional goals.
The fear of the unknown is a common trait in all human beings but this fear should not limit society’s ability to progress towards it. By reaching into the unknown, business leaders are able to test their company’s strength and either grow or fail in their pursuits. With the openness to change, societies are able to adapt to changing environments such as a pandemic and become more resilient in their work. Finally, societal progress provides people with a sense of purpose in pursuing far beyond their capabilities in order to grow internally and externally.
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Argument Essay
Prompt: The following appeared in the City Council Proceedings section of the local newspaper in Smithville.
“The city council of Smithville has recommended making changes to police procedures to improve the visibility of the police force. These changes include hiring more police officers, budgeting more funds for police overtime, and directing officers to patrol significantly more often on foot rather than from their patrol cars. These improvements in visibility would significantly lower the crime rate in Smithville and make its citizens feel safer.”
Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation.
The City Council of Smithville submitted a list of suggestions for their police force in the local newspaper including more hiring of police officers, budgeting more funds for police overtime, and directing officers to patrol more on foot than in patrol cars. While these recommendations may seem satisfactory on paper, the results of these actions may prove to be ineffective if certain factors are not considered including additional taxpayer money that would go towards policing, lack of specialization in emergency response, and what the community members actual needs are when concerning safety and decreasing overall crime rate.
The first two suggestions to decrease the city’s crime rate go hand in hand when concerning overall budgetary concerns for the police force. Hiring more police officers is not just an initial onboarding cost but continuous trainings, benefits, and paying for overtime is an overall stagnant increase to the city budget and uses more taxpayer money. When monitoring cultural trends it is also important to recognize that most people have an initial reaction to call 911 for any emergency situation. These situations can concern robberies, medical issues, hostage situations, etc. When a police officer arrives first on scene and he or she is only trained for responding to certain crime-related and basic medical emergency situations then they may not be equipped to properly handle the atmosphere and risk further harm to the individuals involved. This is especially apparent with the current trend of recognizing mental health as an actual medical concern but with not much understanding of how to respond to nervous breakdowns, anxiety attacks, and similar occurences. It would be more effective then to focus on providing other social services with additional funding and equipping them with resources that they need to properly handle these situations instead. This is not to say that police officers should not be responding first to the scene of any emergency reporting, but other experts in relation to the incident should be invited in order to quickly mediate the situation.
The final suggestion of directing officers to patrol on foot rather than in cars is also inherently flawed when it comes to cultural concerns surrounding policing. Many individuals do not care to be watched by police officers because they believe this infringes on their free will and forces them into a constant state of fear of feeling like they’re doing something wrong. Furthermore, because the police officers would be on foot this increases the proximity between individuals who are in public or out in their neighborhood and the police officer who is seen as an authoritative figure that has various weapons that they can threaten with, if need be. A Human Rights Council study in the city of Dayton asked local community members what exactly made them feel safe in their neighborhoods. Their answers may seem surprisingly simple when they responded that seeing less trash on the curbs, slower driving speeds, and less police officers actually made them feel safe. Thus, the need for officers to be more on foot for added visibility may not be as assuring to citizens as the city council may suggest it to be.
In conclusion, the City Council’s suggestions are inadequate in providing enough detail as to how these actions would prove to be beneficial to the city of Smithville. Failure to address primary concerns when it comes to policing and rather “throwing money at the solution” may prove to be detrimental to the overall city’s safety. Furthermore, additional input should have been taken into consideration when concerning whether or not citizens would appreciate seeing more officers in their public spaces and neighborhoods.
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2020.10.15 23:02 JDscrublord My partners and I have a flooded living space, need help navigating condo HOAs since we are renting and apparently cannot speak to HOA (Atlanta, GA)

Oh heavens I hope this is the right flair- I'm still new to reddit so this might get docked? Not sure, but here goes:
So my partners and I (there are three of us) have been living in this condo since the middle of July, seemed like a great deal because rent was originally upwards of 1600 and it was lowered to 1340 something which is why we moved in. Cue classic "Oh built in shelving? Nice! Ooooh and there's hardwood floors in the common areas and the kitchen was redone recently!" yadda yadda, it's right next to a grocery store too which is great for me because I don't drive.
(I know condo and apartment are not synonymous and I'm trying to get out of the habit of calling it an apartment- it is a condo.)
So this was kind of unclear for a while, and we only just learned this recently that the parties involved are not altogether. The landlord is the owner of the condo we are renting, there is the landlord's rep who we primarily have contact with (let's call her Em) and who works for a property management company. Then there's Tee who works for the same company but more in maintenance/property-care (I don't know how else to describe it). Then, there's the homeowner's association or HOA that I guess owns the property itself? the Company and the HOA are not the same conglomerate, that is important here.
Something I did not realize (which, admittedly, is something I should've been more on top of) upon moving in is that half of the unit is underground; the building itself is built into a hill so on one side you can access our unit, but if you go up the stairs and face the opposite end of the building, it opens out to a street. Our unit is shaped like a rectangle, with one long side facing out and the other long side built in the hill.
We signed a lease in late July and started moving things in- by the middle of August we're fully moved in. On August 6, we got some rain and we noticed something kind of off. The carpet in the guest bedroom closet was wet, and not an insignificant section of the carpet either. It's a walk in closet that three average sized adults could stand in with only minimal elbow-bumping, and half of the carpet in the farthest corner was wet. We put in a work order that day, get some baking soda and try to towel it up as much as we can, and put in a maintenance request. I'm gonna be honest here, at first we were irritated with Em and Tee because it kind of felt like they were dragging their feet in getting it fixed. Someone came out the next day to look at it, and then roofing people (hired by the HOA, something we are now aware of) went to go look at the roof. It was determined that there was a space in the roof where water was leaking into, and since we're the bottom unit, it pooled a little and soaked our carpet and part of the drywall in that corner.
Now this is a (or, one of many) frustrating part: some people came out eventually and I'm kicking myself for not having documented exact days because we assumed that all would be well; the roof got fixed and the baseboards were pulled up and out, carpet pulled back to expose the padding, and we were basically told to point a box fan at it to dry it out.
It rains a little, but we don't have any more water there.
About a month later (September) I notice little bits of water coming up from under the hardwood flooring in the dining room. It was super little, like I only noticed because I had been wearing socks and they'd been slowly collecting the water beading up from between the planks. It's about a foot away from the wall, the long wall that is underground, and I message Tee to tell her what's up.
We agree to keep an eye on it and once again, I point a fan there, and water doesn't come up again for a bit even when it does rain. We don't always get a lot rain here. We did have a thunderstorm once I believe, and no water came up from the floorboards or the carpet in the closet.
And then October 10th happened.
We were playing games in the guest room since we made it our office, and looked in that one corner of the closet (the bathroom and closet do not have doors- we think it might have been an accessible unit back in the day) and it was under like, an inch of water and slowly soaking into the rest of the carpet. Not only that, but I'd say about a centimeter of water was sitting on the connecting bathroom floor, some water was coming up from those floorboards again, and some water was coming from under the baseboards halfway into the guest room, and in our bedroom closet. For context, I was flooded out of my childhood home so I knew where to start with moving things. It's absolutely disgusting too, anywhere you put weight on the carpet that wasn't underwater made brown water come up from the carpet. We managed to save valuable things by shoving them to the corner of the room (it's very long, running from front to back of the apartment). We're lucky to have not lost any furniture but I'm not sure what exactly the future holds since that room smelled just terrible the next few days.
Because it's a Saturday night, we put in an emergency work order to let the Management Company know what happened. Notice there that I said Management Company, and not HOA. We cannot contact the HOA. It's weird- it's almost like we're not allowed to, which is not only weird but just, vastly different from the HOA my parents are a part of, and they live in a small town just 40 minutes by interstate outside of the city. We kind of think nothing of it at the time, I mean we knew it was weird that we couldn't talk to the HOA but we thought that maybe that was the Unit Owner's decision (it's not, to our knowledge).
No one comes out until Monday. The Steaming company that gets contacted by Management Company is slammed (because it was a hurricane, which at the time we were like, begrudgingly accepting of because we can't control the universe) so all we can do is close off that room and set up fans, our tiny dehumidifier, and try to mop up what can be mopped in the other spaces. It's already smelly, which was not comforting at all, but on a Saturday night into Sunday morning, there's nothing else we can do.
The smell is just awful; like the unwashed ass of a college freshman attending comicon to its entirety, it was bad. Which means mildew and potentially mold. I have some sensory difficulties- an especially sensitive sense of smell and I couldn't walk towards that end of the condo without almost feeling sick and headache-y. That was even with a scent-plugin and some candles and the windows open to force some airflow in the damn place. So Monday, my partner G decides to call the Steaming company about the work order and that got confusing bc the Steaming company called my partner O even though we explicitly stated that G needed to be the point of contact bc O works on phones all day. It gets cleared up and the Steaming company comes that day. These two dudes examine the condo, and there's moisture in almost all of that long wall that's partially underground. Because of course there is. Dudes tell us that the carpet would have to go, but that we should be prepared to just buy a pump of our own because it'll keep flooding. We get an estimate of like, 2k and we're like "Okay let's tell the landlord this"
Turns out that the Management Company already put in an order for us but DiDn'T pUt ThE rIgHt NuMbEr so the missed call O got was about our appointment likely (still bitter about this but w/e) so Steaming company couldn't do anything about it Monday until all that nonsense got cleared up- which brings us to Tuesday when the crew of the same Steaming Company came in to leave a huge dehumidifier and nothing else until they could get better orders.
Then yesterday (Wednesday) rolls around and a different crew of the same Steaming company comes in. It took them hours to do it, and one dude who was telling us what would need to happen was saying that most of the carpet would have to go in the guest room, the bedroom closet where we slept too, and most of the baseboards. He even said some of the floor in the dining room would need to go because it's warped and letting water through but,,, that part ended up not happening for reasons we still do not know so. IDK I guess. But the stuff under the baseboards was just disgusting. I'm really hoping that the bits of green and black might have been a funky colored plaster or glue and not MOLD but I just don't know. There's a massive crack in the concrete that was under the carpet that bisects the guest room and is even visible from our bedroom closet. Honest to god I thought the crack in the concrete would smell like the dark lord satan's asscrack but removing the carpet did away with much of the smell (not all of it tho).
The two dudes doing removal then set up some big industrial fans that naturally were super loud (not great for someone with auditory processing disorder issues) and then just,,, left. Without telling us. Just walked on out without a word and that dude who did the initial explaining that day didn't come back either.
We also have a cat who has allergies, and the poor lil guy has just been overgrooming to the point that his belly is almost bald. That's likely from allergies and stress because our living space has changed drastically in such a short time. So much stuff is just packed back into storage bins for consolidation, things had been tossed because of the smell, and a lot of laundry had to be done which I'm certain does not help the utility bills. Christ, I'm feeling like I'm about to lose it. I only just got medicated for ADHD in August so I was finally feeling confident in my ability to keep a home space clean and functional and then this just threw a wrench in all of it.
We've been living in this condo during all of this until last night when we decided that enough was enough and packed some stuff and our cat to go to a hotel. I'm not kidding, the moment we got into the hotel room it was like my headache went away (the majority of it, some of it was also just stress and dehydration which is hysterical tbh). We've got this room until the 20th.
And here's where it gets even crazier!
So we contacted Em about contacting the HOA, and it turns out that the HOA is the entity that's been making decisions about how the situation is taken care of. They've been cagey and even straight up rude to Em, saying that it's all fine now when clearly it is not. It turns out, that the Landlord (not Em, the dude who actually owns the unit we live in) got the unit for suspiciously cheap. We're also his first ever tenants, and he bought the place back in 2019. Now Georgia law dictates that anyone selling or renting a space has to disclose whether or not there's been three or more instances of flooding in the past five years. We've found water three times in less than three full months of living here. There's just no way that it never flooded five years before Landlord bought the unit, it's virtually impossible (I do know that if there's no documentation of it then it probably won't matter but I need people to know this).
G got a hold of them the day after the flood (sunday) and the person who answered was really rude to him when he asked what would happen with the core problem and was told that someone would look at the roofing again. He asked that whatever is communicated with the Landlord also be communicated to us since, you know, we live there, and as far as we know, we haven't heard anything directly from the HOA again. This is also when we found out that the person who answered the call doesn't even live on the property! They're essentially a receptionist hired by the HOA!
This is totally different from the HOA experience I had living with my parents. Does anyone know if this is just a split between semi-rural/suburban and urban spaces? It's also likely that because it is two to three buildings with several units inside that makes the difference so noticeable. Em even said that if we had reached out to discuss things with the HOA that we would likely add gas to the fire and I have no idea what that means! Why would it do that? Nearly half of our living space is uninhabitable, why would the HOA, an entity that has to make decisions on this situation, not want to hear from us, the people living in the unit???
I'm so sorry for the wall of text, but ADHD/spectrum brain insists that I share every possible detail that might be pertinent to understanding the situation. Also, I wanted someone to know my pain. My main questions here are:
  1. What the hell is the difference between an HOA in a subdivision of houses versus condominiums? Surely it can't be that much, a homeowner's association is supposed to be like a union to my knowledge. Honestly I don't even like HOAs because that starts delving into the weird, Stepford territory for my tastes but alas- here we are.
    1. 1A. Can an HOA butt their noses in and dictate how a situation like this gets solved???
  2. Can legal action be taken against an HOA? I won't delve too much into the specifics of our leasing contract but we cannot live in this space anymore. The lease is obviously between the Landlord and us, so would dealing with the HOA be his problem or ours? We're hoping this will be enough to simply let us leave so it's more of a no harm no foul (er, sort of) between him and us, and he gets to deal with the HOA (I feel kinda bad for saying that but honestly I think that this is something he has to do, we might not be able to even help with it).
  3. Can HOAs sell houses? If he just bought the unit and we're his first tenants, I feel kinda bad for the dude. Landlords are parasites etc etc but I get it if someone was looking for a steady investment and was straight up lied to when buying the unit- you can't even begin to try to not be bad if problems like these are concealed.
God honestly I'm a lil worried that even this much information might identify us and I really don't want that to stoke the fire... I grew up with unstable housing, the apartment my parents and I got flooded out of was where my dad worked as a maintenance man and the landlord basically "lost his contract" to make him sign a newer, shittier one and held housing over our heads if he didn't sign it, and when we eventually moved into our own house after the flood, it was constantly under construction/renovation and depressing! I guess this can turn into a last question:
  1. Can legal action be done about pain and suffering? I can't afford weekly therapy- I'm on a biweekly schedule with my doctor and I feel like I'm going crazy- especially at the bit when the HOA insisted to Em that everything was being handled and going to be fine- meanwhile keeping us (the people actually living in the unit) almost totally in the dark and being almost hostile the one time we got into contact with them. We're relying on he said she said's for almost all correspondence from the HOA and Landlord. Em and Tee are doing their best but... what is happening???
TL;DR: Condo we're renting was flooded and gross and potentially unsafe to live in, HOA might be doing shady shit by not telling us or potentially the unit owner anything, flood cleanup itself doesn't seem to have been handled properly. Can HOAs for condos be cagey about this? Can HOAs lie about properties/units, are HOAs entities that can have legal action brought upon them?
Thanks for reading
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2020.10.14 10:02 JohnnyFiama iOS App - Multiple delayed notifications repeat in quick succession.

Frequently I find that when picking up my phone it will play the (now annoying) Outlook Mail jingle for each received message since I last used the app, in rapid succession.
This is so unnecessary, just play it once, and either give me a banner for each or one listing the number of received messages.
Particularly annoying first thing in the morning, I dare not pickup my phone for fear of waking my partner.
Finally, please give us the option of using the iOS system notification sound for mail, it’s short, less annoying, and for iPhone users synonymous with email.
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2020.10.14 06:17 redjamax WHY would the LL "choose" Porn and Masturbation over SEX??

(HLM, 42) Every time I see this topic, it seems that the "advice" that's given here is really just encouraging a confirmation bias for the person seeking advice, so I am going to play devil's advocate and encourage people to consider some possibilities for what the other person might be thinking / feeling, if they "choose" to watch porn and/or masturbate instead of having sex. I'm not saying that there isn't a problem to be addressed, just that it's probably not what you think...
Regarding every point I make... keep these very important factors in mind...
Watching Porn...
Masturbation...
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2020.10.13 22:19 rijento Use a Monster - 1

It is with a happy heart that I am introducing my first series!
I plan on writing unrelated stories between entries in this series, so up next we have a return to the universe of The Watcher Program where I plan on covering how The Watcher became the AI that he is today and by extension Humanity’s last stand.
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Gajj had to look away. It was unprofessional, it was shameful, it was a number of other things that on any other case he would have fellow enforcers eyeing him with unmasked contempt. But out of all the crime scenes he’d worked, the planets he’d been to, and the deranged serial killers he’d tracked; Ghoul always left the biggest messes. Nobody blamed anyone for looking away.
In a way, it was a wonderful show of camaraderie between his fellow enforcers, all united and willing to comfort each other whenever they had to work on one of Ghoul’s… feasts. Xenophagy was always… Well, a good way to describe it was that even cannibalism had less of a stigma. Even the most deranged predator species, the ones that hunted fellow sentients for sport on a regular basis, did not participate in that particular taboo. Even humans saw the horrible act for the evil that it was… Well, most humans anyways. Ghoul, apparently, did not share that attitude.
“What do we have?” he asked, making eye contact with the sub-enforcer that called the murder in.
“One enforcer dead, one feminine type arroo missing. It was seen leaving the scene with a human male fitting Ghoul’s general description. Most likely abducted.” The sub-enforcer gave Gajj a sympathetic look as she glanced at the scene. Gajj raised a skeptical purple crest at that information; kidnapping was not Ghoul’s typical M.O.
He took a second look at the scene and sighed, forcing himself to take it in fully. One enforcer dead, his rib cage shattered and heart ripped out by a deranged high-gravity bioweapon… Or was it? Well, the fact that a human did this was undeniable—they were the only damn sapients capable of this sort of casual bodily destruction after all—but the more he looked at the scene the more he noticed a distinct lack of bite marks on the corpse. He knew that a witness placed a human in this alleyway that somewhat matched Ghoul’s description, but it was starting to look like it could have just been some other human criminal that was backed into a corner.
“Are we sure this was Ghoul?” Gajj asked, kneeling down by the body and examining it further. A young sub-enforcer working his rounds, probably happened upon the human cornering the arroo by chance. Wrong place, wrong time.
“We weren’t at first, sir,” the female sub-enforcer said, before waving over one of the sweepers carrying a cold storage container. “But then we found this,” she said, opening the container and pulling out a bag with a half eaten heart in it.
“I found it in a trash can down the street. Same direction that our witness said they saw the human and the aroo heading…” the sweeper said, grimacing as he looked at the bag.
Gajj sighed and pulled out his communicator and typed in the code for dispatch. “Dispatch? Yes, of course… Enforcer Gajj Joulou, ID number 19295967… Thank you, I need you to give a message to my overseer… We’ve got a confirmed feast, a sub-enforcer down and one sapient presumably still on the table,” he said, waiting till the operator repeated his message before hanging up with a sigh.
“Sure hope this day doe—” he began to say, only to be thumped on the head by the female sub-enforcer for even daring to attempt and utter that cursed phrase. Especially when there was a human involved.
“Alright,” Gajj began regaining his bearings under the scolding eyes of his colleague. “I want teams of no less than three sweeping the alleys for the arroo. With any luck it’s still alive, but knowing Ghoul those chances are slim. Be prepared to give some relatives some bad news,” he said, and the team sprung into action.
Two days later, sitting in his office, Gajj’s attention was pulled from the touch-screen wall that he used as a modern stand-in for cork-board and red string by a knock on the frame of his open door. “Hey Gajj! Did you hear the news?” one of the more peppy office-jockeys asked, making his crest raise gray in anticipation.
“Overseers are finally pulling in a human to help out on the Ghoul case!” the young clerk said, making Gajj twitter in approval.
“About damn time!” he said, a bit of anger drifting into his voice. “Ghoul kills and eats nearly three dozen sapients and nobody lifts a finger, but now that he’s taken someone _alive_…” He began to rant, only to take a deep breath and force himself to push his anger down. No use complaining about the stupid, prideful decisions of those above him. He had a job to do and was damn sure that with a human’s help he could get it done a lot faster.
As if on cue, the human liaison from the Terran Interplanetary Police Force, a woman by the name of Maria Sanders, appeared behind the young aide as if by magic. She cleared her throat and caused the clerk to nearly jump out of its skin and scurry off after a brief apology, only serving to further deepen the look of amusement on the woman’s face.
“Can you please stop sneaking up on everyone like that?” Gajj asked, his crest raised yellow in amusement as he recalled the first time she’d materialized behind him.
She had a blatantly mock look of shock on her face as she spoke. “Excuse you! It’s hardly my fault that the gravity is so low here! It just keeps slipping my mind that you Xenos can’t hear my footsteps is all,” she said, making Gajj roll his eyes.
“Mmhmm,” he said, forcing himself to not chuckle as a mischievous twinkle appeared in the woman’s eye. “Anyways, I heard that we’re finally getting a human pulled in on the Ghoul case?”
“Yes indeed. And I have the documents to prove that the man in question served alongside Ghoul in the Grand Liberation against the artur. Might’ve even been part of the first ten million, although we really have no way to confirm that.” Her words made Gajj’s crest raise further, its color shifting to an ecstatic red… That is, until the careful pessimism that years of enforcer work had drilled into him told him that something was wrong.
“Wow… I mean,” he started, making the woman raise an eyebrow, “A highly accomplished veteran that just so happened to serve alongside Ghoul… Forgive my pessimism, Ma’am, but this seems a bit too good to be true on such a short notice,” he said, making Ms. Sanders chuckle and shake her head.
“To be fair,” she began with a sigh, “it isn’t short notice. We’ve been pushing for you to use him since we found out who Ghoul was,” she said, motioning for him to walk with her. The Terran set a brisk pace as they headed – strangely – deeper into the building.
“Typical, refusing help until we can no-longer save face…” he mumbled after mulling over her statement. It was the same bureaucratic nightmare wherever he went. Even tracking criminals between planets within the federation was a nightmare of red-tape and the easily bruised egos of bullshit office politics that kept Gajj from accepting any promotions that would see him stuck behind a desk for any length of time.
“Calm down Gajj,” the Terran said, pointing to his crest, flared a deep angry blue. He used a talon to smooth the feathers down and took a deep breath as the woman spoke. “To be perfectly fair, if it had been a normal soldier, your bosses would have probably accepted the help a lot sooner…” she said, an apologetic look creeping onto her face. “Sorry Gajj, but there was a fair bit of real politics muddying this one up.”
That caught Gajj’s attention. What sort of political implications would accepting aid from the Terrans have? Especially when they were working to catch a rogue human? But he didn’t have long to ponder as they reached their apparent destination. A heavy interrogation room, complete with federation guards armed and armored with a mix of Arturian archeotech and Terran firearms.
The Terran knocked on the door to the observation room and a third, similarly armed and armored human opened the door and let them in. Gajj was about to ask what they were doing there when he froze and locked his eyes on the heavily restrained human sitting on one side of a steel table.
He was silent for a long moment before his crest rose blue once more with anger. “You cannot be serious!” he shouted, irate and disgusted at the politics in play on this clusterfuck. “You expect me to work with that… that… monster on the other side of that fucking window?!” he screamed, his vocal cords straining as he made his displeasure known.
The Terrans, for their part, were unimpressed with the tirade unfolding before them… or at least had very good poker faces. The human on the other side of the glass, however, couldn’t help but smile as he heard the muffled squawking of a very displeased avian through the glass. “Gajj. Calm down,” Ms. Sanders said, putting as much force as she could muster into the word and causing Gajj to cower for a moment as the more primal part of his brain realized that he was trapped in a room with two nigh-unkillable war machines.
“Good,” she said, her scowl turning into an amiable closed mouth smile. “Now, like it or not your superiors have already given the approval, so this is happening,” she said, making Gajj grumble and raise his crest blue in defiance but otherwise remain silent. “Alexander ‘The Vigilante’ Kerensky served alongside Ghoul during the Grand Liberation. Many soldiers claim that they were both part of the original ten million and, throughout the whole of the war, were both highly accomplished soldiers that we would have been hard pressed to find replacements for. So if anyone has a chance of helping you track down Ghoul it’s him,” she said, pointing through the glass at the bemused Russian in a straight-jacket sitting at the table.
“Alright… you have a point…” Gajj said… begrudgingly. “But why did it have to be him?” he asked, a slightly defeated edge to his voice. “Surely there was someone else.”
Coincidentally there isn’t. Or at least, nobody that hasn’t been either A: locked up in a psych ward or B: let loose somewhere on Tartarus for crimes against sapient life committed during or after the war.”
“And why couldn’t you have just scooped up one of the ones in the humans from Tartarus?” Gajj asked, making Ms. Sanders grimace and the armed Terran blatantly scowl at the idea.
“Two more reasons. One: Do you really want someone who is a monster by our standards helping you out on your case?” she asked before quickly adding, “and let me remind you that not even Ghoul held that honor till he started eating fellow sapients.”
“N-No… No I really don’t…” Gajj said, shuddering slightly. “And the second reason?”
“Nobody leaves Tartarus. Period. No exceptions. Other synonyms for ‘it will never happen’ repeated ad nauseam,” she stated matter-of-factly. ”The Hades system is where we keep our criminals and people come and go all the time, but Tartarus is where we keep our monsters.”
Gajj swallowed hard at that. There was an intensity in the woman’s voice that he couldn’t quite place. It seemed to be born from something between hatred and fear, and he had no inclination to stick his beak into that particular beast’s jaws. He took another look at the large, now bored looking human sitting in the other room. “Fine…” he said, admitting defeat for the moment. “I don’t understand why you Terrans would want that monster back though,” Gajj added, nodding in The Vigilante’s direction and making the Terrans raise an eyebrow each. “Are you planning on tossing him on to Tartarus alongside Ghoul after this is all over?”
“Oh, heavens no! Alexander is a hero among our people, we want him back so he can have the freedom he deserves. In fact, you didn’t hear this from me but a not insignificant portion of our population nearly rioted when they found out he’d been imprisoned,” The woman said, making Gajj’s beak fall open in shock, his crest raised a bright – almost neon – green.
“You… cannot… be… serious,” Gajj stated plainly, forcing out each word as barely a hiss through his now clenched beak while his shock once more turned to rage, the chromatic feathers of his crest shifting through the entire rainbow as he processed this before finally settling on a muted, controlled, angry blue.
“That monster is responsible for the deaths of seven sap—”
“Would be murders, rapists, and bank robbers,” Ms. Sanders forcefully interjected, unrestrained fury leaking into her voice for a moment and making Gajj visibly puff up for a moment before he forced his feathers to smooth back down.
The woman sighed and chuckled to herself, whispering something in English that the translator didn’t pick up. “He stopped a band of ten bank robbers from turning over The Coalition’s largest bank. Ten bank robbers—mind you—armed with Terran guns and the training to use them. Ten bank robbers who were in the middle of attempting to rape one of the hostages and were about to shoot another one because your ‘negotiator’ decided to call their bluff because their species had low threat coefficients. But I’m not having this fucking conversation right now! They don’t pay me enough to try and drill common sense into you about this, nor do we have the fucking time!” She was breathing heavily and visibly controlling her every movement. “If you want to have this argument with someone, have it with him!” she shouted, pointing through the glass at Alexander.
“I’m going to go into that room and give Alexander the good news,” she said, straightening out her suit-jacket and calmly storming to the door. “When you’re ready to get on with this case, the man behind you will guide you in,” she said; the heavily armed Terran soldier saluted briefly as Gajj looked in his direction. “He’s going to be Alexander’s ‘leash_’ on this assignment: keep him out of trouble, make sure he doesn’t do anything _stupid that could jeopardize his chances of getting home. Make no mistake, he works for us not you,” she said, before closing the door and leaving Gajj grasping at straws from the verbal tirade that he’d just received.
“Well…” was all Gajj managed to say after collecting himself and smoothing down his feathers. “What should I call you?” Gajj asked, turning and facing the large Terran.
“Don’t talk to me,” the man said flatly and without any hesitation.
Gajj sighed deeply. “Fair enough. After you,” he said. The man grunted and lead the way through the hallway and into the interrogation room, where Alexander and Ms. Sanders were busy speaking in some untranslatable Terran language. Alexander laughed loudly to something the Terran liaison said before both looked over when they heard the door close.
“So, you’re going to be partner for investigation yes?” Alexander asked in broken, heavily accented Coalition Standard. Even restrained as Alexander was, Gajj found himself intimidated by the man’s size and presence. The minor scars on Alexander’s face and the piercing analytical gaze—souvenirs from the war—along with the wildly unkempt hair and beard—courtesy of years of incarceration—worked in his favor to make the human even more intimidating than he already was, being a human soldier and a veteran of the bloodiest war in galactic history.
Gajj noticed then that he wasn’t moving, having locked eyes with Alexander and frozen instantly to the spot under the predatory gaze. Alexander blinked—purposefully—and the spell was broken enough for Gajj to take his seat and nod in affirmation. “Yes, it seems that my superiors think that you can help in tracking down Ghoul.”
Alexander smiled broadly, chuckling to himself a moment as Gajj adjusted himself to get more comfortable in the chair, shrugging off his jacket and scooting the chair closer to the table. “Clearly not happy about this turn of events no?” the human asked, forcing Gajj to stiffen and Alexander to laugh. “This is fine, job is job yes?” he said, making Gajj relax and again nod in affirmation. “Even better that I get to go home after this… Yes?” Alexander said, more to Ms. Sanders than anyone else.
“Yes sir! After this you’ll be back in Terran space where you belong and Ghoul will be either dead or on Tartarus where he belongs,” she said, making Alexander smile and laugh.
“Good. Does this mean I can get out of jacket now?” Alexander asked, raising an eyebrow at Gajj expectantly.
After a moment’s hesitation that was not lost on the humans in the room, Gajj nodded. “Of course, I don’t see why not so long as you behave.”
Alexander smiled at that. “Alexander promises to be on best behavior,” he said with a wink and a laugh that was just a tad too predatory for Gajj’s liking. Ms. Sanders reached behind him and undid the straps of the jacket, freeing the large Russian to move his arms. Alexander sighed and stretched a moment before fumbling with the zipper on the back of the jacket a moment till he managed to get a good grasp on it and free himself fully from its embrace.
A panel in the wall then opened and a sealed container was pushed into the room. Alexander made to stand, but hesitated at the last moment and looked to Gajj for permission. “Of course, get your things. We have plenty of time,” Gajj all but sighed, making every bit of his annoyance noticeable in his voice. Alexander smiled and fully stood, towering over even the armed Terran standing bored in the corner of the room. He excitedly walked over to the container and pulled the top off, making it hiss slightly as the seal was broken.
The big Russian then took his time to carefully empty the box’s contents onto the floor around him. He put his boots and clothes off to one side, flipped briefly through his wallet with a bit of suspicion in his eyes, gingerly picked up a set of keys before shaking his head and setting them back in the box with a sigh, and finally grabbed a lighter and a pack of cigars covered in promises of being ‘xeno friendly’.
Alexander placed a cigar in his mouth and—before Gajj could object—lit it without ceremony, taking a deep drag of the smoke and exhaling with a pleasured sigh. With a source of nicotine—even as pitiful as ‘xeno safe’ nicotine was—secured, he eyed his clothes wistfully for a moment before shaking his head. He peaked once more into the box, frowning as he did so. “My knife?” he asked, turning to Gajj and blowing out a large cloud of smoke.
“Still in evidence, it is a murder weapon after all,” Gajj said, making Alexander roll his eyes and shake his head as he made his way back to the table, grumbling to himself in Russian.
“So,” Alexander began, sitting down heavily in the chair and blowing another large cloud of smoke into the air, “what is it you want to know first?”
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2020.10.11 16:48 Qalmahdari Once a squalid refugee camp, Jalozai to become a real estate development

Once a squalid refugee camp, Jalozai to become a real estate development

For decades, Jalozai has been synonymous with putrid conditions and has been a symbol of the Afghan wars. Will SEZ status and a renewed interest in the area give Jalozai a new lease on life?


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At the beginning of the millennium, the world was at the precipice of a new era. The Berlin Wall had fallen, Thatcher and Reagan had faded into the shadows, the Cold War was over, and the Soviet Union was defeated. Then, the catastrophic tragedy of 9/11 happened, launching the world into the War on Terror.
Pakistan was quick to join America in this war, and one of its major frontiers would be Pakistan’s Western neighbour, Afghanistan. But even as a new world was emerging from the ashes of 9/11, a dark reminder of another alliance between Pakistan and the United States still loomed in all of its squalid misery.
Almost 7,000 miles away from New York, where the World Trade Center buildings had been attacked on September 11, the Jalozai refugee camp was still housing thousands of Afghan refugees from a different misadventure between Pakistan and the USA in Afghanistan.
The Jalozai refugee camp was at one point home to 80,000 Afghan refugees fleeing from the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Over the decades, it became famous for the putrid conditions its inhabitants had to suffer. Today, four decades after it was first set up, it is set to become Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s second largest housing scheme, stretched over approximately 1,200 acres. Where once lay a city of tents and prison-like conditions, tomorrow there will be houses with running water, electricity, and all the trappings of modern life.
This radical transformation for a place that was once dubbed Pakistan’s ‘living cemetery’ marks the lifting of a great, dark shadow. It is a partial shunning of the shackles as Pakistan continues to come out of the War on Terror. How has the fate of Jalozai come to this? And what plans does the provincial government have for this place that has had a storied yet tortured past? Profit, investigates the history and prospects of the up and coming Jalozi housing scheme.

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A fraught history
In February 2002, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) celebrated the closure of the notorious Jalozai refugee camp. The departure of the last 1,570 refugees to other camps located close to the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan marked what should have been an end to decades of the camp’s despondent living conditions.
To understand the conditions at Jalozai, one has to understand the sheer volume of people that had been fit into a small amount of space. When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, a flood of 2 million refugees entered Pakistan. More than 150 refugee settlements were established, and the biggest of these was Jalozai, which housed 80,000 people at its peak.
Only 40 kilometres away from Peshawar, the space of the Jalozai camp was simply too small for the amount of people that were packed into it. According to a report of the UNHCR senior emergency officer, Mohammed Ader, people were crammed together and “there was simply not enough space to dig the latrines that were required and to put in the shelters that were necessary.”
The experience for the hundreds of thousands of Afghans that lived in the camps was bitter. It was overcrowded, filled with make-shift tents, no water or sanitation and no firebreaks. These conditions were serious risks for the spread of infectious diseases such as meningitis, measles and tuberculosis.
But over the years, because of how Pakistan treated refugees, Jalozai became a hellish stopover. According to Doctors Without Borders, which was the only NGO to be operating in the camp, the history of Jalozai and the fate of its population have been controversial issues.
In the 1980s, people coming to the camp were fleeing the Soviets, but as the Taliban seized the vacuum in the 1990s and began to consolidate, Afghans began to flee from them. As the earlier mentioned Doctors Without Borders report mentions, up until 1998, Pakistan granted asylum to them on a prima facie basis, meaning the entire group was considered refugees without giving individuals refugee status. That changed in 1998 when Pakistan no longer considered new arrivals as genuine refugees. However drought and ongoing conflict caused an ongoing influx of Afghans seeking refuge in Pakistan.
While in other locations such as Shamshatoo a whole system was being set up with food distribution, health care and education, Jalozai was neglected, despite a rapidly rising population lacking any assistance, let alone refugee status. ‘Deplorable and inhumane’, were words describing the situation inside Jalozai.
Later on, after the events of September 11, there was another influx of refugees. While the UNHCR celebrated the closure of the camp in February 2002, Jalozai remained a sore spot for years to come. Resentment among refugees meant that there were many there indoctrinated by the Taliban. The camp partially turned into a hideout for militants, and was under attacks as recently as 2014.
Now, after years of relative stability and freedom from terror attacks, Jalozai is ready to become a modern economic zone, and with that comes a fully equipped housing society. The transformation of Jalozai from a horrendous camp of nearly 100,000 to a housing society is an important and sure step towards coming out of the shadow of the War on Terror. But given the delicacy of the area, how is the government dealing with this change?

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Special economic zone
In July this year, as the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak in Pakistan, KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan broke ground on the Jalozai Special Economic Zone in the Nowshera District. There is a recent detailed feature on SEZs and how they work by Profit, which explains what Jalazoi being turned into an SEZ effectively means.
It is also worth mulling the shift in times we are seeing. If the coronavirus pandemic had happened even 10 years ago, Jalozai would have been a major virus epicenter. The horrendous camp had been so cramped it was an epicenter of diseases much less infectious and more easily manageable than the coronavirus. Now, however, Jalozai is a place for which the KP government has high hopes.
A statement from the Chief Minister says that the zone’s development by the KP Economic Zones Development and Management Company over 257 acres of land is likely to generate 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, attract Rs6 billion investment, and is testament to the rapid industrialization of KP.
“Jalozai will prove a game-changer for the region due to its strategic location,” he said. “due to the availability of labour in Jalozai, industries including pharmaceutical, food processing, construction, marble and granite, food packaging and furniture would benefit from the investment in the zone.”
Along with this dream for economic development and prosperity for Jalozai, come practical needs as well. Chief among them are living solutions for the 50,000 people that will find themselves employed thanks to this SEZ. For this, a housing society is being set up, with the ensured provision of all necessary utilities to the zone, including 5 to 10MW power from the 132KV grid through 11KV.
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From abject camp to fully loaded housing
As an SEZ, Jalozai has different rules. It also means that the government is doing everything it possibly can to attract investment and increase ease of doing business. Part of this process includes making sure that skilled workers are on hand and regularly available. The best way to do this is by providing them with quality accommodations, which means that the Jalozai housing society is not going to be a money making endeavour for the provincial government.
KP Housing Minister, Dr Amjad Ali, said that the Provincial Housing Authority (PHA) was working to further extend the land area of Jalozai housing scheme by 5000 kanals of land. According to him, the PHA y has approved the acquisition of additional area through land sharing basis. Under this scheme, the owner of the land would get one Kanal developed plot for handing over four kanals to the housing authority. In addition to this, the landowners will pay Rs 1.2 million as development charges. These kinds of expansions were never attempted whe Jalozai was only a campy, but now after this scheme, the price of one Kanal of land in Jalozai housing scheme is around 3 million rupees. This way, the housing scheme will expand and local landowners will also get a profitable share.
“Over 70 percent of the plots in the Jalozai housing scheme have been allotted to government servants in three year instalment plan. At least 90 percent of the construction work on the scheme from block A to E has been completed, and the possession letters to the allottees of Phase 1 would be awarded in December 2020, after which the owners could start the construction work on their houses,” says Dr Amjad Ali.
“A dedicated grid station would be established for the housing scheme, on which the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) would start physical soon. PESCO, until the establishment of the grid station, will provide powers through dedicated feeders on a transition basis. Part one of this project requires the spending of Rs14 billion.”
These kinds of arrangements were not even a dream back when Jalozai was still a camp. Now, the housing society being planned in this space is being built on a large model along the lines of gated communities in urban areas. Most of the land being acquired for expansion will not in fact be used for residential purposes, but instead for roads, parks, and other recreational purposes that will make the housing society top of the line.
“We have also allocated space for commercial purposes in the scheme, which would soon be advertised. Residents will be able to avail the facility of private schools, colleges and healthcare facilities in the premises,” said Dr Ali.
“The PHA is also going to construct around 20,000 grey structures in Peshawar Residencia housing scheme under the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme. The houses units will be constructed in collaboration with Pakistan housing foundation in Sarozai area of Peshawar,” he goes on to say. He explains that the Pakistan housing foundation was the implementing partner in the scheme, and responsible for the construction of the grey structures. He said the balloting process for the housing scheme has already been completed, and a consultant has been selected. He added the total cost of the project was 97 billion rupees.
“Approval has already been sought from the PDWP for construction of boundary wall, main gate and check posts for the scheme. This is all for ease of access. The PHA was not a profit earning enterprise, and its prime focus was to provide shelter to low income strata in the province on no profit no loss basis,” said Dr Ali. He went on to say that the provincial government has also signed an MOU with Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA), under which the PHA would construct 20 plus floors High rise residential apartments in Nishtarabad area of Peshawar. He said the high-rise building would be constructed on 36 Kanal of land on the model of Centaurus Islamabad, which would also include commercial spaces apart from residential apartments. He said a total of 15bn rupees would be spent on the project.
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The housing department has also started several schemes for the government servants in the province. The PHA was constructing high-rise flats for the government sector in Phase five Hayatabad, on which more than 80 percent of construction work has been completed. He said two blocks, B and E, of the high rise flats would be completed by October this year. Similarly, work on civil quarter flats would also be initiated soon. He added, the department has also launched the Hangu Township project for general public and government servants, for which the registration process was underway.
“In addition to mega housing schemes in the province, the government was also focusing on development of satellite towns in various areas of the province. The Mulazai housing scheme in Peshawar has been completed and soon the allottees would start construction work on their houses.” Similarly, he said the PHA has also completed 350 Kanal Hevelian housing schemes. He said work on Swat housing scheme in Dangram would also be started soon, in which 50 Kanal of land has been allocated for the media colony. He said potential sites have been identified for the establishment of satellite towns in various areas of the province, which includes Peshawar, Kohat, Khyber, Swat, Malakand among others. He said consultants would be hired after issuance of section four.
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2020.10.09 04:52 shitty_waifuxo Something I've noticed about purple prose...

My observation and peeve is coming from a forum experience because that’s my area. This may be a specific experience...
I guess everyone knows those RPers. Their style is an excessive overuse of thesaurus wank. They’ve trawled all the synonyms and chosen the most elaborate words regardless if they flow or not. Sometimes, their writing staggers around the edge of something legible. A semblance of style that’s not puked up verbs strewn down the page like confetti. Then they use orbs or optics to describe eyes. Record scratch. Damn, it was going so well.
These writers receive praise from the community. Which is fine, to each their own.
But something I always see, and it saddens me, are those who lack a particular confidence in their writing ability. A reason I love to RP is to experience other writers' styles, which are unique to them. Time and time again, I will read someone's post and it’s fine. They’ve got their own style going, and then it changes. The purple prose monster posts, and suddenly this other RPer is trying to keep up with the adverb masturbation. They try to mirror it all, and whatever style they have is cut to pieces and all over the place.
This doesn’t just go for whack prose either. I’ve seen writers use different tenses, and then their partner adopts that tense even though they weren’t using it in their previous post.
I guess what I’m trying to say is. Writers, please don’t do this. Like I said, I come to this hobby to experience different styles of writing (and no, adverb spam is not a style. Sorry) I don’t need you reflecting my writing, or any other members’ writing. You do you, I’m here for that.
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2020.10.09 00:25 EricaShmericaOFF The final installment of the Tell All Recap

Angela was still on fire from the second part of the Tell All, after Michael suggested that the couple had a baby “the other way” (which he didn’t really have time to explain in depth). Angela was convinced Michael planned on impregnating another woman and went wild screaming and even walking off the Zoom chat. Skyla was siding with her mother, trying to point out that Angela isn’t the only one that has to just respect their partner’s culture and desires. Angela made a cameo on Skyla’s zoom video as she was seen in the background yelling and trying to calm herself down. Once she regained some composure, she came back to discuss the “being submissive” topic with Aunt Lydia for the 300th time. It seemed like all of the female cast members agreed that “being submissive” wasn’t in the cards. Angela is back and forth on the topic of putting so much effort into having a baby due to her age, and feels as though she would like to travel and enjoy being married instead. The “having babies” topic seems to be popular, as Shaun brought it up to Cinnamon and Tania, who is ready to donate her eggs to the Michael/Angela cause (they of course Angela politely declined, and would rather shake Skyla upside down until she finally lays an egg instead). Synonym, on the other hand, claims to not want children at all. He feels like he has more of his own soul searching to do without having 2 soul-sucking non-soulmate Tanias (one mini and one full sized) weighing him down.Tania, who claims to still be a “free spirit” (but with a Pinterest Vision Board for her life goals) keeps trying to play it off like shes “easy breezy”, but in reality, she is as uptight as I can only imagine Larissa’s wedgies in all of that spandex must be. Meanwhile, I have an idea for a new spinoff…..”90 Days of Wife Swap”. Angela and Cinnabon can travel the world, flipping their hair, drinking beer and eatin’ cake, while Tania and Michael procreate and she tries to explain gender roles to Aunt Lydia. And that was my million dollar idea for the day.
Somehow the baby-making question gets thrown to Eric-ee and Larissa, who claim they would have a baby together, but only if they were married, as Larissa is a strict Catholic-ee (with morals, beech). Larissa discussed her immigrations status and receiving her work permit, though she is still waiting to hear more on her case. When asked if she had a backup plan, Eric-ee (being the jokester that he is) got down on one knee and pretended to propose, then said “Psych!” Good one! (Just never pull that stunt with Darcey…) Shaun brought up the issues the couple had early in the season, when Larissa had found out that Eric had talked about intimate details of their relationship with a random girl, Nathalie. After replaying the clips from the show, they brought Nathalie on the zoom chat to discuss her conversations with Eric-ee, which proved to be the most pointless plot point yet. Though she didn’t go into details and mostly yelled, Nathalie claimed she felt sad for Larissa, as she is with a man who said awful things about the couples’ private life to other people, and it seemed as though she had no self worth. Larissa defended her man and focussed on being nasty to Nathalie, who claimed she was only trying to exercise girl code. Eric-ee was gesturing wildly as he tried to brush off his smack-talk, mentioned something about pizza, and then Shaun dismissed Nathalie (who could have used half of Larissa’s eye makeup). Compelling. They then moved on to the topic of Eric and Colt-ee’s “I hate Larissa “ fan club meeting over a delicious spaghetti dinner, provided by Chef BoyarDeb. (I’m kind of surprised they didn’t have meatloaf, as it only seems appropriate that Colt would scream across the house “Ma!!! The Meatloooaf!!!) Eric claimed to want to compare notes about Colt-ee and Larissa’s relationship, as it was a major topic of conversation in his own relationship with the Queen. Shaun tried to question Eric-ee about his motives for wanting this meeting of the minds, and what was discussed, but he skirted around the details. The conversation moved on to Jess, who is trying to make Coltee-boy and Debbie a distant memory. She then mentions that she in fact has a new guy, who happens to be some kind of werewolf. Her new man, Brian, comes into the zoom-square with his full beard and fluffy 90’s hair, and appears to be a cross between the classic version of the Brawny paper towel man and Florian. Jess gushes as she strokes his facial hair and says weird things like “He no is Lie-boy” and “He is good boy, and I’m good girl”. Jess revealed that she and the bearded wonder actually got married after three weeks, due to her Visa expiring, and even showed off some wedding photos. Of course Colt-ee looked shocked, congratulating Jess on her new green card. Apparently the new lovebirds met indirectly though Larissa and Carmen, who seem to be running some kind of Brazillian underground dating railroad. As Shaun tries to wind down the third installment of this never ending Tell-All, She asks the couples what the future holds. Anglea drops a bomb on Michael that she will be having weight loss surgery, and he is not on board, as he claims to “like big things”. Larissa of course is a big fan of this idea (although you’d think she’d be team Michael, as she likes things “More Bigee”). Angela thinks this surgery will help her feel more sexy, and seems to have her mind set. Lastly, Shaun turns to poor Kalani, who is sitting there solo, without Asuelu or a popcorn bin, uncertain of what will become of her marriage.
In conclusion, this was one of the worst Tell Alls ever, and I pretty much wanted to quit watching it. Then I saw the came knick knack on the shelf behind Shaun's head and it was a reminder of simpler times, when Nicole and Azan struggled through the desert, and I heard Azan say to me personally "Almost there, lazy". The. End.
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2020.10.09 00:24 EricaShmericaOFF The third and final Tell All Recap

Angela was still on fire from the second part of the Tell All, after Michael suggested that the couple had a baby “the other way” (which he didn’t really have time to explain in depth). Angela was convinced Michael planned on impregnating another woman and went wild screaming and even walking off the Zoom chat. Skyla was siding with her mother, trying to point out that Angela isn’t the only one that has to just respect their partner’s culture and desires. Angela made a cameo on Skyla’s zoom video as she was seen in the background yelling and trying to calm herself down. Once she regained some composure, she came back to discuss the “being submissive” topic with Aunt Lydia for the 300th time. It seemed like all of the female cast members agreed that “being submissive” wasn’t in the cards. Angela is back and forth on the topic of putting so much effort into having a baby due to her age, and feels as though she would like to travel and enjoy being married instead. The “having babies” topic seems to be popular, as Shaun brought it up to Cinnamon and Tania, who is ready to donate her eggs to the Michael/Angela cause (they of course Angela politely declined, and would rather shake Skyla upside down until she finally lays an egg instead). Synonym, on the other hand, claims to not want children at all. He feels like he has more of his own soul searching to do without having 2 soul-sucking non-soulmate Tanias (one mini and one full sized) weighing him down.Tania, who claims to still be a “free spirit” (but with a Pinterest Vision Board for her life goals) keeps trying to play it off like shes “easy breezy”, but in reality, she is as uptight as I can only imagine Larissa’s wedgies in all of that spandex must be. Meanwhile, I have an idea for a new spinoff…..”90 Days of Wife Swap”. Angela and Cinnabon can travel the world, flipping their hair, drinking beer and eatin’ cake, while Tania and Michael procreate and she tries to explain gender roles to Aunt Lydia. And that was my million dollar idea for the day.
Somehow the baby-making question gets thrown to Eric-ee and Larissa, who claim they would have a baby together, but only if they were married, as Larissa is a strict Catholic-ee (with morals, beech). Larissa discussed her immigrations status and receiving her work permit, though she is still waiting to hear more on her case. When asked if she had a backup plan, Eric-ee (being the jokester that he is) got down on one knee and pretended to propose, then said “Psych!” Good one! (Just never pull that stunt with Darcey…) Shaun brought up the issues the couple had early in the season, when Larissa had found out that Eric had talked about intimate details of their relationship with a random girl, Nathalie. After replaying the clips from the show, they brought Nathalie on the zoom chat to discuss her conversations with Eric-ee, which proved to be the most pointless plot point yet. Though she didn’t go into details and mostly yelled, Nathalie claimed she felt sad for Larissa, as she is with a man who said awful things about the couples’ private life to other people, and it seemed as though she had no self worth. Larissa defended her man and focussed on being nasty to Nathalie, who claimed she was only trying to exercise girl code. Eric-ee was gesturing wildly as he tried to brush off his smack-talk, mentioned something about pizza, and then Shaun dismissed Nathalie (who could have used half of Larissa’s eye makeup). Compelling. They then moved on to the topic of Eric and Colt-ee’s “I hate Larissa “ fan club meeting over a delicious spaghetti dinner, provided by Chef BoyarDeb. (I’m kind of surprised they didn’t have meatloaf, as it only seems appropriate that Colt would scream across the house “Ma!!! The Meatloooaf!!!) Eric claimed to want to compare notes about Colt-ee and Larissa’s relationship, as it was a major topic of conversation in his own relationship with the Queen. Shaun tried to question Eric-ee about his motives for wanting this meeting of the minds, and what was discussed, but he skirted around the details. The conversation moved on to Jess, who is trying to make Coltee-boy and Debbie a distant memory. She then mentions that she in fact has a new guy, who happens to be some kind of werewolf. Her new man, Brian, comes into the zoom-square with his full beard and fluffy 90’s hair, and appears to be a cross between the classic version of the Brawny paper towel man and Florian. Jess gushes as she strokes his facial hair and says weird things like “He no is Lie-boy” and “He is good boy, and I’m good girl”. Jess revealed that she and the bearded wonder actually got married after three weeks, due to her Visa expiring, and even showed off some wedding photos. Of course Colt-ee looked shocked, congratulating Jess on her new green card. Apparently the new lovebirds met indirectly though Larissa and Carmen, who seem to be running some kind of Brazillian underground dating railroad. As Shaun tries to wind down the third installment of this never ending Tell-All, She asks the couples what the future holds. Anglea drops a bomb on Michael that she will be having weight loss surgery, and he is not on board, as he claims to “like big things”. Larissa of course is a big fan of this idea (although you’d think she’d be team Michael, as she likes things “More Bigee”). Angela thinks this surgery will help her feel more sexy, and seems to have her mind set. Lastly, Shaun turns to poor Kalani, who is sitting there solo, without Asuelu or a popcorn bin, uncertain of what will become of her marriage.
In conclusion, this was one of the worst Tell Alls ever, and I pretty much wanted to quit watching it. Then I saw the came knick knack on the shelf behind Shaun's head and it was a reminder of simpler times, when Nicole and Azan struggled through the desert, and I heard Azan say to me personally "Almost there, lazy". The. End.
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2020.10.08 20:19 Deborah_hecker Change or improve your relationship

Change or improve your relationship

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Simply put, empathy is understanding: the sensing of another person’s underlying feelings, wants, and emotional dynamics — looking at the world through their lenses — “What would I be feeling if I were him or her?” Empathy is synonymous with phrases such as “being in your shoes” and “soul mates.”
Men and women have different empathic needs of their partners. It is not uncommon to hear women complaining about their partner’s inability to listen closely to them. Likewise, many men are uncomfortable sharing their vulnerabilities, something women can help them with.

Do the following complaints sound familiar?

Woman: “Why can’t he just listen and try to understand my feelings rather than analyze them?”
Man: “I’m not comfortable talking about these feelings and I feel kind of wimpy talking about it with my partner.”
More than likely you can identify with these statements. Each of us has experienced the pain and loneliness of not having our feelings recognized and responded to by our partner.
However, empathizing with your partner does not mean you agree with or approve of their opinions, perceptions, or thoughts.

The Critical Importance of Empathy in Partnerships

Empathy is the cornerstone of a healthy, connected relationship. More than any other emotion, it has the power to melt the ice that has built up between two people. When I see couples in my clinical practice, one of the first things I assess is the level of empathy and emotional safety that exists between them. This gives me insight into the security of their attachment.
Empathy creates a bond between two people and allows them to be vulnerable and to share intimately. If you sense that your partner really “feels your feelings,” you will be more trusting of them and more willing to share yourself. On the other hand, if empathy is absent, sharing will be avoided, and the process of growing apart will likely begin.
The lessons of empathy begin with your parents who set the stage for your ability to trust as well as to empathize in your future relationships. If, however, healthy empathy was not modeled for you, fortunately it’s a skill that can be developed and integrated into your relationships.
Let’s look at the components of empathy and how you can incorporate them into your relationships.
  • Effective communication. Express yourself effectively, verbally and nonverbally.
  • A strong imagination. See the world from your partner’s perspective, which may be different than yours.
  • Self-awareness. First, engage in some introspection so that you understand your own behavior.
  • Non-selective listening. You need to not only hear your partner’s words, but also understand the feelings behind them.
  • Nonjudgmental attitude. Keep the focus on your partner’s experiences rather than on your circumstances or beliefs.
  • A lack of defensiveness. Put aside concerns about “right and wrong” so you can listen emphatically to your partner. Accept each other’s baggage and sensitivities, which may or may not be overcome.

Nick and Emily

The following conversation took place between Nick and Emily the morning after they attended a baby shower for Emily’s sister.
Nick: You did it again and ignored me at the party last night!
Emily: What the heck do you mean? I remember telling you how nice the gifts were that people brought.
Nick: Yeah, sure, what about the rest of the evening when you were working the crowd?
Emily: Excuse me, Nick, I have the right to enjoy myself apart from you. You need to take better care of yourself in social situations.
Nick: Here we go again. It’s always about you.
Nick and Emily continued to argue about their different perceptions of what happened at the party and made no progress toward mutual understanding.
Let’s look at what their dialogue would sound like if empathy were a part of it.
Nick: I felt like you ignored me at your sister’s party last night.
Emily: Actually, I didn’t see it that way. I was making an effort to pay more attention because I know it gets to you when I don’t.
Nick: I appreciate your trying, even though it still felt like I was being ignored.
Emily: I don’t want you to feel ignored. But, you know, Nick, it might be helpful for both of us if you work on building your confidence in social situations so you don’t have to depend on me for that.
Nick: Maybe you are right, but I’m not sure I agree with you. I’ll think about it.
There are several notable differences between the first conversation in which there was an absence of empathy between Nick and Emily and the second one where each had a concern for the other’s needs. Let’s look at those differences:
  1. In the second dialogue they both let go of their defensiveness and put aside issues of “right and wrong.” so that they were able to listen emphatically to each other, a powerful catalyst for a successful relationship.
  2. In the second dialogue, they accepted each other’s feelings as valid even though they did not see eye to eye.
  3. Although Nick was hesitant to accept the truth about his dependency needs, he is willing to take look at himself, another important component of developing empathy.
Behind most couples conflicts is the question of whether your partner only cares about their own needs and wants and doesn’t care enough about your feelings and desires. When there is an emphatic connection and mindful listening, there is no right or wrong battle or defensiveness. Finding solutions to problems is much smoother.
It is my sincere hope that all information on my website provides you with content that inspires you to enhance your relationships. These materials are not intended to be a substitute for my counseling services. If you are ready to make that leap, please click here to set up a complimentary consultation.
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2020.10.05 04:46 RedHeadReviews ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ Bryson Tiller’s Self Induced Case Of Plagiarism - Album Review

Treading water. It’s a crime so many in the music industry commit in the pursuit of long-awaited fame and acclaim. As an artist becomes synonymous and widely familiarised with a particular brand or approach to a genre, it feels as if they often play themselves into this one-dimensional corner, allowing their careers to thinly boil down into a singular definition. Few artists fit the bill as harmoniously as singer, songwriter Bryson Tiller. Capturing the hearts of fans worldwide back in 2015 with his debut album ‘T R A P S O U L’, Tiller would associate himself with this promised blend of current trap rap influences, pampered with the vintage charm and enriching qualities of soul. The only issue I found myself having with his rendition of the niche marriage, was that Tiller never felt suited to bear the burden of such an ambitious cross over. The ‘soul’ portion of the product always felt more like a fraudulent marketing strategy, as I found Tiller would struggle to present anything in the way of originality. Something that would suggest his inability to break the conventional mould of the r&b countless other unidentifiable crooners was publishing.
His newest album ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ is presented as a celebration of all things ‘T R A P S O U L’. From its marketing to roll-out, to even its sonic identity, ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ is set up for failure, as Tiller sets out to ‘please’ us with what is effectively an identical twin of his humble beginnings. Whilst I can see the immediate appeal to Tiller’s lifelong fans simply ebbing off the material, all that is revealed to me, listen after listen is the need to question who asked for this? With three years separating Tiller’s previous release, I would’ve hoped he’d added some fresh tools to his repertoire, evolved in some way, or gained a sense of identity, yet ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ feels every bit as hollow as its predecessors. How Tiller has managed to effectively rip himself off by crafting something so shamelessly veiled as a replica is beyond me, and the fact that it feels just as shallow now as it did the first time is even more bewildering.
The album's opening track, ‘Years Go By’, sees Tiller place all his eggs in one basket, as every subsequent track thrives off recycling a painfully homogenous blueprint. What little creativity there is feels all but devoured by the intrusive hi-hats that dominate the mix. Swallowing offensively bland synths, and a nondescript Tiller, audiences are greeted by some of the most bog-standard arrangements within the industry. With nothing in the way of a dominant hook, or a revealing sense of intimacy in the lyrics, the track is simply case one in what feels like the end result of an artificial intelligence’s understanding of music.
I get the sense that the removal of organic processes and appreciation for ambitious creation is something that is adopted unanimously throughout the album given just how lazy and indistinct everything feels. We have laughably ironic ‘Things Change’ where Tiller is placed in an apologetic light as he finds himself filled with remorse regarding his infidelity. Sure it’s a little cute how the situation plays out with its reconciliation, but what exactly does the track express sonically? This material is nothing new or foreign within the Tiller discography and it feels like each and every iteration of his melancholy awakening is just a carbon copy of the last. At this point in his career, it feels like his overly performative approach has all but dried up, yet Tiller exhibits no desire to slow down or an intent to aspire to something greater.
Tiller’s loyalty to convention and the roots he is all but too familiar with feels as if it is never once contested, as he slumps into this moody aesthetic as if it were routine. Knowing there is, and always will be demand for his particular brand, it feels as if Tiller utterly wastes any residual potential coasting by doing the bare minimum on ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’. We have the track ‘Sorrows’ which boiled down, is essentially the bastard child of all of the most trivial and superficial characteristics of r&b fused into this evaporating audio apparition. I will give kudos to the crooner for injecting at least some level of passion of potency into his performance, yet he is near non-existent at points as it feels as if he has been pit against the overblown production in an eternal struggle.
The immediate follow up to what might be Tiller’s most convincing and engaging performance on the album, the lead single ‘Inhale’, pulls a complete 180. Where ‘Sorrows’ is faulted by just how dense everything is, being crammed into such close proximity, ‘Inhale’ is so deconstructed and baron it barely registers as an actual song. Tiller’s minimal presence makes him such a non-factor he never truly leaves a stamp of lasting influence on the song. Partnered with the track's production, which contains a sample of Mary J. Blige’s ‘Not Gon’ Cry’ (the most soul we are ever fed throughout the album), and these clunky, off-kilter synths, and the end result is a clusterfuck of elements that all function separately, yet in conjunction, are better off forgotten.
Though I find a great deal of ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ essential runs as the result of subscribing to all of r&b’s most generic and forgettable elements, I appreciate whenever Tiller throws a spanner into the works, regardless of how scarce those moments may be. Though nothing groundbreaking, hearing those zany, extraterrestrial synths on ‘I’m Ready For You’ is a breath of fresh air and a much-needed intermission from an otherwise comatose inducing listen. Like a fleck of brightness in a droning sea of colourless montage, Tiller isn’t reinventing the wheel here, but it sticks out for all the right reasons. It really feels like one of the only moments of true experimentation on the record as everything else just screams commercial security.
Despite just how criminally lazy this copy and paste album is, yet another redeemable highlight is ‘Outta Time’ with Drake. This is almost a miraculous success given my doubts regarding the duo. In theory, Drake would be the last person I’d want on an already monotone and one-dimensional album on this scale, yet here he outshines Tiller at his own game. In a stage in his career where Drake has become content sacrificing his craft to please the masses, we catch a glimpse of the Drake of old with his sulking delivery and deflating phrases. Concerned with their own detrimental treatment in their respective relationships, the two mourn their sorrows. Tiller can’t be granted the same praise as his counterpart here, slathered in synthetic manipulation, and playing second fiddle to an on-form Drake, inevitably condemns him to the baron depths of the tracks sparse production. As if he were a stranger on his own song.
Outside of these scarce highlights, what exactly is there to gain from such a bareboned offering? With each listen of ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ all I hear is the product of Bryson copy-pasting a formula that is vaguely reminiscent of his proclaimed inspirations, yet just inoffensive enough to captivate the largest audience. It feels like you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, as nothing here presents anything that hasn’t previously been featured within the Tiller discography. Tracks such as ‘Always Forever’ are just as much of a nondescript blank canvas as ‘Keep Doing What You’re Doing’ yet Tiller finds the will to include both in the final cut. At a tight ten tracks, there really is no room for mistakes, yet I feel like Tiller bombards me with this half-baked filler that I truly and honestly don’t perceive as polished and finalised material.
A project like ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ demands audience attention. Not because it is an intricate or nuanced listen in which its microscopic parts work cohesively to form some bold sound, but because you may not even notice its transitions given just how deviously it all blends together. Tiller comes off as an ignorant figure, unwilling to change his ways here, as none of the material on ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ challenges him. Heading into the project I must admit I was dubious. Given just how underwhelming the teaser material was, I had reason to believe Tiller wouldn’t exactly pull out all the stops to wow us on a monumental scale, and that’s exactly what ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ feels like. A calculated listen that celebrates Tiller beating a dead horse through an abysmally misleading fusion. This is toothless and generic to the core, as I find myself searching all over in my attempts to find even the slightest indentation of interest or growth - not the first of occasions within the Tiller discography.
A N N I V E R S A R Y - Bryson Tiller - 3/10
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2020.10.05 04:46 RedHeadReviews ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ Bryson Tiller’s Self Induced Case Of Plagiarism - Album Review

Treading water. It’s a crime so many in the music industry commit in the pursuit of long-awaited fame and acclaim. As an artist becomes synonymous and widely familiarised with a particular brand or approach to a genre, it feels as if they often play themselves into this one-dimensional corner, allowing their careers to thinly boil down into a singular definition. Few artists fit the bill as harmoniously as singer, songwriter Bryson Tiller. Capturing the hearts of fans worldwide back in 2015 with his debut album ‘T R A P S O U L’, Tiller would associate himself with this promised blend of current trap rap influences, pampered with the vintage charm and enriching qualities of soul. The only issue I found myself having with his rendition of the niche marriage, was that Tiller never felt suited to bear the burden of such an ambitious cross over. The ‘soul’ portion of the product always felt more like a fraudulent marketing strategy, as I found Tiller would struggle to present anything in the way of originality. Something that would suggest his inability to break the conventional mould of the r&b countless other unidentifiable crooners was publishing.
His newest album ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ is presented as a celebration of all things ‘T R A P S O U L’. From its marketing to roll-out, to even its sonic identity, ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ is set up for failure, as Tiller sets out to ‘please’ us with what is effectively an identical twin of his humble beginnings. Whilst I can see the immediate appeal to Tiller’s lifelong fans simply ebbing off the material, all that is revealed to me, listen after listen is the need to question who asked for this? With three years separating Tiller’s previous release, I would’ve hoped he’d added some fresh tools to his repertoire, evolved in some way, or gained a sense of identity, yet ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ feels every bit as hollow as its predecessors. How Tiller has managed to effectively rip himself off by crafting something so shamelessly veiled as a replica is beyond me, and the fact that it feels just as shallow now as it did the first time is even more bewildering.
The album's opening track, ‘Years Go By’, sees Tiller place all his eggs in one basket, as every subsequent track thrives off recycling a painfully homogenous blueprint. What little creativity there is feels all but devoured by the intrusive hi-hats that dominate the mix. Swallowing offensively bland synths, and a nondescript Tiller, audiences are greeted by some of the most bog-standard arrangements within the industry. With nothing in the way of a dominant hook, or a revealing sense of intimacy in the lyrics, the track is simply case one in what feels like the end result of an artificial intelligence’s understanding of music.
I get the sense that the removal of organic processes and appreciation for ambitious creation is something that is adopted unanimously throughout the album given just how lazy and indistinct everything feels. We have laughably ironic ‘Things Change’ where Tiller is placed in an apologetic light as he finds himself filled with remorse regarding his infidelity. Sure it’s a little cute how the situation plays out with its reconciliation, but what exactly does the track express sonically? This material is nothing new or foreign within the Tiller discography and it feels like each and every iteration of his melancholy awakening is just a carbon copy of the last. At this point in his career, it feels like his overly performative approach has all but dried up, yet Tiller exhibits no desire to slow down or an intent to aspire to something greater.
Tiller’s loyalty to convention and the roots he is all but too familiar with feels as if it is never once contested, as he slumps into this moody aesthetic as if it were routine. Knowing there is, and always will be demand for his particular brand, it feels as if Tiller utterly wastes any residual potential coasting by doing the bare minimum on ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’. We have the track ‘Sorrows’ which boiled down, is essentially the bastard child of all of the most trivial and superficial characteristics of r&b fused into this evaporating audio apparition. I will give kudos to the crooner for injecting at least some level of passion of potency into his performance, yet he is near non-existent at points as it feels as if he has been pit against the overblown production in an eternal struggle.
The immediate follow up to what might be Tiller’s most convincing and engaging performance on the album, the lead single ‘Inhale’, pulls a complete 180. Where ‘Sorrows’ is faulted by just how dense everything is, being crammed into such close proximity, ‘Inhale’ is so deconstructed and baron it barely registers as an actual song. Tiller’s minimal presence makes him such a non-factor he never truly leaves a stamp of lasting influence on the song. Partnered with the track's production, which contains a sample of Mary J. Blige’s ‘Not Gon’ Cry’ (the most soul we are ever fed throughout the album), and these clunky, off-kilter synths, and the end result is a clusterfuck of elements that all function separately, yet in conjunction, are better off forgotten.
Though I find a great deal of ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ essential runs as the result of subscribing to all of r&b’s most generic and forgettable elements, I appreciate whenever Tiller throws a spanner into the works, regardless of how scarce those moments may be. Though nothing groundbreaking, hearing those zany, extraterrestrial synths on ‘I’m Ready For You’ is a breath of fresh air and a much-needed intermission from an otherwise comatose inducing listen. Like a fleck of brightness in a droning sea of colourless montage, Tiller isn’t reinventing the wheel here, but it sticks out for all the right reasons. It really feels like one of the only moments of true experimentation on the record as everything else just screams commercial security.
Despite just how criminally lazy this copy and paste album is, yet another redeemable highlight is ‘Outta Time’ with Drake. This is almost a miraculous success given my doubts regarding the duo. In theory, Drake would be the last person I’d want on an already monotone and one-dimensional album on this scale, yet here he outshines Tiller at his own game. In a stage in his career where Drake has become content sacrificing his craft to please the masses, we catch a glimpse of the Drake of old with his sulking delivery and deflating phrases. Concerned with their own detrimental treatment in their respective relationships, the two mourn their sorrows. Tiller can’t be granted the same praise as his counterpart here, slathered in synthetic manipulation, and playing second fiddle to an on-form Drake, inevitably condemns him to the baron depths of the tracks sparse production. As if he were a stranger on his own song.
Outside of these scarce highlights, what exactly is there to gain from such a bareboned offering? With each listen of ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ all I hear is the product of Bryson copy-pasting a formula that is vaguely reminiscent of his proclaimed inspirations, yet just inoffensive enough to captivate the largest audience. It feels like you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, as nothing here presents anything that hasn’t previously been featured within the Tiller discography. Tracks such as ‘Always Forever’ are just as much of a nondescript blank canvas as ‘Keep Doing What You’re Doing’ yet Tiller finds the will to include both in the final cut. At a tight ten tracks, there really is no room for mistakes, yet I feel like Tiller bombards me with this half-baked filler that I truly and honestly don’t perceive as polished and finalised material.
A project like ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ demands audience attention. Not because it is an intricate or nuanced listen in which its microscopic parts work cohesively to form some bold sound, but because you may not even notice its transitions given just how deviously it all blends together. Tiller comes off as an ignorant figure, unwilling to change his ways here, as none of the material on ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ challenges him. Heading into the project I must admit I was dubious. Given just how underwhelming the teaser material was, I had reason to believe Tiller wouldn’t exactly pull out all the stops to wow us on a monumental scale, and that’s exactly what ‘A N N I V E R S A R Y’ feels like. A calculated listen that celebrates Tiller beating a dead horse through an abysmally misleading fusion. This is toothless and generic to the core, as I find myself searching all over in my attempts to find even the slightest indentation of interest or growth - not the first of occasions within the Tiller discography.
A N N I V E R S A R Y - Bryson Tiller - 3/10
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2020.10.04 09:42 preetivandanamba Top 10 ways to improve your english vocabulary fast!

Top 10 Ways to Improve your English Vocabulary Fast!

How does it feel to be stuck in the middle of a sentence because you weren’t sure of the exact word to use?
How many times were you left embarrassed in the middle of a presentation because you just slipped on a word which was inappropriate?
Oftentimes, you rack your brains and fumble to find the right word for a context, but you just seem to have forgotten it. You have read the exact word somewhere, you know it exists in some part of your brain, but you don’t remember it right at the time when you need it the most!
Been through any or all of the situations above sometime in your life?
Then you are at the right place!
I am about to reveal some of the most powerful, yet simple techniques which, if you follow, will boost your vocabulary to a very advanced level.
Using those perfectly worded statements can work wonders in whichever field you want - career, business, studies - literally everywhere!
Needless to say, the right vocabulary in your sentences creates a great lasting impression, makes your communication more clear and effective, and boosts your confidence in speaking English fluently!
Besides, the techniques which I am about to share below are going to be easy for memorization and better recall purposes!
So, now as you are about to learn about these proven strategies to quickly build your vocabulary, remember to practice these techniques consistently for the next few days to see the results for yourself!
So, here we go!

Top 10 Ways to Improve your English Vocabulary Fast:

1.Read, Write, Listen & Watch:
Reading is one of the most powerful techniques to improve your vocabulary, literally by leaps and bounds!
But, you need not read just anything you come across!
My suggestion is to read something that interests you - comics, online blogs, short stories, etc.
Dedicate a minimum of 30 mins to an hour per day to this activity and see how it transforms your vocabulary know-how.
Go slow initially.
You might come across a number of new and interesting words. It’s easy to get distracted trying to figure out what each one of them means! But, trying to understand the overall context helps in a much better way.
Also, how many times have you brushed past the Editor's column of your favorite Daily without having a look at it?
Did you know this is a great place for the latest in vocabulary practices?
So, if you want to build upon your vocabulary, don't miss on the Editor's Column!
Writing daily on a wide variety of interesting topics is also great in building your word power.
Try to use the new words you learned by integrating them into your writing.
Maintain a journal where you can jot down the new word list and make sentences out of them.
You will need to review them from time to time, just so that you don’t forget them:)
Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, music, etc is an interesting way of helping your brain start thinking in the language you want to learn. This way, you come across several new words along with the right intonation and pronunciation.
If listening to music is something that you like to do often, then you can tune in to anything, preferably in English.
Now, this has the added advantage of allowing you to carry on with your regular work along with some passive learning in the background!
Also, you can do this at any time of the day.
Watching a TV series, movies or even News for learning and upgrading your vocabulary is a good way to go! You can learn the latest in vocabulary practically working it out further on your own:)
2.Practice your New Vocabulary:
What do you do after noting down a long list of new words that you came across?
Well, just so that you don’t forget them after a while, you need to start using/practicing with them.
Here’s how:
Eg: I went for a stroll this morning.
So you understand that the word ‘stroll’ is a short ‘walk’ that you took in the morning.
Review and practice your word list either all by yourself or with a partner (preferably someone with good language skills). To do so, you can hide the definition of that word and check if you remember them, from time to time.
Or, you can ask your partner to ask you random words and see if you can remember their meanings.
Also, a very good practice here whenever you come across a new word would be to note it down along with its synonyms, antonyms and tenses.
Better still, make sentences with your new vocabulary and start using it in your daily life.
3.Take the help of a Dictionary:
Choose from online or offline, Oxford or Merriam-Webster, but keep a dictionary handy with you.
This way, not only can you search and find synonyms and antonyms for the new words, expand your vocabulary base, but also get help with usage of these words..
Eg: You came across the word ‘magnificent’ in your book.
Now, instead of this word, you can use ‘splendid’, ‘wonderful’ or ‘admirable’.
So, play around with the different meanings and usages of the new word.
Look at these two sentences:
1.I love her new shade of compact.
2. My new mobile is compact and trendy.
In sentence 1. Compact is a make-up accessory and in sentence 2.the same word ‘compact’ means ‘sleek’.
So, again, learn words in context and try to use them in their different meanings. This way, you can learn a word in all its usages.
  1. Practice that Niche Jargon:
For instance, words such as ‘check-out’ may mean differently in hotel and airport contexts.
So, as you come across new words, try to learn them in context and according to their niche.
Also, learning new vocabulary in contextual phrases is a better and faster way to learn a new language.
Eg: Enquiry at the railway station:
How much is the fare to X (destination)?
What time is the train leaving?
Or, better still, you can improve your word list by actually using them in your daily life.
For eg, when ordering food at a restaurant, you can use specific jargon such as ‘What’s on the menu today?
Or
‘Do you accept card or cash as payment mode?” etc.
  1. Learning New Words through Play:
Many board games such as Scrabble, Last man standing, Word Bingo, etc or apps such as PowerVocab, Vocabulary.com can help in learning a new language quite wonderfully.
There are many interesting games, worksheets, and activities online which can help you to widen your vocabulary knowledge.
My favorite among them is an activity involving the student to choose a new word and interpret it according to their understanding of the context.
  1. Create Mind Maps:
Mind maps are great visual diagrams built around a central theme or an idea.
Now, you can build a huge vocabulary list and remember it too easily, by creating a mind map.
With mind maps, information is structured in a way that shows the connections between things.
It’s how our brains actually work - through connections between ideas, words, and concepts, not through long tedious unconnected lists.
When you first start using a mind map, it will probably feel pretty familiar.
Mind maps help create more organised networks, so it’s easier to manage your vocabulary lists.
It just mimics how you remember vocabulary in your native language - through connections, not through lists, meaning it feels more natural, works more effectively, and is also more interesting to use.
Let’s say, you wanted to find the various synonyms for the word “talk”.
Under the topic of ‘talk’, you can add related categories such as “keep quiet”, “public lecture”, etc.
Further connected keywords and phrases such as “lecturing”, “spill the beans”, and so on could be joined with this network, so that you create a map of related words and phrases.
  1. Language Immersion:
When you delve yourself into a learning environment, you can really improve a lot faster.
For example, when you change your phone settings to your targeted language, ‘English’ - you will come across new terminology and thus, expand on your vocabulary list.
Or, maybe watch an English TV series along with subtitles. This way, you come across several new words, which you can practice and use in context in your daily life.
Another great idea here is to start using the new vocabulary at home, with family and friends.
Practice this with someone who's really good at it.
Also, someone who can provide constructive feedback from time to time.
Then, you can slowly put your language skills to practice at work.
And finally, you are ready to give that awesome, perfectly-worded business presentation that was always on your to-do list!
The simple rule is - the more you surround yourself in English, the better you get at it, and faster.
Your memory recall is also great, no matter how huge your vocabulary list is. This is because you have immersed yourself in a learning environment and this technique is indeed a very powerful one to ramp up on your English vocabulary.
  1. Use Language Apps:
There are many language learning apps such as Grammarly, LinguaLift, Duolingo, etc.
As a beginner, these apps can be extremely helpful in guiding you in a great way.
Learning English through apps can be a lot more interesting and interactive too!
Why?
Because there’s a whole lot of learning happening through interactive games, quizzes, exercises, commonly used conversation phrases, etc.
Of course, as you progress on your language learning curve, you will need them lesser.
  1. Break Difficult Vocabulary into Parts:
And practice it until you get it right!
For eg: "Hallucinations" can be broken into "hall-oo-cee-na-tions."
Then practice forming sentences with the difficult word such as:
"She used to have hallucinations regularly."
Another important tip here is to practice with phrases in context rather than single words is a much better way of memorizing a huge vocabulary list.
  1. Join Online English Forums:
Or better still, find an online English course.
Needless to say, classroom learning has its own benefits.
It's more interactive and there's an active resolution of many difficult issues that you are facing in language learning.
There are several English forums online where you can mind like-minded people having similar language learning goals.
What do you do when you spend a lot of time online?
Maybe improve your language skills by subscribing to online educational videos.
They are a great way to get a lot of information in an interactive way!

Conclusion:

So, you can choose whichever technique you would want to start with, but practice consistently with it.
When you have done so, you will find a marked difference in your vocabulary comprehension and retention.
So, no matter what you learn or how you choose to do it, remember to learn and review new words every day, mindfully and passionately:)
Practice them as much as you can AND learn from your mistakes, but don’t be afraid to make them:)
As we all know, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

For more such highly useful strategies & tips, visit and SUBSCRIBE to my official English language blog: http://learnenglishwithpreeti.online/
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2020.10.04 09:41 preetivandanamba Top 10 ways to improve your English vocabulary fast!

Top 10 Ways to Improve your English Vocabulary Fast!

How does it feel to be stuck in the middle of a sentence because you weren’t sure of the exact word to use?
How many times were you left embarrassed in the middle of a presentation because you just slipped on a word which was inappropriate?
Oftentimes, you rack your brains and fumble to find the right word for a context, but you just seem to have forgotten it. You have read the exact word somewhere, you know it exists in some part of your brain, but you don’t remember it right at the time when you need it the most!
Been through any or all of the situations above sometime in your life?
Then you are at the right place!
I am about to reveal some of the most powerful, yet simple techniques which, if you follow, will boost your vocabulary to a very advanced level.
Using those perfectly worded statements can work wonders in whichever field you want - career, business, studies - literally everywhere!
Needless to say, the right vocabulary in your sentences creates a great lasting impression, makes your communication more clear and effective, and boosts your confidence in speaking English fluently!
Besides, the techniques which I am about to share below are going to be easy for memorization and better recall purposes!
So, now as you are about to learn about these proven strategies to quickly build your vocabulary, remember to practice these techniques consistently for the next few days to see the results for yourself!
So, here we go!

Top 10 Ways to Improve your English Vocabulary Fast:

1.Read, Write, Listen & Watch:
Reading is one of the most powerful techniques to improve your vocabulary, literally by leaps and bounds!
But, you need not read just anything you come across!
My suggestion is to read something that interests you - comics, online blogs, short stories, etc.
Dedicate a minimum of 30 mins to an hour per day to this activity and see how it transforms your vocabulary know-how.
Go slow initially.
You might come across a number of new and interesting words. It’s easy to get distracted trying to figure out what each one of them means! But, trying to understand the overall context helps in a much better way.
Also, how many times have you brushed past the Editor's column of your favorite Daily without having a look at it?
Did you know this is a great place for the latest in vocabulary practices?
So, if you want to build upon your vocabulary, don't miss on the Editor's Column!
Writing daily on a wide variety of interesting topics is also great in building your word power.
Try to use the new words you learned by integrating them into your writing.
Maintain a journal where you can jot down the new word list and make sentences out of them.
You will need to review them from time to time, just so that you don’t forget them:)
Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, music, etc is an interesting way of helping your brain start thinking in the language you want to learn. This way, you come across several new words along with the right intonation and pronunciation.
If listening to music is something that you like to do often, then you can tune in to anything, preferably in English.
Now, this has the added advantage of allowing you to carry on with your regular work along with some passive learning in the background!
Also, you can do this at any time of the day.
Watching a TV series, movies or even News for learning and upgrading your vocabulary is a good way to go! You can learn the latest in vocabulary practically working it out further on your own:)
2.Practice your New Vocabulary:
What do you do after noting down a long list of new words that you came across?
Well, just so that you don’t forget them after a while, you need to start using/practicing with them.
Here’s how:
Eg: I went for a stroll this morning.
So you understand that the word ‘stroll’ is a short ‘walk’ that you took in the morning.
Review and practice your word list either all by yourself or with a partner (preferably someone with good language skills). To do so, you can hide the definition of that word and check if you remember them, from time to time.
Or, you can ask your partner to ask you random words and see if you can remember their meanings.
Also, a very good practice here whenever you come across a new word would be to note it down along with its synonyms, antonyms and tenses.
Better still, make sentences with your new vocabulary and start using it in your daily life.
3.Take the help of a Dictionary:
Choose from online or offline, Oxford or Merriam-Webster, but keep a dictionary handy with you.
This way, not only can you search and find synonyms and antonyms for the new words, expand your vocabulary base, but also get help with usage of these words..
Eg: You came across the word ‘magnificent’ in your book.
Now, instead of this word, you can use ‘splendid’, ‘wonderful’ or ‘admirable’.
So, play around with the different meanings and usages of the new word.
Look at these two sentences:
1.I love her new shade of compact.
2. My new mobile is compact and trendy.
In sentence 1. Compact is a make-up accessory and in sentence 2.the same word ‘compact’ means ‘sleek’.
So, again, learn words in context and try to use them in their different meanings. This way, you can learn a word in all its usages.
  1. Practice that Niche Jargon:
For instance, words such as ‘check-out’ may mean differently in hotel and airport contexts.
So, as you come across new words, try to learn them in context and according to their niche.
Also, learning new vocabulary in contextual phrases is a better and faster way to learn a new language.
Eg: Enquiry at the railway station:
How much is the fare to X (destination)?
What time is the train leaving?
Or, better still, you can improve your word list by actually using them in your daily life.
For eg, when ordering food at a restaurant, you can use specific jargon such as ‘What’s on the menu today?
Or
‘Do you accept card or cash as payment mode?” etc.
  1. Learning New Words through Play:
Many board games such as Scrabble, Last man standing, Word Bingo, etc or apps such as PowerVocab, Vocabulary.com can help in learning a new language quite wonderfully.
There are many interesting games, worksheets, and activities online which can help you to widen your vocabulary knowledge.
My favorite among them is an activity involving the student to choose a new word and interpret it according to their understanding of the context.
  1. Create Mind Maps:
Mind maps are great visual diagrams built around a central theme or an idea.
Now, you can build a huge vocabulary list and remember it too easily, by creating a mind map.
With mind maps, information is structured in a way that shows the connections between things.
It’s how our brains actually work - through connections between ideas, words, and concepts, not through long tedious unconnected lists.
When you first start using a mind map, it will probably feel pretty familiar.
Mind maps help create more organised networks, so it’s easier to manage your vocabulary lists.
It just mimics how you remember vocabulary in your native language - through connections, not through lists, meaning it feels more natural, works more effectively, and is also more interesting to use.
Let’s say, you wanted to find the various synonyms for the word “talk”.
Under the topic of ‘talk’, you can add related categories such as “keep quiet”, “public lecture”, etc.
Further connected keywords and phrases such as “lecturing”, “spill the beans”, and so on could be joined with this network, so that you create a map of related words and phrases.
  1. Language Immersion:
When you delve yourself into a learning environment, you can really improve a lot faster.
For example, when you change your phone settings to your targeted language, ‘English’ - you will come across new terminology and thus, expand on your vocabulary list.
Or, maybe watch an English TV series along with subtitles. This way, you come across several new words, which you can practice and use in context in your daily life.
Another great idea here is to start using the new vocabulary at home, with family and friends.
Practice this with someone who's really good at it.
Also, someone who can provide constructive feedback from time to time.
Then, you can slowly put your language skills to practice at work.
And finally, you are ready to give that awesome, perfectly-worded business presentation that was always on your to-do list!
The simple rule is - the more you surround yourself in English, the better you get at it, and faster.
Your memory recall is also great, no matter how huge your vocabulary list is. This is because you have immersed yourself in a learning environment and this technique is indeed a very powerful one to ramp up on your English vocabulary.
  1. Use Language Apps:
There are many language learning apps such as Grammarly, LinguaLift, Duolingo, etc.
As a beginner, these apps can be extremely helpful in guiding you in a great way.
Learning English through apps can be a lot more interesting and interactive too!
Why?
Because there’s a whole lot of learning happening through interactive games, quizzes, exercises, commonly used conversation phrases, etc.
Of course, as you progress on your language learning curve, you will need them lesser.
  1. Break Difficult Vocabulary into Parts:
And practice it until you get it right!
For eg: "Hallucinations" can be broken into "hall-oo-cee-na-tions."
Then practice forming sentences with the difficult word such as:
"She used to have hallucinations regularly."
Another important tip here is to practice with phrases in context rather than single words is a much better way of memorizing a huge vocabulary list.
  1. Join Online English Forums:
Or better still, find an online English course.
Needless to say, classroom learning has its own benefits.
It's more interactive and there's an active resolution of many difficult issues that you are facing in language learning.
There are several English forums online where you can mind like-minded people having similar language learning goals.
What do you do when you spend a lot of time online?
Maybe improve your language skills by subscribing to online educational videos.
They are a great way to get a lot of information in an interactive way!

Conclusion:

So, you can choose whichever technique you would want to start with, but practice consistently with it.
When you have done so, you will find a marked difference in your vocabulary comprehension and retention.
So, no matter what you learn or how you choose to do it, remember to learn and review new words every day, mindfully and passionately:)
Practice them as much as you can AND learn from your mistakes, but don’t be afraid to make them:)
As we all know, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

For more such highly useful strategies & tips, visit and SUBSCRIBE to my official English language blog: http://learnenglishwithpreeti.online/
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