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2021.08.18 12:42 TheDiceMan2 South Portland, Not SoPo
The Maine Mall. The Willard Beach Red Tide. Rigby Railyard. PWM Flight Path. The Maine Motel and Budget Inn. The Oil Tank Farms. Broadway. A Pot Shop on Every Corner. The Little Southern Suburban Sister to portlandme. We are a mighty community.
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2023.05.28 04:37 mmm_bleach Is my dog trying to dominate?
I have pitbull/boxer mix who’s good with dogs and people never been aggressive. We’ve been watching a neighbors pit mix for a few days and they play well except for the fact my dog is way too pushy. He places his chin on the other dogs back and try’s to mount (sometimes) or he’ll just head butt him. But he’ll mainly just place his chin on the dogs back hard and just whines. But really no matter how they play my dogs always trying to get on top of him, he’ll box (like boxers do) and just tries to pin him down. Constantly, I mean constantly licking the other dogs junk. Like at first okay getting to know the dog, but anytime the dog does any sort of playful action my dog starts whining and goes in. Like he’s too stimulated. The dog just lets him do it too, which isn’t what I want. Most dogs snap at my dog he’s so pushy, and he’ll back off, but then immediately repeat the same thing. Any training tips? I correct him when he’s being too pushy and reward him when he’s gentle and conservative, and he listens to me very well stops immediately, but again just repeats it 5 seconds later. He’s also 3 years old, so just starting to come out of his puppy phase, I wish his previous owners socialized him more but he listens so well I’m sure I can train him. He’s still just a bit hard headed so it takes him a long time to understand something.
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2023.05.28 04:35 fieldpeter Prospective adopter questions
Have been using Roam for almost 3 years. My Roam graph is a mess - yet I can still find my things in there luckily. In parallel with Google recorded voice memos and actual paper notes / drawings/ scribbles. I can script, I understand SW dev and have managed SW engineers professionally but I am not one myself. I use Hugo/md for my pro website (hosted on Gitlab), so I use git but I'm not very confident with git TBH.
My main reasons for wanting to change are:
- I'm a FOSS fan. Linux is my daily driver.
- I'm considering reorganising my entire stack - to be less reliant on the pro Google workspace(which I use for my business) - so I'm considering setting up a new cloud "home" for myself and my business (Next cloud? AWS ? + One Office / Zoho / Proton Mail ).
- I'd love to be able to manage a lot of things from within my main tool (which could be my PKMS ?) - either natively or through plugins/integrations/automation: CRM/Contacts, Bookkeeping, website, shared notes/whiteboard with clients etc?
- My number 1 frustration at this point is the super slow start of the Android app / combined with the fact that I hate the "quick note" mode whicih doubles up dates). When I want to share a linkedin or web link, sometimes by the time the app is eventually opened and ready to paste i have forgotten and my focus has shifted to the next thing (AUDHD). I don't expect to have a full-features use case on android mobile - but I want these 2 keys functionalities:
- Ability to take notes on mobile FAST - i.e. either an app that opens fast consistently, or plugins in browsers/linkedin app to share/write things directly into my KPMS
- Ability to search my KPMS from my mobile - at least by keyword/date/link.
- Not needing manual synch steps (See below)
- I want to be able to use a private LLM-based tool to interface with my notes . I don't expect this feature to be "of the shelf", at least not right now, and I'm willing to pull up my sleeves and experiment with that. I feel that a FOSS tool like LogSeq is more promising rather than having to be limited to vendor-only integration
- I find the PDF annotation feature attractive
- I love cli - even if I'm not a fluent user. An ability to use my PKMS with a command line is quite attractive.
I'm AUDHD btw - recently diagnosed at 45 years old - whilst setting up shop as an independent consultant :/ I recently started ADHD treatment + therapy and I also see this move as an opportunity to put my life back on tracks. I will also use this opportunity to clean up / reformat if needs be my Roam Notes before re-importing them in my new stack. (Including a lot of screenshots and a few files).
I know the first step should be for me to start using LogSeq and get a feel for it - but I'd be keen to hear some feedback on these points before commiting to it more (and I can just get started with a google drive hosting for instance cause Freakin' Google drive does not have a proper Linux client and the workaround syncs I have tried are a giant PITA)
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2023.05.28 04:34 maafna My life is embaressing
Last night, as I checked into a hotel, I realized I left my phone in the van. I couldn't do "find my phone" as my data package was empty and my phone was on silent so calling didn't help.
The hotel receptionists helped me by calling the driving and speaking in the language I still can't speak after 7 years in this country.
I go back to my room and I can't find the key card. Reception tells me I have to pay as I;m frantically digging through every crevice in my bag again before finding it.
Just last week I borrowed a bunch of cash from my BF thinking I needed a bank statement for my visa. I deposited it into the bank and realized that I don't need the statement and just gave the bank money for nothing (they took a cut, of course). And I'm going to pay my BF back the full amount so I'm losing out again, plus the amount I paid for the driver to give me my phone.
My bf was trying to be nice and supportive over messages last night but when I wrote "ADHD tax" he replied "it's a blessing, of course it will be taxed."
Now I'm annoyed because there is literally not one thing I find positive about having ADHD. I feel like an almost 36-year-old child.
The other week I posted a question asking how women with ADHD where I live were holding up because we don't have a psychatrist and Adderall is illegal. I got a ton of "eat clean, drink coffee, get organized" comments. Great. I don't drink coffee but I am trying every supplement I can get my hands on. It's not healing my ADHD and it just makes me more of a failure to see someone say that htis mushroom blend did more for her than meds and then I buy it hoping for some magic but its just... a mushroom blend that barely has an effect on me.
And I can't post this on the main ADHD sub because I mentioned that I tried supplements.
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2023.05.28 04:28 TheRoyalBrook increasing DX gimmick volume, specifically gaia memories for now
Wondering if anyone's managed to increase the volume of the DX models of anything to match closer to CSM ones, half wondering if either they're old and the contacts need cleaning, or if its a case where the current speaker just doesn't work for it, if anyone has advice on that front I'd appreciate it. Got a CSM set of the main 6 gaia memories, but have a DX fang memory on the way, and my other DX gaia memories are quiet by comparison
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2023.05.28 04:27 Earalert Just finished the manga: my thoughts
After reading fist of the north star it has become one of my favorite manga/anime ever. The first half was pretty much perfect although I didn't really like the souther arc except for shu. I know that is unpopular. Rei was a great character with a sad yet fitting end. Jagi was the perfect scumbag, and Toki and Raoh were also great characters. The final battle between Raoh and Kenshiro was amazing. It felt like the perfect ending though I thought that certain characters were unresolved like Rin and bat who had not done enough.
Now I had heard that the second half of fist of the north star wasn't as good but after reading the first arc of the second half, I didn't understand this sentiment at all. It felt like the perfect continuation of fist of the north star and it was so satisfying to see Rin and Bat all grown up and doing much more than before. Ein was a great character and while his time was short lived his heroic death was perfect and fitting.
Another standout character was falco. So when I started the Asura arc I was so disappointed to see him die so early on and against such a forgettable villain too. This character was seriously wasted. Then there's my main problem with this arc. It feels like they tried to one up the stakes of previous arcs and surpass Raoh but I don't think they succeeded. Shachi felt too similar to Rei. To be honest, I never really cared about him. I wanted to but just couldn't. And Kaioh was not my favorite antagonist either. I thought his backstory was pretty compelling but it was far too late for me to care about him. Hyoh was a decent character. And while all these characters would have usually moved me, I think the huge number of retcons in this arc really got on my nerves and made me lose interest. The number of new revelations became too much and it felt like they were just trying to one up previous arcs through shock value. Suddenly every character has a brother we didn't know about.
But then I kept reading and I fell in love with the series again. The post-asura final arcs were all great and felt very similar to the first half of Fist of the North Star. I think the generally lower stakes helped. The three brothers arc especially was very powerful. And although Ryu did not achieve much in the arc, it made sense since he was still a kid and I enjoyed his character, especially moments where Raoh shined through and his farewell with Kenshiro. Then came the final arc. At first, I was not happy with it. I always felt that the rin and Kenshiro relationship the series was seemingly pushing had been unnecessary and weird. Bat and rin seemed like the perfect couple to me and I hated seeing Bat try to force Kenshiro and rin together as well as the memory loss. I was so pissed when bat was being tortured. When it seemed like he died and that Kenshiro and rin would be a couple, I was ready to hate the ending. But Bat's revival and Rin realizing her true feelings for Bat saved it.
The ending was perfect to me which is why I was so dissapointed when I learned that the anime did not adapt this arc and ended it with asura. Does anyone know why? And has it ever been adapted since the original? To finally gather my thoughts, even though I thought that the second half had some wasted potential and that the asura arc could have been shorter and better written, this series is still amazing overall and in my top 3 behind only jojo and berserk though I really love all these series' equally. Hats off to Bronson and Hara! A great story and beautiful art! No matter how many times Kenshiro took down the most vile villains, it never got old. And the emotion of the story is also perfect!
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2023.05.28 04:25 duellingislands 5:05 EEST; The Sun is Rising Over Kyiv on the 459th Day of the Full-Scale Invasion. This week's entry in our series on Ukrainian Recipes is Ryazhanka, a traditional and still very popular baked cultured drink. + Discussion + Charities
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🇺🇦 Слава Україні! 🇺🇦
_______________________________ Another entry in our series on Ukrainian cuisine!
Previous entries: Borshch Varenyky Salo Syrniki Korovai Horilka Pampushky Banosh Hrechanyky Kyivskyi Cake Makivnyk Vyshnyak Drunken Cherry Cake Varenukha Pumpkin Porridge Lazy Varenyky Holubtsi Kolach Kvas Christmas Borshch Uzvar Kutya Beetroot Salad Kapusnyak Nalysnyk Bublyk Deruny Wild Mushroom Sauce Yavorivskyi Pie Spring Dough Birds Kholodets Easter Bread (Babka/Paska) Khrin & Tsvikli Shpundra Teterya Green Borshch Kalatusha Elderflower Kvas Crimean Tatar Chebureky
Ryazhanka Ryazhanka made using a mason jar method. Photo: New York Times.
Today we will cover a drink that is not so internationally popular (yet!) but has potential for crossover stardom. It’s called Ryazhanka
, and for many Ukrainians, it's a staple found in the refrigerator year-round. If you visit a Ukrainian store, you will likely find no shortage of brands that aim to dazzle you with their hearty yet refreshing drink.
Ryazhanka is a baked cultured milk drink that is traditional in Ukraine and Belarus. Its taste is sweet and super creamy and not quite sour
- the tanginess from the fermentation gives it just a little kick.
It's also a very old drink. It is well recorded that during the era of Kyivan Rus, people made Ryazhanka in the Pich
(the traditional Ukrainian oven). They would heat up milk and cream at high temperatures (but without bringing to a full boil!) until they acquired a nice caramelized color.
While on some level I do believe that our old pal Domovyk
must of course be involved in the process of crafting Ryazhanka, I have also read in some sciencey places that during the baking process, milk proteins interact with the sugars in milk resulting in the formation of a new substance - melanoidins. Maybe Domovyk’s powers include control over high molecular weight heterogeneous polymers. :) Anyway, just like some other cooked dairy products (like ultra-pasteurized milk or ghee), melanoidins seem happy to provide the unique color of Ryazhanka. And of course, they impart a quite pleasant taste! To seal the deal, a little sour cream was traditionally added to the Ryazhanka after baking and with time the milk would ferment, adding another interesting element to the drink.
This stabilized drink of course allowed humans to preserve milk for a little longer before it went bad when civilization had not come up with refrigerators just yet; if you’ve been following this series, you’ll understand that Ukrainian cuisine is all about fermentation and preservation! And it's also worth mentioning that in a pinch, the rich and nutritious Ryazhanka could be a substitute for a meal, especially on a hot day, adding to its appeal. Note
: I am positive that you can find Ukrainian Ryazhanka in stores that carry brands from Eastern Europe, although I want to mention that regretfully the orcs developed their own knockoff brands so be careful and look for the country of origin on the label! And as we do not want you to support the war machine or get poisoned (are you sure Novichok is only in tea?), we’ll tell you how to make it at home!
How to Make Ryazhanka (With or Without Domovyk’s Help)
To prepare Ryazhanka, you will need only two ingredients! Ingredients
- Milk (full fat, as fresh as possible) - 3 Liters
- Plain whole milk Kefir - 4 Tbsp
- Note: It is traditional to use sour cream, but I worry that for the purposes of this recipe all international sour cream might not have the right cultures in it to be able to kick off the process, whereas Kefir probably does. Substitute same volume for sour cream or you could try full fat active culture Greek Yogurt.
- When fermenting, it’s really important that you make sure the equipment you use (pots including lids, spoons, etc.) are super clean.
- Pour the milk into a pan, and bring it to a near boil. Don’t let it actually boil because it could scald and ruin the taste - just get it to look like it’s threatening to boil. Leave it at this temperature for about 5 minutes. At the same time, it is important to really monitor the milk so it does not spill over the edge. Periodically stirring it helps.
- Heat oven to 150°C.
- Pour the milk into a vessel that can be used in the oven. Best is a nice ceramic pot.
- Place the pot with the milk in the oven and gently simmer for between 3 and 4 hours. Do not cover it with a lid.
- At this point a coffee-colored foam will appear on the surface if it has caramelized properly - it is now baked milk! Take it out of the oven and wait until it cools down to around 40°C. Very important to wait until cool because otherwise the heat will kill the helpful little fermentation guys in the next steps.
- You can remove the foam or leave it. [Ed. note: I leave it so I am not sure the difference exactly - if anyone knows, please tell us in the comments!]
- Pour a small amount of milk into the Kefir (or your substitute) and stir until smooth. Then pour this small amount of mixture back into the larger pot of baked milk.
- Cover the pot with a lid and then wrap it in a blanket, or towel, to retain heat. Leave in a warm place for at least 8 hours - it should become thick. You can keep it in this warm state for up to 24 hours, depending on the temperature of your warm place and desired thickness. I feel just a little bit dirty typing that.
- You can drink it right away after it has reached its desired thickness, but in summertime I recommend chilling it first! It can be poured into jars, and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.
- 1 liter of milk yields approximately 700 ml of Ryazhanka.
- There is an alternative mason jar version of the recipe where you pour it into the jars after Step 8. In this case, you must absolutely boil the jars to sterilize them. Then use a coffee filter and an elastic band to cover them while you wait for fermentation.
- You can use Ryazhanka for the same applications you would use yogurt for, but Ryazhanka is naturally much sweeter.
- Try adding Ryazhanka to smoothies to fortify them in a creamy way - or substitute for milk when making pancakes to lend a more velvety texture. Sometimes Ryazhanka is used when making fancy baked desserts!
The 459th day of a nine year invasion that has been going on for centuries.
One day closer to victory.
🇺🇦 HEROYAM SLAVA! 🇺🇦
- u/Jesterboyd is a mod for ukraine and local to Kyiv. He is currently selling t-shirts raising money to buy some very interesting drones. Link to donation
- United24: This site was launched by President Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be allocated to cover the most pressing needs facing Ukraine.
- Come Back Alive: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and social reintegration of veterans.
- Trident Defense Initiative: This initiative run by former NATO and UA servicemen has trained and equipped thousands of Ukrainian soldiers.
- Ukraine Front Line US-based and registered 501(c)(3), this NGO fulfills front line soldiers' direct defense and humanitarian aid requests through their man on the ground, Ukraine's own u/jesterboyd.
- Ukraine Aid Ops: Volunteers around the world who are helping to find and deliver equipment directly to those who need it most in Ukraine.
- Hospitallers: This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.
- Humanity: Co-founded by u/kilderov, Humanity is a small team of volunteers securing and distributing humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable populations in temporarily occupied Kherson Oblast. Kilderov and his friends were under occupation in Nova Kakhovka in 2022.
You can find many more charities with diverse areas of focus in our vetted charities list HERE.
2023.05.28 04:24 groover102 Australian premiere of play exploring love, loss and feeling
A TOUCHING and funny play about 20-somethings graduating into a world that’s sold them down the river has its Australian premiere at Harbour Theatre this June.
Written by Ella Hickson and directed by Ellis R. Kinnear, Precious Little Talent
follows law graduate Joey who is £20,000 in debt and has just lost her job as a waitress.
Shunned by the world and rejected by her estranged father George, she travels from the UK to New York and finds herself falling in love with idealistic young American Sam – but she doesn’t realise her new flame works for her father as a caregiver.
“Precious Little Talent
is an exploration of human connections being forged and re-forged by three people who can’t communicate effectively to save their lives,” Ellis said.
“It’s an exploration of love and loss and feeling like the world’s trying to trip you at every turn.”
The main challenge, according to Ellis, is the fact the play uses a more intimate setting and characters.
“I’m used to plays that expand over many different characters, many years and many different settings,” he said.
“This play sticks with three characters over the course of 24 hours from Christmas Eve to Christmas night.
“I’ve found it enjoyable because I’m a lover of character first and foremost and the ability to really dig into who Joey, George and Sam are, and what makes them tick, is incredible.”
Involved in theatre for the past 14 years, Ellis started treading the broads while at high school and has most recently appeared in Cosi
at Curtin University and Romeo and Juliet
and Richard III
with the Graduate Dramatic Society.
Last year, he directed Radium Girls
at the Old Mill Theatre, scoring him a best newcomer award at the annual Finley Awards where the play was also named in the top 10 productions of the year.
“The main appeal of directing Precious Little Talent
was the character of Joey,” Ellis said.
“She’s gone through the education system, done what the world told her and has landed flat on her face with nowhere to go and no idea what to do.
“Joey now finds herself working in places that don’t fit her life and ideals and is in constant fear she’ll be forgotten.
“I found this incredibly relatable – I think we’ve all been Joey at some point, stuck at a crossroads with no guiding light to point the way out and I really felt a call to bring this character to life.” Precious Little Talent
plays at 7.30pm June 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 with 2pm matinees June 11, 18 and 25. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students – book at www.TAZTix.com.au
or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.
Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park. American Sam (Mitch McAulley, left) catches the eye of UK ex-pat Joey (Elysha Hayes) in Precious Little Talent.
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2023.05.28 04:24 hashtagjlove Parents' probate is taking way too long and I'm getting frustrated
I just need some confirmation or maybe some relatable anecdotes about a pretty sad situation I'm dealing with because it's causing me major anxiety and I have no idea how to approach it and idk maybe I just need to vent and idk a more appropriate place for this post. I tried the AITA subreddit but it kept deleting my post.
So to set the stage; 2021 was an awful year for my family. Shortly before the pandemic my father was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth from his lifelong dipping tobacco habit. He was going through that while the pandemic took hold and not long into it my stepmother began to lose balance a lot and would fall and not be able to get back up frequently. My dad underwent treatment and went into remission very briefly before having to go back for a skin graft while my stepmom would slowly become wheelchair bound. Then in March of 2021 my dad went to the hospital for shortness of breath. The doctors put him into a medically induced coma to run tests, and the next day my stepmom had to go to the hospital for major stomach pain (bowel obstruction from the wheelchair). I lived in FL at the time, they lived in TX. I flew out and found that my dad had a mess of chest/heart/lung complications related to his cancer and the only options were hospice or numerous surgeries for a very long shot with lots of suffering so me, my stepsister, brother in law and her children all had to go to my stepmom's room across town and first explain the situation to her which crushed us, then she and I had to sit down and make the decision to let him go into hospice peacefully and we managed to get her to his hospital to say goodbye and I flew out shortly after. I flew back into town for my dad's funeral, my mom was now starting to lose her voice and upper body strength. I fly home, a few weeks later mom is back in the hospital and I get the call from my sister who also told me one of her sons had passed shortly after she went in and I got to fly in to town to see mom and we had to tell her as a family about my nephew which was heartbreaking. Another month goes by, we finally get mom's diagnosis: ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). By this time she has to be on a respirator and I'm flying into Texas every few weeks to visit her but she eventually became unresponsive in September and we had to let her pass, too, and to cap it off it happened on my dad's birthday. I flew back shortly after to scatter her ashes on the beach (which she made sure all of us knew she wanted before she lost her voice, she didn't want us to not know like we went through with dad). So to recap, Dad passes in March, nephew passes in June, Mom passes in September. I lost my parents and a nephew inside of six months. My biological mother is still alive and I've become a little worrisome about her now but still it was the hardest year of my life.
After the worst year our family ever experienced I just wanted some time to process it all and grieve and I'm glad to say I'm at a point where I'll catch a glimpse of something that reminds me of them and I'll just think of whatever memory is attached to it for a minute and smile, though the anniversaries are still hard. Thank you for sticking with me so far. So during that time the process of probate was going on but I didn't much care about that, I just wanted to grieve and see my other nephew get married last year which was beautiful but..
It's almost two years now since mom passed away. She named my brother in law as the executor of her will. I think he was the best choice bc he would be the one to get things done and stand up to my stepbrother who was kind of the black sheep of the family (long story) but still thinks he should have been the executor. He's started a few fights over it. Anyway, about a year ago I had managed to move past the grieving process and it felt like my sister and BIL had, too. We've grown a lot closer over this time so I didn't want to ask about probate besides keeping up with how my parents' house is holding up (and retrieving a wooden chest I had made in high school that mom cherished and my dad's ring that my mom left to me) because I trust them. I also feel like asking about money after someone has passed is in poor taste.. but like I said we're almost two years past that now.
My mom left me, my stepsister and brother in law equal portions of her estate after the specific things like furniture, jewelry etc, and a small portion to my stepbrother. I haven't heard anything about that and until recently I was content to let it be bc I wasn't the only one that had a really hard time with so much loss so suddenly but the house hasn't even been listed for sale. I've tried asking what's going on with it, it seems there's a plumbing issue that needs to be addressed but the house is an hour and a half from their house so scheduling is hard. I get it but... stepsis doesn't work. She has health issues that slow her down but nothing that stops her from taking a day to go to the house to meet a plumber. Mom left her car to her so she definitely has her own transportation and she can do exactly what she does at home.. at mom and dad's house. She smokes cigarettes and does puzzles on her porch. She can bring her dogs for company. I don't understand how this plumbing issue has held things up for at least two months. I've tried suggesting ways to have someone meet the plumber and alert her so she can drive to the house (neighbor, friends, someone from the law office). The last option kind of put a little unwanted intrusive thought into my head, though. When I suggested just having someone from the law office as a throwaway bc I'm getting a little frustrated my sister told me "Oh, the lawyer's job was done a long time ago."
What does that mean? Sister had to let me go before I could ask, claiming she had to go to the doctor for a possible infection (which is was but she's fine now). I haven't called since then because I'm more than a little frustrated after that last conversation. I'm assuming it means all my parents' debts have been paid, all insurance policies have been collected, savings/retirement accounts have been consolidated etc. The only thing that appears to be left is the house. That's a monthly mortgage payment, insurance, possibly utilities and probably the car. I'm not going to lie, I have thought about what I might do with my inheritance. Nothing concrete but I've considered using it for a house or to get some training to switch careers and I'm in no immediate rush to get it but my main issue is how in the dark I feel. Stepsis and brother in law have since bought their first house and have done extensive renovations to it. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt bc BIL had been promoted at work shortly before everything happened and they were looking at houses.. but I'm not unconvinced their budget didn't get bigger? Like I don't think they're spending my portion of the inheritance... but it's a bad look isn't it? They're the only family I have left on my dad/stepmom's side and I don't want to cause tension with accusations but I don't even know how much the estate was. I'm still paying off the flights, rental car and hotel bills from all the trips to Texas. I have severe PTSD and chronic anxiety diagnoses and piling this on top has been keeping me up at night for a year now. WIBTA if I called the probate lawyer and asked to see all the statements? Is this normal?
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2023.05.28 04:21 I_killed_Kenny_ Shared vehicle during divorce
My spouse and I purchased a Nissan Rogue while we where married and we are currently in the divorce process in Tennessee. The car is in both our names and I am making the payments. The Rogue was mainly driven by my spouse during the marriage, and I would use it when I need the extra space. I have 2 vehicles that are in my name from before the marriage; an Altima and an old F100.
I let my spouse know that I would like to use it Monday. I’m helping out family and the extra cargo space over the Altima would be a great help. I have offerd to leave my F100 for my spouses use while I would be using the Rogue per my attorneys instructions. I feel uncomfortable letting my spouse use the Altima since she has expressed their desire to destroy it over other disagreements in the past. Unfortunately my spouse has decided that I’m not able to use the Rogue and has put a club on the steering wheel.
Since I’m not going to be able to bring this issue to my attorney until Tuesday; should I disable the club or just wait it out and make due without?
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2023.05.28 04:21 NervousPens Prank
i decided to play a little prank on my sister (who also plays stardew). I took her bed from her main house and after kissing her spouse and taking care of her pets for her (I'm not a monster) I went to her beach house on Ginger Island and swapped out the beds. Then I went back to her house, finished the swap, and then went to bed. I proceeded to go exactly to the spot, where her character was when I got on, and now I wait.
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2023.05.28 04:13 Dragomir_X Dual-booting nightmare with Windows 10
I'm trying to dual boot Fedora 38 and Windows 10 on an old HP Envy laptop. I have a Live USB for Fedora and a USB installer for Windows.
I started by installing Fedora, creating a main 500GB partition along with the EFI and Boot partitions. That went fine. All seems to be working fine.
I then install Windows 10, which also seems to be working fine.
The problem is as follows:
I want Fedora to boot by default, show the Grub menu, and give me the option to boot Windows 10 or Fedora. I want to see the Grub menu on every boot, and I can't do that unless Fedora boots as the default. This is proving difficult. It seems like no matter what I try, UEFI always gives priority to Windows 10. I've tried installing them in a different order, messing with the Grub menu, turning various BIOS settings on and off. It seems like my BIOS doesn't have an option for changing the default OS to boot.
I've tried installing Fedora, then Windows, then Fedora again without deleting the EFI partition in the hopes that Fedora would become the default. It did not. Windows still boots every time unless I intervene.
• Both installations work perfectly fine
• This is purely a personal preference thing
• This isn't a Grub issue. Both show up just fine in the Grub menu.
I've scoured the internet for people with this problem. Most answers just mention things about the Grub menu, but I don't see how that will change anything, since I'm only seeing the Grub menu when Fedora is already booting anyway. I don't want to mash F9 every time I turn on my computer!
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2023.05.28 04:05 Namesarehardplease 25 [M4F] PA/US/Anywhere - Night Owl Whoooooo Seeks Similar, Let’s Chat
Hello reddit! Did my title catch your attention? Cute right? I’m somewhat of a funny guy. Punny and attractive? What a score right? Ok, so I mean I’ve lurked for a while and sent some messages out but now instead of me sliding into y’all’s dms, you’ve got the chance to slide into mine!
Now a little bit about me? I’m a guy who’s far from got his life together! I’m definitely laid back, I have a general “go with the flow” attitude 80% of the time. I don’t sweat the small stuff, and hope you don’t either. I enjoy the finer things in life, like reading, writing and art! I’ve got an artsy side to me and can definitely show it off if you’re interested! Like most guys my age im definitely into video games and comics! Xbox and pc are my main platforms and I’ll fight over the dc vs marvel argument all day long. (DC is better)
I work full time in a bar, and I enjoy it but mostly im looking for a career change here soon. I’m actually there now. I’ve got a few ideas on what that’ll be but I’m oh so indecisive about that. Im also fairly active. I love playing soccer and hiking around on trails and in state parks when the weathers nice! Im definitely a mountains guy to a beach guy, winter is by far my favorite season. Can’t beat a nice cozy night snowed in with a warm fire. My dream one day would be to own a little homestead, with some animals and a nice little slice of paradise where the woes of the world won’t find us, sounds nice right? Im fit and I work out, so that’s something we can do together if you’re interested! My mom tells me I’m handsome so that’s a plus right?
Ideally what I’m looking for? Friends first and foremost. If we vibe, I’d love to move off reddit to somewhere that I get consistent notifications. Let’s be long term chat partners. If the connection is there and we both agree, maybe we move forward from there? Let’s build a life together? How fun is that? I don’t really have any real dealbreakers. Location, age, body type, race, etc. As long as we get along and there’s a mutual attraction, I’m coolio. Height is definitely something I find attractive in a woman. I’m 5’8 so like, if you’re taller I’ll swooon. I’m also generally attracted to people much older but neither are dealbreakers by any means.
So if you read this far and like me even ever so slightly shoot me a chat or DM, I’m waiting to hear from yoooou! :)
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2023.05.28 03:58 HelloIAmMarryMarry IWF Heavy Metal Title Qualifier( Seth Rollins in AEW)
When booking Seth Rollins in AEW, there are plenty of dream matches we could set up, but only one match already has the in-built storyline with a main event spot open. See, starting in June, AEW will reportedly be launching a new show AEW Collision to be headed by someone not named Kenny Omega or MJF, with the current talk indicating that AEW will be initiating a "soft" brand split. With this new opportunity, here is how I would book Seth Rollins in AEW. Enjoy!
So we start with AEW Double or Nothing 2023 to set up the building blocks. We start the Main Event is an anarchy in the arena match. Blackpool Combat Club(BCC from now on) vs. The Elite with Konosuke Takashta. A bunch of silly mayhem, Takashta jumps off a bunch of ridiculous things, The Elite fire, I don't know, Byan Danielson out of a fucking trebuchet, Jon Moxley goes full Bagby from Trainspotting throwing pint glasses of piss over his shoulder from the press box. The end of the match features Moxley setting up for his double under-hook DDT(what is he calling it nowadays? Is it still Dirty Deeds?) when over the loudspeaker, "Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta SHIELD." Moxley turns to look at the ramp looking as if he had just seen a ghost. This distracts Moxley long enough for Omega to recover. Omega plants Moxley with the one-winged angel 1-2-3. The Elite win the match. Every week until the return of Forbidden Door, two electric boogaloo, we are shown Moxley walking around backstage asking everyone if they know who played that music at Double or Nothing. No one seems to know. Eventually, he asks Tony Khan, and even he says something like, "Mox, I have no idea. We've been working on trying to figure out what happened. I promise you we will find whoever did it."
At AEW Forbidden Door, BCC and The Elite have their rematch, and again Moxley looks to be in a position to put the Elite away when he hears over the loudspeaker, "Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta SHIELD." Moxley looks around again but sees nothing and turns to finish the job. He hits Omega with his finisher, but before Moxley can cover, he is hit from behind with a steel chair, making the ref call a DQ win for the Elite. The man is Tyler Black. Tyler Black looks down at the broken body of Moxley and leaves the ring.
The next stretch of booking is building up to two shows. All In at Wembley Stadium oi oi and All Out two weeks later, presumably followed by All Shake-it-all-about two weeks after that. The next night on Dynamite, Tyler Black walks to the ring, grabs a mic, and keeps acting as if he's about to say something but doesn't. He just puts the mic down and walks away. This happens again the following week, but before he can leave, Moxley's theme hits, and he runs right up to Black and gets in his face. Before anything can happen, they both are interrupted by Don Callis. Don Callis stands in the middle of the two and talks about how "this company was founded on a bet. That's why they called it All In. Now here, Tony Khan thinks that there's money to be made here. We're playing our first stadium boys, so Khan's rolling the dice, but it's a big gamble, and this is a volatile situation, so here's the deal you get your promo time separately," he gestures to Moxley. "You can talk next week," he gestures to Black, "you can talk the following., but that's it, there'll be no violence. Not until All In, if there is any physicality before then the match is off, and each of you will eat a 250,000 dollar fine to pay back the gate that you're throwing away."
This is all about delaying the gratification, as Black hasn't said a word since debuting not one word into the microphone. Next week Moxley talks about his past and how he's never really forgiven Black for what he did. One of the reasons he left WWE, he states, was that he couldn't "play nice" with Black like management wanted him to, and just when he thought he could move on, that he had moved on, he came to AEW to spite him. The following week Black comes out TO NO MUSIC. This is important. We hear him speak for the first time. He says that he's on a free agent contract and can be employed by any company if they pay royalties to WWE. He was hearing about the hype of AEW, MJF, Chris Jericho, and Omega and wanted to see what it was all about. But when he got here, he saw his former partner sharing the same ring as someone as accomplished as Kenny Omega. And that made him sick. How can this great company have a pile and, I quote, "dog shit" be main eventing their most significant Pay Per View of the year across Kenny Omega. "Jon, or should I call you Dean? You should have gone back to CZW, as your only relevancy is being able to bleed more than Ric Flair. At All In, I'm going to murder you."
Moxley and Black come face to face, but Don Callis comes out to plead the two to not come to blows. The two stand down, but on the way out of the ring, Black hits a curb stomp on Don Callis for a little bit of heat before the match.
The two meet at All In in an Intercontinental Champions Challenge match which is based on the Champions League's rules because football because England oi oi. The pair have two sixty-minute Ironman matches—one at All In and one at All Out then whoever has the most points by the end of the second match wins the feud. So, let's book these matches.
Moxley's music hits, and he walks to the ring as the hometown hero for AEW. This is the house that Jon Moxley built, and the fans are well aware of who the outsider is. Moxley's music fades away, and the crowd waits with bated breath for Tyler Black. After a short pause, we finally hear, "BURN IT DOWN!" as Seth Rollins, aka Tyler Black, makes his way to the ring.
The match starts, and both men start off the match by locking up with some good old chain grappling. Going back and forth, Black can eventually take control by slamming Moxley's hand into the turnbuckle pad. Moxley then fights back, trying to set up for a quick Dirty Deeds, to which Black counters with a clothesline hurling Moxley out of the ring. Black acts like he's going to do a suicide dive to the outside of the ring but promptly sits down to take a little bit of a breather and to swerve against some expectations like the cheeky heel he is. Moxley gets back into the ring, and the two continue to brawl. After a bit, it's Black's turn to be clotheslined out of the ring. Moxley does his best Black impression and also sits down and proceeds to mock Black. Black is too quick, though, and rushes the ring. Moxley tries to get up in time but runs right into a curb stomp 1-2-3. Black is up 1-0. Black goes for another pin immediately after but only gets a two-count.
The two continue to go at it, and about thirty minutes have passed by this point when Moxley his a quick Dirty Deeds out of nowhere 1-2-3. The score is tied up at 1-1. Later in the match, Moxley nails a devastating Brainbuster to Black on the apron. Moxley then proceeds to hit another Dirty Deeds in the ring to secure a point lead. Moxley is now up 1-2. The fight spills out of the ring for the third time now with only 5 minutes left on the clock; Moxley prepares the announce table. Moxley looking to make a statement and put Black through the announce table.
The ref starts to count. Black counters into a Pedigree and stumbles back into the ring. The ref continues to count 7-8-9-10. The score is tied 2-2. The ref restarts his count as Moxley begins to stir. The ref counts eight as Moxley is stumbling to get into the ring. The ref counts nine as Moxley is stumbling up the ropes. Just before Moxley can get into the ring, Black dropkicks him off the apron, and the ref counts ten. Black is up 3-2. Moxley gets back into the ring after shaking off his stupor. The clock has 60 seconds. Moxley is overwhelming Black and pummeling him in the ring. Ten seconds, Mox hits another Dirty Deeds and goes for the cover, but he's too slow. The clock runs out before he can make the pin. Black is in the lead after their first match.
Next, Dynamite Black comes, picks up a mic, smiles, sets down the mic, and walks to the back. Moxley would come out next week and address that Black got lucky he got saved by the bell and promises at All Out he will finish this story once and for all and finally get revenge for the Shield.
Their All Out match starts with Moxley making his way to the ring; however, Black attacks Moxley during his entrance. Moxley tries to fight back, but the surprise attack is too much. Black hits Moxley with a chair and then a curb stomp onto the chair before throwing him into the ring, and the match officially starts. Black goes for the pin 1-2-3. Black leads 4-2. black picks Moxley up and tries to deliver a Pedigree, only for Moxley to counter and fight back. Moxley hits Black with a clothesline, an elbow, and another clothesline. He hits Black with a suplex and another suplex. Black is disoriented, allowing Moxley to hit a Dirty Deeds 1-2-3. Black is up 4-3.
The two continue to fight as the clock ticks down—forty-five minutes on the clock. Moxley attempts to hit an avalanche slam off the top rope but Black counters and knocks Moxley to the ground. Black then hits the Phenoix splash 1-2-3. Black is up 5-3. The clock is at thirty minutes. Moxley quickly recovered from the maneuver and rolled Black up in a small cradle right after the three counts to bring the score 5-4. The two continue to fight until Moxley is knocked back into the ref. Black looks at the situation and looks all around at the crowd before going outside and grabbing a steel chair. Black starts hitting the chair against the canvas yelling at Moxley to get up. Moxley gets up but counters Black's attack into a Dirty Deeds on the chair. Moxley gets rid of the chair and wakes the ref up 1-2-3. The score is tied 5-5. The pair continue to fight as the clock ticks thirty seconds. Black is back on the top rope, looking to give another Pheniox splash. With the last bit of his energy, Moxley lashes out, scrambles to the top rope, and delivers from the top rope a Dirty Deeds 1-2-3. The bell rings as the time hits zero. The final score is 6-5. Moxley wins.
From here, you can have Seth Rollins, aka Tyler Black Fuck off back to WWE or keep him around in AEW. The prompt "Seth Rollins in AEW" was so vague that I kept it to one feud, but you can easily take this as a jumping-off point and then have him enter into a storyline with other big names such as MJF or Omega or maybe even have a match with Darby Allen. This also sets up Moxley and the BCC to be top stars on the new show AEW Collision. Where ever you choose to go from here, This is how I would book Seth Rollins, aka Tyler Black, in AEW.
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2023.05.28 03:51 Narrow_Muscle9572 [The Lawn Killer] - Part Nine: Death Stalks In The Everglades
The story so far...
- Lawn Killer
- Lawn Killer: Birth of a Baby Panda
- Lawn Killer: Catching Lunch
- Lawn Killer: The Order Of The Wren
- Lawn Killer: The end of summer
- Lawn Killer: Merry Christmas, Baby Panda
- Lawn Killer - The Island
- Lawn Killer - Leaving the island
When the plane landed in Florida and we piled out, the heat immediately dried my eyes. Not only was it hot, it was humid and that made it so much worse.
The person who owned the makeshift runway greeted us with the sign of the Wren (crossing both wrists and placing the palms on the chest with the fingers together and the thumbs touching each other). What his connection to the Order was a mystery to me, but I didn't ask who he was because my job was to document everything I deemed important so future members could learn from us. After that, he gave us the nicest car he had: A brand new (at the time) black ‘95 Crown Victoria.
In the trunk there were things that every member of the Order might need, including a few things that wouldn't be able to get past customs even with our back channel ways of getting around.
Not two hours after arriving in Florida I saw a gator, a group of children beating a truck with branches, a pipe and a skateboard, the owner of the truck chasing the kids away and one store being robbed.
And that was all before we arrived at our motel.
The motel was south of Miami and it was called Sundowners. Why would they choose this name considering that Florida is known for its elderly and sundowners is a real condition for old people, I have no idea and didn't bother asking.
Like always, the Order made our motel reservation under the name Hill. This was one of the few consistencies members of the Order had while on the road.
The woman who sat behind the registration desk handed us the keys to our room and King asked her if there was a package waiting for us. The woman groaned because that would mean that she would have to get off the stool, but she went to look and found a large envelope. She was clearly annoyed at the minor inconvenience of getting up and gave us a spiteful look when she handed it over. This look was lost on the other hunters and King thanked her before leaving.
After unpacking, getting situated and claiming where we were going to sleep, King opened the envelope and let the contents fall on the bed. The items included a roll of hundred dollar bills, newspaper clippings about the missing people, a map of the area and a folded piece of paper with the name and number of someone in the area who we could get ahold of for any supplies we might need.
King spread the map out on the bed and started to circle the last known locations each of the missing people were seen at.
“So? Learn anything?” I asked after five minutes of watching King and Williams stare at the map in silence.
Williams shook his head. “All of them were headed out to the everglades” he answered, pointing to that part of the map.
“I hate the everglades,” King complained. “If the crocs don't eat you, the mosquitos will.”
Less than two hours later I would discover just how right he was about the mosquitos because after we booked a boat, we went searching. My job was to hold onto the HSD (Handheld supernatural detector) but I never got as much as a beep.
In my opinion all the trees looked the exact same, so it felt like we were going around in circles. This feeling was made worse because none of us spoke when we were out there. I, like the other two more experienced hunters, learned back at the compound that distractions can kill, so instead of talking we kept our eyes open.
By nighttime both Williams and King decided to return to the motel. Since we didn't know what we were dealing with, staying out after dark would be a bad idea.
The next morning we got up extra early so we could search for the whole day. I really didn't like that because at the time I was sixteen and sleeping was one of my favorite activities. While getting supplies for the day I made sure to grab some bug repellant while King and Williams grabbed the snacks.
I was bored out of my mind for most of the day, but in the years since I learned to appreciate the boredom. Boredom doesn't kill and in the Order, no one ever reaches retirement age.
It was about five in the afternoon when something interesting happened; Williams stopped the boat.
“What's going on?” King asked. “See something?”
“I do” Williams answered. “Baby Panda. Do you see it?”
I looked around but couldn’t see anything in the water. “No.”
“It isn't in the water” Williams hinted. “Look again.”
A few moments later I heard King say “oh.”
“What?” I asked.
“You tell us” King laughed.
As much as I tried seeing past the trees that surrounded us, there was nothing else. “All I see are trees.”
King patted my shoulder. “That's okay. We don't see it much either.”
“When's the last time we saw them you wager?” asked Williams.
As King answered he scratched the hair on his neck. “Maybe seven, ten years ago?”
“What?” I asked, irritated. “What is it?”
Williams pointed and I turned my head to look. At first I thought I was looking at a dozen pale white, branchless trees that reached towards the sky like accusing fingers but then realization set in.
“Death Stalks,” King answered.
Lessons from the Orders bestiary came back to me. Death Stalks were not only carnivorous mushrooms that killed all plant life that surrounded them, but they would also bend and impale anything that got too close. After sucking all the fluids from their kill, they would then toss the victim as far as they could. The body would then grow more Death Stalks.
“How do we kill them?” asked Williams, testing me.
“Fire” I answered quickly.
Williams nodded. “Good.”
“Do we have anything?” King asked, looking at the supplies we brought with us, but the only thing that could help us was a bottle of liquor and one wasn't going to do it.
“We have to go back and resupply,” Williams said. “Oh well” he added as he turned the engine over.
When we got back to the dock, King told me and Williams to wait with the boat while he went to the local supplier. I complained about that because the bugs were getting worse as the sun was going down, however when King said if I did it without complaining I would get to pick where we ate, I did as I was ordered.
While waiting for King to return, Williams and I passed the time playing cards. He liked cards so we played some Texas Hold Em. We would bet with pennies so the stakes were never high. Being on the road for as long as I was with these two, I was getting really good at the game.
We were playing for about two hours before King returned. By then I was up about sixty cents and night was quickly approaching.
“It’s almost dark. Should we wait until the morning?” I asked, thinking about the danger of going out after dusk.
“Death Stalks don't move around much” Williams answered with a laugh. “We’ll be fine.”
“That's right,” King agreed as he grabbed something that looked like a gas pump from the trunk. “Come grab the rest, Baby Panda” he ordered as he walked to the boat.
When I got to the car, I saw a canister that read ‘inflamable’ on its side. A smile grew over my face at the sight of it because it reminded me of my time at Miss Luthers.
“What are you smiling about?” Williams asked with a strange smile of his own.
“Hmm?” I asked. “Oh, nothing.”
“No” Williams said. “What was it?”
I smiled again and remembered what Thirty Seven told me the day I used a similar tool in Miss Luther's vivarium. “That flammable and inflammable mean the same thing.”
Williams gave another weird smile, but had the sense not to follow up with any more questions.
“You know what that is?” King asked as I hauled the silver canister over my shoulder with ease.
“A flamethrower” I answered.
“Yeah” King answered, surprised I knew.
“I used one before” I said as I set the thing in the boat.
“Really?” King and Williams asked at the same time.
“When?” Williams asked.
“Years ago. Thirty Seven had me use it at Miss Luthers.”
There was a shared look between King and Williams.
“What?” I asked.
“Who had you use one?” King asked.
“Thirty Seven” I answered. “She wore a jersey with thirty seven on it. Her and One came over and they had me use one.”
“You weren't even in the Order back then” Williams said, amazed.
“He isn't in the Order now,” King added.
“Yeah, that's right,” Williams agreed. “How did you meet two members of Farsight? I only ever met one of them.”
“They were Farsight?”
King and Williams shared another look before bursting out in laughter.
“That's right,” Williams said, getting in the boat to operate the engine. “Now come on. While we still got the sun on our side.”
As Williams operated the boat, getting us closer to the Death Stalks, King was getting the flamethrower ready to use. After he got it set up to his liking, he looked at me and said “Since you already got experience with flamethrowers, do you want to use it?”
“No thanks” I answered. “You can though.”
“Why?” King asked.
I recalled what Thirty Seven said to me that day in the garage. “Because they don't give the best soldiers on the field the flamethrowers.”
Williams' laughter was an explosion and King's face turned red with anger and embarrassment. It wasn't long however before the anger simmered and he too started laughing.
“That was pretty good,” King admitted. “You got me good.”
As we approached the cluster of Death Stalks, Williams slowed the boat down. When we got as close as he dared, he set the anchor.
King stood up in the boat and without warning let loose a stream of fire towards the mushroom stalks.
The Death Stalks did not shrivel up and die instantly like I expected because their skin was thick and hard to set aflame. However once the fire got through that outer layer, the sensitive insides made the whole stalk move around violently. It reminded me of a whip or the inflatable people you see at car lots.
By the time the Death Stalks were gone and would no longer be a problem for the locals, it was dark and we headed back. First to the dock, then to return the boat and then the motel where Williams called Farsight and let them know of a job well done.
When he was done with that call, I ordered us all a pizza. WAE
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2023.05.28 03:51 hunting_snipes Passover, pt 2: 2 Shavuot, 2 Furious - aka May 27, the147th day of the year
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aka THE COUNTING OF THE BONER https://preview.redd.it/fla6tipvrg2b1.png?width=665&format=png&auto=webp&s=1f8bfb98888c80ca301403b447a62e746dd24606
Obligatory disclaimer: It's slow this weekend, so why not have some fun? Not shilling any religion here; I'm not even Jewish, just an English teacher who reads too much. Read it as a parable for the current situation we find ourselves in, because the universe likes to rhyme with itself. As others have said, though – for some of us, this is a spiritual play 🙏 All thoughts and beliefs welcome here. Pt 1 - A Passover Tale
(Not required reading; just having fun. It's metaphors, m'apes. Sure, these connections might be all in our head -- but maybe our heads are a lot bigger than we think?) Today, May 27th, marks the 147th day of the year
- a day sacred to all those who follow boobies and jimmies. It also marks the end of Shavuot and the Counting of the Omer. If you read my Passover DD, which I wrote half-jokingly and also earned me a ban from the main sub, I noted that Shavuot is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals in Judaism - because in the old days, these trips would take a very long time, and so their entire years were planned around these dates - and directly linked to Passover. (The gents among us might know it as "the pentecost.")
If you recall the story of passover, basically the pharaoh and moses have a showdown as moses demands freedom of his people from slavery. But the pharaoh is like nah bro, so god decides to help Moses out by killing all the firstborn children in the kingdom if the house didn't mark their doors with the blood of a sacrificed lamb. (Note: I don't recommend doing this, even though we are a cult. It's a metaphor for tallying up registered shares.)
So the Israelites have to leave with their shitty unleavened bread, since they didn't have time to wait for the bread to rise. (It's a metaphor for our stock price.
) Ah, remember the good old days, a month ago, when $.31 was considered \"low\" and not \"high\".... it's just an ice cream cone to me though
And when we last left our hero, he had split the
red sea, drowning the pharaoh in a red sea of his own greed aka mayo... also me upon realizing that MOASS has started (I'm a MOASS guy what can I say)
A happy end to Passover - or so they thought. Thus began the Exodus
-- you may have heard of it. This is not to historical accuracy, but basically the Israelites were stuck wandering around the desert for like 50 days or some shit until god revealed the torah to moses. It was hot as shit and they were hungry, but fortunately moses provided them with water and manna (it's a metaphor for these small green days we've had
Shavuot is now celebrated as an agricultural holiday, celebrating the wheat harvest and the fruits (🍏s & 🍌s) of our hard WORK. Whereas Passover seems almost restrictive and kind of lame with all that unleavened bread, during Shavuot, a sampling of the first wheat harvest is baked into two loaves of leavened bread
. (Leavening is a metaphor for excess stock prices if you didn't pick that up. Aka squeeze.)
"The act of counting the Omer emphasizes the special connection between the two holidays: Passover stands for physical liberation and Shavuot stands for spiritual liberation
. During the period of slavery in Egypt, the [morale] of the Jewish people had sunken to a low level. Thus, the time between Passover and Shavuot is seen as a period of growth and self-improvement in preparation to receive the Torah
. The 49 days of the Omer period also stand for the 49 Gates of Understanding." RC bringing the harvest. I closed the blinds of my apartment to make this pic
You're going to be absurdly wealthy very soon. When you know you can have anything you want -- when you're at that level that you realize you are basically co-creator of your own universe, and anything could be yours in the blink of an eye -- doesn't a lot of what you used to want fall away? Nothing wrong with a little luxury and taking care of yourself, but once you've secured yourself materially, the question is no longer what do I want?
but what am I going to do? How am I going to act?
I do think there is something transformative about this experience. The rabbit holes we've been down, this thing we've created that's even bigger than ourselves, but of which we are all still an important part. I've learned a lot about myself and the world. I've had to cultivate balance and patience; it's made me a better communicator, and a better member of any community of which I'm a part. I don't think this is the end of the saga, but another beginning -- GMERICA.
This period of waiting is what separates the wheat from the chaff. If you're here now, you're gonna make it. We're all gonna make it. Patience will be rewarded. https://preview.redd.it/jub6vah32h2b1.png?width=328&format=png&auto=webp&s=6bfbfb4e617c94e021639088c9d46b7ffa202f46
Hot take: moass is actually NOT tomorrow (except it is, because it's always tomorrow), so go read up on some cool new web3 project while we wait. Speaking as someone who would rather chop wood than stare at a computer screen, doesn't own a cell phone, and thought a lot of this shit was dumb at first -- there are a lot of cool projects out there. Protocol Gemini is doing some pretty cool stuff, and there's even a game you can play on their Discord.
From The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
A cat on Twitter posted the above pic recently. And, like, I don't necessarily endorse
the bible or anything, but I also, like, don't not
endorse it? I said I'm an English teacher, okay -- I'm just here for the good stories. Anyway this is from a somewhat famous parable: Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard - IYKYK...
The TL;DR of that parable is literally WAGMI.
We're all gonna make it. No matter when you got in, how much you're down bad, how much you're up, how much copium you smoke or hopium you boof, we're all equal. All entitled to the same thing. All shareholders are gonna make it. Keep your eyes open.
"Maybe we live in a simulation." - u/hunting_snipes
quoting 🐍FCM 🐍
2023.05.28 03:50 Galba____ Building a 3000€ pc for 2k competitive gaming
Hi, taking advantage of the gaming week I’ve decided to build a new pc (current one is 5 years old). My main game is warzone 2. Bet I play a variety of games. (Main focus is still competitive games) Above there’s a list I’ve come up with. Is it any good? Should I add a sound card? Any case fan suggestion? (The psu and the monitor + and ssd and a hdd that I didn’t add are from my previous pc) Any suggestion is appreciated!
Edit: forgot the link for the build
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2023.05.28 03:49 WeeParam PLEASE HELP ME FIND MOVIE
Okay so when i was young i bought this dvd that had nice bright colours thinking its for kids however watching it, it was all chill till this one scene I’m about to describe which was explicit; the scene included the main characters walking to this fancy old school car in a parking lot when the window rolled down it was a pimp character that while talking to them i think was smoking a cigar and getting head from a girl, now you don’t see anything except her blacked out head bobbing up and down.
- animation was very smooth
- all colours if i remember where very saturated and neon
- main characters were kids (not too sure)
- pimp was in purple attire (also not too sure)
I hope i can find it since that scene shocked me as a kid that all i remember is it and now as an adult i want to watch it so i could laugh about it about my partner
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2023.05.28 03:47 masterkoschei [MAC/PC] [2007-2011] EDU compuer lab game
I have very limited memories of this game but it's been in my mind for so long and im upset that i cant find it. I remember playing it in the computer lab at school on those old mac PCs where you could see the inside. My main memory is that you picked a character (most were animals i believe) to play as and then you would race a bot character by playing educational minigames I cant remember if it was a browser game or not. I think one of the characters was a kengaroo. The art style was cartoony and not pixelated. It was 2D. I was in elementary school around 2007-2011. Please help me figure this out.
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2023.05.28 03:46 Mae_Allan [Flash game]  Rpg puzzle game with the goal to get to the beach party
Hello, my brother and I are trying to find an old flash game we used to play when we were kids,
it was probably around 2010 it was like an RPG, you could go around your house and out around the town, and there were items around the map say like Legend of Zelda type where you need them to complete puzzles, they needed to be done in a certain order as well. I remember the character having orange or blonde hair in it. He said it might have been a YTV flash game, we're not too sure. The goal of it was to get everything ready/get into a beach party.
Platform(s):FLASH GAME Genre: RPG Estimated year of release:2010 Graphics/art style: DIGTIALY DRAWN Notable characters: ORANGE/BLONDE HAIR BOY Notable gameplay mechanics: PUZZEL/ITEM
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2023.05.28 03:45 blxeberry movie about strangers to strangers (newish?)
might as well give this a shot 😅
i watched this movie a while ago way before pre-covid, so i was fairly young. however, i am in my 20s so it might not be all that old.
the setting is modern day, with cars and business suits and whatnot.
so the movie's two main characters are one black guy and one white guy(i am pretty sure.) they have never met. they are both strangers, and just accidentally cross pathes by happenstance. at some point, they miscommunicate by not communicating at all and get into their heads that the other one is annoying by the little things. so in both their heads, it's thinking the other guy is being aggressive/rude for no reason when it's actually not the case. so it escalates to the point where both think the other is trying to kill them, so in order to not die, they have to kill to protect his own ass.
i think one of them(pretty sure it was the black guy) was a lawyer but don't quote me on that. i could be wrong, one of them was working some big office professional job or something.
at the end of the movie, both of them finally actually talk to each other, while all battered and bruised and covered in soot (i think) and realize they both never actually wanted to kill each other. i think they have some talk about how this will just be a funny story in their daily lives and they will simply go back to being strangers. so they do just that, and go their seperate ways.
uhmm, thats all i really remember. thank you reddit 🙏
edit: now that i think a little, it was probably most likely a comedy
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2023.05.28 03:41 palocci The Brazilian "Secular Stagnation" and what Lula can do about it
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Here's another effortpost on Brazil! This time I'll be talking about why the Brazilian economy stagnated, and what we can expect from Lula in terms of economic policy (I've talked about this in the past but now I'll go into more detail).
Between 1920 and 1980, Brazil was a clear economic success story. For 60 years, our GDP grew at an average of 4% a year. This 'golden age' ended in a hyperinflation crisis, which made the 1980s become known as a 'lost decade', and since its resolution in 1994 with the Plano Real
, our economy has experienced minimal growth: from 1980 to 2020, the average GDP growth rate was only 0.7%. Evolution of the Brazilian per capita product, at 2010 prices, from 1900 to 2021. The scale of the graph is logarithmic in base 2.
In this post, I'll try to explain the reasons for Brazil's low growth in the last four decades and what Lula's plans are to address them. The debate
Before delving into the actual causes of the "semi-stagnation", I would like to explain the economic debate in Brazil. This debate revolves around two major groups of economists: the "developmentalists" and the "liberals." The term "developmentalism" may be unfamiliar to many people here, but it is very present in Latin America. A decent explanation for it could be "dirigisme with Latam characteristics."
In short, liberalism in this context is associated with economic orthodoxy and a pro-market orientation in economic policy, while developmentalism leans towards economic heterodoxy and advocates for direct state interference in the economy. This debate is, in theory, separate from the traditional right versus left political divide, as we have had governments from both ends of the political spectrum adopting policies aligned with either school of thought. For instance, Lula I (2003-2007) represented a left-wing liberal government, while Geisel (1974-1979) presided over a right-wing developmentalist government. However, in practice, liberalism is associated with the right-wing while developmentalism is associated with the left-wing.
One area of major divergence between those two groups is full employment. Liberals argue that the Brazilian economy generally operates at full employment, which means that there are well-defined supply-side limits and restrictions in the economy, whereas developmentalists believe it tends to operate below that level. This implies that the economy's natural state is one of perpetual aggregate demand deficiency, and thus the government could just increase spending to mobilize idle production factors and stimulate economic growth.
Furthermore, liberals typically view direct state intervention in the economy with distrust, opposing increased public investments in infrastructure and most forms of industrial policy. Their preference generally leans towards reducing government spending and relying on a 'crowding in' effect, together with supply-side reforms. Conversely, developmentalists perceive state intervention as a necessity to stimulate the economy, favoring a robust industrial policy and increased public investments.
Those are significant oversimplifications, and many economists do not align themselves with either group. In any case, I would say this categorization reasonably represents the current debate.
It's a tradition in Brazil to divide ministries between liberals and developmentalists to ensure a balance between the two. The current Finance Minister, Fernando Haddad, believes in a middle ground approach, with some of his secretaries (e.g., Guilherme Mello) leaning more towards developmentalism, while others (e.g., Bernard Appy) lean more towards liberalism. Planning Minister Simone Tebet and Industry and Commerce Minister Geraldo Alckmin are firmly in the liberal camp. However, due to the nature of his ministry, Geraldo Alckmin will probably concede more to developmentalist policies (as he's already doing). Aloizio Mercadante, the President of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), is considered the leader of the developmentalist branch of the government, along with Workers' Party President Gleisi Hoffmann (some people jokingly refer to her as the main opposition to Fernando Haddad and the 'Twitter Shadow Finance Minister' due to some of her tweets).
Without further ado, let's get to the causes of Brazil's stagnation. Guido Mantega (Finance Minister between 2006 and 2014) and Antônio Palocci (Finance Minister between 2003 and 2006). Mantega is associated to developmentalism and Palocci to liberalism. Education
First of all, the significant growth of the 20th century left a terrible educational legacy. Brazil only began to have a somewhat consistent educational policy in the 1990s and 2000s, when basic education was universalized. To put it into perspective, in 1990, the average number of years of schooling in Brazil was 3.8 years. Even Sub-Saharan African countries like Congo, Zimbabwe, and Zambia had higher average schooling levels than ours. Approximately a quarter of the population were illiterate.
The key change came with the 1988 Constitution, which decided that Brazil would try to become an European-style social democracy. Since then, considerable progress has been made, but clearly not enough. The main educational bottleneck lies in Elementary School II, which typically spans the ages of 12 to 15. It is during this stage in Brazil that the discrepancy between age and the appropriate grade level drastically increases, leading to higher rates of grade repetition and students falling behind in their education.
This problem is probably related to the transition from a single teacher trained in pedagogy in Elementary I to several specialists teaching only one subject. This transition also occurs at the onset of adolescence, which is naturally a turbulent phase already, with the introduction of drugs, alcohol and various forms of prejudice being normal. The result ends up being a distancing of the student from school.
Two Brazilian states, which have been governed by center-left parties for many years, serve as examples in Brazilian educational policy: Pernambuco and Ceará.
A highlight in Ceará is the Programa de Afabetização na Idade Certa
(Program of Alphabetization in the Right Age), which aims to ensure that all students in the state's public school systems achieve literacy by the age of 7. The plan was based on the following pillars: (1) the elaboration of a specialized literacy curriculum that was adopted in all the municipalities, with structured materials for teachers and students containing a daily routine of classroom activities and homework assignments; (2) pedagogical practices to encourage reading in the classroom; (3) financial incentives for the municipalities that achieve better results in education; and (4) evaluation and monitoring of the program, with a census and diagnostic test that is applied at the beginning of every semester.
Pernambuco has implemented a Full-Time High School system that stands out. The system is based on the following pillars: (1) the introduction of a subject called "life project," which encourages students to create plans with goals and objectives for their lives; (2) guided study, providing a space for autonomy in learning and fostering self-directed learning skills; (3) hands-on, practical classes that combine theory and practice; (4) youth clubs, where collective interests of young people are pursued; (5) tutoring, where teachers (tutors) interact with students to support their development; and (6) full-time education, of course.
Both plans have been tremendous successes and could be implemented nationwide. The Member of Parliament Tabata Amaral has proposed the program "basic education like Ceará's, high school like Pernambuco's." We might see that put in practice. Izolda Cela, the mind behind Ceará's basic education plan, is the Executive-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, and the current Minister of Education is Camilo Santana, the governor of Ceará between 2014 and 2022. Izolda Cela (Executive-Secretary of the Ministry of Education) and Camilo Santana (Minister of Education). Public Investments
Furthermore, there is a general consensus that the significant decrease in public investment since 1980 explains part of the problem. During the Golden Age of Brazilian growth, public investment mounted to about 6% of GDP, whereas it currently stands at approximately 4% since the lost decade. Liberal economists tend to attribute this to the expansion of the welfare state, that came with a substantial increase in the tax burden (from 25% of GDP in the 1970s to 35% in 2000). On the other hand, developmentalist economists point to the decline in public savings due to the privatization of state-owned enterprises in the 1990s.
In his second government, Lula created the Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento
(PAC) (Growth Acceleration Program), whose objective was precisely to expand public investments. Unfortunately, the plan ended up with highly controversial results, primarily due to the low administrative capacity of the Brazilian State and corruption (some like to call the plan the Corruption Acceleration Program!).
But now the Workers' Party has gained new experience. Many of its state governments became famous for extensive investment programs in partnership with the private sector, delivering positive results. Chief of Staff Rui Costa, in particular, had a successful experience with public-private investments during his tenure as the governor of Bahia. He is now expected to lead the "New PAC", which will probably be announced at some point between today and July. (The project still has no name and is provisionally being called "New PAC").
Here's what Rui Costa has said about the project: "We will have, in an unprecedented way, investments with Public Private Partnerships (PPIs) at the federal level. Many states, including Bahia, have made PPI projects. [...] We are negotiating with the Ministry of Finance the conditions for guarantees so that we can leverage these projects."
Lula wants to meet with the 27 state governors to determine which state projects the Union should prioritize for its investments. In recent weeks, Costa has held individual meetings with the state governments to define which projects will be included in the new PAC. In all, eight governors have already been heard.
In a speech on the May 1st holiday, Lula said the following about the project: "We are inviting foreign businessmen to invest in Brazil and we are showing them the great projects that we are going to present in the third PAC. It will be the largest infrastructure project in this country." Former Governor of Bahia (2014 - 2022) and current Chief of Staff Rui Costa. Deindustrialization
Another problem is the early deindustrialization that is taking place in Brazil: we are losing our industry before becoming rich. In the beginning of the lost decade, the industry accounted for one-quarter of the Brazilian GDP, whereas today it represents around one-tenth. The reason for this process is complex, and once again, economists disagree. Liberals point to the new form of production organization that emerged with globalization, where the manufacturing of goods was fragmented into different stages, each executed in different countries. According to this line of thinking, Brazil failed to adapt to the new industrial configuration and remained stuck in an unrealistic autarkic dream. On the other hand, developmentalist economists usually argue that after the end of hyperinflation, Brazil fell into a trap of having an overvalued currency and high interest rates, demolishing the industry's competitiveness. (I am more inclined towards the first thesis, although it is a fact that the Brazilian exchange rate was detrimental to the industry after the Real Plan).
Now I want to talk a little bit about the Brazilian industrial bourgeoisie and its problems. In the 1960s, the then sociologist and future president Fernando Henrique Cardoso published his thesis on the Brazilian industrial entrepreneurs. Based on his research, he concluded that Brazilian industrialists did not have any national project, and (1) "only cared about their personal interests when speaking on behalf of the class" and (2) "[their] political action consists of personal participation in the patrimonialist game." Brazil has a serious problem related to what we call 'patrimonialism,' which refers to the capture of resources from the Brazilian state to benefit private interests.
Unfortunately, industrial policy in Brazil often results in tax exemptions, subsidies, tariff protections, etc., for an inefficient, patrimonialist, and somewhat broken industry that was developed in the 20th century. The Workers' Party itself fell into this outdated corporatism while in power, especially during the first Rousseff administration (2011-2015). It is a shame that advocating for greater state involvement in the economy ends up becoming a defense of those interest groups.
In this sense, I find myself opposed to both liberals and developmentalists. While the latter end up promoting an agenda that only benefits private interests, albeit with good intentions, the former dismiss any state planning, believing in an 'economic abiogenesis.' Since 2016, we have been reducing the role of the state and waiting for a crowding in effect, but with no success. We need strong a industrial policy, but it has to be transparent and not perpetuate the old game of patrimonialism.
In the words of the brilliant economist Laura Carvalho: "We want a State that identifies ways to stimulate technological innovation and product development in partnership with the private sector. But this policy cannot become hostage to the existing private sector. We have remnants of our industry of the 20th century, for example the automobile industry, and when we do industrial policy, we end up just giving incentives to them. This is a state that does not choose winners, but rather is chosen by losers. Those who are struggling in the industry try to eat the resources of the state to survive."
Unfortunately, the signals from the new Lula government are quite negative. Industry and Commerce Minister Geraldo Alckmin recently announced a plan of incentives for the automobile industry, which is essentially the same program that has failed several times in the past. There are positive things coming from his ministry, but few of them have much to do directly with a well-made industrial policy. It's a shame.
His plans beyond industrial policy appear positive, as shown in the following excerpt, at least: "Brazil had an early deindustrialization. Europe also deindustrialized, but ours was precarious and severe. More than reindustrializing, we need a neo-reindustrialization. A central issue is the competitiveness agenda. There is a principle in medicine that says: suppress the cause and the effect ceases. We have to act on the causes of low growth. Our tax model generates an absurd cost for companies. It is not fair. We have an absurd judicialization that leads to legal insecurity and hinders exports. The whole world has a VAT (value added tax. I defend it. I think Haddad is doing well and I am a great enthusiast of the tax reform."
Probably more than any other politician of expression today, Haddad positions himself as a republican and talks about reducing the patrimonialist distortions of the Brazilian public budget. He talks about "closing the drains of what is called Brazilian patrimonialism" and "ending a series of abuses that have been committed against the fiscal base" of the country. He says that many sectors have been "overly" benefited "with rules established over the decades and that have not been reviewed by any outcome control. Many have expired from the point of view of efficiency, and need to be revoked." Former Governor of São Paulo (2001 - 2006; 2010 - 2017) and current Vice-President of Brazil and Minister of Industry and Commerce Geraldo Alckmin. Business Environment
Brazilian productivity has been stagnant for decades. What is causing this? The main suspect is the Brazilian tax system. There is an enormous complexity in the various indirect taxes (ISS, ICMS, PIS/Cofins, and IPI), which forces every company to have an excessively large department dedicated to tax payment. Additionally, numerous divergences of interpretation arise between the Federal Revenue, state authorities, and businesses. On every corner of our cities, there is a specialized tax law office to assist companies in dealing with the extremely high level of litigation in our taxation system. To make matters worse, our indirect taxes discourage investment in locations with higher social returns, as the tax complexity and special tax regimes artificially alter the profitability of investments and production. A general simplification of these taxes, with the adoption of a Value Added Tax, could have an impact on the economy's efficiency equivalent to the Plano Real
, which ended hyperinflation.
Even beyond the tax issue, the Brazilian business environment is terrible. According to the World Bank's Doing Business 2020 report, which measures the ease of doing business in 190 countries, Brazil ranks 124th. This problem is related to excessive bureaucracy, unexpected judicial decisions, loopholes in regulatory frameworks, and disrespect for contracts.
The Tax Reform is going to be the government's main priority after the approval of the New Fiscal Anchor. Planning Minister Simone Tebet summed up the reform as follows: "The Tax reform is the only silver bullet that we have to save Brazil."
And here's what Finance Minister Fernando Haddad has said about it: "There is no way to grow Brazil's productivity with this tax system [...] We are developing a tax reform that is even more modern, because it introduces in the national tax system a Value Added Tax that solves a good part of the flaws of the current system that, in my opinion, is the great villain for the low growth rates of our productivity." The idea is to approve the Tax Reform still this year (Haddad talks about doing it in the first semester!). Special Secretary for Tax Reform Bernard Appy. Economic Isolation
Brazil has a very closed economy. Among the 160 countries analyzed by the World Bank, the Brazilian economy is only less open than that of Sudan. The average protection applied by Brazil to capital goods is 14 times higher than in Chile and 25 times higher than in Mexico. This is probably the most expressive cause of the low productivity and deindustrialization in Brazil, together with the tax system. Here, I quote the brilliant economist Edmar Bacha: "[The closure of the Brazilian economy during the Geisel government (1974 - 1979)] caused a tremendous drop in the economy's productivity and an increase in the cost of capital goods. And this, I believe, is what lies at the root of our stagnation after the so-called economic miracle (1968-1974). Our industry became unable to compete internationally. And we were forced, because the industry has this extraordinary lobbying capacity, to prevent the redesign of the Brazilian industry to participate in global value chains."
Bacha's argument makes sense: the collapse of GDP growth coincides with the collapse of capital accumulation (the growth rate of the capital stock) after Geisel's government. Why did capital accumulation collapse? Bacha explains that using a decomposition of the investment = savings relationship: K' = s(1/p)v - δ, where K' = capital accumulation, s = savings rate, p = relative price of investment, v = output-capital ratio, and δ = depreciation rate.
Between 1950-1980, the "golden age" of Brazil, K' grew at nearly 9% per year. Between 1981-2014, this number was 3%. Why? Looking at the historical series, the difference is not in savings or depreciation. What happened was that the output-capital ratio fell by about one-third, and the relative price of investment increased by one-third. In other words, the capital requirement per unit of output increased significantly, and at the same time, the price of investment goods rose significantly. According to Bacha, this process occurred between 1973 and 1983, a period in which the Military Government pursued an autarkic economic policy.
The ideal scenario for Brazil would be to open its economy and have an export-oriented industry. The industry we have developed is heavily reliant on our domestic market, without external competition. In the words of economist Nelson Barbosa: "Brazil cannot produce ships, but it can produce airplanes. Brazil does not have car manufacturers, but it has bus manufacturers. Brazil cannot have a domestic production of microelectronics, but it has a good domestic production of electric motors. So we need to study what worked in these sectors to see if it can be replicated in other sectors. All these successful sectors, Embraer, Weg, Marco Polo, are sectors that are competitive in Brazil and in the world. Here is the first clue: correct industrial policies create domestic production that competes domestically and internationally. They are integrated products that import and export extensively. Value chains."
However, an open trade policy without a plan may not be positive either. In Nelson's words: "Development always means increased productivity. Opening the economy can stimulate productivity, but it can also lead to a negative specialization. You can open your economy and become a country that only exports commodities, with an inflated services sector that only sells domestically, with a significant portion of your population relying on informal jobs. Which is what happens in Brazil. So I think trade openness is inevitable, more developed countries are more open, but thinking that just opening up will automatically lead to development is naïve and something we shouldn't do in the 21st century. I believe that strategic trade integration is crucial and necessary for development. Unilateral openness, without any plan, will only reinforce the specialization we already have today."
In any case, it is certain that the current excessive protectionism cannot be maintained. Opening up would allow broader access for companies to (1) cheaper and higher-quality inputs and (2) foreign-produced capital goods and technology, (3) create significant competition effects to invigorate the economy, and (4) create a 'selection effect' that would eliminate losers and favor winners.
But this is the agenda that I am least hopeful about. Trade openness is a topic that faces strong opposition from the Brazilian left and would likely only occur under a moderate center-right government. I hope, at least, that some trade agreements can be reached to open up the economy. The European Union-Mercosur trade agreement would have a significant impact and would be very important but I'm not very hopeful that it'll be approved.
Haddad is still optimistic, though! He said that a more emphatic diplomatic effort will be made starting in the second semester, in a movement that will take advantage of Brazil's leadership in Mercosur and Spain's leadership in the European bloc. Simone Tebet (Planning Minister) and Fernando Haddad (Finance Minister). Interest Rates
Interest rates in Brazil are much, much higher than the global average. Our credit is scarce and dysfunctional. Lula likes to repeat that Brazil is a capitalist country without capitalism because there is no credit.
Brazil has the second-highest bank spread in the world, second only to Madagascar. This means that banks in Brazil charge very high interest rates for lending money. To give you an idea, Brazil's bank spread is higher than the average observed in countries at war. There are several reasons for this, but some stand out: (1) savings in Brazil have historically been very low (around 20% of GDP), (2) the government consumes a significant portion of savings to finance itself, and (3) the Brazilian banking sector is extremely concentrated, with a few banks dominating the entire sector.
The other issue in this discussion is the current policy interest rate set by the Central Bank. Brazil currently has the highest real interest rate in the world, at around 9%. The debate about whether this interest level is correct or not is quite active in Brazil, with its proponents arguing that the current Brazilian inflation is demand-driven and pointing to inflation in the services sector and core inflation, while its critics argue that inflation is not demand-driven, pointing to the fact that Brazil has had a negative output gap since 2015 and that supply shocks can explain the inflation in services.
This debate is complex, and it is hard to determine definitively which side is right. Nevertheless, the Central Bank is strongly adhering to the first thesis.
The current Chairman of the Central Bank, Roberto Campos Neto (RCN), is the grandson of an economist of the Military Dictatorship and was appointed by Bolsonaro. He will remain in his position until 2024 due to the new autonomy granted to the Central Bank in 2021. In this scenario, Lula engaged in a public war against RCN, urging him to lower interest rates. The situation became tense, but Lula never showed any willingness to take effective action to remove him, remaining only in rhetoric. Throughout the conflict, Haddad positioned himself as a moderate, playing a certain "good cop, bad cop" game with Lula and gaining trust in the financial market. Apparently, Lula intends to nominate former executive-secretary of the Finance Ministry Gabriel Galípolo to replace RCN in 2024. He was recently appointed as director of monetary policy at the Central Bank, and is widely identified as a heterodox economist.
Haddad's current plan is to stabilize Brazil's deficit to allow for a monetary loosening. Here's what he said: "We are not at a point where fiscal expansion is going to help the economy. If there is room for any stimulus, it will be monetary. If we know how to make the transition, there is room for a lower interest rate, you just have to give security to the monetary authority." He does not seem to be concerned about banking concentration, though. Chairman of the Central Bank Roberto Campos Neto. TL;DR
The Brazilian economy has seen very little growth since the the lost decade in the 1980s. One of the primary factors contributing to this stagnation is the economy's low productivity. There are several reasons behind this low productivity, including:
- Inadequate infrastructure and insufficient investments in its development.
- A significant delay in comparison to other countries in terms of investing in education.
- Unreasonable economic protectionism.
- Private groups exerting undue influence and capturing the Brazilian state (patrimonialism).
- Failure to adapt our industry to a globalized world.
- Excessively high bank spreads.
- A terrible business environment, particularly due to the tax system.
There are other reasons for sure, but I'd say most people would agree those are the most important ones. Also, here's my effortpost on the Workers' Party
, in case you haven't read it.
2023.05.28 03:40 Regular_Succotash814 Private server?
Anyone got trusted boom beach servers that have hella gems seperate from the main game? Want a break from the grind
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